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dopeygirl76
12-06-2011, 07:14 AM
OK laugh all you want (I know this is the ONLY place I won't be laughed at!) we had the most MAGICAL day yesterday.

But first let me begin with a few (VERY few) bumps....

Who we are....for those who don't know....DH and I are both 35, we hail from SW PA, we both work full time - opposite shifts so that someone is always at home with our girls - ages 7 and 4. We travel to our happy place about twice a year thanks to DVC!!! OUr vacations are the ultimate in family time for us. We left the burgh (Pittsburgh) at 11:48am Sunday - sacrilidge due to the Steelers/ Bengals at 1pm but it had to happen - DH had to work Saturday.....anyway after a slightly bumpy flight and landing :confused3 we landed at MCO....luggage (we only checked one) check - while DH obtained the rental car - check and off we were to WDW!!!!

DH took the scenic route to SSR.....and we arrived at 3:15pm to our room being ready....to bell services for our OL, stroller and tree....ummmm not the most helpful cast member at the window who walked away from me....but an extremely nice bellman stepped in.
Off to our room and again DH is doubting me and circles the entire Paddock area when we are in the very first building! :sad2: We unload and unpack in record time.

Another note: I had to have surgery November 18 (just 2 weeks ago!!!:scared1:) for a tumor the size of a grapefruit above my right breast...blessedly begnin but caused some nerve and muscle damage to my right shoulder (and yes I am right handed). The surgery was simple, recovery quick and I stubborn so I am not good at listening....DH on the other hand is extremely cautious as to not let me do too much. Because of this I ALLOWED him to help me unpack....:eek: (other fellow OCDers will understand!!!)

We had one slight delay with our stroller (we had received texts about both it and our OL that they had arrived) but the bellman found it and we were set. Starving we decided to head to the Carriage House to eat.
SSR is our home resort we stayed here for our first ever DVC trip April 2008 and this is our first time back. We were in the Paddock then and happy to be back here again....we never do room requests just wait and see. On our first trip to SSR we didn't try The Turf Club, so we decided to see if it was availible and we were in luck! We haven't done the dining plan in ages and I began Weight Watchers Online Sept 23 and have lost 17 lbs so far so I was not going to try to eat dessert every night!

DH ordered the Prime Rib - he is a steak man - I am not...for me the Wedge and Crab Cakes - another plus without the dining plan I prefer a little of a couple of things and enjoy ordering apps....DD7 had the hotdog with chicken noodle soup (which both she and DH said was wonderful) DD4 had pizza and apples (this child is the reason the DDP is a waste - she eats VERY little and VERY few things- I mostly pack food for her). Dinner was good, not great but good. The service was great which made the experience better. Then we walked around a little to explore and returned tot he room - we were all beat from the day of travel and looked forward to an early morning wake up for Magic Kingdom.....

NEXT- the BEST day ever....with a bump!

jakenjess
12-06-2011, 08:11 AM
Sounds like a nice start to your trip! Have a wonderful time -- looking forward to hearing all about it! :goodvibes

Glad to hear the tumor was benign! Try to take it easy, though I know it's hard for us Disney OCDers!

Harlemgirl720
12-06-2011, 08:25 AM
I am glad you are feeling better. 15 days to go. :cool1:

Waiting to read the rest. popcorn::

dopeygirl76
12-06-2011, 10:30 AM
DAY 2 - the plan was no plan MK all day until we dropped or we wanted to strangle the girls!;)

First when we put the girls to bed last night I pulled out the laptop to try to log my points on...wireless internet connected briefly but then I couldn't get onto any webpages...still saying connected but nothing...so I look for the cord...none...DH calls the front desk yep we are wireless...but there are kinks...ok so being tired I just go to sleep and decide to call in the morning.

Here is the BUMP....I wake up at 6am - yes even on vacation we don't sleep in! Get the girls breakfast and try one more time the wireless...nothing...I call the front desk and try to explain to the CM that the wireless is not working and there is no cable...she interrupts me after wireless not working and says "a wireless card can be purchased for a fee" ummmm I have a wireless card...its not working I just want to plug in and there is no cable. She replies "I will stay on the line while you check the closet for the cable in a bag"...Kindly (well as kindly as I can at this point) I say "we have done this numerous times, there is no cable, please can I get one." Her reply..."fine, ma'am" and she hung up....REALLY!!!!!
So a little while later another CM comes with my cable and I can do some work...I have to work a little on vacation but always do it first thing in the morning while the girls play and I let DH sleep for a little.

