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Old 10-16-2011, 10:00 AM   #1
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Beach Club Birthday Bash!!!! Oct. 10 – 15, 2011 (Picture Infused!!!)

This will be my first "in-depth" trip report. Not my total first, because I've done a slight photo report for a Disney Magic cruise ( Here!!!! ). And "in-depth" because it might not be as detailed as some of the other reports here. But we'll see .

Also a point to note..... We're Local!!!! We also have annual passes. So there will not be tons of adventure packed into every second of our trip. This is just our little StayCation of sorts. But I hope you enjoy reading through our little experience anyhow. And the 'We' are me (Scott - 31), my DW Mollie (a lady never tells.... A.k.A a smart husband never tells), and our DD Samantha(1).

We'll be checking in on Oct. 10, and checking out on Oct. 14. When did we book??? You'd have to ask the wife. How much did it cost??? Nunya.... as in nunya business. Plus, you'd also have to ask the wife (I like to keep my cringe moments at a minimum). We did score a nice little discount from her Cousin who’s a long time CM though. Every little bit helps.

This is our first stay at the Beach Club. We have had quick visits to the resort, in the past.... the chocolate carousel during the Holidays, and trying to conquer the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream. So this will be the first time to really see what the resort has to offer. This is also a combination celebration trip for our DD’s birthday (the 5th) and my wife’s birthday (the 25th)

So what do the locals look forward to when taking a Disney vacation??? Well, my wife absolutely can't wait to check out the 'Forbidden Pool' (and yes, some CM's refer to it as that). And on that pool note, I have to make a point to say 'Hello' to the pool manager, Christina. I actually work with her Aunt. We will also be doing a few characters meals that we haven't experienced before. And since I'm into photography, I'll be looking forward to doing some photo outings, especially at night. Other than that, we’ll just go with the flow, and have a stress-free week.

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Old 10-16-2011, 01:08 PM   #2
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Day 1: Beach Club Bound

Day 1: Beach Club Bound



IMG_9952 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr

We checked-in online, the day before; so hopefully everything is nice and smooth for when we arrive. Check-in is around 3, but we might test our luck on our room being ready before then.

So it's 9 AM right now, and my wife is doing some final checks.... where our room will be located (we will have a pool or water view.... Couldn't get the less expensive view for some reason.). Also checking EMH's (I smell solo night shooting at the parks ). And our daughter is currently exploring the living room as she's just starting to do military crawls (those knees will be under her sooner or later... yes, she's a little of a late bloomer in the crawling world).

Alright, time to boogie!!!! So after a strenuous 35 minute drive with no traffic, we finally arrive a little after check-in time. James at the gate was a jerk; but everyone else we ran into during our process was quite nice. And yes, online check-in made things a lot easier. Now we head up to our room to check out our water view.... and WOW.... we really landed quite the spot!!!!! Looking out over the lake with a great head-on angle of the Boardwalk. Quite impressive!!!! We only have a standing balcony, which I’ve never experienced before. But it’s still nice anyway. Any time I’d spend out there would be by myself anyhow. So no biggie.

Our View!!!!!!!


A View To A Kill...er Boardwalk by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr


A few pics of the room....


IMG_9909 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr


IMG_9906 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr


IMG_9949 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr


And a quick note on those birthday buttons: Just from our experience during the past week or 2, not all CM's are versed in the Art of Button writing. It would be nice if the ones that hand them out daily knew about just little details here and there; but some don't write anything at all. This one was done during check-in. And we also had one beautifully done up at Guest Services, in the MK Main Street hub. But at Chef Mickey's the week before, they were hesitant to even just write the name at all. We finally got someone there to do it, but there was no razzle dazzle, and it was just very plain writing..... and off-centered at that (the reason we had one made at MK). To complicate this button quest story a little more: The reason we even asked the Chef Mickey's CM to make one up, was because my mother-in-law picked up a button in the MK a few days before; and she had to fill it out herself.. WITH THEIR MARKER!!!!!!! We were thinking the Chef Mickey's crew could add that Disney touch. But no go.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:24 PM   #3
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Day 1: Beach Club Bound

