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stopher1
05-05-2011, 10:22 AM
VWL Lovers & Groupies Thread continuing where we left off... and beginning anew with a quote from our beloved eliza who's started each of our previous threads....


…You know the feeling; it usually starts building right after you make your reservations. A slow excitement kicks in, a happy anticipation that soon (although, not soon enough) you’ll be back.

You can’t explain it; logically you know there may be more exotic or beautiful places out there. Heck, some folks think it doesn’t even compare to its name sake but all that doesn’t matter to you. All you can think is soon, so very soon you’ll be there.

And then it comes, the moment you turn onto Timberland Dr. You smile a quiet smile full of joy that says YES!! Finally, I’m here & in the tiny amount of time it takes to pass through the gates until you finally see her, you are completely, blissfully happy. Is it your imagination or do you think she smiles back at you, a feeling that no matter how long it’s been since you last visited, she is glad to see you, welcomes you home, whispers to you of a week full of good times.

Yes, you definitely know the feeling, All the previous weeks, months and even years of waiting, all the times real life dropped an anvil on your head, have all been worth it for this feeling.

Welcome to the Wilderness Lodge Groupies Forum. Come on in and say hello! We’ve got a moose mom, wilderness Dad and a Granny (yep, he’s a guy), we’ve got a Teapot and an Inkman, a Muushka, an Iowan that really loves Disney and a whole host of folks who love the Wilderness Lodge.

Here are but a few of our friendly lot of Groupies...

2011 December Groupie Meet
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2010 December Groupie Meet
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…We share pictures, trip reports birthday wishes and stories and when you start to feel like a flat cartoon character from real life dropping all those anvils on ya, we’ve got well wishes to pump you back up.

Come and sit a spell!!

Oh, let us know when you’re traveling and your birthday. We’ll eat cake with ya too!!

And from our own tired canine friend, sometimes known as Patrick...

Let each of us, one and all, welcome you to the Lodge!
As you'll soon see our group is quite the hodgepodge;
Come on over, pull up a rocker, and please have a seat,
'Cause we're friendly, relaxed, laid-back, and almost always upbeat.

This is the place for stories told and wishes fulfilled and fine,
So, grab a hot cocoa (or in my case a nice glass of wine);
Here's where acquaintances become neighbors then turn into friends,
So, sit a spell, get comfy, and let your thoughts be cleansed.
Get to know our merry band (we're truly not loons),
There is but one rule: be sure to hit the spittoons.

Welcome! :thumbsup2




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Welcome!!

stopher1
05-05-2011, 10:22 AM
Our Groupies Vacations List

Whenever you are ready with a new vacation that you would like added to the list - please just PM me and I'll take care of adding it. IF you post it in the thread itself... it might get missed. I'm just sayin' - I do try to read it all, but sometimes when I'm traveling or away for a bit, it might just get missed. So if you just PM me, that'd be your best bet for getting your special trip included on the list.



2012 VWL VACATIONS and the other DVC vacations

If you'd like to be included on this list - please just PM me!

March
horselover 2-6 BCV
JimmyTammy 2-10 OKW
BWV Dreamin 3-8 VWL
Ronald Duck 12-16 VWL
Inkmahm/Dynaguy 13-15 BLT - followed by 16-19 THV


April
tea pot 16-18 BWV
DiznyDi & Dad 28 - May 3 AKV-Club Level
tea pot 29 - May 3 BCV
MiaSRN62 29 - May 4 OKW
stopher1 30 - May 3 OKW


May
claire_ont 3-8 POP
DiznyDi & Dad 4-12 VWL
wildernessDad 12-18 AKV-Jambo House Grand Villa! :)
Corinne 13-19 BCV
twokats 17-25 VWL followed by 26 - June 1 - DCL Fantasy for their 28th anniversary!


June
suemom2kay 8-15 VWL
Berta 10-16 VWL
blossomz 18-22 AKV Kidani followed by 22-27 VWL
icecoldpenguin/audipolo 29 - Jul 2 BWV Pre-WEDDING :bride:


July
icecoldpenguin/audipolo 2-9 - *HONEYMOON* :hug:
stopher1 14-21 AKV


August


September
tea pot 16-21 BLT followed by 21-22 BCV

October
horselover 4-9 BCV
Inkmahm/Dynaguy 24-29 BWV


November
sleepydog25/luvvwl 8-11 BCV or BLT - not sure yet
Inkmahm/Dynaguy 28-30 followed by DCL Fantasy 12/1-8!

December
wildernessDad 1-9 VWL
jimmytammy 2-14 VWL
Inkmahm/Dynaguy 8-12 VWL
DiznyDi/DiznyDad 8-15 VWL
horselover 20-27 VWL
claire_ont 29 - Jan 5, 2013 AKV






And for our CRUISING Groupies........


2012 Cruising Groupies

If you'd like to be on this list, please PM me!


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April


May
BWV Dreamin - May 12-19 on DCL Fantasy


June


July


August
bobbiwoz - 10-24 - DCL Dream


September


October
stopher1 14-21 RCI Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda


November


December
Inkmahm / Dynayguy 1-8 DCL Fantasy


2013 Cruising Groupies
bobbiwoz DCL Member Cruise 10-14

And again - to be included on any of the above lists - PLEASE - just PM me! Thanks.

stopher1
05-05-2011, 10:23 AM
Pixie Dust List (You know what we mean) :hug:

Muushka was doing this for us on the last thread, but I couldn't get a hold of her when starting this thread, so I'm just going to take it away from her this time around...

For new visitors, we hope that you can see throughout our thread that we have a love for our Lodge.
But more importantly, we care about each other.
We have decided that it would be good to keep track of pixie dust requests.
Not really the fun, fluffy kind, but the more serious.
If you want to be placed on this post, just let me know by PM? I don't want to be presumptuous.

My hope is that all pixie dust requests will have a good ending. If you are on this list, please know that you are in our hearts. And please feel free to PM me to give updates for this post.

stopher1
05-05-2011, 10:24 AM
Here are a few links that are NOT Lodge related, but rather related to all of our sister resorts within the greater DVC family, just for fun, but also in case anyone has specific questions about another resort, all of the DVC resort threads are in one place here...

Animal Kingdom Lodge: ***Official AKV Owners and Lovers Thread*** (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1815576)
Aulani, Resort & Spa: Aulani Owners Thread - Aloha! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2592238)
Bay Lake Tower: ***Bay Lake Tower Owner's Thread*** (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2027988)
Beach Club Villas: "STORMIN THE BEACH" BCV Owners - and GROUPIES WELCOME HOME! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2447045&highlight=beach+club+owners)
Boardwalk Villas: The I Love BWV (yes, Hallways and Clown Pool, too!) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1300921&highlight=boardwalk+owners)
Hilton Head: HHI Roll Call, Adoration & Information Thread 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2329998)
Old Key West: OKW Lovers Thread !!! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1375743)
Saratoga Springs: SSR Lovers & Owners Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2466719)
Vero Beach: Vero Beach Adoration 2010 Thread... We Need New 2011 Thread...Somebody? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2344361&highlight=vero+beach+owners)
Villas at Grand Californian: The Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Owners & Lovers Group 2.0 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2592085)

stopher1
05-05-2011, 10:37 AM
Reserved

Muushka
05-05-2011, 10:48 AM
I want to update our list.
If you want to be included in the birthday celebrations in 2012,
(who wouldn't ?? :confused3) PM me!


Groupie Birthdays!!!

Eliza61.........................January 1 Our favorite New Years Baby!!
Mr deebits AKA Ed..........January 5
SantaRay and Elvis!!.......:santa:January 8
Blossomz......................January 13
Twokats and Claire_ont...January 25.....Two-fer!
JimmyTammy ...............January 28
Disney Loving Iowan.......January 29

WildernessDad.......... February 4
Cheer4Bison..............February 14
Nicoal13 AKA Nicole....February 16

Muushka...............March 1
ladytink75.............March 7
Icecoldpenguin (Teresa)March 10
Inkmahm..............March 19
Horselover.............March 26
LeslieLou...............March 28

Granny..........................April 12
Tea Pot & DisneyNutzy....April 18
DiznyDi.........................April 23

franandaj .....................May 1
Loribell.........................May 3
DiznyzDad!!! .................May 7
Maria (MiaSRN62)...........May 23

Corinne..........................June 6
KAT4DISNEY....................June 11
SlimpLaw .......................June 26
magicalmcwho.................June 30


:love::love:Audipolo and Icecoldpenguin (AKA Greg and Teresa) Wedding day!!!! July 1, 2012:love::love:

Oshawa ....................July 6
lisah0711..................July11
deebits AKA Deirdre...July 17
DaveH......................July 26
BWV Dreamin...........July 31

TammyNC.......August 15
DynaGuy.........August 20
DODIE!!..........August 31

I Book He Pays..September 29

stopher1 ........October 4
Audipolo (Greg)October 11
Berta..............October 20

MaryJ.....................November 10

twinklebug.................Dec 6
Mickeymorse..............Dec 15
WDWRR_ENGINEER...Dec 29








How to steal a Moosie for your very own!

Please, he is yours for the taking!

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1. Click on "User CP" at the top left of the page.
2. Click on "Edit Avatar"
3. Add the above [IMG] stuff and paste him in (donít need to use the insert image thingy)
4. I removed the left bracket so that you can copy him, just add the [ to the left of the IMG].
5. Click the SAVE button, and you're done.

franandaj
05-05-2011, 10:52 AM
Ooooooh! Am I the first to join the new thread? Great job stopher!

sleepydog25
05-05-2011, 11:15 AM
Let each of us, one and all, welcome you to the Lodge!
As you'll soon see our group is quite the hodgepodge;
Come on over, pull up a rocker, and please have a seat,
'Cause we're friendly, relaxed, laid-back, and almost always upbeat.

This is the place for stories told and wishes fulfilled and fine,
So, grab a hot cocoa (or in my case a nice glass of wine);
Here's where acquaintances become neighbors then turn into friends,
So, sit a spell, get comfy, and let your thoughts be cleansed.
Get to know our merry band (we're truly not loons),
There is but one rule: be sure to hit the spittoons.

Welcome! :thumbsup2

___________________________

Thanks for starting the new thread, Stopher! I hope my little ditty will help welcome those who find us anew.
Patrick, aka sleepydog

Granny
05-05-2011, 11:17 AM
Thanks for kicking off the new thread Christopher. :)

And that's a great title for the thread too. :thumbsup2

Muushka
05-05-2011, 11:27 AM
Let each of us, one and all, welcome you to the Lodge!
As you'll soon see our group is quite the hodgepodge;
Come on over, pull up a rocker, and please have a seat,
'Cause we're friendly, relaxed, laid-back, and almost always upbeat.

This is the place for stories told and wishes fulfilled and fine,
So, grab a hot cocoa (or in my case a nice glass of wine);
Here's where acquaintances become neighbors then turn into friends,
So, sit a spell, get comfy, and let your thoughts be cleansed.
Get to know our merry band (we're truly not loons),
There is but one rule: be sure to hit the spittoons.

Welcome! :thumbsup2


___________________________

Thanks for starting the new thread, Stopher! I hope my little ditty will help welcome those who find us anew.
Patrick, aka sleepydog


I love this poem. :love: Maybe we can get Stoph to put it in the opening?

stopher1
05-05-2011, 11:43 AM
I love this poem. :love: Maybe we can get Stoph to put it in the opening?

Maybe you can oh moosie mama... but later, when I'm back on my laptop & not using my phone to connect. Watch for it later...

DiznyDi
05-05-2011, 12:24 PM
Love the new thread already! We're standing in line at the Magical Express. Have absolutely never seen it this crowded. Enjoy your day Groupies. I know we will. We're headed to the Lodge!

twinklebug
05-05-2011, 12:38 PM
Love the new thread already! We're standing in line at the Magical Express. Have absolutely never seen it this crowded. Enjoy your day Groupies. I know we will. We're headed to the Lodge!

I'm sitting here desperate to breathe the WL air, trying to figure out how I can squeeze in a 3 day visit and you post this!? :rotfl:

I hope your bus gets you there fast!

Send some WL pics
sounds & music our way!
Don't forget a can of WL air too!

stopher1
05-05-2011, 12:38 PM
Love the new thread already! We're standing in line at the Magical Express. Have absolutely never seen it this crowded. Enjoy your day Groupies. I know we will. We're headed to the Lodge!

Have a WONDERFUL time Di. Say hi to Dad too. :)

sleepydog25
05-05-2011, 02:03 PM
I'm sitting here desperate to breathe the WL air, trying to figure out how I can squeeze in a 3 day visit and you post this!? :rotfl:

I hope your bus gets you there fast!

Send some WL pics
sounds
& music our way!
Don't forget a can of WL air too!What twinklebug said! :thumbsup2

DVC Jen
05-05-2011, 02:26 PM
Looking forward to becoming active again. We weren't able to go to WDW last year - financial reasons and it REALLY bummed me out.

We are leaving on June 8th to start our drive there. Will be offsite in Orlando for a few days exploring IOA for our oldest daughter. She is a huge Harry Potter fan. Then we check in at BLT (graduation request from our youngest who graduates high school on June 2nd). We will be there 5 nights. Then finally - we go HOME on June 18th for 5 more night. Then off to Vero for 3 nights.

I am getting so excited I feel like I am going to burst out of my skin.

Can't wait!!!!!!

So is there anything new going on from our last trip two years ago that I should be aware of?

eliza61
05-05-2011, 02:29 PM
Checkin in on our new Digs. Great start Chris, love the title. LOL. Thanks for the shout out.


Welcome to our newbies!!

Nicoal13
05-05-2011, 02:46 PM
I'm here! Thanks for starting the new thread Stopher!

2 more sleeps for us! Woohoo!

Barb - can you add my birthday to the list? Feb. 16th Thanks!

DVC Jen
05-05-2011, 02:48 PM
DH got me a wonderful slide show program as an early Mothers Day gift. I was playing around with it late last night with some of our VWL/WL photos from our 2009 trip.

Here is a link to the slide show.

http://jenniferdifranco.smugmug.com/Disney-Vacations/Walt-Disney-World-2009/AnimotoVWL/16919548_WZcvK7#1278724867_PQ7VHQL

I Book He Pays
05-05-2011, 03:41 PM
Hi Everyone:

Hope all of you are doing well. Nine more days until we are in FL! :cool1:I can't wait for vacation!! DH has been working very long hours and has a lot of deadlines to meet before we leave. He needs a vacation badly.

Stopher1 ~ A super duper congratulations on your Wood Badge Ticket. :cheer2:I don't know anything about scouting (sorry) but from what you described it's a huge achievement! I know you are thrilled and very excited for the upcoming "beading ceremony". WTG!! Thanks for starting the new thread and providing all the information.

Nicoal13 ~ Happy Belated Anniversary:love: and :bday: to DH.

wildernessDad ~ I'm so sorry that you aren't feeling well. :sick: Glad you went to the doctor today. Feel better and rest!

horselover ~ Happy Belated Anniversary to you as well! :love:

twokats ~ Great news that you won't need chemo and had good visit with the doctor.:woohoo: Best of luck with your upcoming radiation therapy and good luck to your mom as well. :hug:

MiaSRN62 ~ Have a fantastic vacation and enjoy. :)Let me know how you liked Vero Beach. Thinking of going there at some point.

Hello to everyone else!

twinklebug
05-05-2011, 03:50 PM
DH got me a wonderful slide show program as an early Mothers Day gift. I was playing around with it late last night with some of our VWL/WL photos from our 2009 trip.

Here is a link to the slide show.

http://jenniferdifranco.smugmug.com/Disney-Vacations/Walt-Disney-World-2009/AnimotoVWL/16919548_WZcvK7#1278724867_PQ7VHQL
Well done! I hate to admit I'm supposed to be working but had to stop everything to watch & listen.

Might have to go do it again... :laughing:

I Book He Pays
05-05-2011, 03:50 PM
Part Two...

DizneyDi ~ Welcome Home!!! Have a fantastic vacation! :)

Muushka ~ :thanks: for adding me to the birthday list.

DVCJen ~ You have a great vacation to look forward to and congrats to your daughter. :)

KAT4DISNEY
05-05-2011, 04:44 PM
Checkin' in to the new thread! Thanks Stopher!!

In 12 days we should be about over Texas headed toward the World! :cool1:

Muushka
05-05-2011, 05:08 PM
I'm here! Thanks for starting the new thread Stopher!

2 more sleeps for us! Woohoo!

Barb - can you add my birthday to the list? Feb. 16th Thanks!

You got it girlfriend. Have a wonderful time at our beloved.

DH got me a wonderful slide show program as an early Mothers Day gift. I was playing around with it late last night with some of our VWL/WL photos from our 2009 trip.

Here is a link to the slide show.

http://jenniferdifranco.smugmug.com/Disney-Vacations/Walt-Disney-World-2009/AnimotoVWL/16919548_WZcvK7#1278724867_PQ7VHQL

That is a great slide show. Can you share the name of the program?

DVC Jen
05-05-2011, 06:23 PM
Well done! I hate to admit I'm supposed to be working but had to stop everything to watch & listen.

Might have to go do it again... :laughing:

I have been having a hard time getting stuff done when all I want to do is play with the new program.

Part Two...

DizneyDi ~ Welcome Home!!! Have a fantastic vacation! :)

Muushka ~ :thanks: for adding me to the birthday list.

DVCJen ~ You have a great vacation to look forward to and congrats to your daughter. :)

Thanks

You got it girlfriend. Have a wonderful time at our beloved.



That is a great slide show. Can you share the name of the program?

it's animoto as in animoto.com

supersuperwendy
05-05-2011, 06:43 PM
I'm dreaming of the day when we can finally stay at VWL. It's one of the few DVC resorts we've never stayed at yet. We always stop by the resort though just to walk around because we love it! My kids love Whispering Canyon Cafe and it's a must do for every trip. Hopefully someday we can stay there!