SOOOOOO I wake up DH and get him moving - no easy task....we get showered, lunch packed and are on our way to MK by 8am....we arrive at the parking lot and are in the first row of cars (we have a rental - it is a necessity for us) walk to the TTC and purchase 5 day park hoppers then hop on the monorail to MK...we are thru security and into the park by 8:40am...not a bump in sight...park opening - awesome!!! In we go and there is only a 5 minute wait for princesses...to see Cinderella, Belle and Aurora...the girls are so happy. Then we start our new plan of we each choose something to do...taking turns throughout the day...so we head down Main Street and then into Adventureland...where we see the Fairies...DD4 doesn't want to see them so DH takes her to ride the Magic Carpets. DD7 and I see Terence and Tinkerbell. Then off to find DH and DD4 when I see the time (10am) and we go to see if Ariel is out. My DD4 LOVES Ariel...there is no other princess that compares for her and there she is with almost NO line....grown-ups who have waited hours in the sun to go into the Grotto I know you share my joy...kids never understand because they got to play in the fountains or run like crazies...but we wait...and wait and wait. We waited no more than 15 minutes to see Ariel AND Eric - in our 10 trips to WDW we have never seen Eric!!!! So at not even 10:30am we have seen4 princesses, a prince and 2 tinker fairies. :banana::banana::banana:

Next stop Frontierland - we attempt to convince DD4 to ride BTMRR but no chance so she and I go to our must do...The Country Bears, while DH and DD7 ride Splash Mountain twice....then we head over to Liberty Sqaure , shop a little and then do Hall of Presidents. Then its lunch time we pull up a table in Liberty Square and eat our lunch. After a spin on the Liberty Belle we head to Fantasyland. Carousel, Philharmagic, Teacups and FPs for Winnie...we stop for a treat...I get an Iced Coffee - YUM. DH and DD4 Slushies and DD7 a Mickey Bar:thumbsup2! DH and I are totally amazed that so far our DDs have not whined, fought, cried, back talked or any of the other normal child stuff that we are totally thrilled....we don't know what to do with ourselves!!!
We ride the Speedway, make a few pennies and go to the Laugh Floor....DH and I were both very disappointed what there was NO audience participation....lighten up people!!! We headed to Main Street for a little shopping and break and decided to eat at Columbia Habour House...it was very good...as usual. I got the new grilled salmon with couscous and broccoli...it was alot of food. Only downside here was the wait...although there was only one person in front of me ordering took forever and then took about 20 minutes for our food to be ready :confused3.

The final bump of the day came on the Winnie the Pooh ride...we were standing in line...next to get on our Honey Pot and uh-oh it stops - maintanence is called...it takes a little refiguring and they load us on the next pot...you sure fellas - don't wanna run it through once without peeps just to see....but no! No problems now we are home free!

Evening issues and sleepy kids to come....but I've gotta get ready for EPCOT!!! ADRs at Teppan Edo today and CP!!!

psac
12-06-2011, 11:46 AM
By the way, there should be a card in the room with a number to dial from your room (like 46) to help with wireless issues. We had a problem at BWV a few weeks ago, called, they asked for IPs, and they reset the servers we were connecting to. That did the trick. During the week a few times it went out again, and we found turning the wifi off and on worked for our iphones/ipad. But I would call the wireless help first.

curan69
12-06-2011, 08:33 PM
We are at SSR resort right now too. Over in a treehouse with my DW and DS9 and DS5. as well as My wife's Brother and Wife and their DD12, DS9, and DS7. My Mother and Sister were here but they left yesterday (they had a studio at OKW) We are one of the few families who can go on vacation together year after year without a hitch!!!

This weather is FANTASTIC!!!! maybe we will see you around the pool!!!

Oh yeah and i have to say GO STEELERS!!!!! We are Canadian but we have a Cottage in Central Michigan. We always go to Central Michigan Football games and always loved watching Antonio Brown #84. Now I love watching him as a Steeler!!!!

lisaviolet
12-06-2011, 08:53 PM
dopeygirl76!!!!! :love:

I have to run now. But will be back.

So happy to see you/read you. Here's to a fabulous vacation.

SO envious.

sarahk0204
12-06-2011, 09:14 PM
Sounds like a great start!

Oh my goodness about the surgery. Glad it was benign, but I can see now why you were AWOL from the tree list for a little while. Glad also that you got the tree OK. Enjoy your trip, and we will be there next!

sarahk0204
12-06-2011, 09:40 PM
Sounds like a great start!

