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Old 11-13-2013, 07:01 PM   #1096
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I'm anxiously waiting for Heather's review. I know she sure was excited to be staying there. I've wanted to stay there for a very long time, and the Poly, but I refuse to pay that kind of money for just a room and don't like what they are doing to it one bit. I'm saving my pennies like crazy and pretty much starving to death. (hey, gotta cut from the budget somewhere, eh? Why not groceries?!) Okay, I'm saving nickels, not pennies. They did away with pennies last year. They better start adding up fast.
Sorry! This Pickle has been busy and dealing with PDD since she got back. Boardwalk Villas was AMAZING!!! Perfect location, espescially during F&W. The kids loved the pool & slide. The Villas pool was beautiful and very relaxing. The best part of that was that it is right by Community Hall, where the kids hung out A LOT! They are supposed to be 12 to be in there alone, but the CM's said that Martina was very Mature, and that I could go sit by the pool while she played (Plus, Chris is 13, so he may have counted as her "adult" anyway. We were spoiled by all the extra space in the 1 br. It was nice to have the washer/dryer, kitchen, and big tub. We made breakfast almost every morning, and it was so much more relaxing that way (Never thought I would say THAT) All in all, a much more relaxing trip!

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In all honesty, I was not a fan of BCV at all; it would be my last choice for a DVC resort after BLT.

This will be our second stay at AKV; we did two nights the first time and are looking forward to a longer stay this time.
I would like to try BCV when it is warmer for Stormalong by, but if my kids were grown, I think I'd agree with you...I'd rather a more relaxed pace.

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Why, the POLY of course! <----- Just a wee bit excited.
Oh Cool!!!! Yay!!! I guess the discounts are cause of the construction??? Whatever the reason, glad you got a deal!!!
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Lucky you! We're over the moon. Not too keen on these new fangdangled magic band thingys though.... grrrr. Tracy does not like change. LOL!
I have mixed feelings after using the magic bands. They were nice for charging, room and park entry, etc. I'm not a huge fan of fastpass + though. A big part of why we bought DVC was for more relaxed vacations and not wanting to plan as much out in advance. THis has totally blown that out of the water. And if you have to change one time, you have to change your entire day. Too much work for me. It was nice on our Hollywood studios day...we planned the pool in the morning, and DHS in the afternoon. With traditional fastpass, we wouldn't have been able to ride Toy Story Mania, as all of the fastpasses would be gone. It was nice to be able to plan just the afternoon and evening in the park (as long as you don't have to change anything) Our EPCOT day, we had a fastpass for Test Track at 10, and when we got to the area at 9:30 all the fastpasses for that and Soarin were GONE. I think that is why they are now "tiering" the rides there.
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We got ours for the trip in 20 days. I am not excited about them at all. It's not the bands so much, but the stupid new FP+ system. I'll be sure to give my feelings on it when we return.
I'm curious to see what you think. Honestly, we didn't even really need fastpasses for much when we were there, because it just wasn't that busy, except for the headliners. I'm curious to see what you think at a slightly busier time. One thing I didn't like was that you can't just cancel a fastpass if you don't need it. You have to pick something else. Our last day in Magic Kingdom, we only used 1 fastpass. Everything else was walk-on. It kept letting us move our other 2 fastpasses to later in the day, but we were heading to the airport. It needs to let you just be able to cancel ones you know you won't use, so someone else can get them. This wasn't an issue last week, since things were walk on, but I bet during Christmas week, someone would have really appreciated those fastpass slots.

Have a great night, My Pickle Friends!!!
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:38 PM   #1097
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I better come back and read this again in the morning because this all flew over me like a 757. I am SO TIRED. Just got home from the hospital. I should just move in for the long haul, although we really don't know how long it's going to be now. It's pitiful to watch, I can tell you that much. She recognized my eldest step daughter but not Cassidie at first because she was wearing glasses. As soon as she took them off, she recognized her and said, "Cassidie, you are a beautiful girl." and then she gingerly turned towards me and pulled me close to her and said, "and you are her very beautiful mother." I lost it. God bless her.

Anyways, I need sleep as I am drooling. Magic bands sound like the debbil to me!!!
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Tracy, as you knowI was away..and the DIS never let's me know about new posts...finally got around to checking all my subscriptions.

Well, you know I am over the top happy and excited for your stay at the Polynesian (I dislike the slang for my beloved home resort. )

We've stayed there more times than I can count and I still keep very close tabs on the goings on ...this is when it is nice to have teeny inside connection.

