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petbren
03-12-2011, 07:02 AM
Hi Fellow Canadians.:)
This is our first time to Disney with a laptop, so I am going to try to post a live trip report:thumbsup2
DD(12-"almost 13 Mom), DS(15) and I are here at the Millenium Hotel, in Beautiful Buffalo.
DH joing us on Monday afternoon as he could not get the weekend off from the Hospital.
Hotel is fine, seems in worse shape than when we stayed two years ago.
Not really worth the $125 CAA rate but what can you do:confused3
I came to understand later why we had to sign a form stating we would not bring Hockey Sticks in the hotel--big group of hockey kids/parents here:scared1: but they did settle down by 12:30.
Our flight leaves at 10:50am-much later than usual, so we were able to sleep in a bit. I, however, could not sleep. :rolleyes1 The alarm will go in a few minutes to wake kids, then we will go down for breakfast.

More later:)

petbren
03-12-2011, 08:31 AM
Breakfast was good, nothing special but good.
Heading down for shuttle now.
Can't wait for some Florida sunshine:banana::banana:

bababear_50
03-12-2011, 09:42 AM
Have a wonderful trip!
I'm headed down tonight and can't wait for a bit of sunshine.

Hugs Mel

Disney_Mama
03-12-2011, 02:15 PM
Love live trip reports:goodvibes Safe travels.

Disney_Mama
03-12-2011, 02:16 PM
Oh... and I love your Avatar.:thumbsup2

petbren
03-13-2011, 04:17 PM
Oh... and I love your Avatar.:thumbsup2

Thanks, love me some Dexter;)

petbren
03-13-2011, 10:36 PM
Sorry it took so long for me to get back to my "live" report.

Bus picked us up at Millenium at 9am, checked in, through security and sitting comfortably by 9:35:cool1:
Boarded a bit early. Could have been earlier but for people who don't buy early bird check in (SWA) or don't know the procedure for getting the boarding passes 24 hours ahead:headache:
Waited for the usual "would anyone be willing to move seats so this family can sit together" crap, then we were off.
No flight issues, on ME quickly, off at BWV second stop, picked up on-line check-in package (still haven't read through it) and WOW, room was ready at 2:35:banana:
We have a 1 bedroom standard view, here is the view.
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This was taken very early this morning--man I love it when the clock "springs ahead" when you are on vacation:confused3

More on our day later.

mtmbyck
03-14-2011, 07:07 AM
Petbren, how do you add photos? Are you urging them in a photbucket first or can you somehow send direct to this board? You picked an awesome week to come. Been here 3 days and it is going to be sun and 80's for the next 7 days with less than 20 percent chance of rain. And floridians are complaining about that!!!

Looking forward to your report.

petbren
03-14-2011, 08:42 AM
Petbren, how do you add photos? Are you urging them in a photbucket first or can you somehow send direct to this board? You picked an awesome week to come. Been here 3 days and it is going to be sun and 80's for the next 7 days with less than 20 percent chance of rain. And floridians are complaining about that!!!

Looking forward to your report.

:wave2: Yes, beautiful weather:cool1:
I hadn't posted photos in awhile either, so forgot. Yes, I use photobucket--I already had an account but easy to set up.
Go to the photoboard here, and you will find a link with a great video tutorial with step by step how to post.
There are so many Canadians here, we should have had a get together at Jellyrolls or somewhere.

phabric
03-14-2011, 09:28 AM
I will be looking forward to more of your live reviews.

You did not take long to go through security at the airport.

We have never done online check in before. Can you explain what you do once you are at the resort.

iluvwesties
03-14-2011, 09:56 AM
Wishing I was there too! :goodvibes enjoying your reports :thumbsup2

iluveeyore
03-14-2011, 04:17 PM
Can't wait to hear more - DD and I got back last week for our 'before March Break' trip - looking forward to hearing how the crowds are for the Canadian March Break.

TheBig2na
03-14-2011, 04:48 PM
My Jealousy Runeth Over. I hate when others are there and I am here. Have fun though for us. We can live vicariously through your trip report. hahahaha

petbren
03-14-2011, 07:23 PM
I will be looking forward to more of your live reviews.

You did not take long to go through security at the airport.

We have never done online check in before. Can you explain what you do once you are at the resort.

I did online check in through my site for DVC, not sure how to do it if you're not DVC. When we got to BWV, I just went to the counter marked ONLINE check in and the Cast Member handed me my package, with our room keys etc. and I went up to room as it was ready. Reports here are that doing the online check in does not make your room ready early, but in our case it just worked out:banana:
I promise to post more later tonight. DH just arrived, and we are going out to do mini-golf at Fantasia:yay:

