3 reports + links to more- 8 days since May + conversations galore

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  1. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

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    Well, I'm disappointed in the borders for uploaded pictures, but I think I'll get one print. Harumph.

    However, the photopass people are gooooood. I went to a different section of their site, and they have a picture of a desk area with all sorts of photopass products...half of them in the picture are pictures from my account. It's seamless...the photo on the computer screen is one of DS and Pooh, the one on the calendar on the wall is another pic, and so on. Very good. :)

    Wow I took a lot of pictures during our little jaunt! The utter lack of photos from DCA bugged me so much I think I went overboard! Thankfully DS was so good for almost the whole time we were there and was right with me the whole time (though a few times he thought I'd left him, poor kid, even though I was just behind him), and he put up with me taking pictures, even of the scenery!
     
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  3. kaoden39

    kaoden39 <font color=peach>Prayers and pixie dust from your

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    Oh, get the photopass pictures.:goodvibes Yes, our California mosquitoes are awful. Whenever my daughters get bites they swell up like crazy. Benedryl helps a little but the one thing that always helps is Atarax but it will knock you on your fanny. Be warned. Have you tried an Aveeno oatmeal bath? Or a baking soda bath. Those help them too. They are also good for sunburns.
     
  4. kaoden39

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    Do you have photoshop? I have had so much fun with the photoshop I bought last week. There are these borders and things you can add to the pictures. There are so many things you can do and I am amazed at how it fixes the color and lighting pictures to improve them.
     
  5. bumbershoot

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    As I think we all know, my SIL sprung the option for staying at Disneyland on me last minute. She adores her nephew and wants him to have fun, and she knew he would have fun. So I made the reservation that was possible and not a gabillion (new word created by DS this morning) dollars, and we got ready.

    We left around 9am. Most people say that the drive time between San Diego and Disneyland Resort is about 1.5 hours. That's true from downtown SD. But when you're way out there in the hills of Chula Vista, it's 2 hours. A long, boring trip, according to the 5 year old I know.

    We saw SIL off on her commute, and then we hit the road. We made good time, no traffic, and got to town in due time. I found out that a Durango (7 seater) can indeed do a U-turn on Disneyland Drive, and I pulled into PPH's driveway behind about 4 different people doing the same thing as I was doing.

    We hopped out, locked the car, and ran in to do "early registration", as the paperwork calls it. Put a card on the account for resort fee (still 13.80/night including tax) and other expenses...since it was a debit card, they told me they put a hold of $50 on it. Fine with me. They gave me an adorable folder that was an advertisement for DVC, which included the PPH info including MM dates, Times calendar, and park maps. We got our keys with names on them, and the keycard folder gave me my PIN code to identify myself with and a phone number to call "after 3", to get my room number.

    Ran back to the car, buckled in, pulled around to the parking garage by going around the side of the building (I didn't get back out on the road, just continued forward and around from the driveway).

    You no longer get a parking permit! That was interesting to me. You get a parking slip from the machine, and you just show your keycard when you leave. This is new even as of last December, when we got a parking permit.

    Whoo, parking is tight in a bigger car! I finally found a spot I was comfy pulling into, arranged things in the car so they could not easily be seen (yes, going against what I always advise against!), and we moved along.

    E wanted to see the inside of the hotel, instead of just leaving from the garage, so we made our way along that way.


    There was a recent post somewhere (here? elsewhere?) showing that the concept of PPH's pool being BOTH on the "roof" and available to be seen in pool view rooms is confusing.

    This shows part of the pool area, which is on something like the 3rd floor of *part* of the hotel, while the bulk of the hotel is above it.

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    There was this odd area that looked like *someone* could get into or out of the pool area and straight to the garage, but doors seemed impassable for the normal person.

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    That said, we didn't go to the pool, so it's possible they were easily opened from that side (why you would want to go straight from the pool area to the parking garage is unknown).


