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Turtle31
06-28-2009, 08:21 PM
We have just returned home from our 11 day trip to the Beach Club Villas as 1st time DVC members on Deluxe Dining. We had an unbelieveable time and ate way to much food. I will be happy to answer any questions along the way. So sit back and enjoy the ride... it was a long one :goodvibes


Here we are :

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My Goofy DH, Me (Donna),DS and DD

wulfekamp
06-28-2009, 08:46 PM
Last night my wife asked what I wanted for dinner. I said Ribs from whispering canyon. I love the dinning plan and taking my taste buds on a disney food adventure. Sounds like you had a great trip. We were at BCV june 11th to the 19th. It was hot.

Turtle31
06-28-2009, 08:53 PM
Day 1

Today is Tuesday June 16th, we wake up bright and early to leave for Denver International Airport. Our flight leaves at 10:35 and we want to make sure we have time for breakfast at Mesa Verde before boarding our 3 1/2 hour flight to paradise.
We arrive at airport in plenty of time and enjoy 5.00 dollar chocolate milk :scared1:

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While at breakfast my DH makes an announcement: This morning upon getting up he has decided to quit smoking ( which is something I have begged him to do for about 5 years). He threw away his lighter, his cigarettes,his hand sanitizer and he thinks he is cured. Rest assured we will be revisiting this topic VERY shortly. :lmao: His philosopy was that we would be so busy and since the smoking areas are limited he would Magically be able to quit.

We board our plane on time at 10:35

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The flight was LONG but smooth. We arrive in Orlando on time at 4:45 local time. We decide at this point that we will stop in the airport and eat at Wendy's to avoid everyone starving and being unhappy on the bus.

Next stop :

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We are on our way :woohoo::woohoo:

Turtle31
06-28-2009, 08:55 PM
Last night my wife asked what I wanted for dinner. I said Ribs from whispering canyon. I love the dinning plan and taking my taste buds on a disney food adventure. Sounds like you had a great trip. We were at BCV june 11th to the 19th. It was hot.

HOT does not even begin to describe what was felt at Animal Kingdom on June 21st :rotfl:

GGOOFY1
06-28-2009, 08:59 PM
popcorn::I am along for the ride. Can't wait for the updates!!

Turtle31
06-28-2009, 10:22 PM
We are sitting back and enjoying our ride on the Magical Express. The bus first stops at POR, then we stop at Boardwalk, next Yacht Club and before you know it the four of us are the only ones on the bus ! Next stop, finally Beach Club. This trip is costing us 208 pts and we own 160. Borrowing for our first stay = not a good sign ! :scared:

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As we get off the bus a very nice CM by the name of Nancy is there, she says did you have a nice flight Bradley ? My son says yes and I wonder "Did I say his name exiting the bus ?" She then says Welcome HOME ******* Family ----- and it hits me .. she has on a headset and they have been waiting for us. I have the biggest smile on my face, this made us feel so special. She then walks us inside and right up to the front desk, she introduces us like royalty to the CM and bows to leave. I am left speechless.

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We are then given a brief run down of our dining plan, have our tickets added to our keys to the world card and lastly our given our room. We are assigned to Villa #422

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Our plan is to go to the room get changed into swimsuits and hit the pool.

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The kids and I start to change into swimsuits and DH says he is not swimming. He is acting very pissy now and I think to myself dang we stopped and ate at the airport like he wanted..... then it hits me..... he needs a cigarette already .... We beg him to go swimming with us and he just becomes more irritable. He comes down by the pool with us and I proceed to tell him that he better go get a cigarette before he kills someone. He rolls he eyes, disappears and we go swimming without him. I am a little bummed out but I get over it. I realize very quickly we are not going to be able to handle him quiting smoking on vacation !!

Here is what cheered me up :

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Day 1 : To be cont'd

Jillpie
06-28-2009, 10:55 PM
BCV's is our home resort!! LOVE this report:thumbsup2. We just finished a wonderful BC vacation ourselves in April, so I'm hanging on closely to yours. I can't WAIT for more, and check out my signature, SAB is my happy place!!:cloud9: So what is your home resort btw?

Turtle31
06-29-2009, 12:10 AM
BCV's is our home resort!! LOVE this report:thumbsup2. We just finished a wonderful BC vacation ourselves in April, so I'm hanging on closely to yours. I can't WAIT for more, and check out my signature, SAB is my happy place!!:cloud9: So what is your home resort btw?

Our home resort is BCV also :banana:
When we originally started to plan our journey to Disney World we were booked at the Carribean Beach Resort on the buy 4 nights get 3 free program. Last August (08') we stayed 11 nights at POR- we were on deluxe dining on that trip also and visited The Cape May Cafe,The Yachtsman Steakhouse and Beaches n Cream. We loved the resort but I just kept thinking we could never afford this.... Then I started looking into DVC.
In March my mom passed away,she had been sick for a long while with lupus. She left money for my sister and I. And I knew immediatly what I would do. My mother was the reason I feel in love with Disney.... she even took me and my sister on the Disney Cruise for Christmas one year (I was 14.) I also felt it was a way that my whole family would benefit for years to come. And I knew in my heart it was something my mother would have been so proud of me for doing.
I called up DVC and got connected with Gib McCain. He told me he had a 160 pt contract available and he would call reservations immediatly to see if we could get booked for our June trip. I was keeping my fingers crossed because my original reservation was going to be in the 2000.00 range and I didn't want to waste the money. He called back and :banana: our dates free for a studio for the entire stay. I don't know how in the world it worked out so perfect but it did. (And after the rough start to the year - I needed a break.) I called up and cancelled our stay at CBR and started replanning everything!!! Looking back -- it would have made for one hell of a pre-trip report ! But my family expects me to do other things --- like laundry and cook meals, oh yeah and every once in a while I work too :happytv:

SunnieRN
06-29-2009, 01:38 AM
How fantastic, what a great legacy your Mothers gift will give your family!! Looking forward to more!

Silly Little Pixie
06-29-2009, 03:59 AM
can't wait to hear more! popcorn::

DVC Mike
06-29-2009, 05:30 AM
Glad to see some pics of BCV. We're looking forward to staying there again in October.

momtotanmanandraerae
06-29-2009, 07:29 AM
I am enjoying your trip report! We leave in 19 days to stay the week at BCV! We love it there! SAB and the walk to Epcot are the best parts of staying there!

Simba's Mom
06-29-2009, 09:24 AM
OMG, you were in #422! Of all my stays at BCV, that had the most terrific view, especially of Illuminations!

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Did you see get to see Illuminations from there? I was wondering, though, what was the condition of the villa now? I remember that it was the only time I complained to maintenance because the room was so "tired", stains etc. Hopefully the room has been rehabbed (plus this was 2 years ago). But I absolutely loved it and would love to get that villa again. And did you get to see any movies on the beach? That's something I really enjoy at BCV.

mommyoftwinfants
06-29-2009, 10:02 AM
staying at BCV in 20 days :woohoo:, can't wait to read more:banana:

bobbiwoz
06-29-2009, 10:06 AM
Thanks for your pictures! I had the exact same response to seeing YC/BC for the first time, that we never could afford it. We bought into DVC and within 3years we added BCV to our home resorts. I knew that if we ever didn't get into it at 7 months for a whole family summer vacation, it would be very sad.

Enjoy your trip! (OK...I just reread your post, you're home!) Looking forward to hearing more.

Bobbi:goodvibes

jns
06-29-2009, 10:41 AM
Great report so far
waiting hard to hear more
This is my only regret about our DVC that we didn't try for a resale at BCV instead of buying into SSR, never know at the time you could do this but so far we have been lucky to get BCV at the 7 month window

MinnieGirl33
06-29-2009, 11:44 AM
I quit smoking on a trip to WDW in Sept 2004. Cold turkey, haven't touched one since.

Anxious to hear how your husband made out!

Turtle31
06-29-2009, 02:39 PM
popcorn::I am along for the ride. Can't wait for the updates!!

:moped: Here WE GO !!- Make sure to fasten your seat beats - because 'THIS HERE IS GOING TO BE THE WILDEST RIDE IN THE WILDERNESS!! - Sorry couldn't resist !!

How fantastic, what a great legacy your Mothers gift will give your family!! Looking forward to more!

Mom would be proud for sure - it will be a gift that will keep giving smiles to her grandkids (and myself) - for years !

can't wait to hear more! popcorn::

Thank goodness the laundry room is close to the computer !

Glad to see some pics of BCV. We're looking forward to staying there again in October.

I have way more pictures than I thought I did - but now I realize my camera isn't going to cut it. Need a major upgrade ...

I am enjoying your trip report! We leave in 19 days to stay the week at BCV! We love it there! SAB and the walk to Epcot are the best parts of staying there!

The walk to Epcot was amazing ! I think we may even get hoppers next time so that we can eat more dinners in the World Showcase - plus Illuminations is my favorite.

Turtle31
06-29-2009, 03:07 PM
Did you see get to see Illuminations from there? I was wondering, though, what was the condition of the villa now? I remember that it was the only time I complained to maintenance because the room was so "tired", stains etc. Hopefully the room has been rehabbed (plus this was 2 years ago). But I absolutely loved it and would love to get that villa again. And did you get to see any movies on the beach? That's something I really enjoy at BCV.

We did see Illuminations from our balcony - it was so awesome. Except that my sister called from California - with an emergency- Micheal Jackson had died and she didn't know if we had a tv I guess :lmao: When it came to interupting my fireworks - she quickly found out this was not an emergency !!

I would say that the studio was in good shape. Everything worked great and the storage space for all our crap was wonderful. The only very noticable stain was a white splash of sort at the top of the couch back - almost looked like the couch got nicked with a little paint, when some touch up was being done possibly. But other than that no problems. We did get to see some movies on the beach and that will be coming up towards the end of the trip - When we run out of steam at the parks early !!

Turtle31
06-29-2009, 03:08 PM
staying at BCV in 20 days :woohoo:, can't wait to read more:banana:

I will go and be your personal tour guide - just let me know !!


Thanks for your pictures! I had the exact same response to seeing YC/BC for the first time, that we never could afford it. We bought into DVC and within 3years we added BCV to our home resorts. I knew that if we ever didn't get into it at 7 months for a whole family summer vacation, it would be very sad.

Enjoy your trip! (OK...I just reread your post, you're home!) Looking forward to hearing more.

Bobbi:goodvibes

My DH has already said - "We will never stay anyplace else" - And "How do we add more points !" - And he is the budget freak !!

Great report so far
waiting hard to hear more
This is my only regret about our DVC that we didn't try for a resale at BCV instead of buying into SSR, never know at the time you could do this but so far we have been lucky to get BCV at the 7 month window

Thanks for the complement - I am having fun thinking about all the stuff we did. I actually thought about buying somewhere cheaper through resale - but knew that I would have a mutiny on my hands if we had to stay at OKW or SSR (the properties I was thinking would end up saving money.) - plus it was a great point for my DH to see that the value held as far as resale (which I will never do lol ).


I quit smoking on a trip to WDW in Sept 2004. Cold turkey, haven't touched one since.

Anxious to hear how your husband made out!
This will be covered in my next installment !

Brian Noble
06-29-2009, 07:15 PM
I think we may even get hoppers next time so that we can eat more dinners in the World Showcase
A friend of mine almost always recommends skipping the hopper option. Waste of money, he says. Just visit one park each day, you'll have plenty to do. The exception? If you're staying at BCV/BWV, you must have hoppers for dinner!

Cyndibear
06-29-2009, 08:39 PM
My mother was the reason I feel in love with Disney.... she even took me and my sister on the Disney Cruise for Christmas one year (I was 14.) I also felt it was a way that my whole family would benefit for years to come. And I knew in my heart it was something my mother would have been so proud of me for doing.

Just love your report so far! So nice that you were able to honor your Mom like this! Brought a tear to my eyes!

Can't wait to hear more......

Cyndi

mommyoftwinfants
06-29-2009, 09:07 PM
I will go and be your personal tour guide - just let me know !!

Do you have any BWV tips or secrets?:worship:

Turtle31
06-30-2009, 01:57 AM
Day 1 cont'd

We are at the pool for about 30 minutes and the wind starts to whip up and then thunder. Uh- oh ... the lifeguard calls out that electrical activity has been reported with in close proximity and they must clear the pool.

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At this point I am happy that the lifeguard is making everyone get out of the pool - because now I don't have to be the bad guy!:lmao: As we walk back to the table where we had put our stuff, here comes DH, he is clueless. I tell him they have cleared the pool and we should go back to the room to change into nice clothes for our Flying Fish adr. He seems to have chilled out a little bit, and I was grateful for that.

When we got back to the room I began taking some pictures of the room and our view from the balcony :

Eiffel Tower in the distance:


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Looking Downward:

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The kids and I then begin to quickly change into dry clothes. As we walk back through the lobby towards the boat we realize we better hurry - we are about to become wet in our dry clothes !!

We get outside and start running for the lighthouse
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There is a boat - people are getting off and running our direction. It is just drizzling barely, the people who are running down the plank say " The boat is stopped ! It won't be going anywhere. " My DH starts yelling - run, run for the hotel !! The kids and I turn and run straight for The Yacht Club lobby. We are inside two seconds and rain and wind like we don't ever see in Colorado breaks lose.

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Then it hits me - no boat - no Flying Fish :( I go to the desk at The Yacht Club and they say "Maybe a bus will start to run to the boardwalk." But they seem really unsure. My DH says even if they send a bus by the time we get there we will be soaked. My DD is terrified of weather and begins freaking out. She is very concerned about funnel clouds. (I should have NEVER let her see Wizard of Oz.) I spend the next ten minutes trying to calm her and myself down. And then it hits me - We are stuck in The Yacht Club people - at The Happiest Place on Earth ! So I walk around the hallway and up to the desk at The Yachtsman Steak House. A very nice man there saves our evening. They can seat us within 30 minutes.

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We are seated at about 9:15 (which thankfully is only 7:15 to us due to time zone issues) -

Our waiter was a very funny man I think his name was Roberto. He brought us Diet Cokes and a basket of warm bread and left us to look at the menu. When he returned our bread and drinks were gone. He makes a frown and says " What you no like the bread?" He says let me go talk to someone to see if they can bring a better batch. He then turns on his heel and says " I will find you better drinks also !" We just laughed.
He came back with more bread and drinks right away.

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For the Appetizers we ordered the Chilled Seafood Salad and Lobster Bisque. The Shrimp was huge and DH finished the Bisque.
The kids got Chicken noodle soup,which my DS said was "the best soup he ever had" - I think he was really hungry !

For our Entrees we both ordered New York Strip Steak with Peppercorn Brandy Sauce and Potato Gratin with Diamond White Cheddar

I am going to have to be honest and say that the steak was way fatty. It did melt in your mouth and the taste was great, but alot of fat. The potatoes were very creamy - perfect.

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For desert because of my Birthday button I was brought this lovely desert, and everyone sang Happy Birthday to me for the first time ! ( I think it is sung about 100 times before we leave for home !! - and I loved every minute of it !)

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Then Roberto posed for a picture with me - What a nice man he was to us.

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Then as if we haven't had enough food already --- because of deluxe dining we all order more desert of course. I decide that since the kids had such fun painting puzzles last year, I will get a puzzle too. They all think I am joking, but I am not ! So here is our desert puzzle.

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The desert comes with one brownie and a cupcake - my daughter threw her brownie on my platter immediatly. We sat there together and painted masterpieces

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It ended up being a perfect evening...

On the walk back to the room I tell DH I am very impressed with his rapid attitude improvement and hopefully tomorrow will be a little easier for him in the struggle to quit smoking. He smiles and says .... cigarettes were 9.25 a pack while you guys were swimming.... I spent my souvenir money for the day..... my jaw drops... and then I just laugh. Love him to death... he tried... but someone could have been killed had he not smoked this afternoon....

We head back to the room and get ready for bed. My DH quickly pulls out the couch and I begin to search the room for pillows and blanket for the pull-out. Nope can't find any.... ( anyone laughing yet.) I call down to mousekeeping.... Umm... can't find pillows and blanket for pull out couch. The nice lady says.. is the couch all the way out already... yes.... she says fold it half way back up and you will reveal a secret compartment that houses the two pillows and a blanket.... I laugh.. now I know I am at Disney World !!! How come no-one told me this !!
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Goodnight !


Day 2: Hollywood Studios - and our first trip of many to Beaches n' Cream

Dreaming of Main St
06-30-2009, 03:22 PM
Thank you for sharing your trip with us. We are very close to purchasing DVC and trying to decide between BLT and BCV resale. I'm really enjoying all of the BCV pictures...even the hallways! Love seeing all of the little details. Looking forward to reading more!

rkwier
06-30-2009, 04:17 PM
Your report just makes me smile. I can't wait for more!

