Double, Double, Toil & Trouble: a Halloween-inspired trip of “two’s” – an October 2016 TR

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  1. juniorbugman

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    Here is my house in Ajax just outside of Toronto. It has been snowing steadily since about 11:00 this morning. It is the wet packing snow but not enough on the sidewalk to have to shovel. Judy
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  2. I-4Bound

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    Your kitties are so adorable. I adore Maine Coon cats. My 13-year-old is BEGGING us to get a cat, and she may be slowly wearing us down ;)

    Sorry the folks at check-in acted like such jerks. It's never a comfortable thing to watch a full-grown adult throw a toddler meltdown in public.

    Hmmm...I wonder if you are going to Twistee Treat Lake Buena Vista? If so, that our absolute favorite treat in Orlando! I don't even want to admit how many times we usually stop there on a week-long vacation! The family that owns Twistee Treat LBV also owns a shop called Ginther's Swirls near Sea World. They sell all the same ice cream. We love their prices (and my hubby loves their peanut butter dipped ice cream cones!)
     
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  4. chicagoshannon

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    I had no idea they had a meet and greet in World of Disney. Where in the store is it? We were in there in September and had no clue.
     
  5. afan

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    Gina, I have that Minion's blanket too :)

    We got a couple of photopass pics done, aside from with Santa since he's obviously seasonal. The Coke bear meets at the Coke store. When you use photopass it has a digital background. The bear can also open and close his mouth.

    We also found a photopass person near a fountain in the new section and got a few nice photos, including one with a Disney Springs frame. We always kept our eyes open for them but that was the only one we saw out, but they can be found sometimes.
     

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  6. Raeven

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    So rude! It's a sad thing working in customer care you see a lot of bad behavior being rewarded. I wish it wasn't that way too.

    It's so cute that Snow White involved him too!

    Also we moved our flights to earlier on May 5th because we're doing so much and don't want to run out of time. So we should have no problem meeting up for ice cream!
     
  7. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Happy belated birthday to your newly-christened teenager!! I can't believe he's 13....he was just a little fella when we first started chatting on these boards. I hope you all had a lovely time celebrating his special day :goodvibes. It's so nice when a birthday falls on a weekend!

    You made me laugh about the princess meal.....we went to Disney for the first time on Jake's 13th birthday, and we too did a few princess meals. While he wanted everyone to believe he was dining there under duress, his cheeky grin in all the photos showed he was having the time of his life. Which Disney meal did you decide on? I have been toying with adding a character breakfast for our spring trip, since it's not looking like the Disney After Hours event is going to be extended as we had hoped. I'm trying to decide between one at a Disney resort and one at one of the Lowes properties. Decisions, decisions :scratchin.

    You guys got a good coating of the white stuff too!! Once the snow stopped here around noon yesterday, the temperature rose to well above the freezing mark and we ended up having most of ours melt away before nightfall. Judging by today's forecast (which is supposed to hit the high 40's), all evidence of the snowfall should hopefully be completely gone.

    I highly recommend the Maine Coon breed as a family cat: honestly, we have never had such loving, affectionate, fun-loving, well-adjusted and robust cats. These two have been a true delight, and brought so much love to our home. But don't just get one, get two if you can: best decision we ever made. They always have each other for a playmate or comfort. And think of how happy not one, but TWO would make your DD!!

    You are right on the money with your ice cream guess. It was a huge hit with the nieces and nephew! :thumbsup2

    I did a little Googling, and it appears it was a one-month special feature:

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    I don't know why, but it looks like it ran for just the month of October only. It seemed to be a HUGE hit with guests, so I wonder if they will bring it back as a more permanent fixture at some point? :confused3

    That minions blanket is Violet's favourite :cutie:. I am guaranteed a kitten snuggle when I bring it out at night. It is so soft, it's almost like its made of kitten fur!

    We managed to get our photo taken with the Coke Bear as well.....it was a great new meet-and-greet, and we were so happy to see that its a permanent feature of the Coke store. You'll see that picture and our Coke Store review coming up before the end of this report :thumbsup2.

    Thanks for the tip on the Photopass pics by the fountain. I will for sure keep our eyes open for that when we are back at DS next month!

