Reunion 2011: Babycakes, La Cava, Testabombing, Cape May & Illuminations

I’ll admit, Reunion started a little slowly for me. It was odd adjusting to being at Walt Disney World without the kids. And it took some time for me to feel comfortable among a big group of people who I only knew from their podcasts, blog posts and tweets. But Friday is when this trip really hit its stride for me. I had actually started off for Epcot on my own when I got a text message asking for a ride – and suggesting we stop at Babycakes NYC for breakfast first. I had a terrific allergen-free waffle with agave, and a donut too for good measure (as well as decent coffee from Fresh!, in the same building. MUCH better than the nasty stuff on Disney property). Instead of hitting Epcot at rope drop, we arrived an hour or so later, and headed for the first Reunion Meet of the day at Sum of All Thrills.

I’d skipped Sum of All Thrills when Mikaela wanted to ride it back in September. She actually did it herself. But I succumbed to peer pressure and decided to go ahead and ride this time. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my Bonine before a Sum of All Thrills ride that included three inversions and a corkscrew loop. The ride itself was fun, but afterwards, I really wasn’t feeling well. I was about to head back to the resort to lie down until my stomach recovered when Todd Perlmutter prevailed on me to come with him to join the TouringPlans.com crew at La Cave del Tequila. I never realized that tequila could be such a restorative from vertigo, but after Todd and I had finished our Scorpion Flights, I felt MUCH better.
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Monday Poll: What’s your favorite post-season sports championship?

OK, so this one’s not technically a “Disney” poll. But it’s a “Dad” poll. And this time of year, it’s definitely on my mind. What’s your favorite post-season sports championship? Why?

What's your favorite post-season sports championship?

  • NFL Playoffs/Super Bowl (39%, 11 Votes)
  • NHL Playoffs (21%, 6 Votes)
  • NCAA Basketball Tournament (18%, 5 Votes)
  • The FA Cup (a/k/a "Paul's Choice") (7%, 2 Votes)
  • College Football Bowl Games (7%, 2 Votes)
  • MLB Playoffs/World Series (4%, 1 Votes)
  • NCAA Hockey "Frozen Four" (4%, 1 Votes)
  • NBA Playoffs (0%, 0 Votes)
  • NASCAR "Chase of the Cup" (0%, 0 Votes)
  • College World Series (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Reunion 2011: Solo Touring, Group Rides and a Tweet-up Dinner

Wow, has it really been two months since I updated this trip report? Yikes! Sorry about that. With our Disney Cruise trip coming up in just two weeks, and with the MANLAW requiring that this trip’s report must be completed before I can take the next trip, I guess I’d better get cracking!

Thursday morning started bright and early, waiting at the turnstiles at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. My plan for the morning was pretty simple – no Toy Story Midway Mania rush. In fact, no rushing at all. Take it slow, enjoy the low crowd level, remember to look up and down and take in all of the detail, and take lots of pictures. I did walk to the front of the crowd, waiting for rope drop, so I could get that amazingly unobstructed picture of the Hat (which I still think is an abomination that ruins the view of what should be the REAL icon of Hollywood Studios, the Great Movie Ride/Chinese Theater). But when the crowd dashed for Pixar Place, I instead headed back down Hollywood Boulevard. I was hoping to get some pictures of the Citizens of Hollywood street performers, but no such luck. I don’t know whether it was the low crowd level or the cold weather, but the Citizens were nowhere to be found.
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