A Vacation From My Problems (A Sept. 2010 Trip Report) - COMPLETED 12/14

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  1. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    +2 :thumbsup2

    Nice work! Still one more out there...

    Man, that Contemporary view sounds awesome. Love the Polynesian, too. But if you're trying to save money, POR is wonderful. I haven't tried the other moderates yet, but I'm not really sure I want to. The theming/amenities/DTD boat and landscaping really make POR special.

    We used to be neck-and-neck with Seattle and Cleveland in the Cursed Sports City department until the Phillies finally won in 2008. So is it worse to have a team that is awful and never competes, or a team that gets close but never over the hump every year?

    I think we were so exhausted from walking around that we never even noticed the size of the bed...we just collapsed! :faint:

    Those were actually arranged by the maid in that position everyday. The kids always enjoyed seeing what she was going to do to them.

    :welcome:

    :lmao::lmao:

    That's a good look, Don!

    The heat, or me in a baseball cap? I ain't too pretty without the cap either, you know. :scared1:
     
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  3. MissLiz

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    We've stayed at Caribbean Beach a couple of times and love it. We did a huge splurge this trip because we were taking DH's 80-year-old grandma with us and we figure the monorail would be easier with the wheelchair than the bus.

    I like the location of POR...it seems pretty near everything.

    Now, off to find the last quote.
     
  4. rentayenta

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    ::yes:: I may have to up my Fonzie cool level to hang in this report.
     
  5. trennr

    trennr DISDad #104

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    "think me up a chocolate donut with some of those little sprinkles "

    TLJ form the Fugitive.
     
  6. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Nothing wrong with splurging every once in a while...we did it to stay at the WL for a couple nights last year. And with the wheelchair it makes a lot more sense. The moderates are massive properties--I can't imagine trying to wheel anyone around there! :eek:

    Replace "Fonzie cool" with "geeky dork" and you'll fit right in with me. :joker:

    Ding! Ding! Ding!

    +1 :thumbsup2

    Current standings after 2 entries:

    MissLiz 2
    Trennr 2
    FreezinRafiki 1
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  7. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    My alarm goes off at 4:30am every day. For work. :sad1:

    GIANT CATAPULT!!!!

    Amazing how saying "just wearing a baseball cap" and saying "wearing just a baseball cap" can have such totally different meanings. {shudder}

    I've been playing the park background music at work lately. It really make work seem less...worky.

    I'm going to have to bust you on this out of order picture. You said later in the post that you were going to Downtown Disney - yet I see clear proof that this picture was taken after you returned from Downtown Disney. [insert Law & Order Doink Doink noise here]


    Our first hijack! Nice job Don!pirate:pirate:pirate:pirate:

    Did you know Milwaukee put up a life size statue of Fonzie? It's known as the "Bronze Fonze". That really has nothing to do with this trip report, other than to illustrate how cool Milwaukee is. :thumbsup2
     
  8. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    :wave:
     
  9. Rental01

    Rental01 DIS Dad’s Club Member #366

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    You "JUST WEARING" a baseball cap at Disney.

    It was funny when I wrote it... you know, in my head. :sad2:
     
  10. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    *shudder* :eek:


    I've tried suggesting that as a cost-saving measure vs. building bridges here at the highway department. Hasn't caught on yet. :confused3

    Thanks for reminding me. I still have to download those files.

    Busted! :sad2:

    But then again, you're only busting me because you cheated and saw these pictures on Facebook earlier. So there.

    That didn't take long...

    Excellent follow-up hijack! :thumbsup2 pirate:

    :lmao::rotfl2:

    No, it's still funny. I'm just incredibly ssssllllllooooowwww... :headache:
     
  11. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    The catapult is not very viable for large volumes of traffic, only for personal use. It takes too long to reset. For highway department use, you need something more akin to one of these that cars can drive into at full highway speeds.
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  12. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    Wow... wasn't expecting this TR to go there.

