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Old 11-12-2012, 01:38 PM   #16
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I'm in! Can't wait to hear about your latest adventures!

I am worried that I'd feel the same as Keith if we ever booked a value, so that's why we stick with mods. We may try to rent points for next summers trip (if we can't get BC, CR, or BWI we'll stick with POFQ POR or CBR though), and I can't wait.

Keith was looking into DVC???? He IS converted!
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Can't wait to read about your trip!! I'm really hoping to visit in October next time we go back!

Aww...so sorry you didn't care for Pop. We have stayed at Pop since the boys were really small and they have liked it so much we just kept going back.(We spend very little time in the room so it has worked for us) But, I can definitely understand if you are used to staying at Mods that you may be disappointed as it definitely doesn't have the relaxing feel to it. But, I am so glad to hear so many positive things about POR since that is where we are leaning for our next trip!!
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I'm in! Can't wait to hear about your latest adventures!

I am worried that I'd feel the same as Keith if we ever booked a value, so that's why we stick with mods. We may try to rent points for next summers trip (if we can't get BC, CR, or BWI we'll stick with POFQ POR or CBR though), and I can't wait.

Keith was looking into DVC???? He IS converted!
YaY!!! So glad you made it over!!! Values are very different than the mods I know for sure. It just has a different feel to them. I think having kids along would have made POP more enjoyable.

He is slowly becoming converted....he keeps asking me for my "live feed" on Illuminations and the castle. Illuminations was actually a You Tube video (now) but was the live version of the 3oth anniversary show. The castle is Weather Bug from the Contemp. He also watched a video of the Candlelight Procession and MVMCP parade Monday night....he never would have done this even last year!!! Maybe, just maybe I have a convert!!

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Can't wait to read about your trip!! I'm really hoping to visit in October next time we go back!

Aww...so sorry you didn't care for Pop. We have stayed at Pop since the boys were really small and they have liked it so much we just kept going back.(We spend very little time in the room so it has worked for us) But, I can definitely understand if you are used to staying at Mods that you may be disappointed as it definitely doesn't have the relaxing feel to it. But, I am so glad to hear so many positive things about POR since that is where we are leaning for our next trip!!
So far this has been our favorite time to visit...almost! For one reason it could have been slightly better. No humidity and less heat was a definite plus!

For me POP was pretty much what I expected and I actually enjoyed it there. I did miss things from POFQ though. For Keith, there were several things he missed.....first impressions and all sometimes can change.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:20 PM   #19
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We travel!!!! Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
― Michael Palin


We begin this journey much later than I had wanted. I like getting to Orlando around 4:30pm to have an evening after a brief rest. Since we had park tickets this day, I had hoped to go to a park.

Arriving at 4:30pm means leaving around 4:30am. We left at 6am. What does this mean? We arrive around 6:30pm. By this time, only Epcot and Magic Kingdom are open. So what to do?

Well, first we have to drive down there! We leave and drive through Mississippi, Alabama, and finally Florida. I took only a few pictures with my phone on the drive…

Mobile Bay







The clouds were cool and I could not get my phone camera to capture the colors. These clouds were the result of a cold front moving through the area. As we get closer to Florida, the clouds from this front and the clouds/wind from Sandy combine. Sandy was something that the magic of Disney kept us from knowing just how bad this was! We were shocked when we returned home and saw the news footage!

We make a brief stop at the Florida Welcome Center and got the free orange juice!!





Then we drive on until we make our usual gas/food stop in Marianna. Keith comments that when I go to Disney it is like all is right with the world and I agree to anything. I guess he is correct! I ate lunch at Taco Bell ….and anyone that personally knows me knows this was major, major, major!!!!!

After lunch we head on east and then south. Along the way we listen to college football!! Ole Miss was playing Arkansas so this took up a good portion of the drive through Florida. After that we flipped from game to game (XM Radio is marvelous!!). And I tried to ignore the fact that my Southern Miss Eagles were /are one of the worst football teams in America.

Soon we are seeing these signs and the sun is beginning to get tired, as are we!





Then we are in Orlando and we see these wonderful signs…



And finally we arrive at POP!







We arrive at the resort and I leave my camera in the car since Keith was dropping me off. He then parks and comes inside…so no camera! Check-in is extremely quick and painless. I had done online check-in and I think it took me 2 minutes to process it all!

He decides to step outside and see the “view” which in this case is the pool. That is when he notices Petals and a football game on the tv. So maybe this place isn’t too bad after all! We take a seat, order a beer and Pina Colava, and proceed to watch Georgia beat Florida!

When we first stepped outside, I took two pictures of the gorgeous sky and setting sun. This is why me leaving my camera in the car made me . I contemplated running to the car but I know how fast the sunset goes away and felt it would be a wasted effort. I think these pictures give the sunset a decent representation though.