Nicoal13
05-05-2011, 06:50 PM
Great slideshow Jen! I enjoyed watching it. DS is very excited to get there and he loved the pictures too.

Barb - thanks for adding me and for your help with this vacation.

horselover - Happy Anniversary to you and your DH as well!

wildernessDad - feel better and enjoy your trip!

Trish - have a great vacation if I don't make it back to the thread by then. We'll be there until the 14th.

DiznyDi - I wonder why ME was so busy? Makes me nervous as we arrive on Saturday.

I Book He Pays
05-05-2011, 07:57 PM
Hi Everyone:

DVC Jen ~ Great slideshow and nicely done!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

supersuperwendy ~ I agree with you...I would love to stay at the VWL! I love that resort!!! We plan on visiting WL during our vacation and absorb the beautiful surroundings.

Nicoal13 ~ Thank you very much for the vacation wishes. We are arriving at SSR on the 14th for one week and the second week we are off property (sniff). Exchange via. RCI didn't work out for the second week but I tried my best. I'm on vacation, I'm going to hug Mickey (my mission) and will enjoy every second of my vacation. Have a great time and enjoy!

bobbiwoz
05-05-2011, 08:40 PM
stopher1 what a beautiful first post!!!

Just checking in to say Hi to all!!!:flower3:

Bobbi

DizGirl20
05-05-2011, 08:44 PM
DVC Jen - Wow, I love the slideshow! Esp the pics of Stan at the end :goodvibes

I haven't posted here in awhile but just wanted to send an update that we finally closed on our VWL contract. Now patiently waiting to see the points in our account :rolleyes1. We started this process March 8th - it feels like forever. I know we're good to go, but I won't believe it til I see it!

Just got back from our first stay at Kidani and absolutely loved it. I am so happy that now I own points at both AKV and VWL. One of the things that pleasantly surprised me at Kidani was how well I was able to sleep. It was soooo quiet! Is it quiet at VWL? We stayed in 2008 at the Lodge (in a standard room, not the villas) and it was a bit noisy. All I could hear at night was toilets flushing! Please tell me the Villas are nice and quiet?!!

jimmytammy
05-05-2011, 09:59 PM
Stopher

Thanks for keeping us going

DVCJen

Love the slideshow...Like that you saved the moments with Stan and family til the end. He loved the Lodge and its guests

twokats
05-05-2011, 11:45 PM
I agree it was a great slideshow.

Also a great start to this thread. . . good work stopher.

I had a job interview the other night, but I did not have a good feeling about it. The interview itself was good and they liked me, but it just did not feel right. I guess with my treatments coming up and my mom getting worse, I might just need to sit back and relax and pray something comes up in a couple of months.

Thanks to all for the pixie and moose dust for me and mom.

horselover
05-06-2011, 08:35 AM
Oooooooo! A shiny new thread! :goodvibes

Love the new thread already! We're standing in line at the Magical Express. Have absolutely never seen it this crowded. Enjoy your day Groupies. I know we will. We're headed to the Lodge!

Jealous! Have a wonderful time Di & Dad! :goodvibes



horselover ~ Happy Belated Anniversary to you as well! :love:



horselover - Happy Anniversary to you and your DH as well!


Thank you both! :goodvibes


I haven't posted here in awhile but just wanted to send an update that we finally closed on our VWL contract. Now patiently waiting to see the points in our account :rolleyes1. We started this process March 8th - it feels like forever. I know we're good to go, but I won't believe it til I see it!

Just got back from our first stay at Kidani and absolutely loved it. I am so happy that now I own points at both AKV and VWL. One of the things that pleasantly surprised me at Kidani was how well I was able to sleep. It was soooo quiet! Is it quiet at VWL? We stayed in 2008 at the Lodge (in a standard room, not the villas) and it was a bit noisy. All I could hear at night was toilets flushing! Please tell me the Villas are nice and quiet?!!

Congratulations on your closing! :cool1: I have always found the villas to be very quiet, but I always request an upper floor. Don't know if that helps the noise level or not.

Happy Friday groupies! :dance3:

DiznyDi
05-06-2011, 09:12 AM
Update: despite the crowd level, we waited only 20 minutes for a ME bus. And an added bonus was that WL was the first drop-off. We met up with Maria, DH, and DD. Great to finally put a face to names! Now the bad news: there is no longer a fresh yogurt parfait bar! Itsbeen replaced with Mickey waffles. Parfaits are premade and in the cooler. Big bummer for me! Off to Animal Kingdom today. Enjoy your day Groupies!

Muushka
05-06-2011, 10:27 AM
I agree it was a great slideshow.

Also a great start to this thread. . . good work stopher.

I had a job interview the other night, but I did not have a good feeling about it. The interview itself was good and they liked me, but it just did not feel right. I guess with my treatments coming up and my mom getting worse, I might just need to sit back and relax and pray something comes up in a couple of months.

Thanks to all for the pixie and moose dust for me and mom.

Sounds like a good plan.:hug:

Update: despite the crowd level, we waited only 20 minutes for a ME bus. And an added bonus was that WL was the first drop-off. We met up with Maria, DH, and DD. Great to finally put a face to names! Now the bad news: there is no longer a fresh yogurt parfait bar! Itsbeen replaced with Mickey waffles. Parfaits are premade and in the cooler. Big bummer for me! Off to Animal Kingdom today. Enjoy your day Groupies!

:scared1: Poor Diane!!!

Muushka
05-06-2011, 10:34 AM
:cool1::cool1:And now......big, really big, announcement.

Tomorrow is DiznyzDad's birthday!!!

Give it up for DiznyzDad!!!!:cool1::cool1:

So, where are we going to have lunch??????

Nicoal13
05-06-2011, 11:11 AM
Happy Birthday DiznyDad!!!

Quick question about the villas. Do they have an hdmi cable? I'm bringing my laptop and if there is an hdmi cable I don't need to pack ours to watch netflix on the tv. Thanks!

I Book He Pays
05-06-2011, 04:14 PM
Hi Groupies:
TGIF!!!! :cool1: Wishing all of you a fantastic weekend!

DizGirl20 ~ Welcome Home and congrats!!! :banana:Kidani looks like an amazing resort. Glad you had a great vacation.

twokats ~ If you aren't comfortable with the position you interviewed for, it might be good to wait. Right now you have a lot on your plate with you/mom so focus on that. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.:hug:

DizneyDad ~ :bday: Have a great day and enjoy!

DiznyDi ~ Thanks for the update! Enjoy AK!!! :)

wildernessDad
05-06-2011, 05:10 PM
Well, I have two weeks worth of horse pills (antibiotics) to take. (You'll love that, horselover.) I'm slowly feeling better. I should have two more pills in me before the plane takes off for CA.

I'll try to get good pics of our trip to share with my buddies here.

Ciao, all!

tea pot
05-06-2011, 06:43 PM
Oooooo....... Wonderful New Thread....:goodvibes

Stopher Great First page Wow sure makes me Home Sick and Love Love the Name :thumbsup2
Congratulations :cool1: on the Wood Badge that's quite an accomplishment, you should be very proud :woohoo:

W Dad Get Better Soon :sick: click your heels 3 times and say "There's NO Time to be Sick"
All the best

Happy Birthday Dizny Dad and what a place to celebrate
Have a Cup Cake for us! Who has a pic?

Muushka
05-06-2011, 07:44 PM
Happy Birthday DiznyDad!!!

Quick question about the villas. Do they have an hdmi cable? I'm bringing my laptop and if there is an hdmi cable I don't need to pack ours to watch netflix on the tv. Thanks!

Hi Nicoal :wave: No HDMI cable and if I am not mistaken, there is no HDMI input on the tv.:eek:

Well, I have two weeks worth of horse pills (antibiotics) to take. (You'll love that, horselover.) I'm slowly feeling better. I should have two more pills in me before the plane takes off for CA.

I'll try to get good pics of our trip to share with my buddies here.

Ciao, all!

I hope you continue to feel better :goodvibes. Getting sick before you go away is not fun!

I have to say, I, too, have been ill since Wednesday. Wake up with a rip-roaring headache (I never get headaches!) and tons of head congestion, fatigue but no fever. My guess is that it is sinus, but without a fever I can't see any point in going to the doc. I have company coming on Tuesday. If I am not better by Monday, I will go to the doc. Wah! :sick:

tea pot
05-06-2011, 09:14 PM
So Sorry Muushka Hope you Feel better soon. :lovestruc

twokats You're in my prayers. I'm so glad you don't need the Chemo and hope the Radiation is over soon.
Both you and your mom are so strong.
Praying for comfort, strength, and pain relief for Mom. :hug:


horselover and Nicoal Happy Anniversary :flower3:

DizGirl Welcome to the Groupies as others have said "friendliest place on the boards" :grouphug:

:bday: Happy Belated Birthday to Franandaj and Loribell :cake::cake:
Hope you had a Magical Day :wizard:

DVCJen Thanks so much for the slide show. I'll need to visit it every time I get home sick.
It was just perfect, really captured the "Feel" of the Lodge and ending with Ranger Stan was the best

Maria How was Vero? any Love Bugs?
Have a Magical Stay at our Beloved Lodge and Say Hi to Di and Dad for us :wave:

Nicoal13
05-06-2011, 11:09 PM
Barb - hope you feel better and thanks for answering my question. No hdmi? Crazy! LOL. Just thought DS could watch movies in the morning, but I'm sure he will be happy with Disney channel since we no longer have cable at home.

Gotta get to bed for an early flight tomorrow. I may check in from the Lodge.

Corinne
05-07-2011, 08:34 AM
stoper thanks for starting our new thread!:thumbsup2

:bday:DiznyDad!!!Hope you have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!party:

KAT4DISNEY
05-07-2011, 01:23 PM
party:Happy Birthday DiznyDad!! party:

Hope all our groupies who aren't feeling well recover quickly! :grouphug:
My horses don't like horse pills wildernessDad so I feel bad for you!

DVC Jen
05-07-2011, 02:16 PM
:cool1::cool1:And now......big, really big, announcement.

Tomorrow is DiznyzDad's birthday!!!

Give it up for DiznyzDad!!!!:cool1::cool1:

So, where are we going to have lunch??????

Happy Birthday!

LisaS
05-07-2011, 04:49 PM
Quick question about the villas. Do they have an hdmi cable? I'm bringing my laptop and if there is an hdmi cable I don't need to pack ours to watch netflix on the tv. Thanks!No HDMI cable in the room. The living room TV has a separate connection box with inputs for HDMI, VGA, and also a regular standard def video in (RCA type connector). The bedroom TV does not have a connection box but you can get to the back of the TV since it is not in an enclosed cabinet. There are accessible HDMI inputs on the back of that TV.

I have not tested any of these so can't say how well they work.

Here is a photo of the connection box in the Kidani rooms. The box in our VWL room looks exactly the same. It's not a very good photo but should be good enough to show you what you will have to work with here:

http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/TV_connections.JPG

KeepSwimmingDory
05-07-2011, 05:48 PM
DH got me a wonderful slide show program as an early Mothers Day gift. I was playing around with it late last night with some of our VWL/WL photos from our 2009 trip.

Here is a link to the slide show.

http://jenniferdifranco.smugmug.com/Disney-Vacations/Walt-Disney-World-2009/AnimotoVWL/16919548_WZcvK7#1278724867_PQ7VHQL

Love your photos/slideshow! :thumbsup2

KeepSwimmingDory
05-07-2011, 05:54 PM
And happy birthday DiznyDad!

http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu241/keepswimmingdory/Dad-Cupcake.png

Dizny Dad
05-07-2011, 10:25 PM
Wow . . . Let me say that being a groupie sure makes one feel great on your birthday! Thanks so much to each of you that offered wishes for my day.

WDW is certainly the place to be on your birthday. With a badge declaring the day, most CMs offer best wishes. It makes it fun.

DiznyDi and I decided to do the DVC presentation at the TWL. it was good to visit the lounge again. The presentation was close to the Welcome Home Wednesday game, but smaller and more intimate. We were lucky to win gift card. DiznyDi can really use it! Made for an extra neat birthday surprise.

So the adventure continues. Tomorrow it is DTD and Fulton's. Then over to SSR to check out the progress on the new Paddock pool. I'm sure I'll find a rocker while there to ease the day!

MiaSRN62
05-08-2011, 08:28 AM
Hi all ! Hope everyone is well. Welcome back Muushka from your cruise ! Hope you had a blast !
A BIG thanks to stopher for starting the Groupie thread on a new page---love the poem !!!!

Thanks for all the well-wishes on my vacation ! Yes...I never get tired of driving up that long path and under the WL archway. Love it ! And teapot....LOTS of love bugs at VB and WDW !!!!
I am SOOOO behind on the DIS. I arrived home at 10:45 pm Friday night and was back at work the next day----not even 15 hours off the plane.

Happy Birthday to Dizny Dad who had I had the awesome opportunity to meet in person at our Lodge along with DiznyDi !!! Great people ! Hope we can meet again sometime ! Snapped a few pics of our meet :

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/WL%20and%20VB%202011/100_7839.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/WL%20and%20VB%202011/100_7838.jpg


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/WL%20and%20VB%202011/100_7837.jpg


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL ! I am back in work again at 3 pm today......will catch up more later ! :goodvibes

Muushka
05-08-2011, 08:35 AM
Wow . . . Let me say that being a groupie sure makes one feel great on your birthday! Thanks so much to each of you that offered wishes for my day.

WDW is certainly the place to be on your birthday. With a badge declaring the day, most CMs offer best wishes. It makes it fun.

DiznyDi and I decided to do the DVC presentation at the TWL. it was good to visit the lounge again. The presentation was close to the Welcome Home Wednesday game, but smaller and more intimate. We were lucky to win gift card. DiznyDi can really use it! Made for an extra neat birthday surprise.

So the adventure continues. Tomorrow it is DTD and Fulton's. Then over to SSR to check out the progress on the new Paddock pool. I'm sure I'll find a rocker while there to ease the day!

There's the birthday boy! I'm so glad you had a great day and that the CM's helped in that celebration. I've never been to WDW on my birthday, I need to do that one of these years.

Today is the first day I didn't wake up with a splitting headache in 5 days!
I am pretty sure it was a sinus infection, viral, and on it's way out!
Thank goodness, I have friends coming on Tuesday for a week.:cloud9:

MiaSRN62
05-08-2011, 08:36 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIZNYDAD ! Wishing you lots of fun and good memories in WDW !
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jimmytammy
05-08-2011, 09:12 AM
Ooooh, I feel like a heel, all I can say is I must have forgot to take my pill!

So sorry Dad, I missed it...hope this can make up for my missing it

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A GREAT GUY(I know this because I have met him at several groupie meets)DIZNYDAD!!!

jimmytammy
05-08-2011, 09:18 AM
Out of the loop a bit with DDs graduation taking place...Muushka and WD, hope yall get better really soon, sending Moose Dust yalls way, breathe it in, it smells really good and will make you have sweet dreams about our fave place in the World

jimmytammy
05-08-2011, 09:19 AM
Hi all ! Hope everyone is well. Welcome back Muushka from your cruise ! Hope you had a blast !
A BIG thanks to stopher for starting the Groupie thread on a new page---love the poem !!!!

Thanks for all the well-wishes on my vacation ! Yes...I never get tired of driving up that long path and under the WL archway. Love it ! And teapot....LOTS of love bugs at VB and WDW !!!!
I am SOOOO behind on the DIS. I arrived home at 10:45 pm Friday night and was back at work the next day----not even 15 hours off the plane.

Happy Birthday to Dizny Dad who had I had the awesome opportunity to meet in person at our Lodge along with DiznyDi !!! Great people ! Hope we can meet again sometime ! Snapped a few pics of our meet :

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/WL%20and%20VB%202011/100_7839.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/WL%20and%20VB%202011/100_7838.jpg


http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/WL%20and%20VB%202011/100_7837.jpg


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL ! I am back in work again at 3 pm today......will catch up more late ! :goodvibes

Love the pics!

jimmytammy
05-08-2011, 09:23 AM
Happy Birthday DiznyDad!!!

Quick question about the villas. Do they have an hdmi cable? I'm bringing my laptop and if there is an hdmi cable I don't need to pack ours to watch netflix on the tv. Thanks!

Lisa did a great job explaining the HDMI thingy(Im tech challenged) I will add, bring a long cord. We made mistake of bringing 6 ft. cord and were constantly jumping up to pause, skip commercials(DishNetwork). Just more better to have closer by

I Book He Pays
05-08-2011, 01:28 PM
To All The Moms On This Thread...

http://www.lwjuan.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/12650_MothersDay.jpg

Wishing all of you a Happy Mother's Day!

Have a beautiful day and enjoy!

I Book He Pays
05-08-2011, 01:53 PM
Hi Everyone:
wildernessDad ~ Have a fantastic vacation and feel better soon!

Muushka ~ :sick: I'm so sorry that you aren't feeling well and glad you are starting to feel better! Thank goodness you didn't get sick during the cruise. :hug:

Dizny Dad ~ I'm interested in knowing about the progress at the SSR pool and where the famous rocking chairs are on the property. Glad you had a great birthday!

MiaSRN62 ~ Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

Well to save the best for last.... DH/I are leaving on Saturday for a two week vacation in Orlando. We exchanged two RCI timeshares and our first week is at Saratoga, second week at Hilton by SeaWorld. I still had an "ongoing search" with RCI hoping that a second week will become available in one of the DVC resorts. This morning I got a huge surprise when I logged into RCI. We are now staying at Saratoga Springs for two weeks in a two bedroom villa! :dance3:I'm bouncing off the walls with excitement and nearly hit my head on the ceiling fan this morning from jumping up/down! I started planning this vacation in October 2009 and our dream came true. I'm floored that a unit became available, especially two weeks prior to check-in date. I almost canceled the search last night but something told me to keep it active. I can't even explain how happy I am right now. :mickeyjum:goofy::tigger:

Have a great day everyone!

jimmytammy
05-08-2011, 02:07 PM
Happy Mothers Day!!

