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cj9200
10-21-2011, 04:24 PM
This is a continuation of the series of the CJ9200 family vacations at WDW. Normally I post these on the DVC Board but since it is not DVC related at all, I am posting it here. This is also a hybrid trip that includes both WDW and the park that shall not be named. So while it could fit over on that other board, most of it is Disney related so here I am. Confused? So am I.

This began a few weeks ago when DD sheepishly came to me with a proposition. “Why don’t we go to Halloween Horror Nights? Don’t say NO out of hand, Pleeessssse?” Just where does she get off thinking that I would want to do an impromptu trip to Orlando?

It took me a second or two to think about it. Thought bubble: We could do this on the cheap side and I can get discounts on HHN tickets. We have days left on our hoppers. Never been to HHN, it could be fun. Thought bubble pops and I say why not. We pick October 14 - 16. Then comes the addendum from the Princess, “Can I bring a friend, Pleeessssse?” Many of our trips includes a friend (expect for her sweet 16 where there were six of them). After I told her they would need to pay for their own ticket I agreed.

So who is going? Cast introduction:

Me (AKA Dad. AKA the guy with the wallet over there) - Single dad, Disney nut job and DVC member since 1996. Soon to be an empty nester. Whooo Hooo. Age? Not important. Looks? Some think I am quite handsome (OK that was a lie). Too many trips to count any more. If you have not read one of my previous reports, be forewarned. I have a tendency to be a bit sarcastic at times. Most of the time. All right, I admit it, all of the time.

We live in South Florida only about 4 hours away from the World. Realize I am a very lucky person to be so close to the mouse, able to afford DVC, and have time and resources to vacation a lot. Along with a daughter that has inherited my love of all things Disney. Over the holidays last year I was stuck in the hospital for 6 weeks with a bad infection that spread to both legs. It messed my system up a lot and it took a long time to recover. Didn’t stop me from going solo to Disney in March. Feeling much better now even though I still get fatigued. Decided after I got out that life is too short and if I want to do something and can afford to do it, it was going to happen.

DD AKA Princess. AKA Pooh. AKA “The Kid” - Seventeen year-old Senior in High school. She is in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at one of the country’s top high schools (according to US News). It is a rigorous academic program and she works hard at it. We are in the middle of college application time. Schools of interest include the big Florida Schools, Seton Hall and St. John’s.

Good all around kid who I like to reward her with diversions away from school. These diversions are primarily scuba diving in the Florida Keys and trips to Disney World. Disney veteran and by now can plan her own trips and serves as an expert guide in the parks. Favorite quote from DD that is Disney related was when we were pulling into the hotel on our last trip, “People just don’t get Disney. Disney to them is standing in lines. They don’t know how to do it like we do.” This after hearing the “Going to Disney World again” comments from a couple of friends. Brought a tear to my eye.

This us when we went parasailing on the last trip
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%206-11/IMG_0117.jpg

A friend of ours on our last diving trip
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Keys%2010-11/IMG_2643-1.jpg

Same trip. I actually heard him say, “Fish are our friends not food.”
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Keys%2010-11/IMG_2642.jpg

GF AKA DDBFF. AKA “The other Kid.” AKA #7 - She is so named because on the mega trip with DD’s GFs I named them 1-6 on the report. She was not present on that trip so in continuation of that tradition she becomes lucky number 7. A relative neophyte WDW traveler. Also a good kid and student who is very polite. Not used to that so I don’t know how I will react. She is also seventeen, from the same school and is also going through the college application process. Found out on this trip she was born in the same hospital, three days before Princess came screaming into this world. Her previous trips were day trips or with school primarily in the MK. Looking forward to showing her the CJ9200 family way to visit WDW.

“The other Kid”
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2833.jpg

Just the facts

Where are we staying? All Star Music. Tried to see if we could use some points to get a late minute DVC reservation. After the Member Services Guy stopped laughing at my request, he looked and only Saturday was available. The Universal hotels were also fully booked. Looked on line and found rates were higher than usual at the Hilton in Lake Buena Vista where we sometimes stay on arrival day. Finally called reservations and they were able to get me the room for $88 Florida Resident rate. Cool!

The Plan

Pick the kids up early at school and head to ASMu. Check-in, rest a bit and head to Universal. Get there early, have the pants scared off the kids and then turn in. Saturday may be a park day if not, chill by the pool, eat and see the sights. Sunday have breakfast somewhere and head back. Short trip but with hopes of fun filled laughter and memories. This will be totally by the seat of our pants. No ADRs and other than HHN nothing planned. Most of my trips are planned out like an invasion but I occasionally do this. Makes life fun.

That is pre-game. What pratfalls will we have? My next post starts with us driving up and checking in.

Friday, 10/14 Day 1 Part 1: Arriving at the World (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43033668&postcount=7)

Friday, 10/14 Part 2: Halloween Horror Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43071187&postcount=23)

Saturday, 10/15 Part 1 Tea at the GF (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43129776&postcount=37)

Saturday, 10/15 Part 2 Killing time on the Loop (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43286187&postcount=48)

Saturday, 10/15 Part 3 Bob? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43413961&postcount=63)

Sunday, 10/16 Final Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43421009&postcount=65)

alanapapa
10-21-2011, 07:00 PM
I welcome the ability to vicariously live through another one of your trips. You are a fantastic spinner of words and I eagerly await your next installment.

I will not let my DD's read your TR's as they might give them ideas and as we live in Washington State, trips to Disney (even in CA) take a lot of planning and thought.

IamTrike
10-21-2011, 11:14 PM
Shameless plugs work. I'm in.

I have a tendency to be a bit sarcastic at times. Most of the time. All right, I admit it, all of the time.

Sarcasm? I can NOT believe that about a fellow disdad.


Decided after I got out that life is too short and if I want to do something and can afford to do it, it was going to happen.

:thumbsup2 + 1000


Same trip. I actually heard him say, “Fish are our friends not food.”
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Keys%2010-11/IMG_2642.jpg

Your diving pictures always rock. I am very envious of the dive trips and very happy you're diving again.


Most of my trips are planned out like an invasion but I occasionally do this. Makes life fun.

Come on "not planning" = fun? I keep trying to convince my kids "rigorous structure and an excruciatingly painstaking attention to detail is the real path to fun" but they just want to watch Phineas and Ferb. Being an expert, and your proximity to the parks probably makes it much easier to just have a seat of the pants trip. When you go frequently and know the next trip will not be that far in the future, you can know that you don't have to do everything. It probably makes it much easier for you to relish the detail throughout the parks and adds a new level of appreciation.

scott2997
10-22-2011, 10:49 AM
I'm in....thanks to the shameless plug....

Some other DisDads (Barry) might be tempted to move on to the newer technology in the CJ9300 TR's....

Nope, not this guy....he likes the good ole' CJ9200 TR! :lmao:

cj9200
10-22-2011, 06:05 PM
I welcome the ability to vicariously live through another one of your trips. You are a fantastic spinner of words and I eagerly await your next installment.

I will not let my DD's read your TR's as they might give them ideas and as we live in Washington State, trips to Disney (even in CA) take a lot of planning and thought.

Why thank you sir, I am truly flattered. Never posted a trip report on this Board so now I am playing with the big boys. I need everyone’s support. Sorry to hear you are location challenged. How old are the girls? If they are teenagers, you have my sympathy. I can barely handle one.

Shameless plugs work. I'm in.

Sucker

Sarcasm? I can NOT believe that about a fellow disdad.

I forgot, is sarcasm a criteria for membership or is it naturally assumed if you wanted you join, you already have the smart a** gene? Any dads out there, there is a place for you. It is a sub-forum on the Disney for Families forum. Lots of manly bonding going on. Check it out.

Your diving pictures always rock. I am very envious of the dive trips and very happy you're diving again.

So am I. The first time getting back underwater felt really good.

You can always come down here. I am still working on the guest bedroom but there are a couple of couches available. If you want to get certified, I can hook you up with some great instructors. It could be done in a weekend.

Come on "not planning" = fun? I keep trying to convince my kids "rigorous structure and an excruciatingly painstaking attention to detail is the real path to fun" but they just want to watch Phineas and Ferb. Being an expert, and your proximity to the parks probably makes it much easier to just have a seat of the pants trip. When you go frequently and know the next trip will not be that far in the future, you can know that you don't have to do everything. It probably makes it much easier for you to relish the detail throughout the parks and adds a new level of appreciation.

It is easier when you live relatively close. Most of the trips that are not planned are add on spur of the moment things like this one. In other areas, people go to the mountains or beach for a weekend get away. We go to the Keys or the World. I am lucky to know we are going back soon so if we don’t hit the parks or miss something, no big deal.

I'm in....thanks to the shameless plug....

Some other DisDads (Barry) might be tempted to move on to the newer technology in the CJ9300 TR's....

Nope, not this guy....he likes the good ole' CJ9200 TR! :lmao:

Pretty funny. YOU THE MAN. Barry’s TRs are really funny. Especially when it involves projectile vomiting. Glad you joined us.

Working on the next installment between flipping channels watching the different games. Should be up tomorrow.

Don’t want any of you laddies out there to think this is a man thing intensive TR. I welcome all genders, races, creeds, Red State/Blue State or any other criteria. It is much more fun when you jump in. I like participatory TRs.

alanapapa
10-23-2011, 01:06 AM
Why thank you sir, I am truly flattered. Never posted a trip report on this Board so now I am playing with the big boys. I need everyone’s support. Sorry to hear you are location challenged. How old are the girls? If they are teenagers, you have my sympathy. I can barely handle one.





I have followed your previous TR on the DVC forum and since this is posted here, I am too. I think this is the first time I have ventured here.

My DDs are 17 (going on 5 or 6 most of the time) and 12 (going on 18 or 19). The younger one is probably going to drive me to drink or jail as she is already "boy crazy".

I too envy you your warm water location. I grew up in the greater LA area (former DL CM) and was certified back in '85 or '86 but here the water is drysuit most of the year.

Again, thanks for starting another TR.

cj9200
10-23-2011, 03:39 PM
Friday, October 14 Part 1: Picking up the children and checking in AKA: Ready, set, go.

Spent the morning packing the snacks (most important) electronics and chargers and clothes (least important, I usually throw stuff in a bag). Packed everything in the car, dropped off the dog at the vet and went to the post office to mail a check to the IRS. That hurt. The vet was glad to see my younger child. Not only does she love to be petted, she plays well with others. A nice thing about our vet is they bring the more behaved kids out in the reception area to walk around and meet the other kids.

My younger and more behaved daughter
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Misc/IMG_2718.jpg

Such a sweetheart. Just don’t try to come into the house unless we let you in
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Misc/IMG_2724.jpg

The plan was to leave for school to pick the girls up at 11:30. Normally she does not leave school early but we had to in order to make sure we were up there in time for HHN. The other kid’s mom wanted to meet me (that may be a mistake) before I took her daughter away for the weekend. I found out during the trip, they are protective and need to talk to her a lot to make sure she is OK. I have no problem with that. My attitude has relaxed a bit knowing that next fall she will be out on her own at college anyway. The exception is when she is driving.

Worried that 7’s mom would be late and throw the schedule off because 7 told me her mom is always late. Not to worry. Picked them up without a hitch and we were soon off. Gave the mom my cell number, DD’s number and the number of the hotel. She seemed satisfied.

Self portrait. This is DD’s car. Just got her license and is exited about the sense of freedom that comes with driving.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2721.jpg

You will notice the Princess is dressed like a pirate. She has a problem with the sixth optical nerve. They think it began with a virus that inflamed the nerve. Her right eye could not move to the right and caused blurred and double vision. The Neuro-Opthamologist predicted it would be better in 10 to 12 weeks. We saw him last week and she is now 90% and way ahead of schedule. She had to wear the patch so she didn’t run over things because of the double vision. She is now a part-time pirate and wearing the patch less and less. DD has heard every pirate joke there is and it comes into play later on the trip. Medical report over, back to the trip.

