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This morning DH & I went to play golf at Golden Bear (got a great rate at last minute tee times) We left around 9am for a 10:04 tee time. Pretty course, not terribly difficult if you keep the ball in the fairway, but if you go in the rough  forget it!!!

Kids were still asleep when we left but they had big plans to check out the Beach House while we were gone. DS was very excited that he got to call the shuttle from the resort bus stop.  They both said the shuttle driver was wonderful.  The driver told them not to even wait the 30 minutes for a shuttle and to just call her when ever they were ready to go back to the resort .  They had fun looking for shells, collecting sea water for DD’s biology class.   Had lunch  there and came back to the villa to “chill”.

We all met back in the villa in the afternoon and went to the pool for a bit. Again, not busy at all. I had a very nice conversation with some United Kingdom Disney Vacation Club members while relaxing in the hot tub.

After showers/naps we headed out for dinner.  There are so many choices, that it was hard to decide, but we chose Frankie Bones. OMG it was wonderful! The description was an Italian-American restaurant & lounge with a Frank Sinatra Chicago/NY/Vegas feel. Big deep booths, dim lighting and very “cool” “hip” 50’s decor. Service was wonderful and the food, the food was incredible!  Bread came out with a sun-dried tomato flavored butter, yum. DH had the lobster mac & cheese with a 1 1/2 lbs of lobster in it, that was presented with the empty lobster shell (DS named him Bob   I had the Oscar Salmon which was sooooo good! DD had the Tuscan Filet, which was prepared perfectly. DS asked our waitress how big the kids pizza was and if he should get the adult pizza instead.  She told him it was the same size and to just get the kids one.  He ate the whole pizza, it was perfect size for him. Then there was dessert…..  The kids got the Creme Brulee but didn’t love the touch of Amaretto.   DH & I shared the nutty Irishman Ice Cream Cake. 3 layers of chocolate cake with Frangelico, Bailey’s & coffee ice cream between the layers. All covered in chocolate ganache.  Wonderful meal, I highly recommend this restaurant!

Completey stuffed, we headed back to the resort for the activity I had been waiting for for 4 years. It was campfire night.  On our 1 previous trip, it rained and cancelled the campfire for our trip, so I was really looking forward to this. The kids were down to the campfire pit early and DS answered the Cast Member’s trivia question, so he got to be the Bell Ringer and start the activities. There were a bunch of silly songs and DH may have looked at me a little strange as I was singing along.  What can I say, I was a Girl Scout. I’ve been singing these songs since I was 5 years old.  All of the kids and families seemed to be having a really good time (except when the smoke would blow in their eyes. It was pretty swirly all evening). When it was time to start roasting marshmallows for the s’mores, the Cast Members announced that DS & his family would be first in line since he was the bell ringer.  I told DH I didn’t think I could eat a s’more cuz I was still full from dinner, but it was a s’more, I couldn’t resist .  We spent the rest of the evening relaxing at the pool & hot tub and out on our deck .  The kids played a bit more table tennis & shuffleboard.

Our trip was almost over, we would be leaving in the morning.

One of the many wonderful things about a 2BR is that we can get up in the morning, go in the kitchen, gather everything up for the day and never disturb the sleeping children.  DD is still recovering and needs her sleep and DS needs to sleep to recover from all of these late nights.

DH & I leave for our 10:10 tee time at Osprey Ridge.  We walk up to the Carriage House and have bell services call a taxi for us.  We arrive at Osprey Ridge in no time at all.   After checking in we stop and get coffee & breakfast at The Sand Trap.   Good food & good service and quick.   We were paired up with a Dad & son (shame DD didn’t come today, he was 15 and cute)  As always, some of the golf was good and some was not quite as magical.   We finally heard from the kids around 1pm, they were on the bus headed to Epcot. I forgot my cell in the room that morning so DH was the one that kept getting the text messages & pics -guess where we are now-in line for Test Track-got Soarin FP’s– and so on.  It was much quieter when they were sleeping.  This was our first time playing Osprey Ridge and I have to say I really liked it.  Beautiful course!   On one whole we were all walking up to the green when 3 deer (looked like Mommy Daddy & baby) came running out.   They stopped and looked at us (kind of like ‘what the heck are you doing here?’) and then ran off.   When we got to the 16th tee (beautiful par 3 with water alongside) we could see lightning out in the distance and we got a weather warning on the cart that storms were moving in fast and to be prepared to take cover. We waited a few minutes as there was a group still on the green.   Then we heard the thunder and saw more lighting and decided it would be better to be in the clubhouse drinking than out in the storm.  We headed in and parked the cart in the “garage”.  Dad & son partners left, we decided to wait and see if it would pass.  We grabbed a snack and some drinks at the Sand Trap and waited for the storm to pass.  BTW, they have really good onion rings, but be warned that is one huge basket for an appetizer!  The clubhouse wouldn’t let anyone on the course until the weather cleared.  It took over an hour before we finaly got to finish our round.  The kids called and said it was trying to rain at Epcot but that was about it.  A cab came and picked us up and dropped us off right in front of our villa.  After showering and changing, we headed to Epcot to meet up with the kids and have dinner with the princesses

