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Old 09-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #316
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"Family Time" mostly consists of hanging out, talking, and just being together. We do a lot of eating, too.


That's the way we are, too. Mostly. My SIL (brother's wife) and her daughter get antsy and have to to "go and do" a lot more than the rest of us; sometimes some of us go with them and sometimes we don't.

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I had (3) room requests noted on our reservation to go along with our king bed booking category:
1) Quiet Location
2) Top Floor
3) River View

Guess what? WE GOT THEM ALL!
And a corner unit to boot? I was thinking that POFQ would be a great choice for someone who is on crutches or a wheel chair -- top floor, not so much. Do they have elevators? We've been there but not stayed there.

I think the Port Orleans resorts are both beautiful, but I've often wondered whether I'd like the rooms. I think we're too spoiled by condos, but if hubby and I are ever down there with just one or two kids, we're totally going to try one of them out, and your "wants" list is the same as mine! I'd put River View second, though. Plus I'd love to get a corner unit, of course, but didn't plan on listing that when I've already got three requests going.
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I love the way your husband's family is close to you. I love my in-laws and they are wonderful.

I love that you got all of your requests!! That's awesome. I don't have any requests. LOL!

Can't wait to read more!!
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:45 AM   #318
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That's the way we are, too. Mostly. My SIL (brother's wife) and her daughter get antsy and have to to "go and do" a lot more than the rest of us; sometimes some of us go with them and sometimes we don't.

And a corner unit to boot? I was thinking that POFQ would be a great choice for someone who is on crutches or a wheel chair -- top floor, not so much. Do they have elevators? We've been there but not stayed there.

I think the Port Orleans resorts are both beautiful, but I've often wondered whether I'd like the rooms. I think we're too spoiled by condos, but if hubby and I are ever down there with just one or two kids, we're totally going to try one of them out, and your "wants" list is the same as mine! I'd put River View second, though. Plus I'd love to get a corner unit, of course, but didn't plan on listing that when I've already got three requests going.
POFQ is beautiful, as is the outside of POR (didn't get to go inside there, but we went by many times). FQ definitely has elevators. I was hoping by putting the requests in the way I did that I'd get them all - I assumed "Quiet Location" would be one of the furthest out buildings (ie: river front) that others wouldn't be requesting since most people would rather have close-in to the main area. I never would have imagined getting the room we got, though - a little bit of pixie dust for sure!

If you're used to having a condo, going down to being in one room would probably be a squeeze. Maybe you could try it just for a night, though.

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I love that you got all of your requests!! That's awesome. I don't have any requests. LOL!

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Even if you have no requests, I promise there's really no "bad" area at FQ. Even from Building 1, it took us only 5 minutes to get to the main building where the food court and everything else was. It's a really lovely place!
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:28 AM   #319
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A Hot A/C Unit, T-Rex, and DH Gets Impatient

Monday, September 17 (continued)

After lunch in the FQ food court, DH hustled me back to the room as quickly as he could. He kept saying he had to go somewhere and take care of something. He deposited me in the room and took off to parts unknown.

The room was pretty cold, so I decided to turn the thermostat up a little to make the air conditioner turn off. I bumped it up about 5 degrees (it was set on 69!), then went to the vanity area to start organizing our crap.

After a few minutes, I started noticing this hot electrical smell ... you know what I'm talking about, like something's about to catch on fire! I hobbled over to the phone and called the "front desk". I told them I smelled something hot, really hot, definitely electrical, could they send someone up to check it out? She said they'd get maintenance up "right away" to see what was going on.

Meanwhile, the smell is filling the room. I'm sure it has something to do with the air conditioner, so I hobble back over to the thermostat and turn it to OFF. I propped the door open to let some fresh air in because the smell was getting so thick in there it was unbearable!

I waited. And I waited. And I waited for maintenance to show up. You'd think when someone says the words, "hot" "electrical" "smoke smell", that it would light a fire under someone, wouldn't you? (no pun intended) I even called my hubby to ask him what I should do - by that time, I'd evacuated the room because the smell was so bad I couldn't take it anymore. He said to give them 5 more minutes, then call again.

When maintenance finally showed up, he said this was a common problem. When you turn the air up, it actually kicks the HEAT ON, and that makes a smoky electrical smell come out of the very cold air conditioner. He never even looked at it! His advice? Turn the unit OFF if we don't like how cold it is in the room. Okey-dokey.

