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Old 12-28-2011, 04:44 PM   #61
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The Osborne Lights really are spectacular, aren't they? I can't even find the right words to describe them because nothing can do them justice. You got some great pictures!
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:28 PM   #62
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Yummmm, Mama Melrose's is good! I love me some penne ala vodka, too!

The Osborne Lights are beauuuutiful! Great pictures

Ahhh, sounds like a relaxing night back at the WL. Can't wait to hear about day 2!
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:52 PM   #63
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WOW those lights are just so gorgeous!! You took some very amazing pictures!!! LOVE IT!!!!

Glad your dinner went so well!!! I'm definitely looking forward to your day 2!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
I love the lights!! It was kinda crowded and we were tired that night! I just wish we could have gone back again!

Thank you for the birthday wishes!!!

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Always a nice way to start, by seeing the lights.

I will be doing the same in 2 days!!
It was a fabulous way to start the trip! Hope you have a great trip!!

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The lights are super festive! The one time I saw them in person it was so mobbed that you were almost carried along the street in a sea of people... that was not so fun but there's no denying they are GORGEOUS!

So glad day #1 was a hit and hoping day #2 was more of the same!
That's how it was when we saw it on the last night a few years ago! It was insane and it made me really nervous with the kids! I just about had an anxiety attack!!

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I really enjoyed the lights this trip as well. And to think I was almost going to skip them, but Nick insisted we go and I'm so glad he did. They were fabulous. Really better than ever and it surprisingly was not crowded. I took about 130 pictures and we even stood in line for a photopass picture.

So loved your video when you posted it on fb, but obviously can't see it now.

So glad you enjoyed you meal. I have always liked mama melrose even though it often gets bad reviews.
I'm glad you saw the lights! It would have been a shame to miss them! They rally put me in the holiday mood!

I feel the same way about Mama Melrose! This was the 3rd time we've eaten there and I can't say a bad thing about it!!

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Seems like some cases of temper tummy at Mama Melrose with the cranky people on line Mmm I love vodka sauce also and know exactly what you mean about the vodka.

Love all of your Osborne light photos and video. What a wonderful day and night.

Hope you are enjoying your special day today!!

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I'm on the search for a good vodka sauce recipe!! I bought a jar of classico vodka sauce last week and it was NASTY!! GROSS!!

Thanks for the birthday wishes!!

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Soooooooo pretty. I really really really hope one day I get to visit WDW around Christmas time to enjoy all of the Holiday decorations and those wonderful lights.
I hope you do too!! It's totally worth the trip! So beautiful!

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The Osborne Lights really are spectacular, aren't they? I can't even find the right words to describe them because nothing can do them justice. You got some great pictures!
You're right! Nothing does them justice! I just love them!!

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Yummmm, Mama Melrose's is good! I love me some penne ala vodka, too!

The Osborne Lights are beauuuutiful! Great pictures

Ahhh, sounds like a relaxing night back at the WL. Can't wait to hear about day 2!
I could go for some good penne ala vodka right now!!

I love the lights!!
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:51 PM   #64
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Dang...how did I miss an update.

We have never been at the holidays, and your pictures of the Osborne Lights have me very hungry for a Christmas trip.

Thank you for sharing.
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Dang...how did I miss an update.

We have never been at the holidays, and your pictures of the Osborne Lights have me very hungry for a Christmas trip.

Thank you for sharing.
Oh, that's quite alright! I miss numerous updates and am constantly catching up!!

You really, really should go during the holidays! It's sooo beautiful!
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:44 PM   #66
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A tour of WL!

Day 2!

Day 2 started early for me! My internal clock had not really adjusted to vacation time yet! On most vacations my clock never really adjusts and I end up early everyday! When I was up and in the shower at 6 ish I prayed that my clock would adjust and I would be able to sleep late a few days!

I got myself ready and had a cup of coffee! Then I let DH know I was going for a walk and headed out to walk around my favorite resort!

I’ll admit, my love of WL had me snapping away with the camera! I hope you're prepared!!

First, I went downstairs and took a picture of my favorite hallway (yes, I know it’s weird to have a favorite hallway! But, I LOVE this hallway!)



Then I went outside!

