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mom3sonstt
09-15-2010, 03:14 PM
Welcome to my “not really a” trip report. I have tried to to PTRs and TRs in the past but they always fizzle out. :rolleyes: So instead I am going to try (no promises) to post pictures of our past trips and with little explanations, let them speak for themselves. If I remember any nice little anecdotes along the way I will throw them in. ;)

This will get off to a fairly slow start because…..well because I don’t actually have the pictures for our most recent trips on my computer. :confused3 I have photopass pics (not many) and a couple ride pics that I scanned in. But the bulk of our pictures are on DH’s computer. That is downstairs in his “command center”. :surfweb: He has 2 or 3 computers down there plus half a dozen external hard drives so I wouldn’t know where to begin to look for anything. :worried: On top of that – he is moving the command center upstairs to middle sons old bedroom (he moved downstairs to oldest sons old bedroom – oldest son in last year of college and says he won’t be moving back home :banana:;) he gave middle son his old bed and old room so now he has nowhere to come back to if he changes his mind :rolleyes1) So with the equipment moving upstairs….soon (that’s another story….) it could be awhile before I have access to our pictures. :upsidedow

Here is a teaser

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/june10/img321.jpg


This is our June 2010 family trip. The four boys in the front row are my son Ryne - hidden in his shirt:confused3 (middle – 19), Sean (oldest 20 at the time, 21 now), Ethan (a friend of the boys that we brought with us – 18), and Mark (youngest – 16 at the time, 17 now).

And here they are again…..

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/june10/img322.jpg


Yes, they are nuts! :dance3::clown:

They rode several times trying to do different silly faces for the camera. These were the two they wound up liking the best. I think they are actually in the wrong order because it looks like Mark is hanging on in the 2nd picture....he's not one of those "put your hands in the air on the scary ride" kinda guys, he's the "hold on and hope I don't die" kind. :rotfl: I think the other boys eventually got him to let go of his death grip on the handles a little bit for the camera :thumbsup2


Another disclaimer….I am trying to type this in word and add pics and transfer it over…..don’t know if it will work. It may take me a little bit to get the hang of things.


And, good or bad, here is your guide for this trip back through time…..



http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/june10/Photo0030.jpg

Me (Tanya 43 at the time, 44 now….can you tell we have a lot of summer birthdays???) and DH (Danny 56). We were at the Wishes Dessert party which had PhotoPass set up for pics of the night time castle :thumbsup2.

glennbo123
09-15-2010, 03:46 PM
Found your "not a" trip report!

mom3sonstt
09-15-2010, 03:49 PM
Found your "not a" trip report!

:welcome: I thought I'd hidden it ;)

FauntleroyFAN07
09-15-2010, 04:12 PM
darn it glenn, you beat me.

so how many times did they end up riding in a row to get those?

mom3sonstt
09-15-2010, 05:21 PM
Hi Dan:wave2:

I don't know how many times they rode ToT :confused3 We were there 8 days. If I ever get to see the trip pics :rolleyes1 I may find even more redneck pics of their adventures. But these two they wrote down the numbers and asked us to see if we could go view the pics and maybe get one for them. Did you know that in the ride picture packages that you can get the 2 5x7's with 2 different poses in the same package??? I didn't - I stood there looking at the 2 poses trying to decide when the CM finally told me that I could get them both :idea:

I have one of them on Splash Mountain too.....but I fugured I better pace myself since I have such limited resources:rolleyes:

vamassey1
09-15-2010, 09:19 PM
I'm here!

Love the ToT pictures. It's my favorite ride. I've never been able to poise for it. I usually have the biggest grin on my face. I love to loose my stomach.

AdamsonAfton
09-16-2010, 05:34 AM
darn it glenn, you beat me.

so how many times did they end up riding in a row to get those?

glennbo123
09-16-2010, 07:56 AM
darn it glenn, you beat me.

so how many times did they end up riding in a row to get those?

:confused3:rotfl2:

You sound just like Dan. I hope you're a better speller though!

vamassey1
09-16-2010, 08:36 AM
:confused3:rotfl2:

You sound just like Dan. I hope you're a better speller though!

I wonder if it's he's spelling ability or his typing? I'm think a combination of both. I'm a terrible speller thank goodness for spell check.

FauntleroyFAN07
09-16-2010, 09:45 AM
:confused3:rotfl2:

You sound just like Dan. I hope you're a better speller though!

I wonder if it's he's spelling ability or his typing? I'm think a combination of both. I'm a terrible speller thank goodness for spell check.

well i type fast so i sometimes misspell stuff that way.:thumbsup2

but alot is me to lazy to use spell checker to see if i got it right.
:laughing:

mom3sonstt
09-16-2010, 01:22 PM
I'm here!

Love the ToT pictures. It's my favorite ride. I've never been able to poise for it. I usually have the biggest grin on my face. I love to loose my stomach.

darn it glenn, you beat me.

so how many times did they end up riding in a row to get those?

:yay::yay: More people!! Thanks for joining. Don't get discouraged if this starts pretty slow. We are going away for the week-end. That may actually work in my favor though. We are going down to where my oldest son goes to college - DH & all the boys are going to a football game, I am going to be barricaded in the hotel room with free wifi :thumbsup2. And even better - we are taking one of DH's laptops instead of mine....so maybe I can find some trip pictures on there :surfweb:. He takes a computer with us on vacation to download all the cameras to at night, then when he's home he saves them onto externals hard drives....but hopefully he left them on the laptop too. So maybe when I am left alone for a couple (or more???) hourse I can get some uploaded to PB:thumbsup2 Just for the record - me not going to the football game is my idea - I have no interest in football (that could cost me readers :rolleyes:), I have even less interest in walking the distances he says it is from where he can park to where the stadium is, and being alone in a nice clean quiet hotel room seemed like a good option. Especially when you add on the free wifi :rotfl: :surfweb:

mom3sonstt
09-16-2010, 01:38 PM
Here are a couple more shots from our June trip.


Here is Danny & I on Splash Mountain



http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/june10/img319.jpg

And my boys - once again playing it up for the cameras :confused3

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/june10/img320.jpg

If you look, you will see that Mark is holding on with one hand - still not brave enough to totally let loose. And the guy in the back :lmao: Maybe he should have joined my boys on the Tower - he would fit right in with them :thumbsup2

This trip I don't know if I will find any pics of us all together. I use a scooter down there, my 3 boys have been so many times that they all know what they want to do and don't want to do. This was Ethan's first trip so we were encouraging the boys to take him on as much as possible. We, on the other hand, were going for a more leisurely trip. June is hot :sunny: I don't particularly like hot. :rolleyes1 But with the boys schedules the way they are, if we want to take them we have to go when its hot.:confused3 That doesn't mean we can't let the 16 - 20 year old set go out and conquer the heat while us....uh.....slightly older folks....move a little slower and find a little more air conditioning. We did meet up for some meals together. But for the most part they had their trip and we had ours.

mom3sonstt
09-17-2010, 08:16 AM
We are leaving today to drive 4 1/2 hours to the town where my son goes to college. There are 4 of us going and we will be gone 2 nights. We have 3 suitcases, 2 boxes, 1 (maybe 2) coolers, and a computer bag....plus any gadget stuff the boys bring. :eek: Can you imagine what 6 of us going to Didney for 8 nights can accumulate?? :scared1::scared1:

Actually, although it's massive, it's not as bad as it sounds. Two of the suitcases are because DH & I are staying at a hotel and the boys are staying at Seans. The 3rd suitcase is my dialysis machine - and the 2 boxes are my fluid. One cooler for sodas on the way down - and the other for sandwiches - unless we can fit them in with the pop, or fit a bigger cooler that will hold both. Quick little getaways aren't so quick anymore. :sad2:

vamassey1
09-17-2010, 04:12 PM
Have a safe trip!

mom3sonstt
09-17-2010, 10:49 PM
Have a safe trip!

Thanks! We're here. Got the boys dropped off with Sean, came back to the hotel and got settled in, ate supper, and now playing on the computer. Tomorrow we'll go over and see Sean's apartment and go out for lunch, then they will bring me back to the hotel while they go to the football game. Then I won't have someone asking me every 10 minutes what I am doing :thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
09-20-2010, 06:33 PM
Our visit with Sean went well. Southern's football team lost - gave it away from what I understand. Seems like they were up by 21 points at the half and in the 2nd half the other team just walked down the field and scored just about every possession. :confused3 But while the "menfolks" were watching that, I was back in the hotel room loading pictures onto PB :surfweb:. I sat there watching TV :happytv:, loading pics :surfweb:, and eating snacks from the "happy hour" from about 4:30 until about 9 - 9:30. So one would think that I would have all my pictures loaded since I had nearly 5 hours......one would be wrong.....very wrong. :confused3 Those pictures are 3 and a partial days. And the first 2 of those days Sean & Ryne were the only ones at WDW. :scared1:

Today I spent several hours loading more up....but from a different trip. DH has started moving his command center upstairs, so I went rooting around on the "big computer". I found our Nov pics and loaded them (less than 150 pics). Then I found our Dec pics and started loading them - holy cow - when you get my hubby and his buddy together they live with the camera attached to their faces! For DH for the first day he has 130 pics. I also have Walt's pics on our computer and he has literally hundreds for the first day. DH videoed a parade (twice) and Walt took pictures of it. So for the time that the parade was running DH wasn't even using his camera and he still took almost as many pics in one day as he did in a whole trip just a month earlier. :eek:

Hopefully tomorrow DH will have the laptop set up in there so I can finish loading the June trip pics. I didn't see them on the the big computer. :confused3 If not I will keep trudging through the Dec pics.

Would you believe I am already at 45% capacity on my PB acct? :rolleyes1

mom3sonstt
09-22-2010, 05:48 PM
You've seen the main characters, now let's get this show on the road....

Our trip planning began about a year or more ago. We have taken family trips in August the previous 2 years and decided this year to try for the other end of summer break and go in June. We worked out the dates that the schools would be done, and since DH & DS#3 both coach softball in the summer, we worked with the Director to give them some byes while we were gone so they wouldn't miss too many games. DS#3 (Mark) asked his friend Adam to go with us - he had gone the 2 trips before. He really wanted to, but his grandparents were having an anniversary party during our trip and all the cousins from out of state would be back so he decided he had better stay home for that. So Mark asked another friend - Ethan. He had never been before either and was excited about going.....but the weekend we would be gone the high school baseball team could still be in tournaments. They were 3rd in state the year before, but had lost some key players, so it wasn't likely, but wasn't out of the realm of possibility either. Why did we think June was such a good idea? :confused: We finally went ahead and ordered a ticket for Ethan after his mom told us that if they did go all the way to state they would fly him down to join us. He would only miss a day. So that was settled.....the team kept winning - until a week before we were due to leave. They made it further into the tourny than expected, so although nobody likes to lose they were satisfied with their results. :thumbsup2

Now that we know we are a party of 6 - how are we going to get there? For several years we had a big full-size van. Or as I called it, my big purple bus :love:. I loved my van - it was like driving a big living room to Florida. Everybody had leg room, nobody was "touching":crowded: - there was plenty of room for all our stuff. But DH had the bright idea of trading off my big, wonderful van for a Nissan Murano. :mad: I thought I was pretty slick - I did not want the Murano - it is a car - he says its a cross-over (and the paperwork calls it a truck:rolleyes:), but it's a car. I have 3 big kids with long legs. I thought that there was no way they would approve this car. So I told DH he could bring it home (on an overnight test-drive) and we would see if we fit. Well, the boys got in and declared plenty of leg room :eek: - then DH brought out the suitcases - and there was plenty of room in the back :eek::eek: My van was gone - and we now had a Murano. :guilty:

Even though the Murano had more room in it than I gave it credit for - it was not going to hold 6 people. We decided to send Sean down early. He missed a family trip when he started college before we switched to summer months so I had always told him we would let him go down on his own sometime or with a friend. I had planned on sending him down with my brother - my brother never married and had no kids and was always doing things with my boys. I figured that Sean & Bret could go down sometime and use our points - but before they ever had the chance to go we lost my brother. :sad1: I still "owed" Sean his "own" trip, so we offered to fly him down a couple days ahead of the rest of us - he could have some time on his own without us having to pay for a whole 2nd trip for him. :thumbsup2 He was cool with that. :cool2: Then Ryne asked how come he couldn't fly down too. :rotfl: We asked Sean whether Ryne could join him - he was ok with that - so we booked both of them for a flight out of Bloomington early June 3rd.

The 2 of them would fly out that morning and the other 4 of us would drive. I made reservations for us for the way down and back, made a list of info for Ethan's parents about where we were staying, what all of our cell phone numbers were, what our basic plans were for the trip, and anything else I could think of.

The morning of the 3rd came - we loaded up the car, the boys grabbed their carry-on bags, and got in their car and we were off. To the airport. We had the 2 of them follow us to the airport and dH went in with them to make sure they got off alright. The 2 other boys slept. Once at the airport they woke up and started getting fidgety.....they decided to watch some tv :happytv: since they were finally awake. That's when it happened.....:scared1:. They were looking by their feet, in bags, got out looked through the back area.....nothing. About that time DH gets back to the car and before the door is barely open "Dad - where are our DVDs????"

mom3sonstt
09-23-2010, 04:06 PM
Welcome to my Walt Disney World - 1988 :hippie: ...... hmmm that's more like 1968....how about this guy :cool2: (think Tom Cruise - Risky Business....)

In honor of our 22nd wedding anniversary - here are the honeymooners.....no, not Ralph & Alice Kramden......

us :bride::groom: I was a 22 year old child-bride. (Yikes - my oldest son is 21 - almost that same age!:faint:) and DH was a grizzled old groom of 34 :eek:

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img323.jpg

Check out the picture Mickey has on the wall in his dressing room - is that Michael Eisner :confused:


We are going our for supper tonight - or I would scan and post more pics. If I'd thought about that I would have done it sooner....but.....well I didn't think of it sooner. :rolleyes:

So - any requests for the Diamond Horseshoe Revue stage show,
the Walt Disney World Village,
Mickey's Birthdayland,
pictures from the Skyway,
the Earful Tower (before MGM was open:thumbsup2),
or how about River Country,
Horizons, World of Motion,
or better yet Imagination - back when Figment and Dreamfinder were running things,
or Food Rocks (veggie, fruit, fruit - veggie veggie fruit fruit)......

anybody???

glennbo123
09-23-2010, 04:23 PM
How cool Tanya! Love the flashback pic!

vamassey1
09-23-2010, 05:15 PM
Ohh a clifhanger already!

Love the "way back" photo.

I only saw the show at the Diamond Horseshoe once back in 1999. I loved it.

I would love to see any vintage photos.

mom3sonstt
09-24-2010, 01:50 PM
How cool Tanya! Love the flashback pic!

Thank you - gosh we were young!


Ohh a clifhanger already!

Love the "way back" photo.

I only saw the show at the Diamond Horseshoe once back in 1999. I loved it.

I would love to see any vintage photos.

Vanessa - you are so not good for my ego "way back" and "vintage" are not terms you like to think of about yourself......makes me feel like hubbys 95 year old grandma. :rotfl:

mom3sonstt
09-24-2010, 02:28 PM
September 1988 – Our WDW Honeymoon

There is a great debate between the hubby & I as to who was a Disney fan first. I say, since I visited Magic Kingdom in 1977 with my parents and he didn’t get there for the first time until 1979 (I think) that I am. :thumbsup2 He says that he went there 3 times before our honeymoon and I only went once – so he is. :mad: Bottom line, I guess it doesn’t matter as long as we keep going back. :woohoo:

Being the more experienced (if not the first :snooty:) Disney fan, on this trip when we arrived at the Magic Kingdom he said we had to head straight to the Diamond Horseshoe Revue. No racing for fastpasses (they didn’t exist), no calling ahead for ADRs (also didn’t exist), no getting in line for Splash Mountain before the lines too long (wasn’t there) – nope – his big draw was the Diamond Horseshoe. :sad2:

Way back then, it actually was something – not a part time restaurant when everything else is too full, not a character meet and greet, and not a neat looking building that you think “something” should be in. It was a show – and a fun one. So at rope drop (if it was called that then) he headed straight to Frontierland and got in line at the podium. They had the show about 4 or 5 times throughout the day, and if you signed in at the podium that morning you could get a reservation for a certain time. Hubby wanted to go for the one closest to lunch, because they also served a light lunch there. Maybe only 2 choices – ham sandwich and chips, and maybe something else. ( I remember eating a lot of ham sandwiches on that trip.) He got there, got his preferred time, picked out a table and we went on about our morning.

At about the time the previous show was ending we went back and waited. When one show poured out (because it was always full – even the seats in the balcony :crowded:), they started letting people in for the next show. We were seated, and I don’t remember if they came to the tables to see if we wanted anything to eat or if you had to go to the counter. Maybe it was a little bit of both :scratchin– if you were there early enough maybe they waited on you, if you got in later maybe you had to go to the counter……or maybe it evolved over the years and our different visits are running together. Regardless of how we got them, we had drinks and sandwiches.:upsidedow Eventually a little 3 piece band came into the “orchestra pit” in front of the stage and played for awhile. :rockband: Well, maybe not so much like those guys - more like a piano, fiddle, and a horn player.

Then we were welcomed by this guy

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img350.jpg

He told jokes, and did some gags, the storyliine was that he was the owner of the saloon that we were in, and wanted to be part of the show.

But Miss Lilly was coming back

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img351.jpg

and it was her show and she did not think he was up to her standards. I have never been to Hoop De Do but I always imagined it somewhat like this show – an old-fashioned “saloon” show.

The 3 young dancing girls :dance3: and the 3 young cowboys have a little dancing and singing competition :dancer:– each group trying to out do the others.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img352.jpg

You can see the board on the sawhorses that the girls are standing on – the cowboys did the dance scene from 7 Brides for 7 Brothers where the hold a broomstick in both hand and jump through it and back again (like a jump rope) while on the board. They were all very good and very energetic. We always left with me having a crush on a cowboy and hubby wanting to take home a dancing girl.:love:

While the dancers were doing their thing Miss Lilly changed from her red traveling clothes to her black sparkly performing clothes.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img353.jpg

This isn’t the greatest picture – but it shows that she has gone out into the audience. If you see the man whose face is cut in half – it would be my guess that she was his target. She would be up on the stage, somebody would catch her eye and she would come out in the audience and flirt a little. It seems like the would also pair up a couple – they would pick some gal and pull her chair (with her in it) over to an open space then they would pick some guy from another table and pull him over next her and serenade them. :hug: But then Miss Lilly would get distracted and off she would go to find a man with a nice, shiny, bald head that she could plant a big old red-lipsticked kiss on.puckerup::lmao:

I still tease hubby that the only reason he lost his hair was so Miss Lilly would kiss him. Didn’t work – she was gone before he had a big enough bald spot. In fact, to be fair, he probably still doesn’t have a shiny enough head for Miss Lilly, although he did offer to shave his head for the opportunity! :rotfl2:


In another attempt at “getting in the show” the original guy put together a “dramatic play”. He would bring up 2 audience members.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img354.jpg

And reenact the story. You can see the woman here with hat, scarf and corncob pipe costume, behind her is their “trusty steed”. They would tell the story and there were certain words that they would say that the “volunteers” would have to do something silly each time they were said – and they had to act out the scene as it was being told- it was silly, and embarrassing, and fun. ::yes::

Miss Lilly still shot him down – but then the dancing girls came out again for the big finale :dance3:

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img355.jpg

In the end – alls well that ends well

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img356.jpg

Miss Lilly and the guy wind up together…..and they all live happily ever after…..



There were other versions of the show too – sometime in my “travels thru time” I will have to dig up the pics from our 1996 trip – when little 3 year old Mark was called up on stage to volunteer as an assistant for the “magic show” that they did. It may have been part of the pre-show stuff before the dancing girls showed up – very cute!!

mom3sonstt
09-24-2010, 02:31 PM
And just to show how much hubby loved this show – we went back a second time that week.

Different guy

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img357.jpg


Better shot of the dancing cowboys (I had said it was a broom handle - I guess it was actually an ax)

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img358.jpg


Slightly different storyline

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img360.jpg

This Miss Lilly has a nice cowgirl outfit….and instead of the audience participation show “the guy” tried different ways to get in the act….like dressing up like an Indian – (you can see his pouty lip - she is “flicking” it)


and he tries to sneak in with the dancing girls

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img359.jpg



This was back in the day of film cameras so we don’t have as many pictures from the 2nd show – he must have thought he had enough “girly” pictures ;) from the first show and only took a few of the new “characters” this time.

mom3sonstt
09-27-2010, 02:26 PM
Trying to get things situated for our November trip. In my mind this was two "solo" trips - he would do his thing, I would do mine. I had planned to do most of my meals by trying different things at the Food & Wine Festival. Photographic evidence to the contrary, I can not eat a lot. I have polycystic kidneys so my kidneys are many many times the normal size, plus I do peritoneal dialysis, which is basically pumping my abdomen full of two litres of "juice" and leaving it there. All of that seems to crowd my "insides" and I get full very fast. If I know hubby and I are going to go out for supper some evening I do not eat during the day - maybe a granola bar. So for me, the smaller potions at Food & Wine sounded ideal. Last night hubby was looking at my schedule and wanted to add sit down meals to most of the nights :scared1:. He said I could "do Food & Wine" during the day while he does his thing and then in the evening we could meet up for meals.

I tried to explain to him that if I "do the Food & Wine" I won't want to eat a meal. His answer was that I could eat "light" at the meal......but then he wanted to add Biergarten, or Garden Grill. Well, I don't want to pay full price for an all you can eat type of meal and "eat light". So now I am confused. He won't eat at a table service restaurant by himself - and I don't want him to be stuck with burgers and chicken strips the whole week at counter service - but my half of the trip was trying the F&W, his half was taking pictures at AK and going to the golf tourny. :confused3

All7OfUs
09-28-2010, 06:08 PM
WOOT! Finally made it over to see what's going on here!! LOVING the retro-report! I would have loved to have seen the old Diamond Horseshoe, but I imagine HDDR is a bit the same- minus the dancing cowboys. Which would have scored WAY high in my book! :thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
09-28-2010, 07:21 PM
Welcome to my little corner of the DIS! :flower3: It's pretty quiet here most of the time - I've had a couple people come over and peek around - I just need to get them to keep coming back. ;)

Diamond Horseshoe was a lot of fun "back in the day". DH is still hurt by the fact that its not what it used to be. Every trip there is a comment made when we walk by :rolleyes:

All7OfUs
09-29-2010, 01:20 AM
Welcome to my little corner of the DIS! :flower3: It's pretty quiet here most of the time - I've had a couple people come over and peek around - I just need to get them to keep coming back. ;)

Diamond Horseshoe was a lot of fun "back in the day". DH is still hurt by the fact that its not what it used to be. Every trip there is a comment made when we walk by :rolleyes:

Glad to be here, Schweety!!

If ya'll like that sort of zany business, you should try the Hoop- BIG FUN!

FauntleroyFAN07
09-29-2010, 10:01 AM
I've had a couple people come over and peek around - I just need to get them to keep coming back. ;)


im still here and read each day, just dont comment every day.
:duck:

i do that on alot of my threads, i just run our of time, dont even have the time to keep my updates going, but on the good news i uploaded the next set of pics for the next 2 chapters.:thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
09-29-2010, 12:13 PM
im still here and read each day, just dont comment every day.
:duck:

i do that on alot of my threads, i just run our of time, dont even have the time to keep my updates going, but on the good news i uploaded the next set of pics for the next 2 chapters.:thumbsup2

Yay - a new update coming soon. :donald:

I'm scanning some more '88 pics. I think I'm going to try to do Magic Kingdom that used to be. Then move on to Epcot....then.....well that's all there was....but I have some "other" pics. It's a little more time consuming to flip through the photo album, pull the pics, scan them in one at a time, then upload them, then put them back (in the right spot:rolleyes1) in the album. The digital way is sooooo much easier :thumbsup2

glennbo123
09-29-2010, 12:24 PM
Great pictures Tanya.

Where was the Diamond Horseshoe held? It looks a lot like Hoop de Doo.

mom3sonstt
09-29-2010, 01:03 PM
Great pictures Tanya.

Where was the Diamond Horseshoe held? It looks a lot like Hoop de Doo.

It's in Frontierland at MK. The building is still there - it just doesn't do anything anymore :confused3. Well, I take that back, I see that they use it for a restaurant sometimes - but I think its only open during high-capacity times....probably like Free Dining. It's a big old fashioned white building - I assume it still has some benches and chairs on the porch area.

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(Did I say a white building? Make that blue and white....:rolleyes:)

It has the Liberty Tree Tavern on one side and the Shootin' Gallery on the other side. (Yes I cheated and looked at a map)

For awhile (maybe one year or so) they had a Woody's Round up kind of thing in there - it was a bit of a flop. Woody, Jessie and the horse would be in there amid a crowd of people. Somewhere I should have pictures - but its mostly a crowd scene :crowded: My boys were just old enough to not be interested in it so I went in just to try to take pics.

mom3sonstt
09-29-2010, 01:40 PM
Here in 2010 I am going to leave Mark & Ethan scrounging around in the back of the car in the airport parking lot looking for DVDs…..that should keep them busy for awhile. :rolleyes1


Meanwhile in 1988, the honeymooners saw things that people may never see again. One of them was the long lost Diamond Horseshow Revue.

Another was brand new! DH had never seen it before so it was somewhere we could discover for the first time together. It was

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Mickey’s Birthdayland! :cake:

At that time it wasn’t Toontown – it was Duckberg :donald:

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Most of the buildings were just facades

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Donald’s boat was even smaller….must have been his starter-boat. You couldn’t play on it….there looks like there is a sidewalk there so maybe you could go get your picture taken. I don’t have any pics of anybody doing that so that’s just a guess.

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Goofy hadn’t taken up flying yet and Grandma Duck still owned the barn. And amazingly we have no pictures of the animals Grandma Duck kept there. But she did have some. I’m thinking they were goats. Now that I see the picture blown up it looks like there's a sihouette of a horse and a pig on the sign....so maybe they were there too. And it seems like Minnie Moo lived there for awhile…..but that’s just a dusty, suspect recollection. :rolleyes:

You could still go in Mickey’s house (but not Minnie’s). This was before he hired Donald to remodel his kitchen so many years ago

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And instead of winding around watching old cartoons– we were invited to Mickey’s birthday party!! :bday:

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They had a nice little stage show with characters trying to throw a surprise party for Mickey – they brought presents and made a cake

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And Mickey came!


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After the party was over then you could go back to meet the birthday boy…..uh….mouse!

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Come back soon for more adventures in the Walt Disney World that was…….:hourglass

mom3sonstt
10-04-2010, 02:52 PM
This installment will be more things you just don’t see anymore at Magic Kingdom.

We’ll start with the Skyway.

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I hated this ride – I was always afraid I wouldn’t get in it quick enough. Looks like we are going from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland on this trip.

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This is what Mickey’s Birthdayland (aka Toontown) looked like from the sky. Not much to it at all. I think the fence n the right is in front of Grandma Ducks Barn....now Goofy’s Barnstormer.


Back in Fantasyland, before Ariel moved in, there was the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea submarine ride.

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Must be “under the sea” in this one

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I honestly don’t remember much about that ride either. I know we went on it, but I don’t think I knew what to expect and didn’t have a good seat. You had to look out portholes to see what was going on those 20,000 leagues down, and I don’t think I realized that. :confused3



Our next stop is Frontierland. And this one is kinda iffy on whether it should be included in the “MK that was” because it still is.

But not quite like this :beach:

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This was a summertime version of the Country Bears. You’ll see our host is wearing his camp counselor uniform, and Gomer has his piano all decorated and is dressed for a luau

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And the girls are wearing their bathing suits. I’m dusting off the cobwebs in the memory bank here, but it seems like the girls sang some Summer-y song – maybe a Beach Boys type. But what I really remember and what bothers me now is that now the girls sing a song with a slide show behind them called “The Guys that Turn me on Turn me Down” or something like that. On this 1988 trip the really big girl bear sang that song….which makes sense since it is her pictures in the slide show. I never understood why they gave her song….and her pictures to the 3 girl bears….it just didn’t make sense to me. And yes, I do realize that I am putting way too much thought and energy into an animatronic Bear show.

Short story even frurther back in time.......I always liked the Country Bears. We took the "Grand tour of Florida" when I was a kid - we stopped at all the touristy places - Weeki Wachi mermaid show, Tarpon Springs Spongeorama, Cypress Gardens, Busch Gardens, and, of course, Magic Kingdom (and several other places). I just loved the little bear who sits on the edge of the stage holding his teddy bear while the bear band plays. When we got home from our trip it was my birthday - I turned 11 and my best friend got me a big brown teddy bear. :ewok: We had a brochure from Magic Kingdom and in it was a picture of the bear band playing, and the piano playing bear, and the little bear. The caption said something about "Gomer joining the Bear Rugs for a song". I thought that the little bear's name was Gomer and that is what I named my teddy bear....my Gomer-bear. It wasn't until 11 years later on my honeymoon that I realized that Gomer is actually the piano player. I still had my Gomer bear, well my parents did. My boys used to wrestle him until poor Gomer just couldn't take the abuse any more. I think my mother "retired" him to the trash. :scared1:

The Country Bears also used to have a Christmas show. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that.


And a final shot before leaving Magic Kingdom and moving on to EPCOT Center


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Big Thunder Mountain….which is still there. But all those bushes and landscaping is gone to make way for Splash Mountain and the little kid play/waiting area.

Until next time!!!

glennbo123
10-04-2010, 04:47 PM
Thanks for these flashback pictures Tanya. It's hard to believe how much it's changed over the years.

I can remember being on "20,000 Leagues" at Disneyland when I was about 5...it's one of only a couple things that I remember.

