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Sunset Cliffs
05-29-2011, 09:08 PM
To write a TR or not write a TR? That has been the question for a while. Our trip happened 6 months ago and I have been feeling the pressure to write a TR for quite a while. As you can see, I have ignored that pressure pretty well, since 6 months have literally flown by since we have gotten home from our trip. And I’m starting to say to myself, “Will anyone want to read a TR about Thanksgiving / Christmas holidays now that we are getting into the summertime?”

The problem is that it was an amazing trip. Not one that should be allowed to be forgotten without proper documentation. I don’t want to forget the details of this trip that came together to allow a family reunion to happen that spanned 3 generations. At holiday time, no less!

The other problem is that I have had no time to write it, much less take the time to sort through all of the pictures that were taken by multiple family members. Do you know how many pictures a family can take when there are no less than 3 cameras taking pictures most of the time? PLUS Photopass? Not that I’m complaining….but I have written a TR before and I know it is a lot of work. Work that is totally rewarding at the end, as well as while you are writing it.

I finally gave in today and I am taking advantage of my son’s nap time to get it started. I really hope you choose to follow along, but if you do I am warning you that it is going to be a long journey. We were at the World for almost 2 weeks so there is a lot of ground to cover. On top of that, my son was the highlight of my trip (in my eyes, of course), so you are going to see a lot of pictures of my adorable toddler, Dylan. This is him :

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The final hurdle for me is the time commitment. I promise that I will do my best to keep this moving along, but there might be times where I have a long gap in between updates. I apologize a head of time, but there are certain times of the year that are crazier than others for me and I tend to disappear a little bit during those times.

So if you are willing to stick with me, let’s get this show on the road! I actually wrote a PTR for this trip. It feels like a very long time ago when I was planning for it, and it was really fun to go back & read it to get ready to write the TR. I am just going to include a link to the PTR so that you can familiarize yourselves with all of the people involved (there are a lot of us) and I don’t have to do introductions all over again. I put links in the PTR so you can scan it pretty quickly, if you choose to. Here is the link. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2559965

For a quick recap, here are the cast of characters that went on this reunion trip.

This is me (Alison), my husband (Todd) and our 3 year old son (Dylan)

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This is my sister (Angelynn), her husband (Bryan) and my nephew Elijah. The main purpose of this trip was that Elijah had graduated high school last June and he got to pick a place to go on a trip to celebrate. He picked WDW and we all were complimenting him on what a great choice he made.

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My parents Ed & Susie

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One shot of the whole group

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That sums us up. Here are a few more details to get me started.

When : Our trip was from November 21 – December 4, 2010. We were in Orlando over the Thanksgiving holiday, so we got to take advantage of all of the holiday decorations around the World.

Where : We own a timeshare, so we have never stayed on-property before. Due to a very lucky set of circumstances, we were able to get some great deals and try out a few hotels during our time there. We started out at Port Orleans Riverside for a few nights, then moved to a timeshare at Marriott Grande Vista, then moving to the Animal Kingdom Lodge for 2 nights. :thumbsup2

Hopefully you will read along and let me know that you are here. I love getting to know people on the Dis and have made some really good friends here.

Thanks for reading!!

Sunset Cliffs
05-29-2011, 09:09 PM
This will be saved for links to all of the chapters. ;)

Day 1 ~ I don’t want to fly on a plane, mom! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41326390&postcount=16)
Day 1, pt 2. ~ Can we actually come in? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41369970&postcount=34)
Day 1, Pt. 2 (cont.) ~ Can we actually come in? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41370002&postcount=35)

Angelyn's First Day, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41383323&postcount=43)
Angelyn's First Day, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41390593&postcount=47)
Angelyn's First Day, Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41452768&postcount=49)

Day 2, Pt. 1 ~ The Wall of Water (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41569938&postcount=57)
Day 2, Pt. 1 (cont.) ~ The Wall of Water (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41569988&postcount=58)
Day 2, Pt. 2 ~ No Shows = Crowded Rides (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41626426&postcount=70)

Day 3, Pt. 1 ~Meeting a different Mouse (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42440770&postcount=80)
Day 3, Pt. 1 (cont.) ~ Meeting a different Mouse (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42440781&postcount=81)
Day 3, Pt. 2 ~ The best 1 1/2 hours ever (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42504923&postcount=89)

Day 4, Pt 1. ~ I should have listened... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42581836&postcount=103)
Day 4, Pt 2 ~ Evening EMH at AK! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42688283&postcount=115)
Day 4, Pt 2 (cont) ~ Evening EMH at AK! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42688368&postcount=116)

Day 5, Pt 1 ~ A Perfect Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42977035&postcount=126)
Day 5, Pt 1 (cont.) ~ A Perfect Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42977095&postcount=127)
Day 5, Pt 2 ~ Our Thanksgiving Meal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43048382&postcount=136)
Day 5, Pt 2 (cont.) ~ Our Thanksgiving Meal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43048454&postcount=137)
Day 5, Pt 3 ~ This place is huge! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43114749&postcount=141)

Day 6, Pt 1 ~ That was totally worth the wait (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43153324&postcount=147)
Day 6, Pt 2 ~ You don't like Lord of the Rings? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43208671&postcount=150)

Day 7, Pt 1 ~ Checking out Coronado Springs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45012557&postcount=156)
Day 7, Pt 1 (cont) ~ Checking out Coronado Springs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45012603&postcount=157)

BookTrout
05-29-2011, 09:12 PM
I know it will be a lot of work but, we'll all enjoy reading along. I'm in!
Sharon

Disneymoon09
05-29-2011, 09:28 PM
Your TR's was one of the first I started ready when I joined the DIS, and I loved every bit of it. I am absolutely joining in for this one! I cannot believe how big Dylan is now!

eandesmom
05-29-2011, 10:04 PM
I'm here and can't wait to hear about it!:goodvibes

LilAnn
05-29-2011, 10:12 PM
Hi Alison! You know I'm in. Even though you gave me a "sneak peek" a few months back, I am totally excited to read this. I love that we have similar experiences with our kids being the same age.

Sunset Cliffs
05-30-2011, 10:51 AM
I know it will be a lot of work but, we'll all enjoy reading along. I'm in!
Sharon

Welcome! You are my first reader. Thank you so much for reading! :goodvibes


Your TR's was one of the first I started ready when I joined the DIS, and I loved every bit of it. I am absolutely joining in for this one! I cannot believe how big Dylan is now!

Oh wow. That is so cool that you read my first one too. Thank you so much! Yes, Dylan is a giant now. When he was born he was big, and he has never stopped growing. He is 3.5 years old now and he is taller than a lot of his 5 year old friends. He definitely doesn't look like baby anymore!


I'm here and can't wait to hear about it!:goodvibes

Yay! Thank you for stopping by. It's about time, right? And I am assuming that you had a great time on your recent girl's trip?


Hi Alison! You know I'm in. Even though you gave me a "sneak peek" a few months back, I am totally excited to read this. I love that we have similar experiences with our kids being the same age.

Hi Ann! I was going to send you a link if you didn't find me in the next few days. When I saw that you started your TR, it got me more inspired to get going on mine too. I'm excited to read yours too!

ScotsMinnie
05-30-2011, 04:38 PM
I love seeing photos and hearing about WDW at holiday time so I am along for the ride! Looking forward to hearing all about it.

Sunset Cliffs
05-30-2011, 09:02 PM
I love seeing photos and hearing about WDW at holiday time so I am along for the ride! Looking forward to hearing all about it.

Welcome!! Thanks for joining in. I was just looking at your signature and it looks like we were at WDW around the same time as you last time...June 2009. That was Dylan's first trip to WDW when he was 1 1/2 years old.

eecteacher82
05-30-2011, 09:02 PM
Count me in! SO glad you decided to do a TR!!! I can't believe how big Dylan is!

eandesmom
05-30-2011, 09:21 PM
Yay! Thank you for stopping by. It's about time, right? And I am assuming that you had a great time on your recent girl's trip?


we had a BLAST!

tinkgurl
05-31-2011, 10:26 AM
I'm here! You know I wouldn't want to miss this! :)

Purple Opal
05-31-2011, 11:20 AM
Hey Sis,

How funny. I haven't been here in a long time but decided to stop by this morning (think it is just that i don't want the 3-day weekend to end! :lmao:)

And here you've just started this yesterday! I'm looking forward to looking over our trip photos again. Let me know if you need any, but I think you got them all from our camera...

:love:

Dugette
05-31-2011, 02:50 PM
Oh, yay! I'm so happy you're starting your TR! I've been waiting to hear about this trip! Don't worry about taking a long time, I'm only just starting to write about the third day of our December trip (so, you won't be the only one covering holiday stuff!) Looking forward to following along!

Sunset Cliffs
05-31-2011, 06:42 PM
Count me in! SO glad you decided to do a TR!!! I can't believe how big Dylan is!

Thank you! I'm so glad to finally get started. Now that I have actually done it, I have gotten excited to write it. Dylan is such a big boy now. He is SO tall, and everyone that meets him thinks he is 4 or 5.


we had a BLAST!

I just subscribed to your combined TR. I had so much fun reading the updates that have already been writen.


I'm here! You know I wouldn't want to miss this! :)

Yay! Thanks for reading. I have a lot of pictures of Dylan that I know you will appreciate. ;)


Hey Sis,

How funny. I haven't been here in a long time but decided to stop by this morning (think it is just that i don't want the 3-day weekend to end! :lmao:)

And here you've just started this yesterday! I'm looking forward to looking over our trip photos again. Let me know if you need any, but I think you got them all from our camera...

:love:

That is so weird. I was going to email you today & tell you that I started it. I have really not been on here since our trip. Over the long weekend, I decided to just start. It has been so much fun looking at all of the pictures. I am trying to sort the pictures for each day as I am writing about it. There are certain things that I have where we all took exactly the same picture! So I'm trying to pick the best one & delete the others. It will be slow going, but I will gain space back in my computer. :thumbsup2

I feel like I am missing pictures, but it could be that you just didn't take any during that time. I am missing the whole first 4 days from mom, so I am working on getting those too. Hope you enjoy reading, and if you feel like you have good pictures to add after I finish an update, you should add them!


Oh, yay! I'm so happy you're starting your TR! I've been waiting to hear about this trip! Don't worry about taking a long time, I'm only just starting to write about the third day of our December trip (so, you won't be the only one covering holiday stuff!) Looking forward to following along!

Hi!! Oh, good. I'm glad I'm not the only one who will be writing about the holidays. I need to check out your TR's! I am hoping that since the summer is coming that I will have a little time to dedicate to this, without stretching it out forever. Fingers crossed. Thanks for reading!

Sunset Cliffs
06-01-2011, 07:38 PM
The start of our trip was a welcome break for everyone. Since I work at a high school, the levels of “busy-ness” fluctuate depending on the time of year. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, we have just gotten through the first 3 months of school and also volleyball season (which Todd coaches). The students get a whole week off for Thanksgiving, which means I can take the time off too. For this trip, I added the week after Thanksgiving as well, and my principal was nice enough to let me take that extra time off.

My sister Angelyn and her family flew out from San Diego on Saturday morning, Nov 20. They got to WDW in the afternoon that day and checked into the Polynesian for a few days. Angelyn had gotten a PIN code from Disney for 40% off deluxe resorts & took advantage of it by booking the Polynesian for them. For the rest of that day & night, she texted me a ton of pictures of what they were doing all over the property. It was a good kind of torture, but it made me just want to get there to be with them!

On the West coast, we were dealing with a couple of problems. First, Dylan had caught a cold and we were really concerned about his ears while flying. Also, Northern California was going through a cold storm and it was supposed to snow overnight. We were worried our flight to San Francisco would be delayed.

I woke up at 5:45 that morning and looked outside. It was freezing out but it had not snowed, thank goodness!! I got ready to go and finished packing up my stuff. Then I work up Todd, & Dylan got up around 7:30. Our friends had offered to drive us to the local airport and they were at our house by 8:00. We loaded up their car and said goodbye to our dog Mickey. This was so hard because our other dog Pluto had just passed away suddenly only 3 weeks earlier. We had a very sweet girl coming to house sit but Mickey was still very depressed about his brother not being around anymore. :sad1:

We drove down the street and I suddenly remembered we had not packed Dylan’s stroller! We flipped a u-turn and got it in the car. It would have been awful to get all the way to the airport & realize that we didn’t have it! We got to the airport at 8:30 and the flight was scheduled to leave at 10:00. When we checked in, the nice woman told us they had moved the flight up to 9:45. She really liked Dylan & we realized he had the same birthday as her son. We checked in all of luggage & sat down to wait.

Our first vacation picture of the trip!

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We got through Security without any hassles. This was during that time period where they had just started all of the “pat downs” and invasive body scanning stuff, and it was all over the news. I was relieved there were no issues. The TSA agents really liked Dylan and gave him an honorary TSA badge (a sticker) for his shirt which he proudly wore all day. lol. We waited for our plane to arrive and they announced the flight was delayed due to winds in S.F.

Showing me his TSA badge.

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I told him to try & look tough and this is all I got.

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You will notice that Dylan was going through a phase of not knowing how to smile naturally for the camera. We would have to take a ton of pictures just to get one that didn’t make him look like he was in pain or with his eyes closed. No idea what that was all about!

Out of the blue Dylan says, “I don’t want to fly on a plane, mom.” I told him we had to fly on a plane or we would not be able to get to our vacation. He kept saying he didn’t want to fly & that it was too scary. I let him hold his plane ticket and said he had to use it to get on the plane. We also went & watched the plane pull up to the building & he got excited to see it.

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He watched another little boy get off that plane and he had a backpack with him. I made a big deal about how that boy had SO much fun on the plane and he was such a big boy. Dylan had a total change of heart right then and said, “Let’s go get on the plane! It’s fun, not scary!” Whew! Crisis avoided.

Our flight didn’t end up leaving until 11:00. We loaded up on the small plane and noticed that we were in different seats than we had booked online. We were right at the front of the plane though, so we didn’t mind.

Dylan listening to the flight attendant.

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I had gotten him all new toys for the flight, so he had fun finding them in his backpack. Playing with his new airplane during the flight.

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It was during this time that I had my first really happy moment of the trip. He was having a good time playing, his ears had not bothered him at all, he wasn’t scared. All of the things that had been stressing me out just went away and it really felt like we were ON VACATION.

We landed & let everyone else off the plane first because many people were close to missing their connecting flights. We got some food really fast at a food court and hustled it over to our gate. They were already boarding so I took Dylan to the bathroom and then got on the plane. We realized that we had been upgraded to the Economy Business class section on the plane. 5 extra inches of space!!! We realized the nice lady that checked us in had upgraded all of our flights without telling us. We were so grateful to her.

Our flight left a ½ hour late. Dylan did great on this flight too. We spent a lot of time reading books, coloring, and playing with his new toys. I also had just gotten an iPad, and I had downloaded a lot of games for toddlers on it. He spent a ton of time playing with that. I will never fly on a plane without it again! It helped the trip go by so quickly! He finally slept for about an hour. So did Todd. I tried, but just couldn’t fall asleep. We landed about 20 minutes late but we had made it!

We love the blue rings!! It means you are in Orlando.

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On the monorail to the airport.

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We had no problem getting our luggage and we went out to pick up our rental car. It was so easy to get our car!! We walked across the street to the parking garage. They had all the cars parked with the keys in them. We went to the Compact section, picked which car we wanted, loaded up our stuff, and drove away. At the gate, they checked our paperwork and let us go. I have never had it be SO EASY to get a rental car.

We left the airport at 10:30 pm and we pulled up to Port Orleans Riverside at 11:00. We were so excited to get here. It was our first time to stay on-property. Plus, it was supposed to be decorated for the holidays. I sent my sister a text to let her know we were there and then we went to check in.

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We made it into the lobby…and didn’t see any decorations. But it was still so pretty!

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I checked in with a very nice CM who could barely speak English. I told him we would need bed rails delivered to our room and he did not know what they were. I tried to explain it to him for a few minutes. I even drew him a picture of what they looked like. Finally another CM came over to help and we got all squared away. We had requested Partierre Place building and that is where they put us. Room 9803. We drove over to our room & hauled all of our stuff in. I called my sister, who was at the MK for EMH.

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Our original plan had been to get checked in and then go over to the MK to meet them there for EMH. We were still on West coast time, so it was about 8:30 our time. That was before our plane was delayed and we were all pretty hungry. Todd & I talked about it and made a decision.

What did we do? Did we go to bed or did we push on and go to the MK?

Queila
06-01-2011, 07:42 PM
Signing up!

You have a beautiful family and I have to congratulate your nephew for his great choice of destination!! :thumbsup2

I totally understand your reluctance of writing a TR. I was only able to finish the TR from my May, 2010 trip a couple of weeks short of my MAY 2011 trip.:rolleyes1

That means it took me almost a year to complete it but I am so glad I did it.

As for your son being the highlight of your trip... well... of course he was! I have a 3 year old girl and trust me the trip and, therefore, the TR end up being all about her. :rotfl:

Cannot wait to read more. :)

Q

Disneymoon09
06-01-2011, 09:47 PM
Even with the early delays, it sounds like it was a pretty smooth trip!

ScrappyRN
06-02-2011, 06:45 AM
Joining in! My son and I were there from 11/18 to Thanksgiving and stayed at POFQ, so curious to see if we were at any of the same parks on the same days. Your son is too cute! The picture of your family is so beautiful, it must have been nice to have everyone together.

eandesmom
06-02-2011, 09:38 AM
Nice start but it does sound like a very very long day between 2 flights and the huge delay. Thank heavens you didn't miss the connecting flight. Arriving late is such a challenge on the food front. I can't wait to see what you guys did, tough call when you are hungry and still on west coast time!

Really surprised at the lack of decorations. I stayed at POR for one night on the girls trip, looking forward to see what you think of it.

tinkgurl
06-02-2011, 10:16 AM
Oh gosh, I know how stressful it can be when your little one starts worrying about something. I'm so glad he was able to enjoy the plane ride though.

It's so exciting arriving, isn't it?! :goodvibes

I'm guessing you guys decided to hang out around the Resort and call it an early night??

LilAnn
06-02-2011, 11:42 AM
Yay for the arrival! Funny, we were in Partierre Place too, I think. I think we were in 8303 though. That would have been such a coincidence if we had been in the exact same room!

Love the TSA badge that Dylan got. :thumbsup2 for the unexpected upgrades on the flights! I think all we got were "wings" on the Jet Blue flight. She still loved it though.

Looking forward to see what you do with the rest of the night!

pinkxray
06-02-2011, 12:26 PM
I'm in:thumbsup2

Dylan is so cute. I admire everyone who travels with toddlers. The thought scares me but if we ever have more kids I would like to take them as toddlers. He did great though:thumbsup2

POR is so pretty:lovestruc We stayed there last year and I really missed it this year. I can't wait to see the new rooms, the rooms were the only thing I didn't like about it.

Sunset Cliffs
06-02-2011, 05:56 PM
Signing up!

You have a beautiful family and I have to congratulate your nephew for his great choice of destination!! :thumbsup2

I totally understand your reluctance of writing a TR. I was only able to finish the TR from my May, 2010 trip a couple of weeks short of my MAY 2011 trip.:rolleyes1

That means it took me almost a year to complete it but I am so glad I did it.

As for your son being the highlight of your trip... well... of course he was! I have a 3 year old girl and trust me the trip and, therefore, the TR end up being all about her. :rotfl:

Cannot wait to read more. :)

Q

Thank you so much and Welcome!

My last TR was my first one and it took me a long time. Not quite a year, but it felt like it! It's really had to do when you have a little one at home (as you know very well!). At the end of it though, I was so glad that I did it because I had a really detailed story of his first trip to WDW. That is what ultimately ld me to want to do this one too.

Are you going to do a TR for your trip from May 2011?


Even with the early delays, it sounds like it was a pretty smooth trip!

It was a VERY smooth trip. I was most worried about Dylan's ears from being sick. There was only 1 time that he complained of them and we gave him juice to drink and he said it felt better. It's just a long day when you fly all the way across the country.

Joining in! My son and I were there from 11/18 to Thanksgiving and stayed at POFQ, so curious to see if we were at any of the same parks on the same days. Your son is too cute! The picture of your family is so beautiful, it must have been nice to have everyone together.

Thank you for reading! That is so cool that we were there at the same time. We tried to go to the parks on the days leading up to Thanksgiving and then we took a few days off over the actual holidays because it would be so crowded.

It was so great to be there with my family. It is not very often that we get to be together. I have another brother who could not make it, but we were so happy that we were able to coordinate all of our schedule to be there together.

Sunset Cliffs
06-02-2011, 06:14 PM
Nice start but it does sound like a very very long day between 2 flights and the huge delay. Thank heavens you didn't miss the connecting flight. Arriving late is such a challenge on the food front. I can't wait to see what you guys did, tough call when you are hungry and still on west coast time!

Really surprised at the lack of decorations. I stayed at POR for one night on the girls trip, looking forward to see what you think of it.

I would really like to try a red eye sometime. I never would have said that, but after seeing how it has worked for you...it's more interesting to me. I think we will have to wait until Dylan gets older to try it. It is always hard to land so late at night because no food places are ever open. We usually stop at a gas station & get a corn dog or something, just to make it to morning. :scared:

I was a little bummed about the lack of decorations but I knew that they would be done by Thanksgiving day. They do the parks first and if I remember correctly, they had POR's up the morning we checked out. lol. Figures.

Oh gosh, I know how stressful it can be when your little one starts worrying about something. I'm so glad he was able to enjoy the plane ride though.

It's so exciting arriving, isn't it?! :goodvibes

I'm guessing you guys decided to hang out around the Resort and call it an early night??

I'm so glad that he got over it. He was getting more & more insistant that he did NOT want to fly. I was so grateful for that little boy getting off the plane because I really used him to say "what a big boy" and "He's not scared". Thank goodness it worked!


Yay for the arrival! Funny, we were in Partierre Place too, I think. I think we were in 8303 though. That would have been such a coincidence if we had been in the exact same room!

Love the TSA badge that Dylan got. :thumbsup2 for the unexpected upgrades on the flights! I think all we got were "wings" on the Jet Blue flight. She still loved it though.

Looking forward to see what you do with the rest of the night!

I really liked the location of that building. It didn't feel like very far to anything. Although, I really enjoyed walking around the property because it was so beautiful. I wish I could be there right now...it was so calm & pretty.

The extra space on the flight was such a luxury. Isn't it sad how little room can make such a big difference? The TSA badge was a crack up, especially since they had such a bad reputation at that time due to all the bad press about the pat-downs. Dylan was so proud of it that it made me laugh when I saw it.


I'm in:thumbsup2

Dylan is so cute. I admire everyone who travels with toddlers. The thought scares me but if we ever have more kids I would like to take them as toddlers. He did great though:thumbsup2

POR is so pretty:lovestruc We stayed there last year and I really missed it this year. I can't wait to see the new rooms, the rooms were the only thing I didn't like about it.

Thanks for coming over to read!

We are very lucky with Dylan (and we know it). He is a very easy going kid about 90% of the time. We have traveled with him a lot and I think he got used to it early. The plane flights are usually the only thing that I get worried about, just because you never know how they are going to react.

We really loved POR. I wouldn't mind staying there again if we ever get a chance to stay on property. The style of the rooms was really not my thing, but they were a good size and I could not get enough of all of the buildings and the landscaping. Beautiful!

Dugette
06-03-2011, 12:12 AM
Glad your travel day ended up working out okay, despite the delays and little hiccups. Nice that the gate agent upgraded your seats! Good thing Dylan decided he wanted to fly, after all. I can't believe how big he's gotten...he's grown up so much since your last WDW trip!

We stayed in Partierre Place on our Jan. 2010 trip (room 9911). Loved the location--convenient to everything and such pretty surroundings!

I can't wait to hear if you ventured out to the MK that night or not! I kinda hope you did, since late nights in the MK are so fun, but understandable if you skipped it too.

Oh, I noticed your signature has a DL trip...did you get APs again? On a side note, I actually found you had this new TR because I was looking for your DL one. We're talking about possibly visiting DL this fall (and visiting DH's brother in southern CA) and DH is interested in seeing the Griffith Observatory too, which I remembered you had visited. I will have to show him the cool pics from that! Thanks!

eandesmom
06-03-2011, 01:27 AM
I would really like to try a red eye sometime. I never would have said that, but after seeing how it has worked for you...it's more interesting to me. I think we will have to wait until Dylan gets older to try it. It is always hard to land so late at night because no food places are ever open. We usually stop at a gas station & get a corn dog or something, just to make it to morning. :scared:

I would wait, I don't know if you remember my take of the flight from H**l but the E's were 4 & 5 at the time. It worked out really, magically, well but at the time was a bit excruciating. Though they might have been better had we not been on the same red eye as their cousins.

:rotfl:

Still, the pain was worth it in terms of the time change. Last time we did a night arrival we had a garden grocer order delivered to our room so there would be something there. That helped a TON. Nothing was open anywhere.

basketkat
06-03-2011, 02:12 AM
I'm in!!! :banana:

This sounds like a magical trip...looking forward to reading more! :surfweb:

MEK
06-03-2011, 09:43 AM
Subbing, but have to come back when I can see your pix!

Sunset Cliffs
06-05-2011, 02:07 AM
Glad your travel day ended up working out okay, despite the delays and little hiccups. Nice that the gate agent upgraded your seats! Good thing Dylan decided he wanted to fly, after all. I can't believe how big he's gotten...he's grown up so much since your last WDW trip!

We stayed in Partierre Place on our Jan. 2010 trip (room 9911). Loved the location--convenient to everything and such pretty surroundings!

I can't wait to hear if you ventured out to the MK that night or not! I kinda hope you did, since late nights in the MK are so fun, but understandable if you skipped it too.

Oh, I noticed your signature has a DL trip...did you get APs again? On a side note, I actually found you had this new TR because I was looking for your DL one. We're talking about possibly visiting DL this fall (and visiting DH's brother in southern CA) and DH is interested in seeing the Griffith Observatory too, which I remembered you had visited. I will have to show him the cool pics from that! Thanks!

We couldn't believe that the lady had upgraded our seats without saying anything. I wish we would have gotten her name so we could have thanked her through a positive feedback thing or something!

You know, I realized a couple of months ago that I never finished that TR from Disneyland. That is kind of crazy for me to realize that such a long time later. :confused3 There is a link in my signature and I would definitely suggest going to the Observatory. It is really amazing to take it all in. I really wouldn't mind going back!


I would wait, I don't know if you remember my take of the flight from H**l but the E's were 4 & 5 at the time. It worked out really, magically, well but at the time was a bit excruciating. Though they might have been better had we not been on the same red eye as their cousins.

:rotfl:

Still, the pain was worth it in terms of the time change. Last time we did a night arrival we had a garden grocer order delivered to our room so there would be something there. That helped a TON. Nothing was open anywhere.

Garden Grocer is a good option too. I've never thought of that, since we usually have a car and will make a run to the grocery store on our first full day of vacation. I will have to remember that for next time.


I'm in!!! :banana:

This sounds like a magical trip...looking forward to reading more! :surfweb:

Welcome! Thank you for reading!


Subbing, but have to come back when I can see your pix!

Welcome! Thank you for coming over to read. Were you having trouble viewing my photos?

Belle83
06-05-2011, 02:37 AM
Our next trip will be the same time of year and at PO Riverside and/or Animal Kingdom Lodge, so I'm all in for a holiday TR with the same hotels! popcorn::

MEK
06-05-2011, 01:03 PM
Your son is adorable! I can't see pix at work because the computers all have restrictions on them. Sometimes I can work around it, but they just upgraded all the security, so no pix for me. And when I know the pictures are important to the story line, I just wait till I get home.

Long travel day. Makes me happy for my measly two hour East coast flight. So glad Dylan did so well and you are finally checked in. I am hoping the decorations go up soon.

Sunset Cliffs
06-05-2011, 05:49 PM
Our next trip will be the same time of year and at PO Riverside and/or Animal Kingdom Lodge, so I'm all in for a holiday TR with the same hotels! popcorn::

Welcome!! You are not going to be disappointed with either hotel. They are completely different and we liked / disliked things about both of them, but I don't think we could have had a better trip. Thanks for reading!


Your son is adorable! I can't see pix at work because the computers all have restrictions on them. Sometimes I can work around it, but they just upgraded all the security, so no pix for me. And when I know the pictures are important to the story line, I just wait till I get home.

Long travel day. Makes me happy for my measly two hour East coast flight. So glad Dylan did so well and you are finally checked in. I am hoping the decorations go up soon.

Ok, that makes sense about your work computers. Mine have the same problem at work. I was just concerned that there were broken links or something.

Yes, flying from the west coast is rough. Even though our trip was for 13 days, you really can't count 2 of them because you spend your whole day traveling. I'm just glad that this flight felt faster than usual.

Sunset Cliffs
06-05-2011, 05:59 PM
When I last left you, we had just checked into POR at 11:00 pm after flying all the way from the west coast. We had planned on joining my sister's family at the MK for EMH, since it was open until 3:00 am. After talking about it for a couple of minutes, we decided to go ahead and go. We wanted our first bit of Disney magic and since we were still on west coast time, we knew we could get a couple of hours in before we got too tired.

