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Old 03-25-2010, 08:50 PM   #31
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Thanks everyone for letting me know that you like the pictures. I love all the pictures people post on the DISboards and have learned so much from everyone, that I was determined to take lots of pictures so that I could give some pictures and info back to the boards.

The best part of the conference is that due to the flight schedules I will have to arrive around 4:00 pm the day before the conference so I will have one evening to myself before I go into work mode. Yeah!
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Trip Report - March Break 2010 at CR – with stops at Poly, GF, WL, BW, BC, YC, MK, Epcot, HS, DD, and TL http://www.disboards.com/showthread....4#post35923604
Trip Report - Solo trip - A brief stay at CSR with a stop at AKL (with pics!) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post36750372

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Old 03-25-2010, 10:42 PM   #32
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Hi Janet! I'm enjoying your report. You did one of my favorite things which is to go to the Poly for breakfast and then hang out on the beach there. Heaven!!

Also... WHOA that is some view!! Being able to see the castle from your bed? I need to book a CL room!! I do agree though that the WL is so much more relaxing... decisions decisions.

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Old 03-27-2010, 07:23 PM   #33
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Day 3 – Hollywood Studios

Given the busy day yesterday, today we decided to sleep in. Eventually we got up and ready, had some breakfast in the lounge and took the bus to HS.

First thing we did was head to Tower of Terror for Fast Passes. Then we leisurely walked around. I love the atmosphere at HS and the spontaneity of it all. The actors on the streets always make me laugh. They will do anything to play up their character.

Actress getting overwhelmed by an autograph request


Muppets


Soon we went over to the Star Wars ride and then did some shopping for Christmas ornaments, in a shop by the muppets. As much as I love mickey and all things Disney while in WDW, we are not that much for having it all over our house and clothes back home, so we don’t usually buy too many souvenirs, but we wanted to find some ornaments. We found three that were both beautiful and subtlety Disney. The CM was kind enough to wrap them up nicely for us to get them home safely and we had them delivered back to our room. The best part is that I easily forget things, so by the time Christmas rolls around I will have totally forgotten that we bought these and the will be a nice surprise when I get out our decorations.

The decorations we bought


Next up was lunch at Sci-Fi. We are never overly impressed with the food or service at Sci-Fi, but we love the atmosphere and nothing else matters. The movie clips always makes me smile, the milkshakes are good and it is fun to eat in a car. We booked our ADR for 11:30am hoping to beat the rush, but we still had to wait and they were a bit irritating because they came out and told us they couldn’t fit us in but we should wait and then managed to seat us only 10 minutes later. We would have been much happier if they just made us wait the 10 minutes, and not make it look like we might not get in, even though we had an ADR.











After lunch we went to Tower of Terror with our Fast Passes. We always forget how scary this ride is, and we only remember the fun. Then when we get in the elevator we remember why we always say we shouldn’t go on this ride, ever again. (But of course we will!) After Tower of Terror we got some frozen bananas and then went to see the Walt Disney movie.

Another display by the actors


Now that we were feeling done we returned to our room. If you remember, the night before we were late getting back and thirsty so we had to buy some drinks from the Contempo Café. Well the housekeeping staff must have noticed our drink cups in the garbage, because we returned to a well stocked fridge with juice, water and pop. Yeah!

After some relaxing we went for supper at the California Grill. We arrived on time but had to wait about 20 minutes for our table. We were a bit nervous as the lounge was full and so we had to take seats at the side and felt like we were forced to stare at all the diners. The atmosphere in the lounge area was so busy and bustling it felt more like a food court than a fine dining room. We were sitting there wondering why this place is such a sought after reservation. However, when they came to seat us they brought us to this beautiful, calm room in the back. It was so peaceful and had a beautiful lake view. If we were not staying at the CR I might have been disappointed not to get the MK view, but since we had that from our room balcony, we were thrilled to be able to look over the lake. In the end, the service and food were amazing and we had a great meal.

After supper, we went down to the pool. There was no one around, so we had this great night time swim and hot tub, while being supervised by the ducks. It was great fun to see the fireworks from the hot tub and the water parade from the smaller pool. After swimming it was back to the arcade for more of that irresistible skee ball.

Night view of the kingdom


Tomorrow – Typhoon Lagoon
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Trip Report - Solo trip - A brief stay at CSR with a stop at AKL (with pics!) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post36750372

FW - 1972 (I think, I was little then!); WL - 2004; WL CL - 2007; CR CL - 2010; CSR - 2010; YC CL - 2012
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:58 PM   #34
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Gotta love skeeball!! I would like to try California Grill on our next trip this year - any suggestions on menu selections? Most of us are either steak or chicken fans with one vegan.
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:01 PM   #35
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The steak at the California Grill was very good, but my husband also really enjoyed the sushi.
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Trip Report - March Break 2010 at CR – with stops at Poly, GF, WL, BW, BC, YC, MK, Epcot, HS, DD, and TL http://www.disboards.com/showthread....4#post35923604
Trip Report - Solo trip - A brief stay at CSR with a stop at AKL (with pics!) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post36750372

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Old 03-28-2010, 11:35 AM   #36
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Day 4 – Warning: lots of pictures were taken on day 4

Once again we woke up fairly leisurely and then headed out to Typhoon Lagoon. This day was originally planned for Epcot with dinner at Coral Reef but we decided to move up our Typhoon Lagoon day due to the weather forecast. We were excited about Typhoon Lagoon since it has always been closed for refurbishing when we were at WDW. It was fun to know we were going to see something completely new.