    Is it technically a hijack if he starts writing his own TR in the midst of this TR?

    What about the "Bronze Squiggy"? Where do they have that one?
     
  13. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    I like it! I want one! (if not for my car, then at least for my back yard)

    Neither was I, and it's my TR. :lmao:

    I'd say that's the very definition of a hijack. Nothing technical about it.

    :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:
     
  14. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

    Sorry it's late, it just came to me last night...

    No Bronze Sqiggy yet (or probably ever), but I did take a Brewery Tour this spring where the tour guide made us sing the theme song to Lavern and Shirley as he put a glove on a bottle and sent it down the line.
     
  15. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Jaws! Do I get a point now? :confused3

    Actually, since the rules are completely dependent on my whims, I will award you an extra bonus point for coming up with a terrific quote that fits perfectly in context, and that I should have used in the original report. Nice work.

    +1 :thumbsup2
     
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    I do love the Fonz. I had the hugest crush on him in the 4th grade, I know I am totally dating myself. I had a poster in my room and I would put on my mother's lipstick and kiss all over it. Yup, I did. I own it. :laughing:
     
  17. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Henry Winkler even came to the dedication. So if I'm strolling along the riverwalk one afternoon and see lipstick all over the statue, can I assume it was you?
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  18. Emma's Dad

    Emma's Dad DIS Dad #115 8^) Virginia Beach, VA

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    Is it me or am I the only one enjoying the commentary more than the actual TR popcorn:: :rotfl2::rotfl2: JK, Mark!

    Made me laugh when rentayenta said she was dating herself! :hug:
     
  19. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Low blow! Hang on a second while I get this knife outta my back... :rotfl2:

    I have to admit, it is hard to compete with the Bronze Fonz. I'll just have to get to work on the next update, which will either be bigger and better than ever, or more of the same crap. I'll let you guess which one. ;)
     
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    Emma's Dad DIS Dad #115 8^) Virginia Beach, VA

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    :rotfl2::rotfl2: Either way, you are still ahead of me in the TR arena! Keep up the good work :thumbsup2
     
  21. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    After finding a bigger boat (thanks, Barry), we were on our way to Downtown Disney. I love the ride, even though the boats travel slower than your average giant tortoise. It's a very relaxing ride with nice views of Port Orleans French Quarter, the Treehouse Villas, Lake Buena Vista golf course, and Saratoga Springs. Plus lots of trees with Spanish moss hanging from the limbs. We even saw a couple of herons and egrets hanging out by the water's edge. The skipper avoided any accidents or crazy Ivans, and we pulled into the dock.

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    One of the things we really wanted to do was go up high in the Characters in Flight Balloon here. We'd borrowed a zoom lens for the camera from a friends and thought we could get some great shots.

    Not all of us were on board with this idea. I had shown Dave some pictures of the balloon up in the air and asked if he wanted to go up. He said he'd "think about it", which is Dave's polite way of saying, "ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME?! I wouldn't go up there if the earth was on fire!"

    In the end, it didn't matter. When we walked by the balloon, the message board said it was grounded due to high winds. :sad1: The breeze didn't feel bad to me on the ground, but we missed out. Maybe it's just as well. It would have cost my family $72 to go up. :eek:

    From there, it was on to the West Side and

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    Does the name "Ridemakerz" bother anybody else? Companies that intentionally mis-spell words are a pet peeve of mine. There's one company in our area called Copi Kwik that I refuse to support on principle alone.

    Any-hoo, the boys were really excited to build cars of their own. As a Dad, I of course did not share in any excitement whatsoever. :rolleyes1 The concept is like the Build-A-Bear stores--you pick out the body of your car, customize it with tires and rims, pick a chassis (remote-control or non-remote) and then accessorize with stickers, pimped-up snap-on motors and spoilers, etc.