DH showed up nearly at the same time as the maintenance guy, and he wanted to take the boat to Downtown Disney. He thought it would be fun, and it was! There were only a few seats left on the boat, but everyone waiting at FQ, including us, was able to get on. We took the gentle cruise to DTD and just people watched for a little while before it was time to head to our ADR at T-Rex. It had taken DH forever out doing ... whatever he was doing ... so we didn't have time to do any shopping before time to eat.

We arrived at our ADR 15 minutes early, and were seated right away. We really enjoyed the meal, but DH was continually checking his watch the entire time and I couldn't figure out why. Our meal came out, he checked his watch. Dessert came out, he checked his watch. The bill came, he checked his watch.

We left T-Rex (click for review) to rumbles of thunder and HUGE flashes of lightening! All of a sudden, hubby was in a massive hurry to get back to the resort. As in, he wants me to put the ECV on "rabbit" and "run" back to the boat.

We weave our way through the crowds of people (not on "rabbit" mode by any stretch of the imagination). We finally get back to the boat dock ... it's closed because of the weather. DH asked someone nearby where the bus stop was. They directed us and off we went again. Meanwhile, I'm asking why we have to go so fast! Why can't we enjoy DTD some more, do some shopping, etc. "Never you mind!" was his gruff reply. Okay then!

We make it to the bus stop, and the bus to FQ is waiting. The driver helped me load the ECV and showed me where to sit. Hubby asks him, "Are you going DIRECTLY to French Quarter or are you making other stops?" "No sir, I'm going directly to FQ." That seemed to appease DH for the moment.

We ended up being seated across from a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! We made pleasant conversation with them ... until the driver made another loop through DTD to pick up more people. Well, my husband nearly came unglued! I've never seen him like that before - antsy and anxious and so worked up! He was actually sweating by this point in time ... what the heck? I was seriously starting to think he had lost his mind along with his cool.

Finally we got on our way again - hubby's checking his watch every 30 or so seconds - and we arrive at French Quarter quickly. We say goodbye and best wishes to the happy couple, and off we go at last, much to my hubby's relief.

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Oh my goodness!! I can just picture your husband coming unglued!! LOL!! I love the put the ECV on rabbit and run comment!! Is it bad that I'm laughing hysterically at that one? LOL!!

I had a feeling that was what was up with the ac. It happens to us every time we turn on our ac after the winter or the heater after the ac has been on all winter. Sometimes it's so bad that I have to leave the house. The first time it happened I swore that the house had caught fire. LOL!!

I'm still laughing at the picture that you painted of your DH....

Can't wait for more!! LOL!!
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:05 PM   #321
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Oh my goodness!! I can just picture your husband coming unglued!! LOL!! I love the put the ECV on rabbit and run comment!! Is it bad that I'm laughing hysterically at that one? LOL!!

I had a feeling that was what was up with the ac. It happens to us every time we turn on our ac after the winter or the heater after the ac has been on all winter. Sometimes it's so bad that I have to leave the house. The first time it happened I swore that the house had caught fire. LOL!!

I'm still laughing at the picture that you painted of your DH....

Can't wait for more!! LOL!!
Seriously, he was pushing, pushing, PUSHING me to go faster! You'll find out why in just a minute ...
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My First Surprise!

Monday, September 17 (continued)

After we get off the bus, I start tooling around on the ECV, heading back to our building. My husband starts herding me towards the path down by the Sassagoula River. Ahhh, how romantic, I think ... he wants to go down by the river and sit for a while!

Not so! We get to the river path, and he looks at his watch and goes, "I want to go over to Riverside and check the place out." Ummm, really? So I say to him, "Why do we have to go over there our first night? Can't that wait? I want to see French Quarter at night before we go exploring over there."

"NO! It CAN'T wait!" he practically shouted. "We have to HURRY!" Meanwhile, he reaches over and cranks the ECV back up to "rabbit" and says, "In fact, we have to RUN!"

So off we go again at top speed. We reach the bridge between the two resorts and I hear him mumble under his breath "we're half way there". I asked him how he knew that if he'd never been there before. He mumbled that he had asked someone at French Quarter. Yeah, right!

Meanwhile, he's basically at a slow run trying to keep up with me on the ECV. I ask him where he wants to go (since he obviously had something in mind) and he said, "Just keep rolling until I tell you to stop." He was being so gruff I was very nearly ready to just turn around and roll myself back over to French Quarter without him!

