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Old 06-20-2009, 08:20 AM   #31
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What a wonderful trip and very nice TR. I enjoyed it so much.
I loved your stories about giving away the FP's, it feels so good to give someone a little something doesn't it? We did it twice this time because we just ran out of time, it fun to watch for just the right people too...
And buying that family dinner how nice, glad you enjoyed the Dining Plan.
Wonderful Pics too! LOL, funny you mentioned why you only had one hand up on SM, because i looked at the pic before reading and thought, oh yeah, she totally has a hold on that other hand...haha

You were very well educated too your story indicated more then once of tips i know you would of had to get from the boards in order to know about it.
(Stroller swap)..... How cool, disboards is great!

Reading this board before we went on our trip was so helpful. I spent hours reading this stuff. I read the Beach Club thread mulitple times, I read the thread about tips from Cast Members, and the thread just suggesting MK tips. I also read many Trip Reports. Even though I was a first timer....I didn't really feel like it! The Stroller Swap I found here as well. It is too bad those are not really happening anymore. It was such a great thing!!

My daughter read your post about her holding my hand on SM and got a big kick out of it. Although she is not going to admit that daddy's hand was important to her enjoyment of the ride
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:43 PM   #32
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Going Home!

Our day of departure came way too fast. But as everything on this trip it was a smooth as I could have hoped for. Bell Services was right on time. They took our bags and I didn't touch them again until Indianapolis, which was fantastic. The Magical Express picked us up at The Beach Club right at 6:40 and we stopped at a couple of other resorts before we hit the airport. Once at the airport we went to McDonald's for a bit to eat. Sat and relaxed and then went through security, boarded our plane and flew home. I always like coming home but I could have spent a few more days at Disney!

It wasn't but a couple of days after we got home that one of our experienced Disney friends, her husband, and their newborn and us started talking about doing Disney together. We stayed at the Beach Club based upon her recommendations. She was so excited about our trip and we sent each other mulitple texts during our trip. They were living vicariously through our texts. Anyway, we have already started looking into doing a 2BR at The Beach Club Villas..together. Probably not until May of 2011. But it does give us something to look forward to and it lets their newborn get a bit older before venturing out into THE WORLD.

I could not have wished for a better trip than we had. It was awesome!
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I just came across your trip report and have enjoyed reading it. I wanted to wish you a "Happy Father's Day" as you certainly seem to deserve it. Your family is precious and I loved reading about the good time you all were having.

I also love to see people who "get it" where their kids are concerned. You are exactly right about knowing your kids and realizing who the trip is actually for. We have always had a much better time when we took breaks and had plenty of rest/pool time instead of pushing the parks from open to close (20 trips and we have never managed to be at a park from opening to close!)

Glad you enjoyed the BC. The YC is our fave, but they are practically the same resort! SAB is truly amazing. Our kids love it. Another reason to take plenty of swim/rest time at WDW! We also enjoy being a short walk back to the room after the fireworks.

I do hope you all get to make the return trip you are planning and wish you all the best for that trip as well!
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Great TR!!! All your pics are great but the close up of your little girl is awesome! So sweet!

Glad you has such a nice time! We took our DS for the 1st time last Sept and seeing the looks on their little faces truely is the best part of the trip!

Thanks for sharing!
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I just came across your trip report and have enjoyed reading it. I wanted to wish you a "Happy Father's Day" as you certainly seem to deserve it. Your family is precious and I loved reading about the good time you all were having.

I also love to see people who "get it" where their kids are concerned. You are exactly right about knowing your kids and realizing who the trip is actually for. We have always had a much better time when we took breaks and had plenty of rest/pool time instead of pushing the parks from open to close (20 trips and we have never managed to be at a park from opening to close!)

Glad you enjoyed the BC. The YC is our fave, but they are practically the same resort! SAB is truly amazing. Our kids love it. Another reason to take plenty of swim/rest time at WDW! We also enjoy being a short walk back to the room after the fireworks.

I do hope you all get to make the return trip you are planning and wish you all the best for that trip as well!
Thank You very much. I have had a wonderful Father's Day. It also seemed obvious to me that pushing my kids at the parks was just going to be a huge mistake. I can't explain how much this attitude made our trip so much better! And the BC was awesome. I don't think it will be an every trip resort for us but it is amazing!
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Great TR!!! All your pics are great but the close up of your little girl is awesome! So sweet!

Glad you has such a nice time! We took our DS for the 1st time last Sept and seeing the looks on their little faces truely is the best part of the trip!

Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome! Thanks for the kind words especially about my daughter. We have been home for over a week and my kids still walk around the house singing Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Come inside it's fun inside. I thought It's a Small World would stick in their heads but after the Playhouse Disney show at Hollywood Studios they kept singing the theme over and over and over again.

We had a blast and can't wait for the next one!
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I loved the trip report and the pics were awesome . I am glad you had a great time
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I loved the trip report and the pics were awesome . I am glad you had a great time
Thanks. We did have a blast. Only a short time and you will be back. Have a blast at BCV!!!
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Restaurant Review

We went to Disney and bought the Dining Plan. We had 1TS and 1CS meal per night plus 1 Snack. Here is how we used them and what we thought of each meal.

