YES, touring Cinderella’s Dream Suite was Amazing!+14 Other Magical Days* Dismeet & Wrap

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  1. micandminforever

    micandminforever DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2006
    The tour of the castle suite was wonderful, but I look forward to the transfer to Bay Lake Towers. I loved our one and only week at BLT. I dream about staying there again one day.:goodvibes
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  3. JulieODC

    JulieODC DIS Veteran

    Aug 6, 2009
    Your early morning YC photos are just beautiful!! That's one of the best times of day at that peaceful!

    Solo time in DHS sounds really fun!!!
  4. emmysmommy

    emmysmommy DIS Veteran

    Jan 30, 2010
    Yikes! I'm getting behind with everyone's TR including my own. Let's see if I can make some progress here and even get an update posted. I know shocker!

    Hmmm.... I suppose there's a 50/50 chance of success. Knowing teens I should probably say about a 40/60 percent chance of compliance!

    Uhhh ok, here's a better photo showing the "glistening" version of myself!


    I agree, if I only had one ride to pick at DHS, it will always be ToT. Definitely my favorite.

    I hope you are enjoying your Disney time this week.

    I like your math Linda! When it comes to those cookies I'm completely ok with justifying just one more.

    Heck, I'm pretty pain resistant so a blister's not going to slow me down. Well, it may slow me down but it's not going to stop me! Heck, I'm a mom to 4 and worked in urgent care for a period of time so I'm not squeamish about those things.

    The Cupcake vs Carrot cake cookie delimma. Tough choice but I had both during the trip so the cookie won out at that moment. Plus Starring Rolls had a long line so I went the path of least resistance.

    At the very least I had a good morning walk!

    Argh! I need to find time to get that Dec. TR started. I just wrapped my DR so I have less excuses. It's crazy busy right now with work and I'm going to be traveling in the next few weeks so I think I'll wait a little longer. HOWEVER, since you've not started your December TR yet I feel a little better! :thumbsup2

    Split stays aren't for everyone that's for sure. I just have too many favorite resorts to choose one! Although my tiaras and wands pretty much stay in my bag! :rotfl2:

    I like your thinking! Vacation eating, for real!
  5. emmysmommy

    emmysmommy DIS Veteran

    Jan 30, 2010
    Thanks Wendy. I don't have your photo skills but it's all I've got! It was a beautiful early morning.... definitely worthy of a few photos.

    If it wasn't Disney I don't think I'd be so forgiving of those horrid conditions! ;)

    When I saw my PP photos I saw that Mike W photo, I didn't know they had that either. It is certainly perfect for the theme.

    Yep, I tell myself that as well. Sugar = energy right? :rotfl2:

    Oh no! That's a show stopper blister! Thank goodness for the gift shops that sell footwear. Sounds like those flip flops were welcome relief. I was at a conference in Vegas a few months ago that involved a LOT of walking and my heels were killing me so I bought some flats. They gave me horrible blisters on my heels but that was actually better than the heels. Our poor feet get abused sometimes. Ouch!

    Thank you Marissa. Although I didn't get a lot accomplished, it was worth it for the cookie alone! :)

    Patience grasshopper! I just came up with another excuse for a delay....I'm going to be traveling in the next few weeks so I'm thinking I'll wait just a little longer. But I know what you mean. I confuse myself when I post my live dining updates from December and I go to my August photobucket albums and I'm confused because I don't see the photos I expected to see.

    Hey, I'm not like a regular mom, I'm a cool mom! (Mean Girls reference!) I know Em appreciated sleeping in.

    Yep, it looks like I'm not the only one who thinks ToT is the best ride! Well, besides all those running to TSM. ;)

    I'm a trooper! Having birthed 4 kids I can handle a blister or too! :lmao:

    Thanks Kelli. Some solo time made more valuable by the reward of a carrot cake cookie. Yum.

