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Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 09:56 AM
Hello and welcome to my TR!

I hope you enjoy taking this little journey with my family and I! Here is the link to the PTR if you want to see how this trip came to be ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2724555

A little bit about us. . . This was our lucky number 7 trip to WDW. We started going in 2005 and fell in love and keep going back! :goodvibes

Most of you know me, so I will try to keep the intros brief!

I am a mom to 2 boys, 12 and 9 (almost 10). I have been married to my DH for 13 years. We live in PA, so we love getting away to the warm sunny state of Florida! I am a former hairstylist, former banker, former stay-at-home mom. I guess I shouldn't really say former stay at home mom, I am still at home quite a bit. I work as a Teaching Assistant for our school district a few days a week. :teacher: So I'm not at work everyday and I get my summers off! So what do I do in my spare time? Well I love photography (as you will see very soon by the 1400+ pics that are to come in this TR), scrap-booking, shopping, and planning our family vacations!

DH works very hard and a lot of hours as a Quality Assurance Inspector for a large company outside of Pittsburgh. So he enjoys getting away to WDW as much as possible! I think he's to the point where he loves Disney almost as much as I do!! He is a wonderful husband and father and enjoys taking the boys fishing & coaching DS's soccer team. He unfortunately had an unexpected guest join him on this trip in the PTR we referred to him as Hernia Harry! :scared1: Yes, about 3 weeks before our vacation he found out he had a hernia. Due to the doctor's schedule and our upcoming vacation there wasn't enough time to operate before we left, so old Harry came with us. He has since had the surgery and is on the mend.

DS12 is our oldest and very responsible young man. He is growing up way too fast and I don't like it! He is the reason we took this summer trip. He was starting Middle School this fall and he is your typical first born child a worrier & over-achiever. We weren't sure how he would adjust to the change so we didn't want to pull him out of school so early in the year, otherwise this would have been a fall trip. He enjoys video games, reading, being with his friends, playing outside, fishing, riding his 4-wheeler, and Disney! He is very out-going and hilarious and loves to be the center of attention.

DS9 (will be 10 in a few weeks) is our little guy. He is very laid back and easy-going. Doesn't worry about a thing. We always joke that he'll never have an ulcer!! He loves Lego's, playing video games, Pokemon, Star Wars, fishing, playing outside, and playing soccer. He is a huge Disney fan. He might be the only one in the family who loves Disney as much as I do. Him and I could sit and talk Disney for hours! He is a very picky eater, which always makes dining on vacation interesting.


Our trip was August 26 ~ September 4, 2011. We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort (third time staying there) the first five nights with Free Dining and then moved over to the Polynesian (first time staying there) for the last four nights in the Club Level building. :cloud9:

*CBR Review ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2795237
*Poly Review ~ http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2795310

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%2014/812fc50b.jpg

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 09:57 AM
Links to updates ~

Day 1 - Friday August 26:
Flight & Arrival ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42684406&postcount=24
OPR Food Court Lunch & CBR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42697463&postcount=60
CBR Room & Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42716731&postcount=81
Via Napoli Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42731889&postcount=97
Epcot World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42751135&postcount=123
Epcot Future World ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42779712&postcount=147

Day 2 - Saturday August 27:
Magic Kingdom Rope Drop ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42791230&postcount=174
MK Fantasyland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42791246&postcount=175
MK Tomorrowland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42806932&postcount=197
Crystal Palace Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42822902&postcount=223
MK Adventureland & Frontierland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42845234&postcount=250
MK Main Street Shopping & Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42845260&postcount=251
CBR & Downtown Disney ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42865124&postcount=278
Pollo Campero Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42865224&postcount=279
DTD: Lego Store & World of Disney ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42892649&postcount=321
DTD: Ghirardelli, Once Upon a Toy, Pin Traders, & Marketplace Finds ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42892670&postcount=322
DTD: Goofy's Candy Co, Pleasure Island & West Side ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42910930&postcount=351
CBR Gift Shops & Snacks ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42910947&postcount=352

Day 3 - Sunday August 28:
CBR Breakfast & Resort Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42945687&postcount=388
CBR Main Pool, Lunch & Swimming ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42945725&postcount=389
Disney's Hollywood Studios & Star Tours ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42970074&postcount=408
DHS: Writer's Stop & Great Movie Ride ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42970104&postcount=409
Sci-Fi Dine In Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42986180&postcount=427
DHS: RNRC & TOT and CBR Arcade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43003349&postcount=441

Day 4 - Monday August 29:
Animal Kingdom EMH (DS12 & I): EE and Dinosaur ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43040418&postcount=474
CBR morning (DH & DS10) ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43040550&postcount=475
AK: Divine! ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43066463&postcount=497
AK, CBR & OPR Food Court Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43092903&postcount=517
CBR Jamaica Pool & Shopping at the Contemporary ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43120042&postcount=543
Bay Lake Towers & the Polynesian ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43120081&postcount=544
Ohana Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43141472&postcount=569
Polynesian Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43150148&postcount=582
Grand Floridian Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43183090&postcount=606
More GF and CBR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43183104&postcount=607

Day 5 - Tuesday August 30:
DHS Rope Drop & TSM ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43204334&postcount=622
DHS Streets of America ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43204366&postcount=623
DHS Muppet Vision and Starring Rolls Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43238824&postcount=658
DHS Star Tours & RNRC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43250233&postcount=679
CBR Laundry & Swimming ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43268107&postcount=699
Dinner at Shutter's & Shopping at OPR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43268171&postcount=700
DTD ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43281315&postcount=720

Day 6 - Wednesday August 31:
Polynesian Arrival, Check In, and Room ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43304814&postcount=732
More Poly Room Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43304831&postcount=733
Poly Club Level Lounge ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43354177&postcount=763
Our Poly Balcony & View ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43354205&postcount=764
Poly Tour & Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43380903&postcount=804
Chef Mickey's Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43404933&postcount=819
More Chef Mickey's ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43404977&postcount=820
MK: Main Street Halloween ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43421323&postcount=841
MK: Jungle Cruise ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43421344&postcount=842
MK: POTC & Splash Mtn ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43440630&postcount=864
MK: IASW & Monsters Inc ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43440646&postcount=865
Main Street & Main Street Confectionery ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43466262&postcount=887
Castle Memories Show & Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43466272&postcount=888
Wishes & the Poly ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43466296&postcount=889

Day 7 - Thursday September 1:
CL Breakfast & Poly Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43497207&postcount=924
More Poly Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43497230&postcount=925
CL Snacks, Capt Cooks lunch, Heading to Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43520237&postcount=945
Epcot: Living with the Land, Impressions de France, & Soarin ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43556807&postcount=983
La Cantina de San Angel Dinner and More Epcot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43575931&postcount=1002
Epcot, Poly, CL Lounge, & Electric Water Pageant ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43601887&postcount=1022

Day 8 - Friday September 2:
Poly, DTD, Pin Traders, Lego Store, WOD, Team Mickey ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43635618&postcount=1065
Earl of Sandwich Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43648529&postcount=1092
Poly Pics & a DIS Meet! ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43677183&postcount=1117
Poly Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43699350&postcount=1178
Poly Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43699376&postcount=1179
Poly CL Evening Offerings & the Torch Lighting Ceremony ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43722459&postcount=1201
The Poly Beach ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43753656&postcount=1219
More Poly Beach, Wishes, & a DIS Meet ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43753711&postcount=1220

Day 9 - Saturday September 3:
MK: Main Street & Tomorrowland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43777335&postcount=1245
MK: Tomorrowland & Fantasyland ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43802495&postcount=1274
More MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43823762&postcount=1298
More MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43842913&postcount=1328
Poly Quiet Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43862711&postcount=1346
Family Photoshoot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43880427&postcount=1359
Family Photoshoot ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43880476&postcount=1360
CL Lounge, Poly, & MK ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43887165&postcount=1370
Main Street Electrical Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43903672&postcount=1389
Main Street Electrical Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43903755&postcount=1390

Day 10 - Sunday September 4:
Kona Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43912729&postcount=1410
Saying Good-bye ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43912829&postcount=1411

Vacation Video ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43920025&postcount=1433
Final Thoughts ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43945948&postcount=1456

ChattaAlley
09-19-2011, 10:09 AM
Such handsome young men. Can't wait to read.

lauren_elizabeth
09-19-2011, 10:13 AM
I bet the Poly Club Level was absolutely WONDERFUL! :love:

Looking forward to hearing about the trip!

JoBird
09-19-2011, 10:14 AM
I'm here! I'm here!

:yay:

Back to read......popcorn:: Can't wait!!!

mickeystoontown
09-19-2011, 10:15 AM
I'm here and ready to read all about your trip!

JoBird
09-19-2011, 10:25 AM
Okay, whew.
For a second there I didn't know if I was going to be getting online today or not---- internet issues.:headache: (I will not admit to borrowing my neighbors wifi....:rolleyes1)

Anyway...
Great start!! I can't wait to read all the details.

Hernia Harry....:lmao: Still makes me giggle. Glad he has been evicted and your DH is doing well.


Looking forward to the months ahead reliving the trip with ya!~:thumbsup2

sjs314
09-19-2011, 10:29 AM
Great Intro and love the family pic on the balcony!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 10:44 AM
Such handsome young men. Can't wait to read.

Thank you! :) Hope you enjoy.
I bet the Poly Club Level was absolutely WONDERFUL! :love:

Looking forward to hearing about the trip!

Welcome!

The Poly was phenomenal! :lovestruc
I'm here! I'm here!

:yay:

Back to read......popcorn:: Can't wait!!!

YAY!! I'm glad you're here - especially considering that you are a part of this TR!! :cool1:

Disney Mommy 3
09-19-2011, 10:45 AM
I'm Here!!!!!

JoBird
09-19-2011, 10:46 AM
YAY!! I'm glad you're here - especially considering that you are a part of this TR!! :cool1:

Like I'd miss this fun time......:lmao:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 10:47 AM
I'm here and ready to read all about your trip!

Welcome Lisa! :goodvibes
Okay, whew.
For a second there I didn't know if I was going to be getting online today or not---- internet issues.:headache: (I will not admit to borrowing my neighbors wifi....:rolleyes1)

Anyway...
Great start!! I can't wait to read all the details.

Hernia Harry....:lmao: Still makes me giggle. Glad he has been evicted and your DH is doing well.


Looking forward to the months ahead reliving the trip with ya!~:thumbsup2


I can't believe you are still having computer/internet issues! :headache:

Oh Hernia Harry. :scared1: So glad he has left the building. :rotfl:

I'm looking forward to sharing and reliving the trip with everyone. You know what I say -- the trip is not officially over until the TR is done. :laughing: Then the Disney Depression will set in. :sad2:
Great Intro and love the family pic on the balcony!

Thanks Sheila! Glad you are here! :cool1:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 10:49 AM
I'm Here!!!!!

Welcome Shawna! :goodvibes
Like I'd miss this fun time......:lmao:

Now if you'd just get yours started it would be twice the fun....:rolleyes1:thumbsup2

JoBird
09-19-2011, 10:56 AM
Now if you'd just get yours started it would be twice the fun....:rolleyes1:thumbsup2

But if I don't do a TR then my trip won't ever REALLY be over.





:rotfl2:

Monny2AE
09-19-2011, 10:56 AM
Hooray for starting a TR!!!! Can't wait! Love the sundress in your family pic BTW! SO glad all your pre-trip shopping didn't go to waste! ;)


And Jo- "borrowing" your neighbors wifi...now that's a dedicated TR follower! :laughing:

lala3291
09-19-2011, 11:01 AM
I'm here! Cannot wait to read all about your trip! :goodvibes

fromscratchmom
09-19-2011, 11:02 AM
signing on ... appreciate your reviews!

Mndisneygirl
09-19-2011, 11:04 AM
Seriously? An hour in and PAGE 2?????

Man, I have got to stop working.

I can't wait to hear all about it Shelly!

Cute picture of the four of you (or should I say 5, including Hernia Harry?)

Jo - I like your logic, but I still want a TR from you!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 11:26 AM
But if I don't do a TR then my trip won't ever REALLY be over.





:rotfl2:


True. :lmao:
Hooray for starting a TR!!!! Can't wait! Love the sundress in your family pic BTW! SO glad all your pre-trip shopping didn't go to waste! ;)


And Jo- "borrowing" your neighbors wifi...now that's a dedicated TR follower! :laughing:

Welcome Kim! :)

Nope, all my shopping didn't go to waste!! I changed clothes a couple of times a day just to be able to use them all! :rotfl:
I'm here! Cannot wait to read all about your trip! :goodvibes

YAY! I'm glad you're here Lauren! :goodvibes

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 11:32 AM
signing on ... appreciate your reviews!

Welcome! :goodvibes Hope you enjoy!
Seriously? An hour in and PAGE 2?????

Man, I have got to stop working.

I can't wait to hear all about it Shelly!

Cute picture of the four of you (or should I say 5, including Hernia Harry?)

Jo - I like your logic, but I still want a TR from you!

Welcome Sheree! :)

DH had Harry all tucked away for the family photos! :rotfl:

sjs314
09-19-2011, 11:54 AM
But if I don't do a TR then my trip won't ever REALLY be over.





:rotfl2:

Spoken like a true procrastinator Jo :rotfl2::lmao::rotfl:

seacrestpromo
09-19-2011, 11:54 AM
I am here Shelly! Great start on the TR - what a nice picture of your family! :cool1:

Lil'Mermaid75
09-19-2011, 11:54 AM
I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about the trip....

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 11:57 AM
Day 1 – Friday August 26


So between DH's hernia and the impending tropical storm/hurricane Irene, things were looking pretty bad for our trip in the weeks before. Especially on Monday of the week we were to leave they were saying that Irene had turned into a hurricane and was headed straight for Florida and would be arriving there on Friday morning. Gee, guess who else was due to arrive in FL Friday morning??? Yep, us. :scared1: But as you know Irene headed east and missed FL. DH got the okay to travel from the surgeon. And all went as planned.

We had waited all summer and it was finally here – Friday August 26!! I woke and thought – this is it, it's time!! Until I looked at the clock and it was 3:30am and I realized we had another hour before we actually needed to get up.....So I laid there, but never did get back to sleep of course. At 4:30 I got up and woke everyone else and we got ready and left the house at 5:30. We were to the off-site parking lot by 6:30 and to the airport by 6:45. We checked 2 pieces of luggage and we each had a carry-on with us. There were very little lines for security and we went right through. Both DH and I had to go in the full body scan/picture thing, first time for that. It wasn't very long until we were at our gate waiting to board.

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/e59cd419.jpg

The flight left on-time and was very uneventful. And in under two hours we were there and on our way to Magical Express!! :cool1:

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/45e6ffa0.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/7d389117.jpg

We made our way there and found our resort line.

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/65917f92.jpg

Our bus was only going to CBR and POP. And CBR was the first stop.

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/311033d4.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/462a0d38.jpg

And in about 30 minutes we were arriving at CBR!

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/858a6721.jpg

There was absolutely no line for check-in!

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/ccc65e74.jpg

I got a super nice CM at check-in. I asked her if we could please have a top floor room and she said – sure, let me take a look.....And then said that we were in a top room floor! So I asked which village and she got out the little map and showed me Jamaica!! Jamaica 45 to be exact. Excellent location! And we knew this because we had stayed in Jamaica 45 on our very first WDW trip! We were actually 2 rooms down from our room the first time.

Since we had our carry-ons with us we couldn't take the internal resort shuttle to our room. So we went out to Bell Services and told them we needed a transport to our room. In about 5 minutes a van pulled up and got us loaded and on our way to Jamaica!

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/d5e5c0dc.jpg

The CM driving the van was very friendly and offered us many little tips about the resort. He took our luggage up to the room for us and was very helpful. We were in room 4547.

From the van to the room ~

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We didn't bother to unpack because we were all very hungry. So we headed straight over to the Old Port Royale Food Court. . .



Up Next: Lunch and more CBR pics

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 12:05 PM
Spoken like a true procrastinator Jo :rotfl2::lmao::rotfl:



:rotfl2:

I am here Shelly! Great start on the TR - what a nice picture of your family! :cool1:

Welcome Sea! :goodvibes

Thank you. Hope you enjoy the TR!
I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about the trip....

Welcome!! :cool1: Glad you're here!

lala3291
09-19-2011, 01:44 PM
Wow...sounds like a great first day so far! I love the first day at WDW, it's so exciting. It's always nice when you have the whole trip ahead of you!

rusafee1183
09-19-2011, 01:47 PM
Yay! I'm glad you started!!! I have 17 days to get through and this will definitely keep me entertained! :thumbsup2

Alright - I'm going back to read :cool1:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 02:35 PM
Wow...sounds like a great first day so far! I love the first day at WDW, it's so exciting. It's always nice when you have the whole trip ahead of you!

I know, it's the best feeling knowing you have all those Disney days ahead of you. :cloud9:Yay! I'm glad you started!!! I have 17 days to get through and this will definitely keep me entertained! :thumbsup2

Alright - I'm going back to read :cool1:

Welcome Heather! :goodvibes Hope to keep you entertained!

15isto2
09-19-2011, 03:04 PM
Signing up for the rest of the report popcorn::

Busymom85
09-19-2011, 03:20 PM
Great start. Looking forward to the rest.

Winnie the Goof
09-19-2011, 03:21 PM
I'm subscribing! The Polynesian is my favorite place to stay in WDW. I was hooked after my first stay there by the beautiful ambiance, the lush greenery, the island tunes, and, most importantly, the food (three words: Dole Whip machine!). I can't imagine staying anywhere else, although there are other nice places I should probably check out.

rusafee1183
09-19-2011, 03:42 PM
Great start! I'm glad you got the room you wanted :thumbsup2

You are so good at getting TR's started. :goodvibes I am just *now* considering doing a slideshow and review from our cruise - in May. :laughing:

jsrj21
09-19-2011, 03:56 PM
Looking forward to hearing all about this one! CBR? My only and absolute favorite resort! The picture of the bridge just brought back that jittery feeling of excitement I get when I first see it. My family and I were there August 2-11, 2011 and we just miss it like crazy.

Hope you had a blast and can't wait to read the rest of your trip report.

Jose
Norwalk, CT.

JoBird
09-19-2011, 04:03 PM
Great start to day one! AND you're just getting started!:cool1:

How full do you think CBR was while you were there? I'm amazed that there weren't that many people checking in.

So happy you guys had a good stay there----- again!:goodvibes

204charity
09-19-2011, 05:16 PM
Winnie-the-goof:

Oh my word! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your siggy!!!! :love:

Subbing to this TR - cause I will be staying at the Poly in April and I am excited to hear how your stay was.

jbmom
09-19-2011, 05:33 PM
I'm getting in at the beginning this time! We were at CBR the same time, we were in bldg. 51. We used the Jamaica bus stop most of the time since it was closer to our room. We probably passed by each other at one time or another!

Love the name Harry the Hernia. I'm glad he didn't give him any trouble. I thought I was the only one who named body parts! I had a tumor removed last year and I named her Farrah Fatball, she was the daughter I never had!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 05:38 PM
Signing up for the rest of the report popcorn::

Welcome! :goodvibes Glad you're here!
Great start. Looking forward to the rest.

Welcome ~ Hope you enjoy! :)

I'm subscribing! The Polynesian is my favorite place to stay in WDW. I was hooked after my first stay there by the beautiful ambiance, the lush greenery, the island tunes, and, most importantly, the food (three words: Dole Whip machine!). I can't imagine staying anywhere else, although there are other nice places I should probably check out.