All7OfUs
10-05-2010, 01:48 AM
I LOVE this old flashback, retro report! Brings back SO many memories of going to DL as a little girl! The Skyway, the "Subermarine Ride", CBJ, all of that good stuff!!

marvali
10-05-2010, 03:26 PM
Okay, I'm here to "prop" and join in the fun! With Dan and Glenn already here, just remember........you asked for this!!! :rotfl2:

I actually started reading along right after you started this and thought for sure I had posted then. You had me with the flashbacks to the Diamond Horseshoe. I remember that show, long before 1988. We were there probably two or three years after "DisneyWorld" opened. DHR was a favorite for my parents, mainly because you could sit down and relax in the a/c! :laughing: I remember using tickets where you had to choose wisely what to ride. 20,000 Leagues, the skyway, CBJ, original Tiki Room and the motorized cars (not sure they were Indy cars then) were some of my faves.:woohoo: At one point I still had some of the unused tickets (mostly A tickets that had to be used on the "boring" stuff) at home, but I think they are long gone now! :sad2:

We were there in 1989 on our oldest DS's first trip at 2-1/2. Didn't take many pictures, but followed him around with a camcorder (one of those big, on the shoulder models). I'll have to find the tape and see if I can tell how much different it was from your trip. I do remember that the show you saw after visiting Mickey's House had been taken over by the Rescue Ranger characters when we were there, but you still got to visit Mickey in his dressing room after the show! :banana:

KatMark
10-05-2010, 03:47 PM
I'm here! I have to make sure Marv behaves himself. I'll come back and catch up later...but wanted to get subscribed. :)

mom3sonstt
10-05-2010, 03:51 PM
Thanks for these flashback pictures Tanya. It's hard to believe how much it's changed over the years.

I can remember being on "20,000 Leagues" at Disneyland when I was about 5...it's one of only a couple things that I remember.

That's funny that it is one of the things I have little memory of and it's one of the few that you do remember....from when you were 5! Wow - I remember very little from when I was 5.

I do remember when i was 10 and we went to WDW that the 4 of us got in line for Space Mountain. I had no idea what it was. When it was time to get in you had to straddle a bench. Mom sat in front of dad in one half and I had to sit in front of Bret in the other half. I remember being very upset that I had to sit with my brother....and once I found out that it was a roller coaster.:eek:....in the dark :scared1:.....and Bret was my only comfort :headache:.....I was not happy!:mad:


I LOVE this old flashback, retro report! Brings back SO many memories of going to DL as a little girl! The Skyway, the "Subermarine Ride", CBJ, all of that good stuff!!

I've never been to Disneyland - I am hoping to get there at some point. Maybe now that the kids are almost all grown DH & I can make it out there sometime in a few years.

Okay, I'm here to "prop" and join in the fun! With Dan and Glenn already here, just remember........you asked for this!!! :rotfl2:

I actually started reading along right after you started this and thought for sure I had posted then. You had me with the flashbacks to the Diamond Horseshoe. I remember that show, long before 1988. We were there probably two or three years after "DisneyWorld" opened. DHR was a favorite for my parents, mainly because you could sit down and relax in the a/c! :laughing: I remember using tickets where you had to choose wisely what to ride. 20,000 Leagues, the skyway, CBJ, original Tiki Room and the motorized cars (not sure they were Indy cars then) were some of my faves.:woohoo: At one point I still had some of the unused tickets (mostly A tickets that had to be used on the "boring" stuff) at home, but I think they are long gone now! :sad2:

We were there in 1989 on our oldest DS's first trip at 2-1/2. Didn't take many pictures, but followed him around with a camcorder (one of those big, on the shoulder models). I'll have to find the tape and see if I can tell how much different it was from your trip. I do remember that the show you saw after visiting Mickey's House had been taken over by the Rescue Ranger characters when we were there, but you still got to visit Mickey in his dressing room after the show! :banana:

I was there in 1977 and remember the tickets. I don't remember having to ration them because I was the kid and that was not my job. :rolleyes: But I do remember only have 3 of the A tickets...or whatever they were left and my parents decided to take me on Its a Small World because they figured Bret wouldn't want to ride that one. Well, he may not have wanted to ride it (he was 14 at the time) but he didn't want to be left on the street while we went and did something without him, so dad had to go to a little ticket booth and buy 1 ticket so Bret could ride a ride he didn't really want to. :confused3


And if you stick around long enough....I may get to the Rescue Ranger show. We were there in 1991 and Mickey's birthday was over and Baloo and....oh...who's the big tall duck that flew the plane???? He was there. I should have pictures of a few different incarnations stuck in the top of the front closet.

And yep - I remember those camcorders. My dad bought one when we had Sean. We have had a few over the years - but none as big as that monster dad had.


Oh and :welcome: when the trouble starts just remind me that I invited you :sad2:

KatMark
10-05-2010, 03:52 PM
I'm here. I'm here! I have to be sure Marv behaves himself and I want to follow your report. I'll come back later to catch up (have to get back to work).

mom3sonstt
10-05-2010, 04:02 PM
I'm here. I'm here! I have to be sure Marve behaves himself and I want to follow your report. I'll come back later to catch up (have to get back to work).

:wave2: Hi Kat - you must have snuck in when I was replying to the others. I'm getting ready to run to town - so will give you time to get caught up :surfweb:......after you get your work done, of course :rolleyes:

FauntleroyFAN07
10-05-2010, 04:22 PM
Okay, I'm here to "prop" and join in the fun! With Dan and Glenn already here, just remember........you asked for this!!! :rotfl2:



Oh and :welcome: when the trouble starts just remind me that I invited you :sad2:
just remember to blame everything on marv.



and thanks for the pictures this last round, i remmeberd the mickey show, and loved the sky ride, and the leagues under the sea, i liked how on the sky ride, you could see "back stage" and the stuff you were suppose to see, i thought it was so cool as a kid.

mom3sonstt
10-05-2010, 06:46 PM
just remember to blame everything on marv.



and thanks for the pictures this last round, i remmeberd the mickey show, and loved the sky ride, and the leagues under the sea, i liked how on the sky ride, you could see "back stage" and the stuff you were suppose to see, i thought it was so cool as a kid.

:scratchin hmmm....blame Marv.....Got it :thumbsup2

I thought we had more pictures on the Skyride than I found - Danny always liked to try to take pictures of as much as he could from up there. Maybe there are more from other trips....but our next trip would have included an almost 2 year old and I can't imagine taking him on there.....but who knows - I may have done it :confused3 - I'll have to wait til I dig those books out and see.

marvali
10-05-2010, 09:13 PM
And if you stick around long enough....I may get to the Rescue Ranger show. We were there in 1991 and Mickey's birthday was over and Baloo and....oh...who's the big tall duck that flew the plane????Launchpad McQuack, pilot on Duck Tales. And I really blew my story above. A little hard for oldest DS to visit WDW in 1989 when that is the year he was born. We actually took him in February of 1992, so right in line with the trip you mentioned above.
Oh and :welcome: when the trouble starts just remind me that I invited you :sad2::thumbsup2
:scratchin hmmm....blame Marv.....Got it :thumbsup2I'm a big boy, I can handle it. :) But with the group you have already assembled here, I think there will be enough "blame" to go around! :scared1:

KatMark
10-05-2010, 09:22 PM
I am SO loving the flashback pictures. When I did my PTR, I did some pictures when our kids used to go with us (they are now 24 and 22). It brings back such great memories. I really like the TOT and the Splash Mountain pictures. We've never done Diamond Horseshoe. :confused3

mom3sonstt
10-06-2010, 12:12 AM
Launchpad McQuack, pilot on Duck Tales.

Launchpad!!!:cool1: All I could think of was Darkwing Duck - and I know he's the goofy looking one in the purple cape. I could picture him - He was tall with a brown leather jacket and aviators hat. If I hadn't thought of it (or you saved the day) I would have been digging out the boys old autograph books because I know we had his autograph. The problem is - there are 3 boys, so they each had a book - and they have gone on I don't know how many trips. So finding the right book....:rolleyes1 well thanks for the name. You get one free pass for whatever trouble those "other people" try to blame on you! :thumbsup2 And I really blew my story above. A little hard for oldest DS to visit WDW in 1989 when that is the year he was born. We actually took him in February of 1992, so right in line with the trip you mentioned above.
:thumbsup2
My oldest was born in 1989 too. I know we took him sumer of 91 - I'm thinking it was late in the summer - my oldest step-son was graduating from bootcamp so we were down for his graduation ceremony. We left the middle boy at home with my folks - he would have only been 6 or 7 months at the time.
I'm a big boy, I can handle it. :) But with the group you have already assembled here, I think there will be enough "blame" to go around! :scared1:::yes:: Only the cream of the crop for my report :angel:

I am SO loving the flashback pictures. When I did my PTR, I did some pictures when our kids used to go with us (they are now 24 and 22). It brings back such great memories. I really like the TOT and the Splash Mountain pictures. We've never done Diamond Horseshoe. :confused3 My guys are 21, 19 & 17. If I stick with this long enough I have got some good pictures of them "growing up Disney". I came across one the other day of the three of them together in one seat on Splash Mountain.....and they are the only ones in the whole log. I am thinking it was when they still had E-Ticket nights. The lines for everything were practically non-existent and I remember riding Splash Mountain a couple times in a row without getting off. I don't know why Danny & I weren't on there with them - but it's a neat picture with just the 3 of them. :dance3:

Oh and Kat - stick around - eventually we will get to some hat pictures that will be right up you & Grumpy's alley :thumbsup2 It could take awhile tho

FauntleroyFAN07
10-06-2010, 10:43 AM
.::yes:: Only the cream of the crop for my report :angel:


::yes::

mom3sonstt
10-07-2010, 03:08 PM
We Interrupt this report for the following Breaking News......

In exactly one month from right now I will be at Orlando airport schlepping our way to the Magic Express for 5 nights at Boardwalk on a parents-only trip!!!:cool1::cool1::yay::yay::cheer2::cheer2:

......We now return you to our regular programming

mom3sonstt
10-07-2010, 03:26 PM
EPCOT Center – 1988

This is my first visit to Epcot. On our “Grand Tour” in 1977 with my parents it did not exist. DH, on the other hand had been there before with his, ahem, previous family.:rolleyes1

Greeting us that day were

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Actually – it doesn’t look like they are greeting us so much as trying to get away from us. This guy at least stood still for awhile.

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Don’t you just love their cool rainbow, space man outfits??? At risk of getting myself in trouble with this comment – they could probably re-use those in early June during Gay Days. I saw ooo-gobs of rainbows during our visit this year. None were wearing space man outfits, though, so maybe they wouldn’t work after all. If I ever get back to the 2010 trip I will tell you what my most “interesting” Gay Days outfit was. :eek:


Concentrating on the left side of Future World we visited Horizons

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I don’t remember much about this ride – the pictures we took didn’t jog any real memories. I am thinking it was a ride through showing different things that could happen in the future. I have a vague recollection of their being a ride where you pushed a button to determine the ending – whether it would be space, underwater, or……something else. But I don’t know how they showed what you picked – I am assuming a video screen, but I don’t know. :confused3

Ok – I cheated – I just looked on You Tube….and frankly I still don’t remember much about this ride. It looks more like something out of Tomorrowland – kind of like if the Carousel of Progress continued on into the future. The clip I saw showed a lot of extreme futuristic stuff like talking to each other around the world on video screens. :rolleyes1 They also had people living in space, and irrigating deserts for farmland (maybe deserts was the 3rd option???) and living, or at least having buildings under the sea.

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This guy here is at the very beginning …and what you can’t see in this picture, but that I saw on the You Tube clip was his robot butler vacuuming the floor while he is getting his tan. He must only need to tan his head – but the machine does say Tan O Matic.

Today I believe this is the current site of Mission Space.

From there we go to Test Track…..I mean World of Motion

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This one I do remember….somewhat. It was yet another ride through that showed the progression of transportation.

We start with

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Driving a rock….

:lmao:

no, that doesn’t sound right, I’m guessing he is probably holding up a stagecoach……

To

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Horses and early automobiles and the chaos that ensues when said horse is startled

To bicycles

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And the chaos that ensues when said bicyclist is startled (love the pigs!!)

And on to

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Joy Riding in a yellow convertible. :thumbsup2

It was pretty much like one of the versions of Spaceship Earth that shows how communication has changed through time – only it was about transportation.

I know there was a fun, catchy song that went with it. And they had cars in the lobby just like they do now.

I could show you how Energy was different – but we only have picture of the outside – but it was pretty much the same with no Ellen and Bill Nye and a different movie.

And I assume there was the Wonders of Life which is also gone, but we have no pictures of it, so maybe it hadn’t opened yet.


All for now – these aren;t as much fun as the Magic Kingdom changes - but back them Epcot kind of earned it's title of "the boring park". Maybe it's because I am older now and appreciate it more, or maybe they have improved it over the years - but I spend more time at Epcot now than I ever thought I would.

Next time we will go over to the right side of future World.

All7OfUs
10-07-2010, 06:37 PM
We Interrupt this report for the following Breaking News......

In exactly one month from right now I will be at Orlando airport schlepping our way to the Magic Express for 5 nights at Boardwalk on a parents-only trip!!!:cool1::cool1::yay::yay::cheer2::cheer2:

......We now return you to our regular programming

:banana::banana::banana:
:banana::banana::banana:
:banana::banana::banana:

glennbo123
10-07-2010, 07:18 PM
Hey, that bicyclist with the pigs looked familiar. Maybe I saw that one years ago.

KatMark
10-07-2010, 09:08 PM
We Interrupt this report for the following Breaking News......

In exactly one month from right now I will be at Orlando airport schlepping our way to the Magic Express for 5 nights at Boardwalk on a parents-only trip!!!:cool1::cool1::yay::yay::cheer2::cheer2:

......We now return you to our regular programming

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: for ONE MONTH FROM TODAY.

Oh your pictures from Epcot 1988 bring back such great memories. The suits that Mickey, Minnie and Goofy are in bring back sweet memories of our oldest son's first visit in 1987. The guys were wearing those space suits and we were in the Centorium (now MouseGears) and I couldn't find our son (Andy was 18 months at the time). I ran outside and he was holding Mickey's hand and walking to a bench and Minnie joined them and they played with my son for 15 minutes. It was the cutest thing in the world (but, at the same time, I wanted to spank him and tell him he had scared the you know what out of me).

mom3sonstt
10-07-2010, 09:41 PM
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: for ONE MONTH FROM TODAY.

Oh your pictures from Epcot 1988 bring back such great memories. The suits that Mickey, Minnie and Goofy are in bring back sweet memories of our oldest son's first visit in 1987. The guys were wearing those space suits and we were in the Centorium (now MouseGears) and I couldn't find our son (Andy was 18 months at the time). I ran outside and he was holding Mickey's hand and walking to a bench and Minnie joined them and they played with my son for 15 minutes. It was the cutest thing in the world (but, at the same time, I wanted to spank him and tell him he had scared the you know what out of me).

That little stinker - out chasing mice when he shouldn't have been!!

ok - since you were there at about the same time I was - see if you can help me with my creaky memory. Did the Centorium (I do not remember that name:confused3) used to have a level upstairs....and better yet, did it go over across the outdoor walkway? I swear I remember going up and over but DH doesn't remember it although the more insistent I was he did start to think "well maybe". I can see it being closed down due to ADA rules if it was only a staircase going up - anyone on a scooter or wheelchair that has ever dealt with the little elevator trying to get down to Soarin would attest to the fact the elevators are not efficient at WDW.

KatMark
10-07-2010, 09:47 PM
That little stinker - out chasing mice when he shouldn't have been!!

ok - since you were there at about the same time I was - see if you can help me with my creaky memory. Did the Centorium (I do not remember that name:confused3) used to have a level upstairs....and better yet, did it go over across the outdoor walkway? I swear I remember going up and over but DH doesn't remember it although the more insistent I was he did start to think "well maybe". I can see it being closed down due to ADA rules if it was only a staircase going up - anyone on a scooter or wheelchair that has ever dealt with the little elevator trying to get down to Soarin would attest to the fact the elevators are not efficient at WDW.

Yes, it was called the Centorium and yes it was two stories (I remember this vividly because I had my dad and my husband on the second floor looking for the mouse chaser while my mom and I looked downstairs. Mark vageuly remembers there being a small elevator that went up to the second floor; I don't remember that, but I do remember the circular type staircase.

mom3sonstt
10-07-2010, 09:56 PM
Yes, it was called the Centorium and yes it was two stories (I remember this vividly because I had my dad and my husband on the second floor looking for the mouse chaser while my mom and I looked downstairs. Mark vageuly remembers there being a small elevator that went up to the second floor; I don't remember that, but I do remember the circular type staircase.

:banana::banana::banana: I love it when someone confirms something that I just "know" that I know - and nobody else (read "my husband") believes me. What is funny is I can remember being upstairs and they had beachy type stuff and I bought a t-shirt-swimsuit cover up. It's in the picture on page 2 with me, Danny & Mickey and some corner of my mind hung on to the memory that I bought it upstairs at Epcot. And we also bought little Mickey and Minnie figurines that matched our professions/hobbies up there too.

How sad - I can't tell you what I did 2 days ago, but I can tell you where I bought a tshirt 22 years ago :sad2:

mom3sonstt
10-07-2010, 10:03 PM
I can also tell you we had our first "fight" on our honeymoon over a clock. We were looking at a wall full of wall clocks and I wanted to buy one for our kitchen. He told me to pick one out - I narrowed it down to 2 and wanted his input. he refused. We left without a clock. We were supposed to go to Sea World that afternoon - but he laid down on the bed, pouting and fell asleep - I went outside (also pouting) and sat on the steps. When he finally woke up it was too late to go to Sea World.

I wound up getting the clock that the face looked like a typical Mickey Mouse watchface with red trim around the outside. It is still in our kitchen.


....and he still pouts:headache:.......and so do I:rolleyes1

FauntleroyFAN07
10-08-2010, 10:24 AM
when horizons was there, my dads company had a partnership with them so we were allowed to go in the back entrance up to the second level where they had a VIP loung set up, there was tv's food drinks...and a camera on top that you could use a little joy stick to zoom in on things around the top and watch on the tv. it was pretty cool.

do you remember the orange grove smell from taht ride, well they had little orange hard candys in there loung that tasted just like the smell...man were they good.

thanks for the trip tdown memory lane to remind me of that.
:thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
10-08-2010, 12:33 PM
Hey, that bicyclist with the pigs looked familiar. Maybe I saw that one years ago.

He kinda reminds me of the Pirate with his pigs

when horizons was there, my dads company had a partnership with them so we were allowed to go in the back entrance up to the second level where they had a VIP loung set up, there was tv's food drinks...and a camera on top that you could use a little joy stick to zoom in on things around the top and watch on the tv. it was pretty cool.

do you remember the orange grove smell from taht ride, well they had little orange hard candys in there loung that tasted just like the smell...man were they good.

thanks for the trip tdown memory lane to remind me of that.
:thumbsup2

Oh how cool would that have been to get to go behind the scenes! I didn't remember the orange smell - but now that you mention it I'm thinking it might have been in the scene where they are reclaiming deserts for farmland???

Looking back at these pictures it seems like the main theme for Epcot was dark rides with animatronics. Not that I don't enjoy those - but I do like the variety of the other parks, with some outdoor carnival type rides, and the dark rides, and shows. Maybe that's why I thought Epcot was boring - every attraction was the same idea - different "pictures" :confused3

mom3sonstt
10-10-2010, 01:24 PM
A brief pause - and a moment of silent remembrance for my brother, Bret Allen Dunblazier, who was born this date 48 years ago. We lost him almost 2 years ago and miss him terribly.


Bret was my only sibling - my older brother. He was, of course with us on our "grand tour" of Florida and was there for our first ever visit to WDW....or Magic Kingdom, more specifically.

Apparently at some other point - when he was living in Georgia after getting out of the Army - him and some buddies went to WDW. As I was thinking about what I was going to post today, in the back of my mind I thought "I should call him and see where all they went' :confused3 :sad1: The only thing I remember him telling us about that trip was that him and his buddies got on the People Mover, and had every intention of being the obnoxious ones screaming as if it were a thrill ride. He said one of his buddies actually was startled when it pulled away and made a little sound :eek: and Bret and his other buddy were laughing at him so hard they were never able to do their "Space Mountain" yells.

I don't know if they went to Epcot. The Studios wasn't there then.

He never married, never had kids - but was a fantastic Uncle for my boys.

He is missed.

KatMark
10-10-2010, 01:29 PM
A brief pause - and a moment of silent remembrance for my brother, Bret Allen Dunblazier, who was born this date 48 years ago. We lost him almost 2 years ago and miss him terribly.


Bret was my only sibling - my older brother. He was, of course with us on our "grand tour" of Florida and was there for our first ever visit to WDW....or Magic Kingdom, more specifically.

Apparently at some other point - when he was living in Georgia after getting out of the Army - him and some buddies went to WDW. As I was thinking about what I was going to post today, in the back of my mind I thought "I should call him and see where all they went' :confused3 :sad1: The only thing I remember him telling us about that trip was that him and his buddies got on the People Mover, and had every intention of being the obnoxious ones screaming as if it were a thrill ride. He said one of his buddies actually was startled when it pulled away and made a little sound :eek: and Bret and his other buddy were laughing at him so hard they were never able to do their "Space Mountain" yells.

I don't know if they went to Epcot. The Studios wasn't there then.

He never married, never had kids - but was a fantastic Uncle for my boys.

He is missed.

Tanya, just sending you a big :hug:

mom3sonstt
10-12-2010, 02:51 PM
using a trick from "the guys" to get my next post at the top of the page! :thumbsup2

KatMark
10-12-2010, 02:56 PM
using a trick from "the guys" to get my next post at the top of the page! :thumbsup2

:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

mom3sonstt
10-12-2010, 03:13 PM
Now for the right side of Future World.

First stop…Imagination :figment:


One little spark
Of inspiration
Is at the heart, ha, ha
Of all creation
Right at the start
Of everything that's new
One little spark
Lights up for you

Two tiny wings
Eyes big and yellow
Horns of a steer
What a lovable fellow!
From head to tail
He's royal purple pigment
And there, Voila!
You've got a Figment

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img400.jpg

(look on the wall behind us – it’s the poster for Captain EO)

I really miss Dreamfinder and Figment. This first show was great – the second show was a total waste of time, money and space, and the 3rd show is……well, better than the 2nd – but really, is that saying much? :rolleyes:

Here are a couple shots from the original (the best :snooty:) version of Imagination

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http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img402.jpg



Moving on to yet another show that I really enjoyed and miss. Yes, Soarin’ is a great ride. But what does it have to do with the Land? :confused3 Ok – we are soarin’ over land…… But the original pavilion had the boat ride showing how food was grown, the restaurants, showing how food is eaten, and Kitchen Kaberet showing how food could sing! :rockband:

Meet our hostess – Miss Bonnie Appetit

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img403.jpg

And the comedy act of Mr Hamm and Mr Eggz

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They would sing a few lines and tell a few jokes – mostly bad puns about meat and proteins….but cute

And there was the Kitchen Krackpots


http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img405.jpg


And my favorite the Fruits & Vegetables

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img406.jpg



Veggie Fruit Fruit Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit

http://www.omniluxe.net/wyw/kkvvff.mp3

There was also an act featuring dairy products, bread & grains, and spices. It was a really cute show. I liked it better than the Food Rocks version. With Food Rocks, I liked the novelty of seeing which singer was spoofed and turned into singing food. But as far as the show itself – I liked Kitchen Kaberet better. Wish they could have salvaged it somewhere when they added Soarin’ :(


A brief stop at The Living Seas (without Nemo and friends)

It has changed – but other than this

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img407.jpg

most of our pics are of fish, and, well, they are still there. :fish: This was a underwater suit you could get in from behind and stick your hands down the sleeves and try to work the controls. It was to demonstrate how awkward it was to wear and to use. I remember being frustrated with it because I couldn’t see what I was supposed to be doing. I thing we were suppose to try to turn knobs and flip levers and I couldn’t see where they were very well.


And now it is time to go home... :(

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I know my pictures were all about things that you just don’t see anymore. And I know you can still see the ball and the fountain at night…….but this is another one of those things that you “don’t” see…….you don’t see all the big purple shade things they put up all over.



We won’t be visiting World Showcase this trip. I looked through the pictures and I really didn’t see anything that was very much different than it is today. Norway & Morocco were the last of the countries to be added to World Showcase – and they are both in my pics – so I don’t even have “blank spaces” where they were added. I think when they make changes it is more of what is inside the buildings - but the exteriors stay pretty much the same. :confused3



I will have one more trip back into the 1988 picture vault – but it will be visiting the areas not in either of the parks.

Come back soon!

All7OfUs
10-12-2010, 04:15 PM
I really wish I could have seen the "old Figment ride" that everyone raves about. I love the new one, but that's maybe because I have nothing to compare it to?

Anyhow.... my daughter is a Figment nut, and I came with yet another Figment trinket for her. :cloud9:

Disney_Jill
10-12-2010, 04:19 PM
I agree with you about the old Figment. It was a true classic. When I took my kids the first time, I didn't know they changed it, I was sooo disappointed.

marvali
10-12-2010, 04:25 PM
A brief pause - and a moment of silent remembrance for my brother, Bret Allen Dunblazier, who was born this date 48 years ago. We lost him almost 2 years ago and miss him terribly.


Bret was my only sibling - my older brother. He was, of course with us on our "grand tour" of Florida and was there for our first ever visit to WDW....or Magic Kingdom, more specifically.

Apparently at some other point - when he was living in Georgia after getting out of the Army - him and some buddies went to WDW. As I was thinking about what I was going to post today, in the back of my mind I thought "I should call him and see where all they went' :confused3 :sad1: The only thing I remember him telling us about that trip was that him and his buddies got on the People Mover, and had every intention of being the obnoxious ones screaming as if it were a thrill ride. He said one of his buddies actually was startled when it pulled away and made a little sound :eek: and Bret and his other buddy were laughing at him so hard they were never able to do their "Space Mountain" yells.

I don't know if they went to Epcot. The Studios wasn't there then.

He never married, never had kids - but was a fantastic Uncle for my boys.

He is missed.Tanya, I know how you feel. I still miss my big brother who passed away on my birthday five years ago! That is a great memory you have of him. What a wonderful story! :thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
10-15-2010, 03:34 PM
I really wish I could have seen the "old Figment ride" that everyone raves about. I love the new one, but that's maybe because I have nothing to compare it to?

Anyhow.... my daughter is a Figment nut, and I came with yet another Figment trinket for her. :cloud9:

My oldest son is the big Figment fan here. He is studying to become an elementary school teacher and has plans to somehow work Figment into a lesson plan somewhere along the way. We have to look for new Figment stuff for him....but they don't update his merchandise very often.

I agree with you about the old Figment. It was a true classic. When I took my kids the first time, I didn't know they changed it, I was sooo disappointed.

I don't think my kids remember "old" Figment. Sean would have been 10 when the 2nd version opened - I don't remember when the original actually closed - and when we saw it last - but he would have been pretty young.

Tanya, I know how you feel. I still miss my big brother who passed away on my birthday five years ago! That is a great memory you have of him. What a wonderful story! :thumbsup2

I always wanted to get him back down there again. He did so much with my boys, that I wanted to send him down with Sean (my oldest) and let them use our DVC points for rooms. We were hoping to do that late spring/early summer of '09. It would have kind have been a graduation trip for Sean (from Jr. Coll). They were talking about it, but Bret was job hunting and didn't know if he would be able to get time off from a new job then. Plus he was doing a lot more dialysis than I do - but he was interested, especially since I had done trips with my dialysis stuff and he knew it was "doable". It's another one of the "if only"s I have. :confused3

I'll have to raid Mom;s house sometime and see if I can find our pics from our 1977 Disney trip. I think there were only a handful of pictures from Magic Kingdom, though.

DizFan101
10-15-2010, 04:00 PM
I luved Figment and Dreamcatcher. I still remember it to this day, from 1996.
I wish they'd bring back the original ride. We asked a cast member what was in the top part of the pyramid and they said "it's the old version." So it's still there according the cast member...

I have a few photos of Magic Kingdom when my mom and dad went for their honeymoon back in the late 70's. Not much. Then i have pictures of 92/93? when i went with my grandparents and my parents.

I recently found an old map of epcot from 96 in a drawer in the dinning room. How cool is that!
I loved seeing your vintage pictures. :)

mom3sonstt
10-15-2010, 04:22 PM
I luved Figment and Dreamcatcher. I still remember it to this day, from 1996.
I wish they'd bring back the original ride. We asked a cast member what was in the top part of the pyramid and they said "it's the old version." So it's still there according the cast member...

I have a few photos of Magic Kingdom when my mom and dad went for their honeymoon back in the late 70's. Not much. Then i have pictures of 92/93? when i went with my grandparents and my parents.

I recently found an old map of epcot from 96 in a drawer in the dinning room. How cool is that!
I loved seeing your vintage pictures. :)

:welcome: What a cool find - coming across the old map. I always saved ours from our trips and brought them home....only to pitch most of them a few months later. :headache: Maybe I'll get lucky and stumble across some older ones in a drawer or a box somewhere that I've overlooked.

I see you are leaving on your next trip one week after us. Have a great time!!

FauntleroyFAN07
10-15-2010, 04:27 PM
sweet i loved that kitchen show it was awesome.

so was the old school show in mickeys judges tent.
:thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
10-15-2010, 08:24 PM
For the final chapter of the WDW that “was” 1988 edition we will be leaving the parks.

First stop

River Country! :beach:

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img409.jpg

We went here one day. Once again, the memories are fuzzy. I do remember riding on a tube ride and the tube got kinda hung up towards the bottom. Another gal was coming down on her tube behind me and we bonked heads. I didn’t see her coming but DH was already in the water and out of his tube and he saw it but there was nothing he could say or do to stop it.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img410.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img411.jpg




Now it’s shopping time :cool1:

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img415.jpg

This is “Downtown Disney”. There were a few shops – really expensive shops if I remember right. Although, I do believe that is where we finally bought our kitchen clock.



And a glimpse into the future :wizard:

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img412.jpg

I don’t know if we knew at the time they were adding a 3rd park, but I do know we saw this while we were out and about….so we must have figured something out, because we took a couple pictures of it.

Now I will wrap this up with 3 more things you just don’t see anymore

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Me staying at an offsite hotel……:snooty:


http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img414.jpg

my husband in shorty-shorts :lmao:…….and a rental car……

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/sept88/img416.jpg

and the inside of the cockpit in the middle of a flight.


Other memories from our honeymoon (and yes, I do know this is a family site) ;)

Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving platform in the Olympics. (Although, apparently that happened before we were Florida, they must have replayed it a bunch because I sure remember watching it down there)

I learned of the death of VC Andrews (she died in Dec 1986 - don't know how I found out anything pre-internet!) and thought that would be the end of her books that I liked. Little did I know, twenty or thirty books or so later, you don’t actually need the author to be living to write books in their name. :confused3

I will never hear the name Garrett without thinking of the loud, obnoxious little boy at the airport on our way home. :jumping1: (I know that looks like 7 happy smileys - but really its just one loud, busy Garrett :headache:) Of course, there are probably people out there who, thanks to my little darling, will never hear the name Mark without cringing, but I will always remember Garrett.

