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Trip Report In Before Irma! A September Beach Club mini-trip! *COMPLETED*

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by myhappyplace, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. amjt660

    amjt660 Well-Known Member

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    "Very observant you are"
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    Max
     
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  2. ADC

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    Going to the beach club in 4 weeks, thanks for the photos it looks awesome
     
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  3. myhappyplace

    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Ha!! Yes you are correct it seems!!

    Thank you!

    18-55. I will admit, I am not completely at ease with many of my cameras settings as yet.

    I am going to study this before our next trip!

    Yes!

    Thank you!!

    Almost. Girl, I would sell my class for one of those cupcakes right now. I STILL have not found a groove this school year...granted I teach toddlers so it isn't exactly the same, but this class of 1 & 2 year olds will be the death of me I swear.

    Yes, very!!

    You're welcome, you will love it!!
     
  4. myhappyplace

    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    DH just asked if I thought the people in my ride photos noticed that I'm in both of THEIR ride photos...
     
  5. myhappyplace

    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    One does not simply walk back to the room without taking even more lobby and pool pictures on the way!

    This is from the Yacht Club:
    [​IMG]IMG_6947 by Amber Zaremsky, on Flickr

    It is a very handsome resort
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    Back out by the pool....we would be on our way there soon you beautiful pool, you!
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    Look at the pool being all enticing!
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    Even these birds thought so! A custodial CM and I stood and appreciated the birds appreciating the pools for a moment.
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    Some workers busy painting...there was outside and inside painting in places during our stay, but nothing obtrusive at all.
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    I met up with DH in the room, told him about my morning, and said "let's go to the pool!", and so we got ready and back down we went! They checked magic bands.

    We had a wonderful time! I didn't take my camera or phone down. We enjoyed a very hot hot tub for a few minutes, and then stood under a waterfall to let the stream ease sore neck and back muscles. We got a kick out of a duck swimming along like nothing was out of the ordinary with a duck swimming in a swimming pool among people.

    We took a trip around on the lazy river, and went down the waterslide a couple of times...so much fun! For those that don't know, you actually leave the pool gate and cross the boardwalk to get to the top of the waterslide...we felt like the path should have been sand! Not really but it would've been nice...I imagine they don't want a ton of sand in the slide though. The steps are killer, especially after you've been swimming awhile, but the two oldsters made it.

    The CM at the top, a younger man, asked what our plans were in regards to Irma...we told him we leave Sunday morning anyway. He said he was staying, and he said it with a smile. That happened several times, I think many of the CMs were up for the challenge of weathering a hurricane at Disney World too! All were in wonderful moods.

    For anyone's info: we found it better to sit on the waterslide rather than lie back...the seams of the tunnel always seem to hurt us.

    I think the pool solidified it: Beach Club is DH's favorite resort (and my close second...I still love ya best, WL!!)

    Fun and relaxation was had, but then we decided that we best get to Epcot, for what is a Food & Wine trip without actually going to the Food & Wine Festival?!
     
  6. riverside

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    I'm very much enjoying your TR!!
     
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  7. amjt660

    amjt660 Well-Known Member

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    We have stayed at YC twice
    Love the common pool

    Max
     
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  8. littleroo

    littleroo Well-Known Member

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    Following!! So glad you are safe and got to enjoy low crowds!
     
  9. myhappyplace

    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thank you! More to come this evening!

    Best pool on property!

    Thank you! It was very enjoyable!
     
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  10. gdisneyfans

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    I love that smell!!! We all inhaled deeply too when we arrived! We even have the Beach Club candle at home and it smells very similar - at least enough to give us a hint of what we miss:inlove: I can't remember where exactly I got it - maybe Walter & Rosie, but it's similar to this
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    Loving your report - especially your pictures! You took so many great ones at the BC. I only took a few, but really, really enjoying your photos! Can't wait to read more - glad you made it home safe and sound due to the circumstances.
     
