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Old 11-23-2011, 09:07 AM   #1
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Following Dr. Seuss to BCV- a November 2011 TR Updates 6/11

Hi again! I'm back with another TR- this time our trip took place November 9-14th, 2011, we were staying in a 1 BDRM villa at BCV, and all five of us were going! That would be me, podsnel (Ellen), my DH, Pods (ok, his name is really Ken, but I've been calling him Pods since we met in college in 1980, because that's what we all called him, so there's no changing it NOW!! ), and our 3 handsome sons- Timmy, 12, Tyler, 14, and Sean, 17. Our oldest son, Sean, is autistic, and as of late has been having a bit of a tough time dealing with the world- largely due to the fact his meds are not really working for him anymore, and are currently being changed. Sooo...we had our work cut out for us on this vacation! But we had a wonderful time nonetheless! I hope you'll join me as I relive all the happy moments with you....



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Dr. Seuss is going to Disney, and so is Sean! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...86&postcount=3

BCV Villa #438 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=11

Beaches & Cream for dinner http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=39

BCV-BW-BCV-BW-BCV-BW-BCV http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...8&postcount=63 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...2&postcount=64

Kona Cafe Breakfast http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=89

MK http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=101 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=102 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=115

Stormalong Bay http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=131

Yachtsman Steakhouse http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=134 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=135

Riding Test Track with Mr. Giggles http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=173

Golf at the Mag http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=179

Festival of the Masters http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=191 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=192

What I did on my winter vacation- a mini TR about Iberostar Grand Paraiso http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=203 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=205 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=208 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=213 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=217


BCV & Captain's Grille http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=231 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=232

DISmeet & we're WALKIN"! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=240

ALOHA PTR What we're planning on Kauai http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=247 What we're planning when we stay at Aulani http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=248


Hollywood Brown Derby http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=263

Osbourne Lights http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=283

France http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=284

Osbourne in Action http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=295

Kouzzina & Animal Kingdom http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=298

Tennis and The Wave http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=311 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=313

MK EMH http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=328

50's PTC http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=334 http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=338

More DHS http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=360 http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=362

F&W Booths http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=373

New TR link- DISmoms 4- The Hunt for Jack Sparrow http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2930770


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Old 11-23-2011, 09:48 AM   #2
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Yay! Another TR by Ellen! Talk about good timing! I don't go online for a week and a half and I found it on my first day back from my own never-land. Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

Happy Thanksgiving Ellen and family!
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:00 AM   #3
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Dr Seuss is going to Disney, and so is Sean!

Prior to any trip, WDW or elsewhere, we have to prepare Sean for what's coming- so for a good month and a half, Sean reviewed a social story decribing exactly what to expect on our upcoming vacation. By November 8th, he was ready! ANd saying he was excited to go to WDW the next day.

On November 9th, not so much.

On the morning we were to leave, he was having a hard time thinking about leaving home...and with 11:45 am quickly approaching, we knew we had limited time to get him out the door and into the minivan my dear friend, Evie, was going to drive us in to the airport. Even though he was tantrumming like crazy (would have made any 2 year old proud!) we KNEW he loves WDW, and once we got him there, he would be a very happy young man. But change is tough for him, so going somewhere he doesn't go to everyday (although I'd REALLY like to work on making THAT happen for him! WDW everyday...) is a BIG change. After hours of pleading, begging and cajoling, as Evie pulled into our driveway, I grabbed the one thing i knew he would follow to the ends of the earth, no matter how scary it was for him- his GIANT Green Eggs and Ham book! I said, "Sean! If you want this book you'd better follow me, because Dr. Seuss is going to Disney!"

And Dr. Seuss and I marched out the door with Sean following close behind.

20 minutes later, we were being dropped off at Newark liberty Airport (yes, we do live that close to that part of NJ, and NO, my backyard does NOT overlook an oil refinery- we back up to acres of woods filled with deer and foxes and hawks and wild turkeys and...well, you get the idea. I just hate that everyone thinks my state is a cess pool and I like to take every opportunity I can to set the record straight that it is NOT! ). After a near disaster in the security line (where Sean was raising his hand to go to the bathroom, please) we were at the gate, waiting to board, us and a Dr. Seuss book of epic proportions-



Being that this was NJEA Teachers Convention week, flights are all filled and seats are hard to come by- as a matter of fact, even though I booked our flight 11 months prior (a 2:30 flight so they would only miss half a day of school), we had LOST OUR SEATS (thank-you Continental & United! ) and were subsequently switched to an earlier 1:30 flight with seats all over the plane- except for 2, which were next to each other, so I could sit with Sean. Where he promptly fell asleep about 10 minutes after boarding.



A couple of hours later, we were in MCO!!



Congratulations, Sean & Sam-I-Am!! YOU DID IT!!!!



The first thrill ride of the trip-







Soon it was time for for everyone's favorite bus ride-



NOOOOO!!!!! Not the icky yellow Mears bus!!!



Aaahhhhh...THAT's better!



MUCH better! First a stop ot PO-



And then a stop at-



Until we pulled into the BC! (Ahead of the YC- isn't that weird? But ya won't hear us complaining!) Check-in was easy....



And we were up to our villa in minutes...





Up next- our fantastic BCV villa and a Kitchen Sink!!




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I'm in for another great trip report. Happy Thanksgiving Ellen.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:33 AM   #5
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I always wondered what Pods real name was. Now I know. Of course, he will always be Pods to me!

I am so happy Sean wanted to go on this vacation, despite the pre departure temper tantrum. Thank goodness for a nice in flight nap!

I always love your monorail pics and it looks like you made it to BCV in great time. Hope you got a great room!

Can't wait to read more. Great family pic!
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Hi Ellen! So glad all 5 of you had such a great vacation. Thank goodness for Dr. Seuss, eh? Can't wait to read about your adventure and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Great family photo! Can't wait for the next update! Sounds like you had a great trip! We had a look around BCV in August... looked beautiful!
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BCV Villa #438

We were anxious to go up and check out our 1bdrm- when I booked it 11 months before, I had requested to be in the same location as we had just had that October- Villa 438 had a HUGE balcony overlooking the quiet pool as well as the excellent location of being across the hall from the ice and the trash & recycling. I believe the CM asked me if I wanted the same room- and I said, sure! It was great!

Well, I don't know what that CM put in the notes of room request...but once we were in the villa, and we all saw the view we had, it became clear- we had the EXACT SAME VILLA we had stayed in the year before! How amazing!! And how wonderful!! Welcome to BCV 1 bdrm villa #438-



Sean was comfortable RIGHT away, even though this was his first time here- all those 1 bdrm villas have such a similar layout throughout DVC that he feels (I'm guessing) right at home as soon as he steps in.





I raced around taking pics- I really should have turned on more lights or waited a bit for them to warm up, but my boys can create a disaster area in seconds, so my goal was to get the room pics taken as fast as possible before they messed the place up!









The bell hop had walked us up, bringing our OL with her-



I love that BCV villas have that little entry way when you come in- nice place to store the OL.













Actually, it was T&T who knew we had the same villa as the year before- I kept saying that was impossible, what were the odds? But I checked last year's TR, and yep! They were right!! The balcony view-







Sean came to check it out, too-



I think he liked the looks of that pool, and he was already planning the rest of his night....I had packed our swimsuits in our carryon in case we wanted to swim before the luggage arrived, but everyone was hungry, so we opted to go have dinner at B&C first instead. Up next!


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Yay! Another TR by Ellen! Talk about good timing! I don't go online for a week and a half and I found it on my first day back from my own never-land. Can't wait to hear about your adventures!

Happy Thanksgiving Ellen and family!
Oh, I am so glad you are happy about another Ellen TR! I hope I can continue to hold your interest!

And happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too!


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I always wondered what Pods real name was. Now I know. Of course, he will always be Pods to me!

I am so happy Sean wanted to go on this vacation, despite the pre departure temper tantrum. Thank goodness for a nice in flight name!

I always love your monorail pics and it looks like you made it to BCV in great time. Hope you got a great room!

Can't wait to read more. Great family pic!
Hi Mary Ellen!! WOW you found me fast!! Yes, Pods is a Ken- but I never, ever call him that- he is Pods to me.

We actually did make great time to BCV- I think we checked in right about 5... I love flying to Florida- it always amazes me how fast we can get to total ecstatic giddy happiness from here!


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Hi Ellen! So glad all 5 of you had such a great vacation. Thank goodness for Dr. Seuss, eh? Can't wait to read about your adventure and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
Hi Lisa!! Yes- thank goodness for Dr Seuss. He loves many, many Seuss books, but I think Green Eggs & Ham is his favorite- he used to read it to himself in his crib when he was 2. Thanks so much for joining me AGAIN and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

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Great family photo! Can't wait for the next update! Sounds like you had a great trip! We had a look around BCV in August... looked beautiful!
Hi Meggiebeth! Thank-you for liking our photo! We did have a great trip- we came home a little drained, but still were so happy Sean enjoyed himself- BCV IS beautiful- prior to our DVC purchase we always stayed at the BC- originally we bought at AKV, but within a year I was in a panic over getting shut out of BCV with our AK points, so we added on. We LOVE BCV!! Thanks so much for posting!

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20 minutes later, we were being dropped off at Newark liberty Airport (yes, we do live that close to that part of NJ, and NO, my backyard does NOT overlook an oil refinery- we back up to acres of woods filled with deer and foxes and hawks and wild turkeys and...well, you get the idea. I just hate that everyone thinks my state is a cess pool and I like to take every opportunity I can to set the record straight that it is NOT! ).
You think you have it bad? Try being from Mississippi and live with how most of the country thinks about those from the Magnolia State! Gotta go now. The squirrel is getting tired running on the track to power my puter and DS wants to borrow the shoes to go to the store!
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Ellen -

You are an updating fool today. I absolutely love that view of the quiet pool! I think I like it better than the view from the opposite side of the building. What a lovely evening.

Love the 1BR. Isn't it something how the 1BR & 2BR can really spoil you? I am going to have to get used to that OKW studio really fast for December.

I once had the same room at Pop Century twice. So, it CAN happen!

Sean really does look right at home!
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