Title Chosen: World of Friendship! October 2017 Girls Getaway Caring 4 Giants p. 7 Pandora p. 5

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  1. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    World of Friendship: Girls Getaway, October 2017

    When: Tuesday October 24/Wednesday October 25- Sunday October 29/Monday October 30

    Where: 3 nights at Saratoga Springs, 1 night in a Polynesian villa

    Who:

    Me, natebenma, aka Dee- from New England

    Nannette- our generous hostess with the mostest, from Texas (by way of NYC)

    Janetmom- from Toronto, eh!

    And of course ~Ninjamom- international woman of mystery

    Supporting Characters: Wood Nymph (Sue) and her DH, Teena the retired Beach Club Greeter and who knows who else might show up during our adventures???

    Why: Because we Like You! (M-O-U-S-E)! ^^^


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    Sometimes I know the title of my trip report before I even go on the trip.

    Other times there is a phrase or funny incident or recurring theme that defines the trip and becomes the basis for a title.

    This trip was always about friendship.

    We were going as a group of 4 friends, who met as fans of the Beach Club, and have travelled together and/or at the same time for the past few years. We would be meeting up with other friends at different points during the trip. And we were there in part to remember a dear friend who we lost way too soon.

    In the spirit of friendship, I found a few Disney quotes as possibilities for the title:


    You've Got a Friend.jpg


    Nuffin's better.jpg



    Friends like Starts.jpg



    Here Together, Friends Forever.jpg



    Together Always.jpg


    Come along, because the more the merrier!


    And please, help me name this thing!



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    @JanetMom @Wood Nymph @Ninja Mom
     
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  2. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Meet the Cast of Characters


    During my family’s first trip to the Beach Club in July 2009, Teena was the first Disney friend I met in person. We kept in touch after the trip, but I had no idea at that time how close we would become in the ensuing years.

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    Nannette was the next friend I met face-to-face in July 2013, at the beginning of my trip and the end of hers.


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    Rebecca was the friend who got me to my first group Disney meet. She graciously invited me to stay with her and her mom in August 2014.

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    Rebecca was one of the Orange Banded Monkeys from our infamous August 2015 trip, along with Nannette, ~Ninja and me. Our dear friend passed away in June, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Throughout her diagnosis and treatment, Rebecca remained thankful for every day and her beautiful smile never left her face.

    I think of her every day and talk to her frequently. She was an important part of this recent trip.


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    ~Ninja appeared during my trips in August 2014, August 2015 and at the same time as my anniversary celebration with Mark in October 2016. Nannette was there in August 2015 and October 2016.




    October 2016



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    August 30, 2015 6th Annual Beach & Yacht Club DIS Meet

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    Disneymomx7 and DD, HockeyMomR, NinjaMom, TeenaS, natebenma, The Magical One, Nannette, Wood Nymph

    August 2014 5th Annual Beach & Yacht Club DIS Meet

    Monday August 18, 2014, 6:30 PM
    Solarium at the Beach Club


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    Front Row: Mommyrosa2, Natebenma, Disneymomx7, YCFan, JanetMom holding Buzzy, ScottMC, TeenaS, ~NM
    Back Row: TaraK, YCFan's Son A., Carol (HockeyMomR's Mom), HockeyMomR, The Magical One, JNPants



    I met up with Janet during the August 2014 trip, in January 2016 when I was helping Teena with her move to Las Vegas and then again last October.



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    Did you follow all that?!?

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    October 2017

    Nannette is a DVC owner and invited me, Janet and ~Ninja to join her for a girls’ getaway when her daughter, son-in-law and adorable granddaughter had plans to go out of town for a family wedding.

    We only had one Advanced Dining Reservation for the trip- a visit to Via Napoli for a group of 8 of us. Nannette hoped to fit in her favorite, Bongos, a couple of times during the trip and I managed to make a last minute reservation for my own favorite breakfast. Other than that, we would go with the flow for meals, in-room breakfast, lots of Food & Wine selections and quick service as needed.

    Priorities for this trip were booking the Caring For Giants Elephant Tour at Animal Kingdom, seeing Happily Ever After fireworks show at Magic Kingdom and experiencing Pandora and Rivers of Light at AK. Everything else we did would just be icing on the cake.

