View Full Version : Beach Club Birthday Bash!!!! Oct. 10 – 15, 2011 (Picture Infused!!!)

10-16-2011, 11:00 AM
This will be my first "in-depth" trip report. Not my total first, because I've done a slight photo report for a Disney Magic cruise ( Here!!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2321827) ). And "in-depth" because it might not be as detailed as some of the other reports here. But we'll see . ;)

Also a point to note..... We're Local!!!! We also have annual passes. So there will not be tons of adventure packed into every second of our trip. This is just our little StayCation of sorts. But I hope you enjoy reading through our little experience anyhow. And the 'We' are me (Scott - 31), my DW Mollie (a lady never tells.... A.k.A a smart husband never tells), and our DD Samantha(1).

We'll be checking in on Oct. 10, and checking out on Oct. 14. When did we book??? You'd have to ask the wife. How much did it cost??? Nunya.... as in nunya business. Plus, you'd also have to ask the wife (I like to keep my cringe moments at a minimum). We did score a nice little discount from her Cousin who’s a long time CM though. Every little bit helps.

This is our first stay at the Beach Club. We have had quick visits to the resort, in the past.... the chocolate carousel during the Holidays, and trying to conquer the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream. So this will be the first time to really see what the resort has to offer. This is also a combination celebration trip for our DD’s birthday (the 5th) and my wife’s birthday (the 25th)

So what do the locals look forward to when taking a Disney vacation??? Well, my wife absolutely can't wait to check out the 'Forbidden Pool' (and yes, some CM's refer to it as that). And on that pool note, I have to make a point to say 'Hello' to the pool manager, Christina. I actually work with her Aunt. We will also be doing a few characters meals that we haven't experienced before. And since I'm into photography, I'll be looking forward to doing some photo outings, especially at night. Other than that, we’ll just go with the flow, and have a stress-free week.

10-16-2011, 02:08 PM
Day 1: Beach Club Bound

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IMG_9952 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottrsmith/6248869408/) by Scott Smith (SRisonS) (http://www.flickr.com/people/scottrsmith/), on Flickr

We checked-in online, the day before; so hopefully everything is nice and smooth for when we arrive. Check-in is around 3, but we might test our luck on our room being ready before then.

So it's 9 AM right now, and my wife is doing some final checks.... where our room will be located (we will have a pool or water view.... Couldn't get the less expensive view for some reason.). Also checking EMH's (I smell solo night shooting at the parks :) ). And our daughter is currently exploring the living room as she's just starting to do military crawls (those knees will be under her sooner or later... yes, she's a little of a late bloomer in the crawling world).

Alright, time to boogie!!!! So after a strenuous 35 minute drive with no traffic, we finally arrive a little after check-in time. James at the gate was a jerk; but everyone else we ran into during our process was quite nice. And yes, online check-in made things a lot easier. Now we head up to our room to check out our water view.... and WOW.... we really landed quite the spot!!!!! Looking out over the lake with a great head-on angle of the Boardwalk. Quite impressive!!!! We only have a standing balcony, which I’ve never experienced before. But it’s still nice anyway. Any time I’d spend out there would be by myself anyhow. So no biggie.

Our View!!!!!!!

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A View To A Kill...er Boardwalk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottrsmith/6250187469/) by Scott Smith (SRisonS) (http://www.flickr.com/people/scottrsmith/), on Flickr

A few pics of the room....

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IMG_9906 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottrsmith/6248868618/) by Scott Smith (SRisonS) (http://www.flickr.com/people/scottrsmith/), on Flickr

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IMG_9949 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottrsmith/6248869104/) by Scott Smith (SRisonS) (http://www.flickr.com/people/scottrsmith/), on Flickr

And a quick note on those birthday buttons: Just from our experience during the past week or 2, not all CM's are versed in the Art of Button writing. It would be nice if the ones that hand them out daily knew about just little details here and there; but some don't write anything at all. This one was done during check-in. And we also had one beautifully done up at Guest Services, in the MK Main Street hub. But at Chef Mickey's the week before, they were hesitant to even just write the name at all. We finally got someone there to do it, but there was no razzle dazzle, and it was just very plain writing..... and off-centered at that (the reason we had one made at MK). To complicate this button quest story a little more: The reason we even asked the Chef Mickey's CM to make one up, was because my mother-in-law picked up a button in the MK a few days before; and she had to fill it out herself.. WITH THEIR MARKER!!!!!!! We were thinking the Chef Mickey's crew could add that Disney touch. But no go. :sad2:

10-16-2011, 08:24 PM
So we spend the rest of the day in quite a laid back manner. We take a walk around the Boardwalk.... we grab lunch at Beaches & Cream (the hot dogs are really good)... Our DD is making quite the impression on the people there.... We take a quick stroll around Epcot's World Showcase (I even promised to not take pictures; which is pretty hard for me to do)... My wife gets ice cream at Beaches.... My wife and daughter stick their feet in the pool for a few minutes.... We go back to the room to fully unpack (something we rarely do).... Then we get some rest. Well... Let me clarify that. My DW and DD go to bed, while I head out to play!!!! (i.e. Walk around and take pictures of the YC/BC/Boardwalk area) :)

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10-17-2011, 10:51 PM
So my idea for picture taking tonight is something I started doing with our stay at Port Orleans French Quarter, a few months ago. For the most part, it's a scouting mission. I do have my low light/nighttime lens (Sigma 30mm f/1.4) equipped for some handheld shots here and there. But I really wanna scope out areas to shoot from for when I bring out my tripod. Doing this split type of night shooting also keeps me from having to keep changing lenses during my outing. Which is something that can get very tiresome when you're really shooting on-the-fly and always going for different looks. So my scouting shoot is done around Midnight. Time to get some rest for our 1st character meal of the trip!!!

