VWL/Eastern Fantasy Cruise/AKV CL all wrapped into a fabulous b-day trip - Complete

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  1. Pinkocto

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    Hello everyone and welcome to my latest adventure. This was a double birthday celebration for my mother Jeanette and myself, Pam. I'm posting this on the DVC boards because it was booked entirely with points. I hope this is the right place to be.

    This is a picture of us from our last cruise.

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    Im on the left and mom is on the right.

    The dates of this trip were March 8-19 2013.

    Itinerary:

    March 8 VWL

    March 9 start of our first cruise on the Fantasy

    March 10 At Sea

    March 11 At Sea with Palo brunch at 10:00 a.m.

    March 12 St Thomas with an excursion to St John

    March 13 Puerto Rico

    March 14 At Sea with Palo dinner at 8:00 p.m.

    March 15 Castaway Cay with parasailing at 10:00 a.m.

    March 16 end of cruise, going to AKV CL

    March 17 AKV CL

    March 18 AKV CL

    March 19 heading home

    Im going to try for mainly a picture TR but I tried to do that last TR and it didnt work. If I start to get long winded please try to stick with me. A little history before I begin. Im a DVC member and mom is my Disney partner in crime. If it wasnt for her pushing me to go to a DVC presentation we probably would never have started cruising. I say this because I had extra points to use my first year and she suggested we try a cruise. Cruising was never on my radar so thanks to her pushing the DVC presentation and then suggesting a cruise with the extra points its all thanks to mom were in love with cruising now. This was our third DCL cruise but our first time on the Fantasy. This was also our first 7 night cruise. Our first cruise was on the Dream in March 2012 for 5 nights, and the second was for 4 nights on the Wonder in January 2013. There are also a few cruises booked for the future.

    We stayed at VWL before the cruise because the flight costs were so much cheaper than leaving the day of the cruise. This was our first time at the WL and mom absolutely fell in love. I thought it was very nice as well, well definitely be back for a longer trip. We had a 12:15 flight and got to Orlando around 2:30. We were in our room by 4:30. Our plans were to explore the resort a little bit and then head to DTD for dinner at EoS.

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    We got a little lost trying to find the room. We went down the hallway the room was down but there was no way to get up to the second floor that we could find. I thought for certain thered be an elevator around the middle since it was such a long hallway but no such luck. We had to reverse our tracks and head back to the elevators and then back down the hallway. We finally made our way to the room and were in for quite a surprise. The pictures Id seen of the rooms previously did not impress me at all, I thought they looked very stark. But it was actually quite warm and inviting.

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    We didnt spend any time out on the balcony but it was a nice view.

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    I thought the lantern was a cute touch

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    When I took the bathroom pictures I realized we were in a HA room. If we had been there for more than one night I would have asked to be changed, I really didnt like the shower.

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    Our kitchenette

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  3. Pinkocto

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  4. franandaj

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    Oooooh Cool! I'm the first one here! :cool1: Looking forward to hearing more about the resort and your trip!
     
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    Sounds like a nice, long trip. Love those!
     
  6. Pinkocto

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    Welcome ladies! Thanks for joining me :)
     
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    Here Pam!
     
  9. MEK

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    Yes - I know I am posting ridiculously early in the morning but I work up before my alarm for HHI departure.

    Cynthia and I stayed in a HA room at VWL and we weren't crazy about it either, although it made the entire room seem really big. I liked that. Glad you enjoyed your first night there. You had a nice view.

    Looking forward to more.
     
  10. dolphingirl47

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    I am here.

    VWL is on my wish list, but I think this will now have to wait until 2015. I loved the pictures of the room and your view. I think we would have been very happy with the bathroom setup. We have a wetroom with a walk in shower and I tend to use this more than our bathroom with the tub.

    Corinna
     
  11. hstrickland

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    :wave: Pam!

    Glad to see there's another TR in the works...I'll be following along, too. Now I'll go back and read the intro.

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  12. Pinkocto

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    I had this update ready for last night but my internet went down.

    After taking pictures of the room we were off to explore. Not much time at this resort so we needed to make the time count.