petbren
03-14-2011, 11:06 PM
Ok, so continuing with Saturday:confused:.....
Room was ready, so threw our carry ons into room, left DS there and DD and I hoofed it to Dolphin to pick up rental car.
I had reserved a standard SUV as our almost 10 year old van is in need of replacing, and I was hoping to drive something I was considering buying. On the advice of the attendant, I got a Ford Explorer Limited. Nothing I would have ever considered before but I looooove this vehicle:love: Now, it took me awhile to figure out how to drive it, including driving down the resort road with my hazard lights on 'cause I couldn't figure out how to turn them off:confused3, but now I am use to it, it's fantastic. It has every gadget known to man, including what every Floridian needs-dual heated seats:laughing:
Enough about my new vehicle option.
Back to BW, pick up DS and head out for dinner. We decided not to get DDP this trip as DH was not joining us 'till 3 days in, and I like to have 2 appetizers rather than a full meal often--we'll see at the end if it was a better move or not.
On recommendations from the board, I picked Bahama Breeze. We loved this place. Beautiful outdoor patio, a guy playing live guitar and great food. DS declared the ribs the best he had ever had, and he is a rib guy. We were there quite early-5pm, but I can see as the evening wore on, it would be packed.
From resturant, over to Walmart for groceries, and other stuff(:drinking1)
then back to the room to unpack--luggage was there, and sleep>

Up next, Sunday at EPCOT--Flower and Garden Festival and The Guess Who Concert:yay:

petbren
03-14-2011, 11:25 PM
Sunday

Up early--did I mention I love Day light Savings Time:scared1:
Walked over and just missed rope drop.
Felt like I was back at the farm as we were corralled up the ramp to Soarn:eek:
Huge line for Fastpass and Standby time said 20 minutes, so we opted for that. It paid off as they were looking for a party of 3 and we were escorted ahead of a bunch of people--wait time maybe 10 minutes. After ride, no line for Fastpass so we got some for later.
Here are a few photos of the topiaries around for Flower and Garden Festival--really cute, I need some of these for my front yard--my neighbours would just s#@t;)

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more to come:)

mtmbyck
03-15-2011, 07:13 AM
Great pics. Isn't the weather awesome? We are thinking of heading to Jellyrolls for St Pattys Day. Just DH and I obviously.

So you did ME and then rented the car at Dolphin? Did you do it right at the hotel. I love that idea. I hate having to get all of the luggage and line up for a car at MCO.

Where is Bahama Breeze?

petbren
03-15-2011, 11:59 PM
Great pics. Isn't the weather awesome? We are thinking of heading to Jellyrolls for St Pattys Day. Just DH and I obviously.

So you did ME and then rented the car at Dolphin? Did you do it right at the hotel. I love that idea. I hate having to get all of the luggage and line up for a car at MCO.

Where is Bahama Breeze?

Yes, that's what we did with rental car-have done this before too. That way ME gets to cart my luggage, not me.
The Bahama Breeze we went to is at 8735 Vineland Ave. It's just a few minutes from the outlet mall too;)

petbren
03-16-2011, 12:19 AM
So, on with Sunday finally:confused3
After riding a few rides, we made our way to Biergarten for a 1pm lunch.
This is one of my kids favourites so I kept it in the rotation.

We had a server who said this was her first day:scared1:, but she turned out to be one of the best we have had there.

I'm not a beer drinker, but it just didn't seem righ to go there and not have one.
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With DVC discount , tax and tip,total was $100

From there we went back to Future World to use Test Track fastpasses and do a bit more looking around then headed back to the American Pivillion for The Guess Who. I scored a front row seat-left of center:cloud9: My kids thought it was going to be a lame old man concert, but they were shocked. They put on a amazing show even without Cummings and Bachman.
The lead singer was throwing out guitar picks and DD got one, that made her evening.

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Here is the one thing we stood in line the longest for.
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Stayed to watch Illuminations-nobody does Fireworks/light shows like Disney.

From there, back to the room to relax a bit and SLEEP

petbren
03-16-2011, 08:19 AM
Monday
DH is to arrive about 2pm today, so we head out to the Prime Factory Outlet Mall-arrive just as it opens at 10am:cool1:
My goal was to get some athletic wear at Lulu Lemon, and a purse at Coach. DD had another adgenda of stores she wanted to hit, and DS just wanted to stay at the hotel(no such luck). He actually got a lot of stuff at Timberland, and Hurley, so he was happy:)
Lulu had just junk-some yoga pants that were a good price-$59-$79 but weird styles, no headbands and not one hoodie:confused:
Walked into Coach, and found the 40% off section, and wow-they were giving out coupons for an EXTRA 30% off of everything:scared1:
DD ended up with a small cute purse for herself and I got 2 beautiful ones for myself-total $243 taxes in:banana::banana:
Before we knew it, DH was texting that he was at the ME counter, so we hightailed it back to BWV.
Decided to go to another recommended off site resturant, Orlando Ale House. This was your typical roadhouse/sports bar--lots of sports on numerous tvs--it was OK, but nothing I would rush back to.
We got back and walked back to Fantasia mini-golf, then over to Beaches and Cream for dessert.

We take a picture if you get a hole-in-one--here's a sample of the madness;)

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On the way back to BWV
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sk8jdgca
03-16-2011, 04:30 PM
too bad about Lululemon-in aug they had tonnes of men's hoodies for around 50 in all colours that men wouldn't wear (bring pink, lime green for example)

mtmbyck
03-16-2011, 07:44 PM
We did lulu at Vineland outlet and no hoods there either and no deals in my opinion. Basically the same price as Canada. But Coach was awesome.

