Trip Report You've Got a Friend in Me

Hello friends!! Welcome & I'm happy to have you here for another TR!! This trip was filled with so much fun & friendship in so many different ways that when I think back on it I can't help but smile!! So many happy times & I look forward to sharing them with you all, my friends!!

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27th - Tuesday, November 3rd

WHO: Myself-Patti, JSR, E & J
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In case you forgot what we look like here's one minus masks!! :hilarious:
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WHERE: Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villa
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So, I had made mention in my last TR that we were booked to stay at The Polynesian this trip. About a month or so before the trip we got the email that the regular rooms(which we were booked in) were not going to be open then. They offered to move us to The Grand Floridian. None of us were really feeling it so we explored our options. E & I really enjoyed our stay at Saratoga Springs in August(I think a lot has to do with it having that Riverside "feel" to it) so we decided to go with a treehouse villa. A big plus ended up being that it cost us all waaaay less than what the Poly/GF was going to. I was disappointed but felt better after some friends, @Darstarr & @Tuvalu, told me I was probably better off waiting to experience the resort until the remodel was done anyways!!

I drove to their house & got there at 9:15. My sister wanted to leave for the airport no later than 9:30. Notice that there are 3 suitcases but 4 people?? Someone wasn't done packing & E was not happy!! The stroller went with us but it went unused most of the time so E decided that this was going to be the last trip for it.
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The reason for the packing delay? J snuck outside & excitedly told me a secret. His dad was packing our friend, PCB!!🤣
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Notice the scab on his face--the poor kid took a fall at school a few days before.

Remember E sending me this after our last trip? Well, we didn't have to get it!!
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We got to the airport & unloaded the luggage. E went to park the car & we went to wait for her inside. It was then that J realized his mask was with his mom. I told him I had a bunch in my bag & for him to temporarily use one of them. It was a little big on him....
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We checked in quickly & headed to the main terminal. J was happy to have his shark mask back!! One of our other sisters made that for him & he really likes it!!
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The airport was a ghost town as it was in August.
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J's favorite store was still closed😞
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lindawdw

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I'm such a fan of the cavalcades and hope they keep them forever instead of those long parades!!! Captain Cook's food really is one of the best counter services in the resorts. So glad that you got a table finally in the Tambu Lounge to enjoy your food and drink! I love the overlays that they put on the Disney buses. :) FYI, I'd bring that lanyard back with you the next time you visit WDW and explain what happened. They are really good at taking things back that are defective.
 

riverside

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That cookie is HUGE!
Isn't though!! I think there was still some left at the end of the trip!!
Well, I guess that must have been quite a strong drink, then! ;)
Haha!! Actually, I just forgot to write down what it was that I had. I did take a better look at my notes though & I have written "no isl snst" meaning--I couldn't get the Island Sunset so it definitely wasn't that!!
They are pretty sweet. It is nice not to have to wait and fight for a spot to see the characters!
Totally agree!!
YAY Tambu Lounge! I will take a Raspberry mojito there any day!
I'll have to try that one time--I know that's definitely not the drink I had!!
I know the feeling! I would fly down there just to have dinner or/and drinks at certain restaurants!
Oh yeah!! One year my sister & her husband flew down for her birthday. Took a super early flight, got to Orlando & ubered to The Contemporary. Spent the day at MK & took the last flight of the night back!!
That cookie IS HUGE!! Haven't seen that decoration before...awesome!
Finally, something you get your monies worth at Disney!! 🤣
I'm such a fan of the cavalcades and hope they keep them forever instead of those long parades!!! Captain Cook's food really is one of the best counter services in the resorts. So glad that you got a table finally in the Tambu Lounge to enjoy your food and drink! I love the overlays that they put on the Disney buses. :) FYI, I'd bring that lanyard back with you the next time you visit WDW and explain what happened. They are really good at taking things back that are defective.
As much as I liked FoF I totally agree with you!!
Yes--it probably is one of the best!!
The overlays are fun!!
You mean when I'm there next month?:) Unfortunately, I already threw it out....
 

riverside

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Original Poster
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH

On the way back to Saratoga Springs I told J to turn around & look b/c coming up was something very special.....
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....a glimpse of Riverside!! Gotta say, even though I am enjoying staying at other resorts(ok, it's only been Saratoga Springs so far) I REALLY miss Riverside. But, I've resigned myself to the fact that b/c of different logistics etc. it will probably be one of the last to open, unfortunately. I love going to Disney & the parks but Riverside was the icing on my trips. I do feel something is "missing" from my trips without being able to go there.
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Ok, back to happier things--
I was excited for the evening plans!! I was going to meet another forum friend!!