  11. myhappyplace

    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    OOh I am going to have to search for this!! And thank you for the compliments :)
     
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  12. myhappyplace

    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Picking back up where I left off...on the way to Epcot. It did start sprinkling a bit as we made our way through security a bit. Not enough to need the ponchos (that I carried around our whole trip and never needed, thankfully) but enough that I stuck a ziploc bag on my camera as I carried it around my neck. Only to find not even two countries away, it was missing. I felt really bad for inadvertently littering somewhere, but I had no clue I'd lost the baggie till later! I guess I can take heart knowing that DH and I pick up random trash that people are too lazy to find garbage cans for ON PURPOSE, so maybe I'm forgiven.

    We were interested in the Tasting Sampler. For those that aren't familiar, you pay a price for a tag on a lanyard, which has 8 tear-off tabs that can then be used for any food item, with some exceptions of course. We debated whether this would be a good value for us given the items we knew we wanted to try, their prices, and also what the pin looked like that you got for free with this purchase. We always knew we planned on getting a F&W Festival Pin for this year, and I ended up liking it, so it was a good value for us, so we got it. We just tried to be choosy and use it on items that were on the more expensive side. We also picked up our Festival Passport.

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    I have some sort of compulsion to always take bird/duck/squirrel pics at Disney...
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    And here it is, our first item from this year's F&W!

    Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese served on Griddled Garlic Toast from Hops & Barley/ American Adventure
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    So good, I took two pictures. DELICIOUS! We were pleased with our first choice. While we sat..(side note: there seemed to be a great lack of those standing tables they usually have around World Showcase...was that because of Irma, or did they take them away??) we listened to an acapella group on the stage...quite talented. There was also a large crane bird standing near us, staring at the singing group from afar, and he didn't. move. a. muscle. It was quite entertaining watching him...odd that I actually DIDN'T take a pic of this bird :rolleyes:

    Our next selections were from the Italy booth:
    Crispy Calamari (with spicy pomodoro sauce--all DH) and Spezzatino con Polenta (beef stew with parmesan creamy polenta -mostly for me but I shared). We liked both.
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    We knew we would be back for a larger portion of another day, so we only maybe wanted one more item, so we wandered around pondering. We stopped by one of our favorite merch booths that has been appearing at past festivals, called Rinse. They are from our area, but I never get to their shop here, so I always stop when we're at Epcot! I like their shower cakes for headache, colds, etc. I also picked up an oil roller for headaches too. They accept AP!

    We passed by the entrance to World Showcase from Future World...we weren't sure if we would be going to FW at all this trip, so we thought we'd better grab a pic of Mickey now! I really liked the kabob and corn-on-the-cob details!
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    My last selection was a dessert...The Tipsy Laird, from Scotland! It sounded good to me, plus Laird is actually my maiden name, so it was like I had to. The Tipsy Laird is a whiskey soaked cake with lemon cream and toasted oats. Very refreshing and not too-whiskey-soaked. We sat at the former Off Kilter stage to enjoy some shade. It had gotten quite warm out.
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    The joys of being married to a jokster: every time we passed the Rose & Crown, DH would say "hey, you wanna get some fish & chips?" :rolleyes:

    DH never did get another selection this day, as we headed out of the IG and back to the resort for a few minutes, then it was on to Beach Club's bus stop for our trip to Magic Kingdom!

    I do love the fall decorations. I noticed there weren't any jack-o-lanterns on the roof tops and window ledges on Main Street. There were a couple on the INSIDE of windows, but not out like usual. Again, not sure if this was due to impeding Irma winds or something they've changed??

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    We arrived around 3:00, and Main Street was not very busy at all!
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    One of the things that I had on my must-do list was meet Merida. I try to always meet at least one character I've not met on a previous trip, and kept missing her on my last trips. So we took some pics on Main Street, and headed straight back to her location and got in line. The castle show began as we walked by:

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    Coming up: Our Merida Meet & Greet
     
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    The standing tables at Epcot were removed in prep for Irma, as were the outdoor Jack
    o'Lanterns at MK (which were in their usual places on my visit in late August.)
     
  14. myhappyplace

    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Ah, thank you for clearing that up! We were hoping that was the case with both!
     
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    Was haggis on the menu in Scotland? And why did you pass on it?!? :D
     
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    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Ha, no it wasn't! I did comment to Dave that it should be, though that's not saying I'd try it...
     