Sandy321
06-30-2009, 04:56 PM
Aww, so sorry your dh had to get a pak - altho I completely understand - I was hoping he found a patch or some nicorette gum!! Better luck to him next time!! :wizard:

enjoying your report - I cant imagine how frightening that storm must've been - and the exercise you got going out to the boat and back!! Good thing Yachtsman got you in!! I love those au gratin potatoes - I didnt know it was a white cheddar cheese - I thought it was the greyere!!

kid-at-heart
06-30-2009, 05:10 PM
Have to admire your husband for trying to quit during vacation. I hope I am not posting a taboo topic. I am an ex-smoker and a psychologist; I say, never try to quit during vacation (unless you are on vacation by yourself). Once the family is back home (now?), your hubby might want to visit your GP and discuss ways to quit smoking. Different folks need different techniques. For me the patch worked great, not so for my husband. He eventually went cold turkey but it was rough (for all of us). A friend of mine was able to get a Rx for Prozac and the patch. She swore by the technique. :confused3

I am really enjoying your report. Keep it coming. Your kids look like they enjoyed the "rain night".

ShuisFan584
06-30-2009, 05:18 PM
It's nice to hear you had such a great trip. I can't wait to see some more pictures.

After our next trip in August, BCV will be one of two DVC resorts in WDW we haven't stayed at yet. I'm hoping to stay there for my honeymoon next year (mostly because I've been dying to use that pool!)

And it's funny how you talk about already borrowing from next year. When my parents first joined, we borrowed pretty much all of the points from the next year for our first trip! My parents have never had to bank points because we always need to borrow. And yet they still think they have enough points. Luckily, I bought my own membership this past October so that we have more points to use.

Mahusky
06-30-2009, 05:22 PM
Great popst cant wait to read the remaining 10 days.... I have pulled down the hand rail and am waiting for a crazy ride!!!!!

ccigliano
06-30-2009, 08:44 PM
Enjoying the trip report and looking forward to hearing more. Hopefully - your husband will quit soon if he hasn't already.:thumbsup2

Turtle31
06-30-2009, 09:21 PM
Do you have any BWV tips or secrets?:worship:

Going to have to be honest .... not any secrets that will make you bring me on your trip I am sure !

Thank you for sharing your trip with us. We are very close to purchasing DVC and trying to decide between BLT and BCV resale. I'm really enjoying all of the BCV pictures...even the hallways! Love seeing all of the little details. Looking forward to reading more!

I have alot of pictures - the place is so beautiful though - pictures just don't do it justice.

Your report just makes me smile. I can't wait for more!

:) I am glad so many are enjoying it !!

Aww, so sorry your dh had to get a pak - altho I completely understand - I was hoping he found a patch or some nicorette gum!! Better luck to him next time!! :wizard:

enjoying your report - I cant imagine how frightening that storm must've been - and the exercise you got going out to the boat and back!! Good thing Yachtsman got you in!! I love those au gratin potatoes - I didnt know it was a white cheddar cheese - I thought it was the greyere!!


Yeah it would have been nice if he would have told me in advance he was going to quit and I could have bought the gum or patch. At the gift shop it would have probably cost a million dollars !
Since we ate so much desert - I am thankful for the pre-dinner run now :) I would have never know what kind of cheese it was on the potatoes except that I looked on allears. They are so good !!


Have to admire your husband for trying to quit during vacation. I hope I am not posting a taboo topic. I am an ex-smoker and a psychologist; I say, never try to quit during vacation ](unless you are on vacation by yourself). Once the family is back home (now?), your hubby might want to visit your GP and discuss ways to quit smoking. Different folks need different techniques. For me the patch worked great, not so for my husband. He eventually went cold turkey but it was rough (for all of us). A friend of mine was able to get a Rx for Prozac and the patch. She swore by the technique. :confused3

I am really enjoying your report. Keep it coming. Your kids look like they enjoyed the "rain night".

AMEN to the Bold part in the quote !! If he would have tried to continue to cold turkey it while we were on vacation I may have needed prozac !! And thank you so much for the wonderful tips - I will for sure ask him to talk to our doctor about it. His health of course is something that is very important to all of us as a family. I also have asthma really bad, so him smoking puts a whammy on both of us. He smokes outside and I have to insist he showers before coming to bed otherwise I can't sleep properly. I also think that his little experiment helped to show him how much it affects his own body, I don't think he realized how hard it would be.


It's nice to hear you had such a great trip. I can't wait to see some more pictures.

After our next trip in August, BCV will be one of two DVC resorts in WDW we haven't stayed at yet. I'm hoping to stay there for my honeymoon next year (mostly because I've been dying to use that pool!)

And it's funny how you talk about already borrowing from next year. When my parents first joined, we borrowed pretty much all of the points from the next year for our first trip! My parents have never had to bank points because we always need to borrow. And yet they still think they have enough points. Luckily, I bought my own membership this past October so that we have more points to use.

The pool is unreal, the sand beneath your feet is so nice after a long day on the pavement at the parks. It had watervolley ball for my son. They used a rope - strung funoodles across the whole rope and used a large beach ball. Making it fun and possible for kids of all ages to play. My daughter loved the smaller slide at the back of the ship and she made so many sand castles.
Next year we will go in October for our 11 days, which help some since the nights are less points. And if I have to I will buy more !

Great post cant wait to read the remaining 10 days.... I have pulled down the hand rail and am waiting for a crazy ride!!!!!
Glad you are enjoying it !

Enjoying the trip report and looking forward to hearing more. Hopefully - your husband will quit soon if he hasn't already.:thumbsup2

Not yet but hopefully soon. Now that he back to the "real" world he needs a few days to recover before getting hit over the head again :lmao:

Turtle31
07-02-2009, 01:46 AM
Day 2 : Hollywood Studios

Today we are heading to Hollywood Studios. We have a 10:05 adr for Hollywood & Vine Play n' Dine Breakfast. Everyone (except for me ) is slow to rise this morning. My DH then tells me that even though it is now 9:00am, at home it is only 7:00 - it will take him days to change to Florida time. Of course my DS hears this and continues to use it every morning....

We leave the room and head for the boat :

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The boat ride takes about 12 minutes and is very enjoyable. The properties along the way are very nice.

Boardwalk:

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The Swan & Dolphin
I loved the clam shell water fountain :
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We arrive and head into the park. My Dh leaves us to run and get fastpasses for Toy Story Mania. We check in at the resturant and hang outside taking a couple more pictures.

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Once we are inside we see Leo :

He immediatly notices that everyone in our family is wearing Orange he points to the stripes on his shirt and his shorts and gives a big thumbs up. It was very cute. My kids (and my hubby) were so impressed that we all matched.

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Next June heads over our way : She also notices we all match - it was funny. Usually I don't know what to say - But I tell June that the month of "June" is my favorite month because of my birthday and a girl loves presents. She puts her hand to her mouth like she is laughing and comes over to give me a hug.

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Next we meet Jo-Jo and Goliath :

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The breakfast had all of the normal breakfast goodies. Nothing really sticks out in my mind as wow as far as the food. But I think breakfast is really hard to mess up. The characters danced around the resturant. And a guy with a headset representing "Johnny and the Sprites" had the kids dancing everywhere. That was fun.

After breakfast we head straight to see the Indiana Jones Show - last year for some reason it was the only show we missed, so this year it was first.

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As we sit here dripping sweat, I realize we ain't in Colorado anymore !!

As soon as the show ends we all agree to find A/C -

Two hours has long since passed and DH runs down to get fastpasses for Rock n' Roller Coaster.

We meet back up at The Animation Station. We watch this funny little show about The Mulan Dragon and see some clips of characters being made. Afterwards we walk through and look at a display of all our favorite characters from the movie UP.

Little Russell:
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Storyboard:

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Dug:

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The kids then play around on the screens making their own designs:

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I notice that at the top of the room is Fro-zone and he is all alone. We run up the stairs and get a pic with him.

Here we are the Orange Family

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Next, I decide it is time to get in line to meet the characters from UP :
Just as we go to enter the line- it is a 30 minute break... crap... I know that if we leave this building now we will never come back... so I urge my DH to hang out and wait. We then end up getting in to a drawing session. We end up drawing a sleepy Donald Duck. At the end - I don't know what my kids drew - My Donald Duck looked like he had smoked crack....:rotfl: And my DH's looked awesome.... (geeky engineer :lmao:)

When we get done drawing the line has begun again for Up.. We get in line and wait and wait.... about 90 minutes... I can't believe I am doing this....
We get up and HOORAY.... all three characters have stayed !!!

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It is now 3:00 - Oh my gosh .... we are starved... and where did the afternoon go ? We decide to get back on the boat and head back to the beach club for Beaches n' Cream.

We arrive and only have a 15 minute wait for a table. :woohoo:

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For my appetizer Onion Rings, DH gets the chili. Both are great - we are so hungry at this point. The kids eat crackers while we wait for the main course.
DH orders the burger and I order the Beef sandwich. Both kids get a boring hot dog. Everything was great.

Here are some pictures of the inside :

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I loved the lights:

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For desert ( the most important part !!)
Dh ordered a brownie sundae:
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I ordered a No Way Jose'- this is my reason for life !

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And my kids ordered the mickey mouse sundae : It was very cute, they even took the stem from the cherry and stuck it in the back to make a tail !!

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After we finish our sugar high, my DH says he will head back to the room with my DD and let her rest for a little while. My son and I stay behind, to settle up the bill. We get back to room and both DH and DD are crashed out... snoring and everything... I can't believe it ! It had only be 20 minutes maybe. I then convince DS that he needs to rest a little too. Once they are all quitely resting I leave the room to take a stroll around the property.

cont'd - property pics........

Turtle31
07-02-2009, 02:39 AM
I head slowly out the door taking it all in : I still can't believe we own a part of this. As I begin my walk, I take a picture of probably one of the most photographed spots.

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Looking to my left : This is the Solarium from the outside:

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Inside the Solarium: ( This is inside the main building.)- The TV is huge

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This is the hallway that leads from the Solarium to the greater part of the Main Buliding:

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When you make a right off of the long hallway you end up in the Grand Lobby :

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Here are random shots taken of the outdoors:

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After I am done with my relaxing walk I head back to the room to wake them back up !! Moaning and groaning they get up and we head back to Hollywood Studios for extra magic hours !!

No one is hungry at this point so we decide we are going to wing it with dinner. Eating late at Beaches n' Cream has made us a little off on the dinner.
We immediatly ride Toy Story Mania and Rock n' Roller Coaster with our fastpasses from earlier. My DD can't ride Rock n' Roller Coaster so this takes a little more time. But my son gets to ride it twice - he is a little nervous but ends up loving it just like last year.
On the way back down the street we stop at the outside counterservice place and eat nuggets and fries - I make a mental note - we are deluxe dining and eating nuggets ( we will try to avoid this at all costs in future !)

After eating we head over and watch The Journey of The Little Mermaid. One of my favorites. Just across the way at Play House Disney on Stage we notice - there is a party going on !! They are pumping the music loud and all kinds of characters are in there dancing. This was a pleasant surprise.

Streamers and bubbles are dropping from the ceiling :

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Characters we missed throughout the day are here too :

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Over in the far right corner they have three Cast Members making balloons for everyone - FREE !!

I decide to get this lovely Mickey Hat : Minnie dances the chicken dance with me !!

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My dear kids decide to get Swords:

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We stay here dancing until after midnight : Mickey and Minnie close down the party... Another wonderful day !!!


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Day 3 : Epcot

kid-at-heart
07-02-2009, 06:49 AM
Love the orange shirts! :thumbsup2 I think it is great that your shirts are all the same color but they do not match. I have seen family groups all wearing the same shirts and on some of the folks the shirts look good and on other family members, not so. I do believe you may have hit upon a perfect solution to identify you as a family, same color, different styles.

mom2rb
07-02-2009, 07:18 AM
I'm having a love/hate thing with your trip report. I love it because I can't wait until my next trip. I hate it because I have sixty-three more days until my next trip. Seeing all your pictures is making me want to go NOW.

JFrey4240
07-02-2009, 07:47 AM
I am really enjoying your trip report! We'll be at BCV on Tuesday and can't wait. Can't wait to read more! :surfweb:

Maribel
07-02-2009, 12:45 PM
I'll be in BCV from July 12th to the 19th in a 2 bedroom villa. I'm enjoying your report in anticipation of things to come. I haven't seen recent trip reports on BCV so thanks for sharing.

Ciciwoowoo
07-02-2009, 01:24 PM
What a fun trip report to read! :goodvibes

wdwlver
07-02-2009, 03:36 PM
Love your trip report!!!

Can't wait to get there!:banana:

Checkers
07-02-2009, 04:33 PM
Thanks for sharing your fun! I just love all the little nooks and crannies where you can sit and relax. Your pictures are great and I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your vacation.:)

kmermaid
07-02-2009, 07:18 PM
Love the pics! We are heading back to our home on the 13th! Your pics are getting me syched :cool1:

Turtle31
07-02-2009, 09:15 PM
I'm having a love/hate thing with your trip report. I love it because I can't wait until my next trip. I hate it because I have sixty-three more days until my next trip. Seeing all your pictures is making me want to go NOW.

I am glad you are love/hating it :rotfl: My pictures are making me want to go back now also.... maybe we could all just move there forever!

I am really enjoying your trip report! We'll be at BCV on Tuesday and can't wait. Can't wait to read more! :surfweb:

Lucky you - Say HI to Mickey for me !!

I'll be in BCV from July 12th to the 19th in a 2 bedroom villa. I'm enjoying your report in anticipation of things to come. I haven't seen recent trip reports on BCV so thanks for sharing.

I may have to buy more points so I can enjoy the one-bedroom villa one day. I think the huge hot tub in-room would be great. But then I wonder if I would ever have time to use it !!

What a fun trip report to read! :goodvibes

Love your trip report!!!

Can't wait to get there!:banana:

Thanks for letting me know you are enjoying it... I am having a lot of fun thinking of all the little things.

Thanks for sharing your fun! I just love all the little nooks and crannies where you can sit and relax. Your pictures are great and I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your vacation.:)

I was amazed at how may areas the resort has to just sit and relax. It was very cute how there were little chairs and couches everywhere for the kids too.

Love the pics! We are heading back to our home on the 13th! Your pics are getting me syched :cool1:

I hope you all have a Magical Time !!

El&Asmom
07-02-2009, 11:54 PM
Great report. We just went to BCV for the first time in April and of course loved it. Though we haven't met a DVC resort yet that we haven't loved.

Enjoy your trip. The pictures are bringing back great memories.

Turtle31
07-03-2009, 01:05 AM
Day 3- Epcot

We have a adr for breakfast this morning at The Princess Storybook Breakfast in Norway. We get up at about 8:30 and start to get ready to go. I am having a hard time breathing this morning when I wake up and have to use my nebulizer for my asthma before we leave. I am little bit disappointed with this because when we visited last in August I experienced complete relief from my asthma. I was hoping this year would give me the same blessing but it did not happen that way.
Once we are all ready we head out the front of the main lobby and down this walk way to Epcot.

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It was unreal, we were inside Epcot in minutes. My DH takes off to get fastpasses for Soarin', and the kids and I begin walking slowly along taking pictures all the way. It was so nice to be able to stroll along and take pictures with out almost anyone around.

It was so humid, I didn't realize at first the camera fogged up !
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The Rose and Crown

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We finally make it all the way to Norway. DH is still off getting fastpasses so we wait to check in for breakfast. While we wait we go inside the little shop and end up buying a Jasmine crown and a stuffed Jasmine doll holding a baby tiger (the stuffed plushes were 50 % off). My son keeps a record of how much I spend on DD - because he is spending all his money on disney racers and the lego store.
Once DH gets back we check in at the podium and are seated just shortly after. My DD first has her picture taken with Belle.

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After we get to the table and I have taken a few photos something seems to be off with the camera. I ask DH who is running the camcorder to take a look. He tells me that when I threw the camera in my bag the dial on it changed and it was on the wrong setting. The first pics I took were all destroyed - I was so mad ! I will continue to curse the camera through out the trip ! I knew I should have just bought one - but I want a really nice one so I have to save my pennies for a while.

IMHO - the Norway breakfast is by far the best place to see the princesses. We were so lucky even Cinderella is here this morning. We also got to meet Sleeping Beauty,Ariel, and Snow White. All my daughters favorites.

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The breakfast food here is really good. Our waitress brought us Orange Juice and drinks very quickly. When she asked if we had dined here before, we told her we had last August with a nice man named Frank as our server. She said she was actually trained by Frank and he had returned home about two months ago. She said that a whole group she had come with 12 months earlier was all leaving at once, it was going to leave Disney in a bind because of so many trained people leaving at once. She decided to stay another 6 months and was really enjoying her travels. She was very pleasant.
At this breakfast a hot plate with sausage,bacon,scrambled eggs and Potato Casserole was brought to the table. They could serve just the potato and I would be okay ! There is also a cold self-serve bar. It includes many pastries, yogurt,cinnamon rolls,and biscuits with fresh jelly and fruit.
After breakfast we head outside - wow it is hot already... Our first ride is the Maelstrom, it was our first time doing this.. it was funny but I won't give anything away ! After the short boat ride we watch the movie about Norway and afterwards exit into this shop.

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I am wishing I could just once be here at the right time to meet the guys from The Deadliest Catch ! But oh well can't have everything.

