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Old 12-17-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting Than You!*6/8* NEW Trip Report Link p154

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Introduction

Mary Ellen's Posts
Cynthia's Posts

Tuesday October 16,2012

No Alarm Necessary
No Alarm Necessary continued
Cynthia Departs
Dear Friends In Memory of Tracy Mann 1970-12/19/2012
Checkin In and Heading Out
Checkin In and Heading Out Continued
How Are We Going to Open That Thing?


Wednesday October 17, 2012


Dueling Dumbos
Dueling Dumbos (continued)
Dueling Dumbos (continued)
Dueling Dumbos (continued)
Let's Ride DUUUUUUUUUMBO!!!!
A Tribute to Tracy Mann Gone Too Soon Youtube Video
Goofin' Around
Goofin' Around (continued)

Goofin' Around (continued)
Stormin' the Barn
Stormin' the Barn (continued)
A Foodie's Dream
A Foodie's Dream (continued)
A Foodie's Dream (continued)
Cynthia's Seminar Update
Cynthia's Update (continued)
Mole Ole Ole Ole...the home version!
Doogie See Doggie Do
Doogie See Doggie Do (continued)
Winter Beach Pictures
What Do You Mean the Kiosks Close During F&W?
Poolrat Pat Guest Update

Thursday, October 18, 2012

DISmeet Extreme
DISmeet Extreme (continued)
DISmeet Extreme (continued)
You Cost Me A lot of Money
Par-taaaaaay!
Par-taaaaaay! (continued)
Par-taaaaaay! (continued)
Par-taaaaaay! (continued)
April, May, June I Love You!
April, May, June I Love You!(continued)
Yeah Candy. That's Not So Very Scary!
There's That Hat Again
There's That Hat Again (continued)
There's That Hat Again (continued)
Pat's PIX
Enchanted Tales With Belle
Enchanted Tales With Belle (continued)
Enchanted Tales With Belle (continued)
Hitchhiking Ducks
Hitchhiking Ducks (continued)

Friday, October 19 2012

Fantasyland Follies
Fantasyland Follies (continued)
Fantasyland Follies (continued)
Fantasyland Follies (continued) & Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens (continued)
Coffee In The Wilderness
Coffee In The Wilderness (continued)
Coffee In The Wilderness (continued)
Coffee In The Wilderness (continued)
So How Do You Think We Got This TR Title?
So How Do You Think We Got This TR Title? (cont)
So How Do You Think We Got This TR Title? (cont)
So How Do You Think We Got This TR Title? (cont)
They Are More Interesting Than You!
They Are More Interesting Than You! (cont)
They Are More Interesting Than You! (cont)
The Tiki Tiki Room
The Tiki Tiki Room (cont)
The Tiki Tiki Room (cont)
The Tiki Tiki Room (cont)
Poly Pool Play
Poly Pool Play (continued)
Shorts & T's
Shorts & T's (continued)
Shorts & T's (continued)
Shorts & T's (continued)
Two Never Dones Down

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Toy Story Crush
Toy Story Crush (Continued)
Toy Story Crush (Continued)
Moving on Up to the E (Epcot) Side
Moving on Up to the E Side (continued)
Moving on Up to the E Side (continued)
Moving on Up to the E Side (continued)
Anyone Want a T-shirt?
Anyone Want a T-shirt? (continued)
Anyone Want a T-shirt? (continued)
Anyone Want a T-shirt? (continued)
A Room With a View
A Room With a View (continued)
Surviving the World Showcase
Surviving the WS (continued)
Surviving the WS (continued)
Surviving the WS (continued)

Sunday October 21, 2012


Front Row Rocks!
Front Row Rocks (continued)
Front Row Rocks (continued)
It's Devine!
It's Devine! (continued)
It's Devine! (continued)
Replacing the Irreplaceable
Replacing the Irreplaceable (continued)
Here-Take A Sip!
Here-Take A Sip! (con't)
Here-Take A Sip! (con't)
Here-Take A Sip! (con't)
Where the Cows are Happier
Where the Cows are Happier (con't)
Where the Cows are Happier (con't)
Food, Wine, Music, and Jokes!
Alfresco
Alfresco (cont'd)
Alfresco (cont'd)
Heartbreak in HHI (A True Life Update)
Late Night in the Studio
Late Night in the Studio (con't)
Late Night in the Studio (con't)
Angry Eyes

