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Old 09-18-2013, 07:01 PM   #31
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Let's have our own dessert party in Epcot during my port day. It has to be early because I have to be back on the ship by 9. We can invite Boyz II Men.
October 22nd right? WE TOTALLY SHOULD! I'm sure we will Party with Boyz II Men. Can you imagine our picture on Test Track? And riding Soarin' with them? They will love us, I'm sure! We're a hoot! How awkward would it be if when we all had to part ways, I started singing to them? "And though we've come...to the ennnnddd of the roadddd! Still I can't let goo..."

Your empty MK/New Fantasyland pictures are amazing! I'm quite jealous. THAT is the way to see it for the first time. It will be crawling with people I'm sure and there will probably be some sticky kid drinking the water in the back of my Gaston tribute picture or something. You are quite blessed with your job perks, my dear! All I get is great paid time off BUT I WILL TAKE IT AND BE GRATEFUL!
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:50 AM   #32
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October 22nd right? WE TOTALLY SHOULD! I'm sure we will Party with Boyz II Men. Can you imagine our picture on Test Track? And riding Soarin' with them? They will love us, I'm sure! We're a hoot! How awkward would it be if when we all had to part ways, I started singing to them? "And though we've come...to the ennnnddd of the roadddd! Still I can't let goo..."

Your empty MK/New Fantasyland pictures are amazing! I'm quite jealous. THAT is the way to see it for the first time. It will be crawling with people I'm sure and there will probably be some sticky kid drinking the water in the back of my Gaston tribute picture or something. You are quite blessed with your job perks, my dear! All I get is great paid time off BUT I WILL TAKE IT AND BE GRATEFUL!
I love the idea of singing that to them! They would definitely get a kick out of us. I saw them twice this summer but I'm planning to see them while we are in Epcot. They're a lot of fun to watch! And here I sit singing Motown Philly...

Also yes on October 22!

By the time we got to Storybook Circus the Dumbo interactive queue was crawling with kids. Get to NF early!

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Loving reading about such a different type of trip! I'm super jealous that this is part of your job!!
I'm lucky to have these perks! It definitely helps make the job worthwhile
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:38 AM   #33
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So after the seminar we boarded the bus and set off on more site inspections. Our first stop: Fort Wilderness! Specifically a FW cabin. I don’t think I would mind staying here. FW is huge but it’s very quiet and relaxing although I think it would help if you had a car so you don’t have to rely solely on Disney transportation to get around. I thought the cabins were spacious and very cute!















After FW it was time to go to my all-time favorite resort, Wilderness Lodge. I’ve stayed at Beach Club, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the Grand Floridian and I have yet to find a hotel that has topped my stay at Wilderness Lodge. I absolutely loved it when I stayed here back in 2009. I wanted to cry when we left! The hotel itself is breathtaking and I love the ambience; very relaxing & peaceful but still so close to Magic Kingdom. I could go on all day about this place. I just love it.

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If you ever stay here, rub Humphrey the Bear’s nose for luck & a little extra pixie dust!



What a typical Wilderness Lodge room looks like. They’ve had a refurb since I stayed here.









Sadly we had to say goodbye to the Wilderness Lodge to head over to one last site inspection for today: The Contemporary and BLT. Stay tuned for that and dinner at Chef Mickey’s!
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glad you got to see FW, we love it there, like you said it is huge, but very peaceful and relaxing thats for sure. but a car is good there, makes getting around a little easier.
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Love it! Keep it coming! We went to Wilderness Lodge to eat at Artist's Point and I fell in love I'd love to stay there and Poly (cause that's the closest I'll get to Hawaii)!!! You pics are awesome, makes me excited to get back there!
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I love your pictures of the Fort! If I ever wanted to do more of a relaxing trip, I'd totally stay in a cabin there.
And siiiiiigh. My gorgeous Lodge. Every time we went to another resort this last trip, Zach would list the reasons why WL was better haha.
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I am so in love with the WL! No wonder it's your favorite! I WANT TO STAY THERE SO BAD!! One day...one day. Maybe for Christmas?

I am intrigued by the cabins but I don't know if I'd ever actually book one. They have such a different feel that it usually just seems like the whole vacation atmosphere would change! IDK! I would definitely want a car if I stayed in them.
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What an interesting spin on a trip report! I love getting to see all these resorts (especially since none of them are ones i've been to)

Also that chair at the Boardwalk is indeed the creepiest chair, but man it's funny.
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We stayed at WL in December 2010, and absolutely loved it!!! It was cold the week we were there and it was nice to come in a sit by the fire and warm up. I just hate it was too cold to swim.
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What a wonderful trip report!
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:48 AM   #41
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glad you got to see FW, we love it there, like you said it is huge, but very peaceful and relaxing thats for sure. but a car is good there, makes getting around a little easier.
I don't think I'd want to stay there without a car. I went to dinner at HDD once a few years back and had to take the internal shuttle. One shuttle too many for me!

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Love it! Keep it coming! We went to Wilderness Lodge to eat at Artist's Point and I fell in love I'd love to stay there and Poly (cause that's the closest I'll get to Hawaii)!!! You pics are awesome, makes me excited to get back there!
I want to go to Artist's Point. I've heard it's very good and it's so pretty! Poly is my dream resort too!