Thanks to my iphone and an awesome website I have the times and location of all the entertainment and characters at my fingertips. So we make our way around to some of the areas to meet some characters.

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We meet Aurora in France, and Belle. Then we got to meet Jasmine and Aladdin.

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This was my favorite picture:

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After waiting in line to meet the characters and looking in a couple shops it was already time to head to France for lunch.

We are eating at Chef de la France. Right away my kids want to know... " Are there going to be characters ?" I tell them that there will be a surprise, so just behave !
We head into the resturant and order our appitizers and entrees. I got a salad first and then a hamburger and fries. I was not very adventurous, I know. But it was delicious anyway.
For desert Dh and I both ordered the assortment of seasonal sorbet.

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Just as our deserts are served : Here comes the surprise. All through out lunch my family kept asking " What is the surprise?" Even DH was becoming impatient. He kept saying.. what if we finish before the surprise comes. It was so funny, they are the worst at waiting for anything.

Here is the surprise :

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Remi comes right to our table. The french man who is with Remi is a riot. He asks Remi a series of questions and Remi shakes his head yes and no. It was so cool.

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We all agreed that this was a very good lunch.

As we head outside we see a show is starting up : This was totally unexpected and so cool !

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Afterwards Dh runs to go get fastpasses for Test Track and the kids and I get some water. It looks like weather is trying to brew up again.
Once we are back together we head for Japan to watch the drummers.
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As the drummers take the stage the weather does not look good. One of the drummers raises his hand and screams at the sky. And they begin.

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Unforunatly, the wind starts blowing hard and the rain starts. They are forced to end the show and we run into the shop for cover. We end up being stuck in the shop for about an hour. The rain then finally lets up enough that we are able to put on ponchos and convince DD to run with us to America.
We take cover inside and watch the Liberty Singers.

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It was very nice. It was funny when they did the roll call, no-one from Wyoming... my hubby has two friends from there... I told him to drag them to Disney.
After the singing we watch The Show, it was nice to see the show since Hall of Presidents is closed for refurb DH got his educational fix here ! I tried like heck not to fall asleep....sorry... it was dark.. I was tired !!
When we are done the rain has almost completely stopped. We head over to The Land at this point to use our Soarin' fastpasses. This is one of my DH's favorites, among many. Next we ride The Living with the Land boat ... I always love looking for the fruit and veggies shaped like mickey.


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Turtle31
07-03-2009, 01:07 AM
It is now all ready time for our dinner ressie. I am already beginging to wonder... didn't we just eat ?? But we are all ready to sit down and enjoy some cold drinks. It worked out perfect for our adr at The Garden Grill.
Everything here is served family style to the table. We have a nice salad, the meats are flank steak,catfish, and turkey with cranberry. The have really good rolls and potatoes with cornbread stuffing. I wasn't won over by the desert which was a blueberry pie. So I skipped it. And after all that food, it was a good thing !
The resturant here spins very slowly, so you actually end up looking all about The Land. The characters came around fairly quickly. Chip was our favorite. At one point he stoled a groom hat off of one of the guests and was running away with "The Bride." Then he came to our table and took my DD Jasmine crown and put it on DH and made all sorts of laughing guestures. This really got the kids going.

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After dinner we walk over to use our Test Track fastpasses. Once we are done riding,we are beat. So we head back through the World Showcase towards the beach club.
Being able to walk to this park has made it move up on my list !!

All this fun and we haven't even been to Magic Kingdom yet .... That is tomorrow !!

BigEeyore
07-03-2009, 07:18 AM
Hi! I just discovered your TR and am enjoying it immensely! We are staying at BCV for the first time in just under 2 months and I am so excited! Like you, we never dreamed we could afford to stay there before DVC.
Looking forward to more!

Corinne
07-03-2009, 08:03 AM
Enjoying your tr and your photos of my beloved BCV! Here is one funny thing....we have walked over through the International Gateway COUNTLESS times and have never gone down the walkway along the lake, we always walk over the bridge! I think we will have to do that next month! :)

DVCJones
07-03-2009, 08:07 AM
Hi,

Great trip report!!

As I sit here with my DD4 and scrolling through your awesome pictures, I m thinking.....geez, I really need a WDW vacation. Then, my DD says "Mumma, I really wanna go back there (pointing at my computer) NOW!!!!"

I totally agree with her:)

DisneyQueen1320
07-03-2009, 03:52 PM
I love your pictures. BCV is so nice we ate at Beaches and Cream and I fell in love w/BCV.

Turtle31
07-04-2009, 02:26 PM
Hi! I just discovered your TR and am enjoying it immensely! We are staying at BCV for the first time in just under 2 months and I am so excited! Like you, we never dreamed we could afford to stay there before DVC.
Looking forward to more!

:welcome: to my trip report !! I hope you have as wonderful a time as we did.

Enjoying your tr and your photos of my beloved BCV! Here is one funny thing....we have walked over through the International Gateway COUNTLESS times and have never gone down the walkway along the lake, we always walk over the bridge! I think we will have to do that next month! :)

I think I took the pictures of the lower walkway as I was walking over the bridge !! When walking everywhere in 100 degree heat - I would take the short route !!!

I love your pictures. BCV is so nice we ate at Beaches and Cream and I fell in love w/BCV.

Nothing at Disney compares to a No Way Jose' in my mind !! Glad you are enjoying the pics

Hi,

Great trip report!!

As I sit here with my DD4 and scrolling through your awesome pictures, I m thinking.....geez, I really need a WDW vacation. Then, my DD says "Mumma, I really wanna go back there (pointing at my computer) NOW!!!!"

I totally agree with her:)

I really want to go back !! I think we are going to try and go to Disney Land for Christmas -- hopefully I will be able to make it until next October for The World again..

I love your pictures. BCV is so nice we ate at Beaches and Cream and I fell in love w/BCV.

Beaches n' Cream and the No Way Jose ... are my favorites !!

monorailmom
07-04-2009, 03:20 PM
Thanks so much for posting--I'm really enjoying it!! Our trip begins in 44 days--can't wait!

CarolMN
07-04-2009, 06:29 PM
You are now my favorite trip report writer! Thanks so much for sharing - the pictures are great!

Looking forward to the rest of the trip!

CarolMN
07-04-2009, 06:29 PM
You are now my favorite trip report writer! Thanks so much for sharing - the pictures are great!

Looking forward to the rest of the trip!

Turtle31
07-05-2009, 12:01 AM
Love the orange shirts! :thumbsup2 I think it is great that your shirts are all the same color but they do not match. I have seen family groups all wearing the same shirts and on some of the folks the shirts look good and on other family members, not so. I do believe you may have hit upon a perfect solution to identify you as a family, same color, different styles.


Thanks for the compliment on the orange shirts ! I knew that my DH would never go for the matching tye-dye shirt that I see a lot of families wear. When we first got dressed it took him a minute or two to notice we all matched. The funny thing was, I had not gone to any great length to make this happen every day. So on about day four or so I had a yellow shirt, my son and DH did also - but I didn't have a yellow shirt for my daughter. She had a shirt that had a couple yellow flowers so I put it on her. My goofy hubby then proceeded to tease my DD all day, telling her that we had dressed her in a different shirt so no-one knew she was with us. It was funny for the first part of the day - then I had to threaten DH to get him to stop bothering her !!

Thanks so much for posting--I'm really enjoying it!! Our trip begins in 44 days--can't wait!

44 days ... lucky you !! I already started the trip counter on my computer for our Disneyland Christmas Trip - I think it is in the 160's though !

You are now my favorite trip report writer! Thanks so much for sharing - the pictures are great!

Looking forward to the rest of the trip!

WOW .... your favorite ...:thanks: .. I am having so much fun doing this and glad so many are enjoying it.

Turtle31
07-05-2009, 12:59 AM
DAY 4: Magic Kingdom

This morning I wake up again at about 8:30 and let the others sleep until about 9:00. We have a breakfast adr at 1900 Park Fare for 10:30. We are all ready to leave the room at about 9:30 and head for the bus area. The area to wait for the bus has plenty of benches and is covered. We only have to wait a couple minutes for the bus and when it arrives it is empty. I wonder if we are now going to make a bunch of stops, but we do not. So the bus goes straight to Magic Kingdom with about 12 of us on board.
We get to the park at about 10:00, so DH decides he wants to run into the park and get a fastpass for Big thunder mountain. We all go through the turnstiles and wait just in the front.
I take this one picture:

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And I also have a photopass photographer take a couple magic shots of the kids with the "UP" balloons.

Once DH is back from his light jog :lmao: we head up the ramp to take the monorail to The Grand Floridian.

This morning DD has decided to dress as Sleeping Beauty :
This is in the Grand Lobby of the hotel :

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We check in and are quickly seated :

The Mad Hatter comes to our table almost immediatly. He is unbelievable, he keeps going on about me celebrating my birthday, and everyone else at the table having to celebrate their UN- birthday. He says he is so HAPPY we have dropped by for tea. He was very funny.
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Next Tigger bounced by :

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Then we got up to go get food before we missed anyone else coming by. This was by far my favorite buffet breakfast. Usually when you go to most of the buffets there is a right and left side and they are both the same. But at this buffet there are NO repeats. Everywhere you look the food is different. It includes pancakes, mickey waffles, the best french toast ever, homestlye potatoes, and scrambled eggs.

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They also had a made-to-order omlette station. The cook had omlettes for five people going at once, it was fun just watching this. There was also a huge assortment of fruit, yogurt and granola plus cereals. Then as if there isn't enough food, the desert bar is loaded with goodies. The ice cream sundae bar is flowing, and they have cookie bars plus rice crispy treats with mickey sprinkles. This breakfast buffet was UNREAL !!

Once we finally get back to the table Mary Poppins comes by to give an autograph:

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Next Winnie the Pooh stops by:

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Then we have Alice come to our table :
She is so ditzy and funny !! She puts her hand to her cheek and asks my son - "What is a beach bum ?" He says he isn't really sure.. we all are laughing and she said "I think it must be someone who is very handsome and lays on the sand all day." She tells my son she thinks it sounds "very fun." She was Alice 100%.
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Then here comes the Mad Hatter again :

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He is followed by this juicy cupcake - there is a lady that is wearing a microphone and annouces to the whole resturant that it is my birthday. They all start clapping and singing Happy Birthday to me !!

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After breakfast we head back to the Magic Kingdom via the monorail.


Day 4 continues :

Turtle31
07-05-2009, 01:19 AM
Day 4 cont'd

We head down Mainstreet and here it is a sight to behold :

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I don't care how many times I see it, it takes my breath away (even without the asthma :rotfl2:)

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We decide that we are going to head towards Adventureland. We walk past the Jungle Cruise- the wait is already at 60 minutes, so we decide we will catch this one during magic hours. We get to pirates of the carribean and the wait is at 25 minutes. DH decides to run to Splash Mountain to get fastpasses while the kids and I browse inside the pirate store. By the time he returns the wait is at 35 minutes. But we wait anyway. Next we go to The haunted mansion. The wait here is 20 minutes and goes by really fast due to the line always moving. After this we head under the bridge to Fantasy Land... oh my lord... the place is PACKED !
There is a 20 minute wait for Small World... are you serious ! We get in line and then I realize ..why are we waiting outside in the heat? The front of Small World is under construction and we have to weave thorugh a rope outside. Not to long and we are finally in the A/C. And then I get to see some of my favorite people !!


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Next, we see my favorite movie Mickey's Philharmagic. We are able to walk right in and wait in the holding area. The movie is just as good as I remember..... "Let me introduce your dinner."

After the show it is time to start heading across the park to The Plaza for our lunch adr. DH goes and gets another fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain. We check in at The Plaza and the 3:00 parade starts rolling down the street.
We are seated and brought diet cokes. As our app. we both order the tomato soup. It is 100 degrees outside and I am enjoying hot soup. The huge croutons in this creamy soup are so good. Next I order the beef sandwich with no onions or peppers and DH orders the cheeseburger. The kids order grilled chicken on a stick with apple slices and french fries.

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For desert the kids get these cute mickey cones:

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We all end up laughing hysterically at my daughter, the heat has gotten to her brain and she can't find her mouth ....

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My DH and I both get brownie sundaes:
He is saying " You want me to eat what ??"

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As lunch comes to a close, my DH looks at me with puppy dog eyes and says... "UM.. what did you have planned now?" I say, you want to go back to the Beach Club don't you ? And my son starts begging to go swimming. So I say... let's go back to the pool... the park is open until 3am. We feel we will be able to get way more done later when the sun goes down and the park clears out a little.

So we head for the pool:

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We hang out at the pool for a couple hours. At about 7:30 we head back to catch the bus back to Magic Kingdom. We have an 8:00 adr at Crystal Palace. We check in and sit on the patio out front. There are a ton of people waiting, I hear a couple of them saying they have been waiting an hour past their adr time. I am a little worried, but it turns out we are seated with in about 20 minutes.
The buffet here is nothing to write home about IMHO. When we enter the characters are dancing about. We meet piglet and others:

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I am not sure why, maybe the heat, but Eyoree seemed a little off. He came by the table, touched DD on the head and kept walking. He looked like he was almost falling... I told my DH ... he is always kinda tired :)

After dinner we head back outside and everyone has taken up spots for the Wishes fireworks. We decide what the heck... just like it was meant to be a family is called to be seated inside and a bench clears. We quickly grab the bench and watch Wishes like we have never seen before. Perfect view....

Next, we use three fastpasses we have for Big thunder mountain and one fastpass we have for Splash ( we didn't get soaked !-hooray). After this it is already 12:00 - we head back towards the front. We stop along the way to ride the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. We get right on - I am thinking - I bet fantasyland is dead right now. But none of us have the energy so we call it a night and head back to load on the bus.


Next UP: Day # 5 "Rest Day"- and the question - "What happened to our rest day Mom?"

thelionqueen
07-05-2009, 09:05 AM
Fellow DVC Colorodoan here!
Great trip report and pictures, thanks so much for sharing!
We too love BCV, and it is sure to be in our top 3 as long as we own DVC.
Looking at your pictures LITERALLY makes me SOOOOOOO homesick for WDW I don't know if I should read the entire report :lmao:
Just makes my DVC payments easier to pay I guess, keep em' comin!

momoflizandains
07-05-2009, 12:52 PM
Great report!

BigEeyore
07-05-2009, 03:53 PM
Great update! We had dinner at 1900 Park Fare on our last visit - the character interaction was great (Cinderella), but thought the food was just a bit better than OK. Maybe I will give breakfast there a try - sounds like you loved it!

dr&momto2boys
07-05-2009, 05:06 PM
Enjoying your report! Thanks! I'll make my DH wear his B-Day button when we go in September. I hope they make a big deal out of it like they did for you! When we made our ADRs I picked one meal to celebrate his birthday and let Disney know. When DH called back to change the ressie to something else and change where we celebrate his birthday, they said they were going to put a note about his birthday on EVERY meal. He said, "Please, don't." The CM said, "Sorry, I don't think I can honor your wishes about this." :rotfl:

limace
07-05-2009, 06:44 PM
See, this is so frustrating! Just when I think I've decided where I went want to rent for my 40th bday trip in January-pre-purchase of DVC-then along comes a great trip report like yours and changes my mind! :)

And I must know: what is in a No Way, Jose?

Opie100
07-05-2009, 11:10 PM
Great report - we are waiting on ROFR this week on BCV. Sounds like a great trip so far...

toniosmom
07-06-2009, 12:12 AM
Your trip report is wonderful to read and is making me so TIRED!!! It sounds like you are all going at a break-neck pace. I'm happy to hear that you have scheduled a "rest day". I love that you are posting photos -- I have never been to BCV and you are making me want to go ASAP!

We are going to AKV next March, so I have quite a while to wait for my next trip. The beauty of being a DVC member, you know that you will be back there again soon, so there is no pressure to see everything and you can really enjoy your "rest day".

Keep your reports coming! We're all enjoying them!!!

:cool1:

Turtle31
07-06-2009, 01:32 AM
Fellow DVC Colorodoan here!
Great trip report and pictures, thanks so much for sharing!
We too love BCV, and it is sure to be in our top 3 as long as we own DVC.
Looking at your pictures LITERALLY makes me SOOOOOOO homesick for WDW I don't know if I should read the entire report :lmao:
Just makes my DVC payments easier to pay I guess, keep em' comin!

Glad I can make it easier for you to write the check to DVC !! :rotfl: I was vey surprised to find out how many people in Colorado own dvc - I think I have met like 5 in just the short few months since I purchased. Maybe we could all get together and charter a plane out of DIA !!

Great report!

:thanks:

Great update! We had dinner at 1900 Park Fare on our last visit - the character interaction was great (Cinderella), but thought the food was just a bit better than OK. Maybe I will give breakfast there a try - sounds like you loved it!

Try breakfast there for sure. We also ate dinner here on my b-day. Breakfast was way better than the dinner.

