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Old 06-11-2018, 04:38 AM   #61
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The heck with that Epcot DVC lounge. That’s just for everyday lolling about.

Tara’s kind of lounge is BLT’s Top of the World for watching fireworks. Heck, they probably already have reserved seats for Muffin and Tara.
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Yup! At the top of BLT is the Top of the World Lounge. It's a great place for a drink and has a wonderful view of MK fireworks!
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Almost everything you could want to know about BLT’s TOTW lounge (with photos): http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2014/0...ay-lake-tower/

This one has your names on it—somewhere.
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Thanks you guys!! It sounds really cool!! One of the best things ( and I'm sure I don't have to tell you guys) about going to WDW 4 million times is that you learn how to savor it like a fine wine. I find increasingly that we love to spend time at our resort and interesting places like those lounges. Sure, we still love FP and photos at the parks but we are really enjoying the off stuff so much more these days!!


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I got lots of Disney mail today!! I am always so excited to open this stuff but honestly, it was such a let down. Well, mostly!! There was one awesome thing!!!


The first envelope contained a letter telling us we were approved for Disney financing. That would have been great news but we didn't finance anything. I called to find out what the heck this was all about and the CM told me to ignore it. He said it had more to do with when our contract would actually be initiated.

The second piece of mail was just another letter saying thank you for completing your paperwork but you sent too much stuff back in so please keep these two documents for your records.

HOWEVER!!! The last thing I opened was this:



Insert Cam's dancing giraffes!!!!

P.S. Before anyone tells me that I need to get my car insurance updated, in PA we don't have stickers anymore. You just download your current 'sticker' and keep the info in your glove box
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Hurray for Disney mail, even if two out of three were not exciting at all!
I'm so glad you got your DVC car magnet!
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I came late to this party but just wanted to congratulate you on becoming DVC! Welcome Home!! Excited for you!
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