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IMG_9995 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottrsmith/6255706669/) by Scott Smith (SRisonS) (http://www.flickr.com/people/scottrsmith/), on Flickr

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Extra scouting pic added....

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Low Angle Lighthouse (http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottrsmith/6257338770/) by Scott Smith (SRisonS) (http://www.flickr.com/people/scottrsmith/), on Flickr

Uncle Greg
10-18-2011, 09:35 PM

Being a huge fan of your photographic style, I can't wait to see everything you captured.

I'm guessing this trip is why you didn't show for the 40th meet-up.

10-18-2011, 10:14 PM
I am so into this TR! Love your pics - your daughter is absolutely adorable :love: I would love to borrow your pic of the view of the Boardwalk for my screensaver - pretty please?!!! I have stayed at BWV four times and on our last trip, we decided Beach Club was a must on our next trip. We usually rent points but weren't excited about the view from that side of the BC resort so may have to wait until we can score a great discount to hope for as good as view as you got.

10-18-2011, 10:55 PM
Me too !! I love your photos !!

Marlton Mom
10-19-2011, 10:15 AM
Hey Scott,

Do you mind if I post a link to your trip report over on the Yacht Club/Beach Club FAQ thread? We would love to see it over there!

Thanks for doing a trip report. The pictures are great and your daughter is beyond cute!

~Marlton Mom

10-19-2011, 10:30 AM
Hi! I'm joining in! Your DD is too cute! And your photos are beautiful! :thumbsup2

10-21-2011, 09:56 AM
Thanks all!!!!!


Being a huge fan of your photographic style, I can't wait to see everything you captured.

I'm guessing this trip is why you didn't show for the 40th meet-up.

Actually, I wasn't there because we celebrating our DD's 1st birthday with family and friends (her bday is officially the 5th). Great timing, huh!?!?!

I am so into this TR! Love your pics - your daughter is absolutely adorable :love: I would love to borrow your pic of the view of the Boardwalk for my screensaver - pretty please?!!! I have stayed at BWV four times and on our last trip, we decided Beach Club was a must on our next trip. We usually rent points but weren't excited about the view from that side of the BC resort so may have to wait until we can score a great discount to hope for as good as view as you got.

Sure, use away!!!!!

Hey Scott,

Do you mind if I post a link to your trip report over on the Yacht Club/Beach Club FAQ thread? We would love to see it over there!

Thanks for doing a trip report. The pictures are great and your daughter is beyond cute!

~Marlton Mom

I don't mind it at all.

10-23-2011, 03:18 PM
Day 2: Escape from the Hundred Acre Wood

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Tuesday arrives, and we have a 10:30 appointment to meet Pooh and Friends for breakfast at Crystal Palace. So we wake up at 7:30, with no real pressure to get to Magic Kingdom for rope drop. But we're feelin' good, and NEVER make it for opening; so we decide "what the 'hey', let's get there early". So even without feeling like we're rushing, we actually leave the room after an hour.... and yes, that's with the 1 year old in tow. We were sort of thinking on driving, but my wife knows how I HATE dealing with the stroller when having to use the newer trams with the doors. So we opt on waiting for the bus. And as luck would have it, the bus is already there. We hop on; and after a quick stop at the Boardwalk Inn, we're on our way to the Magic Kingdom!!!

DD’s first ride on the Disney bus…
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We make great time on arriving, and get through Security just as the opening ceremony is about to start. I've seen this ceremony a couple of times before, but it was nice to see my DD finally getting a chance to take it all in. She didn't really react to it, but it still kept her attention. I was even happy to catch it on video..... but would've been happier if the video camera lens wasn't fogged-up. :( I kinda thought something was up, while shooting the video; but I just thought it was the early morning light hitting the LCD screen in a weird way. And it sucks, because earlier that morning, I was constantly clearing the fog off or my regular camera.

Anyway.... We enter the park, and our mission is simple...... Dumbo and Peter Pan. Being local is great, because when the lines are too long, you know you can just try your luck another day. And Peter Pan is one of those rides we usually skip out on. It's always long, and it's not a really "fast moving” line. So it's almost always 'another dayer'. Sure, we could get FastPasses, but we more or less just like to go with the flow. No stressing out or staying very long. But with being in the park so early, there's no way we couldn't go on it. Next up, as mentioned, was our daughter's favorite ride (we think.... since she can't tell us); Dumbo. We had taken her on it for the first time, a week prior. And she just CRIED when she had to leave Dumbo behind. This time was no exception. (She's usually almost always incredibly happy, btw) She's at the moment in her young life where she starts to whine when something is taken from her. It's one thing if she's doing something inappropriate. But in the case of her Flying Elephant friend, it's a little heartbreaking. We figured that she probably likes this ride so much because it's one of the only ones she's been on where she can actively control something. She likes to move the lever up and down (with a little help from my wife), and just look around as she's flying through the air. So debarking the ride is like taking a huge toy from her, when she's properly enjoying it. And it's sad to see those tears run down that cute little face. :( [I'll gladly be taking donations for the Endless Elephant Encounter Fund… to give Samantha the chance to build her very own flying companion. ;) ]

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Quick Note: This ride also gives the best views for the Fantasyland Expansion. So what if the Cast Members wonder why you keep riding Dumbo over and over…. and you’re a childless 40-year old!?!?! You’re a child at heart… that’s what you tell them.