We literally dumped our stuff in our room, used the bathroom and ran back out the door. It was pretty comical once we made the decision. We went into turbo mode and were on the road in no time!

My sister’s family had gotten there earlier (not sure when), so she took a couple of pictures on the ferry ride over that I like.

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My second very happy moment of the day came when we pulled up to the gates at the MK. We have always stayed off-property, so it takes quite a bit more time to make it from our room to any park. Not bad, but enough to make it be annoying when you need to get somewhere. I was so excited when I realized that it took us less than 10 minutes to get from POR to the gates of MK. Wooohoo, that was fast!

There was no one in the toll booths and no parking attendants anywhere telling us where to go, so we just kept driving as far forward as we could and found a spot in one of the front rows. We got Dylan’s stroller out & power walked to the TTC, and walked up the monorail ramp. The CM up there directed us to the resort monorail side and we told him we wanted to go to the MK. He said, “Yeah, you have to take this one.” So we had to ride the entire resort loop before we got to the main gate.

By this time it was almost midnight and it occurred to me that if we weren’t in the park before midnight that when we ran our tickets through the turnstile, it might go against the next day’s date, rather than the date before midnight. Normally that would not be a problem but we had chosen not to buy Park Hoppers, and we planned on going to DHS the next day. So if we checked in after midnight, would that mean we could only use our passes at MK the next day? By the time that we finally got to the monorail stop at the park it was 12:03. Grrrrr! So annoying.

I called my sister & told her what I was worried about. We went to Guest Relations outside the park and had to wait in a decently long line (at midnight!) to find out about the tickets. We finally got to the window to ask the CM, “Can we actually come in tonight as today’s date or tomorrow’s date?” He said that it checked in against the actual work date, so we were good to go! The group behind us overheard what we were asking and said they were in line for the same reason.

We finally got in the park…at 12:15 am. Who cares? We were so happy to be there after such a long day. Angelyn’s family had been eating at Casey’s at the end of Main Street so we headed there too since we were starving! Since Dylan was so young the last time he was around Angelyn’s family, we had been showing him a lot of pictures to get him ready for the trip. When we got to Casey’s, Angelyn met us at the street to give us a hug and immediately Dylan asked, “Where’s Bryan?” It was so cute! It kind of became one of the themes for the first part of the trip. Dylan always wanted to know where Bryan was, what he was doing, he wanted to show him stuff, etc. Very sweet.

We got to the table where Bryan & Elijah were eating and Todd went in to get us some food. It was so fun to hear about their day and realize that we had many days ahead of us together. Dylan was acting a little shy but I think it’s just because he was tired. Todd ended up buying a hot dog & fries and some nachos for the 3 of us to split. It all was decent tasting, nothing spectacular. We were finally ready for some rides!

But first, a picture of the castle.

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And…our first Photopass photo! We all chipped in together to get a prepaid CD, so we wanted to get started.

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We headed to Fantasyland because Dylan had been talking about the teacups for months. Of course, when we got there the first thing he saw was the carousel and he wanted to do that first. We all rode on it together and there weren’t a lot of other people with us.

I think this face says it all.

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You can see Elijah up ahead in this one. Is it not cool to ride the carousel with your family?? lol

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After that was done, Dylan insisted on the teacups so we headed that way. No one else wanted to ride it because they were all worried about motion sickness, so I was going to take Dylan by myself. Then Elijah mentioned he had not actually ridden them before, since he was always worried about getting sick. I told him that I don’t actually spin the cup since Dylan doesn’t know the difference at this point. So he decided to ride and conquer one of his fears!

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I really like to ride them at night because of all the pretty lights & colors that go whirling by. For the record, no one felt sick and I think Elijah was really happy he did it.

Next up ….Autopia. There was actually a little bit of a line for this, so we spent the time talking and I gave my sister a bracelet for her birthday that I had made for her. I was happy that she put it right on because that meant I had picked the right style for her.

Finally on Autopia, Todd rode with Dylan and I was behind them. Dylan was all over the track but taking his driving responsibilities very seriously. Todd took some video and it is so cute to see his expression scrunched up in concentration.

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Continued in next post.

Sunset Cliffs
06-05-2011, 06:03 PM
We headed over to the Peoplemover next. I hadn’t been on this ride in a long time and there was no line so we walked right on. Have I mentioned that aside from Autopia, we barely waited in a line all night? Now I can see why people love EMH so much!

The CM put us into 2 different cars right next to each other. We were talking back and forth over the cars while we were in the loading area.

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All of a sudden, our vehicle took off….and they were still back at the loading area. The CM had put us in totally different vehicles! Ha, ha. I was so confused at first because I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t coming with us. Todd took this picture right as we started to pull away.

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I thought it was so funny that there were no other people on the ride and it was obvious that we were one big group, yet the CM put us in totally different vehicles. We sat back and enjoyed the ride. The only part that Dylan didn’t like was the area going through Space Mountain that is pitch black. He got scared of “the tunnel” and this set up some future problems on the trip.

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We walked back over to Fantasyland and walked right on to It’s a Small World, another of Dylan’s favorite rides. I apologized that we were doing all the kiddie rides, but they all said that they didn’t care what we did. I used to get so annoyed at this ride, but since I have had Dylan…I love it. He just usually sits with his mouth hanging open and takes it all in. Before this trip I had started teaching him the song, but he didn’t sing very much on this particular ride.

My only picture of this ride. There must have been something cool up high.

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We were getting tired by now but when we got off IASW, we saw that Peter Pan only had a 10 minute wait so we jumped in line. After that, we were done. It was 2:30 am, which means we had ridden 6 rides in 2 hours & 15 minutes. Not bad at all!

We walked back to the front of the park and enjoyed the Christmas decorations that were up. Sorry for the blurry pictures. Our camera does not do well in this type of lighting.

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We said goodbye to Angelyn’s family and they went to the resort monorail to go home to the Polynesian for the night. We drove back to our resort and made it there by 3:00 am. We walked in the door and realized immediately….no bed rails had been delivered. We called and they said they would bring them right over. I did not want to answer the door in my pajamas so we just sat and waited. After a few minutes, I thought I should be productive and take pictures of the room.

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Our first Mickey towel!
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I liked how big the bathroom felt because there were no closet doors.

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Table & chairs

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It was about this time that we realized there was a funny smell in the room. It almost smelled like formaldehyde. I assumed they had used a strong cleaner in the room and it would fade by the next day. At this point it was 3:45 am and we still did not have our bed rails and Dylan was fading quickly. I called again and they said they would be there in 5 minutes. I got Dylan ready for bed and he passed out immediately. Todd & I waited, and waited….and waited. By now we were both so cranky. We just wanted to sleep and were beyond exhausted. Todd said something like, “They are holding us hostage because we can’t go to bed.” LOL. That tells you his mental state at that point. He finally called again at 4:15 am and told them we didn’t want to wait anymore and to just cancel them. We asked if they could just be delivered after 12:00 the next day when we would be gone.

I stuffed a bunch of pillows all around Dylan and hoped it would be enough to keep him from rolling off the bed. Finally we got to go to sleep at 4:15 am. What a crazy, amazing, exhausting day it had been….and this was only day 1 of our trip!

Dugette
06-05-2011, 06:22 PM
Great update! I'm so glad you guys got to experience a late night at the MK! :cool1: Perfect time to hit all those Fantasyland rides! Love the minimal lines! (We did the same thing last August...showed up after midnight on the 3am night!) Even on west coast time, though, that was pretty late by the time you got to go to bed (bummer that they couldn't manage to bring you bed rails!). I hope that weird smell in your room goes away. So strange that they put you in separate trains on the Peoplemover! :confused3 Maybe they thought each group needed some alone time? :laughing: I hope that Peoplemover/Space Mountain tunnel didn't set up too many problems for Dylan later. Way to make the most of your travel day! :thumbsup2

cam&phoebsmom
06-05-2011, 07:08 PM
fun start! I hope you got to sleep in the next day!

I appreciate your TR-we are going during Thanksgiving this year so I am looing forward to seeing your updates with crowd info, (etc.):thumbsup2

MEK
06-05-2011, 08:44 PM
What a great first night. It must be fun to be on West Coast time when you first arrive. Makes 3am not seem quite a bad.

Bummer on the bed rails. Why do they keep promising something they can't deliver. I hope you eventually got them and there was no tumbling out of bed.

Good to know about the park passes.

tinkgurl
06-06-2011, 12:17 PM
haha, For me, arriving at midnight to the park would seem so late, but you're on West Coast time! :thumbsup2 Isn't it great being at the MK that late with hardly anyone else around? I just love it!

We didn't spin the teacups either. I wasn't sure if Little Guy would get sick or not, so I didn't want to risk it. And you're right, he didn't know the difference anyways.

Aw, I love the IASW pic! Big eyes? Check. Mouth wide open? Check. I love watching little kids' reactions to things. :goodvibes

That's so funny you guys got split up on the People Mover. We always wait and see if that's going to happen to us when we get on. Sometimes it does, and we'll laugh and wave each other good-bye. Oh poor Dylan, getting scared during the Space Mountain part. I used to be the same way when I was younger! It was worse for me during the day because my eyes take forever to adjust to the darkness when coming in from the bright sunlight outside.

I hope you guys got to sleep in a little the next day! How did Dylan do sleeping even though you didn't have the bed rails?

pinkxray
06-06-2011, 12:57 PM
Great update:thumbsup2 It's awesome that you headed to MK even when you arrived so late. We arrived at noon and my family still wanted to have some downtime in the room before doing anything:confused3

MK EMH at night look awesome. You got so much done in such a short time.

I would have never even thought about entering after midnight if you don't have park hoppers. Glad it turned out okay. I guess they must have dealt with this before.

Too bad you didn't get your bed rails. That would have really annoyed me but what can you do?

Queila
06-06-2011, 03:13 PM
Wow... Lots of stamina to go to the park with a toddler after midnight but, again, I am sure being on West Coast time helped a lot.

;)

I love your family pictures at Magic Kingdom. Being at Fantasyland at night is so cool but not a lot of people get to do it, ;)

I am so sorry they took so long to get your bed rail request. It is particularly annoying when we are tired and sleepy. I hope the situation got solved the next day.

I cannot wait to read more!

Q

PS. Yes, I did start a Trip Report. Just foloow the link on my signature.

LilAnn
06-06-2011, 04:00 PM
I Love this update! I know i have said it before on previous TRs of yours, but our little ones are just too similar. Plus, staying in the same building at POR, brought back many memories when I saw your room pics.

Small World definitely holds a very special place for me now, ever since we have gone with DD. It is one of her favorite songs and she has that same expression on the ride. It's like they are just in awe and amazed the whole time.

Uh - oh on the tunnel "fear." Sounds like when we mistakenely took DD on Pirates last year early on in the trip and caused a bit of fear for future rides. I will be interested to see how this plays out for you guys.

Love, love love Dylan's happy face on the carousel!

Purple Opal
06-06-2011, 09:16 PM
Now that Alison has gotten started, I'll add a few photos along the way, especially of times when we weren't altogether, like Day 1!

We left early Saturday morning from San Diego, had a short layover in Dallas, and landed in Orlando around 6 p.m.

We have never stayed on property, and this was my husband's first trip to WDW. Thankfully we received a 40% off pin code and so we decided to stay our first few nights at the Polynesian.

For those of you planning trips, here are the basic details:


Magical Express from the airport - Easy. Our plane landed around 6 p.m. and we were at the hotel checking in by 7.
Online Check-in -Easy. We had a Garden View room, and our only request was for a 1st-floor or 3rd-floor room, because we wanted a balcony. When we arrived to check in, I realized they had given us a 2nd floor room. This was easily resolved by the Cast Member checking us in. He checked around and found us a 3rd floor room in Rapa Nui, which turned out to be a fantastic location, and only a few steps away from the Monorail/TTC! We had no wait at the counter.

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(Sorry for the bad quality of the cell phone pix, but we didn't get our 'real' camera out till the next night because it was out of battery! D'oh!)

Dinner at Kona Cafe - mixed. We loved the food and the service was great. Only complaints: 1) we'd made ADRs and still had to wait an additional 20 minutes past the reservation. And 2): can someone please put a bench outside Kona Cafe for those who are waiting to eat? :rolleyes1 The lounge nearby was full, and so we ended up sitting on the ground outside Kona Cafe (along with many others) waiting for a table. Someone needs to do a little work to better control the wait and traffic around that area. But once we got inside it was all good!


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After a delicious dinner (appetizers and cheesecake!!) Elijah was tired and went back to the room. Bryan and I ventured over to the Grand Floridian to stroll the grounds, take a few photos and do the Monorail loop.

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(Isn't he cute??? :lovestruc)

We were in bed and asleep by 11 to take advantage of morning hours at the MK the next day!!

Sunset Cliffs
06-07-2011, 12:48 AM
Great update! I'm so glad you guys got to experience a late night at the MK! :cool1: Perfect time to hit all those Fantasyland rides! Love the minimal lines! (We did the same thing last August...showed up after midnight on the 3am night!) Even on west coast time, though, that was pretty late by the time you got to go to bed (bummer that they couldn't manage to bring you bed rails!). I hope that weird smell in your room goes away. So strange that they put you in separate trains on the Peoplemover! :confused3 Maybe they thought each group needed some alone time? :laughing: I hope that Peoplemover/Space Mountain tunnel didn't set up too many problems for Dylan later. Way to make the most of your travel day! :thumbsup2

We were excited to get to experience an EMH at MK. Obviously it was late, but I was expecting more people there! Where are all the die-hards? :rotfl: It was very cool to just walk right onto rides and actually have room to walk all together, rather than dodging strollers everywhere.

The bed rails thing was annoying. We were in such a good mood when we got back from the park and by the time we went to bed we were both so cranky. We had finally hit our wall and the bed rails pushed us over the edge. LOL.

The tunnel thing was interesting...I understand it was dark but I didn't think it lasted very long and I talked in his ear the whole way through it. I really didn't think it would cause the fear that it did.


fun start! I hope you got to sleep in the next day!

I appreciate your TR-we are going during Thanksgiving this year so I am looing forward to seeing your updates with crowd info, (etc.):thumbsup2

Thanks so much! You are going to really enjoy going that time of year. The actual days of the holiday are supposed to be pretty crowded, so we avoided those days. Around the holiday, it was more crowded than I wanted it to be, but it wasn't too bad overall.


What a great first night. It must be fun to be on West Coast time when you first arrive. Makes 3am not seem quite a bad.

Bummer on the bed rails. Why do they keep promising something they can't deliver. I hope you eventually got them and there was no tumbling out of bed.

Good to know about the park passes.

West coast time is great for 3 AM at the MK. The problem is the next day & the day after that, when your body is trying to get over the jet lag.

It was really annoying how they kept saying, "They will be there is 5 minutes." Then we would call back after 45 minutes and they would act like they had no idea what we were talking about. How many other immediate housekeeping problems are there at 3 am? Of course, they were probably asking each other why we waited until 3 am to ask for bed rails. :confused3 And, he didn't fall out of bed...that night anyways.

Sunset Cliffs
06-07-2011, 01:01 AM
haha, For me, arriving at midnight to the park would seem so late, but you're on West Coast time! :thumbsup2 Isn't it great being at the MK that late with hardly anyone else around? I just love it!

We didn't spin the teacups either. I wasn't sure if Little Guy would get sick or not, so I didn't want to risk it. And you're right, he didn't know the difference anyways.

Aw, I love the IASW pic! Big eyes? Check. Mouth wide open? Check. I love watching little kids' reactions to things. :goodvibes

That's so funny you guys got split up on the People Mover. We always wait and see if that's going to happen to us when we get on. Sometimes it does, and we'll laugh and wave each other good-bye. Oh poor Dylan, getting scared during the Space Mountain part. I used to be the same way when I was younger! It was worse for me during the day because my eyes take forever to adjust to the darkness when coming in from the bright sunlight outside.

I hope you guys got to sleep in a little the next day! How did Dylan do sleeping even though you didn't have the bed rails?

Late night EMH rock! I can see why it is such a benefit to staying on-property. It really felt like there was no one there. The biggest difference I noticed (besides the short lines) was that we could walk all together, rather than in a single-file line while trying to weave through a crowd.

Every picture of Dylan on IASW has the same expression on his face. It's like a requirement for little kids. :laughing:

I still laugh when I remember us getting split on the Peoplemover. It's just so weird because we were the ONLY people on the entire ride and it was obvious we were one big group. It was so funny because I think we all were totally confused for the first 5 seconds.

Dylan slept like a rock that night and barely moved. Other nights, he didn't do so well but he didn't fall out of bed that night.


Great update:thumbsup2 It's awesome that you headed to MK even when you arrived so late. We arrived at noon and my family still wanted to have some downtime in the room before doing anything:confused3

MK EMH at night look awesome. You got so much done in such a short time.

I would have never even thought about entering after midnight if you don't have park hoppers. Glad it turned out okay. I guess they must have dealt with this before.

Too bad you didn't get your bed rails. That would have really annoyed me but what can you do?

I think we just had to keep moving that night. If we had sat down, even for a minute, in our room we would have lost our motivation. Plus we were hungry so that helped. :thumbsup2

I don't know why it occurred to me out of the blue about getting there after midnight. Of course, it was while we were stuck on the long monorail ride, so then I was just irritated as I watched the time get closer to midnight on my clock.

I wish that Housekeeping would have just said they couldn't do it until the next day. We could have gone to bed at least an hour earlier. They kept saying weird things like, "We have to get them out of storage." :confused3 Do they not get enough requests that they have to put them in storage? Weird.


Wow... Lots of stamina to go to the park with a toddler after midnight but, again, I am sure being on West Coast time helped a lot.

;)

I love your family pictures at Magic Kingdom. Being at Fantasyland at night is so cool but not a lot of people get to do it, ;)

I am so sorry they took so long to get your bed rail request. It is particularly annoying when we are tired and sleepy. I hope the situation got solved the next day.

I cannot wait to read more!

Q

PS. Yes, I did start a Trip Report. Just foloow the link on my signature.

We have never done anything like that before, as far as staying out so late. We were just determined to get in some park time, I guess. :laughing: The hard thing about West Coast time is the next couple of days after the travel day.

I will definitely check out your TR!!


I Love this update! I know i have said it before on previous TRs of yours, but our little ones are just too similar. Plus, staying in the same building at POR, brought back many memories when I saw your room pics.

Small World definitely holds a very special place for me now, ever since we have gone with DD. It is one of her favorite songs and she has that same expression on the ride. It's like they are just in awe and amazed the whole time.

Uh - oh on the tunnel "fear." Sounds like when we mistakenely took DD on Pirates last year early on in the trip and caused a bit of fear for future rides. I will be interested to see how this plays out for you guys.

Love, love love Dylan's happy face on the carousel!

I know that I always say this too, but I really wish we could get our kids together. I think they would be instant friends. :hug:

Tunnel fear is right. I had forgotten about the dark area on Peoplemovers, but I am surprised by the effect that it had on him. For the rest of the trip he would ask "Is there a tunnel?" for almost every ride. We tried to downplay things but it was a real concern to him.

I love the carousel pic too. On top of being happy to be at the MK, he was so proud that he rode the horse without me standing next to him. I rode the horse beside him and he was a "big boy all by myself." :)

Sunset Cliffs
06-07-2011, 01:07 AM
Angelyn ~ Thanks for all of those pictures! I hadn't seen a lot of them. I forgot how beautiful the decorations were upstairs at the Poly. It makes me want to go back again.

I also forgot that you ate at Kona Cafe that night. For some reason I thought our lunch ADR was the first time you all had eaten there. I think I prefer lunch over dinner at that restaurant. Good picture of you & Bryan together!

Purple Opal
06-07-2011, 01:44 PM
The next morning we got up bright and early, got delicious Kona coffee from Captain Cooks, and grabbed the monorail to be at the Magic Kingdom early. (I believe around 8:30 or 9 a.m.)

Our plan was to meet Alison, Todd & Dylan that night for late EMR, so we wanted to tour the Mountains in the morning, do what we could until it got hot or crowded (or until we got hungry!). Then we would leave and nap or swim or whatever, to preserve our energy for a late night park visit.

What a gorgeous day! It was going to be a hot one, but we were still there early enough to not be sweating (yet).

We rode Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain just before the crowds started coming in.

A few observations about Magic Kingdom in WDW vs. Disneyland.
A couple people have asked me about this because we've been longtime Disneyland passholders, but haven't really visited WDW (it was my husband's first time). But here are a few things we noticed that morning. In addition to the frequently-mentioned fact that the MK is bigger / newer / more spread out, we noticed:

There is a lot more "waving" going on by Cast Members at the MK. :yay: That morning we must have waved at almost a dozen CMs who had obviously been trained to smile and wave. When we first arrived that morning, there were CMs who, it seemed, were there just to smile and wave! (Including a few of the custodians and shopkeepers who were standing on the streets of Fantasyland.)
Better at MK: Definitely Big Thunder Mountain and Peter Pan and of course THE PEOPLE MOVER!!!
Better at Disneyland: Splash Mountain (don't like getting splashed by the stinky water in the MK!), Pirates and Space Mountain
A Wash: Haunted Mansion - we love the different features at the MK, but the exterior building at Disneyland better

After this, we got fast passes for Space Mountain and took the People Mover for a leisurely cruise through Tomorrowland while we discussed the rest of the day.

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Around this time it was getting crowded AND we were hungry, so we decided to leave for lunch. While walking back out of the park, we came upon these singers performing "Right Down the Middle of Main Street USA." I thought I recognized the song from having heard it before, but I didn't realize it was a live performance too!

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We took the monorail over to have a late breakfast / early lunch at the Contemporary Cafe, in the concourse at the Contemporary Hotel.

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We'd not previously done the touch-screen ordering at a counter service restaurant but it was easy and the food was decent. We love the concourse, so we spent some time there walking around.

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Then we hung out in the 'lounge' area of the concourse, finished our coffee and watched the boats, and Elijah took a little nap while we went outside on the deck area (near where the fireworks viewing area is located) and got a couple of photos of the monorail.

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After this Elijah was still sleepy, so he went back to the room for a nap and I took Bryan on a monorail ride to Epcot so that he could see the WDW property during the day and catch a glimpse of Epcot.

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Unfortunately that was where the monorail decided to stop - as in, not leave the TTC station - but they closed the doors and essentially "trapped" all the people standing inside for like 10 minutes with no air conditioning! At this point it was a hot day and the people inside (and their kids) were getting panicky. After one kid's major freakout-meltdown, we were trapped RIGHT next to the parents and kids while they all screamed at each other and the parents kept threatening they were going to "turn around and go home," while other people pretended not to listen to them all screaming. :rolleyes1

But we finished the loop and headed back for an afternoon nap.

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Purple Opal
06-12-2011, 06:55 PM
Oops! Double post...

Purple Opal
06-12-2011, 07:02 PM
To get us caught up to the part where we meet Alison, Todd & Dylan at the MK, we have just a bit more to go!

Right after our "off time" I don't remember why we did it this way, but we took the boat from the MK to the Wilderness Lodge for dinner. (I don't remember if there was not a direct boat from the Poly?)

Either way, the short boat trip was one of my favorite parts of the trip, because it was peaceful, beautiful and happened right around sunset.

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Sometimes the cell phone camera works out - I think the hazy-ness of the picture actually added to the "look" of the WL entrance this time...

We spent some time checking out the hotel lobby and grounds before what was to be one of our best meals of the trip: Artist Point.

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I didn't take any photos at the restaurant, but the food, drinks, bread, setting - all were AWESOME! Specifically my favorite: the Portobello Mushroom Soup :worship:

After dinner we took the boat over to the Contemporary, and caught the monorail back to the Poly.

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We got into some warmer clothes and headed out to the MK to meet up with the fam.

Belle83
06-12-2011, 07:18 PM
We thought the MK water smelled bad too! lol. We noticed it other places in Florida too. Gross. :sick:

eandesmom
06-12-2011, 07:54 PM
All caught up! Alison, I can't believe you guys made it til 3 am, very impressive. I'd have been VERY crabby about the bed rails though, they definitely should have been more realistic about the time.

Dylan already looks like he's having a blast!

Angelyn, from the Poly to get to WL the only options, I think, are either via MK by boat like you did or monorail to the Contemporary and then boat to WL from the Contemporary.

I agree with you about the waiting area for Kona, it's ridiculous.

LilAnn
06-12-2011, 09:41 PM
These are fun updates - I like the joint TRs. I am bummed we didn't get a chance to try Artist Point. We debated it at the last minute towards the end of our trip, but then would have to give up another ADR and couldn't figure out what to drop. Next time!

I know that I always say this too, but I really wish we could get our kids together. I think they would be instant friends. :hug:

Tunnel fear is right. I had forgotten about the dark area on Peoplemovers, but I am surprised by the effect that it had on him. For the rest of the trip he would ask "Is there a tunnel?" for almost every ride. We tried to downplay things but it was a real concern to him.

I love the carousel pic too. On top of being happy to be at the MK, he was so proud that he rode the horse without me standing next to him. I rode the horse beside him and he was a "big boy all by myself." :)

Yes, I also think they would be so much fun to watch together (once she got over her initial shyness). They would definitely be on the teacups together!

The tunnel question cracks me up as that was what she said during our May trip - "Is it a ride?" We totally traumatized her on Pirates with the drop the first day. Oh well, we learned our lesson.

Purple Opal
06-18-2011, 01:51 PM
That is so weird. I was going to email you today & tell you that I started it. I have really not been on here since our trip. Over the long weekend, I decided to just start. It has been so much fun looking at all of the pictures. I am trying to sort the pictures for each day as I am writing about it. There are certain things that I have where we all took exactly the same picture! So I'm trying to pick the best one & delete the others. It will be slow going, but I will gain space back in my computer. :thumbsup2

I feel like I am missing pictures, but it could be that you just didn't take any during that time. I am missing the whole first 4 days from mom, so I am working on getting those too. Hope you enjoy reading, and if you feel like you have good pictures to add after I finish an update, you should add them!



I also don't have Mom's first 4 days of photos; did she give them to you? I think we didn't start swapping photos till after day 4, and we were having camera problems the whole time. Now that I've looked back through them, we have a couple days with TON of photos and then they were sporadic the rest of the time.

The only reason I have a lot of photos from the first 2 days is because you asked me to text you with photos, so I tried to take a lot. :goodvibes

We headed over to the Peoplemover next. I hadn’t been on this ride in a long time and there was no line so we walked right on. Have I mentioned that aside from Autopia, we barely waited in a line all night? Now I can see why people love EMH so much!

The CM put us into 2 different cars right next to each other. We were talking back and forth over the cars while we were in the loading area.

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All of a sudden, our vehicle took off….and they were still back at the loading area. The CM had put us in totally different vehicles! Ha, ha. I was so confused at first because I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t coming with us. Todd took this picture right as we started to pull away.

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I thought it was so funny that there were no other people on the ride and it was obvious that we were one big group, yet the CM put us in totally different vehicles. We sat back and enjoyed the ride. The only part that Dylan didn’t like was the area going through Space Mountain that is pitch black. He got scared of “the tunnel” and this set up some future problems on the trip.

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By the way, speaking of photos, I realized from this update that you have a bunch of photos from the first night at the MK that we don't have - I need to get those from you! :yay:

Also, do you remember the weird girl that was "hiding" in the People Mover when we got on?

While we were waiting for our car, I thought I saw someone ducking as the ride ended. Once they put us on the ride, she sat up! She'd been hiding in the car and hoping they would just let her ride again and they did. At first I thought they knew her?

But then she kind of squatted (or hunched) down again and stayed that way, half-hidden for the rest of the ride! She was in the booth behind us in the same car.



Angelyn ~ Thanks for all of those pictures! I hadn't seen a lot of them. I forgot how beautiful the decorations were upstairs at the Poly. It makes me want to go back again.

I also forgot that you ate at Kona Cafe that night. For some reason I thought our lunch ADR was the first time you all had eaten there. I think I prefer lunch over dinner at that restaurant. Good picture of you & Bryan together!

I don't think I have many more photos remaining that you don't have. But I think you have some of the Poly that I don't have! We didn't realize until we were there that our camera was starting to slowly die.

Now that i have a camera that works, I am realizing more and more how bad our camera was on this trip. :laughing:

Purple Opal
06-18-2011, 02:03 PM
We thought the MK water smelled bad too! lol. We noticed it other places in Florida too. Gross. :sick:

At the time, I wasn't aware of this, but later when I mentioned it to Alison she said that is a common complaint! I guess Florida is known for this. We noticed it in our bathroom at the Poly, too, and realized that it was the water, not the bathroom. After a few days I must have gotten used to it because I stopped noticing.


Angelyn, from the Poly to get to WL the only options, I think, are either via MK by boat like you did or monorail to the Contemporary and then boat to WL from the Contemporary.

I agree with you about the waiting area for Kona, it's ridiculous.

Oooookay, that makes sense! I know I tried to plan the reservation for a time when the boat ride would take place at sunset, but I couldn't remember why we went from the MK docks.

