"Kurt Russell Read Us the Story of Christmas!" Dec 2017 Xmas & Bday TR-Completed 3/17

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  1. pepperandchips

    pepperandchips [melinda]

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    My last couple of touring plans requests lately have not been honored, even when I made the exact same request via DVC member services to ensure they really got the message. I think sometimes they really can't make it work. I feel your pain though, my latest room location request fail was at Saratoga and the far away rooms are FAR AWAY! Fortunately the one and only time we stayed at CSR we got our request honored but they seemed less busy then, and it was pre-construction.
     
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  2. Neverland_Girl

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    Thank you for this :laughing:

    I know if it was me I wouldn't find it funny, but it's kind of comical that literally nothing you requested was given

    Ahhh I love that they're the 3 caballeros!!
     
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  4. kastoney

    kastoney Disney foodie served with a side of sarcasm

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    I'm fashionably late, but here now and all caught up. Thanks in advance for the 28 people who held my place on the report :P
     
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  5. wdwnut61

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    I just love your gifs especially the mean girls reference :rotfl:
    I really enjoy your vlogs and I also love Kirt Russell so thanks for filming that.
    We did CP years ago and I had heard from these boards to line up early even with the dining package. I couldn’t believe how long the line got. Your post reminded me of why I don’t want to do it again unless it’s someone I’m crazy about ;)
    We saw Gary Sinise and it was a mad rush of pushing and shoving it was ridiculous how people behave :sad2:
    I love the side by side pics of Josh so cute
    We have used Touring Plans before and it’s been mostly positive
    We only stayed CSR once when they had Buisness Class because I knew we’d be guaranteed Cabanas 8B
    It’s a beautiful resort and we loved the one restaurant there but it is huge resort
     
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  6. buzzrelly

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    Aw! Awesome recreation pic!

    Bummer!
     
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  7. xlsm

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    Ok, I am finally finally finally replying!! I've had most of these quotes saved up and then get distracted!! I still need to catch up on vlogs. Thank goodness the holidays are over and January is a black hole of nothing so i have time for things I actually want to do, like read TRs!!



    Oh.My.Lord. This is part of the reason our flight out of Orlando was delayed even more than it was! Like, WHYYYYYY is it so hard to put bags on a plane? I told Matt I would get off and help them load the freaking bags. We also extended our delay by an hour b/c of this.

    This is so cute!! The refurb looks so much nicer than the older rooms. In October the preferred rooms weren't finished so we stayed in 60s for closeness, and that room was sad (maybe not as sad as our room at Movies though?? The carpet there was GROSS.)

    I relate to this! I got like three phone calls and a bunch of email from people back home wanting things from me and I'm like, um, sorry! Out of state, deal with it yourself!!!


    I love seeing all the Pop pictures! I regret that mom and I didn't look around more and just left quickly. Matt and I took more time at Movies and looked around more and I'm so glad we did

    Yay!!

    :rotfl::rotfl:

    Emo before Emo was cool. "Just leave me alone to die"

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    We saw ZERO :sad:

    :dogdance::dogdance:

    This is one of the best cars I've ever seen!

    Same thing happened with us last year! We felt like we were so early, and I followed Dis advice, and I was still surprised.

    Here is my Disney rant: I haaaaaate this. I hate people saving seats. If you want your whole gigantor party together, arrive the eff together. I double hate the people in lines who come up and want to get ahead of you to be with their family. NO. If you want to sit together, arrive together. It drives me crazy. I do like how at certain shows (FOTLK in particular) they have signs that say all party members must get in line together (although they still don't really enforce it :rolleyes: )

    I'm not talking about people in a long line who have a kid that needs to use the restroom or whatever, but the people who send two or three people ahead and then five more want to push past you. I hate it. The only time it's acceptable to me is if it is a character meet at a party or something, and someone holds a spot for a group photo.

    Oh my gosh, I feel my blood pressure rising just thinking about it, lol. This happened to me so often on the solo trip, people just disregarding me b/c I was by myself and as a result much less important than them and what they wanted to do. Ugh.



    Yesssss!!!! this should be framed, lol

    Ah!! I love it. I think I'm the only person who'd stay in construction on purpose just to get pins, LOL!! I'm obsessed.
     