    They had fabulous carvings all over the place.

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    This was Walt's, part of the train he had in his backyard. I thought it was so cool. It was in a great little reading room. All the pictures I have of the room are unfortunately blurry.

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    exploring the grounds

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    the gym at the villas

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    we both loved the grounds

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    villa pool

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    this CM seems to be relaxing on duty

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    it looked like this was where they set up for movies

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    finding our way to the main pool

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    looking back, I can get quite distracted on an exploration...

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  13. Pinkocto

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    Welcome everybody! Thanks for coming over :)

    We'll definitely be back in the future. It's amazing how each resort has such a different feeling than the others. Every time we go to a new place I ask mom how she likes it. Well WL got bumped to #2 after AKL she liked it so much.
     
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  15. Pinkocto

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    I didn't realize today was the day! :cool1: I knew it was getting close but the date escaped me. Have a fabulous time!!!

    I had remembered you guys had a HA room also. I told mom about moving the table into the bathroom and she thought that was a great idea. We would have if we had stayed longer.
     
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    Welcome! :)
     
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  18. Pinkocto

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    Welcome! :)
     
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    Continuing the exploration:

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    we never saw the geyser do it's show

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    Mom said this is exactly how some of the hot springs look out West. I've never been out there so I took her word for it.

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    another view of the geyser. I think it's supposed to go off every 15 minutes but I was too impatient to stick around.

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    I loved these walk ways they had.

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  20. Pinkocto

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    I'm not trying to rush the WL pictures, but I do want to get to the cruise and there are still plenty of pictures to get through.

    At this point we started making our way to the bus stops, of course I took pictures along the way.

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    I could not get my camera to focus on the cardinal instead of the branches. Anyone have any tips on what I was doing wrong?

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    had to capture some wildlife I saw :)

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    beautiful flower

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    As we walked up to the bus stop a DTD bus was pulling up. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. I didn't do much research on WL since we were only staying the one night, so I didn't know we shared a bus route with several resorts. No big deal but it did make the ride seem rather lengthy. I checked the movie times while we were driving and there was a Jack the Giant Slayer showing at 7:00 we wanted to see.

    We got to DTD around 5:45 and headed straight to EoS.

    I saw these cute little guys on the way and had to take a picture.

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    The line at EoS was long as usual but the heartbreaker is that they took off my favorite sandwich, the Veggie. It boggles my mind since they still have all the ingredients. I was going to send EoS an email and haven't gotten around to it. I should still do that. With the removal of the Veggie there's only the Caprese as a vegetarian option. I know a lot of people eat meat, but there's no reason to take off a sandwich that you still have all the ingredients for... Ok, off my soapbox. We both ended up getting a Caprese and I also got a Thai wrap w/o chicken to try.

    The Caprese was fabulous as usual

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    but they totally drenched the Thai wrap in sauce. I couldn't finish it it was so spicey.

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    As we neared Ghirardelli I remembered Alicia had raved about the chocolate chip cookie on her TR. I figured no time like the present and we still had time before the movie so I told mom I was going to stop in. She went around to get her free piece of chocolate at the store while I ordered. I simply asked for two cookies and the lady asked which ones. I had no idea there were different kinds, the menu only says fresh baked cookie. There was a chocolate chip, a chocolate chip and toffee, and a white chocolate macademia. I got the first two, warmed. Oh my goodness. I was expecting good but not that good. They were melt in your mouth delicious. Probably the only ones better I've tried are mom's or mine homemade. Mom agreed on the deliciousness, we will definitely be returning in the future. We managed to save half of each for the movie and quickly made our way over there.

    We should have taken them out of the bags for pictures since they are HUGE cookies but we didn't take the time.

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  21. dolphingirl47

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    I love all the photos from around the hotel. It's nice to see somebody in the villa pool. I have only been there once during the day, but Graham has been there a few times and said that the pool was always empty. The geyser is worth hanging around for. The cookies look delicious. I think I have to check out if they do them at the new Ghirardelli store at Disney California Adventure, too.

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