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Old 03-15-2013, 03:19 PM   #31
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Hey..I know that boy face at Princess time! and wait..there are FP at MERMAID and DUMBO?! shhesh
Wait until you see his face later, though.

And yes, can you believe where they have FPs? Crazy! Also FPs for Toy Story. The world has gone mad, I tell you, mad!

And Dumbo is DOUBLE Dumbo now! At the time we went it seemed to be one Dumbo for FPs holders and one for standby. Not sure if it's always that way, but it's how it worked at that time on that day.


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I too have an achilles injury and I got this boot and man is it like HEAVEN.

The blue circle on the front is an air pump. You pump this little bulb and a air chamber inside acts like a little pillow and feels so good. its also not big and bulky because it has a low profile - doesnt come clear up to the knee.

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Shelly, thank you! I will show that boot to DH.

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Cinderella's Royal Table. I spoke with hubby and child *at length* about this restaurant. Many of us are aware that I can really do without the characters (apart from Jack Sparrow but not for crazed soccer-mom reasons, I just think he's cool), so this meal was not for me. I didn't have a huge desire to eat in the castle. But I figured that DH would like it (he likes characters and he likes doing things like that), and I also figured this would be the last time DS would consent to such a meal. At least until he's a teenager and wants to date the "friends of the princesses".

So we decided to go, as a family. Pre-paid for it in November.

When we got home and we were talking about it, E said that no one asked if he wanted to dine there. Oh ha ha. He either remembered really quickly or he was just, um, well, lying about that, because he gave up the argument very fast.

But it's possible that he had forgotten at the time, because he was really dragging his feet.

At CRT you line up outside, give your name. You line up a little further on and they call your name and escort you inside. And you don't really line up, but you clump up, and wait for them to call your name while you're inside. And then you line up to have your picture taken with Cinderella. And THEN you mill around until they tell you to go up. That's a lot of lines.

For the picture, E still had a very dubious expression on his face. I wish we could have a retake, because he got a bit more chipper after the meal. Oh well.

So we went up and it was bright and pretty inside, and a pretty small space compared to what I was expecting. Here's the table.




A pretty menu.




With menu items that had *just* changed a week or two before our reservation. Thankfully I liked the veggie option.







Robert and I got the veggie dish, and Eamon ordered the cheese pizza with carrot&celery to start (which sort of mixes and matches the kid options but they didn't seem to mind). We were on the more upper level of the restaurant and I could see the teensy pizzas other kids had, and I warned him of the portion size and told him we would feed him more later. Which, honestly, is pathetic. HOW much did we pay for that meal, and we had to feed him immediately after just to get him full? There will be a picture later.

Jasmine visited.





They give girls wands and boys swords. Of course, there was a table of all adults right next to us and THEY all got swords and wands, but Robert and I did not, and I didn't want to be a pain and ask for one, but darnit adults pay more and I wanted a wand or sword! Harumph!

So Sleeping Beauty had him pose with his sword because he was a brave knight.



She annoyed E because she, horrors, hugged him, and hugged him too hard. Squeezed his neck, apparently. That's how he explained why his face was all red after the hug, at least.


Then Ariel came by and commented that they must be related because of the hair, and he warmed up to her MUCH more quickly.









She did NOT hug too hard.


By the time Snow White showed up he was fine with the princesses.








Watching Snow leave.



Acting nonchalant.



Why are you turning pink?




Saved by the food arriving. I ate that ALL. It was soooo tasty. Really really salty, but yummo.




Do forgive me, we're still watching recorded Olympics, so to us it's all still relevant, but...E was NOT impressed, just like Macayla.




But then it was time for dessert, and in a rare departure from our usual, we did order it. A chef had come out to help, and we found out that the no-sugar-added sorbet didn't mean artificially sweetened, and it had no "bad" ingredients for us. So E got that from the kid's menu. Raspberry, apparently.



Robert got the "cheesecake" thing, which he was not enthused by.



Mine was really good (though the sorbet was quite good as well), the flourless chocolate cake and that's some sort of pyramid of white chocolate something. I'm not a fan of white "chocolate" as there's no chocolate, but the cake part was good.





It was a nice time (though E needed more food), the princesses were sweet, the room was pretty. We used the Tables in Wonderland card, so we were to get a refund of that amount. That was authorized around 4pm that day and it came through quickly. Nice!

It was only later that we realized there had been a huge fluke that no one can explain, and at around 2am after our meal, someone requested a refund of the *rest of the prepayment*. And NO ONE can fix it. They say it's weird, they can see the times of the refund requests (that's how I know them), that the timing of the TIW refund is proper but the 2am thing is weird weird weird, but they cannot authorize a re-charge.