So we spend the rest of the day in quite a laid back manner. We take a walk around the Boardwalk.... we grab lunch at Beaches & Cream (the hot dogs are really good)... Our DD is making quite the impression on the people there.... We take a quick stroll around Epcot's World Showcase (I even promised to not take pictures; which is pretty hard for me to do)... My wife gets ice cream at Beaches.... My wife and daughter stick their feet in the pool for a few minutes.... We go back to the room to fully unpack (something we rarely do).... Then we get some rest. Well... Let me clarify that. My DW and DD go to bed, while I head out to play!!!! (i.e. Walk around and take pictures of the YC/BC/Boardwalk area)


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Old 10-17-2011, 09:51 PM   #4
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Day 1: Beach Club Bound

So my idea for picture taking tonight is something I started doing with our stay at Port Orleans French Quarter, a few months ago. For the most part, it's a scouting mission. I do have my low light/nighttime lens (Sigma 30mm f/1.4) equipped for some handheld shots here and there. But I really wanna scope out areas to shoot from for when I bring out my tripod. Doing this split type of night shooting also keeps me from having to keep changing lenses during my outing. Which is something that can get very tiresome when you're really shooting on-the-fly and always going for different looks. So my scouting shoot is done around Midnight. Time to get some rest for our 1st character meal of the trip!!!


IMG_9995 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr


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IMG_0031 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr


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Extra scouting pic added....


Low Angle Lighthouse by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:35 PM   #5
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IN!!!

Being a huge fan of your photographic style, I can't wait to see everything you captured.

I'm guessing this trip is why you didn't show for the 40th meet-up.
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I am so into this TR! Love your pics - your daughter is absolutely adorable I would love to borrow your pic of the view of the Boardwalk for my screensaver - pretty please?!!! I have stayed at BWV four times and on our last trip, we decided Beach Club was a must on our next trip. We usually rent points but weren't excited about the view from that side of the BC resort so may have to wait until we can score a great discount to hope for as good as view as you got.
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Hey Scott,

Do you mind if I post a link to your trip report over on the Yacht Club/Beach Club FAQ thread? We would love to see it over there!

Thanks for doing a trip report. The pictures are great and your daughter is beyond cute!

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Hi! I'm joining in! Your DD is too cute! And your photos are beautiful!
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Thanks all!!!!!

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IN!!!

Being a huge fan of your photographic style, I can't wait to see everything you captured.

I'm guessing this trip is why you didn't show for the 40th meet-up.
Actually, I wasn't there because we celebrating our DD's 1st birthday with family and friends (her bday is officially the 5th). Great timing, huh!?!?!

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I am so into this TR! Love your pics - your daughter is absolutely adorable I would love to borrow your pic of the view of the Boardwalk for my screensaver - pretty please?!!! I have stayed at BWV four times and on our last trip, we decided Beach Club was a must on our next trip. We usually rent points but weren't excited about the view from that side of the BC resort so may have to wait until we can score a great discount to hope for as good as view as you got.

Sure, use away!!!!!


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Hey Scott,

Do you mind if I post a link to your trip report over on the Yacht Club/Beach Club FAQ thread? We would love to see it over there!

Thanks for doing a trip report. The pictures are great and your daughter is beyond cute!

~Marlton Mom
I don't mind it at all.

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Old 10-23-2011, 02:18 PM   #11
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Day 2: Escape from the Hundred Acre Wood

Day 2: Escape from the Hundred Acre Wood

IMG_0122 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr

Tuesday arrives, and we have a 10:30 appointment to meet Pooh and Friends for breakfast at Crystal Palace. So we wake up at 7:30, with no real pressure to get to Magic Kingdom for rope drop. But we're feelin' good, and NEVER make it for opening; so we decide "what the 'hey', let's get there early". So even without feeling like we're rushing, we actually leave the room after an hour.... and yes, that's with the 1 year old in tow. We were sort of thinking on driving, but my wife knows how I HATE dealing with the stroller when having to use the newer trams with the doors. So we opt on waiting for the bus. And as luck would have it, the bus is already there. We hop on; and after a quick stop at the Boardwalk Inn, we're on our way to the Magic Kingdom!!!

