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podsnel
11-23-2011, 09:07 AM
Hi again!:goodvibes I'm back with another TR- this time our trip took place November 9-14th, 2011, we were staying in a 1 BDRM villa at BCV, and all five of us were going! :banana: That would be me, podsnel (Ellen), my DH, Pods (ok, his name is really Ken, but I've been calling him Pods since we met in college in 1980, because that's what we all called him, so there's no changing it NOW!! :rotfl:), and our 3 handsome sons- Timmy, 12, Tyler, 14, and Sean, 17. Our oldest son, Sean, is autistic, and as of late has been having a bit of a tough time dealing with the world- largely due to the fact his meds are not really working for him anymore, and are currently being changed. :sad2: Sooo...we had our work cut out for us on this vacation! But we had a wonderful time nonetheless! I hope you'll join me as I relive all the happy moments with you....:)

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Table of Contents

Dr. Seuss is going to Disney, and so is Sean! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43319586&postcount=3

BCV Villa #438 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43321067&postcount=11

Beaches & Cream for dinner http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43353835&postcount=39

BCV-BW-BCV-BW-BCV-BW-BCV http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43378098&postcount=63 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43378112&postcount=64

Kona Cafe Breakfast http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43434925&postcount=89

MK http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43492003&postcount=101 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43492138&postcount=102 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43497576&postcount=115

Stormalong Bay http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43601981&postcount=131

Yachtsman Steakhouse http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43612551&postcount=134 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43612560&postcount=135

Riding Test Track with Mr. Giggles http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43969844&postcount=173

Golf at the Mag http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43980408&postcount=179

Festival of the Masters http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44017483&postcount=191 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44017527&postcount=192

What I did on my winter vacation- a mini TR about Iberostar Grand Paraiso http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44029858&postcount=203 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44030158&postcount=205 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44030676&postcount=208 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44032385&postcount=213 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44034427&postcount=217


BCV & Captain's Grille http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44112958&postcount=231 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44112983&postcount=232

DISmeet & we're WALKIN"! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44125706&postcount=240

ALOHA PTR What we're planning on Kauai http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44143373&postcount=247 What we're planning when we stay at Aulani http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44144019&postcount=248


Hollywood Brown Derby http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44174285&postcount=263

Osbourne Lights http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44364429&postcount=283

France http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44364833&postcount=284

Osbourne in Action http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44376690&postcount=295

Kouzzina & Animal Kingdom http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44385319&postcount=298

Tennis and The Wave http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44439266&postcount=311 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44441498&postcount=313

MK EMH http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44565174&postcount=328

50's PTC http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44672626&postcount=334 http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44673098&postcount=338

More DHS http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44909538&postcount=360 http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44909905&postcount=362

F&W Booths http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45147904&postcount=373

New TR link- DISmoms 4- The Hunt for Jack Sparrow http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2930770

seelyt2
11-23-2011, 09:48 AM
Yay! Another TR by Ellen! :goodvibes Talk about good timing! I don't go online for a week and a half and I found it on my first day back from my own never-land. Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

Happy Thanksgiving Ellen and family!

podsnel
11-23-2011, 10:00 AM
Prior to any trip, WDW or elsewhere, we have to prepare Sean for what's coming- so for a good month and a half, Sean reviewed a social story decribing exactly what to expect on our upcoming vacation. By November 8th, he was ready! ANd saying he was excited to go to WDW the next day.:yay:

On November 9th, not so much. :sad2:

On the morning we were to leave, he was having a hard time thinking about leaving home...and with 11:45 am quickly approaching, we knew we had limited time to get him out the door and into the minivan my dear friend, Evie, was going to drive us in to the airport. Even though he was tantrumming like crazy (would have made any 2 year old proud!) we KNEW he loves WDW, and once we got him there, he would be a very happy young man. But change is tough for him, so going somewhere he doesn't go to everyday (although I'd REALLY like to work on making THAT happen for him! WDW everyday...:idea:) is a BIG change. After hours of pleading, begging and cajoling, as Evie pulled into our driveway, I grabbed the one thing i knew he would follow to the ends of the earth, no matter how scary it was for him- his GIANT Green Eggs and Ham book! I said, "Sean! If you want this book you'd better follow me, because Dr. Seuss is going to Disney!"

And Dr. Seuss and I marched out the door with Sean following close behind.:thumbsup2

20 minutes later, we were being dropped off at Newark liberty Airport (yes, we do live that close to that part of NJ, and NO, my backyard does NOT overlook an oil refinery- we back up to acres of woods filled with deer and foxes and hawks and wild turkeys and...well, you get the idea. I just hate that everyone thinks my state is a cess pool and I like to take every opportunity I can to set the record straight that it is NOT!:snooty: :rotfl:). After a near disaster in the security line (where Sean was raising his hand to go to the bathroom, please) we were at the gate, waiting to board, us and a Dr. Seuss book of epic proportions-

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Being that this was NJEA Teachers Convention week, flights are all filled and seats are hard to come by- as a matter of fact, even though I booked our flight 11 months prior (a 2:30 flight so they would only miss half a day of school), we had LOST OUR SEATS (thank-you Continental & United! :headache:) and were subsequently switched to an earlier 1:30 flight with seats all over the plane- except for 2, which were next to each other, so I could sit with Sean. Where he promptly fell asleep about 10 minutes after boarding.

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A couple of hours later, we were in MCO!!

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Congratulations, Sean & Sam-I-Am!! YOU DID IT!!!!:woohoo:

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The first thrill ride of the trip-

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Soon it was time for for everyone's favorite bus ride-

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NOOOOO!!!!! Not the icky yellow Mears bus!!!

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Aaahhhhh...THAT's better! :goodvibes

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MUCH better! First a stop ot PO-

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And then a stop at-

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:love: Until we pulled into the BC! (Ahead of the YC- isn't that weird? But ya won't hear us complaining!) Check-in was easy....

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And we were up to our villa in minutes...

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Up next- our fantastic BCV villa and a Kitchen Sink!!

KristiMc
11-23-2011, 10:33 AM
I'm in for another great trip report. Happy Thanksgiving Ellen.

MEK
11-23-2011, 10:33 AM
I always wondered what Pods real name was. Now I know. Of course, he will always be Pods to me! :rotfl:

I am so happy Sean wanted to go on this vacation, despite the pre departure temper tantrum. Thank goodness for a nice in flight nap!

I always love your monorail pics and it looks like you made it to BCV in great time. Hope you got a great room!

Can't wait to read more. Great family pic!

lshaw6
11-23-2011, 11:10 AM
Hi Ellen! So glad all 5 of you had such a great vacation. Thank goodness for Dr. Seuss, eh? Can't wait to read about your adventure and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

CRdisMom
11-23-2011, 12:19 PM
Awesome that he made it!!

meggiebeth
11-23-2011, 12:47 PM
Great family photo! Can't wait for the next update! Sounds like you had a great trip! We had a look around BCV in August... looked beautiful! :goodvibes

preschoolmom
11-23-2011, 12:51 PM
Joining in! I always enjoy your trip reports!

15isto2
11-23-2011, 01:03 PM
Signing up, I love your trip reports

podsnel
11-23-2011, 01:04 PM
We were anxious to go up and check out our 1bdrm- when I booked it 11 months before, I had requested to be in the same location as we had just had that October- Villa 438 had a HUGE balcony overlooking the quiet pool as well as the excellent location of being across the hall from the ice and the trash & recycling. I believe the CM asked me if I wanted the same room- and I said, sure! It was great!

Well, I don't know what that CM put in the notes of room request...but once we were in the villa, and we all saw the view we had, it became clear- we had the EXACT SAME VILLA we had stayed in the year before! :banana: How amazing!! And how wonderful!! Welcome to BCV 1 bdrm villa #438-

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Sean was comfortable RIGHT away, even though this was his first time here- all those 1 bdrm villas have such a similar layout throughout DVC that he feels (I'm guessing) right at home as soon as he steps in.

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I raced around taking pics- I really should have turned on more lights or waited a bit for them to warm up, but my boys can create a disaster area in seconds, so my goal was to get the room pics taken as fast as possible before they messed the place up!

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The bell hop had walked us up, bringing our OL with her-

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I love that BCV villas have that little entry way when you come in- nice place to store the OL.

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Actually, it was T&T who knew we had the same villa as the year before- I kept saying that was impossible, what were the odds? But I checked last year's TR, and yep! They were right!! The balcony view-

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Sean came to check it out, too-

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I think he liked the looks of that pool, and he was already planning the rest of his night....I had packed our swimsuits in our carryon in case we wanted to swim before the luggage arrived, but everyone was hungry, so we opted to go have dinner at B&C first instead. Up next!

podsnel
11-23-2011, 01:17 PM
Yay! Another TR by Ellen! :goodvibes Talk about good timing! I don't go online for a week and a half and I found it on my first day back from my own never-land. Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

Happy Thanksgiving Ellen and family!

Oh, I am so glad you are happy about another Ellen TR! :hug: I hope I can continue to hold your interest! :goodvibes

And happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too!:cutie:

I'm in for another great trip report. Happy Thanksgiving Ellen.

Happy Thanksgiving, Kristi! Thanks so much for reading!!:goodvibes

I always wondered what Pods real name was. Now I know. Of course, he will always be Pods to me! :rotfl:

I am so happy Sean wanted to go on this vacation, despite the pre departure temper tantrum. Thank goodness for a nice in flight name!

I always love your monorail pics and it looks like you made it to BCV in great time. Hope you got a great room!

Can't wait to read more. Great family pic!

Hi Mary Ellen!! WOW you found me fast!! :banana: Yes, Pods is a Ken- but I never, ever call him that- he is Pods to me. :love:

We actually did make great time to BCV- I think we checked in right about 5... I love flying to Florida- it always amazes me how fast we can get to total ecstatic giddy happiness from here!

Hi Ellen! So glad all 5 of you had such a great vacation. Thank goodness for Dr. Seuss, eh? Can't wait to read about your adventure and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hi Lisa!! :wave2: Yes- thank goodness for Dr Seuss. He loves many, many Seuss books, but I think Green Eggs & Ham is his favorite- he used to read it to himself in his crib when he was 2. :lovestruc Thanks so much for joining me AGAIN and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

Awesome that he made it!!

You know it, dear friend. :hug:

podsnel
11-23-2011, 01:31 PM
Great family photo! Can't wait for the next update! Sounds like you had a great trip! We had a look around BCV in August... looked beautiful! :goodvibes

Hi Meggiebeth! :goodvibes Thank-you for liking our photo! We did have a great trip- we came home a little drained, but still were so happy Sean enjoyed himself-:thumbsup2 BCV IS beautiful- prior to our DVC purchase:worship: we always stayed at the BC- originally we bought at AKV, but within a year I was in a panic over getting shut out of BCV with our AK points, so we added on. We LOVE BCV!! :lovestruc Thanks so much for posting!

Joining in! I always enjoy your trip reports!

I'm so glad! Thank-you, preschoolmom! Don't be a stranger! :)

Signing up, I love your trip reports

Thanks, I am really, truly honored- you read a LOT of them! Thanks for posting-:thumbsup2

saintstickets
11-23-2011, 01:47 PM
Sign me up! I'm looking forward to your TR.

20 minutes later, we were being dropped off at Newark liberty Airport (yes, we do live that close to that part of NJ, and NO, my backyard does NOT overlook an oil refinery- we back up to acres of woods filled with deer and foxes and hawks and wild turkeys and...well, you get the idea. I just hate that everyone thinks my state is a cess pool and I like to take every opportunity I can to set the record straight that it is NOT!:snooty: :rotfl:).

You think you have it bad? Try being from Mississippi and live with how most of the country thinks about those from the Magnolia State! Gotta go now. The squirrel is getting tired running on the track to power my puter and DS wants to borrow the shoes to go to the store! :rotfl2:

MEK
11-23-2011, 02:52 PM
Ellen -

You are an updating fool today. I absolutely love that view of the quiet pool! I think I like it better than the view from the opposite side of the building. What a lovely evening.

Love the 1BR. Isn't it something how the 1BR & 2BR can really spoil you? I am going to have to get used to that OKW studio really fast for December.

I once had the same room at Pop Century twice. So, it CAN happen!

Sean really does look right at home!

dizneeat
11-23-2011, 02:58 PM
Signing in ...........


now going back to read, just didn't want to end up on page 5 because I am late! ;)

NMW
11-23-2011, 05:01 PM
So happy to see another Podsnel tr looking forward to read it

JKSWonder
11-23-2011, 06:29 PM
Woot Woot! Another trip report from Ellen...I am so in! :)

Wicket's Mom
11-23-2011, 06:44 PM
Here I am, this groupie can't miss your postings!:lmao:

Now to catch up.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

WannaBeADisMom
11-23-2011, 07:24 PM
Out in the barn loving your TR. Thanks for the heads up! Happy Thanksgiving!

Wicket's Mom
11-23-2011, 07:25 PM
Ellen, just to let you know, I've been to NJ a couple of times. I was quite surprised to see how really lovely it is. NJ was more rural then I realized. The Garden State Pkwy goes through some nice areas.

Mysteria
11-23-2011, 10:04 PM
I am so happy for you guys that Sean decided he liked green eggs and ham! :thumbsup2

Amazing you got the same room. Can't wait to read more!

nenner1
11-24-2011, 06:05 AM
:thumbsup2 I gleefully certify that I have read up until this point in this TR.

If I fall behind please feel free to flog* me!:banana:



*one flogging per person. flogging must be redeemed onboard a cruise ship. Flogging must be accompanied by alcoholic beverage of your choice. Not valid for use by any other Diser. Expiration date: November 2015

elizabethswan
11-24-2011, 06:12 AM
subbing! glad i found your newest TR. yours are the MOST fun to read. let's hear it for resourceful moms and sam-i-am. so glad you were able to help sean get to wdw. in situations like these, it's sometimes hard to keep your cool, but as always, you kept yours! anyway, can't wait to read about your latest adventures. oh, and happy thanksgiving!:)

Beth D
11-24-2011, 06:43 AM
Count me in for another adventure!

Glad you made it there! Gotta love Dr. Seuss, particularly that book. It's my DS's favorite too, but because he knows how to read all the words already.

Love the sunset view from your balcony!

Happy Thanksgiving all! :grouphug:

Flossbolna
11-25-2011, 02:22 AM
Hi Ellen! This is the trip when we were supposed to meet until I changed my dates, so of course I want to read along to see what I missed! :goodvibes

The huge Dr Seuss book looks fantastic! Since I started to "investigate" Dr Seuss in preparation for our Universal day, I really became a great fan! And Green Ham and Eggs is my favourite, too! :thumbsup2

manntra
11-25-2011, 12:47 PM
Hi there doll!! :hug: You know I am always in for another one of your adventures!!!
Happy that Sean feels at home and was excited about the trip. I was a Sneetches fan myself :rolleyes1
AWESOME view!!! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 I was on the other side last month overlooking the road...but could see SE. It was all good though because I was right next to one of the elevators to hop right down to the pool ;)
:love: BC for their cheeseburgers....not one for ordering them out often but anytime I have ever had one there it has been fantastic :)

Tracy

burly
11-27-2011, 12:24 AM
I'm in too! Love your TR's!:thumbsup2

mouseketeer70
11-27-2011, 12:24 AM
Joining in. popcorn:: Your trip reports are always so entertaining and filled with good pictures! I'm so happy that Sean (and Dr. Seuss) made it too!
BTW, New Jersey is similar to Alabama in that people have preconceived stereotypical notions of what it's like when in reality it's not a bad place at all. In fact, my mom is from Newark and she turned out just fine ;)

CRdisMom
11-27-2011, 05:58 PM
Hey I'm from minnesoder and all the thoughts about Fargo...yea they're true. To prove it my littlest visited Joan at the airport with her nice Camo hat on...lol. No really she worea camo hat. Back to the frozen tundra....

WannaBeADisMom
11-27-2011, 07:01 PM
Hey I'm from minnesoder and all the thoughts about Fargo...yea they're true. To prove it my littlest visited Joan at the airport with her nice Camo hat on...lol. No really she worea camo hat. Back to the frozen tundra....
And Katie was simply adorable in camo!!!!! The frozen tundra wasn't THAT frozen when we were there...and you DO have a pretty nice airport!

Disneybuckeye
11-27-2011, 07:33 PM
Yeah! You started your trip report! Glad you were able to get your son down there ok. Looking forward to hear your B&C report. We have never eaten a meal there, just ice cream. So much to see and do and so little time at the World.

RGirl
11-27-2011, 09:27 PM
:woohoo: I am looking forward to this!!! I have read some of your previous TRs after the fact, so it is exciting to be in on one from the beginning (or close to it)!

Love the BCV pics. My DD and I did our first on-site stay (second WDW trip) in October and stayed at BWV. We LOVED that whole area! I am going to love reading another TR from that neck of the Disney woods. ;)

podsnel
11-28-2011, 10:03 AM
Sign me up! I'm looking forward to your TR.



You think you have it bad? Try being from Mississippi and live with how most of the country thinks about those from the Magnolia State! Gotta go now. The squirrel is getting tired running on the track to power my puter and DS wants to borrow the shoes to go to the store! :rotfl2:

OMG!! That made me spit out my coffee!! :rotfl2::rotfl2:
Thanks for signing in- please keep me updated on the squirrel and who got to wear the shoes today!! :lmao:

Ellen -

You are an updating fool today. I absolutely love that view of the quiet pool! I think I like it better than the view from the opposite side of the building. What a lovely evening.

Love the 1BR. Isn't it something how the 1BR & 2BR can really spoil you? I am going to have to get used to that OKW studio really fast for December.

I once had the same room at Pop Century twice. So, it CAN happen!

Sean really does look right at home!

Hi ME! Yes, I agree, the 1 bdrms are very spoiling- but you will enjoy that everyone gets a bed at OKW, no pull out couch. :thumbsup2 I really want to get back there, but I seem to be in a BCV/BWV/AKV loop! :rotfl: OKW has the BEST CMs- they are VERY friendly. :lovestrucThe music that gets piped out doesn't suck either (Jimmy Buffet :love:). You'll get over your studio I bet!

Signing in ...........


now going back to read, just didn't want to end up on page 5 because I am late! ;)

Hi Karin! :hug: I am so far behind on some of your TRs- I am amazed you have time to read any what with writing soooo many of your own at the same time! Anyway- I am very, very glad you are here!:goodvibes
So happy to see another Podsnel tr looking forward to read it

Well thanks, that makes me feel wonderful!! I am so glad you're reading! :goodvibes

Woot Woot! Another trip report from Ellen...I am so in! :)

I am so glad!!! :welcome:

Here I am, this groupie can't miss your postings!:lmao:

Now to catch up.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks and :welcome:- hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, too, Mom of Wicket! :goodvibes

podsnel
11-28-2011, 10:17 AM
Out in the barn loving your TR. Thanks for the heads up! Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome home from the barn, joanie! I missed you! :hug:

Ellen, just to let you know, I've been to NJ a couple of times. I was quite surprised to see how really lovely it is. NJ was more rural then I realized. The Garden State Pkwy goes through some nice areas.

THANK-YOU!!!!!!!:hug:

I am so happy for you guys that Sean decided he liked green eggs and ham! :thumbsup2

Amazing you got the same room. Can't wait to read more!

Hi Sally!! :hug: Yes, it was a HUGE relief when he followed me to the car. HUGE. I'm glad you found my TR! :goodvibes

:thumbsup2 I gleefully certify that I have read up until this point in this TR.

If I fall behind please feel free to flog* me!:banana:



*one flogging per person. flogging must be redeemed onboard a cruise ship. Flogging must be accompanied by alcoholic beverage of your choice. Not valid for use by any other Diser. Expiration date: November 2015

OMG Jen...:rotfl2::rotfl2: FWIW, you could be flogging me like crazy- I actually have been keeping up, but by the time I read everything I have to run out the door to go to something- so I haven't posted in a while- but I am LOVING the AOS!! Soooo cool! And I would LOVE to redeem on a cruise ship- again, someday.....:cloud9:

subbing! glad i found your newest TR. yours are the MOST fun to read. let's hear it for resourceful moms and sam-i-am. so glad you were able to help sean get to wdw. in situations like these, it's sometimes hard to keep your cool, but as always, you kept yours! anyway, can't wait to read about your latest adventures. oh, and happy thanksgiving!:)

HEY!! I remember you!!! :hug: Thanks for joining in! I don't know if I always keep my cool, but I am very fortunate to have Pods who steps in with his patience when I have completely run out-

Count me in for another adventure!

Glad you made it there! Gotta love Dr. Seuss, particularly that book. It's my DS's favorite too, but because he knows how to read all the words already.

Love the sunset view from your balcony!

Happy Thanksgiving all! :grouphug:

Hi Beth!! :woohoo: Yea, Dr Seuss rocks, he really is the best thing in our house!! Hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving! Thanks!

podsnel
11-28-2011, 11:35 AM
Hi Ellen! This is the trip when we were supposed to meet until I changed my dates, so of course I want to read along to see what I missed! :goodvibes

The huge Dr Seuss book looks fantastic! Since I started to "investigate" Dr Seuss in preparation for our Universal day, I really became a great fan! And Green Ham and Eggs is my favourite, too! :thumbsup2

Hi Old Friend!! :hug: Yes, this is the trip we were supposed to meet- in 2012, we are going Nov 2-11....just in case you'll be booking a trip soon...:rolleyes1 I hope our dates overlap this time!

Glad you like Dr Seuss- he is a staple of young children here in the US. ESPECIALLY in my house! :)

Hi there doll!! :hug: You know I am always in for another one of your adventures!!!
Happy that Sean feels at home and was excited about the trip. I was a Sneetches fan myself :rolleyes1
AWESOME view!!! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 I was on the other side last month overlooking the road...but could see SE. It was all good though because I was right next to one of the elevators to hop right down to the pool ;)
:love: BC for their cheeseburgers....not one for ordering them out often but anytime I have ever had one there it has been fantastic :)

Tracy

Hey tracy!! :hug: Hey- how was the noise overlooking SE? I've heard some say it's a little noisy over there- did you find that to be the case?

Thanks for reading...AGAIN....:thumbsup2

I'm in too! Love your TR's!:thumbsup2

Hey! Another old friend! :goodvibes Thanks for joining in!

Joining in. popcorn:: Your trip reports are always so entertaining and filled with good pictures! I'm so happy that Sean (and Dr. Seuss) made it too!

Aww shucks...thanks for the kind words...:blush:
BTW, New Jersey is similar to Alabama in that people have preconceived stereotypical notions of what it's like when in reality it's not a bad place at all. In fact, my mom is from Newark and she turned out just fine ;)

My favorite family trip when I was a kid was to Alabama (of course, we didn't go to WDW, so Opryland on the way down was the only Amusement park I saw). We visited friends in Huntsville. I LOVED Alabama! :lovestruc Very glad to hear your Mom is ok, being from Newark and all! :rotfl:

Thanks for reading along!

Hey I'm from minnesoder and all the thoughts about Fargo...yea they're true. To prove it my littlest visited Joan at the airport with her nice Camo hat on...lol. No really she worea camo hat. Back to the frozen tundra....

But what about Oley????:scared1: :rotfl:

And Katie was simply adorable in camo!!!!! The frozen tundra wasn't THAT frozen when we were there...and you DO have a pretty nice airport!

Hey! Why don't you post a pic to show us how cute she was! :idea: :upsidedow Silly DISmoms.....

podsnel
11-28-2011, 11:47 AM
Yeah! You started your trip report! Glad you were able to get your son down there ok. Looking forward to hear your B&C report. We have never eaten a meal there, just ice cream. So much to see and do and so little time at the World.

Hi there! Thanks for coming along with me again! :hug: I agree, there is SOOO much to see in WDW and so little time- even when you go often. It amazes me when people say they have been there once or twice and have no need to go back because they've done EVERYTHING. :sad2: Umm...I'm on 17 trips and counting and I STILL am not close to seeing it all!! There's ALWAYS something new to do! Like....eat a kitchen sink!:yay:

:woohoo: I am looking forward to this!!! I have read some of your previous TRs after the fact, so it is exciting to be in on one from the beginning (or close to it)!

Love the BCV pics. My DD and I did our first on-site stay (second WDW trip) in October and stayed at BWV. We LOVED that whole area! I am going to love reading another TR from that neck of the Disney woods. ;)

Well, HELLO!!! :jumping1: Glad to hear you are here from the start this time- I hope you won't be a stranger!!

I do love that Epcot area- it's definitely our favorite as well. I will have to go check out your TR, too!! :woohoo: We actually spent alot of time over at the BW on this visit- love the place!

MEK
11-28-2011, 12:14 PM
OKW has the BEST CMs- they are VERY friendly. :lovestrucThe music that gets piped out doesn't suck either (Jimmy Buffet :love:).





Nothing like a little margaritaville to put me in the Christmas spirit! :laughing: Totally psyched for the nice CM's. Let's see if they can top the awesome CM's at BCV!

podsnel
11-28-2011, 12:40 PM
We walked over to B&C....

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Through here....

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It felt so good to be home! By the time we arrived at B&C, it was probably just before 6pm. We put our names in for a table- and the two CMs at the podium had a little debate over whether or not we could sit at a table right away (something about not putting 2 tables of 5 next to each other). They did offer us the counter right away, which we would have taken, but WOW am I happy we didn't- it would have been CRAZY trying to eat a kitchen sink all lined up in a row! :rotfl:

We placed our orders, and were quickly served

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I got a vanilla diet coke, Pods got a regular one-

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Gee, they really look alike! :laughing: Tyler got a rasberry coke (which looked the same, too- SHOCKER!!), and he loved it, but it was too sweet for me. Timmy, apparently not intimidated by the coming sink, ordered a vanilla milkshake, brave boy...