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10-24-2011, 12:10 PM
Your pictures are amazing! I wish I had the skill (and patience) to set up shots like these.

Your daughter is adorable! Did she enjoy her ice cream at Beaches and Cream?

Can't wait to read more!

10-26-2011, 03:01 PM
Your pictures are amazing! I wish I had the skill (and patience) to set up shots like these.

Your daughter is adorable! Did she enjoy her ice cream at Beaches and Cream?

Can't wait to read more!


But she doesn't get her own ice cream yet. Every once in a while, we'll give her a taste though. And she already seems to really enjoy ice cream. We might have to watch out for her. ;)

10-26-2011, 03:05 PM
I'm here! Your pictures are AMAZING! :worship:

10-26-2011, 03:30 PM
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So our ADR is fast approaching; and it's time to head to Crystal Palace. We're summoned after only a couple of minutes, and now it's time to chow down!!! Most of the food wasn't anything extraordinary; but there was this Peach Cobbler bread pudding thing that was EXCELLENT, and the children's cinnamon French toast was quite nice as well.... and I'm talking about for me, not for my daughter. But the real fun occurred when the characters came around. Now my daughter has been exposed to the Disney in-person characters since she was a couple of months old, and has never had a problem with any of them. Even this day, when she would see them across the room, she would stare and point; as in happy anticipation of their arrival. But when they eventually came to our table, that's when the escape maneuvers were set in motion. She didn't totally dislike or fear them (Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore); but she didn't seem to want to be around them for very long. That is why this meal will now be referred to as "Escape From the Hundred Acre Wood"!!! I gotta admit though, this was a pretty amusing sight (little did we know that there would be even more character amusement, later in the trip). Poor Tigger got the worst of it. She gave him a couple of shoves, and also tried to throw a kick!!!! The guy at the table next to me even mentioned how that would be a classic set of shots. And as a true photog, I did manage to get some good evidence. I even showed that gentlemen the Tigger shot. I just hope I don’t sound like ‘one of those parents’, because I was so amused by what happened with Tigger. But at least she’s not 10 and doing this. She’s still a baby. So no real harm done.

The Evidence…….

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Oh no!!!!! Not Him Again!!!!!

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10-26-2011, 03:34 PM
After spending just a little more time at the park, we head back to the hotel. My in-laws would be over soon, and we could finally get a chance to REALLY check out the Stormalong Bay pool. Access to this pool area is definitely restricted to guests of the Yacht & Beach Club. There are only a few entrance points, and they check room keys for each individual. They then give you a wrist band; and wrist band colors switch from day to day. But after a certain point in the evening (around 6’ish, perhaps), they no longer check keys; and pretty much anyone can enter. [Purposely omitted additional pool access info…. 3 guests…. 2 non-guests… shhhh!!!!] I'm not much of a swimmer (aka: I don't swim at all... I just walk around and bob in the water), but I quite enjoyed this outdoor pool complex. The water was a tad bit cooler than I expected, but the sand bottoms were a nice unique touch. There are 3 pools that make up Stormalong bay: the average one that goes about 5 ft at its deepest; a smaller lazy rizer type of pool, which goes to around 8 ft; then a children’s pool that’s about 4 ft(?) at the deep end, but goes to a nice wet sand area where people can sit and play. Near the main pool, lifeguards and other CM’s occasionally have different activities going on. There’s some music & dancing… Disney trivia… a Lifeguard dance line… some other stuff with big plastic building blocks (whatever they were working on seem to keep falling down, so I don’t know officially what they were trying to do)… etc… To wrap up the evening, we grab ice cream at Beaches & Cream, and spent a little more poolside time with some other local family members. Now back to the room for us.... but back for another nighttime photo outing for me. Oooo... And on a quick note, the New England Clam Chowder at the Beach Club Marketplace is REALLY good!!!! My wife got that for dinner, and let me have her sample portion (yes, they were nice and offered a sample, in case she thought it would be too fishy... Which it wasn't at all)

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10-29-2011, 10:26 PM
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So tonight, it was time to break out the tripod. I sort of picked out some shots I wanted to get, from the night before; but I pretty much just went with the flow. I was able to shoot for about 10 minutes at Stormalong Bay, before getting kicked out (closing time); but continued to get a few shots from just outside the roped off area. I'm sure I seemed desperate to get pool shots from this outer area, but I was going for a creative view. So I could see myself shooting from that spot even if the pool was still open. Afterwards, I made my way to the lighthouse, the Yacht Club, and eventually over to the Dolphin. Sure, I got a few pictures of the Dolphin at night; but I was quite intrigued by a glass that someone had left on the bridge that links the Boardwalk to the Swan & Dolphin. The glass was half empty with a lime at bottom; and was sitting on top of a pillar to the bridge railing. I'm always on the lookout for unique shot opportunities like this (without actually setting up anything myself); so it was fun spending quite a bit of time with this prop, with the Boardwalk Inn in the background.

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One of the unique situations you sometimes run into when walking around with your "big camera", is when an alcohol induced person asks you if you want to take their picture. It happened twice to me while on this bridge. First, there were a group of 3 young ladies who asked. I kinda smiled and didn't say anything. Next, there were these 2 couples (well, 2 ladies and 2 guys anyway), and one of the women asked. I actually tried to take her picture, just for the heck of it. I attempted this without holding the camera up and focusing it on her (so 'from the hip', for you photogs our there), but the camera didn't fire (night shots like this can be iffy sometimes). I mainly did it for her amusement though. Plus, it would’ve been a cool photo memento from my nightly shooting. Oh well, maybe next time.... and I KNOW there will be a next time (hmmm… maybe a new photo series in the works). And in case you're wondering, all of these people were headed towards Jellyrolls. I can only imagine how many requests I would get if I was over there AFTER Jellyrolls closed!?!?!?! So after spending just a little more time at the Boardwalk itself, it was time to head back 'home'. We had another character breakfast lined up for tomorrow.

