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Day 12

I set an alarm before bed last night as this morning we had our 'Welcome home breakfast' over at Top of the World Lounge. I dunno if I'm the only person who does this but if I know I have got something I have to be up for I don't sleep well as im constantly looking at the time, even if I set an alarm I do this and its super annoying! So yeah, I hadn't slept well and I was awake before the alarm went off, pfft.

We showered and got dressed before driving over to BLT, we had to show our invite (which was a huge thing themed with Ratatouille) at the gate and we were told where we had to go. We checked in downstairs and we were taken up in the lift and all the way to the door to the lounge.

Breakfast was good and plentiful! There was a LOT of food there for not that many people. We chatted to a few people in there and then we were shown an cheesy 2 min video with people enjoying themselves on holiday and new Disney shows. It was almost like they were selling DVC but the breakfast was only people who had bought in already so not sure what that was all about. It was worth the free breakfast though Wink

It was weird to get some daytime shots outside, as we have only been up here when its dark.

Once we were done we headed over to MK where it was MOBBED. It really was super busy, more so than we have ever experienced mid September. I had made some fastpasses for Character meet and greets, first up was Ariel. She was good but didn't quite live up to my expectations. Ariel is the ultimate Princess for me you see, I was at just the right age when the film came out, it was one of the first things I ever went to see in the cinema and I watched the video so much that it burnt out, Eric was my first love and to make it even better, she had red hair like me! (I was very red as a child). So really, she didn't stand a chance lol. I'm sure we will try again come October this year though.

We then went to watch Philharmagic and pottered about in a few shops as it was so hot. We had a bit of time to kill before the next meet and greet in the area so we didn't want to go too far. We did catch a cute little show that I've not seen before, it was all to do with the sword in the stone. They had lots of different people trying to pull the sword from the stone until a little girl called Bella managed to pull it free. There was singing and jokes, it just summed up Disney for me. Catch it if you can Smile

We still had more time before our meet and greet time so we decided to ride It's a Small World

Soon it was time to meet Aurora and Cinderella. They were both good and admired my dress Smile Cinderella is another of my favs so I was very excited to meet her Smile Cinderella was so beautiful and I told her, she was genuinely touched.

By now it was getting hotter and more humid by the minute, plus with the amount of people in the park I was feeling a bit overwhelmed so we decided to head back to the car, we stopped on the way to watch the Move it Shake it parade but it was cut short I think due to the impending rain, we walked behind the parade to the exit with Donald playing with me all the way back which made my day Laughing out loud As we were walking back to the car the heavens opened, we managed not to get too wet which was a miracle considering the size of the raindrops!

By now it was early afternoon and we were getting a bit peckish so we decided to have a drive around and see where we fancied to eat. A friend had recommended Fudruckers to us, she said it was nicer than Steak and Shake (not really too hard for me as I don't eat burgers lol) so we stopped at one in Lake Buena Vista. The rain was still coming down hard so we ran from the car inside. I am totally sold with Fud's, you order your food and pay for it before taking a number and grabbing a seat, when your food comes you go up to the toppings bar (makes Disney's toppings bar look rubbish) and go crazy. All different toppings and sauces! Plus the food was seriously yummy. I am putting it in the plan for next year Wink

We weren't sure if we were supposed to tip in here as we had ordered the food ourselves and got our own drinks but then someone had brought the food to us... the table next to us didn't leave anything but I didn't want to do that in case it was wrong so we left a couple of $$ anyway. If anyone knows what we should have done please let me know Smile I'll know for next time that way, thank you!

The rain was still coming down hard when we had finished so Sy being the lovely hubby that he is went to get the car and drive right up to the curb to pick me up. The rain didn't look like it was going anywhere so we decided to head to Walmart to do a bit of shopping, we got a few things for Christmas presents. I think we spent about 2 hours in there! Sy doesn't mind shopping usually but even he was losing the will to live Wink

When we headed outside it was STILL throwing it down Sad We had an ADR for Tokyo Dining for that evening but we decided that it had to go as we didn't want to get soaked heading there. Instead we decided to head over to Beaches and Cream for an ice cream Smile On the gate to the Yacht club we were asked why we were there and the guy scanned our magic bands and told us we couldn't park there for our Tokyo Dining reservation, we couldn't cancel it yet as we don't have Wifi out and about on our phones (well we could if we wanted very expensive bills when we got home), we did tell him that we were cancelling that cause of the rain and just heading to beaches and cream. I don't know if he believed us (I probably wouldn't have) but he let us in anyway...

We valet parked and headed to Beaches and Cream, we were pleasantly surprised to only have a 10 min wait! Get in! I took a picture of all the rain while we waited outside.

Not sure you can see the amount of rain there was from that picture though, there was a LOT.

This one was slightly better, the ducks were having a great time Wink

We were seated at the counter which was fab as we could watch them making all the different ice creams. We actually got talking to a girl behind there who was English and it turns out she was good friends with our friend James who works in Tony's.

Sy had a Banana Split

I had a sundae with caramel sauce and whipped cream

Sadly my ice cream got the better of me....

(the girl with the blonde hair is the one who is friends with our friend)

Someone ordered a kitchen sink while we were there so we got to watch it being made...

When we were done we picked up the car from valet and headed back to AKL. We had more washing that needed to be done so I made the most of being stuck in the hotel due to the rain.... sadly so did a few other people and I had a bit of a queue but it didn't matter. It was just a pain as we were so far from the washing machines but hey ho. It generally went, me put the washing on, me put the washing in the driers and Sy to go collect.

