Monday, August 15, 2016

Disney or bust

then you'll know we took a little vacay
to the east coast recently.
We weren't planning on another trip this summer
But then somehow over the long July 4th weekend
my husband started mentioning Disney World.
Secretly I think he wanted to go,
having grown up in a family that worshiped loved WDW.
He tells fond memories of how his family would drive to Orlando,
then stay in their pop-up camper for two weeks
while going to WDW every day.
Don't think me a snob but that ain't my idea of a holiday.
My idea of roughing it is staying at a Holiday Inn.
#kiddingnotkidding
Thankfully he knows his wife's limits.
He mentioned that while camping they would always pass by 
one of the original Disney resorts, the Polynesian.
Now we're talking!
I could tell by his smile when he was talking
that he really wanted to go
but what's weird is that he is a planner.
As in he's already talking about next year's summer vacation.
So for him to say "hey, let's go somewhere next month" is truly unusual. 
Without hesitation I said "Book it Danno!"
{if you're under, say, 45 then that line went right over your head ;)
if so, google the 70's series Hawaii 5-0}
And so we did.


Staying at the Polynesian was fun.
The lobby had me at hello.

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 I immediately texted my peeps back home
and said that I'd found the world's biggest glass fishing floats...

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 Our room with a view...

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We enjoyed the proximity of the hotel to the magic kingdom.
Here are some snaps from the boat journey to and from...

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 Once inside we had a grand time.
We chose this time NOT to do the meal plan
and I think that was a winner, winner chicken dinner decision
since the twins qualify as adults according to Disney
but we couldn't see them eating $70 worth of food per day.
Although at Disney prices one just might.
#$$$
Ha!
The week we went it didn't seem crowded at all
although from this picture it did...

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but once you cleared Main Street 
we were fine and proved very adept at using the fast passes.
You can pick three per day and then once you use all three
you can pick them one by one,
using one at a time.
The longest line we waited in was 20 minutes for the race track.
No biggie although I don't mind saying it was as hot as an oven
and the salt rings on my shirt became a joke.
Any time we could I voted for inside rides with air conditioning.
This was my fav...I'm sure you know it well...





Yep.
It's a small world.
Loves.

I will say Disney was a bit glitchy and I've never seen it like that.
We got stuck on the monorail twice as well as on a couple of rides.
The worst one was on the people mover of all things.
My husband took two of the boys on space mountain
and so me and my mini-me
{no fan of the roller coaster ride}
decided the people mover was just our speed.
Slow and a/c'd.
Until we entered the tunnel passing through space mountain of all places
and then came to a complete stop.
In the total dark.
With people screaming their heads off while riding space mountain.
{insert wide eyed emoji here.}
No bueno.
I felt like I was in the sequel to the blair witch project.
Let me tell you the only saving grace was that one of my clients 
sent me a photo of her powder room reno that had been completed
while I was out of town...

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Ahhh.
I love a good before and after.
Especially for a happy client. :)
I kept staring at it while waiting for Disney to rescue us.
They eventually turned the lights on...

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no joke.
That's us in the tunnel.
Before they freed us from the car and escorted us out.
We both thought that was pretty cool...
walking out the tunnel and out the secret stairs.
Pretty sure we went back to the hotel for a fruity drink after that.
Ha!

Epcot was pretty tame.
No glitches but to me very inspirational like this... 



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Exactly what I thought of earlier this year when I started the decor detective
Ha!

Love these giant foo dogs.

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I scored a tiny pair of these from this store.
What's so funny is as I was paying
my youngest son asked the cashier if my new Foo dogs
were real jade and he just laughed and said 
"real jade in color but not real jade."
Funny.
Wish they had some of these fish door handles for sale...

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I wish someone would do this fish as a rain downspout.
They have them in Savannah every where but alas I can't find a source for them online.
Anyone???
Let me know if you've seen them.

Pretty sure people thought i was nuts for taking pictures of light fixtures
but you know me...
big hair don't care...


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This was the restaurant we ate at in Italy
and I had to snap this pic for my peep Laura
since this was her maiden name...


Oh and look at these pics I found of the Polynesian...


if this doesn't remind you of a Ho Jo then 
I know you were born in the 80's or beyond
{aka Howard Johnson motels in the 70's had this kind of vibe}...




what was too cool were these photos in the lobby 
of the Poly from the 70s when it first opened...




My kids favorite part of the room was the balcony...

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where they read every morning
and watched fireworks every night.
I have to say I think that was the most magical for me,
knowing they are at the right age to remember this trip,
just like I remember my parents taking us way back when.
Magical memories indeed.




3 comments :

  1. Nancy... we've been to Disney many times because we lived in California and Florida when the girls were little. There is no exhaustion like Disney exhaustion. The Polynesian is the was to do it. Gorgeous hotel. Love your pics. Have a great week.

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  2. I love Disney World and can't even tell you how many times I've been there. We stopped just for a quick one-day stop last summer, but I'm ready for a long, full-out Disney hotel and leisurely experience like yours! Staying on-property is a wonderful treat. Glad you had a good time.

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  3. That bathroom redo is fabulous!! You must have happy clients. I haven't been to Disney in so long as my kiddies are all grown up! If I ever get grandchildren I intend to revisit!!

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