After stopping at McDonalds because they were starving, we were on the Turnpike headed north. The drive up was smooth and the roads not overwhelmed with traffic. Of course DD would rather have chatted with GF instead of taking the wheel. Four plus hours later and without incident we were on Disney property. We encountered a sky writer spreading the love of their faith. No comments from me. The girls were fascinated and tried to figure out what the message was. Think the scene in The Christmas story where Ralphie is using his Little Orphan Annie decoder ring.

The start of the message. You can try to figure it out.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2726.jpg

Pulled into the guard shack and said one of my favorite phrases, “We are checking in.” After parking, I entered the lobby and noticed there was NO ONE in line. Sweet. Wish I remembered the name of the CM (my bad), she was very nice and efficient. She had us in the boonies and I asked if we could get closer to lobby/food court. She called and tried to get us closer but to no avail. We were in building 7, Broadway section.

Meanwhile I met up with the kids, who were exploring. GF was very excited and impressed with the theming. This happened through the trip. On her few visits to the World, she never stayed on property and it was basically an in an out experience. She really appreciated the detail they put into the resort. Like many, her parents are struggling during these tough economic times and can’t splurge like DD and I can. Her smile and excitement was infectious and made me smile.

Got back into the car and headed to our room. Finally found it after just one wrong turn. They were the pack mules this time and carried most of the stuff up to the room. They also went to fetch ice. So far so good. I immediately grabbed the remote to put Stacy on with the must sees.

A Mickey towel greeted us
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2731.jpg

The room with some models posing
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2732.jpg

The obligatory shot of the bathroom
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2735.jpg

You may notice that my Nome de plume is on my pictures. It is not that I am worried about people craving a picture I took of the bathroom but I did have a problem once. One of the pictures I liked mysteriously got transported to another site and the author of the article claimed it was his. After a heated exchange, he finally took the picture down. Not that I care what anyone does with anything I take (if you like it, copy it), but don’t misrepresent it as your own. Especially on a site that makes money. It did not come from here but I wanted you to know why I now sign my pictures. It is a pain and I wish I didn’t have to do it.

Here was the picture in question
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/WDW12-07AMF437.jpg

OK off soap box, back to our story. I told her not to use the flash.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2736.jpg

Wasn’t worried they would break the vanity they are both pretty skinny
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2739.jpg

They went out to explore more and get something to eat. Did they take pictures of the pool and the hotel? No, they picked this.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2740.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2741.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2743.jpg

Princess is fascinated by animals. She loves any creature. So much so that her convictions led her to become a vegetarian. Although she loved meat, she decided that she would not eat animal flesh. That was over 5 years ago. Makes dinner time at home challenging but easily taken care of at WDW.

While they were trying to coax the rabbit into following them home, I did what I do best. Rest. The drive up wore me out so I grabbed a few pillows and stretched out on the bed. A short nap was involved.

They came back with yogurt granola things for them and a side salad for me. I just don’t get yogurt. You take perfectly good milk and introduce bacteria to spoil it. Then you have to add fruit just to make it palatable. So after a little more relaxing while contemplating the meaning of yogurt, it was time to get ready to head out. They began the hour plus long ritual to get ready and make themselves presentable. I went for a short walk. A couple of rooms down I saw this. Hope the “Go Blue” was not for Michigan because they lost that weekend.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2744-1.jpg

A few of the rooms were decorated and many had some cool towel animals left by housekeeping on the windowsill. I like how people decorate their rooms during holidays. One year we were there at Christmas and The Princess made me bring a 5 foot tree and decorations for our room. If you get the chance, check out the campers at Ft. Wilderness during a holiday. They go all out and it is fun to see.

The aforementioned tree
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2012-08/WDW12-071082.jpg

After an inordinate amount of time the Princesses were ready to get the stuffing scared out of them. So next up is our visit to the park that shall not be named and Halloween Horror Nights.

Recap: A great start to the vacation. Only one wrong turn into the resort but everything else went smoothly. I was happy the girls were excited (especially 7). No problems so far. Will it continue, stay tuned to find out.

Up next: Friday, October 14 Part 2 Halloween Horror Night. AKA Chainsaw magnets.

mckryan
10-23-2011, 03:53 PM
Yay! I was just thinking about you the other day and that I hadn't seen much from you on the DVC board. Another adventure to read about brightens my day! Can't wait to read more.

How is life with the Mac going?

DMKEDM
10-23-2011, 06:42 PM
So glad to see you again! (grin)...I just LOVE your TRs ... I notice no leash of shame this trip...

I've always loved ASMu...maybe because it was the place we could afford pre-DVC? One of these days I'm gonna book a couple of days there just for memory's sake...

Also loved seeing the pic of your younger fur-daughter (her name, please?)...I have a fur-son (who took quite a bit of the sting out of DS going off to college)...like you, I'm a single parent w/just one two-legged kid...also like you, we go to Disney a LOT (probably even easier for us--a two-hour flight instead of a four-hour drive)--DS, like your princess, is as much a Disney nut as I am--and frequently bring DS' friends...

Have a GREAT time (how can you avoid it?)...can't wait to hear about the park that shall not be named (and truly admire your ability to go there...as for me, even after too many trips to count (especially in the last 6 years of DVC and 4-5 trips/year), I can't get myself out of WDW once I get there!)...

bzzelady
10-23-2011, 09:10 PM
Hello! Defected from the DVC board to read the beginnings of your trip report! Missing HHN at "the other theme park" this year by three weeks (not arriving at WDW until November 17th) so looking forward to your report on the scaring ;)

Funny...my DD12 and I were talking today and she says to me, "I'm tired of staying at OKW. Maybe we should stay at ASMu-they have a nice pool."
I like ASMu and I even like Broadway #8, but had to explain the 31 day window and the holding account to her for DVC points. That didn't stop her on her quest and you guessed it...she had the perfect solution to this problem. "You know...that just means we have to come back down during the summer and use those points so we don't lose them!" Long story short-we will be at OKW enjoying a studio, hopefully in South Point #56 by the pool and hot tub.

I'm just glad after reading your other thread on the DVC board that our reservation is not at the BWV...I kind of like having my car somewhat closer than the Norway pavillion when I am staying the Epcot resort area :rotfl:

afwdwfan
10-24-2011, 12:22 PM
I have a tendency to be a bit sarcastic at times. Most of the time. All right, I admit it, all of the time.
What? Sarcasm from a DISdad? Never!

Decided after I got out that life is too short and if I want to do something and can afford to do it, it was going to happen.
:thumbsup2 That is the right kind of attitude.

Brought a tear to my eye.
She seems like a good kid. Between that an her inheriting your Disney addiction, you've got a lot to be proud of!

Not used to that so I don’t know how I will react.
:lmao::rotfl2:

Pick the kids up early at school and head to ASMu. Check-in, rest a bit and head to Universal. Get there early, have the pants scared off the kids and then turn in. Saturday may be a park day if not, chill by the pool, eat and see the sights. Sunday have breakfast somewhere and head back. Short trip but with hopes of fun filled laughter and memories. This will be totally by the seat of our pants. No ADRs and other than HHN nothing planned. Most of my trips are planned out like an invasion but I occasionally do this. Makes life fun.
I'm jealous. I wish I was close enough to do a last second weekend trip like that.


went to the post office to mail a check to the IRS.
:scared1:

The other kid’s mom wanted to meet me (that may be a mistake) before I took her daughter away for the weekend.


Gave the mom my cell number, DD’s number and the number of the hotel. She seemed satisfied.
Well, I'm glad you didn't scare her too much and the trip was able to continue as planned.:lmao:

Meanwhile I met up with the kids, who were exploring. GF was very excited and impressed with the theming. This happened through the trip. On her few visits to the World, she never stayed on property and it was basically an in an out experience. She really appreciated the detail they put into the resort. Like many, her parents are struggling during these tough economic times and can’t splurge like DD and I can. Her smile and excitement was infectious and made me smile.
I'm glad you were able to give her an opportunity to experience it! :thumbsup2

Looks like it worked out well that the Hilton was expensive that weekend. Probably a bit of a blessing that you were able to find a room at a value resort for the weekend so she could experience a stay on property.

They were the pack mules this time and carried most of the stuff up to the room. They also went to fetch ice. So far so good. I immediately grabbed the remote to put Stacy on with the must sees.
Wow, you've got them trained well. :lmao::rotfl2:

Here was the picture in question
That is an awesome shot... :thumbsup2 Sorry you had to deal with picture piracy... and I'm not talking about the pictures of your DD.

You take perfectly good milk and introduce bacteria to spoil it. Then you have to add fruit just to make it palatable.
I've never really cared for yougurt, but I've also never thought about it this way! Great observations! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:


Up next: Friday, October 14 Part 2 Halloween Horror Night. AKA Chainsaw magnets.
This should be an entertaining update. :lmao: I look forward to it.

cj9200
10-24-2011, 06:19 PM
I have followed your previous TR on the DVC forum and since this is posted here, I am too. I think this is the first time I have ventured here.

My DDs are 17 (going on 5 or 6 most of the time) and 12 (going on 18 or 19). The younger one is probably going to drive me to drink or jail as she is already "boy crazy".

I too envy you your warm water location. I grew up in the greater LA area (former DL CM) and was certified back in '85 or '86 but here the water is drysuit most of the year.

Again, thanks for starting another TR.

You have my sympathy. Just when one is leaving the teenage years, here comes the second. You sound like Dis Dad material.

When I moved back here from New York, I hated living in Miami. The only thing to do that I really liked was diving. Got DD certified at 12 and we have gone ever since. Made life good and Miami tolerable. That and the ability to get to Orlando. When it gets too cold down here to the point I have to wear more than a 3mm shortie, I put the gear away for a couple of months. Diving in a Dry Suit? No thanks.

Yay! I was just thinking about you the other day and that I hadn't seen much from you on the DVC board. Another adventure to read about brightens my day! Can't wait to read more.

How is life with the Mac going?

Hey! Glad you found me over here. Posted a little bit on the DVC board. Not much lately. Love my Mac. Still trying to talk DD into replacing her PC with one.

So glad to see you again! (grin)...I just LOVE your TRs ... I notice no leash of shame this trip...

I've always loved ASMu...maybe because it was the place we could afford pre-DVC? One of these days I'm gonna book a couple of days there just for memory's sake...

Also loved seeing the pic of your younger fur-daughter (her name, please?)...I have a fur-son (who took quite a bit of the sting out of DS going off to college)...like you, I'm a single parent w/just one two-legged kid...also like you, we go to Disney a LOT (probably even easier for us--a two-hour flight instead of a four-hour drive)--DS, like your princess, is as much a Disney nut as I am--and frequently bring DS' friends...

Have a GREAT time (how can you avoid it?)...can't wait to hear about the park that shall not be named (and truly admire your ability to go there...as for me, even after too many trips to count (especially in the last 6 years of DVC and 4-5 trips/year), I can't get myself out of WDW once I get there!)...

How is DS enjoying college life? Mixed emotions on DD leaving next year. Glad she will be on her own and I will also be free. Will be weird with her not being here every day. Already have trips planned for NY, Chicago and DC. Plus I have no problem going to WDW by myself. I imagine on some of her breaks we will be going to Disney. One of the colleges she is thinking about is Central Florida. If she decides to go there, I imagine I will be spending more time in Orlando.

The leash of shame was available but not needed on this trip. DDGF was very nice and a pleasure to take. Haven’t stayed at an All-Star in a couple of years. Enjoyed it and could not beat the rate. The pups name is Kiki. I didn’t pick it, DD did.

Hello! Defected from the DVC board to read the beginnings of your trip report! Missing HHN at "the other theme park" this year by three weeks (not arriving at WDW until November 17th) so looking forward to your report on the scaring ;)

Funny...my DD12 and I were talking today and she says to me, "I'm tired of staying at OKW. Maybe we should stay at ASMu-they have a nice pool."
I like ASMu and I even like Broadway #8, but had to explain the 31 day window and the holding account to her for DVC points. That didn't stop her on her quest and you guessed it...she had the perfect solution to this problem. "You know...that just means we have to come back down during the summer and use those points so we don't lose them!" Long story short-we will be at OKW enjoying a studio, hopefully in South Point #56 by the pool and hot tub.

