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lisaviolet
03-21-2010, 02:47 PM
Well not really :lmao: but Mike's name seems to bring on the crowd.( :goodvibes Mike!)

So I'm mooching and using and feeling no guilt. popcorn:: (EDIT: the original title mentioned TR king DVC Mike) And by the way I can hold pompous for about - hmmm - five seconds.


Warning: I'm in an absolutely foul mood. So many of my pictures are damaged - a la the one below - or failing to even load. You know teasing you on the camera but not there on the computer. Serves me right for not buying another picture card. It did this for my NYC trip and almost sent me to the dark side when some of my favourites were damaged.


Of course they're never the crappy pictures. Of course.

This was one of my favourites. If not my favourite. Yes I realize I'm having a semi breakdown over a picture. And a picture of WDW ducks no less. :lmao: Oh well.

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So pre-show.

Just before leaving we went to my nephew's championship bball game - reving up for March Madness.

They're not the green team. :rolleyes1

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They lost. By two.

And this picture says it all. I don't care what anyone says - losing - it just SUCKS. BIG TIME! I didn't even try to cheer him up with WDW is within hours.

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So for anyone who reads my TR knows we usually drive. And that we usually sleep in a Walmart parking lot.

Summersville WV is one of my personal favs. :lmao:

Yes in a car - with layers of clothing - it's not exactly balmy in March at night halfway down the route - sleep beside the gorgeous RVs - just to torment ourselves more. :rotfl: And yes I own DVC paid in full and sleep in Walmart parking lots. Mind your own business. :lmao: :rotfl:;);)

But looky here. Look at THIS Walmart parking lot!

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Scored it on Priceline's "name your own price". And boy did I name it. Four Points Sheraton. I'm addicted to that little roulette game. ADDICTED. Love it. It's my personal little computer game.

And we flew! WE FLEW!!! From Pittsburgh. :lmao: I'm laughing because not from Toronto (they kill us with taxes) - not from Buffalo (they know we're all coming and prices go nuts for our March Break) but from Pittsburgh (lovely small intimate airport though :lovestruc). Pittsburgh always stays low. I ADORE flying. And I ADORE road trips. Such a toss up.

So down the 79 we head. I mourn my 79/US19/77 WV drive into VA and down the mountain into NC. HEAVEN. :cloud9: Oh the view of that descent. And WV fuels my soul. Although the white steel crosses makes me feel like quite the sinner.

But someone was looking after us because there was severe flooding in WV that day.

Lord I don't know why I'm writing a novel here. I usually am all pics and few words in TRs. Hmmmm.

Excuse me while I talk to myself. :lmao:

Back to regular programming.....

So get this. The rest of my clan was booked on a lovely late morning direct flight. Arriving in midday sun. Five of them. Booked by me. I was on a late night flight. Arriving in Florida "cold". Booked by me. :rolleyes1 Why? I wanted to cheer on my DIS friends in the WDW marathon the weekend before and couldn't figure it out and by the time I decided I couldn't swing it their flight had gone from $89 to $241. :scared1:

But I'm smart. I was not going to spend my day in the PIT airport. Nope. Let me figure this out. Snagged standby on an earlier flight and got in around dinner.

Arrived to this lovely Jambo Standard studio view for the first night before our Value one bedroom.

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But I arrived to some disappointment that night..... popcorn::

Muushka
03-21-2010, 02:59 PM
Hi Lisa :wave:

I love your trip report! Too funny. Have a great time and continue the pomposity!

PS that is a great duck picture. And sorry about the sad nephew. Hopefully Mickey is cheering him up.:goodvibes

LIFERBABE
03-21-2010, 03:00 PM
:thumbsup2Im in!!

Love it!

cj9200
03-21-2010, 03:08 PM
Great start and glad you made it there. We will be staying in Jambo Savanna view studio in June.

Sorry to hear about your nephew’s BB loss. When my daughter loses a game I always tell her in a loud voice, “Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you, but always dress for the hunt! Kungaloosh.” (From the Adventures’ Club) The other parents look at me strangely for some reason.

I am in and waiting for more.

lisaviolet
03-21-2010, 06:28 PM
Hi Lisa :wave:

I love your trip report! Too funny. Have a great time and continue the pomposity!

PS that is a great duck picture. And sorry about the sad nephew. Hopefully Mickey is cheering him up.:goodvibes

Hi Muushka!!!:lovestruc

Mickey did not cheer him up. He was at Westgate. ;)

But WDW carrot cake, Kidani water play and texting his peeps back home sure did.


:thumbsup2Im in!!

Love it!

Hi Liferbabe. :goodvibes Thank you.


The other parents look at me strangely for some reason.


:lmao:

DiznyDi
03-21-2010, 06:41 PM
Great start. Can't wait to read more! Enjoy your trip.

KAT4DISNEY
03-21-2010, 06:44 PM
I always follow your trip reports lisaviolet! :goodvibes No need to toss names around for that to happen! Can't wait for the rest.

Your Jambo pool pictures looks so odd! I still can't get used to the bottom color change.

Have fun!

franandaj
03-21-2010, 06:53 PM
OK, I'll bite....keep it up!

mcrabeck
03-21-2010, 07:16 PM
Looking forward to more!

Muushka
03-21-2010, 07:19 PM
Wow Lisa, quite a following!:goodvibes

We want more......

We want more......

kamikazecat
03-21-2010, 07:26 PM
I am here and can't wait to read more. :goodvibes

lisaviolet
03-21-2010, 07:37 PM
So when there are multiple families I always end up booking everything. Ie. Lisa get me a hotel for the airport - Lisa, I think we need to book a car blah blah blah.

But this time I SCORED with all the bookings. Lovely airport hotels for peanuts. One gave free parking for the entire time away even though I played Priceline instead of the sleep and fly. We got my parents BCV with the magic no one has priority under seven day window. It's been like a pot of gold for me over the years. They were at SSR before the snag.

I didn't think I would be booking a car. But after hours of working the codes I got a mid size - for one family -for eight days for $180 total. So I thought hmmm and worked a few more codes and got us an economy for $160. Quite satisying. And within budget.

Oh Lord - this is getting wordy. I think I'll add some random pictures to reduce boredom.

A BCV regular.

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So everyone is covered. It's midday last Saturday and I decide to go to the airport early to see if I can get standby and not waste a full day. . Yes, thank you Airtran - they get me on standby and I walk the PIT airport a hundred times before going to the standby game play area. :laughing: The plane before us to Fort Lauderdale was quite entertaining. :surfweb: Really made time go quickly.

Everyone has boarded. And a woman comes to the desk and starts arguing that she doesn't care about this or that - she is getting on that plane. Good for her. And poor airline employee. And lousy computer systems. You see as I was getting my standby pass she was at check-in buying a last minute plane ticket.

But something didn't register about her purchase and the plane was full.

She made her point and the ariline CM shouts to the gate "Get the standby off. He's 11F."

Get the standby off?!?!? Oh no. :scared1: Poor man. Can you imagine? You win the standby lottery. Board the plane. It's full. You're all strapped in ready for your time in the sun. All peaceful and happy. And then they come for you. :lmao: And drag you off the happy plane in full view. :rotfl: Brings back beautiful memories of a flight back from Vancouver where the cops came for someone while we all sat there waiting and waiting to get off. They told us there was a weather issue. :rolleyes1 Do they forget we have windows? :lmao:

So off he comes as he passes the ticket holding vacation wrecking passenger. Poor ting!!!!:rotfl:

I'm not feeling the standby at this point. :rolleyes1

With five minutes to departure we get the magic words for our flight. Standbys - you're all on! YES!!!!:thumbsup2

I get to ME and I'm on my way.

Or so I thought. There are times when it's not good to be so knowlegable about Disney property. This was one of them. I saw where the ME bus got off. I know where AKL is. MILK RUN. I'm on a milk run. Last stop.

But I'm here.

I've got a car. I have no park passes but because I got the car we decide to add the QSDP at the last minute. A dining plan! Never have had a dining plan. Did free with CRO the first year of DVC. But never with DVC. Yeah!

I'm thrilled to arrive. Just ecstatic.

And I get the news.

We have no car. No car that was cheap. No car that was worked on for hours and hours. No car that is pivotal to the dining plan from the suburban location of AKL. NO CAR!!!! Yes, I'm a tad POed. :3dglasses

I wish I had a picture for this emotion. But my face would have been scary. I was exhausted from the airport all day start to my trip. NO CAR.

Why? Jean didn't know her license had expired.

Oh boy. I've had plenty of no car WDW vacations. But not at AKL and not with no park passes and a dining plan. :dance3:

Let's just say the vacation was a memorable one. :rotfl:

And the funniest part was I had this constant nagging - and I'm not a planner - to change from AKV for at least a month. Couldn't shake it. I suppose this is why. Every other location is better than it for no car and no passes but oodles of DDP credits.

But I got over it.

Woke up to the lovely AKV.

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Looks like a profile in the window, eh? Those windows never get old. I told myself no more animal pics, no more AKL window pics, no more BW pics. Failed. :goodvibes

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It's very early. This is what she does while I amuse myself around the resorts.



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Unless I force her into modeling.

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lisaviolet
03-21-2010, 07:37 PM
We checked into our Value - ummm I mean Value Savanna (yes snagged it!!!!) - and waited for it to be released.

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Okay so we're waiting and I find a panoramic selection on my camera. I know very little about photography but even less about my camera. :laughing: So before I share this shot please know I am smart - it was very early - and daylight savings at that. :lmao:

RED-DEE?








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:lmao::rotfl:

I did get it. :rolleyes1popcorn:: From our first night studio while we waited.

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What a lovely resort.

Don't even ask what I did with this chair to get this shot. Insert smile.

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This giraffe never moved. Strange.

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DVC Mike
03-21-2010, 08:03 PM
Well not really :lmao: but Mike's name seems to bring on the crowd.( :goodvibes Mike!)


Hey, I love trip reports with photos!

:goodvibes

Enjoy your stay!

lisaviolet
03-21-2010, 08:03 PM
Great start. Can't wait to read more! Enjoy your trip.

Well it's finished. :sad2: But thank you.

I always follow your trip reports lisaviolet! :goodvibes No need to toss names around for that to happen! Can't wait for the rest.

Your Jambo pool pictures looks so odd! I still can't get used to the bottom color change.

Have fun!

Too funny Kathy. This is like a varsity bball player meeting LeBron James!!! ( or for me Baron Davis.)

You see that giraffe that doesn't move and the blurred background. It's because of you. I whined and whined about your pictures to a professional photographer. I linked your TR. I was SO JEALOUS. I said look at these pictures! Look at how stunningly beautiful they are. How does she do that? I don't know anything. Sulk. Sulk. Whine. Whine. Whine mixed with tons of envy. I think I even forgot to pop on and say how much I ADORED your photos.

And after he agreed how lovely your pictures are - well he told me that you are very skilled at focused subjects with soft backgrounds. Or something like that. :rotfl2: And he told me to put my camera on "sports" or "portrait" and zoom right at an object up close and I can do it.

Let's just say some days I wanted to whip the camera many times. Patience isn't exactly my virtue. I can't imagine if I actually had to focus the camera or choose some shutter speed. :rolleyes1

So thanks Kathy. :goodvibes

OK, I'll bite....keep it up!

Thanks franandaj.

Looking forward to more!

Thanks for coming on over.

Wow Lisa, quite a following!:goodvibes

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Oh Muushka we all know it's straight manipulation with a sweetening of DVC Mike. :lmao: ;)

I am here and can't wait to read more. :goodvibes

Thanks kamikazecat. :goodvibes

lisaviolet
03-21-2010, 08:05 PM
Hey, I love triop reports with photos!

:goodvibes

Enjoy your stay!

You're a good sport Mike. :laughing:

kikiq
03-21-2010, 08:35 PM
I'm in, sitting cozy in my chair, waiting for my WDW fix.

WelcomeHome
03-22-2010, 09:16 AM
Fabulous trip report Lisa - absolutely inspired photography! Your enthusiasm & joy is wonderfully contagious - I'm undone!

Best wishes,
David

Disney Spaz
03-22-2010, 09:37 AM
Great TR. i can't wait to read and see more.

Harlemgirl720
03-22-2010, 12:06 PM
What a wonderful TR so far. I am in the same boat. My son (10) has his last basketball game today and they won only one game so far. :sad1:

This upcoming trip in May will definitely cheer him up.:rotfl:

Can't wait to read the rest.

sjs314
03-22-2010, 12:18 PM
Love the TR and pics so far, can not wait to read and see more, our trip is not till November so I need my Disney fix until then :rotfl:

TagsMissy
03-22-2010, 12:23 PM
Keep it going... this is cracking me up :lmao:

BigEeyore
03-22-2010, 01:24 PM
Love your writing style! I am in!:cool1:

KAT4DISNEY
03-22-2010, 02:04 PM
Too funny Kathy. This is like a varsity bball player meeting LeBron James!!! ( or for me Baron Davis.)

You see that giraffe that doesn't move and the blurred background. It's because of you. I whined and whined about your pictures to a professional photographer. I linked your TR. I was SO JEALOUS. I said look at these pictures! Look at how stunningly beautiful they are. How does she do that? I don't know anything. Sulk. Sulk. Whine. Whine. Whine mixed with tons of envy. I think I even forgot to pop on and say how much I ADORED your photos.

And after he agreed how lovely your pictures are - well he told me that you are very skilled at focused subjects with soft backgrounds. Or something like that. :rotfl2: And he told me to put my camera on "sports" or "portrait" and zoom right at an object up close and I can do it.

Let's just say some days I wanted to whip the camera many times. Patience isn't exactly my virtue. I can't imagine if I actually had to focus the camera or choose some shutter speed. :rolleyes1

So thanks Kathy. :goodvibes


What a nice compliment Lisa - Thank you! And you're a very quick study - an excellent job on the giraffe!! And I liked your using that effect on your friend too - when she is looking out from the balcony.

Now that trip report would be the one that I never finished and keep telling myself I need to complete?! :rolleyes1

kid-at-heart
03-22-2010, 02:15 PM
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5233.jpg

This is an AWESOME photo. Looking forward to "the rest of the trip".

lisaviolet
03-22-2010, 02:53 PM
So where were we.....:confused3

Oh yeah waiting for my Value room that became a Savanna room - yes that's it. :love:

There was someone being trained at check-in and I pretty well sold her out by accident. They said nothing was ready and then when she gave me our map I saw a room number. So I go, "Oh it IS ready?" and she pulls back the paper but of course it was burned onto my brain. And I made her manager swear over and over that she wasn't going to get yelled at after we left.

And they made us swear we wouldn't stalk the room.

No, not us. :rotfl2:

So it's early early early - like 7 something. A ridiculous hour- and ridiculous people are cheery and happy and bouncy all around us. Whatever. popcorn:: Maybe an AP or any kind of park pass is my ticket to early morning happiness. I seriously doubt it. But if any of you want to give my one to test the theory out - feel free. :goodvibes

So parent's BCV check-in. My mind is on my two bus - yes I'm still bitter and let's not forget I can't exactly sneak through Epcot - run over there and I realize it's BCV what are the chances that they weren't at capacity the night before. On a Saturday.

ZERO.

It's BCV. Yes THAT BCV. ;):laughing: The one that went insane on resale in 2005 or 2006. Remember that insane climb? You would think SAB ran right through the lobby or something.

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I phone the actual BCV front desk (it's called the back office by the way) and they confirm no rooms. So we take our time.

As we go to leave our room is ready. READY!!!!:dance3: It's so early. Like ten or something. I find out later why. Remind me to tell you. We run up there and the AKL manager is in the room. Asks us if we need anything and Jean says, "yes four more chairs for our family breakfast" :scared1:. But without skipping a beat the manager says no problem and gives us her card.

So I do what I said I wouldn't do. I was determined not to do.

MORE ANIMAL PICTURES. :rolleyes: I took a boatload when Kidani first opened. But Savanna view - CJ is there waiting for us - yes a lovely DISer gave us his name - how could I resist.

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This one isn't that interesting but it shows CJ. So you'll know who I'm talking about when I say "she's yelling out at CJ AGAIN. She thinks he's a pet".

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I lost most of my Savanna shots with the picture card breakdown.

Yes big boy I'm taking your picture - look pretty:

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The ostriches had us laughing and laughing. When the trucks come around everyone moves. Everyone.

Not big bird. Nope. Nosy little you know whats. Head in the truck - instantly. :laughing:

Okay where are we at this point - we're off to book my parents in. Yes I double booked my name. :3dglasses

lisaviolet
03-22-2010, 03:08 PM
I'm in, sitting cozy in my chair, waiting for my WDW fix.

Is that legal? popcorn:::goodvibes

Fabulous trip report Lisa - absolutely inspired photography! Your enthusiasm & joy is wonderfully contagious - I'm undone!

Best wishes,
David

Thanks David. Sweet. :goodvibes

Great TR. i can't wait to read and see more.

Thanks for reading Disney Spaz. Born in the sixties/late fifties? :lmao: Spaz.

What a wonderful TR so far. I am in the same boat. My son (10) has his last basketball game today and they won only one game so far. :sad1:

This upcoming trip in May will definitely cheer him up.:rotfl:

Can't wait to read the rest.

Okay, first of all - lucky you. Disney is not the most magical place on earth. You live in it. Lucky, lucky you.

Here's my hommage to NYC at Christmas.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2356174

And my summer NYC escape is at the end of this TR.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2275998

Sighing on the one game. That's a killer. Here's to a win today. :goodvibes

Love the TR and pics so far, can not wait to read and see more, our trip is not till November so I need my Disney fix until then :rotfl:

Where in November? Great time of year.

Keep it going... this is cracking me up :lmao:

Thanks TagsMissy. :3dglasses

Love your writing style! I am in!:cool1:

Thank you BigEeyore.

What a nice compliment Lisa - Thank you! And you're a very quick study - an excellent job on the giraffe!! And I liked your using that effect on your friend too - when she is looking out from the balcony.

Now that trip report would be the one that I never finished and keep telling myself I need to complete?! :rolleyes1

Well guru -your pics inspire me to no end.

And thank you.

This is an AWESOME photo. Looking forward to "the rest of the trip".

Thanks kid at heart. I like it as well.

Mickey'sApprentice
03-22-2010, 03:40 PM
LisaViolet:

I am really enjoying your TR.

I'm hooked!!!

Anal Annie
03-22-2010, 03:53 PM
Well not really :lmao: but Mike's name seems to bring on the crowd.( :goodvibes Mike!)

So I'm mooching and using and feeling no guilt. popcorn:: And by the way I can hold pompous for about - hmmm - five seconds.....




.....So for anyone who reads my TR knows we usually drive. And that we usually sleep in a Walmart parking lot.

Summersville WV is one of my personal favs. :lmao:

Yes in a car - with layers of clothing - it's not exactly balmy in March at night halfway down the route - sleep beside the gorgeous RVs - just to torment ourselves more. :rotfl: And yes I own DVC paid in full and sleep in Walmart parking lots. Mind your own business. :lmao: :rotfl:;);)


...So down the 79 we head. I mourn my 79/US19/77 WV drive into VA and down the mountain into NC. HEAVEN. :cloud9: Oh the view of that descent. And WV fuels my soul. Although the white steel crosses makes me feel like quite the sinner.




:lmao: You are cracking me up! I grew up in WV - just off I-79 - at mile marker #110 to be exact... Sounds like you took scenic route! And them crosses.... they're everywhere!! But I got out back in '84 so my brain is only slightly fried - I just go back to visit my family every few months...but your narrative nails it!:rotfl2:

We're going down this Fri. nite...staying at Kidani...really can't wait after reading your TR now!! No offense, but hoping for a few less adventures on the way than what you had!

Have fun...

Muushka
03-22-2010, 04:03 PM
I'm loving this...and that pic of you, just beautiful.

We don't need no stinkin' Mike! (don't tell him I said that...;))

lisaviolet
03-22-2010, 05:06 PM
LisaViolet:

I am really enjoying your TR.

I'm hooked!!!

Thanks Mickey'sApprentice. :goodvibes

:lmao: You are cracking me up! I grew up in WV - just off I-79 - at mile marker #110 to be exact... Sounds like you took scenic route! And them crosses.... they're everywhere!! But I got out back in '84 so my brain is only slightly fried - I just go back to visit my family every few months...but your narrative nails it!:rotfl2:

We're going down this Fri. nite...staying at Kidani...really can't wait after reading your TR now!! No offense, but hoping for a few less adventures on the way than what you had!

Have fun...

Oh boy. How I love West Virginia. Lucky you. So breathtakingly beautiful. First of all, the people are so incredibly sweet in general. And I never feel any vibe when Jean and I walk around together (racism). I only mention that because there is one state where I can literally feel it in the air. I should just shut up. It's a lovely state - and home for many a lovely DISer - but it's an unsaid feeling that I pick up right away - sighing - just an energy.

We have had such laughs in WV. Such fun Annie.


First - our March Break - province wide. Ontario travellers love that route 90/79/US19 (to avoid Charleston, WV tolls :lmao:)/77/26/95.

It is an absolute convoy. I swear. It cracks me up because - I'm not exagerating - every third car is from Ontario on the interstates. We actually saw a colleague somewhere near Oak Hill passing by us in his car.

