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    The Cruiser goes to Disney World

    After all this time I finally remembered to update something. BB was watching the food blogger channel again and it keyed a memory.

    If you have the time, it may be worth stopping by guest services, and I'll tell you why. If it's your first visit to the Mouse Empire, or you are celebrating something (wedding, birthday, anniversary, whatever), you can get a button/pin to wear on your shirt. We'd gotten BB a "First Visit" button at Epcot. BB wore it for the rest of the trip. It was a quick and easy souvenir that only cost about 90 seconds in the guest services queue. Also, with the pin, you might get some individual attention by one of the cast members.

    Also, those hard working cast members are as human as the guests. You paid for entrance to the parks, and being cordial costs nothing extra. Example: After the wife, kiddo, and boyfriend of kiddo abandoned BB and me in the Magic Kingdom, we followed our noses to the pretzel kiosk. I had on a shirt I'd gotten from New Orleans years ago; as it happened, the cast members managing the pretzels were from NOLA and Metairie. It was slow at the kiosk and we chatted for several minutes. They asked if I liked NOLA and I responded with my love for the food and music, and how I thought the best jazz clubs were uptown (despite the French Quarter having more exposure). I suppose they agreed. The very nice lady said that Mickey was picking up the tab for the snacks and BB and I enjoyed pretzels and lemonade.

    Later, at the Animal Kingdom. Flame Tree BBQ. BB and I had made our order and were waiting at the counter. One of the cast members noticed BB's pin and asks if she's having a good time, she said yeas, and told him how much Expedition Everest scared her (awesome coaster btw). He laughed and said she was very brave and welcomed her to the Animal Kingdom. A few minutes later, he checked to see about our order as he thought we'd been waiting too long for our food. After some small talk, our food was delivered, along with some key lime cupcakes with a comment about how well behaved and patient BB was waiting for our meal.

    Last night at the resort: Wife said BB had gotten a cupcake from a cast member at the restaurant just for being awesome.

    So, BB got some free stuff. Once without a pin, twice (that I'm aware of) with a pin. All unexpected. After watching some of the youtube blogs, this is something that cast members do on a regular enough basis, enough to be a unexpected surprise), but not often enough to where people should feel entitled to a freebie.
    Posted 01-30-2019 at 08:00 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    The Cruiser goes to Disney World

    Yeah If you're going to take a Disney vacation, Florida is the one to go to. Your best bet is actually to get one of their vacation packages. If you do it right, the only thing outside of the package itself you need to worry about is the plane ticket to Orlando, Disney will cover literally everything else!
    Posted 06-09-2018 at 04:53 PM by Frilock Frilock is offline
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    The Cruiser goes to Disney World

    Wow, that was quite a bit more involved than the accidental visit i had.

    Haven't realized you can get an entire vacation centered around one of these parks. Given the size of ones in Florida compared to Paris one and there being kids involved i guess that's not too surprising.
    Posted 05-26-2018 at 09:58 PM by Artlav Artlav is offline
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    The Cruiser goes to Disney World

    A few things I forgot...

    The resort - one thing you get at the resort is a mug that you can use at the drink stations (at the resort, not at the parks). All you can drink, unlimited refills. After you check in and start wandering around, head towards the restaurant and you should see the mugs on display. Grab on and go through the line as if you were going to pay for it. Tell the cast member at the register that you are picking up you mug and need it activated. All too easy.

    The food again - There is a series of youtube videos by a group "Disney Food Blog". Lots of good information and you get to see what you're up against. When I said there was a lot of places to eat. Man I ain't joking. Also you can hit up their web site and get some information for printing out.

    After watching some of the videos, BB had her heart set on the "Rose Gold Mouse Ear Cupcakes". Which are supposed to be available at the main street bakery (not too far inside the park, follow your nose). BUT is being very close to St. Patricks Day, they didn't have them. She was disappointed but settled for the green frosting mouse ear cupcake. It must have been good, she didn't want to share and had frosting and chocolate on her nose, both cheeks and even managed to get some on here forehead. I'll be using that picture as a wallpaper for a while

    The next day at EPCOT after riding "Soaring" the group wanted to grab some breakfast at the grill (inside the same building). And as we approached the counter the first thing we saw was that coveted rose gold mouse ear cupcake. Seriously though it was all lit up and angels were singing as far as BB was concerned. It was delicious!
    So even if something it's available at the place where it's supposed to be, doesn't mean you might not find it elsewhere, just keep your eyes peeled.

    I missed my opportunity for the Cheshire Cat tail though. Next time Disney... Next time...
    Posted 04-07-2018 at 10:20 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    The Cruiser goes to Disney World

    Wow, I am kind of hungry after reading your blog.

    That's a nice plan. You must had a whale of time with your family there!

    Looks like I need to do some planning before visiting Orlando's Disneyland in the future. I have been to the one in Hong Kong when I was 10/11 (can't recall the exact age).

