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Old 07-20-2012, 03:24 PM   #31
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JULY 6TH PART ONE - The Arrival
Prior to the Disney leg of our trip, we spent five days visiting my grandmother. She lives in the Tampa area, so we drove down from Ohio and stayed with her. It was basically five days of doing nothing but floating around the pool. Being able to unwind and relax before running around WDW for a week was nice.

Other highlights of our stay w/Grandma:
~ DEER! My grandmaís property backs up into a wooded area and tons of deer came to visit us each day. It reminded me of my deer-face-making frump friends Jess (Disneyfreak508) and Kristen (Disneyfreak616). I assumed they sent their pals to visit me.
~ Cinnamon Butter is great on rolls, but itís also just as great on its own. Not gonna lie, I ate the stuff straight out of the little plastic cup thingy the restaurant served it in when I had absolutely no room left for more rolls. I even considered putting it on the last few bites of my steak, but I really had no room for that either. Basically, the point of all this is that taking Cinnamon Butter Shots should be a thing we all do on the regular.
~ Dad and I watched the Nathanís Hot Dog Eating Contest like we always do on the 4th of July. Everyone says itís disgusting/vomit-inducing, but I think itís fascinating. Those guys are like food-devouring machines. Itís really something to be revered.
~ My 22nd Birthday! I had a Birthday Apple Pie instead of a Birthday Cake because, well, I really donít like cake all that much. I like cupcakes, but not cake. Iím weird like that.

The night before we left for Disney (which was my birthday), I painted my nails, ate a lot of Birthday Pie, organized (and reorganized) my park bag, charged my camera...usual pre-Disney stuff. I tried to go to bed at a decent hour (12 AM), but that didnít happen. I sat in bed in the dark for a while, but eventually gave up and watched House Hunters until like 3:30 AM. I kept telling myself Iíd go to bed as soon as the episode ended, but then I got sucked into the next one and it was just a spiral of people whining about the lack of stainless steel appliances and seemingly not understanding the concept of paint. DONíT DWELL ON WALL COLOR, YOU IDIOTS! IT SHOULD BE THE LEAST OF YOUR CONCERNS!

Ahem.

Nevertheless, I got a solid three hours of sleep before my alarm went off. Almost immediately, the HOLY CRAP IíM GOING TO DISNEY TODAY stomach butterflies showed up. I really missed those guys.

Dad meticulously piled everything into the car, we said goodbye to Grandma, piled ourselves into the car, and pulled out of the driveway at 7:08 AM.

The drive to Disney was uneventful. I ate a Pop Tart and stared out the window. Fun stuff.

Then we drove past this, and that Pop Tart almost came back up I was so excited.



Whenever Iím approaching Disney property, I get crazy frantic. Like, about-to-burst-open-and-dump-Mickey-head-confetti-everywhere frantic. I mean, Iím sure I was smiling like a lunatic. But really, if youíre coming to Disney and you donít have a ridiculous smile on your face, youíre the real lunatic.



The last of the green road signs. Adios, Real World!

And hereís the big moment:


WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Driving through those beauties and knowing you have an entire trip ahead of you is such a magical moment. Itís the best feeling ever.

I made sure to snap a picture of the purple Disney road signs.



And the adorable mouse-ear-topped sign leading us toward the French Quarter.



And hereís our home for the next week - Disneyís Port Orleans French Quarter!



When we pulled up to the security gate, the guard couldnít find our reservation on his list. He flipped through all the pages on his clipboard several times and I got progressively worried. I mean, he still let us through and Mom had the reservation confirmation paperwork with her so we could demand a room or whatever if they tried to be all ďNo room for you!Ē, but it was weird. How awful would it have been if Disney lost our reservation? Itís scary to think about. I probably wouldíve had a nervous breakdown right there in the lobby.

Anyway, we parked the car and headed inside. The main building is quite aesthetically pleasing. The green iron/steel/whatever the heck kind of metal it is contrasts nicely against the brick.





Iím kind of obsessed with each of the resortsí welcome mats. They speak to me. Itís like ďHey, Kara! Just in case you forgot, youíre at Disney World and itís amazing and youíre about to be hit with a giant burst of air conditioning so enjoy it and have a magical day!Ē



The fountain wasnít working for the first few days of our stay. We probably should have asked for our money back. Or, at the very least, I shouldíve made an angry ďTHE BROKEN FOUNTAIN RUINED MY VACATION. PRICES KEEP GOING UP AND WATER FEATURES KEEP GOING BROKEĒ message board post. Thatíll show Ďem.



