Pinch me, did it REALLY happen????? - All wrapped up, and yes, it DID happen!

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  1. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

    Nov 15, 2009

    Are you seriously nuts?

    Those of you who dont know me and our History must be thinking, she owns DVC, why wouldnt she be going? :confused3

    Well without belaboring the subject heres the short version

    October 2011 10 day trip planned, booked, ADRs set, F&W Deminars and Wine Tasting Dinners booked. 2 days before departure. Canceled. Pixie dust ensues and points were magically placed back in the account. pixiedust:

    December 2011 Trip rebooked at a different resort for Christmastime instead of F&W. ADRs made, airline reservations rescheduled. One month before departure. Canceled. Paid $$$s for frequent flyer miles to be put back in account.

    May 2012 New 8 day trip scheduled with a friend. ADRs set, DME scheduled, One day prior to departure. Canceled. Points in holding. :headache:

    October 2012 Reschedule of previous years trip, including US/IOA, VWL & BCV. ADRs set, but didnt bother booking any deminars as the prospect of this trip looked even more unlikely. One month out. Canceled. Points did not go into holding! :teacher:

    Why all the cancellations you ask? Well evidently this problem can be traced back five years or longer. The long and short is that Fran has vasculitis in her left leg. This condition caused Venous ulcers to form inside her leg and burst open. We didnt realize what was going on in 2011 and it wasnt until March 2012 that she began treatment at the Wound Clinic. Normally these things have about a 16 week recovery period, give or take. She has had two debridement surgeries in the last year, and the wounds are almost all healed. One giant step was made when I overcame my squeamishness last summer and started to change the dressing on her wounds. With me playing nurse we could at least travel for 2 weeks or less as long as I did the dressing changes daily. She feels really bad about all these cancellations, but really what kind of a spouse would I be making her travel when she is in such pain and feels so horrible?

    So here we are less than two weeks away. Normally by this point, I am obsessively planning my day to day stuff, suitcases are almost packed, notebook is prepared with printed confirmations. However Im finding it hard to believe that this trip is actually going to happen and therefore hard to get motivated to get ready. I decided to bail on my PTR which has been a work in progress for over two years now and dive into a new PTR that will evolve into my TR!

    For those of you who have followed me on my journeys in the past youll know that me and my partner Fran are obsessive Disney lovers. Weve been DVC members for over five years now and as much as we love going to WDW, it seems that we end up using our points at DLR more than we get to the East Coast. Our last visit was in May of 2011, but that was more for educational purposes as we attended the D23 event and spent two full days of the 4 ½ day trip in a convention hall listening to seminars. My last real Disney World Vacation was in January of 2010 when we took my parents for their first trip. As you can see, it has been a very looooooong time since I have had a proper relaxing trip to the world and have every intention of making the most of it.

    For those who have followed my trips, you know that we take things pretty slowly. No park commandos here. For us its more about soaking in the ambience, sipping some tasty cocktails and most of all, the food! We come back to the room every afternoon for a nap This is the two of us on our last vacation. It was a little over a month ago. We took one of the last Mexican Riviera Cruises on the Disney Wonder. Heres a shot of us from that trip.


    Being an obsessive planner, even without the drive and gumption that this trip will really come to fruition, I have some pretty detailed plans. Heres what I have so far.

    Day 1 Monday January 28th, 2013
    Fly from LAX to MCO
    Arrive 4PM, Pick up Rental Mini Van

    Check in at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, CL room
    Dinner in the Lounge or Jakes American Bar, or the Orchid Lounge or the Sushi Bar.
    Dessert on Club Level

    I was really hoping that we would have a refrigerator in our room. I might have to pull the refrigerator for medical needs card. Technically insulin is supposed to be kept chilled. Here are the amenities from staying at the Club Level:

    300-thread-count, 100% cotton bed linens
    32" Flat Panel Television with HD channels
    iHome clock radios with iPod docking stations
    Lather skin and body care products made from the most unique, natural ingredients
    Two dual-line telephones (one cordless) with voicemail system
    On Demand in-room movies and video check-out fees apply
    Keurig Coffee Makers featuring Emeril's gourmet coffee and assorted teas
    Separate bath and vanity area in most guest rooms
    100% combed, ringspun cotton terry towels, plus hair dryer and make-up mirror
    Iron, ironing board and In-room safe
    Refreshment pantry including soft drinks, snacks, candy, nuts, etc. for purchase
    In-Room wireless high-speed internet access (charges apply)
    Complimentary high speed internet access (HSIA) in public areas.
    Smart room technology for automated heating and air conditioning

