All Work and No Play makes Smee Grumpy: an Oct.'19 "work" TR *update 1/24*

ariane37

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Well we're back from our frighteningly freezing January WDW trip ❄❄ Seriously on Wednesday Steve looked at the sky in Tomorrowland and said it looked like snow because it DID. If you don't believe we were cold take a look at this pic from after hours Monday night with @Jenny Sanders and her DH Joe:

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Despite that we had a wonderful time with wonderful friends; the kind of friends you absolutely do not think you'll find via the internet and despite living all across the country, end up feeling like friends you've known for YEARS that you can share anything and everything with ❤❤
I won't be doing a TR for this trip since I still got this one going but I will be doing a dining report and hope to get that started soon! I'll let you all know when I do and if you want some other deets on what we did head over to @Jenny Sanders new TR "Besties, Booze and Brr!" because with the exception of her first couple days we were like all joined at the hip! Yeah I'd post a link to her TR but you all know about my tech skills. Let's just move on to an update!

DAY 4 OCTOBER 26TH
DAY 4 PART 2: WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN


When I left off before vaca we were touring Gran Destino, Toledo, and the really pretty and modern Dahlia Lounge across from Toledo on the top floor:

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You are welcome for the glaring picture of the framed Walt pics on the wall near the entrance:

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The "bells" in the partial wall design have some relation/significance to the "Destino" film but I cannot remember what it is so you're welcome for that also:

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There's a deck outside which you can kind of see to the left in the picture above. The doors were locked at that hour of the morning but the views, OMG! You can see Blizzard Beach? Typhoon Lagoon? I haven't been to either but I'm thinking BB so correct me if I'm wrong and take note of the sticker our guide told us they had just put there the day before. Wait, he told us the NEEDED to put there the day before :rolleyes:

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Beautiful AND unbelievable right??? They NEEDED to put IN WRITING not to climb that partition that is THAT high up???? People are $#@@@ crazy.

We went back down to exit and walked through a side door into a lounge-ish area that is for conferences:


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On the left of the picture were the conference rooms, one was open so we got to look in:

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Nothing exciting but something we don't all see usually unless of course we're there for a conference. What was super neat is all the way in the back of the previous picture; that's a little test kitchen!


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Underneath the island there was every type and size pot and pan and dish you could imagine for any conference that has to do with food, or for the occasional Disney chef to practice 👩‍🍳

It was really neat to tour this resort! Since then Steve and I have stayed in the tower and we liked it enough but it's not at the top of our "return to" list. The lobby was always always always busy with conventioners and other large groups. I know that's the basis of this resort and we'd stayed at CSR 3 or 4x previously when conventions were going on but they never seemed nearly as overrun. I also don't like that while the tower is technically the "best" location the bus stop there is the last stop so buses often show up full or standing room only.

On the flip side food options are plentiful and I've heard pretty good things about their club level! Let me know your thoughts if you've stayed at GD yet!

While we were done with our first resort we were FAR from done touring for today with five more resorts to go. Any guess where? I'll give you one clue, it's not any of the monorail or MK resorts 🏰 OH and I took this great example of non-professional photography at one of the resorts we toured:


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I PROMISE I won't bombard you with pics of all those resorts too but wanted to share Gran Destino since it's new. Next update soon!
 

ariane37

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Welcome back. :)
:thanks:
Huh. Dali? Not surprised it's strange.
Yeah it makes more sense when you attach Dali to the film.
Glad you had a great trip!
Thanks! But as I'm sure you're familiar with I now am jonesing for our next trip lol which is only one park day after our cruise in April!
And I wonder if it made a difference that they didn't offer the party pass for MVMCP and or sold less tickets! Because the crowds were definitely night and day between the two parties!
I guarantee those party passes made a huge difference! I won't do the Halloween party for the next couple years unless I hear that crowds aren't as bad but I'd do Xmas again and that's something I never thought I'd say since for the longest time I preferred MNSSHP.
 