Welcome!
The Poly is my new favorite place to stay too! :cloud9: You are right -- everything is so wonderful AND there is a Dole Whip machine!!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 05:44 PM
Great start! I'm glad you got the room you wanted :thumbsup2

You are so good at getting TR's started. :goodvibes I am just *now* considering doing a slideshow and review from our cruise - in May. :laughing:

Thanks! Yep, we really lucked out on our room location - at both resorts. :goodvibes

You better get on that slideshow!:thumbsup2
Looking forward to hearing all about this one! CBR? My only and absolute favorite resort! The picture of the bridge just brought back that jittery feeling of excitement I get when I first see it. My family and I were there August 2-11, 2011 and we just miss it like crazy.

Hope you had a blast and can't wait to read the rest of your trip report.

Jose
Norwalk, CT.

Welcome Jose! :)

Glad you are joining us! We just love CBR too. It was our first WDW resort and will always hold a special place in our hearts and we always look forward to getting back there!

Great start to day one! AND you're just getting started!:cool1:

How full do you think CBR was while you were there? I'm amazed that there weren't that many people checking in.

So happy you guys had a good stay there----- again!:goodvibes

Thanks Jo! :goodvibes

I'm not sure how full CBR was. It's always so quiet there so it's hard to tell. We had room neighbors come and go during our stay, so Jamaica definitely had some guests. But the main pool was never crowded! So I doubt the resort was very full.

Momof2Disneyboys
09-19-2011, 05:48 PM
Winnie-the-goof:

Oh my word! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your siggy!!!! :love:

Subbing to this TR - cause I will be staying at the Poly in April and I am excited to hear how your stay was.

Welcome! :goodvibes You are going to love the Poly!!

I'm getting in at the beginning this time! We were at CBR the same time, we were in bldg. 51. We used the Jamaica bus stop most of the time since it was closer to our room. We probably passed by each other at one time or another!

Love the name Harry the Hernia. I'm glad he didn't give him any trouble. I thought I was the only one who named body parts! I had a tumor removed last year and I named her Farrah Fatball, she was the daughter I never had!

Yay you made it early this time!! Too bad we didn't run into each other at CBR, the boys would have had fun together!

How was your trip?

Farrah Fatball - the daughter you never had!!! :lmao::rotfl2: That is hilarious!

ronnmel
09-19-2011, 06:57 PM
I'm here!

Now off to read it.

T*Bird
09-19-2011, 07:07 PM
So you picked the day I would be gone all day to start your TR! I hate being late! :sad2: I rode with my GF to the city where she is from (about 2 hrs.) for her dr.'s appt. Just a yearly checkup and mammo, but she freaks out so I went to keep her company and calm. I've been down that road before. All was fine!

First things first: You do not look old enough to be the mom of those 2 boys! Disney must make you look young! (time for me to schedule a trip :laughing:) Love the first dress and how y'all color coordinated! It's a great family pic.

Can't wait to hear everything and see all the pics!

sstewart
09-19-2011, 07:21 PM
So excited to hear about the rest of your trip....Glad that Irene didn't mess up your arrival. But that stinks that Harry was along for the trip....:rotfl2:

DisneyHawkeye
09-19-2011, 07:28 PM
I wish I had a Dole Whip in my hand right now! Looking forward to reading your updates!

DisMomAmy
09-19-2011, 07:58 PM
I'm here!!! :wave2:

Can't wait to hear all about your trip!!

cyndiloveswalt
09-19-2011, 08:17 PM
Hey Shelly! So excited to hear all about your trip. I have been so busy I got behind on your PTR, but I have now caught up there too. Actually kept checking in there to see when you would start the TR. Great start, so excited, I'm going to get you to help me through until Nov when I get to go!
-Cyndi

Winnie the Goof
09-20-2011, 12:50 AM
Winnie-the-goof:

Oh my word! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your siggy!!!! :love:
Thank you very much. I'm glad you like it.

Pluto_fan
09-20-2011, 03:28 AM
Oh my goodness, page 4 already! :eek:
I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!

Great start, Shelly! I love your family picture! :goodvibes
Thank you for sharing your trip with all of us.

sjs314
09-20-2011, 06:32 AM
Your trip got off to a great start, everything moving smoothly and even getting your requests at CBR, very nice indeed. Can not wait to see what you had for lunch and see more pics of the food court at CBR.

MiaBella05
09-20-2011, 07:36 AM
popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

RinkyTinkyTinky
09-20-2011, 08:00 AM
I can't believe I am so late! Forgive me! :flower3:

I was so excited to see your link! :yay: Great family picture in your intro. And remember what I said I would be looking for in your pictures.......................... well, I LOVE your hair! It looks great! I bet you enjoyed it being shorter in the heat didn't you?

As for Irene, you owe me BIG...... I totally took that one for your team! :rotfl:

I'm so glad to hear that you got a good location at CBR. How about send me some of your room mojo in about a month! :wizard:

Disney Mommy 3
09-20-2011, 10:25 AM
Thank you very much. I'm glad you like it.

yeah,...that makes 2 of us!!!! I love it too!

ThisMomLuvsDisney
09-20-2011, 12:00 PM
Hi! :wave2: Joining in with everyone else and cannot wait to hear more :goodvibes

We were at WDW at the same time so I am anxious to hear all about your experience, and I find that reading a good TR takes me right back to that magical place.....:teleport: :mickeybar :wizard:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 12:23 PM
I'm here!

Now off to read it.

Welcome Mel! :goodvibes

So you picked the day I would be gone all day to start your TR! I hate being late! :sad2: I rode with my GF to the city where she is from (about 2 hrs.) for her dr.'s appt. Just a yearly checkup and mammo, but she freaks out so I went to keep her company and calm. I've been down that road before. All was fine!

First things first: You do not look old enough to be the mom of those 2 boys! Disney must make you look young! (time for me to schedule a trip :laughing:) Love the first dress and how y'all color coordinated! It's a great family pic.

Can't wait to hear everything and see all the pics!


Welcome Teri!
I wondered where you were yesterday. So glad to hear all went well for your friend. :)

And thank you for the wonderful compliment! It must be the FL sunshine and the Disney magic making me look young! :rotfl:


So excited to hear about the rest of your trip....Glad that Irene didn't mess up your arrival. But that stinks that Harry was along for the trip....:rotfl2:

Welcome!

Yes, we are so glad to have ditched Irene, too bad Harry couldn't have left us sooner too!! :rotfl:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 12:29 PM
I wish I had a Dole Whip in my hand right now! Looking forward to reading your updates!

Me too!!

Thanks for joining us, hope you enjoy!:goodvibes

I'm here!!! :wave2:

Can't wait to hear all about your trip!!

Welcome Amy! :)
Hey Shelly! So excited to hear all about your trip. I have been so busy I got behind on your PTR, but I have now caught up there too. Actually kept checking in there to see when you would start the TR. Great start, so excited, I'm going to get you to help me through until Nov when I get to go!
-Cyndi

Hi Cyndi! :goodvibes So glad you're here!

Your trip is coming up soon!! :yay:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 12:32 PM
Oh my goodness, page 4 already! :eek:
I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!

Great start, Shelly! I love your family picture! :goodvibes
Thank you for sharing your trip with all of us.

Welcome Kathy!

Thank you! :goodvibes Hope you enjoy!
Your trip got off to a great start, everything moving smoothly and even getting your requests at CBR, very nice indeed. Can not wait to see what you had for lunch and see more pics of the food court at CBR.

It did get off to a good start. :thumbsup2 So much better than the first day last year!

More CBR pics coming up soon!
popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

Welcome! Thanks for joining us!:cool1:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 12:36 PM
I can't believe I am so late! Forgive me! :flower3:

I was so excited to see your link! :yay: Great family picture in your intro. And remember what I said I would be looking for in your pictures.......................... well, I LOVE your hair! It looks great! I bet you enjoyed it being shorter in the heat didn't you?

As for Irene, you owe me BIG...... I totally took that one for your team! :rotfl:

I'm so glad to hear that you got a good location at CBR. How about send me some of your room mojo in about a month! :wizard:

Well there you are!! :yay: Welcome!

Thanks! Yes, for those of you who don't know - I had about 7 inches cut off my hair right before the trip!! :scared1: I tend to do these things from time to time. :confused3:rotfl: But yes, it was so much easier on vacation!

Thanks for taking on Irene for us. :hug: We really didn't want to deal with her on vacation. :eek:

Did you put in your room request for CBR on your ressie? I sure hope you get a great location. :wizard:
yeah,...that makes 2 of us!!!! I love it too!

Me too! :thumbsup2

Hi! :wave2: Joining in with everyone else and cannot wait to hear more :goodvibes

We were at WDW at the same time so I am anxious to hear all about your experience, and I find that reading a good TR takes me right back to that magical place.....:teleport: :mickeybar :wizard:

Welcome! :cool1: Thanks for joining!

How was your vacation? Where did you stay? Maybe you'll see yourself in one of my pics!! :yay:

JoBird
09-20-2011, 12:38 PM
I can't believe I am so late! Forgive me! :flower3:

I was so excited to see your link! :yay: Great family picture in your intro. And remember what I said I would be looking for in your pictures.......................... well, I LOVE your hair! It looks great! I bet you enjoyed it being shorter in the heat didn't you?



Shelly I agree with Rinky----!! ::yes:: I love it this length. I think I might like it better than really long, even. I know it's crazy for me to say that since I'm freaking Rapunzel but I really like it on you. It frames your face nicely. And it isn't really short-- still pretty long.:flower3:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 01:02 PM
Shelly I agree with Rinky----!! ::yes:: I love it this length. I think I might like it better than really long, even. I know it's crazy for me to say that since I'm freaking Rapunzel but I really like it on you. It frames your face nicely. And it isn't really short-- still pretty long.:flower3:

Thanks Jo! :hug: Sometimes I like it this length and sometimes I think it looks too plain or something. :confused3 IDK!! I'll probably leave it this length at least for awhile. :)

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 01:03 PM
Just wanted to give a big fat :welcome: to all my readers!! :cool1: It's nice to have so many already. And a great mix of old friends and now new ones! I hope you will all continue to read, post, and enjoy! :goodvibes

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 02:12 PM
When I left off we were headed over to the food court to grab a quick lunch. The food court was about a 4-5 minute from our room.

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It was about 1:00 when we got over there are it wasn't too busy. All the stations were open except for the Bridgetown Broiler which I think is only open for breakfast & dinner.

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The kids wanted pizza, even though we had an ADR at Via Napoli that evening. So that's what they got! We had the DDP during the CBR portion of this trip, so we all had to get full meals with a dessert & everything. DH and I got burgers. He got fries with his and I had macaroni salad. We both got a chocolate PB cupcake for our dessert, they looked better than they actually were. But everything else was good!

Total Bill: $45
Rating: 8 out of 10


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After lunch we headed back across the island & bridge to go get unpacked. But not before playing on the island a bit!

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Soon enough we were back to Jamaica and ready to get unpacked.

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Next Up: Room pics and heading to our first park

Mndisneygirl
09-20-2011, 02:49 PM
Okay - great start!!! Of course, you had to have a good day - it was my birthday!! You really lucked out with the room being ready and in a great location!
I like that picture of you and DH walking holding hands - you guys are so cute!!

I think it must just be me - but we NEVER get there and have our room ready - even when we arrive in the afternoon! We always have to wait for the text (which sometimes doesn't come!) or call after 3:30! Drives me nuts.

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 03:05 PM
Okay - great start!!! Of course, you had to have a good day - it was my birthday!! You really lucked out with the room being ready and in a great location!
I like that picture of you and DH walking holding hands - you guys are so cute!!

I think it must just be me - but we NEVER get there and have our room ready - even when we arrive in the afternoon! We always have to wait for the text (which sometimes doesn't come!) or call after 3:30! Drives me nuts.


Thanks!! :goodvibes Yes, of course your birthday was a great day! :cool1:

Every trip except for last November our room has been ready no matter what time we have arrived. So I guess we have been pretty lucky! :wizard:

RinkyTinkyTinky
09-20-2011, 03:44 PM
Loving all the resort pics! Does anywhere have a cooler looking food court than CBR? If so, I don't know about it. Glad to hear the food was good. Was that macaroni salad really good or just ok? Sometimes those can be a little funky at places like that, but I love it if it's fixed right... one of my favorite side dishes. I know you told me earlier that the pasta salad was really good so I was wondering if that was the same thing you were talking about.

I need to hand off the camera to my DD more often to get some pics of DH and me. I swear sometimes when I'm looking through my vacation pics, I wonder if I was actually even there! I'm never in any pictures! :laughing: I hate to have my picture taken, but I would like for my DD to have proof when she's grown that I WAS there! The one of you and your DH is really sweet! :cutie: That canon is pretty cool too.

And to answer your question... yes, we have requested Jamaica 45 on our ressie. Sure hope we get it b/c your pics have me drooling! It is such a pretty color combo in that area. I mean, I would never paint my own house yellow, blue and white, but for the theme of CBR is it beautiful!

Monny2AE
09-20-2011, 04:22 PM
I'm going to have to unsubscribe from your TR. All these pics of CBR are making me homesick! I'm going to miss being there this December. I'm so nervous to stay at ASMo after so many wonderful stays at CBR. Maybe we'll have to stop by, explore the island and have lunch at OPR just to reminisce a bit.

JoBird
09-20-2011, 06:14 PM
Another update! You are fast.
What a fun time it looks like you were having! The food court looked so empty. It was always packed when I went in there. But it's so fun and festive in there that you overlook the people.
The pizzas looked good but I am so anxious to read about VN!!

Cute pic of you two love birds. :)

Great update!!

lala3291
09-20-2011, 06:20 PM
I loved this update! Great pictures. It looks like you are having such a great first day!
Can't wait to see what you thought of Via Napoli!popcorn::

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 06:27 PM
Loving all the resort pics! Does anywhere have a cooler looking food court than CBR? If so, I don't know about it. Glad to hear the food was good. Was that macaroni salad really good or just ok? Sometimes those can be a little funky at places like that, but I love it if it's fixed right... one of my favorite side dishes. I know you told me earlier that the pasta salad was really good so I was wondering if that was the same thing you were talking about.

I need to hand off the camera to my DD more often to get some pics of DH and me. I swear sometimes when I'm looking through my vacation pics, I wonder if I was actually even there! I'm never in any pictures! :laughing: I hate to have my picture taken, but I would like for my DD to have proof when she's grown that I WAS there! The one of you and your DH is really sweet! :cutie: That canon is pretty cool too.

And to answer your question... yes, we have requested Jamaica 45 on our ressie. Sure hope we get it b/c your pics have me drooling! It is such a pretty color combo in that area. I mean, I would never paint my own house yellow, blue and white, but for the theme of CBR is it beautiful!

I can't think of a cooler looking food court than CBR's!!

Funny thing about the mac/pasta salad! I left DH at that station to order for us. I told him I wanted the pasta salad as my side instead of fries, because I remembered how good it was last time. So anyway -- I went with the kids to get their pizza. When I met up with DH at the table I had macaroni salad as my side. :confused3 DH says he asked for pasta salad, but who really knows....:laughing: The macaroni salad was good anyway, with nothing funky in it!!

I used to be like that - we would come home from trips and you would swear I wasn't even there from the pics! :upsidedow But DS12 has become quite the little photographer over the years and it's nice to have those pics of DH & I!

I hope you get Jamaica 45!! :wizard: I can't wait to hear all about your cruise and your trip! :yay:I'm going to have to unsubscribe from your TR. All these pics of CBR are making me homesick! I'm going to miss being there this December. I'm so nervous to stay at ASMo after so many wonderful stays at CBR. Maybe we'll have to stop by, explore the island and have lunch at OPR just to reminisce a bit.

I forgot you were staying at ASMo this time. I bet your kids will love it. It would be my first choice for a value! :thumbsup2 You guys should definitely take a little trip over to CBR some afternoon!Another update! You are fast.
What a fun time it looks like you were having! The food court looked so empty. It was always packed when I went in there. But it's so fun and festive in there that you overlook the people.
The pizzas looked good but I am so anxious to read about VN!!

Cute pic of you two love birds. :)

Great update!!


The food court was pretty empty most times we went in there. Guess it was a slow time of year!! I'm glad, I hate waiting in long lines with trays of heavy food.

VN will be coming up soon!

Thanks! :goodvibes

Momof2Disneyboys
09-20-2011, 06:30 PM
I loved this update! Great pictures. It looks like you are having such a great first day!
Can't wait to see what you thought of Via Napoli!popcorn::

Thanks Lauren! :) We really did have a great first day. I remember us all talking about how great that day was that night in the room before we went to bed. :goodvibes

VN is coming up soon!

ronnmel
09-20-2011, 06:41 PM
CBR is so pretty!

sjs314
09-20-2011, 06:46 PM
Enjoyed seeing all the pics of CBR and the food court. The food looked good. I simply love that little courtyard outside of bldg 45, I never ever knew that CBR was so nice. DH is still stuck on it is too big, I give up. Can not wait to see your review for Via Napoli.
Just read that Tutto Italia will be closed for refurb when we are there in March which as it turns out is just fine since I did not make an ADR there.

Disney Mommy 3
09-20-2011, 08:24 PM
I'm going to have to unsubscribe from your TR. All these pics of CBR are making me homesick! I'm going to miss being there this December. I'm so nervous to stay at ASMo after so many wonderful stays at CBR. Maybe we'll have to stop by, explore the island and have lunch at OPR just to reminisce a bit.

We stayed there (AStars) when the boys were little and I looooved it!
Shelly, great pics!

JoBird
09-21-2011, 07:04 AM
popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

I'm faster than you are this morning.:lmao:

I want to hear about VN!!

ddluvsdisney
09-21-2011, 10:31 AM
Enjoying your TR love all the pics!! Looks like you had a great time. It was a great time to go since we were there around the same time.
We stayed at CBR for our honeymoon but haven't been back. I think we stayed in Aruba?? is that a section? The pics do bring back memories :)
Can't wait to hear about Via Napoli. We almost ate there this time. But too many restaurants not enough time! :(

jbmom
09-21-2011, 11:16 AM
I love the pictures of CBR, makes me want to be back there! We fell in love with the resort and its our new favorite mod for sure. The food court is the most festive for sure!

ThisMomLuvsDisney
09-21-2011, 12:08 PM
Welcome! :cool1: Thanks for joining!

How was your vacation? Where did you stay? Maybe you'll see yourself in one of my pics!! :yay:[/QUOTE]


Our vacation was wonderful!!! :thumbsup2 It was a special Mother-Daughter trip for her 16th Birthday, and we had a blast :goodvibes We stayed at POFQ (our personal favorite) and it was just perfect for the two of us :cloud9:. I am very much enjoying all your photos and it really would be crazy if I catch a glimpse of us in any of them!!! :blush::tiptoe:

Anxiously awaiting more of your great report and of course more photos! :):wizard:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-21-2011, 02:42 PM
CBR is so pretty!

It really is. :lovestruc

Enjoyed seeing all the pics of CBR and the food court. The food looked good. I simply love that little courtyard outside of bldg 45, I never ever knew that CBR was so nice. DH is still stuck on it is too big, I give up. Can not wait to see your review for Via Napoli.
Just read that Tutto Italia will be closed for refurb when we are there in March which as it turns out is just fine since I did not make an ADR there.

I'm glad you are enjoying the pics! :)

I didn't know Tutto was closing for a refurb. We've never been there.

Shelly, great pics!

Thanks!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-21-2011, 02:46 PM
popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

I'm faster than you are this morning.:lmao:

I want to hear about VN!!