How are the crowds this week. Boardwalk was very quiet last Thurs/fri but it was also 50 degrees these nights

petbren
03-17-2011, 07:23 PM
We did lulu at Vineland outlet and no hoods there either and no deals in my opinion. Basically the same price as Canada. But Coach was awesome.

How are the crowds this week. Boardwalk was very quiet last Thurs/fri but it was also 50 degrees these nights

Yea, my friend in Oakville told me the Lululemon Outlets were where really sick yoga wear went to die--sad to say, she was right:eek:
Boardwalk is moderately busy, but the parks are insane:scared1:
Weather is perfect though--can't win em all:rolleyes1

petbren
03-17-2011, 07:36 PM
So I am really far behind on my "live" report--sorry

Tuesday

We were planning to go to Animal Kingdom today, but DS was very anxious to get to Typhoon Lagoon, so we changed up the day, and went there instead.
Weather was nice, not as hot as it was later in the week, but fine.
No crowds-we arrived at 10(opening), and left about 4:45.
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Back to the hotel, shower, change and headed to DD where we had Cirque du Soleil 9 pm show.
Had eaten at Wolfgang Express in Marketplace several times and loved it, so ate at the WestSide location before show---did not love it here, but it filled us up.:confused3
Scored 30% off DVC discount on Cirque tickets, and it was very good, something you should do at least once--back to room for much needed sleep.


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mtmbyck
03-18-2011, 08:11 AM
Agree crowds are crazy this year. As a warning, they closed WWoHP at 9:30am on Thurs do to capacity so that tells you what it's like at the parks!

petbren
03-19-2011, 10:13 PM
Sorry all, looks like I am going to continue my "LIVE" report when I get home.
Leaving tomorrow-check out at 11am, but ME comes at 6pm.....so sad:sad2: but had a great time.
The best thing about owing DVC is you know you're always guaranteed you'll be back:lovestruc
If anyone is reading, I'll post more the beginning of the week.
Bye for now:thumbsup2

popinl
03-20-2011, 09:24 AM
Sounds like you had a great trip...looking forward to reading the rest.

petbren
03-27-2011, 11:36 PM
So, it's been a week since we've been back to the grind and I'm finally sitting down to do an update, so I will just continue from where I left off:confused3

Wednesday

Disney Studios today. We walked over, only about 10 min as our room was at that end of BWV.
Our hope like everyone, was to go straight to Toy Story Mania ,get fast passes, then maybe ride once and return.
Park was to open at 9-got into gates at 8:50 and were held on the main street until rope drop--OMG:scared1:, hundreds of people heading the same way we were.
By the time we got there, the line for fastpasses was unbelievable, they really should have a standby time listed for the fastpass machines at this ride. We decided to brave the standby line posted at 40mins and get fastpasses after.

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I do love this ride, even the stuff in the line is fun--all the toys from my era. I always have to tell the story of how when I was little, I wanted Tinker Toys, but my Mom wouldn't let me have them 'cause they were for BOYS;)
Alas, I had no brothers, so never did get to have them:rolleyes1
We were on and off ride in 30 minutes-not bad- but the fastpass line was still out of this world, so we left for Rock n Roller coaster-got fastpasses for later. Did the usual things. Got kids pizza at Pizza Planet, and got an outside table while I hoofed it back to Starring Rolls for two of the sandwhiches for DH and I ,and a brownie for the kids to share. Sandwhiches were big and good.
We decided to do Lights, Motor Action since we hadn't done it for a few years. It was hot and loud, but a good show.

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We had dinner at Prime Time Cafe for 5:15, thinking we would then make the 8:30 Fantasmic show.
We all agreed that Prime Time was our worst meal--kids HATED it, I didn't care for it, and DH liked it. We had done it before, and I remember it being better but this time :crazy2:

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We had done one show of American Idol during the day, and the kids really wanted to see the finale so we decided not to do the 8:30 Fantasmic, but wait and do the 10:30 show.
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Headed over towards the Fantasmic area at 8:00, and the 8:30 show was filled, they suggested to stay in a line already forming for the 10:30 show:scared1:
We did get in, but I don't think I'd ever wait that long again......we hadn't done Fantasmic in 3 years, and it's still the same--good, but can wait at least another 3 years to see it.
Walked back to resort exhausted, and got ready for another day.
:faint:

Nahanni
03-28-2011, 09:27 AM
Nice TR and pictures. I don't think I'd even try live updates - just too much happening.

Do you think you will go back to DDP on your next trip or did not using work out better for you?

mtmbyck
03-28-2011, 09:45 AM
Can't wait to read your reports. You had the vacation we were going to have but with the sun, heat, and anticipated crowds, we saved our park money and did waterparks and shopping instead.

Sounds like my assumption was correct? Was it really as busy as I have heard. That's all people were talking about on the plane home.

petbren
03-28-2011, 04:20 PM
Nice TR and pictures. I don't think I'd even try live updates - just too much happening.

Do you think you will go back to DDP on your next trip or did not using work out better for you?