I'm just glad after reading your other thread on the DVC board that our reservation is not at the BWV...I kind of like having my car somewhat closer than the Norway pavillion when I am staying the Epcot resort area :rotfl:

You have one smart child. I like Movies the best of the All-Stars but the differences are minor. I remember the first time I stayed at one years ago. Impressed with the theming and energy of the place. Plus you can’t beat the price and then include the resort perks.

Things are a mess right now at my beloved Boardwalk. There was another thread on the Board that gave an update. A guest was reportedly told they closed off the main lot to all resort guests because it was used for a convention. They were mad and I would have blown my top if they did that to me. They need to address the problem. Parking was always a challenge but now it is crazy.

HHN nights may be up tomorrow but more probably Wednesday. Thanks for tuning in.

DMKEDM
10-24-2011, 07:27 PM
Hi, there...

Not to be obnoxious (who me?) or anything...but we DO want to read more about the rest of the weekend...please? Pretty please?

DS is done w/college (which he loved--he went to Cornell), and now is almost done w/law school (U VA)...he starts at a NYC law firm in September, 2012...we'll have our traditional T-giving trip next month (at BCV), and possibly a few days between law school graduation and putting his head down to study for the bar--maybe late May/early June, 2012...I'd like to get us a villa at BLT; he LOVED the model but hasn't yet stayed there (I have and I like it a lot)...

Once he's at the law firm, tho, I will be rethinking DVC...I also like solo trips, altho not all that many and for not all that long...I also have 3-4 families w/kids I take regularly...so I'm not sure I'll give it up...but it's different when DS isn't part of the equation...we shall see...he was a regular during his college and law school years, as I suspect your Princess will be...

OK...you asked (altho you probably didn't want to know all this much!)...but we really, really REALLY want to hear more about your trip...pet Kiki for us!

FreezinRafiki
10-25-2011, 10:37 AM
I'm late, but I'm here! (I just set up a hot key combination for that. CTRL+H = "I'm late, but I'm here!")

Anyway, I'm very excited to read about your adventure. My kids are far too young to go to HHN, so I won't be experiencing it for quite a while.

Sandy321
10-25-2011, 11:33 AM
lopping over from the dvc board too -

I mostly lurk :surfweb:

hope you can include some of the HHN and universal experience - did they do any HP rides? DD is hoping to convince us to head out there one day!!

sorry you had to fight for what is obvious yours - and I do love that firework picture- amazing!!

disnewbie108
10-25-2011, 01:00 PM
Following along. Followed you over from DVC board. Love your TRs. Glad you are doing another one. Thanks for letting us know on the DVC threads where to find you.

kid-at-heart
10-25-2011, 03:36 PM
I welcome the ability to vicariously live through another one of your trips. You are a fantastic spinner of words and I eagerly await your next installment.

I will not let my DD's read your TR's as they might give them ideas and as we live in Washington State, trips to Disney (even in CA) take a lot of planning and thought.

I agree with everything alanapapa says except I no longer live in Washington State. Used to though. Wish I still did... Oh and instead of DDs, I have only one DD.

cj9200
10-26-2011, 01:27 PM
What? Sarcasm from a DISdad? Never!

Shocking I tell you. Shocking

She seems like a good kid. Between that an her inheriting your Disney addiction, you've got a lot to be proud of!

She is and I am.

I'm jealous. I wish I was close enough to do a last second weekend trip like that.

Doesn't stink. Even when I am just hanging out by the pool, it is good to get away.

Well, I'm glad you didn't scare her too much and the trip was able to continue as planned.:lmao:

Funny.

Looks like it worked out well that the Hilton was expensive that weekend. Probably a bit of a blessing that you were able to find a room at a value resort for the weekend so she could experience a stay on property.

It really did. Couldn't beat the price and you still are on property.

I've never really cared for yougurt, but I've also never thought about it this way! Great observations! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Never got the idea behind that concoction.

Hi, there...

Not to be obnoxious (who me?) or anything...but we DO want to read more about the rest of the weekend...please? Pretty please?

DS is done w/college (which he loved--he went to Cornell), and now is almost done w/law school (U VA)...he starts at a NYC law firm in September, 2012...we'll have our traditional T-giving trip next month (at BCV), and possibly a few days between law school graduation and putting his head down to study for the bar--maybe late May/early June, 2012...I'd like to get us a villa at BLT; he LOVED the model but hasn't yet stayed there (I have and I like it a lot)...

Once he's at the law firm, tho, I will be rethinking DVC...I also like solo trips, altho not all that many and for not all that long...I also have 3-4 families w/kids I take regularly...so I'm not sure I'll give it up...but it's different when DS isn't part of the equation...we shall see...he was a regular during his college and law school years, as I suspect your Princess will be...

OK...you asked (altho you probably didn't want to know all this much!)...but we really, really REALLY want to hear more about your trip...pet Kiki for us!

Kiki petted. Good for your son. A good friend of mine is a Cornell grad. Just think, though there may come a time he wants to bring friends or loved ones and help you use your points. Working on the next installment now.

I'm late, but I'm here! (I just set up a hot key combination for that. CTRL+H = "I'm late, but I'm here!")

There's an app for that.

Anyway, I'm very excited to read about your adventure. My kids are far too young to go to HHN, so I won't be experiencing it for quite a while.

They will get there soon enough. Have fun on the upcoming trip. How is the mother to be doing?

lopping over from the dvc board too -

I mostly lurk :surfweb:

hope you can include some of the HHN and universal experience - did they do any HP rides? DD is hoping to convince us to head out there one day!!

sorry you had to fight for what is obvious yours - and I do love that firework picture- amazing!!

HHN is next. Glad you got out of lurk mode. Feel free to keep posting.

Following along. Followed you over from DVC board. Love your TRs. Glad you are doing another one. Thanks for letting us know on the DVC threads where to find you.

Thanks to the mods for letting me let you know I was over here. Thanks on the comments. I enjoy writing them and once in a while pulling them out to relive a trip.

I agree with everything alanapapa says except I no longer live in Washington State. Used to though. Wish I still did... Oh and instead of DDs, I have only one DD.

Thank you. Fist time playing with the big boys over here. Bit intimidating to see thousands of views and hundred posts on other TRs.

Next update tomorrow. Promise.

FreezinRafiki
10-26-2011, 01:34 PM
They will get there soon enough. Have fun on the upcoming trip. How is the mother to be doing?

Pretty bummed out. Can't go on any of the fun rides during our pre and post cruise time at WDW. Can't ride the AquaDuck on the ship. Not sure how much walking she'll be able to withstand in Nassau.
But the baby is healthy and growing, so she's looking on the bright side...

cj9200
10-26-2011, 02:40 PM
Well, you know your job on the trip. Cater to her every need. A spa treatment maybe? I don't remember if you did a cruise before but the kids are going to love it.

Good luck, we are all counting on you.

Chellymouse
10-26-2011, 05:17 PM
Wohoo! :cool1: A surprise cj9200 trip report!! :scared1:can't believe you went to the place we will not mention on these sacred boards! popcorn:: Can't wait to read more!!

ericamcl
10-26-2011, 10:01 PM
just wanted to say I'm following along - followed you from the DVC boards :)

loved your other trip reports!

cj9200
10-27-2011, 12:59 AM
Friday, October 14 Part 2 Halloween Horror Night. AKA “I think I peed my pants a little.”

HHN was a new experience for me. DD went a couple of times before but 7 had not. Did not know what to expect but I knew I would not be bothered if I followed two teenage girls. My thought process was the scarers thought process would be, “Do I jump out at this guy or do I scare the pants off of the two girls in front of him.” If you want to be scared don’t bring two teenage girls with you. If you want to laugh your butt off bring them.

The trip over was uneventful. I-4 was moving at a good pace. We left a little later than I hoped but I am used to a teenaged girl (let alone two) taking their time to get ready. Pulled into the parking lot and was told to go to the left where the handicapped parking was. I use the permit when a lot of walking is involved because my feet are still messed up a bit and it sometimes is painful to walk. No big deal and better than a lot of people.

Parked here
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We of course could go left or right and picked right. Didn’t know we were going the wrong way until we saw the Come back soon sign. Course corrected, we entered the park before seven and it was still daylight. The mayhem started right away.

First screams of many screams are here. Noticed how they are stuck together like Siamese twins? This was the norm throughout the park.
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Of all the people walking around (including me) who does the chainsaw guy go after? You guessed it. The people on the sidewalk seemed to be enjoying themselves watching the girls chased by a maniac with a chainsaw. I know I was.

Not being chainsawed now. What is up with bending the leg? Who do you think you are, pin up girls? Happened in many of their poses.
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Our goal was to head to as many houses as possible and then go through the scare zones. I listened to the Dis podcast and had some favorites picked out and the girls gathered intelligence from friends that went this year. I won’t go into the statistics on number of houses/scare zones, theming, etc. but rather what we experienced. I will say that the overall theme is Lady Luck who entices you into blood and mayhem. Comments on that later in the post.

So we head to the left and notice all the barriers set up for a line into the Winter’s Night house with no one standing in them. Thought about getting a fast pass thing for the event that was until I looked at the price. Glad I didn’t.

As we headed to the house, DD noticed that Rip Ride Rocket was running. Universal also had a few rides open. Since we are both going to the Disapalooza Harry Potter event, we didn’t go there. Saving our first time for then. Besides, HHN was the main focus. The wait for Rip was listed at 45 minutes which from what I heard, this was a shorter than normal wait. Left the decision up to the kids and they decided to ride this first.

Let me start by saying I am a coaster Junkie. I love them. Not a big fan of inversions but point me to a coaster and I am on it. DD inherited that gene from me. When I lived in New York and she spent the summers with me we would hit parks in the area. The Cyclone at Coney Island, Six Flags New Jersey, Bush Gardens Williamsburg and Hershey Park were all visited. I am getting to the point that I can only take a ride or two at a time but DD can (and does) ride over and over again.

Having said that, this one was a bear. Very cool ride and any coaster fanatic should ride it. So the three of us try to enter the line. A staff person (don’t remember what they call their employees) stops me and tells me I need to put my bag in the locker. Forgot about that procedure. Bags and other stuff taken care of we walk through the line. Not very impressed with the theming but then again nobody does it like Disney.

We are strapped in and ready to go. The girls of course were together and I was seated next to a nice woman whose kids were just in front of us. She was concerned her daughter would lose her glasses. We leave the staging area and I think I have a few seconds to psyche myself up for the ride. NOT HERE. Moments after you leave, you are off at warp speed. The first drop is intense. I could have sworn we were going at more than a 90 degree angle. Very cool. Many twists, turns, inversions and drops later we were back at the station. All I could say was WOW. That and I had to go back to find where I lost my stomach. I knew it was somewhere on the track. The kids loved it. DD still has R&R coaster ahead of this. Not me. I think this is the number 1 coaster in Florida.

My camera has a video mode which I use primarily underwater. Just started playing with it on land and I have a tendency to stop filming way too soon. It is a great camera but the videos can come out grainy in low light. Another thing I need to work on. Did not take a ton of stills but have a few videos to spread around the report. Here is a one as a group of screaming people fly by on Rip Ride. As you can see, it is getting darker outside.

http://youtu.be/vfFfEVbQJuY

From there we got into the line for Winter’s Night. This is the first time in the history of the event where a cemetery is the focus of a house. You would think that it is the perfect genre for a haunted house but until now, Universal resisted. So far that night, they only encountered one chainsaw guy so I didn’t know how they were really going to react. Well, after this I knew. They entered confidently (maybe false bravado) and were immediately scared out of their wits. Their screams were ear piercing and when spooked, they backed up into me. At first I was right behind them but after my toes kept getting stepped on I stayed a few feet behind them.

