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Sooze 12-14-2010 08:04 PM

Thankful for Disney - SOOZE's Thanksgiving TR FULL of PICTURES! NEW!! 6/5
 
Hello everyone! My name is Sooze. If you know me, welcome to my latest TR! If you don't, I'm going to be jumping right into this report, so if you REALLY want to get to know me, feel free to click on one of the links in my signature. If the date of the trip is underlined, there is a link to the TR! Enjoy!!

Day 1 Arrival at POFQ (Just scroll down!)

Day 1 Starting at Epcot

Day 1 Mission: LOUD!

Day 1 Divide and Conquer

End Day 1 Wishes!

Day 2 DHS Morning

Day 2 More DHS Fun

Day 2 Block Party Bash and Osborne Lights

End Day 2 at AK with EMH

Day 3 EMH at MK Girls' Morning Out

Day 3 Spin Fest on the Teacups and Crusin' the TTA

Day 3 Princess-Palooza

Day 3 Meeting Rapunzel and Flynn Rider

Day 3 Main Street Show and the Tray Dance

Day 3 Thanksgiving Meal.... Meh.

End Day 3 MSEP and EMH at MK

Day 4 Drama before Epcot

This Thanksgiving, we were able to surprise our kiddos with a short getaway to Disney! We woke them up at 4am and told them we had to go to the airport to pick up a 'surprise' Thanksgiving guest. DS (Ty) was on it right away. The boy is now 10 and can see through a surprise pretty quickly (much to our dismay). He was questioning our actions, and even mentioned Disney a few times... but didn't nail the surprise on the head.

After parking ("Why are we parking if we are just picking someone up?") we quickly unloaded the suitcases and handed the kids their princess ears (for DD-Shae) and lanyard. We said, "We think you may need these!" Then, it sunk in!! It wasn't a giant explosion of gratitude and joy... it was more of a slow, bubbling realization that we weren't kidding. Well... here... see for yourself!
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What's that? You can't SEE?!?! Well, that's because it was 4:30 in the morning, and our lighting situation was not ideal. Oh well... at least you can enjoy the cold Hoosier wind..

Our flight was direct and we were HOME in no time!! This was our first time staying at POFQ, so we were excited to see some new digs.

Here we are arriving:
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We just love taking the first flight out in the morning and arriving at Disney just as people are getting up and out of the resorts. It feels like we have the whole day ahead of us.. and, heck.. we kind of do!

Right away we were greeted by a fabulous CM who gave DD a purple coin to match her purple outfit:
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That coin gave us lots of entertainment throughout the trip, and my little princess did not let it out of her sight! She treasured that little cheap piece of plastic!
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We had to wait much longer than we are used to. Not that we minded, just a bit DVC spoiled, I guess. I had time to enjoy the fabulous Mardis Gras artwork:
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I had to sing a few rounds of "Down in New Orleans" from Princess and the Frog. In fact, every time we came "home" to POFQ, I had to sing that song. It just fit so perfectly! The kids entertained themselves while we continued to wait for an available CM:
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I just love how my children get along at Disney World. Why is that? They are just so happy to be there that they forget about their supposed sibling rivalry? Or maybe they're afraid we'll turn around and go home if they misbehave?:confused3

DS singing a lovely POFQ song:
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Ok, enough of this lobby! Finally, it was our turn.. and it was worth the wait. Not even 11am and our room was ready! YEA!! This meant we could eat and take a quick nap before heading out for the day!! AND we were in the building right next to the main building! SCORE!!

It was building #3 and I loved how the building looks hidden from the parking lot:
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Building THREEEEEE, Mommy!
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We arrived in our room to find:
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Sing with me now, "In the Southland, there's a city, way down on the river. Where the women are very pretty. And all the men deliver..."
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Another picture of our building:
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We dropped our luggage and headed immediately to the food court... at RIVERSIDE!!:goodvibes DH (Matt) and I had taken an adults-only trip a few years ago and stayed at POR... we LOVED the food court. So, sticking with what we know, we found our way there. It was deserted and we quickly enjoyed our first $45 counter service meal. Ouch... the OOP meal prices were already starting to hurt. Nevertheless, we still sprung for a couple of these:

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Filled them up with Diet Coke. Then headed back to the room
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for a little bit of this:
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Ah... Disney naps, blanket love, and Stacy on the TV. Good night, Disney World!