Once the washing was all done we headed back out to the outlets, a few days before we had been in to the swarovski shop and seen the matching necklace to a bracelet that I had been looking for but couldn't get, it was end of line in the UK and no one had any of them but there were a few at the shop in the outlets! Unfortunately when we went to buy it the shop had a problem with their card machine so the guy put it to one side for us to collect today instead. He was so lovely. When we got to the shop the girl on the desk told us that things cannot be held more than 24 hours, she refused to look to see if it was still there and went to pick one up from the shelf herself and rang it up. She was really snooty and I would bet money that she wanted the commission herself which is why she wouldn't get the one from out the back as it had the guy's name who had served us on it and his details. Had he told us it could only be held for 24 hours we would have come back sooner but he didn't... I dunno it just all sounded fishy to me. Had I not wanted the necklace really badly I would have left it just cause of her attitude but that's how it was and I really wanted the necklace lol.

We made another quick stop at the Clarins shop, I wanted to check the price of the things I used at home to compare if it was any cheaper, funnily some things were a lot cheaper and some were about the same. I bought a new face powder as it was cheaper and I needed it Wink

We then made a hasty exit before I could spend anymore and headed to............... Downtown Disney! Woohoo! Sy's wallet really was getting a hitting today Wink

We did yet more shopping at DTD, a few Christmas and birthday presents were bought before we decided that we needed something else to eat. All that spending works up an appetite don't ya know Wink So off we head into Wolfgang Puck Express.

Sy had the meatloaf sandwich and I had a pizza, I wasn't actually keen on it but there was nothing wrong with it, there was just something in the pizza sauce I didn't like the taste of. They must have changed the recipe since last time as I loved it last year. The base was perfect though so I'll probably still try it again next time.

After eating we waddled back to the car and made our way back to the hotel. It was a long walk with all those shopping bags Wink we finally hit the hay at about midnight, it had been a long day!

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
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Eeyore wrote:
So, we ate at the Japanese QS too and it was awful! The sushi did not taste any better than our local supermarket when they make it. I was highly disappointed. Good to see that your hubs liked it!!! Smile

My parents were at WDW the same time you guys were....they told me how they rode Test Track with some UK peeps. Wonder if it was you guys? My dad described someone that looks like your hubs....hmmmm...lol

The outlets are ALWAYS crowded! We had to make a trip when my dad's shoes broke last time! Unfortunately, WDW does not sell ANY shoes for men in size 15. lol. This was in August and the outlet mall looked like black Friday!

OMG size 15?! I thought Sy's were bad at about a US 12. I hate shopping when its really busy, I feel like i cant look at anything, luckily when we went back it was fine.

We may well have ridden with your parents! show them us our pic and see what they say Laughing out loud

alicemouse wrote:
Enjoying your TR, Robyn! I'm very sorry to hear about your friend, Sue. It's always very sad to hear about people missing opportunities for a last reunion, but you couldn't possibly have known that was going to happen. Hopefully you have memories of many other wonderful times together. Wishing you peace and comfort, friend. bighug

No we couldn't have known what was going to happen, she had a rare problem that rarely gets diagnosed before its too late. We do have some lovely memories from our May trip which I will cherish. Thank you very much xxxx

Disney Holic wrote:
I really have so much catching up to do, before Christmas I was up to date with your TR, now I have lost track of where I am up to. Really enjoyed what I have read, I can't wait for the chance to do WDW without children, though I think it will be many years before that happens, it will be a very different experience. Though thanks to kids clubs, Wonderland Tea Parties and Pirate Cruises we will get to experience a bit of the World as a couple next trip and do some of the things you have recommended.

crazycatperson wrote:
To me "love beads" are the long, cheap beaded necklaces hippies of both genders wore back in the late 1960s. I know of no other meaning at all and have no idea what sort of "dirty meaning" they might have in the UK or anywhere else.

RobynPrincess wrote:
See, that is the way my mum explained them to me! I obviously have a mind that's in the gutter Wink

I think it's another example of two nations separated by a common language, or in the UK a generational thing since Robyn's mum knew about the hippy ones. The only 'love beads' I know of are definitely not something you would wear in public, so I would be sniggering in a corner with Robyn :Cool

Doing WDW without children, well I have nothing to compare it to as we have only been without children but for me the best bit is staying out late for the EMH as there are hardly any people around Wink you could do that with children too but usually we see parents with sleeping kids in buggies lol

Ahhhh another person who understands the love beads!

Redrach1903 wrote:
Hey Robyn!

Just caught up on your additions Smile

Day 9: Boo what a shame that you were still feeling dodgy Sad Hope you are better soon! Hmm Applebees looked good! We had a really good one near our villa and it's so reasonably priced!
Great pics at Epcot of you both, you look so happy with Pluto! Love it Smile xx

Day 10: Eeek how exciting with the DVC points!! I would love to be a member! One day! When is your next trip booked for again? September?
Nice chilled day at AK. That mango daiquiri looks lush! As does the pie! I've still never tried a Steak n Shake!! Where is it by the way? Can't even remember seeing one! Haha! xx

Day 11: Aww what a shame the girl in the Animation Studios was rubbish! We did this last year and the girl we got was ridiculously enthusiastic! Just shows how an experience can differ depending on who's running the show huh?! Otherwise a great day at DHS! I've never seen that street show before! See, always something new to experience Smile LOL @ the love beads! I would think the same as you! Snigger! OMG what a shame about your friend Sue, I'm so sorry Sad Ugh nothing worse than a snore monster! I'm lucky in that Chris only snores loudly if he's drunk, which isn't too often! I have had to go up to the spare room on more than once occasion though! Haha!

Looking forward to the rest Laughing out loud xxx

We had one really near our villa in 2010, was it right next to a Publix? I wonder if it was the same one.

Our next trip is booked for October this year Laughing out loud DVC, we said 'one day' when we first looked before we learned about resale Wink it would make a great wedding gift Wink ;)

There's a steak and shake in LBV just up the road from the cross roads bit.
You must watch Mulch Sweat and Shears, they are so good (unless you get the b-side, they are awful, you will know its them as its a woman front person not a guy).

