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Old 07-08-2012, 11:59 AM   #31
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We should definately try the Swan/Dolphin next time. When and if there is a next time
They give teacher discounts Now all I need is a job!!!
Say what? Teacher discounts you say? I still have an ID from my previous job. Wonder if that will work?
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:02 PM   #32
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I have stayed at the Swan twice once on a family trip with my parents and my honeymoon, I loved it both times.

I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
I agree! Not so much Disney theming but the rooms are nice and the beds are comfortable. There's good food available between the 2 hotels. And I've found the customer service to be good.

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We should definately try the Swan/Dolphin next time. When and if there is a next time
They give teacher discounts Now all I need is a job!!!
Sorry for your job hunt. Not fun at all! I think they give nurse discounts, too. Sadly no doctor discounts! Tom works at West Point but as a civilian so I don't think he's eligible for any military discounts....

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Say what? Teacher discounts you say? I still have an ID from my previous job. Wonder if that will work?
It might be worth a try! I think the discounts are pretty good.

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Old 07-08-2012, 04:16 PM   #33
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Say what? Teacher discounts you say? I still have an ID from my previous job. Wonder if that will work?
wouldn't hurt to try
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:07 PM   #34
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Joining in! We will be taking our DS (11) on the Dream next March. Looking forward to your thoughts.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:48 PM   #35
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Great updates so far!

I'm glad to hear that everything worked out with your transportation and the stay at the Swan. I remember when the Swan and Dolphin were first built and I thought that having hotels within walking distance to EPCOT was the best thing since sliced bread. I dreamed about staying there one day.

And then the Beach Club came along.

You know how that story ends!

You tell your kids that I think they should all have honorary memberships to SAB!
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:23 AM   #36
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wouldn't hurt to try
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Joining in! We will be taking our DS (11) on the Dream next March. Looking forward to your thoughts.
How great! I was really excited to go on the Dream. She's a beautiful ship!

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Great updates so far!

I'm glad to hear that everything worked out with your transportation and the stay at the Swan. I remember when the Swan and Dolphin were first built and I thought that having hotels within walking distance to EPCOT was the best thing since sliced bread. I dreamed about staying there one day.

And then the Beach Club came along.

You know how that story ends!

You tell your kids that I think they should all have honorary memberships to SAB!
The Swan/Dolphin are very nice hotels. They aren't Disney hotels which is both good and bad in my opinion. And nothing beats Beach Club!
Since we still aren't sure about August, I didn't want to promise SAB...

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Boardwalk-area Pictures

I uploaded the pictures from Tom's camera:











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Old 07-11-2012, 06:28 PM   #38
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Epcot Adventure

So we left B&C feeling full and (hopefully) less cranky and walked over to the International Gateway. Our very 1st stop was upon us before we knew it...


Yes. We wanted to save the World from Dr. Doofenschmirtz.

One thing we've learned in our many travels to Disney is that our children do NOT share the phone thingy very well. So we were planning to split up into 2 groups. The "recruiters" were a teeny bit snotty about this plan but finally gave us 2 phones. Tom and Nathaniel went off to....somewhere. I think Germany but neither of them is home to ask. (Nathaniel just got home - Germany it was!) Jessica, Zachary, and I were off to Mexico.
The re-themed game formerly known as Kim Possible hasn't really changed much. It was hard inside a fairly crowded indoor pavilion to chase 2 small children around. And then, several steps into our mission, our device stopped working. Zachary was getting frustrated and annoyed by the whole mission (although he spent the rest of the trip asking to do another one ) and Jessica burst into tears when the device stopped working.
We returned the broken device to the recruitment center in Norway and headed, under protest, to find Nathaniel and Tom.

(A brief stop in Africa on our way to Germany)
In my absence Tom had agreed to let Nathaniel do a 2nd mission - in Mexico - and I returned to the pyramid yet again. Luckily Nathaniel is faster with the missions than the younger 2. Even better I was able to stop in the Cava de Tequila for my favorite avocado margarita. YUM! They even gave me a free sample while they were blending my drink.


Apparently Tom needed fortification to get through his mission, too....



While Nathaniel and I were in Mexico, Tom took the kids to Italy to do a Kidcot stop.


To be continued...

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Following along. I tried to get 2 separate missions last time, one for R and my mom, one for O and me) and they gave us such crap about it we finally said we'd share....which led to some bickering as R held it to high and O couldn't see and then O's head was in the way when he held it..............
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I've always wanted to try doing the KM mission, but the boys were never to interested. Now that it's agent P DS11 might be but who knows with him. His mind changes like the wind lol.
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Following along. I tried to get 2 separate missions last time, one for R and my mom, one for O and me) and they gave us such crap about it we finally said we'd share....which led to some bickering as R held it to high and O couldn't see and then O's head was in the way when he held it..............
We usually go to different recruiting stations to avoid the issue. I think we were having trouble with the APs being de-magnetized so Tom wanted a different AP from me and blew our cover....
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I've always wanted to try doing the KM mission, but the boys were never to interested. Now that it's agent P DS11 might be but who knows with him. His mind changes like the wind lol.
My kids didn't know who Kim Possible was but loved the missions. Even better now since they are very familiar with Phineas and Ferb.

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More cute pictures! But it is way too early for Jessica to have mastered that "look" at you when you are sticking out your tounge. That should be reserved for teens only.

Sorry about the issues you had with the missions. I'm glad to hear you and Tom both found ways to make them more bearable.

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More cute pictures! But it is way too early for Jessica to have mastered that "look" at you when you are sticking out your tounge. That should be reserved for teens only.

Sorry about the issues you had with the missions. I'm glad to hear you and Tom both found ways to make them more bearable.


Jessica is very advanced. Truthfully, she had been whining and crying about something (I think fighting with Zachary over the stroller - hmmm, 4 year old with CP vs. able-bodied 6 year old) before the picture.

I seriously love the avocado margaritas. They aren't cheap though....

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Dinner in Italy

We had an early ADR for Tutto Italia so we headed there next. I think we were probably 15-20 minutes early but we were all fading in the heat and humidity. I also think that travel days are just exhausting for everyone. Or at least everyone in my family!
We were seated right away. The restaurant looks lovely and our server was very nice.


One of the kids took this picture of the oversized glass vase.


Nathaniel must have drawn this on his menu. And took the picture because I don't remember seeing this before.

Dinner was fine. I didn't think it was fabulous. And I'm not sure I would go out of my way to eat here again. I really liked the server but otherwise it was only ok. And I can't even remember what we all ate!

At this point we were going to head back to the Swan. Tom took the kids while I was paying and headed over to the friendship boat dock near Italy. Unfortunately Zachary was being a bit pokey and they just missed a boat.


A not-spectacular picture of Zachary in Italy

We finally boarded the boat and got off near Mexico. We walked out the International Gateway (still fighting over who was riding in the stroller). Nathaniel wanted to walk back to the Swan and Tom wanted to take the boat. Despite Jessica whining about wanting to ride in the stroller, she elected to come with me. I thought it was an enjoyable walk but there was a lot of grumbling from the peanut gallery (and, remember, it wasn't MY idea to walk at all!). I made up some games (like walking backwards over the bridge that connects to the Swan/Dolphin) and we finally arrived! We beat the boat!!!

The kids got ready for bed and were finally asleep. I set my alarm for 6am so I could get my 7 mile run done in the morning before we had to head to the Port.

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