I was going solo b/c E was still trying to keep J on somewhat of a schedule. My plan was to walk to DS--that is until the treehouse death bus driver was kind enough to wait for me b/c he saw me walking in his mirror & waited to see if I needed a ride. I really didn't want to b/c the thoughts of being on that bus on that narrow road & running over someone/something had me rattled. Ok, ok, I know I'm exaggerating but I'm telling you those buses scared me on that road!!

So, the treehouse bus drops off at The Springs stop. The driver(who was very nice & pleasant BTW) told me to wait there for the DS bus. I thought about walking but started to confuse myself about which way to go so I thought I should just wait for the bus. The bus that took forever to get there..... I was getting nervous b/c I didn't want my forum friend to throw the towel in on me!! Finally the bus pulls up & I breathed a sigh of relief. A very short lived sigh of relief......we went around to the other 4 stops at the resort then back to The Springs stop again before we headed to DS. Oh my word!! I should have taken my chances with my directionally challenged self--I'm sure I would have got there a lot quicker!!
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But, all the stress was worth it---look who I had the pleasure of meeting!! @sheriffwoody & her husband, R!!
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This picture is courtesy of @sheriffwoody. Can you tell she's a much better photographer than me??;)
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Such a fun meetup!! We met at Dockside Margartias(I really needed one after my bus ordeal!!) & talked for quite awhile. I believe we hung out for about an hour or so. I enjoyed hearing about their trip, the Riviera, & the many other things we talked about--esp the quality, or lack thereof, of the Disney parks TP!!:hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:

Unfortunately, time flies when you're having fun & we parted ways. They were going to WoD & I had to navigate myself back to SSR. I had a great time & was so happy that we were able to make it work!! And, 🤞, that it can happen in the future!!

I figured I'd try my chances with walking back as opposed to relying on Disney transportation. After all, what could go wrong? I only had 1 beverage!!:cautious:
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Actually, it was a smooth walk & quite enjoyable. If my memory serves me correct I believe @MickeyCB said that it's quite a hike from DS to the treehouses. It does take a bit but I still think it's quicker than having to rely on 2 buses!!
 

sheriffwoody

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So glad we got to meet up!! I'll make it to that point in my report one of these days :hilarious: Also yes that toilet paper was worse than normal, I swear. I don't even think it was a full ply...maybe 1/2 ply.

Also, we had the same guy at Tambu Lounge! He was so nice and kind of goofy, but in a good way. I wish I'd gotten the nachos...I thought they were off the menu for some reason!
 

Songbird76

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So glad we got to meet up!! I'll make it to that point in my report one of these days :hilarious: Also yes that toilet paper was worse than normal, I swear. I don't even think it was a full ply...maybe 1/2 ply.

Also, we had the same guy at Tambu Lounge! He was so nice and kind of goofy, but in a good way. I wish I'd gotten the nachos...I thought they were off the menu for some reason!
That's one of the things I was thinking about last time we were at Disney. With as much as they charge for EVERYTHING in Disney, you'd think they could spring for the 2 ply TP!!
 

lindawdw

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As much as I liked FoF I totally agree with you!!
Yes--it probably is one of the best!!
The overlays are fun!!
You mean when I'm there next month?:) Unfortunately, I already threw it out....
Wait...you're going back in January??? 🤗 I'm so excited for you if I read that correctly! Too bad that it's not the end of February so we could meet up again! Sounds like you had another fun meet up at DS. :) Glad you found your way back to the Treehouse. :)
 

Spash007

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I’m super late, and only on page one, but I’m here! I’ll admit I used to read TRs during downtime at work, but now downtime at work from home means helping my daughter with school work. But now that I’m not allowed in to her taekwondo lesson she anymore and have to sit in the car, I have free time again!

Back on the first page you asked about hands on the hip pose - if I recall, J and my daughter are the same age and she started doing that recently too! I have no idea where she picked it up since she doesn’t go into school, but it’s interesting to see it’s common!
 

riverside

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Original Poster
Could your Tambu Lounge drink be a Bahama Mama? (Although it does resemble the Island Sunset.)
It very well could be--that sounds like something I would get. I agree, it does look like the Island Sunset--I just couldn't be that lucky!!
So glad we got to meet up!! I'll make it to that point in my report one of these days :hilarious: Also yes that toilet paper was worse than normal, I swear. I don't even think it was a full ply...maybe 1/2 ply.

Also, we had the same guy at Tambu Lounge! He was so nice and kind of goofy, but in a good way. I wish I'd gotten the nachos...I thought they were off the menu for some reason!
It was a lot of fun!!
That TP was pretty darn pathetic!!