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Our server was Brian, and he was wonderful-

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Sean was having a kids cheeseburger and french fries- ALL of them from all of us-

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Pods & I had regular cheeseburgers with a side of onion rings to share- which we put on the burgers-

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They were Yummmy.....Timmy got a hot dog topped with bacon and cheese-

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According to Tim, this was the best hot dog in the world! Tyler got the same, minus the cheese-

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Those earbuds make me NUTS! :mad: We were cutting everyone a little break this night, because the morning had been so challenging, but after tonight, no earbuds at the table- or in many other places.

We did enjoy our meal, it was simple and delish....but we REALLy came for-

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That thing is NO JOKE!!!

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I had told Brian that I was making the ultimate sacrifice for my family- I bypassed a No Way Jose (which is OMG my FAVORITE ice cream concoction in the world- and I mean on earth, not just WDW!) to help the family team devour every bite possible! He shared with me that the fudge & peanut butter are in the bottom of the sink- but I could barely find them!! OMG, that's a LOT of ice cream and toppings!! :scared1: We had asked for the banana to be left off (Pods & Timmy hate nanas) and the coffee ice cream was replaced witha scoop of some other flavor (I'm the only coffee drinker/eater in my house). Time to get to work!!

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Tyler's personal pile of dead soldiers....

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There had been quite a few of these sold while we were there- and several families walked by and commented on how we had kicked their butts on the thing. well, DUH! That's cuz we have a secret weapon- named Tyler, human garbage disposal of bottomless pitness...

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Sean was starting to get fidgety, so I decided to leave with him- they did tell me they couldn't finish it all, though. ALMOST...but not quite.

We really enjoyed having our first dinner here- it just felt so easy and relaxed since we were staying at BCV.

Up next- BCV...BW...BCV....BW....BCV....BW....BCV......

15isto2
11-28-2011, 01:05 PM
OMG I have always wanted a Kitchen Sink but since I go solo there is no way I could manage it

MEK
11-28-2011, 01:41 PM
Can't wait to see pictures of that monster! :laughing:

dizneeat
11-28-2011, 01:51 PM
Yum, yum Kitchen Sink! It's huge isn't it, it has always defeated us, even when there were 6 of us! :rotfl2:

It looks like you all made a good dent in it! :thumbsup2

I never thought about staying at BWV or BCV, but now that we are DVC I think I need to "rethink". :rotfl2:
Your villa looks just freaking wonderful! The view ........... :cloud9:

Cannot wait to hear more popcorn::

elizabethswan
11-28-2011, 02:31 PM
LOL! thanks for the up close and personal view of the kitchen sink ! i have never actually seen one, and you gave us the next best thing to being there! it looks reallllly good. i wonder if you all started the trend of kitchen sinks at b&c that night. i'm always the one looking around to see what everybody else is ordering :)

KristiMc
11-28-2011, 02:58 PM
The Kitchen Sink looks yummy! We ate at B&C once but it was when the boys were 5 & 2 so we didn't attempt to get the Sink. Seeing how big it is and that the 5 of you couldn't do it - I am sure we couldn't. It would be fun to try though :banana:.

meggiebeth
11-28-2011, 03:21 PM
Mmmmmm... the Kitchen Sink looks delicious! I can't believe we didn't eat there on our trip in August. Great photos- and all the food looks really tasty! ;)

We had the DVC talk in August... and were so tempted. We went to the BC and BWV to see what the other DVC properties were like (we stayed at SSR). It's great to hear that you're enjoying being part of DVC... We've always wondered whether people reccommend it. Do you prefer BC to AKV? :)

We loved the atmosphere of BC when we had a look in there. The pool looks great. And it's so central! If we ever join DVC the BC is at the top of my list!

Can't wait for the next update!

Must C Mickey
11-28-2011, 04:10 PM
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Found your new TR and signing on! Is this new soap for the resort rooms??? did they replace my beloved soap w/ the mickey imprint??? or is it just new packaging???

disney1474
11-28-2011, 05:57 PM
So excited to see another one of your TR's!!!!!!!!!! We hope to get a 1 BR at BCV in May of 2013. We never stayed here before. Take lots of pictures of the resort for me:thumbsup2

Wicket's Mom
11-28-2011, 07:11 PM
I don't know how you could eat any of that ice cream concoction after eating your hamburgers!! The most that I could do would be a couple of bites, it also hurts that I'm no longer allowed to eat chocolate!:sad1:

Our second son could probably eat that KS by himself. He used to get a half gallon of hand packed ice cream after cross country. He would eat that on the bus, then he would eat a spaghetti dinner when he came home. He was pretty thin, but had a great metabolism.

MEK
11-28-2011, 07:32 PM
Dare I say that the kitchen sink is Pretty! It's so festive. I thought it was all ice cream, but clearly there is a lot more "stuff" in there. That bad boy is huge.

The ear buds......:rotfl: Now that I see the pictures I can see why they annoyed you! At least you can't hear the music through them. I always can with Brian and it drives me crazy. Can you say deaf at 50? :sad2:

RGirl
11-28-2011, 09:51 PM
Well, HELLO!!! Glad to hear you are here from the start this time- I hope you won't be a stranger!!

I do love that Epcot area- it's definitely our favorite as well. I will have to go check out your TR, too!! We actually spent alot of time over at the BW on this visit- love the place!
I'm totally in - moms who actually manage to somehow make non-kid moms-have-fun trips PLUS fun trips with kids are my heroes!!! :rotfl:

I'm telling you - I was blown away by BWV. Of course, that being our first on-property stay, I think I have set the bar a little high! :rotfl: I am secretly hoping for some kind of wicked good DVC deal to be offered on our Alaska cruise in July. ;)

Wow, B&C looks so fun! And I have to admit, those hotdogs actually do look really yummy. :cloud9: The Kitchen Sink, however, scares me! :scared1: :laughing: I canít believe Timmy had a shake before that insanely gigantic ice cream concoction! :rotfl:

podsnel
11-29-2011, 08:50 AM
Nothing like a little margaritaville to put me in the Christmas spirit! :laughing: Totally psyched for the nice CM's. Let's see if they can top the awesome CM's at BCV!

Not that BCV CMs aren't lovely, but...the OKW ones are special. Like you are all family. Very different feel...you'll see!! :goodvibes

OMG I have always wanted a Kitchen Sink but since I go solo there is no way I could manage it

Hey! I bet you wouldn't be solo for long if ya ordered one and a bunch of spoons- and asked who wants to share? :rotfl: party:

Can't wait to see pictures of that monster! :laughing:

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Yum, yum Kitchen Sink! It's huge isn't it, it has always defeated us, even when there were 6 of us! :rotfl2:

It looks like you all made a good dent in it! :thumbsup2

I never thought about staying at BWV or BCV, but now that we are DVC I think I need to "rethink". :rotfl2:
Your villa looks just freaking wonderful! The view ........... :cloud9:

Cannot wait to hear more popcorn::

I Love staying at all of them- each DVC has something wonderful about it, I think. BCV & BWV? You really have never thought of staying there? Those are the ones with the BEST BEST location- sooooo amazing to walk into EPCOT via the IG- it's always so easy. Spoils you in many ways!

LOL! thanks for the up close and personal view of the kitchen sink ! i have never actually seen one, and you gave us the next best thing to being there! it looks reallllly good. i wonder if you all started the trend of kitchen sinks at b&c that night. i'm always the one looking around to see what everybody else is ordering :)

No- we did not start the trend- there were two before us. :goodvibes But we knew we were getting the Sink before we even left NJ- it was on our must-do list for this vacation- probably from 11 months before when we booked!:thumbsup2

The Kitchen Sink looks yummy! We ate at B&C once but it was when the boys were 5 & 2 so we didn't attempt to get the Sink. Seeing how big it is and that the 5 of you couldn't do it - I am sure we couldn't. It would be fun to try though :banana:.

The last time we ate here, we saw a table of 2 couples order 2 of them- 1 per couple. They licked the bowl clean- we couldn't BELIEVE it!!!

Mmmmmm... the Kitchen Sink looks delicious! I can't believe we didn't eat there on our trip in August. Great photos- and all the food looks really tasty! ;)

Well, you always need a reason to go back!

We had the DVC talk in August... and were so tempted. We went to the BC and BWV to see what the other DVC properties were like (we stayed at SSR). It's great to hear that you're enjoying being part of DVC... We've always wondered whether people reccommend it. Do you prefer BC to AKV? :)

I am very attached to both- BCV has the best location (for us) of any DVC, because we love EPCOT the most. It was the hotel we always stayed at before we bought DVC, so it is sentimental for us. And Stormalong Bay is the rockstar of all WDW pools- there's no denying that. I love staying there and having SO many dining/drinking options- between BC, BW, Swan, Dolphin & Epcot, that's a LOT of places to try that don't involve a bus- not to mention DHS is walkable, too (if you are VERY motivated!). And it is small- the second smallest DVC at WDW- so you are always close to everywhere- no super duper long hallways to deal with.

But AKV? Jambo has such WOW factor- the lobby is just jaw dropping! The furnishings and villa appointments are more upscale than BCV. So many of the CMs come from Africa- and they want to share stories from their villages and continent, I just love that. It's also the only DVC where you can use your points to stay concierge- which is limited, but we have been fortunate enough to do twice. REALLY love staying up there. The 1 BDRMs all truly sleep 5 with the sleeper chair. Plus, there's Kidani- you get an extra bathroom in the 1bdrm over there-along with a really great pool & gym (even though my boys are a little too old for that water area now, but Sean still enjoys it). And AKV has two of our favorite restaurants- Sanaa & Jiko. AND a great Community Hall and Grand Villas with pool tables (which I hope to get one of for our trip next November). All that...and animals! The only hotel in the world with a safari off of your balcony. It's just a very, very cool place in so many ways.

But it is far from everywhere but AK, and even that you can't walk to, so it feels isolated, which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what kind of vacation you are in need of.

If I had to choose, well....I can't!! :rotfl: Which is really saying alot, because when we thought about buying DVC, we were ONLY considering BCV because that's what we were used to. We bought AKV because of the extra years and extra bed, but we added on at BCV because we were (I was) worried we might never get in there at 7 months during F&W, which is when we go- and that would have broken my heart! We usually alternate trips between the two somewhat. And I can PROMISE you that when I stay at one, I am missing the other!!

Well, I'm sure that didn't help you at ALL!:rotfl2:

We loved the atmosphere of BC when we had a look in there. The pool looks great. And it's so central! If we ever join DVC the BC is at the top of my list!

Can't wait for the next update!

One thing FOR SURE- purchasing DVC was a GREAT decision for us- it makes me exponentially happy every day to know i can ALWAYS go to Disney. ALWAYS. Good luck with your decision!:goodvibes

podsnel
11-29-2011, 09:05 AM
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Found your new TR and signing on! Is this new soap for the resort rooms??? did they replace my beloved soap w/ the mickey imprint??? or is it just new packaging???

Hi Lori! :hug: Don't worry!! The embossed Mickey is still there!:goodvibes

So excited to see another one of your TR's!!!!!!!!!! We hope to get a 1 BR at BCV in May of 2013. We never stayed here before. Take lots of pictures of the resort for me:thumbsup2

Thanks! So excited to see you here! :goodvibes I did take a ton of pics- less than usual for me, because I was focused on the kids- but that is probably more than most because I am a snapaholic with my camera!! :laughing:

I don't know how you could eat any of that ice cream concoction after eating your hamburgers!! The most that I could do would be a couple of bites, it also hurts that I'm no longer allowed to eat chocolate!:sad1:

Our second son could probably eat that KS by himself. He used to get a half gallon of hand packed ice cream after cross country. He would eat that on the bus, then he would eat a spaghetti dinner when he came home. He was pretty thin, but had a great metabolism.

NO CHOCOLATE???? :hug: :hug: :hug: I am so, SO sorry!

Timmy has a metabolism like your son- he could eat 24 hrs a day and STILL be a stick figure. Everything on that kid is just long and lanky- I hope for him it always is like that! What a blessing!

Dare I say that the kitchen sink is Pretty! It's so festive. I thought it was all ice cream, but clearly there is a lot more "stuff" in there. That bad boy is huge.

The ear buds......:rotfl: Now that I see the pictures I can see why they annoyed you! At least you can't hear the music through them. I always can with Brian and it drives me crazy. Can you say deaf at 50? :sad2:

I agree- it IS pretty, very festive!

Oh...and don't get me started with the earbuds- I can't hear Ty's music, thank goodness, because I tell him NONSTOP- "YOU'RE GONNA BE DEAF AT 30!

I'm totally in - moms who actually manage to somehow make non-kid moms-have-fun trips PLUS fun trips with kids are my heroes!!! :rotfl:

Thank-you!! I try to know how to have a good time in every situation!! :banana:

I'm telling you - I was blown away by BWV. Of course, that being our first on-property stay, I think I have set the bar a little high! :rotfl: I am secretly hoping for some kind of wicked good DVC deal to be offered on our Alaska cruise in July. ;)

They do have good deals on the cruises...wow, Alaska- can't WAIT to do that one day! :worship:

Wow, B&C looks so fun! And I have to admit, those hotdogs actually do look really yummy. :cloud9: The Kitchen Sink, however, scares me! :scared1: :laughing: I canít believe Timmy had a shake before that insanely gigantic ice cream concoction! :rotfl:

Yea- we were focused on Sean when Timmy ordered the shake, so it didn't really "click" what he was doing until it came out! :rotfl:

tinkerbelltwins
11-29-2011, 09:09 AM
Hi Ellen -- I'm in! Love love love your trip reports! Hope all is well up there in NJ -- it is raining cats and dogs down here in VA!

Beth

manntra
11-29-2011, 09:16 AM
party::bday:party::bday:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLEN!!!!

MEK
11-29-2011, 09:35 AM
OMG That's Right - I Knew Someone I liked Had a B-Day today. I wish FB would send reminders everyday!!!!!!!

So....................................


Happy Birthday Ellen

:cheer2:party::bday:party::cool1:

Hope It's Super Fab!~

Flossbolna
11-29-2011, 09:39 AM
Happy Birthday Ellen!!

Sounds like a wonderful start to your vacation! I love all the BC pictures. I really fell in love with the Epcot resort area and I really want to try different DVC resorts (even though I loved the Boardwalk and will happily stay there again). So BCV may well be a place where I end up staying sooner than later. Even though I think top of my list is now VWL!

Unfortunately we won't see each other in November 2012. So far I think 2012 will be a year without WDW, but not without Disney. I am definitely planning on seeing Disneyland Paris for its 20th anniversary festivities. And I am very tempted to plan a trip to California to see Carsland...

And at the moment I think 2013 may be a good year to finally see the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival - I love the pictures of Epcot at that time of year and would love to see it... :goodvibes

KristiMc
11-29-2011, 09:42 AM
Happy Birthday Ellen!:bday:

CRdisMom
11-29-2011, 02:28 PM
happy birthday! I know the monkeys at WDW are singing a special tune for you. Hope Pods has something neat for you

UGAFan0829
11-29-2011, 02:51 PM
Oh boy, an Ellen report!! Woohooo!!:cool1::woohoo::dance3: SO very glad I stumbled across it!!

I'm loving the start...so glad that Sean did so well with leaving!

The BCV look so lovely!! I can't wait to stay there someday! Being able to walk to B&C is a big plus, which I hope to do one day! That Kitchen Sink looks so awesome!!

Can't wait for more!:thumbsup2

dizneeat
11-29-2011, 03:00 PM
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Happy Birthday Ellen!

[COLOR="darkred"]I Love staying at all of them- each DVC has something wonderful about it, I think. BCV & BWV? You really have never thought of staying there? Those are the ones with the BEST BEST location- sooooo amazing to walk into EPCOT via the IG- it's always so easy. Spoils you in many ways!

Actually the ONLY DVC resort I EVER wanted to stay at is OKW. :laughing: And since we never really considered buying DVC we never thought about the other resorts.
But now being DVC members I cannot believe that we are going to stay at BLT in February and the thought of staying at the BWV becomes more and more interesting. I showed Tom your pics and he was really interested ....... so we'll see! :thumbsup2

Wicket's Mom
11-29-2011, 06:40 PM
Have the best HAPPY BIRTHDAY ever!!!!!:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::banana:

Disneybuckeye
11-29-2011, 06:55 PM
Happy Birthday Ellen!!

Loved the update. That was a lot of fires you son had. Did he eat them all? Great pictures of the kitchen sink. I think we are going to dinner at EOS after a day at Disney Quest and then we will head over for a kitchen sink. We will also be a party of 5, so maybe we can also come close if we just eat sandwiches instead of burgers. Of course then we have to skip sundaes Ghirardelli. Such difficult decisions. Guess I will have to plan another trip.

Looking forward to more updates. A little over two weeks until we leave and I am dying to go!

podsnel
12-01-2011, 10:27 AM
I will be back to post replies in a bit, just wanted to get a quick update in before I attempt to straighten my "Christmas has thrown up all over the place" house....

And thank-you SO MUCH for all the birthday wishes!! They made me feel so special!! :cutie:

Sean & I walked back to the villa, and on the way we stopped in the Marketplace- I wanted to pick up butter & milk so I could make mac & cheese for Sean over the vacay (I brought a few boxes from home). Took a few pics of what they were offering that Wednesday night-

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And one of a shop window-

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Back in 438, our luggage had arrived :goodvibes so I was able to do some unpacking and bed-making for Sean. Since they allow 5 in a 1BDRM at BCV, but don't provide bedding for #5, we had packed one of our suitcases with an aerobed, his blankets, and a sheet. (Sean likes sleeping in this bed- we bought it last year for Thanksgiving in Tennesee, and I think this bed was the only thing he LIKED about that holiday...:sad2:) Anyway, here is how a single aerobed fits in the villa-

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Of course, we always have to bring his favorite stuffed pals-

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When he sees everything familiar on that bed, he is VERY happy to sleep there. :cloud9: (and sorry thumper looks like he has seen better days- that is the cleanest he gets, and Sean won't accept ANY of the new ones we've tried.) Sean really wanted to go swimming, he kept asking the whole way back. Which is kind of weird, because he NEVER wants to swim at home. :confused3 No complaints from us- we are THRILLED, of course,when he wants to swim!! So when the rest of the family returned, we decided Pods would go in the pool for a bit with Sean, and I would take T&T over to the BW to see the entertainment and shoot some hoops. So Sean & Pods decided on the quiet pool-

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Which was REALLY quiet, because it was a bit chilly out there, everyone! So they moved over to the hot tub-

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T&T&I headed over to the BW via the BC quiet pool-

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About two steps before we got to the basketball kiosk, I realized I had messed up.

No cash. DUH. :headache:

So back we went to BCV to get some. But on the way, I remembered that a little bird on the DIS had told me to get a Sangria at the window for the walk over to EPCOT from BWV- well, I figured the Sangria would work for a walk to BCV, too, so I got one. :rolleyes:

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So....back to BCV via the outside walkway, got the cash, then back to BW-

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Cont'd next post....

podsnel
12-01-2011, 10:29 AM
Then back to the basketball-

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Where BOTH boys got one of their shots, so they pooled their winnings and instead of two little balls, got one BIG ball-

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Yippee. Always fun to bring a basketball home on the plane. :laughing: Actually, this was the ONE time I was actually a little sad we were staying at BCV- no basketball court like at AKV, SSR & OKW. Oh well- I'm sure they'll figure out some other way to play with it at BCV...:rolleyes1

The magician was JUST beginning his act- I was SUPER excited, because T&T have NEVER seen the entertainment on the BW- really, Pods & I never had before last year, either, I guess we just never hit it right.

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It was really, really funny (of course!) and so good, in fact, Tyler took those plugs out of his head to listen! :eek: Both kids enjoyed this, which speaks VOLUMES as to how wonderful the BW entertainment is- every child, teenager and adult in the audience were equally enthralled. Well, with the exception of that boy who was up there entertaining us, too- I'm pretty sure his family might have been slightly more excited- but only slightly. During the show, Illuminations went off over in EPCOT- here is the terrible awful photo I took-

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Sorry, but my pics are just not the greatest when I'm on vacation with my family- I'm just too focused on my kids! Silly Mommy! :laughing:

After the show, we walked back to BCV....via the outside back path that we wore down totally on this vacation. The boys were all going to hang in the villa- Pods had put Sean to bed already (well, honestly, Sean puts himself to bed when he is tired and on this day, WOW, was he ever tired!), and we were going to go back to the BW because I really, really wanted to have that tuna appetizer at FF....even if I wasn't hungry AT ALL...but this was the only night I could figure it in, so off we went! After, of course, strict instructions that there was NO ball bouncing in the villa on floor #4- which both boys understood would be HORRIBLE for the family below us, and they promised not to do. :thumbsup2

We arrived at 9:45 and were seated at the bar, which was where we requested (we did not have an ADR, something to keep in mind if you really want to come here and can't get in)-

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I wanted to try the pumpkin cocktail that was on the menu- I do love me some pumpkin!!

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Well....I do love me some pumpkin, but this drink? Umm...not so much. It tasted more like eggnog to me than pumpkin- but the bartender was a DOLL- as she made it for me, she said I could have something else if it wasn't to my liking. SO...onto drink #2, a Grape Martini-

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See the garnish? Frozen grapes- LOVE THAT!! I am soooo doing that the next time I serve grapetinis!

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Then it was time for tuna! Yellowfin Tuna Tartare and crispy tempura tuna vegetable Sushi roll - Hijiki and wakame seaweed, yuzu, tobiko, and wasabi foam, with a sweet and spicy sauce - $16.00

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I don't know if you have ever tried this, but...if you like sushi, you should. It's AWESOME!!

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We asked for the check, and Lorna the lovely bartender at FF advised us we could get a 10% DVC discount at the bar- we explained we were 1 day shy of our TIW, since we were all getting new APs in the morning. Love that Lorna! :love:

On our walk back to BVC, we saw that the magician had just finished his final act of the night (which had begun at 10 right outside of FF). We also saw a huge line of people waiting at Boardwalk Joe's, no doubt because of this menu-

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On the way, i noticed this HORRID sign at ESPN-

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which I was NOT a fan of AT ALL since we were leaving on Monday night, and I certainly didn't need any reminders of THAT fact.

At home we watched a little tv before calling it a night- in the morning, we were having breakfast at Kona and breaking in some APs at MK!

Nice quick update, huh? Nothing like stalling cleaning by an hour and a half! :rotfl:

CRdisMom
12-01-2011, 10:48 AM
umm yes that was a great way to stall cleaning. I sympathize for the christmas that threw up on your house. I have nutcrackers everywhere. Once upon at time they were all in their assigned place and now the mouse king is doing battle with the legos and fishing tackle. Love that Katie. But I loved looking at the FF app. yummmy. We did scallops last Saturday and they just weren't the same as the Blue Zoo ones. The apps in WDW just can't be beat.

Must C Mickey
12-01-2011, 04:25 PM
YUM that tuna tartar sushi looks amazing. Adding that to my Feb Must-Do List!

jecskc
12-01-2011, 05:01 PM
Our server was Brian, and he was wonderful-

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We had Brian when we went last week. LOVED him !! He really was the best !! We had the Milky Way Sundae and it was sooo good. DH and I shared and I couldn't finish and he couldn't either. Sooo yummy though.

RGirl
12-01-2011, 07:50 PM
Wonderful update!!!! But it made me a little sad - all of the pictures and stories of the BW, we were living it just back in October. I wish I was there now. :sad1: :rotfl2:

FF always looks so good to me. We did Kouzzina this year, but I would love to try FF - maybe when DD is a little older. As soon as I saw the menu you posted, I thought, "man, I'd like to try that pumpkin martini, but would it be good or gross?" I guess now I know! :rotfl:

MEK
12-01-2011, 09:34 PM
So, I forget.....is there a bar at FF? I've eaten there, but I'm drawing a blank. That app and martini look amazing. Yum!

I love Sean's aerobed and how he feels cozy with all his stuff around. I have nights like that too. :thumbsup2 So great that he seems so happy and actually wanted to go swimming.

Oh yeah - I could totally see my boys bouncing that basketball in the room.

I really didn't know that all the 1 BRs sleep 5. That's great!

karajeboo
12-02-2011, 01:25 PM
Never fear.... there's a McSparkleson here!!!! :rotfl2:

Better late than never, right? OK, so here are my two very important observations.....
1) Did you take Sean to see Tinkerbell and the fairies because when you do that, you know you have to SHRINK down to their size. And it appears that Sam I Am shrunk before going to B&C.....
2) Tyler is definitely "wired." :lmao:

Now on to other comments, because we all know I'm not one to keep my yap shut.....

The tuna tartare is to die for!!!! I'm hoping to have it in 8 days....... just sayin.... :rolleyes1

And now I know why your pics are blurry on our DISmoms trips.... because you are just too focused on.... ME! :laughing:

Beth D
12-03-2011, 05:12 AM
Wow! I thought you were just joking when you said you were eating a kitchen sink! I didn't realize they had something actually called that! I would do my best, ice cream lover that I am!

You are such a patient mother to deal with all of Sean's quirks. I don't know if I would have that much sanity left! You managed to get him the fries he loves, his books, his friends (hello Blue & Thumper!) and even brought mac & cheese? :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Superwoman!

Also - happy Belated BDAY! :dance3:

How did you have room to eat sushi after the ice cream? Me personally, dinner would have been only ice cream. Forget sushi. If it swims, I don't eat it! :sad2:

Beth D
12-03-2011, 05:15 AM
Sorry for the double post, but I forgot the most important thing! If you ever come to OH, I know the BEST location for an ice wine martini, made with real Ice Wine, and it too has the frozen grapes. First time I got one though, I thought they had put an olive in it, turns out it was a frozen green grape! :rotfl: Super Delish!

