Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks: final update 12/29, p.98

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  1. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/dm.

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    Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks.....
    :welcome: to my pre-trip report that will evolve into a live trip report in just 8 days and then continue into a post trip report. I like to cover all of my bases. :teeth:

    Count down along with me
    :goofy: 8 days until WDW!!! :goofy:


    A friend of mine suggested I do my trip report over here as DVC will be the main focus. Thanks Alison. There will be some AoA, MNSSHP, park time, and F&W experiences too. The majority of my research has been on DVC and which resort to choose and after many many threads, as some of you can attest to and hours of research :blush:, we finally decided on the THV and AKV Kidani savannah view. :woohoo: I think I spent more time researching resorts than I did completing my Masters degree. :rotfl:

    I'm kind of a chatty thing and even so this report will be photo heavy. I'm visual and want to see and share what's a happening hot stuff. Sixteen Candles anyone?



    Let me begin by introducing my family and friends who will be going on this adventure.

    The five of us, aka the Fugly Five, at Disneyland last November:

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    Me and DH on a recent trip to Nantucket:

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    On our boat on a local reservoir:

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    Gabby DD15:

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    Chloe DD13:

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    Mikayla DD's bestie 14. This is a pic of all 3 girls after they met One Direction (boy band) in Las Vegas this summer. Note their freaked out faces. From left: Gabby, Kayla, Chloe

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    Joshua DS11 after a rare Raiders win:

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    Needless to say we're a little crazy but in a good way. We've got a fierce bond that's for sure. We love to have a good time and believe strongly in the rights of others and human dignity.

    Worth noting is that DH is a total foodie/amateur chef. Here are a few examples. He is such a great cook. Hope F&W lives up to the hype:

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    We've also got some friends that will be spending most of the first week with us:
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    Just the kids. This was a few years ago:

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    This trip is in celebration of Chloe becoming a bat mitzvah in May 2012. Instead of a huge party she chose a family trip to WDW. I couldn't be more pleased with her decision. She worked very hard during this process including years of religious school, learning Hebrew, and wrote a kick butt d'var Torah.


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  3. rentayenta

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    Our dates are Oct 13-24, 2012.

    This will be our first trip home since purchasing DVC in 2009 which was also our last trip to WDW. We've used our DVC twice though at the GCV at Disneyland and also traded into RCI once for a week in Cabo. Wanna see some pics? Cool, I hoped you'd say ::yes::

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  4. rentayenta

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    How are we going to get there from Utah you might ask? Yes, we live in Utah. DH and I are from California, So and Nor Cal respectively. Got married and here we are 19 years later. We were married all of two weeks before relocating to Utah.

    We're flying of course. I'd sooner poke my eyes with a hot fork than drive that far. I've got friends who do it and brava to them but I'm picturing the scene from Vacation where poor Aunt Edna is tied to the top of the car. We're flying Southwest on the way out and taking United on the way home. We had some SW points to use and flights were a decent price and at a good time. Plus with SW's 2 free bag policy it enables me to bring a duffle full of non perishables. Love Southwest. Here's my pic of an already packed bag of non perishables.

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    On the way home were flying United. Hate United. Then why fly them you may be asking? Because we had $325 credit from a fiasco with them from a previous flight at LaGuardia. I found our return flights from MCO to SLC for $125 each. That's incredible so I jumped on it. In typical United fashion they have since changed our departure time, twice, sans notice but I'm learning to accept that from them. Okay accept might be an exaggeration. Expect is more like it.

    We'll leave early Saturday morning from SLC and arrive at MCO about 4:30. We leave MCO at 3 pm and will arrive back home in SLC at 11 pm. Neither flight is nonstop as they just don't seem to exist from SLC to MCO unless I'd like to hock the farm. We don't really have a farm but you know what I mean.

    ADRs: we've got some planned. We're also planning on a few+ days at F&W. We've got the Xante Mixology Seminar as well planned for 10/23. Our ADRs include:

    Boma- dinner
    Via Napoli- dinner
    50's- dinner
    Rose and Crown- dinner
    Kona Cafe- dinner
    The Turf Club- dinner
    Saana- dinner

    You will find out that I am a resort junkie and really enjoy our resort time. Trying their TSs is a must for me. Were also planning on AoA's CS for dinner on arrival night.

    I'm also having a crazy amount of groceries delivered. I won't bore you with the lists but lets just say we'll be well prepared for our 10 night DVC stay. We will have breakfast daily in the villa as well as grilling 2 dinners and a lunch via BBQ. That full kitchen makes me happy. I want to be equally as comfortable on vacation as I am at home. Thank you DVC for making that possible.

    Tickets?
    YES!
    DD and her best friend will be taking a YES class in AK so I was able to get hoppers at a huge discount. I saved $660 or $110 per hopper. We've got 8 day hoppers that include 8 water park days as well.

