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PostSubject: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:22 am

Hi Everyone!! Just wanted to give you an update of our Lunch with the Imagineer. Our lunch was on April 14th at DHS. It was held at the Brown Derby; specifically in the Bamboo Room. We arrived at approximately 11:15 am, checked in at the podium at which time we were given red name plates just like the kind CMs wear. While in the waiting area, DS and I were approached by a warm and super friendly CM who told us we were selected as the "Family of the Day" to open the Brown Derby!! It took us by surprise to say the least!! After being escorted outside, we had our pictures taken under the Hollywood Brown Derby awning together. Next up, stylish Derby hats to wear, and, in addition, I was given a wild, red feather boa to wrap around my neck while DS cut the red ribbon and officially opened the Hollywood Brown Derby. While stepping into the restaurant, we were showered with Mickey Mouse confetti on the way to another table for more pictures. We were then given some history of the restaurant and brought into the private Bamboo Room where our Imagineer and the others were seated. Phew!! That ceremony was in addition to our wonderful lunch. The CMs gave us a special souvenir program with all the pictures included--what a way to start out!! It only gets better from here....

Our lunch was hosted by Jim Durham, VP of Resort Development, Walt Disney Imagineering. What a down-to-earth, friendly, visionary guy who is Disney all the way. He loves his job and was proud to share his ambitious undertakings with all of us. He sacrificed his delicious lunch to tell us all about Castaway Cay and how it all began. He had wonderful aerial shots of the island which demonstrated that Mother Nature can create a beautiful venue which we can enhance and share. I even learned that a deadman is not the same as a dead man!! He asked if anyone had ever taken a Disney cruise and he received a unanimous "No." Surprising!! Now cruises have never appealed to me as I love to have the freedom of the car, the plane etc.--I don't like that trapped feeling. Surprisingly, he said he once felt that way, but not any longer. Have you seen the pictures of the Disney Dream? It truly looks so inviting!! Elevated, see-through water slides go over the deck edges, separate adult, teenager and children areas are available onboard--truly, something on board for everyone. Believe me, I think he sold DS on the cruise by offering the separate teen areas--a vacation within a vacation for that age group!! Maybe, someday, I will take his suggestion and try the 3-day cruise; or, better yet, send DS to check it out!! Castaway Cay has bikes, snorkeling, parasailing, a beautiful beach, and even food available. Castaway Cay reminds me of the poster I bought for DS with Walt Disney, the Castle and the swamp and states "VISION."

Personally, as a child of the 70s, I always wanted to stay in Disney's Treehouses. Well, guess what--in the fall of 2009 they opened up again. Coincidentally, on our flight down, Southwest’s April Spirit magazine (page 78) featured the new and improved Treehouses as well as Mr. Durham's vision of recreating something, which is what brought us to Disney in the first place—another one of life’s circles. Who would have ever guessed we would be having lunch with him in a couple of days!

Let me break for lunch. Asparagus Soup, Cobb Salad, Filet Mignon and Crème Brulee--doesn't get any more delicious than that foodwise!! I must also mention the superior service we received. But, The Brown Derby is my personal favorite, so no extra cajoling needed there. Truly, the icing on the cake as they say!!
DS had a question for Mr. Durham which he wasn't sure about and said he would find out and email us. We just received his email the other day. I believe his background, listening skills, follow-through and especially his love of Disney will carry the company and all of us who love Disney far. Hope to see his name on a Main Street window someday.
Would I do this again?? In a heartbeat. Was it worth the cost?? You bet—every penney!!
Lunch with the Imagineer just confirms what we love about Disney!! Can’t wait to try it again. Thanks for all the inspiration, Mr. Durham, wherever you are!!:wizard::wizard:
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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:32 am

That's sounds like an awesome time!!

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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:17 pm

That sounds like one terrific lunch! Thanks for sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:48 pm

Wow---I teared up at the thought of you being chosen family of the day and being able to have that wonderful lunch---you were living the life of luxury!!! Castaway Cay---we went these last Spring---I hope you can get there one day----it was fantastic! You should post a pic or two! Thanks for sharing this report with us. Your meal sounded as outstanding as the CM!
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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:21 pm

A friend of mine just got back from WDW last week and did it too. They loved it.

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The one big thing we did this time was Lunch with an Imagineer at Brown Derby. It was the highlight of the week! Our imagineer was fairly young but worked on some great projects: Soarin’ & and the Space Mt refurb…she told us tons of interesting stuff.

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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:02 am

Your friend sounds like they had fun too. Truly the beauty of this is the luck of the draw!! Glad I made the reservation early though (February) as it is only 2 days/week.
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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:11 am

hpe2go2wdwmom wrote:
Wow---I teared up at the thought of you being chosen family of the day and being able to have that wonderful lunch---you were living the life of luxury!!! Castaway Cay---we went these last Spring---I hope you can get there one day----it was fantastic! You should post a pic or two! Thanks for sharing this report with us. Your meal sounded as outstanding as the CM!

It was such an amazing time. DS14's face was as red as the boa. Thank God the pictures are in black and white!! That was fun in and of itself!!

Never taken a cruise, too much Titanic mindset I guess--trapped. It does look inviting for the kids. Like the island and all the stuff you can do once you get there. Our family loves to snorkel and bike. DH & DD love to lay out. DS14 and I can't sit still. DS21 somewhere in between.

Have to learn how to post the pictures. Computer deficient and definitely afraid of the month-long virus and if it will rear its ugly head again. It got into our registries, printer, disabled McAfee, and we couldn't even log on.

Definitely the best filet mignon in the park. The CM was so interesting--we were fortunate!
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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Sun May 02, 2010 10:20 am

Amazing!
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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Sun May 02, 2010 10:57 am

[quote="disadventurer"]
hpe2go2wdwmom wrote:
Wow---I teared up at the thought of you being chosen family of the day and being able to have that wonderful lunch---you were living the life of luxury!!! Castaway Cay---we went these last Spring---I hope you can get there one day----it was fantastic! You should post a pic or two! Thanks for sharing this report with us. Your meal sounded as outstanding as the CM!

Computer deficient and definitely afraid of the month-long virus and if it will rear its ugly head again. It got into our registries, printer, disabled McAfee, and we couldn't even log on.

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How did you get rid of your computer virus?
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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Mon May 03, 2010 5:31 pm

DH's friend at work (IT) took pity on us and wiped clean. Still sooooo leery. Lousy time to happen, but then again, what time is good?? All better or so we think.
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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Wed May 05, 2010 9:31 am

I prefer to use AVG instead of McAfee or Nortons. Also its good to have Malwarebytes, AdAware and Spybot loaded to help. The key is to keep all things things up to date.

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PostSubject: Re: Lunch with an Imagineer Trip Report   Wed May 05, 2010 11:34 am

Buzz, sorry, what do you mean by keeping everything up to date?? I am not very computer literate-although I can do basic things..Here's my confession for the day..DH is also not much of a computer person, but don't tell him I said that!! LO :lmao2:
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