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Old 08-24-2009, 12:52 PM   #136
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Great update - hate to hear about the tragedy but God was watching over y'all thankfully!

I can't wait to see how they react when they realize the resort is different... We only have 34 more days and we will be at the Happiest place on Earth - and we can't wait!
I just saw your signature. You're staying at Port Orleans Riverside soon. I hope you'll come back with lots of pictures and a review. This is one of the resorts we are considering for our 2010 trip.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:01 PM   #137
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Because you are an amazing person you made an amazing mother. Congrats.

Daughter Sandi and I are figuring out ways to surprise Sheri next Tuesday on our trip to Kansas City for her BD. Sheri is already complaining to me that she invited Sandi and she couldn't come. Couldn't come for mine, now can't come for hers. Too funny
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:13 PM   #138
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Hi! me subbing, i love reading trip reports, urs seeem very interesting:D After reading about the accident, made me teary eye, i hate when bad things happen Glad u guys felt better and enjoy the thought u r going to disney!

Cannot wait to read more, i have popcorn in hand lol
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Lisa, I can't resist. Does John know Pocahontasgal87? Hope that all went well for him this trip.
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Hi! me subbing, i love reading trip reports, urs seeem very interesting:D After reading about the accident, made me teary eye, i hate when bad things happen Glad u guys felt better and enjoy the thought u r going to disney!

Cannot wait to read more, i have popcorn in hand lol
Pocahontas gal87: I couldn't resist my statement to Lisa. I hope I wasn't offensive to you in any way.

Did you like CSR? We did.
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We've arrived! I checked the time on the dashboard and it was straight up 5:00 p.m. (our time, not Florida time). That was quite a long drive but, we had a major delay as I explained before.

We get to the signs that I posted above and we tell the kids that we have a surprise and, of course, they yell "What is it?". We said, "It's a surprise." "We are going to Cirque de Soliel?", says Lacey. "We are?", squealed Hunter. "Nope, it's something else." said John. By this time, we pass the sign that directs us to Pop Century. The kids look at us and said "Where are you going?". "To our surprise", I said.

We go on a little further and by this time, the kids are sitting on the edge of the backseat. We get to the sign that says Caribbean Beach and Hunter yells "We're staying at Caribbean Beach instead of Pop Century!". "We sure are", said John. Hunter is bouncing up and down in the backseat and starts talking a mile a minute...."I love this place. I would have loved Pop Century too but I love this place. I mean, it's the Caribbean Beach Resort. It's my favorite". Then, he remembered what he said last year, smiled at us and said "You're the best parents in the whole wide world. I gotta pee!" which had us all laughing.

We looked at Lacey and asked her is she was surprised and she said "Heck yeah! I really like this place 'cause it has beaches and we can rent one of those bikes and I can embarrass ya'll by ringing the bell over and over again." I told you she wouldn't be as excited as Hunter because she's only stayed there once. During her missionary work, she has slept in some pretty bad conditions. She's happy with a clean room and a bed. Well, she was getting her clean room, a bed, beaches, swimming pools and a surrey bike with a bell.

We get to the guard station and he asks our name. Hummm? McBride you say? Hummmm.....do you have an i.d. ? I pull my driver's license out and he writes us down on the list. Please don't let this be a bad sign. He gives us directions to the Custom House so I can check us in.

We pull around to the Custom House and Lacey said she was going in with me 'cause she had to tinkle.

The Custom House:



Personal business taken care of (I had to make a stop at the bathroom too.), we set out to find the online check-in window. I took this picture first:



The online check-in desk was straight ahead of us but there was no one standing at any of the three windows. Oh well, there's only two people at the other windows checking in or, possibly, out. I'd just wait in the regular line. I guess I was looking toward the online check-in windows and I heard a lady ask if she could help me. I told her I had done online check-in and she said she could help us. I gave her my name, she pulled up our reservation and next thing you know, she had a folder out and our park tickets/room keys printed. Less than 5 minutes. When she opened the folder, there was a Birthday celebration button for Hunter. She said, wait a minute, you're supposed to have Anniversary buttons too. I told her yes and that Lacey was celebrating graduation too. She smiled and came back with buttons for John and I as well as one for Lacey.