Of course their screams let the scarers ahead of them know they were coming. They were ready. I am sure they made the spookers (spookers is the best I could come up with, sorry.) night. I let them go ahead and they acted as a trip wire provoking scares and more screams as I watched behind them laughing all the way. No one bothered me because they were too busy scaring the girls. When we got out, I looked at them and asked if they were faking it and their answer is, “Are you kidding? I think I peed my pants,”

From there we went into one of the scare zones. Here is another short video of them. It is dark and I cut it off early to get a still. Wish I could do it again and kept the film rolling.
http://youtu.be/F3NNtmv9CqQ

That was them backing up 20 feet. Anyway, here is the pic I took when I should have been videoing. I’m behind them and as they were running back, they ran into me me. You may have heard the “OW, Girl” exclamation right when the camera moved.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2750.jpg

Another guy was threatening them while the guy in the wheelchair blindsided them and chased them back another 20 feet. It took them about 15 minutes to go the block. A few feet forward and 20 feet back. Too funny.

The next Haunted Mansion was Nightingales. The setting was the trenches during WWI. This was my favorite. They did a great job of theming here. You walked through this 10 foot high trench past the fighting and guns going off, a wounded soldier warning you to go back. All the while people are jumping out to scare you. You also enter a hospital where the wounded (some legless) reached out to grab you. The kids did not disappoint. One chainsaw chased them in the room a bit. Quite funny.

From there we did Saws and Screams Machine. In this one machines run on water and the people entering are “fuel” for the water content of their body. Each room is separated by plastic strips hanging from the doorway. By now, they no longer bravely went through them but slightly parted them to see if they could see what was on the other side before first entering. Didn’t work. Theming was pretty lame but maybe because I was watching the girls scream and making sure my feet were not trodden on. I felt Winter’s Night and this were about the same; scary scenes, scary people but with different theming. Not much theming but different. This time a chainsaw near the end of the house chased them out into the open area. More fun for me.

Not much of a wait for the houses
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One of the two shows was about to start, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure (or something like that). We got there just as it started and were seated at the top near the exit. All I can say is thank god we were near the exit. How do I put this? It was terrible? No, that’s not strong enough. The worst ever? Maybe, there might be other stage shows out there that are worse. I just haven’t seen them. Maybe the Stitch thing they tried to pull off at the MK that lasted a week. But again, I never saw it. I was ready to go after the first couple of minutes but the kids did not. So I suffered. And suffered. And suffered. When we got out I shared my thoughts and they came back that it was pop culture, you just didn’t get it. Well, I am hip (or whatever the equivalent slang is now for hip), I got it. It just wasn’t funny. At all. Came back to them and noted they didn’t laugh either. That stopped any further retorts. This was just plain bad. Not humorous at all.

A Parental Note: This show has a lot of profane language. It is not for kids. I saw one guy get up with his two tween daughters and left. Also a comment in general for HHN. It is not for the younger set. If you don’t want to permanently scar your younger kids for life, don’t take them here. It is at times intense and a little risqué.

Anyway, I think 30 - 40 minutes was the most we waited for any of the houses. Our plan worked out well. After arriving early, we did the houses first starting with the front ones and working our way back. Another favorite (and my last) was Nevermore. The girls were excited because they studied the Raven for school a couple of years ago.

I told you earlier the patch would come into play during the night. Here is where we encountered a dork that saw DD and decided to make pirate jokes every time we passed at the line’s switchback. He was with a bunch of friends and thought he was as funny as Bill and Ted. As bad as they were, he was an amateur by comparison. Remember she has heard every pirate joke in the book. When we passed them the second time and he said something, I gave him the “glare” and asked the Pirate/Princess if she wanted me to shut him up. I told her I would be glad to do it. Her response, “No dad, I got this.” The next time they passed us she leaned over and said something to him that I didn’t hear. All I saw was his friends laughing at him. The next time we passed he tried a half hearted effort to redeem himself and she leaned in again and said something that made his friends laugh even harder. He was quiet the rest of the wait. The girl can handle herself. Makes a dad proud.

Back to Poe. All I can say is that he got angrier and crazier as you went through it. More screams, more stepping on my toes, and possibly more pants peeing. As we exited, DD got a call from a friend and former school mate or hers and 7 that was also in the park that night. They were going on the Simpsons and the girls hustled over there to meet them.

By then I was done for the night so relaxed waiting for them to get off the ride. Ran into another one of the “nurses” that were spread throughout the parks hawking blood red jello shots. I did not partake.
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After the kids got off the ride they decided to go to The In Between House. This is the one where you put on 3D glasses. At the end there is a barrel ride that gives the illusion it is rolling around. DD said that was very disorienting and fun. More screams were involved and their friend also asked them if they were faking it. By then I knew they were not.

Here is a pic of all of them
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They got there late and that was only their second house visited. It was after 1:00 and the three of us were ready to leave. So we headed out.

This was cool signage
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On the way out we hit the last scare zone. This was Lady Luck’s alley. Kind of lame but the girls made it fun. Here is a very dark video. Not dark as in film noir but dark as in lighting. You may not see much of them but you can hear them. After the chainsaw guy, they ran through this one.

http://youtu.be/Z-jDIF1Qonc

Said goodbye to their friend and we were out of there. As we exited the park, they were asked to do a survey which they completed together.

You can see they survived
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Heading out
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They think they are adults but they are still little girls at times
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Got to the car with hopes that DD would drive but she whined so I relented. After all, I only drove all the way up there. They were beat though. As soon as I started the car, they were out. Made it to Music without incident except I couldn’t find the building at first. A few bad turns later we were at the room. They barely woke up to make it back to the room and then they were out for the count. I stayed up a bit to relax a little.

Final thoughts: First time for HHN. I was good but it was even better because of the girls. It was a hoot (can I say hoot) following them around. I am not a big get me scared person so without them it would be a waste of money. They LOVED it. They burned a lot of calories getting scared because the adrenaline was pumping. They both said when they left they were sweating. By the time it was over, they were exhausted. As I said, they loved it. So did I.

All in all a good day. Got up here on time and without incident, room check-in was smooth and we enjoyed HHN. Tomorrow was supposed to be a park day but for reasons I will explain in the next installment, it didn’t happen.

Up next: Saturday, October 14 Part 1 GF visits the GF. AKA should my pinky be out?

afwdwfan
10-27-2011, 10:37 AM
DD went a couple of times before but 7 had not.
No real comment, other than when I see you call her 7, it makes me think of Seinfeld.

If you want to be scared don’t bring two teenage girls with you. If you want to laugh your butt off bring them.
Laughter is always good. :thumbsup2 :rotfl2:

We of course could go left or right and picked right. Didn’t know we were going the wrong way until we saw the Come back soon sign.
Theory proven... always go left.

What is up with bending the leg? Who do you think you are, pin up girls? Happened in many of their poses.
Don't try to figure out what a teenage girl is thinking. It will just give you a headache.:headache:

Let me start by saying I am a coaster Junkie. I love them.
::yes:: Me too... can't get enough!

DD still has R&R coaster ahead of this. Not me. I think this is the number 1 coaster in Florida.
Wow. With the Hulk across the park, and the coasters at Sea World and BG, that is some steep praise.
My opinion of Florida coasters is R&R gets the win with theming and all around fun and thrills but I like Sheikra at BG for the most intense ride... especially front row. I really need to get to US and try this one out.

Their screams were ear piercing and when spooked, they backed up into me. At first I was right behind them but after my toes kept getting stepped on I stayed a few feet behind them.
:lmao::rotfl2:

When we got out, I looked at them and asked if they were faking it and their answer is, “Are you kidding? I think I peed my pants,”
:eek: :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

How do I put this? It was terrible? No, that’s not strong enough.
Kind of like the movies?:confused3 :rolleyes1



I told her I would be glad to do it. Her response, “No dad, I got this.” The next time they passed us she leaned over and said something to him that I didn’t hear. All I saw was his friends laughing at him. The next time we passed he tried a half hearted effort to redeem himself and she leaned in again and said something that made his friends laugh even harder. He was quiet the rest of the wait. The girl can handle herself. Makes a dad proud.
:thumbsup2 Nicely done! Makes me feel bad for the pirate comments I've made on here though. :rolleyes1
It would be interesting to know what she said to him.:rotfl2::lmao:

Ran into another one of the “nurses” that were spread throughout the parks hawking blood red jello shots.
Is there a time when they DON'T have someone hawking jello shots at US? :confused3

Final thoughts: First time for HHN. I was good but it was even better because of the girls. It was a hoot (can I say hoot) following them around.
Of course you can say it, it's your TR.:thumbsup2 I'm glad you enjoyed it. Never been there (as I've never been to any park in Florida during the fall) but I've always thought this would be a fun event to attend.

I am not a big get me scared person so without them it would be a waste of money.
I've never really been into that stuff either. I might jump if something jumps out and startles me, but I've never really understood why you'd run from the guy with a chainsaw...:confused3
It most definitely is all about who you're there with. :lmao::rotfl2::thumbsup2

cj9200
10-28-2011, 06:15 PM
Wohoo! :cool1: A surprise cj9200 trip report!! :scared1:can't believe you went to the place we will not mention on these sacred boards! popcorn:: Can't wait to read more!!

Good to have another DVC friend following along.

just wanted to say I'm following along - followed you from the DVC boards :)

loved your other trip reports!

Thank you. Glad you are following our (mis)adventures.

Laughter is always good. :thumbsup2 :rotfl2:

That is so true.

Theory proven... always go left.

Glad I could help.

Don't try to figure out what a teenage girl is thinking. It will just give you a headache.:headache:

It does. Many times a day.

::yes:: Me too... can't get enough!

Wow. With the Hulk across the park, and the coasters at Sea World and BG, that is some steep praise.

My opinion of Florida coasters is R&R gets the win with theming and all around fun and thrills but I like Sheikra at BG for the most intense ride... especially front row. I really need to get to US and try this one out.

You got to try this one. Rip is aptly named. Haven’t been to BG in years and haven’t ridden Sheikra but this is better than Hulk. DD still puts R&R number 1. I like this one because of the massive drops.

:lmao::eek: :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

The crushing my toes move was self defense. I think they were semi-joking about peeing their pants. Never saw DD scream like a little girl like that. Hilariously funny.

Kind of like the movies?:confused3 :rolleyes1

Never saw any Bill and Ted’s and don’t plan on it after seeing this. Rather watch a PBS special on watching grass grow.

:thumbsup2 Nicely done! Makes me feel bad for the pirate comments I've made on here though. :rolleyes1
It would be interesting to know what she said to him.:rotfl2::lmao:

Asked her but she wouldn’t tell. Don’t feel bad about the pirate jokes, she got plenty from me. She embraced the pirate mantra and has had fun with it. This kid was just trying to show off at A’s expense. Thought he was soooo cool. She has a sharp, biting humor when she wants to bring it out. She is also sarcastic at times (don’t know where she gets that from). This kid shouldn’t have started. To paraphrase an old saying, in the battle of wits with my daughter, this kid was unarmed. Seen her and her friends cut down adolescent teen boys before. It isn’t pretty.

Is there a time when they DON'T have someone hawking jello shots at US? :confused3

True. Any way to make a buck. Can you imagine that at EPCOT or DHS let alone the MK doing this.

Of course you can say it, it's your TR.:thumbsup2 I'm glad you enjoyed it. Never been there (as I've never been to any park in Florida during the fall) but I've always thought this would be a fun event to attend.

