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iluvtot
09-07-2009, 11:32 AM
Hi,
Well we are well and truly back. Arrived home about 9.30am on Saturday; and the kids were all back to school today, with DH back at work aswell.
Am I the only one who finds coming home so.... I don't know, grey?!
Our 11 days at OKW flew by, and we had a fab time after a bit of a shakey start. First time we had flown indirect, and it was a nightmare! We arrived at Gatwick armed with our boarding passes, (as we had booked in on line the night before) to be told our connecting flight from Philadelphia to Orlando had somehow been changed to the following day! Not a good start, and it went from bad to worse. I have written a complaint to USAirways, and are waiting to hear their response.
Anyway, we finally got to OKW, and I was really pleased to find everywhere wasn't as busy as I expected!
Highlights, for DH watching the shuttle launch from the bridge at OKW (we were all too tired so he went on his own); and his birthday; afternoon tea at the Garden View in the GF, and then dinner at TeppenEdo
DD's loved the show put on by the ugly sister's at 1900 Park Fare, and of course the shopping! DS loved the dessert party,(I managed to book it when it was extended) and the fireworks.
Me? I just loved being with my family in my favourite magical place!
Have some photo's to post later, and other stuff. Will leave you with this gem I heard from a little lad waiting to go into "It's tough to be a bug"
He was standing outside the doors posing in his 3-D specs for his dad to take a photo. Dad said "OK, fine" Little son responded " No Dad, I think I blinked!":rotfl2:

Jules x

karentan
09-07-2009, 11:37 AM
glad you had a good time, we leave on saturday, cant wait!
would love to see some of your photos if you want to post them!

natalielongstaff
09-07-2009, 12:35 PM
Welcome home :)

earthelves
09-07-2009, 12:44 PM
Welcome home...We arrived back a few wks ago, & i already have a trip booked for October:rotfl2::rotfl2: We will have been there 5 times this year after the October trip:rotfl::rotfl: We stayed at OKW on the most recent trip,,It was fine but the October trip we will try the BW CL:thumbsup2

Have fun planning your next trip:)

iluvtot
09-07-2009, 01:32 PM
Welcome home :)

Thankyou:flower3:,
But to be honest, would rather be hearing it as we drive back into OKW!!:)

Jules x

iluvtot
09-07-2009, 01:41 PM
glad you had a good time, we leave on saturday, cant wait!
would love to see some of your photos if you want to post them!

Thanks, and lucky you! Will try and upload some later, but will have to ask DS or DD for help:)
Have just seen your post about the castle. The crane was up when we first arrived, but luckily they took it down after a few days.
DS and I were really lucky one morning. We had a 10.35 adr at Chef Mickey, and as we were ready early and DD's and DH weren't, we went to Magic Kingdom first. It was really quiet, and we got a couple of nice shots of the castle. We then walked round to Fantasyland and rode the Pooh ride, Peter Pan, It's a Small World (had to be done:goodvibes) and the teacups in less than an hour!

Jules x

iluvtot
09-07-2009, 01:48 PM
Welcome home...We arrived back a few wks ago, & i already have a trip booked for October:rotfl2::rotfl2: We will have been there 5 times this year after the October trip:rotfl::rotfl: We stayed at OKW on the most recent trip,,It was fine but the October trip we will try the BW CL:thumbsup2

Have fun planning your next trip:)

Thankyou:flower3:, and do wish we were going back so soon. SIL is going the end of the month, and just want to stow away in her luggage:)
We moved around alot last year; we had 2 days at POP, 5 days at Vero Beach (love it!)3 days at PORiverside(really nice), 1 night at the Boardwalk (loved the location), and then 5 days at SS; so it was quite nice to stay in one place this time!!:thumbsup2

Jules x

scousemouse09
09-07-2009, 02:47 PM
Hi,
Am I the only one who finds coming home so.... I don't know, grey?!


That was the first thing my husband said about coming home! He didn't want to go to WDW, but ended up falling in love with the place.

He also came home from Alton Towers the other week and the first words out of his mouth were - "it's not as good as Disney!"

howlongtillsummer?
09-07-2009, 02:51 PM
The critical thing to reintroduce light into the grey post Disney World landscape is .... say it with me..... plan your next trip!

