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Old 02-07-2013, 08:17 PM   #1411
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...I did "walk" the Boardwalk reservation for 3 days and am glad I did. Of course I am now terrified that it will be too noisy for Jeff and he will whine about it for 6 nights, even though he was the most insistent on having that. I'm packing earplugs.
plans to start a business so....we will see how that all plays out.

As far as Boardwalk noise, I recommend bringing a white-noise machine with you. We don't travel without one anymore, it really makes a big difference! We have one in each bedroom at home (we started using them when my oldest was a baby, it allowed DH and I to watch TV at night without disturbing her) and I'd have a hard time sleeping without one now.
It especially makes sense when you travel, though...when you're in a situation where you can't control the noise of those around you
There are some very small ones.

Glad you got what you wanted for NYE!! We also just made our plans for next year, and availability at BWV in 1-BR SV was wide open.
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As far as Boardwalk noise, I recommend bringing a white-noise machine with you. We don't travel without one anymore, it really makes a big difference! We have one in each bedroom at home (we started using them when my oldest was a baby, it allowed DH and I to watch TV at night without disturbing her) and I'd have a hard time sleeping without one now.
It especially makes sense when you travel, though...when you're in a situation where you can't control the noise of those around you
There are some very small ones.

Glad you got what you wanted for NYE!! We also just made our plans for next year, and availability at BWV in 1-BR SV was wide open.
Is that what you booked? That is wonderful. It seems like 1B's have a lot more options or go later than the studios or 2B's. Which I guess makes sense since a studio sleeps the same but is a lot less points. So, we will be neighbors? What are your dates?

I'm double glad my ressies are handled as, as of today, I'm locked out of the site. So frustrating. It keeps trying to link my member account to by Disney "my experience" one and then comes back as having invalid numbers. Which they aren't and apparently is a known issue but the end effect is I can't get into the members site until it's resolved. At least it's working on the Disney Exp side of things, I can see the ressies are still there.

It's going to be an adjustment being in studio in Aulani after all the 1B's all summer. I am going to really miss not having that full kitchen and laundry.

I've always wondered how Jeff would do with a white noise machine, he is SO ridiculously sensitive I've often wondered if it would be it's own distraction or annoyance. Sounds that will lull me to sleep, rain on the roof, the surf, the rush of the river at our cabin...keep him awake.
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Is that what you booked? That is wonderful. It seems like 1B's have a lot more options or go later than the studios or 2B's. Which I guess makes sense since a studio sleeps the same but is a lot less points. So, we will be neighbors? What are your dates?

I'm double glad my ressies are handled as, as of today, I'm locked out of the site. So frustrating. It keeps trying to link my member account to by Disney "my experience" one and then comes back as having invalid numbers. Which they aren't and apparently is a known issue but the end effect is I can't get into the members site until it's resolved. At least it's working on the Disney Exp side of things, I can see the ressies are still there.

It's going to be an adjustment being in studio in Aulani after all the 1B's all summer. I am going to really miss not having that full kitchen and laundry.

I've always wondered how Jeff would do with a white noise machine, he is SO ridiculously sensitive I've often wondered if it would be it's own distraction or annoyance. Sounds that will lull me to sleep, rain on the roof, the surf, the rush of the river at our cabin...keep him awake.
Our dates do overlap, ours are 12/26/13 through 1/3/14.

I called MS to make the ressie, because we have two different member numbers (1st contract we bought direct, but the 2nd one was resale) and I had to transfer points between accounts, so I didn't deal with the website this time. 2BRs are definitely harder to get, but while having more space would mean we wouldn't have to bring the inflatable bed, the kids claim not to mind taking turns on it so we can use less points!

The DVC website is annoying even when it's working properly; I hope your account gets fixed soon!

I get what you're saying about the white noise machine, not everybody likes them.
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Sorry that I am late, but I still wanted to say Happy Birthday! I hope you had a gret day!

I am very sorry that you have to deal with so much illness in your circle of friends and family. I can only imagine how straining that must be!
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Our dates do overlap, ours are 12/26/13 through 1/3/14.

I called MS to make the ressie, because we have two different member numbers (1st contract we bought direct, but the 2nd one was resale) and I had to transfer points between accounts, so I didn't deal with the website this time. 2BRs are definitely harder to get, but while having more space would mean we wouldn't have to bring the inflatable bed, the kids claim not to mind taking turns on it so we can use less points!
Oh interesting, I thought if you bought resale if it was in the same UY it kept the same membership #, only changing if the UY's were different. Is that not the case?

I love less points! I will need to get an inflatable twin bed for our trip, do you keep one in an owners locker or just bring it down with you?

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Looks like it's hitting everyone, lots of chatter on FB and the DVC forum about it. What a pain.

