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Old 03-27-2012, 05:35 PM   #31
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Thanks for the info on ME! We always use a town car & get to the resort about an hour after landing, even with collecting our own luggage. We usually travel in Sept, May or Dec. One of my DH's favorite things is seeing how fast we make it to the resort. So I don't know if I can convince him to take ME if it means an extra hour getting there.
Getting there an hour earlier is hard to argue with, but I like taking ME because it gives me a peak at the other resorts. I love being the last stop because it means I get to drive up to more resorts.

I try to find excuses to visit the other resorts whenever possible, just to peak at the other theming.

I'm guessing your husband may not be sold by this though, since not all people are as curious (nosey) as me.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:58 PM   #33
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Checking In and Settling In

Once Stuart made sure we were in the hands of the CL team, he was off and we were seated at one of the CL desks to check in.

The CL staff member who checked us in was very thorough. She went through every detail and made sure we understood all the benefits such as when the lounge would be open etc. She also stressed that although the lounge would be closed from 4-5 for cleaning, we shouldn’t hesitate to ask for anything such as beer or wine.

When we went to check out what kind of pop was in the fridge, I looked over my husband’s shoulder and said “do they have Coke Zero” and my husband said “no, just diet and regular Coke.” Within about 90 seconds there was a cast member bringing us four bottles of Coke Zero for us to take to our room. We weren’t complaining about the pop selection or even asking for Coke Zero, but as soon as they heard we wanted some, they immediately brought us some. Such good service!

Off to the room… Our room was amazing, but it was a bit of a hike from the lounge. Nothing for us to complain about but I could see how some others might think it was a long walk.

We were in room 5222 which was great for me because I’m not always good with remembering numbers (or names, which is why I don’t remember the name of the woman that checked us in, or the name of the man that brought us the Coke Zero.)

The room was beautiful!

I do have one negative thing to report about the room, so I’m going to get it out of the way quickly and then get back to the positive. When we arrived we realized the fridge wasn’t working. It was warm. We did notify the person at the CL desk who said they would get it fixed. It did seem a bit colder later in the day, but then it returned back to its room temperature state and never did work for us during our stay. Not a problem for us, but it could be a big problem for someone else.

Back to the beautiful room… Here are a couple of pictures of the bathroom area. I love the décor, such as the shower curtain. All of it was pure Disney with various Mickey shapes, but in a grown up way.







There was plenty of storage with four wide drawers in the high dresser, and four narrow drawers in the cabinet under the TV.






If that isn’t enough storage for you, you could always remove the phone book from the cabinet between the beds (and give it to another guest who is wandering the halls looking for phone books) and use the bedside cabinet for storage.




My husband also liked that there was a small shelf on the other side of the bed to hold his iPod etc.

My favourite piece of furniture was this chair and ottoman.




It was such a comfortable place to sit. I could have spent many an hour in that chair. It was a great spot to do some knitting.

Among other things, I like to knit (a lot). I wasn’t planning on knitting at Disney, but when my friend/enabler asked what I would be working on at Disney I realized I better come up with something. So, I decided to work on a blanket made from little squares of leftover sock yarn. Here is what I accomplished while at the Yacht Club (often while sitting in the red chair.)




Here is how much I have done now.




Ok, enough of the knitting. If you are a knitter you can follow the progress of my blanket on my blog at www.janetmakesthings.blogspot.com. If you are not a knitter you can give a sigh of relief that I am getting back to my trip report.

Last but not least for the room report is the view. We had reserved a Standard View room and my only request was to have a balcony with a nice view. When we stood on our balcony this is what we saw.




I was a bit underwhelmed but my husband thought it was a nice view. I think I was underwhelmed because it was quite overcast, so everything was a bit dull and on our last trip we were at the CR overlooking the Magic Kingdom (hard to top that.) I did grow to like the view over the course of the week, and will post other view pictures in future posts.

Note to Dee – don’t take this view picture for your collection. Wait a few days and I’ll post some better shots.

Well that is enough prattling on for one day. Next up, Epcot.
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Thanks Janet for the pics. I enjoyed them! You got a great view for standard...I have seen some pictures of lousy lousy views and this was actually pretty decent! I think the diff between standard and garden is minimal so next time try garden - I know the water view rate is a big leap though!
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Thanks Janet for the pics. I enjoyed them! You got a great view for standard...I have seen some pictures of lousy lousy views and this was actually pretty decent! I think the diff between standard and garden is minimal so next time try garden - I know the water view rate is a big leap though!
Happy to hear you are enjoying the report.

