Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Completed Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





 
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-15-2009, 08:39 AM   #1
kittylady1972
Disneyholic
 
kittylady1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,414

Smile Will my kids need therapy or antibiotics? Dec '09 Trip Report: COMPLETED 4/22/10!

Trip Dates: December 5 - 12, 2009
Resort: 2BR Villa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
Who: Our group of seven...my family of five plus the in-laws
Check out my Pre-Trip Report Link for more details


So this was going to be an easy trip report as I was typing it up daily from our vacation on my netbook to make it easy to remember all the details. Well the netbook was sadly left behind on our flight back from Orlando and I guess somebody else must have really needed it despite my hope that in the spirit of Christmas it would be turned into lost and found. It was not. Therefore I'll be doing this from my memory, which isn't what it used to be anymore!

Quick Summary: We left cold and rainy Maryland with hopes of seeing lots of sunshine and enjoying some warm weather. We had more than our fair share that week of rain and cold and dreary weather...just like home. Of course, on the day we arrived in Florida back at home it was snowing so at least we missed THAT mess! We were a bit sad to miss our new puppy's first snow experience though! We did get ONE pool day in, which the kids were happy about. We tried out several new restaurants this time and I'm sad to say something I never thought I'd say...but I am finally getting to the point where I am not happy with the Disney restaurants for the most part. The limited selections are really frustrating and I'm starting to echo the sentiments of many around here that the dining plan has really hurt the restaurants. I understand they are getting more people into the restaurants due to that, and of course they are getting more people through I'm sure since you really don't have to take much time making decisions. I was hoping to enjoy some of the restaurants more than I did but sadly...they were just okay. There are exceptions of course...California Grill is still a favorite that I think we'll keep as a new tradition. We all enjoyed Mama Melrose as well. Tony's Town Square was just okay...nothing exceptional but I'm glad we tried it. San Angel Inn was quite disappointing as well...it was okay, but nothing special. I think we'd be happy just having a few select counter service meals and maybe heading off-site for food in the future, since we always rent a car anyway.


QUICK LINKS!!


DAY 1 (Dec 5th): Departure Day and Airport Fun

DAY 1 CONT'D: Hollywood Studios and La Nouba
DAY 2 (Dec 6th): EPCOT Day and the Lost Child
DAY 2 CONT'D: Snacks, fun and dancing on the tables!
DAY 3 (Dec 7th): Animal Kingdom - Will my kids need therapy or antibiotics?
DAY 3 Cont'd: California Grill and MK at night
DAY 4 (Dec 8th): Magic Kingdom and Osborne Lights
DAY 5 (Dec 9th): Chef Mickey, Resort Touring, MORE Lost kids and POOL TIME!
DAY 6(Dec 10th): A rain-soaked adventure at Studios!
DAY 6 Cont'd: Relaxing at Disney
DAY 7 (Dec 11th): Our Last Full Day...very sad!
DAY 8 (Dec 12th): Last Day of the Trip

Next up: Our first day of travel, Hollywood Studios and La Nouba!!
__________________

The past:*Jan'14: DCL MAGIC*Sep/Oct'13 DCL WONDER*Aug'13:DLR*Jan'13: POP/SSR*Nov'12:VWL/DCL DREAM/THV*Jun'12:SWAN * Mar '12:BDWLK * Jun'11:BLT * Dec'09:SSR * May'09:BC&AKV *Oct'08:BCVDINING REPORT*Jun'08:POP* Nov'07:OKW&SSR*Oct'06:AKL*Jan '06:CR*Feb'04:BDWLK *Oct'03:POLY*Sep'01:CR*Oct'99:POR*Feb'97:ASM

Last edited by kittylady1972; 11-07-2011 at 01:17 PM.
kittylady1972 is offline  
Old 12-15-2009, 08:59 AM   #2
66Tink
Mouseketeer
 
66Tink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 494

I am looking forward to reading the rest of your report and I am sorry to hear about your netbook Was there any identification in the bag for someone to return it to you? I would still like to believe that it may find it's way back to you...you never know. I have to kind of agree with the restaurant situation at Disney and I am NOT looking forward to those nasty whole wheat buns that crumble in your hands before you can eat them My family loves the burgers at Pecos Bill and now I don't even know if we will eat there because of the new buns. I understand healthy eating and all, in fact I love whole wheat bread, but at least get a bun that won't crumble to bits. I also heard something about the hot dogs at Casey's being switched to a blend of chicken and beef I think Oh well there are still great things to eat, I just hope they don't mess with the Dole Whips
__________________