Not using it worked out best for us, this trip especially.
With 2 kids over 10, our total for DDP would have been $200/day.
So, I figured anything under that was a savings.
With DH arriving 2 days later, that was the deal sealer for me.
We have done DDP all other trips, except the first one with my Mom-she wanted what she wanted, when she wanted it, and way paying so, that's what she got:thumbsup2
Our next two trips was when DDP really was a deal-included appetizer, entree and dessert, and TIP:banana: Plus, we had DD under 10.
As we all know, those days are long gone:sad2:
The next trip, we still used DDP and found some pluses-you pay up front, so that part of trip is done, but otherwise, a bit too much food, especially for DD-11, and no variation from the entree, drink and dessert format.
I often prefer 2 appetizers rather than a main meal, and DH seldom wants dessert.
The tip not included adds approx. $20 to every sit down meal, so you really are spending $220/day.
Also, with the full kitchen, we tend to eat breakfast and more substantial snacks in the room-- the occasional alcholic beverage--wow, I could really have a drinking problem with $6 bottles of Austrailian wine;)
I still booked a TS resturant almost every day, except the first night we arrived(ate off site at a great place), the night DH arrived, and our last day.
DD wanted to to the Tea at the Grand Floridian, which isn't included on DDP, and I wanted Sushi at California Grill for my splurge meal, which also is not included in DDP, and the entrees that are included would be 2 TS meals.
So, that long story was my rationale for not getting DDP
Did it work out, YES, would I ever get DDP again, yes, but it depends on the situation--if we didn't get a rental car, maybe, if just DH and I went, maybe.
I kept all my receipts, so I will get you guys a total at the end.:)

petbren
03-28-2011, 08:49 PM
Can't wait to read your reports. You had the vacation we were going to have but with the sun, heat, and anticipated crowds, we saved our park money and did waterparks and shopping instead.

Sounds like my assumption was correct? Was it really as busy as I have heard. That's all people were talking about on the plane home.

Yes, it was busy, but managable. We know all the tricks-get a fastpass as often as possible(a trick not everyone knows is you don't have to return in the given window-you can return any time after the start of the window until park close) Example if your fastpass return time is 10-11 say, you can't get in before 10, but you can come back any time after 10 until park close. I explained this is several people over the length of our stay. Get to the park as soon as it opens, some fastpasses are gone by 12pm at the more popular rides. We chose to return to the hotel several days mid-afternoon for a shower and rest and return to the park later. This was easy as we could walk to EPCOT and Disney Studios, and had a rental car for easier transportation.
I did not find the temperatures too hot. I love the heat, and although the temp. was high, there was no humidity. We have done Disney in August--man that's even too hot for me.
We had a fantastic time even though it was busy and would not hesitate to return again at March Break.:lovestruc

mtmbyck
03-29-2011, 05:45 PM
That's great to hear. We certainly know all of the tricks too - we swear by the fast passes and the fact that you can use them anytime after the posted window time (however TSM has turned some away).

I'm missing the weather. It was so nice to have sun on our skin. I can't wait to get rid of the winter coats. Still enjoying your TR.

petbren
03-30-2011, 11:34 PM
That's great to hear. We certainly know all of the tricks too - we swear by the fast passes and the fact that you can use them anytime after the posted window time (however TSM has turned some away). [QUOTE]

Never had that happen, but last time at TSM was November/09 and did return past time, but it was not nearly as busy. I am always worried that things have changed and a CM will not let us in later than the posted time, so I sometimes will check--just ask at the Fastpass Return Line. Did this a couple times this trip with RnR and SM both time was told, yes, no problem and both rides had a Standby time of over 60 mins.:scared1:

[QUOTE]I'm missing the weather. It was so nice to have sun on our skin. I can't wait to get rid of the winter coats. Still enjoying your TR.

I am so with you there--thank God I was able to get some sun for the 9 days, otherwise I would be stir crazy. We got back on the Monday, and had a storm on the Wed.-20cm of snow here in Hamilton--not much in Ottawa terms, but it was wet snow that then froze on the roads overnight. My kids got another snow day-they were happy:banana:

petbren
03-30-2011, 11:57 PM
Thursday--Magic Kingdom Day

DH picked two places he wanted to eat this trip-Prime Time Cafe--Yuck:eek:
and 1900 Park Fare for Brunch. Had this booked for 8am-1 hour before park was to open, but after I booked it, they changed that to EMM.
Anyway, I really like this breakfast--really nice food, a few different characters, and it's at The Grand Floridian:love:

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We took monarail over to Mk. It was getting crowded already but rode SM, and got Fastpasses for later, rode HM, small wait, then seperated from DS and DH. DD has been getting autographs and photos with Characters for the last 5 years. She has many, so only is after a select few. On the list for today were Tiana from Princess and the Frog, and Rapunzel, from Twisted.
Headed over to where Rappunzel(and Flyn) were at about 12:15 to find a line for the 2pm show-they do a little dance and talk to the kids, then sign. They only let in 75 people/show. DD decided she really wanted to do this, so there we stood:rolleyes1 I think this was the source of my tan for the trip as it was directly in the sun:lovestruc
Did meet some new friends in line, who turned out to be from Oakville, and DD was happy--sometimes that's what it's all about.

