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Trip Report Wishes Do Come True

What was planned.....

WHO:
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WHEN:
Friday, April 1st - Monday, April 4th

WHERE:
SSR 1 BR Villa
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Remember us wishing that our return flight was cancelled on the previous trip b/c of the snowstorm??

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Thanks to the above some slight changes had to be made.....

WHEN:
Friday, April 1st - Wednesday, April 6th

WHERE:
April 1st - April 4th
SSR 1 BR Villa in Congress Park
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April 4th - 5th
SSR 2 BR Villa in The Grandstand
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April 5th - 6th
SSR 1 BR Villa in The Paddock
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And let me start out by saying that as awesome as it was to have a few extra Disney days it definitely comes with a price!! Financially & mentally!!
There is a lot of stress involved when you first realize that you're pretty much stranded & trying to figure out what you're going to do about it!! Not to mention the switching of the rooms over & over!!

But, I don't want to get ahead of myself. All that drama will come in due time!!

Welcome everyone!! Thanks to all who will be joining in on this crazy adventure!!
 

joshsprincess921

Well-Known Member
SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND

E & I split a bottle of wine.
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The restaurant had a very modern vibe to it which I liked.
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The rolls were SO good!!
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The shrimp cocktail was excellent!!
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All 3 of us ordered filets. We also got sides of brussels sprouts & the yukon gold mashed potatoes to share.
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You got to choose a steak sauce. I can't remember which ones we had but they were all very good!!
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We were highly impressed with this restaurant & I can't wait to go back there again!!
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I've always wanted to know how this place was. I've never really heard much about it other than people say that it's loud, but we are always looking for a good steak.
 

riverside

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
PhotoPass photographers are now stationed in all resorts, which I think is kind of fun. More “bang for your buck” I suppose.
I agree!! It's nice to have pics from "non traditional" places!!
More "bang for your buck"--that doesn't happen too often there anymore!!
I've always wanted to know how this place was. I've never really heard much about it other than people say that it's loud, but we are always looking for a good steak.
It was a bit noisy which I normally don't care for but it was an awesome atmosphere & the food was great!! I would highly recommend it!!
 

riverside

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND

We did our traditional walk through Fulton's. I was excited to see some new POR merchandise. I would have bought this but I just couldn't get past the sleeves. Totally not me.
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I've always thought that POR had one of the best gift shops on property but since they've reopened I feel totally different.
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They have a lot less merchandise in there, unfortunately.
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So good to be back!!
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Surprise, surprise!! Look where we ended up!!
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After a few minutes in the arcade I decided to walk around the grounds since I knew this would be my only chance during this trip. At some point during the day I had purchased ponchos for us so I donned it and out I went!!
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I swung by Muddy Rivers. It's hard to tell but I was drenched!
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Always excited to pay this place a visit!!
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riverside

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND

I finally headed back to the arcade & J was still playing games. Although, he looks like he's taking a break at that moment!!
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E definitely was!!
On a side note, anyone ever go in one of those chairs? They are absolutely brutal IMO. I don't like them in the least-I feel like I'm getting beat up!!
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J wanted a snack so we stopped by The Riverside Mill. This CM is the sweetest. He has been there for as long as I can remember. He's always calling everyone "prince" or "princess". Even if his line is longer than others I always stand in his. He's just that nice & I love interacting with him!!
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Of course, our main purpose for paying POR a visit!!
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It seems like they were allowing Bob's show to be a bit more interactive since its return. The kids were allowed to dance around the room!! And there's J joining in!!
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The nice thing about staying at SSR is that we were only a boat ride away!! Thank goodness the weather was at a manageable level so that they were running again.
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Mother & son were both a little chilly.
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Back to Saratoga!!
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cgersic