Muushka
05-08-2011, 02:55 PM
Oh I love seeing pics of our Groupies, thanks for posting Maria:goodvibes

Out of the loop a bit with DDs graduation taking place...Muushka and WD, hope yall get better really soon, sending Moose Dust yalls way, breathe it in, it smells really good and will make you have sweet dreams about our fave place in the World

Thanks JT, I feel better after the breath!

Congratulations to your daughter for her graduation. Is there a college picked out for the fall?

Hi Everyone:
wildernessDad ~ Have a fantastic vacation and feel better soon!

Muushka ~ :sick: I'm so sorry that you aren't feeling well and glad you are starting to feel better! Thank goodness you didn't get sick during the cruise. :hug:

Dizny Dad ~ I'm interested in knowing about the progress at the SSR pool and where the famous rocking chairs are on the property. Glad you had a great birthday!

MiaSRN62 ~ Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

Well to save the best for last.... DH/I are leaving on Saturday for a two week vacation in Orlando. We exchanged two RCI timeshares and our first week is at Saratoga, second week at Hilton by SeaWorld. I still had an "ongoing search" with RCI hoping that a second week will become available in one of the DVC resorts. This morning I got a huge surprise when I logged into RCI. We are now staying at Saratoga Springs for two weeks in a two bedroom villa! :dance3:I'm bouncing off the walls with excitement and nearly hit my head on the ceiling fan this morning from jumping up/down! I started planning this vacation in October 2009 and our dream came true. I'm floored that a unit became available, especially two weeks prior to check-in date. I almost canceled the search last night but something told me to keep it active. I can't even explain how happy I am right now. :mickeyjum:goofy::tigger:

Have a great day everyone!

:yay::yay: Woohoo! Got your whole 2 weeks!!! :yay::yay:

Happy Mother's Day to all the Groupie Moms

horselover
05-08-2011, 05:23 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIZNY DAD!!! :bday:


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE GROUPIE MOMS! :flower3:


JT - congrats on DD's graduation! :woohoo: Did she go to your local school's graduation ceremony? Just curious how that would work since she was homeschooled.

I Book He Pays - Woo Hoo on getting SSR! :dance3: I wish you a magical trip.

Maria - thanks for sharing those great pictures! :thumbsup2

All this talk of trips is making me very excited for my own trip coming up in 3 more weeks! :cool1:

stopher1
05-08-2011, 09:31 PM
Hello Groupies! I hope you all had a great weekend...

...to those of you who qualify - Happy Mother's Day!

... Happy Belated Birthday DDad!


I was out in the woods this weekend, til about noon today, for a Scouting function - being inducted into the Order of the Arrow - the National Honor Society for the Boy Scouts. My eldest son was inducted last year, and hopefully my younger son will be next year... this year was my turn. I don't like that they do the Ordeal over Mother's Day weekend, but the OA Chapter has done it that weekend every year for the past 40 years.

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

stopher1
05-08-2011, 09:34 PM
Oh I love seeing pics of our Groupies, thanks for posting Maria

Me too. And such great pics these are. I hope we can see more like this in the days ahead. :)

twokats
05-08-2011, 10:49 PM
Happy Mother's Day to all the momma groupies.

Hope everyone had a great day!!!

MiaSRN62
05-09-2011, 01:13 AM
Hi Everyone:


MiaSRN62 ~ Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

Well to save the best for last.... DH/I are leaving on Saturday for a two week vacation in Orlando. We exchanged two RCI timeshares and our first week is at Saratoga, second week at Hilton by SeaWorld. I still had an "ongoing search" with RCI hoping that a second week will become available in one of the DVC resorts. This morning I got a huge surprise when I logged into RCI. We are now staying at Saratoga Springs for two weeks in a two bedroom villa! :dance3:I'm bouncing off the walls with excitement and nearly hit my head on the ceiling fan this morning from jumping up/down!

Have a great day everyone!

WOW ! This is phenominally AWESOME news !!! Congrats on the waitlist coming through with RCI ! Have a blast !

jimmytammy
05-09-2011, 07:34 AM
Muushka

She finished her HS studies back in early Nov. and decided to start college early. She started college in Jan. through a program called College Plus. Its basically a fast track program where she can get a 4 yr degree in 2 yrs. Cost between $12-15,000 when all is done. She studies one subject, takes test at Strayer University in Greensboro, moves on to next subject. I guess homeschool really sunk in for her because she was determined to not leave home. She has no desire to be involved with the "college lifestyle" as it so often depicted. She is taking Business Administration with thoughts of starting her own Events Planning business. Her degree will come from Bryan College in Tenn. or Thomas Edison College in NJ, not sure which right now but she feels according to her studies, most likely TEC.

horselover

The graduation was held through our county HS group. Tammy spearheaded it back in Oct. and with lots of help pulled it off! It was held at a local church. We had 12 grads, could have been more, but some wanted there own personal ceremony, others decided to graduate with the big NC group. That one is big, probably 2500plus. We had a slideshow for each grad put to 3 mins of their song choice. Kristian used The Carpenters Top of the World, pics scaling her life from baby to now. We presented her diploma at this point, and dear ol dad lost it at this point! But it was a very emotional event for all. One photo was of Stan kissing her on cheek on top of the Lodge during flag family. Then we had a minister speak. He gave grads 12 commons sense, biblical based points to live by. Very good things we all could grab onto. Very different from traditional ceremonies, but more personal.

Muushka
05-09-2011, 09:51 AM
Jimmy, one word, WOW. That is an amazing study that your daughter is taking. I have never heard of the program but it sounds like a great concept. You and Tammy must be very proud of her. Heck, she isn't even my daughter and I'm proud of her! Thank you for sharing.:goodvibes

MiaSRN62
05-09-2011, 03:54 PM
Hi all...hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day ! I was working so today is my Mother's Day ! :goodvibes

Just thought I'd post some pics of our WL concierge room that we were upgraded to. Had a "woods" view booked for one night and got the upgrade. Here are some photos :

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/WL%20and%20VB%202011/100_7906.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/WL%20and%20VB%202011/100_7905.jpg

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more in next post.........

MiaSRN62
05-09-2011, 03:56 PM
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eliza61
05-09-2011, 05:50 PM
Well, I have two weeks worth of horse pills (antibiotics) to take. (You'll love that, horselover.) I'm slowly feeling better. I should have two more pills in me before the plane takes off for CA.

I'll try to get good pics of our trip to share with my buddies here.

Ciao, all!

I have to say, I, too, have been ill since Wednesday. Wake up with a rip-roaring headache (I never get headaches!) and tons of head congestion, fatigue but no fever. My guess is that it is sinus, but without a fever I can't see any point in going to the doc. I have company coming on Tuesday. If I am not better by Monday, I will go to the doc. Wah! :sick:

In the words of my most favorite TV doctor and Dad, Bill Cosby, tell those tripacocosauraus germs no more partying. Get well quick guys.

And happy birthday DiznyDad!

http://i652.photobucket.com/albums/uu241/keepswimmingdory/Dad-Cupcake.png

I swear "old timers" is setting in. :rolleyes1 Happy belated birthday Dad, I hope your day was magical.

eliza61
05-09-2011, 05:51 PM
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Maria, is this your first time doing concierge there? did you like it? It looks absolutely gorgeous!!

Has the new star wars opened up?

I Book He Pays
05-09-2011, 07:03 PM
Hi Groupies:

Hope all of you had a wonderful day!

:yay::yay: Woohoo! Got your whole 2 weeks!!! :yay::yay:
Muushka ~ I'm still shocked that we got into SSR the second week. As you know via. email... the issues I had with RCI and planning this vacation since October 2009. I'm so happy and bouncing off the walls with excitement.

I Book He Pays - Woo Hoo on getting SSR! :dance3: I wish you a magical trip.
horselover ~ Thank you so much for the magical vacation wishes. I'm so psyched that I can't put it into words. I wish you a magical vacation as well!!!

I was out in the woods this weekend, til about noon today, for a Scouting function - being inducted into the Order of the Arrow - the National Honor Society for the Boy Scouts. My eldest son was inducted last year, and hopefully my younger son will be next year... this year was my turn. I don't like that they do the Ordeal over Mother's Day weekend, but the OA Chapter has done it that weekend every year for the past 40 years.

stopher1 ~ Congrats!!!! It's so nice that you can share this with your sons. Something that all of you will cherish!

WOW ! This is phenominally AWESOME news !!! Congrats on the waitlist coming through with RCI ! Have a blast !
MiaSRN62 ~ Thank you very much. I've been through heck and back planning this vacation! I never expected a DVC villa to become available, especially so close to our departure date. This is our first time staying on property (since I was a kid...) and I can't wait to experience this entire vacation! Yahoo!!!

jimmytammy ~ Both of you must be extremely proud of your daughter. Wishing her all the best with her upcoming studies. Fantastic!!!

eliza61 ~ Thanks so much for sharing the photos and congrats on the concierge service!!

Have a great evening everyone! Five more days to go until I bond with the Mouse!! Yahoo!!!!!!!

eliza61
05-09-2011, 08:53 PM
eliza61 ~ Thanks so much for sharing the photos and congrats on the concierge service!!

Have a great evening everyone! Five more days to go until I bond with the Mouse!! Yahoo!!!!!!!

Can't take much credit there, those are Maria's pixs. I wish I could take pictures that nice. ;)

lilpooh108
05-09-2011, 10:03 PM
Hello Groupies! Thanks to all the advice I got on the VWL Groupies thread, we had a wonderful (but short) 2 night stay at VWL!

The CMs at Wilderness Lodge (check in, front desk, Roaring Forks) were some of the nicest CMs we've met at WDW! The lobby at WL was gorgeous, and we literally sat there for hours after the parks closed early one night. I'm not a woodsy/outdoorsy kind-a-girl, but the VWL was lovely :thumbsup2 We will be keeping this one on our list as a "go to" DVC resort. Thanks again!

stopher1
05-09-2011, 11:10 PM
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Oh that all looks so nice!


Hey Groupies, guess what?!? I get to go back down to the world in just a couple of weeks. Do you think I'm excited? :yay::woohoo::dance3: Yep. Can't wait to be there once again. I knew you'd all understand. It's kind of a last minute trip, and I was able to secure a room at SSR. Of course I'll work my way over to the Lodge and hang out and have some fun while there. I tried, but they didn't have my two nights available sadly... at least not in a studio, and I certainly don't need a 2 bedroom for just little old me. :lmao: But I love the rockers at SSR too.

franandaj
05-10-2011, 12:35 AM
Hey everyone, we were busy this weekend, every so often we have a concert with our community band that we run, and it takes everything out of us, so I'm sorry for all the things we missed.

Happy Belated Birtday Dizny Dad!

MiaSRN62 what wonderful pictures of the conceirge level! Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

I Book He Pays Wow! Congrats on getting the whole two weeks at SSR!

stopher1 Contgrats on your Scouting Badge, that's awesome!

jimmytammy What a great story about your daughter and her graduation!

I'm getting really excited about our trip to the Destination-D event. Anyone who wants to follow along can join in here with my TR!

Destination-D TR! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2717540)

jimmytammy
05-10-2011, 07:35 AM
Hello Groupies! Thanks to all the advice I got on the VWL Groupies thread, we had a wonderful (but short) 2 night stay at VWL!

The CMs at Wilderness Lodge (check in, front desk, Roaring Forks) were some of the nicest CMs we've met at WDW! The lobby at WL was gorgeous, and we literally sat there for hours after the parks closed early one night. I'm not a woodsy/outdoorsy kind-a-girl, but the VWL was lovely :thumbsup2 We will be keeping this one on our list as a "go to" DVC resort. Thanks again!

I truly think the reason CMs there are so nice, the environment lends itself to being laidback, therefore, it comes through its residents, so then it reflects back from the CMs.

jimmytammy
05-10-2011, 07:38 AM
Stopher

All I can say is you lucky dog you;)

Maria

Loving the pics! Stan took us up to dining area and we had breakfast there on a couple of the Flag family trips. Great views!

horselover
05-10-2011, 08:26 AM
JT - thank you for sharing your DD's graduation details & her college plans with us. What a great memory for all of you. I can understand why you are so proud. You have every right to be. :goodvibes

Maria - thanks for sharing the concierge lounge pics. I'd love to stay on that level some day.

Stopher - congrats on your trip! I actually saw that on the vacation list. Looks like we'll be there at the same time. We have no set plans this trip. It's more of a what do we feel like doing or not doing today trip, but perhaps a mini meet if we can work it out? Oh & I sent you a PM.

lilpooh108 - so glad you enjoyed our beloved Lodge. It is a very special place. :goodvibes

I Book He Pays
05-10-2011, 08:42 AM
Good Morning Groupies:

Can't take much credit there, those are Maria's pixs. I wish I could take pictures that nice. ;)
eliza61 ~ So sorry... I goofed. I scrolled so fast that I didn't see Maria's handle above the photos.

MiaSRN61 ~ Great photos and thanks for sharing. Sorry about the mix up. What kind of camera do you have?

Hey Groupies, guess what?!? I get to go back down to the world in just a couple of weeks. Do you think I'm excited? :yay::woohoo::dance3: Yep. Can't wait to be there once again. I knew you'd all understand. It's kind of a last minute trip, and I was able to secure a room at SSR. Of course I'll work my way over to the Lodge and hang out and have some fun while there. I tried, but they didn't have my two nights available sadly... at least not in a studio, and I certainly don't need a 2 bedroom for just little old me. :lmao: But I love the rockers at SSR too.
Yahoo!!! That is awesome! Congrats on your upcoming trip to SSR. :banana:

I Book He Pays Wow! Congrats on getting the whole two weeks at SSR!
franandaj ~ Thank you!! I still can't believe it. Glad you had a great but busy weekend. Looking forward to your TR!

Have a magical day everyone. Four more days to go...:dance3:

stopher1
05-10-2011, 09:19 AM
Stopher - congrats on your trip! I actually saw that on the vacation list. Looks like we'll be there at the same time. We have no set plans this trip. It's more of a what do we feel like doing or not doing today trip, but perhaps a mini meet if we can work it out? Oh & I sent you a PM.


We will? I don't recall you on the list, but I did see Corinne... That would awesome if we can make it happen. WHEN I get around to posting the info in the PM's later today (I have about 6 and I've been procrastinating... :rolleyes1) I'll give you my # as well - then maybe we can make it happen. It's been an off again on again kind of trip, just coming up a couple of weeks ago, then cancelled, then back on, then cancelled, now back on. Kind of crazy really. I've actually gone through 3 different reservations. I was sweating when I finally secured the last one and am keeping it no matter what now... and just decided to make a fun weekend of it prior to the work part afterwards. DW leaves for CA for 10 days in early June to go and spend more time with her dad, and since I stay on for work anyway, she's just staying home. But it'll be fun no doubt. Can't wait to try out the new Star Tours at some point. I have no real agenda either - but I did decide to make a few ADR's here and there, but if I change my mind, someone will be happy, now won't they?

tea pot
05-10-2011, 09:45 AM
Good Morning Groupies
Hope all you Mom's out there had a great weekend :lovestruc

Just reading back...:surfweb: and loving it as always.

Jimmy What a wonderful graduation for such a special daughter.
If any of you have met Jimmy's family you know these are not just words.
She really is a wonderful person,
you and Tammy should be bursting with pride.
You did a great job guys, kids don't grow up like that by accident ;)

I Book He Pays (still love the name) Congrats on your 2 weeks at SSR!
Boy oh boy you should be so relaxed after such a stay nice long stay.
Be sure to tell us all about when you came back :thumbsup2

Maria Thanks for the pics and the love bug report.
When we visited VB a few years back we loved it but it was impossible to be outside for the first 3 days.
They canceled all the outside events, it must of been an especially bad year
because they also closed part of the highway because of the bugs.
DH and I would love to go back
so I'm trying to figure out what would be the best time of year to return.
Back on track.....VWL
Wow The Old Faithful club looks like a nice "tuck in".

Stopher How fun... you get to go back Home... :yay:
as always Pics Please!

lilpooh (another great name)
So glad you enjoyed our Beloved Lodge :goodvibes

Muushka Hope your feeling better so you can enjoy your company. :lovestruc

Wilderness Dad... Yee Haw! Enjoy the land of the big sky

Take Care Groupies and Have A Magical Day :wizard:

I Book He Pays
05-10-2011, 11:12 AM
Hi teapot:
I Book He Pays (still love the name) Congrats on your 2 weeks at SSR!Boy oh boy you should be so relaxed after such a stay nice long stay.Be sure to tell us all about when you came back :thumbsup2

LOL... I still get a kick out of my handle. DH hasn't discovered it yet so I'm still safe. If/when he finds out... he'll say it's so true! :lmao:

Thanks for the congrats on SSR. To be in the same resort for two weeks is awesome! We plan on doing a lot of relaxing (DH really needs it), touring the property/resorts (especially WL) and go to the parks. This is a dream come true. I get teary eye just thinking about our vacation.

We are bringing the handy dandy laptop so I'll be checking in during our vacation. And yes I'll take pictures of WL for the groupies!!:)

MiaSRN62
05-10-2011, 01:54 PM
Glad everyone enjoyed my pics....have a few more to upload. And I Book He Pays.....believe it or not, this trip I used my old Kodak dig from 2004 that I purchased (it's a DX 7440 and only 4 MP). Also, some photos I was taking with my Blackberry cell phone (I was uploading a lot to Facebook during the trip). The views were great up there Jimmytammy.
Teapot, while there were some lovebugs at VB, they were actually MUCH worse in Orlando :scared1:

Stopher.....so awesome about your last minute trip !! :woohoo:

Now.....for my very sad rant and whine.......
I have been trying FAITHFULLY from Feb to April 29 (day I left for WDW), to book the Wishes Dessert Party in the MK. I checked almost daily. We were so busy in FL this past week with moving my dd out of FSU as well as preparing for her internship (she found out literally 4 days before we left that she got it !!!!). One day we had to drive to Melbourne to Kinkos to scan/email/fax various documents. Vero Beach/Sebastian had nowhere. I even mentioned to DiznyDi and DiznyDad that it was somewhat of a working vacation I believe..........