I could lie and say I was going for a super awesome artistic shot here, but Snappers, my camera (yes, he has a name), makes those kinds of decisions for me. I never change the setting. Sometimes I turn the auto flash off, but I donít like to get too crazy.

Mom and Dad went to check us in, and I wandered around to take pictures.


Clearly, Katie was still tired.

Looking up in the lobby.


This way to Registration.



Thereís a bit of greenery in the lobby.







I like that Port Orleans was ďbornĒ in 1991. Right in between Katie and I (Ď92 and Ď90 respectively).

Hereís the Check-In desk:


They were giving balloon swords to little kids when they (well, when their parents) checked in.


Check-In is on the left, and the Concierge desk is on the right. Behind me, not pictured, is a door to Jackson Square, the resortís gift shop.

Our room wasnít ready which wasnít surprising as it was only a little after 9 AM, but we were told that we would be in Building 2, so we decided to walk down there and check it out.

Here are some photos of the lobby courtyard:


The part of a building you can see in this picture is Sassagoula Floatworks, the food court/mug refilling location/keeper of the Mickey Rice Krispy Treats.



PALM TREES.



The pool is located at the end of that walkway.

To get to Building 2, you turn to the right off of the courtyard and take this path:


Itís so pretty! And so shady and cool! The trees are much appreciated in July.



Building 2!

Before heading to our first park of the trip, we moved the car over to the lot for Building 2. We had only been there for a few minutes, but already I was impressed at how small the resort felt. It reminded me a lot of the Polynesian, layout-wise. Unlike the other Moderates, it felt intimate, which we all really liked. After staying in the Ranchos at Coronado Springs last summer, it was nice to be in a building near the lobby. No walking 30000 miles to fill up our mugs! That meant there would actually be something left in the mug by the time we got back to our room. Hooray!

After dumping the car, we high-tailed it over to the bus stop and, because my family is full of bus luck, a bus to the park of our choice was pulling in.



Where were we headed? Tune in next time, friends. Or try to zoom in and read the bus marquee. Or check my Twitter. Or just guess. You have a 1 in 4 chance of being right.

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Old 07-20-2012, 03:40 PM   #32
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I reallly want to stay at POFQ! It looks like the nicest Moderate... And I guess Magic Kingdom
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:50 PM   #33
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Again we are twins. I LOVE CINNAMON BUTTER. I told my mom not to buy it anymore. The same thing with cinnamon bread. I ate like 5 slices of that in one day. It's heaven. The two of them combined... forget it. But I would always eat more out of the container after applying it to the bread. It's just SO GOOD.

OMG @ that Mickey head pole! That is so awesome.

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The fountain wasnít working for the first few days of our stay. We probably should have asked for our money back. Or, at the very least, I shouldíve made an angry ďTHE BROKEN FOUNTAIN RUINED MY VACATION. PRICES KEEP GOING UP AND WATER FEATURES KEEP GOING BROKE. IF WALT WERE STILL ALIVE, THIS NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENEDĒ message board post. Thatíll show Ďem.
HAHAHAHAHAHA YES. I seriously can't with some of the things that people post on these boards sometimes. "There was a bit of paint chipped off the railing at The Backlot Tour. They didn't even offer us free fastpasses! My children were crying, my husband was furious, we ended up getting into a huge fight. Our vacation was ruined. How can they let this happen? I didn't save money all year to have our family trip sabotaged in such a way. My husband and I work hard and spend our hard earned money on Disney so our children can have a nice time and something like this has got to ruin it?! The decline in quality at Walt Disney World is a tragedy."

Ahhh POFQ. I WILL stay there someday soon. I love that you said it had a more intimate feel than the other moderates! That's awesome. The more I hear about this place, the more excited I am to finally stay there.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:04 PM   #34
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Hi Kara I've read both of your other trip reports and am looking forward to reading along on this one.
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OMG THE FIRST UPDATE!

Hehehe I'm glad our deer friends arrived safely! They wanted to wish you off on a magical Disney vacation!

An all-american birthday PIE! You're awesome. I LOVE PIE.

YAY FOR POFQ!!! Isn't that lobby AMAZING!? It just feels so welcoming. "Aesthetically pleasing" is the absolute perfect way to describe it!

LOL I'm obsessed with the resort rugs too. I ALWAYS take pictures of them. I would like one of each, please. I will put them in my house.

The size of POFQ is what makes me love it so much. I LOVE the smaller resorts. They just have a more "homey" feel.

