Flowers and Firsts - A May 2010 PTR, 5/13 TR started! Link on pg 39

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by SoonerGirl, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. SoonerGirl

    SoonerGirl DIS Veteran

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    Hi there! And welcome to my first ever PTR! I've got a couple TRs under my belt (links are in my siggy if you're interested), but this is my first attempt at a pre-trip report. I hope I can find enough stuff to talk about to keep this somewhat entertaining for the next month and a half!

    For those of you who don't know me, let me introduce myself. My name is Michelle, I am 40 years young :rolleyes: and I am a Disney-a-holic. :laughing: This trip will be my 6th, all coming during my adulthood. My first was New Years 2001, it was a very short, spur of the moment trip, but I fell for Disney hard then and try and get back as often as my DH will allow it.

    I am married to Don, aka The Disney Grump. He is not nearly as fond of all things Disney as I am, and he has put his foot down that there will be no more Disney trips for this family for a long, long time.

    Here is a pic of Don and I from our most recent trip in December.

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    I also have two sons. Justin, who will be 14 in just over a month (how the heck did that happen?!)

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    And Jared, who is 9

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    But, for this trip, I will not be joined by my darling boys, no this is a girls only trip - just my mom and myself. Remember, Don has told me 'NO MORE DISNEY TRIPS'!!! :headache: Well, he wouldn't deny me a get away with my mother, and she has never been to WDW, and she loves flowers and gardening. So, sneaky me, plotted a return trip by showing my mom pictures of the beautiful Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. She decided that she would like to go. Yippee!! :yay: I convinced Don that since I have an AP and could use the AP discount for our room, that it really wouldn't be all that expensive. He agreed, so the planning began. :woohoo:

    This is a picture of my mom, it's from about a year ago, but she looks pretty much the same.

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    So, there you have it, that is how this trip came to be. We are booked for 7 nights at CSR, May 1st thru the 8th. I'll be back soon with more details!
     
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  3. Charleston Princess

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    Am I first? Really? I am so excited! :woohoo:
     
  4. MHTeacher

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    Awwww, Jackie beat me! Oh well, I'm second! :yay:
     
  5. kcandbella

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    Yay! You are doing a PTR!!! I'm here! :goodvibes
     
  6. mickeystoontown

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    Signing on for more! Can't wait to hear all about your Mom and Me trip!
     
  7. marsa1969

    marsa1969 Can we go to Disney yet??

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    popcorn::I'm in!
     
  8. stace208

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    I'm here!:goodvibes
     
  9. Happydog

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    So glad you are going to share all about your trip this spring!!! :) I can't wait to hear all about it! :goodvibes
     
  10. SoonerGirl

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    :yay: Yay! Jackie's first!

    So close! Glad you're here Michelle!

    I caved to the peer pressure :laughing: Thanks for joining in Kayce!

    Hi! Thanks for signing on!

    So glad you came over!

    Hi Stacy!

    You guys twisted my arm :thumbsup2 Thanks for coming over!
     
  11. SoonerGirl

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    Choosing a resort......

    So, I really wanted to stay at a Boardwalk hotel for this trip (as I always do, and never get to :sad: ), but Mom couldn't get past the sticker shock of paying for a deluxe. I told her that I really only had two requirement when it came to where we would stay - it will be on site, and it won't be a value ;)

    She looked at a few resort photos with me and we decided on Coronado Springs. I've stayed here once before, and while it was very pretty around the resort, I didn't care for the rooms and I didn't really like the looooooong walk to the main building. That being said, I do like the looks of the referbished rooms - and I'll get a whole queen bed all to myself! :woohoo: And, I've learned that just being in a deluxe resort doesn't mean that your walking distance to shops and restaurants will any shorter (like Wigd's 40,000 steps to her villa in December! :eek: ) so all and all I think this will be a good decision.

    What I'm trying to decide on now is whether or not I should request a certain room location. We stayed in Cabanas last time, and while it was close to the main pool, it was a haul to get to the main building. Do any of you have any experience with this resort? Have a favorite section? I think I'm leaning towards asking for Castias just because it's bus stop is the first picked up and the first let off - might help with not having to stand on the bus. Or maybe I'll just take my chances and see what they give me......
     
  12. MHTeacher

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    Michelle, We stayed at CSR back in 2003, during a 4/3 deal. I thought the resort was really pretty too, and now I think the rehabbed rooms are beautiful (and YAY for queen sized beds:woohoo: ).

    At that time, I was not the DISer I am today. I didn't even know I could request a building.......So young and ignorant, I was! ;) By some stroke of luck, we actually had a great spot. We were in Casitas, building 5---convenient to a bus stop, and not too far a walk to the pool. I think it took about 5 minutes to walk to the main building.
     
  13. Charleston Princess

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    We stayed at CSR over spring break a couple of years ago and ended up in Casitas. It was a pretty good spot -- it was the building closest to the main buildings and the main pool. I would request Casitas though because I think it is close to just about everything. I would NOT want to end up in Ranchos which are the farthest from everything it seems.

    I love the look of those new refurbed rooms. So pretty! :lovestruc Not to mention, the great food court, the big gift shop, and that fabulous pool and pool bar. Perfect for an adults getaway! :goodvibes
     
  14. Happydog

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    The new rooms do look nice, that is what I was thinking too! I would be interested in trying out CSR! So I am looking forward to hearing all about it!

    Are you guys eating any where ....:rolleyes1

    I guess that is coming up in the next post :laughing:
     
  15. kschafer

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    Just noticed this but I'm here now!!!!

    We have requested Casitas 4 or 5 simply because they are close to the first bus stop. I figure that is the thing we will use the most and they are about 1/2 way between El Centro and the Dig Site, 2 things we will use slightly less. I also would accept cabanas 8 for the same reasons but that is bus stop 3 (not sure if that will be a big deal in May) Who knows, maybe we'll end up neighbors!
     
  16. Lovemy3babes

    Lovemy3babes Is always in need to get herself and her children

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    Hi Michelle! I'm here too. It looks like you got a great start to your PTR. You and your mom are going to have so much fun!! :)
     
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    Hi Michelle! I am so glad you are starting a PTR! It will be fun to follow along, such a pretty time to be in WDW! :flower3:
     
  19. PrincessInOz

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    On board. Can't wait to read more.:cool1:
     
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    Hi Michelle! :) I came over from Katie's PTR seeing that we are all there at the same time! I'm really looking forward to the F&G too and so happy we are finally at 49 days!!

    Tracy
     
  21. SoonerGirl

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    I didn't find the DIS until my 3rd trip - so I can relate to the ignorant phase! :laughing: I've never requested a certain section of a resort, just took what they gave me, and have never really been disappointed. I do think I'm leaning towards asking for Casitas 4 or 5, seems like a pretty good spot.

    The new rooms do look great - I can't wait to see them in person. In addition to the pool bar I think they also have another one up by the main building. I'm sure we'll make good use of both!

    Yep - we will be eating........ :rolleyes1

    Hey Katie! Glad you are here. I'm leaning towards Casitas 4 or 5 too, we might very well be neighbors. :thumbsup2

    Hi Kelli, thanks for joining in! I'm really looking forward to this trip with my mom. We went shopping the other day for a suitable park bag for her and a swimsuit. I think she is pretty excited too!
     

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