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10-30-2011, 09:39 AM
Your daughter is adorable, especially that she cries when she has to get off Dumbo! Too cute! That will make quite the story when she is older. And of course, your pictures are spectacular!

10-30-2011, 03:37 PM
I'm in...love your photos!

10-30-2011, 08:31 PM
Oh my goodness! I love your pics!!! What great concepts you get - I would hire you in a minute to tag along on our next trip :)

10-31-2011, 04:06 PM
Your pictures are some of the most incredible I've ever seen. :worship:

10-31-2011, 04:25 PM
I just realized I forgot to subscribe and missed some of your updates! bad Diser! :D

The pics from Crystal Palace are funny! "I want Tigger!" "Ahh! Giant Tigger!" On the Keys to the Kingdom tour the tour guides spoke about this, apparently the poor characters have some really rough days.

I hate to say it again, but I can't help it... I love these photographs!

11-01-2011, 11:53 PM
Scott -

I've been a fan of your POTD posts for awhile and am enjoying your trip report. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us! Samantha is growing up fast. I remember when you posted the first pic of her a year ago :)

As always, you do an incredible job of taking the "ordinary" Disney shot and making it extraoridinary!

Great photos of the Fantasyland expansion as well - it's fun to see the progress.

11-02-2011, 08:55 AM
What a lovely family you have! I am enjoying your pictures so much; they are truly amazing. I've never stayed at the Beach Club, but am considering it for my 50th birthday trip next year. I've subbed so I don't miss any of your wonderful shots.

11-15-2011, 10:16 PM
Thanks for the great comments everyone!!!!! :thumbsup2

11-15-2011, 10:17 PM
Scott -

I've been a fan of your POTD posts for awhile and am enjoying your trip report. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us! Samantha is growing up fast. I remember when you posted the first pic of her a year ago :)

As always, you do an incredible job of taking the "ordinary" Disney shot and making it extraoridinary!

Great photos of the Fantasyland expansion as well - it's fun to see the progress.

Yes, a little too fast. :sad1:


11-15-2011, 10:22 PM
Day 3: It's A Small World

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So Wednesday's breakfast was at the Cape May Cafe, which is located at the Beach Club. We had reservations for 10:55(?), but were able to get in at around 9:30. Our visitors today would be: Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy. As far as the characters were concerned, things went a little smoother with our DD than at Crystal Palace (see Day 2). The food here was pretty much on par with Crystal Palace; and like Crystal Palace, they also had an amazing bread pudding.... but of the French toast persuasion. ;)

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So after breakfast, we decide to just take a walk and check out some things around the resort. But before our little stroll, we head to the BC Marketplace to fill up our mugs. And as a complete surprise, I actually run into fellow Flickrite, Random Things (Jen C.) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jereca74/); whom I’ve never met in-person before. She noticed the camera hanging around me, and also my wife and daughter (whom I occasionally talk about and show pictures of), and asked "If I was Scott". I originally thought "Is this someone from the Dis???"; but yet she kinda looked familiar (I have yet to actually meet a DISer who isn’t also on Flickr). She then mentioned Flickr and my Human Element group. And when she mentioned her name, I definitely knew who she was. I actually said "Oh, Yeah!!!" out loud, after that realization. I hope she didn't think I was just saying that; because I do know of her and her great work. It then clicked on why she looked familiar to me at first. She used to have her picture...a close-up... as her Flickr avatar (See Jen, remembering that should be evidence enough). And ironically enough, I was even wearing the same shirt as in my Flickr avatar picture. But I thought that was a nice little run-in. I've never been spotted like that before. There was one DISer who might've seen me on a separate occasion, but didn't come up to me. His description of where I was and what I was doing kind of sounded like me though.

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11-15-2011, 10:55 PM
Truly enjoying your pics and TR! Glad to see there was an update - isn't it fun to run into a fellow Dis'r or have someone recognize you? I met one back in 2008 during a stroller swap and she was so sweet. I spotted another gal staying at the same hotel as me (BWV) but was too shy to say hello. How silly of me, right?

Cape May is perfect for little ones - we took my DGS on our last day of his first visit in Dec 2008 when he was 14 mos old and he had a blast. He's in my avatar pic. Can't wait to read more!

11-20-2011, 04:01 PM
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So after our tour and a little nap, we headed to Stormalong Bay for some more family fun. We pretty much just hung out like before; so nothing special to report. But my DD did find a little recess near some rocks that she was just enchanted with. It's kinda hard to accurately describe this spot; but most would totally look past this as anything that would be interesting. Gotta love the toddler view of the world!!!! Actually, after thinking back on this moment, I realized that this will probably be one of this little moments that we’ll always remember. I can see us visiting the resort even years from now, and being like “when you were only 1, you used to love that little nook in the rocks over there”.

Her little nook….
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A creepy spider we saw on the way to Epcot..
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For dinner that night, we decided to hit up Epcot. Now with Food & Wine going-on, my mind is totally set on trying a couple of the special offerings. I'm someone who can be completely happy with not having a complete meal, if circumstances prohibit it. My wife is not of that mindset. So we make our way to The Land to possible grab a full meal. My wife instantly knows what she wants, while I kinda just wander around thinking if I REALLY want something there. With my brain completely focused on what I could possibly get at F&W, I decide not to get anything at the Garden Grill. Plus, my wife always has a little something left over when she eats there, so I just use those leftovers to tide myself over. (I went a little overboard with all the ‘overs’ in that sentence.)

