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melmar136 09-04-2011 09:32 PM

Disney, The Dream...and WHAT?!? Disney AGAIN!?! *Updated 2/20*

To our very first trip report! (with some dining reviews included. Everyone loves food!) :lmao:

Our trip began on August 20, and lasted...well, you'll have to read along to find that out. We had a few unexpected bumps along the way, but it turned out great.

The trip was to start off at WDW and then we were cruising on the Dream. Stay tuned to see what happened after that!

But first, let me introduce you to the CAST

Here we are, on the Dream on Pirate Night. Me, Mum (or Melissa) and Meg.

I am a single, divorced mom to my one and only child. (thankfully, the only one, or else I'd REALLY be broke!) I am now the proud owner of a DVC! Read more about that in our

This was our 1st stay as official owners, and it was great!

Meg is a huge Disney fan, and loves Pooh pooh: ,cruising, nice hotels, and being waited on. We have determined on this trip that she hates quick service meals, and now is also a pizza snob (she was already a hotel snob!). :lmao: I tell her she better get a really good job, or find a rich guy, or both!

Stay tuned for much more to come!

melmar136 09-04-2011 09:34 PM

"It's the castle...I mean the hat!"

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Epcot Part 1
best. lunch. EVER.
Epcot Part 3
Leaving EPCOT
Illuminations and the Lost Pearl

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MK Morning
Pooh the Poop :)
MK Afternoon
Hot Dogs and Wishes

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Boma and off to the Dream!
Boarding the DREAM!
Let's Sail Away...and check out our door!
Royal Palace and FEs

Friday, August 26, 2011

Breakfast and NO relaxing.
Shake it up Betty!
Meg explores while I am ummm...busy...Part 1
Meg explores while I am ummm...busy...Part 2
One of us was being pampered and dinner Part 1
Part 2: Dinner
Arrrgh! Part 1
Arrrgh! Part 2

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Enchanted Garden Breakfast
What a big ship and who knew seagulls have good taste?
No money! :(
Flight stress and more
Where did my sunglasses go?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

If you have to get stuck somewhere, it may as well be WDW!
Our room at...

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Morning at the Boardwalk
Biking and Browsing
Ducks and Dinner
DTD, again!

Real life updates:

Pumpkins and snowstorms!
Le Cellier at home, and work

maryr1oz 09-04-2011 09:34 PM

Sounds like a fun trip - can't wait to read more! :thumbsup2

melmar136 09-04-2011 09:45 PM


Originally Posted by maryr1oz (Post 42511843)
Sounds like a fun trip - can't wait to read more! :thumbsup2

:welcome: to our 1st reader! I hope you will enjoy our report!

BerrysGirl 09-04-2011 10:08 PM

I found you I found you! Can't wait to read more :)

melmar136 09-04-2011 11:14 PM

Leaving for Disney 8/20
Our flight was leaving from Boston's Logan airport at 1:30 pm. We arrived in plenty of time, and figured we should grab some lunch before sitting and waiting at the gate. We saw an Earl of Sandwich, and thought that would be a great place to start our trip, since there is also one at Downtown Disney.

I got the Original 1762, with roast beef and cheddar cheese, but I passed on the sauce.

I should have had them include some lettuce and tomato for some crunch. It was a little boring, and the roast beef was a little fatty. So, I give it a 3.5 out of a possible score of 5.

Meg got Earl's Club, with turkey, bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and "sandwich sauce". She thought the sauce was a little sweet, so it scored a 4.5 out of 5. What's in that sauce anyways?
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The menu wasn't nearly as extensive as the "real" Earl of Sandwich, but it was a pretty good start to our trip.