Monday October 22, 2012

The Wildest Ride
The Wildest Ride (con't)
Jamming With Some Bears
Jamming With Some Bears (con't)
Parting Ways
Parting Ways(con't)
Ups and Downs
Ups and Downs (con't)
Last Food & Wine Visit
Soarin or Cynthia? (plus HHI pics)
HHI Pics
HHI Pics
All Good Things Must Come to An End
Guess the Tee!
Viral Duckies
Viral Duckies (continued)
Viral Duckies (continued)
The Lone Traveler
The Lone Traveler (con't)
The Lone Traveler (con't)
The Reveal
The Reveal (con't)
The Madame
The Madame (con't)
The Madame (con't)
Todd & Paul ID'd
49.5 Pounds
49.5 Pounds (con't)
49.5 Pounds (con't)
49.5 Pounds (con't)
49.5 Pounds (con't)
Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts
Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
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Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting than You!
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Remembering 9/11:MEK Original
Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW

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Old 12-17-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting Than You


Welcome to my newest Trip Report. Actually, "our" newest Trip Report as this is a joint venture between myself and eandesmom (Cynthia). Since Cynthia is still hard at work on her summer trip report, I will be the main narrator. Cynthia will be stopping by to add her own version of the events.

This was my first time at Food & Wine and I completely understand now why everyone raves about it. It was Fantastic. So. Much. Fun. I can't wait to till you all about it. But all I'm going to say now is - If you haven't been you NEED to go. Stop whatever it is you are doing now and start planning for next year.

The Details:

Dates: October 16-23, 2012

Locations: Villas of Wilderness Lodge for 4 nights and the Boardwalk Villas for three.

This is actually the second time Cynthia and I roomed together. We met right here on the DIS boards and we live about as far away as possible. I live on the East Coast in Delaware and Cynthia lives on the West Coast in Seattle.

I think its pretty cool that the DIS boards brought us together and I am sure we will be live long friends. We met in May 2010 during our infamous East meets West trip. If you are interested in that trip - see the link below.

Here we are 18 months later



We also had a partner in crime during this trip. Meet Poolrat Pat. You going to see a lot of her during this trip report.



So stick with us, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. This was a trip filled with lots of fun, laughter, good food, good wine, and plenty of DIS meets. Trust me, there is never a dull moment on this trip.

Oh - and Trip Report Title - You can thank Cynthia for that. She is the creative one!
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The Empty Nester's Magical Mystery Tour I Told You Driving Was Bad for Your Health

Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting than You!
Will You Chill Out if I Sprinkle You With Pixie Dust?

Remembering 9/11:MEK Original
Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:52 PM   #3
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No Alarm Necessary

Aren't departure days the best? That feeling of energy that hits you the moment your alarm rings. Or in my case, no alarm was even necessary because I woke up before it ever went off.

I remember grabbing my phone, looking at the time, and thinking "Woo Hoo, I'm going to Disney today".

October 16th was a Tuesday and I made arrangements with Denny to take me to the airport. I was scheduled to fly out of Philadelphia at 9am.

Hmmm…. I think I still look a little sleepy here



ME tags in place



Reading material



My Disney bag. I love this bag.



Trying to get another self-portrait in the car



Rush hour traffic heading into Philly



Getting close



Drop-off was uneventful and I did curbside check-in, which I love. Quick and painless.

Then I headed through security and treated myself to a smoothie because I really wasn't terribly hungry yet. Sorry, No picture!

While waiting I had a great view of the city



Southwest was also decorated for Halloween. Love it!



My flight



I was in a B boarding group and I selected a seat between two men. Hey, why not? They were both nice guys. Even though we didn't really have much dialogue, they seemed nice enough and it was a quick flight.