Yes you are. By A LOT!! :laughing: Stupid work getting in the way of my DISing!!
Enjoying your TR love all the pics!! Looks like you had a great time. It was a great time to go since we were there around the same time.
We stayed at CBR for our honeymoon but haven't been back. I think we stayed in Aruba?? is that a section? The pics do bring back memories :)
Can't wait to hear about Via Napoli. We almost ate there this time. But too many restaurants not enough time! :(

Thank you, I'm glad you are enjoying it. :goodvibes

We've stayed in the Aruba section before too. It's a great location! I love the pictures of CBR, makes me want to be back there! We fell in love with the resort and its our new favorite mod for sure. The food court is the most festive for sure!

It's a great resort! :thumbsup2

Momof2Disneyboys
09-21-2011, 02:49 PM
Our vacation was wonderful!!! :thumbsup2 It was a special Mother-Daughter trip for her 16th Birthday, and we had a blast :goodvibes We stayed at POFQ (our personal favorite) and it was just perfect for the two of us :cloud9:. I am very much enjoying all your photos and it really would be crazy if I catch a glimpse of us in any of them!!! :blush::tiptoe:

Anxiously awaiting more of your great report and of course more photos! :):wizard:


That sounds like a wonderful trip. I'm glad you had such a nice time. :goodvibes

I actually did have a reader spot her daughter in the background of one of my pics once!!

lmillercrew
09-21-2011, 06:51 PM
Joining in so I don't lose your thread. I will have to catch up later. I can't wait to read all about your fun in August!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-22-2011, 08:37 AM
Joining in so I don't lose your thread. I will have to catch up later. I can't wait to read all about your fun in August!

Welcome! :goodvibes

Momof2Disneyboys
09-22-2011, 08:41 AM
After lunch we went back to the room. I took some room pics and then we started to unpack.

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We got all unpacked and rested and watched TV a bit and then decided we'd head out to Epcot. We weren't planning to head out until closer to our ADR time, but we were all excited and ready to go. :yay: Even if it was the hottest part of the day!! :faint: So we headed out to the bus stop and were to Epcot in no time.

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We took a look at the wait time board and Soarin and TT were both over an hour. And there were no fastpasses left for Soarin. Great. :sad2: My kids don't want for anything over 20 minutes! So we went to TT and did the single rider line. DS9 would never do this before, but he ended up being fine and we were glad we did it because unfortunately this would be our only TT ride the whole trip. But more on that later....

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Up next was Mexico! Epcot was not empty by any means that day and we hoped that wasn't a sign of things to come for the entire vacation, especially after all that we had heard about how slow the end of August was supposed to be.

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But The Gran Fiesta Tour had no wait of course! Does is ever?

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Time was flying and it was nearly our ADR time already for Via Napoli. So we went straight there next.

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Up Next: Via Napoli and more Epcot

Disney Mommy 3
09-22-2011, 09:56 AM
Soarin will have waits for ever I am afraid! LOL...love the Gran Fiesta--and nope, never,ever,ever has a wait! Cant wait to hear/see the Via Napoli pics and thoughts!!

lauren_elizabeth
09-22-2011, 10:07 AM
CBR is such a pretty resort! And it seems like yall lucked out and got an awesome location in Jamaica :thumbsup2

I can't wait to hear how yall liked Via Napoli. We ate there on our trip this past June and it was my FAVORITE! :love:

mickeystoontown
09-22-2011, 10:14 AM
The pictures of the CBR are gorgeous as always! I am countin' down the days until we are back there.

I am anxious to hear about your dinner at Via Napoli. It's on our list of "we need to eat there" restaurants.

Lovemy3babes
09-22-2011, 10:16 AM
I'm here too!!! So glad you started your TR, Shelly. I've been missing from the Dis for awhile and am glad I didn't miss too much of your report. I went back and read your resort reviews too. It sounds like a great trip so far! I hope the wait times weren't too long for you.

204charity
09-22-2011, 11:09 AM
Lovin the report so far. I can't wait to hear more!!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-22-2011, 11:11 AM
Soarin will have waits for ever I am afraid! LOL...love the Gran Fiesta--and nope, never,ever,ever has a wait! Cant wait to hear/see the Via Napoli pics and thoughts!!

You are probably right, it is an awesome ride! :cloud9:

Via Napoli will be in the very next update!CBR is such a pretty resort! And it seems like yall lucked out and got an awesome location in Jamaica :thumbsup2

I can't wait to hear how yall liked Via Napoli. We ate there on our trip this past June and it was my FAVORITE! :love:

We sure did, Jamaica is a great location! :thumbsup2
The pictures of the CBR are gorgeous as always! I am countin' down the days until we are back there.

I am anxious to hear about your dinner at Via Napoli. It's on our list of "we need to eat there" restaurants.

It's so easy to get great pictures of CBR, but you know that!! :goodvibes
I'm here too!!! So glad you started your TR, Shelly. I've been missing from the Dis for awhile and am glad I didn't miss too much of your report. I went back and read your resort reviews too. It sounds like a great trip so far! I hope the wait times weren't too long for you.

Hey Stranger! :wave: Where have you been??? So glad you are here now and all caught up!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-22-2011, 11:13 AM
Lovin the report so far. I can't wait to hear more!!

Glad you are enjoying it. Lots more to come! :thumbsup2

Disney Mommy 3
09-22-2011, 08:51 PM
Ok Shelly..we are in a bit of a pickle....we are due for our 45 day mark next week and so far-no room discount and we are not eligible for the FD...which isn't really a better deal for us out of the two. SO!!! We are not gonna do the Contemporary Theme Park view and pay rack rate---we are considering cheaper options for rooms in case no codeor pin becomes available. All that to say, I am looking at doing adjoining rooms at the Caribbean-your job:convince me:rotfl:
It would be a teeny weeny bit more than doing a Gardenwing room at the Cont, but if they are sold out I need options. Family suites are always an option, but I don't know if dh is gonna go for it- we are considering a split stay and end over at the Cont in the tower...but I gotta make some decisions over the weekend...hate that I am in a last minute crunch like this, but if you take out the deluxe rooms, there are not many options for a family of 5 without doing 2 rooms....I also wanted your opinion on what buildings/rooms we should request. Also,,what should we totally AVOID!? Thanks...we are about to become desperate!!! LOL!! I even started to consider this resort because you and Kim love it so much!

jbmom
09-23-2011, 06:37 AM
Epcot was busy that night! Thankfully, we only went for dinner at Teppan Edo and Illuminations. We did ride Spaceship Earth and Mission Space with little wait, I considered those bonuses. We didn't have any problem finding a spot for Illuminations about 20 minutes before show time though. Via Napoli is on our maybe list for next time so I can't wait to hear about it!

sjs314
09-23-2011, 08:20 AM
The pics of the CBR rooms are very nice, another plus for that resort.
Epcot did not look to busy at all , thinking back here on your trip last November and the crowds :scared1:

Glad the weekend is coming up and hopeing you find some time to do the Via Napoli review but if it is a busy weekend with the boys sports and all no biggy.

How is DH doing?

JoBird
09-23-2011, 08:42 AM
Hey there Ms Working Woman--

Well since you aren't here to hear me ramble on about what happened to me this morning....................popcorn:::rolleyes1
I'll just skip ahead to the matter at hand- your last update.

I hate that Epcot was so dang busy for you guys that day. I hate when you go into Epcot and see pockets of people everywhere. Not cool. I really was hoping that you could just walk right onto Soarin that afternoon.
TT -- glad you were able to get on it thru the single rider option. I'm so surprised that DS9 rode it that way!:banana:

The room pics of CBR-- it looks so bright and fun! I didn't see much luggage- you must have been hiding it all very well.:lmao:

I'm looking forward to the next installment. Don't keep us hanging too long....:upsidedow It's not like work is THAT important.:laughing:

T*Bird
09-23-2011, 08:56 AM
Hey there Ms Working Woman--

Well since you aren't here to hear me ramble on about what happened to me this morning....................popcorn:::rolleyes1I'll just skip ahead to the matter at hand- your last update.

I hate that Epcot was so dang busy for you guys that day. I hate when you go into Epcot and see pockets of people everywhere. Not cool. I really was hoping that you could just walk right onto Soarin that afternoon.
TT -- glad you were able to get on it thru the single rider option. I'm so surprised that DS9 rode it that way!:banana:

The room pics of CBR-- it looks so bright and fun! I didn't see much luggage- you must have been hiding it all very well.:lmao:

I'm looking forward to the next installment. Don't keep us hanging too long....:upsidedow It's not like work is THAT important.:laughing:

Well, some of us ARE here and we would love to hear you ramble! :laughing: I'm dying to know what happened - I hope it didn't involve spoiled milk this time. :eek:

Disney Mommy 3
09-23-2011, 09:17 AM
Yes!! Ramble..before I have to go to work!! LOL!!
shelly...we did change our ressies today...we are moving to the Poly and got FD!!! Thought you would like to hear that! :rotfl: We only did Garden view...I think that's the cat I had last time, but we did the Tokelau building...anyone got suggestions before I call with room requests next week?
Back to you Jodi!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-23-2011, 02:28 PM
Ok Shelly..we are in a bit of a pickle....we are due for our 45 day mark next week and so far-no room discount and we are not eligible for the FD...which isn't really a better deal for us out of the two. SO!!! We are not gonna do the Contemporary Theme Park view and pay rack rate---we are considering cheaper options for rooms in case no codeor pin becomes available. All that to say, I am looking at doing adjoining rooms at the Caribbean-your job:convince me:rotfl:
It would be a teeny weeny bit more than doing a Gardenwing room at the Cont, but if they are sold out I need options. Family suites are always an option, but I don't know if dh is gonna go for it- we are considering a split stay and end over at the Cont in the tower...but I gotta make some decisions over the weekend...hate that I am in a last minute crunch like this, but if you take out the deluxe rooms, there are not many options for a family of 5 without doing 2 rooms....I also wanted your opinion on what buildings/rooms we should request. Also,,what should we totally AVOID!? Thanks...we are about to become desperate!!! LOL!! I even started to consider this resort because you and Kim love it so much!

I can't believe there are no fall room discounts!! :confused: That is so dumb.

Well I read your other post, so I guess you don't need any CBR advise now! :rotfl:
Epcot was busy that night! Thankfully, we only went for dinner at Teppan Edo and Illuminations. We did ride Spaceship Earth and Mission Space with little wait, I considered those bonuses. We didn't have any problem finding a spot for Illuminations about 20 minutes before show time though. Via Napoli is on our maybe list for next time so I can't wait to hear about it!

I thought it was pretty busy that night too. Luckily that was about the busiest we experienced any park all week!

The pics of the CBR rooms are very nice, another plus for that resort.
Epcot did not look to busy at all , thinking back here on your trip last November and the crowds :scared1:

Glad the weekend is coming up and hopeing you find some time to do the Via Napoli review but if it is a busy weekend with the boys sports and all no biggy.

How is DH doing?

I guess it wasn't that busy compared to last November! :scared1:

Via Napoli is coming up!

DH is doing very well. But he went for his follow up visit with the surgeon yesterday and he wants him to be off work for another 4 weeks. :eek: He is so bored!!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-23-2011, 02:34 PM
Hey there Ms Working Woman--

Well since you aren't here to hear me ramble on about what happened to me this morning....................popcorn:::rolleyes1
I'll just skip ahead to the matter at hand- your last update.

I hate that Epcot was so dang busy for you guys that day. I hate when you go into Epcot and see pockets of people everywhere. Not cool. I really was hoping that you could just walk right onto Soarin that afternoon.
TT -- glad you were able to get on it thru the single rider option. I'm so surprised that DS9 rode it that way!:banana:

The room pics of CBR-- it looks so bright and fun! I didn't see much luggage- you must have been hiding it all very well.:lmao:

I'm looking forward to the next installment. Don't keep us hanging too long....:upsidedow It's not like work is THAT important.:laughing:

Ms Working Woman :rotfl:

Yep that's me! :upsidedow

I'm almost afraid to ask, but what happened to you this morning???

Yep, that was about the only bad thing about that day -- that we didn't get to ride Soarin. But, as you know we got on it later in the week! :goodvibes
Yes!! Ramble..before I have to go to work!! LOL!!
shelly...we did change our ressies today...we are moving to the Poly and got FD!!! Thought you would like to hear that! :rotfl: We only did Garden view...I think that's the cat I had last time, but we did the Tokelau building...anyone got suggestions before I call with room requests next week?
Back to you Jodi!

Yay for the Poly!!! :cool1: I hope you LOVE it this time! :wizard:

Will you change resorts if a room only discount comes out?

I would probably request Tokelau, Tahiti, or Samoa next time since we probably won't do CL there again.

Momof2Disneyboys
09-23-2011, 02:41 PM
Okay, I know many of you have been waiting for this one. Sorry if it disappoints! :guilty:


We got to Via Napoli just in time for our ADR. We had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated.

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It was hot and the kids were already saying they didn't feel like eating. We had lunch kind of late and our dinner was kind of early (only ADR I could get), so I wasn't exactly starved either. I knew from the way DS9 was acting that he wasn't going to eat a thing. So I knew from the start that this wasn't going to be the best experience. I usually don't make an ADR for arrival night and I guess I should have stuck to that! Our server was nice, but kind of hard to understand and very slow.

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Since the kids weren't hungry I just ordered one kids pizza meal for them to share. DH ordered the “Candele - candle stick pasta, sausage ragu, polpettine, mozzarella, ricotta” and I ordered “ Margherita individual pizza - tomato, mozzarella, basil”. None of us were blown away with our meals.

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Everything was just very plain and average. :confused3 When we were done it was time for dessert, which we had kind of forgotten about. Last year we went without the DDP and we loved the freedom!! We are not ones to eat dessert right after dinner, we prefer to wait until later. But – we were forced so this is what we chose!

DH got “Tiramisu - Mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, lady fingers, and chocolate” and I got the “Zeppole di Ricotta - Ricotta cheese fritters, served with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Both were very good! The kids got a sundae.

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When it came time to pay the bill it took forever. Our waiter didn't seem to know exactly what he was doing and had to get help from someone else. Overall we were not impressed with the service or the food, other than the desserts.

Total Bill: $79.35
Rating: 6 out of 10


Up Next: More Epcot

jenjolt
09-23-2011, 02:41 PM
Hey Shelly,
Just found my way over here!! Really enjoyed the first day of your trip!!!! Love the pictures of CBR!! Really looking forward to more!

Lovemy3babes
09-23-2011, 03:08 PM
Eh, I don't like disappointing meals. What a bummer Shelly! You caerfully plan these meals for months and when they don't go as planned, it sort of stinks.

JoBird
09-23-2011, 03:09 PM
Well I knew you didn't like VN too much. But daaaaaaaaaaaang- that monstrous THING on your DH's plate made me giggle!!!!!!!! What the heck was that? It looked like a mess!

Your pizza looked good. Sorry it was disappointing. :(

And oh my word-- Tirimisu is my favorite dessert ever! That looked so yummy!

I guess you won't be going back there. :headache:That's so sad- we had such high hopes.
Maybe you should have stuck with the belly dancer supper. It might have gotten a better review from you guys.





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seacrestpromo
09-23-2011, 03:10 PM
Woo Hoo another installment!

Too bad Via Napoli didn't meet your expectations, other than desserts, which looked really good. Your husband's meal looked huge, that could feed two people.

Thanks for sharing your experience! Can't wait for another post!

Sea :cool1:

PS - Going to see Katiebell and Brrt tomorrow at DLR to celebrate her birthday - Mini Mayer Meet Up! :snooty::snooty: :cool1:

JoBird
09-23-2011, 03:23 PM
Shawna-- When we stayed at Poly we were in Fiji overlooking the marina. I loved it there- but the bathroom with one sink and all of it in one bathroom with no doors to the toilet/shower might be a little small for the 5 of you. Hope you get a good room and you like it!



Okay here's what happened to me---- at 5 am my alarm goes off like normal- I always get up an hour before I have to get the kids up. I roll over and I was actually very angry with myself for setting the dang thing and said out loud... "Ugh I'm soooo glad it's Saturday but now I'll never get back to sleep." Well, guess I didn't have much trouble with that b/c before I knew what happened, Mark was waking me at 6:50 just as Belle's bus was rolling past.

:scared1:

Had to drive her to school and she was almost late.

I've never ever ever never done that before in my life. I guess I must have needed the sleep.:laughing:


So--- not as bad as it could have been but I've been feeling like it's Saturday all dang day.:cool2:

sjs314
09-23-2011, 05:00 PM
Shawna-- When we stayed at Poly we were in Fiji overlooking the marina. I loved it there- but the bathroom with one sink and all of it in one bathroom with no doors to the toilet/shower might be a little small for the 5 of you. Hope you get a good room and you like it!



Okay here's what happened to me---- at 5 am my alarm goes off like normal- I always get up an hour before I have to get the kids up. I roll over and I was actually very angry with myself for setting the dang thing and said out loud... "Ugh I'm soooo glad it's Saturday but now I'll never get back to sleep." Well, guess I didn't have much trouble with that b/c before I knew what happened, Mark was waking me at 6:50 just as Belle's bus was rolling past.

:scared1:

Had to drive her to school and she was almost late.

I've never ever ever never done that before in my life. I guess I must have needed the sleep.:laughing:


So--- not as bad as it could have been but I've been feeling like it's Saturday all dang day.:cool2:

That is so weird, I woke up today thinking it was Saturday too and I slept for like 7 hours last night straight thru which I not something that happens often with me my longest is normally 4-5.

Disney Mommy 3
09-23-2011, 05:05 PM
Oh shoot...now I don't know whether to book the VN or not!!! I am doing tony's...so maybe that's enought italian.....
as for the Poly, I was thinking either the Takelau again, for the room or the Aetorau(sp>!!!!:confused:) for the view and closer to the GCH and ferry.....Ifyou have a def forget it tell me now!!:rotfl: gonna call back Monday and request.....Yikes....I hate having too many options!
Jodi...guess you were tired!!! Good thing she made it on time anyway!!!

sjs314
09-23-2011, 05:08 PM
Shelly - so sorry your meal at Via Napoli was somewhat a disappointment, at least the desserts were good. I have an adr for lunch on arrival day, so I know we will be starved, and we are going strictly for the pizza. I just hope JB does not change our flight times too much, I did make 2 ADR's just in case one for 12:45 and one for 2pm incase we get in late.

I am still waiting on my $ back from JB from them overchargeing me $262 when I changed our flights. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks :eek: so I call and get this according to the supervisor only part of my credit was processed, they took the $ out of my Travel bank where they frst placed my refund but never credited my Visa. :headache: I hope I get it , she said I should have it in less than 7 days , so we shall see.

sjs314
09-23-2011, 05:13 PM
Oh shoot...now I don't know whether to book the VN or not!!! I am doing tony's...so maybe that's enought italian.....
as for the Poly, I was thinking either the Takelau again, for the room or the Aetorau(sp>!!!!:confused:) for the view and closer to the GCH and ferry.....Ifyou have a def forget it tell me now!!:rotfl: gonna call back Monday and request.....Yikes....I hate having too many options!
Jodi...guess you were tired!!! Good thing she made it on time anyway!!!

Shawna - Great move going with the Poly and FD :thumbsup2 Tokelau is the bldg I think I have in my notes to request when I was researching the Poly, although I do not remember why now.

We are doing Tony's in MK for the 1st time too, but I have been wanting to try Via Napoli for so long, I think the pizza looks yummy.

ronnmel
09-23-2011, 05:47 PM
Awww, I'm sorry you didn't like Via Napoli.

T*Bird
09-23-2011, 09:21 PM
Well I hope you got the dud meal out of the way and the rest were 5-star meals! ;) I have to agree about your DH's dinner! :eek: It didn't look so bad, but it's such a huge blob! :laughing: I wouldn't have eaten it because of the sausage. And I have no idea what polpettine is. :confused3 I like Italian food, but we hardly ever have it because my DH hates cheese. :sad2: Your pizza looked ok, but I guess nothing too special. The desserts looked yummy though! And the place looks nice. And cute pics of the 4 of y'all!