The bus ride to Typhoon Lagoon was fun. The driver kept playing his different pre-recorded messages. Things like we had to be nice as there was a princess on board, or beware there was a pirate on board. Then he would play the message to say Typhoon Lagoon was closed due to inclement weather, and then he would say he was just kidding. Our favourite was when, at 5 minutes before opening, he played the message that said Typhoon Lagoon was closed because it had reached capacity for the day. Then he got on the intercom and said “Guess what, I don’t care!” He was a fun driver.

I was excited to check out Shark Reef. I must admit it was cool, but not worth all the fuss. Since my husband and son were not interested in the scuba diving part, we went to look through the underground viewing windows. We couldn’t see anything through the small fogged up windows. Before I did the scuba diving we went to find a spot to sit for the day. My husband doesn’t like swimming but he is quite content to spend his day reading, so we looked for a good spot in the shade where he could sit and read and my son and I could come and go from. We found a good place in between Shark Reef, some food stands and the wave pool. My son went to check out the waves and I went to Shark Reef. Given what I’ve read, I was expecting the water to be super cold but it wasn’t that bad. It was fun to slowly paddle through the reef, but I didn’t find the fish to be as impressive as I thought they would be. I was glad I didn’t have to stand in line for too long, and didn’t feel the need to go through again.






After Shark Reef I found my son in the wave pool and dragged him off to go on some of the slides. After doing a few slides it was time for lunch so we went back to my husband and got some food from the stands – I think it was Typhoon Lily’s. The food was great! I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was amazing. We all enjoyed our lunch.

After lunch it was back to the wave pool. It is so much fun! We kept saying “just one more wave” but as soon as the wave passed by we knew we had to stay in longer. We had a great time with the waves. At one point we did see a woman struggling a bit and it was impressive to see how fast the life guards responded. Multiple lifeguards were in the water so quickly. It looked like she just got a bit tired, because she was fine once they gave her some floats so she could catch her breath. Soon I decided I was done so I went to get changed and shortly after my son ran out of steam too. He probably stayed in the water a bit too long and got a bit too much sun, so he was pretty tired.

Overall I would say that Blizzard Beach has better water slides than Typhoon Lagoon, but Typhoon Lagoon’s wave pool is so great that we would likely choose that as our preferred water park.

The wave


After the wave


Next up we went back to the hotel. I was very excited when I walked into the room. As I mentioned yesterday I tend to forget things easily, so I was completely surprised to see our shopping from the day before at HS had been delivered to our room. I got my ornaments and my son got a toy he had bought from the Star Wars store.

We had an ADR for supper at Coral Reef but we were all too tired so although it made us sad we asked the concierge staff to cancel our ADR and decided to just spend the evening at the hotel. This, of course, resulted in many pictures being taken from the amazing balcony.

View of Magic Kingdom


View of Grand Floridian


View of Poly


View of Mickey Garden


My son just wanted to relax in the room so my husband and I decided to walk around the property. I love all the water, and with the exception of the garden rooms that go out onto the parking lot, I think every room at the CR must come with an amazing view. Here are some of our pictures from around the property.


The location or our balcony



View of the lake with one of the boats coming by


We do not have any of this moss on our trees in Canada, so much like the palm trees, this moss is a sure sign that we are away from home and on vacation. I love it.



The back of the CR


The beach


And then we returned back to the room where I enjoyed some reading on the balcony.


For supper that night we ordered up room service and enjoyed it on our balcony, along with some extra food from the lounge.

Next up – some of the many sunset shots I took on Day 4.
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Trip Report - Solo trip - A brief stay at CSR with a stop at AKL (with pics!) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post36750372

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Old 03-28-2010, 12:51 PM   #37
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Janet -
Your photos made my decision to upgrade from a garden wing GV to a MK tower view very easy....I can't wait to see all your balcony photos!
Great trip report!!!
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:16 PM   #38
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Congratulations - you are going to love the view!
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Trip Report - Solo trip - A brief stay at CSR with a stop at AKL (with pics!) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post36750372

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Old 03-29-2010, 10:49 AM   #39
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No one has to tell you this (you already know!)...BUT - your views are FANTASTIC!
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The pictures from your balcony are wonderful. I cannot wait to stay at BLT in June.
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There are more balcony pictures coming! It is impossible to only post one or two because they are all so nice to look at.
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Day 4 - Continued

Commentary is not needed for today's portion of the report. I'm simply sharing the beautiful sunset. It was so gorgeous I couldn't stop taking pictures. If I didn't restrain myself (honest I did restrain myself!) and posted all the sunset pictures from this night, you could almost watch the sun set as you flip through them. Here is just a sampling...































Next up - Day 4, after the sunset.
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Trip Report - Solo trip - A brief stay at CSR with a stop at AKL (with pics!) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2#post36750372

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I enjoyed the sunset pictures. They were wonderful.
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Wow. LOVED the sunset pics. It's my favorite time of the day at WDW.
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Janet, those sunset pictures brought tears to my eyes! And I'm a native Floridian who underappreciates the views!!!! You did a wonderful job capturing both the natural beauty and the Disney beauty. I especially loved the MK view right before/after sunset!!!

I'm really enjoying your TR since hubby and I are going to CR with MK view in December as an early birthday celebration!

Thank you so much for the reports, and keep them up, they're much appreciated!!!!
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