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So back to World Showcase to visit a couple of the booths on the way back to the resort. This year, I figured that I'd use that little F&W gift card to make my food purchases. Just seemed a lot easier to deal with, and actually helped to keep me budgeted (which I didn't necessarily plan to do). We took the short path back to the resort (from Canada to the U.K., and just stopped at 2 of the places along the way (well, 1 along the way, and the other just a little past). But I got the Lobster & Scallop Fisherman's pie from Ireland, and the Coq au Vin sur Gratin de Macaroni (Red Wine Braised Chicken, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Macaroni Gratin) from France. They were both pretty good, and surprisingly pretty hearty. So I was definitely happy. Again, I wasn't full at all. But I was content. So that was all that mattered.

11-26-2011, 04:27 PM
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Like the previous 2 nights, this is another one (and the last one) that would be dedicated to photography. Epcot was having Extra Magic Hours that night, so I definitely felt the need to walk over (WALK over.... HA!!!.... gotta love it) and take advantage of the opportunity. To keep away from the crowds, I got there at 9:30, and stayed until about 11:45. And in this 2 hour span, I made the long trek from France to Italy. I don't know how efficient other people are at night shooting, but it's not something I do a lot of. Doing different setups for just slightly different angles can take some time. Heck, in the daytime, I could easily make my way through all of Epcot in those same 2 hours. But like I said, since I don't shoot the parks at night often enough, I really try to tackle some of the countries pretty hard. I'd rather spend more time in one area trying to "perfect" my vision, than to run around just grabbing quick shots from all over the place (remember that glass from the bridge that I mentioned!?!?! Sheesh!!!). That extra time goes a long way into making a shot a true keeper, rather than something that I think is just 'ok'. Even in those 2 hours, most of my time was spent in France and Italy. So on the way back to my room, I make a quick stop at the ‘Quiet Pool’ of the Beach Club. This area is actually open 24 hours; so it would’ve been hard for me to pass up the chance to get at least a couple of shots. The pool isn’t really anything fancy, but the rooms surrounding it made for a nice setting. So this was a pleasant little stop.

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11-26-2011, 10:54 PM
Beautiful night shots! Great success from just 2 hours of shooting. My favorite is the end of shift shot - could be in your Human Element collection :)

11-27-2011, 12:50 AM
OMG!!!!! Your photos are AMAZING!!!!! We stayed at the YC at the end of September and fell in love with it. Your pictures of the resort are breathtaking! Thanks soooo much for doing a trip report. It makes me want to go back as soon as possible.

11-28-2011, 02:34 PM
Beautiful night shots! Great success from just 2 hours of shooting. My favorite is the end of shift shot - could be in your Human Element collection :)

OMG!!!!! Your photos are AMAZING!!!!! We stayed at the YC at the end of September and fell in love with it. Your pictures of the resort are breathtaking! Thanks soooo much for doing a trip report. It makes me want to go back as soon as possible.

Thanks a lot!!!! And i definitely plan on using that End of the Shift picture for my Human Element Collection. ;)

11-28-2011, 05:09 PM
wow your photos are stunning!! especially love the night shots of the boardwalk and epcot, and image 0397 is SO CUTE!!!!!!! :lovestruc

we're staying at the Beach Club next November 2012 which will be my first ever trip to the world of Disney, and my honeymoon :cutie: so especially loving all your beach club shots, they're making us so pleased and excited that we booked at this resort :yay:

can't wait to see more!! :banana::banana::banana::banana:

12-22-2011, 07:41 PM
I'm really late to the party! Not to be a copycat or anything but...


I came over from the Universal Picture of the Day Thread when I saw your family's birthday celebration was at my favorite resort.

Your daughter is so cute! I love the story about her and Dumbo. It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved elephant.

I was amused that you accidentally made it to rope drop! Good call on taking the bus from BC to MK. If you drive, you need to park at the TTC and then either take the monorail or ferry to the entrance.

Love the interactions at the character breakfasts. You never quite know how that will turn out with a 1 year old.

12-29-2011, 11:19 AM
I hardly ever come over & read TRs. However, I am glad I read yours!

Your pictures are wonderful and your DD is adorable! :goodvibes

Thanks for sharing! :)

TC :cool1:

01-20-2012, 08:29 PM
Now that the Holidays are done, it's time to get this back on track!!!!!

01-20-2012, 08:41 PM
Day 4: The Extended Stay Program

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So, our final character meal (scheduled up to this point anyway) is at 1900 Park Fare; which is located at the Grand Floridian. This was my first time dining there. In fact, I never even knew about it before this trip (it's amazing all the "new wonders" you experience when you become a parent). During this morning, we would be dining with Mary Poppins, the Mad Hatter, Alice, Tigger, and Pooh. Food-wise, this was probably the better of the 3 breakfasts we attended. The eggs benedict with lobster sauce was a fitting menu item for this flagship character breakfast. And you can't go wrong with a carving station of freshly sliced ham.

But the food wasn't the only unique part of our experience here. This was the first time our DD (1) actually got really scared of a character. She was not mad about the Mad Hatter.... at all!!!! Seeing him from a couple tables over, she had no real reaction. But once he started to approach us.... Oh buddy!!!! She didn't want anything to do with him. Not sure if it was the big nose or the big hat, but she was not a fan. He even knelt down to her level and tried to make her smile; but she wasn't havin' it. But true to Mad Hatter form, he perfectly just accepted it; and in his words pronounced, “Well, I know where I’m not wanted". Poor little Hatty even cried himself (terrific performamce... BRAVO!!). And from that point on, my daughter kept a constant eye on him, to make sure he wasn't coming back. Made me think of the phrase, "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer".

