We Went to See Mic-key M-o-u-s-e ... Again! - Sept '12 TR [COMPLETE]

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  1. lurkernj

    lurkernj DIS Veteran

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    Hey Bearcatsfan! I'm back and just catching up on your TR. I'm glad you decided to still do one. I'm sorry your trip didn't turn out better for you.

    Sounds like a great time with the family:goodvibes.

    That really stinks that your foot was giving you so much trouble, and I"m sorry you didn't get to experience the parks much:flower3:.

    I stayed at POR last week and every time I passed by Boatwrights it was close to empty, so I'm curious why they would even put you on the second floor when you clearly had a mobility issue:confused3.

    That is so sweet that your hubby had these surprises planned. He's a keeper. I probably would have been bawling like a baby after the second one, being an emotional mess that I can be.

    I'm glad you got moved to Sarasota and hope that the rest of your trip was more pleasant.
     
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  3. shalom

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    :sad1:

    I winced just reading that -- catching yourself like that can hurt when you're not already injured! You needed some help and support and I'm so sorry that the employees at POFQ couldn't step up to the challenge.

    Is it terrible that my first thought was that I admire your psychic scheduling skills? :upsidedow Seriously, considering your careful planning ahead of time, so far you've adjusted a lot of things -- from dinner reservations on down -- quite admirably.

    :hug:

    I suppose it's this sort of thing (the accident on the monorail, not the crying!) that your doctor was worried about when he(?) thought you should probably cancel. Once you're wounded, it ups the odds of falling and getting hurt again. :sad1:


    Aw. Bless your hubby's heart! :love: Maybe it wasn't the vacation you'd dreamed of, but I have to say that, from where I sit, there were some pretty wonderful moments -- and most of them were due to your hubby. :thumbsup2


    :sad2: Sometimes Disney is sooo brilliant, but then there are those other times... :p


    Heh. What a contrast in perspective. We'd totally be staying in SSR every chance we got, except by our standards the SSR units are too tiny! :rotfl:

    But everyone in the family who has been there loves the resort itself, from the music to the decor to the views. :thumbsup2 Also, don't forget the Disney horse pictures in the kids' area in the lobby -- youngest daughter thinks that might be the best part. :rotfl2:
     
  4. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

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    HI! :wave2: Welcome!! I looked everywhere for LGMH too, but since we didn't get to the parks, I didn't see any. How did your trip go? Did you make a TR? If so, give me the link and I'll come visit ya! I'd love to know how your trip went and what you thought of FQ! I'm hoping everyone from the thread had wonderful vacations!

    It definitely is a beautiful place. I finally have had some luck with Photobucket tonight, so I'm uploading photos as we speak. ;) I'll be posting some soon!

    Yes, DH and his many surprises were definitely the highlight of the trip. SSR is beautiful - can't wait to hopefully stay there again some day.

    My foot is here and there, but thank you for asking. DH says I'm trying to do too much too soon and that I need to stay off of it!

    Ugh - sorry to hear about your California trip last year. :hug: I'm hoping, like you said, one day I can look back on all this and laugh ... loudly. :headache:

    I would not be worried about your trip in the least. Our problems stemmed mostly from my fall(s) and they way the staff handled it/them. We truly loved FQ - the atmosphere, the room - and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others. You should go with confidence - PROMISE!

    Hey you! Thanks for stopping by. Glad to see you made it back from your trip safe and sound. Looking forward to reading all about it!

    I kind of wondered why Boatwright's put us upstairs, also, but I think they were going for a table with a little atmosphere (we were seated next to a small, cozy fireplace). :confused3

    Yeah, I think I'll keep my hubby! :idea: I'm just so surprised he managed to keep everything to himself ... I was truly impressed!
     
  5. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

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    My responses in bold. :teeth:
     
  6. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

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    For some reason, Photobucket isn't allowing me to adjust size ... :confused3 Have I mentioned how much I HATE Photobucket? :scared:


    It was an absolutely gorgeous day when we headed out to POFQ!

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    Left turn ahead ... :teeth:

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    We're Here! :yay:

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    Please remember ... I never quite got used to our new camera, so photo quality ain't the greatest! :crazy2:
     
  7. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

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    Yep, it's a corner unit! :yay:

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    The view out our windows ...

