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Old 06-02-2012, 09:13 AM   #241
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After dinner at the Garden Grove we decided to take a stroll around the Swan and Dolphin and check out their main pool. We always say we are going to stay at one of these resorts since I can get the Teacher/School employee discount they offer, but we just never seem to do it.

The main pool is over on the Dolphin side, so we headed that way.





DS10 found a soccer ball and net in the sand, so he kicked the ball around a bit!



And pretty soon we had made our way to the pool! Which was nearly empty.





Look at my little pool hopper!!









It started to sprinkle a little when we were there but luckily it didn't break out into a full rain. We didn't have any umbrellas or ponchos with us!

Next we headed back towards the Swan and then the Boardwalk.
















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Old 06-02-2012, 09:16 AM   #242
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Continued.....


We hung on out the BW for quite awhile. We love the gift shop there, so we went in there and looked around for awhile too. Eventually we headed back over to the BC side of the lake.





















We looked up and decided that the balcony there on the top right was ours.





We spent a little more time on the beach, then went in a had a look around the BC gift shop and then went up to the room and called it a night. I was so exhausted from having so little sleep the prior two nights and we had to get up bright & early the next day for our off-site trip. We were so excited to surprise DS10 with this little trip!!











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Old 06-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #243
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I just love the Epcot resort area, it's so pretty!

Looking forward to the next update and the big reveal
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:34 PM   #244
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Gorgeous pictures from the Boardwalk/BC area! Just GORGEOUS! If there is anything prettier than that area at sunset, I don't know what it is!

Great picture of you and DH on the park bench. That should be framed!
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Awesome pictures! I just love the BW area...especially at that time of day/night!

I am so excited for you to stay at the GF AND the Poly on your next trip! I have become obsessed at looking at pictures of the Poly! I just want to be able to be familiar with it so that I know all of the different things the resort has to offer. August 28th can't come soon enough!
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Love the picture of DS 13 perched atop the piling.

I can not believe I am going to miss you in Dec by just a week !

Good luck with you flights I think you should be good since your dates are not that close to Xmas. I am a little jealous that you will see the Tree on Main St and the garland at MK. Oh well my air is bought so no changeing dates now.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:23 PM   #247
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Oh. My. GOSH.

You tell that boy of yours that there will be NO POOL HOPPING allowed!


That pool looks wonderfull!! So clean and calm and relaxing. What a difference, huh?

I think you should sincerely think about staying there. Just not in December.

Looks like you had a wonderfully relaxing night- the scenery and sunset were so beautiful!



Oh yeah so I've been thinking. Which leads to trouble most times, but I've been thinking nonetheless, that you need to change that ticker for the GF to saying that it's "x months and days until THE WORST, MOST TERRIBLE VACATION EVER".
That way you will ensure it is spectacular.

Credit to Teri for thinking it!!!
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I just love the Epcot resort area, it's so pretty!

Looking forward to the next update and the big reveal

It really is a pretty area. We had a nice evening.

Day 3 is coming up tomorrow!


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Gorgeous pictures from the Boardwalk/BC area! Just GORGEOUS! If there is anything prettier than that area at sunset, I don't know what it is!

Great picture of you and DH on the park bench. That should be framed!
It was a beautiful night. I thought for sure we were going to get rained on after dinner, but it ended up to be so nice. And cooler!

Thank you! Sometimes DS surprises us and snaps a good pic of us!


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Awesome pictures! I just love the BW area...especially at that time of day/night!

I am so excited for you to stay at the GF AND the Poly on your next trip! I have become obsessed at looking at pictures of the Poly! I just want to be able to be familiar with it so that I know all of the different things the resort has to offer. August 28th can't come soon enough!
We really lucked into being there at the right time of day and getting some good pics!

Remember there are A LOT of Poly pics in my TR from last year! I bet you are so excited!!
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:38 PM   #249
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Love the picture of DS 13 perched atop the piling.

I can not believe I am going to miss you in Dec by just a week !

Good luck with you flights I think you should be good since your dates are not that close to Xmas. I am a little jealous that you will see the Tree on Main St and the garland at MK. Oh well my air is bought so no changeing dates now.
Thanks! I'm not sure what he was doing up there, but I thought I should take his pic!

