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Old 05-10-2013, 03:18 PM   #1216
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Jen, I'm glad you had no kinks when you disembarked and were able to get on a shuttle quickly.

Love the pic of Claire holding your tickets.

I can't wait to hear what you thought about the BCV since I'll be there in 28 days.
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I am little sad that the cruise part of the trip has ended. I am glad that you were able to make Beach Club work. We were hoping to stay there in November, but ended up staying at the Boardwalk, which we loved. I am glad that you managed to get your tickets sorted out.

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Old 05-10-2013, 05:24 PM   #1218
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Love the photos of the ship getting in port
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:17 PM   #1219
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Yeah, for a painless debarkation, shuttle service and getting back to WDW! And now you've got tickets for seven more days of play! Yippie!!!!!!

Love the photo of a VERY happy Claire!
It went very smooth. It's hard enough to leave and I often get that "what if they don't like me and strip search me" feeling.
Now that we were done with the cruise, I just wanted to get to WDW and start the fun there.

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Love the pic of Claire holding your tickets.

I can't wait to hear what you thought about the BCV since I'll be there in 28 days.
I'm gonna tell you now, because who know how long this will take me to get to reviewing it ...but it was just ok. We we really far out from everything, which was superbad, but from the outside, I could never figure where we were at looking at the building. Our view was just trees. I am thinking the road was on the otherside. One night they had the marathon and you could hear the announcer and dance music almost all night long. I even got up to check if our sliding door was open and it wasn't, but it was so loud it sounded like it. We only had 3 days there and didn't have much time to really enjoy the place. We only got the pool once and then i closed not long afterward. I didn't know that stormalong bay closed at 10PM.

The room itself was ok, but I think I would like the regular BC rooms better in design. I also stayed with my parents and they slept longer than I and went to bed earlier, so I never really got to enjoy the room as I was always creeping around trying to be quiet.

Also the Marketplace is the only fast food place and it also serves the Yacht Club. At least we were closer here to it, but the selections isn't that grand.
The walk to Epcot is great, but there is no fast way to DHS. Walking is the way we chose usually to get there as the friendship boats take forever making a zillion stops. The buses to Mk ....slow slow slow. I have read that as busy times they have direct buss designated for just YC and BC, but it was busy and that was not the case for us.
Now I would stay there again, but I am most likely going to try other resorts first and then maybe come back here in a few years and try it again. I just didn't love it as much as i thought i would.

But I think the major factors of not loving it was because I only had 3 days there and i had a room with my parents and I couldn't enjoy it to the fullest.

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I am little sad that the cruise part of the trip has ended. I am glad that you were able to make Beach Club work. We were hoping to stay there in November, but ended up staying at the Boardwalk, which we loved. I am glad that you managed to get your tickets sorted out.

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I know, I hate getting off the ship, but at least we had lots of fun instore for us still.

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Old 05-10-2013, 10:26 PM   #1220
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I enjoyed reading about the cruise and look forward to the next part of your trip report.
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I enjoyed reading about the cruise and look forward to the next part of your trip report.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:41 AM   #1222
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On our way back the Beach Club I took a few pictures.



At times the sun would come out and really warm you up and we would take our jackets off, but it would fool us and chill back up again. It still was a nice day and better than being at home.







We then cut through the lobby of the Beach Club.













And we made our way to the bus stop. We were going to Animal Kingdom for a few hours.



Now I had debated what we would do this afternoon. A lot of it depended on how fast we got to the Beach Club. We had thoughts of having lunch at Beaches and Cream, but basically once we got there and tickets in hand, we both just wanted to get to a park. And Claire also wanted to catch up with Alexis. I never planned to tour with the family all day long each day, but I did feel that this may be the only trip that Claire and Alexis would make together and I wanted her to enjoy the time with her cousin.



We made it to the stop and had to wait a bit. This is my number one complaint about Deluxe resorts. The bus system is AWFUL. They seem to be slow and then they make about 500 stops at other resorts as well.



This became the start of our bad bus mojo of the trip. I think we counted several of each of the other parks buses come before and AK bus arrived. It seems like no matter what park I pick, I cant get the one that has many buses flowing.
But eventually a bus did arrive and we made our way to Animal Kingdom.

I am always glad not to ride the tram. I think those are worse than the buses. But thats just my opinion.



OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!! This was not expected at all! The tree is up. I had been told and researched that the Christmas dcor goes slowly up in the beginning of Nov. but that my chances of seeing a lot of it, besides at the Magic Kingdom was pretty slim, or spotty. I was shocked and excited to see the AK tree up and ready to great us.





I made Claire go get in front of it.



One more shot before we head in.



Let the Memories Begin!!!!!





We slowly walked in through the Oasis. Well I wanted to explore and soak it up, but Claire was more worried about me calling to find out where Alexis was, which I did as well.








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We continued our walk through the Oasis.





We found out where the family was (I believe back near Africa) and started to make our way there. I was also getting hungry. I am one of those people who needs to eat more in the day time or I get headaches and less than pleasant in nature.

We made our way back, but not before getting a few tree pictures.



And my worst fear .....it was crowded.



When we first started planning this trip the crowd predictions were low. VERY low. But as time went on they got higher and then we found out it was Jersey week as well. UGH. But we couldn't change the dates because the cruise was booked and family had vacation dates set.
I figured it couldn't be nearly as bad as spring break time. Now I haven't been here during the week before or after Easter, but I have been here in the spring break season and it can get really crowded. And sadly I was wrong. The crowds we encountered this week were very similar and even worse than spring break at times.

I didn't let the crowds dampen my spirits too much though. I was so excited to be seeing Christmas dcor all over the park!!!!



Well theres an empty area.









We stopped for a photo moment for Claire.





We found the family. I think they had gone to Flights of Wonder and then came the what do you want to dos. EAT!!! I am hungry. Now I really need to start saying this about an hour before I want to eat, because it always seems like we get side tracked and then I am about to die of hunger ......Yep, I may be in my 40s, but some days I feel like I may die of hunger.
We did stop and get Safari fast passes. The time was for about an hour or so away, so that would be a good time to sit and eat. Of course deciding what to eat is a whole other discussion.
I had heard of Tamu Tamu by many people and I saw it, so I went and looked at the menu. It would work for me, but not Claire. It consisted mainly of sandwiches and Claire is pretty much anti sandwich.
So a decision had to be made before I died of hunger pains. Some people liked the Tamu Tamu menu and stayed. I think that was Mom, Gail, Alexis, and Abby. Dad, Rob and Claire headed off with me. Pizzafari was not too far away and I knew Claire would eat there.






It was fairly crowded in there, but several lines were open. I asked Dad if he knew how to use the dining plan, and of course he had no clue. And I asked if he had his kttw with him and he said no. UGH. Well then it hit me. He was in MY room so his credit and my credits were all connected so I could order and pay for him with my card. We made our decisions and I told Dad what he was allowed to get. I think our pizzas came with a Caesar salad and Dad didnt want one, but I told him to get it and most likely someone else would eat it.
I think for desserts Claire got a chocolate chip cookie and I got cheesecake and we would share both.





We got our food and Rob got his and a meal for Gail as well. We then walked back to the area we left the family and sat at some tables.
Well Rob was nice to get Gail food, but what he hadn't realized was that she also was getting herself food at Tamu Tamu. We had a ton of food at our table.
We did the best to polish it all off as well as the extra meal that Rob got for Gail.





When it came time for dessert, lets just say I barely had a bite of mine. Actually I only got a bite because I insisted on it. Claire had big eyes and not for the cookie. I think I saved that for later.

We were now super full. I spent most of this vacation feeling full and that might have been one of the last times I had felt hungry. After that I just seemed to be eating ALL the time.

We decided to head back towards the safari to use our fast passes.

First we had to take a picture of Dads new shoes. If you remember way back to the start of the cruise, Dad had complained about his feet hurting and Mom had tennis shoes in the suitcase .....the one that had been left at the airport. Well those tennis shoes were new and they hurt his feet as well, so on the ship mom bought him a pair of crocs. We just found this so funny, because Dad doesnt wear stuff like this, but his feet felt great in them and he wore them every day. In fact on our recent Williamsburg trip he packed them along and wore them then too.


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Old 05-11-2013, 09:40 AM   #1224
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Yeah for the beach club!!! Who doesn't love it there. And I see you got your tickets from C's private entrance without a hitch (from my girl's trip a couple years ago we started calling it Christine's private entrance in case you were wondering).

You certainly still have a nice long trip in front of you.

Claire looks thrilled to have tickets in hand.

Glad your disembarkation (is that what its' called) from the boat went off without a hitch!