Me DH and DD (15)

CBR 2003, Offsite 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, VB/SSR 2009, BCV 2010, OKW 2011, AKV, 2011, offsite 2011, YC 2012,WL 2012, YC 2013

Joanne
66Tink is offline  
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 12-15-2009, 11:25 AM   #3
mickeystoontown
DIS Veteran
 
mickeystoontown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Bayou Country, La.
Posts: 25,391

I'm in! Sorry to hear that your Netbook hasn't turned up yet. Maybe, it will. Looking forward to hearing all about your Disney adventures!
__________________

2014 trip report: Disney dangled the visual weinee and Mickeystoontown gobbled it up! Our two week adventure!
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....6#post51642226


mickeystoontown is offline  
Old 12-16-2009, 09:10 AM   #4
kittylady1972
Disneyholic
 
kittylady1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,414

Quote:
Originally Posted by 66Tink View Post
I am looking forward to reading the rest of your report and I am sorry to hear about your netbook Was there any identification in the bag for someone to return it to you? I would still like to believe that it may find it's way back to you...you never know. I have to kind of agree with the restaurant situation at Disney and I am NOT looking forward to those nasty whole wheat buns that crumble in your hands before you can eat them My family loves the burgers at Pecos Bill and now I don't even know if we will eat there because of the new buns. I understand healthy eating and all, in fact I love whole wheat bread, but at least get a bun that won't crumble to bits. I also heard something about the hot dogs at Casey's being switched to a blend of chicken and beef I think Oh well there are still great things to eat, I just hope they don't mess with the Dole Whips
Thanks so much and nope I didn't think to put identification in the bag and am now kicking myself royally for that one! I've just accepted it very sadly. Perhaps I can ask for a new one for my birthday in the spring? We didn't get to Casey's this time OR get Dole Whips due to the colder temps but I agree with you that if they mess with those I'd be upset!
__________________

The past:*Jan'14: DCL MAGIC*Sep/Oct'13 DCL WONDER*Aug'13:DLR*Jan'13: POP/SSR*Nov'12:VWL/DCL DREAM/THV*Jun'12:SWAN * Mar '12:BDWLK * Jun'11:BLT * Dec'09:SSR * May'09:BC&AKV *Oct'08:BCVDINING REPORT*Jun'08:POP* Nov'07:OKW&SSR*Oct'06:AKL*Jan '06:CR*Feb'04:BDWLK *Oct'03:POLY*Sep'01:CR*Oct'99:POR*Feb'97:ASM
kittylady1972 is offline  
Old 12-16-2009, 09:49 AM   #5
kittylady1972
Disneyholic
 
kittylady1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,414

Smile Dec 5th (Day 1): Departure Day and Airport Fun!

So we were up around 4:30am for our planned 5am departure from home for the airport and our 7am flight. Here was the original plan for our day:

DAY 1: (SAT) Arrival Day...our flight leaves at 7am, putting us in Orlando nice and early at 9:10am. Now my FIL will want to LEAVE for the airport I'm sure by 4:30am, even though we live only 15 minutes away. He like a good 2-hour window before the flight. With three kids to keep entertained in the airport, and not wanting to deal with them cranky, I will attempt for probably a 5am departure from our house which is still going to suck. Yet it will all seem better when we get to arrive early at Walt Disney World! Since we can't check into our room, we might as well hit a park. Studios and EPCOT are good parks for easy parking access, so STUDIOS is the winner! I have dining reservations at Brown Derby and Mama Melrose's...but since we've never eaten at Mama Melrose's I think we'll have dinner there. It's a late lunch, close to 2pm, so that we can coast through dinner with maybe just snacks somewhere in Downtown Disney before our evening plans...seeing the 6pm show of La Nouba. We've never seen this but I used my AP discount for some great tickets in Tier 2. I'm very excited about this which is odd since I have never had much of an interest in doing it. However, since MIL will not have the chance to do many rides this time around, we're going to now gear our trip towards the shows and this one seemed good. So hopefully we can have our late lunch, then go back and check into our room, then head over to LaNouba. Oh and if it's not too much, maybe we'll try to see Santa in Downtown Disney.

