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Old 10-15-2010, 12:37 PM   #316
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Loving the TR, keep up the great work ladies. Thankfully you figured out the shower situation, doesn't sound too pleasant. From the looks of your pictures and from what you have said doesnt seem like Disney was very busy when you were there. My hubby-to-be and I are going for our disneymoon in Sept 2011 We are so excited, we can't afford to stay at the BLT but we wouldve loved to! We are staying at the CSR, more than affordable. I hope it is just as nice when we go. Lookin' forward to hearing more about your fantastic trip
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That shower situation was hilarious!!! Sometimes those showers can be pretty powerful. Glad you sorted out the pressure to make it somewhat tolerable. Too funny I liked the drawing in the sand.
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Sorry, I'd gotten way behind but am caught up now. Great pictures, as always. You had a great view from your BLT room!

Thanks Glen! Trying to make the catch up easier by keeping up with the links!

Our view from BLT was so great. Seriously, I preferred it to an MK view because we got both - MK and BL! What's better than that!

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What a painful sounding shower! I'm glad you both made it through the torture.
I'm just glad Jen figured out how it worked. Apparently I am the dumb one of the pair. But I'm old - I have an excuse!

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Loving the TR, keep up the great work ladies. Thankfully you figured out the shower situation, doesn't sound too pleasant. From the looks of your pictures and from what you have said doesnt seem like Disney was very busy when you were there. My hubby-to-be and I are going for our disneymoon in Sept 2011 We are so excited, we can't afford to stay at the BLT but we wouldve loved to! We are staying at the CSR, more than affordable. I hope it is just as nice when we go. Lookin' forward to hearing more about your fantastic trip
Nox Playmate! And welcome to the DIS! The trip report section of the DIS is my favorite because you meet the nicest people here!

Congrats on your upcoming Disneymoon! I love reading all about Disneymoons because they are such a special time! CSR is beautiful. You will love it.

BLT is out of my price range too. TGFDVC - Thank goodness for DVC. If you really want to stay there for your Disneymoon consider renting points from a DVC'er. There is a lot of information about that on the DVC boards. Jen freqeuntly rents her points, but she may be selling one or both of her contracts to go to school next. It really was a special location.

Stick with our TR because later on I have a surprise that a Disneymooner is sure to appreciate!

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That shower situation was hilarious!!! Sometimes those showers can be pretty powerful. Glad you sorted out the pressure to make it somewhat tolerable. Too funny I liked the drawing in the sand.
Hey Jenbear! Is this your first visit to our TR? I'm so embarrassed because I'm not sure. I know I see you all over the TR's, so if its your first visit. If it's not, Welcome Back!

That shower was crazy. It wasn't powerful in the way that some showers feel like they can knock you off your feet. It just had a setting that changed the water into shards of glass. Crazy!
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Hey Mary Ellen! I'm finally here and all caught up! I'm loving the pictures as usual Sounds like you girls had an awesome first couple of days - aside from the Torture Chamber that doubled as a bathroom that is
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I KNOW Jen will really appreciate your condolences. She really loved that dog!
I really do appreciate all the condolences . We had Stella before we had kids so it was losing my first child. Adopting Sadie the weekend before we let Stella go made it an little easier. She is a lot like Stella and totally different. Sadie helped keep us in the dog routine which is good and sometimes I just bury my face in her fur and pretend she's Stella. It never works, but I try it from time to time.

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I just finished your May TR and I just started this one so I figured I will comment now then go back and read the rest. Looking forward to reading, your last one was very entertaining!
We aim to please so I hope this one is just as much as fun!

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Aww, great pics Jen! The two of you are so funny with this TR!!!

I'm very sorry about Stella - We have had our dog for almost 4 years, and it sure isn't long enough. RIP Stella.
I am glad you are enjoying the pics! I took over 1000 so there is more to come!
It's never long enough, that's for sure. Having a big dog I always knew she wouldn't live long but 6 1/2 years? WAY too short, especially when it happened sort of suddenly. I say sort of because I knew she had kidney issues a year ago but something told me that we could spend a lot time/effort/money finding the problem but there was going to be no fix for the problem, so I let her be her happy-self and just kept an eye on her. When she started losing weight and looked less happy, I knew the jig was up.
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Jen, I just wanted to say I'm sorry about Stella.

And your pictures of the pool hopping are great. I had heard about the awful shower at BLT and the fact that the bathroom sink is by the kitchen sink.
Thanks. This is the first I've heard of the sharp water situation at BLT but I did know about the vanity sink/kitchenette thing. Someone even tried to explain it and how it was more hygenic and if you're talking about just hand washing it might be. Once you enter the realm of hair, hair products, make-up, and the like, I think that arguement is moot.