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Flyn was quite a hottie--DD was appalled that her MOM though so.:rolleyes1

More on this day to come-Tea at the Grand Floridian, Fireworks and more:)

Nahanni
03-31-2011, 12:06 PM
We also find our children find joy and happiness in unexpected places at WDW so we're cutting back on touring plans and ADR's to go with the flow.

Where was the Rapunzel show? Did you know about in advance or something you stumbled upon? We were there in February but did not see/read anything about it.

mtmbyck
03-31-2011, 06:17 PM
Awesome picture of DD Rapunzel and Flyn. Sometimes I wish MK would go back to ride tickets because I would be fine paying for grounds admission and just sitting watching characters and guests.

Have you done 1900 Park Fare for dinner. Best value buffet meal - it's lovely, and it is Cinderella, the prince and the stepsisters who are a riot! This is a favorite for us and can be timed to enjoy a Grand Floridian stroll, ice cream and fireworks on the beach.

I heard about your storm. Completely missed Ottawa which has been the case all winter. Kids in the GTA had at least 3 or 4 snow days. My kids had 1!

Looks like warmer weather is on it's way.

petbren
03-31-2011, 11:16 PM
We also find our children find joy and happiness in unexpected places at WDW so we're cutting back on touring plans and ADR's to go with the flow.

Where was the Rapunzel show? Did you know about in advance or something you stumbled upon? We were there in February but did not see/read anything about it.

Because DD is still obsessed with getting autographs(may not last a lot longer, although there was a girl behind us in line who had to be in her late teens/early 20s), we get the Time Guide and just check which characters are going to be out and about that day.
Rapunzel was at The Fairytale Garden--this is a covered small theater just at the bridge across from Cosmic Rays resturant. I have no idea how long they have been doing this little show/signing thing, but I'm sure it has something to do with the DVD coming out this week:confused3

petbren
03-31-2011, 11:21 PM
Awesome picture of DD Rapunzel and Flyn.

I heard about your storm. Completely missed Ottawa which has been the case all winter. Kids in the GTA had at least 3 or 4 snow days. My kids had 1!

Looks like warmer weather is on it's way.

Thanks, I have a photopass picture of Flyn with his arm around me--just cause I'm over 40 doesn't me it didn't matter:love:
Yea, it was the 3rd snow day for my kids too. I went to school in Ottawa in the late 80s and the year I was there, the winter was pretty good--you never know though. I am hoping we are DONE now, but I had to brush the snow off my car window again this morning.:scared1:

petbren
04-01-2011, 12:01 AM
Thursday(continued)

Forgot to mention, while DD stood in line, I ran over to get us a Dole Whip. It was St. Patrick's day. so I got a twist-half pineapple, half green coloured vanilla--cute.
After we got the autographs, DD and I ran into this guy--one more for the album.

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We then hit Space Mountain and used a fastpass.
We had driven to Grand Floridian and parked in their lot earlier for breakfast, so we took the monarail back there, retreived a change of clothes from car, quick change in bathroom, then to the Garden View Tea Room.

The atmosphere, here is georgous, hugh fresh flower arrangements, calm surroundings.
DD ordered the Buckingham Palace-we subed some more kid friendly sandwhiches(2 pb&j, 1 ham and cheese and 1 tuna), and the lemon verbeena tea.

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I ordered the Prince Edward Tea which came with a glass of Port.:rolleyes1

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I was indecisive about which tea to get so the server brought out two teas that had just came in and weren't on the menu yet. He let me look at the loose tea and smell it. Now I forget what I choose, but it was good.

I must say, I have had better tea and scones here, closer to home--Thompson rasins instead of currants in the scones, that DD had to pick out:headache:, but again, it's just the experience of being there.

It is rumoured DVC will build at Grand Floridian, and if my numbers ever come up, I will add on some points here.:rolleyes:

While we were eating, Cinderella's Carriage went by the window. A lady at the next table said she was a wedding planner, and that carriage rents for $3000/ 30 minute ride:eek:--seems a bit much to me, but could be.

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More phots from GF

Lobby
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Oh yea, they gave each of us a long stemmed pink rose--they were still beautiful on Sunday when we left, but had to leave them behind:guilty:

Flowers on ledge behind DD at tea.

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Cool Ride

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DH and DS who had been doing things around MK met us in the lobby of GF, we headed back to BWV for a 2 hour rest, then returned to MK for more rides, and the late night Wishes--sorry, it never gets old:hug:

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Left MK at 12:30am:woohoo:

Nahanni
04-01-2011, 11:32 AM
Tea at the GF, what a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Enjoying your TR and pics.

petbren
04-06-2011, 11:10 PM
Friday March 18--Animal Kingdom and California Grill !!

We woke up early today to make it to Animal Kingdom for opening at 9--drove over and make it for 9:30--close:confused3

A lot of people don't like Animal Kingdom, but we really do love it.
Our reservations at CG were for 7:55, so plan was to leave by 4:30 so we could get back to BWV to shower and change before dinner.

