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CJDisneyMommy
10-18-2011, 07:19 AM
Yes, you read it right. I paid about $65/night to stay at Pop Century with a 35% room discount. And due to unforeseen circumstances, my family was moved into the most beautiful deluxe resort on Disney property. Where, you ask? You will have to wait and see!!!!

My name is Katie. I am a Disney lover and mother to an amazing two year old boy. I am graduating with my bachelors in Psychology on December 22nd of this year, FINALLY!!! I work for Pandora Jewelry and I absolutely love my job. I try to get my family to Disney at least one time each year, and this trip was by FAR, my best trip in years!!

MOI
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My wonderful, amazing, and handsome little boy is Conner. Everyone say "Hello" to my big boy!!! He is two years old, and will turn 3 this February. I measured Conner on a weekly basis throughout the months leading up to our trip. I was SO excited for him to get on Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain for the first time!!! He was 39 1/2 inches with tennis shoes on a couple of days before we left. You have to be 40 inches to ride BTM and SM. Did he make it, you ask? WAIT AND SEE:thumbsup2

My sweet boy:lovestruc
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Conner's dad, and my middle school boyfriend (no, not joking. he really was!! lol) is JR. JR had never been to Disney before moi :scared1: I know, right?! But he loves it now, so all is well in our home:thumbsup2 JR works at the FDA near Washington DC. We are from MD, and live in between Baltimore and DC. JR's favorite ride the Pirates of the Carribbean!! I think he secretly wants to be Jack Sparrow:banana: which I am all for because I love me some Johnny Depp

Lover:lovestruc
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So now to our trip. Our wonderful, amazing trip, that I miss so dearly! I had booked us to stay at Pop Century from September 28th through October 4th, with a seven day park hopper. However, we only spent a couple of nights at Pop, and were moved somewhere else. A beautiful, stunning somewhere else. BUT! For an ugly reason. While yes, our move was ah-mazing, there is a dark reason behind it. WHAT?! WHAT?!

I know you are just dying to know. But I haven't even started day one of our trip yet silly! Day one to come tomorrow morning.

STAY TUNED:thumbsup2

CJDisneyMommy
10-19-2011, 08:21 AM
DAY 1- "We're FINALLY going to see Mickey, Conner!!!"

So, I have been trying to hype up this trip to get my son excited, and for months I have been telling him we are going to see Mickey Mouse. I think he finally stopped believing me, considering two year olds don't really have the best concept of time. But the morning of September 28th, I woke him up bright and early at 4:30 am!!

Sleepy boy on the way to BWI
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We were lucky enough to have my grandfather pick us up and drive us to the airport, which cut out the cost of a cab or paying to keep my car at the airport. We were flying airtran, and since I am a cheapo, we did not check any bags. We got right through security, and still had over an hour to spare before our flight was scheduled to leave. We dropped our stuff off at the gate, and I took Conner to McDonalds for breakfast. Thinking I had all the time in the world, we strolled on back to our gate, when suddenly I notice JR JUMPING up and down and yelling at me to hurry up. For what?! We still had an hour before our flight left. EVERYONE HAD BOARDED!!!! So for those of you who plan to fly airtran in the future, they don't play around. They board super early...like it was annoying early.

**Quick side note: My son is a BIG two year old, and he had outgrown his umbrella stroller prior to our trip. I had searched high and low for a nice, new jogging stroller (for months might I add), and I finally found my beauty- the Britax B-Agile jogging stroller (a BIG splurge at $250.00). I get really excited over new stuff...just keep this in mind.


So we got on the flight, and I was super stoked for Conner to take a nap. :lmao: Which totally DID NOT happen!!! Argh. Luckily, I came equipped with snacks galore, books, and a couple of small new toys to help keep him busy. But, I have to say, we were ecstatic to get off that plane at 9:10 in ORLANDO!!!! YES!

We got off, and our stroller was supposed to be there waiting for us. Well, it took FOREVER for them to find it and bring it up. And, it was damaged. Like, I mean tossed, dragged, thrown, stomped on a couple of times, DAMAGED. And I was furious. We had even bought a nice $30 duffel to help keep it safe. Well, they dragged the duffel so far that the bag ripped, and my stroller was all chewed up. So we spent the first hour of our trip in Airtrans office making a claim which I might add, was an absolute nightmare. I called my mom crying at one point because I was so furious. One of the men working in their office accused me of lying, and said my stroller had normal wear and tear. Well, because it was so new, I still had the receipt in my wallet. Mr. Jerk face didn't have much to say after he saw the date I bought it. UGH! We finally got our way with airtran, and we were off to...the MAGICAL EXPRESS!!!

We only waited a short amount of time, and before I knew it, we were off to POP! I'm really not a fan of the value resorts, but considered that I am still paying for college, amongst other bills and Conners daycare...we go value or we dont go at all! Which is fine with me. The Magical Express ride was miserable. Conner was exhausted, I was still upset that we had to spend so much time dealing with airtran, and JR was feeling a little bit of both.

So, we were thrilled when we saw the sign for Pop Century! We were finally there! Luckily, they fulfilled my request for the first floor, but we were right out front of a pool. Two reasons I didn't want this- A) it gets loud during nap time, and b) it scares me with conner. The lady at the front desk did everything she could to move us, but had no luck. Finally, it was after 12, and I just wanted to get into the magic kingdom already so we gave up. Quickly, we dropped our bags off, unpacked, and hopped on a bus for the magic kingdom!!! (Conner slept the whole time we checked in and unpacked, so he was fresh and ready for the bus!)

Oh how sweet it was to walk under the train stop and feel the butterflies as I stepped onto Main Street. All of my worries were gone.:cloud9: Our first stop? The barber shop! Conner has gotten his haircut every year, including his very first hair cut in 2009!

Conner through the years:

10 months old-1st hair cut December 2009
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1 1/2 years old-October 2010
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2 1/2 years olf-October 2011!!!
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He wanted the confettis this time

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Conner and JR

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Me and Conner

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For those of you who have never taken notice of the barber shop on main street, it is tucked away right across from Town Hall, next to the doors where parades come in and out of. Little boy hair cuts cost $15, and for the first cut, you get a pair of Micket ears with "First Hair Cut" embroidered in them, a locket of hair, and a certificate. I think its one of Disneys best kept secrets.

After Conner's haircut, we were off to our first ride of the day. I had been longing for this moment for so long!! Can you guess what ride we got on?!? More to come....

leslie826
10-19-2011, 09:09 AM
Love the barbershop pics over the years. Conner is adorable! You also brought back a repressed memory... 2 years ago we were flying Airtran out of BWI when DH decided to use the restroom while they were boarding and we almost missed the plane. They were calling him on the loudspeaker and he couldn't hear it...I was fuming. :laughing: Excited to read the rest of your TR!

CJDisneyMommy
10-19-2011, 01:07 PM
Love the barbershop pics over the years. Conner is adorable! You also brought back a repressed memory... 2 years ago we were flying Airtran out of BWI when DH decided to use the restroom while they were boarding and we almost missed the plane. They were calling him on the loudspeaker and he couldn't hear it...I was fuming. :laughing: Excited to read the rest of your TR!

Thanks for joining!! Are you from the Baltimore area? I love BWI, but airtran is a little rediculous with how early they board! I can't believe your DH was called over the loud speaker. I would have flipped!

jojo0612
10-19-2011, 01:14 PM
Can't wait to read more! We too were booked to stay at Pop and were upgraded to a Deluxe. I"m wondering if it was for the same reason??? Can't wait to hear your story!! :goodvibes

jojo0612
10-19-2011, 01:15 PM
We were booked for 9/17 - 9/25 at Pop. Sorry forgot that detail! :)

arothrock
10-19-2011, 01:48 PM
Hi! Can't wait to read the rest of your Trip Report. I also have a two year old and I am from MD - Harford County. We are going to Disney in December through BWI but through Southwest. I can't wait to hear your tips on traveling with a 2 year year old!

leshunlenese
10-19-2011, 08:15 PM
Hey Girl! Im here and i saw on FB but i will not spoil the surprise but im curious to hear the story and OMG JR looks like a happy big kid in that pic with conner. Too excited if thats possible at disney. Its not for me. Can't wait to hear about your trip

kcandbella
10-19-2011, 08:36 PM
Joining in! We were there at the same time as you, wonder if we crossed paths at all? Your little boy is too cute!:goodvibes

tinkgurl
10-19-2011, 09:28 PM
I'm so glad you started your TR! How awesome you got moved!!

I just love the pics over the trips getting his haircut!

kokotg
10-19-2011, 09:37 PM
I'm in! We were at Pop the same week (without the surprise upgrade :))...can't wait to hear the story about why you got moved!

amandaw
10-19-2011, 11:50 PM
Joining in! Your little boy is so cute! :goodvibes

I can't wait to hear all about the upgrade to deluxe. Sounds like it has the potential to be a horrifying story.....with a great outcome.

CJDisneyMommy
10-20-2011, 06:51 AM
Can't wait to read more! We too were booked to stay at Pop and were upgraded to a Deluxe. I"m wondering if it was for the same reason??? Can't wait to hear your story!! :goodvibes

Oh goodness, now I'm dying to know why you got moved!! We'll have to share stories when I get to that chapter of our trip!

We were booked for 9/17 - 9/25 at Pop. Sorry forgot that detail! :)

Too funny, our trips almost overlapped one another!

Hi! Can't wait to read the rest of your Trip Report. I also have a two year old and I am from MD - Harford County. We are going to Disney in December through BWI but through Southwest. I can't wait to hear your tips on traveling with a 2 year year old!

:cloud9:Disney in December:cloud9: It's so beautiful! Have you been before? I always prefer southwest over airtran, but when we went on our trip, the southwest flight was nearly $50 more per person, and it left an hour later.

And do I ever have some tips on traveling with a two year old. For starters, splurge on a nice stroller!! It made the trip more enjoyable for everyone in my family.

Hey Girl! Im here and i saw on FB but i will not spoil the surprise but im curious to hear the story and OMG JR looks like a happy big kid in that pic with conner. Too excited if thats possible at disney. Its not for me. Can't wait to hear about your trip

Hey!!!!!!!!! Shh, don't tell anyone :thumbsup2 JR IS a big happy kid lol

Joining in! We were there at the same time as you, wonder if we crossed paths at all? Your little boy is too cute!:goodvibes

Thanks for joining!!!

I'm so glad you started your TR! How awesome you got moved!!

I just love the pics over the trips getting his haircut!

Yay, you're here!! We love getting that haircut on main street, it's always such a pleasant experience.

I'm in! We were at Pop the same week (without the surprise upgrade :))...can't wait to hear the story about why you got moved!

I can't wait to tell it!!! Thanks for joining:goodvibes

Joining in! Your little boy is so cute! :goodvibes

I can't wait to hear all about the upgrade to deluxe. Sounds like it has the potential to be a horrifying story.....with a great outcome.

Thank you! You just about pinpointed our move lol

CJDisneyMommy
10-20-2011, 07:43 AM
When we finished Conner's haircut, I was on a mission. I led JR on a speedwalk down Main Street, through Adventureland, and into Frontierland. Where was I headed, you ask?

SPLASH MOUNTAIN!!!

I had only been longing to take Conner on SM for months, and now, it was the moment of truth.







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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


At first he slouched next to the measuring post, but JR helped him straighten out those little legs of his, put his head up, and he was RIGHT at the line. And off we went, I practically scooped Conner up and ran through the line in my childish rush of excitement. There was no line, whatsoever! We had to wait maybe five minutes right where the boats are, but that was it. Before I knew it, we were boarding our log boat...IN THE FRONT ROW! Conner was a little unsure of the darker areas throughout the ride (ex: when you go down the hill into the laughing place, that drop is small but VERY dark.) His hesitation was minimal though, and he was actually trying to stand up and look around. JR and I had placed him in the seat between us for safety reasons, but I think we obstructed his view a bit.

JR kept asking me, "is this the big drop, is this the big drop?!".."No, silly goose, stop acting like you have never been here before!"

Then it came! Conner did fabulous! He asked if we could go again:cool1: My kid is the coolest! I had planned on buying our picture of Conner's first plunge, but JR's big arm blocked Conner's face :sad1:

The line for Splash had gotten relatively long, so we figured since Conner was tall enough for SM, maybe he would make the cut for Big Thunder Mountain.

And he did!!! I personally was a little hesitant to put Conner on the wildest ride in the wilderness, but I figured everyone has to start sometime. By far, Big thunder Mountain, or the Choo Choo, as my big brave boy calls it, is his FAVORITE ride of the entire trip. JR taught Conner to put his arms up when we went down hills, and Conner would laugh and yell when we went fast. He had so much fun. It was one of those memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks Disney:lovestruc

We rode BTM again....and again lol Yes, totally serious.


Then, to get out of the heat, we made our way over to Cosmic Ray's for a late lunch/early dinner. Jr and I each got a basket of fries and chicken fingers. It was this first meal when we learned that Disney gives you WAY too much food. So from there on out, we got one meal, and split it. Or if JR was SUPER hungry, he would get his meal, and I would get a kids meal. Conner eats off of us. He is going through a terrible phase with his eating habits, and everytime I get him a meal, he won't touch it.

After Cosmic Rays, I thought it would be nice to take a relaxing ride on the Wedway aka People Mover.

Some pictures from the wedway:

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(Notice the crane nexts to Conners head, that stupid thing was right next to my beautiful castle almost the whole trip.:sad2:

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And going through my pictures, I just realized I left out a really cool part. In the midst of my brisk speedwalking down Main Street and ALMOST into Adventureland, I realized the Castle parade was starting. What perfect timing! JR ran up with Conner and out came MICKEY MOUSE! Oh, it was so perfect. We only watched for a few minutes before I had to wisk us over to Splash, but Conner loved it.