After we ate, we went to sit near our gate, and I pulled out my netbook. Free Wifi! I have to say, Logan was the only airport where we were able to pull up free Wifi. Not that I'm biased or anything! :laughing:

I checked out Facebook to waste time, and saw some VERY good news! My company had been on strike for 2 weeks, and I really hadn't been all that excited about our trip because of it. Worrying about money, etc. was taking up more of my time. BUT, when I checked out Facebook, I saw that the strike had ended! And although we did not have a new contract yet, everyone was going back to work. Well, not everyone, because I was going on vacation! :lmao: But, now I could ENJOY it! So, here I am, doing the happy dance!
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I couldn't WAIT to get to Disney after that great news. We boarded the plane soon after, and had to stop in Baltimore to change planes. Our next flight left around 4:30 and we arrived in Orlando, finally, around 7pm. We had to take the "fake monorail" as Meg calls it to the baggage claim area.
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We decided to grab our own luggage and bring it to the Magical Express. It was after 7pm at this point and we were afraid it would show up in our room really late. So, we found it all (we had one whole suitcase filled with mostly 3 days of FE gifts for the cruise!) and got in line for our bus.
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Here we are on the bus.
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We were the very last stop (we told the bus driver he saved the best for last!) after 3 other hotel stops. We fianlly got to Kidani around 8:30. Whew, what a long day! We were starving at this point, since we only had some little bags of peanuts on the planes. Well, Meg didn't. She can't eat nuts with her braces, and told me she was "jealous of my nuts...honey roasted that is!" :rotfl2:

Unfortunately, next, we had the worst meal of the entire trip.....

melmar136 09-04-2011 11:15 PM


Originally Posted by BerrysGirl (Post 42512330)
I found you I found you! Can't wait to read more :)

Yea! You found us! Your trip is coming up soon!

BerrysGirl 09-05-2011 08:51 AM

DBF is obsessed with sandwiches. Quiznos is like his idea of Mecca. But can you believe he has only just tried Earl of Sandwich a few days ago! Yeah, his family is kinda like your daughter... they don't like QS and want to be waited on ;) So he never got the opportunity to try it.
And I'm sorry to hear your worst meal is coming up so soon! :scared1: At least you got it out of the way quickly!

threedisprincesses 09-05-2011 09:27 AM

Can't wait to hear about your trip!!! I LOVE food!!!

melmar136 09-05-2011 11:00 AM

The EPIC FAIL and then our room
So, when we left off, we were headed to get something for dinner. We were starving, and at 8:30 at night, at Kidani, there aren't many options. So, we took a walk over to Jambo House. It took about 10 minutes to get there. We wandered around for a few minutes and looked for their quick service place. We wound up seeing a few people carrying the refillable mugs and figured they would lead us there, so we followed them to Mara.

I knew I had to get some Zebra domes after reading about how good they are, so I picked up a package. We decided to split a cheese flatbread, and Meg got a chocolate chip cookie. We added 2 drinks, and let's just say the drinks were the best part of this meal.

To start off this horrible dinner, here is the cheese flatbread:
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It actually doesn't LOOK that bad. But, really, once you bite into it, it is like frozen pizza....the bad kind the school used to give you at lunch, that is barely warm, and really gross. The crust was really, really crunchy (burnt almost, on the bottom). We rate it a 1.5, but I think it could have gotten a lower score if we weren't so hungry!

After that, Meg and I were really looking forward to a good dessert. Too bad it wouldn't be tonite!
I had the zebra domes:
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And they, too, looked really good. But looks are deceiving. :lmao: I don't know if it was an off night or what, because I have read such great things about these. They had a weird texture, and were good, but not great, and not at all what I was expecting. :sad1: They get a 3 out of 5.

So, I was anxious to try a bite of Meg's cookie. I mean, how can you go wrong on a chocolate chip cookie?
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Again, looks good, right? Oh, I wish! It really had no taste. Maybe a little like cardboard. Blah. We gave it a 1 out of 5.

Mara was an EPIC FAIL!

