So after Tusker, the girls wanted to do some resort hopping, so headed to WL via bus. The decor was stunning, and it reminded me of my home resort, the Grand Californian for obvious reasons. In the shop Katie and I both saw a black hoodie we wanted, but put off getting anything as we didn't want to carry it ... and we also discovered there was liquor in the sundries shop, which made us wonder how hard the guys had looked for liquor at the Contemporary before getting a taxi to the Hess to pick up their beer ... Then we decided to take a boat back to the Contemporary to get on the monorail, found the sundries shop and bought a bag of wine to show the guys that they hadn't looked hard enough, and relaxed a bit in the room before heading out to the Grand Floridian for our tea service. The gingerbread house at the GF was of course stunning. We got the Empress tea, even though we wanted the one with champagne I forgot my driver's license and apparently the server thought it was possible we might be under 21. It was delicious, a neat experience and a relaxing way to enjoy the afternoon. Headed back to the BLT via monorail after wandering and taking pictures for awhile. The guys came back and ate pizza in the room and we enjoyed our wine, before heading out to the Beach Club Marina to go get on our IllumiNations cruise! (via rental car). Loved the gingerbread carousel at the lobby of the Beach Club. I kind of wish we'd been able to get in there instead of BWV the following week, though BWV ended up being awesome in its own right. We had prearranged to fill the pontoon with 5 other DISsers, but two cancelled the night before due to back issues, but it was still nice to meet Ray Sharpton and Polly and Rick. Because there were 3 kids and we wanted a night off, we still took the kids to the SandCastle Club at the Beach Club, which they enjoyed crafts and video games and did not want to leave at the end of the 2 hours. (The DVC discount brought the 2 hours to $20 per kid, not bad for some well deserved adult time!) We had mentioned that we had several birthdays and the pontoon was decked out in balloons and banners. I forget our captain's name, but he was awesome, friendly and informative. The crowds on the bridge watching IllumiNations ... we were parked side by side with about 5 other pontoons ... I think at least 3 others were decorated for birthdays as well. The gang on the lake: It was stunning. There will be no other way for us to watch IllumiNations for us from now on. To feel the heat of the fireworks on your face with no crowds, just phenomenal, I'd highly recommend this experience for anybody ... though it probably helped we were a bit tipsy from the wine, it was still amazing. After the cruise we had about half an hour of kid-free time so we wandered the resort and took pictures and had a few cigarettes. Finally picked up the kids at 10:30p, and headed back to the villa to pack up. I had posted the picture on the pontoon on my Facebook, and to my surprise a friend said "Hey, you're in Orlando? You should come see me I work at Universal I'll get you tickets ...", so we ended up chatting and setting that up for the next week. It was a fantastic surprise. A less fantastic surprise was my boss e-mailing me that they needed some paperwork to process my upcoming contract within three days, given that I'd not have access to the internet for the next three days, but I got it done that night, e-mailed and back to her just in the nick of time!