We rounded the corner by the surrey bike rentals and I thought AHA! THIS is my surprise! I slow down, only to realize the rental shop was locked up tight - they had stopped renting bicycles hours ago. "KEEP GOING!" was my husband's stern command from behind me.

By now, I was furious! "WHY DO YOU HAVE TO KEEP YELLING AT ME?!?" I asked him. And then, I see it ... my surprise is waiting right there ...






He was taking me on a horse-drawn carriage ride.





I turned around and looked at my husband, and all the feelings of anger melted away. There he was sweaty, and red-faced from trying to keep up with me and make it to our 8:00 p.m. reservation. He ran ahead of me and asked the driver if we were too late - turned out if we had been 5 minutes more, she would have taken one of the people waiting without a reservation.

No wonder he was so antsy about not being able to get the boat back to French Quarter. No wonder he got so ticked off when the driver made another round through DTD. Now everything was making sense. Now I knew why we had to be in such a hurry. Turns out, my husband had originally scheduled this ride for 8:30, but had rescheduled it for 8:00 to try and catch the sunset. Unfortunately, 8:00 was still too late for sunset on this evening.

Getting into the carriage was a challenge on the crutches, I'm not going to lie. But soon he and I were settled into the comfy bench seat behind our two drivers, and were on our way for a romantic carriage ride.

Doug was our horse, and he was in no hurry to go anywhere! The drivers had to keep reminding him to "step-up". We asked what that meant, and they explained basically it's telling him to get moving! They told us if we had any questions at all to feel free to ask.

We plodded along at a slow pace, past Riverside and French Quarter down by the Sassagoula River. It was so romantic - all the buildings were beautifully lit. Many people waved to us as we went by, and many women looked wistfully at their husbands as if to say, "That could be us!"

Halfway through this romantic ride, my husband turned to me and slipped a ring on my right hand. It was a sterling silver silhouette of a Mickey head. "Hope you are enjoying your surprise!" he said slyly. Oh I was, I definitely was!!

Like all good things, the ride was over all too soon. Before I knew it, we were headed back over to French Quarter. We stopped in the food court and picked up a snack (click for review), then headed back to our room to retire for the night.

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Awe!!! So sweet! I feel so bad that he had so stress so bad in the beginning. I'm so glad it all worked out though. Sounds amazing. I hope you got some pictures girlie.
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Reading through your PTR and two cliff hanger version of your TR definitely made it worth it for your big reveal of the SURPRISE!!! How awesome!!! What a terribly fun and romantic thing for him to do. And the ring, that will be a forever reminder of the moment!!! Despite the stress to make it there, I am so glad that worked out!!!
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Halfway through this romantic ride, my husband turned to me and slipped a ring on my right hand. It was a sterling silver silhouette of a Mickey head. "Hope you are enjoying your surprise!" he said slyly. Oh I was, I definitely was!!


(That's a "swoon from the awesomeness," btw. )

Man, and here I thought the carriage ride by itself was totally romantic!

I wouldn't have seen the envious looks, because I would have been too teary eyed. Or at least, I'm teary eyed reading it. And here you said you didn't have much of a trip report to offer. This is great stuff.
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What a great surprise!!! How nice with the ring and everything!! Too bad it had to be so stressful and rushed before!! I can just picture it too! Me and DBF would have been the same way! Freaking out getting in a horrible mood, snapped at eachother, thinking we were going to miss it and then the whole thing would be ruined!! Glad you guys made it in time and everything was magical!!
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That is an awesome surprise!! I love the carriage rides and to have him give you something so perfect just makes it even better!!
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Awe!!! So sweet! I feel so bad that he had so stress so bad in the beginning. I'm so glad it all worked out though. Sounds amazing. I hope you got some pictures girlie.
I did get some photos, but they're night ones, so they all stink. Have I mentioned how much I hate our new camera?

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Reading through your PTR and two cliff hanger version of your TR definitely made it worth it for your big reveal of the SURPRISE!!! How awesome!!! What a terribly fun and romantic thing for him to do. And the ring, that will be a forever reminder of the moment!!! Despite the stress to make it there, I am so glad that worked out!!!
I had to do this as a cliff-hanger ... it's the only really interesting thing I have to report on for the whole week!

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(That's a "swoon from the awesomeness," btw. )

Man, and here I thought the carriage ride by itself was totally romantic!