Oh my goodness about the surgery. Glad it was benign, but I can see now why you were AWOL from the tree list for a little while. Glad also that you got the tree OK. Enjoy your trip, and we will be there next!

dopeygirl76
12-07-2011, 08:06 AM
Sounds like a nice start to your trip! Have a wonderful time -- looking forward to hearing all about it! :goodvibes

Glad to hear the tumor was benign! Try to take it easy, though I know it's hard for us Disney OCDers!

Thank you! Taking it easy is not my stong point! And my poor DH is bearing the brunt of my rath as he TRIES to tell me to take it easy!:rotfl:

I am glad you are feeling better. 15 days to go. :cool1:

Waiting to read the rest. popcorn::

:banana::banana::banana:

By the way, there should be a card in the room with a number to dial from your room (like 46) to help with wireless issues. We had a problem at BWV a few weeks ago, called, they asked for IPs, and they reset the servers we were connecting to. That did the trick. During the week a few times it went out again, and we found turning the wifi off and on worked for our iphones/ipad. But I would call the wireless help first.

Thank you! I am plugged in going old school - did I mention I also lack patience!:upsidedow

We are at SSR resort right now too. Over in a treehouse with my DW and DS9 and DS5. as well as My wife's Brother and Wife and their DD12, DS9, and DS7. My Mother and Sister were here but they left yesterday (they had a studio at OKW) We are one of the few families who can go on vacation together year after year without a hitch!!!

This weather is FANTASTIC!!!! maybe we will see you around the pool!!!

Oh yeah and i have to say GO STEELERS!!!!! We are Canadian but we have a Cottage in Central Michigan. We always go to Central Michigan Football games and always loved watching Antonio Brown #84. Now I love watching him as a Steeler!!!!

That is awesome! We are having an absolute blast! DH and the the girls will be at the Paddock pool this morning as I attack DTD for some holiday shopping! We will be in our Steelers attire tomorrow!!! GO STEELERS!!!!!

dopeygirl76!!!!! :love:

I have to run now. But will be back.

So happy to see you/read you. Here's to a fabulous vacation.

SO envious.

Hi Lisa!!!!

Sounds like a great start!

Oh my goodness about the surgery. Glad it was benign, but I can see now why you were AWOL from the tree list for a little while. Glad also that you got the tree OK. Enjoy your trip, and we will be there next!

Oh believe me there is no other reason that I would be AWOL from DIS that close to a trip! The tree is super cute and the girls use it as their night light to go to sleep:angel:!!!

Harlemgirl720
12-07-2011, 08:37 AM
I too, am a STEELERS fan. Hope everyone is having a great time at the House of the Mouse.

dvc4life
12-07-2011, 08:49 AM
Hey, Dopeygirl76! Remember me from the SSMC2010? Great to see you do another report!

Sorry to hear about your surgery. Glad everything came out ok. And I know it must be difficult to take it easy with two young girls, but you can do it. Let your DH do it. It is good for Dad's to take over for a while. ;)

Looks like you guys are having a wonderful trip. And we love SSR! Such a relaxing resort.

Have a great time today.

:flower3:

juncker
12-07-2011, 11:50 AM
We are at SSR resort right now too. Over in a treehouse with my DW and DS9 and DS5. as well as My wife's Brother and Wife and their DD12, DS9, and DS7. My Mother and Sister were here but they left yesterday (they had a studio at OKW) We are one of the few families who can go on vacation together year after year without a hitch!!!

This weather is FANTASTIC!!!! maybe we will see you around the pool!!!

Oh yeah and i have to say GO STEELERS!!!!! We are Canadian but we have a Cottage in Central Michigan. We always go to Central Michigan Football games and always loved watching Antonio Brown #84. Now I love watching him as a Steeler!!!!

Fire up Chips!

dopeygirl76
12-07-2011, 03:59 PM
OK so back to Monday night. We finish Winnie and head over to the Castle to watch Cinderella's Holiday Wish - honestly this is one of my all time favorite Disney moments! After I take about 100 photos we decide to find a spot for the 7p Electrical Parade...BEWARE DH BEING A PAIN ALERT!!!! Remember back to our trip in when he was insistant that he knew the way from MCO to SSR and took the scenic route? and then he didn't listen to me about the building of Paddock we were in....well he says we shouldn't go far to watch the parade...I say I prefer to watch it on Main Street because it is always congested at the circle....but I let him have his way and we find a spot....20 minutes later I say you know I'm pretty sure we are in the area that the parade by-passes.:eek: I pull at my trusty map and low and behold I am right...well his reply - what about all these other people? REALLY!