Enjoying your report! Thanks! I'll make my DH wear his B-Day button when we go in September. I hope they make a big deal out of it like they did for you! When we made our ADRs I picked one meal to celebrate his birthday and let Disney know. When DH called back to change the ressie to something else and change where we celebrate his birthday, they said they were going to put a note about his birthday on EVERY meal. He said, "Please, don't." The CM said, "Sorry, I don't think I can honor your wishes about this." :rotfl:

My birthday was a blast. I wore my birthday button everyday and at least ten or more cast members would say "Happy Birthday Donna!" At some resturants they were more into it and some were low key,only involving my family. Both ways it was nice. One tip I will give is this - two days in a row I got a birthday button because as soon as the sun screen touched the button the sharpie marker smeared or got on me. On my actually birthday a fairy godmother in training at the bibbitti bobbitti boutique asked to see my button,so I gave it to her. When she gave me back my button it was awesome- she wrote my name really fancy in sharpie and then laid scotch tape over it so it would stay - then she dipped it in pixie dust. ( Your hubby my not want pixie dust - but I would use the tape method.) By the end of your trip he will probably be sick of the Happy Birthday song !!

See, this is so frustrating! Just when I think I've decided where I went want to rent for my 40th bday trip in January-pre-purchase of DVC-then along comes a great trip report like yours and changes my mind! :)

And I must know: what is in a No Way, Jose?

If you are asking me - I vote for BEACH CLUB !! And oh my lord ... What is the No Way Jose..... thinking about it gives me the sugar shakes....
It is a huge wine goblet that feels like it has been in a fridge, the glass itself is dripping with peanut butter and hot fudge. It has a huge scoop of chocolate ice cream, a scoop of vanilla, they take real peanut butter and heat it up just enough so they can pour it all over the ice cream. Then they pour the hot fudge, next it covered with whip cream then drizzled with peanut butter and hot fudge morsels....... So to answer the question "What is a No Way Jose?" - Answer = Ten extra pounds on the behind is what it really is :lmao:

Here is a better picture of it : The No Way Jose ... Another Disney sight to behold .....

http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm234/turtle3album/Beach%20Club%20Property/NoWayJose.jpg

Great report - we are waiting on ROFR this week on BCV. Sounds like a great trip so far...

I hope the ROFR comes back in your favor - you will be so Happy here !!

Your trip report is wonderful to read and is making me so TIRED!!! It sounds like you are all going at a break-neck pace. I'm happy to hear that you have scheduled a "rest day". I love that you are posting photos -- I have never been to BCV and you are making me want to go ASAP!

We are going to AKV next March, so I have quite a while to wait for my next trip. The beauty of being a DVC member, you know that you will be back there again soon, so there is no pressure to see everything and you can really enjoy your "rest day".

Keep your reports coming! We're all enjoying them!!!

:cool1:

I am glad you are enjoying the report. We really slowed down this time compared to when we went last August - or I thought we did :) - And as you are about to read in my next installment - the rest day didn't end up to restful - but at least I didn't drag them to a park :lmao:

Turtle31
07-06-2009, 03:54 PM
Day# 5 (Saturday - Rest Day/Downtown Disney

Today we are taking it easy :banana: I had decided since Saturday would probably be crazy at any park we would go to that we wouldn't go to a park.
I woke up at about 9:00 got showered and ready. I wake the others so they can start getting ready for our 10:30 adr for Cape May Cafe Buffet Breakfast. While they all began to wake up, I gather up the swimming suits hanging in the bathroom and all the wet towels and head out the door to find out about the laundry room.
It was literally ten feet away from our room, and all machines were empty. 2 washers, 2 dryers. Before coming on this trip I purchased 13 new outfits and two swimsuits for each one of us (crazy I know) - so this will be my only trip to the laundry room. But it was very convenient.

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Once everyone is ready we head down to Cape May for our breakfast:

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When we are seated the kids are a little disappointed because last year when we came here for breakfast they had a paper table cloth so that the kids could draw on the whole table. This time they were given a coloring sheet of the Imagination Movers. They got over it !

We loved the fact that we could walk right down to this character breakfast. The resturant area itself is smaller than most buffets and makes it very nice for character interaction. We ended up seeing all of the characters at least three times.

They all look so cute in their beach outfits :
Minnie:
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Goofy:
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Donald:

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The breakfast here was okay as far as the food. They had scrambled eggs that seemed very runny (gross), a pre-made ham and cheese omlette, mickey waffles,breakfast potatoes, bacon, and huge sausage links. Plus there was a breakfast pizza and biscuits with gravy. There was also a good assortment of pastries (cinnamon rolls),breads,yogurt,fruit and three cereals (rasin bran,fruit loops and frosted flakes).

After breakfast we gather up our stuff and head out to the bus area to go to downtown disney. I had promised my son we would visit the lego store and he was not going to let this go. We get to the bus and it arrives with in minutes ( I don't ever remember waiting longer than 5 minutes for bus.) We leave the bus stop and head to Typhoon Lagoon first and then our stop at Downtown disney.
We get off the bus and the first place we go in is Goofy's Candy Company. Last year we didn't make it inside so I really wanted to check it out. There were so many treats to choose from, but of course we weren't hungry in the least and if we get something now it will be a melty mess. So we decide we will stop here just as we are leaving dwontown.
Next we head into The Once Upon a Toy Store. I pick out potato head pieces and fill a happy meal type box full. The cost is 20.00 for all the pieces you can fit. I fit a ton, my box barely closed at all but the nice CM at the register shoved on it until she could get one corner barely closed and put it in a bag for me! ( We already had the bodies, so we just get the little pieces.)
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Next we make it over to the lego store, the whole reason for coming to Downtown Disney. My son rushes in the store, he has a list. This is actually funny, but I am thinking why didn't we just order this stuff on-line. Because now he is going to beg to open up sets of legos and have pieces everywhere in the room. (We try to avoid this). He gets a ton of lego racers, he is car crazy. I give my 100.00 dollar bill to the lego store and in 10 minutes we are back out in the heat.
My son has completed his mission - and now wants to leave. I tell him to chill out because there is other stuff I want to see. DH looks like he is ready to abandon us ;)
Once we are outside I see the DVC booth set up and remember - "Oh yeah Gib said, if we stop by we can get free fastpasses at his office. I walk over and talk to a couple guys and explain how we bought over the phone and Gib had told us to stop by once we arrived in town. They call over to the DVC office but Gib is out, one of the guys talks to a sales manager that says we can head over anyway and they will hook us up with the passes. The sales people then explain how the boat works to get to the Saratoga Springs Resort - they make it sound really easy.
I then tell my family that I have one more thing for us to accomplish before we can ride the boat. We go into Earl of Sandwich and get drinks. The place is so crowded,standing room only, so we leave. I then tell them that I do not want to leave downtown disney until we have rode the Characters in Flight Balloon. My DS starts to act up, saying he is to hot and he can't walk and looks like he is going to cry. I realize something is going on .... I ask him "What in the world happened to all the energy we had in that lego store?" He then quietly admits to me that he is terrified of the balloon !! I talk to him for a couple minutes and realize he thinks it is going to float off into the sky like the balloons we see at the Albuequerque Balloon Festival :scared1: I then explain that the balloon is tied up and we just float up and down - no big deal.
We finally get over to the balloon area. The cost is about 56.00 for the four of us. I have 400.00 free dollars on our Disney Reward card so I use this to pay for the ride.

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Day 5 - to be cont'd
Do we make it through the balloon ride? And will we get fastpasses at DVC tour center - coming up in next installment

Simba's Mom
07-06-2009, 04:35 PM
Thanks so much for posting the pictures of the laundry facilities. I hope they started posting directions. When I tried to use them a couple years ago, the laundry took over 2 hours and it STILL wasn't dry! But I'd started around 10:00 at night, and by midnite I was tired. Unfortunately, I wasn't on the fourth floor that year. Didn't you love being so conveniently located to the laundry room!

Jillpie
07-06-2009, 09:22 PM
Ah yes, the sweet sweet guilty pleasure of the No Way. My DS17 and I shared THREE of them this past trip in April. We couldn't get enough of these things. But there's no way (sorry) I could ever eat one on my own. Its so fun to share one!:thumbsup2

Turtle31
07-07-2009, 12:41 AM
Ah yes, the sweet sweet guilty pleasure of the No Way. My DS17 and I shared THREE of them this past trip in April. We couldn't get enough of these things. But there's no way (sorry) I could ever eat one on my own. Its so fun to share one!:thumbsup2

My DH and both kids can not stand peanut butter... they are weird :) But rest assured - I could never finish one of these alone.... I bet if I looked around it probably wouldn't be to hard to find someone who loved peanut butter as much as me !!

Thanks so much for posting the pictures of the laundry facilities. I hope they started posting directions. When I tried to use them a couple years ago, the laundry took over 2 hours and it STILL wasn't dry! But I'd started around 10:00 at night, and by midnite I was tired. Unfortunately, I wasn't on the fourth floor that year. Didn't you love being so conveniently located to the laundry room!

They didn't have any directions that I saw. But I already knew exactly how to use them. I have these machines at the house except they are kenmore. One tip I can give is this : Normally people think the less clothes the quicker to dry, with these machines it is exactly the opposite. There are senors inside and they actually get hotter when they sense the wetness, so you need to always have a big size load. Throwing in 2 small swimsuits will end up in the machine never getting hot enough to dry a thing.

Turtle31
07-07-2009, 01:25 AM
Day 5 Cont'd

Before we get on the balloon we are given a few safety instructions. It is time to go. Our balloon tour guide was really nice and funny too. We go up 400 feet. It is a little hazy but we still get a good view of the area.

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Saratoga Springs:

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Here we are 400 feet up
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The balloon guide pointed out all the Disney Parks. He said you can only see the very tip of one of the turrets of the Magic Kingdom Castle. He said "We keep submitting requests for them to move that crazy triangle shaped building." ( he was talking about the contemporary) But he said for some reason, Disney was not responding to requests. :lmao:
Then as we started to descend he told everyone to start screaming like crazy so that the people below waiting to board would be scared !! When we landed he told the people waiting that his ride was better than the Hollywood tower of terror !!
The ride was nice, but obviously it is something that you would only do once, and it was a little easier to spend the 56.00 dollars since it was reward money.
After this we go down the ramp to get the boat to Saratoga Springs DVC sales office. We wait almost 15 minutes in the scorching heat. The boat comes and this is what we see as we look backwards.

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We get to Saratoga, we head inside the front door and find the DVC desk inside. We explain to the salesman why we are here and he walks us over to the sales office. ( I don't think we would have ever found it.) When we get inside I tell the lady at the desk why we are here and she checks to see if Gib left notes about us picking up fastpasses. I tell her that I don't think he did, because we had hoped he would be here. I then told her that the guys from downtown disney had called and talked to a sales manager and the manager had said head over, they would take care of us. She tells us to go ahead and enjoy some refreshments while she gets them for us. We are so thirsty, so that lemonade was great. We also have a few cookies and then she returns and explains how the special passes work. I then ask her if there is anyway they can give us a lift back to the boardwalk. She said "Oh the vans are only for people on tour." I said umm... we never had a tour so can we pretend we did and get a lift back to boardwalk ? She says she will check. My DH immediatly says - "See they got your money so now they don't care if you go back into the heat and wait 30 minutes for that boat again." I tell him to hush, she was very nice and she is checking. Well, everything goes great and she says they can take us immediatly. We get into the van and are taken right to the boardwalk. I know this is something they probably are not used to doing, but I was SO happy they did it for us.

We walk through the boardwalk and go to The Big River Brew Works for lunch - although it was already almost 4:00....
I didn't take any pictures but the lunch here was great and relaxing. I did take some pictures of our beautiful place across the water.

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After lunch we head back to the Beach Club. We are exhausted.... this was suppose to be relaxing !! What the heck happened :scared1: Oh well, it is now about 6:30 and we head down to go swimming.
The movie on the beach is Pirates of the Carribean, but the kids don't even want to leave the pool, so we skip it.
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We do catch the fireworks of Illuminations from the beach - that was really cool. We swim until about 10:00pm. We go back to the room change into clothes and go down to Beaches n' Cream and enjoy a very late dinner. (They are open until midnight) We are there with the last customers of the night. It was a lot of fun. They played the music really loud and some of the people were singing to beach boys music - very fun !!

Finally, our relax day comes to an end just after midnight. :scared: What the heck were we thinking !!


Next UP Day #6 - Animal Kingdom and a Severe Weather Warning

*KeepMovingForward*
07-07-2009, 04:05 AM
I love your report! I feel for you about your DH with the smoking-my DH tried the same thing while at Disney with much of the same end result although I will say he cut down significantly due to there being so few smoking areas. Your balloon ride looks awesome and is something we hope to try on our next visit.

DVC Mike
07-07-2009, 05:15 AM
I'm enjoying your pictures!

dizney4us
07-07-2009, 07:23 AM
I love your trip report! It is so entertaining to read!! :goodvibes

Simba's Mom
07-07-2009, 07:39 AM
Thanks so much for posting the picture of the Movies on the Beach showings. I've gotta admit-I know the movies change every month and I hope they change again before I go in October. Last October they showed "Enchanted" one night and I was so thrilled because it's one of my favorite movies. A couple years ago they showed "Nemo" and "Cars". I wouldn't mind if they drag those out again.

BigEeyore
07-07-2009, 07:54 AM
Another great update - thanks for the pics and report on the balloon flight. My DH really wants to do this but I am not sure it is worth the $$$. Sounds like a good thing to do once though!

JasonDVC
07-07-2009, 10:52 AM
Really enjoying your TR and pics. Thanks! :thumbsup2

GGOOFY1
07-07-2009, 11:22 AM
Enjoying your TR and the pictures:thumbsup2

Turtle31
07-07-2009, 03:23 PM
A picture tour

Since everyone is enjoying the pictures of the property so much I am going to put a bunch more to brighten your afternoon :goodvibes


We start by taking a walk through these doors : To OUR building - didn't you see my name on the door ? :rotfl2:

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Inside the doorway are these lovely pictures on both sides of the walkthrough:

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As you enter you see this lovely table with flowers awaiting your return :

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I like to think of this flower table as the middle of our wheel of choices. You know how the Imagineers love the wheel and spoke system. :love:

If you turn to your right and take that path you will end up in "The Drawing Room" - please let your kids know that there are not any crayons and no drawing is actually being done :lmao:

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On the left side of the room is this Doll House:

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This is also on the left side of the room:

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Looking straight forward in to the room there is a tv and all sorts of little chairs to relax in :

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Now we walk back out to the flowers and the center of our wheel. If we take the path to the left we end up going into "The Breezeway"

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As you look to your left there are these small chairs for sitting:

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Then we have a nice couch flanked by beautiful shelves:

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Up above a painting of our beloved property:

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The corner of the left side of the room:

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This is the right side of the room :

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If you walk through these doors in "The Breezeway" you end up outside at "The Quiet Pool"

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Turtle31
07-07-2009, 03:27 PM
We now return to the flower table ( middle of wheel :thumbsup2) and we walk staight forward :

This will lead us to this beautiful arrangement on the wall in front of us :

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On the left wall there is this picture:

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On the right wall there are these elevators to take you to your Villa:

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Before heading into our Villa lets stop by and look at the laundry room:

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Even a place to sit and watch tv if you get dizzy from watching the dryer spin !!

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If you are lucky enough to be in Villa #422
Here it is :lmao:

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Wow I don't know who is in this room - but it's a MESS !!
Note to SELF: Should have taken pictures before the tornado rolled through:

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This is a picture of our balcony:

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This is the view to the left :

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View straightforward:

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Down below:
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And Paris France to our right:

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I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Paris !!!

Hope you all enjoyed the afternoon tour !!!

popcorn::

bobbiwoz
07-07-2009, 03:35 PM
When we were at BCV in May, there was a mother duck with 9 ducklings. I didn't see them in June, but I also forgot to look specifically for them. Did you see a mother duck with a huge family?

Bobbi:goodvibes

kid-at-heart
07-07-2009, 05:08 PM
I am so enjoying the tour. :thanks: I wish we lived in a central, mountain or pacific time zone. We crash out so early when visiting Disney it would benefit us to live in a different time zone. I did live in CO one long, long year when I was first married to my EX-husband. I think I would enjoy CO much more now with my much better husband. :lmao: Thanks for sharing and posting the pics.

maciec
07-07-2009, 08:22 PM
Great trip report! Thanks so much for the pictures. But boy does this make me home sick! I can't wait until October!

Jillpie
07-07-2009, 09:38 PM
You know, we became BCV owners back in 2002, and I didn't fully appreciate that Drawing Room till last year. It was our last day, we got back from MK and really needed a place to call home for an hour or two, as we didn't have our room anymore. And we had to wait for Magical Express. Then we saw that room, and woola! we had a "home". It was heaven, it really was. I feel like it was our best kept secret, as nobody came in the entire time we were there, with our feet up, just waiting. The other awesome thing about that whole place is they have a beautiful restroom, right off the lobby! I swear, they thought of everything.:thumbsup2

After this past trip, I loved that Drawing Room so much, that I emailed member services to please thank the imagineers that thought up that little piece of heaven that gives families a place to wait and call home for a little while. I LOVE the BCV's!!:cloud9:

Turtle31
07-07-2009, 09:43 PM
I love your report! I feel for you about your DH with the smoking-my DH tried the same thing while at Disney with much of the same end result although I will say he cut down significantly due to there being so few smoking areas. Your balloon ride looks awesome and is something we hope to try on our next visit.