Jenny Sanders

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Jun 8, 2007
Well we're back from our frighteningly freezing January WDW trip ❄❄ Seriously on Wednesday Steve looked at the sky in Tomorrowland and said it looked like snow because it DID. If you don't believe we were cold take a look at this pic from after hours Monday night with @Jenny Sanders and her DH Joe
It was soooooooo cold. Never in my life did I ever think I would have to wear mittens in the Magic Kingdom. :confused3

Despite that we had a wonderful time with wonderful friends; the kind of friends you absolutely do not think you'll find via the internet and despite living all across the country, end up feeling like friends you've known for YEARS that you can share anything and everything with ❤❤
I won't be doing a TR for this trip since I still got this one going but I will be doing a dining report and hope to get that started soon! I'll let you all know when I do and if you want some other deets on what we did head over to @Jenny Sanders new TR "Besties, Booze and Brr!" because with the exception of her first couple days we were like all joined at the hip! Yeah I'd post a link to her TR but you all know about my tech skills.
Ain't that the truth!!!!!!!! Honestly, Joe and I say it all the time...Our DIS group of friends are soooooo wonderful and we feel like we have known you all for YEARS! It's so nice to feel so comfortable and at home with our little group. You are all so special and (cue the sappy music) I get teary-eyed just thinking about how grateful I am that we became friends. You and Steve are top notch and I can't wait to plan our next vaca. LOL!!!😘
 
  • ariane37

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    It was soooooooo cold. Never in my life did I ever think I would have to wear mittens in the Magic Kingdom. :confused3
    I hated having to do it last January and just hoped I wouldn't have to again this year lol!
    Our DIS group of friends are soooooo wonderful and we feel like we have known you all for YEARS! It's so nice to feel so comfortable and at home with our little group. You are all so special and (cue the sappy music) I get teary-eyed just thinking about how grateful I am that we became friends. You and Steve are top notch and I can't wait to plan our next vaca. LOL!!!😘
    ❤ ❤ ❤
     

    Steppesister

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    Glad your trip was a fun one with friends, despite it being so cold!

    The "bells" in the partial wall design have some relation/significance to the "Destino" film but I cannot remember what it is so you're welcome for that also:
    The main character keeps turning into bells throughout the short. It's only 6 minutes long; give it a try. :)
     
  • Wood Nymph

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    Sep 19, 2012
    Well we're back from our frighteningly freezing January WDW trip
    I was watching the weather and I was so sorry to see that you got freezing cold weather. Did you pack enough warm clothes? People don't realize how much colder it is in Florida than in places that have central heat and insulated buildings. We had a January trip once that was freezing cold the entire time and it seemed like we never got warm.
     

    Tracy161

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    Well we're back from our frighteningly freezing January WDW trip ❄❄
    So glad you had such a great time, despite the cold. I've been to Disney twice in the past when it was just insanely cold. A few Januarys ago, I had - no joke - two pairs of leggings under a pair of jeans along with a sweatshirt and winter coat and STILL froze my you-know-what off! Now we're both New Yorkers so we know cold, but I think Florida cold is a humid cold and just really gets into your bones maybe? :confused3 Because here in NY I walk around with a bleeding nose all winter long because of the dryness :sad2: :laughing:

    Anyway... I so appreciate all your "your welcomes" - I use that phrase constantly because, well, there's so many occasions to do so to the people around me :rotfl2:
     

    suse66

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    There's a deck outside which you can kind of see to the left in the picture above. The doors were locked at that hour of the morning but the views, OMG! You can see Blizzard Beach? Typhoon Lagoon? I haven't been to either but I'm thinking BB so correct me if I'm wrong and take note of the sticker our guide told us they had just put there the day before. Wait, he told us the NEEDED to put there the day before :rolleyes:
    Gorgeous view but WHY in the world would anyone climb up there? Definitely "special friends"!
    Despite that we had a wonderful time with wonderful friends; the kind of friends you absolutely do not think you'll find via the internet and despite living all across the country, end up feeling like friends you've known for YEARS that you can share anything and everything with ❤❤
    So happy you had an incredible time with such lovely friends! :goodvibes
     

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