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    Web Cam and Equipment

    Bad news... out of my control but I cannot stream this trip. Sorry guys. However, I will be sure to learn how to and do so on my next trip. I booked for April 2018 just waiting to see if I can get off from work! I'll be asking lots of questions while I try to learn!!
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    Web Cam and Equipment

    OK positives on the cam. Good! I was thinking tripod that is designed for that cam. Now, wires/cables. What wires/cables we referring to here? Extra USB cables to the camera USB cord attaches to the laptop? As for the plug strip, I was going to order one on Amazon, then I saw the reviews how they almost caught fire. Think I'll just get one from Home Depot or Loews.
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    Web Cam and Equipment

    Hello EoE people. Hope you can all help. I am going to WDW in October, staying a few days at Animal Kingdom Lodge with a savanna view. I want to stream for you all. Last time I tried, my webcam wouldn't work with my laptop. So, a new cam is needed. I am looking at buying this cam. Is it any good? What other pieces of equipment would I need? I know I need the laptop and maybe an extra UBS cord to plug the cam into the laptop, since the laptop will probably be kind of far from the cam. But any other equipment pieces I would need, please let me know. Thank you! Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam
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    WDW TV Channels and Streaming

    Thanks Fiz. Maybe live broadcasting the channels aren't a good idea. I'm sure Disney watches these sites and more than likely I'd be breaking some rule I'm sure they have.
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    WDW TV Channels and Streaming

    Is there anyway to hook up a laptop to the TV set in the resort and then live stream the WDW TV channel? Example, I have a direct capture device which would allow me to download/record the Must Do show with Stacey to my laptop. Is there any device, or any way, with the capture device, to live stream that channel to Eyes on Ears?
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    Where's the wifi?

