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ronnmel
01-28-2013, 01:57 PM
It was suppose to be the trip of a lifetime. The trip where we did things we have never done and will probably never get to do again, like stay at a deluxe, and visit during the Holidays. It was our baby’s first trip. It was suppose to be MAGICAL! pixiedust:

It wasn’t.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Ron_Mel_Robin_Claudia_Photoshoot74of190.jpg


Hey everyone! Welcome to my trip report. I’m sorry to start it off on such a bad note, but as those who’ve followed me before know, I like to tell the whole truth, even the not-so-perfect parts. Check out my Disneymoon trip report, you'll see. Zombie Apocalypse and Pixie Dust - A 2 Weeks Disneymoon Trip Report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2794221)

I feel like I survived the trip instead of living it. We battled the crowds (the crowds! Oh, the crowds!), and the sickness (3 of us, not at the same time). We were woefully unprepared to deal with all that comes with traveling with a baby (despite our best effort in doing the appropriate research). We tried, unsuccessfully, to find our rhythm between slow (due to the baby and our health) and fast (for our love of thrill rides as well as keeping up with the teenager). We faced disappointment and mishaps (minor, but they add up!). We thought we were knowledgeable enough in all things WDW to deal with anything that could be thrown our way, and boy were we wrong! It probably didn’t help that we took all the rules we knew about good park touring and threw them out the window. We paid for that. :(

Ok, now that we’ve talked about what went wrong, let’s push the negative aside and focus on the positive, shall we? :thumbsup2 We went to wonderful restaurants and ate yummy snacks (and took pictures!). We met new characters and old favorites, and the baby was fascinated by them (we got cute baby pictures!). We went on lots of attractions and took silly ride photos. We found a new favorite spot to watch Illuminations (with pictures, of course!). We stayed at two beautifully themed, picture-worthy, resorts. We saw the spectacular Osborne Dancing Lights and stopped at every Photopass person there. All that, and more! Did I mention we took pictures? Lots of them! I’m no professional photographer, so I was going for quantity over quality, but that’s okay, right?

After we came back from the trip I was feeling quite bummed. I couldn’t stop thinking about all the things we missed. That is not how I wanted to remember our trip, so I decided to shift my focus. I wrote down a list of all my “Disney accomplishments”, all the things we DID do. For this TR at the end of every day I’ll write down our accomplishments for that day. Turns out, we accomplished a lot! :goodvibes

So, who are these people I’m talking about?

Let’s start with the youngest, and the cutest, Claudia a.k.a. Peanut
http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%208/989_zps3b2701df.jpg

She is our sweet little baby girl. She was 6 months at the time of the trip. She’s a relatively easy baby, as long as you keep her occupied. She smiled at everyone who paid attention to her during the trip. I think her favorite is Mickey Mouse because we watch “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” together.

Then there is the teenager, Otaku (not her real name)
http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%206/613_zps84538370.jpg

She is my husband’s 13 years old daughter, so my step-daughter. She’s into zombies, Japan, Anime, K-POP, reading and writing, and not so much into girly stuff. Or so she thought. It’s fun to see her grow up and find her own style. She's not so much into Disney and just followed along. Her favorite character is Mulan (because she is Asian and a warrior). Her favorite park is Epcot because of the Japan pavilion.

My husband, Ron.
http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%204/1330_zps8359f0b6.jpg

He is blessed with Filipino genes so he does not look at all like he is approaching 40. He is almost as obsessed with Disney as I am and says that if we win the lottery we will spend a month in Disney/Orlando. When we are not talking about Disney we love watching TV shows together, such as Big Bang Theory and Doctor Who. He loves thrill rides and his favorite character is Donald Duck. He loves Disney food and spent the weeks leading to our trip looking at the Disney Food Blog and various restaurant menus trying to decide what he would eat.

And then there’s me, Mel.
http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%208/975_zps37dde5e5.jpg

I’m in my early thirties and an elementary school teacher, though I would love to be a SAHM. I’m the planner of the group and spend most of my free time on the DIS and other Disney websites. I’m quite shy and have a hard time starting conversations, but I love acting silly and meeting characters. There are too many things I love about Walt Disney World to list here, but I can say Tower of Terror is at the top of my list. My favorite character is Stitch. I discovered a love for pin trading this trip.


That’s it for the WHO. Here’s the rest of the basic info you need to know before we start this puppy!

WHAT : A trip to Walt Disney World, of course!
WHEN : We flew in on December 31st, 2012, and went back home 10 days later on January 10, 2013.
WHERE : We spent the first two nights in a Little Mermaid room at Art of Animation, then the following 8 nights in a garden view room at Beach Club.
WHY: Basically I got a little extra money from my mom passing away and decided to spend it on a Disney trip. You should go read my PTR In Loving Memory... We’re Going Deluxe! - A Jan 2013 PTR (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3021587) for more details. It will explain more why this was supposed to be the “trip of a lifetime”.

Was it our best trip? No, but we made the most of it. I hope you follow along as I relive the good, the bad, and the ugly (not much ugly, I promise).

ronnmel
01-28-2013, 01:58 PM
Art of Animation Review
Part 1 - Lobby (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47367354&postcount=66)
Part 2 - Little Mermaid Room (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47374945&postcount=81)
Part 3 - Little Mermaid & Lion King Areas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47391968&postcount=96)
Part 4 - Finding Nemo Area (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47408433&postcount=120)
Part 5 - Cars Area (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47422463&postcount=132)
Ink & Pink Shop and Landscape of Flavor food court post 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47370823&postcount=73) Courtesy of photographymom517
Ink & Pink Shop and Landscape of Flavor food court post 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47370855&postcount=74) Courtesy of photographymom517

Beach Club Review
Beach Club Review part 1 - Common Areas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47611936&postcount=243)
Beach Club Review part 2 - Garden View Room (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47611950&postcount=245)

Prologue
The One With The Back Story (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47347164&postcount=41)

December 31st, 2012
Day 1 part 1 - The One When We Fly To Orlando (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47347210&postcount=42)
Day 1 part 2 - The One With the Hunger (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47453436&postcount=150)
Day 1 part 3 - The One With The Fight (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47506771&postcount=158)

January 1st, 2013
Day 2 part 1 - The One Where They Take It Slow (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47519005&postcount=176)
Day 2 part 2 - The One Where We Repeat History (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47528424&postcount=183)
Day 2 part 3 - The One With The Beautiful Park (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47541586&postcount=191)

January 2nd, 2013
Day 3 part 1 - The One Where We Eat With Fish (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47568674&postcount=211)
Day 3 part 2 - The One With The Lost Key (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47596568&postcount=233)
Day 3 part 3 - The One With The Turkey Leg (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47682869&postcount=269)
Day 3 part 4 - The One With The Dancing Lights (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47704605&postcount=283)
Help Please - Osborne Lights Video (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47704678&postcount=284)

January 3rd, 2013
Day 4 part 1 - The One Where We Break All The Rules (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47721607&postcount=299)
Day 4 part 2 - The One With The Train Ride (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47739528&postcount=316)
Day 4 part 3 - The One Where We Hit The WALL... of People (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47757319&postcount=334)
Day 4 part 4 - The One With The Modes of Transportation (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47757371&postcount=335)
Day 4 part 5 - The One With DUMBO! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47792610&postcount=359)
Day 4 part 6 - The One With The BREAD! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47816410&postcount=370)


January 4th, 2013
Day 5 part 1 - The One Where Otaku Surprises Herself (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47840435&postcount=387)
Day 5 part 2 - The One With The Chocolate Incident (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47887683&postcount=402)
Day 5 part 3 - The One With The Change Of Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47893264&postcount=418)
Day 5 part 4 - The One With The Active Lion (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47893276&postcount=419)
Day 5 part 5 - The One With The Teenage Attitude (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47942791&postcount=438)
Day 5 part 6 - The One Where She Gets Her Smile Back (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47952574&postcount=452)
Day 5 part 7 - The One Where We Visit France And Morocco (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47968125&postcount=461)
Day 5 part 8 - The One With JAPAN!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48027227&postcount=471)


January 5th, 2013
Day 6 part 1 - The One Where She Gets Proven Wrong (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48035549&postcount=484)
Day 6 part 2 - The One With The Yummy Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48049110&postcount=496)
Day 6 part 3 - The One With The Shopping Spree (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48049132&postcount=497)
Day 6 part 4 - The One With The Dancing Water (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48105214&postcount=528)
Day 6 part 5 - The One With The Statues (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48164996&postcount=553)
Day 6 part 6 - The One With The Best Illuminations Viewing Spot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48165065&postcount=554)


January 6th, 2013
Day 7 part 1 - The One Where We Cant See The Castle (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48230004&postcount=580)
Day 7 part 2 - The One Where We Go Under The Sea (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48230011&postcount=581)
Day 7 part 2 (contd) - The One Where We Go Under The Sea (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48230019&postcount=582)
Day 7 part 3 - The One Where Elephants Fly (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48300091&postcount=605)
Day 7 part 4 - The One Where Its A Small And Sleepy World (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48300120&postcount=606)
Day 7 part 5 - The One With Mamans Favorite Alien (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48378668&postcount=626)
Day 7 part 6 - The One With The Criss-Crossing (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48445732&postcount=648)
Day 7 part 7 - The One With The Hilarious Cruise (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48508230&postcount=666)
Day 7 part 8 - The One Where I Stick My Tongue Out (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48595065&postcount=682)
Day 7 part 9 - The One With The Far West (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48637509&postcount=697)
Day 7 part 10 - The One Where We Meet Characters (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48637555&postcount=698)
Day 7 part 11 - The One Where I Have A Confession To Make (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48765581&postcount=746)


January 7th, 2013
Day 8 part 1 - The One With Dale & Chip (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48831028&postcount=760)
Day 8 part 2 - The One With The Ghost (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48931775&postcount=774)
Day 8 part 3 The One With The Thrill Rides (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49026125&postcount=788)
Day 8 part 4 The One With The Great and Awful Snacks (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49074968&postcount=807)
Day 8 part 5 The One With The Drawings (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49128966&postcount=823)
Day 8 part 6 The One With The Return Of The Teenage Attitude (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49315160&postcount=869)


January 8th, 2013


January 9th, 2013


Real Life Update
April 14 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48106342&postcount=533)
April 20 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48164872&postcount=552)
Skydiving (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48446060&postcount=649)
Tinkerbell Party - Peanut's First Birthday (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48753386&postcount=730)
August 13 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49276360&postcount=839)
Small update - October 7 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49765234&postcount=889)
Boy or Girl? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49777933&postcount=901)

mickeystoontown
01-28-2013, 02:20 PM
I'm here! Love the intros!

SAT887
01-28-2013, 02:41 PM
I'm here!! Love your first picture!

PhoenixStrength
01-28-2013, 02:48 PM
I'm here!!!! Love the pictures in the intro. Sorry this wasn't the trip you expected, but it's great that you wrote down what you did accomplish and found it was a lot of things.

Can't wait to read all about your trip!! :goodvibes

gracer9977
01-28-2013, 02:51 PM
I'm In!!! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!!

Curiouser&curiouser!
01-28-2013, 03:01 PM
Count me in!

FortForever
01-28-2013, 03:09 PM
Great intro! Looking forward to reading the rest.

We were there Jan. 6th - 12th so particularly interested to hear your take on the parks on the days we had in common.

luckylady
01-28-2013, 03:11 PM
I'm in.

photographymom517
01-28-2013, 03:16 PM
I'm here of course!!!!!!!!!

As you know I had one of those not-so-magical trips myself! But I took your advice & am focusing only on the positive!!! :)

Can't wait to hear more about your trip!!!

Disneychix
01-28-2013, 03:19 PM
I like your 'tell-all' tale. And of course your adorable DD!

I'm here to read along!

wiigirl
01-28-2013, 03:20 PM
I am here....can't wait to read more!

Marsheliz
01-28-2013, 03:27 PM
AHH, great start!

I am sorry to hear about your mom... Noone can replace mama! I currently am going through my mom being sick w/ Stage 4 cancer... We actually took her with us this past September b/c I knew it was once in a lifetime, that she probably wouldnt go anywhere with us "big" again.

Can't wait to hear about your trip.

bethk78
01-28-2013, 03:32 PM
Yay, another ronnmel TR! Can't wait to read all about your latest trip. I'm curious to see how the crowd levels changed from New Year's Eve through your departure date. Was this your step-daughter's first trip to WDW? Hopefully she grows to love it like you guys do. Looking forward to your next update. :)

lablady
01-28-2013, 03:52 PM
I'm in ! Can't wait to hear all about your trip! I've never been brave enough to travel during Christmas break.......

shan23877
01-28-2013, 04:09 PM
I'm here Mel! You know I don't mind all the detail-even the less than magical ones :). Can't wait to see all of the pictures!

jenhum
01-28-2013, 04:10 PM
Here to read along too!

KatMark
01-28-2013, 04:46 PM
I'm here....be back later to read

monica23535
01-28-2013, 04:56 PM
I'm here!

Tinker_Tam
01-28-2013, 05:01 PM
Joining in!!

jenniferreich
01-28-2013, 05:10 PM
Wonderful start! I look forward to reading more about your trip! Thanks for sharing it with us! Jennifer

Nermel9
01-28-2013, 05:46 PM
I'm here! Can't wait to read about your trip, even if it wasn't the best ever! :cool1:

Tiggerrn2
01-28-2013, 07:36 PM
I would love to read along again!

ronnmel
01-28-2013, 07:47 PM
I'm here! Love the intros!

Hi Lisa! :) I always have a hard time writing the intros, so I'm glad you like them. :goodvibes


I'm here!! Love your first picture!

Yay! :yay: I was going for funny. :rotfl2:


I'm here!!!! Love the pictures in the intro. Sorry this wasn't the trip you expected, but it's great that you wrote down what you did accomplish and found it was a lot of things.

Can't wait to read all about your trip!! :goodvibes

I'm glad you're here! :banana: It was hard when we were living it, but now that we are back it's much easier to look back and realize it wasn't so bad after all. :thumbsup2


I'm In!!! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!!

:welcome: It's nice to see new faces.


Count me in!

:welcome: Nice to meet you.


Great intro! Looking forward to reading the rest.

We were there Jan. 6th - 12th so particularly interested to hear your take on the parks on the days we had in common.

:welcome: I don't want to give too much away, but Jan 6th and on were our best days. How did you guys find it?

What is your Dis name (FortForever) a reference to?


I'm in.

:welcome: I hope you enjoy the read.


I'm here of course!!!!!!!!!

As you know I had one of those not-so-magical trips myself! But I took your advice & am focusing only on the positive!!! :)

Can't wait to hear more about your trip!!!

Woohoo! :cool1: I still have days when I think about the trip and my "regrets", but focusing on the positive really does help a lot. I'm glad it's helping you too.

ronnmel
01-28-2013, 08:01 PM
I like your 'tell-all' tale. And of course your adorable DD!

I'm here to read along!

:welcome: I think it's interesting to read about the not-so-good parts. Plus, it makes you appreciate the nice parts even more. Not to mention, rarely is a trip completely perfect and it's nice to know you are not the only one who goes through harder times at "the most magical place on earth". And thanks! :goodvibes


I am here....can't wait to read more!

:welcome: I hope you enjoy my TR. :)


AHH, great start!

I am sorry to hear about your mom... Noone can replace mama! I currently am going through my mom being sick w/ Stage 4 cancer... We actually took her with us this past September b/c I knew it was once in a lifetime, that she probably wouldnt go anywhere with us "big" again.

Can't wait to hear about your trip.

:welcome: Thank you. Some days are harder than others. It still feels surreal. I really wish I could go visit her, but she's not there anymore. I'm truly sorry you have to go through a similar thing. It's hard to see them getting weaker and weaker. It's like a new grief every time. :hug: I'm happy to hear your mom was able to accompany you for one last trip. That must have been so emotional! Did she have a great time?


Yay, another ronnmel TR! Can't wait to read all about your latest trip. I'm curious to see how the crowd levels changed from New Year's Eve through your departure date. Was this your step-daughter's first trip to WDW? Hopefully she grows to love it like you guys do. Looking forward to your next update. :)

:welcome: Wow! I feel like a celebrity. :blush:

The crowds changed big time! If you check out my PTR you'll see that we switched our dates by two days because of the flight. I really wish we hadn't because the second part of the trip was so much better! Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20.

It was my step-daughter's third or fourth trip to Walt Disney World. She came with us in 2009 (I wrote a TR for that as part of my honeymoon PTR, link in my signature). She also went with her grandparents (Ron's parents) once or twice before, no one remembers. She enjoys her time there, she's just not obsessed like us. She doesn't know much about the attractions and restaurants there. She's just happy to follow along. Japan is her obsession, though I guess if we said we were going to Tokyo Disney then she would be very interested. ;)


I'm in ! Can't wait to hear all about your trip! I've never been brave enough to travel during Christmas break.......

:welcome: We *thought* we were avoiding the crowds for most of the trip by traveling mostly in January. We usually travel in summer, those specific dates were one of the "once in a lifetime" things we were experiencing, because it's usually too expensive (and too crowded).

FantasiaMagic
01-28-2013, 08:06 PM
Hi I'm here to join! Excited to here about your trip! Great resorts you stayed at...:goodvibes

-FantasiaMagic pixiedust:

ronnmel
01-28-2013, 08:08 PM
I'm here Mel! You know I don't mind all the detail-even the less than magical ones :). Can't wait to see all of the pictures!

Hey Shan! I'm happy you're here. :woohoo: I've already told you that I'm borrowing your chapter titles. I love the way you write your TR, with the magical and not-so-magical details.


Here to read along too!

:welcome: The more the merrier!


I'm here....be back later to read

Hi Kathy! Take your time reading. :goodvibes


I'm here!

Hi Monica! So fun to see familiar faces. :)


Joining in!!

:welcome: I'm glad you joined in. :)


Wonderful start! I look forward to reading more about your trip! Thanks for sharing it with us! Jennifer

:welcome: It's my pleasure to share my trip with you guys. It's much more fun to relive it in good company. :goodvibes


I'm here! Can't wait to read about your trip, even if it wasn't the best ever! :cool1:

Glad you could make it here! :yay: I'm okay with it not being the best trip ever. It just means the next one will be better. ;)


I would love to read along again!

Welcome back! :cool1:

ronnmel
01-28-2013, 08:09 PM
Hi I'm here to join! Excited to here about your trip! Great resorts you stayed at...:goodvibes

-FantasiaMagic pixiedust:


:welcome: We did stay at two wonderful resorts! I'll probably start my TR by doing a review on both, as I wait for the photopass CD to arrive. :goodvibes

Fantasyland Mom
01-28-2013, 08:53 PM
Mel, you can't get rid of me! You know I'm here:cool1:! I love how straightforward you always are...but let's admit it, I'm here for cute Claudia pictures and stories:goodvibes!

Aussiesalad
01-29-2013, 04:10 AM
Count me in! A lot of the time those less than magical moments make the best stories :goodvibes

KatMark
01-29-2013, 07:37 AM
All caught up. I loved the intros....especially peanut's picture. I'm ready for the good and the bad so bring it on.

PracPerfPatricia
01-29-2013, 07:53 AM
Subbing on...

I'm sorry that everything didn't work out exactly the way you hoped but I'm sure it will make for some very interesting reading...:scratchin

I do hope that you did get some Disney magic... sometimes the trips that things don't go exactly as planned are the most funny in the long run (or not...depending on how dicey things got...;)

popcorn::

Pluto0809
01-29-2013, 09:10 AM
Joining in! I loved your last TR so this one is a must read. :)

AvasMommy526
01-29-2013, 09:45 AM
I'm here, yay!! Love the intro!! I'm excited to hear all the details! The good, the bad and the ugly make up life, there's no way around it and of course I wish nothing but happy Disney times but I'm glad to hear the honesty in trip reports!! :goodvibes

AlohaLucie99
01-29-2013, 11:08 AM
Hi Mel
I'm mainly a lurked on the Disboards & I've been looking forward to this trip report. My little boy was getting his hair cut at Mickey's barber shop the same day as Claudia. I thought I recognised you but wasn't 100% sure so chickened out of introducing myself. I thought Claudia was simply adorable :)
Looking forward to hearing all about your holiday.
Lucie
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Rx774
01-29-2013, 12:05 PM
Haven't posted anything since Sept... I'm in.

ronnmel
01-29-2013, 12:52 PM
Mel, you can't get rid of me! You know I'm here:cool1:! I love how straightforward you always are...but let's admit it, I'm here for cute Claudia pictures and stories:goodvibes!

You mean my plan of getting rid of you did not work? :stir: Ah man!
Just kidding, of course! :duck:

I like that you appreciate my straightforwardness. It can get me in torubles sometimes, but I wouldn't trade it. ;) And don't worry, I have plenty of cute Claudia pictures. What else was I suppose to do every time I waited for Otaku and Ron to come back from a ride? :goodvibes


Count me in! A lot of the time those less than magical moments make the best stories :goodvibes

:welcome: I agree, it's always interesting to read about those not-so-great moments. Kinda like watching a car crash. I hope I live up to your expectations. :goodvibes


All caught up. I loved the intros....especially peanut's picture. I'm ready for the good and the bad so bring it on.

I made sure to choose an especially cute picture of her for the intro (not that it was a very hard task...) :cutie: It's good that you are ready for the bad, because that is what we will start with... The good will come later on.


Subbing on...

I'm sorry that everything didn't work out exactly the way you hoped but I'm sure it will make for some very interesting reading...:scratchin

I do hope that you did get some Disney magic... sometimes the trips that things don't go exactly as planned are the most funny in the long run (or not...depending on how dicey things got...;)

popcorn::

I'm happy you are here. :wave2:

Well I sure hope you guys will find it interesting. :confused3 Some of the things turned out fine in the long run, or do make for funny stories as you said. Like the time when I spilled chocolate all over myself (yep, that happened. :rotfl: ) Others just plain sucked, but they do make for some good lessons on how to do things better next time. :faint:

ronnmel
01-29-2013, 12:53 PM
Joining in! I loved your last TR so this one is a must read. :)

Welcome back! It's nice to hear you liked my previous TR. :goodvibes


I'm here, yay!! Love the intro!! I'm excited to hear all the details! The good, the bad and the ugly make up life, there's no way around it and of course I wish nothing but happy Disney times but I'm glad to hear the honesty in trip reports!! :goodvibes

Glad you are here! :goodvibes You are totally right. Life isn't all rosy all the time, Disney included.


Hi Mel
I'm mainly a lurked on the Disboards & I've been looking forward to this trip report. My little boy was getting his hair cut at Mickey's barber shop the same day as Claudia. I thought I recognised you but wasn't 100% sure so chickened out of introducing myself. I thought Claudia was simply adorable :)
Looking forward to hearing all about your holiday.
Lucie
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OMG are you kidding? You should have said Hi! That would have been so cool! :cool1::banana: I mean I understand, as I mentioned in the intro I'm shy and I probably would have chickened out as well. I just wish you hadn't. For sure having a Dismeet would have made it onto my list of accomplishments. :thumbsup2 We were there around 11:30am, does that sound right to you? Most of my pictures are zoomed in on Claudia, but you can see a few people in the mirror's reflection. Once I get to that update let me know if you see yourself. Do you have any picture of that time? I'd love to see if I remember seeing you. You can send them to me by PM if you don't want to post them. Oh, I almost forgot. Thank you and :welcome:


Haven't posted anything since Sept... I'm in.

:welcome: I hope you continue posting comments, I love reading them.

deserrai
01-29-2013, 12:58 PM
I'm in! Can't wait to read your report...sounds like it was an interesting trip.

ronnmel
01-29-2013, 02:21 PM
I'm in! Can't wait to read your report...sounds like it was an interesting trip.

:welcome: Interesting is a nice way to put it. ;)

ronnmel
01-29-2013, 02:24 PM
The One With The Back Story

This update won’t be fun, and won’t have many pictures, but I do feel it’s necessary for me to write it so you guys know what frame of mind I was in when the trip started, as well as how my health would affect the trip.

The weekend before Christmas, Ron got sick. Based on the symptoms he had I thought it was just a cold and that he was making it sound worse than it was based on him being a man. We all know men are big babies when they are sick. ;) He got better in time for Christmas Eve. Tired, but otherwise okay. We visited my family at my brother’s place that evening. We opened our presents the next morning,

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Then around lunch time drove to his family where we were suppose to spend the afternoon and evening. Around the end of the afternoon I started feeling very tired, so we used the excuse of the baby to leave the party early. By 8pm I was feeling so run-down that I went to bed. 8pm. On Christmas Day. Even pregnant I never went to bed that early! The next few days followed the same pattern : I would feel relatively okay in the afternoon, but felt like crap at night. I tried to rest, but I visited a friend I had not seen in months, ran some last minute errands for the trip and went to Claudia’s 6 months check-up. That one I was happy to do because we have the same doctor and she checked both of us out and gave us the all clear to fly. :thumbsup2

The other reason why I couldn’t rest that much is because we had a GIGANTIC snowstorm that week. We received close to 18 inches of snow! Couple that with strong wind, and our street looked like that (not my car or my street, but you get the idea):

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This is Otaku clearing out the snow on our back balcony. We took the picture from the window she had to climb out of since we couldn’t open the screen door because the snow was too high. That railing behind her should be around the height of her ribcage!

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While I was feeling okay all those afternoons, I had no appetite. Add that to the fact that this flu (it was not just a cold after all. Oops, sorry DH for doubting you!), ahem, made me go to the bathroom more often, and I became quite dehydrated. I waited too long to do anything about it, so by the weekend I was feeling very weak and nauseous. I was caught in that vicious circle of “I’m nauseous so I can’t eat, and because I’m not eating I get nauseous”. :sick: I was feeling so bad that I considered canceling the trip! :scared1:. I was also extremely worried that Claudia would get a high fever while on the plane and we wouldn’t be able to get her to a doctor.

So there you have it. That was how I was feeling, both physically and emotionally, in the days leading to the trip. I was pretty useless in terms of last minute packing and preparation. I’m sure that did not help some of the bad moments we had on the trip.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%201/003_zps6d25ab4f.jpg


It felt so weird to not be excited about going to Disney. I even had no problem sleeping the night before we left! That is so NOT me. Speaking of, check out the next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47347210&postcount=42) to read about departure day.

ronnmel
01-29-2013, 02:28 PM
Day 1 part 1 – The One When We Fly To Orlando


As I said in the previous update, I had no problem sleeping the night before our trip. So weird and unlike me! We got up around 4am the morning of. I was feeling nauseous (it doesn’t help that besides the fact that I was sick, I ALWAYS feel nauseous on early mornings and can’t eat for several hours). Somehow I pulled through and helped finish prepare our things. We left the house at about 5:15am and had an easy drive to the airport. No snowstorm today! Ron dropped us off with our luggage, we got out of our winter boots, and then he went to park the car in long term parking. He came back faster than we expected and we got into the very long line to check our bags. Security and customs (we go through the American customs before departure, love this!) went faster, but by the time we were through everything the nausea was back full force. I tried to eat a plain toast from Burger King, but it didn’t work.

*Skip this next part if you are not interested in the boring details of our flight. I’m including them because I know as the new parent of a little baby I was very curious as to how Claudia would handle flying and liked reading about other parents’ experience.*

Soon we were boarding the plane. Since I was feeling so bad Ron took care of Claudia for the first half of the flight.

