Pixie Dust, or Pixie MOUNTAIN? A Grand (Roy) Disney Sept.'18 TR*Jan. trip update 2/15

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  1. ariane37

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    He was definitely brilliant Sat. night when he had this idea :laughing:

    Once again, I am sure at least 2 of the females you live with with agree, I AM totally right :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

    DIS Dad comes up with name for ice cream chain, DIS Mom comes up with new outfit for Jasmine :rotfl:

    Well we ARE, but we're also supposed to slyly PRETEND that a couple things aren't 100% for us. It gets easier to do the older you get lol.

    True story :hug:

    I hope the food knocks his socks off and they hit the people sitting up our butts in the face!

    I'm a little excited to do the Animation Academy again and paint my 6 squares on the mural lol. No festival food though! Maybe a drink or two and by that I mean a bloody mary or two. I'd LOVE to do 2 F&G visits, we did 2 last year! Don't see it in the cards though as I don't see Steve suggesting a March visit after last month and this month, April is a bit busy for us, and then I have our EPIC March visit followed buy my work cruise. I have one F&W trip already but maybe I can hope for another???

    You know now that I think about it, maybe I'd call the awesome GF slippers I got from the Roy suite "room slippers" :snooty:

    So we had the Antipasti Trio which was Arancini, Mozzerella Caprese and Proscuitto, then I had ravioli and Steve had chicken parm. Everything was delicious! The only thing that could have been better; Steve's chicken was on the thick side and he prefers it thinner. Sauce was tasty, ravioli was awesome, app was great. Bread good with oil, drinks really good, the inside of the restaurant is really cool. We did look at the menu for the lounge after we ate and we definitely want to try that out, too!

    Ha ha I do! Relaxing trip last month, busy one this month, in between in May :goodvibes

    Ugh I believe it :headache: I have a number of clients looking to go away spring break. Whether it's an AI or Disney or somewhere else in the U.S., prices are reasonable until we add air and then it goes out the window! Airlines suck and totally gauge you during holidays, especially spring break.

    :thanks:
     
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    That's happened to us more than once! I did have to move like 5 appts. but luckily nothing overly important that couldn't wait a few days :goodvibes


    It's even worse when the boys are with us :rolleyes:

    Thank you :hug: I'll fill you in!

    Oooh when's your bday? Hey Aug. is 6 months from now so you're going for your half-birthday :goodvibes:goodvibes

    Well, I won't be able to tell you yet because we just switched to POFQ :blush: Steve just wasn't feeling CBR so he checked tonight and FQ was availalable, king room, so that's where we'll be! It's been about 5 years since we last stayed there and originally we were staying there last month before switching to BC, so I'm looking forward to it.

    Well, now we're back at French Quarter which is NOT new to us, although it's been 5 years :) Steve wasn't thrilled with CBR but I'll get there someday! You can do DVC resorts without owning though! We've stayed at most. Other than 2 of the all stars here's what I have left:
    Contemporary
    CBR
    POR
    Boulder Ridge although since I've stayed on the Copper Creek side and numerous times at WL and will be back as many more times as possible since it's my fave, I consider the entire resort as one and don't technically need to stay at BRV to complete my list :thumbsup2

    Awesome! I loved the ambiance. The food wasn't the best Mexican we'd ever had but it was still good, plus I can get my Avocado Margarita there :drinking1 I hope you enjoy it!

    I guess in man terms it's not suggesting it :faint:
     
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  4. Tracy161

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  5. SweetSerenity

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    How exciting about your spontaneous birthday trip! My birthday is close to yours. Wish we were going for mine! Happy early birthday!
     
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  6. kittylady1972

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    Ah...I love the idea of the quick birthday trip for you. Really makes me miss my Annual Pass. I shared the video this morning of Kevin at AK and told my family I want to go back. My DH responded that I'm sure he'll still be there...in TWO YEARS. Ugh. I hope he means one since I'm definitely considering returning in 2020.
     
  7. StarWarsMomofGirls!

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    I feel like I am surprisingly chipping away at this as well. But I don't think that I will ever get to all of the deluxe resorts. I actually liked CBR. We will be there right after you of course... The SpyGlass Grill sounds like some yummy breakfast options that I am looking forward to trying out.

    Ha!

    Interesting... I kind of what to try it! I know, it gets tons of bad reviews. But I think it would be fun to eat in there.

    OMG!!!! We did the one in HS long long ago. And I framed them and hung them in the hall but we lost Gwen's somewhere along the way. I wonder if we could make one on the day we arrive. I would love to do it again and get updated versions, and you know, one for Gwen...

    This is really why I try to make 1 sit down reservation a day. It forces us to sit and relax and we know we will eat at least one good meal. Otherwise we go go go, and get hangry!
     
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  8. buzzrelly

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    That's awesome! :banana:

    I love Yachtsman's but haven't been since 2013. After Kari's review I definitely need to go back!

