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Old 04-10-2013, 01:42 PM   #91
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I hope you'll be able to add in a "Disneyland for the holidays" countdown too!

But, whether or not the holiday trip works out, I wanted to come over here and subscribe to this thread. I've peeked in on only a couple of DCL trip reports in the past - which is shameful on my part, as I think a few of my DIS-friends have taken cruises - but I don't think I've ever subscribed to one.

What's odd is that I had just signed in to the DIS to go to the Christmas Superthread and post some comments. I hadn't even commented yet. I saw your post and instantly clicked on the link in your signature to get to this Pre-TR so I could subscribe before I forgot. However, when I clicked on the link I was directed here but forced to sign in again. This is new. I could understand if I had signed in 10 minutes prior, but I had literally just signed in less than one minute earlier, and yet clicking the link to this Pre-TR required me to do it again. That should not be happening.

Anyway, here I am!
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Me too. I cannot believe ow much the prices of APs have increased. They've doubled since the last time we had them. We have to get PAPs because the girls can't miss school. I miss the days of going off season. Crossing my fingers we can book the GCV during the busiest time of the year and pull off APs.

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But, whether or not the holiday trip works out, I wanted to come over here and subscribe to this thread. I've peeked in on only a couple of DCL trip reports in the past - which is shameful on my part, as I think a few of my DIS-friends have taken cruises - but I don't think I've ever subscribed to one.

This will be our first cruise. Hope my report lives up to some of the others I've read. I know I'll be rebooking because that's what Gabby wants to do for graduation.

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What's odd is that I had just signed in to the DIS to go to the Christmas Superthread and post some comments. I hadn't even commented yet. I saw your post and instantly clicked on the link in your signature to get to this Pre-TR so I could subscribe before I forgot. However, when I clicked on the link I was directed here but forced to sign in again. This is new. I could understand if I had signed in 10 minutes prior, but I had literally just signed in less than one minute earlier, and yet clicking the link to this Pre-TR required me to do it again. That should not be happening.

Anyway, here I am!

You had to sign in twice? I never sign out. Maybe it's a technical glitch? Regales, I'm happy you're here. I will have our magical Easter Sunday posted here soon.

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Oh no about your friend! No, I don't think they'll let her go. I hope I'm wrong and they figure it out.

My 514 countdown is for my transatlantic cruise next September.

I haven't heard back from her but I think you're right. This isn't a new rule so enforcement is easy.

Where does the transatlantic cruise stop? How long is that? I know I'm just going to love cruising with Disney.

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Remy is "fancier" and more of an experience than Palo (I love them both!). I think Remy was 7-8 courses and about 3 hours. Definitely a good thing for a romantic couples trip.

Your friend is in trouble. I wonder if someone can express her documents to her or was she supposed to board today?

I think you are smart to get the passport. Too many things can happen...plus its good to have it as identification. My wallet was stolen last fall and my passport was critical to getting my driver's license replaced quickly.

Jill in CO

Remy sounds amazing and romantic. I'm not sure what ship we'll sail for Gabby's graduation or which itinerary but we'll do a nice long couple's dinner. Enjoy! I'm guessing its formal or semi?

I think she's in trouble too. I told her to have one of her kids fax her her bc when she gets to port but haven't heard back.

I agree and I've read horror stories about people not having them. Plus it's easier than carry multiple paper documents.

That sticks that your wallet was stollen. Did they catch the person?
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Me too. I cannot believe ow much the prices of APs have increased. They've doubled since the last time we had them. We have to get PAPs because the girls can't miss school. I miss the days of going off season. Crossing my fingers we can book the GCV during the busiest time of the year and pull off APs.




This will be our first cruise. Hope my report lives up to some of the others I've read. I know I'll be rebooking because that's what Gabby wants to do for graduation.




You had to sign in twice? I never sign out. Maybe it's a technical glitch? Regales, I'm happy you're here. I will have our magical Easter Sunday posted here soon.




I haven't heard back from her but I think you're right. This isn't a new rule so enforcement is easy.

Where does the transatlantic cruise stop? How long is that? I know I'm just going to love cruising with Disney.




