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Old 02-02-2014, 09:39 PM   #91
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Thanks again for the great reviews! Hope the ride home was nothing too serious.
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:49 PM   #92
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Fun reviews ....thanks for sharing!!
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:17 AM   #93
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Thanks for hanging out with me for the week! So here's the ride home story.....

We left Coronado at 4PM because DH and DBIL wanted to go to a camera store in Orlando. We got to the train station about 615 for a 724 departure. That got pushed to 8, then 810, and finally 815. Amtrak has always done a great job of seating us together, so much so that I didn't realize there was another option. But this time when we boarded, the split us up 6 and 3. Not only that, but we were in the last seats before the snack car, right next to the bathrooms, which meant we would have people walking by us and standing behind our seats much of the time. That morning I called Amtrak to make reservations for the dining car and was told that they didn't do that anymore. I was also told that the train was nowhere near full and not to worry about it, we would be fine. Well we got on the train and the folks in the dining car told me they were full and couldn't accommodate us for dinner. So now it's almost 9, we haven't eaten, and we are limited to $7 microwaved burgers. After spending $90 on snack car food we decided that our seats were just really really bad, and we were nowhere close to each other. I asked the conductor if we could be moved, and they very nicely opened another car for us, which meant we were the only ones in that car! That was great, but dragging luggage for 9 people through 3 full train cars was not fun, especially when it's past 10.

THEN, about 11, one of the conductors comes into our car and tells us that there are 2 routes going North. One goes through Savannah to Raleigh and one runs east up to Rocky Mount. There was a wreck on a bridge somewhere in SC and all riders going to Raleigh were being diverted in Savannah so they could take the other route. Diverted to a GREYHOUND BUS!!!!!! So we would have to get off at 2AM and transfer to a bus that would stop at all stops between Savannah and Raleigh, which would take about 8 hours. Uh.....no. When I heard that the first stop after Raleigh was Rocky Mount, I asked if we could just ride through to there. They said yes but we would be on our own finding transportation back to Cary. WHATEVER, renting 2 cars would be better than a Greyhound bus from Savannah. Then my DH remembered that we have a friend who just bought a 12 passenger van! He drove from Archdale to Rocky Mount just to drive us all to Cary. We finally got back to Greensboro about 3PM, and we are EXHAUSTED!!!!

Guess it's time to start planning for December!!! Should I do a "pick our restaurants" thread for that trip? We will probably do the video reviews again, but there is definitely time before I make reservations to do a restaurant choice thread as well.....
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:18 PM   #94
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Wow....just wow! That's crazy! Glad you finally made it home. Really enjoyed your video reviews, thanks for taking the time to do that. I will be watching in December! Happy planning! DH and I are headed to VWL in just 12 days now, looking forward to our dining experiences! We have nine nights/days to fill
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What a fantastic review. Thank you for sharing. Loved the videos. If there is a next time I will remember to vote.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:51 AM   #96
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DH and I really enjoyed your video reviews. I look forward to more on your next trip
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:24 PM   #97
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Thanks for your reviews!!! I was so excited to see the BOG review. I am going to try and get and ADR for our visit. I am happy that you enjoyed your dinner. I want to see the inside of the castle so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

I went back to your review of Raglan Road. I am SUPER excited about going there. We are going on my birthday. I saw a review of the Gnocchi Sea Gnocchi Do (with a picture) and I want to go now. It looks so good. I hope they still have it when we go in September.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:05 PM   #98
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Thanks for your reviews!!! I was so excited to see the BOG review. I am going to try and get and ADR for our visit. I am happy that you enjoyed your dinner. I want to see the inside of the castle so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

I went back to your review of Raglan Road. I am SUPER excited about going there. We are going on my birthday. I saw a review of the Gnocchi Sea Gnocchi Do (with a picture) and I want to go now. It looks so good. I hope they still have it when we go in September.
Don't fill up on Soda Bread like I did! Man that stuff is sooooo good!
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:21 PM   #99
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What a trip home! Not a way to end a vacation for sure.

I'm in for a pick our restaurants thread!
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Really enjoyed your journey...thank you!
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Yay! So here's the scoop, I'm gonna do a poll thread to pick our restaurants for our December trip. We are staying at least 8 nights on the DDP. We MUST do Les Chefs de France as our first meal. We also must do one BW/BC/YC area restaurant because this time we are going with my dad and his partner. They have been together over 25 years and haven't been to Disney since 2001. They have never been to the BW area, so we want to do one restaurant over that way. I don't know how many options I am given in a poll (Does anyone know?) What do ya'll think the best way to set that up would be???
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Thanks for your dinner reports and photos and videos - and
taking the time from your vacation to do them. They were enjoyed.
Your ride home was crazy - glad it ended well.
Looking forward to more from you and your thread.
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Thanks for hanging out with me for the week! So here's the ride home story.....

We left Coronado at 4PM because DH and DBIL wanted to go to a camera store in Orlando. We got to the train station about 615 for a 724 departure. That got pushed to 8, then 810, and finally 815. Amtrak has always done a great job of seating us together, so much so that I didn't realize there was another option. But this time when we boarded, the split us up 6 and 3. Not only that, but we were in the last seats before the snack car, right next to the bathrooms, which meant we would have people walking by us and standing behind our seats much of the time. That morning I called Amtrak to make reservations for the dining car and was told that they didn't do that anymore. I was also told that the train was nowhere near full and not to worry about it, we would be fine. Well we got on the train and the folks in the dining car told me they were full and couldn't accommodate us for dinner. So now it's almost 9, we haven't eaten, and we are limited to $7 microwaved burgers. After spending $90 on snack car food we decided that our seats were just really really bad, and we were nowhere close to each other. I asked the conductor if we could be moved, and they very nicely opened another car for us, which meant we were the only ones in that car! That was great, but dragging luggage for 9 people through 3 full train cars was not fun, especially when it's past 10.

THEN, about 11, one of the conductors comes into our car and tells us that there are 2 routes going North. One goes through Savannah to Raleigh and one runs east up to Rocky Mount. There was a wreck on a bridge somewhere in SC and all riders going to Raleigh were being diverted in Savannah so they could take the other route. Diverted to a GREYHOUND BUS!!!!!! So we would have to get off at 2AM and transfer to a bus that would stop at all stops between Savannah and Raleigh, which would take about 8 hours. Uh.....no. When I heard that the first stop after Raleigh was Rocky Mount, I asked if we could just ride through to there. They said yes but we would be on our own finding transportation back to Cary. WHATEVER, renting 2 cars would be better than a Greyhound bus from Savannah. Then my DH remembered that we have a friend who just bought a 12 passenger van! He drove from Archdale to Rocky Mount just to drive us all to Cary. We finally got back to Greensboro about 3PM, and we are EXHAUSTED!!!!

Guess it's time to start planning for December!!! Should I do a "pick our restaurants" thread for that trip? We will probably do the video reviews again, but there is definitely time before I make reservations to do a restaurant choice thread as well.....
Oh my...that's quite the adventure. My limited experience with Amtrak is it always sounds way more glamorous than it really is! Glad you made it home okay (finally!)
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