We waved. :rotfl:

Now the funny. Well two funnies. Our CAA (AAA for us) sends out special little sheets highlighting the danger of the 19 through Summersville. They warn all Canadian drivers of intense crackdown on speeding and their choice of ramification (I have no idea what this means but it sure makes me curious). It cracks me up to no end. Some CMs actually say "not worth it" or "oh no stay on the 79 to the 77" or "do you know the issue on the 19?" to you as you give in your Triptik route.

So what do we do - we do the speed limit as soon as we make the turn and like demonic little girls point out the vans (they're always vans :lmao: - we love our vans) that are going down. And going down hard.

And it never fails. Miles ahead. Troopers nail them. It's a very entertaining road trip game. Very. The 19 is so much fun!

Okay, second funny. One time - not realizing the altitude in that part of WV -it can be deceiving - Jean says "hey it's kind of early for a barbeque". And I say "what?" and she repeats it. And I'm thinking what is she talking about? And then it hits me

:rotfl::lmao:

I said, "they're clouds ding dong". Every year - including this year we laugh and laugh about that zinger.

Oh my little WV - how I love thee. I get POed if I'm through Bluefield at night. It wrecks everything for me.

Have fun on your trip Annie.


I'm loving this...and that pic of you, just beautiful.



Muushka - there are no pictures of me. :laughing: But I'll tell her. It is lovely.

As for Mr. Mike. Oh boy - thank goodness we have WDW brought home to us so often.

In fact, DVC Mike is very lucky I had my car drama the first night. I was intent on stalking the poor man on his last night. My dream shot was to take a picture of him taking a picture.

Wouldn't that have been something? Funny for his TR, eh? "Well my last night I was stalked by this strange woman. I had to phone securityl"

sjs314
03-22-2010, 05:50 PM
Where in November? Great time of year.

We have a 1 bdrm value villa booked @ AKL and can't wait ! :cool1:

Muushka
03-22-2010, 06:40 PM
Silly me! Oh well, it is still a great picture!

lisaviolet
03-22-2010, 06:42 PM
Where in November? Great time of year.

We have a 1 bdrm value villa booked @ AKL and can't wait ! :cool1:

Nice. :goodvibes

I loved the Jambo standard view as well. It was lovely.

lisaviolet
03-22-2010, 06:43 PM
Silly me! Oh well, it is still a great picture!

:goodvibes :love:

toocherie
03-22-2010, 06:49 PM
I can't miss the rest of this report!

lisaviolet
03-22-2010, 11:32 PM
We interrupt this trip report for an important bulletin!

What we can only call a cousin of the rodent has somehow infiltrated Canadian security (no smart _____ comments necessary popcorn::) and arrived on Canadian soil. Don't let his cute look fool you. This boy is pure evil. PURE EVIL.:scared1:.

Heck he's not even that cute when you look at him. And look very closely at the picture - he walks with a shadow. EVIL. Be gone. Back to the States. I demand his immediate extradition.













http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5696.jpg

And by the way he goes by Reester Bunny but we all know it's really Beelzbub wrapped in foil.

American bunny stay away from me
American bunny just let me be
Don't come hanging around my store
I don't want to see your ears no more
I got more important things to do
Then spend my time growin' fat with you
Now bunny, stay away
American bunny listen what I say


Yes I need sleep. :rotfl2: And Reese to stop taunting me. I hate free trade.

Trip Report - next up: DVC members worst nightmare will be arriving momentarily. popcorn::

lisaviolet
03-22-2010, 11:35 PM
I can't miss the rest of this report!

Oh the pressure. :rolleyes1

Crystal_27
03-23-2010, 08:21 AM
Oh my goodness, I don't know how in the world I missed your trip report these last couple of days!! I'm lovin' every freakin' hysterical line - keep it comin'. :rotfl2:

Disney Spaz
03-23-2010, 09:41 AM
Thanks for reading Disney Spaz. Born in the sixties/late fifties? :lmao: Spaz.

Actually 1973. But a spirt of the late fifties.

Harlemgirl720
03-23-2010, 10:03 AM
Unfortunately they lost the last game of the season:sad1: But he is okay. I love NYC but the way the rental prices are going, it will be for the wealthy only.

I saw your Christmas photos. Love them. My son was born on New Years Day so we usually do the Christmas displays at Macys, then walk up BWay (Broadway) to Times Square and go to Dave and Busters. Then walk further up to Toys r Us and then walk to the Rock to see the Christmas Tree. :santa:

TagsMissy
03-23-2010, 11:14 AM
I need more! I am living vicariously through you since we cannot go to the world in 2010! I am going through withdrawal... :scared1::sick:

lisaviolet
03-23-2010, 12:57 PM
Okay - you'll all be happy to know that I put crazy to bed last night. :laughing: Crazy and silly. Crazy and silly needed bed rest. I'm overtired. Sick. And out of sorts.

Yes, I did just come back from vacation. :sad2: :rotfl:

Not to mention high on bunny crack.

Okay, what did I promise?

DVC member's worst nightmare.

Here they are:

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5277.jpg

Study them. Be on the lookout for them. Because they will singlehandedly take away your possiblities of great views, great resorts and great stays. :rolleyes1

So don't read this latest installment if you are the jealous or "not fair" type. This will annoy you to no end. Really, it's not worth the pain. Ignore it.

They look sweet, don't they? :lmao: They are 74 and 75 this year and have been married fifty - wait how old am I? - fifty four years this year. My father still thinks she is the greatest catch. He used to miss streetcars to get on hers.

Who knew that their destiny was to thoroughly annoy the DVC community.

Here is their rap sheet:

1) 2005? 2006? SSR. We booked under a month out. Family trip of 13. Couple Snags prime DD view at Congress Park.

Remember this was before Grandstand. Congress Park was the place. In fact, my entire party got it. And then we began to see threads about booking priorities for SSR. :3dglasses

2) 2008. They were supposed to be staying with us at VWL. But a huge March Break snow storm was brewing. (It was huge. It took us almost a day to get to Beckley, WV. Normally it's nine hours). They were in Florida already. And visions of them sitting and sitting in the WL lobby waiting for us to check-in kept flashing in front of me. My father irritated to no end. You know if members are on the reservation blah, blah, blah.

So I phone two days out. For any studio. AKV was still Jambo only. So AKV was hard to get. They have a studio for them. Savanna view!!!!

:dance3:

They ADORED it. And were so cute. By the time we got there my mother had ticked off all her animals on her sheet and my father was chatising the giraffes for not visiting when he demanded it. Great memory.

3) 2009. Their annoying habits continue.

Vero Beach. Scene of the crime. They decide late. So no ocean view for them. Poor tings. :rotfl2: But I work the phone. And three days out - yes that's right - ocean view comes in for them.

Did you think that was the end of the VB story.

OH NO.

Here's a pic of their balcony. :rotfl: MASSIVE! I'm not in the room taking the picture. I'm on their balcony.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_0578-1.jpg

And their view. Fourth floor. Yes, fourth floor. :lmao: Anyone who knows the ocean view rooms knows that because of the trees - fourth floor is for the blessed people.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_0533-1.jpg

No, it didn't stop at their balcony or the fourh floor. The room. All inn rooms and ocean views are studios. Ummm, their room was some kind of irregular nonsense. It was massive. MASSIVE. No joking it had to have been 600 square feet. popcorn::

OH VB. How I love thee. I thought a lot about it on this trip. I miss it. Who wouldn't? Well I'll tell you who - people who have issues with relaxing. Which I have none.

Some from last year:

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http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_0729-1.jpg

Okay back on track.

Forward to 2010. I had to rent points off a good friend. I somehow misplaced most of my points. :rolleyes1

So we get them SSR. But put them on the waitlist for BWV and BCV - better for them. My father has had a knee replacement and my mother - who adores walking - has a bad heel. So better for them.

Nothing.

I school my friend on the virtues of the under seven day free for all. He's a planner. He knows nothing about my nonsense of how I use my DVC points. You see I have used a booking window ONCE in five years. :lmao: Once. And I don't even want to tell you what I"ve grabbed under seven days. It's highly annoying.

So he tries. Too many times to admit. And NOTHING.

So we both agree - let's give up - SSR it is.

But a day later something comes over me. I KNOW something is there. But I can't phone - if something is and I can't book - sighing. So I annoy the heck of him and say, "listen - phone right now - I know it's there". :wizard:

He now thinks I'm a witch. :rotfl:

The CM told him "you know I kind of sighed because I've been checking all day for people and nada and thought WTH one more time".

BCV!!! She was shocked. He was shocked. I was all knowing. :lmao:

So here we go - are you still with me? I am gettling a tad wordy:

4) 2010 - BCV.

I phone my parents and let them know the wonderful news. And I temper it with "BCV is hard to get into. It's gorgeous but it's NOT known for its views. So just be prepared, okay?" (for those who don't know - you can see roads and cars and such)

I don't know what kind of star these people were born under.

Here is the view I walked in on:

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NO REQUESTS MADE. :rotfl: It was like you were walking on water they were so centered over it.

To the left. To the left. Sing it Beyonce:

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5291-1.jpg

So that is the saga of DVC owner's worst nightmare couple -


FOR NOW. :love:

Next up: All around BCV. And apparently I'm a mermaid.

lisaviolet
03-23-2010, 01:20 PM
Oh my goodness, I don't know how in the world I missed your trip report these last couple of days!! I'm lovin' every freakin' hysterical line - keep it comin'. :rotfl2:

Hi Crystal.

Thank you. :flower3: I have no idea why I'm offering you flowers -:lmao: but thanks for coming over.

Thanks for reading Disney Spaz. Born in the sixties/late fifties? :lmao: Spaz.

Actually 1973. But a spirt of the late fifties.

Well I hope to God no one called you a spaz as a toddler. :goodvibes

I'm 1967 but was called a spaz I'm sure a myriad times by 1957, 1960 and 1962 better known as my mean mean siblings. ;)

Unfortunately they lost the last game of the season:sad1: But he is okay. I love NYC but the way the rental prices are going, it will be for the wealthy only.

I saw your Christmas photos. Love them. My son was born on New Years Day so we usually do the Christmas displays at Macys, then walk up BWay (Broadway) to Times Square and go to Dave and Busters. Then walk further up to Toys r Us and then walk to the Rock to see the Christmas Tree. :santa:

Sighing on the game.

NYC is the only reason I would love to win the lottery. That and DVC points. I'm not into big houses - cars big toys etc.

Travel, travel, travel is where it's at for me.

That's so lovely on your NY's walk. Children ADORE tradition, eh? :lovestruc

I need more! I am living vicariously through you since we cannot go to the world in 2010! I am going through withdrawal... :scared1::sick:

Don't throw anything at me - but "me too" on the withdrawal.

BEASLYBOO
03-23-2010, 01:28 PM
You are wild! Your parents have great luck, 50 years married, that's wonderful. I booked OVR 7 months out, and yes I could see the ocean, standing on my tippy toes, heaving myself up the balcony and straining my eyes to the right. Ocean view, the size of a dime! Whoo Hoo! :mad: You're right, it's probably because of people like your parents!

Waiting for what's next! popcorn::

podsnel
03-23-2010, 01:29 PM
Just found you and I'm lovin' every minute of it!! :rotfl: looking forward to more-

Mickey'sApprentice
03-23-2010, 01:32 PM
Wow! I love that BCV villa view. I hope we are so lucky in July.

Ronald Duck
03-23-2010, 01:54 PM
Hey lisaviolet...I haven't been so hooked on a TR in quite some time. Keep it up...at your pace you have a while to go:lmao::lmao::lmao:

Harlemgirl720
03-23-2010, 02:00 PM
:lmao: OMG! You are too funny. They seem to luck out each and every time. My stomach hurts.:rotfl2:

lugnut33
03-23-2010, 02:56 PM
popcorn::

cj9200
03-23-2010, 03:16 PM
MORE ANIMAL PICTURES. :rolleyes: I took a boatload when Kidani first opened. But Savanna view - CJ is there waiting for us - yes a lovely DISer gave us his name - how could I resist.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5338.jpg

This one isn't that interesting but it shows CJ. So you'll know who I'm talking about when I say "she's yelling out at CJ AGAIN. She thinks he's a pet".

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5341.jpg

CJ? No way. OK, but is my possible namesake one of the cattle, the giraffe, or the animal you get to see their backside? I am assuming it is the giraffe since we have the same number of bones in our neck.

We went to Discovery Cove and when I gave them my name, the lady commented, “We have a dolphin named CJ.” They actually made sure to bring him out so we could play with him. I posed with him and a bully (Latoya) who was the matriarch of the pod and he had a wary eye on her the whole time and I could feel him twitching. He was totally a wimp. Told them they need to rename him.

Can’t wait for our Savanna room in June. DD totally loves just sitting out there watching the animals. Yes, and taking a bazillion pictures. You can’t help it, it is too cool.

Love the report.

lisaviolet
03-23-2010, 03:43 PM
You are wild! Your parents have great luck, 50 years married, that's wonderful. I booked OVR 7 months out, and yes I could see the ocean, standing on my tippy toes, heaving myself up the balcony and straining my eyes to the right. Ocean view, the size of a dime! Whoo Hoo! :mad: You're right, it's probably because of people like your parents!

Waiting for what's next! popcorn::

Yes great luck. That is wonderful about the fifty four years; however, this is going to come off in such a disrespectful manner.

But to me - length of marriage means nothing compared to how well you love and work at it. Nothing. Ie. I'm sure there is plenty of long marriages that just sit in the day in - day out and absolutely ignore crap and many that should have checked out a long time earlier. Sometimes it really is strength to leave a marriage - real strength. And sometimes it's absolute weakness. Well no - weakness is a poor word. Not taking responsibility. So many times people think the other is causing unhappiness when it's really their issue and they're putting it on their spouse. And to push through because there is beauty on the other side. So wisdom to know when to leave and when to fight like heck.

But what do I know. I've never been married. :lmao: No one's asked me. :rotfl: I wonder why. ;) :rolleyes1

EDIT: my apologies - I have no idea why I just got on my soapbox. I have no idea how I got there. Lord.

As for you OVIR. Well that just sucks. I'll chastise my parents when I speak to them.

Just found you and I'm lovin' every minute of it!! :rotfl: looking forward to more-

Thanks podsnel. I love yours as well.

Wow! I love that BCV villa view. I hope we are so lucky in July.

Okay 370. :love: It was a lockoff studio - I think.

Canal view should nab you one. Perfect floor - third. Four has some annoying "in" balconies. I'm sick - I can't even come up with the proper words.

Perfect - BCV in July. PERFECT.


Hey lisaviolet...I haven't been so hooked on a TR in quite some time. Keep it up...at your pace you have a while to go:lmao::lmao::lmao:

So sweet - thank you.

:lmao: OMG! You are too funny. They seem to luck out each and every time. My stomach hurts.:rotfl2:

:lmao::rotfl:

popcorn::

Hi!

CJ? No way. OK, but is my possible namesake one of the cattle, the giraffe, or the animal you get to see their backside? I am assuming it is the giraffe since we have the same number of bones in our neck.

We went to Discovery Cove and when I gave them my name, the lady commented, “We have a dolphin named CJ.” They actually made sure to bring him out so we could play with him. I posed with him and a bully (Latoya) who was the matriarch of the pod and he had a wary eye on her the whole time and I could feel him twitching. He was totally a wimp. Told them they need to rename him.

Can’t wait for our Savanna room in June. DD totally loves just sitting out there watching the animals. Yes, and taking a bazillion pictures. You can’t help it, it is too cool.

Love the report.

OMG. You are too funny. :lmao::rotfl: I thought of you when I was at the BC/YC line. :laughing:

Ok, first of all - it was the a$$. I mean his a$$. :lmao: Mods - come on you can't fine keyboard creativity, umm can you? :love:

It's the elan. CJ is the elan.

But you won't probably won't get this area - chances are you'll get the big savanna. But there is a public viewing area and CJ owns the place. Sort of like CJ's GV. :rolleyes1

Tinks "SS"
03-23-2010, 03:54 PM
So enjoying the TR! It is a wonderful to escape after a long hard weekend at work for me! :worship: Please keep it coming!

popcorn::

dgaston
03-23-2010, 03:58 PM
Loving the TR. Especially the American bunny song.

And a CM told us all the ankole cattle were all female, and it's the mom and daughter who butt horns all night long. They said the ankole cattle were afraid of the wildebeest and stay away from whereever he is. :confused3 The CMs may have been fooling with us.

lisaviolet
03-23-2010, 04:08 PM
So enjoying the TR! It is a wonderful to escape after a long hard weekend at work for me! :worship: Please keep it coming!

popcorn::

Thank you Tinks. Hope work gets better this week. :goodvibes

Loving the TR. Especially the American bunny song.

And a CM told us all the ankole cattle were all female, and it's the mom and daughter who butt horns all night long. They said the ankole cattle were afraid of the wildebeest and stay away from whereever he is. :confused3 The CMs may have been fooling with us.

Or quite possibly I'm confused. And confused an ankole cattle's you know what with CJs. Ie. maybe that isn't even CJ.

Thank you.

You know what kills me - does anyone think it's strange that an American (Lenny Kravitz) took a song that was putting down American policy and recorded it? Okay, better shut my trap. But isn't that strange? It's like he pretended it was a dating song or something.

I really need off this computer. Like NOW. :rolleyes1:lmao:;)

kid-at-heart
03-23-2010, 04:08 PM
OMG. You are too funny. :lmao::rotfl: I thought of you when I was at the BC/YC line. :laughing:

Ok, first of all - it was the a$$. I mean his a$$. :lmao: Mods - come on you can't fine keyboard creativity, umm can you? :love:

It's the elan. CJ is the elan.

But you won't probably won't get this area - chances are you'll get the big savanna. But there is a public viewing area and CJ owns the place. Sort of like CJ's GV. :rolleyes1

:rotfl: "Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine" CJ's GV - so funny!

lisaviolet
03-23-2010, 04:13 PM
Here's the CJ info from another DISer (kristenrice):

Anyways, your buddy's name is CJ. He is the only eland on the sunset savanna. The keepers love him because they say he is the most dependable critter. He is brought off the savanna every day from 8:30-10:30am for his check up. The guide says that CJ will get up from his "nest" (I'm sure you've seen his favorite sleeping area!) about 8am and start his morning saunter over to the gate. They say he is there at 8:30 sharp every day!

lisaviolet
03-23-2010, 04:15 PM
:rotfl: "Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine" CJ's GV - so funny!

Wasn't it! My one chance to "enter" a GV. Heaven!!:cloud9: Even if he was a little territorial. :lmao:

lisaviolet
03-23-2010, 04:26 PM
.at your pace you have a while to go:lmao::lmao::lmao:

Hey no worries there. There are a whole bundle of days that are NCAA, napping and waiting for buses. What exactly am I going to say on those? Huh? :laughing:

It's not like you're getting pictures of those days either. :rotfl:Well maybe of me waiting for the buses or on them. I did have to amuse myself.

cj9200
03-23-2010, 05:45 PM
Why do I feel like a pedestrian standing at a crosswalk minding my own business and two people come up and slap me upside the head (think NCIS). In my defense, I took my daughter and six of her friends to Disney. You try that. There was my space and there was their space. They got the whole second floor. The rest was mine including MY HUGE HDTV (Mine, Mine, Mine)

Kid-at-heart: Do I need to remind your daughter that you promised to bring 20 or so friends to Disney for her birthday?

Lisaviolet: Here's the CJ info from another DISer (kristenrice):

Anyways, your buddy's name is CJ. He is the only eland on the sunset savanna. The keepers love him because they say he is the most dependable critter. He is brought off the savanna every day from 8:30-10:30am for his check up. The guide says that CJ will get up from his "nest" (I'm sure you've seen his favorite sleeping area!) about 8am and start his morning saunter over to the gate. They say he is there at 8:30 sharp every day!

Of course he is dependable, unlike my wimpy dolphin namesake. And of course he knows what is his (everything) and what is theirs (what he lets them have). Now you need to focus and get your next installment posted.

Just to let you know, if I did the smiley things they would be all over this post. OK, here. :) Happy?

lisaviolet
03-23-2010, 07:01 PM
Okay, okay, okay. My Lord they start off so sweet and nice and suddenly get demanding.

How about some flowers to calm you all down. ;) Sort of like those red red poppies in the Wizard of Oz. S-L-E-E-P-Y.....

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Back track: my parent's arrival at the glorious BCV.

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I'm in a foul mood to go back to these two days. My picture card drama - I had the best picture of SAB. Gone. Poof. Many gone. Poof.

Okay - hmmm.

My parents.

It wasn't a great start to their stay.

My father - God love him - decided he must have the BCV address in his GPS. MUST. :sad2: Had no interest in using the huge signs. :laughing: And well I guess the GPS wasn't having a magical day and they got lost. And my mom - whose normal personality is quite calm - lost it. She has some medical issues that are causing this - in fact, it was emotionally exhausting at times. But life is life. And I'm very lucky to have had them this long in my life.

So they entered the BCV lobby filled with stress.

But we took them around the resort and things got better. They had been to the area before but never really "saw" it.

It truly is beautiful.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5303.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5311.jpg

We were obsessed with these baby ducks. :lovestruc

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We ate lunch from the Marketplace and ate in that wonderful courtyard room across the hall - a true treasure. Disney did it right on with BCV and BWV.

And here's a hint for all you wating for your rooms. The texting isn't always reliable. This is the second time it hasn't worked. I like the system but we haven't lucked out.

They had Jean's cell put in at check-in but were texting our home number. popcorn::

So she just checked at one point and it was ready.

Yes!