So we move down Main Street at 6:55pm - yep no joke - he THINKS we will find a spot - yeah right it is PACKED!!!! I have to say the park didn't seem all that busy but with the MVMCP and only so many late nights at MK I swear all of WDW landed at Main Street just then. So instead of the parade we go in the BAKERY again did you notice that I am DIETING what is wrong with me?!?!?!?!:scared1:

I'll tell you - I ate so well all day, snacked on fruit when the fam had chips and cookies that I wanted CAKE and my favorite thing about WW is that I can do that....so I had myself a slice of that beautiful chocolate cake and a cup of coffee:cloud9:!!!!

Overall the day was PERFECT we all agreed that in all of our trips this was the best day ever!
So now onto Tuesday December 6....our first CP - WOW!!!

dopeygirl76
12-07-2011, 04:17 PM
So now onto Tuesday December 6....our first CP - WOW!!!

Tuesday we decide to stay at SSR a little we head over to the playground at Congress Park because it is still a little chilly in the morning. DH and I take our NOOKs and the girls have a blast....we took the scenic route walking and visited with some squirrels on the way...my girls enjoy this as much as the parks:rolleyes:!

Then we had lunch in the room and headed over to EPCOT for the afternoon. We spent some time in Innovations...the one with the Piggy Bank - and KP recruiters...we signed up for KP. We saved Japan and then spent some time visiting the Holiday Storytellers in the area and hitting the KidCOT stops. It was a little warm today for me but not horrible. We had and early ADR 3:50pm at Teppan Edo and reservations for the 6:45p CP. We went to dinner - Teppan Edo is a family favorite although I absolutley overdid it with an app, entree and dessert not to mention soda but hey I'm on vacation! I was so delicious! We shared a table with 5 newbies to Teppan Edo and they were all pleasantly pleased with their food.
After dinner we went to meet Jasmine and Aladdin, this is DD7 current favorite princess and the look on her face was priceless.

A little more exploring and then at 6pm we head to the dinner package line :scared1::scared1::scared1: someone should've warned me!!!! we were clear back to Japan:rotfl::rotfl:!!! DH took the girls to wander a little and I stayed in line - it grew past Morroco!!!

The quest narrater was Edward James Olmos....all I can say is I have never felt such an amazing spirit of Christmas...this was truly an amazing experience. If you haven't done it and are thinking about it- please do!!!! DD4 fell asleep halfway through but when she woke up even she loved what she saw. DD7 was signing along, it was really beautiful! So we headed over to the World Showplace for our designated viewing spot for IllumiNATIONS. We get DDs ice cream and DH and I split a soft pretzel and a beer!:cloud9:
DH and I saw IllumiNATIONS for the first time on our last trip and thought the girls would enjoy it. However as soon as it started, AFTER sitting at our spot in front for 60 minutes they were both terrified!!!! :scared1: We decided to leave:sad2: it was not worth them being upset over. My DD7 was upset because we left and she didn't want her dad and I to miss it:lovestruc. Again just another lovely day- even with a little chaos thrown in!

Next: a day of relaxation and grown up fun!!!:banana:

Harlemgirl720
12-07-2011, 05:23 PM
Hey. I am doing CP as well. I really don't care if I get to sit in front at either event. How was the seating once you got in the Pavillion? And was there elbow room viewing Illuminations?

dopeygirl76
12-07-2011, 09:57 PM
I too, am a STEELERS fan. Hope everyone is having a great time at the House of the Mouse.

:cool1::cool1::cool1:

Hey, Dopeygirl76! Remember me from the SSMC2010? Great to see you do another report!

Sorry to hear about your surgery. Glad everything came out ok. And I know it must be difficult to take it easy with two young girls, but you can do it. Let your DH do it. It is good for Dad's to take over for a while. ;)

Looks like you guys are having a wonderful trip. And we love SSR! Such a relaxing resort.

Have a great time today.

:flower3:

Hi Chris! I do remember! Thank you and we are having a blast! We were happy to come home to SSR and it is such a relaxing and beautiful resort!

Hey. I am doing CP as well. I really don't care if I get to sit in front at either event. How was the seating once you got in the Pavillion? And was there elbow room viewing Illuminations?

Seating was not bad at all. We were not squished like sardines...although I can imagine once it gets closer to Christmas and the stand-by line grows they will "force" the issue of "moving to the center for everyone's enjoyment". If you have the CP dinner package, we saw many people come in right before the show and be taken to the reserved seating area, although the were right in the front which would not be ideal. You have to sit a little back for the full effect. As for IllumiNATIONS it wasn't as bad as I expected either, much worse outside of the reserved viewing area with people pushing right up to the ropes 6 or 7 people deep.