Then I worked all weekend......so I check today, and the calendar is open but my entire week in August is BOOKED SOLID ! I call WDW Dining to confirm that the online was correct and it was :sad2: I am so sad. It's such a slap in the face after checking daily for months......:sad1: Thanks for listening.......I knew you guys would understand my immense disappointment.

DVC Jen
05-10-2011, 03:32 PM
Mia what a bummer. Sorry you didn't get your dessert party. :(

I just realized we have 29 more days until we leave for our trip. We are driving and spending some time in Orlando - doing IOA for our oldest DD. Then we will be at BLT for the first 5 nights of our WDW stay - then transferring to VWL for our last 5 nights.

I am sitting here thinking about the lodge. There is NOTHING like that first trip down the walkway, seeing the welcome home sign and hearing that squeaky door slide open. I always insist it isn't a squeaky door but disney "crickets". ;)

Does anyone else just feel like the weight of the world is lifted when you walk into the lodge, hear that music and feel that blast of cold air hit you? NOTHING like it!

MiaSRN62
05-10-2011, 03:50 PM
Mia what a bummer. Sorry you didn't get your dessert party. :(


Does anyone else just feel like the weight of the world is lifted when you walk into the lodge, hear that music and feel that blast of cold air hit you? NOTHING like it!

Thanks Jen....and to answer your question.....YES !!!!! The Lodge is my favorite resort ! Excited for your very fast approaching countdown !

I Book He Pays
05-10-2011, 04:21 PM
Hi MiaSRN62:

I'm so sorry that the dessert party didn't work out for you. :sad2: :hug: You can't help but be disappointed since you've been waiting so long to book this. Is it possible to keep checking just in case there's a cancellation?

I'm amazed how nice your photos came out. Looking forward to seeing more.

How did you like the VB resort?

I Book He Pays
05-10-2011, 04:42 PM
Hi Groupies:

Question... Can you get a turkey leg at EPCOT and is it part of the standard DDP? If so, is that considered a CS or snack? We're on a mission to have a turkey leg and I know we can get them at MK. If we go to EPCOT a second time we would be interested in getting a turkey leg if possible.

BTW... for all you DVC owners... I envy you! :worship: I contacted DVC to confirm our second week at SSR and the CM I spoke to was out of this world! I was on the phone with him for an hour and he found our reservation, answered my questions, added information to both reservations, etc. A half hour later he called me and informed me that I could add the DDP now and not have to bother calling tomorrow. I've been in contact with DVC for months with our other reservation and every CM I spoke to was excellent. I'm impressed with the service that I received and I'm not a DVC member (yet). They are very friendly, professional, offered tips, have great personalities and put my mind at ease. I never receive that kind of treatment from RCI. Once DH retires and we move south... we plan on becoming DVC members. I can't wait to become part of the DVC family!!! Just wanted to let you all know. :)

MiaSRN62
05-10-2011, 05:10 PM
You would love DVC IBHP ! And thank you for your kind comments on my pics.

Yes...Epcot has turkey legs over in the American Pavillion. I'm sure they must be on DDP ? But not sure ?

Some more pics from WL stay :

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eliza61
05-10-2011, 07:23 PM
Now.....for my very sad rant and whine.......
I have been trying FAITHFULLY from Feb to April 29 (day I left for WDW), to book the Wishes Dessert Party in the MK. I checked almost daily. We were so busy in FL this past week with moving my dd out of FSU as well as preparing for her internship (she found out literally 4 days before we left that she got it !!!!). One day we had to drive to Melbourne to Kinkos to scan/email/fax various documents. Vero Beach/Sebastian had nowhere. I even mentioned to DiznyDi and DiznyDad that it was somewhat of a working vacation I believe..........

Then I worked all weekend......so I check today, and the calendar is open but my entire week in August is BOOKED SOLID ! I call WDW Dining to confirm that the online was correct and it was :sad2: I am so sad. It's such a slap in the face after checking daily for months......:sad1: Thanks for listening.......I knew you guys would understand my immense disappointment.

I dunno Maria, we did the dessert party and I gotta say we were a bit disappointed. Let me give my first disclaimer. we booked the very first week (I think we were actually the 3rd night) it was offered and they had not worked out the logistic kinks. To say organization was awful is putting it mildly. so that may have colored my preception. So here's what I didn't like.

1) The tables are really tightly packed together. Every time we got up, our backside were literally bumping into the next table and vice versa. finally when we could not stand it any more, the 4 tables close to us put our heads together and did some rearranging.

2) they did not dim the lights on the upper level. took away some of the atmosphere.

3) could not see the parade (forgot the name).

The desserts were ok but for the price not sure if it was worth it. :confused3 don't think we eat 80 bucks worth of dessert. I generally don't recommend it but we are glad we experienced it. We generally just get a sweets from main street bakery.

Now, all of the above may have changed, like I said we were probably the 3 time after it had been offered.

MiaSRN62
05-10-2011, 08:51 PM
I dunno Maria, we did the dessert party and I gotta say we were a bit disappointed. Let me give my first disclaimer. we booked the very first week (I think we were actually the 3rd night) it was offered and they had not worked out the logistic kinks. To say organization was awful is putting it mildly. so that may have colored my preception. So here's what I didn't like.

1) The tables are really tightly packed together. Every time we got up, our backside were literally bumping into the next table and vice versa. finally when we could not stand it any more, the 4 tables close to us put our heads together and did some rearranging.

2) they did not dim the lights on the upper level. took away some of the atmosphere.

3) could not see the parade (forgot the name).

The desserts were ok but for the price not sure if it was worth it. :confused3 don't think we eat 80 bucks worth of dessert. I generally don't recommend it but we are glad we experienced it. We generally just get a sweets from main street bakery.

Now, all of the above may have changed, like I said we were probably the 3 time after it had been offered.

I REALLY appreciate your perspective eliza....I will take what you have said into consideration when I'm feeling kind of down about it. I usually like to try new stuff.....we have an early dinner at CP that day 4:30 pm. So figured by 9-10 pm, we'd be hungry for dessert. But if it's that crowded it doesn't sound as nice as I imagined. Sounded sort of exclusive for fireworks viewing from what I've read. Thanks again eliza !

stopher1
05-11-2011, 12:03 AM
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Raphael! We had Raphael as our server last year in January... DD was so very disappointed when he was off on the day we were there for her birthday last month. He made that same face/finger point with her last year! :rotfl:

kamikazecat
05-11-2011, 12:22 AM
Just wanted to pop in and say hi! Just 34 more days until our trip this summer. We will be spending 7 nights at BCV and then 14 nights at VWL in a studio. We have never stayed here and are looking forward to it.

I do have a question. I saw some pictures about being the flag family. What does that entail and how do you get selected for that?

jimmytammy
05-11-2011, 07:27 AM
Just wanted to pop in and say hi! Just 34 more days until our trip this summer. We will be spending 7 nights at BCV and then 14 nights at VWL in a studio. We have never stayed here and are looking forward to it.

I do have a question. I saw some pictures about being the flag family. What does that entail and how do you get selected for that?

As you are checking in, go to the guest relations(its just to the left of the check in counter)and ask to be FF. They will ask your dates. Be very flexible as its tough to get. We have been fortunate and done it at least 4 times, but it was because we were there a long time. Looks like you should be able to get it, probably into your 2nd week at VWL. Good luck and enjoy! Be sure to carry your camera. It is limited to maybe 6 people.

I Book He Pays
05-11-2011, 08:12 AM
Good Morning Groupies:

kamikazecat ~ Three weeks at WDW...WTG!:cool1: Have a fantastic vacation and enjoy!

jimmytammy ~ What is a flag family? Never heard of it.

Have a great day everyone!

eliza61
05-11-2011, 08:29 AM
I REALLY appreciate your perspective eliza....I will take what you have said into consideration when I'm feeling kind of down about it. I usually like to try new stuff.....we have an early dinner at CP that day 4:30 pm. So figured by 9-10 pm, we'd be hungry for dessert. But if it's that crowded it doesn't sound as nice as I imagined. Sounded sort of exclusive for fireworks viewing from what I've read. Thanks again eliza !

It is very exclusive which was nice. You are on the lower level of the noodle station. They rope the area off and by the time of the fireworks the noodle station is closed so the party is the only thing really going on.
I think one of the reasons the tables are packed together is they leave the "front" of the area clear and open. So when the fireworks start every one can move up to the railing. that's really nice and the desserts and drinks are set up in the middle, so you can freely move around them on both sides to pick your desserts. that's nice also.

I also enjoyed that they had a photopass guy there exclusively for the party. every one had an easy opportunity to get a neat picture with the castle in the back.

Check the dining forum, they mave had had folks who have went recently.

eliza61
05-11-2011, 08:39 AM
Discovery I sland, located in Bay lake directly across from Disney's
Wilderness Lodge,sits abadoned and unused today. But it was open
for guest for about 25 years, first as a relaxing bird retreat (1974-1979) called Treasure Island.
In April of 1976 the name was changed to Discovery Island. It closed to guests April 8, 1999 a bit less than a year after the opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Matching Game

Match the WDW character with the type of creature it is.

Figment
Timon
Cornelius Coot
Peach
Puumba
James P. Sullivan
Jose Carioca
Hopper
Cleo
Baloo


A)Grasshopper
B) Warthog
C) monster
D) Crab
E) Goldfish
F) Duck
G) Bear
H) Parrot
I) Meerkat
J) Dragon

Sorry I couldn't get this thing to make columns.

capttigger
05-11-2011, 09:48 AM
Just wanted to pop in and say hi! Just 34 more days until our trip this summer. We will be spending 7 nights at BCV and then 14 nights at VWL in a studio. We have never stayed here and are looking forward to it.

I do have a question. I saw some pictures about being the flag family. What does that entail and how do you get selected for that?

If you do get to do it. You will meet at guest relations desk and go up to the top floor. You will meet early in the morning.You will then be led out to a walkway that you can see from the lobby all the way at the top over the fireplace. It is a lot of steps. Now it is a long way up if heights are an issue. You then go outside and walk up stairs to the roof. You will put up all 5 flags and take your camera. You will get the best pictures you can see everything. The flags you put up are the 2 wilderness lodge flags, the Disney company flag the Florida flag and the American flag. You will say the pledge just after that. You will have plenty of time to take pictures. After wards you might even get to grab some breakfast on the top floor if you get a good CM..... I had a ball the 3 times we got to do it. I am also afraid of heights but was able to get through it.
Once you up top you have big walls around you so it is not like it is open for the height problem.
You will have to walk up a good bit of steps though to get there.
It was a great time..... I hope you get it. I hope this helps.

:cool2:

sleepydog25
05-11-2011, 11:53 AM
Discovery I sland, located in Bay lake directly across from Disney's
Wilderness Lodge,sits abadoned and unused today. But it was open
for guest for about 25 years, first as a relaxing bird retreat (1974-1979) called Treasure Island.
In April of 1976 the name was changed to Discovery Island. It closed to guests April 8, 1999 a bit less than a year after the opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Matching Game

Match the WDW character with the type of creature it is.

Figment J
Timon I
Cornelius Coot F
Peach D (technically, I think it's a different answer but it's the only one left ;))
Puumba B
James P. Sullivan C
Jose Carioca H
Hopper A
Cleo E
Baloo G


A)Grasshopper
B) Warthog
C) monster
D) Crab
E) Goldfish
F) Duck
G) Bear
H) Parrot
I) Meerkat
J) Dragon

Sorry I couldn't get this thing to make columns. Do I get a prize if I'm correct? ;)

MiaSRN62
05-11-2011, 07:02 PM
Peach D (technically, I think it's a different answer but it's the only one left )
Peach is a starfish from Finding Nemo I believe ?
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/clip%20art/31323-26116.gif


Never heard of Cornelius Coot ?!!!

I love "trivia with eliza" days ! :thumbsup2

blossomz
05-11-2011, 07:47 PM
Hello everyone! I feel like I've been so out of touch! SOOOO busy at school! But now I have some time. I am having achromioplasty (impressed?) Fancy word for arthoscopic surgery on my right shoulder on Tuesday. I am off until after the surgery to try and catch up on things...like my life! So glad to see the brand new thread! Hoping to be back on a more regular basis!

jimmytammy
05-11-2011, 08:19 PM
Good Morning Groupies:

kamikazecat ~ Three weeks at WDW...WTG!:cool1: Have a fantastic vacation and enjoy!

jimmytammy ~ What is a flag family? Never heard of it.

Have a great day everyone!
capttigger did a great job explaining on post #99. I will add that it is the single reason that Ranger Stan and my family became such good friends. He is the fellow you may see pics of from time to time on here or see us comment about him e very so often. He created the Ranger character that became a icon among his groupies(us):thumbsup2

horselover
05-11-2011, 08:26 PM
Hello everyone! I feel like I've been so out of touch! SOOOO busy at school! But now I have some time. I am having achromioplasty (impressed?) Fancy word for arthoscopic surgery on my right shoulder on Tuesday. I am off until after the surgery to try and catch up on things...like my life! So glad to see the brand new thread! Hoping to be back on a more regular basis!

Ouch! Rotator Cuff? I still remember my rotator cuff surgery. :sick: Be prepared to rest & take it easy for awhile if that is what you are having. Hope it goes smoothly & you're feeling better soon.

MiaSRN62
05-11-2011, 10:36 PM
Hello everyone! I feel like I've been so out of touch! SOOOO busy at school! But now I have some time. I am having achromioplasty (impressed?) Fancy word for arthoscopic surgery on my right shoulder on Tuesday. I am off until after the surgery to try and catch up on things...like my life! So glad to see the brand new thread! Hoping to be back on a more regular basis!

Hope all goes well with the surgery and you will be back to new very soon !

twinklebug
05-11-2011, 11:15 PM
Some great news! My eldest is graduating from Clemson's Industrial Engineering program Friday!:dance3: Wish I could say we were flying off to VWL tomorrow instead of NC and would prefer ME to driving 3 hrs to Clemson, but this is a huge accomplishment and not one I'll let myself nor his little brother or sister miss!

Now to figure out the car rental situation in CLT... I heard those airport roads were like a maze - I like mazes, but not when I'm being timed by a return flight. "Turn left at Rental road" (left turn made) ".... recalculating" :headache:


Blossomz, best wishes for an easy surgery and fast recovery. Your shoulder's not required to come visit us here ;) A perfect place to recoop.

kamikazecat
05-12-2011, 12:59 AM
As you are checking in, go to the guest relations(its just to the left of the check in counter)and ask to be FF. They will ask your dates. Be very flexible as its tough to get. We have been fortunate and done it at least 4 times, but it was because we were there a long time. Looks like you should be able to get it, probably into your 2nd week at VWL. Good luck and enjoy! Be sure to carry your camera. It is limited to maybe 6 people.

Thanks for your response. It is just me, DH and DS (5) and we are looking forward to trying it. Do we need to be checked in first or can I send my husband over to check in while I go to guest relations?

MiaSRN62
05-12-2011, 06:58 AM
Some great news! My eldest is graduating from Clemson's Industrial Engineering program Friday!:dance3: Wish I could say we were flying off to VWL tomorrow instead of NC and would prefer ME to driving 3 hrs to Clemson, but this is a huge accomplishment and not one I'll let myself nor his little brother or sister miss!




Wow...awesome ! Huge congrats to your son ! :cool1:

jimmytammy
05-12-2011, 07:01 AM
Thanks for your response. It is just me, DH and DS (5) and we are looking forward to trying it. Do we need to be checked in first or can I send my husband over to check in while I go to guest relations?
Knowing you have that many days, I would get room # then sign up for FF. If you have to wait for room assignment, go ahead and sign up, they will link to your room # later. They will bring a letter night before and slip under door. If you dont get it by 9pm, go back to desk to verify your name is still on list. We have had one occasion letter never came and they told us just to come on, they would be ready for us. it is an exclusive deal, so you will be only folks up there.

jimmytammy
05-12-2011, 07:03 AM
Some great news! My eldest is graduating from Clemson's Industrial Engineering program Friday!:dance3: Wish I could say we were flying off to VWL tomorrow instead of NC and would prefer ME to driving 3 hrs to Clemson, but this is a huge accomplishment and not one I'll let myself nor his little brother or sister miss!

Now to figure out the car rental situation in CLT... I heard those airport roads were like a maze - I like mazes, but not when I'm being timed by a return flight. "Turn left at Rental road" (left turn made) ".... recalculating" :headache:


Blossomz, best wishes for an easy surgery and fast recovery. Your shoulder's not required to come visit us here ;) A perfect place to recoop.
Congratulations!! And welcome to the Carolinas!!

jimmytammy
05-12-2011, 07:04 AM
Blossomz

DW had same surgery 3 yrs ago. If you need any help or advice Im sure she can relate. I just relayed message to her. She says get moving ASAP and into PT ASAP.
We will be praying for speedy recovery

eliza61
05-12-2011, 09:52 AM
Do I get a prize if I'm correct? ;)

:thumbsup2 I'm going to have to find a gold star to give out!!

Peach is a starfish from Finding Nemo I believe ?


Never heard of Cornelius Coot ?!!!

I love "trivia with eliza" days ! :thumbsup2

LOL, thanks Maria, I've got the book with the correct answers some where on my desk. One day I'm really going to have to clean the thing up.

I am having achromioplasty (impressed?) Fancy word for arthoscopic surgery on my right shoulder on Tuesday. I am off until after the surgery to try and catch up on things...like my life! So glad to see the brand new thread! Hoping to be back on a more regular basis!