    No worries. With as popular as you are young lady I know it's hard to keep up with everyone else considering the traffic for your TR! :)

    Yeah, if we had our names on those castle room keys we'd be displaying them all over the place! We'd have to ask people...can you tell that we toured the DS? ;)

    It is very unlikely that I will ever stay in one of the villas - I'll just have to enjoy the regular rooms. I can only dream of those villas! Good luck on getting your preference for November.

    Being that I'm not an exceptional photographer it wasn't hard to fail. :p

    Here's where I knew this wasn't going to work on the Indy Ride... my first photo was a bomb.

    La Brea Bakery is a good choice if you want a sit down breakfast outside the park. Honestly, I prefer Carnation Café but this is good.

    You must go there! I HIGHLY recommend it!

    Well, thanks, I'm glad that you enjoyed the DL intermission! I'm always interested in DISers that visit both parks and their perspective as well. As a matter of fact, I have a DISmeet at DL tomorrow.... I may insert another update.

    Seriously, I'm amazed as well. Some people are just super human. Or super motivated. That's not me.

    Considering your TR focal point is the ToT tour I'm guessing that you are a fan of that ride! I agree, a successful morning by my standards since it included my favorite ride and my favorite snack.

    Yay! Thanks for getting caught up! :yay:
  6. emmysmommy

    emmysmommy DIS Veteran

    Jan 30, 2010
    I'm now a fan of those tiny treats!

    That balloon CM was the hide and seek variety. I don't think she'll hit the top sales mark but she'll probably be the coolest of the bunch hiding in the shade.

    I'm lucky that I adjust to the 3 hr time change rather quickly otherwise those 6am wake-ups would be really brutal.

    Ha ha! Yes, I agree, that cookie was just rewards for that long walk and the blister. We'll just call it medicinal!

    Reference photo above!! Thank goodness none of the shots were close up! Those I'm NOT sharing. :rotfl:

    Yeah, despite walking a lot at Disney a few extra pounds still seem to find their way onto my hips! I'm just not lucky like that. :rolleyes:

    Thanks, it was a peaceful and relaxing early morning.

    Ha ha! If I'd have been curious about those stairs sooner it would have been a timesaving shortcut.

    Ahhh the humidity. NOT a friend to women with hair issues. I figure why bother doing my hair if it's going to look like I just stepped out of a steam shower? I have not curl, frizz or body to my hair so it's just limp in the humidity.

    My hubby won't ride ToT so I rely on Em to join me. Although she hated that ride when it first opened in CA. It took her years to decide to ride with me.

    Thanks! Glad I'm not judged for my "breakfast" choice. ;)

    I love your logic! I rarely eat dessert when not on vacation so it makes perfect sense to "bank it". ::yes::

    Nope, I soldiered on. A busted open blister wasn't going to interfere with my plans! I may have walked a little funny after that. :p

    I like your perspective, at least I let my kid sleep in, that counts for something. :thumbsup2

    Half way to DHS is when I had gone too far to turn around and get new band-aids and I really wanted to make park open... so I just toughed it out. I prefer to walk just for the exercise so if it is timed right I can beat the boats too. But the heat and humidity that early in the morning I definitely could have done without.

    Oh, I forgot your dates. Yes, we now start the last 7 of our 15 day trip. I'm always curious when I know we're in the same parks as other DISers when I read their TRs. You never know... I had a DISer randomly in one of my dining report photos before. :)

    I absolutely agree! Just being in Disney makes it atypical! :)

    I think that carrot cake cookie could be considered medicinal considering the morning! :) Other than the heat, humidity, and a huge blister, it was a pleasant walk. :lmao:

    I love your perspective. Considering it was a minor annoyance, yes, not the worst. Definitely worse would be staying strapped into Stitch's Great Escape and more belches in the face.
  7. emmysmommy

    emmysmommy DIS Veteran

    Jan 30, 2010
    I agree! I don't know if we'll ever top 4 resorts in one trip but it was actually something we enjoyed.

    I've always been an early riser on vacation. There's just something about enjoying that peaceful, tranquil time of the day. :)

    Besides the fact that walking is the only exercise that I usually get at WDW it is a nice trek.

    I've heard of mole skin... sounds like it does the job well.

