Kidani, HRH & BLT in 6 nights- Yes! We are THAT crazy!! Nov 4-10,09 OBX updates 4/13

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  1. Mysteria

    Mysteria I guess the tag fairies wings were clipped.

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    Woohoo finally into MK! Glad you finally had some luck with the bus.

    That first plate of food looks like mine from Nov. You sure you didn't sneak a pic of my plate? :rotfl:
     
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  3. NikkiLovesWDW!

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    What a lovely day you had! Too bad you didn't get to stay longer at Kidani but it seems like you made the most of it!

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  4. MAGICFOR2

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    You ARE a lucky girl! ;) Pods was a blond, too! My DH was a blond when I met him - after the AF cut it all off, it came back in brown. Your youngest looks just like Pods!

    I love all your animal pics from your SV! Isn't it amazing to be out there that close to all those beautiful creatures?

    Oh! I was behind a post - looks like a great meal at Boma! I love how your family was able to laugh and take time to just enjoy being together! So Sweet! Which rides did Sean like at MK?
     
  5. praisehisname

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    Loved all the pages!

    Isn't front row on EE awesome? :thumbsup2

    I've always been really leary of the menu at Sanaa, because I'm not adventurous, but your food looked like something I might like. I'll have to give it a try sometime.



    I tried one of those on our trip, and it was good! :thumbsup2


    So pretty at night! :lovestruc

    Your Boma dinner looked good! And about the hot-tub couple...awkward...:rolleyes1
     
  6. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Hi! And thank-you!! :goodvibes

    You're right, even just a few minutes of alone time goes a long way. And we thought we didn't need the extra room- HAH!

    I booked at Kidani at 11mos on the dot! Then switched everything- I'll explain it in the next post. And thanks for riding the bus! :rotfl:

    Yes, that's your plate all right...don't you remember when I ran in and said "LOOK! GEORGE CLOONEY!" and you looked away from your food? THAT"S when I took it! :rolleyes:

    Yes, we made the most of all of the resorts we stayed at. Even HRH, which is coming up next....

    It came back in BROWN???? Pods' hair (what's left of it :rolleyes:) is dark now, but it's that blonde turned dark kind of hair. That's crazy your DH's turned BROWN!!!

    I'd tell you which rides Sean likes at MK, but then I'd have to shoot you. :rotfl2: Actually, that's part of the next installment or so....:goodvibes But he definitely knows which rides he will go on and which he won't!

    Boma is an excellent buffet- something for everyone. :thumbsup2
     
  7. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    As usual, the morning came too quickly, and I had to finish packing us up. Today we were checking out of Kidani after only 2 nights, and were moving over to the dark side ...aka, Universal....for the weekend. ANd then coming back to WDW and BLT on Sunday night. :sad2: Why oh why were we doing this????? Well....originally, at 11 mos out, I had booked Kidani for 5 nights followed by 2 nights at HRH (Hard Rock Hotel), traveling Sunday to Sunday. We had planned to go to Universal because Tyler LOVES the roller coasters there, we thought Timmy might get brave on this trip and love them, too, and Sean sometimes loves all the DR Seuss stuff. We also always take a 1/2 day off from the parks to go out to Spring Hill (on the west coast) to visit Pods' Aunt Irma. ANd for that reason we need a car. Then we would just fly home from Tampa (which is about an hour from her). So the car + Universal fits together. But....this was NJ week. And Continental (the only direct flight to MCO out of Newark Airport) is very, very aware that it IS NJ Week, when the teachers convention (that no teachers go to) takes place and we all take off as a result. Airfares are over double the usual price, just like it's Easter or Christmas. I kept hoping they would come down, but they never did. So.....we had a change of plans. If we went down on Weds, and came home on Tuesday, we would save $1000. That's a LOT of Mickey bars!! We wouldn't be able to stay as long, and we still wanted to hit Universal on the weekend...because of the higher points needed for a weekend at Kidani. It would STINK for me, having to unpack and pack 3 times, but to save $1000 I could live with it. I just never unpacked our clothes- and I put the WDW clothes in one piece of luggage, and the Universal stuff in another. That made it a little easier. Although, FWIW, now that we have more points (from adding on at BCV) and the points have been reallocated making weekend stays a little less insane, we would just stay at WDW the whole time, and rent a car for a couple of days for Universal and to visit Aunt Irma. Ok...enough talking! On to some photos!!

    On this morning, Pods & T&T were going golfing at Osprey Ridge. T&T were SO excited, because they had never played 18 holes before. I was spending the day with Sean, we were going to go wherever he chose, based on the options given to him in his "book". While waiting for bell services to get the luggage to store for the day, I took some last minute room pics-

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    Sean waited on the balcony-

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    The bellman took our luggage and we were on our way to DTD- Sean had a VERY strong preference for where we would spend the day. He wanted to hit those Golden Arches of McDonald's!