Good luck with the surgery Blossomz, make the family pamper you. Keep us posted.

Some great news! My eldest is graduating from Clemson's Industrial Engineering program Friday!:dance3: Wish I could say we were flying off to VWL tomorrow instead of NC and would prefer ME to driving 3 hrs to Clemson, but this is a huge accomplishment and not one I'll let myself nor his little brother or sister miss!


Blossomz, best wishes for an easy surgery and fast recovery. Your shoulder's not required to come visit us here ;) A perfect place to recoop.

What an accomplishment Twinklebug!! Enjoy your celebration.

sleepydog25
05-12-2011, 10:28 AM
:thumbsup2 I'm going to have to find a gold star to give out!!I was thinking something monetarily. . . ;)

twinklebug
05-12-2011, 10:34 AM
Wow...awesome ! Huge congrats to your son ! :cool1:

Congratulations!! And welcome to the Carolinas!!

What an accomplishment Twinklebug!! Enjoy your celebration.

Thank you :goodvibes

JimmyTammy: I love the Carolinas, it's been far too long since I've come down for a visit. I miss the air, the woods, the beaches, and most of all - some of my favorite people live there! :laughing:

I Book He Pays
05-12-2011, 02:06 PM
Hi Groupies:
Two more days to go... I can't wait for vacation and to hug Mickey!:banana:

capttiger/jimmytammy ~ The FF is really neat and glad both of you got to experience it. Sounds like a lot of fun!

blossomz ~ Rotator Cuff!!! ACK!!! Wishing you all the best with your upcoming surgery and take it easy.

jimmytammy ~ I think I read a few posts that included Ranger Stan. It's great that you are became good friends.

twinklebug ~ Congrats to your son and WTG!

Time to bond with the luggage... again...

Have a great day everyone!

DVC Jen
05-12-2011, 03:22 PM
Some great news! My eldest is graduating from Clemson's Industrial Engineering program Friday!:dance3: Wish I could say we were flying off to VWL tomorrow instead of NC and would prefer ME to driving 3 hrs to Clemson, but this is a huge accomplishment and not one I'll let myself nor his little brother or sister miss!

Now to figure out the car rental situation in CLT... I heard those airport roads were like a maze - I like mazes, but not when I'm being timed by a return flight. "Turn left at Rental road" (left turn made) ".... recalculating" :headache:


Blossomz, best wishes for an easy surgery and fast recovery. Your shoulder's not required to come visit us here ;) A perfect place to recoop.

Awesome! congratulations

jimmytammy
05-12-2011, 08:12 PM
Hey folks
Wanted to share T and I have been happily wed for 21 yrs today! Its been great!!

Muushka

Check out English Channel on youtube.com May pop up as British Airwaves
New band at UK in Epcot. Will miss British Invasion, but these guys are good. I know your like of music so thought you might enjoy

tea pot
05-12-2011, 09:24 PM
Happy Anniversary
Jimmy and Tammy


http://disney-clipart.com/wedding/Mickey/kt_Wedding-Mickey-Minnie-Mouse-Bride-Groom.JPG

stopher1
05-12-2011, 10:05 PM
Like I said over on FB today... Happy Anniversary Jimmy & Tammy! :cool1: That's awesome. Keep up the good work!

jimmytammy
05-13-2011, 07:12 AM
Thanks Folks!!

I Book He Pays
05-13-2011, 11:59 AM
Hi jimmytammy:

http://www.*****************/assets/images/apparel/buttons/buttonwdwanniversary.jpg

Sorry this is late. I hope you and DH had a beautiful day!
Congrats!

Granny
05-13-2011, 04:58 PM
Happy Anniversary, Jimmy & Tammy!

You guys rock!! :thumbsup2

eliza61
05-13-2011, 06:03 PM
Happy Anniversary, Jimmy & Tammy!

You guys rock!! :thumbsup2

DITTO!!!

Congratulations!

jimmytammy
05-13-2011, 07:54 PM
Aww, you folks are too much:lovestruc

GoofyTraci
05-13-2011, 09:26 PM
Hello everyone...Newbie to this thread here. Hope it is ok to join. We are dvc members and headed to the VWL for the first time in 20 days. So excited!

stopher1
05-13-2011, 09:59 PM
Hello everyone...Newbie to this thread here. Hope it is ok to join. We are dvc members and headed to the VWL for the first time in 20 days. So excited!

Welcome GoofyTraci! Of course it's okay to join us. I hope your stay is magical, and you'll come back and tell us all about it after it is :sad1: over.

I Book He Pays
05-14-2011, 05:14 AM
Good Morning Groupies:

We are leaving in a little while for Newark airport and by late morning we'll be in FL! Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been planning this vacation for 1.5 years and it's finally here. I'm so psyched!!!

GoofyTraci ~ Welcome to the thread and glad to have you with us. It's a great group of members here and I know you'll enjoy it. Happy planning and have a fantastic vacation.

Have a great weekend everyone. I'll be checking in from time to time during our vacation.

horselover
05-14-2011, 10:13 AM
Hello everyone...Newbie to this thread here. Hope it is ok to join. We are dvc members and headed to the VWL for the first time in 20 days. So excited!

Welcome to the groupies GoofyTraci! :welcome:

Good Morning Groupies:

We are leaving in a little while for Newark airport and by late morning we'll be in FL! Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been planning this vacation for 1.5 years and it's finally here. I'm so psyched!!!




You're likely almost to MCO right about now! Have a wonderful time! Can't wait to hear all about it.

wildernessDad
05-14-2011, 12:22 PM
We had a great time at VGC. We're at John Wayne Airport waiting to board a flight to Vegas. Then it SUV time and away we go around the Grand Canyon.

franandaj
05-14-2011, 12:39 PM
Hi groupies!

I'm a little behind here, Happy Anniversary jimmytammy!
I'm sure you must be here by now "I book he pays". We just finished the first half of the Destination D conference. I got some amazing pics and saw two great presentations!

GoofyTraci
05-14-2011, 01:29 PM
Thank you everyone for welcoming me into the group. Our family is getting so excited about staying at VWL. Anyone have any tips?

LisaS
05-14-2011, 02:12 PM
Thank you everyone for welcoming me into the group. Our family is getting so excited about staying at VWL. Anyone have any tips?If you happen to be back at VWL around 9:30pm, go down to the beach closest to VWL (next to the boat rental) and watch the Electric Water Pageant. It passes VWL around 9:35-ish. There are lots of lounge chairs on the beach. You can also see the higher fireworks from Wishes from that same area. Wishes will be at either 9pm or 10pm depending on the day of the week. Just an FYI if you do this, we did get a few bug bites while we were watching the EWP and Wishes.

You can rent surrey bikes or regular bikes and ride to Fort Wilderness and back. You can also do the same trail on foot. We did that last week and saw a group of five deer in the woods along the way. You can also rent a boat and cruise around Bay Lake and even go over to the MK and back.

Allow some time to check out the VWL lobby. There are many special details in that space. My favorites are the carved animals on the support posts around the center of the lobby. The WL lobby is also spectacular. It's a great place to hang out in the evening.

If you like to relax by the pool with an adult beverage, try a Lumberjack from the pool bar. It's WL/VWL's signature drink. It's not on the standardized drink menu but they will make one for you if you ask.

ETA: In general, just take the time to take a good look around. There are amazing details all around you starting with the architecture to design details like the light fixtures, the walkways and flooring, the pictures on the walls, even the elevator doors and the music in the background.

GoofyTraci
05-14-2011, 03:24 PM
If you happen to be back at VWL around 9:30pm, go down to the beach closest to VWL (next to the boat rental) and watch the Electric Water Pageant. It passes VWL around 9:35-ish. There are lots of lounge chairs on the beach. You can also see the higher fireworks from Wishes from that same area. Wishes will be at either 9pm or 10pm depending on the day of the week. Just an FYI if you do this, we did get a few bug bites while we were watching the EWP and Wishes.

You can rent surrey bikes or regular bikes and ride to Fort Wilderness and back. You can also do the same trail on foot. We did that last week and saw a group of five deer in the woods along the way. You can also rent a boat and cruise around Bay Lake and even go over to the MK and back.

Allow some time to check out the VWL lobby. There are many special details in that space. My favorites are the carved animals on the support posts around the center of the lobby. The WL lobby is also spectacular. It's a great place to hang out in the evening.

If you like to relax by the pool with an adult beverage, try a Lumberjack from the pool bar. It's WL/VWL's signature drink. It's not on the standardized drink menu but they will make one for you if you ask.

ETA: In general, just take the time to take a good look around. There are amazing details all around you starting with the architecture to design details like the light fixtures, the walkways and flooring, the pictures on the walls, even the elevator doors and the music in the background.

thanks so much for this info. I total forgot about the Electrical Water Parade..and I have never seen it in all of my trips to Disney so thanks. But can you tell me more about this Lumberjack drink? Is it a fruity drink? frozen? whats in it? Tell me more please...Thanks

Corinne
05-14-2011, 04:05 PM
Raphael! We had Raphael as our server last year in January... DD was so very disappointed when he was off on the day we were there for her birthday last month. He made that same face/finger point with her last year! :rotfl:

We have had Raphael as well, he is fun!!!

Corinne
05-14-2011, 04:22 PM
Hello everyone! I feel like I've been so out of touch! SOOOO busy at school! But now I have some time. I am having achromioplasty (impressed?) Fancy word for arthoscopic surgery on my right shoulder on Tuesday. I am off until after the surgery to try and catch up on things...like my life! So glad to see the brand new thread! Hoping to be back on a more regular basis!

Blossom, hope the surgery went well! :flower3:Hope you will update us soon.

Corinne
05-14-2011, 04:31 PM
Congratulations Jimmy & Tammy! Wishing you many more happy years together!

:welcome: Goofi Traci!!

Stopher & Horselover, if you have made a plan to meet I would love to try and make it too!

horselover
05-14-2011, 05:17 PM
But can you tell me more about this Lumberjack drink? Is it a fruity drink? frozen? whats in it? Tell me more please...Thanks

Yes, please do share more details LisaS! I've never heard of this drink.

Traci - be sure to get the hidden mickey hunt list from the front desk. That's a lot of fun. Be sure to find time to just hang out in those rockers on the front porch of the villas. So inviting! :goodvibes And also take the time to find a hidden nook for yourself in the main lobby. There are many secret spots that you will likely have all to yourself. I'm not telling where mine is! ;) Don't forget to rub Humphrey's nose on the totem pole for a magical trip. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time!


Stopher & Horselover, if you have made a plan to meet I would love to try and make it too!

Sending you a PM!

LisaS
05-14-2011, 06:43 PM
But can you tell me more about this Lumberjack drink? Is it a fruity drink? frozen? whats in it? Tell me more please...ThanksThe Lumberjack is a fruity drink. It is not frozen. My DH says it has rum in it but he doesn't know what else. It is similar to a Mai Tai but a bit different. I ordered one a few years ago just based on the name and ever since it has been a VWL tradition! Even though it is not on the new standardized pool bar menus, a few of the pool bar CMs have been there a while so they know how to make one and actually seem quite happy to do so.

GoofyTraci
05-14-2011, 07:17 PM
The Lumberjack is a fruity drink. It is not frozen. My DH says it has rum in it but he doesn't know what else. It is similar to a Mai Tai but a bit different. I ordered one a few years ago just based on the name and ever since it has been a VWL tradition! Even though it is not on the new standardized pool bar menus, a few of the pool bar CMs have been there a while so they know how to make one and actually seem quite happy to do so.

Thanks Lisa S. it is on our list on must trys!!!

Granny
05-14-2011, 10:09 PM
ETA: In general, just take the time to take a good look around. There are amazing details all around you starting with the architecture to design details like the light fixtures, the walkways and flooring, the pictures on the walls, even the elevator doors and the music in the background.

Lisa...as always, an excellent and informative post. I've quoted the last paragraph here because I think it is probably the single best advice to truly enjoy and appreciate Wilderness Lodge. :thumbsup2

franandaj
05-15-2011, 12:29 PM
Hi groupies!
I thought I would let you know first (since I know there are a few strong opinions here :rolleyes1) They just announced at the D23 event that they are bringing back the original tiki room as part of the 40th Anniversary!

Muushka
05-15-2011, 12:39 PM
Hi groupies!
I thought I would let you know first (since I know there are a few strong opinions here :rolleyes1) They just announced at the D23 event that they are bringing back the original tiki room as part of the 40th Anniversary!

:cool1::yay:
Nuff said!

Hi all. Back from the beach, had a nice visit. Got to catch up on all the Groupies going ons!

jimmytammy
05-15-2011, 12:40 PM
Hi groupies!
I thought I would let you know first (since I know there are a few strong opinions here :rolleyes1) They just announced at the D23 event that they are bringing back the original tiki room as part of the 40th Anniversary!

Excited as we never saw the original. Thanks for sharing!

Muushka
05-15-2011, 12:48 PM
Hello everyone! I feel like I've been so out of touch! SOOOO busy at school! But now I have some time. I am having achromioplasty (impressed?) Fancy word for arthoscopic surgery on my right shoulder on Tuesday. I am off until after the surgery to try and catch up on things...like my life! So glad to see the brand new thread! Hoping to be back on a more regular basis!

Good luck with the surgery :goodvibes
Some great news! My eldest is graduating from Clemson's Industrial Engineering program Friday!:dance3: Wish I could say we were flying off to VWL tomorrow instead of NC and would prefer ME to driving 3 hrs to Clemson, but this is a huge accomplishment and not one I'll let myself nor his little brother or sister miss!

Now to figure out the car rental situation in CLT... I heard those airport roads were like a maze - I like mazes, but not when I'm being timed by a return flight. "Turn left at Rental road" (left turn made) ".... recalculating" :headache:


Blossomz, best wishes for an easy surgery and fast recovery. Your shoulder's not required to come visit us here ;) A perfect place to recoop.

Congratulations to the grad!

Hey folks
Wanted to share T and I have been happily wed for 21 yrs today! Its been great!!

Muushka

Check out English Channel on youtube.com May pop up as British Airwaves
New band at UK in Epcot. Will miss British Invasion, but these guys are good. I know your like of music so thought you might enjoy

Oh! I will have to check out the new band. I'm listening to the Beatles as we speak!
Happy Anniversary to Jimmy and Tammy. One very special couple.:love:

Hello everyone...Newbie to this thread here. Hope it is ok to join. We are dvc members and headed to the VWL for the first time in 20 days. So excited!

Hope it's ok to join?:confused3 Joke, right :rotfl2:. Are you kidding, we live for new Groupies!:yay:
Visit often and post pictures often. We really like that!

We had a great time at VGC. We're at John Wayne Airport waiting to board a flight to Vegas. Then it SUV time and away we go around the Grand Canyon.

Happy trails WD! Hope it is awesome.

MiaSRN62
05-15-2011, 01:56 PM
Hey folks
Wanted to share T and I have been happily wed for 21 yrs today! Its been great!!



Sorry I'm a day late.....wanted to wish you both an awesomely happy Anniversary !!!!!
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/clip%20art/1746439xf0yo5wqrc1.gif

jimmytammy
05-15-2011, 05:08 PM
Continued thanks folks

Nicoal13
05-15-2011, 10:02 PM
Got back late last night from the Lodge. Had a wonderful week. It was hot! Record setting temps a couple of days if I'm not mistaken.

My family loved the villas. We were in room 2508. A dedicated 2 bedroom, which faced the bus stop, but we didn't mind as we had a short walk to the room and to everything.

Had some problems at check-in which resulted in the manager putting us in as a cash reservation instead of points, so we had a full cleaning every day. Even though I called housekeeping to tell them we didn't need or want it, every day we came back to a cleaned room. Not sure what the problem was, but it was a couple linked reservations, and maybe that was the problem? Not a big deal, just was strange.

DS enjoyed the Electric Water Parade. We did not get to see the Electric Light Parade at MK. Just didn't work out. But did see the new castle show and Wishes. Spent a lot of time at Epcot and only a few hours at AK. Missed out on some attractions, just never seems to be enough time without running ourselves ragged. DS did ride Tower of Terror with me for the first time. He shook like a leaf! He wanted to ride it, but I'm guessing he won't ride it again for a very long time. His favorite rides this time were Figment and Spaceship Earth, he likes the interactive screen.

DS caught some sort of stomach bug and was a little sick the last day and now here at home. Hopefully he will be better soon, but no school for him tomorrow.

Well, better get the little guy to bed. Hopefully he sleeps and doesn't get sick.

DiznyDi
05-15-2011, 10:13 PM
Well Groupies, we're back! What a great stay we had! The weather was wonderful - DDad will say it was too hot.... For the first time ever, we ventured outside the world. We did some outlet shopping, went into Celebration for breakfast and even drove to Clearwater Beach where we spent about 30 minutes and drove back. We had the honor and privilege to be Flag Family and to become acquainted with Ranger Jack.

As luck would have it, we rode the Tron monorail. Believe it or not, Tron is nothing more than big stickers. Here all along we thought it was one pretty spectacular paint job, but up close and personal, it's all just temporary 'enhancements' applied to a pink stripe monorail.

Clarissa, from the pin cart, will be retiring, I believe, next week. Unfortunately we were not able to see her. She was always so very helpful. I would like to have said good-bye to her.

We did not see very much new resort-specific merchandise. I had hoped there would have been more.

We were assigned a corner dedicated studio near the elevator. The room wasn't quite ready for our 2:00 arrival. We stowed our gear with Bell Services, met up with Maria and her family, then headed to the Magic Kingdom.
It was wonderful to finally meet Maria, her DH and DD. We tried to do this a few years ago and it just didn't work out. I hope we have the opportunity to meet again. Great family!

We received a text about 2:45 that our room was ready. I've read reports that the text room ready is hit or miss. It worked for us. Our room was clean and guest ready.

We attended the DVC sales presentation at the TOWL. DDad was the days lucky winner of a Disney gift card - which we immediately spent at the Art of Disney.