Be back to read about AK!
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Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner. I will tell up right now, I do NOT like early dinner. I much prefer to go to the show first and then eat. We often eat late at home too, so I am used to eating later. Another disadvantage with early dinner is that they do not offer dine and play. If that had been offered for this meal, I think I wouldnt have minded it so much. But our kids got a little jumpy before we all finished. They brought the kids food out fast and then they were bored waiting on us. Some nights, some got a little more feisty than other nights.


We are going to have early dinner, as well. I know my son will get very restless. It is possible for one of us in the group to run him up to the kids clubs and then return to dinner, isn't it? That's what I'm hoping.

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OK, I'm trying to play catch-up. I really should go catch up on my own trip report, but this seems easier.

LOVE Geoff's surprise. Totally awesome! What a wonderful family memory.

You guys ALL look great in your pirate gear. LOL at your Hook finger pose. And you wanna know how I could tell you were a pirate?

You shoot with a Canon!

OK...... sorry........

I'm LOVING the flashback photo of Claire in the pirate costume. That's one of my all-time favorites. And now awesome is it that it matched her parents? It was just meant to be.

So sorry you got a photographer with attitude. That's awful. We had one at AK last time. I had blinked and asked her to take another shot and she lifted her camera up to about chest level and snapped it without looking. Totally obnoxious. I'm not sure how those sort manage to keep a Disney job!

I just can't get over how grown up Claire looked in her First Communion dress. Just gorgeous. And you did a great job with those photos. And no problem at all loaning the petticoats. Every little girls needs some poof on her special day! Of course, I love big poofy skirts, but Katie likes to taunt me and say she's going with a mermaid style when she gets married. Just to spite me!

I'm glad you got to find the Outlook Lounge. Looks very secluded. How cool to have so many places on a ship that you can completely overlook them. Maybe it should be called the Overlook Lounge?

LOL on the CM knowing your name. Did you have one of those new RFID wristbands? Or did you just go ahead with the fully implanted Disney chip? Or maybe the CM reads here?

You really did have the BEST selection of towel critters.

Tell Claire my sparkly headband ears hurt too. And my hair also got tangled in the sparkles! But sometimes looking good hurts.

OK, I just need to say this. Claire looks STUNNING and so grown up in that sailor dress! JUST GORGEOUS!



Your cabin door looks so homey. I'd feel bad having to take it down too. I love decorating our window for Christmas at Disney and feel the same way when it has to all come down on that last night.

I do know how hard it must have been to see the shows without taking pictures. I just don't know if I'd want to even go. Nothing like cutting my nose off to spite my face, huh?

How awesome that you had an immediate cure to your post-cruise blues........ more Disney!

I didn't realize it was that busy when you were there. I've heard it gets fairly busy during Jersey week, but I always figured it was at least manageable. But wow. This sounds worse than I expected.
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The Beach Club lobby looks so different without being decorated for Christmas. I am glad that you got to see the Christmas decorations at Animal Kingdom.

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Yeah for the beach club!!! Who doesn't love it there. And I see you got your tickets from C's private entrance without a hitch (from my girl's trip a couple years ago we started calling it Christine's private entrance in case you were wondering).

You certainly still have a nice long trip in front of you.

Claire looks thrilled to have tickets in hand.

Glad your disembarkation (is that what its' called) from the boat went off without a hitch!

Be back to read about AK!

I have heard it referred to a few peoples private entrance. I am going to call it mine now. Claire did really find that neat that we could walk there.

We were happy to have the tickets without a glitch and on our way to some fun.

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We are going to have early dinner, as well. I know my son will get very restless. It is possible for one of us in the group to run him up to the kids clubs and then return to dinner, isn't it? That's what I'm hoping.
Yes, you could run him up there. You could even feed him before you eat at Cabanas or one of the fast food places and then send him there. Or if he is there during the kids clubs scheduled time to eat, then you could just drop him off and he will eat with them.



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OK, I'm trying to play catch-up. I really should go catch up on my own trip report, but this seems easier.

I am happy you decided to join us again

LOVE Geoff's surprise. Totally awesome! What a wonderful family memory.

He looked fabulous

You guys ALL look great in your pirate gear. LOL at your Hook finger pose. And you wanna know how I could tell you were a pirate?

You shoot with a Canon!

Good thing I wasn't drinking anything when I read this, or I would have spit it out. That is so funny.

OK...... sorry........

I'm LOVING the flashback photo of Claire in the pirate costume. That's one of my all-time favorites. And now awesome is it that it matched her parents? It was just meant to be.