    Oh man, what can I say about this... Well, I was recently in WDW and found the wifi to lack. I couldn't connect at all in my room at the boardwalk. My network said I was connected but the internet would never come up. Just kept loading and loading. I didn't find the issue to be that bad in the parks however. I was able to get into my MDE account, look at the wait times, book and ADR on the fly, and even check on my fast passes. There were only one or two times I can remember getting the loading circle without connecting. But I agree, having lousy wifi at the resorts is bad show and terrible. Sometimes I wonder what happened to the technologically advanced Disney.
  8. Friday July 17, 2015 Our last day in Walt Disney World. And another day with no theme park plans. However, I had set up a tour of the Polynesian DVC rooms while in Epcot on Wednesday. I approached the DVC kiosks and spoke with the guide. He set up the tour for me, as a member, and even had set up for us to be picked up at BoardWalk. Well, two of my friends planned on coming out to visit me on Friday. So, on Thursday I called the DVC number to see if I could add them to the tour. No problem I was told as the Cast Member added their information to the roster. My friends arrive at the BoardWalk after going food shopping. They planned on cooking us dinner in the room instead of going out to eat. We gladly accepted. My friends had the bell hops help bring the food and the pots/pans up to the room. We knew we were going to get one heck of a well cooked and delicious meal. Well, the time came to meet the DVC van in front of the BoardWalk. We got into the vehicle, and our driver took us over to the Polynesian. We met with one of the DVC representatives who took us inside to meet with the tour guide. Here is where the confusion comes into play. The Cast Member I spoke with on Thursday mistook my adding of my friends as we were booking the tour for them, and she changed everything to the complete tour for new, potential DVC buyers. I explained that wasn’t the case. I booked solely as a member to see the Polynesian rooms, but added my friends on since they were coming to visit. I didn’t want to leave them alone, and figured they would love to see the rooms too, while spending time with us. The guide had to call his manager, who then seemed to get annoyed with my friends as they explained they were not interested in the full tour, and they were only accompanying me as I viewed the Poly rooms. We finally got things cleared up after much confusion. The guide took us to the studios first. I fell in love. The rooms are unreal. What did me in was seeing the bungalows. Stunning. I wish I had the cash to buy into Polynesian. I’d love to stay in the bungalows. But I do not have enough points. I can stay in the studio though. And with my point totals, I can do two weeks. I’m thinking about it for 2016. We left Poly and the DVC was drove us back to BoardWalk. There, we went over to the pool for a while. I didn’t go in the water. My friends did though. I just sat on the lounge chair. After they had their fill of swimming, we went back to the room for dinner. My friend cooked a chicken and pasta dish she found on Pintrest. And it was great. So good, in fact, I had two helpings. And then dessert, apple pie and coffee. We sat on the balcony having dinner and dessert. Put my Illuminations CD into the DVD player so we could have some mood music in the back ground while we ate. And as night fell, we managed to once again catch the fireworks show from DHS. We had a great last night in Walt Disney World with my friends visiting. We said we would meet up again when I visit in December. After they left, my other friend and I packed our stuff knowing we were leaving the next morning for our journey home. Next up: July 18, 2015
  9. Thursday July 16, 2015 Well, our theme park days were done. We slept in on Thursday since we were going pretty strong for the previous two days. And funny, the 16 hours in Magic Kingdom never caught up to me, I cannot say the same for my friend. He zonked out as soon as we got back to the room from Epcot, and didn’t wait up until after 9:00 AM Thursday morning. But still had time to make our 10:00 AM ADR for Kona Cafe. Can we say TONGA TOAST?????? Since we had no real plans for the last two days, I went ahead and booked a tour at Golden Oak. For those unfamiliar, Golden Oak is a private residential development, where Four Season is located, by Disney right on Walt Disney World property. But before we took the tour at Golden Oak, we drove around for a bit checking out all the new developments in the area. We even stopped at a new development to look around. The agent was nice enough to take us into a model apartment. I forget the name of the development, but I can tell you the apartments were really nice. Luxury apartments are renting for $1350 a month. In my area, luxury apartments rent for $2600 and up, depending on how many bedrooms. We then drove over to Golden Oak. I booked the tour not as a buyer but as another real estate agent interested in the development and setting my sites on making business contacts in Florida. Now, as per our regulations, I cannot claim Golden Oak as my own listing. But I sure can find buyers and refer them to the agent I met. Now, if I only knew millionaires!!!! The agent came out to meet us in the waiting area. She showed up the model of the land, and explained where the new homes were about to be built. We watched a video they send out to potential buyers before we left to view the homes in person. She took us in her vehicle and drove over to the first model home. We walked in and my jaw dropped to the floor. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. I was lost for words. Huge living room. Huge master bedroom. Heck, the bathroom was the size of many bedrooms I see when showing homes or apartments in my town. And I’m only talking the toilet bowl area, not including the shower. Each home had an elevator to take you to the second floor. And the contractors would theme your bedroom to anything you want. The rooms we saw had a Frozen theme, a pirates theme, and a Cinderella theme. I was told they would even do a Star Wars theme for you. If I only had millions of dollars to spend, I’d have my very own Star Wars themed bedroom in my mansion at Golden Oak. We met some upper managers in charge of running Golden Oak. Each was extremely nice. They seemed to appreciate the interest I was showing in Golden Oak. We explained how I was an agent hoping to drum up some business and refer potential buyers. Before we left, the agent and her broker gave me marketing materials to bring back to my broker, and of course, for myself. I’m back three weeks now and still trying to find out how to market these homes without sounding as if they are my listings. I’ll figure it out though. I’m that determined. I’ve just been very busy since I been back. After Golden Oak, we went back to Walmart. My friend and I picked up some snacks for the room, and something to drink. We also bought more bottles of water for our journey home on Saturday. Earl of Sandwich was dinner again on Thursday night. We hopped on the bus at BoardWalk to Downtown Disney. My friend wanted to walk through World of Disney. Who was I to object? I like how they redid the cash registers. The store feels a little more roomy now. The expansion of the store should help even more with the overcrowding. We grabbed our sandwiches from Earl and went back to the room. This time we sat on the balcony eating dinner. The room over looked the pool with the clown face slide. We had a view of Tower of Terror, and were able to hear Fantasmic as we dined. Then we saw the Frozen fireworks as we continued to sit outside. The night was growing old, and time was getting late, so we went back inside. We picked on some of the chips we bought while watching Disney’s Must Do’s again. I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore, so I called it a night. We were heading into our last full day, and we had something planned, which I set up on Wednesday, and finalized on Thursday. Next up: Friday July 17, 2015
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    Quick Trip Day Three: Epcot, BoardWalk

