Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by Mozart, Apr 17, 2007.
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In my opinion the best place at WDW to watch Sports is the ESPN Zone on the Boardwalk. TVs everywhere and the Best Chili Dogs in Orlando. Plus lots of cold beer.
Off of WDW I would go to Gators, Hooters, Chili's, Orlando Ale House, or the Winghouse. Most of those are within a couple of miles of Downtown Disney.
I hope you enjoy the recomendations.
4 Dys until we are on the road!!!!!
Wow, 5 days! Tell the Wonder we said hello, and we will see her very soon
Ah, my dear readers. I do appreciate the fact that some of you have been faithful and followed me through this time of planning. I shall now take my leave of you for a few days. I have a trip to make, and do not at this time plan on purchasing internet access on the ship, or at House of the Mouse. Dont be surprised if that changes, though. I may not be able to resist.
As soon as I finish posting this, I shall have to get back to work so I can leave early. Today is a 2.5 hour drive from my home in the beautiful Upstate of South Carolina (an area which during the fall is better known as Clemson country) down south to my parents house to give us a head start. Tomorrow is an 8 hour drive to Disney World. Itll take us a little longer than normal since well be stopping on the way a few times because we can, but I am going to shorten it as much as possible. We normally make the drive to Orlando with dogs in tow, which means fast food so we dont have to lock them in the car. Tomorrow, we dont have to worry about that. Im just worried that I wont be able to sneak by the outlet malls this time.
I will be writing up my on-board reports each night from my beautiful secret verandah (unless I go all Zweihund on you and cant distinguish the keys on the keyboard), so the reports will at least be written in real-time. First one should be posted probably next Saturday since we wont get home before then, and Ill even include a follow up report on our day at EPCOT after we get off the boat. Again, that may be sooner if I do give in and purchase internet access.
If you happen to read this between noon on Sunday and around 9 AM Thursday, I have a thought for you:
Im on the boat. Youre not.
Have a niceeeeee trip and can't wait for the TR
Enjoy your trip.
Mozart, I drove past the Cape on Sunday at about noon - were you boarding? Hope your vacation is everything you were looking forward too. Can't wait for the TR!
Well his cruise should have gotten off to a good start. Clemson CRUSHED NC State
Watched the second half of the game in the Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
Trip report is in process of being written. A few teasers until it's fully ready:
1) A surprise at the port
2) A golf cart with flowers
3) The best server ever
4) A cast preview that we got to join in on
It's been an incredible week. I wrote alot of my trip report once, but I'm rewriting it because there were just so many great suprises.
Can't wait to read it!
Hurry up Mozart!!!
You're almost as slow as Joel is!!! (and HE'S got a reason!!!)
Well, the first part of the drive down came and went on Friday. That morning it just got to the point where I couldnt take it. After I made my last post, I was absolutely worthless at work. By 11:30 I had already made all of my vacation arrangements and my boss was gone for the day. Do you know what that means? SEE YA! I had originally planned on leaving about 12:30, but since Ive made it to a position in my life where I can run out early from time to time, I decided Big Blue had enough of my services for the week, and I was on my way.
By the time I got home, my wife had made the same decision and was waiting for me. By 3:30, we were officially on vacation. We didnt think too much about the timing. What it did however, was put us right in the heart of Columbia, SC during their rush hour. On a Friday.
For those of you who have never been to Columbia, there is an intersection there of note. It is where I-26 and I-20 come together. Have you ever heard the old saying that if you put 1,000 monkeys at 1,000 typewriters for 1,000 years one of them will write a Shakespearean play? Well, one of those other thousands of works they produced was this intersection. Locals know it as Malfunction Junction. On I-26, 4 lines merge into 2, while people coming off of I-20 are trying to get on from the right hand side. At the same time, everyone leaving I-26 to get onto I-20 are trying to get to the right to take their exit. It took us 45 minutes to go that mile. The guy on the radio in the helicopter described it as the normal backup at Malfunction Junction.
A 150 mile drive took us nearly 4 hours to make. Outside of that intersection, we did 80 the whole way. You do the math.
Now, its 9 PM. Weve had dinner with my parents. I have to go to bed early tonight, because were getting up at 5 tomorrow to get ready for the drive. My parents dont believe Ill make it. They just remember the teenager who used to sleep until 12 each Saturday. Ill show them
It never fails to amaze me. There is a great difference between men and women when it comes to road trips. (This isnt just me talking, Ive heard it from many others through the years.) Men have a mission when driving long distances. The goal: keep to the schedule. If I say Lets leave at 6 AM, and we can be in Orlando in time to eat lunch, that means NO STOPS! Go to the bathroom before you leave and dont drink any water until weve passed Daytona. You get a 10 minute break in Jacksonville while I refill the car with gas. THATS IT! I certainly dont want to hear Oooohhh
can we stop at that outlet mall for a few minutes?