You hit the nail on the head about him!! I was so excited to eat them--I think it has a lot to do with the chips. They are different but so darn good!!
That's one of the things I was thinking about last time we were at Disney. With as much as they charge for EVERYTHING in Disney, you'd think they could spring for the 2 ply TP!!
Maybe their concern is clogged toilets but you have to use so much b/c it's so thin that I can see clogging being an issue b/c of that!!
Wait...you're going back in January??? 🤗 I'm so excited for you if I read that correctly! Too bad that it's not the end of February so we could meet up again! Sounds like you had another fun meet up at DS. :) Glad you found your way back to the Treehouse. :)
Yes, I am!! I thought I was only going to be able to go for 2 nights but my boss just told me I could have a 3rd day in a row off so now I'll be there for 3!! Yay!!

I know, that would be fun but I'm sure it will happen again soon!!

Yes, the meet up was fun!! That was easier than the bus ride there!! 🤣
I’m super late, and only on page one, but I’m here! I’ll admit I used to read TRs during downtime at work, but now downtime at work from home means helping my daughter with school work. But now that I’m not allowed in to her taekwondo lesson she anymore and have to sit in the car, I have free time again!

Back on the first page you asked about hands on the hip pose - if I recall, J and my daughter are the same age and she started doing that recently too! I have no idea where she picked it up since she doesn’t go into school, but it’s interesting to see it’s common!
Yay--glad you're here!! Too funny--I may or may not be guilty of the same thing!!:cautious:

That's too much!! Maybe it has to do with something they've seen on tv? I'll see J later today & ask him what that is all about!!
 

BrerWayne

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Hello friends!! Welcome & I'm happy to have you here for another TR!! This trip was filled with so much fun & friendship in so many different ways that when I think back on it I can't help but smile!! So many happy times & I look forward to sharing them with you all, my friends!!

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27th - Tuesday, November 3rd

WHO: Myself-Patti, JSR, E & J
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In case you forgot what we look like here's one minus masks!! :hilarious:
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WHERE: Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villa
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So, I had made mention in my last TR that we were booked to stay at The Polynesian this trip. About a month or so before the trip we got the email that the regular rooms(which we were booked in) were not going to be open then. They offered to move us to The Grand Floridian. None of us were really feeling it so we explored our options. E & I really enjoyed our stay at Saratoga Springs in August(I think a lot has to do with it having that Riverside "feel" to it) so we decided to go with a treehouse villa. A big plus ended up being that it cost us all waaaay less than what the Poly/GF was going to. I was disappointed but felt better after some friends, @Darstarr & @Tuvalu, told me I was probably better off waiting to experience the resort until the remodel was done anyways!!

I drove to their house & got there at 9:15. My sister wanted to leave for the airport no later than 9:30. Notice that there are 3 suitcases but 4 people?? Someone wasn't done packing & E was not happy!! The stroller went with us but it went unused most of the time so E decided that this was going to be the last trip for it.
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The reason for the packing delay? J snuck outside & excitedly told me a secret. His dad was packing our friend, PCB!!🤣
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Notice the scab on his face--the poor kid took a fall at school a few days before.

Remember E sending me this after our last trip? Well, we didn't have to get it!!
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We got to the airport & unloaded the luggage. E went to park the car & we went to wait for her inside. It was then that J realized his mask was with his mom. I told him I had a bunch in my bag & for him to temporarily use one of them. It was a little big on him....
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We checked in quickly & headed to the main terminal. J was happy to have his shark mask back!! One of our other sisters made that for him & he really likes it!!
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The airport was a ghost town as it was in August.
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J's favorite store was still closed😞
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Merry Christmas to you and your family,Patti. I always enjoy your trip reports!
 

slipperalwaysfits

Well-Known Member
. I do feel something is "missing" from my trips without being able to go there.
Yes, our last trip this fall was special, but I did feel like something was "missing." Namely, my being spoiled with the gift of fastpasses. :geek: :geek: It was a lot more crowded in Nov for us than when you were there.
But, all the stress was worth it---look who I had the pleasure of meeting!! @sheriffwoody & her husband, R!
YAY! I am so glad you met a forum friend and had so much fun getting to know her!!
Yes, I am!! I thought I was only going to be able to go for 2 nights but my boss just told me I could have a 3rd day in a row off so now I'll be there for 3!! Yay!
These are the gifts that make blessings in life so exciting and fun!! Enjoy!
 

tommcp516

Member
Very late to join the TR but it's been great so far--and how cool that you were able to have two separate meet-ups with people from these forums!!

pop tv yes GIF by Schitt's Creek
 

LisaBelle

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I’ve been away from the forums for too long! I knew I still had to finish your earlier TR so I was super excited to see your new(er)TR as well! I’m going to spend my last few days of Christmas Break binge reading TRs! Loving the meet ups! Jealous of the low crowd levels at the parks!
 

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