Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-18-2013, 09:57 PM   #1
Iamthequeen
DIS Veteran
 
Iamthequeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Just north of the Mason Dixon
Posts: 936

10 days of fun in the sun!

Hi, and welcome to this little trip report. This is me. My name is Terry, or you can call me Tess, or T, or hey you....



I am married to Charlie - you'll meet him next... I'm a senior land use planner with the County Planning Commission. Been doing this job for nearly 20 years. Before that I was a stay at home mom to 4 kids, who are all grown up now.

This is Charlie - he is just like a little kid when it comes to our Disney trips. He doesn't mind when I dress him up in character t-shirts or other costumes.



We also have 2 doggies - Lady is our cocker spaniel (the black one). She is almost 12 years old, and misses her brother Duke, who we lost last year.



And Ringo, the min pin, who technically belongs to my youngest dd. She can't have a dog in her apartment, so "grandma" gets to keep him - and he is a sweetie!



We did have 10 wonderful days in the sun!

here is a link to Day 1
__________________
If my daughter is the "Princess", I must be the "Queen"!
First ever PTR!
10 Days of Fun in the Sun
Wait.....we're staying where? and when??

2001 - All Star Movies; 2010 - POFQ; 2011 - POFQ; 2013- Caribbean Beach

Last edited by Iamthequeen; 09-26-2013 at 11:14 AM.
Iamthequeen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
Iamthequeen
DIS Veteran
 
Iamthequeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Just north of the Mason Dixon
Posts: 936

Reserved for links....

Day 1 Part 1
Day 1 Part 2
Day 2
Day 3
__________________
If my daughter is the "Princess", I must be the "Queen"!
First ever PTR!
10 Days of Fun in the Sun
Wait.....we're staying where? and when??

2001 - All Star Movies; 2010 - POFQ; 2011 - POFQ; 2013- Caribbean Beach

Last edited by Iamthequeen; 09-26-2013 at 07:57 PM.
Iamthequeen is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 09-18-2013, 10:34 PM   #3
Iamthequeen
DIS Veteran
 
Iamthequeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Just north of the Mason Dixon
Posts: 936

Pre-Day 1

Wednesday, Sept 4.

Man was today hectic. I needed to finish up my projects because they needed to be mailed out while I was gone. We have a monthly planning commission meeting - I'm on the staff. The PC reviews proposed ordinance amendments. The staff has to prepare the review and make a recommendation to the pc. I had 5 of these amendments for the September meeting. Usually I have 1 or 2....
and I normally would have another week to finish them up. So, I spent the last week trying to finish up the reports. I finished at 4:30 on Wednesday....

YAY! Charlie and I decided we'd stay at a hotel near the airport on Wednesday night. We live about 45 - 60 minutes from the airport, but since our flight was early in the morning, we did not want to get caught in rush hour traffic - and construction on the beltway. We decided to have dinner first and wait for the evening rush hour to be over before we headed down the road. Called the local sub shop to order subs and got no answer... tried again and still no answer. That meant we had to go over to the next town to get subs...I had a meatball parm and C had a tuna boat.

We were all packed - uh oh, I realized I only had 2 ME tags but 3 suitcases. Yeah, I know 3 suitcases for 2 people? Well, one had our pirate costume stuff. So I told C that we would have to carry that one on the plane. OK, no big deal.

After dinner, we loaded up the car. C had taken the dogs to the "Country Comfort Kennels and Camp for Pets" - I kid you not. We've taken the dogs there for a number of years, but this was Ringo's first time in a kennel and I was a bit worried about him.

Then we headed down the road to the hotel. C earns Comfort Inn points since he often has to travel for work, so we used points to stay at a Sleep Inn. The place was nice and clean, but they did not have the baseball game on tv! What hotel does not carry the local sports station????? Seriously.

Left a wakeup call for 5 am, however Charlie was awake at 4:30 am. Which meant I was awake at 4:30 in the AM!!!! He was so excited about our trip! I had laid out our Lady and the Tramp shirts the night before, so once he was showered and shaved, he was antsy to leave. Good grief man, give me a chance to get dressed! It was a chilly morning in Baltimore. Glad I brought the hoodies!