These are fun updates - I like the joint TRs. I am bummed we didn't get a chance to try Artist Point. We debated it at the last minute towards the end of our trip, but then would have to give up another ADR and couldn't figure out what to drop. Next time!



It is totally worth it! And it wasn't crowded either - all in all it was a lovely way to visit the WL. Tranquil boat ride, check out the lobby and then an incredible meal in a beautiful setting. It was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip! The staff and the service were awesome too. :thumbsup2

Sunset Cliffs
06-22-2011, 10:10 AM
We thought the MK water smelled bad too! lol. We noticed it other places in Florida too. Gross. :sick:

I remember our first trip to Florida when I was a teenager and we checked into a cheap motel for 1 night. It smelled so bad and we kept saying it was the bathroom. After we moved to a different hotel, we realized that it was the water. It's funny the things that stand out as memories...and one of mine is the gross smelling water in Florida!


All caught up! Alison, I can't believe you guys made it til 3 am, very impressive. I'd have been VERY crabby about the bed rails though, they definitely should have been more realistic about the time.

Dylan already looks like he's having a blast!

Angelyn, from the Poly to get to WL the only options, I think, are either via MK by boat like you did or monorail to the Contemporary and then boat to WL from the Contemporary.

I agree with you about the waiting area for Kona, it's ridiculous.

I can't believe we made it that late either. I think it was total adrenaline after being cooped up on a plane all day. Although, once we got back to the hotel it was a total crash. It's funny to remember how crabby we were about the bedrails now, but when it was happening it was NOT funny at all. lol. All they had to say was that they would get them to us in the morning and we would have been fine with it.


These are fun updates - I like the joint TRs. I am bummed we didn't get a chance to try Artist Point. We debated it at the last minute towards the end of our trip, but then would have to give up another ADR and couldn't figure out what to drop. Next time!

Yes, I also think they would be so much fun to watch together (once she got over her initial shyness). They would definitely be on the teacups together!

The tunnel question cracks me up as that was what she said during our May trip - "Is it a ride?" We totally traumatized her on Pirates with the drop the first day. Oh well, we learned our lesson.

Dylan has the gift of becoming instant friends with the kids he plays with. Unless he is tired or cranky. Then he gets that shy thing too. But I know that the word Teacups would overcome any shyness he had. :laughing:

I remember the "Is it a ride?" question from your last TR. That is exactly what it was like. We tried to force the issue a couple of time (especially if it wasn't an extended dark period on the ride). It worked out ok but I definitely did not see it coming since he had never been scared of tunnels before.

Sunset Cliffs
06-22-2011, 10:19 AM
I also don't have Mom's first 4 days of photos; did she give them to you? I think we didn't start swapping photos till after day 4, and we were having camera problems the whole time. Now that I've looked back through them, we have a couple days with TON of photos and then they were sporadic the rest of the time.

The only reason I have a lot of photos from the first 2 days is because you asked me to text you with photos, so I tried to take a lot. :goodvibes

Mom just came to visit and I got the photos from the first 4 days that I thought I was missing. I haven't gone through them yet, but I will start to do it now that I am getting close to them joining us on the trip.

We would do the same thing...take a ton of pictures at one time and then at others I would skip half of the day. That is why I was hoping that you & mom had taken some to fill in where I skipped out.


By the way, speaking of photos, I realized from this update that you have a bunch of photos from the first night at the MK that we don't have - I need to get those from you! :yay:

Let me know which ones you want and I will figure out how to get them to you.

Also, do you remember the weird girl that was "hiding" in the People Mover when we got on?

While we were waiting for our car, I thought I saw someone ducking as the ride ended. Once they put us on the ride, she sat up! She'd been hiding in the car and hoping they would just let her ride again and they did. At first I thought they knew her?

But then she kind of squatted (or hunched) down again and stayed that way, half-hidden for the rest of the ride! She was in the booth behind us in the same car.

No!! I don't remember that at all. How creepy!! She was in the car right next to yours?? I could understand if she was hiding so that she could go on the ride again, but to squat down & hide for half of the ride...I would be a little freaked out by that!




I don't think I have many more photos remaining that you don't have. But I think you have some of the Poly that I don't have! We didn't realize until we were there that our camera was starting to slowly die.

Now that i have a camera that works, I am realizing more and more how bad our camera was on this trip. :laughing:

Yeah, some of the pictures from your camera were weird, with lines through them or just really overexposed. I wasn't sure if my computer had just imported them incorrectly.

Sunset Cliffs
06-22-2011, 10:38 AM
Sorry for the delay in updates! We just got back from a vacation in Las Vegas that was so fun! We spent most of the time by the pool at our timeshare resort, Tahiti Village, but we were able to see 2 different Cirque du Soleil shows that were so great! We saw The Beatles LOVE show, and then we saw the Viva Elvis show a few days later. At the Elvis show we were bumped up to FRONT ROW SEATS!!! It was so amazing and we literally had people performing about 5 feet away from us. Todd had one girl practically sit in his lap while doing part of her performance. It was an amazing vacation. If I have some time I will post a few pictures.

Monday, November 22, 2010

You would think that after a very long day of traveling and then a late night at the park, I would be able to sleep in. Going to bed at 4:15 am means that I should have slept in on my first full day of vacation. Nope! I woke up at 9:45 am. Both Dylan & Todd were sound asleep, so I rolled over & tried to force myself back to sleep. It wasn’t happening. The problem is that I was starving. The shared meal from Casey’s the night before did not hold me over through this morning. Once I realized what the problem was, I knew I was not going to be able to go back to sleep. I rolled back over and just laid in bed for a while, checking out the room. We really loved the exterior grounds at POR, but I had not really liked the rooms from the pictures. Now that I was seeing it in person, I liked it a little better but not much. There are plenty of nice details to the room. I really liked the picture of the boat right next to the beds. It is just not my style. A little too fancy I think. And I’m really not big on floral bedspreads at all. But it was still a very nice room and I was pleased that we had chosen to stay here.

I decided to get up and take a shower. After my shower I needed to dry my hair but I was worried that I would wake up the boys. I shouldn’t have been worried. Neither of them budged the whole time I had the hair dryer running and I was only about 10 feet away from them. In fact, I don’t think Dylan moved the whole night.

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Angelyn texted me to see if we wanted to keep our ADR at Kona Café for lunch at 12:15. It was 11:00 by this point, so I woke up Todd to ask him what he wanted to do. He said yes, let’s keep it so I let her know and I packed up our stuff for the day. Our plan was to just hang out over at the Polynesian since we had never seen the rooms in person or used their pool before. Once Todd was almost ready we tried to wake up Dylan at 11:30 and he was not moving. I finally had to shake him to wake him up. Poor kid!

We wanted to get some refillable mugs so we got in our car and drove over to the main building. This was our rental car.

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We got our mugs and I think I got some fruit since I was so hungry. We also needed to get Dylan some sunglasses since we had forgotten his. We made our way into the gift shop, which is much bigger than I thought it would be, and found him some Mickey Mouse glasses. Walking outside to the car, it was a beautiful day and it was getting hot. We drove over to the Polynesian and got there at about 12:00. As we were parking, we noticed that it was windy and clouds were rolling in. In about 15 minutes it had gone from really hot to overcast. Florida weather is so unpredictable!

We walked into their building and went up the elevator. I believe they were in the Rapa Nui building. I have to say that it was really nice to have interior hallways and it was really pretty inside.

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The room itself felt huge compared to ours (and I didn’t think that ours felt small!). My favorite parts of the room were the big balcony and the closet doors. Ha, ha. We were cutting it close for our ADR, so we just dropped our stuff and walked out the door. We walked across the beautiful grounds to the Great Ceremonial House. We checked in right on time and were told it would be a few minutes so we waited near then entrance.

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I love this lobby! There is so much detail while feeling very relaxed. I really enjoy just sitting and listening to the waterfall. We only waited about 5 minutes and they called us in. We have eaten her a few times before, but I didn't think Angelynn had been there yet (I didn't realize that they had eaten here the night before for dinner). Everything was new to Bryan since it was his first trip to WDW. We have always thought that their food was good here so we were excited to try it again.

We had a very friendly waitress who took our order quickly. It was a relaxing lunch and we didn’t feel rushed since we really had nowhere to be. Dylan was playing with toys from his backpack and we had some great conversation.

Sisters

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Elijah playing with one of Dylan’s toys.

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We got our food and dove in. I got the same thing that I always get…Stir Fry Asian Noodles with Chicken. I wish I could have that right now. Yum!

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Todd got the Sticky Wings appetizer.

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Elijah got the fish tacos, which he said were really good.

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I don’t have a picture but I’m pretty sure that both Angelyn & Bryan got the Angus Chuck Burger. All of our food was very good, and the waitress was very attentive. I think Dylan charmed her because she offered to take him to go look at the monorail through the window. To my surprise, he stood up, took her hand and walked away. (!!!!!) Apparently we need to train him a little better about strangers. LOL. They were gone for about 5 minutes and it was cute watching them have a conversation about the monorail.

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They came back and she went to get our bill. When she came back, she gave Dylan one of the light up Buzz Lightyears that come on the kid’s cups. That was so nice of her and Dylan was so excited about how it lit up.

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After lunch we were stuffed and we thought a relaxing ride around the monorail loop sounded like a good plan. Dylan loves the monorail and it was his first ride for this trip.

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A couple of shots from the monorail

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We got back from the ride and walked back to their room to change into our swimming suits to head to the pool. It was still overcast but we figured we would make the best of it. I took the time to snap a few shots of their room.

You can see how much space there is from this picture.

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The closet doors that I liked so much

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The balcony with my 2 favorite boys

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The view from the balcony looking both ways

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Continued in the next post.

Sunset Cliffs
06-22-2011, 10:42 AM
We walked over to the pool and claimed some chairs that were on the sand. That was when I realized that I had left my camera in the room and I didn’t want to walk all the way back over to get it. So I have no pictures of the pool and I am bummed about that. We had a lot of fun in the pool. The entry to the pool is sloped so there were a lot of little kids playing in that area. We moved down to the other side near the exit to the slide. Everyone decided to try out the slide, but Dylan didn’t want to so I stayed with him while they all went up. It was pretty breezy by that point and they all looked like they were going to freeze to death while standing in line.

There was a group of parents waiting at the bottom of the slide to catch their kids. Most parents were staying within 10 feet of the bottom of the slide. Todd had said that there were kids that were crowding the line at the top of the slide so they just let them go ahead of them. Todd was the first of our group to go and when he came off the slide, he made a HUGE splash with his arms. All of the parents that were waiting at the bottom of the slide for their kids got COMPLETELY soaked by him because they were so close to the exit. I almost died laughing. It was like a huge wall of water came crashing down over them. He popped up & swam over to us, having no idea of the path of destruction that he had just caused. You can tell that there were mom’s that were not very happy about having their hairdos ruined by him. I am still laughing as I am typing this remembering the expressions on their faces when they got hit with the wall of water.

Since he was the first to go down, no one else in my group got to see it so I was telling them all about it after they came down the slide too. We just swam around our area after that and Dylan had so much fun. He kept jumping in from the side and then he & Angelyn would have a race to the side of the pool. He was really starting to warm up to them and again, he kept making sure that Bryan saw everything that he was doing. All the boys wanted to do the slide again so Angelyn stayed with me so that she could see how big Todd’s splash was. He did not disappoint. He proceeded to soak everyone again, but there were less people around this time.

It finally got too cold to keep swimming and we went back inside to change our clothes. Right after we got inside it started to rain so we had good timing. We hung out in their room for a while longer and then made a plan for the evening. It was so nice to have enough space for 5 adults and one kid to hang out in the room and not feel cramped at all.

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Showing Bryan his drawing

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It was about 4:00 by now and Angelyn needed to pick up her rental car, so we dropped her & Bryan off at the Car Care center on the way back to our hotel. When we got there, Todd felt like the smell in the room was getting stronger. It did not bother me as much and I really didn’t want to pack up all of our stuff again, but I knew that it was bothering him. Also, the room had been cleaned but they had not left any bed rails for Dylan which was very frustrating. Our plan had been to come back & change, let Dylan rest for a bit, then head over to DHS.

What did we end up doing?

LilAnn
06-22-2011, 02:29 PM
Dylan looks so big in all of those photos! Crazy! I think that's fun that you got to enjoy the day at the Poly. I'm not sure I would have been able to do a monorail loop and not get off at MK. Pretty sure I wouldn't have been the only one clamoring to go out too. I have been hearing on a daily basis that we never got a chance to meet rapunzel and Flynn Rider so a relazing monorail ride would be out of the question if there was no park entry planned. :rotfl:

That's a cute story about the waitress at Kona and Dylan. I love that she gave him the little light up toy too! I think we have 2 Tinks and 1 Buzz from various trips. Hard to resist splurging on vacation when your little one gives you the "eyes" and is on good behavior.

By the way, thinking our Cali trip may not happen as we started pricing out tickets for all three of us. :eek: But on the bright side.....we may have a quick Orlando trip in the future (and of course I'm trying to sneak in a day at WDW if possible). Keeping my fingers crossed on that front.

My guess is you will complain and change rooms.......

eandesmom
06-22-2011, 02:42 PM
What a fun update and day! Makes me want to have lunch at Kona. Is the same menu as for dinner or is there a separate lunch menu? I'd be very annoyed about those bed rails though and the smell is concerning.

Purple Opal
06-22-2011, 03:08 PM
Yeah, some of the pictures from your camera were weird, with lines through them or just really overexposed. I wasn't sure if my computer had just imported them incorrectly.

Nope - it was our camera, unfortunately. At that time I was in denial, thinking it was taking those "weird" images every other shot because I was just DOING IT WRONG. :lmao: No. It was time to buy a new camera.

As far as photos, I'd love to have all yours from the first night. I think I have the rest :goodvibes

We really loved the exterior grounds at POR, but I had not really liked the rooms from the pictures. Now that I was seeing it in person, I liked it a little better but not much. There are plenty of nice details to the room. I really liked the picture of the boat right next to the beds. It is just not my style. A little too fancy I think. And I’m really not big on floral bedspreads at all. But it was still a very nice room and I was pleased that we had chosen to stay here.

By the way, I've been meaning to mention: have you seen the new rooms at POR? I just saw a photo of them the other day (of course they are for a higher price, and I guess they are doing something similar at POFQ). Check it out: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/06/disneys-art-of-animation-resort-royal-guest-rooms-now-available-for-booking/


There was a group of parents waiting at the bottom of the slide to catch their kids. Most parents were staying within 10 feet of the bottom of the slide. Todd had said that there were kids that were crowding the line at the top of the slide so they just let them go ahead of them. Todd was the first of our group to go and when he came off the slide, he made a HUGE splash with his arms. All of the parents that were waiting at the bottom of the slide for their kids got COMPLETELY soaked by him because they were so close to the exit. I almost died laughing. It was like a huge wall of water came crashing down over them. He popped up & swam over to us, having no idea of the path of destruction that he had just caused. You can tell that there were mom’s that were not very happy about having their hairdos ruined by him. I am still laughing as I am typing this remembering the expressions on their faces when they got hit with the wall of water.

Since he was the first to go down, no one else in my group got to see it so I was telling them all about it after they came down the slide too. We just swam around our area after that and Dylan had so much fun. He kept jumping in from the side and then he & Angelyn would have a race to the side of the pool. He was really starting to warm up to them and again, he kept making sure that Bryan saw everything that he was doing. All the boys wanted to do the slide again so Angelyn stayed with me so that she could see how big Todd’s splash was. He did not disappoint. He proceeded to soak everyone again, but there were less people around this time.



I had completely forgotten about this!! And am now rolling reading this. That was SO FUNNY! There's just something about the angle at which Todd hit the water, it was like a cannonball! BLAM! That was one of the funnier moments of the trip.

I don't have any photos from this part either (left the camera in the room), but for people who like pools and slides:
:banana: :woohoo: THE SLIDE AT THE POLY POOL IS AWESOME :woohoo: :banana:

It was very chilly and windy at this point, so you had to reallllly want to ride the slide to be willing to get out of the water. Totally worth it. And the water inside the slide was warm, too, which was a welcome relief after standing in line in the cold.

tinkgurl
06-22-2011, 09:40 PM
:laughing: Dylan looks pretty comfy! That's great he was able to sleep well. I always have a hard time sleeping sometimes in a new place.

Yum! Kona! It is such a nice place to eat. How nice of that lady to pay special attention to Dylan.

A loop around the monorail sounds fun! Did Dylan want to get off at the MK though?

Thanks so much for posting a pic of the Poly room! It got me so excited for our honeymoon next year!

Dugette
06-22-2011, 10:16 PM
Angelyn - Glad you enjoyed your dinner at Kona! We love that place! Last time we were there for dinner, and like you said, it was crowded and we waited a long time, even with an ADR. I think a lot of the crowd was due to people waiting for 'Ohana, though. Oh, well, at least the Poly is a pretty place to wait in, even if you have to sit on the floor (we leaned on a rail).

Thanks for the comparison of WDW vs. DL. We are possibly going to spend a few days in DL later this year, so good to hear opinions (we've each only had two 1-day DL trips).

Yikes on the monorail stall! :scared1: I wonder how those parents intended to "turn around and go home" in a stalled monorail? :rotfl:

Boy, we've got to get to Artist's Point whenever we go back! I keep hearing good things about it (and that portobello mushroom soup). We actually had an ADR there on our last trip, but cancelled it when we rearranged our plans (due to getting upgraded to Poly Club Level and trying to eat in the lounge there).

Alison - Glad you had a great Vegas vacation! Would love to see pics.

Bummer that you were too hungry to sleep in after that late night! I agree on POR...the rooms really aren't my style (they're nice, but not my thing), but I loved the grounds. The Sassagoula River was so pretty (or the "Sassy-Gouda" as I liked to call it :rotfl: ).

Glad that Dylan was so tired that the bed rails were not needed!

Mmmmmm....I could go for some of those noodles from Kona right now!

That's sweet with the CM and Dylan hanging out, chatting about monorails. And nice that she gave him the toy!

Love the Poly...miss the Poly... :sad1: When we stayed there on our last trip, we kept saying to each other (in hopeful tones), "We live here now, right?" Loved it! :lovestruc

That's hilarious about Todd's splashdowns in the pool. If only you'd had the camera to capture the tidal wave! :rotfl:

Anxious to hear what you ended up doing. When we stayed at the Beach Club Villas last fall, we had a horrible chemical smell in our room that was giving me severe headaches. When we contacted the staff, they stopped using the harsher chemicals to spot clean and switched to something milder, which helped.

California Jenn
06-23-2011, 02:02 PM
I just found your newest TR and am so excited! I thoroughly enjoyed your June 2009 TR, especially seeing pics of adorable Dylan. He is super cute and I got lots of fun ideas for traveling with my little ones -- DS will be 2 1/2 and DD will be a year when we go.

I am so impressed that you went to EMH your first night there. Usually after flying all day, I just crash at the hotel :)

I'm along for the ride.

pinkxray
06-24-2011, 06:32 AM
Yum, your meal at Kona looks great. I always want to book Kona, but end up going back to 'Ohana instead b/c I just love 'Ohana.

I love the exterior of POR too. I didn't love the interior though so I can't wait until they finish the refurb. POR will be perfect:goodvibes

The rooms at the Poly do look nice and spacious. The closet doors are very pretty so I can see why you like them. Part of me wants to stay at the Poly one day, but when I see the prices I really wonder if it will be worth it to pay so much more

Sunset Cliffs
06-24-2011, 12:01 PM
Dylan looks so big in all of those photos! Crazy! I think that's fun that you got to enjoy the day at the Poly. I'm not sure I would have been able to do a monorail loop and not get off at MK. Pretty sure I wouldn't have been the only one clamoring to go out too. I have been hearing on a daily basis that we never got a chance to meet rapunzel and Flynn Rider so a relazing monorail ride would be out of the question if there was no park entry planned. :rotfl:

That's a cute story about the waitress at Kona and Dylan. I love that she gave him the little light up toy too! I think we have 2 Tinks and 1 Buzz from various trips. Hard to resist splurging on vacation when your little one gives you the "eyes" and is on good behavior.

By the way, thinking our Cali trip may not happen as we started pricing out tickets for all three of us. :eek: But on the bright side.....we may have a quick Orlando trip in the future (and of course I'm trying to sneak in a day at WDW if possible). Keeping my fingers crossed on that front.

My guess is you will complain and change rooms.......

The monorail ride works because we never make a big deal about which stop we are at. He doesn't realize we are passing the MK without getting off yet. I have a feeling that on our next trip, he will be older and we won't be so lucky. ;) That's hilarious that she reminds you all the time that there are characters that were missed.

The waitress was very nice. Dylan still plays with that Buzz all the time. He keeps it in his backpack to take it places with him. Believe me, I know all about the "eyes" at WDW. lol.

That's a bummer about your DL trip, but I understand. We are going for just one day this summer and it is outrageous what it will cost us in tickets. If we had more time, we would go more days but it just didn't fit into our schedule this time. At least you might get another WDW trip to take it's place. :banana:


What a fun update and day! Makes me want to have lunch at Kona. Is the same menu as for dinner or is there a separate lunch menu? I'd be very annoyed about those bed rails though and the smell is concerning.

I'm pretty sure that they do have separate lunch & dinner menus at Kona. We also had breakfast there for the first time on our previous trip and it was very good too. If my memory serves me, many of the same dishes are served at lunch and dinner, but lunch is less expensive. We pay OOP for everything so that's why we usually try to go for lunch.

I was totally annoyed about the bed rails at this point. We were calling for the 5th time to ask for them, and I started to feel like a pest about it, even though they were the ones forgetting to deliver them.

Sunset Cliffs
06-24-2011, 12:07 PM
Nope - it was our camera, unfortunately. At that time I was in denial, thinking it was taking those "weird" images every other shot because I was just DOING IT WRONG. :lmao: No. It was time to buy a new camera.

How do you "do it wrong" when you are using a digital camera that does everything for you? lol.

As far as photos, I'd love to have all yours from the first night. I think I have the rest :goodvibes

I was going through mom's pictures yesterday, but I haven't gotten very far. I have them on a thumb drive so maybe I will just bring that with me when we see you later this month. Also, I don't have any of your pictures from Epcot on Day 3...not sure if you actually took any but I have MGM at night & then it skips to AK.

By the way, I've been meaning to mention: have you seen the new rooms at POR? I just saw a photo of them the other day (of course they are for a higher price, and I guess they are doing something similar at POFQ). Check it out: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/06/disneys-art-of-animation-resort-royal-guest-rooms-now-available-for-booking/

Those rooms look pretty cool. I like the fiber optic lights above the bed. Still a little too over the top for my taste but it's definitely a nice change!


I had completely forgotten about this!! And am now rolling reading this. That was SO FUNNY! There's just something about the angle at which Todd hit the water, it was like a cannonball! BLAM! That was one of the funnier moments of the trip.

I don't have any photos from this part either (left the camera in the room), but for people who like pools and slides:
:banana: :woohoo: THE SLIDE AT THE POLY POOL IS AWESOME :woohoo: :banana:

It was very chilly and windy at this point, so you had to reallllly want to ride the slide to be willing to get out of the water. Totally worth it. And the water inside the slide was warm, too, which was a welcome relief after standing in line in the cold.

He would throw his arms out to the sides as he was still going forward. It was like a cannonball with flaired arms. NOT good for anyone close to the bottom of the slide. The best part to me was that he popped up out of the water & swam over without looking behind him, so he didn't see how drenched everyone else was. Hilarious!

Sunset Cliffs
06-24-2011, 12:19 PM
:laughing: Dylan looks pretty comfy! That's great he was able to sleep well. I always have a hard time sleeping sometimes in a new place.

Yum! Kona! It is such a nice place to eat. How nice of that lady to pay special attention to Dylan.

A loop around the monorail sounds fun! Did Dylan want to get off at the MK though?

Thanks so much for posting a pic of the Poly room! It got me so excited for our honeymoon next year!

He slept like a rock that night. Barely a nap on the plane and then EMH was about all he could handle. Lunch at Kona is one of my favorite places to eat. It's usually not crowded for lunch and is a nice break in the middle of the day. Yummy food too!

Dylan has not figured out all of the stops on the monorail yet because we don't make a big deal about it. We like to do the loop on one of our first days of every trip, and he has not really figured out that the MK is one of the stops yet. Thank goodness!

The Poly rooms were so nice. I didn't realize that is where you were staying for your honeymoon! I think it is perfect for a honeymoon. Nice & quiet for when you want to get away, but it's a great location to catch transportation everywhere.


Angelyn - Glad you enjoyed your dinner at Kona! We love that place! Last time we were there for dinner, and like you said, it was crowded and we waited a long time, even with an ADR. I think a lot of the crowd was due to people waiting for 'Ohana, though. Oh, well, at least the Poly is a pretty place to wait in, even if you have to sit on the floor (we leaned on a rail).

Thanks for the comparison of WDW vs. DL. We are possibly going to spend a few days in DL later this year, so good to hear opinions (we've each only had two 1-day DL trips).

Yikes on the monorail stall! :scared1: I wonder how those parents intended to "turn around and go home" in a stalled monorail? :rotfl:

Boy, we've got to get to Artist's Point whenever we go back! I keep hearing good things about it (and that portobello mushroom soup). We actually had an ADR there on our last trip, but cancelled it when we rearranged our plans (due to getting upgraded to Poly Club Level and trying to eat in the lounge there).

Alison - Glad you had a great Vegas vacation! Would love to see pics.

Bummer that you were too hungry to sleep in after that late night! I agree on POR...the rooms really aren't my style (they're nice, but not my thing), but I loved the grounds. The Sassagoula River was so pretty (or the "Sassy-Gouda" as I liked to call it :rotfl: ).

Glad that Dylan was so tired that the bed rails were not needed!

Mmmmmm....I could go for some of those noodles from Kona right now!

That's sweet with the CM and Dylan hanging out, chatting about monorails. And nice that she gave him the toy!

Love the Poly...miss the Poly... :sad1: When we stayed there on our last trip, we kept saying to each other (in hopeful tones), "We live here now, right?" Loved it! :lovestruc

That's hilarious about Todd's splashdowns in the pool. If only you'd had the camera to capture the tidal wave! :rotfl:

Anxious to hear what you ended up doing. When we stayed at the Beach Club Villas last fall, we had a horrible chemical smell in our room that was giving me severe headaches. When we contacted the staff, they stopped using the harsher chemicals to spot clean and switched to something milder, which helped.

The river at POR was my favorite thing. It was so peaceful to walk along all of the pathways and see the water from wherever you were. That is what has me wanting to stay there again. It was such a nice contrast between all of the busy-ness of the rest of the day.

The Poly is wonderful. I'm glad that Angelyn got a room there because I have always wanted to hang out at the hotel for longer than a "Lunch stop". The rooms are so big! We realized how many people we had in the room and we didn't feel crowded or uncomfortable.

I wish I had Todd's splashdown on video. It would definitely be on YouTube by now, just for the reactions from everyone that got splashed. They had no idea what hit them until it was over. lol.

I wonder if that is what it was...a spot cleaning chemical. That would make a lot of sense because the first day we could smell it, but it wasn't too bad. WHen we came back that day, it seemed much stronger. By then, they had cleaned the room so they probably used it again. For some reason, I couldn't smell it as much as Todd but it REALLY bothered him (& he doesn't complain about anything usually!).

Sunset Cliffs
06-24-2011, 12:31 PM
I just found your newest TR and am so excited! I thoroughly enjoyed your June 2009 TR, especially seeing pics of adorable Dylan. He is super cute and I got lots of fun ideas for traveling with my little ones -- DS will be 2 1/2 and DD will be a year when we go.

I am so impressed that you went to EMH your first night there. Usually after flying all day, I just crash at the hotel :)

I'm along for the ride.

Aww, thanks for coming back to read Round 2 of my TR! Dylan is definitely the highlight of my trips so I get excited when I hear of other parents taking their kids to WDW when they are young. I know it can be tough, but it is SO worth it to see their innocence & excitement.

I think we might have been a little crazy to do EMH but I'm glad we did. SInce it was our first chance to experience EMH at MK, we couldn't resist! Most of the time, we just get to the hotel and crash too. Or I try to unpack a little and then crash.

I like your ticker in your signature. It is definitely my "Happy Place" too.


Yum, your meal at Kona looks great. I always want to book Kona, but end up going back to 'Ohana instead b/c I just love 'Ohana.

I love the exterior of POR too. I didn't love the interior though so I can't wait until they finish the refurb. POR will be perfect:goodvibes

The rooms at the Poly do look nice and spacious. The closet doors are very pretty so I can see why you like them. Part of me wants to stay at the Poly one day, but when I see the prices I really wonder if it will be worth it to pay so much more

I think we stumbled upon Kona a few trips ago, and now we eat their every trip. Part of it is because it gives us an excuse to go to the Poly but the other part is because the food is so good. We just got into 'Ohana for the first time on this trip. For some reason it has been hard for me to get an ADR there. We LOVED it and I definitely want to go back there too.

