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Old 10-10-2011, 09:02 PM   #76
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It is odd that I sing along with the pictures of the parade???? Even the Chicken part???
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It is odd that I sing along with the pictures of the parade???? Even the Chicken part???
Of course not !! We really loved that parade !! And the song was so cute and catchy. I especially loved the undertaker dudes with the shovels and how they made sparks fly up. It was so cool.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:15 PM   #78
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Day 5 – Part 1 – Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We stayed up LATE the night before with the Halloween party and all, so we really slept late on this morning. Oh, and the resort called us AGAIN at 9:00 AM. I picked it up, hung it up and pulled the cord on all of the phones so we could sleep some more. I halfway expected them to send their maintenance man again to see if the phones were working but no one came, thank goodness. Anyway, we didn’t get up and going until around 10 and our plan for this day was to go to Typhoon Lagoon for the day and then go see Fantasmic that night. We had never seen it, so it was a priority this trip for us.

So we got to Typhoon Lagoon about 11:00 AM. Here are some photos as we enter the park.



















At this point, I am sorry to say that I didn’t get any more Typhoon Lagoon photos. We didn’t want to get the camera wet and when you are at a water park, there is just no easy way to carry it around.

We rented a locker and the kids wanted to hit the wave pool first so we decided to do that. DD rode the slide that empties right there in the wave pool. She did that a few times while DS and DH hit the waves. This wave pool scares me to death. These waves are so strong and the undertow when they recede is very strong. And the bottom is very rough. I guess it is for traction in the wave pool, but you can get seriously scraped up if you don’t watch out. So I don’t like it much and it make me really nervous when the kids are out in it. After DD was done with the slide, then I took her over to DH in the wave pool so she could play with them while I waited on a bench off to the side.

While I was watching, this older woman at the end of the slide got hit by an errant wave and it knocked her down and just moved her along and she took out about five other people. When she got up, she had this very bad scrape on her hip. It was very big and bleeding. I felt really bad for her because it looked like it hurt really bad. Some people helped her out of the pool and I assume she got some first aid.

Anyway, DH and the kids when out there jumping the waves and I found a bench at the shallow end of the pool. When the waves start, you hear a big Whoosh and then everyone starts screaming. Then these HUGE waves start coming. I was getting pounded with them where I was even. I didn’t really mind it because I was able to stay on my bench, but still get the benefit without getting knocked over. Seriously, I’m surprised that no on has drowned here. The waves are that strong. The kids did OK. DH taught them to time the waves and they escaped unscathed. We spent over an hour there.


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Then we decided to try the family raft ride which is called Gang Plank Falls. The line was LONG and it took forever to get on – about 45 minutes. It is very slow loading and then ….. the ride lasts ten seconds.


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So, it was lame. Next we went over to the tube slides.

Keelhaul Falls and Mayday Falls


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These slides were fun and we didn’t have to wait long. So those were fun.
Then we got into the Lazy River


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to ride over to the other side of the park to ride the Storm Slides.


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I opted out of this. I was really just too tired. So I waited on the bleachers at the end of Humonga Kowabunga.



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DS tried this one and said he didn’t really like it. And after hearing all of the comments from people getting off this slide, I could see why. I heard some pretty funny comments. Everything from “atomic wedgie” to “water high colonic”. Apparently, the water really did a number on your bottom. There were several that tried it once and then left.

After that, DS really wanted to do Shark Reef. DH wasn’t really into it. He and DS did it in 2009 and he said the water was REALLY cold. But DS talked him into it, so he went.


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DD and I just watched from the overlook there by the pool. DD really thinks this is cool and loves to do it.
After that, we decided that to ride Crush n Gusher so we went over there. So in 2009, we all rode this was it was really fun. Even DD rode it multiple times. So DS and DH paired up and DD and I paired up.



So we get a tube and I walk all the way up four flights of stairs, sit down in the tube and then …. DD doesn’t want to go. She starts crying and saying she’s too scared. I was so surprised and a little frustrated. So we had to go back down. I just didn’t get it. She loved last time.

Anyway, I rode once with DS and after that DD and I just hung out in the pool while DH and DS rode a few more times.

While we were in the pool, DD scraped her nose on the bottom of the pool. She didn’t realize that it was getting shallower and she really got a good scrape on her nose. The lifeguard came to check on her, but I said she would be fine. He still came back after a few minutes to double check. At this point DD was done and so was I. So DH and DS rode one more time and then we left.
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Day 5 – Part Two

We got back to the resort and I started packing up our stuff since we were switching resorts the next day. DD asked me again when we were moving to Sara-topia and when I told her the next day, she was really excited. We were all looking forward to getting back to staying at a Disney hotel. We had dinner – just hot dogs at the resort – and headed out to Hollywood Studios about 6:00 PM.