And speaking of World... we had two of them calling our name. Future World and World Showcase. After naps... EPCOT HERE WE COME!!!

Come back now y'all!

Blueyed Girl 12-14-2010 08:07 PM

I'm in!!!! Going back to read......

micandminforever 12-14-2010 08:25 PM

Loved the pictures of POFQ, and I am looking forward to the rest report.:surfweb:

Blueyed Girl 12-14-2010 08:46 PM

I wish we could have gone for Thanksgiving. That would have been NICE!! Looks like you guys are off to a great start. Can't wait to read more.popcorn::

IluvXU 12-14-2010 09:44 PM

Great start, can't wait to read about all the fun you had over Thanksgiving. POFQ is a great resort, but I totally know what you mean about Riversides food court... it ruins you for any of the other ones on property. Shae is getting so big, K next year right?

mermaid764 12-14-2010 09:51 PM

I'm in:goodvibes

You've got me hooked already, and I'm looking forward to reading more

Sooze 12-15-2010 07:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blueyed Girl (Post 39225437)
I'm in!!!! Going back to read......

Glad you're here, Cherie!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by micandminforever (Post 39225585)
Loved the pictures of POFQ, and I am looking forward to the rest report.:surfweb:

Have you stayed there before? Look for an update or two this weekend!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blueyed Girl (Post 39225757)
I wish we could have gone for Thanksgiving. That would have been NICE!! Looks like you guys are off to a great start. Can't wait to read more.popcorn::

It was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, and NOT have to do any dishes on the holiday! WIN WIN!!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by IluvXU (Post 39226236)
Great start, can't wait to read about all the fun you had over Thanksgiving. POFQ is a great resort, but I totally know what you mean about Riversides food court... it ruins you for any of the other ones on property. Shae is getting so big, K next year right?

LOVE Riverside's food court! And, yes... The big K for Shae next year. I can't believe it!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by mermaid764 (Post 39226277)
I'm in:goodvibes

You've got me hooked already, and I'm looking forward to reading more

Welcome!! :goodvibes Glad you're here... stay tuned!

micandminforever 12-15-2010 08:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sooze (Post 39233682)
Have you stayed there before? Look for an update or two this weekend!


We have stayed at POFQ twice and PORS once when it was Dixie Landing. I love that POFQ is smaller and love those Beignets.

Blessed_wth_Triplets 12-15-2010 09:09 PM

Great start! Love your daughter's twinkle toes!! :)

FauntleroyFAN07 12-16-2010 12:35 PM

sweet a sooze report...great start.
:thumbsup2

Sooze 12-16-2010 06:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by micandminforever (Post 39234467)
We have stayed at POFQ twice and PORS once when it was Dixie Landing. I love that POFQ is smaller and love those Beignets.

We enjoyed POFQ, but definitely prefer the atmosphere at Riverside. It was fun to try a new resort, though!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blessed_wth_Triplets (Post 39234599)
Great start! Love your daughter's twinkle toes!! :)

;) I totally caved and bought those stinkin' expensive things. She LOVES them, though! They were actually a great purchase! Welcome to my TR!

Quote:

Originally Posted by FauntleroyFAN07 (Post 39239045)
sweet a sooze report...great start.
:thumbsup2

DAN! I'm so glad you're here. :goodvibes

Sooze 12-18-2010 10:41 PM

We felt FABULOUS after our quick naps (in which Stacy repeated herself over and over...), and were ready to tackle Epcot. We planned out our car logistics and decided that Matt would drop the kids and me off at the Boardwalk, then drive over to the Contemporary to park the car. That way, when we left Magic Kingdom later that night, we could just walk over to the car. He hopped on a monorail to meet us at Epcot.

