The Moist Exhausting Free Trip Ever - Link to Part II Thread pg. 244

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  1. mom3sonstt

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    :wave2:Hi - I'm back... I know I am a little slow :snail: with this stuff, but I have one more question - and if I can figure it out - that should be the end. :laughing: How do you upload, or link to video clips? I hit jackpot on DH's laptop. Our 2010 trip pics are on here - so when they go to the football game I am planning on loading some on to photo bucket. Have tons of Star Wars pics! :darth::yoda::chewy: But I have some video clips too - taken from their regular cameras, not the video camera. Do they upload to PB the same as photos do? Or do you have to do something different? I have some clips of my son as an Indy volunteer that I wanted to include.

    Thanks again for all your help with my endless stream of questions. :rolleyes:
     
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  3. englishrose47

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    Now ya know it is no goo0d expecting an answer from me !!!!!

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  4. glennbo123

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    For the video clips you do everything the same in Photobucket. The difference is when you link to them from here. You don't have to click on the "mountain" icon. Just copy the "IMG Code" coding directly from Photobucket and paste it into your post.


    :laughing: Well you do pretty well with the cat pictures.
     
  5. marvali

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    And spoons........... :rotfl2:
     
  6. Blueyed Girl

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    Caught up!.....finally!!! Trying to make my rounds since I've been MIA lately. What a great Dis meet & some touring too. Very nice!!! Loved the pics on Test Track! Sorry about the kiddo's at the AI experience. At least they got some good & exciting news/reviews!....and ice cream. :thumbsup2 Bummer about Jordans ex-favorite bathroom. I forgot to look for it. Glad I didn't. :rotfl: Love all the pics of CS. It looks really nice there. Love the theming. We may try it one day! Even though we own DVC, I still watch the specials. If there is a special that would be more benificial than spending points, we will do it and bank our points.....or maybe do 2 trips. :thumbsup2
     
  7. glennbo123

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    Good point, I forgot about that!

    Wow, you are caught up! I was thinking that I hadn't seen you on here for a while. Good to have you back.

    I agree on watching the specials and maybe staying at a mod to save points. It's a great way to stretch a trip.

    Hey, I see a cruise in your ticker. I bet that'll be fun!
     
  8. Blueyed Girl

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    Yes!!! I can't wait for the cruise. It's a 5 night on the new Dream ship! It's a double dip cruise so we will get to do Castaway Cay twice. We are also thinking of TRYING to book 3 nights at The Beach Club Villa's before the cruise!

    There is so much time between now and then that I'm trying to not think about it toooo much. :rotfl: I tend to get stuck day dreaming about future trips which leads to me doing more "research" on the computer and putting off the billion things that need to get done around here. However, after Christmas.....lookout internet!!! Oh, and shopping malls!!! Around January/February I will slowly start shopping for the cruise. :thumbsup2
     
  9. glennbo123

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    Day 4 - Part 2

    With me back from my photo stroll, and having eaten a little breakfast, we got ready to head out the door to visit Typhoon Lagoon. We’d be using our free pass, courtesy of PChef. :cool1: And, this would be our first-ever visit to a Disney water park.

    We got to the bus stop at about 8:45, but my bus mojo ran out on this particular morning, as we waited at least 20 minutes for a bus. It gave the kids some time to meet a new friend, a companion of Dr. Agonfly. His name was Lee Zard. [​IMG]

    Once we arrived at Typhoon Lagoon, we took a photopass picture on the way in.

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    Then we walked in and set off in search of a really great spot to put our stuff. We walked and walked and walked. A couple of times Judy said, “How’s this?” or “What about here?” But no, I kept going, looking for that perfect spot that might provide a little shade. We finally settled on a spot back near the shark reef. It wasn’t anything like the “really great spot” I had envisioned, but it was going to have to do.