I always loved that costume and that picture too.

So sorry you got a photographer with attitude. That's awful. We had one at AK last time. I had blinked and asked her to take another shot and she lifted her camera up to about chest level and snapped it without looking. Totally obnoxious. I'm not sure how those sort manage to keep a Disney job!

I hate photographers like that. I mean it's their job ...and they are supposed to be making magic happen.

I just can't get over how grown up Claire looked in her First Communion dress. Just gorgeous. And you did a great job with those photos. And no problem at all loaning the petticoats. Every little girls needs some poof on her special day! Of course, I love big poofy skirts, but Katie likes to taunt me and say she's going with a mermaid style when she gets married. Just to spite me!

I still need to send those back. I have been slacking...actually really busy.
Thanks it helped make our day so special.

I'm glad you got to find the Outlook Lounge. Looks very secluded. How cool to have so many places on a ship that you can completely overlook them. Maybe it should be called the Overlook Lounge?

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LOL on the CM knowing your name. Did you have one of those new RFID wristbands? Or did you just go ahead with the fully implanted Disney chip? Or maybe the CM reads here?

I would probably one of the 1st ones they would test a chip on.

You really did have the BEST selection of towel critters.

Tell Claire my sparkly headband ears hurt too. And my hair also got tangled in the sparkles! But sometimes looking good hurts.

Beauty sometimes means suffering.

OK, I just need to say this. Claire looks STUNNING and so grown up in that sailor dress! JUST GORGEOUS!



Thanks.

Your cabin door looks so homey. I'd feel bad having to take it down too. I love decorating our window for Christmas at Disney and feel the same way when it has to all come down on that last night.

It is sad to take them down. It really means it close to time to leave.

I do know how hard it must have been to see the shows without taking pictures. I just don't know if I'd want to even go. Nothing like cutting my nose off to spite my face, huh?

It's hard and I wanted to sneak some, but I behaved.

How awesome that you had an immediate cure to your post-cruise blues........ more Disney!

I didn't realize it was that busy when you were there. I've heard it gets fairly busy during Jersey week, but I always figured it was at least manageable. But wow. This sounds worse than I expected.
It was really busy. I was not happy about that at all. It started to lesson byt the time I left, but there were a lot more people than I expected. Ironically someone else who was there the same time said she thought it wasn't busy at all. She must've gone to the parks with the lessor crowds. LOL It al ldepends what you are used to and expect, but for me, this was one of hte busiest times I had ever gone and I have gone during some busy times.
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The Beach Club lobby looks so different without being decorated for Christmas. I am glad that you got to see the Christmas decorations at Animal Kingdom.

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I really wish i got to see them there, but sadly the resorts didn't seem to start decorating till around the 13th. I did get to see Aoa and Pop decorated.
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I am happy you decided to join us again

It's nice to be caught up on SOMETHING again!





He looked fabulous

He sure did. Johnny Depp watch out!



Good thing I wasn't drinking anything when I read this, or I would have spit it out. That is so funny.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Captain Jack shared that with me at the Pirate & Princess Party right before trying to swipe my own Canon!


I always loved that costume and that picture too.

Definitely a classic!


I hate photographers like that. I mean it's their job ...and they are supposed to be making magic happen.

Really. If they don't want to be there, they should go work at McDonalds or something.



I still need to send those back. I have been slacking...actually really busy.
Thanks it helped make our day so special.

Not to worry. No rush here. Katie hasn't worn them in quite a while. And they don't need to make the rounds to any more parts of the country yet!


I would probably one of the 1st ones they would test a chip on.

I'd be right there with you!


Beauty sometimes means suffering.

Merely the price of beauty.


It is sad to take them down. It really means it close to time to leave.

You did it right though. Sandwiching the cruise in between stops in the parks sounds perfect.


It's hard and I wanted to sneak some, but I behaved.

Did you see anyone sneak out a camera? I'm not sure I could have behaved.


It was really busy. I was not happy about that at all. It started to lesson byt the time I left, but there were a lot more people than I expected. Ironically someone else who was there the same time said she thought it wasn't busy at all. She must've gone to the parks with the lessor crowds. LOL It al ldepends what you are used to and expect, but for me, this was one of hte busiest times I had ever gone and I have gone during some busy times.

Still, that sounds like more than choosing the wrong park. I'm guessing the ones saying it wasn't bad usually travel Christmas or Easter week.
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