She took out a resort map and started circling our room location. Imagine my surprise when she said we were in Martinique 26. That's a free upgrade. I booked standard. Martinique is the closest building to Old Port Royale. Sweet!

*****Interuption: Boss just yelled down the hall that I need to come make copies. Be back after while.

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Old 08-24-2009, 02:39 PM   #142
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How totally awesome. What a thrill for you that you can please your children so easily.

They would not have been more excited if you had offered them the moon. Love it.
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What a beautiful lobby. I love how you take pictures of EVERYTHING! It absolutely makes the story!

I love Hunter. He's just the sweetest little boy ever. I hope that my Mitchell grows up to be as well-rounded as your Hunter.
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Old 08-24-2009, 03:20 PM   #144
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How totally awesome. What a thrill for you that you can please your children so easily.

They would not have been more excited if you had offered them the moon. Love it.
I often look at my kids and tell them...."You know you're spoiled, right?" And they'll look at me and say "Yes I know and I love you for it." They don't get everything that they want but they do know that what they have, their dad and I have worked very hard for it.

Now, my sister's kids....it's another story. They are spoiled but they are the mean, foot stomping, spoiled kids. They've done just about everything you can think of. When they were still minors, their mom and dad said if anything happened to them, the kids were going to live with John and I. I told her that they'd have to leave some money for them 'cause I couldn't afford them.

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What a beautiful lobby. I love how you take pictures of EVERYTHING! It absolutely makes the story!

I love Hunter. He's just the sweetest little boy ever. I hope that my Mitchell grows up to be as well-rounded as your Hunter.
I wish the picture did the lobby justice. I've told ya'll a gazillion times that I don't know all of the settings on my camera so some pictures aren't that great. The lobby is gorgeous as is the entire resort.

I know that Mitchell is going to be a great little guy. You know you're raisin' that boy right.
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Pocahontas gal87: I couldn't resist my statement to Lisa. I hope I wasn't offensive to you in any way.

Did you like CSR? We did.
lol ohhh not at all! CSR WAS AWESOME AND VERY BEAUTIFUL! i would love to stay there again, we might stay at AK Lodge in May, our first deluxe resort!!!!!!!! woooopie!!!!
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How rude of your boss to interrupt your DISsing and you can tell him I said so!

What a great update - LOVED the reveal!!! Seeing your childrens' excitement and pure joy is such a privilege to witness and share, thank you for sharing with us

What a lovely resort! We booked that initially, then changed to ASMu (yeah, we're cheap LOL). Maybe next time if I can convince my dh that it's OK to go somewhere for the third time

I am going to do the online check-in - just love the idea of our folder possibly being ready when we check in (we should be there by about 10-10:30am).

Woooohoooo for an awesome free upgrade!!! Now, THAT is a great way to start a WDW vacation!!
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lol ohhh not at all! CSR WAS AWESOME AND VERY BEAUTIFUL! i would love to stay there again, we might stay at AK Lodge in May, our first deluxe resort!!!!!!!! woooopie!!!!
I am so glad. Sometimes I have been known to just blurt stuff out and think later. We did love CSR. We were in Cabanas 8B. So close to the dig site. The boys loved it. We loved the quietness of it all. I think if I were lucky to do deluxe I would do Poly or Beach Club. Couldn't do the Boardwalk due to the clowns.
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awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww i wanna stay at a resort with a beach! (attempts to jump in picture!) owwwwww lol, thats an awesome surprise for ur kids, u guys r AWESOME PARENTS!
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I am so glad. Sometimes I have been known to just blurt stuff out and think later. We did love CSR. We were in Cabanas 8B. So close to the dig site. The boys loved it. We loved the quietness of it all. I think if I were lucky to do deluxe I would do Poly or Beach Club. Couldn't do the Boardwalk due to the clowns.
LOL UR SILLY
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awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww i wanna stay at a resort with a beach! (attempts to jump in picture!) owwwwww lol, thats an awesome surprise for ur kids, u guys r AWESOME PARENTS!
DITTO on the awesome parent part!

WL has a beach, but it doesn't really have that "beachy" feeling, if that makes sense. Still love WL, though! I'm liking the looks of CBR, though, I'll admit it...
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