By the way, I was doing Twitter updates from our trip, so you can check those out with some photos here:

http://www.twitter.com/disneyholic

For the most part, we stuck to this plan, leaving the house just before 5am but as I was driving and we were just a mile from the house I realized I forgot to wear my wedding rings...the HORROR! I didn't want to go the whole week without them...is that crazy or what? So I turned around to get them and we were back on the road by 5:05am. Got the airport and checked in with plenty of time to spare, despite the fact that they had to find us all seats...so I should tell you that little story. The day before our flight I checked in online with AirTran...even printed our boarding passes and all was good. Now when I made the original reservation back in July I payed the extra $5 each for seat assignments but the pickings were slim so I had one child sitting between my two in-laws, one child with me and one with DH as that was the best I could do. Well since my in-laws reservation was made by us but with their own credit card, we had them check-in on their own as we knew they would most likely be given the option to upgrade to Business Class for a discounted rate, and with MIL using a cane this would be better for them. So when they did that, it meant that I had my son sitting by himself or with strangers. So Friday night before our flight I checked the seats and found they had 5 seats all in row that showed up as AVAILABLE according to the online seating chart on AirTran. So that evening I went to change us all to sit in one row together...and as I assigned the seats and moved to the next screen so skip our flight back and then finalize the changes, I got all kinds of error messages that the seats could not be assigned...and my new boarding passes showed NO seat assignments...and a $30 credit on my account. Of course, this freaked me out enough that I called AirTran that evening and spoke to a phone rep who basically said yep, no seats available EXCEPT exit aisle which we can't use with the kids. He told me what would probably happen is at check-in they would offer the exit row (normally an upcharge as well) to other passengers for free so I could sit with my kids. Ok fine.

So we check-in at the front desk, check our one bag, and head to the gate after grabbing some breakfast. As we line up to board the plane and the gate agent scans the boarding passes...he pauses and notices that I am in a row with the two boys...and it's an EXIT row and that can't happen. YIKES! I walk down and board the plane where I tell the flight attendants my situation...and they check the passenger list and determine that the two seats in front of the exit row are available, but there is one person in the third seat...they suggest I switch with that person. Sounds good.

I get to my seat, see the woman in the row, ask if she wants to switch with me and she explains that HER two boys (ages 10 and 11) are sitting across the row from her and she doesn't want to move back because then she can't keep an eye on them ...even though she's just be one row behind and across the aisle. The good news is she seems nice enough and hey she has two boys so I tell her if it's okay I'll just put my two boys (age 9 and 5) with her and I'll be right behind them. Fine. It's really not that big of a deal, the boys are great, they've flown before, Nicolas does a great job taking care of Noah (who actually sleeps for most of the flight anyway) and this woman's two boys...well they are VERY talkative and really once I see them in action...I'm not at all concerned about mine! Nicolas also of course talks this poor woman's ears off any chance he gets, but again she's really nice and friendly and so I enjoy my ENTIRE exit row all to myself the entire flight! Oh and DH and Noelle (age 7) are in the seat right in front of my two kids also.

Flight goes well though, but it's quite rough due to all the weather in the east coast area. We arrive safely and head to get our luggage. Actually I take the boys to get the rental minivan and DH heads with his parents to get the luggage. Rental car is another fun story...she tells me they have a Cadillac Escalade available if I want that instead of my minivan...but I know it will cost a fortune for that so I decline. She wants to do the typical upsells and insurance too...and then the gas charge. I never get the gas on them since it's always so expensive, and after I decline she tells me the NEW policy is now I have to fill the tank up within 10 miles of the airport AND show a receipt when I return it. So tell me just because I fill up within 10 miles of the airport, how do they know I didn't drive 10 miles more than that? Really insane but I have a GPS with me so I figure when we drive back to the airport and are within 10 miles we'll get gas, which we do...but you'll hear that story later!

So after the fiasco of got the rental, where are you, cell phone calls back and forth to meet the rest of our party we are finally on our way to Disney! We arrive at Saratoga Springs around 10am.



Our room isn't ready but I ask for the text message and we decided to get some food in the kids since our lunch is at 2pm. We allow them to get dessert there since they are still serving breakfast food...and kids choose chocolate cakes, carrot cakes, and Nicolas does get a bowl of cereal. I really don't like the new pre-packaged cakes...I miss the larger slices of cakes. We then head out around 11:30am to Hollywood Studios! As we get out of the car at the parking lot and are walking to the tram I check my cell-phone...and I have a message from SSR that my room is ready! Looks like as we were probably eating our snacks, I got the message but I didn't realize it. Oh well.