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    Overview of room

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    Anddddd Photobucket decided I was finished uploading, so more later. :rolleyes2 :furious:
     
  8. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

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    Wednesday, September 19th (continued)

    After arriving and getting settled in to SSR, my husband spoke with the concierge about getting us an ADR for T-Rex. We never figured we'd be able to get in for that evening, but we were much closer to DTD than we were GF, so we thought it was worth a shot.

    Much to our surprise, we were able to get an ADR, so off we went to enjoy another dinner at T-Rex (click for review).

    After dinner, we decided to go out and explore DTD. I was completely unprepared for how busy it was! There were people everywhere, and the atmosphere was just electric! You'd think the stores were giving something away. :eek:

    I needed to use the ladies room, so we wound around all the people and found one of the bathrooms near Ghiradelli (sp?). I parked the ECV and went in on my crutches. :headache:

    The floor was wet-wet from people washing their hands and (I guess) flicking their fingers towards the floor before drying them. :confused3 Little droplets of water EVERYWHERE! I picked my way to a stall, closed the door ...

    ... and fell backwards onto the toilet after my crutch hit a wet spot on the floor inside the stall.

    I was so lucky I didn't whack my head on the back of the toilet or on the wall. I fell onto the toilet so hard the backs of both my legs were black and blue the next day. :sad:

    We left immediately. At this point, I was just mentally done. Honestly, I didn't feel like there was anywhere I was safe to go on the crutches, and you gotta get off the ECV occasionally, KWIM?

    Thursday, September 20th

    Today was a zero day.

    We woke up early. DH was determined to go to the park today for our tour. I looked at him and said, "You go. Everywhere I try to go, I fall and hurt myself. I'm staying here, where I'm safe. I'm not going anywhere. I'm done."

    Of course, he refused to go without me, which made me sad. :guilty: I tried insisting he go ... even yelled ... but he wasn't going anywhere without me, and I wasn't going anywhere.

    By this point in time, I think I had asked to go home 6 or 7 times throughout the trip. Think what you like, but I was tired and in pain and had cried every day but Monday. :sad2: My heart just wasn't in it anymore.

    We stayed in and watched TV - all day and all evening. My husband went and got breakfast for us at Artist's Palatte (click for review), then later we had dinner delivered by Sassagoula's Pizza Express (click for review).

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    Up next ... my venture back to DTD, and my third and final surprise! :hyper:
     
  9. emmysmommy

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    Oh no, sorry about fall #3. I'm sure you came back from vacation looking like you got in a scuffle with a big mouse! Sounds like you may have needed a day to just stay off your feet and relax. The idea of pizza delivery to the room sounds very nice. :thumbsup2

    Thanks for sharing the photos of your room. I love the carpet. Sure is a lovely room. :)
     
  10. lurkernj

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    OMG, you poor thing:scared:!!!! Three falls, I probably wouldn't have left the room either. I agree, you're husband was definitley the shining star in this vacation after all the nasty stuff you went through. I hope you're planning a re-do so you get to experience all the stuff you missed this time around.
     
  11. CatNipRules

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    First I just want to say that I'm still furious over the falls. It just makes me want to beat some sense into someone.

    Secondly, thanks for sharing the pictures of you room! The view looks absolutely beautiful. It's making me even more excited for when we get there tomorrow!!
     
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    So sorry your trip didn't go as planned! I hope you're planning a re-do soon, and that you're feeling better.
     
  13. shalom

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    :hug:

    No ugly thoughts here. Constant pain just grinds you down. :sad1: I would have spent the day quietly in the unit as well. Although I also think I would have given the whirlpool tub a shot if I were there all day, and had hubby steady me as I got in and out. Wouldn't share the tub with him if my ankle was hurting, though! :eek: Plus IIRR, there are doors to the bedroom over the tub in the SSR 1BRs, so people can soak and watch TV at the same time. :teeth:

    That POFQ room was lovely. Now I'm trying to remember if the other corner rooms I've seen were King rooms; maybe ordering a king bed ups your odds of getting one. :scratchin

    Hope your ankle is doing better, and that your falls didn't delay your healing much.
     
  14. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

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    The pizza delivery was nice. Not the best use of TS credits, but at the time we didn't care LOL :teeth:

    I have more photos coming ... darn Photobucket!

    We are planning a re-do, but it won't be until 2014, unfortunately.