    We decided to try out the shark reef first, because we were close and also because I thought it would probably get pretty busy later in the day. We walked onto a bridge that spans the reef and looked at the water and its inhabitants. That’s when James chickened out. “Nah-uh, not gonna do it.” So Judy waited with him, while the girls and I went to get in line. At the window to pick up a mask, Marlene was a little indecisive about which one to take, and a cast member said, “if you touch it, you have to take it because they’re all sanitized.” That’s good to know. Then we got in line to make our swim across the reef. While receiving our instructions from the lifeguards, we put our masks on and made any necessary adjustments. A few moments later my face started burning and I thought that maybe it was from sunscreen or something. But just before we were to get in the water Marlene said that her face was burning too and we realized that it must have been due to the sanitizer on the masks. There was a waterfall right behind us so we washed off our masks in it and that helped a lot. Then we stepped into the water.

    COLD!!!

    Cold, cold, cold, cold, cold.

    I’m not even sure if I saw any fish. My new goal, dictated by the water temperature, was to get across that water, (without making any splashes, which was a major no-no according to our pre-swim instructions), in an expedient a fashion as possible. It was just colder than the bathwater temperatures I like to swim in. I know that they have to keep it the proper temperature for the type of fish in it, and they should, but now that I’ve done it, it’s just not an attraction I’ll need to repeat.

    Okay, so with the shark reef done, we decided to move on to the wave pool. We ambled out into the surf and when we got out about waist-deep I turned around and we were all there except…James. He’d stayed at the ankle-deep water. The big waves started (I think they run about every 5 minutes or so?) and we, well those of us out there, enjoyed being buffeted by them. I eventually went and got James and dragged him out with us and he enjoyed it also, once he was out there. After a while, I decided to go way out in the deep area since I used to be a pretty good body-surfer when we lived near the ocean. I rode a couple of waves in, but wasn’t able to really catch one.

    After that we decided to try out the Storm Slides. They were pretty good, and James liked them. They were just the right level of thrill for him, I guess. After just a couple of trips up those steps we knew that our legs were going to get quite a workout on this day.

    For this next story, I need to tell you that my swim trunks have an outside pocket on the side, and it’s held closed with Velcro. After the second Storm Slide run, I happened to touch the pocket with my hand and I realized that it felt empty. I checked it, and yep…empty. Oh, no! I’d had my room key in it, the Typhoon Lagoon 1-day pass, and the photopass card. I suspect they came out while I was body surfing, but it could have also occurred at the reef or on the Storm Slides. I talked to a lifeguard at the Storm Slides and he said if they find any cards they send them up to the front of the park, so we could check there later in the day. But, I also figured that we were okay: the room key could be replaced, the Typhoon Lagoon card had already gotten us into the park, and the photopass card…well, remember that day at DHS when the Streetmosphere lady asked why I was taking a picture of that card? And when she learned why, she said that I was smart and handsome? Well, she was right. (But then, you already knew that.)

    Even though I was a little bummed at the loss of the cards, we decided to keep trying out the park attractions, so we went to Humunga Kowabunga. James didn’t want to go on it, of course, and we decided not to prod him. When I got to the top I was glad I hadn’t. He would’ve hated it, it was so steep. The girls went first. They each picked a tube, sat down, and disappeared with a, “Aaaaaaaaaaaaa” sound that trailed-off as they quickly descended. Then Judy and I each sat down. Even that close, all you can see is the tunnel wall, you can’t see the bottom. As I nudged forward, I finally caught a glimpse of the light at the bottom and instinctively closed my eyes, and kept them closed for what seemed like only a second when I opened them and realized that I had come to a stop halfway down the “runway” at the bottom of the slide. It was about then that I also realized that I hadn’t used the proper technique for a ride of this type. I had correctly crossed my arms over my chest, but I had forgotten to cross my legs. Now, I probably don’t need to describe to you the science involved in what occurred: the laws of physics of a body in free-fall, the mathematics of fluid flow, and the biology of the human anatomy. Let’s just say that for me, this particular slide will forever be called, “Humunga Wedgiebunga”.

    Lauren and Marlene wanted to try it again. Judy and I were content just to watch from the bleacher-type seats at the bottom, along with James.

    From there we went over to Gangplank Falls, the family slide. Unfortunately, being a family of 5 we had to split into two separate groups - Judy and Marlene; and Lauren, James, and me. I don’t remember anything too eventful on that slide, just that it was a nice ride.