(I usually run the preliminary schedule past DH at the airport coming home, or maybe a day or two before we leave Florida!!)

wifey
09-08-2009, 02:06 AM
Try making a photo DVD and if you have enough video of parades or fireworks shows make another one and add WDW music or music from Disney films as you edit it's a great way to relieve the blues. Maybe get a few photos printed and framed of special events from your trip and hang them around your home.

Don't forget your info will also be a great help to other Dibbers so don't feel shy about popping back in and discussing things we are always here to listen:hug:

iluvtot
09-10-2009, 02:19 PM
The critical thing to reintroduce light into the grey post Disney World landscape is .... say it with me..... plan your next trip!

(I usually run the preliminary schedule past DH at the airport coming home, or maybe a day or two before we leave Florida!!)

Lol!:goodvibes Was thinking about it, but have just read thread that Disney have taken the 42% offer off their website:scared1:

Jules x

iluvtot
09-10-2009, 02:25 PM
Try making a photo DVD and if you have enough video of parades or fireworks shows make another one and add WDW music or music from Disney films as you edit it's a great way to relieve the blues. Maybe get a few photos printed and framed of special events from your trip and hang them around your home.

Don't forget your info will also be a great help to other Dibbers so don't feel shy about popping back in and discussing things we are always here to listen:hug:

Ahh! Thanks:flower3:

We bought DS a digital photo frame last year, and that works quite well, also, I have framed my favourite photos over the years, and dotted them over the house. I can walk in a room, look at the photo, and am transported back to a happy memory:goodvibes

Jules x

iluvtot
09-10-2009, 03:22 PM
Right! DS has finally finished downloading, (or uploading, not sure which) his photos and mine, so I now have a photobucket account so I can post some of them:thumbsup2

I don't really want to bore everyone, so will only post a few, and try to make them ones that haven't been done before.
I should introduce us first, Me, Jules 49, DH David(55 while we were away), DS George 17, and DD's twins Ellie and Mitzi 15
As I said, our flight over was a bit of a pain, but we arrived at the Beuna Vista Suites about 12.30am, absolutely shattered; so went to bed!
Next morning, we were up reasonably early, and had breakfast(buffet style, and included in the price) which was very nice, and then drove to OKW.
This actually worked very well for us, and we will do it again.This way, we didn't feel we had wasted any of our Disneytime! We were at OKW, and booked in about 10am, a bit later than I anticipated; but then straight off to Magic Kingdom. We just parked up the car, and caught the bus:goodvibes
Originally, I had put Animal Kingdom down as our first Park, but we all agreed it didn't feel real untill we'd been to MK, so that's where we went!!
The parade had just started!

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This got us in the right mood! We wandered to frontierland, and FP Splash mountain. The queue for Big Thunder was only 10mins, so we did that, and then went over to ride Pirates!
By then, we could use our FP. DH and I found ourselves at the front. Big mistake!! We were totally drenched! Everyone else got off with a couple of splashes, but I looked like I'd fallen in!! DD's are hidden under their hoodies!
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab37/Expederest/Magic%20Kingdom/WDW2009072.jpg

I had to walk round MK looking like that!! And I was squelching!!:laughing:
Anyway, DD was hungry, so we went to get something to eat at Cosmic Ray's. We had to sit outside, as I was still trying to dry off! It was really good, but no photos I'm afraid, as we all just tucked in!!
Afterwards, we wandered around some more, just soaking it all up, and then about 3pm, made our way back to OKW. I had asked for the text when our room was ready, but didn't get it:confused3
Anyway, got our keys, and went to our rooms! Absolutely lovely, but DH hated we were so far away from hospitality!(Block54)
Got all the luggage in and it started raining, the kids were tired, so I cancelled our first ADR, (which was at Raglan Road), and we just drove to SS and got take out. I love the chicken and artichoke flatbread.;)
No photos as we were all tired, so early night!!

Jules x

Snowy-girls
09-11-2009, 05:42 AM
Welcome back,glad you had a lovely holiday-great pics-i loved the parade :thumbsup2.x.

iluvtot
09-11-2009, 06:22 AM
Welcome back,glad you had a lovely holiday-great pics-i loved the parade :thumbsup2.x.