    Sherry Sherry...I finally noticed the sunscreen smell! They must not pump it in during Yuletime, maybe...though we were there that September...maybe I just thought there were some heavy suntan lotion users around? :)


    We had occasion to visit the bathrooms on the second floor...no one was around, so I snapped a pic.

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    My dude with Goofy.

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    Note the lightsaber (missing the end cap b/c they're cheap). Every Single Child that saw that thing, whether lit up or not, wanted it. Parents, put it in your budget (alas, SIL bought it for him at DCA and I don't know how much it was). Every Single Child. In fact, we weren't even out of the parking garage before we were asked where we got it (from the vendors that come out at dusk).
     
  6. bumbershoot

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    Good to know I'm not alone. I don't remember it being this bad when I was growing up! But who really knows, right? And up here, I'm never bothered much by the little bloodsuckers, so I was surprised.

    I'm planning on a baking soda paste if the itching comes back...

    No photoshop. Isn't that just the saddest thing you've ever heard (that is picture-related but not about losing your pictures, that is)? :upsidedow
     
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    Yes, it has begun!:cool1:
     
  8. Sherry E

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    Oh really? Oooooh! You got a whiff of the sunscreen smell? No, I guess they don't pipe it into the air during December because they must figure it is not summery enough to do that. That is a clever, subliminal tactic and yet it makes perfect sense seeing that the PPH is a sun/surf/beach-themed hotel. Very, very clever, that Disney. They know what they are doing, that is for sure. I am surprised they haven't piped in some sort of rustic aroma over in the GCH pool area!!

    And you know something I have noticed whenever we leave the PPH parking lot - there is never anyone manning the booth or checking to see if we have a Room Key or anything. We usually just sail right on out of the lot, never having to prove we were guests! We always assumed that they onyl cared about why we were parking when we first arrived, but now that I think of it, I don't think anyone asked us anything when we arrived to park at PPH either!! Oh well, I guess that is why they no longer give the parking permits and instead ask for the room key proof on the way out (or cash, I suppose, if you parked without being a guest??).
     
  9. bumbershoot

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    Exploring time was done, and we headed out those front doors, made a left to the sidewalk, and crossed Disneyland Drive to get over to GCH.

    I love this new Celebrate sign...I loved it in March when I saw it with Cheryl, and love it now. E was so good while I took multiple shots of it, to make sure I got a good one.

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    Walked to the front doors. Which are rarely closed. And if they are closed, they are rarely closed long enough to see them. But this is what they looked like.

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    As we were leaving the next mid-afternoon, we were behind women trying to get that pic from the opposite direction. They were so amazed that we hung back behind them, waiting, b/c so many people were just blowing past them, not knowing what they were doing.


    So listen (literally)...right now there's construction going on in GCH. Off the lobby. This is what it sounds like. Sigh.

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    If for some unknown reason I'd decided to completely take advantage of my SIL and get that 1 bedroom suite for ONE night for OVER one thousand dollars, and this was the ambiance I was dealing with...well, I wouldn't be telling my SIL, that's for sure. And if she had been staying there, she would have taken her lawyerly self on up to the front desk and having a serious chat with a manager about it. Noisy.


    In addition, the construction at least last Thurs and Fri was taking place at the pretty staircase and around the entrance to the clever hallway to DTD. So if you have a stroller or are otherwise on wheels, follow the detour signs! If you do not need a ramp, just go past the tarps, turn left, and follow things along. It's a lovely pathway, though I'll tell you, that parts reminds me of Edgefield hotel in Troutdale OR more than anything else...except that Edgefield has extensive grounds, makes their own beer, wine, and some spirits, and includes breakfast for much MUCH less. :goodvibes

    Turn right out the sliding doors, twist and turn to the dark "tunnel" to DTD...see three lovely wedding gowns in the Disney Wedding display and watch Goofy's ear go up to hear Disney's Best Kept Secret, and at last you're in DTD!