DH & I walked thru the gates at Epcot at 6pm.  Our dinner Advanced Dining Reservation in Norway is for 6:15.  We check in with the kids and tell them to check in for dinner, we’ll be there soon.  We made pretty good time and got there about 6:15-6:20.  DD tells us they wouldn’t let her check in because we weren’t all there yet.  We checked in and waited about 15-20 minutes for them to call our name and have us move over into another line.  Then they take one family in at a time to meet the Princess who is greeting everyone that night.  We met Belle when we came in.  The photopass photographer takes your picture and then you’re led to your table.

Food was pretty good.  I really liked the shrimp salad and the cucumber salad on the cold bar as well as the cheese.  DH was happy to have the different types of herring.  DD had a salad  and DS skipped the cold bar. DH ordered the traditional Norwegian dinner (basically meat loaf) DD had the pork (which fell right off the bone), I had the salmon (for those counting, yes that’s 3 nights in a row) and DS had the kids cheese pizza.  Our server did say that he could get another one if he was still hungry.

–short rant to say that I hate paying Adult price for the 11yr old eating a kids pizza.  I have no problem paying the Adult price if he ate the adult meal, but c’mon $40 for a cheese pizza and a coke? –Rant over
All the dinners were good, not “wow” or “fantastic” but good. Dessert was pretty good.  We ordered a couple of coffees to have with dessert, but our waiter disappeared and we never got them.  He managed to stop by to drop off our check but disappeared again.  We were joking with the family at the table next to us, because they’d been stood up as well.  We finally made it out of there, with full tummies but disappointed. This meal cost more than our wonderful dinner the night before at Brown Derby.
Here are the princesses that we saw:
Snow White came by first

Then Princess Aurora came to see us

Alice came next (ok, a princess? really? )

Wow, couldn’t believe who was next

He didn’t want to take this pic, but Cindy & I convinced him to

One last thing about dinner at Norway: Ladies if you need to use the restroom, go before you get there and after dinner use the ladies room over by the Norwegian ship. I tried 3 times during/after dinner and it was full everytime– with little princesses in their princess dresses who couldn’t go by themselves. It was a nightmare in there. This ends tonights PSA 😉

After dinner the kids took off to use their Fast Passes for Soarin and DH & I finally went and saw the terra cotta army in China.  If you get the chance, check this exhibit out. It’s really neat.  We strolled around for a little while longer and waited for the kids to meet back up with us. We decided that we weren’t going to stay for Extra Magci Hours, we were too tired. We had hoped to leave before Illuminations was over, but the kids didn’t catch up with us (by Spaceship Earth) until afterward.  Then DS wants to go on Spaceship Earth.  He never wants to go on there! Well ok why not.  Then we finally head out to catch a bus.

Tonight’s bus service left a little to be desired. We walked up to the stop and there was already a line but no bus. WL/Ft Wilderness stop is next to us, they’re full but a bus is there. 2 or 3 more busses come for WL/Ft W, but none for us. Finally a bus shows up and 2 women who were standing over by the WL stop walk straight over and get on our bus before anyone else.  These women had only been standing at the other spot for a few minutes. This was such a full bus, that people that were in line, didn’t get on. We did get on, but I was really upset about these line cutters, I just don’t understand why people can’t behave like civilized adults.  These weren’t kids, they were women in their mid 20’s.  I feel bad for the people that didn’t get on the bus because them.

It was an uneventful ride after that. Once we got back to the room we changed into our swimsuits and spent some time at the Grandstand pool. It was a very relaxing way to end the day.

Tomorrow’s plan is Typhoon Lagoon & Yachtsman Steakhouse

Tuesday is golf day, 1 of 2 actually on this trip.  All of us were going to go to Magnolia today, DD was going to be our photographer and part time cart driver  but she was still really tired and we decided it would be better for her to go back to bed and rest.

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.

After a great day playing golf we got ready for our dinner at Planet Hollywood, and then we’ll catch a bus to the Beach Club Resort  to walk over to Epcot.   Again, the road to ….is paved with my plans, lol.

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!

Friday Fun

No sleeping in today, DH & I have a golf date this morning.   Amazingly the kids are showing signs of life, I really thought they’d sleep a bit longer.  That’s ok, it lets us lay down the ground rules with them. The last few trips we’ve let them wander/hang out around the resort while we played golf, this time, they’re getting a little more freedom.  Since DD has done so well, and we’re “next to” Epcot, we’re giving them the option to go to the park this morning. They must stay together, no fighting, and if either one wants to leave, they both leave.  It’s really amazing how much better they seem to get along, when we’re not around!

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

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