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    The bus stop being constructed-

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    A bus for DTD came almost immediately!! Looks like we weren't the ones in our family with the bad bus karma!! :rotfl: 4 large fries later....

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    Back in a bit with all the fun we had! :banana: :banana:
     
  8. CRdisMom

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    you guys had the 2 bedroom villa right?

    Looking into renting points for this October. Have an offer for an off-site condo for $500 for the week. 3 bedrooms 2 bath. I know horrible. I'm doing all in my power to stay on site, thus looking at points.

    Love that Sean picked McDonalds. Looking at the photos I'm having a craving for them too. Hee-hee
     
  9. MEK

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    I probably would have changed resorts twice to save a grand, too. But now that you've done that, me thinks it will probably be a long time until you do it again! :rotfl:

    Anyway, I am looking forward to hearing about your HRH adventure! I haven't been to Universal in a long, long time and I would like to go again before I am too old to ride the coasters. Plus, I've heard that simpsons ride is pretty good.

    Looking forward to more!
     
  10. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    We had a 1bdrm. The 1 BDRMs at kidani & BLT have 2 bathrooms- a very, very nice addition, along with the pull-out chairbed, so beds for 5 instead of 4. Everyone showered in the master bath, but it was nice to have the other bathroom for OTHER purposes. :rolleyes1

    I would LOVE some McD's right now- I'm dieting post-holidays before I go to STJ and I am STARVING!!!! :rotfl:

    Good luck with wherever you decide to stay! I know there are a LOT of great deals staying offsite- very hard to pass up in this economy. I feel very, very fortunate to have the points. :)

    No, I will NOT be doing that again this year- although when we go on the cruise in October it will be 2 nights BCV, 7 nights DCL and 1 night Vero (hopefully). Ugh. At least it's a longer timeframe! It's actually a big part of why I don't want to add on more days in Sept with Pods- I want to actually UNPACK and relax!! Even when He & I went in Sept 09 we were in 3 different rooms (2 nights Vero, the 1st room at OKW, followed by the next room at OKW because our neighbors were too loud). So to say i am totally OVER the packing/moving/packing/moving/packing/moving/packing thing is an understatement!! :rotfl:
     
  11. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Sean had his fries bag in-hand, and we were off to find something for me to eat. I have been DYING to try EOS, and this seemed like the perfect time. We opened the door, and HOLY CANNOLI BATMAN!!! That's a LONG LINE!!!

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    It started AT the DOOR!! :scared1: I almost turned and left, thinking Sean isn't good with lines...but, he had his bag'o'fries, so i thought I would give it a shot- I could always leave if Sean was unhappy, right? Well...Sean was just fine!! And, surprisingly, that line moved VERY quickly- what an efficient, smoothly run system! Being this was my first visit, I ordered The Original 1762-Roast beef, creamy horseradish sauce and cheddar cheese served hot on an artisan loaf.

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    It was DELICIOUS!!! I know it looks like what's the big deal, but trust me!! It IS a big deal!! I will definitely be eating here again.

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    While I sat on a bench and ate my yummy sandwich, Sean got to explore the open and empty area- always, as we know, a good thing.

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    When I was finished, we headed over to Once Upon a Toy. Sean made a beeline for this guy-

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    And I was so happy to see that he STILL loves Buzz. :lovestruc We went inside, where Sean played with the Mr Potato Head computer-

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    Then checked out a few other stores, like WOD and TrenD-

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    Where he was an absolutely perfect window shopper- about a million times better than any of the other men in the family would be!!

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    A couple more pics outside for Mommy-

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    Can I tell you how AGREEABLE he was? He was soooooo wonderful! He was perfectly happy to do almost anything! Although he did NOT want to ride in the balloon!! :rotfl: So we skipped that. All-in-all, a wonderful time in DTD, a place Sean had never visited before. AWESOME!!!

    We were just about done here, so we decided to hop on the bus and go over to MK for the rest of our day together. The bus to the Contemporary Resort was waiting, and we hopped right on. It was then that I checked my phone for messages- Karajeboo had texted me that there was a lunatic on a shooting spree in downtown Orlando and I-4 was closed while they were looking for him. I relayed the info to the other couple on the bus, and texted it to Pods, while we all waited for updates from Kara. This was the day after the craziness at fort hood- how awful it all was. Fortunately, Kara texted back that the two incidents were NOT related, and that this was NOT a terrorist act. Either way, it doesn't make for a happy ending for all those families affected by both of these horrible tragedies. :sad1: But at least we all felt safe in the Happiest Place on Earth.