    Yay! So exciting!

    Makes perfect sense ::yes::

    Nice Stitch pic! I wish they would leave a permanent drawing class somewhere. Clearly, we all love to do it :-)

    What the???:confused3
     
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  9. kittylady1972

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    So if all goes well...and I don't change my mind...I just MIGHT be in Orlando next week also, but just for ONE NIGHT ONLY. We may fly out on Wed. 2/20 and fly home the evening of 2/21 and we would be doing the Universal parks only...no Disney parks. We'll see if this all works out as we have a few things to solidify first, but I just totally need some warmth and sun, even if only for a day.

    So NIX all of that...we are now looking at maybe going over the weekend of Feb. 23rd instead because the flights for 2/20 and 2/21 went up in price.

    We'll see.
     
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  10. KathyM2

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    Agreed. Only reason to watch, and here in Canada we don't even get to see some of the good American ads.

    I have always wanted to do this and missed it when it was at DHS.

    I would love to do this, not sure if I will have time!

    Damn...I know you changed it...wish it wasn't so lol. But I get it lol
     
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  11. ariane37

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    Three days until Disney! Weather looks decent, Stepson #2 is stopping over tomorrow to get his directions lol. I started packing lightly tonight. Really getting excited, work has been crazy and I need a break!
    I've also been making some more plans for our EPIC Girls' Trip in May. @Jenny Sanders was kind enough to not only book the Up Close With Rhinos tour for herself, her DH Joe, and me, but she booked breakfast for us at BOG and WCC. Since I spend so much time making plans for clients I never get around to doing mine until last minute, so I appreciate her taking over my schedule :laughing: Super excited for the tour, too! Next up will be fastpasses in a few weeks. I'll be making most of them with my sister from another mister Kari @kastoney , the awesome Kelly @buzzrelly , and of course Jenny and Joe!

    I left off contemplating Uniqlo's decision to make slippers into room shoes; I forgot to mention that before lunch we caught a high school jazz band playing on the rotunda stage. They were awesome, they played War, Edgar Winter, and more of "my" music.
    After dropping our purchases back at the Beach Club we headed to Magic Kingdom, our last park of the trip. We did have fastpasses but got there early enough to do something else first, something Steve occasionally asks to do but I kind of avoid; HoP. It's been years since I did this; we did it with the kids once but neither really remember, and the kids AND Steve always confuse it with the American Adventure over in Epcot :sad2:
    It's amazing how certain Presidents really look spot-on while others look downright scary. I did take a couple pictures in the lobby for my mom, who has worked at the county Girl Scout Council for over 20 years:

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    She loves anything oldie GS related and they have Lou Henry Hoover's old leader uniform and pins in there. Neat!

    We used a couple FP's in Frontierland and Adventureland; we were making our way out of Frontierland when I heard some tinkling music......wait, I know that sound! I heard it before! On a visit last year with my good friend and fellow TA Cathy, I heard the same music and booked it back over towards the Country Bears because I knew this hoedown would be happening and some of my buddies would be out!

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    Of course no meet and greets and really no pictures except for the lucky guests they pluck from the audience, but I was happy just watching my Br'er bros and their friends. Before leaving the area we picked up Deez Nutz :D

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    We had dinner coming up in a bit but also needed something sugary and crunchy in between lol.

    Eventually we said "see ya real soon" (but I had no idea HOW soon!) and we hopped the monorail for our dinner. I went with the still unknown to all of you pretty much best meal we'd had back in November with the boys, and booked Narcoossees for our final dinner. This was a double plus because although we wouldn't end the night in a park, I could watch HEA from there and I love watching from their deck. Dinner was spectacular, again!!!! Yup we both had the cheesecake. Shortly before 9 a bunch of us bundled up and went out on the deck for the fireworks:

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    Some really cool folks had brought the sheets off their beds and spread them out ON THE ROCKS RIGHT AT THE EDGE OF THE WATER BY THE BOAT DOCK to watch HEA. I kept waiting for a CM to tell them to get their stupid butts out of there but nobody did; I mean their legs were probably 5 feet from the water although they were up on an incline a bit. A BIT.

    We had to leave early the next morning, ME got us at 7:30, so that's it for January! It was another excellent albeit rather frigid trip, I am looking forward to warmer temps next week. Thanks for letting me do a TR within a TR!
     
  12. ariane37

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    :thanks: and Happy Birthday to you too! So excited to spend my actual birthday there :goodvibes I came close 5 years ago, we did a 10 day trip but left 2 days before my birthday. Which was also cool being down there right around it but this will be even better!

    I'm hoping I can see him next Wed. when we go to AK.

    Oh, that's a big NO :sad2:

    You never know! Awhile back I doubted we'd ever stay at the GF; then when I became a TA I thought, "Hmm, might happen". And it did, even better than I expected the stay to be lol. I also didn't really think we'd stay at Pop and that happened, so never say never!

    We didn't hate it or think it was bad, it just wasn't anything special compared to Mexican by us except for the Avocado marg :drinking1 It was cool being by the volcano though, but not so cool almost being in the laps of our neighbors lol. However I love Mexican and want something more than the QS there even though I love that also, so we're giving it another shot! Steve doesn't even know yet because he hasn't asked where we're eating :laughing:

    You should make the effort!!! They'll have so much fun, it doesn't start until 3 or 3:30 though and lines can get long so whatever time you want to do it, get there at least 30 minutes before. It goes every 30 minutes until like 7 or so.

    ::yes:: Yeah well, people loving something usuall equals them getting rid of it..................

    We originally were looking to go for my bday instead of in January, but airfare around the 20th was crazy. Luckily when we looked last weekend it had gone down a decent amount but yeah, in general being around a holiday it can suck. I hope next weekend works for you, my fingers are crossed!

    I'm sure you'll be happy at CBR, pictures I've seen look great and all the food options now sound delicious! Steve just wasn't feeling it and I did like POFQ when we stayed, and I like the idea of beignets :banana:
     
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    How fun! I've not caught this myself. Nor have I taken Mike into CBJ. I think we'll have to check it out next trip :thumbsup2

    Gorgeous view! Why the heck would they allow people to sit on those rocks?? We don't need another tragedy to happen :sad2:
     
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  14. suse66

    suse66 Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!

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    Awesome news!! Steve gets major points for that idea!


    Mmmmm, dreaming of those onion rolls and roasted garlic!!

    Y&Y is always yummy!

    That is what I like to call selective hearing, my lovely DH is also guilty of this even though he would deny it, lol!

    So fun to get to buy for a little girl after having boys!

    I love the artifacts in the HoP lobby.

     
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    :hyper::hyper::hyper:

    I'm SO jealous!!! I briefly tried a couple nights ago to see if I could pull it off... :rolleyes1 But, alas, I think I need to focus on graduating and plan a trip for the summer :sad2: :laughing: Darn school. I can't wait until I don't have to plan my life/Disney trips around it starting in May!!!

    Ariane, you're speaking my language... as you so often do! ;) ::yes::

    No, thank you! :laughing: Will we have the pleasure of another TR within a TR after next week? ;)
     
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    You are very welcome!!!! It was my pleasure!!! Don't forget Flying Fish for dinner Sunday night!!!!!8-)

    Looking forward to coordinating our fast Passes!!!
     
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    I def think I want to try. And that is next Friday!!!!! Woo Hoo!! I am getting so excitied!

    Might need to put it on my Summer list...

    Have a great trip. Tell Mickey we are coming!!!!
     
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    Love it and I'm sure you'll need to repeat it at least once or twice during your trip :rotfl:

    YUM two of my favorites perfect choices for the birthday girl ::yes::

    I don't blame you :drinking1

    YES!!!!!!

    YES!!!!!!! If I had a nickel for every time during our 31 years of marriage I heard " you never told me that " I could buy DVC

    Glad you liked this place hoping to try it soon
    Beautiful and perfect ending to your trip pixiedust:
     
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    I read through this whole thing yesterday. Amazingly, as late as I am, I didn't miss the end of the trip! I had a great time catching up with your trips/life over the past few months and seeing the story behind some of the things I've seen on Facebook. I showed my DH your suite pictures and he officially hates y'all. :laughing:

    Happy (early) birthday and I hope your upcoming trip goes fabulously! Though, after the pixie dust of September, I'm sure all future trips will have massive shoes to fill.
     
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    Your granddaughter is so sweet! I hope you get lots of chance to be with her. :)

    It will be a lot warmer than your January trip. We will miss you by two days. We arrive on Feb 23rd and are really looking forward to warm weather. It is snowing here right now.

    I really like to eat there for lunch but Dana doesn't particularly care for it. I love Mexican food, too. :)

    That is reason enough to plan a last minute trip. ::yes::

    We did an Animation class at DHS and when the artist asked if anyone in t he class knew who Stitch was, no one raised their hand. I've never seen the cartoon and I guess I'm not the only one. But he does look fun to draw.

    My sister lived in Japan for a short time when her husband was there for his job. They went to dinner at a Japanese home one night and everyone takes their shoes off and puts on "room shoes" (slippers) when they enter a home. They have a separate set of "room shoes" to change into when using the bathroom. She forgot to change into the bathroom slippers, which did not go over well with the hosts. :)

    We really like POR. It is the only moderate resort we have stayed at and we have enjoyed all three visits.

    I hope you are able to do your New Years Eve trip. I think it would be fun to be there for the fireworks.
     
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    Yeah I loved POFQ for the beignets too and also its small size. I'm sure for this short solo trip CBR will be just fine though!
     

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