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How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?*Final Thoughts & Farewells* 10/7 p100

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by MEK, May 13, 2011.

  1. MEK

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    It turned out perfect. Yes - OKW is the logical choice. Especially since we are arriving so late the first night. Might as well go somewhere with low points. I spent some time researching it, love the rennovations, and will probably change today.

    I don't mind moving after the first night, but I really don't want to move for the last night. I will likely switch to OKW today. I do really want to try it and I might actually find that the whole south florida theme is refreshing for December.

    Thank you! I do love F&G. Everything is so festive and extra pretty! And those characters really did crack me up. That just looked so fun!

    I hope I am posting the right picture. Can't tell until I get home! :rolleyes1 I want the one where I am cracking up over calling Christine. Like I said, talk about a dork. Look how easily amused I am.

    Fun pix Cynthia! :thumbsup2

    skipping all the chatter really helps, doesn't it? Glad you were able to get caught up. It really was a fun first day and we are about to become 6 as soon as I get the next update up!

    Denny was the one who really wanted VWL originally, but now the cheap side of him is saying go for OKW. Since we will be arriving late the first night and since I have been wanting to try OKW for awhile, it seems like the right thing. I guess I just can't get it out of my head that I will be "giving up" VWL. I really wanted to see Ranger Joe again. but whatever I decided, I'm definitely going to Artist Point for dinner one night!
     
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  3. tinacaplan

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    Nice photopass pics! I really like the super cool border from the Flower and Garden festival. And...Cynthia...none of the shops? Really?
     
  4. Curiouser&curiouser!

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    Great update!

    Okay I may have missed this, because I don't always read the chatter in between updates *Bad Curiouser!*, but where did Jen get that adorable hat! I am hoping that I can find the same one when I go in October! I just love it!
     
  5. MEK

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    I think Cynthia is going to add some of Melissa's earlier PP Pix, too! I love her regular phone both pictures for that day, too!

    Yes - really - she DID NOT shop! I almost bought a big flower from one of the other shops. Had it stored away and never went back to pick it up. I feel kind-of bad because I did want it, but I brought one home last year and it was awkward.


    Don't feel bad. I always skim through the chatter on other people's TRs. well, most of it, any way. I was hoping Jen would see the requests for more info on her hat. She bought it at a kiosk specifically set up for F&G, so I'm not sure if you would be able to find tha same hat again. However, I was hoping she might check the tag so you could do a google search for it.
     
  6. manntra

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    Awww great character pictures!! :goodvibes

    ME...I would go for OKW....I just added on my first night there for October...you can't beat it for the points! I was going to fly in early Saturday am but I figured why not fly in later on Friday..stay at OKW and head over to DTD for some EOS and shopping for the night before moving over to BCV in the am. Brilliant right?! :rotfl:

    I added the phone numbers to my iPhone...we'll be having some fun in October with the F&W patrons :rotfl:

    Tracy
     
  7. MEK

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    December Trip Update.......

    I DID change my reservation to OKW. I finally decided it was the best thing to do because of:

    1. The low points
    2. Not having to change rooms (Number one reason)
    3. The late arrival, making the low points very attractive for that first night - 11 points - can't beat that.
    4. The fact that I have been wanting to try OKW for awhile (as part of my mission to stay at all the DVC resorts, research and all that)
    5. 2 double beds and the largest studio room (a bed for Nicholas)
    6. Recently renovated resort.
    7. We will have a car, so transportation is not a concern
    8. Seems to be a persuasive group of OKWesters out there who LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this resort.
    10. The "Florida" theme might actually be a real welcome by December.


    So, there you have it. I will now be staying at OKW 12/14 - 12/19 and I booked my return flight home. Flying home on Monday was SO MUCH CHEAPER!

    In about 9 days I can start my ADRs. Pretty psyched to be doing ADRs this trip. Last two trips I went with the flow. Now I am ready for a trip where I become the uber planner again, so watch out. I even downloaded a dining app on my phone. Love it!

    I doubt I will update tonight because we are going to Brian's graduation. But I will definitely update by Friday!
     
  8. TanzUnited99

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    Great pics! Love the photopass ones and the ones taken at the phone booths and of the shopping trip! :thumbsup2
     
  9. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    You did! I'll try to remember to toss it on your CD when I get those made (hopefully this weekend!) but you should be able to download it from the link you have, it just means wading through all the pics.

    You'll see plenty with that border! I have a version that's got the full square of the flowers but it's awfully busy with the 5 of us and the characters, I like the bottom border better for that picture

    I looked but didn't take much in the way of pictures obviously. Still in day 1 picture mode lol.

    Yes, I'm going to add Melissa's pics as well. I did shop, just not much but the positive of that is I really really love what I did get. I am quite confident Melissa, Tracy and Christine probably did the most damage...in that order. Although Jen did pretty well too!

    :rotfl:

    I can't wait to see pictures of the renovated rooms! Really looking forward to a TR for it as it's still probably where I want to buy and since I've pushed back buying probably until Jan, you might have some pictures up by then!
     
