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Old 06-14-2012, 05:18 PM   #136
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Wow that is a fast pace moving TR! Trying hard not to fall behind. Again.

Loe the pictures of the hotel. Did not know they had fridges in the room in the Value now. Nice add on.

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Wow I would definately stay there. Now just to talk DH into a value.....NOT!
There is more attention to detail than I expected.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:29 PM   #138
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Looking forward to reading more......
I'm glad you are enjoying the report and that I could give you a laugh!

Wow, your trip is rapidly approaching!!!

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Loe the pictures of the hotel. Did not know they had fridges in the room in the Value now. Nice add on.

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Well, I'm trying to whip out those chapters so that my convalescing friends have something to entertain them!

I think all of the All Stars got the fridges this spring. I stored some water in there and some other treats I had purchased for home.

I don't know if Pop is getting them, or if they recently got them.

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There is more attention to detail than I expected.
At the resort, or from me???

The biggest issue I had with the resort was the size of the beds/room. Too small for my family. It worked ok when they were younger, but the rooms would not work for us now.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:09 PM   #139
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Wow---I'm gone for 1 1/2 days for my daughter's college orientation, and I miss a 3 part update! Caught up though now!

I like the bow-tie on the Mickey towel!
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:43 AM   #140
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Wow---I'm gone for 1 1/2 days for my daughter's college orientation, and I miss a 3 part update! Caught up though now!

I like the bow-tie on the Mickey towel!
Well, most of the updates were pictures, so hopefully the catchup was not too painful.

I just read about your incredible AK day. Fun!
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:13 AM   #141
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You all know by now that one of the conditions of chaperoneship was a ban on alcohol during the trip. To be honest, I don’t drink much, so although I have been joking around, this rule was not an issue for me.

But there was another problem I had to overcome. A different addiction I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to satisfy.



For me, the worst thing about staying at a value resort is the lack of a coffee maker in the rooms. When we stayed at All Star Music back in 2008, I brought a brand new 10 cup Mr. Coffee with me for our stay. Before our trip, I had prearranged to donate it to an ongoing fridge swap when we checked out. As some of you may know, my very first post on the Beach and Yacht Club FAQ thread was: “What kind of coffee makers are in the rooms?”

I considered bringing a coffee maker again this year, but instead I decided I would try to make do with a refill mug. I just didn’t know if I would be able to get coffee early enough in the morning, so every night, I made sure I had some coffee to put in the fridge for a morning ice coffee, while I waited for my real coffee. I prefer hot coffee in the morning, and I drink it black, but I need to add cream and sweetener when I am having it cold. I added cream to my cup, stashed the refill cup in the fridge and added ice each morning.

Bedtime was around midnight on our arrival day. The following morning, I woke up around 4:30. I was pretty sure I couldn’t fall back to sleep, so I decided to get up, grab my coffee, grab my camera, grab my phone (to check up on the DIS) and head out for a walk to the lobby area.

First stop was to the check-in desk. I wanted to add charging privileges to my key card. The CM was able to do that BUT it was too early for her to print me a new card. I would have to check back later.

At some point I finished my first coffee and I was pleased to discover that although the food court was not open yet, the coffee machine was accessible and functioning. I poured myself a cup and wandered the resort. Many of the early morning resort pictures in the previous posts came from this morning.

Some time later, I checked on the breakfast room. The teachers were just starting the preparations, so I jumped in and helped, washing and cutting fruit and setting up the food on the tables.















We had special, chartered buses to take us to the MK this morning for our Y.E.S. program. We boarded at 8 am for a 9 am opening at the park.

I did a much better job taking a picture of the MK sign this morning, than I did with the WDW sign the previous night:







The buses let us off at the TTC. I haven’t been here since 2004!







I never mind a ride on the monorail!

Here are a few of the views as we approached the MK:









We entered the park, and met up with our Y.E.S. instructor, Donna.









We waited around to see if any other students would join our instruction group, but it ended up “just” being our 14 boys and 3 chaperones. The other chaperones had free time in the park and had the mission of gathering FP for us to use during the afternoon.


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Old 06-15-2012, 10:51 AM   #142
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Is that pizza at breakfast?
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Nice!! I'm likin the Pizza for breakfast!!!

I can imagine that some sage on the trip realized the object was to get them to eat ANY remotely nutritious foods to keep them stoked for the morning. The worst thing you can do is to let them not eat something in the morning. It would be melt down city for sure later in the day!