I originally booked Garden View, but when the discount came out it wasn't available with the GV, so we switched to Standard. In the end I loved the view and I'm sure it was as good or better than many of the GV rooms. Someday I'd love a Water View room, but will likely not ever pay the price difference for it, since we are also happy without the view of some water.
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That's awesome about the Coke Zero. My wife and I enjoy that more than Diet Coke also so I will be sure to "complain" like you did if they don't have it. Also, I like the view. We're going to be in a standard view when we go also so I hope my view is as good as yours. I keep hearing about views of parking lots and roofs and stuff and I'm just rooting for something, anything at all.

Sounds like it's going to be a great trip. I can't wait for Epcot!
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beautiful room pictures - just don't understand why they drop at the mods first and then the deluxes - seems to happen every time and just doesn't make sense.
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Hi there! I love your trip report so far... it's my ideal -- Disney with some home reno mixed in! Love it!
Oh my, that limo incident would have sent me into a tizzy. Thank goodness it worked out for you so quickly.

Looking forward to reading more.


p.s. I think your pics are great so far!
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That's awesome about the Coke Zero. My wife and I enjoy that more than Diet Coke also so I will be sure to "complain" like you did if they don't have it. Also, I like the view. We're going to be in a standard view when we go also so I hope my view is as good as yours. I keep hearing about views of parking lots and roofs and stuff and I'm just rooting for something, anything at all.

Sounds like it's going to be a great trip. I can't wait for Epcot!
I think people just want perfection in their views. I'll get into more detail in another report but we has a view of a parking lot and a roof, but if we looked straight out it was beautiful.

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beautiful room pictures - just don't understand why they drop at the mods first and then the deluxes - seems to happen every time and just doesn't make sense.
I think it is a way of showing the Deluxe guests just how much better there hotel entrance is. (just kidding)
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Hi there! I love your trip report so far... it's my ideal -- Disney with some home reno mixed in! Love it!
Oh my, that limo incident would have sent me into a tizzy. Thank goodness it worked out for you so quickly.

Looking forward to reading more.


p.s. I think your pics are great so far!
Thank you for complimenting my pictures. I have a good eye for composing pictures (some days) but I don't operate my camera as well as I would like. There are so many inspiring Dis photographers around these boards that I always wish my pictures were a better quality. I have come to the realization that I have too many hobbies already and I should let the photography aspirations go for now, because like all things in life learning to take a good picture takes some experimentation and practice.

Okay, enough of me moaning and groaning about my photography skills. For future posts I promise to include many pictures - both good quality and mediocre quality.
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Normally (I love that I have been to Disney enough times to be able to use the word “normally” here), I like to write my trip reports in chronological order, but today I am going to jump ahead to a moment in the Japan pavilion.

Japan has the best store in Epcot. I’m amazed at how big it is and by the variety of things they sell. My boys aren’t big shoppers but they were both up for spending time in this store when I told them they could find Miyazaki merchandise.

As a family, we like Japanese anime and my husband’s favourite amine artist is Hayao Miyazaki. The reason I write about this today is that this morning we treated ourselves to a big screening viewing of Howl’s Moving Castle at the TIFF Lightbox Theatre.

TIFF is the Toronto International Film Festival. When the festival first began it was a simple 10-day local event. Now it is recognized internationally and has become a massive organization. The celebrities flock to our fair city each September and it is all everyone talks about. Throughout the rest of the year TIFF run other more specialized festivals and events. Something this major needed more office and theatre space and so the Reitman family (as in Ivan and Jason Reitman) donated a prime piece of land downtown and built a beautiful new facility – The TIFF Lightbox Theatre.

The theatre is gorgeous and it was a great place to see the movie, which was part of a tribute to the films of Studio Ghibli.




Back to Disney… At the Japan store they had some great Miyazaki merchandise. We would have loved to buy one of these paintings of the anime cells, but at more than $700 they were out of our budget.




My husband did buy a book on the artwork of Howl’s Moving Castle and a deck of cards from Princess Mononoke. The cards are beautiful with a different image on every card. The book is also beautiful but likely much cheaper from Amazon. Doesn’t matter though, it is a great souvenir.





The Japan store also has many other interesting items for sale.




Well that is enough prattling on for one day. Next up, back to Epcot.
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I was just researching Japan because we want to do the Pick-a-Pearl and I'm trying to find pictures of the settings. When I started to read your post, I got excited, but quickly realized, your Japan shopping was very different.

Love the cellulite waist and the detox stuff. LOL
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I was just researching Japan because we want to do the Pick-a-Pearl and I'm trying to find pictures of the settings. When I started to read your post, I got excited, but quickly realized, your Japan shopping was very different.

Love the cellulite waist and the detox stuff. LOL
It was so crowded when we were there that I didn't get too close to the pick a pearl settings. There were a couple of drum celebrations when we were there though.

There is also a pick a pearl at the YC, on the walkway between SAB and the beach. It had some nice settings there, but I didn't get any pictures to show you.
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Janet, thanks for posting about the Ghibli stuff! DD is going to be in heaven in that store. I'm just thinking about how much money she needs to bring!!
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