    Our daily plans keep evolving so I'll hold off on those until I've got a better grip. I love to plan and then love to ditch most of the plan. It's an illness, I know. But what a fun illness to have. Disney mania I like to call it. :hyper:

    We do have tickets for MNSSHP on 10/18. I need mother nature on our side. After last night's weather in Orlando, I'm hoping she's got most of it out of her system. Maybe a sun dance is in order?

    That's all for now. I think that's a fairly decent introduction but will be back with more. Ciao.

    Oh and the title: it's F&W festival. I think it's illegal to count calories during any festivals. I'm hoping exercise is also illegal. We'll find out as the trip proceeds.
     
  5. rentayenta

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    El plan, el flaco, el 411 http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=46369482#post46369482

    Lets get this post trip report started in lower Alabama ie Pensacola http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=15

    Lots of AoA
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=18

    First park day: MK (Day 1)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=19

    More first day MK fun (Day 1)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=20

    The THV (Day 1)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=20

    Dinner at 50's (Day 1)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=46618901#post46618901

    DHS (Day 1)
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=46670991#post46670991

    Epcot- Future World (Day 2)
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=26

    F&W (Day 2)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=46683509&posted=1#post46683509

    MSEP (Day 2)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=28

    MK EMH (Day 2)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=46786696&posted=1#post46786696

    Typhoon Lagoon (Day 3)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=46811164&posted=1#post46811164

    DTD (Day 3)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=46934789#post46934789

    AK (Day 4)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=46999182&posted=1#post46999182

    AK (Day 4)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=47025435&posted=1#post47025435

    Epcot (Day 4)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=47252793&posted=1#post47252793

    A little diversion, a Disney Cruise pre trip link
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=47427094&posted=1#post47427094

    High Rock Springs Pool (Day 5)
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=47498352#post47498352

    MNSSHP
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=47689209#post47689209

    A dream is a wish your heart makes
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=47781828&posted=1#post47781828

    Mini meet and Club 33
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=62

    Spring Break plans
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=47867165&posted=1#post47867165

    Mini meet and Club 33 part two
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48051101#post48051101

    Moving Day
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48060876#post48060876

    Moving day part 2, Kidani Village!
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48096164&posted=1#post48096164

    AK evening EMH
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=79

    Night vision and Sanaa
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48283579#post48283579

    DHS (Day 7)
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48434355&posted=1#post48434355

    Pool party and dinner at Sanaa (Day 7 cont.)
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48456212&posted=1#post48456212

    Blizzard Beach
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48489690#post48489690

    Food porn and beads at AKV
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48547290#post48547290

    More fun at AKV and Boma
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=88

    MK, mini mini meet
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48648311&posted=1#post48648311


    Tony's, the parade, and more AKV pool time
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48736001&posted=1#post48736001

    Last night at MK
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3003243&page=95

    Final park day
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=50045260#post50045260

    Departure day
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=50347120&posted=1#post50347120



     
  6. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Well I'm here! I found it before you even posted your link on your PTR!

    Love the pictures!
     
  7. rentayenta

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    :welcome: and yay! I just linked it in mine and linked it in yours. Great idea. I gave you props too. :goodvibes It does feel more homey over here.

    Thanks, I am a photo junkie. That's why I love your reports too; they're chock full of photo goodness. ​
     
  8. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    It is illegal to count calories on vacation and I think double penalties apply during F&W.

    I did not know you did an RCI trade for Cabo. Would LOVE to hear how that whole process went.

    I listened to the F&W podcast last night while at the gym and started looking at my menu apps again for our ADR's!

    Finishing up our costumes this weekend. It's SO close!!!
     
  9. Thumper4me

    Thumper4me Planning my next trip

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    Jumping on the Food & Wine Festival bus!! Looking forward to reading/seeing more - your pictures are marvelous!! :)

    Kelly
     
  10. jennyjinx3

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    I'm in! Glad to put a face to your name!:goodvibes
     
  11. kaoden39

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  12. PrincessInOz

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    I'm just following the breadcrumbs......looks like they change to celery sticks....or not.


    Your family is wonderful. Glad to put a name to the face.
     
  13. rentayenta

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    :welcome: and here ya go friend.

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2427045&highlight=playa+grande

    The pics are on FB too but here's the thread. The details are fuzzy now but it was a smooth transaction. And totally worth it. We stayed at the Playa Grande. We met some really fun friends that we still keep in touch with.

    I think we had 3 different wait lists for the Playa Grande for 3 different weeks. That was when you could have unlimited wait lists. It didn't take but a couple of weeks to score our villa. It was a one bedroom. The sofa was a pullout so we could have easily brought the kids. Glad we didn't though. ;)

    I know it's not the best use of points but for us, it was. DVC was our entire room budget and we didn't want to go to WDW. It was perfect. Their dos por uno (happy hour) was incredible.