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She chose the “awesome” time of us waiting for the plane to be de-iced before taking off to poo. We couldn’t get up and go to the bathroom and I knew it would be at least 30 minutes before we were allowed to. She was crying and fussing so much that we changed her on our lap. Not our proudest moment, but at least she quieted down after. We took off soon after and she fell asleep almost immediately. Yay for that! After a while Ron’s arms were starting to hurt so he tried to transfer her to me, but she woke up. We spent the rest of the trip keeping her entertained with toys while watching some episodes of Modern Family. Claudia cried a little while landing, but mostly she was a pro at flying. Also, as we got closer and closer to Florida I finally started to feel better and get excited about going to Disney. I spotted a Magical Express bus while our plane was going towards our gate and that made me happy. I got a little confused after landing as to where we were supposed to pick up our stroller so I walked all the way to the terminal, only to have to turn back and wait just outside the plane’s door. I had to wait a while with Claudia in my arms, but eventually I got the stroller back. I’m still not convinced that having the stroller in the airport made things easier than using a baby carrier would have been. My arms were busy pushing the stroller while they would have been free to carry a bag or luggage, and it was a pain to get her out of and fold to pass through security. Plus, she spent at least half the time OUT of it anyway...

As soon as I exited the “tunnel” into the airport, PopArtGal came up to me and I had my very first Dismeet! We knew we would probably see each other there as she was leaving on the same plane I had arrived in. We chatted for a minute, then she went back to her family and we left. Sorry for no picture, but as I mentioned in the intro I was in survival mode and my brain could not think that much. Plus our arms were all way too full to take out a camera. Apparently they were not too busy to take a picture of this Christmas tree though.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%201/005_zpsa35b971d.jpg


We took the fake monorail.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%201/007_zpsdf3dcf34.jpg


Someone looked quite sleepy. Me thinks her airplane nap should have been longer.

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We got our bags fairly quickly, then made our way to Magical Express. We’ve been to Disney 3 times so far, and every resort we’ve stayed at is in the same ME line.

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We had to wait about 5-10 minutes before boarding. We got a real ME bus!

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Somewhere along the way Claudia had fallen asleep and did not even wake up when I transferred her from the stroller (a first!). (What the heck was I thinking sitting next to the window? I had to spend the entire bus ride trying to shield Peanut from the sun!)

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%201/010_zps5add5ff5.jpg


I was very happy to be in Orlando and taking ME. As soon as the bus was filled, we left.

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Soon we saw those beautiful gates (sorry for the blurry picture).

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While waiting they called to see if anyone was going to Caribbean Beach resort as I think the previous bus was only going there. That means we didn’t have to stop there and Art of Animation was the first stop!

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There was no line to check in.

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We had all gone to the counter, but the girl’s computer was so slow and it took forever (I thought of you Nermel!). They had all come up to the counter with me, but after a while Otaku left with Peanut and took some lobby pictures.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%201/018_zps6a94e3af.jpg

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You can see more pictures in my AoA review (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47367354&postcount=66). (You can click on the link)

Checking in was taking a long time and it was starting to wear on me. Finally the process was finished and we got our keys. Our room was ready and our requests of building 7 and first floor were met, so that’s a plus! We walked to our room, getting a glance at where we stayed during our Disneymoon along the way.

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Our room was the very last one of the building, facing the pool.

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We dropped off our luggage and took a few pictures of the room (more pictures available in the room review here (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47374945&postcount=81)).

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We got two towel art. A Mickey head and a shell.

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The girls hung out on the bed while we got situated. Be ready, here comes a couple of cute baby photos!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%201/038_zps1852d58d.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%201/039_zpsf78c2555.jpg

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Up Next, Eating, Resting and Exploring (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47453436&postcount=150)

PhoenixStrength
01-29-2013, 02:42 PM
So sorry you were so sick, but glad you had a good flight, got a real ME bus and the pictures of Claudia on the bed are adorable!!!!

ronnmel
01-29-2013, 02:49 PM
So sorry you were so sick, but glad you had a good flight, got a real ME bus and the pictures of Claudia on the bed are adorable!!!!

Thank you. That picture of Claudia sitting on the bed is the one that got the most "like" on Facebook!

KatMark
01-29-2013, 02:50 PM
I am sorry you were feeling so crummy even before your trip. :( Having had the stomach flu last week, I know it is not pleasant and I probably wouldn't have had any excitement if we were leaving on a trip either.

The baby cuteness is just too much....your daughter is absolutely beautiful and I just want to very carefully pinch her cheeks.

Sorry you had to wait for awhile during check-in...especially not feeling well. But :worship::worship: your room was ready. And what a cute room (I don't do value resorts, but I promised Mark one night at the AOA for his business trip in April). Cute towel animals.

Can't wait to hear where you went to eat and how you were feeling.

mickeystoontown
01-29-2013, 03:02 PM
Oh my gosh.....look at all that snow! I seriously don't know that I could deal with that every Winter. But, I guess if it were where I had lived all of my life, I wouldn't know any different. ;)

Uggh, I hate that you weren't feeling well on the days leading up to the trip and during the flight. Being sick like that can zap the energy right out of you.

The girls are such cutie pies! I'm loving all of the pictures of them. Especially the ones in the new Little Mermaid rooms.

Pluto0809
01-29-2013, 03:05 PM
What a bummer that you started the trip not feeling well. :worried:

But your flight and ME trip seemed to go pretty well. I don't have kids myself but will be traveling with a 8, 6 and 2 year old next January so it should be an interesting change.

Love the pictures of AOA. I must stay there someday! ::yes::

FancyNancy
01-29-2013, 03:52 PM
I'm in! I read your last TR and loved it :)

SAT887
01-29-2013, 03:57 PM
Okay... Claudia is so cute! I miss my girls being that small!!! I would be completely happy with a TR of cute baby shots! That really stinks that you were not feeling well at all... I think every Dec TR involves illnesses this year! Just out of curiosity we want to go In Jan- when did the crowds thin out?

gracer9977
01-29-2013, 04:13 PM
Glad you were finally feeling a little better once you were close to WDW. Love all the pictures!!!

Mainemama
01-29-2013, 04:25 PM
Subbing! We leave in 18 days for our first trip with baby (7 months). It has been a sick month in our house, too. I am hoping to benefit from your mishaps. Sorry! We are also travelling with a 5 year old with a broken collarbone :sad:, so we need the baby part to go smoothly! One question... Did you use an infant seat stroller or a sitting up type stroller? Thanks!

monica23535
01-29-2013, 05:26 PM
Great start Mel, sorry you were feeling so lousy though.


Adorable pics of the girls on the bed :)

Your room looks nice! We had a quick look around AoA on our last trip and it looks awesome!

ronnmel
01-29-2013, 05:50 PM
I am sorry you were feeling so crummy even before your trip. :( Having had the stomach flu last week, I know it is not pleasant and I probably wouldn't have had any excitement if we were leaving on a trip either.

The baby cuteness is just too much....your daughter is absolutely beautiful and I just want to very carefully pinch her cheeks.

Sorry you had to wait for awhile during check-in...especially not feeling well. But :worship::worship: your room was ready. And what a cute room (I don't do value resorts, but I promised Mark one night at the AOA for his business trip in April). Cute towel animals.

Can't wait to hear where you went to eat and how you were feeling.

The only thing that would have made it worse is if it had been the stomach flu. That's what I was afraid of the most! I'm sorry you were sick, even at home it sucks.

LOL. I'll very carefully pinch her cheeks for you. ;)

Obviously the rooms at AoA are small, but they are the most beautifully Disney themed of all the resorts. I'm glad you are giving it a try! Plus, they have family suites if you prefer.


Oh my gosh.....look at all that snow! I seriously don't know that I could deal with that every Winter. But, I guess if it were where I had lived all of my life, I wouldn't know any different. ;)

Uggh, I hate that you weren't feeling well on the days leading up to the trip and during the flight. Being sick like that can zap the energy right out of you.

The girls are such cutie pies! I'm loving all of the pictures of them. Especially the ones in the new Little Mermaid rooms.

Well that was one of the worse snowstorm we've had in years. I had seen that much snow before, but not many times. I may be used to the snow, but I still hate it and would move down south in a second if it were possible and if it didn't mean being so far away from the rest of my family.

That's exactly it. Being sick zapped all my energy, both physically and emotionally.

Thank you! :cutie:


What a bummer that you started the trip not feeling well. :worried:

But your flight and ME trip seemed to go pretty well. I don't have kids myself but will be traveling with a 8, 6 and 2 year old next January so it should be an interesting change.

Love the pictures of AOA. I must stay there someday! ::yes::

It sucked to feel sick and not be excited about the trip. I'm so glad the flight and ME went well, it helped make me feel better. That should be fun for you, to see WDW through the eyes of children. :cutie:

Oh yes, you must stay at AoA. It's wonderful!!! The pics do not do it justice.


I'm in! I read your last TR and loved it :)

:welcome: I'm glad you decided to post instead of just lurk. :goodvibes


Okay... Claudia is so cute! I miss my girls being that small!!! I would be completely happy with a TR of cute baby shots! That really stinks that you were not feeling well at all... I think every Dec TR involves illnesses this year! Just out of curiosity we want to go In Jan- when did the crowds thin out?

Thank you! Well, most babies don't stay as small as Claudia for very long. She's special. :rotfl: I know what you mean though. You're in luck, there will be lots of cute baby shots. I know, everyone seems to be getting sick this year! Whether it's in TRs or on Facebook, that's all I hear about.

I had done research about the crowds and both people who had gone before during that time as well as Touring Plans' crowd calendar said that the crowds would thin out starting on the 2nd. That was not the case. :faint: I think because the 1st was a Tuesday lots of schools did not go back until the following Monday. Also, Disney had a discount starting on the 2nd. My theory is that those two things are the main reason why the crowds did not thin out until the weekend (Jan 5 & 6).


Glad you were finally feeling a little better once you were close to WDW. Love all the pictures!!!

It was nice to finally be getting excited about Disney. :goodvibes


Subbing! We leave in 18 days for our first trip with baby (7 months). It has been a sick month in our house, too. I am hoping to benefit from your mishaps. Sorry! We are also travelling with a 5 year old with a broken collarbone :sad:, so we need the baby part to go smoothly! One question... Did you use an infant seat stroller or a sitting up type stroller? Thanks!

:welcome:

Oh man! I feel bad for you, what with the sickness and broken collarbone. I won't have time to write many updates before you leave, so it won't help you much. You should send me a PM (private message) and I'll try to help you as best as I can. As for the stroller, check out this post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47025075&postcount=216) from my PTR. It shows what stroller we brought. We bought it specifically for the trip. She had never been in it before, but we loved it! You can't really use one with an infant seat, because you need to fold it every time you take the bus and it would be a hassle. An umbrella stroller is the way to go, unless you want to rent one (we almost did that).


Great start Mel, sorry you were feeling so lousy though.


Adorable pics of the girls on the bed :)

Your room looks nice! We had a quick look around AoA on our last trip and it looks awesome!

Thanks. After feeling so bad and having it almost ruin our trip, I'm never skipping the flu shot again!

AoA is amazing! It's is so well themed and totally Disney. We loved it!

Nermel9
01-29-2013, 05:54 PM
Ugh I'm sorry you guys were both sick before your trip! Especially you though, still not feeling well while traveling, that's the worst! :(

Glad to hear Claudia did a good job flying! :banana: She's so cute! Love the pics of her on the Little Mermaid bed! Isn't that room so adorable?

JenetixK
01-29-2013, 07:50 PM
Hi! I just found your trip report and I'd love to hear about your trip with a little one! We took our daughter when she was almost 2 and it was kind of a disaster. We went when she was almost 3 and it was awesome. Now she's 4 and we have an infant, but want to go back! While we're deciding, I'm reading trip reports to get my Disney fix.

Fantasyland Mom
01-29-2013, 08:55 PM
Definitely NOT the way to start a trip :sick:. I'm so sorry that you guys had to be sick!

WHOA. Now that's some snow! I've only seen that much snow once in my life when there was a freak blizzard here in GA. Everything shut down for two weeks!:rotfl:

Otaku likes the thumbs up, I see:thumbsup2. All the kids at Julia's school are favoring the peace sign these days:lmao:. Kids crack me up...but I guess she's a young lady, really!

Those Claudia pictures are just for me, right:love:? Such a cutie pie! Can never tire of seeing that sweet face!

AvasMommy526
01-29-2013, 09:37 PM
Oh man, that darn flu! It has been an awful winter for illness so far! I am bummed to hear you had to take it to Disney with you! :(
I am glad to hear your flight went well though! Uneventful flights are the best! And changing poo diapers on a plane.......:rolleyes2 I hear ya there LOL!!!

Claudia has sent us into cuteness overload! What a sweetie pie, I know this report is going to be full of sweet pictures! :lovestruc Otaku seems like a wonderful big sister! :goodvibes Love AoA too!!

shan23877
01-29-2013, 10:32 PM
Mel I'm so sorry that you were feeling so poorly. (I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who gets too excited to sleep the night before a trip though).

I was sooo confused about where to pick up the stroller the first time we flew with Maddie. I went all the way up, then tried to go back down and security stopped me. OOPS!

Oh those pictures of Claudia are just precious! I'm with Kathy-I'd love to *safely* pinch those little cheeks, and probably *safely* eat up her little hands and squish her little legs too.

Can't wait to hear more!

FantasiaMagic
01-29-2013, 10:41 PM
:welcome: We did stay at two wonderful resorts! I'll probably start my TR by doing a review on both, as I wait for the photopass CD to arrive. :goodvibes

Awesome! Sounds great!!! This is my first time reading one of your TRs so im very excited! :goodvibes

Thanks again! :wizard:

disneykiwi
01-30-2013, 02:14 AM
Hi Mel

I'm back along for the ride. Sorry to hear things didnt start off too well, your flu sounds awful.

Claudia seems to have grown so much - she is gorgeous. Love the photo on the bed.

Hope you are all doing okay and looking forward to keeping up.

ronnmel
01-30-2013, 09:20 AM
Ugh I'm sorry you guys were both sick before your trip! Especially you though, still not feeling well while traveling, that's the worst! :(

Glad to hear Claudia did a good job flying! :banana: She's so cute! Love the pics of her on the Little Mermaid bed! Isn't that room so adorable?

The nausea was so bad, I was afraid I would get sick on the plane. I was so happy when I finally started to feel better.

I love love love AoA and the Little Mermaid rooms. I mean, could it be anymore perfectly Disney? :cutie:


Hi! I just found your trip report and I'd love to hear about your trip with a little one! We took our daughter when she was almost 2 and it was kind of a disaster. We went when she was almost 3 and it was awesome. Now she's 4 and we have an infant, but want to go back! While we're deciding, I'm reading trip reports to get my Disney fix.

:welcome: It seems that traveling with little ones is like rolling the dice. It could go well, or be horrible. Truthfully, the sickness and the crowds had more of a negative impact on our trip than traveling with a baby. I've read other TRs here of people traveling with two kids the age of yours and they had a great time, so it is possible. I hope that if you do decide to go, my TR helps you learn from my mistakes so you have a great trip. :thumbsup2


Definitely NOT the way to start a trip :sick:. I'm so sorry that you guys had to be sick!

WHOA. Now that's some snow! I've only seen that much snow once in my life when there was a freak blizzard here in GA. Everything shut down for two weeks!:rotfl:

Otaku likes the thumbs up, I see:thumbsup2. All the kids at Julia's school are favoring the peace sign these days:lmao:. Kids crack me up...but I guess she's a young lady, really!

Those Claudia pictures are just for me, right:love:? Such a cutie pie! Can never tire of seeing that sweet face!

Yep, not a good start at all. It got better though, I promise!

I remember one year when I was just a little older than Julia there was so much snow that my dad let us climb on the roof of the house and jump in the snow. This particular snowstorm happened over the Holidays so no school closure, but my guess is it would have only shut down for a day, max 2. Basically if the buses can make it to school, it's open. :drive:

Oh you noticed the thumbs up? I don't know how, they are pretty hard to see... NOT! :rotfl2: It's her new thing apparently. She did favor the peace sign for a long time, including during our Disney trip in 2009.

Thank you! I can never get enough of Claudia's smile either, so I don't blame you. ;)


Oh man, that darn flu! It has been an awful winter for illness so far! I am bummed to hear you had to take it to Disney with you! :(
I am glad to hear your flight went well though! Uneventful flights are the best! And changing poo diapers on a plane.......:rolleyes2 I hear ya there LOL!!!

Claudia has sent us into cuteness overload! What a sweetie pie, I know this report is going to be full of sweet pictures! :lovestruc Otaku seems like a wonderful big sister! :goodvibes Love AoA too!!

Really awful winter for illness, I agree. Don't kids always have the best timing for diaper changes? :rolleyes2

Otaku is a great big sister. Very helpful and they both love to hang out together. :goodvibes


Awesome! Sounds great!!! This is my first time reading one of your TRs so im very excited! :goodvibes

Thanks again! :wizard:

I hope you enjoy my TR! While waiting for updates you can always go check out my previous ones. The links are all in my signature. Zombie Apocalypse is my Disneymoon, and in the PTR for that trip are also included the wedding TR and 2009 Disney trip.


Hi Mel

I'm back along for the ride. Sorry to hear things didnt start off too well, your flu sounds awful.

Claudia seems to have grown so much - she is gorgeous. Love the photo on the bed.

Hope you are all doing okay and looking forward to keeping up.

Welcome back! :wave: It was an awful flu. I rarely ever get sick, then get one of the worse flu of my life at the worse possible time!

Claudia has not gained much weight, but she has grown quite a bit taller. That bed picture seems to be everyone's favorite.

MiaBella05
01-30-2013, 11:00 AM
popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

Yelloweaver
01-30-2013, 12:09 PM
Definitely cannot wait to read more!! Your daughter is adorable!!

disneybarbie
01-30-2013, 03:12 PM
Subscribing!

Looking forward to hearing about your first trip with DD, even if it wasn't quite as magical as you'd hoped :goodvibes

Great start so far, the theming at AoA looks really fun!


Emma princess: x

ronnmel
01-31-2013, 12:42 PM
There is only one more regular update I can post, then I have to wait for the photopass CD to get here. However, I have so many pictures of the resorts we stayed at, especially Art of Animation, that I’ve decided to post them separately as mini reviews. I'll start with the Art of Animation lobby.


popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

I hope you enjoy the read! :)


Definitely cannot wait to read more!! Your daughter is adorable!!

:welcome: More coming up! Thank you. :goodvibes


Subscribing!

Looking forward to hearing about your first trip with DD, even if it wasn't quite as magical as you'd hoped :goodvibes

Great start so far, the theming at AoA looks really fun!


Emma princess: x

Hi Emma! :wave2: I'm glad to have you here.

The theming of AoA is absolutely wonderful! I'm just about to post an update with just AoA pictures. I know you usually prefer deluxes, but you should at least check this one out.

ronnmel
01-31-2013, 12:44 PM
Art of Animation Review part 1  Lobby


I have so many pictures of the resorts we stayed at, especially Art of Animation, that Ive decided to post them separately as mini reviews. Lets start with the Art of Animation lobby.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoA_zps4d0b3cc1.jpg


If youve ever been to POP Century, the entire resort is laid out very similar to AoA.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAmap_zpsc05ce256.jpg


That includes the lobby. Magical Express drops you off near bell service. When you enter the lobby this is what you see.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby2_zps7da36576.jpg


On the wall to your right you will see several sketches of animated characters. They get progressively more polished as you get closer to the end.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby4_zps2c16aaaa.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby_zps43e55985.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby6_zpsc389bb4d.jpg


You cant see very well, but at the very end on the walls around the souvenir shop, the drawings now have colors and other details added to them and are very close to the finished product.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby12_zps03d230e1.jpg


Also at the very end, if you look up you will see this incredible chandelier.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby10_zps6ee4b9d8.jpg


Immediately to your left is a little area with benches where you can watch cartoons.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby3_zps3c780898.jpg


Sometimes they have an animator come in and teach you how to draw a character, kinda like the drawing class at Hollywood Studios. I believe it happens twice a day. They even have a catalog with all of the possible characters they can draw.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby7_zps6f7bbe3c.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby11_zps5158207e.jpg

Along the left wall is the check-in counter. Let me tell you, the lighting of this is incredible and the pictures do not do it justice AT ALL!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAlobby9_zpsa368b282.jpg


Whats interesting about this particular check-in/concierge area is that each station is individual, instead of one long big counter. That means that the CM can come out of behind their station and come and greet you right at the line, then accompany you back to their computer.

They still had their Christmas decorations up when we checked in. The Christmas trees are white and have little animation drawings in them.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAChristmas_zps2f16f238.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAChristmas2_zpscaaaf448.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAChristmas3_zpscb86a1b0.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAChristmas4_zpsf9973b4d.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAChristmas5_zps1ab8fa17.jpg


In the food court they also had some gingerbread houses displayed. I believe they were created by cast members as part of a contest.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAGingerbreadhousecontest8_zpsda55e0c4.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAGingerbreadhousecontest7_zps5ef9aeef.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAGingerbreadhousecontest6_zpsa391517a.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAGingerbreadhousecontest5_zps04ec4871.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAGingerbreadhousecontest4_zps6a26244c.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAGingerbreadhousecontest3_zpscb1a08df.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAGingerbreadhousecontest2_zpse714ddb9.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAGingerbreadhousecontest_zps3b58e575.jpg

Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of the souvenir shop or the food court, which are both located at the end of the lobby. Too bad, as its just as gorgeous as the rest of the resort. In between the check-in area and the Ink & Paint Shop is a passageway that leads straight from the buses to the main pool. The arcade is also located there.


Up Next, the Little Mermaid Room (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47374945&postcount=81)

PhoenixStrength
01-31-2013, 12:49 PM
I never made it over to AoA this past trip, so I LOVE seeing all of your pictures of the lobby. It is gorgeous! It does look like the same basic set-up as POP in terms of layout of the resort. Makes sense since they used some of the buildings that were started for what was supposed to be the other half of POP, but became AoA.

shan23877
01-31-2013, 01:46 PM
AoA just looks so lively and fun! Thanks for all the pictures! :goodvibes

FancyNancy
01-31-2013, 02:01 PM
That Cinderella's Castle gingerbread house is amazing!

mickeystoontown
01-31-2013, 02:25 PM
The AoA looks so bright and colorful! I'd love to stay in the suites there someday.

Fantasyland Mom
01-31-2013, 03:30 PM
This looks like such a fabulous lobby! I had no idea that the sketches get more finished as you move along; very cool! And that chandelier is gorgeous, as are the Christmas decorations.

Unfortunately, I don't think we'll get to stay here next time like I wanted to.:sad: We'd have to get a suite, and it seems the discounts aren't that great lately. We're hoping to wait a year and see if the "new" wears off and the discounts get better. With a family of 5, our options are limited by space and what we can afford! Looks like POR for us with the murphy bed, then switching to CR for a few bonus nights. Now, if we can just find a way to pay for it all...:confused3

Secretly, I'm hoping that some fabulous offer for AoA is going to come out for the Fall. Here's hoping!

photographymom517
01-31-2013, 06:30 PM
Loved your pictures, Mel! It was really nice to see Art of Animation again!!! As I told you previously, I am very glad that I saved our tour of AoA for our last afternoon! Had I toured it prior to that, I KNOW I would've gone straight to the check-in desk at POR and told them to call Bell Services to pick up our bags!! I would've transferred my reservation over to AoA in a heart beat!!! It's so "Disney"! :goodvibes

My pictures from my trip are uploading to my photo program right now, but as soon as they're done, I will post some of the Food Court for your readers to see! We were there just three weeks before you, so it looked pretty much the same lol ;)

I took pictures of the Gingerbread Houses too!!! Our pictures pretty much look identical! They didn't have winners to the contest yet when we were there though...they had a pencil & box for voting!

photographymom517
01-31-2013, 07:04 PM
I hope you don't mind me posting these here. I'm not doing a TR myself, so I thought your readers might enjoy seeing. Unfortunately it was really crowded in the gift shop so we didn't spend much time there. I only have a couple pictures of it, but I have a ton of the food court!

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26ab563e87b00000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26a7fbce8c100000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26abcf9a87d00000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

Cupcake "Sampler"
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26be574493800000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

I was excited to see so many dessert options & coffee on the menu!!!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26bef0d494400000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

Create your own Burger!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26be51c495000000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26be67309a600000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26a498fe8e900000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

photographymom517
01-31-2013, 07:07 PM
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26be1f849b600000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/


http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3df10b3127ccef26b3ece884700000030O00IZuGjZy4csQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

MelMel11
01-31-2013, 08:24 PM
Count me in!!

ronnmel
01-31-2013, 08:37 PM
I never made it over to AoA this past trip, so I LOVE seeing all of your pictures of the lobby. It is gorgeous! It does look like the same basic set-up as POP in terms of layout of the resort. Makes sense since they used some of the buildings that were started for what was supposed to be the other half of POP, but became AoA.

Oh, you HAVE to find the time to check out AoA. I can't believe you were so close and did not cross the bridge. You really missed out. I guess that's what next time is for then. ;) Yes, the building for the lobby and food court was already built, that's why it looks so much like POP.


AoA just looks so lively and fun! Thanks for all the pictures! :goodvibes

It is a very lively and fun resort indeed. Good thing you like the pictures, because I have 4 more updates of AoA pictures coming up! Yes, I took that many. I couldn't help it, there are just too many things to photograph.


That Cinderella's Castle gingerbread house is amazing!

I know! It totally should have won first place!


The AoA looks so bright and colorful! I'd love to stay in the suites there someday.

It is bright and colorful and a lot of fun! I hope you get the chance to try the suite one day, they look amazing!


This looks like such a fabulous lobby! I had no idea that the sketches get more finished as you move along; very cool! And that chandelier is gorgeous, as are the Christmas decorations.

Unfortunately, I don't think we'll get to stay here next time like I wanted to.:sad: We'd have to get a suite, and it seems the discounts aren't that great lately. We're hoping to wait a year and see if the "new" wears off and the discounts get better. With a family of 5, our options are limited by space and what we can afford! Looks like POR for us with the murphy bed, then switching to CR for a few bonus nights. Now, if we can just find a way to pay for it all...:confused3

Secretly, I'm hoping that some fabulous offer for AoA is going to come out for the Fall. Here's hoping!

It is a wonderful lobby, and totally different from any other lobby.

I too hope that after the "new" wears off that they start coming out with better discounts for the family suites. We want to have a second kid, so with Otaku we will be 5 and we too will have limited options. Those family suites would be so perfect for your family! What section would you stay in if you could?


Loved your pictures, Mel! It was really nice to see Art of Animation again!!! As I told you previously, I am very glad that I saved our tour of AoA for our last afternoon! Had I toured it prior to that, I KNOW I would've gone straight to the check-in desk at POR and told them to call Bell Services to pick up our bags!! I would've transferred my reservation over to AoA in a heart beat!!! It's so "Disney"! :goodvibes

My pictures from my trip are uploading to my photo program right now, but as soon as they're done, I will post some of the Food Court for your readers to see! We were there just three weeks before you, so it looked pretty much the same lol ;)

I took pictures of the Gingerbread Houses too!!! Our pictures pretty much look identical! They didn't have winners to the contest yet when we were there though...they had a pencil & box for voting!