    Talk about trip planning. These days DIY-style homework is a must for many before they travel. I still remember looking up Google Maps and some transportation websites searching for routes to travel from my hostel here to the airport, the library and some shopping complexes in downtown Kuala Lumpur. It might be a hassle having to spend hours looking for the most time-saving and efficient way of travelling, but when you arrive at the destination and get to do what you want, the hard work pays off and it all worth it.

    (Will certainly PM you in the future before going to Orlando's Disneyland. )

    Time for dinner!
    Posted 03-30-2018 at 09:48 AM by Nicholas Kang Nicholas Kang is offline
    Updated 03-30-2018 at 11:11 AM by Nicholas Kang
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    The Cruiser goes to Disney World

    Dang that's a wall of text. But at least I got my thoughts down.
    Posted 03-29-2018 at 09:21 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    The Cruiser as a foster parent?

    After much delays, we finally had the hearing. After talking with the other family, it's readily apparent to both of us that we were being used by the mom. She'd been playing both end towards the middle and it may cost her.

    We were told that the other family never wanted anything to do with little Brooklyn, this isn't the case. Valerie (the mom) refused to allow them any contact. Knowing that if they found out about her drug use, they do what needed to be done. My thoughts are, when she faced with aggravated child abuse, she started saying whatever she could to save her skin.

    The Judge did rule in favor of the relatives. And in hindsight I would have agreed. After the hearing we all met up in the hallway and all of us gave the mom the "look" and she slunk out the door with her d-bag husband. Plenty of feels all around, and the clear winner here is the little girl.

    We did get liberal visitation, my in-laws have a pool that Brooklyn has been asking about since December. Now that it's open for business, it's play time.
    Posted 06-03-2015 at 01:43 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    The Cruiser as a foster parent?

    Well, we had our "home visit" from child services this morning. Basically a big sit-down and answer a whole ton of questions. All designed to see how well the Mrs. and I could take care of little Brooklyn. This was followed by a short walk-through of the house, mainly to make sure that it wasn't falling apart and that the prospective new kiddo actually would have a place to live.

    I think it went pretty well, she said she had no concerns. She's still got to interview Brooklyn's Grandmother (who has only seen her once in four years). Court has been pushed back to the 14th. And if we get her, we'll get her that day and child services will close the case on her.

    She again mentioned that we might have her "forever" which doesn't bother the wifey or me in the least. About the only thing that does concern me is that the ultimate call is up to the Judge. He may give custody over to whoever he/she wants. I think I've got the best environment, we've know the girl for years, but in the end it's up the the dude (or dudette) in the black robe.

    I'll find out soon enough.
    Posted 04-27-2015 at 05:12 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    The Cruiser as a foster parent?


    Reminds me of a line I use in A&P training so often, even the teacher has picked up on it... I'm sure you've heard it before, but here goes:
    "Nothing is idiot proof. Nature will always make a better idiot."
    Posted 04-23-2015 at 06:29 AM by MaverickSawyer MaverickSawyer is offline
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    Syracuse; Mission 1 (Victor's point of view)

    Now I know what's been missing lately! Phantom updates!

    I want to work for Phantom Manufacturing. I'll even do lawns...

    Excellent read, thanks.

    Posted 10-29-2013 at 11:57 PM by Aeadar Aeadar is offline
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    Syracuse; Mission 1 (Victor's point of view)

    A very good read! It somehow reminds of Voyage, from Stephen Baxter.

    Thank you and keep is up-to-date!
    Posted 10-29-2013 at 03:43 PM by IronRain IronRain is offline
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    Syracuse; Mission 1 (Victor's point of view)

    I'm a bit (like really) late on this. I'll edit in a few pictures when I get home.
    Posted 10-28-2013 at 09:14 AM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    Victor's Vignette

    Nice entry PC!

    Launch day approacheth!
    Posted 08-19-2013 at 06:42 PM by Aeadar Aeadar is offline
    Updated 08-19-2013 at 06:46 PM by Aeadar
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    Phantom departs

    You bet, glad to help.

    The wiki article seems to point to Mary Ann being the original spelling, with later artists changing it down the road, I guess to make it more American maybe? Who knows.

    Either way, glad I was able to find it.
    Posted 07-26-2013 at 11:14 PM by n122vu n122vu is offline
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    Phantom departs


    Thanks a million dude. I was spelling it Mary Ann rather than Marianne. I've just found a really good cover by the Tiki Bar All Stars. Good stuff, I think it's time for me to plan another Islands Vacation!
    Posted 07-26-2013 at 09:23 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
    Updated 07-26-2013 at 09:33 PM by PhantomCruiser
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    Phantom departs

    I've no idea... I've found an instrumental version with steel drums on one of those compilation "Caribbean Sounds" type CDs, but the band I heard in Lucaya did it much, much better.
    Posted 07-22-2013 at 06:25 PM by PhantomCruiser PhantomCruiser is offline
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    Phantom departs

    Who originally sang Mary Ann?
    Posted 07-22-2013 at 04:26 PM by ky ky is offline

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