Going from Friday the 13th to Enchanted- Day 9: 'Round Midnight update 7/19/11
HERE WE GO! I had such a fun time doing my PTR I am following up with a TR!
The rest of this post is saved for adding chapter links.
I'm here. popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::
No better place to start than right at the beginning! Glad to be aboard!
:lmao::lmao::lmao:OMG you guys are FAST! I was just playing with my signature and saw you beat me to the first post LOL too funny!
In the Beginning
In case you haven’t read my PTR, let me introduce my little family to you:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-F...0/51411_30.JPGJoe, aka Dad, Shrek, Grumpy, or Prince Charming (Or Officer Joe when he’s working) – depends on when you catch him! This is his “BIG TRIP”. We were originally going to travel to WDW in October 2011 but a few things in life changed, and in mid-January I did some math, some weather & crowd comparisons and realized that we could go in May for Joe’s birthday. He was SO thrilled and excited to be going for his birthday. His family has always been on the dull side when it came to family travel, celebrations, anything cool like that. You know how you’re doing something silly and child like, and you say to your spouse/SO “remember when you were a kid and you …..” (fill in the blank with anything fun like block chase, long bike rides in the rain, water balloon battles with your whole family, family day trips to a lake, etc.) and his answer is always “No, we never did that”. Seriously. EVERY TIME. Very annoying, and almost like a joke now that we have a 7 almost 8 YO and I am forever trying to give her crazy funny memories like the ones I have from my childhood.
So I just loved being able to say yeah, let’s go to Disney for your birthday. WAHOO!
Katie, aka Princess and also Minnie-me. She is 7 ¾ -- turning 8 in July. She is very much in the middle of being a little girl and trying to be a big girl. Secretly still loves the princesses, but also wants to rock out with Hannah Montana and the Lemonade Mouth crew. Add to this that my “little girl” is about 55” – so she towers over most kids her age and is frequently mistaken for being closer to 9 or 10. She is our only child, and after many prayers and tears, we were blessed with her presence right after our 11th wedding anniversary, so heck yeah we spoil her. But just because we spoil her does not mean we accept spoiled bratty behavior. It’s a constant battle. UGH!
Mary Ellen – ME! Aka Moira22 here on DISBoards and many other boards. If you have seen moira222 as a sign on, there’s a really good chance it’s me! I wanted to go to Disney World when I graduated from college in 1994, but Joe wouldn’t commit to taking vacation time and it ended up being a weekend in the mountains of PA. When Katie was born I started a Disney Savings account – every other week $10 goes into it automatically. We were going to go for the first time in 2008 when Katie was almost 5, but well 2006 was such a monumentally crappy year that we decided we weren’t going to wait, and went in January of 2007 when she was 3 ½. WE LOVED IT! Literally on the plane on the way home from that trip, Joe apologized for taking so long to come around. We went again in January of 2009. It was the Celebrations year, and it was one month prior to my 40th birthday so yeah, I mentioned we were “pre celebrating” my birthday. It was so cool – I got a birthday pin and everyone wished me Happy Birthday. I received a 5 x7 glossy of Mickey, autographed, in a card/frame and a very nice print, sort of like the ones that you see in the Contemporary’s lobby. (remember that later) I have been impressed from the beginning with the way Disney has truly mastered Customer Service and goes over the top to ensure customer satisfaction (well, usually…) I totally enjoy planning out all the different aspects of a DisneyWorld trip, and even though I plan things pretty thoroughly I am a “roll with it” sorta chick. I rarely stomp my foot to get my way, and follow the philosophy of “Don’t sweat the small stuff” and really, it’s ALL small stuff in the big picture right? If it won’t matter 50 years from now, well then it really shouldn’t matter 5 minutes from now either. (usually) It’s not that things don’t bother me, it’s just that I try to blow them off—as my Pop-pop would say “like water off a duck’s butt”
We have one more family member who didn’t make the trip with us: Thor. He’s our furry child – a 5+ year old German Shepherd 100lb lap dog. We missed our baby on our trip, but had a most awesome house & dog sitter who was kind enough to drop us off at the airport & pick us up when we returned.