Remy sounds amazing and romantic. I'm not sure what ship we'll sail for Gabby's graduation or which itinerary but we'll do a nice long couple's dinner. Enjoy! I'm guessing its formal or semi?

I think she's in trouble too. I told her to have one of her kids fax her her bc when she gets to port but haven't heard back.

I agree and I've read horror stories about people not having them. Plus it's easier than carry multiple paper documents.

That sticks that your wallet was stollen. Did they catch the person?
Nope...the police stopped looking because the online companies wouldn't cooperate. Luckily I got all the credit cards stopped before any real damage was done.

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Exactly! How's the packing coming?
I started packing when I unpacked from my WDW trip. I took my stuff that I didn't need for the cruise out and put my Fish Extender in. Today I really made progress, I packed my under panties!

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I'm so excited! I need a vacation! I'm staying at OKW in May.

I decided I wanted to eat at Remy for my 40th (somehow those hot French waiters make aging easier!) so I booked a 4 night in October and I'm filling out the week at AKV for F&W (waitlisted at BLT).

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Will you be doing a TR? I can't wait to go to Remy, but I'm partially resisting sailing on the Dream or the Fantasy until we become Gold, so I have a better reservation window. We will be booking a cruise on our trip out of Galveston, and I have it narrowed down to a 5 night Wonder with a Double Dip at CC or a 4 night Dream, all in October 2014.
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Will you be doing a TR? I can't wait to go to Remy, but I'm partially resisting sailing on the Dream or the Fantasy until we become Gold, so I have a better reservation window. We will be booking a cruise on our trip out of Galveston, and I have it narrowed down to a 5 night Wonder with a Double Dip at CC or a 4 night Dream, all in October 2014.
I might be persuaded. Let me dig..think I wrote about Remy from last fall too in my Dining report that I abandoned last year.

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and I'm glad you're here.

Me too. I cannot believe ow much the prices of APs have increased. They've doubled since the last time we had them. We have to get PAPs because the girls can't miss school. I miss the days of going off season. Crossing my fingers we can book the GCV during the busiest time of the year and pull off APs.

This will be our first cruise. Hope my report lives up to some of the others I've read. I know I'll be rebooking because that's what Gabby wants to do for graduation.

You had to sign in twice? I never sign out. Maybe it's a technical glitch? Regales, I'm happy you're here. I will have our magical Easter Sunday posted here soon.

You know, you should always sign out of the DIS, and here is why. There have been instances in which certain DIS'ers ended up on the DIS...signed in as other DIS'ers!!! Someone could end up signed in as YOU. It happened to at least 2 DIS'ers that I know of just last year - they thought they were signed in as themselves, only to look up at the upper right corner and see another person's name. One DIS'er even sent a private message or posted something as that other DIS'er before she realized what happened!

And then It happened to me earlier this year! During awards season I noticed that there were discussion threads popping up for each of the major awards shows on the Just for Fun board. I was planning to join in on one of them. I found the thread first, before signing in. I clicked on it to be sure it was a current thread. It was. I went to the upper right screen to log in, only to see that I WAS logged in -- as some DIS'er I have never heard of in my life!!!! Fortunately I caught it before posting anything and then signed out.

I just have a feeling that leaving your account 'open' by not signing out may be asking for trouble if there are little hiccups in the server or the system. Just think of how scary it could be if someone started sending private messages or posting crazy stuff -- while posing AS you!

In any case, signing out of one's account should not mean that clicking a link to a different thread will require signing in again only a few seconds later, so I think that is definitely a glitch!

I thought of you yesterday (which was part of the reason I wanted to subscribe to the thread) when I somehow stumbled upon an article (and subsequent comments) from December 2012 about Love Actually. I know that you are a big, big fan of that movie - as am I, of course - and as I read this person's ultra-negative review and some of the wacky observations made by the posters underneath it, I thought, "Did they even see the same movie that I saw?" Some of their interpretations of the things that happen in the movie were so far-fetched and misunderstood, and it seemed like the whole message or 'point' of the movie was lost on most of the folks who replied. I don't think they got it. I don't think they realized that the scene with the British guy in the Wisconsin bar was supposed to be goofy, exaggerated and over-the-top. Not only did many people say they disliked the movie, they labeled it as one of the worst holiday movies, ever!