Hold on, YOU go into the spare room?? I'm damn sure it wont be me who moves bed if i'm not the one snoring, Sy's set up residency in the spare room at the min, he gets into our bed till I kick him out mid way through the night lol

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
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RobynPrincess wrote:
Eeyore wrote:
So, we ate at the Japanese QS too and it was awful! The sushi did not taste any better than our local supermarket when they make it. I was highly disappointed. Good to see that your hubs liked it!!! Smile

My parents were at WDW the same time you guys were....they told me how they rode Test Track with some UK peeps. Wonder if it was you guys? My dad described someone that looks like your hubs....hmmmm...lol

The outlets are ALWAYS crowded! We had to make a trip when my dad's shoes broke last time! Unfortunately, WDW does not sell ANY shoes for men in size 15. lol. This was in August and the outlet mall looked like black Friday!

OMG size 15?! I thought Sy's were bad at about a US 12. I hate shopping when its really busy, I feel like i cant look at anything, luckily when we went back it was fine.

We may well have ridden with your parents! show them us our pic and see what they say Laughing out loud

alicemouse wrote:
Enjoying your TR, Robyn! I'm very sorry to hear about your friend, Sue. It's always very sad to hear about people missing opportunities for a last reunion, but you couldn't possibly have known that was going to happen. Hopefully you have memories of many other wonderful times together. Wishing you peace and comfort, friend. bighug

No we couldn't have known what was going to happen, she had a rare problem that rarely gets diagnosed before its too late. We do have some lovely memories from our May trip which I will cherish. Thank you very much xxxx

Disney Holic wrote:
I really have so much catching up to do, before Christmas I was up to date with your TR, now I have lost track of where I am up to. Really enjoyed what I have read, I can't wait for the chance to do WDW without children, though I think it will be many years before that happens, it will be a very different experience. Though thanks to kids clubs, Wonderland Tea Parties and Pirate Cruises we will get to experience a bit of the World as a couple next trip and do some of the things you have recommended.

crazycatperson wrote:
To me "love beads" are the long, cheap beaded necklaces hippies of both genders wore back in the late 1960s. I know of no other meaning at all and have no idea what sort of "dirty meaning" they might have in the UK or anywhere else.

RobynPrincess wrote:
See, that is the way my mum explained them to me! I obviously have a mind that's in the gutter Wink

I think it's another example of two nations separated by a common language, or in the UK a generational thing since Robyn's mum knew about the hippy ones. The only 'love beads' I know of are definitely not something you would wear in public, so I would be sniggering in a corner with Robyn :Cool

Doing WDW without children, well I have nothing to compare it to as we have only been without children but for me the best bit is staying out late for the EMH as there are hardly any people around Wink you could do that with children too but usually we see parents with sleeping kids in buggies lol

Ahhhh another person who understands the love beads!

Redrach1903 wrote:
Hey Robyn!

Just caught up on your additions Smile

Day 9: Boo what a shame that you were still feeling dodgy Sad Hope you are better soon! Hmm Applebees looked good! We had a really good one near our villa and it's so reasonably priced!
Great pics at Epcot of you both, you look so happy with Pluto! Love it Smile xx

Day 10: Eeek how exciting with the DVC points!! I would love to be a member! One day! When is your next trip booked for again? September?
Nice chilled day at AK. That mango daiquiri looks lush! As does the pie! I've still never tried a Steak n Shake!! Where is it by the way? Can't even remember seeing one! Haha! xx

Day 11: Aww what a shame the girl in the Animation Studios was rubbish! We did this last year and the girl we got was ridiculously enthusiastic! Just shows how an experience can differ depending on who's running the show huh?! Otherwise a great day at DHS! I've never seen that street show before! See, always something new to experience Smile LOL @ the love beads! I would think the same as you! Snigger! OMG what a shame about your friend Sue, I'm so sorry Sad Ugh nothing worse than a snore monster! I'm lucky in that Chris only snores loudly if he's drunk, which isn't too often! I have had to go up to the spare room on more than once occasion though! Haha!

Looking forward to the rest Laughing out loud xxx

We had one really near our villa in 2010, was it right next to a Publix? I wonder if it was the same one.

Our next trip is booked for October this year Laughing out loud DVC, we said 'one day' when we first looked before we learned about resale Wink it would make a great wedding gift Wink ;)

There's a steak and shake in LBV just up the road from the cross roads bit.
You must watch Mulch Sweat and Shears, they are so good (unless you get the b-side, they are awful, you will know its them as its a woman front person not a guy).

Hold on, YOU go into the spare room?? I'm damn sure it wont be me who moves bed if i'm not the one snoring, Sy's set up residency in the spare room at the min, he gets into our bed till I kick him out mid way through the night lol

Yeah it was right next to Publix on Highway 27 Smile Must be the very one!

Hahaha when Chris is snoring he's impossible to wake up, so it's easier that I just go up. I make him feel bad the next day though Wink hahaha! xx

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Another great day Robyn!! That breakfast looked scrummy!!

Shame that MK was so rammed and the heat def doesn't help!

Hmmm I think I will put Fudruckers on the list for May. Chris would be in heaven with a toppings bar I think! Yummers!

Wow, that is some amount of rain! Haha had to chuckle at the ducks taking advantage of the empty pool Wink Great result only having a 10 min wait at BnC! I had to wait about 45 mins last year! Bah!

Great read as always hunni Smile xx

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I used to be a regular at Fudruckers on Long Island. I always thought it was the best of the chain restaurants. Haven't been there in years though.