DD’s first ride on the Disney bus…
IMG_0128 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr


We make great time on arriving, and get through Security just as the opening ceremony is about to start. I've seen this ceremony a couple of times before, but it was nice to see my DD finally getting a chance to take it all in. She didn't really react to it, but it still kept her attention. I was even happy to catch it on video..... but would've been happier if the video camera lens wasn't fogged-up. I kinda thought something was up, while shooting the video; but I just thought it was the early morning light hitting the LCD screen in a weird way. And it sucks, because earlier that morning, I was constantly clearing the fog off or my regular camera.

Anyway.... We enter the park, and our mission is simple...... Dumbo and Peter Pan. Being local is great, because when the lines are too long, you know you can just try your luck another day. And Peter Pan is one of those rides we usually skip out on. It's always long, and it's not a really "fast moving” line. So it's almost always 'another dayer'. Sure, we could get FastPasses, but we more or less just like to go with the flow. No stressing out or staying very long. But with being in the park so early, there's no way we couldn't go on it. Next up, as mentioned, was our daughter's favorite ride (we think.... since she can't tell us); Dumbo. We had taken her on it for the first time, a week prior. And she just CRIED when she had to leave Dumbo behind. This time was no exception. (She's usually almost always incredibly happy, btw) She's at the moment in her young life where she starts to whine when something is taken from her. It's one thing if she's doing something inappropriate. But in the case of her Flying Elephant friend, it's a little heartbreaking. We figured that she probably likes this ride so much because it's one of the only ones she's been on where she can actively control something. She likes to move the lever up and down (with a little help from my wife), and just look around as she's flying through the air. So debarking the ride is like taking a huge toy from her, when she's properly enjoying it. And it's sad to see those tears run down that cute little face. [I'll gladly be taking donations for the Endless Elephant Encounter Fund… to give Samantha the chance to build her very own flying companion. ]

IMG_0136 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr

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Quick Note: This ride also gives the best views for the Fantasyland Expansion. So what if the Cast Members wonder why you keep riding Dumbo over and over…. and you’re a childless 40-year old!?!?! You’re a child at heart… that’s what you tell them.

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Your pictures are amazing! I wish I had the skill (and patience) to set up shots like these.

Your daughter is adorable! Did she enjoy her ice cream at Beaches and Cream?

Can't wait to read more!
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Your pictures are amazing! I wish I had the skill (and patience) to set up shots like these.

Your daughter is adorable! Did she enjoy her ice cream at Beaches and Cream?

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Thanks!!!!

But she doesn't get her own ice cream yet. Every once in a while, we'll give her a taste though. And she already seems to really enjoy ice cream. We might have to watch out for her.
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I'm here! Your pictures are AMAZING!
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Day 2: Escape From The Hundred Acre Wood

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So our ADR is fast approaching; and it's time to head to Crystal Palace. We're summoned after only a couple of minutes, and now it's time to chow down!!! Most of the food wasn't anything extraordinary; but there was this Peach Cobbler bread pudding thing that was EXCELLENT, and the children's cinnamon French toast was quite nice as well.... and I'm talking about for me, not for my daughter. But the real fun occurred when the characters came around. Now my daughter has been exposed to the Disney in-person characters since she was a couple of months old, and has never had a problem with any of them. Even this day, when she would see them across the room, she would stare and point; as in happy anticipation of their arrival. But when they eventually came to our table, that's when the escape maneuvers were set in motion. She didn't totally dislike or fear them (Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore); but she didn't seem to want to be around them for very long. That is why this meal will now be referred to as "Escape From the Hundred Acre Wood"!!! I gotta admit though, this was a pretty amusing sight (little did we know that there would be even more character amusement, later in the trip). Poor Tigger got the worst of it. She gave him a couple of shoves, and also tried to throw a kick!!!! The guy at the table next to me even mentioned how that would be a classic set of shots. And as a true photog, I did manage to get some good evidence. I even showed that gentlemen the Tigger shot. I just hope I don’t sound like ‘one of those parents’, because I was so amused by what happened with Tigger. But at least she’s not 10 and doing this. She’s still a baby. So no real harm done.


The Evidence…….

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IMG_0166 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr

IMG_0170 by Scott Smith (SRisonS), on Flickr


Oh no!!!!! Not Him Again!!!!!

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