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Old 08-14-2012, 02:02 PM   #31
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I know how you feel about the water park bus. On the way back to the airport we had a regular non-Disney looking Mears bus. It was so sad. I felt robbed.
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I hear ya!! We also had a Mears Bus. The only thing thatwas remotely close to any Disney feel was the video. We felt robbed also.
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Count me in the Mears bus crowd. In all honesty though, we were so ready to go home, I honestly forgot it was a Mears bus until right this minute. LOL

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We had a nice new regular ME bus on the way back, but like D, I don't really care what I am in on the way home But yeah, I agree with you all...I would feel robbed if it was just a plain old Mears bus!

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Am I forgiven for being so late to the party?

I am here now! And totally missing my favorite smilies! Ack!

Anyway, anxious to hear about your trip and what you did to beat the crowds!
Huzzah! Liddy is here! So nice to see you again!
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I am tardy too! But I am here now Suzi!:surfweb
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:41 PM   #33
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I am tardy too! But I am here now Suzi!:surfweb
WELCOME! And you are not late. I am so incredibly slow this time around. We are just getting started!


I am so sorry for the slow start everyone! Things have been so busy at work lately and that is where all my pictures are, so I have to wait until things die down here. It feels so slow to me because I popped out my last TR in a week flat But I promise I am still here and still doing the TR....I haven't quit on you. And good news, I got my photopass CD yesterday, so all those pics are coming soon too!
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:38 AM   #35
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Huzzah! Liddy is here! So nice to see you again!
I'm glad I was missed!

And take all the time you need! I'm still trying to get healthy, so it's one less thread to fall massively behind on.

(No, really, take care of life first! We'll be here when you can spare the time! )
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the minute I read the words "food porn" i knew this was a Tr that i would wanna join in on reading,Disney has the best food on earth!!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:03 AM   #37
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Patiently waiting...

I think I have time for an update today

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I'm glad I was missed!

And take all the time you need! I'm still trying to get healthy, so it's one less thread to fall massively behind on.

(No, really, take care of life first! We'll be here when you can spare the time! )
Of course you were missed! You are one of the first two DISer's I met on here and you have helped me out alot in the planning of my Feb trip!

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the minute I read the words "food porn" i knew this was a Tr that i would wanna join in on reading,Disney has the best food on earth!!!
Welcome along! I tried to be a good DISer and take pictures of all our viddles, so enjoy! I had a hard time taking food pics on my last trip because hubby was less than tolerant of the camera, so I made up for it this time with my cuz



Okay, update coming right along....
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:36 AM   #38
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Okay, so when I last left off, Dani and I had just entered the Magic Kingdom. I was right, it was hot and crowded. But since I am a DIS professional now, I knew where to go and a few of the shortcuts to get there....so we were fine. I had told Dani on the flight down that the first rule of the trip was that she had to just take time to soak up the atmosphere and really get into the Magic of Disney. So we just slowly strolled down Main Street and took the time to look at the windows above the shops, watch the Main Street signers...I think it was the Barbershop Quartet, and we stopped for a our first photopass pic of the trip





At this point I saw how crowded it was and I knew we were not going to be hitting any popular rides without an hour wait, so we headed over to TomorrowLand. I snapped another pic on the way



That was the only view of the castle we could get without a hundred people in the background

The wait for Buzz was way too high, and there was no chance for Space obviously, so we hopped on.....

wait for it....



Yep, the PeopleMover! It is still one of my favorite rides in all of Disney. I am a classics kind of girl. But Dani really enjoyed it and I think it was a perfect first ride, because it gave her a birds eye view of TomorrowLand and a little sneak peak at the rides there.

While we were on the People Mover, we got the text saying our room was ready. At this point we knew we would be back to the MK in the morning for EMHs, and we were hot and tired from travelling, so we opted to leave and go get settled in the room before dinner. It was about 1:30ish, so we had plenty of time.

I knew we were going to Epcot later, but I really wanted her to see it for the first time from the monorail because it is just so neat gliding around Future World and next to Spaceship Earth. So instead of hopping the bus back to French Quarter, we took the monorail to the TTC and transferred over to the Epcot monorail. We just rode into Epcot and walked over to the bus stops there. We didn't go through the gates yet....we would be back soon.

Well we just missed the Port Orleans bus (story of our trip) so we settled in to wait for the next one. In front of us a crazy looking bus pulled up and parked. It was some sort of sports tour group....best guess is a boys soccer team. They had the bus radio screaming loud and they were all shouting back and forth. It was kinda sketchy...



It was just about 20 minutes until our bus pulled up, and we were on our way back. We were told at check in that we were in building 2, and we had been texted room 2221. I was so happy we got 2nd floor. I didn't want to be on the ground level because I am petrified of bugs crawling in when the door is open to be cleaned, but I didn't want to have to hike up to the 3rd floor everytime, so this was perfect. Room 2221 was almost the farthest away on building 2 as you could get, but still closer than some buildings. We were on the opposite side as the pool and down on the corner by the river. It was a nice quiet location. This was the building. Our room is in the middle with the red door



And our view



To the right



That is still building 2, so you can see how far down we were.