Walt Disney World is a happy, magical place :wizard:….and now 22 years after that visit (and 33 years after my first day-long visit), and nearly 2 dozen visits later it is still a happy, magical place. No matter what is added or taken away or remodeled – they leave the magicpixiedust: and the happy:love: there. As long as they do and I am able, I will keep going back!

Hope to see you all there someday! :wave:

mom3sonstt
10-21-2010, 02:53 PM
Helloooo??? <tap, tap> is this thing on???? :mic:

Planning on being out of town this week-end but hope to get back to our June 2010 trip when I get back.

Will also have preliminary plans for our Nov 2010 trip.

So, pull up a chair, make youself at home, there's diet Pepsi in the fridge, chips in the cupboard and plenty of room for friends!

glennbo123
10-21-2010, 03:26 PM
Yep, I'm here.

Those slides at River Country, that kind of drop off, look pretty cool.

I like your "three things you don't see anymore" pictures. I remember the days of watching the pilots mid-flight, as long as they didn't pull the curtain closed. And as for shorty-shorts....well, I never owned any of those. :rolleyes1

marvali
10-21-2010, 03:38 PM
Helloooo??? <tap, tap> is this thing on???? :mic:

Planning on being out of town this week-end but hope to get back to our June 2010 trip when I get back.

Will also have preliminary plans for our Nov 2010 trip.

So, pull up a chair, make youself at home, there's diet Pepsi in the fridge, chips in the cupboard and plenty of room for friends!Loved all the flashbacks and the photos! :banana:
Those slides at River Country, that kind of drop off, look pretty cool.

I like your "three things you don't see anymore" pictures. I remember the days of watching the pilots mid-flight, as long as they didn't pull the curtain closed. And as for shorty-shorts....well, I never owned any of those. :rolleyes1I guess speedos don't count.........:rolleyes1

KatMark
10-21-2010, 03:44 PM
Mark used to have "shortie shorts" like that too...he was a lot thinner then (he'd lost about 50 pounds before our wedding). Do you know we NEVER went to River Country in all the years we went to Disney when the kids were really little? :sad1:

mom3sonstt
10-22-2010, 11:18 AM
sweet i loved that kitchen show it was awesome.

so was the old school show in mickeys judges tent.
:thumbsup2


That kitchen show was my favorite. The kids liked the boxes out in the waiting room with the different scents and stuff in them.


Yep, I'm here.

Those slides at River Country, that kind of drop off, look pretty cool.

I like your "three things you don't see anymore" pictures. I remember the days of watching the pilots mid-flight, as long as they didn't pull the curtain closed. And as for shorty-shorts....well, I never owned any of those. :rolleyes1


I did not do the drop off slides but they did look cool.

No shorty shorts, huh??? :sad2:
Loved all the flashbacks and the photos! :banana:
I guess speedos don't count.........:rolleyes1

speedos :scared1: A very very limited percentage of the population can wear a speedo.....i have yet to meet any of them:confused3

Mark used to have "shortie shorts" like that too...he was a lot thinner then (he'd lost about 50 pounds before our wedding). Do you know we NEVER went to River Country in all the years we went to Disney when the kids were really little? :sad1:
I won't say we didn't take our kids to River County.....but I don't remember taking any of them. I guess to be sure I will have to wait until I did out some other trips. Right now I'm going to say the only time I rememeber going there was on our honeymoon (unless I'm proved wrong later :rolleyes1)

mom3sonstt
10-23-2010, 11:49 AM
Two weeks from today we leave!! :banana::banana::banana:

Sort of..... On Saturday night we are spending the night at a hotel close to the airport. Danny's going to run me over there in the afternoon then go back home because he has to record a play out at the college for the theater dept. That will give me time to get my dialysis started early so I can get unhooked and get my machine packed back up for our flight on Sunday morning.

Initial sketchy plans.

Sat. - Go to Bloomington, do dialysis, watch TV, try to sleep

Sun - Go to airport way too early for 10:26 flight.
1:45 land in Orlando and drag carry-on stuff to Magical Express
3-ish arrive at Boardwalk and get checked in. Check on dialysis supplies and scooter. Hopefully get settled in room
Go to Studios, buy new annual passes and try to catch Fantasmic

Mon - DH planning to go to AK early and spend time trying to get the perfect pictures on the safari and the walking trails. I will probably hit Epcot and try some of the Food & Wine stands.....well, the food stands anyway.
That evening we plan to go back to the studios for the Osborne Lights. I don't know how smart that is since it's the first night they will be lit and I imagine it will be a zoo - but it's also extra magic hours that night so DH seems to think that will give us a better opportunity (more time) to see the lights. Since we are at Boardwalk we can take the walking path to get "home" so the crowds won't affect us as far as transportation

Tues - Right now it's penciled in as another Epcot day. We have reservations for Biergarten that evening, so we will be there in the evening for sure.

Wed - Reservations for breakfast at Kona Cafe. Our plans are to cut through Epcot and take the monorail over to the Ticket Center - I think DH says we are walking from there. It's a 10:15 reservation so with Epcot opening at 9 we should be ok. AFter breakfast we plan to go to Magic Kingdom and maybe stick around for the Electrical Parade. Well, we will stick around - because he wants to get pictures of the castle all lit up, it's just a matter of whether we take time to watch the parade (I vote yes!)

Thurs - DH is going over to the Children's Miracle Network Golf Tourny. How long he stays will depend on the weather. Last year when we came it was cold and windy that day and he didn't stay very long. I spent my morning hopping from one long indoor attraction to another (Country Bears, Presidents, Philharmagic.....). No plans for that evening yet since we don't know when he will come back. Don't know if I will go back to Epcot or somewhere else - depends on how hectic the Food & Wine festival is, and if I have any luck finding anything I like.

Fri - up in the air. We have to pack and turn in our luggage in the morning. Our flight is at 8PM so we will probably have to meet the Magic Express around 5 - so we do have most of the day. He may go back to the golf tourny for a little bit.

Sometime we will try to go to DTD. That's the only place on my list that I will have to take a bus (hate using the scooter on a bus). We thought about doing that Friday - but if we buy anything our luggage would already be checked so we'll have to see on that.

The Eat to the Beat performers at Epcot are Jon Secada (Sun), Hanson (Mon-Tues), Rick Springfield (Wed Thurs) and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy (Fri - we'll be gone already). The only one I have a half an interest in is Rick Springfield, but I don't know if we will be over there either of those nights. It's not a priority.

KatMark
10-23-2010, 06:06 PM
Can't believe your trip is only two weeks away. Your plans sound absolutely great.

mom3sonstt
10-30-2010, 12:28 PM
One week left!!!

:cool1:sat :cool1:sun :cool1:mon :cool1:tues :cool1:wed :cool1:thurs :cool1:fri :banana:sat-bloomington
:mickeyjumsun :goofy:mon :hmghost:tues :tigger:wed :donald:thurs


I'm not officially packed yet - but all of my clothes are folded and in a pile on the couch. Just waiting for DH to decide which suitcase he wants to take.

All7OfUs
10-30-2010, 01:31 PM
You are soooooooooooo magically close now, Tanya!!! I"ll bet all your bags are packed and ready to go, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight???

glennbo123
10-30-2010, 01:35 PM
Wow! 1 week! :woohoo:

KatMark
10-30-2010, 04:24 PM
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: :yay::yay::yay:

Only one more week.


:banana::banana::banana::banana:

mom3sonstt
11-03-2010, 08:46 PM
Just a few days left - I am so behind on reading everybody's trip reports it isn't funny! I'm missing all the Judy's, the movie quotes, the letters, the pole dancing, and all the other mischief!

My husband is recording the play out at the local jr College. Dress rehearsals started Monday night, so we went out Monday & Tuesday to film it and take pictures. Filming it, so he can get a feel for where the action takes place so on the nights of the performances he won't be jerking the camera around looking for the action. And I was taking pictures because they don't like pictures being taken during the actual performance - plus with a full house it's hard to get good pics without getting in someone's way. Tonight I stayed home and Mark went with him instead. Tonight is the first full-dress and make-up with a partial audience. Some of the theater appreciation students come tonight and get extra credit. The actual performances are Thurs, Fri & Sat.

Saturday we are leaving home around 1. That will get us to Bloomington and the hotel around 2:30 - hopefully, with a 3 o'clock check in, they will be able to let me in a little early. He will haul everything in and turn around and go back to the college, film the final performance, go home and load it on to one of the hard drives at home then drive back over to Bloomington. He should get there around 11 or so. Lucky for him that is daylight savings time and with the time change he will gain an hour.

Then it's rise and shine and off to Florida!!!

In our car going to Bloomington it looks like we will have 2 suitcases (to check), one suitcase that holds my dialysis machine, one bag that has all his camera equipment, one suitcase for Saturday night (we'll leave it in the car at the airport) plus my tote bag with my purse and a book and whatever. And possibly an empty bag for my machine. We bought 3 suitcases this week trying to find one that my machine will fit in that meets the carry-on guidelines. :sad2: What a mess! Most 21" bags would fit if they didn't have a lip around the lid. If they had squared off corners and the zipper was on the outermost edge my machine would fit. But most of them have rounded corners, and the actual opening is slightly smaller than the available dimensions of the bag. But if we go to a bigger one they are close or over on the maximum dimensions for a carry-on. I don't trust my dialysis machine with checked luggage - even plane-side checking scares me. Of the 3 we bought (I took 2 back today) we found one that if we use a shoe horn :rolleyes1 we can slide it down past the corners and it fits ok. Hopefully, after taking it in and out a couple times it will stretch a little and not be such a pain - but for now - we have a plan. He is bringing the extra bag (no wheels - very heavy to carry through orlando airport) just in case. In case of what I don't know, but he said we would throw it in the car.

We are only going to be in WDW for 5 nights - our luggage will look like we're never coming back.....:headache:

Have fun - and take a break from all your reports so I can catch up when I get home!

KatMark
11-03-2010, 08:49 PM
If I miss you, have a great trip. Will look forward to your TR when you get back.

All7OfUs
11-04-2010, 01:01 AM
Hey Tanya, don't worry about missing out. We all ebb and flow on here as time allows! The important thing is to check back when you can, and most of all have a wonderfully, magical time!! (so you can come back here and tell us all about it! :lmao:)

marvali
11-04-2010, 07:22 AM
:woohoo: Tanya, it is almost here!!! Heading to the world on Sunday!!!

Hope you have a great trip and perfect weather!!! :thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
11-04-2010, 12:52 PM
If I miss you, have a great trip. Will look forward to your TR when you get back.

Thanks - but I still have 2 boys sitting in the back of the car in the airport parking lot looking for missing DVDs on our June trip. So who knows when you will hear about this trip! :rolleyes1

Hey Tanya, don't worry about missing out. We all ebb and flow on here as time allows! The important thing is to check back when you can, and most of all have a wonderfully, magical time!! (so you can come back here and tell us all about it! :lmao:)

Skipped Christmas shopping with my mom today to re-pack (we decided to take 2 suitcases after all, so now I need to spread things out between the two of them) and to catch up on my TRs. Went shopping with mom Tuesday - figured twice in one week was over-kill......actually, for me, Christmas shopping with my mother is a one day a year obligation....if we both survive I figure we pressed our luck enough for one year!

:woohoo: Tanya, it is almost here!!! Heading to the world on Sunday!!!

Hope you have a great trip and perfect weather!!! :thumbsup2

Checked the 10 day forecast last night and it looks like the highs are supposed to be 78-83 and the lows in the low 50s. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
11-16-2010, 03:17 PM
I'm home!

Two weeks from today we leave!! :banana::banana::banana:

Sort of..... On Saturday night we are spending the night at a hotel close to the airport. Danny's going to run me over there in the afternoon then go back home because he has to record a play out at the college for the theater dept. That will give me time to get my dialysis started early so I can get unhooked and get my machine packed back up for our flight on Sunday morning.

Initial sketchy plans.

Sat. - Go to Bloomington, do dialysis, watch TV, try to sleep

Saturday went pretty much according to plan. We left home around 12:30 and drove to Bloomington (about 80 miles away). Mark (DS17) had a speech meet that day so he was already gone. Ryne (DS19) rode over with us and was going to go to the play with Danny that evening.

We got to Bloomington and went to LaGondola for lunch. Ryne had meatballs (not a meatball sandwich – just a bowl of meatballs :confused3), Danny had a torpedo and I had a lasagna dinner. It came with a dinner salad and garlic bread. We also ordered some cinnamon bread. Ryne ate 7 pieces of cinnamon bread, Danny got one…..I got none. Danny also helped on my garlic bread.

From there we went to the Country Inn and Suites where we had a free room. It was from some promotion that had been offered earlier this summer, so it didn’t cost us any cash or any of our points – can’t complain about free! :thumbsup2 Or can you?? :sad2: Have you met my husband? No? Well, there’s a reason for that…… :headache: We get checked in and go up to our room. It’s a nice room, carpet looks new, we have a King bed, a little table and chairs, and a whirlpool tub in our room. Danny calls down because our reservation says our room comes with a sofa-bed. It’s just the two of us staying so I don’t know why he needed a sofa bed unless he was planning on being in trouble and needing to sleep there. Well, at this location all of the King suites have whirlpools tubs in the room (not in the bathroom – in the corner of the room) and no sofa beds. Eventually he got the guy to bring up another chair. The only place to sit was on the bed or on the chairs at the table which were like kitchen chairs. He explained he was leaving me there without a vehicle and it would be nice if I had a place to sit. Keep in mind, I never once mentioned that I was not ok with the original room lay-out – I would have been content to crawl up on the bed and settle in with my book, but I wasn’t asked. The guy at the desk did bring up a chair, and it was nice to have options – but I really think I would have survived without it.

When Danny left I realized I hadn’t given him his to-do list that we had made on the way over. So I started texting it to him. When I got to item #3 “Put money in envelope for Mark” I realized I also hadn’t given him the money for the boys that week. :rolleyes1 I had tried a couple different times and he wouldn’t take it, then with all the hassle over the chair, I forgot to get it out at the hotel. I called him and asked how far he had gotten. Well, he wasn’t too far yet because there was an accident up ahead that had caused a traffic jam. He was able to get turned around and came back and got the money and the list.:thumbsup2

He headed out again, went to Galesburg for his final night of recording, stopped by home to drop Ryne off, switch out some of his stuff out of his camera bag, and a couple other miscellaneous things and came back to Bloomington.

I had spent the evening watching 100 One Hit Wonders of the “80’s on a pink tv. :happytv: Well, the tv itself wasn’t pink, but the picture on it sure was. I was oh so very happy that my husband was not spending the evening watching a pink tv. That would have been one more thing for him to complain about and I was ready to be feeling the Disney Magic, not fussing over chairs and pink tvs. :wizard:

Country Inn & Suites that we have been staying at usually have an evening reception where they serve snacks, and they usually have fresh baked cookies at the check in desk. We stayed at 2 different ones on our way to Florida this summer, one down where my son goes to college, and one in Schaumburg when we had our week-end getaway. They all had it to different varying degrees. That was my supper plan. popcorn:: My back-up plan was eating a larger lunch so I wouldn’t be too hungry in the evening. That was a good back up plan. This location only offers the reception Mon-Thurs, and there were no cookies. I wound up going down and getting a bag of chips and made a cup of coffee for “supper”.

After my ‘80’s countdown was done, I changed clothes and got hooked up to my dialysis machine and started reading my book. Danny got there later and had to change the clocks. He also set the alarm on his cell phone just in case the hotel alarm didn’t work, or if it was set to automatically change with the time change and he screwed it up by changing it.

I don’t remember what time I gave up and went to sleep, but I do know that breakfast started at 7AM and with the time change being that night we were going to get an “extra hour” to sleep, so it wasn’t too early.

And so ended our last night in Illinois for a few days…..

marvali
11-16-2010, 04:08 PM
Still need to read and catch up on what you wrote about your trip so far, but wanted to get in a quick WELCOME HOME!!!! :woohoo:

All7OfUs
11-16-2010, 04:13 PM
It doesn't sound like too bad of a start, Tanya! Except the unnecessary complaining. But, hey, sounds like your hubby just wants you to be comfortable. :confused3 I"m with you though, curling up in bed after a hot bath for some extra cozy time sounds wonderful!

Ready for more. :goodvibes

marvali
11-16-2010, 04:23 PM
I'm home!Okay, maybe it is a matter of perspective, or a "man" thing, but unlike Liesa I thought it sounded like you were off to a rough start with the hassles. Free Room is good though. On our upcoming trip this December we will probably use some of our accumulated points for a room on the trip down. Right now I'm not 100% sure if we will be going half way after I go in to work, or if I will end up being off and driving all the way down and then staying off-property the first night until we check in at Kidani the next day!

100 1-hit wonders? On a pink TV picture?? Sounds like a wonderful evening to me....... :eek: I wouldn't have really enjoyed all the driving back and forth, but sometimes you just have to do what you just have to do!!! :sad2:

Can't wait for the Disney magic to kick in! Hope the rest of your trip was truly magical!!! :)

mom3sonstt
11-16-2010, 04:34 PM
It doesn't sound like too bad of a start, Tanya! Except the unnecessary complaining. But, hey, sounds like your hubby just wants you to be comfortable. :confused3 I"m with you though, curling up in bed after a hot bath for some extra cozy time sounds wonderful!

Ready for more. :goodvibes

That may have been his excuse - but really, he just likes to have things his way. Doesn't matter if it's important - if he thinks he's being slighted, or that he isn't getting what he is entitled to he raises a stink. :headache: I wish I had some of those magic sedatives that they always have in the tv shows where they jab them with a needle and they immediately fall asleep :thumbsup2

Okay, maybe it is a matter of perspective, or a "man" thing, but unlike Liesa I thought it sounded like you were off to a rough start with the hassles. Free Room is good though. On our upcoming trip this December we will probably use some of our accumulated points for a room on the trip down. Right now I'm not 100% sure if we will be going half way after I go in to work, or if I will end up being off and driving all the way down and then staying off-property the first night until we check in at Kidani the next day!

100 1-hit wonders? On a pink TV picture?? Sounds like a wonderful evening to me....... :eek: I wouldn't have really enjoyed all the driving back and forth, but sometimes you just have to do what you just have to do!!! :sad2:

Can't wait for the Disney magic to kick in! Hope the rest of your trip was truly magical!!! :)


The driving back and forth was somewhat optional. My mom offered to drive me over, but with that would have come the possibility of one of us thinking the other had something and we both leave it behind. So he decided, especially since we had the time change working in our favor, that he would just rack up the miles. That also made it easier when he got there late at night already having his room key.

As for the rest of the trip, well, lets just say it gets worse (much worse) before it gets better. Cue ominous music.......

glennbo123
11-16-2010, 07:42 PM
Every trip needs a little drama, right? Oh well, just take it in stride.

I've watched some "One hit wonders" shows, but never on a pink TV. :happytv: I don't think I would've liked that.

mom3sonstt
11-16-2010, 09:58 PM
Every trip needs a little drama, right? Oh well, just take it in stride.

I've watched some "One hit wonders" shows, but never on a pink TV. :happytv: I don't think I would've liked that.

Oh, you ain't seen nothin' 'till you've seen Flock of Seagulls and Georgia Satellites with a decidedly pink hue:laughing:


I would love to have a trip with just a little drama. When I get to our check in experience I will probably flip and start making excuses for him....but he really does need to learn how to behave in public. :sad2:

KatMark
11-16-2010, 10:05 PM
Welcome back...we've missed you around here. Sorry things were off to a rough start; hope they get better soon.

mom3sonstt
11-17-2010, 12:32 AM
I have some errands to run tomorrow (the people in this house seem to think we should have food on hand :confused3), and Thursday I have a doctor's appt, so hopefully Friday I can get back to this, drink some coffee and get the ugly part of the trip down and out of the way so I can get to the good stuff. Maybe I will find some time before then - but that's my goal now.

FauntleroyFAN07
11-17-2010, 10:21 AM
wow what a start...glad you made it home okay, cant wait to read more.

KatMark
11-17-2010, 12:08 PM
I have some errands to run tomorrow (the people in this house seem to think we should have food on hand :confused3), and Thursday I have a doctor's appt, so hopefully Friday I can get back to this, drink some coffee and get the ugly part of the trip down and out of the way so I can get to the good stuff. Maybe I will find some time before then - but that's my goal now.

We're not going anywhere...we'll be waiting. :)

mom3sonstt
11-17-2010, 12:12 PM
wow what a start...glad you made it home okay, cant wait to read more.

Don't remember if I commented on you TR or not - but my DVR-ing of Undercover Boss was unsuccessful. It shows up in my history as "Done" but it is not in my list of shows that I recorded. :confused3 There was also a show I recorded for my son that isn't there at all so I don't know what happened. But, you did say that you guys didn't make the final cut didn't you - other than a possible, blurry cameo?

Another "celebrity sighting" I missed was this last weeks Home Makeover. They re-did a pre-school in Nashville that was literally washed away in the floods last spring. My husband's cousin's daughter works at that pre-school and was a volunteer during the make-over. I had a total brain-fart and forgot to watch it.

mom3sonstt
11-17-2010, 01:48 PM
Ok - I have a little bit of time before I need to leave, so let me get Sunday started. I won't get to the bad stuff so it should go quickly.

Woke up Sunday morning around 6:30, took my shower and got dressed. I had unpacked our Saturday night suitcase so it was empty and I could just repack it with our dirty clothes. We were leaving that suitcase in the car while we were gone. I did have to drag our bathroom stuff out of our trip suitcase,t hough so they weren't left totally untouched. The time change was that night, but since we were going to Florida I didn't change my watch since it would be right when I got there.

Danny got up and around and we went down for breakfast. The juice machine was broken so they just had a pitcher each of orange and apple juice in with the yogurt and stuff. I looked around to see what was offered, they had scrambled eggs, sausage links, and biscuits and gravy in the hot food, and pastries, cold cereal, fruit, bagels, bread & muffins, yogurt....and I think maybe a pot of oatmeal. None of it particularly appealed to me. I got a spoonful of eggs.....I don't usually like buffet scrambled eggs....these were no exception. They were ok - not great, one sausage link, and I made a piece of "toast". I'm not sure what was up with that toaster, but one side was nearly black when I popped it out, while the other side hadn't seen any heat whatsoever. :confused3 Not the greatest breakfast in the world. As I was throwing away my trash I spotted someone eating a waffle :confused3 Where did they find the waffles???? :confused: So I scanned the room again - oh - they are on the wall opposite all the other food on a little table. As you come in the door the wall to the immediate left was beverages and cold cereal, as you round the corner you run in to the hot food. The backt quarter of that wall is empty, the back wall is empty, you round the corner again - and there is the "waffle station". :sad2: Danny was already done eating, and I had to finish putting my machine away and gathering up our stuff - plus - I was going to Disney World where there is lots of good food! But I really wish I had seen that waffle station when I first went in. :rolleyes1

Back upstairs we make sure everything is put back in the right suitcase. DH weighs our checked luggage to make sure we don't need to re-distribute anything. Then he goes down and gets a cart to haul all of our stuff to the car.

The airport is just a little further down the road and we are there in no time. He drops me off at the front door and drags in the 2 suitcases, my tote bag, and my machine bag. I sit with my little pile of luggage while he goes and parks. He brings his camera bag with him when he comes back. Bloomington airport is pretty small. We go to the AirTran counter, ring the bell (there is never anyone at the desk just waiting) and check our luggage. Then we go through security where we strike up a bizarre conversation about my husband's name (Danny Thomas) and how fewer and fewer people make the connection that it is a "famous" name. Then the TSA guy tells me that I am probably to young to have heard of "Alice's Restaurant" and that his kids thought he was referring to the sit-com "Alice" and not the extremely long, extremely strange Arlo Guthrie song. While I was caught up in that conversation, Danny was going through the scanner. I still had to take my shoes off, get the iPad out of my tote bag to put in a separate tray, then they told me just to lay my cane on the belt by itself. Meanwhile another gal is in line behind me trying to pile her stuff on - then Danny gets motioned aside. He has to go off to the side and have his hands scanned:confused3. So I am trying to gather up all my stuf that's spread out all over the place, plus his shoes, his camera bag, his laptop that he had to take out of the camera bag, my machine....and the gal behind me is fussing because her stuff isn't coming through yet. Danny's hand scan comes back ok, we get past the obviously bored TSA agaent and went upstairs to the gate....and sat. We were there and settled in probably around 9 - for a 10:26 flight. We were the first ones at the gate. I had a soduku book, so I did a couple of those. DH fiddled around on his iPad. We called home - oh wait - we were there a little before 9 because Ryne leaves for Sunday School at 9 and we called home to make sure he was up and ready to go - he was. :thumbsup2 And we sat some more. Then DH went and got 3 diet Pepsis. We shared one and he packed the other 2 in with my machine - to be rationed out slowly over the week of Pepsi-deprivation.

When somebody finally turned up at the counter he asked if we could board early. He always gives a sob story about needing to make sure I can get my machine stored away safely - and then he says I have trouble getting down the aisles and he nods to my cane. :rolleyes1 I don;t actually use the cane going down the aisle of the plane - I do use it when I am chasing him through an airport since he can't seem to slow his pace to my speed. It doesn't make me any quicker, but it makes me hurt a little less - and gives me something to threaten him with. ;) They let us board in the first group after business class, and we got settled in. The plane was 5 seats across and we were on the 2-seater side.

Going down was fine - we got our little cup of diet coke (getting us ready for our Pepsi free vacation) and our little graham cracker cookie things. It was a direct flight and we got there a few minutes early.

Then came the Amazing Race - Orlando airport style. We got off the plane and off he went. :sad2: He was rushing to get to the elevator, to the fake monorail thing.....rush rush rush. He gets a ways ahead of me then stops and turns around and waits until I almost get caught up then he turns and is off again. I don't know what his big hurry is - I assume he is not going anywhere until I get there anyway. :confused3 So we continue with his rush, turn, wait, rush again routine all the way to the Magical Express. We get there and are siphoned off to line B. From there we are narrowed further down to the Boardwalk line.

We go through the queue, get to the front only to see that it switches back and forth before you get to the real front. Only there is nobody else in the line. DH ducks under the line and tells me to do the same. Just as I am considering it (I wasn't quite caught up with him yet), one of CMs comes over and says she will let us out because our bus is here already. :cool1: So instead of winding through the line she opened up the end and motioned us over to a waiting bus. Well, there is one complaining point out of the way. Oh wait, spoke too soon. We get to the bus and Danny is explaining to the driver that my bag with my machine is medical equipment and to lay it on its back. He smiles and nods and probably didn't understand a word he said. :confused3 We get on the bus and it's only a few minutes until we take off. The driver says he will be stopping at Port Orleans, Swan, Dolphin, Beach & Yacht Club and Boardwalk. Mr. Grumpy-pants grumbles that we will probably be the last stop. Wrong again - we were the 2nd stop. :woohoo:

Mr Smile-and-Nod Bus Driver drags my machine out from underneath the bus with a bang on the ground - apparently not thinking "be careful with it - it's medical equipment" means anything. DH gives him a tip anyway and in we go.

There's only one family ahead of us in line so the wait wasn't terribly long getting checked in. I had a moment of concern when I told the gal we would be paying down traveler's checks on our room (this resulted in a scene on our summer trip - but I guess I haven't got that far on that TR). She wasn't familiar with handling traveler's checks, but figured it out quickly and we were over that hurdle. Our room was ready :cool1: and she gave us our packet and room keys and told us the general direction of where to go to find it. I think her directions were go through that door and look for the signs.:rolleyes1

So since we are checked in, we have charging privileges, we have a room that is ready, I am headed over to bell services to get my scooter and to tell them what room to deliver my dialysis soltution to. I think this is where I will stop. This is about the point that all my pixie dust ran out. The slightly early flight, the bus ready and waiting, the hotel only being the second stop, the room being ready - used up every speck of pixie dust I had lying around. :headache:

KatMark
11-17-2010, 02:02 PM
Oooh...I'm not liking the sound of the "pixie dust" running out. That was great that your plane was on time, you got the bus right away and your room was ready...those things help when starting your trip.

vamassey1
11-17-2010, 03:26 PM
Tanya, I'm sorry I've been missing. I got real behind on all the reports I follow. I'm slowly trying to get caught up.

I really enjoyed all the "way back" photos and information. Your memory is amazing. There is no way I would be able to remember as much as you have.

Your start to this trip doesn't sound too bad yet, but that ending has a real foreboding feeling to it. I hope it's not too bad.

FauntleroyFAN07
11-17-2010, 03:26 PM
maybe he was just checking the airport in front of you to make sure it was all clear like the secret service does for the president.

:thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
11-19-2010, 03:22 PM
Sun - Go to airport way too early for 10:26 flight.
1:45 land in Orlando and drag carry-on stuff to Magical Express
3-ish arrive at Boardwalk and get checked in. Check on dialysis supplies and scooter. Hopefully get settled in room
Go to Studios, buy new annual passes and try to catch Fantasmic



The above is correct clear up until you get to “Check on dialysis supplies and scooter”.

At the Boardwalk the check in desks are along a long wall. As you are facing them to the left is the the Bell Services desk. Clear at the other end of the lobby, to the right of check in is the concierge desk.

We checked in, got our room assignment. I headed over to the Bell Services where, for the last half a dozen trips I’ve done since I’ve been using a scooter and doing dialysis is where I need to go to collect my items. Danny followed me over there. I waited a little bit because there weren’t very many bell service people there, and the ones that were there were occupied. When it was my turn I told the guy that I had a scooter to pick up and had some boxes of medical supplies delivered last week that I needed sent to my room. He told me I needed to go to the concierge desk. :confused3

So I go to the concierge desk, Danny’s portion of this trip included going to the Children’s Miracle Network Golf tournament that was being held at the Palm and the Magnolia. Last year when we came the “tickets” (just a tag that you wear at the tourney) were in a stack at the check in desk. We did ask about it at check in and were referred to concierge for that too. At the concierge desk I go to Mariea – a nice girl who has no idea what she is in for. (oh – Danny is already starting to bubble – he’s not mad yet, but he doesn’t think we are supposed to be at concierge for something that we have always gotten at bell services) I tell Mariea that I was just at Bell services (so she wouldn’t send me back to them) and that they had sent me over here to get my scooter and set up my box delivery. She called over to Bell services – I forget now what she said to them. I think she also looked up to see if I had any boxes and did see that there was a delivery for me. Then we also asked her about the golf tourney tickets. That totally baffled her. She had no idea there was a golf tournament taking place on Disney property. We explained its an annual event, and that last year the tickets were just in a stack at check in, but this year they told us to go to concierge. After already being told that Bell Services passed the buck on the scooter and boxes, you could tell she was a little frustrated with everyone being sent “to concierge”. Everybody else at the desk was busy. She made a couple different phone calls – I don’t know to who but whoever they were, they also had no clue about the golf tournament. She told us that she knew they didn’t sell the tickets there. Danny pipes in with they aren’t “sold” they are just available for guests. He is still civil, but is getting frustrated (not good). Finally the gal at the next station finishes with her guest and Mariea asks her if she knows anything about it.

