We left off with our arrival back at POR. We headed to our room and turned on the Vikings vs. Saints NFC Championship Game. If the Vikings won this, they would go to the Superbowl! I am not a big football fan, but I will usually jump on the Vikings bandwagon if things are going decently. So, we wanted to watch. While the game was on, we multi-tasked. Dug worked on the not-so-easy chore of getting us checked in for our return flight online (via an iPhone). I crunched budget numbers to figure the extent of Disney funds we still had available. When we were staying at the Poly, we had gotten a bounceback offer: We did not act on it, though, as we knew wed probably get more in our other two resorts. Plus, we were hoping for moderate or value options (this just had deluxe). We did not receive anything at WL. However, POR had just the offer we were looking for: Now we had some planning to do. We had upgraded to Annual Passes so that we could spend long weekends at some of the special events at WDW throughout the year. First up: Star Wars Weekends. Dug is a big Star Wars fan. I tolerate it. Its not really my thing, but heyits in Disney World! We decided that the first weekend in June (week 3 of SWW) would work best in our schedules. We had enjoyed POR, but (you may remember from our PTR) we had originally wanted to try POFQ. Lack of availability kept us from staying there this trip. However, it was available for our June trip. At 35% off. Resort #1 selected: Next event: Food & Wine Festival. We both agree that this sounds like fun! Cant wait to try all the different foods! And it will be nice to spend more time in World Showcase. We picked Veterans Day weekend, as Dug has a day off work for the holiday. During our resort explorations on this trip, wed decided on our favorite Epcot resort: We really liked Beach Club in general, StormAlong Bay in particular, and the location is great for walking over to Food & Wine. Better still, deluxes were 40% off, but deluxe villas were 45% off. Simple math showed us that a Studio at BCV was actually cheaper than a regular room at BC, due to the increased discount. Plus, wed have a kitchenette! Awesome! Although we know that some holiday decorations will be up by the November trip, we both have been enchanted by all the pictures and video of WDW during the holidays. So, we really want to make sure to catch everything. Guess a December trip is in order! We decided on on the second weekend in December, as rates are low, crowds are low, and decorations are up! Were going back to a resort we fell in love with during our one night: The Poly! Thanks to low season rates and 40% off, a long weekend splurge was do-able. It seems crazy, as we are value resort people at heart (we just stayed at a Super 8 when we went out of town this weekend), but you gotta take advantage of the deals while theyre out there! So, Dug called up the bounceback number and made our reservations. June 3-6, November 11-14, and December 10-13. The second two weekends we may not stay the whole time, but the reservationist suggested that we book an extra day, as we can always cancel bounceback days, but not add days at that rate. And we wont know exactly which days well want until we find some decent airfare. I cant remember if we also booked this the same night or if we already had, but we called and booked Le Cellier for dinner on June 6th. Had to make up for my illness. Three more Disney trips! Getting our moneys worth out of the APs! Less than a month until the next one! Cant wait! So, anyway, the football game was still going on. It was a pretty good game, very close. So close, in fact, that it went into overtime. It was getting late and we still had to go to Downtown Disney! But we wanted to find out who won! Well, we should have left, as the Vikings blew it. Now, with very little time, we had to get to Downtown Disney, get souvenirs, get candy from Goofys Candy Co., and maybe get some dinner. We sped (by foot) down to the bus stop. A Downtown Disney bus came. The driver wasnt sure that wed make it there before things closed, but he got us there as quickly as he could. We arrived with 10 minutes until the stores closed! Dug and I had made a plan of attack while on the bus. Wed split up. Hed get the souvenirs (wed already browsed enough that we knew what we wanted, mostly) and Id get the GCC treats. He took off to WOD and I happily arrived at GCC. I had never been in here before. It would have been fun to look around more, if Id had more time. But I had a mission to use snack credits on create-your-own candy! Luckily, it was empty, so I was helped right away. An older gentleman was working the candy counter. I asked what a snack credit would get me. He said either the marshmallows-create-your-own or one of the premade candies on a stick (I think he hoped Id go for that less work right before close). Of course, I had to create ours! I filled out the paperwork for our candies. For mine, I had marshmallows, covered in dark chocolate, rolled in Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, and drizzled in dark chocolate. For Dug, I guessed what he would like and got him marshmallows, covered in white chocolate, rolled in Butterfinger, and drizzled with dark chocolate. It was fun to watch him make the candy. He wrapped them up, I paid with two snack credits, and headed out. We didnt actually look at them until the next morning, but heres a sneak preview: Called Dug and he was just heading out of World of Disney. He got: Lady & the Tramp salt/pepper shakers for his boss, a purple Mickey tie for his dad, Disney pizza plates for his sister and BIL, a Goofy-Chewbacca figurine for his best friend (who was looking in on our cat while we were gone), and a frame that I wanted for us: We still don't have a picture in the frame...thanks, impetigo! We'll have to get a good one next trip. My family has never been big on souvenirs, so that was all we needed. (Wed already gotten his mom that glass at the beginning of our trip, if you recall). Success! Wed done all our Downtown Disney shopping in under 10 minutes! Obviously, it was too late to get dinner there, so we headed back to POR to eat at Riverside Mill. We had meal credits to use up, so we each got our own meal. Dug did the create-your-own pasta again. He got a warm apple pie for dessert. And a Sprite to drink. I got the baked ziti, water to drink, and ice cream for dessert. I asked if two scoops (rather than just one) worked for a dessert credit and they said that was fine. So, I got one mint chocolate chip scoop for myself and one vanilla scoop that I gave to Dug to top his apple pie with: After we ate, we went back to the room. I think we might have packed up a little. Only one partial day left! We walked 18,679 steps this day. Time to sleep! Up next: How much can I remember about our last day, since we have no notes on it? I, for one, cant wait to find out!