    What are you dressing up as???? Can't wait to see. :hyper:

    Gym? I know I've heard the word and vaguely recall some sort of building but can't quite put my head around it. It's been ages. :blush: And heck no, no way I'm counting a single calorie on this vacation. I haven't in 6 months so why start now? :rotfl:

    I need to find that F&W podcast. Did you make any ADR changes?​


    :welcome: Kelly. Good to have you. I'm so excited about F&W and promise to post a ton of photos. ​


    :goodvibes :welcome: I like seeing who I'm talking to as well. I can't get into the reports that don't have photos. I know I'm probably missing some great information but I enjoy the stories and pics together.​


    :welcome: Hi Michele. Glad you found me. I can't believe they haven't closed that thread, it's at 255 pg. Alison was right though, much better over here for my report. The other section gets more traffic but sometimes it moves too fast. ​


    :welcome: and :thanks: I'm thinking breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs that will be either dipped in something or filled with something delicious. No celery! :laughing:
     
  14. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Well if I can't convince Jeff we need to go to DL in April, I may be attempting something like that. I'd rather take the gang to Aulani and we could pull it off point wise but the airfare is a bit of a buzz kill.

    We did book a couples weekend to san fran in dec last night so that will help grease the skids for an April disney trip. LOL!

    I'll check out your TR!

    We haven't told anyone, it's a surprise. I may post a clue on my TR on departure day, we will see. They are a riot!! I have one thing to finish up for them and will be making that this weekend.

    LOL!

    I am planning on working out a couple of times while there, otherwise I will be crabby and go crazy. Nothing extreme though. Probably hit each gym...once.

    No, but I've been looking at my budget and am a little concerned about 3 signature dinners, cost wise. Might end up dropping one on the trip...it's cutting into my souvenir funds!

    Ok actually my $400 water bill and $200 car tab renewal cut into my souvenir funds...bums me out, seriously crummy timing.
     
  15. Ms. WDW

    Ms. WDW A DIS Veteran who just won't grow up!

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    This is FANTASTIC!! Love all the pictures of your family!! I can't believe you haven't been to WDW since 2009. I would have sworn you were there last year.

    I know you're going to have a fantastic time. You will absolutely love the F&W. You'll be arriving as I leave...boo hoo!! :)

    Well if "we" can't sleep tonight we can always meet up here!

    Looking forward to this trip report!!!!
     
  16. sarahk0204

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    Yay! :cheer2:

    I'm glad you've started. After reading your resort threads, as well as the grocery thread, I feel like I am ready for this trip too. :rotfl:

    Looking forward to more! ::yes::
     
  17. rentayenta

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    $400 water bill? Is that for the entire summer? :faint: I'd be at the corn dog cart for sure. Which signature would you cancel? And bummer about the renewal. They happen every year and they seem to creep up on me.

    Airfare to Hawaii is a total buzz kill and what's been stopping us as well. Disneyland in April? We're thinking June. You'll love the GCV. They are amazing. We've had 2 fabulous stays there. Nothing beats being able to run into your villa after getting soaked on Grizzly River and being back inside the park in 15 minutes. pixiedust:

    I may walk in the morning but I won't use the gym. I hate the gym on a normal day. I super hate the gym on vacation. You're dedicated and I'm envious. :p

    Tease. Hmm.....a group costume with of all ladies...I'm guessing it's Disney themed....:scratchin I do love a good surprise. ​


    :welcome: Linda, I'm happy you joined in. Thanks for the kind words. We went to Disneyland last November and in 2010 but haven't been to WDW since May 2009. I can't believe it's been that long either.

    I can't wait to read about your time at the BWV. Have you stayed there before? The BWV were in my top 3 choices but my crew was determined to sleep in a treehouse and with the animals. One day though. Please post some pics when you return. And you're so lucky to be able to walk to Epcot.

    And ::yes:: we can always meet here. Too bad, we'll barely miss each other.​

    :welcome: :cool1: Thanks for joining us. I know, I posted so many threads. :lmao: I gained so much valuable info and believe it or not, I still feel underprepared. :crazy2:
     
  18. Misskitty3

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    Sounds like you are going to have an incredible trip! Can't wait to see and hear all about it!
     
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    Thank you and :welcome: It's nice to see so many familiar names. :goodvibes
     
  20. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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  21. Ms. WDW

    Ms. WDW A DIS Veteran who just won't grow up!

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    I've stayed at the Boardwalk many times as I own there and SSR. SSR is the resort I love when I'm with my husband. It's very relaxing and yet still has that "Disney" feel. The Boardwalk now is where we book when it's time for the F&W because of the closeness to Epcot.

    Sadely, you and I just miss eachother. My friend Cee and I always miss eachother. We keep saying "One day we'll meet at the F&W". :rotfl:

    But for now, we'll all get together and share our amazing stories right here on the DIS! :thumbsup2
     

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