Was that Pizza cold from the night before?

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Nice!! I'm likin the Pizza for breakfast!!!

I can imagine that some sage on the trip realized the object was to get them to eat ANY remotely nutritious foods to keep them stoked for the morning. The worst thing you can do is to let them not eat something in the morning. It would be melt down city for sure later in the day!

Was that Pizza cold from the night before?

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I may have grabbed a slice myself. I can't remember.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:16 PM   #145
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I'm liking the fact that y'all had a "breakfast room." Anything to help ease the OOP money for food that parents have to send with their kids is great! Did y'all order from a grocery service and have all that delivered? I'm guessing you all didn't load that up in luggage and check it at the airport!
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I'm liking the fact that y'all had a "breakfast room." Anything to help ease the OOP money for food that parents have to send with their kids is great! Did y'all order from a grocery service and have all that delivered? I'm guessing you all didn't load that up in luggage and check it at the airport!
In addition to parent chaperones and nurses, we had one administrator, 4 8th grade teachers, 1 7th grade teacher and 1 5th grade teacher. Only a couple of them were responsible for a group of kids- the rest were "floaters/free agents" who helped out in the event that a student couldn't go to a park, or had to come back. I think there was one rental car (van???). The teachers made daily trips to a nearby Sam's Club to purchase most of the items.

When the teachers first arrived in Florida, they got 24 cases of water, muffins, fruit, cereal, milk, juice, granola bars, pretzels, cheezits, etc.

Then on the following days picked up anything they needed to restock, like 36 cases of water on Day 2!!!

They told parents/kids that the only money they would need to bring, on top of what we had paid for the trip ($775 per person) was money for food at the airport on our arrival and departure days. Of course, many students had additional money for snacks, the arcade, souvenirs, etc...
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In addition to parent chaperones and nurses, we had one administrator, 4 8th grade teachers, 1 7th grade teacher and 1 5th grade teacher. Only a couple of them were responsible for a group of kids- the rest were "floaters/free agents" who helped out in the event that a student couldn't go to a park, or had to come back. I think there was one rental car (van???). The teachers made daily trips to a nearby Sam's Club to purchase most of the items.

When the teachers first arrived in Florida, they got 24 cases of water, muffins, fruit, cereal, milk, juice, granola bars, pretzels, cheezits, etc.

Then on the following days picked up anything they needed to restock, like 36 cases of water on Day 2!!!

They told parents/kids that the only money they would need to bring, on top of what we had paid for the trip ($775 per person) was money for food at the airport on our arrival and departure days. Of course, many students had additional money for snacks, the arcade, souvenirs, etc...
That sounds incredibly well organized!
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In addition to parent chaperones and nurses, we had one administrator, 4 8th grade teachers, 1 7th grade teacher and 1 5th grade teacher. Only a couple of them were responsible for a group of kids- the rest were "floaters/free agents" who helped out in the event that a student couldn't go to a park, or had to come back. I think there was one rental car (van???). The teachers made daily trips to a nearby Sam's Club to purchase most of the items.

When the teachers first arrived in Florida, they got 24 cases of water, muffins, fruit, cereal, milk, juice, granola bars, pretzels, cheezits, etc.

Then on the following days picked up anything they needed to restock, like 36 cases of water on Day 2!!!

They told parents/kids that the only money they would need to bring, on top of what we had paid for the trip ($775 per person) was money for food at the airport on our arrival and departure days. Of course, many students had additional money for snacks, the arcade, souvenirs, etc...
I was wondering where the food came from too. Since you guys were setting it up I thought it was the school who arranged it- that was great!

Hey maybe I can teach one of the Y.E.S programs! if I don't find a job around here. I probably would have seriously done that a few years ago but now that the boys are the ages they are I'd hate to pull them out of their schools and have them leave their friends.
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Love the pizza for breakfast!
Love all the pics of All-Stars! As a family of 5 I can't imagine we'll stay there soon. It's interesting to see the details of the resort.

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Sounds like you had all the bases covered! Love the breakfast set up-laughed when I read about the water as I was shocked the first time we went to florida just how much water we drank!!
I love that you managed to organise fastpass runners even without your husband there You should definitely persuade Mark to join you on Ben's trip when the time comes! You would be awesome together organising those kids and I would be in awe this side of the Atlantic reading every tiny detail(just sayin)
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