Janet usually goes in August and might be interested in that great rate. funny, I am signed up for the TA email specials, but never saw one...unless I deleted it without reading since it would not be possible...or it went to spam and I missed it when going through that folder. . Not like I could go anyway!!

What fun you will have planning!!
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:09 AM   #1099
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I better come back and read this again in the morning because this all flew over me like a 757. I am SO TIRED. Just got home from the hospital. I should just move in for the long haul, although we really don't know how long it's going to be now. It's pitiful to watch, I can tell you that much. She recognized my eldest step daughter but not Cassidie at first because she was wearing glasses. As soon as she took them off, she recognized her and said, "Cassidie, you are a beautiful girl." and then she gingerly turned towards me and pulled me close to her and said, "and you are her very beautiful mother." I lost it. God bless her.

Anyways, I need sleep as I am drooling. Magic bands sound like the debbil to me!!!
I'm so sorry, Tracy! Alzheimer's sucks
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I'm so sorry, Tracy! Alzheimer's sucks
It does suck. My mom has Alzheimer's - a very fast progressing one and we think she will be put into a nursing home next year as it's getting to be too much for my dad to handle alone and they don't qualify for financial assistance from our government. However, if he divorced her, he's got it made. Yeah, really proud of our government at the moment. My father was in tears when they had the audacity to suggest it to him. What is WRONG with some people?!

It's my MIL in the hospital and she has frontal lobe dementia, with rage tendencies. It's pitiful to watch. We almost lost her twice and the doctors are as shocked as we are that she seems to have turned a corner for the better, but we are still in the dark as to whether she will be released and returned to the nursing home. Good willing... Thanks for the hugs. xo
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It does suck. My mom has Alzheimer's - a very fast progressing one and we think she will be put into a nursing home next year as it's getting to be too much for my dad to handle alone and they don't qualify for financial assistance from our government. However, if he divorced her, he's got it made. Yeah, really proud of our government at the moment. My father was in tears when they had the audacity to suggest it to him. What is WRONG with some people?!

It's my MIL in the hospital and she has frontal lobe dementia, with rage tendencies. It's pitiful to watch. We almost lost her twice and the doctors are as shocked as we are that she seems to have turned a corner for the better, but we are still in the dark as to whether she will be released and returned to the nursing home. Good willing... Thanks for the hugs. xo
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Well, I got an email with a FABULOUS deal and I am happy to announce that our 2014 resort has been booked. My dream resort. Can you say EXCITED?!?!?! EEEEEEEP! ♥
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Why, the POLY of course! <----- Just a wee bit excited.
That's wonderful Tracy!!

btw sorry out spelling your name wrong... a friend at work is a Tracey (with an "e") so I tend to get you two mixed up!

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Sorry! This Pickle has been busy and dealing with PDD since she got back. Boardwalk Villas was AMAZING!!! Perfect location, espescially during F&W. The kids loved the pool & slide. The Villas pool was beautiful and very relaxing. The best part of that was that it is right by Community Hall, where the kids hung out A LOT! They are supposed to be 12 to be in there alone, but the CM's said that Martina was very Mature, and that I could go sit by the pool while she played (Plus, Chris is 13, so he may have counted as her "adult" anyway. We were spoiled by all the extra space in the 1 br. It was nice to have the washer/dryer, kitchen, and big tub. We made breakfast almost every morning, and it was so much more relaxing that way (Never thought I would say THAT) All in all, a much more relaxing trip!



I have mixed feelings after using the magic bands. They were nice for charging, room and park entry, etc. I'm not a huge fan of fastpass + though. A big part of why we bought DVC was for more relaxed vacations and not wanting to plan as much out in advance. THis has totally blown that out of the water. And if you have to change one time, you have to change your entire day. Too much work for me. It was nice on our Hollywood studios day...we planned the pool in the morning, and DHS in the afternoon. With traditional fastpass, we wouldn't have been able to ride Toy Story Mania, as all of the fastpasses would be gone. It was nice to be able to plan just the afternoon and evening in the park (as long as you don't have to change anything) Our EPCOT day, we had a fastpass for Test Track at 10, and when we got to the area at 9:30 all the fastpasses for that and Soarin were GONE. I think that is why they are now "tiering" the rides there.
Heather, SO happy you had such a relaxing trip! (and hoping that your next year's dates work out with school). Can't wait to see you Friday!

Pickle peeps.... on friday Sam's HS football team is squaring off against the HS that Chris will be going to next year... it's the playoffs and both teams have been under dogs against their previous opponents. Should be a great time!