    And Club level amenities
    Access to our 2,000 square foot lounge
    Additional room amenities: evening turndown service, and cotton signature bathrobes
    Free access to health club, The Gymnasium
    Personal concierge services to help with all your vacation needs
    Complimentary coffee, tea, and soft drinks throughout the day
    Continental breakfast served each morning (7:30 am - 10:00 am)
    Afternoon snacks (12:00 - 3:00 pm)
    Hot & Cold Hors d'oeuvres and Complimentary beer and wine, along with $5 cocktails (4:30 pm - 6:30 pm)
    "Sweets Hour" each night (8:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
    Lounge Open daily 7:00am - 9:30pm

    Day 2 Tuesday January 29th, 2013
    Use our Early entrance to Islands of Adventure to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
    Breakfast on Club Level
    On Our Way
    WWoHP Part 1
    Part 2
    Definitely enjoy a Butterbeer
    Lunch at Three Broomsticks or not.
    Not sure what to do the rest of the afternoon
    Dinner is at 7PM at Emerils Tchoup Tchoup.

    Day 3 Wednesday January 30th, 2013
    Use our Early entrance to Islands of Adventure to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Go to the Titanic Exhibit and shopping.
    Check out of the hotel at 11AM and head to Kidani
    Check in at Kidani, Make arrangements to use DME for Thursday.
    Shopping at Publix
    Lunch somewhere
    (OK, now youll think Im crazy, but I plan to stuff a frozen Prime Rib in my luggage when we leave home. Bagged up tightly in several layers to avoid spillage, and this is why the fridge is important at Universal. You see when purchasing my on sale Prime Rib this past Christmas I was horrified to find that I still had three from last year, so I decided this was a good use for one of them.)
    Roast Prime Rib, Potatoes and Green Beans for dinner while watching the animals.

    Day 4 Thursday January 31st, 2013
    Visit AK in morning
    Safari Part 2, Safari Part 3
    Festival of the Lion King
    FOTLK Part 2
    Snacks and Dinosaurs
    Return Rental Car to MCO, take DME back to Kidani
    View the Animals from the Balcony
    Dinner @ Sanaa 6:45PM

    Day 5 Friday February 1st, 2013
    Breakfast in the room
    Head over to Epcot on Busses

    Ride a few rides
    See a farm
    Heading through World Showcase
    Lunch at Le Chefs de France
    Return to Kidani for the Culinary Tour
    Stroganoff and Green Beans for dinner with leftover Prime Rib
    Today I booked the nighttime safari for the two of us!

    Day 6 Saturday February 2nd, 2013
    This is our day to wing it, maybe hot breakfast in the room
    Who knows what else?
    Turns out we go to AK
    And get lost in things
    Hanging at the Resort
    Dinner at Fultons 6:30PM

    Day 7 Sunday February 3rd, 2013
    Switch day for resorts.
    Quick breakfast in the room
    Check out of Kidani

    Head to DHS
    Lunch at Sci Fi Dine In Theater 12:55PM
    Check in at BLT
    Dinner will be Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches, mashed potatoes & gravy
    Wishes from our MK view room

    Day 8 Monday February 4th, 2013
    This might be another day for a hot breakfast in the room
    We will head over to the MK
    on this day and check out the new Fantasyland including Be Our Guest, Little Mermaid Ride and Storybook Circus.
    Maybe slip in a ride, part 2
    Try to get in for lunch at Be Our Guest for some soup
    Some more around the MK, and a Dole Whip
    Afternoon nap in the room
    Dinner at Ohana 6:40PM

    Day 9 Tuesday February 5th, 2013
    Well see what we have left for breakfast in the room
    Surprise Trip to DHS
    Park of the day is Epcot (after DHS)
    Lunch reservations at Via Napoli
    Another stop and back to the resort
    No other plans
    Dinner well be winging it, leftovers, QS, wow! The spontaneity! :lmao:

    Day 10 Wednesday February 6th, 2013
    Last day :sad2:
    Breakfast Booked only 1 week out!
    Part 2
    Grand Floridian Construction and Hidden Mickeys
    DTD BalloonWoD Shopping
    Absolutely no plans other than Dinner at Narcoosees at 6:10PM

    Day 11 Thursday February 7th, 2013
    Rope drop at MK
    Enchanted Tales with Belle (in the queue)
    Enchanted Tales with Belle (the attraction)
    Winnie the Pooh Interactive queue
    The ride and leaving WDW
    Catch DME back to MCO and fly home

    Please feel free to come along and join the ride. There will be plenty of food porn and other unique views on our laid back approach to the world! Looking forward to generating some excitement that this trip WILL actually happen!
  2. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

    Feb 8, 2010
    Am I first? Dang....I was hoping for LAST.
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  4. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

    Jul 9, 2002
    You will be going! I command it. pixiedust:

    Like I have any magical powers. :laughing: So I'm here. Life is still hard and nuts. But one trip link to find = Lisa has a chance. (AND I'll actually push it on day one!)

    Honestly Alison - I wish I had money or power OR BOTH :rotfl2: to jump on a plane to experience one of those in suite meals that are way better looking most Disney pictures.

    Well that sounds like I'm totally flirting with you -* in suite*. :rotfl::lmao::rotfl:;)

    My apologies to Fran.;)

    Here's to a spectacular trip Alison. You both more than deserve it.
  5. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    Oh my goodness, this had me :rotfl2:

    Apparently Fran isn't the only shopper in your house! What about packing it in an insulated tote bag and then using ice at RPH if you need to? Still, playing the fridge for medical reasons sounds like a very good idea.

    I take it you were able to use the points in holding for DLR/GCV?

    This is why I've broken down and purchased the trip insurance.
  6. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

    Jul 9, 2002
    It IS hysterical. :rotfl2:

    ACDSNY Let the countdown begin!

    Jun 14, 2005
    Woo hoo it's finally going to happen! I'm still :rotfl2: over the Prime Rib.
  8. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

    Nov 15, 2009
    Wrong thread! :rotfl:

    I'd be happy to make you dinner whenever we can meet up, Fran will be there to supervise so there will be no flirting! :laughing: I sure hope that it pans out!

    Actually she's the one who taught me all about this! Until I met her I had never cooked a "big meat" except once I roasted a 9-10lb turkey on a Farberware rotissierie. You should have seen my first Prime Rib, totally raw! :rotfl: nuking guests pieces in the microwave they were so bloody!

    Now we have a schedule, early November get the turkeys for $.29/lb with $25 purchase limit one per guest (so both of us go), back in the day they were free with $75 purchase. Pre Christmas $.87/lb half hams (no limit) and $4.99/lb Prime Ribs with $25 purchase (limit two per person). The hams get us there as well as cat food, paper towels, toilet paper etc. Corned Beef is in March. I found out I still have 4-5 of those too! :scared1:

    Here was my score for Christmas Prime Rib this year. Except the three bone roast is already in the freezer.


    I've found that with only two of us, cutting the two bone roasts into single bone roasts (before freezing) we have the perfect amount for us and the cats for dinner. Technically they are just giant cowboy steaks, but if I roast them and cut it in half, we are each technically getting an end cut of Prime rib (or choice rib). The one I'm bringing to WDW is a 2 bone, so we'll get three meals out of it!

    If the fridge doesn't work that's exactly what I was thinking, and insulated bag and some ice. I mean I DO want the thing to thaw out, just not spoil in the process!

    We used most of those holding points at the VGC except for some that I threw in for a point rental. The renters were arriving on Aug 31 at about 2AM (technically Sept 1), but I threw in the 31st gratis with the 4-5 night rental in September since the points would have gone *poof* anyways.

    WHAT???? :confused3 And here you were talking about flying in to have dinner! :rotfl2:

    Hey! I think it's a great use of resources. :confused3 I mean think about it, doesn't everything freeze up at 30,000 feet? That's just another few hours of frozen storage and then it has two days to thaw out while relaxing at US?IOA! :laughing:
  9. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

    Jul 9, 2002
    Hysterically wonderful. ;) :laughing:
  10. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=

    Feb 28, 2007
    :woohoo: I'm in!

    Nice beef. :thumbsup2

    Your plans look great. Can't wait to live vicariously.
  11. Hawleys

    Hawleys DIS Veteran

    May 19, 2009
    Hold're CHECKING the roast?!?! What if your luggage gets lost! Why not take it in your carry on in an insulated bag with ice? We bring fresh fish from Seattle to Oakland that way all the time.

    Also, a huge hurrah that this trip may finally happen. :banana::banana::banana:

    And finally, subbing. :goodvibes
  12. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    Well, you might be at the freezing temp at 30K feet but then again, you could be in an air conditioned cargo hold and there is no way to know. Worst case you are at fridge temp. I'd wrap it with the frozen gel pack kind of ice sheets, stick it in a insulated tote and then in my luggage. And then yeah, you want it to thaw out but ideally not really start till you get it in the fridge at RPH. DVC is great about sticking cold stuff in the fridge right away even if your villa isn't ready, theoretically if it's still mostly frozen when you land, it'll defrost at RPH in the fridge (I'd definitely ask for one as you don't want it to spoil and refreshing the ice would be a total pita) and can go straight to the fridge at the villa.

    It is economical, I'm just cracking up. Between Jenny's giant bag of marshmallow fluff and all that, you both put me to shame in the food packing category!
  13. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=

    Feb 28, 2007
    I see nothing abnormal about packing a roast. :lmao: I also had 20+ bags of groceries and a full carry on full of food.

    Wow! When I see it in print, I feel a little proud. :woohoo:
  14. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

    Feb 8, 2010

    Holy Cow, Batman!!! That's a lot of meat!

    Enjoy. I look forward to seeing the food porn from this trip.
  15. nunzia

    nunzia You can't top pigs with pigs, but you CAN top Toys

    Oct 19, 2007
    Looking forward to it since we all just got our land legs back after the cruise report :) I really want to see Harry Potter also but since I hate flying Florida is far, far away. Looking forward to Harry opening (someday) at Universal CA. Wish the train went to WDW easier so until I figure out a way to visit I will live through your report. Hope it goes off without a hitch!
  16. TruBlu

    TruBlu DIS Veteran

    Mar 21, 2006
    I'm in! :thumbsup2 Anybody that travels with a suitcase full of meat has my full attention! :lmao:
  17. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

    Jul 9, 2002
    Me too! :yay:
  18. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

    Dec 25, 2007
    Checking in. Your plans sound great. I hope that everything will work out.

  19. dgbg100106

    dgbg100106 Missing the Tag Fiary

    Mar 24, 2008
    A little late But I am here!!!!
  20. Leshaface

    Leshaface DIS Veteran

    Dec 14, 2008
    I'm here, and you WILL make this trip happen!
  21. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

    Nov 15, 2009
    Thanks! Glad you could make it!

    I'd have to check it. Although it does add an extra 5-6 lbs to our already overpacked suitcases. :scratchin

    We can't fit it in our carry ons. Between the bag of meds, our computers, my "purse" and all that we barely make it on the plane. That reminds me I will have a question for you all later on purses/Dooney bags and how to pack carry ons....

    That's a good thing to consider! I will definitely pack it up good in an insulated bag with ice packs that are falling apart so that I can jetison them at the resort.

    You are definitely an overachiever! :thumbsup2 I couldn't carry on any more than our normal compliment though, it's hard enough to travel with our meds and other stuff, much less a roast! :rotfl2:

    Hey that's got to last us all of 2013! That's like one a month plus the last of the 2012 roasts. We ate one already and will eat the other in WDW!

    They have been rumoring that there will be a Harry Potter land in CA, wonder what part of the working studio they will demolish for that? Probably doesn't matter now since all the filming has been outsourced to Canada anyways. Fran has talked about driving to WDW, she likes road trips. Hope I can provide you some vicarious living! Yes I do hope that this goes off without a hitch!

    I can't believe what a topic of conversation my meat has become! I hope it lives up to it's glory! Glad to have you aboard!

    I know you love the food porn! :)

    Thanks! Glad to have you here!

    Better late than never! We haven't even broken out the germ killer yet!

    Thanks, today it seems even more like it's happening than yesterday. I'm glad I started this Pre Trip report! The moral support is helping. I have a few more ideas to help get me in the spirit. I hope I have the time (in addition to finishing my Destination D trip report!) :rolleyes1

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