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Old 12-03-2012, 08:31 PM   #151
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Sorry you and Kristel got grumpy on each other. Good thing you bought those Grumpy shirts.

I can't wait to see the new Fantasyland. And according to the menu for Gastons Tavern it looks as if the idea of a special beverage is being copied.
Butter Beer, vs LeFou's Brew.

I had told Scott the Little Mermaid ride is exactly the same as the one in DLR's California Adventure. We should have an Ip-Dip on the west coast!
It was unusual for us. I think it was a combination of my ankle really hurting and swelling and her knee bothering her coupled with a miscommunication. I think we need to drink more by the pool. Which was also a problem as we had planned to relax by the pool a couple of afternoons and I didn't want to since I had to stay in the boot. Grumpy shirts do fit my personality at times.

I have never had Butter Beer but plan to change that next year. I am going to Universal after we check out of DIsney. It will be the first time since 2001 and then I was only there for 4 hours. My aunt got bored. I will have to do a comparison of the 2 brews.

I have never been to Disneyland. My dream is to one day get there an Ip Dip would be a great reason although I know Jim won't go. He hates California. Of course all he has seen of the state is prisons so I don't get it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:20 PM   #152
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Well if you ever plan a trip out to DL or Vegas for that matter. I'm yur girl!
I could probably get anyone of you guys discount room rates for any Caesars Entertainment properities.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:21 AM   #153
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Well if you ever plan a trip out to DL or Vegas for that matter. I'm yur girl!
I could probably get anyone of you guys discount room rates for any Caesars Entertainment properities.
That sounds good. Jim and I have talked about Vegas and a friend of mine has tried to convince me to give it a try. She was there last year and had a blast. Having seen her pics it looks like fun. I always thought Vegas was just casinos.

Kristel is actually planning a trip out there next year so she wasn't planning on attending the next Ip Dip.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:20 AM   #154
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As I left you in my last update I was heading to the exit and leaving the parks for the last time this trip. I did stop and got a really good shot of the monorail


OK I cheated a little it wasn't moving so I was able to get a really nice picture. I got to the bus stop and there were only a few people there and the bus arrived right away, again. Why is it when you are leaving to go home the buses are always right there but when you want to get to a park you have to wait? Anyway I was off one last time to return to the resort. On my arrival I headed over to Bell services and picked up my backpack and the battery. Then I turned the scooter in hobbled over to get my last 2 snack credits. I got a chocolate croissant for the plane at the food court and then headed over to the gift shop for a bag of sour gummies for my grandson. Somehow between the food court and the gift shop I lost my room key. I then had to get a new one for just the last snack credit. I also wanted to make sure it was canceled as Kristel had left charging priviliges on the card.

That done I went over here to sit and rest




I watched the park buses going past and was a little depressed knowing that I was going home. I was scheduled for a 4:15 pickup and ME was on time. We were the last stop I guess as we went straight to the highway.

These signs aren't nearly as exciting


And this is probably the saddest sight


I amde it to the airport with plenty of time to spare. I will say that I don't like the Orlando airport. I had a wheelchair assist on my reservation. First you have to find Air Tran in the airport. Then you have to find someone who can help you. Then you have to wait for that person to find someone to get you to the gate. Finally I had my escort - Jim. I have good luck with that name. He was awesome. We got to security and I took the boot off to make it easier. They had a cane that I could use and we were through with no problems. He got me to my gate and said he would be back. He had to meet an arriving plane. He also parked me by the windows. I saw this plane getting ready to take off.


Plane decorated with the Baltimore Ravens logo. Jim actually came right back and wheeled me over to McDonald's so I could get a soda. He also came back to help get me down the boarding ramp. That guy was awesome and went way above and beyond in customer service.

No problems with taking off this flight. I did have an annoying seat mate who was constantly fidgeting and changing positions. The whole seat moved. I just got my coke and took pics.

The sunset


And some really nice night shots






And we are approaching Philadelphia. There are 4 boats lined up in what I believe is the Delaware Bay or possible the Delaware river. Of course it could also be the Schuykill River.


The plane landed and I called my DH Jim. He was already on his way to get me. The airport employee that assisted me was nowhere near as friendly as the one in Orlando. I asked to stop by the rest room and she was like whatever. I think I interrupted her phone conversation. She took me to baggage claims and dropped me off at the wrong carousel. As I was struggling to get my suitcase a hand reached over and grabbed it. Jim knew the cop on duty at the exit and was able to park right there and come in to help me. Sometimes his job comes in handy. We went out to his waiting truck and it was much cooler than Florida had been. I got one last text from Kristel that she had made her first stop safely and with that my trip came to an end.

