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Old 02-23-2012, 04:20 PM   #106
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LOVE the castle meal pics! I really have to get back there once Lily is old enough! And i LOVEEEEE Bills hat!
We enjoyed CRT and will probably do it again one day.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:56 PM   #107
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Tracy’s Birthday Extravaganza!! Part 1

Bill was ready to go, he wanted to get to the Grand Floridian. We were doing some things there and spending the night for my birthday. Again, I thought this was crazy, but he loves me and wanted to do this so I kept my mouth shut about how much money it was and just went with it. I packed an overnight bag, we were not checking out of Pop, we were just not staying there that night.

Here is Lady in the day time, isn’t she beautiful:



Bill really was happy that day, you really can’t tell it by this picture though:



I am not sure how we got to GF, I know we took the monorail from somewhere, just not sure if we went to Epcot or MK LOL. Here is the gorgeous tree:



We had a lot of things on the agenda today, first off getting Bill’s haircut, he couldn’t take it anymore. So we had an appointment for him the Grand Floridian Salon. I can’t recall the young woman’s name but she was fast, efficient, and very nice. After the haircut we went downstairs to check in at the Garden View Lounge for Afternoon Tea. We waited in the lobby just people watching, this place is just so amazing. I could take a million pictures.









Our buzzer went off and we were seated for tea. The Lounge is very small and there was no way for me to sit next to Bill but we dealt with it. It was noted on the reservation that it was my birthday, so the server gave me a pink rose:



A close up of the china pattern, so pretty:



We both got the Buckingham Palace - traditional tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts complemented by fresh strawberries and cream, or a selection of freshly baked pastries, along with your choice of tea. Bill got soda though.

Tea sandwiches:



My tea:



Jam Tart:



I picked pastries:



Bill picked the Strawberries and Cream:



We enjoyed our time there, but don’t think we would do it again anytime soon. We went to check in for the night and the cast member was so friendly. All the GF cast members are fantastic. We couldn’t walk 10 feet without one of them welcoming us there and asking us if we were having a good day. Bill joked that he could get really used to this.

The check in CM gave me a birthday button and it was noted we were celebrating our 7th anniversary as well. She said the room wasn’t ready but to hold on a minute she was going to call someone, after she got off the phone she said she got us a room that was ready and handed us our keys to the world cards and a map as to where the room was. We were in Boca Chica room 8101:



Before the trip I had been reading up on the GF, I knew that garden rooms were in Boca but I also knew there were other room types there as well. I wasn’t going to get my hopes up, I was just happy to be there. After we walked out the back I turned around and took a picture:



You have to walk past the pool to go to our room:





A nice sitting area in our building:



Some pictures of the room:









Continued in next installment Tracy's Birthday Extravaganza Part 2

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Old 02-23-2012, 05:02 PM   #108
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Tracy’s Birthday Extravaganza part 2

When we had walked down the hall I had seen which side the room was on and my heart was beating really fast, this is the view we had:



That picture was a little hard to see, let’s zoom in some:



O
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YES!!! YES!!! That is Magic Kingdom ladies and gentleman. I about had a heart attack, we had a huge balcony and we were both so happy. We paid 40% off a garden view room, I think we got an upgrade don’t you?



Looking left:



Looking right, we could see the Poly:



We could also see the Contemporary:



Close up:



Bill was happy with the room assignment (see the haircut):



Bill wanted to lay down for a bit before we needed to change for dinner and there was a knock at the door, it was a CM wanting to do turn down service. I told him we didn’t need it, then he gave me chocolates:



It was fantastic being able to lay on the bed and see the Magic Kingdom, we could hear the train whistle and watched monorails go by. It was fantastic!! Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner. We went back towards the main building and again I had to take pictures:







We were having an “Intimate dining experience”, a private dinner on the 3rd floor at the Grand Floridian. For those of you who didn’t read my PTR, Bill had enlisted Toni, then KathyRN137’s help in booking this as a surprise for me, then he needed to talk to me about the menu so he told me all about it, we are horrible at keeping secrets from each other anyway. He also got information from Lurkyloo's Disney Travel Babble Blog.

To book this you have to talk to Pat at the Grand Floridian private dining number than you do a lot of emailing back and forth. We were to wait in the lobby area by the piano for our private butler to come get us. There was a real snobby family sitting close to us, the kind that just look down their noses at people. The woman just kept staring at Bill and I was about to say something to her when our butler arrived, he said “Mr. and Mrs. K” and her mouth about hit the floor. I smiled and said yes and we followed him to the concierge elevator.

