Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by rentayenta, May 21, 2009.
It's so major cool!
I love that Lady!!!!!
Update coming in the next few minutes....................
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We may not be classy enough for the Poly but that's no reason to burn the joint down. This was our first choice but the title would not fit so we went with our 2nd choice. Mother's Day 5/10.
And so we continue …………………as Jenna and I left off my family had just arrived off the ME! Jenna, Nate, and the kids were there waiting with big smiles a big colorful slice of Pop cheesecake. It looked so cool, all tye dyed and trippy without the cool effects It was so wonderful to see our friends again. It felt like it had been forever! The fact that we hadn’t slept in a day seemed to dissipate and we were energized!
Like Jenna said, we checked in to the OKW, which by the way, is awesome! I have been reading DVC stuff ad naseum and have no idea what people are talking about when they say OKW and SSR are not cool. Now having been to both, I say phooey on the naysayers. OKW is beachy and mellow and the staff was so nice. Our kids were running around the lobby like maniacs already. Once we checked in and paid it was off the our Villa. And it was grand!!!!
Nate drove the kids over, while Michael, Jenna, and I stopped to get an iced coffee. Remember, I had now been awake for over 24 hours; 28 to be exact with no more than a 20 minute cat nap.
Once we arrived, we all walked up the steps and Jenna was so cute, she opened the door so we could all see together and our mouths fell open. With this being only our 2nd trip to WDW and having stayed at the POR before, this was like unreal to me. Now before the kids could thrash the joint, I yelled to stay put so I could take pictures! I am so quiet and shy, I know this is shocking.
The plan was that Jenna and Nate would have the Master (get it master? Oh I guess you wouldn’t), Michael and I would share one the double Queen with our kids, and her boys would take the double double room. Of course Jenna being Jenna would not stand for that and insisted my girls take the double double so Michael and I could have some privacy. Emma still crashes with her parents or the boys and her boys would take the pullout sleeper with Joshua. To make a long story short, the kids slept all over the place. There was so much room…………ready for pics?
Kitchen/dining room table:
Living room, across from the next photo of Jenna and Emma:
Jenna and Emma and yet another cool table/sitting area. I this photo:
The Master bedroom. I swear I got a photo of the killer jetted tub.
Michael is our room Q/Q. Look at that smile.
View from the loft. Outside the door was a great patio that over looked one of the small pools.
Me and Gab in the loft:
Again words cannot describe our awesome this place was. All of us were overjoyed and Michael was in happy shock.
Our bags were not there but while we were checking out our new home for the next 5 nights, Nate unpacked their vehicle. After a quick snack of I-have-no-idea-what, we were off to MK. We decided on the bus but I only know this after calling Jenna and asking. My ST memory is nil due to too much fun during my undergrad and I didn’t write notes nightly like last trip. I am a slacker. I am ashamed. I am woman.
We entered the magic that is the Magic Kingdom, took it all in, and made a game plan. It was warmer than predicted and it appeared more crowded but no worries, it wasn’t!
A couple of pics:
First we got FPs for Splash, rode BTMRR, ate at Pecos, rode POTC, Jungle Cruise, Treehouse, spent a little time in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland grabbed Peter Pan FPs before leaving for our Mother’s Day dinner at ‘Ohana.
A few ride/park fun photos. Love those wiggling ear hippos on the Jungle Cruise:
Joshua in turquoise, Emma in front, and Jon to the side getting cooling off with the Tikis:
The little boys with the biggest kid of all, Michael:
Continued in next post.........................
Before we get there let me tell you that I had now been awake 35 hours and was fading fast. I mean really fast. I could have fallen asleep standing up. I think Joshua did. We took the Monorail to ‘Ohana for our 5:20 ADR. I just love the first Monorail ride of the trip.
We arrived at ‘Ohana a few minutes early only to find out that the fire pit had caught on fire. Really on fire, like out-of–the-pit on fire. We thought it smelled a little sooty but just thought it was the smoked turkey being cooked a little too long Nope. Because the pit was on fire and the fire dept had to come, the fire marshal had to declare when it was safe to reopen, and that was still in process. The sweet yet totally overwhelmed hostess said it could be an hour or it could be more. Huh?
While Jenna and I were having the above experience, Michael took this photo of Nate and the kids:
We decided that we would at least find a seat while we decided if we would wait it out or try our luck some place else. We took a seat downstairs on the big comfy couches and within seconds Joshua, Chloe, Emma, and Jon were sawing logs. They were out. We were stuck. Jenna remembered we did have a Chef Mickey’s for 7ish but since the kids were asleep and Chef Mickey’s food sucks, we sent the boys to the bar to grab us cocktails. Jenna got a Pina Colada and I got a Rum Runner. They were both good and strong- just what the mamas needed.
A couple of Poly pics. This place is so beautiful.
Jenna and I were mid-chatter when it was she, who noticed first, that Michael was chatting with the DVC dude whom I will be forever grateful to Michael came over, looked at me and said: I will have to do more research. That is what his tombstone will say: Father, Husband, Firefighter, Friend, Researcher.
At about 6:00, Michael went to check on the status of our table and it was ready. I guess they had been seating people for 30 minutes but due to sleeping children, strong drinks, and DVC, we hadn’t a clue. We woke the sleeping kids and made our way upstairs.