AoA really is the most "Disney" resort of all and I love it! I totally understand how you would have wanted to switch in a heartbeat.

I don't know what the heck the people who voted were thinking, but that castle should have won!!


I hope you don't mind me posting these here. I'm not doing a TR myself, so I thought your readers might enjoy seeing. Unfortunately it was really crowded in the gift shop so we didn't spend much time there. I only have a couple pictures of it, but I have a ton of the food court!



Of course I don't mind! It's so awesome in there, I'm glad my readers get to see it. I'll probably put a link to your pictures in my table of content if that's okay with you.

ronnmel
01-31-2013, 08:38 PM
Count me in!!

:welcome: Glad to have you join us.

photographymom517
01-31-2013, 09:34 PM
AoA really is the most "Disney" resort of all and I love it! I totally understand how you would have wanted to switch in a heartbeat.

I don't know what the heck the people who voted were thinking, but that castle should have won!!

Of course I don't mind! It's so awesome in there, I'm glad my readers get to see it. I'll probably put a link to your pictures in my table of content if that's okay with you.



I looked through my AoA pictures & I was right! When I was there, each house was numbered & a paper/pencil and voting box were sitting on the end of the table! I am still shocked that castle didn't win!!! The detail on it was amazing!

That's no problem at all! Please share a link on your Table of Contents! I have tons more I can add but wanted to see the rest of yours first! :thumbsup2

KatMark
01-31-2013, 09:46 PM
We have never been to Pop, but that lobby looks absolutely fabulous at AOA. Mark is going to love it if we can get one or two nights there on his business trip in April.

ronnmel
02-01-2013, 09:18 AM
I looked through my AoA pictures & I was right! When I was there, each house was numbered & a paper/pencil and voting box were sitting on the end of the table! I am still shocked that castle didn't win!!! The detail on it was amazing!

That's no problem at all! Please share a link on your Table of Contents! I have tons more I can add but wanted to see the rest of yours first! :thumbsup2

I'm shocked too. I don't get it. Maybe they thought the castle did not look like a "house" enough?

I have 4 more AoA updates, so I have quite a bit of pictures. You can see after what I missed. All my pictures are at night though, I believe yours were taken during the day?


We have never been to Pop, but that lobby looks absolutely fabulous at AOA. Mark is going to love it if we can get one or two nights there on his business trip in April.

POP is a fun resort, especially with all the memorabilia from the past 60 years. AoA is just phenomenal though. You have to find a way to stay there, it would fit so well with mark's fun personality.

ronnmel
02-01-2013, 09:19 AM
Art of Animation Review part 2  Little Mermaid Room


Art of Animation has two different types of room. The family suites, which can sleep up to 6, can be found in the Cars, Finding Nemo, and Lion King sections. If you want a standard room you must stay in the Little Mermaid section, which is the farthest section. Im posting the map again, so you can see the distance. The Little Mermaid rooms are in the buildings 7, 8 and 9, on the right side of the map.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAmap_zpsc05ce256.jpg


I didnt mind the walk because there is so much to look at, but I know Ron was bothered by it, mostly because we had to go back to the food court often to get hot water for the baby.

Our room had two double beds, and lots of Little Mermaid details.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom2_zpsdd3f268a.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom_zpsa9143bf5.jpg


This is the dresser. The drawers on the right are actually fake. Its a door and behind it is the mini-fridge.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom4_zps7bbbaf96.jpg


We had called for a pack n play for Claudia to sleep in, but instead got a foldable crib. We placed it between the dresser and the sink area, in front of where a connecting door would have been.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom18_zps7233b5f7.jpg


At first we were happy to get a crib with a real mattress. Then we started noticing the flaws. The two main flaws were:
1. The mattress is much smaller than the crib, so there is a big gap in which the baby could fall. Its especially dangerous when you have a tiny little peanut like us. We tried placing towels, but it didnt work. We put some pillows instead, but I was quite worried she would just move over there, smooch her face in the pillow, and not be able to breathe.
2. The mattress was wobbly and had an angle. I guess thats what you get for having a mattress that folds in half, but it made it harder for Claudia to find a comfortable position to sleep, and not just roll over to one side.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom17_zpsadf35a9d.jpg


On the other side of the dresser is a little table area.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom13_zps3047bb52.jpg


There are some fake music sheets on the table.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom19_zps9aafdca7.jpg


Above the table is a mirror.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom14_zpsbef43cb2.jpg


A coat hanger.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom3_zpsdbfe21ed.jpg


More details

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom11_zps1bd6a861.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom12_zpsadee93da.jpg


There is a privacy curtain between the bedroom and the sink area. It helps keep the room dark while someone is using the sink/bathroom.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom10_zps95fe89a3.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom9_zps82a3d236.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom8_zpsdf99d0db.jpg


This is the sink area. In the mirror you can see the safe in the wall, which was quite small. It opens with a code (the one at Beach Club opened with a key. And you better not lose that key or youll pay a hefty fee).

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom5_zps12ace53a.jpg


I did not take any pictures of the actual bathroom, but its your standard toilet & tub. Here is the shower curtain.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom6_zps71b8e0d1.jpg


This is the wall in the shower.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAroom7_zps6f58581b.jpg


The ONLY thing I was disappointed about in terms of theming is the lack of hidden Mickeys. I only found this one, but at least its a full Mickey.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAhiddenmickey_zps6b0a698f.jpg


I also found what I think is a hidden Sebastian (shadow), but everyone else thinks its just kelp.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAhiddenmickey2_zpsc7f35f0e.jpg


Apparently there is one more hidden Mickey. If you look above at the picture of the entire shower wall, there seems to be a HM to the left of the metal bar.

Thats it for the pictures. As for the room itself, we did find it small with a baby. We were so disorganized in that room. Part of it is because we did not take the time to organize (we were only there 2 nights), but it also was hard to find a place to set up our bottle washing station with there being just one sink. We also had no real area to change her diaper. We just did it on the floor or the bed. If we had had just two kids instead of a baby and all the extra gear that comes with it, we probably would have been fine.


Up Next, A Walking Tour of AoA (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47391968&postcount=96)

Pluto0809
02-01-2013, 09:25 AM
AoA just looks so awesome! Thanks for sharing all the pictures.

PhoenixStrength
02-01-2013, 09:29 AM
The room is GORGEOUS!!! I love how much theming they did, with even the table top and shower walls being LM. A lot more theming than POP has.

I can certainly understand being concerned with that crib and mattress. :eek:

KatMark
02-01-2013, 09:32 AM
LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures of The Little Mermaid Room. I just called Mark and told them how adorable they are, but he wants to stay in a Nemo room. I told him those are only suites, so now he has decided he doesn't want to stay there. Can I just say the man will drive me nuts!!!!!

Since it's only two nights during his business trip and one park day, maybe we'll stay at Pop? I'll have to see what's available as I won't be able to book until March when he knows exactly when we are going.

Back to the photos...I just love ALL of the detail and the chairs are so cute.

shan23877
02-01-2013, 01:14 PM
Loving all the LM room details! It looks like Maddie's dream come true!

The walk does seem pretty long, I think it would be especially hard at the end of a park day.

Fantasyland Mom
02-01-2013, 05:21 PM
Oh, I really love the theming in there!! I wish they had made some suites in the Little Mermaid theme instead of just the regular rooms.

We like the water--if we get to stay at AoA, we're going Nemo section all the way!:thumbsup2

Since it's like Pop, I'm guessing that walk is about the same as going from the 80s/90s section to the food court, and yeah, that's a pretty annoying walk if you have to do it over and over. I'm glad we always pack our electric kettle for Pop in case we get a far away room! We don't have to fly, though, so that's probably not a possibility for you.

I'm excited about a walking tour! I know there will be a million amazing details on the outside, too.

hobbs6799
02-01-2013, 06:47 PM
Subbing. i read your PTR and I guess I should go back and read the rest of your TRs...you just have a knack for bringing everything to life!!!.

My DD is 14 and is into anime and all thinks Japanese as well. She listens to J-Pop and K-Pop. I think she is more excited for the Japan Pavillion at Epcot than she is about ANYTHING at MK and she's never been. October will be here first trip.

She and DH are both recovering from the flu right now. I am so sorry you were so sick.....this flu is ROUGH!!!!

Brook730
02-01-2013, 08:32 PM
I'm in too that had to be rough being sick right before your trip. I read through your other TR's and loved them your family is so adorable and it seems like you guys always enjoy you're self's there. We are going in 28 days, :banana: It will be DDs 4th time going and this time we are taking my mother with us. she is in a wheelchair so it will be a challenge but totally worth it. I'm just hoping we can get a hotel room we still don't have one booked yet :scared1: and wont be able to until we are about ten days out from our trip. I can't wait for more updates!!!!!

AvasMommy526
02-02-2013, 08:04 AM
Wow, Art of Animation is so cool! The details! It's so Disney and colorful, I love it! :love:
I totally understand what you mean about having a smaller hotel room with a baby though! When we went to the Bahamas, it was difficult washing cups and bottles and baby spoons, I kept having to go down to one of the restuarants and get dish soap, thankfully everyone was super nice and accomadating but it definitely wasn't the easiest. I love having at least a kitchenette. Plus then when she naps, where do you go ya know? We would push her P&P in the little hallway and hide on the bed till she fell asleep :lmao:

One little tip with the hot water, run the coffee maker without coffee and you'll have just hot water, it works in a pinch :thumbsup2

Nermel9
02-02-2013, 08:40 AM
I love your AoA review! That's too bad about the crib mattress being too small, I would have just let the baby sleep with me on the bed! :rotfl: (Although I know that's a bad habit to get into!)

I love that shower area in the LM rooms, so pretty! I really hope I get to stay there again so I can explore the other areas!

Mrs. Bob Loblaw
02-02-2013, 12:55 PM
I've been lurking and loving your TR so far. I can't wait to read more.

I'm delurking to let you know about this tiny little gem that could help you in the future, if you want to heat water in your room without it taking up much packing space. It's a little metal blob that you immerse in a cup of water and it heats it up in a few minutes. Pretty nifty for traveling. :)

http://www.amazon.com/NORPRO-559-Immersion-Warming-Liquids/dp/B000I8VE68/

photographymom517
02-02-2013, 04:49 PM
I'm shocked too. I don't get it. Maybe they thought the castle did not look like a "house" enough?

I have 4 more AoA updates, so I have quite a bit of pictures. You can see after what I missed. All my pictures are at night though, I believe yours were taken during the day?

I thought of that too! The Castle was so pretty & detailed but maybe the people who voted were going for more of a "house" as you said. I'm searching online already for ideas of Gingerbread "Houses" for next year to make with the kids. This year we made our own Gingerbread instead of buying a kit at the store. It turned out pretty nice, but Luke was impatient and wouldn't wait for it to harden enough. Next year I'll put it in the fridge or make him wait. LOL I think I want to make something Disney next year!

I'll add some pics after you're done updating! And yes, you are correct! All of my pictures were taken during the day. We toured in the mid-afternoon before our Chef Mickey's ressie & I know that was at 4pm so it must have been around noon ?? Not sure, but we did eat lunch there so it must have been early afternoon.

I believe I have around 185 pics of just AoA but only the outside. I really enjoyed seeing your room pictures since we didn't get to go into an actual room while we were touring. I could've asked to see one, but it was just too much with the kids. It was cold outside that day & we were on our way to MK for a few hours before going to dinner.

I'm so sad to see they only have one sink. I'll have to check out pics of the suites because I'm not sure I can share a sink with my husband while on vacation. That's a privilege I do not have at home so I enjoy my double sinks on vaca!!! ;)

Did you guys have a chance to use the pool ?? It was FREEZING the day we toured & I could not believe people were in it!! It was fun to see people using the kids play area though even though I thought they were all crazy for being out! We had sweatshirts on & jeans and were still freezing! :scared1:

It is such a beautiful resort!!! I really enjoyed all the little details! I only wished it had been a warmer day so we could've stay there longer & really enjoyed walking around outside. I am really loving seeing your pics & seeing AoA again!!!! Can't wait for the next update!!!

SAT887
02-02-2013, 05:52 PM
Love your update! AoA looks awesome!! The themeing looks so awesome! And what a scary crib! I would have asked for a pack n play- while they are not my favorite I can understand your worry!! Can't wait to see more pics and hear about your trip!

ronnmel
02-02-2013, 08:02 PM
AoA just looks so awesome! Thanks for sharing all the pictures.

AoA is a fabulous resort. I hope you get the chance to see it for yourself one day!


The room is GORGEOUS!!! I love how much theming they did, with even the table top and shower walls being LM. A lot more theming than POP has.

I can certainly understand being concerned with that crib and mattress. :eek:

It is by far the most themed resort I believe. I love it there!

I understand that you can't expect great quality with a folding crib, but that bad?


LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures of The Little Mermaid Room. I just called Mark and told them how adorable they are, but he wants to stay in a Nemo room. I told him those are only suites, so now he has decided he doesn't want to stay there. Can I just say the man will drive me nuts!!!!!

Since it's only two nights during his business trip and one park day, maybe we'll stay at Pop? I'll have to see what's available as I won't be able to book until March when he knows exactly when we are going.

Back to the photos...I just love ALL of the detail and the chairs are so cute.

Ugh, men!!!! LOL I do think though that He might not appreciate the walk from the Little Mermaid rooms all the way to the lobby/food court. It is quite a hike.

You guys should totally try out POP! I'm sure you would get a kick out of seeing all of the memorablilia. It's so fun walking around looking at a giant jukebox, Rubik's cube, yo-yo and Mr Potato Head. Plus you can just walk across the bridge and visit Art of Animation. Both AoA and Pop have the best food court on property, and usually great bus service too.


Loving all the LM room details! It looks like Maddie's dream come true!

The walk does seem pretty long, I think it would be especially hard at the end of a park day.

Maddie would flip in those rooms! I can't see any kid that would not love the theming of AoA.

It is a long walk, but then again you've stayed at Caribbean Beach and I don't think it's any worse than the walk to Old Port Royal from say Aruba or Barbados. Plus, there is SO MUCH to look at during the walk. It's like Castaway Cay x10. You'll see in my next update.


Oh, I really love the theming in there!! I wish they had made some suites in the Little Mermaid theme instead of just the regular rooms.

We like the water--if we get to stay at AoA, we're going Nemo section all the way!:thumbsup2

Since it's like Pop, I'm guessing that walk is about the same as going from the 80s/90s section to the food court, and yeah, that's a pretty annoying walk if you have to do it over and over. I'm glad we always pack our electric kettle for Pop in case we get a far away room! We don't have to fly, though, so that's probably not a possibility for you.

I'm excited about a walking tour! I know there will be a million amazing details on the outside, too.

I too wish they had made some suites Little mermaid, and some standard room Cars, Nemo and Lion King.

Brynn will truly feel like an underwater princess in that Nemo section! :thumbsup2

You are correct, the walk is about the same as from the 80s/90s section at Pop. I wouldn't have minded if it had been like our honeymoon, when we only went tot he food court on the way to/from the park, but this time we did more back and forth. At least it was a pretty walk. Yeah, we fly and our space is pretty limited, so no electric kettle for you. Maybe one day we'll drive, but we'll have to buy a minivan first!


Subbing. i read your PTR and I guess I should go back and read the rest of your TRs...you just have a knack for bringing everything to life!!!.

My DD is 14 and is into anime and all thinks Japanese as well. She listens to J-Pop and K-Pop. I think she is more excited for the Japan Pavillion at Epcot than she is about ANYTHING at MK and she's never been. October will be here first trip.

She and DH are both recovering from the flu right now. I am so sorry you were so sick.....this flu is ROUGH!!!!

:welcome: Wow, thank you! That is such a nice compliment. It's so nice of you to say that, I had no idea! :goodvibes

OMG, your daughter and my step-daughter would get along so well together! I'm sure they could spend hours talking about anime and K-Pop! I can totally understand how your DD can be more excited about the Japan Pavilioon than MK. Otaku was like that. Wait until you see the picture I took of her just before going into the Japan store... Your DD will flip out!! Be prepared to spend hours in there.

I don't know why the flu is so much stronger this year!!! I hope your DD and DH feel better soon.

ronnmel
02-02-2013, 09:14 PM
I'm in too that had to be rough being sick right before your trip. I read through your other TR's and loved them your family is so adorable and it seems like you guys always enjoy you're self's there. We are going in 28 days, :banana: It will be DDs 4th time going and this time we are taking my mother with us. she is in a wheelchair so it will be a challenge but totally worth it. I'm just hoping we can get a hotel room we still don't have one booked yet :scared1: and wont be able to until we are about ten days out from our trip. I can't wait for more updates!!!!!

:welcome: It was quite rough to start off the trip being sick. Thank you. I'm glad to hear you enjoy my TR. We do enjoy ourselves quite a bit. That's so cool that you are going back to WDW soon! :cool1: That's one lucky DD! I've never used them, but be sure to check into a GAC (guest assistance card) for your mother. I'm sure you will all enjoy your trip. I doubt you'll have a hard time finding a room, they always have something available, especially in winter.


Wow, Art of Animation is so cool! The details! It's so Disney and colorful, I love it! :love:
I totally understand what you mean about having a smaller hotel room with a baby though! When we went to the Bahamas, it was difficult washing cups and bottles and baby spoons, I kept having to go down to one of the restuarants and get dish soap, thankfully everyone was super nice and accomadating but it definitely wasn't the easiest. I love having at least a kitchenette. Plus then when she naps, where do you go ya know? We would push her P&P in the little hallway and hide on the bed till she fell asleep :lmao:

One little tip with the hot water, run the coffee maker without coffee and you'll have just hot water, it works in a pinch :thumbsup2

Exactly! I love how AoA is so Disney and colorful. It's perfect! :lovestruc
It would have been so nice to have a family suites or a DVC villa with at least a kitchenette. Oh well, live and learn! At least with the naps I'm lucky that DD fell asleep okay in the stroller, or even in the room with us around if she was tired enough.


I love your AoA review! That's too bad about the crib mattress being too small, I would have just let the baby sleep with me on the bed! :rotfl: (Although I know that's a bad habit to get into!)

I love that shower area in the LM rooms, so pretty! I really hope I get to stay there again so I can explore the other areas!

I would have let her sleep on the bed in a pinch, but it's not my preference. I'm such a light sleeper, and I have a really hard time sleeping in the same bed with anybody (besides my husband). I would have spent the whole night waking up worrying that I would roll on her, that the blankets would cover her head, that she'd move too much and roll off the bed, etc. Too stressful for me!

I hope you get to stay there again, and I hope I get to stay there again as well. :)


I've been lurking and loving your TR so far. I can't wait to read more.

I'm delurking to let you know about this tiny little gem that could help you in the future, if you want to heat water in your room without it taking up much packing space. It's a little metal blob that you immerse in a cup of water and it heats it up in a few minutes. Pretty nifty for traveling. :)

http://www.amazon.com/NORPRO-559-Immersion-Warming-Liquids/dp/B000I8VE68/

:welcome: I'm glad you are delurking and hope you'll continue posting comments. I love reading those! Thank you for that link. It really looks like a useful product! I don't know if we'll ever be traveling again with a baby that young, but if we do we'll keep that in mind. It would have saved so many trips to the food court!


I thought of that too! The Castle was so pretty & detailed but maybe the people who voted were going for more of a "house" as you said. I'm searching online already for ideas of Gingerbread "Houses" for next year to make with the kids. This year we made our own Gingerbread instead of buying a kit at the store. It turned out pretty nice, but Luke was impatient and wouldn't wait for it to harden enough. Next year I'll put it in the fridge or make him wait. LOL I think I want to make something Disney next year!

I've never made a gingerbread house! That's so cool that you do that with Luke. I hope you find something Disney to make.

I'll add some pics after you're done updating! And yes, you are correct! All of my pictures were taken during the day. We toured in the mid-afternoon before our Chef Mickey's ressie & I know that was at 4pm so it must have been around noon ?? Not sure, but we did eat lunch there so it must have been early afternoon.

I believe I have around 185 pics of just AoA but only the outside. I really enjoyed seeing your room pictures since we didn't get to go into an actual room while we were touring. I could've asked to see one, but it was just too much with the kids. It was cold outside that day & we were on our way to MK for a few hours before going to dinner.

You have more pictures of AoA than me and you did not even stay there! :faint: LOL When I'm done you can post photos of details I missed, or thigns that look really different during the day.

I'm so sad to see they only have one sink. I'll have to check out pics of the suites because I'm not sure I can share a sink with my husband while on vacation. That's a privilege I do not have at home so I enjoy my double sinks on vaca!!! ;)

I'm pretty sure the suites have three sinks : 1 in the kitchenette, and one in each bathroom. So not only can you have your own sink, you can even have a separate bathroom if you want! ;)

Did you guys have a chance to use the pool ?? It was FREEZING the day we toured & I could not believe people were in it!! It was fun to see people using the kids play area though even though I thought they were all crazy for being out! We had sweatshirts on & jeans and were still freezing! :scared1:

We did not get to use the pool. We didn't stay at AoA long enough, those days were not very warm, and I was feeling quite sick. I know the pools are heated, but I still want it to be warm outside! But I guess kids don't care. LOL

It is such a beautiful resort!!! I really enjoyed all the little details! I only wished it had been a warmer day so we could've stay there longer & really enjoyed walking around outside. I am really loving seeing your pics & seeing AoA again!!!! Can't wait for the next update!!!

You'll be back at AoA, I'm sure. Your visit was just to give you a little taste of what to expect next time. I answered the rest in teal above.


Love your update! AoA looks awesome!! The themeing looks so awesome! And what a scary crib! I would have asked for a pack n play- while they are not my favorite I can understand your worry!! Can't wait to see more pics and hear about your trip!

Thanks! As awesome as it looks in pictures, AoA is even better in person!

We probably would have asked for a pack n play if we had been staying there longer than 2 nights.

ronnmel
02-03-2013, 08:34 AM
Art of Animation Review part 3  Little Mermaid & Lion King Areas


I had seen lots of pictures of AoA, but almost all of them were taken during the day. I was really curious to see what it looked like at night. It also happened to be the only real time I had to explore the resort. Be prepared for LOTS of pictures. I took these on a solo walk around the resort that I took on our second evening there.

We were in Ursulas building.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALittleMermaid3_zps1ff3b33f.jpg


The other two buildings were King Triton (not pictured) and Ariel.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALittleMermaid6_zps2b888112.jpg


You can find many of Ariels treasures laying around in this area, including a dinglehopper and a snarfblat.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALittleMermaid_zps4dfafac6.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALittleMermaid2_zps92a9cd38.jpg

Sebastian and Prince Eric are only two of the many characters you can see hanging around.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALittleMermaid4_zps95897a2c.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALittleMermaid8_zpsa467655b.jpg


The Little Mermaid section has its own pool.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALittleMermaid5_zpsf414dbfa.jpg


Behind building 7 is hourglass lake, and on the other side of that lake is Pop Century. The Little Mermaid area is directly across from the 50s area.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/155_zps3c64e12a.jpg


When I walked along the lake I also took a picture of the 60s section of Pop Century.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/154_zps018aae8e.jpg


When you walk along the lake you can find these little blurbs of trivia related to the section you are in.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALittleMermaid7_zps5b577463.jpg


When you walk from the lobby to the Little Mermaid section you have to cross the Lion King section.

Rafiki welcomes you.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing_zpsaa1e4341.jpg


Behind him is Mufasa, and a place to watch some movies.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing9_zps84dcb663.jpg


Up ahead you can see some familiar faces.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing2_zps9c48be82.jpg


It really looks like you are in the middle of the jungle in there!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing3_zps9a944585.jpg


Timon, Pumba and Simba are walking on that log above you, just like in that famous Hakuna Matat scene.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing4_zps649e50cb.jpg


Beware, the hyenas are hanging out in the elephant graveyard!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing6_zps775e8566.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing5_zps9807218b.jpg


Speaking of, this is my only other disappointment with AoA (besides the lack of hidden Mickeys). When they showed us concept art they said that the elephant graveyard would be a playground for kids to play in. They showed you a kid sliding down an elephant bone. The map still shows this area as a playground, but the ONLY thing you can do is walk through this tunnel.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing5_zps9807218b.jpg

No slide, no games, nothing. They even have these signs everywhere that say no climbing. If it werent for the spongy flooring, you would never guess this was meant to be a play area. :confused3

This section does not have a pool. Just before you exit the area you come across the menacing Scar.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing8_zps458d62c3.jpg


On the other side of the buildings are giant sketches of the characters in black and white. Then they meet at the staircases, where you can see the characters in color.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoALionKing10_zps898480db.jpg


Here you can see both Lion King, as well as Finding Nemo. Well explore that area next time. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47408433&postcount=120)

BridgetR3
02-03-2013, 08:38 AM
I'm in and all caught up. I'm sorry that this wasn't the trip of your dreams but I'm glad you made the best of it. It seems that EVERYONE got the flu this year. Can't wait to read more! popcorn::

ronnmel
02-03-2013, 08:43 AM
I'm in and all caught up. I'm sorry that this wasn't the trip of your dreams but I'm glad you made the best of it. It seems that EVERYONE got the flu this year. Can't wait to read more! popcorn::


:welcome: Now that we've been back a while, it's a lot easier to remember the good times and ignore the bad. I know! I don't know why this year's flu season has been so rough on everyone across both Canada and the US!!!

We posted at the same time, so make sure to check out the update just above your post. :)

shan23877
02-03-2013, 08:46 AM
Great pics Mel! That's so weird about the playground area. I wonder what happened there?

ronnmel
02-03-2013, 09:07 AM
Great pics Mel! That's so weird about the playground area. I wonder what happened there?

I guess budget cuts? Or maybe safety reasons? :confused3 I don't understand going all out for a resort, then cutting down on something that was in the concept art released to the public. If I had never seen that concept art, I would not have been disappointed by the absence of real play area.

MagicalMerida
02-03-2013, 09:16 AM
your baby is adorable!


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cheekypoppins
02-03-2013, 09:20 AM
Claudia is gorgeous!!! Love her big beautiful eyes :) I'm also loving the AOA pics it's getting me very excited for my trip,I can't wait to get there!!!!

hobbs6799
02-03-2013, 11:02 AM
:welcome: Wow, thank you! That is such a nice compliment. It's so nice of you to say that, I had no idea! :goodvibes

OMG, your daughter and my step-daughter would get along so well together! I'm sure they could spend hours talking about anime and K-Pop! I can totally understand how your DD can be more excited about the Japan Pavilioon than MK. Otaku was like that. Wait until you see the picture I took of her just before going into the Japan store... Your DD will flip out!! Be prepared to spend hours in there.

I don't know why the flu is so much stronger this year!!! I hope your DD and DH feel better soon.


My daughter is now following your thread as well. Well, she reads it over my shoulder. She is so excited to see your Epcot and Japan pictures. She said she knows she would love your step-daughter.

Where she has been so sick, we have watched tv together, which means, I logged 5 hours of anime yesterday......She wanted to know if your SD had a favorite anime. And would you please tell her that my DDs favorites are Soul Eater, Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Alchemist:Brotherhood, Fairy Tale and xxxHolic.... so message delivered :)

Anyway, it is great to "meet" you and I am really enjoying your pictures and story!!!