    I can't wait until you arrive tomorrow at FQ! I hope you and your family have an absolutely magical trip! pixiedust: Can't wait for all the details when you return. :hug:

    Thank you. Our re-do won't be until 2014 (for our 15th anniversary), but that just gives me that much more time to plan and dream, right? :teeth:
     
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    I did use the whirlpool tub, just once. It was so hard to get in and out that I didn't bother again. And yes, there are doors over the tub, and I did watch TV while I soaked! :thumbsup2 :teeth:

    Not sure if ordering a king room ups the changes of getting a corner, but we did see two other corner units in our building that were kings, so ... :scratchin

    As far as my ankle, it's here and there, day to day. Thank you for asking. :flower3:
     
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    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

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    Spent forever this morning loading photos ... :crazy2: HYG:


    Towel "animal" on bed :teeth:

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    Double vanity - this was a lifesaver in the morning!

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    Towel "animal" on vanity

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    Wish I had known we would have two windows ... I'd have brought more stuff!

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    My flowers!

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    More to come ..... :teeth:
     
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    We are planning on going back in 2014 too, but it probably will be a shorter visit to the parks combined with a cruise. I already can't wait, but kind of wish we could swing it for next year too. Post-Disney depression is extra strong for me after this trip. Maybe I'll win the lottery...:woohoo:
     
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    You did a great job with the window decorations and I love the DisBoards sign! I would definitely have stopped by and introduced myself!! :rotfl2:

    Love the bejeweled towel "animal" from mousekeeping - so adorable!
     
  19. lurkernj

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    That room is really pretty, I love the corner rooms, we had one during our POR stay last week. It just makes the room look and feel bigger. I love your decorations:thumbsup2 and those flowers are just beautiful!

    We got off the bus at FQ one day last week since I've never been over there, and I have to agree that the food court is much smaller than I thought it'd be, and those faces looming over you are just creepy. They did have some good choices on their menu, but we didn't stay for a meal.
     
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    From what I understand the Disney cruises are great! We have family that is going on one this coming Winter. I wish we could go back next year, too, but who knows? Maybe we will. This trip resulted in a larger-than-average tax return, so who knows what next year will bring.

    Thanks! Can't take any credit whatsoever for the window signs, though. Those are the works of RustManFan here on the Creative DISigns boards.

    Having the corner room does make it feel much bigger, we thought. And yes, the food court at FQ was kind of a disappointment. I'd hoped it would be a little bigger. I was prepared for the giant heads, but they still made me feel a little uncomfortable. :scared:
     
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    Friday, September 21st

    Okay, now where was I ... :scratchin

    We woke up early as usual on Friday. I told my husband I'd like to try and go back to DTD during the day and see if it was less crowded. Plus, I wanted to try breakfast at WPE (click for review) that everyone over on the Restaurants boards raves about.

    DTD was definitely less crowded. After breakfast, we decided to finally hit some of the shops we didn't get to see when we were here before. We bought a Christmas ornament from the Christmas store, then he headed into Team Mickey to watch a baseball bat being made. I rolled right into Tren-D. :teeth:

    I'd been hoping to get my hands on a Disney D&B bag for quite some time. I don't like to order things like that online - I'd rather touch and see for myself what the quality is, etc.

    While I was looking at the bags, my husband came up behind me. I happened to be holding the Disney Sketch Letter Carrier bag at the time - it was the one I'd been looking at online before we left home. I was undecided, though - I thought it was a lot of money for such a small bag, D&B or not.

    My husband told the CM behind the counter, "You can go ahead and wrap that up - we'll take it."

    What? You're freakin' kidding me, right? :yay: He then told me this was the last and final surprise, don't be expecting *anything* else! I should hope not! :faint:

    The CM laid a few of them out for me to look over. I found one that was cut really well with M&M right on the front, almost centered!

    I know this is a horrible shot angle/clarity wise, but I did the best I could from here on the couch LOL

    My Final Surprise :teeth:

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    Now, see that smudge on the D&B name plate? Oh yeah, I did that the first day I had it. :headache: The handle of the ECV rubbed it and got it dirty. :scared: Been trying to figure out how to get that smudge off of there since we've been home. Stupid ECV!

    Anyhow ... :crazy2:

    After leaving Tren-D, we went over to World of Disney. That place was a madhouse! Seriously, you'd have thought every person visiting DTD was crammed in there all at once. I grabbed an antenna topper and a window cling of Mickey for the back of our car and we were outta there! :p I was hoping to look for a Mickey waffle iron, but I couldn't get near the Kitchen section for anything.

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    Next up ... more photos and our last minute decision ... :goodvibes
     

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