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  1. Charleston Princess

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    Love all the pictures of AK in the dark! Very cool! Our very first time at AK was on a EMH evening, and it was so neat.

    I had to laugh about how you enjoy A Bug's Life -- I have a feeling I will never be doing that one again with the kids. It would take an act of Congress to get them back in there. LOL! I, too, can't wait to find out what your nephews' reaction is to it.
     
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  3. MEK

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    So my top secret plans this weekend included a quick getaway to Long Island with one of my neighbors and her friends. We stayed in Yaphank NY

    Here we are:

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    We started on the east end of Long Island

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    Sparkling Point

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    We rented a limo

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    No - not that limo, but rather this pimp mobile

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    We had a wonderful drive named Gene, who was the best. But I called the limo the pimp mobile because it looked like it was straight out of a 70's Eddy Murphy movie. Here's the lights on the ceiling.

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    We stopped at Duck Walk?

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    Osprey

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    We got kicked out of Martha Clara for not having a reservation

    But we had a reserved table at Peconic Bay

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    And guess who lives RIGHT around the corner from Peconic Bay

    Melissa

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    And she stopped by to have a glass of wine with us. How great was that????

    It was a very fun afternoon and I can't wait to go back.

    But on the ride home we went through some tunnel? QMT maybe? and ended up in the city. :scared1:

    Yup - that's right. I was in Brooklyn today as a driver! OMG!

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    We got lost in the city! It's an hour of my life I will never get back and I couldn't find the Lincoln Tunnel to save my life. I've never be so happy to see New Jersey! :worship:

    So I'll be back later with replies. I'm going to chill on the couch for awhile!
     
  4. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Sounds like a blast. I am FB frinds with the brother of my childhood best friend and he lives out there. When I looked on Fb it alomost sounded like he had company and I was wondering if you ended up knowing him or his wife.

    That would have been a real small world moment.

    Gettting lost in the city- :scared1::scared1: I could never take a tunnel always the bridges. I avoided Manhattan like the plague. :scared1:
     
  5. TanzUnited99

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    I hope the waitlist comes through for you Mary Ellen.

    Woohoo on riding EE in the dark!!! Finally got to put your plan into action lol.

    Great Christmas tree pics :thumbsup2
     
  6. KatMark

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    Well, despite the getting lost, it sounds like you all had a great time. :goodvibes
     
  7. Pinkocto

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    Sorry you got lost, that is so stressful. But glad you had a fun time otherwise :)
     
  8. Charleston Princess

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    Fun weekend except for getting lost. Yikes!
     
  9. MEK

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    I pretty much finish every TR I sub too. However, sometimes I start to get lost with some of the most popular TRs because there is usually so much banter. I also prefer TR's that announce an update because I'm too lazy to look.




    If I have to move on that last day I may just stay off site again because they really can't kick me off property until midnight. I would like to spend my last afternoon with some quality pool time! :thumbsup2

    I would love to have GF points, but I know they are way too expensive. I will just be happy to settle for a night or two there. Can't wait!




    I really enjoyed having Nick along in December. Unfortunately, he is not too thrilled to be going again in June. I think he has hit the full-on teenager stage. Fun! :sad2:



    I bet a Christmas cruise will be lovely and you will probably be so thrilled when the time actually comes.

    Congrats on the new job!


    Long Island was a lot of fun. first time there! The wineries were a blast!

    :rotfl2: Yes - that's me - the brave one! I loved my night time ride, but the change between day and night was just not as dramatic at on BTMMR. Still, that drop was pretty cool in the pitch black. Glad we did it.

    AK is SO cool at night. I don't know why they don't keep it open later. I will definitely miss the late EMH this summer. Oh well!



    Well, 3 different hotels. But I am not counting arrival because we will definitely stay someplace off site. I am thinking of doing the same if we don't get that last night at BWV. The CM also told me I can continue to check while we are there, if it doesn't come through. So I may just do that and book a back-up somewhere near the airport. Our flight leaves at 11am so if we hang at Disney all day, have dinner on property, then we can swing over to some airport hotel in the evening.





    I am getting very worried now that they don't seem 100% committed. I think they will go, but why don't they want to wrap up their travel arrangements? I don't even want to discuss it with them until they have their travel arrangements. And - no - they don't get it. To my brother it is just an inconvenient vacation. He keeps saying to me, "I don't do rides". :faint:
    And I keep saying, "So?" He totally does not get it. He wants to drive all night and get there and go to sleep. :sad2:

    The only vacations they take are 3 nights to the beach because they can't handle being around their kids any longer than that. They should just let me take the two oldest and stay home! :laughing: I knew it was going to be a weird trip, but I am doing this for the kids, not the crazy parents.







