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Old 09-18-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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9 days, 7 bladders, 3 strollers, 1 tropical storm and... lots of fun. UPDATED JUNE 24

Bonjour and to my trip report.

My name is Queila and I am a 34 year old dental hygienist from Montreal.

Actually, I am really from Brazil but I moved to Canada 10 years ago to be with my husband Joey. He is that awesome.

We have a four year old daughter named Beatriz and we have been dealing with secondary infertility for the past two years. We tried fertility but lost two pregnancies in the last year. I guess you can say it has been emotional but planning and executing Disney trips have been a wonderful day to lighten up and bring some *pixie dust* into our lives.

This was our 4th trip as a family of three. Beatriz has been to Disney pretty much every year since she was born and, let me tell you, she is turning to be quite a Disney bug. On this trip she was finally tall enough to do some of the bigger rides and that fact alone added a whole new excitement to our trip.

Joey is a full on Disney dad himself and his love for all things Disney increases with every trip we take.

This time around we had friends tagging along with us. It was a family of four with kids 6 and 3 years old. Hence, the task of "managing" 7 bladders and three strollers under the August Summer heat.

Being a larger party definitely slowed our pace down but I was ok with it for the most part. It helped me to just let the trip happen instead of trying to plan every minute of it. Turns out, we still got a lot accomplished and had a great time.

It was their first time at Disney and I got a little kick out of experiencing Disney through their eyes. I was happy to be able to show them a good time too.

The trip was from Aug. 26th to Sept. 3rd 2012. We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter with free dining and had a 8 day Magic Your Way Ticket with no hopper pass.

You can read my TR for our 2011 trip right here. My TR's are known for dragging for quite some time but I always finish them so I hope you stick around!

This is my favorite picture of this trip. It was taken on day 4 by the Sassagoula River on our way to dinner at Port Orleans Riverside:



Next up:
Day 1- Will Isaac ruin our trip?

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Day 1:
Chapter 1- But is there even going to be a trip?
Chapter 2- But first we need to make it to Orlando.
Chapter 3- So we made it. Now take me out to the hotel.
Chapter 4- Port Orleans French Quarter, a review.
Chapter 5- Port Orleans French Quarter, pictures of our room.
Chapter 6- The rain follows us to Epcot and lunch at Via Napoli.
Chapter 7- Dodging the rain at Future World, a meal at Sunshine Seasons and, who knew, Illuminations.

Day 2:
Chapter 1- Isaac day;
Chapter 2- Post- storm afternoon at Magic Kingdom, lunch at Columbia Harbour House;
Chapter 3-Dinner at Kona Cafe;

Day 3:
Chapter 1- Animal Kingdom
Chapter 2- How much can we fit in one day at AK?
Chapter 3- Evening at POFQ

Day 4:
Chapter 1- Early morning at DHS with breakfast at Hollywood and Vine
Chapter 2- Is Beatriz finally tall enough for a thrill ride?

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:44 PM   #2
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I was wondering when you were starting.

I am SOOOOO in!!!

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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I was wondering when you were starting.

I am SOOOOO in!!!

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Welcome Dee! I am so happy you are here.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:53 PM   #4
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Hurrah a new trippie , tho still haven't finished reading old one xx never mind got a holiday weekend this weekend so will try to catch up.

So looking forward to hearing your new one.

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:48 PM   #5
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Yay for a new trip report! I'm hoping Isaac didn't ruin your plans too much
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:47 PM   #7
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Half marathon weekend, eh? It is soooo on my Disney bucket list. Are you going to write a TR about it? Pleeease?

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:31 PM   #8
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Great picture! I hope Isaac didn't put a dampner on your trip! I'm here for the long haul!
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:21 PM   #10
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Beatriz looked so adorable in her Disney attire!!
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Another exciting trip! I've always enjoyed your TR's and Beatriz is such a doll!

I am so glad she didn't get sick on the plane and hope she napped long enough to feel better Can't wait to read more!
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:30 AM   #12
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Following along! Your trip sounds fun! Beatriz is adorable
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Oh man, that sucks that Beatriz almost got sick on the plane. Thank god it was only "almost".
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Another exciting trip! I've always enjoyed your TR's and Beatriz is such a doll!

I am so glad she didn't get sick on the plane and hope she napped long enough to feel better Can't wait to read more!

