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Old 05-04-2009, 01:52 PM   #1
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Of Mice and Moleskin – A solo trip for work and most definitely, pleasure

Trip report – Feb 8-11, 2009

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Last trip report, January 2009 (if you are interested!)

In January 2009, I drove from Delaware to WDW with my 23 year old son to deliver him to Disney for his participation in the Disney College Program. I spent a couple of extra days enjoying the parks before coming home. Shortly before we went down, I found out that that a task force of which I am a member had scheduled their February 2009 quarterly meeting in Orlando. Not only in Orlando, but at the Regal Sun Resort which is one of the Downtown Disney Resorts! The meeting was scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday so I decided to go down on Sunday and have a couple of days of Disney to myself before the meeting. I was able to use my son’s Cast Member Discount to get my one night room at Port Orleans Riverside. I wanted a rental car for the first couple of days of my trip and found out that Dollar Car Rental has an office at the Regal Sun Resort so I arranged to get a car at MCO on Sunday and drop it off at the Regal Sun Resort before my meeting.

One thing I noticed after my January trip was that I didn’t take any where near enough pictures and I didn’t do a very good job of keeping notes. I definitely took more pictures this time and tried to do a better job of taking notes, so here it is…

Who: me, WDW veteran
Why: Two days at WDW at Port Orleans Riverside followed by three days of work meetings at the Regal Sun Resort.

Sunday, February 8

Arrival:


Flew from Philadelphia to Orlando on the 7:55 a.m. USAir flight. I had decided to rent a car from Dollar Rental because they have an office in the Regal Sun Resort therefore, I could pick up my car at MCO and then drop it off at the hotel for no extra charge. Several weeks after I made my reservation, I signed up for Dollar Express. Since I had made my reservation before joining, when I got to MCO I decided that I had better wait in the regular line and then when I checked in the agent walked down to the Express check-in and all of my paperwork was there waiting for me! While waiting for my agent, I peered down to the Disney Magical Express (ME) line and it was really, really long. I have heard that even when it is long, they still can move people through pretty fast, but I was still glad that I didn’t have to wait in that line! I got a pretty nice Chrysler Sebring and was off to WDW. After paying my $1.50 in tolls I made my quickly to Port Orleans Riverside, parked and headed into check-in. When I first got onto Disney property some guy in a Dodge Challenger with a New Jersey plates cut into my lane without a signal and I had to slam on my brakes to not run into him. After giving him a friendly one fingered wave, I went around him so as not to get stuck behind the buses turning into Old Key West and Port Orleans French Quarter. So when I turned into POR, there was Jersey guy right behind me. Check-in went very smoothly – had a really friendly CM. When I had booked using my son’s CM discount, there were no standard view rooms available so I had to book a water view, but it was only for one night and with the discount it wasn’t that big of a deal. I got a second floor room in the Arcadia section of the Mansions. I drove over and started to park and guess what – Jersey guy was parked right next to me. Took me awhile to find my room.







The “water view” room afforded me a slight glimpse of the pool through a bunch of trees and an even smaller glimpse of the Sassagoula through even more trees. The standard room I had at Port Orleans French Quarter in January had more of a water view than this room!

View to the right - if you look really close in the center of the picture is a bridge which I think goes over the Sassagoula to Ol' Man Island



View straight ahead - Disney's idea of a "water view"




It was also right at the top of a set of stairs which was a bit of a pain. I kept the shutters closed most of the time.

View to the left - The light fixture is at the top of the much trafficked staircase:

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Signing on. I often say that trip reports and pictures are what keep me sane until our next WDW vacation. I just had to laugh that Jersey checked into the same resort as you AND was assigned to the same section.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:22 AM   #3
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Signing on. I often say that trip reports and pictures are what keep me sane until our next WDW vacation. I just had to laugh that Jersey checked into the same resort as you AND was assigned to the same section.
I was a bit afraid as the guy looked a bit intimidating, and I did feel kind of bad for flipping him off. I often forget that not everyone knows the WDW "highway" system and maybe, just maybe, he didn't see me when he cut me off. I do like to give people the benefit of the doubt...