T*Bird
09-23-2011, 09:26 PM
Shawna-- When we stayed at Poly we were in Fiji overlooking the marina. I loved it there- but the bathroom with one sink and all of it in one bathroom with no doors to the toilet/shower might be a little small for the 5 of you. Hope you get a good room and you like it!



Okay here's what happened to me---- at 5 am my alarm goes off like normal- I always get up an hour before I have to get the kids up. I roll over and I was actually very angry with myself for setting the dang thing and said out loud... "Ugh I'm soooo glad it's Saturday but now I'll never get back to sleep." Well, guess I didn't have much trouble with that b/c before I knew what happened, Mark was waking me at 6:50 just as Belle's bus was rolling past.

:scared1:

Had to drive her to school and she was almost late.

I've never ever ever never done that before in my life. I guess I must have needed the sleep.:laughing:


So--- not as bad as it could have been but I've been feeling like it's Saturday all dang day.:cool2:


Too funny, Jo! But better to have it happen on a school day than on a day you had to get to the airport to fly to WDW! ;)

Momof2Disneyboys
09-24-2011, 10:48 AM
Hey Shelly,
Just found my way over here!! Really enjoyed the first day of your trip!!!! Love the pictures of CBR!! Really looking forward to more!

Welcome Jen! :goodvibes Glad you are enjoying the TR!
Eh, I don't like disappointing meals. What a bummer Shelly! You caerfully plan these meals for months and when they don't go as planned, it sort of stinks.

Yeah, it was a little disappointing, I was expecting it to be better. Oh well, now we know!
Well I knew you didn't like VN too much. But daaaaaaaaaaaang- that monstrous THING on your DH's plate made me giggle!!!!!!!! What the heck was that? It looked like a mess!

Your pizza looked good. Sorry it was disappointing. :(

And oh my word-- Tirimisu is my favorite dessert ever! That looked so yummy!

I guess you won't be going back there. :headache:That's so sad- we had such high hopes.
Maybe you should have stuck with the belly dancer supper. It might have gotten a better review from you guys.



:laughing:


I don't even know what DH got. He's not even sure he got what he ordered! :rotfl:

Nope, we won't be in a hurry to get back there.

The desserts were good though! :thumbsup2

Momof2Disneyboys
09-24-2011, 10:55 AM
Woo Hoo another installment!

Too bad Via Napoli didn't meet your expectations, other than desserts, which looked really good. Your husband's meal looked huge, that could feed two people.

Thanks for sharing your experience! Can't wait for another post!

Sea :cool1:

PS - Going to see Katiebell and Brrt tomorrow at DLR to celebrate her birthday - Mini Mayer Meet Up! :snooty::snooty: :cool1:

Hey Sea! :cool1:

Yep, whatever DH had was HUGE! Not very good, but huge. :rotfl:

Have fun on your MAYer Meet!! :banana:

Shawna-- When we stayed at Poly we were in Fiji overlooking the marina. I loved it there- but the bathroom with one sink and all of it in one bathroom with no doors to the toilet/shower might be a little small for the 5 of you. Hope you get a good room and you like it!


Okay here's what happened to me---- at 5 am my alarm goes off like normal- I always get up an hour before I have to get the kids up. I roll over and I was actually very angry with myself for setting the dang thing and said out loud... "Ugh I'm soooo glad it's Saturday but now I'll never get back to sleep." Well, guess I didn't have much trouble with that b/c before I knew what happened, Mark was waking me at 6:50 just as Belle's bus was rolling past.

:scared1:

Had to drive her to school and she was almost late.

I've never ever ever never done that before in my life. I guess I must have needed the sleep.:laughing:


So--- not as bad as it could have been but I've been feeling like it's Saturday all dang day.:cool2:


OMG!! :lmao: That is too funny! Well at least she got to school on time.

So did you get up and go to Church today thinking it was Sunday???:laughing:
Oh shoot...now I don't know whether to book the VN or not!!! I am doing tony's...so maybe that's enought italian.....
as for the Poly, I was thinking either the Takelau again, for the room or the Aetorau(sp>!!!!:confused:) for the view and closer to the GCH and ferry.....Ifyou have a def forget it tell me now!!:rotfl: gonna call back Monday and request.....Yikes....I hate having too many options!
Jodi...guess you were tired!!! Good thing she made it on time anyway!!!

I'm sorry! :guilty: I don't know what to tell you. Some people love VN, so maybe you would. We just weren't blown away.

Tony's has been getting a lot of good reviews lately. Maybe we will try it next time.

Good luck with your Poly request! :wizard:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-24-2011, 11:00 AM
Shelly - so sorry your meal at Via Napoli was somewhat a disappointment, at least the desserts were good. I have an adr for lunch on arrival day, so I know we will be starved, and we are going strictly for the pizza. I just hope JB does not change our flight times too much, I did make 2 ADR's just in case one for 12:45 and one for 2pm incase we get in late.

I am still waiting on my $ back from JB from them overchargeing me $262 when I changed our flights. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks :eek: so I call and get this according to the supervisor only part of my credit was processed, they took the $ out of my Travel bank where they frst placed my refund but never credited my Visa. :headache: I hope I get it , she said I should have it in less than 7 days , so we shall see.

I hope you have a better VN experience than we did!! :wizard:

Isn't it funny how when they charge you for something it goes right on your credit card within seconds, but it takes days/weeks to get a refund??? :headache:
Awww, I'm sorry you didn't like Via Napoli.

Thanks Mel!Well I hope you got the dud meal out of the way and the rest were 5-star meals! ;) I have to agree about your DH's dinner! :eek: It didn't look so bad, but it's such a huge blob! :laughing: I wouldn't have eaten it because of the sausage. And I have no idea what polpettine is. :confused3 I like Italian food, but we hardly ever have it because my DH hates cheese. :sad2: Your pizza looked ok, but I guess nothing too special. The desserts looked yummy though! And the place looks nice. And cute pics of the 4 of y'all!

We actually had a couple of dud meals this trip. Nothing terrible or gross, just plain and not good. And honestly didn't really have too many that we were blown away by. :confused3 Guess it wasn't a good food trip! :rotfl: Good thing everything else was wonderful!

ddluvsdisney
09-24-2011, 11:01 AM
We wanted to eat at VN this trip too but just didn't have time. Kinda glad we missed it. But then again you never know with Disney rest. One time you may hate it next time love it. It probably didn't help that you just weren't hungry- that happens a lot you can't enjoy anything no matter how good it is.

Momof2Disneyboys
09-24-2011, 11:15 AM
We wanted to eat at VN this trip too but just didn't have time. Kinda glad we missed it. But then again you never know with Disney rest. One time you may hate it next time love it. It probably didn't help that you just weren't hungry- that happens a lot you can't enjoy anything no matter how good it is.

That is true, one time it might be great and not so much the next time. Plus we weren't that hungry. I guess I just expected the pizza to be really good and it just wasn't. I'm glad we tried it though!

lala3291
09-24-2011, 12:25 PM
Hi Shelly,
Hope you're having a nice weekend! I'm sorry that you didn't like VN. We have had good meals there, but I hear it is kind of a hit or miss. I hope the rest of your meals were better!
Just took DD10 to see Lion King 3D. It was excellent. Can you believe she has never seen Lion King before today?:headache:

lauren_elizabeth
09-24-2011, 12:38 PM
Aw, I'm so sorry that yall had a disappointing meal at Via Napoli :( It was one of my favorites on our last trip.... the SANGRIA is amazing there :love:

Mndisneygirl
09-24-2011, 03:35 PM
Maybe it would have been better with some sangria!:laughing:

Whatever that was that your DH had could have fed all of you!
I think sometimes when I'm not hungry, it's harder to get excited about a meal, and then if it isn't amazing, then it's really just blah.

Oh - circling back to is Gran Fiesta ever busy? YES! We had to WAIT IN A LINE for more than 5 minutes back in March. Shocking, I know!

Sorry your DH has to lounge at home longer. I hope he doesn't go nuts!

JoBird
09-25-2011, 12:05 PM
Maybe it would have been better with some sangria!:laughing:

Whatever that was that your DH had could have fed all of you!
I think sometimes when I'm not hungry, it's harder to get excited about a meal, and then if it isn't amazing, then it's really just blah.

Oh - circling back to is Gran Fiesta ever busy? YES! We had to WAIT IN A LINE for more than 5 minutes back in March. Shocking, I know!

Sorry your DH has to lounge at home longer. I hope he doesn't go nuts!

Sangria for everyone!!!!!!!:banana:

Okay yes, indeed the Gran Fiesta can be busy. We experienced the same thing one night we were there this trip. In fact, there was a lady (that I'm sure wasn't all there mentally) behind Mark and as we were waiting in line- it started moving- barely-- and she took her finger and kept poking it in his back hard saying, "Go. Move. Move up. Go. Move. Move up. Go. Move. Move up." ------ before he could even take a step. It continued on for about two minutes. I felt bad for her, but honestly it was really kind of strange.:eek:

Disney Mommy 3
09-25-2011, 01:44 PM
Sangria for everyone!!!!!!!:banana:

Okay yes, indeed the Gran Fiesta can be busy. We experienced the same thing one night we were there this trip. In fact, there was a lady (that I'm sure wasn't all there mentally) behind Mark and as we were waiting in line- it started moving- barely-- and she took her finger and kept poking it in his back hard saying, "Go. Move. Move up. Go. Move. Move up. Go. Move. Move up." ------ before he could even take a step. It continued on for about two minutes. I felt bad for her, but honestly it was really kind of strange.:eek:


That is hilarious! I was laughing out loud...kids are looking at me like I am nuts! They didn't think it was as funny as I did, but i could just imagine you going thru that---especially after the suburban-crossing-the state-lines-with-a-dead-body event! Crazy stuff happens to y'all!! :rotfl:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-25-2011, 02:50 PM
Hi Shelly,
Hope you're having a nice weekend! I'm sorry that you didn't like VN. We have had good meals there, but I hear it is kind of a hit or miss. I hope the rest of your meals were better!
Just took DD10 to see Lion King 3D. It was excellent. Can you believe she has never seen Lion King before today?:headache:

Thanks Lauren!

YAY for seeing the Lion King this weekend! :goodvibes Did she love it too?

Aw, I'm so sorry that yall had a disappointing meal at Via Napoli :( It was one of my favorites on our last trip.... the SANGRIA is amazing there :love:

Maybe we just didn't order the right stuff! :upsidedow

Maybe it would have been better with some sangria!:laughing:

Whatever that was that your DH had could have fed all of you!
I think sometimes when I'm not hungry, it's harder to get excited about a meal, and then if it isn't amazing, then it's really just blah.

Oh - circling back to is Gran Fiesta ever busy? YES! We had to WAIT IN A LINE for more than 5 minutes back in March. Shocking, I know!

Sorry your DH has to lounge at home longer. I hope he doesn't go nuts!


I guess we should have had some sangria!! :rotfl:

Yes, DH's meal was a huge blob of something. :confused3:laughing:

5 minute wait for GFT??? :scared1:

Okay yes, indeed the Gran Fiesta can be busy. We experienced the same thing one night we were there this trip. In fact, there was a lady (that I'm sure wasn't all there mentally) behind Mark and as we were waiting in line- it started moving- barely-- and she took her finger and kept poking it in his back hard saying, "Go. Move. Move up. Go. Move. Move up. Go. Move. Move up." ------ before he could even take a step. It continued on for about two minutes. I felt bad for her, but honestly it was really kind of strange.:eek:




Seriously? :eek:

And I mean seriously to both!! You had to wait in September? And a lady poked Mark's back the whole way thru the line??? :faint: Oh my!! :lmao:

Belle83
09-25-2011, 04:39 PM
I'm new to your thread and am enjoying it so far! :thumbsup2 I stayed in building 45 at CBR back in 2004, and in the same Jamaica area (but not 45) in 1998. I'm sorry Via Napoli was disappointing. I haven't tried it yet, but hope to some day.

Momof2Disneyboys
09-25-2011, 05:08 PM
I'm new to your thread and am enjoying it so far! :thumbsup2 I stayed in building 45 at CBR back in 2004, and in the same Jamaica area (but not 45) in 1998. I'm sorry Via Napoli was disappointing. I haven't tried it yet, but hope to some day.


Welcome! :goodvibes

Jamaica is a great area of CBR!

I hope you continue to enjoy the TR!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-25-2011, 05:11 PM
Just a quick update tonight since I probably won't get one up tomorrow because I have to work!



After our Via Napoli dinner we continued our way around World Showcase. Making stops at Germany and Japan. We all wanted to hit the Caramel store in Germany, especially DH who wanted to get some chocolate & caramel covered popcorn that he had gotten last year. And I was looking for a MM necklace in the Kunstarbeit Kristall store. And the kids were looking for Pokemon stuff in Japan!

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/a018e097.jpg

Germany:

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/2e59f723.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/29ed6eb7.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/b1adb436.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/76b9cd3b.jpg

There's that $37,500 castle that we talked about last year in my TR! You all have one of these sitting in your family room, don't you?

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/829a2b1f.jpg

And lots of other pretties in there!

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/514f7361.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/3b18b78b.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/80b43c0b.jpg

And finally my necklace!

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/a49e8021.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%202/e162a92a.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/42fc22a0.jpg

Over to Japan, where there was some construction going on.

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/db7e66e0.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/d89ca4a3.jpg

The kids made a few purchases.

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/6c460981.jpg

http://i1122.photobucket.com/albums/l531/Disneyfamilyfour/Disney%20Aug-Sept%202011%20Part%201/bbce68a9.jpg


And with that we were headed back to Future World.



Up Next: More Epcot

lala3291
09-25-2011, 05:28 PM
Hi Shelly,
To answer your question from earlier...yes, DD10 LOVED The Lion King. She says it is now her favorite movie!
And, I loved your update! I love World Showcase. I think that it is my favorite part of WDW! I love exploring the countries.
Looking forward to your next update!:goodvibes

mickeysmyboy
09-25-2011, 05:47 PM
Joining in!! What a great start to your TR!! CBR looks beautiful! Sorry Via Napoli was a disappointment! Honestly, I've eaten there twice and the first time was WAY better then the second!!!

ddluvsdisney
09-25-2011, 06:55 PM
Great update. I love shopping around the countries.

ronnmel
09-25-2011, 08:05 PM
Wow! That German glass shop has lots of pretty things. Too bad I missed it last time. or maybe it's a good thing I didn't see it, I'm sure my wallet is much happier this way. :laughing:

rusafee1183
09-25-2011, 08:10 PM
Great update Shelly! That's a bummer about VN, but I'm glad you got your necklace finally! I am looking for something similar, but hollow in the middle. If that makes sense :confused: Kind of like it's dangling from one of his ears. I have seen it before, but I don't remember where

Oh - and I literally called Bob in here from downstairs to look at the picture of the Werther's popcorn. He loves Werther's original and always buys them.:confused3

And then I call him old and ask him if he would like some Benefiber and Murder She Wrote to go along with them :rolleyes1

:laughing:

So, I finally got my review up about the Magic/Eastern Caribbean. You know I am terrible at finishing TR's, so I figured that I would just put together a slideshow and do a quick review. Here it is if you're interested :goodvibes

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2805951

The link for the photos is in the 1st post, and my review is the 2nd post. :thumbsup2

Pluto_fan
09-26-2011, 05:39 AM
Oh my goodness, we will go to VN just for the tiramisu. Looooove that stuff! :cloud9:

Enjoying your TR as always, Shelly! :cheer2:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-26-2011, 08:06 AM
Good morning! :goodvibes

I forgot that I only have to work a half day today - and it's the second half!

Maybe I'll have time to get another update started this morning....

Hi Shelly,
To answer your question from earlier...yes, DD10 LOVED The Lion King. She says it is now her favorite movie!
And, I loved your update! I love World Showcase. I think that it is my favorite part of WDW! I love exploring the countries.
Looking forward to your next update!:goodvibes

Aw that's so sweet that it's her new favorite movie!

Glad you enjoyed the update. I love World Showcase too. It's nice to be able to explore it and appreciate it more now that the kids are a little older. We used to just blow through it when they were little.
Joining in!! What a great start to your TR!! CBR looks beautiful! Sorry Via Napoli was a disappointment! Honestly, I've eaten there twice and the first time was WAY better then the second!!!


Welcome! :cool1: Thanks for joining us! Hope you enjoy. :goodvibes
Great update. I love shopping around the countries.

Thanks! :)

Momof2Disneyboys
09-26-2011, 08:12 AM
Wow! That German glass shop has lots of pretty things. Too bad I missed it last time. or maybe it's a good thing I didn't see it, I'm sure my wallet is much happier this way. :laughing:

:laughing: True!! Most things in there are pretty costly. :scared1:

Great update Shelly! That's a bummer about VN, but I'm glad you got your necklace finally! I am looking for something similar, but hollow in the middle. If that makes sense :confused: Kind of like it's dangling from one of his ears. I have seen it before, but I don't remember where

Oh - and I literally called Bob in here from downstairs to look at the picture of the Werther's popcorn. He loves Werther's original and always buys them.:confused3

And then I call him old and ask him if he would like some Benefiber and Murder She Wrote to go along with them :rolleyes1

:laughing:

So, I finally got my review up about the Magic/Eastern Caribbean. You know I am terrible at finishing TR's, so I figured that I would just put together a slideshow and do a quick review. Here it is if you're interested :goodvibes

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2805951

The link for the photos is in the 1st post, and my review is the 2nd post. :thumbsup2

Thanks Heather! :goodvibes I love my new necklace! You should check in there for the one you want, they have a lot of different ones.

You better get Bob to the Werther's store! :rotfl:

I will be over to read your review and look at your pics!! :cool1: I'm sure I'll have lots of questions for you once we get started planning our cruise. I'm waiting on 2013 itineraries to come out....

Oh my goodness, we will go to VN just for the tiramisu. Looooove that stuff! :cloud9:

Enjoying your TR as always, Shelly! :cheer2:

DH said it was very good! :thumbsup2

Glad you are enjoying the TR!!:)

JoBird
09-26-2011, 08:22 AM
Well haay! What a great update! Shopping in Epcot. Love it!
The necklace.... :) so glad you got it and on the first day too! I love mine. Did you see the one that was the MM ears? I wanted to get that one too but decided I didn't need another one... Yet.

Thanks for the wonderful update. I'm off to polish my $37000 blinged out castle now.
:rotfl:

sjs314
09-26-2011, 08:41 AM
Great mini Epcot review, I forgot all about Germany and the new Werthers Shop, I am thinking that popcorn would be great to take back to the room for fireworks watching. I see you did get your necklace, glad you found it! Did the boys find enough pokeman stuff to buy in Japan?

I sat DH down yesterday to show him your previous update with Via Napoli, he thought your DH entree looked good plus he loves tiramesu and now says I can get pizza the is going to order pasta. All along he has wanted to go there for the pizza :headache: Men sure can be strange but I know what he is thinking, that he will get half my pizza since I usually give him half of whatever I have. :laughing:
Oh and your pics of CBR have won DH over he actually said he would consider staying there someday. :):thumbsup2

mickeystoontown
09-26-2011, 09:33 AM
I hate that you guys weren't all that impressed with Via Napoli. I'm now thinking that I'll mark it off my list of "maybe we'll try that restaurant" list.

Yay for doing a little shopping around World Showcase. I debated buying that same necklace this past trip.

ddluvsdisney
09-26-2011, 11:08 AM
I hate that you guys weren't all that impressed with Via Napoli. I'm now thinking that I'll mark it off my list of "maybe we'll try that restaurant" list.