    Wednesday July 15, 2015 continued After lunch, we left Epcot to head back to the BoardWalk. We unpacked my car and trekked up to the resort. Unfortunately the walk to the room was a long one. I felt like we were walking through a maze just to find our room. And carrying heavy bags was no fun either. That really made the walk tiring. Sweat was pouring off me by time we reached the room. I hopped into the shower to freshen up. We went back over to Epcot around 4:00 in the afternoon. First stop was The Land to see if Living with the Land had died down. The line was still obscenely long. The line for Test Track was just as long as earlier in the day. So I went to a kiosk to see if I could get a fast pass. Test Tracks were all gone. I was able to secure one for Living with the Land though. We decided to check out Universe of Energy at this time. The attraction is still full on 1980s/1990s cheesiness. Please, Disney, do something with this attraction too. And I don’t mean shut it down without a replacement, like Wonders of Life. After Energy, we used our fast pass for Living with the Land. I love this attraction. It is very relaxing. True, it isn’t spectacular. But there is something about it I just love. After Land, we walked over to Test Track and decided to ride it with the single rider line. We didn’t care if we got split up. We’ve done that before. This was my friend’s first time riding the new Test Track. He liked it. He said he liked it much better than the previous version. The time was approaching 8:00 PM. We had finished everything in Future World. But we didn’t really do World Showcase. We never got to sit and watch American Adventure. We didn’t stop inside any of the country pavilions, except for Mexico and China. And forget the movie for Canada and France; we never got to see those either. But that did not really matter to us, even though I really wanted to see American Adventure again. That show amazes me each time I view it. We scoped out our spot for Illuminations on a bridge between France and International Gateway. We figured the bridge was the perfect spot to watch from because, once done, we could just walk right to the boat docks. Illuminations was once again perfect. Truly is my favorite night time spectacular in Walt Disney World. My trip never feels complete until I see Illuminations. Well, after the show, we walked over to the boats and took that nice relaxing trip back to the BoardWalk. Upon arriving, we headed over to the General Store to kill some time. I picked up a candy bar cause I was desiring chocolate. We went back to the room and crashed for the night. Our park days were done. Now we had to fill up two days without doing the theme parks. Easy said, easy done!!!! Next up: July 16, 2015
  11. Wednesday July 15, 2015 I woke up early, around 7:00, to shower and get ready to check out of Saratoga Springs. I ate breakfast as my friend showered. We finished packing and put our bags, and my cooler, into my car. I drove over to the check in/out desk to check out of Saratoga, then over to BoardWalk. Stupid me took the wrong turn and I ended up in Epcot’s parking lot LOL. Anyway I drove over toward DHS to get to the Epcot Resort area hotels. I parked my car and walked over to check in. The room was not ready at 9:00, which I fully expected. The Cast Member gave me the parking pass for my car and told me I could leave my car in the lot where it is and enjoy Epcot. So that is exactly what we did. I parked in the lot, leaving our bags in my trunk. We walked over to the Boardwalk and hopped a boat to Epcot. We entered Epcot through International Gateway in World Showcase. We made the long trek to Future World where our first fast pass, Spaceship Earth, was now available. The line for SSE was extremely long, so we felt satisfied selecting SSE for a FP, as not much is worthy a FP in Epcot anymore. I still don’t like the ending to SSE, and I really don’t care for the narration. Judy Dench’s voice is so monotone; it could put me to sleep. Other than that, I still love SSE, the beginning of it anyway. We then made our way to Test Track, but once we saw how long the line was, we walked away. We headed to Imagination instead, and of course, walked right on. Ok, I lied; we had a 5 minute wait. I’m hoping they really do something drastic to Imagination. The ride needs it. This version is just bad. Our fast pass for Nemo was up next, so we crossed over to the Seas. We didn’t even need the fast pass. Nemo was a walk on. Ok, so we wasted one fast pass selection, but I really had no other choice. With the tier system in place for Epcot, the selections for fast passes are slim. Well anyway, we rode the clamshell for Nemo, and walked out feeling unfulfilled. That ride had so much promise, but short on delivery. They should have put in a better dark ride in Animal Kingdom. I hold out hope they add Australia one day and include a Nemo dark ride to do it justice. Nemo deserves it. After Nemo, we made our way over to The Land. We had some time before Soarin, so the idea was to take in Living with the Land, then hit Soarin. Well, Living with the Land had an hour wait. AN HOUR!!!! So, we went over to watch Circle of Life instead. Then we sat down by Soarin waiting the 15 minutes for our time to come. While waiting, I received the text saying our room at BoardWalk was ready. We hit up Soarin, with a minimal wait at the fast pass line. Again, cannot wait until the new movie Soarin Over the Horizon. And that third theater will for sure make a nice dent in the wait time. I had made an ADR for Nine Dragons on Tuesday while in Magic Kingdom. The ADR I made was for 2:00. We were finished with Soarin about 12:45. My friend suggested we leave to bring our bags to the room. I suggested we just stay to have lunch first then go. I didn’t want to get charged for the ADR. We walked over to World Showcase, and visited Mexico first. We rook a ride on Gran Fiesta Tour, with no wait at all. Pretty much had the boat to ourselves. I felt bad for the CMs working the attraction. They really had very little to do. Not one person was coming to ride the attraction. The time was only 1:00 at this point. Our ADR was for 2:00. I said to my friend, “Let’s just go to Nine Dragons now. Why wait?†He agreed. I told the girl at check in I had a 2:00 ADR. She took my name and sat us right away. So yea, we arrive an hour early, and we still were seated. The restaurant was dead though. Only a handful of people were eating there. That is a shame because I think Nine Dragons is a fantastic restaurant.
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    Quick Trip Day Three: Magic Kingdom

