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Feckless 01-18-2014 04:17 PM

From Sunstroke to a Concussion: A Yacht Club Disney “Trip” to Remember
 
From Sunstroke to a Concussion: A Yacht Club Disney “Trip” to Remember

Intro:

For those who don’t know me, just a quick introduction to our family:

Me, Disney nerd and part-time unpaid travel agent.

http://i.imgur.com/eEZhV9A.jpg

DH, who comes along for the ride.

http://i.imgur.com/oGgz6yJ.jpg

DD, age 12, who loves the thrill rides.

http://i.imgur.com/UKuOEcK.jpg

DS, age almost 11, who hates the heat but loves the Mouse.

http://i.imgur.com/zadFmZ7.jpg

When we went to BC in the spring of 2012, we thought that we wouldn't be back to the World in at least a couple of years. That's why my last trip report was called "Trip of a Lifetime"! Well, never say never... :)

My first plan to sneak back to Disney was to run the Tower of Terror 10 miler in October 2013, which would be great motivation. Unfortunately, I injured my knee after training for two months, and instead of working towards a 10 mile race, I had to work at physio to be able to walk without pain! So that plan was off, and nothing in its place. Right now I have the will to exercise but the knees of a middle aged Bobby Orr. :headache:

In February, a close friend called to tell me that she and her DH had decided to take their kids to Florida for the last two weeks of August, and that the first week would be Disney as they had done Universal the previous two years. She asked if our family would like to join them, and the plan was hatched to surprise the kids. The four kids are great friends, and have known each other since birth. They have barely had a cross word to each other, and spend considerable amounts of time together, including other, shorter trips. I knew this would be a dream come true for our kids, as they have asked me on multiple occasions to try to do a trip like this with this family. We had already made plans for DD to fly to Alberta to visit with my sister for the second week in August, and also had plans to go to Toronto for the last week of August for my DS to see the Blue Jays play the Yankees on his 11th birthday. The other family’s planned Disney week fell directly in between our other two planned trips, and so it seemed to be meant to be! Then our friends said that they would be willing to stay at the Beach Club, which we loved so much last time. At that moment, I knew I had to try to make it happen. :)

Somehow, after much time at my computer, I managed to work out flights so that we arrived in Terminal 3 of Pearson International in Toronto one hour before DD's flight arrived from my sister's city so that we could meet her when she got off her flight right at the gate. Unfortunately, the next flight to go to Orlando on that airline didn't leave until 5 hours after DD arrived, but I figured the kids could deal. Originally, the plan was to not tell either set of kids that the other was going until they saw each other in the lobby of the hotel. I knew it would be hard, but I knew we had to try! My DD knew about the Toronto leg of the trip, and DS also had some suspicions after overhearing conversations, but neither knew when we would be going exactly, or where we would be staying in Toronto. They thought that would be the extent of our surprises! Little did they know. :cool1::goodvibes

After we booked, the search began for discounts! First I got a PIN code for free dining in the mail. Unfortunately it was for the week AFTER our dates! Boooo... So, I watched the Boards and waited until discounts came out for our dates to try to get a RO discount. Finally, they were announced! I immediately called Disney and the CM on the phone told me that there was nothing at all showing for our dates. Rechecked with the wonderful people on here and on another group I frequent, then I checked the Disney website myself. Lo and behold, there WAS a huge discount for our dates, but at the Yacht Club, not the BC. Lesson here is to never give up! Keep checking! So glad I didn't listen to the CM on the phone. Initially I was a bit disappointed to not get my beloved BC, but the discount was so good I booked it right away. The other family was booking CL which meant of course we had to as well (LOL). I spoke to the other family, they also found the discount and switched their reservation to the YC and saved about $1,000. I booked YC standard view CL for our family. It was a go!!!! :yay:

We were going HERE. Could not believe it.

http://i.imgur.com/zQgwX7i.jpg

Next up: Surprise/Travel Day! :woohoo:

Feckless 01-18-2014 04:24 PM

Introduction: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...83&postcount=1

Day One: Surprise/Travel Day: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=16

Day Two: Another Surprise Day http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=29

Day Two Continued: CALAMITY! The "Trip" Part of this Trip Report http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=34

Day Three: Magic Kingdom Day Part One: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=45

Day Three Continued: Magic Kingdom and the Yachtsman: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=49

Day Four: Black Eye in Epcot: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=53

Day Five: Blizzard Beach Day: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=60

Day Six: Animal Kingdom Day Part One: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=73

Day Six: Animal Kingdom Day Part Two: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=74

natebenma 01-18-2014 04:25 PM

I'm in!!!