Yay for doing a little shopping around World Showcase. I debated buying that same necklace this past trip.

I think you should try it anyway. It was probably just an off night and they weren't very hungry.
I've been to rest. before where it wasn't that great and the next time I loved it. You just never know you'll probably have a different experience. :)

Lovemy3babes
09-26-2011, 11:32 AM
Yum, yum. The caramel shop always sounds and looks so yummy. I like your necklace Shelly! :)

jbmom
09-26-2011, 11:48 AM
Yikes, I have always believed we eat with our eyes first and that slop on your dh's plate makes me cross Via Napoli off my list since I probably would have ordered that! We had a disappointing experience at Tutto Italia this year, maybe Tony's will be our Italian place next time.

Your World Showcase pictures a great! I love the carmel shop, the smell is so wonderful and if they bottled it I would buy it! If they merged the wine and carmel shop together I would be in heaven!

Mndisneygirl
09-26-2011, 12:42 PM
Sangria for everyone!!!!!!!:banana:

Okay yes, indeed the Gran Fiesta can be busy. We experienced the same thing one night we were there this trip. In fact, there was a lady (that I'm sure wasn't all there mentally) behind Mark and as we were waiting in line- it started moving- barely-- and she took her finger and kept poking it in his back hard saying, "Go. Move. Move up. Go. Move. Move up. Go. Move. Move up." ------ before he could even take a step. It continued on for about two minutes. I felt bad for her, but honestly it was really kind of strange.:eek:


Yeah, I might have offered to let her go in front of us!

Pretty necklace, Shelly - you say that was in Germany? Hmmm maybe while I send DH and the girls to get caramel goodies, I should look in there!
I could go for some good caramel corn right about now...

Momof2Disneyboys
09-26-2011, 03:06 PM
Well haay! What a great update! Shopping in Epcot. Love it!
The necklace.... :) so glad you got it and on the first day too! I love mine. Did you see the one that was the MM ears? I wanted to get that one too but decided I didn't need another one... Yet.

Thanks for the wonderful update. I'm off to polish my $37000 blinged out castle now.
:rotfl:




There's not much better than shopping and WDW, so put them together and what do you get == One happy mama!! :goodvibes:rotfl:

I don't remember the one that has MM ears....I probably did see it though. I looked through them all for quite awhile!

Did you get your $37000 castle all polished up??? :laughing:
Great mini Epcot review, I forgot all about Germany and the new Werthers Shop, I am thinking that popcorn would be great to take back to the room for fireworks watching. I see you did get your necklace, glad you found it! Did the boys find enough pokeman stuff to buy in Japan?

I sat DH down yesterday to show him your previous update with Via Napoli, he thought your DH entree looked good plus he loves tiramesu and now says I can get pizza the is going to order pasta. All along he has wanted to go there for the pizza :headache: Men sure can be strange but I know what he is thinking, that he will get half my pizza since I usually give him half of whatever I have. :laughing:
Oh and your pics of CBR have won DH over he actually said he would consider staying there someday. :):thumbsup2

Oh yes, that popcorn is good for just about any time!! ::yes:: Yep, the kids found plenty of Pokemon stuff in Japan!

I hope you guys love VN! :wizard:

Maybe you'll get to stay at CBR one day!:goodvibes
I hate that you guys weren't all that impressed with Via Napoli. I'm now thinking that I'll mark it off my list of "maybe we'll try that restaurant" list.

Yay for doing a little shopping around World Showcase. I debated buying that same necklace this past trip.

Maybe you should give VN a try one day. Maybe it was just us. :confused3 I don't know!!

You should get that necklace. I just love mine! It's just the right size and is so pretty.

Momof2Disneyboys
09-26-2011, 03:10 PM
Yum, yum. The caramel shop always sounds and looks so yummy. I like your necklace Shelly! :)

The caramel shop is so good! And as a bonus you can walk right next door (without having to go outside) into the crystal shop and buy a pretty necklace!! :goodvibes

Yikes, I have always believed we eat with our eyes first and that slop on your dh's plate makes me cross Via Napoli off my list since I probably would have ordered that! We had a disappointing experience at Tutto Italia this year, maybe Tony's will be our Italian place next time.

Your World Showcase pictures a great! I love the carmel shop, the smell is so wonderful and if they bottled it I would buy it! If they merged the wine and carmel shop together I would be in heaven!

That's true. I kind of feel the same way -- if something looks gross it probably is gross! :rotfl:

I'd really like to try Tony's next time. I've never been interested, but have been hearing some good things recently.

Bottled caramel shop smell :cloud9: Yummy!

Yeah, I might have offered to let her go in front of us!

Pretty necklace, Shelly - you say that was in Germany? Hmmm maybe while I send DH and the girls to get caramel goodies, I should look in there!
I could go for some good caramel corn right about now...

Thanks Sheree. :) Yep, right in the crystal shop that is connected to the caramel shop.

I have one bag of the caramel corn left if you want to come over!!:rotfl:

RinkyTinkyTinky
09-26-2011, 03:59 PM
Trying to get caught up over here. I've been a little preoccupied with life lately.

Too bad about VN. I was thinking about eating there next month, but maybe we'll skip that. The tiramisu looked great though, but I can get that at the Olive Garden. :laughing:

I am so ready to try out that caramel shop though. What is your favorite thing you have gotten in there?

Disney Mommy 3
09-26-2011, 04:41 PM
Trying to get caught up over here. I've been a little preoccupied with life lately.

Too bad about VN. I was thinking about eating there next month, but maybe we'll skip that. The tiramisu looked great though, but I can get that at the Olive Garden. :laughing:

I am so ready to try out that caramel shop though. What is your favorite thing you have gotten in there?

Totally taking over her thread! LOL...we got a piece of the Chocolate Caramel fudge--holy cow, it would melt in your mouth!!! Sooo good...also, we got a caramel covered Apple--i have never had anything that good--you HAVE to get one!!! I think I will get the popcorn bags to bring home next time--kinda drag out the magic!!!!:love: We got other types of fudge there, but the plain chocolate one was our favorite. But that apple.....man, when we got home my two younger kids kept asking about it. It was, in fact, one of the favorite things about that entire trip!!!!

RinkyTinkyTinky
09-26-2011, 08:55 PM
OK, yum! That sounds rockin! I will totally get that apple! Thanks!

rusafee1183
09-27-2011, 09:54 AM
What's up next Shelly? popcorn::

I'm ready for another update!

Also - I'm single digit dancin' today! :woohoo: :yay::banana:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-27-2011, 03:23 PM
Trying to get caught up over here. I've been a little preoccupied with life lately.

Too bad about VN. I was thinking about eating there next month, but maybe we'll skip that. The tiramisu looked great though, but I can get that at the Olive Garden. :laughing:

I am so ready to try out that caramel shop though. What is your favorite thing you have gotten in there?

Hmm.....there are A LOT of good things in that shop!! :lovestruc Probably the best is the chocolate & caramel covered strawberry. A total rip off at $4 each, but SO GOOD!! The chocolate & caramel covered pretzels are very good too.

We got the freshly made caramel-corn this time, but it tasted stale to us. :confused3 Make sure to get the prepackaged bags of caramel/choc popcorn to take home! We just finished our last bag last night. :sad:
Totally taking over her thread! LOL...we got a piece of the Chocolate Caramel fudge--holy cow, it would melt in your mouth!!! Sooo good...also, we got a caramel covered Apple--i have never had anything that good--you HAVE to get one!!! I think I will get the popcorn bags to bring home next time--kinda drag out the magic!!!!:love: We got other types of fudge there, but the plain chocolate one was our favorite. But that apple.....man, when we got home my two younger kids kept asking about it. It was, in fact, one of the favorite things about that entire trip!!!!

Take over anytime Shawna!! :laughing:

What's up next Shelly? popcorn::

I'm ready for another update!

Also - I'm single digit dancin' today! :woohoo: :yay::banana:

More Epcot coming up!! Sometime! Stupid work is making me a DIS slacker.

Tomorrow, I promise! :thumbsup2


YAY for single digits!! :cool1: Lucky!

rusafee1183
09-27-2011, 03:40 PM
Stupid work is making me a DIS slacker.


YAY for single digits!! :cool1: Lucky!

I totally understand that feeling :sad2:

And thank you!!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-28-2011, 08:23 AM
Good morning! :goodvibes As promised, an update today!! This is the rest of our first day --


After our trip around World Showcase we decided it was time to head back to Future World. So we headed over to see Nemo!

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After a fun little ride we messed around inside the building for awhile.

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And then it was time to get a drink from Club Cool. DS9 loves this place!

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I tricked DH and DS12 into trying the Beverly!! :lmao:

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Next up was Mouse Gear. I just love that store! But I don't think I bought anything there this trip.

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DS12 got this Vinylmation on clearance (because it says 2011) for $6!

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By this time we were all getting pretty tired since we had been up since 4:30am (well 3:30 for me!), but the kids wanted to do one more ride before heading back to CBR for the night.

So Spaceship Earth it was!

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After that we went back to CBR and we must not have done much of anything the rest of the night because I have no more pics of that day!! :faint: We must have been really tired!


Up Next: Magic Kingdom rope drop :yay:

RinkyTinkyTinky
09-28-2011, 08:33 AM
Wow you must have been pooped to not take anymore pictures! But I have been there and know how that camera can feel like lifting a concrete block at the end of a long vacation day. So we'll let it slide............ this time. :rotfl2:

SE is a great ride when you want to chill out. Nice choice. The starry sky part would be a great place for a nap! :laughing:

Congrats to DS for being a thrifty shopper! You are teaching those boys right! :thumbsup2

MK rope drop...... what's that? :rolleyes1 I may never see it for myself, so I'm looking forward to seeing it through you.

sjs314
09-28-2011, 08:33 AM
:wave:

Your DS got a great deal on that vinylmation! We have never done Club Cool, I think I will trick DH into trying the beverly too, thanks for the idea Shelly :laughing:
Love the pics of your DS's tasteing it :rotfl2:

If we had kept our original September dates for our trip, we would be there right now. Am I sorry we're not? NO not at all I just read where on Sunday 9/25(the day we would have arrived) between the temp and humidity it was equal to being 114 degrees, it was discribed as walking out into a wall of heat :scared1:

JoBird
09-28-2011, 08:38 AM
Yay An update!!!!:cool1:

I remember your DS12 telling me that he'd tasted the Beverly! His face says it ALL. :lmao:So glad you got the pics of it. So funny.

I can't believe this- but I never even stepped foot into Mouse Gear this trip!! Must be why I never bought anything. I love that store. Great find on the 2011 Vinylmation!! :yay:

Spaceship Earth was a great ending to a great first day!!:cloud9:
You texted me that night and told me you guys were beat and were back at CBR, going to bed. I was surprised you got so much accomplished, since you had been up for so long.

Great update!!!

Can't wait for the MK!:goodvibes

Disney Mommy 3
09-28-2011, 08:42 AM
Great update! I too wanna do the Beverly drink!! Well, tricking the family that is!!! LOL!!
Sheila,yes, be glad you are not there right now...our weather was around 97 Mon, but with all the other factors:103! And Darn, I thought we were through with all that!!! But, our nightly low this weekend is suppose to drop to 57 one night!:yay: Can hardly wait!!

lala3291
09-28-2011, 08:44 AM
You all look like you had such a great day! I love Mouse Gear...it's a great place to shop.:goodvibes DD10 has gotten really into Vinylmations, and she always finds a ton that she likes there!
Looking forward to reading about MK!:yay:

sjs314
09-28-2011, 08:49 AM
Great update! I too wanna do the Beverly drink!! Well, tricking the family that is!!! LOL!!
Sheila,yes, be glad you are not there right now...our weather was around 97 Mon, but with all the other factors:103! And Darn, I thought we were through with all that!!! But, our nightly low this weekend is suppose to drop to 57 one night!:yay: Can hardly wait!!

Shawna you guys sure had a terrible summer with the heat and no rain this year. I hope you get your cooler temps!

I can not tolerate the high temps and humidity like when I was youngers, what with my asthma and copd, I would have been spending a lot of time in our room with the a/c I am sure had we been there this week. I had even begun to worry some about Oct so all in all March is going to be a better fit weatherwise.
Getting old sure sucks the big one at times :rotfl:

lauren_elizabeth
09-28-2011, 09:07 AM
I love that necklace you bought in Germany! Can I ask how much you paid? I love how it's something you can wear everyday and still have a touch of Disney :goodvibes

So funny that yall tricked your husband and oldest son with Beverly! What did they say after they tried it?

Yayyy for finding a vinylmation on clearance! Sales are always GREAT! :thumbsup2

Momof2Disneyboys
09-28-2011, 09:38 AM
Wow you must have been pooped to not take anymore pictures! But I have been there and know how that camera can feel like lifting a concrete block at the end of a long vacation day. So we'll let it slide............ this time. :rotfl2:

SE is a great ride when you want to chill out. Nice choice. The starry sky part would be a great place for a nap! :laughing:

Congrats to DS for being a thrifty shopper! You are teaching those boys right! :thumbsup2

MK rope drop...... what's that? :rolleyes1 I may never see it for myself, so I'm looking forward to seeing it through you.

I know, that's so unlike me to not have pictures of everything!! :rotfl: We must have gone straight to bed!

It seems like we always hit SE when I am extremely tired. I remember leaning my head on DH's shoulder and closing my eyes! :cloud9:

Oh yes -- DS12 is quite the bargain shopper! :thumbsup2

We actually made MK rope drop twice on this trip. That is so unlike us!!
:wave:

Your DS got a great deal on that vinylmation! We have never done Club Cool, I think I will trick DH into trying the beverly too, thanks for the idea Shelly :laughing:
Love the pics of your DS's tasteing it :rotfl2:

If we had kept our original September dates for our trip, we would be there right now. Am I sorry we're not? NO not at all I just read where on Sunday 9/25(the day we would have arrived) between the temp and humidity it was equal to being 114 degrees, it was discribed as walking out into a wall of heat :scared1:

You have to make your DH drink that nasty stuff. It is so funny!! :lmao:


Wow good thing you aren't down there now. That's even hotter than when we went. I think March will be perfect weather-wise! :goodvibes

Yay An update!!!!:cool1:

I remember your DS12 telling me that he'd tasted the Beverly! His face says it ALL. :lmao:So glad you got the pics of it. So funny.

I can't believe this- but I never even stepped foot into Mouse Gear this trip!! Must be why I never bought anything. I love that store. Great find on the 2011 Vinylmation!! :yay:

Spaceship Earth was a great ending to a great first day!!:cloud9:
You texted me that night and told me you guys were beat and were back at CBR, going to bed. I was surprised you got so much accomplished, since you had been up for so long.

Great update!!!

Can't wait for the MK!:goodvibes

I snapped that picture at just the right time!! :lmao:

Isn't Mouse Gear at great store? :lovestruc I can't believe you didn't get in there this time! I just love walking around in there!!

I might have to rely on all our texts to fill in my blanks here!! I never take notes on the trip (other than bus ride times), I just rely on my pics/memories to tell the story!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-28-2011, 09:45 AM
Great update! I too wanna do the Beverly drink!! Well, tricking the family that is!!! LOL!!
Sheila,yes, be glad you are not there right now...our weather was around 97 Mon, but with all the other factors:103! And Darn, I thought we were through with all that!!! But, our nightly low this weekend is suppose to drop to 57 one night!:yay: Can hardly wait!!

Thanks! :) Make sure to do the Beverly trick next time!! :thumbsup2

Wow it's still HOT in your parts! :scared1: But it's better than here - later this week our highs are only going to be in the 50's. :sad2:

You all look like you had such a great day! I love Mouse Gear...it's a great place to shop.:goodvibes DD10 has gotten really into Vinylmations, and she always finds a ton that she likes there!
Looking forward to reading about MK!:yay:

It was a great first day! :goodvibes

I just love Mouse Gear! There's so much variety in there. And yes, they do have a lot of Vinylmations!

Lots of MK coming up!
I love that necklace you bought in Germany! Can I ask how much you paid? I love how it's something you can wear everyday and still have a touch of Disney :goodvibes

So funny that yall tricked your husband and oldest son with Beverly! What did they say after they tried it?

Yayyy for finding a vinylmation on clearance! Sales are always GREAT! :thumbsup2

Thanks! The necklace wasn't very expensive - just under $30 I think. I was expecting to pay closer to $50. I am very happy with it!

DS12 spit the Beverly drink back into the cup and was very dramatic about how gross it was!! :rotfl:

T*Bird
09-28-2011, 10:26 AM
Great update, Shelly! I can't believe all that you did on arrival day! You must have been exhausted. :faint: I'm embarrassed to say I've never done Nemo or even seen Club Cool. :guilty: You are probably wondering if I've ever even been to Disney or if I just like to hang out on the Dis. :laughing: So what does the Beverly taste like? Is it supposed to be gross? Or maybe it's indescribable. :confused3 The looks on your boys' faces is too cute!

I love your necklace, too. I can't believe you got it for $30!!

We are still having crazy heat down here, too. Highs in the 90's. :scared: In fact, today I decided to stay home all day and go for my walk in the evening. I'm not disciplined like Jodi to get out before 7:00 a.m. and it's just too dang hot by 10:00! But I think and hope we're getting that cold front that you are, Shawna. Sunday is supposed to be great. October, I love you!!! :love:

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Lovemy3babes
09-28-2011, 11:29 AM
The kids and I adore Club Cool. It's so much fun to pull the Beverly trick! :rotfl2: Spaceship Earth is a good way to end an Epcot day I think. I love the way they impose your faces onto the computer. Did you email those home?

Momof2Disneyboys
09-28-2011, 11:52 AM
Great update, Shelly! I can't believe all that you did on arrival day! You must have been exhausted. :faint: I'm embarrassed to say I've never done Nemo or even seen Club Cool. :guilty: You are probably wondering if I've ever even been to Disney or if I just like to hang out on the Dis. :laughing: So what does the Beverly taste like? Is it supposed to be gross? Or maybe it's indescribable. :confused3 The looks on your boys' faces is too cute!

I love your necklace, too. I can't believe you got it for $30!!

We are still having crazy heat down here, too. Highs in the 90's. :scared: In fact, today I decided to stay home all day and go for my walk in the evening. I'm not disciplined like Jodi to get out before 7:00 a.m. and it's just too dang hot by 10:00! But I think and hope we're getting that cold front that you are, Shawna. Sunday is supposed to be great. October, I love you!!! :love:

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Thanks Teri! :goodvibes I'd have to say it was one of our most successful arrival days ever! Not sure what we were going on -- adrenalin I guess!! :cool1:

The Beverly is just nasty!! Not sure how else to describe it. Bitter maybe. Just gross! :sick:

I thought that was a great deal on the necklace too! :thumbsup2

I hope you get some cooler temps soon. :wizard:

The kids and I adore Club Cool. It's so much fun to pull the Beverly trick! :rotfl2: Spaceship Earth is a good way to end an Epcot day I think. I love the way they impose your faces onto the computer. Did you email those home?

Sadly we couldn't get our videos to come up on the computer after the ride. The computers were working very slow and it was crowded and by the time we got to the screen we couldn't find either of our videos. :confused3

Maybe next time!