Time to hit the Studios!
__________________

The past:*Jan'14: DCL MAGIC*Sep/Oct'13 DCL WONDER*Aug'13:DLR*Jan'13: POP/SSR*Nov'12:VWL/DCL DREAM/THV*Jun'12:SWAN * Mar '12:BDWLK * Jun'11:BLT * Dec'09:SSR * May'09:BC&AKV *Oct'08:BCVDINING REPORT*Jun'08:POP* Nov'07:OKW&SSR*Oct'06:AKL*Jan '06:CR*Feb'04:BDWLK *Oct'03:POLY*Sep'01:CR*Oct'99:POR*Feb'97:ASM
kittylady1972 is offline  
Old 12-21-2009, 09:37 PM   #6
NeverBeen2DW
I have been to Disney, I just do not know how to change my screen name!
 
NeverBeen2DW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,175

Quote:
Originally Posted by 66Tink View Post
I am looking forward to reading the rest of your report and I am sorry to hear about your netbook Was there any identification in the bag for someone to return it to you? I would still like to believe that it may find it's way back to you...you never know. I have to kind of agree with the restaurant situation at Disney and I am NOT looking forward to those nasty whole wheat buns that crumble in your hands before you can eat them My family loves the burgers at Pecos Bill and now I don't even know if we will eat there because of the new buns. I understand healthy eating and all, in fact I love whole wheat bread, but at least get a bun that won't crumble to bits. I also heard something about the hot dogs at Casey's being switched to a blend of chicken and beef I think Oh well there are still great things to eat, I just hope they don't mess with the Dole Whips
We just came back yesterday and the buns were fine. I am not sure why there is such a stink about the buns. I had a hot dog at Casey's and a burger at Peco Bill. They were fine and they taste good too.
__________________
Uu

Completed trips: AKL 12/4/2006, PO-FQ 3/19/2007, CSR 12/7/2007, POP 4/17/2008, BWI 12/12/08, CSR 12/16/08, CSR 4/1/2009, POR-RS WORST RESORT! 12/15/2009
Upcoming trip: CSR Dec 2 - 6
NeverBeen2DW is offline  
Old 12-22-2009, 07:17 AM   #7
praisehisname
DIS Veteran
 
praisehisname's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Baltimore County, Maryland
Posts: 4,355

Great start!
__________________
(Me) Denise Tom Lee 20 Sarah 18 Maggie 16

07/87 DLR***05/98 All-Star Music***01/04 Polynesian/4-night Wonder***02/05 7-night Magic Eastern***
09/07 Beach Club***10/08 7-night Magic Special Western (double-dipping at Castaway Cay!!!)
***12/09 Pop Century***08/13 7 night Fantasy Western

praisehisname is offline  
Old 01-06-2010, 12:39 PM   #8
kittylady1972
Disneyholic
 
kittylady1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,414

Smile I'm back - Hollywood Studios and La Nouba

Now that the holiday madness is over, I can resume the work on this trip report...from only my memory and photos so let's hope I can get most of it here.

We arrived at Hollywood Studios on a chilly and rainy day, though the rain at the Orlando Airport did not seem to follow us to the Studios.


It was just around noon so we headed right for TOT. My MIL could not ride, and the 5-year-old decided he did not want to ride, so the rest of us got in line for the very short wait. The drop sequence was AWESOME...I only wish I had the photo from it because it was great!

Next we headed over to Muppetvision since that was something everybody could do, including my MIL. On the walk there, we saw that Star Tours had no wait and decided to do that. Now I have not done Star Tours in probably 10 years. I can handle most rides, but I've found as I'm getting older (39 is fast approaching) I don't handle spinning rides very well AND any ride that's a simulator usually makes me feel a bit off. However, I decided to give it a try this time with the rest of the family and I tolerated it pretty well. After that, we headed to Muppetvision, as it was something we could all do together and we still had a little bit of time before lunch at 2pm at Mama Melrose.



Funny thing is we weren't really sure where Mama Melrose was located, but we exited Muppetvision and we were right in front of the restaurant...SCORE!

The place smelled so good and we were a bit early so we had a little bit of a wait.

