The Mad May DIS Moderator Trip to Orlando, May 24-31 PROLOGUE Hard Rock/Dolphin

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  1. Robinrs

    Robinrs DIS Veteran

    Sep 7, 1999
    Cast of Characters: Me, Robinrs aka Cheapskate, 45yo kid in Disguise
    Michael, 8yo Adult in Disguise

    Trip #6 to Paradise in less than 2 years!


    Well I became a Moderator for the Community Board back in October 2000, one of the best days of my internet life! Shortly after that I found out that Pete Werner, the founder of this wonderful site, was giving a party for the moderators at his home in May of 2001, which sounded like a million years away.

    I had gone to Orlando the month before and attended a DIS meet at the ESPN Zone on the Boardwalk. I took the Friendship boat to the Boardwalk from MGM. It was a beautiful dusky September night. I was staying at the All Star Music. It was that night that I decided if I go BROKE, I was staying in that area in May.

    Yeah, right...

    Well, Cheapskate checked out the rack rates on the Boardwalk. :earseek: Okay, maybe not. Then I tried the Yacht and Beach club. :earseek: Oh, No! Next..

    How about the Swan and Dolphin? :D

    Yikes... :earseek: :earseek:

    Oh well, nevermind. :(

    It was about that time when my dear email buddy, and great Budget partner NancyIL told me about someone who called himself SwanDolphin on the Resort Board. By then he had gotten himself quite a following and there were posts upon posts thanking this incredible man for instituting great discounts at the S/D.

    Could he perhaps, help me???? :p

    Hey, it wouldn't hurt to ASK!

    So, ask I did. :D

    I got up the cajones to ask the very mysterious SwanDolphin to please email me.

    To my SHOCK he replied almost immediately. :bounce: (I still have the email filed!)

    Before I knew it, I, me, the hard-working, heavy laden, single Mom from Brooklyn, was actually staying in that GORGEOUS area I thought I could only dream about at the Dolphin! WoooooHOOOOOOO! :bounce: :bounce:

    But wait... :o

    I also had a birthday trip for Michael set up for January. We were staying at the Holiday Inn Family Suites. Well, needless to say, this hotel is MADE for kids and parents with their incredible kid's suites. I was thrilled to have my own room to myself, especially not being stuck looking at HIS shows when I was trying to get some rest. All the way back home, Micheal begged to go back to the HIFS.

    But I already had the reservation for the Dolphin.

    What's a Dolphin to an 8yo? Compared to a room with a Nintendo and bunk beds, that cool looking hotel with the fish on top of it was losing it's appeal... :rolleyes:

    So whoyagonnacall?


    I crawled humbly to the feet of the MAN, and winced and asked for a suite at the Dolphin. Then I ducked. I just knew he was going to hit me with a number that would send me reeling... or worse, yet...

    DISOWN ME... :(

    Well, thank you, God, he did NEITHER. :D

    He emailed me in his laughing, funny way and told me he'd take care of me. The rate was much more but I figured it would be worth it to have more room...

    I HAD NO IDEA HOW MUCH MORE ROOM.... :earseek:

    Fast forward...

    A few months after being a mod for the Community Board I somehow inherited the Universal/IOA board (yay YAY). I got an email which I filed also, asking me if I would mind (MIND???) and I thought, GREAT!

    Now, I need to go check out the new stuff at Universal, especially the new Hard Rock Hotel and it's Front of the Line access system, hereby referred to as FOTLt became at one point the ONE AND ONLY subject on the board and I knew in order to keep up I had to get down there.

    Tried the hotel.. SOLD OUT! :( They had rooms at the Portofino but the rates were outrageous! Remember the reaction I had to the Boardwalk and the Y&B Club... yes, folks, I have champagne tastes and a beer budget. But I always find a way.... :cool:

    On the board someone mentioned had a good deal on the Hard Rock. I checked on my dates and VOILA, they had them and they had them for WAY less than the rack rate. NOT as little as the Entertainment rate, but a good deal nonetheless. And the best part was that I paid upfront, which I was used to from my Priceline days, so I didn't have to worry about paying for the hotel at the end of my stay.

    So my May trip was set. May 24th-26th at the Hard Rock, May 26th to 31st at the Dolphin. Pete's Party was on the 26th. I got my car set up from the National Emerald Aisle, got my air transportation from Airtran, all set up on the internet. In fact the entire trip was set up on the web... all this from a woman who first laid eyes on the internet in last 1998 and had to be taught how to use a mouse by her son! :rolleyes: HAIL HAIL the information superhighway!! :bounce:

    Stay tuned for Part 1.. when we ACTUALLY make it to Orlando... eventually... does ANYONE have the email for Airtran's customer service dept???
  2. Cindy B

    Cindy B <font color=blue>Have taken some furniture polish

    Oct 8, 2000
    very funny robin... I am the budget queen myself...

    I have a hard time even justifying flying..

    THe Dolphin, how nice...
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  4. kathymc

    kathymc <font color=indigo><font color=teal>Dances in the

    Oct 4, 1999
    I was wondering when you were going to post your reports - I followed the link from the CB

    Can't wait to hear about the suite and whether or not it is up to par for Michael ;)
  5. mofred

    mofred Proud to be an American

    Aug 1, 2000
    You have a Knack for storytelling!

    On to part 2!
  6. Disney Debbie

    Disney Debbie <font color=deeppink>Survivor<br><font color=blue>

    Mar 25, 2000
    Great set up Robin!
  7. WebmasterBarry

    WebmasterBarry DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 1999
    Thanks for the funny romp! :)
  8. NancyIL

    NancyIL DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    Way to go, Robin! Your reports are always so much fun to read!!
  9. fboy9287

    fboy9287 DIS Veteran

    Feb 17, 2001
    i think you should write a book. i really like storys about fishyies!
  10. ceb29

    ceb29 Mouseketeer

    Jan 6, 2000
    Robin: You have me sooooo psyched about our trip to HRH at the end of the month!! Thanks:p
  11. glo

    glo <font color=green>"Has a heart bigger then all of

    Aug 18, 1999
    WOW!!! Robin what a great prologue! I can't wait to read the rest. Going now!
  12. Molokai Gram

    Molokai Gram <font color=green>DIS Veteran<br><font color=magen

    Oct 12, 1999
    Finally I am reading trip reports. It happens every time I take a trip. I stop reading reports for about 3 months ... and then I give in to my addiction again. Strange. But I am glad I get to read yours...after all your trip reports are what started me on the DIS!

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