    I love that you have a perspective of before and after 80 lbs!! It's good to be on the other side of that number and be able to see what a difference it makes. :thumbsup2

    Considering we had a resort change ahead of us I was pretty glad that I had worked in any solo park time. And as for butts out of bed... let's see about that one....

    Welcome back Emily! I need to head over to your PTR to get caught up although you may have already started a TR... let me know. :)

    Thanks, we usually like to pretty up for the nicer dinners. I hope you share photos of your 'Ohana dinner.

    Ha ha! Yes, the fishy hotel that doesn't quite know what a Dolphin looks like.

    Oh man! You must wear sandals a lot as well. I need to go with comfort over fashion more often. ;)

    As much as I would love some "winter weather" I would probably start complaining very quickly if it was colder than 50 degrees for more than a few days straight. I am enjoying the rainy weather here in CA which triggers weather alerts for 2" of rain. Go figure! :confused3

    I must be more sugar tolerant! I had no problem consuming that cookie and continuing with my day. :p

    A morning with some of my favorites wasn't wasted time for sure! And Bo! At least he knows I was thinking of him.

    Thanks Dee! You definitely won't have any trouble making rope drop at DL parks considering that's practically the middle of your day Eastern time.

    Good thing I knew that guy next to me on Space Mtn!

    I suppose we could have gone over to the Swiss Family Treehouse and seen how the non royals build their residence. :)

    :rotfl2: That's great! Yes, you may even get parent of the year award from your kid for taking them there.

    Thanks! Speaking of SAB... stay tuned.

    Thanks for catching up Patti. I hope life isn't so crazy any longer.

    Em and I have talked about the DS tour and how I'm glad that it was her with me on this trip. Somehow, the significance of that tour would have been lost on my DH who I suspect would not carry around the castle "room key" in his wallet like Em.

    Thanks, I'm glad to have shared the DL intermission.

    Oh, you are so sweet. Thanks for hanging in there with this TR. I have yet to start the Dec. version. :)
  8. emmysmommy

    emmysmommy DIS Veteran

    Jan 30, 2010
    Lovely walk, icky blister.

    It was a good trade off, sleep for Em, solo park time for me AND a carrot cake cookie.

    Get a sharpie out and write on your hand, "do not leave park without carrot cake cookie!" Ok, you may have to write shorthand to get it all to fit but great idea!

    I chose fashion over comfort too often...exhibit A - blister. Yikes! I like wearing runners so I'm not sure why I don't wear them more often.

    Exactly, ToT and carrot cake cookie makes for a great morning! :thumbsup2

    Don't worry, it feels really weird to write about things that took place 2 Dis trips ago. I'm starting to get my Disney trips mixed up. :upsidedow

    We enjoy resort hoping since there's several that we love so much we can't decide on just one... or two.. or three in this case. Since we leave the work to bell service, we just go about our day and then end up at the resort that we are checking into. We've never had problems since we arrive after the rooms should be ready.... knock on wood.

    BLT was the very first on-site hotel we stayed at in 2010 so it has special memories.

    Ah Willow loves ToT! She's my kind of ride buddy. :flower3: She's pretty brave for such a young 'um.

    During those hot summer days we definitely plan our days to include more indoor time. Whereas a day at the pool doesn't normally appeal to me, it sure sounds good at WDW.

    I kept plenty of band-aids with me after this little blister incident so I don't remember having further problems.

    Oh, I see you started your TR!! Welcome back! :)

    Hi Amy! I'm still planning to start that Dec. TR... too many excuses and not enough time yet. It will seem odd doing a Christmas TR in the Spring. ;)

    You are a much smarter gal than I! My feet do much better in runners so go figure! :confused3

    I hear ya! My kid goes to the gym on vacation and although I think about it..that's as far as I get. I run at home so I take a break running on vacation. I just don't make it a priority on vacation like I do at home. :)

    I saw on your TR that BLT was your hubby's favorite. I'll definitely share a lot of photos. Resort hopping isn't for everyone but this trip I added on 1 new resort that was 1 night - otherwise, we try to stay at least 3 nights at a single resort. We'll be starting 6 nights at BLT for this part of the trip. Two weeks would be far too long in one place for us. :p

    Thanks for hanging in here and continuing to follow along!