I can't wait for the next part! I'm going to guess either Magic or Animal kingdom! Wait, I think you went to Animal Kingdom first if I remember correctly. It's one of those kingdoms, though. I can see it on the bus! EEEE YAY I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE!
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I'm in. Love how it started. We are staying at PO Riverside so I'm psyched to see what you have to say.
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Stumbled upon your TR, and can't wait to read the rest, as we were at POFQ from the 8th - 14th...and also in building 2! I'll be watching your pictures to see if any of us are in the background. Can't wait to read more!
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Hahah, my backyard leads into the woods like your grandmother's, so I totally know how you feel when you see deer! No matter how many times I have seen them, it's still very exciting. The raccoons that go through our garbage in the wee hours are kinda cute too. And I totally agree about House Hunters. Most people have such petty hangups about places. It's so weird.

I'm totally the same way with the resort welcome mats! I love when things are individualized.

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The fountain wasnít working for the first few days of our stay. We probably should have asked for our money back. Or, at the very least, I shouldíve made an angry ďTHE BROKEN FOUNTAIN RUINED MY VACATION. PRICES KEEP GOING UP AND WATER FEATURES KEEP GOING BROKE. IF WALT WERE STILL ALIVE, THIS NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENEDĒ message board post. Thatíll show Ďem.
Dear God, yes. HAHAHAHAHA.

I know where you're going (you know, keen memory and all) so YAY. I freaking love that park. It's my second favorite.
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I love POFQ for the same reason, it's so small compared to the other resorts that I feel like I'm totally immersed in the theme. ...that and I'm lazy when it's breakfast time.
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The first update!

Iím guessing you guys went to the Texas Roadhouse. I know that is where the amazing cinnamon butter lives. Must be a pretty fun place to live. And those rolls they give you are so good. Enough about foodÖbut I could read and look at food pictures all day, so Iím sure you donít mind me talking about food. I better stop now and finish reading the update.

DISNEY WORLD!!!!

I just love the purple Disney road signs. They are just perfect.

I really think you should post on the thread complaining how the fountain didnít work so you should get money back. Those people are ridiculous. I mean, what am I supposed to say to them? ďIím sorry a CM didnít tell you to have a magical day. I can totally understand why you would want your money back.Ē? Craziness I tell you.

I just love looking at pictures of French Quarter. Itís so pretty!
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~ Cinnamon Butter is great on rolls, but it’s also just as great on its own.

You're not alone with this. My DD eats it straight out of the container whenever we go to Texas Roadhouse or Cheesecake Factory.



Then we drove past this, and that Pop Tart almost came back up I was so excited.



This is one of my favorite icons. Our very first trip, my brother in law drove us in from Tampa and this was my very first "sign" that we were getting close. I get goosebumps every time I see it.


The fountain wasn’t working for the first few days of our stay. We probably should have asked for our money back. Or, at the very least, I should’ve made an angry “THE BROKEN FOUNTAIN RUINED MY VACATION. PRICES KEEP GOING UP AND WATER FEATURES KEEP GOING BROKE. IF WALT WERE STILL ALIVE, THIS NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED” message board post. That’ll show ‘em.

Did you call and ask for a refund, free food, free days on your next trip, and your own personal Disney water fountain for home?





They were giving balloon swords to little kids when they (well, when their parents) checked in.

Your parents didn't get you one?
Great start. Love your pictures with the running dialogue. Can't wait to hear more!
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Yay new TR and first update hooray!!

Pretty excited to hear about this trip

I am also excited that you have so much in common with Malestrom...
Pretty big claim to fame!
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Joining in! I saw from lurking on your last TR that we were just in Disney at the same time, you got there the day after us (:
WELCOME! Fun! It was a pretty great time to be at WDW, I thought.
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I reallly want to stay at POFQ! It looks like the nicest Moderate... And I guess Magic Kingdom
POFQ is really great. It's definitely my favorite Moderate.
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Again we are twins. I LOVE CINNAMON BUTTER. I told my mom not to buy it anymore. The same thing with cinnamon bread. I ate like 5 slices of that in one day. It's heaven. The two of them combined... forget it. But I would always eat more out of the container after applying it to the bread. It's just SO GOOD.

OMG @ that Mickey head pole! That is so awesome.



HAHAHAHAHAHA YES. I seriously can't with some of the things that people post on these boards sometimes. "There was a bit of paint chipped off the railing at The Backlot Tour. They didn't even offer us free fastpasses! My children were crying, my husband was furious, we ended up getting into a huge fight. Our vacation was ruined. How can they let this happen? I didn't save money all year to have our family trip sabotaged in such a way. My husband and I work hard and spend our hard earned money on Disney so our children can have a nice time and something like this has got to ruin it?! The decline in quality at Walt Disney World is a tragedy."