Welcome to all! I am already neglecting the TR. Not a good sign. Bur working on a new update. Promise.

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Old 10-06-2012, 11:14 AM   #13
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Day 1- Sunday, Aug. 26th 2012- Arrival at POFQ

So the whole process at the airport was once again seamless and, before we knew it, we were waiting for our Magical Express ride.

Beatriz perked up after all:




And guess who else arrived in Orlando right on time?



Isaac!

But we were not going to let the rain spoil the moment:



The forecast said that the heavy rain was supposed to start at night so I was hoping we would still have the chance to do something in the afternoon.

We were the first stop and made it to POFQ in no time. Even though we had made the online check- in the whole process ended up taking quite some time because we never mentioned that the two reservations were together so the two families ended up with rooms at opposite sides of the resort.

We explained the situation to the CM and he changed both rooms so we could be in the same building which was very convenient.

By the time we got the keys to our rooms the rain had stopped so the order was: go to your room, change as fast as you can and let's make it to Epcot asap.

But first, some POFQ pictures:






















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Old 10-06-2012, 11:22 AM   #14
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Port Orleans French Quarters Review

As soon as we got back home from our vacation I posted a quick review of POFQ at the Resorts boards so I thought it was maybe a good idea to copy and paste it over here too:

" This was our first stay at POFQ and we L-O-V-E-D it.

My husband and I were saying that it looks like we have found our match. We have stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Pop Century before but POFQ seemed to be the perfect match for our family.





I have always said that I would like to experience every Disney hotel at least once but it will be hard not to stay at POFQ from now on...

I think what I liked the most is the fact that the resort is comparatively very small and easy to manage. Even though our room was on building 1 (by the river) we never felt we were too far from anything. Specially when we figured we could make our way to the pool through the path by the river.



We walked to Riverside once for a meal at Boatwright's (which is amazing BTW) and took the boat back to FQ. We were planning to use the boat once again to go to DTD but ended up using the bus instead.

The bus system was good. I had heard rumors that it was supposed to be a nightmare but it was seamless. We shared it once or twice with Riverside but it wasn't a big deal. We never had to wait long for it, 10 minutes tops.





One night when we were getting back from MK after Wishes we got to the bus stop and there were tons of guests waiting. It looked like they had been waiting for quite a while. So the first bus came, filled up and left. We had to stay behind and wait for the next one. Wouldn't you know they sent a Magical Express coach to pick us up. Everybody got to sit down and watch cartoons on the way to the hotel. The bus driver called it a "magical moment".






The rooms are beautiful and spacious and mousekeeping was A1. Fresh towels and new soaps, shampoos and conditioners everyday. My daughter had brought some plush animals from home and once or twice they were placed in cute positions when we got back to our room. It was a nice touch.

The wifi in our room was not reliable though. It can get frustrating after a while.

We also ate at Sassagoula Floatworks a couple of times (shrimp po boy, creole burger, fish with collard greens, gumbo, jambalaya and a ridiculous amount of beignets). Everything was delicious and made fresh.

The staff was friendly and kept a smile on their faces even on the Monday (Aug.27) when we felt the effects of Isaac and most people stayed at the resort because of the heavy rain. Sassagoula Floatworks was extremely busy the whole morning but it never got chaotic.



We also loved the swimming pool and my daughter who is 4 years old couldn't get enough of that slide. The pool never felt too crowded and we never had trouble finding chairs. We also got to enjoy some games by the pool one afternoon and the CM's were very good with the kids.

On the Saturday night we got to go to sit at the Scat Cat's and listen to Elliot Dyson play for a while. We ordered a gyn tonic at the bar which totally hit the spot.

All in all it was a wonderful vacation and POFQ played a huge part in it. If you are reading this because you are still trying to figure out where to stay on your next Disney vacation I would highly recommend giving POFQ some serious thought".



Oh... I forgot to mention that one evening we had an encounter with a cockroach in our room. It was a huge one and it was an unpleasant surprise. I never mentioned anything to the staff because I don't think I can really hold it against Disney considering the heat and the location of the resort.

Just thought I should add this "detail" to the review.


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Old 10-23-2012, 04:19 PM   #15
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Hi Queila I'm a lurker named Jenn who has really enjoyed reading your awesome TR's and thought I would follow along this time if that is alright
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