    Tuesday July 14, 2015 continued We left Frontierland and entered Adventureland again. This time around we took in the tiki birds show. By 5:00 we had mostly everything done. I couldn’t believe it. My friend was just as shocked as I was. We had so much time to kill. I figured we could go to a kiosk and see what kind of fast passes was available, hoping to get one for Peter Pan. We saw a huge line at the only kiosk in Frontierland, so I said off to Tomorrowland to see how those kiosks looked. But before going to Tomorrowland, my friend wanted to grab something to eat. He felt like having fish, so we stopped in Columbia Harbor House. He had a fish dish. I was still pretty full from the BBQ Slaw Dog, so I only had a frozen lemonade and yogurt. We arrived in Tomorrowland, and over to the kiosks I went. I was able to snag a FP for Buzz Lightyear. Because we had some time before the FP arrival time, we rode Peoplemover again. Then we took in Carousel of Progress one more time. Finally, we got in line for Buzz to help defend the galaxy from the evil emperor Zurg. I don’t know how it happened, but my friend was kicking my backside when all of a sudden I shot past him. I had to hit a far away target for mega points. Just don’t ask me which target I hit. I can never tell. We skipped Stitch and Monsters Inc again. I went back to the kiosk to see if I could score Pan fast passes again. I was able to secure a return time of 11:00PM to 12:00AM. I thought that was perfect; we would catch MSEP, Celebrate the Magic, and Wishes then Pan. We took a walk over to 7D to see if we could get on one more time, but the wait time was somewhere over 100 minutes. We said forget that. I made my friend try a Lefou’s Brew. I’m not crazy about it. I do like it, but I do not think it is as good as butterbeer. He liked it though. Disclaimer: he hated butterbeer, thought it was too sweet. We had some time before MSEP, but we decided to stake out our spot on Main Street anyway. I found a spot by the town square and sat on the curb. My friend took a walk through the Emporium looking to see what merchandise he wanted to buy. He returned a few minutes before the parade started. And right before the parade, I gave up my spot on the curb on Main Street to two female friends, probably about 12 or 13 years old? They wanted to sit, but there was only enough room for one of them to sit, and it was right next to me. So, I got up and told the two of them they could sit together. They were happy and thanked me. I still had a good view and that is all that mattered to me. The parade started and slowly made its way up Main Street. I love that old music to MSEP. However, it is time to retire the floats and bring in a new night time parade. After the parade, we grabbed a spot to stand for Celebrate the Magic (was the same show from October 2013, just Frozen added in), and then Wishes. We worked our way through the crowd which was heading for the exit. We were heading back into Fantasyland. Before Pan, we rode Small World for a second time, watched Philharmagic for a second time then lined up for Pan. Not one person was online for fast pass, and very few online for standby. We got in our Pan ride and had officially completed each attraction in Magic Kingdom. Yes, we did ride the Magic Kingdom Railroad, just didn’t mention it in the report. We also didn’t ride Pirates of the Caribbean since the attraction was closed for refurbishment. Ok, let me clarify, we did everything we wanted to do. No, we do not do the meet and greets or Dumbo or any of the other kiddy stuff. We did walk through Storybook Circus so my friend could see what they built. Last time he visited, Mickey’s Toontown still stood. His last trip was right before Toontown closed for good. The day was finally done. We spend 16 hours straight in Magic Kingdom. We exited the park, hopped the bus to Saratoga Springs, and arrived a little after midnight. Needless to say, we crashed hard once we got back into the room. We had a wonderful day in Magic Kingdom. Wednesday would be another fun filled day. Next up: Wednesday July 15, Boardwalk and Epcot
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    Quick Trip Day Three: Magic Kingdom

