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Old 10-11-2012, 10:38 AM   #76
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And Away We Go!

Our tale begins VERY EARLY on Tuesday Sept 25th. Dale and I were flying out at 6:05am. The rest of the gang was meeting us at Disney on Friday the 28th. Why the difference, you ask? Well Caitlin is in her last year of college so she really couldn't afford to miss more than one day of school but Dale had the whole week off so we decided to go a few days early for a rare couples vacation. We'd do 2 nights at the Yacht Club and then meet them at Saratoga Springs.

Anyway, my plan was to be out the door by 4:30 at the latest. I was hoping for more like 4:15. Well I don't know why but it seemed harder to get out the door when it was just the 2 of us We didn't get on the road until 4:42 and I will admit I was a bit nervous. Luckily the airport is less than 20 minutes away and by 5:15 we were at our departure gate.

Our flight was smooth and even with a stopover in Atlanta we still arrived at MCO by 10:10! Isn't it the best feeling when you arrive?! We cruised through the airport at record speed and made our way down to the car rental area. We had rented a compact car from Alamo for $108 for the week! I couldn't pass that deal up! Dale isn't a fan of renting a car on vacation but since I am very leery of the buses at SSR I insisted. Plus, we had several things going on that would have required a cab if we didn't rent.

It would in fact turn out that having a car would be a blessing and made things so much easier! We got down to the Alamo rental area and there was a long line so we did the kiosk, where you scan your license and reservation, and then head to the garage to pick out your car. Easy peesy! We chose an HHR because it had the biggest backseat and hopped in and drove out of the garage. Well we attempted to head out of the garage. We were stopped by security. Ummm it turned out that our scan hadn't processed and we were kind of...how do I put this....well we were sort of stealing the car Talk about embarassing!! He was actually pretty nice about it and properly processed our reservation and sent us on our way.

Before long we saw that familiar "welcome sign" and knew we were home.
( I know I should have a pic of that...sorry!)

But this is the sight we were really excited about!


The Yacht Club Resort! We were super excited to arrive here and it won't spoil anything to say this resort did not disappoint! It is hands down my favorite Disney resort!

Since we were just staying there 2 nights we decided to splurge and booked Club Level with a garden view. Boy did we choose right! When you arrive for checkin for club level you are quickly escorted to the elevator where it takes a special card (a gold KTTW card ) to get the elevator to access the 5th floor. You are then directed to a desk where you get to sit in big comfy chairs while you are checked in. Then someone politely asks what they can get you to drink! I got a coke while Dale ordered a Sam Adams. Yes, this is the life! Our drinks arrived just about the time our checkin was complete so we took them to our room.

I loved this room!

How cute are these beds?!



The desk area with the cute Mickey lamp...


The daybed which Dale found to be a perfect spot for a nap


I loved the dramatic curtains too! They reminded me of a theater



Oh and that garden view I booked?

The wedding gazebo! It was totally worth the upgrade!


This was the view looking toward the left


We both loved the room and the location but we needed to head out for our lunch reservation. We went down and got the car and headed over to the Poly. Yep, we were off to Kona for lunch!

Dale was eager to test out the new camera and took lots of pics around the Poly while we waited to be seated. (yes, Caitlin is her father's daughter )











Before long we were seated and ordered our beverages.

I chose my usual coke while Dale went with the Poly's signature drink..

Yep, the Lapu Lapu!

I love Kona and I order the same thing everytime we go. I know, I'm boring and predictable but I don't care! These wings are the best appetizer....



They are $12.99 and more than enough for 2 people. We could not finish them.

For the main course we both ordered the steak lunch plate. It is a grilled teriyaki steak with sticky rice and macaroni salad for $14.99! YUM!!



This along with the wings is way too much food for me so Dale may have finished mine...

We were celebrating Dale's birthday on this trip and our wonderful waiter brought him this for dessert



He also brought us some macadamia nut cookies which were fabulous!

