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Old 09-08-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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OMG!!! I CAUGHT A DUCK!! An August Trip Report

Hi Everyone!!! We're back from yet another AMAZING TRIP!! We spent August 18 through the 28th at Port Orleans Riverside. This was our second trip there and this trip definite confirms that we LOVE this resort!! It's officially our favorite!! Who are we, you ask----well maybe you didn't and maybe you've read some of my ramblings before, as I tend to write ptr's and tr's every single time we go. Hey, I like sharing. What can I say....

So, this is Victoria..... She is my 15 year old daughter. She is my life, my love, my reason for being!! She is now a sophomore in high school and she is my techie geek! She loves anything to do with computers, but it's more the social side of it. You know, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, You Tube and just plain texting. Ok, well the texting part is on her phone, but you know the type. She does pretty well in school so I don't limit her internet time much. Oh, if there was a problem I would, but so far so good. She isn't the most healthiest person on Earth and if you wanted to read more of her trials you can check those out in my other reports. Just know she is being treated for her various ills and is doing just fine at the moment. She's bright and beautiful and I would fight until my last breath for her...



Then there's Peter, my wonderful darling husband of 3 years (September 18th). He is truly a blessing in both Victoria and my life. He works hard and when he's not working he's working on old cars and trucks. He always has a lot of projects going on all at once. He's pretty much a homebody and had never really had a vacation until our honeymoon. His parents owned a dairy farm, so that was his life until he was out of school. Our favorite thing to do together is to go for long drives in our state and just look at the scenery! This is not a great picture of him, but you know, he doesn't usually smile in pictures unless I catch him in the act of laughing or something. Strange.


Then there's me.....Ann.....46 years young and still going strong! I work full time for the State of Maine as a Child Support Enforcement Agent and have been doing this now for about 8 years (I think). I could check and be accurate, but it's really not that important, is it? What IS important is that I haven't had a raise in 5 years (thank you, again, state government) and it is making Disney budgeting a little tricky. Rumor has it that we will be getting raises in the near future, but I'll believe it when it is deposited in my account, thank you very much! My spare time is, of course, spent planning the next trip to Disney!! Oh, I also scrapbook, watch some tv, read, etc.....you know, the usual type of things. I am an insulin-dependent diabetic, so sometimes I will ramble about that, but it shouldn't be that much. I do enjoy life and try to live it to the fullest!


Post Links

Meet the Family http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...8&postcount=11

Getting There http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=15

A First Day Tradition http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=17

Animal Kingdom Day http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=20

A New Day Dawning http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=28

Epcot Day cont'd http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...2&postcount=34

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WOW!!! A follower already??!! Too Cool!! I haven't even posted the link anywhere yet.....you are good to have found it. I thought it was buried pretty good!! Anyways, welcome. I now know someone is out there!!!
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:06 PM   #5
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I'm here! Can't wait to hear all about the trip!
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I'm here and can't wait to read all about your awesome trip!!!!
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I am here and hoping you had a great trip. Can't wait to read about it.
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:58 PM   #11
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Hello all my fine feathered friends! What?! You are not all feathered? Hmmmm but that’s the theme of the trip report! Oh well, I guess it will be ok. I’m so excited to see so many of my buddies already here! Let me just start off by saying this trip was soooooooooo much better than last year’s. First of all, we were back at our “home” resort --- Port Orleans Riverside. I don’t know what it is about this particular resort – maybe it’s because it’s the first resort we stayed at as a family, maybe it’s the lush surroundings, maybe I really have no clue, but it’s home. Secondly, I have a much easier child to deal with this time around (the threatening must have worked!) No, really….she’s in therapy, on her meds and is overall a lot happier with herself and others. She was truly a joy to be around. And thirdly (is that even a word??) there were no Tropical Storms to deal with. Yay!!! Now let’s fly into this trip report, shall we?!

