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Old 03-15-2013, 12:14 AM   #1
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These are NOT the rooms that I paid for! 3 Resorts in 10 days - Trivia Answers 9/3

Brenda here! Emily and I are back from our recent WDW trip that included staying at 2 new resorts, dining at 5 new restaurants, and enjoying 1 new themed land! I plan to share all the hilarity, surprises, and fun from our 9 night/10 day stay with you all of you Dis folks here! Some of my Dining Board and FB friends already know our little secrets so shhhhh... no tellin!! Oh the drama!

From the title of my TR you can tell that Disney messed with us a bit...how dare them want to move us to a different room not once but twice! The nerve! Oh, and there was the hitch in our giddy-up when we were put on the wrong Magical Express bus. But heck, if we can survive that and the near-freezing temperatures (35 degrees the morning we left so this California gal was COLD!) we're good!

Spoiler Alert: Since the big reveal occurred in post 222 I can now insert here for anyone who prefers the condensed verision of this TR...

We arrive at YC...we're fetched by concierge staff to go to CL check in...sorry, you can fight over the bed that Celine Dion slept in, oh wait, there are 2 more beds...hope you enjoy the ADMIRAL SUITE. [insert happy tears]

So heres the facts:.

Who: Just the girls Emily (JustEmmy) and me! 9 glorious nights of mother/daughter time together. This was our 4th girl only trip in the last 2+ years. Our last trip in August 2012 was with DH and Em.

When: February 23rd through March 4th 2013

Where: 1 night Animal Kingdom Lodge (pool view room), 3 nights Yacht Club (pool/lagoon view) club level, and 5 nights Bay Lake Tower 1 bedroom (lake view.)

Anyone who has followed my reviews knows that I have a hard time trying new things (Truly! Classic example, I keep ordering the stuffed French toast at CRT.. it hasnt changed much...it is still a bread pudding wannabe!) Ok, perhaps a bad example but the things that I like, I like! And the things that I think I want to try, I just think about them and ponder what it would be like& but thinking doesnt get much accomplished. So this trip I was determined to spend more time at AK park and eat at Jiko for the first time. Thus the brilliant idea formed in my mind to try a new resort and a new restaurant all in the same trip! Therefore, we booked AKL for 1 night to do a test drive of sorts for the resort and see if it would fit our style.

Given that we were already expanding our horizons with staying at AKL, why not go really crazy and try a second new resort this trip as well? In this case Yacht Club. We have stayed at BC (first girl trip) and BWV (last summers trip) so staying at YC would complete the trifecta of Epcot resorts for which we have laid our weary heads.

And finally, our trips to WDW would not be complete without staying at our home resort of BLT (no we are NOT DVC owners but that conversation came up more than once this trip.) We love, love, love everything about it from the proximity to MK, to the décor, to the quietness of the resort, to the smell. Yes, there is a smell to this resort that makes me sigh whenever we first walk through their doors. (Strangely, the dish soap in our kitchen at work reminds me of the BLT smell.)

Why: Since February 23rd is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (seriously, look it up) what better way to celebrate than by going to WDW! Would you believe that we just wanted to enjoy some girl time at our happy place? Ok, well go with the later but you never know, next year I may just get a dog so that we can celebrate February 23rd with a puppy and some Purina Beggin strips.

With that I think we are ready to get the show on the road.

Note: Although Em is doing a dining review heres her DR thread- JustEmmy and Emmysmommy return to WDW for some wining and dining Im going to weigh in on most meals here. My last TR had a separate DR and although Im not doing a formal dining review, I will at least post some photos.

Another thing& I strongly dislike Photobucket now that it has changed to the new format. It may take a bit to edit and size the photos since it is now so difficult to work with. I started to move to Flickr but of course I had just renewed my Pro account with Photobucket. So my parting comment about that is ARGH!

Actually, my parting comment is... look, another photo of us!

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow.. shining at the end of every day... (you were singing along weren't you??)

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Reserving for Chapter Links...

Em's Dining Review here

` Preamble to the official TR: Nothing to really see here so keep moving...

Saturday February 23, 2013: Day 1
Part 1: 4:48am Never Looked So Good!
Part 2: Step aside maam, were moving your seats to where kids eat free!
Part 3: May I have your attention ladies & gentlemen, this is NOT our bus!
Dismeet Intermission: Fun in Vegas with Joh (Wilma-Bride)
Part 4: Behold that GORGEOUS lobby!
Part 5: Dining with an African Flair!

Disneyland Intermission - Photo tour

Sunday February 24, 2013: Day 2
Part 1: Look a zebra... pass the tissues
Part 2: Who needs to go to a park when you have THESE guys posing for you?
Part 3: Magic shots that disappear they are so magic & That entrance is not for you!
Part 4: Its Tough to Be Scared of Bugs especially crickets!
Part 5: I didnt know EE was a water ride!
Part 6: This is NOT the room that we paid for - the big reveal
Part 7: Photo Tour of Admiral Suite
Part 8: Photo Tour of Admiral Suites part II
Part 9: Flying 2,000+ miles to have dinner with a friend from the OC
Part 10: A New Land with Beasts and Mermaids... We are prepared with our own dingle hopper!

April 13, 2013 (also known as my birthday!): Dismeet Intermission with Linda67!

Monday February 25, 2013: Day 3
Part 1: Even the smallest details are so interesting!
Part 2: You would think at these prices they could keep the bank robbers away!
Part 3: Vintage dining where view-finders make a come back!
Part 4: Surprise, it's turn down time! No time for chocolates, we have a steak with our name on it!
Part 5: Look a Boat! I never noticed that before...

Tuesday February 26, 2013: Day 4
Part 1: Sunrises, Breakfast for 1 and waiting for a kid to awake...
Part 2: Epcot fun while DRY
Part 3: Epcot fun while WET
Part 4: A spin around Tron Track .... err I mean Test Track
Part 4.1: Where "I posted too many photos and didn't have enough room so I had to go to a second post" post.
Part 5: Pre dinner chill with a side of hors d'oeuvres - where's spell check on that one??
Part 6: Whoever this GER person is I want to hug them! Dinner with an Irish Jig
Part 7: We'll remember this night the rest of our life... if not, we'll have these photos!

Wednesday February 27, 2013: Day 5
Part 1: A glorious sunrise despite food thieves

Disney California Adventure Intermission: Memorial Day fun
Part 2: Final photo tour of Admiral Suite
Part 3: We're not quite ready to blow this joint yet.
Part 4: Don't make me turn this car around - you'll miss intermission!
Part 5: I Don't Wanna Work... I just Wanna Play All Day!
Part 6: Excuse me, this room has a view of the castle. Where's the lake?
Part 7: We have a crime scene here!

Disneyland Intermission: Walk in Walt's Footsteps Tour - Saturday June 15, 2013
Part 1 - Highlight: Club 33 Lobby.
Part 2 - Highlight: Mlle Antoinette's Parfumerie
Part 3 - Highlight: Walt's Apartment and lunch

Thurs. February 28, 2013: Day 6
Part 1: The most delicious breakfast in the entire universe!

Part 2: I'll Invite Myself To Your Fake Tea Party!
Part 3: Liberty Tree Tavern with a side of Headache!
Part 4: The BEST bread service in WDW - found here at Citricos!

Special Announcement for upcoming Disney fun: Disney's Grand Californian and beyond

Fri. March 1, 2013: Day 7
Part 1: Whispering Canyon Café - No one whispers here by the way!
Part 2: We're engineering our own coaster followed by a little champagne to shut me up!
Part 3: America - Sail on Freedom's Wind!
Part 4: 'Ohana means eat until you can't even look at that Bread Pudding!

Sat. March 2, 2013: Day 8
Part 1: As a specimen, yes, he's intimidating.. my what a guy Gaston!
Part 2: No Ferryboat to mark off my Must-Do list... I'll have to console myself with a brownie sundae!
Part 3: Potty Talk and a Prelude to Be our Guest dinner
Part 4: This is looking like a dining review... Be Our Guest Part 1
Part 5: Dinning with the Beast - Be Our Guest Part 2

Sunday March 3, 2013: Day 9
Part 1: A Royal Banquet Hall Breakfast

Part 2: Epcot Fun with Bruce, Ellen, and Donald
Part 3: A Surprise Favorite Lunch with a Glimpse of a Belly - with a bakery chaser!
Part 4: This was the most tormented 40 minutes of our trip!
Part 5: Narcoosees at last! Our last night at WDW!

Monday March 4, 2013: Day 10
Part 1: Record Lows and a Random Dismeet

Part 2: Breakfast in Cindy's Castle!
Part 3: We didn't change OUR fate - we still had to leave this happy place! But first, a traditional last meal
Part 4: Back in the OC and plotting....

Bonus Installment: A Trip Report within a Trip Report - Disney's Grand Californian Hotel: July 16th - July 21st, 2013
Bonus content - Part 1

Bonus content - Part 2
Bonus content - Part 3
Bonus content - Part 4
Bonus content - Part 5: Includes Napa Rose dinner
Bonus content - Part 6

What's Next?: An August 2013 Preview

Dismeet with Peachmermaid (Jennifer) - August 11, 2013

Let's Have Some Fun....Brenda's Must Dos and How Much Did you Pay Attention to this TR??

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I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:31 AM   #6
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IN! IN!! IN!!!

Can't wait for this one!


PS- Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!

On a more serious note, February 22 is National Margarita Day. Now THAT is something to celebrate!

THIS JUST IN!!! Customize Upload Options (SIZE) was back on PB for me this morning!!!

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Originally Posted by Stringbean&Wingnut View Post
I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!
Hi Sara! Thanks for joining!

Originally Posted by minnie411 View Post
Can't wait to read all about your trip.
Hi minnie and welcome!

Originally Posted by jecskc View Post
I can't wait to read !! Tell Emmy we are all awaiting her dining review as well !!
Thank you!! I know.... I tell the kid tick tock get to posting but she has been busy with school and going to D-land soooo I may hijack her DR. She does have some great photos of our dining though.

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IN! IN!! IN!!!

Can't wait for this one!


PS- Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day!

On a more serious note, February 22 is National Margarita Day. Now THAT is something to celebrate!

THIS JUST IN!!! Customize Upload Options (SIZE) was back on PB for me this morning!!!
Dee you are here!!! Thanks for joining!! How did I miss National Margarita Day? Probably good that I didn't celebrate that too hard or else I may not have made it up the next day to catch our flight!

No WAY! PB is now getting back to where they were before they "upgraded"?? I just checked it out and sure enough! Argh! Not that I didn't already upload hundreds of photos... I'll re-import just so I don't have to individually size unless they converted them for me. Thank you so much for sharing that good news.

I'll definitely have more photos for you for the YC/BC board as well.
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Hi Brenda, I'm just popping in to sub!!
I almost never get in at the beginning of TR's, so this is very exciting
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WAHOOOO!! Page 1!!

Love your TRs and I'm subbing on this one!!

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Great start!!

I almost couldnt tell which one of you was the mother and which one was the daughter...

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I think it's wonderful that you and your daughter can take these trips together. I'm looking forward to reading along on your journey.

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Of course I am here. Can't wait to read about it! I hate new photobucket too. I have emailed them numerous time to keep those old features not no one has responded to me. Rude customer service.

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I'm joining in! Can't wait to hear more!

I share your frustrations with Photobucket. I am now uploading exclusively to Flickr after the recent "renovations" Bucket did. But of course, that was after upgrading my Bucket account to a pro level, like you.

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