However, once we sat down and ordered the food...we were not disappointed! Everything was wonderful! We split two appetizers - the Antipasto and the Calamari and both were very good. I had a caesar salad with my meal that was just EXCELLENT. My husband and FIL had some kind of pasta dish with sausage I think, and my MIL and I had a mushroom ravioli dish...all of it was great. I wish we had room for dessert, but alas it was not to be!

Afterwards it was pretty much time to head back to checkin for our room, so that's what we did. The whole time we were walking around the park, my SIL was sending us texts with photos and videos from home...as it was snowing there! We couldn't help but laugh...yeah it may have been a bit chilly in Florida, but at least we weren't dealing with the snow. Granted it wasn't really much, no accumulation since it wasn't terribly cold at home, but it was enough.



Back at our room we quickly did a bit of unpacking and snacking for the kids. We were headed to La Nouba for the 6pm show and needed to be there by 5:30pm, so we didn't have a whole lot of time. We arrived and picked up our tickets and got seated in some GREAT seats...thanks to our DVC discount they were not nearly as expensive as they would have been.

The show was FANTASTIC and I was amazed that even the kids LOVED it. It was one of the things they talked about the most. I'm so glad we could share that experience with them and it may be something we do again on a return trip...if we can still get the great discount tickets!

We returned to the room and put everybody to bed, then DH and I hit the local Wal Mart for some quick grocery shopping for our villa. We stocked up on drinks for the most part and some breakfast foods, so that we'd have plenty to get us through the week. I was really focusing on not buying too much as it seems we always end up throwing out a bunch of food after our trips. We ended up doing pretty well this time, I have to say, and by the end of the trip the amount of waste was minimal.
__________________

The past:*Jan'14: DCL MAGIC*Sep/Oct'13 DCL WONDER*Aug'13:DLR*Jan'13: POP/SSR*Nov'12:VWL/DCL DREAM/THV*Jun'12:SWAN * Mar '12:BDWLK * Jun'11:BLT * Dec'09:SSR * May'09:BC&AKV *Oct'08:BCVDINING REPORT*Jun'08:POP* Nov'07:OKW&SSR*Oct'06:AKL*Jan '06:CR*Feb'04:BDWLK *Oct'03:POLY*Sep'01:CR*Oct'99:POR*Feb'97:ASM

Last edited by kittylady1972; 01-15-2010 at 01:42 PM.
kittylady1972 is offline  
Old 01-08-2010, 01:06 PM   #9
kittylady1972
Disneyholic
 
kittylady1972's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,414

Take me back!

Ok, so I've been reviewing all of my Tweeting that I did while in Disney to help bring back my memory of our trip. I think the one thing I am most upset about in losing my netbook was the fact that I was doing journal entries there daily...and those are gone. Now I have to use my memory and I may have lost out on some good stuff.

Oh and it's hard to think about complaining about the mid-60 degree rainy days we were having in Florida while we were there when this week they are talking about possible SNOW there!

Anyway, day two - EPCOT - coming up soon!
__________________

The past:*Jan'14: DCL MAGIC*Sep/Oct'13 DCL WONDER*Aug'13:DLR*Jan'13: POP/SSR*Nov'12:VWL/DCL DREAM/THV*Jun'12:SWAN * Mar '12:BDWLK * Jun'11:BLT * Dec'09:SSR * May'09:BC&AKV *Oct'08:BCVDINING REPORT*Jun'08:POP* Nov'07:OKW&SSR*Oct'06:AKL*Jan '06:CR*Feb'04:BDWLK *Oct'03:POLY*Sep'01:CR*Oct'99:POR*Feb'97:ASM
kittylady1972 is offline  
 



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Disney Picture of the Day Thread - June 12, 2009 WeatherbySwann Theme Parks Community 3744 02-01-2010 06:48 PM
Triple D's December to Remember bubba73 Events/Competition 57 01-21-2010 11:29 AM
Snow-Wigd and the Christmas Elves, a December pre-trip! wigdoutdismom Completed Trip Reports 1573 12-29-2009 06:42 PM
December 10, 2009 3 Night Bahamian Cruise DLW8 Disney Cruise Meets 803 12-26-2009 12:21 PM
Your thoughts on Yak and Yeti jess20k Disney Restaurants 32 12-16-2009 06:34 AM

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:27 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.