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Old 01-10-2015, 01:27 PM   #916
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So glad you finished this Ellen...especially since we are trying to convince Skip go to DL this year. I think Claire is using her charm....we just need a commitment so I can book it!
I really want to do a full week but I know he will not. So if that is the case I may see about either going down/over a few days early and he can fly in then later or all fly together and we extend out stay. I know he wants to do other California things but I want at least 4 or 5 days at the parks. Even if one or 2 days is just half days where we spend an afternoon at the pool.

I am off to read about your Alaskan cruise...another one on my bucket list.
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Old 01-10-2015, 01:52 PM   #917
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Well I'm both happy and sad that you finished up this TR! It was so great meeting you and having all that fun together. I hope you make it back out here someday because I don't see myself in your neck of the woods any time soon. Even better would be if we ended up on a cruise together!

Sorry your family hit the vacation wall and that you had a not so great meal at Storytellers. I really like the restaurant, it's not anything fancy, but good solid food. We had dinner there about a year ago and really liked it.

Well at least we have your Alaskan adventures to hear about and I hope you wrap up the Fantasy trip too! I'm looking at an Eastern Fantasy cruise for the future, not sure when, but we rented a bunch of DVC points so that makes me feel justified that I can spend that money on a cruise now!
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:18 AM   #918
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WDW 2 nites then Fantasy Western in August before Tyler heads off to college ....
Congrats to Tyler, but I feel your pain! DS Cary will be leaving for college in August as well (he got in early decision to his first choice). I'm thrilled for him, but feeling so sad too!! Still scratching my head trying to figure out how we got to this point so quickly. Am I really this old?????

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Old 01-11-2015, 08:48 PM   #919
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Another great trip report down! Very much enjoyed. We are going back to WDW this fall but I'm planning (hoping, wishing) on the next one to be a Vegas/DL trip.

Now I'm off to start your Alaskan adventure!

ETA: Holy bleep bleep Tyler is starting college in the fall!
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Old 01-12-2015, 01:22 PM   #920
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10 days is the way to go. For us too, I mean. Well, for them in the us, not for me in the us. Club 33 was very drool worthy- it was like an out of body experience. I feel so blessed to have gone. Did you make it to the Vineyard? The Sandals yacht was REALLY nice- and it was a gorgeous night, cruising the Manhattan Skyline!
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Unfortunately, no. The kids were being AWFUL that morning and there was just no way they were going to let me have any fun whatsoever!

I think I saw you are going to be in WDW in August? When are you going? We are scheduled to be there from 8/22 to 8/29.
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Old 01-18-2015, 11:37 AM   #921
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Great wrap up Ellen.

Now to start reading the Alaskan trip.
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Old 01-18-2015, 01:33 PM   #922
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What a great wrap up! I LOVE GCV and I've never stayed there! I could live there.

It's hard NOT to love it there. Beautiful, beautiful resort.

A little EoS before the flight home is the perfect end to the trip.

Most definitely. Loved it!

Ok, ready for the next trip report now.

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Ellen, I am so happy that you finished the DL trip report! I may need to start reading it from the beginning as we hope to have a California trip this year with San Francisco and Yosemite (and DL of course!).

Have fun! It is a great trip to take-

I am sorry that you were all so exhausted at the end of the trip. But of all places, the Grand Californian is also a wonderful place to just hang out!

Yes it is, I agree.

Hoping over to Alaska now with you and your family!
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What a great trip! I like long vacations but when they happen we always plan down days to rest and do nothing. It always takes me a few days to get in the vacation mode and then once it happens, I want time to enjoy the "vacation mode". Thanks to having a high-schooler and other issues, the circumstances of the last few years have demanded short vacations or no vacations. Short vacations are better than no vacations. Once Sarah is out of school maybe we can go back to longer vacations.

Yes, shorter is better than none at all, but hope you can find time to fit something in, soon!

Off now to read about Alaska since that will be our next LONG vacation.

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So - WHAAAAAAAATTTTTTT? You are back on the DIS. I thought for sure you had gone the same way as the many DIS deserters before you!

I am NOT a DISdeserter- I am just a TOO BUSY and OVER-COMMITTED DISer.

But once again you outdid yourself with a great ended and pictures that really tell the story.

Is that what I do? Well GAWRSH!

Hail to the chocolate martini! What a fun way to spend your last afternoon in the park.

It was excellent!

WOC is so cool. It's been so long that I forgot you had that great view from your room.

Yea, better late to finish than never, I guess- trying to pump out Alaska because I know so many people going and they might find it useful- that cruise has very few TRs.

Those EOS sandwiches look SO good right now. Great tip - poolside EOS sammies. Love that idea.

I know, right?

Looking forward to your Alaska cruise TR.
Great! You should go- I think you and Denny would really appreciate it.
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Old 01-18-2015, 01:52 PM   #923
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So glad you finished this Ellen...especially since we are trying to convince Skip go to DL this year. I think Claire is using her charm....we just need a commitment so I can book it!

Good luck, my friend!

I really want to do a full week but I know he will not. So if that is the case I may see about either going down/over a few days early and he can fly in then later or all fly together and we extend out stay. I know he wants to do other California things but I want at least 4 or 5 days at the parks. Even if one or 2 days is just half days where we spend an afternoon at the pool.

That works-

I am off to read about your Alaskan cruise...another one on my bucket list.
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Well I'm both happy and sad that you finished up this TR! It was so great meeting you and having all that fun together. I hope you make it back out here someday because I don't see myself in your neck of the woods any time soon. Even better would be if we ended up on a cruise together!

It WAS so wonderful- I will be back someday, just no idea really when- I am so envious of all of you on that Cali cruise! So fun!

Sorry your family hit the vacation wall and that you had a not so great meal at Storytellers. I really like the restaurant, it's not anything fancy, but good solid food. We had dinner there about a year ago and really liked it.

I think I just had bad service- I would go back and just order from the menu. It was so gorgeous in there.

Well at least we have your Alaskan adventures to hear about and I hope you wrap up the Fantasy trip too! I'm looking at an Eastern Fantasy cruise for the future, not sure when, but we rented a bunch of DVC points so that makes me feel justified that I can spend that money on a cruise now!
That's the way to do it! I will get back to the Fantasy sometime- just want to get Alaska done first I think.

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Congrats to Tyler, but I feel your pain! DS Cary will be leaving for college in August as well (he got in early decision to his first choice). I'm thrilled for him, but feeling so sad too!! Still scratching my head trying to figure out how we got to this point so quickly. Am I really this old?????

Jodie
You must really be this old because I am too! Where is he going? Congratulations!

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Another great trip report down! Very much enjoyed. We are going back to WDW this fall but I'm planning (hoping, wishing) on the next one to be a Vegas/DL trip.

that's nice!

Now I'm off to start your Alaskan adventure!

ETA: Holy bleep bleep Tyler is starting college in the fall!
I know- it is un-imaginable!

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Unfortunately, no. The kids were being AWFUL that morning and there was just no way they were going to let me have any fun whatsoever!

BOO kids!

I think I saw you are going to be in WDW in August? When are you going? We are scheduled to be there from 8/22 to 8/29.
Sorry- we had to back it up earlier because of Tyler and college. we will be there Aug 5-8 and then on the cruise the 8th.

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Great wrap up Ellen.

Now to start reading the Alaskan trip.
thanks Chris! I will see you there!
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Old 01-18-2015, 02:12 PM   #924
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You must really be this old because I am too! Where is he going? Congratulations!

He is going to William and Mary here in VA. What about Tyler? Regular decision apps were just due right?

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