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Robyn, How did you get the invitation for the welcome home breakfast? We just did our first DVC trip and I didn't hear anything about there being a special DVC breakfast. Did you have to do something special to get the invitation or was it just a random thing or a certain resort? I'm wondering if they weren't doing them when we were there because Merry Mixers were going on at that time? It sounds neat and I'd love to get the opportunity to do this if I can figure out what I have to do to get in! mickey

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Day 13

We woke up at a leisurely 9am this morning, obviously Sy woke me up with his snoring and I then woke him up as I wasn't about to be the only one awake Wink We pottered about in the room getting ready, we called my mum to say hello though we didn't call Sy's parents as they were both at work.

We grabbed a quick breakfast in the room before heading out to AK, it looked like there was going to be more rain today Sad The plan had been to try and get to AK and get as much done as possible before the rain started, sadly just as we got there and got out the car the rain started Sad boo! So we donned the ponchos and made our way inside.

LOVE my minnie mouse poncho and got lots of compliments on it, got it from Walmart Wink

First stop was the Safari. There were a lot of animals up and about, I think cause of the rain the fact that it was slightly cooler.

We then went on the jungle trek, I have NEVER done this! How?? It was brilliant, I loved seeing all animals along the way. I cant believe that I've missed this out before now. The rain stopped while we were walking round too which was ace Smile

We then decided it was time for some food so headed off towards Yak and Yeti counter service. We shared a Honey chicken, it was okay, we both said we probably wouldn't order it again in favour of some of their other offerings. We sat nearby the dancers, I'm not sure what you would call them? Bollywood? Middle eastern? You know the ones I mean anyway, right by the Yak and Yeti Counter service. I could have watched them ALL day, they were fabulous. A true highlight for me was when they got the kids up to dance with them and gave them all the streamers on sticks (I'm sure that's the correct name for them of course Wink ), they were showing them all how to twirl them around, it was so cute! Half way through an older boy with learning difficulties came along with his family, he wanted to join in so one of the dancers gave him her sticks and was helping him, he was beaming from ear to ear and she was so kind and gentle with him, encouraging him and showing him how to do it. It brought a tear to my eye, I am even choked now just writing about it. That's Disney to me. I wished I could have found out her name to tell someone at guest services though I'm sure her rewards in heaven will be great enough Smile

Once I regained composure we headed off to camp Minnie Mickey to watch Festival of the Lion King. This is my Ultimate Disney Show Laughing out loud as far as I'm concerned, nothing compares. I could watch it every day and never get bored. We grabbed an ice cream outside and got in line. We were first in line which was good as the rain started to pour down but where we were stood was under shelter from at least some of it. By the time we had finished the ice cream it was time to go inside. The show was as brilliant as ever though I did have my second teary moment of the day. Near the end when the 'animals' get all the children up to dance and make music one of the zebra's took a little boy who was very disabled in a wheelchair and pushed him when they all did the conga round the centre. He had a make a wish badge on, he was giggling and smiling and it made my heart melt, that zebra made his day. I saw his parents shedding a tear watching him which made me cry too. I really was a softy today wasn't I?! (nothing new there I'm afraid!)

The rain was coming down hard now so we headed to our fastpass for Mickey and Minnie meet and greet. We only had a short wait, the family before us were so cute! Unfortunately though when it came to leaving the littlest one cried her eyes out Sad she didn't want to leave Mickey and Minnie, when we came out she was still sat outside crying bless her. It was then our turn to meet the main man and his Mrs! They were super Laughing out loud Minnie was admiring my skirt as it has cats on it.

Afterwards we threw on our ponchos and made for the exit, trying not to get too wet. We decided that we hadn't spent enough money the day before so we went to the other outlets at the top of I drive, if nothing else, they have a Yankee candle shop! These are SOOOO expensive to buy in the UK, they are about double the price of the normal US price and then obviously at the outlet they are even cheaper. I bought 3 small jars and a few medium jars, baring in mind that I gotta get them home again Wink We also popped into the Disney shop and bought Sy a couple of t-shirts. We didn't stay there too long as I'm not keen. My dad had his wallet taken from him last year while we were there and there is always talk about people following you to the car when you dump the bags off to break in while you go back to shopping and steal their shopping. The other outlets are much nicer, its a shame they don't have a Yankee shop, if they did I don't think I'd ever come to these ones.

We headed back to AKL to get changed ready to head our for our ADR at Grand Floridian Cafe. We had got a bit dressed up tonight as GFC is quite nice and we wanted to try and have another anniversary meal as I was so ill the last time Sad Unfortunately our evening didn't go any better (although I wasn't sick so that's always a bonus!).

We were seated right away, the restaurant was more than half empty but we were sat in the middle. Our waiter was worse than useless and downright rude, he wasn't even looking at us when he spoke yet he fell over the people at the table next to us (who weren't British, go figure). When he took our order I asked for my pasta to be cooked without peas in as I can't eat them yet he brought my main out with the peas all through it. We were brought the same bread as we had the night of our anniversary, only this time they were hard and if I hadn't known better I would have said they were day old.... we didn't eat them. By the time my main came back out Sy had finished his, even though he had tried to take as long as possible to eat. I told him to take the main away as I don't like to eat on my own. He left it on the bill though which I thought was a bit mean. Our bill was brought out and no dessert offered and we had to ask for refills as we were never offered. We paid using our TiW card so left the 18% tip, I know it can be taken off if asked but I was already close to tears and thought that would push me over the edge, Sy wasn't happy at all but he left it cause I asked him to. I was really disheartened about our anniversary meal take 2 Sad Outside the restaurant I went to visit the ladies and low and behold Sy went to speak to the restaurant manager :-/ He text me as soon as I went in so I would know where he'd gone, which is good cause when I came out and couldn't see him I did wonder where he was. So being the big chicken that I am I grabbed a seat nearby, I was in no mood for confrontation! Sy came back shortly after and the restaurant manager had been very apologetic and said he was usually his best server... not sure if I believe that or if it was just the usual line Wink He did refund our whole meal though plus the tip and said he would have words with the server. Usually I would never do something like this and risk someone getting into trouble, you never know if someone is just having a bad day but the fact that he was so rude and dismissive of us and yet was so nice to his other tables just made me angry that he would think it would be ok to treat us like that.