Harlemgirl720
12-08-2011, 09:12 AM
I am doing the CP Package. Great tip. I will make sure to sit not too close but just close enough to look at that fine specimen of a man.....Blair Underwood. :lmao::lovestruc

disadventurer
12-08-2011, 09:25 AM
We are at SSR resort right now too. Over in a treehouse with my DW and DS9 and DS5. as well as My wife's Brother and Wife and their DD12, DS9, and DS7. My Mother and Sister were here but they left yesterday (they had a studio at OKW) We are one of the few families who can go on vacation together year after year without a hitch!!!

This weather is FANTASTIC!!!! maybe we will see you around the pool!!!

Oh yeah and i have to say GO STEELERS!!!!! We are Canadian but we have a Cottage in Central Michigan. We always go to Central Michigan Football games and always loved watching Antonio Brown #84. Now I love watching him as a Steeler!!!!

We are scheduled to stay at the Treehouses. Can you tell me what you love/hate? Are fireworks visible from certain areas. TIA

dopeygirl76
12-08-2011, 08:54 PM
I am doing the CP Package. Great tip. I will make sure to sit not too close but just close enough to look at that fine specimen of a man.....Blair Underwood. :lmao::lovestruc

:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

dopeygirl76
12-08-2011, 09:19 PM
Back to the TR - sorry all....we hit a bumpy patch!

So Wednesday the 7th we decided to get up and let the girls swim after it warmed a little (we were super glad we did this as Thursday I thought I was back in PA!!!!) Anyway, so I hop in a bus to DTD - now we don't do buses....we did for our first couple of trips and have here and there since but as a rule, we prefer to rent a car....this will be the fault of my youngest DD who never got the concept of sitting still until secured by a car seat...:lmao:! But DTD was so close and I was going solo with DH handling pool duties. When the bus came I was at DTD in 4 minutes...it was nuts really.

Did some Christmas shopping then stopped at the Earl to bring DH and I lunch back...we :love: the Earl. I come back (remembering why I dislike buses- 40 minutes to return from DTD) and DH and I enjoy our sandwiches poolside while the monkeys play. This was HEAVEN!!! It was such a gorgeous day, sunny and warm with a breeze, perfect sit by the pool and read weather. The girls LOVED the pool games. We stayed until about 3:30p and then headed to the room to shower and change. DH and I had ADRs at Capt Grille and the girls were going to the Sandcastle Club:woohoo::woohoo:! We discovered this treasure on our last vacation and the girls talk about it all the time.

As we leave SSR it is now raining and the temp has dropped drastically. We drop the girls at the Club and RUN AWAY!!!! Off to the Adults Only night!!!! Now I will say this is a rarity for us and some just don't get how excited we get for this time together. We arrived at 5:15p for our 5:30p ADR, were given our buzzer and told we would be seated soon. We spend a little time looking at the decor in the YC as we have never been there and wait. There isn't a huge crowd but people begin to get seated. We have already looked at the menu and made our choices. 5:30 comes and goes, people who have come after us get seated. Finally DH goes to ask at 5:40p and a not so nice CM tells him they are seating "in reservation order and we will be with you shortly". Now I am totally fine with seating in order but if you can't stick to a time schedule then rethink the slots availible. Anyway I was frustrated. Then we are seated at what would have been a 6 person table...our 2 top was seperated about 18" from a 4 top, I know I'm being picky and trying hard not to so what do I do? Order a Bahama Mama!:goodvibes

Our server was nice enough but the food took forever to come out, we didn't get refills on our drinks (and this wasn't just us the 4 top on top of us didn't get any either). DH got a steak (sirloin - I think) sorry I don't wat it so I don't know. I got the wedge and crab cakes. The food was good, not great but good.

So we decide to head to DTD for some ice cream. Now this was a crazy idea because I am freezing! This is a joke between DH and I because I used to be the one who slept with the windows open in the winter. So I joke that as I lose weight its all my insulation gone and now I'm freezing! Then my DSis calls to say it is snowing at home! Well its cold here too! :confused3

Anyway we shop a little, admire the lego creations and then go to Ghiradellis...and get the Cable Car...:love::cloud9::love: It was so amazing! We inhale the ice cream with some coffee and cocoa and head out to get the girls. We enjoyed our time together but agreed we would stick to resturants we are familiar with for our precious time alone:thumbsup2!

Next: DHS and Mickeys Backyard BBQ.......are we in FL or PA!?!?!?

lisaviolet
12-08-2011, 11:13 PM
Off to our room and again DH is doubting me and circles the entire Paddock area when we are in the very first building! :sad2: We unload and unpack in record time.