Game over, drinks gone, we head off to find our room! I was excited to find it was in the building I had hoped for! The 70’s! Since it was a birthday trip I thought it would be fitting to stay in the buildings representing MY decade!
Our room was on the fourth floor (Rm #430) and we faced huge bushy tree thingies. I chose to not take a view picture. It was basically like a tree wall. We enter the room and I got a few pictures:









Continued in the next post....
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Continued from previous post...

I really liked the shower curtains and wallpaper in the bathroom. I liked the softness of the sage green and beige plus the hidden Mickeys were subtle as well!





This was really the only thing inside the room that made it "70s"



Then we try to decide what to do. We contemplated ESPN to view the Mississippi State/Alabama football game. We wisely decided against that and chose to head off to DTD…no boat meant the bus stop! Now on the way I snapped a picture or two and this is when Keith made comments on my picture taking, thus I refrained from taking as many pictures as normal but I still had a ton! He rolls his eyes when I stop and sometimes he left me which meant I looked like a four year old running after Daddy to catch up. Also, food pictures taken were met with eye-rolling but at least he relented!

As we waited for the elevator I grabbed some of those quick pictures:







The bus stop:



We load up on a bus that quickly arrived. One awesome thing was the waits for the buses were almost nothing! Many times we got to the bus stop (both at the parks and POP) to find the bus waiting on us. Ironically the times we waited more than 5 minutes for a bus was when we were going to or leaving a Deluxe! And those waits were anywhere from 30-45 minutes!!

We arrive at DTD and thus began the “What do you want to eat?” game. I had planned this evening to be quick service and using a credit. Keith suggests Rainforest Café or T-Rex but it would be out-of-pocket. In the end he decides this is okay. Rainforest still has plastic hanging everywhere and Keith wasn’t too intrigued. We begin weaving through thousands of people and finally arrive at T-Rex.



We stand in the line to see what the wait would be…1 hour. By this time it is slightly after 8 pm so we nix this idea.

We wander further down the road and look at a few menus with nothing striking our fancy. But the Halloween/Fall decorations were a nice change from what we are used to!!



Finally we arrive at Raglan Road. We really enjoyed this place in 2011 and had wanted to go back. But in the end we decided we were tired and a sit down dinner might not be so enjoyable. Where did we wind up?

We found ourselves at the counter of Cooke’s of Dublin using one of those CS credits!!





This place was packed as well and after ordering, we found it difficult to find a table. One did open up just before the waitress brought the food to our table. The restaurant has a nice vibe to it:



From our table:





First we had to order though!!!

I decided to order Georges bank Atlantic Scallops-Served with chips and freshly made tartar sauce ($11.95). I also got a drink and a chocolate chip cookie for desert. (Keith's is in the back...remember the eye rolling? Well, I didn't attempt a solo picture of his food! I didn't want this trip to start off badly!!)



The scallops were delicious and the chips, better known as French Fries, were very good too and I found myself scarfing the whole thing down! At first when I saw the servings, I didn’t think it would be filling enough but it definitely was and the cookie was taken back to the room for a late night snack!

Keith went with The Original One & One (Fish and Chips)- Served with chips and freshly made tartar sauce ($10.95). He chose to head to the bar for a beer and also got a cookie.

I don’t think Keith realized that the meal was “One & One” because when he saw that ONE piece of fish, he immediately said “This is a rip-off at $10.95!”. He said the fish was good but not nearly as good as Yorkshire County Fish Shop in England/Epcot. He did finish everything off and took a bite or two of the cookie. His was left behind because he isn’t really a sweets eater. What is wrong with this dude!? Chocolate is like oxygen!!!

With supper finished, we decided to just head back to the resort. 5am had been early that morning and really I had only gotten 3 hours of sleep due to my child-like excitement!

We made one brief stop and I snapped a few pictures.







Before long we were back to the resort.



I took a picture of this because the first one I had way back in the 80’s frustrated me so I removed the stickers and placed them in the places to make them match up. Do you know what that does to a Rubik’s Cube? It pretty much ruins it!! I will never forget that!!

One more shot of the 70s building:



Next up is our first real day and while this day was covered in one post, the following days were too action packed so be forewarned!!
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Our route to Disney is almost the same as your's so I recognize Mobile Bay and the rest stop. We've never been through there during the daylight hours so we miss out on the fresh orange juice.

It sounds like Pop wasn't all that bad and it's good that you went into the stay with, I don't want to say low expectations but I think you know what I'm trying to say.

Yay for getting out and seeing something "Disney" on your first night even if it wasn't a park. I get the wiggles of excitement and want to go do something but we always arrive semi- late so we can't.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:19 PM   #22
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Looking forward to your TR !! I'm anxious to hear about your trip w/o the kids!! So far, we have left DS19 home for a couple of days, but managed to get him down for part of our trip. I know that he'll have to totally opt out soon, with college,jobs, etc. and it saddens me. But, I'm not giving up my Disney trips!!
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Great job so far! We were at the World from 10/26-11/3! Maybe we'll be in some of your photos!
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Yay! Y'all made it to Disney!