    After we were done with that ride we decided to split up some. James wanted to go on the lazy river and the girls wanted to do more waterslides. Meanwhile, the fact that I hadn’t gotten a locker to put my camera and wallet in was sounding alarms in my head. They were stuffed down into a bag back at our chairs, and being away from our chairs so long was making me nervous. I know, I should’ve gotten a locker sooner, but when we entered the park the line to get a locker was really long and I wanted to find a place for us to settle rather than wait in line. Also, I wasn’t sure if Judy was going to do more lounging (and be able to keep an eye on our stuff) or watersliding. So anyway, at that point Judy went with James to try out the lazy river, the girls went on Keelhaul Falls and Mayday Falls, and I went on a mission to secure our valuables.

    On my way to get a locker I took a few pictures. First, here’s the slide formerly known as Humunga Kowabunga.

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    The wave pool.

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    The entrance to the shark reef.

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    And, where we’ll have lunch later on.

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    After I put our stuff in a locker, I went back and found Lauren and Marlene. They had already been on both Keelhaul Falls and Mayday Falls while I was gone, but they went on both of them again with me. The were good waterslides, but you’d think at a Disney park they’d come up with a system to get the inner tubes up to the top without making the park guests carry them up.

    After the “falls” we went back to our chairs and met up again with Judy and James. We told them that we were going to try the Crush ‘n’ Gusher and asked them to come along. To me, the Crush ‘n’ Gusher seems to have been tacked-onto the park, and if you weren’t looking for it, you could be at the park all day and never even know it was there. To get there we had to walk back to the front of the park, pass the towel/locker rental shack, turn left and walk past some lockers and rest rooms and there it was.

    We grabbed a couple of raft-shaped inner tube thingees and started up the stairs. On the way up, we saw that the names of the 3 slides were Banana Blaster, Coconut Crusher, and Pineapple Plunger. The fact that these all sounded like they could be titles for an “America’s Funniest Home Video” of a father pitching a wiffle ball to his son wasn’t giving me any comfort, but up we went.

    Oh, I should talk about the theming, because it was top-notch. First, on the way to the stairs, we passed this sign.

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    This picture was taken later in the day, but I’m posting it here to help explain the theming. From this sign, you get the whole premise for the area where the slides are. The back-story is that it was fruit exporter company called “Tropical Amity”, and a huge storm has come through and wreaked havoc. The broken sign now appears to read, “Tropic Calamity”. (That’s genius, my friend.) As you go up the steps to the top of the slide you can see what appear to be the offices of the company and the damage that the storm has done. Around the 2nd floor there’s a whole farm tractor that looks like it was blown there. It’s awesome. Sometime I’ll have to take some pictures of that area.

    Anyway, for the first ride, James rode with Judy, and the girls rode with me. I have no idea the name of the slide we picked; it was the one farthest to the right. Regardless, it was a lot of fun and we loved the ride. At the bottom, a photopass photographer snapped a couple of pictures of us.

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    Then, Judy sat one out while I rode with James and the girls rode together. The photopass guy caught the girls again.

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    By this point it was after 1 o’clock and we were getting quite hungry, so we started heading back toward Typhoon Tilly’s for lunch. On the way, we saw a photopass photographer at the wave pool so we decided to get in line for a photo. I like it!

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    At Typhoon Tilly’s the lines were long and the cast members in the kitchen were having trouble keeping up. It took quite a while for us to get our food, but it gave me a chance to retrieve my camera from the locker in order to get some trip report photo documentation.

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    The girls each got a turkey pesto sandwich.

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    Judy and James each got a basket of chicken nuggets.

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    I decided to try the fish basket.

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    The food was okay. I think we were starving and just pretty much inhaled it. If I remember correctly, the drinks were pretty large, which was a good thing since we hadn’t really drank very much throughout the morning since we’d been hitting all of the slides.

    After lunch, I put the camera back in the locker, we re-applied sunscreen and set off for the lazy river. We floated most of the way around the circle and decided that we’d get off at Gangplank Falls for another all-family (but spread out over 2 rafts) ride.