Now – have you ever seen the big placemat looking thing that they have right there by their printers and stuff that show all the different ticket options when you are buying your tickets at the resort? Well, in that same little stand up file – just inches away from where she has been this entire time is another big placemat thing full of information about the golf tournament. On it, it says that you just go over to the course and show them your resort id and you get your admission ticket there. Danny says “Are you sure I am not going to get all the way over there and need something else?” She pulled out the thing again and he read it himself and seemed somewhat satisfied. Ok – one issue down – now where’s my scooter and boxes???

She went in the back to look for my scooter and I didn’t think we would ever see her again. After listening to Danny sigh, and huff and puff for awhile about how nobody seems to know anything around here….blah, blah, blah, I thought it might be a good idea to remove him. :idea: So I told him to go ahead and see where the room is at and take the stuff down there.

I thought I was pretty smart. :rolleyes1 Eventually – Mariea came back. She had been gone at least 20 minutes if not more – so at this point we had probably been there about an hour. When she came back she said my scooter was back there, but that it was dead and there was no battery charger. She called some number a couple times an it must have been busy – then she asked me if I rented it there – I think Buena Vista rents scooters on site at Boardwalk. I told her that, no I had rented it from Walkers (which is plastered all over the scooter). She didn’t have that number handy, so I got out my confirmation and she called them. They had her go back and check again because the charger would be “in a pouch on the back”. She was very adamant on the phone that it was not there. In fact she got a little snippy with them saying “I wouldn’t lie about it”. So Walkers said they would be there in 10 minutes. Well, their 10 minutes is a lot longer than 10 minutes. :headache:

Somewhere in there Danny called on my cell and told me that I better hope they find my scooter because our room is a mile away and that it’s like an ice-cube in there and the thermostat is an antique, and there is a message on the phone that he can’t get to clear…..and….well, he was really getting himself worked up. I told him that they found my scooter, that the battery was dead and I was waiting for Walkers. Yeah – that went over well. :sad2:

Instead of standing at the desk, I went and sat down and waited for Walkers. I got a phone call from Walkers about the same time I saw some guy riding a scooter over to the concierge desk. The call was to tell me that the scooter had been there the entire time, that the battery was not dead, that someone had put it in freewheel mode – when it’s in freewheel the key doesn’t work – it just flashes. And as for no charger. Well, I got the kind I like – just the plug in cord, instead of the one that has a battery attached to the cord. So it was just stuck in the back pocket of the seat. Mariea, being in concierge instead of bell services, does not usually deal with scooters so was unfamiliar with “freewheel” and thought all the scooters had the big charger with the battery. Had bell services went in got it there probably would not have been an issue. :confused3 So that’s two issues down – only one to go!:thumbsup2

Oh wait – while Danny was in the room he was getting madder and madder about the thermostat and the phone. When we checked in DVC had left an envelope for us. The message on our phone was for us to get that. We already had it. But when he followed the directions it took him to the front desk and they didn’t seem to know anything.

Apparently sitting in the room alone wasn’t working for him, so he came back to the lobby. I had moved on to trying to get my boxes. Well, while I was talking to Walkers, Mariea got busy with another guest, so the gal who had helped out with the golf info asked if she could help me. She could tell I was waiting for something else. I told her I had some boxes delivered that I needed sent to my room. She looked on the computer and said something about an envelope. I told her I already had that, that these were 6 boxes of dialysis fluid that were delivered last week. She asked how I knew they were delivered – if I had called to confirm it. I told her I hadn’t called there, but that my supplier told me they had a confirmation on Friday morning. So here we go again on the phone. She calls somewhere and gets somebody and then she is on hold for a good 15-20 minutes. I asked her if she had somebody, or was trying to get through. She said she talked to them, and they were going to look to see if the boxes were there – and if they couldn’t get them to me tonight they would get them to me in the morning. I was aching from standing, I was hungry because breakfast was half burnt toast and fake eggs a very long time ago, I knew my husband was brewing for an explosion and now she is telling me that I may not get my boxes until tomorrow. I told her that was totally unacceptable – that I do dialysis every night and that I needed those boxes today. :mad:

While she is still on hold, here comes Danny back to the lobby, Mariea is freed up again so he goes to her. He is complaining (loudly) that the thermostat is outdated and he wants switched to a different room. She says they are all the same. He says that we were here last year in a studio and he knows it wasn’t the same type of thermostat. The one in our room only had dots on it – no numbers – so you couldn’t set “a temperature” you could only say “gee it’s cold in here” and move it and hope that it didn’t get too warm.

While he is griping about that – and about the message that won’t clear the gal I am with finally has life on the other end of the line. She says a few things and hangs up. Then she tells me my boxes are there, they will send them right over, and it will be $10 per box delivery fee. :eek:

Now I am ticked. I said “since when?” She looked confused. I said “when did they start charging a fee to give me my boxes?” She, evidently seeing this was going nowhere good, fast picked the phone back up and called back over to the place. She told them I was questioning the charge, I told her it was medical supplies ,she relayed it, told me it was $10 a box and asked if I wanted to talk to her. So she passed the phone over to me. The gal on the other end I would have very much loved to slapped.:rolleyes: Granted, she didn’t see how tight I was strung, trying to keep Danny from going ape-crap, while I am also very upset. I asked her when they started charging this. She said they had been there since 2009. (At some point I was told they were a 3rd party package handler). I told her I was just here in June and wasn’t charged anything and had even more boxes – and if it was just a Boardwalk thing than I was here in Nov 2009 and had boxes and wasn’t charged – that this was the first time I had ever heard of anybody charging for my boxes. Then I explained that these were medical supplies – that she can even read on the side of the box what it is, and that if I were shipping down my luggage so I didn’t have to deal with it in the airport that I could see having a delivery fee – but that these are necessary medical supplies. She could really care less – kind of chuckled and said that they get all kinds of medical supplies, oxgen and what-have-you and that that is the fee, And if I have a problem with it that I should complain to the front desk for not notifying me about it.

I think during this conversation Danny figured out what was going on and "ka-boom":furious: he became “that” guy – the one that you see on You Tube videos. He was loud, and embarrassing, and could not be shut up or calmed down. He was bellowing how all Disney does is try to screw the visitors anymore – everything is about money – anything they can jab you with they will ……and once he’s on a roll….well, then he threw in the antique thrmostat, and that he was 56 years old and even when he was a kid the thermostats had numbers on them, and nobody knows anything, he’s tried to clear the message off his phone and nobody can seem to get it cleared, and we’re gonna sell our points and this is it he’s never coming again everytime he comes its just worse and worse. And he was getting louder and louder, and there were some decidedly non-Disney-appropriate words thrown about. :sad2:

Then manager, some poor girl named Maureen, had come out earlier during my box phone call. She was trying to calm him down – talking softly like you do to wild animals – she was explaining that the charge for delivery was not a Disney charge so she could not waive it, but that she would credit our account for half of it for the mis-understanding. He was not calming at all he was loud and determined he was not paying one dime that those were medically necessary and they “would” deliver them. She said that the package place issues the charge when they release them so she could not get around that. She kept asking him to lower his voice which only caused him to raise it and say things like “Why, don’t you want anybody else hearing how Disney screws over its guests”. :headache: She told him that no, she didn’t care, but it was her job to maintain the lobby. So he asked if there was somewhere else we could go – she said there wasn’t and if he didn’t lower his voice that she would call security over. Yes, he was that loud, and that obnoxious. He made some crack about them not giving me my boxes and me dying in their hotel because they refused to give them to me. :scared1: She told him that she was not refusing to give me the boxes, he was refusing to take them. But that was a vicous circle because of the fee. He finally told her to deliver one for that night and he would have them deliver more to him directly tomorrow.

Then we went to the room – we had been in the lobby for a little over two hours.

I got into the room and he’s going on and on about the lack of plug-ins that I had to drive my scooter clear in to the middle of the living room to charge it. At Beach Club in the entry way there was a plug in, there weren’t any there at Boardwalk. The rooms are laid out pretty much the same - but fewer plug ins.

Then I looked in the bedroom to see how and where I could set up my machine. Well, the plug in for my side of the bed – was behind the bed. :headache: Could nothing go easy????

And the message light was still flashing. I called it and there was a message from Maureen saying there were 2 different kinds of boxes so they were going to send over one of each since she didn’t know which I needed. I thought the light would clear off after that. It didn’t. I called again and followed all the directions and got someone who said “ok, I’ll clear that off” she didn’t. Danny called again a little while later, was told the same thing – nothing. So he called again and said, calmly, but you could tell he was holding it in that we had called 5 or 6 times, and nobody seems to be able to clear the message light off the phone. This gal apparently could because it finally went away – success at last!!:yay:

Then Housekeeping showed up to show him how to work the thermostat. She was not helpful – and while not loud, he was snippy with her. She said she would send over maintenance. What he was looking for was whether the dots stood for numbers – If they were actually 80, 70, 60….or what? Maintenance told him the same as everybody else – it’s just “warmer – colder”. He grumbled and we fought the temperatures all week. Of course it didn’t help that the actual temperatures outside were hot to cold too. It’s easier to keep your room the right temperature when it’s always hot out or always cold but when it fluctuates so much it’s not so easy.

The next couple of hours were spent in silence – with him periodically ordering me to order new boxes.:rolleyes1 I told him it was Sunday I couldn’t get any. He said there had to be some way – what if they hadn’t been delivered. Well, there was an emergency number that I made the mistake of mentioning. So he insisted I call it. I refused. :snooty: I told him that Baxter (my supplier) would not consider my boxes sitting at the resort and us not accepting them an emergency. You could tell he was disgusted with me too. So then he told me that I was done with Baxter that I needed to find a new supplier and that we weren’t traveling again until I got a kidney….. and more silence. I was sitting in the chair in the bedroom waiting for him to blow over. Every so often he would leave the room. One time after he left the luggage showed up so I sent him a text message.

He came back and said he knew – he’d seen them in the hall and to not unpack it.

Whatever – I wasn’t going to anyway – they are too heavy for me to throw up on the bed to unpack – and I was pretty settled in to sulking in my chair.

Eventually – about 7PM – he said “let’s find something to eat”. It was grumbled – but the steam was no longer rolling so he was finally coming down off his fit. (Looking back at my call history – the call from Walkers about my scooter was at 3:49 – I had called Baxters 800# (which is closed on Sundays) at 5:17. So it was literally hours that we spent doing absolutely nothing in our room while he fumed.

We walked (when I say "walked" that means he walked - I was on my scooter) out of Boardwalk – I had no idea where he was going – we had no park tickets, so I figured we would eat at Boardwalk or Beach Club. He headed towards International Gateway and as we got close to the ticket window he said “go get your ticket” (not “our”). I got to the window and said “I need two?? Annual Passes DVC rate” and kind of looked at him to see if he was going to correct me. He didn’t say a word. She asked for our ids and printed our tickets. He got Minnie I got Donald – how backwards is that???? Then he noticed she had the Food & Wine gift cards that you can wear on your wrist there. I had told him I wanted to get one – so he pointed it out and said that I should get that now. I put $50 on the gift card (at 7:18PM) and off we went. nearly 5 1/2 hours after landing.

Supper was a silent meal of a chili cheese dog for me and chicken nuggets and a cup of chili for him at the American pavillion. From there we walked over to Germany. We got to the new carmel shop and he said “Here – isn’t this the place you wanted to see”. It was extremely crowded:crowded: and you couldn’t really see the display case so we left.

He suggested that we head out before it got too crowded with Illuminations. At about that time the Jon Secada concert let out and we were caught trying to get past that crowd.

From there we went back to the resort and to the giftshop where he picked up some bread, butter, a bag of cheetos, peanut butter, and I got a couple bottles of strawberry milk. He also asked the cashier about the DVC-only Vinylmation – which she had – and he bought one of those. She said there were 2 versions but she only had the first one.

As we went in to the building to go back to the room Danny said – go talk to “your friend Maureen” (said sneeringly) and do what you have to – but I don’t want to hear a word about it. Basically he was “giving me permission” to do exactly what I intended to do the next day anyway. :confused3 I went to concierge, told her to go ahead and have the rest of the boxes shipped, and deduct whatever she could. And that I wanted all the contact number she had for this 3rd party company so I could contact them when I got home.

Back in the room we got all the stuff unpacked and put away, got my machine set up. Danny was running around in just his sleeping shorts when there was a knock on the door at about 10 or so. He went and hid in the bathroom (dork) while I let the guy in with the rest of my boxes. When he left, Danny moved them from the entryway to the closet, I changed for bed, got hooked up, went to bed, and started reading my book, he went out in the living room and piddled on his computer for awhile.

Nothing was accomplished today.

The big question – “Why do I put up with it????” I don’t know. I’m used to it, I guess. :confused3 His father was exactly the same way. They blow up hard and loud and ugly then when they are “over it” they think everybody else should be over it too.:sad2: I have seen it play out numerous times. I try to intervene and cut him off and take over certain conversations. Sometimes it works – sometimes it doesn’t. This time there were so many little things going wrong in so many locations that I couldn’t stamp them all out before they started igniting.

If I haven’t totally scared all of you off at this point – I will say that that was the last of it. If we could erase our time in the lobby and the subsequent carry-over into the room – the trip was good. There were no more blow-ups. There was the occasional smart aleck reference to the blow-up….but no more “scenes”.

And this is why, although I would love to meet you someday, I will probably never set up a Dis meet. I would hate to subject anybody to one of his moods - even though I am confident he would never blow up at any of you I would be mortified if we, say met for lunch, then later that evening he's blowing his top about something as you happen to walk by. So I remain semi-anonymous on vacation. :cool2: Yes, I have posted pictures, and yes I give the dates that I am there, so technically, if we were there at the same time we could run in to each other and maybe recognize each other. If it happens organically - so be it - but I will probably never set it up in advance. That doesn't mean I love you all any less :love: I am just trying to protect you all (and myself) from a potentially awkward situation. :sad2:

glennbo123
11-19-2010, 04:02 PM
Oh wow, Tanya. Not a magical afternoon. I'm sorry to read about that, it sounded pretty awful. Spending 2 hours in the lobby would try anybody's patience though.

Please tell me that you did not need special tickets for the golf tournament.

mom3sonstt
11-19-2010, 04:08 PM
No - the golf tournament was fine. Apparently having stacks of tickets at the check in desks of all the resorts wasn't efficient. So instead of that, you just had to show your resort id when you entered the tourny. That probably makes more sense - there were probably people in years past that didn't know to get them at their resort and got all the way over there with no ticket.

KatMark
11-19-2010, 04:22 PM
Tanya, I'm so sorry it was such a bad "first afternoon" at the resort. I'm glad to know that things get better and there are no further blow ups. Still what an awful start to your trip. :hug:

All7OfUs
11-20-2010, 03:40 AM
OH Tanya, that sounds like a dreadful scene! How awful to have to start your vacation off like this!! Glad you didn't have to endure a repeat of all of that nonsense!! Glad you can be honest here and share the bad with the good- :hug:

mom3sonstt
11-20-2010, 12:27 PM
Tanya, I'm so sorry it was such a bad "first afternoon" at the resort. I'm glad to know that things get better and there are no further blow ups. Still what an awful start to your trip. :hug:

OH Tanya, that sounds like a dreadful scene! How awful to have to start your vacation off like this!! Glad you didn't have to endure a repeat of all of that nonsense!! Glad you can be honest here and share the bad with the good- :hug:

Thanks so much! :hug: No, it was not fun. But, unfortunately, I am starting to see a pattern. My husband does not travel well. At least on vacations - he travels for work sometimes and I never hear of any problems then. :confused3 Maybe its the expectation that vacations are supposed to be relaxing and fun - and the first little hiccup throws him - then he keeps piling up each little thing until he has enough to blow up about. :sad2: We had already talked about next year me flying down while he drove - that I would order manual bags for my dialysis the first couple nights and he would bring my machine - then we wouldn't have the hassle of flying with the machine - or the hassle of hauling boxes to the hotels along the road and hopeing the room had the right lay-out for me to hook-up.

The added benefit - and to me the best reason ever to do it this way - is I would be there before them and could get us checked in to the rooms before they ever set foot on Disney property. :thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
12-07-2010, 02:57 PM
I had high hopes of getting back to this and getting to the "good" stuff. I had typed up the beginnings of a report before Thanksgiving, go interrupted and never finished it. Then I decided I would use the beginnings of it, and fix it a little, and add pictures. So today I go in on DH's computer and start to upload the pictures to PhotoBucket. I found the first day's, went to my pics and uploaded them - there were 32 plus 5 videos that were too big and kept bombing out.....so you won't see those. Then I went to his folder......:scared1:..Day 1 he took 837 pictures! Holy Cow! So I am back on hold while I keep running in there and selecting batches to upload.

In the meantime, let me share our photo, storing system. Every night at the resort DH collects all of the cameras and downloads all the pictures. He has a folder - for this trip it is Nov 2010. In that folder are other folders 11-8, 11-9, 11-10, etc. Inside each of those folders are more - "Danny", "Tanya"....(and so on if the boys are there, too). Inside the "Danny" folder is usually two more folders - one labeled Canon, and one Nikon. Sometimes if he takes one of his smaller cameras (mainly at the waterparks) there will be a folder for them too. But the Canon and the Nikon are his "good" camera, and his video camera. The video camera can take still pics, so sometimes he has pics from it. He re-sets the counter at the beginning of a trip so all the cameras start with 00001 - plus whatever pre-fix it automatically puts at the beginning of the number. He also sets the clocks on all the cameras when we get there. Or, I should say, sometimes he sets the clocks on all of the cameras. With the digital pics I can sort my time - so on some of the trips I have thrown everything in to the same folder and sorted by time to see different views.....it's kinda funny when we are in different parks to bounce back and forth between them. But sometimes, he forgets to reset them and something will be on a different time zone than the rest.

Another peek inside our minds - when we travel we make lists. My list is in a little notebook - each person has a page, on that page I list out each article of clothing. I know how many shirts & shorts each person has and which ones they are. I make sure there are light-weight (dry easily) ones for Animal Kingdom (Kali River) day - and make sure that stuff will mix and match fairly easily. My husband, goes to Vegas with a buddy every year. They have a 2 1/2 page spreadsheet of all the camera and computer equipment and other gadgets they take with them, there is also one line that says "clothes". :confused3

I hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving, found some bargains on Black Friday - or Cyber Monday, is staying warm, and is enjoying the holiday season. I am trying to do as much shopping online as possible. I figure every gift I can buy from the comfort of my room while drinking coffee and sitting here in my sweats, is that much less time I have to spend out there in the cold and crowded stores. I am becoming quite the recluse!

marvali
12-07-2010, 04:23 PM
Glad to see you are at least alive and well! :thumbsup2 Not like the rest of us have been burning the DIScandle at both ends lately! Very busy time for everyone it looks like!!!

PennyLane1084
12-07-2010, 05:06 PM
Here in 2010 I am going to leave Mark & Ethan scrounging around in the back of the car in the airport parking lot looking for DVDs…..that should keep them busy for awhile. :rolleyes1


Meanwhile in 1988, the honeymooners saw things that people may never see again. One of them was the long lost Diamond Horseshow Revue.

Another was brand new! DH had never seen it before so it was somewhere we could discover for the first time together. It was

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Mickey’s Birthdayland! :cake:

At that time it wasn’t Toontown – it was Duckberg :donald:

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Most of the buildings were just facades

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Donald’s boat was even smaller….must have been his starter-boat. You couldn’t play on it….there looks like there is a sidewalk there so maybe you could go get your picture taken. I don’t have any pics of anybody doing that so that’s just a guess.

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Goofy hadn’t taken up flying yet and Grandma Duck still owned the barn. And amazingly we have no pictures of the animals Grandma Duck kept there. But she did have some. I’m thinking they were goats. Now that I see the picture blown up it looks like there's a sihouette of a horse and a pig on the sign....so maybe they were there too. And it seems like Minnie Moo lived there for awhile…..but that’s just a dusty, suspect recollection. :rolleyes:

You could still go in Mickey’s house (but not Minnie’s). This was before he hired Donald to remodel his kitchen so many years ago

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And instead of winding around watching old cartoons– we were invited to Mickey’s birthday party!! :bday:

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They had a nice little stage show with characters trying to throw a surprise party for Mickey – they brought presents and made a cake

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And Mickey came!


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After the party was over then you could go back to meet the birthday boy…..uh….mouse!

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Come back soon for more adventures in the Walt Disney World that was…….:hourglass

OMG I was just skimming through your pictures from your honeymoon. And I remember Mickey's Birthdayland. I went for my first time in 1989 and that was still there. My dad taped that birthday show with our HUGE camcorder and I remember Duckberg. Wow, I feel like I'm revisiting my childhood!!:cloud9:

All7OfUs
12-08-2010, 01:23 AM
Hi Tanya,

Yep, we're all pretty busy now with the holiday stuff going on. AND, we have a big impending move looming ahead. Just breathe and take your time- sharing time with family over the Christmas season is more important. :hug:

And about that photo storage system.... All I can say is "WOW!!" I can thank Mary for taking care of our backupping every night. :worship:

vamassey1
12-08-2010, 11:25 AM
If I ever thought I was a little anal, well it doesn't even compare to your DH. I like to upload our pictures by day but not to the extreme he does.

mom3sonstt
12-08-2010, 11:55 AM
If I ever thought I was a little anal, well it doesn't even compare to your DH.

Anal? :rolleyes1 yep ::yes:: that's a good word for him! :rotfl:

mom3sonstt
12-09-2010, 02:58 PM
Initial sketchy plans.


Mon - DH planning to go to AK early and spend time trying to get the perfect pictures on the safari and the walking trails. I will probably hit Epcot and try some of the Food & Wine stands.....well, the food stands anyway.
That evening we plan to go back to the studios for the Osborne Lights. I don't know how smart that is since it's the first night they will be lit and I imagine it will be a zoo - but it's also extra magic hours that night so DH seems to think that will give us a better opportunity (more time) to see the lights. Since we are at Boardwalk we can take the walking path to get "home" so the crowds won't affect us as far as transportation
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Monday started with coffee and toast in the room. Danny had gotten a new lens for his camera that he wanted to try out on the safari, so we headed out together. He headed for the bus stop and I moseyed over to Epcot. I wasn’t in a big hurry because it was just after 8:30 and the park didn’t open until 9. I stopped and took a few pictures around the waterfront as I worked my way over to International Gateway.

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I went through bag check then wound up in a big bottleneck. They weren’t letting people through the turnstiles yet so it was crowded. Since I was on my scooter I had gotten pointed in the wrong direction and couldn’t really get turned very well. I decided that it wasn’t worth the hassle and just kept inching forward - which for me was towards a corner away from the turnstiles. They started letting people through and it didn’t take long for them all to clear out then I was able to get pointed in the right direction and go in.

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The CMs were lined up blocking the bridge to France and in generally just motioning us through to Future World. I saw some people stopping at the phone booths in the UK and got out my cell phone. I had seen the phone numbers for the phone booths online and was going to try to call them. But they left before I got my phone out and had the numbers looked up.

I checked out the empty food & Wine booths as I passed by.

After leaving World Showcase I decided to go to Imagination. I was not even going to attempt the elevator at Soarin without Danny there – especially first thing in the morning. At Imagination I saw the signs for Captain EO and decided to go watch that.

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I swear we had seen it on our honeymoon, but I had no pictures of any signs. Danny says he’s never seen it. After watching it I don’t remember if I had seen it or not. :confused3 I have never really been a Michael Jackson fan, in spite of growing up in the 80’s. I did enjoy some of his music, but until his death, I had never owned a record or cd of his. And technically, Danny bought the cd after he died so I guess I still have never bought any of his music. But that show showed how talented he really was back then – when he was young, and black, and had mostly his original face. His nose looked like he had already started the work. The 3d effects were only so-so – but it was a 30+ year old show and can not compete with Philharmagic.

From there I went to the gift shop. My oldest son loves Figment and wanted me to look for new Figment merchandise. Surprisingly there were several new Figment t-shirts. I took pictures on my phone and sent them to Sean. (hmm…Danny must not have confiscated my phone to get the pictures….or else I ust haven’t discovered where he hid them yet).

From there I wandered through the Innoventions – did my first time - of getting a Velcro frog. I had seen the Velcro show before but either they didn’t have the frogs there then or I had my eyes closed when I went out, but I got me a frog. :thumbsup2

I also heard the Jammin’ Chefs play. I have never seen the Jamminators so I don’t know if it’s the same guys only in a Food themed (I assume for the Food & Wine festival), but they were good.

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There were 3 of them with stoves and a rack of pots and pans and they drummed on all of it….with I think wooden spoons (Marv???) I’ll have to check the pictures when I can get to them. …..(Nope – just drum sticks……spoons would have been better!) And they told silly food-realted puns. They started with talking about being a fan of jams, like strawberry, boysenberry, raspberry, and….Halle Berry!

I had pulled up before they got started, and a bit of a crowd gathered around. We were at the “land” side of the breezeway and a lot of people were cutting through to go see the attractions on that side of the park. For the most part they walked behind those of us watching the performance. There were some who were oblivious and didn’t realize we were standing there for a reason until they were already cutting between us and the show. Most of them realized and hustled on through out of the way. Then there was this guy

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He started through, turned and looked right at me and stopped. Had I been standing I could have just scooted sideways so I could still see, but scooters don’t scoot sideways. And there were people all around me….not in a massive crush, but close enough that I couldn’t maneuver the scooter around without causing other people to have to move. So I tried to lean around this guy. Fortunately, along with being rude, he has a short attention span, so he didn’t stay too long – maybe through the end of the song he walked in on – and then he left.

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After watching them I cruised through MouseGears and then out to the other side where they were setting up for another set. Sean called me about that time so I rolled back out of the way so I could hear him, and also not bother the people trying to watch the show. He was telling me which of the Figment shirts he liked best.

After getting off the phone with him it was 11 and World Showcase was open so I headed over there to try some food.

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First stop was Ireland. The time is 11:07.

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Sorry – no food pictures. I had enough trouble juggling the food while on my scooter. I thought having my own seat would be an advantage, but it really didn’t work out that way. If I’d been smarter, I would have stood at the tables they provide….but nobody has ever accused me of being smart recently – so I tried to make a table out of the stuff in my basket. Worked sometimes – but not so well with anything that was juicy or had sauce. In Ireland I had the Lobster and Scallop Fishermans Pie and the Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Baily’s Irish Cream Ganache. The Fishermans pie was a little cup of a fish “stew” with basically mashed potatoes on top. It was spicier than I anticipated, but very good. The Chocolate Lava cake was tiny. Like a little bite-size muffin. When I first saw it, I was disappointed. But it was very, very rich, so I don’t know that I could have eaten a bigger piece. I didn’t really notice anything on the inside (I guess I thought it would have a filling of chocolate) – or maybe it did, but it was so small I didn’t notice it. It was very moist, and the sauce poured over it was like a thin hot fudge sauce. No mild milk choclate for the Irish – nothing but “rich” chocolate. I also bought a bottle of lemonade there, but would have preferred a cold glass of milk to go with my dessert.


Next stop – Belgium. Time 11:34.

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What says Belgium like a waffle? This one was yummy – and after nearly flipping the whole thing over in my basket – I did get a little smarter and used a table so I could cut through it. The fruit compote was tart berries – which was real good with the whipped cream and warm waffles. So far I’m 3 for 3 on my taste testing.

From there I moved on to Germany and the item I had been craving ever since I saw the Food & Wine menu. Apfelstrudel featuring Werther’s original Karmell sauce. The time is 12:22, and evidently this is when I gave up on the camera.

I think I had this too built up in my mind because I was underwhelmed by it. The carmel sauce was good. But the apple strudel was just missing something. I’m thinking I am more accustomed to cinnamon on my apple desserts, and I don’t think this had much in the way of spices. Which would have probably been ok if the apples had more flavor – were tarter, but they weren’t. It wasn’t bad, it just could have been better….for me.

I stopped at China at 12:44 and had the Pot Stickers and BBQ Chicken. Hmmm, well, I don’t know how to describe the potstickers. Let me start by saying my experience with Chinese food comes mainly from our local grocery store’s Chinese buffet. I typically get the General Chicken and an eggroll. The potstickers were nothing like those. I like spicy and sweet – these were almost sour?? I did eat them – I wouldn’t get them again – just not my taste. The chicken was good. And, considering how universally small the portions are at the Food & Wine booths, I am almost hesitant to say, there was too much of it. But again, that’s me – I am not a big meat eater. I am in no way a vegetarian, or vegan, I just don’t care for meat. My mom told me when I was little I didn’t like any food that I had to chew for very long. I guess some things really haven’t changed. The flavor of the chicken was good and maybe if I could have taken it off the skewer it was on and put it on a bun I would have eaten all of it. But just eating a stick of meat….I only ate about half and tossed the rest.

By this point I had pretty much circled the countries and was kinda full. I went back to Mexico and watched the end of the set by these guys.

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Beautiful voices! There was a girl in the crowd with a birthday button on that they sang to – just incredible. I’m sure she was melting.

When they were done I took a little boat ride

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After the ride I rolled back across the walkway to the Handcarved Ring stand. On my way through on my eating adventure, I had stopped and looked at the rings there like I do every year. The guy was on break at that time. So the cruise through Mexico was just about enough time for him to get back. If you haven’t looked at these rings before, they are just bands with a squared off top that they carve initials, or names into. When I was looking at the samples I noticed that there are some symbols and pictures that they will carve into them too. One of the samples was a guitar. I asked the guy if, with the guitar, he can also add initials. He thought he could but that they would be on the sides of the ring and not across the top. The sample he pulled out had the initials carved on the bottom.

Backstory – As I have mentioned before, my only brother, Bret, died two years ago. (That is who is referred to in my signature). Since then I have been looking for a ring as a memorial of sorts. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry – at all. I have my wedding & engagement rings, a mother’s ring with my and my kids’ birthstones in it, and a black onyx ring that was one of my first “grown-up” purchases. When my grandmother died (two months after my brother) she had a couple opal rings that I took – opal was Bret’s birthstone. But neither of the rings fit, and they were unable to be resized.

So I had been on the look-out for an opal ring. But the problem was – I didn’t like any of them. I did see some black diamond rings that were kinda cool that I thought about getting (Bret was a Raider’s and a Harley fan, his casket was a shiny black with silver trim) I thought the coloring would be appropriate even if it wasn’t his birthstone. But again, nothing ever spoke to me enough to get it. So while looking at these rings and seeing the guitar – well it spoke. As a teenager, Bret played bass guitar all the time. He had it set up in the basement with amplifiers and what not – you could hear the boom boom boom of his bass for blocks away…literally. After he had left home he got away from his guitar. When he moved back home he didn’t play anymore. He said he was afraid he wouldn’t be any good anymore after not playing for so long. He had put on quite a bit of weight over the years, some due to the kidney issues, and dialysis, but most due to dad’s bad genes, and our bad eating habits. He was trying to lose weight, but on dialysis your energy is sapped, so you really don’t feel like doing much. Somewhere along the line he picked up another guitar and started playing again. That gave him something to do that wasn’t just watching tv or sitting on the computer and snacking. He also started re-building his old Harley. So some of the weight was coming off. He also was teaching two of my boys how to play guitar. Sean wasn’t grasping it very well but Mark was doing pretty good. Bret had bough Mark an electric guitar, but Mark thought the bass would be easier, so they had traded – Bret was learning how to play mark’s, and Mark was learning how to play bass. When Bret died, Mark still had his bass – he still does. On Bret’s tombstone is an etching of a laptop computer (he was a programmer) and a bass guitar. So a guitar is very much a “Bret thing”.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/img134.jpgBret, Me, Grandma (Dad's mom), Mom, Dad, Ryne, & Mark at Grandma's 90th birthday Jan 2007. Sean was at a Speech Meet that day. Who knew then that in two years two of them would be gone - Grandma died on the morning of her 92nd birthday.

I ordered a ring with the guitar and with Bret’s initials on the side. That was always another issue – his initials are B.A.D. , so I never wanted to get a ring with just his initials on it. But the guitar – that’s cool. I just got a cheap brass one – I was going to get sterling silver, but he didn’t have a blank in my size that was wide enough and I wasn’t ready to commit to a gold one. I figured if I get the brass one, and I’m comfortable with it and I don’t grow to hate it, maybe some trip I will upgrade to a gold one. The one I ordered was $12 plus 5 for the guitar and 2 for two initials – so $19 plus tax. He told me to come back in half an hour to pick it up. The time was 1:53 when I paid for it inside the shop, then I had to take my order back out to the ring carver – so it was closer to 2:00 but the time he got started.

Another goal I hadn’t met yet was having a Grey Goose slushie. So I rolled through the crowds back to France and started my drinking and driving adventure! :drive: ( 2:17 ) You couldn’t drink it too fast or there would be brain freeze issues, so I rolled over along the water front and watched an epic lizard battle. There was some shrubbery behind Morocco where I was sitting and I thought I noticed something fall out of it out of the corner of my eye. I looked over and there were two of those tiny little lizards that are everywhere. They must have been fighting over the same little girl lizard because they were not happy with each other. I sat there for several minutes and just watched them – they would puff up, and stretch up on their little lizard tippy toes and bounce up and down a little then one would pounce and they would roll around for a couple seconds then separate and puff and bounce some more. Eventually one of them ran off in the bush, and the other one declared himself the winner. :cool1: It was a little bit of light entertainment while I drank my slushie down enough to put it in the cup holder without splashing all over while I drove.

I circled back over to get my ring. It was still a little too early and there was no line for Maelstrom so I took another boat ride.

From there I went and picked up my ring – I love it! :lovestruc

By this time I have heard from Danny, he is on his way back to the resort from Animal Kingdom. I decided to go ahead and go back to the room too. I was full from lunch, but didn’t want to keep snacking because we planned to go to Hollywood Studios that night and would eat supper there somewhere.

I had started with $50 on my gift card that I had purchased for the Food & Wine. After todays samplings I was down to $16.75. I had actually been doing pretty good until I went for that Grey Goose slushie – it was $9.50 – and like my poor apple strudel – it did not live up to the hype. Again, it was fine, I am not much of a drinker. I do remember going to a work outing with my husband years ago and they had a cooler of vodka-lemonade. It was very good – but you really tasted the lemonade. I thought that this would taste kind of like that, only in a slush. It didn’t. Maybe it was more lemony than the GranMarnier – which is supposed to be more orange-y?, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. :confused3

Satisfied with my morning’s adventures, and happy that Danny’s mood appears to have improved considerably from the day before I headed back to the Boardwalk to take a little bit of a break.

And since I still have 100’s of his pictures from that day to finish uploading – I will break there. When I come back I will share his day in pictures – not all 800+ - but enough to let you know how he spent his morning. Think about it though – he was only there about 5 hours or less and has over 800 pictures….. Wow! I think you can guess how he spent his time there!

vamassey1
12-09-2010, 04:08 PM
Tanya wonderful update! I love the detail descrpitions of the food since I've never been there for F & W. Your recounting of the ring was very touching. Do you have a picture of the ring?

Flossbolna
12-10-2010, 04:43 PM
I am so glad that your trip improved after that horrible start! Did you ever get the issue with your medical supplies sorted out? I have heard that the resorts with a convention center charge for deliveries. But just as you said, there is a difference between someone shipping luggage ahead (or convention supplies) and medical supplies!

Have you ever considered contacting the phone line for guests with disabilities to find out about the layout of outlets in the different rooms? Perhaps they may be able to help you in the future with that issue?

The ring for your brother sounds like a wonderful way to remember him. I am very sorry that you lost him at such a still very young age! :hug:

mom3sonstt
12-10-2010, 05:06 PM
Tanya wonderful update! I love the detail descrpitions of the food since I've never been there for F & W. Your recounting of the ring was very touching. Do you have a picture of the ring?

No....I don't have a picture of the ring. I tried to take one with my phone to send to the boys but couldn't get a good one. I'll have to dig out a camera one day and try again.


I am so glad that your trip improved after that horrible start! Did you ever get the issue with your medical supplies sorted out? I have heard that the resorts with a convention center charge for
deliveries. But just as you said, there is a difference between someone shipping luggage ahead (or convention supplies) and medical supplies!

Have you ever considered contacting the phone line for guests with disabilities to find out about the layout of outlets in the different rooms? Perhaps they may be able to help you in the future with that issue?

The ring for your brother sounds like a wonderful way to remember him. I am very sorry that you lost him at such a still very young age! :hug:

As far as the medical supplies and this trip....well, we were charged $60 and Maureen credited back $30. Once I was home I dig some digging around online and saw that someone else had the same issue. They called special services and had the charge removed. I don't know if they were still on property at the time or not. I. Called that number after I got home, I was referred to the guest services email. I sent them an email, received a return phone cal(or three). During the 3rd conversation I mentioned something about DVc. So she sai I would be talking to them. :sad2: so I. Called there. Finally, just a couple days ago it all got settled. I shouldn't have been charged, there will be a $30 credit on our room on our next trip. To make things easier, next trip I will call special services and DVc customer service before I go to let them know what the box situation is.

The outlets by themselves probably wouldnt have been an issue if we hadn't already had so many other problems. We pack an extension cord and a multi-outlet plug with us now and can usually work around the room layouts.

Thank you for your condolences. My brother actually spent about a year or so in Germany when he was in the army. I think he was there in 1984-85. I want to say he was stationed near Hanau (??) he loved it there and wanted to stay longer, but paperwork wasn't his strong point and he didn't get his request in in time .

mom3sonstt
12-10-2010, 05:39 PM
I apologize for the typos, strange puncuations and capitalizations on the above post. I'm using dh's iPad and it doesn't like how I abbreviate and I don't like what it calls a keyboard.:confused3

KatMark
12-13-2010, 01:30 PM
I'm back, Tanya (I've finished my TR so now I can concentrate on all of the others). You had a great update; glad to see things improved and loved the food descriptions at the F&W. That was a very warm story about the ring. :hug:

mom3sonstt
12-14-2010, 06:37 PM
Well, crap. I ran to town today, went to Driver's License place, KMart, WalMart & the car delearship for an oil change. Now that I'm home I went to take my rings off to put on some lotion and.....my Bret-ring is missing.:mad: My last stop was the car lot and I'm sure I still had it there, so I'm hoping I will find it in the truck or the yard or somewhere....I guess it's a good thing I didn't spring for the gold one. I think buying a ring that fit my fingers in hot temps and expecting them to fit in cold temps maybe wasn't such a good idea - I guess I should have gotten it a little bit smaller. :confused3

Flossbolna
12-15-2010, 03:53 AM
I am very sorry that you lost that ring! I hope you will find it! :hug:

glennbo123
12-15-2010, 08:19 AM
Sounds like a nice Food and Wine morning Tanya. I may have some stories about the phone booths in the World Showcase later on in my TR. :rolleyes:

Hope you find your ring.

mom3sonstt
12-15-2010, 09:57 PM
No luck on the ring....so unless it just happens to turn up some strange place it looks like it's gone.:guilty: I checked the truck, the yard, and even the garbage can where I threw away my mcdonalds sack when I got home. I know if I don't find it, when I replace it I will go a little smaller.

All7OfUs
12-16-2010, 03:00 AM
Oh no, Tanya!! What an awful thing to lose!! I almost flushed mine down the toilet once on accident (long story) but saved it just in time. Can you try to call your city's lost and found dept?? I really hope it turns up- I'd be so sad to lose mine!

mom3sonstt
12-16-2010, 12:31 PM
I live in a town with a population of about 300 give or take a few....there is no lost and found. I did stop in at the post office and asked the postmaster if anyone turned one in, in case it slipped off when I was getting in or out of the truck there. If it fell off "in town" that would be Galesburg, which is 20-some miles away (pop. 33,000) - I did call the car lot to see if anyone found it there either, no luck. But you never know - this spring I could be doing something in the kitchen and it could come rolling out of it's hiding place. :confused3

I lost my mothers-ring several years ago. I was getting stuff out of the back of our van during our local carnival and I noticed it was gone. I tore up the van looking for it - nowhere. I asked a few people who were in the vicinity of the van. The next day during the pedal tractor pull, one of the carnival workers brought my ring to me and asked if that was it. It had evidently come off when I was getting money out of my pocket to by ride tickets for the boys because it was in front of her ticket booth.:confused3 And then there was the time I lost my class ring at a weenie roast - found it under a clump of dried up.....well, unpleasant stuff. Don't know how it got there - but Dad had a metal detector, and it found it. So, yeah - I have a history of losing rings. :sad2:

KatMark
12-16-2010, 12:36 PM
Tanya, so sorry to hear about the ring. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed that it "pops" out from somewhere soon.

mom3sonstt
12-16-2010, 03:43 PM
Initial sketchy plans.


Mon - DH planning to go to AK early and spend time trying to get the perfect pictures on the safari and the walking trails. I will probably hit Epcot and try some of the Food & Wine stands.....well, the food stands anyway.
That evening we plan to go back to the studios for the Osborne Lights. I don't know how smart that is since it's the first night they will be lit and I imagine it will be a zoo - but it's also extra magic hours that night so DH seems to think that will give us a better opportunity (more time) to see the lights. Since we are at Boardwalk we can take the walking path to get "home" so the crowds won't affect us as far as transportation
.


Monday started with coffee and toast in the room. Danny had gotten a new lens for his camera that he wanted to try out on the safari, so we headed out together. He headed for the bus stop and I moseyed over to Epcot.

Last time I took you around Epcot with me…..this time I will try to recreate DH’s adventures.

He started out

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Stopped briefly to take a few pictures of

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and hurried over to

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where he got a fastpass and then got in line where he saw

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And then he went back and did it again – requesting to sit on the other side of the truck this time.

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hmm…..is he licking his lips????

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cont.

mom3sonstt
12-16-2010, 03:45 PM
cont.

Then it was time to spend a little time

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And no visit is complete without

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These are his favorites – the mama and baby

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This is who I was ready to fix him up with Sunday evening

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After taking 125 pictures of various gorillas he decided to go for a little ride....

cont.

mom3sonstt
12-16-2010, 03:47 PM
cont....

Past these

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to

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where he saw

Indian Princesses

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and other friendly creatures

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then it was time to take this

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back to here

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and time to play with that new lens a little more

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And this is where I need to take a break – because I still have about 300 more pictures from his morning to get uploaded....:rolleyes1

And for informational purposes - the first picture of the Animal Kingdom sign was taken at 9:08AM. The last pictures of the Tree of Life that I have uploaded (so far) were taken at 12:13. At that point he was on picture #513.....for the day......

KatMark
12-17-2010, 12:41 PM
Great update, Tanya. You got some really SUPER pitures of the gorillas and the safari (I especially love the baby elephant at the edge of the water. That is a WHOLE LOT of pictures you took if you still have 300 more to upload. :thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
12-17-2010, 02:03 PM
Great update, Tanya. You got some really SUPER pitures of the gorillas and the safari (I especially love the baby elephant at the edge of the water. That is a WHOLE LOT of pictures you took if you still have 300 more to upload. :thumbsup2

Thanks Kat - but those are all Danny - I didn't even make it to AK on this trip. His official picture count for AK that day was 853 :rolleyes1 and not a single silly hat picture in the bunch! But that was his plan for the day - he wanted to go over there and take lots of pictures. I think in some cases he took so many of the same thing because he was playing with his lens - gotta love digital cameras. Sure wouldn't be doing that if you had to buy the film for each picture.

More to come - I've got the last batch of that day uploading now.....

vamassey1
12-17-2010, 02:56 PM
Wow Danny got some great pictures. Looks like that new lense was worth it.

I'm sorry you lost your ring. If your luck holds out maybe it will show back up. You may have a history of losing rings but you also have a history of finding them.

mom3sonstt
12-17-2010, 02:58 PM
Cont…..

I left you at 12:13 with Danny circling the Tree of Life trying out his new lens. But apparently I missed lunch. It looks like at 11:54 he stopped at Tamu Tamu for a cheeseburger and diet coke. I don’t know where Tamu Tamu is….I am assuming it is somewhere along the route from Harmabe to Asia because his next stop was here

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and then on to visit some of my favorite creepy critters

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and these not so creepy….but still wouldn’t want to get close and personal with – guys

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And then on over to these guys – who bear a remarkable resemblance to the ones I try to avoid on the highways around here

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this one looks like a plain ol’ cow to me

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0594.jpg

The meerkats evidently had the day off…..:confused3

But there were some feathered friends….

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0599.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0604.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0612.jpg

Must be backtracking now

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0619.jpg

hmm – I thought he just left here :confused:

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0623.jpg
maybe that’s why he was backtracking…to get the sign :idea:



cont.

mom3sonstt
12-17-2010, 03:01 PM
cont.



I don’t think he rode this

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0624.jpg

But here’s one for Glenn’s mutant animal collection

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0628.jpg



http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0631.jpg

The backside of water???

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0634.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0639.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0644.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0645.jpg

And now it is time for a photo shoot with the kangaroos

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0649.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0657.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0662.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0664.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0679.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0684.jpg

39 shots later the kangaroos had had enough and sent him on his way to

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0686.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0689.jpg

He looks like his legs were put together backwards…


http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0697.jpg

cont.

mom3sonstt
12-17-2010, 03:08 PM
cont. (begins on previous page)


Some more feathered friends...

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0705.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0708.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0711.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0712.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0718.jpg

or maybe not so feathered....

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0730.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0737.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0738.jpg

Oh look - he's in...

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0740.jpg

Oh – there were other people there too that day

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0741.jpg

and I’m embarrassed to say we brought a few more of these home with us again this trip

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0742.jpg

of the animal Vinylmations - we brought home the gorilla....upper right corner :thumbsup2. He is joined by about 40 other Mickey shaped chunks of plastic adorning our "Disney wall" in the living room :sad2:.

cont.

mom3sonstt
12-17-2010, 03:12 PM
cont.


and even more feathered friends.....

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0754.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0756.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0762.jpg

I skipped the pictures of the fish – they never seem to turn out very well

But here’s some more birds

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0784.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0794.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0797.jpg

This guy must have been after something - Danny has a few pics of him splashing around...


http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0807.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0808.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0811.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0815.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0818.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0820.jpg


Not a bird – but appears to be hanging out with them….

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0825.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0828.jpg




http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0832.jpg


http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0838.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0847.jpg

and the final picture of that morning’s adventure….number 853, taken at 1:47 PM, a mere 4 hours and 39 minutes after picture number 1 is

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/Nov10/11-8/DSC_0853.jpg.

From here he took a bus back to the Boardwalk. Not sure how long that took, probably awhile. I didn’t get back to the room until 3 or so, and I don’t think he had been there too long.

Next up will be our evening plans. How many pictures will we take when we are together????

FauntleroyFAN07
12-17-2010, 03:15 PM
u have 40 of those, holy cow.

that is alot....do you care to take apicture of all of them, that would be pretty neat.

mom3sonstt
12-17-2010, 03:51 PM
Wow Danny got some great pictures. Looks like that new lense was worth it.

I'm sorry you lost your ring. If your luck holds out maybe it will show back up. You may have a history of losing rings but you also have a history of finding them.

He is very happy with his lens. Now he just needs to follow up on the other half of the deal and sell the one he had to begin with....:rolleyes:

u have 40 of those, holy cow.

that is alot....do you care to take apicture of all of them, that would be pretty neat.


ask and you shall receive..... the vinylmations are scattered among all the other Disney doodads

This is the back wall of my living room....

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/IMG_1201.jpg

(and yes, that is a bust of John Kennedy on my "Disney wall" - we decided since he was in the Hall of Presidents and in the American Adventure, that he wasn't out of place back there....)

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/IMG_1202.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/IMG_1203.jpg

It looks like the final count is actually 34....plus 2 more in my sons room - he has the baseball and the golf ones....and if we want to get picky I have a mini one on a keychain on my Disney-purse, and Mark's sports ones came with mini ones too...so that brings the total to 39.

and if you don't look at all the cobwebs up there :rolleyes1 this is the top of the wall between our living room and kitchen. The ceiling follows the roofline so it is at a slant - this wall I have to climb on the couch to get all of the mugs up there. I think this collection has been completed now that they no longer have this size mugs available anymore.

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/IMG_1205.jpg

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/IMG_1204.jpg

Lifelong_Dreamer
12-18-2010, 01:00 AM
All caught up! I don't envy the start of your vacation but I am glad that things improved from there!

Those shots from AK were fantastic!

The photo sorting system you guys use sounds much like ours. Erich brings his laptop and we plug in all three cameras every night. Each day gets its own folder with subfolders for each camera and then within those subfolders are more subfolders for videos. :rotfl: I think among the whole family we probably take as many pictures as your DH. :laughing:

mom3sonstt
12-18-2010, 02:15 PM
All caught up! I don't envy the start of your vacation but I am glad that things improved from there!

Those shots from AK were fantastic!

The photo sorting system you guys use sounds much like ours. Erich brings his laptop and we plug in all three cameras every night. Each day gets its own folder with subfolders for each camera and then within those subfolders are more subfolders for videos. :rotfl: I think among the whole family we probably take as many pictures as your DH. :laughing:

:welcome: Thanks! DH was pretty proud of his pics. I had fun looking through them because he took soooo many that if you flipped through them fast enough it was almost like a video. Especially the one with the cheetah - he had one with his tongue out, and another just like it without - I entertained myself by going back and forth making the cheetah lick his lips :rolleyes1

If I had taken the time I could have probably found better pics - but I was just looking at the thumbnail size ones on photobucket.

After this first day the quantity of pics drops off

All7OfUs
12-18-2010, 05:25 PM
There are very few of whom I'd say take truly stand out, amazing pictures around Disney. You my dear, are one of them. Right up there with Lifelong Dreamer, MEK, and CircusGirl . :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Kudos to a job well done with the camera!

mom3sonstt
12-18-2010, 09:06 PM
There are very few of whom I'd say take truly stand out, amazing pictures around Disney. You my dear, are one of them. Right up there with Lifelong Dreamer, MEK, and CircusGirl . :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Kudos to a job well done with the camera!

Thank you....but really...all those AK pics were all Danny. Now if you're talking about the doofus standing in front of me at the Jammin' chefs....well that's all me. :thumbsup2

Lifelong_Dreamer
12-18-2010, 09:12 PM
There are very few of whom I'd say take truly stand out, amazing pictures around Disney. You my dear, are one of them. Right up there with Lifelong Dreamer, MEK, and CircusGirl . :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Kudos to a job well done with the camera!

Not my thread, but thanks for the compliment! I'm going to be making my way over to your TR in the next few days, just have one last exam to write on Monday and then I am done for the semester!

Sorry for the hijack!

englishrose47
12-19-2010, 01:26 PM
Hi Tanya !!Grest pix of AK !!!! I love your not a TR!!!!

mom3sonstt
12-19-2010, 02:43 PM
Hi Tanya !!Grest pix of AK !!!! I love your not a TR!!!!

Thanks Rosie - and :welcome: When I get this quickie November trip wrapped up....even though it's barely started.....I will have to get back to our family trip in June. I think those boys have been stuck in the backseat looking for their DVDs long enough. :rolleyes1

FauntleroyFAN07
12-20-2010, 01:28 PM
wow what a collection, the mug collection is cool as well, the other thing that stinks now is the mugs are all the same no matter what resort you stay in, makes getting drinks at other resorts easier, but stinks that they are not specific...as we liked our resort specific mugs as well.

your collection of the mickeys is kinda like ours of the pins, we have about 200 different ones we have collected over the last few trips.

mom3sonstt
12-20-2010, 03:36 PM
wow what a collection, the mug collection is cool as well, the other thing that stinks now is the mugs are all the same no matter what resort you stay in, makes getting drinks at other resorts easier, but stinks that they are not specific...as we liked our resort specific mugs as well.

your collection of the mickeys is kinda like ours of the pins, we have about 200 different ones we have collected over the last few trips.

yeah - Disney is losing money on our mug purchases now that they have generic mugs. He used to look at all the drink carts to see if they had a different mug. We usually wound up bringing home one from each park, the resort we were at, and maybe a water park. And if we should be there when the seasons were changing (and the mug design) then we wound up with more than one from a single place.

Evidently Danny is more interested in Disney plastic than he is Disney metal - he did mugs, never got interested in the pins, but now he is in to the vinylmations. We do have a few pins - but not what you'd really call a collection. Sean had a lanyard, and a pin from each park, plus a few others. The other boys never wanted, or got any, and Danny has a few - mostly if he bought a new ball cap, he might buy a pin to go on it too.

FauntleroyFAN07
12-21-2010, 11:54 AM
yeah - Disney is losing money on our mug purchases now that they have generic mugs. He used to look at all the drink carts to see if they had a different mug. We usually wound up bringing home one from each park, the resort we were at, and maybe a water park. And if we should be there when the seasons were changing (and the mug design) then we wound up with more than one from a single place.

Evidently Danny is more interested in Disney plastic than he is Disney metal - he did mugs, never got interested in the pins, but now he is in to the vinylmations. We do have a few pins - but not what you'd really call a collection. Sean had a lanyard, and a pin from each park, plus a few others. The other boys never wanted, or got any, and Danny has a few - mostly if he bought a new ball cap, he might buy a pin to go on it too.

yeah i can see how it would be cheaper for them to print only one design, but it was still cool to see all the different ones.


as far as the pins, we buy all of them online then take em there to trade, keeps the cost down, cant afford the 7+ price there per pin.

mom3sonstt
12-24-2010, 07:29 PM
Merry Christmas to all my DIS friends!

We are getting more snow than expected (I thought I cancelled my order for snow - but too many people must have been wishing for a white Christmas and I got vetoed. :confused3 ) So if wherever you are, you are getting hit by Old Man Winter - be careful out there!

All7OfUs
12-25-2010, 02:51 AM
Thank you....but really...all those AK pics were all Danny. Now if you're talking about the doofus standing in front of me at the Jammin' chefs....well that's all me. :thumbsup2

I think you probably take your fair share of good ones too!! And YOU are the one who is posting them and letting us all enjoy them. Thanks for your sharing! :goodvibes

Not my thread, but thanks for the compliment! I'm going to be making my way over to your TR in the next few days, just have one last exam to write on Monday and then I am done for the semester!

Sorry for the hijack!

I hope you do make your way over!! Hey, I just invented a really great way to find readers!! Goof up 2 posters, give a compliment and voila!! :lmao: No seriously, I was mixing you up with the poster who did the TR on Niagara Falls not long ago?? Who was that?! Anyway, I"ll be looking for you when you can make it over. I am finally, FINALLY getting to the good part of the actual Disney trip. Everything up til now, the readers who followed my PTR were interested in. Now we get to the REAL DEAL!

Lifelong_Dreamer
12-25-2010, 06:46 AM
I hope you do make your way over!! Hey, I just invented a really great way to find readers!! Goof up 2 posters, give a compliment and voila!! :lmao: No seriously, I was mixing you up with the poster who did the TR on Niagara Falls not long ago?? Who was that?! Anyway, I"ll be looking for you when you can make it over. I am finally, FINALLY getting to the good part of the actual Disney trip. Everything up til now, the readers who followed my PTR were interested in. Now we get to the REAL DEAL!

:laughing: That may have been me, I did do a TR on Niagara Falls back in May. ;)

glennbo123
12-25-2010, 09:19 AM
Merry Christmas!

KatMark
12-25-2010, 10:53 AM
Merry Christmas!!!!

mom3sonstt
12-30-2010, 08:09 PM
I'd appreciate everyones thoughts and prayers for my daughter-in-law. Her and my stepson live in Virginia beach, va. She is originally from the Waukegan (great lakes) area. She got a call today that her mother had passed away. She has been Sick with one thing and another for years, shelly had come back a couple years ago to be with her when she wasn't doing well. So, while she has been in bad shape for quite awhile, the call was still unexpected. Her mother had just had her 72d birthday a couple weeks ago and would have celebrated her 53d anniversary on new years day. Shelly is flying home tomorrow, she's got 3 brothers and 3 sisters....some still live in the area, the others are scattered around the country.Right now she's having a hard time because she is so far away. Hopefully once she's home with her family she will do better. Your thoughts and prayers are welcomed.

All7OfUs
12-30-2010, 08:14 PM
I'd appreciate everyones thoughts and prayers for my daughter-in-law. Her and my stepson live in Virginia beach, va. She is originally from the Waukegan (great lakes) area. She got a call today that her mother had passed away. She has been Sick with one thing and another for years, shelly had come back a couple years ago to be with her when she wasn't doing well. So, while she has been in bad shape for quite awhile, the call was still unexpected. Her mother had just had her 72d birthday a couple weeks ago and would have celebrated her 53d anniversary on new years day. Shelly is flying home tomorrow, she's got 3 brothers and 3 sisters....some still live in the area, the others are scattered around the country.Right now she's having a hard time because she is so far away. Hopefully once she's home with her family she will do better. Your thoughts and prayers are welcomed.

Of course we will, Tanya!! I am on the road this very minute (stuck in an airport) coming home from a funeral as well, and know all about how those expected, yet really not expected, phone calls can be. May she take comfort in the Lord, and the family around her.

mom3sonstt
12-31-2010, 07:02 PM
Thank you Liesa :hug: Shelly made it to Chicago this afternoon. Don't know how long she will be staying or how many of the siblings will make it back.



Happy 2011 to all my DIS friends and their families!
Spending another New Year's Eve at home in front of the TV with piles of junk food scattered about. This year it will just be 3 of us. Sean went back down to where he goes to college already and Mark is spending the night with a friend and going to a lock in with their church group out at the school. So it is just DH, me & Ryne. Last year Sean was home and 2 of the grandkids were over. Oh well- more junk food for those who stayed home!

glennbo123
12-31-2010, 07:31 PM
I remember seeing your safari pictures Tanya, but must have missed all of the bird pictures in all the hubbub of the past couple of weeks. Nice job capturing a mutant bird for my collection! ;) Such beautiful colors in those bird pictures though.

englishrose47
12-31-2010, 08:17 PM
http://i734.photobucket.com/albums/ww350/BOWIE3_2009/greetings/nwyr6.gifHappy New Year

KatMark
01-01-2011, 05:48 PM
Happy New Year, Tanya.

http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb136/Luvwrestling/newyear.gif

mom3sonstt
01-03-2011, 05:45 PM
Omigosh....guess what I just found. :cool1::cool1: my ring:thumbsup2:cheer2: I have been looking in the road every time I go to the post office thinking it may have fallen off when I got out...no luck. So now I'm sitting here cleaning receipts and stuff out of my purse, I reached in the side pocket and bam...there it is. I know ive looked in my purse before, but I must have been doing that panicky-rushed kind of looking and missed it. Now that I have it back I'll have to get a picture of it....Danny leaves tomorrow for Vegas so once he's gone I'll have to see what he leaves behind for cameras.

All7OfUs
01-03-2011, 06:05 PM
Well, wasn't Santa good to you to let you ring in the New Year by finding something so special!!!! I'm so very excited for you!! :banana::banana::banana: Now, you need to ask for 4 more!!

Lifelong_Dreamer
01-03-2011, 09:53 PM
So happy that you found your ring!

Flossbolna
01-04-2011, 07:37 AM
How wonderful that you found the ring again! What a nice bit of good news after the bad news your family had recently! :goodvibes

mom3sonstt
01-04-2011, 03:01 PM
Mon - DH planning to go to AK early and spend time trying to get the perfect pictures on the safari and the walking trails. I will probably hit Epcot and try some of the Food & Wine stands.....well, the food stands anyway.

Don’t know if the pictures were perfect – but some were darn close – so “mission accomplished” for him….and I did hit up a few food stands so “mission accomplished” for me too!


That evening we plan to go back to the studios for the Osborne Lights. I don't know how smart that is since it's the first night they will be lit and I imagine it will be a zoo - but it's also extra magic hours that night so DH seems to think that will give us a better opportunity (more time) to see the lights. Since we are at Boardwalk we can take the walking path to get "home" so the crowds won't affect us as far as transportation


When I left you last DH was back in the room uploading his pictures, and I “walked” back from Epcot to take a break for awhile before heading out again that evening.

I showed him my newly purchased (and recently lost and more recently recovered) ring.

And after much drama – here it is!

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/IMG_5053.jpg
This is the top of it carved out in the shape of a guitar

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/IMG_5054.jpg
On one side is the letter “B”

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/IMG_5056.jpg
and on the other is the letter “D”

After a brief rest in the room, probably did a little laundry and straightened up the kitchen a little we walked to the Hollywood Studios. If you are familiar with the lay-out of the Boardwalk Villas, our room was on the 2nd floor overlooking the quiet pool and the Community Hall. That was handy for Danny at night when he would go down to the hot tub because we were so close. However, with me in my scooter we had to go all the way back up the hallway to the elevators which are just off the lobby, so I could go down one flight and get outside then we had to walk all the way back around the side of the resort to get on the walking path to the Studios. Had I not been using a scooter we could have gone down a flight of steps near our room and right out and on to the path. My scooter definitely added some additional walking for Danny!

At the Studios we….uh….walked around and looked at stuff….:confused3 I don’t think we rode any rides because we were there so late and there were no fastpasses available. I think we went to PrimeTime to see if we could get in as a walk-in but the wait was going to be too long. I don’t know if we checked anywhere else, or considered any counter service places, but we wound up over at Sci Fi and were able to get in fairly quickly there. We sat there for a few minutes and Danny downloaded the Disney Mobile Magic to my phone. But while we sat there messing with it we discovered that it didn’t list Tower of Terror, Rock N Roller Coaster or Toy Story. Didn’t understand what good it was if it wasn’t showing the “good” stuff. We played around with the maps thinking if we got to where they were on the map they would pop in – we never did have any luck with that.

After just a few minutes of waiting they took us to sit in the back seat of a car on the back row. I ordered the Douple Dip appetizer as a meal – it’s a dish of chili and a dish of spinach avacado dip with a pile of tortilla chips. Danny had the Beef and Blue salad – which had a pretty good chunk of steak cut up on a salad. He doesn’t like Blue cheese dressing so switched it out for ranch – so it was actually Beef and Ranch instead of Beef and Blue. ;) We both also ordered Diet Cokes. She brought our drinks over and I took a drink (while Danny was still messing with my phone) and it just didn’t taste right. I asked Danny to try it and to try his and he agreed with me – it was too sweet. We are both actually diet Pepsi drinkers, so we know diet Coke will taste different than we are used to, plus fountain soda usually tastes a little different than bottled, but it was more than that. We thought maybe she brought regular instead of diet so we flagged her down and told her. She whisked them away and brought back 2 more – they didn’t taste any better. She said she filled them herself. She offered to go try a different drink station. We said if she didn’t mind we would appreciate it – this time it tasted better. Somebody must have hooked the wrong kind up to the other one, or something. We noticed later that that she only charged us for one drink instead of 2. We also have the Tables in Wonderland discount so our total cost for the meal was $31.14. I finished nearly all of my dip and chili, but only about half the chips – he cleaned his plate.

It was only 6:23 when we left and we went from there over to the Writers Stop. For such a little shop, we always manage to spend a lot of time in it. We both love books and they always seem to have some interesting ones in there…..plus they have yummy treats!! Yummy treats like giant cookies – we left with a chocolate chip cookie for him and a sugar cookie for me. I really wanted the carrot cake cookie….but recently I had been having some…ahem…issues :sick: with cream cheese. I hope it was only a temporary thing, because I really like cream cheese, but I wasn’t going to tempt fate on vacation – so I went with the safer looking, and also yummy, sugar cookie. We bagged them up and put them in the basket of my scooter for later. Check out time was 6:44.

We were in the neighborhood, and the Osborne lights were getting ready to start. But it was the very first night, we didn’t know where to be or what was happening, and it was an absolute zoo so after attempting to go over there and wait, we decided that was too much trouble and got out of there. I don’t know what we did….probably walked around and looked at some more stuff. Or maybe it was the other way around…..maybe we went to wait for the lights after we ate, then went to the Writers Stop and by the time we were done the lights had started….. It could have happened that way…. I’m thinking that’s more likely.

We stood at the end of the street and he recorded the lights for awhile, a CM came over and got a handful of people doing some line dancing, I tried to stay out of the way of people who were looking up at the lights and not down at the lady in the scooter. Danny was no help blocking traffic because he was attached to the video camera. One guy in particular was doing that “walking backwards” form of adjusting his camera and about wound up as a passenger in my basket! We tried to carefully work our way down the street. And they were stunning! I wish I could have left the cart behind and walked through the streets instead of spending more time watching traffic than I was watching the lights. Danny walked up and down, and back and forth and all around filming different things from different angles – I was trying to follow him, but by the time I would catch up to him in one location he was backtracking to a different one….it was a joke trying to keep up with him, but it was so crowded I also didn’t want to lose sight of him either then spend the rest of the evening trying to find each other again. If you remember the old Family Circus cartoons - just picture any one of them where the kids were supposed to go from Point A to Point B and the route they actually took...:rotfl:

After several minutes of taking in the lights and the music we decided to try Toy Story. It was an Extra Magic Hour night and I think it was right around regular park closing time. I had read somewhere that towards closing time sometimes the wait times that are listed for some of the rides are actually longer than the wait really is….possibly to discourage people from getting in line so close to closing. Well, we had never done stand-by for Toy Story, so we had never seen Mr Potato Head, we didn’t know if we would be back over here early enough to get a fastpass any other day, and we had nothing better to do, so we got in line. I think the wait time said 80 or 90 minutes….and it was pretty accurate. So much for that theory :rolleyes1 Although, I guess it could be true and we were just there at the wrong time because of EMH :confused3 We watched Mr Potato Head, we watched the people in line around us, we watched our watches…..and eventually we got to our cart. I don’t remember the scores other than Danny beat me – but we won the same prize – so he didn’t beat me by much.

From there we worked our way towards “main Street” and I think we rode the Great Movie Ride. We considered going down to Tower of Terror, but after the long wait at Toy Story we really didn’t want to do another long wait at the Tower. Especially since there I can’t take my cart in with me. I usually park it and walk….but I also usually have fastpasses.

With very little accomplished….but the goals of eating and watching the lights accomplished, we headed out. On our way we stopped and he took the only pictures of the evening

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Three of them of the tree….and it’s “bald spot”. One section of lights near the top wasn’t lighting up. Since we were going for the main purpose of seeing the lights Danny hadn't brought any of the still cameras with him - just the movie camera. It does take still pictures, but he just doesn't think to use it as a still camera. I haven't seen the videos yet, so I don't know what else he filmed other than the lights. He may have gotten it out for some of Mr Potato Head, but I wouldn't swear to it.

We walked back to the Boardwalk and stopped downstairs at the gift shop and picked up a couple more bottles of diet coke and a package of bagels for the room. The time is now 9:46 and our first complete day has come to an end.

I am guessing that once back in the room, I did more laundry, got the coffee pot ready for the next morning, got hooked up and went to bed and read for awhile. He most likely went down to the hot tub for a little bit and piddled around on the computer before coming to bed.

The next day was scheduled to be an Epcot day.....

mom3sonstt
01-04-2011, 05:12 PM
I talked to Shelly today - my daughter-in-law. All the siblings made it home except one. The oldest daughter lives in Texas, is somewhat mentally challenged (but able to live on her own) and just could not make it. They did not have an actual funeral service, the family just got together and reminisced. Shelly is going back home on Friday. That's actually why she called, we booked and paid for her flight up there and needed to set up her flight back home again. While talking to her I mentioned to her that I had found my ring yesterday. She started to say something, stopped, then started again with "this will sound corny, but I think my mom helped you find it for helping me get home this week". :hug:

For last minute flights, I was surprised at how cheap we were able to get her there. I booked her a flight from Virginia to Chicago on New Years Eve (booked on the 30th for the morning of the 31st) for just over $100 including all taxes and fees. Coming home I booked it today for Friday afternoon and it was about the same - just a couple dollars less. One was USAirways and the other was United Airlines. Both were OHare and Newport News/Williamsburg/Hampton airport, one was going through Philadelphia, the other going through Charlotte. I think if we had sent her through Norfolk, which is closer - but bigger and harder to get around in - it would have been about 50-60 more per flight.

mom3sonstt
01-06-2011, 01:12 PM
Today is our 7 month mark for our August trip - in DVC rules it means I can book at any resort - not just a home resort. Soooo today I called and moved our Old Key West reservations over to Boardwalk. Right now I have us in a room with a Boardwalk view. Our first two visits were with Garden/Pool views and were fine...I wanted to get a "Standard" view because it would have been only 5 points more than our OKW reservations. Boardwalk , Garden, and Pool views are all considered "preferred" so the points are the same for all of them - I figured if I was going to spring for the additional points I would like to try the Boardwalk view itself. As for points it was 54 more for that room than it was for OKW - it's 49 points more than a standard view. That's a lot of points for a change of scenery! I am waitlisted for a Standard view - it was available for 6 of the 7 nights, but the night it was missing was in the middle of the week. We don't like moving (we've never done it other than when we have added a night on to the beginning or end of a trip) - once our luggage is there (if we fly) or unloaded (if we drive) we are unpacking and moving in...groceries are put away, closets are filled, my machine is set up and my supplies find a home. The last thing I want to do is load it all up and haul it somewhere else and do it again. We are still considering sending me down a couple days early - me flying out when they start driving down...but I haven't booked a room or looked at flights yet - it's still in the "considering" phase.

Just checked flights - they aren't booking yet for my dates. The latest they had was July 27...so my dates should be available in a couple weeks....

mom3sonstt
01-10-2011, 03:15 PM
Initial sketchy plans.

Tues - Right now it's penciled in as another Epcot day. We have reservations for Biergarten that evening, so we will be there in the evening for sure.


The Eat to the Beat performers at Epcot are Jon Secada (Sun), Hanson (Mon-Tues), Rick Springfield (Wed Thurs) and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy (Fri - we'll be gone already). The only one I have a half an interest in is Rick Springfield, but I don't know if we will be over there either of those nights. It's not a priority.

Today started out with bagels and coffee in the room. Then it was off to Epcot which was just over the bridge and through the gate….love staying at the Boardwalk (or Beach Club) – I really hate the stress involved with loading the scooter on the bus so being at these resorts where I can just roll to two of the parks and monorail it over to a 3rd is wonderful. Danny and I speak two different languages - so while he is getting worked up and telling me how to load the cart, I get more flustered….his directions of “no, the other way” aren’t extremely helpful. So starting the day rolling in to a park is a good thing. :thumbsup2

According to our pictures, evidently we did a lot of going back and forth, which again, with the scooter, is now possible. Without it I had a strict rule of “no going backwards” if we went past something, too bad, we would keep moving forward – my goal on those last few “walking” trips were to take as few steps as possible to get to the next sitting location. :faint:

Based on our past trips, I would say that Danny went to Soarin’ and got Fast Passes while I went over to the Test Track/Mission Space are to wait for him. Along the way he saw

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The Tron-orail

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Our first attraction of the day was

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There is usually not much of a line on the Green side, so in we went….I think the two of us had to man the ship by ourselves. We had a few problems along the way, but made it out alive.

Then he went over and got some fastpasses for Test Track and we headed back across the park to do

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at

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On the way we saw

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We only stopped for a couple minutes to take a couple pictures – they were playing the same set and telling the same jokes I had seen the day before.

Once we fought the battle of the too small and inconvenient elevator and got to Soarin’ we were in line with a couple other wheelchairs and/or scooters so our spaces that we stand on in line were messed up. The couple behind us was freaking out and trying to get into a different line because they didn’t have an arrow to stand on. :sad2: When we went in usually there is a CM there to tell you where they want you to park. Since there were others ahead of us in line they must have been busy with them, so I just left it in one of the little yellow boxes painted on the floor. I left the key in it (some places you do, some you don’t) and got settled in to my hangglider. I noticed a CM get my cart and move it over by the exit door….spots that were filled by people on the previous flight when we entered the room.

I like Soarin', but I don’t understand the emotional responses some people have for it. :confused3 That could be because I really do not like rides where my feet are dangling. I will not ride a roller coaster that hangs from above unless it’s got a fully enclosed seating area. And while Soarin’ is not a roller coaster, I still have an uncontrollable nervous feeling in my stomach when we are lifted – especially if the glider starts to rock at all. :eek:

After leaving Soarin’ we decided to get some lunch. Danny headed over to the place there – Seasons?? I don’t think they were serving lunch yet, and Danny didn’t see anything that he was particularly interested in. I hadn’t gotten close enough to look yet because I had to park the scooter, take the key out, grab my cane and purse, get off the scooter and fold the seat down, open cane (it’s a collapsible one)…..by the time I got all that done (and that’s at every place I get off and park – then reverse it for taking off again – it’s a time consuming process:hourglass) he decided that he didn’t want to eat there. We head back and battle the elevator again…seriously, how much trouble would it be for them to install another elevator? With such a popular attraction downstairs having an elevator that holds two wheelchairs/scooters maximum – and only if one of them can maneuver to the far side of the elevator – it’s really a hassle. Fortunately on this visit we shared the elevator with a gal in a power wheelchair. Going down she was ahead of us in line and got on and whipped her chair around to the far side and all I had to do was roll straight in. Going back up she was behind us in line – we told her that since she was the expert to go ahead of us. It was much easier that way. Not like some of the other times…. :rolleyes1

Leaving the Land Danny took off at his typical brisk pace. Normally I can keep up, unless he does his bobbing and weaving through the crowds,,,,he thinks he’s “opening a hole” for me to get through – but really the “hole” he opens closes right behind him and I still have to fight the crowds. But another issue is sunglasses. :cool2: I hate looking in to the bright sun, so I have prescription sunglasses. The problem with that is that its awkward to try to take off my regular glasses and put on my sunglasses left handed while driving the cart with my right hand and trying to keep up with him weaving through a crowd. But I also know that as soon as I get outside going from the dark inside to the late morning bright sun outside will “blind” me. So I slow down and work my way over to the wall and when the crowds flow around me and I don’t think anybody will run me over, I stop and switch out glasses.....and lose Danny. :headache:

Eventually, outside we meet back up. He always realizes I’m missing at some point, stops turns around and waits

Since we have reservations for Biergarten that evening we didn’t want a big lunch – and there aren’t a lot of lunch choices at the front of the park, so we wound up at the Electric Umbrella. It wasn’t quite open yet. We went in and I got a table and he got in line. We figured since we would be one of the first customers that we should get our food fairly quickly. That was a wrong assumption. It seems that they must not start cooking the food until 11:00 either. He ordered the chicken Caesar salad and I got a meatball sub with fries and we both got diet cokes. My sandwich was very good, although I admit I didn’t eat all of the meatballs – I did finish off the sauce and cheese soaked roll that it came on. I think he ate the rest of my meatballs and helped with the fries. And the ice – I need to remember this restaurant for their ice if nothing else. I am one of those obnoxious people who chews their ice cubes. :rolleyes1 I prefer crushed ice (pebbly ice is what I call it), but at some of the restaurants at WDW they have ice that is about as big around as my little finger, is about an inch long, and is “soft” like crushed ice. I don’t know if it just has a lot of air in it – but it’s kind of opaque instead of clear like glass – that is good ice! :thumbsup2 (yes, I am nuts). If I find a restaurant with that ice – and a fill your own soda station – that restaurant gets high marks. So on our way out I refill my cup with a lot of that good ice and a little pop (just to give it some flavor;)) and off we go on our adventures.


We head over to use our fastpasses for

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Good thing we had fastpasses or all that good ice of mine would have melted. :lmao:

continued.....

mom3sonstt
01-10-2011, 03:16 PM
Tuesday continued....


After a quick spin around the track we go to the front of the park – the very front – to visit our children

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Sean is on top next to the Aisian couple, Mark is next to the block of words, and Ryne is in the corner. We had these done several years ago. While Danny was trying to take those (they are on the bottom of the pillar so its hard to line up the camera) I noticed.

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Daisy giving autographs and taking pictures with her fans

And

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Stitch – looking very lonely. He saw me taking his picture and waved me over – but I didn’t want to go over. I wasn’t doing autographs…and I don’t do many character pics.

Those 3 pictures were the total number of pictures I took that day

Danny finished with the boys and looked to see what I was doing. I told him he should go get a picture of Stitch and show him some attention.

He went over and got these

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Stitch appreciated the attention and posed for him.

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I appreciated the attention much less than Stitch did. But here’s me and my cool ride. Hopefully some day soon I will get a new kidney, will be able to stop pumping my tummy full of fluid, and won’t have to wear maternity clothes anymore. Luckily they make them that aren’t all cutesy now, so some of the ones I have just look like normal clothes.

After taking pics of Daisy, Stitch and me he went in search of us

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We are the couple in the middle. We had this done the year before we had the boys done. If I dig around far enough back I can figure out exactly when we did it. But it was probably the second year they were doing it, and it was after the bricks at Magic Kingdom were not available any more.

Some more obligatory shots

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Now was time for one of our many visits to the Camera Center and the Art of Disney (is that the name of that shop?) At the Cemera Center Danny got a lens cleaner and a small camera bag. The camera bag he thought he would give to me to keep my sunglasses, and wallet in. He thought it would be stiffer than the little purse that I bought and would be easier to go through security with, and would stay open better for the glasses switch…the problem was – it was too small to hold my stuff. I could have told him that if he had asked, he didn’t:rolleyes1, but it did hold one of his cameras, so it wasn’t a total loss. I also loaded another $50 on to my gift card for my Food & Wine adventures.:thumbsup2 At the Art store we looked at all the pretty pictures, and expensive pretties that I would love to take homes with me, and, of course, looked at the collections of Vinylmations. It would be safe to assume if we were in a store that had Vinylmations that we looked at them and checked out which ones were in the “trade box”. This trip was very much about the Vinlymations for Danny.

The line for Spaceship Earth was small so we decided to do that while we were here.

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And that pretty much wrapped up our time in Future World.

Stay tuned for our adventures around World Showcase…….

KatMark
01-10-2011, 03:22 PM
Tanya, I am behind on all of my subscribed threads (work has been nuts for two weeks now). I love all the photos; we don't do character autographs, but I will do pictures (lots of them). I like your "Future World" pics from Spaceship Earth.

All7OfUs
01-10-2011, 03:50 PM
I timed my DISTime perfect to catch a new update!! Love when that happens.

I really believe that one day you WILL get a new kidney Tanya, and will pray for one that is just perfect for you! Until then, I want to tell you that the top you are wearing is adorable!


You did some fun stuff in FW! I do get exhilirated while riding Soarin', but I can totally understand how some might find the "feeling" of dangling legs a new sensation. I guess my favorite part of that whole attraction is the soundtrack!

And for the record, I am soooooooo with you on the ice. Ice must be perfectly opaque and crunchable, but without the toothbreaking factor!

mom3sonstt
01-10-2011, 04:12 PM
Tanya, I am behind on all of my subscribed threads (work has been nuts for two weeks now). I love all the photos; we don't do character autographs, but I will do pictures (lots of them). I like your "Future World" pics from Spaceship Earth.

We do mostly "drive-by" pics of characters. :rotfl: Very rarely will we get in line to have pics taken with a character - unless the line is very short, it's a "special" character, or of course we are visiting "The Mouse".

I timed my DISTime perfect to catch a new update!! Love when that happens.

I really believe that one day you WILL get a new kidney Tanya, and will pray for one that is just perfect for you! Until then, I want to tell you that the top you are wearing is adorable!

Thank you....and thank you :)


You did some fun stuff in FW! I do get exhilirated while riding Soarin', but I can totally understand how some might find the "feeling" of dangling legs a new sensation. I guess my favorite part of that whole attraction is the soundtrack!

There is enough about Soarin' that is good (the soundtrack, the scenery...) to overcome my initial nervousness. It's crazy because I totally know I am not going to fall crashing to my death if the glider sways slightly :rolleyes: but you can't tell the pit of my stomach that :sad2:

And for the record, I am soooooooo with you on the ice. Ice must be perfectly opaque and crunchable, but without the toothbreaking factor!

:thumbsup2 Glad I am in good company with the search for the "perfect" ice :upsidedow

FauntleroyFAN07
01-10-2011, 04:19 PM
wow a few questions and obesvations lets see if i reemember them all.

first, thanks for the heads up on marvs report, we know we are gonna see an update over there for a while. ( i think it was his report you said you had an update) :confused3 see i already forget things

second, i like the tronorail from the outside but hated riding it, u could not see anything from the windows in that thing.

and the face pics in epcot. is that closed now? they dont allow you to do that anymore do they? i wonder if they have something else planned to start since the bricks are full and i think that is too.

i want to do something there if theydo one, but want to wait till our next one is born to have a full family thing done



and lastly, they have a trading box for those mickey vinyl things? kinda like pin trading, put one of yours in and take one out?
:confused3

mom3sonstt
01-10-2011, 05:02 PM
wow a few questions and obesvations lets see if i reemember them all.

first, thanks for the heads up on marvs report, we know we are gonna see an update over there for a while. ( i think it was his report you said you had an update) :confused3 see i already forget things

yep, it was on Marv's. Traffic has been pretty slow over here so I thought I would take advantage of your opening and plug my report. :rolleyes1

second, i like the tronorail from the outside but hated riding it, u could not see anything from the windows in that thing.

I don't remember if we rode the Tronorail or not this trip - but I know even the ones with the Mickey balloons plastered over the windows was hard to see out of too

and the face pics in epcot. is that closed now? they dont allow you to do that anymore do they? i wonder if they have something else planned to start since the bricks are full and i think that is too.


i want to do something there if theydo one, but want to wait till our next one is born to have a full family thing done


Yeah - the Leave A Legacy thing is closed now. I don't think it went over very well - they have a lot more empty pillars and have plenty of space for more plaques - but it must have been more trouble than it was worth. :confused3 I don't know if they have anything else planned or not. We had finally decided to buy a brick on our next visit and they quit selling them. We got our picture done on year at Epcot. The next trip the boys wanted theirs done....we thought about doing one each year, but were afraid they would quit before we got them all done. You couldn't have more than 2 people in a picture so we couldn't do them all together, we finally just bit the bullet and did all 3 of them at once.


and lastly, they have a trading box for those mickey vinyl things? kinda like pin trading, put one of yours in and take one out?
:confused3

Yep - at most of the places that sell Vinylmations they have a couple boxes. One of them is clear and usually has 3 or 4 loose Mickey's in it that you can see. The other box is behind the counter and has 12 (24??) numbered boxes that you can't see. You can either pick a number from that box and get a "surprise" Vinylmation - could be from any series, or you can swap one of yours for one in the clear box. We have done it both ways. We had a duplicate Easter Bunny one that we brought back down with us, we did the "blind" swap on that one and wound up with a "chaser". The chaser is the one in the set that they don't show you a picture of on the side of the box. We also traded some that we got that were either duplicates, or just ones that we didn't like very much for some that we liked better that were in the clear boxes. We spent a lot of time looking at Vinylmations this trip :sad2:

mom3sonstt
01-10-2011, 05:56 PM
What happens when a school bus backs in to a '97 Grand Am

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Mark was parked in a school parking lot Saturday while competing in a Speech Meet. Just before the awards were announced, they asked for the owner of a tan Grand Am with license plate such and such to report to the parking lot. Mark wasn't sure if that was his plate number (its just a random number and has no significance to him), but he thought it might so he went out there. There he found a cop car parked behind his car, a school bus in front of it, a hole in his bumper where their tailpipe punched a hole in it, and a dent from their bumper. Fortunately the driver did stop and call the police and didn't do a hit and run.

KatMark
01-10-2011, 05:58 PM
Darn that hurts. Glad he wasn't in the car and all is okay. And good for the driver for sticking around.

Thanks for the "Mickey valentine".

mom3sonstt
01-10-2011, 06:07 PM
Darn that hurts. Glad he wasn't in the car and all is okay. And good for the driver for sticking around.

He is not happy and wanted to stage a protest and refuse to drive "the brown bullet" until it was fixed. I supported his decision and said he was more than welcome to ride the bus until that time because he was not going to be driving one of my vehicles. :lmao: That ended that protest. :thumbsup2

Haven't had any luck with insurance yet. I called their school, on the accident report it didn't list the bus's insurance company - it just said "illinois school district agency". I called and spoke to the superintendent, who said she had faxed the info to her agent already. She also gave me the agent's number, so I called him this afternoon around 2, but never heard back from him. I'll wait until late morning tomorrow and try him again, if I don't get him or a call back I will be calling the superintendent again. :headache:

Thanks for the "Mickey valentine".

You're welcome

Lifelong_Dreamer
01-10-2011, 06:42 PM
I know what you mean about Soarin'. It is a fun ride and has neat effects but I don't really get why it is SO loved. Everybody is different though, for instance, my mom LOVES Soarin'.

FauntleroyFAN07
01-11-2011, 11:02 AM
thanks for the info, i really hope they do something again, maybe another brick thing by animal kingdom or something.
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glennbo123
01-11-2011, 01:00 PM
I'm sorry for all of the difficulty you have in getting around the parks. Too often those of us who don't have those difficulties only see it from our point of view, which is "those durn scooters are making it longer for my bus to pull out". So, thanks for reminding me. I sincerely hope you get a kidney someday and become mobile again.

Sorry about the car. Sounds like it will work out okay though since the driver stopped and provided insurance info.

mom3sonstt
01-11-2011, 01:02 PM
I know what you mean about Soarin'. It is a fun ride and has neat effects but I don't really get why it is SO loved. Everybody is different though, for instance, my mom LOVES Soarin'.

I keep thinking the crazy lines will die down eventually - but they sure don't seem to.

thanks for the info, i really hope they do something again, maybe another brick thing by animal kingdom or something.
:confused3

Yeah, it would be nice if they had something at each of the parks eventually. Veering slightly off topic, my brother bought my youngest son a brick at Wrigley Field a few years ago...he loves it!

mom3sonstt
01-11-2011, 01:21 PM
I'm sorry for all of the difficulty you have in getting around the parks. Too often those of us who don't have those difficulties only see it from our point of view, which is "those durn scooters are making it longer for my bus to pull out". So, thanks for reminding me. I sincerely hope you get a kidney someday and become mobile again.

Sorry about the car. Sounds like it will work out okay though since the driver stopped and provided insurance info.

ohhh....so that's what a ninja poster is!! :lmao:

I know exactly how you feel about "those durn scooters" :confused3 I feel the same way.....thats why I prefer the Epcot resorts - so I can avoid the buses as much as possible.

I hope receiving a kidney allows me good moblity again. A contributing factor is that I also have congenital hip displasia - I don't have a complete hip socket on the left side, so I have always walked with a noticeable limp. I think the added weight and location of the dialysis solution has thrown me off balance and just makes an uncomfortable walking situation even worse. Someday - after the new kidney - I will work on replacing other parts - like a new hip. :thumbsup2 Maybe eventually I will be completely rebuilt.....like the Bionic Woman!:rotfl:

The car seems to be falling in place. I heard from their insurance agent today and forwarded him the pictures, then I called the autobody we deal with. As soon as the roads are cleared off again I will take it up there for an estimate. It doesn't look like it should he a lengthy "fix".

FauntleroyFAN07
01-11-2011, 02:46 PM
Yeah, it would be nice if they had something at each of the parks eventually. Veering slightly off topic, my brother bought my youngest son a brick at Wrigley Field a few years ago...he loves it!
cant did look into that in the past, but im not sure why she did not do it for me?

might have been to pricey for her at the time.

mom3sonstt
01-11-2011, 03:10 PM
cant did look into that in the past, but im not sure why she did not do it for me?

might have been to pricey for her at the time.

Could be - I don't remember how much it was, but that Christmas Bret bought all the boys "big" gifts. He got Sean a life size, "working" light saber, Ryne a personalized WWE championship belt, and Mark the brick. The cool thing about the brick, is along with the one that goes into the sidewalk, they send you a duplicate that you can put on display. Mark has that one in his room. :thumbsup2

mom3sonstt
01-12-2011, 02:27 PM
My husband and his buddy are on their annual "Vegas" trip. It started out as a trip out to the CES show, and evolved into something else. This year they flew out for the show and then are going to spend about a week roadtripping through Arizona. The last two nights they have been staying in Tucson. Their plan was to visit "Old Tucson" where they have Old West shows and stuff. But apparently that is only open Thurs - Mon, so their plans changed a little. The visited an Air and Space museum out there yesterday and then wandered around town. During their wanders they came across this....


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the site of the tragic shooting at the Safeway. They said there was quite a large area still taped off, and even on Tuesday night there were FBI and police still working the area. He said they must work through the night because there were big heaters and lights on poles warming and lighting up the area. They went in to a Walgreens that is next door and spoke the cashier. She said "Thank God" she wasn't working that day, and that most of the "regulars" haven't been in since then. While they were there (not in the Walgreens, but outside taking pictures) a young guy came in and asked DH and his friend if they knew any good restaurants around there. They told them that they weren't from around there, but that the police (some were just "guarding the perimeter" and not actually investigating) could probably help him. He looked around saw all the commotion and asked what had happened. They guys told him that this was where the congresswoman had been shot and the others killed. This guy must not own a radio :confused3 because he hadn't heard a thing about it. But he decided maybe he would go somewhere else to find something to eat.

These pictures were just sent from his phone. They took more on their cameras, he said the Fox news lady was doing a report while they were there and when he called me later that night he saw the same reporter on TV - only by then she had put a coat on, so she must have been there for awhile longer after they had left.

marvali
01-12-2011, 03:35 PM
I'd appreciate everyones thoughts and prayers for my daughter-in-law. Her and my stepson live in Virginia beach, va. She is originally from the Waukegan (great lakes) area. She got a call today that her mother had passed away. She has been Sick with one thing and another for years, shelly had come back a couple years ago to be with her when she wasn't doing well. So, while she has been in bad shape for quite awhile, the call was still unexpected. Her mother had just had her 72d birthday a couple weeks ago and would have celebrated her 53d anniversary on new years day. Shelly is flying home tomorrow, she's got 3 brothers and 3 sisters....some still live in the area, the others are scattered around the country.Right now she's having a hard time because she is so far away. Hopefully once she's home with her family she will do better. Your thoughts and prayers are welcomed.Tanya, sorry I missed this while I was gone! Thoughts and prayers sent for your DIL and the rest of the family!

So very far behind on all the updates. Finally all caught up on yours! Loved all the pictures of AK. We got a new zoom lens for Christmas, so I saw quite a few pictures in your update that looked very much like ones I downloaded from my camera. And I thought I took a lot of pictures on the trip! :eek:

Great set of mugs you have there! Saw a lot of the vinylmation characters on our trip, but haven't gotten into that!