Hi Michele!
Me too:thumbsup2 Got told off for dancing by DD though!
Just saw link to your TR, but can't seem to read all of it? Is there another link?
Your DD's are adorable!

Jules x

Pegasus928
09-11-2009, 06:40 AM
Pleased you had such a great time and I for one would love to see as many pics as you can handle posting.
Do you really think that people on the Dis can ever get bored hearing about, and seeing pictures of, their 2nd home?
No - I thought not :thumbsup2

Snowy-girls
09-11-2009, 07:39 AM
Hi Michele!
Me too:thumbsup2 Got told off for dancing by DD though!
Just saw link to your TR, but can't seem to read all of it? Is there another link?
Your DD's are adorable!

Jules x

Oh i kept meaning to post an extra link on Day 1 and forgot-thank you for reminding me :goodvibes.Have now updated it.
But if you click here post 67 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1105616&page=5 it will take you to a page with up to day 10 on it :thumbsup2.Hopefully will be finishing it off soon.

Dd9 did'nt join in-when they get you from the crowd-but me+Dd4 did+danced with Woody :banana:.Dd9 was just shaking her head :laughing:+hubby filmed it.x.

iluvtot
09-11-2009, 07:50 AM
Pleased you had such a great time and I for one would love to see as many pics as you can handle posting.
Do you really think that people on the Dis can ever get bored hearing about, and seeing pictures of, their 2nd home?
No - I thought not :thumbsup2

Ahh! Thankyou:flower3: But will probably have to poach some from DS. His are so much better than mine!

Jules x

iluvtot
09-11-2009, 07:53 AM
Oh i kept meaning to post an extra link on Day 1 and forgot-thank you for reminding me :goodvibes.Have now updated it.
But if you click here post 67 http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1105616&page=5 it will take you to a page with up to day 10 on it :thumbsup2.Hopefully will be finishing it off soon.

Dd9 did'nt join in-when they get you from the crowd-but me+Dd4 did+danced with Woody :banana:.Dd9 was just shaking her head :laughing:+hubby filmed it.x.

Will take a look!:thumbsup2
:dance3: woohoo! A kindred spirit! All I got was a very chilly "don't"!!

Jules x

Snowy-girls
09-11-2009, 08:23 AM
Will take a look!:thumbsup2
:dance3: woohoo! A kindred spirit! All I got was a very chilly "don't"!!

Jules x

Hubby said she did'nt know where to look when i was doing the 'hoe-down' with the country dancers+the Jamboree bears :lmao:.x.

iluvtot
09-11-2009, 03:05 PM
Hubby said she did'nt know where to look when i was doing the 'hoe-down' with the country dancers+the Jamboree bears :lmao:.x.

Lol!:)

iluvtot
09-12-2009, 07:54 AM
I can't believe we have been back a week! Still feel in touch though through reading other posts; and have realised how much we didn't do! Something to look forward to...!
Anyway, 25th we had a lunchtime res at Le Cellier. We had chosen lunchtime, because DS wanted the Maple chicken. We arrived and were seated quickly, and contrary to other reports, we had a lovely booth to ourselves, and no-one beside us untill we had nearly finished our meal; and then not too close, so all good:thumbsup2
We all ordered, and I tried a smoothie,(yummy!) and kids had milkshakes, which were all included in the DDP, no refillsb ut the server then bought up sodas which were refillable at no extra charge!:)
DH ordered the cheddar soup (nice), followed by the fillet(he loved it); DS and DD had the maple chicken(good), DD2 went for the Chef's favourite; she had sausage/burger and mousse(good, but too much for her, DH finished it off!), and I had the NY strip, mainly because of the dauphanoise potatoe. Everyone loved their meals 'cept me as my steak was really grisley and fatty! So dissapointed! Actually, the meat I could eat was good, though a tad more towards blue than rare.
Desserts were 2x mousse, (dd's) sorbet(dh) choc whiskey cake(me!) and smores (ds)
Sorry, forgot pics untill dessert!
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Should've gone for the smores, as the cake was lovely but very rich!
Our server was lovely, and apart from my steak it was a nice lunch. We would definitely go back, but maybe for dinner. x

disneyholic family
09-12-2009, 07:58 AM
mmmm....dessert porn - my favorite!!

iluvtot
09-15-2009, 06:57 AM
Hi,
Cold and wet outside, so definitely need a Disney fix, ......