You know the room with the ugly view.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5326.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5327.jpg

Up next: Mermaids, SAB and I hate texting!!!!!!!!!!

lisaviolet
03-23-2010, 07:14 PM
Why do I feel like a pedestrian standing at a crosswalk minding my own business and two people come up and slap me upside the head (think NCIS).

Ummm. Cause that's what happened.


Kid-at-heart: Do I need to remind your daughter that you promised to bring 20 or so friends to Disney for her birthday?

Kid-at heart, should we remind him that he is outnumbered on this trip report? We should. OUTNUMBERED. Even better: Let's give cinco a call


OK, here. :) Happy?

Oh more than happy. Intensely proud.

kid-at-heart
03-23-2010, 07:35 PM
Oh more than happy. Intensely proud.

:lmao: CJ may not use the funny little smiley things but I think they are great. Thank you both, lisaviolet and CJ for making me laugh this evening. Night all. Looking forward to reading more tomorrow. Gotta go now and grade papers for my Abnormal Psych class. The topic, "personality disorders". :rotfl:

Oh, and yes, I am happy also.

lisaviolet
03-24-2010, 12:39 AM
The topic, "personality disorders". :rotfl:
.

So mine or his? :lmao: What's with the ":rotfl:"? ;) :lovestruc

Boy nice profession. Interesting Kate.

lisah0711
03-24-2010, 02:15 PM
:wave: lisaviolet. Love your TR so far. Just what I need on a day I should be working but am already on spring break in my mind . . . :rolleyes1

I think that you and your Mom look so cute and happy. :hug: about the pic card. Maybe a photo place can restore it when you get home? Oh, yeah, and who doesn't love baby ducks?

adsrtw
03-24-2010, 02:16 PM
EE joining in!

lisaviolet
03-24-2010, 03:18 PM
I - JUST - LOST - AN - ENTIRE - INSTALLMENT!!!!!!!:scared1:

Because the DIS lied and said I wasn't logged in and of course I pressed preview instead of submit and you can't go back when you do that.

Excuse me while I lose it. :surfweb: I'll be back. I need a drink.

lisaviolet
03-24-2010, 03:22 PM
:wave: lisaviolet. Love your TR so far. Just what I need on a day I should be working but am already on spring break in my mind . . . :rolleyes1

I think that you and your Mom look so cute and happy. :hug: about the pic card. Maybe a photo place can restore it when you get home? Oh, yeah, and who doesn't love baby ducks?

Hi Lisa!

Where are you going?

Thanks. And thanks for your optimism about my picture card. :cloud9:

EE joining in!

Yeah peeps. It's half marathon runner Amiee! :lovestruc

Speaking of peeps. Totally American. Didn't even know what they were until the DIS. Unless they snuck over with Beelzbub. :rolleyes: Who by the way seems to be missing. Strange. :laughing:

lisaviolet
03-24-2010, 04:35 PM
Nothing really interesting happened that night. We went to DD's WPE - which I ADORE. Oh, wait - my parents did mention that night that they were ordering room service for breakfast.


:scared1: is for knowing my parents.

You know those moments where you know frustration and complaining is coming and you have this split second decision window - hmmmm - should I pay now or later? :lmao:

I chose later.

And of course payment came. Remind me.

____________________

So now the bus tours begin. Let the games begin.

Let me preface that I have nothing against Disney transportation. Nothing. Most vacations - it's my choice. But you have to remember that for most destinations I'm having to use two modes of transportation EACH WAY.

DD you say. What about DD?

:lmao: Yeah what about it?

Do you know where AKL and DD are located - if you don't map it. My Lord. I grew older on that bus.

Hey good title for my memoir.

So while I'm in bus he!! the DVC mongers are relaxing away at their quiet pool and their could have been my pickup van (yes van :lmao: I wasn't lying!) was in BCV heaven. What did I do in a past life?

And I miss the AK bus by seconds. Oh well I'm still :goodvibes - the MGM (I can't press HS) bus is the best. So there AK bus. But of course an Epcot bus pulls up and you know why I can't get on that one. WHAT A TEASE that bus was.....

You know what even I need a picture break right now. Let me go grab one.

Here let's add the evil bunny's cousin to the mix.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5394.jpg (http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/?action=view&current=100_5394.jpg)

Later a MK bus pulls up. Sighing. The MK is the worst location choice for my three hour tour (sarcasm has to come people - I've lost an entire installment) but I roll the dice and want to at least be moving.

Yes, you guessed it. I just missed the YC/BC bus. :lmao: But at least it's been separated from its milk run cousin resorts.

Before you get all high and mighty and judge my bratty behaviour :goodvibes - let's not forget every time I transfer modes of transportation I have to watch happy bouncy people flowing into those places.

What are they called? - oh yeah fun infused theme parks.

So I get a YC/BC bus. Yeah! Heaven. :cloud9: Yes, that's how low my WDW standards have become. A bus!!!! :lovestruc

So here is where it gets fun. I'm walking by the pool. Walking like I usually do - I don't look at anyone - straight ahead - and therefore no one will look at me. Yes, I'm that powerful! Remember the earlier installment. I have witch like powers.

And apparently my parents were within inches of my chosen path yellling my name and I walked right by them. I have no idea why they didn't throw something at me. But here they are calling my name and I'm not even turning my head. :lmao: Yes, I realize I made my parents look like idiots at their own pool.

I had my MP3 on and really they caught me somewhere between Springsteen and Prince with pre-Thriller vintage Michael thrown in. Really I can't be their daughter during such a playlist find.

So I walk up to their room. Use my key to the world of SAB and they're not there. Where are they? Yes, I know YOU know.

So I hurriedly change into my bathing suit. No, no pictures. :rotfl2:

I'm going to SAB. I love SAB. SAB is mine. I rule SAB. Yes, I adore swimming.

And my mother arrives and I tell her I wait for her at the QP and then we'll go to SAB.

OUT OF HER MOUTH:

"Oh no. We're all going to swim at the quiet pool. We're not going to SAB".

:scared1: WT H?

What is going on? My head hurts. I made her repeat it.

I'm getting it straight in my head. She wants this:

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OVER THIS!!






What did you expect a gorgeous picture of SAB. Let me go smash my picture card with a hammer. :laughing:

Yes my mother who through me nabbed the home of SAB just told me she's not going - WE'RE not going.

And this is where I should pray for forgiveness. My mother knew we were going to SAB. She's ill. She forgot. But I took the reins like there was no tomorrow.

"Your daughter did not just take two buses to swim at your Microtel pool (yes, I know it's not). We are going to SAB and it you hate it - well we'll - oh I might have you two;) - can return to relaxation."

So I swim in the backyard pool while we wait for her. And magic happens. My father tells me that while I was swimming a boy went by him and said to his mother -

"Look Mommy - that girl is a mermaid"

May that child live a blessed life full of happiness and great bounty.

GIRL and MERMAID in the same sentence.

I love him. :love:

Okay, she's here. And they're begrudgingly off to pool paradise. Oh Lord.

HOURS. I swam for HOURS in pool heaven. Slide. Sand. Pool heaven.

And see! She's not THAT unhappy. I have proof.

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Sorry if this is your child. But she's too cute. And I love children who can actually amuse themselves. It's like they're a lost breed.

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Yes that is my father. He's watching his idiotic daughter almost destroy her camera. And probably wondering "what did I do wrong?" :lmao: (I'm in the pool!)

Oh well. :rotfl:



My mom kept saying, "I'll come in later" - which we all know is code for "not coming in". But I persisted and I took her over to the whirlpool part where she laughed and laughed as I pulled her through. Lovely. :lovestruc

Then Jean shows up. Of course she got a MGM bus right away and was able to take the Molasses boat straight to SAB. Yes, I'm bitter.

Why didn't we get my parents to pick us up? Have you read this TR? Huh, have you? That van wasn't going anywhere after the GPS fiasco and then his annoyance at no easy parking spots at DD the night before. I wasn't even going to suggest it. Laughing.

More swimming. More fun! But where is everyone else? Where are they? Why aren't they with her? We wanted to see if we could get them in as our guests at SAB.

Up Next: We found them! Sort of. Better known as why I detest texting! :lmao:

adsrtw
03-24-2010, 04:56 PM
Lisa,

You really have an amazing eye. I love hearing your stories and the pics are out of this world. I truly wish you would have been able to visit while we were there.

Oh and I didn't see the pic before I read the text, thought you might have been talking about a zhu zhu, lol.

Can't wait to read more my wonderful Canuk friend.

AKASnowWhite
03-24-2010, 10:00 PM
And by the way he goes by Reester Bunny but we all know it's really Beelzbub wrapped in foil.

American bunny stay away from me
American bunny just let me be
Don't come hanging around my store
I don't want to see your ears no more
I got more important things to do
Then spend my time growin' fat with you
Now bunny, stay away
American bunny listen what I say



:lmao::lmao: OMG Lisa. hysterical.

Lovin' your TR btw....

lisaviolet
03-24-2010, 10:19 PM
I'll guess I'll call this - let's text to BCV or AKV or BWV - exhausting!

We never use technology on vacation. And this is why. However, Jean's brother loved texting her to let us know where he was at.

Jean showed up to SAB without them - she couldn't find them. But while we were still there she got a text saying they were on their way.

And she texted back that we were at BCV/SAB and not in that form.

They weren't on their way. :sad2: And never texted a null and void text. :laughing: In fact, they were engrossed with 17 again at their own resort. :rolleyes1

So here are the texts. I'll use A for annoying and MA for more annoying.

A: Where are you? (yes they both insist on full words and punctuation - I swear)

MA: We're leaving now.

A: What? Okay, we're hungry. We're still at Beach Club. We'll meet you in the lobby.

MA: okay.

A lot of time goes by.

A: Where are you? (are you getting the theme:rolleyes1)

MA: We're at the gates.

A: What gates?

MA: The gates.

:lmao::rotfl: OMG. Gates - see texting - could be Mickey's gates. BCV parking gates.

A: What gates?

MA: We're parking.

We look out can't see them.

A: The Beach Club?

MA: No, your lobby.

OMG. I was about to lose it on everyone at this point. My parents are asking a million questions about where they are - like I know. My mother has a pass on that because of her illness. My father not so much. My mother is very hungry. I'm smart enough to send them to the boat. We're going to BW now because we're not waiting and my parents need the boat for my mother's heel. So one situation is taken care of - onto the next.

A: Are you at AKL?

MA: Yes where are we supposed to be?

A: Beach Club. But now we're off to the BW.

MA: Okay.

I really have to change my brain somehow. Because they're fine. :lmao: "Okay".

So we run to meet my parents and the boat hasn't come yet. And of course my father complains. :lmao: To me.

I think you think I control Disney transportation Dad. I don't.

That stopped all the incessant chatter.

I swear I've had a lovely family vacation of thirteen. I have. :lovestruc

They found us with two more texts. We had a beautiful afternoon on the BW. BW bakery sandwiches, fruit plates and of course desserts. And laughter abound.

But I've lost all the pictures of that exact day. But I took some later on in the vacation. So sit back - if anyone is out there:laughing: - and simply enjoy. The glorious BW. Disney got it SO RIGHT. So right. And I can't even tell you how many beautiful days I've had there.

And how many beautiful memories. Up and down that BW and especially on the porch. :love: And many a standard unit. Loved the memories and the view. And the company.

I've played football on the front lawn. And drank so many wonderful rum and cokes.

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Sorry couldn't resist.:rotfl2:

Fruit plates galore.

ESPNed it during many a NBA playoff game.

Danced and danced at Atlantic Dance.

And simply just took it all in. Nothing better.

Disney - thank you for the BW. We dreamed for years to own there. Used to spend year after year imagining ourselves there.

Just LOVE IT. Will always be my best memory. Always.

Here we go:

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Up next: Breakfast for eight. :lovestruc Tradition.

lisaviolet
03-24-2010, 10:27 PM
:lmao::lmao: OMG Lisa. hysterical.

Lovin' your TR btw....

YES, SING IT!:lmao: Nancy, sing it.

You know what's hysterical. I woke up in the middle of the night that night thinking I have to get that bunny crap off my TR. Especially American Bunny - the musical. :rotfl: CRAZY all over my TR. (WISH is fine of course :rolleyes1:rotfl2:) Laying there thinking there must have been more than peanut butter in that little monster. But I couldn't move. Bunny fog.

adsrtw
03-24-2010, 10:48 PM
Yes, I'm jamming to the guess who too! Love the photo opp of YOUR chairs.

adsrtw
03-24-2010, 10:58 PM
Yes, I'm jamming to the guess who too! Love the photo opp of YOUR chairs.

goofyfan-12
03-24-2010, 11:00 PM
Lisa - loving this TR!!!! Oh the rockers at the Boardwalk = heaven!

lisaviolet
03-24-2010, 11:08 PM
Yes, I'm jamming to the guess who too! Love the photo opp of YOUR chairs.

:lmao:

:love:

lisaviolet
03-24-2010, 11:09 PM
Lisa - loving this TR!!!! Oh the rockers at the Boardwalk = heaven!

Yeah. So much marathon bling over here - bring on the shades. :goodvibes

3DisneyKids
03-24-2010, 11:20 PM
I love me a Lisa TR! :goodvibes

poppinspal
03-24-2010, 11:40 PM
Lisa- I demand to be packed in your suitcase on your next trip or you can just adopt me into your family. It just sounds like a great trip.

dallastxcpa
03-24-2010, 11:45 PM
Just joining in. Love your trip report. :thumbsup2

HockeyKat
03-25-2010, 12:07 AM
I am only on page 2 and bed calls, but wanted to sub so I can read the rest tomorrow.

Loving it!! :goodvibes

lisah0711
03-25-2010, 08:07 AM
Hi Lisa!

Where are you going?

Thanks. And thanks for your optimism about my picture card. :cloud9:



Just a little road trip to Portland and Seattle -- a little rain and in the 50's -- nice spring weather for this neck of the woods. But in my mind I will be spending some time with you guys in the sands of Stormalong Bay and hanging on the Boardwalk. Some rum and coke sounds pretty darn good right now! :thumbsup2

Thanks for the great TR!

dianeschlicht
03-25-2010, 08:55 AM
Okay, so looks like I missed the start of this because of just returning from our own trip. I envy those of you who have the time and energy to post so much while on vacation. I'm only on page 2 so far, but I'll catch up eventually.:thumbsup2

Oh, and I love your photo of the Zebra backed balcony chair at AKV. I love those chairs too!

Crystal_27
03-25-2010, 09:05 AM
I can't believe that we've never ventured to the Boardwalk :eek: -- it looks so incredible!! Will defintely be going there when we visit in December. :thumbsup2

dianeschlicht
03-25-2010, 09:08 AM
Here's the CJ info from another DISer (kristenrice):

Anyways, your buddy's name is CJ. He is the only eland on the sunset savanna. The keepers love him because they say he is the most dependable critter. He is brought off the savanna every day from 8:30-10:30am for his check up. The guide says that CJ will get up from his "nest" (I'm sure you've seen his favorite sleeping area!) about 8am and start his morning saunter over to the gate. They say he is there at 8:30 sharp every day!

We got a similar story from some of the docents at AKV last week.

dopeygirl76
03-25-2010, 09:18 AM
WOW!!! I hope I can make a TR half and funny and interesting - you are a real hoot!!!

dianeschlicht
03-25-2010, 09:23 AM
I finally caught up. Now I just have to keep up when you post more!:goodvibes

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 09:42 AM
I love me a Lisa TR! :goodvibes

Yeah. Thanks Erika. :goodvibes

Lisa- I demand to be packed in your suitcase on your next trip or you can just adopt me into your family. It just sounds like a great trip.

Oh Megan - you so don't want to be adopted into my family. :lmao:

Just joining in. Love your trip report. :thumbsup2

Thanks so much dallastxcpa.

I am only on page 2 and bed calls, but wanted to sub so I can read the rest tomorrow.

Loving it!! :goodvibes

Thanks Kat. :lovestruc

Just a little road trip to Portland and Seattle -- a little rain and in the 50's -- nice spring weather for this neck of the woods. But in my mind I will be spending some time with you guys in the sands of Stormalong Bay and hanging on the Boardwalk. Some rum and coke sounds pretty darn good right now! :thumbsup2

Thanks for the great TR!

:goodvibes Lisa. Have fun. I'm sorrry I'm so slow. You haven't left, right?

Okay, so looks like I missed the start of this because of just returning from our own trip. I envy those of you who have the time and energy to post so much while on vacation. I'm only on page 2 so far, but I'll catch up eventually.:thumbsup2

Oh, and I love your photo of the Zebra backed balcony chair at AKV. I love those chairs too!

Diane! I don't. I never take a computer on vacation. But I'm a hypocrite because I ADORE live trip reports - just not if I'm typing them. Mine was never live.

I'm back home. Unfortunately.

I can't believe that we've never ventured to the Boardwalk :eek: --

The blasphemy you speak! :lmao::goodvibes


We got a similar story from some of the docents at AKV last week.

Diane! We were there the same time. I was at Jambo March 12/13? - 20.

WOW!!! I hope I can make a TR half and funny and interesting - you are a real hoot!!!

Thanks dopeygirl. It's really a PT job at this point. :surfweb::laughing:

I finally caught up. Now I just have to keep up when you post more!:goodvibes

Thanks Diane.

Mickey'sApprentice
03-25-2010, 09:43 AM
I can't believe that we've never ventured to the Boardwalk :eek: -- it looks so incredible!! Will defintely be going there when we visit in December. :thumbsup2

:scared1::scared1::scared1:

So that's why you own at BLT!

You will love the Boardwalk. It is awesome!

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 09:51 AM
You will love the Boardwalk. It is awesome!

:love:

Yes Crystal - my shock held me captive:lmao: - I simply forgot to say this

You are going to have a ball. Such wonderful energy.

WelcomeHome
03-25-2010, 12:09 PM
I love the spectacular photography which escorts your charming adventure with such grace - keep up the good work Lisa!

Best wishes,
David

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 02:14 PM
Okay, game time!

Because I have to upload pictures and get some energy to move on. :goodvibes


IMPORTANT CONTEST INFORMATION: Any bling babes from the marathon need not play. They have inside infomation. Also, all Canadian winners must answer a skill testing question.

I'm not joking. :lmao: We really have to. I won a trip to Vancouver but not until I answered 6+4x10-20.

I"M NOT KIDDING. REALLY. :rotfl::lmao: Parliament must have been smoking something when they made that one up.

Okay here we go.

Prizes - hmmmm - in honour (yes my your honor) of Crystal soon to be loving the BW - let's do a free rum and coke for the winner if they see me at WDW. :lmao: I know totally unfair. Heck I'll give one to anyone who sees me at WDW.

So name the place:

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And if you can get get the exact spot at the place. Double shots. :surfweb:

****Non-drinkers - I found a fabulous strawberry smoothie at a DD Disney kiosk. And it's a snack credit.

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 02:20 PM
I love the spectacular photography which escorts your charming adventure with such grace - keep up the good work Lisa!

Best wishes,
David

Thanks David. Thanks for reading.

Mickey'sApprentice
03-25-2010, 04:14 PM
Your at POP Century.

Can I have more Boardwalk photos instead of the rum and coke? ;)

Alcohol makes my monitor drunk. :headache:

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 04:33 PM
Your at POP Century.

Can I have more Boardwalk photos instead of the rum and coke? ;)

Alcohol makes my monitor drunk. :headache:

OMG. It's that easy, eh? :lmao: Crap. :sad1:

Okay smartypants - what is it at POP? As in what is the bigger picture?

Oh you said BW photos - oh yeah I can post some from trips gone by - I thought you said BW points - and you know I'm not giving any of THOSE away. :laughing:

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lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 04:35 PM
Now look what you made me do? :lmao: ;)

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lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 04:40 PM
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Hey Kate!

Isn't that the girls' GV?

Nice of them to let CJ sleep there. Sweet, sweet girls. :lmao:

Mickey'sApprentice
03-25-2010, 05:17 PM
Thank you so very, very, very much for showing more boardwalk photos.

More points...oh are you giving away boardwalk points?? Yes Please!!! I'll go find out the chemical compounds of the POP art if you are giving away Boardwalk points!!!!

OK...now I'm a little confused. I really don't want to hurt anyone's feelings here. I thought CJ was a Watusi cow that you introduced on page 2. What was she doing in a GV at BWV? Please note if CJ is a real live girl...I did not mean to call her a Watusi cow. We have never met...and well...I have no room to talk. I'm just referring back to page 2. Please advise.

As you can see...I'm loving your TR. More boardwalk photos please...Ok...this could go on all day. I love me some BW photos. LOL

On with trippie...

HockeyKat
03-25-2010, 05:55 PM
Okay, caught up now. Awesome!! Love the pics of the BW... ah, Sept can't come fast enough.

Oh, btw, I have totally had that view at BCV, but from the 2nd floor. We also had a view from the other side of that building which did have the road, but also had Spaceship Earth.

We scored a DD view Congress Park, also. One night AP-rate cash ressie on a studio that was upgraded to a 2-bed, no less. For 2 people! We made sure to lay on all the beds, at least.

Oh, and we got a Bay Lake view VWL 1-bed for our first DVC reservation. :)

We have had good luck too with the 7 day call before. SSR to BCV, actually. LOVE BCV. What am I saying, I love all of it!

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 06:44 PM
MA - oh I better type out your name since I used that for annoying texting people - which you are SO not.

