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Old 07-13-2012, 10:26 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Great start and you made it safe and sound.
The gum thing is just nasty. I don't know why people do that. I always tell myself it has to be kids. No adult would do that. Yeah, right.
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Yay, you are on your way!! Sounds like things are mostly going smoothly. I have to admit that I'm giggling a little bit at the thought of you doing a one-legged dance in the airport bathroom while holding a flip flop and trying not to fall over. But I hear you about not wanting to put your bare foot on the floor. Yuck!
Looking back I have to admit it is kind of funny!

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Great start! I don't like my bare feet touching unknown or public bathroom floors either...yuck!
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Great start! Sorry about the gum stuck on your flip-flop. So gross, why do people think that the ground is a trash can??
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great start, except for the gum. I'm with you on public restrooms they are all gross. My son uses the stall next to me and then I'll see him down on his hands and knees looking under the wall at me (he is 5). I'm like "get up off the floor it's full of germs" - gross.
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Great start and you made it safe and sound.
The gum thing is just nasty. I don't know why people do that. I always tell myself it has to be kids. No adult would do that. Yeah, right.
Can't wait for more.
Of course an adult would never do that.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:00 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Sunday June 24 part 2

Who’s decided to visit Florida too?

We collected our carry-ons and got off the plane. We had to take a bathroom break because Adriel needed to go, after all he’d only gone twice in the plane . After visiting the loo, we headed towards the shuttle. Of course, being the planner that I am, I knew exactly where we were headed. We made over to DME only to find the mother of all crowds. Wow, there were a lot of people waiting for the busses. I showed our booklet to the CM and she directed us to our line (the last one by the way). While in line I noticed it was raining outside and I also learned that the busses were a little backed up because there’d been an accident somewhere along the way. We finally made the third bus of that line at 4:15 pm. I wasn’t able to score a front row seat because the family before us sat there.





After everyone boarded, we were on our way. It was raining pretty hard, but I thought that a little rain on our first day wouldn’t harm us. Soon enough, we were passing under that wonderful gate. No picture because I wasn’t sitting up front. And you know what? The family that sat there didn’t even take a picture of the gate. Oh well!

Speaking of that family, it was the mom, dad, grandma, 2 kids and a baby. Well the grandma was holding the baby and he was crying the whole trip. Not a little whimper but a full on cry fest. The grandma kept rocking him, trying to calm him with no success. The mom was sitting on the row across from them and she never even attempted to take the baby or try to find out what was wrong. Maybe he was hungry or cold, I don’t know. The thing is, the mom didn’t seem to care.

We were the last stop of the route. We stopped first at the Yacht Club, then the Beach Club and then the Boardwalk. I had to keep telling Arben and the kids “no this isn’t our hotel” each time we entered one. We finally arrived at Port Orlean’s Riverside.

We waited for our suitcase, tipped the driver and headed inside. I couldn’t believe we were really there. They were remodeling the lobby so they had prepared a small area for check-in. There was a short line but it moved quickly. Check-in went smoothly, we got building 28. After getting directions from the CM, we were heading to our room. On the way there it started raining. Rain and not knowing where the heck you’re going are not a great combination. On top of that I had Arben nagging about when we were getting to the room.

After getting lost once, we finally found our room. We opened up and settled in. I told everyone to freeze, as I wanted to take pictures of the room while it was still decent looking.






Abniel claiming his bed



While we were in line at the airport I overheard some people talking about a tropical storm. So after we settled into our room I turned on the tv to see what was happening. Indeed there was a tropical storm, Debby, heading towards Florida. Oh great! I was kicking myself for not checking before leaving our house. Not that I could do anything about it, but I could've prepared for it. We didn’t even have ponchos!

We were kind of hungry and wanted to get some food. Our plan was to head to DTD and eat at Wolfgang Puck Express. Because of the rain we couldn't do it, so we just decided to go to Riverside Mill. It was drizzling but half way there the rain got a bit stronger.

Since I had done my homework, I knew how the dining plan worked. We each got our food and mugs and went to pay. We settled down to eat.


I guess Adriel was hungry.


My food: fish & fries with a chocolate brownie.


Arben's food: bacon cheeseburger with fries and carrot cake.


Abniel and Adriel each had: pepperoni pizza with chocolate chip cookie and grapes


AJ had: cheese pizza and chocolate brownie.


A moment of no rain. Of course it started again the moment we stepped outside.

After stuffing ourselves we headed to the room. Our luggage arrived around 8:30. We showered, put our pjs and settled in our beds. The gang fell asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillows. I watched tv for a while but at 10:15 I turned it off. We needed our sleep as tomorrow was an early morning for us.

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Ok, I know this is a weird thing for me to notice -- but since when do DME buses have seat belts? I've never noticed that before!

I'm glad you made it to Disney! I hear you about losing your way at POR. The only time we ever stayed there, DH and I arrived separately (I was already in Orlando for work and he met me there). I got to the hotel first, found the room, and walked around a bit. I texted him when I knew he was on his way from the airport and just told him to meet me in the main lobby, because there was no way I could describe to him how to find our room!

Sorry about Debby paying an unexpected visit.
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Glad you made it and no more gum incidents! Love all your pics! Our room looked just like that. Made me wish we were there now! Love that you got food pics. I never remembered to get them. Sorry you had to deal with a tropical storm.
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Sorry about Debby.
I hear you about getting lost at POR. I've stayed there twice now and still get so confused and turned upside down finding my way around!
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I'm glad you're there! I know you can get turned around at first, but you'll get it down. It's so beautiful there. I miss it! Looks like a great meal and a great start!
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Great start. Looking forward to hearing more.
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Well that wasn't very nice of Debby to tag along! Hopefully she wasn't too much trouble.

Abniel's bed is really neat, I don't think I have seen a picture of those yet.
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Nice room! Too bad about the crowd at DME and the rain.
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Cute room, and great dinner! The fish and chips looks similar to what they serve at Disneyland...and it's one of my favorites!

Bummer about Debby! I remember thinking about you guys when that was going on and hoping that it didn't spoil your vacation too much!
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Your room looks nice, did you have a building request? Dinner looks yummy. I could go for one of those brownies right now!
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You guys arrived the same day we did! I had never used DME before this trip but I couldn't believe how many people were waiting in line! It took almost three hours for us to get a bus! It was also raining very heavily by time we landed! Glad you made it safely!
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Nice room - and bed!

Sorry about the rain!
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How did I miss this??? I have been waiting to see when you would start your TR. I saw that Debbie was going to be making a visit while you were there Looks like you are gearing up for some damp days,but I am sure there will be some rays of sunshine in your report. Can't wait to hear more.
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