    Wahoo! :banana: That's great news! We both can't wait to say hello in person! :teeth:
     
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  8. KSL

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    Ohmygoodness, how have I missed this entire report!? I love a Gina TR!
    Guess I have a lot of reading to catch up on. There goes my Sunday...! :goodvibes
     
  9. Heluvsme

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    OH Gina, I'm exactly like you. Poor behavior should not be rewarded, although I understand the management staff not wanting a full blown scene and possibly violence. I do hope they made sure your villa wasn't by theirs. I'm not good with confrontation, I tend to apologize (my fault or not) and step aside, but boy one of these days it would feel nice to stand up and say something to folks who feel entitled to special treatment.

    And the kiddos look like they had a blast!

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    Wow, sorry you had to listen to the rude woman as you were checking in, I love the photos you all got for the meet and greet. I didn't realize there was a meet and greet at WoD and we go there almost every trip.
     
  11. Callie

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    Finally all caught up!!!!!! I just want to snuggle up Dash and V. I love them even if I haven't met them! Also your crispy kremes are making me crave one :(
     
  12. dancin Disney style

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    Did anyone else do the math on those boys? I say boys because the oldest was only 22. Boys that age now can barely tie their own shoes without help. Not all but many.

    What are those coloured things hanging down in that second picture?

    I would probably really enjoy that museum. I have had the privilege of working with many vets over the last 12 years. There have been a few that were willing to talk about their experiences and it has been fascinating. Some truly heartbreaking stories. One man told me that when he was 14 he lied about his age so that he could go to war along with all the other boys in town. He was the only one that came home.
     
  13. pepperandchips

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    I did. Very very sobering. I believe there were many men drafted for Vietnam service - I can't imagine that kind of service and then so much loss of life. It sounds like a very powerful exhibit.
     
  14. mandas08

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    I dissappeared again...but I'm back. I can't believe that people reacted like that at check in. I would have been very upset. What an example they are setting for their children. They were probably the ones yelling later in the week at children to be patient in ride lines. I'm glad you didn't let it damper your day. I just wish people would realize it isn't worth sweating the small stuff. Your Disney Spring visit looks like alot of fun, I was pretty intrigued by the idea of a fun character meet there, I'm sad it wasn't offered longer. I understand that they want to get people in the parks but surely the draw of a character meet would get people in the store and the wait would cause some impulse purchases for them...bummer. Glad little guy warmed up to Snow White. My little guys highlight was dancing with Minnie his cheeks turned five shades red and immediately asked if I got a picture..I didn't :(. Such a fun memory. Excited for a twistee treat update...one of my Orlando favorites thanks to you :)
     
  15. dancin Disney style

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    Yes, the draft was on then.
    Approx 60% of servicemen killed in Vietnam were under the age of 21.
     
  16. vrajewski10513

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    Oh boy, I wish I had your composure! It's REALLY hard for me to keep my mouth shut in those type of situations.
     
  17. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Sorry for the brief hiatus, everyone. Sundays tend to be Steve's only day off each week, so we try to do something fun on our official "Sunday Fun-days".....this week, we spent the day at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. What an amazing place!

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    We toured the museum and caught a showing of 'Dream Big' at the Giant Screen Experience.

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    It was fabulous!!

    We spent 6 hours there and still didn't get to see it all.....I can't believe how massive the place is. The exhibits were so diverse, too: everything from the 1952 Wienermobile.....

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    ......to the bus on which Rosa Parks was arrested (I sat in her EXACT seat.....it was a very moving moment):

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    ....to airplanes, trains, and more.

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    Definitely worth a stop if you're ever in the Detroit area. And come hungry!! They have a very cool little diner in the center of the museum that's well worth a stop (you can read its very cool history here: https://www.thehenryford.org/explore/blog/lamys-diner/ )

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    Be sure to have their "wavy cake" (which I'm told is also called "Bumpy Cake" here in SE Michigan):

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    So. Unbelievably. Good :worship:.

    After our Sunday out on the town, I spent yesterday getting caught up on my domestic duties......it was house cleaning, laundry and baking for this girl. Today, though, I will get back to business: a trip report entry should hopefully be posted later today :thumbsup2. Thanks for your patience!

    Hey there!! Thank you so much for the kind compliments :goodvibes, and a big :welcome: to the thread! So glad you've found us and decided to join in again! I hope you managed to get through all 20 pages in your leisure time yesterday. We're only half way through so far......so there's still lots more to come :thumbsup2.

    I understand why the management works to avoid any blow-ups, but it just irks me to no end when people act so horribly and seem to get 'rewarded' for it. It just seems to send the completely wrong message. However, I guess it brings the old saying to mind....."Takers eat better, but givers sleep better".

    That meet and greet at Disney Springs was apparently an October-only event, though I'm not sure why :confused3. It was such a great idea, and so very well received (judging by the feedback from other guests on our visit), so I'm surprise it wasn't extended into a more permanent fixture.

    Well, its about time you finally showed up ;). I've missed having you here!!

    Those babies would love to meet you someday......and they NEVER turn down the opportunity for a snuggle. You're going to have to plan a road trip sometime and come see us in MI!

    That's partly why I found it so emotionally powerful. Jake is 21, the same age as many of those young men who were memorialized in the museum. How did those mothers manage to cope? How did they put one foot in front of the other everyday, not knowing if their children were safe or dead?

    I am not sure what the coloured ribbons were for. They have random dates and locations on them.....some city names, some battle names? I'd guess.

    It was, indeed ::yes::. I'm glad the pictures captured some of the 'feel' of the exhibit, because my description of it was woefully lacking at times. It's hard to put that feeling into words.

    Welcome back!

    Thankfully, the party of loud-mouths at check-in were all adults......not a child among them. If they acted that badly at the resort, I can only imagine how out of control they'd be in the long, hot, theme park line ups :eek:. Yikes.

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    I am one of those people who hates confrontation, so I generally just seethe internally but would never open my mouth. Sometime I wish I had the backbone to stand up and speak my mind a little more often.....but sadly, I never do. "Strong Woman" I am not.
     
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    Friday, October 21st (continued)

    The kids were easy to herd back to the parking garage with the promise of an ice cream treat: all of a sudden, those tired legs seemed to have a resurgence of boundless energy :rolleyes:. It was a hot afternoon so the perfect time for a cool-off at Twistee Treat ::yes::. Joe and Lisa followed us the short distance to the Lake Buena Vista location, which is harder than it sounds amidst the afternoon traffic around the Disney Springs area, so we were grateful the travel distance was minimal.

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    Heading inside among a cacophony of excited chatter, we told everyone to go ahead and pick whatever they wanted from the extensive menu: this was our treat, and we didn’t want there to be any restrictions on what anyone could have. If those wee kids wanted a big ol’ banana split, then that’s what they would get :thumbsup2 (and we cleared that with their momma and daddy in advance, of course.....while we like to spoil them when we have the opportunity, we like to do so within the comfort zone of their parents). With so many choices (sundaes, malts, shakes, twirls, cones, and specialty creations….then dozens of toppings and mix-ins to make the decisions REALLY hard!) and seven people, it took us a while to narrow down our fairly extensive order. We invited the smaller groups who wandered in to go ahead and be served before us….no sense in making them wait while our crew was tended to.

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    While I’d like to say the service was great, the truth was that on this particular visit it was anything but :(: in fact, they seemed totally flustered to have seven items ordered at once, and quite annoyed by our larger party. That said, the ice cream was (as usual) fantastic: while it normally would have been great to eat it outside in the glorious Florida sun, we all opted to sit down at two empty tables inside to enjoy our selections in air-conditioned comfort. In the heat of the day, it’s worth foregoing fresh air for cool relief.

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    Our total for all 7 ice cream delights was under $30: amazing for the size and quality of each item. We were all in a bit of an ice cream coma by the time we made it to the bottoms of our bowls.

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    My personal Twistee Treat favourite: the brownie hot fudge sundae :cloud9:. Heaven in a bowl. And this monster was only a medium: I can't even fathom the size of a large.

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    The kids doled out a round of sticky handed hugs before we headed back out to our respective vehicles and headed in our separate directions for the balance of the afternoon and evening. Steve and I had received a text from the Vistana confirming that our villa was ready, so we were heading back to the Welcome Center to pick up our keys and get settled in for the week. Joe and Lisa were taking the kids back to Cypress Palms for some pool fun and an early bedtime: tomorrow we were all heading to Discovery Cove for the day, and they wanted everyone to be as well rested as possible.

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    Picking up our keys from the Welcome Center, we wasted no time in tracking down our villa in the Fountains section of the resort.

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    This stay, we were assigned to Building 35: a wonderfully peaceful location just a short walk to our beloved Fountains Pool.

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    We always know that we will be assigned to the Fountains section of the resort, as that’s what we own. With nine distinct and different sections in the very large resort (Fountains, Fountains II, Lakes, Cascades, Courts, Spas, Falls, Springs, and Palms) it’s nice to have the guarantee of being exactly where we want to be. We had requested, and received, a top floor villa: while it did mean several flights of stairs to navigate anytime we entered and exited our villa, the happy trade off were the lovely vaulted ceilings which made the space feel so much larger and the lovely skylight to let in all the wonderful Florida sun [well....when its daytime, anyway :rotfl2: .... these pics were all taken after the sun went down].

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    Heaven knows the extra stairs aren’t always a bad thing, either :blush:. With all the sweet treats and culinary indulgences that we enjoy on our trips, the extra opportunity to work off a few of those calories would be nothing but beneficial :teeth:.


    Some would say our Vistana digs are too much space for just two people, but we wholeheartedly disagree. When we travel, we want all the comforts of home (and then some), so we love every inch of the 1260 square feet of living space. We had our full kitchen with breakfast bar:

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    Dining room:

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    Living room:

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    A guest bedroom with two double beds:

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    The guest bath:

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    A master bedroom with a king bed and direct access to the screened in balcony:

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    The master bath with a jacuzzi tub and full shower:

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    And rounding it all out is a large balcony with overhead fan:

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    In the daylight, we had this view from the balcony:

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    We took our time unloading our luggage and getting ourselves settled in exactly as we wanted to be. Clothes were hung in the closets and our bathrooms were set up for usage that night: Steve’s toiletries on the vanity next to the shower, and my personal items on the larger vanity in the master bath dressing area. Food items were set up in the kitchen and our laptop and chargers were each organized on the desk in the living area.

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    We both agreed: it was nice to be “home”. Cypress Palms was very nice, but THIS is where we always feel like we best belong.

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    The sun was starting to set on this day........so the balance of our Friday is next.

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  19. Mrs Doubtfire

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    The ice creams sure went down a treat! They are such good value for money.

    I too love the space of a condo or villa with a kitchen, although we have stayed on site previously and done split stays I do like the convenience and room of a 2 or 3 bedroom place. Of course, this time you had enough room for the nieces and nephew to stay with aunty and uncle :laughing:

    Looking forward to Discovery Cove :thumbsup2
     
  20. chicagoshannon

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    Did you guys visit Greenfield Village on Sunday too? We have yet to take the kids but went a few times as a child myself. That place is so fun!

    Where is the Tastee Treat in Lake Buena Vista? I don't think I"ve ever seen it.
     
  21. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Yes, when they all descended on our villa a few days later for a "pool night" with Aunt Gina and Uncle Steve, we were VERY grateful for the space!! All that excitement needs room to be expended :rotfl:.

    Greenfield Village doesn't open until mid-April, so we only have a few more weeks to wait for that attraction. I have heard nothing but great things about it, though! [I can't thank @sk8jdgca enough for the initial recommendation, and the suggestion of buying an annual membership. I have a feeling its going to be one of our best MI investments.] There's a Railroaders event coming up toward the end of April/first part of May where you can have breakfast with Sir Topham Hatt and then take a ride on a real Thomas the Tank Engine train. It looks like SO much fun.....Jake would have loved that as a little boy! You wouldn't mind if we borrowed Duncan for a weekend so we can take part, do you? ;)

    Twistee Treat is just down the road from the Disney Springs/Crossroads stop lights. Same side as the Crossroads but past Steak & Shake. I think there's a Winn Dixie in behind it (if not a Winn Dixie, then another big grocery store). Super convenient to get to, especially when we are staying at SVR.
     
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