26th Aug. Now this started as quite a cloudy day. (Still warm of course) We were down to go to Blizzard Beach on our itinerary, so that's where we headed. The cloud didn't lift though, so by 12ish, we were in 2 minds as to whether to stay, or go to a park(DS) or go shopping(DD's!)
We eventually decided to leave, but were undecided what to do, so went back to OKW for lunch.
DH still wasn't happy with our location, and it was now beginning to impact on the holiday, so I went in to see if I could get us changed. Fortunately, there was a really helpful CM, and though it took a while, she managed to change our room to just opposite the Hospitality, overlooking the lake and golf course. Result, one very happy family! Everyone was really pleased with the change. so we spent the next hour or so changing rooms..
The view from our balcony
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This was about 6.30am, the following morning. I really miss waking up to this:)

Anyway, we had a 6.15pm res at 1900 Park Fayre, so we made our way over to the GF. I love this hotel!

These were the flowers in the lobby!
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There was a bit of a mix up. We were called to our table, and then when we got there it wasn't ready, so we had to go out and wait again; which meant we weren't seated untill after 7pm. Wasn't really a problem though, but then DD wouldn't eat anything! I don't know if it was because she was tired, but she wouldn't even try anything! The Server was really good though, and didn't take a ts for her, and didn't even charge us for her drinks.:)
Apart from that, the rest of us enjoyed the meal, but I forgot the strawberry soup! Didn't remember 'till the following day!
The Characters' were really good, but the highlight was the Last Waltz, when Cinderella dances with the Prince. Anastasia made a beeline for DS, and started dancing with him! It was hysterical! DD took many photo's but they all turned out blurred because she was laughing so much!
After, when we left we were going to go shopping, but I managed to get the map wrong, we missed the turn off, and ended up going through a toll on the way back to the airport! By the time we turned around, we decided it was probably best to head back to OKW!



Jules x

Snowy-girls
09-15-2009, 07:09 AM
Thanks for the update+great pic's again :thumbsup2.Nice of the CM to change your room-the view looks amazing.I am yet to try S'mores,hopefully in 2011 i will.x.

iluvtot
09-15-2009, 07:27 AM
Thanks for the update+great pic's again :thumbsup2.Nice of the CM to change your room-the view looks amazing.I am yet to try S'mores,hopefully in 2011 i will.x.

DS would recommend! The picci above was the before, and this:-

http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab37/Expederest/Epcot/WDW2009085.jpg

was the 'after', and none of us got a look-in!:laughing:

Jules x

Loved your TR. Sooo glad my kids are dino-phobic though:)

chocomochamouse
09-15-2009, 01:53 PM
We got back from 2 weeks at AKL just over 3 weeks ago and I am still homesick! OKW looks lovely, and is where we are thinking of staying when we go back in 2011 (if I can wait that long!) It looks gorgeous on your photos!
By the way, on top of the chocolate cake in one of your photos was a hard candy Mickey-head shaped thing - now I KNOW they are edible but those things nearly broke our teeth!

irongirlof12
09-15-2009, 03:01 PM
we watched the shuttle launch from OKW too, we didn't make it too the bridge , but ran over the road onto the bank of the river. It was amazing, especialy the separation of the 'bits'.

glad you had a great time . i was upset on our last day as i didn't want to come home :sad1:

iluvtot
09-17-2009, 09:24 AM
Hi! 27th Aug and DH's birthday!
We were up earlyish, and went to DHS where DH picked up his birthday voucher. Then straight into the park to FP Toy Story Mania. Man! Was ever a ride so aptly named!! One afternoon we were there, and the standby queue was 2hs 10mins! Now surely it would be mania to wait that long especially with small kids! (or am I just remembering mine? 2 mins after leaving home, wherever we were going, "are we there yet?:))
Then over to my favourite ride, Tower of Terror, where we walked on, only DS and DD2 bottled it at the last moment! Checked out RRC, standby was too long, and we couldn't FP it yet; so we wandered around, and saw these guys:-
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They were great!