I hope that you get to enjoy the balloon ride -it was fun.

I'm enjoying your pictures!

I am glad you are enjoying them :)

I love your trip report! It is so entertaining to read!! :goodvibes

Thanks for reading !! I am trying my best to keep it spicy !!

Thanks so much for posting the picture of the Movies on the Beach showings. I've gotta admit-I know the movies change every month and I hope they change again before I go in October. Last October they showed "Enchanted" one night and I was so thrilled because it's one of my favorite movies. A couple years ago they showed "Nemo" and "Cars". I wouldn't mind if they drag those out again.

The movies change every month I think, so I am sure they will change a couple more times before you get there. The one thing that I did not know is that the "Mystery Movie" night is actually a movie picked by votes of the guests. You can cast a vote all week long and then they tally them all up and then the movie in announced.

Another great update - thanks for the pics and report on the balloon flight. My DH really wants to do this but I am not sure it is worth the $$$. Sounds like a good thing to do once though!

Being honest, if I had paid out of pocket (instead of reward dollars) I might have been upset at how short it really is. But I thought if I didn't do it this trip that it may not be there next year. If there is just the two of you it will make it 32 dollars and I think that would be worth it.

Really enjoying your TR and pics. Thanks! :thumbsup2
Enjoying your TR and the pictures:thumbsup2

Glad you are enjoying it !

When we were at BCV in May, there was a mother duck with 9 ducklings. I didn't see them in June, but I also forgot to look specifically for them. Did you see a mother duck with a huge family?

Bobbi:goodvibes

Sorry we didn't see a family of ducks. Just one garden snake and a bunch of lizards.

I am so enjoying the tour. :thanks: I wish we lived in a central, mountain or pacific time zone. We crash out so early when visiting Disney it would benefit us to live in a different time zone. I did live in CO one long, long year when I was first married to my EX-husband. I think I would enjoy CO much more now with my much better husband. :lmao: Thanks for sharing and posting the pics.

The time zone diference does give us help with extra magic evening hours, but it does not help us get out of bed in morning ! We are generally night owls anyway. CO is the favorite plave I have ever lived -originally from Chicago. It was to flat and humid there for me !

Great trip report! Thanks so much for the pictures. But boy does this make me home sick! I can't wait until October!

I wish I was going back in October. Right now I am excited to be going to Disneyland with my family and my sister's family for this Christmas.

Rose&Mike
07-08-2009, 11:08 AM
I really enjoyed reading about the balloon ride in DTD. I am not a big fan of heights, but thought I might be able to handle this. I'm looking forward to trying it on our trip in October. We are staying at BCV--our first adults only trip. I am even more excited after seeing all your pictures. Thanks!! :)

dozerdog
07-08-2009, 11:57 AM
Just found this thread. What fun!!! I was beginning to think we were the only DVC members west of the Mississippi. I love your enthusiasm, we are a new DVC family too and will be going "home" in Sept to the brand new BLT. I can comisserate with the rain issue in FL, it just doesn't rain that way here in the Rockies, although we have had more than our fair share here in UT this year. Keep up the posts, and good luck to DH with trying to quit.:thumbsup2 We are all behind him.:grouphug: Tell him if he gets the urge to light up just to log on to these boards, it will fill the time and it's pretty hard to light up while you are typing.

mommyoftwinfants
07-08-2009, 07:19 PM
absolutely :love: the tour, can't wait 'til I get to take it myself :banana: only 11 more days!!!!!

Turtle31
07-09-2009, 06:16 PM
You know, we became BCV owners back in 2002, and I didn't fully appreciate that Drawing Room till last year. It was our last day, we got back from MK and really needed a place to call home for an hour or two, as we didn't have our room anymore. And we had to wait for Magical Express. Then we saw that room, and woola! we had a "home". It was heaven, it really was. I feel like it was our best kept secret, as nobody came in the entire time we were there, with our feet up, just waiting. The other awesome thing about that whole place is they have a beautiful restroom, right off the lobby! I swear, they thought of everything.:thumbsup2

After this past trip, I loved that Drawing Room so much, that I emailed member services to please thank the imagineers that thought up that little piece of heaven that gives families a place to wait and call home for a little while. I LOVE the BCV's!!:cloud9:

It was unbelieveable to me all the places to relax, and you never felt crowded by anyone. That was so nice. One afternoon I went into the drawing room to take some pictures and there was a gentleman laying on the couch, his laptop was on the table open and he was sound asleep !! I couldn't believe it. Then I thought ... this poor man he must have had enough of his family and moved out :lmao:

I really enjoyed reading about the balloon ride in DTD. I am not a big fan of heights, but thought I might be able to handle this. I'm looking forward to trying it on our trip in October. We are staying at BCV--our first adults only trip. I am even more excited after seeing all your pictures. Thanks!! :)

My DH is also not a fan of heights. He wasn't a fan of rollercoasters either (now I have created a monster.) But he said it really wasn't to bad for him. The only advice would be look outward at the properties instead of down into the center of the circle that houses the balloon. Also bring a camera or camcorder and take pic/video - it will make you not think about the heights so much.

Just found this thread. What fun!!! I was beginning to think we were the only DVC members west of the Mississippi. I love your enthusiasm, we are a new DVC family too and will be going "home" in Sept to the brand new BLT. I can comisserate with the rain issue in FL, it just doesn't rain that way here in the Rockies, although we have had more than our fair share here in UT this year. Keep up the posts, and good luck to DH with trying to quit.:thumbsup2 We are all behind him.:grouphug: Tell him if he gets the urge to light up just to log on to these boards, it will fill the time and it's pretty hard to light up while you are typing.

Thanks so much for your kind words. We have had some crazy tornado activity here in Colorado this year,along with our fair share of rain too. These days my DH is slowing down alot on the smoking - I think it will be good if he can taper off and then try to quit with the gum possibly. He has been reading the trip report at night to fall asleep - not sure if that is a compliment to my writing though !!

absolutely :love: the tour, can't wait 'til I get to take it myself :banana: only 11 more days!!!!!

Only 10 more ------- I am so EXCITED for YOU !!!!

Turtle31
07-09-2009, 09:58 PM
DAY 6 : Animal Kingdom
June 21st

Okay in order to explain this morning I need to back up to something I forgot to include in last nights close-up.

After we finshed our late dinner at Beaches n' Cream last night. My DH asked what the game plan was for the next day. I told him.. sorry but I have a breakfast ressie at Tusker House at 9:00am. He said "NO please no.. I can't get up that early again." And since it is father's day tomorrow I decide to wave the white flag on our adr. I told him sorry but I was thinking we only had one day for this park so I wanted to start early. Then I head to the the front desk to ask if there is any possibilty that we can get into the Cape May Cafe at about 10:00. There is a really nice (I think he was a manager) man named Chris. He tells me that the adr system closes down at 10:00pm and he can't check to see but he is positive he can get us in. He asks for my cell phone number, says he is in at 8:00am the next morning but promised not to call until after 8:30 to let us know if he can get us in. Great!
Next morning, 8:45 am my cell phone rings - it's Chris and he says - "Come on down and we will walk you over - the manager is taking care of it" - Thanks so much !! We get up head down and as I am standing there with my family waiting to be helped at the desk - a greeter (not Art) walks up and asks if we are the ***** family .. I say yep.... He says good morning to ya ... and says I am suppose to walk you over :woohoo: He walks us over and we are given a pager and seated shortly there after. I can not say enough about all the excellent customer service we were given to this point.

My dear kids and Goofy:

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My Dear Goofy hubby and Goofy !!

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After breakfast we head to the bus area and catch the bus for Animal Kingdom. OH MY LORD it is HOT. My DH reads his iphone... it says severe weather alert... the heat index is off the chart.. and you should not go outside unless you have to. Well, we are at Disney so I guess we have to :rotfl2: But now looking back we shouldn't have !! I think to myself that at least Animal Kingdom is mostly shade.

When we arrive we are starting down a path, and my DD yells "Hey something just moved!" We stop and look, wow Divine- first time we have ever seen her. It was undescribable. She walked forward and made an arch for the kids to walk through.

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If you look really closely to the left of the red flower area you can make out her face. We were amazed that my daughter noticed her.

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Next we head over to Expedition Everest. My DD is all pumped up because she is tall enough to ride it. We have never been brave enough to do this one, but besides Tower of Terror it is the only ride we haven't done. So here we go. The stand-by line is only 20 minutes. So my DH grabs fastpasses and we wait in the stand-by line.

Here are some pictures of the museum of the Yeti as you walk through the stand by line:

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We loved this ride!! My DD liked it but told me that next time she was riding with me because DH didn't hold her tight enough!!

The time to get another fastpass was very quick so we get another one and head away from here for now.

Immediatly we are roasting, so we head inside and see "It's tough to be a bug." Very cute - Philharmagic still my favorite though.

After this we wander around looking at a shop a bit. Then we meet up with some characters on the way towards The Tusker House.

Flik:
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This terrible because I don't know this ones name: HELP !! (Tarzan :rotfl2:)

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We then head to the Tusker House for our 1:30 lunch adr. I love the look of the inside of the resturant, but the food just doesn't do it for me here. They do have a lot of the Disney standards and they have a few native dishes. I am very plain and scared when it comes to food, so it is probably more me than it is the buffet !! But at this point even DH says "I am so sick of buffets!!" I think we are just fooded out - if thats a word - and at Disney on Deluxe Dining I am sure it is a figure of speech that has been used a lot.

After lunch we head out and go towards Dinosaur. We are able to walk right on the ride. And because I am dying of heat exhaustion at this point, we ride it twice to avoid the outdoors.

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After this my DH and DS decide they want to ride the Prime Evil Whirl. My DD is not tall enough, and I am greatful. We decide that we will ride the TriceraTop Spin. We only have to wait for the current ride to end and we are on. Oh my heck... the seats are burning hot !! What were we thinking. I swear I remember it like it was yesterday. We are waiting for the seat belt check and I feel like I am melting !! The ride is over and my DD is happy but it was so not worth the roasting. We head into the little store on the side and my DD suckers me into buying what was I believe maybe 12 starburst in a goofy candy bag - it cost WHAT... 3.00.. now I know my brain is fried !!
Okay DH and DS are back and now they are ready for Everest again !! Here we go .... 2 fastpasses each to burn up....

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After riding we stop in the store and purchase a Yeti plush pillow ball for my DD who wants to remember how brave she was. And I am so proud of her, she is only 5.. and for sure she is very brave for going against the Yeti 4 times in one trip !! DS adds 20.00 dollars to his...Disney Racer calculator !!

We leave here and decide to go use our fastpass for Kali River Rapids. We all sit down on a bench and change into our crocs that have been in a bag hanging on the stroller all day. And head onto the ride. It was a blast. Me and DS get soaked !! And I am thinking, we should have done this sooner, I actually feel better now!

Here is where we really make a mistake. We are heading down the hill coming off the ride and we are unsure where to go. There is a sign - it says : "Exit only"- DH says oh here and we begin to walk...:scared1: After walking for a while we see a couple people with a placemat looking thing and they are all looking for birds !! I say to DH - did you see that, they are on a bird watching hike. He says ummm .. yeah. And we walk and walk and walk. I am ticked... where the heck did you lead us too... Then we see the tiger, how pretty. And finally we come out a door. I turn around and look and indeed my DH has just had us do the Maharajah Jungle Trek backwards :rolleyes1 Gee I wonder if that's what the sign meant when it said "EXIT ONLY !!" - Okay I am at home in the A/C - so now I can laugh !
After this little excursion I am done. And we leave Animal Hot Kingdom without even doing the Safari.. because I feel like I am going to be sick from the heat.
On the bus on the way back to Beach Club, DH says "Maybe you were right about October" :rolleyes1

We get back to hotel and collapse in the room for about an hour. Then I gather up strength and go with DS to the Marketplace. We fill up our mugs and rent Wallie because DH has never seen it.

At 8:30pm we head back down to Cape May Cafe Clam Bake. The kids are so excited to see that there is paper on the table and crayons. While DH goes to get his plate of food we take a bunch of crayons and write Happy Father's Day on the table and draw hearts and mickey balloons.

This will go down as my favorite Dinner Buffet. Did I mention the HEAT today !! The waitress at the Clam Bake asks us "What park did you go to ?" We say Animal Kingdom - she says "Oh lord- I used to work there- it's the hottest park there is." I am like what about the shade?" She then explains that because of all of the low lying plants it actually traps the heat and makes it HOTTER - plus most of the pavement is black and retains the heat !! I am thinking... no wonder... where was she yesterday with that info :laughing:


At the buffet they had clam chowder and tomato bisque soup. A full salad bar with fruit and cottage cheese. Then fried fish,clams,mussels, and carved meats. Peel and eat shrimp and the best corn bread ever. Plus mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, asparagus and little red boiled potatoes. The food was all very good. For desert (no ice cream) cookies,brownies, chocolate mousse and my all time favorite the oreo mini bon-bon.
After dinner we head back to the room. Everyone showers because we are just gross from sunscreen and heat. Now we feel so much better, so we all hop on my bed and begin to watch Wallie... I don't even think I made it to the part where Wallie meets Eve and I was out !! My kids too ! First and only night we fall asleep before midnight !!


Next UP Day 7 Back to Epcot

rentayenta
07-09-2009, 10:07 PM
:thumbsup2 Great photos! Love the detail!!!! :yay:

minster22
07-09-2009, 10:21 PM
Just love reading your trip report and seeing all the great photos. One of the things I appreciate most about your report is how much you appreciate owning DVC and your home resort BCV! Your gratitude comes thru both in your words and your photos (I also love all those beautiful relaxing rooms at BVC, we sometimes go over there from our home resort, BWV and have breakfast or lunch from the Marketplace in one of those areas!). Your Mom would be proud of your investment in such special family time!!

osprey84
07-10-2009, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the trip report and great pictures. I have ressies for Nov. 20 - 25 for two 2 bedroom suites. So far the one family that was going to be going with us backed out saying that they heard that is the worse time to go. Anything is better then going in the summer.

Corinne
07-10-2009, 05:27 PM
[ and the best corn bread ever. [/COLOR]


I love the cornbread at Cape May! I actually have a recipe from an old issue of Disney Files Magazine and it is DIVINE! I make it alot!

maciec
07-10-2009, 07:13 PM
I love the cornbread at Cape May! I actually have a recipe from an old issue of Disney Files Magazine and it is DIVINE! I make it alot!

Can you please PM me that? I would love it!

Ciciwoowoo
07-13-2009, 11:32 PM
I agree that the Animal Kingdom always seems hottest to me!

Looking forward to reading day 7!

msteddom
07-14-2009, 01:08 AM
I never post on trip reports, but this one is worth the effort! You and your family sound like you're having so much fun!!! Looking forward to more...

Melissa

Turtle31
07-14-2009, 01:19 AM
:thumbsup2 Great photos! Love the detail!!!! :yay:

Glad you love the photos :wizard:

Just love reading your trip report and seeing all the great photos. One of the things I appreciate most about your report is how much you appreciate owning DVC and your home resort BCV! Your gratitude comes thru both in your words and your photos (I also love all those beautiful relaxing rooms at BVC, we sometimes go over there from our home resort, BWV and have breakfast or lunch from the Marketplace in one of those areas!). Your Mom would be proud of your investment in such special family time!!

Thank you for reading along. We never sat outside at the marketplace but if we go in October it may be nicer outside.

Thanks for the trip report and great pictures. I have ressies for Nov. 20 - 25 for two 2 bedroom suites. So far the one family that was going to be going with us backed out saying that they heard that is the worse time to go. Anything is better then going in the summer.

Backed out - WHAT :scared1: !! If you can't find anyone else let me know and we will make our selves available !!

I love the cornbread at Cape May! I actually have a recipe from an old issue of Disney Files Magazine and it is DIVINE! I make it alot!

This reminds me that I need to call someone because I haven't recieved any disney files magazine ! I have recieved something in the mail almost every day since buying it seems though ! I would also ask for the reciepe but then I would also have to ask you to come and make it since I barely cook :)

I never post on trip reports, but this one is worth the effort! You and your family sound like you're having so much fun!!! Looking forward to more...

Melissa

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a post, I really do appreciate everyone that has left a message.

I agree that the Animal Kingdom always seems hottest to me!

Looking forward to reading day 7!

I am back !! My family kidnapped me and took me camping ( we stayed at a hotel !) three days near the Garden of the Gods in the Springs. So I promise day 7 will come tomorrow after the waterpark !!

Turtle31
07-16-2009, 11:10 PM
Day # 7 Back to Epcot

Today we wake up at about 9:00 am and head down to Cape May Cafe - I am getting a little tired of this place but it is so easy to get to.