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OH! And on our way through Adventureland, I came across my other lover, Captain Jack Sparrow! gosh, Disney does their make up good!

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After the WEDway, we decided to try our luck in another park. So we hopped on the monorail.

"por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas!!!"

I think I have known that one sentence in spanish since I was five lol

After a quick ride to the TTA, we got off the monorail, and hopped on another monorail to EPCOT!! We made our way through some of the countries, and tried to keep it low key for the rest of the night since everyone was getting exhausted. Conner and I, of course, had to take advantage of a couple of photo ops here and there

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We were able to get Conner on one more ride before he decided to pass out, and I doubt the ride helped wake him up! It was the boat ride in Mexico. I just LOVE that pavillion. I know the restaraunt is pretty much the same thing as Don Pablos, but its the pavillion that makes it so pretty.

Conner was so sleepy waiting in line
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I don't take pictures on the boat rides when other people aren't taking pictures because the flash can ruin the ride for some people. So no photos for this one.

After we made our way through the countries, Conner was out, and JR was pretty much sleep walking. So we decided to hop on our bus back to POP. I begged and pleaded to wait another 25 minutes for Illuminations, but JR was exhausted, and I knew everyone was ready for bed. Shh, don't tell my mom we missed Illuminations. She would have a cow.

The bus ride back was nice and quick, and not packed, which is always a plus. We got back to our room, and before I knew it, I was off in dream land with the princesses and princes that I couldn't wait to see.

But where would I take my own little prince in the morning? I had another mission to accomplish in the early morning hours!!

Stay tuned:goodvibes

Mini Minnie :)
10-20-2011, 07:57 AM
joining in! :goodvibes Conner is so adorable! and your upgrade to a deluxe is so intriguing! :laughing: can't wait to read more!

MyHappilyEverAfter
10-20-2011, 08:10 AM
Conner is super cute! Can't wait to read more!! popcorn::

jason4024
10-20-2011, 08:56 AM
Sorry about the problems with AirTran. Hopefully the stroller holds up throughout the trip. Sound like Conner is in for a ton of new things with his new found height. Can't wait to read more.

amandaw
10-20-2011, 09:58 AM
What a brave boy you have! And he's only 2 1/2! I wasn't brave enough to even try & get my 3 year old son on those rides during our May trip. He cried on Barnstormer during his 1st trip last December. He needs to grow out of that because my DH & I are coaster enthusiasts. :lmao:

Sounds like y'all had a great 1st day! Can't wait to hear more.

minandmick
10-20-2011, 10:24 AM
Lovin' this trip report!

lauren_elizabeth
10-20-2011, 11:06 AM
Upgrade from Pop to a deluxe?! SWEET DEAL! :thumbsup2

That's so awesome that Connor was able to do Splash & Big Thunder!

CJDisneyMommy
10-20-2011, 11:40 AM
joining in! :goodvibes Conner is so adorable! and your upgrade to a deluxe is so intriguing! :laughing: can't wait to read more!

Thank you! The upgrade was SO awesome...I'm only a couple of days away from that chapter of our trip!

Conner is super cute! Can't wait to read more!! popcorn::

Thank you!:goodvibes


Sorry about the problems with AirTran. Hopefully the stroller holds up throughout the trip. Sound like Conner is in for a ton of new things with his new found height. Can't wait to read more.

Thanks for joining!:goodvibes

Luckily, the damage done to my stroller was more so cosmetic than anything else. So we were still able to use it.

Conner was definitely able to ride more this trip than his previous trips, but boy oh boy, do I have a couple of stories about the height requirements/measurements.

What a brave boy you have! And he's only 2 1/2! I wasn't brave enough to even try & get my 3 year old son on those rides during our May trip. He cried on Barnstormer during his 1st trip last December. He needs to grow out of that because my DH & I are coaster enthusiasts. :lmao:

Sounds like y'all had a great 1st day! Can't wait to hear more.

Thanks for joining in!

Oh my goodness, Conner is SO SO brave! Especially because he is so young! One of our 100 rides on BTM there was a lady who asked how old Conner was, and she was astonished to hear he was only 2. She had a seven year old that wouldn't get on! I'm happy that Conner isn't afraid because both his dad and myself LOVE the thrill rides!


Lovin' this trip report!

Thanks for joining!:goodvibes

Upgrade from Pop to a deluxe?! SWEET DEAL! :thumbsup2

That's so awesome that Connor was able to do Splash & Big Thunder!

RIGHT?!?! I couldn't have asked for anything else...well maybe a night in Cinderella's castle:lmao: but good luck with that dream, right?

danimaroo
10-20-2011, 11:45 AM
Okay you've got me hook, line and sinker... I need to know what the heck happened. Haha, mysteries always seem to suck me in... as do adorable kids who LOVE WDW! Can't wait to read the rest of your TR!

Also, love that Conner went on both Splash and BTMRR! That's impressive for a kid his age. I hope when we have kids ours are adventurous just like him. :)

luvmy2babies
10-20-2011, 11:48 AM
Joining. He's so cute. My son will be your son's age when we go next summer. He'd have to grow almost an inch a month to make it to 40in tall by then, but it doesn't matter yet because my 51in tall daughter makes me promise no big kid rides before we go anywhere. :confused3

Hopefully she snaps out of it before he's tall enough because knowing him, he will want to do it all. He apparently already thinks he can fly because there isn't anything in the house he won't climb and attempt to jump off of from the top. :scared1:

sjs314
10-20-2011, 12:18 PM
Loving your TR so far, Connor is adorable. Can not wait to see what deluxe resort you end up at.

BlvInMagic
10-20-2011, 01:38 PM
Really enjoying your trip report and looking forward to hearing what happened next popcorn:: I loved your lil' guy's reaction after his first ride on SM! So precious!!!! My husband and I are taking our lil' guy to the World in 2013 when he'll be 3 going on 4! Can't wait to hear what his reaction is for his first time on SM! He's 2 now and already 36.5 inches tall, so he'll definitely be ready to ride come 2013 :banana:

MEK
10-20-2011, 04:24 PM
I'm in! Your son is absolutely adorable and I can't believe an almost 3 year old can be tall enough to ride Splash! You can tell I have teenagers! :rotfl:

I am curious about your upgrade story. Did you end up at SSR? (my home DVC resort)

And what did air tran do about the damaged baby jogger? Please tell me that they compensated you. I had a jogger when my kids were little and I would have sick if I had spent $250 and had it damaged. That just stinks! :headache:

miss missy
10-20-2011, 05:27 PM
:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

Feckless
10-20-2011, 05:38 PM
You hooked me!!!! :)

archdandy
10-20-2011, 05:45 PM
Great trip report so far! Connor looks like he had so much fun! :thumbsup2 I can't wait to hear about the upgrading mystery. It really sucks when something happens at the beginning of your trip. That's no way to start a disney vacation :eek:

dort
10-20-2011, 06:10 PM
I'm joining up, can't wait to hear about the move :)

CJDisneyMommy
10-21-2011, 07:18 AM
Okay you've got me hook, line and sinker... I need to know what the heck happened. Haha, mysteries always seem to suck me in... as do adorable kids who LOVE WDW! Can't wait to read the rest of your TR!

Also, love that Conner went on both Splash and BTMRR! That's impressive for a kid his age. I hope when we have kids ours are adventurous just like him. :)

lol Thanks! The 'BIG MOVE' happened about half way through our trip, so I'm almost there. Hang Tight:thumbsup2

Joining. He's so cute. My son will be your son's age when we go next summer. He'd have to grow almost an inch a month to make it to 40in tall by then, but it doesn't matter yet because my 51in tall daughter makes me promise no big kid rides before we go anywhere. :confused3

Hopefully she snaps out of it before he's tall enough because knowing him, he will want to do it all. He apparently already thinks he can fly because there isn't anything in the house he won't climb and attempt to jump off of from the top. :scared1:

My Conner is the same way...he thinks he is invinsible. Which at times can be great, but other times it's terrifying!! I hope your daughter loses her fear of the big kid rides, they are so fun!


Loving your TR so far, Connor is adorable. Can not wait to see what deluxe resort you end up at.

Thank you! I'm almost to that chapter of our trip, hang tight!

Really enjoying your trip report and looking forward to hearing what happened next popcorn:: I loved your lil' guy's reaction after his first ride on SM! So precious!!!! My husband and I are taking our lil' guy to the World in 2013 when he'll be 3 going on 4! Can't wait to hear what his reaction is for his first time on SM! He's 2 now and already 36.5 inches tall, so he'll definitely be ready to ride come 2013 :banana:

Thanks! Oh, your family will have so much fun! Disney with kids that age is awesome. They grow such a personality at that time...and such an opinion! Which at times can be a little overwhelming, but still so cool!

I'm in! Your son is absolutely adorable and I can't believe an almost 3 year old can be tall enough to ride Splash! You can tell I have teenagers! :rotfl:

I am curious about your upgrade story. Did you end up at SSR? (my home DVC resort)

And what did air tran do about the damaged baby jogger? Please tell me that they compensated you. I had a jogger when my kids were little and I would have sick if I had spent $250 and had it damaged. That just stinks! :headache:


I have a REALLY BIG two year old. Like off the charts percentile wise. I'm almost to the 'BIG MOVE' chapter of our trip, I don't want to give away any secrets just yet:thumbsup2

Airtran gave me three options
1) I could leave the stroller with them RIGHT THEN AND THERE (which means no nice stroller for the whole vacation). They were going to give me a $15 loaner umbrella stroller and I just about laughed in their face. And then they would mail me a check for the cost of the stroller.
2) I could walk away with my stroller and a $75 settlement check...again not good enough
3) I could take my stroller with me, and follow up on the claim when I got home. But if they were able to recognize any additional damage done to the stroller, they wouldn't do anything.

We decided to take the stroller with us, because I seriously wasnt using a cheapo stroller the whole week, but I wasn't going to accept a $75 settlement on a $250 stroller.

JR had them fax the receipt with the paperwork specifying the damage to their head office, and they ended up mailing us a check. The crappy part is, I traded in my old (ALSO REALLY NICE) umbrella stroller for 35% off my new stroller, and they only sent me a check for $187 (the amount i originally paid, minus the 35%). Problem is, I dont have another used stroller to trade in sitting at home, so I still missed out on $67.

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:goodvibes

You hooked me!!!! :)


lol glad you like it!

Great trip report so far! Connor looks like he had so much fun! :thumbsup2 I can't wait to hear about the upgrading mystery. It really sucks when something happens at the beginning of your trip. That's no way to start a disney vacation :eek:

We ALL had so much fun, best trip in years by far! I'm almost to the mystery!!! Hang tight:thumbsup2


I'm joining up, can't wait to hear about the move :)


Thanks for joining:goodvibes

lauren_elizabeth
10-21-2011, 07:25 AM
RIGHT?!?! I couldn't have asked for anything else...well maybe a night in Cinderella's castle:lmao: but good luck with that dream, right?

Hey, maybe if you asked enough people! They'd be like, "SOMEONE! GET THIS GIRL IN THE CASTLE PUHHHHLEASE!!!" ;):rotfl:

CCClement
10-21-2011, 08:16 AM
Ok i'm hooked as well. Next to my 4 kids yours has to be the next best looking.;) So the suspense is killing me. Whats next.

WDWRids
10-21-2011, 08:30 AM
GREAT TR!!! Love your sons reaction to the rides!! You got a rollercoaster rider! Keep this up - loving it!:flower3:

CJDisneyMommy
10-21-2011, 12:07 PM
Day 2 "We're finally going to see a dragon!!"

I set the alarm on my phone for 6:50 that morning because The Magic Kingdom had EMH from 8-9. I woke up on time, showered and got ready, and begged and pleaded for JR and Conner to get their sleepy butts out of bed. I was finally able to awaken my princes, and we had a quick breakfast at Pop before hopping on the bus for MK.

We got to MK about 25 minutes after it had opened, so not quite at rope drop, but still early enough to enjoy some of the EMH. I didn't really have a plan set in place for which rides I wanted to do, so I checked an app on my phone called disney world by undercover tourist. I would HIGHLY recommend this app if you have a smart phone. You can go into the individual park and view a list of the rides in that park. Each ride has a wait time right on the main screen and the distance you are from that ride. I also had downloaded the Disney application, but it wasn't nearly as useful as undercover tourist. Immediately, I saw that the wait for Peter Pan was only 10 minutes. 10 MINUTES?! Now that is just awesome. Peter Pan is always one of those rides that needs a fastpass. Not for us though:thumbsup2

Conner did ok on Peter Pan. He wasn't trying to hide, but I could tell he was a little unsure because of the dark. After Peter Pan, we decided to take advantage of the short lines at Snow whites Scary Adventure, It's a Small World, and Mickey's Phillharmagic. Conner had the same reaction for Snow White that he had for Peter Pan, which I thought was pretty good because Snow White is scary. He seemed to enjoy It's a Small World, but I'm starting to think my little big boy is too much of a thrill seeker for these slow rides.

Other people were taking pictures with their flash, so I did too

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You would never be able to guess which room is my favorite lol

Oh! And I forgot to tell you how much Conner loved Phillharmagic! He wore the 3D glasses the entire time, and it was SO super cute when he tried to grab things! JR and I both really enjoy this show, so it's nice that Conner is old enough to enjoy it with us too (finally!).

After Fasntasyland, we scurried over to Frontierland so Conner could ride his Choo Choo again...and again....and again. So we were up to at least 6 times on day two. He just couldn't get enough!