We were feeling a bit peckish, and needed an early lunch, so went to the ABC com where DH and DS tried the curry. Not too impressed I have to say! I had the chicken Bleu, which was ok, DD1 had the burger, and DS the fish, all just ok, so not sure we would choose to go there again.
Afterwards, we decided to go back to OKW as DH wanted some pool time. DD1 saw a black snake in the bushes. I thought she was kidding, but when I asked the lifeguard, he said they knew about it, but it wasn't dangerous:eek:
I still decided to tell the people that were sunbathing nearby, because I would want to know!!
Anyway, we had a res for afternoon tea at the GF, so we left to get ready. We arrived, and were given a table by the window. There is a lovely atmosphere in the Garden View Lounge, it's really relaxing, and so refined!! We decided on our tea, (gardenview blend for me and the kids.DH had earl grey:sick:,but it was his birthday!)
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DH, DD1 and I all went for the Buckingham Palace tea, though the server kindly changed the sandwiches to tuna, and Ham and cheese for DD. DS went for the Sally Lunn, and DD2 didn't want a tea, so went for the Lemon Pound cake
Sally Lunn tea
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Buckingham Palace
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DD's Tuna/cheese and hamhttp://i1006.photobucket.com/albums/af189/DisnDat/DSC01741.jpg
DD2's Lemon Pound cake
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She was given 2 huge slices!
Scones and jam tart
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Sally Lunn trifle
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Selection of pastries
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DH got to choose 3, because it was his birthday, the rest of us got 2!
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All very yummy, and would highly recommend!!
Afterwards, when we paid the bill, the server gave DD'S and I a beautiful pink rose each!
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We wandered around the GF after that, and there was a bridal party there. The bride looked gorgeous! Then DS went off to Epcot, and we went shopping as DH had some dollars from us and my mum to spend!
Later in the eve, we met up with DS at Epcot, as we had a res at Teppan Edo
Our Chef
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It was a good evening, but to be honest I found the food a bit bland!
This was DS's dessert green tea pudding
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He didn't like the sauce. I thought it looked like a mouldy creme caramel!! I didn't have dessert, and DH and DD'S went for ice cream.
We came out about 10.30, and it was raining lightly. It was lovely walking back through a deserted Epcot, as it wasn't cold.All the lights and fountains were still on, so it was quite magical. The perfect end to a perfect day!

iluvtot
09-17-2009, 09:27 AM
Sorry, don't know why it went off the page:confused3
Jules x

iluvtot
09-18-2009, 08:35 AM
28th Aug
We had a 10.30 ADR at Chef Mickeys' as I thought we would all be feeling a bit tired after yesterday. As it happened, DS and I were ready earlier than the others, so decided to go to MK, and meet up for breakfast.
We got there about 9.15, and it was really quiet!

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The last time we were here earlier in the week, there was a crane behind the castle, so I was glad to get this shot!
We walked through the castle to Fantasyland, and managed to ride Winnie the Pooh, Smallworld, Peter Pan, and the Teacups, before we made our way back to the Contemporary to meet the others.
We were seated quickly, and after having a quick look at the buffet, I realised I would have to ask if there was rosemary in anything. (I'm allergic!)
Server seemed a bit put out, but came back about 15mins later and said I only had to avoid the breakfast lasagne, which I did! They also had crispy creme donuts here. Yum!!:thumbsup2
The characters' were walking round, and they were all good except Mickey! We barely got a wave from him, no chance of a photo! Luckily the others were more obliging!
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DD's
We all really enjoyed the food here, and would def go back
By the time we left it was getting very hot, so DH and DD's went back to the pool,and DS and I got the monorail to the transportation centre and then got a bus to AK.
Again, not too busy, but sooo hot! We FP EE, but the single rider line was empty, so we went on there... and I may have to change my name tag to something like... woohoo!ee (work in progress:))
We wandered around, but it was too hot, even the tigers were knocked out!!
http://i847.photobucket.com/albums/ab37/Expederest/Animal%20Kingdom/WDW2009107.jpg
So we used our FP:woohoo: and then made our way back to OKW.
Another view from our balcony.
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I loved the way it changed throughout the day

Jules x