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    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I love the little details all over Disney World, and Merida's M&G location was no different. We especially liked this errant arrow. (that sounds like a band name)
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    She really took her time with each guest, it was so sweet watching the interactions! It was sweltering hot, but before long it was our turn...I had lots to talk to Merida about. First being, my maiden name. I told her it was Laird, and she asked if I had a tartan. (Side note: I haven't ever really seriously tried looking up a tartan for the name Laird, just because it seems strange to me that it even became a last name...it is a title, not a name). I told her no, and she said I would have to make one, and asked my favorite color, to which I replied yellow. And then she asked me what my married color would be, DH's favorite color, and he said red (no surprise, right @DRD ). Then she told me to add another favorite color, and I said gray...she didn't seem too impressed with that, but said it would work.

    The other thing I had to tell her was that my sisters are triplets, just like her brothers (only I was all flustered and said I had three brothers, not sisters...I blame the heat). All in all, it was a really cute visit!
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    Look at the color of my face...did I mention the heat?
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    What could make my red heat face look better? The purple wall!! I had to try it! I think it worked? For whatever reason, I wasn't sure if I had the right spot...though it was a purple wall, but I saw people further down the wall taking selfies, so I knew I had the spot!
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    We continued on into Tomorrowland for something DH hadn't done...at least not in awhile. He thinks he might have done it in the 70s...Carousel of Progress! We got stuck in the last scene twice, but it was still an enjoyable time, and time spent out of the heat of the afternoon.
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    After that, it was time for a ride on the TTA. We were VERY relieved that the conveyor belt was working!
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    The lights were on in Space Mountain
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    I was ahead of DH walking off of TTA, and when he caught up to me, he said that the female CM unloading was from the town I work in!
     
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    Love the pics!
     
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    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Time to head to our Anniversary Dinner at a new-to-us place, Skipper's Canteen! Our Anniversary was August 31st, so we were only about a week late!

    I told myself not to take tons of pictures of the fall decor, because we've been a couple times in the fall now and I have lots of pictures, but I just had to take one on the walk across to Adventureland.
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    We checked in a bit early for our dinner, and inquired about the butterfly table. The CM checking us in said she would check to see if the guests sitting there had just been sat, or if they'd been there awhile, in which case we wanted to wait for the table. She said "no, they've only been there 45 minutes so that won't work but we'll sit you in the same room"....huh? Hoookay lady....seems like 45 minutes would be close to being done?

    We were called like 2 minutes later, just long enough to get a drink of water from the cooler in the waiting area, and were sat near the butterfly table, where there were some people. Unfortunately, this was one of the cases I mentioned previously, where since we are only 2, we got the smallest 2-top table. The hostess, while leading us to our table pointed out the "high lights" of the restaurant...they have three! She also pointed out her favorite book on the shelves, Shades of Khaki. She told us our server would be Dani, and if we needed her, she would be the one dressed in khaki :joyfull:

    Our server, Dani, came over to introduce herself and get our drink orders. DH looked at her nametag, and she was from our hometown!! Such a small town, and small world indeed. After we placed our drink orders, I got up to take some pictures, and the butterfly table was vacant!! :mad: A small gripe, I know.

    The back of the menu
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    The book titles were very funny
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    See the high lights?
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    DH ordered the Schweitzer Slush
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    I just went with coke
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    We ordered and split the S.E.A Shu Mai (steamed pork, shrimp, edamame in gyoza skin), which were quite good, even though I'm not crazy about shrimp. Incidentally, we noticed that the plate was the same as Liberty Tree Tavern.
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    DH is much more proficient at chopsticks than I...I tried, but resorted to a fork rather quickly.
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    DH debated, because he doesn't really care for foods that are messy to eat, but he was brave (with Dani's encouragement) and went with the whole fish! Caution: fish eyes about to be staring at you!! He enjoyed this!

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    I went with the Tastes Like Chicken, Because It Is--and loved it! I would definitely order this again!
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    And here we are with Dani
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    We declined dessert, because we had other plans that would provide dessert. A picture on the way out:
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    Overall, we were very pleased with our dinner, and would eat here again. We both would definitely order what we had again, but there are also other things on the menu we want to try, so safe to say this will probably be repeated at some time in the future.
     
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  20. myhappyplace

    myhappyplace Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thank you kindly!
     

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