When we were done eating we decided to head outside and check out the Poly beach area.

It was hard not to notice the DVC construction at the GF. I feel terrible for the brides who have this interfering with their weddings!



A much nicer view


The Contemporary



The Poly grounds




We found a swing and sat for awhile and enjoyed the beautiful day and just being together at Disney.

As we were walking back to the car it suddenly hit me that after I had done my hair that morning, I forgot to pack my brushes! Now I have very thick hair so this was a major trauama for me!! We checked the Poly store and they didnt carry a single brush or comb? Honestly, how is this possible

We decided we'd stop at a Hess and buy one. Guess what? They don't carry them either! When we got back to the YC I checked their store and found a brush and a comb. Only one little problem...the comb was the kind you got on school picture day and the brush was so tiny it was about 4 inches long.
I didnt want to waste the time to go to Walmart or Target so I figured I just had to deal with it. (that was the daily drama for day1 but the drama gets much more dramatic later on)

Dale grabbed a nap on that comfy daybed while I enjoyed the view from the balcony. When he got up we got changed and headed to.......I'll save that for next time.

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I just LOVE your trip reports!!

And the pics with the new camera are really nice!
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:30 PM   #78
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And the pics with the new camera are really nice!
Thank you We really noticed a big difference with the nighttime shots we took.
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Love the daytime shots of the Poly grounds! I've only been there at night to see Wishes. It is beautiful any time of day:0)
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Love the daytime shots of the Poly grounds! I've only been there at night to see Wishes. It is beautiful any time of day:0)
The Poly grounds are beautiful and there was hardly anyone out there enjoying the beach or the pool. Very lovely and peaceful!
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So jealous of your stay at YC! It looks lovely. I've got Kona booked,for lunch on our next trip; you just can't beat the relaxing grounds at the poly!
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:04 PM   #82
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So jealous of your stay at YC! It looks lovely. I've got Kona booked,for lunch on our next trip; you just can't beat the relaxing grounds at the poly!

The YC was amazing! We absolutely loved it!
I hope yu enjoy Kona as much as we do
The Poly is so pretty and it takes me back to my childhood when we stayed there a few times




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Can't see your pictures, but I am sure your view is stellar and your arrival sounds perfect. Check in sounds like heaven and yeah to lunch at the Poly. I love the Kona Cafe and I am a big fan of those wings. Yum.

Such a killer rate on your car rental. So funny that you almost got away with "stealing" it.

6am flight. OMG! I would die since I can never fall asleep when I have to get up super early. But yeah to being on the ground so early.

I still detect a hint of a Walmart run.
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Can't see your pictures, but I am sure your view is stellar and your arrival sounds perfect. Check in sounds like heaven and yeah to lunch at the Poly. I love the Kona Cafe and I am a big fan of those wings. Yum.

Such a killer rate on your car rental. So funny that you almost got away with "stealing" it.

6am flight. OMG! I would die since I can never fall asleep when I have to get up super early. But yeah to being on the ground so early.

I still detect a hint of a Walmart run.


Our view was lovely! I had subscribed to the Dis's Yacht and Beach Club thread and took their suggestion of upgrading to garden view and requesting the view of the wedding gazebo. It was perfect!
I love those wings and must have them on trips where we aren't doing Ohana!
We felt a bit like Bonnie and Clyde
I was so exhausted from the crazy last minute preparations for this trip that actually slept pretty well that night. I also napped on the plane which is rare for me

We never did leave the Disney bubble and hit Walmart. Please forgive me for how my hair looks in future pics

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I am so excited for a new trip report from you guys!
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Nice Pics! The ones inside the Poly are really nice. Also love the room view!
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Your pictures are beautiful. Yacht Club looks awesome....

Missing hair brushes, I would be freaking too... lol

Poly is so beautiful and I am looking forward to going to Kona's on our next trip. We have never been (I know, crazy). I hope it is as good as everyone says.

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