(Sea)Lions & Gators & Dolphins….Oh, My! A Halloween PTR/TR with a “wild” theme - Oct/Nov '18

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  1. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    I'm glad you enjoyed a tasty Thanksgiving! :p I am not a fan of pumpkin pie (or pumpkin anything :sick:) so thanks for eating my piece for me!! :laughing:

    SO glad to hear you had such a great day at DC!! Did you end up purchasing any of the dolphin swim photos?

    That's pretty crummy about the daybeds, though. Awesome that they refunded you the fee :thumbsup2. I'm hoping it will be at least a touch cooler when we arrive later this month, but if not, we'll definitely just stick to the regular loungers and umbrellas. Not that we tend to sit much on our DC days :rolleyes1 but we always have good intentions to!

    The all-image photo key is digital access to all your photos from the entire day....any that are taken during the dolphin swim, in the aviary, or anywhere in the park.

    He is currently on his way! :banana: Making rather miserable time, unfortunately.....traffic through Toronto has been slow and difficult....but he will hopefully arrive sometime around midnight. The hockey game is Thursday! :woohoo: Can't wait!

    Glad to hear that you got to see your Braves play after all! :cheer2: Did they win?

    Yay! The Braves did win! :thumbsup2

    Yes, our kids aren't our kids very long, are they? You blink and they're all grown up ::yes::. Like the old saying goes, "the days are long but the years are short".

    Thank you :goodvibes. Did you celebrate the holiday with your extended family at your parents' cottage?

    So sorry that SeaWorld was a bust for you......but thrilled that you thought DC was worth the money! There really is no place like it!

    We've always said we want to do SeaVenture but for some reason, never have taken the plunge (pardon the pun :rotfl:). We'll have to make that a must-do on a future visit. Did you use their underwater cameras to take any photos?

    We hadn't decided to rent a golf cart for our Fort Wilderness night, but it sure sounds like an appealing idea :scratchin. I wonder if they have any still left to reserve? We did a private horse and carriage ride there a few years ago but our driver was SO chatty :crazy2:. I'd love to take in the lights without any incessant jibber-jabber LOL.

    Oh no, they lost?? What a bummer. I must have mis-read the post above.....I thought you saw a winner. Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself regardless of the outcome.

    I am so sorry to hear that the storm is poised to pass through your community. Please stay safe, and check in with us all when you can. I am sure everyone will want to know that you're all faring okay.

    Kind of annoying that you couldn't get that kind of action from guest services initially, though :cool:. I'm glad that the manager assisted you, but a comment card?!?!? Sheesh.

    Oh Ruthie, you know I've said it before, but it needs to be said again: you, sweet girl, are good for the soul :hug:.

    Okay, if Tony and Ruthie agree to co-star, I might rethink my initial rejection. Perhaps we could all join in and give the Dis podcast crew a run for their money? :scratchin Look out Pete, there might be some new competition in town :rotfl2:.

    Did you happen to buy the photo package? Any pics you can share?

    We were able to meet some animal ambassadors and feed the birds in the aviary on our DC day in May as well. I do know that DC has introduced several new "extras" that go even further into the up-close opportunities over the course of the spring and summer, but as far as I know, all the regular stuff is still included with standard admission. If there is anything different when we visit later this month, I'll be sure to let you know :thumbsup2.

    I think our super-low-price day is only because numbers are so low.....with all the special Halloween events at the Orlando parks, I suspect that DC gets overlooked for MNSSHP, HHN, and other seasonal specialties. I doubt we will EVER see a $99 dolphin swim rate again.

    SeaWorld has indeed introduced a new tiered annual pass program, much like Universal's tiered offers. Unless prices increase substantially after their introductory period, I'm actually quite pleased by the program that SW has put together. We haven't decided if we will renew yet or not.....its still too soon to decide what path we want to take for next year's trips....but if we do, it will likely be one Gold pass (for the photokey and extra in-park discount) and one Silver.
     
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  2. Joanna71985

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    Thank you! So excited for tomorrow
     
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  4. Pumpkin1172

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    Finally joining in:wave: How did I miss that you had a pretrip report. I even thought the other day...that you would be off soon lol. Guess the cold northern air is affecting my brain more than I thought. We have had 2 separate snowfalls so far this fall...and the outlook is not much better. I'm already tired of being cold all the time and it's only Oct. :cold::scared::crazy2:
     
  5. PrincessP

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    Hope you are having a grand time with Jake and a wonderful week!

    You weren’t confused. The Braves won game 3.....which my DH and DS attended. That led to game 4, which AntimonyER and his DW attended. They lost game 4 so Braves are now done with post season play.
     
  6. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Hey all, just dropping in with a quick hello before I dash off to work :wave:. It's been a busy couple of days!