Towards the end of the flight there were a group of woman sitting in the rows ahead of me. Suddenly they started discussing their plans. Seems they were all flying down for some type of women in law lawyers convention. The whole trip was a write-off and these ladies had big plans for F&W themselves. Sounded like fun. We all got to chatting about our park plans and our Disney favorites.

It was nice to be at the airport at 1130, but as well all know, it took a bit longer to deplane.





When Denny and I travel we always rent a car, but I've taken ME enough to remember that Magical Express is on the B side and Southwest lands at the A terminal.



I made a quick stop for some water and then headed down to DME to find my bus.

Not my line



Here's my line



When I got in line it was around 12:10. The line was LONG. I was surprised and I actually started to wonder whether I would get on the bus. I was pretty far back. I checked FB and checked email and probably texted Cynthia that I was there. I think her flight was getting ready to board or maybe she had already left.

Before I knew it, it was 12:30 and a woman in line asked if she should catch a cab. She said she was supposed to be at a conference session at the Grand Floridian at 1pm and if she was late she would not be admitted. She spoke with one of the DME employees who was absolutely no help. I felt bad for her. When the DME employee told her she would definitely be late and she should catch a cab, she asked what the price would be. When she heard the answer she said, "forget about it".

And with that our DME bus appeared.

Did I get on?

Yup.

But I was pretty far back in the bus.



Mickey motif



No one sat with me, which was nice.

On the way





There was no way I could get the signature picture to prove I was entering Disney property. Instead, I got this…..



and this……



Camp Peaceful?



At about 1pm we were pulling up to the Poly





Get on out you Poly people



Only a handful of people got off here


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The Empty Nester's Magical Mystery Tour I Told You Driving Was Bad for Your Health

Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting than You!
Will You Chill Out if I Sprinkle You With Pixie Dust?

Remembering 9/11:MEK Original
Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW

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Old 12-17-2012, 08:54 PM   #4
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Onward to the Grand Floridian



Lots of construction going on here









What a gorgeous resort. I can't wait until the DVC addition is finished.









Onward to the Wilderness Lodge. Passing Shades of Green





Getting real close now



UP Next…..VWL arrival and will my room be ready?
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The Empty Nester's Magical Mystery Tour I Told You Driving Was Bad for Your Health

Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting than You!
Will You Chill Out if I Sprinkle You With Pixie Dust?

Remembering 9/11:MEK Original
Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW
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That is easily the cutest bag I've ever seen!
And F&W was a blast. We only got one day there...I need to go back!
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:06 PM   #6
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That is easily the cutest bag I've ever seen!
And F&W was a blast. We only got one day there...I need to go back!
Sam! Thanks for joining in!

Thanks for the compliment on the bag.

F&W was definitely the BEST! Loved it!
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The Empty Nester's Magical Mystery Tour I Told You Driving Was Bad for Your Health

Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting than You!
Will You Chill Out if I Sprinkle You With Pixie Dust?

Remembering 9/11:MEK Original
Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW
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Yay!!!!!!!
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:13 PM   #8
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I'm here...now back to read (I didn't want to do responses on my TR tonight anyway ).

Great start. This is going to be one great TR...you and Cynthia, an dPat thrown in too. I can hardly contain my excitement.

Glad you got on the bus...even if it was the back of the bus.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:23 PM   #9
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I'm here !!

YAY for a girls trip !! I dream of doing one of those sometime. Right now, though, my family would lynch me if I tried to go without them.

I agree that Food and Wine is an amazing time to go. I can't wait to see what you guys ate !!

I am so excited about the Grand Floridian DVC units. The points will probably be insane, but I REALLY want to stay there !!

Yay for Wilderness Lodge. We really enjoyed our time there in September.

Looking forward to reading more !!

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Woohoo...

This is going to be good...

Great Peeps, Great Resorts and based on the aforementioned great peeps... probs some great food and adult beverages...

Totally Ready...

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Yay! Looking forward to reading all about the trip!
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:45 PM   #13
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I'm here! Sounds like it'll be a lot of fun!

Oh, and your bag is just PRECIOUS.
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Here !!!!!


I really enjoyed that trip.
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