I've never really been into that stuff either. I might jump if something jumps out and startles me, but I've never really understood why you'd run from the guy with a chainsaw...:confused3
It most definitely is all about who you're there with. :lmao::rotfl2::thumbsup2

It was a lot of fun. Probably won’t go again without DD because it won’t be nearly as fun. I only had one guy jumped out at me but I had just seen him do the same thing to the girls. Didn’t startle me at all.

tinkgurl
10-28-2011, 09:05 PM
Loving this TR! You are such a good storyteller. It's almost like being right there with you!

bzzelady
10-28-2011, 09:58 PM
Glad to see that you survived the coaster! I live about an hour from Hersheypark and one of my favoritewooden coasters is the Wildcat. When I cannot get to Hershey, I only have to drive ten minutes over to Knoebel's over in Elysburg-they have the Phoenix and the Twister-the nice thing at Knoebel's is there is no park admission and I can just take one ride and go home if I wish :)

Sandy321
10-29-2011, 02:41 PM
It was a hoot :rotfl2:

I love your trip reports - and I'm enjoying the videos as well! :thumbsup2

I dont enjoy forgetting to check to see if there is an update, and find the report on page 2! Imagine I'm spoiled - easier to find the reports on dvcmouse, but I'll get over it!! :wizard:

franandaj
10-30-2011, 02:08 AM
I loved your flying, sailing and dining nuts trip! You should post a link on your last TR so that we can all find you! I rarely troll the boards for TRs so it's dumb luck that I've stumbled upon this TR. I only read the first post, but I want to sub in. I'll be back to read the rest.

I also want to hear in the end how your trip to CA works out. Are you thinking Aulani too? I don't remember what your whole deal was, but I'm thinking with the diving you wanted to do a dual CA/HI trip.

dgaston
10-30-2011, 11:19 AM
So glad to see another TR. I feel like it's a way to keep in touch with your daughter's senior year. And happy to meet another of her friends. We'll be at the World at the end of this week, and it's a new stage in my DD's life as she bringing Abby for her first trip -- gotta prime the WDW gene!

cj9200
10-30-2011, 09:25 PM
Loving this TR! You are such a good storyteller. It's almost like being right there with you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I enjoy writing these because it gives a way to relive the trip between visits.

Glad to see that you survived the coaster! I live about an hour from Hersheypark and one of my favoritewooden coasters is the Wildcat. When I cannot get to Hershey, I only have to drive ten minutes over to Knoebel's over in Elysburg-they have the Phoenix and the Twister-the nice thing at Knoebel's is there is no park admission and I can just take one ride and go home if I wish :)

Hershey is a great park. Our favorite was the duel coaster Lightning Racer (I think that is the name). Haven’t been to Knoebel’s. Yet.

:rotfl2:

I love your trip reports - and I'm enjoying the videos as well! :thumbsup2

I dont enjoy forgetting to check to see if there is an update, and find the report on page 2! Imagine I'm spoiled - easier to find the reports on dvcmouse, but I'll get over it!! :wizard:

Things move faster here then on the DVC board. I blink and it is on page 2.

I loved your flying, sailing and dining nuts trip! You should post a link on your last TR so that we can all find you! I rarely troll the boards for TRs so it's dumb luck that I've stumbled upon this TR. I only read the first post, but I want to sub in. I'll be back to read the rest.

I also want to hear in the end how your trip to CA works out. Are you thinking Aulani too? I don't remember what your whole deal was, but I'm thinking with the diving you wanted to do a dual CA/HI trip.

At my sig, there are links to all the TRs posted on the Dis. You should be able to click them from there (I hope). Yep, we are hoping to visit Aulani. I figure Disneyland would be a great place for a layover. So, the plan is to hit DL and fly over to Aulani for a week. I can reserve a room in Mid-November. Wish me luck. I’ll keep everyone posted if it happens.

So glad to see another TR. I feel like it's a way to keep in touch with your daughter's senior year. And happy to meet another of her friends. We'll be at the World at the end of this week, and it's a new stage in my DD's life as she bringing Abby for her first trip -- gotta prime the WDW gene!

Have a great time. I am sure Abby will love the mouse’s house and become a Disney nut. DD is really doing well this year. Grades are good, the college application process is almost over and she starts Lacrosse tomorrow. Even has a date for Homecoming (the horror).

alanapapa
10-30-2011, 11:46 PM
DD is really doing well this year. Grades are good, the college application process is almost over and she starts Lacrosse tomorrow. Even has a date for Homecoming (the horror).

Your DD is doing better than mine. It looks like she will be on the 9 semester plan, if not the 5 year plan for HS. As of now she has a full year of PE credits and a semester of something else (Occupation Education I think) to complete after this, her Senior year. She is thinking Community College right now. Homecoming was last week and she had asked one guy, who told her "I don't do dances." As I can see, your DD can take care of herself if someone crosses the line. You should be very proud of her (and yourself).

cj9200
10-31-2011, 04:12 PM
At least your daughter asked someone. Mine was lucky to get a date and if it was left to her, she would just be going with her girlfriends. This tall skinny kid had to be bribed with skittles by his friends to ask her to the dance. It is a “friend” date. She and a few girlfriends are driving there and meeting the boy “friends” there. I imagine a few awkward dances. I always tell her and her friends that boys of that age are goofy. They agree. Not that we get any better as we get older.

Next update should be done by tomorrow. All the rain down here knocked out my internet so I have to catch up on a few things before I get back to the TR.

cj9200
10-31-2011, 06:04 PM
In case you haven't seen this, it is from the Disney Blog. The animals enjoying their treats. Thought it was funny.

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/10/disneys-animal-kingdom-wildlife-treated-to-pumpkins-for-halloween/

Happy and safe Halloween everyone.

hushupu
10-31-2011, 08:00 PM
thanks for the link that was great

Cyndibear
11-01-2011, 08:59 PM
Add me to the DVC board followers.....just love your reports! Enjoy hearing about your special trips with your daughter. Love the Dad/Daughter relationship you share. Can't believe she's a Senior this year, how exciting for both of you. Can't wait for your next installment......

Cyndi

cj9200
11-02-2011, 12:54 PM
Saturday, October 14 Part 1: Burgers and Ice Cream or Tea. AKA Outvoted 2-1.

Today was supposed to be a park day. Planned on using admission from our unexpired park hoppers and buy a ticket for GF. However, I can’t find the d**m tickets. Still haven’t but I know they are here somewhere.

Anyway it didn’t matter. We did not get back to the room until after 2:00 so we decided to sleep in. Couldn’t find the “Do not Disturb” sign (it was by the TV) so mousekeeping knocked on the door at around 11:00. Told them just a minute but by the time I got to the door, they were gone.

Started rousing the kids at 12:00 and they got up reasonably well. A choice needed to made to decide what to do the rest of the afternoon. A thought was in my head for a “surprise” that night but we needed to do something during the day. Eating was one

I voted Beaches and Cream for burgers and Ice Cream. The Princess had the idea to go to Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian. DD loves tea. She had tea at the Plaza in NY, multiple times in a place in Savanna and of course Disney World. Once we started to talk about what we were going to do, she pulled “the other kid” aside and brain washed her into wanting to go to tea. We took a vote. I lost 2-1.

So, I called dining to see about an ADR. Nope, nothing available. Decided to try anyway. We left a little before 2:00, headed for the GF (not to be confused with #7 AKA GF). Thought this hotel would knock the socks off of DDGF. It did. We pulled into valet and entered the GF. Oohs and Aahs from 7.

They had just opened the tea room. Waited a bit to talk to the hostess. Asked if she could fit us in and she responded that seating just started and there was already a group without reservations. She advised us to come back in half an hour.

In the meantime we had to take some mandatory pics.
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This picture by the bird cage started with a previous trip with another of DD’s friends. Still looking for the key to lock them in there.
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Not a bad lobby
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Of all the times I visited the GF I never really noticed the skylights. Peerrty.
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While we waited, they went shopping. More window shopping that buying. Hats were a big thing with them.
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Yes, sometimes she acts like Dale
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Two Princesses
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Yea, 7 is Goofy too
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The Princess/Pirate’s new headgear
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The Princess Bride?
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Told her she has a while to wait before then. She started to think about a Disney wedding. I apologize to her parents that seed was planted.

To Infinity and beyond
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We went back to the hostess station and DD asked if they could fit us in. “Sure.” Just a reminder that at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. We were seated at table near the window. Hoped for one of the couches but beggars can’t be choosers.

DD was in her element but 7 was a bit nervous. This was a little out of her comfort zone and was afraid at first she would do something wrong and be ostracized. Not to worry. She was fine and soon got comfortable. DD went through the menu and made suggestions. They ordered ??? with the ??? tea. I had the Garden view tea (iced). For food, I ordered the cheese plate and tea sandwiches.

The Girls anticipating their tea
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My fruit and cheese plates. The veined cheese was a sage infused cheese, just OK. A little odd tasting. The others were better. Of course DD and I found out 7 were part mice (Minnies perhaps) also munched away.
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My tea. Excellent.
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One lump of two? DDGF just discovered sugar cubes when she and DD went to Publix a couple of weeks ago. First time 7 actually used them. She got a big charge out of that.
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One of their tea sandwich plates and the scones. Have to love clotted cream. Actually tried to find it at a couple of places here with no luck.
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GF also admitted to not liking tea the one time she tried it. Told her there were other options. She was a real trooper and decided to go for it. As you can see she enjoyed it.
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Finally their desserts. DD got the usual swan with a cream filling. GF had what she called her “Princess Cake.” I think it was some strawberry and cream thing. They both oped for the chocolate covered strawberries.

Aww, isn’t that cute?
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That was right before the decapitation. OH, THE HORROR. Maybe Halloween Horror Night affected her psyche.
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Dessert was daintily eaten (I knew they just wanted to scarf it down) and they lingered over their tea. Girl conversation mostly centered on gossip at school and the teachers they had. Tea was over. As always DD loved this and 7 really enjoyed the experience. As I said, this was a bit out of her comfort zone but afterward she said she could get used to this. She commented that she was unaware that there were things like this at WDW. DD and I looked at each other, a knowing smile in her eyes (well one because she had the patch on). Yes, she was saying, another convert to our family’s method of doing Disney.

Mandatory trip to the ladies room while I went out front. What is with her taking pictures of a bathroom? Where did that come from? Oh wait, there was a mirror. DD loves mirrors.
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OK, what’s next? Surprise was in a couple of hours so we had some time to kill. Out of picture space so it will wait until the next update.

UP Next: Saturday, October 14 Part 2 The rest of the story. AKA The trip down memory lane.

Chellymouse
11-02-2011, 10:13 PM
popcorn:: Can't wait to read more!! Anxious about the surprise. That may be the last time 7 is allowed to go to WDW with you and DD!!

afwdwfan
11-03-2011, 11:11 AM
Today was supposed to be a park day. Planned on using admission from our unexpired park hoppers and buy a ticket for GF. However, I can’t find the d**m tickets. Still haven’t but I know they are here somewhere.
:headache: I hate it when that happens.:sad2:

A thought was in my head for a “surprise” that night but we needed to do something during the day.
A surprise, huh?

We took a vote. I lost 2-1.
You need to take me next time. It at least would have been a tie vote. :lmao:

So, I called dining to see about an ADR. Nope, nothing available. Decided to try anyway.
You are a great dad... Most reluctant tea partiers (sounds more political than inteneded) would see the lack of available ADR's as a way out.:rotfl2:

That was right before the decapitation. OH, THE HORROR. Maybe Halloween Horror Night affected her psyche.
:lmao::rotfl2: Either HHN or the eyepatch. I'm sure neither one helped.

DD and I looked at each other, a knowing smile in her eyes (well one because she had the patch on).
:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Yes, she was saying, another convert to our family’s method of doing Disney.
:thumbsup2

Surprise was in a couple of hours so we had some time to kill. Out of picture space so it will wait until the next update.
Can't wait to see what the surprise is!

cj9200
11-06-2011, 07:03 PM
Wow this board moves fast. Don't post for a couple of days and I am relegated to page three.

thanks for the link that was great

Thought it was cute. DD enjoyed watching it.

Add me to the DVC board followers.....just love your reports! Enjoy hearing about your special trips with your daughter. Love the Dad/Daughter relationship you share. Can't believe she's a Senior this year, how exciting for both of you. Can't wait for your next installment......

Cyndi

Thanks Cyndi. Homecoming is this Thursday and she is getting a little excited. Her first timed 10K is also this weekend in preparation of the Disney Half in January.

popcorn:: Can't wait to read more!! Anxious about the surprise. That may be the last time 7 is allowed to go to WDW with you and DD!!

The surprise really isn’t a big deal. No Indoor skydiving on this trip. She has already signed up to go with us for the Disapalooza HP event in December.