After the choo choo, we made our way to Pecos Bills for lunch. And this is the point in our trip when JR fell in love with their french fries and cheese. I think he got it more than five times on this trip. After Pecos Bills, we somehow landed ourselves at the tea cups. Conner had a BLAST! And I think I got some of my favorite pictures of the trip on this ride.

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From sleepy to happy in .25 seconds! lol

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I LOVE THIS PICTURE OF CONNER!!! Such a perfect Disney memory:lovestruc

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After the teacups, I took some pictures of the construction happening in the Magic Kingdom

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If I remember correctly, they are building two restaurants in the areas I took pictures of. One, I believe, is The Little Mermaid, and the other is Beauty and the Beast (obviously, given the picture). While I am exicted for new things at the MK, I am SO ready for construction to be over. This is the first trip I have been on when Mickeys Toon town fair has been closed, and I wasn't a fan. There is also a lot of construction near POTC in adventureland. OH! And of course there was that darn crane next to my beautiful castle. Luckily, we were there during the 40th anniversary (which they took the crane down for).

Ok, I'm done, back to our day!

I REALLY wanted to ride Space Mountain before we left for nap time, so we ran over and guess what!??! I used a fast pass that JR saved from last year. Shh, don't tell on me.:thumbsup2 Jr rode after me, and we both had a blast of course. (no pun intended)

While Conner and I were waiting for JR, Conner made his first Disney purchase...with his own money might I add. Since January, Conner has been collecting spare change from the house, JR's pockets, and my purse. He also got some change from my grandparents here and there, all to go in his piggy bank for Disney. All in all, he saved up $124 for his own spending money. I thought this idea was fantastic, and it turned out to be great for JR and I because Conner was able to get the knick knacks he wanted, without it coming from our spending money. I had budgeted us for about $900 for food and trinkets for the week, so it was great that Conner had his own savings too. Anyway, he bought a $6 bouquet of lollipops.

After Space Mountain, we rode Buzz Lightyear (no line), and headed to the front of the park. Conner was OUT.

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We all went back to our room at Pop for a quick nap. Conner slept the whole way on the bus, and of course thought it was time to wake up when we got to the room. Luckily, I was able to get him back asleep like 20 minutes later. We slept until about 4:30, and woke up to get ready for...................


























The night of the dragon of course! Can anyone guess the dragon I am talking about?

Stay tuned!!!

CJDisneyMommy
10-21-2011, 12:11 PM
Hey, maybe if you asked enough people! They'd be like, "SOMEONE! GET THIS GIRL IN THE CASTLE PUHHHHLEASE!!!" ;):rotfl:

Oh god, don't tempt me lol Or if I can get myself on one of the wedding shows, I keep seeing all of these people getting a one night stay in the castle. Now, someone just needs to tell JR to get the ball rolling! lol


Ok i'm hooked as well. Next to my 4 kids yours has to be the next best looking.;) So the suspense is killing me. Whats next.

lol thank you! I'm glad you are enjoying it:goodvibes

GREAT TR!!! Love your sons reaction to the rides!! You got a rollercoaster rider! Keep this up - loving it!:flower3:

Thanks so much! It's so cool that people like my TR, I never expected this kind of outcome.

mamamary
10-21-2011, 12:54 PM
I'm enjoying your trip report :)

archdandy
10-21-2011, 01:43 PM
Wow you really got some great pictures of your family on the tea cups! :lovestruc It is a great idea for Conner to have some money of his own to spend and that way he can learn the value of saving :thumbsup2

Rienchen
10-21-2011, 01:59 PM
I love the pictures you got on the teacups. Have subscribed to your trip report :thumbsup2

debrapagliasotti
10-21-2011, 02:07 PM
I too am dying to find out about your upgrade to Deluxe. Seeing the construction pics is getting me super excited. We have to trips booked for late next year and I cant wait to see the new additions.

JDUB
10-21-2011, 02:13 PM
Our DS2 is tall too (42"). So nice to ride BTRR over and over again. My next question will be..... will Conner ride ToT???? My DS2 loved the "bumpy elevator" ride. :rotfl2:

amandaw
10-21-2011, 03:15 PM
The teacups are always one of my favorite rides to get pics of my little boy on. The little ones just have so much fun on that ride & it always shows!

Sounds like y'all had a very productive morning! Trying to figure out where the "dragon" may be. :scratchin

BlvInMagic
10-21-2011, 03:54 PM
Hmmm... is the "Dragon" from Fantasmic?!

overthemoon4mickey
10-21-2011, 04:42 PM
Count me in on this TR! Super cute family! My DS was like yours at that age,heck he's still like that. No fear and being really tall for his age meant we got to do a lot of rides early. Can't wait to hear how he liked Soarin'

Grrrrr..about the stroller!

leshunlenese
10-21-2011, 08:07 PM
so i love that same picture of conner on the teacups . too cute!

3SmilingFaces
10-22-2011, 09:42 AM
Joining in, love the tea cup pictures!

disneyfan61
10-22-2011, 07:32 PM
Enjoying this report. We just love Mickey's Philharmagic.:love: That is so cute when the kids try to grab things.

Your son is such a cutie. It is cute to see them sacked out like that.

Still waiting to see where you were upgraded to!!!

MEK
10-22-2011, 07:45 PM
Great teacup pictures. Connor just keep getting cuter and cuter.

You were really able to use FP's from last year. No worries, I won't tell. :laughing:

Fun update!

CJDisneyMommy
10-24-2011, 07:03 AM
I'm enjoying your trip report :)

Thank you!:goodvibes

Wow you really got some great pictures of your family on the tea cups! :lovestruc It is a great idea for Conner to have some money of his own to spend and that way he can learn the value of saving :thumbsup2

Thanks, I love them!:)

I love the pictures you got on the teacups. Have subscribed to your trip report :thumbsup2

Thanks for joining:goodvibes

I too am dying to find out about your upgrade to Deluxe. Seeing the construction pics is getting me super excited. We have to trips booked for late next year and I cant wait to see the new additions.

Almost to that chapter of our trip! I'm excited to see the additions too...when they are DONE!!!:thumbsup2

Our DS2 is tall too (42"). So nice to ride BTRR over and over again. My next question will be..... will Conner ride ToT???? My DS2 loved the "bumpy elevator" ride. :rotfl2:

I begged an pleaded with JR for Conner to go on ToT, but he was a party pooper and wouldn't let me :sad2: He didn't want Conner to have a horrible time on ToT, and then be afraid of other rides too. I guess one of us has to be responsible...:confused3

The teacups are always one of my favorite rides to get pics of my little boy on. The little ones just have so much fun on that ride & it always shows!

Sounds like y'all had a very productive morning! Trying to figure out where the "dragon" may be. :scratchin

So true! I can't wait to take more next year:thumbsup2

Hmmm... is the "Dragon" from Fantasmic?!


Maybeeeeeee:thumbsup2

Count me in on this TR! Super cute family! My DS was like yours at that age,heck he's still like that. No fear and being really tall for his age meant we got to do a lot of rides early. Can't wait to hear how he liked Soarin'

Grrrrr..about the stroller!

Thank you! There is a story behind soarin, and I'm almost there! And yes, super GRR about the stroller.

so i love that same picture of conner on the teacups . too cute!

Thanks girl!

Joining in, love the tea cup pictures!

Thanks for joining:goodvibes

Enjoying this report. We just love Mickey's Philharmagic.:love: That is so cute when the kids try to grab things.

Your son is such a cutie. It is cute to see them sacked out like that.

Still waiting to see where you were upgraded to!!!


Thank you:goodvibes

I'm almost to the long anticipated move!

Great teacup pictures. Connor just keep getting cuter and cuter.

You were really able to use FP's from last year. No worries, I won't tell. :laughing:

Fun update!

Thank you! :goodvibes

AWilliams
10-24-2011, 10:08 AM
Love all the Pics! Can't wait to read more!!

Disneychix
10-24-2011, 12:02 PM
How cool that your DS was able to ride Splash and BTMRR. :) My DS was somehow scared of BTMRR this trip-he really missed Goofy's Barnstormer and was having nothing to do with Splash or BTMRR. Eventually he warmed up to Splash> and rode it 4 times!

CJDisneyMommy
10-24-2011, 12:41 PM
The night of the dragon was finally here!

Of course we had to fight Conner to take a REAL nap once we had gotten back to our room, but we managed. Around 5pm, we woke up and got ready for our first visit of the trip to MGM!!! Aka Disneys Hollywood Studios for some. It will always be MGM to me:)

Me and my goob:lovestruc

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fat boy:lovestruc

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Our first ride, you ask? Star Tours! :3dglassesI was hesitant to put Conner on this ride because I knew it was dark and a little on the loud side. But my big brave boy LOVED it! He asked if we could go again! Conner especially liked the robots that interacted with you in line (not that there was much of a line...I think we waited 5 or 10 minutes tops).

Conner didn't want JR or I to put our hands on the armrests, he needed them to hold onto. Throughout the ride, Conner would yell and say "WHOAAAAAA" :lmao: SO SO cute.

After Star Tours, we made our way over to Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Last year, Conner didn't sit very well for Nemo, so JR was not too thrilled when I asked to see a show. The good thing about this show is that its nice and short...15 minutes vs. an hr for Nemo. Conner did really well. He really liked the bubbles that came down from the ceiling. Not so sure he was a fan of getting wet (they sprinkle water on you from time to time to make you feel like you are at sea with Ariel).

After Voyage of The Little Mermaid, we had a quick dinner at Pizza Planet! Jr and I each got a pizza, and Conner got a kids snack pack. The snack pack came with carrots and dip, string cheese, a cookie, milk, and a yogurt. It might have even come with some goldfish. Either way, for $6, it was a pretty good deal (for Disney:thumbsup2)

Once we finished up with dinner, we headed over to get seats for Fantasmic. I think we got our seats 45 minutes before Fantasmic was supposed to start, and we had to sit all the way to the left of the stadium (if you are facing the show) It was pretty awesome though because we were right in front.

***Ok, so time for a quick sidenote. Has anyone ever seen How To Train Your Dragon? It's a newer cartoon movie that Conner is pretty much obsessed with. Every morning I have to run to my car because "mom, theres a dragon!!!!!!!!!!" And in the months leading up to our disney trip, every time I would ask Conner where we were going he would say "to see Mickey Mouse....and dragons!" So, needless to say, this kid HAD to see a dragon at some point in Disney. Which is why I made it top priority to get decent seats for Fantasmic because yes, there is a dragon in the show!

While we waited for the show to start, Conner made his second and third Disney purchase--- a light up wand and spinning buzz. These two toys, combined with the snacks I had, helped keep Conner busy.

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I tried desperately to get my camera to take some good pictures, but it super stinks in the dark :sad1: I really want a NICE, big girl, Cannon camera...sigh. Maybe by our next trip:thumbsup2

Conner did relatively well with Fantasmic, with every part BUT the darn dragon! He was scared, like hide in my arm pit scared. I felt really bad because I knew he was excited to see a dragon. Guess these are a little different than the dragons in How to Train Your Dragon:confused3

Jr and I decided to get up and start walking to the exit a couple of minutes before the show ended considering where our seats were. When we got to our stroller, it had been burried in a sea of other strollers. When I say burried, I mean other strollers were literally tossed on top of it. Why must everyone attempt to ruin my pretty new stroller?!

We finally got our stuff together and booked it for the exit. The park was closing right when Fantasmic had started, so I knew if we wanted to get on a bus, we had to hurry. Well, the line for POP was outrageous! We walked by all of the people and some woman thought we were trying to butt in line, and decided it would be a good idea to yell at me. Well guess what lady?! I'm walking by ALL of you to get in a cab! Take those cookies! :lmao:

For $8, with a tip might I add, we took a cab back to Pop. Conner was falling asleep in our arms on the ride back, so I was happy to get dropped off a short 5 minutes later.

We all fell right asleep when we got back to our room. The next day, we had tickets for a very fun, special event!!! And we had zero plans for the first half of the day (other than to sleep in, of course).


We woke up the next morning around 8:30 am (nice time sleeping in, right? :lmao:) We had breakfast in our room, and headed to the bus stop. We decided to save todays park ticket for our next trip because my mom had bought us tickets into Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party for later that night. You can enter the MK at 4pm, so we figured it would be nice to look around Downtown Dis!

For years, I have been dying to eat at T Rex. Well guess what, JR let me!

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CJDisneyMommy
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I know, I know. You are wondering what in the world Conner is doing with my face. Well, T Rex has a meteor shower every 20 minutes or so, and it gets kind of loud. For the past couple of days, when we were on loud rides, or watching a loud show, Conner would take my hands and cover his ears. I think he was trying to protect me in case I was scared of the meteor shower. Love him :)

After T Rex, we spent a little bit of time at the world of disney....actually scratch that, it was a lot of time lol I bought Conner some Tigger jammies for him to wear to MNSSHP that night. I also bought wine glasses for my mom and JRs mom, a keychain for my grandfather, and a notepad and pen for my grandmother.

Finally, I had ooed and ahhed enough while Conner slept in his stroller, and it was time to head back to our room for naptime. Well, we almost got in a pretty bad accident on the bus ride from DTD to Pleasure Island, and it took FOREVER to get out of the puzzle our bus had gotten us in with about 3 other buses. So Conner and I played with the camera :)

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Oh and I forgot! Conner bought himself a bubble maker at the $15 and under store at DTD. He used up all of the bubbles in like 10 minutes of course, but he loved his new toy.


Finally we got back to POP, and it was nap time! We had to get some beauty sleep in before MNSSHP!!!! I should call this night, "the good, the bad, and the ugly" You can only imagine why....STAY TUNED!!!

