LMM's Fall Break at the Beach Club TR


#1

About a month before her birthday, Rachel texted me and told me that she thought she wanted to go to Disney to celebrate her birthday which is during Fall Break. That’s all it took to get me planning! Within a week, we booked at the Beach Club, I started making dining reservations (a painful process, due to the free dining package which had been offered during that time, but one which all worked out in the end!), and I ordered our Magic Bands!

The week before the trip was AWFUL for me! I pulled two all-nighters… not because I was procrastinating or being inefficient, but because that was how much work needed to be done and what was expected from me by my professor. Sometimes I really think he wants us to die (or just doesn’t care if we do or not!). So I absolutely worked up until the last possible minute… and I passed out in the car on the way down there!

I forget where we stopped, but it was about an hour outside of Disney. My dad booked a Marriott Courtyard for the night. We arrived around 11PM, but we had to get up early the next morning because I had made us early Cape May Café reservations… oops?

We got to the Beach Club at 7:50 AM - right in time for our reservations! However, the guy manning the door really wanted us to check in first. He took us straight to the check-in desk. I had completed the online check-in, but for some reason none of our information saved!!! We had to redo everything. :pinch: We were also working with a CM who was “Earning Her Ears,” and it was a little frustrating. There were several times when I wanted to ask if her supervisor could just do this. I think it was her first day on the job because she had no idea what she was doing, and her supervisor kept having to show her how to do things.

When my dad came back from parking, I went to check us in at Cape May, and we left him at the check-in desk when our buzzer went off for us to be seated.

Cape May Café was also a little rocky on the customer service. Our waitress just wasn’t very “Disney,” plus we had a really bad experience with Donald Duck. Rachel had been joking that she was going to ask Donald Duck to Mallard Ball (an ADPi event), so when Donald came to our fingers, she asked him to do Pi fingers. He shook his head no and was just really rude about it. And then he wouldn’t pose with me and Rachel - just put his hands on his hips while we stood awkwardly behind. It was like he wanted us to take his picture, not a picture with us. We understand why Donald might not be able to do Pi fingers - they probably don’t want the characters making hand signs that guests request because who knows - that could be a gang sign? Or maybe Donald’s “girlfriend” was affiliated with another sorority, and he didn’t feel right doing the Pi fingers. Either way, there was a cuter way to say no. We watched Donald circulate the room, and he’d just walk up to each table and stand there… not wave to the kids, not make kisses or act duck-like. Clearly, Donald was having a very bad day.

But when Donald emerged from the room after his break, he was full of life, strutting around the restaurant and being typical silly Donald. I guess he just needed “coffee”?

Hey, Goofy!


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

Birthday cupcake and card!


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

This is caffeinated Donald… grumpy Donald would’ve never sat in the booth with us!


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#2

YEA!! Another LMM TR! LOVE IT! I need one so badly. Keep it coming.


#3

After breakfast, my dad and I tried to go to guest relations to get them to add our two APs to our Magic Bands and purchase two APs. However, since we can only purchase APs at the theme parks, the CM suggested that it would be more efficient if we went to the parks to purchase APs and have our already purchased APs added.

Hello, beautiful!


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

So we went to Hollywood Studios to purchase tickets. The line for guest relations was moving a little slowly… there was an obnoxious woman in front of us who got to the window, but needed her husband in order to do whatever needed to be done. I don’t know where he had gone, but she stood at the window and waited five minutes for him to return. I guess I can understand that she didn’t want to go all the way to the back of the line… but please, let someone pass you rather than hold the window up for five minutes doing nothing! I was shocked that the CMs let this happen.

There was a guy in line behind us who complained to the CM manning the line about how his Magic Band was doing something wrong. It was the X time this had happened, and it was really frustrating. I’m guessing that Guest Relations has seen a lot of heated people with the implementation of Magic Bands and FastPass+.

The CM at Guest Relations was great. She validated our two existing APs and told me that I could open the app up right now and add them to our Magic Bands. She then let us test each Magic Band to make sure that our ticket was working. For some reason, mine wasn’t working at first, but then I deactivated my room key and reactivated it and it worked. Yay!

In the meantime, Rachel purchased a bottle of water and saved 10% with her AP!

Hollywood Studios here we come…


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

Unfortunately, FP+ (and FP) was already well distributed. I was able to get us FP+ reservations for Tower of Terror that morning, but I couldn’t get Rockin’ Rollercoaster and Toy Story Mania until that evening. For RnRC, regular FPs were being distributed for that afternoon, but for TSM, FPs had already been distributed into the evening. We were evil double-dippers and took advantage of the regular FPs being distributed for RnRC (I also just wanted to see if it worked to use our AP cards).


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Trying to memorize this book, but we’re still not remembering where we do and do not get discounts. I figure it’s a good idea to go ahead and offer up the AP just in case the discount is available.


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


#4

Great TR so far! Waiting for more!


#5

I love your report and cannot wait for more :slight_smile:


#6

Great TR, keep it coming.


#7

So FUN! Can’t wait to here more!


#8

Great report Victoria… love the photos…


#9

[QUOTE=LittleMissMagic;1139180]

Our waitress just wasn’t very “Disney,” plus we had a really bad experience with Donald Duck. Rachel had been joking that she was going to ask Donald Duck to Mallard Ball (an ADPi event), so when Donald came to our fingers, she asked him to do Pi fingers. He shook his head no and was just really rude about it. And then he wouldn’t pose with me and Rachel - just put his hands on his hips while we stood awkwardly behind. It was like he wanted us to take his picture, not a picture with us. We understand why Donald might not be able to do Pi fingers - they probably don’t want the characters making hand signs that guests request because who knows - that could be a gang sign? Or maybe Donald’s “girlfriend” was affiliated with another sorority, and he didn’t feel right doing the Pi fingers. Either way, there was a cuter way to say no. We watched Donald circulate the room, and he’d just walk up to each table and stand there… not wave to the kids, not make kisses or act duck-like. Clearly, Donald was having a very bad day.

But when Donald emerged from the room after his break, he was full of life, strutting around the restaurant and being typical silly Donald. I guess he just needed “coffee”?[/QUOTE]

Oh, I could tell you a thing about sailors.:ohmy: But since this is a family forum, decorum prevents me from disclosing the gritty truth about our boys in blue! :pirate:


#10

The MDE app gave my dad a difficult time. It quit on him three times before it would save that he read the terms of agreement… so he’d have to go through and enter all of his information again. Each time, he said, “That’s it! I’m done! I don’t need this app!” And then a minute later, he would be back at it again.


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

The park was rather crowded and hot. We were able to ride Tower of Terror (FP+) and Rockin’ Rollercoaster (naughty FP double-dip). Also saw the Little Mermaid for the first time in ages. Apparently that is the place to take your cranky kid when they are in need of an afternoon nap because I swear every child in there was being fussy. At one point, I couldn’t even hear Ariel singing because so many children were screaming. Ariel was a spaz, though. She must’ve felt like she had to make up for her lack of feet with over-the-top upper body movement. Also, I had forgotten how they skip Ariel’s entire time on land and fast forward to her becoming human. So weird.


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Saw the Muppets. They always make me laugh. Then we went back to the resort for a break.


#11

Our room was finally ready!


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

We had purchased a water view room because that’s all that was available. We had a view of the quiet pool, and we could also see a bit of the lagoon.


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

The room was actually in a great location. Though it was a bit of a hike from the bus stop, we could take the side exit and were a “hop, skip, and a jump away from Epcot.”


#12

That app timed out a lot for me, so I feel your Dad’s pain on that.


#13

Loving the TR! Can’t wait for more!


#14

Don’t let college interfere with your TR, ok?

And btw, when I was at Auburn, all of the architecture students worked all hours of the day and night as well… hang in there!


#15

In looking at your room pictures, I truly wish that DVC had offerings (besides OKW) to have two beds instead of a bed and a couch. Would be perfect if they had 50/50 rooms each, because I know some people actually like the couches. I find that we still sit on the end of the bed sometimes instead of the couch. (Weird, I know, but that’s me :slight_smile:


#16

[QUOTE=hanwill;1139266]Don’t let college interfere with your TR, ok?

And btw, when I was at Auburn, all of the architecture students worked all hours of the day and night as well… hang in there![/QUOTE]

:laugh: So far, I’ve pulled an all-nighter every Sunday night of the semester (last night included)! Of course, I do dedicate my Saturdays to football, so that could be avoided… but I’ve got to live a little, too! Work hard, play hard!

It’s a gruesome major, but this is my last semester of undergrad studio!!! I don’t know what I’m going to do with my time next semester!


#17

That’s actually one of the main reasons we aren’t DVC members… we prefer a second queen bed to a pull-out couch. The pull-out makes sense for families with children to give them extra space in the day, or couples without kids, but it just isn’t as practical for a family of four adults as a standard hotel room with two beds is. I’ve slept on the pull-out at BLT, and that thing was not comfy!


#18

Rachel I had done the unthinkable by going to Disney over fall break - skipping a home game! We knew we had a pretty good place to watch it, though.

So did everyone else. Check out the line outside!


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

We got to watch a wedding party move from Sea Breeze Point down the Boardwalk.


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

It was about an hour wait. Most people were there to see the Florida v. LSU game, but there were a few other Clemson Tigers in line. They were of course playing the UF v. LSU game on the big screen, so we got one of the booths with a TV which they’ll change to whatever game you want.

They unfortunately removed the Homerun Hotdog from the menu, but they still offer it (well until they run out).


#19

After ESPN Club, we went back to DHS to use our FP+ reservations for Rockin’ Rollercoaster and Toy Story Mania.


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Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr

The Tigers were down when we left, but thank goodness they came back! And my neighbor, Vic Beasley, got a Pick 6!


#20

They weren’t having MNSSHP at MK tonight, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to watch Wishes and the Main Street Electrical Parade. Apparently everyone else did, too. MK was PACKED!!! We slowly crept up Main Street. Once we got past the congested crowd of people trying to leave and enter at the same time, we were able to find a good fireworks spot in the castle hub.


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Of course, there was no room for me to set up a tripod, so I did a few handheld shots of Wishes with my camera and then took a few cell phone photos.


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr


Day 1 by vshingl, on Flickr