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I get what you're saying about the white noise machine, not everybody likes them.
I probably wouldn't mind it at all and Evan uses his radio as one sometimes (it has a white noise feature) but Jeff is my problem child. I told him we needed to pack earplugs and he wasn't happy about it and I reminded him that he was the one who was insistent on BW view. Which at anytime would be louder I think but certainly around NYE.

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It really seems unending, just when someone gets better, someone gets worse. Jeff's mom had a nasty fall and we are waiting to see if she will need surgery for nerve damage. Sigh. It really does make you want to run away to Disney.
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All caught up here and

I am late but I hope you enjoyed your day.



You are fabulous at doing the big family planning thing. Not sure if I could keep my sanity.


for the boys and the music festival. Ireland - such a great carrot to dangle.
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All caught up here and

I am late but I hope you enjoyed your day.

You are fabulous at doing the big family planning thing. Not sure if I could keep my sanity.

for the boys and the music festival. Ireland - such a great carrot to dangle.
Thanks! It was a nice day. Well as nice as it can be between work and kids school projects lol.

I think the thing that helps on this trip is the fact that the whole gang is pretty darn into Disney and I think once logistics are more set it will be fun for all to plan together. I just need to be ok with others doing it on their own timeframe and that's a little hard. I do have faith it will all work out.

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Oh interesting, I thought if you bought resale if it was in the same UY it kept the same membership #, only changing if the UY's were different. Is that not the case?

I love less points! I will need to get an inflatable twin bed for our trip, do you keep one in an owners locker or just bring it down with you?

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We have February and August use years...and two membership #s. It would be so much easier if they were the same!

We shlep the bed back and forth with us - it fits nicely in a rolling carry-on with some room to spare! We actually tried OL when they first started, it's a great idea for some people, but we found it to be kind of expensive for us. We were going to WDW more frequently back then, and mostly wanted OL for the bed, but for various reasons we quit after a year.

Don't forget to pack a twin fitted sheet, it doesn't take up much room and it makes the bed more comfortable
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We have February and August use years...and two membership #s. It would be so much easier if they were the same!
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We shlep the bed back and forth with us - it fits nicely in a rolling carry-on with some room to spare! We actually tried OL when they first started, it's a great idea for some people, but we found it to be kind of expensive for us. We were going to WDW more frequently back then, and mostly wanted OL for the bed, but for various reasons we quit after a year.

Don't forget to pack a twin fitted sheet, it doesn't take up much room and it makes the bed more comfortable
Mary Ellen and I are considering sharing an OL, which might be the perfect compromise and bring the cost down but we will see. With the cost of checking luggage I worry about how much space the bed will take up but we will definitely need one and bring a sheet. Did you find there was enough extra pillows/blankets in the villa that a sheet was all you needed?
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Yeah, it totally confuses me! But, in 12 years, we haven't made a mistake (probably due to my DH, I don't have a math mind!).

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Mary Ellen and I are considering sharing an OL, which might be the perfect compromise and bring the cost down but we will see. With the cost of checking luggage I worry about how much space the bed will take up but we will definitely need one and bring a sheet. Did you find there was enough extra pillows/blankets in the villa that a sheet was all you needed?
Since joining DVC, we have not checked a bag (with the exception of the trip when we filled up our OL). Even with the bed, the 4 of us travel with two rolling carry-ons and two shoulder bags. It's a personal challenge for me to travel as lightly as possible Yaay for the washer/dryer!

In the 1BR, there is supposed to be a bag in the front hall closet with a pillow, 2 sheets, and a blanket, and the sofa bed is already made up so you shouldn't need anything extra.

The bed we currently have is a double-height twin with an electric pump inside, from amazon.
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Yeah, it totally confuses me! But, in 12 years, we haven't made a mistake (probably due to my DH, I don't have a math mind!).
Sounds like you've got it down if it hasn't been an issue in 12 year!

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Since joining DVC, we have not checked a bag (with the exception of the trip when we filled up our OL). Even with the bed, the 4 of us travel with two rolling carry-ons and two shoulder bags. It's a personal challenge for me to travel as lightly as possible Yaay for the washer/dryer!

In the 1BR, there is supposed to be a bag in the front hall closet with a pillow, 2 sheets, and a blanket, and the sofa bed is already made up so you shouldn't need anything extra.