    OMG - I didn't event hink to look for that. I never turned and looked backwards and on the drop I was too busy screaming. :rotfl:



    I :love: that glass. I have to show you the cute wine thing I bought in LI. Actually, I'm so dumb because I should have bought one for each of us for October. DOH!



    Mine too. Definitely my fav picture of the trip!


    Well, it is, isn't it?

    Weekend was fun!
     
  10. thecapells

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    Glad you got your EE night mission accomplished.
    You'll never get me on that thing.

    I hear Big Thunder Mountain is supposed to better at night as well.
    I tried that on the last trip but we hit it too early and it wasn't actually
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  11. MEK

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    Thanks! I'm so glad we finally got to do EE at night and it really was fun! If I ever get to do it again I am trying the "lift your feet" trick that someone wrote about.

    Thanks! The wineries on Long Island were definitely fun! :goodvibes

    Thanks! I love that picture, too. It's my favorite of the whole trip and I should probably bet it framed! :goodvibes

    I never really thought about the snakes and bugs things. Thanks for that visual. :scared1:

    But actually, I wonder how Disney does control outside varments in a park like that? It makes you think, doesn't it? They must have to have all kinds of procedures in place for pest control.

    That is so cool that your first trip to AK was in the dark. I LOVE AK in the dark. It's definitely the coolest dark park. I have a picture of EE that I took in 09 and the entire mountain was lit up. So cool. I guess they don't do that anymore!

    Really? Your kids don't like it? Brian hates it. Once he was old enough to be on his own he totally refused to go in there. :rotfl:

    I know LJ liked it, but I'll be curious to see what the rest of my nephews think. Should be interesting!

    We stayed at my neighbor's brother's house. He was in the Bahamas for the weekend, so his wife planned the girls trip. It was 3 Delaware girls and 4 long island girls. It was pretty rowdy, to say the least. :rotfl: Finding out I was right near Melissa's house was so cool and I'm so happy see came out to meet me.

    It sure would have! :goodvibes


    Ugh! We followed the gps on the way there and did not end up lost. But going back the GPS took me through the QMT (Queens Manhatten tunnel?) and the road signs completely disappeared. Of course I picked the wrong road. I should just know to always stay left. :sad2:

    Thanks! I really hope so too. I would love to stay there a fourth night. I have a feeling we are going to love the location! :goodvibes

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    So glad I finally crossed it off my bucket list. It was fun and definitely worth the wait!

    thanks! I love the AK tree because I love that whole theme. Probably my fav tree!

    I can't believe that was my first trip ever to Long Island. I bet it is gorgeous there in the summer and fall! I would love to go back, but NOT if I'm the drive again! :laughing:
     
  12. Captain_Oblivious

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    Looks like a great time in Long Island! Sorry about the surprise Brooklyn visit. :rotfl2:

    I like your nighttime AK pics! Glad you finally got to experience EE in the dark (or near-dark). And what's up with Denny taking work calls? There's no work at Disney World! :lmao:
     
  13. teekathepony

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    Other than the little, shall we say, excursion, it looks like you girls had a great time in Long Island! I'm in love with the painting above the fireplace in the third picture down. Might have to play with that technique a little!
     
  14. Pinkocto

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    Have they made an announcement how much they'll be? I let my CM know I wanted to add on there but he hasn't let me know yet.

    I do not like that stage :sad2:

    I agree, I'm already excited about seeing the decorations.

    Haven't heard the final word about the job yet, still crossing my fingers.

    I still do not understand why they don't have them year round. It really cuts into the day when they close at 5.


    This would drive me crazy.
     
  15. MEK

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    After driving around for the first 45 minutes it definitely started to get very frustrating. I was very calm at first, but that obviously did not last. :rotfl:


    It was a very fun weekend and such a bonus to see Melissa! :goodvibes I could have lived without the detour though. I remember thinking, "I wonder where Brook lives?" :rotfl:

    Yes- mission accomplished! :thumbsup2

    Really? Never? Do you think your kids will want to ride it at some point. That's how I got shamed into riding coasters again. I'm glad I did. They are so fun. Well, some of them are down right terrifying looking, but I avoid those.

    BTMMR is AWESOME at night. Best night time ride on property. You MUST try it. You and the family will love :love: it!

    Long Island was a blast. The surprise Brooklyn (or whereever I was) visit - Not so much. That drive made Friday afternoon on 95 and Rt 1 look like a walk in the park. Plus I can't wait to see my EZpass bill! :scared1:

    Oh - it was dark alright. Since I waited all day I was not about to let one moment of light get in the way.

    Maybe that phone call really wasn't work? :rotfl: Uh Oh! seriously - Denny has been so busy at work over the past year that he constantly gets work calls. It's annoying.

    Excursion! :rotfl: Yes it certainly was! :rotfl:

    We did have a ton of fun and those pictures at that winery were lovely. It was a gorgeous (although very expensive) place that served all sparkling wines. I could have hung out there all day it was so pretty!
     
  16. MEK

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    I haven't heard an annoucement yet. I am just guessing that they are going to be expensive. The question is HOW expensive?

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    It really is not a fun stage and its tough because Nick is usually so good natured.



    They are going to be lovely!

    Well I will keep my fingers crossed too! I hope the news is nothing but good news! I'm sure it must look favorable for you to have changed your job.




    They should have them year roun. I agree. If they ever open that Avatar land I think they will have to keep the park open later.

    It is really starting to drive me crazy. I could be inviting someone else to go and I haven't even put their name on the reservation yet.
     
  17. Pinkocto

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    Hmmm. Hopefully they won't wait too close to completion to start selling. If they're open by next December I'd like to stay a few days before the cruise. I must mention that before DVC there was no way I'd be dreaming of scheduling vacations 18 months in advance! :laughing:


    Hopefully it doesn't take him too long to go through this stage. Is he graduating this year or next year?

    Thank you :) All they said is they'd get back to me sometime this week. It's going to start to become a long wait if it gets to Wednesay and I haven't heard anything. It would be a better fit for me yes. But I'll still do this job part time, they don't want me to go.


    I somehow totally forgot about the Avatar Land. That could be fabulous if they do it right. Must now plan a trip for 2014 :rolleyes:


    And the worst part is you're doing them a huge favor.
     
  18. mickeystoontown

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    It looks like you had a fantastic weekend getaway with the ladies! Well, with the exception of getting lost and ending up in Brooklyn. I don't think I could have handled that. I hate even driving around Atlanta. I can't imagine what Brooklyn was like. :scared:
     
  19. MEK

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    Tell me about it. I am already planning My October 2013 trip! :goodvibes I'm definitely doing a cruise, but now I am wondering if I should do a few nights in Sept on the free dining plan - get my ticket - go cruise - come back and stay DVC. The possibilities are endless! :rotfl:



    Overall, he is really a good kid and I do understand the "not wanting to vacation with the parents" thing since I went through it myself. He is graduating in June 2013. It was nice having a year off in between kids in terms of the whole college application thing. I found that to be stressful last year with my oldest son. I think it will actually be worse with Nick because he is a much better student and he should get better offers so his options have to be considered more thoroughly.

    But he also thinks he wants to play soccer which limits his choices academically. So he will basically have a list of "soccer" schools and "academic" schools. I wish he could get looked at for soccer at Salisbury (where my older son is) because I think his grades are good enough that he could get some academic scholarship money. That would be the best of both worlds because I think Salisbury is a good school.


    Well good luck! I hope by Wednesday you are doing this :cool1::woohoo::cheer2::woohoo::cool1:





    It could be very, very cool indeed. I love AK so I would love to see something like that in one of my favorite parks!


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    Since they would normally not even entertain the thought of taking their kids to Disney the probably don't see it that way.

    It was a ton of fun! The wineries were very cool and it was a great way to spend the afternoon.

    Getting lost in the city was not fun! At first I was OK but after driving around and around trying to find the lincoln tunnel (whose on ramps were under construction - hence the GPS was not helpful) I was starting to get so stressed. :scared1::scared: I felt like just stopping my car in the middle of the street and screaming "help" :laughing:
     
  20. Pinkocto

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    That sounds like a really good plan!
     
  21. MEK

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    I know! I was thinking something like 3 nights on dining plan(end of Sept), 4 night cruise, and then maybe a 5 night DVC stay into food & wine. I just wish the value resort stay still included the regular dining plan. Denny and I did that one year and we upgraded to the deluxe. It was awesome. We had a blast!
     

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