    Just as we got in line for Gangplank Falls, lightning was sighted and all of the rides were stopped. Ordinarily, I would have waited it out, knowing that the storm would blow over in a half-hour or so, and that the park would be nearly empty. However, we had a PChef exclusive party at the Hollywood Studios that evening, so we needed to get back to the hotel and rest up / clean up, so we had to pack our stuff and head for the buses. On the way out I took the picture of the “Tropical Amity” sign that appeared earlier, and this picture of a quiet Crush ‘n’ Gusher.

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    Before we left, I stopped at Guest Services to ask if any cards had been turned in. None had been, so I was very glad I had a backup snapshot of my photopass card.

    All in all, we enjoyed our time at Typhoon Lagoon. I just wish we could have spent more time there, and that it would have been less crowded so we could have spent more time sliding and less time in lines. This is probably a great park in late-summer or early-fall, when it’s still hot, but there are fewer tourists due to school schedules.


    Up next: PChef takes over Disney Hollywood Studios
    Link to next chapter
     
  10. glennbo123

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    Oh man, that sounds awesome! I had no idea what a "double dip" cruise was...that's like Oreo double-stuf.
     
  11. marvali

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    Three Judy's!
     
  12. glennbo123

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    Impressive! (Or were you just guessing? ;))

    Now, don't forget to read the between-pictures stuff.
     
  13. englishrose47

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    I agree with Marv 3 Judy's !!!!!!
     
  14. englishrose47

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    That is easy !!!!Winkers created that monster in me !!!:lmao:

    :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

    Hi Blue !!Missed you around here !!I am going in 24 days on my FREE trip !!Check out my ptr and ignore any sly comments from Marv and Glen:rotfl2:
     
  15. marvali

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    No guessing, that one Judy (bathing suit) parts picture jumped out at me. Just got done reading the in between stuff. The water parks is something we haven't taken the time to do yet, either. Looks like a lot of fun, though! Maybe our trip next June (doubt it will have much appeal in December). :)

    Couple of picture comments. First, the one picture at the bottom of the slide with you, Lauren and Marlene. Lauren has her hand up in the air, but I'm not sure I want to know what she was about to do...... ;)

    Second, Judy in that wave pool photopass pic.......I'm sure she is reacting to the force of the wave hitting you, but it looks like she could just as easily be saying what you did at the shark reef......this water is cold, cold, cold.... :rotfl2:

    Oh, and after your Humonga Wedgiebonga ride, I'm not sure I would have selected the Banana Blaster or Coconut Crusher slides (or whatever the names were). I'm just sayin' :rolleyes1
    Sly comments? I'm not sure Glenn nor I have ever been THAT subtle..... :lmao:
     
  16. vamassey1

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    I was wrong, it was Typhoon Lagoon not Blizzard Beach. Beautiful setting. We did Blizzard Beach in 2007 but never made it to Typhoon Lagoon. After this report I think I'll skip the wedgie slide. Love the picture of the family at the wave pool. We couldn't stay the whole day either, you did better than us. We were back at our resort for lunch. It was pretty crowded for us too.
     
  17. jenbear123

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    Looks like you had a great time in typhoon lagoon! The water sure is cold in shark reef!!! I did it for the first time back in 2008. Bubba got right in that freezing cold water but my older step sister and I took a little longer. At first I was going to go in with no life jacket but then got scared. I'm not the strongest swimmer and the rule is that you can't stop or hold on to the sides once you're in there. So I went back, got a life jacket, and went through the whole training process again. By this point Bubba was on her second turn. Finally after taking 5 min to get used to the freezing cold water I was in! It's a really neat experience to see all those fish and sharks swimming so close. My step sister didn't like it though. You could hear her screaming through that snorkel miles away!!!

    Is Marlene wearing those now ever so popular "silly bands"? Bubba and I were wearing them when we came to the meet. I'm glad to see that my sister isn't crazy and other people do actually wear them!
     