    Ahhh thank you. Some highlights in such a brief time that morning! :)

    Thank you for the encouragement to start the Dec. TR. After so long I wonder if anyone is even interested.

    Thank you!

    BLT quickly became a favorite since it was our first on-site hotel. It wasn't my cup of tea for the décor but I love so many other things about it. You can't beat the convenience of walking to MK.

    Thanks Julie! It was a great morning.

    Coincidently, I just caught up on your TR today and it was a DHS day for you as well.
  9. emmysmommy

    emmysmommy DIS Veteran

    Jan 30, 2010
    Saturday August 24, 2013: Day 9, Part 2

    So I was on my way back to the YC... by boat. I wanted to baby the blister on my foot until I could get a fresh Band-Aid applied.


    Back at the room Em was packed and ready – good girl! Look at what was waiting for me! I didn't have to do a thing but call bell service. That Mickey bag was still hanging in there despite having some serious falling apart at the seams issues. Ya'll know how that ended!


    While waiting for bell service to fetch our bags and transfer them to BLT we said farewell to the room....




    Once bell service left with the bags we were NOT ready to leave the resort yet. We had one thing on our MUST DO list while at YC/BC. We decided to FINALLY take a dip in the pool at Stormalong Bay. After 3 stays at either BC or YC we had never been in that pool. We donned our suits and had a pool bag packed.


    You must show a room key to confirm that you are staying at the resort but we were waived in when they saw our MBs. I imagine this has changed now that so many resorts are participating in the MBs. At that time there were only a few so there was less suspicion of strangers wandering into the pool complex and passing themselves off as YC/BC guests.

    We spent the better part of an hour in the pool enjoying the lazy river, the sand bottom pool and the zero entry pool.



    See, I actually did take a dip in the pool! (Dee, I followed the appropriate steps of find a chair, set towel on chair, remove outerwear, and THEN jump in the pool! :laughing:)






    We had to get moving since our lunch ADR was approaching. We dried off and changed in the ladies room next to the Spa.

    Silliness in the bathroom:


    Hey, I DID make it into the gym this trip. I just didn't break out in a sweat while in there but technically, I did go to the gym! We decided to take a peek in the gym and spa while we were there.





    We took the boat to DHS since it started to rain on the way. We had ponchos so we didn’t get too wet but we were a little soggy by the time we checked in for our lunch at Sci Fi. This restaurant continues to be in our dining rotation and I can’t exactly say why other than I like the theming and I like the burgers. Other than that…. I fall short coming up with a reason to return. Check out my dining review here that explains how we got “bumped” to the driver’s seat and did I get that burger that I say that I like?

    Ponchos donned we were ready for rain!


    Our little green Disney convertible at Sci-Fi. Wouldn't that be wild to actually drive a car like that? It would have to have a Magic Band touch to start the engine and Radio Disney exclusive channel.


    The BEST corny movie clip EVER is...

    It's amazing that this guy keeps growing and his towel grows commiserate with his size! And then there's that silly little scene where the doctor types are trying to give the Colossal Man an injection and he takes the gigantic syringe and spears the poor dude on the ground. Those that have been to Sci-Fi and seen this clip will notice that they didn't need special effects to pull off the dude being struck by the needle. He is holding it against his side to make it appear that he was speared. Such talent I tell ya! I always chuckle when I see that scene since it would be so much better if it had some CG enhancements.

    Continued next post...

  10. natebenma

    natebenma DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2008
    I'm glad that my TR was instructive!


    I'm so glad you got a chance to check out the pool! Beautiful pictures- I love the one of Emmy in the float.

    Did you know that it takes 7 minutes to do a complete circuit in the lazy river using only the current in the pool? My mission last summer was to time that!

    How was the pool temp? I have experienced it from uncomfortably warm, to refreshing, to AAHHHHHH.

    I have the same gym dedication that you do! I took pictures of the gym when I walked through to use the locker room to change, too!