You'll get to know us soon enough, Let's get this party started!:cool1:
GREAT introduction Mary Ellen. I'm really looking forward to this after your fun PTR. As you said, let's get this party started.
Day 1: Friday the 13th
Finally finally finally we get to the last loop on our countdown chain…the one that says WALT DISNEY WORLD!:dancer: Wahoo! Of course it’s still a regular school day for Katie who has to keep her excitement in check until we pick her up at 3:25 pm.
After dropping Katie off at school,:teacher: I head to CVS for a few personal items, back track to the bookstore to buy her Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 2—she is halfway through her book from the library but we refuse to let her take a library book on vacation. sheesh. I should have let her – the book store only has these in $14 hard covers, as opposed to the $6 soft bound book the library has. Head up to the liquor store:drinking1 for a bottle of rum then home for the rest of my to do list. No rest of weary:goodvibes finish up packing, cleaning bathrooms, remaking beds, change my purse around, all sorts of good stuff then shower and off to get my nails done. YEAH. I got the new gel colors – have you heard of them? they go on nice and thick, dry quickly and really, its 13 days later and my nails still have not chipped. of course now I have a ridge at the bottom where my nails have grown, but ya can’t have everything can you? lol. Nails done, I picked up subway sandwiches for dinner at the airport, and headed home. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-D...00/51311_9.JPG
Our house/dog sitter arrived a few minutes before me so we chatted, got her set up to check her email using our laptop (the desktop area was just a mess though Joe did show her) and Joe packed up the car. tick tick tick tick..yippee 3:10. Time to go get Katie and head to the airport… WAHOOOO :jumping1:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0...00/51311_1.JPGWe get to the airport without a hitch. Check our bag, rearrange a few things to get it below 50 lbs, and head to security. love it when a plans comes together, don’t you? Except…. going through security I do a carry on bag check.:eek: Uh oh, where is Katie’s back pack? Joe has no idea and is not very happy that I realize it is missing now. :mad: grr. he is always stressed out when he had to fly and I am not making it better! So I get Katie and Joe up to the gate, then head back downstairs, calling Sharon to explain what the bag looks like that is still in the office. :hug: She is a doll and grabs it, turns around, and drives it up to the airport. THANK GOD for flying locally! https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-J...00/51311_4.JPG
Joe and Katie are done eating (well Katie saved half of her sandwich for later). Lesson for the day: toasted subs don’t get soggy. I’ll remember that one!! Katie sat on the floor and started on her homework journal, when I see a certain text message on my phone. I reply back and within a minute my phone rings. I tell Katie to answer it and she is so EXCITED because its Tinkerbell!!! :tinker: She chatted very happily for a few minutes with her but had no idea what they talked about other than Pixie dust everywhere. but she was so cute and funny and thrilled that she got a phone call from Tink. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-F...00/51311_2.JPG
We have a very nice flight but have a delay once we get to Orlando.https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-F...0/51311_14.JPG there is a storm and we have to circle for about 20 minutes or so, stressing Joe a bit. Once we get off the plane its straight to the ME with only a brief hello to Goofy on the way. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-U...0/51311_15.JPGWe get on the bus right away and AWAY WE GO yeah!!!! Can you see I get all teary eyed with excitement? I’m such a mush! https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-k...0/51311_18.JPG
Finally we arrive at the Wilderness Lodge about 9 pm. YIPPEEE! :jumping2:Only this is where its not so yippee. I had done online check in, so we go to the online checkin section, right behind another family. and we wait. and wait. and wait. :surfweb: :confused3Whaaaaat? after about 10 minutes a cast member comes to take care of the family in front of us. Then its our turn. I get our packet and room keys, and Joe gets a birthday pin. :bday: We’re on the first floor - great I say, so our balcony walks right out to the pool, right? Oh, no. when I get there we have a view of the walkway behind the building:confused: oh. and king sized bed.:mad: yeah, for three of us. Clearly not the courtyard view with two beds that we had reserved. sigh. back to the lobby to the front desk. Joe is annoyed so he goes to watch cartoons. After disappearing for a little while – two or three times – and about 20 minutes later, the young lady at the desk comes with a new room key – 6013 – she says it a “water wheel view” …we still have no idea what this is (has anyone ever seen a water wheel at WLR?) but the way she