Fantasyland Mom
02-03-2013, 11:06 AM
That is super-disappointing about the elephant graveyard playground. I saw that concept art, too, and I just assumed that they'd followed through with it. How pointless! I'm glad I didn't try to make that a selling point with my kids, or they would have melted down if all they got to do was walk through it:lmao:!

I love seeing it at night. Just like Pop, I think it looks spectacular at niAght!

PhoenixStrength
02-03-2013, 11:23 AM
Love all of the pictures of the areas. I saw the starting of the drawings when I stayed at POP last February and wondered if they would be colored in or left as sketches. I liked seeing the final result across the lake in December!

I remember seeing the log with Timon, Pumbaa and Simba on the concept art and like how they look for real too. Bummer about the elephant "play yard" though.

katt789
02-03-2013, 01:30 PM
Ack! I was just thinking of your TR and the fact that I needed to find it, and here it is, yay!!

Oh my goodness, Claudia is so adorable!! Eee!

That’s so not good with the sickness before the trip!!

Wow, I was just reading the whole “customs” thing and was all “wait, what? They have to do customs, I’m so confused” and then remembered that you’re also Canadian, lawl.

So glad you started feeling a bit better while getting close to Orlando, I guess Disney can do that, right?! Yay for AoA! I love that resort so much! It’s so awesome!

Excited to read more!!

auroralark
02-03-2013, 05:47 PM
Enjoying your report so far! My daughter is about the same age so I'm looking forward to seeing how your trip went with a baby. (Even though I'm not brave enough to take her until she's a little older!) Claudia is a cutie! (And I love that name!)

FancyNancy
02-03-2013, 07:08 PM
Great pics! My daughter would LOVE to stay in the Lion King section some year but it's way too much space for just the two of us.

photographymom517
02-03-2013, 11:30 PM
Loved your pictures at night!!! I noticed some things that I hadn't noticed during the day, interesting to compare! :thumbsup2

Luke walked through the graveyard part of the LK section & he asked "Is that IT mommy? Is that all I do?" :lmao: I felt so bad for him!

Thanks for explaining the suites at AoA! I'm glad to hear I can have my own sink!!! I need to research them more!

AvasMommy526
02-04-2013, 06:57 AM
Lion King is my favorite Disney movie so I am partial to it ;) but the "playground" is disappointing! I've seen that in a couple other TR's and I just don't get it, obviously it was planned differently and behind the scenes something must have changed :confused3 I bet they will change it up eventually! Still the resort is beautiful, I love the details!

Pluto0809
02-04-2013, 07:15 AM
The more pictures I see of AoA, the more I want to stay there!

Curiouser&curiouser!
02-04-2013, 09:25 AM
I am LOVING AoA!! It really is a beautiful resort!

ronnmel
02-04-2013, 10:04 AM
your baby is adorable!


:welcome: and Thank you!!


Claudia is gorgeous!!! Love her big beautiful eyes :) I'm also loving the AOA pics it's getting me very excited for my trip,I can't wait to get there!!!!

:welcome: Thanks, I love her big eyes too. :goodvibes You're going to stay at AoA? You will have a blast there!!!


My daughter is now following your thread as well. Well, she reads it over my shoulder. She is so excited to see your Epcot and Japan pictures. She said she knows she would love your step-daughter.

Where she has been so sick, we have watched tv together, which means, I logged 5 hours of anime yesterday......She wanted to know if your SD had a favorite anime. And would you please tell her that my DDs favorites are Soul Eater, Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Alchemist:Brotherhood, Fairy Tale and xxxHolic.... so message delivered :)

Anyway, it is great to "meet" you and I am really enjoying your pictures and story!!!

Well, :welcome: to your DD! Japan pictures will start coming up on day 5 I think. (Yes, we made her wait that long before getting to go to Japan. :rotfl:) Otaku lives pretty far from us so I'm not going to see her until next month and I don't talk to her that often (her dad does), so I can't ask her what her favorite Animes are right now. I do know that she mentioned Black Butler quite a bit while in Disney. Also I just looked and in her bedroom (we let her paint on her wall as decoration) I see that she wrote "Luv to: Yuneiro Patissière; Soul Eater; and Sugo Chara" She even has a Soul Eater book on her bedside table, so I guess she likes it like your DD does. ::yes::


That is super-disappointing about the elephant graveyard playground. I saw that concept art, too, and I just assumed that they'd followed through with it. How pointless! I'm glad I didn't try to make that a selling point with my kids, or they would have melted down if all they got to do was walk through it:lmao:!

I love seeing it at night. Just like Pop, I think it looks spectacular at niAght!

Oh yes, do NOT tell your kids about the elephant graveyard playground. That would be a disaster trying to deal with the disappointment. But hey, the rest is absolutely wonderful. There IS another (small) playground in the Nemo section though (pictures coming up). :thumbsup2

So many areas of Disney look awesome at night. :goodvibes


Love all of the pictures of the areas. I saw the starting of the drawings when I stayed at POP last February and wondered if they would be colored in or left as sketches. I liked seeing the final result across the lake in December!

I remember seeing the log with Timon, Pumbaa and Simba on the concept art and like how they look for real too. Bummer about the elephant "play yard" though.

At first I was disappointed with the sketches (when I first saw them from Pop), but now that I understand the concept and see how the sketches evolve and become colored at the end, I like it.

The statues of the characters are so realistic. It's great! They could have done so much with that elephant graveyard. Just one tiny slide, and one thing to climb up one would have made it 10 times better.

ctl
02-04-2013, 10:20 AM
Sounds like an awesome time so far. I am definitely waiting to hear about the crowd level as I am taking my teenage DD there at that time next year for her birthday. Claudia is precious.:wizard:

KatMark
02-04-2013, 10:36 AM
Mel, great nighttime pictures (I had seen a lot of daytime pictures too, but never any nighttime ones). That's strange that they didn't make the boneyard into a playground. :confused3 Is there a playground somewhere else for the kids?

mickeystoontown
02-04-2013, 10:41 AM
Beautiful nighttime shots around the resort, Mel. I've got to talk my family into going over for a visit just to look around. We have several days where there's nothing but dinner planned so I know that we'll have time. It's just getting them to do it that's the problem.

Every since the resort open, I've read complaints about the "playground" not really being a playground. I can understand not wanting them to climb around on it but at least put in a slide or two.

Marsheliz
02-04-2013, 12:51 PM
We enjoyed AOA in September. .We actually had to transfer to a suite over there from POFQ after we realized that our room with my mom, us and two kids was just too small.. Not sure if I can afford the suite price as we didnt have to spend any extra when they moved us... Might have to check out the Little Mermaid rooms ;)

ronnmel
02-04-2013, 01:18 PM
Ack! I was just thinking of your TR and the fact that I needed to find it, and here it is, yay!!

Oh my goodness, Claudia is so adorable!! Eee!

That’s so not good with the sickness before the trip!!

Wow, I was just reading the whole “customs” thing and was all “wait, what? They have to do customs, I’m so confused” and then remembered that you’re also Canadian, lawl.

So glad you started feeling a bit better while getting close to Orlando, I guess Disney can do that, right?! Yay for AoA! I love that resort so much! It’s so awesome!

Excited to read more!!


You're here! Yay! :cool1: Thank you! My little peanut makes me smile everyday. :cloud9:

The sickness was awful. :(

LOL, yeah, we are from the winter woods as well. ;)

It's the pixie dust that helped me feel better. :rotfl:


Enjoying your report so far! My daughter is about the same age so I'm looking forward to seeing how your trip went with a baby. (Even though I'm not brave enough to take her until she's a little older!) Claudia is a cutie! (And I love that name!)

:welcome: I'll be sure to include lots of info on how traveling with a baby went. We did okay, and I'm glad to have that experience, but we probably will never travel with a baby that young again, at least not to Disney.

Thanks! It was my great-grandma's name. I fell in love with the name when I was about 12 and my grandma would tell me stories about her mom. I knew right there and then that my first daughter would have that name. :goodvibes That's so cool that our daughters are only about 2 weeks apart (I think, based on your signature)!


Great pics! My daughter would LOVE to stay in the Lion King section some year but it's way too much space for just the two of us.

I really wish they would have built some suites and some standard rooms in every section, mix them up a little bit. That way every type of family could experience the theming they want.


Loved your pictures at night!!! I noticed some things that I hadn't noticed during the day, interesting to compare! :thumbsup2

Luke walked through the graveyard part of the LK section & he asked "Is that IT mommy? Is that all I do?" :lmao: I felt so bad for him!

Thanks for explaining the suites at AoA! I'm glad to hear I can have my own sink!!! I need to research them more!

What things had you not noticed? Btw, I'm done posting pictures for LM and LK, so you can post pictures for those two areas if you want.

LOL, if even a little kid can tell that one measly tunnel does not a playground make, they really messed up. :scratchin Poor Luke!

The suites are PHENOMENAL from what I have seen. I want to stay in one so bad!!!


Lion King is my favorite Disney movie so I am partial to it ;) but the "playground" is disappointing! I've seen that in a couple other TR's and I just don't get it, obviously it was planned differently and behind the scenes something must have changed :confused3 I bet they will change it up eventually! Still the resort is beautiful, I love the details!

Lion King is also my favorite Disney movie. In fact, it's one of my favorite movie of all time, non-Disney movies included. :thumbsup2 I don't get it either, why they changed their plan. I understand sometimes you need to scale it down, but that much? I sure hope they do change it up at some point, but I doubt it.


The more pictures I see of AoA, the more I want to stay there!

You should stay there! ::yes::


I am LOVING AoA!! It really is a beautiful resort!

My sentiments exactly! :goodvibes

ronnmel
02-04-2013, 01:47 PM
Sounds like an awesome time so far. I am definitely waiting to hear about the crowd level as I am taking my teenage DD there at that time next year for her birthday. Claudia is precious.:wizard:

:welcome: Crowd levels were both awesome and awful, depending on the day. What dates exactly are you thinking of going?


Mel, great nighttime pictures (I had seen a lot of daytime pictures too, but never any nighttime ones). That's strange that they didn't make the boneyard into a playground. :confused3 Is there a playground somewhere else for the kids?

Thanks. I think it's interesting to see photos at night. Disney does night time lighting so well! Yes, there is a (small) playground in the Nemo section, which I will post next.


Beautiful nighttime shots around the resort, Mel. I've got to talk my family into going over for a visit just to look around. We have several days where there's nothing but dinner planned so I know that we'll have time. It's just getting them to do it that's the problem.

Every since the resort open, I've read complaints about the "playground" not really being a playground. I can understand not wanting them to climb around on it but at least put in a slide or two.

Just say you will go with or without them. They ought to feel guilty letting you go alone and will join you, right? Try to go over for lunch, they have one of the best food court of all Disney resorts. That should work to convince them, men and their stomach! ;)

Exactly, just one tiny tiny slide would have made all the difference.


We enjoyed AOA in September. .We actually had to transfer to a suite over there from POFQ after we realized that our room with my mom, us and two kids was just too small.. Not sure if I can afford the suite price as we didnt have to spend any extra when they moved us... Might have to check out the Little Mermaid rooms ;)

How lucky of you to have gotten a suite without having to pay the difference! What section were you in? Even if you can't afford a suite next time, the LM rooms are amazing anyway. :)

ronnmel
02-04-2013, 07:22 PM
Art of Animation Review part 4  Finding Nemo Area


When you exit the lobby you enter the main area of Art of Animation, Finding Nemo. This is where you will find the biggest pool. If you walk straight past the pool to the end of the section, youll find yourself at the Generation Gap Bridge. This is the bridge that leads to PoP Century.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo2_zps9bd512e0.jpg


This is actually the way I entered the section on my walk, as I had come from the walk alongside the lake. For this picture I was standing at the bridge and looking back towards Finding Nemo.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo3_zpsf956bff8.jpg


This is me trying to be artistic.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo_zpsd7f9e441.jpg


This section is designed to make you feel as if you were in the middle of the ocean. You see lots of fish swimming along the walls.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo4_zpscd47917b.jpg


Coming from the back I came across this little playground first (yes, this was an actual playground, not a fake elephant graveyard one)

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo5_zps2965526b.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo6_zps113a1334.jpg


For some reason I did not take a picture of the slide. Or maybe it turned out blurry and I deleted it. I did take a picture of Squirt making sure you are having fun.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo8_zps3085dbaf.jpg


This is as close as I came to finding a hidden Mickey. I dont think its a real one since the circles are not touching.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo7_zps7416fd6e.jpg


More fish swimming along.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo10_zpsa635cb5f.jpg


Next you get to the kiddie splash area.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo9_zps28dd87a1.jpg


This one is supervised by Nemo and his dad.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo12_zps386c56ae.jpg


Nemos friends are there to play with (splash) you.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo13_zps3032d9be.jpg


The giant icons to represent the buildings are Crush (with Dory) and Mr Ray.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo11_zpsf3e80ab7.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo14_zps4d9f8620.jpg


Even the shark makes an apparition.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo17_zps679cc410.jpg


Finally, you arrive at the main pool.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo18_zps651fdbc0.jpg


It has zero entry on one side, and these jellyfish that have water coming down them.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo15_zpseadff834.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo16_zpsab4c4a40.jpg


You know how fun those seagulls screaming Mine! Mine! Mine! are at The Seas in Epcot? Well, they have them here too! They stand high above the ground, on this poles.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoAFindingNemo19_zps63c97113.jpg

Only one more section to visit, Cars. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47422463&postcount=132)

Fantasyland Mom
02-04-2013, 07:29 PM
LOVE it!

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
(I totally would just keep swimming in that area!)

ronnmel
02-04-2013, 07:31 PM
LOVE it!

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
(I totally would just keep swimming in that area!)

And what you will love even more is that when the CM gives you directions to your room (or any other directions I presume), they tell you "Swim to the left towards the Lion King section, etc." So cute! :goodvibes

PhoenixStrength
02-04-2013, 07:31 PM
The Finding Nemo section looks fantastic! That's one of my favorite movies anyway, and the pool looks great. I did see some of that section while on the bridge briefly.

ronnmel
02-04-2013, 07:35 PM
The Finding Nemo section looks fantastic! That's one of my favorite movies anyway, and the pool looks great. I did see some of that section while on the bridge briefly.

I forgot to mention, and did not experience it myself, but in the Nemo pool if you go underwater you can hear music or FISH TALKING!!! How totally awesome is that, dude?!!! :cool1:

KatMark
02-04-2013, 07:41 PM
I forgot to mention, and did not experience it myself, but in the Nemo pool if you go underwater you can hear music or FISH TALKING!!! How totally awesome is that, dude?!!! :cool1:

Dude....that is way cool. :thumbsup2

Marsheliz
02-05-2013, 09:09 AM
:welcome: Crowd levels were both awesome and awful, depending on the day. What dates exactly are you thinking of going?




Thanks. I think it's interesting to see photos at night. Disney does night time lighting so well! Yes, there is a (small) playground in the Nemo section, which I will post next.




Just say you will go with or without them. They ought to feel guilty letting you go alone and will join you, right? Try to go over for lunch, they have one of the best food court of all Disney resorts. That should work to convince them, men and their stomach! ;)

Exactly, just one tiny tiny slide would have made all the difference.




How lucky of you to have gotten a suite without having to pay the difference! What section were you in? Even if you can't afford a suite next time, the LM rooms are amazing anyway. :)





We were in the Cars section.. Lightening McQueen suite that my four year old found amazing!!

auroralark
02-05-2013, 06:49 PM
Thanks! It was my great-grandma's name. I fell in love with the name when I was about 12 and my grandma would tell me stories about her mom. I knew right there and then that my first daughter would have that name. :goodvibes That's so cool that our daughters are only about 2 weeks apart (I think, based on your signature)!



That is such a sweet story! And yes, my daughter was born on July 4th, so about 2 weeks! She was supposed to be a June baby, but she decided to wait for the fireworks. :cool1:

ronnmel
02-05-2013, 09:48 PM
I'll come back later to do the rest of the replies as I'm about to go to bed, but I wanted to write this one before I forget since it's something I already forgot once. :rotfl:



One little tip with the hot water, run the coffee maker without coffee and you'll have just hot water, it works in a pinch :thumbsup2

Thanks. I knew about that tip, but at AoA they don't have coffee makers in the standard rooms (I think they have one in the suites). Then at Beach Club they had this little new generation coffee maker that only makes one cup at a time. We tried it once, but it took so long, we decided we preferred to walk to the food court.

PracPerfPatricia
02-06-2013, 09:01 AM
Your photos of the AoA are really great... I think that if I stayed there I'd have to stay in the Little Mermaid Section...:goodvibes I love that huge statue of Ursula... she looks extra creepy at night...

The whole place is really awesome... I love how they've incorporated the newest design in the food court and the lobby... cool design and just so very Disney...:goodvibes

ronnmel
02-06-2013, 09:16 AM
Dude....that is way cool. :thumbsup2

I have a friend who visited AoA with her friends and they lied down next to the pool and put their ear in the water to listen. I totally should have done that!
:fish:

We were in the Cars section.. Lightening McQueen suite that my four year old found amazing!!

I bet he did! I can't imagine any little boy that would not like those suites. :thumbsup2


That is such a sweet story! And yes, my daughter was born on July 4th, so about 2 weeks! She was supposed to be a June baby, but she decided to wait for the fireworks. :cool1:

Thanks. :)
She must have thought "I'm a special girl, I should arrive on a special day!" or "Oh, look! They have fireworks just for ME! How nice!" :rotfl:


Your photos of the AoA are really great... I think that if I stayed there I'd have to stay in the Little Mermaid Section...:goodvibes I love that huge statue of Ursula... she looks extra creepy at night...

The whole place is really awesome... I love how they've incorporated the newest design in the food court and the lobby... cool design and just so very Disney...:goodvibes

It's so hard to choose just one section to stay in at AoA. I might have to go back several times so I can try them all. Yes, Ursula looks creepy, just the way it should be.

There really is no better word to describe AoA. It's DISNEY!

ronnmel
02-06-2013, 09:25 AM
I'm just about to post the last Art of Animation update. I have one regular update from Day 1 that I can post after that, then I need to wait until I receive the photopass CD to continue. I received an email saying it was shipped on January 31st, so hopefully it won't be too long. I've been pretty good at typing my updates ahead of time this trip, so I should be able to maintain this pace for a little while. I got pretty bad at writing in my trip journal after a few days though, and I'm going back to work in less than 3 weeks ( :sad: ) so we'll see how it goes.

ronnmel
02-06-2013, 09:27 AM
Art of Animation Review part 5 – Cars Area

Both Cars Land in California and the Cars section of Art of Animation opened on the same date. I’m not a fan of the movie Cars at all, but this area is just as spectacular as the other ones. I’m pretty sure staying here would a dream come true for any little boy out there.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars_zpsbbbb3e3d.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars2_zpsd43320d7.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars3_zps4ca7af83.jpg


You can come up to basically any car to take your picture with. It’s like the McQueen & Mater meet & greet at DHS, except with way more cars and without a line.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars4_zps8d1aa11c.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars13_zps8660ae86.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars15_zps558fc446.jpg

Speaking of Mater & McQueen, they are there too.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars14_zpsfffcd2c1.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars12_zpsedbbd6a6.jpg


Luigi’s Tires

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars8_zpse068037f.jpg


The pool is themed on the Cozy Cone Motel.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars5_zps5353bed2.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars6_zps3c50cddb.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars7_zps825ac9a7.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars11_zpsd449d277.jpg

You can even rest in the shade in your own private cone!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars9_zpsaecaaff5.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Art%20of%20Animation/AoACars10_zpsb7e6c015.jpg


I love that! Plus, it’s free!!!

Well, that concludes my walking tour of Art of Animation. I hope you enjoyed it! We’ll return to our regular trip updates next (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47453436&postcount=150).

cheekypoppins
02-06-2013, 09:32 AM
I definitely want to take full advantage of all the cool "statues" to take pics with when I'm there

PhoenixStrength
02-06-2013, 09:36 AM
That section looks great! I really like that they have all of the cars where you can take pictures of them! And the cones for shade around the pool are fantastic!

katt789
02-06-2013, 10:59 AM
I was really impressed with all the choices of food and stuff in Landscape of Flavours! It was all a little bit different than other value food courts, and was all delicious! I liked it a lot! There's a high chance we'll be walking over from Pop to eat there this trip! Hhaha

AvasMommy526
02-06-2013, 11:23 AM
I'll come back later to do the rest of the replies as I'm about to go to bed, but I wanted to write this one before I forget since it's something I already forgot once. :rotfl:



Thanks. I knew about that tip, but at AoA they don't have coffee makers in the standard rooms (I think they have one in the suites). Then at Beach Club they had this little new generation coffee maker that only makes one cup at a time. We tried it once, but it took so long, we decided we preferred to walk to the food court.

Aww man, I didn't know they didn't have coffee makers?! All rooms should have coffee!! I NEED coffee in the morning, just one cup but I have to have it while I get ready :rotfl:
My Kuerig runs hot water only too, mines pretty quick, that stinks BCs took so long :sad2: I need to find out whic coffee makers BLT studios have! Thanks for the reminder lol!!

And I totally want to hang out in a cozy cone! ;)

shan23877
02-06-2013, 12:46 PM
Loving the resort pics Mel.
I think that even bigger boys would enjoy the Cars section. My DH thinks it looks "awesome". :rotfl:

ronnmel
02-06-2013, 01:49 PM
Aww man, I didn't know they didn't have coffee makers?! All rooms should have coffee!! I NEED coffee in the morning, just one cup but I have to have it while I get ready :rotfl:
My Kuerig runs hot water only too, mines pretty quick, that stinks BCs took so long :sad2: I need to find out whic coffee makers BLT studios have! Thanks for the reminder lol!!

And I totally want to hang out in a cozy cone! ;)

I'm not 100% sure, but I don't remember seeing a coffee maker at AoA. Getting the hot water through the coffee maker at BC wasn't *that* long, but Ron didn't like doing it that way and I didn't care enough to argue.

I want to hang out in a cozy cone as well! I'm sure you have to get there early though to get one.


Loving the resort pics Mel.
I think that even bigger boys would enjoy the Cars section. My DH thinks it looks "awesome". :rotfl:

Heck, I'm not a Cars fan at all and even I think it looks great! I do love FN and LK even more though.


I was really impressed with all the choices of food and stuff in Landscape of Flavours! It was all a little bit different than other value food courts, and was all delicious! I liked it a lot! There's a high chance we'll be walking over from Pop to eat there this trip! Hhaha

I didn't get to try much at the food court since I was sick, but Ron LOVED the Tandoori Chicken. He's mentioned it several times since we came back. Pop has some great choices too though.


That section looks great! I really like that they have all of the cars where you can take pictures of them! And the cones for shade around the pool are fantastic!

They really should have some sort of cabana/cone/whatever to provide shade at every pool.


I definitely want to take full advantage of all the cool "statues" to take pics with when I'm there

AoA is full of photo ops. You'll have lots of fun with it!

Queila
02-07-2013, 07:17 AM
Hey Mel!

I have a late start today at work so I ran here so I don't fall too behind. Made it to page 6. :thumbsup2

What a bummer you guys were feeling sick right from the start. That sucks. :sad1:

I am sure shoveling that pile of snow did not help. I am so glad we decided to pay for snow removal this year. Got to stay inside that day and wait for the truck and do the dirty job. Lazy bums. :rolleyes1

Flying with a little one is always an adventure but at least she fell asleep right away. Weren't there any available seats so you could have put her down? In my experience, sometimes the flight attendants can be quiet accommodating that way.

Too funny she chose the best moment to have her number two. Haha. Typical. The life of a parent. Never a dull moment.

When Beatriz was 18 months old I took her to Brazil by myself and she threw up all over me in the plane and we still had 10 hours to go. To say I wanted to cry is an understatement.

Oh my those AoA pictures look great. The lobby and the food court look like they are a lot of fun and I keep reading about the delicious food. I am trying to convince Joey to go to Disney for the Expedition Everest Challenge in May and I would not mind staying there. Beatriz would have a heart attack in that Little Mermaid room. Just too cute.

I have to run now but will try to get back tomorrow.

See you!

FancyNancy
02-07-2013, 08:05 AM
I always love your walking tours! This one was spectacular! AOA looks really nice. :thumbsup2

Fantasyland Mom
02-07-2013, 04:05 PM
And what you will love even more is that when the CM gives you directions to your room (or any other directions I presume), they tell you "Swim to the left towards the Lion King section, etc." So cute! :goodvibes

That is FANTASTIC:goodvibes!

Yeah, I'm not a Cars fan, either, and I can't get my kids to watch it (even the boy), but that area looks really amazing for any kids who are fans. It's neat that you can walk up to the cars. That's probably some boy's dream come true!

KatMark
02-07-2013, 05:10 PM
Wow....what little boy (or "big" boy in my case wouldn't love the Cars area?
That is just so cool.

GrammyJudy
02-07-2013, 08:58 PM
I am enjoying your report and I must say your baby is GORGEOUS! AOA looks beautiful. We have said we don't want to stay value anymore but that sure looks tempting.:cool1:

I have a friend going there in a couple of weeks and her 5 yr old son is a HUGE cars fan, he will love it.

Aurora1972
02-07-2013, 09:18 PM
You got some really great pictures! The themeing at AOA is really incredible.

It is super cool that there are sounds underwater in the pool.

I'm really looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.

gatormommy07
02-08-2013, 05:39 AM
Enjoying your trip report so far!! Your little peanut is so stinkin' cute!! The first time our youngest went to Disney it was a day at EPCOT and he was 4 months old, it was so fun, eventhough it rained most of the day. It is quite an adventure to take a little one to the parks, but so worth it! His first time at MK he was about 15 months and that was even more fun, the 2 older kids were a few years old each the first times they went, although I was about 7 or 8 months preggo with our daughter one time we went to EPCOT, but that doesn't count!! :) I LOVE your AoA pics!! We are hoping to stay there in 2014, October hopefully, and the pics make me so excited for it!! My 3 all love all of the movies featured there, and obviously, with a family of five we will be in a suite, I honestly would be happy to stay in any of them!! Sucks you were sick before you left and on travel day, no fun! Glad you feel better later on. I also enjoy the fact that your step-daughter is proud to embrace her nerdiness!! I too proclaim my nerd-ness, especially my love of all things Star Wars, Dr. Who and DISNEY!! Luckily the hubs is right there with me, for the most part, he makes fun of my Dr. Who love, oh well, the kids all love the same things we do, and my oldest boy is as big of a whovian as I am, so it is cool!! I also wanted to say, I read all about your wedding, a long time ago, but never said anything, it was stunningly beautiful, I loved it!! Anyway, I will quit rambling now, I just realized how long this is!! lol can't wait to read more!!

ronnmel
02-08-2013, 08:26 PM
Hey Mel!

I have a late start today at work so I ran here so I don't fall too behind. Made it to page 6. :thumbsup2

I'm glad you are here! :yay:

What a bummer you guys were feeling sick right from the start. That sucks. :sad1:

It was the worse. :(

I am sure shoveling that pile of snow did not help. I am so glad we decided to pay for snow removal this year. Got to stay inside that day and wait for the truck and do the dirty job. Lazy bums. :rolleyes1

We don't have a driveway and must park on the street, so we have to remove it all ourselves. :headache: Plus we had to shovel the balcony so it wouldn't become too heavy and break. Oh how I wish I could do like you!

