Where did this heat and all these people come from? The new PTR/TR link 5/7

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  1. MHTeacher

    MHTeacher DIS Veteran

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    Eewww about the smudges and fingerprints all in your new room. But the view from the new room looks pretty-:) -I'm sure it beat your old room.
     
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  3. MEK

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    Wow - Your new room location is fabulous! It couldn't be a prettier view! Nice! I am so glad that Shelby arrived safely and you were able to catch a quick cab to your dinner location.

    Why did I just know that that lady was going to spill her drinks all over. If she had just let you take one of them off her hands things would have turned out so much better! :rotfl:
     
  4. MeMom

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    Nice. :cool2:

    Such a pretty place!
    I know I say this about every Disney resort. I mean it about all of them.
     
  5. praisehisname

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    Beautiful pictures of CSR! I've never been attracted to that resort, because of the conventioneers, but it's growing on me.
     
  6. BrooklynnsMommy

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    The new view is much improved! I just booked some friends to stay there in July. I hope they have fun I am still not convinced I am going to overcome my dislike and stay there. Coronado will probably be the last resort marked off my list.
     
  7. klacey1

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    Ewww, can't believe those smudges stayed for your entire trip! Not cool. On a positive note, your pool view is beautiful!
     
  8. 2xcited2sleep

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    In general CSR looks delightful. The grounds seem beautiful, I hear great things about Pepper Market and I love the room decor. I am bummed to hear that the smudges stayed there for your whole stay despite the call to mousekeeping. Why on earth did you need to be in the room for them to resolve it? :confused3

    Oh well, can't wait to hear what you did next! popcorn::
     
  9. jenniferkeala808

    jenniferkeala808 DIS Veteran

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    great pics of your new room! Sorry about the smudges and fingerprints! The pics of the grounds are so beautiful! can't wait for the pics of dinner!!
     
  10. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Great pictures of the bash party and the new room/surrounds. Your pictures are making me seriously think about doing the mad dash in October for 3 days!!:rolleyes:
     
  11. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    The first time I stayed there I had a less than Disney experience. I only booked there because the conference was being held there. 3 years later the conference returned there and I tried it again. Much better experience even though I too had to change rooms, at my request. Third time over New Years and I am really looking forward to either a family trip or the next conference there. Give it another try.

    I got sucked in too. You can see by my tickers below and I just booked that July trip to see the parade and fireworks. :rotfl2:
     
  12. pinkxray

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    Ew.. about the smudges and finderprints. That would gross me out.

    The view is very pretty though. CSR looks like a great place to stay. I love the bedspreads.
     
  13. kschafer

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    I would like to see it next time from closer to the front with the toys to see what differences there are.

    All the Casitas have fountains in their courtyards except the one I was in because of course the pool was there. It really is a beautiful part of the resort and I was SO glad I had decided to move. Best of all, the bus stop was really close so it was very fast getting to the busses and back!

    I was very confused about why they didn't let themselves in :confused3

    Our first dinner is coming up!

    I figured getting worked up about it wouldn't help but it was disappointing they didn't get taken care of! Block Party Bash is a blast and I had a great time, even solo which I wondered how I would do.

    Given I had paid for a standard view, that room was a pleasant surprise! I was completely expecting to overlook the parking lot

    That was what really got me. I called to bring it to their attention, I simply asked them to leave a note for tomorrows workers to pay a little more attention to those spots. I wasn't really expecting anyone to come out right then.

    I choose to believe that the rest of the room was immaculate!! If it had been the bed or bathroom, I would have had to make a much bigger fuss!
     
  14. kschafer

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    It sure was great to step out from our room and see that sight! We didn't use the pool but it sure was nice to look at!

    I'm sure she thought I was trying to scam one of her drinks but I really was just trying to be helpful...really :rolleyes1

    dinner coming up next!

    I know it will never happen for me but it sure would be fun to stay at each resort at least once!

    The convention center definitely makes a difference in the flow of things but with so many people staying at the resort, getting to the parks and back was a breeze!

    Aww Jill, what happened that you dislike it so much?

    smudges = bad!
    beautiful room = makes up for them a bit!
     
  15. kschafer

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    We only went to pepper market once but the quesadilla was WAY cheesy which is always good!!

    I don't have a clue why she didn't let herself in :confused3

    It was nice to wander through the courtyards and admire the fountains, very peaceful!

    If the jetlag wouldn't get you, I would be tempted to suck up the rediculously long flight! But I'm sure that's easier in theory than in practice! Hope your DH enjoys

    Yes, but Princess has a much longer commute there than you would! ;)

    The bed decor is really lovely, the colors are understated and the Disney-ess is subtle which I appreciate!
     
  16. kschafer

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    After a day filled with golf lessons, a lunchtime visit from some family and an afternoon at the pool...I fulfill my promise of a SECOND update in 1 day :cool1:

    Day 2 STILL!!

    The taxi dropped us off at our dinner destination and we had only a minute to snap a couple pictures on our way in

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    I had been dreaming of wilderness lodge for so long and it did not disappoint!! We checked in at Artist Point and were given a buzzer despite the fact that the restaurant was half empty. No worries, we would find SOMETHING to do at the bar! We sat down and perused the menu a bit. There were only a couple other people there so the bartender was very friendly and helpful, he even sat down and discussed some of the drink options and made some suggestions. Shelby ordered the sangria and I ordered some sort of citrus/rum drink. Rolando went to make our drinks and Shelby suddenly saw something else on the menu she wanted instead so I went over to the bar and asked if he would make it for her.

    When he brought our drinks, he set in front of us a sangria and Shelby’s mango mojito. I hated to tell him that he had made the 2 drinks Shelby had ordered instead of mine. He looked a bit embarrassed and told us the sangria was on the house and he would go make mine, SCORE! He came back a minute later and handed me a magical star cocktail. As soon as he set it down, he realized it was also the wrong drink (I had discussed the 2 drinks with him so I understand his confusion) At this point, he told us to enjoy all the drinks…no charge, SUPER SCORE!

    We snapped a quick picture of Shelby with Rolando, left a major tip and headed off to our waiting table.

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    Some shots of our drinks. Mango mojito (I don’t care for mango but Shelby loved this and ordered it a couple times on our trip)

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    Magical star cocktail. It was good, but I partly ordered this because I knew my boys would love the flashing ice cube

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    Sangria. I must say, I’m not normally a fan because I really prefer white wine but this was VERY good!

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    The bread came

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    And I admired the restaurant

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    I love the décor of WL and I was really bummed we got here so late and didn’t get a chance to take it all in. I’m a huge fan of craftsman architecture and this reminded me so much of the great lodges of the western national parks (a strong contender for Disney vacations in my mind!)

    I started my meal with
    Smokey Portobello Soup - with Roasted Shiitakes and Chive Oil $9

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    This was absolutely AMAZING!!! Very rich and creamy with a nice smoky tone. The roasted mushrooms on top were crispy and delish!

    Shelby chose
    Mixed Greens Salad - with Roasted Pear and Champagne Vinaigrette, Black Diamond Cheddar, and Candied Hazelnuts $10
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    It was pretty good, she liked the candied nuts and I thought the cheese was awesome

    Entrees were a harder decision because I love bison steak and don’t get it often but I wasn’t thrilled with how it was prepared so I asked for
    Grilled Beef Tenderloin - with roasted fingerling potatoes, sauteed baby spinach, blue cheese fritter and port wine reduction $40
    But subbed the beef with the bison striploin

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    I was very happy! I was expecting that blue cheese fritter to be like a hush puppy but it turned out to be a big hunk of blue cheese battered and fried…YUM!

    Shelby choose
    Marinated Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop - with butternut squash ravioli, wild mushroom ragout, and roasted garlic demi-glaze $31

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    She doesn’t normally order pork but had decided this trip would be a good chance to break out of her patterns. She liked the ravioli a lot and thought the pork was OK, she didn’t care as much for the mushroom ragout, just too many for her taste I think

    For dessert I went with
    Artist Point Cobbler - Seasonal berries and housemade black raspberry ice cream $9

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    And Shelby choose some sort of chocolate dessert not on the AllEars menu

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    I’d had chocolate cake the night before at CG so that’s why I went with the berry dessert but that was no cake! It was sort of a cross between fudge and ganache and was SO good. It came with some berries and a hazelnut brittle. Shelby hadn’t ordered the berry dessert because she doesn’t like fruit ice cream but she really likes sorbet which this was really closer to. Turns out we liked each other’s choice better and ended up trading after sharing several bites

    After dinner we stopped for just a few minutes to make a wish (which still hasn’t come true for me, and NO it was not for another baby!)

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    and of course I had to say Hi to Humphrey

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    I know it’s not everyones taste but I just love this style, I dream of a home with details like this floor…

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    It was dark when we left so I missed seeing the geyser…something to put on my next time list! But this turned out nice.

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    Finally we headed to the boat dock because our day was NOT over!!

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  17. BrooklynnsMommy

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    Love Wilderness Lodge! Haven't tried Artist Point, but we do love Whispering Canyon!
     
  18. BrooklynnsMommy

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    I hate the way Pepper Market is set up. We are huge food court people and I do not like the way they have this one. The little grab and go that they did have was crazy prices even for Disney and then I encountered a hateful CM. Just not a great experience so I am currently avoiding it and maybe I will give it another chance eventually. I'm sure Brooklynn would love the pool over there since she is now a water slide girl!
     
  19. Lovemy3babes

    Lovemy3babes Is always in need to get herself and her children

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    What great updates!! I'm sorry your room was icky though. I'm not really a germaphone but obviously that room was NOT clean. Bummer.

    Your food looks delish! I will definitely have to put that Artist Point on my list, especially because Wilderness Lodge is my dream resort and I've never even see it. I just love that style too. :goodvibes
     
  20. SoonerGirl

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    Oh my gosh, that soup sounds delish! I may have to put Artist Point on my list just to be able to try that soup!
     
  21. kcandbella

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    I finally made it back over here and got all caught up again! You got some great pics of HS. And yay for free drinks! :yay: I know someone else who really liked a blinking ice cube...:rolleyes1
     

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