Continued in next post...
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:55 AM   #39
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Dani checking out the view



And our room (before we destroyed it's cleanliness)











Now, in Feb we stayed at the Polynesian and even though I LOVED that place, I was a little disappointed that it didn't really have a huge Disney feel to it. There was one hidden Mickey in a painting and that was it in the Poly rooms. Well, French Quarter upped the Disney-ness for me. There were hidden Mickey's EVERYWHERE! The bed:



The shower curtain:



The little shelf on the wall:



I was a happy camper! The room was beautiful. The pictures do not do it justice. The colors were rich and bold....purples, gold, blues and greens. Just real comfy and pretty. Our luggage had arrived when we got there, so we unpacked and both took showers. That was the biggest problem with our room...the shower was horrible. And the bathtub didn't drain properly, so by the end of the shower you were standing in 4 inches of soapy dirty water. But I'm sure if I had complained, they would've either switched us or fixed it. And another big change from the Poly was the bathroom setup. The toilet and shower were in their own little room and the sinks and "closet" was outside with just a curtain to close it off. That was a little bothersome for us, since we couldn't really have one person showering and one getting ready. But for a family that isn't as shy...it would work fine. The Poly had the bathroom all in one room. And a real closet would've been better than just the bar across one side of the sink area. I brought a hanging sweater organizer so I would have extra shelves. This was an awesome idea I got off the MouseSavers website. Dani took the 3 drawers and I took the hanging organizer.

Oh, I forgot that we stopped at Sass and grabbed a snack and some drinks before we went to the room. I had sugar cookie with Mickey sprinkles and Dani had a Mickey crispy treat. They were yummy....I guess I don't have a picture of them

So we were rested, changed, and cooled down enough to venture over to Epcot around 3:00. I wanted time to explore a little before our 7pm ADR. What rides did we fit in before dinner? You'll have to come back to check it out
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:07 AM   #40
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Great update!!! can't wait for more.. the rooms looks awesome - i've stayed at CBR, CSR but neither of the POR.. maybe next trip!
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Great update!!! can't wait for more.. the rooms looks awesome - i've stayed at CBR, CSR but neither of the POR.. maybe next trip!
CSR is on my list to try. I just love the room decor they have.

And I loved both Riverside and French Quarter. I am sure due to budget reasons, I will be returning to them again in the near future. But if money was no object, I would stay at the Poly every time! I was really spoiled by staying there as my first Disney hotel and now I just compare everything to the Poly. It's not fair I know, because they are so totally different. I highly recommend French Quarter to those who want a smaller resort, and Riverside to those that want the "country" feel vs "in-town" feel. They are sister resorts, so you can still eat at both food courts....use both pools....etc, but FQ was so much smaller. There is only one bus stop at FQ where there are 4 at Riverside. We shared buses with Riverside almost every time which was a big pain. I kinda figured with it being so busy, they would have dedicated buses, but they didn't other than park opening.
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OOhhhh you just gave me an idea,I'm not sure if your sweater organiser is the same thing or not but I have a hangy thingy for the closet( I just never thought to bring it to Disney)Good PLan thanks
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:28 PM   #43
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OOhhhh you just gave me an idea,I'm not sure if your sweater organiser is the same thing or not but I have a hangy thingy for the closet( I just never thought to bring it to Disney)Good PLan thanks
Oh it was a lifesaver on this trip. In the hotter summer months you don't have a lot that hangs, so the one bar in the bathroom doesn't do much for you. The 3 drawers in the bureau were really big drawers, but there were only 3 of them in a room for 4 people Didn't make sense to me. The Poly had a separate closet area in the entryway and in one of the closets there were shelves in addition to the drawers in the bureau. Definitely bring your hanging organizer. Mine is a Honey-can-do hanging sweater organizer from Amazon, but they have them all over the place. I'm sure it's the same thing.

The tip I read said she used one for each child and she would put together an outfit for each day right down to the socks and underwear and each little "shelf" in the organizer was for a different day. That way her kids could just go to the organizer and pull out a complete outfit for that day without her having to help them. Great idea!
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Solana - After Midori and I read your trip report about POFQ, we got home sick. Did not even see allof the hidden MKY's. I guess I was not paying attention. We were in building 7 on the other end on the corner, Garden / River view. We got lucky with the PIXIE DUST.

Can't believe we stayed at POFQ at the same time and did not run into each other. But it was nice seeing you and your cousin at Polynesian Resort.
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Mad...I cannot see your pictures!!!

Nice description of POFQ though....it does sound lovely!
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