I wouldn't have seen the envious looks, because I would have been too teary eyed. Or at least, I'm teary eyed reading it. And here you said you didn't have much of a trip report to offer. This is great stuff.
Awww thanks. It was a complete surprise, I had no idea. Still have no idea how he pulled it off without blabbing it to me. I don't have much more to offer for the remainder of the TR, though, so I hope you got your fill of "interesting" because this is pretty much it!

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What a great surprise!!! How nice with the ring and everything!! Too bad it had to be so stressful and rushed before!! I can just picture it too! Me and DBF would have been the same way! Freaking out getting in a horrible mood, snapped at eachother, thinking we were going to miss it and then the whole thing would be ruined!! Glad you guys made it in time and everything was magical!!
Thank you! It was fun and really sweet. He's not known for being overly-romantic, so he definitely went all out with this trip!

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It was pretty much perfect! I enjoyed it so much and would recommend it to anyone - definitely worth the money (whatever he paid, I have no clue LOL).
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Rain, Rain, Go Away! To MNSSHP or Not to MNSSHP?

Tuesday, September 18th

We woke up today and practically leapt out of bed. We planned to have brunch at the resort, then hang out until time to go to MNSSHP where we had an early ADR at LTT before the party began. You know what they say about the best laid plans?

We got up so early we couldn't wait until lunchtime to eat, so we headed down to Sassagoula's for breakfast (click for review). We also picked up a snack from Sassagoula's (click for review) for my husband to take back to the room. By now, it had started raining.

It rained. It poured. It thundered. For hours. We sat in the room and watched TV and wondered if we should even bother getting tickets for the party. Going out and having it rain on you is one thing. Going out intentionally in the rain is completely another matter for us. We knew there was another party on Friday, so we sat around and debated for the longest time about whether or not to go.

I knew we were supposed to meet up with fellow DISer Scuba, so I called him to see what their thoughts were on the party being that it was still pouring rain. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get ahold of him ... I have no idea whether he and his family ended up going to the party or not.

In the end, my husband and I decided not to go. It had quit raining, but the skies were still ugly and it just wasn't something we were willing to chance. I called the dining line and cancelled our LTT ADR and booked us for Boatwright's Dining Hall (click for review) over at Riverside instead.

We headed over to Boatwright's for our dinner a little early, hoping they could accommodate us. They did, and we had a decent meal there. It was what happened after the meal that would turn this vacation on its ear.
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Boatwright's, POFQ, and We Got Problems

I've thought long and hard about how much I'm going to share about what happened to me. Please do not ask me to elaborate further.

When we arrived at Boatwright's, I left the ECV in the waiting area in front of the podium. I was not aware how large this restaurant was. Never having been here, I also was not aware, nor were we told, there was a ramp available for me to drive the ECV right up to the second floor where we would be seated.

The hostess seating us told me it would be a "long walk" to our seats, motioning to my crutches. We ended up going up the ramp, around some tables, and were eventually seated in front of a small fireplace right next to the kitchen doors.

When we were leaving, my right crutch hit some food that had been spilled on the floor beside a table. The table was empty - the food on the floor hadn't been cleaned up. My crutch went out from under me and, to keep from falling to the floor, I put my injured right foot down HARD to catch myself. My husband dropped our leftovers and caught me underneath the arms to help keep me from hitting the ground.

I spoke to the restaurant manager. I won't go into details about our discussion.

On our way back to FQ, we by chance had a quick run-in with Dancegrl (Meghan) and her family. Meghan, it was such a pleasure meeting you and your husband and children. Your kids are so adorable and your hubby is such a nice guy! I wish we'd had a chance to hang out and get to know each other more. I hope you ended up enjoying the rest of your trip!! Sorry I "ran" off so quickly, but I had to go attend to my foot. I hope you understand.

As soon as we hit the room, I noticed how swelled my foot was and we called for extra pillows so I could prop it up.

Let's just say we had problems with the staff getting us what we needed and leave it at that. And no, it wasn't just pillows and no it wasn't just housekeeping we had a problem with. You may not have the same opinion, nor the same experience, and that's fine - I'm not going to debate about it. I'm not saying don't stay there - it's a clean, lovely resort with generally friendly staff - but our experience with a few of the staff members was sub-par considering the situation.

I don't feel comfortable sharing more (please do not PM me and ask), but after our experiences I did ask to be moved to a different resort the following day.
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