Other than that, everything else was quite nice. Also, for anyone who might attend, don't forget to check out 1900 Park Fare's Mary Poppins topiary that is outside. I probably wouldn't have seen it if I didn't have to park the stroller out there. But it seemed like a nice little secret that most would never know about. Just so you know, it’s right outside of the doors to where you get your photo taken.

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01-24-2012, 08:10 PM
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After breakfast, we decide to head back to the resort. The weather wasn’t all that great this morning, so a little bit of relaxation (A.K.A. napping) was in order. Because it was somewhat early, our room was still in the process of being cleaned for the day. Not knowing where to really go, I suggested to maybe going down to check out the Solarium. During previous days of the trip, I mentioned a couple of times how I wanted to get a picture of the sign at the entrance of the Solarium, including the hall that leads back to the common area. I probably mentioned that more than a couple of times, because my wife thought that I was obsessed with the Solarium, for some strange reason. But I was just photography obsessed.

This would also be the first time we took a real look at what was really back there. Normally passing by this way, you only get a glimpse down the little hall that I mentioned. You can’t see the rest of the area. But this was the perfect spot to just chill and relax for a bit. There is such an inviting look to the room, and comfortable seating is everywhere. There is also a nice sized television, conveniently tuned to the Disney Channel. So while my daughter was watching the many adventures of Oso, my wife and I just relaxed a little (i.e. she played on her phone a bit, while I walked around looking for photo ops). We were also the only ones in the Solarium; so I’m not sure how crowded it usually gets in there. There were a few people that passed through, to get to the Beach Club Villas; but that was about it.

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That little Solarium time-out was indicative of how our remaining days would be measured. We just took it easy. The beauty of being local. ;)

01-24-2012, 08:56 PM
I'm in! Your photos are absolutely amazing! Love them all!

01-25-2012, 11:51 AM
I really love looking at your pictures. They're absolutely gorgeous!

01-25-2012, 07:27 PM
The pictures of your daughter with the characters at 1900 Park Fare are precious. The one with the Mad Hatter is priceless!

I love love love the Solarium pictures. I haven't been in there, but the room seems like a real hidden jewel.

02-06-2012, 09:29 PM
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Just to go back a tiny bit.... Earlier that morning, my wife asks me if I had packed extra clothing than the exact allotment of our planned stay. Well come to find out, she went downstairs to book us at the Beach Club for another night!!! We've been having such a great time that she REALLY didn't want it to end. So this extra little something was just a nice topping to the cake. Also as a spontaneous decision, she decides to book us for dinner at the Cape May cafe. Now the extra night thing didn't surprise me at all; but the dinner reservation totally threw me for a loop. It wasn't because I didn't want to do it or anything; but knowing her, it was kinda surprising. For one, there was a strong fishy smell every night when walking past Cape May. In fact, it was almost a little off-putting. Secondly, this was mainly a seafood buffet, and she isn't big on seafood at all (peel 'n' eat shrimp and fish sticks being the exception). But after dinner, we both agreed that this was the best dinner of the trip; and probably one of the best buffets we've experienced on Disney property. The snow crab legs were great, the fried cod was absolutely perfect (my wife even loved them.... again... they were like perfect fish sticks in a nugget form), we loved the desserts, and like our waitress said, the Mac 'n' cheese in the kiddie area was OUTSTANDING (she actually said best Mac n cheese at Disney... Or something like that). So Cape May Buffet is something that we'll definitely consider when we want to do something a little special or different in the future (it's not fancy.... but it sure beats a normal seafood buffet).

There are plenty of pillows for baby forts….

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The lamp in the room. Not sure if they sold these or not?!?!?!

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Wallpaper in the room…..

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A hidden Mickey on the wallpaper…..

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The carpet in the hallways….

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The Captain doing some housekeeping ;)

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Yes, the arcade has skee-ball!!!!!!!!

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Part of the Cape May Café décor…..

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02-10-2012, 01:54 PM
loving the updates!! your daughters reaction to the mad hatter was captured perfectly!! :laughing:

your photos make me very excited to visit the BC this year :banana:

03-22-2012, 10:06 AM
I'm way late to the party...since I almost never read trip reports. But I'm so glad that Mike referenced this one in the YC/BC thread and I got to see it.

Your photos are amazing! I could stare at them all day. If I wasn't already booked to stay at YC, these photos would definitely have piqued my interest in the YC/BC.

Your daughter is so beautiful. The photo of her sleeping with your wife is probably my favorite. My dad was a photographer for many years and I've always had an interest, and I wish I could take photos like you. WOW! Just WOW!!

Thank you for sharing! I will have to show the hubby your report. I have a feeling he's going to make good use of that solarium in the mornings since he's usually up before me. And I'm sure you'll find us in the arcade a few times throughout the trip. I'll be the one play skee ball.

05-12-2012, 12:02 AM
Thank you for pointing out your trip report when you responded to my questions in the Photography section. These are exactly the types of trip reports I've been searching for.

Love your night time photos! And your photos of your wife and daughter are treasured memories, I'm sure. You sure captured a wonderful series with the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, and Tigger.

(so now that I've resurrected your thread, maybe you'll share some more with us ;) )


06-30-2012, 03:50 PM
Thank you for pointing out your trip report when you responded to my questions in the Photography section. These are exactly the types of trip reports I've been searching for.