We parked the car in the long-term parking and took the shuttle over to the airport, check 2 of our bags and went through security with no problems and no long wait. Why is it that every time I fly out of BWI, the gate my plane is at is the very last one on the concourse???? EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

I love flying Southwest and use them whenever I can. We had A boarding passes and were able to sit near the front of the plane with a window seat!!! My favorite seat. The flight was uneventful and we were soon landing in Orlando.

Headed to the ME and they were boarding our bus, which was headed to the Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk and Caribbean Beach resorts. I thought we'd be the last stop, but yahoo! Caribbean Beach was the first stop!

Checked in -our room was ready - at 11:00 am! We were in Martinique, first floor corner room. Close to Old Port Royale - the food court and main pool. The room was nice.





We dropped off our carry-on luggage and headed out to our first park....
__________________
If my daughter is the "Princess", I must be the "Queen"!
First ever PTR!
10 Days of Fun in the Sun
Wait.....we're staying where? and when??

2001 - All Star Movies; 2010 - POFQ; 2011 - POFQ; 2013- Caribbean Beach
Iamthequeen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
disneychic2
DIS Veteran
 
disneychic2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 4,936

Hi Tess! I'm anxious to hear all about your fabulous trip. I love the look of your room. We've never stayed there, but depending on what your experience turned out to be, we may consider it. We do love FQ!

I never realized about your ptr, so I just read it. I LOVED Kate singing the national anthem! What a talent.

Okay, I'll be stopping in to learn all about your trip and live vicariously. Hope it was the best trip ever! And I absolutely love how eager Charlie was the morning of your flight! Makes me smile.

ETA: I forgot to mention what a great outfit you have on in the above picture! Gotta love that Epcot Minnie! And the bag is awesome too. But...where are the Lady and the Tramp shirts you mentioned?
__________________
disneychic2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2013, 08:51 AM   #5
Chicago Mo
DIS Veteran
 
Chicago Mo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Chicago Illinois
Posts: 3,746

Im here IM HERE!!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO
__________________
Me DH DD Meg (9) DS Matt(9) DS Zack (9)
1978 Contemporary ~ 2010 Poly ~ 2011 POR 1st trip report ~ 2014 crazy PTR ~
*Watch out Dumbo, there's a new circus coming to town PTR*

Chicago Mo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2013, 09:00 AM   #6
wiigirl
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 15,974

Following along!
__________________
For the love of Disney...
wiigirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #7
Iamthequeen
DIS Veteran
 
Iamthequeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Just north of the Mason Dixon
Posts: 936

Quote:
Originally Posted by disneychic2 View Post
Hi Tess! I'm anxious to hear all about your fabulous trip. I love the look of your room. We've never stayed there, but depending on what your experience turned out to be, we may consider it. We do love FQ!

I never realized about your ptr, so I just read it. I LOVED Kate singing the national anthem! What a talent.

Okay, I'll be stopping in to learn all about your trip and live vicariously. Hope it was the best trip ever! And I absolutely love how eager Charlie was the morning of your flight! Makes me smile.

ETA: I forgot to mention what a great outfit you have on in the above picture! Gotta love that Epcot Minnie! And the bag is awesome too. But...where are the Lady and the Tramp shirts you mentioned?
Welcome Lois! We loved POFQ, but Charlie wanted to try something different this time. We both said that we liked CBR as much as, if not more than FQ. The only thing I didn't care for were the double beds. I've heard that Disney is going to refurbish the rooms and put in queen beds. One of the reasons I liked this resort is the lake. Also, we were in a preferred room in Martinique which is very close to the food court.

The reason we liked FQ is because of its size and the convenience of only having one bus stop, however, we never had a problem with the bus and the bus stop was close by. I did miss the beignets for breakfast!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chicago Mo View Post
Im here IM HERE!!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO
Hi Mo!
Quote:
Originally Posted by wiigirl View Post
Following along!
Welcome!
__________________
If my daughter is the "Princess", I must be the "Queen"!
First ever PTR!
10 Days of Fun in the Sun
Wait.....we're staying where? and when??

2001 - All Star Movies; 2010 - POFQ; 2011 - POFQ; 2013- Caribbean Beach
Iamthequeen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2013, 08:40 PM   #8
Iamthequeen
DIS Veteran
 
Iamthequeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Just north of the Mason Dixon
Posts: 936

Day 1 Part 2

So, in keeping with tradition, we checked out the food court and then boarded a bus to the Magic Kingdom! We arrived at the park about 12:40 pm. It was very hot and humid!