I had on my new necklace that I bought the day before Smile

These were before the bad service, hence the smiles lol

When Sy got back we went into the shop and to cheer me up and to celebrate our new purchase we bought some Disney artwork Laughing out loud We bought 2 on this trip to go in our downstairs bathroom which is beachy themed (all of our rooms have themes or colour schemes). This is the one we bought today...

I've always admired the artwork of this painter (David Doss) so I'm over the moon to finally own some of it Laughing out loud even if it is just a print lol

We mucked around taking some pictures in the Grand, just generally enjoying the whole atmosphere and music.

We then head up to the monorail to make our way over to BLT to watch Hallowishes from TOTWL. On our journey over we got talking to a couple who were celebrating their anniversary that day so we invited them up to TOTWL with us. I'm not sure this is technically allowed, I think to take people up there they have to be staying in your DVC room with you but as our room sleeps 4 anyway we figured they *could* have been staying with us... We pretty much grabbed a drink and went outside as the fireworks were about to start. We had a lovely time talking to Jennifer and Joe, they were from NY. We came inside after Hallowishes and we stayed there chatting for hours, we finally left there at 11:30pm. We said a farewell on the monorail at the Grand as they were going to MK to catch a bus back to their hotel. We picked the car up from valet and headed back to AKL. Finally our heads hit the pillow at 12:30am!

Just time for one last picture on the Balcony

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Redrach1903 wrote:
Another great day Robyn!! That breakfast looked scrummy!!

Shame that MK was so rammed and the heat def doesn't help!

Hmmm I think I will put Fudruckers on the list for May. Chris would be in heaven with a toppings bar I think! Yummers!

Wow, that is some amount of rain! Haha had to chuckle at the ducks taking advantage of the empty pool Wink Great result only having a 10 min wait at BnC! I had to wait about 45 mins last year! Bah!

Great read as always hunni Smile xx

Yes it was the same one on the 27! we found it to be really good in there when we went. Fud's really was good, I'm def going there on our next trip, its one of the places I think on those lonely 5:2 days Wink

The ducks were so cute, they were like YAY! pool to ourselves!

Thanks for coming on and reading honey Smile xxxxxxx

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I used to be a regular at Fudruckers on Long Island. I always thought it was the best of the chain restaurants. Haven't been there in years though.

You should go back and see if you think its a great as it was Wink sometimes things aren't as good as we remember and sometimes you cant remember why you stopped going. Worth a trip there either way Smile

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Robyn, How did you get the invitation for the welcome home breakfast? We just did our first DVC trip and I didn't hear anything about there being a special DVC breakfast. Did you have to do something special to get the invitation or was it just a random thing or a certain resort? I'm wondering if they weren't doing them when we were there because Merry Mixers were going on at that time? It sounds neat and I'd love to get the opportunity to do this if I can figure out what I have to do to get in! mickey

Alice we knew of the Welcome home breakfast from friend who bought in, it was at the 'purchase meeting' with your DVC guy that you get the invite, only we weren't given one so I damn well asked for one! Free breakfast?! Yes please!! Did you buy direct? If yes and your guide didn't offer it to you, could you send him an email and ask why?

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Alice we knew of the Welcome home breakfast from friend who bought in, it was at the 'purchase meeting' with your DVC guy that you get the invite, only we weren't given one so I damn well asked for one! Free breakfast?! Yes please!! Did you buy direct? If yes and your guide didn't offer it to you, could you send him an email and ask why?

We bought resale, so that would explain why we've never heard about it. Sounds cool, though!

I'm sorry that you had another crummy restaurant experience sad

We took guests who were not staying with us up to TotWL on our last trip, too, and it worked out fine. We had to show our membership card and tell them how many in our party, but they didn't ask if they were staying with us or anything. Not sure what the "official" rules are, but it seems to work for now to claim any guests you like. It was really nice of you guys to extend some Disney magic to your new friends!

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Alice we knew of the Welcome home breakfast from friend who bought in, it was at the 'purchase meeting' with your DVC guy that you get the invite, only we weren't given one so I damn well asked for one! Free breakfast?! Yes please!! Did you buy direct? If yes and your guide didn't offer it to you, could you send him an email and ask why?

We bought resale, so that would explain why we've never heard about it. Sounds cool, though!

I'm sorry that you had another crummy restaurant experience sad

We took guests who were not staying with us up to TotWL on our last trip, too, and it worked out fine. We had to show our membership card and tell them how many in our party, but they didn't ask if they were staying with us or anything. Not sure what the "official" rules are, but it seems to work for now to claim any guests you like. It was really nice of you guys to extend some Disney magic to your new friends!

ahhhh that will be why then Sad I am 99% sure you only get it when you buy direct but happy to stand corrected if i'm wrong. (we bought resale for the first contract at AKL). I think the 'official' rule is only to take guests up with you that are staying with you in your DVC. But I think they would only enforce this rule when it was busy, mid September the staff were just glad for more people, it was empty up there! Put it this way, we rocked up 10 mins before the fireworks we got a table right away.

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(we bought resale for the first contract at AKL). I think the 'official' rule is only to take guests up with you that are staying with you in your DVC.

You know about the Member Mixer at AKL, right?

This was the first breakfast I've seen though, which is fantastic! I know that Aulani also does some sort of member event.

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(we bought resale for the first contract at AKL). I think the 'official' rule is only to take guests up with you that are staying with you in your DVC.

You know about the Member Mixer at AKL, right?

This was the first breakfast I've seen though, which is fantastic! I know that Aulani also does some sort of member event.