Sounds like it was a good first night. I can't wait to hear all the rest!
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Too bad that you couldn't get to a park that day, but DTD is a nice compromise!

That's awesome that your bus waits were minimal! I have found our waits at the Deluxes to be horrible as well! It's crazy!

I love the look of the giant icons at Pop. I've not seen too many photos of the rooms though, so I'm really glad that you included some. The rooms look nice, if a little plain.

Dinner sounds great! Too bad that Keith was disappointed in his, but it looks yummy!
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You've arrived!! Beautiful picture of the WDW sign!!

Your food looks really yummy! I've wanted to try Cooke's of Dublin for the longest time! Hopefully...next trip!

Sounds like you had a nice evening! Can't wait for more!
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Yay you're there! We like to do DTD on arrival day. Hubby is always cranky after travel, so we save a little money by not trying to do a park first thing. But I still want a little Disney fix, so we love DTD for that reason.

I just love the big fooseball "field" at Pop. All the big fun decorations would be so cool. I just can't deal with full-size beds
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It has been crazy around here between Madison's soccer 3-4 nights a week, family get togethers yesterday and today plus we are preparing to leave on our annual Thanksgiving trip to Gatlinburg. I plan to reply and post tomorrow but sometimes plans are overruled by real life!

But I do want to wish Happy Birthday to a special mouse!! Happy Birthday Mickey!!



Hopefully I will be able to post tomorrow!!!
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Our route to Disney is almost the same as your's so I recognize Mobile Bay and the rest stop. We've never been through there during the daylight hours so we miss out on the fresh orange juice.

It sounds like Pop wasn't all that bad and it's good that you went into the stay with, I don't want to say low expectations but I think you know what I'm trying to say.

Yay for getting out and seeing something "Disney" on your first night even if it wasn't a park. I get the wiggles of excitement and want to go do something but we always arrive semi- late so we can't.
Keith actually didn't know they gave out the orange juice since we normally do not stop at the Florida welcome center. He though it was so cool. I forgot to mention that when we got out and walked up, they were playing Disney/Mickey Mouse music. It was so cool, especially since we had only made it to Pensacola!!

When I get to the resort I just can't sit still! I was glad with whatever as long as we weren't sitting in a room watching the tv!!


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So glad you are reading along!!! We felt very guilty for the first part--the ride down and the first day--but then we got into the swing of it being just us adults! We dread the days when the kids have to opt out as well...I am NOT ready for that!!

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Thank you!!! How cool you were there at the same time! Maybe you will spot yourself!!

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We had a pretty good first night considering how tired we were getting!

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Too bad that you couldn't get to a park that day, but DTD is a nice compromise!

That's awesome that your bus waits were minimal! I have found our waits at the Deluxes to be horrible as well! It's crazy!

I love the look of the giant icons at Pop. I've not seen too many photos of the rooms though, so I'm really glad that you included some. The rooms look nice, if a little plain.

Dinner sounds great! Too bad that Keith was disappointed in his, but it looks yummy!
Downtown Disney used to be our traditional first night stop. It gives you that Disney feel even if you can't get to a park! this past July broke that trend but we got back on track!! The rooms were very basic and somewhat plain. They were relaxing though since there wasn't a lot of stimulation with crazy prints and wall hangings. I really liked the big icons and wish I had the kids with me to really explore them all!

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You've arrived!! Beautiful picture of the WDW sign!!

Your food looks really yummy! I've wanted to try Cooke's of Dublin for the longest time! Hopefully...next trip!

Sounds like you had a nice evening! Can't wait for more!
Thank you! The sky was really pretty that night and provided a neat color. Cooke's of Dublin was good and I definitely would recommend it!!

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Yay you're there! We like to do DTD on arrival day. Hubby is always cranky after travel, so we save a little money by not trying to do a park first thing. But I still want a little Disney fix, so we love DTD for that reason.

I just love the big fooseball "field" at Pop. All the big fun decorations would be so cool. I just can't deal with full-size beds
I am exactly like you! I want some Disney but Keith is usually cranky and wants to relax...so we have found DTD to be a good compromise! The full-size beds are not cool at all!! I am not used to that size bed.
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Yea for arriving!! I love the big icons at POP too, especially when they're lit up at night. You're right that the rooms are plainer and the beds smaller but I do love the vibe of POP. I know exactly where you're standing taking the picture of the Hippy Dippy Pool.

DTD is a great first night choice. Satisfies that "I'm finally at Disney" feeling and you don't "waste" a park day. We've never eaten at Cooke's but it looks like a good place to put on the list to try. Can't wait to hear about your official first day!!
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