:rotfl2:



Another note: I had to have surgery November 18 (just 2 weeks ago!!!:scared1:) for a tumor the size of a grapefruit above my right breast...blessedly begnin but caused some nerve and muscle damage to my right shoulder (and yes I am right handed). The surgery was simple, recovery quick and I stubborn so I am not good at listening....DH on the other hand is extremely cautious as to not let me do too much. Because of this I ALLOWED him to help me unpack....:eek: (other fellow OCDers will understand!!!)



So happy to hear you're doing *okay*. :love: :hug:



I began Weight Watchers Online Sept 23 and have lost 17 lbs so far so I was not going to try to eat dessert every night!



Good for you! :thumbsup2


I wake up at 6am - yes even on vacation we don't sleep in!
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:scared1: and :scared1: and :scared1:. :rotfl2:


I pull at my trusty map and low and behold I am right...

:goodvibes

Wonderful to hear about a perfect day!



The quest narrater was Edward James Olmos....all I can say is I have never felt such an amazing spirit of Christmas.
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Wonderful!!!

I am doing the CP Package. Great tip. I will make sure to sit not too close but just close enough to look at that fine specimen of a man.....Blair Underwood. :lmao::lovestruc

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG. :love:.

Hand's off Harlemgirl720.

OMG. I was already jealous of your trip. :rotfl2: Now it's almost unbearable. :lmao:

Seriously, I should check SW just for him. :3dglasses

Honestly, I can not think of another human being to read it now. :rotfl2: Maybe Armand Assante. But Mr. Blair Underwood. :love:


As we leave SSR it is now raining and the temp has dropped drastically. We drop the girls at the Club and RUN AWAY!!!! Off to the Adults Only night!!!!
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Good for you dopeygirl. Very important time together.

As for the temperature. THIS is to make you feel better. No matter how low it is - IT IS NOT last year. Last year at Christmas it was unbelievably cold. Boxing Day :rotfl2: - oh wait you all don't have Boxing day. The 26th of December - for you guys - it went below freezing and a high of *maybe* 50 in the bright sun. And I've been there at that time in the 80s. So total crapshoot.

Loving hearing all about your time! :love:

dopeygirl76
12-09-2011, 07:55 AM
Hi Lisa! Glad you are back!

Thursday's plan DHS and then we had ADRs for Mickeys Backyard BBQ, another 1st for us....people laugh when I tell them after all our trips there are still things we haven't done!:)

So off we go - DHS is only open 9-5p today with NO OFSL! Poor planning on my part...although I have to say so far my lack of planning has made this an overall good trip. Anyway....we walk out of our lovely villa and :eek: it is FREEZING!!!!! Now granted it is only about 8:10am so bundled up in our Steelers gear we head out.

What no opening show at DHS....is this new? we haven't been here for opening in the last couple of trips but I was surprised. Off we go DH to TSM FP and girls and I in line...9:04am we ride the first time! Then FPs for 10-11am. We go watch the Disney Channel Rocks show - DD7 is a die hard singer/dancer/performer I know one day she will be up there :lovestruc! Then little Mermaid and Disney Junior...back to TSM and all the FPs are gone by 10:50am!!! Of course with the park closing early I guess it makes sense. Have I mentioned the cold? The sun is shining but it is still COLD!!!!! We pull up a table and have our lunch sitting in the sun...still not warm snough for me to remove my sweatshirt...DH on the otherhand is a MAN and he has his Steelers jersey on....it MUST be seen!:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

Side note: while he was in line for TSM FPs there was apparently a Ravens fan who approached him...DH was very proud to tell me he had a calm and orderly discussion with this person out of respect for the Happiest Place on Earth!:lmao:
So after lunch we go do the Muppets 3D - we saw the new movie and LOVED it...leaving the theater DH wanted immediately to go see it again...and I just have to add...Amy Adams, Jason Segal and Jim Parsons - you could put them in anything and I would watch it!!! Then off to let the kids be shrunk...this was tricky DD4 did not like the buzzing sounds but we moved her to the smaller kid play area and she was happy, DD7 had a BLAST. We decided to do Indiana Jones at 2p, the parade and then AI at 4p. We have never done IJ, on the way DH got FPs for the new Star Tours. DD4 and I had to leave IJ, as I mentioned she is afraid of EVERYTHING! DD7 and DH really enjoyed the show. After we pulled up a great parade viewing spot and DH went to do Star Tours. When he returned DD7 wanted a Mickey bar (are you nuts kid? Did I tell you it was COLD!?!?!) So off I go to get it....and stand in line for 15 minutes :mad: and as I'm going back to the fam the parade is coming so no parade with the fam for me:headache:! When they come to me DD4 is crying because she is in that mama is the only one I want phase and DD7 is upset that I missed the parade to get her ice cream. So all is worked out and we go to AI...the male judge...making some negative gestures toward DHs jersey which makes me giggle. The show was good and off we went to go to the room to bundle up for the BBQ.
I call to see what the cancellation fee would be because DD4 and I both are whiny from the cold...but we would have to pay full price so I add another shirt (I know have 3 plus my sweatshirt) bundle the girls and grab coats - thank goodness we came from PA! (Oh wait are we still there? :rotfl:) and 2 blankets and off we go!