Lil'Mermaid75
09-28-2011, 11:59 AM
Okay....need help here. Can someone explain to me the vinlymation?? Is there a point other than trading? Is it like pins? I keep hearing about it, but don't truely get it. :confused3

Ahh, Beverly. YUCK!!! :) We tricked DS into trying it last time. I so wish I'd gotten a picture.

rusafee1183
09-28-2011, 12:01 PM
:laughing:

We took Beverly pictures too on our trip last year, and they are never flattering but always hilarious! :lmao:


And that is a great deal for your necklace! I found the one that I was looking for at Disneystore.com, but people keep saying its really big and that's not what I am going for. So, I found another one that I like :thumbsup2 Of course :rolleyes1

This may be random - but did you remember seeing this one while you were there? I'll be able to look next week, but I want to be prepared to buy it if I see it :thumbsup2

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Momof2Disneyboys
09-28-2011, 12:10 PM
Okay....need help here. Can someone explain to me the vinlymation?? Is there a point other than trading? Is it like pins? I keep hearing about it, but don't truely get it. :confused3

Ahh, Beverly. YUCK!!! :) We tricked DS into trying it last time. I so wish I'd gotten a picture.

I'm not even sure what the Vinylmations are all about! :upsidedow They are just everywhere at WDW right now. In every character and color you can think of. Some are very expensive. And there are places you can trade them, but you can't see what you are getting when you trade. So it's risky! The kids didn't trade any for that reason.


:laughing:

We took Beverly pictures too on our trip last year, and they are never flattering but always hilarious! :lmao:


And that is a great deal for your necklace! I found the one that I was looking for at Disneystore.com, but people keep saying its really big and that's not what I am going for. So, I found another one that I like :thumbsup2 Of course :rolleyes1

This may be random - but did you remember seeing this one while you were there? I'll be able to look next week, but I want to be prepared to buy it if I see it :thumbsup2

http://www.disneystore.com/jewelry-accessories-women-swarovski-crystal-key-mickey-mouse-necklace-by-arribas/mp/1281064/1000295+1000765/

Hmm....I don't particularly remember seeing that one. But they have so many. I'm sure you'll be able to find one you love! :goodvibes

seacrestpromo
09-28-2011, 01:00 PM
LOL! I love the Beverly photos! :cool1: :rotfl2: :lmao:

Mndisneygirl
09-28-2011, 01:16 PM
Awesome update! That was a great first day! I love Mouse Gears!! I seem to have really good luck there.
We have not managed to actually stop in Club Cool EVER! We've walked past on our way to other things, so I think I'll have to give it a try next time. Sarah won't usually drink soda, but Paige will definitely go for it!

Bethislucy
09-28-2011, 02:39 PM
We got the freshly made caramel-corn this time, but it tasted stale to us. :confused3 Make sure to get the prepackaged bags of caramel/choc popcorn to take home! We just finished our last bag last night. :sad:

How much is it a bag if you don't mind me asking?

Momof2Disneyboys
09-28-2011, 02:55 PM
LOL! I love the Beverly photos! :cool1: :rotfl2: :lmao:

Thanks Sea! :lmao:Awesome update! That was a great first day! I love Mouse Gears!! I seem to have really good luck there.
We have not managed to actually stop in Club Cool EVER! We've walked past on our way to other things, so I think I'll have to give it a try next time. Sarah won't usually drink soda, but Paige will definitely go for it!

Thanks Sheree! They have lots of great stuff in Mouse Gear!!

You've never been to Club Cool??? You've got to stop in there next time. My kids always ask to go! :rotfl:
How much is it a bag if you don't mind me asking?

The fresh caramel-corn comes in 2 sizes I think...The one we got was a small I think and it was a snack credit on the DDP, so it was under $4.

The prepackaged caramel/choc popcorn is $7.95 a bag. Expensive, but well worth it! :cloud9:

rusafee1183
09-28-2011, 03:26 PM
The prepackaged caramel/choc popcorn is $7.95 a bag. Expensive, but well worth it! :cloud9:

Shelly, have you checked out the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company when you come down towards the city? There are 2 locations, one in the strip district and one in downtown on Liberty. They have AWESOME caramel chocolate corn there and it might be close to what they have in Disney. :thumbsup2
I haven;t been in the caramel store yet, so I don't know. But it's really good either way! :cool1:


http://pghpopcorn.com/?page_id=5

mickeysmyboy
09-28-2011, 03:49 PM
LOL! I love the picture of your DS drinking the Beverly!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-28-2011, 04:30 PM
Shelly, have you checked out the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company when you come down towards the city? There are 2 locations, one in the strip district and one in downtown on Liberty. They have AWESOME caramel chocolate corn there and it might be close to what they have in Disney. :thumbsup2
I haven;t been in the caramel store yet, so I don't know. But it's really good either way! :cool1:


http://pghpopcorn.com/?page_id=5

No, we've never been there. But I remember you talking about it before. It sure looks good!! We need to get down there ASAP! :thumbsup2

LOL! I love the picture of your DS drinking the Beverly!

Thanks! :rotfl:

ddluvsdisney
09-28-2011, 05:52 PM
My DS10 loves club cool too! It must be a boy thing. I agree some of the sodas are just plain GROSS.
And Spaceship Earth is one of both DS's favorite rides. They love making funny faces for the make your future video. We must have gone on that ride like 6x this trip. LOL

Mom&RN
09-28-2011, 06:37 PM
Enjoying the trip report! Subbing Loved the pic of your DS in a hat in Mouse Gears. If I had a dime for every picture I have of my DS or myself in a kooky Disney hat I'd be rich! I'm never tempted to buy them (where would I wear them??) but we sure love taking each other's pictures in them. :santa:pirate:princess::firefight:crazy::jester: - just some of the smiles I could find wearing hats:rotfl:

ronnmel
09-28-2011, 07:46 PM
Your day was so pack full of things, I forgot it was your arrival day and that you had been up since 4am! :eek:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-29-2011, 08:05 AM
My DS10 loves club cool too! It must be a boy thing. I agree some of the sodas are just plain GROSS.
And Spaceship Earth is one of both DS's favorite rides. They love making funny faces for the make your future video. We must have gone on that ride like 6x this trip. LOL

Must be, my boys ask to go in there every trip! :upsidedow And they love Spaceship Earth too!

Enjoying the trip report! Subbing Loved the pic of your DS in a hat in Mouse Gears. If I had a dime for every picture I have of my DS or myself in a kooky Disney hat I'd be rich! I'm never tempted to buy them (where would I wear them??) but we sure love taking each other's pictures in them. :santa:pirate:princess::firefight:crazy::jester: - just some of the smiles I could find wearing hats:rotfl:

Welcome! :goodvibes Glad you are ejoying the TR!

The kids always want a picture with silly hats!! :rotfl:

Your day was so pack full of things, I forgot it was your arrival day and that you had been up since 4am! :eek:

We didn't forget we were up since 4am!! :laughing: We were exhausted when we got back to CBR that evening! :faint:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-29-2011, 08:39 AM
Day 2 Saturday August 27


After a good night's sleep we were up early and ready to get to MK!! We had a 10:20 ADR for breakfast at Crystal Palace, so our goal was to get lots done before then. We arrived around 8:30 and had a great spot right up front for the opening show. It was pretty hot out already, but not terrible yet. I think it was going to be around 94 that day.

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And pretty soon it was time to head in! There seemed to be a lot of people there, but once everybody spread out it was actually not a busy day at all! :cool1:

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Continued in next post.....

Momof2Disneyboys
09-29-2011, 08:41 AM
Continued.....


We walked straight through the castle and headed for our traditional first ride Peter Pan!

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A few construction shots -

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And we were finally there!

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After Peter Pan we normally hit IASW next, but we decided to skip it this day. So next up was Philharmagic. I just love this show!! We walked in and we were the only ones waiting for the doors to open. Eventually about 2 other families joined us for the show and that was it!

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The show was very cool of course and it was neat to practically have it to ourselves!



Up Next: Tomorrowland

RinkyTinkyTinky
09-29-2011, 08:50 AM
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I :love: these! I feel like I am right there with you! How cool that you were just strolling down Main Street with Tiana! :laughing: I wanna do that! And the picture of you and DH needs to be in frame! It's just one of those pics that totally captures the magic! :wizard:

I see DH opted for the backpack over the fanny pack :rotfl:

You got great pictures on PP! :worship: I have never accomplished that!!! Love that ride though! And an almost private showing of Philharmagic... AWESOME! That is my very, very favorite! I can't get enough of that show! :3dglasses

You have so convinced me to get my hiney in gear and get to rope drop at MK!

lala3291
09-29-2011, 08:53 AM
Great update! I'm DISing from work...don't tell anyone!:laughing:
I love rope drop at MK. We missed it last time we were at WDW because the bus to MK from the BWI took forever to show up! I'm so excited to stay at the GF, since all we have to do is hop on the monorail!
Love that picture of you and DH walking towards the castle! It came out really nice.
Have a good day!:goodvibes

JoBird
09-29-2011, 09:01 AM
:love::love::love:
Great update!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe Tiana was walking down Main St right next to you guys! I LOVE her!! She is just the sweetest thing- that accent is precious. Belle is going to be totally jealous that you guys did that. I'm sure it wasn't that big of a deal to your boys.:lmao: Can't wait to show her the pics.

Looks like you were off to a great day at MK!!! :cloud9::cloud9:

JoBird
09-29-2011, 09:06 AM
Great update! I'm DISing from work...don't tell anyone!:laughing:
I love rope drop at MK. We missed it last time we were at WDW because the bus to MK from the BWI took forever to show up! I'm so excited to stay at the GF, since all we have to do is hop on the monorail!
Love that picture of you and DH walking towards the castle! It came out really nice.
Have a good day!:goodvibes

A-woo-woo, I'm tellin'!!!!!!:rotfl:

I'm so excited that you are staying at the GF too!!:cool1: Hopping the monorail to the MK- there is nothing better than that! We loved going outside on the days we weren't going to a park and listening to the opening show at the MK. Love to hear that train whistle.
:love:

Disney Mommy 3
09-29-2011, 09:16 AM
Great pictures..as usual!! Love the one of you and hubs!! Very precious! I can NOT wait!! We usually dont hit RD-I think we have made it to the actual song & dance thing at MK once and that is it for any park! I really want to make it to our first MK day, and our HS day at least this time....How does the "let the magic begin" and the big photo holder seem to you? Is it too much...I mean, is it gaudy? I can't tell from the pictures...I really thought it would be more stuff for the 40th anniv and have pics or memorabilia with opening day photos if anything....

Momof2Disneyboys
09-29-2011, 09:24 AM
I :love: these! I feel like I am right there with you! How cool that you were just strolling down Main Street with Tiana! :laughing: I wanna do that! And the picture of you and DH needs to be in frame! It's just one of those pics that totally captures the magic! :wizard:

I see DH opted for the backpack over the fanny pack :rotfl:

You got great pictures on PP! :worship: I have never accomplished that!!! Love that ride though! And an almost private showing of Philharmagic... AWESOME! That is my very, very favorite! I can't get enough of that show! :3dglasses

You have so convinced me to get my hiney in gear and get to rope drop at MK!

Thanks!! Glad you liked the update! Yes, definitely get to RD!! It won't feel so great getting out of bed so early on vacation, but you will be so happy you did once you get there! :thumbsup2

Yes, that backpack worked out great for DH. And he was so happy to not have to wear the fanny pack. :rolleyes::rotfl:

It was awesome to have the Philharmagic theater almost to ourselves!:goodvibesGreat update! I'm DISing from work...don't tell anyone!:laughing:
I love rope drop at MK. We missed it last time we were at WDW because the bus to MK from the BWI took forever to show up! I'm so excited to stay at the GF, since all we have to do is hop on the monorail!
Love that picture of you and DH walking towards the castle! It came out really nice.
Have a good day!:goodvibes

Your secret is safe with me!! :thumbsup2

Glad you enjoyed the update! It will be so nice for you guys to be so close to MK this time! :)
:love::love::love:
Great update!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe Tiana was walking down Main St right next to you guys! I LOVE her!! She is just the sweetest thing- that accent is precious. Belle is going to be totally jealous that you guys did that. I'm sure it wasn't that big of a deal to your boys.:lmao: Can't wait to show her the pics.

Looks like you were off to a great day at MK!!! :cloud9::cloud9:

Thanks!! :goodvibes

I know, we were walking down main street and here comes Tiana strolling by us. DS12 actually spotted her and told me. He knew I'd want to get a pic! They didn't really care about seeing her, but they sure thought it was funny that she was right there beside us!

It was a great morning at MK!! ::yes::

ddluvsdisney
09-29-2011, 09:29 AM
We always do PP first too!!! I think it's b/c it's the only ride we do in FL. Except this trip I made the boys do IASW for the first time since 2005 I think. They were so mad at me but they lived lol. I told them they don't have to do it again. But after that we always head over to BTMR and Splash for a ride and FP.
What a great spot you had for opening show. Was the date the 21st? If so we were in MK too! but it was our arrival day so we probably didn't get to the park until around 11 am that day
Great update!
Deb :)

GrammyJudy
09-29-2011, 09:50 AM
Loving your report. You are such a brave soul going in August.The boys are getting so big. Your older son reminds me of my 11 yr old DGS. Can't wait for the rest of your TR

rusafee1183
09-29-2011, 09:53 AM
I'm Dis'ing from work too, so I can't see the pictures :rolleyes: but I am imagining how awesome everything looks. :cloud9:

I love love love LOVE the MK opening show.
:cloud9::lovestruc:cloud9::lovestruc

I tear up every time. :sad:

And I agree about getting to RD at the parks. :thumbsup2 It's annoying getting up early, but it is SO worth it when you are strolling out of there past the people that are waiting in those ridiculous lines and melting in the heat later in the day

I'll be at the pool, or watching Stacey and napping at that time of day. :goodvibes

sjs314
09-29-2011, 10:01 AM
Love the MK update! Can not wait to see and read more about your day. The pics of you guys walking down Main St. are fabulous, especially the one of you and DH.
Philharmagic is something that has been added since last time I really toured all of MK in '97, have to make sure I put it on my list of "to do's", in 2006 I only did Main St.

Lovemy3babes
09-29-2011, 10:17 AM
I LOVE rope drop! I don't mind getting up early normally and I'm a big fan of little to no lines! I cannot believe how empty the park looked and you were there in the summer! Very cool. I think it's so neat how you and your dh still hold hands Shelly. That warms my heart. :goodvibes

Momof2Disneyboys
09-29-2011, 05:03 PM
We always do PP first too!!! I think it's b/c it's the only ride we do in FL. Except this trip I made the boys do IASW for the first time since 2005 I think. They were so mad at me but they lived lol. I told them they don't have to do it again. But after that we always head over to BTMR and Splash for a ride and FP.
What a great spot you had for opening show. Was the date the 21st? If so we were in MK too! but it was our arrival day so we probably didn't get to the park until around 11 am that day
Great update!
Deb :)

IDK why we always do PP first. I guess it's just what we did on the first trip and it has remained tradition! Well that and the fact that if you don't get there right away the line gets huge fast! :upsidedow

That date was actually Saturday August 27th. I was worried it would be busy because it was the weekend, but it wasn't! :goodvibes


Loving your report. You are such a brave soul going in August.The boys are getting so big. Your older son reminds me of my 11 yr old DGS. Can't wait for the rest of your TR

Welcome Judy! :)

We were brave going in August! But it really wasn't that bad. We survived the heat and the crowds were low!!

Yep - the boys are getting so big. :sad:

I'm Dis'ing from work too, so I can't see the pictures :rolleyes: but I am imagining how awesome everything looks. :cloud9:

I love love love LOVE the MK opening show.
:cloud9::lovestruc:cloud9::lovestruc

I tear up every time. :sad:

And I agree about getting to RD at the parks. :thumbsup2 It's annoying getting up early, but it is SO worth it when you are strolling out of there past the people that are waiting in those ridiculous lines and melting in the heat later in the day

I'll be at the pool, or watching Stacey and napping at that time of day. :goodvibes

Stupid work and no pics!! :headache: I hope you are able to see them sometime!

I know, my family all complain when I make them get up early for RD, but you sure don't hear them complaining when the lines are empty! :rotfl:

PS -- DH wants to go to that popcorn store in the city!!!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-29-2011, 05:09 PM
Love the MK update! Can not wait to see and read more about your day. The pics of you guys walking down Main St. are fabulous, especially the one of you and DH.
Philharmagic is something that has been added since last time I really toured all of MK in '97, have to make sure I put it on my list of "to do's", in 2006 I only did Main St.


Thanks Sheila! :)

Yes, you must see Philharmagic!! It is the most awesome 3-D show ever! :lovestruc

I LOVE rope drop! I don't mind getting up early normally and I'm a big fan of little to no lines! I cannot believe how empty the park looked and you were there in the summer! Very cool. I think it's so neat how you and your dh still hold hands Shelly. That warms my heart. :goodvibes

We are big fans of no lines, but not so much of getting up early on vacation! :rotfl:

MK was so empty that day. It was great! :goodvibes

Well DH & I don't normally walk around here holding hands, but there's something about being at Disney!! :lovestruc

ronnmel
09-29-2011, 05:09 PM
How fun to be walking down Main Street and have Tiana casually pass you by. :wizard:

That picture of you and your husband holding hand is precious. :lovestruc I love when couples with kids hold hands and remember that they are still a couple. :goodvibes

ddluvsdisney
09-29-2011, 05:17 PM
[QUOTE=Momof2Disneyboys;42796647]That date was actually Saturday August 27th. I was worried it would be busy because it was the weekend, but it wasn't! :goodvibes[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

Oh yeah I remember you were getting there around the time we were gonna be leaving. I still think we were at MK that day too, b/c we THOUGHT we were leaving Sunday (thanks again Irene) and we always spend our last day in MK.
Deb :)

Momof2Disneyboys
09-29-2011, 05:21 PM
How fun to be walking down Main Street and have Tiana casually pass you by. :wizard:

That picture of you and your husband holding hand is precious. :lovestruc I love when couples with kids hold hands and remember that they are still a couple. :goodvibes

It was very cool!

Yep, it seems that on vacation is when we get to relax and remember that we are still a couple! And DS12 is always there to capture the special moments (he loves to take pics of everything like I do!!). :goodvibes


Oh yeah I remember you were getting there around the time we were gonna be leaving. I still think we were at MK that day too, b/c we THOUGHT we were leaving Sunday (thanks again Irene) and we always spend our last day in MK.
Deb :)

Keep looking then -- maybe you'll see yourself in one of my pics! :thumbsup2

ddluvsdisney
09-29-2011, 07:49 PM
T="Century Gothic"]Keep looking then -- maybe you'll see yourself in one of my pics! :thumbsup2[/FONT][/QUOTE]

I will keep my eyes peeled :thumbsup2 that would be the funniest thing. I know it's happened to other people.
Deb :)

T*Bird
09-29-2011, 09:35 PM
Love the MK update, Shelly! I don't think we ever missed a rope drop on our last trip - which was great for the lines and crowds, but too much for 6 or 7 days. I wish I had known then how it's possible to do Disney without killing yourself! I love PP too, and we try to do it one of the first things as well. And I agree that Philharmagic is awesome! How weird to be on any attraction at Disney that isn't packed! I don't think I have ever experienced that.

The pic of you and your DH walkind down Main Street is adorable!

Momof2Disneyboys
09-30-2011, 08:37 AM
Love the MK update, Shelly! I don't think we ever missed a rope drop on our last trip - which was great for the lines and crowds, but too much for 6 or 7 days. I wish I had known then how it's possible to do Disney without killing yourself! I love PP too, and we try to do it one of the first things as well. And I agree that Philharmagic is awesome! How weird to be on any attraction at Disney that isn't packed! I don't think I have ever experienced that.

The pic of you and your DH walkind down Main Street is adorable!

Thanks Teri! :goodvibes We usually do RD about half of our days and sleep in a little the rest of them. RD at MK is a must though if you want to do all the Fantasyland stuff before the lines get huge! It was very cool seeing the Philharmagic theater practically empty. We thought we were pretty special!! :rotfl:

mickeysmyboy
09-30-2011, 10:05 AM
I love your MK morning! That walk up main street and 2 fabulous rides?! What more could you ask for!?