We did all the stuff we wanted.First to EE to get fastpasses for later, Rode Kalahari River Rapids-walk on the first time, did the Safari, then the walk through with the birds, etc. Ate at Flame Tree-my favourite counter service.
We then did A Bugs Life--hadn't done it for awhile, it is cute.

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DD and I went back to use your fastpasses at EE--after last time, DH and DS vowed never to ride that again:scared1:, but DD and I love it.

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This was the only autograph opportunity for DD at this park--more than I though we'd get.
Don't know why we all look pink.:headache:

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Lots of animals out and about on the Safari that day--some days you see very little. Here are a few shots.

Baby Elephant--so cute.

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We were running out of time by now, so we stopped for one more ride on Kalahari River Rapids--posted standby time was 40 minutes, turned out to be about 30--longest we had ever waited for a ride at AK but what the heck.

After this, we headed back to get ready for dinner.

Up next, my favourite place--California Grill.:dance3:

alohamom
04-07-2011, 10:13 AM
This has been so fun to read1 Love all you pics but my jaw dropped with the castle/fireworks one. Certainly makes me long for the World, thanks so much for posting...

petbren
04-07-2011, 06:34 PM
This has been so fun to read1 Love all you pics but my jaw dropped with the castle/fireworks one. Certainly makes me long for the World, thanks so much for posting...

Thanks so much for reading...nice to know people are interested.:)

I am a sucker for MK fireworks--nowhere have I ever seen better.
I am sappy I admit, I well up with tears, especially if it's the last time I get to see them for awhile. I know people think that's crazy,...you know the people....the same people who say "you're going to Disney AGAIN:confused:

One of the reasons I wanted to go to California Grill was to book it when I knew the fireworks would be on. I know they give you a little ticket so you can come back if you dine before the fireworks start, but I just wanted to walk out to the viewing area and see them, then come back to the table. That's exactly what happened...between dinner and dessert.:yay:

I must say, it's the most spectacular place I have ever seen the fireworks from--worth the fortune we paid for dinner;)
I will post that later tonight..

mtmbyck
04-07-2011, 07:13 PM
In our 30+ times there we have never done CG. Is it really that good - for kids too? I love the idea of watching the fireworks from there.

I'm one who doesn't care for AK but I go because it's worth the admission to see Nemo and Festival of the Lion King. The animal part just feels like a spread out zoo to me. Like you mention, the safari is hit and miss.

Looking forward to more of your TR!

papertraveller
04-07-2011, 08:25 PM
Love the trip report! We were there just before you, and made a special trip to EE. I love that ride!

On a separate note, have you considered Tables in Wonderland? We are also DVC owners and have found that this is a great deal for us.

petbren
04-07-2011, 10:45 PM
Love the trip report! We were there just before you, and made a special trip to EE. I love that ride!

On a separate note, have you considered Tables in Wonderland? We are also DVC owners and have found that this is a great deal for us.

We did get that several years ago, when we bought an annual pass. That year we were going twice in a calander year, so AP made sense. Unfortunately, no two trips in one year coming up, so I don't think we can get Tables in Wonderland without an AP--please correct me if I'm wrong on that.

petbren
04-07-2011, 10:50 PM
In our 30+ times there we have never done CG. Is it really that good - for kids too? I love the idea of watching the fireworks from there.

I'm one who doesn't care for AK but I go because it's worth the admission to see Nemo and Festival of the Lion King. The animal part just feels like a spread out zoo to me. Like you mention, the safari is hit and miss.

Looking forward to more of your TR!

Wow, 30+ trips, I thought I was fortunate to have gone 10 times:worship:
DH and I first did California Grill on our Honeymoon-20 years this May:eek:
I know it wasn't called that then, I think it was called Top of the World or something like that, it was a dinner theater. We were talking about that with our server that night. Honestly, I don't remember that much about it, certainly not what it is today.

On that note..............

petbren
04-07-2011, 11:34 PM
Dinner at California Grill

Made ADR for 7:55. Arrived at about 7:40, checked in, took elevator up, and were beeped at 8pm.

Our table was off to the left, in a smaller side room, but next to the window. The server explained where we could go to view the fireworks, scheduled for 10pm that night. She was quite good, and attentive.
We explained that we were not on the DDP.
DH and I already knew we wanted the Sushi.
The items on the menu were quite "Chi-Chi" for my kids, lots of sauteed in this and garnished with that, but DS has become a bit more adventurous with his food choices, so we helped them decide what to order.
We ordered two flatbreads to start, as I wasn't sure the sushi would really fill us up.
Here's what we ordered.
Triple Cheese Flatbread
A special Flatbread for DH and I--honestly, I forget what it was, but it was good.
DH-Yoshie's Deluxe Sushi Platter
me-Shrimp Tempura Roll-not on the menu, but found here on boards, and yes, they would make it for me:hug:
DS-Veal Chop - With potato Rosti, chanterelles, salsify, pearl onions, carrot puree and madeira Jus --They let him subsitute roasted potatoes,and no veggies(what can I say:sad2:)
DD-kid portion of the Filet of Beef that was on the kids menu with roasted potatoes and green beans(server said they could do this for her eventhough she was 12 because we were paying out of pocket) That was great as it was $13 and just the right size for her.
DH and I both has two glasses of wine.