Love your night time photos! And your photos of your wife and daughter are treasured memories, I'm sure. You sure captured a wonderful series with the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, and Tigger.

(so now that I've resurrected your thread, maybe you'll share some more with us ;) )


You make me feel ashamed. Now I guess I must finish this. ;)

06-30-2012, 03:59 PM
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As I stated before, things were pretty easy going from here on out. After dinner, we hopped on the bus and headed for Downtown Disney. We browsed through a few of the shops, and surprisingly didn’t buy much. I think we bought an ornament, and maybe a pin. But on that pin note, I was a little disappointed that they stopped selling the resort related pins that looked like cameras. Each time we stay at a Disney resort, I like to get some little memento (even if just a postcard) that is directly related to where we stayed. Back in July, while we staying at Port Orleans French Quarter, I happened to come across the pins I just mentioned. There was one for each resort, with a pull out “photo” that depicted a character doing something that was associated with that given resort. For the Port Orleans pin (yes, it was just ‘Port Orleans’; not completely specific to French Quarter or Riverside), it showed Tinkerbell flying near a rooftop (that roof was for a building in the Riverside part, though). You could only get the pins at the specific resort, but the pin place at Downtown Disney had all of them. But after searching high and low, I couldn’t find these pins anywhere. At least I got that one from back in July though. Because for the past few years, I’ve been on the hunt for any Disney pin that was photography related. I don’t do a serious eBay search or anything. I just keep my eye out for ones I find in the parks. So I guess it wasn’t mean to be. 

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If you’ve never eaten here, you MUST stop in the next time you’re at Downtown Disney…..
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A mannequin in Tren-D….
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I was a little on the fence about whether I wanted to go out and take pictures tonight. Hollywood Studios was having EMH’s, and I’ve never taken my tripod there to get good night shots. But I just wasn’t feelin’ it for some reason. So settling down with the family was in order. I tell ya, photography gets less fun when you feel like you HAVE to go out and shoot (because the opportunity is there), compared to when you have your creative juices flowing. And mine just weren’t flowing this night.

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07-06-2012, 12:23 AM
I am so glad you have returned to finish your TR. I love the photo of your daughter sitting in the big chair in the lobby of the Beach Club. What lovely contrast you captured with the fabric texture, lighting and her expression. As if she is taking the whole lobby in and just relaxing. :goodvibes


07-08-2012, 08:33 PM
I am so glad you have returned to finish your TR. I love the photo of your daughter sitting in the big chair in the lobby of the Beach Club. What lovely contrast you captured with the fabric texture, lighting and her expression. As if she is taking the whole lobby in and just relaxing. :goodvibes


Thanks!!!! That is probably one of my all time favorite shots of her.

07-12-2012, 09:42 PM
Day 5: Marsh-mellowed Out

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Being that this was the last full day of our “trip”, we pretty much just took it easy. The only thing we had definite plans for was lunch during the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine, at Hollywood & Vine, in Hollywood Studios. So after getting ready, we headed over to Hollywood Studios; not by bus though, but by boat. Unbeknownst to either of us, this was the only Disney transportation that would take you from the Beach/Yacht Club to the Studios. It wasn’t really a bad way to get there, but the boat seemed to take forever when we were leaving the park (about 3:30 PM).

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As soon as we arrive, we head over for our reservation. Today, we would be visiting with Special Agent Oso, Handy Manny, Leo, and June. (2 years ago, I would’ve been like who? who? who? who?..... straight Owlin’…. NEW PHRASE…. You heard it here first!!!!) Lunch was good (as it always is at Hollywood & Vine), and our daughter had some nice interaction with the characters. Most of the time, she really enjoys when the characters come around. But sometimes, she just likes to see them from afar. Not that she gets scared when they come closer. But it’s like the anticipation, or the “surprise” of them actually walking around is what really gets her going. Quite often, she’ll point at the characters across the room; and sometimes when they get close, she might act impartial about them being there. But today was a great character day.

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The woman at the table next to us gave me the idea for this shot. I definitely appreciate the suggestion, and the fact she let me invade her space to get a good angle. ;)

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07-18-2012, 09:41 PM
So our bellies are full, and now we’re ready to move on. But a Play ‘n Dine lunch wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Disney Junior Live on Stage, afterwards. This is one show that we just love taking our daughter to (we haven’t been back in quite some time though). It’s great to see the amazement on her face as her favorite Disney characters are “live and in-person”. For anyone not familiar with this attraction, the show is comprised of stories/songs involving the Disney Channel shows: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and the Neverland Pirates (love the songs from that...the ones with Sharky & Bones), and Little Einsteins. But the venue is definitely designed for kids; with the only seating being the floor. And although I can’t see this show being too appealing to the average non-parent adult, I’d definitely recommend it for the younger ones.

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Since we wanted to just have a relaxing day, we then decided to head back to the resort. After waiting forever for the boat (as mentioned before); we get back to the Beach Club, and head for our room. Being as I don't like to just sit around, I found this to be the perfect opportunity to grab some more shots of the resort. But before my wife and daughter officially settled down, there was one shot I HAD to get. I wanted to capture them standing on the balcony; mainly just to say "our room was here". After hearing "do you really need to do this now" (and YES, I do); I go out near the beach, and call my wife to tell her to step out on the balcony. I take a few "painful" pics, then go and start my photo tour of the resort's lobby. I didn't get anything too compelling, but something was better than nothing. .....I kinda felt this little story was about to go somewhere interesting; but sadly, we must all end up disappointed. ;)

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It’s amazing to see how small these standing balconies really are….