:headache: I hate it when that happens.:sad2:

Still can’t find the tickets. Need to because a lot of money is represented in that envelope.

You need to take me next time. It at least would have been a tie vote. :lmao:

Solidarity, yes. I usually leave them there and go to the Poly for crabcakes. I don’t know why I decided to stay this time.

You are a great dad... Most reluctant tea partiers (sounds more political than inteneded) would see the lack of available ADR's as a way out.:rotfl2:

Not so great, I didn’t think of that. Wouldn’t have worked anyway. DD is too Disney savvy to know that we would probably be able to walk up and get in.

:lmao::rotfl2:: Either HHN or the eyepatch. I'm sure neither one helped.

Funny. The patch is now only when she drives.

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Glad you liked it. I thought it was funny.

Can't wait to see what the surprise is!

Coming two posts from this one.

RGirl
11-06-2011, 10:01 PM
Joining in and loving your TR!!! It's like looking into the future when my DD4 and I will be making those teen trips to Disney. :scared1:

cj9200
11-15-2011, 02:03 AM
Sorry no updates for a while. Things were crazy here. Hope to work on it tomorrow and post then or the next day. Have to get this finished before we leave for Disapalooza on the 9th.

Today I remembered that this time last year I began a six week hospital stay. An interesting time and a long road to recovery but it was worth it. Despite starting the year seriously ill and barely able to walk, it has turned out to be a great year. Very thankful that I made it through that road block and was able to celebrate many things.

Personal DD update following:

Her version of Minnie for Halloween dress up day at school
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She went to her Homecoming dance this week and had a good time. The football team won 35-0 and are headed to the District Championships.

Homecoming week they let the kids play a bit. The theme this day was "Remembering History." She went as a flower child of the 60's. That's my Hippie girl.
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Homecoming: Getting ready.
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Driving to the festivities
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Her date. According to her, "A friend. Not a Boyfriend."
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With another friend at the dance
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She also did a 10K on Saturday to prep for the Disney Half Marathon. She finished in 59 minutes.

Getting ready
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The crowd warming up
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Was not ready for her to pass my viewing area but got this pic right before she crossed the finish line
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Showing off her new hardware
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Sorry this is off track a bit but I promise to get back to the TR and post an update soon.

franandaj
11-15-2011, 02:29 AM
So I'm relatively new to your TRs and you mention that "next year" you spend six weeks in the hospital, so I'm confused. :confused3 How do you know? Or are you talking about the past? Hmmmm.....

I completely understand about illnesses as we were supposed to be in WDW about three weeks ago and are still dealing with recovery, but I'm just curious, it must have been last year that you were incapacitated not next year, unless you have great powers of foresight. If you have those powers, than please keep yourself out of harms way! :lmao:

Inquiring minds want to know! And I hope that you are doing well, as far as I know from your TR you are all good, recovering and planning to come to Cali next year! I would love to come out to DL and say "hi" when you are are here, you seem like fun, in a sarcastic kind of way!

cj9200
11-15-2011, 08:03 AM
Oops, my bad. I meant last year. Corrected it in the post. Wish I could be predict the future. That way, I would have won every lottery and travel non-stop. Sorry to hear about the illness and postponing your trip. I am doing great. Thanks for asking.

Chellymouse
11-15-2011, 05:53 PM
Thanks for sharing DD's accomplishments!! Can't wait for the next installment!

kid-at-heart
11-16-2011, 09:26 AM
You have been busy. It looks like your daughter is building loads of senior year memories.

So what are you cooking for Thanksgiving? Our friends raise organic free range meat birds (chickens) along with their laying hens. Since the money from the chickens and eggs go into their girls' college funds we always buy a few birds and our weekly eggs from our friends. This year a couple of our birds weighed in at nine pounds. Since it will just be our family for Turkey day we will be having - chicken.

lisaviolet
11-17-2011, 04:54 PM
Finally.

It does exist.

My God - what a puzzle to find it! What a head hurting investigation that was.....:rotfl2:

I will catch up with it.

Extra trips! Yeah for that.

cj9200
11-19-2011, 08:32 AM
Saturday, October 14 Part 2 Whats next? AKA It doesn’t start till when?

Tea done and we have time to kill. The question is what next? Well we are on the monorail loop so why not go exploring?

Bye GF see you in a little bit
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The Contemporary across the pond
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The MK all decked out for Halloween. Purty. Never went during Halloween time. One of thes days I will make it along with not so scary.
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Number Seven
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And “The Kid.”
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Co-Conspirators
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Decided to get off at the Poly. Thought that the other kid would like to see it. Once again, my instincts were good. They took about 10 minutes for two poses. All the time giving me directions. Hey Kidos, I take a pretty good picture. Maybe not these but then again, think of the subject matter.
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OK, this is not such a good one but I had to include it. The Princess Pirate Mickey. Arrg!
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Nice background
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Much shopping was going on as I just wandered around. She picked up a Pluto animal/pillow thing. They were finally bored and we went outside to explore the grounds. A look at the pool and then I started walking a certain way. DD started to talk about the time she spent at the Kid’s club here. It really left a strong impression. She was always a social animal and did not suffer from separation anxiety at all. We had no problem dropping her off at one of the kids‘ clubs. Neverland was by far her favorite. The first time she went was probably about 5. When she toured she remembered they used to have a slide through the window to get into the club and a big alligator to play on. Both are long gone. After a little while reminiscing with her friend, she asked if we could stop by the place. My response was, “Where do you think we are going?” Soon we were here.
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We went in and I told the CM that Princess was an Alumnus of the Club and was hoping she could show her friend. Since no kids were there, they were allowed to do wander around. I went outside to chill in the lush grounds. They took a couple of pics. That was until a CM told them that pictures were not allowed.

They are still kids at heart
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They saw ducks and had to take a picture.
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What a life the “wild animals” must be at WDW. I can imagine their conversations, Duck 1, “What are we going to do today?” Duck 2, “Lets go by the food court for lunch and then we can head to EPCOT.” Duck 2, “Nah, we there all week for Food and Wine. I’m thinking we go to the Magic Kingdom. We can hang out at the Jungle Cruise and then a snack at Aloha Isle. We might get lucky and some kid will drop a Dole Whip.” Duck 1, “Umm, Dole Whip. I’m sold.”

While the ducks were consulting the Lines App., we decided to head back. Got this of “cleared grounds” by the Grand Floridian. Did not see any signs of construction of the expected DVC resort there. Princess loves the GF and can’t wait to stay there.
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Got the car and headed to the planned surprise resort. Found out the surprise wasn’t going to start for a number of hours. Oops. DD looked at me with that disappointing look when I screw up. She uses that look a lot. They still had now idea what was going on but they did not want to sit here for a couple of hours. We did look around the place and they found this. DD had to have a picture.
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Now what to do? DD wanted to show 7 the Boardwalk. Sure, why not. Drive over there and was hit with a bad show Disney moment. Not so much for me but for guests staying there. Pull up to the guard shack and told the white lie that we were having dinner. He tells me that I could either pay for valet or park at Downtown Disney and take a bus back. We were doing valet anyway so I pull up. Pass the valet lot and see a sign it was full. Huh? The entrance was a mess. Cars were either waiting or parked all over the place. Some were turning around in the driveway. Took us a while when we finally pulled in front of the resort.

Valet then informs us that they were turning away everyone except those with handicapped permits. Luckily we have one so we were allowed to use valet. I later posted on the DVC board my experience and then others who were staying at the resort that weekend told their horror stories. I never stayed at BW during Food and Wine and I know parking here is a challenge. Some guests told of parking in the CM lot, or way out in the boondocks and not allowed access to the main guest parking lot. Seems there was a big convention going on that was using the BW facilities and it was said they received exclusive access to the guest lot. And this included people staying at other resorts and were not BW guests. WHAT?

OK, soapbox firmly below my feet. I can understand if people (like us that day) want to tour the resort, and are denied parking access. But guests staying there? DVC members pay dues for that lot’s upkeep. If someone told me that I would have gone BALLISTIC. The guests staying at the Inn are paying a small fortune for their rooms. AND NOT BE ABLE TO PARK ANYWHERE NEAR THE RESORT! The Boardwalk is always a challenge finding a spot but guests at the resort need first priority. This was inexcusable. They need to provide gated parking area with access only for resort guests. Enough said on that.

So anyway we got through the hoops of parking the car. Didn’t take any pictures of the resort but the other kid was impressed. I love walking into this place. We were there when the Boardwalk officially opened and immediately fell in love with the place. I know it has detractors but it is by far my favorite DVC resort.

We go down the staircase and by what I call the “Great Lawn.” Its a NY City reference. From there we walked around. DD wants to head over to the Y/B Club. I’m not sure I want to walk that far but finally give in. Walked around there a little bit and stopped by Beaches and Cream. They watched as a kitchen sink was presented. And yes, they used A WHOLE CAN.

It was starting to get a little dark so we went back to the Boardwalk to see some of the entertainment. On the way back we saw this sunset. Wow. These pics are nice but not as impressive as the real thing. Saw many beautiful sunsets here but this one was amazing.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2850-1.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2851-1.jpg

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And my favorite. I wanted to catch the light as it was passing the glass and just missed it.
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The girls enjoying the view
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The sun soon moved on and so did we. Found a crowd and the girls sat down to enjoy the show.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2862-1.jpg

She shot a short video. As you can hear, all the kids enjoyed it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPnwM2F5lvc&feature=player_detailpage

My favorite entertainer was just starting a show so I called the kids over and we went down a little bit to see him. Don’t know his name but he is the one that tools around on a bike. I mistakenly walk behind the “stage” area and he turned around then commented to the crowd that he guesses I had a “backstage pass.” The kids enjoyed that. He did a few things including a card trick. When he was doing that trick, he kept showing me different cards and asking if it was the right one? I of course shook my head no.

Love the entertainment they provide. Always a good time at night here. After her revealed the chosen card, it was time to go. Car is retrieved and we head to the other resort.

Out of picture space so thats it for now. Next update is the surprise. Will have that one up before Thanksgiving. I hope. Don’t hold me to it.

Up next: Saturday, October 14 Part 3 A few drinks and more than a couple of laughs. AKA Where are you from?

franandaj
11-19-2011, 11:45 PM
What a life the “wild animals” must be at WDW. I can imagine their conversations, Duck 1, “What are we going to do today?” Duck 2, “Lets go by the food court for lunch and then we can head to EPCOT.” Duck 2, “Nah, we there all week for Food and Wine. I’m thinking we go to the Magic Kingdom. We can hang out at the Jungle Cruise and then a snack at Aloha Isle. We might get lucky and some kid will drop a Dole Whip.” Duck 1, “Umm, Dole Whip. I’m sold.”



I TOTALLY laughed at this one! :rotfl2:

Great Sunset shots!

cj9200
11-21-2011, 05:44 AM
Thanks for sharing DD's accomplishments!! Can't wait for the next installment!

You have been busy. It looks like your daughter is building loads of senior year memories.

So what are you cooking for Thanksgiving? Our friends raise organic free range meat birds (chickens) along with their laying hens. Since the money from the chickens and eggs go into their girls' college funds we always buy a few birds and our weekly eggs from our friends. This year a couple of our birds weighed in at nine pounds. Since it will just be our family for Turkey day we will be having - chicken.

Thanks to both of you. DD is having a great year. After everything she has gone through the past couple of years, she deserves it. I don’t know if I mentioned that she will be running the WDW half in January. Finally talked her into it. I had to give her something and I think it was letting her drive the car for Homecoming and sleeping over at a friend’s house afterward.

Thanksgiving is my favorite meal of the year. For years I acted as cook just to make sure it is done right. After last year eating pressed turkey sitting in hospital bed, thanksgiving will be all the favorites. Caprese salad, turkey, portabella risotto stuffing (in the bird), mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries (still haven’t decided how they will be cooked), roasted garlic asparagus and home made rolls. Desert will be either made by the Princess or store bought.