Over these next few days, I'll go back through and get caught up on what we've missed. While I thoroughly enjoyed our time in the World, it's always good to be home and back to a normal routine.

blossomz
05-15-2011, 10:46 PM
Sounds like all of the recent trips home were wonderful. I am knee deep in planning for our trip in 41 days!!!

Thanks for all of the well wishes. It shouldn't be too bad, but can't help feeling nervous!

Excited to here the original Tiki room is returning. Wish they would do the same for the Peoplemover in tomorrow land!

Dizny Dad
05-16-2011, 07:15 AM
Hi Groupies!

Sorry to have been out of touch, but no better place to be than the VWL! DiznyDi has already filled in the high points. The trip was great, hot, and short! We rented a car for the first time in 5 years and went outside the bubble. I had a need to show DiznyDi what real Florida was like. It also helped orient me as to where we were and where all of the parks and event locations were in comparison to each other (no better way than to get out of the bus and drive it yourself).

A few comments:

We ate at the Yak and Yeti for the first time - glad we did but we probably wont be back; nothing terrible, I just had such a "thing" built up in my head about how great it should be; my head does stuff like that.

We had a good time at the DVC Sales presentation at the TOWL. It was my birthday and somehow I won the $100 gift card.

We visited all of the resorts once again. I just had to see what stage the new Paddock Pool at SSR was in; GF was as grand as always; the Poly was lush and Kona Cafe presented a great meal once again; AKV was wild, with the pool bar very inviting.

Here is our "Groupie Meet" with Maria and family:

http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv141/DiznyDad/DSC00586.jpg


And something I found outside the bubble: powered by Mickey!

http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv141/DiznyDad/DSC00732.jpg

jimmytammy
05-16-2011, 07:24 AM
Dad Reckon we could get one of those Mickey power plants for our neck of the woods?:thumbsup2

MiaSRN62
05-16-2011, 07:30 AM
Well Groupies, we're back! What a great stay we had! The weather was wonderful - DDad will say it was too hot.... For the first time ever, we ventured outside the world. We did some outlet shopping, went into Celebration for breakfast and even drove to Clearwater Beach where we spent about 30 minutes and drove back. We had the honor and privilege to be Flag Family and to become acquainted with Ranger Jack.


It was wonderful to finally meet Maria, her DH and DD. We tried to do this a few years ago and it just didn't work out. I hope we have the opportunity to meet again. Great family!

We received a text about 2:45 that our room was ready. I've read reports that the text room ready is hit or miss. It worked for us. Our room was clean and guest ready.




Yay ! You guys are back ! It was equally wonderful to meet you both ! Maybe next time we can have some more time together or enjoy a meal together ! Glad you had fun---and congrats on DiznyDad winning the gift card. What did you get with it ?!!!

Muushka
05-16-2011, 07:48 AM
Welcome home to some of my favorite Groupies! Maria, DDad DDi and Nicole!

It sounds like you had a great time, wish I was there.:goodvibes

Nicole, can I assume that the point stuff is all right? Let me know if there are any problems.

DDad, loved that Mickey power thingy!

horselover
05-16-2011, 08:34 AM
Welcome back Nicoal, DiznyDi & Disny Dad! Glad everyone had a good time.

Dizny Dad - love the power line picture! That is awesome. :goodvibes

DiznyDi - Planning way far ahead, but I noticed on the vacation list you & your DD will be in the World at the same time we will in Oct. I would love to catch up & say hello if we can work it out.

12 more days til OKW! :dance3: :dance3: :dance3:

GoofyTraci
05-16-2011, 09:18 AM
thanks for the updates and pics. Loved the power tower thing. We are doing the countdown dance here:cool1:

franandaj
05-16-2011, 09:46 AM
Welcome back DiznyDi&Dad! I love that power thingy, we took a picture of it our first time off campus too!

I'm jealous of everyone planning a trip! We leave tomorrow, but we plan to head out yo DHS and see if we can hit a soft opening for Star Tours. This trip was too short!

wildernessDad
05-16-2011, 10:37 AM
Zion National Park is great. We're diving to Bryce Canyon and then to Grand Canyon North Rim today. Cell service is non-existent at Zion and wifi is spotty at best. Will post pictures when I can.

tea pot
05-16-2011, 11:22 AM
They're Back...... Di and Dad, Maria, and Nicoal :cool1:

So glad you all had a wonderful trip Home!

Nicoal hope your little one is feeling better.

DDad Love Love the Mickey power lines.
We always pass it on the way down to visit DD so cool.

franandaj.. Good luck with getting into the soft opening of Star Tours
fill us in when you get back.

WDad I can't wait for your pictures.. Happy Trails ;)

Nicoal13
05-16-2011, 11:54 AM
Barb - yes, the points are all ok on my end. I'm not sure what the problem was exactly at check-in. They never really told me. But it seemed to work out, didn't have any problems the rest of the week.

DS seems to be feeling better today. He is home from school, but seems much better.

Getting through all the laundry. We washed while on vacation, but somehow have a bunch of dirty laundry yet.

Starting to think about the next trip...maybe a couple days at WDW and then Vero Beach to relax. Or a cruise, we've never tried cruising.

Dizny Dad
05-16-2011, 12:25 PM
Dad Reckon we could get one of those Mickey power plants for our neck of the woods?:thumbsup2

Maybe now that all the engineering calculations are completed, FEA is done, permits granted, government approvals made, they might be able to provide one in your neck of the woods. We could never get one here in Ohio. The power company is too busy billing us $30.00 each for a "free" compact fluorescent bulb. What, a Mickey Tower? Hate to think what they would charge for that!

Yay ! You guys are back ! . . . . . . . . and congrats on DiznyDad winning the gift card. What did you get with it ?!!!

DiznyDi decided that I needed some Disney art for my office. She knows that it will always come home after a stay at work. We selected a canvas version of the Disney World Railroad poster. I've always enjoyed steam trains and she thought it would go well in an engineering office. If we would now start using steam to power up all those computers, , , , ,

Muushka
05-16-2011, 12:43 PM
Barb - yes, the points are all ok on my end. I'm not sure what the problem was exactly at check-in. They never really told me. But it seemed to work out, didn't have any problems the rest of the week.

DS seems to be feeling better today. He is home from school, but seems much better.

Getting through all the laundry. We washed while on vacation, but somehow have a bunch of dirty laundry yet.

Starting to think about the next trip...maybe a couple days at WDW and then Vero Beach to relax. Or a cruise, we've never tried cruising.

Oh, good on all counts (including the little guy feeling better :goodvibes).


DDad, where is that Mickey power line? Would love to see it, surprised that we haven't seen it.

Nicoal13
05-16-2011, 12:52 PM
Ok, I was mistaken. Looked up my points this morning and I now have 49 points in holding. It says I cancelled my reservation for the night of May 7th.

My Dad has the receipt for the room charges since he put his credit card on the room.

Time to call MS and see what is going on.

eliza61
05-16-2011, 08:07 PM
Zion National Park is great. We're diving to Bryce Canyon and then to Grand Canyon North Rim today. Cell service is non-existent at Zion and wifi is spotty at best. Will post pictures when I can.

WD, remember details. this is our family trip next year!!

But in the mean time.

6 more nights until Monsieur Mickey!

horselover
05-16-2011, 08:11 PM
But in the mean time.

6 more nights until Monsieur Mickey!

Woo Hoo!!! :dance3::dance3: I'm so looking forward to your TR!

nanajoyx2
05-16-2011, 10:09 PM
Okay, I'm confused. I can't figure out what TOWL is:confused3.

stopher1
05-16-2011, 10:20 PM
Okay, I'm confused. I can't figure out what TOWL is:confused3.

Top of the World Lounge, over at BLT.

stopher1
05-16-2011, 10:28 PM
Greetings Groupies!

It's been a crazy few days in my household. Lots and lots going on - and all five of us often going in totally different directions. Ahh the growing up / teenage years. It just seems to be going faster and faster and more and more keeps coming at us. WOW. I need a breather. Glad I get to scoot out to SSR in a week and a half.

This week like so many others has no down time... it's just crazy. Even yesterday after church it was crazy busy as my DW and DD got home from their camporee and were busy with the after-camping clean-up that must be done.

This coming weekend I "get to" drive my eldest down to Bloomington, IN (about a two hour drive) to the Scout Camp for his "Pre-Camp Staff Weekend". Should be lots of fun for him. Then in just a couple of weeks, it will become a regular weekend trek throughout the summer.

But next Monday night I get my Wood Badge goodies for completing the course. I can't wait for that. I know many of you don't know much if anything about Scouting... but it really is big, and I'm very excited about it.

I haven't been around much in the past couple of weeks - been very busy going through a whole bunch of trainings and helping some buddies build a website in addition to the other myriad things I'm doing... oh yeah, and my DW leaves for California to spend more quality time with her dad on June 6th - another 11 or 12 trip - so huzzah, I'll get to play single dad once more. Then on the 19th (Father's Day) we leave for Summer Camp. I'm getting dizzy just thinking about it all.

So just know this... even if I'm not always commenting - I do read the posts each day. I pray for those of you who need it - and wish those of you with special days great enjoyment. I WILL make a better effort at posting as well in the days ahead. YOU afterall, are such a nice, calming part of my life - just as the Lodge is for all of us. :love:

DiznyDi
05-16-2011, 11:02 PM
TOWL: Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower

DiznyDi
05-16-2011, 11:05 PM
Guess Stopher beat me to it.

Night all :)

Dizny Dad
05-17-2011, 06:28 AM
Boy, do we hate Dial-Up, don't we dear!?! :sad2:

jimmytammy
05-17-2011, 07:24 AM
Dad those bulbs are a joke IMO.

WD Have a continued great trip and we are anticipating pics!

Granny
05-17-2011, 09:43 AM
Nice to hear that recent trips went well, and I hope that all Groupies are doing as okay as possible healthwise. Seems like we've had a rough string of health issues with loved ones and continued prayers for everyone in that regard.

WDad...hope your trip continues to be great. Sounds like a trip full of breathtaking views and lots of admiration for our Creator's work. The closest I've been to the Grand Canyon is the fireplace at the WL lobby. :rotfl2:


DDad, where is that Mickey power line? Would love to see it, surprised that we haven't seen it.

That Mickey power tower has always been one of our favorite icons. We used to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa every trip and the tower is located down Hiway 192 near the I-4 ramp heading towards Tampa. It was something we looked for on our return trips to let us know we were almost "home". :)

MiaSRN62
05-17-2011, 10:40 AM
Greetings Groupies!

It's been a crazy few days in my household. Lots and lots going on - and all five of us often going in totally different directions. Ahh the growing up / teenage years. It just seems to be going faster and faster and more and more keeps coming at us. WOW. I need a breather. Glad I get to scoot out to SSR in a week and a half.

This week like so many others has no down time... it's just crazy. Even yesterday after church it was crazy busy as my DW and DD got home from their camporee and were busy with the after-camping clean-up that must be done.

This coming weekend I "get to" drive my eldest down to Bloomington, IN (about a two hour drive) to the Scout Camp for his "Pre-Camp Staff Weekend". Should be lots of fun for him. Then in just a couple of weeks, it will become a regular weekend trek throughout the summer.

But next Monday night I get my Wood Badge goodies for completing the course. I can't wait for that. I know many of you don't know much if anything about Scouting... but it really is big, and I'm very excited about it.

I haven't been around much in the past couple of weeks - been very busy going through a whole bunch of trainings and helping some buddies build a website in addition to the other myriad things I'm doing... oh yeah, and my DW leaves for California to spend more quality time with her dad on June 6th - another 11 or 12 trip - so huzzah, I'll get to play single dad once more. Then on the 19th (Father's Day) we leave for Summer Camp. I'm getting dizzy just thinking about it all.

So just know this... even if I'm not always commenting - I do read the posts each day. I pray for those of you who need it - and wish those of you with special days great enjoyment. I WILL make a better effort at posting as well in the days ahead. YOU afterall, are such a nice, calming part of my life - just as the Lodge is for all of us. :love:

Definitely sounds like you have a very hectic pace there stopher....hang in there. Our thread is a very fast-moving one with lots of participation. I have trouble keeping up sometimes. We all totally understand and appreciate all you do for our wonderful group here :love:

blossomz
05-17-2011, 10:47 AM
Stop her...we are all for one and one for all here! No worries!

Heading out for the dreaded surgery in a short while....

Dizny Dad
05-17-2011, 12:12 PM
. . . . . That Mickey power tower has always been one of our favorite icons. We used to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa every trip and the tower is located down Hiway 192 near the I-4 ramp heading towards Tampa. It was something we looked for on our return trips to let us know we were almost "home". :)

Thanks Granny for picking up that question for me . . I was struggling to extract the exact location from my aging memory for Muushka!

Stoph - keep on swimmin' - we know you are out there!

I Book He Pays
05-17-2011, 12:15 PM
Hello from Saratoga Springs!:banana:

It is so AWESOME being here and DH/I are really enjoying ourselves so far. The CM's are amazing and we're having a great time.

We almost missed our flight on Saturday (car service never showed up - long story) and had to wake up friends to take us to the airport. I was a nervous wreck but luckily we made our 8:30am flight. When we arrived at the gate, boarding was already in progress.

From the moment the plane landed, we were at the resort within an hour. The Magic Express service was excellent and after we checked in we boarded the bus immediately. Bus was half full when we departed the airport. Checking in at SSR was a breeze and we're staying in Congress Park in a two bedroom villa. We'll have this villa for two weeks so we are happy campers. The view is of the courtyard and partial view of DTD. We love it. Also close to the quiet pool and bus stop.

We walked around the resort yesterday and it's huge! Paddock pool still under construction but they're getting there.

We are trying the standard DDP and it's so much food. Not used to eating this much. Might change it next week if we can.

Going to AK tomorrow and looking forward to it since we haven't been there yet.

Hope all of you are doing well and wanted to say Hi. We plan on visiting WL next week during one of our off days. Can't wait to see it and I'll take some pictures for all of you!

Have a great day!

Granny
05-17-2011, 12:39 PM
Stop her...we are all for one and one for all here! No worries!

Heading out for the dreaded surgery in a short while....

Best wishes and prayers for the surgery.

And I had to re-read your first line a couple of times...stop who? From doing what????

Then I got it, a little spacebar action there, and figured out who you were referring to. :rotfl2:

Muushka
05-17-2011, 01:02 PM
I Book.... so glad you made your flight! All checked in and ready to enjoy. Have a wonderful time.:goodvibes

Nice to hear that recent trips went well, and I hope that all Groupies are doing as okay as possible healthwise. Seems like we've had a rough string of health issues with loved ones and continued prayers for everyone in that regard.

WDad...hope your trip continues to be great. Sounds like a trip full of breathtaking views and lots of admiration for our Creator's work. The closest I've been to the Grand Canyon is the fireplace at the WL lobby. :rotfl2:



That Mickey power tower has always been one of our favorite icons. We used to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa every trip and the tower is located down Hiway 192 near the I-4 ramp heading towards Tampa. It was something we looked for on our return trips to let us know we were almost "home". :)

Thanks for the directions Granny. DDad, no worries. Been there....forgot that.....:lmao:

The closest I ever got to the Grand Canyon was while visiting the Hoover Dam.
I had no idea how close we were!:sad2:

Definitely sounds like you have a very hectic pace there stopher....hang in there. Our thread is a very fast-moving one with lots of participation. I have trouble keeping up sometimes. We all totally understand and appreciate all you do for our wonderful group here :love:

Yes, Stopher, Maria has written what I would have.:thumbsup2

Stopher...we are all for one and one for all here! No worries!

Heading out for the dreaded surgery in a short while....

I took the liberty of removing the space :lmao:. Bloss, I hope your surgery goes well.:hug:

tea pot
05-17-2011, 01:54 PM
Woo Hoo!!! :dance3::dance3: I'm so looking forward to your TR!
Eliza
Ditto :flower3:
I just can't imagine Paris or Disney in French!
Have an over the top time!
I can't wait for that TR :wizard:

KAT4DISNEY
05-17-2011, 03:06 PM
Waiting for take off in Phoenix. It wasn't hard to leave the 2 inches of snow that we got last night!!!!

Crazy last few days switching flights for my niece and nephew. They have an issue to deal with so can't come to WDW until Friday and are so bummed. Us too. I thinke we'll have a crazy 4 days trying to fit in most that was planned. They're young but I don't know if DH and I will survive!

Oops. Gotta go!

tea pot
05-17-2011, 03:26 PM
Greetings Groupies!
So just know this... even if I'm not always commenting - I do read the posts each day. I pray for those of you who need it - and wish those of you with special days great enjoyment. I WILL make a better effort at posting as well in the days ahead. YOU afterall, are such a nice, calming part of my life - just as the Lodge is for all of us. :love:

Aww Stopher hang in there and It's good to know you're out there :goodvibes


Heading out for the dreaded surgery in a short while....

Prayers ans Pixie Dust coming your way :wizard:

I Book He Pays
So Glad you love SSR Take a stroll over to the Tree Houses if you can
It's like a whole different resort over there.
Have wonderful trip :thumbsup2

KAT :scared1: "2 inches of snow that we got last night!!!!" :scared1:
Fly Fly Away
Have a Magical trip Home :flower3:

horselover
05-17-2011, 04:48 PM
Stopher - :faint: You are one busy guy! I can see why you're looking forward to your SSR trip. You certainly deserve it.


Heading out for the dreaded surgery in a short while....

Hope everything went well Blossomz!

Trish - sorry about your flight problems but glad you arrived safely & are having a good time. 2 wks. at WDW sounds like a dream to me! :goodvibes

Corinne
05-17-2011, 07:54 PM
6 more nights until Monsieur Mickey!

Love it!! :laughing:

Corinne
05-17-2011, 07:57 PM
Heading out for the dreaded surgery in a short while....

Hope your surgery went well Blossom!

