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Old 06-09-2007, 10:45 AM   #211
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Good Advice

Thanks for the sympathy! I love the advice that we just need to go back (...sooner than we planned?!....) Maybe I can tell my husband that we need to erase the negative energy from that last day so we MUST go back sooner than we'd planned! I loved the time that we went b/c the temperatures were reasonable, not a lot of rain, no chance of hurricanes, and the crowds were way down. However, spring is not WC's best time of year, so we may look into a fall trip next time! Thanks for all your kind words!
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Old 06-09-2007, 10:56 AM   #212
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so sorry you had an icky last day! that stinks. and i can definitely relate to the disney's-over feeling you get when you get home. luckily my DH loved it just as much as i did so we're going back in april, but now we just have to wait 10 months! hopefully you guys can get back soon! i've loved your TR!!!
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:26 PM   #213
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Well, Pittypat, departure day always stinks; but yours was doubly yucky.

At least you had all your bad luck in one lump sum at the end instead of spread out evenly throughout your trip.

Hopefully you will eventually remember it the way we remember childbirth... the bad stuff will kind of fade away, and the strongest memories will be of the really wonderful parts!

I've really enjoyed coming along on your trip!

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Old 06-10-2007, 06:13 PM   #214
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However, spring is not WC's best time of year, so we may look into a fall trip next time! Thanks for all your kind words!
Fall is the free dining, the Halloween Party, Food & Wine Fest...an excellent idea!
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Old 06-12-2007, 12:55 AM   #215
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Thanks to all of you for the sympathy and the suggestions! I will try to post a wrap-up soon, but in the meantime, I am enjoying reading everyone else's TR's! Maybe DD and I will post our Top Ten Lists.
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Old 06-12-2007, 01:35 AM   #216
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I almost forgot! I got my Photopass pics so wanted to share some HAPPIER moments than the last batch. First here is Wild Child coming down the kiddie slide at Blizzared Beach.


Then we have two from the early morning excursions of Dreamy and me to Epcot and Disney Studios.


Finally a picture of the whole family at TT.


I definitely want to end on a happy note, because almost the whole trip was magical and wonderful, and we all can't wait to go back!
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:48 AM   #217
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Ah just read the whole thing and i enjoyed every word. Thank you for sharing your family with us. Sorry about that last day. Have fun planning the next trip. and congrats on leaving the commando spirit at home.
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:51 PM   #218
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Ah just read the whole thing and i enjoyed every word. Thank you for sharing your family with us. Sorry about that last day. Have fun planning the next trip. and congrats on leaving the commando spirit at home.
Hi, and thanks for reading! I think I have learned a better way to see WDW with a family, especially with younger ones!
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:13 PM   #219
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Great report.
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Great report.
Thanks! That means a lot from a DIS veteran like you. I did have a lot of fun reliving the trip to write it.
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:49 PM   #221
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Great TR, PiityPat. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Is it absolutely complete now? I know the trip, in the report, is over, but I didn't know if you had any more photos to post, or anything else to share since you had not made the TR officially complete.
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:17 PM   #222
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Great TR, PiityPat. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Is it absolutely complete now? I know the trip, in the report, is over, but I didn't know if you had any more photos to post, or anything else to share since you had not made the TR officially complete.
I am posting the final wrapup from me, and I will let my daughter add hers, and then we will be complete. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy all your trips this year.
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:33 PM   #223
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Final Thoughts – the good and the bad.

GOOD
Pop Century! We loved the resort and the price. The food court was fine, the pools, splash pad, and playground were nice, bus transportation wasn’t bad at all, and the rooms were perfectly adequate. (Did I mention the price was right?!)

Recognizing that we could “divide and conquer” and allow each person to do most of what they wanted to do. Everyone got to specify their preferences and favorites, and enjoy them.

Great food! We were very satisfied with our dining choices. Kona, Le Cellier, and Coral Reef were great “order from the menu” choices, and Mama Malone wasn’t bad. 1900 Park Fare and Boma were great buffets. Liberty Tavern’s food was just adequate but the character interaction, location, and speed of dining made up for it. Our counter service meals were fine, and the snack choices are tremendously improved from our last trip. We always get the refillable mugs. We really spent very little out of pocket for food and drinks, particularly since we used some of our snack credits for breakfast items.

The weather was perfect. Early May is a great time to visit – wish it was easier to take kids out of school! (Don’t fuss at me – I’m a retired teacher, so I know that end of it also!)

The rides, shows, and fireworks, of course. The rehabs were all good, although I think the 3 Caballeros Mexico could have been better. The rides are as wonderful as ever, and the nighttime spectaculars are still spectacular! Illuminations is great, Fantasmic is fantastic, but Wishes is still my favorite!

EMH at the water parks, which isn’t very publicized but is very helpful.

The PEOPLE! The CM’s were mostly wonderful, and the other visitors were mostly okay too. We didn’t encounter unpleasant people more than a couple of times, and we didn’t have trouble with line cutters either. (By line cutters I mean the people in BIG groups who send 2 people in to save a place in line for 20, usually teenagers. I have seen that in the past but not this trip.)

BAD
Migraine headaches, but thank goodness Wild Child didn’t get one until the last day.

Magic Express check-in problems at the resort on our departure day. Disney doesn’t have control over this, but it was BAD!

Country Bear Jamboree was really a waste of time, and not enjoyable by anyone. It’s a shame they haven’t done something with this, because I used to like it (back 30 years ago). There needs to be a decent sit-down show in that area. The live show in the saloon used to be good – couldn’t they get some musical acts on a rotating basis or something?

Too much water on Splash Mountain. They need to put it back like it was before. I don’t mind a little dampness, but I did NOT want to be soaked without warning. (Warning, wear a poncho for the beginning of the ride, not just the drop at the end.)

FINAL VERDICT
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!! It was a wonderful trip because of the place and the people along for the trip. Thanks to all of my family, who were great companions! Thanks to all of you who read along and shared my experiences. I will let DD add her two cents worth to this, and then we will close this TR, and start looking forward to next time!
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Old 06-19-2007, 01:48 PM   #224
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Thank you for your report. It really was nice. While we won't be travelling with my parents this year, we have in the past and everything was wonderful. It's nice when families get along well and enjoy each other.

I'm sorry about the DME at the end. I hope ours goes better than yours (sorry).

Anywho, reading the ending gave me a "warm fuzzy" feeling.
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:09 PM   #225
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Love your sum up and so pleased it was a super trip
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