I just saw pictures of the new POR rooms. Very dramatic change from what they have now!! I would love to see them in person some day. The Poly rooms were amazing but I don't know about the price to stay there. Angelyn got a 40% off PIN code or else she wouldn't have stayed there either. It is a beautiful hotel, but when I start looking at our budget, I always feel like we could spend the money in other places.

Sunset Cliffs
06-27-2011, 01:27 AM
When we got back to our room, the smell that bothered Todd was still lingering and he felt like it was getting stronger. It smelled like formaldehyde. Todd called the front desk and he requested that we get moved to a different room. He explained the problem and they said it would be no problem to switch rooms. He requested the bed rails again, and asked if they could just be delivered to the new room. They said that they would send someone to help us move but we didn’t have time to wait for someone to show up, so Todd asked if he could just come swap out the keys at Check In. While he drove over there, I packed up all of our stuff to get ready to move.

He came back soon and showed me where our new room was on the map. We were originally in 9803 and we were moving to 9727. It was in the same building but on the completely opposite side. At least we were on the same floor, so we packed up the first load and hauled it over there. Let me just say that the words “same building, same floor” do NOT mean that the rooms were close to each other. The second floor is sort of a labyrinth. You can see where you want to go, but you have to wind all over the place to get there. It would have probably been faster to take the stuff to the elevator, cut across the parking lot, and then haul it up the stairs. When we got to the room, I let Todd do the smell test, and he felt like it was much better. We went back and got the last load of our stuff and took it to the new room. Right when we got there, the bed rails showed up!! It felt like a miracle.

Since it took so long to switch, Dylan did not get a nap. Angelyn sent me a text to say they were on their way to DHS. It was not even worth it to try to get Dylan a short nap, so we just decided to go with the flow and stay out as long as he would let us. We dropped off our old keys at the front desk and we were on our way. We had bad luck with lights and traffic so by the time to got to DHS it was after 6:00. The park was PACKED with people. You could not turn in any direction without bumping into people. It was EMH at the park this night, but there were quite a few more people here than we experienced the last night.

Somehow we ran into Angleyn’s family in the middle of the chaos on the main street and we decided to have dinner at the ABC Commissary. It was busy there too, but we had no problem finding a booth for all of us. I know that I had the Chicken Blue sandwich and I really liked it. Todd had a double cheeseburger and Dylan had the kid’s chicken nugget meal. No pictures, I forgot because we were so hungry. The food was average park food, but I did really like my chicken sandwich. I forgot to write down what Angelyn’s family had.

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While we were eating, we were trying to make a plan for the night. We thought that maybe we could watch a show or 2 until the park thinned out a little. What we discovered was that all shows ended for the day by 5:45 – 6:00!!! I can’t believe I didn’t realize that before. We had checked the Times board on our way in and saw the lines were all very long for the big rides. We did not realize it before, but there are not a lot of “small” rides at this park. A lot of shows, a lot of big rides (ToT, RnRC, TSM) but not a lot of smaller “kill some time” rides. So what it meant was No Shows = Everyone to the 3 big rides. Which sucked because it was Bryan’s first time at this park and we kept saying, “We’ll be back later this week to do that.” Bummer.

We decided to go to One Man’s Dream, since it was a walk through and you can go at your own pace. I love this attraction! There is so much to learn and discover, especially if you are a Disney nut like me.

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I love this mural on the wall. It is so big! I made Dylan stand next to it, just to see the perspective.

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Dylan had decided to get his second wind here. He got very hyper and kept running ahead of us. We would track him down and bring him back to the group, but he was too antsy to stand still while we read all of the signage on the walls. I don’t blame him because it’s probably pretty boring for a kid who can’t read, but I was worried about him getting lost. He got scolded a few times, but it didn’t damper his spirit at all. Does he look like a child in trouble right now?

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We stayed to watch the movie at the end, which we usually don’t do and we all really liked it. During the movie, Dylan fell asleep. Not having a nap had caught up to him. Not only that, when we got up to leave we realized that he had pooped in his Pull-Up. At this time, we were still potty training him and had made really good progress leading up to the trip. We kept Pull-Ups on him at the parks in case we couldn’t make it to the bathroom in time. I’m so glad we did because this could have been a disaster. Potty training while on vacation is awful, since you are totally out of your routine. Luckily there are bathrooms near the exit to the movie and I was able to change him quickly.

By now it was officially EMH, so we headed over to

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I had heard about the dance party that they did for little kids during EMH, and I was so excited to have Dylan go. He LOVES to dance and I was hoping that this was be an informal environment to ease him into being around the characters again. The room was full (but not uncomfortable) with families. There was a DJ playing dance music and there were a few characters there. I think it was Handy Manny, Mickey, Minnie and one other character that I can’t remember. Dylan saw the characters and got a little nervous. He didn’t want to dance and he didn’t want to go talk to any of them. We waited a while to see what he would do. He was totally stalking Minnie but he didn’t want to get close to her.

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I finally picked him up and started to dance with him, just to take his mind off being nervous. The DJ was playing the “Freeze” game where she would turn off the music and you were supposed to freeze. He thought that was hilarious and he started to relax. In the meantime, I had moved a little closer to Minnie. I finally put him down on the ground and asked him he wanted to see her. He said no. I asked if he wanted to leave. He said no. By now, Minnie had seen us lurking her but she had other kids around her. As I was talking to him, all of the kids around her left….and she came right over to Dylan and started interacting with him. It was such a sweet moment because she just put her hand on his head to say hi, and he started talking to her.

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She was so sweet to him and spent a few minutes playing with him. A few more kids came up to her so we said goodbye and she left. He was so happy and I think it really helped him calm down. Todd carried Dylan off to go look for the other characters

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but I didn’t get any more pictures since I was taking video. We hung out with Handy Manny for a few minutes and waited in a line to see Mickey but it was going to take too long so we decided to go.

Watching Mickey Mouse

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We went back to the Times board and saw that the lines were still long so we wandered down towards ToT and decided to get an ice cream while we talked about what to do. There was a long line for ice cream so Elijah went to sit by Dylan while we stood in line. I turned around to watch them and they were having a conversation about….something. They were both talking and pointing in the direction of ToT, but they both were looking very deep in discussion. I thought it was so cute to watch them hanging out. Elijah is the only cousin that Dylan has and obviously there is a large age gap between them. They also live on opposite ends of California, so they don’t get to see each other very often. I just enjoyed watching them interact and hang out. You could tell that Dylan thought Elijah was so cool. Lol.

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We ate our ice cream on a wall behind the ice cream shop. Dylan was a happy boy after getting his ice cream. I think he has decided that he likes vacations!

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We decided to get in line for ToT since it was only showing a 30 minute wait at this point. We would do the baby swap so that someone would always be with Dylan. Todd said he would wait with him while we all went, so off we went to finally ride ToT.

I could NOT get a good picture of this.

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When we got our baby swap ticket, it said that you could have 3 people ride during the swap. In the past, it had only been 2 people could take advantage of it so that was a nice surprise. While we stood in line, my mom called to say they had landed and had made it to POR. Their room number was 9804. If we had not switched rooms, we would have been next door neighbors! I had linked our reservations at check in, so it’s nice to know that they tried to accommodate us. We waited less than 30 minutes and we were on the ride. I LOVE, LOVE this ride. It is so much fun at night too, because when the doors open up at the top you have a gorgeous view of everything lit up outside.

When we got off the ride, Todd, Bryan and I turned around and walked right back on it using the baby swap. We pretty much walked right into the library without stopping at all. I was pretty happy that I got to ride it twice! Back outside, we found Dylan having a great time with Angelyn and Elijah. Angelyn had shown him how to take his light up Buzz Lightyear (from Kona Café) and put it on the springy part of the footstool on his stroller. They would pull it back and let Buzz fly through the air. I’m sure that Angelyn gained major “coolness” points in Dylan’s book.

We checked the time for RnRC but it was still 70 minutes so we passed. We headed over to Streets of America to see…

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the Osborne Family Dancing Lights!!!

Todd & I had seen this before, but not for a few years and it was not coordinated to music when we saw it last. I have no words to describe how amazing this is. If you ever get the chance to see this, DON’T MISS IT! You will never see anything like it.

Since it was EMH, it was much less crowded than normal. The park had closed and most of the crowd had left. We stayed for at least a half an hour, watching all of the different light shows that they had. We took a lot of video, and it is one of my favorite things to watch now. Dylan stood in the middle of the street with his mouth hanging open as we watched the lights. He finally broke his trance, just to start shaking his booty to the music. The faster the music went, the faster he was shaking. It was so joyful and innocent, and it is one of my favorite memories of the trip. At the end of the song, everyone started cheering & clapping. Dylan clapped too and then turned to the camera and goes, “I did it!” LOL. I have no idea what that meant but he was pretty proud of himself. If I can figure out how to post video on here, I will do it soon.

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These are Disney CM’s who would bust out this dance whenever “Feliz Navidad” would start playing. I think they were supposed to try to get all of us to join in with them, but they looked like they were having a great time without us. Farther down the road, the CM’s had a bunch of kids doing the dance with them, but we watched this group do it a few times and they never invited anyone. I think they were having too much fun by themselves.

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We got a few Photopass pics too. You can definitely tell that Dylan is in his “I don’t know how to smile for pictures” phase.

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This one would have been great if Dylan didn’t look like he was in pain! Lol

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We left the park after that and made it back to the hotel at 11:00. We needed to get some milk and more Pull-Ups for Dylan, so Todd dropped us off at the hotel and headed to Walmart. I took Dylan to my parent’s room to see them until he got back. We left their room at midnight and finally got to bed at 12:30. I can’t believe we all made it through such a long day with such little sleep, especially Dylan. We had no problem falling asleep after such a full, fabulous day.

LilAnn
06-27-2011, 02:45 AM
Fun update Alison! As usual, many memories for me and similarities.

The potty training thing......I totally understand. Last year we had her in pull-ups in the parks as well and I felt like we just kept making frequent breaks to bathrooms to keep her dry. I was so nervous about this past trip, but so far, she did great. So I totally can relate!

So excited that you finally made it to the EMH dance party. I love hearing about the Minnie Mouse moment. I love when the characters take the time to make the little ones feel comfortable. We have many videos from that party ourselves.

Bummer that it was so crowded, though.

Oh - and as for our Cali trip - the big factor was the plane tickets so far. But it's still pretty far away, so who knows? :confused3

eandesmom
06-27-2011, 10:51 AM
Wow, what an evening!

I'm glad you were able to get the move handled before you headed out, I imagine it made coming "home" so much nicer that night, no smell and bed rails!

Impressive that you were able to wait out the crowds and enjoy ToT and the lights, it sounded a bit stressful at first but waiting it out seems to have paid off and turned it into a lovely evening.

California Jenn
06-27-2011, 12:41 PM
It sounds like a wonderful evening at DHS after you made it through the room switch.

What a cute picture of the two boys deep in conversation. Isn't it great when the older kids engage with the little ones, like that?

The dance party sounds like a lot of fun and something we'll definitely have to check out -- it's great that Minnie took the time to hang out with Dylan.

*dreamit*doit*
06-27-2011, 07:52 PM
Hi Alison!! I'm so glad you started a TR for this trip and that I found you! :goodvibes I went on to Tinkgurl's TR, which I'm so way behind on, to try to catch up, only to discover it was over :rolleyes: but then I realized you were the last poster and so I came straight over here!

Well, I'm caught up here and I can't wait to hear about the rest of this special trip with your family. We actually arrived in WDW just as you were leaving that weekend. I'm glad you guys got to enjoy the Poly pool - we've never stayed there but it's definitely at the top of our "next-time-we-are-able-to-splurge list". :thumbsup2 We also try to do at least one meal there every trip (even if it's just Capt Cook's) so we can spend some time over there. That dance party at Playhouse Disney is so much fun! So glad Dylan finally warmed up to Minnie - he's so grown up!! :)

Well, I'll try to keep up as much as possible: I know you sometimes have more time than others to update and I haven't been on the DIS too much lately myself.

Oh, one more thing...I really like your bag you have in the PeopleMover! (green and white Mickey heads) Is that a parks purchase or online?

MEK
06-27-2011, 09:01 PM
Wow - you really got to do a lot and Dylan looks like he was having a great time. Isn't it cool how kids always look up to their big cousins. They become instant role models.

You got some great pictures of the Osbourne lights and :thumbsup2 to back to back rides on ToT!

Sunset Cliffs
08-29-2011, 06:47 PM
Fun update Alison! As usual, many memories for me and similarities.

The potty training thing......I totally understand. Last year we had her in pull-ups in the parks as well and I felt like we just kept making frequent breaks to bathrooms to keep her dry. I was so nervous about this past trip, but so far, she did great. So I totally can relate!

So excited that you finally made it to the EMH dance party. I love hearing about the Minnie Mouse moment. I love when the characters take the time to make the little ones feel comfortable. We have many videos from that party ourselves.

Bummer that it was so crowded, though.

Oh - and as for our Cali trip - the big factor was the plane tickets so far. But it's still pretty far away, so who knows? :confused3

You are the reason that I knew about the dance party. I remembered it from your TR, and it has always been in the back of my mind to do if we ever got to experience EMH. Minnie was so great with Dylan and it was so great that she recognized that he was shy but wanted her attention. I love good CMs! I still need to figure out how to post video. Do you upload it to Photobucket and then post the link?


Wow, what an evening!

I'm glad you were able to get the move handled before you headed out, I imagine it made coming "home" so much nicer that night, no smell and bed rails!

Impressive that you were able to wait out the crowds and enjoy ToT and the lights, it sounded a bit stressful at first but waiting it out seems to have paid off and turned it into a lovely evening.

I was so annoyed while we were moving rooms, because it took forever to drag our stuff over. But you are right. When we got in the room that late at night, I was so happy just to collapse into bed.

It was really nice that our whole group was go-with-the-flow. We knew we would be back later in the trip, but I'm glad we were able to get onto ToT. I was just suprised by how many attractions closed so early and it really limited what you could do.


It sounds like a wonderful evening at DHS after you made it through the room switch.

What a cute picture of the two boys deep in conversation. Isn't it great when the older kids engage with the little ones, like that?

The dance party sounds like a lot of fun and something we'll definitely have to check out -- it's great that Minnie took the time to hang out with Dylan.

It is very cute to watch Dylan look up to Elijah. That's what family is for, right? I really appreciate that Elijah spends the time to talk to him too. :goodvibes

The dance party was so perfect for kids that are not sure how they feel about the characters. They are just wandering around the room and dancing, so there is no line or pressure situation to actually "touch" the character if they don't want to.

Sunset Cliffs
08-29-2011, 06:53 PM
Hi Alison!! I'm so glad you started a TR for this trip and that I found you! :goodvibes I went on to Tinkgurl's TR, which I'm so way behind on, to try to catch up, only to discover it was over :rolleyes: but then I realized you were the last poster and so I came straight over here!

Well, I'm caught up here and I can't wait to hear about the rest of this special trip with your family. We actually arrived in WDW just as you were leaving that weekend. I'm glad you guys got to enjoy the Poly pool - we've never stayed there but it's definitely at the top of our "next-time-we-are-able-to-splurge list". :thumbsup2 We also try to do at least one meal there every trip (even if it's just Capt Cook's) so we can spend some time over there. That dance party at Playhouse Disney is so much fun! So glad Dylan finally warmed up to Minnie - he's so grown up!! :)

Well, I'll try to keep up as much as possible: I know you sometimes have more time than others to update and I haven't been on the DIS too much lately myself.

Oh, one more thing...I really like your bag you have in the PeopleMover! (green and white Mickey heads) Is that a parks purchase or online?

I feel so bad because I barely was on the computer the entire time we were on our trip. When we got back, it took me about 2 weeks to get onto the Dis, and then I saw your PM about getting there early. I wish I had gotten that message while we were still there. I definitely would have tried to work it out to meet up! Sorry for the missed opportunity.

I love that bag too. I got it at the park in California (DCA) last spring. I almost didn't get it because I was debating it, and decided to just do it. When we went back just a couple months later, they were nowhere to be found. I'm sooo glad I bought it. Perfect bag for summer stuff and for the parks too.


Wow - you really got to do a lot and Dylan looks like he was having a great time. Isn't it cool how kids always look up to their big cousins. They become instant role models.

You got some great pictures of the Osbourne lights and :thumbsup2 to back to back rides on ToT!

Dylan thinks his cousin is so cool. And Elijah is sweet enough to spend time trying to understand what Dylan is randomly talking about. :laughing:

The Osbourne lights are amazing. I still want to try to post video so that everyone can see how they dance to the music.

Dugette
08-29-2011, 10:48 PM
I'm glad you're back! I just realized that I never commented on your last update. Sounds like it was a great night! Everyone got to have some fun, from the dance party to ToT. And, of course, the Osborne Lights! :cloud9: You asked about posting video of them--I always just upload it to Photobucket and paste the image code, just like with a picture. I'm not sure if there's a better way to do that, but works for me! :thumbsup2 Looking forward to more...I really enjoy your TRs!

Sunset Cliffs
08-30-2011, 01:05 AM
I'm glad you're back! I just realized that I never commented on your last update. Sounds like it was a great night! Everyone got to have some fun, from the dance party to ToT. And, of course, the Osborne Lights! :cloud9: You asked about posting video of them--I always just upload it to Photobucket and paste the image code, just like with a picture. I'm not sure if there's a better way to do that, but works for me! :thumbsup2 Looking forward to more...I really enjoy your TRs!

Thank you!! It feels good to be back. How have you been? I have been working on an update today. Hopefully will have it posted by tomorrow.

I don't usually use PHotobucket so I think that's why I didn't realize that it was an option. I use Shutterfly to post pictures here & I can't do video through that site. I will have to look into Photobucket because some of the video I took on this trip is worth posting. The Osbourne Lights are hard to describe. Better to see!

Thanks for sticking with me. I promise I am not this flaky in my normal life. It's just August that kills me every year.

Sunset Cliffs
08-30-2011, 01:54 AM
Sorry for the big gap in updates! We have had a very busy summer and yesterday was my first time on the Dis in 6 weeks!! It feels so good to have some time to sit down and catch up. July was a wonderful month of traveling. We went to Disneyland for a day and then down to San Diego for a family reunion on Todd’s side of the family. We also painted and did other house projects. August 1st is the first day of my craziest month of the year. I work at a high school and the Registration process started on the 2nd and I have been so busy with student activities for the entire month. I think things are starting to calm down a little, so … onto the next update.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

WARNING! This is a very picture-heavy update. Sorry, but I couldn’t decide what to eliminate. Then I figured I’d just put them all in.

We woke up around 8:30 this morning. The plan was to meet my parents for breakfast at the Riverside Mill food court, so we got ready and walked over at 9:30. It was much busier today than the day before and you could feel that the crowds were starting to show up for the Thanksgiving holiday. The 3 of us split a breakfast platter and a kid’s pancake. It was good, but was basic breakfast food.

After breakfast we went for a walk to look at the property more and to let Dylan see the pool. I know that I have seen so many pictures of this resort, but I honestly think that POR is one of the most beautiful hotels on property. Sorry, but I got a little carried away with the pictures.

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On our way to the pool.

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The stamping in the sidewalks was so cool!

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We got to the pool and it looked pretty amazing. Dylan wanted to go swimming right then so we showed him the playground that was right next to it as a distraction. He played for about 15 minutes or so. The playground was perfect for kids of a lot of different ages. It is very thought out about easier areas and more difficult areas.

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Look at this tree that was right next to the pool. It was transplanted here from another location in Florida and it weighed 85 tons!! It took 3 days to move it. I have never seen any other tree that compares.

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Angelyn called from the lobby to say they were checking in, since they had checked out of the Poly that morning. We told Dylan we had to go and he started to cry because he wanted to go swimming. I said to him, “No, we are going to Epcot, then we will swim later.” He started to throw a fit. He has no idea how good he has it, when the day’s agenda has Epcot & swimming on it. In his defense, the pool did look really fun.

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Angelyn was still in the line for Online Check In when we got to the lobby and it was moving VERY slowly. She finally got up to the counter and they checked her in but didn’t give her a room number yet. We went back to our room and they left all of their computers and other valuable things there, rather than leaving them in the car at the park. We all drove over to Epcot and we finally made it in the park by 12:30. That was disappointing because we had planned on being there much earlier.

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We found a PP person right in front of the big ball and took the opportunity to get our pictures taken as a whole group. It was so bright that we all forgot to take off our sunglasses. Oh well.

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First on the agenda was to get a FP for Test Track so we headed over there. The time to come back was 7:30 that evening, but we figured that would work for us so we went ahead and got them. We walked over to catch one of the ferries across the water.

Beautiful!

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We caught the ferry on the left side, but it only took us to Germany. I guess they have changed the routes and now they don’t go to both stops in the back. Left side only goes to Germany and right side only goes to Morrocco. Once we got off the ferry, we had about a half hour before our lunch ADR, so we all split off to do different things. Todd & I took Dylan to look at the train set in Germany. He LOVED the trains! He is so into them right now and he just followed them all over the place.

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Dreaming that he is riding the train…

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So cute how they have the little village decorated for the holidays too.

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Beautiful day at Epcot

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We wandered our way over to our ADR. Where was it?...... At Chef’s de France! I was excited and nervous about this ADR. We have pretty simple tastes, and every time that I read a review about this place, people were always talking about the salmon, or duck or lamb, and that is SOO not us. I have never even considered eating there, until Angelyn asked me to look at the menu. I found some things I thought we would like so we booked it. We checked in and had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated. We sat outside by the fountain, where Dylan proceeded to get into a small water fight with my dad. I said something about it being a nice restaurant and I didn’t want Dylan all wet and my dad said, “Not my fault” (jokingly) and Dylan instantly repeated him, “Not MY fault.” Hmmmm. Not good.

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We got seated in a table near the large windows at the front. It is a beautiful restaurant! It was made even more beautiful by the Christmas decorations.

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I remembered to get pictures of everyone and as our waitress walked up, she offered to take a picture of the whole table. She was a great waitress and was very sweet.

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Continued in next post

Sunset Cliffs
08-30-2011, 01:57 AM
I ordered the Crepe Florentine and Todd ordered the 3 Course Meal, which was great because you got to pick an appetizer, main course & dessert. He picked the French Onion soup, the baked Mac & Cheese, and crème brulee for dessert. I thought it was a really good value at $23 for all 3 items!

First came the French Onion Soup. OMGoodness! YUM! Nothing more to be said, other than you need to try it!

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Before we could get any further into our meal, we saw a waiter pushing a fancy cart up to our table. I realized that this was the guy who brings Chef Remy around to visit. He started talking to Dylan and then lifts the lid off the tray. I should first say that Dylan had not seen the Ratatouille movie, so he was a bit confused at first. This Remy looked real! It was amazing what it could do. It’s movements and sounds were very realistic. On top of that, the waiter was very over the top. He played his part perfectly.

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See his face? I told you the guy was way into it.

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The experience only lasted a couple of minutes and I honestly think Todd & I were more excited than Dylan. He liked it, but if he had seen the movie, he would have liked it more.

After that excitement, our food came.

My crepe:

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Baked Mac & Cheese

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Crème brulee

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My dad got the Chocolate Puffs for dessert

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My mom ordered the quiche, my dad got a sandwich, Angelyn got the crepe, Bryan got the Mac & Cheese and Elijah got the Mahi-Mahi sandwich. Everyone raved about their food. It was the best meal that I have had in a while. The atmosphere was pleasant without being too stuffy, and it is on my list of places to go to again.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone, but it is pricey, so be prepared if you are paying OOP. We went at lunch time because the menu was cheaper than dinner, but we still paid a lot. I feel like it was worth the expense to try something new and have it taste as good as it did. We all left very full and very satisfied. I’m so grateful that Angelyn asked me to give it a try!

eecteacher82
08-30-2011, 10:49 AM
Yeah! You're back! Great update! We love POR as well! We stayed in Feb/March of this year and had a great time! I'm right there with you on simple foods, which is why I had pretty much ruled out Chefs! I think we might have to give it a shot now! Can't wait to read more! Did Dylan get on all the 40 inch rides? Olivia is FINALLY tall enough (as of our trip last week) and rode every single 40 inch ride! She was so excited!

jubelee1872000
08-30-2011, 04:16 PM
I'm following along! Love your TR! Your son is so cute too! My youngest DS will be 3 on the last day of our trip..can't wait to hear more!

Sunset Cliffs
08-30-2011, 11:45 PM
Yeah! You're back! Great update! We love POR as well! We stayed in Feb/March of this year and had a great time! I'm right there with you on simple foods, which is why I had pretty much ruled out Chefs! I think we might have to give it a shot now! Can't wait to read more! Did Dylan get on all the 40 inch rides? Olivia is FINALLY tall enough (as of our trip last week) and rode every single 40 inch ride! She was so excited!

Hi there!! POR is so great. If we ever get to stay on property again, I want to stay there. It is so peaceful there compared to the rest of WDW, and it gives you a nice mental break when you come "home".

I was so surprised by how much we liked Chefs. I really thought it would be too fancy for my taste, but we like everything that we tasted.

Olivia is so brave! Good for her. No, Dylan did not want to do any of the big rides yet, so we didn't push him. I figure if we go back in the next year or so, he might be ready. I can't wait for that day!


I'm following along! Love your TR! Your son is so cute too! My youngest DS will be 3 on the last day of our trip..can't wait to hear more!

Welcome! Thank you for reading. :goodvibes How fun that your DS will have his birthday at WDW. There is no better place for that! I think that toddler age is a great time to take them, because they look at things in such a fun way. I will have to check out your PTR to see your plans.

tinkgurl
08-31-2011, 03:31 PM
Yay! An update! I always get so excited to see more of Dylan.

Your POR pics are beautiful!

Looks like Dylan had fun playing around. :)

Oh goodness, Dylan would have so much fun looking at the little train set with Fiance and Little Guy. I love that pic of him "dreaming".

Chefs de France looks so good!

Sunset Cliffs
08-31-2011, 09:37 PM
Yay! An update! I always get so excited to see more of Dylan.

Your POR pics are beautiful!

Looks like Dylan had fun playing around. :)

Oh goodness, Dylan would have so much fun looking at the little train set with Fiance and Little Guy. I love that pic of him "dreaming".

Chefs de France looks so good!

Hi there!! :goodvibes I've taken too long of a break. It's so nice to have a little extra time to be back on the site.

I took sooo many pictures of POR. I couldn't help myself. A future update is going to have a lot more.

The train set was a big hit. He stood in the middle and kept running back & forth to follow the trains. I think it's kind of a rule that all boys (regardless of age) need to like trains. :laughing:

How are your wedding plans going? I feel like I have missed hearing about it,but since your TR is done, is there somewhere else you are posting? Are you on Facebook?

Dugette
08-31-2011, 10:43 PM
How have you been?
Doing okay. I think I may have mentioned earlier that we were possibly going to Disneyland this fall, but that didn't end up working out. Instead, we are going back to WDW for Food & Wine 5 weeks from today! :woohoo:

Thanks for sticking with me. I promise I am not this flaky in my normal life. It's just August that kills me every year.
No worries. I'm only halfway through writing my TR after nearly 9 months! :eek:


Great update! Sounds like a good start to the day. POR is so pretty. I loved walking along the river when we stayed there. And that pool did look fun! I love that Dylan doesn't know how good he has it with a day of Epcot and swimming. :rotfl:

Epcot looks beautiful that day too. Especially on the boat ride. I'm just amazed how they can dress up that train village for special occasions...we've seen it done up for Christmas and for Food & Wine!

I was finally sold on Chefs de France when I kept seeing positive reviews, almost all of which involved lots of cheese! When we went there, we shared one of the three course meals, which was just perfect (and $20 bucks for a lunch for two is not too bad!) And Remy and his handler were so fun!

Looking forward to more!

Sunset Cliffs
09-04-2011, 11:38 AM
Doing okay. I think I may have mentioned earlier that we were possibly going to Disneyland this fall, but that didn't end up working out. Instead, we are going back to WDW for Food & Wine 5 weeks from today! :woohoo:


No worries. I'm only halfway through writing my TR after nearly 9 months! :eek:


Great update! Sounds like a good start to the day. POR is so pretty. I loved walking along the river when we stayed there. And that pool did look fun! I love that Dylan doesn't know how good he has it with a day of Epcot and swimming. :rotfl:

Epcot looks beautiful that day too. Especially on the boat ride. I'm just amazed how they can dress up that train village for special occasions...we've seen it done up for Christmas and for Food & Wine!

I was finally sold on Chefs de France when I kept seeing positive reviews, almost all of which involved lots of cheese! When we went there, we shared one of the three course meals, which was just perfect (and $20 bucks for a lunch for two is not too bad!) And Remy and his handler were so fun!

Looking forward to more!
Yay! That is so exciting that you get to go back so soon! Where are you staying? That is the perfect time of year to go because it should be slow.

Our favorite time of year to go to WDW is now the holidays. I think it makes the magical feeling even more intense when you see everything decorated for the holidays. The trains are a good example of that, and honestly how many people walk by it every day and never know it was decorated too? It's cool that they care enough to do those little details.