is apologizing says it’s not a courtyard view. (OK I looked this up – 6013 is a water view, of the bay, but you can only see the water if you stand on the balcony- there is a wall that blocks about half way up.) Plus it has bunk beds, which really make the room feel much smaller. :sad2: She tells me we can keep this room for our whole stay, or we can just stay the night and request a room change the next day. Are you kidding me? By now, Joe is coming over to see what the delay is. When I explain it, he is TICKED:darth:. He actually took his birthday pin of and flung it across the counter telling them that they’ve pretty much ruined his trip for him with all this room mess up. He asks them “What is the purpose of making a reservation and checking in online if it doesn’t reserve your room for you?” silence. no answer to that one. He asked for a manager and a young woman came up. I went over to stay with Katie and let him deal with her. He’s pissed and I know this attitude and there is no good to come of me being over there. When he finally comes over he tells me we have yet a new room number (room three now) that is just for the night, and we will be moved the next day to our “right” room. The manager also comped our room fee for that night, so we would have about $200 credit on our room (they would have taken it off of our Visa card but what’s the difference? we just charged things back to the room). FINALLY we get to a room https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-V...0/51311_28.JPG and, because we promised Katie weeks ago that she could swim the first night, we dig our swimsuits out of our carry on luggage and head to the pool. Its now 11:45 pm so I make a pitstop at the roaring forks to get mugs and drinks for us and meet up with Joe and Katie at the pool and hot tub. sigh. that was much more work and aggravation than I ever expected from a Disney resort.
Up next: Just how many rooms did we go through???
You'll have to let me know if I have too much or not enough. I took about 100-200 pictures a day:rotfl:
You are doing great and definitely NOT too many pictures (I say add more...you can post up to 25 images to a post).
What a terrific dog sitter to go back home and get Katie's backpack and come back. You've got yourself a gem there.
Sorry about all the trouble at check-in at the WL; I would have been right there with your hubby and having a fit. What is the point of paying for a certain room/location and then not having it????
yeah? And OMG!! You're a fast poster!! Already 2 chapters, and I REALLY need to get off here and get to work. I will have to come back during a break to catch up some more, but looks great as I scrolled the pix! :thumbsup2
Interesting bit about the room -- I saw some reviews of WLR for the same week---there were LOTS of room mix ups, and while some people were "made up to" quite nicely, others were ignored continuously for their stay. Guess they really over booked and hadn't planned on how to correct the issues. :confused3
Hi Mary Ellen :wave2: Great start to your TR....I absolutely LOVE Wilderness Lodge, can't wait to hear all about the trip! :dance3: Katie is super cute!:mickeyjum
Day2: Four Rooms (part 1)
Hopes of making rope drop at Hollywood studios at 8 am faded as we got into bed about 1 am. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-R...00/51411_1.JPG
We let Katie sleep in a bit while we did our own morning things. After digging through various pieces of carry-on luggage to get what we needed for the park for the day (remember, I couldn’t unpack, we weren’t staying in this room) and then packing up everything we’d used that morning, piling the luggage (bell services delivered our checked luggage by now too) on the bed and leaving a note to remind them that we had food in the fridge, we headed down to Whispering Canyon for breakfast. This was an unscheduled meal, and our first breakfast at WC, but we needed a good start so figured this was as a good point as any.
We were not disappointed. Katie LOVES playing at the Lincoln Log table, and it didn’t take long for us to be seated (but long enough to build a house!). https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-N...00/51411_2.JPG
We were seated very quickly in a great table right next to the lobby (I love the lobby at WLR. Wish I could make my living room look like that.) After we ordered, they called up the kids for …PONY RIDE…this Katie also remembered and was so excited to run over.https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-y...00/51411_5.JPG
Yeah baby this is the Disney magic we are expecting. :cool1:
Breakfast was delivered. Joe had eggwhite spinach and cheese omlette with potatoes, https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-a...00/51411_8.JPG
I had raisin break French toast (AWESOME!) This was just the most deliciously desserty breakfast. It was drizzled with cinnamon icing – just the right amount. It was almost sinful. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0...00/51411_7.JPG
and Katie had Mickey waffles (don’t know where that photo got to!).