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Pool hopping looked like a blast...and it was perfect being on the monorail...I just can't see hopping a bus or driving to another location....maybe but I think the monorail is the best bet I have been known to play some bingo at the pool

Awwww Jen sorry about Stella so, so, so very hard

Okay I was just cracking up at the lethal shower....I likely would have fallen anyways but the sharp water?!! I was thinking it was MEK's delicate Sherpa skin but since it happened to Jen too... That is so weird...I have never noticed it in the showers there....must be an Ikea type design Glad that you were able to remedy that

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Here is a big to everyone, thank you for the kind words. Stella was a great dog, couldn't ask for a better companion for my kids, and she is sorely missed.

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Loving the TR, keep up the great work ladies. Thankfully you figured out the shower situation, doesn't sound too pleasant. From the looks of your pictures and from what you have said doesnt seem like Disney was very busy when you were there. My hubby-to-be and I are going for our disneymoon in Sept 2011 We are so excited, we can't afford to stay at the BLT but we wouldve loved to! We are staying at the CSR, more than affordable. I hope it is just as nice when we go. Lookin' forward to hearing more about your fantastic trip
Hello! I think you will LOVE CSR, it was my first home before SSR. We still make it a point to go back and visit on most trips. I'll post a pic to show you why I love it so much:

It is just that gorgeous. I love the big, sprawling grounds, the huge gift shop, and the Pepper Market is one of the best, IMHO. If you want to get excited about staying there, check out the CSR thread here on the DIS or just ask me anything you want to know about it! And stay tuned for the Disneymoon surprise!

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Hey Mary Ellen! I'm finally here and all caught up! I'm loving the pictures as usual Sounds like you girls had an awesome first couple of days - aside from the Torture Chamber that doubled as a bathroom that is
I can't believe we're still talking about Day 2! I'm exhausted just reading about what we did and I acutally did all this stuff!

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Nox Playmate! And welcome to the DIS! The trip report section of the DIS is my favorite because you meet the nicest people here!

Congrats on your upcoming Disneymoon! I love reading all about Disneymoons because they are such a special time! CSR is beautiful. You will love it.

BLT is out of my price range too. TGFDVC - Thank goodness for DVC. If you really want to stay there for your Disneymoon consider renting points from a DVC'er. There is a lot of information about that on the DVC boards. Jen freqeuntly rents her points, but she may be selling one or both of her contracts to go to school next. It really was a special location.

Stick with our TR because later on I have a surprise that a Disneymooner is sure to appreciate!
Don't you worry I will definitely be sticking around for the rest of your TR. Love all the pictures too. You have a great camera. I hope DH2B and I can get some amazing pictures like yours! Im a photo-aholic, just like you Can't wait to hear about the surprise, I love surprises!!!
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Hey Mary Ellen! I'm finally here and all caught up! I'm loving the pictures as usual Sounds like you girls had an awesome first couple of days - aside from the Torture Chamber that doubled as a bathroom that is
Michelle - I'm so glad you joined in and got all caught up! We really did have a blast on this trip! It was a ton of fun! I know you are bummed cause you don't have a trip plan, but I still really wish you could go in May again with the East meets West girls. Just sayin'


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I'll post a pic to show you why I love it so much:

It is just that gorgeous.


I can't believe we're still talking about Day 2! I'm exhausted just reading about what we did and I acutally did all this stuff!

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I will have to say that CSR is probably the most photogenic resort of all the Disney resorts. I stayed there for two nights and when I got home and looked at my pictures all I could say was - WOW!

Now, don't get too exhausted yet. We will be to Day 3 before you know it and I think I have more Day 3 pictures than any other day. Cause you know I love the AK.

But tonight I am going to do our end of Day 2 update. So stayed tuned!

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Don't you worry I will definitely be sticking around for the rest of your TR. Love all the pictures too. You have a great camera. I hope DH2B and I can get some amazing pictures like yours! Im a photo-aholic, just like you Can't wait to hear about the surprise, I love surprises!!!
Great - cause the surprise doesn't happen until Day 5. It's just one of those moments when you realize you happened to be in the right place at the right time.

I love taking pictures. I bought a canon dslr last January specifically for my Disney trips. It's such a fun hobby.
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Jen, so sorry about the loss of Stella. We lost our cat of 16 years a week before our trip, it's hard when they leave us.

Wow, that shower, I've had those before. At least there was a thingy to tone it down. Falling on that floor would have been terrible, glad you two didn't have any falls.
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Would you like some alcohol with that ice?

So I think everybody pretty much knows about the bathroom of torture. No sense rehashing that except to say that I was scared every time I stepped out of the shower. I learned to carefully move the bath mat and just step on the tile in order to avoid another painful split. I had visions of the paramedics finding me in an awkwardly embarrassing position with one leg in and one leg out of the tub and my head on the floor. Not a great visual. My other thought was - How many little kids have knocked their noggen on this slippery floor? Not good!