Next time we go to CHef's, I would not mind sharing one of the 3 course meals. We didn't know what Dylan would eat and all 3 of us were sharing so I got the crepe too. It was really good so I'm glad that I did, but it was a lot of food between us!

Sunset Cliffs
09-04-2011, 11:49 AM
After a VERY delicious lunch at Chefs de France, we didn’t really have a plan so we wandered around towards the front of the park. We heard music coming from the back of the United Kingdom so we took a detour around the back. The British Invasion were playing some Beatles songs and they were really good. We have never been able to catch one of their shows, and it turns out we only were able to watch them for 1 ½ songs before they were done. I would love to sit down and watch a whole performance of theirs, since I love the Beatles music so much.

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Dylan couldn’t see because we were standing along a side path in a garden, so I picked him up and we were dancing while I was singing one of the songs to him. He didn’t know the words, but he was trying his best to sing along.

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We continued walking towards Future World with good music stuck in our heads. Dylan caught his second wind and wanted to walk instead of ride in his stroller. He danced all the way to FW. I wish I would have taken video, it was so cute.

We ended up at the Nemo ride and since it was a walk on, we decided to go for it.

Watching the seagulls say, “Mine, mine, mine.”

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In our clam mobile

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Dylan loved the ride, although he got a little scared in some of the dark parts. I love the jellyfish section. It’s so pretty! After the ride we headed to the aquarium. Again, Dylan was a little scared in here. The fish swimming towards us would freak him out. I had to explain being in versus out of the water, and how the fish could not touch him. After that he calmed down & we spent a little time just watching the fish. He kept getting concerned when he would see small fish by themselves and ask where their mommies were. So sweet. He was worried about the baby fish being lost from their moms. I love hearing the things that go on in his head!

We left Epcot around 4:00 to take Dylan for a nap. He was too wound up to sleep and didn’t end up falling asleep until after 5:00. Todd said he was going to nap as well, so I grabbed my mug, my phone and my journal and went to sit out by the river to catch up on my TR.

All I can say is that the next moments felt magical to me. Even remembering this moment almost a year later, I can remember exactly how I felt. There is no reason for it, but I will say it was one of my most “Disney moments” I have ever had. I sat down on a white bench near my building that overlooked the water. I just sat for a while and watched all of the movement around me, but to be honest the whole area was very still & quiet. I couldn’t believe how peaceful it felt in the middle of this large resort, which was in the middle of WDW. I had such a calm about me, and it was cool in the shade. I was completely enjoying having some alone time, which I realized that I don’t have enough of. It’s my fault though, because I don’t allow myself to take alone time since I feel like I need to spend my free time with Dylan since I am gone so much for work.

I grabbed my journal & started scribbling. These were my exact words from my journal. “BEST moment of the trip so far. SO peaceful. Horse carriage went by. The sun is setting by POFQ so the water is reflecting everything. The boat captains are waving at me each time they drive by. No words to describe this moment other than Disney Moment. I wish that I could sit on this bench forever.”

I probably sat there for an hour, writing and absorbing everything around me. The thing that finally broke the tranquility is a guy who was smoking and talking on his cell phone. He came and sat down RIGHT NEXT to me. Apparently I had picked the bench near an ash tray and he felt the need to park it right there and have his loud conversation, even though there was no other person around. It was so awkward, but I didn’t give up my bench because I was there first! Lol. He finally left after 15 minutes or so, and I wrote up my TR until it was too dark to see. I am so bummed that I forgot my camera in the room, so I have no pictures to document the moment. I took a few pictures on my cell phone, but they are not good quality.

I walked to the main building and filled up my mug, then I browsed through the gift shop for a bit. They had these amazing looking rice crispy treats that were decorated like Christmas presents. If you know me, you know those are my favorite treats, so I was going to need to buy one later. By now it was dark out, but I took my time walking back & enjoying everything lit up. I saw a sign near a couple of rooms that said “Welcome Home David” with military flags on it. Very cool to know that someone was reuniting with his family after being gone.

By the time I got back, I had been gone about 1 ½ hours, but I was completely refreshed and totally happy. Todd was awake so I told him he needed to go for a walk to check out the grounds, so he left. I checked my email for a bit and Todd got back right as Dylan was waking up around 7:00. He was really happy with his walk, and kept talking about how much he loved the resort too.

We got ready to go and left at 7:30 to go back to Epcot. Angelyn had to work so she stayed at the hotel, and Bryan & Elijah rode with my parents back to the park. We got back and found a PP person in the same spot as earlier that day, so we took some night pictures in front of the ball. I love all of the colored lights that were on it.

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This one is so sweet with my parents.

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After that, we went straight to Test Track to use our FPs. The lines were all incredibly long. The regular line was 160 minutes!! The SRL was 40 minutes and the FP return line was longer than the SRL. I stayed with Dylan while the others got in line and I took him to look at the cars in the showroom to pass the time. He wanted to sit in all of them, and since it wasn’t crowded I let him. We wandered from car to car, he wanted to be in the driver seat and he always wanted me to sit in the back seat. Ha, ha. Roll reversal, I suppose.

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Time passed quickly but they didn’t get off the ride until 8:30. Todd & I went to get back in line using mine & Angelyn’s FPs, but after 5 minutes in line, the ride broke down. It was 8:40 by now, so we chose to leave so that we could see Illuminations. We have not watched this show in probably 7 years, so we wanted to make time to see it. We knew we were not going to find a great spot by the water, so we walked around the left side towards WS, but stopped at that building before you get to the Showcase Plaza. I think it used to be a restaurant, but now there is the First Aid area and some bathrooms there. It was not the best view to see the show, but there were no crowds at all. We passed the time playing with Dylan and he & Elijah got more bonding time in.

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Dylan has never really been scared of fireworks, but this time he got scared when they started. He climbed into his stroller and pulled the hood down, but after a few minutes he got back out & watched the show. The fireworks were amazing, even from our limited perspective. We could not see much of the globe in the water at all, but we were just happy to see the show and hear the music. It made me want to come back and actually get a good spot to watch it from. Here are a couple shots from where we were standing.

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After it was over, we realized we had not eaten since our lunch at Chefs de France & we were all starving. We ended up driving over to the Crossroads area and getting Taco Bell for dinner. Finally a cheaper meal! We were already getting tired of paying Disney prices for each meal, so it was nice to pay less than $10 for all of us to eat. That is the great thing about having a rental car, a lot more options & flexibility.

We brought food back to Angelyn and we all gathered in their room to discuss the next day. We decided to get up early and go to the park from 9:00 – 1:00, then Dylan would have his nap, then go back for EMH. We got back to our room at 11:00 and were asleep by midnight, intending to get up around 7:00 the next morning. In the middle of the night, Dylan fell out of his bed, despite having the bed rails on the bed. Poor kid! The rail just pulled right out from under the mattress when his weight leaned on it too hard. He was crying and I put him back in his bed, then slept with him the rest of the night. I did not get good sleep at all, since he moves around so much but I was worried about him falling again. When we woke up in the morning, I asked him if he remembered falling and he didn’t remember it at all.

Dugette
09-05-2011, 10:04 PM
Yay! That is so exciting that you get to go back so soon! Where are you staying? That is the perfect time of year to go because it should be slow.
Yes, we hope it will be slow and decent weather too! We're staying at Pop Century. PTR in my signature, if you're interested.

Nice update. I bet it was super peaceful sitting there at POR by the water. We never took the time to do that when we stayed there, but we did take some walks around and it was so quiet and peaceful and pretty. Glad you had your "Disney moment." (Except for the obnoxious cell phone smoker guy!)

That was cute at Test Track that Dylan wanted you to sit in the back while he drove! :rotfl:

Glad you got to see British Invasion. We never managed to see them and I guess they've been replaced by another act now. Cute that Dylan was trying to sing along!

Scary that Dylan fell out of bed! Hope the next day goes well and you aren't too tired!

MEK
09-06-2011, 09:55 AM
Welcome Back to your TR. I loved your last two updates.

I agree with you that PO is one of my favorite resorts. I just love it there - both the french quarter and riverside - they are SO Disney.

You meal at Le Chefs sounds wonderful. I ate lunch there in May and loved it.

I love your "Disney Moment". Isn't it great to have a moment like that that you can go back to whenever you need it.

I swear smokers get some of the best spots! :sad2:

basketkat
09-06-2011, 02:27 PM
Oh your "Disney Moment" sounds so nice!!! Well...minus the smoking cell phone guy! :rolleyes:

Sunset Cliffs
09-06-2011, 05:54 PM
Yes, we hope it will be slow and decent weather too! We're staying at Pop Century. PTR in my signature, if you're interested.

Nice update. I bet it was super peaceful sitting there at POR by the water. We never took the time to do that when we stayed there, but we did take some walks around and it was so quiet and peaceful and pretty. Glad you had your "Disney moment." (Except for the obnoxious cell phone smoker guy!)

That was cute at Test Track that Dylan wanted you to sit in the back while he drove! :rotfl:

Glad you got to see British Invasion. We never managed to see them and I guess they've been replaced by another act now. Cute that Dylan was trying to sing along!

Scary that Dylan fell out of bed! Hope the next day goes well and you aren't too tired!

Smoker guy caused the end of my Disney Moment. But I guess it had to end sometime right? :confused3 I'm just glad for the hour that I had while it was nice & peaceful.

I thought it was hilarious that Dylan wanted me to sit in the backseat of all the cars. I understand him wanting to sit in the driver's seat, but he kept saying, "No mom. In back." :laughing:

Oh no! I didn't know that British Invasion was gone! I'm so bummed because I was really going to make an effort to catch one of their shows next time.

Sunset Cliffs
09-06-2011, 05:59 PM
Welcome Back to your TR. I loved your last two updates.

I agree with you that PO is one of my favorite resorts. I just love it there - both the french quarter and riverside - they are SO Disney.

You meal at Le Chefs sounds wonderful. I ate lunch there in May and loved it.

I love your "Disney Moment". Isn't it great to have a moment like that that you can go back to whenever you need it.

I swear smokers get some of the best spots! :sad2:

It's good to be back. August is the hardest month of the year for me, due to what I do at the high school. Lots of overtime and lots of stress to get the school year started every year. It feels so good to think about vacations again!

Every time I look at pictures of POR, it makes me want to go back. I had seen pictures before we stayed there, but I never grasped how beautiful it was until we stayed there. The theming is perfect!

Ha, ha. You are right about smokers getting all the best spots. It was weird because this guy sat uncomfortably close to me, but I was so mad about him interrupting my moment that I didn't budge at all. It occurred to me after he left how weird the whole thing was.


Oh your "Disney Moment" sounds so nice!!! Well...minus the smoking cell phone guy! :rolleyes:

Yeah, I could have done without him. :laughing: It is one of my favorite moments of this trip, and probably a lot of others too.

MEK
09-06-2011, 08:11 PM
It was weird because this guy sat uncomfortably close to me, but I was so mad about him interrupting my moment that I didn't budge at all. It occurred to me after he left how weird the whole thing was.


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Yeah - that is weird. :confused3 But good for you for standing your ground! Maybe he was looking for a way to hit on you so he practically got in your lap hoping you'd ask him a smoke. :rotfl:

By the way - your pictures are lovely. Great composition! I can't see photobucket pics when I read at work so I am just looking at them now. Nice!

LilAnn
09-06-2011, 11:58 PM
Okay, catching up now that I am back. Loved your pictures of POR because it totally brought me back to our vacation. We really enjoyed it too. Sadly, we never got a chance to really experience the pool too much since it was pretty chilly out when we went in Feb.

Totally laughed out loud (for real) when I saw your rice crispy comment. Oh, I do remember your fondness for the Disney ones. ;)

If you peek on FB, you'll see that our little girl braved one of the 40" rides. We were so surprised when she kept asking us to go on it since she is such the timid one with rides, but she survived and has decided to wait until she is older to go on it again. :laughing:

Aw, poor Dylan falling out of bed. That is usually why I end up sleeping with her on trips and my hubby ends up getting a great night sleep every night on vacations. ;)

Oh, I have so missed your updates! One day we will meet! Ideally our kiddos will still be kiddos so they can play.

Sunset Cliffs
09-07-2011, 06:26 PM
Yeah - that is weird. :confused3 But good for you for standing your ground! Maybe he was looking for a way to hit on you so he practically got in your lap hoping you'd ask him a smoke. :rotfl:

By the way - your pictures are lovely. Great composition! I can't see photobucket pics when I read at work so I am just looking at them now. Nice!

Well, he definitely got my attention, but not in any sort of positive way. :laughing:

Thank you about my pictures! I take that as a big compliment from you, since you are such an amazing photographer! I don't think you can take many bad pictures are POR. Everywhere you glance looks like it could be a postcard.


Okay, catching up now that I am back. Loved your pictures of POR because it totally brought me back to our vacation. We really enjoyed it too. Sadly, we never got a chance to really experience the pool too much since it was pretty chilly out when we went in Feb.

Totally laughed out loud (for real) when I saw your rice crispy comment. Oh, I do remember your fondness for the Disney ones. ;)

If you peek on FB, you'll see that our little girl braved one of the 40" rides. We were so surprised when she kept asking us to go on it since she is such the timid one with rides, but she survived and has decided to wait until she is older to go on it again. :laughing:

Aw, poor Dylan falling out of bed. That is usually why I end up sleeping with her on trips and my hubby ends up getting a great night sleep every night on vacations. ;)

Oh, I have so missed your updates! One day we will meet! Ideally our kiddos will still be kiddos so they can play.

I knew as soon as I wrote my rice crispy comment that you would get it. :laughing: I can't help it! They are just SOO good.

I saw that picture of her on FB. I am so impressed with her! That is hilarious that she feels once is enough for now. I hope that the next time we go, Dylan will be a little more adventurous, but I have learned my lesson about pushing him before he is ready.

I felt so bad for him falling. I don't really understand how the rails were supposed to help him when they only go under the mattress by about 6 inches. He isn't a small kid, so maybe he weighed more than they allowed for.

I agree that I can't wait until the day when we can get together. Our kids are way too similiar to not try to get them to meet. :goodvibes

tinkgurl
09-07-2011, 08:39 PM
How are your wedding plans going? I feel like I have missed hearing about it,but since your TR is done, is there somewhere else you are posting? Are you on Facebook?

Wedding plans are going well! Some stuff for our center pieces came in last week! I'm not posting anywhere else. But, I will be doing a PTR and a TR for our "Disney-moon" next year! :)

On a side note, today was Little Guy's first day of his second year of pre-school. I was sad all day. :laughing:

Purple Opal
09-08-2011, 12:23 AM
I thought it was hilarious that Dylan wanted me to sit in the backseat of all the cars. I understand him wanting to sit in the driver's seat, but he kept saying, "No mom. In back." :laughing:



It's funny. In dream analysis, the one driving the car is "in control" or the boss of the situation. If you have a dream where you are driving, you are in control. Maybe D gets that on a subconcious level. :woohoo: (that's supposed to be him driving lol)

pinkxray
09-09-2011, 10:06 AM
I love your POR pictures. It is very hard to see how pretty POR is in pictures, it is sooooo much prettier in person.

I never got a chance to walk the grounds at night. DH did one night and said it was beautiful. I had a cold during our trip and as soon as we would return I would be in bed, completely out. I thought about staying there for our one night stay but I want to wait until the refurb is done to go back.

Ugh, I don't get that guy that sat down next to you.:confused3

Poor Dylan, being forced to go to Epcot instead of being able to swim. That pool does look inviting.

Chefs is on my must do list for our next full trip. I hope Remy is still there since Ratatouille is one of my favorite movies. The onion soup looks so good.

Sunset Cliffs
09-10-2011, 11:30 AM
Wedding plans are going well! Some stuff for our center pieces came in last week! I'm not posting anywhere else. But, I will be doing a PTR and a TR for our "Disney-moon" next year! :)

On a side note, today was Little Guy's first day of his second year of pre-school. I was sad all day. :laughing:

Yay! Wedding planning is so fun. All the details can be stressful, but it always ends up so beautiful! I can't wait for you to start your PTR. It's never too early to start, right? ;)

Oh no! Preschool. I totally understand. You poor thing! We decided to start Dylan in preschool this year, just 2 days a week for the mornings. It was kind of a last minute decision and suddenly it was time for him to go. He has enjoyed it so far, and I went with him the first day to drop him off (I'm usually at work by that time, so Todd drops him off). He just hugged me, said, "Bye mom." and walked inside. No tears. Nothing. Which was good & bad, since I didn't have to go back to work a crying mess. :laughing: I will post a picture after these replies so you can see him now. He looks so grown up, and him going to preschool a couple of days a week is a big transition for us!


It's funny. In dream analysis, the one driving the car is "in control" or the boss of the situation. If you have a dream where you are driving, you are in control. Maybe D gets that on a subconcious level. :woohoo: (that's supposed to be him driving lol)

I don't think there was any subconscious about it. He wanted to drive the car and he wanted me to be the passenger in the back!:rotfl: I think he is sick of being strapped in the back seat all the time. We switched him to riding in my Jeep the other day (he is always in Todd's car), and he kept telling me how "beautiful" my car was and how much fun he had in my car. I think he needs to get out more. lol.


I love your POR pictures. It is very hard to see how pretty POR is in pictures, it is sooooo much prettier in person.

I never got a chance to walk the grounds at night. DH did one night and said it was beautiful. I had a cold during our trip and as soon as we would return I would be in bed, completely out. I thought about staying there for our one night stay but I want to wait until the refurb is done to go back.

Ugh, I don't get that guy that sat down next to you.:confused3

Poor Dylan, being forced to go to Epcot instead of being able to swim. That pool does look inviting.

Chefs is on my must do list for our next full trip. I hope Remy is still there since Ratatouille is one of my favorite movies. The onion soup looks so good.

I never realized how pretty POR is until we were there for a few days. Everywhere you look is so pleasant to look at. That's disappointing that you were sick and had to go straight to bed. One of the things I kept thinking was that they used their lighting really well at night, and there was a total feeling of safety when I was walking around by myself.

Yeah, someday Dylan will realize how good he has it on vacation. When I was a kid, we never got to do big trips like this. He loves to swim though, so I don't blame him.

The onion soup was one of the best I have ever had. I like that kind of soup, but normally Todd doesn't, since he is not a big onion person. I think he ate at least half of it, and he wished he had ordered his own. Chefs was great!

Sunset Cliffs
09-10-2011, 11:36 AM
I wanted to just post a current picture of Dylan, for all of you that have followed along with my past TRs. It has been almost a year since this trip that I am writing about right now, and he is so much bigger.

Tink mentioned her Little Guy going to preschool, and we have started Dylan in preschool a couple of days a week this year. He is really liking it and we are happy that he is going, but it is a big transition for us!

This picture is of him about a month ago before we went to church. This was just a few days before preschool started, and I thought he looked like such a big boy. He is still 3 right now, but turns 4 next week. I wish this was his first day of school picture but they tell us to dress him to play and get dirty. No cute clothes for the first day of school. Once I upload his 1st day pictures, I will post those too.

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Sunset Cliffs
09-10-2011, 02:21 PM
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It was the day before Thanksgiving, and we were expecting bigger crowds today, so the plan was to get up early and get to the AK before it got too hot or too crowded. So far on this trip, the weather had been perfect. It was hot, but not nearly as hot as during the summer time, and I prefer being hot to being cold. It was freezing back at home so I wasn’t going to complain about the heat!

Todd got up at 7:00 am to shower and I was up by 7:30. We both got ready for the day and woke Dylan up at 8:00. After getting him ready, eating a quick snack in the room and packing our bag for the day, we were all ready to go by 8:35. Considering our goal was to leave at 8:30, I was impressed with our group! We drove all 3 of our cars to the park this day and we pulled in right around 9:00. I love that free parking is included when you stay on-property! We walked to the entrance of the park since it was so close and we didn’t want to wait for the tram. Once we got to the entrance, we found a PP person taking pictures by the Christmas tree, so we took advantage of that.

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Dylan was being super clingy this morning, and he looks like a little monkey baby in a lot of these pictures. Ha, ha.

The Christmas decorations are so unique at the AK. They must have the most creative people working for Disney, because I could never come up with the things that they do.

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Our plan was to get a Fastpass at EE and then go to the Safari. If we were going to do a lot of walking, we wanted it to be early in the day when we weren’t tired & it wasn’t too hot. We had missed rope drop, so there wasn’t a ton of people walking in a pack, so we made it through the Oasis pretty quickly, but stopped for a couple more PP pictures in front of the tree.

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We took a right at the Tree and headed towards EE. There was not quite the herd of people that you get during rope drop, but there were still quite a few. Not very many people were stopping at other attractions. Everyone was heading for EE. I felt bad because there is so much detail to this park and I wanted Bryan to see it and enjoy it. Angelyn said we would slow down once there were more people in the park. Right now we were on a mission. We made it to EE and the FP return time was for 10:30, which was only an hour away. Perfect. We got our FP’s and then saw that there was about 15 people in the SRL, so we decided to get in that line. We were on the ride in no time at all. There was a mix up with the loading, and my dad and Elijah ended up riding together anyway. I LOVE THIS RIDE! It is my favorite of all the coasters at WDW. The only disappointing thing is that the Yeti was not moving around. They just used the strobe light effect on him again. Is that a permanent situation now?

My mom stayed with Dylan since she doesn’t ride many of the coasters. Dylan loves to play on the stairs right outside the exit. She told me that every time a train would go down the big drop, Dylan would ask if that was the fast train that mommy & daddy were on. He kept calling it the “snowy mountain train ride” the whole trip. Now that we are back home, you can see mountains all around our town with snow on top of them. A few months after we got home, Dylan kept referring to the mountains as “scary”. I asked him why & he kept talking about the “snowy train ride”. I finally realized that he thought all tall mountains with snow on them had a roller coaster at the top. So funny.

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We walked around to the Safari, but it took forever to get there because of the tight walkways in that area. When Disney designed the park, did they not realize the massive amounts of people that would be going to EE? Not only that, but there are a lot of people waiting around for their group that is riding on the coaster. It was so congested with strollers and people just standing around.

Once we got closer to the Safari, we saw Divine. She was so well hidden that we almost walked right past her.

Can you see her?

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She is so beautiful! She blends in so well, that a lot of people walked right by her without seeing her. She finally started to cross the road and a guy almost hit her with his stroller because he wasn’t paying attention. We watched her for a few minutes and she is amazing, the way she can move on those stilts. She was wrapping herself around trees and basically doing crazy yoga moves. She would make eye contact with people and smile. Such a flirt! This is the 2nd or 3rd time we have seen her and it is great every time.

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The posted time at the Safari was 45 minutes, but we waited no longer than 20. It was nice & cool in line, not sweaty & gross like it usually is if you go later in the day. It was so nice to be there early and avoid the heat. This park is so humid and traps in the heat more than other parks. We took advantage of waiting in line to take some family pictures.

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I love this picture. Angelyn took this while I was talking to Dylan. He is such a sweet little boy.

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We had a great driver. She was a young blonde girl, who was VERY into the acting part of the job (poachers chasing you, etc). Her voice sounds just like the princesses in the stage shows and she was overly animated in everything she said. I have no doubt that she was just trying to earn her way into the performing part of Disney, but for now she was stuck being a Safari driver. Lol. She was still very entertaining, which was good because the jeeps were backed up from the beginning of the ride and we went really slow. That would have been really nice, if there had been any animals out. You could tell the driver was really trying to find animals to point out to us, but it was very sparse for the first half of the ride.

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I won’t post all of the animal pictures, but there were a few good moments. The white rhino was just hanging out…

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The baby giraffe was hiding in the tall grass while he ate.

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My favorite moment of the Safari. The baby elephant. The real one, not the one rescued from the poachers at the end. Lol. The baby was just hanging out with the mama elephant and it was the sweetest thing to observe. I was scrambling to get my camera turned on and missed some really good photos. By the time I got it on, they had turned to walk away, but the mama put her trunk around the baby and was hugging/guiding it along. It brought tears to my eyes. The maternal instinct is strong in every mother, not just humans.

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I never get tired of looking at these trees.

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The ride took so long that by the time we got off, there was not time to walk on the Pangani Forest trail like we had planned on doing. We wanted to make the 11:30 showing of the Nemo show. We power walked all the way back around past EE to the Nemo building. It is so frustrating that there is no faster way to get there, than to take that long walk around the water. We got there about 10 minutes early but we were still very far back in line. They let most of the people in, but we had to wait. Then they let us in, but we were sitting on the bottom row of the bleachers in the back. They are terrible seats for seeing the stage. Here is the view, when I stood up.

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I sat Dylan on my lap so he got a little higher to see. He was wiggly and wanted to leave, but I told him no. The show started going and he was fine…until the sharks came on stage. He got scared of them and even after they were off the stage, he could not recover. He just wanted to leave. Then he said he had to go potty. I thought it was a trick to get us to leave the show, so I told him he needed to wait. It wasn’t a trick, and I should have listened to him. He peed all over my lap. This was a day that we had not put pull-ups on him, just regular underwear, so we both got soaked. I took him to the bathroom outside and changed all of his clothes, but my pants were still wet. We sat outside in the sun to let my pants dry and wait for everyone else to come out of the show, which was about 10 more minutes. I felt really bad about not believing Dylan and realized that until he was fully potty trained, I have to trust that he is telling me the truth and not just using it as a manipulation. For what it’s worth, after we got him changed, he had a great time playing outside and forgot all about it.

Coming up next…a delicious and totally annoying lunch.

eecteacher82
09-10-2011, 03:17 PM
Oh my goodness! Dylan looks so grown up! I'm glad he is liking preschool! We actually just started Olivia in preschool as well. Just 2 mornings a week, but it was time to break the mommy bond since we literally spend all day, everyday together and have since she was born! She loves it as well and I'm glad we decided on it.

Isn't the not listening to them when they say they have to go to the bathroom the worst! I have had the exact same thing happen to me when we were still potty training Olivia. We learned quickly that when she would go, she wouldn't go all the way, so 10 minutes later she would have to go again, and of course we knew she had just gone. It was so much nicer when we finally got her to go all the way at once! I'm glad you didn't let it ruin your day! Can't wait to see how the rest of the day went and how bad the crowds got!

Purple Opal
09-10-2011, 08:24 PM
I will only add one photo to supplement the day: my favorite safari photo.

Every time we have done the safari, we see these birds doing this same pose:

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I used to think the birds were doing it for intimidation (i.e., to look bigger) when the jeeps went by. But Mom said they are warming up or else drying off. :confused3

Either way, I think it's hilarious and I love it every time.

basketkat
09-11-2011, 02:07 AM
The baby elephant pictures melted my heart...:love: so precious!!!!

Your photopass pictures are really nice too!!! I love family photos!

Dylan looks so sweet and grown up...that is great that he is enjoying preschool so much!!!

Don't feel bad about the accident...I think it has happened to all of us! My oldest was sitting on my lap at Disney Princesses on Ice when she told me she needed to go potty...we had JUST gone, so I thought she just wanted to get up...nope....:rolleyes1 It was about 20 degrees outside when we left and my jeans were still soaking wet! No fun...lol!

tinkgurl
09-12-2011, 06:14 PM
Oh my gosh, I cannot believe how big he is! I got teary-eyed just looking at that pic. He reminds me so much of Little Guy.

LilAnn
09-13-2011, 02:19 AM
Wait, what?! When did Dylan get so big and grown up? :confused3 Oh my gosh, such a little man now! They just grow up so fast, don't they?

Oh, I totally died when I read your "peeing accident" story. I tend to err on the opposite end of the spectrum. When she tells me she has to go, she usually has to go and is doing the dance to prove it. :laughing: Poor you for having to go the rest of the day with pee-stained pants.

MEK
09-13-2011, 10:49 AM
I read your update BEFORE I went to work, so I saw all your fun pictures. Great PP pics! Your son is soooooooo cute. What a handsome young man. Bummer about the peeing accident. I, like LilAnn, was forever asking my kids if they had to go to the bathroom. I was almost a nag about it. :rotfl:

Sorry you missed Nemo. did you get to see it later? It's so cute.

Dugette
09-13-2011, 08:48 PM
Wow, Dylan's really growing up! Seeing as your first TR was one of the very first ones I read, the little 21-month-old version is still stuck in my head. He's such a big boy now. But still adorable!

Sounds like a nice start to your day at AK. Great Photopass pics. As for the Yeti, I've only seen him in "B mode." I don't think there are any plans to fix him anytime soon. I'm bummed about that, as I'd really love to see him do what he was built to do. Oh, well. Great that you got to see DeVine--so fun to watch her. Too bad there weren't many animals out on safari. Adorable picture of Luna (baby elephant) and her mom, though! Sorry about the Nemo incident. :eek:

BurleyGirl
09-14-2011, 03:01 PM
I am enjoying your TR! We are going next year during the same time you went last year, so I am enjoying getting a feel for what to expect. Also enjoyed your review of Chefs de France...I think I'll give it a little more consideration. I did not realize that the Osborne Lights were open prior to Thanksgiving, and am hoping that will be the same when we are there. Thanks for posting!

