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Old 03-11-2010, 09:34 AM   #1
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Flowers and Firsts - A May 2010 PTR, 5/13 TR started! Link on pg 39

Hi there! And welcome to my first ever PTR! I've got a couple TRs under my belt (links are in my siggy if you're interested), but this is my first attempt at a pre-trip report. I hope I can find enough stuff to talk about to keep this somewhat entertaining for the next month and a half!

For those of you who don't know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Michelle, I am 40 years young and I am a Disney-a-holic. This trip will be my 6th, all coming during my adulthood. My first was New Years 2001, it was a very short, spur of the moment trip, but I fell for Disney hard then and try and get back as often as my DH will allow it.

I am married to Don, aka The Disney Grump. He is not nearly as fond of all things Disney as I am, and he has put his foot down that there will be no more Disney trips for this family for a long, long time.

Here is a pic of Don and I from our most recent trip in December.



I also have two sons. Justin, who will be 14 in just over a month (how the heck did that happen?!)



And Jared, who is 9



But, for this trip, I will not be joined by my darling boys, no this is a girls only trip - just my mom and myself. Remember, Don has told me 'NO MORE DISNEY TRIPS'!!! Well, he wouldn't deny me a get away with my mother, and she has never been to WDW, and she loves flowers and gardening. So, sneaky me, plotted a return trip by showing my mom pictures of the beautiful Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. She decided that she would like to go. Yippee!! I convinced Don that since I have an AP and could use the AP discount for our room, that it really wouldn't be all that expensive. He agreed, so the planning began.

This is a picture of my mom, it's from about a year ago, but she looks pretty much the same.



So, there you have it, that is how this trip came to be. We are booked for 7 nights at CSR, May 1st thru the 8th. I'll be back soon with more details!
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Yay! You are doing a PTR!!! I'm here!
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Signing on for more! Can't wait to hear all about your Mom and Me trip!
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:59 PM   #8
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So glad you are going to share all about your trip this spring!!! I can't wait to hear all about it!
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Choosing a resort......

So, I really wanted to stay at a Boardwalk hotel for this trip (as I always do, and never get to ), but Mom couldn't get past the sticker shock of paying for a deluxe. I told her that I really only had two requirement when it came to where we would stay - it will be on site, and it won't be a value

She looked at a few resort photos with me and we decided on Coronado Springs. I've stayed here once before, and while it was very pretty around the resort, I didn't care for the rooms and I didn't really like the looooooong walk to the main building. That being said, I do like the looks of the referbished rooms - and I'll get a whole queen bed all to myself! And, I've learned that just being in a deluxe resort doesn't mean that your walking distance to shops and restaurants will any shorter (like Wigd's 40,000 steps to her villa in December! ) so all and all I think this will be a good decision.

What I'm trying to decide on now is whether or not I should request a certain room location. We stayed in Cabanas last time, and while it was close to the main pool, it was a haul to get to the main building. Do any of you have any experience with this resort? Have a favorite section? I think I'm leaning towards asking for Castias just because it's bus stop is the first picked up and the first let off - might help with not having to stand on the bus. Or maybe I'll just take my chances and see what they give me......
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I think I'm leaning towards asking for Castias just because it's bus stop is the first picked up and the first let off - might help with not having to stand on the bus. Or maybe I'll just take my chances and see what they give me......
Michelle, We stayed at CSR back in 2003, during a 4/3 deal. I thought the resort was really pretty too, and now I think the rehabbed rooms are beautiful (and YAY for queen sized beds ).

At that time, I was not the DISer I am today. I didn't even know I could request a building.......So young and ignorant, I was! By some stroke of luck, we actually had a great spot. We were in Casitas, building 5---convenient to a bus stop, and not too far a walk to the pool. I think it took about 5 minutes to walk to the main building.
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We stayed at CSR over spring break a couple of years ago and ended up in Casitas. It was a pretty good spot -- it was the building closest to the main buildings and the main pool. I would request Casitas though because I think it is close to just about everything. I would NOT want to end up in Ranchos which are the farthest from everything it seems.

I love the look of those new refurbed rooms. So pretty! Not to mention, the great food court, the big gift shop, and that fabulous pool and pool bar. Perfect for an adults getaway!
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The new rooms do look nice, that is what I was thinking too! I would be interested in trying out CSR! So I am looking forward to hearing all about it!

Are you guys eating any where ....

I guess that is coming up in the next post
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Just noticed this but I'm here now!!!!

We have requested Casitas 4 or 5 simply because they are close to the first bus stop. I figure that is the thing we will use the most and they are about 1/2 way between El Centro and the Dig Site, 2 things we will use slightly less. I also would accept cabanas 8 for the same reasons but that is bus stop 3 (not sure if that will be a big deal in May) Who knows, maybe we'll end up neighbors!
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Hi Michelle! I'm here too. It looks like you got a great start to your PTR. You and your mom are going to have so much fun!!
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