So when we arrived back to the room we called to have our luggage delivered. Then we were good girls and put our clothes away. It would have been a total mess if we had not unpacked properly. Jen also got her owner's locker delivered and like magic we had real coffee mugs and a strand of Halloween lights. Unfortunately, Jen still didn't have the special battery she was looking for. She was hoping she had a spare in her owners locker. No such luck!

At some point I must have taken a few more pictures of our spectacular view. I guess I was still in disbelief......It hadn't sunk in yet.





So between the unpacking, showering, and primping we actually managed to be about 10 minutes late for our 6:15 ADR. Wait....what you say? We were staying at BLT and we were still late to our ADR at the Wave. Yes - I admit. Sad, but true. At least I knew that LL and Marc would no longer be waiting for us to finish dinner, so I felt a little better about that.

We were seated promptly when we checked in at the Wave. This is my third visit to the Wave. That's pretty impressive considering its only been opened for a couple years. One thing is true, after three visits I can assure you that the food is consistently good.

First order of business was alcohol.

I had the Passion Fruit Mojito - Bacardi Rum, X-fusion Organic Mango and Passion Fruit Liqueur, Lime, and Fresh Mint topped with Soda Water $8.25

While Jen had the Raspberry Rain - Red grape hybiscus vodka, chambord, fresh raspberries, lychee, and freshly squeezed lemon juice topped with soda water $9.25



I loved mine. Perhaps a little too much. Perhaps I was thirsty from being at the pool all afternoon. I don't know. All I can say is I took three generous sips and my drink became a glass of ice. Literally. Jen said something to the effect of, "2 more sips and that will be just ice". That's when I realized that my yummy drink was not going to last much longer unless I made an executive decision.

I rarely ever complain in a restaurant. I rarely ever send food back. I never send alcohol back, but I knew I was not going to be happy unless I got more drink with my ice. So when the CM came back I told her that I was not satisfied with my glass of ice. She was very accommodating and brought me a new drink. I felt a little bad asking for a new drink, but the second had much better proportions of ice to liquor. Yum!

The Wave has really good smoothies. I know I didn't need it, but boy was it yummy. Mega-Berry Smoothie - Raspberry Purée and Nonfat Yogurt blended with Odwalla Berries GoMega, an excellent source of Omega-3 $4.69






Next up. Entrees!

Last May I had the sustainable fish, which was quite good. Tonight I choose Grilled Beef Tenderloin - port wine jus, potato and onion gratin and summer ratatouille $28.99



This was so good! Really good. I think I had this the first time I visited the Wave. The cut of beef was great. It was really tasty!

Jen had the Apple Brined Pork Tenderloin - with Bourbon Sweet Mashed potatoes, warm spinach-bacon salad and Sassafras Jus $21.99



I know that Jen really enjoyed her meal as well. That spinach bacon salad looked really good to me.

And finally, time for dessert. After my mega berry smoothie and entree I couldn't fit another bite, so I packaged my dessert to go. Meanwhile, Jen ordered this......



So here are the dessert choices. Do you see any that match?

Sweet Temptations

Creamy Indulgence - Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis, Coconut Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit Drizzle, Chocolate-Passion Fruit Mousse with Pecan-Olive Brittle $7.99

Decadent Flavors - Blueberry Compote with Yogurt Gelato, Lemon Cornbread with Vanilla Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse with Salted Caramel Sauce $7.99

Crispy and Crunchy - Vanilla-braised Pineapple Spears, Almond-Pineapple-Raisin "Baklava", Zucchini-Carrot Cake with Vanilla Panna Cotta $7.99

Freshly Crafted Sorbets - Lemon-basil, Pineapple Strawberry $7.99

No Sugar Added Desserts - Chocolate-Mint Mousse, Fresh Berries with Panna Cotta, Vanilla Bean Créme Brulée $7.99

Woooh....I have no clue. I'm not even sure which dessert I had packaged up to go. I'm thinking it was #1 or #3. I ate it later that evening, but I really can't remember. I do remember that what was in my "to go" box was gone in about 6 bites - 2 bites for each item.

So dinner was great and I remember commenting that every meal we had since arrival had been really good. I was totally please with both my CS and TS choices.

When we left the Wave it was close to 8pm. We decided to stop back at the room so I could get my tripod. We weren't really sure what we needed to do to get to the TOWL lounge. Something I read said to go to the main floor and that we would be escorted up from there. But when we walked to the elevators an end door opened and a CM asked us, and the other people waiting, if we were going to up to the lounge. We said "affirmative" and off we went. No room card checking. No nothing. Cool!