Corinne
05-17-2011, 08:03 PM
Hello from Saratoga Springs!:banana:

Enjoy your trip Trish! We are going to just miss each other. We arrive at SSR on the 28th. Check in if you can!

GoofyTraci
05-17-2011, 08:47 PM
Hey peeps!!! I dont have anything new to say but wanted to say hi. Hope everyone is doing ok. Just getting ready to see the mouse in 16 days!

I Book He Pays
05-17-2011, 09:03 PM
Hi Groupies:

blossomz ~ Sending you get well wishes and a speedy recovery.:hug:

Muushka ~ What a fun way to start a vacation and you know how much I love to fly! :eek: The flight down was entertaining :rolleyes: and DH slept during the entire flight. I tried to sleep but no such luck. I was happy when we landed. We're having a great time and it's so nice to relax.

Kat4Disney ~ Snow... You won't have to worry about that here. Sorry that you had to change your niece/nephew's plans. Hope all of you have a great vacation.:)

tea pot ~ DH/I walked the entire property yesterday and we can't believe how huge this resort is. The grounds are gorgeous and we took a lot of pictures. The tree houses are really cool and you have lots of privacy there. Didn't see all of them since DH's hip was bothering him so we may go back and scope it out more. It's so much fun being here.:thumbsup2

horselover ~ What a way to start a vacation and glad that we made our flight and arrived safely. I've been planning this vacation for 1.5 years and to finally be here, have two weeks on property in the same resort/villa is a dream come true. My eyes watered up when we got here... I'm home...:goodvibes

Corinne ~ We are flying home on the 28th. Sorry that we'll miss each other. If you have any questions about SSR please let me know. I don't know much except for what I experienced so far. I'll be back here at some point but not sure what day yet. Happy planning!:)

Hello to everyone else and hope all of you are doing well. I didn't read all the posts so if I missed anything I apologize. Thanks for the vacation wishes. For those traveling soon... have a great time and enjoy!

Be back soon....

Granny
05-17-2011, 10:06 PM
6 more nights until Monsieur Mickey!

Very exciting indeed! :thumbsup2

Here's your primer on the important French words you'll need:

Mouse = le souris [luh surree]

Moose = l'elan [lay-lon]

Now you're all set! :)



Traci....have a great time getting ready to head to WDW! :banana:

Inkmahm
05-17-2011, 11:46 PM
Hi, everyone! My first post in the new thread. Like Stopher, I haven't been posting much at all but I DO read this thread and catch up. I think I've morphed into a generic "God, please take care of my groupies and their families" prayer. :) Covers all bases, you know.

To those at WDW or going soon, enjoy! Too hot for me there this time of year but I know many people love the heat.

I'm still working my consulting job so I'm out of town again. I have to admit I'm getting very spoiled working only 3 days each week and being able to take vacation whenever I want to. I may look into consulting as a permanent vocation instead of a fill in for while I'm looking for a full time job. I'm really not sure I WANT a full time job again. On the other hand, the $ from working is necessary to pay for play time. Decisions, decisions. I figure the path I'm supposed to take will become clear to me eventually. For right now, I'm content.

DH has an appointment with the surgeon on the 25th so we hope to have his surgery taken care of before our June family vacation. He is supposed to feel better in a week or so after surgery so timing would be just right to get it done in early June. Pixie dust is needed to be able to get in the surgeon's schedule that fast.

KAT4DISNEY
05-17-2011, 11:53 PM
We made it to AKV-Jambo for our one night in a standard view studio. For the second time now we're in a newly reclassified standard that used to be savannah view. What are those odds?!

Tomorrow it's over to SSR for a couple of nights. 2 days ago I was able to downsizeto a 1br or DH and I would have been in the GV by ourselves. :) Then Fri it's back to Jambo and our GV when the family arrives. Can't wait! We've already seen a couple of Giraffe and Zebra and several other animals roaming around. Just loving it.

We're doing the quick sevice dining for the first time. Two very kind Mara CM's gave us our newbie training. Lol. Until that we didn't know what we could get with our entree and were looking like deer in headlights! We haven't done any dining since the very first year they offered free dining. I'm full already but my zebra dome dessert was yummy.

DizGirl20
05-18-2011, 09:32 AM
Hi Everyone,

I have posted here a few times but just wanted to let you know it's official... I see my VWL points in the system! :thumbsup2 So I plan to call in the next few days to book Spring Break for next year and I have 3 quick questions. We stayed over in the Lodge in 2008 but not in the Villas (b/c we weren't DVC yet).

1. Are there any "booking categories" at VWL (other than studio, 1BR, 2BR) that I need to be aware of? I see discussions going on in other threads (ex: BCV, OKW) of booking categories that I hadn't even heard of before. So just wanted to make sure I am not missing some "secret category" at VWL ;)

2. Are there any special requests I should make (I know, nothing's guaranteed) to ensure a quiet night's sleep? I am thinking maybe top floor?

3. Please refresh my memory. Where do the WL boats launch to?

Thanks so much for your help. Can't wait for our first stay! :yay:

franandaj
05-18-2011, 01:35 PM
Hi Groupies!

We just got back last night (this morning) from our quick trip to the world. The Destination D convention was awesome, if you didn't get a chance to check out the TR I'm writing there are lots of pics down memory lane, and some rare construction photos. We had many highlights, and one super bonus was getting in for the soft opening of Star Tours. With over 54 journeys, people are going to be going on this ride over and over!

So now i' back to looking forward to my next trip which is a little less than 6 months out, and includes a stay at the lodge!

Muushka
05-18-2011, 04:42 PM
Hi Everyone,

I have posted here a few times but just wanted to let you know it's official... I see my VWL points in the system! :thumbsup2 So I plan to call in the next few days to book Spring Break for next year and I have 3 quick questions. We stayed over in the Lodge in 2008 but not in the Villas (b/c we weren't DVC yet).

1. Are there any "booking categories" at VWL (other than studio, 1BR, 2BR) that I need to be aware of? I see discussions going on in other threads (ex: BCV, OKW) of booking categories that I hadn't even heard of before. So just wanted to make sure I am not missing some "secret category" at VWL ;)

The only category that you can book is dedicated 2 BR as opposed to lock-off (has 2 queen beds in the dedicated).
People do make requests as to what they like (water view, woods view, close to elevators....) but I try not to get in the middle of that mess!

2. Are there any special requests I should make (I know, nothing's guaranteed) to ensure a quiet night's sleep? I am thinking maybe top floor?

Honestly, we have been as close to the traffic as possible and have never had a noisy room. Maybe another can chime in on this.

3. Please refresh my memory. Where do the WL boats launch to?

They launch to Fort Wilderness, Contemporary and Magic Kingdom.

Thanks so much for your help. Can't wait for our first stay! :yay:

Hello DizGirl20 :wave: and welcome to our merry band of Lodge Lovers AND owners! :love:. Congrats on your new addition.:goodvibes

Please visit often. Remember we have all those comfy rockers out on the porch.:thumbsup2

Hi Groupies!

We just got back last night (this morning) from our quick trip to the world. The Destination D convention was awesome, if you didn't get a chance to check out the TR I'm writing there are lots of pics down memory lane, and some rare construction photos. We had many highlights, and one super bonus was getting in for the soft opening of Star Tours. With over 54 journeys, people are going to be going on this ride over and over!

So now i' back to looking forward to my next trip which is a little less than 6 months out, and includes a stay at the lodge!

Welcome home! I need to check out your report, thanks :goodvibes

horselover
05-18-2011, 06:01 PM
Welcome back Alison. Your TR is awesome! :thumbsup2

Corinne
05-18-2011, 06:45 PM
Very exciting indeed! :thumbsup2

Here's your primer on the important French words you'll need:

Mouse = le souris [luh surree]

Moose = l'elan [lay-lon]

Now you're all set! :)

Why yes, Eliza, looks like you are all set!! :rotfl:

MiaSRN62
05-18-2011, 07:33 PM
Prayers that the surgeon will be able to open their schedule up soon for your dh Inkmahn !
Kathy...all that can be said is WOOOT !!!! :banana:

DizGirl20 : 1. Are there any "booking categories" at VWL (other than studio, 1BR, 2BR) that I need to be aware of? I see discussions going on in other threads (ex: BCV, OKW) of booking categories that I hadn't even heard of before. So just wanted to make sure I am not missing some "secret category" at VWL

2. Are there any special requests I should make (I know, nothing's guaranteed) to ensure a quiet night's sleep? I am thinking maybe top floor?

3. Please refresh my memory. Where do the WL boats launch to?

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/MiaSRN62/clip%20art/WhistlingMickey-Welcome.jpg HOME DIZGirl20 !!!!!

NO booking category at VWL.....there is ONE studio that does NOT have a balcony though ! It's # 4533 !!!! If you're assigned to this studio, ask for a change if possible.
The WL boat launch is on the "woods" side of the the main WL. You have to walk past the pool and geyser on the WL side.

stopher1
05-18-2011, 11:58 PM
2 days ago I was able to downsizeto a 1br or DH and I would have been in the GV by ourselves. :)

Oh wouldn't that have just been a hoot!?! You could have seriously played a mean game of hide and seek in that beauty! DD and I played in April in our OKW 2 bd, and that was fun enough. (I know... kinda silly at our age without kids to play it, but that's what came to mind :rotfl: )

stopher1
05-18-2011, 11:59 PM
Hi Groupies!

We just got back last night (this morning) from our quick trip to the world. The Destination D convention was awesome, if you didn't get a chance to check out the TR I'm writing there are lots of pics down memory lane, and some rare construction photos. We had many highlights, and one super bonus was getting in for the soft opening of Star Tours. With over 54 journeys, people are going to be going on this ride over and over!

So now i' back to looking forward to my next trip which is a little less than 6 months out, and includes a stay at the lodge!

Sounds fun! Glad you had a good time.

stopher1
05-19-2011, 12:01 AM
Enjoy your trip Trish! We are going to just miss each other. We arrive at SSR on the 28th. Check in if you can!

Hey Corinne! I check in to SSR late on the 27th... I'm there through the morning of the 31st - just FYI. ;)

KAT4DISNEY
05-19-2011, 12:35 AM
Oh wouldn't that have just been a hoot!?! You could have seriously played a mean game of hide and seek in that beauty! DD and I played in April in our OKW 2 bd, and that was fun enough. (I know... kinda silly at our age without kids to play it, but that's what came to mind :rotfl: )

We were joking about that!! Or sleeping in a different bedroom each night. :lmao:

Had a good day - weather was practically perfect. We decided to do the new African Safari at AK and had a great time. After that we checked in to SSR then checked out the resort before I took a quick nap and DH hit the pool. After that it was a trip over to DHS where we used our last quick service and snack credits and rode the new Star Tours2 ride twice! The first fantasmic of the evening was just starting and it was walk on. Really nice and we had a different story both times. However, I do still get a bit motion sick on it so two was the max for me. I wish they had added the cooling air vents like they did for Mission Space and I think I would do better. I'm still glad we rode and I think people will really enjoy the updates! :thumbsup2

Friday we plan on making the first Star Wars day - haven't done that since 2000 or so and I'm excited. It sounds like it's a mad house now compared to then but at least we got to do Star Tours so we won't have to try and fit that in. In fact as we were walking out of the shop at the end of the ride I heard one CM wishing another one that worked there good luck and that they would be thinking about them over the weekend. :eek:

Dizny Dad
05-19-2011, 06:52 AM
. . . . . . We decided to do the new African Safari at AK and had a great time.

NEW African Safari? Boy, am I out of the loop! This past trip we did not do a safari at AK, just believing it was still my same old favorite. When did it change and what is new about it?

sleepydog25
05-19-2011, 08:44 AM
Hi Everyone,

I have posted here a few times but just wanted to let you know it's official... I see my VWL points in the system! :thumbsup2 So I plan to call in the next few days to book Spring Break for next year and I have 3 quick questions. We stayed over in the Lodge in 2008 but not in the Villas (b/c we weren't DVC yet).

1. Are there any "booking categories" at VWL (other than studio, 1BR, 2BR) that I need to be aware of? I see discussions going on in other threads (ex: BCV, OKW) of booking categories that I hadn't even heard of before. So just wanted to make sure I am not missing some "secret category" at VWL ;)

2. Are there any special requests I should make (I know, nothing's guaranteed) to ensure a quiet night's sleep? I am thinking maybe top floor?

3. Please refresh my memory. Where do the WL boats launch to?

Thanks so much for your help. Can't wait for our first stay! :yay:Congrats on the official status of your points! Here's a :drinking1 to many years of great visits to our Lodge. Slainte! Your questions have been answered already, but I will toss in that I've never had a noisy room, either. One of my favorite things about the Villas is that they are so peaceful and quiet. However, I generally ask for a pool view as that tends to break up the slight monotony of the trees. :thumbsup2

KAT4DISNEY
05-19-2011, 10:06 AM
NEW African Safari? Boy, am I out of the loop! This past trip we did not do a safari at AK, just believing it was still my same old favorite. When did it change and what is new about it?

Sorry - I may have been a bit confusing - we did the Wild Africa Trek which is the new paid tour they started doing in January. If you've done the Killamanjaro Safari in the past 7-8 months you might have noticed them building some suspension bridges out over the hippo and croc pools which are used in the tour. It's 3 hours long and you spend first part of that time treking past some of the animal pens and over the bridges. Then you get on a safari vehicle that drives you thru the normal attraction but you pull out every so often to view the animals. Finally you are taken to a new pavillion that they built in the savannah close to the flamingo pool. You stop there and have a small snack/lunch (very good btw) and are able to see the savannah with herd animals, the elephants, the rhino area, the flamingo's and they've just added a walkway that allows you a distant view of the lion pen although those guys were in definite nap mode when we were there. The guides spend the time talking about the various animals - facts, history, conservation etc.

They currently begin these tours at 8, 9, 10, noon, 1 and 2pm and we were told they were going to add a 4pm. I decided to inquire just three days before our trip when I was changing our plans around and got the noon tour. There were only 2 other people on it so it was a very intimate tour but I saw the ones before us and they had approx 10-12 people.

It's a pricey tour but I'm happy we did it....and it's cheaper than a trip to Africa!

horselover
05-19-2011, 11:54 AM
Sorry - I may have been a bit confusing - we did the Wild Africa Trek which is the new paid tour they started doing in January. If you've done the Killamanjaro Safari in the past 7-8 months you might have noticed them building some suspension bridges out over the hippo and croc pools which are used in the tour. It's 3 hours long and you spend first part of that time treking past some of the animal pens and over the bridges. Then you get on a safari vehicle that drives you thru the normal attraction but you pull out every so often to view the animals. Finally you are taken to a new pavillion that they built in the savannah close to the flamingo pool. You stop there and have a small snack/lunch (very good btw) and are able to see the savannah with herd animals, the elephants, the rhino area, the flamingo's and they've just added a walkway that allows you a distant view of the lion pen although those guys were in definite nap mode when we were there. The guides spend the time talking about the various animals - facts, history, conservation etc.

They currently begin these tours at 8, 9, 10, noon, 1 and 2pm and we were told they were going to add a 4pm. I decided to inquire just three days before our trip when I was changing our plans around and got the noon tour. There were only 2 other people on it so it was a very intimate tour but I saw the ones before us and they had approx 10-12 people.

It's a pricey tour but I'm happy we did it....and it's cheaper than a trip to Africa!

That's a great way to look at it. I was contemplating it but after they raised the prices I decided against it. Maybe if it was only 2 people, but for all 4 of us I don't think so. Still you are correct. It's cheaper than going to Africa! Glad you enjoyed it.

Dizny Dad
05-19-2011, 12:06 PM
Thanks KAT4DISNEY for that great description of the Wild Africa Trek! A definite To Do for DiznyDi and I to do during a future visit.

Dizny Dad
05-19-2011, 12:24 PM
A few photos of the wonderful adventure DiznDi recently provided for me . . .

Starting the day out right . . .
http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv141/DiznyDad/DSC00640.jpg

Raising the Mickey Flag on the top of the Lodge with Ranger Jack . . .
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Relaxing with a snack at Roaring Fork . . .
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View beside the ol' watering hole . . .
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View from our balcony . . .
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wildernessDad
05-19-2011, 03:41 PM
We are currently in Monument Valley, staying at The View Hotel. It's amazing, folks! We did the half-day Gouldings tour. That turned out nice, but it's cold here and somewhat rainy. More when I can.

LisaS
05-19-2011, 03:51 PM
A few photos of the wonderful adventure DiznDi recently provided for me . . .

View from our balcony . . .
http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv141/DiznyDad/DSC00628.jpgWhat room were you in? We were there until the middle of last week and had almost exactly the same view. We were in 3511 I think. I didn't take many pictures this trip and later regretted not getting one of our view. I will just "borrow" this photo if that's OK with you! It looks like you were a little further down the hallway from us but our view was very similar.

MiaSRN62
05-19-2011, 06:45 PM
Great photos Dizny Dad ! Ranger Jack was so nice---I was chatting with him for awhile. Love your view !

WildernessDad....have fun ! Hope the weather improves !!!!

Nicoal13
05-19-2011, 06:52 PM
Trish - hope you are having a wonderful trip!

Dizny Dad - nice pictures :) We were there at the same time as you.

I need to get around to posting a few pictures here.

Been busy around the house now that we're back into our normal routine. The weather is finally improving around here and I've been trying to get some yard work done. The previous owners never pruned anything or did any sort of weeding or anything, so I have my work cut out for me. DH is busy working on the master suite remodel and trying to build a swingset for DS.

This weekend we have a bday party for our friends daughters, then I have a Bon Jovi concert with some friends Sat. night. Sunday we're having a cook out with the inlaws.

Corinne
05-19-2011, 07:44 PM
Hey Corinne! I check in to SSR late on the 27th... I'm there through the morning of the 31st - just FYI. ;)

Stopher, we should meet! I have PM'd with Horselover, hoping we can meet at the MK for EMH. Since we will be at SSR from the 28-30 perhaps we can meet there. I will PM you!