Flying with a little one is always an adventure but at least she fell asleep right away. Weren't there any available seats so you could have put her down? In my experience, sometimes the flight attendants can be quiet accommodating that way.

The flight was really full. Plus, it's rows of 3 so we were all together. Otherwise we would have had to separate, either by having Otaku sit alone, or have me be alone with the baby. I preferred to be with Ron so we could help each other. Plus, she doesn't sit much on her own yet. Well now she does, but back then not really. Anyway, she's always trying to climb on me now. :rolleyes:

Too funny she chose the best moment to have her number two. Haha. Typical. The life of a parent. Never a dull moment.

Oh yeah, she keeps us busy and "entertained". :rotfl:

When Beatriz was 18 months old I took her to Brazil by myself and she threw up all over me in the plane and we still had 10 hours to go. To say I wanted to cry is an understatement.

OMG, I would have wanted to cry too! :sad2:

Oh my those AoA pictures look great. The lobby and the food court look like they are a lot of fun and I keep reading about the delicious food. I am trying to convince Joey to go to Disney for the Expedition Everest Challenge in May and I would not mind staying there. Beatriz would have a heart attack in that Little Mermaid room. Just too cute.

I hope you succeed in convincing him. The Expedition Everest 5K challenge looks so much fun! Beatriz would be in little girl heaven in that room! :cloud9:

I have to run now but will try to get back tomorrow.

See you!

Responses above in turquoise. :)


I always love your walking tours! This one was spectacular! AOA looks really nice. :thumbsup2

Thanks, I love doing those walking tours! Ron doesn't like it much, I'm glad somebody else enjoys them with me. :goodvibes




That is FANTASTIC:goodvibes!

Yeah, I'm not a Cars fan, either, and I can't get my kids to watch it (even the boy), but that area looks really amazing for any kids who are fans. It's neat that you can walk up to the cars. That's probably some boy's dream come true!

Maybe they'll want to watch the movie Cars after seeing the resort. Or maybe they still won't care, and just enjoy it for what it is, a beautifully themed area. :)


Wow....what little boy (or "big" boy in my case wouldn't love the Cars area?
That is just so cool.

I cannot imagine any boy who would not love this area, big or small. :thumbsup2


I am enjoying your report and I must say your baby is GORGEOUS! AOA looks beautiful. We have said we don't want to stay value anymore but that sure looks tempting.:cool1:

I have a friend going there in a couple of weeks and her 5 yr old son is a HUGE cars fan, he will love it.

:welcome: Thank you!Even if you choose not to stay at AoA, you should think about just going for a visit. It's a lot of fun to walk around, and the food court is awesome! Your friend's son will flip out! :yay:


You got some really great pictures! The themeing at AOA is really incredible.

It is super cool that there are sounds underwater in the pool.

I'm really looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.

Kids already love swimming in any pool, but with the sounds underwater I can imagine it's hard to pull them out of the pool.

Rest of the trip coming up soon. I'm hoping to get the photopass CD early this week. I only have one more update I can post otherwise. Unless I do the Beach Club review now, but I would prefer to wait until we get there.


Enjoying your trip report so far!! Your little peanut is so stinkin' cute!!

Thank you!

The first time our youngest went to Disney it was a day at EPCOT and he was 4 months old, it was so fun, eventhough it rained most of the day. It is quite an adventure to take a little one to the parks, but so worth it! His first time at MK he was about 15 months and that was even more fun, the 2 older kids were a few years old each the first times they went, although I was about 7 or 8 months preggo with our daughter one time we went to EPCOT, but that doesn't count!! :)

4 months, wow! It's is more complicated to bring a baby, but it's nice to see them smile and react to things around. I'm sure they enjoy seeing things different than just their own house, it's a different stimulation.

I LOVE your AoA pics!! We are hoping to stay there in 2014, October hopefully, and the pics make me so excited for it!! My 3 all love all of the movies featured there, and obviously, with a family of five we will be in a suite, I honestly would be happy to stay in any of them!!

I hope you get to stay there! Any suite will be amazing. They are all so wonderfully themed, and only one of the Cars' building is really far from Animation Hall.

Sucks you were sick before you left and on travel day, no fun! Glad you feel better later on.

It took a while, and I'm pretty sure I over medicated myself, but I eventually got over the sickness!

I also enjoy the fact that your step-daughter is proud to embrace her nerdiness!!

I love that she is confident enough to be herself, nerdiness included.

I too proclaim my nerd-ness, especially my love of all things Star Wars, Dr. Who and DISNEY!! Luckily the hubs is right there with me, for the most part, he makes fun of my Dr. Who love, oh well, the kids all love the same things we do, and my oldest boy is as big of a whovian as I am, so it is cool!!

We love Doctor Who! OMG, wasn't the Christmas special just freakin' AWESOME!?! I usually take a while to warm up to a new companion, especially since I liked Rose so much (I love Amy too now), but I ADORE Clara/Oswin. She's amazing and I'm super excited for the rest of the season. :hyper:

I also wanted to say, I read all about your wedding, a long time ago, but never said anything, it was stunningly beautiful, I loved it!!

Thank you. Getting married over there was the best decision I could ever make. I cannot envision a wedding more perfect, both for the wedding itself, and the week of fun with our friends and family. :lovestruc

Anyway, I will quit rambling now, I just realized how long this is!! lol can't wait to read more!!

:welcome: Don't worry, I love the rambling! Gives me something to read. ;) I replied above in turquoise.

gatormommy07
02-09-2013, 07:52 AM
I am a bit behind on my Dr. Who watching, I sometimes watch old ones on BBCA, most of the time I watch on netflix, I was so sad when Rose was gone, but I love the Amy ones, at first I did not care for Donna, but I warmed up to her after a while, I really need to catch up!! Who is your favorite Dr.? I love 9, 10, and 11 but I think my favorite is 11, he is the awesomest!! :)
I am glad you like rambling, I tend to do it a lot, staying at home with my five year old and keeping my 1 year old nephew everyday, while the hubster is at work, I tend to go on and on to grown-up types!! Can't wait to read more about ya'll's trip!

Nermel9
02-09-2013, 08:21 AM
I love your pictures of the Cars area at AoA. I haven't seen the movies, but that area of AoA and Carsland at DLR look amazing! I was hoping to check it out when I was there, but we just didn't have time! :confused3

ronnmel
02-09-2013, 12:33 PM
I am a bit behind on my Dr. Who watching, I sometimes watch old ones on BBCA, most of the time I watch on netflix, I was so sad when Rose was gone, but I love the Amy ones, at first I did not care for Donna, but I warmed up to her after a while, I really need to catch up!! Who is your favorite Dr.? I love 9, 10, and 11 but I think my favorite is 11, he is the awesomest!! :)
I am glad you like rambling, I tend to do it a lot, staying at home with my five year old and keeping my 1 year old nephew everyday, while the hubster is at work, I tend to go on and on to grown-up types!! Can't wait to read more about ya'll's trip!

The part I bolded are my thoughts exactly. As for my favorite Doctor, I have no idea. I love them all! I asked my husband and he's just as torn as me. Maybe if I watched a few episodes of 10 and a few of 11 on the same weekend, I'd know better. :)

I so understand the needing to do grown-up stuff. I'm at a point now that when it snows, I'll happily go shovel while Ron stays inside with Claudia, just to get out a little. I never thought I'd see the day where I would say that!


I love your pictures of the Cars area at AoA. I haven't seen the movies, but that area of AoA and Carsland at DLR look amazing! I was hoping to check it out when I was there, but we just didn't have time! :confused3

It's hard to find time to look around a resort, when the parks are so appealing! Plus, you were only there for one night. Next time. ;)

ronnmel
02-09-2013, 12:40 PM
Day 1 part 2  The One With the Hunger


I want to apologize for the lack of pictures for this first day. Between being sick, having just arrived at Disney and having to care for a baby, we kinda forgot about the camera.

We didnt stay in the room for long. We dropped off our luggage, and then walked back to Animation Hall. We wanted to go to Landscape of Flavor, the food court. Ron got Tandoori chicken and a mango smoothie, while Otaku got a banana-strawberry smoothie. Also, something wonderful happened. For the first time in days I felt HUNGRY! I knew my appetite wasnt that big though, so instead of getting a full meal I just got cheesy pesto bread. These little beauties taste really good, yet are just a snack credit (if you are on the dining plan)! Rons food also tasted great. Dont believe me? Look what was left of everything by the time I remembered to take pictures.

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Oops. :lmao: Im a bad trip reporter.

We quickly checked out the Ink & Paint Shop (souvenir store), then went back to the room to rest.

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We all lied down for a nap. Unfortunately, Claudia had a different idea. Ron and I flipped a coin to see who would get to rest. He lost, so he put Claudia in the stroller and left the room. Otaku, being a teenager, said she couldnt nap and went with them. They went to the arcade (such a great place for a baby to rest :rolleyes:), but did not take any photos (thats not ture, thats when he took the pictures of the gingerbread houses that are in the review). I slept a little, but not much. The bad thing is, I woke up feeling worse. The pixie dust (adrenaline) of arriving in Disney was gone and I was back to feeling sick. Still, I decided to go with them to a park anyway. We gathered our things and walked out, taking a few fun photos with the props along the way.

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First though we had to sort out the big mess of the front desk not finding our package of baby items (diapers, wipes, food, etc.) that I had delivered. Finally with a lot of text messages between me, my TA and the guy who delivered the stuff and a phone call from my TA to the front desk, they found it. Ron brought it to the room while we took a few more photos of the lobby (which are in the AoA lobby update).

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Look who decided to sleep NOW.

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Ron came back and we were on our way. We did not have to wait long for a bus to... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47506771&postcount=158)


I know this is a super short update, but I need my photopass CD before I can finish talking about the rest of our first evening. I got an email saying it was shipped on the 31st of January, so hopefully it will be here soon.

gatormommy07
02-09-2013, 01:33 PM
I know it sounds weird, but one of my favorite things to do is mow the grass, so I totally understand you wanting to go shovel snow, I would do that, too, if we had snow, but since we live in Central Florida, not going to happen. lol

I think I have cried everytime a companion has gone away, you get so attached to them and they are always so attached to their Dr. it is just so sad, of course most episodes of Lost make me cry, too. Maybe I am just a baby, my hubby made fun of me last night (not meanly or anything) because we are rewatching the office, and the episode we watched last night, Grief counseling, the one where Michael's old boss dies and they had the funeral for the bird, made me cry!! I also cried through pretty much all of Les Mis when we went to see it on Christmas day. So yeah, I think I am just a big baby. lol

PhoenixStrength
02-09-2013, 02:18 PM
Sorry you started to feel even worse after your nap. I usually feel worse after a nap too.

However, I love the picture of Otaku with the treasure, and Ron with the treasure and Eric's statue! :rotfl2:

ronnmel
02-09-2013, 06:14 PM
I know it sounds weird, but one of my favorite things to do is mow the grass, so I totally understand you wanting to go shovel snow, I would do that, too, if we had snow, but since we live in Central Florida, not going to happen. lol

I'm so jealous that you live in Central Florida!!!

I think I have cried everytime a companion has gone away, you get so attached to them and they are always so attached to their Dr. it is just so sad, of course most episodes of Lost make me cry, too. Maybe I am just a baby, my hubby made fun of me last night (not meanly or anything) because we are rewatching the office, and the episode we watched last night, Grief counseling, the one where Michael's old boss dies and they had the funeral for the bird, made me cry!! I also cried through pretty much all of Les Mis when we went to see it on Christmas day. So yeah, I think I am just a big baby. lol

I cry all the time while watching TV/movies as well. The end of every companion is so sad. One of my worst crying moment was watching Lilo & Stitch, when Stitch goes out alone to try to find his parents, like the Ugly Duckling. I was sobbing like a baby and both my sleeves were soaking wet from wiping the tears from my eyes. :rotfl:


Sorry you started to feel even worse after your nap. I usually feel worse after a nap too.

However, I love the picture of Otaku with the treasure, and Ron with the treasure and Eric's statue! :rotfl2:

I always feel more tired after a nap then before. I don't know why I thought it would be different just because I was sick. :confused3

I think those kinds of pictures are so much fun, but we often forget to take them.

Pluto0809
02-13-2013, 01:21 PM
Just catching up after a long weekend away. I didn't get too far behind!

Bummer for feeling sick at Disney! I hope things got better towards the end of the week.

The food at AOA looks (well sounds in this case) very good. They have some unique items.

Cute pictures with the statues around AOA.

ronnmel
02-13-2013, 02:54 PM
Just catching up after a long weekend away. I didn't get too far behind!

Bummer for feeling sick at Disney! I hope things got better towards the end of the week.

The food at AOA looks (well sounds in this case) very good. They have some unique items.

Cute pictures with the statues around AOA.

I have a few more updates typed up, but I'm still waiting for the photopass CD to arrive. Hopefully soon! It has already been 2 weeks since they said they shipped it. In the meantime I'm catching up on the actual trip journal writing. I had gotten so far behind during the trip that I had to resort to bullet points of what we did. I'm relying on those, pictures, and memory to write what actually happened. Should make continuing the TR much easier. Thank you (and every one else) for being patient. :goodvibes

ronnmel
02-14-2013, 09:13 AM
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!

GOOD NEWS!!! I got the Photopass CD!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cool1::cool1::cool1:

The pictures are uploading to Photobucket as we speak. I should have an update up hopefully by tonight. :goodvibes

shan23877
02-14-2013, 12:38 PM
Happy Valentines Day Mel!

I can't wait to hear more!

ronnmel
02-14-2013, 01:08 PM
Day 1 part 3 The One With the Fight


Soon after getting to the AoA bus stop, we hopped on a bus to the Magic Kingdom. Our plan WAS to leave the stroller at the resort and only use the baby carrier, not venture any further than town square and just find a place to watch the fireworks, and check out the stores around the area (mainly Chapeau)while waiting. How much did we stick to that? Heres a hint, not much! How much did we regret our decision not to stick with the plan? A lot! But Im getting ahead of myself.

When we got to Magic Kingdom I was surprised that there was no line for bag check. And here I was, afraid it would be closed to capacity.

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We got a photopass picture taken at the entrance.

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As you can see, we brought our stroller despite saying we wouldnt...

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We walked under the train station and emerged into Town Square. It was crowded, but I was expecting worse.

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We looked through Chapeau and found some interesting Minnie ears, but we werent sure so we did not buy anything. Now here is where we got stupid and deviated from our original plans of staying in Town Square all night. We walked on the right side of Main Street towards the hub. It was relatively easy to walk, not to many standing around on the sidewalk. The castle show was scheduled to start in about 10 minutes, so we got with the crowds in the hub. Otaku was hungry, but the line for Caseys was ridiculously long so we forgot that idea. We folded the stroller and put Claudia in the Mei Tai (baby carrier). Things were not so bad (yet), people were not jam packed. Plus we were standing right at the (taped) line in the ground next to the walkway, so we thought we could make a quick exit if need be. CMs had a different idea however, and kept asking people to move forward and fill in all the available space. We quickly found ourselves surrounded by more and more people. :crowded: Carrying around a folded stroller is never an easy task, but in a big crowd its really annoying. We were getting more squished by the minute and made the decision to leave the hub. Some family sitting on the ground was very protective of their space on the curb, but when they saw we had a tiny baby they let us walk right through them to get to the walkway to leave the hub. Just in time, too. Not even 10 seconds later did we hear a commotion behind us and saw several CMs rush towards the area where we had just been standing. A fight had broken off! :scared1: Ron even turned around and saw a guy throw a punch at another guy! I went into mama bear mode and said Get her (Claudia) out of here! (I think Ron was holding her in the Mei Tai).

We cut through the Emporium and got back to Town Square. It wasnt too crowded, but the giant Christmas tree was making it hard to find a decent spot to watch Holiday Wishes. We tried up at the train station, but obviously it was quite crowded. Plus that PITA tree was still in the way.

Finally we settled for somewhere partially behind the tree. The fireworks started, but we couldnt see them well. Claudia did not like the noise and started crying, so we thought about making her a bottle (it usually acts like a mute button :rotfl:). As I reached into the bag the formula powder spilled all over the bag! That stuff is sticky! I was already feeling bad and this did not help. At least we learned our lesson early into the trip, and put the formula dispenser into a Ziploc bag from that point on.

None of us really enjoyed Holiday Wishes. Ron and I missed half of it because of dealing with the sticky mess and crying baby, but even Otaku who watched all of it said it was just okay. We were not feeling the Holiday spirit I guess. Not having a nice view also played a part in that Im sure.

After it was over Ron quickly walked up to the Train Station to take a picture of the crowds (and the half hidden castle).

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We were not having a good time at MK and decided to go with plan B. We exited the park and walked up to the resort monorail platform. We saw the Avengers monorail.

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It wasnt that crowded at all since all the (dumb) people were waiting for the express monorail. Before we knew it we were getting off at the Polynesian. There were a lot of people there.

I was feeling okay enough to take fun pictures.

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The day I win the lottery Im buying this artwork. (as well as several others)

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Otaku was still hungry so we went to Captain Cooks where she got a pepperoni flatbread. I was not feeling any better since I had woken up from my nap hours earlier, so I only got French fries. Ron had something he had been craving for months, a pineapple Dole Whip. Otaku had one too, but she DID NOT LIKE IT!!! :eek: She gave it to her dad. Towards the end of the meal I started feeling really dizzy. Not nauseous (for once), just dizzy. We went outside and walked to the beach. It wasnt too crowded, but obviously all the chairs were taken. There was this area that was cordoned off that had several rows of chairs, all with a fresh towel on them. I read the sign and it said it was for concierge guests. I wonder how many of them actually used it that night, since the club level lounge looks out towards Magic Kingdom, and half of the club level rooms face towards the lagoon as well.

The fresh air did not help me feel better and I chose to leave. I left alone because I felt too weak to deal with folding a stroller while holding a baby and a backpack all by myself. Why I did not put her in the Mei Tai and just leave the empty stroller for Ron to deal with, I dont know. She was asleep in the stroller at that point anyway, so maybe thats why. I took the monorail back to MK, then the bus back to AoA with no wait at all for either. I was still feeling dizzy and went straight to bed. I was so sad to be at Disney for NYE and be in bed, but I preferred not to push myself and then regret it later in the trip. I was awoken at midnight by fireworks, Im guessing from DHS.

Meanwhile, Ron and the girls found a good spot on the beach to watch the midnight fireworks.

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They were towards the right, near the end of the beach and the pathway that goes up towards the lagoon (I think where they have weddings). They even overheard a CM say the Poly beach was better than inside the park to watch Fantasy in the Sky. Claudia slept the entire evening, only waking up once the fireworks started. Speaking of, Otaku and Ron said they were crazy (good). According to Ron Claudia cried for the first half of the show, but then watched the other half with some interest.

Ron did not take any pictures of it. Instead he took a video of it in its entirety so I would get a chance to see it. Here are a few screen captures from the video.

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Ron and the girls came back around 1:15am. Claudia fussed a little, but after she drank some more milk she went to sleep and did not wake up until late the next morning. A miracle, since at home she wakes up several times a night. I think we exhausted her. LOL

I mentioned in the intro how I would be writing about our accomplishments of the day, in order to focus on the positive.

Disney Accomplishments Day 1
Checking in at Art of Animation
First DISmeet ever
Watching Fantasy in the Sky to ring in the New Year (for Ron & Otaku)


Up Next, Will I Feel Any Better The Next Day? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47519005&postcount=176)

ronnmel
02-14-2013, 01:10 PM
Happy Valentines Day Mel!

I can't wait to hear more!

Thanks! I posted an update just for you! :goodvibes Well, you and all my other wonderful readers. ;)

FancyNancy
02-14-2013, 01:50 PM
Oh man what a crappy MK Experience. I hate that a fight broke out and that kids had to see it. That's the worst!

Queila
02-14-2013, 02:19 PM
Love the pictures os Art of Animation at night. Quite a dramatic feel to it. I think Nemo would be my favourite section of the resort. We are big fans of Cars in our house (the original, not the second one) so I guess any section would be great but I do t see us staying in s suite any time soon.

I'm so sorry you were feeling too sick to stay out for the fireworks but I guess going to rest was for the best.

And what's up with your step daughter not liking Dole Whip? Haha. Beatriz doesn't like chocolate soI guess some people are wired like that. More for us I guess.

Looking forward to reading more.

katt789
02-14-2013, 02:23 PM
Aw man, I know the feeling of a packed MK during holidays, thanksgiving was not fun either!! WOW! As if someone actually threw a punch!! Like, I know things get testy in those crowds, and usually a disagreement will break out, but an actual fist fight, that's intense, glad you guys got out of there!

I really do want to watch the fireworks from the Poly beach, seems like a great idea!! Glad some of your party got to do that! I hope you were feeling better the next day!!

monica23535
02-14-2013, 02:39 PM
I can't believe there was a fight!


Sorry you didn't feel up to watching the New Year fireworks, I really hope you felt better the next day!

Nermel9
02-14-2013, 05:49 PM
Wow, I can't believe there was a fight in MK! :crazy2: What is wrong with people?? Fighting in Disney, not ok!

Sorry you didn't feel ok enough to watch the fireworks! :goodvibes One of the reasons I'd like to go for New Year's someday is to see those amazing fireworks, they just look so cool, and I'd love to watch them from the Poly beach! Hope the next day is better for you guys! :thumbsup2

ronnmel
02-14-2013, 06:31 PM
Oh man what a crappy MK Experience. I hate that a fight broke out and that kids had to see it. That's the worst!

We had a plan going in for that night and we really should have stuck to it. At least we know not to make that same mistake again. Nevermind kids seeing it, it was so packed in there I really hope no kid got hurt!


Love the pictures os Art of Animation at night. Quite a dramatic feel to it. I think Nemo would be my favourite section of the resort. We are big fans of Cars in our house (the original, not the second one) so I guess any section would be great but I do t see us staying in s suite any time soon.

I'm so sorry you were feeling too sick to stay out for the fireworks but I guess going to rest was for the best.

And what's up with your step daughter not liking Dole Whip? Haha. Beatriz doesn't like chocolate soI guess some people are wired like that. More for us I guess.

Looking forward to reading more.

I can't even tell you what my favorite section of AoA is. They are all so great! It's too bad those suites are so expensive. Maybe one day they'll finally release a good discount for them and then you can try one.

I was feeling too sick to really be sad about missing the fireworks, that's a pretty good sign that I made the right decision.

Beatriz doesn't like chocolate? :eek You're right, more for us. :)


Aw man, I know the feeling of a packed MK during holidays, thanksgiving was not fun either!! WOW! As if someone actually threw a punch!! Like, I know things get testy in those crowds, and usually a disagreement will break out, but an actual fist fight, that's intense, glad you guys got out of there!

I really do want to watch the fireworks from the Poly beach, seems like a great idea!! Glad some of your party got to do that! I hope you were feeling better the next day!!

I really don't get how people can get so upset that they would physically punch someone, especially in Magic Kingdom! I was NOT staying around to figure out what happened, that's for sure.

Watching the fireworks from the Poly beach is a great idea in many circumstances. We ended our Disneymoon that way, and it was very relaxing and romantic. In this case, it was a great way to avoid the crowds. Sure you might not be able to get a lounge chair to sit on, but it's not like you would have been sitting in MK anyway. My friend who did the CP also watched the 4th of July fireworks from there and she said it was the best place! I can't believe you stayed at the Poly once and did not even do that! I know how much you like to go go go all the time, but trust me, it's worth it to slow down for this. :goodvibes


I can't believe there was a fight!


Sorry you didn't feel up to watching the New Year fireworks, I really hope you felt better the next day!

It was pretty unbelievable!

Stay tuned to find out how our next day turned out. ;)


Wow, I can't believe there was a fight in MK! :crazy2: What is wrong with people?? Fighting in Disney, not ok!

Sorry you didn't feel ok enough to watch the fireworks! :goodvibes One of the reasons I'd like to go for New Year's someday is to see those amazing fireworks, they just look so cool, and I'd love to watch them from the Poly beach! Hope the next day is better for you guys! :thumbsup2

Fighting is never okay, but fighting in Disney, in MK which is a park with no alcohol, it's just crazy and wrong. All I can hope is those people got kicked out of the park!

I hope you get a chance to go to Disney for NYE one year. And yes, definitely watch the fireworks from the Poly beach! Not only will you avoid the crowdedness, but you'll get the best view. Plus, you guys usually rent a car so you won't even have to go through the trouble of going back to MK to catch the bus. You can just walk to the TTC, or better yet, have an ADR at Kona or Ohana that same night and just park your car at the Poly. :thumbsup2

PhoenixStrength
02-14-2013, 07:53 PM
So scary that a fight broke out, but glad you got out of there just before it started and were all safe!

I'm really glad that the tree wasn't up in MK when I was there, as I really liked the view from the train station for pictures.

Glad Ron, Otaku and even Claudia got to enjoy Fantasy in the Sky, and he recorded it so you could watch it later. The screen captures look incredible! I hope you felt better the next day!

AvasMommy526
02-14-2013, 08:41 PM
Awwww I'm sad you were too sick to enjoy your NYE :sad1: I am glad that at least Ron and the girls got to see the fireworks and that Claudia slept in for you guys! :goodvibes
I cannot believe someone threw punches in MK, that is just sad and total ridiculous, some people :sad2:

Can't wait to hear more!! :goodvibes

Tiggerrn2
02-15-2013, 07:51 AM
So sorry you weren't able to enjoy your New Year's celebration. I remember how excited you were for that during your PTR.
:scared1:about the fight right behind you. Sometimes I really wonder what gets into people.
Sure hope getting some rest helps you feel better the next day.

inkedupmomma
02-15-2013, 07:56 AM
Ok, i'm here and subbed! So, I know EXACTLY what a bad idea pushing yourself that first day is! YOu can look forward to that from me as well lol! The fireworks look amazing! Sorry you had to miss them, but it was smart to go back and rest! I'm tired for Otaku and Ron reading that 1:15 arrival home lolol

shan23877
02-15-2013, 08:11 AM
Love the PP pics! Wow! MK sounds crazy. I can't believe that people were fighting on Main Street. :scared1:

The Poly sounds like a really nice place to watch the fireworks, but I am so sorry that you weren't feeling well.

cheekypoppins
02-15-2013, 08:19 AM
aew I hate being sick at Disney,especially when its to a point that you can't enjoy what you know you normally would :sad1:

auroralark
02-15-2013, 08:55 AM
I'm sorry you didn't feel well! The only time I was in Disney for NYE we didn't have a good time either (because we were stupid and didn't plan right though.) I've been sick at Disney before and it's the worst. I hope you started feeling better the next day!

Marsheliz
02-15-2013, 10:30 AM
Who fights at Disneyworld? Like, seriously? :(

I hate to hear you were so sick on your trip- UGH- when we went both my boys had the snots and that was aggravating to wipe noses the entire time but geez, dizzy and nauseous is the worst!! :(

Pluto0809
02-15-2013, 10:45 AM
What a crazy night at MK! I can't believe a fist fight broke out. Well maybe I can, people get a little crazy about spots for parades. I think that's why I hate waited to watch them and usually skip out.