MEK
12-03-2011, 06:38 AM
Sorry for the double post, but I forgot the most important thing! If you ever come to OH, I know the BEST location for an ice wine martini, made with real Ice Wine, and it too has the frozen grapes. First time I got one though, I thought they had put an olive in it, turns out it was a frozen green grape! :rotfl: Super Delish!

Is it wrong that I know want one of these at 7:30 in the morning? :rotfl:

ortholablady
12-03-2011, 08:28 AM
Enjoying your TR as usual. It's making me very anxious for my next trip end of Jan. into first week of Feb. Can't wait! I'm spending the first 4 days at ASMusic then 2 days in one of my favorites - BC! My brother and nephew from FL are meeting me for the week. I think after reading all your TRs I've finally been inspired to write my own. So I plan on taking tons of pictures.
Oh and next time you're looking for sangria in that Epcot resort area try Hurricane Hannah's. I had time to kill on the last day of my last trip while waiting for the ME so I got one there and sat in a rocker at the YC. Awesome! Then on my way back to BW I got one at the pizza window. The pizza window one was good but I think premixed. The bartender at HH's mixed it right there in front of me.

rndmr2
12-03-2011, 08:57 AM
I just found your new TR today, I had been following your cruise one over on the Community board but somehow I lost track of it. can't wait to hear about this trip...........going back to read.....

rndmr2
12-03-2011, 10:11 AM
Sounds like a great start to your trip! Glad Sean likes Dr Suess enough to follow him anywhere. That's awesome that you ended up getting the same room you had last time.

That Kitchen Sink looked good. Wow! there's a lot in it, did I see brownies and twinkies? Crazy, no wonder nobody can finish it, LOL! My Dh could probaby put a good sized dent in one, though, we'll have to pay B & C a visit next time we are there.

That's good you brought that aerobed and linens for Sean, it probably made him feel more at home. I have that same Thumper! :love: I got him on one of my trips when I was a teenager.

Can't wait to read more! :yay:

Edited to add a Belated Happy Birthday!! :bday::cake:

Beth D
12-05-2011, 09:51 AM
Is it wrong that I know want one of these at 7:30 in the morning? :rotfl:

No, they taste like grape juice with a kick! :cool1: Forget bloody Mary's or Mimosas, this can be the new brunch drink! I want one now..

JKSWonder
12-05-2011, 11:04 AM
Mmm, that Caramel Apple Margarita on the menu at Boardwalk Joe's sounds lovely!

podsnel
12-05-2011, 06:33 PM
Hi Ellen -- I'm in! Love love love your trip reports! Hope all is well up there in NJ -- it is raining cats and dogs down here in VA!

Beth

Hi Beth!!! :hug: How's your cruisin life? :worship: We are ok here in NJ- the weather has actually been so mild so far this fall! I LOVE putting up the Christamas decorations outside in 60 degree weather- it's AWESOME!!! :goodvibes I'm so glad you're here!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLEN!!!!

Thank-you Tracy!

OMG That's Right - I Knew Someone I liked Had a B-Day today. I wish FB would send reminders everyday!!!!!!!

So....................................


Happy Birthday Ellen

:cheer2:party::bday:party::cool1:

Hope It's Super Fab!~

Thanks very much MEK!!

Happy Birthday Ellen!!

Sounds like a wonderful start to your vacation! I love all the BC pictures. I really fell in love with the Epcot resort area and I really want to try different DVC resorts (even though I loved the Boardwalk and will happily stay there again). So BCV may well be a place where I end up staying sooner than later. Even though I think top of my list is now VWL!

Unfortunately we won't see each other in November 2012. So far I think 2012 will be a year without WDW, but not without Disney. I am definitely planning on seeing Disneyland Paris for its 20th anniversary festivities. And I am very tempted to plan a trip to California to see Carsland...

And at the moment I think 2013 may be a good year to finally see the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival - I love the pictures of Epcot at that time of year and would love to see it... :goodvibes

Hello Magdalene! :hug: I'm so glad you enjoyed your first trip "home"- I'm sure you would like BCV, too, and you are right, that whole Epcot resort area is just wonderful. Love, Love, LOVE it!! It IS fun to try all the resorts with your points, though- I have enjoyed every resort we have tried, the only one left at WDW is WLV for me. It's on my list for someday...

I'm sad to hear you will be skipping 2012, but maybe we will see each other in 2013- May is usually when the DISmoms travel! :goodvibes

Happy Birthday Ellen!:bday:

Thank-you Kristi!

happy birthday! I know the monkeys at WDW are singing a special tune for you. Hope Pods has something neat for you

Thanks Laura! Pods picked up Sean from touch football- that was the BEST gift EVER!!! (IT's during rush hour, it was raining, and there is a TON of traffic- it's a minimum 2 hour trip). Really our weekend in NYC was my gift (but he always gives me a gift certificate to Ann Talor, too). :lovestruc

podsnel
12-05-2011, 06:44 PM
Oh boy, an Ellen report!! Woohooo!!:cool1::woohoo::dance3: SO very glad I stumbled across it!!

I'm loving the start...so glad that Sean did so well with leaving!

The BCV look so lovely!! I can't wait to stay there someday! Being able to walk to B&C is a big plus, which I hope to do one day! That Kitchen Sink looks so awesome!!

Can't wait for more!:thumbsup2

Hey stranger!! :goodvibes So happy you stumbled across me!! ANd the kitchen sink IS awesome- just go hungry...REALLY hungry!!

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Happy Birthday Ellen!

Thank-you Karin!!!

Actually the ONLY DVC resort I EVER wanted to stay at is OKW. :laughing: And since we never really considered buying DVC we never thought about the other resorts.
But now being DVC members I cannot believe that we are going to stay at BLT in February and the thought of staying at the BWV becomes more and more interesting. I showed Tom your pics and he was really interested ....... so we'll see! :thumbsup2

I really do like every DVC- but I think I enjoy the convenience of BCV/BWV the most- that International gateway- both going and coming out of Epcot - is just soooooo nice!

Have the best HAPPY BIRTHDAY ever!!!!!:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::banana:

Thank-you!!!!!

Happy Birthday Ellen!!

Thank-you!!!!

Loved the update. That was a lot of fires you son had. Did he eat them all? Great pictures of the kitchen sink. I think we are going to dinner at EOS after a day at Disney Quest and then we will head over for a kitchen sink. We will also be a party of 5, so maybe we can also come close if we just eat sandwiches instead of burgers. Of course then we have to skip sundaes Ghirardelli. Such difficult decisions. Guess I will have to plan another trip.

Yes, he ate all the fries- he can eat a LOT more than that, actually! Good luck on your Kitchen Sink quest!

Looking forward to more updates. A little over two weeks until we leave and I am dying to go!

Have a blast!!! Please come back and tell us about it!!

podsnel
12-07-2011, 09:41 PM
umm yes that was a great way to stall cleaning. I sympathize for the christmas that threw up on your house. I have nutcrackers everywhere. Once upon at time they were all in their assigned place and now the mouse king is doing battle with the legos and fishing tackle. Love that Katie. But I loved looking at the FF app. yummmy. We did scallops last Saturday and they just weren't the same as the Blue Zoo ones. The apps in WDW just can't be beat.

I can't even begin to explain the picture I have in my head of your Christmas house, but it really makes me :rotfl2:!!! I love that Katie, too!! :rotfl2:

YUM that tuna tartar sushi looks amazing. Adding that to my Feb Must-Do List!

Good decision- it's really delicious! :thumbsup2

We had Brian when we went last week. LOVED him !! He really was the best !! We had the Milky Way Sundae and it was sooo good. DH and I shared and I couldn't finish and he couldn't either. Sooo yummy though.

It makes me so happy to hear that Brian is so well known- he is the epitome of a Disney CM, isn't he? :lovestruc

Wonderful update!!!! But it made me a little sad - all of the pictures and stories of the BW, we were living it just back in October. I wish I was there now. :sad1: :rotfl2:

FF always looks so good to me. We did Kouzzina this year, but I would love to try FF - maybe when DD is a little older. As soon as I saw the menu you posted, I thought, "man, I'd like to try that pumpkin martini, but would it be good or gross?" I guess now I know! :rotfl:

I just booked a 1bdrm at the BWV for next November's vacation- BW view! :banana: Four nights there after 5 nights at AKV in a Jambo GV! I am SUPER excited for next year's vacation!!! We are really looking forward to going back to BWV- can't wait to be in the middle of all that fun!

And you might like that martini- if you like eggnog- it was a little thick for me, though-

So, I forget.....is there a bar at FF? I've eaten there, but I'm drawing a blank. That app and martini look amazing. Yum!

I love Sean's aerobed and how he feels cozy with all his stuff around. I have nights like that too. :thumbsup2 So great that he seems so happy and actually wanted to go swimming.

Oh yeah - I could totally see my boys bouncing that basketball in the room.

I really didn't know that all the 1 BRs sleep 5. That's great!

There IS a bar at FF- it's like a super secret bar- shhhhh.....;)

I knew they would bounce the ball, too- but I know they didn't, they really understood how bad it would have been below us. They did later think of something else to do with it- but that's another post....:goodvibes

podsnel
12-07-2011, 09:58 PM
Never fear.... there's a McSparkleson here!!!! :rotfl2:

Uh-oh...here it comes....

Better late than never, right? OK, so here are my two very important observations.....
1) Did you take Sean to see Tinkerbell and the fairies because when you do that, you know you have to SHRINK down to their size. And it appears that Sam I Am shrunk before going to B&C.....
2) Tyler is definitely "wired." :lmao:

Ahhh...I have missed your infinite wisdom, Miss KJ...

Now on to other comments, because we all know I'm not one to keep my yap shut.....

REALLY! :eek:

The tuna tartare is to die for!!!! I'm hoping to have it in 8 days....... just sayin.... :rolleyes1

YUM!!!

And now I know why your pics are blurry on our DISmoms trips.... because you are just too focused on.... ME! :laughing:

Of course!! I love me some Kara Jean! :hug: ANd SOMEONE needs to watch you in WDW! (I guess I'd better call Jeff and remind him, huh...)

Wow! I thought you were just joking when you said you were eating a kitchen sink! I didn't realize they had something actually called that! I would do my best, ice cream lover that I am!

Oh, it's a VERY fun challenge!!

You are such a patient mother to deal with all of Sean's quirks. I don't know if I would have that much sanity left! You managed to get him the fries he loves, his books, his friends (hello Blue & Thumper!) and even brought mac & cheese? :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Superwoman!

Who said I was sane? :scared:

Also - happy Belated BDAY! :dance3:

Thank-you!:goodvibes

How did you have room to eat sushi after the ice cream? Me personally, dinner would have been only ice cream. Forget sushi. If it swims, I don't eat it! :sad2:

I quit early on the ice cream due to Sean, and I was VERY motivated to have that tuna- I knew it was my only chance.

A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do- KWIM?:laughing:



Sorry for the double post, but I forgot the most important thing! If you ever come to OH, I know the BEST location for an ice wine martini, made with real Ice Wine, and it too has the frozen grapes. First time I got one though, I thought they had put an olive in it, turns out it was a frozen green grape! :rotfl: Super Delish!

Ok- so last night I totally forgot to reply to you when I was replying!! I REALLY need to get rid of this everlasting cold, it's making me nuts!!

That ice wine martini sounds yummy- I have a really nice bottle of ice wine I got from Peller Estates when I was up in Niagara in Canada. Hmmmm.....:rolleyes:

Is it wrong that I know want one of these at 7:30 in the morning? :rotfl:

No! Nothing wrong with that!! :rotfl:

RGirl
12-07-2011, 10:55 PM
I just booked a 1bdrm at the BWV for next November's vacation- BW view! Four nights there after 5 nights at AKV in a Jambo GV! I am SUPER excited for next year's vacation!!! We are really looking forward to going back to BWV- can't wait to be in the middle of all that fun!

And you might like that martini- if you like eggnog- it was a little thick for me, though-

So jealous!!!! I think AKL is beautiful - would love to stay there someday. Except that I fell so in love with BWV, I don't know when we could possibly fit in another resort! :rotfl: Seriously - I really NEED to buy DVC; I can't imagine trying to stay in a "normal" hotel room after our trip in October. :scared1: :laughing:

Gack - eggnog grosses me out, and the thought of a thick martini gives me the shivers. :laughing: I am so glad you tried it for me first! ;)

MAGICFOR2
12-08-2011, 01:01 AM
Oops - I haven't been on much - I'm excited that you are reporting - I'm going back to read!:cool1: (Oh, and check your FB - I'm offering my December Deal again!)

ETA : All caught up- Yay for Dr Suess!! He's a hero! I noticed a smaller book works, too! :thumbsup2 I was thinking it's a good thing you don't need to travel ith a 4 ft bear or something - a book is a great companion!:goodvibes I'm so happy Sean is settling in well and is having a good time!

BCV is so nice! On my list for sure!

Your dinner made me hungry but your late night snack looks divine! I think I would vote for the Caramel Apple martini outside!

podsnel
12-08-2011, 08:31 AM
Enjoying your TR as usual. It's making me very anxious for my next trip end of Jan. into first week of Feb. Can't wait! I'm spending the first 4 days at ASMusic then 2 days in one of my favorites - BC! My brother and nephew from FL are meeting me for the week. I think after reading all your TRs I've finally been inspired to write my own. So I plan on taking tons of pictures.
Oh and next time you're looking for sangria in that Epcot resort area try Hurricane Hannah's. I had time to kill on the last day of my last trip while waiting for the ME so I got one there and sat in a rocker at the YC. Awesome! Then on my way back to BW I got one at the pizza window. The pizza window one was good but I think premixed. The bartender at HH's mixed it right there in front of me.

Oh- I'm SO happy you are going to do a TR!! :banana: Please make sure you post here when you start!

And thanks for the sangria tip! I agree- the one on the BW tasted pre mixes (as in it was bought as Sangria, not red wine that they created sangria with).

I just found your new TR today, I had been following your cruise one over on the Community board but somehow I lost track of it. can't wait to hear about this trip...........going back to read.....

Lost track of my cruise TR- Oh NO!!! :scared1: Here's a link-
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2784989

I have two more days to write about still from our 9 night cruise! :lovestruc

Sounds like a great start to your trip! Glad Sean likes Dr Suess enough to follow him anywhere. That's awesome that you ended up getting the same room you had last time.

That Kitchen Sink looked good. Wow! there's a lot in it, did I see brownies and twinkies? Crazy, no wonder nobody can finish it, LOL! My Dh could probaby put a good sized dent in one, though, we'll have to pay B & C a visit next time we are there.

There were brownies and bundt cake as well as milky way bars. Just a little bit of sugar...:rolleyes:

That's good you brought that aerobed and linens for Sean, it probably made him feel more at home. I have that same Thumper! :love: I got him on one of my trips when I was a teenager.

That's so funny you have the same Thumper!! He has had him since birth- there is no replacing that guy!

Can't wait to read more! :yay:

Edited to add a Belated Happy Birthday!! :bday::cake:

Thank-you!:goodvibes

Mmm, that Caramel Apple Margarita on the menu at Boardwalk Joe's sounds lovely!

If you ever get to try it, let me know what you think! I LOVED that there were different cocktails at many of the venues this trip- I really hated it when they made all of WDW one generic cocktail menu- that was no fun at all.

podsnel
12-08-2011, 08:45 AM
So jealous!!!! I think AKL is beautiful - would love to stay there someday. Except that I fell so in love with BWV, I don't know when we could possibly fit in another resort! :rotfl: Seriously - I really NEED to buy DVC; I can't imagine trying to stay in a "normal" hotel room after our trip in October. :scared1: :laughing:

Gack - eggnog grosses me out, and the thought of a thick martini gives me the shivers. :laughing: I am so glad you tried it for me first! ;)

The prices are very good on the resale market- as long as you are not planning to use your points for anything other than WDW stays, that's a good way to go. Makes a GREAT Christamas gift! :yay:

Oops - I haven't been on much - I'm excited that you are reporting - I'm going back to read!:cool1: (Oh, and check your FB - I'm offering my December Deal again!)

ETA : All caught up- Yay for Dr Suess!! He's a hero! I noticed a smaller book works, too! :thumbsup2 I was thinking it's a good thing you don't need to travel ith a 4 ft bear or something - a book is a great companion!:goodvibes I'm so happy Sean is settling in well and is having a good time!

BCV is so nice! On my list for sure!

Your dinner made me hungry but your late night snack looks divine! I think I would vote for the Caramel Apple martini outside!


Hi Tammie! I will definitely check out your sale- thanks for letting me know! Have they come out with any SPF 15 sunscreen yet? I REALLY miss that!

Ok- another vote for that caramel apple martini! You all better let us know how it was- it sounds a little too sweet for me-

disneydevil
12-08-2011, 09:52 PM
Looking forward to hearing about your trip! Hope Sean, as well as the rest of you had fun! I saw him at the holiday shop & he was proudly sporting his Mickey shirt :thumbsup2!!

Terri (Hannah's Mom)

That tuna app. looked great!! Do you ever go to Fujiyama Mama in Westfield??

NMW
12-09-2011, 09:46 AM
Awesome tr so far DH and I are really enjoying it

podsnel
12-09-2011, 11:30 AM
On Thursday, I got up before everyone else to go take care of some business- we needed APs for all of us, and we needed a new TIW card as well. I thought I would just get my own AP right now, and we could get the rest of the family's when we went to MK later that morning. I wanted to try getting the AP from the BC Concierge desk with the hope that maybe things had changed and they would also be able to issue my TIW card- but, no such luck. I did get my AP though- and was handed the plastic card that looks just like a KTTW card. The concierge said that this was all they were able to issue at the hotels, they were not set up to print the tyvek cards. After that, I strolled over to the IG to get my TIW card- and asked the CM if I could get a tyvek AP from him to replace the plastic one I had just gotten moments before- I was worried that I might throw it out at some point after the trip, thinking it was an old room key.

I am so, SO glad I wanted a tyvek card and I said something.

The CM at the IG (International Gateway- the back entrance to EPCOT) shook his head and said, "I can't believe they are still doing this."

:confused3

He went on to tell me that the problem with getting an AP at the hotel is that their system is not interfaced with the parks' system, and if you lose an AP issued at BCV or any other hotel on property- they have no way of tracking it, and you are out of luck. :scared1: WOW- is THAT good to know!! Lesson learned- I will ALWAYS buy my AP at the park!

Back at the room, everyone was just about ready to go- we had a breakfast ADR at Kona. So off we went, and our very most excellent transportation mojo followed us to the bus stop, where we walked up, and a MK bus pulled in-

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When we got off and were walking to the monorail at MK, the most excellent transpotation mojo follwed us AGAIN as a boat pulled right up and we got on her instead-

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First we stopped at-

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So excited they are building a DVC there!! I LOVE having options of trying more resorts (hopefully)! I wish it was being built at the Poly, though- I think I would have to add on a few of those points....anyway, we were arriving...

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Look MEK!!

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We checked in and were handed our pager. Meanwhile, we perused the pastry selection at the sushi bar-

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After about a 15 minute wait, we were seated.

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This is tied for my favorite breakfast at WDW- with Kouzzina, and wait- there's a new contender (for me) WPE- but for Tyler THIS is the one place he HAD to come to on vacation- Tonga Toast may just be his favorite brekkie of all time!!! First things first- even though it was only me drinking coffee, I HAD to have-

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We placed our order, and waited VERY PATIENTLY to be served. The food is really, really yummy here, but I can promise you Kona will NEVER be confused with any fast food type of restaurant. Good thing the food is worth the wait.

We had asked Sean what he wanted when looking at the menu, and he said french toast- so we had him order the kids portion.

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As you may have heard, Sean really only eats french fries when we are in WDW restaurants. So we weren't expecting him to actually eat this when it came out. But guess what? Sean LOVES french toast! Surprise surprise!!! He gobbled up every bite!

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We were ecstatic- and also mad at ourselves for getting the kids portion (we would know better next time!). After reading Mickiniki's recent food report, I had been in a dilemma for weeks over whether or not to get the Pumpkin Pancakes that was a special when she was at Kona, or the Macadamia nut pancakes I had been craving all year. Well, I had worried for nothing, because they were not being offered the day we were dining at Kona. So I convinced the hubby to split our breakfasts. :thumbsup2 I had The Samoan - Poached eggs with Hollandaise served over smoked pulled pork hash - $9.99

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And umm, yea, in case you were wondering, this is very, VERY delicious- although I would have liked for it to be a little hotter. Pods got Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes - Served with Macadamia nut butter, pineapple sauce, and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage. - $9.99

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We split our entrees right down the middle and shared- OMG, those pancakes are the BEST!!! I can't WAIT to get to Hawaii this summer, I am going to OD on Mac Nut pancakes while I am there! Tyler couldn't wait to have Tonga Toast - Banana-stuffed sourdough bread, rolled in cinnamon sugar with your choice of ham, bacon or sausage. - $10.99

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He was moaning the whole time he was eating!! He really loves that stuff!! Timmy went with Pancakes - Served with your choice of ham, bacon, or sausage. - $8.99

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Which he couldn't pick which of the meats to have, he wanted them all, so we all shared ours with him. We all loved our breakfasts, and we will be back, most definitely, next year for more. :goodvibes

Up next- it's a beautiful day in MK!

Mysteria
12-09-2011, 12:08 PM
I am soooo hungry now! :thumbsup2

podsnel
12-09-2011, 12:35 PM
Looking forward to hearing about your trip! Hope Sean, as well as the rest of you had fun! I saw him at the holiday shop & he was proudly sporting his Mickey shirt :thumbsup2!!

Terri (Hannah's Mom)

That tuna app. looked great!! Do you ever go to Fujiyama Mama in Westfield??

Hi Neighbor! :hug: Was the Holiday shop fun? I couldn't work it this year because it conflicted with a PTA Council Presidents meeting that lasted all day. I love that event- the kids really seem to enjoy it. :goodvibes

Yes, I LOVE Fujiyama Mama! The lobster parfait, the Bomb, and another one that's spicy that I have forgotten the name of are my favorites. What do you like there? Diamatsu is less creative but very good in Mountainside, too- plus, there you can use Restaurant.com certificates. Have you been to the all-you-can-eat sushi place? We went with 16 of us from town- had a BLAST!

How's Hannah doing? :cutie:

Awesome tr so far DH and I are really enjoying it

Thank-you SO MUCH!!:hug:

I am soooo hungry now! :thumbsup2

Sorry darlin!! I really do love those mac pancakes- they were my favorite this time- last time the Somoan was. I guess I'm fickle! :laughing:

RGirl
12-09-2011, 10:24 PM
The prices are very good on the resale market- as long as you are not planning to use your points for anything other than WDW stays, that's a good way to go. Makes a GREAT Christamas gift!

I have actually been looking at the resales lately and thinking, "someday, someday very soon......"

Love the pics from your boat ride. So beautiful. And breakfast looked so yummy. I always think that it would be too much of a pain to go over to another resort for breakfast prior to heading into the parks, but maybe it is worth it. Hmmmmmm

MAGICFOR2
12-10-2011, 01:06 AM
I'm drooling now! You collectively had all the best things on the menu! I love that Kona coffee! Where will you be in Hawaii? We will be on Oahu in March! I'm so excited -haven't been there before!:yay:

MEK
12-10-2011, 05:09 AM
Look MEK!!

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What? Did he leave the HHI fishing pier just to come see you at the Poly? :rotfl:

Breakfast look A-mazing. You got the perfect assortment of goodies. YUM! Makes me want to go there for breakfast, oh......in just a few days. :laughing: I think Nick would love that, but right now we have too many ADRs. Maybe on our last day we could do a late breakfast there. I know Nick would love Tonga Toast and I've been trying to make ADRs at places where he can try new food. He loves to eat. ;) What teenage boys don't?

I'm glad you told me about the AP thing at the resorts. I have to get APs for all three of us and TIW. Did I tell you I already bought 2 four day base tickets with all AAA visa rebate certificates, so I basically shaved $500 off the price right there. I am very proud of my cost saving efforts this trip. :laughing:

So glad Sean found a new breakfast food he likes. :thumbsup2

Beth D
12-11-2011, 06:38 AM
MMM nothing like breakfast food porn on a Sunday morning to motivate me! I was thinking cereal, but now I'll have to whip up some blueberry muffins or something!

I've got a small bag of Kona beans saved from someone who vacationed there last spring, hidden, just waiting for a special morning. Those photos of your coffee are making me think it might be today!

I would probably go for the Tonga toast too!

rndmr2
12-11-2011, 07:53 PM
Thanks for the link to your cruise TR, I'll go catch up when I finish this reply.

Kona breakfast looks so good, I would have such a hard time deciding between the mac nut pancakes and the Tonga toast. I wouldn't be able to get both and share with my hubby, though because I don't think he would like either, he's not a fruit person, unfortunately. Glad Sean liked his french toast. Can't wait to read about your MK day.

JKSWonder
12-12-2011, 03:07 PM
Love Kona!

We had dinner there too at our last Poly stay in October 2009 and we were really pleasantly surprised at how good it was. If I remember correctly, Mike got some sort of teriyaki marinated steak that was excellent.

Chicago Mo
12-15-2011, 02:04 PM
Subbing! going back to catch up

Must C Mickey
12-15-2011, 03:48 PM
You must be trying to build up the suspense for one BIG update. popcorn::

meggiebeth
12-16-2011, 01:57 PM
Great update! Kona looks great! The french toast looks delicious. We ate at 'Ohana for breakfast in August but it was very different food-wise.