Getting to the BBQ is no easy task and those at FW were less than helpful last evening. The bus driver we had for the internal bus was betond rude. There were several families asking which stop for HDDR or BBQ, they were met with "I'll get you there" or "I'll let you know when to get off". Thankfully we had some folks on the bus who were staying at FW and they told us what to do. As we disembarked...some people were still unsure about where to go and the driver said "I suggest you all get off my bus, there is nowhere else to go"! DH tried to give him the benefit of the doubt but I have to say for me, I was very upset as were many others. We were unsure where to go and rely on CMs to help PLUS it is the holiday season.

Anyway....the BBQ was wonderful! The food was amazing...DH is a meat eater and he was in heaven. I was amazed with so many people there that the lines at the buffets never seemed too long, the food was hot ( if you didn't hear it was COLD outside) and it was a wonderful night! I didn't remove any layers but was comfortable and happy. The show was great and the girls LOVED it!! DD7 was chosen to do rope tricks and she was so thrilled! DD4 was exhausted and wanted to go home but everytime we would lay her down on a bench and cover her up she would get up to see something else! Overall I am super glad we went and would LOVE to do this again!

Off we went to return to our room and pass out...DH went off to ESPN to watch his Steelers and the girls and I went to sleep, after I did :laundy:!

Friday our last full day! AK, Yak and Yeti and OFSL!!!!

Harlemgirl720
12-09-2011, 08:21 AM
LisaV,

Come on down. I will make sure to take plenty of pics. :lmao:

Dopey, Your hubby is a man after my own heart. Of course we have to display the Steeler jersey. My friends don't understand it. How can you be from NY and love the Steelers? I have loved them since I was a kid and Mean Joe Greene, Stallworth, Swann, Bradshaw, Harris, Rocky Blier, Webster, Ham.

They won last night. It wasn't pretty but they won. :cheer2:

dopeygirl76
12-10-2011, 06:59 AM
LisaV,

Come on down. I will make sure to take plenty of pics. :lmao:

Dopey, Your hubby is a man after my own heart. Of course we have to display the Steeler jersey. My friends don't understand it. How can you be from NY and love the Steelers? I have loved them since I was a kid and Mean Joe Greene, Stallworth, Swann, Bradshaw, Harris, Rocky Blier, Webster, Ham.

They won last night. It wasn't pretty but they won. :cheer2:

DH first went to the Turf Club hoping it would be on there, then to DTD - I told him from the get go to go to ESPN when he finally arrived Ben had just gotten hurt. He sat outside for the whole game:eek::lovestruc!!!

LSchrow
12-11-2011, 11:07 AM
what a fun trip report :yay:
we've never been to the bbq either (with about 50 vacas at wdw:rolleyes1) or (i'm ashamed to admit) the CP.
looks like you sold me on a wdw holiday vaca just to see what i've been missing.

have a wonderful holiday :santa:

dopeygirl76
12-13-2011, 07:57 AM
Hi all! Sorry I went MIA but I was forced to return to PA and the FREEZING weather here!:sad2:

We returned Saturday afternoon because my company Holiday party was Saturday night, then the girls had a Christmas party on Sunday and back to work on Monday:sad1:. But I did get some good news at work....

I HAVE TO GO TO WDW FOR A CONFERENCE!!!!

:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

I am so excited I can't stand it!!! So May 3&4 I will be working but the rest of the week I will be in my happy place! and I get to bring my Family!!!

supersuperwendy
12-13-2011, 09:59 AM
Great TR..I just read the whole thing! Sounds like you had a great time. And you get to back so soon? Awesome! It's nice you can bring your family. My DH has a meeting in Aruba in May...but no families..grrrrr.