    Tuesday July 14, 2015 We decided Tuesday, our first full day, would be the day we visited Magic Kingdom. The plan was to be at the park for opening, then head right over to 7D since we know that line gets crazy. Plus, I didn’t have a fast pass for it. The fast passes were already out when I booked the week before our trip. Well, the plan started off perfectly. We were up and out and on the bus heading to Magic Kingdom all before 8:00. To my surprise the park was already open when we arrived a little after eight. Ok, no problem I figured. Early in the morning, not many guests, we’ll be alright getting to 7D. I was wrong. The problem was not crowds but the attraction. The ride was already down at opening. They were having technical difficulties and would not be able to let us know when the ride would open. We stood on line for a little while but decided to start doing other attractions. First was Little Mermaid. I have been on the ride before, but my friend has never been. I should note, this was the first time I was on the ride since the updates were completed. And I must say the updates brought a major improvement. Not my favorite attraction, but definitely an upgrade from what they originally opened there. After Mermaid, we walked back around to see if 7D was open. We saw the cars running on the track but alas, ride was still not open. The Cast Members were telling everyone there was already a 90 minute wait from the end of the line, if people wanted to wait. We didn’t so over to Winnie the Pooh. Upon exiting the gift shop from the Pooh attraction, we noticed the line for 7D had shortened a bit. People were no longer waiting. So, we decided to stand on line and give it a few minutes. Only a few minutes pass and they finally opened the attraction. We were still being told we had a 90 minute wait. In reality, we waited 30 minutes. This was my first time on 7D and I have to say I was a little disappointed. The ride is too short. Just as you get going and get into it, the ride ends. I’ll say this; the AA’s of the dwarfs were excellent. I loved the projection faces and look forward to more of this on future rides. Anyway, we decided to finish off Fantasyland. We walked over to Philharmagic. And perfect timing. The next show had just started to load up so in we went. I still love Philharmagic, but I’m also hoping they do an update soon. After Philharmagic, we rode Small World. We skipped Peter Pan because the wait was already 70 minutes and the line was not moving. We decided to head over to Tomorrowland since we had fast passes for Space Mountain. Our fast pass time was not coming up just yet, so we took a spin on Carousel of Progress. I still love this attraction, one of my favorites for sure. Next was Wedway Peoplemover. We skipped Buzz because the wait time was astronomical. And we also skipped Stitch (we don’t care for that attraction), and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. Our fast pass time for Space Mountain arrived, so we hopped on for a trip to outer space. We finished Tomorrowland and walked over to Liberty Square. Haunted Mansion had a minimal wait so we entered the cemetery queue. We got on the ride right away. Haunted Mansion is a classic and an all time favorite of mine. Still early, we headed over to Jungle Cruise. The wait was about 30 minutes, not too bad. Our skipper was great. He made the attraction fun. He popped the jokes on queue. A great skipper makes Jungle Cruise much better. My friend and I were hungry at this point, so over to Casey’s we went. I ordered a BBQ Slaw Dog. He ordered a Polish Sausage. I was amazed at the size of the BBQ slaw dog. The roll was stuffed with cole slaw and pulled bbq pork. Oh and the hot dog. Holy cow! The dog was delicious and filling. I was stuffed. We wanted to digest the food, so into Hall of Presidents we went. The job they did to this attraction in 2008/2009 was nothing short of amazing. The film, the narration, President Obama’s AA, all great! The show played to only a half packed house though. Too bad not many people take the time to enjoy this wonderful show. We couldn’t believe the time was only 1:00. We had done almost half the park already. We had time before Festival of Fantasy and a lot of time before our Splash Mountain FP. So we took in a showing of Country Bears. Yes, I know they reduced the show by a few minutes, cutting out a few songs. My opinion though is the cuts are not noticeable. Everyone clapped along, stomping their feet, some singing and others laughing. Oh rumor has it Country Bears may get their holiday show back. That’s only a rumor though so do not take that as concrete news. I grabbed a spot in Frontierland for Festrival of Fantasy. The reason I chose Frontierland is 1) the parade starts there, and 2) our fast pass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was for 3:00 to 4:00. I figured we catch the parade at starting point then make a bee line to Big Thunder. I love this new parade. The floats are amazing. Maleficent’s dragon float is the best! But the music, I didn’t care for the music. I felt the music was too Disney Tween Popish. No matter though. The parade was excellent. We headed over to Big Thunder Mountain for our fast pass return time. When we arrived, we noticed the line for FP was longer than stand by. One of the people on the line said the ride was down cause of a brief rain shower, and the Cast Members told people who had FP at that time to return whenever they wanted and they would be allowed to ride. Well, looked like everyone decided to use their FP as soon as the ride was reopened. The wait for FP was about 30 minutes. They weren’t even taking anyone from stand by until the FP line was down. I felt bad for the people in the stand by line. Big Thunder was a blast as always. The ride was wild, fun, thrilling; well worth the wait. Next up on our to do list was Splash Mountain. We arrived 15 minutes before our FP time. So, we got ourselves frozen bananas to nibble on while we waited. After the bananas, I tempted fate and tried to get into the FP line before our time. It worked as we were allowed in early. However, when I looked at the time, we were only five minutes early. What can I say about Splash? Hmmm, well, the ride looked in fantastic shape. Everything appeared to be working as they should be. Only thing I am disappointed in is they seem to have removed the hidden Mickey in the river boat scene. There is no more Mickey cloud.
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    Quick Trip: Days One and Two (July 12, 2015 and July 13, 2015)