Thanks for all your information about DVC- it's really helpful! It's great to hear positive thoughts about it, seeing as we're a little unsure. *Well*, I'm not, I would join now if I could! :rotfl:

If we did join, we'd have to take out a loan, which is what makes my family so reluctant to try it. I think BCV looks amazing- and being so close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is a great bonus. We've stayed at SSR which we loved but when we looked around BC we loved how convenient it was, and it felt like a 'community' being so close to the Boardwalk. We checked out the pool which we were impressed by. There were people guarding the entrances- shows how popular it is lol. :eek:

We visited AKL but overall, I think I prefer the BC's 'feel'. Like you say about the DVC extention being built onto the GF, I'm SO excited about that. My family is crazy about the GF, so maybe when it's built that will convince us to finally join.

We would probably get 320 points a year and go once every two years so we could stay for two weeks, then holiday in Europe every other year. It would also mean we could visit places like Disneyland California and Aulani in Hawaii which we just couldn't afford otherwise. Lol. I NEVER thought we'd even be considering DVC at all considering my family was all so opposed to WDW and Disney before we went. Weird how one trip can totally change your mind. :rolleyes1

Can't wait for the next update! :goodvibes

podsnel
12-18-2011, 11:08 AM
Sorry for the delay, everyone- life has been nuttier than usual around here! But now back to our regularly scheduled program....

We left the Poly (which is STILL the one resort both Pods & I have wanted to stay at our whole lives but never have...I'm going to have to do something about that someday when one of those codes comes out...anyway...)and hopped on the monorail to MK

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We went straight over to Guest services to purchase 4 more DVC APs so we would all be covered not only for this trip, but also next year's BIG 9 night one. Very happy to save $100 per person with DVC, but yikes! Those passes are still expensive! Good thing most of it was covered by a Disney Visa rewards card. Anyway....it was time to go have some fun!

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Ahhh...all decorated for Christmas on November 10th-

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And look who welcomed us on Main St!

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When talking with Sean about our trip for months beforehand, he made it very clear which ride he was most looking forward to- and T&T were very happy to make his wish come true-

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This was actually the first time we couldn't all fit in one cup together as a family. :sad1: Anywho...here's my happy boy-

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Here's a little video of him, so happy at the end-click to play

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I was having some tummy issues on this trip, and this was the one and only time the tea cups made me feel :crazy2:. I had to really make sure I kept my head up or else it was vertigo vomit city.

Sean's next favorite ride is Buzz, so that's where we headed to next. We passed an old friend on the way-

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Sean was really happy, still-

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Now, I don't know exactly what Timmy hit, but about 10 seconds after being able to play, this is what our scores were-

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I think Timmy won! And apparently I lost it!

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Pods was as exciting as ever-

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At this point, Pods, T&T went on Space Mountain, and Sean and I went in search of some regular (as in not caramel) popcorn- which took us all the way to Frontierland to find-

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But gave us a chance to see the progress over there in Fantasyland-

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Pretty crunchy over there getting through. Can't wait until next year- I hope it will be finished by our November 2012 trip- have they announced an estimated date? All I have heard is late 2012.

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Cont'd next post-

podsnel
12-18-2011, 11:39 AM
Back to wait for the boys-

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And for the first time EVER we saw Push!

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Next, it was time to go to the Barbershop- I had made an appointment (before we left home) for both Sean & Timmy to get haircuts while we were there. Did I mention how AWESOME it is that you can book appointments now? Put us right to the front of the long line- we still had to wait, but not as long as we would have had to. On the way there we passed-

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That Main St entertainment always puts a smile on my face. At the barber, we waited outside-

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But before long they had to move, because it was time for Move it Shake it!

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Somehow we always manage to get haircuts when the parade is on. Anyway, they finally called our name and inside we went. I took a pic of this because that was my maiden name-

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Thrilling, huh? Sean was in desperate need of a trim, but Timmy? He was just getting cut because - he really likes it there. LOVES to get all Pirate dusted up! Even though he won't EVER admit it in front of Tyler.

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There was a photopass photographer there, which I thought was a great idea- even if her pics didn't look any different than mine!

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The CM cutting Tim's hair was very nice- she pixie dusted me, too!

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We put it all on our room EXCEPT the tip- that has to be in cash, so don't forget to bring some when you go.

Up next- more parade, more fun!

ortholablady
12-18-2011, 12:20 PM
Nice haircuts! And I like how you got yourself in the mirror making the video. Intentionally or not haha!
I have to ask how hard is it to wash out that blue stuff?

preschoolmom
12-18-2011, 12:29 PM
I love Timmy's hair! :lovestruc Sean's cut looks great, too!

How fun that you got pixie dusted, too! :wizard:

podsnel
12-18-2011, 12:58 PM
I have actually been looking at the resales lately and thinking, "someday, someday very soon......"

Love the pics from your boat ride. So beautiful. And breakfast looked so yummy. I always think that it would be too much of a pain to go over to another resort for breakfast prior to heading into the parks, but maybe it is worth it. Hmmmmmm

Thanks- and good luck with your (maybe) DVC purchase! It really isn't that much of a pain going over to a resort for breakfast, as long as you go to one near the park you're headed to afterwards. And in the case of Kona, it is most definitely worth the trip- can't get that breakfast anywhere else I know of!

I'm drooling now! You collectively had all the best things on the menu! I love that Kona coffee! Where will you be in Hawaii? We will be on Oahu in March! I'm so excited -haven't been there before!:yay:

Yes, we did! And we all shared! It was YUMMY!! You are going to love Hawaii- it has such a different feeling than the Caribbean. I adore the Hawaiian culture- very warm and welcoming, one big happy family. Not to mention how gorgeous it is! We are going at the end of August- 4 nights on Kauai, and then 6 nights on Oahu at Aulani. I hope. My 7 month booking window opens Jan 21st. We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon- that trip we visited theBig Island and Maui. You think you're sad getting on the plane after Disney? Wait. The plane home from Hawaii is the WORST. :sad2: You will never want to leave. Where are you staying?

What? Did he leave the HHI fishing pier just to come see you at the Poly? :rotfl:

Breakfast look A-mazing. You got the perfect assortment of goodies. YUM! Makes me want to go there for breakfast, oh......in just a few days. :laughing: I think Nick would love that, but right now we have too many ADRs. Maybe on our last day we could do a late breakfast there. I know Nick would love Tonga Toast and I've been trying to make ADRs at places where he can try new food. He loves to eat. ;) What teenage boys don't?

I'm glad you told me about the AP thing at the resorts. I have to get APs for all three of us and TIW. Did I tell you I already bought 2 four day base tickets with all AAA visa rebate certificates, so I basically shaved $500 off the price right there. I am very proud of my cost saving efforts this trip. :laughing:

So glad Sean found a new breakfast food he likes. :thumbsup2

I hope you are having fun on your trip!! I have been loving your updates on FB! Hope you do get to try kona, it is worth the trip. My kids ALWAYS want to go there. Good for you on the APs- I thought I had done well, too, because I had won 4 one day park hoppers at a silent auction at Sean's school- unfortunately, you can't use them to upgrade- quite a bummer. So we saved them in case we need them for a day next year. Our passes will expire a day before we leave- not sure what we'll do at that point- we may end up going over to Universal or SeaWorld instead. Although I think I might just renew my pass, we'll have to see-

MMM nothing like breakfast food porn on a Sunday morning to motivate me! I was thinking cereal, but now I'll have to whip up some blueberry muffins or something!

I've got a small bag of Kona beans saved from someone who vacationed there last spring, hidden, just waiting for a special morning. Those photos of your coffee are making me think it might be today!

I would probably go for the Tonga toast too!

Hope your breakfast was yummy! :goodvibes I ended up buying some Kona coffee last week at TJ Maxx for $15 and have been savoring it all week. YUMMMMM.....When we go to Hawaii next year I think I may buy a bunch and ship it home at the post office-:thumbsup2

Thanks for the link to your cruise TR, I'll go catch up when I finish this reply.

Kona breakfast looks so good, I would have such a hard time deciding between the mac nut pancakes and the Tonga toast. I wouldn't be able to get both and share with my hubby, though because I don't think he would like either, he's not a fruit person, unfortunately. Glad Sean liked his french toast. Can't wait to read about your MK day.

The pancakes are more nutty than fruity- he could easily get rid of the pineapple. Good luck deciding!

podsnel
12-18-2011, 01:09 PM
Love Kona!

We had dinner there too at our last Poly stay in October 2009 and we were really pleasantly surprised at how good it was. If I remember correctly, Mike got some sort of teriyaki marinated steak that was excellent.

I really need to get over there for dinner- I REALLY want to try the sushi! And that tuna oscar....:thumbsup2

Subbing! going back to catch up

Hi and THANKS for reading!! :goodvibes

You must be trying to build up the suspense for one BIG update. popcorn::

Yea- that's it!! :rotfl:

Great update! Kona looks great! The french toast looks delicious. We ate at 'Ohana for breakfast in August but it was very different food-wise.

Thanks for all your information about DVC- it's really helpful! It's great to hear positive thoughts about it, seeing as we're a little unsure. *Well*, I'm not, I would join now if I could! :rotfl:

If we did join, we'd have to take out a loan, which is what makes my family so reluctant to try it. I think BCV looks amazing- and being so close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is a great bonus. We've stayed at SSR which we loved but when we looked around BC we loved how convenient it was, and it felt like a 'community' being so close to the Boardwalk. We checked out the pool which we were impressed by. There were people guarding the entrances- shows how popular it is lol. :eek:

We visited AKL but overall, I think I prefer the BC's 'feel'. Like you say about the DVC extention being built onto the GF, I'm SO excited about that. My family is crazy about the GF, so maybe when it's built that will convince us to finally join.

We would probably get 320 points a year and go once every two years so we could stay for two weeks, then holiday in Europe every other year. It would also mean we could visit places like Disneyland California and Aulani in Hawaii which we just couldn't afford otherwise. Lol. I NEVER thought we'd even be considering DVC at all considering my family was all so opposed to WDW and Disney before we went. Weird how one trip can totally change your mind. :rolleyes1

Can't wait for the next update! :goodvibes

Good luck with your decision- I can tell you it is NOT an easy one, choosing a home resort! But they do all offer something unique, and I really do love trying them all! I bet the GF will be gorgeous- I'm looking forward to staying there one day, too!

15isto2
12-18-2011, 01:11 PM
Timmys haircut rocks.... I am planning to celebrate my 40th birthdat at the world and might need to go for one of those cuts!

podsnel
12-18-2011, 01:22 PM
Nice haircuts! And I like how you got yourself in the mirror making the video. Intentionally or not haha!
I have to ask how hard is it to wash out that blue stuff?

Thanks! I LOVE getting the kids haircuts on vacation- it's always sucha timesaver for when we get home and can't figure out how to schedule one in with our busy life. And it is not hard to wash out at all- unfortunately, Timmy had to do just that when we went back to BCV later that day- so we could go swimming in SB.

I love Timmy's hair! :lovestruc Sean's cut looks great, too!

How fun that you got pixie dusted, too! :wizard:

Thanks! I love his hair, too! Tyler is too old (he thinks) for it now, but we could all tell he was jealous of Tim's do!

And I was very happy to get pixie dusted, too- she was a very cheerful and generous CM!

podsnel
12-18-2011, 01:58 PM
Timmys haircut rocks.... I am planning to celebrate my 40th birthdat at the world and might need to go for one of those cuts!

Definitely do it!! And don't forget to post a pic!:cool1:

dizneeat
12-18-2011, 02:21 PM
Great update, Ellen!
Just what I needed today! ;)

I am so with you on the teacups ....... they make me REALLY sick too! :laughing: PLEASE don't tell me they are starting to sell caramel corn at WDW too ..... they have the same stuff at DLRP and it is yuck! :sad2:

The haircuts look cool. I love that Timmy got the blue Mickey and that you got Pixie dusted! :thumbsup2

DisneyRegulars
12-18-2011, 02:27 PM
I'm loving your trip report. I also love how everyone likes something different at Disney. I didn't even know there was a barber shop at the Magic Kingdom, and would never in a million years choose to go there, but I love that you make it a tradition to do so.

Wicket's Mom
12-18-2011, 08:07 PM
I just love Tim's hair cut, it's really cool. Sean really looks like he is enjoying everything so far.

Those teacups don't bother me at all. I had to take my granddaughters on them because my DH & DIL get sick on those kinds of rides. I really got them spinning!:banana:

I do have one question, does Tyler ever take those buds out of his ears?! LOL

rndmr2
12-18-2011, 11:40 PM
Great start to your day at the MK!

I can't handle the spinning on the Teacups, DH and I went last year with the agreement that we wouldn't make it spin, I think I turned the wheel once or twice and that was it! I get a little dizzy without the extra spinning! LOL

Great Barber Shop pics! Timmy's hair is cool with the blue and sparklies. That's fun that you got some pixie dust, too.

podsnel
12-19-2011, 09:23 AM
Great update, Ellen!
Just what I needed today! ;)

I am so with you on the teacups ....... they make me REALLY sick too! :laughing: PLEASE don't tell me they are starting to sell caramel corn at WDW too ..... they have the same stuff at DLRP and it is yuck! :sad2:

The haircuts look cool. I love that Timmy got the blue Mickey and that you got Pixie dusted! :thumbsup2

Hi Karin! Yes- they are selling caramel corn instead of the regular at many of the stands- we always get popcorn at the one in front of SM while the others ride- we ended up all the way down in front of Hoop de Do! I really need to catch up on your TRs- I have been reading, but at night and can't type replies because I'll wake Pods!

I'm loving your trip report. I also love how everyone likes something different at Disney. I didn't even know there was a barber shop at the Magic Kingdom, and would never in a million years choose to go there, but I love that you make it a tradition to do so.

Hi there! :wave2:Thanks for reading along! I love that there are so many things to do at WDW, there is always something new to try- not that the haircuts are new for us, but other things are-so many different vacations to enjoy in the same wonderful place! :goodvibes

I just love Tim's hair cut, it's really cool. Sean really looks like he is enjoying everything so far.

Those teacups don't bother me at all. I had to take my granddaughters on them because my DH & DIL get sick on those kinds of rides. I really got them spinning!:banana:

I do have one question, does Tyler ever take those buds out of his ears?! LOL

The teacups have never bothered me before- I thnink it was because my tummy was already bothering me that day (prior to Kona- not because of Kona!).

And yes, he does take those earbuds out- they were driving every one of us crazy!! It just happens he had them in when I was taking the pics-

Great start to your day at the MK!

I can't handle the spinning on the Teacups, DH and I went last year with the agreement that we wouldn't make it spin, I think I turned the wheel once or twice and that was it! I get a little dizzy without the extra spinning! LOL

Great Barber Shop pics! Timmy's hair is cool with the blue and sparklies. That's fun that you got some pixie dust, too.

I normally am fine on the teacups, so this gave me a whole new appreciation of what everyone else experiences. :crazy2:

podsnel
12-19-2011, 10:06 AM
Haircuts finished, we headed back towards Fantasyland. Move it Shake it was STILL going on- just how long IS that parade, anyway?

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I wonder how much longer it will be before one Dumbo becomes two?

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Next, Sean wanted to ride Winnie the Pooh- I have to say we tried before the haircuts, but even with the GAC, the line was just not moving at all. Sean was thrilled we were finally going on-

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I have to say- his smiles were such a wonderful gift to all of us- there had not been alot of Sean smiles before this trip, we had been having a rough fall. To see him so happy was GLORIOUS!!

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We were on the FP line with our GAC, but we noticed all the new activities that were set up on the stand-by line. I LOVE that Disney seems to be doing this for so many rides across the parks- really helps pass the time while you wait.

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Soon we were riding-

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Next we decided to go for a drive on the Speedway. Look who we passed AGAIN!

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Sean said he wanted to drive- which is a first- so I did the pedals while he did the steering-

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My other two boys followed behind-

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Next it was time to hit the other two mountains, Splash & BT. On the way, I took the only character/kid pic of our trip-

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Sean is such a good boy- he walked right over when I asked him to- the other boys sure didn't! Poor White rabbit- he had no line- I told him i guess everyone ELSE was late, this time! We noticed that the building was now gone-

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And we passed some pretty birds-

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Sean and I went to get him some fries at Pecos bill's while the others went on the mountains.

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I have to say, the park was feeling very crowded, so once the boys were back, we all decided to return to BCV and go for a swim. Next!

karajeboo
12-19-2011, 11:27 AM
Hey girlie!

He went on to tell me that the problem with getting an AP at the hotel is that their system is not interfaced with the parks' system, and if you lose an AP issued at BCV or any other hotel on property- they have no way of tracking it, and you are out of luck. WOW- is THAT good to know!! Lesson learned- I will ALWAYS buy my AP at the park!

I actually asked about this last week at BW and they told me that they are all on the same system and didn't understand this. No matter what, they have your AP# on file so with proper ID they can reissue it to you, no matter where you got it. My AP became demagnetized during the trip so I asked this same question AGAIN at guest services at Epcot IG and they said the same thing. So either they just changed it, or it is typical Disney right hand/left hand..... :rotfl2:

manntra
12-19-2011, 02:48 PM
What a fun day in the MK! Love the T is excited (but won't admit it) to have his hair cut and pixied. pixiedust:
Cute videos and pictures on Buzz :thumbsup2
Nice to see the earbuds out for awhile ;) That would drive me insane! I won't let my niece even bring her phone when we are on vacation :laughing: Too much texting etc. I mean it IS okay if I am updating facebook or texting but that's different ;)

For our May trip we have the Chef's bar at the Flying Fish ...they don't have a table :confused3 I know it won't be anywhere near what we had at the Chef's table at V&A..that has ruined me for life:rolleyes: but I am sure it will be a blast...and of course there is a wine pairing. :rolleyes1 I am just hoping I don't fall off the stool at the bar :rotfl2:

Tracy

podsnel
12-19-2011, 03:18 PM
Hey girlie!

He went on to tell me that the problem with getting an AP at the hotel is that their system is not interfaced with the parks' system, and if you lose an AP issued at BCV or any other hotel on property- they have no way of tracking it, and you are out of luck. WOW- is THAT good to know!! Lesson learned- I will ALWAYS buy my AP at the park!

I actually asked about this last week at BW and they told me that they are all on the same system and didn't understand this. No matter what, they have your AP# on file so with proper ID they can reissue it to you, no matter where you got it. My AP became demagnetized during the trip so I asked this same question AGAIN at guest services at Epcot IG and they said the same thing. So either they just changed it, or it is typical Disney right hand/left hand..... :rotfl2:

Welcome back!! :hug: I am going to hope that it has been changed and now everyone can track them- I have to say that of the two people I got info on APs from that morning, the guy at the booth at IG and the concierge in the hotel- the guy had all kinds of bells and whistles on his little CM badge. The woman at BCV? Just had her name, and barely cracked a smile. KWIM?

What a fun day in the MK! Love the T is excited (but won't admit it) to have his hair cut and pixied. pixiedust:
Cute videos and pictures on Buzz :thumbsup2
Nice to see the earbuds out for awhile ;) That would drive me insane! I won't let my niece even bring her phone when we are on vacation :laughing: Too much texting etc. I mean it IS okay if I am updating facebook or texting but that's different ;)

For our May trip we have the Chef's bar at the Flying Fish ...they don't have a table :confused3 I know it won't be anywhere near what we had at the Chef's table at V&A..that has ruined me for life:rolleyes: but I am sure it will be a blast...and of course there is a wine pairing. :rolleyes1 I am just hoping I don't fall off the stool at the bar :rotfl2:

Tracy

OMG, Tracy- those freakin ear buds!! :headache: He knows better at home- he also knows if he kept them in 24/7 at home that thing disappears. I guess we were cutting him some slack because of Sean- we were very focused on him. And later on in the vacation, Sean was having a little bit of a rough time, I think Tyler was usuing them to cope.

But, Tracy- look at our countdowns- they are the same! When is your May trip? Joan & Loni & I arrive on May 4th- You?:dance3:

Beth D
12-19-2011, 03:41 PM
Looks like a great time! I'm glad Sean was doing well! I never knew about the haircuts. We may have to try it with DS. He got a fauxhawk at a baseball game last summer, complete with spray paint in the team colors and loved it.

A tip on Buzz Lightyear - right when you go out and at the very end, spin the car all the way around (do a 360) and get the way out of the way targets right over the archways. Those give you the biggest points, as does killing the alien at the very end.

Love the teacups! Only me and DS on that one, everyone else doesn't have the cast iron stomach for circles. You either have it or you dont!

MAGICFOR2
12-19-2011, 09:31 PM
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[COLOR="darkred"]Yes, we did! And we all shared! It was YUMMY!! You are going to love Hawaii- it has such a different feeling than the Caribbean. I adore the Hawaiian culture- very warm and welcoming, one big happy family. Not to mention how gorgeous it is! We are going at the end of August- 4 nights on Kauai, and then 6 nights on Oahu at Aulani. I hope. My 7 month booking window opens Jan 21st. We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon- that trip we visited theBig Island and Maui. You think you're sad getting on the plane after Disney? Wait. The plane home from Hawaii is the WORST. :sad2: You will never want to leave. Where are you staying?


Oh you have me Sooooo excited! :yay: It's a work trip for Jim, so we'll actually be staying at Hickam AFB, but Jim will have time to play, so we plan to visit Aulani and of course Pearl Harbor, and whatever else I can plan. We can book alot of excursions on base, so I'm probably going to play it by ear according to what he has time for, but I want to rent a convertible and just tool around when we can.

If I don't get back here in the craziness, have a :santa::santa: HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS:santa::santa: I will contact you next week for your order - it's going in on the 30th :goodvibes Love ya!

Chicago Mo
12-20-2011, 06:24 AM
Your one son has the EXACT expression in pretty much every picture!! :lmao:
your Youngest is just TOO adorable.. Sean looks like he is having the time of his life. i am SO happy for him!!! :thumbsup2
Having a great time reading along with you!

saintstickets
12-20-2011, 04:48 PM
I adore the Hawaiian culture- very warm and welcoming, one big happy family. Not to mention how gorgeous it is! We are going at the end of August- 4 nights on Kauai, and then 6 nights on Oahu at Aulani. I hope. My 7 month booking window opens Jan 21st. We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon- that trip we visited the Big Island and Maui. You think you're sad getting on the plane after Disney? Wait. The plane home from Hawaii is the WORST. You will never want to leave. Where are you staying?

Small world (no, not that one!). DW and I went on our honeymoon to Hawaii as well and we are returning for our 30th anniversary to Aulani in September. Our anniversary is actually August 28th but we can get much better airfare rates by waiting a week until after Labor Day plus the difference in DVC points needed is lower. Our honeymoon was on Kauai and it gets its nickname as the "Garden Isle" honestly. Very lush landscape and extreme geography differences from Waimea Canyon to the cliffs of Napali Coast to the beach at Poipu or Hanalei Bay. Go to the top of the mountain in August and there will be a 30-40 degree temperature drop from the 90's on the coast. Kauai is the wettest place on earth with about 460 inches of rainfall each year but it rains mostly at night. It will rain on you 2 or 3 times during the day but it is a light shower that lasts only 10 minutes or so and once it is over, wait a few minutes and you can hardly tell it rained. As a result, there are waterfalls EVERYWHERE! It is a very beautiful place and when we were there, it was not "touristy" at all. You'll really enjoy Kauai. Since you will be at Aulani a week or so before we arrive, keep in touch and give us some tips on what you find.

Really enjoying this TR. Keep it coming.

dizneeat
12-24-2011, 09:00 AM
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Merry Christmas!!! :hug:

RGirl
12-26-2011, 02:11 PM
Oops - fell a little behind! Great updates - everyone looks so happy. I love the barber shop pixie dust - that is really cool! I love that you got one character/kid shot - how times change as they grow, eh? In October, we waited in every character line we saw!! :rotfl:

MEK
12-27-2011, 10:31 AM
I am caught up, but without pictures today. I can't wait to see the pictures of Sean! I am so glad he is having such a marvelous time. What a wonderful day in the magic kingdom and I love that you got pixie dusted as well.

I hear ya on the AP's. I just bought one for Denny, myself, and Nick. Despite the fact that I had almost $600 in tickets to exchange for AP's, they still cost a fortune. I think they were like $50 more than the last time I bought one. :scared1: At least I will be getting three trips out of mine!!!!!

Speaking of trips - you have quite an impressive array of trips lined up for this year. Nice! 2012 is going to be a very good year. :goodvibes Can't wait to hear about Hawaii. That is quite a temptation for me, I must admit.

I hope you and the family had a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy the rest of your break!

MEK
12-27-2011, 07:40 PM
Great pictures. Especially the ones of Sean smiling! :goodvibes And I love the pictures with all three of the boys together. That's awesome! What a gorgoue day!

podsnel
12-28-2011, 10:43 AM
Looks like a great time! I'm glad Sean was doing well! I never knew about the haircuts. We may have to try it with DS. He got a fauxhawk at a baseball game last summer, complete with spray paint in the team colors and loved it.

A tip on Buzz Lightyear - right when you go out and at the very end, spin the car all the way around (do a 360) and get the way out of the way targets right over the archways. Those give you the biggest points, as does killing the alien at the very end.

Love the teacups! Only me and DS on that one, everyone else doesn't have the cast iron stomach for circles. You either have it or you dont!

If he liked that fauxhawk, he will LOVE this!! It's not expensive, either- the prices are pretty much what i would pay for their haircuts at home. But no pixie dust at home! :goodvibes

And thanks for the Buzz Lightyear tips- I will be looking for that when I ride with Kara and kick her BUTT in May! :rotfl2::rotfl2: There must be something like that at the beginning of the ride, too, because Tim had that score REALLY early in the game.

Oh you have me Sooooo excited! :yay: It's a work trip for Jim, so we'll actually be staying at Hickam AFB, but Jim will have time to play, so we plan to visit Aulani and of course Pearl Harbor, and whatever else I can plan. We can book alot of excursions on base, so I'm probably going to play it by ear according to what he has time for, but I want to rent a convertible and just tool around when we can.