Momof2Disneyboys
09-30-2011, 04:43 PM
I love your MK morning! That walk up main street and 2 fabulous rides?! What more could you ask for!?

Thanks! It was a wonderful start to a wonderful day! :cloud9:

Momof2Disneyboys
09-30-2011, 04:46 PM
After Philharmagic we headed to Tomorrowland. Lots of construction to be seen along the way. And no more Mickey's Toontown. :sad2:

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DS12 and I split up from DS9 & DH. They headed to Buzzlightyear and we headed to Space Mtn.

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There was no wait for either!! :yay:

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Check out the guy behind me. I guess he wanted to be in the picture too! :rotfl:

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We had a great ride and then DS went back through again while I waited in the store after the ride. I'm sorry to say that I can only handle these rides 1 time anymore. :guilty:

After he was done we met back up with the rest of the family and we all rode Buzzlightyear, with no wait. :cool1:

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It was now nearing our ADR time, so we headed for the Crystal Palace.

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Up Next: Crystal Palace breakfast :tigger:

lala3291
09-30-2011, 06:06 PM
Wow, it looks like a great morning in MK!:goodvibes
You got on a lot in a short period of time! Looking forward to reading about your Crystal Palace breakfast...I have been trying to snag a breakfast ADR for our November trip, but no such luck!

T*Bird
09-30-2011, 07:09 PM
Dear Shelly, my wealth of information ;) do you know what all the construction going on is going to result in? Any new attractions that you know of? It seems like it has been going on for so long!

The guy in the picture behind you made me :lmao: I wonder where that guy is right now. OK, I always wonder weird stuff like that. :rolleyes:

It really looks like the crowds were not big at all! Unless it was the calm before the storm. :eek: But I hope not! :goodvibes

Hope you have a great weekend!




P.S. to Jodi: Go Gators! Destroy the Tide, pleeeaasseee!

204charity
09-30-2011, 08:50 PM
Dear Shelly, my wealth of information ;) do you know what all the construction going on is going to result in? Any new attractions that you know of? It seems like it has been going on for so long!

The guy in the picture behind you made me :lmao: I wonder where that guy is right now. OK, I always wonder weird stuff like that. :rolleyes:

It really looks like the crowds were not big at all! Unless it was the calm before the storm. :eek: But I hope not! :goodvibes

Hope you have a great weekend!




P.S. to Jodi: Go Gators! Destroy the Tide, pleeeaasseee!


I can't remember what it will be called, but there is going to be a whole new area of the park! Beast's Castle, The Dwarves Cottage from Snow White and more!! I'm excited for the changes. Just another reason to go back in a few years! :thumbsup2

sjs314
09-30-2011, 09:37 PM
You guys got quite a lot done before breakfast :thumbsup2
You brave brave soul going on space mt. :rotfl:
I don't think I ever saw Mickey's toon town , the last place I recall is Mickey's birthday land, I am wondering now if toon town was there back in '97 or if we just skipped it maybe :confused3
I do so hate all the construction walls all over the place, I better warn DH about it before we get there and I have to listen to him grumble about it.
I love Crystal Palce for breakfast can't wait to see your review.

ddluvsdisney
10-01-2011, 09:38 AM
I know what you mean about only going on certain rides once. My DSs wanted to go on SM again while DH and I sat and waited. I was really starting to feel my age this trip. :(

JoBird
10-01-2011, 10:06 AM
:wave:

It looked so empty that day!!!!!:cool1: How wonderful!!!!

Love the pic of the guy smiling behind you----------- I sorta do the same thing when I see people taking pics- but that's just how I roll. :upsidedow


The construction is certainly interesting. I can't wait to see the finished product.
In a couple of years.:)
If I can I wait that long to go back.
Ya think???:confused3

Thanks for a great update!!!:goodvibes


PS Teri.... Go Gators!! Chomp, Chomp.;) I woke at 6 am not able to sleep I'm so excited. I soooooo wish we were at The Swamp today. It really stinks to live so far away. You goin to your game? Geaux Tigers-- Beat those Wildcats!:banana:

T*Bird
10-01-2011, 12:12 PM
:wave:

It looked so empty that day!!!!!:cool1: How wonderful!!!!

Love the pic of the guy smiling behind you----------- I sorta do the same thing when I see people taking pics- but that's just how I roll. :upsidedow


The construction is certainly interesting. I can't wait to see the finished product.
In a couple of years.:)
If I can I wait that long to go back.
Ya think???:confused3

Thanks for a great update!!!:goodvibes


PS Teri.... Go Gators!! Chomp, Chomp.;) I woke at 6 am not able to sleep I'm so excited. I soooooo wish we were at The Swamp today. It really stinks to live so far away. You goin to your game? Geaux Tigers-- Beat those Wildcats!:banana:


No, watching at home. And we look terrible. :sad2: Morning game + team we should beat easily = recipe for disaster. At least that's how it has always been at LSU. Add to that our QB coming back from suspension and being put in on 4th and goal, replacing the guy who has got us to 4-0.......:headache:
Come on, Tigers!!! Maybe we're just saving all our good plays for next week. ;)

Momof2Disneyboys
10-01-2011, 12:34 PM
Wow, it looks like a great morning in MK!:goodvibes
You got on a lot in a short period of time! Looking forward to reading about your Crystal Palace breakfast...I have been trying to snag a breakfast ADR for our November trip, but no such luck!

It was a great morning! We were so happy that the crowds were so low and the heat wasn't that bad!!

Keep checking - you'll probably be able to grab a CP ADR! :wizard:Dear Shelly, my wealth of information ;) do you know what all the construction going on is going to result in? Any new attractions that you know of? It seems like it has been going on for so long!

The guy in the picture behind you made me :lmao: I wonder where that guy is right now. OK, I always wonder weird stuff like that. :rolleyes:

It really looks like the crowds were not big at all! Unless it was the calm before the storm. :eek: But I hope not! :goodvibes

Hope you have a great weekend!




P.S. to Jodi: Go Gators! Destroy the Tide, pleeeaasseee!


Fantasyland is getting a huge expansion! Lots of new things coming, but it's going to be awhile before it's all done.


I wonder where that guy is right now too!! :lmao:

MK never did get too crowded that day, it was wonderful! :goodvibes
You guys got quite a lot done before breakfast :thumbsup2
You brave brave soul going on space mt. :rotfl:
I don't think I ever saw Mickey's toon town , the last place I recall is Mickey's birthday land, I am wondering now if toon town was there back in '97 or if we just skipped it maybe :confused3
I do so hate all the construction walls all over the place, I better warn DH about it before we get there and I have to listen to him grumble about it.
I love Crystal Palce for breakfast can't wait to see your review.


We really did! :thumbsup2

I used to be able to go on Space several times in a row. Not anymore. :sad2:

IDK when Mickey's Toontown opened. It has been there ever since we started going in 2005.

Yes, the construction walls everywhere sure are ugly, but what are ya gonna do? :upsidedow I sure hope it's all worth it in the end!

Momof2Disneyboys
10-01-2011, 12:39 PM
I know what you mean about only going on certain rides once. My DSs wanted to go on SM again while DH and I sat and waited. I was really starting to feel my age this trip. :(

I used to be able to do them several times in a row -- just a couple of years ago. But not now. Once is it. :sad2: Getting old bites!! :headache: And poor DS12 has to go by himself if he wants to keep going because DH & DS9 don't do thrill rides!
:wave:

It looked so empty that day!!!!!:cool1: How wonderful!!!!

Love the pic of the guy smiling behind you----------- I sorta do the same thing when I see people taking pics- but that's just how I roll. :upsidedow


The construction is certainly interesting. I can't wait to see the finished product.
In a couple of years.:)
If I can I wait that long to go back.
Ya think???:confused3

Thanks for a great update!!!:goodvibes


PS Teri.... Go Gators!! Chomp, Chomp.;) I woke at 6 am not able to sleep I'm so excited. I soooooo wish we were at The Swamp today. It really stinks to live so far away. You goin to your game? Geaux Tigers-- Beat those Wildcats!:banana:


It was a wonderful day!! :goodvibes I'm pretty sure DS12 & I were texting you and Drew all morning telling you how great it was!! :cool1:

I'm going to have to start doing that when I know I am in other people's pics -- smile & wave :wave:

:laughing:


I have a feeling you'll be back a couple of times before the Fantasyland construction is done! ;)

Momof2Disneyboys
10-01-2011, 12:43 PM
So did everyone hear about the room discounts coming out for the winter???

I got an email yesterday for Disney Visa Cardholders only and it says it will go to the general public on Wednesday.


Dates: Jan 2, 2012 - Feb 20, 2012:


25% off Values, but only 20% off ASMo
30% off Mods, but only 25% off POFQ
35% off Deluxe and Villas, but only 30% off AKL & Poly




Interesting....I don't think any room discounts ever came out for fall dates and this one is for such a short time. I wonder if bookings are up for fall and spring and they are only going to give out discounts for the winter....:confused3

sjs314
10-01-2011, 12:55 PM
So did everyone hear about the room discounts coming out for the winter???

I got an email yesterday for Disney Visa Cardholders only and it says it will go to the general public on Wednesday.


Dates: Jan 2, 2012 - Feb 20, 2012:


25% off Values, but only 20% off ASMo
30% off Mods, but only 25% off POFQ
35% off Deluxe and Villas, but only 30% off AKL & Poly





Interesting....I don't think any room discounts ever came out for fall dates and this one is for such a short time. I wonder if bookings are up for fall and spring and they are only going to give out discounts for the winter....:confused3

I wish they had included just a few weeks, a 35% discount would be way better than FD for going in March. Oh well:sad1:
I did go play around with some Jan and Feb dates and there seems to be tons of availability for the dates I checked but then Jan and Feb are normally slow times I think :confused3
The time I went in late January it seemed busy to me but then again I was there on a weekend too.

You thinking about another "snowbird" trip Shelly?

rusafee1183
10-01-2011, 01:01 PM
Awesome morning at MK!!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 You definitely got a bunch of stuff in before breakfast!

I know what you mean about the rides too. I'm still able to ride things multiple times, but last year we did ToT a few times back to back, and I felt it :sick: I think this trip may be one of my last times that I can pull it off :sad2:

5 more days!!! :cool1:

It feels weird to be going for such a short trip though. We have never gone for anything less that like 8 days :laughing: I think I am going to blink and it will be over.

Momof2Disneyboys
10-01-2011, 01:37 PM
I wish they had included just a few weeks, a 35% discount would be way better than FD for going in March. Oh well:sad1:
I did go play around with some Jan and Feb dates and there seems to be tons of availability for the dates I checked but then Jan and Feb are normally slow times I think :confused3
The time I went in late January it seemed busy to me but then again I was there on a weekend too.

You thinking about another "snowbird" trip Shelly?


I wish it included all spring!!! :headache: We were thinking about May or August......But now I find myself sitting here doing Disney math all morning and considering a "snowbird" trip......:rolleyes1
Awesome morning at MK!!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 You definitely got a bunch of stuff in before breakfast!

I know what you mean about the rides too. I'm still able to ride things multiple times, but last year we did ToT a few times back to back, and I felt it :sick: I think this trip may be one of my last times that I can pull it off :sad2:

5 more days!!! :cool1:

It feels weird to be going for such a short trip though. We have never gone for anything less that like 8 days :laughing: I think I am going to blink and it will be over.

It was an awesome morning! :goodvibes

You'll have to let me know if the shorter trip is worth it or not. How many days are you going for? We are considering a 5 or 6 day winter-hold-us-over trip, but I'm just not sure it will be worth it to justify the airfare for that short of a trip....:confused3

seacrestpromo
10-01-2011, 01:44 PM
Great update and pictures Shelly! I just love how you make us feel like we are right there with you on the trip. :)

Had an insanely busy week, so I wasn't on the boards much. Going to Walt Disney's favorite restaurant, the Tam O'Shanter tonight with my wife to celebrate my birthday - I turned 50 on Tuesday - looking forward to it!

Sea :cool1:

:cool1:Happy 40th Birthday Walt Disney World! October 1, 1971!:cool1:

rusafee1183
10-01-2011, 01:47 PM
I wish it included all spring!!! :headache: We were thinking about May or August......But now I find myself sitting here doing Disney math all morning and considering a "snowbird" trip......:rolleyes1


It was an awesome morning! :goodvibes

You'll have to let me know if the shorter trip is worth it or not. How many days are you going for? We are considering a 5 or 6 day winter-hold-us-over trip, but I'm just not sure it will be worth it to justify the airfare for that short of a trip....:confused3

We will have 4 full days there, we arrive Thurs night and leave Tues morning. I feel like if you have AP's, then it may be worth it if you can get a room discount.

But, for the shorter trips having to pay for tickets is SO annoying. It was over $600 for the 2 of us for 4 days. :scared1: I just kept thinking "Like $50 or $100 more would get us both 10 day tickets..." :sad2:

We aren't paying for the room at all though, so that helps us. I'm guessing that this trip is costing a little less than half of what a normal long trip to WDW would cost us, but that is because we aren't paying for lodging. If you can get something for free/already paid for/cheap I am guessing it would be worth it, but it's hard to say...

I'll let you know how I feel about mini trips when we get back. :thumbsup2 I'm still excited just to get a taste of the magic to hold me over for a little while :cloud9:

lala3291
10-01-2011, 03:22 PM
Oh Shelly, why did you have to tell me about those room discounts?:rotfl2:
Now I need to convince DH to take a trip in February! We were thinking of going in March, but with a 35% discount, February seems like a better option!
Thanks for the info!

ronnmel
10-01-2011, 04:14 PM
I too used to be able to do much bigger coasters or do them over and over again when I was a teenager, but not anymore. :sad2:

Other than that, what a productive start to the morning, even before breakfast!!

sjs314
10-01-2011, 05:44 PM
I wish it included all spring!!! :headache: We were thinking about May or August......But now I find myself sitting here doing Disney math all morning and considering a "snowbird" trip......:rolleyes1


It was an awesome morning! :goodvibes

You'll have to let me know if the shorter trip is worth it or not. How many days are you going for? We are considering a 5 or 6 day winter-hold-us-over trip, but I'm just not sure it will be worth it to justify the airfare for that short of a trip....:confused3

I think a "snowbird" trip sounds like fun as far as going for a shorter trip, this upcoming trip in March(5nights) will be the shortest we ever took when flying, I can certainly understand how the cost to fly for a family of 4 can make or break the budget for a short trip we have done 5 day trips before when we drove and quite honestly the first 3 days of any trip for me at least seem to last and last and then it seems like time speeds up and whether we have stayed for 5, 7 or 10 days the rest of the trip just flys by. Our last trip was 7 days and it did seem to go by a bit slower since we took our time more going back to the resort each afternoon so that each day almost seemed like 2 days, if that makes any sense.
I did do a weekend trip in January, 2006 Fri, Sat and Sunday, left around noon on Monday(resort day) and it was totally worth the airfare to getaway during the winter.

T*Bird
10-01-2011, 06:51 PM
Great update and pictures Shelly! I just love how you make us feel like we are right there with you on the trip. :)

Had an insanely busy week, so I wasn't on the boards much. Going to Walt Disney's favorite restaurant, the Tam O'Shanter tonight with my wife to celebrate my birthday - I turned 50 on Tuesday - looking forward to it!

Sea :cool1:

:cool1:Happy 40th Birthday Walt Disney World! October 1, 1971!:cool1:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SEA!!!!!! :bday:

Welcome to the 50+ club! :laughing:

DisMomAmy
10-02-2011, 08:41 AM
All caught up! Sorry you were disappointed with Via Napoli - I hope my family enjoys it in November because I really liked it when I went with my friend last fall.

I love the picture of you & your DH walking up Main Street holding hands. :goodvibes Looks like day 2 was off to a great start. :thumbsup2

rusafee1183
10-02-2011, 08:44 AM
It is WAY too cold to go outside today. So, I could really use a taste of Disney to inspire me to pack. :goodvibes

popcorn::

No pressure :laughing:

cyndiloveswalt
10-02-2011, 10:20 AM
We actually have a 4 night getaway booked for Jan (the kids have a 4 day weekend for MLK bday). But we are dvc members so we don't have to pay for the room and we have annual passes this year. So we really only had to pay for airfare and we got 2 1/2 of the tickets free with credit card points! So excited! We are staying at Wilderness Lodge for the first time. And it is a lso a suprise for the kids! They have no idea and won't know until we get to the airport.
We did Via Nappoli last year and the pizza was pretty good, but the calamari was the best i've ever had! It was expensive though! We didn't have a meal plan and a large pizza is around $40!

Momof2Disneyboys
10-02-2011, 01:26 PM
Great update and pictures Shelly! I just love how you make us feel like we are right there with you on the trip. :)

Had an insanely busy week, so I wasn't on the boards much. Going to Walt Disney's favorite restaurant, the Tam O'Shanter tonight with my wife to celebrate my birthday - I turned 50 on Tuesday - looking forward to it!

Sea :cool1:

:cool1:Happy 40th Birthday Walt Disney World! October 1, 1971!:cool1:

Thanks Sea! :goodvibes

How was your birthday dinner?

Happy Birthday Sea and WDW!!!! :cool1:

My baby turns 10 tomorrow. :sad:


We will have 4 full days there, we arrive Thurs night and leave Tues morning. I feel like if you have AP's, then it may be worth it if you can get a room discount.

But, for the shorter trips having to pay for tickets is SO annoying. It was over $600 for the 2 of us for 4 days. :scared1: I just kept thinking "Like $50 or $100 more would get us both 10 day tickets..." :sad2:

We aren't paying for the room at all though, so that helps us. I'm guessing that this trip is costing a little less than half of what a normal long trip to WDW would cost us, but that is because we aren't paying for lodging. If you can get something for free/already paid for/cheap I am guessing it would be worth it, but it's hard to say...

I'll let you know how I feel about mini trips when we get back. :thumbsup2 I'm still excited just to get a taste of the magic to hold me over for a little while :cloud9:

That's what I can't get past -- the park tix for a short trip. :scared1: Like you said for just a little bit more you can get 10 day tix. :upsidedow So between that and the airfare for 4 I don't think a short trip is in the cards for us right now...

I can't wait to hear about yours though!!! :yay:
Oh Shelly, why did you have to tell me about those room discounts?:rotfl2:
Now I need to convince DH to take a trip in February! We were thinking of going in March, but with a 35% discount, February seems like a better option!
Thanks for the info!

:laughing:

I hope you get something worked out! :wizard:

Momof2Disneyboys
10-02-2011, 01:32 PM
I too used to be able to do much bigger coasters or do them over and over again when I was a teenager, but not anymore. :sad2:

Other than that, what a productive start to the morning, even before breakfast!!

Yeah, I don't know what it is but more than once makes me feel yucky. :sick:

Yep - it was a very successful morning! :thumbsup2
I think a "snowbird" trip sounds like fun as far as going for a shorter trip, this upcoming trip in March(5nights) will be the shortest we ever took when flying, I can certainly understand how the cost to fly for a family of 4 can make or break the budget for a short trip we have done 5 day trips before when we drove and quite honestly the first 3 days of any trip for me at least seem to last and last and then it seems like time speeds up and whether we have stayed for 5, 7 or 10 days the rest of the trip just flys by. Our last trip was 7 days and it did seem to go by a bit slower since we took our time more going back to the resort each afternoon so that each day almost seemed like 2 days, if that makes any sense.
I did do a weekend trip in January, 2006 Fri, Sat and Sunday, left around noon on Monday(resort day) and it was totally worth the airfare to getaway during the winter.