Mickey's Apprentice - I'm so lazy - I'm the wrong side of the computer to check if I have anymore good ones from earlier trips. But look at DisneyJen's pics and room. Fabulous.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35984308&posted=1#post35984308

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 06:57 PM
Thank you so very, very, very much for showing more boardwalk photos.

More points...oh are you giving away boardwalk points?? Yes Please!!! I'll go find out the chemical compounds of the POP art if you are giving away Boardwalk points!!!!

OK...now I'm a little confused. I really don't want to hurt anyone's feelings here. I thought CJ was a Watusi cow that you introduced on page 2. What was she doing in a GV at BWV? Please note if CJ is a real live girl...I did not mean to call her a Watusi cow. We have never met...and well...I have no room to talk. I'm just referring back to page 2. Please advise.

As you can see...I'm loving your TR. More boardwalk photos please...Ok...this could go on all day. I love me some BW photos. LOL

On with trippie...

:lmao: Thanks for interacting with me. And entertaining me to no end. Makes it so much easier to get going - keep going.

CJ - :rotfl:

Go to the first page of this TR. He's there. One of the first couple of posts . As a human. And CJ is a boy - well I'm sure he's a man.

And hysterical. Read his TRs (they are linked)- they are SO good. SO good. This last one he took his daughter and six of her friends to WDW for her sixteenth birthday - hence their GV at the BW. He numbered the girls and #5 had his :love::rotfl2:. #5 - well - she got under his skin. So funny.

The other CJ - is an elan that refuses to leave the Sunset Savanna and his spot. Jean called out to him every single day like he had a water bowl and a collar. We found out his name because we were lucky enough to get a Savanna view on our last Value AKV stay as well. I rented - remember I keep misplacing my points -that one at the absolute last minute - days out - I won't even tell you what he sold it to me for. Unreal andr SO lucky. I couldn't believe no one was grabbing it. So what was I to do? Smiling.

Okay, caught up now. Awesome!! Love the pics of the BW... ah, Sept can't come fast enough.

Just the two of you or the family? I can't remember.

Oh, btw, I have totally had that view at BCV, but from the 2nd floor. Lucky! We also had a view from the other side of that building which did have the road, but also had Spaceship Earth. I've had that too. But BW blows it out of the water (for views), don't you think?

We scored a DD view Congress Park, also. One night AP-rate cash ressie on a studio that was upgraded to a 2-bed, no less. For 2 people! We made sure to lay on all the beds, at least.

Blessed and funny. :rotfl2: Love it.

Oh, and we got a Bay Lake view VWL 1-bed for our first DVC reservation. :)

Well don't make me put your picture up with the other two. But at least you're an owner.

We have had good luck too with the 7 day call before. SSR to BCV, actually. LOVE BCV. What am I saying, I love all of it! The best, eh? The best.

Thanks Kat. :lovestruc

cj9200
03-25-2010, 07:07 PM
OK...now I'm a little confused. I really don't want to hurt anyone's feelings here. I thought CJ was a Watusi cow that you introduced on page 2. What was she doing in a GV at BWV? Please note if CJ is a real live girl...I did not mean to call her a Watusi cow.

OK, I leave the report for a couple of days and I am first called a cow and then a live girl. Actually, I thought I was an Eland. Insert smiley thing here.

Lisaviolet told you the references to my trip. I got a little possessive of the lower floor, MY big screen TV and MY Master bedroom.

Unless you read my TR, there was no way of knowing who or what I am. No offense was taken and it actually gave me a chuckle (I am sure a few others out there also). We need to stop with these cross trip report references before someone gets whiplash.

MY Grand Villa was right below the B in Boardwalk. The awning underneath is the main room's and the one on the second floor just to the left of that is one of the bedroom’s balcony.

Mickey'sApprentice
03-25-2010, 07:27 PM
CJ: I did read and love your TR with your daughter.

As for the eland references...I have not laughed so hard in a long time. I'm so sorry that I confused the two of you.

I am very glad that the eland was not in the GV. I'm sure he is very nice...but when it comes to Grand Villas...well, I bet he'd be like a bull in a china shop. Besides...he likes his SPOT on the savannah too much.

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 07:31 PM
More boardwalk photos please...Ok...this could go on all day. I love me some BW photos. LOL


I upped the font size just in case anyone going through quickly thinks I'm a crazy woman who is pompously obsessed with her own BW pictures. :rolleyes1 ;):goodvibes

But thanks Mickey's Apprentice - I would have trashed these BW pics - these ones are from this trip and didn't make the cut. Poor tings. :goodvibes

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Be back at some point.

Ham Ham
03-25-2010, 07:42 PM
I miss the Boardwalk....my kids chose NYC over Disney for March Break this year. Where did I go wrong with them!:confused3

Gotta tell you I'm loving your pictures and report.

Carry on!
Kim

CharityLynn
03-25-2010, 08:24 PM
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5450.jpg


Love this picture. Not sure why but I do. I also love your trip report. The Boardwalk pictures almost make me sad that we are staying at BLT in October. We have always stayed in the EPCOT area so this year should be interesting.

Can't wait to read more.

adsrtw
03-25-2010, 08:29 PM
Lisa, I swear pics just find you and jump on the camera. Love em.

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 08:50 PM
Okay - where were we before the eland fiasco. :lmao: I see I've been spelling that incorrectly the entire TR. popcorn::

We're at Tuesday. We had the boys the night before and I don't know when this happened - and THEY had park passes - they just wanted to sit and watch TV. Like fixated. We've had them many times and had a ball but hmmm. :confused3 Once upon a time we couldn't get them out of Community Hall or a park. :surfweb:

Oh wait - there was a funny that night. Four of us and we couldn't get the bed chesterfield to work. We're actually reading instructions thinking "what the heck are we doing wrong?"

Nothing. It wasn't us. First comes in maintenance. She has a whirl. Nope. Then she says engineer is coming. :3dglasses

Engineer?

And she, Ms. Engineer, came with all her tools. And banged and pulled and did whatever she did and VOILA. The TV boys could now watch more TV in a new TV position. They were fixated on Disney XD - which apparently Westgate doesn't have.

Morning. Jean's traditional breakfast for whoever is there. I don't have any pictures of this trip. But she's done this many a time - here is 2005? at OKW. My niece took a boatload of this party of 13. Thank Goodness - I was so busy coordinating I didn't take any.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/WDWfamilyadventure087.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/WDWfamilyadventure088.jpg

So she fed the eight of us in our Value one bedroom and we all fit comfortably around the table. Which surprised me. Lovely brunch.

My parents left midday and the rest of the group just hung out.

I was wiped. My mother is ill. She had declined. I wasn't prepared for it emotionally (I haven't seen her since January - in Florida). And I had spent practically the entire vacation up until then figuring out cars, hotels, coupons, boarding passes, procedures, directions, getting lost MYW tickets retrieved for one family, giving my Dad a break from looking after my mom. It was just a case that no one could seem to do the simplest things (EDIT: actually that's not fair at times I just took over when it was easiest to do so - so I did it to myself at times)without involving me and it simply wiped me out.

Do I regret it? No. I will have more relaxing vacations - all the time in the world for that. And my parents are getting up there.

But regardless I was WIPED.

*** two things. I told this family four years ago to photocopy or write down the info on the back of their passes. I'm typing this just in case someone out there doesn't know that Disney is a spetacular company that will easily retrieve tickets when you lose them. :worship: Disney.

And two - I told the front desk - upfront - that I would be having visitors that were staying in their own resort - and I just told the truth that normally I put them on the room because we are together often - sometimes having the boys sleep over for a night - easier - but I couldn't put them on this time because of the dining plan but it would be so helpful if I could have a key.

And this option DOES exist with the dining plan. She was able to show the newbie CM how to make a key that wasn't attached to the dining plan (I didn't care if they were - I just wanted to be clear I wasn't trying to ride the system>) It has no codes on the key. It just worked.

So the rest of the day and maybe the next - naps, swimming, resort etc. I needed to recharge.

And at some point we went here -

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and here -

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It just never gets old, eh?

I think this was the walk over from the MK -

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And we thought we would do CS at the Contemporary. But first I became obsessed with these lighting fixtures. I looked like an absolute fool in a crowded lobby taking pictures of lighting fixtures but I didn't care. :dance3:

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And some more of Crystal's BLT :goodvibes -

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5357.jpg

We decided to go the Poly CS instead. I love it there. Love the seating outdoors - love the sushi.

Off to the Poly -

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5368.jpg

Don't we look so peaceful and happy and well mannered? :cloud9:

Well that will end momentarily. Within two monorail stops. :rotfl2:

Up next: Sushi ends up in a smack down. :rotfl:

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 09:00 PM
OK, I leave the report for a couple of days and I am first called a cow and then a live girl. Actually, I thought I was an Eland. Insert smiley thing here.


Best part of this TR hand's down. :lmao::rotfl:



As for the eland references...I have not laughed so hard in a long time. I'm so sorry that I confused the two of you.



I'm not. :rotfl2:

And thank you to both of my teachers , and Kristen originally but I'm slow, for teachiing me how to spell ELAND. :surfweb:

I miss the Boardwalk....my kids chose NYC over Disney for March Break this year. Where did I go wrong with them!:confused3

Gotta tell you I'm loving your pictures and report.

Carry on!
Kim

Oh no no no Kim. I'm with the kids. NYC!!!:love:

I would love to hear about it. I have a link back to some of my time in NYC.

Love this picture. Not sure why but I do. I also love your trip report. The Boardwalk pictures almost make me sad that we are staying at BLT in October. We have always stayed in the EPCOT area so this year should be interesting.

Can't wait to read more.

Thanks Charity Lynn. It almost got trashed - so thanks.

You'll have a great time at BLT. You'll own the monorail. Nice. And walking back from MK. And if you have an AP - the lovely Epcot monorail - walking through Epcot to the BW. Heaven. :cloud9:

Have fun.

I understand though. I get that way with not choosing the BW. :goodvibes

Lisa, I swear pics just find you and jump on the camera. Love em.

Thanks Amiee. :love: Hey! You're on a trip right now!!!!:lmao: I just realized. Having fun?

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 09:11 PM
, there was no way of knowing who or what I am.

Priceless. :lmao::rotfl:

AKASnowWhite
03-25-2010, 09:26 PM
Lisa- I demand to be packed in your suitcase on your next trip or you can just adopt me into your family. It just sounds like a great trip.

Look at Meg. Gettin' all bossy :rotfl2: And fwiw, I wanna come too :goodvibes

Alcohol makes my monitor drunk. :headache:

OMG! My monitor has the EXACT same issue :lmao:


lovin' the report Lisa. :thumbsup2

HockeyKat
03-25-2010, 10:24 PM
OMG! My monitor has the EXACT same issue :lmao:


Do I really want to comment here?? :lmao:

Lisa, Sept is just D and I, no family. If our resale passes ROFR, we will have an extra 300 pts to play with (it comes fully loaded, 150 available now, and all banked and regular points coming 9/1).

I think we are doing a combo of weekend studio, BCV 1-bed, and maybe closing the trip with a weekend at Vero. So I might be pumping you for Vero info as you are the only person I know who has been there.


Mr Kat solves the spelling of animals' names by referring to all AK animals as "yaks" (except the giraffes). He calls Savanna View, "Yak View".

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 10:28 PM
Look at Meg. Gettin' all bossy :rotfl2: And fwiw, I wanna come too :goodvibes

FWIW? :lmao: Look at you go. FWIW - it's worth a whole lotta bling baby.

I know Megan, eh? All feisty at her new fighting weight.



OMG! My monitor has the EXACT same issue :lmao:



:lmao: Oh Nancy. :lovestruc

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 10:40 PM
Well I'm getting NOTHING accomplished at home with the TR. Nada. So why stop now? :goodvibes

I guess I'm worried that if I don't keep up like a lunatic that I'll never finish it.

CONTEST:

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And cause I was far too lazy to get into the high zero. Ham Ham notice my sweatshirt.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5347.jpg

No one can slam POP in my eyes. We visit there regularly. Fantastic salmon dinner - really - REALLY. :3dglasses It's actually fish of the day but salmon always seems to be the choice and great roast turkey dinner on selected nights. HUGE. One dinner can easily feed two. Outdoor tables. :lovestruc And you know what's really sad. That area - healthier options - shortest line. Oh and they used to have this fantastic cheese, walnut, apple and cracker plate. LOVED IT. Right up there with the BW bakery fruit plate - but sadly it seems to have disappeared. Good cupcakes as well.

Yes, that's right. I just shared the fine culinary selections - at POP of all places.

adsrtw
03-25-2010, 10:46 PM
Loving all of the drunken monitor comments. Yes, I'm on an outing with the kids. Downtown Chicago just off Michigan. The kids are having a ball, but it's just not Disney. I feel the need to tell a few people to have a magical day.:rotfl2:

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 10:48 PM
Do I really want to comment here?? :lmao:

Lisa, Sept is just D and I, no family. If our resale passes ROFR, we will have an extra 300 pts to play with (it comes fully loaded, 150 available now, and all banked and regular points coming 9/1).

I think we are doing a combo of weekend studio, BCV 1-bed, and maybe closing the trip with a weekend at Vero. So I might be pumping you for Vero info as you are the only person I know who has been there.


Mr Kat solves the spelling of animals' names by referring to all AK animals as "yaks" (except the giraffes). He calls Savanna View, "Yak View".

Kat - I just scared the living crap out of my cat. :lmao:

How? I made this OMG whooshing excited sound when I saw how loaded - I knew it was loaded I mean how loaded -your soon to be - crossing my fingers - contract is. How friggin' exciting is that.

Oh no Kat. Just go for the one bedroom the whole time! Forget about saving on the weekend. Splurge.

I love Vero. :dance3: I'll warn you some people claim boredom there. I don't get it. So beautiful.

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 10:52 PM
Loving all of the drunken monitor comments. Yes, I'm on an outing with the kids. Downtown Chicago just off Michigan. The kids are having a ball, but it's just not Disney. I feel the need to tell a few people to have a magical day.:rotfl2:

Jealous Amiee. So jealous. Nice. :goodvibes

I know, eh? Drunken monitor. :laughing: My whole TR and that's what Nancy finds! :lmao: Of course. Mickey's Apprentice is too funny.

lisaviolet
03-25-2010, 10:54 PM
Mr Kat solves the spelling of animals' names by referring to all AK animals as "yaks" (except the giraffes). He calls Savanna View, "Yak View".

Love it. :goodvibes

Crystal_27
03-26-2010, 08:10 AM
:love:

Yes Crystal - my shock held me captive:lmao: - I simply forgot to say this

You are going to have a ball. Such wonderful energy.

For sure - - After seeing another round of your amazing pics...the heavens have officially opened up and the angels are singing - the Boardwalk is Uh-Maz-Ing. AND, I will forever credit the *great* lisaviolet for my enlightenment. :worship:



And some more of Crystal's BLT :goodvibes -

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5357.jpg



Ahhhhhh, as much as I have Boardwalk envy right now, that picture is pure visual bliss. My beautiful BLT. :love:

And...just have to say..."fine culinary selections" at the Pop?? For real?!? Your bewitching skills must extend to more than just getting unbelievable DVC rooms and views 'cause I've never experienced anything fine from the Pop in all the 1 time that I stayed there. Well, I take that back -- the ice cream sundaes were *mighty darn fine*. :upsidedow

BigEeyore
03-26-2010, 09:03 AM
No offense to you, because your TR is fantastic but...I am totatlly with Crystal about Pop. One awful night there, one bad food court exeperience, never again!
We had our 1st BWV stay earlier this month and loved it - your great pictures are making me miss it so!
Keep it coming! :goodvibes

dgaston
03-26-2010, 10:08 AM
Love the pic of you and Jean on the monorail. And I especially like Jean's Pooh hair accessories!

My ticker says 43 days to our AKV stay -- I will ask your blessing that some of my pics turn out as well as all of yours.

dianeschlicht
03-26-2010, 10:39 AM
I suspect you couldn't get them to leave the TV because they were enjoying your "value" digs at OKW! LOVE that place, and there is no better spot for a birthday party!:thumbsup2

lisaviolet
03-26-2010, 12:04 PM
For sure - - After seeing another round of your amazing pics...the heavens have officially opened up and the angels are singing - the Boardwalk is Uh-Maz-Ing. AND, I will forever credit the *great* lisaviolet for my enlightenment. :worship:


Yeah because lisaviolet prayed for you!!!!:rotfl:

I would love to meet you at the BW one day.

..I am totatlly with Crystal

Oh, come on!!!!

You're totally going with a girl who - we assume - has never walked out the back of Epcot. :lmao:;

Love the pic of you and Jean on the monorail. And I especially like Jean's Pooh hair accessories!

My ticker says 43 days to our AKV stay -- I will ask your blessing that some of my pics turn out as well as all of yours.

Thank you.

Years ago - we waiting outside Hoop Dee Doo - I've done it many a time but wanted to see when they storm in from the "I have no money":laughing: perspective.

And that funny guy says to the crowd. Look at the girl (Jean) - she has Pooh in her hair. :laughing:

Sorry to those who are eating lunch.

I suspect you couldn't get them to leave the TV because they were enjoying your "value" digs at OKW! LOVE that place, and there is no better spot for a birthday party!:thumbsup2

Diane - did you just chatise me? :laughing:;) I'm not sure if I'm reading this correctly. ;)

That OKW picture was not this trip. I stated I was showing a picture of Jean's brunch in 2005 (2006?) because I had none of this trip in my "Value" room at AKV.

But good eyes - it was birthday time - a few days earlier - MINE. When I still lived in the land of the thirties. Decorations still up for brunch because I LOVE BIRTHDAYS. And not others - MINE. :laughing: I guess I can do pompous.

I get it. I GET IT. You thought I called the love of your life a VALUE. Oh Diane - NEVER. I ADORE OKW.

I seriously almost cried - probably did - when I entered that suite. It was one of our first stays - maybe third - and it was on the river and so incredibly beautiful.

lisaviolet
03-26-2010, 12:16 PM
No offense to you, because your TR is fantastic but...I am totatlly with Crystal about Pop. One awful night there, one bad food court exeperience, never again!
We had our 1st BWV stay earlier this month and loved it - your great pictures are making me miss it so!
Keep it coming! :goodvibes

Okay - just so I'm not misunderstood.

Would I stay at POP over any DVC?

NEVER. I do have a CRO resort that I love though - to come later.

Is it my favourite counter service?

NO.

1) WPE hand's down.

2) Pepper Market.

3) Used to love Earl of Sandwich - unfortunately I can't go in anymore - I've been ill three times - SAD I LOVE IT.

But POP would be up there. Why? They have four stations. I only visit one. The one to the right - some great choices. I love fish. Used to love Tusker House's salmon. But BUFFET nutsos took over.

And I adore the CS in Japan. The atmosphere. The location. The walk up through the garden.

So anywhere in WDW? Where? No Pop wouldn't make the top list. But it has some great surprises. Really great choices - you just wouldn't think.

So where?

First, I DETEST buffets.

ADORE Kona Cafe's food. Would probably be there a myriad of times. LOVE THE FOOD. And anywhere I can get a good steak

Wolfgang Puck's Cafe. It's been so long since I've budgeted for TS.

And I also love eating in my suite. That's one of reasons we dreamt of DVC to hang out.

BEASLYBOO
03-26-2010, 12:50 PM
And I also love eating in my suite. That's one of reasons we dreamt of DVC to hang out. So nicely put, it was dream to own and like your family we thouroughly enjoy our DVC. :thumbsup2

It's interesting how we live vicariously through the family vacations of others while waiting for our turn to come back around! Thanks and keep it coming!

lisaviolet
03-26-2010, 01:07 PM
Okay where was I....

We were on the monorail - it was St. Patrick's Day. Well - I had khakis on - does that count? No, eh? But my skin does - lovely paper thin whiter than white pinker than pink - wear a hat every day at WDW ::sad2:- Irish skin.

Summer WDW trips. I don't even go out out until after four. I've been fried with sweat proof, water proof high SPF sunscreen.

Okay, I need to stop now.

So we're off the Poly. Looked at the new CS CR - but decided on Poly - together (keep that fact in your mind for the smack down, okay?:surfweb:).

And there are gasps somewhere between the CR and the TTC. What Jean? What? She says nothing. Nothing. Just stares at me.

And a man said "four deer". Thank you. Sorry I missed it while I was staring at Lord knows what.

We laughed and laughed. Why? I knew why Jean didn't tell me. Why she couldn't say deer. I knew she saw because she was involved in the ooh la la (who knows where I was looking :lmao:)_.

It's because we have this little inside joke about deer, reindeer, caribou, Europe, North America, caribou, reindeer, bambi....... It's like a sixth degree of Rudolph joke. It's probably not even funny to anyone but us. I can't even explain it. It started when one my students shouted at me "It's a caribou!" when I called the animal on our quarter a moose. :lmao:

Deer, reindeer, caribou, moose....

Elin, Elan, ELAND....

These animals are giving me a big headache. :surfweb:

So anyway off to Poly. And the annoyance began right away. I was setting up a lovely picture of the waterfall below when you get off the monorail - was just about to push the "oh ya I got this one" button and a CM told me I HAD to move. NOW not after the picture - I did ask. I was nowhere near any monorail. Not even close. There was no one in the area. And I was moved behind the yellow line where the angle no longer worked.

Top of the mornin' to ya Mr. CM>

So into the POLY. I'm coming my little sushi.....

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No I didn't just jaunt off to Paris or New York.

