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Old 10-13-2012, 05:23 PM   #106
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I'm glad you two had a nice lunch. Your room looks really nice. How do you not sell combs and brushes?
Thank you! We always enjoy Kona and we loved that room! I know right?!
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:33 PM   #107
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Ouch, that's early. Did you guys get any sleep before you left? I know I'd be clock watching and thinking, "I've got to get to sleep! I have to be up in 4 hours... 3 hours... 2 hours... 1 h... oh forget it!"

I actually slept pretty well that night. We had so much going on that I was pretty exhausted.

You didn't have a young princess to urge you along.

Good point!





Not bad! Did you have some kind of discount?

I just used the Alamo Insiders (which is free to join) and got that rate.

I understand... but I'm with Dale, at least for Disney vacations. To me that's the biggest plus of staying on site... no driving.

He didn't end up driving it all that much. My dad ended up doing most of the driving

An HHR? That's considered a compact?!?

Yup!

All right! Nice to know that after all those years of being married, you still rent a car based on the size of the backseat.

You crazy kids, you.

No the big backseat was because for a brief time there would be 5 of us cramming in the backseat. Shame on you

Whoops! Coulda been worse, you could've been caught in the backseat!

That would be embarassing!

Nice.



Very nice. Nothing like a little pampering every now and then.

Absolutely!

Nice! Wouldn't it've been cool if when you got to your room, a wedding was going on?


I just saw on the Dis that someone watched a wedding from their room the other day. It would be fun to be nosey and watch!
So that's where she gets it!



If you lived near there and ate there all the time... then yes, boring and predictable. But considering you only get the chance to eat there once in a while... then order what you're craving for Pete's sake!

Thank you

By that you mean, construction noise? Or was the construction so close to it that it would interfere?

Just that it didnt look that nice.

Of course... the HHR's backseat was for later. Good thinking.



Uh, oh.



Okay... But if the "more dramatic" means you forgot the nail clipper, I might be inclined to say "meh".

I wish!

I know, I know! The backseat of the HHR, right?



Thanks for posting! Great pics, too!
Thanks! And thanks for always making me laugh!
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #108
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Your pictures of the Yacht Club are so gorgeous...

(I'm excited because even though I'm not staying there -in seven weeks I'll be next door at the Beach Club...)

So sorry about the comb/brush issue... that's not a good feeling...not having something you need... (I have thick curly hair... and not having my vent brush... let's just say... there would be some seriously bad hair days...)

I've always really liked the food at Kona... yum

I hope the drama doesn't get too dramatic...
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:41 PM   #109
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Arriving in MCO is a great feeling, and especially when you arrive early! And nice on the rental only being $108 for the week. I'm obsessed with finding good prices on rentals.

Nice, staying at the Yacht Club! It's one of the only resorts on property I haven't tried at some point in all of my Disney years. It just looks beautiful.

Lapu Lapu! Have yet to try it, but it looks so yummy!

Oh man, forgetting a brush? That's not cool at all. Not cool.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:23 AM   #110
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Your pictures of the Yacht Club are so gorgeous...

Thank you

(I'm excited because even though I'm not staying there -in seven weeks I'll be next door at the Beach Club...)

We ended our trip with a night at the Beach Club. You'll love it! Since we're a family of adults we preferred YC but I think BC is more family friendly.

So sorry about the comb/brush issue... that's not a good feeling...not having something you need... (I have thick curly hair... and not having my vent brush... let's just say... there would be some seriously bad hair days...)
I use like 3 brushes each morning so not having even 1 was awful! I called Caitlin and made her promise to bring them

I've always really liked the food at Kona... yum

I hope the drama doesn't get too dramatic...
I'm afraid the drama gets very dramatic
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Arriving in MCO is a great feeling, and especially when you arrive early! And nice on the rental only being $108 for the week. I'm obsessed with finding good prices on rentals.

Nice, staying at the Yacht Club! It's one of the only resorts on property I haven't tried at some point in all of my Disney years. It just looks beautiful.

Lapu Lapu! Have yet to try it, but it looks so yummy!

Oh man, forgetting a brush? That's not cool at all. Not cool.


Yes it is!
The only way I can justify a rental is if I can find a great price so I get obsessive too!
The YC is lovely and the staff was great

I could have kicked myself when I realized I'd forgotten it!

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Great TR so far! DH and I want to take a couples trip and stay at the Beach Club. That really is a great location when you want to spend the majority of the time at Epcot.
Love Kona so much. My guys always get the wings there. I had a Lapu Lapu for the first time in June and WOW was that strong. Very good though - I would definitely get it again.
Can't wait to hear more of the trip.