    Sci Fi is one of those places that works itself into your mind, making you insist that it is a must do. I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised and pleased with your choice there.
  11. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

    Aug 18, 2009
    We are so excited to be staying at the Beach Club in October and finally get to use Stormalong Bay !!
    That gym looks pretty good, does that belong to YC or BC or is it shared?
  12. TheMaxRebo

    TheMaxRebo DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2008
    glad you finally got a chance to enjoy Stormalong bay - it looks like so much fun!

    Glad you enjoyed your choice at SciFi (won't spoil it though / will force people to read your dining review so you get double the clicks to find out if you did order the burger or not). I agree that the food there isn't amazing, but a place that does good burgers and shakes isn't a bad thing to have in he rotation

    Hope things went well with your transfer
  13. amazingact21

    amazingact21 Upendi

    Nov 6, 2010
    Stormalong Bay has always seemed like the best resort pool to me. Having a lazy river and a sand bottom right outside your room just sounds like it would make for a relaxing vacation. Alex and I plan on staying at BC when Landon's an older kid just to enjoy that pool. :goodvibes
    I'm glad you had time to check it out before heading into DHS for the afternoon.

    The Sci Fi burgers are really good, and it's kind of fun to sit in those cars and watch cheesy trailers, but I understand what you mean about not understanding the return to the restaurant. It has that effect on a lot of us. :rotfl:
  14. wdwluvrs

    wdwluvrs DIS Veteran

    Feb 27, 2006
    Brenda,, were you able to take at least one trip down the water slide.. We also would say go for it and start a December trip report
  15. khaleesi

    khaleesi Life is a Special Occasion

    Jul 5, 2013
    Thank you!!!! :goodvibes

    Stormalong Bay looks really cool!!! I usually bypass the pools but I always take pictures of them. Hehe.
  16. DisneyKid4Life

    DisneyKid4Life DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2013
    Awww Em had everything packed and ready. What an amazing kid you have there. I say that because, of course, you clearly aren't already aware of that. :rolleyes:

    First time at Stormalong?? Wow, I'm actually surprised by that. But good on you for removing your outerwear. I swear Dee will never live that one down. :rotfl2:

    Wow, you got some wonderful photos too. That place is amazing.
  17. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

    Jan 17, 2005
    me is such a good daughter! SAB looks awesome...I have to stay there so I can try it out some of these days.

    Jill in CO
  18. chattadisser

    chattadisser Mouseketeer

    Apr 15, 2010
    Oh...SB and the lazy river. It would be so nice to have a quiet trip around the lazy river today...alas, I'll just have to look at your pictures and think about it.

    :thumbsup2 for Em having everything ready to go when you got back. You've trained her well. Now, tell me all your secrets! :rotfl2:

  19. Woth2982

    Woth2982 DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2008
    How good of Em to pack up for your return! What a great daughter! So glad to hear you got to enjoy SAB. I just love it there. My friend that came down for Princess with me and I have decided that maybe next year we are gonna stay there. She is now contemplating the Princess given that she has heard directly from MANY people she can walk it! Not sure why no one believes me when I tell them that lol. We went to B&C and walked by SAB and she fell in love with the hotel.
  20. o0kismet0o

    o0kismet0o Earning My Ears

    Mar 11, 2013
    Hi! Just wna say your trip reports are so fun and awesome! I may not be in WDW but I feel like I'm there with your trip reports. Thank you so much for sharing!☺️
  21. Tiggerrn2

    Tiggerrn2 DIS Veteran

    Oct 13, 2005
    Enjoyable update.
    I do love Stormalong Bay!! The lazy river portion tends to be cooler than the rest of the pool in the hot August month. The photos are wonderful!! Good memories.

    Sci Fi.:scratchin We tried that one this year as you know. And I have to agree. It's the atmosphere, not the food, that would bring a body back there. :rolleyes1 Although, it wasn't the worst I've ever had.

    Love all the corny monster movies. I remember watching those old black and whites as a kid on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when there was nothing else on TV.

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