Well-Known Member
Seeing your pictures of Muddy Rivers and the store, I just have to share my pixie dust story from my latest trip, because I was thinking of you the whole time it was happening! My trip was with my niece, nephew, great niece and best friend from high school. They were all going to be heading home on Sunday and I really wanted to finish that day out in Animal Kingdom, so at the last minute I added on another night. We were staying at All Stars and when I decided to do this, the cheerleaders had taken all the rooms, so my only option that I could afford was Riverside. I'm normally a French Quarter girl, but since I had never stayed at Riverside, I booked it. I had seen on here that you can call Riverside directly with room requests, so I did. I let the CM know it was my first time staying and I knew I wanted to stay in Parterre Place due to location and the fountain, so my only request was that building. When I drove over from All Stars, I still hadn't gotten my room ready text, so the gentleman at the gate told me the building number and I knew I had gotten my request. What I was NOT expecting upon opening my door, was that I had been pixie dusted with a Princess Room!!! I cried, I took pictures, I turned off the lights and made the fireworks explode, I took more pictures, I cried more, and the whole time I was thinking of you. I was waiting for the right time in your report, and seeing the CM at the cash register you talked about, I knew this was it. Because when I got coffee the next morning, he was my guy and gave me the "good morning Princess" that I hadn't heard yet in my trip. I spent the whole next day at the resort before heading back home around 4. I swam, had a drink and lunch and completely enjoyed myself at the pool. I'm a believer now that Riverside is all that you have told us it is!
 
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Minnesota disney fan

Well-Known Member
Patti, I finally got caught up, as you can probably see with all the "likes" and "loves", LOL!
I especially appreciated the tour of POR,even in the rain it was beautiful and looked like "home" to me too.
The store at POR has always been my favorite. It seemed to carry a lot of merchandise and was so much fun to browse around there. I am saddened to hear it is not the same. Why did they have to ruin a perfectly good thing????
Happy belated Birthday to J. Can't wait for more TR.
 

lindawdw

Well-Known Member
I got all caught up with your last few updates!!! You certainly had a fun day at MK and resort hopping. I told Pete that our next trip we must finally go for a drink at the Tambu Lounge after seeing your drink photos. I must look out for the PP at the GF during our next stay. We've never eaten at STK but will have to add that to the list of must try restaurants. Glad you got to see Yee-Haw Bob once again and soak in the ambiance of Port Orleans Riverside. 🥰
 

Songbird76

Well-Known Member
I've always wanted to know how this place was. I've never really heard much about it other than people say that it's loud, but we are always looking for a good steak.
Disney foodblog says the food is usually decent, but it's really LOUD and you can get better steak at the Yachtsman or Le Cellier, I think? She said if you like the club scene, it's great, but it is really expensive for what you get, and it's not the best place for families with small children....I want to say that kids aren't allowed after a certain time because it becomes like a bar? Or maybe it's just that it's really loud and expensive and not a place where kids will necessarily have fun...no theming, no characters, it's more upscale and less kid-friendly. So, sounds like maybe worth a try, as long as you have realistic expectations for your group. If someone in your group isn't a steak eater, or is sensitive to a lot of noise, it may not be for you. I love a good steak, so I've thought about it for our next trip, but I really don't do well with the club scene and a lot of noise. AJ did mention if you aren't a fan of the noise, there's a terrace upstairs that is more quiet.
 