When we got to the parking lot, the parking attendant was waving us to spaces waaaayyy out in the parking lot. And we were like – oh no – we KNOW there are empty spaces up close at 6:30 PM so we rebelled and drove up front and sure enough there were MANY empty spaces. So we parked right up front and were able to walk in instead of waiting for the tram. YES !!!

Entering the park.


Loved these topiaries.





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DD wanted to ride Star Wars first. So we got in line. It was only about 15 minutes to get in.




See how cloudy it is ?? We kept checking the radar and there was a storm cell nearby, but thankfully, it never rained – YAY !!









After that we rode the Great Movie ride. All of us really like this ride. We still had a little time, so DS hopped in the single rider line for Aerosmith





By that time it was about 20 minutes before Fantasmic, so we headed over to grab a seat. Wow, this area is so big !! We had never been back here before. As we were filing into the stadium, we were wondering how many people it holds. My BFF said she thought it was about 7,000. Anyway, there were a lot of people there.



Anyway, while we waited DH went and got us some drinks and DD some popcorn. She was very happy.



See her little nose ?? This what happened when she scraped it on the bottom of the Crush n Gusher pool at Typhoon Lagoon



While we were waiting, I noticed this large family in front of us. There was the parents and something like 5 or 6 kids. So the mother busts out this 2 gallon zip lock bag full of already cooked spaghetti. There was a separate bag of cheese as well that they passed around. Everyone had a paper plate and they all had dinner right there before the show. I could actually smell it and it really smelled good. Anyway, I thought it was so industrious and economical of them to do this.

Because there was that storm in the area and some lightening our show was delayed several minutes. Someone got the wave going in the crowd and the kids enjoyed doing that. And finally they cleared the show to start – YAY !!







We really enjoyed it especially DS who said it was the best one out of all the night shows at WDW. Personally, I still pick Wishes as my sentimental favorite but this one was different and entertaining. We made our way out of the park and headed back to the resort for our LAST night at Silver Lake !! YAY !! We were moving over to Sara-topia the next day !! I was so excited !! Oh, and we are back on the dining plan, so food porn will resume !!

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I remember going to Typhoon Lagoon as a teenager and loving the wave pool. As an adult, I'm sure it would freak me out more than anything! We always ended up with several scratches and scrapes from the rough bottom. Your poor DD and her nose!!! I bet that hurt.

We have seen Fantasmic on both of our recent trips and really enjoyed it. But you're right, Wishes has that nostalgia about it that nothing can compare to!
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:33 PM   #81
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I remember going to Typhoon Lagoon as a teenager and loving the wave pool. As an adult, I'm sure it would freak me out more than anything! We always ended up with several scratches and scrapes from the rough bottom. Your poor DD and her nose!!! I bet that hurt.

We have seen Fantasmic on both of our recent trips and really enjoyed it. But you're right, Wishes has that nostalgia about it that nothing can compare to!
That bottom is very rough and there were a lot people with scrapes. I bet first aid is busy around there. DD's nose is just now healing up. Just one little tiny scab left.

We loved Fantasmic, but Wishes is still tops in my book.
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At first I thought this might be my reference. With the garbage can.

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While I was watching, this older woman at the end of the slide got hit by an errant wave and it knocked her down and just moved her along and she took out about five other people. When she got up, she had this very bad scrape on her hip. It was very big and bleeding. I felt really bad for her because it looked like it hurt really bad. Some people helped her out of the pool and I assume she got some first aid.
DS tried this one and said he didn’t really like it. And after hearing all of the comments from people getting off this slide, I could see why. I heard some pretty funny comments. Everything from “atomic wedgie” to “water high colonic”. Apparently, the water really did a number on your bottom. There were several that tried it once and then left.

While we were in the pool, DD scraped her nose on the bottom of the pool. She didn’t realize that it was getting shallower and she really got a good scrape on her nose. The lifeguard came to check on her, but I said she would be fine. He still came back after a few minutes to double check. At this point DD was done and so was I. So DH and DS rode one more time and then we left.
Ouch and double ouch. They do make the bottom so you don't slip but if you get knocked down it hurts big time. As for the atomic wedgie you really have to "tighten up" when you go down or you will find yourself running to the bathroom.

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Wow, the bottom of the pool definitely left its mark! Your poor DD!
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I'm finally cought up. I'm glad you enjoyed the Halloween Party. It sounds like a great time.