Oh hell yeah. We went to one later in the trip! I even won a hat Laughing out loud I really enjoyed that actually, the woman who ran it was really good 'friends' with the monsters over in the laugh floor, especially Sam and Ella and Marty Wink Wink Wink we really enjoyed the food at the AKL mixer, they had apps from Sanaa there Laughing out loud

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Hey, hooray for Day 13! I am loving these!

Great morning at AK despite the rain! I'm glad you enjoyed the jungle trek (and yes, how have you managed to miss it all these years?! haha). I think it's a lovely section of the park Smile I also love how there are always CMs dotted about to tell you all about the animals.

OMG those two stories got me emotional just reading them, so I reckon i'd have been crying too. Bless. I just love those kind of Disney touches; they have made two poorly kids feel very happy and special. I love that!

LOVE your poncho! Will have a look for one in May (although i'm hoping for not much rain! Hehe).

Aw what a shame about your meal. I just do not get how servers can be so hot and cold with different customers. Good on Sy for complaining, rightly so.

Your picture of GF is lovely! How did you get that home in one piece? eek

Thanks for sharing xx

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Just when I need a little update, you're here to save the day, Robyn! I'm sorry your service at GF was poor. But I'm beyond jealous of your new artwork! Love it!

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I was awake allll night again to Sy's damn snoring!! GRRR!! I finally gave up sleeping at 6am. Sy got up at 9am. We had a light breakfast in the room as we were having an early lunch with Sy's imagineer friend Rob, unfortunately Rob had to cancel at the last minute though as he had an urgent meeting Sad So we decided to head to DTD for a wander round, plus we wanted to get Sy and Gareth some DVC Vynalmations - they aren't big collectors but both had spoken about owning just 1 of the DVC special additions. We were going to keep Gareth's for his birthday in December Smile

We headed to D street and got the things for the boys, and the Art of Disney to get the other picture I wanted to go with the GF one.

We decided to visit Planet Hollywood for lunch, if the rumours are true then it will be leaving DTD shortly so we wanted to get in 1 last visit.

We went up the stairs and refused the photo outside which was a bit of a mission as they were quite insistent, and were seated right away as the place was half empty.

We decided to get a starter to share and went for the deep fried zucchini, it was okay but very greasy (oh boy was I going to regret eating them later, I shouldn't eat too much grease at the best of times but at the moment with the sickness that I was having... bad idea).

Our mains were pretty good, I decided to have another starter as a main as I wouldn't be able to eat too much, I had the Texas tostadas, which were super yummy! Sy had a burger.

I didn't quite manage to eat all of mine as I was already starting to feel a bit icky.

We paid our bill and made our way out. I was already paying for eating all that grease so we had to go back to the hotel till I felt a bit better Sad

On the way back to the room Sy signed us up for the sundown mingle.

Back in the room I had a nap and felt heaps better once I woke up again, I'm pretty rubbish when I don't get enough sleep (and 5 & 1/2 hours sleep is not enough for me!) so I'm sure that didn't help with me feeling a bit ropey before. Sy sat on the balcony while I slept, reading and surfing the internet while watching these beauts...

It was soon time for the Mingle so we headed off down there. We didn't really know what it was all about so we went with an open mind. We were checked in and given some wristbands. Our leader was called Joy and boy was she! She was SO perky! We actually got talking to her at the end as Sy thought some of her jokes he had heard before... She is very good 'friends' with some of the monsters at the laugh floor, mainly Ella (from Sam and Ella) and Marty Wazowski Wink

We grabbed a drink and some nibbles, some of which had come from Sanaa, I recognised those samosas Wink I went for a non alcoholic punch which Sy had some of the boozy one.

If you haven't heard of the mingle before, its just for DVC members and only at AKL. We thought there might be a little bit of selling involved but there was no mention of anything, there were a few quizzes with prizes (I got one of the questions right for knowing what Walt was originally going to call Mickey, I won a hat!).

At the end everyone's name gets put into a box and someone wins a $100 Disney gift card. Sadly we didn't win this one but I was happy with the hat Smile

After our chat with Joy we headed over to MK, I was desperate to have some park time today seeing as it was late afternoon and we hadn't been near one yet!

I had set up a few fast passes for Character Meet and Greets, first up was the main man himself, Mickey. Just as we were there reports had starting coming about him being very talkative Wink sadly though he didn't talk with us. But we did have a great time with him anyhow, we told him that we dressed up as him and Minnie for the Halloween party and he wanted to see pictures, so I had to get my mobile out and find some to show him Laughing out loud He was taking me off out the room and shooing Sy to wait there, it was so funny!

We then went to right the People mover Smile I got some lovely pictures while we were on it, with the sun setting behind the castle.

We then got a spot to watch Wishes, I don't care how many times I watch Wishes, it never fail to give me goosebumps. Laughing out loud

Waiting for it to start

I never really take any pictures of Wishes, I'd rather be in the moment enjoying it Smile I did manage to get one of Tinks though Smile

It was then time for the second meet and greet. Rapunzel and Snow White. This meet was all about Rapunzel for me, I LOVE Tangled. I don't know if she just got how excited I was or it was coincidence but she was brilliant with us, chatting for ages! She asked if Sy was my true prince or if I needed to use a frying pan to protect myself around him LOL

I think the pictures speak for themselves Wink

Then it was time to meet Snow white who was, well, odd. She took my hand and pulled me over to her and then wouldn't let go... so we have this awkward conversation the whole time with her holding my hand. She made me pose for the camera and I think you can tell how awkward I felt by the distance between us lol. Hayley has a theory about her, and she cant stand her, maybe she's onto something?

Here's one of the inappropriate hand holding....

We decided to head over to meet Belle afterwards, there was no queue so we had to wait about 10 mins for there to be enough people to go in and see her. I took a few pictures inside.