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07-20-2012, 10:01 PM
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One of the things we planned to do today was the Yacht/Beach Club campfire. I had seen this scheduled on other days, but we were unable to attend for whatever reasons. So tonight, it was a definite must do. One thing I'd really recommend is to take advantage of the various activities your particular resort might do. I don't think you'd totally kick yourself for not doing them. But they give you an opportunity to add another little element to your trip. It's nice to say, "we roasted marshmallows on the beach".... or "we watched a movie under the stars".... etc.... Anyway, we head down at 6:30, and roasting marshmallows is exactly what we did. And I'm kinda embarrased to say it, but this was the first time I properly roasted them. Even though I've been camping before, I don't recall being shown the proper technique. All other times, I would just put the marshmallow on the stick..... put it in the flames..... let it get totally lit.... blow out the little flame... and chow down!!! I never realized I should be picking the perfect little nook in the campfire, and slowly turning the stick until the marshmallow is nicely/evenly roasted. It took a little longer than expected, but I gotta admit that I really enjoyed that method.

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The only negative side to this campfire experience was the fact that a couple of the kids there were a little disrespectful to the CM's that were running things. These 2 little brats were acting liked they owned the place (and No, their parents weren't around). As the Cast Members were giving everyone a brief rundown, and kinda just interacting with guests; these little boys kept tyring to hurry everything along. It was also obvious that they had done the campfire on previous days. So I guess they thought they were hot shots that didn't need to be told anything. [Would it sound too mean if I said that I wanted to kick sand in their face?!?!? (just playin'.... maybe)] But the CM's just rolled with the punches, and everything progressed quite nicely. So all in all, it was a good time.


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I don't think I mentioned it, but we had GREAT weather during most of our vacation. We didn't have a single day that seemed ruined because of rain or anything. And extreme heat definitely wasn't a factor at all. So after the campfire, we took a quick stroll around EPCOT's World Showcase. We didn't have a real agenda there. But because it was so nice out, we couldn't justify just staying in for the rest of the night. When we finally finished our little walk, we then headed over to Beaches & Cream. My wife was the only one who got something. But it was nice to just sit by the pool, and let the night come to lovely end. This was definitely a nice way to put a cherry on the top of our week (pun intended). ;)

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07-20-2012, 10:42 PM
Day 6: Time To Say Goodbye

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So our trip is done, and now it's time to head home. We didn't do breakfast or anything there. Just packed up and set out on long drive home...... a complete 30 minutes. ;) But checkout went through without a major hitch........ excecpt the fact that we forgot that my wife left her rings in the safe that's in the room and after our keys didn't work anymore so she had to get someone to escort her back to our room so that she could retrieve them.

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Looking back, we had an EXCELLENT vacation!!! Although we're local, it's great to just get away from everyday life for a few days. And there's no better place to do that than Disney. If finances permit it, we would definitely stay at the Beach Club again. The rooms were great.... the staff was great.... the Boardwalk/Beach Club/Yacht Club atmosphere is great... and being able to walk to EPCOT was just amazing!!! It was cool to have such a fantastic "backyard" for a week. And even though we haven't stayed at too many Disney resorts, we would definitely rank this up there with another place we love.... Port Orleans French Quarter. POFQ is so beautiful and peaceful. And the smaller size makes it very cozy and quaint (unlike the REAL French Quarter). It's just a completely different vibe than you'll experience at other places on Disney property. But Beach Club.... we hope to see you again sometime!!!!

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Doing This Trip Report: For anyone that has followed this trip report from the beginning; you'll know that I started off updating it pretty often, but let it collect dust after a while. Part of that was the fear that it would eventually just become a 'list' of the things we did; which wasn't really a lot to begin with. Here's why....

Going into this trip, I knew that I wanted to try and do a decent trip report. I did do one for a Disney Cruise; but that was mainly pictures, and it wasn't a day-by-day breakdown. But during the first couple of days of this vacation, I was taking notes throughout the day. This was really invaluable in that fact that I was able to remember everything we did, and when we did them. It also helped me to take note of anything unique/interesting that might've happened throughout the day. So after posting the goings-on of the beginning, I kind of got stuck a little. But the pictures that I took were the main thing that helped me remember the flow of everything. I was at least able to go through them, and be like... oh, this happened... or this is what we did. If not for those images, this report would've ended quite abruptly.

In November, we will be taking a week-long voyage on the Disney Fantasy. This will be our 3rd cruise, but the 1st since our daughter was born. She will have just turned 2 by then, and she is already in love with a lot of Disney characters. So we absolutely can't wait to see her light up on the ship. I also already know that I'll be doing a trip report for that as well. Since it will be a new ship for us, and other parts of our experience will be unique, I know that there will be much more to write about. And I'll definitely be using my 'take notes' advice to keep abreast of everything we do. It's one thing to look at Disney World pictures of subjects I'm completely familiar with, and be able to feed of them to tell the story. But if I barely know what I'm looking at in the first place, I'll be totally lost.

So for anyone who's read any of this report..... Thanks for looking!!! I hope I have helped or inspired you in any way.

See Ya Real Soon!!!!!!!!!! ....... in November anyway. ;)

And here’s how much our little girl has grown up……..

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07-20-2012, 10:45 PM
So glad you added to your report. Seeing your daughter makes me smile every time. Beautiful photos!

07-21-2012, 08:54 PM
So glad you added to your report. Seeing your daughter makes me smile every time. Beautiful photos!

Thank you!!!!! :)