Wouldn't that have been nice. :love:

I swear I'm in the POLY. This art IS in the Poly.

So hmmm. Here we go. Sushi. While I'm sighing in loveliness around such beautiful art - Jean's already in Captain Cook's. I was walking with supreme envy past Kona and Kona's outside sushi bar - not on my plan. Sighing. I need to make some more moulah.

I walk in.

No.

No what?

I'll eat back at the CR.

What? :scared1:

I'll sit while you eat - but I'll eat back at the CR.

But we just left the CR.

Yeah but I don't like anything.

(We've been here a myriad of times but she had her eyes on a flatbread with goat cheese at the CR - even though we agreed on the POLY. Yes I'm stubborn and trying to gain hostages here. What of it? :lmao:)

Can't I change my mind?

No.

Grab you sushi.

No. (The brat in me is out. Way out. ) NO. NO. NO. I'm literally throwing the sushi back in the fridge.

You can take it back to the CR or we'll eat in both places. I'll sit with you.

Can't you just order SOMETHING from here?


No.

(a lot of nos, eh? :lmao:)

In the brattiest voice ever -

Let's go.

Get you sushi. Lisa, get your sushi.

No.

_______________________________

Back on the monorail to CR.

Jean: Okay, let's go back to the Poly. I'll find something.

Me: NO!!!!! YOU WANT THE CR - WE ARE GOING TO THE CR. WE ARE GOING TO THE CR!!!

:lmao::rotfl::lmao:

So ridiculous. Rational behaviour escapes us both at times. Especially me.

:3dglasses When I get to a certain place in my head - it's very hard to escape. :rolleyes1popcorn::

So this is why Ms. Crystal gets another picture.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5358.jpg

Up next: I have no idea. :

lisaviolet
03-26-2010, 01:15 PM
So nicely put, it was dream to own and like your family we thouroughly enjoy our DVC. :thumbsup2

It's interesting how we live vicariously through the family vacations of others while waiting for our turn to come back around! Thanks and keep it coming!

Ah, that's lovely. So glad you understand. Some people say "you're not in the room that much". But we are. That's why we love it.

Thanks BEASLEYBOO. :goodvibes

HockeyKat
03-26-2010, 01:20 PM
1) WPE hand's down.

2) Pepper Market.

...


ADORE Kona Cafe's food. Would probably be there a myriad of times. LOVE THE FOOD. And anywhere I can get a good steak

Wolfgang Puck's Cafe. It's been so long since I've budgeted for TS.

And I also love eating in my suite. That's one of reasons we dreamt of DVC to hang out.

LOVE WPE! We go over just to eat there. Awesome, awesome, awesome, and a great use of a CS credit.

LOVE Pepper Market. Same as above. Although, lately, it has been not quite as good. I also love CSR, though, it's my fav non-deluxe CRO resort for sure. So peaceful and beautiful.

Kona is also a great choice. They used to have the *best* filet on their menu, sigh. Sad.


I love Poly's CS too. Did I tell you EE and Amy and I went there just to get Tonga Toast for breakfast? Way cheaper than at Kona and oh-so-good.


We are in the room/at the resort a *lot*. Even with APs we plan resort time, pool time, etc. Mr Kat's philosophy is that WDW is way more than just the theme parks, it's the experience.


Oh, and yes, definitely a loaded contract. And $75/pt w/ seller paying closing. Please keep fingers crossed... we should find out by mid-April.

lisaviolet
03-26-2010, 01:34 PM
And by the way -

I'm on strike until someone "oooh and aaaahs" over my lighting fixture. popcorn:: You have no idea what I looked like in the crowded CR lobby bending and turning to get my glorious lighting fixture.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5363.jpg

Windows, buildings, lighting fixtures. This is what I was doing in Williamsburg as I was supposed to listening to a history lesson.

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http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_4512.jpg

BigEeyore
03-26-2010, 02:28 PM
WOW! Great lighting fixture photos!
Please may I have some more? :rotfl:
I remember reading another TR a while back where the woman was also obsessed with light fixtures, and ever since that I have really been paying attention to them. They say a lot about Disney's attention for detail and theming!

dianeschlicht
03-26-2010, 02:32 PM
Diane - did you just chatise me? :laughing:;) I'm not sure if I'm reading this correctly. ;)

That OKW picture was not this trip. I stated I was showing a picture of Jean's brunch in 2005 (2006?) because I had none of this trip in my "Value" room at AKV.

But good eyes - it was birthday time - a few days earlier - MINE. When I still lived in the land of the thirties. Decorations still up for brunch because I LOVE BIRTHDAYS. And not others - MINE. :laughing: I guess I can do pompous.

I get it. I GET IT. You thought I called the love of your life a VALUE. Oh Diane - NEVER. I ADORE OKW.

I seriously almost cried - probably did - when I entered that suite. It was one of our first stays - maybe third - and it was on the river and so incredibly beautiful.
LOL, yes, I did think you were calling the OKW villa your "value" suite! Hey, but it IS the best value for the points, as far as I'm concerned! LOVE what a great place it is to celebrate anything!

Grumpygrandpa
03-26-2010, 03:37 PM
And by the way -

I'm on strike until someone "oooh and aaaahs" over my lighting fixture. popcorn:: You have no idea what I looked like in the crowded CR lobby bending and turning to get my glorious lighting fixture.



Ooooh.....aaaaah!

Mickey'sApprentice
03-26-2010, 04:06 PM
And by the way -


http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5363.jpg

OOOOOOOHH!!!
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_4509.jpg

AAAHHHHHH!!!

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_4512.jpg

OOOOHHHH!!!! AAAHHHH!!

/

Crystal_27
03-26-2010, 04:41 PM
Yeah because lisaviolet prayed for you!!!!:rotfl:

I would love to meet you at the BW one day.

________________________

Oh, come on!!!!

You're totally going with a girl who - we assume - has never walked out the back of Epcot. :lmao:;



Geeze - - I was sure feelin' the love until I scrolled down to the next line. :lmao: And, for what's it worth....my Disney savvy self didn't even know there was a back way into Epcot until a year ago. :rotfl2:

You have no idea what I looked like in the crowded CR lobby bending and turning to get my glorious lighting fixture.



Hon, you've got to give us more credit than *that* -- we're DISers -- we are always aware of how ridiculous we look when trying to get the money shots, and we sooooo appreciate the lengths that our fellow DISers go through in order to do so. BUT, so as to not make you feel slighted for your efforts, let me just tell you that those light fixtures that you posted are the freakin' awesomest, coolest, spectacularest fixtures I have ever seen. Ever. For real. :rotfl2::thumbsup2

lisaviolet
03-26-2010, 09:49 PM
WOW! Great lighting fixture photos!
Please may I have some more? :rotfl:
I remember reading another TR a while back where the woman was also obsessed with light fixtures, and ever since that I have really been paying attention to them. They say a lot about Disney's attention for detail and theming!

:laughing:

You sure she wasn't me? :lmao:

Windows. I am a nutcase about windows. I adore architecture. :lovestruc Buildings - I could just eat them.

I'm aware - cuckoo.

LOL, yes, I did think you were calling the OKW villa your "value" suite! Hey, but it IS the best value for the points, as far as I'm concerned! LOVE what a great place it is to celebrate anything!

It is. It SO is Diane. That was thirteen in that suite that day and tons of room. TONS.

Love YOUR;) Old Key West.

Ooooh.....aaaaah!

Why thank you sir. :lovestruc

I'm so overwhelmed and shocked by your compliments. :goodvibes;) They seem to have come out of nowhere.

Geeze - - I was sure feelin' the love until I scrolled down to the next line. :lmao: And, for what's it worth....my Disney savvy self didn't even know there was a back way into Epcot until a year ago. :rotfl2:



Hon, you've got to give us more credit than *that* -- we're DISers -- we are always aware of how ridiculous we look when trying to get the money shots, and we sooooo appreciate the lengths that our fellow DISers go through in order to do so.

On the bold -

PRICELESS. :lmao:

The vulnerability that you've shown on this thread. :lmao::rotfl:

On the not bold -:laughing:

Evidence. Proof. Stories. ;)

________________________________________

Mickey's Apprentice. Stop preventing me from pasting you!!!;) Well, that's quite the sentence. :surfweb:

lisaviolet
03-26-2010, 09:56 PM
I've been to through the POLY hundreds of times. Okay I'm being a bit dramatic. And I've seen the art in this area before

. But question - for those who frequent a lot - do they change it every month - regularly? Or no - I'm just too busy running for sushi or Tonga Toast?

I was just so taken this time.


http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5372.jpg

lisaviolet
03-26-2010, 10:14 PM
Okay short update on food.

Oh no - first - the CR - we stopped fighting and the food was okay.

Wait! I have more to say about this place.

First, this shot is just okay but I can so place it. It was at the MK bus depot waiting and waiting to get a POP bus so that I could get Mama's dinner - yes they call it that - Wednesday was roast turkey. :lmao:

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5378.jpg

And to comment on my parents. In 1974 my parents took us to WDW. Of course there was only the Poly and the CR and FW. There was six of us. And an uncle. I don't know how the heck they did that. My father was a firefighter and at that time my mother stayed home. Every time I see the monorail flow through I just think "wow" - what a trip that must have been for them. One huge financial decision to make and plan. I clearly remember the book about WDW vacations. I read it for years afterward.

I remember the "E" tickets. I remember my mom having to go back to her room because my sister spun her around and around on the tea cups. I remember my sister and brother spending ALL their money on the first day on the speed boats (they've had so many names, eh?) not knowing or checking the price first. I remember the luau and the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse. And a beer mug from the Country Bears Jamboree. Or maybe I just looked at the pictures with glee year after year after year. :laughing:

But I thank them.

They taught us - I believe because of misplaced ______I don't know the word - we just couldn't afford to travel as much - never in the more expensive winter -as people in our surroundings - and well they raised us to believe that those who travelled were spoiled - the children. It's not true. My parents were wrong. Fortunate and blessed yes. But not spoiled.

But I thank my parents for probably saving every last penny to take a family of six to a new and exciting place. SO MUCH. :love:

Okay, that's it. I'm getting mushy. :goodvibes

Up next: This. I never thought I would do this but my first picture of food. :rotfl:

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5387.jpg

lisaviolet
03-26-2010, 10:26 PM
LOVE WPE! We go over just to eat there. Awesome, awesome, awesome, and a great use of a CS credit.

LOVE Pepper Market. Same as above. Although, lately, it has been not quite as good. I also love CSR, though, it's my fav non-deluxe CRO resort for sure. So peaceful and beautiful.

Kona is also a great choice. They used to have the *best* filet on their menu, sigh. Sad.


I love Poly's CS too. Did I tell you EE and Amy and I went there just to get Tonga Toast for breakfast? Way cheaper than at Kona and oh-so-good.


We are in the room/at the resort a *lot*. Even with APs we plan resort time, pool time, etc. Mr Kat's philosophy is that WDW is way more than just the theme parks, it's the experience.


Oh, and yes, definitely a loaded contract. And $75/pt w/ seller paying closing. Please keep fingers crossed... we should find out by mid-April.

Whoops. I missed this Kat.

I love Mr. Kat. :love: Can I say that? :lmao:;)

Tonga Toast - Well when I was fighting in there - I actually said - "shoot I forgot to make time for breakfast here - how did I forget TT?". I had it all planned and forgot. Most breakfasts were boiled eggs because we get up so late. But I did do WPE for breakfast. :lovestruc

I agree with you about Pepper Market. That's too bad. We practically used to live there on trips.

Can't wait for the contract to pass.

lugnut33
03-26-2010, 11:59 PM
This thread needs more lighting fixtures!!! Yes, there are other dorks out there that take photos of lighting fixtures, these are from Kidani Village:

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e196/Lugnut33/Disneymay09_20090501_0709.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e196/Lugnut33/Disneymay09_20090501_0764.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e196/Lugnut33/Disneymay09_20090501_0774.jpg

Mickey'sApprentice
03-27-2010, 01:06 AM
:laughing:

________________________________________

Mickey's Apprentice. Stop preventing me from pasting you!!!;) Well, that's quite the sentence. :surfweb:

Oops! Sorry.

nunzia
03-27-2010, 08:03 AM
I've been to through the POLY hundreds of times. Okay I'm being a bit dramatic. And I've seen the art in this area before

. But question - for those who frequent a lot - do they change it every month - regularly? Or no - I'm just too busy running for sushi or Tonga Toast?

I was just so taken this time.


http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5372.jpg

That is a beautiful picture as are the infamous lighting fixtures.. You must have a good camera..mine would blur on those I'm sure.

kikiq
03-27-2010, 03:17 PM
This thread needs more lighting fixtures!!! Yes, there are other dorks out there that take photos of lighting fixtures, these are from Kidani Village:

Dorks? Nahhhh, my DH is an electrical engineer and one of the company owners is a lighting expert. We have pictures of light fixtures and outlet boxes. Still remember the looks we got while trying to take a picture of a outlet box hidden in the Epcot rose garden. We love your light fixtures!

BigEeyore
03-27-2010, 05:19 PM
What is that yummy pancake thing and where did you get it???
Great memories of when your parents took you way back when. I would love to know how much it cost for a night at the CR in 1974 - it would seem like a bargain these days! :goodvibes

Crystal_27
03-27-2010, 05:49 PM
But I thank my parents for probably saving every last penny to take a family of six to a new and exciting place. SO MUCH. :love:



WOW...just wow. :lovestruc

DizGirl20
03-27-2010, 06:43 PM
OK, is that a picture of Tonga Toast? If it is I am confused - what is the cereal-y looking stuff on it? I have a breakfast reservation at Kona in May just to try the infamous TT... so I am wondering if this is it?!?!

Thanks :goodvibes

DisneyGalUK
03-28-2010, 11:36 AM
Hello, what do we have here? It looks like a funny TR with fantabulous pictures - must be LisaV!

Im bang up to date with your TR, so if we could have more updates that would be great - theres a Curly Wurly in the fridge with my name on it that is begging to be eaten whilst reading your updates! :rotfl2:

Love your pictures, especially the one of the light fittings! :thumbsup2

lisaviolet
03-28-2010, 12:56 PM
Hello, what do we have here? It looks like a funny TR with fantabulous pictures - must be LisaV!

Im bang up to date with your TR, so if we could have more updates that would be great - theres a Curly Wurly in the fridge with my name on it that is begging to be eaten whilst reading your updates! :rotfl2:

Love your pictures, especially the one of the light fittings! :thumbsup2

Stop it - you evil evil girl. :lmao::lovestruc

Send it on over and the updates will begin.

Curly Wurly - for those who don't know - is a yummy British (Cadbury) chocolate bar.

And since we didn't push them out for a petty little taxation issue :rotfl:;) we can still find British curly wurlys in certain shops - AND when I was a child, clearing my throat - in the seventies - my favourite chocolate bar - hand's down -was the curly wurly's big _________ cousin the Wig Wag. It's since disappeared but my goodness - a Wig Wag - heaven. As I tell Kelly - the wig wag was three times the size cause it is North America. :sad2:

Did Wig Wag ever exist in the States? Or can I only claim Smarties, Aero and Coffee Crisp?

And Beelzbub bunny - better known as the Reester bunny - guess what? He must have gotten some kind of pardon and was allowed to sponsor his friggin' offspring into this country. What is happning? Yes folks there are baby reester bunnies. I would show you one - but once again disappeared. :lmao:

OMG. Chocolate. I have to stop. popcorn::

lisaviolet
03-28-2010, 01:29 PM
This thread needs more lighting fixtures!!! Yes, there are other dorks out there that take photos of lighting fixtures, these are from Kidani Village:

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e196/Lugnut33/Disneymay09_20090501_0709.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e196/Lugnut33/Disneymay09_20090501_0764.jpg

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e196/Lugnut33/Disneymay09_20090501_0774.jpg

I love you. :lmao:

So wonderful. I'm going to search for some of my finds from Sanaa. I'll be back.

That middle one is killing me. Where is that at Kidani? Must be somewhere I didn't venture. I would have been all over that. :rotfl:

I love you. :lmao::rotfl2:

Oops! Sorry.

If the Reester gets a pardon so do you. :goodvibes ;)

That is a beautiful picture as are the infamous lighting fixtures.. You must have a good camera..mine would blur on those I'm sure.

Thank you.

Okay, I have a point and shoot camera. I paid just around - and I think under - a $100. (although I just found out it's a $350 camera - who knew - yeah for me. )

You know how I know it's a point and shoot?

Ready?

This guy asked me on my NYC Christmas pics if my camera was a P & S or a DSLR (Lord is that even right? )

I had NO IDEA what he was talking about. No clue. :lmao:

So I said "let's go with door #2". I was wrong. :laughing:

It gets better. I was telling my friend that I hated the screens on these cameras that I SO MISSED a viewfinder. He goes, "you have a viewfinder". I said, "no. You can't see anything through it". He goes, "just press this button Lisa".

OMG. I'm so slow. :rotfl::lmao:

Do not forget that those pieces of art - which I love as well and hope that someone knows how regularly they change them - are professionally lit so it's not really me.

And after a year of having it I've just been taught how to go off automatic and use a few other choices - so maybe I used some for those shots. I EVEN NOW KNOW how to check the picture to see. I'll check.

Yeah for brain cells being fired up.



Dorks? Nahhhh, my DH is an electrical engineer and one of the company owners is a lighting expert. We have pictures of light fixtures and outlet boxes. Still remember the looks we got while trying to take a picture of a outlet box hidden in the Epcot rose garden. We love your light fixtures!

Okay Crystal. Remember when I said "Evidence. Proof. Stories"?

Umm, I think we're covered. :3dglasses



So made me smile kikiq. :goodvibes

What is that yummy pancake thing and where did you get it???


Did you just call the glorious WPE's Crispy Corn Flake French Toast a "pancake thing"? :lmao::lovestruc

You get three by the way. Could feed two easily.

WOW...just wow. :lovestruc

:goodvibes

OK, is that a picture of Tonga Toast? If it is I am confused - what is the cereal-y looking stuff on it? I have a breakfast reservation at Kona in May just to try the infamous TT... so I am wondering if this is it?!?!

Thanks :goodvibes

No, Tonga Toast is way bigger - thicker.

And yes - no cereal on top.

Don't forget that you can get TT at POLY's Captain Cooks (their CS) as well - as HockeyKat said. Maybe you'll love it so much you want another try. And if you do give a wave to the lovely artwork.

lisaviolet
03-28-2010, 01:48 PM
lugnut 33 - It's ON. :lmao:

Though I'm not really sure if these light up? :rotfl: Oh yes they do!!!! The joy that you've brought to this TR!!! Insert big smile.

They are from a previous trip.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_2445-1.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_2443-1.jpg

KAT4DISNEY
03-28-2010, 03:28 PM
Are we doing a light fixture throwdown on lisaviolets TR? All right!!

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v8/p124189382-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p204009066-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p437914384-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p831125124-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v6/p970726210-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v8/p820879299-4.jpg

OT - sorry for butting in on this! I thought a true fixture aficionado might enjoy these though. :flower3: Just something from another architecture dork. :banana:

Still enjoying every minute of the report Lisa!! WPE was driving me crazy though and I had to know where to get cereal on french toast. :rotfl: Finally found it though - whew! I know I'm not a DTD expert.

lisaviolet
03-28-2010, 05:05 PM
Are we doing a light fixture throwdown on lisaviolets TR? All right!!

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v8/p124189382-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p204009066-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v1/p437914384-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p831125124-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v6/p970726210-4.jpg

http://KDLarson.zenfolio.com/img/v8/p820879299-4.jpg

OT - sorry for butting in on this! I thought a true fixture aficionado might enjoy these though. :flower3: Just something from another architecture dork. :banana:

Still enjoying every minute of the report Lisa!! WPE was driving me crazy though and I had to know where to get cereal on french toast. :rotfl: Finally found it though - whew! I know I'm not a DTD expert.

Yeah!


So beautiful Kathy. SO BEAUTIFUL. :goodvibes

I think I only know four of them - maybe three. Any guesses guys?

As for Wolfgang Puck's Express - well whoops - I practically live at Downtown Disney on vacations. It eases the park pain. ;) Which is going to end soon I hope. I'm ready for some passes - preferably annual passes.

lisaviolet
03-28-2010, 05:15 PM
Well you know what - the only two I'm CERTAIN of are #3 ( I wonder why?:lmao:) and #4.

And okay #5 as well.

I'm such a chicken I should take a guess on the others.

lisaviolet
03-28-2010, 07:19 PM
I - JUST - LOST - ANOTHER - FRIGGIN - INSTALLMENT!!!! :scared1:

This time all my computer. Can't blame the DIS.

Be back later after I bang my head against the wall and calm down. :lovestruc

dopeygirl76
03-28-2010, 07:31 PM
Lisa - I have been following your TR and I enjoyed the first day I read but seriously you get funnier with every post - is it the chocolate? Banging the head in frustration? You make the day brighter with your antics. And LIGHT FIXTURES?!?!?!?! I cannot believe how much I laughed about light fixtures and at the same time was intrigued about where they were from - perhaps a new hobby whole at WDW!!!!

AKASnowWhite
03-28-2010, 10:07 PM
I - JUST - LOST - ANOTHER - FRIGGIN - INSTALLMENT!!!! :scared1:

This time all my computer. Can't blame the DIS.

Be back later after I bang my head against the wall and calm down. :lovestruc

Oh, for the love of technology! :laughing: I want more of you TR!

adsrtw
03-28-2010, 10:23 PM
So sorry that you lost your TR edition. That bites.

lisaviolet
03-28-2010, 11:18 PM
- is it the chocolate? !

Of course it's the chocolate.

Pssst. You got some?

Oh, for the love of technology! :laughing: I want more of you TR!

Okay, don't think I didn't notice that you put big ol' laugh icon against my losing an entire installment Nancy. popcorn:: ;) Don't think I didn't notice. :lovestruc

So sorry that you lost your TR edition. That bites.

Hi Amiee. :goodvibes

lisaviolet
03-28-2010, 11:21 PM
You make the day brighter with your antics.

So sweet dopeygirl76. :goodvibes So sweet. Thank you.

KAT4DISNEY
03-28-2010, 11:49 PM
NOOOOO!!!! Losing another installment! :sad2:

And no more guesses on the lights? Actually - I don't think I even read one! :laughing: But enough waiting.....

#1-3 are BWV's.

#4-5 are WL. :lovestruc #5 is along the sidewalk from the front entrance heading towards the park busses.

And #6 is TOTWL!

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 12:04 AM
Okay, let's try this again. :lmao: Let's all pray.

Hmmm. It's Thursday.

Calm down ;) -on the trip. And well this is about the time that Jean and I became - well - dining plan haters.

:scared1:

Don't gasp.

I don't know how a girl that has eaten salmon out of a can at WDW can down a dining plan. But she can.

And she will. This is MY TR. :lmao::rotfl: That's my try at pompous. You like? :laughing: It feels so foreign. IT"S SO UGLY. :goodvibes

There's nothing wrong with the plan. At all. We've done free dining the first year we had DVC and loved not thinking about money. And it was pure joy until this point. I swear. There was great anticipation, planning, snack credit glee and then it all just stopped.

It's us. We have spent years at WDW budgeting. Sharing meals. Eating in. And the feeling of a food focus was just foreign. And let be known I ADORE FOOD. ADORE IT! And yes, I know many have the DP and don't focus on food for the trip. May I remind you - you probably have park passes - rides and shows to distract you.

Something just stopped working for us.

It MIGHT have something to do with this -

The AKLAKMKEpcotDDPORDolphinSwanYCBCBWVDPOPHS bus. Out. Transfer. Eat. Out. Transfer. Home.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5493-1.jpg

Maybe, eh?

See I told you it started off well.

Those buses became our personal little Disney Photopass.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5587.jpg


The many bus stop shots -

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5402.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5429-1.jpg

(Our lovely CR - Pepper Market) - Isn't it beautiful?



This of course is always the exception to any bratty chatter. I love this boat. Thank you Disney for this magnificent freebie.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5502.jpg



And then this happened. Look at us. Jean is obviously done. D-O-N-E done. Look at her!!! :lmao: Me? Don't I look stoned on cupcakes?

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5413.jpg

Well don't I? You can say it.

Once again I love Disney transportation. But not commuting from the suburbs. :lmao:;) .

We simply got tired of thinking about food and thinking about the fastest transfer station. I drink only water and alcohol at home. Doesn't that sound lovely? :lmao: (I rarely drink for anyone out there who is about to send me a pamphlet:rotfl:)

I'm trying to say that everything in between doesn't really turn my crank.


We were never hungry. NEVER. And we hated that. We got oranges as snack creditss - fruit plates as meals - salads. (In addition to some really tasty "crappy" food of course - lots ). We gave away meals and snacks to our family. Shhhhh - I know.

Nothing helped that full, full, full feeling. Nothing. :sad2:

But it gave us a good laugh at the airport on the way home.


We both said, "I'm hungry!!!". And the sun shone across both of our faces. And happiness had returned. HUNGRY!!!! HUNGER!!!!!

It's back.

:yay::thumbsup2


:rotfl2:


We might try it again - with a car. Who knows. And some people will be saying, " just don't eat as much". We felt that we didn't. But I guess we did.


It was a just a :confused3 feeling. Who knows?

Up next: It will always be this to me.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5701.jpg

Such a lovely place, isn't it? I can't wait to show you all our day there. I lost a lot of great shots there. But I still have some magical ones. It's hard to take a bad shot at that place. So beautiful and relaxing. Truly.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5582.jpg

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 12:06 AM
Oh Kathy. I was so wrong with my chicken sh-- guessing. I'll be back. I have to go do something.

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 12:29 AM
And #6 is TOTWL!

Okay, is this your payback for WPE? :lmao:

Tower of Terror With Love? :rotfl: Yes, I know - obviously not. :rotfl2:

Oh my head.

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 12:33 AM
NOOOOO!!!! Losing another installment! :sad2:

And no more guesses on the lights? Actually - I don't think I even read one! :laughing: But enough waiting.....

#1-3 are BWV's.

#4-5 are WL. :lovestruc #5 is along the sidewalk from the front entrance heading towards the park busses.

And #6 is TOTWL!

Three - yep.

Four - yep.

Five - yep.

Got them.

All I can say about one and two - well straight shame. ;) They must be around where those BW view people are. ;) I'm a Standard girl. There's a whole lotta love in the Standard. :love:

And six will have me laughing tomorrow because it will so "OH YEAH" and I'll feel so stupid. :goodvibes

And regardless - gorgeous shots.

KAT4DISNEY
03-29-2010, 02:18 AM
Calm down ;) -on the trip. And well this is about the time that Jean and I became - well - dining plan haters.


We were never hungry. NEVER. And we hated that. We got oranges as snack creditss - fruit plates as meals - salads. (In addition to some really tasty "crappy" food of course - lots ). We gave away meals and snacks to our family. Shhhhh - I know.

I know what you mean!! We've only done dining once - it came as this little freebie with our room. And you got an app and dessert. And tip was included. And, my DH, who can eat enough for 3 people when he eats (and is skinny as a rail :confused:) got so he didn't even want to go to the next meal! Me either!! All the time planning, getting to the meal and then staring at the menu b/c you can't imagine eating any more. It's been crossing my mind to try again so I'm glad you reported what you did and reminded me of our past experience. I think we're just snackers with a meal thrown in here and there. DH prefers to live on turkey legs and Mickey bars actually. :lmao:

Up next: It will always be this to me.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5701.jpg



Oh yes, I remember when........many good times spent there.

Okay, is this your payback for WPE? :lmao:

Tower of Terror With Love? :rotfl: Yes, I know - obviously not. :rotfl2:

Oh my head.

:angel:

cj9200
03-29-2010, 05:30 AM
(I rarely drink for anyone out there who is about to send me a pamphlet:rotfl:)

Yea, we believe you. (Insert smiley or winky thing here)

Crystal_27
03-29-2010, 09:17 AM
stoned on cupcakes



:worship: - - I think you must have found the three most beautiful words in the English language.

Okay, okay - - maybe "won the lottery" surpasses "stoned on cupcakes" by a narrow margin but it sure beats what I'm doing today: "mopping the kitchen," "scrubbing the toilets," and "doing the laundry." :laughing: :laundy: Uggggg.

pickles
03-29-2010, 11:59 AM
Love your trip report and picturesd. !! we will be there in 30 days :cool1:

Ok, for those of us who have no clue who you are and never read your trip report before I need to ask some dumb questions, and if in any way they seem insensitive or really stupid, please forgive the ignorant

Jean is your sister, daughter, friend? :confused3

you said you werent married(think that is what you wrote) so if she is your daughter..did you adopt, foster..steal a child off the streets?

I tried very hard to get all the relationships correct from your very luck ridden parents to the herd of people in the villa, but i have failed miserably!

Oh, well, will go look at some more of your pictures simple ones like ducks, where I dont get too confused.

thanks again!


BTW one thing I have learned from the dis is appreciating th details of disney..simple things like light fixtures make all the difference

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 02:26 PM
I know what you mean!! We've only done dining once - it came as this little freebie with our room. And you got an app and dessert. And tip was included. And, my DH, who can eat enough for 3 people when he eats (and is skinny as a rail :confused:) got so he didn't even want to go to the next meal! Me either!! All the time planning, getting to the meal and then staring at the menu b/c you can't imagine eating any more. It's been crossing my mind to try again so I'm glad you reported what you did and reminded me of our past experience. I think we're just snackers with a meal thrown in here and there. DH prefers to live on turkey legs and Mickey bars actually. :lmao:



Oh yes, I remember when........many good times spent there.



:angel:

Oh my kindred spirit. I hate anything that gets in the way of spontaneity. ANyTHING.

ADRs - I don't even know what they are. :goodvibes

Yea, we believe you. (Insert smiley or winky thing here)

:lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:

Just thought I would introduce you to a few of your loved ones.

Come on. Tell me your favourite.



:worship: - - I think you must have found the three most beautiful words in the English language.

Okay, okay - - maybe "won the lottery" surpasses "stoned on cupcakes" by a narrow margin but it sure beats what I'm doing today: "mopping the kitchen," "scrubbing the toilets," and "doing the laundry." :laughing: :laundy: Uggggg.

Crystal - are you married? I should go check. You SO need date night. :lmao:;):lovestruc

Look at you!

Love your trip report and picturesd. !! we will be there in 30 days :cool1:

Ok, for those of us who have no clue who you are and never read your trip report before I need to ask some dumb questions, and if in any way they seem insensitive or really stupid, please forgive the ignorant

Jean is your sister, daughter, friend? :confused3

you said you werent married(think that is what you wrote) so if she is your daughter..did you adopt, foster..steal a child off the streets?

I tried very hard to get all the relationships correct from your very luck ridden parents to the herd of people in the villa, but i have failed miserably!

Oh, well, will go look at some more of your pictures simple ones like ducks, where I dont get too confused.

thanks again!


BTW one thing I have learned from the dis is appreciating th details of disney..simple things like light fixtures make all the difference

Is it wrong that all I went after reading this is into major vanity issues - as in OMG - how old do I look these days?

To be Jean's mother.:lmao:

Like that's the last time I post a picture of me. :lmao:;):lovestruc

HockeyKat
03-29-2010, 02:32 PM
Lisa, I SO knew you were thinking that!!! I don't think you look old enough to be Jean's mother at all. :goodvibes

Oh, and I loved "stoned on cupcakes" too. Mmmm cupcakes.

pickles
03-29-2010, 02:42 PM
Lisa, I SO knew you were thinking that!!! I don't think you look old enough to be Jean's mother at all. :goodvibes

Oh, and I loved "stoned on cupcakes" too. Mmmm cupcakes.

I didnt think she looked old enough, but again I am confused and trying hard to understand, wasnt the sad losing basketball kid a son?

or is he a brother? but then that makes the parents rather old to have a boy that age!!

Ok, I need a vacation to go figure this all out!! :3dglasses

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 02:46 PM
This TR is going so many places. Lighting fixtures, evil bunnies, black and whites (pink for me!), my lack of dates. :rotfl:


Love your trip report and picturesd. !! we will be there in 30 days :cool1: Thank you. Have fun!

Ok, for those of us who have no clue who you are and never read your trip report before I need to ask some dumb questions, and if in any way they seem insensitive or really stupid, please forgive the ignorant

Jean is your sister, daughter, friend? :confused3 Jean is my ex. Unfortunately. :lmao: Not unfortunately that she was my partner. ;) Unfortunately, it has to be ex after all these years (15 now - 12 together) Any gay women out there - she's a catch. Me. Long story. And why was "Jean is your mother?" not asked. :rotfl:;)

you said you werent married I'm not married because thinking I was gay, which I am UNFORTUNATELY not, kind of slowed down the process of being asked by a man. :lmao: Although I do live in a lovely country where I could get married regardless:

(think that is what you wrote) so if she is your daughter..did you adopt, foster..steal a child off the streets?

[B]I so loved the stealing a child off the streets. :lmao:;)

I tried very hard to get all the relationships correct from your very luck ridden parents to the herd of people in the villa, but i have failed miserably!

[COLOR="darkorchid"]The black people in the villa see me as their aunt or SIL because that is what I was most of their life. So they still do. And course they love me.

Oh, well, will go look at some more of your pictures simple ones like ducks, where I dont get too confused. Smiling.

thanks again!

You're welcome. I'm thankful because I was an openly gay woman for so many years - until I learned the awful truth that I was straight :sad2::laughing:- and I would hate anyone to think that I was homophobic about myself. Yes gay people can be homophobic. ;) And if you knew the WHOLE story I would sound smart, strong and a person who knows herself. But it's a long one.


BTW one thing I have learned from the dis is appreciating th details of disney..simple things like light fixtures make all the difference

So true. So true.

franandaj
03-29-2010, 02:49 PM
Yes, those of us who are newbies are confused as to who the players are. I can tell that you are not Jean's mother...and I understand who your parents are, but beyond that...clueless! :confused3

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 02:53 PM
I didnt think she looked old enough, but again I am confused and trying hard to understand, wasnt the sad losing basketball kid a son?

or is he a brother? but then that makes the parents rather old to have a boy that age!!

Ok, I need a vacation to go figure this all out!! :3dglasses

I'm just teasing you first pickles. :goodvibes I was typing at the same time. I was always going to answer.

pickles
03-29-2010, 02:57 PM
wait after so many years and a recent Disney trip why is Jean gone? Oh the gossip and the drama!! Love it!!

I didnt ask if jean was your mom, because you didnt write the report in such a way that would have made me guess that way. however, there was a brief moment I thought you were Jean and Jean was a fellow!! and Lisa was no where in any pictures :rotfl: Ok, did that make any sense :confused3

at least you kept us all guessing and entertained for a morning!!

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 03:02 PM
Lisa, I SO knew you were thinking that!!! I don't think you look old enough to be Jean's mother at all. :goodvibes

Oh, and I loved "stoned on cupcakes" too. Mmmm cupcakes.

So funny. :goodvibes

I didnt think she looked old enough, but again I am confused and trying hard to understand, wasnt the sad losing basketball kid a son? He is Jean's brother's son. IE. OUR nephew. Because I have always been his aunt.

or is he a brother? but then that makes the parents rather old to have a boy that age!!

Ok, I need a vacation to go figure this all out!! :3dglasses

But you are going on vacation. :laughing::goodvibes

Yes, those of us who are newbies are confused as to who the players are. I can tell that you are not Jean's mother...and I understand who your parents are, but beyond that...clueless! :confused3

Hi. :goodvibes

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 03:10 PM
wait after so many years and a recent Disney trip why is Jean gone? Oh the gossip and the drama!! Love it!!

I didnt ask if jean was your mom, because you didnt write the report in such a way that would have made me guess that way. however, there was a brief moment I thought you were Jean and Jean was a fellow!! and Lisa was no where in any pictures :rotfl: Ok, did that make any sense :confused3

at least you kept us all guessing and entertained for a morning!!

Just ignore my vanity issues pickles. :laughing:

You're killing me. Jean is not gone. In fact, she'll be home momentarily. Nothing bad happened on the trip.

Although I will not tell her the looking like a man thing. :laughing: Just teasing pickles.

We are just no longer together because God said to me one day - three years ago -"I'm sorry sweetheart - I know I know - I know I truly blessed you to think you were gay but you're really not. I'm so incredibly sorry for this mix up. I'll really work on finding you a good man. I'm SO sorry" .

And Jean - she's happily fully and wonderfully gay.

(I can joke about it now, but it was actually fairly devastating at the time!)

Imagine if I took this over to the Community Board. I would have people praying for my soul right now. :lmao:

I say go ahead as long as you pray for yours as well. ;)

KAT4DISNEY
03-29-2010, 03:56 PM
Oh my kindred spirit. I hate anything that gets in the way of spontaneity. ANyTHING.

ADRs - I don't even know what they are. :goodvibes



:worship: Oh bless you!!! I always feel like an alien on these boards when I don't have every meal planned out a year in advance. :rotfl:

nunzia
03-29-2010, 03:57 PM
OK..I may be finguring things out, but then again probably not. SO...Jean is still a friend but not a partner..is that why she was on the recent trip?

Lexxiefern
03-29-2010, 04:01 PM
Loved reading your report Lisa! Great pictures too. You have inspired me to take pictures of the little things on my next trip!

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 04:07 PM
OK..I may be finguring things out, but then again probably not. SO...Jean is still a friend but not a partner..is that why she was on the recent trip?

Yes, Jean is still a good friend. And we own our points together.

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 04:15 PM
Loved reading your report Lisa! Great pictures too. You have inspired me to take pictures of the little things on my next trip!

Thank you so much, Lexxiefern. I notice you're going to Vero Beach in 7 months - lucky you! Can't wait to see the pictures.

In fact, your signature is almost killing me. BW AND Vero Beach trips. Lovely.

Have fun.

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 05:10 PM
:worship: Oh bless you!!! I always feel like an alien on these boards when I don't have every meal planned out a year in advance. :rotfl:

:goodvibes

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 05:32 PM
Trip report. Back on.

Here we go -

The next two days - forecast - gorgeous days. Low and mid seventies - straight sun. Earlier in the week it had been - hmmm - so so. These last two days of the vacation were glorious.

And we - me and my ex :lmao:;) - were off to POR. We had to get there. I try to go most trips but I don't think I've been the last few. I ADORE it. We stayed there about ten years ago and had a wonderful time. I've sent others there. Another Disney got it right resort. SO RIGHT. :love:

I'm a little wiped. I think I'm just going to let the pictures talk for now.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5495.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5549.jpg

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http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5581.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5565.jpg

Up next: The rest of this glorious day and the Hitchcock birds.

Muushka
03-29-2010, 05:47 PM
Love the TR. Really love the Dixie Landings pictures. Thanks, I needed that!:goodvibes

Ham Ham
03-29-2010, 05:59 PM
Hey Lisaviolet - your pictures are glorious!
Can you tell me what type of camera you were using?
Thanks,
Kim

pickles
03-29-2010, 06:12 PM
I have decided next time you do a TR yours will need to start out with a diagram and a full discussion of all the players

I have finally gotten it all straight in my head, but as a result other things have rattled loose :rotfl:

fantasic pics, love the fountain one

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 08:34 PM
Love the TR. Really love the Dixie Landings pictures. Thanks, I needed that!:goodvibes

Thanks Muushka. :lovestruc

I needed those pictures too.

Hey Lisaviolet - your pictures are glorious!
Can you tell me what type of camera you were using?
Thanks,
Kim

Thanks Kim. :goodvibes

It's a point and shoot Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS. I bought it at Sam's Club last year for peanuts. They were getting rid of it. You know why I chose it?

Because of the features? The zoom?

Nope.

Because it's big!

I knew I would lose a small point and shoot. :laughing:

It generally has good reviews but two things to watch. One it eats the battery in record time - I just got a rechargable. And night shots have noise. I just learned what that means today. :goodvibes It's why my night shots are just okay.

But I like it. It's simple. I like simple.




I have decided next time you do a TR yours will need to start out with a diagram and a full discussion of all the players

I have finally gotten it all straight in my head, but as a result other things have rattled loose :rotfl:

fantasic pics, love the fountain one

I like the fountain too. It's peaceful. Thanks.

No need to rattle or any maps. :confused3 Since I've now taken the time to explain it's no longer all that complicated.

It's just a separated couple - who still adore each other - who lovingly brought on or shared their vacation with both sides of the family.

Who the heck needs maps for that?

Again, both families as we've done many times.

And I would have just said my ex and said nothing more to you but there might be some fabulous man secretly reading my TR and crosses me off. :lmao:;)

So I'm going to simply try to shut my mouth at this point. popcorn::

Okay back to Dixie Lovely Landings!

lisaviolet
03-29-2010, 08:50 PM
Dixie Landings now known as POR.

Glorious. It was a glorious time. Just did nothing. I roamed the resort with my camera. Walked everywhere. Sat and took it all in.

Jean watched NCAA inside in the bar. :rotfl2: March Madness.

And the birds. The beautiful birds. :scared1:

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5499.jpg

These pictures. This is how I took them. Ready? :laughing: One hand on my camera. One hand on my tray with my food. Holding the tray like a waiter away from Huey, Duey and Louie. My Lord. If you saw what goes on behind some of these pictures.

They would come in a group and then one might scare off another but they would come CLOSER and CLOSER and CLOSER......

It's like if I took pictures I could keep them at bay. :3dglasses


We spent HOURs there. I so adore it. Food court is pretty good. They have make your salads and make your own pasta and pretty wicked chocolate cake.

But the grounds - oh the grounds - I wish I could have a second home there. :love:

We got a text! :rotfl2:

They - two nephews and their parents - were at MGM/HS and wanted to meet us.

So they came over and we all went off on this glorious boat to DD. Heaven.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5561.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5583.jpg

BigEeyore
03-29-2010, 09:11 PM
I made it over to POR for the very first time on our last trip, and it IS absolutely beautiful! We were just in awe, wondering how we never knew that beautiful resort was there, in all our years of going to Disney??? We also stopped at POFQ, but agreed that we liked POR better. Next time we want to save on points for a Sat night, we want to stay there! Beautiful pics!
Thanks for explaining your confusing travel companion situation! I thought I might be the only one that wasn't really following.
One more confusing point...did you really not have any park passes for this vacation? Will this be a park-free TR? :confused3

Crystal_27
03-29-2010, 09:13 PM
You SO need date night. :lmao:;):lovestruc



True 'dat, Sista!