Oh, and a question for you. How did you get such a great rate for the rental? Was that regular price or do you get discounted because of being a travel agent? I can never seem to find a reasonable rate.
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Great TR so far! DH and I want to take a couples trip and stay at the Beach Club. That really is a great location when you want to spend the majority of the time at Epcot.
Love Kona so much. My guys always get the wings there. I had a Lapu Lapu for the first time in June and WOW was that strong. Very good though - I would definitely get it again.
Can't wait to hear more of the trip.

Oh, and a question for you. How did you get such a great rate for the rental? Was that regular price or do you get discounted because of being a travel agent? I can never seem to find a reasonable rate.


Thank you!
The BC and YC are the perfect location! I hope you get to take a couples trip there!
Glad you enjoyed Kona too

Travel agents don't get special car rental rates although I'd love it if we did!
The Dis has a lot of threads about deals on car rentals (sorted by month you're traveling) and I began following the Sept one quite awhile ago. Someone posted a code,which I used, and that together with the discount for Alamo Insiders got me the great price. If you rent sign up for Alamo Insiders, it's free and saves $


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Just joining in! I'm typically active on the wedding sub-forum and always wondered where the Shades of Green bride (Caitlin) went which led me to you guys' trip report. I got engaged at Shades of Green so I was looking forward to seeing her planning...sounds like everything worked out for her in a much better way though!

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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.
Great deal! Love the story about security...I'd be a little freaked out!

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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.
Club level sounds awesome! I've been looking for details about it since we are staying at Boardwalk club level on our wedding night...I had no idea about the drinks at check-in!!

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Oh and that garden view I booked?

The wedding gazebo! It was totally worth the upgrade!

This was the view looking toward the left
Wonderful views!!

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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
Thanks for sharing these...our wedding is next month and I'm going a little bonkers thinking about how the constructions may affect our pictures and guests.

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Thank you!
The BC and YC are the perfect location! I hope you get to take a couples trip there!
Glad you enjoyed Kona too

Travel agents don't get special car rental rates although I'd love it if we did!
The Dis has a lot of threads about deals on car rentals (sorted by month you're traveling) and I began following the Sept one quite awhile ago. Someone posted a code,which I used, and that together with the discount for Alamo Insiders got me the great price. If you rent sign up for Alamo Insiders, it's free and saves $


Thanks for sharing the tips about rental cars...we have a few guests flying in to Sanford and they assumed Magical Express picks up from there as well...so we're on the hunt for some rental car deals as well!!


Looking forward to reading more!
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Just joining in! I'm typically active on the wedding sub-forum and always wondered where the Shades of Green bride (Caitlin) went which led me to you guys' trip report. I got engaged at Shades of Green so I was looking forward to seeing her planning...sounds like everything worked out for her in a much better way though!

Welcome!
Yes its been quite a year!


Great deal! Love the story about security...I'd be a little freaked out!

I should have taken it as a sign of how crazy this trip was going to be!

Club level sounds awesome! I've been looking for details about it since we are staying at Boardwalk club level on our wedding night...I had no idea about the drinks at check-in!!

You'll love Club level! The lounge is open most of the day and when it's closed the staff will get you whatever you want. Hope you enjoy it!

Wonderful views!!

Thank you

Thanks for sharing these...our wedding is next month and I'm going a little bonkers thinking about how the constructions may affect our pictures and guests.

I hope the construction doesn't affect anything on your special day! How wonderful that you're getting married there! Congratulations!

Thanks for sharing the tips about rental cars...we have a few guests flying in to Sanford and they assumed Magical Express picks up from there as well...so we're on the hunt for some rental car deals as well!!


Looking forward to reading more!
I hope the tips help and you find some good rates!
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Thank you!
The BC and YC are the perfect location! I hope you get to take a couples trip there!
Glad you enjoyed Kona too

Travel agents don't get special car rental rates although I'd love it if we did!
The Dis has a lot of threads about deals on car rentals (sorted by month you're traveling) and I began following the Sept one quite awhile ago. Someone posted a code,which I used, and that together with the discount for Alamo Insiders got me the great price. If you rent sign up for Alamo Insiders, it's free and saves $


Great tip Dawn - thanks!!!!
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Wow, I just found this today and it's already on page 8?!? I haven't been on the DIS much the last few days so I guess that's why I missed it. You guys had a great room and view at the YC!

Great price on the car, too. I haven't had a rental car there in years, The times I have had a car was because I drove there. I loved my last 2 trips there where I didn't have to drive at all (especially with Magical Express!) I drive a lot for my job (I am a Home Care RN) and my DH doesn't drive (seizure disorder) and that means whenever we go out I have to do all the driving so I consider it part of my vacation that I can go a week and not have to drive at all! :-)

Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip, hope the drama isn't too bad!
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Great tip Dawn - thanks!!!!
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