Have you looked at the reviews for Aulani's spa? You can book it without necessarily staying at Aulani, and it sounds like one of the things they really got right at the property (they did NOT get the food right, from what I've read. :sad2: I am really excited to eat at some other places I've been learning about, however! :goodvibes)

If I don't get back here in the craziness, have a :santa::santa: HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS:santa::santa: I will contact you next week for your order - it's going in on the 30th :goodvibes Love ya!

Thanks- you too- Happy New Year!

Your one son has the EXACT expression in pretty much every picture!! :lmao:
your Youngest is just TOO adorable.. Sean looks like he is having the time of his life. i am SO happy for him!!! :thumbsup2
Having a great time reading along with you!

Tyler must have had a hormonal imbalance on the trip- he was sooooo fourteen the whole time! :rotfl:
Thanks so much for the kind words- very glad to have you reading along!:goodvibes

podsnel
12-28-2011, 11:41 AM
Small world (no, not that one!). DW and I went on our honeymoon to Hawaii as well and we are returning for our 30th anniversary to Aulani in September. Our anniversary is actually August 28th but we can get much better airfare rates by waiting a week until after Labor Day plus the difference in DVC points needed is lower. Our honeymoon was on Kauai and it gets its nickname as the "Garden Isle" honestly. Very lush landscape and extreme geography differences from Waimea Canyon to the cliffs of Napali Coast to the beach at Poipu or Hanalei Bay. Go to the top of the mountain in August and there will be a 30-40 degree temperature drop from the 90's on the coast. Kauai is the wettest place on earth with about 460 inches of rainfall each year but it rains mostly at night. It will rain on you 2 or 3 times during the day but it is a light shower that lasts only 10 minutes or so and once it is over, wait a few minutes and you can hardly tell it rained. As a result, there are waterfalls EVERYWHERE! It is a very beautiful place and when we were there, it was not "touristy" at all. You'll really enjoy Kauai. Since you will be at Aulani a week or so before we arrive, keep in touch and give us some tips on what you find.

Really enjoying this TR. Keep it coming.

I have to admit, I think I may be looking forward to the Kauai portion a little more than Oahu- because I really can't wait to see that other-worldly beauty that I know will be on that island! Thanks for all the tips- since Christmas (which was VERY busy and also VERY rough this year) I have been totally absorbed in the planning- kind of my own Christmas gift to MYSELF for working so hard over the holidays-anyway....The waterfalls? The woman I rented our condo from in Hanalei said that she has counted 36 waterfalls at a time (that she can see from her balcony- it overlooks Hanalei Bay. GORGEOUS!!!!!

And don't worry- I will give you lots of feedback on Aulani- but, can I ask a favor? Since I get back on the 28th (Happy Anniversary) I might not get up to Aulani in my TR before you go- do you mind reminding me? Send me a PM or just ask in the TR which I'm sure I'll start before you go- thanks! That way I'll be able to PM you anything I learn- :thumbsup2

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Merry Christmas!!! :hug:

Thank-you Karin!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both, too!!!:hug:

Oops - fell a little behind! Great updates - everyone looks so happy. I love the barber shop pixie dust - that is really cool! I love that you got one character/kid shot - how times change as they grow, eh? In October, we waited in every character line we saw!! :rotfl:

I HATE that they grow so fast!!!! It is true- one day you're standing on all the lines to meet all the characters, the next you are...not. On the plus side, though, it sure does leave a lot more time for riding the rides! :thumbsup2:rotfl:

I am caught up, but without pictures today. I can't wait to see the pictures of Sean! I am so glad he is having such a marvelous time. What a wonderful day in the magic kingdom and I love that you got pixie dusted as well.

I hear ya on the AP's. I just bought one for Denny, myself, and Nick. Despite the fact that I had almost $600 in tickets to exchange for AP's, they still cost a fortune. I think they were like $50 more than the last time I bought one. :scared1: At least I will be getting three trips out of mine!!!!!

And of course THIS is the year when there is no way we will go for Spring Break- too expensive to fly at Easter. Plus I will have no points left after 6 nights at AUlani, 5 nights at AKV in a GV, and 4 nights at BWV in a 1 bdrm BW view. Ok- so not so sad, but STILL freakin expensive!!! They REALLY hiked the price this year- a little too much, I think.:headache:

Speaking of trips - you have quite an impressive array of trips lined up for this year. Nice! 2012 is going to be a very good year. :goodvibes Can't wait to hear about Hawaii. That is quite a temptation for me, I must admit.

I'll let you know how it is- it is getting some very mixed reviews, and I am hopeful they will get their act together at Aulani before next summer. I just read in a recent TR that there were a lot of executives checking Aulani out the week before Christmas- hopefully some heads are gonna roll and get things right!

I hope you and the family had a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy the rest of your break!

Merry Christmas to you and your family too, MEK! HAppy New Year!

Great pictures. Especially the ones of Sean smiling! :goodvibes And I love the pictures with all three of the boys together. That's awesome! What a gorgoue day!

Yea- it's always great to see Sean's smile, isn't it? :lovestruc Thanks honey-

stinksmom
12-28-2011, 01:55 PM
Ellen - I don't why it took me so long to realize you had another TR going! But I just found it and I'm as far as page 5. I just read the sentence about the "little bird" who told you about the sangria for your walk to Epcot - that was me!! I'm so glad you remembered. It definitely makes the walk more enjoyable anywhere you are going - doesn't it ;)

Well - back to catching up! Can't wait to read more about your trip. Sounds like a good beginning and I was glad to see you were able to get Sean to go :)

Added - Just caught up and saw the tip about sangria at Hurricane Hannah's - I will definitely give that a try too!

MAGICFOR2
12-28-2011, 02:18 PM
Thanks for the tip about the Aulani spa! I'm going to have to check that out! I was looking at pics of HI last night - best beaches, etc. Getting so excited!:woohoo: Loved the FB pic of Sean with his legos! Did he get them all put together?

podsnel
01-02-2012, 09:56 AM
Happy 2012 everyone! Here's to hoping for a FABULOUS year for us all!

We were back at BCV, and going for a swim- what was really interesting about that was this request came from Sean- who, in nearly all other circumstances, does not really like to swim. But in Disney? Seems he can't get enough! :goodvibes We all were happy to be hanging in SB, though, not just sean-

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We took turns watching Sean and going down the slide- which, unfortunately, was shut down pretty quickly- the lazy river was also closed until 5pm (I'm guessing due to some bio problem, but what do I know. Other than MY kids wore SWIM DIAPERS until they were potty trained- and I really don't understand the parents who are ok with their wee little poopers swimming sans mars bar pool protection, but maybe that's just ME). Sorry- but I seriously think these people should be tossed out for LIFE!

Anyway.....there were games going on at the pool-

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The CMs seemed to have fun playing them!

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After about an hour or so, we retreated back to the villa. Through the solarium

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And past the mermaid-

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Tonight we had an early ADR at Yachtsman Steakhouse, followed by some fun in Epcot.....next!

podsnel
01-02-2012, 10:29 AM
Ellen - I don't why it took me so long to realize you had another TR going! But I just found it and I'm as far as page 5. I just read the sentence about the "little bird" who told you about the sangria for your walk to Epcot - that was me!! I'm so glad you remembered. It definitely makes the walk more enjoyable anywhere you are going - doesn't it ;)

Well - back to catching up! Can't wait to read more about your trip. Sounds like a good beginning and I was glad to see you were able to get Sean to go :)

Added - Just caught up and saw the tip about sangria at Hurricane Hannah's - I will definitely give that a try too!

Well, hey there, little bird! :hug: That cup of Sangria walked there and back and there and back! :rotfl: I really got my money's worth! :rotfl: We will be at BCV again before our cruise this May, so I will be sure to try their's then, too!:thumbsup2

Thanks for the tip about the Aulani spa! I'm going to have to check that out! I was looking at pics of HI last night - best beaches, etc. Getting so excited!:woohoo: Loved the FB pic of Sean with his legos! Did he get them all put together?

The spa looks pricey, but it offers more than just the treatment you sign up for- the showers/pools seem to be pretty extensive in there, and you can hang as long as yu'd like, from what I've read.

Sean has assembled Buzz Lightyear, a Star Wars one, an Apollo set, another Toy Story kit, and the Krusty Krab. Only one more left- but I think I may return some of his other gifts and exchange them for more Legos for him. He is so focused when he does them, he's a different kid. It's really wonderful!:goodvibes

Good talking to you the other day! :hug:

dizneeat
01-02-2012, 11:31 AM
Happy New Year, Ellen!

Seems like you had a fun time at SB while you could! :thumbsup2 We love that pool too and can really understand WHY Sean loves to swim there! :goodvibes
Can't wait for MORE!!!!!!!! popcorn::

podsnel
01-03-2012, 09:08 AM
We were looking forward to an early dinner tonight at YS. Originally, we had planned on kicking off our vacation with dinner here, but when we realized we would be getting our new TIW the next day....well, no question- YS had to MOVE!!! :rotfl: 20% off there is no chump chnge, KWIM? What was available for a party of 5 was a 5pm ADR- so, although MUCH earlier than we usually like to eat, we just skipped lunch & had a snack- so by 5pm, we were FAMISHED!!!!

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Accolades all around-

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Not too long of a wait at 5pm, that's for sure!

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We started off with a cocktail- I noticed they had something made with Gran Marnier- I believe it was a Grand Smash- it was Gran Marnier, OJ, mint & something else-

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O.M.Geeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Best drink EVAAAARRRRRRRR!!!!! I do love me some Gran Marnier, and rarely have I seen any cocktails where it is the main attraction- so I was a VERY happy girl! The other thing making me happy that night?

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Those amazing onion pull-apart rolls. I soooo love them- actually, THEY were the main reason I was so insistent on coming back here. I think I may have had 2....or possibly...3. And I am not usually one to load up on bread and butter (even WITH the sea salt on top)- but there was no stopping me at YS!

For Sean, we asked to have fries sent out asap, to keep him happy-

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Uh-oh. Looks like we're going to go broke tonight buying potatoes! :rotfl: Tyler ordered a lobster salad which I don't see on the menu-

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Tyler is a VERY good eater, but this was a little too sophisticated for my DS14. I chose the scallops (which were a different preparation than what I see listed online-

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Sorry about my big head- I just couldn't get it out of the photo- but those scallops were fantastic! My only complaint would be that they were small for diver scallops, but they were an appetizer portion, I suppose. Pods had Charcuterie Board - $15.00

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The offerings are different from what is now offered- but it was a great starter- and lots of fun to try so many things! They gave me a menu, since it was my birthday that month- would be nice if I had that NOW, huh?

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On to the main courses- next post-

podsnel
01-03-2012, 09:09 AM
For my main course, i decided to try Deconstructed Beef Wellington - 8 oz. filet, trio of wild mushroom Duxelles, puff pastry. parsnips, potatoes, carrots and red wine sauce - $47.00

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This was good, but over-salted (like someone forgot they had already seasoned it or they salted the duxelles & sauce before reducing). We convinced T&T to split a steak- telling them it was a steak for 2, not 1. Porterhouse - 24 oz. Center cut porterhouse with Smoked Paprika fries and roasted garlic butter - $44.00

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They both loved the steak. Pods had 12-oz "Prime" New York Strip Steak - Carmody potato gratin and peppercorn bandy sauce $42.00

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This was delicious. For Sean, in addition to all the fries (which the server kept coming, as we had asked) Sean had some mac & cheese-

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We were happy he gobbled it up, it was not elbow mac, and that could have been an issue in the world of Sean. But, thankfully, was not! With dinner, Pods had a glass of the house Merlot, and while I normally am a wine drinker, I HAD to have another-

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Wow...that drink was just soooooo yummy! :worship: A pic of our very attentive waiter-

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And...I am sorry to say, not ONE of us had room for dessert. Darn those onion rolls! :rotfl:

All in all, a very good meal- we do have better steakhouses at home (with all Prime meats, like Peter Leuger- yummmmmmmmmmmm.......), but we did enjoy ourselves and would go back, if we were staying at BCV. A quick pic of the meat man before we left-

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And we were off to Epcot! :banana:

CRdisMom
01-03-2012, 09:24 AM
drooling over the awesome looking food. kids looked happy to be there. Glad that things worked out for Sean. we have a similar thing with mac n cheese here....LOL

podsnel
01-03-2012, 09:29 AM
Happy New Year, Ellen!

Seems like you had a fun time at SB while you could! :thumbsup2 We love that pool too and can really understand WHY Sean loves to swim there! :goodvibes
Can't wait for MORE!!!!!!!! popcorn::

Yes- but it all was ok in the end, we did go back! :goodvibes

Happy 2012 Karin!

drooling over the awesome looking food. kids looked happy to be there. Glad that things worked out for Sean. we have a similar thing with mac n cheese here....LOL

Yea- just one little difference that you or i might not notice, our kids DO....and a different shape of pasta could have been a BIG problem- so glad it wasn't!:dance3:

karajeboo
01-03-2012, 09:53 AM
Those steaks look sooooo good, despite it being before 11am right now! :rotfl2: Darn New Years diet!!!!

So glad Sean was doing well this day, with swimming and unlimted french fries!!!!

Happy New Year my friend!!! :goodvibes

Flossbolna
01-03-2012, 10:00 AM
What a wonderful review of Yachtsman! Sean's fries look delicious!! As well as the steaks. I love the decor of the restaurant, but so far never made it there because other venues just seemed more special...

15isto2
01-03-2012, 11:11 AM
The yaughtsman looks amazing, I think I may need to make an ADR for my Sept trip

dizneeat
01-03-2012, 12:11 PM
Mmmmh, Yachtsman!!!!!!

Your dinner looks soooooooo good! And don't get me started on the onion rolls. ;) :rotfl2:

tinkmom2
01-03-2012, 01:39 PM
OMG! That food porn was amazing :rotfl: The prices are crazy though! I for sure would need the dining plan going there! My DH is a meat and potatoes man and would love it!

There are so many place I want to see. We have friends that just bought a house in Hawaii. I would love to go to Aulani but alas my next vacation to Disney is a few years off! I am going back to school in January and won't be done for a year. There goes our vacation money!

KristiMc
01-03-2012, 02:34 PM
We have never been to Yachtsman's. It looks delicious - will have to add it to my to do list.

manntra
01-03-2012, 03:09 PM
Mmmmmm dinner looks delicious!! Yachtsman almost made it to the ADR list for May but I can't remember what beat it out. So many good restaurants to always try and so many that you can't leave out!

I love Wellington...nice touch with the foam on top too. ;) Looks like something from Top Chef..bummer it was too salty though.

Happy that Sean had such a good day and was well accommodated with his bounty of french fries :)

Tracy

NMW
01-03-2012, 04:58 PM
Great shots of pool and DH favorite restaurant. I love Flying Fish. It is a tradition of ours to eat at Yachtsmans on our first night.

MEK
01-03-2012, 05:39 PM
Lovely afternoon. SAB looks so inviting right now. Sean looks like he's having a great time! I don't blame him for only wanting to swim at the world. :rotfl:

Dinner looks delish. Pod's steak looks fabulous. Yummy onion bread. So glad Sean enjoyed his dinner. Can't wait to see what else is in store for the evening.

Wicket's Mom
01-03-2012, 08:46 PM
Those fries looked very tasty! Glad that Sean has enjoyed himself.

We changed our ressie for Yachtsman to Narcoossee's, think that we will try Yachtsman next time. BTW, sorry, but to me that filet looked like it had just taken a crap!:scared1: I would have a hard time eating that & I love filet.:rotfl2:

podsnel
01-03-2012, 08:56 PM
Those steaks look sooooo good, despite it being before 11am right now! :rotfl2: Darn New Years diet!!!!

No joke!! Darn New Years diet! I only have 9 days to drop 30 lbs- think I'll make it?? :rotfl2:

So glad Sean was doing well this day, with swimming and unlimted french fries!!!!

Happy New Year my friend!!! :goodvibes

Happy New Year girlfriend! Wish I were seeing you before May! :hug:

What a wonderful review of Yachtsman! Sean's fries look delicious!! As well as the steaks. I love the decor of the restaurant, but so far never made it there because other venues just seemed more special...

His fries WERE really good, I have to say....not that we stole any or anything....:rolleyes1 I had only ever been there once before- two years ago with Pods- for the same reason. It was actually better this time- lately the reviews have been very good, that was why we decided to go. Ahhhh...the power of the DIS! :goodvibes

The yaughtsman looks amazing, I think I may need to make an ADR for my Sept trip

I hope you enjoy it! We did! :thumbsup2

Mmmmh, Yachtsman!!!!!!

Your dinner looks soooooooo good! And don't get me started on the onion rolls. ;) :rotfl2:

Karin!! I have so much to catch up on in your reports- you have been writing like a FIEND!! Today I just realized there's a whole trip to Vienna I never knew was there! I really am trying to catch up- your TRs are the best, i love "going on vacation" with you and Tom! :hug:

Mysteria
01-03-2012, 09:00 PM
Looks like Sean had a great day! :cool1: I'm sure that helped make it a great day for everyone. :goodvibes

Based on that food porn we need to add YSH as a must do. Den will go for the onion rolls alone!

rndmr2
01-04-2012, 01:45 AM
Looks like you had a great day, SAB looks like a lot of fun. Awesome dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse, I'm not a big steak fan but DH is, maybe that will make it on our list someday, I know you can get things other than steak there.

dizneeat
01-04-2012, 03:17 AM
Karin!! I have so much to catch up on in your reports- you have been writing like a FIEND!! Today I just realized there's a whole trip to Vienna I never knew was there! I really am trying to catch up- your TRs are the best, i love "going on vacation" with you and Tom! :hug:

I am glad to have you, Ellen! I have learned so much reading YOUR reports!! :hug:

Beth D
01-04-2012, 11:32 AM
MMM Steak...

Are the onion rolls kind of like an onion ring thing, or more bread that peels like an onion? I've never heard of anything like it...

DS is the same about mac & cheese. He asks the waiters directly now if it's Kraft or homemade!

The pools look great!

Sometimes I think it's more the bigger kids having accidents than the little babies... My mother took DS to the local waterpark last summer and by the lifejacket area there was a boy about 5 or 6 peeing, right out in the open, then he turned around, shifted his shorts, and yep, a Baby Ruth dropped out right on the concrete! :eek: He was definitely old enough to know better, but maybe couldn't find the bathroom? :confused3

anewmac
01-08-2012, 11:51 PM
yeah all caught up. So glad Sean and the rest of the family is having a great time. OMG food looks great but I have never read a bad meal in your trip report! Cant wait to see what more comes!!!

meggiebeth
01-15-2012, 02:10 PM
Yachtsman Steakhouse looks heavenly. We'll have to try that during our next trip. Your photos of the pool are great- makes me want to stay at BC so badly!

NikkiLovesWDW!
01-21-2012, 06:22 PM
Hey Ellen!!! Okay, so I found ONE of your TRs! So far, so GREAT!! Love how wonderful Sean has been on this trip! It's so amazing that he's eating new things! I remember your last trip with Sean, I don't think he ate ANYTHING except french fries. Yayyyyy Sean!

podsnel
01-23-2012, 09:13 AM
Hi everyone! Sorry I have been MIA- I went to Punta Cana last week with girlfriends, and tomorrow I leave for Riviera Maya in Mexico with Pods! :yay::love::yay: Anyway, I just had to say.....

I am so EXCITED!!!!! I just booked Aulani for August!!!!!!!!! :banana::banana::banana::banana:

I have been stressing soooooooo much over this, because we were using points at the 7 month window in the summer, when there might be higher demand- I had already booked our airfare via mileage points, and already booked 4 nights in Kauai pre- Aulani, so it was a missing piece of the Hawaii puzzle that i REALLY needed to fit. I used the online booking, which for DVC JUST began on the 19th, and THAT combined with having to book 2 days first with one contract and then 4 days 2 days later with my other contract REALLY made it stressful.

But we're REALLY GOING!!!!!! YIPPEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Anyway....here are a few pics from last week in Punta Cana. We stayed at Majestic Elegance which REALLY gives you a bang for your buck- beautiful accomodations, lots of restaurants to try, GORGEOUS beach that was not too crowded (especially to a few others we saw). The staff were was excellent- they were all so friendly and helpful! Four nights cost LESS than the flight, and that was all inclusive- drinks and food. :worship: We went to celebrate my friend Fiona's 50th Bday- what a great time we had! We would all definitely go back. Here's a few pics-

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See you when we get back!!

Ellen:flower3:

Beth D
01-23-2012, 11:11 AM
Safe travels! Enjoy this trip too!

Must C Mickey
01-23-2012, 11:17 AM
You are one well traveled Mama!!! (slightly jealous, ok a lot jealous);)

Looking fwd to some new posts when u return.

dizneeat
01-23-2012, 11:34 AM
Great photos, Ellen!




AND




:dance3: :woohoo: :yay: Congratulations on scoring Aulani!!!!!! :yay: :woohoo: :dance3:


Have a fun trip! Safe travels and I hope we'll see some photos too! :goodvibes :hug:

Flossbolna
01-23-2012, 02:17 PM
Have a great trip Ellen!

I have played around a bit with the new online booking and it looks great! I am glad that it worked out for you! I might try to score a studio at the Villas at the Grand Californian at the 7 months window for September and am rather nervous about it...

JKSWonder
01-23-2012, 02:58 PM
[[COLOR="Purple"]I am so EXCITED!!!!! I just booked Aulani for August!!!!!!!!! :banana::banana::banana::banana:

Congrats Ellen! How great! There will be a trip report, won't there? No pressure, of course. ;)

exwdwcm
01-23-2012, 04:53 PM
Joining in your report. We are going mid November 2012 (8-17th), so love hearing about November trips. You have a beautiful family! I love the earpods in all the pics! I know I'll be facing that some day, as mine is only 4. :goodvibes

The meal at Yachtsman looked fabulous! Yum! It is on my to try list for sure. Can't wait to read more!

Congrats on booking Aulani too. We are DVC as well (BLT) and hope to do Aulani maybe in a few years. We're trying for baby #2 this year, so it will have to wait a few years. We've done Hawaii (Oahu) before and can't wait to go back and actually experience Aulani there too! You will have a ball. I've watched the Aulani DVC video online etc. It just looks so amazing. I know your boys will love it.

Wicket's Mom
01-23-2012, 06:57 PM
Have a safe trip! So lucky with Aulani, wish I could do that one!:banana:

meggiebeth
02-03-2012, 01:31 PM
Great photos! Have a great time on your holiday! You're so lucky having so many holidays- we normally only have one a year :upsidedow

Well done on getting into Aulani! Woohoo! It's my dream to go there, but we live soooooo far away :confused3

MAGICFOR2
02-04-2012, 12:06 AM
Oh, I am drooling! We've been on a weight loss system for a month now - it's working, and we're eating some tasty healthy stuff, but I'm getting hungry for some good food for sure! We will have to do Yachtsman one of these days - just not on the radar usually. I'm glad Sean had a good time, too.

Nice he gets into the Legos so much. I'm thinking I should get some for one of our kids at church - he has ODD among other things - if we can keep his hands busy, he is easy to live with for sure, but he still hears what we are saying when we teach the lesson :goodvibes

I just noticed your Aulani post! I totally missed it!!!! CONGRATS!!! I know it will be fabulous. I will scope it out when I'm there and post some pics for you! It's nice to know you can score it at the 7 month window!!! I feel an add on coming up in the next couple of years!!! I think you've been to Oahu? What are your must dos and don't waste your time ons? I haven't really done any planning because of the whole military thing, but I'm making a bucket list.

MEK
02-04-2012, 06:08 AM
Hey Ellen -

Are you done traveling for awhile now? ;) I saw your latest photos and FB and they are fantastic!

I'm ready for an update! popcorn:: Hope all is well with you and the family! :goodvibes

saintstickets
02-04-2012, 12:09 PM
I'm ready for an update! popcorn:: Hope all is well with you and the family! :goodvibes

Ditto Ellen. Looking forward to more of your TR. BTW, just made our ressies for Aulani today. We'll be there the week after Labor Day so a week or so after you are there. Any chance for a live Aulani TR update to let me know what to do, where to go and what to avoid? :worship:

podsnel
02-08-2012, 10:37 AM
OMG! That food porn was amazing :rotfl: The prices are crazy though! I for sure would need the dining plan going there! My DH is a meat and potatoes man and would love it!

There are so many place I want to see. We have friends that just bought a house in Hawaii. I would love to go to Aulani but alas my next vacation to Disney is a few years off! I am going back to school in January and won't be done for a year. There goes our vacation money!

The prices ARE crazy there, I agree. That's why we waited until we had a TIW to go- 20% off at Yachtsman is VERY significant!

How is school going? What are you studying?

We have never been to Yachtsman's. It looks delicious - will have to add it to my to do list.

It is very good- I would definitely go back!

Mmmmmm dinner looks delicious!! Yachtsman almost made it to the ADR list for May but I can't remember what beat it out. So many good restaurants to always try and so many that you can't leave out!

I agree- it is VERY hard to narrow it down.

I love Wellington...nice touch with the foam on top too. ;) Looks like something from Top Chef..bummer it was too salty though.

I would not get that again. Pods clearly had the dinner winner at our table!

Happy that Sean had such a good day and was well accommodated with his bounty of french fries :)

Tracy

Thanks- those fries were very, very good, BTW..

Great shots of pool and DH favorite restaurant. I love Flying Fish. It is a tradition of ours to eat at Yachtsmans on our first night.

That is a wonderful tradition! We used to have a tradition of eating lunch at Crystal Palace when we arrived. Then one year we had bad bus service, and missed it. It BROKE the spell!! :rotfl: Now we have been hopping all over the place-

Lovely afternoon. SAB looks so inviting right now. Sean looks like he's having a great time! I don't blame him for only wanting to swim at the world. :rotfl:

Dinner looks delish. Pod's steak looks fabulous. Yummy onion bread. So glad Sean enjoyed his dinner. Can't wait to see what else is in store for the evening.