TS #1 and #2: Cinderella's Royal Table: Night 1 of our trip after arrival and check in we headed straight to Magic Kingdom for dinner. I did mention this meal already but we found it to be enjoyable. My wife had Prime Rib and gave it a big thumbs up. I had lamb and it was good....not great. Portion sizes were average. We both got the chocolate muffin type thing for desert. Don't recall the name of it. But it was OUTSTANDING in our view. The girls got a variety of pasta and chicken strips. The chicken was good and the pasta was not in their views. All had ice cream for desert. Is the meal worth two table service credits....no. Is the meal worth one and the magic of eating in the Castle worth one. Yes. When we go back to Disney I would do CRT again but probably not for dinner. I would probably try for breakfast (which we wanted but couldn't get).

TS #3: Coral Reef in Epcot for Lunch: The atmosphere in the restaurant was very nice. Our table was far away from the aquarium unfortunately but oh well. The kids liked the fish etc. but not being close it did not hold their interest very long. I got Tilapia which I found to be outstanding. I enjoyed it very much. My wife got steak which she also enjoyed. My mother in law got Mahi Mahi and she talked about it all week. She wanted to go back to The Coral Reef again during the week. The kids got pizza and chicken. The chicken was eaten....the pizza not so much. One daughter ate some of my wife's steak. Desert was a variety here. Everyone got something different. I don't recall all of them. Kids..ice cream. Mousse was my adult desert. The others I don't recall. Nothing was said about their excellence or their lack there of. Will I got back. Probably not on my next trip. Too many other choices in Epcot. Not going back has absolutely nothing to do with the food or dining experience. Just my desire to try a different place.

TS #4 Cape May for Breakfast: Our second character meal. Staying at The Beach Club made this choice a no brainer for us. We all like breakfast and found the Buffet to be very good. It was well stocked and replenished quickly. The fruit choices were beautiful. Good selections for kids and adults. Would I do Cape May's again? I would certainly say yes if I were staying at the Beach or Yacht Club or even on the Boardwalk. I am not sure I would go back if I had no other reason to be at The BC.

TS #5 Crystal Palace for Lunch: We loved this. Not only was it our third character meal but we found the food to be excellent. The lunch buffet was outstanding. The seperate smaller buffet table for kids was very nice. The adult food was super! The mashed potatoes were a big hit with the entire family. A very nice garlic mashed...we ate a bunch! Desert was very nice as well. We would go back and repeat this meal.....absolutely. Not so much for the character but for the food!

I will have to finish this up later....gotta run my youngest to gymnastics
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Really enjoyed reading your report. Your daughters are so pretty and and the pictures of them are priceless!! Also, your picture in a minnie mouse hat - stunning!! Sounds like your had a great trip. Next time for us I'd like to try Beach or Yacht Club. I opted for CBR this trip to save some money. Thanks for sharing your insights.
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Restaurant Review Continued

TS # 6 Liberty Tree Tavern for Lunch: This was my favorite meal of the trip. I had the turkey, mashed, stuffing. It was very good. My wife and mother in law had the pot roast which they both loved. Desert here was also very good. The kids had a variety of things but the sliced roast turkey was a favorite. It was a nice change from the chicken finger type meal they ate many times during the week. LTT will absolutely be an ADR the next time we are in The World.

TS #7 Chef Mickey's for Breakfast: Of the two breakfast buffets that we ate at this was our favorite. Don't know if it was the atmosphere, food or combination of both but liked Chef Mickey's a little better than we did Cape May. The food selection was maybe a bit wider than at Cape May. I do know they had donuts at Mickey's which one of my daughters was very happy about. They also were making pancakes on the line which is probably more an atmosphere type thing since the pancakes were no better or worse than Cape May.

So there is a summary of how we used our 7 TS credits on 6 meals. Overall I was extremely happy with our choices, the quality of the meals, the quality of service etc.
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Really enjoyed reading your report. Your daughters are so pretty and and the pictures of them are priceless!! Also, your picture in a minnie mouse hat - stunning!! Sounds like your had a great trip. Next time for us I'd like to try Beach or Yacht Club. I opted for CBR this trip to save some money. Thanks for sharing your insights.
Me and my Minnie ears was too much peer pressure from my girls. We convinced my wife to put some on. So I snapped a pic of her. Then my girls wanted me to put them on and give the camera to mommy so she could take a pic of me. I of course gave in and my girls just giggled about the whole thing
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Hey, we were there at the same time. I'm not sure that we were every in the same park on the same day however.

Those automated kiosks at Pecos Bills... Ours wasn't working right. Every time we went to add a drink, it added it to the wrong meal and we could not figure out what was going on. Thankfully we were able to move over and do it all over again on one that worked.

Glad you had a good time!

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Hey, we were there at the same time. I'm not sure that we were every in the same park on the same day however.

Those automated kiosks at Pecos Bills... Ours wasn't working right. Every time we went to add a drink, it added it to the wrong meal and we could not figure out what was going on. Thankfully we were able to move over and do it all over again on one that worked.

Glad you had a good time!

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I thought the weather was great while we where there. The crowds were very managable I thought. I was very happy with our first Disney trip.

Kokomo is the closest big city.....if you can call it big
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I should have realized "defendthehill"... Bunker Hill?
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