We were promptly sat and our server was Johnny on the spot. His name wasn’t really Johnny but he was attentive. He took our drink order and the feasting began. Emma and Josh slept through almost the entire meal. None of the kids wanted to take part in the dancing or coconut races even- they were all beat! We all gorged except for the babies and because they ate little to nothing so I asked our server if we could take what was left with us. He said they were not allowed, I explained that we had to pay, they didn’t eat, and voila, they said okay. We packed up the leftovers but not before stuffing ourselves on the best bread pudding anywhere!!!!!!
Here’s a photo of it half eaten:
In fact here are a few pictures. But before you look, remember, I have now been awake 36+ hours and my children and hubby almost as long. We look like hell in all of these photos. Don’t hate us because we are beautiful
Me and Jenna. Not sure if I am grabbing her **** or broccoli:
Michael and Joshua:
Nate and his side kicks. Clearly Gab did a little shopping during the fire pit fiasco, notice the Mickey icon ring and Mickey charm thing on her wrist:
After dinner Jenna and I were going to take Joshua, Chloe, and Emma back to the Villa but for some insane reason they got a micro burst of energy so went back to MK. More photos...........
Gab and Chloe on Monorail:
Michael and my attempt to mortify our children. Worked splashingly:
And a few of the best ride ever at Disneyland. WDW's has mucho to be desired but I still it so especially the Shalom sign
We stayed only a short while and headed back. Nate, Michael, Gabby, Chris, and Jon toughed it out and “rode the _ _ _ _ (it's with a bad word) out of everything”. These are Nate’s exact words.
By the time we got back our bags were there and we took the kids for a short swim. After the others got back, I unpacked while Jenna and Nate headed to Walmart to get our groceries, somewhere around midnight.
It was a very long and very wonderful 42 hours awake and great first day of our trip! Now Jenna will fill in the blanks and add her photos
You're grabbing her "button".
42 hours! I hope you got a ton o sleep.
here ya go....
You best not be too busy to check in here.
I nearly fell off my bed when I saw that!
My theory is, Jenna's going in for her first mamogram.....so you're helping her prepare....
tune in Tokyo............
Our corrected contract finally arrived from DVC this evening. Of course QA is closed but that will be the first call I make in the morning!!!!!
Too funny. It's so bad I had to post it.
Delta should have charged me for the bags under my eyes.
Wow, the fire pit really caught on fire? I mean, c'mon, it IS a fire pit...so we'd expect a fire!!
Glad you were able to still eat there...but you guys are most crazy! I think after 24 hrs I would have crashed...I can't believe you guys went over 40 hrs withou sleep!!
If I went for that long without sleep I probably would've been so grumpy they would have had to of kicked me outta the "happiest place on earth". Holy Moly. That red eye flight looked BRUTAL...
Love the Ohana pictures! I wish we had an Ohana ADR for June but no luck, I was too late on the ADR uptake. We did get there in May though and I looovvveeee that bread pudding! I seriously embarrassed my poor mother because I literally sat at the table going "Mmmmm. Mmmmmm. Mmmmm." the entire time I was eating. I really like to incorporate as many of the senses as I can while enjoying my food.
Jenna...great photos of Pop
We stayed there two years and loved it. The theming is so much fun and I love that music on the buses
Renta....Your OKW pics are great
It looks so roomy in there..
I can hear ya yelling at kids to FREEZE...got to take some pics for my DIS FRIENDS
I have no idea how you all lasted that long on 42 hrs of no sleep
Must be the Disney Magic
That stinks about Fire at Ohanas....Glad some drinkie poos were able to help pass the time
So, what is next
keith - i think your little niece is just ADORABLE! and to me it doesn't look like she's saying "no" but instead like she's pondering her thoughts.
whoa!!!!! my head is totally spinning after that!
actually i was thinking that you guys look really good for being up that long! and i was totally going to ask you what you were grabbing there.....as apparently was everyone else!
that's great stuff.
I have been itching to fill out the papers and get this baby closed!
I know how rotten I look.
And when the host told us I was thinking, well it is a fire pit.
Do you know that point after the point of exhaustion? I was past even that point. I closed my eyes the entire time during Philharmagic.
I don't think I was grumpy but you'd have to ask Jenna. The red-eye totally sucked.
It's amazing. I think we licked the plates! Classy, I know. Their wings and salad are so yummy too. I thought the potatoes were back but we got noodles.
I believe it's almost 2,400 sq ft. It has 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms!
That is exactly what I did. And no one fliched. Jenna's kids are scarred from the infamous Christmas Banister Incident 2007.
Must have been. Like I said, right before dinner I could have slept standing up but after dinner I felt a little better but by 8 pm, I was toast. Burnt, crusty toast!
Drinks and the DVC seed was planted!
I believe Jenna will post her pics and give her take on the day and then Day 2: MGM, Nate and his boys go to the Shuttle Launch, and Keith and Tracy arrive.
Our kids were so grossed out!
Thanks, I felt like crusty travel garbage!
Wonderful update. OKW looks beautiful. And now I'm so hungry for some 'Ohana. We truly enjoyed our last visit there and I can't wait to eat some more bread puddin'. I think you look great. It's amazing how the magic can really keep you going.
You girls are moving right along....
That bread pudding was just devine. I wonder if I can find the recipe?
We are trying! In fact I am uploading Day 2's pics right now but don't see an update until tomorrow night at the soonest.
Can I ask how you got the free dining? I noticed you get there a day before us, and we were told it's too early for the free dining? Please let me know if you found a deal that I didn't know about. Thanks!
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