Well, actually, my PDD is not so bad this time…for reasons I will discuss later!
We arrived home very late Wednesday night/into Thursday morning. So, I’ve done some posting, but haven’t started a TR for fear I won’t finish it…or worse, I won’t have anything to write about. I’d like to take a lesson from Jessica in TR writing, but I’ll give it a run anway!
Here is a brief synopsis:
Me (this was my 30th bday present from DH, my bday was 2 weeks before we left)
DD (4 1/2)
DD (10 months)
Our resort: Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Some little tidbits:
I have to say I was sorely dissapointed with the Poly. It had been such a dream to stay there, and I ended up leaving with the feeling that it was overrated and not sure whether I would want to stay there again. The bus service is atrocious, my room was less than “disney clean,” the food court employees were less than helpful and happy and the food court itself was lacking. On the other hand, the layout is perfect, the resort is beautifully themed, and well, you can’t beat the location!
We booked the Deluxe dining plan as an upgrade from free dining. Overall, it was way too much time and food and money and I don’t think I’d do it again. We basically did a character/table service breakfast and a double TS credit restaurant for dinner. Since the gratuity is not included, we ended up spending a pretty penny for gratuities (much more than we could have bargained for) and feel like we wasted a lot of time waiting around for our reservation sitting or waiting for service or characters during the meals. We ended up with 20 snacks leftover on the last day, and to my dismay, couldn’t find a whole lot to take home. The old rule of anything under $4 went out the window. See, the CM’s were very specific about making sure the item was a “single serving” under $4. By this I mean, if a large back of Chip n’ Dale snack company pretzels was $3.50, they wouldn’t let us use a snack credit because the large bag is considered more than a single serving. We were only allowed to purchase the smaller, 2 oz snack bag which really only costs $1.75. This was a repeated mantra by every CM I encountered at each park and at our resort. I’m really jaded about that whole bit. These little bags are barely enough of a snack for my 4 year old, and do nothing for me or my DH.
The photopass photosession prices have indeed changed as of September 1st. The bad part, is no one mentioned anything to us until AFTER the session was done, then they tried to charge me all sorts of exhorbitant prices for the session, and charge me the $124.95 seperately for my regular photopass CD of the pictures we had taken all week long. Well, since I had already made the reservation and agreed to the previous pricing, I was not about to spend an additional $200 for a 20 minute picture session!
The GREAT news in all this is our decision to buy into DVC! DH and I had been tossing around the possibility for years, but decided it was time now! Heck, if you add up the last 4 trips we’ve taken, we could have paid for in cash by now! Knowing that we are going back again soon (we DID receive 250 bonus points to use this year), keeps my PDD to a minimum for now!
I’ll post more as I can. I still have to upload my camera pics and copy the photopass photos onto my computer!