Food & Wine & Friends, or 'Wishing a Year Away'. October 2012 PTR *NEW 11/18 TR link!

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by Joyciemc, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Joyciemc

    Joyciemc DIS Veteran

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    You certainly did have a busy year! Not too surprising that it went so quickly!

    I know! Ben has sent an alarm in his phone so we don't forget. :laughing: I don't think that's a problem.

    I've decided to just embrace the early Holiday spirit' if you can't beat 'em, join 'em :goodvibes

    I did have a pretty good weekend, thank you!!
     
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  3. Enchanted88

    Enchanted88 A dream is a wish your heart makes

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    haha I feel the same way about the "early" holiday spirit! I really love Christmas music and Christmas movies, so it's all good for me (I always look for a good reason to watch the Santa Clause and Elf!) DH can't stand it! He is a bit on the scrooge side! hahaha I'm going to have to get him more into the holidays!:)
     
  4. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

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    Yay for another trip!!! And by the date of your last post I'm guessing you've booked by now?! :woohoo:
     
  5. Joyciemc

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    There's already folks with Christmas lights out! I am actually excited... looking forward to putting the tree up.

    Neither trip is booked yet! Still waiting on Mark for the May one, and we can't book our October trip till Sunday. But that's less than a week away!

    I am itching to plan for May, so I can't wait to get dates...
     
  6. Joyciemc

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    Time is still ticking along. We can book on Sunday, so that is the short-term goal that is keeping me sane right now :laughing:

    Ben and I spent Sunday at Old Sturbridge Village and had a BLAST! It was actually a little Disney-like in the sense that it is a super well themed place. Neither of us had been since we were little and weren't sure what to expect. Between checking out the old buildings and talking to the 1830s folks who inhabit the village, we spent several hours.

    A few pictures of our day:
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    This was the potter. He was great! A little girl helped him make a pot, it was so cute to watch! All of the trades people were very informative and fascinating. The shoe maker, blacksmiths, cooper (barrel maker), there was also a house in which a real meal was being cooked and we talked to the folks about the cooking methods and food choices as they were eating.

    This is the OSV version of a Segway tour :laughing:
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    The stilts were TOUGH!

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    We took this picture because the door blended into the building. And Ben thought I blended into it, too.

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    Ben didn't see why he'd have to watch his head. :rotfl:

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    These little cow-guys (who were actually steer, I think) were lovely. I was smitten. :lovestruc
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    The tinner (as in the guy who works with tin) was the last shop we visited. He was super informative and so, so nice! He was making candlestick holders, and as we left, he gave me one!
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    (We checked on the way out and these were $8 in the gift shop ;) )

    Another highlight of the day was the delicious hot apple cider and snicker doodle cookies. SO GOOD!

    We ended the day with an amazing dinner at the Publick House. I'd highly recommend both of these things if you find yourself in Massachusetts :thumbsup2
     
  7. Nermel9

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    Don't worry, Sunday will be here before you know it! Are you staying at AKL? (Sorry, did you mention where you were staying earlier? I don't remember! :scared1:)

    Aww, Old Sturbridge Village! My parents dragged my sister and I there a couple of times when we were kids, and lets just say, we didn't exactly appreciate it then! I'd love to go again, it looks like fun! :cool1:
     
  8. Joyciemc

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    Our home resort is Bay Lake Tower, so that is where we can book 11 months out. We'll try to switch to Boardwalk Villas when the 7 month non-home resort booking opens!

    Sturbridge Village was awesome. Ben and I were fascinated by the 18th and 19th century buildings and customs. Pretty much every kid we saw didn't want to be there. If I were a parent (which thankfully to my potential children, I won't be! :laughing: ), I'd leave 'em home and go check it out myself!
     
  9. SoNotAPrincess

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    Old Sturbridge Village looks cool...I love stuff like that! I lived in Virginia for a few years and was forever haunting places like Monticello, Mount Vernon, Appomattox Courthouse, and Olde Williamsburg. Good times!
     
  10. annmarieda

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    What a fun weekend outing. I love things like that. Great picture too! And...:rotfl2: I love how you always manage to dress to blend in with your surroundings ;)
     
  11. klacey1

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    I haven't been to OSV in YEARS! I remember it kind of being like a mini Colonial Williamsburg-- love your pictures! Those cows are precious!
    Why do you blend into everything?! Chairs, doors?!
     