I think if it were just 2 of us a short trip would be a good deal, but for 4 there's just no way around the park tix price and the airfare. :scared1:

And you are right -- the first few days are so great and seem to go on and on and then before you know it the rest of the days flew by and you wonder how it is that you are on the airplane back home...:confused:
All caught up! Sorry you were disappointed with Via Napoli - I hope my family enjoys it in November because I really liked it when I went with my friend last fall.

I love the picture of you & your DH walking up Main Street holding hands. :goodvibes Looks like day 2 was off to a great start. :thumbsup2

I hope your family enjoys VN!! :wizard:

Thanks, it was a great morning. :goodvibes

Momof2Disneyboys
10-02-2011, 01:36 PM
It is WAY too cold to go outside today. So, I could really use a taste of Disney to inspire me to pack. :goodvibes

popcorn::

No pressure :laughing:


It sure is. 43 and raining here. Thank goodness they cancelled DS's soccer game. It seriously feels like it could snow. :eek:

I wasn't going to do an update today, but since you asked so nicely and need inspired to pack I'll see what I can do!!! :rotfl:

We actually have a 4 night getaway booked for Jan (the kids have a 4 day weekend for MLK bday). But we are dvc members so we don't have to pay for the room and we have annual passes this year. So we really only had to pay for airfare and we got 2 1/2 of the tickets free with credit card points! So excited! We are staying at Wilderness Lodge for the first time. And it is a lso a suprise for the kids! They have no idea and won't know until we get to the airport.
We did Via Nappoli last year and the pizza was pretty good, but the calamari was the best i've ever had! It was expensive though! We didn't have a meal plan and a large pizza is around $40!

Wow that will be an awesome trip, especially with all the good deals you are getting! :thumbsup2

Yep, the VN pizza is very expensive. I'd rather get a $20 pizza over on the BW, it's much better too!!

Momof2Disneyboys
10-02-2011, 01:41 PM
When I left off we were heading to the Crystal Palace for our 10:20am breakfast ADR.

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We got checked in and were seated in about 10 minutes.

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Tigger was nearing the table, so we waited for him before we went up for any food.

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After a little visit with him we headed up for some breakfast!

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Some of the things we brought back to the table!

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Pretty soon Piglet came over.

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Then it was time for the character parade. DS12 joined in! DS9 was being a grump and would go.

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We were about finished and Eeyore was getting close, so we waited on him.

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Pooh was still on the other side of the room and we had been in there for an hour at this point, so we decided not to wait. So we finished up, paid our bill, and headed out.

Service and food and characters were awesome as always at Crystal Palace.

Total Bill: $87.29
Rating: 9 out of 10



Up Next: Adventureland is calling!

T*Bird
10-02-2011, 01:50 PM
Aw, your DS9 is going to be DS10 tomorrow! I know it is happy/sad all rolled into one. But no matter how old he is, he'll still be your baby. Mine are in their 20's, but I still think of them as my babies. :love: How does he want to celebrate his day?

I can't believe how cold it is up where you are! I wish we were a little cooler down here. We've had a beautiful weekend, but a little cooler would be even better.

T*Bird
10-02-2011, 01:57 PM
Boy, you were quick with that update! :thumbsup2 I just love the way CP looks. I think I'd go there even if the food wasn't good. We've never been for breakfast, and I think I would like that the best. Everything on your plates looks delicious! (better be good, at $80+ :eek:)

Love the pics of Tigger with the boys! Now you see 'em, now you don't!

Momof2Disneyboys
10-02-2011, 02:13 PM
Aw, your DS9 is going to be DS10 tomorrow! I know it is happy/sad all rolled into one. But no matter how old he is, he'll still be your baby. Mine are in their 20's, but I still think of them as my babies. :love: How does he want to celebrate his day?

I can't believe how cold it is up where you are! I wish we were a little cooler down here. We've had a beautiful weekend, but a little cooler would be even better.

Yep - they are still my babies, whether they want to be or not!! :rotfl:

We wanted a new DSi for his birthday, so we went and got that yesterday. And went to Red Lobster for dinner. And then to Burger King for lunch today. And I made him a cake and we will have that a little later!

It is freezing up here!!!! :sad2:
Boy, you were quick with that update! :thumbsup2 I just love the way CP looks. I think I'd go there even if the food wasn't good. We've never been for breakfast, and I think I would like that the best. Everything on your plates looks delicious! (better be good, at $80+ :eek:)

Love the pics of Tigger with the boys! Now you see 'em, now you don't!


It is really nice in the CP. :goodvibes Always so bright and cheery and fun!

But yes, expensive. :scared1: We made sure to go there during the part of the trip we had the DDP! :thumbsup2

rusafee1183
10-02-2011, 02:35 PM
Thanks for the update Shelly! :banana:

I have never been to CP for breakfast, just once for lunch - but it was great! I love how much variety they have there. And you're right, the atmosphere is always bright and cheery in there. :cool1:

And look how full DS9's plate is!! I bet you were so proud of him! :rotfl:


I started packing today. Since it's freezing outside we have been cleaning and doing laundry and it's been going straight into the bag. We are doing carry on only this trip, so I am trying to be smart about how much I bring.

I bought a soft sided bag with wheels from the Sunglasses and Totes store at Tanger that I am hoping will fit once it's full. It's my first time using it to fly and it looks a little big, so I hope they don't make me check it :eek:

Mom&RN
10-02-2011, 03:50 PM
I love Crystal Palace, Pooh and friends are my personal favorites. I still have my very well loved stuffed Pooh that I got when I was one and lets just say that was a LONG time ago. We haven't been in several years because my son got "too cool" for characters but he's outgrown that embarrased about everything phase now so looking forward to going back to CP next visit. We won't be going back till 2013 (unfortunately) as I'm graduating from Nurse Practitioner school in Dec '12 and my son (gasp) will be graduating from high school in May '13 so we'll have a big graduation bash trip.

Momof2Disneyboys
10-02-2011, 04:28 PM
Thanks for the update Shelly! :banana:

I have never been to CP for breakfast, just once for lunch - but it was great! I love how much variety they have there. And you're right, the atmosphere is always bright and cheery in there. :cool1:

And look how full DS9's plate is!! I bet you were so proud of him! :rotfl:


I started packing today. Since it's freezing outside we have been cleaning and doing laundry and it's been going straight into the bag. We are doing carry on only this trip, so I am trying to be smart about how much I bring.

I bought a soft sided bag with wheels from the Sunglasses and Totes store at Tanger that I am hoping will fit once it's full. It's my first time using it to fly and it looks a little big, so I hope they don't make me check it :eek:

You're welcome! :goodvibes

I think any meal at CP is a good one! :thumbsup2

Well woohoo for starting to pack!!! :cool1: I would have been done weeks ago, but whatever......:rolleyes1:rotfl:

Ooohh I just love bags from Sunglasses & Totes! Mine was stuffed full and they didn't make me check it.
I love Crystal Palace, Pooh and friends are my personal favorites. I still have my very well loved stuffed Pooh that I got when I was one and lets just say that was a LONG time ago. We haven't been in several years because my son got "too cool" for characters but he's outgrown that embarrassed about everything phase now so looking forward to going back to CP next visit. We won't be going back till 2013 (unfortunately) as I'm graduating from Nurse Practitioner school in Dec '12 and my son (gasp) will be graduating from high school in May '13 so we'll have a big graduation bash trip.

Luckily DS12 is only embarrassed of those types of things around here. For now! I guess he figures he doesn't know anyone at WDW so he doesn't need to act cool. :cool2:

:laughing:

That is going to be an awesome graduation trip for you and your DS!! :cool1:

sjs314
10-02-2011, 04:44 PM
Happy 10th B-Day to your DS!

Love the update and pics of Crystal Palace. It is the one Character Meal I can take DH to without any complaints, in fact when I was planning the trip with my DS and his wife in 2010 he requested CP cause he loves Pooh, Tigger and Piglet and he was 40 at the time.

I think it is great that your DS can get "into" Disney while there, mine were always the same way , it may not have been cool at home to do some of the things or hug a character but they were fine with it while at Disney. I have read some reports where the older kids in a family pout the entire trip and I think that would just drive me totally crazy.

rusafee1183
10-02-2011, 06:16 PM
Well woohoo for starting to pack!!! :cool1: I would have been done weeks ago, but whatever......:rolleyes1:rotfl:

Ooohh I just love bags from Sunglasses & Totes! Mine was stuffed full and they didn't make me check it.


Is your bag the one with the wheels, and has an extendable handle?

:laughing: I know you would have been done packing forever ago. I am usually in that club too. This is the longest I have ever waited to pack.:confused: I normally would have started weeks ago, I guess I just didn't want to over do it. :confused3

And I feel super unprepared for this trip. We're kind of flying by the seat of our pants this time. :eek:

Disney Mommy 3
10-02-2011, 07:57 PM
:cake::bday:party:Happy Birthday to your baby!!!!!

RinkyTinkyTinky
10-02-2011, 09:13 PM
Wow, I got behind quick over here!

First off, Happy Birthday to your DS!!! I can't believe you now have 2 double digit boys! :eek:

CP looks really yummy! We enjoyed eating there too. That breakfast pizza is good stuff.

I LOVE that picture of Tigger grabbing both your boys by the head! :rotfl: That is just too darn cute!

Pluto_fan
10-03-2011, 02:48 AM
Happy Birthday DS10!!

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Mndisneygirl
10-03-2011, 12:03 PM
Oh, I've been remiss in my DISing lately! My own TR is suffering - I have like one day left to do, and it's been forever. You'll probably finish yours before I finish my March trip! :laughing:
I saw the VISA offer for Jan/feb and want to go so badly! But we have DVC so the room offers don't do much for us anymore. I wish they had good ticket discounts instead! Like BOGO Free! HA!

Happy birthday to your DS! - you need to update your signature now!

Those short trips are tough, but totally worth it!! We have rarely stayed more than 6 nights ever! A lot of times, 4 or 5 days is enough to get us through until the next time. But we don't always fly either. So we're spending two to three days driving. I'd rather fly. Why do things have to be so darn expensive???

Lovemy3babes
10-03-2011, 12:25 PM
I love Crystal Palace! The food is so yummy. Breakfast is the only meal we haven't eaten there yet. It has to go on the list! :thumbsup2

Happy Birthday to your son, Shelly! :goodvibes

lala3291
10-03-2011, 12:28 PM
Happy, happy birthday to your DS, Shelly! I hope that he has a super day!:goodvibes

rusafee1183
10-03-2011, 02:49 PM
Happy birthday to Shelly's DS10!!!

party:party:party:

Momof2Disneyboys
10-03-2011, 04:15 PM
Happy 10th B-Day to your DS!

Love the update and pics of Crystal Palace. It is the one Character Meal I can take DH to without any complaints, in fact when I was planning the trip with my DS and his wife in 2010 he requested CP cause he loves Pooh, Tigger and Piglet and he was 40 at the time.

I think it is great that your DS can get "into" Disney while there, mine were always the same way , it may not have been cool at home to do some of the things or hug a character but they were fine with it while at Disney. I have read some reports where the older kids in a family pout the entire trip and I think that would just drive me totally crazy.

Thanks Sheila! :goodvibes

Yep - CP is great no matter what age you are!!

I know what you mean, I have seen older kids acting all sulky at WDW and it drives me crazy!! :headache:


Is your bag the one with the wheels, and has an extendable handle?

:laughing: I know you would have been done packing forever ago. I am usually in that club too. This is the longest I have ever waited to pack.:confused: I normally would have started weeks ago, I guess I just didn't want to over do it. :confused3

And I feel super unprepared for this trip. We're kind of flying by the seat of our pants this time. :eek:

Yep - it has wheels & the extendable handle. It's black with pink polka dots! I love it!

I wondered what was up with you....You better not be turning to the dark side of the procrastinators!!! :scared1:

:cake::bday:party:Happy Birthday to your baby!!!!!

Thanks Shawna!! :)

Momof2Disneyboys
10-03-2011, 04:21 PM
Wow, I got behind quick over here!

First off, Happy Birthday to your DS!!! I can't believe you now have 2 double digit boys! :eek:

CP looks really yummy! We enjoyed eating there too. That breakfast pizza is good stuff.

I LOVE that picture of Tigger grabbing both your boys by the head! :rotfl: That is just too darn cute!

Thanks -- yep, double digits. Their getting to be old men. :rotfl:

CP is always so good and fun! :cool1:
Happy Birthday DS10!!

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Thanks Kathy!! :goodvibes

Oh, I've been remiss in my DISing lately! My own TR is suffering - I have like one day left to do, and it's been forever. You'll probably finish yours before I finish my March trip! :laughing:
I saw the VISA offer for Jan/feb and want to go so badly! But we have DVC so the room offers don't do much for us anymore. I wish they had good ticket discounts instead! Like BOGO Free! HA!

Happy birthday to your DS! - you need to update your signature now!

Those short trips are tough, but totally worth it!! We have rarely stayed more than 6 nights ever! A lot of times, 4 or 5 days is enough to get us through until the next time. But we don't always fly either. So we're spending two to three days driving. I'd rather fly. Why do things have to be so darn expensive???

Well you better get your behind on the DIS more often!! I know some of us are anxiously awaiting the rest of your TR!

Thanks -- Just updated it! :thumbsup2

Yeah, I tried and tried but I just couldn't get a Jan/Feb trip to work out. Everything is just so dang expensive. :headache:

Momof2Disneyboys
10-03-2011, 04:25 PM
I love Crystal Palace! The food is so yummy. Breakfast is the only meal we haven't eaten there yet. It has to go on the list! :thumbsup2

Happy Birthday to your son, Shelly! :goodvibes

We have done breakfast and dinner there, both are very good. :thumbsup2

Thanks Kelli! :)
Happy, happy birthday to your DS, Shelly! I hope that he has a super day!:goodvibes

Thanks Lauren! :goodvibes
Happy birthday to Shelly's DS10!!!

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Thanks Heather! :)



DS is loving all these great birthday wishes!!!! :cool1:

JoBird
10-03-2011, 04:59 PM
Well poop I'm behind. :rotfl: Dont hate me b/c I procrastinate.

I did send Bday wishes already but Belle and MC and Drew send big fat birthday hugs and pinches to the Birthday boy!!!! :banana:
Hope he has had a great celebration so far!

Your CP breakfast looked so good minus the eggs... :laughing:
And that Picture of Tigger with the boys is adorable. I love it!

Great update once again! :)

Momof2Disneyboys
10-03-2011, 05:04 PM
Well poop I'm behind. :rotfl: Dont hate me b/c I procrastinate.

I did send Bday wishes already but Belle and MC and Drew send big fat birthday hugs and pinches to the Birthday boy!!!! :banana:
Hope he has had a great celebration so far!

Your CP breakfast looked so good minus the eggs... :laughing:
And that Picture of Tigger with the boys is adorable. I love it!

Great update once again! :)


Procrastinating...or shopping....:rolleyes1:laughing:

Ah, tell the kids thanks! :grouphug:

You would totally be grossed out by CP!! :scared1::rotfl: Belle would love it though!

Disney Mommy 3
10-03-2011, 05:07 PM
Shelly...was just thinking about you..I just did a bid on ebay *and WON* for a batch of pins to trade on the next trip...under $20 for a mix of 25 pins!!! with freeeee shipping! They should be here within 10 days:banana:
You are the only person I know who has done this for pins!! LOL...I knew you would celebrate with me!!!

Momof2Disneyboys
10-03-2011, 05:10 PM
Shelly...was just thinking about you..I just did a bid on ebay *and WON* for a batch of pins to trade on the next trip...under $20 for a mix of 25 pins!!! with freeeee shipping! They should be here within 10 days:banana:
You are the only person I know who has done this for pins!! LOL...I knew you would celebrate with me!!!


Awesome!! :woohoo: Congrats! Ebay is the best way to get trader pins. We usually even get some keepers! :thumbsup2

jbmom
10-03-2011, 05:13 PM
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To ds10! My youngest will be 10 soon too, but before that my oldest ds will be 13.:sick:

Crystal Palace breakfast is the only buffet we go to. Ds loves the strawberries with whipped cream and the breakfast pizza so its always his pick even though they are way past the Winnie the Pooh characters. Don't believe the wait staff when they tell you the orange juice is fresh squeezed from a nearby farm, I saw him pouring minute maid into the carafe!:rotfl2:

Seeing the Magic Kingdom so empty makes me smile. I love the end of August crowds!

Momof2Disneyboys
10-03-2011, 05:18 PM
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To ds10! My youngest will be 10 soon too, but before that my oldest ds will be 13.:sick:

Crystal Palace breakfast is the only buffet we go to. Ds loves the strawberries with whipped cream and the breakfast pizza so its always his pick even though they are way past the Winnie the Pooh characters. Don't believe the wait staff when they tell you the orange juice is fresh squeezed from a nearby farm, I saw him pouring minute maid into the carafe!:rotfl2:

Seeing the Magic Kingdom so empty makes me smile. I love the end of August crowds!


Thanks for the awesome birthday banner!! :cool1:

Luckily my DS12 won't be 13 until next spring. I am totally not ready for a teenager. :upsidedow

My kids pick CP for the buffet too, not the characters. But at least they humored me and had their pictures taken with them!

That is funny about the orange juice. :rotfl:

The late August crowds (or lack thereof) were great! :yay:

seacrestpromo
10-04-2011, 01:23 PM
Thank you for the birthday wishes - happy birthday to your son! 10 years old is amazing!!!

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. I posted up pictures on the Mayers thread here: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42844137&postcount=1229

Thanks Sea! :goodvibes

How was your birthday dinner?

Happy Birthday Sea and WDW!!!! :cool1:

My baby turns 10 tomorrow. :sad:

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Great update on the CP breakfast. I agree, that is a really good picture of your boys and Tigger, it needs to be printed, framed and displayed.

Sea :cool1:

Momof2Disneyboys
10-04-2011, 02:43 PM
Thank you for the birthday wishes - happy birthday to your son! 10 years old is amazing!!!

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. I posted up pictures on the Mayers thread here: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42844137&postcount=1229



Great update on the CP breakfast. I agree, that is a really good picture of your boys and Tigger, it needs to be printed, framed and displayed.

Sea :cool1:

Looks like a great time and a yummy dinner you had for your birthday! :cool1:

Thanks -- we got lots of great pics of the kids on this trip!! :thumbsup2

Momof2Disneyboys
10-04-2011, 02:55 PM
We hadn't originally planned to stay too long after our breakfast at Crystal Palace because of the heat. But MK was so slow that day and we were dealing well with the heat, so we decided to keep going.

So off to the POTC we went! And there was no wait!!

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We enjoyed a refreshing ride on the POTC and even got a little wet. We stopped for a quick sword battle and then were on our way to Frontierland.

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Yes, more construction. :sad2:

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We (DS12 and I) thought about Splash Mtn, but is had a 20 minute wait and BTMRR didn't have a wait at all so we decided on that instead! DS10 decided to join us. DH and Hernia Harry decided to sit this one out.

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DS12 enjoyed it very much, but DS10 didn't think it was so great. :confused3

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After big thunder we met back up with DH and we went over to the HM.

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DS12 doesn't care for the HM, so him and DH walked around and went in a few shops in Liberty Square while DS10 and I took a ride on HM.

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DS10 just loves that ride. And there are no surprises when riding it with him. He narrates the whole way through and tells you what is coming up next! :rolleyes::rotfl:

After that we found DH & DS12 and we all decided we had enough for the day and were going to shop our way down main street and then head back to CBR for a bit.

But, not before stopping at Casey's Corner for some of those famous mini corndogs!! The kids just love them. And even though we were all still very full from our late breakfast we had to stop and get some for them because Casey's was closing for a renovation in a few days and we wouldn't be back to MK before then.

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