So after that experience, I thought "I know I'm not the only one who gets that movie and sees what it is trying to accomplish. Jenny loves it too!" (Apparently, we Love Actually fans need to stick together because we're the only ones who 'got it'!

You are not kidding about how much the AP prices have gone up. It's crazy business! It is really getting harder to justify having an AP because the prices are so crazy. I think they are going up again next month, too - and who knows how big of a price hike it will be this time (after last year's shocking increase)?

I hope you're able to snag the GCV for peak season! Stranger things have happened - I know that last year fellow DIS'er Liza/funatdisney managed to get one night at GCV on short notice (during the holiday season), when it appeared on the website and no one snapped it up. I am guessing it had been booked by someone at first, and then cancelled later. So it became available and no one got it, leaving it open for Liza.
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Are you FE gifts all finished? Have you posted pics of your FE before?

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Will you be doing a TR? I can't wait to go to Remy, but I'm partially resisting sailing on the Dream or the Fantasy until we become Gold, so I have a better reservation window. We will be booking a cruise on our trip out of Galveston, and I have it narrowed down to a 5 night Wonder with a Double Dip at CC or a 4 night Dream, all in October 2014.

How many cruises does it take to become Gold? I'm excited to book our second because we'll get a lanyard. What dates are you looking at?

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I might be persuaded. Let me dig..think I wrote about Remy from last fall too in my Dining report that I abandoned last year.

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I'd love to hear about Remy too.

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Really?! I stayed logged in all over. iPad, work, phone, and Macbook. Guess I've got some logging out to do. How did the other people log into their accounts?

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Were you hacked? I've never looked to see if it's really me. Would it say someone else's name? Glad nothing got posted. That's scary. Someone could post anything as you.

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I just have a feeling that leaving your account 'open' by not signing out may be asking for trouble if there are little hiccups in the server or the system. Just think of how scary it could be if someone started sending private messages or posting crazy stuff -- while posing AS you!
It would be terrible!

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In any case, signing out of one's account should not mean that clicking a link to a different thread will require signing in again only a few seconds later, so I think that is definitely a glitch!
It sounds like a glitch. This site rarely has them though which makes me happy as I spend far too much time here.

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I thought of you yesterday (which was part of the reason I wanted to subscribe to the thread) when I somehow stumbled upon an article (and subsequent comments) from December 2012 about Love Actually. I know that you are a big, big fan of that movie - as am I, of course - and as I read this person's ultra-negative review and some of the wacky observations made by the posters underneath it, I thought, "Did they even see the same movie that I saw?" Some of their interpretations of the things that happen in the movie were so far-fetched and misunderstood, and it seemed like the whole message or 'point' of the movie was lost on most of the folks who replied. I don't think they got it. I don't think they realized that the scene with the British guy in the Wisconsin bar was supposed to be goofy, exaggerated and over-the-top. Not only did many people say they disliked the movie, they labeled it as one of the worst holiday movies, ever!
I dod love that movie. It's one of my all time favorites. What were they saying? Was it a thread on this site? How can anyone not love that movie? Of course the Wisconsin scene was exaggerated as was the porn couple, it's a movie. I love the message. It always makes me smile and I cry at the end every single time.

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So after that experience, I thought "I know I'm not the only one who gets that movie and sees what it is trying to accomplish. Jenny loves it too!" (Apparently, we Love Actually fans need to stick together because we're the only ones who 'got it'!

DH likes it too now. He sort of put up with it but after seeing it so many times, it grew on him. He knows if I've had a long or bad work day that Love Actually will always cheer me up.


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You are not kidding about how much the AP prices have gone up. It's crazy business! It is really getting harder to justify having an AP because the prices are so crazy. I think they are going up again next month, too - and who knows how big of a price hike it will be this time (after last year's shocking increase)?
I can't believe the price difference between the Deluxe and the Premium. Of course the week I'm looking at is literally the only blocked week. The girls have proven they are no longer able to miss school so off season trips are no longer a part of our reality.