Before getting to Cape May my kids finally get to meet Art ( he had been sick !) - he was very nice. The kids told him how they had seen him on TV. They had watched Great Hotels Episode 30 - 100 times before we got the Beach Club !

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Then we head in to Cape May:

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The Characters here are probably wondering when are these people going back home !!

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We then take the walkway over to Epcot. I can not get used to this... 5 minutes inside park.... awesome !!

Because we have the special fastpasses that we recieved from DVC sales DH will not have to run around as much today. But because fastpasses have to be available in order to use the machine, DH still takes off when we get inside and goes to Soarin. He gets one fastpass with our tickets, and then uses two of the special fastpasses - giving us a total of 3 fastpasses each for Soarin. Then he runs over to Test Track to get one more Special fastpass and we have used all three of those.

While DH is running around the kids and I make our way over to the Imagination Station. We get right on the figment ride and then play around in the Imagaination Station afterwards.


The kids had a lot of fun in this area but I have to say I was surprised but the number of these we saw :

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DD makes music here:

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The kids get to jump around on these squares and make instruments play:

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My son finds a computer where he can take his picture and morph himself into all kinds of animals - this was funny !

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When we are just about done playing around DH shows back up and we go to watch Honey I Shrunk the Audience.

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After the movie we decide to go use all of our Soarin Fastpasses - we were very lucky because the Special Fastpasses could be used as soon as you got them - so we didn't have to wait.

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Of course we LOVE this ride. I love all the smells - especially the orange groves.

Now it is time for us to head over to The Coral Reef for our lunch adr at Coral Reef. It is near the Seas of Nemo.

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We get inside check in and our seated rather quickly. (This will be the only thing that happens quickly here.) We get seated on the very top level and my DD is a little disappointed. We came here twice last year and sat right in front of the tank. I let her know that everyone gets a turn and we already had ours.

The big turtle:

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A school of fish:

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Divers:

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After about 10 minutes we are finally greeted by our waitress and she takes our drink orders. 5 minutes later we finally get our drinks. When she drops off the drinks we are ready to order but she says she will be back in a minute to get our order. When she finally returns we place our order for our appetizer and entree. About 10 minutes later she returns with my Sea and Land and DH's salad. Plus we got a fresh bread basket. The Land and Sea was one large shrimp and two bite size pieces of beef. The beef melted in your mouth and the shrimp was good. We are on the deluxe plan so I don't care about the price but if I had paid 11.99 I would have been a little :mad:
Next our main entrees are brought out by someone other than our server. My DH and I both ordered the Grilled New York Strip Steak - served with roasted potatoes, watercress and tomatoes tossed in caramelized shallot vinaigrette. And my kids both ordered the Grilled Chicken with french fries. But now we are sitting here with no drinks and we still have the dirty dishes from our appetizer. Our waitress never comes back .... 15 minutes later and I say to DH.... "She didn't even come over here and ask if everything was okay." He is even a little put out because his tea has been empty a while. Finally I see our waitress and have to wave in the air to get her attention. I ask her politely if we can get refills, she brings them and leaves. She doesn't even touch the dirty dishes I have piled at the front of the half round table. We all finish our meals and wait another 10 minutes until she finally comes back. At this time all our dirty dishes from the whole meal are at the front of the table. She comes over leaves the desert menu for us to look at and leaves. I ask DH do you think we are going to be served desert with all these dirty plates crowding us. At this point he says "if she thinks I am leaving 18 percent she is nuts." The next thing we know a very nice blonde haired waitress ( who was not our waitress ) comes over with a large tray and starts to clear all of our dishes. She cleans our whole table. At this time our waitress appears with our deserts.

I ordered the famous chocolate wave:

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DH ordered a Sorbet:

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And the kids ordered the make your own sundae:

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As our waitress left our table she stopped at a table off to the side of us to ask the other waitress who had cleaned our table if she could take the tray of dishes. The other waitress looked :mad: - she said "No I have already done everything." - boy I felt bad for her - I work with a few people who always seem to not pull their weight so I could sympathize. I also said to DH thank goodness the blonde waitress had come over because it was obvious we were about to be served our desert on top of our dirty lunch plates. We really enjoyed our deserts but tried not to take to long. We had already been here 2 hours :scared1: - unreal. Two hours and we weren't even waiting for characters to come around. Just about the time we left I counted five tables in our area that were in different stages of dirty ( but no-one was sitting at them). On the way out the couch was crammed with people and further towards the front families were sitting on the floor waiting to be seated. I told my DH - I bet they have all had to wait over an hour past there adr because of our SLOW waitress. He then admits that he still left 18 percent because he kept thinking that if they split tips, others would be cheated because of her. I was then a little :mad: myself !! But oh well....

cont'd

Turtle31
07-16-2009, 11:35 PM
Day 7 cont'd

We finally get over to see Turtle Talk with Crush and take some pictures in the entrance/lobby area.

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DH really liked turtle talk. I had done this with the kids in Disneyland last year -(he was at a conference). It was really funny.

We then did the Nemo and Friends Clamshell ride :

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Next we headed towards Space Ship Earth. We only had about a 10 minute wait. DH and daughter were behind us. DH then asks me - When the heck did it ask what language you wanted ? I said "First question".... well he missed it and him and DD had to listen to the whole thing in Spanish !! I thought it was sort of funny myself.

And we are now off to do three fastpasses we have collected for Test Track ! :woohoo:

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Showroom after the ride:

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We then spend forever in the store. DS picks out a disney racer speedtrack and a ton of disney racers which we have shipped back to our resort. DH buys a Space Ship earth playset to go with his monorail and contemporary :rotfl: (He is trying to build his own Disney World !)

After riding Test Track three times in a row we are thirsty !! So we head over to the Ice Station Cool Zone. My DS tried all the flavors and says Mom the Bevly.. was gross :sick: I start laughing... I had forgot all about that one !! I said oh yeah ... Beverly... I heard it was yuck !
DD then talks me out of 8.00 dollars for a make your own princess cup and all the rest of us use snack credits to get drinks and frozen cokes.

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Cheers :

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Then oh my lord, it's already time to start heading to dinner :eek: Our longer than ever lunch has not left us to much time in between meals. But we have the most popular of adr's and I am not skipping this. Le Cellier at 7:30 :thumbsup2. So we head to Canada.

The gardens outside are beautiful:

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DS getting ready to head inside:

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Inside we check in and wait off to the side in a small area. A nice young man is there and everyone is playing a game of Canada trivia. I stand here feeling like a complete idiot - I then realize I don't know anything about Canada ! We are seated pretty quickly and I am glad because I think I was negative a 1000 dollars :lmao:
We are greeted by our waitress immediatly. She is a very young girl and very polite. She tells us which area she is from and we talk about how my in-laws had just been to the Niagara Falls.
She brings us bread right away. I tell her I have read about the pretzel bread and I can't wait to try it. DH thinks I am crazy ! But once he tries the pretzel bread he can't believe how good it is. Him and DS devour it. Thank goodness we were told we could get more of any of the breads. So we get some more pretzel bread. I ordered the Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and my DH ordered a salad. The soup was good but became really good when you dipped the pretzel bread in it ! I was worried about it being to salty, but it was just perfect.
For our entrees DH and I both ordered the New York Strip Steak - topped with bercy butter and served with Gruyere Yukon Gold Potato Gratin. The steak was fabulous. But the potatoes were even better. My DS ordered the steak and said it was awesome. My DD ordered a hot dog....:eek: A hot dog - she was crazy because the steak was delicous.
After we were done with our entrees our waitress came over and asked if we were trying to catch the Illuminations fireworks. We told her we were but everything was fabulous so don't worry. She said I will go ahead and bring the bill now while I am also putting in your order for desert, that way you can rush out after desert without being tied up. I thanked her twice, and told my DH we needed to send her over to Coral Reef to re-train someone :laughing:!
I ordered the Smores, DH ordered the Maple Creme Brulee. And surprise the kids got sundaes.

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We then rushed outside to watch Illuminations.... great location... perfect timing....

Afterwards we walk back to the Beach Club. We arrive back at about 9:45 and you think the kids would be ready to drop, but no they still insist on going swimming ! So we head out to the pool and have about 40 minutes to enjoy Storm -along-bay. It closed at 11:00 otherwise I think they would have been there until 2am .
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Finally we get back to the room get cleaned up and go to bed once again just after midnight !!

Coming up Next DAY # 8 - MY Birthday ... Magic Kingdom.... Bibbitti Bobbitti Boutique and LOTS of Pixie DUST !! And we find out even the hospital is called Celebration !!

GGOOFY1
07-17-2009, 08:32 AM
Thanks for another great update. Love all your pictures. SAB is my kids favorite pool.

Camping Griswalds
10-28-2009, 02:32 PM
What happened to the rest of the report??

wdwfanatic316
10-28-2009, 04:25 PM
I was wondering the exact same thing! :scared1: I just read the whole thread (it's so good!) and want to know how it ends!

Turtle31
10-29-2009, 05:21 AM
What happened to the rest of the report??


I was wondering the exact same thing! :scared1: I just read the whole thread (it's so good!) and want to know how it ends!


I am so glad you both liked it so far. I wish I could say that the rest had disappeared or something-- but I promise I am going to write another day worth tomorrow. I knew I should have never stopped writing it because of course one day led to two days and before I knew it months had passed.

Turtle31
10-29-2009, 05:56 PM
Day 8-- Magic Kingdom - And my B-Day !


This morning we wake up and it's my birthday. Even though it seems like we have celebrated everyday- this is the true day. My kids and DH gave me some really nice cards and my son gave me a plush turtle squirt and my DD gave me a plush Minnie -- started off the morning very good :goodvibes

We have a 10:00 o'clock adr at Chef Mickey's. We head to the bus area and wait just a few short minutes to board. We arrive at Magic Kingdom and my DH runs inside to quickly get a fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain. This is becoming a little annoying to me because I want to ride other stuff and him and the kids seem to have two rides on the brain constantly. But oh well -- We have a couple pictures taken while he is getting fastpasses.

I loved the new borders the photopass provided this year.

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The Up Balloons
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Then we are on our way to Chef Mickey's :
This is a buffet that I really like. DH not so much. My kids love it. They have all the breakfast favorites plus a huge desert bar - in case you want to start the day off with a rice krispie treat !

Chef Mickey stops by :

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Donald:
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And Goofy:
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During the meal they announce a celebration and everyone stands up and waves their napkins.
Yet another breakfast morning muffin/cupcake is brought out :

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After breakfast we take the monorail back over to Magic Kingdom and I get in line at Guest Services to recieve my free 75.00 gift card. I wait about 15 minutes in line - not to bad. While I am waiting in line there is this lady at one of the windows completly losing her mind. She is telling the CM at the window how her son's 5th birthday was the day before and Disney had ruined it for him. Apparently they were at Hollywood Studios - they had a multi-day pass,so they wanted to recieve a gift card. She was telling the CM that at Hollywood Studios they had asked for a driver lincense- at this point she starts yelling -"Do you know any 5 year olds that drive?" I was standing in line just giggling at the stupidity and thinking man this lady needs THE Dis Board LOL! Anyway long story short she then says that all the manager at Hollywood Studios was able to offer her without proof of date of birth was fastpasses- so she took them. Then she got inside and realized her son wasn't tall enough to ride any of the rides,so now a day later here she is at the Magic Kingdom losing her mind. She then even threw in that no-one had even told them they had to get a birthday button to have her son recognized. I take a deep breath and I am called forward ! I hope they pay these CM's well -- I could not believe the stupidity. So I turn in my paper I filled out at home, get my gift card, another b-day button and I am on my way to celebrate my magical b-day. The mad lady is now screaming for a manager-- and I run before I say something !

Just as we enter the park -- The celebrate parade is rolling out -- Just like it was meant to be...
I have told my DH at least twice do not even ask me what the heck they are singing because once you start singing it - you will not stop--


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As soon as the parade passes DH runs to get another fastpass for Thunder Mountain - 2 fastpasses in his pocket now.

We then ride jungle cruise for the first time this trip - wait was about 30 minutes. Then we went on Pirates of the Carribean again.
After a couple rides it is so hot, we decide to do some shopping. I really want to buy my self a hoodie - and since it's 100 degrees I am sure everyone in the store thinks I have lost my mind as I continue to try on coats :)

At 3:00 we head back over to the Plaza for our lunch adr and eat almost the exact same thing we did a couple days ago.

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After another really good lunch at The Plaza we head into Tomorrowland. My son keeps begging about the Speedway. So we wait 20 minutes and ride the cars. My son actually did way better this trip - not as much whip-lash this time.

It is now time to head back to the Castle for the Bibbitti Bobbitti Boutique-- this will be DD first time there.....

As we begin our walk for the Castle DH runs off to get another fastpass (#3) for Big Thunder. I have told him no Splash Mountain today because I do not want to be wet and my DD will have her hair done at the point the fastpasses can be used.

cont'd

Turtle31
10-29-2009, 08:45 PM
Day 8 cont'd

When we arrive at the castle we are taken inside by a hostess and we are seated in a little waiting area inside. Because I have brought my DD Jasmine costume with us we are taken to a small little dressing room area for her to change. Then we return to the seating area. There are two young fairy godmothers in training who play a trivia game with the little ones while we wait. I end up having almost all the answers -- and everytime the question is a harder one--they look to me for the answer.

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The Package that I have decided to do is 54.00 and includes DD getting her choice of hair-do,make-up and nails painted.

After about 15 short minutes Princess Alexis is called to be tended to.

She is introduced to her Fairy godmother in training and begins to start to make all her beauty choices. I decided I would let her chose everything but I am secretly praying that she doesn't pick the hot pink hair extensions.
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She choses the Disney Diva - with extensions that are very close to her own hair color (thank goodness :lmao:) and she picks pink polish and a couple Mickey Rhinestone Bobbi Pins. All very good choices. And the transformation begins.

The before:
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The brushing and Dippity Doop begin,also another FGIT comes to help with the polish and make-up.

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Once the process is well under way they call all the dads to the front of the salon. The Fairygodmother explains that in order for the dad's to help their little girls- they must first learn how to do the princess wave themselves, so they can then pass the knowledge on. It is hysterical watching some of these clueless dad's :rotfl: At the end they all get sprinkled with Pixie Dust and recieve a certificate.
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After this is done, DD is getting the finishing touches and is ready for the big reveal.

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The whole time everything is being done DD can't see what is happening. So when the big turn of the chair happens, they have a photopass photographer standing right there to catch the moment.

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She doesn't even look like the same little girl --

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After a couple more twirls in a mirror we walk out of the BBB - very happy. I was very skeptical about a 54.00 dollar non-haircut make-over. But it was one of the best experiences ever. Plus,when we leave they give DD a pink gift bag that has two combs,extra faces gems,two bottles of nail polish and a little paper that shows all the hair choices with the one she chose circled. Oh,yeah plus the make-up.

Just as we exit into the outer hall of the Castle- it starts raining. And I don't mean drizzling, it is coming down hard. Of course my DH puts on a poncho and runs for a fastpass (he is hard-core). Fastpass #4 for Big Thunder- I guess I know where I will be spending my birthday evening. :sad2:

We wait for almost 45 minutes and finally the rain stops. Good thing too because I don't think one more person could have squeezed into the castle.
We head down main street to Exp.Hall so we can get DD pictures taken inside.
I had pre-purchased the photopass cd - so we wanted to make sure we ended up with plenty of photos.

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From this moment on everywhere we go people are looking and telling DD how beautiful she is... and boy does she eat it up. I don't think we passed a mirror or window reflection for the next three days that she didn't check her hair in :laughing:

After the photo shoot we head to the Monorail. Our dinner adr is for The 1900 Park Fare Cinderella Happily Ever After Dinner.

When we arrive we have our picture taken in front of a castle mural on the wall. Later during the dinner they try to sell this to us for around 30.00 but I did not care for the picture so we passed.
We are then given a pager and wonder around taking pictures of DD everywhere. She thinks she is a Queen at this point-- because princess just isn't enough to describe her !

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Our pager goes off and we head back to be seated.

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Turtle31
10-29-2009, 09:12 PM
cont'd We are taken in and seated just under an air-conditioner vent. At first I think this feels great but by the end of dinner I am shivering :scared1:
The food here at 1900 Park Fare is by far the best. But I seem to be struggling with my breathing and don't feel really hungry. I have some mashed potatoes and green beans plus a roll and get a small piece of the prime rib. I pick at it a bit while the Characters came around.

First comes Anastasia :

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She poses for some pictures and tells the kids to behave so her mother doesn't get mad. Then she walks over to this other table where for some reason this boy of about 9 years old screams at the top of his lungs. She then screams a nails on chalkboard scream back at him. This continues through out the dinner to the point that I am ready to lose my mind.

Next Drisella comes by:
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She is a hoot. She asked my son what the heck is in his hair. My DD quickly replies that it is pixie dust. She tells my DS that there is no way it is pixie dust because if it was he would be flying and he is NOT flying. So she tells him that he must have Tinker Snot in his hair instead. That was hysterical.

Next the Wicked Step Mother came by: She gave a couple stearn looks but didn't say much.
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Then the music is raised up and The Royal Prince and Princess are announced. Cinderella and the Prince dance the Waltz and then begin making their way around the room.