I'm glad I did not take my kids to TL. The wave pool sounds scary to me and without my husband along, it really would have scared me to keep an eye on both kids. I'm sorry about your daughter's nose!

We went to BB on Friday that week after my parents had to go home, but I think we were all so tired at that point, we were only there 2 hours before going back to the pool at the CSR. DS would have stayed longer, but DD and I over-ruled him. I thought the wave pool there was rough on the bottom too although the waves sound much more managable.

We were at HS on Wed but did not stay for Fantasmic. I have not yet seen any sign of my group in your photos, but I am looking. I laughed out loud abou the lady with the spaghetti! It is very economical, but I cannot imagine doing that. I'm sure my bags would rupture in transport and make a tremendous mess.
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I'm finally cought up. I'm glad you enjoyed the Halloween Party. It sounds like a great time.

I'm glad I did not take my kids to TL. The wave pool sounds scary to me and without my husband along, it really would have scared me to keep an eye on both kids. I'm sorry about your daughter's nose!

We went to BB on Friday that week after my parents had to go home, but I think we were all so tired at that point, we were only there 2 hours before going back to the pool at the CSR. DS would have stayed longer, but DD and I over-ruled him. I thought the wave pool there was rough on the bottom too although the waves sound much more managable.

We were at HS on Wed but did not stay for Fantasmic. I have not yet seen any sign of my group in your photos, but I am looking. I laughed out loud abou the lady with the spaghetti! It is very economical, but I cannot imagine doing that. I'm sure my bags would rupture in transport and make a tremendous mess.

Halloween Party was awesome.

I would not let my kids in that wave pool alone and I am not the one to be there with them. I was surprised it was the Crush n Gusher pool that she got a scape in and not the wave pool.

I always try to get to a water park early in the trip or after a rest day. They can really wear you out. Especially BB. It has more stairs.

Keep looking for yourself. It seemed like we were at the same place at the same time often during this trip. You are bound to be in there somewhere My spaghetti bag would burst, too. That is just my luck as well.
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Day 6 – Part One

So THIS was our day to move over to Sara-topia or Saratoga Springs. DH was snoring and I woke up at about 5:30 AM and decided not to go back to sleep. Instead, I got up and packed up everything in sight. I was so ready to get out of this resort. About 7:00 AM, I woke up DH and asked him if he thought it was a good idea for me to go over to Saratoga Springs and check in while he got up and got everything ready.

He sighed tiredly and said OK. So off I went over to Saratoga Springs.

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So I make my way up to the desk to check in. The CM checking me in was very kind and he said that our room was ready – YAY !!! I was sooooo excited. This means we can get there even earlier than I expected. He showed us where we were located and he said it was a nice quiet area, but did I want him to look and see if there was a better room for us near Downtown Disney. I said yes, of course. Who doesn’t want a better room ??? He found one in Congress Park which I had read is a good area. And again, he said our room was ready. I was so happy. He gave me our keys and paperwork and then I headed back to Silver Lake to see if DH was up and getting things together.

On my way up to the room, I snagged a baggage trolley so we get everything in one trip …. Hopefully.
When I get in, the kids are still asleep and DH is laying in bed watching a movie.

Nooooooooooooooooo !!! This is NOT good. Once DH gets into a movie, he HAS to finish watching it. And it doesn’t matter if he has seen it before, once something is on, it is virtually impossible to move him without starting a fight. GAH !! So I started to get the kids up and pack up the refrigerator stuff and load the trolley. And this is something DH can’t stand because he thinks that everything needs to be loaded up just so. I told him to finish watching his stupid movie and let me do the work.
He went back into the bedroom muttering while I got everything together. After about 20-30 minutes, his movie was over and I quickly switched off the TV in case he got involved in another one. Seriously, he would sit there all day if I let him. He wanted to know what my hurry was. I just wanted to leave that place. And THEN to reiterate, the maintenance man wanted to come in and fix our phone. We told him it was working just fine and that we had unplugged it because we were tired of getting their annoying phone calls.

And finally at long last, we loaded up the car, checked out and left Silver Lake – forever.

Silver Lake pros and cons.

Pros – lots of space, quiet, friendly staff, the kids each had their own bed, comfy beds

Cons – old décor, nagging phone calls, old TVs with bad pictures, coffee pot that leaked an entire cup of water before being finished brewing the pot.

Seriously, it was OK – but it wasn’t Disney.

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Day 6 – Part Two

So finally, we made our way over to Saratoga Springs. We were all excited to see our room.









Elevator. DD said, look Mom even the elevator is better. Yes, yes it was.





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