riverside

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
Seeing your pictures of Muddy Rivers and the store, I just have to share my pixie dust story from my latest trip, because I was thinking of you the whole time it was happening! My trip was with my niece, nephew, great niece and best friend from high school. They were all going to be heading home on Sunday and I really wanted to finish that day out in Animal Kingdom, so at the last minute I added on another night. We were staying at All Stars and when I decided to do this, the cheerleaders had taken all the rooms, so my only option that I could afford was Riverside. I'm normally a French Quarter girl, but since I had never stayed at Riverside, I booked it. I had seen on here that you can call Riverside directly with room requests, so I did. I let the CM know it was my first time staying and I knew I wanted to stay in Parterre Place due to location and the fountain, so my only request was that building. When I drove over from All Stars, I still hadn't gotten my room ready text, so the gentleman at the gate told me the building number and I knew I had gotten my request. What I was NOT expecting upon opening my door, was that I had been pixie dusted with a Princess Room!!! I cried, I took pictures, I turned off the lights and made the fireworks explode, I took more pictures, I cried more, and the whole time I was thinking of you. I was waiting for the right time in your report, and seeing the CM at the cash register you talked about, I knew this was it. Because when I got coffee the next morning, he was my guy and gave me the "good morning Princess" that I hadn't heard yet in my trip. I spent the whole next day at the resort before heading back home around 4. I swam, had a drink and lunch and completely enjoyed myself at the pool. I'm a believer now that Riverside is all that you have told us it is!
This is such an awesome story!! Thank you so much for sharing it!! And thanks for thinking of me!! I feel special!!
Isn't he the sweetest!! I love seeing & interacting with him!!
I'm so happy that you loved Riverside!! It is an awesome resort & they have the best CM's there!! 💖 💖 💖
Muddy Rivers-Lee & Ken
River Roost-Bob(of course!), John & Patrick
Riverside Mill-our Princess/Prince friend!!(I will find out his name next time!!)
I'm so happy for you that you got that room!! I absolutely love those fireworks!!
Thank you so much for sharing this--this made me so happy!!😘
Patti, I finally got caught up, as you can probably see with all the "likes" and "loves", LOL!
I especially appreciated the tour of POR,even in the rain it was beautiful and looked like "home" to me too.
The store at POR has always been my favorite. It seemed to carry a lot of merchandise and was so much fun to browse around there. I am saddened to hear it is not the same. Why did they have to ruin a perfectly good thing????
Happy belated Birthday to J. Can't wait for more TR.
Yes--it will always be home!! The weather doesn't matter!!
I totally agree with you about the store. It has been that way since they reopened & it's very disappointing now. Unfortunately, I think that's the way it's going to be b/c it has been like that since they reopened. Don't they get it--the more they have the more I'll buy??
Thanks so much!! Again, the "reason" for this trip was his birthday. He really got a present when he found out we were getting an extra 3 days!!
I got all caught up with your last few updates!!! You certainly had a fun day at MK and resort hopping. I told Pete that our next trip we must finally go for a drink at the Tambu Lounge after seeing your drink photos. I must look out for the PP at the GF during our next stay. We've never eaten at STK but will have to add that to the list of must try restaurants. Glad you got to see Yee-Haw Bob once again and soak in the ambiance of Port Orleans Riverside. 🥰
The Tambu Lounge is awesome & at this point pretty much is a "must do" for us!! Try it--you'll like it!!(Do you remember that slogan??)
STK was absolutely amazing!! We have a few steakhouses around here that we really like(Ruth's Chris & Napa Prime) which are excellent but I would honestly rank STK above those!!
I was so happy to be at POR!! My home away from home!!🥰
Disney foodblog says the food is usually decent, but it's really LOUD and you can get better steak at the Yachtsman or Le Cellier, I think? She said if you like the club scene, it's great, but it is really expensive for what you get, and it's not the best place for families with small children....I want to say that kids aren't allowed after a certain time because it becomes like a bar? Or maybe it's just that it's really loud and expensive and not a place where kids will necessarily have fun...no theming, no characters, it's more upscale and less kid-friendly. So, sounds like maybe worth a try, as long as you have realistic expectations for your group. If someone in your group isn't a steak eater, or is sensitive to a lot of noise, it may not be for you. I love a good steak, so I've thought about it for our next trip, but I really don't do well with the club scene and a lot of noise. AJ did mention if you aren't a fan of the noise, there's a terrace upstairs that is more quiet.
Yes, it is loud but it has a really neat ambiance to it. We paid no more than what I would pay at Ruth's Chris & again, we thought it was excellent!! J loved it there & our waiter was so amazing!!
I wouldn't consider it a club scene but it definitely wasn't quiet. Our reservation was for somewhere around 5 so maybe we were there before it gets loud but it's not like they have a dance floor or anything in there. Actually, we had a reservation & were seated in the bar area at a table & we all enjoyed it!!
IMO Le Cellier has always had a great steak. The first time I ate at Yachtsman I was impressed but after the 2nd time I'm not in a hurry to go back!! I would go to STK in a heartbeat!!
Thanks so much for your input!! I love to hear everyone's experiences & get their feelings on things!!
 