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I love your pictures of the Fort! If I ever wanted to do more of a relaxing trip, I'd totally stay in a cabin there.
And siiiiiigh. My gorgeous Lodge. Every time we went to another resort this last trip, Zach would list the reasons why WL was better haha.
Zach is right I haven't stayed at a Disney resort yet that tops WL!

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I am so in love with the WL! No wonder it's your favorite! I WANT TO STAY THERE SO BAD!! One day...one day. Maybe for Christmas?

I am intrigued by the cabins but I don't know if I'd ever actually book one. They have such a different feel that it usually just seems like the whole vacation atmosphere would change! IDK! I would definitely want a car if I stayed in them.
I'd LOVE to stay there for Christmas. Start planning Kimmy!

I think the cabins would be very relaxing. I love how they're tucked away in the woods. I don't think I'd ever stay at FW without a car though. I wouldn't want to rely on the buses there because I feel like it would take twice as long with the internal shuttle plus the park shuttles.

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What an interesting spin on a trip report! I love getting to see all these resorts (especially since none of them are ones i've been to)

Also that chair at the Boardwalk is indeed the creepiest chair, but man it's funny.
It is! When we were touring everyone took a seat and those chairs (there are two) remained vacant.

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We stayed at WL in December 2010, and absolutely loved it!!! It was cold the week we were there and it was nice to come in a sit by the fire and warm up. I just hate it was too cold to swim.
Bummer you didn't get to swim but I'd love to see WL all done up for the holidays! I'm sure it was gorgeous!

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Artist's Point

Artist's Point was amazing! I would go back there in a heartbeat! We overdid it last trip and did DDxDP so we really ate at a variety of places and very few were even close to as wonderful as Artist's Point! It was gorgeous, our waitress was wonderful from start to finish. We have four children and she even helped the kids put together their Mickey puzzle desserts! I had the Oak-smoked Venison Carpaccio which was amazing and I usually don't like venison, then the Grilled Hand-cut "C.A.B." Filet Mignon and it was WONDERFUL, and finally the Dark Valrhona and White Chocolate "Sculpture" yum! From the moment we walked in, to prying ourselves away it was fabulous! You should try to go on your next trip, you will not be disappointed!
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Artist's Point was amazing! I would go back there in a heartbeat! We overdid it last trip and did DDxDP so we really ate at a variety of places and very few were even close to as wonderful as Artist's Point! It was gorgeous, our waitress was wonderful from start to finish. We have four children and she even helped the kids put together their Mickey puzzle desserts! I had the Oak-smoked Venison Carpaccio which was amazing and I usually don't like venison, then the Grilled Hand-cut "C.A.B." Filet Mignon and it was WONDERFUL, and finally the Dark Valrhona and White Chocolate "Sculpture" yum! From the moment we walked in, to prying ourselves away it was fabulous! You should try to go on your next trip, you will not be disappointed!
Ok you definitely talked me into trying it next trip. No need to twist my arm! Kris and I usually split our dining choices - he ends up picking Biergarten and Ohana, places we've been to many times - and I end up picking new restaurants. Artist's Point is definitely on my list of places to try.
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Contemporary & BLT

After leaving Wilderness Lodge we headed over to the Contemporary. To be completely honest I wasnt that impressed with this resort. It felt dated and worn & I never really get that feeling from Disney resorts but I did here. The carpet in the lobby was filthy and the room itself seemed like it was falling apart literally! The wood paneling around the TV started to fall while we were touring a room and it almost clocked someone in the head. Thank goodness someone caught it before that happened. The throw pillows in the room we saw were also stained. I know no hotel is going to be immaculate but for the price people pay to stay here, I felt the upkeep could have been a little better. Plus I just get a cold feeling from it. It could have been any chain hotel, nothing special. If not for the monorail you wouldnt know you were in Disney. It definitely doesnt have that take-your-breath- away feel that a lot of the other deluxe resorts have. If someone asked me to rank the monorail resorts Contemporary would be last on the list. However, BLT is fabulous! The fact that its only a couple years old probably helps! Anyway on with the Contemporary tour.

The lobby



The Wave. Ive never eaten here but Ive heard good things.





Dock for the launch that will take you to Magic Kingdom and Wilderness Lodge.



Shop in the lobby



Looking at the lobby from upstairs







Bathroom of a typical room at the Contemporary



Notice how the paneling around the TV is tilting forward. There is supposed to be a chain attached to it to hold it in place and there wasnt!







I have to admit the view is outstanding!



After we toured Contemporary we headed over to a room at Bay Lake Tower. We werent sure wed get to see it because they were having difficulty finding a room that was empty. We managed to see a 1 BR and then on our way out in the lobby we saw a family about to check-in. Im guessing this was their room!

BLTs pool area







The beds look just like the beds at Paradise Pier in Disneyland! Same décor.







I always feel like somebodys watching meeeeeee!



I always have a cameo from at least one member of our group.



That was our last site inspection for the day and after the bus dropped us off at Grand Floridian we were free for the night! The plan was to shower, head to MK, and then a late dinner at Chef Mickeys. Did everything go as planned? Stay tuned to find out!
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even a chain holding the paneling up sounds odd...if it is done right it should be secure without having to be held up with a chain...

you are right they need to update it better and not just rely on the monorail to bring people into the main buidling.

but if i was given a free night there i wouldnt turn it down.
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