Mich123
10-24-2011, 12:47 PM
Great trip report! Your Conner is adorable, it's fun to see him having so much fun!

amandaw
10-24-2011, 12:55 PM
Sounds like y'all had a nice night in DHS. Too bad Conner didn't like the dragon. It's so hard at that age to know how they'll react to things.

That's scary that the bus from DTD about got y'all into a wreck. :scared1: Can't wait to hear all about MNSSHP!

archdandy
10-24-2011, 12:56 PM
Ooooh does this 'good, bad and ugly' have to do with the resort change?! I can't wait to find out!

melser13
10-24-2011, 01:04 PM
You have me hooked on your report. We are trying to plan a trip this Spring and it is looking like Value or no go... We haven't had good experiences at Value, but I might cave. With 5 of us it will be quite a squeeze, expecially since our last trip we were bumped to CL at BC!
Oh well...Value or No Disney- I vote Value...:goodvibes

Can't wait to hear where you were upgraded to, and why!

Disneychix
10-24-2011, 01:39 PM
Oh my-I would have paid extra if you could've gotten the cab driven to drive past the lady who was yelling at you so you could wave goodbye to your new 'friend'!! :rotfl: Some people are ridiculous!!

What a fun day at DTD!!

debrapagliasotti
10-24-2011, 01:48 PM
Oh no, sorry he didnt like the dragon in Fantasmic! Did he say anything about it after the show...or the next day?

DisneyMomma81
10-24-2011, 02:07 PM
What a fun report ~ looking forward to hearing about your upgrade!

ktlm
10-24-2011, 06:13 PM
It cracks me up that your adorable little thrill seeker who will ride BTM and Star Tours and love them, is scared of Peter Pan and Snow White! DD(5) would ride Peter Pan and Snow White in circles all day if we let her, but there is no way she will set foot anywhere near BTM or Star Tours! She is terrified of them.

Very cute trip report! You definitely know how to use the cliffhanger to keep people coming back!

TinkPirateMom
10-25-2011, 07:49 AM
Hi Katie! I have been following along and just love your trip report! Conner is absolutely adorable! My son will turn 3 in February as well and is 39.5 inches tall too. We have big boys! I can't wait to take him to Disney but we are not going until November 2012. It will be our fist trip as a family. I have taken my daughter.

So other than everyone trying to ruin your precious stroller, what did you think of your stroller and it's performance in Disney? I'm looking at City Mini's and Elite which look similar to your Britax. Do you think Conner will fit in it for another year or so?

Also had a question regarding the cab ride. My DH can lose patience in crowds and waiting especially if the kids are acting crazy. I really want him to love Disney so I think when lines are really long we may have to take a cab for sanity's sake. Was there a car seat or booster in the cab? Don't worry I'm not the car seat police just trying to figure out how it all works.

Thanks so much for sharing your trip and great pics!

luvmy2babies
10-25-2011, 11:40 AM
I would give just about anything to be able to sleep until 8:30. My son can stay up until 1am if he has a late enough nap, but will not sleep past 7:30am. The one Saturday I remember him sleeping past that my daughter, who on Saturdays, usually sleeps like she worked the night shift got up early and woke him.

I think my crew would be frightened by Fantasmic too so we haven't seen it and don't plan to yet. Waiting patient to hear about the move, but flying out tomorrow for a Sea World trip. I'll check back in when we get home.

CJDisneyMommy
10-25-2011, 12:04 PM
Great trip report! Your Conner is adorable, it's fun to see him having so much fun!

Thank you!:goodvibes

Sounds like y'all had a nice night in DHS. Too bad Conner didn't like the dragon. It's so hard at that age to know how they'll react to things.

That's scary that the bus from DTD about got y'all into a wreck. :scared1: Can't wait to hear all about MNSSHP!

Yeah, I was pretty disappointed that he didn't enjoy it, but I think I had forgotten how scary that dragon might be to a 2 yr old.

About to post our night at the party!

Ooooh does this 'good, bad and ugly' have to do with the resort change?! I can't wait to find out!

You would think that, right? But no, its something else. I had to keep you interested somehow:thumbsup2

You have me hooked on your report. We are trying to plan a trip this Spring and it is looking like Value or no go... We haven't had good experiences at Value, but I might cave. With 5 of us it will be quite a squeeze, expecially since our last trip we were bumped to CL at BC!
Oh well...Value or No Disney- I vote Value...:goodvibes

Can't wait to hear where you were upgraded to, and why!

I'm glad you enjoy it! I'm not a fan of the values at all...my mom refers to herself as a "deluxe snob", and I think the trait has rubbed off on me a bit. But I'm with you, I would much rather stay at a value than not go at all!

Oh my-I would have paid extra if you could've gotten the cab driven to drive past the lady who was yelling at you so you could wave goodbye to your new 'friend'!! :rotfl: Some people are ridiculous!!

What a fun day at DTD!!

:lmao: I totally should have!!


Oh no, sorry he didnt like the dragon in Fantasmic! Did he say anything about it after the show...or the next day?

Eh, not so much. He did ask to see a dragon a couple more times, but luckily there is ONE more dragon in Disney (that I know of), and we saw him. Can you guess who?


What a fun report ~ looking forward to hearing about your upgrade!

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoy it:goodvibes

It cracks me up that your adorable little thrill seeker who will ride BTM and Star Tours and love them, is scared of Peter Pan and Snow White! DD(5) would ride Peter Pan and Snow White in circles all day if we let her, but there is no way she will set foot anywhere near BTM or Star Tours! She is terrified of them.

Very cute trip report! You definitely know how to use the cliffhanger to keep people coming back!

Too funny! I'm not sure what it is about those rides, maybe the dark? But star tours is dark too...who knows. Either way, I love that he enjoys the big kid rides. It's so cool!

And thank you, I'm glad you are enjoying my TR :goodvibes


Hi Katie! I have been following along and just love your trip report! Conner is absolutely adorable! My son will turn 3 in February as well and is 39.5 inches tall too. We have big boys! I can't wait to take him to Disney but we are not going until November 2012. It will be our fist trip as a family. I have taken my daughter.

So other than everyone trying to ruin your precious stroller, what did you think of your stroller and it's performance in Disney? I'm looking at City Mini's and Elite which look similar to your Britax. Do you think Conner will fit in it for another year or so?

Also had a question regarding the cab ride. My DH can lose patience in crowds and waiting especially if the kids are acting crazy. I really want him to love Disney so I think when lines are really long we may have to take a cab for sanity's sake. Was there a car seat or booster in the cab? Don't worry I'm not the car seat police just trying to figure out how it all works.

Thanks so much for sharing your trip and great pics!

Thank you! I'm so glad you like it! Will you be there for the special lights in MGM? You will have to look into the gingerbread houses at the deluxe resorts as well. I'm not sure when they are put up, but I would imagine they start sometime in November.

As for my stroller, I absolutely love it. I went to babies r us with plans to buy their brand jogging stroller, which was somewhat similar to the city mini (the stroller I really wanted). But the babies R Us brand turned out to be super heavy, and was huge when it folded up. Everything I like about the city mini is in my britax. There are only a couple of differences that I can remember. I think the storage area under the city mini might be bigger, and I like the rubber on the handle better than my handle. But that being said, my stroller has a safety button that has to be pushed to fold it up, which I wanted for obvious reasons. And the canopy was better quality. I thought the Britax was better quality in general, and I drove Conner around the store in both strollers for probably a good half hour.

I would buy it again. But it's probably also about personal preference. Go to a babies R Us and push your DS around the store in both strollers. Either one of them is well worth the splurge. Oh and Conner will absolutely fit in it for another couple of years. That's part of the reason I picked my stroller. It has a bigger seating area for the longer kids, but it isn't heavy, and it folds up extra compact.

The Cab Rides...no carseat. But we were in a mini van and Conner had a seatbelt on. Our ride wasn't any longer than 5 minutes from MGM to POP. Honestly, I didn't have any major issues with the lines for the buses, other than that one night. That being said, I did get packed on to numerous other buses that had no sitting room. But being in Disney, someone ALWAYS offered their seat to Conner and I. That's the beauty of Disney World. So many people that go there either have kids, or have been there done that. I didn't stand once with him.

I have to get to my TR now before lunch is over, but let me know if I missed anything!


I would give just about anything to be able to sleep until 8:30. My son can stay up until 1am if he has a late enough nap, but will not sleep past 7:30am. The one Saturday I remember him sleeping past that my daughter, who on Saturdays, usually sleeps like she worked the night shift got up early and woke him.

I think my crew would be frightened by Fantasmic too so we haven't seen it and don't plan to yet. Waiting patient to hear about the move, but flying out tomorrow for a Sea World trip. I'll check back in when we get home.

OMG I would die. More power to you! Luckily, Conner needs more sleep than that, so he usually gets at least 8 hours or more each night. :worship:

Have fun in Sea World! That part of my trip will be up when you get back:thumbsup2

CJDisneyMommy
10-25-2011, 12:34 PM
The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs
They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!
But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is I'm the only one

My little Tigger:lovestruc

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So the story behind Conner's 'costume' is that I didn't buy him one before we left for our trip. I had come to the sad conclusion that we just couldn't really afford the extra $120 worth of MNSSHP tickets this trip. BUT! At like 9pm the night before we left, my mom offered to buy them because she knew how badly I wanted to go. If you read this, thanks again Mom:hug:

I couldn't bring myself to spend $60 plus on a costume in DTD, so I went with a $20 pair of jammies that could be worn again...and again...and again!

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We got to the park and picked our tickets up at will call with no problem. The second we got into the park, Conner said "CHOO CHOOOOOOOOO", so of course, we had to take him to his choo choo.

The nice man that worked at BTMRR remembered us from our million other rides, and offered to take our picture.

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I so desperately wanted Conner to take some NICE pictures in front of the ride he loved so much, but my little bouncing boy was just too excited.

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After BTMMRR we made our way over to JR's favorite ride of all time...Pirates of the Carribbean of course!!! Aye mateys!pirate:

Conner did ok with this one too. He was not a fan of the part where the cannons are shooting from the pirate ship. Too loud, and we were in the second row where you get splashed. He was fine with the rest of the ride.

JR was starving at this point, and just HAD to eat at his new found favorite quick service restaurant. So we made our way over to Pecos Bills. After a very quick dinner, we had to get our seats for the parade.

One word for you...MISERABLE.

I personally think Disney should be ashamed of themselves for letting so many people into the MK on this night. I later found out that the party was sold out, and Friday night is a bad night to go because the locals bring their kids. Next time, I will go on a week night.

There was zero room for parade seating. Jr had to put Conner on his shoulders, which was totally fine. When he got Conner up, he was able to see everything. But, of course, 1/3 of the way through the parade, the RUDE lady sitting in front of us, who had to be 6 FOOT TALL might I add, decided to stand up. REALLY!? Ugh, I was so irritated.

I barely got any pictures of the parade because I was more concerned with Conner being able to see things. Here you can kind of see the headless horseman riding down Frontierland

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And...the end.

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Pathetic, right?


At the end of the parade, people pass out candy. I was so overjoyed for Conner to get some goodies, and they skipped right over him. Not once, not twice, but THREE times. By this point, I was fuming. Horrible parade seats, no candy, and we couldn't see anything. Overall, not a pleasant experience whatsoever.

I didn't want this to ruin our night, so we decided to move on, and get Conner on some more rides before he needed to go night night.

So, we rode BTMRR again...and again....and again...and again. Four times this night! lol He just couldn't get enough. After BTMRR, I really wanted this poor kid to trick or treat, so we made our way to one of the stations. The line must have had 200 people. NO JOKE. So, we decided to try a different station, 150 people. NO JOKE. It was unforgivable how many people had to wait in line for candy. Needless to say, we didn't trick or treat that night.

Conner fell asleep in the middle of our attempt to trick or treat, so we decided to call it a night and head to the front of the park. We spent some time playing in the stores with breakables, that we wouldn't usually be able to go into because of Conner, so that was nice.

Check out what I found in one of the stores...notice the price tag?

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I also took some pictures of the pretty fall decorations around Main Street

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While I took some pictures, JR told me to wait a minute, that he had something to do. Five minutes later, he came out of town hall with a bag full of candy. Full to the brim too. He told one of the cast members at guest services what a disappointing experience we had, so they filled up the bag of candy, and told JR to give Conner a message when he woke up...that his candy bag was from Mickey Mouse himself, and it had special treats set aside just for Conner.

I hate to be the debbie downer, but I'm happy JR said something. They "limit" the number of people they allow into these special events, so they don't offer fastpasses. Well guess what Disney, YOU NEED TO LIMIT MORE!

Remember how I said this night should be called the good, the bad, and the ugly? Well, I just about covered the bad and ugly, don't you think?:rotfl:

I still haven't covered the good! But my lunch break is just about over, so you will have to stay tuned for the good. I have a pleasant surprise to end our MNSSHP night!!! It really did make the night SO much better. I can't wait to tell you guys.

Stay tuned!!!

lledman
10-25-2011, 12:49 PM
loving your trip report. So glad your son made the height requirement for the bigger rides but sorry he didn't enjoy fantasmic like you had thought he would.

amandaw
10-25-2011, 01:40 PM
Conner is so cute in his Tigger outfit! :goodvibes

Can't wait to hear about the good ending to the night. Sorry to hear that the party sounds like a big disappointment. We've never done MNSSHP & I would love to do it. We're supposed to go next October but now I'm stressing on whether or not it's worth it. I've heard a few people on the DIS talk about how crowded & miserable it is. We would probably go on like the Tuesday night party, but I just don't know what to do. :confused3

misspickle
10-25-2011, 01:53 PM
really enjoying your trip report.

leshunlenese
10-25-2011, 05:34 PM
That was very sweet of your mom to buy your tickets. I love MNSSHP too and hope to go back the year after next. I am sry you had some bad moments. I will have to remember to go on a weekday.

disnut1149
10-25-2011, 07:00 PM
Hi
I love your trip report. Connor is so cute. Can't wait to read more!!