The fireworks from the Poly beach looked beautiful, sorry you didn't get to stay and watch them.

ronnmel
02-15-2013, 06:58 PM
So scary that a fight broke out, but glad you got out of there just before it started and were all safe!

I'm really glad that the tree wasn't up in MK when I was there, as I really liked the view from the train station for pictures.

Glad Ron, Otaku and even Claudia got to enjoy Fantasy in the Sky, and he recorded it so you could watch it later. The screen captures look incredible! I hope you felt better the next day!

I can't believe that not only did a fight broke out, but we were standing right there just seconds before! I can't at least be thankful that we didn't get caught in it. The night would have been catastrophic instead of just bad.

I love Christmas trees, but I strongly dislike the one at MK. It's not even that special compared to some of the other trees (like the one at AK!), and it's in the worse possible place. Everyone traveling before the parade taping like you did are lucky not to have it block their view of the castle.

I'm glad that they were able to enjoy their night despite knowing I was sick. It was very nice of Ron to tape it for me.


Awwww I'm sad you were too sick to enjoy your NYE :sad1: I am glad that at least Ron and the girls got to see the fireworks and that Claudia slept in for you guys! :goodvibes
I cannot believe someone threw punches in MK, that is just sad and total ridiculous, some people :sad2:

Can't wait to hear more!! :goodvibes

NYE is one of my favorite holiday, and I love fireworks, especially fireworks in Disney. :sad1: Next year I am so taking that flu shot. I've learned my lesson!

Claudia sleeping in was awesome! And much needed!

Sad and ridiculous are two great words to describe what happened. Certainly not something I ever thought I would witness at WDW.


So sorry you weren't able to enjoy your New Year's celebration. I remember how excited you were for that during your PTR.
:scared1:about the fight right behind you. Sometimes I really wonder what gets into people.
Sure hope getting some rest helps you feel better the next day.

I know! I LOVE fireworks and that was one of the one thing I was looking for the most. Even in the days leading up to the trip, since I was so sick I tried to revise my "must-do" list to only a few real MUST-do, and that was one of them.
Fights are bad, but to think we could have been caught in it had we waited 10 more seconds to get out of that crowd... crazy! :crazy2:


Ok, i'm here and subbed! So, I know EXACTLY what a bad idea pushing yourself that first day is! YOu can look forward to that from me as well lol! The fireworks look amazing! Sorry you had to miss them, but it was smart to go back and rest! I'm tired for Otaku and Ron reading that 1:15 arrival home lolol

Woohoo! Glad you could make it! :cool1::cool1:
Oooh, I can't wait to read about what happened on your first day or because of it. I'm really sad I missed the fireworks, but I try not to think about it too much. Ron is a night owl, and Otaku is a teenager, so coming home that late did not bother them too much. Plus, Peanut let us all sleep in the next day, so it made it easier. ;)


Love the PP pics! Wow! MK sounds crazy. I can't believe that people were fighting on Main Street. :scared1:

The Poly sounds like a really nice place to watch the fireworks, but I am so sorry that you weren't feeling well.

Thanks. I was pretty disappointed with the PP borders this time, but I do love the Happy New Year one. MK was nuts. Well, at least the hub was. Town Square was not so bad, especially since there were no more parades schedules that evening.

The Poly is a wonderful place to watch the fireworks. We're thinking of making this a tradition.


aew I hate being sick at Disney,especially when its to a point that you can't enjoy what you know you normally would :sad1:

I wouldn't have minded being sick so much if it had not been nausea. It's the one thing that will totally knock me down.


I'm sorry you didn't feel well! The only time I was in Disney for NYE we didn't have a good time either (because we were stupid and didn't plan right though.) I've been sick at Disney before and it's the worst. I hope you started feeling better the next day!

Well, we did plan, but we were stupid and didn't follow the plan. I think had we not even tried to get into MK, or at the very least stuck to Town Square like we said we would, the night might have been very different.

Seems everyone gets sick at Disney at least once. Let's hope this was our one and only time. Or at least the worst.


Who fights at Disneyworld? Like, seriously? :(

I hate to hear you were so sick on your trip- UGH- when we went both my boys had the snots and that was aggravating to wipe noses the entire time but geez, dizzy and nauseous is the worst!! :(

Some people lack common sense.

Yeah, I can deal with runny nose, cough, even headache and stomach ache no problem. But nausea? No way.


What a crazy night at MK! I can't believe a fist fight broke out. Well maybe I can, people get a little crazy about spots for parades. I think that's why I hate waited to watch them and usually skip out.

The fireworks from the Poly beach looked beautiful, sorry you didn't get to stay and watch them.

Some people really let their emotions take over.

We usually prefer to show up last minute for parades and fireworks. We're willing having to give up the best spot if it means not wasting time and not having to stress over keeping our spot.

The fireworks were incredible, or so I've been told.

ronnmel
02-15-2013, 07:05 PM
Day 2 part 1 The One Where They Take It Slow


Claudia slept about 7 hours (why cant you do that at home peanut?) and woke us up around 8:30am. We took the morning very slow, especially since I was feeling super nauseous again. After a while Ron and I walked to Landscape of Flavors to get boiling water for Claudia. We wanted to get breakfast, but even at 10 am it was still packed. I guess everybody decided to sleep in after staying up late for NYE. We said forget it wand walked back to the room. We had seen a little cart in between the Lion King and Little Mermaid sections that sold some breakfast items so we headed there and I got cereals. I picked at them, but the nausea remained.

At some point Ron and Otaku took Claudia for a walk so that I could sleep some more. They went to play in the arcade. They may also have gotten some food, but there is no photographic evidence of this so who knows. I couldnt sleep so I joined them. I felt so sad and desperate. I just wanted to curl up in a ball and cry, which is NOT what you are suppose to feel when you are in the most magical place on earth. Just before heading back to the room Ron stopped by the Ink & Paint shop and found some Pepto Bismol tablets. I took them and slowly started to feel better. THANK GOD! I had also been taking airborne and my iron supplement each day trying to boost my immune system, so I felt like I was taking a whole bunch of medicine, but I didnt care. I wanted to not feel like death anymore.

Otaku was itching to go to a park, so we decided to go ahead with our Animal Kingdom plans. I do have food pictures at this point, so maybe they had not stopped at the food court earlier. I believe Otaku and Ron shared the Tandoori chicken and Otaku had a strawberry-banana smoothie again. I did not forget to take a picture this time, so I guess I was feeling better.

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I had a super tiny bite of the naan bread and it tasted okay. While they were eating Peanut was busy looking at the back of her eyelids.

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We had a little bit of a wait at the bus stop, but nothing major. Peanut did not nap for very long. She was already awake while we were waiting.

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The bus took us straight to the park. We saw the giant Christmas tree.

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We also took PP pictures with said tree.

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We looked into the little gift shop outside of the park as we wanted to buy a little something to put on the stroller so we would easily recognize it from far, and hopefully no other family would mistake it for theirs. We got this princess hair tie.

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I also found some really nice Minnie ears I wanted, but they felt way smaller than the other ones and were already hurting my head after 30 seconds of wearing them, so I passed. We knew the Jingle Jungle parade would be starting soon and walked straight to Africa. I thought it would start there, go around Discovery Island, then come back via the pathway to Asia like the usual parade, but it wasnt the case. I have no idea where this parade started from, but it took a while before it got to us.

I may have been feeling better, but I wasnt *that* great and standing in the surprisingly hot sun did not help. Claudia and I sat on the ground while we were waiting.

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The family right in front of us was sitting too, but unfortunately they got up when it started so we had to get up too. Our view was slightly obstructed, but not too bad.

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It is almost impossible for me to take a photo of Claudia without her looking at me. I swear she has a sixth sense when it comes to the camera.

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There, thats better. She was looking at the giant floats.

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I have lots of parade pics. Enjoy!

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This parade is basically the same as the regular AK parade, except the floats have some Holiday decorations. I dont remember if the music was different, but I would guess yes it was.

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I like all the stockings.

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Claudias face lit up when she saw Mickey Mouse. She recognized him from watching the Clubhouse on TV!

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It was already past 4pm by the time the parade was over. The Safari was closing soon and the standby line was pretty long, so we skipped it. The park was still open for another 4 hours though, so what did we do? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47528424&postcount=183)

PhoenixStrength
02-15-2013, 07:54 PM
Good thing Ron found the Pepto Bismol and it helped some, even if the sun and heat made it worse again.

I love all of the parade pictures, as I missed seeing it this past trip (though for a good reason!). The picture of Ron holding Claudia while she looks at the floats is ADORABLE!!! :love:

ronnmel
02-16-2013, 06:52 PM
Good thing Ron found the Pepto Bismol and it helped some, even if the sun and heat made it worse again.

I love all of the parade pictures, as I missed seeing it this past trip (though for a good reason!). The picture of Ron holding Claudia while she looks at the floats is ADORABLE!!! :love:

I don't know what I would have done without the Pepto Bismol! Thankfully the sun and heat only made it slightly worse, and as soon as we started moving again I was better.

The parade at AK is my favorite day time parade. Glad you enjoyed the pictures!

Thanks! It's so hard to get a picture of her like that, but I'm glad I got it.

cheekypoppins
02-16-2013, 07:16 PM
I have that Lionj King shirt too :)

ronnmel
02-16-2013, 07:46 PM
I have that Lionj King shirt too :)

I love that shirt! I wear it all the time. :thumbsup2

cheekypoppins
02-16-2013, 08:01 PM
I love that shirt! I wear it all the time. :thumbsup2

me too and the best part is i've got shorts in the exact same colour that I bought at walmart for 7 bucks :D

ronnmel
02-16-2013, 08:23 PM
me too and the best part is i've got shorts in the exact same colour that I bought at walmart for 7 bucks :D

Oh, that's awesome! :goodvibes

ronnmel
02-16-2013, 08:28 PM
Day 2 part 2 – The One Where We Repeat History


As soon as the parade was over Ron speed walked (since you’re not allowed to run) to Asia to get FPs for Expedition Everest, while I changed poo poo Peanut’s diaper (our nickname for her when she’s a little stinky). I have a picture to prove it...





















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Did ya really think I would have a different photo? LOL

He came back and it was finally time to go on our first attraction of the trip. What do you do when you are at Animal Kingdom in the middle of the day, on one of the most crowded days of the year? You take the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch! Yep, that was our very first attraction. Plus, we had already been in Disney for over 24 hours. Thank you Holidays and being sick.

There were quite a bit of people, but we got on the first train that arrived.

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Claudia seemed to enjoy the train ride. Otaku enjoyed taking this, hum, interesting photo of her dad.

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Otaku had never been on this train before. She got her first look at where they keep the animals at night.

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We let the crowds go ahead while we put Claudia back in the stroller, and then walked to the Conservation Station.

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I taught Otaku about how there were lots of hidden Mickeys in the mural, so we searched for them.

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There’s one.

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I walked around. The vet’s office was decorated for the Holidays.

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Otaku was watching a CM do a presentation about snakes.

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When it was over she got to touch the snake. She is scared of every little bug out there, even cute lady bugs and butterflies, but reptiles are cool.

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I see a certain resemblance...

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I did my first pin trade of the trip. Then Claudia & I got to repeat history. Our first character meet of the trip, and her first ever (besides Santa) was the same first character her dad and I met during our Disneymoon. Rafiki!

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She wasn’t sure what to think of this giant furry creature.

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Since it was so late in the day, the petting zoo was closed. We only stayed there about 30 minutes before heading back. Otaku spotted her first (but not her last) HM.

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It was already 5:30pm and Rafiki’s Planet Watch was closing in 30 minutes, yet there was a huge line of people waiting to board the train to head there.

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We went the other way.

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We were not leaving the park though. No! You see, for the very first time ever, I would get to see Animal Kingdom AT NIGHT! I was looking forward to this!! Everything in Africa was closed. On our way out of there we stopped to play with the drums while Ron bought a better pen for our autograph book.

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I also discovered this beautiful “hidden” place. It’s a seating area behind the snack place Tamu Tamu and it’s gorgeous! I’d love to relax in there with a drink one time!

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Up Next, An Evening in Asia (and the Land of Dino) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47541586&postcount=191)

PhoenixStrength
02-16-2013, 08:49 PM
Funny that Otaku likes reptiles but no bugs. Even funnier that the first HM she found was in the butterfly! :rotfl2:

So jealous you got to see AK at night!! I can't wait to see what all you did.

ronnmel
02-16-2013, 09:09 PM
Funny that Otaku likes reptiles but no bugs. Even funnier that the first HM she found was in the butterfly! :rotfl2:

So jealous you got to see AK at night!! I can't wait to see what all you did.

Haha, I hadn't noticed the irony of her finding her first HM in a butterfly. :rotfl:

AK is so pretty at night! I'm so glad I got to see it. I hope you get to see it one day too.

shan23877
02-17-2013, 01:35 AM
So glad that Ron found you some Pepto Bismol!

We've never stayed in AK long enough to see the parade there, we're going to have to one of these days-it looks cute!

Rafiki's sounds like it was the way to go with the way you'd been feeling.

I can't wait to hear how you enjoyed AK at night!

katt789
02-17-2013, 01:38 PM
I never thought of people taking it slowly after NYE, ahha, I guess that sleep ins even do happen in Disney. That’s good that they had that little stand, clearly that’s for busy times, I didn’t see it at all when we were there!

Oh Man!! I know the feeling with the Mickey ears! I bought a really awesome pair that after a bit of wearing them my head hurt all week, I ended up actually breaking them trying to “stretch” them out, sad face! When I compared them to my other ears they were WAY smaller than usual!

Aww! How cute that Claudia recognized Mickey!!

ronnmel
02-18-2013, 07:11 AM
So glad that Ron found you some Pepto Bismol!

We've never stayed in AK long enough to see the parade there, we're going to have to one of these days-it looks cute!

Rafiki's sounds like it was the way to go with the way you'd been feeling.

I can't wait to hear how you enjoyed AK at night!

Pepto Bismol was a life saver! We ended buying a bottle of it and I pretty much finished it by the end of the week. It helped me get going on many mornings.

The AK parade is my favorite daytime parade, but it does lack princesses so I can see why you haven't made it a point to watch it.

Rafiki's was great not only for how I was feeling, but mostly for the crowds!


I never thought of people taking it slowly after NYE, ahha, I guess that sleep ins even do happen in Disney. That’s good that they had that little stand, clearly that’s for busy times, I didn’t see it at all when we were there!

Oh Man!! I know the feeling with the Mickey ears! I bought a really awesome pair that after a bit of wearing them my head hurt all week, I ended up actually breaking them trying to “stretch” them out, sad face! When I compared them to my other ears they were WAY smaller than usual!

Aww! How cute that Claudia recognized Mickey!!


On most nights families with small children will back at the resort and in bed early. The latest they'll stay up is for Wishes at 10pm, but that's usually it. On NYE almost everyone makes it a point to be awake for the countdown. Plus, with THREE parks opened until after midnight (DHS was opened until 2am and MK 3am), not to mention all the other NYE festivities at the resorts and DTD, it's not surprising people slept in. ;)

That morning is the only time I ever saw that cart, so I'm guessing you are right.

The ears at AK seemed to be made for children they were so small. I ended up buying a different pair that wasn't as small, but they did hurt after a while and were definitely smaller than my bridal ears I had 2 years ago.

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that not only she recognized mickey, but she did even though he was on a float several meters away.

Aussiesalad
02-18-2013, 07:34 AM
Rafiki's sounds like the perfect way to spend the afternoon when you're still not feeling crash hot.

That is so funny that Otaku has no problem touching a snake but is afraid of bugs :rotfl:

AK at night? I'm so jealous!!
Cant wait to hear about it!

ronnmel
02-18-2013, 08:22 AM
Rafiki's sounds like the perfect way to spend the afternoon when you're still not feeling crash hot.

That is so funny that Otaku has no problem touching a snake but is afraid of bugs :rotfl:

AK at night? I'm so jealous!!
Cant wait to hear about it!

We enjoy Rafiki's a lot. We like to go there to escape the heat and the crowds.

Maybe she's afraid of bugs because they are so tiny? I'm not afraid of snakes either, and am afraid of several bugs so I can understand her. :)

I came here to post the next update. :thumbsup2

ronnmel
02-18-2013, 08:27 AM
Day 2 part 3 The One With The Beautiful Park


We left Africa and walked towards Asia. I love how the leaves frame the Tree of Life.

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It was getting dark and things were lighting up. Whoever said AK is pretty at night is right. Its beautiful! Otaku and I stopped at the Yak & Yeti counter-service to get ourselves some dinner while Ron went to get Primeval Whirl FPs.

I got Chicken Fried Rice.

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Otaku got Beef Lo Mein.

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We sat in the little courtyard behind it to eat.

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The low lighting was perfect since Claudia was napping. When Ron came back he ate our leftovers. We started walking through Asia. I made everyone stop several times to get pictures.

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My cheapo camera does not do this beautiful park justice.

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We got to Dinoland.

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Once at Primeval Whirl we asked for babyswap, then Ron and Otaku went on the ride.

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I found a spot to look at them.

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They loved it!

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I was still not feeling awesome (better, but I didnt want to risk it), so Ron and Otaku went on the ride a second time. It was time to use the Expedition Everest FPs. Even when I feel top shape this ride makes me queasy, so obviously I avoided it. I did manage to take this pic of the queue from outside of it. So many details!

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I found a little seat just outside the gift shop.

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I had a nice view of the mountain.

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Once they were done Otaku came outside and found me. Her stomach was hurting a lot so I told her to sit there next to the stroller while I went inside to tell Ron where we were. He was waiting in line to get the ride picture, since we got photopass +.

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Otakus stomach was not any better so they skipped going on it a second time (we had gotten a babyswap pass again).

I took one last picture of AK at night.

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We got photopass pictures in front of the Tree of Life. Otaku opted out since she wasnt feeling well.

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I took a shot of the Christmas Tree all lit up.

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Some ornaments up-close.

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We also got one more photopass picture.

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Once at AoA we stopped by the food court so that Otaku and I could get gelato. I know I got chocolate, but I cant remember what she got. It was all very yummy though. We also got a tropical fruit smoothie for Ron. When we got back to the room everybody went straight to sleep. For once I had energy, so I decided to go for a walk around the resort. Plus, it was my last shot to take lots of pictures of the beautiful grounds.

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You can see them all HERE (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47391968&postcount=96) if you havent read my Art of Animation review yet. Just keep clicking the links at the end of each update.

I dont remember when or where exactly, but a Cm struck a conversation with me at some point. Maybe it was the cashier at the food court? Anyway, he asked how my day had been and I said we had gone to AK and I had not done a single ride. He replied that you dont need to do rides to enjoy yourself. He was so right. I had had a GREAT time at AK that day. Being sick forced me to slow down and I realized that its not that bad.


Disney Accomplishments Day 2

Being at Animal Kingdom at night
Watching the Jingle Jungle Parade
Walking around Art of Animation at night


Up Next, Lunch With Fish or Fish For Lunch? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47568674&postcount=211)

cheekypoppins
02-18-2013, 08:39 AM
it's so nice when you don't have to rush because you know you'll be back there are still days when i go full force into Disney mode but some days that I take it easy too and I find I enjoy things so much more when I have trips with the perfect mix.

PhoenixStrength
02-18-2013, 09:08 AM
AK at night is GORGEOUS!!!!! I'm glad you were able to enjoy your day there without one ride. It is nice sometimes to just look around and enjoy your surroundings instead of just what you get done. :goodvibes

gracer9977
02-18-2013, 09:30 AM
Yeah, so happy for the new update and glad that you were feeling a little bit better at the end of the night. :)

Animal Kingdom looks so amazing at night, I would love to ride EE in the dark just once. :goodvibes

SAT887
02-18-2013, 09:57 AM
I really enjoy your pics from AK! I have never been there at night. You have added a few things to my must do list for our next family trip! I haven't gone to Rafiki's Planet watch in ages or have I seen the parade. I'm so sorry you weren't feeling great on your trip. I hope it gets better!

Curiouser&curiouser!
02-18-2013, 10:34 AM
Yippee! Lots of updates!!

First of all, glad to hear you were starting to feel a bit better. Even though I know that isn't the last we will hear about sicknesses this trip.

We used to be the "up at dawn at the parks from open to close' couple. Then DS came along. It is amazing how much slower we take things, but how it is absolutely just as fun!

reelmom
02-18-2013, 10:39 AM
Usually a lurker so I am stepping out to say "Hi!" We are thinking about staying at the Beach Club in 2014 so I am excited to see your review of it.

mickeystoontown
02-18-2013, 10:46 AM
It's good to hear that you were starting to feel better as the day went on. It's been a really really long time since we've been in the Animal Kingdom after dark. I forgot how pretty it was.

monica23535
02-18-2013, 11:43 AM
Hi Mel, I'm glad you still had a great time at AK without riding anything, well except the train to Rafiki's Watch!

Your nighttime picture are lovely, we've never stayed until dark there as DH gets a bit fed up with the park after a few hours lol

I love your EE picture, that guy in front of Otaku looks as if he's about to cry!

disneybarbie
02-18-2013, 01:23 PM
Lovely update Mel.. I have never been to Animal Kingdom in the evening, the park looks so pretty!

It's great you had a nice day despite not doing any attractions :goodvibes


Emma princess: x

ronnmel
02-18-2013, 07:43 PM
it's so nice when you don't have to rush because you know you'll be back there are still days when i go full force into Disney mode but some days that I take it easy too and I find I enjoy things so much more when I have trips with the perfect mix.

Actually at that point we didn't know if we were going to come back to AK this trip, but we weren't rushing anyway. It's kind of in our nature to be go-go-GO!, but this trip we were forced to slow down due to sickness and the baby. It was kind of a blessing in disguise, as it made us see that slowing down can be great too! You're right, the best trips include a mix of commando style and smelling the roses. :goodvibes


AK at night is GORGEOUS!!!!! I'm glad you were able to enjoy your day there without one ride. It is nice sometimes to just look around and enjoy your surroundings instead of just what you get done. :goodvibes

It really is gorgeous, right?!! At that point I was feeling too uneasy to good on rides, but good enough to be able to enjoy the beauty of the park all around me. It was great! :)


Yeah, so happy for the new update and glad that you were feeling a little bit better at the end of the night. :)

Animal Kingdom looks so amazing at night, I would love to ride EE in the dark just once. :goodvibes

Except for NYE, evenings tended to be better than mornings for me. Which is pretty much the case in real life too.

Otaku actually said that riding EE in the dark was her favorite part of Animal Kingdom. :thumbsup2


I really enjoy your pics from AK! I have never been there at night. You have added a few things to my must do list for our next family trip! I haven't gone to Rafiki's Planet watch in ages or have I seen the parade. I'm so sorry you weren't feeling great on your trip. I hope it gets better!

Thanks! It's hard to get to see AK at night because it usually closes before sunset and doesn't have evening EMH anymore. Unless you're there for a special occasion, your best bet is a busy week in winter. That way sunset will be early (especially Nov, Dec and Jan) and they might extend hours late enough. While were were there AK closed at 8pm, which is pretty unusual.

There are so many things to do at AK that are not the main attractions, it's nice to take the time to check them out. I hope you get to see the parade again soon, or visit Rafiki's.

I go better... eventually. :rolleyes:

ronnmel
02-18-2013, 07:58 PM
Yippee! Lots of updates!!

First of all, glad to hear you were starting to feel a bit better. Even though I know that isn't the last we will hear about sicknesses this trip.

We used to be the "up at dawn at the parks from open to close' couple. Then DS came along. It is amazing how much slower we take things, but how it is absolutely just as fun!

You say "Yippee! Lots of updates!!" and I say "Yippee! Lots of replies!!" :cool1:

Nope, it isn't the last you'll hear about sicknesses. I *think* you've heard the worse though.

I thought for sure with a baby we'd be up and ready early since she'd wake us up early. Wasn't the case. First, I hadn't imposed a schedule on her at home yet so she was often waking up at 8am. Second, no matter how early you get up, you have to at least double the time it takes you to get ready in the morning. Third, even if you put an alarm, chances are you wont want to wake up since you'll have been up a couple of times in the middle of the night to feed said baby. :rotfl2: So yeah, we took things lots slower, especially in the mornings and evenings. It was a bit disconcerting at first, but by the end of the trip we found our groove and were enjoying ourselves. :thumbsup2


Usually a lurker so I am stepping out to say "Hi!" We are thinking about staying at the Beach Club in 2014 so I am excited to see your review of it.

:welcome: I'm glad you took the time to say Hi! :wave2: My review of Beach Club is all typed up and ready to go. I'll post it as soon as I get to that point in the TR, which is coming up during Day 3. :)


It's good to hear that you were starting to feel better as the day went on. It's been a really really long time since we've been in the Animal Kingdom after dark. I forgot how pretty it was.

Mornings are usually the roughest for me. It was nice to be able to enjoy a nice evening.

Well they make it hard for anyone to see AK at night anymore since they shortened the hours and did away with evening EMH. I know you usually travel in the spring, but if you manage to convince the boys to let you see Disney for the Holidays you might get a chance to see Animal Kingdom at night again. :goodvibes

Hi Mel, I'm glad you still had a great time at AK without riding anything, well except the train to Rafiki's Watch!

Your nighttime picture are lovely, we've never stayed until dark there as DH gets a bit fed up with the park after a few hours lol

I love your EE picture, that guy in front of Otaku looks as if he's about to cry!

I tend to count the train to Rafiki's more as a mode of transportation than a ride. :p But yeah, I love that I managed to have a great time regardless.

Thanks. I don't have the best camera (or the best skills), so I'm happy that I was able to convey the beauty of AK at night. :goodvibes They more often than not close AK before sunset nowadays, so good luck seeing it at night. If you do manage to go at a time when they stay open late, just show up late to AK that day. That way your DH will only be in the parks a few hours. ;)

haha, I hadn't noticed that guy! So funny! :lmao: That's why I post the full ride picture as well as the close up, sometimes the other guests can be quite entertaining.


Lovely update Mel.. I have never been to Animal Kingdom in the evening, the park looks so pretty!

It's great you had a nice day despite not doing any attractions :goodvibes


Emma princess: x

It is gorgeous! I hope you get a chance to see it yourself one day, it's even better to be walking through it. :goodvibes

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed myself despite the lack of attractions. Maybe I am capable of taking things slow after all. :)

Tiggerrn2
02-18-2013, 08:30 PM
Glad you felt a bit better. AK is a park you really can enjoy the shopping and browsing in. I'm not a fan of PW on a good day, so I can't say missing that one would be a downer. Too bad the safari was done for the day. We were able to do an EMH an AK in 2006. Rode EE 4 times in a row. Then I was DONE! ;) Haven't been out to Rafiki's Planet Watch since 2004. I think it may be time to explore it again next trip.

KatMark
02-18-2013, 08:41 PM
Mel, I'm a couple of updates behind. Let's see if I remember everything.

I'm so sorry you were still feeling so poorly.

I'm sorry you guys didn't enjoy Holiday Wishes...we loved it more than Wishes and Hallowishes. It's a shame that you were feeling so poorly and couldn't stay for the New Year fireworks, but the sleep was probably a better idea.