Harlemgirl720
12-13-2011, 11:11 AM
Great news on the return trip. I went one May and it was wonderful. The flower festival at Epcot was beautiful.:lovestruc

mickeyplanner
12-13-2011, 11:36 AM
DAY 2 -

(we have a rental - it is a necessity for us) walk to the TTC and purchase 5 day park hoppers then hop on the monorail to MK...we are thru security and into the park by 8:40am...not a bump in sight...park opening - awesome!!!
Evening issues and sleepy kids to come....but I've gotta get ready for EPCOT!!! ADRs at Teppan Edo today and CP!!!

Just stumbled upon this thread, I am from SW PA too.

One quick question, if you go to Disney twice a year...have you found it cheapier to not purchase a season pass that you bought park hoppers on this trip and didn't use Undercover Tourist instead? Also since you are a DVC member and we are thinking of purchasing, do you get some kind of discount on dining with your membership card? Or is that Table of Wonderland that I am thinking of for season pass holders?

I hope you started to get better weather on your trip. How bad were the crowds? I thought that was a less crowded time.

dopeygirl76
12-14-2011, 07:39 AM
what a fun trip report :yay:
we've never been to the bbq either (with about 50 vacas at wdw:rolleyes1) or (i'm ashamed to admit) the CP.
looks like you sold me on a wdw holiday vaca just to see what i've been missing.

have a wonderful holiday :santa:

You will not be disappointed! CP is such an amazing way to be in the Holiday spirit!

Great TR..I just read the whole thing! Sounds like you had a great time. And you get to back so soon? Awesome! It's nice you can bring your family. My DH has a meeting in Aruba in May...but no families..grrrrr.

I am very lucky that I work for a VERY family friendly company and my boss will be taking his family as well, his DS is 4 also and in my DD4s class.

Great news on the return trip. I went one May and it was wonderful. The flower festival at Epcot was beautiful.:lovestruc

I was sooooo excited when I got to work! We ususally go the last week of April so this is one of my favorite times of the year!!!

Just stumbled upon this thread, I am from SW PA too.

One quick question, if you go to Disney twice a year...have you found it cheapier to not purchase a season pass that you bought park hoppers on this trip and didn't use Undercover Tourist instead? Also since you are a DVC member and we are thinking of purchasing, do you get some kind of discount on dining with your membership card? Or is that Table of Wonderland that I am thinking of for season pass holders?

I hope you started to get better weather on your trip. How bad were the crowds? I thought that was a less crowded time.

HI!!!! We are about an hour south of Pittsburgh. So glad to meet others from DIS our area! This is the first time we have gotten hoppers in about 3 years. The story is quite ironic. We didn't get the APs because we are going on a cruise in Aug and were planning to go for Thanksgiving but DHs vacation request was denied for that and we got the first week of December instead - which is fine but our APs if purchased on this trip would have expired mid-week then and would not have been a savings. Of course NOW we are going back in May it would have been perfect! :upsidedow

As DVC there are discounts availible as well. Crowds were not bad - I have seen much worse. I will say, as expected, EPCOT was NUTS!!!! but with CP and the Merry Mixer it was understandable.

mickeyplanner
12-14-2011, 09:28 AM
[COLOR="blue"]HI!!!! We are about an hour south of Pittsburgh. So glad to meet others from DIS our area! This is the first time we have gotten hoppers in about 3 years. The story is quite ironic. We didn't get the APs because we are going on a cruise in Aug and were planning to go for Thanksgiving but DHs vacation request was denied for that and we got the first week of December instead - which is fine but our APs if purchased on this trip would have expired mid-week then and would not have been a savings. Of course NOW we are going back in May it would have been perfect! :upsidedow

As DVC there are discounts availible as well. Crowds were not bad - I have seen much worse. I will say, as expected, EPCOT was NUTS!!!! but with CP and the Merry Mixer it was understandable.

We live in Westmoreland County, depending on traffic we are 1/2 hour to and hour from Pittsburgh. I made two offers on DVC resales yesterday but the sellers were not interested in them. We will keep trying and hope to own someday at BLT. We have thought about going the time you went in December but it seems too crowded for us. I think we will stick to January.

dopeygirl76
12-18-2011, 08:41 AM
We live in Westmoreland County, depending on traffic we are 1/2 hour to and hour from Pittsburgh. I made two offers on DVC resales yesterday but the sellers were not interested in them. We will keep trying and hope to own someday at BLT. We have thought about going the time you went in December but it seems too crowded for us. I think we will stick to January.

Awesome! We live in Fayette County!!! My girls do theater in Westmoreland County! What a small world!!!!

mickeyplanner
12-18-2011, 09:17 AM
We live right near the borders of Fayette, allegheny, and washington