I would love to have access to fresh eggs, free range poultry. Mine is a frozen butterball. Usually I get a minimum 15 pounder even if it is just us. If we are having friends over, I get the biggest one I can find. Just love turkey leftovers. This year’s is only 13 pounds.

Planning a big weekend. My dive buddy from the UK will be in the states so he is flying down Thursday afternoon. We will eat, probably immediately fall asleep and head to the Keys Friday morning. The Diving Pirate Princess will be with us Friday and drive back to spend the weekend here. We will stay for a few more days of diving and kicking back in the Keys.

Finally.

It does exist.

My God - what a puzzle to find it! What a head hurting investigation that was.....:rotfl2:

I will catch up with it.

Extra trips! Yeah for that.

It is a whole different world on this board and I am getting my butt kicked badly from the other TRs over here. Yep. More trips in the works. These were mainly on the fly decisions. Have not seen Harry Potter yet so I thought the Dis event would be a great way to experience it. When DD decided to run the half, another trip was needed. Trying to get a reservation for Aulani for next June but I heard reservations on points are pretty hard to score. If that doesn’t come through we will go to Europe for her graduation trip. Looking like 2012 will be a busy (and fun) year.

I TOTALLY laughed at this one! :rotfl2:

Great Sunset shots!

Always wondered what it would like to be reincarnated as a WDW “wild bird” resident. Thanks for the comment on the pics. My camera has a full manual mode but the girls wanted to move on so I didn’t get a chance to play with it. Just left it on auto, framed the shot and pushed the button. Nature did everything else.

Trying to get an update done before Turkey Day (or Chicken Day in Kate’s case). It is looking less likely. If I don’t do that, it will have to wait until after the weekend. Only a couple more sections to go. Promise this will finished before we leave in December. Never left a TR incomplete before another Disney trip. (Barry if you see this, yes I am talking to you.) Will probably do a combined Dec/Jan one. Probably will have to post it over here because only 1 day will be spent at a DVC resort. Have to do a pure DVC trip so I can post it there.

afwdwfan
11-21-2011, 08:40 AM
Ok, I'm lazy this morning and didn't go back to quote.

Despite not going to a park, it looks like you've found a way to spend a fun-filled day on Disney property. I think it is great that you're taking 7 around to the different resorts and showing her some of the special places in Disney World. That's really cool that they got to go in the Kid's Club.

I agree with you about the BW parking situation. I've never stayed there, but I completely agree that if I paid that kind of money either to own DVC or rent a room for a few nigths, I'd be irate if I couldn't park there.:headache:

lisaviolet
11-22-2011, 10:57 PM
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2850-1.jpg



The girls enjoying the view
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2858-1.jpg



Only on page one but these need a bumping. Holy crap - what gorgeous shots. :3dglasses




It is a whole different world on this board and I am getting my butt kicked badly from the other TRs over here. This humble crap just isn't working for me! ;) Smiling. Let it be known that my puzzle wasn't about this part of the DIS. I simply pressed your link (which suddenly appeared :confused3) and came here. Figuring out what Sandy was talking about was my head hurting expedition. I actually couldn't even figure out if there was a TR. :rotfl2: And of course I thought the regular spot. You are hardly getting your butt kicked. I just checked this section out. Are you aware that some have none or few replies. :confused3 And are in the completed? :confused3 (totally don't get that) What a whirlwind. This section is serious stuff, eh? But we all know when someone reads your TRs - they are hooked. Obviously humble. :goodvibes Yep. More trips in the works. YEAH. SO JEALOUS. I HAVE ZERO BOOKED. popcorn:: These were mainly on the fly decisions. Live for that. Have not seen Harry Potter yet so I thought the Dis event would be a great way to experience it. What DIS event? I really have to go a hunting again. :lmao:When DD decided to run the half, another trip was needed. Good for her. I am on a thread where ALL the girls run. And they do the Princess. I am the only non-runner who must get her butt down there to cheer them on - or I'm in big trouble. Life made it impossible the last two years. Trying to get a reservation for Aulani for next June but I heard reservations on points are pretty hard to score. If that doesn’t come through we will go to Europe for her graduation trip. Is it wrong for me to wish that you don't get it? :rotfl2:;) I guess it is. But here's my rationale for such bratty behaviour - Hawaii (gorgeous) or Europe? EUROPE please and thank you. Door number two for sure! Looking like 2012 will be a busy (and fun) year.

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Certainly does look like a fun year. I'll try to keep my envy in check. :goodvibes Well forget it if it ends up to be Europe. That would be futile.

lisaviolet
11-22-2011, 11:26 PM
Age? Not important.



:rotfl2:. I don't know :confused3 - just like this. :rotfl2:



Also a good kid and student who is very polite. Not used to that so I don’t know how I will react.



:laughing:. So she's not Cinco's long lost cousin. ;)


Finally called reservations and they were able to get me the room for $88 Florida Resident rate. Cool!



Well if no DVC - that's a nice bonus.




This will be totally by the seat of our pants. No ADRs and other than HHN nothing planned. Most of my trips are planned out like an invasion but I occasionally do this. Makes life fun.



Somehow I agree. :rolleyes1




Come on "not planning" = fun?

:scared1:

Covering my ears. ;)



http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Misc/IMG_2724.jpg



Nice shot.


Medical report over, back to the trip.



Wow, that must have been scary - the not knowing. Glad to hear she's doing well.





We encountered a sky writer spreading the love of their faith. No comments from me. The girls were fascinated and tried to figure out what the message was. Think the scene in The Christmas story where Ralphie is using his Little Orphan Annie decoder ring.


:goodvibes



Pulled into the guard shack and said one of my favorite phrases, “We are checking in.”



Yes sir. Favourite is better and prettier though. ;) It is, isn't it?




Meanwhile I met up with the kids, who were exploring. GF was very excited and impressed with the theming. This happened through the trip. On her few visits to the World, she never stayed on property and it was basically an in an out experience. She really appreciated the detail they put into the resort. Like many, her parents are struggling during these tough economic times and can’t splurge like DD and I can. Her smile and excitement was infectious and made me smile.



Favourite part so far. Truly. I love moments like that. One of my best moments at WDW is watching someone I love watch Wishes. So wonderful.




Got back into the car and headed to our room. Finally found it after just one wrong turn. They were the pack mules this time and carried most of the stuff up to the room. They also went to fetch ice. So far so good.



Pack mules. :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2:




Princess is fascinated by animals. She loves any creature. So much so that her convictions led her to become a vegetarian. Although she loved meat, she decided that she would not eat animal flesh. That was over 5 years ago. Makes dinner time at home challenging but easily taken care of at WDW.



Oh no. Not to be shared with me. :surfweb: I suffer and then eat meat anyway. popcorn:: Year after year after year.....




They began the hour plus long ritual to get ready and make themselves presentable.



:rotfl2: LOVE IT. Why don't you? :lmao:


Great start. :3dglasses

ajf1007
11-23-2011, 01:53 PM
I made it!!! I'm so glad I saw this cause I do NOT like missing any of your TR's! So excited to read this one! Your DD is just stunning!! I just booked our big family trip for next year so unfortunately, that's the only trip I have planned. Exciting part of that for me is that I'll live vicariously through your TR's! How your Mac working for you? I've made some strides and actually started a little newsletter for the family going to WDW with us next year. Since my DH and I will be the only "regulars" with the rest (all 8 of them) being first timers, I have lots to tell them. But, I digress, the MAC was awesome in creating these newsletters!

cj9200
11-27-2011, 08:48 AM
Morning from beautiful but windy Key Largo. Condiditons on the water are terrible so we have yet to go out. Get back home tomorrow so expect and update Tuesday or more probably Wednesday.

Hope everyone had a geat Thanksgiving. For the folks in Canada, I hope you had an excellent Thursday

cj9200
11-30-2011, 10:12 AM
OK, know this sounds like a broken record but the TR will continue soon. Will be working on it tomorrow.

Just wanted to pass on the news that we will be going to Aulani. Booked a week stay this morning. Very excited.

tinkgurl
11-30-2011, 11:29 AM
The girls enjoying the view
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2858-1.jpg

I absolutely love this picture! Need a Christmas present idea? Find a cute 'Friends' frame and put that picture in it! Maybe there's some cute frames on the Disney store website?

lisaviolet
11-30-2011, 12:07 PM
Just wanted to pass on the news that we will be going to Aulani. Booked a week stay this morning. Very excited.

The folks in Canada say:

Fantastic! You nabbed it!!!! Very happy for you. Really. Yes I wanted Europe ;) but since I'm not going :rotfl2: well fantastic.

You must be thrilled CJ - especially with diving.

Can't wait to see the pictures on that TR. :thumbsup2 And can't wait to go one day as well.

kid-at-heart
11-30-2011, 01:48 PM
OK, know this sounds like a broken record but the TR will continue soon. Will be working on it tomorrow.

Just wanted to pass on the news that we will be going to Aulani. Booked a week stay this morning. Very excited.

Yea!!! Another TR for us. :banana: Yes???

kate

Chellymouse
11-30-2011, 04:08 PM
I'm so envious!! Can't wait for the Aulani TR!!

lisaviolet
12-05-2011, 12:47 AM
Well I'm ALMOST caught up. Yeah!

SO YOU NEED TO CATCH UP. :goodvibes Here I mean. Finish up. It's a great TR.

The girls and the posing is so cute and funny. Truly. And the Halloween Haunt. Priceless.

As is your daughter's ability to put a boy in his place. How skilled. :thumbsup2

And seeing another glorious cheese plate. Drat you.

BUT CJ - have you seen this TR?

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2842173

You are going to die. Well I'm being dramatic. :rotfl2: Who me? Anyway - check it out. Aulani heaven. With gorgeous shots. Absolutely gorgeous photography.

ajf1007
12-05-2011, 01:57 PM
OK, know this sounds like a broken record but the TR will continue soon. Will be working on it tomorrow.

Just wanted to pass on the news that we will be going to Aulani. Booked a week stay this morning. Very excited.

WOOHOOO!!! A hawaiian TR! Awesome!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and were eventually able to get on the water in Key Largo!

cj9200
12-06-2011, 03:03 PM
Saturday, October 14 Part 3 Evening Entertainment. AKA Who is this guy?

Long time no hear. Sorry about that. We leave Friday so this needs to be done before then. Started earlier this morning but DD decided her car wanted to get close and personal with the car in front of her. She got her license in October and this is the second accident. The kid, the guy she hit and the car are fine. Well the car has a few more scratches than it did when she left this morning.

OK we were at the Boardwalk and it was time to go so we got the car and headed to Riverside. Why Riverside?

To see this guy
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Yep, Yehaa Bob. This is something I wanted to do for a while now. My solo trip in March I went thinking he was performing that night but nope. We got an OK table near the stage that squeezed the three of us in. Saw him walking around talking to guests but he didn’t hit our table. The kids had no idea what was going on. “OK, we are sitting in a lounge. What is the big deal?”

Same with two groups at other tables that were watching the Florida/Georgia game. They were very confused when the waitress turned off the TV by the stage. To give you an idea how much I wanted to see Bob, I forgo the game. I am a UF grad and college football is my favorite sport to watch. They did lose however (indicative of our season this year).

They were not happy and scouted out a place to watch the game. Bob comes on and starts the show. Luckily for us they wanted to leave and soon asked for their check. We called dibs on one of their tables and had great seats which were more roomy.

Order some bar food stuff (don’t remember what) and settled in. Bob starts and the kids have no idea how to react. It is a pretty corny show for 17 YO’s. They didn’t know how to take it at first. Should they act cool or get into the show. When he began, I was worried they wouldn’t like it.

Starting to enjoy themselves
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Some of the crowd wasn’t so sure either
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The first show went great and the kids loved it. My question to them was should we stay or go? Stay of course.

Posing with Bob after the first show
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Between shows, I excused myself to use the restroom. Found out after the fact that a kid with his family at another table passed a note to the girls. They met after that show to chat and take photos with each other. Won’t post it here but if you were the kid at the show that night and met my daughter and her friend, I know what you look like. They giggled about it for a while after.

