OK, Day 1
We flew down on JetBlue, which was fantastic. On-time everything, TVs for everyone, and our bags arrived at the same time we did. Perfect. My new favorite airline! Remember that last line for when we get to the part of my report about the return flight… LOL!
Now, here’s my dirty little secret: I have never been even a little interested in SSR. But we booked late in the year because we were actually going to WDW for a soccer tournament at World Of Sports and we found out late that DD’s team was accepted. I scrambled to book DVC and was grateful SS had a 1-br for us. So, it was to be SSR, my least favorite DVC property, right? I thought it was far away from the action, too peaceful, too generic, not magical. I avoided it every trip. So I was prepared to do the whole “anything to be at Disney” routine, right?
I had called Member Services and told them that I would love a golf course view room because DH is a rabid golfer. I also said that because we were travelling with teens who would be getting around WDW on their own, that it would be cool if we were in Grandstand or Springs – I knew I was being a total greedy pig to make such specific special requests, but you know how it is… ask and sometimes it magically happens.
We got onto property, and were totally surprised by the incredible beauty of the grounds, and the fun theming of the pool areas. The CMs were very enthusiastic about their jobs, and their happiness was really contagious. We were given Room 8303 in Grandstand, and when we arrived at the building, we realized that we had been given a HUGE gift… our view was the 10th fairway fo LBV Golf Course, the first bus stop for SS was immediately outside our door, and we were a two-minute walk from the main building with front desk, dining etc… Wow what a room – the usual floor plan, but such beautiful fabrics and materials!!! We were also just about 3 minutes from the dock for the DTD boats! This was so great!
The groceries arrived and we found that the Artists Palette restaurant had excellent turkey-brie sandwiches that we practically lived on for the whole week! The pool nearest us was themed like a racetrack.
DH played golf at LBV that first day (he wasn’t happy with his score!) and the kids and I hung out in the hot tub… can’t tell you hopw many hours we logged in that hot tub all week!
SSR is my new favorite property!!! Seriously I mean that!
We all got ready for dinner at CG and we took a quick monorail tour before dinner. I have to recommend a dish that was insanely good – the Malibu Roll, which is mostly tuna with other fishes and caviar and an amazing sauce (maybe yuzu? ponzu?) YUM! We are pretty jaded sushi eaters, and this roll really impressed!!! Should be on everyone’s appetizer list.
Photos: At the GF, some reindeer for Christmas. Love them.