Sean was having a good time at that point. Still. We just tried to be as flexible as possible, and go with what he needed as fast as possible!

podsnel
02-08-2012, 11:00 AM
Those fries looked very tasty! Glad that Sean has enjoyed himself.

We changed our ressie for Yachtsman to Narcoossee's, think that we will try Yachtsman next time. BTW, sorry, but to me that filet looked like it had just taken a crap!:scared1: I would have a hard time eating that & I love filet.:rotfl2:

I am interested to hear how you like Narcoosees- that is the one Signature I have no desire to go back to, for me, the food was just too rich. But I know other people at our table loved it. They ordered the surf & turf or just the lobster, and were very happy. :goodvibes

Looks like Sean had a great day! :cool1: I'm sure that helped make it a great day for everyone. :goodvibes

Based on that food porn we need to add YSH as a must do. Den will go for the onion rolls alone!

I am pretty sure you will love it there, Myst! And you are right- if Sean is happy, it's a GREAT day for ALL OF US! :grouphug:

Looks like you had a great day, SAB looks like a lot of fun. Awesome dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse, I'm not a big steak fan but DH is, maybe that will make it on our list someday, I know you can get things other than steak there.

I hope you like it if you try it!!:goodvibes
I am glad to have you, Ellen! I have learned so much reading YOUR reports!! :hug:

Right back at ya!!:hug:

MMM Steak...

Are the onion rolls kind of like an onion ring thing, or more bread that peels like an onion? I've never heard of anything like it...

The onion rolls....hmmm...they are these buttery, flaky things that kind of fall apart in sections. They have dried onion on top. Totally luscious!

DS is the same about mac & cheese. He asks the waiters directly now if it's Kraft or homemade!

The pools look great!

Sometimes I think it's more the bigger kids having accidents than the little babies... My mother took DS to the local waterpark last summer and by the lifejacket area there was a boy about 5 or 6 peeing, right out in the open, then he turned around, shifted his shorts, and yep, a Baby Ruth dropped out right on the concrete! :eek: He was definitely old enough to know better, but maybe couldn't find the bathroom? :confused3

Oh that's just lovely...:sad2: Maybe he was a special needs kid- I'm going to actually hope for that over a 5 year old with ignorant parents. Even still, where were his parents????

podsnel
02-08-2012, 11:13 AM
yeah all caught up. So glad Sean and the rest of the family is having a great time. OMG food looks great but I have never read a bad meal in your trip report! Cant wait to see what more comes!!!

I LOVE that line!!! :rotfl:

Yachtsman Steakhouse looks heavenly. We'll have to try that during our next trip. Your photos of the pool are great- makes me want to stay at BC so badly!

I hope you do get to stay at BCV someday- it is such happy place! :goodvibes And that pool in unrivaled anywhere....although, we'll have to see how the Aulani pool stacks up. :banana: I'm thinkin' that one might be a contender!

Hey Ellen!!! Okay, so I found ONE of your TRs! So far, so GREAT!! Love how wonderful Sean has been on this trip! It's so amazing that he's eating new things! I remember your last trip with Sean, I don't think he ate ANYTHING except french fries. Yayyyyy Sean!

You're right- he didn't. This was much better in that respect. Hey- why were you at that BOE meeting? We have to go a few times a year to cover it for PTA council- of course, that night was different. The kids were cute, weren't they?

Safe travels! Enjoy this trip too!

Thanks! It was AWESOME!!!!

You are one well traveled Mama!!! (slightly jealous, ok a lot jealous);)

Looking fwd to some new posts when u return.

I'm working on it! :goodvibes
Great photos, Ellen!




AND




:dance3: :woohoo: :yay: Congratulations on scoring Aulani!!!!!! :yay: :woohoo: :dance3:


Have a fun trip! Safe travels and I hope we'll see some photos too! :goodvibes :hug:

THANKS!!! I still am shocked our whole plan came together- logistically, all that's left is booking inter-island flights. Which I want to use some miles for, so I am waiting to have enough.

I think I'm going to update this TR before I do a post on Iberostar Grand Paraiso. It WAS heavenly there....we're going back next January....:cloud9:

podsnel
02-08-2012, 11:31 AM
Have a great trip Ellen!

I have played around a bit with the new online booking and it looks great! I am glad that it worked out for you! I might try to score a studio at the Villas at the Grand Californian at the 7 months window for September and am rather nervous about it...

Here is some pixie dust for you and your September booking!! pixiedust: I want to do to DL soooo badly- I really need to work on that....

Congrats Ellen! How great! There will be a trip report, won't there? No pressure, of course. ;)

There will SO be a trip report!! :thumbsup2

Joining in your report. We are going mid November 2012 (8-17th), so love hearing about November trips. You have a beautiful family! I love the earpods in all the pics! I know I'll be facing that some day, as mine is only 4. :goodvibes

We really enjoy going in November-we have usually had amazing weather, and the crowds have been fine. We only have 3 more of those trips left, though- after that, tyler will be in college- although, I guess wvweryone else will still want to go, right? :rotfl:

The meal at Yachtsman looked fabulous! Yum! It is on my to try list for sure. Can't wait to read more!

I hope you enjoy it!!

Congrats on booking Aulani too. We are DVC as well (BLT) and hope to do Aulani maybe in a few years. We're trying for baby #2 this year, so it will have to wait a few years. We've done Hawaii (Oahu) before and can't wait to go back and actually experience Aulani there too! You will have a ball. I've watched the Aulani DVC video online etc. It just looks so amazing. I know your boys will love it.

I agree, Aulani DOES look amazing- I have watched everything I can find on the internet! I love BLT- hope we get to stay there again someday! Have fun trying for baby #2! :goodvibes

Have a safe trip! So lucky with Aulani, wish I could do that one!:banana:

It's going to be great! A loooong flight, though. Hope my boys can handle it!

Great photos! Have a great time on your holiday! You're so lucky having so many holidays- we normally only have one a year :upsidedow

Well done on getting into Aulani! Woohoo! It's my dream to go there, but we live soooooo far away :confused3

Thanks, and I agree, I AM very lucky to be able to take so many vacations. It was not always that way, though. So there's hope it's in your future, too!! :thumbsup2 DVC has made a big difference in our lives- we were told it was vacation insurance, and I have to say- that is completely what it is! LOVE my DVC!!!

podsnel
02-08-2012, 11:43 AM
Oh, I am drooling! We've been on a weight loss system for a month now - it's working, and we're eating some tasty healthy stuff, but I'm getting hungry for some good food for sure! We will have to do Yachtsman one of these days - just not on the radar usually. I'm glad Sean had a good time, too.

Which one are you doing? How much have you lost? NO mumus in Hawaii for you or me!! :rotfl:

Nice he gets into the Legos so much. I'm thinking I should get some for one of our kids at church - he has ODD among other things - if we can keep his hands busy, he is easy to live with for sure, but he still hears what we are saying when we teach the lesson :goodvibes

The key for Sean and the Legos is the visual directions. He loves it. And we LOVE watching him put together his masterpieces- he is so focused!!

I just noticed your Aulani post! I totally missed it!!!! CONGRATS!!! I know it will be fabulous. I will scope it out when I'm there and post some pics for you! It's nice to know you can score it at the 7 month window!!! I feel an add on coming up in the next couple of years!!! I think you've been to Oahu? What are your must dos and don't waste your time ons? I haven't really done any planning because of the whole military thing, but I'm making a bucket list.

PLEASE take pics when you go!! Can't wait to hear about what you do in Hawaii!!!! Not much longer now, huh?:banana: We have never been to Oahu before- we visited Maui and the Big Island (Hawaii) on our honeymoon. There are some great threads on Mousecellaneous- Spleen is especially enlightening, and his kids are ADORABLE!!! :cutie:

Hey Ellen -

Are you done traveling for awhile now? ;) I saw your latest photos and FB and they are fantastic!

Yes- done until May 4th and the DISmoms trip! Glad you liked my FB pics- we had a blast!

I'm ready for an update! popcorn:: Hope all is well with you and the family! :goodvibes

I'm working on it!!!

Ditto Ellen. Looking forward to more of your TR. BTW, just made our ressies for Aulani today. We'll be there the week after Labor Day so a week or so after you are there. Any chance for a live Aulani TR update to let me know what to do, where to go and what to avoid? :worship:

I know it's been a while- thanks for the patience. :goodvibes Not sure about a live TR, but I'm sure I'll post and say hi while I'm there- so if you have any questions right before you go, I will do my best to get the info to you!! :thumbsup2 And CONGRATS on scoring AUlani!!! :cheer2::yay::woohoo:

podsnel
02-08-2012, 01:42 PM
After our lovely dinner (remember that? A million years ago??) at Yachtsman, we were headed over to EPCOT. On our last trip with Sean, he was NEVER able to ride Test Track. It was just down every single time we went with him. SO SAD!!! Sean LOVES Test Track- a LOT. So we were, of course, headed straight there-

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Sean was complaining he wanted to go to bed, but since it was before 8pm, we made him soldier on- Sean in bed before 8 means everyone gets up before 4! :scared1: Besides...we were going to Test Track!

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When Sean says, "Daddy, pick me up"...well, that brings back a lot of memories- he's been saying it his whole life when he's tired and wants to be carried. Very cute when he was 6. Very hard to do when he is 17!!! :rotfl:

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I can honestly say, when we got to the ride and it was actually running, there were four of us breathing a HUGE sigh of relief! I don't have many pics from the ride, because I just kept taking video of Sean- I could NOT STOP!!

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SEAN WAS ECSTATIC!!! :yay: We were all so happy for him- he was in heaven! So much so, we went right back and rode again!

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Once that was done, we decided to ride SE...but Sean was done. Not wanting to push him any further, Pods took him back to BCV, while T&T&me stayed in the park. Since we lost Sean, we decided to hit Mission Space-

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We have this thing about Seinfeld- so the "Go Time" thing really cracks me up! The boys? Well...they have never seen Seinfeld, so they just think I'm acting like a weirdo- pretty much, they're used to it. :rotfl:

After landing semi safely on Mars, we went on SE-welcome to our future!

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When we came out of the golf ball, it was Illuminations time- but we did not waste any time looking for seats, because it was so late and we knew (well, I knew) we had primo seats later in the trip. Instead, we took a few bad pics-

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And a traditional pic, which was minus Sean, but plus multiple random body parts. What the heck?????

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We did a little window shopping in England-

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Before exiting the park our favorite way, through the IG. :cloud9:

Minutes later, back in the villa, Sean was snoring and Pods was watching tv....we called it a night and floated off to sweet dreams.

In the morning...Golf for some, wanderlust for others! Next!

NikkiLovesWDW!
02-08-2012, 03:42 PM
Great update Ellen!! I love the videos of Sean and the boys. What a wonderful thing!

I was at that BOE meeting just to represent the teachers. The kids were SOOOO cute! I definitely picked a great night to be there!

MEK
02-08-2012, 05:46 PM
Glad your back and updating! :thumbsup2 Fun videos. glad you had such a great evening in Epcot and that Sean had such a great time on TT.

Wicket's Mom
02-08-2012, 06:57 PM
Hey, great that you are back! Loved the videos of Sean on TT & the Ts at Mission Space. Did you do the Orange side? We can't do that one!

We loved Narcoossee's. DH had the Surf & Turf & I had the whole Maine lobster. I would go back, didn't have any problems there.

Must C Mickey
02-09-2012, 09:33 AM
Hooray for a new update. Loved the videos of Sean and the boys :)

podsnel
02-09-2012, 12:56 PM
Great update Ellen!! I love the videos of Sean and the boys. What a wonderful thing!

I was at that BOE meeting just to represent the teachers. The kids were SOOOO cute! I definitely picked a great night to be there!

Yes- the kids were a wonderful thing at the BOE meeting- I think everyone enjoyed the whole thing! :goodvibes When can you have lunch to catch up?

Glad your back and updating! :thumbsup2 Fun videos. glad you had such a great evening in Epcot and that Sean had such a great time on TT.

We were very glad, too.:goodvibes Thanks!

Hey, great that you are back! Loved the videos of Sean on TT & the Ts at Mission Space. Did you do the Orange side? We can't do that one!

We loved Narcoossee's. DH had the Surf & Turf & I had the whole Maine lobster. I would go back, didn't have any problems there.

We always do the Orange side because we started riding before there was a choice and never had an issue (and that was back when Sean would ride, too-). I have never felt anything but fine after it- except when I've done it twice in a row- I come off a little lightheaded then, so I try not to go back-2-back.

At Narcoosees I had calamari followed by the grouper with the crab on top (I think) and I had a very tough tummy afterwards- it may just have been an off day, but Kara & Joan felt like the food was too rich for them,too- Cammie & Pam had what you and your DH had, and they were in heaven. Their food did look gorgeous, I have to admit!

Hooray for a new update. Loved the videos of Sean and the boys :)

Thanks Lori! I love those videos, too- they crack me up!:thumbsup2

podsnel
02-09-2012, 01:07 PM
In the morning, I was the first to rise (I was on DISNEY time!! No sleeping in for me!), so while the boys were all getting ready for a day of golf, I went over to the Marketplace to get breakfast for everyone.

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I knew they all wanted egg/ham sandwiches, so that's what I brought back for them. And that was when i found out for sure that there were no more freshly made yogurt parfaits- CURSES, DISNEY DINING NAZI!!! :headache: That was one of my favorite things at the BC, has been for YEARS!!!! They do have the pre-made (read- SOGGY ones) in the case, but I was not ready to give in and try one of those yet. Besides, I had some other breakfast plans that morning with my handsome Shawnee....

Anyway, the boys really liked their brekkies-

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Pods was taking Tim & Ty over to the Magnolia Course for 18 holes of golf this morning, they were teeing off after 10 so they could take advantage of the great discount on the course with our DVC golf membership. I would be having a day alone with Sean first at DTD, and then on to MK- much as we had done our last visit. But this post is all about golf, so....here are the golf pics Pods ACTUALLY took HIMSELF!!! :scared1:

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The Mickey trap is on this course-

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Pods says that course is beautiful- so perfectly manicured! When they finished up, they were surprised to see---for the first time EVER (to any of us)- that the Mickey cart was there! How cool!

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I give MAJOR kudos to Pods for all the pics- I was thrilled he took so many, especially the last 3!! :goodvibes That guy is allllllllllright! :lovestruc

Up next- how Sean & I spent our time together.

NMW
02-09-2012, 02:33 PM
Pods is just like my DH Diet Coke with breakfast.

dizneeat
02-09-2012, 02:53 PM
I love all the updates, Ellen!

The video of Sean is priceless! Thank's for posting it ..... and the golf pics are really neat. Even though we stayed within the golf course at OKW the last time it's fun to actually see someone golf on their vacation.

Yum breakfast sandwiches and boo on the yogurt parfait! Why do they always have to mess with the yummy things! ;)

podsnel
02-09-2012, 03:09 PM
Pods is just like my DH Diet Coke with breakfast.

On vacation he has DC- at home he has OJ- I think the DC is his substitute for coffee- Pods is not a coffee drinker. What's your DH's excuse? :rotfl:

I love all the updates, Ellen!

The video of Sean is priceless! Thank's for posting it ..... and the golf pics are really neat. Even though we stayed within the golf course at OKW the last time it's fun to actually see someone golf on their vacation.

Yum breakfast sandwiches and boo on the yogurt parfait! Why do they always have to mess with the yummy things! ;)

Thanks, Karin! :hug: The golf course at OKW is the first one we ever played at WDW- it's the LBV course. :goodvibes

I WAS really sad about the yogurt- I used to have them make mine with blueberries and chocolate chips- a GREAT way to start a vacation day! You will be VERY happy with what I did end up eating for breakfast, though- any guesses??? :confused:;)

manntra
02-09-2012, 03:34 PM
Love all of the updates!! I have missed you!! :goodvibes
So happy for Sean that he had a wonderful time on TT and was able to ride it twice...such a fun ride. And I think it's down in May:confused: Oh well. It will be all nice and rehabed for me in October :laughing:

Hope you had a fun day shopping...the boys seem to have enjoyed golfing. I just want the cart...no golfing :rotfl2:

Tracy

MEK
02-09-2012, 06:18 PM
Go Pods! I am totally impressed with the pictures. The golf course looks beautiful. What a great outing for the boys. And that Mickey golf cart is completely awesome! Great pic of the three of them.

podsnel
02-09-2012, 07:32 PM
Love all of the updates!! I have missed you!! :goodvibes
So happy for Sean that he had a wonderful time on TT and was able to ride it twice...such a fun ride. And I think it's down in May:confused: Oh well. It will be all nice and rehabed for me in October :laughing:

Hope you had a fun day shopping...the boys seem to have enjoyed golfing. I just want the cart...no golfing :rotfl2:

Tracy

I think we'll be too busy in the Ditch on Cinco de Mayo to get in a car of any kind, test track or not!! :rotfl:

And I want that cart, too! I have golfed 3 times at Disney and that cart is always OUT doing some kind of publicity somewhere. Figures when they finally see it I wasn't there!

And thanks for missing me- :hug:

Go Pods! I am totally impressed with the pictures. The golf course looks beautiful. What a great outing for the boys. And that Mickey golf cart is completely awesome! Great pic of the three of them.

Of all the courses we have golfed (we have not done the Palm because it has always been closed when we were there- that one is supposed to be gorgeous as well) this course they played is the nicest. :goodvibes Not that I've seen it- I've done LBV and Osprey ridge 2x. :goodvibes

MAGICFOR2
02-09-2012, 09:08 PM
Here is some pixie dust for you and your September booking!! pixiedust: I want to do to DL soooo badly- I really need to work on that....


Yes, you really do!;)





[QUOTE=podsnel;43968570]PLEASE take pics when you go!! Can't wait to hear about what you do in Hawaii!!!! Not much longer now, huh?:banana: We have never been to Oahu before- we visited Maui and the Big Island (Hawaii) on our honeymoon. There are some great threads on Mousecellaneous- Spleen is especially enlightening, and his kids are ADORABLE!!! :cutie:

Oh, I will definitely take pics! I'm thinking I'll have to do a TR or I wouldn't be a good DISer, right? :goodvibes Cynthia (eandesmom) asked for my bucket list - it was pretty long - I guess I'd better get to planning - I've been kind of hanging back, because I'm just a tag along, but I don't want to be like the people who show up at DL without a plan and then complain that they stood in line all day! Thanks for the tip - I'll have to check it out!

Oh the weight loss - we've been using the 30 days to feeling fit plan that a PHD in nutrition came up with, using our Arbonne shakes, etc. We have just been doing the protein shake and fiber and following the eating plan. I've lost 6 lbs, but about 3 inches. Jim has lost 4 inches around his middle. I have been cooking some really nice dinners out of the Adkins cookbooks - actually tasty and satisfying. We have learned that toxins and dairy and wheat make your liver put on fat because it can't deal with it - anyway I haven't taken all the products and I haven't given up the coffee and wine, and it's still working! We let up a little this week with Super Bowl and some medical stuff, but back to it next week! I have been seeing lots of other info that matches what this lady says in the plan. I will be happy to email the plan to you if you would like it!

Now back to read your update!:banana:

MAGICFOR2
02-09-2012, 09:36 PM
I am grinning from ear to ear watching Sean enjoy TT so much! I'm glad it was open for him!:woohoo: I didn't know I could get fresh parfaits, I've been just settling for the ones in the case. Not too bad.:goodvibes That golf cart is so cute! They should all be characters like that! :banana:

Beth D
02-10-2012, 11:37 AM
:thumbsup2 Welcome back world traveller!

Great updates! The videos are great! I'm glad you're having such a good time with Sean despite the rocky start! When things go better than you hope for that makes such wonderful memories!

As for the baby ruth boy - my mother said he was old enough to know better, but maybe just couldn't hold it enought to get to the bathroom? I know at 6 DS still waits until the absolute last moment to tell us, and then it's the mad dash. Having too much fun to pay attention I guess. :confused3

NMW
02-12-2012, 09:22 AM
DH not a big coffee drinker either.

podsnel
02-13-2012, 10:24 AM
Yes, you really do!;)





[QUOTE=podsnel;43968570]PLEASE take pics when you go!! Can't wait to hear about what you do in Hawaii!!!! Not much longer now, huh?:banana: We have never been to Oahu before- we visited Maui and the Big Island (Hawaii) on our honeymoon. There are some great threads on Mousecellaneous- Spleen is especially enlightening, and his kids are ADORABLE!!! :cutie:

Oh, I will definitely take pics! I'm thinking I'll have to do a TR or I wouldn't be a good DISer, right? :goodvibes Cynthia (eandesmom) asked for my bucket list - it was pretty long - I guess I'd better get to planning - I've been kind of hanging back, because I'm just a tag along, but I don't want to be like the people who show up at DL without a plan and then complain that they stood in line all day! Thanks for the tip - I'll have to check it out!

Oh the weight loss - we've been using the 30 days to feeling fit plan that a PHD in nutrition came up with, using our Arbonne shakes, etc. We have just been doing the protein shake and fiber and following the eating plan. I've lost 6 lbs, but about 3 inches. Jim has lost 4 inches around his middle. I have been cooking some really nice dinners out of the Adkins cookbooks - actually tasty and satisfying. We have learned that toxins and dairy and wheat make your liver put on fat because it can't deal with it - anyway I haven't taken all the products and I haven't given up the coffee and wine, and it's still working! We let up a little this week with Super Bowl and some medical stuff, but back to it next week! I have been seeing lots of other info that matches what this lady says in the plan. I will be happy to email the plan to you if you would like it!

Now back to read your update!:banana:

So where is the bucket list? I want to see what you're doing! I hope there's some shave ice with mac nut ice cream on that list! And Hula Pie! And Kualoa Ranch!! And snorkeling with turtles- and you can go whale watching (I can only see dolphins in the summer).....

I'm glad your diet works for you both! I love south beach- I cook alot of their food- and I'm not a shake person (I just don't like shakes- believe me, I tried when i was selling it!!). So don't know if it would work for me- but thanks for the offer!:goodvibes

I am grinning from ear to ear watching Sean enjoy TT so much! I'm glad it was open for him!:woohoo: I didn't know I could get fresh parfaits, I've been just settling for the ones in the case. Not too bad.:goodvibes That golf cart is so cute! They should all be characters like that! :banana:

Thanks- :hug: I love that video of Sean. :lovestruc And sorry- but the fresh parfait ship has sailed!! :upsidedow No more!

:thumbsup2 Welcome back world traveller!

Great updates! The videos are great! I'm glad you're having such a good time with Sean despite the rocky start! When things go better than you hope for that makes such wonderful memories!

As for the baby ruth boy - my mother said he was old enough to know better, but maybe just couldn't hold it enought to get to the bathroom? I know at 6 DS still waits until the absolute last moment to tell us, and then it's the mad dash. Having too much fun to pay attention I guess. :confused3

Thank-you for the welcome back!! We had fun!!

Oh man...I hope that kid learns to put a cork in it soon!! :rotfl::rotfl:

DH not a big coffee drinker either.

Pods' brother doesn't like coffee, either. Maybe it's hereditary!

podsnel
02-13-2012, 12:01 PM
Once the golfers had left, Sean and I headed for the bus to DTD. Today was a beautiful, but quite chilly, day.

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Our AWESOME transportation mojo was still with us, and we were quickly picked up by the bus-

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After reading about Karin's love of the breakfast pizza at WPE, I knew where we were headed for our first meal of the day- fortunately for us, we walked in with a huge line of patrons who were ALL behind us. I was also feeling optimistic with Sean, and hoped for the best as we ordered some cornflake french toast for him. We went over to grab a seat- Sean must have been pretty hungry, he was getting VERY anxious for the food.

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Finally, (just in time, I might add) here it was-

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O.M.G. Karin! That pizza was soooooooooooooooooooooooo delicious!! And HUGE!!! I ate two slices and wrapped up the rest (and ate it during the rest of the week). I cannot WAIT to have this pizza again! As for Sean and that crazy cornflake french toast-

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He ate EVERY BITE!! :banana: Well, not the banana (maybe that's why the banana's dancing!) or the strawberry, but I considered it a HUGE deal that he ate that toast- it was not like anything else he has ever had before, I can tell ya that!

When we were finished, we went for a walk. Of course, Sean had to give Buzz a hug-

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This was the opening day of the Festival of the Masters, and DTD was quickly filling up (but still VERY manageable)- there was soooo much to see! And, there was also alot of interactive craft stuff everywhere.

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Loads of crafting opportunities- but we were headed for the Lego store. At home, I had asked Sean if he would like to buy a new Lego kit when were in Disney- and many times, he had said yes. So off we went!

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I just LOVE the new displays-

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Well, we walked in the Lego store....and we walked out of the lego store. Sean was not interested in ANYTHING other than getting out of there. Sigh...

So we walked outside, where I tried to get him to interact with some of the activities....

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Cont'd next post-

podsnel
02-13-2012, 12:05 PM
The new store-

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This was cool- people were coloring in squares-
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Which then were applied to this board as and became a mural.
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But Sean was not interested in coloring (and he loves art!). There was even a Lego one, with the same principle. I don't know why, but Sean had an agenda- and that agenda was to return to the Beach Club. He really wanted to spend as little time as possible here- maybe because it looked so different? Or maybe because...who knows? But I was determined to keep trying anyway-

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I thought this was original-

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I decided we should walk back, a different way, of course, to try to see as much as possible.