The bed we currently have is a double-height twin with an electric pump inside, from amazon.
I'll check amazon, thanks for the tip! We do end up checking 1-2 just for liquids. If it weren't for that we might be able to go completely carryon. We always seem to have something that is over the carryon limit for liquids so do check at least 1 bag. With a December trip though, and the need for layers, that becomes a much bigger packing challenge for me. I am hoping to keep it at just one checked bag but it will probably be a large one!
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Pirates at Sea

Where were we?
Back in our stateroom having wine, fruit and cheese. Sigh. That sounds so perfectly lovely right now. The E's were off to ride the Aquaduck and without them, or K, we didn't feel the need to hit the comedy show again. With arrangements made to meet back at the room prior to heading to dinner the kids took off. I finished up the FE bags for the next day and we both showered and changed. While at Palo we had peeked in at Remy, but more importantly at a lovely little lounge called Meridian that is in between the two. Our plan, now that we were unexpectedly (again!) kid free, was to have a drink before dinner there!

It had a lovely interior, and outside seating area! Though it functions as the waiting spot for both Palo and Remy dinner, it was surprisingly...empty.

It was still windy out so we chose a semi sheltered spot











Lovely as it was, the wind got to us. Or more accurately, me. My hair was whipping my face and really it didn't feel terribly good when that happened. Not to mention it then getting stuck in my lipgloss and making it hard to drink my bubbly. So we moved inside.
Clearly a climate change, check out the condensation on my glass!



We loved the travel themed interior here and tried to get a shot of the 2 of us with the cool luggage strapped in seating





We even liked the wallpaper



Sadly, with that it was time to head back to the stateroom. Where...we didn't find any children! We were literally on the verge of leaving the room when they came dashing in. Apparently Evan, who is about 80 pounds soaking wet, had gotten stuck on the Aquaduck riding solo and had gotten an earful from others waiting in line, mad apparently that he’d gotten stuck and slowed down the line. Sucks to be a skinny thing sometimes. As a result they were late and scrambled to get ready for pirate night. Dressed up as much as we were going to be, we headed to dinner. Tonight we'd be dining at:



Animators! The E's favorite.

I am not sure if Evan was tipping his hat, or what here



He does look like he’s up to something, doesn't he?



A spectacularly bad picture of everyone



Apparently I had a crab cake appetizer

Black Beard's Jumbo Crab Cake - with golden raisin-carrot and coconut slaw served with a spicy Calypso dressing



The interior on the Dream is VERY different than that of the Wonder so I enjoyed checking it out





One of the boys, and apparently Jeff, got pot stickers for their app



Pirates Golden "Pot Stickers" - oriental pork "dumplings" deep fried and served with a tamarind-ginger soy sauce and pickled vegetables

I think this was my entrée but am not positive. I think I’d been leaning towards the Mahi, was told this was outstanding and went with it and if memory serves…it was!



Castaway Chicken Breast - rubbed with Pirate Island Spice, rice and beans, and fried okra on rich spiced glaze



Evan's entree



Jack Sparrow's Barbecue Marinated Beef Short Ribs - Rubbed beef short rips with tamarind-barbecue sauce and served with onion red bliss mashed potatoes and plantain chip

Evan's Dessert



Fruit Cobbler - with vanilla ice cream

This one was mine



Crunch Time Sundae - Rum Raisin Ice Cream, Pineapple, Whipped Cream and Croquant

Our tablemates were getting in on the food porn pictures by this point



Rum Soaked Chocolate Cake - with raspberry glaze and whipped cream

At some point during dinner, they come by and take your pictures. I’d really liked ours from the previous year and these weren't too awful either so I did buy them!





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Evan got a hold of my phone and thought it would be really fun to take pictures of me enjoying my dessert. I'm not sure I found it as entertaining as he did! I am sorry these are so huge, the new photobucket is a nightmare, I change the rotation and the pictures get bigger and I am not motivated to go in and try to resize things on top of it. Very frustrating









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Dinner over, we strolled out.

Apparently Eric needed a rest after all that eating





And perked up enough for a cheesy blurry picture in front of one of the backdrops available for photo sessions (which clearly was over at this point).



On our way up for the pirate party we wandered in and out of the stores with the E's showing us all the items they were eyeing to spend their souvenir money on. We had agreed they'd wait until after our Castaway Cay day as they’d be bummed if they spent it all now, then found something tomorrow but couldn't get it and all of the things they liked seemed to have good inventory. Kendall took off to meet up with other teens in the club, they had their own fireworks party plans.

Arriving on deck we split up, boys on the lower deck in front of the actual show and adults up above. Close enough to where we could see them and the party but not get caught in the actual crush. Win win for us!
Pretty soon it was time to start (and sorry they are pretty awful pics!)











Yeah, I admit. The show didn't do much for me but it was cute.
Soon enough though, fireworks at sea! A first for us





And…that’s all I got picture wise as I could see quite quickly they weren't turning out. It was fun, I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was pretty cool to be outside on deck, seeing them. We'd agreed to meet at the room immediately following fireworks and they did. We had a fun Towel Animal awaiting us.



And an orangutan still hanging around





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