Unfortunately we were the last to enter the room so we ended up sitting apart on opposite sides of the room Sad ah well. Belle was brilliant but not quite as amazing as she was in May, but that could have been cause it was the first time I saw it in May? Who knows!

It was getting late now so we decided to call it a night. Sy was hungry on the way back to the hotel so we drove along the 192 trying to find him something he could grab to take out, we stumbled on a Wendy's. He's now a total convert, he loved it as far as fast food goes! He's already talking about going back there on our next trip. I didn't have anything as I wasn't hungry.

We get back to the hotel at 11pm and we are both in bed by 11:30pm.

Tomorrow, Epcot and Blizzard Beach Smile

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Redrach1903 wrote:
Hey, hooray for Day 13! I am loving these!

Great morning at AK despite the rain! I'm glad you enjoyed the jungle trek (and yes, how have you managed to miss it all these years?! haha). I think it's a lovely section of the park Smile I also love how there are always CMs dotted about to tell you all about the animals.

OMG those two stories got me emotional just reading them, so I reckon i'd have been crying too. Bless. I just love those kind of Disney touches; they have made two poorly kids feel very happy and special. I love that!

LOVE your poncho! Will have a look for one in May (although i'm hoping for not much rain! Hehe).

Aw what a shame about your meal. I just do not get how servers can be so hot and cold with different customers. Good on Sy for complaining, rightly so.

Your picture of GF is lovely! How did you get that home in one piece? eek

Thanks for sharing xx


The picture was fairly easy to get home, it wasn't in glass or anything so I didn't have to worry about it getting broken, it went in the case flat with the other one on top Wink

They did a mickey mouse poncho the same as the Minnie but the one we had bought Sy was missing the poppers down one side so we had to take it back, and they then didn't have anymore Sad we will be on the lookout this year though for a replacement.

I loved how those CM's along the trail were so friendly and informative, they must get asked the same thing over and over and yet they were so helpful and upbeat!

taratru wrote:
Just when I need a little update, you're here to save the day, Robyn! I'm sorry your service at GF was poor. But I'm beyond jealous of your new artwork! Love it!

Awwww well I do aim to please Wink and in that vein, here's day 14....

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omg I wasn't even on my iPad so I have no idea how or why that did a double post! oh well....

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Woo! Great day again, shame about the never ending snoring though! Haha! You really need to get him some sort of operation Wink haha!

When you say "Hollywood Studios" for lunch, did you mean Planet Hollywood or have i been missing something all these years? Shock

I love the photos and interaction with the main mouse - ace! And er yeah Snow White looks kinda creepy....

Adore that photo of sunset at MK, perfection Smile

Ahhh Wishes, it does the same to me every time... goosebumps, lump in throat etc etc.... hehe love it!

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Woo! Great day again, shame about the never ending snoring though! Haha! You really need to get him some sort of operation Wink haha!

When you say "Hollywood Studios" for lunch, did you mean Planet Hollywood or have i been missing something all these years? Shock

I love the photos and interaction with the main mouse - ace! And er yeah Snow White looks kinda creepy....

Adore that photo of sunset at MK, perfection Smile

Ahhh Wishes, it does the same to me every time... goosebumps, lump in throat etc etc.... hehe love it!

xx


OMG what an idiot I am lol, yes planet Hollywood, I've changed it now Wink if you fancy reading my last tr from April/May it has a day that we went to the fork and screen cinema at DTD.

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LOVE your sunset photo from TTA! Has anyone else heard about Planet Hollywood possibly leaving DTD? This is the first info I've seen about it and I'm curious if anyone else has heard these rumors. I guess anything is possible with Disney Springs.

Was the DVC mingle because you own at AKL or because you were staying at AKL? We've only ever done one DVC trip, so we're still learning about all of these wonderful little nuggets of happiness! Congrats on your win--that's a neato hat!

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I'm 99% sure we had to be DVC owners staying at AKL, I don't think we had to own there, but to be staying there if that makes sense?

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That makes perfect sense. Thanks. mickey

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Lovin the report! I like hearing about all these DVC things. I can't wait for our first DVC trip! Still waiting on those final documents though, resale seems to take forever sad
I love all your character pictures too! Did you do photo pass+? If so are all the boarders included?
Snow White seemed normal when we met her in November. Rapunzel is my favorite though biggrin

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Oh, Wishes...it makes me cry every. single. time.

All your wishes....will....come....true.... muchlove

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RobynPrincess wrote:
Redrach1903 wrote:
Woo! Great day again, shame about the never ending snoring though! Haha! You really need to get him some sort of operation Wink haha!

When you say "Hollywood Studios" for lunch, did you mean Planet Hollywood or have i been missing something all these years? Shock

I love the photos and interaction with the main mouse - ace! And er yeah Snow White looks kinda creepy....

Adore that photo of sunset at MK, perfection Smile

Ahhh Wishes, it does the same to me every time... goosebumps, lump in throat etc etc.... hehe love it!

xx


OMG what an idiot I am lol, yes planet Hollywood, I've changed it now Wink if you fancy reading my last tr from April/May it has a day that we went to the fork and screen cinema at DTD.

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Hahaha! How funny Wink

I must have already read it on TheDibb, but forgotten about the cinema bit! I'll have to re-read it Smile xx

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Oh my gosh, that Rapunzel looks awesome! Love a really good character interaction!

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Day 15

We woke up this morning to pouring rain Sad The plan was going to Blizzard Beach this morning and head to Epcot this afternoon for the Food and Wine soft opening Wink but that plan was a dud if it was going to continue raining like it was! Booooo. So we decided that we would grab on the trusty ponchos and head to Epcot this morning instead. Rain cant hold us down Wink

Just as soon as we arrived the rain stopped, but of course Wink We stopped to get a few photopass pics with the food and wine sign in the background.