Grumpy's Wife
10-25-2011, 07:16 PM
Hi, I just found your trip report and of course I'll be here to find out the "good" that happened to you guys. So sorry you had to deal with the bad and ugly.

Conner is such a cutie and his Tigger PJ's :tigger: were adorable. He fit right in without the expensive costume.

CJDisneyMommy
10-26-2011, 11:41 AM
loving your trip report. So glad your son made the height requirement for the bigger rides but sorry he didn't enjoy fantasmic like you had thought he would.

Thank you:goodvibes Maybe Fantasmic will be a bigger hit next time:confused3


Conner is so cute in his Tigger outfit! :goodvibes

Can't wait to hear about the good ending to the night. Sorry to hear that the party sounds like a big disappointment. We've never done MNSSHP & I would love to do it. We're supposed to go next October but now I'm stressing on whether or not it's worth it. I've heard a few people on the DIS talk about how crowded & miserable it is. We would probably go on like the Tuesday night party, but I just don't know what to do. :confused3

Thank you! I hate to down the party because this is the third time I've gone, and the other trips were perfectly fine. I really think it had a lot to do with the party being sold out, and being on Friday.

really enjoying your trip report.

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

That was very sweet of your mom to buy your tickets. I love MNSSHP too and hope to go back the year after next. I am sry you had some bad moments. I will have to remember to go on a weekday.

I know:) DEFINITELY go on a weekday

Hi
I love your trip report. Connor is so cute. Can't wait to read more!!

Thank you! I'm glad you are enjoying it:goodvibes

Hi, I just found your trip report and of course I'll be here to find out the "good" that happened to you guys. So sorry you had to deal with the bad and ugly.

Conner is such a cutie and his Tigger PJ's :tigger: were adorable. He fit right in without the expensive costume.

Thank you! Time to start on my good part of the story:thumbsup2

glennbo123
10-26-2011, 11:47 AM
Are you kidding? I find this trip report right at a mega-cliffhanger moment? :faint:

Enjoying your report. :)

CJDisneyMommy
10-26-2011, 12:20 PM
Just when I thought our MNSSHP night was a bust, I realized we were at the front of the park, the second parade was about to start, and NO ONE was there. What did we do next, you ask?

We got the best seat in the house for the parade! No ropes were out to block us from moving, Not too sure why:confused3 But I liked it. Within five minutes, my awesome, amazing parade was finally coming!

Not the best picture ever, but there is the headless horseman! And where am I? Front and center!!

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And there ya have it, are those pictures and close ups not a GAGILLION times better than what we had seen a couple of hours prior?!?!

There was a group of four girls sitting next to us, and they were so fun to watch. They were all around my age, and had the cutest costumes on. One was a flapper, one was Cruela, and I honestly can't remember the other two, but they were super cute. They were giving the men in the parade googly eyes (sp?), and yelling at them all. They LOVED the cowboys, and it was so fun to watch the parade people interact with them. Barbosa came right up to a couple of us, and so did some of the cowboys. I think everyone was able to have more fun with it because there was NO ONE there! It was SO awesome.

I'm a little sad that Conner slept through the second parade, but he was so sleepy. It was still a really pleasant way to end the night.

After the parade ended, we made our way to the bus stop. It wasn't too crowded, and we were all out the second we hit the sheets.



Saturday, October 1st. Happy anniversary Magic Kingdom!!!

And happy moving day to us!!! Yep, you read it right. This is the day we moved!

When I first booked our trip, I honestly had not one clue that we would be there on the 40th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom, so it was a nice perk. We decided to enjoy the festivities later that night, and start off our day in MGM.

We had a quick breakfast in our room, and took a bus to the park.

Our first ride was the backlot tour!

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SMILE GOOBER!

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CJDisneyMommy
10-26-2011, 12:38 PM
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Conner enjoyed the backlot tour for the most part. I think he was a little startled by the fire and water park, but he did fine.

JR and I really enjoyed the end of the ride, when you can walk through more of the props.

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JR's FAVORITE part of the day...POTC props of course!

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Next up? The Muppets!!! Conner loved this show! He was grabbing stuff, and laughing. Oh, it was sooooo cute:lovestruc

After Muppets, we started to notice the park was getting REALLY crowded. The lines were outrageous. So we decided to take the boat over to Epcot, and try our luck there. On our way, we stopped off at the Yacht & Beach club. This is one of my favorite resorts. And I just love love love the pool. So of course I had to take pictures..

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I want to put this over my bed. Is that weird? lol

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After I got my taste of the yacht and beach club, we walked over to Epcot. The moment we got to the turn stiles, I realized we had messed up. It was the first weekend of the food and wine festival, and it was Saturday. Can you say STUPID!! It took us 10 minutes just to get into the park, and you could barely walk. Don't forget, the entrance from the yacht and beach club puts you in right at the countries.

So instead of going to the right, where France is, we decided to make our way over to Future World. On the big bridge that brings you into future world, was the OCEANSPRAY MEN!!!!!!!!!!! So freaking cool!!!

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I was way over excited, and just had to have my picture taken of course!

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After I "ooed and ahhed" over the ocean spray set-up, we brought Conner over to Nemo. He hadn't really been able to ride anything so far, so I wanted to get him on something. He really enjoys this ride, and I love the part when you are on the EAC. It feels so cool!

When the ride was over, I tried to take Conner through the aquarium, but he was exhausted. So needless to say, we started to head for the bus stop.

It was another quick ride back to POP, and we were in our room in no time. I was pulling the sheets back to get Conner in bed for his nap, and the next thing I know, there is a HUGE centipede...in the bed. UGH, can you say disgusting?! I wasn't a happy camper, but I didn't see anymore, so I made Conner get in for his nap.

After Conner had fallen asleep, JR came out of the bathroom with ANOTHER huge bug.

Ok...I told myself it was no big deal. This is Florida, and that is to be expected.


So, off to bed I went for naptime. I had to get SOME sleep in, afterall, we needed to wake up in a couple of short hours to enjoy the 40th anniversary festivities at the Magic Kingdom.



And that's when it all started....the moment we woke up from nap time and Conner was........












































TOMORROW folks!! My precious lunch break is almost over, and I need a good amount of time to tell you this story!! Hang tight:thumbsup2

Grumpy's Wife
10-26-2011, 12:46 PM
Talk about a cliffhanger! :lmao: I hope Conner was ok.

jojo0612
10-26-2011, 12:50 PM
I've been dying to see why you were moved to SSR and from what I can tell.....it's the same reason we were too...:eek:but I'll just have to wait until tommorrow to find out for sure!!! popcorn::

MyHappilyEverAfter
10-26-2011, 12:53 PM
Ahhhh... another cliffhanger!! popcorn:: However, this time I think I am going to have to read with caution - - I'm afraid to know what you found!!!

vickxo
10-26-2011, 01:13 PM
DARN THE CLIFF HANGER! I was getting so into it haha guess i'll just have to learn some patience. :lmao:

Tinkh
10-26-2011, 01:17 PM
Looking forward to reading the rest. Thanks for sharing.

amandaw
10-26-2011, 03:09 PM
NOOO! Inquiring minds want to know what happened when Conner woke up! I'm afraid it's going to be really gross....:eek:

I'm glad y'all were able to catch the 2nd parade at MNSSHP. Note to self: we will definitely go to the party during the week & if the 1st parade is crowded, I will catch the 2nd one.

Sounds like y'all were having a good day.....until all the bugs starting showing up. Can't wait to hear more....even if I am just a little afraid of what it is. :rotfl:

donnaf516
10-26-2011, 03:24 PM
Hope he was ok.....I can't take it anymore!!!!

archdandy
10-26-2011, 05:23 PM
Argh noooo! You just gave me the willies! :sick: I can't wait to hear about what happens next.

sjs314
10-26-2011, 05:29 PM
OMG what a way to leave us :rotfl2:

So glad your MNSSHP evening turned out positive in the end, you did get some great shots of the 2nd parade. I have to agree about maybe they do need to limit the tickets a bit more for the enjoyment of all. I am glad your DH went and voiced his opinion maybe if a few more did Disney would get the hint and cut back on the number of tickets sold for each party.

I hate bugs by the way :scared1:

JanetMom
10-26-2011, 06:53 PM
Eew, I'm guessing I'm not going to like what is coming.

However, I loved the YC pictures from the last update. We are staying at the YC in March so I was thrilled to get a preview with your pictures. Thanks!

leshunlenese
10-26-2011, 07:52 PM
what a way to keep us hanging!

mandas08
10-26-2011, 08:11 PM
Wow great TR so far! Do you ever experience long lines at the barber shop? I hope to get my little guys first haircut there in Feb. I seen that you were there when your son was 10 months. Ours will be 7 months when we go, any advice? I'm so excited, but this will be our first trip with him so I'm not sure what to expect. I know we will have lots of breaks for feeding and likely lots of napping in the stroller or carrier. Did you take a carrier and if so what kind?

Can't wait to see how you all get your amazing upgrade, but also kind of scared because it must have been something pretty bad:scared1:.

Again loving your TR so far, cant wait to read more :)

OhMari
10-26-2011, 08:15 PM
Can we guess about Conner-Spider bite.

I heard Disney wants to do fast pass for parades. I really have no idea how that will work. the problem with the special events like Halloween, is the parade is the main attraction if the whole evening. People don't scatter around the park.

jenandjuice
10-26-2011, 08:22 PM
Loving your stories...you are an adorable family!

JoanneDisFan
10-26-2011, 09:08 PM
I'm so getting sucked in by your report. Can't wait to hear about the upgrade.

melser13
10-26-2011, 11:20 PM
It was another quick ride back to POP, and we were in our room in no time. I was pulling the sheets back to get Conner in bed for his nap, and the next thing I know, there is a HUGE centipede...in the bed. UGH, can you say disgusting?! I wasn't a happy camper, but I didn't see anymore, so I made Conner get in for his nap.

After Conner had fallen asleep, JR came out of the bathroom with ANOTHER huge bug.

Ok...I told myself it was no big deal. This is Florida, and that is to be expected.



Um... remember how I said Value was better than no Disney... I think I will be saving an extra 400 to go to at least the MOD level and pray for an AP discount to go to the WL or POLY (not that bugs don't exist there too). :lmao: Bugs so aren't my thing...:scared1:

CJDisneyMommy
10-27-2011, 10:02 AM
And that's when it all started....the moment we woke up from nap time and Conner was........




































covered in little bug bites. :scared1:

They weren't itching or oozing, they were just little tiny bug bites. Almost like what a flea bite would look like. They weren't even raised. Either way, they were bug bites, and I was freaking out. JR immediately went to the front desk to talk to a manager. They offered to clean the room, change the bedding, and send in pest control to check for bed bugs. I've heard HORROR stories of bed bugs, some of which actually happened at POP, but they were before the renovations.

Either way, the manager seemed like he wanted to help us, and I was ok with what he was offering for the time being. He had also offered to move our room, but I didn't want to spend hours doing that unless pest control found a problem. Conner wasn't itching and he didn't seem irritated by the bites, so we decided to go into the Magic Kingdom, and try to enjoy ourselves while pest control fixed our room.

When we got to the Magic Kingdom, we walked under the train station, and parked right in front of me was the trolley they use for the Meet Me in St. Louis show on Main Street. And people were getting on it!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't believe it. Every time I have seen this trolley, it's being used for a show. Having the chance to ride it was just awesome!!:banana:

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I have to say this was probably one of my favorite moments of our whole trip. The trolly drove us from the entrance all the way to the castle. And the entire ride, Conner waved to everyone on Main Street. And I do mean everyone. It was so sweet, and all of the people thought it was cute too, and waved back. I think Conner felt like he was IN a parade.

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After our wonderful trolley ride, where do you think we went?

BTMRR of course lol I think we only rode it once this night before we moved on to some other rides. All together, I think we were able to get in Buzz Lightyear, POTC, and Splash Mountain. I found out they were bringing back the old spectromagic parade, so we had to start looking for a seat to watch the parade. We started all the way up near Pecos Bills (where the parade ends), and couldn't find a thing. So we literally walked the entire distance of the parade, looking for a break in the hoards of people for a seat. Nothing. Finally, we got all the way back to the front of the park, and there was still nothing. JR put Conner on his shoulders for the first few minutes of the parade, but he still couldn't see anything. Eventually, I got us all up to the train station, and we were able to see a little bit.

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Overall, I was really disappointed. We barely saw anything, and it's because there were just WAY too many people in the park. I blame it on the 40th anniversary, and the fact that there were just entirely way too many people let into the park on this day. After the parade was over, we got on a bus back to POP.

On the bus ride, I noticed Conners bug bites were raised and he was starting to itch them. And I noticed that it was actually more than I had originally thought. So by now, I'm just beside myself.

The second we got back to POP, we went to find the manager JR had been speaking with earlier. His name was Sam, and he was really nice. Out of all of the people I have ever dealt with at Disney, he was by far, one of the best yet.

Sam told us that pest control hadn't found anything in our room, but I wasn't satisfied. I told him that I really wanted a new room, regardless of what pest control found. Judging by the bites on Conner's legs, there was SOMETHING in that room, whether it was bed bugs, spiders, whatever.

Conner was really tired, so I pushed him around the lobby in his stroller while JR talked to Sam.

After a few minutes, JR came and got me, and told me to come talk to Sam.