So sad. :sad2:

We walked back over to Kidani, and luckily when we checked in, we got a great room! 5th floor, 1st room once you got out of the elevator, room 7901. It's a studio room, and was our first time using our DVC. We booked only 3 months before, because we hadn't know we'd be able to use the DVC at that point, and our options were Kidani, SSR, and OKW. We chose Kidani because of the animals, even though we didn't get a savannah room.
Here is what our room looked like:
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(those were all taken the next morning)

So, like I said, luckily our room was close to the lobby. Because on our walk from Jambo back over to Kidani after "dinner" I started to feel really sick.
:sick: I was actually thinking, "oh no! I am coming down with something on the 1st night of our vacation!". I really just wanted to change, and get into bed, which I did, after taking some Tums.
Thankfully, the next morning I felt totally fine. But for the next few days, every time Meg would mention the word Mara, I would feel sick. So, of course she had to keep doing it!!! Brat.

We woke up to a great sight, right outside our window in the morning
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It was right after sunrise and there were 9 hot air balloons total. So pretty! It would have been great to be up in one!

We started to get ready for the day, and ate breakfast in our room. I had ordered some stuff from Garden Grocer about a month before, and it worked out great. They had sent me a text the day before when our order was delivered, and it was all set when we arrived at bell services. Great job, Garden Grocer! :thumbsup2

We had bagels (yummy cinnamon ones with butter), and Meg had juice, while I had tea. (I brought tea bags and sugar packets from home). We didn't take pictures, because I think everyone has seen a Thomas' bagel! :lmao:

After eating and finishing up getting ready, we were off to Downtown Disney!

melmar136 09-05-2011 11:02 AM


Originally Posted by threedisprincesses (Post 42515906)
Can't wait to hear about your trip!!! I LOVE food!!!

:welcome: Who doesn't love food, right!?! :laughing:

Microcell 09-05-2011 11:10 AM

Signing up to read more~! Great so far!

melmar136 09-05-2011 12:08 PM

Downtown Disney
On our way to Downtown Disney, Meg decided to stop and take some pictures of the lobby and a hidden Mickey. The CM pointed it out to us the night before, while checking us in. I couldn't see it then, because it was dark and I didn't have my glasses. Meg says it is just because I have bad vision.
Here it is the next morning:
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It was way up, on a light fixture, here:
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A few more pictures of the lobby:
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Then we went down to the bus stop. We had seen in another TR, 2 people who were staying at AKL, making animal faces while waiting for the bus. We thought it was funny, and so here we are copying them:
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Don't we look ferocious?

Here is the first of many buses we rode around on:
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We arrived at Downtown Disney to do some shopping and browsing:
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We had to take a look in Goofy's Candy Shop. Look at these apples!
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So cute!

We saw Pooh and friends, Meg's favorite, so of course she had to take a picture with them. She says this is the picture of her and her peeps!
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and then an awkward photo moment with her and Pooh!
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oh, Pooh. What a big tummy you have! It must be full of honey!

We saw a tattoo place, and right away, Meg spotted one she had to have. This was her first purchase of the trip!
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Very cute, and he lasted a week, but got really dark! I think he got a tan. :lmao:

Next, we had to go into World of Disney
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Meg saw some shirts she really liked, but not enough to spend her own money on!
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On the way by the Lego store:
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We had a 12pm ADR for lunch at Planet Hollywood. Meg wanted to try it here.
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Here is a glimpse of the inside:
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They have to take a picture of you before you enter, by a limo. They bring it over to your table later, and it was around $20 maybe. I don't really remember because it wasn't a good picture at all.

We were taken to our table, which was a squishy little 2 person table, squeezed in next to a wall. The whole area seemed really crowded. I'm not sure why they made it so squishy in there, as there are 2 more floors of seating.

Here is Meg, next to a wall, at our table:
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She couldn't get into her seat at first. The hostess had to move the table back a few inches. Good thing I stuck Meg on that side!

Here I am:
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Meg ordered the garlic shrimp.
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It had noodles, with red peppers, pea pods, onions, shrimp, and a garlic chili sauce. Meg liked it, but thought it was a little too spicy, so it got a 4 out of 5.