Stay tuned for part two!
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Sunday, February 8 (continued)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios


After a quick change from Philly clothes to Disney clothes, I hopped in the car and made my way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Unfortunately, I forgot my handy dandy Disney Transportation Map and ended up following the official Disney road signs which meant it took twice as long to get there. Parked my car in Film 31 and hopped on the tram. I try to pack light for the parks and have a very small pocketbook and carry only my camera, cell phone and glasses in it. I found out on my trip last month that I am definitely going to have to invest in prescription sunglasses or get photo gray lenses. After so many trips to WDW, I don’t need to read park maps, but without my glasses, I wasn’t able to read the show times that are listed on the back of the daily time guides. Really stinks getting old! I like having my cell phone as I use the memo feature to record my parking area and can also type a very brief outline of what I did in the parks so that 2 months later I can write these trip reports!

After entering the park with my annual pass (love that thing!), I got a fastpass for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror with a return time of 12:50 p.m. Walked into “Beauty and the Beast” right as it was starting. I had been listening to the Broadway soundtrack a lot lately so the vocals seemed a big lacking and Gaston was a wee bit on the small side. The show does do a really good job of condensing the story and I did enjoy it and hope that I didn’t ruin anyone’s experience with my singing.









After the show, I had to wait about 5 minutes for my fastpass time and the standby line was almost just as short. I noticed throughout this trip, that the posted standby times were rarely as long as advertised. I have read this on the discussion boards as well, and wonder if Disney is just trying to encourage people to use Fastpass as a means of crowd control. Anyway, I rode the left hand elevator in the front row which I always request. Had a blast as always.

The bouganvillea was beautiful, but when I returned to DHS in the end of March they had been completely cut it back to bare branches - overambitious landscaping!!!! Also, please note the young lady rockin' the Flashdance look...





I stopped and watched some streetmosphere – the one with the director and the newly arrived to Hollywood girl who takes everything he says literally. It was pretty humorous. At one point the director asked the girl to get a young man (late teens or early 20’s) from the crowd and he took off at a quick pace and she ran after him all over the place.





I walked over to Toy Story Mania – no Fastpasses left and a 75 minute wait in the standby line – don’t think so. Had lunch at Studio Catering using the 10% AP discount and had the chicken with beans and rice which was pretty tasty ($9.16 w/discount). While eating, the High School Musical 3 show was going on in the area by the Studio Backlot Tour. I'm not sure why it was there - when I went back in March they had it in front of the Sorcerer's hat. My kids are past that age so I don’t know anything about it except that it is phenomenally popular and has made Zac Ephron some sort of teen dream (even if he looks like a girl to me).





After lunch I went to the Indiana Jones Stunt Show which I hadn’t seen in ages. It is still the same and still very entertaining.



After the show, I walked by the rope and pulled the “Don’t pull this rope” rope and listened to various bits. As usual, no one else even noticed this. Decided it was time for a snack so I stopped by Starring Roles Café (which I think used to be Starring Roles Bakery) and got a strawberry parfait ($2.79) – it was the least expensive treat and contained fruit so I figured it must be healthy (ha-ha). I found a spot on Hollywood Boulevard, watched the Block Party parade, and enjoyed it very much.





I was amazed at how non involved people were with the parade. It felt like the CMs and characters had to beg to get people involved.



I was at the Toy Story section and had Little Bo peep in front of me.



If I see the parade again I’d like to be in the section with the Bug’s Life Characters. I did get myself one of the little balls they give out at the end of the parade.




Green Army Man


Sully!!!


Heimlich



Next chapter - Visiting my son at AKL and a night at the Magic Kingdom
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I love your writing style....too funny. The girl in the photo was totally rockin' the Flashdance style and I, too, think that Zac Ephron looks like a girl. Maybe that's why he's been pumping iron lately...to look more manly and muscley.
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Oh! Where's the rope that says Don't Pull the Rope?
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