Our flight was out of Portland at 6am on our beloved Southwest. Nothing unusual about that one. Based on our last couple of experiences I figured if we left the house at 4am and were at the airport at 5am there would be plenty of time to sit down, go to the bathroom etc, before the flight. After all, I had paid extra for the early bird boarding, so we were gonna be just fine. (Note to self: make sure to get the the airport 1 ½ HOURS BEFORE THE FLIGHT LEAVES!!!) Yes, security was busy and it took us a while to get through that and then to our gate. You guessed it, by the time we were at the gate everyone had boarded and we were among the last to get there. This also meant that there were not three seats together! Grrrr!!! Victoria went to the back of the plane and Peter and I were split up someone in the middle. Another note to self: you cannot text each other in the plane. Whoops….so I spent the 1 ½ hours it took to get to Baltimore wondering how Victoria was doing. I still worry about her so much and I know she’s 15 and has done this a number of times, but still. She’s my baby! Once we landed in Baltimore we were able to get up, move around and gets seats near the front all together! Now THAT was pretty neat!







Isn’t an empty plane cool? I thought so! We weren’t allowed to get off the plane, but it was nice to stretch our legs and go to the bathroom. Darn, those things are small!! I really don’t like airplane bathrooms, but what are you going to do, right? They started boarding about ½ hour after landing so it was going to be soon we were in the sky to Disney!

The flight was pretty uneventful and soon we were landing at MCO!!!! OMG!! OMG!!! WE’RE HERE!!! WE’RE HERE!!!! Since we had Magical Express Service we just had to grab the carry-ons and go. We were in row 2 so we booked it off the plane and onto the fake monorail to the terminal!



They look so happy, happy, happy, don’t they?



Someone hold me back, because I just want to run, I was so happy! But, since I did not want to embarrass my family (Stop laughing --- I do have some restraint!!) I proceeded to walk fast to the Magical Express boarding area. Look at that – our bus was there waiting for us and there was no one else in line so we were the first ones. You know what that means, right?! First seat so I can take a picture of that beautiful, beautiful sign. You all know which one I’m talking about don’t you?



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Yes folks, there it is. Ah, if a person could be in love with a sign, that would be me. All the drama of the past year all melts away when that sign comes into view. Bless you, sign. The ride to Riverside didn’t seem long at all and soon I was at the front desk checking in. I had done online check in, so I went into the “short line” and boy was it sweet. Only one family in front of us. Were we going to be pixie dusted and get our requests? Were we going to have a fridge for my meds? Was our order from Garden Grocer going to be waiting for us? Should I make you wait to find out these and other important answers?....
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Whoohooo! Fantastic start! I can FEEL your excitement and happiness, and I'm so glad Ann. It's a bummer you couldn't sit together on the first leg of the trip, but cool that you could move on the 2nd leg. I think staying on the plane and not having to get off and find another plane to board sounds like the best way to go if you have to have a connection!

Ah, my sign! Yes, it just melts away everything... *sigh*
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:10 PM   #13
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Yeah, what is it about those 6am flights out of PWM?? Always a HUGE security line! Well, glad you made it, even if you had to sit separately...at least you didn't have to wait for another flight!

Yay for front row ME seats! That happened to us our first trip, but not the last two.

I'm so glad you had a better time with Victoria....happy kids make all the difference
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Yhea... vacation has started... we made it to the plane and to the airport and on ME! Woo!!!!

I know how you feel about the airplane, we bought tickets on United to Arizona last year and had seats assigned to us- and the airline changed them & moved my daughter off by herself. I was like, REALLY?!?! And they wouldn't change it- so on the plane we asked someone to move seats with us and they said NO... (old man!) I was so mad and my daughter was so nervous.... left a sour taste in my mouth!!!

Can't wait for more of the TR!!!! MORE. MORE. MORE!! (You don't need to work do you?)
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So here I am at the check-in counter hoping upon hope that Ive received the Pixie Dust Ive requested from all the Fairies....The CM was explaining all kinds of things and Im not hearing any of it! All I want to know is what building and room number I have. Darnet, just tell me already!! I had sent a fax a week prior as was suggested on the POR thread and it read as follows:

Hello from Maine!