  18. Poolrat

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    Well, I was going to say similar the FQ is to CSR lobby.;) I stayed at CSR first. CSR is just on a much larger scale.


    I saw the commercial the other day and thought of your trip report. :confused3


    Not my best work but I did try. :flower3:


    :rotfl2:


    Good to hear no major weather incidents.


    Aunt Flo came to mind. :confused3:rotfl2:

    :eek:

    Yes the busses to DTD in general are far and few between. From CSR BB is just across the street.
    Lee Zard:rotfl2:

    I know what you mean.

    :scared1: Must of been a newbie on sanitizing duty. Well at least you knew they were sanitized, right? Imagine being a germ. :faint:

    There is a Seinfeld joke in there guys. Come on Marv, your are slacking.:lmao:

    I had to do it holding on to my DS who was maybe 7 or maybe he was 4 I cannot remember. He was not a very good swimmer at that point but not so big. Since I have the Aquatic background- which of course none of the lifeguards knew about, I held him all the way across. Talk about some nervous looking Lifeguards. We made it that time but I do not think i have ever done it again... for the same reason. I hate cold water. :snooty:

    My DS went there in Sept and somehow the next day he was sore from something he did in the wave pool. :rolleyes: I guess the waves knocked him around pretty good.

    Glad to hear although you lost everyting, all was not lost.;)

    Improper technique can be rather cleansing if you know what I mean.:rolleyes1 Just be glad that didn't happen.


    It is part of Disney's healthy initiative. And it provides free labor. ;) It is one of things I do not like about the waterparks.

    It was added later.

    Can you imagine sitting around the table thinking up names? Oh those imagineers.:upsidedow

    Again would you love to know how they stumbled onto that?

    Timed perfectly I might add.

    Side effects of being in the water.

    Glad to hear you had a good time. The last time I was over there was during the conference in Oct and we had an after hours beach party there. No swimming, but a nice time.
     
  19. Blueyed Girl

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    Great pics of Typhoon Lagoon! We really enjoyed that park but ended up leaving earlier than we wanted due to lightning too! That's the south in the summertime for ya! DS did many slides which shocked us!! He finished his swimming lessons right before our trip so his confidence level was still pretty high. For 1 person slides we had a system....me then DS then DH. That way one was in the pool waiting when DS got to the bottom and one was coming behind him in case he got stuck. :lmao: I'm still sort of bummed that I didn't swim out to the deep and do the body surfing. Just when I was about to, someone got hurt and they closed the pool down for about 45 minutes. BUMMER! I don't think we ever went back in the wave pool after that. Just tried to take in the slides. Oh and we also waited to long to do the shark reef. As we were waiting in line it started lightining and they closed the park down. :(

    We also did the chair & umbrella rental. I think it was $40-$50 and you got an umbrella, 2 layout chairs & a regular chair w/ a small table. They had these in a private section sort of off to the side so you weren't really near the pool or anything but it was worth it!! Didn't have to worry about anyone moving our belongings and taking our chairs. We will do this again next time! :thumbsup2
     
  20. addictedtothemouse

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    Your update reminded me of our first trip. We got the waterparks added to our tickets so one day became BB day. DD #2 decided she wanted to go down Summit Plummit. :scared1: I waited for her at the bottom, saw her come streaking down and waited for her to cloimb out of the slide.... and waited and waited and waited. She finally came clambering out and I asked her what took so long? Did she get hurt was she ok? :confused3 She said no she didn't get hurt but she got a wedgie of all wedgies and was not getting out of the slide until it was freed! :lmao:
     
  21. eandesmom

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    Cold. Face burning and no fish. That does not make me want to try it!

    that's hysterical! Though probably not at that exact moment

    Bummer on the empty pocket. I admit, I have one of those pockets and still made Jeff put the locker key in his as it's a better closure than mine.

    I can relate, we had a similar situation and I couldn't relax until I finally went and got a locker.


    I agree! I also think they area bit short

    I totally agree, on both points. It took us FOREVER to actually find it!

    Except late summer means even more lightening....Not sure how you define late summer but the place was PACKED on 8/13.
     

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