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I do hope to have another opportunity to see this festival- there really was a LOT to get involved in, and a ton of amazing arts & crafts- there were some very talented artists in attendance! The first morning was the PERFECT time to go, too- I would HIGHLY recommend it!:thumbsup2

Sean & I hopped on the bus, and, having lost our mojo, waited about 1/2 an hour for it to arrive. :sad2: Back to BCV for us. Which took close to an hour with detours, stops, and traffic. Up next- a nice relaxing day at the Beach Club with Sean. :)

dizneeat
02-13-2012, 02:18 PM
Sorry DTD and the Lego store weren't a huge success with Sean, but at least you got a peak at the Festival


AND


you liked breakfast! That pizza is so awesome .... can't wait to have some myself (only 6 more sleeps I might add! :rotfl2:)
Cannot wait for the rest of your day! popcorn::

MEK
02-13-2012, 04:39 PM
:cool1:Woo hoo for bus mojo on the way to DTD. Not so much on the way back. :sad2:

I have to say that the breakfast food at WPE looks AMAZING!!!! So glad Sean loved his french toast. Sorry he did not love DTD. Maybe with all the crafters around it was a little too much sensory overload. Glad you got to see it. Looks like a pretty cool event!

MAGICFOR2
02-13-2012, 06:03 PM
[QUOTE=podsnel;44016447][QUOTE=MAGICFOR2;43985263]


[SIZE="3"]So where is the bucket list? I want to see what you're doing! I hope there's some shave ice with mac nut ice cream on that list! And Hula Pie! And Kualoa Ranch!! And snorkeling with turtles- and you can go whale watching (I can only see dolphins in the summer).... .

[SIZE="3"]Well, now I see I need to add a few more things top my list...:goodvibes I did see the ranch on a TR and was telling Jim about it. I know some of the wives are planning to take a tour the base offers - --- Diamond Head Lookout and Crater, Kahala Neighborhood, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blow HOle, Sandy Beach, Makapuu Lookout, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Punchbowl National Cemetary, King Kamehameha Statue, Iolani Palace. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the beautiful Olomana Golf Course, nestled against the lush Koolau mountain range.
Here's my list:


1. Pearl Harbor of course
2. Snorkel at Hanauma Bay
3. Hike (mild, mind you ) to a waterfall for a picnic
4. Eat lots of pineapple - maybe visit the Dole place cuz you can buy Dole Whip mix
5. Sunset Dinner Cruise
6. Attend a Luau
7. Check out Aulani - I guess they have a free "luau type show" on Wed.
8. Shop at the big flea market or whatever that is???
9. Visit some historical places or a museum (pre-dating PH)
10. Maybe swim with Dolphins?

I think we need more days!:rotfl2: Especially with Jim working most of the days I'm there - although I think they'll find ways to take a little more time off. ;) [COLOR="Red"]Oh, and what is this Hula pie you speak of?

MAGICFOR2
02-13-2012, 06:08 PM
Nice breakfast! I am not much of a savory breakfast eater - I think I would enjoy Sean's french toast with him! :thumbsup2 Nice that he ate it! Too bad he wasn't feelin' the lego store. Maybe it was the change up in displays :confused3 Love the new sculptures! I'm so excited to go back and see the new stores and new restaurants. I love how DTD is always changing! Maybe not so great for Sean, though.

MEK
02-13-2012, 07:07 PM
:cool1:Woo hoo for bus mojo on the way to DTD. Not so much on the way back. :sad2:

I have to say that the breakfast food at WPE looks AMAZING!!!! So glad Sean loved his french toast. Sorry he did not love DTD. Maybe with all the crafters around it was a little too much sensory overload. Glad you got to see it. Looks like a pretty cool event!

Beth D
02-14-2012, 10:25 AM
Both of your brekkies look amazing! I'd eat either one!

The crafter pics look awesome. I'd love to visit sometime while that is going on.

A boy that didn't want to buy any legos? He must've been not feeling well! :rotfl:

Chicago Mo
02-14-2012, 12:03 PM
Great Update! I love the guy posing for you in your DTD pictures.

podsnel
02-14-2012, 12:37 PM
Sorry DTD and the Lego store weren't a huge success with Sean, but at least you got a peak at the Festival


AND


you liked breakfast! That pizza is so awesome .... can't wait to have some myself (only 6 more sleeps I might add! :rotfl2:)
Cannot wait for the rest of your day! popcorn::

Yay!! :banana: It's almost time for you to go!! Please be sure to have some Brekkie 'Za for me (like I have to tell you that!)

:cool1:Woo hoo for bus mojo on the way to DTD. Not so much on the way back. :sad2:

I have to say that the breakfast food at WPE looks AMAZING!!!! So glad Sean loved his french toast. Sorry he did not love DTD. Maybe with all the crafters around it was a little too much sensory overload. Glad you got to see it. Looks like a pretty cool event!

I HIGHLY recommend WPE breakfast- early in the trip so you can save the leftovers for another morning! :thumbsup2 I think it was a lot of sensory overload for him- but I also think he normally could have dealt with it- he just couldn't on THIS trip because of the medicine issue. :sad1: YOU woul;d LOVE that Festival, MEK- so much creativity everywhere-

Nice breakfast! I am not much of a savory breakfast eater - I think I would enjoy Sean's french toast with him! :thumbsup2 Nice that he ate it! Too bad he wasn't feelin' the lego store. Maybe it was the change up in displays :confused3 Love the new sculptures! I'm so excited to go back and see the new stores and new restaurants. I love how DTD is always changing! Maybe not so great for Sean, though.

I am the opposite of you- I do not do well at ALL with a sweet breakfast- it makes my tummy hurt and it makes me want to take a nap! :rotfl: Yea- Sean was having a tough day- but, Sean was having a tough fall, so that day was nothing out of the ordinary. He is doing better now, though, even if he is still not 100% (but that just may be from regular teenage stuff- it's always impossible to know!).

BTW- I will respond to your Hawaii post seperately, i am not skipping it entirely! :goodvibes

podsnel
02-14-2012, 12:42 PM
Both of your brekkies look amazing! I'd eat either one!

The crafter pics look awesome. I'd love to visit sometime while that is going on.

A boy that didn't want to buy any legos? He must've been not feeling well! :rotfl:

Not to worry about Sean and the Legos- he got a bunch of kits for Christmas(including the one I wanted to buy for him in DTD) and happily did them all week on his break! :lovestruc

And yes- both the Fest & the breakfast were excellent! Definitely check them out if you ever get a chance!:thumbsup2

Great Update! I love the guy posing for you in your DTD pictures.

I had to go back and look! YES! That CM did know I was taking his pic, didn't he? :laughing:

podsnel
02-14-2012, 12:57 PM
[QUOTE=podsnel;44016447][QUOTE=MAGICFOR2;43985263]


[SIZE="3"]So where is the bucket list? I want to see what you're doing! I hope there's some shave ice with mac nut ice cream on that list! And Hula Pie! And Kualoa Ranch!! And snorkeling with turtles- and you can go whale watching (I can only see dolphins in the summer).... .

[SIZE="3"]Well, now I see I need to add a few more things top my list...:goodvibes I did see the ranch on a TR and was telling Jim about it. I know some of the wives are planning to take a tour the base offers - --- Diamond Head Lookout and Crater, Kahala Neighborhood, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blow HOle, Sandy Beach, Makapuu Lookout, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Punchbowl National Cemetary, King Kamehameha Statue, Iolani Palace. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the beautiful Olomana Golf Course, nestled against the lush Koolau mountain range.

[COLOR="purple"]WOW! Sounds like a great tour! You will see alot around Waikiki-
Here's my list:


1. Pearl Harbor of course Us too!
2. Snorkel at Hanauma Bay Us too!
3. Hike (mild, mind you ) to a waterfall for a picnic Doing waterfalls on Kauai
4. Eat lots of pineapple - maybe visit the Dole place cuz you can buy Dole Whip mix I hear the Dole Whip at the plantation is even better than the one in WDW!
5. Sunset Dinner Cruise Wonderful!
6. Attend a Luau I am debating on this- I want to go to a small one (they have one at the Marriott that is limited to 200, OR we may do this on Kauai)
7. Check out Aulani - I guess they have a free "luau type show" on Wed. Be sure to double check what nights the Starlight Hui is held- the show is 1/2 an hour long and focuses solely on Hawaiian culture- most luaus would have many polynesian cultures and food, that is what is different, I think. So no fire eating at this show. :goodvibes
8. Shop at the big flea market or whatever that is??? Is that the swap meet?
9. Visit some historical places or a museum (pre-dating PH)Sounds good!
10. Maybe swim with Dolphins?ALWAYS a treat!!

I think we need more days!:rotfl2: Especially with Jim working most of the days I'm there - although I think they'll find ways to take a little more time off. ;) Oh, and what is this Hula pie you speak of?

OK...so THIS is Hula Pie-

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It is a chocolate cookie crust, a HUGE amount of Mac Nut Ice Cream, Hot fudge, whipped cream, and macadamia nuts. Duke's is the restaurant that is known for it, but I believe it may be elsewhere.

If you make it to the North Shore, look for Giovanni's Shrimp truck- I have read that's good too! And plate lunches! And eat at Roy's! Oh.....I can't wait!! Isn't it so exciting??? :yay:

podsnel
02-14-2012, 04:02 PM
Pods & I took our annual vacation without the kids this January on our own- we were on hiatus from St John, USVI due to the fact that Pods DESPERATELY wanted to go to an All Inclusive for a change (primarily for the attractions of golf and a swim-up bar). Ironically, our BFFs, Janie & Kevvie, of STJ fame, were traveling to the same resort as us- only, they were going 2 weeks before us with their 21 year old son and his girlfriend- oh well, hopefully next year we can coordinate things a little better, because I really missed me some Janie/Kevvie time!!!

Anyway, we stayed at a resort called Iberostar Grand Paraiso which was just 30 minutes south of the Cancun Airport. Last year, this was voted the #1 All Inclusive in the World on Trip Advisor- and may I just say- it REALLY deserves that title! This resort was all adult- and all luxury- and alot of fun! Here are some pics....

A welcome glass of champagne upon arrival-

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We were escorted up to our Ocean front Suite by our butler-

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And THIS was our view from our balcony-

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The Butler asked if he could unpack our clothes (which we declined) and offered to bring us whatever we would require to be happy. What we required on this vacation to be happy was Havana Siete (Cuban Rum, aged 7 years), Grey Goose, Sauvignon Blanc, diet coke, water bottles and a bucket of ice. 10 minutes later, he returned with-

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I'm sure you can see where this is going. :rolleyes:

We put on our bathing suits, headed down for lunch, then sat on the beach- which was very windy, so we retreated to the swim up bar. Oh, bother!

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Pods was a very happy camper!

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We met many lovely people right off the bat- and immediately began having fun! At night we had a very nice dinner in the Surf & Turf restaurant, followed by a visit to the lobby bar before calling it a night. In the morning, we had a lovely breakfast, then took a walk around the grounds, which were gorgeous-

the spa-
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coti- the animals that live in the jungle-
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a look over to Iberostar Maya, one of 4 other resorts which is geared towards families-

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Back to the pool-

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In the atrium off of the lobby-

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A walk back through a stunning and always empty hall-

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Shrimp fajitas for lunch-

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An afternoon wine tasting of all the included bottles of wine (which I passed on because I didn't want to need a nap & I figured I could just include them some other time!)

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And Pods did THIS for a looooong time-

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Our favorite Wisconsinites! We just LOVED this couple and always seemed to find each other!

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That night, dinner was my favorite- rack of lamb at the Gourmet restaurant-

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We ended the evening with a chocolate martini from Perfecto, who we adored!

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When we arrived back at our room, we were surprised by....

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Aaahhhhh...BLISS!!!!

dizneeat
02-14-2012, 04:28 PM
Awesome resort ...... awesome photos! :worship:

podsnel
02-14-2012, 04:37 PM
The next morning, we were golfing- so I had ordered room service the night before by hanging the menu on our door (just like on DCL! :lovestruc) and it served as a wake-up call (AWESOME!!!!!). Except...I woke up at sunrise and ran out to capture the moment-

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I then took a nap out on the balcony swing which reminded me of sleeping on a ship...aaaahhhhh.... Eventually, though, our breakfast was being delivered. Room service is all included, 24 hours a day- it was a heavenly and delicious way to start our morning!

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Once we had finished, we went down to our building's lobby, where the concierge called for a golf cart to pick us up and bring us to the course- which was also included-

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We were there in just a few minutes-

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We were paired up with the nicest couple from Long Island, whose brother lived in the next town from us- SMALL WORLD! After golf, we all had lunch together back at the Grand, and Pods & I spent some time at the swim-up bar. (SHOCKING!!) That night our dinner was at the Japanese restaurant, and afterwards, Pods surprised me (cough cough) with a new bracelet!

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I had a Kir royale, which was light and delish-

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This was the night we met Andrea & Karen- Andrea writes a blog all about this resort called Iberostar rocks (google it- she is an AWESOME writer!!!!) and Karen, her BFF, is a dog trainer in Manhattan. (Google her dog, Paul Newman, the white basset hound- he is adorable!) They were on their annual girls trip, and I had a WONDERFUL time with them both! Andrea EVEN let me try on her SHOES (for which she is FAMOUS!!) but I have to admit- I just don't have Jimmy Choos feet! Perfecto made a round of chocolate martinis to celebrate the occasion-

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I stole a pic from her blog post-
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On day 4 (of 6) we had breakfast in the restaurant, followed by some pool time...which Pods spent some of like this-

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We also went for a walk down the beach and checked out the other Iberostars. The pool at the Maya/Lindo was ENOURMOUS!!!

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At lunch, I said Hell-ooooooo RITA! Or maybe...I said HOLA!

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I also enjoyed a gorgeous piece of swordfish-

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La Brisa, the restaurant we chose for lunch, was a buffet- but like all the buffets we went to at the Grand, there was always an option to order off of the menu as well. LOVED that!

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Back with more in a bit!

KristiMc
02-14-2012, 04:52 PM
The resort looks wonderful Ellen.

ortholablady
02-14-2012, 05:21 PM
Wow that looks like an amazing place! I keep looking at your room view and I want to go there now and never leave! Do you think my boss will just send my checks there? Haha!

podsnel
02-14-2012, 05:36 PM
After our lunch, we went to check emails on the CRAZY computer (it had a latin keyboard, so NO @ sign...and the keys were totally different- I was completely baffled!). So back through the hallway....

where is everybody????
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And by the gorgeous atrium-
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And to the keyboard where a z is a y-

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Then back outside for more fun in the sun!
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Until....we got the only rain of our vacation.

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Back in our room, we ordered up some room service....

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Oh...that was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! And then took a little nap. Dinner that night was back in Toni's, the Surf & Turf. I had scallops-

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arrecherra-

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Pods had a seafood starter-

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And surf and turf-

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That was VERY good. Babbooo (ok, his name was not Babboo,it's really Rene, and he is the most fantastic waiter, but that's who he looked like, so that's what we called him) introduced us to a new friend named Benjamin-

Hell-oooo/Hola Benjamin!
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And we really liked our new friend Benjamin quite alot! We went to....the Lobby Bar...AGAIN....to say good-bye to our favorite Wisconsinites who were leaving in the morning-

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And to Perfecto, who would be off-

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The next day, Pods was golfing again....I was supposed to, but guess what? I got a better offer from the Iberostarrocks team! :goodvibes But first, Pods & I had lobster for breakfast-

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Which I have to say is waaaaaaay underrated as a breakfast meat!

To be cont'd....

Disneybuckeye
02-14-2012, 05:53 PM
Sorry! I have been trip report slacking. Let's see if I can remember all my comments:

Glad Sean enjoyed his breakfast at WGPE. The breakfast pizza looked yummy, but might be tough for me as we tend to either rush to rope drop or sleep in until lunch.

I am impressed with the pictures Pods took. My husband is terrible at taking pictures.

I am so jealous, Punta Cana and Mexico already this year. The all inclusive looks wonderful. Keep the updates coming.

Your new bracelet is beautiful.

I'm sure I had more to say, but can't remember off the top of my head. That is what happens when you are being on trip reports.

Looking forward to reading more!

podsnel
02-14-2012, 06:08 PM
Awesome resort ...... awesome photos! :worship:

Thanks Karin! It was an amazingly pampering experience!

The resort looks wonderful Ellen.

We loved it. Going back next January. Hopefully with friends (although we made a bunch while we were there, and that was really nice!).

Wow that looks like an amazing place! I keep looking at your room view and I want to go there now and never leave! Do you think my boss will just send my checks there? Haha!

I'm sure that all depends on what you do for a living.....:laughing: I'm with you- I want to go there now and never leave, too. :cloud9:

Sorry! I have been trip report slacking. Let's see if I can remember all my comments:

Glad Sean enjoyed his breakfast at WGPE. The breakfast pizza looked yummy, but might be tough for me as we tend to either rush to rope drop or sleep in until lunch.

I am impressed with the pictures Pods took. My husband is terrible at taking pictures.

I am so jealous, Punta Cana and Mexico already this year. The all inclusive looks wonderful. Keep the updates coming.

Your new bracelet is beautiful.

I'm sure I had more to say, but can't remember off the top of my head. That is what happens when you are being on trip reports.

Looking forward to reading more!

Puh-leez. I am a consistent repeat offender in the TR Slacker department- glad you are back, I've MISSED you!! :hug: Thanks for the comments!!

Mysteria
02-14-2012, 06:25 PM
Breakfast at WPE looks great! Sorry Sean didn't have a great time at the Lego store. I never knew about the craft thing before. :confused3 Have to find out more about that.

I am loving your mini report. Wow!! That place looks heavenly.

Wicket's Mom
02-14-2012, 06:44 PM
I'm sooo jealous! That place looks marvelous, I would never leave. I'd find a hiding place & hope to stay forever!:thumbsup2

Too bad Sean had a bad time at DTD, but I suppose all was well later.

Do you bring your own clubs to Disney or do you rent the clubs? Inquiring minds want to know or at least mine does!

podsnel
02-14-2012, 08:51 PM
Pods left for golf, and i went to the beach to meet the chicas-

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Where it took a good hour for me to realize i was supposed to be sitting in front of my building which was also their building as well as the other building. DUH. Lovely chicas that they are, they had a chair all set up for me with multiple comfy towels- these women are alllllright! :goodvibes Andrea thought it would be a good idea to order some fine champania, so that's what we did- and it came to us on a silver tray! With champagne glasses!! :worship: Karen posed with our beloved waiter-

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That was AWESOME!! Eventually we went in for lunch, and were soon joined by Pods who had ended up golfing with our couple from the first day!

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We ladies had a fabulous day together- I loved meeting and spending time with these gals.

Pods had some lunch-

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I had lobster for lunch, but forgot to take a pic. OOPS! Afterwards, we all returned to the beach-

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Where much needed naps were taken. Then...it was time for Yoga-

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I had done this with Andrea and Karen the day before and loved it, but today I was just the photographer. We said goodbye to the girls (for now) and went over to say goodbye to the other friends we had made during the week- at the swim up bar.

Especially the bartenders who had worked TIRELESSLY all week for us, Norberto & Marcellino.

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These two were hysterical- they kept us completely entertained with jokes, toothpick tricks... everything. We had more fun than I can begin to say busting around with them all week. Just such a blast!! When Norberto asked me what i would like to drink, I said- "you know what I like- surprise me!" And....

he made up a drink JUST for ME. And named it..................

Elena Especiale.

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It's freakin PURPLE!!!! That's my favorite color!! AND...it tasted like a grape slurpee!!! Which i would live on if I could!!!! How did he know????

:lovestruc

To top it off, Babboo came by with late day cake & coffee-

BABBB-BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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What a great last day at the GRAND!

To be cont'd.....

rndmr2
02-14-2012, 10:43 PM
That Corn Flake French Toast looked really good! I loved WPE for dinner when we were there a few years ago, I'll have to try it for Breakfast someday too...

Love your mini TR, too. That looks like a beautiful resort, and that VIEW!! Awesome!

MAGICFOR2
02-15-2012, 12:53 AM
You and Pods are amazing! Meeting people and making friends everywhere! You are now famous on a blog - you're just SUPER STAHS! :worship: What an amazing resort! I had a friend who really recommended Iberostar but your resort is heads above the one she went to.. You got alot of great relaxation shots of Pods :lmao:


Oh, and thanks for the Hawaii comments and suggestions! That Hula Pie looks TDF! I'll have to add it to the list. I have seen alot about those shrimp trucks - looks like a reason to go North! I am getting sooooo excited! :woohoo:

karajeboo
02-15-2012, 07:10 AM
Uh..... Jeff and I are IN for next year!!!! :thumbsup2 See ya in Mexico!

podsnel
02-15-2012, 07:33 AM
This last night, Pods and I were returning to the Gourmet Restaurant. 3 of our reservations had been made prior to leaving for Mexico by our travel agaent- the other two we asked the concierge what was open one day (the first time we ate at the gourmet) and if we could return to the Surf & Turf(last night). There was also an Italian Restaurant, which we skipped but I will try next year, and themed buffets were offered each night. I think La Brisa was also always open for dinner (but since we had lunch there, we didn't want to have dinner, too). While I was not crazy about the Japanese restaurant, (although the Tempura was really good) we both thoroughly enjoyed the rest. Hey- who doesn't love a place where you could literally live on lobster 24/7? Anyway.....

Our new girlfriends were also having dinner here tonight- don't they look gorgeous?

Check out those shoes!:worship:
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Our other new friend...Hola Senor Benjamin!

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We both tried the Pheasant appetizer-

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Out came our entrees. One, two, THREE!

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I had the duck (on Andrea's spot on suggestion)

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Pods had salmon and scallops-

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For dessert we had-

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We headed over to the Lobby for a last Chocolate 'Tini- this time with Humberto, another prized Grand bartender-

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Once again, we had a little too much fun with all of the patrons- but what the heck? It's vacation, and it's not like we live like this at home! :rotfl:

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We had a chance to say goodbye to all- including our new girlfriends who were in and out since they had gone over to see the evening's show- which we will definitely be doing next time- then retreated to our room to pack it up. :sad1:

Sunday morning, our private driver was scheduled to pick us up for the airport at 11 am. So first, we had another gorgeous room service breakfast

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Then took a final walk on the beach-

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And said good-bye to some people, including Daniel the swim-up bartender who had been off for most of our stay. I never did get to try one of his cucumber mojitos, but I guess there is always next year. :goodvibes We went back up to the room to collect our belongings and take one final look at the view-

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Before the Butler brought us down to the golf cart which whisked us away from paradise....

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It had been a wonderful vacation- my only regret is that I did not join in any of the activities that were offered- I just relaxed and read my book and power-mingled like a champ! But that's good too, sometimes.

Oh! One other regret- the diet coke ON ICE that i drank in the airport. Before we departed. :crazy2: THAT made for a not-so-fantastic flight home. OOPS.

Otherwise- Iberostar Grand Paraiso was the MOST wonderful all-inclusive- and we will be sure to return again and again, beginning with next year!

Thanks for reading my little mini-TR...now back to the mouse!!! :yay:

podsnel
02-15-2012, 10:17 AM
Breakfast at WPE looks great! Sorry Sean didn't have a great time at the Lego store. I never knew about the craft thing before. :confused3 Have to find out more about that.

I am loving your mini report. Wow!! That place looks heavenly.

The Festival of the Masters is an Art fair- with a ton of interactive activities. It gets EXTREMELY packed in DTD when this is going on (it occurs over a weekend in November every year) so we were very fortunate to enjoy it on a cool Friday morning with low crowds.

And yes- IGP was COMPLETELY heavenly!! :cloud9:

I'm sooo jealous! That place looks marvelous, I would never leave. I'd find a hiding place & hope to stay forever!:thumbsup2

Pretty sure that's how everyone feels who goes there- so nice to be treated so well in such a gorgeous place!

Too bad Sean had a bad time at DTD, but I suppose all was well later.

Do you bring your own clubs to Disney or do you rent the clubs? Inquiring minds want to know or at least mine does!

We do bring our own clubs- Pods packed the boys clubs in his bag with his. When he and I went down together, we brought our clubs in seperate bags. For a while they were running a special where they would GIVE you the club rental free with a round of undicounted golf. But we use the DVC membership, so that doesn't work for us.

That Corn Flake French Toast looked really good! I loved WPE for dinner when we were there a few years ago, I'll have to try it for Breakfast someday too...

Love your mini TR, too. That looks like a beautiful resort, and that VIEW!! Awesome!

The cornflake toast was on bagel slices- it was very different and very crunchy!

And the resort in Mexico was like a palace. Seriously. Pods and i would walk around with our jaws on the floor everyday!

You and Pods are amazing! Meeting people and making friends everywhere! You are now famous on a blog - you're just SUPER STAHS! :worship: What an amazing resort! I had a friend who really recommended Iberostar but your resort is heads above the one she went to.. You got alot of great relaxation shots of Pods :lmao:


Oh, and thanks for the Hawaii comments and suggestions! That Hula Pie looks TDF! I'll have to add it to the list. I have seen alot about those shrimp trucks - looks like a reason to go North! I am getting sooooo excited! :woohoo:

There was a BIG difference between what we saw at the Grand and what we saw at the other Ibero resorts. They were very pretty- but no top shelf. The quality of the Grand is head and shoulders above the rest (and is meant to be).

And you SHOULD be getting excited for Hawaii!! It is the MOST incredible destinantion!

Uh..... Jeff and I are IN for next year!!!! :thumbsup2 See ya in Mexico!

:yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::dance3::woohoo::banana:: thumbsup2:thumbsup2

JKSWonder
02-15-2012, 10:35 AM
The Iberostar looks amazing! I think I just found a potential new resort choice to look into.....

podsnel
02-15-2012, 11:02 AM
The Iberostar looks amazing! I think I just found a potential new resort choice to look into.....
You two would LOVE IT. Absolutely blissfull!:cloud9:

Be sure to check out Trip Advisor and Andrea's blog- she has been to IGP eight times and has a way with words when she describes her trips (and her shoes!!).