  10. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    This is a very disapproving-looking teddy bear. :laughing:
     
  11. nilla

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    You NEVER know. There's a water tower over by the community college that has been covered up with "refurb tarp", and I'm starting to speculate...
     
  12. eandesmom

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    :rotfl:

    I loved that one, it made me wish Eric was still into cops (he was a policeman for 3 years in a row for Halloween) as that little bobby was just so darn cute!
     
  13. vamassey1

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    Mary Ellen,
    I hope Brian's Graduation goes great tonight. I know you'll take lots of pictures. Try not to cry too much.
     
  14. sunny_stace

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    I love the little English teddy bears! I might need to take some home! I do have a weakness for stuffed animals...:)
     
  15. 2xcited2sleep

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    MEK- think you will love OKW! :thumbsup2. You know what holds first place in my heart but i really like OKW. Such a value and so much room!

    Hope you enjoy graduation!

    T - i think we find a bench and prank call the phone booths in Oct!

    Great pics, Cynthia!
     
  16. MEK

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    I'm actually getting excited about OKW now. That's because I love trying new resorts. You will have to let me know what you think after you stay there in October. Yes - I think your plan is definitely brilliant. It's smart to get your shopping in early! :thumbsup2

    I love our character pictures. I wish we had more!!!!

    Yes - I think you will. With 5 numbers to choose from you will be quite busy.

    Thanks! I think we really hit character pay dirt that day. Calling the phone booths was really funny! Just like being a little kid!

    :lmao: You are so right on that!

    :rotfl2: I totally cracked up when I read this at work!!!!! Well, if anyone will be the first to know about, it will be Denny's mother who lives up there. She knows everything.

    Thanks. The graduation was very nice, but we got there late. We were trying to wait for Nick to get home to go with us. By the time we got there we ended up with bleacher seats and a terrible view. Oh well. It was a nice ceremony and one of Brian's classmates sang a song she wrote. That was really a highlight.

    Those little teddy bears are so cute! Well, maybe except for the disapproving one. :rotfl:

    Have you stayed there? And, yes, I know what holds a spot in your heart. :laughing: I hope I don't miss it to much on my next stay. It really was a great resort.

    Thanks. It was very nice. Because it was a small class they got to say a little bit about each kid. That was nice.

    Especially after you have had a couple drinks! :rolleyes1

    agreed! :thumbsup2
     
  17. eandesmom

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    more photopass :)

    I think she was excited to go see him (he's her fav!)

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    Aren't they cute!
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  18. jenjolt

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    Hey all checking in from Vero Beach!!! WHAT A GORGEOUS RESORT!!! It is amazing and the beach oh the beach is so delightful!!!!!!

    LOL I was tempted while waiting for Illuminations to bust out my phone and start calling those booths...but I didn't!! I know I'll be making some calls when I get back there in the next couple of days!

    About the hat, I have seen it at Mousegears, World of Disney, and the Main Street Emporium, so I know its out there!! I love it, it has become the perfect pool/beach hat!!!

    MEK congrats on Brian's graduation!!!!! What a great milestone for him and for you!! Glad it was a very nice ceremony!!

    OH and congrats on OKW! Right now that is where we are booked for Oct! If it stays that way I will take a ton of pics for you LOL!! I have heard great things about OKW!!! So I'm excited about that!!!
     
  19. KatMark

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    Cynthia, thanks for sharing the Photopass pictures -- they are awesome. You guys sure look like you were having a blast. I can't believe you've never been to that part of England and didn't know Tigger and Pooh (and sometimes Eeyore) were there. It's my favorite spot to get my pic taken with my favorite characters.
     
  20. I Believe In Magic

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    Cynthia~ Great Photopass pics, I have been debating buying the cd for our upcoming trip and I think I will now. I forgot how great they look! You ladies are really having a great time and it shows in those pictures!

    I also did not know Pooh and Tigger were back there!!! I will be visiting them soon!!! :banana:

    Melissa~ I love :smickey: too and I always get a solo pic with him after we do the family one.

    Jen~ thanks for the tip on where to get the hat! I never wear a hat because well I think I look silly on them but I know how hot it's going to be and that one is way too cute.

    Ok what did I miss.....OH Mary Ellen!! OKW is so much fun, we love it there! We stayed in a 2BR villa a couple years ago and really liked it. You will want to get a cab to go get groceries though, we bought a few things at the little gift shop/store and seriously I would rather spend 8.00 on a fun drink at Epcot than a 6 slice pack of Kraft singles. LOL
    So you will love it!!!

    Ok off to read more.....sorry to whomever I forgot. This TR needs notes taken while reading......!
     
  21. MEK

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    I love this dress. So cute!

    Isn't it beautiful there. I love it. So tropical. Everything is so close, yet it feels so spread out. I am so glad you are enjoying your stay there.


    Let me know how it goes for you. I sort of chickened out when it came time to call. :upsidedow I was afraid people would know it was me.

    That's good to know because you fat clearly has a lot of fans!!!!!

    Thanks Jen. We are all very happy the diploma was actually IN the folder. :rotfl: No hidden surprises.

    I am very excited about OKW, so make sure you take tons of pix. Can't wait to see them.
     

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