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Just as dinner is about to end they do a dance for all the people celebrating. And this masterpiece is brought to me at our table.

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Chocolate Heaven ! My DH scored huge points for this -- I was so HAPPY !

Coming Up Next we Head back to Magic Kingdom for Magic Hours !

Turtle31
10-29-2009, 10:43 PM
Cont'd

So after dinner it is time to go back to Magic Kingdom and burn off four fastpasses for Big Thunder Mountain. When we exit the monorail back into the heat I immediatly feel my airway begin to close. I use my inhaler - dang this thing is getting low....
We head to Thunder Mountain Railroad. And all the sudden everything seems like an uphill struggle. We ride immediatly and exit, my crew starts to take off running for the entrance of the ride again. I can't keep up, but I am scared to tell my DH that I am starting to panic inside. I ask them to please ride it without me once and let me catch my breath. I sit on one of the rocks outside and try to relax. I use my inhaler again and Holy crap it is empty. I begin to really freak out, I am thinking that we still have 3 park days left and I am never going to make it.
My family returns and my DS says he is really worried about me. I try to reassure him that I will be okay. They go ahead and ride all the fastpasses out. I text my DH that I have slowly started to walk to the front of the park because I have to get back to the room to use my nebulizer.
I don't make it very far, they catch up with me. My DH takes me into the first -aid station and I am taken to a room that looks just like a doctors office. I am light headed and I am in amazement that Disney never misses a step. Paramedics are called and are there in minutes. They begin giving me an updraft of albuterol. My son and DH plus DD (asleep in stroller) are in the lobby. I ask the CM that brought me back to please reassure my son and hubby that I am okay.
The paramedics then let me know that my pulse oxygen rate is still way to low and they need to start an iv of steroids. But once they start an iv they could not release me back into the care of my hubby until a doc had checked me out. This meant my birthday was going to be completed with a ride out of the Magic Kingdom in an ambulance. But I knew this would be the only way to talk to a doctor and get a prescription for a new inhaler and antibiotics that I obviously needed at this point.
So I send my DH,DS and DD back to the beach club and I take a magic carpet ride !! As the ambulance pulls up to the hospital, I realize I have no idea where I am at lol ! We enter the building and I see balloons and a big sign-- Celebration Hospital -- this is almost comical.
Long story short here I am seen by the doc, x-rays are done, another breathing treatment. I am given a prescription for an antibiotic and an inhaler out of the hospital pharmacy. I text my DH to let him know I am okay and not to worry. He says he was really scared and he is so happy that I have gotten help. This really scared me too. I text my DH--- You just had an asthma attack, recieved two breathing treatments,one iv with solumedrol. What will you do next ? I AM GOING TO DISNEYWORLD ! He said he laughed forever because at that point he knew I had lost my mind.:lmao: I then fell asleep until about 6 am.
To wrap up this segment, let me say that Disney really does take care of everything. After my discharge from the hospital a cab was waiting outside to take me right back to the Beach Club. The cab driver was very friendly and told me all about the town of Celebration. Something I never even knew about. When I arrived back at The Beach Club I was reimbursed for the cab, when I asked why I was getting the money back? The friendly CM said that when you are there they provide all transportation. This was crazy to me. I gave her my prescription and was told that it would be faxed immediatly to Turner pharmacy and it would be at the desk with in hours.
I went up to the room and collapsed in the comfortable bed.....


Day 9--- Room Service Breakfast :thumbsup2

BigEeyore
10-30-2009, 02:08 PM
First - let me say I am happy to see your TR is back in action!
Secondly - :scared1:wow what a scary story about your medical crisis at the MK. Thank goodness Disney was so responsive to your situation and got you the help you needed. As a mom, I can appreciate how we push ourselves for our children sometimes, ignoring our own health trying to make things great for them. I am so glad all turned out ok in the end, but your DH must have been pretty scared.

Turtle31
11-04-2009, 08:17 PM
First - let me say I am happy to see your TR is back in action!
Secondly - :scared1:wow what a scary story about your medical crisis at the MK. Thank goodness Disney was so responsive to your situation and got you the help you needed. As a mom, I can appreciate how we push ourselves for our children sometimes, ignoring our own health trying to make things great for them. I am so glad all turned out ok in the end, but your DH must have been pretty scared.

Thanks BigEeyore for your kind words about my TR. I am happy to report that my DH has been smoke free for 3 months now :woohoo: He decided to go with the patch and he wore step number one for about a week. Then he got tired of putting the patches on and just stopped. Now he is going to the gym at night because at first he struggled with bordem and the munchies. His quitting smoking has helped my breathing more than I think he ever expected. And it is also nice to not kiss an ashtray :lmao:

Turtle31
11-05-2009, 10:20 PM
Day 9 -- I am feeling Fine :goodvibes

So this morning we are starting out a little slower. We all sleep in until about 10:30 and man did we all need it. When I wake up I call down to room service to see if they will still be able to bring us breakfast and how many credits it will run us. We have the deluxe dining so we have all table service credits. The nice lady CM that answered the phone said it would only cost us 4 credits for breakfast and it included grat. Sounded good to me -- so we ordered the Family Style Breakfast. When asked if we wanted tea or coffee? I said neither,please. About three minutes after placing the order the phone rang. A very nice english sounding gentleman was calling back and asking about our drinking preferences. I told him that we didn't drink coffee or tea, just diet soda. He asked if we were going to a park today? I said yep, and he said okay I have the perfect idea. He then said he wanted to make sure we got something in place of the hot drinks so that we got our money's worth. How thoughtful of him.
My DH cleared all our stuff off of the coffee table and then round table in the room and I proceeded to get in the shower. About 20 minutes later there is a knock on the door and the breakfast is here ! We were brought Mickey Waffles,Pancakes, sausage,bacon, scrambled eggs and a HUGE fruit bowl. Plus orange juice and diet sodas. In place of our hot drink he had brought 4 large bottled waters for us to take with us to the park. Very nice indeed. The gentleman who came to our room brought an extra small bowl and a can of whip cream, he made a design in the bowl with the whip cream and then instructed my kids to dip the strawberries. They loved it.
When he first arrived he spread a white linen table cloth over the coffee table and laid out a HUGE spread of food. Looked like enough for 8 people. He then talked with my family,asking us how we were enjoying our stay. He told us that he had been a butler for a family for 30 years before coming to work at The Beach Club. He then went on to tell my DD how he had served breakfast to Miley Cyrus at this hotel many times. She loved that. All the food was great and this was something we would do again in a minute.

After breakfast we relaxed. At about 1:00 we left the room to head over to Hollywood Studios. We get on the boat and begin our 12 minute journey.

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Once we are inside my DH runs to go get fastpasses for Rock n Roller Coaster - I tell him to use all tickets to get passes but him and my son will be the only ones riding it. I am no where near ready for that kind of shock to my system.

We then head to do Muppets 3-D before lunch.

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I love this movie and we are able to sit up very close to the orchestra of pequins.

Then it is time for us to head to the 50's prime time for lunch. This is our first time and I am very excited. I have to warn DD that they will be joking alot but not to take anything serious- she can be a little touchy about rules and eating veggies :sad2:
We are seated almost immediatly at a table that has a tv.

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We are then greeted by our cousin Mike. He tells the kids that the house rules are no elbows on the table and no fighting. He then puts napkins and silverware in the middle of the table and tells the kids to get to work setting the table or they won't get any drinks. :laughing:
Cousin Mike returns with our drinks and we take a few family photos.

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We all order chicken noodle soup for our appetizer. When Mike brings back our soup he sees that our drinks are already gone. He takes the empty cups and shakes his head in disapproval at DH and I. A couple minutes later he returns with 3 diet sodas for both of us (6 total)--- he throws a pile of straws in the middle of the table and says "Here you go, You darn Camels !!" My kids laughed so hard.

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The tv was playing footage from the opening day of Disneyland Park.

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For our entress DH ordered Grandma's Pot Pie, I ordered Cousin Eric's grilled Chicken Sandwich, the kids ordered mac n cheese and nuggets.

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When Cousin Mike came back to clear all of our dishes he handed my DH a map of the park and said you are going to need this later trust me. My DH looked puzzled and opened up the map -- inside Cousin Mike had taken a sharpie and circled all the restroom locations through out the park..At the top he had wrote -- Bed Wetters Helper !! It was hysterical-- I don't know the last time we laughed so much.
Then Cousin Mike comes back to take our desert order. My DH says Oh I don't even think I could fit desert, I barely finished my meal. Cousin Mike says --" Look maybe if you wouldn't have sucked down so much pop you would have room!" -- now pick a desert :lmao:
We used these neat view finders to look at the desert menu..

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When Cousin Mike returned he sat DH's desert in front of him... it was the chicken pot pie he had not finsihed covered with whip cream, candy mickey's and sprinkles. My DH looked mortified... Cousin Mike said -- "You didn't really think you were going to get desert without finishing your meal did you?"

Here is DH pretending to eat it....

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Before bringing out the real deserts Cousin Mike stands on a chair and announces that it is Cousin Donna's B-Day and everyone needs to stop what they are doing and get ready to sing to cousin Donna. They begin to sing and everytime it comes to my name he screams COUSIN DONNA ! Then he takes a card out of his apron and says-- "I know you are all cheap- so I bought a card sign it." He then put it down on a table of cousins- and they passed it through the whole dining room -- When I got it back it was filled with birthday wishes from every guest in our section of the dining room. Hysterical !

The real deserts were Smore's and a Brownie Sundae :

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This is one resturant I can not wait to go back to. Good food and even a better time ! Cousin Mike was GREAT !!


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Camping Griswalds
11-06-2009, 07:36 AM
What a hilarious story! Great meal! We are going to try eating there for dinner in January for the first time. I hope we get a "cousin" like yours!

aubeone
01-02-2010, 08:48 AM
I am bumping this thread for those of use who are going to BCV in 2010. It just makes me feel good to read all the information and see the great pictures!:cool1:

Dawn68PA
01-02-2010, 12:22 PM
I just started reading this as I am going to BCV in 2010. My daughter was skeptical of the 1900 PF meal but your TR now makes it the most anxiously awaited meal! I look forward to starting at the beginning now and reading the whole way through.

Thanks for taking the time to do this. I always find TRs most helpful!

Dawn68PA
01-03-2010, 05:12 PM
I have now read this whole TR. Very well done! I loved all the pictures! Since we have never stayed at BCV before, it's so nice to see what it will look like. You also seem to eat at a lot of the same restaurants we have chosen for our next trip. It was very nice to read about all of those experiences as well!

Thank you again for sharing!

Turtle31
01-03-2010, 08:25 PM
I am bumping this thread for those of use who are going to BCV in 2010. It just makes me feel good to read all the information and see the great pictures!:cool1:

Thanks for bumping it for me-- it is on my to do list to finish-- Note to self- 11 days is so long for a trip report ! :goodvibes



I have now read this whole TR. Very well done! I loved all the pictures! Since we have never stayed at BCV before, it's so nice to see what it will look like. You also seem to eat at a lot of the same restaurants we have chosen for our next trip. It was very nice to read about all of those experiences as well!

Thank you again for sharing!

I am so glad you enjoyed the report. 1900 Park Fare is one of my favorites- as far as buffet food it has the best quality, and those step-sisters are hysterical.

Turtle31
01-03-2010, 09:32 PM
cont' Day 9 Hollywood Studios

After our really good lunch at 50' Prime Time we caught the Backlot Tour.

I really do wish they would add a little something different or switch it up a bit but it is still neat for the kids.

The Mickey Water Tower
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Some props:

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The Mickey ONE:

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The costume warehouse: This is my favorite part
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And finally the disaster shoot :

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After the backlot tour we run over to catch the last Light's Motor Action of the day.

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When we arrive there are only seats that are WAY up - which means I am going to have to go up stairs in the 105 degree heat - not happening. A very nice CM talks to my hubby and he explains the asthma issue and she tells us we can sit down in the handicapped section - it was very nice of her.

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After this we are able to walk over and get really good seats for my favorite thing at Hollywood Studios - Beauty and The Beast on stage

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The costumes in this production are just hard to even describe. The music is wonderful and the cast is outstanding everytime we see this.

After the show my hubby and my son go to use fasspasses for Rockin' Roller Coaster and my DD and I go see the muppets again.

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We had a really good day at the studios-- got to see a lot of shows and avoided the heat for most of the day :yay:

After this we decide to skip our adr at Hollywood and Vine and take our chances back at the Beach Club for dinner. We had dinner at the Hollywood and Vine on our last trip and we were not impressed, and decided we weren't ready to try it again.

We take the boat back to the Beach Club and end up at Cape May for the Clam Bake Buffet again. This is now DH's favorite. We are sat in a room off to the right of the resturant which was quite and nice. (Also close to the second desert bar lol) Funny thing happens, we end up getting the exact same waitress we had on our hot animal kingdom day. She jokes around with my DH about how he must had loved the Clam Chowder because he is back again !

Once dinner is done we let the kids hit the pool until the 11:00 pm close and then head off to bed.

Tomorrow Day 10- Magic Kingdom

Turtle31
01-03-2010, 10:40 PM
:)

Markeymouses
01-04-2010, 06:24 PM
Donna I absolutely LOVED your trip report!!!! I just booked the BCV last week for our stay in July. We are owners at AKV and weren't sure we would get in. Well we did and you just made my day! I had so much fun going through your report! I'm glad to hear you were well taken care of.....we had a scare with my DD as well ...the nurses are awesome. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!!!!:goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvi bes our trip is 13 days i'm wondering if i should shorten it!!! LOLOLOL:laughing:;)

Turtle31
01-16-2010, 03:23 PM
Donna I absolutely LOVED your trip report!!!! I just booked the BCV last week for our stay in July. We are owners at AKV and weren't sure we would get in. Well we did and you just made my day! I had so much fun going through your report! I'm glad to hear you were well taken care of.....we had a scare with my DD as well ...the nurses are awesome. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!!!!:goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvi bes our trip is 13 days i'm wondering if i should shorten it!!! LOLOLOL:laughing:;)


I am glad you enjoyed reading the report. 10 park days,arrival day plus travel day at home put us at 12 days total and I wish we would have had about 2 more days just to lay at the pool !! Unfortunatly, I know my DH and we would have just ended up at the parks another day ! The only advice I can give is pace yourself. Since you are staying at this wonderful resort, make sure you take plenty of time for the pool, and the movie on the beach was awesome. Not to mention being able to see fireworks from Epcot while in the kiddie pool.
I just booked our return trip a few weeks ago and we are doing October this next trip to avoid the heat and hopefully crowds. I am looking forward to planning this trip, it will be our first time at the halloween party and the Food and Wine Festival !

RainyD
01-16-2010, 10:34 PM
I am glad you enjoyed reading the report. 10 park days,arrival day plus travel day at home put us at 12 days total and I wish we would have had about 2 more days just to lay at the pool !! Unfortunatly, I know my DH and we would have just ended up at the parks another day ! The only advice I can give is pace yourself. Since you are staying at this wonderful resort, make sure you take plenty of time for the pool, and the movie on the beach was awesome. Not to mention being able to see fireworks from Epcot while in the kiddie pool.
I just booked our return trip a few weeks ago and we are doing October this next trip to avoid the heat and hopefully crowds. I am looking forward to planning this trip, it will be our first time at the halloween party and the Food and Wine Festival !

Loved your tr. We are new owners of BCV and will be travelling 10/7 thru 10/17. We are staying (5 of us) in a two bedroom villa and would love some of your expert advice about it. What accomodations did you have? Since there was only four of you, you did not need a two-bedroom. Are there washers and dryers in the units or are they out in the hall area. Any information you can give to us about our upcoming trip would be very helpful. It sounds as if your trip was truly magical. We travel to Disney every October since 2000 and are sorry we didn't buy into DVC BCV sooner. Is the deluxe dining plan worth the $$$, since my two DGDs are not big eaters and love chicken nuggets, fries, mac & cheese, hot dogs, etc.

Hunclemarco
01-17-2010, 12:31 PM
Wow! I dont' know how i missed this TR before. Love it. Thanks for the pics. We'll be there in a month or so...can't wait. :thumbsup2

Turtle31
01-17-2010, 02:14 PM
Loved your tr. We are new owners of BCV and will be travelling 10/7 thru 10/17. We are staying (5 of us) in a two bedroom villa and would love some of your expert advice about it. What accomodations did you have? Since there was only four of you, you did not need a two-bedroom. Are there washers and dryers in the units or are they out in the hall area. Any information you can give to us about our upcoming trip would be very helpful. It sounds as if your trip was truly magical. We travel to Disney every October since 2000 and are sorry we didn't buy into DVC BCV sooner. Is the deluxe dining plan worth the $$$, since my two DGDs are not big eaters and love chicken nuggets, fries, mac & cheese, hot dogs, etc.