    Next up...what does Sean like to ride in MK?? And what does he absolutely HATE, much like his brothers?? See you soon!


     
  12. UGAFan0829

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    Woohoo! More great updates! I'm so glad to hear that you and Sean had such a good day at DTD! And I have to say that I'm shocked that this was your 1st time trying EOS!! Wow...it is good isn't it?! I can't wait to hear more about MK!!
     
  13. podsnel

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    While Sean and I were having a great day, Pods and T&T were having a wonderful time themselves! Our original plan was that they would play 9 holes at Oak Trail, the 9 hole walking course. But, that course, along with the Magnolia and Palm courses, was closed because of a huge tournament that would be taking place after our stay.(The Children's Miracle Network, i think?) That left LBV and Osprey Ridge. Since Pods & I had absolutely LOVED playing OR, with its abundant wildlife and far-away feel, back in October, we chose that course for the boys. And.....they loved it!! Even better, they got to play 18 holes instead of 9, which all worked out very well. The three were allowed to ride in one cart, with the two smaller bags and DH's regular one. Pods says they had a beautiful day out on a beautiful course. :goodvibes Here are a few of the pics DH took of our young golfers-

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    Both boys have very powerful swings, they are a lot of fun to watch. :goodvibes

     
  14. NikkiLovesWDW!

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    OH fantastic updates Ellen! I'm with Sean, McD's french fries are so delicious! It sounds like everyone had a great day!

    OT - I started my NEW Pre-TR! Link is in my sig!
     
  15. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    I went right over and subbed! :goodvibes We're going to Jellyrolls on our last night in May- I've never been- so I'll let you know how it goes! :thumbsup2

    And I have to say....McD's ffs are the best!
     
  16. MEK

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    Wow.....that was the mother of all updates today. Good job. I love EOS and, you're right, that line really moves. I hope I get to eat there in May cause they have some yummy sandwiches.

    Sorry to see you leave Kidani so soon. Your view was beautiful.

    I hear ya on the packing and unpacking. In June I had a terrible time packing up and moving from Kidani to CSR. It just seemed like everything had multiplied 10X over, plus we had food to get rid of. Then after we got home we left 4 nights later to go to Niagara Falls. I was hoping to never see another suitcase after that!

    It looks like the boys had a great time golfing at Osprey Ridge. I am still blown away by how beautiful that course is.

    Really looking forward to hearing about HRH and Universal.
     
  17. WannaBeADisMom

    WannaBeADisMom WDW...it's my "happy place"....

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    Hey Ellen, I'm sitting here, post-Bunco, reading your post about your time at DTD with Sean. I'm SO happy that you had such a great day together. He looks really, really happy! Can't wait to read about your time in MK. It sounds like you and Pods both spent some really amazing quality time with all your boys that day. :goodvibes
     
  18. podsnel

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    I know...can you believe it took me so long to become obsessed with their sandwiches like everyone else is around here?? :rotfl: There are probably a couple of reasons why....I usually prefer TS over CS, and I had not been near DTD for years until I started on these boards and went on my first DVC trip in June 08. When I ate at RR and Fultons. But I really loved it!! I will most definitely be checking out their offereings on all my visits from now on. :thumbsup2

    Hi ME! I was trying to get a bunch out yesterday, I guess that was alot of updates!! :goodvibes Well, I leave for STJ soon so I'm trying to do alot before I go...

    I'll be on to Universal soon...but I HATED leaving the bubble- even though HRH was very nice, it's not the same for me, we all know where my heart is! :lmao:

    Hi Joan! I'm always so happy when you post! :hug: It was a really excellent day...which was very good, because the night was HORRIBLE!!! :sad2: But I'm not there yet....

    I still can't get over that lucky chair at Bunco last night- every single person who sat in it rolled bunco, and Lynn THREE TIMES???? :scared1: It must be the nexxus of the universe, that chair! :rotfl2: Jackie is CRAZY if she doesn't march her butt and her chair into the 7-11 to buy lottery tickets...or at the very least, buy an armload of scratch offs and sit there in the chair at her coffee table and start scratchin' for cash!! :rotfl2::rotfl2: Too funny!!
     
  19. mom2shayleeandlogan

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    It's always nice to hang out with one of your children. It looks like you and Sean had a wonderful afternoon!
     
  20. Mysteria

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    What a great morning with Sean. Cant wait to hear about the rest of the day at MK.

    EOS is hands down my favorite CS restaurant at Disney. Well probably anywhere for that matter. It's a must do every trip for us. Welcome to the EOS fanclub!
     
  21. podsnel

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    One on one time is REALLY a beautiful thing!:love:

    Thanks for the welcome- I think Pods is a fan, too- just based on the fact he loves that I actually really LOVE a meal that costs $6!! :lmao: :rotfl2:
     

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