Naturally we asked Katie to request Ketchup for Daddy’s potatoes. LOL she had no idea! We had 16 bottles of ketchup delivered to our table.https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-e...00/51411_9.JPG too funny! She counted them twice. She got such a kick out of it…and out of delivering them all to the next table requesting ketchup.
Our very charming server didn’t miss Joe’s birthday pin (yeah he put it on again) and brought a birthday cupcake for him while the whole dining room sang. sweet! Doesn’t he look happy? https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-p...0/51411_11.JPG
He was very surprised and really enjoyed the cupcake. (Sadly it was the only Happy Birthday cupcake or treat that made its way to Joe the entire trip. That part was not very magical.)
While Joe finished his coffee, Katie went to play with the Legos some more & I went to go wash my hands. What do you think could go wrong with this picture?
My backpack broke! :laughing:Yeah. I was seriously thinking that Friday the 13th was a bad date to start a vacation. :eek:. The loop/handle on the back came completely off, so I pushed the strap through the two grommets & tied it in a knot & hoped for the best. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-p...2017.41.14.jpg
Guess that’s why it was only $12.99! I saw LOTS of bags like this (apparently it’s a close rip off of a Vera Bradley design) in the parks so maybe I just way overloaded mine?
After fixing my bag, I stopped and checked in with the front desk manager to make sure that the room fiasco would be resolved, and pick up a few things I forgot in our room (like the video camera!), then we headed off for the bus to Hollywood Studios—only three hours after I had planned to be there.
All morning we saw an overwhelming number of people with bicycles we saw. It was weird. Not until we had an extended bus wait and chatted with other people did we learn that this was an Iron Man weekend and there were bikers every where. We saw an Iron Man sign on the way in the night before but had no idea what it meant. They were really everywhere with bikes.
Finally the bus comes and we are on our way…
Day2: Four Rooms (part 2)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
We are HERE! yeah! https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-k...0/51411_15.JPG
We headed up the main street and browsing through blessedly air conditioned stores we adjusted to Florida temperatures. (because now of course I am looking for a new bag) Joe caught a great keystone cops routine on the street while I took Katie into the ladies room. bummer.
I love catching the shows and he really does not. That was the one thing I mentioned to him after our trip was that he did not stop to watch the “random” street performances that pop up all over the parks. He mentioned watching this one to which I said “Yeah, cuz we were in the bathroom!” silly man.
I just love the details and thought put into the parks.
Matching up handprints -- Joe was surprised at how small Tom Selleck's hand prints are
though Stallone's was almost a perfect match.
and Katie had to get in on it too!
A refreshing Mickey ice cream for Katie and a pineapple bar for me (no pics, it was too hot!) and we headed to Tower of Terror. I was so psyched! Katie too! The line was very short and we headed right in.
I loved the décor…I kept expecting to see Mrs. Havisham’s wedding cake. Katie gripped our hands tightly as we entered the front room to watch the movie intro. The movies and special effects had her rather freaked out.:scared1: We were buckled and entered the elevator. I just had NO idea what to expect, but for sure it was not expecting my butt to physically leave the seat by several inches.
WILD! You can bet that I was holding onto that seat belt (and Katie) to make sure I didn’t go flying. But it was fantastic! LOVED it!!
After TOT we aimed for mellow for Katie’s sake and headed to the Animation Studio.
I don’t remember all of the movie--I thought they had some newer clips added to it since 09…but it was fun and funny and Joe really enjoyed it too.
Finally we meet our first characters at DisneyWorld.
Who is it?
Yeah for hubby who was very happy for this meet & greet! While waiting we had a nice chat with the cast member monitoring the area. There was a really weird number of people from the Northeast in WDW – PA, NJ, and CT people were EVERYWHERE.
Right after this we managed to get into art class and learning how to draw Donald.
It was getting hot, and it was about 1:30-2 pm by now so we headed back to the Wilderness Lodge to see where we would end up this time. (short photo opp on the way out of course!
We had early dinner reservations – 4:30 at 1900 Park Fare.
Loving your trip report so far! Makes me want to be at WDW right now so badly!!! =) Can't wait for the next installment. popcorn::
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