    Our Fast Pass Day was in late August, and between Nannette, Mark and me attempting to book, we wound up with the following attractions:


    FastPass+

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - Epcot

    Living with the Land 2:35 PM - 3:35 PM

    Soarin' 4:05 PM - 5:05 PM

    RELAUNCHED! Mission: SPACE 5:05 PM - 6:05 PM



    Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

    Na'vi River Journey 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM

    Just one???



    Caring for Giants Tour 11 am



    Friday, October 27, 2017 - Magic Kingdom Park

    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

    Pirates of the Caribbean 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

    Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


    Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

    Kilimanjaro Safaris 4:25 PM - 5:25 PM

    Avatar Flight of Passage 5:35 PM - 6:35 PM

    Rivers of Light 7:05 PM - 7:30 PM



    Sunday, October 29, 2017 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

    Avatar Flight of Passage 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


    We didn’t end up sticking exactly to the plan, and this was probably one of the most play-it-by-ear Disney trip I have ever been on, but we loved the way everything turned out.


    Next Up: Pre-trip drama
     
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  4. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    Here and waiting......
     
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  6. missangelalexis

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    Hi Dee, joining in! Looks like our trips overlapped! But it doesn't seem like we were in the same parks on our respective days, so we didn't even have a chance to run into each other. Looking forward to reading about your girls trip :)
     
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  7. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    :welcome:

    I'll try to get this party started for real in the next couple of days.

    ::yes::
     
  8. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    :welcome:

    Thanks for joining in.

    I didn't know you were there at the same time.

    Don't be so sure we didn't cross paths... I visited at least 2 parks every day of the trip and on Saturday we made it to all 4! It will be interesting to see if we were in any of the same places at the same time! We will both have to scan our pictures extra carefully!

    :goodvibes
     
  9. rteetz

    rteetz Rumors and News Moderator Moderator

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    Following along! Always love your reports Dee!
     
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    Joining in! Can't wait to read more!
     
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    Oh, I was at AK that Sunday morning, too, but did not ride FOP. I'll have to check my photos and look for you.
     
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    Hi Dee followed you over from your last TR.

    I vote for this title
    Looking forward to all the excitement
     
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    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    :welcome:

    Great to have you along again!

    :goodvibes


    Thanks for reading!

    :cool1:


    :welcome:

    Thanks for joining in.

    I was at AK for a couple of hours. I rode Navi River Journey and then Flights of Passage twice.

    ::yes::


    :wave2:

    I guess it is not too surprising you chose this title!

    And it is currently in the lead since you are the only one who has offered an opinion!

    :goodvibes
     
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    Hi Dee!

    I found your report just scrolling through the boards and looking at that cast of characters it sounds you have a 'World of Friendship' trip going on here!

    Looks like fun and I can't wait to hear more of your exploits from this trip!
     
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  15. Grumpy's Wife

    Grumpy's Wife Dollar Tree gal here

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    I always enjoy reading your trip reports. I'm pretty sure I'm still reading about your cruise in Alaska.

    Sounds like a fun trip with lots of laughs.
     
  16. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    :welcome:

    Ooohhh! I like it!

    We did have a lot of fun.

    I'll get this party started soon.


    party:
     
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    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    :welcome:

    Glad to have you on board for another.

    Yeah, you are probably still reading about the cruise. I'm still writing. Slooooowwwly. But still.

    :goodvibes
     
  18. wdwnut61

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    Hi Dee

    Love your trip reports :D
     
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  19. PCFriar80

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    All Aboard! :drive: Our trip to BCVs overlapped with your stay at Saratoga, but I made sure everything was in place for your drive-by! :drinking1
     
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  20. luvpoohandcompany

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    Woohoo I’m here and ready to read all about it!
    I like the “world of friendship “ title but regardless of what you call it i just know I’m going to love reading about it all. How amazing is it that a love of Disney and the Beach Club can bring people who would never have otherwise met together :)
     
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    natebenma Beach Club Dee

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    :welcome:

    Thank you so much!!!

    :goodvibes

    :welcome:

    I certainly missed staying at my happy place, but I thank you for holding down the home fort.

    ::yes::


    :welcome:

    Glad to have you here.

    It really is incredible how many strong, deep friendships in my life have been forged online

    :grouphug:
     
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