I love your photos of the AK Jingle Jungle parade. And your photopass pictures are great.

Sometimes you can have just as great a time by just watching others enjoy and just taking it all in. :goodvibes

photographymom517
02-18-2013, 10:12 PM
All caught up again!!! :thumbsup2

Love all of your pictures!!! I have never stayed at Animal Kingdom past 4pm before, so being able to stay late this trip was a lot of fun for us!!! We were actually completely exhausted the one evening but were determined to see the park after dark...so we just sat on a bench beside a gift shop & waited for the sun to set! :rotfl2:

I totally agree with you about touring...our best days were the ones where we either changed plans or didn't have any to begin with!!! But we also had a good time on some of the days where things were planned from morning to evening. I think the best trips have a combo of both touring styles!

I am sooooo looking forward to your BC review! I miss it there so much!!!

shan23877
02-19-2013, 12:48 AM
Looks like a fun night! I'm sorry you weren't feeling up to riding anything, but you seem to have been able to keep a good attitude about it. :goodvibes

Love the PP pics!

Pluto0809
02-19-2013, 07:23 AM
Three updates behind.... so let's see what I remember. :rotfl2:

Great pictures of the AK parade. That is one I have yet to see. I don't think I'm going to get to it this trip either. Someday I will though!

I love riding the train out to the Conservation Station. It's really neat to see where they house the animals. Just like Disney to decorate even the vet's office!

AK at night looks so pretty. There's another thing to add to my list of things to do on a future trip!

MrsDrewsky
02-19-2013, 02:36 PM
Joining in!

Your little girl is beautiful!

katt789
02-19-2013, 07:28 PM
AK at night looks so pretty!! I've always wanted to check it out after dark, but it's always been closed at five when we've been there, or I've had other plans, lol! Glad you had fun while slowing down and relaxing!!

ronnmel
02-20-2013, 09:27 AM
I'm watching "Live with Kelly & Michael" in Magic Kingdom and it's both awesome and pure torture. I wanna go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm going back to work next week. :sad2: I'm so sad that my mat leave is almost over. I could have had 10 more weeks, but I decided to give them to Ron. It's better for me as a teacher to go back not so close to the end of the school year. Plus, I think it will be nice for them to have some father-daughter alone time. :hug:

I know I'm going to be tired and busy, but I don't think this TR will suffer too much as I've been very good so far at typing updates ahead of time. I'm already halfway through Day 5. :thumbsup2


Glad you felt a bit better. AK is a park you really can enjoy the shopping and browsing in. I'm not a fan of PW on a good day, so I can't say missing that one would be a downer. Too bad the safari was done for the day. We were able to do an EMH an AK in 2006. Rode EE 4 times in a row. Then I was DONE! ;) Haven't been out to Rafiki's Planet Watch since 2004. I think it may be time to explore it again next trip.

Yes, AK is best enjoyed when taking your time. I actually like Primeval Whirl, and it had been closed during our Disneymoon, so I was a bit bummed about that. I cannot do EE though. I tried it twice last trip, and after spending 90 minutes laying on my bed nauseous after the second ride, I said never again. I can't imagine doing it four times in a row! :faint:

Yep, you're due to go back to Rafiki's. :thumbsup2


Mel, I'm a couple of updates behind. Let's see if I remember everything.

I'm so sorry you were still feeling so poorly.

I'm sorry you guys didn't enjoy Holiday Wishes...we loved it more than Wishes and Hallowishes. It's a shame that you were feeling so poorly and couldn't stay for the New Year fireworks, but the sleep was probably a better idea.

I love your photos of the AK Jingle Jungle parade. And your photopass pictures are great.

Sometimes you can have just as great a time by just watching others enjoy and just taking it all in. :goodvibes

Thanks.

A lot of things played a role in us not enjoying Holiday Wishes. I guess it wasn't meant to be.

I've always been a go-go-go girl at Disney so it was nice to see that I could have a great time slowing down.


All caught up again!!! :thumbsup2

Love all of your pictures!!! I have never stayed at Animal Kingdom past 4pm before, so being able to stay late this trip was a lot of fun for us!!! We were actually completely exhausted the one evening but were determined to see the park after dark...so we just sat on a bench beside a gift shop & waited for the sun to set! :rotfl2:

I totally agree with you about touring...our best days were the ones where we either changed plans or didn't have any to begin with!!! But we also had a good time on some of the days where things were planned from morning to evening. I think the best trips have a combo of both touring styles!

I am sooooo looking forward to your BC review! I miss it there so much!!!

Nothing wrong with just sitting on a bench and enjoy the moment once in a while. ;) You really need to post your pictures of that trip. :goodvibes

We had some great unplanned moments, some great planned ones, some plans went wrong, and sometimes we should have had a plan. With every trip we are getting better at perfecting the perfect touring styles. :rotfl:


Looks like a fun night! I'm sorry you weren't feeling up to riding anything, but you seem to have been able to keep a good attitude about it. :goodvibes

Love the PP pics!

I think what helped me not feel too abd about not riding stuff is that I knew going into this trip that we would never equal the amount of rides we did during our Disneymoon, that it would be a totally different trip, and that there is nothing wrong with that. :goodvibes


Three updates behind.... so let's see what I remember. :rotfl2:

Great pictures of the AK parade. That is one I have yet to see. I don't think I'm going to get to it this trip either. Someday I will though!

I love riding the train out to the Conservation Station. It's really neat to see where they house the animals. Just like Disney to decorate even the vet's office!

AK at night looks so pretty. There's another thing to add to my list of things to do on a future trip!

You are a huge AK fan yet you have never seen the parade? :eek: You are missing out!! It's such a neat parade, you have to find a way to make the time for it in the near future. :) I hope you get to see AK at night as well.

It's nice to see some of the "backstage" stuff like the animal houses. I love how the guide on our train ride said that no animals is forced to go "on stage" on any day, that they can just stay in their "house" if they so desire.


Joining in!

Your little girl is beautiful!

:welcome: and thank you!

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Is that your first? Are you having a boy or a girl? :)


AK at night looks so pretty!! I've always wanted to check it out after dark, but it's always been closed at five when we've been there, or I've had other plans, lol! Glad you had fun while slowing down and relaxing!!

Well if you ever find yourself at WDW on a day where AK is open late, you have to make it a plan to see it. You won't be disappointed! Especially a big EE fan like you, I'm sure you'll get a huge kick out of riding it in the dark. :thumbsup2

ronnmel
02-20-2013, 12:50 PM
Day 3 part 1 – The One Where We Eat With Fish


We were switching resorts today so when we got up we started packing. Well, they did because I was nauseous. AGAIN. I don’t remember if it was at that time, but since the Pepto Bismol had worked the day before we decided to buy a bottle of it. I ended up using it several times during the trip.

We called for luggage service ahead of the time we wanted, but they were late despite that. I was afraid we would be late for our lunch ADR. I tried changing it, but never got the line. We had done express check-out, so when luggage service arrived we high-tailed it to the buses. An Epcot bus arrived shortly after and we were on our way.

There was quite a big crowd at Epcot’s entrance. There were also lots of people in line for Spaceship Earth.

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We walked straight to Coral Reef and got there just in time for our 11:30 lunch ADR.

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I checked-us in and was handed a pager. I gave the camera to Otaku so she could take pictures of the waiting area.

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She also took pictures of us.

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We waited about 5 minutes. Claudia had fallen asleep in the stroller in the time that it had taken us to walk from the bus to the restaurant, so we brought it inside. She woke up almost right away. We folded the stroller than tried to put her in a high chair. She didn’t like it very much. We were sitting on the second tier, so I think we were too far from the aquarium for Claudia to really be interested in the fish swimming by. We really liked the atmosphere of the restaurant.

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http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/216_zps1d2efd04.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/217_zps9e140df8.jpg


This is Peanut during the short period she was in the high chair. We were trying to feed her lunch.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/219_zps823ba170.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/218_zpsc5db3847.jpg


A sting ray passed by.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/220_zps4e70d8e8.jpg


Then it was the shark’s turn to pay us a visit.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/221_zps230327f0.jpg


Time for the food. My stomach was still queasy and all I got was bland mashed potatoes. I barely touched them.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/224_zps5493fea7.jpg


Ron and Otaku shared the Appetizer for Two, which consists of Crab Cakes, Fried Shrimp and the Lobster Soup. Otaku ate most of it as she had it as her main meal. I think they liked everything.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/222_zps2144ee7b.jpg


Ron had the grilled Mahi-Mahi. He said it was very light and perfect for his appetite at the time.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/223_zps4d9c442f.jpg


This fish passed by verrrrrrrryyyyy slowly. We were worried we wouldn’t have time to take his picture. ;)

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/225_zpsae7b596c.jpg


We had to keep passing Claudia around as she was being very fussy (who wouldn’t be with a 10 minute nap?). Our waitress was okay, nothing special.

I didn’t care that I was sick; I was not going to pass on the opportunity to try the Chocolate Wave. I split it with Otaku. It tasted awesome!!!!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/226_zps73490c58.jpg


After the meal we went to Mousegear to look for a bag. I have no idea how we thought one small diaper backpack would be enough to carry all our stuff. We were also using a string backpack to carry the lightweight stroller stuff (blanket, sun hat, sun shade, rain cover), but it was still not enough. We chose a nice Mickey backpack. Thank you Hope for the gift card, that’s what we bought with it. :goodvibes:

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20last%20day%20and%20Souvenirs/0042_zpsae95eb5f.jpg


We walked out of the park, but not the way we came in. We went through the International Gateway as it was time to check-in at our home for the next 8 nights, the Beach Club! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47596568&postcount=233)

PhoenixStrength
02-20-2013, 01:14 PM
I'm so sorry you were too sick to eat anything at Coral Reef, I know we talked about the chicken a lot before you left. But you did have a pretty good view of the aquarium and got some good pictures!

I can't wait to see Beach Club!!! :goodvibes

shan23877
02-20-2013, 01:20 PM
I'm so sorry you still weren't feeling well! Glad you got dessert though!

Cute, cute Claudia! Loving all the photos of her! :goodvibes

MrsDrewsky
02-20-2013, 01:27 PM
:welcome: and thank you!

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Is that your first? Are you having a boy or a girl? :)


Thank you! This is my first. We're having a boy.

We're already considering taking a trip in January 2014. Claudia seems to be such a good traveler. :)

SAT887
02-20-2013, 01:40 PM
Claudia is adorable... While my youngest is only about 1.5 yrs it makes me miss that age.. Maybe its because we decided 2 is enough and I know there won't be another, but they are so muchkin squeezable! :)

At least you were able to stomach (for at least this part of the update!) the chocolate wave!! I'd take dessert over most main courses anyway :goodvibes We really enjoyed our visit there and the ambiance is so fantastic! Enjoying your updates and keep em coming! :)

gracer9977
02-20-2013, 03:12 PM
So sorry you are still feeling so nauseous. :sad2: I am so glad that you are powering through and making the best of everything but I can only imagine how awful you must have felt at times. :sick:

The pictures of Claudia at the table are so cute. I remember going when my DD was only 16 months. We spent alot of time taking turns eating while someone took her out to the lobby to run around. She had no interest in sitting at the table. :headache: At least there was 7 adults that time so everyone was nice enough to take a turn. :)

Looking forward to the next update. :goodvibes

Tiggerrn2
02-20-2013, 03:23 PM
Did Ron like the Lobster soup? I thought it was wonderful! So sorry you haven't been able to enjoy any of your meals so far.
Can't wait to hear what you all think of the BC! One of my favorites! The location is so awesome.

mickeystoontown
02-20-2013, 03:40 PM
Oh no! I was hoping that the nausea would have gone away after the Pepto. We really enjoy our meals at Coral Reef. I wonder if they'll let me order that appetizer as an entree when we are on the dining plan. It looks delicious.

The joys of traveling with a baby....I remember those days well and do not miss them.

ronnmel
02-20-2013, 07:01 PM
Ok, I love reading trip reports. I'm always excited when I see someone has posted an update. This morning started off kinda slow so I decided to start reading a new trip report per Shan's suggestion (thanks, it's hilarious! :thumbsup2) But then it seems that EVERYONE decided to do updates today. And often multiple ones! :faint: Couldn't you guys stagger them a little? :rotfl2: Just kidding. It took me all day, but I FINALLY caught up. :goodvibes


I'm so sorry you were too sick to eat anything at Coral Reef, I know we talked about the chicken a lot before you left. But you did have a pretty good view of the aquarium and got some good pictures!

I can't wait to see Beach Club!!! :goodvibes

Yes, I was disappointed that i couldn't try the chicken. I did ask about getting just a plate of spaetzel, but they said it couldn't be served on its own. I'm not sure I would have appreciated a new taste anyway at that point.

We had a good view, I was happy! I wish we had had a table closest to the aquarium, but since I didn't request it I did not expect it (unlike certain people in your TR if I remember right. :rotfl: )


I'm so sorry you still weren't feeling well! Glad you got dessert though!

Cute, cute Claudia! Loving all the photos of her! :goodvibes

I always have room for dessert. As I found out that day, it even holds true when I feel sick. :rotfl:

I'm hoping to post more photos of her from this past month. Can you believe she just turned 8 months? She's almost crawling now!!!


Thank you! This is my first. We're having a boy.

We're already considering taking a trip in January 2014. Claudia seems to be such a good traveler. :)

That's great! Have you chosen a name yet?

I hope my TR helps you prepare yourself should you decide to take that trip. We tried our best to prepare ourselves, but it wasn't enough. Obviously being sick put a kink in it and made it harder on us. Also traveling with a 13 y.o. helped (extra pair of hands) and made things worse (we both wanted to go out and do all the big rides with her). If you all agree to take things slow, it should help. Also, I don't know if you'll be breastfeeding, but it would have made things so much EASIER if I had been. Obviously I can't change the past and even knowing this would not have solved the problems I faced with breastfeeding, but I just thought I'd let you know. Carrying around 5 bottles full of water and having to wash those every night was a pain. Other than that, yes she was good for the most part. She would take naps in the stroller and did not fuss too much except on a few occasions. :)


Claudia is adorable... While my youngest is only about 1.5 yrs it makes me miss that age.. Maybe its because we decided 2 is enough and I know there won't be another, but they are so muchkin squeezable! :)

At least you were able to stomach (for at least this part of the update!) the chocolate wave!! I'd take dessert over most main courses anyway :goodvibes We really enjoyed our visit there and the ambiance is so fantastic! Enjoying your updates and keep em coming! :)

I'm already missing the newborn stage, so I understand what you mean. :goodvibes

I have no idea why I didn't think earlier of eating something chocolatey. I should've known that even feeling nauseous, my stomach would always be able to digest chocolate. At that point I was basically nauseous because I hadn't had anything to eat in days. Who cares if it's sugar that makes it in, it's better than nothing, no? :thumbsup2 As you'll see later on in the TR, I very often substituted sweets for real meals. :lmao:

ronnmel
02-20-2013, 07:19 PM
So sorry you are still feeling so nauseous. :sad2: I am so glad that you are powering through and making the best of everything but I can only imagine how awful you must have felt at times. :sick:

The pictures of Claudia at the table are so cute. I remember going when my DD was only 16 months. We spent alot of time taking turns eating while someone took her out to the lobby to run around. She had no interest in sitting at the table. :headache: At least there was 7 adults that time so everyone was nice enough to take a turn. :)

Looking forward to the next update. :goodvibes

It sure did not make things easy to have to pack and go eat while feeling sick. But as you can see in some pictures, I still managed to smile. :)

She has actually gotten better with high chairs. Already later on in the trip she would last a little longer, then last week I went out by myself o have breakfast with other moms and she spent almost the entire meal in the chair! I'm sure that's about to end soon though, as she starts to be mobile. Then she won't want to sit at the table, like your DD. :upsidedow


Did Ron like the Lobster soup? I thought it was wonderful! So sorry you haven't been able to enjoy any of your meals so far.
Can't wait to hear what you all think of the BC! One of my favorites! The location is so awesome.

I just asked him and he said "It was good". He is usually a man of many words, but I caught him watching a movie so I guess that's all the answer you're going to get tonight. :rotfl2:

I'll be posting Beach Club updates separately from the "story" like I did for AoA. :)


Oh no! I was hoping that the nausea would have gone away after the Pepto. We really enjoy our meals at Coral Reef. I wonder if they'll let me order that appetizer as an entree when we are on the dining plan. It looks delicious.

The joys of traveling with a baby....I remember those days well and do not miss them.

Well the Pepto did help for the previous day, but I had to take it again that morning as the nausea had come back. Eating the Chocolate Wave did help though, as now I had something in my stomach that I was able to build upon.

It doesn't hurt to ask! I hope they let you order it, Ron and Otaku enjoyed it very much. :)

shan23877
02-21-2013, 12:27 AM
So glad that you're enjoying her TR! Isn't it great?!

AvasMommy526
02-21-2013, 07:00 AM
Ok all caught up!! I'm still bummed that you were still feeling sick, this winter has been rough on everyone! :sad2:

AK at night is amazing, I remember that being one of the things you were really looking forward to! I won't get to see because we are going in May and it should probably be light the whole time lol! So I'm living vicariously through your photos! ;)

Wooooo Hoooo for BC arrival, I went back and forth back and forth between BLT and BC. I can't wait to see your pics, it's such a beautiful resort and the pool is amazing :woohoo: I've never been to Coral Reef but all your food looks good and Claudia is of course adorable! :goodvibes

I love reading new TRs and I totally agree its like they all get updated on the same day :rotfl2: My fiancé thinks I'm nuts over here reading and laughing and he's like do you know these people. I'm like we'll I don't "know" them but I certainly feel like I do :rotfl: He enjoys the food pics!! I want to write a report on our trip, it's gonna be 12 days, 9 park days, a bunch of ADRs, a lot of guests and our Wedding :love2: I'm just afraid no one will read it lol Is that normal first trip report anxiety? :lmao:

And if you don't mind me asking, how much time do you get for maternity leave? We only get 6 or 8 weeks, I know some companies give more but that's the standard here. Luckily, I work with my family and only went back part time so no need for day care bc I couldn't imagine dropping my 8 wk old off with people I didn't know, I really give credit to the working families :goodvibes

Sorry for the long reply, apparently I have a lot to say ;)

ronnmel
02-21-2013, 12:43 PM
So glad that you're enjoying her TR! Isn't it great?!

It is! She has a great style of writing. Thanks for suggesting it! :thumbsup2


Ok all caught up!! I'm still bummed that you were still feeling sick, this winter has been rough on everyone! :sad2:

AK at night is amazing, I remember that being one of the things you were really looking forward to! I won't get to see because we are going in May and it should probably be light the whole time lol! So I'm living vicariously through your photos! ;)

Wooooo Hoooo for BC arrival, I went back and forth back and forth between BLT and BC. I can't wait to see your pics, it's such a beautiful resort and the pool is amazing :woohoo: I've never been to Coral Reef but all your food looks good and Claudia is of course adorable! :goodvibes

I love reading new TRs and I totally agree its like they all get updated on the same day :rotfl2: My fiancé thinks I'm nuts over here reading and laughing and he's like do you know these people. I'm like we'll I don't "know" them but I certainly feel like I do :rotfl: He enjoys the food pics!! I want to write a report on our trip, it's gonna be 12 days, 9 park days, a bunch of ADRs, a lot of guests and our Wedding :love2: I'm just afraid no one will read it lol Is that normal first trip report anxiety? :lmao:

And if you don't mind me asking, how much time do you get for maternity leave? We only get 6 or 8 weeks, I know some companies give more but that's the standard here. Luckily, I work with my family and only went back part time so no need for day care bc I couldn't imagine dropping my 8 wk old off with people I didn't know, I really give credit to the working families :goodvibes

Sorry for the long reply, apparently I have a lot to say ;)

December and January were really rough. Thankfully, February seems to be better. Obviously that could all change once I start working in the germ factory (a.k.a. school) again. :upsidedow

It's so rare to be able to see AK at night, I HAD to make sure I got to do it, no matter if I felt sick or not. Spoiler alert, there will be more AK at night pictures later in the trip. ;)

BLT looks pretty and has the advantage of being on the monorail and within walking distance of MK, but I think BC is more relaxing and has more Disney touches. Still, I'd love to try BLT one day.

I know what you mean about feeling like you "know" all the TR writers or the people who reply to yours (like you guys :goodvibes ) I'll often be talking to Ron and saying "so and so did this, or said that", as if I'm talking about my actual real life friends. Nothing wrong with online friends though, I love you guys! :hug:

It's totally normal first trip report anxiety! My first PTR/TR I didn't have as many readers. I was so surprised with the Zombie Apocalypse one when I saw my "views" number growing and growing. :flower3: When you do start it just advertise yourself by including the link in your signature, and by telling the TR writers you comment on often (like here) that you started one (and include the link). Plus, if you post the word WEDDING in your title, you have a good chance of attracting readers. Sorry for the brain fart, but you're getting married IN Disney, right? If so, that's even cooler!! I, for one, can't wait to read your TR! :cool1:

We are very lucky with mat leave here. We get 18 weeks of maternity leave and the dads get 5 weeks of paternity. (The first 5 weeks we were off together). Then you get 32 weeks of parental leave, which either just the mom can take, just the dad, both mom and dad together, or share it between mom, then dad. We are doing the last option. I took a total of 40 weeks off (18 + 22) and Ron will take the remaining 10 weeks, meaning he'll be off starting next week. I cannot even imagine being in the states and only getting 8 weeks, and Ron only getting a few days. :faint:

I love long replies, don't apologize. :)

Pluto0809
02-21-2013, 01:48 PM
Bummer you weren't feeling well and didn't get to eat at Coral Reef. It's one of my favorite restaurants at Disney. Can't wait to eat there next week! :cool1:

I absolutely love that back pack. Of course that's because it has Pluto on it! :lovestruc

KatMark
02-21-2013, 02:04 PM
Mel, I'm so sorry you weren't feeling well. But I'm so glad you got the Chocolate Wave anyway. Isn't it wonderful? I would go back just for that. :goodvibes

Love the pictures of Peanut in her high chair...she just hasn't the sweetest smile.

Fantasyland Mom
02-21-2013, 06:39 PM
I have never seen a line at Spaceship Earth!

I think we're doing Coral Reef again next time. We skipped it last trip, but Julia has requested it again, and you know she plans as much as I do:lmao:! I don't think everybody likes it for the food; I think they like the aquarium! I swear we were at that same exact table in 2011.

I hate that you felt so crummy on this trip :sad2:.

I can't wait to see Beach Club!! You know you've inspired me to do AoA, then switch to a deluxe ;).

SAT887
02-21-2013, 07:01 PM
Ok... WOW on your maternity leave I had to scrape and scrounge all my vacation and personal time to get my 12 weeks both times. I'm kinda jealous ;) thankfully I was able to go part time after my first (which I know I am lucky to have the ability to do) I'm glad you and Ron are able to take advantage of it :goodvibes: I wish the US would join much of the rest of the world as far as maternity/paternity leave.

MrsDrewsky
02-21-2013, 07:37 PM
That's great! Have you chosen a name yet?



We both like the name Jonah.

I love the idea of someone to help with our little guy during the trip, but it will most likely just be the two of us and baby. Hopefully our little one will be easy going and want to nap in his stroller. I hadn't even really thought about washing bottles and packing so much for the parks until you mentioned it.

Did resort transportation work out for the most part? Rental car prices have been so high lately we are hoping to do without.

PracPerfPatricia
02-22-2013, 06:04 PM
Ok... I was a little bit behind...

I agree about Cars not my favorite movie... but the CARS sections of AoA really appeals to me... I love that whole road trip... Route 66 ... diners, motels kind of theming ... I'd love to see a room there... :)

Wow... you were really feeling off for a bit huh? I hope you get better by the end...:goodvibes I feel like so many people have been sick this winter...

When I read about the fight in MK... I know how nervous you must have felt...:eek: WHAT is going on with people this year at Disney?... I've read quite a few TRs where people where people have witnessed rudeness and a general lack of civility recently at WDW... sigh let's hope it was something in the water and not a trend...

I think the tree at AK is really well themed and pretty awesome and I happen to be a big fan of the parade there as well... it's really unique and creative...

oh wow... lucky you to see AK all lit up at night...:goodvibes

I like EE but would definitely skip it if I was feeling off as well...:scared:

The Coral Reef is really a lovely restaurant... I hope you're up to some Dis food some...

Brook730
02-22-2013, 06:07 PM
Awesome TR so far... Lol you are helping me get my disney fix before we leave in a few day's.:hyper:

ronnmel
02-22-2013, 08:11 PM
Bummer you weren't feeling well and didn't get to eat at Coral Reef. It's one of my favorite restaurants at Disney. Can't wait to eat there next week! :cool1:

I absolutely love that back pack. Of course that's because it has Pluto on it! :lovestruc

Otaku and Ron enjoyed their food at Coral Reef, so while I don't think we will be going back next trip, I'm sure we'll come back once Peanut is older. Hopefully I won't be sick then as well. I hope you have a great meal there next week!

I think you like Pluto as much as I love Stitch. You have way more choices for Pluto merchandise though. Good thing I also like Tink a lot. :)


Mel, I'm so sorry you weren't feeling well. But I'm so glad you got the Chocolate Wave anyway. Isn't it wonderful? I would go back just for that. :goodvibes

Love the pictures of Peanut in her high chair...she just hasn't the sweetest smile.

The Chocolate Wave was divine indeed! I would totally eat just that and be okay.

That picture of her in the high chair is one of my favorites! :lovestruc


I have never seen a line at Spaceship Earth!

I think we're doing Coral Reef again next time. We skipped it last trip, but Julia has requested it again, and you know she plans as much as I do:lmao:! I don't think everybody likes it for the food; I think they like the aquarium! I swear we were at that same exact table in 2011.

I hate that you felt so crummy on this trip :sad2:.

I can't wait to see Beach Club!! You know you've inspired me to do AoA, then switch to a deluxe ;).

I have seen a line at Spaceship Earth before, but very rarely and thankfully it has never lasted all day.

The aquarium is totally a good reason to go to Coral Reef. Julia made a good choice! It was a great table. Though looking at my pictures again, I can see that some tables way up close were not taken yet. I should have asked for one, but I was still in survival mode at that point and it did not even cross my mind.

I'm honored that I inspired you to switch to AoA. There is not even one doubt in my mind that your kids will be in heaven at that resort. I forgot, what deluxe are you doing again? Though you know, once they are at AoA they may not want to switch. ;)


Ok... WOW on your maternity leave I had to scrape and scrounge all my vacation and personal time to get my 12 weeks both times. I'm kinda jealous ;) thankfully I was able to go part time after my first (which I know I am lucky to have the ability to do) I'm glad you and Ron are able to take advantage of it :goodvibes: I wish the US would join much of the rest of the world as far as maternity/paternity leave.

I know we are very lucky here compared to the US. I should not complain, but I think it doesn't matter how long or short your mat leave is, most moms don't want to go back to work after it's over. Besides the 15 weeks paternity/parental leave Ron got, he still got his usual vacation time, which is why we were able to go to Disney. I feel it's so much better for the child to have their parents at home longer, and for the parents to really adjust slowly to the new kid and to focus on the baby's needs while not being so stressed out with work.

ronnmel
02-22-2013, 08:26 PM
We both like the name Jonah.