We made our way straight over to World showcase where we ran into Ray and his wife who had arrived that morning, we were planning on meeting up with them anyway but this was just a chance meeting! We stood for a little while chatting but Ray had hurt his foot and needed to find some new shoes plus where we were, the sun was beating down on us. We said our goodbyes and planned to meet up again properly for some drinks round the world.

Most of the booths were open, there was the odd few that were opening later but we found a few delights to keep us happy!

First stop was to get the annoying little booklet for Sy so that he can collect stamps everywhere and then never look at it again when he gets home Wink

This was the winner for me, from Belgium a potato waffle with leeks. It was scrummy!

It was supposed to come with this bit on top but we asked for them to come separately as it was red meat and I don't eat it.

We also stopped at Japan for some Sushi

I cant remember where this next one came from, but it was pulled pork. It may have come from USA...

The sun was getting *so* hot now so we decided to call it a day at Epcot. Is it me or does anyone else find world showcase the hottest place ever? We had been clever this morning and packed the swimming things just in case the rain stopped so we could go straight over to BB.

I always pack a higher suncream for the waterparks as there are bits of skin that come out that never usually see the light of day, and I tend to burn those bit Wink I usually put the high factor on all the white bits and the normal one on my shoulders, arms, chest and back. As I was already feeling hot from Epcot I decided to put the high factor all over today, just to be extra careful...

We got changed, creamed up and went to find some loungers to leave the towels and clothes. We didn't actually do any of the rides, just played around in the pool and lazy river for a few hours. I love the lazy river Smile I don't like the bits of tree in there though, I always end up covered in it, yuk! We planned to stay longer and do some of the rides but I felt like I needed to get my pasty English skin out of the sun, so we threw on some clothes over our swimming stuff and head back to the hotel.

It was back at the hotel I realised just how pink I was... oh dear, oh dear....

I was hot! I hate getting burnt and am usually SO careful, but this morning I hadn't put cream on before leaving the hotel cause of the rain, my own fault really. I also hate how you can always spot the British tourists due to their white skin and bright red bits lol I like to think I'm more of a local as I'm there so often Wink My skin of course has other ideas lol

It wasn't a good look was it? It didn't feel too great either, the pink bits were bloody hot. I had a shower and slathered myself in aftersun to try and help.

We got dressed and headed to Walmart to get the last few bits people had asked us to bring back. We then stopped at Cracker Barrel so that I could have a quick look in the shop, I LOVE the shop there Laughing out loud I got a few Christmas decorations but didn't spend too much, Sy could rest easy Wink

I wasn't feeling in the mood for eating out as I was feeling a bit rough from the sunburn so we got a Wendy's take out and went back to the hotel to eat it in our room. Wendy's was a first for me tonight as I didn't have anything the time before, I though it was pretty good for fast food Smile wish we had that sort of quality fast food here, we have drive thru Mcdonalds, Burger King and KFC but thats it really as far as fast food goes - its all I can think of that does drive thru anyway.

We were in bed about 11pm after Sy had rubbed cream all over my burnt bits which wasn't nearly as fun as it sounds Sad

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Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
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Spook wrote:
Lovin the report! I like hearing about all these DVC things. I can't wait for our first DVC trip! Still waiting on those final documents though, resale seems to take forever sad
I love all your character pictures too! Did you do photo pass+? If so are all the boarders included?
Snow White seemed normal when we met her in November. Rapunzel is my favorite though biggrin

We didn't do photopass+ but we did pre order all of the pictures on a CD so we tried to get our money's worth Wink All the boarders were free and we could edit all the pics before we had the CD sent to us Smile

I remember our resale, I thought we were never getting to the end of it! and our ROFR only took 3 days so I would have been going crazy had it taken the full 30 days!!

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Oh, Wishes...it makes me cry every. single. time.

All your wishes....will....come....true.... muchlove



Mine is the bit that comes right at the end, 'make a wish! Wishes! and your dreeeaaaams come true.... see what a little wishin' can do'

Allie wrote:
Oh my gosh, that Rapunzel looks awesome! Love a really good character interaction!

She really was brilliant! She was the best face character I have ever met without question. Smile

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Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
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That pulled pork was Hawaii I believe.

You look well done. I don't mind burning a bit. It's the thought that weeks later, I'll still be peeling. Itching and looking like a leper.

What works for me is putting on sunblock 20-30 minutes before I go in the sun. So it really soaks into the skin. I think you get better protection that way. And I should know, my head is basically a solar panel.

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The Colonel wrote:
That pulled pork was Hawaii I believe.

You look well done. I don't mind burning a bit. It's the thought that weeks later, I'll still be peeling. Itching and looking like a leper.

What works for me is putting on sunblock 20-30 minutes before I go in the sun. So it really soaks into the skin. I think you get better protection that way. And I should know, my head is basically a solar panel.

Ahhhh yes, it was Hawaii! I should have known by the pineapple Wink

I usually put on a once per day sun cream which I'm a total convert to, it's just my own fault for thinking cause it was raining I wouldn't get burnt. Actually I might even blame you, keeping me out talking alllll that time in the sun Wink hahaha just kidding xxxxxxxxx

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Our Very Merry 24 nighter Nov/Dec 15
Watson's go West May 15
The one with all the birthdays Oct 14 4 Big Birthdays and a Vow Renewal thrown in
The OMG trip June 14 30th Birthday present from the hubs
Girly trip March 14 A last min cheapy week
September 13 our first all DVC stay
TR May 2013 the last min bargain trip offsite
Oct 2012 TR with a cruise!big family trip featuring the beach club, AKL, the dream and a villa offsite
TR on a budget May - June 2011offsite condo
TR Sept - Oct 2010 big family trip in an offsite villa