And then I heard those beautiful words:

"We are filled to capacity at POP, so I am moving you to one of our deluxe resorts.......





































































































.....................the Polynesian"



I cried. And cried. And cried somemore. Overall, our trip had not been the worst, but between the MNSSHP, the parade at the 40th anniversary, and now the bug bites, it was time for some change. And I could not have asked for a better change. The Polynesian has been my favorite resort ever since I was a little girl, so I was just beside myself when Sam told me where he was moving us.

I gave Conner some Benadryl from the gift shop, and his itching subsided. The bites eventually went down to little red dots, but then later in our trip scabbed a TINY bit. The scabs were small, but they were enough for me to see 2 little dots where the fangs bit him. I came to the conclusion that my poor guy was attacked by a spider.


After crying and thanking Sam perfusely, we had to go pack our stuff! I think we packed in 5 or 10 minutes, and I cried on the phone to my mom the whole time. We got our stuff to the entrance at POP, and Sam gave us a voucher for our cab ride. Conner fell asleep on the way over, and within 10 or 15 minutes, we were pulling into the beautiful resort I could call home for the next few days. After a quick check in, we made our way over to the room. And my, how beautiful it was.

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JR and I were in absolute heaven:cloud9: . I have some stunning pictures of the outside of the Polynesian from the next morning. I will try to post those tonight or tomorrow afternoon. We really got to enjoy our new 'home' that day. Can't wait to tell you all about it!

jojo0612
10-27-2011, 10:39 AM
Wow...the polyonesion. I have always wanted to stay there too :) Sam the was the manager who helped us as well! We had gnats in our room, not a few, but a ton!! I thought we had a textured wall and when I looked closely I discovered they were gnats that were on the wall. It was so gross. When we stayed at POP it was also filled to capacity and they upgraded us to Saratoga Springs. It was beautiful! It's amazing how fast one can pack when you know you are getting bumped to a deluxe!!! Can't wait to hear the rest of your trip report!!:)

Grumpy's Wife
10-27-2011, 10:47 AM
I'm sorry that Conner got bitten. I've stayed at POP and never had a problem with the rooms but I've heard some stories. What a score on the Poly! I can't wait to hear all about it.

melser13
10-27-2011, 10:57 AM
Well this doesn't help the fact that I am hesitant about the POP...I really want to go, but bugs...ew!

The POLY is our FAVORITE!!! Hope you enjoyed it there. We just love everything about it. What a great moment at a time you needed it during your trip.:wizard:

tinkgurl
10-27-2011, 12:46 PM
Oh no! Poor Conner. I hope they didn't bother him too much.

I actually had goosebumps seeing the pics of him waving at everybody as you guys rode down Main Street. How adorable!! :goodvibes

OH MY GOSH! You guys got moved to the Poly?!?! How awesome! :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

Mich123
10-27-2011, 01:13 PM
It's so awful about the bites, thank goodness they didn't get infected...and the POLY is an awesome silver lining! The room looks awesome. How many days were left on your trip when you were moved?

archdandy
10-27-2011, 02:48 PM
:scared1: The poly?! What an amazing thing to happen on your vacation! It really is sad about Connor getting bit by bugs (eck!) but I am so happy that Sam really took care of you guys. We stayed at All Stars one time and we didn't have any issues with it but I have heard some stories about the Pop resort. I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip, Poly style! :banana:

JanetMom
10-27-2011, 05:15 PM
Such a great resolution to the problem.

How fantastic for Conner to be so close to the monorail and the MK.

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TinkPirateMom
10-27-2011, 06:50 PM
Thanks for answering my questions about your stroller and the cab. I will have to add the Britax to the list of strollers to check out.

I just love the pics of Conner waving to everyone while riding on the trolley. What a sweetheart!

I would have been so upset if my boy had bug bites after waking from his nap. I'm glad the manager treated you well. The Poly upgrade is SWEET!

sjs314
10-27-2011, 07:28 PM
Oh poor lil Connor having been bitten like that. I did not know they still ran the Trolly letting people ride it anymore........that was so cool you guys got to ride it.
Fantastic upgrade to the Poly so glad everything turned out ok, if it was a spider that bit Connor things could have turned out so much worse, beautiful pics of the room at the Poly.

amandaw
10-27-2011, 08:53 PM
Poor little Conner with his bug bites. :sad2: But, I'm glad they made it better for y'all with the move to Poly. That is awesome! :thumbsup2

And Conner is too cute waving to everyone from the trolley! :goodvibes

leshunlenese
10-27-2011, 09:24 PM
I love it! Not the bug part but you know!!

SheenaXena21
10-27-2011, 10:40 PM
That's so great they moved you to the Poly!!!!!

I would be crying too!!!! Hopefully I wont see any spiders at Pop in 44 days!!!! I hate spiders!!!! Enjoying your TR!

lauren_elizabeth
10-28-2011, 06:18 AM
Oh no! Poor thing, waking up from his nap & covered in bites. Aw :(

I am so glad the manager at POP was able to make you feel comfortable about the whole situation... that's why I love Disney so much :love: They go above and beyond the normal customer service to make their guests feel like one in a million <3

lledman
10-28-2011, 06:56 AM
What an awesome upgrade but terrible course of events for it to happen.

hushupu
10-28-2011, 07:54 AM
Great pictures of the Polynesian. I've never been there but it's on the list.

CJDisneyMommy
10-28-2011, 09:57 AM
Talk about a cliffhanger! I hope Conner was ok.


I couldn't help myself:lmao:

I've been dying to see why you were moved to SSR and from what I can tell.....it's the same reason we were too...but I'll just have to wait until tommorrow to find out for sure!!!

Sorry i never replied to this, its been a busy week!!

Ahhhh... another cliffhanger!! However, this time I think I am going to have to read with caution - - I'm afraid to know what you found!!!

lol I'm a riot, right?:lmao:

DARN THE CLIFF HANGER! I was getting so into it haha guess i'll just have to learn some patience.

Ah, sorry! I got there soon enough lol

Looking forward to reading the rest. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for reading!:goodvibes

NOOO! Inquiring minds want to know what happened when Conner woke up! I'm afraid it's going to be really gross....

I'm glad y'all were able to catch the 2nd parade at MNSSHP. Note to self: we will definitely go to the party during the week & if the 1st parade is crowded, I will catch the 2nd one.

Sounds like y'all were having a good day.....until all the bugs starting showing up. Can't wait to hear more....even if I am just a little afraid of what it is.

DEFINITELY go on a weekday!!!

Hope he was ok.....I can't take it anymore!!!!

lol :thumbsup2

Argh noooo! You just gave me the willies! :sick: I can't wait to hear about what happens next.

:sick:willies are no good

OMG what a way to leave us

So glad your MNSSHP evening turned out positive in the end, you did get some great shots of the 2nd parade. I have to agree about maybe they do need to limit the tickets a bit more for the enjoyment of all. I am glad your DH went and voiced his opinion maybe if a few more did Disney would get the hint and cut back on the number of tickets sold for each party.

I hate bugs by the way


I hope people keep complaining so this can STOP happening!

Eew, I'm guessing I'm not going to like what is coming.

However, I loved the YC pictures from the last update. We are staying at the YC in March so I was thrilled to get a preview with your pictures. Thanks!

Thanks! Oh, the yacht club is a stunning resort, and the pool is FABULOUS.

what a way to keep us hanging!

:lmao:

Wow great TR so far! Do you ever experience long lines at the barber shop? I hope to get my little guys first haircut there in Feb. I seen that you were there when your son was 10 months. Ours will be 7 months when we go, any advice? I'm so excited, but this will be our first trip with him so I'm not sure what to expect. I know we will have lots of breaks for feeding and likely lots of napping in the stroller or carrier. Did you take a carrier and if so what kind?

Can't wait to see how you all get your amazing upgrade, but also kind of scared because it must have been something pretty bad

Again loving your TR so far, cant wait to read more :)

Thank you! Never once have I experienced a long line in the barber shop. I think the longest we have ever waited was maybe 10 minutes tops. I love it! I didn't bring a carrier, always a stroller. And definitely expect to take lots of breaks. The best plan is to forget the plan with a baby!

Can we guess about Conner-Spider bite.

I heard Disney wants to do fast pass for parades. I really have no idea how that will work. the problem with the special events like Halloween, is the parade is the main attraction if the whole evening. People don't scatter around the park.

You guessed it right! I read about the fastpass too. They said fastpasses would be handed out, and not given by a machine. I think they are only going to run a test phase to see how it works (or doesnt work). I personally hope it does work, maybe I won't have to miss a parade again.

Loving your stories...you are an adorable family!

Thank you! :goodvibes

I'm so getting sucked in by your report. Can't wait to hear about the upgrade.

Thanks!:goodvibes

Um... remember how I said Value was better than no Disney... I think I will be saving an extra 400 to go to at least the MOD level and pray for an AP discount to go to the WL or POLY (not that bugs don't exist there too). :lmao: Bugs so aren't my thing...:scared1:

Don't let my experience scare you too much. This is the second time I have stayed at POP, and the first time was fine.

Wow...the polyonesion. I have always wanted to stay there too :) Sam the was the manager who helped us as well! We had gnats in our room, not a few, but a ton!! I thought we had a textured wall and when I looked closely I discovered they were gnats that were on the wall. It was so gross. When we stayed at POP it was also filled to capacity and they upgraded us to Saratoga Springs. It was beautiful! It's amazing how fast one can pack when you know you are getting bumped to a deluxe!!! Can't wait to hear the rest of your trip report!!:)


I really liked Sam. Thats awesome that you were upgraded as well. How did you like the location of SSR? Would you stay there again?

I'm sorry that Conner got bitten. I've stayed at POP and never had a problem with the rooms but I've heard some stories. What a score on the Poly! I can't wait to hear all about it.

I've stayed there before as well, and didn't have a problem. But yes, WHAT A SCORE ON THE POLY! I was so in heaven:cloud9:

Well this doesn't help the fact that I am hesitant about the POP...I really want to go, but bugs...ew!

Sorry:sad2: I'm sure it doesn't make a tough decision any easier. But again, remember that this probably doesn't happen too often. And bugs can honestly be anywhere...at any hotel in FL.

The POLY is our FAVORITE!!! Hope you enjoyed it there. We just love everything about it. What a great moment at a time you needed it during your trip.:wizard:

It's my favorite too!! Gosh, I enjoyed it so much. JR said he doesnt want to go back to Disney until we can afford to stay at Poly. Good luck with that one JR :lmao:

Oh no! Poor Conner. I hope they didn't bother him too much.

I actually had goosebumps seeing the pics of him waving at everybody as you guys rode down Main Street. How adorable!! :goodvibes

OH MY GOSH! You guys got moved to the Poly?!?! How awesome! :banana: :banana:

he was too funny on that trolley, I loved every second!

Poly was to die for :lovestruc

It's so awful about the bites, thank goodness they didn't get infected...and the POLY is an awesome silver lining! The room looks awesome. How many days were left on your trip when you were moved?

3 nights! So it was halfway through our trip, and of course I would have rather it been sooner, but I can't complain!

The poly?! What an amazing thing to happen on your vacation! It really is sad about Connor getting bit by bugs (eck!) but I am so happy that Sam really took care of you guys. We stayed at All Stars one time and we didn't have any issues with it but I have heard some stories about the Pop resort. I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip, Poly style!

Poly style is the best way to do it!

Such a great resolution to the problem.

How fantastic for Conner to be so close to the monorail and the MK.



OMG that was one of the best parts of staying at POLY. Other than the fact that its beautiful, but the location is just perfect! And I LOVED having the convenience of the monorail.

Thanks for answering my questions about your stroller and the cab. I will have to add the Britax to the list of strollers to check out.

I just love the pics of Conner waving to everyone while riding on the trolley. What a sweetheart!

I would have been so upset if my boy had bug bites after waking from his nap. I'm glad the manager treated you well. The Poly upgrade is SWEET!

Thanks! It was SO SWEET!

Oh poor lil Connor having been bitten like that. I did not know they still ran the Trolly letting people ride it anymore........that was so cool you guys got to ride it.
Fantastic upgrade to the Poly so glad everything turned out ok, if it was a spider that bit Connor things could have turned out so much worse, beautiful pics of the room at the Poly.

The trolley was so awesome!And the upgrade was beyond fantastic!

Poor little Conner with his bug bites. But, I'm glad they made it better for y'all with the move to Poly. That is awesome!
And Conner is too cute waving to everyone from the trolley!

Thanks!:goodvibes

I love it! Not the bug part but you know!!

lol same here!

That's so great they moved you to the Poly!!!!!

I would be crying too!!!! Hopefully I wont see any spiders at Pop in 44 days!!!! I hate spiders!!!! Enjoying your TR!

I think I cried the next day too lol I was so excited to stay there.

Oh no! Poor thing, waking up from his nap & covered in bites. Aw :(

I am so glad the manager at POP was able to make you feel comfortable about the whole situation... that's why I love Disney so much They go above and beyond the normal customer service to make their guests feel like one in a million <3

So so true!!

What an awesome upgrade but terrible course of events for it to happen.

Couldn't agree more:)

Great pictures of the Polynesian. I've never been there but it's on the list.

Thanks! Even if you dont stay there, I would highly suggest a meal at O'hanas or even just looking around the resort. It really is stunning.

CJDisneyMommy
10-31-2011, 01:05 PM
I spent my lunch break at Conners school/daycare for his little Halloween parade, so I will get another post up tomorrow afternoon with all of my stunning Poly pics!!

How stinkin cute?!