Sunset Cliffs
09-17-2011, 11:23 AM
Oh my goodness! Dylan looks so grown up! I'm glad he is liking preschool! We actually just started Olivia in preschool as well. Just 2 mornings a week, but it was time to break the mommy bond since we literally spend all day, everyday together and have since she was born! She loves it as well and I'm glad we decided on it.

Isn't the not listening to them when they say they have to go to the bathroom the worst! I have had the exact same thing happen to me when we were still potty training Olivia. We learned quickly that when she would go, she wouldn't go all the way, so 10 minutes later she would have to go again, and of course we knew she had just gone. It was so much nicer when we finally got her to go all the way at once! I'm glad you didn't let it ruin your day! Can't wait to see how the rest of the day went and how bad the crowds got!

Preschool has been great for him. His teacher is very sweet and will give us updates when Todd picks him up every day as to how he is doing. It is a very small preschool so there are only 8 kids in his class (with 2 teachers!!) so he is getting a lot of individual attention. She said he is still pretty quiet at school, which is interesting to us, since he has such a big personality when he is around us. I'm sure when he settles in, he will come out of his shell a little more.

I think I didn't trust him about needing to go potty because we were so close to being done with training before we went on the trip. I realized after this moment that the momentum we had gained was going to stall out or revert while we were on vacation. He was out of his routine too much. I felt so bad about it, but after he was in dry clothes he was completely happy climbing on some rocks outside & forgot about it.

I will only add one photo to supplement the day: my favorite safari photo.

Every time we have done the safari, we see these birds doing this same pose:

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I used to think the birds were doing it for intimidation (i.e., to look bigger) when the jeeps went by. But Mom said they are warming up or else drying off. :confused3

Either way, I think it's hilarious and I love it every time.

I'm glad you have that picture. I notice them sitting like this every time we go on the Safari, and I always thought it was an intimidation thing too. Of course, the real reason is something boring like they are cold and are trying to warm up in the sun. :laughing:

Sunset Cliffs
09-17-2011, 11:33 AM
The baby elephant pictures melted my heart...:love: so precious!!!!

Your photopass pictures are really nice too!!! I love family photos!

Dylan looks so sweet and grown up...that is great that he is enjoying preschool so much!!!

Don't feel bad about the accident...I think it has happened to all of us! My oldest was sitting on my lap at Disney Princesses on Ice when she told me she needed to go potty...we had JUST gone, so I thought she just wanted to get up...nope....:rolleyes1 It was about 20 degrees outside when we left and my jeans were still soaking wet! No fun...lol!

I loved the baby elephant pictures too. Some of my favorites from the whole trip. I think the driver said something about elephants staying with their mothers for 10 years at least (?), which is 2nd only to the human species. That made me love it even more.

This was our first time doing PP, and I'm glad we did it. We mostly got group family photos, which is exactly what I wanted.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has made that mistake. I felt terrible but after he got over it, I got over it. It was better than letting it ruin the day. I think that if it was cold outside, I would have been more unhappy about it, but it was so hot that my pants dried pretty quickly.


Oh my gosh, I cannot believe how big he is! I got teary-eyed just looking at that pic. He reminds me so much of Little Guy.

I knew you would like that picture. The boys are both turning into little boys and losing their toddler-ness. It's so cute but I get sad about it too. His birthday was this week, and I can't believe he is 4 now. :sad2:


Wait, what?! When did Dylan get so big and grown up? :confused3 Oh my gosh, such a little man now! They just grow up so fast, don't they?

Oh, I totally died when I read your "peeing accident" story. I tend to err on the opposite end of the spectrum. When she tells me she has to go, she usually has to go and is doing the dance to prove it. :laughing: Poor you for having to go the rest of the day with pee-stained pants.

I feel the same way about your daughter. They grow up more quickly than I realized. I am trying to figure out a way for you & I & Tink to all get our kids together before they get too big. :laughing:

Dylan was at the point where I should have trusted him, but because he was being squirmy and asking to leave for the whole show, I thought he was just using it. It was totally my fault, and I was so glad that I had brought an extra set of clothes for him. My pants dried really quickly because it was getting hot outside, so it could have been much worse. I learned my lesson though! We had no more accidents on this trip.

Sunset Cliffs
09-17-2011, 11:52 AM
I read your update BEFORE I went to work, so I saw all your fun pictures. Great PP pics! Your son is soooooooo cute. What a handsome young man. Bummer about the peeing accident. I, like LilAnn, was forever asking my kids if they had to go to the bathroom. I was almost a nag about it. :rotfl:

Sorry you missed Nemo. did you get to see it later? It's so cute.

I had seen Nemo before and I really like the show. Last time Dylan had fallen asleep during it, so I wanted him to get to see it this time. I think that was my problem. Trying to force an issue that I shouldn't have. We just tried to get Dylan to go every couple of hours, even if he didn't ask to go. If it was convenient to take him, we would. That way we weren't allowing it to get to an emergency situation.

I love that picture of Dylan too. It is one of my favorites from the last few months.

I see your ticker for your upcoming trip to the deep South. WHere are you going? We have been considering a trip in that area, but have no idea where to start... :confused3


Wow, Dylan's really growing up! Seeing as your first TR was one of the very first ones I read, the little 21-month-old version is still stuck in my head. He's such a big boy now. But still adorable!

Sounds like a nice start to your day at AK. Great Photopass pics. As for the Yeti, I've only seen him in "B mode." I don't think there are any plans to fix him anytime soon. I'm bummed about that, as I'd really love to see him do what he was built to do. Oh, well. Great that you got to see DeVine--so fun to watch her. Too bad there weren't many animals out on safari. Adorable picture of Luna (baby elephant) and her mom, though! Sorry about the Nemo incident. :eek:

The 21-month old version is still stuck in my head too (at times). :laughing: I think it is because I want him to stay small for a little while longer. He has always been a taller kid for his age, so sometimes I feel like we missed some of the "baby" times, you know?

I was really happy to get to experience PP this time. It was just a bonus to get to have all of the holiday stuff up. The first few times we rode EE, the Yeti was fully functional and he was scary! I remember feeling like he was reaching down to grab you, right as you started down the big hill and he felt very real. I wish they would fix him. DeVine is so beautiful! That girl is very talented with what she does. I like watching other people's reactions to her, when they are not expecting to see her.

I am enjoying your TR! We are going next year during the same time you went last year, so I am enjoying getting a feel for what to expect. Also enjoyed your review of Chefs de France...I think I'll give it a little more consideration. I did not realize that the Osborne Lights were open prior to Thanksgiving, and am hoping that will be the same when we are there. Thanks for posting!

Thank you for reading! I think that it is the best time of year to go, although the actual weekend of Thanksgiving was pretty busy everywhere we went. I think the Osbourne Lights will be up around that time again. I remember reading that they try to have all lights up around the whole World by the Thanksgiving weekend, so it might be hit & miss at certain places before the actual holiday. The lights went up at our resort the night before Thanksgiving. We got to see them as we were checking out.

I was not expecting to like Chefs as much as I did. It is expensive, but we probably could have shared some food and brought the price down a little. I just didn't know what Dylan would like to eat, so I wanted to try a few different things. Next time, I think I will bring a PB&J sandwich for him so that I know he has something to eat, then we will share something. We liked everything that we got, and we will probably try to go back next time if we can fit it in.

Sunset Cliffs
09-19-2011, 06:24 PM
After everyone came out of the Nemo show, we had planned to head over to EE to use our FPs, but Angelyn had to leave the AK at 1:00 because she had a phone call she needed to take for work by 2:00. We were all hungry so we decided to eat lunch first and then she could leave. We went to the Flame Tree BBQ, which is a must do for Todd when we go to the AK. He LOVES the BBQ sauce here, and has tried to make it at home from a recipe online. He got the ribs and I got the smoke turkey breast sandwich.

We found a table at the very bottom of the seating area, down near the water. It was pretty crowded and we had to save 2 tables while we waited for everyone to get their orders. I had sent Angelyn a text to tell her where we were sitting, but after 20 minutes they had still not come to find us. We spent the time looking at EE and watching Dylan throw little pebbles into the bushes. He was pretending to be a baseball pitcher and was doing a pretty good imitation of winding up for a pitch. My mom took this picture because she loved the feathers that were just floating in the breeze.

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After about ½ hour, Angelyn and Bryan finally came down with their food. She was angry because they had lost their order, and even though they were standing at the counter in front of the server, they kept skipping them and handing food to people behind them. Every few minutes they would show the receipt to the CM, and the CM would ask someone else to check on it and then kept taking orders. They stood at the counter for 20 minutes (in front of the same CM) and no one would help them. They finally asked for a manager, who came over and said they would look into it, and finally got their food. Angelyn said it was total chaos in the background and it was figured out that someone probably threw away their receipt so they had no record of their order. Since she was in a time crunch, it felt even that much more frustrating to her. I don’t think there was an apology or anything. They finally figured out how to hand them their order (which wasn’t complicated) and that was the end of it. We all enjoyed our food, but it was kind of ruined by the situation for her, and she said she will probably never eat there again, not because the food was bad but because she is upset at the lack of customer service. I felt bad because it is one of our favorite places to eat and I wanted them to enjoy it.

After lunch, she & Bryan left so that she could get back for her phone call. As we were strolling along, we found a cart with a bunch of little drums and other noise makers. Of course, Dylan wanted to play with everything.

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Elijah is a very good drummer and started messing around on the drums. He is very good! I am trying to post video for the first time. We’ll see if it works!


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By that point, Dylan was getting cranky & it was hot, so we decided to leave the park and go back for a swim and a nap. We waited for a tram since all of us were tired and didn’t want to walk.

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We got off the tram and realized that none of us could remember our row for the parking lot. We had walked up to the entrance in the morning and had not paid attention. 7 adults and not one of us could remember. We finally found our row and got in our cars.

As we were walking around, I was noticing how many different license plates were on all of the cars. I started taking pictures of all of the plates that were parked in our row ONLY, just to see how many there were. In our row there was Georgia, Virginia, Missouri, S. Carolina, Texas, N. Carolina, Illinois, New York, & New Jersey. It became a game for the rest of the trip to look for the license plate from the state that was furthest away from Florida. At one point later in the week, we saw a plate from California! Pretty amazing to see how far people will travel for Mickey Mouse.

Todd dropped me off at the front to fill up our mugs and by the time I got back to the room, they were both ready to swim. We walked over to the big pool, which took less than 5 minutes to get to. Even though POR is huge, the walking paths are designed very well, and I never felt like it took us very long to get anywhere. Dylan was so happy to finally get in the pool and he had a great time.

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Bryan & Elijah showed up to swim as well and all the guys went down the slide, except for Dylan. He didn’t want to go down by himself and he wasn’t allowed to ride with Todd. It turns out that Bryan really loves water slides and wanted to get to a water park before our trip was over. There were a lot more people at the pool on this day, so you could feel that the crowds were starting to show up for the Thanksgiving holiday. The pool was very nice though and it had a lot of chairs in the shade to sit in.

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We stayed for about 40 minutes, then went back to the room for Dylan’s nap. Todd caught up on some work and I wrote up my TR while he slept. He woke up about 6:30 and we got ready to go back to AK for EMH. This was one of the main reasons that I was so excited to stay on property. Every time we had gone to AK in the past, it closed before it got dark. It seems like the only way to get to experience AK at night was to go to EMH, so that was one of my main goals for this trip.

We all met for dinner at the food court at POR, just to make it easy and fast. Dylan wanted a kids pizza, I got a turkey sandwich and Todd got a burger. I didn’t write down what anyone else had, besides Angelyn who took advantage of the make your own pasta station. I really like how big the food court is at POR. When it is not crowded, you can have a conversation without shouting. On this night, there was barely anyone there and we had a whole section to ourselves, right next to the drink refill machines. For whatever reason, this was another Disney moment to me because the meal was very relaxed and quiet, and we were all together. Nothing special about it, just a family bonding time.

My mom gave Dylan a plastic sleeve full of little animals for Dylan to play with. I think she had found it at AK that day, and he was so happy with it that he played through the whole dinner. He kept talking about how he had seen all of those same animals on the safari that day. Elijah decided that he was too tired to go back to the park with us, so he stayed at the resort. I’m not sure what he did all night.

We got back in the park around 7:30. My mom had an app on her iPhone that said their was a FOTLK show starting at 8:00. We asked some CM’s just to confirm it, but no one knew the answer for sure so we just walked over. There were not very many people in the park at all! I was so surprised, considering it was the night before Thanksgiving. Since there were so few people in the walkways, it took us no time at all to get over to the show and we arrived 10 minutes early. We got pretty good seats in the Lion section.

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Dylan started saying he didn’t want to watch the show and was really whining about it. I reminded him that he had seen this show before and that he really liked it. I realized later that he was scared of seeing Simba in person, because he is a lion. I forget that kids still think the characters are real at this point. Once I figured it out, I told him that Simba was going to stay far away and he calmed down after that.

The show was great of course! I think this is my favorite show at WDW.

I love this picture. I know it is blurry, but it looks so cool to me.

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Everyone enjoying the show

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Once the show started, Dylan was fine. He didn’t get scared at any of the dark parts and really loved the tumble monkeys. He has started taking gymnastics lessons and he was pretty impressed with all of their flips on the trampoline.

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I love the Bird girl the most. She has always been my favorite, and this time was no exception. I love watching her fly and look so free. I want her job! How cool would it be to fly around in the air all day at WDW? The ending is so much fun and I usually get tears in my eyes when I watch it. Not sure why, it just really moves me. I think it’s because it is so joyful.

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Continued in next post…

Sunset Cliffs
09-19-2011, 06:35 PM
After the show, we stopped at the bathroom. When we were done, there was no one around in that area. There were a lot of Christmas lights though and it felt very still and magical. Our cameras took terrible pictures in the dark, but I want to post the pictures anyway, just to show how empty the place was.

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We were able to get a few family pics, in front of some lights too.

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I really felt like we had the park all to ourselves. We slowly walked back towards the middle of the park, and really took the time to enjoy all of the details of the park as they were lit up. They have done a really good job of highlighting the details at night.

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We went to the Tree of Life to check it out up close. Once we started walking up the trail, Dylan started to freak out a little and say that he didn’t want to go in the tunnel. This was referring back to the first night on the Peoplemover, when we went through the dark area on Space Mountain. I had to convince him that it was not going to be too dark and eventually he walked through, but after a while he got in his stroller and pulled the hood over him. I am glad that we are past that stage now!

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I feel like you can see the animals so much better at night. They use a lot of spotlights on each animal and it really creates good areas of light and shadows to bring out the detail of the animals. It was a neat experience to have, and again, there was no one on the path with us!

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We got to the other side of the trail around 9:00, and we walked towards EE to use our FPs from earlier that day. On the way, we checked the line for Dinosaur and it was not that long, so we decided to do it. Todd took Dylan to look at the rides in the Dinoland area while the rest of us went on the ride. We only waited 5 minutes to get into the movie area and another 5 – 10 to get on the ride. No lines at all!! There was a family with 2 very small girls in front of us. They looked way too small to ride, but the CM measured them and then said, “Well, they will measure them again when you get up to the front”, and let them keep going (!). When they got to the front, the CM’s didn’t even measure them and they put them all in the front row of our car. You could tell that the girls were terrified and the parents just kept going. The girls basically hid their faces in their parents chests throughout the entire ride and were crying. It made me so mad because it was so obvious that they were scared. I still get scared on that ride. I truly have a love/hate thing going with that ride. My face in the picture at the end showed how freaked out I was. Everyone else liked the ride, and thought my face was hilarious in the photo. I wish I would have taken a picture. My mom said she had never ridden it before, which is surprising since she has been there a few times.

We walked to EE and my mom watched Dylan again while we got in line. The CM’s at the FP entrance gave us a little bit of grief for using our FPs so late in the day, but they let us get in line and we were on the ride in less than 5 minutes. The stand by line was only 15 minutes long. We all got in the front car and Todd & I got the front row. We’ve had the front row before, but never in the dark. It was SO fun and SO scary! The track is not lit up at all, so it feels a little bit like Space Mountain where you have no vision where you are going. That ride was probably my favorite time EVER on that ride. Todd & I were like little kids when we got off the train. We were so excited & freaking out about how scary it was. I wish we would have ridden it one more time.

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By now it was 10:00, so we started walking towards the exit. My mom stopped in a shop, so while we were waiting for her I walked back down to the area where we had lunch at the Flame Tree BBQ to take a picture of EE from across the water. I tried a bunch of settings on my camera and could not get a really good one. It was a little creepy to walk down there in the dark with no one around.

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Waiting for my mom to shop.

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Decorations on the shop.

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Now that I figured out how to post video, I want to include this one of Dylan. We were sitting on a bench waiting for my mom & he was being so cute so I took video of him. He cracks me up.

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I forgot to say that my mom set a GPS tracker on her phone when we left EE to walk to the exit. It shows you a map from above to show where you are, and when we were in the Dinosaur area, it showed that we were not that far from the exit. The problem is that there is a row of trees that separates the Dino area from the front, so they make you walk all the way back to the Tree of Life and through the Oasis to the exit. Total walking distance from EE to the exit gates was ½ mile!! No wonder we get so tired by the end of the day at a park.

We stopped to take one last photo of the Tree of Life. I love how everything else around it is pitch black and the spotlights are only on the tree. It is so pretty!

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A PP guy asked us if we wanted a picture in front of the tree and we said yes. He proceeded to take the worst PP picture that I have ever seen. I laugh every time I see this picture, because it is so bad. Are you ready??













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Isn’t it great? We are totally off-center, to start. On top of that, apparently there was a woman that wanted to photo bomb our shot. Or maybe she is the ghost of a woman who haunts the park (considering that you can see right through her)? Not too sure. Whatever the case, I love this picture for how terrible it is.

We tried it again, but we are still off center, so I tried to add a little logo in the corner to make it feel more balanced. Oh well!

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We hit up the PP person outside the park by the tree on our way out.

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This was such a great day! I wish that we could do EMH at AK all the time! It was so worth it to have a pretty empty park and no lines at all. On top of that, the park feels very different at night. Sort of like a large Adventureland.

It was a long drive back to our hotel and we finally got to bed around midnight.

Coming up…Waaaay too many pictures of POR

Purple Opal
09-27-2011, 11:38 AM
A PP guy asked us if we wanted a picture in front of the tree and we said yes. He proceeded to take the worst PP picture that I have ever seen. I laugh every time I see this picture, because it is so bad. Are you ready??


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Isn’t it great? We are totally off-center, to start. On top of that, apparently there was a woman that wanted to photo bomb our shot. Or maybe she is the ghost of a woman who haunts the park (considering that you can see right through her)? Not too sure. Whatever the case, I love this picture for how terrible it is.

We tried it again, but we are still off center, so I tried to add a little logo in the corner to make it feel more balanced. Oh well!

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That is hilarious :) I just remembered from this that I still need to get the Photopass pictures from you!


Elijah is a very good drummer and started messing around on the drums. He is very good! I am trying to post video for the first time. We’ll see if it works!


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Yes, it worked. that is so cool! I need to get copies of this from you too. The video doesn't play within the thread, it takes you to a Photobucket page, where you can play the video. Thanks for this :goodvibes

eandesmom
09-28-2011, 08:08 PM
Figures! You started back up while I was on the cruise and so I missed it!

I had the same lunch at les chef's, YUM! I need to get my gang there as I think they'd like it.

I love love love your magic Disney moment, that's really what it's all about. Poor Dylan and the bed rail, rough night for everyone.

AK is VERY dark in spots during EMH. Cool but yeah, a little creepy at times.

Great updates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bkandreu
09-29-2011, 07:45 AM
I read this whole PTR in one night and it was so good and so entertaining! I love your family, and I am ready for more updates! Your son is so adorable! :thumbsup2

jordanyosh
09-30-2011, 04:55 PM
peep

Sunset Cliffs
10-01-2011, 11:07 AM
That is hilarious :) I just remembered from this that I still need to get the Photopass pictures from you!



Yes, it worked. that is so cool! I need to get copies of this from you too. The video doesn't play within the thread, it takes you to a Photobucket page, where you can play the video. Thanks for this :goodvibes

I can't believe I haven't gotten you the disk! I thought we did that a long time ago. I asked Todd & he said he thought we gave them to mom to give to you. I'm so sorry!! That will be fixed soon.

The videos were taken on the same camera with all of my pictures, so you might already have it if we put all of my pictures on your computer. If not, the next time we get together we can use a thumb drive to get you copies.

Sunset Cliffs
10-01-2011, 11:17 AM
Figures! You started back up while I was on the cruise and so I missed it!

I had the same lunch at les chef's, YUM! I need to get my gang there as I think they'd like it.

I love love love your magic Disney moment, that's really what it's all about. Poor Dylan and the bed rail, rough night for everyone.

AK is VERY dark in spots during EMH. Cool but yeah, a little creepy at times.

Great updates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been super sporatic at doing my updates, so I'm not surpised that people are missing them. I feel like life might start to get a little more consistent, so hopefully so will my updates.

I was surprised by how much we all liked Chefs. I was really worried that I WOULDN'T like it, so when it ended up being one of my favorites, it was a really nice surprised. I think your family would like it too.

I had quite a few Disney moments on this trip and they were all not during the times when I expected them to be. That's the best part though, you know! I was so happy to get to go to AK at night, after years of looking at everyone elses pictures. It felt so different to me and I loved every minute of it!


I read this whole PTR in one night and it was so good and so entertaining! I love your family, and I am ready for more updates! Your son is so adorable! :thumbsup2

Wow! Thanks for reading! :goodvibes That takes dedication to read it all in one night. Hopefully I will have another update this weekend. Thanks so much for your comments. I am going to have to go check out your PTR!

peep

Oh my gosh Jordan!! I was just talking about you yesterday! With Genee, my friend that you met when we had lunch. She was asking how you were doing and I told her you were never on here anymore. We must have had some EPS going between us. Miss talking to you and seeing you on here. :hug:

Sunset Cliffs
10-01-2011, 02:34 PM
New ticker alert below!!! A semi-spontaneous, very affordable trip to WDW for New Years IN 3 MONTHS, just became a reality. I am soooo excited right now.

Totally overwhelmed in thinking about planning all the details in that short of a time but I think we might do a more go-with-the-flow trip this time.

I guess this means I need to start a PTR... Don't know how I am going to do that. But anyways, YAY!!!!! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

MEK
10-16-2011, 07:15 AM
Saw your post on Cynthia's thread and stopped over to see if you had updated recently. congrats on your upcoming trip! That's awesome! :cool1:

Sunset Cliffs
10-17-2011, 08:53 PM
Saw your post on Cynthia's thread and stopped over to see if you had updated recently. congrats on your upcoming trip! That's awesome! :cool1:


Thanks for checking in! I am actually working on an update right now. I am on the back side of my worst busy season of the year, so I haven't had much Dis time lately. The update should be done tonight or tomorrow.

We are so excited about our trip! Haven't done much planning yet, but hopefully soon!

Sunset Cliffs
10-17-2011, 09:06 PM
Thursday, November 25, 2010 – Thanksgiving Day!

We had set the alarm for 8:30 because we wanted to give ourselves time to walk around the resort before check out this morning. I woke up early (of course), so I started writing my TR to catch up. This is the only morning we have had to really sleep in so far, so Dylan wakes up early too (of course). I had him watch a show on the iPad for a while until Todd woke up. When the alarm actually went off at 8:30, I started to pack & get ready to go. Angelyn texted & said they were planning to take the first boat to POFQ at 10:00. We took many trips back & forth to the car to get it all loaded. Dylan kept taking out one item at a time while Todd hauled large things down, and I kept packing it all up in the room. We were finally all done about 9:30, so we took our last walk down the stairs to our car, and I finally took some pictures of the property.

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Quiet pool right outside our room

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We drove the car around to check out. Angelyn texted & said it would be more like 10:20, so I texted back to say we were going to walk down to POFQ for beignets for breakfast & we would meet them over there.

When we walked into the lobby, we saw that it had been transformed overnight. All of the Christmas decorations were hung! We had noticed that the parks had been decorated up to this point, but not the smaller hotels. It looked so nice!

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Express Checkout was easy. We had charged a lot to our room throughout our time at the parks and it was all listed to see on the bill. There were no problems so we were done! We went to refill our mugs for the walk. We crossed through the lobby and took a couple of photos of the big Christmas tree.

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I love the ceiling in here! It is gorgeous!

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Cute chair for pictures.

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We filled up our mugs and walked outside. The rest of the family walked up. On their walk over, my mom & Angelyn had taken a lot of pictures as well. I will just post them here, so you can see what a beautiful walk it was from our building over to the lobby.

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I think this was our building.

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It was close to 10:00 so we decided to take the boat to POR together, since one was pulling up. I was trying to snap pictures like crazy, since I hadn’t taken many before.

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I became a little obsessed with these towers. I saw them the night before when they were lit up, and I fell in love with them. I have no reason why, but I had to make sure to get a picture of them. I wish I had my camera the night before so I could have had a shot of them in the dark too.

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Walking to the boat ramp.

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I got a picture of everyone as we were waiting for the boat.

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One of my favorite pictures of the POR property.

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Sunset Cliffs
10-17-2011, 09:11 PM
When the boat pulled up there were very few available seats on it, and it got filled up before we could get on. Todd & I decided to walk to POFQ, but Dylan got pretty upset because he wanted to ride boat, so the rest of the family kept him while Todd & I walked. It was such a beautiful day and the walk was a perfect way to start the morning.

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I had seen pictures before, but after experiencing POR in person, I am in love with this resort. I was genuinely sad that we were checking out, even though I knew we were moving to bigger space at the condo. I loved staying on Disney property. It was closer to everything when we were driving, we were always surrounded by the “Disney” feeling. The gift shop, all the little details, happy CMs everywhere, it all was perfect! Everything just felt much more friendly than the other resorts we stay at.

We had a nice walk to POFQ by ourselves. It was one of the only “alone” moments we have had on the trip so far. We just strolled & took pictures, and it only took 10 minutes to walk over.

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Angelyn called & said they decided they wanted to take the boat all the way to DTD. We said we would get on the boat at POFQ and go with them, and we went in to get breakfast. We didn’t realize they cook the beignets right at the time you ordered them, but there was no one in line when we placed our order.

Todd said that a lot of people ordered right after us there was a huge line. I’m glad we were first, or it would have been a long wait!

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Meanwhile, these are the pictures from the boat ride with the rest of the fam.

Getting on the boat. Love this picture of the cousins holding hands!

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We walked to the boat ramp, armed with all of the beignets. When we got there we saw that there were about 20 people in line, so there was no way we were going to get on the boat. I called Angelyn & told her we would just take Dylan off the boat and keep him with us. She talked to everyone said they would all get off the boat too. I felt bad about that but they said they wanted to see POFQ anyway. They got off and we sat by the pool to eat the yummy beignets. I forgot to take a picture, but I think it’s because there was only one for each of us, and I didn’t want to miss out on getting mine because I stopped to take a picture. Ha, ha.

After we were done eating, Angelyn took Dylan to see the slide at the pool. I was walking over towards them and I saw a big black snake crossing the path & into the bushes. It literally stopped me in my tracks because it was so big. It wasn’t just long, it was a thick snake! Of course, I told everyone and we all took a peek at it in the bushes and we got this picture.

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I’m so glad Dylan didn’t see it! He would have been scared. I went to tell the lifeguard about it, and he just smiled at me like I was a tourist and said, “Yeah, there are a lot of snakes here. Just don’t mess with it, and it will be fine.” Ok then….

We walked back to the lobby to take pictures of the Christmas decorations. Again, the lobby was so pretty. It is so cool that they incorporate decorations from the theming of the resort into the Christmas decorations. Everything was New Orleans or Mardi Gras themed.

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Bryan was showing Dylan the coins in the fountain, so of course he wanted to throw some in too. At first, it was fun to just throw them in the water, but by the end he was trying to throw it into the top bowl of the fountain. He couldn’t make it so Todd finally lifted him up so he could reach it.

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He was trying for that top bowl.

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We headed into the gift shop where I found a cute Buzz Lightyear toy for Dylan & I got a postcard to send to his friend Levi. My mom was letting Dylan carry around items that he wanted, and I got worried he thought he was going to want all of it!

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Todd got him to put it back and took him out to the playground while we finished shopping. We took a few more pictures outside of the grounds & the Christmas decorations.

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It was time to head back to our cars and get going with the rest of our day. I’m sorry for all of the photos but I just can’t tell you how beautiful these resorts are at Christmas time and what a great time we had on this morning.

Up next, our Thanksgiving meal!!

MEK
10-17-2011, 09:19 PM
You may have rushed to get pictures at the end of your trip, but they sure turned out great. You have a good eye! I love POR and those Christmas decorations are the icing on the cake.

LilAnn
10-19-2011, 10:50 AM
Yay, an update! We really enjoyed POR when we stayed there, too. It's so pretty and relaxing. We never made it over to POFQ for the beignets, though, and I really wanted to try them!

Too funny, I have a picture of our girl with the same expression on her face as Dylan in the gift shop. She was eyeing the lollipops though. I love that his hands are full of toys.