But no. Totally not stalking you!

:banana::banana::banana:

Feckless 01-18-2014 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by natebenma (Post 50508728)
I'm in!!!

But no. Totally not stalking you!

:banana::banana::banana:

Stalk away! That's part of the fun! Everyone is just tuning in to see the bumps and the black eye... :lmao:

Pinkgirl 01-18-2014 05:40 PM

I'm stalking. Oops, sorry "in".

TeenaS 01-18-2014 06:09 PM

I'm in too!

Flyz Ondewalz 01-18-2014 06:26 PM

The Buzzy Fly is IN!!!

http://www.chrismadden.co.uk/images/...ris-madden.gif

scottny 01-18-2014 06:37 PM

Joining in!

Amberleefuta 01-18-2014 08:13 PM

I'm in!!!!

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star72232 01-18-2014 08:26 PM

You had me at "the knees of a middle age Bobby Orr". :rotfl2:

luvpoohandcompany 01-19-2014 08:38 AM

I'm in and yes totally wanting to see the infamous black eye:lmao::rotfl:

JanetMom 01-19-2014 11:45 AM

I'm in. Looking forward to living vicariously through all the good, the bad and the bumps.

ClareH37 01-19-2014 12:29 PM

I'm in too, looking forward to hearing all about your trip as I'm returning to the YC CL after a 8 year break from the resort (ignore my countdown, I haven't bothered to change it back to the YC yet lol)

barneyda 01-19-2014 12:37 PM

Can't wait for the "trip" report! I stayed at the Beach Club 3 times in the past year. Trying the Yacht Club this Sept for the first time. :thumbsup2:yay::wave2:

Feckless 01-19-2014 01:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pinkgirl (Post 50509200)
I'm stalking. Oops, sorry "in".

Yahooooo! Didn't you get married in that gorgeous gazebo? Was that you?

Quote:

Originally Posted by TeenaS (Post 50509329)
I'm in too!

Awesome, Teena! Still can't believe I was too stupid to get a selfie with you this trip. LOL

Quote:

Originally Posted by Flyz Ondewalz (Post 50509445)

Buzzy, you may have some competition from DRONY THE WASP and his gigantic soda-loving family in this report. :rotfl2:

Quote:

Originally Posted by scottny (Post 50509513)
Joining in!

Thanks for reading!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Amberleefuta (Post 50510048)
I'm in!!!!

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Welcome!

Quote:

Originally Posted by star72232 (Post 50510117)
You had me at "the knees of a middle age Bobby Orr". :rotfl2:

Ah, a Bruins fan??? You might enjoy this picture my husband snapped of me during my fall.

http://i.imgur.com/gKLd1UR.jpg


Quote:

Originally Posted by luvpoohandcompany (Post 50512269)
I'm in and yes totally wanting to see the infamous black eye:lmao::rotfl:

I took one every day. :rotfl2:

Quote:

Originally Posted by JanetMom (Post 50513503)
I'm in. Looking forward to living vicariously through all the good, the bad and the bumps.

Welcome, Janet! The good far outweighed the bad. The bump outweighed everything. :rotfl2:

Quote:

Originally Posted by ClareH37 (Post 50513794)
I'm in too, looking forward to hearing all about your trip as I'm returning to the YC CL after a 8 year break from the resort (ignore my countdown, I haven't bothered to change it back to the YC yet lol)

We LOVED the YC. We did not expect to like it as much as the BC, but it had some serious advantages. Still would go back to either!

Quote:

Originally Posted by barneyda (Post 50513863)
Can't wait for the "trip" report! I stayed at the Beach Club 3 times in the past year. Trying the Yacht Club this Sept for the first time. :thumbsup2:yay::wave2:

You will love it! I am going to talk about my thoughts and compare the two resorts as I go through... :goodvibes


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