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disneycub
12-06-2000, 07:39 PM
In Memoriam:

One year ago on December 6, 1999, my dad, Bob Olmsted passed away from a massive heart attack. He was 75 years old. Though he didn't understand my lifestyle, and I didn't understand why, in his later years he and I started getting along. He mellowed....I mellowed, and we became friends. I miss him terribly. But the legacy he left behind will always stay in my heart.

This has been a very unusual vacation. I'm sleeping more, I'm relaxing more, and am having a wonderful time. I "slept in" again, and we didn't get to Early Entry at MGM until around 8:00. No big deal. The park was quiet, and Rock n' Roller Coaster, the Tower of Terror (fear every drop!!), and Muppet Vision 3D (love Piggy and Fozzie Bear) were all walk-ons. Cast Members were out discouraging people from using Fast Pass at all.

At 10:00, we went to the Disney Vacation Club kiosk on Sunset Boulevard and met Byron, our salesperson, and went over to the Boardwalk Villas for a look-see. They are presently selling the Wilderness Lodge Villas. We had a very pleasant time with Byron, and I've decided to join!! I go over tomorrow afternoon to sign the paperwork, and we'll then close in about a month. The Villas are beautiful. They follow the Wilderness Lodge theming, with which I am very comfortable. Decided to give myself 24 hours to sleep on it just to be sure, but with my love of Disney, it's a natural, far as I'm concerned. End of commercial.

We received a free lunch for touring the models, so we went to some brewing company (can't remember the name...my memory is going) and enjoyed our meal.

We then took the Friendship boat over to MGM, picked up our rental car, and came back to the lodge for a nap (I'm seeing a pattern of naps this time around).

After our rest, we headed over to Epcot for the Tapestry of Nations, the Candlelight Processional and dinner.

The Candlelight Processional was wonderful. The guest conductor, Maestro Mark Davis, was just outstanding. You could see how much he was enjoying himself. The Walt Disney World orchestra, The Voices of Liberty, and the mass choir of high school students were outstanding. I experienced some grief, as I realized how much my dad would have enjoyed seeing this presentation. He was a musician, as am I, and I could see him conducting, and me playing one of my instruments. When the choir sang "Silent Night," Disney "snow" began to fall throughout the theater. It truly was a glorious program. The narrator, Joe Mantegna, did a fine job of telling the Christmas story. Great moustache, Joe!

We had dinner at Marakesh in Morocco. We both had beef shish kabobs. After dinner, we wandered through Future World, listening to the Christmas music, looking at the lights, and watching that amazing fountain. Also bought a soft-sided pin case to display my ever-growing collection. With the Candlelight dinner package I bought, I also enjoyed a 15% discount on all that I bought in Epcot.

Tomorrow: Animal Kingdom, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (sold out from what I understand). Hope to meet many DIS members there.

Expenses:

Mousekeeping Tip: $2.00
Breakfast: $3.00
Lunch Tip: $4.00
Candlelight Dinner Package: $90.10
Gifts: $145.00
Pin Stuff: $54.00

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Beverly Lynn
12-07-2000, 07:21 PM
at least you got to make peace with him Steve.

now on a different note here....I am totally bummed out that I never got to bump into you and meet you in person. maybe next time around it will happen!

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disneycub
12-08-2000, 06:59 PM
Me too, Beverly. I'll be back in October, as a new DVC member. Yay!

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LisaTx
12-09-2000, 07:43 AM
I'm so sorry about the sudden loss of your dad, Steve. As Beverly said, it's nice that you had the chance to get closer to him.

Wow! A DVC member, that's great. :D

I've heard only great things about the CP. It will definitely be on our must see list if we ever get down there during the holidays.

Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Lisa :)

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Marla Hellwig
01-22-2001, 06:30 PM
Another great Disney day for all. Thanks for posting!