Jealous on your upcoming trip, but congrats and have fun on it!

tinkgurl
10-19-2011, 11:49 AM
Yay for a new trip! How exciting!

haha, Glad to know that Little Guy is not the only one who starts grabbing everything in the store. :rolleyes:

I just love that pic of him outside in front of the alligator. Him posing with his hands folded is adorable.

Sunset Cliffs
10-19-2011, 06:46 PM
You may have rushed to get pictures at the end of your trip, but they sure turned out great. You have a good eye! I love POR and those Christmas decorations are the icing on the cake.

Thank you! I don't think there are many bad pictures to take at that resort. The Christmas decorations are so fun, it's like a treasure hunt to go to each resort and see what they did to make it themed. That is one of our favorite things to do.


Yay, an update! We really enjoyed POR when we stayed there, too. It's so pretty and relaxing. We never made it over to POFQ for the beignets, though, and I really wanted to try them!

Too funny, I have a picture of our girl with the same expression on her face as Dylan in the gift shop. She was eyeing the lollipops though. I love that his hands are full of toys.

Jealous on your upcoming trip, but congrats and have fun on it!

I wish we would have had more beignets than we did, but we all just had one since we were having our Thanksgiving "dinner" just a few hours later. It was worth it though, after seeing the pictures on other people's TRs. I had to try them!

That expression cracks me up, because you can tell he thinks he has hit the mother load. :rotfl: Poor kid had his hopes dashes about 5 minutes after this picture was taken.

I am so excited about our trip. We have planned nothing yet, so that is a little concerning, but it will still be fun. Hopefully I will have time to start a PTR soon.


Yay for a new trip! How exciting!

haha, Glad to know that Little Guy is not the only one who starts grabbing everything in the store. :rolleyes:

I just love that pic of him outside in front of the alligator. Him posing with his hands folded is adorable.

I am getting really excited about our trip. It's only about 2 1/2 months away!! I am SO ready for a vacation right now.

Dylan normally does not grab things, but I think my mom gave him the green light to "show" her what he liked. That's grandma's way of saying she thought I needed to buy him something. Too bad it didn't work this time!

That's so funny you noticed his hands in that picture. He does that a lot and I always think it is cute too. :lovestruc

eandesmom
10-19-2011, 08:22 PM
I love all the Christmas decorations!!!!!!!!!! While I'd love to think someday I'll get to see them live, it's a long shot at best so I love living vicariously through TR's.

Oh those beignets. Messy delicious bombs from heaven. :cloud9:

Sunset Cliffs
10-20-2011, 06:19 PM
I love all the Christmas decorations!!!!!!!!!! While I'd love to think someday I'll get to see them live, it's a long shot at best so I love living vicariously through TR's.

Oh those beignets. Messy delicious bombs from heaven. :cloud9:

Why will you never get there at Christmas? Does the scheduling just not work for you? We love going right around Thanksgiving because the lights are up, but you don't get the holiday crowds of Christams (other than the actualy Thanksgiving weekend days). Win-win. It is seriously my favorite time to visit.

Your description of the beignets made me laugh because it's so true!

Dugette
10-22-2011, 02:40 PM
All caught up!

So glad you enjoyed AK at night! It really is a totally different experience and the way everything is lit up is so pretty. Glad you had a great ride on Everest too!

Sounds like such a nice morning enjoying POR and POFQ! The grounds there are so beautiful...wish I was there right now! And that walk between resorts isn't bad at all. And yummy beignets! Since we've stayed at POR already, we really need to stay at POFQ someday. Also cool that the holiday decorations went up before you checked out.

I'm happy that you finally got to experience the "magic" of staying on property!

Sunset Cliffs
10-24-2011, 09:52 PM
All caught up!

So glad you enjoyed AK at night! It really is a totally different experience and the way everything is lit up is so pretty. Glad you had a great ride on Everest too!

Sounds like such a nice morning enjoying POR and POFQ! The grounds there are so beautiful...wish I was there right now! And that walk between resorts isn't bad at all. And yummy beignets! Since we've stayed at POR already, we really need to stay at POFQ someday. Also cool that the holiday decorations went up before you checked out.

I'm happy that you finally got to experience the "magic" of staying on property!

Before I forget to tell you, I am currently reading your December TR and I am really enjoying it! I didn't realize that you guys got there right after we left to go home from our trip. You keep talking about how cold it was, and I remember how cold it was getting as we were leaving.

We really loved AK at night, and that ride on EE was one of the best ever. We still talk about how fun it was. Definitely left an impression!

We originally had wanted to stay at POFQ for this trip, but it was all sold out so we opted for POR. As we were walking around that morning, we realized how happy we were that it worked out the way that it had. It seems like the grounds of POFQ are smaller and a sold out hotel there felt more congested than over at POR, where it is all spread out. Someday we want to stay there, but we were very happy over at POR.

Sunset Cliffs
10-24-2011, 09:54 PM
We rode the boat back to POR from POFQ because there was no line this time. We snapped a few more pictures, since we knew it was our last time on property.

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I wanted to get some pictures of the food court, since it turned into one of my favorite places at the resort. I don’t know if we always had really good timing, but it never seemed that busy in the food court while we were there. On top of that, it is a huge area, so we never felt like we were too crowded when we ate there (except for our first breakfast that we ate there). I think I just really like the architecture with all of the exposed beams and the high ceiling.

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And with that, we walked out the front doors and ended our first ever stay on WDW property. I was so sad to leave because we had the best time staying here. It was everything that I had wanted it to be.

Continued in next post.

Sunset Cliffs
10-24-2011, 10:00 PM
We all drove our cars to Old Key West resort, because we had an ADR at 12:45 for Thanksgiving at

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Olivia’s!!! We had debated on a few places for our Thanksgiving day meal, but this sounded like the best place to get a traditional Thanksgiving meal. We had also gotten an ADR at 1900 Park Faire, but once we all got to WDW, we decided that we really didn’t want to do a buffet for Thanksgiving and we canceled it.

Angelyn showing her excitement about Olivia’s.

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I loved the beachy Christmas wreath!

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We checked in 20 minutes early & to our surprise, we were seated right away. After looking at the menu for a few minutes, we all ordered the traditional Thanksgiving meal except for Elijah, who ordered the shrimp pasta.

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You can see that most tables were full, but it did not feel crowded at all. While we were waiting for our food, we took some family photos.

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Such a cute restaurant! It feels so cozy here.

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It didn’t feel like we waited too long before our food arrived. We were all pretty hungry since we really had not eaten anything for breakfast, so as soon as the plates were put in front of us, we all dug in. I’m glad that I remembered to take pictures before I started eating.

My plate. The Thanksgiving meal included turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and sweet potatoes. It was all SO good!

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Elijah’s shrimp pasta, which he said was great too.

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Our meals included a piece of pie and ice cream as well. We all got different pie and it was all good. I think the choices were pumpkin, pecan or apple.

Waiting for our dessert, Dylan was playing with little Pooh & Tigger figures, and he was having a great time with my parents. This is one of the reasons that I was so happy to have us all together for the holiday. I love moments like this.

My mom telling Tigger a “secret”. Dylan is totally into it.

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I love this picture of him.

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We had a wonderful waitress. I wish I could remember her name. She had a lot of tables going and could have been very stressed, but she wasn’t. She handled everything with ease.

Part of the celebration of this trip was that Bryan’s birthday was right after Thanksgiving. Therefore, he had been wearing a birthday button during the trip. He was wearing it when we first sat down, but took it off when everyone sang Happy birthday to a woman at the table next to us who was 75 years old. She looked amazing for 75, let me tell you! Well, Bryan could see what was coming, so he took off his button because I don’t think he wanted to be sung to. About 20 minutes later, our waitress brought out a brownie for him anyway & made the whole place sing to him. She was teasing him and said, “You thought I didn’t notice!” I think he was embarrassed but he handled it well.


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We wrapped up our lunch and waddled out of the restaurant. We all were so full! We all enjoyed our lunch and felt like we had made the right choice for the ADR. It was such a beautiful day outside, and we needed to walk off some of that food. We took a walk through the grounds to the pool and hung out for a while outside.

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We went past the pool and found a little stage with a seating area. Not sure what they use it for, but we sat down and enjoyed the day while we watched Dylan play on the playground with some other kids.

This palm tree was amazing! I couldn’t believe how big it was, and how beautiful!

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Did you notice Bryan and Elijah? They were both so full from lunch that they laid down there to stretch out their stomachs. And then they stayed that way for a loooong time.

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We finally got the motivation to stand up, and we headed back towards our cars. We walked through lobby & when we were by the counter, one of the CM’s gave Dylan a balloon animal. He was pretty happy about that, and it lasted for almost a week! Before we left, we mailed a postcard to Dylan’s friend Levi. He thought he was such a big boy to put it in the mailbox by himself.

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We were switching hotels today and we were excited about staying at a new timeshare. We drove about 5 miles out International Drive until we made it to the Marriott Grande Vista. I had been a little concerned about the distance to this resort, because it is much farther than the Sheraton Vistana (which is where we usually stay), but it barely took us any time at all to get there. We arrived at the resort at 3:00. Check in was at 4:00, but we were hoping that we would be able to get in early.

There were tons of cars in the lot, which was incredibly small considering how many people could stay there. We all went inside to get checked in and saw that there was a pretty small lobby as well, considering the size of resort. We waited in line for a while and finally it was our turn. Let’s just say we did not receive Disney service during this check in. The girl was not that nice, and she was training a new guy at the same time as she was helping us. No big deal, except that every question that we asked was answered rudely, then she would turn to him and explain why she said what she said. Basically, our rooms were not ready, and we didn’t get the building we requested by the kid’s pool.

She said it would be an hour until the rooms were ready so we decided to get our grocery shopping done for the week. Guess where we went. Walmart. On Thanksgiving day. It was not too far away, and it was a Super Walmart, so they had groceries. We were actually grateful that it was open, since other groceries stores that we drove past were closed for the holiday. It actually was not too crowded, considering the day. Of course, as soon as we walked in the front door, I got a call that the room was ready. We finished our shopping & were back to the Marriott by 4:15.

Up next, pictures of our new home for a week. It was beautiful!!

tinkgurl
10-24-2011, 11:31 PM
Such a relaxing boat ride. :cloud9: It is always nice to get the chance to do that.

OLIVIA'S!!!!!!! I'm so excited you went there! :laughing: It was nice to see some pics of "home". It is such a nice little place to eat at. They have good breakfast choices as well.

Dugette
10-25-2011, 10:42 PM
Before I forget to tell you, I am currently reading your December TR and I am really enjoying it! I didn't realize that you guys got there right after we left to go home from our trip. You keep talking about how cold it was, and I remember how cold it was getting as we were leaving.

Yeah, I remember thinking that we weren't missing each-other by too much! :goodvibes (I'm glad you're enjoying the TR!)

Great updates. So nice that your first stay on property was all you'd hoped for! I also remember the dining area at POR being pretty empty when we were there. It looks like you got some great family holiday time on this trip. I don't think I've ever seen pics of Olivia's before...they have the same leaf-fans that Kona and the Poly Club Lounge have! Neat. And the food looks good. You can tell that it was really Thanksgiving with the guys laying out to stretch their full bellies! :rotfl: Sorry the level of service at your new resort wasn't as good. Sounds like at least the room was nice, though! :thumbsup2

Sunset Cliffs
10-26-2011, 12:34 AM
Such a relaxing boat ride. :cloud9: It is always nice to get the chance to do that.

OLIVIA'S!!!!!!! I'm so excited you went there! :laughing: It was nice to see some pics of "home". It is such a nice little place to eat at. They have good breakfast choices as well.

I actually thought of you when we were there, because I know that is where you consider "home". It is so pretty! I recently saw some pictures of the renovated rooms and the look amazing! I wish we could stay there sometime. I really like the laid back feeling of that resort. I want to have breakfast at Olivia's! I'm sure it is great, just like the rest of their food!


Yeah, I remember thinking that we weren't missing each-other by too much! :goodvibes (I'm glad you're enjoying the TR!)

Great updates. So nice that your first stay on property was all you'd hoped for! I also remember the dining area at POR being pretty empty when we were there. It looks like you got some great family holiday time on this trip. I don't think I've ever seen pics of Olivia's before...they have the same leaf-fans that Kona and the Poly Club Lounge have! Neat. And the food looks good. You can tell that it was really Thanksgiving with the guys laying out to stretch their full bellies! :rotfl: Sorry the level of service at your new resort wasn't as good. Sounds like at least the room was nice, though! :thumbsup2

The family time was great. We are all spread out over the state of California, and I live at least 10 hours from my sister. I wish that Dylan could see them more often, especially since Elijah is the only cousin he has. This was the reason I really pushed to do the Photopass too, because it is not very often that we are all together!

Olivia's decor is very cute. They have a lot of pictures of the DVC owners on their walls. I think people send in their family pictures of eating in the restaurant, and they hang them on the walls. It is very cozy and inviting.

The bad service at the new hotel was just a reminder of how great Disney is. This girl wasn't even trying to be helpful. You could tell that she had the word "no" on the tip of her tongue before we asked any questions. Rude.

Sunset Cliffs
10-31-2011, 07:49 PM
We drove back to the Marriott after getting a call that our room was ready. Todd and Angelyn went in to get the keys while the rest of us waited in the cars. We waited a long time when finally Todd came back and said that our room was ready but Angelyn’s was not. We all went to find our rooms and followed the map to our building at the very back of the property. We were put into building 88 and our room was on the first floor so we were able to park right in front of our door and unload our stuff.

The rooms are really nice. We had traded for a 2 bedroom, but ours ended up being more of like a one bedroom and a studio room next to each other. It was huge! Much bigger than we expected it to be.

Our first view of the room.

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The kitchen

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The door in this picture led out to a screened in patio. We had absolutely NO view, because we were on the ground floor and they had planted box hedges right next to it. So it was a bummer we couldn’t see anything, it also meant we had no one looking in our room either, so that was nice.

Looking back at the front door & kitchen.

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Our master bedroom was a decent size with a king bed. The bathroom was gigantic, which cut into the space of the actual bedroom. Overall it had a lot of space, but we had brought an air mattress for Dylan to sleep on and we couldn’t figure out where to put him.

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We realized that there was a chaise lounge that could be shoved right up next to the bed, so we put Dylan’s bedding on that and that is where he slept for the week. He never rolled out of it one time and I’m sure it was more comfortable for him than the air mattress.

Mega soaking tub! I have never seen a larger tub. EVER!

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My parent’s side was a full 1 bedroom studio with its own sofa & small kitchen. There was a door by the kitchen that connected the rooms, but we could have closed that and acted like it was 2 separate units. They had their own entrance door to the outside.

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You can see that they had their own separate patio too, and they had a slightly better view than us.

Looking back at their front door. There was a mini kitchen in the entry way, and the entrance to their bathroom was there too.

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Angelyn finally got her room and it was almost directly above us 6th floor. Once they got in their room, they saw that they had an amazing view, including being able to see Seaworld. At night, they could see the fireworks going off at Seaworld. Their room was more of a standard 2 bedroom, although their layout was similar to ours. We were all very happy with the amount of space.

We started to unpack and I put Dylan down for nap at 5:30, which was pretty late for him but he was getting a bit crabby. While he slept, we were all pretty lazy due to being full from lunch. No one was hungry or wanted to do anything at all. :rotfl: So we decided to just have a relaxing night.

Dylan woke up after a couple of hours, and Angelyn & Bryan came down to our room at 10:30 pm to watch the King’s game. It’s so weird watching basketball on the East coast because the west coast games start so late. The Kings are our favorite team though, and we didn’t want to miss a game if it was on TV. Around 10:00 we started to get hungry, so Todd & I walked over to get Pizza Hut that is on property, but it had just closed. That was a bummer because pizza and cheese bread had sounded so good! Since we were out, we took a couple of minutes to walk around & looked at the main pool as well as the kids pool. We were definitely impressed with the property. I will post more pictures of the grounds later. We couldn’t wait to spend time wandering around over the next few days.

Angelyn & Bryan left around 11:45 and I put Dylan to bed at midnight. I was so tired, since it had been a very long day. Dylan had other plans though, since he had such a late nap. He wanted to be up and playing. Since his bed was touching our bed, he was right next to me & kept waking me up. I was almost begging him to fall asleep and leave me alone. Lol. Todd had me switch sides of the bed with him since he was still up watching the game, and I finally fell asleep around 12:30. It was a great Thanksgiving day!

MEK
10-31-2011, 08:05 PM
Great update. That Thanksgiving meal at Olivia's looks so yummy! Now that's what I'm talking about! Was that a special just for Thanksgiving? The restaurant is so cute. Can't wait to see it for myself in December. What a beautiful day it was.

Your new digs look pretty nice. Glad you were happy with the size and location of the room. Very nice!

Sunset Cliffs
11-01-2011, 05:23 PM
Great update. That Thanksgiving meal at Olivia's looks so yummy! Now that's what I'm talking about! Was that a special just for Thanksgiving? The restaurant is so cute. Can't wait to see it for myself in December. What a beautiful day it was.

Your new digs look pretty nice. Glad you were happy with the size and location of the room. Very nice!

I'm pretty sure that it was a Thanksgiving special. I found a link to it on All Ears under the Thanksgiving section. I think we paid around $20 per person for the meal. It was SO good, and the restaurant is really cute. I hope you enjoy it in December.

tinkgurl
11-01-2011, 11:27 PM
HI! What was Dylan for Halloween? Little Guy was the Wolverine! I'll have to send you a picture sometime. I don't know why it didn't send that one to your e-mail when I tried. :confused3

pinkxray
11-02-2011, 07:11 AM
Olivia's looks very good and seemed to be a great choice for Thanksgiving:thumbsup2

The Marriott looks beautiful. POR is pretty but the small rooms can't compare to that.

Sunset Cliffs
11-04-2011, 01:06 AM
HI! What was Dylan for Halloween? Little Guy was the Wolverine! I'll have to send you a picture sometime. I don't know why it didn't send that one to your e-mail when I tried. :confused3

He was Spiderman this year. It had all the fake muscles and everything. It looked so cute on him. I would love to see pictures of Wolverine!! Maybe you could PM me your email and I will try emailing you first. I checked my spam last time and it wasn't there either. :confused3 Weird!


Olivia's looks very good and seemed to be a great choice for Thanksgiving:thumbsup2

The Marriott looks beautiful. POR is pretty but the small rooms can't compare to that.

We were really happy that we chose Olivia's for Thanksgiving. We realized that we wanted a sit down place, rather than a buffet, but I didn't want it to feel too formal. Olivia's was perfect!

The Marriott had very large rooms, but POR had a lot more charm. I think I have more pictures of the property to post later.

Sunset Cliffs
11-04-2011, 07:19 PM
Friday, November 26, 2010

We woke up at 8:30 this morning because the alarm on my phone went off . We had set it the morning before when we were at POR and I guess we had just snoozed it, but not really turned it off. That was a little annoying considering this was one of the days where we were planning on sleeping in late. Instead, we all woke up & had a lazy morning just hanging out at the condo.

Our plan was to avoid going to the parks for the majority of the Thanksgiving weekend, since we knew that they get incredibly busy, so today was a wide open day to do whatever we wanted. We talked about going shopping, but it was Black Friday & we knew every shopping place we went to would be crazy, so we decided to skip it. Angelyn’s family decided to go to Wet & Wild for the day. This day was Bryan’s actual birthday, and that is what he wanted to spend the day doing. It was pretty overcast on this day, so they said there was hardly anyone there. It turned out to be a perfect day to go and they had a great time.

We were going to take Dylan swimming in the kid’s pool, but when we went outside, it was cooler than previous days and it was windy, so we changed our minds since we thought he might get too cold. I was bummed about that because I know he loves to go swimming.

Around 11:30 we decided to brave DTD and just deal with the crowds. We hurried to get ready and left the condo around noon. The fastest way to DTD meant that we had to drive by the Premium Outlets that we had considered shopping at. As we drove past them, we had no problem getting by, but traffic going the other way was backed up all the way to the SR-535 & into the intersection! Crazy! Even with the traffic it did not take us that long to get to DTD.

Right before we pulled into the parking lot, Dylan said he had to go potty RIGHT NOW, so Todd dropped us all off by the T-Rex restaurant, & I ran him into the bathroom. He did not have an accident, and he really had to go! I was so happy that his potty training had not been completely derailed by the trip. The parking lot was pretty full so it took Todd a while to find a spot. We waited at the Lego store for him, and Dylan played on the slide outside the store. Then he got interested in the Lego stations outside so we helped him build a house with the Legos.

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It was pretty busy at DTD. A lot of people were out shopping and there were tons of kids near the Lego area. It is a great place for them to play and get some energy out, but the slide was packed with kids and there was some pushing going on since some parents were not paying attention. You can see from this picture the crowd level.

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Dylan has never shown an interest in Legos before, but he had a great time. He was so proud of his house that he built.
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Todd showed up and we walked around looking at the window displays for a few minutes while we decided what to do. The whole Lego area is a lot of fun to look at and take pictures of.

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We were hungry so we walked around to eat somewhere that I had only heard about but never been to.

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Earl of Sandwich! I was so excited to eat here after reading so many rave reviews. The problem is that it was super crowded and the line was incredibly long. We didn’t have anywhere to be, so we went to look for a table while my dad and Todd got in line. My mom was able to find a great table inside, and the guys only had to wait 10 minutes in line, even though it looked much longer.

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The line they were standing in. It wrapped all the way back to the exit on the other side of the building.

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While we were waiting for food, my mom and Dylan were switching sunglasses and he thought it was so funny how small his glasses were on her.

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We didn’t wait too long for our food. Dad & I got Hawaiian BBQ sandwich,

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Todd got the Montaque sandwich,

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And mom got Mediterranean salad with tuna. Hers was supposed to be a wrap, but my dad didn’t realize you had to choose a salad or wrap, so she got a salad. It still looked good to me!

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We got Dylan got PB&J sandwich, and I think it was $4.00. I was a little annoyed that a PBJ was that expensive, but when it showed up at the table, I understood. It was a hot sandwich, and it was wonderful.

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My TR notes say “IT WAS BOMB!” so I guess that means that we all really liked it. Ha, ha. We definitely will eat here again. I’m so glad that this restaurant lived up to its hype and that we weren’t disappointed. The meal was definitely worth the wait!

It was almost 2:00 by that point & we knew that Dylan would need to nap soon, so we split up to shop for an hour before going home. As soon as we walked outside, Dylan saw the carousel and wanted to go on it. We normally would not pay for him to do this, since he can ride the carousel at the MK for free, but it had been 2 days since we had got to a park and I think we were having withdrawal symptoms from rides. Lol.

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After the ride was over, we went to the Christmas store first & spent most of time looking for our annual ornament that we get. I can’t even say how much I love this store. I think it’s because we have a tradition to pick an ornament on each of our trips, so it is a little nostalgia thing for me. We picked a cute one. It looks like a Mickey/Santa hat w/ fur on it.

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We told Dylan he could pick his own ornament, so he picked some Toy Story bell ornaments. He was pretty happy about it, and it was fun for him to hang them on our tree when we got home from the trip.

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We had just enough time to go to Goofy’s Candy Kitchen for some treats. When we got inside, it was outrageously busy. Wall to wall people. We didn’t want to wait in a line to get custom treats made, and since we knew we would be back later in the trip we just picked up some rice crispy treats for us & a sucker for Dylan. This sucker became my best friend later on, because he never ate it on the trip and when we got home I used it as his incentive for potty training. Without going into TMI, he had the peeing part down, but the other part was very scary for him, so his “Big Purple Disney Sucker” was the reward whenever he would go.

We all met back up and piled into the car & drove home. We completely avoided driving in the area near the outlets because we could tell the traffic was still very backed up. Once back at the condo, I took a nap while Dylan napped. Todd did a lot of work on the lap top while we slept. After our naps we got ready to go back out for Bryan’s birthday dinner.

Dugette
11-04-2011, 10:59 PM
The new resort looks pretty nice. So much space!

Sounds like a relaxing Black Friday (except for the whole alarm going off early thing!) Yummy, Earl of Sandwich! I haven't tried the Hawaiian sandwich, but that's on my list of ones I'd like to try...looks good! I don't think I've ever seen a pic of their PB&J, but it looks pretty tasty! Cute ornament you picked out too! Glad you had a good time at Downtown Disney on that busy shopping day!

Sunset Cliffs
11-06-2011, 04:02 PM
The new resort looks pretty nice. So much space!

Sounds like a relaxing Black Friday (except for the whole alarm going off early thing!) Yummy, Earl of Sandwich! I haven't tried the Hawaiian sandwich, but that's on my list of ones I'd like to try...looks good! I don't think I've ever seen a pic of their PB&J, but it looks pretty tasty! Cute ornament you picked out too! Glad you had a good time at Downtown Disney on that busy shopping day!

The new place was very nice. Different vibe than Disney, but we really did enjoy having so much space.

Earl of Sandwich was everything I'd hoped it would be. It sounds a bit ridiculous to say that about a sandwich place, but I LOVE sandwiches and could eat them all the time. The Hawaiian was awesome too but honestly there were 4 different ones that I wanted to try.

It's so much fun picking an ornament each trip because it gives you such fun memeories to talk about later when you are decorating your tree from year to year. :santa:

Sunset Cliffs
11-10-2011, 06:30 PM
After our naps, we got ready to go to dinner for Bryan’s birthday.

This is what Dylan’s hair looked like when he woke up from his nap. :laughing:

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Angelyn, Bryan & Elijah came down at 7:00 so we could all go together, but Todd got a work call before they got there that lasted a long time. While we were waiting, Dylan was sitting on the couch playing a game on my iPad. At this point, I had only had the iPad for a couple of months and my dad & Elijah had never played with one. So pretty soon, they were on the couch with Dylan, watching him play. I thought it was hilarious that a 3 year old was showing 2 grown ups how to use new technology. Honestly, it amazes me how complex the iPad is, but they have made it so easy to operate that a toddler can figure it out. Pretty brilliant.

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Apparently I was checking email while we were waiting too.

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We had purchased a ball at Walmart for Dylan to play with during the week. He loves to play with a ball and it really helps him burn off energy during the day. He has developed a love for volleyball, since that is what Todd coaches, and he spends a lot of time during his days serving, passing, and hitting the ball. He is pretty coordinated for his age. He asked Bryan to play with him and it was so cute watching the 2 of them hit the ball back & forth.

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Finally, Todd was done with his work call, so we left and drove to Miller’s Ale House for dinner. This is a place I heard about on another Disser’s TR, and we found it on our last trip. The food is SO good and it is really affordable. It is sort of a sports bar and there are TV’s everywhere with all the different sports playing. It is located off the SR-535, right past the turn off to DTD. This meant we drove by the Premium Outlets again and this time we did not get so lucky with the traffic. It was really backed up and we moved along at a snail’s pace. We were hungry by this point, so sitting in traffic did not help our moods. When we finally got around to the intersection at the 535, we saw the problem. People were zooming around the left side and cutting in at the last minute because they didn’t want to wait in line. We saw 3 almost accidents. I was so glad to get out of there without our rental car getting dinged!

We finally got to Miller’s Ale House at 8:00. It was fairly busy, which was surprising because it usually is around half full. The server said we would have to wait for a table for 8 or we could split between 2 tables of 4 and be seated right away. We opted for 2 tables because we all were starving and didn’t want to wait. Todd, Dylan and I sat with Elijah at one table, while my parents sat with Angelyn and Bryan in the booth right behind us. Dylan kept trying to talk & play w/ my mom over the back of the booth, and he kept interrupting their conversation.

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Let me just say that this restaurant is really good, but it’s not for people who are on any sort of a strict diet. They have a very big menu and they do have a selection of salads, etc., but their food is a lot of “comfort food” that is battered, fried and greasy. I got Zingers & fries (covered in cheese & bacon),

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Todd got ribs & a potato,

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Elijah got fish & chips.

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I brought the left overs of Dylan’s sandwich from lunch at EoS, & he shared my food too. I’m not sure what everyone got at the other table, but all were very happy with their food. During dinner, Elijah got on a long talk about Fantasy-type movies. I made the mistake of saying I didn’t like those types of movies that much, using Lord Of The Rings as an example. He was shocked that I didn’t like them, and he tried to “convince” me how wrong I was. I explained that I’m glad I saw LOTR, but wouldn’t probably watch them over & over because they aren’t my style of movies. He kept questioning me and he “was just trying to understand” what I had against those movies. Grrrrr. Round and round and round. We argued without actually “arguing” for 20 minutes and at the end of dinner, I was worn out. I finally told him I was done with the conversation, and started to watch a football game. He (ironically) made a comment that he didn’t like watching football, so I asked him why and he just said he wasn’t that into football. I could have pushed the issue and said “I just don’t understand…” but I let it go. Yes, I acted like an adult. Ha, ha. He is a very intelligent kid (well, by kid I mean he’s 18), and it’s funny to think about it now, but at the time I just remember feeling wiped out by the conversation.