I know. So close!!

I sure hope we get decent airfare. I think you will be able to see all those things on your trip. They were all up on our November trips.


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Oh. My. GOSH.

You tell that boy of yours that there will be NO POOL HOPPING allowed!


That pool looks wonderfull!! So clean and calm and relaxing. What a difference, huh?

I think you should sincerely think about staying there. Just not in December.

Looks like you had a wonderfully relaxing night- the scenery and sunset were so beautiful!



Oh yeah so I've been thinking. Which leads to trouble most times, but I've been thinking nonetheless, that you need to change that ticker for the GF to saying that it's "x months and days until THE WORST, MOST TERRIBLE VACATION EVER".
That way you will ensure it is spectacular.

Credit to Teri for thinking it!!!


No pool hopping!!

That pool did look wonderful. Very serene. Very relaxing. A nice welcome change from SAB. I had heard that the Swan/Dolphin pool water was always cold, so that's why DS was testing the water. He said it was warm, so I stuck my hand in and it was!

We really should consider staying there. But you are right -- not in December! Maybe 2014. You know 2013 is DisneyLAND or bust!!!!!!!!!!


Well that would make for one heck of a ticker, wouldn't it??? I bet no one else has even had one like that before.
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Breaking news!!

SW and AT released their rates through Jan 4th this morning! AND -- I was able to get a 7:00am flight down with SW for $114 each! Yes, I do realize how sad it is to be so excited about paying $114 per person for a flight down, when only a few years ago we were paying $89 pp tops! But, it is what it is and I'm just happy to have a morning flight this time.

As for the way back -- SW has nothing good. Only 2 non-stops and they are 10:45am or 7:30pm. Neither are great options and they are both $158 each. AT has several non-stop flights back for $138. Not great, but I guess that is what I am going to have to take. Still thinking about that one though......
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good for you!! Hope you get the return you want!!
We are still waiting to see some drop in price.
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Beautiful sunset pictures, Shelly!

Hooray for a morning flight down next time!
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:01 AM   #253
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Hey Shelly, we're back from our trip and I'm all caught up again. I'm pretty picky about buffets but the Garden Grove looks like it was well maintained and clean. I really enjoyed all of your pictures from your evening stroll.

Oh and I almost forgot...congrats on booking another trip! I know that you and Jo are super excited to be gonig at the same time.
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good for you!! Hope you get the return you want!!
We are still waiting to see some drop in price.
Thanks Shawna!! I need to just book that flight back. In recent years our flight prices do nothing but go up from release day.

Hope you get a great price!!


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Beautiful sunset pictures, Shelly!

Hooray for a morning flight down next time!
Thanks Kathy, glad you enjoyed the pics!

I am beyond thrilled with a 7am flight down!!


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Hey Shelly, we're back from our trip and I'm all caught up again. I'm pretty picky about buffets but the Garden Grove looks like it was well maintained and clean. I really enjoyed all of your pictures from your evening stroll.

Oh and I almost forgot...congrats on booking another trip! I know that you and Jo are super excited to be gonig at the same time.
Welcome back Lisa!! I was just thinking about you yesterday and wondering when you were getting back. How was it??? Was CBR as fabulous as always? How was the cruise? Did you love it? Did you stay at POR too? How was that? Come on, we want details!!!

The Garden Grove is very nice. I highly recommend it to anyone not on the DDP who wants to try something different.

Glad you are enjoying the pics.

Yes, Jodi and I are VERY excited about this upcoming trip!! She just might have gotten an awesome deal on airfare this morning herself!! But I'll let her tell you guys all about it!
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Sheesh. Can't a girl get her work out on?

Between the flights and texts and hysteria that is "us", I'm gonna gain a ton!

Which means more shopping.

Which means I'm happy.

Okay I'm good with that, carry on.




Congrats on your flight down so early in the morning! I'll be waiting at check in for you, at about, oh..... 10 am!!!!!


As for me--- I got round trip for the 5 of us for a grand total of... $1093! That's flying AT and choosing seats for the Red Head and the Master of Ceremonies, AKA...Mark. Us minions shall choose a seat at a later date.


All in all I am very happy b/c I was sure that we'd be paying around $1500.

Good luck to anyone trying to get their flights today!
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