I love the idea of someone to help with our little guy during the trip, but it will most likely just be the two of us and baby. Hopefully our little one will be easy going and want to nap in his stroller. I hadn't even really thought about washing bottles and packing so much for the parks until you mentioned it.

Did resort transportation work out for the most part? Rental car prices have been so high lately we are hoping to do without.

Jonah is a nice name, and one I have only seen once in all my years of teaching.

Here's what we brought to the parks everyday in our bags.
In a string back pack that we would usually hang on the stroller we had :
- a think blanket,
- a thick blanket (because in January the temperatures can go to almost freezing at night),
- the sun shade (the shade that came with the stroller was small, so we bought a removable one),
- a rain cover (we ended up leaving the rain cover in the stroller basket all the time, and the sun shade either on the stroller, or in the basket)
- a ziploc bag with 2 changes of clothes
- a sun hat
Basically all "light" items that we either needed for the stroller, or rarely needed.

In our regular backpack :
- 5 bottles with the right amount of water already in (one time we ran out of bottles so I went to the baby care center to wash one and put water in it)
- 2 formula dispensers (so we had enough formula for 6 bottles)
- diapers, wipes, changing mat
- Baby sunscreen (we were bad and rarely put it on her, but she was mostly in long sleeve and 95% of the time in the shade of the stroller
- In a big ziploc bags, things to feed her (spoon, puree, plastic bib, wet wash cloth)
- Toys (things to chew on, things that rattle) We thought later on in the trip to tie a toy to a lanyard, and tie the lanyard to the stroller. That way she wouldn't throw it on the ground. Before that when we were on the move we'd just give her the chew toy that straps around her wrist.

It's a lot. Looking back, I wish we had either gone a few months early (before she started eating cereals/purees), or a few months later (once she would start eating finger food for real). That would have made our lives so much easier. And as I said earlier, breastfeeding would also have been easier.

As for transportation, it was no problem. We had chosen that umbrella stroller (go check the PTR for details) specifically for the ease of folding it. I could literally fold it with one hand. We just had to share between us who would hold the baby, the stroller and the bags.


Ok... I was a little bit behind...

I agree about Cars not my favorite movie... but the CARS sections of AoA really appeals to me... I love that whole road trip... Route 66 ... diners, motels kind of theming ... I'd love to see a room there... :)

Wow... you were really feeling off for a bit huh? I hope you get better by the end...:goodvibes I feel like so many people have been sick this winter...

When I read about the fight in MK... I know how nervous you must have felt...:eek: WHAT is going on with people this year at Disney?... I've read quite a few TRs where people where people have witnessed rudeness and a general lack of civility recently at WDW... sigh let's hope it was something in the water and not a trend...

I think the tree at AK is really well themed and pretty awesome and I happen to be a big fan of the parade there as well... it's really unique and creative...

oh wow... lucky you to see AK all lit up at night...:goodvibes

I like EE but would definitely skip it if I was feeling off as well...:scared:

The Coral Reef is really a lovely restaurant... I hope you're up to some Dis food some...

Awesome TR so far... Lol you are helping me get my disney fix before we leave in a few day's.:hyper:

Glad you are enjoying the TR so far, even though those were not our best days. I hope you have a magical trip! :wizard:

ronnmel
02-22-2013, 08:51 PM
Day 3 part 2 - The One With The Lost Key


I want to apologize for the lack of photos in this update. I promise I got better at picture-taking as the trip went on.

We walked out of Epcot via the International Gateway and were soon arriving at the Beach Club.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/227_zpsbb206d8b.jpg


I know everyone raves about the wonderful smell of the Beach Club lobby, but let me tell you, its not so wonderful when you are feeling nauseous. It does look positively gorgeous in any circumstances though.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCLobby4_zps9ed2377d.jpg


More Beach Club Lobby "& more" pictures HERE (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47611936&postcount=243).
I went to the check-in counter while Otaku and Peanut sat in the big chair.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/2013%20day%203/228_zpsad0b9e7b.jpg


We had booked a garden view and our only request was a full balcony. Not only did we get it, but we also got a daybed. And bonus, our room was ready! We went to our room, which was down a few hallways. You can check out my room review HERE (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47611950&postcount=245). For now Ill post my favorite photos.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom4_zps553872ed.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom2_zpsad0e705c.jpg


Our luggage had not arrived from AoA, but we did have our swimsuits in our park bag. I had forgotten to pack flip-flops so I went to check to see if they had any at the Marketplace (the Beach Club souvenir shop). They had some, but none I liked. I even walked all the way to the Yacht Club store (wow, that was further than I thought!), but they didnt have any either. I should have bought the Reefs I had seen the night before at the Polynesian.

I went back to the room and Otaku and I changed into our swimsuits. We left for the pool while Ron and Peanut napped. We hadnt received the Pack n Play yet, so we had put her on the bed in the middle with pillows all around her. We forgot to bring the waterproof camera with us (or any camera for that matter), so there will be no pictures (this time). We grabbed towels and received our wrist bands. We tried the zero entry with the sand bank first. The water was a bit colder than I was expecting. Then we went into the lazy river. That part if very deep, and has a small current. I had no choice but to get all wet here. The water did not feel so cold once in. We swam a bit, then switched to the other pool and stood with our shoulders and neck under the waterfall. Kinda like a massage. It felt great! Thats when I realized that I had lost the lanyard that held our room keys. We searched for it in the water. We had not brought the goggles, so it was difficult to see well. We went back to the lazy river and looked around some more. When we got to the place where I had gone underwater, I asked a lifeguard sitting nearby. She had found it! I wrapped it around my wrist several times (as opposed to around my neck). We swam a bit more, but I was getting cold. We ended our pool time with a dip in the hot tub before going back to the room.

Our luggage still had not arrived. The CM at bell service said he called and was told by AoA that they had an unusually large amount of resort switching that day and were behind. I think this had to do with the room-only discount starting that day that was not offered at AoA. We showered and just hung around the room and on the balcony.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCviewfromroom4_zpscc723600.jpg


Finally around 5pm they brought our luggage up to our room. We organized our stuff all over the room as we had realized at AoA that traveling with a baby required more organization. Here are some of the things we did:
- On the day bed we set up her diaper changing station. Her luggage was on the dresser right next to it, so we could also dress her in the morning.
- Otaku's luggage took up the other half of the day bed.
- There is a sliding shelf next to the mini fridge, we put the baby purees there.
- We like to live out of our luggage, so we put ours on the left side of the dresser. The dresser is huge, so we still had plenty of space left to put down our things for the day (cameras, pins, keys, etc.)
- We had bags for our dirty clothes in front of the connecting door.
- We used the left sink only to wash bottles. In between the sinks we put down a drying mat.
- On the shelf above the sinks we put the things needed for the bottles (soap, formula, thermos with water) on the left side, and our toilettries on the right side.
- We also used the space underneath the sinks to put empty luggages, and a few more items we didn't need often.
- We'd park the stroller in that area too, close to the wall divider between the sink area and the beds.

That's pretty much it in terms of organization.


At last around 7pm we were ready to leave. Where to? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47682869&postcount=269)

PhoenixStrength
02-22-2013, 09:09 PM
Beach Club looks BEAUTIFUL!!!

Good thing the lifeguard found your key! It's so easy to lose them though.

shan23877
02-22-2013, 11:53 PM
The Beach Club is lovely no matter what. :goodvibes

Reading all that you carried, and how you had to organize is making me really glad that we didn't leave the state until Maddie was 3. :lmao: I can't imagine trying to pack all of that for travel, much less for each day. I guess I'm too far removed from it now-I'm overwhelmed!

Thank goodness you found the lanyard! I know that you can easily get a new key made, but that had to worry you.

cheekypoppins
02-23-2013, 08:54 AM
I've never done a room switch before but I will be doing one in October,so if you have any pointers on it please share them with me.

ronnmel
02-23-2013, 12:28 PM
Beach Club looks BEAUTIFUL!!!

Good thing the lifeguard found your key! It's so easy to lose them though.

It is a beautiful resort.

Yes, it's so easy to lose the key. I didn't want to leave it unattended on my chair either.


The Beach Club is lovely no matter what. :goodvibes

Reading all that you carried, and how you had to organize is making me really glad that we didn't leave the state until Maddie was 3. :lmao: I can't imagine trying to pack all of that for travel, much less for each day. I guess I'm too far removed from it now-I'm overwhelmed!

Thank goodness you found the lanyard! I know that you can easily get a new key made, but that had to worry you.

Yes it is. :goodvibes

I think we just traveled at the worst possible age. 2 months earlier or 3-4 months later and we would not have had to carry all the extra feeding stuff. We are not planning on going back until kid #2 (no, not pregnant yet, just planning) is at least over a year old, most probably 2. That means no Disney for several years. :sad:


I've never done a room switch before but I will be doing one in October,so if you have any pointers on it please share them with me.

It was our first room switch, but it was so easy! The morning of the switch, either call bell service to pick up your luggage, or bring it to them yourself if you can't afford to wait. Just tell them your name and which resort you will be going to. They'll put everything on a cart, including the number of bags/luggage there is. Make sure to have everything you need for the day in your park bag (that includes reservation number, IDs, credit card, and swimsuits if you want to use the pool). Then just go to whatever park you want. When you are ready, check in at your new resort. Even if your room is not ready, you can still use the pool. Once your room IS ready, just call to have bell service bring your luggage to your room. Just be aware that the luggage might not be transferred until the end of the day, if they are really busy (like they were that day for us).

Fantasyland Mom
02-23-2013, 06:53 PM
Oh, Beach Club looks wonderful! Too bad that the smell made you sick, though :sick:! That's the first time I've heard that one :lmao:.

Gosh, those rooms are so beautiful and that location is so convenient to Epcot! We are going from AoA to Contemporary next time for the convenience to MK, but I would love to stay at an Epcot resort one day when we do more Epcot visits than MK visits. It's a favorite for both of us, but we're just waiting for the kids to catch up on the obsession:thumbsup2.

So lucky that the lifeguard found your lanyard. Phew!

I LOVE ORGANIZATION. Just reading about it makes me happy, seriously.

Britard
02-23-2013, 09:25 PM
Loving the report so far! Can't wait to see what else happens!

starousse
02-23-2013, 09:49 PM
So happy to see that the room was nice. We have a garden view booked for May and I keep questioning myself if I should have chosen a water view room. Hope to hear more about your room.

AvasMommy526
02-23-2013, 10:26 PM
BLT looks pretty and has the advantage of being on the monorail and within walking distance of MK, but I think BC is more relaxing and has more Disney touches. Still, I'd love to try BLT one day.

I know what you mean about feeling like you "know" all the TR writers or the people who reply to yours (like you guys :goodvibes ) I'll often be talking to Ron and saying "so and so did this, or said that", as if I'm talking about my actual real life friends. Nothing wrong with online friends though, I love you guys! :hug:

It's totally normal first trip report anxiety! My first PTR/TR I didn't have as many readers. I was so surprised with the Zombie Apocalypse one when I saw my "views" number growing and growing. :flower3: When you do start it just advertise yourself by including the link in your signature, and by telling the TR writers you comment on often (like here) that you started one (and include the link). Plus, if you post the word WEDDING in your title, you have a good chance of attracting readers. Sorry for the brain fart, but you're getting married IN Disney, right? If so, that's even cooler!! I, for one, can't wait to read your TR! :cool1:

We are very lucky with mat leave here. We get 18 weeks of maternity leave and the dads get 5 weeks of paternity. (The first 5 weeks we were off together). Then you get 32 weeks of parental leave, which either just the mom can take, just the dad, both mom and dad together, or share it between mom, then dad. We are doing the last option. I took a total of 40 weeks off (18 + 22) and Ron will take the remaining 10 weeks, meaning he'll be off starting next week. I cannot even imagine being in the states and only getting 8 weeks, and Ron only getting a few days. :faint:

I love long replies, don't apologize. :)


Beach Club is such a beautiful resort and I agree definitely relaxing! We rented DVC points for our upcoming trip and I ultimately decided on BLT bc of its location, I do like the hotel and the rooms but really being on the monorail and the ability to walk "home" from MK was too good to pass up! And if I'm being totally honest I reallllyyy wanted a Magic Kingdom theme park view room :rotfl: Beach Club and Poly are at the top of must do Disney lists though and they definitely win for ambiance :)

Thank you for your advice on the TR!! I'm gonna "promote" myself :lmao: I really should start commenting on more of the TRs I follow, I'm more of a lurker lol! I am really looking forward to our trip and wedding and I can't wait to share it! :goodvibes:

We are staying in Disney for 12 days, getting married 6 days after we arrive! We aren't getting married in Disney, actually at the Royal Pacific (on Universal property, the "dark side" lololol) We first looked at a small Disney wedding but realized we could not keep it under 16 guests and the next package was very expensive due to the fact that we are having a big reception at home during the summer so we looked into other resorts in the area and I stayed at RP in 2010 and loved it there so we decided to use their beach location and host a dinner after :) We are very excited!!

I am so happy that your got to stay home with Claudia for so long, I wish the states would get with it, but ya know we are so busy with all our other junk lmao!! I have to say I don't think it matters how long you get, it is still a difficult adjustment, missing your baby, it does make going home that much sweeter though! :goodvibes:

Loving the report of course and its nice you and your DsD got to spend some quality pool time together, can't wait to see the storm along bay photos!! Your room was beautiful and perfect!! :)

ronnmel
02-24-2013, 01:05 PM
Oh, Beach Club looks wonderful! Too bad that the smell made you sick, though :sick:! That's the first time I've heard that one :lmao:.

Gosh, those rooms are so beautiful and that location is so convenient to Epcot! We are going from AoA to Contemporary next time for the convenience to MK, but I would love to stay at an Epcot resort one day when we do more Epcot visits than MK visits. It's a favorite for both of us, but we're just waiting for the kids to catch up on the obsession:thumbsup2.

So lucky that the lifeguard found your lanyard. Phew!

I LOVE ORGANIZATION. Just reading about it makes me happy, seriously.

Thankfully by the end of the week I was able to enjoy the Beach Club like normal people do. ;)

If I were going with young kids like you, I would prefer to be within walking distance to MK as well. This trip it worked out fine to be close to Epcot because it's Otaku's favorite park.

Yes, very lucky!

What you are going to love even more is that we were inspired to organize by what I had read in your TR. We are not very organized people in our everyday lives, but we are realizing that with a baby we HAVE to be organized. Especially after two chaotic days at AoA, we knew would gain from better organizing our room. So Thank You.


Loving the report so far! Can't wait to see what else happens!

:welcome: Lots of things will happen. Stay tuned!


So happy to see that the room was nice. We have a garden view booked for May and I keep questioning myself if I should have chosen a water view room. Hope to hear more about your room.

:welcome: I find the price difference between garden view and water view to be too much to be worth it. Plus I think with a garden view you can either get the kind of view I got (trees), or even a courtyard with an oblique view of the lake if you are lucky enough. I think you made a fine choice. :thumbsup2 We saw the water every time we stepped out of the resort.

Ask and you shall receive. Room update coming up!


Beach Club is such a beautiful resort and I agree definitely relaxing! We rented DVC points for our upcoming trip and I ultimately decided on BLT bc of its location, I do like the hotel and the rooms but really being on the monorail and the ability to walk "home" from MK was too good to pass up! And if I'm being totally honest I reallllyyy wanted a Magic Kingdom theme park view room :rotfl: Beach Club and Poly are at the top of must do Disney lists though and they definitely win for ambiance :)

I totally agree, BLT for location, Poly for ambiance, and Beach Club is a mix between the two. Magic Kingdom park view will be sensational!


Thank you for your advice on the TR!! I'm gonna "promote" myself :lmao: I really should start commenting on more of the TRs I follow, I'm more of a lurker lol! I am really looking forward to our trip and wedding and I can't wait to share it! :goodvibes:

Promoting ourselves is pretty much how we all started. Be careful though, once you start commenting on several TRs it becomes even more time consuming and addictive. :lmao:


We are staying in Disney for 12 days, getting married 6 days after we arrive! We aren't getting married in Disney, actually at the Royal Pacific (on Universal property, the "dark side" lololol) We first looked at a small Disney wedding but realized we could not keep it under 16 guests and the next package was very expensive due to the fact that we are having a big reception at home during the summer so we looked into other resorts in the area and I stayed at RP in 2010 and loved it there so we decided to use their beach location and host a dinner after :) We are very excited!!

That must have been a tough choice, choosing not to get married at Disney when you are right there. I definitely understand the money situation though, and I have no doubt that your wedding will be beautiful at the location you chose. :goodvibes


I am so happy that your got to stay home with Claudia for so long, I wish the states would get with it, but ya know we are so busy with all our other junk lmao!! I have to say I don't think it matters how long you get, it is still a difficult adjustment, missing your baby, it does make going home that much sweeter though! :goodvibes:

I feel very privileged to have been able to spend all this time with my baby. Today as I was holding her she kinda turned around and positioned herself the same way i would hold her as a newborn and it made me miss that time. I'm not looking forward to going back to work, but at least everybody tells me I have such a great class this year so I have that to look forward to.


Loving the report of course and its nice you and your DsD got to spend some quality pool time together, can't wait to see the storm along bay photos!! Your room was beautiful and perfect!! :)

Some replies above in TEAL.

I find Otaku and I get along the best when we are just the two of us. When Ron is there, I kinda fade in the background and let them have their time since I know they don't see each other often. We had plenty of other alone time during the trip.

Unfortunately, I don't have many Stormalong Bay photos at all. I have a few posted in the next update (which were taken much later in the trip), but not nearly as many as I would have liked to take.

ronnmel
02-24-2013, 01:09 PM
Beach Club Review part 1 - Common Areas


There are two entrances to the Beach Club resort. This is the front entrance, the one you would see if you were dropped off by Magical Express for example.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCfrontentrance3_zps1a55ac8a.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCfrontentrance2_zps9225b42c.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCfrontentrance_zps9eb88aa9.jpg


Its also the entrance you use to make your way to the bus stop.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCtothebuses_zps3da34e0b.jpg


Since we arrived straight from Epcot, we used the back entrance. I actually think this entrance is prettier.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCbackentrance_zpsd1da1427.jpg


No matter how you arrive, you first step into the lobby. It could not be more different than Art of Animation. Its beautiful, elegant, beachy, and smells wonderful.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCLobby3_zpsa15e4758.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCLobby4_zps9ed2377d.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCLobby5_zps3de5c64f.jpg


Off to one side is this long hallway. It leads to the Marketplace, which is BCs souvenir store and small counter-service.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCLobby_zps7ae8965d.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCLobby2_zpsd7727940.jpg


I didnt take a picture of it, but the seating for Marketplace is only a couple of tables right by its doors, and a few more tables outside on a porch.

While we were there the Marketplace had some Christmas themed window displays. I like how the color scheme is turquoise and green.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCMarketplacedisplay2_zps391d0efa.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCMarketplacedisplay_zps44ded3e2.jpg


Also off that hallway is the Solarium. This is a room full of couches and windows where you can relax. There are a few tables so you could eat in there too.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCSolarium4_zpsf0998a03.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCSolarium2_zps8dbb53c3.jpg


It contains lots of beautiful artworks, most of which have a hidden Mickey in them.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCSolarium_zps90b76665.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCSolarium3_zpsd30851f5.jpg


On the other side of the lobby there is another hallway. This one passes by Cape May and leads to the pool and Beaches & Cream.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCLobby7_zps66279151.jpg


Ill keep the best for last, so Ill talk about the quiet pool first. You can find it way past the Marketplace, on the way towards Epcot.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCquietpool_zps13c1d007.jpg


This is where you will find the main laundry, in a little outside building.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BClaundry2_zps2faf019d.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BClaundry_zps025ec1d9.jpg


I did find another laundry room inside the main building, but it was tiny. I think it only had one dryer and one washer, or maybe two of each.

Ok, back to the main pool, Stormalong Bay. Beaches & Cream has a few outside tables by the railing next to the pool. They are shaped like ice cream cones, which I thought was so cute!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCBeachesCreamtable_zps86e987bb.jpg


The pool itself is breathtaking. Its huge, and has SAND at the bottom. There is even a little beach section for the kids to play in.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCStormalongBay5_zpsae45672c.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCStormalongBay_zps9b2afdf7.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCStormalongBay3_zps7d242df4.jpg


I did not take many pictures, so youll just have to take my word for it. The last picture I have was taken from outside the area. It shows the broken pirate ship, which is the start for the pool slide.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCStormalongBay4_zps6a717426.jpg


Beach Club really is a totally different atmosphere than Art of Animation. At AoA you truly felt immerse in the animated movies. It was 100% Disney, vibrant, and fun. Beach Club instead feels like you are at, well, the beach. Its warm yet airy, upscale without being too snobbish, and very relaxing. You could easily spend hours lazing around here. Well, maybe you could. I found it hard to resist the pull of Epcot and Hollywood Studios being so close...


Up Next, Beach Club Garden View Room (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47611950&postcount=245)

cheekypoppins
02-24-2013, 01:10 PM
Oh thank you so much for explaining the resort switch to me i appreciate that.I had no idea what to do,but now I will :thumbsup2

ronnmel
02-24-2013, 01:12 PM
Beach Club Review part 2 - Garden View Room


I typed up several updates last night and as a reward I'm giving you not one, but TWO updates today. :beach:


To get to your room at Beach Club you have to walk through long hallways. Luckily, there are fun carpets to look at along the way. Some even have hidden Mickeys and Little Mermaid characters.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCLobby6_zps55b5b1e1.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BChiddenMickeys3_zpsc175d348.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BChiddenMickeys4_zps2e85163a.jpg


There is a little dresser just as you enter the room. We like to live out of our suitcases so we didnt use it, but I can see how it would be practical.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom6_zpsa1d69ca1.jpg


After that dresser is a closet. The safe is inside there. Opposite the dresser is the sink area.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom5_zps75ab0673.jpg


We used one sink just to wash the bottles, and the other to brush our teeth, wash our hands, etc. There is a little shelf along the back, as well as shelving underneath, so plenty of space for everything.

The bathroom is standard. Pretty small and nothing special.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom7_zps5cbce022.jpg


Unlike AoA there is no privacy curtain or door between the sink area and bed area, so it can be annoying if you like to sleep in total darkness (like we do).

We had a room with two queen-size beds. Those beds are HEAVENLY! I slept so well on those.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom4_zps553872ed.jpg


In between the two beds is a bedside table, as usual. What is not pictured is that on the other side (the side close to the bathroom) is a little shelf. Its AWESOME! Why arent there more rooms with those? I loved being able to put my cell phone, glasses, and such on that shelf instead of on the floor.
There is a little desk between the bed and the patio door. We often fed Claudia here.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom_zps7cd60907.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom8_zps92a53745.jpg


Across from the bed is the dresser. Not only is it very large, but the TV is mounted on the wall so you have a lot of space to put your things. The fridge is behind the door, and next to it is a little pull out shelf where we kept Claudias food.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom3_zpscb23a1ae.jpg


One of the best things about our room was the day bed. We were able to set up a changing station for Claudia there. We had her clothes, diapers and everything else we needed within reach. It was perfect!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom2_zpsad0e705c.jpg


I had requested a full balcony (only about half of the rooms at Beach Club have one). I got one!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroom9_zps172e7405.jpg


Unfortunately, I barely used the balcony. I would have loved to spend each night there, catching up on my trip journal and relaxing before going to bed. At first we had put the pack n play in front of the connecting door next to the dresser, but it was getting directly hit by the light coming from the sink area. Instead Ron moved it to in front of the patio door. I should have spoken up about wanting to use the balcony, as we had enough space to move the pack n play closer to the little desk. We would not have been able to feed Claudia there anymore though.


We paid for a garden view, which means something green. Looking ahead and slightly to the right.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCviewfromroom4_zpscc723600.jpg


Looking straight ahead.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCviewfromroom2_zps3e77bf1e.jpg


Looking all the way to the left we could see the Beach Club Villas (DVC).

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCviewfromroom_zps71154066.jpg


This is our room from outside. Its on the second floor, the one partially hidden by the trees on the right.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroomfromoutside_zpsfeec50e9.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCroomfromoutside2_zpsf9434bdb.jpg


On the way back from Epcot we often used what we called the secret entrance. Its a tiny door completely at the end of the hallways. Its just outside of the frame to the left of this photo.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCsecretentrance_zps44331393.jpg


It almost looks like somewhere you are not suppose to be.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BCsecretentrance2_zps3daf7c0f.jpg


You know how I complained about Art of Animation not having enough hidden Mickeys? Well, no complaint here! One morning I sent Otaku around to take a photo of all the HM in the room. She found all of these, yet still missed some!

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BChiddenMickeys6_zpsbe3bd96e.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BChiddenMickeys5_zps5a9c08df.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BChiddenMickeys_zpsd4e354ef.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BChiddenMickeys7_zpsd3974ff1.jpg


Cant see that last one? Here it is zoomed in.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb403/RonMelDisneymoon/Beach%20Club/BChiddenMickeys2_zps27bf34fb.jpg


We liked the size of the room. It really made it easier to be organized, which is a huge thing when traveling with a baby. The resort itself is beautiful, and the pool area is so cool. Walking to Epcot (and DHS) cannot be beat. So, whats the verdict between Art of Animation and Beach Club?

We actually prefer Art of Animation. Im not kidding! Beach Club is a gorgeous resort, but despite all its awesome advantages, it just did not feel like home to us. We prefer the theming of AoA, the hustle and bustle of Animation Hall, and the food court is miles better. Its just more us. If one day we can afford the family suites and have the extra space, then it will be perfect. Plus, we had no trouble with the buses. Maybe if one day we manage to rent DVC points well try the Beach Club Villas.


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cheekypoppins
02-24-2013, 01:19 PM
ahhhh I love it!!!!!

PhoenixStrength
02-24-2013, 01:21 PM
Beach Club is gorgeous, that's for sure. I agree with you that the back entrance is prettier.

I can understand why you preferred AoA. It feels more Disney. BC does look like somewhere I'd love to stay if it were really a hotel at the beach though!

ronnmel
02-24-2013, 01:24 PM
Oh thank you so much for explaining the resort switch to me i appreciate that.I had no idea what to do,but now I will :thumbsup2

You're welcome. It's really easy, don't stress about it. ;)

ronnmel
02-24-2013, 01:27 PM
ahhhh I love it!!!!!

There's a lot to love at BC. :goodvibes


Beach Club is gorgeous, that's for sure. I agree with you that the back entrance is prettier.

I can understand why you preferred AoA. It feels more Disney. BC does look like somewhere I'd love to stay if it were really a hotel at the beach though!

It is a gorgeous resort. But that's exactly it, at Disney I prefer the over the top Disney feel of AoA. Vacationing on a New England beach or something, I would LOVE to stay at the Beach Club. Like if they transported it to Hilton Head or Vero Beach, it would be perfect! :goodvibes

Fantasyland Mom
02-24-2013, 08:46 PM
It's absolutely beautiful...BUT I'd be lying if I said I wasn't happy you like AoA better! It makes me feel like we've made a good choice!

Julia is really into finding Hidden Mickeys. She would love that BC room! Her little camera would never stop!
ETA: I am honored that my organization obsession inspired you! LOL!