Silver Creeks Falls and it’s surroundings…







Then I decided to head down toward the dock because it was still very early and I knew the sun hadn’t really risen too much!

Along the way...



I found a bush with beautiful purple berries! Purple is my favorite color!



The walkway…



Spanish Moss for Charleston Princess…





Down at the dock…





Continued next post...
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Then it was time to head toward the Villas!

On the way…











I must admit that once I got to the villas I was a teensy bit nervous about trying to enter because weren’t staying there! But, I decided that if for some reason a CM stopped me I would explain that we are DVC members and wanted to stay at the villas but couldn’t get a reservation! Silly I know!

So, into the villas I went...





















I thought the lights outside of Sturdy Branches Health Club were cute!



Moving upstairs...









Continued next post...
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:05 PM   #68
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Walking back to the main building…





In WL…











Christmas tree ornaments...









Cute tree by the front door...



So many cool things in WL...






I don't suppose DH could build me a room just like this at home...



Oh Christmas Tree...



Love these Chandeliers!



I believe I sat for a few minutes in that lovely alcove and rested! Then it was time to weave my way back along the 4th floor of WL to our room to wake DH and get a move on!

Up next, Christmas at the Monorail Resorts!!!!!
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What beautiful Christmas decorations and foilage.
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Great pictures! The Wilderness Lodge is definitely on my list of places to stay. I'm looking forward to hearing all about your trip without the kids. That's also on my to do list one day.
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Gorgeous pictures! They make me a little sad that I did not get to stay there in December. I was so tired after dinner at AP that we never did make it over to see the villas. But, I will definitely be visiting VWL in the future at winter time. Cynthia and I actually have our October ressie there right now, but we will be trying to switch at 7 months.

I hear ya on the internal clock. It takes me 6 to 7 days to reset mine on vacation. Stinks, doesn't it? Especially when you are out late but you still wake up at 6am.
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What beautiful Christmas decorations and foilage.
That's why I love WL at Christmas and in general!!

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Oh that walkway photo with the lantern made me smile and remember our photo shoot. What wonderful pictures and a lovely lovely morning walk!!!
We have to have pictures done at WL again!! I love the setting! I really enjoyed my walk! It was such a nice way to start our first full day!

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Great pictures! The Wilderness Lodge is definitely on my list of places to stay. I'm looking forward to hearing all about your trip without the kids. That's also on my to do list one day.
I LOVE WL!! I highly recommend a trip with no kids! It's very different and so nice!

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Gorgeous pictures! They make me a little sad that I did not get to stay there in December. I was so tired after dinner at AP that we never did make it over to see the villas. But, I will definitely be visiting VWL in the future at winter time. Cynthia and I actually have our October ressie there right now, but we will be trying to switch at 7 months.

I hear ya on the internal clock. It takes me 6 to 7 days to reset mine on vacation. Stinks, doesn't it? Especially when you are out late but you still wake up at 6am.
Thanks MaryEllen!! I love WL so much! I definitely need to stay at VWL!

UGH! I hate the stupid internal clock!! I don't understand how it could be that I was up at like 3:45 in the morning the morning before, traveled, walked around DHS until 7:30 ish and then settled into the room and I still ended up being wide awake at 6 am!! Boo!!
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Beautiful pictures of Osborne and WL!! We had to leave town right after Christmas and have been gone until last night, so I've felt like I missed a holiday week - so this was just what I needed!!!

I think I might like to stay at WL one of these days. Of course, I'd like to stay at all of them one day!!!

I'd also like to go without kids one day - unfortunately, my DH thinks we should wait until they're "gone out of the house". They aren't going anywhere for at least 8 years!!!! Sigh. So I will enjoy a trip without kids through you! Thanks!!!
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No need to feel weird citing a favorite hallway here. I myself have a favorite hallway, scent, lobby chair and restroom...

Wilderness Lodge is positively gorgeous at holiday time. Glad you had an opportunity to take a photo tour but sorry it was at the butt crack of dawn while on vacation! Darn those internal clocks! But I do find that mine adjusts much more quickly to vacation than it does to a work schedule.

Great to hear positive reviews of Mama Melrose. I have yet to try it but it's definitely on "the list." I emailed you a recipe I tried recently for tomato vodka soup. So good with grilled cheese!!!
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