DH and I only have one kiddo so it makes it super easy to just bring her along when we want to go out instead of paying a sitter a small fortune so we can do date nights - - they are definitely a lost art in the Crystal_27 household. I think it's been about a year since DH and I went out solo (unless you count our DCL excursions and Palo meals...?). :upsidedow :rotfl: :laughing:

And, for what it's worth, I'm sure that your Mr. Right is out there searching for you. Until then, at least you have a super awesome friend to share your wonderful Disney trips with. :hug:

This is how I took them. Ready? :laughing: One hand on my camera. One hand on my tray with my food. Holding the tray like a waiter away from Huey, Duey and Louie. My Lord. If you saw what goes on behind some of these pictures.



:worship: See, that's the type of dedication I'm talking about! The lengths you will go to for our entertainment. :grouphug:

Mickey'sApprentice
03-30-2010, 12:59 AM
Thanks for the Dixie Landings pics!

We just checked the AP rates for values and mods for our July trip. Dh and I were thrilled that we could get POR or POFQ for approx. $150/nt. for July 3rd, before our stay at BCV.

I told sis and bil...They want to stay at a value resort because its $110 instead. :sad1::sad1::sad1: I know, I know...we're getting there late...I know, I know...its just one night...I know, I know...$40 is $40.

Venting now...we are going to BC because THEY like to swim...Why can't we go to Port Orleans?

BigEeyore
03-30-2010, 07:16 AM
Thanks for the Dixie Landings pics!

We just checked the AP rates for values and mods for our July trip. Dh and I were thrilled that we could get POR or POFQ for approx. $150/nt. for July 3rd, before our stay at BCV.

I told sis and bil...They want to stay at a value resort because its $110 instead. :sad1::sad1::sad1: I know, I know...we're getting there late...I know, I know...its just one night...I know, I know...$40 is $40.

Venting now...we are going to BC because THEY like to swim...Why can't we go to Port Orleans?
I would rather snag an off-site deal for just one night than stay in a value resort again! Or spend the $40 to stay at PO. I know values work for a lot of people, but to us it was just a themed Motel 6. So noisy til the wee hours, we did not end up sleeping much!

dopeygirl76
03-30-2010, 08:18 AM
I see your relationship as no different than my parents traveling together (dad with stepmom and often mom with her partner). They were married 20+ years and things just didn't work but with all that history - and family shared - sometimes it is easier to be friends...

Although I have done a map to help others with our situation!!:lmao:

I told you my goal is to do a TR as fun as yours....with a family like mine - in 12 days we will see if I can pull it off...if you are lucky I will fine some light fixture crack to get you off of the chocolate....as an addict myself....it is not so easy....chocolate covered cherries are my fav:cloud9:!!!

AKASnowWhite
03-30-2010, 11:21 AM
Okay, don't think I didn't notice that you put big ol' laugh icon against my losing an entire installment Nancy. popcorn:: ;) Don't think I didn't notice. :lovestruc


:lmao: Of course you know why. I have a love-hate relationship with technology. To be exact, it loves to hate me :lmao:

Is it wrong that all I went after reading this is into major vanity issues - as in OMG - how old do I look these days?

To be Jean's mother.:lmao:

:eek::lmao: OMG no.

I have decided next time you do a TR yours will need to start out with a diagram and a full discussion of all the players

I have finally gotten it all straight in my head, but as a result other things have rattled loose :rotfl:

:laughing:

It's a point and shoot Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS. I bought it at Sam's Club last year for peanuts.

HAH! And you said that you've told me too many times what it was, that you weren't telling me again. (in her motherly "how many times must I tell you voice" :rotfl2:)


Yes - that camera IS amazing. But - so is Lisa's artistic eye and appreciation for all things beautiful. Like I would never think to balance my food with one hand whilst I leaned over and took pictures of a bird. I'd be too busy shooing the bird away for fear that it would try to steal my beloved french fries :rolleyes1

WelcomeHome
03-30-2010, 02:53 PM
OK, I'm feeling a bit left out on the lighting fixture thing so I wanted to put in my 2 cents - does anybody know where the last light fixture is from?

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/mistermichelangelo/LightFixtures/light01.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/mistermichelangelo/LightFixtures/light02.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/mistermichelangelo/LightFixtures/light03.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/mistermichelangelo/LightFixtures/light04.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/mistermichelangelo/LightFixtures/light05.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/mistermichelangelo/LightFixtures/light06.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/mistermichelangelo/LightFixtures/light08.jpg

Best wishes,
David

mckryan
03-30-2010, 02:57 PM
OK, I'm feeling a bit left out on the lighting fixture thing so I wanted to put in my 2 cents - does anybody know where the last light fixture is from?

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/mistermichelangelo/LightFixtures/light08.jpg

Best wishes,
David

Disney Wonder - it's a Dale Chihuly design. His work is amazing!

Muushka
03-30-2010, 04:56 PM
David, I love that tea cup pic. My assignment for next visit!

Great lighting pics!

nunzia
03-30-2010, 04:59 PM
Disney Wonder - it's a Dale Chihuly design. His work is amazing!

..is he the same guy who did the Bellagio flowers?

Muushka
03-30-2010, 04:59 PM
It's a point and shoot Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS

Great pics. You have the depth-of-field nailed!

manntra
03-30-2010, 05:16 PM
Hi Lisa :wave:
Read through your TR this afternoon....thanks for keeping me company on this rainy afternoon at work! :goodvibes
Love all of your pictures and your writing style has me cracking up!! :rotfl2:

Tracy

bumbershoot
03-30-2010, 09:03 PM
..is he the same guy who did the Bellagio flowers?

Yep! If you're ever in Tacoma, there's a Glass Museum that he was part of starting, and there's some semi-permanent on-loan pieces at a local pub! :)



Love your TR, lisaviolet! Though I am so Anaheim-centric, your current thread title sucked me in b/c I thought you suddenly went out to DisneyLand for part of your trip! Hey, people have done crazier things. :goodvibes

adsrtw
03-30-2010, 09:30 PM
Lovely pics and commentary Lisa. I love the pics that you find. Or maybe I should say, oh how I love thee. :lovestruc

OMG, posting from my kids jurassic computer. Slow. Going back a few days to Kat's post. Tonga Toast. I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Yum! Totally counter service. I think it was around $7 with a drink and a pork product. My monkeys will go nuts over it. I learned several tricks that I plan on using in other vacations from Kat and Amy.

I must admit that I am jealous of the weather. I would have been thrilled with 70's during our trip. Did I share that I'm planning a trip with the kids in December? Staying on property this time. I'm spoiled.

3DisneyKids
03-31-2010, 08:41 AM
I agree--Lisa, your photos always amaze me! It just goes to show you that it's not about the camera! (Just like Lance Armstrong's book, It's not about the bike!)

I love that others take pictures of random things like light fixtures! Ha! I do weird things like that as well. Not necessarily light fixtures, but other equally random things. :rotfl2:

Ok, carry on Lisa. :lovestruc

cj9200
03-31-2010, 10:22 AM
Been away for a few days and had a lot of catching up to do. Great pics although it would have been nice to have someone take a pic of you taking a pic while balancing your tray. Plan ahead next time. POR is my second favorite moderate. Beautiful resort and probably the best food court. My favorite is just across the river. French Quarter has the same type of landscaping but is a smaller more intimate resort. Great pool. Both will do in a pinch.

I appreciate you waiting until I caught up on your TR before posting another segment. Since I am now current, feel free to post another installment. (Insert smiley thing)

mecllap
03-31-2010, 12:18 PM
..is he the same guy who did the Bellagio flowers?

Yes, the lobby ceiling at Bellagio is a Chihuly installation. They also have (had a few years ago) some of his work in the atrium and in a shop. Absolutely gorgeous work.

AKASnowWhite
03-31-2010, 12:21 PM
Tonga Toast. I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Yum! Totally counter service. I think it was around $7 with a drink and a pork product.

Pork product :lmao: I love me some pork products :lovestruc oh no. I think I'm getting stomach cramps again. :lmao:


Great pics although it would have been nice to have someone take a pic of you taking a pic while balancing your tray. Plan ahead next time.

:rotfl2: YES! A picture of Lisa taking that picture. I would have loved to have seen that as well!

lisaviolet
03-31-2010, 01:38 PM
OMG!!!!

YES! THAT'S RIGHT! I just lost another long post because the DIS said I wasn't logged in and then when I did my usual saving trick they said I was double logged in or something like that. And I had it copied - cause they're not getting me AGAIN! :lmao: And the copy came without my answers to you all!

Oh Lord - there's no alcohol where I am. :rotfl::surfweb:

But thank God there are walls! popcorn::

lisaviolet
03-31-2010, 01:45 PM
Pork product :lmao: I love me some pork products :lovestruc oh no. I think I'm getting stomach cramps again. :lmao:

OMG. :lmao::rotfl: Holy cramp I mean crap Nancy.

:rotfl2: YES! A picture of Lisa taking that picture. I would have loved to have seen that as well!

Hello, I'm right here. :rolleyes1

Completing my head banging round.

No that would not have been lovely. ;)

I'm about to nominate you for the Villains parade at MNSSHP. :lmao: And don't think I don't have a few other candidates. :rolleyes1

toniosmom
03-31-2010, 02:12 PM
OMG!!!!

YES! THAT'S RIGHT! I just lost another long post because the DIS said I wasn't logged in and then when I did my usual saving trick they said I was double logged in or something like that. And I had it copied - cause they're not getting me AGAIN! :lmao: And the copy came without my answers to you all!

Oh Lord - there's no alcohol where I am. :rotfl::surfweb:

But thank God there are walls! popcorn::

I always type long posts in Word and then copy/paste into a thread/reply. I lost a long post ONCE and never plan to do that again. :)

lisaviolet
03-31-2010, 04:25 PM
David, I love that tea cup pic. My assignment for next visit!

Great lighting pics!

I know eh Muushka. So lovely.

Great pics. You have the depth-of-field nailed!

Thank you.

Shhh. I'm just going to let her assume I know what that means. :lmao:

Just kidding. I'm sure I can figure it out without googling. ;)

Hi Lisa :wave:
Read through your TR this afternoon....thanks for keeping me company on this rainy afternoon at work! :goodvibes
Love all of your pictures and your writing style has me cracking up!! :rotfl2:

Tracy

Thanks Tracy. So sweet. :goodvibes



Love your TR, lisaviolet! Though I am so Anaheim-centric, your current thread title sucked me in b/c I thought you suddenly went out to DisneyLand for part of your trip! Hey, people have done crazier things. :goodvibes

Thanks and WHOOPs. :goodvibes

Lovely pics and commentary Lisa. I love the pics that you find. Or maybe I should say, oh how I love thee. :lovestruc

OMG, posting from my kids jurassic computer. Slow. Going back a few days to Kat's post. Tonga Toast. I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Yum! Totally counter service. I think it was around $7 with a drink and a pork product. My monkeys will go nuts over it. I learned several tricks that I plan on using in other vacations from Kat and Amy.

I must admit that I am jealous of the weather. I would have been thrilled with 70's during our trip. Did I share that I'm planning a trip with the kids in December? Staying on property this time. I'm spoiled.

Yes how I love thee.

That's my DVC mantra I use excessively. :rolleyes1

TT - um yum.

Monkeys. :lmao: Love that Amiee.

Weather - don't be. Those last two days were the stars. The rest was fine for me too but not so wow.

December. Yeah! Nice.


I do weird things

Just thought it would be fun to see that in quotes attached to your name. :lmao::lovestruc

Been away for a few days

Glad you survived it. :lmao: Catching up here.

Me, I barely made it out alive. :laughing:;)

Plan ahead next time.

Will do. ;)



I appreciate you waiting until I caught up on your TR before posting another segment. Since I am now current, feel free to post another installment.

Now look who's getting all pompous and cocky?


Nice. :goodvibes

..is he the same guy who did the Bellagio flowers?

Yes, the lobby ceiling at Bellagio is a Chihuly installation. They also have (had a few years ago) some of his work in the atrium and in a shop. Absolutely gorgeous work.

Would love a trip there.

lisaviolet
03-31-2010, 04:30 PM
Whatever Nancy said. I can't retrieve it. :lmao:


Of course I knew why you put it Nancy. (Nancy and I compete for lack of brains with technology. She usually wins. :lmao: Just sayin' :rolleyes1) But I wanted to tease you instead.

And as for the camera. CHEATER. It's called cheating Nancy.

Thanks for the compliments. I'll try to give you some at some point. :lmao::lovestruc



http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii318/mistermichelangelo/LightFixtures/light06.jpg



OM ________. How beautiful is that. The OM and no words - The picture almost made me swear on the disboards it's so beautiful. Stop trying to get me thrown off the DISboards with your gorgeous shots buddy.

It looks like you lifted it from Disney's own promotional material.

Did you? :lmao: ;)

Mr. Photography is a good friend to me on here. I regularly harass him. Like blah blah blah harass about how I don't know how to do this or that with my camera.

Here's how he unfortunately found me and couldn't get rid of me. In 2005, I started this thread about buying DVC . Jean and I had waited ten years to buy. We knew we wanted it but although we could have financed we didn't. In fact, our first guide (we've had three - they keep getting major promotions - poor tings) said over and over "what are you two doing back here without buying?".

But we couldn't see doing it financing. For our situation ONLY- I have nothing against financing. So year after year we sat at OKW, BWV and VWL and dreamt and watched the people and imagined. :cloud9:

And finally summer of 2005 we had the money. Yeah. And I had a meltdown.

HUH?:scared1:

I was on my thread going "should I wait for CR" (how long and fun that wait would have been?)- "should I even do it?". Strange. So Welcome Home comes on and totally patronizes me. :lmao: I don't know him and he says something to the effect of "take a deep breath - good girl - quiet your noisy brain - you've waited - NOW is the time for the dream to come true.".

:rotfl: OMG, it was one of those strange times in life when the brain is saying one thing (who do you think you are talking to me like that?:lmao:) but something is pulling at you regardless and I listened and we bought.

The timing of his words were critical - 2005/2006 brought unforseen stresses/hard moments and DVC was just an absolute godsend for us. And in turn for our family.

Life is funny, eh? YOu just never know who is going to affect your life so wonderfully. I honestly never might have bought as weird as that sounds - without that wake up call from a pompous stranger. And now he gets repaid by me annoying him every once in awhile.

lisaviolet
03-31-2010, 04:32 PM
Next time we want to save on points for a Sat night, we want to stay there! Beautiful pics!

One more confusing point...did you really not have any park passes for this vacation? Will this be a park-free TR? :confused3

One more confusing point! :lmao:;) I'll give you that on the family dynamics before I explained but not on this!

Okay now I get to use this - :confused3

Here I thought I had annoyed the heck out of all of you by saying one too many times that I don't have park passes.

So no - no park passes = no park pics or words. :sad2: Unless I had karate chopped the entire security table - did a back flip over the entrance gate and snapped away.

Don't think that in my envy I didn't think about it. :rotfl:

Thanks BigEeyore. I SO hope you can stay at POR for at least a day.

True 'dat, Sista!

DH and I only have one kiddo so it makes it super easy to just bring her along when we want to go out instead of paying a sitter a small fortune so we can do date nights - - they are definitely a lost art in the Crystal_27 household. I think it's been about a year since DH and I went out solo (unless you count our DCL excursions and Palo meals...?). :upsidedow :rotfl: :laughing:

And, for what it's worth, I'm sure that your Mr. Right is out there searching for you. Until then, at least you have a super awesome friend to share your wonderful Disney trips with. :hug:



Ah Crystal - just let me say - the words lovely but your knowing that I was really struggling - through your use of icons - well it helped a lot and meant the world to me.

See CJ - smilie's cousins can save humanity. :laughing:

Also, quick story. My parents. They annoyed the heck out of their children by weekends away, HUGE social life (still is in their seventies), vacations without us, "make yourself scarce" when friends were over. You know - not fair! Laughing. All this while giving us attention and love and family outtings/vacations (mostly camping).

Honestly, lost art. You have no idea what I want to scream when I see posts like my husband and I want to go away but I feel so bad for the kids.

:rotfl::lmao::rotfl: OMG. How I refrain myself. Or the child centric - "I so badly want to stay at the Poly but my children won't like it". Okay, I digress. Back to my parents.

Their choices - I'm sure - probably the reason why they will reach 54 years. They were far from perfect parents - who is? Their marriage was/is far from perfect - whose is? But I'm sure those moments together helped to hold onto when marriage gets really tough.

Once again what do I know - no marriage and unfortunately no children. :rolleyes1

So here is to some more you and DH time whenever you can. :lovestruc

And they were fortunate to have it easier than you do right now - four children - built in babysitting at one point. My poor sibliings. :lmao:

lisaviolet
03-31-2010, 04:33 PM
Thanks for the Dixie Landings pics!

We just checked the AP rates for values and mods for our July trip. Dh and I were thrilled that we could get POR or POFQ for approx. $150/nt. for July 3rd, before our stay at BCV.

I told sis and bil...They want to stay at a value resort because its $110 instead. :sad1::sad1::sad1: I know, I know...we're getting there late...I know, I know...its just one night...I know, I know...$40 is $40.

Venting now...we are going to BC because THEY like to swim...Why can't we go to Port Orleans?

Yeah why can't you? :goodvibes

$150. :thumbsup2 In prime summer. That's great.

Oh I guess that's not helping. :rotfl2: Sorry. :flower3:

But like I said BCV/SAB in the summer. Heaven. Hope you get that canal view. Regardless, nice vacation.



I see your relationship as no different than my parents traveling together (dad with stepmom and often mom with her partner). They were married 20+ years and things just didn't work but with all that history - and family shared - sometimes it is easier to be friends...

Although I have done a map to help others with our situation!!:lmao:

I told you my goal is to do a TR as fun as yours....with a family like mine - in 12 days we will see if I can pull it off...if you are lucky I will fine some light fixture crack to get you off of the chocolate....as an addict myself....it is not so easy....chocolate covered cherries are my fav:cloud9:!!!

Dopeygirl76. :lovestruc

Thank you for doing that. Appreciate it so much.

The map - :laughing:

And I can't wait to hear all about it in a TR. Have fun. :goodvibes Of course - it's family - fantastic stories will come so easily. :lmao:;)

lisaviolet
03-31-2010, 04:36 PM
Technical weird stuff going on. So tiring and strange. I had to separate them all. All of my posts. I know to do that but not into four! And the fourth was two quotes and still over. It was saying some normal looking quote had too many __________ in it. But it didn't. Holy crap.

I'm so sorry guys. I thought I would be ending with the pics of the last day but this TR will end when I get myself a good strong drink and not a minute earlier. :rotfl2:

OMG. Is there a full moon? What a day. :lmao:

lisaviolet
03-31-2010, 04:41 PM
Double post. Sighing.

lisaviolet
03-31-2010, 04:55 PM
I always type long posts in Word and then copy/paste into a thread/reply. I lost a long post ONCE and never plan to do that again. :)

Thanks toniosmom. Good advice.

You have no idea how many times I've thought of doing that.

However, and Lord am I going to pay for this moment of honesty popcorn::, it's my smilies. It would be no fun.

Yes, I'm not that slow. Yes I could put them in later. But what fun would that be?

AKASnowWhite
03-31-2010, 05:39 PM
I'm about to nominate you for the Villains parade at MNSSHP. :lmao: And don't think I don't have a few other candidates. :rolleyes1

Can I please be Cruella DeVille? Please??? God, how I would love to be paid to be nasty and snarky at people. Now THERE'S a job I'd excel at! :laughing:

So no - no park passes = no park pics or words. :sad2: Unless I had karate chopped the entire security table - did a back flip over the entrance gate and snapped away.

:rotfl: There goes Lisa - park touring "ninja style" again :rotfl:

Of course I knew why you put it Nancy. (Nancy and I compete for lack of brains with technology. She usually wins. :lmao: Just sayin' :rolleyes1) But I wanted to tease you instead.

I'm totally and completely impaired. I admit it.

And as for the camera. CHEATER. It's called cheating Nancy.


:scared1: CHEATING? Oh, I don't think so :laughing: I think it was more like....eavesdropping :laughing:

HockeyKat
03-31-2010, 07:00 PM
Also, quick story. My parents. They annoyed the heck out of their children by weekends away, HUGE social life (still is in their seventies), vacations without us, "make yourself scarce" when friends were over. You know - not fair! Laughing. All this while giving us attention and love and family outtings/vacations (mostly camping).

Honestly, lost art. You have no idea what I want to scream when I see posts like my husband and I want to go away but I feel so bad for the kids.

:rotfl::lmao::rotfl: OMG. How I refrain myself. Or the child centric - "I so badly want to stay at the Poly but my children won't like it". Okay, I digress. Back to my parents.

Their choices - I'm sure - probably the reason why they will reach 54 years. They were far from perfect parents - who is? Their marriage was/is far from perfect - who's is? But I'm sure those moments together helped to hold onto when marriage gets really tough.

Once again what do I know - no marriage and unfortunately no children. :rolleyes1

So here is to some more you and DH time whenever you can. :lovestruc

And they were fortunate to have it easier than you do right now - four children - built in babysitting at one point. My poor sibliings. :lmao:

I have a marriage but no children, so also probably not qualified to comment, but...

You are describing my parents in this post. They are also in their 70s and also still have a swinging social life. I also used to catch them necking on the couch when I was in high school (eww, then... aww, now).

They didn't have four children, but had an elderly aunt nearby who loved us dearly, and four children next door that were stacked in an order that made their oldest about 8-10 yrs older then my older brother, and youngest about a year older than me, so the built-in babysitter thing was pretty much there as well.

So I guess I am trying to say, I couldn't agree more. :goodvibes

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 12:05 AM
Okay - two more.