  12. Joyciemc

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    The best part was the 'costumed interpreters'. Everyone was so knowledgeable and eager to share information about the time they 'live' in.

    I don't try to!

    See above, it's not on purpose! :rotfl: Though I know for a fact that Ben took that picture in reference to my previous blending-ness. He'll probably add it to his trip report, now!
     
  13. Joyciemc

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    Can I just have a teensy-weensy little vent, please?
    I manage the Facebook page for my work, and most of the time it's just a way for me to highlight upcoming events, or other things going on. Once in a while, someone will post a question on the wall of the page that really doesn't/shouldn't be public. Instead of ignoring these, I'll post something asking them to email/call with their question.
    Sometimes people are just downright MEAN! They get to say whatever they want because they are just typing away and don't seem to care that there's someone reading/responding to this on her own time and is honestly offended or hurt by what they write. And of course, I have to remain professional and polite and just sit here seething. Grrr. Why can't I retire yet, exactly?

    Thanks for letting me whine, folks...

     
  14. Enchanted88

    Enchanted88 A dream is a wish your heart makes

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    It looks like you guys had a great time at OSV! My DH is such a history buff, he would absolutely love that! I'm sure that was a very fun experience!:goodvibes

    Im sure running a fb page for your job can be very frustrating!! I'm sorry to hear that it's causing you such a headache!!:scared1:

    Hope you had a great Tuesday!
     
  15. Tracy161

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    Ugh, sorry about the FB post! :sad2: What's with people sometimes?!

    On a better note, I LOVE OSV! Used to go quite often as a kid and will actually be heading out to Plimoth Plantation next weekend! Looks like you and Ben had a fabulous time and I loved your comment on OSV's version of the Segway tour! :laughing:
     
  16. SoNotAPrincess

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    Some peopel are SO big and brave when they don't have to stand face-to-face with another person. Bleh! :confused3

    And you can't retire yet cuz you have to fund your Disney obsession somehow! :rolleyes1
     
  17. jenny105

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    It's easy for people to hide behind a computer. :sad2:
     
  18. Shannon84

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    Just catching up on the PTR!!! DF and I think your Halloween costumes were awesome, we were laughing so hard! I always make him watch that show its so funny :goodvibes

    I love the pictures of Old Sturbridge Village...I remember going there all the time as a kid on field trips :thumbsup2
     
  19. Joyciemc

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    I just need to learn not to check my work Facebook from home. It's okay to get frustrated when I'm getting paid for it! :laughing:

    Oooh, let me know how Plimouth Plantation is. I'm sure I've been, but I don't remember it!

    That's true... wish I had picked a less expensive hobby than traveling to Disney! But I guess it's worth putting up with the occasional nasty comment. It's not all bad; a client told me today that I am "fabulous", and another said he loved me. Not in like, a weird creepy way, but in a 'thank you for helping me with this problem' kinda way,

    Seriously. Facebook has made people forget how to interact normally!

    Yay, glad you got our costumes! Only a few people got it when we were out and about, but it is still my favorite costume to date. Though I already know what next year is going to be-- hope it tops this year!
     
  20. Enchanted88

    Enchanted88 A dream is a wish your heart makes

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    :lmao: haha Yes, that is very true!! It's a lot easier to take people's attitudes/rudeness when you are being compensated for it! haha
    At my job, I just have to keep telling myself, "it's not me they are mad at..it's the situation." but it sure can seem like they are mad at me!:rotfl:
     
  21. Montegut

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    Yeah! We're going October 2012 as well. Already booked the trip, as we wanted a Magic Kingdom view in the Contemporary. Lifelong dream for both of us. Went on our honeymoon and will celebrate our 30th anniversary at Disney next year. I haven't been back since, and H only went with S on a father-son graduation trip seven years ago. Epcot had just opened up when I went, so looking forward to many more countries, HS, AKL!, and many restaurants. A couple's romantic week of fine dining on the Deluxe Dining Plan. And so looking forward to Food and Wine! Hoping to catch some awesome concerts at Eat to the Beat and taste a variety of food at the kiosks. Can't wait to walk downstairs to the monorail and explore the park! Can't wait to take a boat from park to park or to resorts, wherever we can. We love being on the water! Looking forward to reading everyone's pre trip planning and getting and sharing tips! Have a great year getting ready for your trip!
     

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