While we were eating, the Eletrical Water Parade went past the window--quite cool-sorry photo didn't turn out.
We ordered dessert, and it was 9:55. Server said she would bring out the dessert as soon as Wishes was finished, so we headed off to the balcony.
It was not crowded at all and we had a fantastic view.
From here, you realize the firworks are set off quite a ways from the castle.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/petbren/disney%202011/110.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/petbren/disney%202011/112.jpg

I am an admitted Wishes fanatic, so I had a tear in my eye as the last round of firworks ended:sad1:, but I knew I would see them again in another year or two.

Here's BLT from the viewing area.

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A few minutes after we returned, the desserts arrived.

DS-Valrhona Chocolate Cake - Warm Chocolate cake with molten center, cappuccino caramel crunch ice cream, whipped cream, coffee caramel sauce
I got a very small taste of the ice cream and OMG it was to die for:cloud9:

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/petbren/disney%202011/122.jpg

DD and I shared the Chocolate Creme Brule--Both of us found this too chocolately--I know, what were we thinking, but if you love chocolate, you would love this.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/petbren/disney%202011/123.jpg

So, the verdict--I loved it. Would I go back-yes, in a heart beat.
Would I recommend it for kids? I personally wouldn't go with young kids, unless they are willing to sit for 2 hours+ for a meal. I thought my kids at almost 13 and 15 were ready for some fine dining, and they were.
Would I like to go again, without my kids for a romantic dinner with DH, say on my 25th wedding Anniversary--for sure;)---Yes, I am a PLANNER.:rolleyes1

twinmum
04-08-2011, 01:06 AM
Dinner at California Grill

Made ADR for 7:55. Arrived at about 7:40, checked in, took elevator up, and were beeped at 8pm.

Our table was off to the left, in a smaller side room, but next to the window. The server explained where we could go to view the fireworks, scheduled for 10pm that night. She was quite good, and attentive.
We explained that we were not on the DDP.
DH and I already knew we wanted the Sushi.
The items on the menu were quite "Chi-Chi" for my kids, lots of sauteed in this and garnished with that, but DS has become a bit more adventurous with his food choices, so we helped them decide what to order.
We ordered two flatbreads to start, as I wasn't sure the sushi would really fill us up.
Here's what we ordered.
Triple Cheese Flatbread
A special Flatbread for DH and I--honestly, I forget what it was, but it was good.
DH-Yoshie's Deluxe Sushi Platter
me-Shrimp Tempura Roll-not on the menu, but found here on boards, and yes, they would make it for me:hug:
DS-Veal Chop - With potato Rosti, chanterelles, salsify, pearl onions, carrot puree and madeira Jus --They let him subsitute roasted potatoes,and no veggies(what can I say:sad2:)
DD-kid portion of the Filet of Beef that was on the kids menu with roasted potatoes and green beans(server said they could do this for her eventhough she was 12 because we were paying out of pocket) That was great as it was $13 and just the right size for her.
DH and I both has two glasses of wine.

While we were eating, the Eletrical Water Parade went past the window--quite cool-sorry photo didn't turn out.
We ordered dessert, and it was 9:55. Server said she would bring out the dessert as soon as Wishes was finished, so we headed off to the balcony.
It was not crowded at all and we had a fantastic view.
From here, you realize the firworks are set off quite a ways from the castle.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/petbren/disney%202011/110.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/petbren/disney%202011/112.jpg

I am an admitted Wishes fanatic, so I had a tear in my eye as the last round of firworks ended:sad1:, but I knew I would see them again in another year or two.

Here's BLT from the viewing area.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/petbren/disney%202011/097.jpg



A few minutes after we returned, the desserts arrived.

DS-Valrhona Chocolate Cake - Warm Chocolate cake with molten center, cappuccino caramel crunch ice cream, whipped cream, coffee caramel sauce
I got a very small taste of the ice cream and OMG it was to die for:cloud9:

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/petbren/disney%202011/122.jpg

DD and I shared the Chocolate Creme Brule--Both of us found this too chocolately--I know, what were we thinking, but if you love chocolate, you would love this.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff227/petbren/disney%202011/123.jpg

So, the verdict--I loved it. Would I go back-yes, in a heart beat.
Would I recommend it for kids? I personally wouldn't go with young kids, unless they are willing to sit for 2 hours+ for a meal. I thought my kids at almost 13 and 15 were ready for some fine dining, and they were.
Would I like to go again, without my kids for a romantic dinner with DH, say on my 25th wedding Anniversary--for sure;)---Yes, I am a PLANNER.:rolleyes1

We are recently post-WDW quick trip pre-Disney cruise...and from the GTA, FYI. Without a trip in the works, I was just checking out a few threads and saw your TR. It douns like you had a great time!

We LOVE Cali Grill. In fact, this was our first WDw trip without it...only because we were just at the Beach Club 2 nights and knew we'd eat well on the cruise. Our boys (twins, now 12) had their first meal there at age 8 and have loved it every year. I took the boys, and a friend, to WDW on my own last year (DH couldn't get away) and it was the one meal where every morsel of food was eaten...2/3 boys loved the sushi and one was thrilled with his own choice. They also love the cure dessert sushi on the kids menu and will continue to order it as long as they'll serve it to them! To me, a WDW trip is just not a WDW trip without Wishes on the observation deck.