No problem promoting your latest updates on my TR! I think everyone is behind, but they are missing a whole lot of great pics and updates when they don't make it over here, for sure! :banana: Glad you reminded us all and I made it back over to check things out. :thumbsup2

Hoping you will get that new kidney soon and be back on your feet Ms. Bionic Woman!!! :rotfl:

Captain_Oblivious
01-12-2011, 04:30 PM
Hi Tanya! Just found you and will have to catch up. I'm sorry for the struggles with your kidney and hip...that must be a struggle, and I hope that you will be able to overcome them soon! :goodvibes

mom3sonstt
01-13-2011, 12:17 AM
Tanya, sorry I missed this while I was gone! Thoughts and prayers sent for your DIL and the rest of the family!

Thank you. She is back home now, still missing her mom, of course, but seemed somewhat cheered the other day when she looked out the window and saw a cardinal in her tree. Her mother loved/collected cardinals and Shelly said she felt that it was a sign.

So very far behind on all the updates. Finally all caught up on yours! Loved all the pictures of AK. We got a new zoom lens for Christmas, so I saw quite a few pictures in your update that looked very much like ones I downloaded from my camera. And I thought I took a lot of pictures on the trip! :eek:

He does get a little carried away...:rolleyes1 When I get to the Magic Kingdom pics I have some good ones that show how good of a zoom he has. He took some of the Castle show that was going on with the zoom, and then at the normal range so you can see how far away he was. It made me appreciate the zoom.

Great set of mugs you have there! Saw a lot of the vinylmation characters on our trip, but haven't gotten into that!:

Thanks....the Vinylmations will figure even more prominently later in the trip....

No problem promoting your latest updates on my TR! I think everyone is behind, but they are missing a whole lot of great pics and updates when they don't make it over here, for sure! :banana: Glad you reminded us all and I made it back over to check things out. :thumbsup2

ooh - can I take your quote around to other TR's....kinda like authors who are asked for quotes on novels to give it some buzz??

Hoping you will get that new kidney soon and be back on your feet Ms. Bionic Woman!!! :rotfl:

Thanks!

Hi Tanya! Just found you and will have to catch up. I'm sorry for the struggles with your kidney and hip...that must be a struggle, and I hope that you will be able to overcome them soon! :goodvibes

I hope so too... Although, really I am used to things the way they are. While I go on about it on the TR, it's not intended to be "poor me"....it's more to let ya' all know where I am coming from. I know when I read others reports I "see" it as if "I" am the one experiencing the trip - when somebody reports going jogging, running a marathon, or some other things I can't put myself "in" that sitution easily. So when I tell my stories I guess I throw that in there to let people know that I am not moving along at an able-bodied 44 year-old clip, but that I am rolling along trying to keep from "clipping" the people around me. ;) And seriously, I am very thankful that I am able to go and enjoy the parks as much as we do - I know after my last "walking" trip I really was in no hurry to come back again - with the scooter - even with the hassles that come with it - just having it allows me to do soooo much more and enjoy so much more!

Oh and :welcome: pull up a chair and stay awhile!

marvali
01-13-2011, 07:23 AM
ooh - can I take your quote around to other TR's....kinda like authors who are asked for quotes on novels to give it some buzz??I thought you wanted to BOOST your readership??? :confused3 You sure using ME to try and do that is a wise decision???? :rolleyes1 ;)

mom3sonstt
01-13-2011, 11:57 AM
I thought you wanted to BOOST your readership??? :confused3 You sure using ME to try and do that is a wise decision???? :rolleyes1 ;)

http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-think005.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) Hmmmmm....let me think about that one again....;) What is that they say - no publicity is bad publicity????:rolleyes:

marvali
01-13-2011, 12:29 PM
http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-think005.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) Hmmmmm....let me think about that one again....;) What is that they say - no publicity is bad publicity????:rolleyes::rotfl: Yeah, I feel loved!!! (in a strange sort of way)

glennbo123
01-13-2011, 12:54 PM
ohhh....so that's what a ninja poster is!! :lmao:


Yep! Now you know. http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy311/Shuklyah/smiley_ninja.gif

That's amazing that your husband stumbled upon that tragic scene in Tucson.

mom3sonstt
01-15-2011, 02:43 PM
Update coming soon.....

mom3sonstt
01-15-2011, 02:44 PM
It's going to have lots of pictures.....

mom3sonstt
01-15-2011, 02:45 PM
So join us in our World Tour....

mom3sonstt
01-15-2011, 02:53 PM
Initial sketchy plans.

Tues - Right now it's penciled in as another Epcot day. We have reservations for Biergarten that evening, so we will be there in the evening for sure.


The Eat to the Beat performers at Epcot are Jon Secada (Sun), Hanson (Mon-Tues), Rick Springfield (Wed Thurs) and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy (Fri - we'll be gone already). The only one I have a half an interest in is Rick Springfield, but I don't know if we will be over there either of those nights. It's not a priority.

After getting a glimpse of our future in the “big ball” we headed back towards World Showcase. But we didn’t go straight back we cut through the middle and went over towards the living Seas, Land & Imagination side. Stopping to do a little paparazzi pic of these cute fellows

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I don’t think we took in any of the attractions on that side, so I’m not totally sure why we went that way and didn’t just go straight out the middle, but this route allowed some stops for camera-time.

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And some “artistic” shots – playing with the focus on his camera

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focusing on the grass

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and focusing on the ball.

He took a photo tour of Canada

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While I waited out of the way

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About this time Danny decided he was hungry for a piece of fudge. :confused: The only time we ever have fudge is at Christmas time – I have never known him to be hungry for fudge before. :confused3 I told him I was unaware of anyplace in Epcot that had any – unless the new place in Germany did – but it was a carmel shop, so I wasn’t sure if it would or not. So on our journey around the World, we were on the look-out for some fudge.

Pics across the lake

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Touring the UK

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More paparazzi shots

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cont.

mom3sonstt
01-15-2011, 03:01 PM
Cont.


And more touring….

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We found these in the back area of France


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Very nice – but if you read the sign – they are promoting the release of Beauty and the Beast on a Diamond edition Blu Ray combo pack. I would have enjoyed the topiaries much more of they weren’t trying to hawk DVDs. :sad2:


Here’s another of his artsy pics – he was trying to focus on the water shooting out of the fountain

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Moracco

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His favorite princess :love:

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Japan

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While touring Japan the drummers came out

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This guy had funny expressions on his face throughout the performance :rotfl:

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It was funny because he was the only man, and the two women just drummed away like robots, very little expression, and he was over there looking like it was all he could do to keep going. At one point he lost one of his drum sticks, but he kept the rhythm going with the one he still had, reached around behind him and pulled another one out of the back of his waistband and kept on going.

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We stayed for their whole performance before continuing our tour....

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As we got to America, the drum and Fifers came out

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We did not stay for their whole performance. I usually stop and watch them whenever I happen across them. But he was still on a search for fudge, and these were not the “regular” guys that I am used to seeing. I just love the main guy that I usually see – would love to know his story. He’s an older guy and is the only one that does any talking – I would bet that he is retired military of some sort….but he wasn’t in this group and we headed on.


cont.

mom3sonstt
01-15-2011, 03:25 PM
cont.

Germany!

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Home of the train that he could watch for hours,

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the site of my one Kim Possible adventure

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and the funniest hat I’ve seen. :rotfl2: I had to go in search of this after seeing it on KatMark’s TR

And they have fudge! Over at the Carmel shop they had some fudge that had a layer of carmel in the middle.

We took a break over along the water front and shared a piece of super rich, carmel and chocolatey yumminess!

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No picture of the fudge…but I give it two thumbs up :thumbsup2:thumbsup2– would give it more if I had more thumbs. But it was very rich, so I am glad we shared one piece instead of each of us getting one. It was about 3:00 at this point. On our way around the world we stopped at the African outpost and got a diet coke.

While he was in line I noticed a little hidden gem. Of course I have no pictures of it…:rolleyes1. But at the outpost in the “waiting” area – it’s not really a seating area because there are no seats, but there are old coke machines and coolers and stuff lying around. I never paid any attention to them before – I figured they were just there as atmosphere to fill in the empty spaces. But at Disney nothing is “just there”. If you try to open them they make sounds, some of them spray a mist of water. They are a cute little diversion.

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In Norway, while he was taking photos, I was in the courtyard near the shop and noticed the CMs across the way having some fun

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They were playing a London Bridge type of game at first, then they were doing some tug of war – I don’t see the rope in the last picture so maybe they had already lost. Danny may have taken some video in between and that could be why there is no picture of that. As much video as he takes – we never actually watch any of it. Maybe someday…..:confused3

We completed our World Tour

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Throughout our tour we had been talking about supper. We had reservations at 6:40 at Biergarten. Neither of us was really hungry. We reversed our tour and went back through the countries – camera free. We stopped at Germany again and looked the menu over. We decided that for the price, we weren’t really sure that is what we wanted. I am not a big meat eater so would have veered more to the salads and desserts, he wasn’t really in the mood for that type of food – so we cancelled our ADRs and headed back towards our resort.


On our way back through the International Gateway we ran in to the funniest girl

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She had just finished meeting with her fans and was being led backstage. Danny was ahead of her, and didn’t see her at first, so I said something to him and he stopped and took that picture. I wound up ahead of them, but turned to look over my shoulder and noticed them, and some other guests coming up behind us, so I veered off to the left (remember – I'm on my scooter) to leave them a bigger space in the middle of the walkway. Well, apparently when I looked over my shoulder I turned the wheel to the right, and then I turned back to the left to get out of the way...

Alice noticed and started chattering about going in a “serpentine” manner, and that she likes to walk serpentine too, but that sometimes she starts going serpentine and winds up twirling…. She chattered, and twirled the whole way – and once she was behind the “secret gate” you could still hear her chattering away! :lmao: Her handler was laughing, and there was an older gentleman CM standing outside the door of the shop that’s right by “secret gate” and he was laughing and told us that that Alice is sure a silly girl, isn’t she. It was a fun little walk – and you could tell that she really enjoyed her role. Either that – or that was the real Alice! :thumbsup2

After leaving Epcot, we decided to just hang around our little area. We had a light supper at Beaches and Cream. Danny had, what he says, is the best burgers at Disney. I wasn’t in a “burger mood”. There was an older lady and her son sitting at the table closest to the door when we came in. What she was eating looked yummy. So when our waitress came I asked her what the woman by the door was having. She peeked over there and said it was the chicken noodle soup. So that is what I ordered

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This isn’t my picture – put look how thick and yummy that looks – nothing like Campbells!

Supper was at 6 PM

By 6:30 we were back at the Boardwalk gift shop where we picked up a couple more Vinylmations :rolleyes1:, some more diet cokes, and chocolate milk for the room, and a package of microwave popcorn. After we took that up to the room we went over to the Community Hall.

This is where our room location turned out to be a good thing. I was able to leave the scooter in the room, we were just a few doors from the end of the hall where we could take the stairs down and go outside and right across to the pool and community room. We went and looked through the DVDs and got Finding Neverland. We looked around the Hall and noticed the video games and such and debated whether to tell Mark about them for fear that he might never leave if he knew they were there next time we’re here. Then we went back to the room for the evening.

I threw some more clothes in the laundry, straightened up the kitchen, getting the coffee pot ready for the next morning. He popped the popcorn, loaded the pictures off the cameras onto the computer and we sat there and watched Johnny Depp :lovestruc. After our movie he went down to the hot tub, and I got hooked up and went to bed and read for awhile. I have to be hooked up for at least 8 hours and we had breakfast reservations the next morning.

Pretty quiet, simple day – didn’t go on a lot of the attractions, but it was still enjoyable in it’s way. On our “parent only” trips we don’t worry too much about running and doing – it is planned to be a slower pace. We still consider these “bonus” trips since we used to only do a once a year family trip – so anything we do is just a bonus and we don’t feel bad about skipping anything.

Oh something I forgot to mention on our trip around the world. Tonight (and the night before) Hanson was playing at the Eat to the Beat Concerts. I think their first set was at 5:30. When we were on our way through (before 3:00) there were already girls lined up. They were mostly wearing Hanson t shirts, and it was all younger girls. At the time, I thought it was kinda cute – kinda silly – I didn’t realize Hanson still had a following. But it was nothing like what I saw a couple days later…..:rolleyes1

Lifelong_Dreamer
01-15-2011, 04:57 PM
Wow, I had no idea Hanson was still around, reminds me of when I was a kid. :laughing:

FauntleroyFAN07
01-17-2011, 10:41 AM
my favorite pics of all the artsy ones has to be the shouting water fountain picture, i like how the water at the top looks, way to capture it.

:thumbsup2


well of course that was the real alice, all of the characters are real.
:goodvibes

glennbo123
01-17-2011, 12:19 PM
Nice pictures Tanya. Thanks for taking us along through the World Showcase through your pics.

I like that Alice was still chattering away even after she got through "Secret Gate".

englishrose47
01-17-2011, 12:51 PM
Nice pictures Tanya. Thanks for taking us along through the World Showcase through your pics.

I like that Alice was still chattering away even after she got through "Secret Gate".

Tanya I so agree with Glenn , those pix around the World are awesome !!:banana::banana:

mom3sonstt
01-17-2011, 01:56 PM
Wow, I had no idea Hanson was still around, reminds me of when I was a kid. :laughing:

I "missed" the Hanson years. When they came along I was raising little kids - I was too old and they (my kids) were too young. What surprised me was how young the girls were that were waiting in line. They mostly looked younger than my kids (17, 19, 21) - I would have thought girls that age would be more into Jonas Bros than Hanson :confused3

my favorite pics of all the artsy ones has to be the shouting water fountain picture, i like how the water at the top looks, way to capture it.

:thumbsup2

That one was kinda neat wasn't it. He took 2 or 3 there - that was the best one and was what, I assume, he was trying for. He likes to play with the focus....


well of course that was the real alice, all of the characters are real.
:goodvibes

::yes::

Nice pictures Tanya. Thanks for taking us along through the World Showcase through your pics.

I like that Alice was still chattering away even after she got through "Secret Gate".

She was funny - definitely one of our top character interactions. She chattered and twirled non-stop the whole length of the International Gateway walkway - I'm not sure when (if :rolleyes:) she took a breath.

Tanya I so agree with Glenn , those pix around the World are awesome !!:banana::banana:

Thank you and my husband thanks you (or he would if I told him I was posting his pictures here ;) )

marvali
01-17-2011, 03:23 PM
Tanya, some really great updates and beautiful pictures! There are so many great ones, but the one that really jumped out at me was the one with the red flowers (azaleas maybe) out of focus in the foreground, with Spaceship Earth in the distance across the lagoon! :thumbsup2 I'm guessing it was taken from Germany since it is with the Kim Possible and train pictures, but those different painted "barber poles" beside the water make me think of something you would see in Italy instead!

It is great when you get to go to Disney often enough you have a great time just stopping to smell the roses! We got to do some of that on this trip and had a lot of fun! There are probably going to be some disappointed people with some parts of my TR! When I was putting notes together it was strange to find myself saying "I can't believe we were at Disney that length of time and we never did .................!"

mom3sonstt
01-17-2011, 03:57 PM
Tanya, some really great updates and beautiful pictures! There are so many great ones, but the one that really jumped out at me was the one with the red flowers (azaleas maybe) out of focus in the foreground, with Spaceship Earth in the distance across the lagoon! :thumbsup2 I'm guessing it was taken from Germany since it is with the Kim Possible and train pictures, but those different painted "barber poles" beside the water make me think of something you would see in Italy instead!

Good catch! I usually try to post his pictures in order....that's mostly how I remember what order we did things :sad2: But the "flower" pictures were taken between Italy and Germany. But it is where we found a spot to land while we ate our fudge. With the food an wine stands set up, it was hard to find a spot that wasn't occupied. I stayed there while he took his pics and went looking for the fudge. Some of the other pics "appear" to be out of order because he was taking pictures across the lagoon, but with his zoom they sometimes look like he was there :confused3

It is great when you get to go to Disney often enough you have a great time just stopping to smell the roses! We got to do some of that on this trip and had a lot of fun! There are probably going to be some disappointed people with some parts of my TR! When I was putting notes together it was strange to find myself saying "I can't believe we were at Disney that length of time and we never did .................!"

I totally understand what you mean. I would talk (or text :sad2:) with the boys throughout this trip and they always seemed to be disappointed in how little we seemed to be doing. It didn't feel like we weren't doing anything - I mean, we were on the move most of the time, but we just didn't feel the need to try to do "everything"

mom3sonstt
01-17-2011, 06:51 PM
Just looked at DVC online for info on the new Wild Africa tour that started, and thought I would check our August Reservations. It's silly - but I just like looking at it. :thumbsup2 But I noticed that it said we had a Standard view instead of a Boardwalk view. I had waitlisted for Standard because it used about 50 less points than the Boardwalk view! So this means I will feel less guilty if I wind up going down a couple days ahead of the rest of the family - I can get a studio for a couple days and still use less points than we would have if the waitlist had not come through! :cool1::cool1:

mom3sonstt
01-18-2011, 04:11 PM
I am about 20 days or less from the 180 day mark - ADR time. Of course, nobody here has any suggestions :confused3 they will save those until the trip is half over and then ask why we aren't eating at "wherever". :rolleyes1 Since we have never been to Whispering Canyon Cafe, and since I have read about it on different TRs I thought I would ask for opinions.

I have picky eaters in my bunch. They are definitely in their comfort zone with burgers, fried chicken, meatloaf, and chicken strips. They will stray from that if it is not "too weird". :sad2: DH doesn't like spicy food (loves chili - won't eat tacos or most BBQ), DS#1 is most likely to branch out, DS#2 is least likely - would live on peanut butter sandwiches and chicken nuggets if allowed, DS#3 is somewhere in between. None of them are overly enthused by vegetables. Corn and potatoes are "approved".

So with their bland little taste buds in mind - does WCC sound like a potential winner for them? Is there any significant difference between lunch and dinner. More importantly, are the "antics" most likely to occur earlier or later in the day? They do enjoy the atmosphere at Prime Time, so, not having ever been to WCC, I am thinking if they can handle Prime Time they could handle WCC. :confused3

I'm trying to get them to try different places - drug them all over to Trails End last year. of course, the boys moaned and groaned about having to leave the parks and go "clear over there" - but I think it would be nice to take a break and check out a new resort.

I'm also curious about the Ranger and his tour. Is that something you have to make a reservation for or if you are there do you just ask if he is available? I think that would be neat, and I think DH may enoy it - don't know if the boys would or not, but if we scheduled it before eating the boys wouldn't have to come until or mealtime, or if we scheduled it afterwards, the boys could leave without seeing the tour.

I assume the easiest way to get there is a boat from Magic Kingdom :confused:

glennbo123
01-18-2011, 04:44 PM
Tanya, it doesn't get much more "standard American Fare" than WCC. The skillet has chicken, ribs, potatoes, corn, baked beans, and cornbread. You can also get burgers and such if you don't want the skillet, which is a lot of food. In comparing notes with Dan (FauntleroyFan07) after we got back, we realized that the dinner version of the skillet includes what I just listed (the lunch skillet) plus beef brisket and sausages. (ie. Even more food!) If that doesn't make your crew's tastebuds happy, then I don't know where to direct you. :laughing:

I'd say the antics can occur anytime, you just never know.

Yes, the best way to get there is by boat from MK.

I think you can reserve a tour with Ranger Joe, Cynthia (eandesmom) just reported on doing that, but I'm not sure if it's just for people staying at WL.

Captain_Oblivious
01-19-2011, 02:30 PM
Tanya, I love your WS pictures! Really beautiful shots there.

I am about 20 days or less from the 180 day mark - ADR time. Of course, nobody here has any suggestions :confused3 they will save those until the trip is half over and then ask why we aren't eating at "wherever". :rolleyes1 Since we have never been to Whispering Canyon Cafe, and since I have read about it on different TRs I thought I would ask for opinions.

I have picky eaters in my bunch. They are definitely in their comfort zone with burgers, fried chicken, meatloaf, and chicken strips. They will stray from that if it is not "too weird". :sad2: DH doesn't like spicy food (loves chili - won't eat tacos or most BBQ), DS#1 is most likely to branch out, DS#2 is least likely - would live on peanut butter sandwiches and chicken nuggets if allowed, DS#3 is somewhere in between. None of them are overly enthused by vegetables. Corn and potatoes are "approved".

So with their bland little taste buds in mind - does WCC sound like a potential winner for them? Is there any significant difference between lunch and dinner. More importantly, are the "antics" most likely to occur earlier or later in the day? They do enjoy the atmosphere at Prime Time, so, not having ever been to WCC, I am thinking if they can handle Prime Time they could handle WCC. :confused3

I'm trying to get them to try different places - drug them all over to Trails End last year. of course, the boys moaned and groaned about having to leave the parks and go "clear over there" - but I think it would be nice to take a break and check out a new resort.

I'm also curious about the Ranger and his tour. Is that something you have to make a reservation for or if you are there do you just ask if he is available? I think that would be neat, and I think DH may enoy it - don't know if the boys would or not, but if we scheduled it before eating the boys wouldn't have to come until or mealtime, or if we scheduled it afterwards, the boys could leave without seeing the tour.

I assume the easiest way to get there is a boat from Magic Kingdom :confused:

WCC would be great for bland, non-adventurous eaters (you may have met a few around here in past Trip Reports... :rolleyes1). It's all-American bbq fare. And the atmosphere is exactly like 50's PT cafe. The servers have a lot of fun with you. I have not tried it for lunch but have had plenty of antics at dinner. The food is inconsistent, but overall I like it a lot and wouldn't hesitate to go back. Plus you get the Wilderness Lodge atmosphere, which is worth a few points.

mom3sonstt
01-19-2011, 03:25 PM
Tanya, it doesn't get much more "standard American Fare" than WCC. The skillet has chicken, ribs, potatoes, corn, baked beans, and cornbread. You can also get burgers and such if you don't want the skillet, which is a lot of food. In comparing notes with Dan (FauntleroyFan07) after we got back, we realized that the dinner version of the skillet includes what I just listed (the lunch skillet) plus beef brisket and sausages. (ie. Even more food!) If that doesn't make your crew's tastebuds happy, then I don't know where to direct you. :laughing:

I think I'm going to go ahead and book us there this year. Surely they can find something to eat - even if it's only yet another cheeseburger :confused3

I'd say the antics can occur anytime, you just never know.

Yes, the best way to get there is by boat from MK.

Cool - I guess I'll just hope for the best.....and probably not tell them what to expect:rolleyes1

I think you can reserve a tour with Ranger Joe, Cynthia (eandesmom) just reported on doing that, but I'm not sure if it's just for people staying at WL.

It was Cynthia's report that kinda sealed the deal for me on that. I remember reading yours and thinking it sounded interesting (with all those pictures of all the hidden things you took.....;)) Hearing yet another positive experience with Ranger Joe and the tour, especially when I am this close to being able to start actually making plans, is really pushing me in that direction. Adding a meal to the tour would really make it worth the trip out there. Of course, that is if non-WL guests can take the tour.

Tanya, I love your WS pictures! Really beautiful shots there.

:thanks:



WCC would be great for bland, non-adventurous eaters (you may have met a few around here in past Trip Reports... :rolleyes1). It's all-American bbq fare. And the atmosphere is exactly like 50's PT cafe. The servers have a lot of fun with you. I have not tried it for lunch but have had plenty of antics at dinner. The food is inconsistent, but overall I like it a lot and wouldn't hesitate to go back. Plus you get the Wilderness Lodge atmosphere, which is worth a few points.

My only hesitation is that it is being referred to as "BBQ". Please tell me the meats are not dripping in bbq sauces, or heavily seasoned. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-angelic001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) Two of my crew will go to Buffalo Wild Wings and order plain, boneless wings :sad2: One of them has even switched over to burgers instead of even that.

It sounds like I may book an early supper/late lunch - depending on what their hours are and hope for CMs that are having a good day. There is nothing more disappointing at PrimeTime than going in and feeling like you are just at any other restaurant.....especially when you can hear craziness going on in the next room. We had a waitress there one time that was so quiet and meek, that I wondered how she ever got placed at that restaurant.

All7OfUs
01-19-2011, 07:50 PM
I adored your trip around the world!! You guys got some amazing shots of some lovely scenery, and the Alice "walk" was hilarious! Such fun character interaction!

Biergarten is definitely NOT the place to go if you aren't super hungry. It's pretty heavy fare. but OH SO FUN!

mom3sonstt
01-19-2011, 10:06 PM
I adored your trip around the world!! You guys got some amazing shots of some lovely scenery, and the Alice "walk" was hilarious! Such fun character interaction!

Biergarten is definitely NOT the place to go if you aren't super hungry. It's pretty heavy fare. but OH SO FUN!

Alice was fun....even moreso because she could have just as easily hustled offstage instead of playing and being silly.

I hope to still get to biergarten someday. I doubt I will ever get Danny to some of the "foreign" restaurants, but this is one that he seems open to.

KatMark
01-19-2011, 10:23 PM
Tanya, I'm all caught up. Yours is the second report I've caught up on tonight where it has been a walk around WS. I am SO in love with your hat in Germany. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

As for WCC, Mark and I hated it and won't go back. The service was awful (two hours and we never even ordered dessert; and this was besides the 25 minutes after our ADR time we were seated). We thought the food was awful and Mark got sick on either the chicken or ribs. I know Glen and Marv enjoy it, but we don't.

mom3sonstt
01-19-2011, 10:49 PM
Tanya, I'm all caught up. Yours is the second report I've caught up on tonight where it has been a walk around WS. I am SO in love with your hat in Germany. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

As for WCC, Mark and I hated it and won't go back. The service was awful (two hours and we never even ordered dessert; and this was besides the 25 minutes after our ADR time we were seated). We thought the food was awful and Mark got sick on either the chicken or ribs. I know Glen and Marv enjoy it, but we don't.

The hat was sought out. I told Danny there was the funniest hat in there somewhere. I wanted him to pt it on since he's usually the hat model....but he made me.:rolleyes:

Uh oh.....a bad wcc followed by sickness. That's not good.:eek: Was your reservation at a particularly busy time or were ther any Other obvious reasons why you would have had such a long wait to be seated or to get through the meal?

Flossbolna
01-20-2011, 04:04 AM
Tanya, I really enjoyed your Epcot update, what a beautiful day! And your DH takes lots of great pictures. :goodvibes

Thanks for sharing your perspective on the ECV with us, I used to be rather impatient with ECVs, but have realized that they are a wonderful thing to allow people to enjoy life despite their mobility problems. I hope your health problems will improve soon and let you enjoy lots of visits to WDW without an ECV in the future!

I am sure WCC will work fine for your family. You don't have to order the skillet and I think there is a normal burger on the menu. If I remember correctly the bbq sauce was served seperately. The only thing which I did not like was the spices on the chicken, but that might have been just my personal taste. Lots of people seem to like it. :confused3

Captain_Oblivious
01-20-2011, 10:53 AM
My only hesitation is that it is being referred to as "BBQ". Please tell me the meats are not dripping in bbq sauces, or heavily seasoned. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-angelic001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) Two of my crew will go to Buffalo Wild Wings and order plain, boneless wings :sad2: One of them has even switched over to burgers instead of even that.

I honestly can't remember. I know they had a cup of bbq sauce on the side, but I'm drawing a blank as to whether there was any sauce already on the meat. If worse comes to worse, there are plenty of a la carte items on the menu that I'm sure they'll be happy with.

KatMark
01-20-2011, 11:00 AM
The hat was sought out. I told Danny there was the funniest hat in there somewhere. I wanted him to pt it on since he's usually the hat model....but he made me.:rolleyes:

Uh oh.....a bad wcc followed by sickness. That's not good.:eek: Was your reservation at a particularly busy time or were ther any Other obvious reasons why you would have had such a long wait to be seated or to get through the meal?

I am really mad that we did NOT buy that hat.

We had an ADR at 5:30 at night...so shortly after they opened. :confused3

They sat us out in "back" where there are like five tables; we asked to be seated inside (there were plenty of tables) and were told we had to sit where they sat us. Our server was horrible...slow as molasses. We saw/heard none of the shennanigans that go on the entire time we were there.

It was either the ribs or the chicken in the skillet that made Mark ill (it was the two things I didn't try because I was disgusted with the service and the taste of the rest of the food) so I assume that one of them wasn't cooked long enough.

I know lots of people love the place so if it is something you want to try you ought to do so.

mom3sonstt
01-20-2011, 01:11 PM
Tanya, I really enjoyed your Epcot update, what a beautiful day! And your DH takes lots of great pictures. :goodvibes
That man does love his camera. I used to get upset that he spent so much time photographing our vacations instead of enjoying them, but have come to realize that he is enjoying them....by photographing them. Now that the boys go and do stuff on their own, he's not holding them up from having a good time, so I don't mind anymore.


Thanks for sharing your perspective on the ECV with us, I used to be rather impatient with ECVs, but have realized that they are a wonderful thing to allow people to enjoy life despite their mobility problems. I hope your health problems will improve soon and let you enjoy lots of visits to WDW without an ECV in the future!

Thanks - the ECVs are a blessing and a curse. I couldn't do Disney without them right now, but they can be a hassle when, in your head you feel fine and just want to go, but are limited by where and how you can make the ECV go. I try to not be one of "those" ECV drivers, but sometimes that backfires. :confused3

I am sure WCC will work fine for your family. You don't have to order the skillet and I think there is a normal burger on the menu. If I remember correctly the bbq sauce was served seperately. The only thing which I did not like was the spices on the chicken, but that might have been just my personal taste. Lots of people seem to like it. :confused3

I sent emails to 3 out of 4 of my bunch and gave them the highlights (or what I thought would be highlights for them) of the menu. One said "Ok" (DH), One said "looks good, if nobody else wants to go, I will go with you" (DS#1), DS#2 doesn't do email and rarely has an opinion, DS#3 is very opinionated but rarely contributes ahead of time. I think I am going to book it - I have a majority at this point! :cutie:

I honestly can't remember. I know they had a cup of bbq sauce on the side, but I'm drawing a blank as to whether there was any sauce already on the meat. If worse comes to worse, there are plenty of a la carte items on the menu that I'm sure they'll be happy with.
We have gotten pretty good and watching other peoples plates as we are seated, so we should be able to work around the "covered in sauce" obstacle. Since I at least have them on board with the idea (for the most part), they should be able to find something that will satisfy their finicky tastes.

I am really mad that we did NOT buy that hat.
We haven't bought any since the kids were little - but that one was funny


We had an ADR at 5:30 at night...so shortly after they opened. :confused3

They sat us out in "back" where there are like five tables; we asked to be seated inside (there were plenty of tables) and were told we had to sit where they sat us. Our server was horrible...slow as molasses. We saw/heard none of the shennanigans that go on the entire time we were there.