Of course, what I didn't mention was that all of BLT was accessed with a key card. It's not like other resorts where you can just walk into the main lobby. To get in the main lobby or to enter the crosswalk between the contemporary and blt you must use your key card. However, I will mention something noteworthy for those of you who really would like to visit. There is a very strong wind coming off the lake and it creates this weird vacuum which can make it very hard to close the entryway door from the contemporary side of the crosswalk. Several times the door was opened and it was literally impossible to close. Anyone could have slipped in during those times. No biggie. Just thought I would mention it. I am sure they will come up with a fix, because if not, some poor maintenance person is going to get incredibly cranky.

So up, up, up we go. We head right to the observation deck facing the MK. It looks like there are quite a few people in the lounge so it seemed smart to stalk out a good spot for Wishes. Plus I hadn't used my tripod in awhile so I wanted to set it up for a few practice shots.






I was so pleased that I had the tripod up and ready. Bring on Wishes!

But wait, What was that? Suddenly from around the corner a CM came in and said everyone needed to get inside now because a thunderstorm was approaching. Before I could even get my camera off the tripod and pack it away the rain was coming down. And coming down it did - in buckets. We all huddled inside. Fortunately Jen and I were able to get a table and, eventually, a cast member to take drink orders. In the meantime Jen gave me a photography lesson. I was trying really hard to pay attention to lessons about aperture, f stops, shutter speed, ISO, and depth of field. Jen really knows her stuff. I was listening intently so I barely noticed the deluge going on outside.

Eventually we ordered and received drinks.



Jen had the magical star cocktail which she said was "fab" and I had a wonderful raspberry martini. So yum!

I took a few pictures of the bar and the lights while I was getting my photography lesson.......







I tried to get a shot of the monorail behind the bar.....



If you look hard you can just make out the monorail.

Finally the deluge stopped and we waited around hoping that Wishes would start late. Finally, we gave up, packed up and headed back to our room. Just as we entered the room we heard.....BOOM....BOOM,BOOM,BOOM!

We ran to the balcony and saw this.....















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Continued.........










And before we knew it Wishes was over. But how cool that we got to see it right from our own little balcony. So I never did have time to set up the tripod, but that's OK I saw Wishes and I even got a few good shots.

And with that, it was time to put Day 2 to bed.

Jen asked me if I needed to sleep in the bed. I said I was fine with the sleeper sofa. She said, "Well I thought I should ask since you are old".

Oh yeah I am old, so thanks Jen but I'm good. And you know what - that pull out was perfect.

Up Next...Day 3 and My own private running path!

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It is so hard. I'm glad Jen and her DH adopted a new dog right away. That's what I did when my 2nd cat died about 9 years ago. I went out and adopted a new cat that weekend, then another, then another. The only problem is they are all about the same age so I will probably lose all three around the same time. Maybe not.

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That shower was an experience, that's for sure! I still can't believe how slippery that floor was. Crazy slippery!
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Sounds like you and Jen had a great evening, even if it did rain a bit!!! You had a great dinner, you enjoyed the lounge, and got to see Wishes from your own little balcony....VERY COOL!!!

Loved your shots...so awesome!!!
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Mmm the Wave looks good!

What an amazing view you had from your room! Can't believe you got to see Wishes from right there! Amazing fireworks pictures!!
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Hello! I think you will LOVE CSR, it was my first home before SSR. We still make it a point to go back and visit on most trips. I'll post a pic to show you why I love it so much:

It is just that gorgeous. I love the big, sprawling grounds, the huge gift shop, and the Pepper Market is one of the best, IMHO.

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I just have to say I agree with you about the CSR...it is our favorite resort (we've stayed nine times...just got back three weeks ago). You can also check out the "unofficial thread here for info on the resort--linked in my signature.

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I will have to say that CSR is probably the most photogenic resort of all the Disney resorts. I stayed there for two nights and when I got home and looked at my pictures all I could say was - WOW!
I agree, Mary Ellen...it is a very photogenic resort. I could spend a day just taking pics of all the courtyards, fountains, etc.

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[SIZE="3"][COLOR="DarkOrchid"]Last May I had the sustainable fish, which was quite good. Tonight I choose Grilled Beef Tenderloin - port wine jus, potato and onion gratin and summer ratatouille $28.99



This was so good! Really good. I think I had this the first time I visited the Wave. The cut of beef was great. It was really tasty!

Jen had the Apple Brined Pork Tenderloin - with Bourbon Sweet Mashed potatoes, warm spinach-bacon salad and Sassafras Jus $21.99



Oooh....both of these entries look really, really good. The Wave is on our list for our next trip and I think one of these will be what I order.

And all I can say about your firework pictures is
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