In the meantime, the kids and I checked out the gingerbread house at BWV:
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We took our time walking our favorite route into Epcot. A FriendShip was heading our way so we stopped for a wave:
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The captain got on the loudspeaker and said "CHEEEEEEEEESE!!!!" for us! It was great! Then he honked our favorite boat horn.
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Friendship sailing away:
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And one more parting glance:
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We caught some of our favorite country sights:
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And we took our time getting into International Gateway. We even stopped to watch the DisBirds:
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I really want to be a DisBird in my next life. How awesome would that be to fly around DisneyWorld and land where ever you please for the day. You can have great seats to all of the firework displays, you can smell the popcorn, you can watch the parades, you can listen to the background music... sweet, eh? Of course, you couldn't ride Soarin' or Expedition Everest... so I guess that would kinda stink.

Where was I?

Oh yes...

We were bird watching:
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Then we made our way into our favorite Disney park. We had some time to kill before DH joined back up with us, so we headed into Future World to see what was going on. We stopped by a Christmas tree for a photo op:
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About a week before we surprised the kids with this trip, we were all watching a special on HGTV (or one of those channels) about how Disney gets all holiday-ed up. The kids were just whining about how badly they wanted to see all of those holiday decorations and Matt and I just giggled to ourselves knowing that they would soon be seeing them in real life! So every tree, wreath, gingerbread house, and display were GREATLY appreciated by my kids.. which was very gratifying!

We quickly realized with the crowd levels in Future World that we were in for a BUSY BUSY trip. Wow. We were all a bit thirsty so we took a visit to Club Cool.
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Shae and I share the same favorite:
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MMMMMMmmmmmmmm. Fanta from Costa Rica. Delish!

Tyson?
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He prefers the Mezzo Mix:
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Probably because it's from Germany, his new favorite country!

When we stepped out of Club Cool to head to the entrance to meet DH, I just had a moment where it hit me that we were REALLY HERE!! All of that waiting and dreaming about being here... and WE WERE HERE!
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We headed to the front of Future World, and Shae's personal chauffeur took excellent care of her:
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Matt called and said he was on a monorail on his way over. We happened to stumble on Daisy and Stitch, with absolutely no one waiting for them! Shae jumped right on that!
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See her princess ears?! Those of you who have been with me for previous TRs might remember when she asked me for those things and I almost DIDN'T buy them as I was SURE she would wear them for 5 minutes, then decide she didn't like the way they felt on her head. Well, as you can see, she not only wore them for our entire Spring Break trip, she put them to good use for this trip as well!!

We saw Matt's monorail come in and actually found him on the train... we had fun waving at him as he cruised around Spaceship Earth! Finally together again, we decided to start our trip with...
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Hey, what can we say? It was the only ride that had a wait time under 30 minutes. Yeah... we had to wait for it... It was going to be a BUSY BUSY trip!

That's it for this update... I'll probably knock this thing out quickly since I'm off for TWO WEEKS!! So come back soon. Here's your teaser...

WHAT WAS SHAELYN TALL ENOUGH TO RIDE!?! We were completely taken by surprise on this one...

The Marsons 12-19-2010 02:08 PM

I'm in, great updates so far!

PO is our favourite resort, we just love the scenery of the place!

Can't wait for the next installment

Sarah
x:thumbsup2

Sooze 12-21-2010 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Marsons (Post 39260461)
I'm in, great updates so far!

PO is our favourite resort, we just love the scenery of the place!

Can't wait for the next installment

Sarah
x:thumbsup2

Thanks so much for joining me! We are DVC members and usually don't get to stay at other resorts, so we always enjoy our opportunities to see new places. POR is our absolute favorite moderate!! So beautiful!

Next installment coming up!

mermaid764 12-21-2010 03:41 PM

Yah for an update:goodvibes

How sweet that your son was the one who wanted to push the stroller...that is too cute!

Mmm i agree that the costa rica fanta is the best at club cool...which i had it now.

And wow 30 minutes for Spaceship Earth...that's crazy!!

Looking forward to more


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