My mom used to have Buddhist leanings and DH and DS are Buddhist, so I think along these lines...is this nice karma for the good things we've done? Or is this something that's going to bite us in the rear later with nasty things to come? For fear of the latter, I have done what I now feel is my due diligence, having 3 very long conversations with CMs, trying to get it resolved. The third convo was the most definitive, and it really seems that I'll just need to accept the fact that we dined at CRT, got the picture and everything, and ultimately paid zero dollars for it.

The CMs are all surprised that I'm trying to pay. They say they wouldn't. I really hope that's not true. It disturbs me that they feel that way and say it.

I also wanted to make sure that CRT knows that something weird happened. I posted about it on the Restaurant board and one person PMd me that it happened to them too, nearly a week later, same circumstances. So there are two of us out there who are willing to say it out loud. I cannot help but wonder how many people are keeping it secret. CRT is an expensive meal experience, and I don't want it to get more expensive because someone or some system is causing these irreversable refunds.


We milled around a bit more after, but suddenly thought...we had seen something in the checkin materials about a DVC member gathering at Jambo House that day, and they said they had childcare available, and you know what? We want to do that! We were full and a bit tired and it was OK to leave.

Robert and Eamon went off to find a DVC kiosk to see if they could sign us up (the notification said you needed to make reservations) and I went and FINALLY got myself a parasol. Got it painted with balloons and flowers and the year (not my name). It was ready just about the same time the guys got back.

Side note: with the parasols, if it's going to rain you cannot use them for TWO DAYS. They aren't waterproof (the paint I guess isn't quite dry enough) until that time is done. They are really sun parasols, so make sure it's sunny for those first days after you buy one! I still haven't really gotten a chance to use it, because I kept forgetting it.


We were so annoyed at the bus situation that morning and we had so little time that we decided to just catch a cab to get to the gathering at Jambo. And so we did.
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We actually had a really good breakfast at the castle this last trip. Our first dinner there, from my standpoint, was inedible and the second marginally better. Our server at breakfast was the FIRST one we've had who actually knew how to take the TIW discount off the pre-paid meal and did it efficiently. I never thought to check to see if they reimbursed our whole meal lol.

Yes, I would try to make it right too. I'm nuts like that.
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Did you guys get into the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game at all? We got so sucked into that on our last trip, we hardly did anything at MK! We will be back there next week, for less than a day, and I'm afraid we won't end up riding anything again! (Did I ask you this before? I feel like maybe I did. I'm getting old and senile, sorry.)
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Sometimes just getting a diagnosis makes people feel happier. Or at least better. Explanations are always good.



The 2010 trip...in a big way I wish I hadn't been such a whineybutt about the Jambo room, but I was just out of my mind with exhaustion. It was what it was, it happened, and the fact is, we were not the only ones incredibly peeved about our assigned rooms.

I think that you are right about that. He felt as though his Dr just didn't care and was dropping the ball.
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I do not care for rude CMs like that. There was no line and frankly it is his job to treat you like a guest. Would you cut off a guest in your place? No you would not. Bad CM. The bad directions are a problem too and most people would be really testy about that. It's the type of thing that chaps my hide as my dad might have said.

Aren't you glad that you don't have to use a stroller anymore? That is insane! How do people find their strollers when they come back to it? How do they not get confused?

They did go really ornate for Little Mermaid didn't they? I love that ride in DCA. I am a sap, I saw that movie so many times when my niece was little I think I "bonded" with it. Hahaha!

I hated Autopia when my kids were little. Bad mommy. I always resisted it as long as I could. Kody never could reach the pedals. Oh am I glad we out grew that!

Oh little Eamon! Awww look at him!

Hahahahaha! Oh just you wait! He will ask to go see the Princesses!

I see Jasmine helped a little in the mood department. I see the ghost of a smile.

Hmm Aurora seems to know the same magic as Jasmine.....

Ariel made his day I see. Cute blush.

Well, Snow is rather beautiful after all!

Yummy looking dessert there! I am craving strawberries right now.

I had Scotty hang my parasol on the wall. It was wonderful and then when I was sick and our room got changed it somehow got broken.
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We actually had a really good breakfast at the castle this last trip. Our first dinner there, from my standpoint, was inedible and the second marginally better. Our server at breakfast was the FIRST one we've had who actually knew how to take the TIW discount off the pre-paid meal and did it efficiently. I never thought to check to see if they reimbursed our whole meal lol.

Yes, I would try to make it right too. I'm nuts like that.
I can't remember if we even thought about breakfast or not; it's possible they had no times for it. On this trip we tried to do lunch-ish times for sit-down meals, and that should have worked out well but somehow it just made us want to go "home" after the meal.

I'm glad to know the world isn't filled with people who wouldn't try to make it right.