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luvmy2babies
10-31-2011, 02:24 PM
Wow, the Polynesian…that's as good as it gets right there, from Pop to a monorail resort within walking distance of the TTC. So sorry for how it happened. I would have been fuming. I hope you enjoyed the Poly. It looks amazing. I've heard of people getting upgraded but it is usually to SSR, not the Poly…big time score.

Even with a 40% discount it is out of my reach. Maybe one day.

Mich123
10-31-2011, 09:13 PM
Conner is adorable as Thing One! Did he love trick or treating?

Jenna319
10-31-2011, 09:56 PM
OMG the poly!! That is an amazing story that they upgraded you- poly is our favorite!!! Your report is helping me get through the next 10 days until our trip begins! I'm going through serious Disney withdrawals!

Finally08
10-31-2011, 10:29 PM
I've seriously got to learn to complain more, lol. When we stayed at Pop in May, a couple times I noticed these teeny tiny little baby spiders on our bed. I am used to bugs in the south, so I kill them and move on. One day dd woke up and the back of one her legs had a cluster of what looked like little bug bites. Just red, raised bumps...maybe a dozen of them.

I never said anything....I pulled all the sheets back and investigated, and couldn't find anything. i figured whatever bit her had moved on, and honestly didn't know if it happened in the bed or if they happened elsewhere and just became more obvious overnight.
Didn't know I could get a deluxe room though, lol. :rotfl:

CJDisneyMommy
11-01-2011, 09:16 AM
Sunday, October 2nd:

I woke up to Conner looking around the room like, "where am I?" lol Remember, he slept through our move, so I think he was a little confused. The first thing I did was look out our window...or porch if you will, and this is what I saw:

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Bay Lake...right there!!! Oh, I was so happy. I immediately jumped on JR for him to wake up so we could go explore, and soon enough, we were on our way!


Our building

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SOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITING!!!

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So this is really minor, but its one of those minor things that I got WAY over excited about. You can order your food at Captain Cook's on this touch screen, and it was so pretty lol

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So so pretty!!

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More lobby

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Silly guy with his lai's

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Behind the pool:

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My beautiful wedding pavillion that I would kill to get married in!!!

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Grand Floridian

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Pool time!!!

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They do an afternoon pool party for all of the kids with beach toys!!

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I totally skipped over what we did in between breakfast and the pool, I was just way too excited to post some Poly pics!

Anyways, we went to AK that morning!! I have to say, I'm a little dissappointed that we didn't spend more time in this park. It doesn't cater to Conner as much as MK, which is where we spent a majority of our time. Either way, I plan on spending more time in AK on our next trip.

Our first stop was the Safari ride. We grabbed some fastpasses, and headed over to Kali River Rapids to pass the time until our passes were ready. There was barely any wait for Kali, and Conner really liked it. We all wore ponchos because we are a bunch of wimps when it comes to getting soaked on rides, but it was still super fun. Conner really liked going down the hills, and bumping into the walls. He yelled every time we went under a waterfall. It was too cute:rotfl:

After KRR, we made our way back to the safari, and had a pretty good ride. I have to say, I really really wish they would put some seat belts on this darn ride. JR and I had to hold Conner down when the driver would go fast because it was SO bumpy. And since Conner isn't strapped into anything, he thinks its ok to stand and move all over the place. JR took a video of our ride with my phone, so if I can figure out how to get it on here, I'll put it up.

We walked around the park a bit, and tried to get Conner on Dinosaur, but he wasn't tall enough. This is where my frustration began with the height measurements. The requirement for Dinosaur is 40 inches. Well, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash have the EXACT same height requirement, and Conner was plenty tall enough for those rides, but for some reason, he was a good 2 inches under for Dinosaur.

I totally get that it's for his safety, but how come he is 40 inches in one park, and not in another? It's really difficult for me as the parent, because I was telling him for 15 minutes that we were going to see Dinosaurs, and then he couldn't go. I would understand if he really wasn't tall enough, but he was. Their measuring posts are so off.

After our sad discovery at Dinosaur, we got on the bus to go back to Poly. We were really excited to take Conner to the pool, and explore the resort some more, so I think that excitement is what pulled us out of AK so soon.

When we got back, thats when we had our pool time with all of the pictures I posted above. Once Conner was good and worn out, it was nap time.


I was SOOOOOOOOOO excited to wake up from nap time and take the MONORAIL to a special park. The monorail!!!! haha I was more excited that we were on the monorail line than anything. Talk about convenience with a 2 year old. Next up, more pictures of the beautiful Polynesian, Conner's first character meeting, and my favorite ride of all time...TWICE!!!

Stay tuned!

overthemoon4mickey
11-01-2011, 09:26 AM
So happy to hear that Conner was okay. Super news about the move!!! We went in January and it was one of the most packed and kind of just "not Disney" trips we've ever taken. DH thinks it was because so many rides were under construction that it funneled people into the few rides open. We love Disney and hope that our trip in May will be better. I just think that the park refurb, while better in the long run, is hurting the general feel of the park now. Can't wait to read more....

BlvInMagic
11-01-2011, 09:58 AM
Oh...your Poly pictures are too beautiful! We've only stayed in value / moderate resorts thus far -- looks like it's time we go for the upgrade! :wizard:

amandaw
11-01-2011, 10:34 AM
Love your pics of Poly! Looks like y'all had some fun pool time!

solana131
11-01-2011, 11:12 AM
Okay, I know I'm joining in pretty late, but I just started on DISboards, so give me a little slack :)

How cool is that upgrade?! :banana:
I am planning our first ever family trip and thanks to a really awesome Christmas present, we are able to stay at the Poly! I kinda wanted to downgrade so we could have two rooms (parents staying a couple nights), but we will all fit and when else am I ever gonna be able to stay at the POLY?! :yay:

And I don't know much about Disney, having only been when I was real young, so I am loving your pics and descriptions. My son will be 5 when we go, so I am very very excited for him!

Can't wait to see more of your fantastic trip!

CJDisneyMommy
11-01-2011, 03:33 PM
Wow, the Polynesian…that's as good as it gets right there, from Pop to a monorail resort within walking distance of the TTC. So sorry for how it happened. I would have been fuming. I hope you enjoyed the Poly. It looks amazing. I've heard of people getting upgraded but it is usually to SSR, not the Poly…big time score.

Even with a 40% discount it is out of my reach. Maybe one day..

It really doesn't get any better than Poly. It's such a beautiful resort to begin with, but the convenience of the monorail is seriously one of the best parts. Especially for those of us with little ones, who spend a majority of our time at MK. It's out of reach for us as well, so to have the opportunity to stay there really was amazing.

Conner is adorable as Thing One! Did he love trick or treating?

Thanks! Yes, he did well this year...at least until he got tired. Then he wanted me to carry him up to every door:scared1:

OMG the poly!! That is an amazing story that they upgraded you- poly is our favorite!!! Your report is helping me get through the next 10 days until our trip begins! I'm going through serious Disney withdrawals!

It's always been my favorite, and probably always will be.

And withdrawals...at least you are close to going again!! I'm another year away lol Not to mention the fact that my mom totally psyched me out, and made me think we were going in December. She was all for it, but I don't have any vacation left, and she decided it was too expensive to go over the holidays. Fingers crossed she changes her mind! Where are you staying?

I've seriously got to learn to complain more, lol. When we stayed at Pop in May, a couple times I noticed these teeny tiny little baby spiders on our bed. I am used to bugs in the south, so I kill them and move on. One day dd woke up and the back of one her legs had a cluster of what looked like little bug bites. Just red, raised bumps...maybe a dozen of them.

I never said anything....I pulled all the sheets back and investigated, and couldn't find anything. i figured whatever bit her had moved on, and honestly didn't know if it happened in the bed or if they happened elsewhere and just became more obvious overnight.
Didn't know I could get a deluxe room though, lol. :rotfl:


:scared1: You should have said something!!!! I'm used to bugs here or there too, but I've read horror stories of bed bugs, so that was the first thing that came to my head.

So happy to hear that Conner was okay. Super news about the move!!! We went in January and it was one of the most packed and kind of just "not Disney" trips we've ever taken. DH thinks it was because so many rides were under construction that it funneled people into the few rides open. We love Disney and hope that our trip in May will be better. I just think that the park refurb, while better in the long run, is hurting the general feel of the park now. Can't wait to read more....

I agree. The construction, I would hope, will enhance the park in the long run, but it's torture waiting. So much was closed, I think that was a big contributor to our MNSSHP experience. I'm not sure when the refurbs are scheduled to be finished, so you should check the refurb schedule just in case. At least you can prepare yourself instead of being disappointed when you get there.

Oh...your Poly pictures are too beautiful! We've only stayed in value / moderate resorts thus far -- looks like it's time we go for the upgrade! :wizard:

It's one heck of an upgrade. I even joked to JR that the shampoo was different. But in all seriousness, it really was lol The shampoo is a 2 in 1 at the values, and you get shampoo and conditioner bottles at the deluxe lol

Love your pics of Poly! Looks like y'all had some fun pool time!

Thanks! And yes, we did!

Okay, I know I'm joining in pretty late, but I just started on DISboards, so give me a little slack :)

How cool is that upgrade?! :banana:
I am planning our first ever family trip and thanks to a really awesome Christmas present, we are able to stay at the Poly! I kinda wanted to downgrade so we could have two rooms (parents staying a couple nights), but we will all fit and when else am I ever gonna be able to stay at the POLY?! :yay:

And I don't know much about Disney, having only been when I was real young, so I am loving your pics and descriptions. My son will be 5 when we go, so I am very very excited for him!

Can't wait to see more of your fantastic trip!

You will LOVE the polynesian. Shoving everyone in one room will be well worth it in the end. If you start thinking otherwise in the middle of your trip, just start picturing the size of those value/moderate rooms!!

First family trips are so fun, I love reliving everything I enjoyed as a child through my son. It's so amazing watching him falll in love with all of my childhood memories.

lledman
11-01-2011, 08:57 PM
our Poly pics are beautiful. I have the same problem with Dinosaur - when we went in May my daughter rode every 40 inch requirement ride except Dinosaur - she was measured 3 times in line in 3 different places throughout the que and on the last measurement at the boarding area they said she wasn't tall enough.

solana131
11-02-2011, 11:34 AM
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You will LOVE the polynesian. Shoving everyone in one room will be well worth it in the end. If you start thinking otherwise in the middle of your trip, just start picturing the size of those value/moderate rooms!!


If I start thinking otherwise I will just remember your bugs! I have requested ground floor so we can have a patio instead of just a little balcony, but now thinking maybe top floor would be better ;) Or maybe I can bring a can of RAID in my luggage :rotfl:

mandas08
11-02-2011, 12:04 PM
wow what a gorgeous resort, love the pool!

CJDisneyMommy
11-02-2011, 03:12 PM
After our cat nap, it was time to visit MGM!!! But not before I could explore some more of our beautiful resort!


My goob ready to go!

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So, I want to give everyone the low down on The Neverland Club. And let me start out by saying, this place is AWESOME! Kids can't go until they are 3 years old and they must be potty trained. I tried to peek in it on my last trip, but couldn't because there were kids inside. This time, there was NO ONE there. When you walk in, there is a little check in desk next to what is supposed to be Wendy's bed. Then you step through the window into Neverland. As someone who was pretty much in love with Peter Pan as a child, this was SO cool to me.

Inside, there are computers, dress up costumes, games, toys, movies. Oh, its so cool. I can't remember the hours, but I remember the prices!! For one kid, it's $11 per hour, with a 2 hour minimum. And, if your child attends Neverland Club during dinner time, they get a complimentary meal from Captain Cook's. Yes, complimentary. I thought that was super cool. What a steal?! Mom and Dad can go out for a nice Luau, while the munchkin plays with some pals his age, and has dinner at the Neverland club. What more could you ask for?

I didn't take any pictures, but I found some of these online:


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We finally made our way to MGM, and I couldn't help but take some pictures of the one ride I had been DYING to get on for days now:

TOT!!!

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And I was pretty mad that my camera was taking not so great pictures, but now I think they cool spooky!!

JR let me go first, and he got a rider swap pass. The line was only 15 minutes long, and check out the pictures I snapped inside.

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I always love the people who work at this ride, they all get so into it, which makes the experience ten times better.

And the girl who put me on my elevator was FABULOUS!!! I loved her. I was the first person in line waiting to get in a row for my elevator, and I had a huge cheesy smile on my face because I was overexcited (as usual). And she saw my huge cheesy smile as an opportunity to take advantage of me lol She walked right up to me, and put her face literally 2 inches from mine, and just looked at me with this spooky smile. She was too funny.

She asked me what I was so excited for, and I said "I'm ready to drop!!!', and she said "drop? well, I would certainly hope you would not drop...but you never know" lol It was hilarious.

I got on the elevator, and right as the door closed she said "oh, and one more thing...." And then the doors shut.

My drop was fun as ever, and I was sad when it ended. Next up, it was JR's turn to use his rider swap pass. And he loves me so much that he let me use it and go again. I knew I loved you for a reason :thumbsup2

I was so excited to go again!!! The line went quickly, especially since I was in the fastpass side. I got to the end of the line, and my girl was gone. :sad1:

I was sad, but still super stoked that JR gave me his turn. And then it all went down hill. This group of like 7 people got on with what looked like a three year old, and he was obviously terrified. I was in the top row all the way in the corner, the mom was next to me, the kid next to the mom, and some guy in their party was on the other side of the kid. The entire ride, this stupid stupid man was flashing his BRIGHT camera phone, taking pictures of the kid. He took so many, it was like he was attempting to make a flip book of pictures. I'm not joking. Click, two seconds, click, two seconds, click. It was so bright, it was ruining the ride.