    Jake arrived late Tuesday night.....he rolled in the driveway around 11 pm. Yesterday we enjoyed a marvelous day together, ending with a family dinner at Olive Garden (one of his favorites):

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    Tonight is the Leafs game, so I will work until 3 pm then come home to change before heading downtown. We have a couple of other friends from Canada who are in town to take in the game with us, so we'll be a group of 5 tonight.

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    Nothing much to report on the trip planning front, as honestly I've been too tied up to do much more than look at car rentals each day (which continue to go up, up, up......so I'm virtually certain our $250 rate with Alamo for an SUV will be the winner). All of our anticipated expenses (like food) are now all "paid" (ie money set aside in a special account that we keep solely for trip budgeting and planning) with a safety buffer just in case we overindulge on dining or shopping (hey, it happens :blush:) so we are literally just crossing the days off on the calendar and waiting patiently for Friday, October 26th.

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    Tomorrow I will submit our villa requests to the Vistana. That's always one of the last to-do's before we leave......so the trip definitely feels close now ::yes::.

    I did get a chance to check out the Sweet Tomatoes menu for October. So. Much. Pumpkin :crazy2: (it is the "seasonal" flavor, I suppose). But those special menu items that are NOT pumpkin sound pretty tasty, so I'm looking forward to kicking off our trip there....especially with friends. @DontRushMe , have you started packing yet?

    Hope all is well with everyone! I will try to pop in and post again over the weekend.
     
  7. pattyw

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    We bought the entire package. We don't buy many other kinds of souvenirs, but I like to splurge on pictures!

    :cheer2: So nice to have time with Jake! I miss Kyle a lot- so far away now! We did get to see him last weekend when he and Erin drove up for HHN!! Have to cherish those days that we can get together with the kids!:goodvibes

    I'm a Sabres fan and the Leafs are arch rivals, but tonight I'm sending a GO LEAFS!! :cheer2: Enjoy the game- and the company!!:thumbsup2
     
  8. pigletto

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    Getting so close !!! Enjoy your time with Jake !:)
     
  9. DontRushMe

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    Today we start the pile! Rain ponchos and sunscreen, Hopefully we only need one of those! :sunny:
     
  10. dalmatian7

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    The "pile" is my weekend activity. I told DD7 we will have a "fashion show" to decide which clothes we are taking. We are finally getting normal October weather this weekend so I should be able to get all the shorts washed and there should be no reason to need anything from the "pile" in the next *eeekkkk* 15 days!!!!
     
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  11. chicagoshannon

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    Speaking of Sweet Tomatoes, we found a new one this past trip. It's down 192 not too far from Twisty treat, right by a Target. It was nice, newer and cleaner, than the one in Crossroads. It was a bit smaller and seemed to have one or two less selections (mostly the muffins) than Crossroads.
     
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    I sometimes say inappropriate things when I'm live and in person. I can be much more edited when I type out my thoughts!!!
     
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  13. Joanna71985

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    Have fun at the game!
     
  14. I-4Bound

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    That's our favorite Sweet Tomatoes location! A Flippers Pizza is 2 doors down, and we go there a lot, too. We usually rent vacation houses in that area. That location seems so much cleaner and nicer than the one near Universal.
     
  15. chicagoshannon

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    yeah we were at Windsor Westside this trip so it was really close to there. We also ate at Chuy's tex-mex near there this trip.
     
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  16. JaxDad

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    Hey Gina! As of now, we’re still planning to head down to Orlando next weekend for SeaWorld and Outta Control Magic Show (and maybe other stuff). I’m sorry we’ll miss you guys!

    There’s a chance I might cancel. Our park day forecast has gone from a typical 30% chance of afternoon showers to more of a just plain rainy day. I’m going to keep watching until my hotel cancellation day. We’re staying at Harbour Lake. I got a decent rate and it has a lot of nostalgia for us. I typically check and re-check a few of the Marriott properties before trips, and I’ve noticed that many are full, so it is likely going to be a busy weekend, which is another reason I’m keeping my options open. I also saw that Tony Brent is not the magician the nights we can do the show. I hope the other guys are good. And I hope these aren’t all bad signs for going next weekend!:scared:

    I’ll stay in touch.
     
  17. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    I read your thread about the Trainer for a Day program, and I'm SO delighted that you had such a special, awesome, memorable day!

    Hey there, so glad you found us!!

    We saw on the news some footage of the snow that the west was getting, and OMG......it just made me so sad for everyone who lives in that area :sad2:. Winter is long enough as it is, it's just not fair when it starts in October!!

    I'm definitely looking forward to one last taste of summer in Orlando before we return the chilly north. We have a frost warning in effect for tonight......sounds like this will be the last weekend for us to enjoy the fresh peppers from our garden.

    Thanks for the clarification! I should have realized that you guys were walking about two different games :o.

    We are having a most wonderful time with Jake :goodvibes. Time is passing much too quickly, though. I can't believe he goes home on Monday morning :sad1:.

    I am so glad you purchased the photos!! I will have to find the time to get caught up on your trip report so I can see some of your dolphin pics!

    How awesome that Kyle and Erin could enjoy HHN with you and Joe! :woohoo: I bet they enjoy the opportunity to see you as much as you guys savor the chance to see them!

    Thank you! :goodvibes We've had a very busy few days, but it's been a ton of fun. We celebrated Thanksgiving tonight and had a wonderful home-cooked feasts. We are all very full! :crazy2: (and currently watching Hockey Night in Canada)

    You are both a mile ahead of me with your preparations!! I haven't even pulled out a suitcase yet :rolleyes1. I was going to start after Jake went home, but my boss texted me on Friday and says she needs me to work every day this week :faint: so realistically there will be no packing done before next Saturday. I'll definitely need a vacation by the time the 26th rolls around!

    Good to know! The Crossroads is much closer for us if we are heading there from the resort, but if we happen to be in Kissimmee for something else, that would be super convenient.

    I wonder if that location serves breakfast? :scratchin

    Oh, I would LOVE to hear the unedited Ruthie!! ::yes:: I can only imagine what a hoot you would be! :laughing:

    Thank you! It was an incredible time! Two of our friends from home drove in from Canada, so the five of us enjoyed dinner, the game, and some social time afterward. The Leafs won, and it was a late but awesome night!

    I am going to have to Google Maps it and see exactly where it's located. Any idea how far past the Krispy Kreme it would be?

    Ugh, that's too bad about the weather! And rotten that Tony Brent is off on your show night....I hope the person performing in his place is equally as awesome [I guess I never really thought about it, but I guess he would have to take certain days off, wouldn't he?].

    Absolutely keep us in mind if you happen to change your dates :thumbsup2. Pretty sure the next weekend will also be very busy.....we're expecting large crowds at SeaWorld on the Sunday, especially since its the final Spooktacular weekend.....but hopefully it will be dry and sunny :sunny:. A week from now, I'll be actively stalking the weather and starting to drive myself bonkers :blush:.
     
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    Good to know! We will check it out in March when we stay at the Vistana. We typically go to the one near Universal and we really like that one. I’ve never had an issue with the Universal location. I do agree that in comparison the one at Crossroads feels kinda dark and not as cheery. We love Sweet Tomatoes ,and visit once or twice a trip. It will be fun to try a new one.
     
  19. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    So, it's been a very busy week! The hockey game was a ton of fun......our Leafs pulled out a win over the Red Wings in front of a spirited crowd that was half red, and half blue & white. The "Let's Go Red Wings" chant was countered every time with a boisterious "Go Leafs Go!", which almost made a person wonder.....whose building are we in, anyway? :scratchin

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    It was fun to tour the Little Ceasars Arena for the first time, and we had a great dinner beforehand with our friends from Canada. We definitely recommend Mike's Pizza Bar! (and LOL at the guy in the back who photo-bombed us :rotfl2:)

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    Tonight we celebrated Thanksgiving, and had a wonderful home cooked dinner followed by a bonfire and smores (between periods of the hockey game, of course ;)). It's the last time we'll likely be spending any time together until Christmas, so it was nice to mark the holiday even if its a week late for Jake and a month early for us.

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    I submitted our pre-arrival requests to the Vistana today by email, so even though we've been focusing on Jake I still managed to cross one trip item off the to-do list. Tomorrow I am going to try and call to see if I can rebook our Sea Lion tour from the Thursday to the Sunday, something I've been meaning to do for weeks but just never seemed to take the time to do. Time's a ticking, we're now down to

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    I also need to check car rental rates :surfweb:. Still hoping for that last magical drop. What can I say, I'm an optimist!

    Hope you are all having a great weekend!

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  20. I-4Bound

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    I can't remember exactly where the Krispy Kreme is on 192, but the Sweet Tomatoes location is in the Super Target shopping center just passed Chuy's restaurant. I don't think any of the Sweet Tomatoes restaurants in Orlando serve breakfast anymore. I was really disappointed, because I wanted to try the breakfast after your last review there.
     
  21. juniorbugman

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    It is really funny that you posted tonight about your Leafs game as I was just saying to my brother I wonder how my dis friends liked going to the Leafs game.
    They are really on a roll and Auston Matthews is doing great. I may have to go out and purchase some type of Leafs gear to wear to cheer them on this year.
    Glad that you are having a good time with Jake and got to enjoy Thanksgiving with him.
     

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