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    Studio 365 is open, and in fact we saw them scurrying around like busy bees on the 25th and very early 26th (the day it opened) prepping everything.

    It's amazing how much talking I can do without even getting to the esplanade!


    At long long last we were in Disneyland, and E let me know that he would be needing a stroller. Well, OK...we hopped in line.

    If only I had remembered the Critter Country part of this sign later on, when our stroller was moved to an unfindable place or "borrowed" by someone who thought their last name was ours and that they had parked their stroller in the same spot we did.

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    Around noon...

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    And lies, lies I tell you! By the time we got to the Splash line, it was 75 minutes.

    We grabbed a Fast Pass instead. :) Then we went to join Pooh's dreams of Heffalumps and Woozles.


    You know how there's so much discussion over whether people should join their friends or family up ahead in line? Well, what about having your family come back to you? We did that in DCA when we got separated, a different family did that for us in DCA when E and I went on the Zephyr, and I sure do wish the fragmented summer camp group of a gazillion people had done that for us, when we went on (and had half the group cut in front of us for)....the....


    Canoes!

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    They have all kids 6 and under (or perhaps under 6...not sure, either one included DS) wear flotation vests, and the sign says that they have adult sizes available as well. The vests for the littler ones have the strap that goes between the legs and keeps the vest on...the bigger size didn't, but E kept looking for it.

    He was a little nervous.

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    Oh look at that cute oar...they have two sizes of oar.

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    Whooie, was that painful! Fun, but painful on the shoulder. Our guide kept telling us to row row row...ouch. And of course it's not like anyone knows when to stroke...our boat was all over the place. The coxswains I rowed Crew with would have gone nutty with our group!

    I enjoyed it, and if Robert ever gets a job down Anaheim way, I'm getting a summer job on the Canoes...might be the oldest one there, but I'd be a good one. :goodvibes


    Our FP time still wasn't up, so we joined Pooh again. It *still* wasn't up, so we decided to snag some lunch at the French Market. We'd never been there before, so this was exciting.

    E decided on the mac and cheese, and he was VERY happy with it.

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    I opted for the 4 Cheese Pasta and Vegetable Gratin. Yumm-o.

    Now I don't know why they include "gratin" after "vegetable", but oh well. Well, maybe b/c there are some veggies IN the pasta dish, and the veggies on the side are just on the side.

    I also don't know why people say they don't serve on proper plates anymore!

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    In looking at the description on allears, it must be the "smoked gouda" that made me nervous...there was a taste that my long-time vegetarian tastebuds kept identifying as bacon, and it must be that (unless they are sneaking in bacon, which my convo last year with Chef Chris causes me to think is absolutely NOT possible). It wasn't soooo bacony that I went to ask, I just figured it was something else, and I do believe it was.

    There are shi-take mushrooms in it, and those were *delicious*.

    The cornbread has actual corn in it, and was ridiculously good. The veggies were plain but had such veggie goodness I ate them all up.

    FYI, when you ask for a cup of ice water now, they give you the itty bitty size...they're on to us. :)


    We had a hard time finding a seat...so many people have their families sitting at tables without food, while so many WITH food but without place-savers in their party are looking around...it's the eternal theme park problem...thankfully I saw a table that hadn't yet been cleared. A CM saw me heading there, and rushed ahead of me to clear it. Yay CM! I couldn't hear or understand a single word he said, but he was still very kind to do that when he saw me heading towards that table (I'm sure he was on his way anyway).

    I'll leave you with that while I do a few things around the house...
     
  10. bumbershoot

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    Well that truly was just a few things!


    We were going on Splash because Eamon had finally decided that he really wanted to go. The last two trips he would say he wanted to go, then he would see the drop and change his mind. That's fine with me, I don't enjoy it all that much anyway, and I've never ridden it with hubby and don't want to! Right now he's still so much heavier than he wants to be that I know a drenching would happen, and that's not fun for me.

    But this time E was absolute. He wanted to ride the ride. He wanted to see what was inside the mountain, even if it meant going downhill at the end.

    Our FP time had come up, so we walked past that long line of people in the sun and got in the FP return line. E kept wanting to stop and wait with the standby line, he just couldn't believe the line we were in! Right before that last switchback in the line, we were stopped and merged with the standby people...I had NO poncho. Yikes! Right until that point I had been preparing him to sit in front of me, but then I remembered the back seat, where an adult and child can sit side by side. Glad I remembered that!

    It was no problem for the CM to put us in row 3, and we settled back there together. There were some nerves going on....

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    Thankfully the ride has more downhills than I remembered, to get E used to the idea and feeling. Including that crazy one that I think isn't in the water? Every single time, at the end of that, though, I got my left shoulder slammed against the inside of the log, ouch.

    He had a great time inside the mountain, and as the big hill approached I put my arm around him. Not b/c I thought he was going to fly out, but he'd been pretty freaked out by the lack of seatbelts or restraints, and wanted my arm around him! Actually, the lack of restraint almost kept him from the ride at the last moment...

    The last hill was upon us....we got towards the bottom and I looked at him...the look on his face was impossible to describe. There was fear, horror, possibly the thought "who is this alien who looks like my caring mother who put me on this ride from Hades"....and then...he got hit with some water. The water erased that look, and replaced my seemingly terrified kid with a boy who was *cracking up*, just laughing, screaming "I got soaked!!!!" (it was a few drops), and so on. OMG what a turnaround. I was so so so glad.

    And so, E loves Splash.

    And you know what? Sitting in the back with my kid...I like the ride too, now.:goodvibes
     
  11. bumbershoot

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    Oh, and by the way? I got soaked.

    I was wearing one of the skirts I'm always in right now, from Hanes.com, and my bottom got just drenched. E was laughing at me so dang hard as we got out of the log, and I had to keep checking to make sure the skirt hadn't drooped off from the weight of the water.
     
  12. kaoden39

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    Molly, I am so thrilled about E and Splash. I got the biggest smile on my face reading about that experience. Oh my goodness I would be so ticked if I was staying at GCH and had to listen to that noise. As much as you pay for that place. Oh my. His eyes were so big in the picture at the beginning of Splash, poor guy.
     
  13. Sherry E

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    Yay for E! Little daredevil! Next he will be clamoring to ride Space Mountain.
     
  14. bumbershoot

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    I was so happy he liked it...the nanoseconds seeing that face caused some pretty big fear in me!


    Once off, he wanted to go again, again! Ah, that line was just way too long, so we got more FPs and moved along.

    Not sure what the plan was, but in the distance as we came out of Critter Country I saw the SS Columbia, which we've never been on, at the dock, with people onboard and people in line. I figured they had just gotten to the dock, and would be loading up. Perfect!

    I quickly conferred with my partner in crime, he agreed that the "pirate ship" would be most excellent, and got in the quick conveyance device (aka the stroller). Zoom zoom!

    We found the last close-by parking spot for the stroller, which just made it all seem even more Meant To Be... Got in line, hum dee dum..takes awhile for them to offload that boat.

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    The boat was cool! You can play with all but one cannon, you can pretend like you're, oh, I don't know...there was a thing for kids to play with but I have no idea what it was. We went downstairs and wandered...they say it's like what a ship would be like in that century...seemed a bit bleak.

    The copper pots were pretty, though, all full of fake icky looking stew...


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    He has become very self-conscious of his teeth...he had two top teeth extracted when he was just 2.5, and it bothers him. His dentist doesn't think those teeth will come in for another couple years, and he's recently realized that other kids have more teeth than he does, and he refuses to do a full smile anymore. Now I know how sad my mom was...there was no tooth reason, just a lack of self-esteem (yes starting at 4) and an eternal sadness post-divorce, and I did a closed-mouth smile. After I had braces I was forced to smile with teeth under pain of paying my mom back, so there's a tendency to think that I had bad teeth before, but there was no pre-post-braces difference, other than the thread of money (which was no fair because I didn't WANT the stupid braces anyway).

    Anyway, I know my mom's sadness over the lack of a big broad beautiful smile, but I don't force the issue b/c I know he must feel funny, missing those teeth (and a lower one lost when he was 6 months old, but there's almost no space there anymore).


    After our trip, I was getting so hot! Needed a water refill, so we went over to Rancho to fill the water bottle. E played in their newly refurbed space, and E had an epic battle with imaginary Sith lords.

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    Pretty flowers...

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    Despite the heat, E then noticed PLOTSI (Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island) and even though he was warned that the pirates no longer exist (much sadness), he wanted to go. Okey dokey, we went on over.

    I wanted to show him the cavern with Pintel popping up in the treasure cove, but I wanted to not scare him to death with it. I wanted to finesse it.

    Well...that plan doesn't work in the summertime. Why? Because there are loads of other people all intent on exploring the park in THEIR own way...and while I was about to get E up on my hip so I could kind of hold him back from the window, while we reached for the treasure... (mind you I was directly in front of it, it wasn't questionable as to who should have been "next")...a woman just stuck her hand in there and caused the effect to happen, and Eamon nearly screamed in terror.

    Now to her credit, she did apologize...but still...she was just passing through, you know? She knew what would happen, she zoomed off quickly...there was no need for it to happen, she could have waited. E couldn't go much further because he was just afraid of more things popping out, and we had to backtrack. No more caverns for him on that trip.

    Sigh.


    We were able to explore most of the outside of the island, and that was pretty fun.

    We were again negatively impacted by others on the tall bridge that wobbles...even though there's a sign telling people not to jump, etc, on the bridge a few teen boys went across it just slamming the bridge around. We had to wait until they were across, letting others go in front (who thankfully didn't slam the bridge around), before the boys were done and we felt OK crossing.

    But other than THAT, it was good. E spun the wheel that brings the skeleton up, he played in the bone cage, we went on the pontoon bridge. He went in the ship thing, etc etc.

    Annoyed with me b/c I insisted on a water break.

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    We also found the treehouse, where pretty much only kids and skinny non-claustrophobic adults dedicated to their tiny childrens' happiness can go. I let E go up alone, which means I have NO idea what he means when he said he didn't want to through the treehouse (you have to in order to leave the treehouse without being rude and going the wrong way) because there were "terrifying statues". :confused3


    On his way up!

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    Water feature at the base of the tree.

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    Way up there! I was calling up to him, telling him to go through that treehouse, while he told me about the statues.

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    Coming down, once he passed by the "statues".

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    I did wish I were a kid again, or around 120 lbs, so I could go up there. But I'm neither, so I just enjoyed the breezes around the base of the tree.

    We finished our wandering and left the island. By this time it was well after 3 pretty much almost 4, and we could call the hotel. However, I have a very hard time hearing my phone while in the parks, or rather hearing what is being said into my phone, so I couldn't call just then. We decided that I needed a latte and he needed a cookie, so we headed to the bakery.

    Surely anyone familiar with timing of things currently knows the problem...the Celebrate not-a-parade thing. Ugh. People were being given the option to go behind the buildings, which I *desperately* wanted to do, but that Blue Ribbon place was already promised (to both of us!) and until just now I'd forgotten that there's a coffee place in PPH.

    Oh the humanity...I'm sure you all know the tortures of walking along the pathway while a "parade" is going on. The people who are pretending to walk but are really watching...the people who don't realize they could just pop under the rope and stand in one place, but opt for tormenting those behind them. The people who don't look behind them and walk right in front of strollers, causing the stroller-pushers to stop on a dime (risking their own achilles tendons). And the guy I'm specifically referring to? I KNEW he was going to do it...he was carrying a baby and I just KNEW he was about to turn into that store and I KNEW he wasn't going to look, and I was 100% right.

    So, to you sir, when I said "please sir, sir, sir", I wasn't telling you that you were a jerk, I wasn't being rude to you...I was trying to STOP you from getting run over, I was doing all I could (with a very strange new stroller that had a mind of its own) to NOT hit you, but I felt that YOU, yes YOU, should have taken some of that responsibility by simply checking behind you for the person, child, and stroller...that you had JUST passed, before turning in front of them.

    Oh, and then? You really shouldn't jerkily "let me pass", then confer with your wife who was behind you but next to me, *pushing a stroller*, and then have your wife RAM my ankles. I did my damndest to NOT hit you, and in fact I did NOT. I said "sir", not "you jerk", my intention was not to pass you but to WARN you, and I did NOTHING to deserve being hit by your wife.

    It was pretty bad. Worse than I've experienced with the true and proper parade, which might just be because of summer vs the normal times I go, or it might be that the C! *thing* is hyper, loud, has cheesy MCs, and forces you to watch Mary Poppins "getting down" with current music. Awful awful.


    We got into the cool calmness of the bakery...ahhhhh. I had some time to cool down, but that just causes my face to de-pink itself and for rivulets of sweat to go down my neck. NOT pretty. But genetic. However, I was looking around, and no one else was that bad. I didn't FEEL as bad as I did in DCA a few days before, but I looked bedraggled. So much so that I commented on it, self-consciously, to the CM taking my order...and she said words that should NEVER be said.

    BAcking up...during my description of the hot day in DCA, I brought it up myself. That's OK. Being hot when no one else is can bring certain things to mind. Of course, not when it's all day long...but it was OK for me to think it, because I'm me. I admit I'm 39, I have no idea of the familial history as mom and grandma had hysterectomies in their 30s...I hope it's not *that* since we're still TTC, but of course it's a thought one has.



    However, a Cast Member should NEVER say to a customer..."well maybe it's menopause!"








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  15. auntiegem

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    Price. Less. :rotfl: Oh my word!
     
  16. bumbershoot

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    :)

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    Notice how we got the Aquafina bottle in, to thwart their evil Dasani/Coke plans? bwa ha ha ha ha ha.....
     
  17. bumbershoot

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    No one is outraged at what the CM said to me???????

    Jinkies...ya think you know people....


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    I read the comment last night, and my first thought was, "Wow...that was....BOLD." (I got the subscription e-mail alert that had the text of your post in it.) It does seem to be a highly inappropriate comment that wouldn't ordinarily be found in the CM handbook of what to say to guests. You said she was in the Blue Ribbon Bakery? Was she an older lady or a young'un? I wonder if she was new. It reminds me of what Corpsebride recently said about wanting to get a new picture for her AP because she had lost 20 pounds, and the CM at the bank told her she looked the same and didn't need a new picture or some such thing!!! Who are these people they are hiring who lack people skills and common tact?

    I tried to get on to comment last night, but I was dealing with a thread that I had to delete last night, and the boards must have been absolutely packed because I couldn't get to the place I needed to be to delete the thread. And then once I took care of that, I couldn't get anywhere else on the board (like to your TR) because it wouldn't move. Has anyone else had that trouble recently - where the boards are either slow or at a standstill and you can't get to anything because it just freezes up? Maybe it is just my computer but I tend to think that thousands of folks happen to be on at one time and it jams up the server(s). Just my uneducated technical guess!
     
  19. bumbershoot

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    She was probably of a "certain age" as well, though probably a bit older than me. She seemed ecstatic about the concept, but dude, I've got a 5 year old here, and most people think I look younger than my age, so come on! Then again, many of my high school peers who "started" young are starting to work their way into grandparent age (young grandparent, but still), so if she was coming from that experience maybe she thought E was my grandchild?

    AUGH. I'm too young for this.

    And since the hot feelings have only happened those days at Disney, not even in San Diego the few days it was hot hot hot, I'm blaming Anaheim, not hormones.

    And yes I have had some troubles getting onto the boards recently. I do not envy your moderator status!
     
  20. kaoden39

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    Oh my gosh. Umm correct me if I am wrong but isn't customer service a big part of being a cast member? That is not just totally rude but terrible customer service.
     
  21. bumbershoot

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    OK since two people commented on the CM's comment I'll continue. :goodvibes


    After that (oh, and I responded "OH!!!! I HOPE NOT!!!!!") I got my (delicious) iced latte and DS's cookie, and we rejoined the fray. Oh man oh man oh man. Remember how I parenthetically mentioned the crazy stroller? It was brand new, but had some crazy wheels going on. It did NOT like to go straight. Well it was even worse while I was holding my drink. Augh. Needed superhuman strength.

    As you approach the end of the shops on Main Street, there was a crowd barrier randomly placed against the wall, and it narrowed the narrow path even more. I was in front, but people were squeezing by anyway. And one lady was starting to squeeze to my left, which would have caused me to be "behind" the barrier, and I would have been stuck there...the so called parade had finished, and it was madness, and I didn't want to be stuck.

    I actually started saying "please do not cut me off, please do NOT cut me off, let me go through, I'm in front of you", and it worked, and I broke free of the madness. Ahhh, big breath.


    I guess I could have abandoned the stroller in the esplanade, but for some reason I left it in DL, and we walked out to PPH. Before getting to DTD I found a quiet-enough place to call, and got the room info. Room 728. Seemed a bit odd for a "premium view" room...seemed a bit low, and IMO it was, but oh well. I was just glad that we had a room by 4.

    We went on to the hotel....went straight on up to the room. We have weird luck with PPH rooms. Our first visit, we got a room we would swear had been given to another family, but then that family got kicked out for smoking. There was a smoke smell in the room, there was a towel in the basket in the bathroom, there were absolutely no toiletries other than TP, and it just wasn't pristine. Second time was fine. This time, it was just...rumpled.

    Although I did put things on the beds (you can see in the pic), we had not SAT on the beds yet, and that's what they looked like when we came in.

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    Just not nice and lovely like you want a hotel room's comforter to be. And the air conditioning was rattling like crazy! I'm not usually one to complain, but I called the Front Desk immediately, and they promised to send Engineering right up.

    While waiting, I took more pictures.

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    I was bound and determined to figure out how that couch turned into a bed, and by golly I did it! It doesn't come out like I expected at all.


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    Once I figured out the mechanism, I took pix while doing it.

    Grab the back of the couch firmly.

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    Pull forward (er, towards your body). It flips.

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    E was so excited. We have a family bed at home that's growing a bit small, and in San Diego they have two twin beds in the guest room but half the time he was squeezing in with me in the middle of the night. But he was VERY excited about this bed!

    He did sleep in the bed, all night. Here he was, practicing.

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    Here's the view, zoomed in a little bit. The reason why I was slightly annoyed is that we'd gotten better, and higher in the hotel, when we'd paid much less before (on our first trip...our second trip was a cruddy view but upgrade to a suite, no complaints there). So to pay for premium view but get only 7th floor just bugged me, but that's just b/c of our past experiences.

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    Moving the camera over, not so zoomy.

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    Zoomzoom again.

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    We relaxed a bit, I tried to continue to dry off from Splash. Finally I couldn't take it anymore, and went to shower and change clothes (the skirt was dry, but the shorts under it weren't), and of course that is when Engineering decided to show up.

    E did as instructed, except he told them I had to get dressed LOL, I got decent, they came in and fixed it quickly (loose a/c cover).

    And that's when I turned on the TV, on June 25th. Farrah and MJ. Sigh. Farrah was sad, but expected, and she wasn't "part" of my life since she was almost my mom's age and was on a show we really didn't watch. MJ however... Anyway I burst into tears and had to try to explain to DS and it was just sad.

    I pulled myself together, and we decided to go back to DL. Que the C! "music", 'cuz we're about to run into it again!
     

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