Final Thoughts - This was a great trip overall. I had a lot of fun with Kristel, Scott and Vinny. It was great seeing Kathy and Chris and Lily again.

The ankle made me a little difficult to deal with at times. I am extremely independent and relying on people to help me is hard. Taking a break from each other was really a good thing. We both needed it at times. Thankfully we are still friends.

Using the Dining Plan made me really think twice about future trips. The cost has made it almost not worth it except for my meals being prepaid. I don't always want a dessert and I always wind up with a ton of snack credits left.

POFQ was a wonderful resort. No issues with the bus service and the one time I had a wait they had another bus there very quickly. The boat to DTD was wonderful and relaxing. I just worried that I would roll right off of the dock and I can't swim. Plus with Frankensteins boot I would have drowned.

The F&W festival was great but crowded - insanely crowded. Even weekdays were hard to get around in EPCOT. I will say that the lines for rides and attractions weren't bad in any of the parks however. The usual rides had the long waits.

There will be no Ip Dip next year. Scott has cancelled it for the fall. Kristel wasn't going anyway. I am going back next year for the Christmas season with my husband and hopefully the Flower and Garden show the following May with Kristel.

I had a great trip that ended too soon. So I am now off to plan my Christmas trip next year. I hope everyone who read along enjoyed my trip. Those that stopped in to say hi thank you for reading along.
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Sorry your trip was over, it is always a sad time to fly home. Great report, glad you had a great time.

I still might be going in October next year for Emily and Andrew's birthdays.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:55 PM   #156
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Sorry your trip was over, it is always a sad time to fly home. Great report, glad you had a great time.

I still might be going in October next year for Emily and Andrew's birthdays.
I hate flying home, it's depressing. Glad you enjoyed it and we did have a good time with a bump here and there.

I would love to go in October but don't think it will happen. We miss each other down there so we'll just have to have a meet up here again.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:26 PM   #157
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So glad you got into the new Fantasyland on your last day! I'm looking foward to seeing it next month. The picture you took of the back of the welcome sign has to be one of the saddest pictures I have ever seen on the DIS - talk about summing up that "leaving Disney" feeling! So glad your hubby could zip in and help you with your bag, you must have been tired and ready for a helping hand at that point. Hooray for looking forward to two upcoming trips for you!!
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So sad to see your trip and report come to an end! I have enjoyed reading all about your trip! Hope to read about your future trips!
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:58 PM   #159
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So glad you got into the new Fantasyland on your last day! I'm looking foward to seeing it next month. The picture you took of the back of the welcome sign has to be one of the saddest pictures I have ever seen on the DIS - talk about summing up that "leaving Disney" feeling! So glad your hubby could zip in and help you with your bag, you must have been tired and ready for a helping hand at that point. Hooray for looking forward to two upcoming trips for you!!
Thanks for reading along. I hope you really get to enjoy the new Fantaasyland. I loved what I saw and really wish I had more time. It's just a reason to go back.

The back end of the sign really is the saddest sight. I was surprised to see him but very happy. The cane, backpack and suitcase were going to be difficult to handle and as much as I hate help I appreciated his being there. Now I have a whole year to plan my next trip so I will be on here reading TR's and living vicariously through others. Have fun on your trip.

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Thank you so much for reading along. I will definitely be doing a TR next year.
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A fine report!

Kristel in Vegas? I don't think this city is ready for her!
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:38 PM   #162
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Kristel in Vegas? I don't think this city is ready for her!
Thanks. Yep Kristel in Vegas. I'm not sure when she is coming but I think it is in the late spring.


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Old 12-04-2012, 10:45 PM   #163
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I enjoyed your trip report very much. I appreciate you taking the time to share and let us vicariously get our Disney fix! Hope your foot is much better.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:12 AM   #164
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I enjoyed your trip report very much. I appreciate you taking the time to share and let us vicariously get our Disney fix! Hope your foot is much better.
Thank you glad you enjoyed the trip. The foot is getting there slowly. Still in a brace but at least it isn't that heavy boot.
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Leaving day is always so sad I'm glad that you had some help at the airport and that overall you enjoyed your trip
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