As you can imagine based on my first paragraph, it was a long day on I-95. My original plan was to leave at 6, and wed be at Downtown Disney around 1:30, if I drove slower than normal. We left about 6:15 and I drove really fast. We got to WDW at 3. The thing that got me was the stopping every 100 miles for the bathroom, to stretch the legs, to get something vitally important out of the back, and to go shopping. Also, I get really cranky when I get hungry. I was pretty hungry by 3. We finally made our way to the Rainforest Café. Now, Ive heard on many an occasion that their food wasnt very good. There were two reasons I wanted to eat there. 1) I had never been before and wanted to experience their atmosphere one time. 2) I was hoping to sit at the bar and watch the Clemson game, since I figured nowhere else at Downtown Disney would be carrying it. I ordered the Cobb Salad. It was the size of a small semi-truck. It was also very good, although it wasnt really a true Cobb salad. Sort of a modified version of one. No avocados for example, but since I hate those anyway, I didnt mind.
We, of course spent a little time at Downtown Disney afterwards. And after there were a few complementary gifts purchased, it was time for a trip up to Orlando for some Pei Wei. This is where I could be about to start a hot-button topic war here on the boards. Saving seats. My wife and brother went to sit-down while the other two of us ordered. This restaurant was packed. I didnt think much of it, but noticed after they sat down that the managers were pointing at them and talking. After a minute or two, the manager walks over and asks them to not save a seat until they had ordered. This really bugged me. Why? Because half the restaurant was tables who had people saving seats. My wife and brother were noticed because they sat right next to where the managers were working. When it was pointed out that everyone was doing it, the manager stated that he didnt see anyone else. EVERYONE IN LINE HAD A MEMBER OF THEIR PARTY SAVING SEATS! I dont have a problem with the idea of making people order before they get a seat, but I do have a problem when they only apply it to the table they happen to notice. Other than that, though, Pei Wei was its usual high quality self.
The next morning would be a little different experience.
I'm glad Clemson won. Good Game!!! Although my team lost, Penn State!! Heck we are out of the top 25. Not ranked!!!
Well, anyway. Can't wait to read more!!!!!
There is a difference between us and you...
We not only know when it's time to pee...
But we ask for directions!!!
Sorry about your Pei Wei manager experience, but I'm glad teh rest of the meal was up to expectations. I can taste the ginger broccoli right now.....
Just imagine, you were right across the street from my favorite booze store the whole time! Perhaps you saw someone staggering out with an armful of O'Mara's Irish Cream?
I'm hooked! Can't wait to read more.
Don't need to ask. That's what a GPS is for.
If you're talking about the place I am, we went there and walked out with a case of wine for my brother's house. Put a fair dent into it that night as well.
Ive never stayed at a value resort before. Ive certainly never eaten at a value resorts food court before. My wife would describe the food court at the Pop Century as a mariachi band on crack. That was truly one of the most chaos filled experiences of my life. Ducking, dodging, swerving to avoid people. And Im talking about adults, dont even get me started on the kids. I dont know how many times I had to perform miraculous saves of my tray to keep my food from flying all over floor. Finding a table was another story altogether. Again, were back to the issue of people saving seats without having their food. I noticed more than one person doing it here. Finally, around 9:30 on a Sunday morning, it was time to leave Orlando and head for Port Canaveral.
Now, anyone who lives in Florida right now can tell you exactly what that means
.LOVEBUGS! It was like listening to a machine gun going off on my windshield. POP, POP, POP, POP, POP! We were very fortunate in that it actually ended up pouring rain on us about halfway between Orlando and Port Canaveral. That washed all the lovebugs off the front of our car. I actually felt sorry for them. Here they are, having a really good time if you know what I mean, when suddenly a car comes along at 80 mph and blows right through them. Literally. What a way to go!
So, were at the terminal and its time to head inside. I guess this is where being a Diser begins coming in to play. I start recognizing people. The first one comes as soon as I go up the escalator and reach the main terminal. If youre familiar with the poster 2angelsinheaven, I see the guy from her pictures standing at the top. I look at him for a second as if to say really? and then walk over to him. Before I even got a word out, he said Are you a DISer? I couldnt resist laughing at that one.
First issue of the cruise comes up now, though. You would think the people checking in the Castaway Club would give better service, right? Well, one little problem. My in-laws, who were not CC members got some information that we didnt. Turns out that a rumor on the main board that I thought was just that, a rumor, turned out to be true. This cruise is double-dipping CC! On the one hand, I was really happy because who couldnt use another day there? On the other hand, I really had the day at sea all planned out, so this was going to throw me for a loop. The thing that bothered me is that had my in-laws not gotten the letter, we may not have known we were double-dipping CC until we got there Wednesday morning.
I feel the frantic side of me coming up. I need to tell someone just how great this is. I need to talk about this in greater detail. I need something. And then I see her. It was instant recognition. That woman looks just like Joels wife in the pictures he posted! And those look just like his kids! And that looks just like him! So, I amble over and say hello. Now, for a split second, I have to admit I thought about how I could reference the wedding without really saying it and watching him squirm. But, I just couldnt do it. I played nice for the guy and let him go so he could take his kids pictures with Mickey Mouse. What I was really trying to do was merge my group in with his and basically cut into the front of that long line. He didnt seem to get it, though.
Overall, I was just thinking that despite some little problems, I really like this cruise line and the people who work for it. Just wait, though. Theres one cast member that later just blows me away. But this is where Joels wedding would threaten to interfere with the happiness of OUR cruise.
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