All a sudden I'm at a loss for words.

Friday.

We're all at DD - met them at POR - took the boat - and had a lovely afternoon at DD.

Wait before I start. I'm still bitter about losing pictures. Yes, I know.:surfweb:

One especially. So I have work for some of you. Here's the flower. it's not the pink one you've been seeing. It's a pink and white one. Yes, it would be nice if I knew the names of flowers. At the front of the mansions.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5576.jpg

It was an extreme close up and it and I was in love. :love: That kind of picture that you take it and then you turn around and exhale - or sigh I simply can't remember :lmao: - and smile cause it's such a turn on. Just igmore me if you think I'm the strangest girl you've ever sort of met.

So do me a favour - one day my fingers will keep typing when I hit British/American spellings - one day - I think I'll ask for that for my birthday.

Let's try this again - So do me a favour and SOMEONE take a picture of a close up of that flower for me. It's SO lovely and so delicate. You know I think a teacher actually wrote on a grade three report card that I used "so" too many times. So what I say. :rotfl: I need sleep. Again.

Okay, I'm finsihed.

So we're back at DD.

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Yes I've recycled pictures. What do you want from me? I only took two at DD - three if you count the bus stop. :lmao:

We had a fantastic afternoon. Ate at WPE (hey Kathy - I know it now. TOTWL. It's the Top of the World Lounge not Tower of Terror with Love) and it was warm and not crowded. And so incredibly relaxing on the patio.

Oh wait! Jean and I didn't eat - just them. We sat with them.

How could I forget? We ate lunch with those lovely POR birds.

We of course ALL got a free chocolate. I don't think it would be a stretch to say that Ghirakelli has given me one AT LEAST every other day of every vacation. :worship: May that store live a properous existence for the rest of my vacationing days and beyond.

See the drink Marc Robert (his father named him - just sayin' :rolleyes1) is drinking. How could that have been sitting there across from one of my favourite stores - Team Mickey - vacation after vacation without me noticing.

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And it was a snack credit. And whoops Jean is drinking it! popcorn:: Yes I said I'm not into drink drinks but it was good. Yum. Some kind of strawberry smoothie.

And they have great snack choices at that little kiosk as well. Some kind of tasty almonds as well.

Yes they we were sitting in Margaritaville. And get this - I've come to the conclusion over the years that they are not photogenic. Why? They are so good looking that the eldest son - nephew Brandon thanks his Mom and Dad for genetically pairing up to produce him. OMG. :rotfl:

Here's a picture from January. Brandon is on the right.He wasn't with us this time which was so strange. But for good reason - first year of college. Too cute . But pictures still don't give them justice.

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And Snowbowl that I took New Year's day.

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And I love this picture. 2006? This is Brandon again. Niece Elysha (if you can even see her! my side of course - laughing - she is married now! OMG, how does this happen?) waving to us from our unit balcony as we come up on the DD boat! They were decorating for the glorious day called, "MY birthday". I LOVE this pic.

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And once every so many years we do a couch picture. Same nephews and niece.

1995?

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2003?

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2010


http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_3075.jpg

I have five nieces and six nephews - including my side. Blessed. They have brought such joy to my life.


Okay back to WDW and DD and Margaritaville. And Lord knows why they're not smiling in this picture. We were having so much fun. I must talk to them. :laughing:

Jean's brother Jon, wife Cheryl and our nephew Isaac. The kind of child who says very few words but when he speaks is hilarious. Dry humour. ONe day eating Chinese food at their place - parents not around - Isaac suddenly mumbles "not in this house - maybe at Auntie Jean's and Auntie Lisa's". Literally just mumbles. Jean picks up his fortune from his cookie. It said, "you live in a home of such peace, love and beauty". Teenagers man - something.

Well that doesn't sound funny but you get the idea. Every one of us has someone in our lives that say little but when they speak - so funny.

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Lovely day!

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__________________________________________________ ____________________________


Following day - last one - Saturday.


So Jean and I have a Magical Express at 1:35 pm. They are driving to the airport. But the weather for that next day - 76 degrees. :scared1: Airport smairport - we have PLANS.

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Up next - boarding pass from the pool?

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 12:25 AM
Can I please be Cruella DeVille? Please??? God, how I would love to be paid to be nasty and snarky at people. Now THERE'S a job I'd excel at! :laughing:

Of course my dearest Nancy. Although I would choose Ursula. She's too funny. I adore Halloween at WDW. Great time of year. Just adore it. And that parade - hot. That parade is HOT.



:rotfl: There goes Lisa - park touring "ninja style" again :rotfl:

One can dream. :lmao:



:scared1: CHEATING? Oh, I don't think so :laughing: I think it was more like....eavesdropping :laughing:

Of course it was eavesdropping. :laughing::lovestruc AND CHEATING!!!!

Now if you actually write it down. :laughing:

I also used to catch them necking on the couch when I was in high school (eww, then... aww, now).


At first I must have read too quickly.

Then I had a moment - "hey wait, wai- wai - wait!!!!" :lmao:

Funny Kat. So funny. And I'm sure - absolutely NOT FUNNY at the time. :rotfl:

Crystal_27
04-01-2010, 08:14 AM
Also, quick story. My parents. They annoyed the heck out of their children by weekends away, HUGE social life (still is in their seventies), vacations without us, "make yourself scarce" when friends were over. You know - not fair! Laughing. All this while giving us attention and love and family outtings/vacations (mostly camping).



That is so awesome -- I love hearing stories like that and can only hope that DH and I get there one day. We're 13 years strong, which seems a miracle in itself considering that we married when I was 18 and he was 21. :love:



1995?

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_3161.jpg


2003?

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_3557.jpg


2010


http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_3075.jpg



Isn't it amazing how fast time passes? From babies to young adults in the blink of an eye.

AKASnowWhite
04-01-2010, 08:36 AM
Of course it was eavesdropping. :laughing::lovestruc AND CHEATING!!!!

Now if you actually write it down. :laughing:

what makes you think I didn't write it down? :confused3 I did indeed write it down. I just don't know where I put it :rolleyes1 :rotfl:

HockeyKat
04-01-2010, 10:39 AM
One especially. So I have work for some of you. Here's the flower. it's not the pink one you've been seeing. It's a pink and white one. Yes, it would be nice if I knew the names of flowers. At the front of the mansions.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/100_5576.jpg

It was an extreme close up and it and I was in love. :love: That kind of picture that you take it and then you turn around and exhale - or sigh I simply can't remember :lmao: - and smile cause it's such a turn on. Just igmore me if you think I'm the strangest girl you've ever sort of met.


I see this, and I think trip from Dec 2008 when E (3DisneyKids) was RUNNING those stairs while Liz and I were fast asleep. :laughing:

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 04:12 PM
It's here! The end of the vacation. A half a day - but what a day!

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 04:15 PM
When I get it typed out that is.....:lmao:

dopeygirl76
04-01-2010, 04:55 PM
Such a tease you are!! I was so excited to get back on and read more.

As for your smiles - I type mine in word - from having WDW internet disconnect me while typing a post for a live TR:headache:!!! - So I type in word - then copy and paste and read over - insert smiles and submit - that way if the evil fairy in the computer throws me off - I've only lost the smiles and can redo them easier than retyping words - I also insert pics easy this way!!!

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 05:26 PM
So the last day.....popcorn::

Let's just say that I take last days VERY SERIOUSLY.

VERY.

I'm serious. :lmao:

It all happened about six or seven years ago - I just happened to try out a late flight home. Like seven something. I loved it. :love: And it changed my way I think about that the last day.

Since then - that day of the vacation - well some of the BEST days. I no longer treat - let's use LD - I no longer treat LD as the black sheep of my vacation family. LD is equal or better than any other of those vacation moments. You know milk it for all it is worth.

So what was up this time?

I couldn't do the seven something flight. I was outnumbered. Remember we were flying back into PIT not BUF. So drive home. They all said nope to my idea. So we compromised and had about a 4:30 flight. (All of us were on the same flight.

So what to do?

KIDANI! :dance3: 76 degrees. KIDANI! :dance3: Pool, water play.

First I needed to check out of this -

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To go enjoy this -

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ME was picking us up at 1:35 pm. I was not going to miss a moment of 76 and sunny.

So for the first time ever - EVER - I actually checked out our DVC unit before 10:59:59. :lmao:

And we checked our bags and walked to Kidani.

GLORIOUS. It was early and it was already busy. :confused3 Okay. :3dglasses The lounge search is on. So we found a great spot and I jumped on in.

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The rest of the family met us there and the fun began. Except for Isaac the party pooper who wasn't really into it. :rolleyes:

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But Marc Robert was - and we hit the slide. And hit the slide. And hit the slide.

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HEAVEN. :cloud9: I love me a slide. Especially since a DVCer at VB schooled me on how to go faster. She told me the tight arms down on your back was male fastest BUT the pike sitting up and over touching your toes was a women's secret.

Okay then.

I thought she was one crazy woman!!!!

OMG. She so wasn't. :rotfl2: She's brilliant. IT WORKS. Like crazy fast - one has flickerings of going right over the side.

And fun in the pool. They were so frustrated that I couldn't get this up in the air shot. It's not easy.

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Um whoops. :rolleyes1

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But this is cute!

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But the star of Kidani - besides the pool bar :rolleyes1popcorn:: - is the play area. What fun!

I think I"m going to shut up and just let the pictures tell the story on that one.

Are you the gatekeeper?

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For those who don't know what it does -

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So I called over victim #1!!! (where the heck is the evil smilie?)

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And we passed the gatekeeper and into the play area.

Up next: the rest of the play area and hot tub school.

WelcomeHome
04-01-2010, 05:26 PM
Life is funny, eh? YOu just never know who is going to affect your life so wonderfully. I honestly never might have bought as weird as that sounds - without that wake up call from a pompous stranger. And now he gets repaid by me annoying him every once in awhile.

I believe you meant to say "without that wake up call from a PERFECTLY pompous stranger." And yes, you're correct - I'm being repaid very generously!:rotfl:

Love your amazing photos and fabulous trip report - keep up the good work!

Best wishes,
David

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 05:35 PM
Such a tease you are!! I was so excited to get back on and read more.

As for your smiles - I type mine in word - from having WDW internet disconnect me while typing a post for a live TR:headache:!!! - So I type in word - then copy and paste and read over - insert smiles and submit - that way if the evil fairy in the computer throws me off - I've only lost the smiles and can redo them easier than retyping words - I also insert pics easy this way!!!

Yes, I know BUT

Dopeygirl 76 half the fun of the smilies is to push them while you're laughing. :lmao:

Or shocked. :scared1:

Or in love. :love:

Or sarcastic. :rolleyes1

AT THE TIME.

I don't know if I can do smilies after the fact. :surfweb:;) ;)That's kind of like - well - I'll shut up.

You're killing me.

Don't try to interrupt my addiction. :laughing:;) with your intelligent suggestions.

I believe you meant to say "without that wake up call from a PERFECTLY pompous stranger." And yes, you're correct - I'm being repaid very generously!:rotfl:

Love your amazing photos and fabulous trip report - keep up the good work!

Best wishes,
David

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. :3dglasses

adsrtw
04-01-2010, 07:04 PM
Lisa

I would completely milk the last day too. Love the great snowball fight pic!

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 07:10 PM
Okay the magnificent play area. :love:

Because I have a ridiculous issue with honesty :sad2:- I'm telling you in advance that I'm posting some old vacation photos to give you an idea of the layout fo the land.


First there are three boys to watch out for - that could get you at any moment. Or not.

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I told you!

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And then there are these shady pails.

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They're certainly not well balanced individuals.

And there's a firiing station. One person is well covered . The other - not so much. You'll see.

And there's a tube and a waterfall area.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee41/lisaviolet/101_1400.jpg


And a climbing area.

Okay now onto this vacation.

Here is Jean and Marc Robert's fun in pictures.

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.


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Like they didn't know!

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Oh the water guns. Jean's not after Marc Robert right here in this picture. She's after a young girl she doesn't even know!

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No, no sympathy for that girl. THAT GIRL had spunk and a lovely competitive edge to her. (I LOVE THAT!). She probably started this water war.

They were both trying to take each other out!!!!:rotfl2::love:

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THAT LOVELY COMPETITIVE GIRL is probably getting Jean here! Good shotl.

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Me I can't seem to get any good photo angles. I kept getting wet every single time I tried.

It fooled them again? :lmao:;) Come on!

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adsrtw
04-01-2010, 07:14 PM
Love the snakes Lisa. I don't mind old pics,lol.

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 07:15 PM
Well it became that time. :confused::scared1::sad2:

It was almost one and our ME bus was coming at 1:35 pm.

We had to leave this -

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And we weren't exactly dressed for the occasion. :laughing:

We left the rest of them relaxing at the pool in perfect day glee. And by the way this woman (SIL Cheryl) five times as pretty as this picture shows.

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So off to Jambo. We ran in - changed in the bathroom. I ran to Mara - CREDITS! FOOD! . Jean ran to get the luggage.

And we made it to the bus stop in enough time to get a comb through my hair and on the ME bus.

Back for a minute -

But just before we left Kidani - with minutes to spare - we decided to take a dip in the hot tub.

It ended up to be me, Jean, Marc Robert and a complete preschool and middle school. :lmao:

Now for my last soapbox :lmao:-

Let's not forget we had twelve year old Marc Robert in there. However, it saddens me that some things can't be adults only. And not for the reason you're thinking. I love kids. Love them. But I truly believe we're robbing them of something very precious: to look forward to being an adult and its perks AND delayed gratification. I know, I know - WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT - IT'S A HOT TUB!!!!:rotfl: But stay with me.


I played tennis my whole youth. And in our club - you were not allowed as a youth or child to play at night. At a certain time OR when the lights came on - OFF THE COURT . And it was strictly enforced. OFF. And we hated it! It SUCKED. But my goodness we couldn't wait to be 16. 16 meant playing under the lights with all the adults. I remember to this day the feeling of "I'm here" "It's here" this bonus of getting older on the tennis courts. I just think we have truly robbed this generation. It seems we have to open op everything to them so young. Like "NO" is so bad.

Yes a hot tub moment took me there. It's my brain - you can't have it! :3dglasses:lmao:

So back to the hot tub and the school. It was hysterical because of one little boy. Let's call him David - I have no idea what his name was. He was brilliantly at that lovely stage of wonderment about everything. Lovely. :lovestruc

Hi!

Hi!

I'm five - how old are you? (yes I know - I let it slide)

42. (me)

48. (Jean).

You're YOUNGER than HER?

OMG. :scared1::rotfl::lmao:

Yes, isn't that funny? (what really came out of my mouth)

Do you NOT KNOW the difference between my thin whiter than white skin and black skin. Black don't crack little five year old so give me a break, would ja? (What I thought!) ;)

I refrained.

He wasn't too good at the age guessing anyway. There's not a carnival job for him! ;) He thought Marc Robert was 20 (he's 13). I suspect anything over 5 is 20. :goodvibes

And it became a mini classroom somehow. Us and about ten kids. :lmao:

But it can't last. :surfweb: It's getting that time. So we said, "we gotta go!"

Little David and friends "Why?"

"We have to get a bus to the airport to fly home."

Little David "But I don't understand why you HAVE to go!"

(THOUGHT IN MY HEAD: I don't know why. We just have to. :goodvibes)

And there is the thing about vacations. THEY END. :sad2:















But hey we are on the DVC boards! .So YOU know what THAT means. Isn't life grand?


Oh DVC how I love thee. :love:

Ta da. THE END. :goodvibes

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 07:24 PM
Lisa

I would completely milk the last day too. Love the great snowball fight pic!

:thumbsup2

Love the snakes Lisa. I don't mind old pics,lol.

:lmao:

Thanks Amiee. :goodvibes:lovestruc

And thanks to everyone that followed. And a special thanks to those who interacted with me. It makes it so much easier to keep going. SO MUCH. :lovestruc

I'm afraid to stop. It's REALLY scary how much crap I've been avoiding for the past week and a half. :scared1::lmao::rotfl:

Oh well! :goodvibes

And Happy Easter. American Bunny is calling my name!

adsrtw
04-01-2010, 07:26 PM
Couldn't agree with you more about the adult areas. Team Goddess chased a few kids away, lol.

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 07:28 PM
Couldn't agree with you more about the adult areas. Team Goddess chased a few kids away, lol.

So funny. Would have loved that on film.

cj9200
04-01-2010, 07:53 PM
It is so sad for a trip to end. But then again, there is planning for next time. Thanks for letting us in on your journey. What good fun was had by all it seems. Can't wait for the next one, EH.

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 08:24 PM
That is so awesome -- I love hearing stories like that and can only hope that DH and I get there one day. We're 13 years strong, which seems a miracle in itself considering that we married when I was 18 and he was 21. :love:



Isn't it amazing how fast time passes? From babies to young adults in the blink of an eye.

OMGoodness Crystal. 18 and 21. WOW.

All the best to you both. :goodvibes

And yes it amazing how quickly time goes. Just amazing.

what makes you think I didn't write it down? :confused3 I did indeed write it down. I just don't know where I put it :rolleyes1 :rotfl:

YOu know Nancy this week they came out with a study that says IT'S GOOD to drink wine in the morning. :confused3 :lmao:

I see this, and I think trip from Dec 2008 when E (3DisneyKids) was RUNNING those stairs while Liz and I were fast asleep. :laughing:

OMG. Of course. :lmao:

Let it be known that I like to sleep in on vacation. :3dglasses

lisaviolet
04-01-2010, 08:28 PM
It is so sad for a trip to end. But then again, there is planning for next time. Thanks for letting us in on your journey. What good fun was had by all it seems. Can't wait for the next one, EH.

Thanks CJ.

Last night you were a vampire model - don't ask. :lmao:

From dolphins to ELANDS to vampires - you sure get around, EH? ;)

Crystal_27
04-02-2010, 07:58 AM
So the last day.....popcorn::

Let's just say that I take last days VERY SERIOUSLY.

VERY.

I'm serious. :lmao:

See, we always book it out of Disney on the last day too (that is, after DH has gotten his one last Tonga Toast fix :rotfl:). Maybe we'll try it your way next time - - it sure looks like you guys really enjoyed yourselves during those last couple hours. The water play area looks incredible too (DD would love her some water wars - she's uber-competitive too :rolleyes1)...guess we'll be getting in an AKV trip a lot sooner than I thought. :thumbsup2

I have thoroughly enjoyed your trip report (I've laughed, I've ooooo-ed and awwww-ed, I've been schooled about a major Disney institution (the BW)...what more can you ask for??? ;)). Can't wait for the next one. :lovestruc

nunzia
04-02-2010, 08:24 AM
Thank you for a great trip report! mucho fun. I look forward to your next adventure...I will use no smilies....

WelcomeHome
04-02-2010, 08:45 AM
Dear Lisa,

Thank you for this fabulous trip report that literally thousands of us have enjoyed. This was the BEST trip report ever -such amazing fun and adventure! And your latest action water shots at Kidani are WOW! Your pictures are by far the most creative and talented photography I've EVER seen in ANY trip report - and all done with your little point and shoot camera - it just goes to show that the magic is within the person, and not the expensive equipment.

Thank you and congatulations for bringing so many smiles and enjoyment to OVER 8,000 views - you truly are a very special person!

And while I'm sad to see this trip report end, I'm inspired and encouraged about your next DVC jouney. That's the beauty of life, there are always new adventures and opportunities ahead. Like many of us, I'll be enthusiastically watching for your next amazing journey - and your next fantastic achievement!

Best wishes,
David

toniosmom
04-02-2010, 10:14 AM
Thanks for an awesome trip report. I loved your photos, especially the ones of your last day in the pool at Kidani. I was just there a few weeks ago and you took me right back to that happy place.

I hope you will be traveling again soon so that we can all be back there again with you!

Tinks "SS"
04-02-2010, 10:58 AM
Man, i have surgery, get a stomach virus (thank you boys) and finally return to the living to have your TR over. missed so much.

Anyways, i got caught up and loved it. So glad that ya'll had a great trip. i totally loved the pics of "Dixie Landings". I still call it that myself. Can't wait for the next adventure!

lisaviolet
04-02-2010, 12:01 PM
Thanks everyone!

Crystal - yes, give it a try! And that drink is waiting at the BW.

nunzia - thanks. Thanks so much for coming over.

toniosmom - sweet :goodvibes Thank you.

David - Thanks. So sweet of you but you know you're biased. popcorn:: Have you read other TRs? :lmao: ;)

Tinks SS - My goodness - hope everything is getting better and better for you. :hug: Thanks for reading.

DisneyGalUK
04-04-2010, 04:11 PM
Ah Lisa, how I love thee :lovestruc

Fabulous pictures as always, LOVE your writing and you make me laugh out loud!




2010


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I know ive said this before but Man Alive, this is one good looking family! :)

Ive loved this TR Lisa!

BEASLYBOO
04-05-2010, 09:31 AM
It's been fun, you're outlook on life, family, vacation makes for interesting reading, one can only imagine what it's like "live". So when's the next Disney trip planned?

CharityLynn
04-05-2010, 07:22 PM
Loved the report. Makes me want to go to Disney World and just resort hop. I never wanted to visit Dixie Landings/POR but now I do. Thanks a bunch!

lisaviolet
04-07-2010, 10:48 PM
Thanks you guys. Sweet of all three of you. Thanks for reading.

BEASLYBOO - the week before/going into Christmas - BW. :love: