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Monday morning and we still had several things we wanted to do at the Magic Kingdom, & our afternoon/evening plan was for Disney’s Hollywood Studios with dinner at the Hollywood Brown Derby. Here’s a plan, we’ll take a Friendship over to the Studios and get fast passes for Toy Story Midway Mania; then catch a bus to the Magic Kingdom.
It started well, caught a boat without much wait and made it to the Studios. Went and got FP’s for Toy Story Midway Mania (they were for mid-afternoon), crowds weren’t too bad so we started to rethink our plans and considered staying at DHS but decided to stick with the plan and head to MK for Jason’s haircut.
We walked out of the park and went to the Contemporary/Poly/Grand Floridian bus stop. The Contemporary Resort is right next to the Magic Kingdom and you can walk or take the monorail from there. Very quick and easy. There was a bus at the stop next to us headed for the TTC (Ticket & Transportation Center) We wanted to avoid dealing with the longer lines there (everyone from offsite visiting the MK goes thru the TTC), so when the Bus Driver offered us a ride there, we declined. We waited for a Contemporary bus, and waited and waited and waited. Then a bus manager came by and told us that we needed to get in the TTC bus line because they don’t run regular resort busses from the park that early–guess they don’t expect too many people to leave the park at 10am. That other TTC bus that offered us a ride had left 15 minutes before this. UGH! Another 5-10 minutes later and we got a bus to the TTC. Once at the TTC we decided to take the monorail, the “express monorail” (direct to MK) had HUGE lines, we walked past those to the resort monorail. Walked right up to the platform and 2 minutes later a monorail pulled up we walked on and were on our way. 2 quick stops at the Poly & GF and then we were at the Magic Kingdom!
Our plan to run to DHS real quick and then to MK was a little longer than we had expected. It was 11:15am by the time we got to MK and we had left the Beach Club around 9am. We lost a good bit of time waiting for the bus; but we did get the fast passes for Toy Story and that ride has a habit of running out of FP’s and long wait times, so all in all I think it was worth it.
After a restful night’s sleep, we awoke to the phone ringing. It was our wake up call. We got ready quickly and met our group in the lobby. Our 1st stop of the day: Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. It was time for some delicious food. We all ate like we had never eaten before, then spent some time with Minnie Mouse, Goofy & Donald Duck. After breakfast I visited with Art the Greeter real quick –don’t know Art? He’s been mentioned on Samantha Brown’s Disney travel special. Check him out, he’s a wonderful man! — Where was I? Oh yes, after talking to Art we toured a recently refurbished room at the Beach Club. Very very nice!
Back on to our bus and we were on our way to Port Canaveral! WHOO! We were all excited! Some had been on multiple Disney Cruises, others only cruised on other lines and a few had never cruised before. I had cruised once before, long long ago in a galaxy far ….that’s not right. It was almost 18 years ago when Jon & I sailed on Premiere Cruise Lines Big Red Boat for our honeymoon. Almost long enough ago to be in the “never cruised before” category. Anyways, we did a little training on the bus, then sat back and watched the video that all of the guests using DCL transportation watch and 75 minutes later we arrived.
Detail. Attention to detail is something that Disney does better than anyone else. Even though the terminal is owned by the Port, Disney touch & detail is all over it. When you go inside, look at the floor. You will “leave” Florida and “enter” the Caribbean Islands. They’re all there. The model ship in the middle of the terminal is hard to miss, and you shouldn’t! All of us got checked in for the cruise and then our group received permission to board early for our tour of the ship. I know it’s considered a “small” ship compared to some other cruise lines, but we toured from top to bottom, forward to aft, port to starboard. By the end we had seen every category of stateroom cabin, the children’s clubs, the pools, and just about everything in between and I was exhausted! We finished just as families started boarding for their vacations.
It had been several hours since we had eaten breakfast (although we worked that off on the stairs) so we had our 1st meal on the ship at Beach Blanket Buffet. I remember the chilled strawberry mint soup (similar to 1900 Park Fare), my Bahama Mama sail away special drink of the day and the sun shining on us. Unfortunately that’s one of the few times on the trip that I remember the sun shining L
Around 1:30pm we were able to go to our stateroom. It was really nice! I will say after seeing all of them, our Category 6 stateroom was a little bigger but the lower priced staterooms were nice too. We were in 5648; Deck 5 starboard side all the way aft. There was 1 room after hours and that was it. Our luggage arrived a few minutes after we did. We changed into our bathing suits and headed out for the sail away party.
This is an Agent Education Program (sort of a continuing education program) the unusual thing with this trip is that I’m not planning it. It’s not just unusual, it’s downright weird! No ADR’s, no deciding on which resort or when to go. Disney made all the decisions, I just had to sign up for the program.
On Wednesday I will get up early (yuck!) and drive to Disney (YAY!) Why drive to Orlando? Charlotte is a great place to fly through, but too expensive to fly out of most of the time. 8-8 1/2 hours later I’ll check into Animal Kingdom Lodge where we will stay for the night. A couple of site visits/training in the afternoon, then a Welcome dinner at Epcot followed by an Illuminations Dessert Party at the United Kingdom terrace! – I love Illuminations and I love dessert, so I’m pretty excited about this part of the evening! If I’m lucky, I might be able to grab a Grand Marnier Slushie before the night is over!!
Thursday we’ll have breakfast at Cape May Cafe and tour the Beach Club Resort before heading to the port. The next 3 nights we’ll be on the Disney Wonder, with stops in Nassau & Castaway Cay! I’m looking forward to trying all of the restaurants (except Palo, I have promised Jon that I’ll wait to go there with him) and of course reporting back here on the food! I’m excited about the shows, and the pools and Castaway Cay……and everything!
After we pull back in on Sunday morning, I’ll go back to Animal Kingdom Lodge and then drive home–unless I can catch up with MickeyNicki. Then I’ll be having breakfast at Boma or trying a frozen Chai at Animal Kingdom.
That’s the plan.
Again, I love this 2BR villa! We get up, make the coffee, shower/dress, sit on the couch watch the news while we drink our coffee….and the kids continue to sleep. The weather forecast is calling for a greater chance of storms this afternoon. Do we go wake the kids up and get moving? Should we let them sleep? What if we just wake up DS, since he’s the one that really wants to go to Typhoon Lagoon? Maybe we should just have DH & DS go? Too many questions without enough coffee! Dinner is at 6:30pm, maybe we should push that back to later so we’ll have time to go to Typhoon Lagoon. No problem, called and changed our Advanced Dining Reservation to 8pm. DS finally got up after 10am and wasn’t really ready to get moving. We finally decided that it’s unlikely we would get enough time to enjoy Typhoon Lagoon and that we would save it (and the money ) for the next trip. Unfortunately, Typhoon Lagoon is always closed for refurb when we come down in December, so it might need to wait till next June. The one thing that we have decided is that it will be scheduled for the first day (or so) of the trip and not the last, so we won’t be too tired.
DD finally woke up, but just wanted to read her book, so DH, DS & I headed to High Rock Springs pool. DH & I enjoyed a cocktail and read our books by the pool while DS had fun going down the slide. We grabbed lunch from Artist Palette and ate by the pool. DS had the cheese flatbread and I had the roasted vegetable flatbread, both were very good! It started to rain while we were at the pool (good thing we had a table with an umbrella) we played in the pool in the rain for a bit, I even went down the slide. The sky started to look a little scarier, so we thought it would be a good time to head over closer to our room. Told DD to meet us at the Grandstand Pool, by the time she was ready, we were walking back to the room. We all changed and headed to Downtown Disney to do some shopping before going to dinner.
We had to get Mickey rice crispy treats, pretzels, and marshmallows at Goofys Candy store. I got my Christmas ornaments (learned last December to get them before they run out) and wandered around for a little while. We were all getting hungry and tired and decided to catch a bus for Yacht Club. Wouldn’t you know we arrive at the Yacht Club around 6:20. Good thing we moved our dinner ADR to 8pm! We walk up to Yachtsman and tell them our little story, the girl looks at us and then gives us a pager. DD notices that she writes “long story” next to our name on the reservation book.
We were seated right after our 1st ADR time. Sadly, I really wasn’t in the mood for a drink, so we all ordered sodas. We started by sharing 2 appetizers: the Seared Maine Diver Scallops and the assortment of artisan cheeses. The scallops were incredible! they were huge, cooked perfectly! They came on a frisee & Shtake mushroom salad with a warm bacon vinagrette. I could have licked the plate it was so good. I don’t remember which cheeses were on the cheese plate, but they were very good. The bread came out about the same time as the appy’s. I love good bread and it came with a little dish of incredible whole cloves of roasted garlic. Ohhhh, yum! A little butter and a clove of garlic spread on the bread. Then it was time to order our entrees. DS had known for months that he was having the filet (we ordered it with the winesauce on the side) DD decided to try the NY Strip served with peppercorn brandy sauce and potato gratin with Diamond white cheddar. DH decided to go with the Ribeye served with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and Red Wine Butter and I couldn’t make up my mind. I love ribeyes, but that’s what I always order when we go out for steak, so I decided to have the filet mignon with mashed potatoes and a red wine sauce. All were fantastic! DD loved hers, and the potato gratin was very very good. She ate every last bite and then helped her brother finish his mashed potatos. DH seemed to enjoy his meal, all I know for sure is his plate was pretty clean. DS & I both enjoyed our filets. The redwine sauce was very good, but a good thing that we ordered it on the side for DS since it was a little too strong for his taste. DH & I ordered coffee after dinner while we decided what we wanted for dessert. Nothing on the dessert menu was really hitting us since we were so full.
|Kitchen Sink – 8 scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee and mint chocolate chip, smothered in every topping we have $21.99|
Oh Dear Lord, here it comes!
Up close as we dive in
This is good!
We did pretty good
Wow, this was something! 8 scoops of icecream with 4 people doesn’t sound too ridiculous, it’s when you put the whole can of whipped cream; jar of marachino cherries; marshmallow topping; strawberry; pineapple; peanut butter; hot fudge; butterscotch; chocolate syrup; bananas; sprinkles; anglefood cake; oreos; candied orange slice; bundt cake and chocolate & peanut butter morsels. YIKES!
It was around 10pm by the time we rolled out of Beaches & Cream. We made our way to the boat dock figuring it would be easiest to catch a boat to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and then a bus to Saratoga Springs Resort. It was a pretty good plan, except that since Epcot had been closed for an hour there were very few boats running, so we had to wait for a bit. Still completely full from dinner & dessert, we made it back to our villa without incident.
To make life a little easier when we get to our real world home, I finished up some laundry. Tomorrow is the sad day that we pack and head home. Tomorrows plan is to pack and load the truck up. Maybe play some mini golf and get on the road late afternoon. We’re not planning to get home until Sunday.
DH, DS & I headed up to Artist Palette for breakfast before the cab picked us up to take us to the golf course. Here’s DS at breakfast–looking like your typical golfer. He was actually a little nervous about showing up at the golf course with a blue mohawk, thinking they might not let him play. Let me just say that the staff at Magnolia was incredible and they told him he was the coolest, baddest guy out on the course that day!
Usually we drive to the golf courses, but for this trip we decided to drop our clubs at Lake Buena Vista’s club house this time and let them transfer the clubs and take the free taxi to the courses. Taxi came in no time flat and when we got to Magnolia our clubs were waiting for us, already on the carts. Just gotta mention how much we love our Disney Vacation Club Golf Membership! We got it last June (where it paid for itself the first day), used it again in December and now on this trip. I can’t play for my home course for $39 after 10am, so to play a resort course as beautiful as Magnolia for that price is just amazing! It was a very warm round of golf; Ok, it was darn right hot, but it was a beautiful day. Just wish I could say the same about my golf game. DS actually played very well and managed to hit perfectly into the famous Mickey bunker on #6
A beautiful sandshot out of Mickey’s ear
I was surprised that we didn’t see as much wildlife as we usually do. As sunny & hot as it was, we didn’t see a single gator. Lot’s of wild turkeys roaming around though. All in all it was a great day out playing golf . We headed back to the villa to shower & change before our dinner Advanced Dining Reservation at Planet Hollywood.
Advanced Dining Reservation is at 4:45, we can catch a bus, take the boat or walk. Looking at the sky, we decide the bus is the safest plan. By the time the bus got to Congress Park it was getting dark, when we got to the Market Place bus stop it was starting to rain. I kept hoping that it wasn’t raining at West Side yet, but no luck with that! We get off the bus and seek shelter in the bus stop. It’s not raining, it’s a full out monsoon! We look at the sky to see if it’s going to stop soon, uh huh, this is one big storm. Allright, everyone ready set run. That didn’t work. To say that we were drenched, would be an understatement. We waited outside under the PH roof, hoping to dry off a little before going inside the freezer known as Planet Hollywood. The wind was blowing so much that we were still getting wet, so we braved the A/C and went in. We were seated immediately (right on time for our ADR). We had a pretty good dinner. DH loves the LA Lasagna, DD decided to try salmon (even though she hasn’t liked salmon any other time she’s had it), so I played safe and got the fettucinne alfredo (that I knew she’d like) DS got the kids pizza. Meals were pretty good, only issue was the rice with the salmon was waaaay over cooked, dry & crunchy. Other than that, I enjoyed DD’s salmon very much and she enjoyed “my” fettucine. The boy’s both got the banana split creme brulee, and DD & I shared the brownie sundae. Those are good desserts! By the time we finished dinner, the rain had finally stopped. We all needed to go back to the room and change before heading to Epcot for Extra Magic Hours. We almost decided to skip the park, but figured after the storm we just had that everyone would’ve left. Wrong again.
Crowds were pretty heavy when we got to Epcot. We rode Figment, then went to watch Illuminations. We watched from between the boat dock & Mexico. As soon as it was over we booked it over to Test Track. WOW the wait was ridiculous and no Fast Passes. We hopped in the single rider line real quick while that wait was still at 20min. After that we saw Honey I shrunk the Audience and then wandered around World Showcase for awhile. We stopped in Norway and I finally got to get schoolbread! We were still to full to eat so we got 3 schoolbreads and a couple other things to take back to the room. The crowds had not thinned out, and it wasn’t even relaxing to stroll around, so we headed out. No sense getting frustrated with the waits when everyone is tired and DD was wearing out.
Didn’t get much done, but I did get to see Illuminations (my favorite) and we got school bread!
Plans (here we go again) for tomorrow are Boma breakfast, Brown Derby Dinner and Studios EMH. Wish us luck!
The valet pulls my truck around front and DH & I are off to play our “home course”, LBV (Lake Bueana Vista Golf Course at Saratoga Springs Resort). We had really wanted to play here in June, but they closed the course a couple of weeks before our trip to redo the greens & tee boxes. So now we get to play on a brand new course. It’s a very pretty course, I wish my golf game matched it. The cousre starts at Saratoga Springs Resort, winds thru Old Key West Resort and even comes up by Port Orleans Resort.
Let’s just say what little ability/talent I do have, seems to have been on vacation today. The only good hole was the one I was most scared of. There is a beautiful par 3, Island Green (#6 or 7) I have a mental block when it comes to water on the golf course, I usually tend to land in it. Disney Magic time! I clear the water ……….. and land in the sand trap short of the green ……but the Disney Magic came back and I had a great shot out of the sand with a short putt for par. I don’t get many pars when I play, so this was a good hole!
Shortly after this, the entire week caught up with me. OMG, I was so tired, so sore, so completely drained of energy. I don’t know how I made it through the rest of the round. The golf wasn’t pretty, but at least the course was. Here’s a view of Saratoga Springs Resort from the course:
It was a great morning; the weather was fantastic, the course was beautiful and the company was perfect.
The kids seemed to be having a good time. Throughout our golf round we got text messages and pictures of where they were. They rode Test Track (again) Mission Space Orange, Soarin’, Maelstrom & Grand Fiesta Tour (boat ride in Mexico, better but still not good) on their way back to Boardwalk Villas they stopped at the Beach Club and got themselves lunch at Hurricane Hannah’s, then hung out at BWV’s Community Hall.
We all met back at the room around 3:30pm and headed down to Luna pool. Today was our warmest day so I had promised we could go to the pool and they could tryout the Scary Clown Slide. I managed to make it to the hot tub and hoped that a Captain’s Mai Tai would make me feel better … It helped a little . DH & the kids tried out the slide and said it was “ok”. We were all surpised at how small the pool actually was, from the walkway & pictures it had looked bigger . The Luna hot tub is bigger than the quiet pools’, but wasn’t as hot. It was more like a “warm tub” which wasn’t all that enjoyable for me.
Dad called to let me know they made it back home. Their flight had been delayed out of Sanford, so getting up so early was for nothing. Unfortunately Jackies cat was sick when they got home and a family friend has passed away so as soon as they got back, they were at the vet and the funeral home for the visitation. Not the best way to end a vacation, but he said they had a wonderful time with us at Disney.
We all went back to the room to rest and change before dinner. Tonight we’re going back to Cape May Cafe, this time for their Clam Bake (yum!)
Next up: Our last night at the world
I had watched the weather for weeks, up to the day we left and never were 30′s in the forecast, so all I packed were a few sweatshirts and a golf windbreaker for myself. Talked to Dad and told him that breakfast was at 10:20, so they should leave SSR by 9:20. Take a bus to the Studios and then get on the boat that we rode on yesterday to Boardwalk Villas and we’ll meet you there. Well, in their defense it had been really dark when we were on the boat Sunday and they were tired. At 10am Dad calls and says they can’t find the boat they’ve looked all around in the park and can’t find it. “Ok, Dad where are you now? Outside the gate, good, facing the gate look to your right and you’ll see the boat dock.” OMG, it’s gonna be a long day! We tell them to just stay on the boat till it gets to the beach club and we meet them there. When they show up Dad is wearing a new hat, that he bought in the Studios that morning. Guess it’s a really good thing they got those park hoppers after all! Now the Beach Club is one of my favorite places, especially at holiday time. The gingerbread carousel with the chocolate horses is unbelieveable!
We walked over to Epcot and once inside, DH collected all the passes (except DD’s) and he & DS ran over to Soarin to get fp’s. Dad Jackie & I strolled through the World Traveller, and most of the shops in England and some of Canada. We then met up with DH & DS and headed over to Test Track & Mission Space. Test Track had a long wait (shocking, I know) so we went to Mission Space. DD called and was on her way to meet us, so I waited for her while DH, DS, Dad & Jackie went on Mission Space. We decided it would be safer for dad to go on the green version. I waited for DD, who arrived just after the others went into Mission Space. She loves Test Trace, so she took off to ride the single rider line real quick. Here I am, all by myself. Oh well, I sit in the sun and try to stay warm. DD is back from Test Trace and we’re still waiting on the rest of the group. There they are! Dad looks a little green, oops forgot that he’s very claustrophobic. He liked the ride, just not the capsule closing around him. DH had warned Jackie to look straight ahead at all times, and she did fine. Thought it was pretty cool. Now we make our way to Innoventions, DS plays some robot building game that takes forever, Dad wanders off to who knows where, so Jackie, DD & I go see the house of tomorrow. Pretty cool, but doesn’t seem as groundbreaking as it has in the past. When we finish with the house, Dad, DH & DS are just walking by so we all head out and head to the Living Seas with Nemo.
DD is now hungry because she didn’t eat breakfast, so she & DH go to find a snack and will meet us in Living Seas. I see the clam shells only have a 5 minute wait, so we go in that way. It’s not a bad ride for a 5 minute wait. I know that Dad likes aquariums & animals, so I figured this would be right up his alley and it was. We saw the dolphins and the sharks and the manatee experiment and all sorts of fish.
Next up The Land. It’s not quite fast pass time so we go on Living with the Land. I actually really like this. I love to garden, so to see all the stuff they grow and how they grow it is really neat. Everyone else enjoyed it too. Now it’s time to go Soarin! Jackie is getting a little nervous, but we tell her it’ll be ok and keep moving. Thank Goodness! They get off the ride and are glowing, gushing, raving about it . It was so not what they expected and they were absolutely wowed! Now DH grabs all the passes again and goes across the park to get Test Track fast passes. We’ve debated this quite a bit, whether dad could do it or not with his back and he decides to give it a try. While we wait for the fp’s we wander a bit, go thru Mouse Gears (love this store!) work our way up front and Yay! Space Ship Earth is open for previews (we did see it Sat, but had to go again). DS & I go 1st (he likes to ride with me to snuggle, thrill rides he goes with his daddy), DH & DD, then Dad & Jackie. Halfway up, Jackie yells to DH and asks “this isn’t a roller coaster, is it?” Nope, but that would be really cool! The update is good, but I miss the American boy “talking” to the girl in Japan scene. It’s getting to be a long day and certain people are starting to get grumpy. Do we go ride Test Track or back to the room to rest? I’m leaning towards the room, but DH doesn’t want to have to come back to Future World later in the week for Test Track so we push through and go to TT.
I like Test Track, but don’t really consider it a thrill ride. Maybe it’s just that I’m in a car, going 60mph that my brain says “that’s slow compared to most days” The “boys” rode in one car and the “girls” in another. Dad thought it was pretty cool and liked it. Jackie may have screamed a bit and yelled something about it being a roller coaster. I think it may have been more than she was expecting, but she was a really good sport about it.
Now it’s time to go back to our room. That’s the great thing about staying at Boardwalk Villas, it’s right there. Dad & Jackie came with us, we all stopped at the Bakery on the way to get a snack before our late dinner. Eclairs & cheesecake brownies are really yummy, and very rich. Most were finished for breakfast later in the week.
Resting is a good thing! By 7:30 we were warm and ready to go for our dinner in France at 8pm. Les Chefs de France is one of the few restaurants that we haven’t tried before, so we were really looking forward to it. This was also the reason we wanted Dad on the DDP because we knew he would look at the prices and say he wasn’t hungry. This is a really pretty place and the Christmas decorations were very nice. Our waitress was good, she seemed to be “playing” french (distant, snobby) more than the really was. DS had been practicing a few french phrases before the trip and he really won her over with that . Dad & I started with the french onion soup, very good. Too hot for me, but just the way Dad likes it. Jackie and DD tried the lobster bisque, it was ok. DD wasn’t impressed and decided that she just doesn’t like lobster. We told her not to judge lobster based on the soup, it was really bland and didn’t seem to have much lobster in it. DH got to have escargot. He liked it, I don’t do snails, but the garlic butter sauce was very good. DS wanting to be grown up decided to have the kids salad as his appy. It was a nice thought, but not for him. I thought it was good though. DH, Dad & Jackie all the the filet of beef and liked it. Although DH said the filet at Le Cellier was much better. DD, who we thought would get her favorite food, roast chicken, decided trying new foods was pretty cool. She ordered the beef short ribs braised in Cabernet with polenta. She liked it, but didn’t finish it. The Cabernet was very strong, a little too much for her. The polenta was amazing, it was so smooth and creamy. Delicious! DD decided she really liked DH’s green beans (a green veggie? wow). I had the the sauteed scallops & black tiger shrimp with spinach flan and sorrel sauce. I cleaned my plate! I think I had the best meal of the night, the rest were good, buy mine was excellent. Of course with DDP we get dessert, and we were looking forward to it but it was getting late and we didn’t want to miss Illuminations. I had the profiterolles (yum) Dad & Jackie both had the chocolate torte w/banana & coconut (they liked it) DD & DH had the creme brulee, which DS also enjoyed. We kindof rushed through our desserts and made it outside with a few minutes to spare. Now it was getting really cold again, especially after having been inside eating nice warm food. My family loves Illuminations, I have the CD, we know the music & words by heart, so we always sing along when we watch. It was really neat to watch Dad & Jackie though. This is their first time experiencing Disney fireworks. They were amazed! But it was so cold at that point that we didn’t really discuss it. We walked them part way through the park (to make sure they didn’t get lost) told them where to catch the bus and said see ya tomorrow!
Other than the transportation issue in the morning, and a little wandering off in Innoventions, it had been a pretty good day. I think they’re really enjoying it. I’m a little tired & stressed making sure everyone is happy (why do I try? It just drives me crazy ) Time to go warm up and rest. Tomorrow is the Christmas Party!
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