Thank you so much for the kind words about my report. We did stay in a studio and it was perfect since there are only 4 of us and my daughter is tiny lol ! From what I have seen on the tour with a two bedroom you do have a washer-dryer of your own in a closet,so that it is hidden away. It is a stackable so not as big as the energy efficent ones in my photos.
This is our second time doing deluxe. The first time was also 11 days at POR before buying DVC. And we will not being doing it again that I can forsee. First of all with the option of 3 table sit downs a day, I had to make 33 ADR's- talk about a ton of planning. We have tried SO many wonderful resturants, and still have many to try. But it is just WAY to much food, also way to much time spent at a table that could be spent relaxing at the pool, or riding rides. With the deluxe each person recieves an appetizer and a desert at every sit down meal. This was okay at some resturants where an app. consists of 2 large shrimp on a bed of greens, but when it was a full plate of nachos or a huge plate of wings it was just over-kill. I also think it made it less special for my kids to be able to get desert,because by the end of the trip they didn't even want it.
We did this twice because my DH loved the fact that we could just pay, have three meals and he didn't even have to look at a 100 ticket and pull out his wallet. I know you still pay either way, but to him the logic was - if I had payed 100+ for this nasty buffet - I would be ticked :laughing: The first trip we went I faithfully saved every receipt and added everything including the refillable mugs and 2 snacks a day. At the end we ended up with 1300.00 dollars more than the amount we paid for the Deluxe. But did we really SAVE 1300..... my answer would be no... because if paying out of pocket we would have never ordered a app. and desert at every meal. Plus I brought home 18 HUGE lollipops for my neices and nephews that were 3.50 a piece and I would have never bought those if I didn't have extra credits.
The pluses for us getting the Deluxe were that in June it was SO hot that I welcomed going into a resturant and sitting down, and being waited on. Sometimes having a family of four at a counterservice can be frustrating, one parent waits in line to order everything ( you hope he remembers correctly), the other parent takes the kids and searches for a table. And you just hope there is a place to sit inside. Because you do not want to eat a hot burger outside in the 100 degree heat. Also I did like the fact that my kids actually ate less chicken nuggets and fries because there were other heathly options. Now that my son will cost me adult price for deluxe (70.00) I will never do it. Because some of the times he will still want mac n cheese. I can handle paying 39.99 a day for the basic plan and having him eat kids meals some of the time. At the 20.00 dollar kids costs for deluxe though it is worth it for sure - just two snacks can run you 8.00 dollars.
Please let me know if you have any more questions - I would be happy to help in any way I can. :goodvibes

Turtle31
01-17-2010, 03:35 PM
Day 10 Magic Kingdom


This morning we are SO dragging out of bed. I am happy that the trip is almost over, but I know we will all be so sad at the end.
We head down to have breakfast the Cape May Cafe.

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I know the characters are thinking we have moved into the BCV. I am almost tired of taking their pictures every time they come by, but DH says it is rude if I don't. :rolleyes1

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After breakfast we are off to Magic Kingdom. We decide to take the train around to Toon Town immediatly so we can get in line to see Tinkerbell. The line doesn't look to terrible but once we are in it we realize it is almost not moving at all. I then find out that waiting in one spot on sore feet is SO much harder than weaving through ropes. Luckily we had a really nice man and his daughter in front of us that we started a conversation with. Our kids played nicely, and turned out they were owners at Saratoga Springs. He told DH they had stayed at almost every resort and he was jealous we were at BVC. That made DH feel good to hear I am sure. Finally, it was our turn -- we had waited just over an hour -- it seemed like a lifetime.

While we were in line my DS decided to make his shirt a sticker album and this quickly became a focus for the fairies. This area is So nicely done. They have you flap your arms and "fly" in to meet everyone.

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I think this is the Water Mist Fairy:

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Next we meet Tink : OML -- She was worth every minute. She got down and talked to my daughter about her hair first. Then she looks over at my son and asked my daughter if she had special permission to bring her porcupine with her !! We laughed so hard.

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After Tink is done talking to Alexis she turns her attention to my son. She asked him about his stickers and put her arm on him, I think she can tell he is embrassed. And then WHAM-- she plants a kiss on him !! We almost died !! I laughed so hard, my poor son :rotfl:

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We still joke about this even now....

The last fairy that we met tried to console Bradley and tell him it was okay to be tough and she wouldn't kiss him... but he wasn't having any of it at this point !

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By the time we get done in Toon Town it is time for us to go to lunch at the Crystal Palace. We head over there and enjoy the cold drinks. My DH says this is his least favorite place and please do not ever come back here. (Noted) The food here is really nothing to write about and at times things on the salad bar lacked. The rolls were really hard and I didn't see anything worth getting as far desert besides a cookie. The characters here are still Pooh,Tiger and Piglet.

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Next we ride some of our favorite rides again.

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After a few rides we are just exhausted and head back to the Beach Club. We hang out in the room a little bit, hit the pool and end up eating at Clam Bake @ Cape May again -- this is one buffet Dh says he could eat at every night.


Tomorrow: The Final Park day at Magic Kingdom !

RainyD
01-18-2010, 07:59 AM
Thank you so much for the kind words about my report. We did stay in a studio and it was perfect since there are only 4 of us and my daughter is tiny lol ! From what I have seen on the tour with a two bedroom you do have a washer-dryer of your own in a closet,so that it is hidden away. It is a stackable so not as big as the energy efficent ones in my photos.
This is our second time doing deluxe. The first time was also 11 days at POR before buying DVC. And we will not being doing it again that I can forsee. First of all with the option of 3 table sit downs a day, I had to make 33 ADR's- talk about a ton of planning. We have tried SO many wonderful resturants, and still have many to try. But it is just WAY to much food, also way to much time spent at a table that could be spent relaxing at the pool, or riding rides. With the deluxe each person recieves an appetizer and a desert at every sit down meal. This was okay at some resturants where an app. consists of 2 large shrimp on a bed of greens, but when it was a full plate of nachos or a huge plate of wings it was just over-kill. I also think it made it less special for my kids to be able to get desert,because by the end of the trip they didn't even want it.
We did this twice because my DH loved the fact that we could just pay, have three meals and he didn't even have to look at a 100 ticket and pull out his wallet. I know you still pay either way, but to him the logic was - if I had payed 100+ for this nasty buffet - I would be ticked :laughing: The first trip we went I faithfully saved every receipt and added everything including the refillable mugs and 2 snacks a day. At the end we ended up with 1300.00 dollars more than the amount we paid for the Deluxe. But did we really SAVE 1300..... my answer would be no... because if paying out of pocket we would have never ordered a app. and desert at every meal. Plus I brought home 18 HUGE lollipops for my neices and nephews that were 3.50 a piece and I would have never bought those if I didn't have extra credits.
The pluses for us getting the Deluxe were that in June it was SO hot that I welcomed going into a resturant and sitting down, and being waited on. Sometimes having a family of four at a counterservice can be frustrating, one parent waits in line to order everything ( you how he remembers correctly), the other parents takes the kids and searches for a table. And you just hope there is a place to sit inside. Because you do not want to eat a hot burger outside in the 100 degree heat. Also I did like the fact that my kids actually ate less chicken nuggets and fries because there were other heathly options. Now that my son will cost me adult price for deluxe (70.00) I will never do it. Because some of the times he will still want mac n cheese. I can handle paying 39.99 a day for the basic plan and having him eat kids meals some of the time. At the 20.00 dollar kids costs for deluxe though it is worth it for sure - just two snacks can run you 8.00 dollars.
Please let me know if you have any more questions - I would be happy to help in any way I can. :goodvibes

Thanks Donna for all that info. :) My two DGDs - 11 and 13, are not big eaters and this past October we did have the dining plan and when we went to the two credit restaurants (Calif. Grille and Brown Derby) we (3 of us) used our credits for the dinners and ordered for the girls from the kids menu. They were very nice about letting them order from the kids menu, and we paid out of pocket for their meals and saved their credits and we were all able to do the Luau at the Polynesian for two credits each. I agree, the deluxe dining plan would be a lot of food popcorn:::and very expensive for five adults. Guess we will stay with the regular dining plan. That's nice about the washer and dryer being in our room,so we can pack lighter than we normally do and just wash every other day. Guess that will come in handy for the towels to be washed, :laundy: since we don't get mousekeeping every day. The girls will just have to make their beds every morning and we will keep the rooms tidy (whatever that means at Disney?) I'm sure I will have other questions as we get closer to our trip and I will be looking to you for help. Thanks again.
RainyD:shamrock:

cjs123123
01-18-2010, 11:47 AM
thanks for the great trip report.. made me smile when you said they knew your kids names when you arrived... they did the same thing to us last week when we were there.. dh and I both looked at each other and was like did you say mackenzie(our daughters name) at all when walking up?? I was like no way I didnt.. he thought that, that was something really special.. seeing we also stayed at animal kingdom and ssr and they werent that great at greeting you! I guess when you get reconized right away at a resort it makes you feel real special! maybe that is why the bcv is our new FAVORITE disney resort!!!! thanks again!!!

oh when is the next trip???

Turtle31
01-18-2010, 05:48 PM
thanks for the great trip report..

oh when is the next trip???

We actually just went to Disney Land from Dec 19 - 26th - Christmas at Disney was awesome ! We ended up buying annual passes and will return to Disney Land sometime June/July.
Our next BVC trip is booked for 11 nights in October - I can't wait !!

Turtle31
04-09-2010, 09:42 PM
Day 11

Magic Kingdom

Wow am I glad I took and kept notes on this trip. Never in a million years did I think it would take me so long to complete this report. Note to self - it is so much easier to finish a report with in the first two weeks of returning home.

This morning we are all exhausted. We sleep in and decide to go the Capt.'s Grill for breakfast. When we check with the hostess she tells us that we can be seated for breakfast, but they are not serving made to order from the menu only the buffet at this point. Which we think is fine with us and we are seated almost immediatly. The unforunate thing was that all the food was very picked over and they weren't re-filling anything. I wish she would have let us know that ! But oh well, we have eaten so much food this trip we get over it.


At Magic Kingdom we finally made it over to Tomorrowland Speedway. The wait wasn't to bad.


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Then we head back over to The haunted mansion

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By the time we do a few rides I let my DH know that our ADR for liberty tree tavern is fast approaching. I had planned on us getting up and eating an early breakfast ( which we did not do) - so now once again we have an adr and no one is hungry.

We ride a few more rides, grab some counter service and we all take a vote - and say goodbye to The Magic Kingdom by 5:00pm. At first I was disappointed we weren't going to stay and see the fireworks on our last night - but even I didn't have it in me. And with such a relaxing pool and beach waiting who am I to argue.

We get back to the beach club and the kids go swimming until it is time for the movie on the beach. The movie on the beach was Bedtime Stories. I have to say this is my favorite movie other than Enchanted. And now everytime I watch it - it brings back even happier memories !



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My DH and I lay on the comfy chairs to watch. The kids decided to go up front and play in the sand while watching the movie. It was a blast. We even had some drinks from Hurricane Hannah's. A perfect end to a perfect first DVC trip home.

Now I am just counting the days until our Oct. return !

Thanks to all who followed again on our journey - and I am sorry it took so long to complete ! If I even do a trip report again - I think it may just be a picture report :goodvibes


Day 12 - Was the long sad trip back to our real home !

bdink921
04-14-2010, 09:50 PM
Donna, what an awesome TR!!! You just had my dream vacation--I could never convince DH to take an 11 night trip to WDW--he's only good for 3-4 days tops :lmao:. I just love all of your pics of BCV--beautiful. Although we won't be buying into DVC, I do see renting points for a short stay in our future!! Thanks again for all the time you put into this and have a great time in October!!!

podsnel
04-15-2010, 07:22 AM
I was so happy your TR popped back up, just in time for me to read it and get even MORE excited about my trip there in 2 weeks :banana:. It will be my first time home at BCV, although I have stayed at BC many times, just not in the villas. Thanks for sharing your trip! :goodvibes

Turtle31
04-15-2010, 07:20 PM
Donna, what an awesome TR!!! You just had my dream vacation--I could never convince DH to take an 11 night trip to WDW--he's only good for 3-4 days tops :lmao:. I just love all of your pics of BCV--beautiful. Although we won't be buying into DVC, I do see renting points for a short stay in our future!! Thanks again for all the time you put into this and have a great time in October!!!

I am so glad you enjoyed the report. It started out crusing really fast and then once I got back to real life it took longer and longer to complete. I don't know how in the world anyone can do a live report !
The trip became 11 days when we visited in 08'. We stayed at POR and it was great also. My DH travels for business alot and had four frequent flier tickets available. I got on-line to try and book our freebies and I was able to find four tickets going on June 16 th - I was thinking we would come home on the 24th - but as I kept looking the trip was getting longer and longer and I wasn't complaining ! :banana: So it ended up 11 days was the magic number that gave us 4 free tickets from Colorado to Orlando.
In 09' when I was booking everything - I already had it in my head that there was no way we couldn't go for at least 11 days ! Since the tickets for a family of four are pricey - I figure I am going to get my money's worth.:laughing:
Or trip for 2010 - is going to be --- you guessed it --- 11 days ! And I would have made it 14 if my kids would have had like two more days off for their fall break ! :goodvibes

Now I just have to decided : Am I going to pay for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or not ?

Backstage_Gal
04-24-2010, 06:59 PM
Donna, I just discovered your report a few days ago and enjoyed it very much. I used to work at the Y&B, so I found your take on it interesting too.

The good point for me is that I could your trip report without waiting for the next installment .

Anyway, thank you, great job!:thumbsup2

newfamilyman
04-25-2010, 10:18 AM
I also enjoyed your report, since we'll be staying a week at BCV this August. Our guide also promised us some fastpasses because of some bad luck we had in closing our VGC contract. Can you explain what they gave you? Thanks

es45
04-25-2010, 12:29 PM
Great TR; thanks for all the details! :thumbsup2

Turtle31
04-25-2010, 08:07 PM
I also enjoyed your report, since we'll be staying a week at BCV this August. Our guide also promised us some fastpasses because of some bad luck we had in closing our VGC contract. Can you explain what they gave you? Thanks



The fastpasses that we recieved are special ones that allow you 3 fastpasses for each card you recieve. We had 4 in our party so that gave us 12 fastpasses. The great thing is that you can go to a machine and get all three at one time. So let's say you walk all the way up the hill and into the building that houses soarin' you can go to the fastpass machine and put in your card 3 times and recieve all three at once if you choose. These fastpasses that come out are marked with the exact time you recieve them, meaning no wait to ride.
Couple things to be aware of - fastpasses must be available in order to get them. And once the cards are issued they expire 3 days later. You can use them at multi parks, on multi days.
The special fastpasses are issued to compensate guest who take the time to take the DVC tour - it's their way of giving you a little of your time back.
Make sure if your guide is not going to be in on the day you are going to the office that he/she has made note of it.

dawnmichele
05-03-2012, 01:42 PM
Your trips sounds so fun! Thanks for writing this report and sharing it with us!

CDolacki2003
01-18-2013, 10:25 AM
Thanks for such a great trip report!

disfam2012
01-22-2013, 06:30 PM
We're in the middle of planning this year's vacation to the BCV, but Oct feels so far away. I still come back and re-read this trip report whenever I need a "fix";)

Simba's Mom
01-23-2013, 09:03 AM
We're in the middle of planning this year's vacation to the BCV, but Oct feels so far away. I still come back and re-read this trip report whenever I need a "fix";)

I agree! After several stays at other resorts, I returned to our home, BCV, for a few nights last October. I can say I fell in love with the resort all over again-realized why we first bought points there. Unfortunately my stay there wasn't long enough (never is, though) and can't wait to return in October again.

wiigirl
01-23-2013, 09:23 AM
Thanks for your TR...I really enjoyed it.

Turtle31
04-17-2013, 09:11 PM
Thanks for such a great trip report!

You are very welcome !

We're in the middle of planning this year's vacation to the BCV, but Oct feels so far away. I still come back and re-read this trip report whenever I need a "fix";)

We are going again in October !! This year we will buy annual passes for the first time. We are getting a rent a car for the first time (for four days), We are going over to the dark side for the first time !! Three days at Universal because DD has turned us into Harry Potter freaks lol. And for the first time ever we are getting table in wonderland and will not do any type of dining plan what so ever. And I also come back and read my trip report when I need a disney fix. One day I am going to print it and have it bound into a book.


I agree! After several stays at other resorts, I returned to our home, BCV, for a few nights last October. I can say I fell in love with the resort all over again-realized why we first bought points there. Unfortunately my stay there wasn't long enough (never is, though) and can't wait to return in October again.

We are all set for our October trip- now all I have to do is wait. This time we are going for 13 days- the longest ever. Had to add a couple more days so we have time for Universal :rotfl:

Thanks for your TR...I really enjoyed it.

Glad you enjoyed it !!


I have to say looking back at this trip almost three years later still brings a smile to my face. I can't believe how my family has changed though I must say. Immediatly following this trip, we all began exercising and eating healthy. This is a picture of my DH and DD on our next trip - DH is 70 pounds lighter. And my DS is in now 6 feet tall and so skinny you can't see him when he turns sidewides lol.... unfortunately, I am still a work in progress !!

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