Ahhh POFQ. I WILL stay there someday soon. I love that you said it had a more intimate feel than the other moderates! That's awesome. The more I hear about this place, the more excited I am to finally stay there.
Oh good. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who eats cinnamon butter on its own. I was afraid everyone would think I'm disgusting.

I know. It's ridiculous. I don't understand how people let little things ruin their entire vacation. I get being momentarily upset, but, like, you're in Disney World. If you can't find something awesome to distract from the one overflowing trash can or the one CM who didn't wish you a magical day, why do you even bother vacationing at Disney? You obviously don't like it.

I really hope you get to stay at POFQ soon! Just let me know when so I can come with you. I've only been home for a week, but I'm missing the French Quarter so bad right now.
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OMG THE FIRST UPDATE!

Hehehe I'm glad our deer friends arrived safely! They wanted to wish you off on a magical Disney vacation!

An all-american birthday PIE! You're awesome. I LOVE PIE.

YAY FOR POFQ!!! Isn't that lobby AMAZING!? It just feels so welcoming. "Aesthetically pleasing" is the absolute perfect way to describe it!

LOL I'm obsessed with the resort rugs too. I ALWAYS take pictures of them. I would like one of each, please. I will put them in my house.

The size of POFQ is what makes me love it so much. I LOVE the smaller resorts. They just have a more "homey" feel.

I can't wait for the next part! I'm going to guess either Magic or Animal kingdom! Wait, I think you went to Animal Kingdom first if I remember correctly. It's one of those kingdoms, though. I can see it on the bus! EEEE YAY I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE!
Birthday Pie was a really great idea. I'm so proud of my parents for thinking of it. They know me so well.

We should plan a Resort Rug Heist. We can just nonchalantly roll up each of the resort rugs and take 'em home with us. I'm sure Disney has replacements.

"Homey" is exactly the right word to describe POFQ. It has such a comfortable, relaxing feel.
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WELCOME! I didn't go over to Riverside other than when we shared buses and had to stop there, but it looked really pretty from the bus!
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Stumbled upon your TR, and can't wait to read the rest, as we were at POFQ from the 8th - 14th...and also in building 2! I'll be watching your pictures to see if any of us are in the background. Can't wait to read more!
What a coincidence! Definitely keep an eye on my pictures!
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Hahah, my backyard leads into the woods like your grandmother's, so I totally know how you feel when you see deer! No matter how many times I have seen them, it's still very exciting. The raccoons that go through our garbage in the wee hours are kinda cute too. And I totally agree about House Hunters. Most people have such petty hangups about places. It's so weird.

I'm totally the same way with the resort welcome mats! I love when things are individualized.

Dear God, yes. HAHAHAHAHA.

I know where you're going (you know, keen memory and all) so YAY. I freaking love that park. It's my second favorite.
My grandma used to have raccoons too, but, for whatever reason, they don't really come around anymore. We have pictures of them hanging out by the pool from, like, 15 years ago.

Agreed. I miss the resort-specific refillable mugs.
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I love POFQ for the same reason, it's so small compared to the other resorts that I feel like I'm totally immersed in the theme. ...that and I'm lazy when it's breakfast time.
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The first update!

Iím guessing you guys went to the Texas Roadhouse. I know that is where the amazing cinnamon butter lives. Must be a pretty fun place to live. And those rolls they give you are so good. Enough about foodÖbut I could read and look at food pictures all day, so Iím sure you donít mind me talking about food. I better stop now and finish reading the update.

DISNEY WORLD!!!!

I just love the purple Disney road signs. They are just perfect.

I really think you should post on the thread complaining how the fountain didnít work so you should get money back. Those people are ridiculous. I mean, what am I supposed to say to them? ďIím sorry a CM didnít tell you to have a magical day. I can totally understand why you would want your money back.Ē? Craziness I tell you.

I just love looking at pictures of French Quarter. Itís so pretty!
We actually went to this place called Cody's, but it's a lot like Texas Roadhouse.

I know. I always read those threads and I'm just like "OK and...?" If you're that disappointed with Disney, stop going! It's as simple as that. Put your money where your mouth is and stop giving it to Disney.
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Yay new TR and first update hooray!!

Pretty excited to hear about this trip

I am also excited that you have so much in common with Malestrom...
Pretty big claim to fame!
YAY! Thanks!

I know, right? I feel so fortunate to share a birthday with WDW's most awesome, innovative, thrilling attraction.
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