Have you read rumors of an increase? I definitely want to buy vouchers before then. If we can't get the GCV then I will have to give a holiday trip some more though. Wait list or stay at the DLH on points or rent mine out and pay cash for the GHC or DLH? So many decisions.

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She got so lucky. Good for her. I think I can book an hour earlier online than I can if I call. I'll be a mess on 5/22. Did she love it? The GCH is so amazing during Christmastime. I love it and that overly mushy couch in the Hearthstone Lounge.

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Nope...the police stopped looking because the online companies wouldn't cooperate. Luckily I got all the credit cards stopped before any real damage was done.

Jill in CO

I'm sorry, that's terrible. Why wouldn't they cooperate? Did you get the charges reversed?
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I haven't heard back from her but I think you're right. This isn't a new rule so enforcement is easy.
I do hope she was able to figure it out. That would be heartbreaking. I must check my organizer at least five times before leaving the house that I have all the documents I need. Even if I just looked I look again.

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Where does the transatlantic cruise stop? How long is that? I know I'm just going to love cruising with Disney.
It's a 14 night cruise starting in Barcelona and ending in Puerto Rico. Ports are Malaga Spain, Canary Islands, St John Antigua, St Maartan, and St Kitts, including 8 days at sea.

I agree, I'm sure you'll love cruising
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I do hope she was able to figure it out. That would be heartbreaking. I must check my organizer at least five times before leaving the house that I have all the documents I need. Even if I just looked I look again.

She had her passport overnighted. Her cruise leaves today. Her Carnival ship looked a little sad compared to the big beautiful Disney ships but I'm sure she'll have an awesome time. It looks and sounds like it will be one big party.



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I agree, I'm sure you'll love cruising

OMG, that sounds amazing! What a trip you're going to have. So you fly to Spain first? Do you have time there to explore before the cruise? And 8 ship days? How cool is that!! What activities do they have for a 14 night cruise? What ship?

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Its both of our countdowns. We'll definitely have to meet for a drink.
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She had her passport overnighted. Her cruise leaves today. Her Carnival ship looked a little sad compared to the big beautiful Disney ships but I'm sure she'll have an awesome time. It looks and sounds like it will be one big party.






OMG, that sounds amazing! What a trip you're going to have. So you fly to Spain first? Do you have time there to explore before the cruise? And 8 ship days? How cool is that!! What activities do they have for a 14 night cruise? What ship?





Its both of our countdowns. We'll definitely have to meet for a drink.

Yay! Glad she got her passport and was able to go.

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Me too. She's recently gone through a nasty divorce and really needs a break. From her photos of last, I'm guessing she's already fairly hungover. It's a girls only trip.
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I'm so glad!!!! I'm my humble opinion the DCL ships are the prettiest but she'll still have a fabulous time. I know I don't know her but I'm so glad everything worked out

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OMG, that sounds amazing! What a trip you're going to have. So you fly to Spain first? Do you have time there to explore before the cruise? And 8 ship days? How cool is that!! What activities do they have for a 14 night cruise? What ship?
This is one of my dream trips, I'm so excited about it. It's on the Magic, which is the only one I haven't been on yet so that's even better. My plan is to leave 3 days before the cruise so that will leave me two full days in Barcelona. From the TRs I've read of the longer cruises there's all sorts of special shows and dinners. It's going to be fantastic whatever they have.

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Its both of our countdowns. We'll definitely have to meet for a drink.
I know, I'm doubly excited!
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:29 PM   #105
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Really?! I stayed logged in all over. iPad, work, phone, and Macbook. Guess I've got some logging out to do. How did the other people log into their accounts?

Were you hacked? I've never looked to see if it's really me. Would it say someone else's name? Glad nothing got posted. That's scary. Someone could post anything as you.

It would be terrible!

It sounds like a glitch. This site rarely has them though which makes me happy as I spend far too much time here.

I dod love that movie. It's one of my all time favorites. What were they saying? Was it a thread on this site? How can anyone not love that movie? Of course the Wisconsin scene was exaggerated as was the porn couple, it's a movie. I love the message. It always makes me smile and I cry at the end every single time.