I got the BBQ bacon burger with the BBQ sauce on the side, and fries:
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It was huge, and the BBQ sauce was good but the burger itself was somewhat dry. The fries were good, not great. I rate it a 4 out of 5.

The server was Hunter, and he was ok. He never asked how our meal was, but did bring over drink refills without being asked, so that was good. Overall, it was better than I thought it would be.

We used the ladies room on the way out, and Meg liked the mirror:
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Downtown Disney continued in next post

melmar136 09-05-2011 12:49 PM


Originally Posted by Microcell (Post 42517452)
Signing up to read more~! Great so far!

Thanks! Glad to have you! Hope you'll enjoy the rest.

melmar136 09-05-2011 01:36 PM

Downtown Disney and hotel tour
We didn't get dessert at Planet Hollywood, as we really wanted a sundae at Ghirardelli. We walked around for awhile, and stopped in lots of stores, to browse AND for the air conditioning! It was HOT!
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I just liked Minnie's disapproving look towards Mickey, on the wall of one of the stores.

We hardly ever saw the Characters in Flight balloon up in the air. But for $19 per person, I didn't think it would really be worth it. How long do you get to stay up for?
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It was getting really hot, so we figured, what better way to cool off than to get ice cream?!? We walked back towards Ghirardelli, taking another picture of a Lego creation along the way.
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We arrived at the chocolate mecca:
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We settled on the Gold Rush sundae to split, since they are over $8 a piece. I ordered while Meg grabbed a table outside. There were none left inside in the nice A/C. The waitress brought the sundae out to us.
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We rated it a 4 out of 5. It had A LOT of peanut butter. Too much, actually, and the chocolate was more like dark chocolate. We are fans of milk chocolate. Of course we ate it all though! :laughing:

We decided we had enough of Downtown Disney at this point, and wanted to go to the hotels on the monorail. We like to ride around on the monorail and visit the hotels. Plus, we like to hear the "Please stand clear of the doors...." announcement. It's the ringtone on my phone! (free on if you want it too!)

We took the bus to the Contemporary Resort, and looked around in there for while. Of course, Meg had to take some pictures:
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She's trying for some artsy shots!

Then we hopped on the monorail:
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She got this shot on the way:
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We arrived at the Polynesian.
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Then, we headed down to Captain Cook's for what else? DOLE WHIPS! Yeah, I know we just had a sundae, but after all, it's vacation! :rotfl:
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Oh, if I had this self-serve machine at our hotel, I may never leave!
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I have to say, this was my first Dole Whip. It will not be my last! Sooooo good, and refreshing! :love: Meg had one before and told me I had to try one. Our rating: a 5 out of 5!

After that, we got back on the monorail and journey over to The Grand Floridian.
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Here's Meg, acting snooty because the GF is so fancy! :snooty:
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Right after this, we had some drama! Meg bought some soap for her grandmother at the Basin store and was trying to juggle her wallet, the camera, and her backpack. Well, the camera fell onto the hard floor. When we picked it up, and made sure it still turned on, the pictures were gone! The 50 she had taken before were gone. I yelled at her for dropping it, and she started crying because she felt so bad about her missing pictures. I told her there was nothing we could do about it, after I checked out the camera and couldn't figure out why we couldn't see any of the pictures, and then said if she wanted to continue using it, she'd need a strap. We had seen one in the store earlier, so we went back, and I spent $17 on a cute Mickey strap. Best investment I made. It saved the camera a few times!

We headed out to the bus stop, to take a bus to DTD and then catch one to the Wilderness Lodge. We were going to take a boat from there to Fort Wilderness for that night's dinner at the Hoop dee doo Revue!

While we were on the bus, I checked out the camera one last time and figured out that the memory card had slipped out a bit. The pictures Meg was taking after that were going right into the internal memory. I fixed the card, and the crisis was averted!!! Meg was happy once again! All her pictures were there!

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