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Old 12-29-2011, 10:30 AM   #16
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My Christmas Miracle

CRO released a lot of new rooms for the AP discount. And one of them was CR Garden Wing, Standard View. My personal holy of holies. The room that I have been trying to get for five long years. And there it was – on the website. And I had the money (for a change) to actually book it.

So what could I do? I didn’t even hesitate – after my excited heaves wore off – I clicked on BOOK NOW and finally got the room that I have been wanting! Total, $691.00 with discount.

I hope I like it – five years is a long time to wait for one measly room – but if I don’t at least I can cross CR off my list, right?
You WILL like it!!!
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:26 PM   #17
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NYE Venue

I was having trouble picking my NYE venue as well.

My choices were Atlantic Dance Hall (75.00 VIP ticket)
Narcoosees (149.00 dinner and fireworks)
Citywalk (139.00 strolling buffet and 7 dance halls)

In the end I picked Atlantic Dance for closeness and price. I scored a regular ticket but wanted a VIP ticket which were not available when I called.

So the only thing I had left to do was to call on December 28th to find out if a VIP ticket had popped up for Atlantic Dance Hall. Guaranteed fireworks viewing! The regular admission ticket has no coffee, desserts or fireworks. I can take a cab from AsSpo after I check in and take a smallish nap, and have a great NYE party. Or, I can go to MK first and try to get in… I might be able to, but there is only small chance. I’d rather have a VIP ticket in hand when turned away from MK for NYE, KWIM?

So my schedule is:

Check into AsSpo. Nap if I can’t get into MK. If no MK then head to Atlantic Dance via cab at 9:00 pm. Or maybe 10pm. Depending.

Celebrate NYE with fireworks of some sort. Go back to AsSpo and sleep.

Jan 1st 2012. Find out if I can get the Lions Packers game on my in room tv at AsSpo. If not, head out to ESPN Club for kickoff at 1:00 pm New Year’s Day. I shouldn’t have trouble getting a seat lol.

Watch my beloved Lions team get stomped by Green Bay, head out to AsSpo for another nap and a chicken Caesar salad for dinner. Go to MK that night for my rides and such.

Jan 2nd. Wait for a text message from The Hodge for a mini DIS meet. Plan is to meet up sometime on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th to ride the TTA and get a Dole whip. I am very much looking forward to it – he’s a Colts fan. And the Lions have a great record this year. And the Colts don’t. A Lions fan very rarely gets a chance to gloat.

So on the second I will head out to EPCOT in the am. Plan there is to ride Spaceship Earth and get a ham and cheese croissant in France for lunch. Unless I can do a walk up somewhere. Ooh! Or I can eat at the Garden place thingy in the Land. It’s very very good and I love the food there.

One day I will go to AKL and ride Kali. My thought is that if I can ride Kali then I can ride Splash. We shall see. If I can ride Splash then I can ride BTMRR.

The last plan I have is on the morning of the 5th. I will check out of CR (YEAH!) and go to GF Café for the Grand Floridian Burger. It has lobster, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce on it and I want to try it someday. Then it’s time to head back to CR (YEAH!) on the monorail (YEAH!) to gather my bags and meet Magical Express at 2:00 pm.

And that’s it, really. One of the days I will go in the hot tub somewhere, and if warm enough I will swim. I will take naps. I will NOT eat brownies for lunch. I will try harder to find good coffee, and I will not overload myself on Starbucks via.

And hopefully I can stop myself from packing my new espresso machine (the product of another fight with DH and a gift from him) in my checked baggage. Although how awesome would it be to have my espresso machine with me at AsSpo?
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:39 PM   #18
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You WILL like it!!!
I hope so. Now I want to switch back to POFQ.

The money I would save would be nice...

And I might get lucky again for our next trip.

Besides, for some reason I want to stay at POFQ. And I really don't know why?
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:27 PM   #19
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Last post before the trip!

Well so I did call yesterday to put in my room requests for AsSpo and CR, and checked on that VIP ticket. And I got it so no trying to get into a closed to capacity park!

So I’m pretty happy about that for sure. Coffee, desserts, and guaranteed fireworks viewing.

And I decided to give up on packing the espresso machine. It won’t fit into my carry on so I would have to pay $50 to check a bag just so I could have espresso. Not a smart move overall. So I bought an electric kettle thingy that’s small enough for my carry on, and was round to enough to pack with some clothes ( for no wasted space) That and my Starbucks Mocha Via packets will keep me very happy at AsSpo.

So my packing list is:

eBags packing cubes for my clothes.

Camcorder (Had to order a new cord for it since I’ve lost mine again) for recording Osbourne Lights!

Camera – the good one this time. I want to take lots of crowd pics and pics of CR.

Underwear. I still haven’t gotten over forgetting my undies on that long trip of mine.

Packable down coat for when it gets cold on my trip

One bathing suit and one coverup. For the hot tub.

Laptop, Kindle Fire, and a nice pair of shoes for the NYE dance. Crocs of course, my dress Crocs. They are very cute, super comfortable, and will go with my NYE outfit.

And for the ultimate packer – I am wearing my bulkiest clothes on the plane. Including my bulkiest shoes.

I sure hope that kettle thing makes it through bag check!

And that's it folks! I'm ready to go on my trip now. I know I'll have a ton of fun and have a nice relaxing time.

I'll post live updates from my trip!
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:15 AM   #20
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Oh Karen So glad you kept CR and you did an awesome job packing IMO

Have a safe trip, looking forward to the live update, and


Happy New Year!!!!
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