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Old 11-05-2012, 04:07 PM   #16
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Loving your trip report, can't wait for more.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:22 PM   #17
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Thank you! Glad you are enjoying it. Had to migrate to a new computer today so I have been tied up with the fun of moving from a Dell back to a Mac.

More is coming ... I promise!
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #18
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Your trip sounded Magical!! I can't wait to hear and see more.

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:50 PM   #19
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Your trip sounded Magical!! I can't wait to hear and see more.

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Thanks Kelly ...

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:44 AM   #20
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The Big Day! Monday October 8

Monday, October 8

The day of the big event dawned with what looked like perfect weather.

While most of our group headed over to EPCOT with the admonishment not to eat or drink too much at the Food and Wine Festival, DJ’s DH and I prepared for the pre-event gathering of the villa by running to Publix to procure adult beverages, chips and dip, veggies and dip, and gifts for the DisneyJen quiz.

This would be the first time that some of our Florida friends would meet our family. Seven of the 17 people who would be at the party live within driving distance of the House of Mouse.

My Florida friend who I met here on the DIS and I have known the longest, M2, and her husband, P, decided to spend two nights at the BWI so we could enjoy the FW festival together as we have the last two years.

DJ’s DH told everyone, half-jokingly and half-seriously, that he was doing a bed check at 4 p.m. to make sure everyone got a nap before the evening’s festivities.

Before closing the drapes for my nap I peeked outside and saw somewhat promising weather for our outdoor reception at the United Kingdom Lochside. I closed the drapes and said a silent prayer that the we would not have the afternoon rains and thunderstorms that we had experienced so far every day of the trip.

I had been working with our event planner, Jessica, since May on this event. When DJ’s DH and I celebrated our 25ht wedding anniversary three years ago I originally wanted to have a vow renewal with all of our family at EPCOT. Timing and circumstances made that event impossible.

Having worked in event planning for 15 years before moving to NC, I know how hard it is to make the call to move an outdoor event to an indoor event. Jessica called me to let me know that the team would make the call at the last possible moment.

I awoke to thunder and a downpour around 5 p.m. My phone rang. I looked at DJ’s DH with tears in my eyes … I knew our reception was going to be an inside event … not the glorious event I dreamed about along the World Showcase Lagoon.

Our Custom Food and Wine Reception was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m, with the Premium Brands Bar which included beer, wine and top shelf liquors. The custom cake, which cost more than our wedding cake, was to be on display during the whole event with the World Showcase as the backdrop.

The buffet included the following items from the Food and Wine Festival:

Charcuterie and Artisan Cheese with Breads and Accompaniments;
Belgium’s Steamed Mussels in Hoegaarden Beer Broth and Baguette;
Canada’s Le Cellier Wild Mushrooms Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce;
France’s Coq au Vin sur Gratin Macaroni, and
Germany’s Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll.

At 8:45 p.m., the cake would be cut and them whisked away to be bet cut and served. At8:55 p.m. there was to be a toast with one of my favorite sparkling wines, Iron Horse Fairy Take Cuvee Brut.

Our guests would then be able to enjoy an adult beverage during IllumiNations and then escorted back through the International Gateway.

Jessica and I talked for a few minutes and she broke the news to me that the event team decided to move the reception indoors. I was hoping that perhaps we would be able to have the reception component in the private area of either “The American Adventure” or in Norway.

Jessica let me know that we would be holding the event in the pre-show area of the former Millennium Hall which is now used for the Party of the Senses during Food and Wine Festival. I was devastated … then she told me that we had to rearrange the timing.

I looked at poor DJ’s DH and just shook my head. I handed him the phone and as he has done over the last 32 years of our relationship he made magic.

Our 15 guests were scheduled to arrive at the GV at 6 p.m. DJ’s DH played the perfect host as I finished making myself presentable.

Once the group was gathered he reviewed the itinerary for the evening:


DJ's DH reviewing the revised schedule.

DJ’s DH and I came up with the idea of “How Well Do You Know Jen” quiz as an icebreaker. As guests arrived, DJ’s DH told folks there would be a quiz and to pay attention.

Earlier in the day DJ’s DH, after consulting with me, went shopping to get a small gift for all the party participants.


The guests looking around while the rules are explained.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:54 AM   #21
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:32 PM   #22
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Happy Belated Birthday! Can't wait to read more! So sorry about the rain! DH and were scared looking at the forecasts and all the rain as we arrived on the 12th, but wound up having a total of 12 minutes of rain the whole trip!
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Since it is going to be a gray and rainy day here I should be able to comply with your request

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Happy Belated Birthday! Can't wait to read more! So sorry about the rain! DH and were scared looking at the forecasts and all the rain as we arrived on the 12th, but wound up having a total of 12 minutes of rain the whole trip!
Thanks! It was a birthday I will never forget ... even though everything didn't go as planned

Glad to hear the weather improved! We usually attend the festival later in October but it just didn't work schedule wise this year. Next year I think we will go back to late October.
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All caught up, loving the report! Happy Birthday!
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:01 PM   #25
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Happy birthday.

I bet that husband of yours fixed it all and it ended up perfect.

I have had the "have to change plans" with Disney before and it always seems to end up perfect in the end.


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Old 11-23-2012, 11:53 AM   #26
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Great trip report. I am loving the photos and that all your magic was able to happen.

We normally take our "Teaser Trip" in October for the Food and Wine Festival for my Birthday (October 8). Our Big Walt Disney World vacation is in May for our Daughters Birthday.

Funny you mention the rain on the 4th we were wandering around EPCOT and realized it was going to rain and decided to take our break just as we got back home (a 1 bedroom villa) when the sky opened up. Our daughter was devastated because she wanted to spend some time in the pool. All she could do was stare at it through the window ask "Daddy when is the pool going to open back up?" (we had a ground floor pool view room on the end).

This was our first stay at the Boardwalk Villas we absolutely love it there. We normally always eat at Big River at least once during each trip. Every time we have eaten there we thought about how nice it would be to stay.

We were there the same time you were and understand why you love it so much now. Our first introduction to staying at DVC resorts was last May at the Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. Prior to that we had always stayed at All Star Music in a Family Suite and in Moderates. Now that my employment and financial situation is much improved we are now looking at purchasing a DVC membership. Especially since I just booked into Beach Club Villas for 10 nights in May of next year.

Your trip report reminds us why we are Walt Disney World fanatics like you and makes us feel better that we are not alone. The rest of our family doesn't quite get it. It is our dream to be able to have the whole family for a vacation in a Grand Villa sometime. We are already planning my 50th on the 50th anniversary of the Dedication of Walt Disney World.

Looking forward to more of your report. Thanks again for all the great detail.
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