So I guess I'm saying I'll need to go back...while fireworks on a cruise ship are cool...it's just not Wishes!

Belle599
04-09-2011, 11:35 PM
Hi there, just found your TR and love it! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I'm your 905-neighbour too :)

Dimples1973ca
04-10-2011, 12:29 PM
Thanks for sharing! Love the fireworks!

mtmbyck
04-10-2011, 03:23 PM
I can't believe it was a month ago we were there! I grew up on March Breaks at WDW - back when you didn't line up to see characters. They used to walk freely up and down the streets greeting guests. And exactly 18 years ago tomorrow I honeymooned there too. So for me, Disney is really more nostalgia and it just feels like home. Wish we had bought DVC years ago we'd have possibly saved so much money. But we did rent houses a lot back then to have Disney Breaks.

Now I am dying to get on the cruise. I get seasick but it's on my bucket list!

Still following your TR. Keep it coming.

petbren
04-10-2011, 10:49 PM
I can't believe it was a month ago we were there! And exactly 18 years ago tomorrow I honeymooned there too. So for me, Disney is really more nostalgia and it just feels like home. Wish we had bought DVC years ago we'd have possibly saved so much money.Now I am dying to get on the cruise. I get seasick but it's on my bucket list!

Still following your TR. Keep it coming.

Thanks everyone for reading.
My mom was a teacher, and dad had a lot of vacation time, so we use to drive down in the summer:confused3
I tell my kids........"no A/C, no i-pods(you listened to the one AM radio station your parents wanted to hear), no DVD players or laptops:eek:
They just look at me like I've lost my mind:confused:
Anyway, we'll see how they do on the drive to HHI in August:scared1:
Will try to post more tomorrow.

A couple of photos to keep you going.

Sandcastle at EPCOT to promote the new Disney Nature movie.

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Up next: EPCOT, with DH this time, and LeCellier for lunch:)

petbren
04-12-2011, 11:32 PM
Saturday March 19--EPCOT

Today was suppose to be our last day at the parks. DH missed EPCOT the first time around, so we went there today.
I have to say again, that I love the location of our home resort.:thumbsup2
We bought BWV, site unseen, just by doing research, and I do love it. I love the Boardwalk theme, and especially the location--walking distance to 2/4 parks:love: Our last trip, we did a split stay at OKW(bad experience ), and BCV. I loved BCV too, nice theming, nice pool, lots of resturants on site, and close to parks--closer to EPCOT but further to DS. The points are higher at BCV, so that's the one downside.
Anyway, I digress:confused3
EPCOT-got there after opening, and went to get fastpass at Soaring.
Rode a few other things, and DD scoped out some autographs she still needed. Here's some she got.

Missed Marie last trip.

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One of the new Fairies--sorry don't know which one:confused:

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Got to the front of the line, when they put the rope across.....She did stop to talk to DD, but would not sign..........:sad2: On the list for next trip.


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Had an ADR for Le Cellier for lunch at 1pm. Checked in at 12:45--they were taking walk-ups for smaller parties for lunch that day too.
I had made the lunch ADR as I knew they were changing Le Cellier to a 2 table service credit, and wasn't sure if we were doing DDP at the time. I figured if we were, I didn't want to use 2 TS here, and if not, lunch was cheaper.;)
I did not want a big steak for lunch, but apparently, my kids did.
Here's what we ordered.

Me-Bowl of Cheese Soup, Tomato Stack--several Pretzel breads
DH-Prime Rib Sandwhich with side of Poutine.
DS-Smoothie, NY Strip, Chocolate Mouse
DD-Smoothie, NY Strip, Maple Creme Brulee

Our Server was good, and explained to DH-former Montrealer, that the Chef did Poutine a bit different, melted cheese instead of cheese curds, but DH was Ok with that. However, server did not mention that his Prime Rib Sandwhich came with fries..so he got regular fries, and an order of Poutine:scared1: Good thing he remembered his cholesterol meds.
The Poutine was OK---I helped DH with it, but it didn't take long until it became a cold rubbery blob.:eek:
I had intended to order a Maple Creme Brulee for myself, but when the time came, I was stuffed, so I had just a spoonful of DDs.
All in all, a good lunch. Do I think it's worth 2TS on DDP--no, but maybe with the new jazzed up menu, perhaps.

We had signed up for the 4pm Behind the Seed tour at the Land Pavillion. , so headed back to Future World. We had wanted to do this last trip, but didn't know if the kids would get much out of it. The last time we did this was on our Honeymoon--many moons ago;)
Both kids are quite into science, and I would highly recommend the tour for anyone, not just kids...we all enjoyed it.

Some shots from the tour.
Tomato "Tree"

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Kids smelling some kind of melon
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Releasing some ladybugs to help control aphids.

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We grabbed a couple of snacks, and headed back to BWV to organize for check out the next day.:sad1:
Up next Downtown Disney--one last shopping trip:woohoo: