Honey, I Shrunk the Checkbook, Really final, some Feb shots, 7-27, pg82.

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  1. nebo

    nebo <font color=red>sharkbait<br><font color=teal>Uh o

    Jul 5, 2006
    Hugh Hefner, Ray Kroc. (McDonald's)

    Two American institutions.

    Know what they have in common?

    They are both from Chicago, which is where I am from.
    I and Smidgy, my wife, aka Diane.
    Sorry, Smidgy and I.

    Some day I hope to be institutionalized as well.


    Oh, by the way, there was another fellow that also came from here.

    Walter Elias Disney

    Oct. 1st, Port Orleans, Riverside:
    "Honey, I'm not sure you're gonna like this", I said while gazing at the Muddy Rivers sign over the pool bar.

    "Just don't say, you've b"

    "I've been thinking"

    "AIEEEEEE!" she screamed. "NO, NO, NO, we can't come back in December, we just can't".
    "Besides, we've been here three times already this year". "You're nuts!"

    Unfortunately, this WAS going as planned. Time to get my A game on the court, choke up on the bat, find the open receiver if you will.

    "But we HAVE to! It's already booked!. And we never came once between 94 and 02. And we never came once in 04, besides, we already made the downpayment of 200." "Plus, gas prices will be lower, and we have the room at ASMusic for 48 a night!" "You can barely get a Motel 6 for that price, much less a Disney resort."

    I was firing.

    I was also out of breath.

    And she was faltering.

    "But it doesn't matter", she had regrouped on me, "We can get the downpayment back since we haven't paid the balance yet."
    "Besides, we only booked it in case we didn't go on the trip when your company closed."

    She was right, we knew where I worked that my company would go out of business by december, but when it closed on september 1st, I was a tad unhappy, got a room at Pop for AAA rate, and then got 3 nights at the Dolphin for 125 a night.

    And we went.

    This "argument" is taking place on the last day of our free dining trip at Riverside. Our bags are packed, and sitting with Magical Depress, and we are having a cocktail waiting for the bus to arrive.

    It happens like this:
    When the new codes for free dining or room onlys come out, we are all over them like paparazzi on Britney. In April, Diane was up at six in the morning booking the free dining, and in August I nailed the 48 a night at ASMusic for the second week in December.

    Just in case.

    You know what? It's a lot easier to book a Disney vacation than it is to cancel one.

    Trust me, I know.
    Oh boy, do I know.

    In August, the little bar where Smidgy worked for over ten years, changed owners, who brought in their own people. She was out. Then the bank called in the loan on the place where I worked for 27 years, and I was out.

    Now, my reasoning is since we're both out of jobs, and if we start new ones right away there won't be any vacation time, why not go when we have the chance?

    This was of course, painstakingly explained to her again, my eyes still not leaving the Muddy Rivers sign.

    "At 48 a night, that comes to about 1500 a month, that's a lot of people's mortgage! That's how cheap it is. And with the refillable mugs, all the cofee, tea and pop we can drink"

    She was slipping again.

    "But I still have some housecleaning customers I don't want to lose, and,,,"

    "Plus our "home" would come with 2 pools." She reeled back against the ropes, and tried to get back in the fight.


    "And a maid!" I almost have her now.

    As she tried to get off the mat, with the ref counting her out, I gave her the knockout blows:


    She threw in the towel.

    Game, Set, Match!

    GOT HER!

    Hi, my name is Steve, aka Nebo, a dumb nickname I've had since a teenager, and I will be your host on this trip for the holidays.
    We are early fifties empty nesters, and true Disney holics.

    This report will focus on what it's like to be at Disney for the holiday season, with photos mostly geared towards the decorations.
    This was a very special trip also for us. Of all the times we've been to Disney, we have never been here for the holidays.
    Plus, we realize it may be a very long time till we are able to return.

    A thing about our itinerary though.

    And me.

    I am famous for tinkering with a trip, I just can't help it.

    The phrase "I've been thinking", brings much anguish and trepidation to Diane.

    While it is true that we booked 8 nights at ASMusic for 48 a night, it didn't stay that way. The original plan was to go as cheap as possible, and believe me, I know cheap.

    You know, drive down, bring the big cooler, sandwiches in the room, corners cut at all costs.


    But, again, I had to tinker.

    I added a night, room only, so we wouldn't have to hit Chicago on a friday on the return trip.

    Then one day I got curious, called central reservations and inquired about AAA rates for French Quarter but only got ten bucks off the 150 rack rate.

    So I hung up and tried again.

    This cast member, bless his heart, could get me a FQ room for 115 a night!

    It took a bit of work, but he was able to cancel 3 nights off the ASMu package, and turn them into room onlys at FQ.

    Then I cancelled the "added" room only night at Music, and put one more at FQ. A week later I did it again with the package.

    So, the package is shrinking, and the French Quarter is growing.

    (hmm, that probably didn't come out right)

    This is why Diane prefers to fly, the dates get locked in, and I have very little to be able to tinker with.

    But wait, there's more!

    You can only buy the Dining Plan with a package, and for the entire length of stay of the package.
    8 nights was out of the question, but since the package part of the trip is down to 5?

    She hadn't thought of this, and I had to open my big mouth.
    Within two hours, she was on the phone making dinner ressies.

    So here's what we ended up with:

    Leave very early tuesday the 4th, drive as far as we can and get a room.
    Wednsday on to Kissimee, another room and check in thursday morning bright and early at ASMusic.

    5 nights Music, with the dining plan.
    4 nights French Quarter, on the starving plan.

    More on our plans later.

    A word about myself and this report. I almost blended this into my last report, then thought maybe it should start fresh, a lot of folks don't like to join a report that started 6 months ago.

    So those of you who are wondering what it's like there in the holiday season, or those who wonder what it's like when you are older, and not having to drag the stroller on the bus, I think you will find this a fun and informative read.

    Ok, fun, anyway.

    Once again, you are all welcome to come along, and as we say here in the Chicago area, post early and post often.
    The Santa Fe is pulling out at 2:30 in the morning, don't make me have to honk the horn for you! .......steve

    (hmm, that 5 nights and 4 nights isn't symetrical, maybe when we get to FQ I'll ask and see if we can add a night, you know, just in case they actually still have a room open. nah, that'l never happen, better not even bring it up.)

  2. Piglets Mommy

    Piglets Mommy <font color=blue>New Rule:<br><marquee><font color

    Apr 27, 2007
    Wow Nebo! I can't believe I'm the first one here!!! I'm hooked already! I can't wait to read more! There is nothing better than Disney at Christmas time, and I'm sure it will be even better Nebostyle!:thumbsup2
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  4. winkers

    winkers <font color=blue>I was stuck in that position and

    Nov 9, 2006
    Aha! I found you! Now I have to go back and read!
  5. winkers

    winkers <font color=blue>I was stuck in that position and

    Nov 9, 2006
  6. winkers

    winkers <font color=blue>I was stuck in that position and

    Nov 9, 2006
    I found the first typo, what do I win????
  7. winkers

    winkers <font color=blue>I was stuck in that position and

    Nov 9, 2006
    No, I am not trying to shamelessly up my post count! My freakin computer is going crazy!..............Now that's out of my system

    Who is Ray Kroc?
  8. GreatLakes5

    GreatLakes5 Mouseketeer

    Apr 1, 2007
    You had me at the founder of Mc Donald's.....throw in a Chicago Dog for Portillo's & I'm in for the duration..... :surfweb:
  9. jcc0621

    jcc0621 DIS Veteran

    Mar 8, 2007

    Ain't touching that with a 10 foot pole:rolleyes1

    Ususally when I say this Jim pulls out his wallet:confused3

    Sounds reasonale to me;)

    I think this is an illness we all suffer from:rolleyes:

    :banana: :banana: I found the TR, even though you didn't put a link in your old one. You were trying to avoid me weren't ya! What, do you think I am stalker or something:cool2:

    Seriously, looking forward to hearing about DIsney at Christmas!popcorn::
  10. Disney 4-ever

    Disney 4-ever Earning My Ears

    Jul 24, 2006
    Whew, made it. :cool1: Thank God you gave us the tip on finding your new report. :worship: I am so excited. :banana: :yay:
  11. Goofyfan1

    Goofyfan1 Every man has to believe in something....... I bel

    Jul 24, 2006
    I found it:cool1: And am on board for the ride:woohoo:
  12. Heluvsme

    Heluvsme DIS Veteran

    Mar 27, 2007
    Oh good!! I love your reports!
  13. lovebuzzandwoody

    lovebuzzandwoody DIS Veteran

    May 4, 2007
    :worship: I am here Oh, Fearless Leader!

  14. lexmelinda

    lexmelinda <font color=blue>Has a Seussical googling DD<br><f

    Apr 21, 2006

    I'm not done with the other one.....dangit!

    I'm behindish.....I'm sorry!

    But I'm in for this one too!

  15. tiggerwannabe

    tiggerwannabe ~Optimistic Realist~

    Aug 27, 2002

    Present and accounted for...
  16. lgcountry

    lgcountry Mouseketeer

    Mar 7, 2007
    I'm here, wouldn't miss it for the World.

    Oh wait, I will miss part of it, we leave for the World on the 11th.

    Oh well, it's only a 5 day trip for us this time, and I can and will catch up again.

    Yippee! A new Nebo TR and and a trip. What a combo.:yay:
  17. luvhockey

    luvhockey Mouseketeer

    Jan 30, 2006
    I haven't been on in awhile and got here tonight just at the right time to finish up the last report and get in on the ground floor of the next.

    I couldn't bear to get on for awhile, going through the disney depression and all. Then had to get all the Christmas stuff done... We were at POR 11/23-12/2. I LOVED Riverside and have to say that I don't know that I even want to try another resort. Kinda if it isn't broke don't fix it thing. But I guess it would be hard to turn down $48 a night.

    So I'm back to check in and see what I missed seeing of the holiday decorations. Post pictures please!!!

    Since you've frequented POR have you seen this guy? DH & I saw him on 2 different nights (dusk) while walking and taking a break from the kids. He was on the walkway in AB just before the bridge to Ol' Man Island. Came up the bank from the river, crossed the walkway and had a little trail going into the lush vegatation.


    OH, I almost forgot, our first time DW (except when I was a kid over 30 yrs ago) and who do I see but
    Yep DeVine. I got about 10 pictures. She's gorgeous.


    Looking forward to more.
  18. kath1210

    kath1210 DIS Veteran

    Apr 18, 2005
    I'm here! I'm here! :goodvibes

    Great start, Nebo!!

    My DD14 and I were there from 12-18 to 12-23 and had a great trip! I thought of you when we visited the Wilderness Lodge - they had t-shirts in the Mercantile that said "Fishy, Fishy" on them! :lmao:
  19. longneckthree

    longneckthree Mouseketeer

    Aug 26, 2007
    I'm here!!!!
    I found it!:woohoo:
    I found it!:woohoo:

    O.K. so i clicked the link thingy, but i'm here!;)

    :rainbow: :rainbow:
    Mom 42 :laundy: Dad 44 :coffee: Me 13 :artist:
    DSister 10 :beach: DSister 8 princess: DSister 5 :cutie:
    DDog 11 :dog2: DPuppy 3 :dog:
  20. nebo

    nebo <font color=red>sharkbait<br><font color=teal>Uh o

    Jul 5, 2006
    Wow, guess I blew it huh?
    Sometmes you don't realize how "local" a subject or person may be.
    I thought Ray Kroc was as well known as a Bill Gates, but I guess that's just because we're from the same area. Ok, I just editted the first page. Good ol Ray was the founder of McDonalds. I noticed though that nobody had a problem knowing Hugh Hefner, though. Geesh!
    I'm curious now. If I was to mention Ray Raynor, Bozo's Circus or Garfiels Goose, would anybody know them? Or is that just a local thing too?
    Well it's nice to see you folks willing to see if there's any gas left in the tank. I'm planning on posting chapters more often and not dragging this one out as long. For one thing there won't be any more "vacation interruptions" this time. :sad2:

    And, WOW! The Sequel.
    It took less than 2 hours for OhMari to see the new one, and make the last trip report walk the green mile and send it to the archives. I never even got a chance for "poster recognition night" or last call outs. If anybody didn't finish it and still wants to, I think you can just click on the link in my siggy to be sent there, but I don't think you will be able to post anything.

    So, shall we start with our first batch of call outs?

    Piglet's Mommy is the winner, she beat Winkers by 3 minutes, congratulations!, the Marshall Field's gift card is in the mail.

    Oh, so close Cheri. And cheating didn't help either.

    Yeah, yeah, I get it.

    Thank you, thank you, than..... uh oh, Great Lakes area, huh? Hmm, probably too close to us to count. Nice to have you aboard GL, don't think I've seen you before. Believe it or not, we don't have a Portillo's anywhere near us, have to drive at least twenty miles to get to one. but we're excited cuz they are opening a Lou Malnotti's pizza in the next town over, the best stuffed pizza in the world.

    Janet, you would think that these trips would all blend together after a while, but this time seemed, and felt, completely different from all the rest. And it wasn't just from the decorations. I'll try to explain better later.

    Hi, welcome aboard, your name looks familiar and we hope you become a regular.

    good ol LBAW!

    Hello, Lexmelinda, nice to meet you!
    Ok, ok, I'm just teasin. You know I was thinking of you the other day. I can't imagine how hard it must be to have a great love for Disney, and not have it shared with your mate. And not knowing when you'll be able to go back there. If it's any consolation, as for the latter part, we're in the same boat now, too. Please, say hi to Mimi for us.

    Welcome back Virginia, hope the weather warms up down there for you, last night it got down to 30 in Orlando I believe. By the way, where are you staying?

    Hi Angela, glad to hear you love Riverside so much. We've stayed twice now in Alligator Bayou, and once in the mansion section and to be honest, we prefer the mansion section better. It just looks "richer" and I like the quiet pools better there.
    No, we never did see that critter when we were there, what is it anyway? Looks like a small otter.
    And I am just SO HAPPY you got to see Devine. Notice what I did to the picture when I highlighted your post? :rotfl:

    Kathy we just missed you too. I'm curious to know what the crowd level was like when you were there.

    thanks to all of you for checking in, coming up we'll be talking about the almost midnight drive, and how things can go wrong right from the get-go. :headache:
  21. nebo

    nebo <font color=red>sharkbait<br><font color=teal>Uh o

    Jul 5, 2006
    whoops! No wonder it took so long for that post to go through. First time I ever got a double post sent.

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