Second show. They were really into it by now.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2892.jpg

And second pose with Bob. He calls people on stage after each show to take a picture with him. He posts them on his Facebook page. He also autographs his photo.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2896.jpg

Pictures don’t really describe the fun that is Bob’s show. So, lets go to the video tape. Sorry about the quality, the camera does not do well in video mode in dark settings.

This was the first time they were asked to participate. They were the big kids from Florida.
http://youtu.be/GY60FCyYEak

By now they were getting into it
http://youtu.be/F4eoENIkuUA

Getting Bob’s autograph
Bob (http://youtu.be/tf00gU****A)

By now they were really into. Can’t sing a lick but they were enthusiastic. You may want to wear earplugs for this one.
http://youtu.be/6OI_Z_ZoM5g

They were real stage hounds. You can hear 9 say YEA when they were asked to come back up stage.
http://youtu.be/8cQTLGDadx4

And my favorite. This was a song about Sarah. She has various adventures including Sitting in a Brick ship yard. “All day long she bricks and sits. All day long she sits and bricks.” They told me they really were concentrating on what to say. You try singing it. Very funny bit. Next time I will get the whole song.
http://youtu.be/oizQn22Wm-Q

Did they enjoy it. Well this weekend we are going to the Dis event at Harry Potter and the WDW Today Reunion thing. Staying at French Quarter and when I told DD that we were within walking distance to Riverside she said she wants to see Bob Friday night. OK.

He is a great entertainer. Remembers where everyone is from and their names. Great show and if you get the chance, you should go and see him.

After sitting through three shows, it was time to go back. Headed to the room for our final sleep at the resort for this trip. Leaving tomorrow. Oh the humanity.

Up next: Saturday, October 14 Bye Bye till next time. AKA TONGA

afwdwfan
12-06-2011, 04:43 PM
We leave Friday so this needs to be done before then.
Alright! A Disdad who follows the "finish your TR before the next trip" manlaw! :lmao:

Yep, Yehaa Bob. This is something I wanted to do for a while now.
I've never seen him myself. I've heard nothing but great things about the show though... one of these days.

To give you an idea how much I wanted to see Bob, I forgo the game. I am a UF grad and college football is my favorite sport to watch. They did lose however (indicative of our season this year).
Now that really means something. Although, I'm sure it was probably easier to miss a few UF games this year. I know I felt that way about some Purdue games... not including OSU. Good luck in the Urban Meyer Bowl! :lmao:

franandaj
12-07-2011, 03:42 PM
OK, know this sounds like a broken record but the TR will continue soon. Will be working on it tomorrow.

Just wanted to pass on the news that we will be going to Aulani. Booked a week stay this morning. Very excited.

That's awesome! I can't wait to hear about it, did you book at the VGC as well?


Did they enjoy it. Well this weekend we are going to the Dis event at Harry Potter and the WDW Today Reunion thing. Staying at French Quarter and when I told DD that we were within walking distance to Riverside she said she wants to see Bob Friday night. OK.


Will you be doing a TR for that? If so please post a link at the end of this one so that we can find it!

cj9200
12-08-2011, 09:03 AM
Sunday, October 15: The Last Morning in the World AKA Sniff Sniff

We woke up relatively early today (for the kids at least) and finished packing. Car loaded and we were off. Headed to the Poly for breakfast.

The happiest sign in the World
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The girls got a big kick out of the idea of a boat crossing above the road
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2901.jpg

Back to the Poly. Really hope they build a DVC here. One of my favorite resorts.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2903.jpg

The landscaping is one of the reasons
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Some last minute window shopping
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She bought this. It is a Pluto pillow. By day it is a mild mannered pup, by night it converts to a pillow. She even brought it to school a couple of times. And she is in High School?
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2909.jpg

Rasta Mickey Mon
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2910.jpg

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2911.jpg

We were able to get a table at Kona with only a little wait
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2912.jpg

The place had a good sized crowd but there were a few tables available
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2913.jpg

The Princess spent the time to make a fish out of her straw. It is supposed to be a trumpet fish.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2915.jpg

Seven got the run down of the must have items from DD. It came down to Tonga Toast or Macadamia Nut Pancakes. What to do? They came to the brilliant solution to order both and split them.

TONGA. TONGA. TONGA. With a side order of eggs. Tonga Toast - banana stuffed sourdough bread, rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with strawberry compote and your choice of ham, bacon, or sausage $12.99
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2916.jpg

And the Pancakes. Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes - with macadamia nut butter, pineapple sauce and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage $9.99
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2917.jpg

I ordered the Ham and Cheese Omelet - with home-fried potatoes and a biscuit $10.99. Also tomato juice. Love tomato juice for breakfast.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2920.jpg

I asked for lemon for both the iced tea and juice. She brought me practically a whole lemon. Nice. The girls also had the choice maple syrup and the strawberry compote.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2919.jpg

Makes me hungry just seeing the pictures. Have to go have breakfast now.

OK, my breakfast over (eggs with cheese and salsa). Good but not as good as our Kona breakfast.

So breakfast was over and so was our trip. I also finished the TR just in time to head back to Disney. We leave tomorrow after picking up the kids at school. Next TR will be a combo of this upcoming trip and DD’s half marathon excursion in January.

So what did I think about this trip? Fun. Halloween Horror was a hoot watching the girls get the pants scared off of them. Doubtful that I will go back though. That is unless DD decides to go again. Not my cup of tea but fun watching them.

It was also good to see how the Princess was able to indoctrinate another friend in the CJ9200 Family’s way to do Disney. Tea was an interesting experience for 7. They decided to do it again on the upcoming trip. Yehaa Bob was a lot of fun and should be on everyone’s list of things to do. We did not go to a park this time but it did not stop us from having a great time at Disney.

So the upcoming trip? Another short one. We got a great rate at Port Orleans French Quarter. Friday maybe see Bob again or just hang out at the resort. Saturday will be MK day. I will be going to a couple of the WDW Today Reunion meets while the girls run around the parks. Saturday night we will be going to the Dis event at Harry Potter. First time for all three of us there. Sunday? Who knows. Maybe Downtown Disney.

Thanks for playing along and hope everyone has a magical day.

mckryan
12-08-2011, 09:15 AM
Breakfast at Kona is our last day tradition before we get in the car and head home. There are three of us, so we end up sharing our Tonga Toast, omelet and fruit platter three ways. It's perfect!

Have a great trip this weekend! I can't believe you're going to make us wait until January for the trip report! LOL

afwdwfan
12-08-2011, 10:28 AM
She bought this. It is a Pluto pillow. By day it is a mild mannered pup, by night it converts to a pillow. She even brought it to school a couple of times. And she is in High School?
:confused3 She'll always be your little girl, right? :rotfl2::rotfl:

Seven got the run down of the must have items from DD. It came down to Tonga Toast or Macadamia Nut Pancakes. What to do? They came to the brilliant solution to order both and split them.
Great idea! Why be stuck with just one when you can try both?

Makes me hungry just seeing the pictures. Have to go have breakfast now.

OK, my breakfast over (eggs with cheese and salsa). Good but not as good as our Kona breakfast.
That was quick!

We leave tomorrow after picking up the kids at school. Next TR will be a combo of this upcoming trip and DD’s half marathon excursion in January.
Great! Sounds like fun and I look forward to reading about them.

Tea was an interesting experience for 7. They decided to do it again on the upcoming trip.
I guess that means that 7 is going back this time too?

We got a great rate at Port Orleans French Quarter.
If your mousekeeper is named Beth, tip her well. :rolleyes1

lisaviolet
12-08-2011, 10:06 PM
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2788.jpg




:goodvibes That's all. Just :goodvibes.




Of all the times I visited the GF I never really noticed the skylights. Peerrty.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2790.jpg



Totally blatant plagarism. :lmao: ;)







Yes, sometimes she acts like Dale
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2794.jpg



I LOVE this one.




The Girls anticipating their tea
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2807.jpg



Great shot. :goodvibes


My fruit and cheese plates.



Hear me swear. ;)

YUM.







Mandatory trip to the ladies room while I went out front. What is with her taking pictures of a bathroom? Where did that come from? Oh wait, there was a mirror. DD loves mirrors.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2825.jpg



Obviously you've never been a teenage girl. :rolleyes1

lisaviolet
12-08-2011, 10:18 PM
She also did a 10K on Saturday to prep for the Disney Half Marathon. She finished in 59 minutes.

Holy cow on the bold. :scared1: Wow, that's great. She should be in a high corral for the half, eh?

:rotfl2: I'm laughing. Like I know a thing about corrals. I only know because it's a huge deal - times and corrals to my DIS friends that do the Princess. The corral placement is huge with them.




Second show. They were really into it by now.
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2892.jpg



Great shot CJ.



Between shows, I excused myself to use the restroom. Found out after the fact that a kid with his family at another table passed a note to the girls. They met after that show to chat and take photos with each other. Won’t post it here but if you were the kid at the show that night and met my daughter and her friend, I know what you look like. They giggled about it for a while after.



:rotfl2::lmao::rotfl:. Too funny. LOVE it.



This was the first time they were asked to participate. They were the big kids from Florida.
http://youtu.be/GY60FCyYEak

By now they were getting into it
http://youtu.be/F4eoENIkuUA

Getting Bob’s autograph
Bob (http://youtu.be/tf00gU****A)

By now they were really into. Can’t sing a lick but they were enthusiastic. You may want to wear earplugs for this one.
http://youtu.be/6OI_Z_ZoM5g

They were real stage hounds. You can hear 9 say YEA when they were asked to come back up stage.
http://youtu.be/8cQTLGDadx4

And my favorite. This was a song about Sarah. She has various adventures including Sitting in a Brick ship yard. “All day long she bricks and sits. All day long she sits and bricks.” They told me they really were concentrating on what to say. You try singing it. Very funny bit. Next time I will get the whole song.
http://youtu.be/oizQn22Wm-Q




:laughing: on all.

lisaviolet
12-08-2011, 10:28 PM
Sunday, October 15: The Last Morning in the World AKA Sniff Sniff

We woke up relatively early today (for the kids at least) and finished packing. Car loaded and we were off. Headed to the Poly for breakfast.



:love: Kona.

You've got me excited about actually finishing up my TR. Yeah! I too went to Kona for breakfast on the last day.

But I added a little something something. :rolleyes1 I can't wait to type it out. :dance3: Okay, I'm entertaining myself on YOUR TR - again. popcorn::


Rasta Mickey Mon



:3dglasses





Seven got the run down of the must have items from DD. It came down to Tonga Toast or Macadamia Nut Pancakes. What to do? They came to the brilliant solution to order both and split them.

TONGA. TONGA. TONGA. With a side order of eggs. Tonga Toast - banana stuffed sourdough bread, rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with strawberry compote and your choice of ham, bacon, or sausage $12.99
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2916.jpg

And the Pancakes. Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes - with macadamia nut butter, pineapple sauce and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage $9.99
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff148/cj9200/Disney%2011-11/IMG_2917.jpg



Smart girl!

I was like yep. Yep. Yep. But then again I LOVE everything there. Steak and eggs. The Big Kahuna. Everything. At every meal actually.




It was also good to see how the Princess was able to indoctrinate another friend in the CJ9200 Family’s way to do Disney.



The absolute best part of this TR. :thumbsup2 Really enjoyed her seeing it all.





So the upcoming trip? Another short one. We got a great rate at Port Orleans French Quarter. Friday maybe see Bob again or just hang out at the resort. Saturday will be MK day. I will be going to a couple of the WDW Today Reunion meets while the girls run around the parks. Saturday night we will be going to the Dis event at Harry Potter. First time for all three of us there. Sunday? Who knows. Maybe Downtown Disney.

Thanks for playing along and hope everyone has a magical day.

Have a wonderful time. Great TR as usual CJ.

I CAN NOT WAIT to hear about Aulani.

cj9200
12-11-2011, 06:46 PM
Just got home from trip one of our two trips. Had a great time. Will post a preview of what to expect in the next TR later. Hope everyone had a good weekend.