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Oh sadly we did not! I tried so hard to actually make a PLAN for the parks, and I did manage to make a plan, but Sorcerers just didn't get done. Turns out I did not know where to pick up the cards (fire station, is that right? I think I read that once we got home) and since I didn't know I was never reminded of it by seeing the place, and they didn't remember...and by the end of the trip, well, there was illness, and everything got slowed way way WAY down.

I love this one day thing you're doing. Talk about paring your wants down to the bare minimum! I think it'll be great.


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I do not care for rude CMs like that. There was no line and frankly it is his job to treat you like a guest. Would you cut off a guest in your place? No you would not. Bad CM. The bad directions are a problem too and most people would be really testy about that. It's the type of thing that chaps my hide as my dad might have said.

It really does chap your hide, that's a great saying.


Aren't you glad that you don't have to use a stroller anymore? That is insane! How do people find their strollers when they come back to it? How do they not get confused?

I don't know how you know where your stroller is! I was astonished at the sea of strollers. I get overwhelmed by the stroller area outside POTC at DL, and I remember trying to find the *rental* after parking it near small world on our second one-day Disneyland trip...it seems so hard! During our first WDW trip we had breakfast with family at Crystal Palace and they parked their stroller outside and then there was a mystery thunderstorm during our meal. We really do not remember it happening, I guess we were so inside the restaurant and it's so loud, we just never noticed. Their stroller was SO wet.

So yeah, I don't miss those days at all! But I do still want another bebe, so if that happens I will welcome the stroller and Ergo and wrap and mei tai and podegi and selendang (all the types of baby-wearing devices I had *and still have*) gladly! And this time they will be used at Disney and it will be awesome. Of course, it has to happen first.



They did go really ornate for Little Mermaid didn't they? I love that ride in DCA. I am a sap, I saw that movie so many times when my niece was little I think I "bonded" with it. Hahaha!

I do like it at DCA but just not as much at MK. Exact same ride. Weird.

I hated Autopia when my kids were little. Bad mommy. I always resisted it as long as I could. Kody never could reach the pedals. Oh am I glad we out grew that!

I definitely don't like the *line* for Autopia. That's for sure!

Oh little Eamon! Awww look at him!

I know! Augh, so cute!

Hahahahaha! Oh just you wait! He will ask to go see the Princesses!

Oh I am sure he will.

I see Jasmine helped a little in the mood department. I see the ghost of a smile.

Hmm Aurora seems to know the same magic as Jasmine.....

Ariel made his day I see. Cute blush.

Well, Snow is rather beautiful after all!

He was hilarious with his "nah, she bothered me, she hurt my neck, whatever" reactions. Just like my brothers (I have 3 in total), though THEY were on the slower side for noticing girls, and E is soooo early. But I was "boy crazy" by 3rd grade, so I know what it's like. (and what it's like is very very confusing)

Yummy looking dessert there! I am craving strawberries right now.

I had Scotty hang my parasol on the wall. It was wonderful and then when I was sick and our room got changed it somehow got broken.
Oh, I'm sad that yours was broken!
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Kids are so funny! Kacy wasn't really interested in anybody until she was older. Kody was boy crazy from really early, before she was four years old. My nephew Ryan had this friend that was in his early 20's and he thought she was cute. He would call her Koko. She decided that she was going to marry him. She asked me how to tell him that they were getting married. I need to remind her of that. Loren's first love was Minnie Mouse when he was 6 years old. She dried his tears after a melt down and kissed the top of his head. Yeah. Good times!


I say every trip that I am going to replace my parasol. I just never do it.
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Oh sadly we did not! I tried so hard to actually make a PLAN for the parks, and I did manage to make a plan, but Sorcerers just didn't get done. Turns out I did not know where to pick up the cards (fire station, is that right? I think I read that once we got home) and since I didn't know I was never reminded of it by seeing the place, and they didn't remember...and by the end of the trip, well, there was illness, and everything got slowed way way WAY down.

I love this one day thing you're doing. Talk about paring your wants down to the bare minimum! I think it'll be great.
You can pick up cards at the fire station, I think, but we got ours behind the Christmas shop (or, as we call it, the Oldeee Christmas Shoppeeee). It really is fun, but it becomes such a time suck!! I should clarify, we will be in WDW for one night. We fly in to Tampa mid day, drive to Orlando, hit a park in the evening, sleep, go to another park, then drive to my mom's house. It is good and bad. We get to pare down our trip, as you said, and highlight the important things. But we don't get to relax at all, or enjoy the little things, like the awesome pools. I had to force my kids to go in the volcano pool at the Poly in December (then I couldn't get them OUT, of course). That said, I think we still prefer most of the rides at DLR so I can't justify a long WDW trip at the moment.
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Loving this TR!

Wow, you guys did a lot of transferring with cruise and resorts. We have done that in the past and my DH is just tired of it, (mostly the luggage part). So now I will only book 1 transfer at the most. Last year we stayed offsite at WH for the the first week with other family members, then when they left, we did a split stay with AKV and the Poly. So that was plenty.
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You can pick up cards at the fire station, I think, but we got ours behind the Christmas shop (or, as we call it, the Oldeee Christmas Shoppeeee). It really is fun, but it becomes such a time suck!! I should clarify, we will be in WDW for one night. We fly in to Tampa mid day, drive to Orlando, hit a park in the evening, sleep, go to another park, then drive to my mom's house. It is good and bad. We get to pare down our trip, as you said, and highlight the important things. But we don't get to relax at all, or enjoy the little things, like the awesome pools. I had to force my kids to go in the volcano pool at the Poly in December (then I couldn't get them OUT, of course). That said, I think we still prefer most of the rides at DLR so I can't justify a long WDW trip at the moment.
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That's neat that your mom lives in Florida. (though if she's the one you were talking about some days ago when giving me empathy about MIL, well I give you empathy right back!)


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Wow, you guys did a lot of transferring with cruise and resorts. We have done that in the past and my DH is just tired of it, (mostly the luggage part). So now I will only book 1 transfer at the most. Last year we stayed offsite at WH for the the first week with other family members, then when they left, we did a split stay with AKV and the Poly. So that was plenty.
Thanks!

And yes, it was a LOT of transferring. Spoiler alert...the title gives away how tired we got of moving.

We're kind of over it now. In the past (and in this trip) one of our moves has been to get to a 2 bedroom to host extended family, then another has been to leave it once extended family goes home. But that was in the heydays of a lot of DVC points. Now I think we have 4 left from the 2013 Use Year and 31 from 2014 UY. So we really can't even "afford" to host them unless we wanted to wait until 2016 and could bank some and use some! I think they understand this, and even talked about how in the future they can get a room and we can get a room and we'll just share a trip without having to share spaces.
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That's neat that your mom lives in Florida. (though if she's the one you were talking about some days ago when giving me empathy about MIL, well I give you empathy right back!)
Thanks for the return empathy. It was my dad who had similarities to your MIL. He had Parkinson's, and pretty much refused to acknowledge how badly it was affecting him, and refused to do his exercises/physical therapy unless the therapist was in the room helping him. While I now appreciate that he was working so hard to provide for us financially, he really should have worked on his own health too.

My mom has her own issues that make these visits not quite qualify for "100% fun family getaway relaxing vacation" status, but it is nice to get away from the daily grind for a week or so.
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Now, where was I? 2/13, Magic Kingdom, C Royal Table, parasol, hey let's go. Ah yes.

The cab ride was convenient, but problematic. I had run out of cash and Robert wanted to use the CC. The driver said that his machine had difficulties, so I ran into Jambo to grab money from the Chase ATM, just in case. While I did that, they tried to run it twice, and both times after quite a bit of time it timed out.

Ha ha, found out when we got home that it charged twice, then was refunded once.

Except that we had paid cash, having been told that it had failed.

So I gotta call Mears when Accounting is there. (they run the taxis)


Got to the desk where they wanted us to be, got the grownups checked in then Robert took E over the few yards to the kidcare spot for this event. For grownups it was quite fun, and considering there were *games* played to get people *mingling* and chatting with strangers, it's saying a LOT that I thought it was fun. Because I really dislike that stuff. But just today I started expanding my horizons in terms of doing things that others find "fun"...E and I went out to dinner (Robert's still on a work trip) and I just knew there would be a lot of St Patrick's "weekend" dates and whatnot happening, so we went back in the condo and changed into green. I have green pants, E has a few green shirts. Just decided to be festive. And I was ALWAYS that one kid who said "you can't pinch me because I AM Irish and don't have to wear green". Yep, the annoying one. but I wore it today! And tomorrow's Sunday, we have no plans, I'm re-wearing.

OK OK so it was fun and the host was really jovial and sweet, and we did not win the gift card but we had snacks and drinks, and eventually it was done.

Came out and the kids (all those poor little deprived kids of DVC owners, LOL) were having a grand time playing drums!








That evening was relaxed. I think we had some sort of food in the villa, we watched a movie, I remember it being very calm. I could very well be wrong, though. I have a vague memory from that day or the next of hurrying over to take part in some activity at the Kidani pool, only to find out after searching all through the pool area for the activity that it had been moved indoors with absolutely no signage to indicate this. (let me mention that there's a nice little Activities chalkboard *outside* the pool area that had obviously had something written on it, then had been wiped almost clean...they certainly could have put the updated meeting place right there) But that was probably the 14th. Not sure the date matters. Again, disney, use those signs.


When we woke the next morning and went into the living room to get E up (he was sleeping on the pull-out *chair*), this is what we were greeted with. (hint: not the sunscreen bottle in the foreground I just noticed)


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