Then, we started to drop, and the kid seriously had a panic attack. As a mother, I would have consoled my child, and done everything I could to make him feel safe until the ride ended. What did this mom do, you ask? She screamed the entire time, and payed not one bit of attention to her terrified child. Ruined the whole freaking ride. Some people just don't care about anyone else but themselves. Oh well...


After TOT, it was time to get Conner on a ride. And off to Toy Story we went!! The wait was 120 minutes long!!! 120 minutes?!?!?! But, we had a fastpass from the day before that we hadn't used, and guess what? We used it, no problem lol Sorry if you were one of those crazy people waiting in line, there was no way Conner would have lasted through that. I think this might have turned into JR's second favorite ride. He got so into it. It was my first experience, and it was really cool. I especially liked how interactive it was. Next time, I would like to play the games though lol I let Conner and JR have both controllers while I sat in the middle.


After Toy Story, I haven't a clue what rides or shows we went to. I'm having a complete brain fart. So I will end here for the day.

The next day was our last full day, and we still had so much fun stuff to do! Up next, our last visit to Epcot of the trip :sad2: and a wonderful night in MK

Grumpy's Wife
11-02-2011, 04:38 PM
You know, come to think of it, I've never had a girl put me in the elevator on TOT. Not sure why but's it's always been a guy.

The Neverland Club looks so cute. What little kid wouldn't want to play there?

solana131
11-02-2011, 07:09 PM
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Which longhouse is this? I see you stay in Tokelau? Is it that one? The ground floor patios look great. I requested ground floor, so we can open the doors while we get ready in the morning and DS can play outside on the lawn. I know some of the older longhouses have more mature foliage and there's not a lot of room to play. Just wondering....

Love the ToT pictures. Don't think I have ever seen so much inside. GREAT! Love the pic of Conner at the beginning..."Alright mom, lets go!" :yay:

MyHappilyEverAfter
11-03-2011, 08:55 AM
Just catching up... I loved Conner's halloween costume. How cute & creative. Now who was thing 2? :)

I love the pictures of the Poly... I never took time to explore - only breezed through the lobby on our way to the monorail. Now I see I've been missing a lot - like the gorgeous sandy beach area.

Loving this TR...

mandas08
11-03-2011, 09:52 AM
TOT..never again for me.:lmao: I bet I was as scared as the little kid. Sorry your ride was ruined. I can't believe they had their child ride, I hope it didnt scare him off of other rides for the rest of the day.

I also loved TSM, I would never wait 120 min though. Glad you had fast passes!

CJDisneyMommy
11-03-2011, 11:53 AM
Monday, October 3rd

A sad but happy day.

Conner finally met his first character of the trip this morning in Epcot, and boy oh boy, did he fall in love! For starters, Conner already loves Lilo and Stitch to pieces, so I was pretty excited that he got to see the real Stitch in person:thumbsup2

I kind of thought that he was going to be afraid because the first visit with characters on our last trip didn't go over so well with him. But low and behold, he walked right up to Stitch! He handed Stitch his autograph book, and just looked at him in awe.

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After the first round of pictures, he turned around and hugged Stitch!! Oh, it was so stinkin' cute!

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Right when it was time to walk away, Stitch 'licked' Conner's hand. :lmao:

Next up was Living with the Land, and I took a gazillion pictures. So many people skip this ride, and I can't understand why because it really is super cool

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Too sunny for ya?? :rotfl2:

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No Cinderella pumpkins this year :confused3

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CJDisneyMommy
11-03-2011, 12:24 PM
After the Land, we grabbed a fastpass for Soarin'. I had originally decided not to take Conner on, but changed my mind because he was doing so well with the other big rides. We had some time to kill so we decided to use a fastpass we had for Test Track. Conner had been plenty tall enough for the other rides, so I figured we would get on with no problems. Yeah, not so much. Conner was a good two inches below the mark. AGAIN! Ugh, it was just like Dinosaur. He would have loved this ride, and they tried to say he wasn't tall enough. Again, this would be all good and fine if he really wasn't. The thing that kills me is, they say, oh its for his own safety. So in my mind I'm thinking, was he not safe the 15 times he rode BTMRR? Or Splash Mountain? Or Star Tours? :confused3

Either way, we had to move on, and so we decided to tour the countries. Conner napped in his stroller, which made perfect timing for me to snack around the worlds! Don't forget, I was there during the food and wine festival :thumbsup2

Italy pavillion

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The sad thing is, I honestly can't remember to save my life, which countries I tried food/drinks at. I do remember having cheese soup from Canada, which was fabulous as usual. I also had cheese fondue, which I don't think was set up in a country. The fondue was at it's own little cheese stand. I also tried two different wines, not sure which country though.

My mom would probably laugh because that's all I tried, but hey, we were on a budget! JR had his special drink from Italy, which was $10 might I add. But it was fab, I made him share lol It was a slushy type drink with grey goose. Yum!

Conner was still snoozing away when we got to my favorite pavillion of all time...JAPAN!!! I love love love the pearls. It's so fun picking them out, and I just couldn't resist.

So, before I start, let me tell you that the average size pearl is a 6.5 (whatever measurement that is), and the little girl that went before me picked a 9.75. It was HUGE! No joke, it was the biggest darn pearl I had ever seen. Even the women who worked at the pearl place were amazed.

Next up was my turn

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The lady opened my shell, and I didn't see a thing. Well, she poked and prodded around, and finally..out popped my BABY pearl.

It was a doozie. A 6.75 :guilty: And it was yellow....not really my color.

So after a few minutes of deciding I was not a fan, I elected to purchase another pearl. This time, hoping for a pink, white, or grey. The lady before me this time picked a big beautiful grey pearl. It was stunning!!! Apparantly that rarely happens.

After two full minutes of desperately trying to shuck my shell, they finally got it open. And out came my beautiful white (with a hint of pink) pearl!

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I watched for a minute as one of the ladies analyzed it and showed it to another lady. I've never seen them do this, so when they handed my pearl to me, I thought "I better take a look at this.."

My pretty pearl had a HUGE scratch and dent! I was so sad. Today was just not my day when it came to picking out a pearl. I ended up talking to a manager, and she switched my second pearl out with some they had in the back (same color tones to it). I had it mounted on a clam shell, and put it on a neclace I already had.

The pearl itself was 15.95, and my shell was 12.95. It was my special purchase of the trip.

More Japan pavillion:

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See the construction walls on the right? The Yakitori house and patio were closed for refurbishing.

Drum show in Japan

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After the countries, we made our way back to The Land pavillion. On our way, I snapped another picture of the craisins set up, and took advantage of some samples they were handing out.

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Next up, Soarin'! Did Conner make it on this one?? Wait and see!!


Oh, and keep your fingers crossed that JR and I can get off of work in early December because my mom might be taking us back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINGERS CROSSED FINGERS COSSED!!!! Conner misses his choo choo!!

burly
11-03-2011, 12:41 PM
Just read the whole thing. You were upgraded to my favorite resort!:banana:
the cranberry guys, what a hoot.;)
40 inches is 40 inches right?:confused3 stupid.

Looking forward to the rest of this report.popcorn::

Good luck on December!!!:thumbsup2


KIM

solana131
11-03-2011, 12:50 PM
Oh, and keep your fingers crossed that JR and I can get off of work in early December because my mom might be taking us back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINGERS CROSSED FINGERS COSSED!!!! Conner misses his choo choo!!

Well, you know, lots of people get the flu in December. Maybe you'll be sick and have to miss work anyway. :cool1: So what if you know you are going to get sick and plan this said sickness way ahead of time. ;)

kristin1724
11-03-2011, 03:21 PM
Joining in too! I have a soon-to-be 3 year old that we took when she was not quite 2 and we're taking her back right before she turns 3 in December. I can't wait!

Love your report so far!

leshunlenese
11-03-2011, 08:00 PM
i love the poly pics boy i loved staying there. There is nothing more convenient than a single mom at disney with her 15 month old and lugging that stroller, never had to fold it up staying there and EPCOT day :thumbsup2 so fun i love EPCOT. i hope he makes it on soarin

CandleontheWater
11-04-2011, 04:04 PM
I am a little late to the party, but better late than never, right??!! ;)

Your little man is such a cutie! He always looks like he is having so much fun!

Boo to inaccurate measuring sticks! I can't wait until my DS is tall enough to get on some of the big rides, but it would really stink to tell him he can get on some of them but not all!

You really made out with the upgrade, sorry about the bugs, though. I would have freaked out if I thought there were spiders in the bed. I really hate spiders, so there is no way I would have been sleeping in that room either!

Can't wait to read more!

CJDisneyMommy
11-09-2011, 12:19 PM
Just read the whole thing. You were upgraded to my favorite resort!:banana:
the cranberry guys, what a hoot.;)
40 inches is 40 inches right?:confused3 stupid.

Looking forward to the rest of this report.popcorn::

Good luck on December!!!:thumbsup2


KIM


My favorite resort too:lovestruc

40 inches is 40 inches at SELECT rides. UGH!

Well, you know, lots of people get the flu in December. Maybe you'll be sick and have to miss work anyway. :cool1: So what if you know you are going to get sick and plan this said sickness way ahead of time. ;)


What I would do:guilty: Unfortunately I love my job too much to take the chance, so we are holding off until next year

Joining in too! I have a soon-to-be 3 year old that we took when she was not quite 2 and we're taking her back right before she turns 3 in December. I can't wait!

Love your report so far!

So jealous!!! Have fun, the lights on the castle are stunning at Christmas time!

i love the poly pics boy i loved staying there. There is nothing more convenient than a single mom at disney with her 15 month old and lugging that stroller, never had to fold it up staying there and EPCOT day :thumbsup2 so fun i love EPCOT. i hope he makes it on soarin

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO convenient!!!! Oh, how I will miss that on our next trip

I am a little late to the party, but better late than never, right??!! ;)

Your little man is such a cutie! He always looks like he is having so much fun!

Boo to inaccurate measuring sticks! I can't wait until my DS is tall enough to get on some of the big rides, but it would really stink to tell him he can get on some of them but not all!

You really made out with the upgrade, sorry about the bugs, though. I would have freaked out if I thought there were spiders in the bed. I really hate spiders, so there is no way I would have been sleeping in that room either!

Can't wait to read more!


Thank you!! Our upgrade was fabulous, too bad it was a one time deal (minus the bugs of course)

Thanks for reading along:goodvibes

CJDisneyMommy
11-09-2011, 02:10 PM
We made our way back to the land pavillion and they of course wanted to measure Conner at the fast pass entrance for Soarin'. He was literally a hair under the measurement post, and they wouldn't let him on. :headache:

ARGH! Gosh this was so annoying. Again, i totally get if he really wasn't the proper height, but he was!!!!!!!!

After Soarin' I was just aggrivated and tired, so we headed back to Poly for our afternoon snooze.

We had plans to spend the night in the Magic Kingdom, afterall, Conner had yet to see the Spectromagic parade!! And it was our last night:scared1: I always have to go into the Magic Kingdom first, and end with the Magic Kingdom. It wouldn't feel right to start and end in another park.

After a short nap, it was time to go!!

This picture is right outside of the entrance to our building!!

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outside of the lobby

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Roof of the main building

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My bud waiting for the monorail

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I don't think he had totally woken up from nap yet, he looks pretty grumpy if you ask me

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Then comes the monorail, and it's like a button wash pushed. HAPPY HAPPY!!

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So the magic kingdom usually puts up tons of pumpkins for the halloween festivities, but this year they also added pictures of people (year of memories). I wasn't a huge fan. I personally would prefer just the pumpkins, rather than seeing pictures of random people in my pictures. But either way, we took some super cute/gooberish pictures.

silly kid

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Sit still?? :lmao:

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I wanted to take a regular picture, but Conner leaned over and hugged me. I think he was just so happy to be in Disney world:lovestruc

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He hugged daddy too :lovestruc

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Such a sweet boy

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Now here is the world's most difficult question. Where on earth do you think we headed for our first ride??? I know this is just SO hard so I will give you a hint, we had to take the train...

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And here's your second guess...

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Why BTMRR of course!!!!! Being Conner's favorite ride, we had to make this first on the list before anyone got too tired to ride. I think we rode a total of three times. BUT!!! you will never believe what almost happened. They tried to tell us that Conner wasn't tall enough!! Really?!?! Luckily, the girl at the entrance believed us, and let us on. Thank god too because that would have been so sad for Conner to miss his favorite ride on our last night.

After our trips on the wildest ride in the wilderness, we headed over to Splash Mountain.

Conner loved it all over again

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After the big splash

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Once we finished up with Splash, we headed over to JR's favorite QS restaurant, Pecos Bills. There was a HUGE line, and it was getting super close to the electric parade. I told JR to find a spot with Conner so we could make sure we had good seats. I think JR found our spot about 45 minutes before the parade started, and it was already packed. We were very lucky to find the seat we ended up with. I grabbed our food and brought it back to where JR and Conner were waiting. It was only another 15 minutes or so before the parade started. And was I ever glad it was starting because Conner was getting super sleepy

Poor guy fell out of bed one night at Poly and got a black eye :sad1:

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I have a good amount of pictures of the electric parade, so I will put those up tomorrow. We also got Conner on another ride where I got some more amazing pictures. The following morning I also visited the Wedding pavillion and Grand Floridian. Stay tuned for some pretty, pretty pictures!!

BlvInMagic
11-10-2011, 08:02 AM
Oh my gosh -- your little man is so cute in these pictures! I love how he can't resist a hug for mommy and daddy -- it's all that Disney World *magic* in the air!:wizard:

disneyfan61
11-10-2011, 09:36 AM
Ok I had to get caught up after coming back from our trip. Wow the POLY!!!:thumbsup2 How awesome.

Enjoying your updates!