Trip Report It was the best of times in the worst of times...

Hello All!
We're back from our October 2020 Disney trip, and a crazy time it was!

Like so many others whose trips were cancelled/delayed and changed, ours was too. A year ago before the world collapsed my husband wanted to have a big family blowout trip in November 2020. Our usual companions are my son 20, occasionally daughter 32 and her new husband. He also wanted (for whatever reason) to invite my mother and husband who profess to despise Disney, despite never having been there. His brother and wife, who live in NC and are so reluctant to travel they don't know the restaurants in their own town. He wanted to invite my sister, her husband and son, that he doesn't really spend any time with.🤷‍♀️ I said, "whatever dude" you invite and I'll figure it out.

Invitations went out and 2020 arrived. Our 2020 like many others has been a big pile of 💩 with one shining exception. So, I'm going to list from January to now in a purposely run-on sentence (paragraph) to get the years crap mentioned here and out of the way. It's meant to read fast and forget. The reason I'm going to go into our family's woes is some of this impacted our trip planning/scheduling.

January Scooby (our crazy loving dog) had to be put down and it was very traumatic February Gary's cancer worsened (those of you that have read my other reports know he is fighting stage 4 colon cancer) and they had to increase his chemo Gary gets both cataracts out right before Covid hits February I schedule the Poly for a crap ton of people that of course aren't coming March Seth gets kicked out of his college dorm in Savannah with the Covid shut down and in 48 hours finds an apartment we drive down 12 hours with a Uhaul trailer with donated furniture to help set him up looking like the Beverly hillbillies Aleisha my oldest gets laid off from her job as an interior designer in California due to Covid April we start volunteering at the local food bank because increasing volumes of people are hungry May Aleisha gets her job back and then looses it again due to Covid July I fall in the yard fracturing in multiple pieces my right (dominant) wrist requiring surgery September the day my daughter and her husband are getting ready to put a down payment on a house in California he gets laid off from his job as a lawyer due to Covid.

What, you say, could possibly be the shining exception? In the middle of that mess in April Aleisha and Julio called to tell us that we will be first time grandparents mid December! We're going to have a baby girl!

So, all of that crazy above resulted in my daughter and husband bailing on us for the November trip, and of course none of those in-laws, outlaws etc. were ever going to come, so we rearranged dates around my sons school schedule and planned for a trip in October, and said pooh to the rest of the invitees!

The people who actually ended up going were: Myself-Cindy, Husband-Gary, Son-Seth, Seth's friend from school-John
When: October 21-26th
Where: 1 night Rivera 1 bedroom Villa, and 4 nights at the Polynesian in a Bungalow
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Zipitidoda

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Great to hear about Gary!! Speaking of Gary.... in the Photography contest forum there is a thread of "Holiday" and in a picture by @ZapperZ there is a guy in the back ground that I swore was Gary for quite awhile but the more i looked I don't think it is. You'll have to check it out. He doesn't' have a Stealers hat on so that was the deciding factor 😁
 

MickeyCB

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Great to hear about Gary!! Speaking of Gary.... in the Photography contest forum there is a thread of "Holiday" and in a picture by @ZapperZ there is a guy in the back ground that I swore was Gary for quite awhile but the more i looked I don't think it is. You'll have to check it out. He doesn't' have a Stealers hat on so that was the deciding factor 😁
I just tried to find the link but am only coming up with the original post to enter. Can you share the link? I would love to see his doppelganger! And yes, there is usually some Steeler clothing item being worn!🤣
(Was that spelling above intentional)?!
It was his birthday today, and I got him a signed Lambert, Ham, Russel photo. He was like a little kid!
 

Zipitidoda

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I just tried to find the link but am only coming up with the original post to enter. Can you share the link? I would love to see his doppelganger! And yes, there is usually some Steeler clothing item being worn!🤣
(Was that spelling above intentional)?!
It was his birthday today, and I got him a signed Lambert, Ham, Russel photo. He was like a little kid!

Click the blue highlighted area.

As much as I'd love to say the spelling was on purpose, sadly it's not. Other than the Colts I know very little about football. We're are a baseball family. The Gary look alike does look a bit older now that I've gone back and looked again but for someone that's never actually met him I really thought it was him at first.
 

MickeyCB

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Click the blue highlighted area.

As much as I'd love to say the spelling was on purpose, sadly it's not. Other than the Colts I know very little about football. We're are a baseball family. The Gary look alike does look a bit older now that I've gone back and looked again but for someone that's never actually met him I really thought it was him at first.
Absolutely does, except the gentleman in the photo has a slightly sharper jaw line.
 

LisaBelle

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I just binge-read your report and loved it! The bungalows look amazing. My sister and I stayed at the Poly a few years ago and it has such a relaxing vibe. Congrats on your granddaughter! She’s beautiful! The rocking horse that Gary made for her is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us!
 

MickeyCB

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I just binge-read your report and loved it! The bungalows look amazing. My sister and I stayed at the Poly a few years ago and it has such a relaxing vibe. Congrats on your granddaughter! She’s beautiful! The rocking horse that Gary made for her is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us!
Thank you so much for reading!
We definitely enjoyed the bungalows, (and I thought Rivera was nice too)!
She is such a cuddle bug, hard to believe she's a month old today!
And Aleisha was definitely pleased with the gift, I'm glad he made it for the baby.
 

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