fractal

Premium Member
SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND

Now, this seriously was a highlight of the trip. J brought his money with him in its trusty Ziploc baggie. He was bound & determined that he was going to buy something with his $12.73 that he had!! Off to the store we went!!
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He naturally went right to the pins(thanks again, @MickeyCB 🤣) but didn't understand why there weren't prices on them. I had to explain the color coding system to him.
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He really liked this one.....
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But it wasn't in his budget!!
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This one was more in his price range...
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But in the end he decided it was(& I'm quoting him) "a rip off"!! Funny how a kid gets it when they're spending their own $$!!
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He decided he would be happy with this & was excited b/c he would still have money left over!!
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Time to pay!!
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Aunt Patti's AP saved him a few shillings so he was excited about that. He was also awesome about counting the money out to the CM to pay for his purchase!!
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I see a future for J in Finance!

One of these days I'll get to see Yeehaa Bob.
 

cgersic

Well-Known Member
SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD

Our last(or so we thought) park day was at HS!!
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Lines looked crazy but it actually moved pretty fast.
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In no time at all we were in!!
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Something we have never done & there was no wait so we decided to check it out!!
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Then J & I headed to Star Tours.
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That face....
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And the girl behind him! :joyfull:
 

riverside

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD

Up next J & I went to pay Steven Tyler & the gang a visit. Of course, J had to wear his Aerosmith shirt!!
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We got stuck here for a few minutes so I figured why not snap a picture!
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Of course J wanted to sit in the front row. But, he's always embarrassed to ask & wants me to do it. I don't & won't. I tell him if he wants it he can ask & he always does then. He can be shy sometimes.
The 2 kids behind us? They were the cutest. It was their first time on it & they were so excited to ride. They absolutely loved the ride. J was cracking me up as he was talking to them about what to expect etc. Mr. Expert who a year before wouldn't think about getting on it!!
At the end they were looking at their picture & were so excited. Fortunately the picture was in my account right away so I air dropped it to them so they could have it. They were thrilled!!
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Lunch time!! No surprise there, I'm sure!!
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We had time for one last ride before we bid HS farewell.
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Out we go!!
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riverside

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD

We got back to Saratoga & headed to the pool for a bit.
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Yay!! Our friends had arrived so we walked over to DS to catch the boat to FQ meet them!!
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Sent this one to R.
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We spent an awesome couple hours with @Tuvalu & @TrolleyFollower91!!
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We had a great time talking & catching up!!
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So, does anyone remember the first time we met @Tuvalu & @TrolleyFollower91? It's been awhile--I'm thinking it's been probably about 4 years or so? Anyhow, you may remember that J developed an immediate crush on Em. I'll never forget him wanting to ride the monorail with her & the heck with the rest of us. And, again this is the kid that can be so shy sometimes.
@Tuvalu, E, J & myself went up to the bar to order drinks. Em stayed at the table. As we're ordering J announces that he's going to go back to the table!! The crush continues!!
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We were meeting friends for dinner at Saratoga so E & J were going to head back on the boat & I said I would be along shortly. E called me & said the line was absolutely crazy & she didn't think she would be able to get back in time to meet the friends. The Tuvalumobile to the rescue!! @Tuvalu was kind enough to drive us back to Saratoga & saved the day!! It was also neat to find out that we have the same taste in cars!!
 

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