The butler’s name was Jack and he was from the Bronx, he was FANTASTIC!! I only got one blurry picture of him and am kicking myself:



He let us know that even though Pat had told us that we would be eating inside he had decided that it was warm enough and moved our table outside. We were thrilled. As we sat down, I asked that we moved the table a little so that Bill would be next to me so I could help him with his food, cutting it etc. Jack said I would be doing none of that he would take care of all of it. I noticed this on the table:



It is a Jim Shore figurine, Bill sent it to the GF to surprise me. Oh how I love that man!! Of course I cried, he always makes me cry.

The night was perfect, there was a full moon, they were playing Tangled at the pool and we could hear the music from it, and we could see the Poly on the right:



Looking toward the pool:



The balcony:



I think Bill was happy:



He had shrimp cocktail and I had a salad for an appetizer. Jack cut up Bill’s shrimp for him. It was great just being the girlfriend for a night.

We both had New York Strip steak and since Jack took care of Bill I got to eat my steak hot, YAY!!:



As we were having dinner the Electrical Water Pageant came by (sorry the pictures are blurry):





Bill and I had decided to get two things for dessert we were sharing:

Slipper:



And a mini cake:



Jack took a picture of us:



Continued in next installment… Tracy's Birthday Extravaganza Part 3

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Old 02-23-2012, 05:04 PM   #109
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Tracy’s Birthday Extravaganza part 3

Part of our dining experience included getting to see the fireworks. It was a MVMCP night so we got to see Holiday Wishes from the balcony:















Pictures cannot show you how spectacular this was, it was breathtaking and we weren’t fighting people on Main Street to see it, it was just us, watching it together. It was truly magical. Then Bill was smiling and pointed behind me. We could see the high fireworks from Illuminations behind the Polynesian too. Warning, horrible picture coming:



The fireworks from all directions were finally over and it was time to leave our private balcony. I was so happy Bill had talked me into staying here for the night, could you imagine the let down having to take a bus back to Pop after this delightful night? Jack went to open the door for Bill then asked him to wait a minute, he bent down and hugged Bill and I almost started crying. He said he was honored to meet us and really enjoyed taking care of us. Throughout the night we had talked to him about Disney, his job, etc. He was an amazing man and an outstanding cast member. He hugged me too. He made the night even better. We got in the elevator and I had to take pictures, it isn’t like I would be using the concierge elevator ever:





He told us goodnight and we headed straight for the lobby desk, I asked for a compliment card and wrote a book about how fantastic Jack was, that we wished we could take him home with us. I hope his manager got to see it, he was a wonderful person.

We went to go out the back door and I had to take pictures of the floor:









Hidden Mickey’s on the way to our room:





Goodnight Magic Kingdom:



It was the BEST.DISNEY.DAY.EVER!!

Next installment… Epcot again?

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Old 02-23-2012, 05:40 PM   #110
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Oh my Gosh!!! What an amazing birthday dinner!!! I do hate when people look down their noses at you... part of the reason I live WDW! We only had 1 person look down on us, and it was too in the GF. I am so glad that they got to see Jack take you off to your private dinner!!!

It was great that it was warm enough to eat outside. That had to have made the whole experience better... And all the help with cutting food! That Jack would be a keeper! But than again I think Bill is the real keeper here!
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:59 PM   #111
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WOW!!! What an amazing birthday! Bill is a gem!!! I got teary eyed when I read about yout dinner!!!! A truly magical experience!!!!!
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:43 PM   #112
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I'm sitting here with tears. lol.

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Wow! What an amazing night! I didn't know you could do something like at the GF. Do you have to be staying there?
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:01 PM   #114
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Well you made me cry. That is just so awesome! Truly the perfect Disney dinner. You really are quite lucky to have such a thoughtful man.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:30 PM   #115
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Oh, WOW!!! What a wonderful birthday!!!! Room upgrade, wonderful dinner experience, and such a great time to spend together.
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What an amazing night plus an amazing upgrade of your room! I also really like the picture of you and Bill at dinner. You are truly one lucky lady! Can't wait to read more.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:34 PM   #117
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Oh, Tracy, like everyone else, I am sitting here just bawling at your wonderful surprise dinner. Bill is such a sweetheart to have planned it for you, and it makes me so happy that you got to enjoy every minute of it thanks to Jack. A belated happy happy happy anniversary to you both!
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Wow!! Talk about making magical memories! What an awesome birthday surprise. Just over the top. The view from your room, the butler, and fireworks from the balconey. You must have felt like a disney princess! So glad you had such a wonderful birhday. Can't wait to read more about you trip. Thanks for sharing with all of us.
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Wow! That dinner experience looks amazing!
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