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It does suck. My mom has Alzheimer's - a very fast progressing one and we think she will be put into a nursing home next year as it's getting to be too much for my dad to handle alone and they don't qualify for financial assistance from our government. However, if he divorced her, he's got it made. Yeah, really proud of our government at the moment. My father was in tears when they had the audacity to suggest it to him. What is WRONG with some people?!
That's just so wrong. your poor Dad.

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It's my MIL in the hospital and she has frontal lobe dementia, with rage tendencies. It's pitiful to watch. We almost lost her twice and the doctors are as shocked as we are that she seems to have turned a corner for the better, but we are still in the dark as to whether she will be released and returned to the nursing home. Good willing... Thanks for the hugs. xo
Tracy, So sorry about your MIL and your ongoing issues with your Mom's disease.

My mom's parkinson's has progressed slowly as well over the last year, and most recently. We just had to move her to a memory care assisted living as the regular assisted living could not meet her needs (and it was not safe, as she might wander off). It's so sad to see them this way.

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We are staying at BWV next month; I chose it for our December trip because I know we won't be swimming as I hate that clown pool. For our August/September trip, Mark and I will be staying seven nights at AKL/Kidani (May/June on my girls trip we are doing a split stay with AKL and OKW).
Kathy, all those resorts sound wonderful! We loved our stay at Kidani in 2011, and I'm looking forward to returning to OKW one of these trips. We stayed there before the refurb. The slide is so much fun!
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That's wonderful Tracy!!

btw sorry out spelling your name wrong... a friend at work is a Tracey (with an "e") so I tend to get you two mixed up!

No worries. My last name gets spelled wrong 100% of the time as well, unless you know me. Sorry if that sounded picky. It's been a rough month and super sensitive for various reasons.


Tracy, So sorry about your MIL and your ongoing issues with your Mom's disease.

My mom's parkinson's has progressed slowly as well over the last year, and most recently. We just had to move her to a memory care assisted living as the regular assisted living could not meet her needs (and it was not safe, as she might wander off). It's so sad to see them this way.
It is sad and very hard on loved ones for sure. I think it's one of the meanest diseases ever. Keeping them safe (and happy, in our case) is priority. My father was mortified and I was ready to go nuts on them. Took him a bit to calm me down. Who says something like that to someone suffering and in pain and desperate for help?!?! Grrrr, I'm getting all worked up about it again! Not to wish time away, but I really would like to see the next nine months fly by. I need my happy place stat! If it's not Mickey, it's the Dominican.
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I just wanted to stop by and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.


We leave Tuesday for Disney...cannot wait. So far they are calling for wonderful temperatures in the mid to high 70's.

Our girls trip has been booked -- May 29 to June 6, and Mark and I will be going September 19 - 26 (and then Marco September 26 - October 5).
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Enjoy your trips, Janet and Kathy! Woohoo!!!
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We leave Tuesday for Disney...cannot wait. So far they are calling for wonderful temperatures in the mid to high 70's.

Our girls trip has been booked -- May 29 to June 6, and Mark and I will be going September 19 - 26 (and then Marco September 26 - October 5).
Happy Belated Thanksgiving!
Have fun on your trip!!!

I just booked my return trip to BWV for next year!!! We are taking Brian's Mom, so getting a 2 Br. She LOVES Halloween, so hoping to do the Halloween party, as well as celebrate her B-day on Nov 1
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We leave Tuesday for Disney...cannot wait. So far they are calling for wonderful temperatures in the mid to high 70's.

Our girls trip has been booked -- May 29 to June 6, and Mark and I will be going September 19 - 26 (and then Marco September 26 - October 5).
Kathy, hoping the KatMark Clan had a wonderful thanksgiving! (and that goes for all the pickles)

I am very much looking forward to meeting up with you and Mark again, and of course meeting Mary and the girls (which I have read about in your PTRs/TRs).

Congrats on lining up your vacations plans. And as I am sure you are aware, there is a room only BB waitng for us to pounce on.

Safe travels to you! See you soon my pickle peep!!


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Hi Tracy!! Thanks, I will be sure to snap a pix and post it on the thread.

Wishing the rest of the pickle fam could be there as well.

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Have fun on your trip!!!

I just booked my return trip to BWV for next year!!! We are taking Brian's Mom, so getting a 2 Br. She LOVES Halloween, so hoping to do the Halloween party, as well as celebrate her B-day on Nov 1
Heather, SO happy you got your 2 BR!!
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Yes, please post some pickle pics. It never happened unless there is proof. Have a magical time!
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I will go home tonight and if I'm not too exhausted, I'll find my Pickle Picture and post it here tonight.
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Unfortunately, I lost some pictures on my phone and this was the only one on my camera. I'm hoping Janet might have another one:

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