MEK
02-15-2012, 11:31 AM
All I can say is I'm actually glad I can't see your pictures right now because I am so jealous of this fabulously sounding couples trip. I need time before I can look at all the fabulous images! :rotfl: It sounds like the perfect couples get away.

Be back later to see it all!

iluvpluto27
02-15-2012, 12:09 PM
I loved your IB Grand trip report. We stayed there a few years ago not long after the swine flu outbreak, and the hotel was so empty, the staff were constantly afraid of losing their jobs and yet they were still the most lovely and friendly people I've ever met. We chatted with them every night in the lobby bar and learnt lots about Mexican culture. The Grand is an absolutely beautiful place isn't it?

I also love that you met up with Actran! I adore her trip reports so it was nice to see her pic on the dis!

Grumpy's Wife
02-15-2012, 01:03 PM
I just found your trip report today. I have lots of reading still to do but I'm loving it so far. :thumbsup2

CRdisMom
02-15-2012, 04:52 PM
That looks a.w.e.s.o.m.e!!! Wisconsinites huh? Did you regal them with any ole and lena jokes? haha.

I'm with Kara...we're in for next year. LOL Imagine all the guys together.

MEK
02-15-2012, 06:26 PM
Pictures are gorgeous! Your view is fabulous! Now that's what I call a vacation. It looks like paradise (literally). And that bed with the swans and rose pedals- wow! :thumbsup2

podsnel
02-16-2012, 07:40 AM
All I can say is I'm actually glad I can't see your pictures right now because I am so jealous of this fabulously sounding couples trip. I need time before I can look at all the fabulous images! :rotfl: It sounds like the perfect couples get away.

Be back later to see it all!

Pictures are gorgeous! Your view is fabulous! Now that's what I call a vacation. It looks like paradise (literally). And that bed with the swans and rose pedals- wow! :thumbsup2

It was a wonderful place....very pampering and romantic, but still fun! :goodvibes Pods was thrilled- and Janie & Kevvie loved it too, when they went. The people working there were truely wonderful- they couldn't do enough for you. Very nice to be treated so well universally throughout the property. :goodvibes

I loved your IB Grand trip report. We stayed there a few years ago not long after the swine flu outbreak, and the hotel was so empty, the staff were constantly afraid of losing their jobs and yet they were still the most lovely and friendly people I've ever met. We chatted with them every night in the lobby bar and learnt lots about Mexican culture. The Grand is an absolutely beautiful place isn't it?

I also love that you met up with Actran! I adore her trip reports so it was nice to see her pic on the dis!

That's so cool that you were there, too! I agree, speaking with the people who worked there was a big highlight for us as well- I really enjoyed getting to know them all, they were the perfect staff.:lovestruc

And I LOVE that you know Actran and her Trips! We spent a good deal of time together, and i really enjoyed getting to know her and her BFF Karen. We had some very intense conversations, and it was so nice- I hope our vacations overlap in the future. :goodvibes I have one other pic to post of her- she wrote about the french fries in her blog recently, and if you read that...well, things had not improved in the FF department when we had lunch, either- take a look-

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I just found your trip report today. I have lots of reading still to do but I'm loving it so far. :thumbsup2

Welcome new reader! :) I'm glad you are here!

That looks a.w.e.s.o.m.e!!! Wisconsinites huh? Did you regal them with any ole and lena jokes? haha.

I'm with Kara...we're in for next year. LOL Imagine all the guys together.

That would be VERY funny!:yay:

Beth D
02-16-2012, 11:57 AM
Gorgeous pics of Mexico! DH and i went for a long anniversary weekend 2 years ago (guess it's time to plan another one!). We stayed further south of Playa del Carmen though. Next time will be closer, too long of a bus ride!

One difference between your resort and ours - the chairs! At 6 AM half of the pool chairs would be already "saved" by folks for the day with flip flops, books, etc! :headache:

That purple slushy thing looks like heaven! It's my fave color!

And I can't resist pointing out - we're at the single digit countdown to our eastern Dis cruise! :dance3:

iluvpluto27
02-16-2012, 12:23 PM
That's so cool that you were there, too! I agree, speaking with the people who worked there was a big highlight for us as well- I really enjoyed getting to know them all, they were the perfect staff.:lovestruc

And I LOVE that you know Actran and her Trips! We spent a good deal of time together, and i really enjoyed getting to know her and her BFF Karen. We had some very intense conversations, and it was so nice- I hope our vacations overlap in the future. :goodvibes I have one other pic to post of her- she wrote about the french fries in her blog recently, and if you read that...well, things had not improved in the FF department when we had lunch, either- take a look-

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Those french fries don't look good and Andrea's face says it all really!!:rotfl:

They were pretty good when we were there in 2009, which was good as DH was a vegetarian at the time so he ate a lot of fries at lunch times.

These are my two favourite pics of the Grand (hope you don't mind me posting them) as they show how absolutely empty it was when we were there.

This was taken at 9:30 and aside from the gardener there was absolutely no one at the main pool
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And this was taken at 10:30 and I'm the only person sitting on this section of the beach!
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I loved it but it's also one of the reasons we haven't returned yet. We were there for 2 weeks and we loved the peace and quiet, having pools all to ourselves and being able to get into any of the restaurants for dinner without needing reservations. I expect occupancy levels are back to normal now, and it would be a different experience, I'm sure it would still be fantastic but not quite the same as our first trip. Although your photos have reminded me how beautiful it is, you never know may be a return visit is in order for 2013!!

podsnel
02-22-2012, 07:04 AM
Gorgeous pics of Mexico! DH and i went for a long anniversary weekend 2 years ago (guess it's time to plan another one!). We stayed further south of Playa del Carmen though. Next time will be closer, too long of a bus ride!

One difference between your resort and ours - the chairs! At 6 AM half of the pool chairs would be already "saved" by folks for the day with flip flops, books, etc! :headache:

That purple slushy thing looks like heaven! It's my fave color!

And I can't resist pointing out - we're at the single digit countdown to our eastern Dis cruise! :dance3:


:banana::banana: Woohoo on the cruise countdown!!!:goodvibes

This was a good area to go to- only 25 minutes from the airport was very nice! And we never ran into a chair problem- but I think that can happen anywhere. There were more than enough chairs here, though. Have fun in the Caribbean!!
Those french fries don't look good and Andrea's face says it all really!!:rotfl:

They were pretty good when we were there in 2009, which was good as DH was a vegetarian at the time so he ate a lot of fries at lunch times.

These are my two favourite pics of the Grand (hope you don't mind me posting them) as they show how absolutely empty it was when we were there.

This was taken at 9:30 and aside from the gardener there was absolutely no one at the main pool
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And this was taken at 10:30 and I'm the only person sitting on this section of the beach!
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I loved it but it's also one of the reasons we haven't returned yet. We were there for 2 weeks and we loved the peace and quiet, having pools all to ourselves and being able to get into any of the restaurants for dinner without needing reservations. I expect occupancy levels are back to normal now, and it would be a different experience, I'm sure it would still be fantastic but not quite the same as our first trip. Although your photos have reminded me how beautiful it is, you never know may be a return visit is in order for 2013!!

LOVE the pics! I have to say, we were there with large groups for some of the days, and it was still idyllic. I really enjoyed meeting people from all over the world- that was a big part of why I enjoyed it so much. :goodvibes Hope you do go back, it is so gorgeous....

Must C Mickey
02-22-2012, 02:16 PM
Wow Ellen can you please be my Vacation Planner as you always take the most amazing trips!

The resort and beach are beautiful and the food looks scrumptious...

We are just back from the mouse on Sunday, been doing laundry for 3 days now... :laundy: whoa is me.

podsnel
02-23-2012, 09:27 AM
We were finally back to BCV, per Sean's adament request-

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Where all he wanted to do was go up to the room. I drew a bubble bath for him, hoping it would comfort and relax him. Which it did, somewhat (who doesn't love a jacuzzi?), but he still was not ready to leave the room. So I popped some popcorn for him, and he read his book-

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And then I, once again, shamelessy dangled the carrot.

We were on our way to a french fry lunch at the restaurant I was DYING to try, Captain's Grille! :banana:

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No...I don't think we'll be swimming here today- it's a pretty chilly Novmber day...

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Why was I looking forward to Captain's Grille? The great mystery of it, I suppose. I mean, think about it- EVERYONE knows B&C, EVERYONE knows Cape May Cafe, EVERYONE knows the Yachtsman Steakhouse....but what the heck is that other space for??? :confused3 Time to find out!

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As you can see, it's VERY empty here at lunchtime- no ADR was neccessary. Of course it was empty. Other than people who frequent BC/YC, who knows it's here??? I was still full from the pizza, but I wanted to try some clam chowder. And, of course, order some carrots- aka, fries- for Sean.

Cont'd next post-

podsnel
02-23-2012, 09:29 AM
My New England Clam Chowder, which cost a whopping $6.99:scared1:, less my TIW, was...SPECTACULAR!

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Sorry I couldn't get my big head shadow out of the pic, but in the bowl are actual whole clams in the shell- I've NEVER seen that before! There were also 3 of these hard "biscuits" which I think were supposed to be like oyster crackers- but I don't like any crackers in my soup, so after one bite, I took them out. This chowder was as good, if not better than, any NE Clam Chowder I have ever had- and I have had plenty! Sean got a BIG bowl of "carrots"-

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Ahhh...so happy! Pretty good for a mystery restaurant that most people walk by thinking what's in that room with all the empty chairs???? Can't wait to try it again when I'm much hungrier!

When we were finished, we walked through Fittings and Fairings, the gift shop, as I needed some sudafed. WOW- that gift shop KICKS BUTT over the little Atlantic gift shop at the BC- the clothing selection ALONE is outstanding- there is a MUCH better variety there.

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Soon, we were on our way back to the BC side of things-

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But I was NOT about to go back to the villa, lovely as it was. I asked Sean to follow me to the beach.

GREAT choice. He could not have been happier! We spent a good hour and a half out there by the lake, and I think it was the PERFECT way to spend a chilly day at BCV with Sean.

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I took many pics of Sean that day- here are my favorites...

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Up next- a DISmeet with Cammie and family!! :dance3:

podsnel
02-23-2012, 09:43 AM
Wow Ellen can you please be my Vacation Planner as you always take the most amazing trips!

The resort and beach are beautiful and the food looks scrumptious...

We are just back from the mouse on Sunday, been doing laundry for 3 days now... :laundy: whoa is me.

SURE!!! :laughing: I do take some nice vacations, I am very lucky I have a hubby who supports that. :thumbsup2

How was your trip?

JKSWonder
02-23-2012, 10:26 AM
Great pic of Sean walking on the beach....he looks really happy!

podsnel
02-23-2012, 11:36 AM
Great pic of Sean walking on the beach....he looks really happy!

He was happy- it was such a relief. Things are very tense when he is not so happy......:sad2: I will always have to remember that taking him to a more quiet and open space can help him cope with everything else!

rndmr2
02-23-2012, 12:17 PM
Great updates, that resort is really beautiful.

Looks like you had some great one on one time with Sean, I have seen the Captain's Grille on various menu pages but have never been, sounds like it would be a good choice.

ortholablady
02-23-2012, 03:08 PM
Nice pictures of Sean on the beach! The clam chowder looked delicious and that looked like some big bowl of "carrots"! I've only been to Captain's Grille for breakfast. They have a nice buffet breakfast.
Also I did start a TR. I can't quite figure out how to put in a link to it. It's going a little slowly so it's probably a few pages in at this point.

MEK
02-23-2012, 04:52 PM
Those pictures of Sean are excellent! He really looks like he is enjoying himself. What a gorgeous day with all that sunshine!

I have to say that the clam chowder looks delish! Wow! I wish I could have some of that right now!

Must C Mickey
02-24-2012, 11:38 AM
SURE!!! :laughing: I do take some nice vacations, I am very lucky I have a hubby who supports that. :thumbsup2

How was your trip?

It was so wonderful and so hard to come back to the real world, especially since it was 82 degrees the morning we left WDW & had to fly back to it snowing here in NC (our 1st snow of the season). We tried some new restaurants and did the animation academy for the 1st time, how fun is that place! DH was so proud of his Sorcerer Mickey and declared it a "must do" on all future trips hereafter.

We dined at Captain's Grille 2yrs ago. Here's the link to my photo review if you are interested. I am sure the menu has changed some since however...
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36150156&postcount=12

podsnel
02-24-2012, 02:16 PM
Pods & boys came back from golf, and we all went back to hang in the villa for a bit. I got a text from a good friend of mine, who happened to be on vacation at the same time- and staying just across the lake at BWV. Would I like to meet her for a drink? Of course!! We decided to meet at Crew's Cup because of this-

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That yummy delicious Gran Marnier cocktail I had tried last night at YS. :thumbsup2 I was meeting Cammie, a lately occasional DISer (so occasional, in fact, I can't recall her screen name!) and a current forever original DISmom! :goodvibes Cammie loves her some Gran Marnier, and she and her family were in the area, so- we all met up. It was really nice to meet her sister, and to see her daughter Lauren again. Her sister mentioned she had been having a hard time finding sweatshirts for the cold outside- I mentioned checking out the Yacht Club's gift shop-and I saw them all later in their new stuff! That YC store is IT!! :rotfl: Here's a quick pic we took before we all went our seperate ways-

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Back at the villa, everyone was ready to head over to DHS. Of course. we arrived at the dock and the first boat was full, so we had to wait. And wait. And wait.

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Wheeeeeeeeeeere's the boat?

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Seriously.

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The boat pulls up. And allllllllll the people who got to the dock after us get on the boat....and we get shut out AGAIN!

Pods was a little...ummmm...upset.

We really should have just stood right by the boat entrance the whole time, but it was a LONG time between boats, so we had wandered. Not far, just not right on top of the boat ramp.

Really, in all the times I have ever stayed at BC or BW, I have never had this issue before. What the heck?

Clearly, we were not going to wait for another boat. So...we hoofed it.

'Cuz I've done that once or twice before. :rolleyes:

Once Tyler got past "All the way to DHS?????????" we were on our way.

Piece of cake. Don't know why we didn't do it sooner. :rotfl:

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NMW
02-24-2012, 05:06 PM
You are so right the gift shop in the Yacht Club is awesome.

ortholablady
02-24-2012, 05:51 PM
I've followed some of Cammies TR's. Lauren's gotten so grown up! And her braces are off! What a great smile! I work for two orthodontists so I couldn't miss that! :rotfl2:

MEK
02-24-2012, 10:17 PM
I'll have to check out the YC gift shop this summer when I am staying over at the Boardwalk. :goodvibes

So nice that you got to see Cammie. Is she going on the girls cruise this May?

What the heck with the boats. :confused3

MAGICFOR2
02-25-2012, 01:34 AM
Nice that Sean got to have a little down time - we all need that from time to time:thumbsup2

Hmmm, I have seen the empty chairs at CG and thought it was some sort of meeting hall... I will have to check it out - the clam chowder looked really yummy!

So great you got to meet up with Cammie and Lauren! :cool1: I can't believe all of those people just bumped you off the boat - how rude!:headache:

RGirl
02-26-2012, 12:30 AM
Hmm, I fell WAY behind! :scared1: Sorry about that.

I am all caught up now and still loving your report.

HOWEVER, the mini-TR of the trip you and your DH took was AMAZING!!! I want to be there NOW. Those updates actually made me feel like maybe it is not so sad that my DD is growing up so quickly. I would love to do something like that with no kids, lots of lying around, lots of drinks, etc. :love: Okay, so my DD just turned 5, and I am old, so I will probably be a million years old before I can do it, but wow - what a GREAT trip!

podsnel
02-26-2012, 09:04 AM
You are so right the gift shop in the Yacht Club is awesome.

::yes:: I think the BC one loses alot of space to the Marketplace, so maybe that's part of it- or maybe they think conventioneers want to buy nicer stuff than the rest of us. :confused3 Either way, I will be shopping at the YC again in the future!

I've followed some of Cammies TR's. Lauren's gotten so grown up! And her braces are off! What a great smile! I work for two orthodontists so I couldn't miss that! :rotfl2:

Lauren is a beautiful girl, inside and out. Really. I miss Cammie on the DIS- we wouldn't be friends if I hadn't met her here- I enjoyed her TRs. too!

I'll have to check out the YC gift shop this summer when I am staying over at the Boardwalk. :goodvibes

So nice that you got to see Cammie. Is she going on the girls cruise this May?

What the heck with the boats. :confused3

She IS coming with us in May!! :yay::yay: She flies in on Saturday and she and Kara are sharing a studio at BWV, while Loni, Joan & I are coming down on Friday and staying at BCV. The cruise is Sunday to Thursday. What's kind of funny is that Pods will also be in Orlando while we are there, on his golf trip- he flies down on Saturday and goes home Tuesday. Clearly I got the better deal on THAT one! :rotfl2: They are staying at a golf resort they have sytayed at before (and loved) called Grand Cypress.

And I have no idea what the deal was with the boats. I can see where it could happen, because there is no real queue. But it has never been like that before for us, so it never occured that we should hang on to the rope for 20 minutes so we could have a ride.

Nice that Sean got to have a little down time - we all need that from time to time:thumbsup2

Hmmm, I have seen the empty chairs at CG and thought it was some sort of meeting hall... I will have to check it out - the clam chowder looked really yummy!

So great you got to meet up with Cammie and Lauren! :cool1: I can't believe all of those people just bumped you off the boat - how rude!:headache:

That's what I always thought- that it was some kind of meeting area for conventions. Nope! Tasty and reasonable food in there! :thumbsup2

Hmm, I fell WAY behind! :scared1: Sorry about that.

I am all caught up now and still loving your report.

HOWEVER, the mini-TR of the trip you and your DH took was AMAZING!!! I want to be there NOW. Those updates actually made me feel like maybe it is not so sad that my DD is growing up so quickly. I would love to do something like that with no kids, lots of lying around, lots of drinks, etc. :love: Okay, so my DD just turned 5, and I am old, so I will probably be a million years old before I can do it, but wow - what a GREAT trip!

PLEASE don't apologize!!! I still have to read yours, too!!

And you are NOT old- I am older than you!:snooty: I hope you do get to take an adult trip sometime, though- it's nice to have a break from doing everything for everyone BUT yourself! :thumbsup2

podsnel
02-26-2012, 12:32 PM
Ok, I am not usually one for PTRs, but this time I am just SO super excited with my planning that I have to share!! :banana: Last night I booked the final piece to our airfare puzzle- the flights between Oahu and Kauai. I am happy to say I used ALL miles to book everything, including First Class for the 4 of us on the way home to NJ. Which is great, because it's a red eye. So we actually might sleep on the plane. :thumbsup2 The miles saved us BIG bucks- just coach round trip on our flights would have cost us over $4000. :scared1: We fly direct to HNL on the way out, so that flight will be a challenge- 10 hrs 40 min! :scared1: I think we're all going to have some Benedryl and hopefully take a nap! We'll have dinner in the airport before hopping over to Kauai, arriving at 8pm. After we pick up our luggage and get our rental car, we'll head directly to the hotel (for just the first night)-Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue-

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It is close to the airport, and it gets good reviews on Trip Advisor- plus it's CHEAP! Less than $200 a night including the tax (and that's REALLY good for Kauai!). I remember from our last visit to Hawaii...when we were in our early 20's and had just gotten married, that we were completely thrown off by the time change- for us, it will be the middle of the night, so I'm anticipating we might be a little zombie-ish for a couple of days. Hopefully that means we will be up VERY early on our first full day, when we'll head over to Waimea Canyon (after having great big yummy Mac nut pancakes at Ono Family Restaurant)

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I hope to do some hiking there on one of the many trails- one that is rated family friendly and doesn't require camping equipment or put us on top of a trail with imminent death by falling down a cliff and rappeling. :scared: Afterwards, we may walk around Waimea town for a bit, or check out some of the South Shore beaches...but I have a feeling we may just be stopping somewhere for lunch and one of THESE-

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-our first shave-ice, before heading to our destination for the rest of our stay- the North Shore of Kauai. We have a studio rented at Hanalei Bay Resort, and THIS is our lanai view-

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We rented unit #4303 and the woman who owns it has been lovely to deal with! Originally, we were planning to rent a 1 bdrm condo from her, unit 4302, but we decided to save some cash because we are going to be so busy all over beautiful Kauai that I don't know how much we would use it. But let me just say, if we were staying longer, I would have rented that space hands down- it is GORGEOUS!! This rental also comes in well under $200 per day.

That night, we may choose to have dinner at Tahiti Nui-

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which has local entertainment and has been there forever. It was in the movie The Descendants- it's the bar where George Clooney finds his uncle.

On Sunday, we're going kayaking down the Hanalei River and into Hanalei Bay, with some snorkeling and a little morning beach time-

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OMG, can you even stand how incredibly beautiful that is??? After our kayak adventure, we'll spend the day in Hanalei- maybe we'll have a plate lunch here-

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at a lunch truck called Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. that overlooks the taro fields. I'm sure someone will try kahlua pork-

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or maybe one of their specials-

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Then we'll explore around Hanalei and hit some north shore beaches-

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That night, we might go next door to Makana Terrace (at the Ritz Carlton, which we share a beach with) for happy hour and the sunset- I hear they have reduced $ Mai Tais as well as a not too shabby view-

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On our next morning we are taking a cruise out of hanalei on the boat called UFO and checking out the Napali Coast-

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Afterwards, we will rent bikes from Coconut Coasters and go for a nice ride on the Coconut Coast, stopping occasionally to hang on the beach-

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I'm sure we'll make time for another one of THESE-

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That day will be busier than most, but I was so excited when I saw there was a bike path that is nice and flat AND runs along the beaches, I just can't pass it up! Still haven't figured out what we're doing for dinner that night, can you imagine? It's lass than 6 months away!!! :rotfl: The next day is our last on Kauai, but we are not leaving until an 8:30 pm flight, which means....we can do LOTS before we head on over to Oahu! Like.... go ziplining and hiking to a waterfall at Princeville Ranch-

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I am sure if you open your windows that day you will be able to hear my terror filled screams, wherever you are....

We will probably hang at a beach for the rest of that day before going back to Lihue, where we'll have our last dinner at Duke's- because I REALLY need to try some Hula Pie!

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We won't be arriving on Oahu until 9pm, but that's ok- I think we'll be a little more used to the time zone difference by then.

I'll be back in a minute with Aulani plans!

podsnel
02-26-2012, 01:45 PM
We are hoping to get to Aulani by 10 pm- and we may just crash, but I bet I won't be able to sleep before we take a little walk around!

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On Wednesday morning, we are going to take it easy and enjoy Aulani. We will probably have breakfast at Makahiki's buffet-

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before enjoying the resort-

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We will also probably go to the ABC store across the street to get a few things, too. I think it will help to have breakfast items and sandwich supplies on hand (as well as some bottles of wine!). We may golf at Ko Olina's course after 3, when I believe they have a great deal for families- 1 free kid for each paying adult.

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If you look closely in the pic, you can see Aulani in the distance. That night we might try Roy's for dinner, since we will already be there-

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On Thursday, our hope is to explore the North Shore, and our first stop will be Lanaikea Beach, where the honu hang out-

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We'll also check out other beaches and Haleiwa and eat some shrimp and more of THIS-

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I sure do hope we like this shave ice stuff, because it looks like it's a BIG part of our vacation! Hopefully the line won't be too long at Matsumoto's that day.

Since Thursday will be the only Starlit Hui of our vacation (although I know the schedule keeps changing) we'll be sure to be back in plenty of time for it. Maybe we'll pick up some take-out from Thai Lao or Pho & Co.

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Friday will be Hanauma Bay for snorkeling-

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And if I don't lose my nerve, all of us will take surfing lessons from Hawaiian Fire that afternoon.

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To reward myself for all that bravery, I may have to try malasadas-

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Friday night might be a good one to order a pizza for the kids and go have a nice dinner alone with Pods- maybe at Ama Ama, if reviews continue to improve-

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Saturday is going to be a Spa day. We are also planning to horseback ride at Kuoloa Ranch- not sure which will come first, but maybe a Lomi Lomi massage would be REALLY nice AFTER 2 hours of riding.

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I still need to decide what to do for dinner on these nights, but I am sure to use Spleen's awesome advice for that! We also might go next door to the Marriot for Happy Hour Mai Tais-

Sunday, we will visit Pearl Harbor. I thinkl we will get the audio tour for this.

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Following PH, we will either go back to Aulani or go to Byodo In Temple-

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Which brings us to Monday, check-out day, and flying home to reality day. Also when we stop hemmorraghing cash day. :rotfl: We will most likely spend it at Aulani, our flight leaves at 7:30pm. That morning, if we haven't been already, we'll make sure we go to KOA Pancake house. We'll have either or first or last Loco Moco of the trip-

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We'll also hit whatever we have missed at Aulani- including snorkeling in their fish tank.

Thanks for letting me blabber on and on- it's kind of nice to see it all written out like this, and will also make it easier to show Pods- when I just talk about Hawaii, he can't absorb ANY of it, because he is ensconced in tax season and his brain is all numbers and tax laws lately!

KristiMc
02-26-2012, 02:01 PM
It looks like you have planned an amazing trip Ellen! I hope you do a trip report.

MEK
02-26-2012, 06:20 PM
Ellen - your plans look so wonderful and its great that you had points for flights! :goodvibes I did the red eye thing from LA to Auckland New Zealand once and I was totally messed up, but after a few hours of sleep I was good again. It really wasn't horrible once you know you are going to be on a plan for 11 hours you just deal with it!

I can't wait to read all about your trip because I hope that one of these days I will stay at Aulani! :thumbsup2