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livinthedisneydream
07-30-2007, 09:41 PM
Yes, yes, I am finally starting the trip report. At least I have already enticed you with the photos. With 3 young kids at home, it has been crazy finding the time to start. I cannot promise to be the quickest, most detailed, organized tr but I will do my best to get you all the details and hopefully help some people along the way!:goodvibes

First, I should probably give you some background on how all this began. I have always loved Disney. I'm not sure when it really started but I do remember going to Disney World a couple of times when I was younger and to Disneyland a couple more times after my parents got divorced and my dad was living in California (I live in Ohio.) In 1982, I went for spring break with a friend's family and stayed in Ft Wilderness for a week. We had a blast. That's probably what sealed the deal for me.

Anyway, when Mike and I were planning our wedding, I REALLY wanted to have it at Disney. Mom and stepdad said, No, none of our friends will be able to travel. So, we had a few Disney touches at our wedding, including Mickey and Minnie cake topper and my sisters toast

"Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Lisa, who looked a lot like Snow White and dreamed of Cinderella and the life of a princess. Little did she know that she would have to kiss many toads before she would meet her Prince Charming. (Yes, I had some awful boyfriends) If Mike is her Knight in Shining Armour, Mickey's a mouse, Donald's a duck, and Pluto's a dog, then what the he#@ is Goofy? Anyway, as you begin your life together in the Magic Kingdom, maybe you could find out for me. M-I-C, see ya after the honeymoon, K-E-Y, why? because we all love you, Mr and Mrs Creedon"

So, we "settled" for our wonderful at home wedding and took a Grand honeymoon to DisneyWorld and Atlantis, in the Bahamas (to unwind a little!)

Mike was great considering that was his first ever visit to the "world". Not a bad start, honeymoon room at the Grand!

For Christmas that first year, I surprised Mike with one of the pavers in the Walk Around the World. We have the "lovely" location at the very edge of the walk by the TTC to the Polynesian.
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyDec2005486.jpg

Then we decided to start the family---Mike and I had been together for 6 years prior to this and there was no way I was waiting 6 more to start the family:laughing:

Our first family trip was when our oldest son was 1. That was the beginning of the addiction we all know and love.

Including the honeymoon we have now been 15 times in 10 years---wow, that does sound a little like obsessive behavior! With those ap's and southwest's ding fares, we are in bad shape for this year too!

And no, our families have never understood our addiction. We took my dad and half brother over for a couple of nights when we went to see my Gma in Sarasota 8 years ago. We took Mike's parents when we only had one child and we took my parents after our 2nd one was born and again with my brother and sister in law for Christmas in 2004---that's the trip that made them believers. Nonetheless, every time a vacation is even brought up, I'm always embarrassed to say Disney. You know how it is. People just don't understand why we need to go back again and again. I have friends with kids who say they're bored and it's too babyish. Thank goodness, my kids have fantastic imaginations and love everything about Disney. We live 45 minutes from Cedar Point, the rollercoaster capital of the world and we have spent 6 hours there! So, none of my nieces and nephews and none of Mike's siblings had ever been to Disney before.

Fast forward to Christmas 2005. We are told that Mike's dad has a limited time left, maybe a few months. At the same time, Mike's company that he has worked for since he finished college----side note, he started with a restaurant that was owned by two brothers. We stayed with them and he moved up and we moved around. Now they have a couple different concepts and he is a district partner overseeing operations for 8 restaurants in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. About the same time as we get the bad news about his dad, we find out the brothers are going to sell the company and they are going to buy our stock options. So, last year was good financially, and terrible emotionally.

We do what we're supposed to do, pay off credit cards, do things to the house etc. Mike then asks if I have something "fun" in mind for some of the money. Do I?!!!?? It just so happens I do. Something I've wanted to do for a long time. He agrees, if it costs about xxx amount. OK, I say and then it snowballs!

I didn't do a planning journal so I'm sorry if some of this out of place. Anyway, we pick the date because it is our 10 year anniversary. I looked at cooler times of the year but with so many teachers in our family they all had different breaks so we stuck with the anniversary. It was also a Thursday which meant it would be cheaper. Although, now that I've paid for it, we would've made the minimums no problem!

We gave our family---Mike's mom, single sister, sister and hubby with 4 boys, and brother and his fiancee. My mom and stepdad, brother, sister in law and niece, sister, her hubby and 3 girls and dad and half brother the "invites" last summer around this time. We decided the only way they would come is if we paid for most of it. We decided to pay for the rooms and tickets. We then decided to stay at our favorite resorts and to do concierge level so they would be sure to love it and to help defray the food costs for them. We had the craziest room block ever. Linda, Ken Weaver's assistant was amazingly patient with me and this most confusing room block---Mike and I were there the whole time but people came at the beginning and left early and others came late and left late.

We did end up with some family drama but I don't really feel comfortable posting too much details. Let's just say it's interesting travelling with that many people with different agendas.

Ok, next I will get to the important stuff---the details about the events.:thumbsup2

SRUAlmn
07-30-2007, 09:52 PM
Yay :banana: :banana: So glad you got this started!! It'll be so fun to hear about your big day :) :) Did you see in my TR that my mom's best friend got a picture of the sign at the WP with both of our event names on it? :goodvibes

Can't wait to read more!

livinthedisneydream
07-30-2007, 09:56 PM
So, I've spent the last 9 months or so obsessing with the details, wanting everything to be perfect, especially for the non Disney lovers. I definitely had a few who didn't really want to go and it was making it very hard for me.

I really thought I was organized. I decided on the Whitehall Room very early and stuck with it. Decided on the WP early on and stuck with it. Saw the Food Network special and was dying for a Mad Hatter Party. Last October, for my birthday, Mike said "go ahead" We had just gotten back from a long weekend trip to the world---sans kids!!! Stayed at the BWI garden suites and we were hooked! Pete, in concierge there is so fantastic---he even let us see the presidential suite which was amazingly beautiful! That was our "site visit" We met with Diane Mahoney-Brown and she showed us the St James Room for the Mad Hatter which was very similar to Whitehall but we liked the Boardwalk and wanted a patio too. We also loved the Lower UK and were so happy we'd booked that. OK, so far so good.

January comes and we go for our tasting. We found out we'd been bumped by a convention at St James so we start looking for alternatives. We'd seen pix of the attic and it was so cute but we couldn't bring props. I really wanted wild colors and props. I kept looking at all the pix on here and kept getting more ideas. ken, my wp kept telling me to stay off the internet!

Anyway, we decided to use St Augustine at the Grand and use some ideas from a VR video I'd been directed to on here. We were going to use a white gazebo and hang butterflies and flower balls w/ribbons. We would also use some props. Very gardeny. Then, I saw someone's pix on here of the Wonders Lounge at Wonders of Life in Epcot. I was only about 5 weeks out but I decided to change venues sight unseen. No more gazebo, but we had the "tent" area and we could nix some props since the room is pretty busy. Of course, we now added bus transport and venue fees so it was pretty much a wash.

Ok, I think I'm babbling here and I really could go on forever but I will try to get on with the actual trip! Hopefully, I won't have to go back too much and edit.

SRUAlmn
07-30-2007, 10:01 PM
You were there for your tasting in January? When? We went for our planning session in January too!

BTW, don't you LOVE Linda!!!! :love:

livinthedisneydream
07-30-2007, 10:05 PM
Yay :banana: :banana: So glad you got this started!! It'll be so fun to hear about your big day :) :) Did you see in my TR that my mom's best friend got a picture of the sign at the WP with both of our event names on it? :goodvibes

Can't wait to read more!

Yes, I love that pic! I was dropping off stuff at Francks and the lady showed me the sign just after she had made it up but it looks much nicer in the stand.

Actually, Karen, your tr is keeping me from getting started. I've been glued to yours. I had no idea you had such problems. You sure can't tell from your beautiful pix. Our dj at our wedding had a ton of problems---didn't have our 1st dance song, etc. We came out to the same music that the Chicago Bulls came out to (now I'm dating myself since I am a big Michael Jordan fan) My middle one loves Indiana Jones and my oldest is a Star Wars nut. I really wish they could've switched the music for you--my kids would've talked about it for years if I'd used the Star Wars music. I know it must've been awful for you but like someone else said it was a day much like marriage with it's ups and downs and it's how you handled it together that matters. I know I'm probably the only one who noticed the little things that didn't go according to plan but that doesn't make it any easier--especially when you've spent all that time and money!!



Well, I just looked at the time and I hate to leave this when I've barely started but we've got early appts tomorrow. Mike is still off working so I should be able to do more.

Just let me know if I'm boring with the background. I don't mind skipping to the events. although I must say our drama was fortunately much less than yours Karen.

More tomorrow
Lisa

livinthedisneydream
07-30-2007, 10:08 PM
You were there for your tasting in January? When? We went for our planning session in January too!

BTW, don't you LOVE Linda!!!! :love:


If I remember correctly we just missed you. I think we kind of chatted about it and we were coming in as you were leaving. We wanted to time it with our middle one's birthday which was also the first Pirate and Princess party so it worked out well.

yes, Linda was phenomenal! I know she had to be so sick of me and the four inch binder that they had for us but she never would show it. She's definitely old school disney. Lots of cm's could learn from her!

SRUAlmn
07-30-2007, 10:16 PM
If I remember correctly we just missed you. I think we kind of chatted about it and we were coming in as you were leaving. We wanted to time it with our middle one's birthday which was also the first Pirate and Princess party so it worked out well.

yes, Linda was phenomenal! I know she had to be so sick of me and the four inch binder that they had for us but she never would show it. She's definitely old school disney. Lots of cm's could learn from her!

That's right! I thought we had talked about it :)

You music sounds cool! I love Michael Jordan too. He played for Washington for a year when we lived in MD and we went to see him play a couple times :) I wonder if we had the same DJ since it was on the same day? I haven't said the name of mine on here just because I don't want to stir anything up for him in the future. I'm so glad your day was less eventful than ours. You're right, it's the marriage that matters. It IS just so hard when you spend all that money and all that time planning :) :)

livinthedisneydream
07-30-2007, 10:28 PM
We had the dj at our wedding. He ended up being ok in the end. Everyone was dancing and Mike and my brother--the Mt Pleasant one---have a lovely "dance off" to a Saturday Night Fever montage on our wedding video--and yes, I mean video.

We did a jazz trio this time. Davonda Simmons---she was excellent. Much more subdued than our wedding but in between they played disney music and the kids were dancing and rolling all over the dance floor.

OK, now I'm really off to bed so I'm not too tired to type more tomorrow.

beckyb29
07-30-2007, 10:33 PM
You're off to a great start!! I personally like the "background" information, it really leads up to the big event!

I can't wait to see your pics of the WOL pavillion! It's been so long since I've seen a glimpse of the inside of it!

Can't wait to read more!! :)

livinthedisneydream
07-30-2007, 10:38 PM
The link to our photos is

www.collages.net/disneyweddings
user name Creedon Vow Renewal
password 1971

the mad hatter ones are under "breakfast"

DisneyFairy19
07-31-2007, 08:00 AM
I LOVE your photos:thumbsup2

mo1973
07-31-2007, 08:48 AM
Great start- can't wait to read more!

princessdisneybelle
07-31-2007, 10:50 AM
Lisa loving reading all of your background. I will be glued to this TR. Can't wait to hear more.

livinthedisneydream
07-31-2007, 11:47 AM
I will try to do more tonight. I'm watching my 2yo nephew this afternoon along w/my 2yo so I doubt I'll get much time to myself!

Here are some pix to tide you over. These are the welcome bags we did for each family for each resort. The kids white bags we gave them at the kids table at the reception. The only bags I don't have a shot of are the Boardwalk Inn ones, since I made them up onsite. They were carnival themed paper bags with whirly pops, whistle pops, taffy, marshmallow ice cream cones and seashore scented travel tin candles. here are the others

These red ones were for the Grand Floridian. I found the bags on clearance at disneyshopping.com and most of the candies on clearance at Walgreens.
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal226.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal225.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal224.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal222.jpg

These were at the kids table at the reception
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal221.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal220.jpg
For the Polynesian
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal219.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal218.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal217.jpg
For the Animal Kingdom Lodge
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal216.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal215.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal214.jpg

Another polynesian
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal213.jpg

Also, here are the vow renewal invites from Shelley at Impressions
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal243.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal244.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal245.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal246.jpg

More later.....

princessdisneybelle
07-31-2007, 11:52 AM
I will try to do more tonight. I'm watching my 2yo nephew this afternoon along w/my 2yo so I doubt I'll get much time to myself!

Here are some pix to tide you over. These are the welcome bags we did for each family for each resort. The kids white bags we gave them at the kids table at the reception. The only bags I don't have a shot of are the Boardwalk Inn ones, since I made them up onsite. They were carnival themed paper bags with whirly pops, whistle pops, taffy, marshmallow ice cream cones and seashore scented travel tin candles. here are the others

These red ones were for the Grand Floridian. I found the bags on clearance at disneyshopping.com and most of the candies on clearance at Walgreens.
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal226.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal225.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal224.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal222.jpg

These were at the kids table at the reception
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal221.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal220.jpg
For the Polynesian
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal219.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal218.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal217.jpg
For the Animal Kingdom Lodge
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal216.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal215.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal214.jpg

Another polynesian
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal213.jpg

Also, here are the vow renewal invites from Shelley at Impressions
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal243.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal244.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal245.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s240/lisacreedon/DisneyvowRenewal246.jpg

More later.....


Lisa your welcome bags are the cutest I have seen! I vote you welcome bag queen.

SRUAlmn
07-31-2007, 12:41 PM
I agree!!! Everything is AWESOME and your invitations were beautiful :) :)

ampooh
07-31-2007, 03:12 PM
I am loving your TR so far. I also love the background.

Your welcome bags are amazing.

(I've been reading Karen's TR too...I noticed the sign this morning and loved it)

huey duey & luey
07-31-2007, 05:28 PM
Lisa
you are totally living my dream!!! I too wanted to get married at WDW and my mother also talked me out of it. I have told my husband that at some point we will do a VR. Our 10th was last year, so maybe for our 15, can I hire you as my coordinator. I love your welcome bags, everything is GREAT.

My dad passed away 2 years ago and we used some of the money he left us to go on the disney cruise, I am so happy now that I will always remember that trip and also think of my dad.


Cant wait for more

Tara

marywdw
07-31-2007, 07:45 PM
You're off to a great start!:thumbsup2
I LOVE your invitations and welcome bags! It's so great that you took the time to "theme" each one to the resort!:goodvibes
Can't wait to see the rest - I'm SO excited to see the pics from your Mad Hatter Party!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

livinthedisneydream
07-31-2007, 10:00 PM
Thanks for the kind words on the bags. I'm kind of anal about that kind of thing and usually go completely overboard on theming and favor bags for my kids parties. My oldest will even say to me if I can't find something, "well, Mommy just buy it on ebay"

I was very pleased with the invites as well. Shelley had just gotten them in and was pumped to get to use them. For the most part, we were pleased with Shelley and Impressions. She started off being very difficult to get a hold of. In the end, after some prodding because we really didn't have any idea how much these things were going to cost, she was really willing to work with us. Unfortunately, we weren't able to do everything as we'd liked but here's what we decided on.

We did the invites ---we only needed about a dozen but as most of you know the setup is the expensive part so it's not necessarily that much more for 50 than 12. However, we really felt these were unique and I loved that they were the coach since I was having the coach.

We had her do the Illuminations invitations. I'll need to see if I have a pic, but if you look at Francks, they are the black ones with silver writing with Mickey and Minnie with their backs to you looking at the fireworks. Again, I didn't have a way to print silver on black paper so we had Shelley do them.

The Mad Hatter Invites and menus I did for a fraction of what they would've been from Impressions.

Princessdisneybelle was kind enough to do the Mickey fans for us at a HUGE savings. I think we would've paid around $600 for 30 fans from Impressions:scared1:

We did do some paper beverage napkins from Shelley but did the cheapie ones even though she had some great looking options, I just couldn't justify $300 in paper napkins!

So, overall, Shelley has some unique ideas but remember that the Disney licensing is going to cost you a pretty penny! She will really try to work with you to stay in your budget though.

OK, I wish I were as organized as many of you out there and kept a journal of what we did each day. Unfortunately, with the kiddies and the family, I was pretty organized up until a couple of weeks before we left.

After school was out, there was tball, swim team, swim lessons, golf camp, etc. Not to mention, since we would be out of town for 2 weeks, DH really needed to visit all the restaurants which meant lots of out of town travel. So, needless to say I didn't even get packed up until the night before we left! Not the best way to travel. I did however send many items down ahead of me which really helped. The other little item that was a challenge before we left was with Southwest. They told me my dress would have to fit in an overhead bin! Yeah, right. So, I found an old suitcase that was gigantic (we never use it anymore b/c if you fill it up you will easily go over 50 pound limit). Luckily, the dress and all accessories fit. You cannot imagine how anxious I was at baggage claim that day!!

Next up, getting there

livinthedisneydream
07-31-2007, 10:11 PM
Lisa
you are totally living my dream!!! I too wanted to get married at WDW and my mother also talked me out of it. I have told my husband that at some point we will do a VR. Our 10th was last year, so maybe for our 15, can I hire you as my coordinator. I love your welcome bags, everything is GREAT.

My dad passed away 2 years ago and we used some of the money he left us to go on the disney cruise, I am so happy now that I will always remember that trip and also think of my dad.


Cant wait for more

Tara

Thank you so much! It definitely was a dream trip. No problem, I'd be glad to be your coordinator. My family keeps saying this is what I should do after the kiddos get a little older. If you shoot for the 15th, think of all the time you have to plan and get ideas. It does go by so quickly and it's definitely sad when it's over. Of course, there's always another party to be had at Disney. I always look to janet2k for my inspiration. She's done some pretty amazing parties!

Glad to hear I'm not the only one doing something fun with the "extra" money. We really debated about how much we should say or do about his dad this trip. His dad had come with us one time prior and met us over at the Grand when I was pregnant with my 3rd. He and DH's mom spent winters at their condo in Sarasota and were missing the kids and seeing my growing belly so they came over and stayed at the Grand and went to dinner with us. We ended up taking some pix by the old antique cars there and we put those in our slideshow that was shown at the reception.

We didn't do anything at the ceremony b/c we didn't want to upset his mother or the family but we did have a crystal butterfly in our daughters flower wand. When we first went to the cemetery last year after the headstone was placed the boys were asking about gpa and where he was and while we were talking a butterfly kept flying around Mike's mom and the rest of us and my middle one said that that was gpa coming down from heaven to see us. So, ever since then, we have had the butterfly for a symbol of gpa.

We also were supposed to have a butterfly somewhere on the Mad Hatter cake but I don't remember if there was one on there or not.

I hope you get your dream VR! Thanks for listening
Lisa

livinthedisneydream
07-31-2007, 10:34 PM
OK, I figure I'll start with the resorts. The trip down was uneventful. Everything made it down ok and the driver, Bob, from ****** was fantastic! Very friendly, on time and the most reasonable towncar we've had yet. He also was very accomodating on the crazy group that we had and really worked with us to get us the best rates. Yeah ******!!

Also, I must say a yeah to Southwest and their ding fares. We had a most confusing schedule. Me, my mom and three kids Cleveland to Orlando. Next day, DH and my stepdad, Columbus to Orlando. Next day, my sister, her hubby and three kids Columbus to Orlando. Next day, my brother in law, his mom and his 4 boys arrive driving from the condo in Sarasota. Next day, my sister in law and mother in law Columbus to Orlando. Followed on hour later by my sister in law (whose hubby and 4 boys were already there but she is a nurse and had to work). Next day, my brother, his pregnant wife and their 18 month old drive in from Charleston SC. Then, my brother in law and his fiancee in from Cincinnati. Then, my dad and 15yo half brother fly in from Reno.

Of all these people, I booked all flights except my brother in law and his fiancee. Not only did I book these flights on the very first day the schedule was announced, I rebooked each group (except my dad who had ff tix) each time the price dropped. I rebooked each group no less than 3 times!!! However, my time paid off. One day only, there was a ding fare celebrating 15 years in Columbus and all the flights for the Columbus people were $30 each way---yes, they paid with taxes around $80 for a r/t n/s trip! No one paid more than $50 each way! I think I did pretty good. Of course, I told them I would draw the line at packing their bags for them.

Lets see---rooms, check---tix, check---dining arrangements, check,---airfare, check---ground transportation, check. I think I'd done my part. No wonder I didn't have time to pack properly!

Oh, I almost forgot. I had made up cute little itinerary folders for each family group. Inside I had a list of everyone's cell phone numbers and each family's itinerary with where they needed to be and at what time. I had pat on the disney designs board make up adorable invitations to all the meals that we were doing so everyone had another cute souvenier and way to remember the details. I will try to post pix b/c they were so cute.

Actually, I think I will post them at the appropriate time in case I don't have pix at the events.

Also, I really need to find the "helpful hints" that my darling hubby sent out without my knowledge. He has a very dry sense of humor and his ideas were very funny.

And again, it is now midnight and I'm still not even to the arriving at WDW part! I have to apologize b/c I got a late start. We got a final bill from the accounting dept and I ?'d the final bill. I emailed my coordinator to see if we would be receiving a final itemized bill. It doesn't sound like they usually do that so he said he looked over the bill and said we were charged 20 nights at the Grand Floridian and that my mom and brother in law had a higher room category at the Boardwalk and that we had Illuminations viewing fees.

Well, as I will get to eventually, the Grand really was not so grand this stay and really messed up the billing. I'm having Ken look into it b/c I'm wondering if they charged us for our free "wedding" night. The boardwalk view my family received was not anything I had booked, I just thought they had upgraded them. And for Illuminations, I don't remember anyone checking tickets. Most people stayed for EMH but they all had tickets. I was really just curious about the drinks from the Mad Hatter and Reception since we debated long and hard and decided on the billed upon consumption. Of course, now I'm wondering if we were charged correctly.

So, unfortunately, another night and I'm still not to the point of arrival at the Poly but we will get there soon, I promise!!

SRUAlmn
07-31-2007, 10:40 PM
No one checked tickets at our DP either and I even asked and was told to just let them know later. We just got our statement of how much we are getting refunded and I asked if the viewing fees were taken off and the gentleman who sent me the email said no, and that he didn't know anyone had tickets and he'll be 'checking into it.'

livinthedisneydream
07-31-2007, 10:45 PM
No one checked tickets at our DP either and I even asked and was told to just let them know later. We just got our statement of how much we are getting refunded and I asked if the viewing fees were taken off and the gentleman who sent me the email said no, and that he didn't know anyone had tickets and he'll be 'checking into it.'

They never checked ours, just asked who wanted to stay and gave them the wristbands. I'm glad I checked, since we had 4 people who decided at the reception not to go to the dessert party at all and I only had two desserts while they were clearing them away at the end. What a waste! Of course the fireworks photos make it all worthwhile!

I'm really just wanting to see it all on paper to make sure it's correct. Maybe they just figure if they're refunding us anything it won't matter but I was wondering why only $850 of the $1500 deposit was coming back. How and where did we do over on the final BEO? I'm sure in the big scheme of things, it's not much, but I just ordered the hi res cd of the pix for $1000 so any extra will come in handy!!

SRUAlmn
07-31-2007, 10:55 PM
They never checked ours, just asked who wanted to stay and gave them the wristbands. I'm glad I checked, since we had 4 people who decided at the reception not to go to the dessert party at all and I only had two desserts while they were clearing them away at the end. What a waste! Of course the fireworks photos make it all worthwhile!

I'm really just wanting to see it all on paper to make sure it's correct. Maybe they just figure if they're refunding us anything it won't matter but I was wondering why only $850 of the $1500 deposit was coming back. How and where did we do over on the final BEO? I'm sure in the big scheme of things, it's not much, but I just ordered the hi res cd of the pix for $1000 so any extra will come in handy!!


That's what I wanted too. A detailed print out of the final charges and what was under and if anything went over. I don't like how they just give you a total. I went through our BEO and checked what everything should have ended up being, but we shouldn't have to do that part :)

I really want our photo CD from our MK shoot too (ours is $500 since we only had the MK shoot) and it just seems so hard to justify paying that much for a CD with like 50 pictures on it.

livinthedisneydream
08-01-2007, 02:41 PM
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So my mom and I and the kids arrive at the Polynesian. For the first three nights my little family is shacking up with my parents. We are then moving to the King Kamehameha suite with other family members. We originally had the suite booked for 3 nights but the other family wasn't coming till a day later so we decided to cut costs and stay with my parents another night.

We were in a garden view concierge room #1520, the second to last from the end. It is the same room we had for Easter 2006 and was just as nice. There is a little patio and a plant bed that gives some privacy without totally blocking the view. Lots of ducks and bunnies around too.
Chillin at the Poly---probably watching the top 7 must sees for the first of a million times!
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The renovated rooms are so pretty. The only drawback is the bathroom setup. With only one sink and it being inside the bathroom (unlike at other newer deluxes with two sinks outside the toilet/shower area). This was kind of a pain with all the people in the room, but we would just send the others to the lounge while we got ready so it worked out fine. We also had our 4 giant boxes that we'd shipped down with welcome bags and other items so we really didn't spend too much time in the room!

As usual, the concierge lounge was fantastic! The food offerings were wonderful and the staff was so friendly and helpful. Plus, you cannot beat watching the fireworks from the lounge with the music piped in while sipping your special Poly "punch" or other adult bevvie. OK, maybe watching from the beach down below which we did on another night too!

Here's a pic of one of Chef Dick's creations in the lounge at dinnertime.
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That day we went to Epcot and looked around a while. Then ate dinner at the lounge (when it's that hot outside, the lounge offerings, especially at the poly, are usually enough to tide us over) Pretty uneventful day but we wanted to rest up we had MGM tomorrow.

NJtoATL
08-01-2007, 03:12 PM
I just love your review and pictures of the Disney Renewal. I plan on doing the same for my 15th Wedding Anniversary in 2011. You have a lot of creative ideas. A woman after my own heart

livinthedisneydream
08-01-2007, 03:33 PM
Today we had breakfast in the lounge. Most days, this was the routine. We also learned quickly to shower in the evenings before we went to bed, because it was just so darn hot. It was complete ponytail weather.

Anyway, we then went over to MGM. Now here I am breaking my big rule. I almost always do split stays. I have no problem changing resorts, in fact I love to do it. However, I usually plan my parks around the resorts we are staying at, thus minimizing the need for buses. With 3 kids and a stroller, the buses are our enemy! So, off we go to MGM with not too many stops. We have lunch at the Sci Fi which we haven't been to in a while. But, since we're with my mom I thought she'd get a kick out of it.
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My kids love MGM. We did the Animation tour which is cute and vow to come back to get a pix with Ratatouille characters when DH arrives (of course, we never do---when at Disney if you see it, do it, don't put it off!)

We arrive about 10 minutes early for our ADR and the place is packed. My 2 yo is not to happy about waiting today. We are finally seated and we spend the time trying to keep DD happy. Mom loves how neat the inside of the restaurant is. We decide to split a burger which was good. However, for the time we spent here, we could've eaten at Victoria and Alberts. It was sooooooo slow! Kind of murphy's law when you've got a fussy toddler on your hands. Anyway the food was pretty good. The kids got the tumblers with raspberry lemonade and the glow in the dark Cap Hook and Tink. We thought these were pretty cute but miss the old days when the kids meals were served on a glow in the dark frisbee w/Sci Fi logo on it.

My pix did not turn out well inside but here's one after we're done
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After lunch, we do Playhouse Disney live which DD loves and Great Movie Ride. My kids all love this ride and the wait wasn't too bad. We're in the main room getting close to the front and then it seems like we're just stuck in the same place not moving. The kids are watching the movies and don't care, but I'm wondering what's going on. Finally, a cm comes on the microphone to tell us they're experiencing technical difficulties due to the severe thunderstorms outside. What?, thunderstorms? So, he tells us to stay put since it is a "torrential" downpour and we are all cool and dry. We sit down in the row and try to get comfy. About 5 minutes later, middle Ds says he needs to use the potty. Oh, great, can't you hold it? No, mommy. Ok, so I ask the cm where the nearest restroom is and he's like "you're going to want to stay put, it's really bad out there. The reason we can't let anyone into the ride is that the people getting off the ride won't leave the exit b/c of the thunderstorm so it's totally backed up. The bathrooms are across the "street" and you'll get soaked and may not be able to get back in. Great!:sad2:

So, I go back to my mom to drop off DD. She's fussy. My mom's like, "you better take her with you, she won't stay with me" OK, great, now I get to get soaked AND take DD so she gets soaked too! But what can I do---we're off. At first, we're laughing b/c it's crazy how bad it's raining. There's NO ONE walking around. Everyone's wondering why we're crazy enough to leave our shelter. In hindsight, I could've just let him pee his pants, he would've had a shower walking out of the park anyway:rotfl:

We make it across the street and he does his business. While debating if we should wait until it slows down a bit to cross back over, a nice boy in a wheelchair starts talking to us. Turns out, he's on a "make a wish" trip and was just so excited to tell us all about it. He was just so sweet and we loved hearing all about his Orlando adventures. Just when you're feeling bad for yourself and the kind of day you're having, something comes along to make you remember how good you've really got it!

Anyway, we decide to head back to the Great Movie Ride. Now we're wet and it's cold in there and DD is ready for a nap. Of course, my mom and oldest DS want to stay put since they're dry but I tell them no way, we're done. We go out to the stroller and I dump out the 3" of rain in the seat before trying to put soaked DD in it. She wants no part of it so now I'm carrying all 30# of her and pushing middle DS (5yrs) in the stroller. My mom is walking with her umbrella staying dry. We get to the bus stop and thankfully DD falls asleep while I'm holding her. Then comes the fun part, we wait 40 minutes---yes, 4-0 minutes for a bus! This is why I save MGM until the time we are staying at an Epcot resort. When we went later in the trip and were at the Boardwalk, we just walked along the river!

We get back to the poly and I lay DD down wet clothes and all to continue sleeping. We then realize that it's after 5 and the evening offerings would be out in the lounge. I go down and make us a plate and grab that terrific "punch". After that, we just hung out, got dry and waited for DH and my stepdad to arrive. Since they didn't get to the resort until later, we just had desserts in the lounge and watched the fireworks from there.

Lesson learned---you just can't count on the busses!