The plan after dinner had been to go watch fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian, we didn’t get done with dinner until 10:00 and we all were tired. We skipped the fireworks and drove back to the condo. Angelyn & Bryan went to the hot tub, and Todd asked them if we could come up to their room after Dylan went to bed to watch a football game that was on TV. I was still trying to get Dylan down for bed at 11:30, so Todd went without me and I stayed w/ Dylan. I don’t know why he was so hyper this night, but he refused to fall asleep. I finally gave up on the idea of watching the football game and laid down to go to sleep, but Dylan kept talking to me. Finally at 12:30 he drifted off, and so did I.

At 2:00 am, the phone in our room started ringing. It was Todd on the phone and he said he was locked out of the condo. I hung up and walked to the front door and opened it, but he wasn’t outside. I was so confused, but I left the front door propped and went back to bed. A few minutes later Todd came in. Apparently his key would not work in the front door, so he said he was banging on the door but none of us heard him since our bedroom doors were closed. He remembered that my parents had their own front door, so he banged on theirs….until he realized that it was the wrong door! He said he freaked out and took off running up the 6 flights of stairs back to Angelyn’s room. Oh, I forgot to mention that he had left his cell phone in our room, so he didn’t have a phone to call my cell. Elijah was still awake upstairs so he let him in to use their phone to call me. We figured we would get his key fixed the next day. When we got up the next morning, we tried the key in the door and it worked. Weird. That’s when my mom said, “Well, maybe it’s because I used the bolt on the door when I locked up for the night.” So we tried it and that was the problem. I could not stop laughing because I was picturing Todd banging on a bunch of doors, all because my mom was safety conscious!

MEK
11-11-2011, 09:58 AM
Oh No! I can just imagine all the commotion Todd caused by getting locked out of the condo.

That Miller's place sounds pretty yummy. I can't see your pics right now, but your description of the food is making me quite hungry. I am actually thinking about venturing off property for a meal while we are there in December, so maybe this is a good choice. We'll see - there are so many things I want to do and only a short time to do them all.

I do know how some conversations can be exhausting. I think once you have small children you use up all your energy and who fills like mustering it up for a debate.

Sunset Cliffs
11-13-2011, 04:37 PM
Oh No! I can just imagine all the commotion Todd caused by getting locked out of the condo.

That Miller's place sounds pretty yummy. I can't see your pics right now, but your description of the food is making me quite hungry. I am actually thinking about venturing off property for a meal while we are there in December, so maybe this is a good choice. We'll see - there are so many things I want to do and only a short time to do them all.

I do know how some conversations can be exhausting. I think once you have small children you use up all your energy and who fills like mustering it up for a debate.

It was so funny the next morning when Todd was telling me about banging on the wrong door. He was wearing flip flops and he said his shoe flew off when he started running and he had to go back for it. :rotfl: It's like a bad comedy movie.

Miller's is like a hidden gem to us. It is literally 3 minutes from the Crossroads area outside DTD, so it's close and it is rarely ever crowded. Plus, we have liked everything we have ever eaten there. If you decide you want to try it, I can give you directions on how to get there.

It's amazing how exhausting those conversations can be! Elijah is a smart kid, and he likes to debate things. I just didn't care to get into the finer points of LOTR. :laughing:

Dugette
11-20-2011, 01:39 PM
Way late on commenting on the last update, but here goes:

Love the pic of Dylan teaching adults how to use the iPad! :rotfl2:

Those food pics are making me hungry! Yum!

I'm with you on the Lord of the Rings thing. Years ago, a friend insisted that I would like the movies (I hadn't seen them) and put in the DVD of the first one and made me watch. I was bored out of my mind and fell asleep during it. :rotfl: Just not my thing...and I knew it was not my thing. Never did see any more of them. I don't know if I could've held back on turning things around with that football comment.

Poor Todd, getting locked out late at night and running from the wrong room! :lmao:

eandesmom
11-22-2011, 11:44 PM
Ok I am multiple updates behind, arrgh!


Your thanksgiving meals sounds yummy! Olivia's has always looked good to me. Walmart on Thanksgiving though is a little less magical. Everytime I see a TR where they go to Millers all I can think of is..

YUM

and

Heart attack on a plate.

:rotfl:

Fun occasionally but some TR's it seems like multiple nights there. I'd put on 10 pounds!

I can so relate to the LOTR convo...Taylor can be like that. :sad2:

Todd locking himself out. :rotfl2:

Why will you never get there at Christmas? Does the scheduling just not work for you? We love going right around Thanksgiving because the lights are up, but you don't get the holiday crowds of Christams (other than the actualy Thanksgiving weekend days). Win-win. It is seriously my favorite time to visit.

Your description of the beignets made me laugh because it's so true!

I'd love to go but we traveled once, the day after and it was a nightmare. We were up till midnight on xmas day and then had to take off the next day. The kids are all at ages where they can't miss school and that makes the window really short. With a blended family, and a large one on my side, there is just a ton going on leading up to xmas and we can't really take just the E's. So it leaves the week after. It's possible, but not probable. I'd been really hoping to do one with my side of the family but for a variety of reasons it can't happen next year, long shot for 2013. I think for Jeff the only way he'd go at that time of year is if a larger gathering forced the issue or after K graduates HS. Never say never though, he whines alot but continues to surprise me!

I tell you, beignets on thanksgiving morning...now that is something I'd be thankful for!

Bell<3Disney
12-08-2011, 05:33 PM
I am finally caught up, I remember you telling me that you were writing you trip report finally but then I forgot to go look for it.

By the way I am totally jealous that your ticker only says 3 weeks and mine says 4!

Sunset Cliffs
05-28-2012, 03:01 PM
Hi everyone! Yes, an actual update has been made on this TR. I am embarrassed to say that it has been over 6 months. I won't give you excuses...life just got in the way. I was looking at pictures the other day and realized how much I wanted to finish this. Hopefully some people will still read it, but if not, I want to finish it to preserve the memories with my family. Thanks in advance if you comment!!

Friday, November 27, 2010

I couldn’t fall back asleep after Todd woke me up. I drifted off, but still woke up at 8:30. Grrr. Is that the way it always goes? The days that I CAN sleep in, I really can’t. No one else was up yet, so I spent time writing TR on the patio. It was much colder today, very overcast. During my time of self-reflection, I realized that I was feeling a bit a down. Not sure why. Maybe I was too tired from lack of sleep. I also was wondering if the details of the trip were weighing me down, rather than just allowing myself to enjoy the moment. I think part of it is because Todd & I have had no time to just be by ourselves & although traveling with a group is fun, it can be much more work than when it’s just 2 people. Also, Dylan has been getting spoiled by all of the attention, and along with the time change was acting up a little. Then I started to feel bad because I was in DISNEY WORLD and I was not happy like I should be. Has anyone else ever felt this way? After writing all of that out, I started to feel better. I think that I just needed a little alone time to re-charge before spending time with the group again.

Everyone woke up at 10. Dylan was a little earlier, but he wanted to play on my iPad so that kept him quiet until everyone got up.

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Today was hotel viewing day. I wanted to shop but knew the crowds would be really bad. Angelyn called & said they were going to the pool. They wanted us to go but it was too cold for Dylan. I told her we might go around 1:00, before his nap when it warms up. They decided to go anyways and we got ready to hit a couple hotels to see the Christmas decorations and have lunch before coming back to swim & Dylan’s nap.

Dylan was ready to go, and wanted to bring his balloon animal that we had gotten at OKW.

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We left before noon and as we were leaving, saw Angelyn & Bryan walking back from the pool. They were going to Miller’s Ale House for lunch again, then planned on taking a nap since they stayed up so late. It made me happy that they liked Miller’s so much that they wanted to go back. (On a funny side note, they just moved to Boston and she sent me a text after they had lived there for a few weeks to tell me that they had found a Miller’s Ale House not too far from their house. Ha, ha!) We went to Coronado Springs hotel to check it out and see the lights. It is a really pretty hotel.

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The decorations were nice, and the lobby was impressive. My favorite part of the lobby was the fountain and the lights in the Registration area.

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We went into the gift store & shopped for a few minutes. Later tonight, we were going to have a Dis meet with Becky (ladybugmom) and her family, and I wanted to get a gift for Becky’s girls. We found them the cutest princess pens, complete with fluffy pink feathers. I also got Dylan a Mickey pen, and myself a Mickey iPad cover.

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While we were shopping, Todd had gone outside to take more pictures. The outside of this resort is definitely the prettiest part. Talk about feeling like you are on vacation!! This area just made me want to sit down and relax.

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Dylan, keeping himself entertained.

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Dylan liked the fountain and wanted to throw money in it again. There were 2 other boys playing on the ledge, and they almost fell in a couple times. Todd was pretending to video Dylan, but was honestly hoping to get them falling in the fountain on video. LOL.

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We had lunch in the Pepper Market, since we were hungry and had never eaten there before.

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The food was pretty good, but we felt like it was very confusing how they seat you and give you a punch card for your food, but then you get a server as well?? Not really sure about the whole scenario there. There is also 10% service charge, which they said is for the cooks, not the waitress…isn’t that what the cost of the food should cover? In my opinion, the whole set up is a huge negative when it comes to deciding whether to stay there or not, considering this is the only food court. I wouldn’t want to deal with it every time I ate there.

I had alfredo pasta & Todd had the nachos. Both were good, but nothing special.

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I don’t remember what my parents had, but my dad got an ice cream for dessert and Dylan was all over that. Considering how much my dad loves ice cream, it was a real show of “grandpa love” to share it with him. Lol. Dylan knows he is being a stinker. Look at his face.

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After lunch, wandered out towards the pool. There is a lot of pretty things to look at here.

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Sunset Cliffs
05-28-2012, 03:06 PM
Continued...

Checking out the pool and slide.

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We let Dylan play on the playground for a while. It had a lot of different things for him to do, and he was a happy little kid.

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He was scared to go down the slide “with the dark tunnel” so my dad was trying to coax him down. He ended up not doing it.

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This was an area for kids to dig in the sand and discover the buried treasure. I thought this was so cool.

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We walked back to the entrance. Mom was really impressed with the hotel and took a million pictures. I agree that the grounds were really nice and the rooms look pretty. I am still partial to POR though. ;)

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Sorry for all the pictures, but it was hard not to keep taking them! We stayed until about 3:00 then were going to go to the Caribbean Beach hotel, but decided to get back to let Dylan swim and then nap. We got back and quickly changed. We went to the pool nearest our room (2 minute walk) and since it was overcast, no one there. Dylan brought his ball & had a great time. Unfortunately for me, I squished my toe underneath one of the pool chairs. It hurt so bad and I thought I had broken it. Luckily I didn’t, but it was hard to walk around on it for the next couple of days. We swam for about ½ hour, then went back to get him to nap. He was still awake at 5:00, so once he fell asleep we had to wake him right back up. We had to leave a little before 7:00 to make our ADR at WL at 7:30. I hoped he would be a good boy for dinner. I was really weird to not see Angelyn all day, but I think they enjoyed resting and taking advantage of using the amenities at the resort. She took these pictures from her balcony of the view. They were up on the top floor, so they were able to see SeaWorld and their fireworks each night.

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You can see some of the buildings in the back of that picture from SeaWorld.

This is a hole from the golf course on the other side.

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They had a much better view that us, so it was nice to go up there in the evenings and enjoy their view.

Up next…our Dis meet and dinner at the WL!

Dugette
05-28-2012, 07:38 PM
Yay, you're back! :cool1:

Very cool to see all those pics of Coronado. That was where we almost stayed during part of our December 2010 trip, until we managed that crazy Polynesian Club upgrade for the whole trip. Looks nice. I did hear that they recently changed their food court to a more traditional set-up, so hopefully that awkwardness has improved. Looks like a nice way to spend the afternoon.

tinkgurl
05-30-2012, 01:39 PM
So glad to hear from you! I've been missing you and Dylan!

Sunset Cliffs
05-30-2012, 07:39 PM
Yay, you're back! :cool1:

Very cool to see all those pics of Coronado. That was where we almost stayed during part of our December 2010 trip, until we managed that crazy Polynesian Club upgrade for the whole trip. Looks nice. I did hear that they recently changed their food court to a more traditional set-up, so hopefully that awkwardness has improved. Looks like a nice way to spend the afternoon.

I really like CS, but I think you got the better end of the deal to stay at the Poly! I'm glad to hear that they have changed the food court. It's been over a year now since we were there, so my info is probably outdated. It was so confusing and we kept saying, "Wait, what else do we have to pay for?" lol.



So glad to hear from you! I've been missing you and Dylan!

Hi Tink!! I have missed you too! When I got back on the Dis, I realized that I had no way to check in and say hi to you. Are you going to be doing a PTR for your honeymoon? How are your wedding plans going? It's not much longer!!

vleeth
05-31-2012, 01:26 PM
We are going the week after Thanksgiving, so I'm excited to read your TR!

Sunset Cliffs
08-04-2012, 10:42 PM
We are going the week after Thanksgiving, so I'm excited to read your TR!

I'm so sorry! I thought that I had responded to you already. :sad2: Thank you so much for reading, and I'm sorry that I have been so spotty with my updates.

In my opinion, the week after Thanksgiving is the best time of year to go. The crowds leave, and you get all of the holiday decorations. You are going to have a great time!!

Sunset Cliffs
08-04-2012, 10:48 PM
Our ADR for Whispering Canyon Café was for 7:30. We got there a few minutes early and everyone was so excited to see the decorations at the WL. My parents had never seen this resort before, so it was all brand new to them.

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I love how big this resort is! The tree is right inside the front door and it looks huge. It just feels right to have a Christmas tree in the middle of this woodsy, cabin feeling hotel. The warmth of the wood with the big fireplace in the corner…it all just works together during the holidays.

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After looking around & taking pictures for a while, we checked in at the podium at WCC and got a buzzer. Then we noticed a PP photographer near the tree so we went over there to get some family pictures. We have never done PP before, so this was a nice bonus to get some good family pics where you are not all grungy from the parks. We took our own pictures first and then managed to round up everyone else to take a whole family picture.

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While we were taking pictures, I saw Becky’s family sitting in WCC near the rail by the lobby. Becky is LadyBugMom on the Dis, and we had been talking for a while about figuring out how to meet up once we realized that the dates of our trips overlapped. It just so happened that we both had scheduled dinner at WCC this night, so it was exciting to finally meet!

We walked over to say hi to them and Dylan climbed up on the rail to say hi to her girls. We had found some cute little princess pens earlier in the day at CSR gift shop so we gave he gave them to the girls right then. They seemed happy with them which made him happy. We decided to meet up in the lobby after we all finished dinner, and then our buzzer went off so we checked in.

The place was packed! It seemed like every table was full. We were sat in the back of the restaurant and it was noisy, but a fun atmosphere to be in. We started looking at them menu, and then they made the announcement that the kids were going to ride horses. Dylan looked interested so Todd took him to the front to find a horse. There was a mass of kids circling the place in no time. We were in the very back so our table was right next to the aisle and we got to watch all of them gallop by. We kept waiting to see Dylan go by and we never saw him. Finally, we saw Todd carrying him back, but kind of lifting him up and down over & over, like he was riding an imaginary horse. Dylan was laughing & when they got to the table Todd said that once they got up there and Dylan saw the wooden stick horses, he didn’t want to do it. I guess he started to cry because he thought they were riding horses like on the carousel. Lol. Todd tried to convince him to do the wood horse, but he refused. On the way back to the table, he lifted him up & down like a carousel horse and it made him happy. So random sometimes, the things that kids get upset about.

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Awesome light fixtures

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Family pictures

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Sunset Cliffs
08-04-2012, 10:53 PM
Continued…

By now we had ordered our drinks, and during all of the chaos our waiter had forgotten Elijah’s ice tea. When the waiter came back to take our order, he reminded him that he still needed his tea. The waiter apologized and a few minutes later, he brought this back.

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It was pretty funny. I don’t think he needed a refill the entire meal. ;) Speaking of the waiter, he was playing a crazy character. He spoke in this really funky voice, and on top of that he had a weird accent too. I kept waiting for him to break character and he never did until we said goodbye at the end of the meal. That stuff is what makes those dining experiences more memorable.

Happy little guy.

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Our food arrived and we were all ready to dig in. I ordered Chicken & Penne Pasta. Oh my goodness. Soooo gooood and sooo filling. I was determined to eat a ton of it, but ended up taking half of it back to the hotel.

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Todd, Bryan and my dad all ordered the All-You-Care-to-eat Skillet. They brought a HUGE skillet of food for them all to share. They all said it was delicious. Todd was happy that they had beef ribs instead of pork.

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My mom ordered the pot roast

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Angelyn ordered the meatloaf

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I can’t remember what Elijah ordered, but I have a picture of it!

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Ok, so this is where it got funny. I always take pictures of our food like a good Disser (if I remember), and everyone has gotten used to me doing that. I started taking pictures of everyone’s food and Todd started cracking up and pointed out that my sister & mom were both taking pictures as well. Everyone else was sitting patiently with their hands in their laps, waiting for all of the photos to be done. LOL. Apparently everyone has either becoming resigned to dealing with my weird obsession or had decided to actively join me in it. Todd snuck a picture of my mom before they all caught on.

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Then he started telling them what was so funny, and as he was demonstrating how eagerly everyone was photographing their food, my sister took his picture.

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The food was so good and the portions were gigantic. Definitely come with an appetite if you eat here.

Dylan had eaten before we got here, so we had ordered a plate of fries for him and he ate some of my chicken. The waiter came up and asked him if he wanted ketchup for his fries. Of course, I knew what was coming so we got our cameras ready. Dylan nodded his head, so the waiter told him to say “I need ketchup!” really loud. He shook his head no. :rotfl2: So we all helped him say it really loud, and he got scared when we all talked so loud. All of a sudden, all of these people came running over with ketchup bottles. We ended up with at least 25 bottles on our table. Even though I knew what was coming, it was still really surprising how quickly people came out of the thin air to slam those bottles down.

I love this picture because it was taken right when the bottles started showing up. I’m looking for people coming and Dylan is staring transfixed at a single bottle of ketchup. Ha!

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It was so fun to watch all the kids get involved. You could tell they were having fun giving it to someone else.

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Once we all started laughing and making a big deal about how funny it was, Dylan went from scared to laughing. He was still perplexed by the whole thing, but understood it was supposed to be funny.

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After the parade of the bottles, we got our small serving of ketchup out of the bottle that Dylan picked and then we figured out how to keep eating our meal with less space on the table. Elijah was still working on his tea.

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Finally we heard another table say they needed ketchup so we rounded up all the bottles and carried them over. It was so fun handing them off and watching the reactions of the next family to receive them. We kept one bottle on our table so that Dylan could deliver it to one more group.

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It was such a fun meal. Great experience for our first time eating there. We discussed going back for lunch on our next trip so that it could be a quieter and cheaper meal.

Up next, meeting Becky’s family and wandering the WL!

vleeth
08-05-2012, 02:30 PM
The ketchup thing really made me lol.

Sunset Cliffs
08-06-2012, 06:09 PM
The ketchup thing really made me lol.

Have you heard of that before? It's pretty funny to watch. Even when I knew it was coming, it was a bit overwhelming when people coming running at your table. :)

pinkxray
08-07-2012, 10:41 AM
The meal at WCC looks like fun. I love the picture of Dylan looking at all the ketchup:goodvibes

The pictures of the WL at xmas time makes me rethink my decision to switch our Dec. trip to Feb. I will not switch to Dec, I will not switch to Dec.:laughing:

vleeth
08-07-2012, 12:50 PM
Have you heard of that before? It's pretty funny to watch. Even when I knew it was coming, it was a bit overwhelming when people coming running at your table. :)

I had read about it before. I'd like to try that place someday.

eandesmom
08-13-2012, 10:12 AM
I couldn’t fall back asleep after Todd woke me up. I drifted off, but still woke up at 8:30. Grrr. Is that the way it always goes? The days that I CAN sleep in, I really can’t. No one else was up yet, so I spent time writing TR on the patio. It was much colder today, very overcast. During my time of self-reflection, I realized that I was feeling a bit a down. Not sure why. Maybe I was too tired from lack of sleep. I also was wondering if the details of the trip were weighing me down, rather than just allowing myself to enjoy the moment. I think part of it is because Todd & I have had no time to just be by ourselves & although traveling with a group is fun, it can be much more work than when it’s just 2 people. Also, Dylan has been getting spoiled by all of the attention, and along with the time change was acting up a little. Then I started to feel bad because I was in DISNEY WORLD and I was not happy like I should be. Has anyone else ever felt this way? After writing all of that out, I started to feel better. I think that I just needed a little alone time to re-charge before spending time with the group again.

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I know this is an older update but I missed commenting on it. I know EXACTLY how you felt, on our 2010 trip, the 3 days where it was just the 6 of us had so much more of that "be in the moment" feeling than the ones that followed and a lot of it was due to being with a large group. It is wonderful to be together but...not as nearly relaxing. And yes, all that attention to the kids can cause other issues, we've been there too!

Gorgeous photo trip to Coronado. I've never been there and it looks so pretty! WL is a fun restaurant, I would try dinner there again (we did breakfast), I should keep in in mind for the trip with all my nephews if it ever really happens. Glad everyone enjoyed it and got into it, and liked the food too!

Dugette
08-16-2012, 09:15 PM
WCC sounds like it was a ton of fun! We'll have to get there someday! Food looks great, too!

You got a lot of nice family pictures at the WL also. Love that place around the holidays!

LilAnn
08-24-2012, 05:31 AM
Hi Alison! :wave2:

I can't believe how long it's been since I logged on and just now got to your most "recent" update. I loved reading it even more now that I have actually met you and your wonderful family. :goodvibes

I agree, WL is a perfect setting for a Christmas tree. I really want to see that one day.

The ketchup pic at WCC is awesome. You look shocked and Dylan is just hysterical staring at the bottle.

Can't wait to hear about the dismeet with Becky!

Sunset Cliffs
09-17-2012, 11:31 PM
The meal at WCC looks like fun. I love the picture of Dylan looking at all the ketchup:goodvibes

The pictures of the WL at xmas time makes me rethink my decision to switch our Dec. trip to Feb. I will not switch to Dec, I will not switch to Dec.:laughing:

I love that picture. It completely conveys how we both felt in that moment. I was worried it would overwhelm Dylan so was a little nervous about it, and he just looks dazed and confused. :rotfl:

Ha! You've had so many changes to your trip, what's the big deal about making one more? December is such a great time to go. It's magical on a whole new level because of the lights and the music.


I know this is an older update but I missed commenting on it. I know EXACTLY how you felt, on our 2010 trip, the 3 days where it was just the 6 of us had so much more of that "be in the moment" feeling than the ones that followed and a lot of it was due to being with a large group. It is wonderful to be together but...not as nearly relaxing. And yes, all that attention to the kids can cause other issues, we've been there too!

Gorgeous photo trip to Coronado. I've never been there and it looks so pretty! WL is a fun restaurant, I would try dinner there again (we did breakfast), I should keep in in mind for the trip with all my nephews if it ever really happens. Glad everyone enjoyed it and got into it, and liked the food too!

I'm glad it's not just me! Sometimes I find myself in the weirdest funk, and then I chastise myself for having a pity party when I'm on vacation. I think that when you assume the role of travel agent, you have to expect that people will start to treat you like one sometimes. I create the monster, but get upset with the consequences. When it's just the 3 of us, we have a much more relaxed, spontaneous trip...but we might now accomplish all that we set out to.

Coronado is so beautiful, but it involves a lot of walking. If you want your exercise (aside from the miles put in at the parks), this is the place for you. At least they have made everything so enjoyable to look at!



WCC sounds like it was a ton of fun! We'll have to get there someday! Food looks great, too!

You got a lot of nice family pictures at the WL also. Love that place around the holidays!

We ate at WCC another time and they have the most amazing cheese soup! It had bacon and popcorn in it. Enough said, right?

I'm so happy that I got the family pictures. Now that my sister has moved to Boston, the moments where we are all together are rare. Glad we took advantage.


Hi Alison! :wave2:

I can't believe how long it's been since I logged on and just now got to your most "recent" update. I loved reading it even more now that I have actually met you and your wonderful family. :goodvibes

I agree, WL is a perfect setting for a Christmas tree. I really want to see that one day.

The ketchup pic at WCC is awesome. You look shocked and Dylan is just hysterical staring at the bottle.

Can't wait to hear about the dismeet with Becky!

Hi Ann!

I'm so happy that we got to meet too! A lasting memory for sure. It makes me happy the internet was invented, so that we can meet friends that we never would have met (amongst other things ;) )

The WL is so cozy and inviting. Just like Christmas. I hope you get to see it for yourself someday.

I love that picture of Dylan. It may go in the blackmail pile for future use. :thumbsup2

Hoping to do an update soon.

Sunset Cliffs
09-18-2012, 12:09 AM
Hi everyone,

Sorry (once again) for the lack of updates. Life has taken many interesting twists in the last few weeks. First of all, the start of school means the start of my busiest, craziest time of year.

From August 1 until late September, I have no life. It's all about work, work, and more work, since I work at a high school and I'm the only person responsible for all money for student activities. It is a major project to get each school year started & running smoothly. Also, Todd's volleyball try outs start the first day of school and I help him with those. So my schedule has basically been to be at work from 7:00 - 3:00, then walk over to the school's gym and help with volleyball until 5:30, getting home after 6:00. That was my schedule EVERY DAY for the month of August, 11 hours straight each day. By the end of each day, it was all I could do to have dinner, spend a little time with Dylan and then go to bed. It's finally starting to ease up, and I'm leaving work at my normal time, but volleyball will dominate our lives until Thanksgiving time.

Next up...Dylan started Pre-K this year. We decided to put off Kindergarten one more year since he was still 4 years old at the start of the year. He goes to school 5 days a week, but it is only for 3.5 hours a day. He LOVES it. There are only 17 kids in his class and 2 teachers, so there is a lot of attention for them. I love that they are learning a lot, but there is still a lot of emphasis on playing too. He is only a kid once and I want him to enjoy it. Dylan just had his birthday a few days ago, and that means he is 5 now. He is so excited about that, but I feel like :sad: . Where has my little baby gone? It has flown by and that is hard sometimes.

In the middle of all the craziness, my grandpa got very sick. He has been in this situation many times before and has always pulled through. This time, it happened so quickly and was I warned that it felt different than previous times, so we drove down to visit him after work one night...and got there 2 minutes too late. Literally 2 minutes. The nurses had just checked on him, and he passed in the time that it took us to walk in. My grandpa had his 91st birthday and passed 2 days later. He lived a long and full life, but it's still very hard to grasp that he is gone. I'm very spoiled to have had him for so long, and I don't know any other way of life. It's been a hard adjustment. Dylan has handled it well. He is very disappointed that grandpa has gone to heaven, and he prays for him a lot (which is interesting since he doesn't mention him any other time during the day except when he prays).

Here's my favorite picture of them together.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2d736b3127ccef176c600bfb700000030O01AcOGrZs5Zsg e3nw8/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

All these things combined have left me little time for Dis. I hope to do a real update this week and wrap up this TR that has dragged on for far too long. A very awesome surprise is that we have decided to do New Years at WDW this year. We have started making plans, and I will detail those more at another time. Thanks for sticking with me!

MEK
09-19-2012, 02:25 PM
So very sorry to hear about your grandfather passing away. I think its lovely that Dylan says he is praying for him. I wish I could see the picture of the two of them together, but I am at a restricted computer.

Your August sounds ridiculous. It is so hard to work every day and then have an activity every afternoon. I hope things get a little less crazy for you soon.

Congrats on the NY's trip and happy planning.

eandesmom
09-19-2012, 05:35 PM
Wow, your august sounds like my Sept-early Dec. I can't even look up either!

I am so sorry for your loss, I think I posted on FB when it happened but oh, 2 minutes. That's hard.

New years THIS year! :cool1::cool1::cool1: so excited for you. Hoping that is me next year!

pinkxray
09-20-2012, 05:27 AM
I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather:hug:


Your August sounds exhausting:faint:


:cheer2:Happy Birthday Dylan. 5 is a tough one because that is really when you realize that they aren't your little baby anymore. My baby is going to be 8 next month. It seems like she just turned five:confused3

LilAnn
09-22-2012, 01:38 AM
Hi Alison!

Sorry about your grandfather passing. :hug: But what a good son you have there. :thumbsup2 He's just amazing.

Doesn't time just fly? We have that 5 year milestone coming up next month! One day we'll look back and see the picture of the two of them together and just marvel at how big they are now. We both have littler pre-K kiddos now! :faint:

I am so jealous that you are always traveling to Disney around the holidays! One day.....

Dugette
10-01-2012, 12:48 AM
So sorry to hear about your grandpa! :hug:

I can't believe that Dylan is 5 now! Time goes so fast!

I hope your crazy time at work is calming down now.

That's awesome that you're doing New Years at WDW! Can't wait to hear about it!

Bell<3Disney
10-01-2012, 12:01 PM
I havnt been on Dis in a while because I have been sad that we dont have a trip planned at the moment :sad2: I decided I need to do a update and maybe that would cheer me up and I saw that you had a update!!! That cheered me up, Then made me nostalgic for our trip and really wished we were all together walking around the hotels. I will just have to live through trip reports right now. Love your update though!