I was starving, so we headed to Pecos Bill for lunch. The lines were long, but I love the cheeseburgers here and the fixin's bar. So we waited. Placed my order, swiped my card and it asked for a pin. A pin??? I didn't know anything about a pin. The CM that checked us in never mentioned a pin and did not ask us to input one in the system. Luckily the cm at Pecos Bill overrode the computer and let us use the DDP for lunch. Loaded my burger up with fried onions and mushrooms and went to find Charlie, who had gone to save a table. Finally found him and sat down to eat. I had apple slices with my burger and carrot cake for dessert. C had the deluxe burger with French fries and the chocolate cake for dessert. I don't think I have a picture of this meal.

The first attraction that C wanted to see was the Tiki Room and a show was just about to start. Then we headed over to Pirates of the Caribbean, but the ride was down. Headed back over to Frontierland. The lines for Splash Mountain and BTMRR were long, so we rode the train to New Fantasyland. We rode the Little Mermaid ride and then walked around looking at all the new rides and other attractions. Went to see Philharmagic, then headed to the Haunted Mansion. The line was loooong! We shared a bottle of water, then went back to ride HM. I love this ride! Walked back over to POTC and it was open with a 10 minute wait time. When we came out it was raining with lightning and thunder, so we got a drink and sat undercover since we did not have our ponchos with us. When the rain let up some, we walked back to Main Street and window shopped until it was time for our dinner reservation. Where did we eat???



Tony's Town Square Restaurant - one of my favorites. I know it doesn't get great reviews, but we've never had a bad meal here. We requested an outside table, since the humidity decreased after the rain.

The cm who took us to our table took our picture by the fountain.



Also saw this -



Charlie had the ciopinni and I had the chicken parmesan - which was our server's choice. I don't remember what we had for dessert... We decided to head back to the resort after dinner. Didn't want to get caught up in the parade crowd - after all, we had been up since 4:30 and I wanted to watch the football game because my Ravens were opening the season in Denver. I put the game on, watched the first quarter and part of the second before I fell asleep - which, considering how badly they played in the 2nd half, was a blessing.

Tomorrow - where are Terry and Charlie headed and what will they be wearing????
__________________
If my daughter is the "Princess", I must be the "Queen"!
First ever PTR!
10 Days of Fun in the Sun
Wait.....we're staying where? and when??

2001 - All Star Movies; 2010 - POFQ; 2011 - POFQ; 2013- Caribbean Beach
Iamthequeen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2013, 10:45 PM   #9
OnSpaceshipEarth
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 873

Following along!

Love the CBR!
OnSpaceshipEarth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2013, 10:05 AM   #10
DMGeurts
Never open texts with the "Hand Sewn Button" attachment!!!
 
DMGeurts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: DON'T feed the children!
Posts: 7,551

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
Hi, and welcome to this little trip report. This is me. My name is Terry, or you can call me Tess, or T, or hey you....



I am married to Charlie - you'll meet him next... I'm a senior land use planner with the County Planning Commission. Been doing this job for nearly 20 years. Before that I was a stay at home mom to 4 kids, who are all grown up now.

This is Charlie - he is just like a little kid when it comes to our Disney trips. He doesn't mind when I dress him up in character t-shirts or other costumes.



We also have 2 doggies - Lady is our cocker spaniel (the black one). She is almost 12 years old, and misses her brother Duke, who we lost last year.



And Ringo, the min pin, who technically belongs to my youngest dd. She can't have a dog in her apartment, so "grandma" gets to keep him - and he is a sweetie!



We did have 10 wonderful days in the sun!

here is a link to Day 1
I am such a bad Dis friend Tess!!! I am so sorry that I didn't see your link until now!

But I am here and following along!

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your outfit for Epcot! That is sooooo cute!!!!!!! I want that skirt in a BAD way! LOL Did you make it?

And Charlie... I can already tell that I him! Any man who lets you dress him up in character shirts and smiles... Well, he's a keeper in my book. Can we pretty please have him teach Josh how to be this way?

And I love your little furbabies - so cute!!!!!!!!!

No worries - I am not done responding yet...

D~
DMGeurts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2013, 10:12 AM   #11
DMGeurts
Never open texts with the "Hand Sewn Button" attachment!!!
 
DMGeurts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: DON'T feed the children!
Posts: 7,551

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
Wednesday, Sept 4.

Man was today hectic. I needed to finish up my projects because they needed to be mailed out while I was gone. We have a monthly planning commission meeting - I'm on the staff. The PC reviews proposed ordinance amendments. The staff has to prepare the review and make a recommendation to the pc. I had 5 of these amendments for the September meeting. Usually I have 1 or 2....
and I normally would have another week to finish them up. So, I spent the last week trying to finish up the reports. I finished at 4:30 on Wednesday....
I feel your pain - truly I do.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
YAY! Charlie and I decided we'd stay at a hotel near the airport on Wednesday night. We live about 45 - 60 minutes from the airport, but since our flight was early in the morning, we did not want to get caught in rush hour traffic - and construction on the beltway. We decided to have dinner first and wait for the evening rush hour to be over before we headed down the road. Called the local sub shop to order subs and got no answer... tried again and still no answer. That meant we had to go over to the next town to get subs...I had a meatball parm and C had a tuna boat.
Excellent idea to stay at a hotel nearer to the airport... Bummer about the subs though.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
We were all packed - uh oh, I realized I only had 2 ME tags but 3 suitcases. Yeah, I know 3 suitcases for 2 people? Well, one had our pirate costume stuff. So I told C that we would have to carry that one on the plane. OK, no big deal.
Yikes! Well - at least you could carry it on.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
After dinner, we loaded up the car. C had taken the dogs to the "Country Comfort Kennels and Camp for Pets" - I kid you not. We've taken the dogs there for a number of years, but this was Ringo's first time in a kennel and I was a bit worried about him.
I hope it went well for him.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
Then we headed down the road to the hotel. C earns Comfort Inn points since he often has to travel for work, so we used points to stay at a Sleep Inn. The place was nice and clean, but they did not have the baseball game on tv! What hotel does not carry the local sports station????? Seriously.
Bummer!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
Left a wakeup call for 5 am, however Charlie was awake at 4:30 am. Which meant I was awake at 4:30 in the AM!!!! He was so excited about our trip! I had laid out our Lady and the Tramp shirts the night before, so once he was showered and shaved, he was antsy to leave. Good grief man, give me a chance to get dressed! It was a chilly morning in Baltimore. Glad I brought the hoodies!
Yup - I knew I Charlie... Any man who can be excited about Disney AND wear character shirts AND smile about it... He's a GOOD man in my book! He reminds me of Kathy's Mark... I need to seriously plan a trip with the two of you at the same time, so some of this pixie dust rubs off on Josh.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
We parked the car in the long-term parking and took the shuttle over to the airport, check 2 of our bags and went through security with no problems and no long wait. Why is it that every time I fly out of BWI, the gate my plane is at is the very last one on the concourse???? EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
I hate that!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
I love flying Southwest and use them whenever I can. We had A boarding passes and were able to sit near the front of the plane with a window seat!!! My favorite seat. The flight was uneventful and we were soon landing in Orlando.
Yay for a safe and uneventful flight.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
Headed to the ME and they were boarding our bus, which was headed to the Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk and Caribbean Beach resorts. I thought we'd be the last stop, but yahoo! Caribbean Beach was the first stop!

Checked in -our room was ready - at 11:00 am! We were in Martinique, first floor corner room. Close to Old Port Royale - the food court and main pool. The room was nice.





We dropped off our carry-on luggage and headed out to our first park....
That's awesome! Looks like a gorgeous room!

D~ <---- Still not done catching up.
DMGeurts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2013, 10:17 AM   #12
DMGeurts
Never open texts with the "Hand Sewn Button" attachment!!!
 
DMGeurts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: DON'T feed the children!
Posts: 7,551

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
So, in keeping with tradition, we checked out the food court and then boarded a bus to the Magic Kingdom! We arrived at the park about 12:40 pm. It was very hot and humid!

Yay!!! My favortie thing to do! MK on arrival day!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
I was starving, so we headed to Pecos Bill for lunch. The lines were long, but I love the cheeseburgers here and the fixin's bar. So we waited. Placed my order, swiped my card and it asked for a pin. A pin??? I didn't know anything about a pin. The CM that checked us in never mentioned a pin and did not ask us to input one in the system. Luckily the cm at Pecos Bill overrode the computer and let us use the DDP for lunch. Loaded my burger up with fried onions and mushrooms and went to find Charlie, who had gone to save a table. Finally found him and sat down to eat. I had apple slices with my burger and carrot cake for dessert. C had the deluxe burger with French fries and the chocolate cake for dessert. I don't think I have a picture of this meal.
I know - I was shocked about the pin code thingy too - but I was able to remember mine - I had input it online when they switched over to the new website. So happy you were able to eat!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
The first attraction that C wanted to see was the Tiki Room and a show was just about to start. Then we headed over to Pirates of the Caribbean, but the ride was down. Headed back over to Frontierland. The lines for Splash Mountain and BTMRR were long, so we rode the train to New Fantasyland. We rode the Little Mermaid ride and then walked around looking at all the new rides and other attractions. Went to see Philharmagic, then headed to the Haunted Mansion. The line was loooong! We shared a bottle of water, then went back to ride HM. I love this ride! Walked back over to POTC and it was open with a 10 minute wait time. When we came out it was raining with lightning and thunder, so we got a drink and sat undercover since we did not have our ponchos with us. When the rain let up some, we walked back to Main Street and window shopped until it was time for our dinner reservation. Where did we eat???
WOW!!! You got a lot done! Glad you didn't get too wet!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post


Tony's Town Square Restaurant - one of my favorites. I know it doesn't get great reviews, but we've never had a bad meal here. We requested an outside table, since the humidity decreased after the rain.

The cm who took us to our table took our picture by the fountain.

OK - so maybe I was wrong... Maybe Charlie doesn't actually SMILE at the exact same time he is wearing the character shirts - but he looks like he WANTS to.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen View Post
Also saw this -



Charlie had the ciopinni and I had the chicken parmesan - which was our server's choice. I don't remember what we had for dessert... We decided to head back to the resort after dinner. Didn't want to get caught up in the parade crowd - after all, we had been up since 4:30 and I wanted to watch the football game because my Ravens were opening the season in Denver. I put the game on, watched the first quarter and part of the second before I fell asleep - which, considering how badly they played in the 2nd half, was a blessing.

Tomorrow - where are Terry and Charlie headed and what will they be wearing????
WOW!!! A double rainbow - IN DISNEY!!!!!!!!! How awesome is that?

Oooh - can't wait to see where you are headed and what could you be wearing?

D~ <---- Phew! All caught up!
DMGeurts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2013, 02:41 PM   #13
Chicago Mo
DIS Veteran
 
Chicago Mo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Chicago Illinois
Posts: 3,746

Ummm D had me beat on all the replies..

Some people are such report hogs ya know?!?! Lol!!!!
I hate replying on my phone.. no smilies


Boy oh boy you got a TON done on your first day!! I'm tired after reading it all!!!!!

I am in love with the shirts! LOVE!!!
You two are so adorable together!!!

Hey I want in on this trip too
__________________
Me DH DD Meg (9) DS Matt(9) DS Zack (9)
1978 Contemporary ~ 2010 Poly ~ 2011 POR 1st trip report ~ 2014 crazy PTR ~
*Watch out Dumbo, there's a new circus coming to town PTR*

Chicago Mo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2013, 03:36 PM   #14
Iamthequeen
DIS Veteran
 
Iamthequeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Just north of the Mason Dixon
Posts: 936

I will catch up on quotes later. Just wanted to let you all know that I am headed to Pittsburgh for the weekend to visit my son and his fiance. Not sure how well the posting will go from the kindle, but I'll try!

Welcome D~!
__________________
If my daughter is the "Princess", I must be the "Queen"!
First ever PTR!
10 Days of Fun in the Sun
Wait.....we're staying where? and when??

2001 - All Star Movies; 2010 - POFQ; 2011 - POFQ; 2013- Caribbean Beach
Iamthequeen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2013, 03:39 PM   #15
Chicago Mo
DIS Veteran
 
Chicago Mo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Chicago Illinois
Posts: 3,746

Quote:
Originally Posted by Iamthequeen
I will catch up on quotes later. Just wanted to let you all know that I am headed to Pittsburgh for the weekend to visit my son and his fiance. Not sure how well the posting will go from the kindle, but I'll try!

Welcome D~!
Have a fantastic trip!!!!
__________________
Me DH DD Meg (9) DS Matt(9) DS Zack (9)
1978 Contemporary ~ 2010 Poly ~ 2011 POR 1st trip report ~ 2014 crazy PTR ~
*Watch out Dumbo, there's a new circus coming to town PTR*

Chicago Mo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:30 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.