DH likes it too now. He sort of put up with it but after seeing it so many times, it grew on him. He knows if I've had a long or bad work day that Love Actually will always cheer me up.

I can't believe the price difference between the Deluxe and the Premium. Of course the week I'm looking at is literally the only blocked week. The girls have proven they are no longer able to miss school so off season trips are no longer a part of our reality.

Have you read rumors of an increase? I definitely want to buy vouchers before then. If we can't get the GCV then I will have to give a holiday trip some more though. Wait list or stay at the DLH on points or rent mine out and pay cash for the GHC or DLH? So many decisions.

She got so lucky. Good for her. I think I can book an hour earlier online than I can if I call. I'll be a mess on 5/22. Did she love it? The GCH is so amazing during Christmastime. I love it and that overly mushy couch in the Hearthstone Lounge.
The anti-Love Actually article (and subsequent comments of hate) is not on this site at all. I don't even know how I found it the other day, to be honest. I can't recall which steps I took to get to it!

I would happily give you the link to the page, but I think that we are not supposed to actually link to other pages that contain cursing and what not. As you will see, some of the comments under the article contain some curse words. So, in the absence of a link, I will give you explicit information on where to find the anti-Love Actually article and you can search for it if you want to read the madness that I read!

The article is on Salon.com, and is called: "Love, Actually": The worst Christmas movie ever, by Mary Elizabeth Williams. The date on it is December 19, 2012, 08:44 AM PST (so this is a very recent hate article - not like an article from years ago or something!). Underneath the title is says "'Love, Actually' may be one of the nastiest, most depressing commentaries on love in film history."

Reading the comments from people under the article, it is clear that there is a lot of repressed hate for this film! It seems like people were just waiting for an excuse to come forth and admit they couldn't stand the movie! I think that every single one of the storylines gets slammed by someone, with the exception of the 'aging rock star and his manager' story. I think I only saw 2 or 3 sensible comments (translation: comments that were in favor of the movie!).

Anyway, about the DVC/GCV - Liza/funatdisney and her family love the GCH in general, but they love, love, love their Villa time each year. They use their points to rent a Villa at that 11-month mark (or whatever it is) and they stay in a Villa every year, in October and December (sometimes other times too). They invite friends over and they cook in the Villa. That's part of their whole DLR experience (you know how we all have our 'things' that make our trips special for us).

But, as you said, if you can't snag a Villa then maybe you can use the points for a regular hotel room at one of the hotels, or rent yours out and pay cash. It's better than no holiday trip at all!

I love the mushy couch in the Hearthstone Lounge! Even though I think I established that I was on the opposite couch from the one you were sitting on during your 11/2011 trip, I suspect they are all pretty mushy. Even though that mushy couch is a reminder of my (mostly) disastrous DLR trip in Dec. 2011 (and you remember that mess!), I still can't help but laugh when I think about sinking into it -- and then watching other people sink into it too! If only a hidden camera were trained on that couch -- it would be funny to see the different reactions as people's butts disappeared into the seat and they crawled to get out!

I think there were some rumors of ticket and AP increases floating around recently, but I just assumed the tickets would go up in May. The prices used to go up in August or September. Then I think it was June. Last year, Disney raised the AP and ticket prices in May, just in time for the masses to descend upon the parks to see the new DCA! They do not want to wait a second longer than necessary to get more money and capitalize on the summer crowds. So I expect an increase next month -- and we will probably only find out about it on the DLR site 2 or 3 days in advance, which will send many people into a frenzy as they scramble to buy tickets and passes before the increases kick in.

I don't think I was hacked on the DIS. If anything, the DIS'er whose account I somehow was signed into was probably hacked. But I tend to lean more towards thinking that it is all due to some server hiccups. All I know is that as soon as I noticed I was signed in as another person, I signed right out. Then I remembered that the same thing happened to other people last year. Deejdigsdis was one of the ones who noticed that she was signed in as another person, after she had already posted or sent a PM from that account. She then sent a PM to the person whose account she had found herself in and explained what had happened.

So I just sign out all the time now, to be on the safe side! I don't trust keeping the account open.
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