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  8. Raeven

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    Me too! Maybe we'll have to get some in the future.

    They are!

    Yeah I made them both with the faxes and then similar ones on the Disney site. I know sometimes they can't make it work, but it's so awful when you have a room request fail. Yikes! Those rooms are far away!

    You're welcome :rotfl:

    I do/did kind of find it funny. It was annoying when we checked in, but it is also funny that they literally gave us the exact opposite of all the requests :rotfl:

    Me too!

    :welcome:

    :rotfl: that made me laugh so hard.

    :laughing: thanks I've been trying to accumulate some new gifs after last year's Photobucket disaster.

    Thank you! It was crazy, an hour ahead wasn't even enough. Always glad to help remind someone why waiting for CP is awful :rotfl:

    :laughing: thank you, he's adorable.

    We're 1/2 for Touringplans requests. So at least it worked half the time.

    We stayed in Casitas once and it was really close location. We're staying again on our next trip (so far) and had to book a water view because that was the only discounted one left for our dates so hopefully that gets us to Cabanas or Casitas. It is really beautiful! Did you eat at Maya Grill or Las Ventanas?

    Thank you :thumbsup2
     
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  9. Raeven

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    :wave: Yay there you are! Yay for reading TRs, boo because Jan is a cold black hole of nothing.

    When they explained it, it almost sounded like they thought they had the bags in there right but the machine was displaying the wrong number, but I'm not sure. I've never had to wait for them to do that before, and I don't get why they were so secretive about it like the whole crew just looked at everyone whispering for awhile.


    It was! (Although that's the pull down bed). Ewww gross carpet makes me glad they switched some hotels to non carpeting.

    :rotfl:

    Our first trip we stayed there for like a week and didn't look at any of this stuff :laughing: It is really cool though, I'm glad we took a terrible "shortcut".

    A fellow Christmas tree lover!

    Omg I should've used that! Further proof it is emo teen Lilo :rotfl:

    Oh no! They must've sold out, I bet we just happened to be there when they got in a new shipment.

    Also did you check in Mousegears? I thought I saw Timtracker point some out in his NYE vlog.


    It's got very powerful features lots of plasma booster and whatnot :rotfl:

    Yeah we were very shocked :eek:

    It's awful! I feel like where in the real world can you save seats like that? Nowhere! You can't go to the movies and tell people you're saving the entire section for your friends if other people bought tickets too. Lol it makes me mad every time I think back to those 28 people saving the seats. I do think they treat smaller parties like they don't matter sometimes. We see this a lot as a group of 2 too.

    Good idea :thumbsup2 Maybe I can frame it and give it to his mom :laughing:


    Well so far it looks like we're staying CSR again in May, and I think there will still be construction then so if we get another set of pins I'll mail them to you!
     
  10. missangelalexis

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    That stinks that you didn't get any of your room requests! But the construction pins are so cute and I think the declining housekeeping for a gift card is such a great offer, I hope they intend to keep offering it!
     
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  11. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

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    Yeah, cute in the package, but wouldn't be worth it afterwards!

    We did that for our Pop Century stay, but since it was only 2 nights, I got $5. And I still haven't used it yet! Keep forgetting at Disneyland!

    Oh no! That totally sucks and is so weird! I'll see how my request goes thru in March (booked thru Undercover Tourist).
     
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  12. Raeven

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    :laughing: it did! I love the pins though! I hope they keep offering it too, it's really nice when you don't need housekeeping.

    That's so strange we got $10 for every night after the first.


    Yeah I had 1 work, and the other didn't. I think it's just that sometimes they just can't accommodate them.
     
  13. Lesley Wake

    Lesley Wake May the force be with you!

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    Never mind! It was $10!
     
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  14. Raeven

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    Here’s our Epcot vlog through the end of the 2nd day! It features the most powerful car EVER at TT, what we tried from the Festival of the Holidays booths, and our Chefs De France review:

     
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  15. AV007

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    All caught up! Loving it so far!
    I was singing "That fish is poooison!" in my head bahaha! :D
    I'm sorry you had to deal with the rudeness during CP. I can't believe how rude people can be, but I've seen Disney bring it out in them!
    Can't wait to hear more!
     
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    Thank you!


    :rotfl:

    Yeah it’s not fun, but sometimes crowds/lines really do seem to bring out the worst in people.



    :thumbsup2
     
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    The Test Track car was awesome!!

    I always run out of time.
     
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    Thank you! We hardly ever get to make one because we usually do single rider.
     
  19. ariane37

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    If I ever stay at Pop I want to stay in the '80's section because the '80's RULED!!!!

    One of my favorite holiday displays :santa:

    I did read through so I know your experience, and while we never had a bad experience like that I agree on being fine never doing it again. I just don't like to say that to people who've never done it and are excited about it lol! It's beautiful, and the 2nd time we did it we had Neil Patrick Harris who is totally amazing, but overall I rather spend my time doing something else.

    See now even with NPH as the narrator - and he's like one of the super popular narrators - with the dining package we only got on line about 20 minutes before they let us in and had good seats. And we were only a little bit down from the American Pavilion.

    I don't care, first I would have been arguing with the person who was holding the seats for 28 freaking people!!!! And I definitely would have found a CM however I understand how you felt. That's crap. You either all go in or you sit wherever room is left when you come. One person in your group till out using the bathroom or getting a drink? Fine, save A seat. Not almost 30 :headache:

    OMG I would have yelled at her too, much to Steve's dismay lol

    :laughing: Steve watches boxing/fights, I can't stand it. And I laugh when people are all hyped up for a fight and then it's over in 3 minutes. People who are there watching it live pay lots of $$ for their seats for less than 5 minutes!
     
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  20. MeghanEmily

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    I'm perfectly okay with this. Disney Christmas = best Christmas.

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    Oh my gosh!! Lilo, cool it!

    Yeah...this looks really strange.

    Woah... *cue horror music*

    I'm having this same problem! I was sure we'd only ever do it once. Now we're renewing them this month for another year...and I'm like "It'll definitely only be for two years!" Hah...we'll see.

    It seems that Disney finally wised up about the demand for rose gold ears because I saw them everywhere, too. Very unlike the way I was being harassed about my Etsy rose gold ears when we were there in August.

    Oh my gosh! :laughing:

    Josh...how do I begin to explain Josh?
    Josh is flawless.
    He has two Fendi purses and a silver Lexus.
    I hear his hair's insured for $10,000.
    I hear he does car commercials... in Japan.
    His favorite movie is Varsity Blues.
    One time he met John Stamos on a plane.
    And he told him he was pretty.
    One time he punched me in the face... it was awesome.

    Oh my gosh, me too! My grandmother brought them home from a trip once and it was months and tons of money to get rid of them and we didn't dare go over to her house to visit for like a year. :laughing: But seriously though...those things are the absolute spawn of Satan. I try not to obsess too much about them on vacation, but I always make sure to do a quick check of the room and the beds before we settle in too much.

    Uggh! Yeah, if it's such a great spot, why was it still empty when all the front/center spots were gone!? Huh!?

    Oh my gosh I can't stand this!!! If it's like one small child with an adult supervising them who is having a meltdown and can't sit still waiting an hour for a show, that I can understand. I can see why people would save 1-2 extra seats for them for something like that. But when people save a row for their entire family!?? Oh my gawd! I can't!! So inconsiderate! Show up together, or don't show up at all and risk getting bad seats! Those of us who actually showed up early deserve to sit in those seats and wait. I can't believe that you did a dining pack and got there an hour early and still couldn't have a good selection of good seats. Wild.

    Glad you enjoyed it! But after how freezing we were on our recent trip, I can imagine how much being so cold put a damper on things. :(

    We did this, too! Best Christmas present ever!

    This is fantastic!! Definitely needs to be framed!

    Aw man! They got it as wrong as possible! I've considered using the touring plans request before but never done it. Now I'm not sure if it would be worth it or not.

    I love these buttons! We didn't have much issue with construction there at all. I was really disappointed when we didn't get cute buttons like this at CBR this winter, even though the construction there seemed much more pervasive than at CSR.
     
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    Maya Grill we had 2 dinners there and enjoyed both.
     
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