Stopher & Horselover, we are doing the single digits dance!!!!!!!!!:cool1::woohoo:

On an exciting (for me haha) side note, today I booked a quick anniversary trip for me & dh in September.:yay: Long story, but we are spending 1 night at our beloved VWL, and 2 at the BCV. This is the first time in a while I have had 2 trips planned. I like it! :laughing:

horselover
05-19-2011, 08:01 PM
I have a Bon Jovi concert with some friends Sat. night. Sunday we're having a cook out with the inlaws.

Yeah, another Bon Jovi fan! :cool1: I LOVE Bon Jovi. :love: I've seen them a lot of times (kind of lost count). Even was fortunate enough to meet Jon & Richie once. Jon is even better looking up close & personal! Richie was not bad on the eyes either. ;) He was very sweet & funny. Have a great time!


Stopher & Horselover, we are doing the single digits dance!!!!!!!!!:cool1::woohoo:

On an exciting (for me haha) side note, today I booked a quick anniversary trip for me & dh in September.:yay: Long story, but we are spending 1 night at our beloved VWL, and 2 at the BCV. This is the first time in a while I have had 2 trips planned. I like it! :laughing:

Oh yes we are! :dance3::dance3::dance3: Congrats on booking an anniversary trip. Those are the best kind of trips. :love: See ya real soon!

Corinne
05-19-2011, 09:14 PM
Oh yes we are! :dance3::dance3::dance3: Congrats on booking an anniversary trip. Those are the best kind of trips. :love: See ya real soon!

Thanks!! We just couldn't make it work last September for our 25th, so this will be really special. :cloud9:

DiznyDi
05-19-2011, 10:05 PM
LisaS, We were in room 4531, a corner room. The view DDad posted was looking to the left from the balcony. When looking straight ahead, we were able to see Bay Lake through the trees. We were at the Lodge the 5th through the 14th. It would have been nice to have met both you and Nicoal. Perhaps on a later visit. Please feel free to 'borrow' the photo.
Hopefully the hot tub will have had some maintenance for any headed to the Lodge soon. The jets didn't have much power and the water movement wasn't much more than the photo shows. Yes, we did mention it to a CM; the air intake gets clogged.....

WildernessDad enjoy what remains of your western adventure. Maybe the sun will shine for you tomorrow!

Thanks Kathy for your description of the Wild Africa Trek tour. It does sound like it was informative and allows for an 'up close and personal' perspective. An added bonus was that you had it practically to yourselves! I agree with DDad, we will have to try to schedule this on a future trip.

DizGirl20, Congratulations on your Lodge points! If you are planning to stay in a studio and a balcony is important to you, make sure 'balcony' is noted on your request. Not all studios have a balcony - which we became aware of during our past December trip and was a huge bummer for me.

Corrine, Stopher and horselover, Oh Boy, another Groupie meet! What fun! :cool1: Sounds like a great time. Take lots of pictures!

DiznyDi
05-19-2011, 10:18 PM
.....

NO booking category at VWL.....there is ONE studio that does NOT have a balcony though ! It's # 4533 !!!! If you're assigned to this studio, ask for a change if possible.
The WL boat launch is on the "woods" side of the the main WL. You have to walk past the pool and geyser on the WL side.

Maria, I just saw this. DDad checked and sure enough, we were in 4533! I didn't know there was only 1 and assumed some of the lock-off studios had the balconies only with the 1-bedroom portion. Hhmmm.

stopher1
05-19-2011, 10:50 PM
Stopher, we should meet! I have PM'd with Horselover, hoping we can meet at the MK for EMH. Since we will be at SSR from the 28-30 perhaps we can meet there. I will PM you!

Stopher & Horselover, we are doing the single digits dance!!!!!!!!!:cool1::woohoo:


I got your PM Corinne! I so want to do this. :cool1: I'm looking forward to it already... I hope it works out. :)

Dizny Dad
05-20-2011, 06:20 AM
What room were you in? . . . . . . .

4531 - first room on the left down the far hall from the elevators; right next to the dreaded Studio without a balcony!! (4533 - which we had last December!) :scared1:

horselover
05-20-2011, 08:25 AM
Had to share this with my groupies because I know you'd understand. So our trip next weekend is a pretty short one. Didn't think we'd have time to fit in a visit to the Lodge. But, I'm having a meet with a friend of mine from another board & she just booked an AP rate room at WL. No way I could pass that opportunity by so we've arranged to have our meet at VWL's quiet pool. :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: That quiet pool is my absolute favorite of all the DVC resorts. Can't wait! :yay::yay::yay:

Nicoal13
05-20-2011, 09:05 AM
horselover - yay for a quick trip to the Lodge! Yes, I'm a big Bon Jovi fan too, I've also lost count of how many times I've seen them in concert. Have not met him though, I'm jealous! No Richie on tour for us this time since he is in rehab. :( Really looking forward to this show. Last time they came to Milwaukee I had great seats, but had to cancel at the last minute when I got the flu.

tea pot
05-20-2011, 09:24 AM
Corinne, Stopher and Horselover
Happy Single Digit Countdown Dance :dance3:
Have a great groupie meet and don't forget to post pics :thumbsup2

Corinne isn't fun to always have a few trips Planned
I just can't bear leaving "The World"
not knowing when I coming Back.. :goodvibes

Di and Dad Great View! So glad you got to enjoy it.
I'm big balcony fan too
out there early morning and late at night with my tea..
so thanks for the heads up I didn't even know there was a studio with No Balcony :scared1:

DizGirl Congrats and Welcome Home :wizard:

Kathy Thanks for the info on the Wild African Trek. Did you get to walk over the suspension bridge?
Sounds like one for my New Disney To Do/Bucket List The Segway tour is another.

W Dad I can't wait for the pictures! Enjoy!

Nicoal Congrats on your weekend trip. Sept is a good time to go

Well Groupies I"m trying to stay positive in this 2nd week of no Sun :sad1:
So I'm getting plenty here :surfweb:


Stay Well and you all are in my prayers :flower3:

LisaS
05-20-2011, 12:08 PM
Kathy Thanks for the info on the Wild African Trek. Did you get to walk over the suspension bridge?
Sounds like one for my New Disney To Do/Bucket List The Segway tour is another.I'll add my two cents here. We did this tour last week and thought it was one of the best things we've ever done at WDW. We did it on my birthday and I have to say that spending my birthday suspended over a crocodile pit was pretty exciting. We just got our photo CD in the mail yesterday and all of the participants have huge grins on their faces! Kudus to our trek guides who took some fantastic photos.

Well Groupies I"m trying to stay positive in this 2nd week of no Sun :sad1: So I'm getting plenty here :surfweb:It's even more difficult coming back to this weather after a week of sun, temperatures in the 80s and 90s (with surprisingly low humidity), hanging out at the pool drinking Lumberjacks. :sad1: The one positive thing is that during the week we were gone, everything in the yard started to bloom. There was nothing in bloom when we left but a week later we came back to lilacs, azaleas, cherry blossoms, oh, and hummingbirds!

DizGirl20
05-20-2011, 02:14 PM
Thanks everyone for your responses! The good news is I just called and booked our first trip at VWL for next April - the bad news is it's so darn far away!!! In the meantime, guess I'll be hanging out around here on this thread... ;)

tea pot
05-20-2011, 03:53 PM
There was nothing in bloom when we left but a week later we came back to lilacs, azaleas, cherry blossoms, oh, and hummingbirds!

Hi Lisa.... Hummingbirds! I've never seen a Hummingbirds here in Massachusetts How Cool!

MiaSRN62
05-20-2011, 05:18 PM
Maria, I just saw this. DDad checked and sure enough, we were in 4533! I didn't know there was only 1 and assumed some of the lock-off studios had the balconies only with the 1-bedroom portion. Hhmmm.

Oh wow ! You got that room last time Diane ?!!! :sad1: I just don't think I'd be a real happy camper if I got it. I honestly think anyone who books it should get a reduced point amount. I understand views at various DVC resorts are not always as good as others---but not having a balcony is a structural difference in what the guy next door got for the same cost ? I don't know how VWL has gotten away with it for so long. A balcony is probably one of the main things I expect when booking DVC or deluxe. Glad u didn't get it this trip Diane !!!!

Granny
05-20-2011, 07:01 PM
Oh wow ! You got that room last time Diane ?!!! :sad1: I just don't think I'd be a real happy camper if I got it. I honestly think anyone who books it should get a reduced point amount. I understand views at various DVC resorts are not always as good as others---but not having a balcony is a structural difference in what the guy next door got for the same cost ? I don't know how VWL has gotten away with it for so long. A balcony is probably one of the main things I expect when booking DVC or deluxe. Glad u didn't get it this trip Diane !!!!

Not to debate the topic...you know I'd never argue with you Maria :) ... but there are a lot of similar things at various DVC resorts. Including VWL, which also has open balconies vs closed ones, and the completely different configuration of the corner rooms as far as number of balconies, size of kitchen area, etc.

We stayed at a 1BR at BWV that was one of two villas overlooking the quiet pool with no balcony from the master bedroom. Just one dinky balcony outside of the family room that was crowded if more than one person was out there. (Do I sound like Richyams now????)

I totally get what you're saying...configurations are one thing but to have a room without an amenity you are expecting? I was just trying to make the point that same category villas at the various resorts are not necessarily identical all the time.

Hopefully, you'll never have to deal with that villa again. The good news is that you have the room number memorized so you can ask for re-assignment without even going to the room (and incurring a room change charge).

twinkletwinklepaws
05-20-2011, 07:04 PM
When they first opened VWL I was not excited at all.

Now it's one of our favorite resorts especially at the holidays when it's so cozy.

Does anyone remember when they used to have the hot chocolate & coffee cart in the lobby at the holidays? I wish that would come back.

Muushka
05-20-2011, 07:58 PM
Had to share this with my groupies because I know you'd understand. So our trip next weekend is a pretty short one. Didn't think we'd have time to fit in a visit to the Lodge. But, I'm having a meet with a friend of mine from another board & she just booked an AP rate room at WL. No way I could pass that opportunity by so we've arranged to have our meet at VWL's quiet pool. :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: That quiet pool is my absolute favorite of all the DVC resorts. Can't wait! :yay::yay::yay:

Yay!:yay: You go girl!

Thanks everyone for your responses! The good news is I just called and booked our first trip at VWL for next April - the bad news is it's so darn far away!!! In the meantime, guess I'll be hanging out around here on this thread... ;)

Sorry it's so far away. Happy to spend time with you.:goodvibes

When they first opened VWL I was not excited at all.

Now it's one of our favorite resorts especially at the holidays when it's so cozy.

Does anyone remember when they used to have the hot chocolate & coffee cart in the lobby at the holidays? I wish that would come back.

Love love love your screen name! I sure do remember those treats that they used to give us at Christmas, even at the mods sometimes. I really miss they way they used to decorate too. It seems like each year something is missing.

Welcome to our merry band of Groupies. We love our cozy Lodge!:santa::goodvibes

I had company last week and now some more friends from FL :yay:. I really miss my FL friends.:hug:

blossomz
05-20-2011, 09:40 PM
Hi groupies..trying to catch up. Surgery went well and now I am on the mend. To pass the time...I'm planning, planning and planning! 36 days out! ADR's made. General schedule done. Still need to decide if and when to do spa treatment!

eliza61
05-21-2011, 07:25 AM
Hi groupies..trying to catch up. Surgery went well and now I am on the mend. To pass the time...I'm planning, planning and planning! 36 days out! ADR's made. General schedule done. Still need to decide if and when to do spa treatment!

Great news Blossomz!! :thumbsup2 I did the sunrise spa at the Swan (that's just the title, you don't have to get up at sunrise. ;)) Check and see if we still get a discount with the dvc. It was fabulous. It included a facial, a massage and some sort of body wrap. :goodvibes Very low sales pitch to buy the products. basically they simply wrote down all the things the masseauses(sp) used and that was it.
You also get all day use of their facilities.
Great experience.

Well I'm trying to finish up packing. I swear I must have some sort of condition because traveling with me is like traveling on Cleopatras barge. Since the old guy is not going on this trip (all girls in Paris :yay: I'll be really pissed if the world ends tonight) I'm trying to lighten the load. The menfolk are heading to Canada to do their annual "no way is mom ever spending a week in a cabin and days on a boat" fishing trip.

2 nights left.

Corinne
05-21-2011, 09:02 AM
Had to share this with my groupies because I know you'd understand. So our trip next weekend is a pretty short one. Didn't think we'd have time to fit in a visit to the Lodge. But, I'm having a meet with a friend of mine from another board & she just booked an AP rate room at WL. No way I could pass that opportunity by so we've arranged to have our meet at VWL's quiet pool. :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: That quiet pool is my absolute favorite of all the DVC resorts. Can't wait! :yay::yay::yay:

That's Great!!!!

Corinne
05-21-2011, 09:06 AM
[QUOTE=tea pot;41179686]Corinne, Stopher and Horselover
Happy Single Digit Countdown Dance :dance3:
Have a great groupie meet and don't forget to post pics :thumbsup2

Corinne isn't fun to always have a few trips Planned
I just can't bear leaving "The World"
not knowing when I coming Back.. :goodvibes

It SO is! Makes leaving just a tad easier! :yay:

Corinne
05-21-2011, 09:09 AM
Hi groupies..trying to catch up. Surgery went well and now I am on the mend. To pass the time...I'm planning, planning and planning! 36 days out! ADR's made. General schedule done. Still need to decide if and when to do spa treatment!

Great news, Blossom!! Happy planning!:goodvibes

blossomz
05-21-2011, 11:09 AM
How I wish I was part of your girls group! Sounds wonderful. I am in the same packing club as you...did I ever tell you the story of how I packed so much we broke the suspension on the limo that picked us up? Enough said! Lol:rotfl2:

Muushka
05-22-2011, 02:56 PM
Whoa!! Stop!! Put everything down!!!

Tomorrow is a VERY special day.:goodvibes

Our very own Maria (MiaSRN62) has a birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Maria!!

And in honor of your birthday:

1. Everyone else will supply the cool birthday graphics:worship:

2. Lets all go out to lunch! Where to birthday girl??

bonrea
05-22-2011, 03:53 PM
HAPPY BIRTH MARIA!!!!!


We will be at VWL the week before xmas. Hope to see you all there! We check in on the 17th and depart on the 26th. Howbout you?

Corinne
05-22-2011, 05:00 PM
Whoa!! Stop!! Put everything down!!!

And in honor of your birthday:

1. Everyone else will supply the cool birthday graphics:worship:

Oh Muush, the PRESSURE! Maria is the queen of birthday graphics, how can we possibly compete!!??;)

eliza61
05-22-2011, 09:45 PM
Whoa!! Stop!! Put everything down!!!

Tomorrow is a VERY special day.:goodvibes

Our very own Maria (MiaSRN62) has a birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Maria!!


2. Lets all go out to lunch! Where to birthday girl??


Joyeux Anniversaire Maria!! (Happy birthday girlfriend)

Sorry I'm going to miss the party. Make it an extra special celebration with lots of fun.

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Off to play in Paris. I'll have my laptop so I'll check in periodically.

Rester bien mon amis et a bientot!!

horselover
05-22-2011, 10:26 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA!!

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Au revoir Eliza! Have a wonderful time!! :goodvibes

blossomz
05-22-2011, 10:55 PM
Happy birthday Maria! Sorry...no clue how to add graphics!:rotfl2:

stopher1
05-22-2011, 10:56 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA!!!!

:bday: party:







A bientot Eliza! Take lots and lots of photos si vous plait!

blossomz
05-22-2011, 11:17 PM
Eliza...safe travels and have fun in Paris! Can't wait to read your reports!

Dizny Dad
05-23-2011, 07:21 AM
Happy Birthday Maria!

jimmytammy
05-23-2011, 07:24 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA!!!!:cool1:

MiaSRN62
05-23-2011, 07:31 AM
Whoa!! Stop!! Put everything down!!!

Tomorrow is a VERY special day.:goodvibes

Our very own Maria (MiaSRN62) has a birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Maria!!

And in honor of your birthday:

1. Everyone else will supply the cool birthday graphics:worship:

2. Lets all go out to lunch! Where to birthday girl??

Ha ha love it ! Thanks Muushka ! I'm a down-to-earth kinda girl.......I would love to spend the day at the WL, lounging by the pool......having some tasty drinks from Trout Pass pool bar....then dinner at WC with all of you and then watching the Electric Water Pagent from the WL beach ! That would make a most awesome day !!!!!!

blossomz.....glad to hear all went well and you're on the mend ! Have fun with the planning !!!! Best part !

MiaSRN62
05-23-2011, 07:49 AM
Vive La France eliza !!!! Have so much fun !

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MiaSRN62
05-23-2011, 07:54 AM
Thank you Muushka, bonrea, Corrine, stopher, horselover, blossomz, eliza, Dizny Dad, jimmytammy !!!!! You guys are awesome !

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Muushka
05-23-2011, 09:05 AM
Happy Trails Eliza!!:yay::yay:

Ha ha love it ! Thanks Muushka ! I'm a down-to-earth kinda girl.......I would love to spend the day at the WL, lounging by the pool......having some tasty drinks from Trout Pass pool bar....then dinner at WC with all of you and then watching the Electric Water Pagent from the WL beach ! That would make a most awesome day !!!!!!

blossomz.....glad to hear all went well and you're on the mend ! Have fun with the planning !!!! Best part !

That sounds like a perfect day to me.:goodvibes We are all there together in spirit.:goodvibes

tea pot
05-23-2011, 09:07 AM
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Happy Birthday Maria!
Have a Magical Day

tea pot
05-23-2011, 09:18 AM
Eliza...... Have a Magnifique' Trip !
Take plenty of pictures.....We're all looking forward to your trip report :lovestruc

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