    The only downside is the hit this takes on your budget. The body alone starts anywhere between $15-$30, and it's another $25 if you want remote control (which we did--I mean, what's the point of building this thing otherwise?). The $15 bodies were...um...how do I say this? Ugly. My 2000 Grand Am looks better, and I had to duct tape my window on that car. Mrs. Oblivious and I didn't like the idea of spending more money, but we wanted the kids to have a nice-looking car for their trouble. Finally, Scotty and Dave decided on a Mustang body. Scotty's was electric blue, while Dave went for the chick-magnet red with flames.

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    The boys were happier than a tornado in a trailer park, running from one station to the next. And the process was fun. They had one building station where you could use a power screwdriver on one of those cords that hung down from the workstation, and the kids felt just like a NASCAR crew doing a pit stop. It took longer than we expected, due to the fact that they had approximately 3 employees staffing the entire store.

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    Julie and I did the best we could to keep costs down: we found a $10-off coupon on the Ridemakerz Facebook page, brought our own batteries (4 AA's and one 9V, for future reference), and limited the add-ons (so we got the basic sound, stock rims and tires, one page of racing-number of stickers to divide among the two). They still came out to around $50 apiece. :eek: We were most definitely officially at Disney World. Their grandparents had given them some money to spend, so we applied that cash as well. Here are the finished products: Shake 'n Bake!

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    Not to be outdone, Sarah had some building of her own to do. She loves dinosaurs and stuffed animals, so the Build-A-Dino shop at T-Rex was basically designed with her in mind.

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    At first, she had thought she might want to build a pterodactyl, but then she spotted another creature and opted for it. According to my extensive notes, this dinosaur is called a (mumble-mumble)-osaurus. By its nature, the stuffed animal was less expensive than the cars, so we let her splurge on the outfit to keep things fair. Behold the Super-Dino, or as we named it, Clark Rex:

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    My job here was to keep the boys calm. Last time we were inside T-Rex, we had to cancel our lunch because Dave was scared of the dinos and went into Global Thermonuclear Meltdown when the "meteor shower" show started. Now, a year later, we stood in the shop and...you guessed it! Meteor shower time! I couldn't tell if he enjoyed it or not, but he simply stood there and watched the ceiling, which is much easier to deal with as a parent than Global Thermonuclear Meltdown. Good job Dave! :thumbsup2

    We took the Slow Boat to Riverside and spent some late afternoon time in the big pool at Ol' Man Island. It's a great setting--secluded in trees, away from the buildings, with a nice waterslide and lots of spurting fountains. Unfortunately, I haven't uploaded any pictures of it yet, so you'll just have to trust me.

    Around 6:15, we gathered our things and caught the bus to the Magic Kingdom. Again, transportation was more crowded than we had anticipated. From here, we walked to the monorail station for a quick ride to the Contemporary...or so we thought.

    It was a Halloween Party night, so groups were arriving en masse and in costume (I dressed as a tourist Dad, in case you were wondering). The monorail station was packed with people leaving the parks, presumably those who didn't have Party tickets. We barely had room to stand on the platform. When the monorail arrived, many in the car didn't get off at the stop. We were going to try to squeeze on, but a 280-lb. (or so) man shoved his way in front and cut off Dave in line, so we had to stop and wait for the next train. If I remember correctly, I said something to the effect of, "Have a magical day, sir!" pixiedust:

    We caught the next monorail, somehow squeezed on, and barely made it in time for our 7:40 p.m. reservation at Chef Mickey's.

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    Apparently, we were lucky enough to be there during the test week when Mickey was posing with guests outside the restaurant instead of visiting tables. Nobody liked this, so they've now gone back to the old way.

    I need to upload some more pictures, so I'll stop here for now and come back with a mini-update about dinner (with pictures!) later on.

    Coming Up Next: Our stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite!

    No, not really. It'll be Chef Mickey's, like I just said. Geez, pay attention. :rolleyes:
     

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