I would just like re-confirm our reservation and see if you could possibly accommodate our room requests. Our Reservation number is 3XXXXX. (under Peter Melancon) We are booked for August 18 through the 28th. There are 3 of us, my husband Peter, myself, Ann, and our Disney Daughter Victoria who is 15 years old. We would really appreciate if we can get a room in Building #14, (we have paid for preferred) Alligator Bayou, ground floor as close as possible to Riverside Mill and the bus stop as I have arthritis in my knee and Victoria has spinal cord issues.

Requests:
v Building 14, Alligator Bayou
v Ground floor
v Close as possible to Riverside Mill

Possibly room 1401 to 1408 or so?? If you have any questions you can reach me by email at victoriasmom98@yahoo.com. My home phone is X. My cell is X. Our home address is X.

The following is just a background about us&. Optional reading if you have the time&.
Victoria and I have been the 2 peas in a pod since I divorced her father when she was 4. It's been her and I against the world since then. She's not as much as a Disney fanatic as I am but I'll get her there!!! hee, hee. She's had her share of trials so far in her 15 years so I tend to spoil her and try to "make up for it". She was born with infant torticollis which basically means her head and neck muscles didn't develop as they should have while I was pregnant. She wore a head cast for 6 months to shape her head properly and had physical therapy for the first 2 years of her life. When she was 5, we discovered she had a tethered spinal cord which required surgery to fix. Her tethered spinal cord made potty training extremely difficult (as she didn't feel when she had to go) and it has caused recurring UTI's which have continued to this day. She does see a Pediatric Nephrologist in Portland, Maine so we are working on it. After her surgery she had an additional 2 years of physical therapy. She's doing great, though, even though she will never be great at team sports or any activity that requires lots of balance. She recently has been diagnosed with PCOS, so this past year has been challenging to say the very least. She will be dealing with this for the rest of her life. All of her trials have expressed themselves with severe depression and anxiety which she is now being treated for. On top of all that, as she is getting older, she worries about her Mama, as Im a cancer survivor and insulin-dependent diabetic (who broke her toe this past January courtesy of our wonderful Yellow Lab, Cutie). We are quite the pair, huh? Peter, my new husband, has been a God-send! Hes the rock to both of us!

Thank you for your time and consideration. We are excited to be seeing you all soon! Oh and can I also have a working fridge from my insulin and Victoza medications? Thank you.


I wanted to really stress how important this vacation was to me and how badly I could really use the Pixie Dust. So, did it work? Anyone? Is she ever going to tell me our room number? Cmon lady, just tell me!


ROOM 1408!!!! Ground floor! Halfway between the Riverside Mill and the bus depot! YES!!! LALALALALALALA!!!! OMG YES!!! And.....are you ready.....ITS A CORNER ROOM!!! LALALALALALALA!!!!! I WAS SO EXCITED (like you guys couldnt tell!) We got into the room and I just plopped on the bed --- Im Home! I went ahead and put my window clings up and proceeded to empty the suitcases. Yay!!! I was ready to start this vacation lets go!!! Once I was done getting everything organized this is what I see:



Are you guys kidding me?? If Peter wanted to nap and Victoria wanted to play on the internet, we could have saved $4,000 and stayed right home! I was as antsy as if I had little critters in my pants! Really? I texted one of my friends back home as I was getting pretty ticked off. She volunteered to come with me next time! LOL! We were in Disney, oh dear family, get off your butts and lets go!! After about an hour of my glaring at them with dramatic sighs thrown in for good measure, they decided to get up and decided to go to the Riverside Mill for lunch. I think it was about 1pm by then. It took a whopping 2 minutes to walk to the Mill. Yeah location baby! Im pretty sure Victoria got the make your own pasta and Peter & I got pizzas. Yum!





And, ooh lookie....my first cupcake of the trip...



Finally, the family was ready to start this vacation!!!
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