It was either the ribs or the chicken in the skillet that made Mark ill (it was the two things I didn't try because I was disgusted with the service and the taste of the rest of the food) so I assume that one of them wasn't cooked long enough.

I know lots of people love the place so if it is something you want to try you ought to do so.

I think I am going to book it and hope for the best. Should I ask for the main room at the time I make the reservations or just hope we get it when we get there? My Mark alsways claims to not like the "special" attention you get at PrimeTime, but I have heard him telling about it to his friends later. And he was mortified that we had said it was his birthday one time but couldn't stop grinning when they brought out a cupcake. I'm wondering if I should "torture" him with WCC on his birthday :rolleyes:

mom3sonstt
01-22-2011, 08:16 PM
Our next trip is scheduled for aug 6-13. We will be staying at boardwalk. The new development is that I will probably be going down a couple days early, arriving sometime on thurs the 4th. The even more newer development is that I may also be staying a couple days after they leave. The possible plan is they would drop me at the airport and head out from there, and then to pick me up there again on the way home. Since we usually take 2 days on the road I would either have to stay florida longer or have somebody else pick me up at the airport back here. I know which I choose.

So, since I may be there solo aug 4&5 and maybe again the 14&15 I thought I'd see if any of you all were going to be there at the same time.

marvali
01-23-2011, 04:23 PM
Tanya, it doesn't get much more "standard American Fare" than WCC. The skillet has chicken, ribs, potatoes, corn, baked beans, and cornbread. You can also get burgers and such if you don't want the skillet, which is a lot of food. In comparing notes with Dan (FauntleroyFan07) after we got back, we realized that the dinner version of the skillet includes what I just listed (the lunch skillet) plus beef brisket and sausages. (ie. Even more food!) If that doesn't make your crew's tastebuds happy, then I don't know where to direct you. :laughing:

I'd say the antics can occur anytime, you just never know.

Yes, the best way to get there is by boat from MK.

I think you can reserve a tour with Ranger Joe, Cynthia (eandesmom) just reported on doing that, but I'm not sure if it's just for people staying at WL.Didn't want to multi quote on this so I will just comment here. Not sure where Kathy came up with us liking it since I haven't written that part of my TR yet??? :confused3 Anyway, we did enjoy it there. We were inside and had a good waitress who played. She also would tell us to do things to stir up the room because she knew we would. It wasn't as loud as I expected from some other reports I've seen! As for the food, without saying too much, I really didn't think any of it was all that spicy! I didn't try the chicken though. Just basic food IMO!

Flossbolna
01-23-2011, 04:46 PM
Our next trip is scheduled for aug 6-13. We will be staying at boardwalk. The new development is that I will probably be going down a couple days early, arriving sometime on thurs the 4th. The even more newer development is that I may also be staying a couple days after they leave. The possible plan is they would drop me at the airport and head out from there, and then to pick me up there again on the way home. Since we usually take 2 days on the road I would either have to stay florida longer or have somebody else pick me up at the airport back here. I know which I choose.

So, since I may be there solo aug 4&5 and maybe again the 14&15 I thought I'd see if any of you all were going to be there at the same time.

The solo days sound wonderful! But I am afraid, I won't be there in August. I hope you can set up some other DISmeets though! :goodvibes

mom3sonstt
01-26-2011, 06:18 PM
Initial sketchy plans.

Wed - Reservations for breakfast at Kona Cafe. Our plans are to cut through Epcot and take the monorail over to the Ticket Center - I think DH says we are walking from there. It's a 10:15 reservation so with Epcot opening at 9 we should be ok. AFter breakfast we plan to go to Magic Kingdom and maybe stick around for the Electrical Parade. Well, we will stick around - because he wants to get pictures of the castle all lit up, it's just a matter of whether we take time to watch the parade (I vote yes!)


Today’s plans include breakfast at the Kona Café. This is the 2nd of only 2 ADRs we had scheduled…..and we skipped Biergarten the day before. So what will we do with this reservation? :confused3

We start the day with coffee and showers…..and speaking of showers, probably about this day I started to think of Glenn in the shower. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-chores029.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) Uh….well, not specifically of Glenn himself in his shower….but while I was in the shower I was thinking of…http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-ashamed001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)...well, no that doesn’t sound much better. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-think004.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) Let’s go with this…..Glenn’s observation that Disney conditioner is the consistency of school paste came to mind. :thumbsup2 The first couple days was ok because the bottle was full, but about now the conditioner was no longer within easy reach. I tried leaving the bottle upside down on the ledge thinking gravity would take over….no such luck. So, since there is a nice little window ledge in the shower I spent the morning banging the bottle on the ledge until a little dab would give up and fall out. I considered that my exercise for the morning. :yay: On a regular (family – driving) trip we would bring our own shampoo – so I really haven’t had to fight this battle very often. But once I declared a truce and completed getting ready it was time to go. We left Boardwalk and went to……Epcot.

The park hadn’t opened officially yet but we were let in anyway. We walked through the UK and I tried calling the phone booth again (my call log says it was 8:52) Again I wasn’t quik enough to get anybody to answer. But Danny noticed that he had lost me again and looked back and saw me on the phone. He immediately assumes the worst and figures something is wrong with one of the kids. :sad2: I told him to go over by the phone booths – he wouldn’t go all the way over but he did move a little closer to them – thinking I had lost my mind probably. :rolleyes1 I dialed the phone again. He looked over when he heard it ring….but really, he is slow, or no fun, or something because all he did was look at it, look at me and say “Are you doing that?”. I said that I was, and I got that exasperated-husband look and he told me to “come on”. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-basic/dry.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) He asked where I found the numbers then told me it would “cost minutes”. Considering we have hundreds of minutes leftover every month I didn’t think using a couple of them to have a little fun with was such a bad thing.:snooty:

We got up to where the crowds were gathered for the opening and watched the family of the day take of in a Test Track car. You will have to take my word for it because he didn’t get the camera out for any of it. It was already in progress when we got there so he would have mostly gotten the backs of the people in front of us, and the tops of some heads.

The park is officially open and we are swimming upstream. While all the crowds who came in the main gate are flowing to Soarin and Test Track we are trying to go to the exit (entrance???) We did encounter a few lighthearted comments from CMs telling us we were going the wrong way, and the CM at the exit acted hurt that we were leaving already.:laughing:

We headed for the monorail to the TTC and at the top of the ramp encountered a family sitting on the benches there. They weren’t waiting for the next monorail because they were still sitting there when it arrived, so I’m not sure exactly what they were doing.:confused:

We rode to the TTA and got off and I followed DH over to the Polynesian. I had never been over there before, but the year before he had cut through on his way to the golf tourney. At first it seemed very quiet and deserted. We walked by a few of the buildings and never saw a single person. Eventually we ran into a lady with a stroller, so I started to feel a little better. It was just too quiet. When we got closer to the main building we heard music. I am wondering if the building we walked by first, if they could have been empty? I’m curious how they fill their rooms – if the occupancy is low instead of scattering people thoughout the whole resort if the will let a section sit empty. There was no background music at all there at first. When we started to hear music we figured out what was missing. At the Great Ceremonial House we looked around for a little bit and tried to get our bearings. We finally gave up and asked where to find the Kona Café. It was upstairs, so we had to find an elevator.

Upstairs DH first saw the Kona Island – coffee and pastries and asked if “that” was where I had us scheduled. I think the Kona Café was just on past the coffee bar so I was able to avoid that misunderstanding and get him to where the real food was. I had scheduled us for 10:15 because we weren’t sure how long it would take us to get there from where we started. We got there at about 9:45. I went ahead and checked us in since the restaurant was half empty and I think he took a quick bathroom break.

We both ordered the Tonga Toast. I was surprised that he ordered that, it didn’t seem like something he would like, he got tomato juice, I got cranberry juice and we both got coffee. We also both ordered bacon. I like bacon if it is very crisp – not so much if it is chewy. I asked the waitress if it was typically crisp (otherwise I would have gotten sausage). She said that it could be – she would just tell the cook. Ok – works for me. We got our juice and coffee, looked around the restaurant, talked about what we were going to do that day, and just kind of relaxed and enjoyed our morning. Pretty soon a guy, not our waitress, came out and sat down our plates – no comment about one bacon being crispy. It was ok. Not quite like I like it – but that could be on the verge of being burnt for some people, so no big deal.

I love breakfast food. Probably because we don’t eat many breakfasts. I would be just as happy going out for supper at an IHOP as I would be a steak house, so when I had read the menu ahead of time and saw that Tonga Toast was just one piece, plus a couple strips of bacon and a little chunk of pineapple I thought that it just wasn’t going to be enough. But I had also read people saying how filling it is or that they couldn’t eat the whole thing. Well, put me in the “couldn’t eat the whole thing” category. It was very good, and very sweet – but I think it was just too sweet for me that early in the morning. Danny ate all of his, but even he didn’t have room for the last few bites of mine.

Breakfast was declared a winner and we will probably come back here again. I think I have given Tonga Toast it’s opportunity and will try something different next time.

While we were there I noticed a family sitting at a long table. They had a girl sitting with them who was probably in her late teens/early twenties. She was the youngest one there, the others were all in there 40s, 50s, 60s. I think there were maybe 8 – 10 people there. But the girl had some sort of delays. She would lay her head on the table, and reach for other peoples plates. The man sitting next to her, her father I assumed, seemed like he had a sixth sense about her, he could have had his head turned talking to somebody at the other end of the table, but was redirecting her hands, and setting things back upright without missing a beat. I imagine he has had many years of practice. She was not loud or disruptive in any way, they just happened to be seated behind Danny in my line of vision.

When our meal was done we signed our ticket and Danny left for another bathroom run. He had set his camera on the chair next to him – which would have been across from me. I didn’t see it there, I gathered up my purse and my cane and headed out, as I was walking over to my scooter, which was parked outside the restaurant, the bus boy raised up Danny’s camera bag so I could see it then brought it over and passed it over the wall, through the window, whatever the set up is. I set it down by my feet on the scooter and put all my stuff back where it goes. I saw Danny rushing back from the bathroom, he glanced over at me then headed in towards the restaurant. Darn! :headache:I was hoping he would have forgotten until we had gotten further away. So he wouldn’t bother the people in the restaurant who had already found and returned it, I waved him off and showed him the bag. This is not the first time he has gone off and left his camera hanging on the back of a chair, or sitting on an empty chair. I left behind my purse one time and get reminded of it constantly. :sad2:

After browsing through the gift shops, and Danny taking another bathroom break (the last one he didn’t actually get to – he remembered the camera before he went in) we headed for the monorail.

This was the most crowded monorail we had been on in quite a few trips. Usually its either just us in a car, or us and one other family. The monorail from the Polynesian to Magic Kingdom was very crowded. When we arrived at MK the CM on that end was busy talking with other guests and didn’t come over to put the ramp down for me to get off. I don’t remember if this is one that I go off head first or back off – I’m thinking it was a head first one. The doors to let people in had opened and I still hadn’t gotten off and there were wheelchairs wanting to board that couldn’t. Finally the chatty CM http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-talk024.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php) finished up and Danny got his attention and put the ramp down for me.

The ramp leaving the monorail platform divides into two sides. I went down the right side and DH went down the left. He was behind an older woman on an ECV who wasn’t doing too well with it and her elderly husband who walked beside her. I was behind a very large woman who could barely move. It looked like each step was painful. He picked the better side. But what was bad was once we got to the bottom I still couldn’t get around this woman. The rest of her group were with her and it took awhile for the people behind me who were passing us to get around so I could move over far enough to get around her. Eventually we all made it

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Pyrate_Pryncess
01-26-2011, 08:31 PM
Our next trip is scheduled for aug 6-13. We will be staying at boardwalk. The new development is that I will probably be going down a couple days early, arriving sometime on thurs the 4th. The even more newer development is that I may also be staying a couple days after they leave. The possible plan is they would drop me at the airport and head out from there, and then to pick me up there again on the way home. Since we usually take 2 days on the road I would either have to stay florida longer or have somebody else pick me up at the airport back here. I know which I choose.

So, since I may be there solo aug 4&5 and maybe again the 14&15 I thought I'd see if any of you all were going to be there at the same time.

Tanya, Im here!!! I love your pics of Disney of the past! I grew up seeing those pictures but never being able to go!

I have to say that after reading your Day 1, You must be married to me! ha! I am the one in my house that tends to get loud and mean!!! I probably would have dealt with it all the same way that he did.

As for August, keep me posted on this! We will be living 5 hours away from WDW by August and I would LOVE to come with NO KIDS~

mom3sonstt
01-27-2011, 02:38 PM
Tanya, Im here!!! I love your pics of Disney of the past! I grew up seeing those pictures but never being able to go!

I hope to dig out more pics from old trips eventually - but that involves digging through the closet and scanning them in. So it could be awhile.

I have to say that after reading your Day 1, You must be married to me! ha! I am the one in my house that tends to get loud and mean!!! I probably would have dealt with it all the same way that he did.

:sad2: Oh no - there's two of you....I hope we never check in at the same time ;)

As for August, keep me posted on this! We will be living 5 hours away from WDW by August and I would LOVE to come with NO KIDS~

I will let you know. So far it's only "talk". I told him I was thinking either Animal Kingdom if I could get a concierge floor studio. Or Saratoga, since I could go over to Downtown without taking a bus. :thumbsup2 He thinks I should stay at Boardwalk since that is where we will be staying so it would be less of a hassle to move my stuff. :confused3 But we haven't gotten to the part of the conversation where "book it" has been said.

KatMark
01-27-2011, 03:45 PM
Tanya, where did you get the phone number from that booth? I would love to do that when Mark is walking by it.

Thanks for the review of Kona; we missed it this year (we were too tired after our night with the little ones), but we are definitely going this year.

Flossbolna
01-27-2011, 04:18 PM
Breakfast at Kona is wonderful! I loved the Macadamia Nut pancakes there! :cloud9: So I would recommend those for your next visit!

I stayed at the Poly in 2009 and loved the atmospher, it never seemed busy even though we did see people going into several of the buildings. I loved the walk from the TTC to our room and very often helps people in search of the restaurants, they regularly thought that they were not on the right way because it seemed so quiet.

mom3sonstt
01-27-2011, 04:24 PM
Tanya, where did you get the phone number from that booth? I would love to do that when Mark is walking by it.

Thanks for the review of Kona; we missed it this year (we were too tired after our night with the little ones), but we are definitely going this year.

The phone numbers I have are Left Booth 407-827-9862 Center Booth 407-827-9863 Right Booth 407-827-9867

I just tried dialing them - the left booth rang and rang then went to what sounded like a fax machine.....but it rang about 5 or 6 times first, the center booth somebody answered, and the right one said it had been changed or disconnected......and no, I didn't talk to the person on the center booth - I said hello, then obnoxious youngest son started pestering me so I told them to have a wonderful day then hung up.

We liked Kona. Don't know if we will go on our August trip, or if it will be reserved for our parent-only trips. The boys don't usually like going anywhere for breakfast, if they are up they would rather go to a park, and if they don't have to get up they would just as soon stay in bed. :rolleyes1 Of course we could always book it for the two of us and let them do their own thing.

mom3sonstt
01-27-2011, 04:27 PM
Breakfast at Kona is wonderful! I loved the Macadamia Nut pancakes there! :cloud9: So I would recommend those for your next visit!

I stayed at the Poly in 2009 and loved the atmospher, it never seemed busy even though we did see people going into several of the buildings. I loved the walk from the TTC to our room and very often helps people in search of the restaurants, they regularly thought that they were not on the right way because it seemed so quiet.

I had considered the macademia Nut pancakes, but it was the reputation of Tonga Toast that lured me there, so I thought I better get that instead.

If Danny hadn't already been there before and said he knew where he was going, I would have sworn we were lost. It seemed so deserted. But I can see where that would be very relaxing after a day at the parks.

mom3sonstt
01-28-2011, 04:23 PM
I was just about to post that I was for sure going to be flying down early and back late, so would definitely have 2 solo days on either end of our trip in August. I did update my signature to say that. Then I get a message from oldest son asking if I have already paid for him to go to WDW. There was no explanation as to why he is asking. I assume that he is going to have some reason why he can't go, or doesn't want to go, or something. If that is the case - if he doesn't go - then I probably will not be going early and staying late. The "justification" of my flying was that all 5 of us do not fit comfortably in the car for that long of a drive and if I flew they wouldn't have to worry about the lay-out of the rooms going down (I need them a certain way to set up my machine). If there are only 4 of us, there is no need to go to the extra expense.
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Ok - Sean just called. Apparently a friend of his is planning to propose to his girlfriend. And apparently, if she says yes, they plan to get married in August before she starts Grad School. And while the proposal hasn't happened yet, and a date has not been set, we will be gone the first 2 Saturdays in August which would probably be the most likely candidates for an August-before-school-starts wedding. Sean assumes he will be asked to take part in, or at least be invited to, the wedding, and would therefore not want to go to Florida with us. http://threestooges.net/forums/Smileys/default/doh.gif

All7OfUs
01-28-2011, 05:10 PM
I recently played the leave the camera somewhere trick - but plum forgot it altogether. I was so lucky!! Glad it was remembered before you got too far!!

Kona, kona!! Yum! :yay:

That's funny you were going the "wrong" way through EPCOT. I can imagine all the funny looks you got! :upsidedow

FauntleroyFAN07
01-30-2011, 09:24 PM
what does he think a love story wedding comes before disney
:sad2:


:laughing:

mom3sonstt
01-31-2011, 11:43 AM
I recently played the leave the camera somewhere trick - but plum forgot it altogether. I was so lucky!! Glad it was remembered before you got too far!!

Kona, kona!! Yum! :yay:

That's funny you were going the "wrong" way through EPCOT. I can imagine all the funny looks you got! :upsidedow

It's hard enough going through the mornign rush to Soarin' when you are going with the flow - going against it?? I don't recommend it! :confused3

what does he think a love story wedding comes before disney
:sad2:


:laughing:

I know - silly boy. :rolleyes1 Actually, I don't really care whether he goes or not (he is at that "know it all", "I'm entitled to whatever I want", "drama queen" stage and is really no fun to be around right now :sad2:), I just want to know whether or not he is going so I can finish making plans.

FauntleroyFAN07
01-31-2011, 02:28 PM
I know - silly boy. :rolleyes1 Actually, I don't really care whether he goes or not (he is at that "know it all", "I'm entitled to whatever I want", "drama queen" stage and is really no fun to be around right now :sad2:), I just want to know whether or not he is going so I can finish making plans.
thats understandable.

hey are you prepared for the 24 inches of snow we are suppose to get on tuesday night/wednesday:sad2:

mom3sonstt
01-31-2011, 02:47 PM
thats understandable.

hey are you prepared for the 24 inches of snow we are suppose to get on tuesday night/wednesday:sad2:

I will never be ready for that kind of snow - hate it! But I did just get back from grocery store, got stuff for chili, sloppy joes, stew, and some other odds and ends. And cold medicine and cough drops - our whole house sounds like a TB ward! DH had gotten over his cold a few weeks ago, Mark has his just about beat, but now Ryne & I have it and it sounds like Danny is getting his back again. :sick:

marvali
01-31-2011, 03:34 PM
what does he think a love story wedding comes before disney
:sad2:


:laughing:
I know - silly boy. :rolleyes1 Actually, I don't really care whether he goes or not (he is at that "know it all", "I'm entitled to whatever I want", "drama queen" stage and is really no fun to be around right now :sad2:), I just want to know whether or not he is going so I can finish making plans.And its not even HIS!!! :confused3 Of course, if it were that might be additional justification for not changing the original plans.......... :rolleyes1

Captain_Oblivious
01-31-2011, 03:47 PM
We loved Kona for dinner, and it sounds like it's worth the trip for breakfast as well. I'll have to look into that...

As far as bucking crowds in Epcot, I'm sure that turned a lot of heads! You could have played it up like you were big-shot VIP's! :rotfl2:

glennbo123
01-31-2011, 04:15 PM
Boy, I picked the wrong update to be a little late for. :guilty: All this talk about me in the shower. :eek: At least I'm clean. But I'm glad to see that you agree with me....that Disney conditioner is some thick stuff!

I just might have some World Showcase telephone stories coming up myself. ;)

mom3sonstt
02-08-2011, 01:01 PM
And its not even HIS!!! :confused3 Of course, if it were that might be additional justification for not changing the original plans.......... :rolleyes1

I can't even imagine if it were Sean's wedding :scared1:.....that's a scary thought!

We loved Kona for dinner, and it sounds like it's worth the trip for breakfast as well. I'll have to look into that...

As far as bucking crowds in Epcot, I'm sure that turned a lot of heads! You could have played it up like you were big-shot VIP's! :rotfl2:

Big shots would have been nice - I felt like we were at the othe end of the spectrum! People were looking at us like we were nuts - and it didn't help that he was doing his dodging and weaving through the crowds with a "determined" look on his face, then would periodically stop and look back at me. I'm sure any people watchers out there were making up some interesting stories about us. :confused3

Boy, I picked the wrong update to be a little late for. :guilty: All this talk about me in the shower. :eek: At least I'm clean. But I'm glad to see that you agree with me....that Disney conditioner is some thick stuff!

I just might have some World Showcase telephone stories coming up myself. ;)

See what happens when you're late!

Can't wait to hear your phone stories!

All7OfUs
02-08-2011, 02:30 PM
Good Morning, Tanya!! Glad to see you back- missed you for a spell there!

mom3sonstt
02-09-2011, 01:47 PM
Good Morning, Tanya!! Glad to see you back- missed you for a spell there!

I've been in hibernation! Last week we had the "big storm" and Danny & the boys were home for 3 days, Friday they went back to work/school then were home again on the weekend. With everybody around all the time it was hard to find time to just veg on the computer.

mom3sonstt
02-11-2011, 09:22 PM
Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same! During my hibernation, we offered Sean the option of going with us and flying home early for the wedding. He was leaning in that direction...until today. Today he got his confirmation of where he will do his student teaching in the fall. Well, he's already doing some sort of student teaching now, it's not full time, but the classroom he is working with now will be his student teaching classroom next fall. At first that seemed like a good thing, that he would be able to make the trip. But, the teacher he is working with is pregnant. So now he says he won't be going with us because he will need to work with her to get the classroom ready and lessons planned before she starts maternity leave.

So, I guess I have my answer.....we will be a party of four this trip.


Oh....and in other "some things never change" news......I lost my ring....again. It's in the house somewhere, so I am hopeful it will turn up again.


And for some new news....my dad slipped going down the basement steps, his foot slipped behind the steps and got caught. He said he slipped on past it, had to scootch back up a couple steps to untangle his foot and said it was sideways. He tried to turn it back and said it sounded like bubble wrap popping. It was broken. Mom was at work, but he had his cell phone on him. Had to go to hospital, the tried 3 different times to put it back in the socket and wrap it overnight. They would pull and jerk on it, wrap it and X-ray, decide it wasn't how they wanted it and would unwrap it and try it again. They did surgery Thursday to piece it all back together. Dad is 71, I'm not sure exactly what he weighs now, but I know a decade or so ago when he had bypass surgery he was 5' 11" and 311. I assume that is still the ballpark.
Hopping around on one foot will be a chore.

marvali
02-12-2011, 09:33 AM
Wow Tanya, what trying times! Hope your Dad's foot/ankle heal quickly! I worry about my Dad falling like that, and he doesn't have a cell phone to be able to call someone easily! :eek: I think I'm going to get him a prepaid one to use if he has an emergency.

I can so relate to the "trip for four" scenario. That is one of the main reasons we didn't do a trip last summer and saved it until Christmas. It could very well be the last one all five of us gets to do for quite a while....... Still hoping Matt will still be around for the one in early June, but I have serious doubts..... :sad1:

englishrose47
02-12-2011, 10:26 AM
Good morning Tonya just checking in and making sure Marv is behaving::laughing:

All7OfUs
02-12-2011, 11:15 AM
OH Tanya! That's horible about your dad's fall!! I am so glad he had a cell on him! Waht a disaster it could've been had he not had it. I sure hope the surgery worked well!!

I keep racking my brain about ways to get us all there again, but I'm just not willing to go at a high/peak time. But with kids in school, it's just so hard! So I understand how frustrating it is to want everyone there, and it just not being possible. Sigh.....

glennbo123
02-12-2011, 12:28 PM
Oh no! Sorry to read about your dad Tanya. That sounded like quite an ordeal. :eek:

And you lost your ring again? I had missed were you'd said you'd found it. :laughing: Hope it turns up again soon.

mom3sonstt
02-12-2011, 03:47 PM
Wow Tanya, what trying times! Hope your Dad's foot/ankle heal quickly! I worry about my Dad falling like that, and he doesn't have a cell phone to be able to call someone easily! :eek: I think I'm going to get him a prepaid one to use if he has an emergency.

Dad started carrying a cell several years ago. Mom had to carry one when she was waiting for her kidney transplant, so Dad decided he should have one too (just like kids - one can't have something and not the other). She hardly ever has hers with her, or charged up, or turned on, but he always has his, and even has learned how to text! He probably could have scooted back up the steps if he had to, but it was much better all the way around to stay put and have the EMTs come get him.

I can so relate to the "trip for four" scenario. That is one of the main reasons we didn't do a trip last summer and saved it until Christmas. It could very well be the last one all five of us gets to do for quite a while....... Still hoping Matt will still be around for the one in early June, but I have serious doubts..... :sad1:

Last summer I thought would be our last family trip since Sean was supposed to graduate this Spring. It wasn't until he said he would be a semester longer that we started planning for him to come with us.....I guess I should have left my expectations where they were when we started.

Good morning Tonya just checking in and making sure Marv is behaving::laughing:

Yes, he's being good over here.

OH Tanya! That's horible about your dad's fall!! I am so glad he had a cell on him! Waht a disaster it could've been had he not had it. I sure hope the surgery worked well!!

I keep racking my brain about ways to get us all there again, but I'm just not willing to go at a high/peak time. But with kids in school, it's just so hard! So I understand how frustrating it is to want everyone there, and it just not being possible. Sigh.....

I was surprised he wasn't "messed up" more than he was. When mom said he caught his foot I thought that he "should" have fallen forward and messed up is arms, or head. But I guess the foot getting caught happened on the "ride down". It sounds like when his foot slipped he landed on his butt. The steps are open, so on the slide down one got caught behind the step. For as big a guy as he is, he has been relatively healthy. About 15 or so years ago he had a physical before going on a cruise, when he came home they sent him in for a stress test, found blockage and did bypasses. So he fixed it before he had a heart attack. When he was in the hospital for that I asked him if he had ever been in the hospital before - he said he hadn't since he had his tonsils out! Since the bypass he had a knee replacement. His ankle is the first thing he has broken. So not too bad for almost 72 years.

Oh no! Sorry to read about your dad Tanya. That sounded like quite an ordeal. :eek:

And you lost your ring again? I had missed were you'd said you'd found it. :laughing: Hope it turns up again soon.

Yeah - I found it....in my purse of all places! This time it will probably turn up in the laundry. I had it on in the morning, piddled around on line waiting to hear from Verizon about Danny's iphone. Once she called and said she had it activated (problems activating it the day before), I took a shower, threw some clothes in the washer, came upstairs and got around and left. When i got in the car I noticed my ring was gone. So unless the washer eats it, someone will find it in the laundry, or will step on it - or something. I have high hopes this time.

All7OfUs
02-12-2011, 11:50 PM
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So not too bad for almost 72 years.

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Indeed, not so bad at all!! I've had friends with far, far more than that at only 35!

Flossbolna
02-14-2011, 04:27 PM
Finding the ring again is good news!! :thumbsup2

But I am very sorry about your dad, I wish him a speedy recovery, and tha you will be only four on the family trip!! :hug:

mom3sonstt
02-15-2011, 12:30 AM
Finding the ring again is good news!! :thumbsup2

But I am very sorry about your dad, I wish him a speedy recovery, and tha you will be only four on the family trip!! :hug:

You must be psychic! I hadn't found it again yet last time I posted (was just letting Glenn know where it turned up the first time) but today I found it the second time. It was in my son's room on the floor. I had forgotten that he had asked me to set up his DVR that day, and it must have fallen off while I was in there doing that. The sad thing is, that it sat on his floor for that many days and he never noticed it. :rolleyes1 Of course, it is the floor of a 17 year old boy - I guess I should be happy I could even see the floor! :rotfl:


And thanks for the well wishes for Dad. He got home Saturday. I guess that was a sight to see! He can't put any weight on his foot, but they have 3 or 4 steps leading up to the porch. There is only one porch rail - so he couldn't grab hold with both hands and hop. guess he tried to do it sideways so he could use both hands - but could get any lift. Mom had called the neighbor to see if he could help, then wound up calling another guy in town and his 16 year old son. They tried to help him hop up the steps, but the steps are too narrow for them to get under each arm and help him up. They wound up having to physically carry him up the steps. Two holding him at the arms and another lifting his legs. I'm thinking he probably won't be leaving the house too much!

Flossbolna
02-15-2011, 03:00 AM
You must be psychic! I hadn't found it again yet last time I posted (was just letting Glenn know where it turned up the first time) but today I found it the second time. It was in my son's room on the floor. I had forgotten that he had asked me to set up his DVR that day, and it must have fallen off while I was in there doing that. The sad thing is, that it sat on his floor for that many days and he never noticed it. :rolleyes1 Of course, it is the floor of a 17 year old boy - I guess I should be happy I could even see the floor! :rotfl:


And thanks for the well wishes for Dad. He got home Saturday. I guess that was a sight to see! He can't put any weight on his foot, but they have 3 or 4 steps leading up to the porch. There is only one porch rail - so he couldn't grab hold with both hands and hop. guess he tried to do it sideways so he could use both hands - but could get any lift. Mom had called the neighbor to see if he could help, then wound up calling another guy in town and his 16 year old son. They tried to help him hop up the steps, but the steps are too narrow for them to get under each arm and help him up. They wound up having to physically carry him up the steps. Two holding him at the arms and another lifting his legs. I'm thinking he probably won't be leaving the house too much!

Oh then I got it all wrong, but accidentally right as well! :lmao: You know, there is still hope - I am sure my parents would have said similar things about this girl's floor when she was 17... :rolleyes1 But now my house is generally in a very good shape and pretty tidy! :goodvibes

Those tiny steps can be tricky! I am glad that he managed them in the end and hope he won't have to many doctor's appointments to go to in the near future! :scared1: