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Tarheel Tink
01-13-2001, 07:00 AM
Tarheel Tink- Saturday 12/9/00 Check out

Our final day- depression sets in. We have express check out. I checked the bill over and found an error. The previous day we had split the bill at the Ice Cream Social; we put ours on our room card and the others paid cash. The bill showed us paying half and then again paying for all of it. Luckily I found it before we left so I called the desk and they credited it. The credit did show up on my next statement.

We packed up the car and could just barely get everything in. Our housekeeper was delighted to take our floral display- still stunning after 6 days! We left Dixie Landings and drove to Downtown Disney Marketplace to do the shopping Mom had inquired about repeatedly. A very long line had formed outside of World of Disney for a holiday pin being released. After a breakfast at McDonalds, we hit the World of Disney and Mom found her remaining gifts including a great Seven Dwarfs shirt for herself. I found the fairy godmother pin and got two- one for myself and one to send to Julia. We went through the Christmas Shop and I got more plants to replug my dolphin topiary I had purchased in May.

We ate lunch at Rainforest Cafe using our Safari Club Card(and our 10 dollar off Safari Club coupon we got for joining the other day). Has anyone else seen the rack of ribs they serve?!! It looks like something you would see on the Flintstones! The man at the next table got it and we could not take our eyes off of it! Our meal was very good and we sat right under a very neat gorilla that Mom imitated on video- too cute! His Santa hat with leopard print tassel and trim was for sale in the gift shop- a must have for me! Earl bought some frog items for an exotic frog fancier he works with.

As we headed back to the car, we stopped at the Gourmet Pantry and bought some items to put in the cooler for our dinner on the road (deli sandwiches, Greek salad, pickles). A chocolate shake from Ghiradelli’s was the final purchase before we get in the car and sadly leave WDW.

BUT- our excitement did not end there!

First- we had a "hidden mickey" of a speeding ticket on the way home. Mom and I were asleep so awoke to a screeching of brakes. It was a 3 car stop by a SC highway patrolman. He did looked a little bemused when he looked in our car at Mom in her Santa hat with Pooh ears, hopper pass and room key hanging around her neck and her WDW fanny pack still on surrounded by WDW shopping bags full to the brim. I had on my annual pass hanging around my neck along with my Snow White shirt, Earl in Eeyore shirt and an Eeyore beanie on the dashboard.

Upon our return home my mother was really tired and over the next few days did not feel better so went to her doctor and had some tests. We ended up with her in the emergency room and she was admitted into the hospital. Ultrasound found gallstones so surgery was planned but she primarily was having cardiac problems. (Imagine me writhing in guilt). If you can believe it, we just got her out of the hospital after a three week stay. Of course, on Christmas Day in the hospital, all were treated to the sight of Mom in the now famous Santa hat with Pooh ears!

During the same time, my oldest dog Bree (a retired champion Weimaraner) went into renal failure so was ill the same amount of time on IV fluids and numerous medications. She survived skinny as a rail so we are working on fattening her and Mom up right now!

Despite it all, Mom had a great time and loved all of it (except for Dinosaur!!!). She was hard pressed to choose favorites but Merrie and Julia chose MVMCP, Brown Derby's Oyster/Brie soup, Fantasmic and the dinner package seating, the Christmas parade, the ice cream sandwich from Sleepy Hollow, the cinnamon-sugar pecans from the wagon in Epcot, Osborne Family Lights, Rose and Crown restaurant, Animal Kingdom (gorillas and tigers antics), AK walking trails, Wilderness Lodge, and the rides at night (teacups, Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion).

Thank you to all who contribute to this site- we were able to do so much with all the hints and advice. If you were in the parks during this time and saw a wheelchair flying down an incline with the woman in the Pooh Santa hat giggling with her arms in the air, I apologize for our enthusiasm. My husband just could not stop himself from trying to scare her and she couldn't stop pretending she was doing the Splash Mountain "look, no hands!" poise as he flew her around! Another Disney addict is formed!

Tarheel Tink

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whosezMN
01-13-2001, 08:29 AM
Tink -- what a great report!! I'm sorry to hear your Mom was sick afterward, but thank goodness she wasn't sick *AT* Disney World.

I'm glad you all had such a great time. Thanks for posting!

Sandy

Beanie
01-13-2001, 09:36 PM
Sorry to hear about your Mom...Those Pooh ears must have been a cute sight in the hospital! Thanks for posting...I loved reading these!!

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wmears13
01-13-2001, 10:23 PM
LOVED your report. You're so lucky to be able to take your Mom. DH & I took mine in '96. Sadly, we lost her in '99 just as we were planning a return trip.
Your Mom sounds so much like mine-determined to enjoy her trip with Disney-style enthusiasm. Love the santa-pooh hat! I've found, through talking with others, that not everyone is blessed to enjoy their Moms like you and I.
I would tell you to treasure her but it's obvious you do! :)

hedgehogcs
01-13-2001, 10:29 PM
I'm another Tarheel-er! Thanks for the detailed reports! Sounds like your Mom is a real go-getter. I'm glad you all had such fun & that she didn't get sick until you got home.

I am trying to persuade my older sister to come along on a 'just us girls' trip with me later this year - we lost our Mom 12 years ago and can't enjoy the privilege of sharing the magic with her. Sharing it together would be the next best thing.

Thanks for posting your reports!

snuggles
01-14-2001, 04:36 AM
You had quite an eventful day! I would have loved to see the policemans face when he saw your mom in the car. I'm glad everyone is feeling better now and getting ready for another trip. Thanks for posting. http://www.wdwinfo.com/sites/family/ffflower2.gif

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figmentvi
01-15-2001, 02:40 AM
Thanks for writing a wonderful report. My DH and I are planning on taking his Mom to WDW in Dec. She will also be in a wheelchair and it was great to read about the easy accessability. My MIL is also a "feisty" woman and so I really enjoyed reading about your Mom's antics.

Mackey Mouse
01-15-2001, 08:52 AM
Great trip report, hope your Mom is doing ok,please keep us posted on her,she was such a trooper..

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tkyes
01-15-2001, 11:27 AM
What a WONDERFUL trip report. Thank you so much for taking the time to do it.

What a special thing to take your mom to Disney. Sounds like you have created some very special memories!

Tamie :)

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joshua4
01-15-2001, 03:05 PM
Hope your mom is feeling better. Thanks for the great reports.

Rajah
01-15-2001, 03:47 PM
I'm sorry to hear your mom (and your dog) ended up in the hospital, but I'm glad to hear she enjoyed herself! And are you sure Merrie and Julia picked "favorites" without listing 3/4 of the trip? :D Not that there's a problem with considering the entire trip a favorite, mind you... ;)

I'm imagining the look on that policeman's face now. "And where are you coming from, folks?" "Gee, can't you guess?" :D

Thanks for the report :D

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Credit Man
01-16-2001, 11:39 AM
Enjoyed reading all your reports.

casmanuel
01-16-2001, 02:14 PM
I read all of your trip reports in reverse order. I really enjoyed them and loved hearing what a good time you gave your mom. I hope she is feeling better. Doggie too. Thanks for the reports.

Tarheel Tink
01-17-2001, 05:43 AM
Thanks so much for your kind concern over my mother! I read her your replies and she is very touched. She is doing well and improves daily (although she does say she's not up for a return trip quite yet,LOL!). She is enjoying our video and photos (and reading this trip report).

Tarheel Tink

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Disneyland multiple times
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minniecarousel
01-17-2001, 09:12 AM
Oh, Tink, I'm so glad your Mom is all right now! She sounded like she had a great time! (In fact - too good of a time!) I'm so glad you had this time with her. And so smart to NOT go during their busy season!
Loved reading all your reports - I especially liked that you arranged to meet your friends for meals, but otherwise, you pretty much went your separate ways. Great idea!

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SandyPA
01-17-2001, 05:23 PM
Hi JIll,
Just wanted to stop in and write to you. Wanted to tell you we enjoyed your trip report. I speak for the kids too. They don't read too much but when they seen it was yours sitting in my livingroom they read it.
Glad your mom is doing better.Glad to hear you had a great trip even thou you got stopped with a speeding ticket. I just can emagine the look on that cops face!LOL
Again, You give yourself a pat on the back for Trip report well done.It was a wonderful book to read. Thank you!
Sandy

Mamu
02-13-2001, 11:03 AM
Tink, Thanks for the wonderful report.

I have enjoyed reading about the great time you all had while at Disney. I'm sure they will be memories that will be treasured. What a wonderful daughter you are.

Sorry to hear about your Mom's illness when you returned.

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Marla Hellwig
02-22-2001, 11:24 AM
Hopefully mom and dog are fully recovered. Sounds like you all had a great Disney trip. Thanks for posting!