    Monday, July 13, 2015 continued I parked in the guest parking lot and entered the Saratoga Springs lobby. A Cast Member approached me asking how she could help. I told her I was here to check in and that I did online check in. She took me off the line and looked my information up on her tablet. She informed me my room was not read yet, despite me stating in the online request that I was to arrive at 2:00. Oh well, not too important because Disney does not promise or guarantee the room would be ready at that time. Anyways, she gave me my welcome package and parking pass/permit and told me I would receive a text when the room was ready. She did show me on a map where my room would be located (I requested a Downtown Disney view in Congress Park), and also explained to me I could see concierge for assistance with my park tickets. I then went to speak to a concierge Cast Member about my two day base tickets. She was able to assign them to my account, something I wasn’t able to do at home since I didn’t have the physical ticket and the ID associated with said ticket. I asked her to make sure I would be using the two day base ticket and not my 3day park hoppers set aside for December. She informed me to go to Guest Services for help because concierge did not have that access. My friend and I walked over to the gift shop while we waited for the text. I called home to let my father know we arrived in Walt Disney World safely and how hot Florida was. I then called my Broker to discuss the deal I mentioned above, where the contract was, and how they wanted to increase their offer and have it submitted as a last and final, but we were waiting for the pre approval letter from their mortgage agent. She took control of the deal from me so I didn’t have to worry about it while on vacation. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the deal. The owner selected a better offer. Oh well….. The text finally came, maybe 30 minutes after our arrival. I drove over to Congress Park, and up to the room we went. Oh after I parked obviously LOL. I had a one bedroom villa in Saratoga, and the room was up to expectations. The view, however, wasn’t. I asked for Downtown Disney. My view was of trees and the river/canal the boats take to get to DTD I believe. But the view wasn’t terrible and honestly, was fine. We settled in and relaxed for a little while. We then went over to Walmart to get a few things for the room. We picked up breakfast foods and juice for the morning. We had a lot of bottles of eater left over from the drive down, so we kept them in the cooler. My friend filled the cooler with new ice at the Howard Johnson in Manning before we left in the morning. All we did was drain the water from the melted ice from the day before, then put in the new ice. We put our food items away before heading to Downtown Disney. The bus stop was not too far from our room so the walk wasn’t bad. The bus arrived pretty much right away, so no waiting. I was feeling somewhat tired, but pushed on. After all, we were in Disney!!!!! Tradition time: On previous trips, we would go get a sandwich from Earl of Sandwich, return to the hotel, and sit on the balcony and eat. Well, same thing with this trip. Earl of Sandwich, back to room. However, we actually ate inside this time. My friend put on Stacey’s Must Do’s to watch. We hung around in the room for a little while before calling it a night. I know I was exhausted from the drive down, and so was my friend. Plus, we knew we had a very early morning the next day, for we were going to Magic Kingdom, at opening. Next up: July 14th, Magic Kingdom
  15. YensidsApprentice

    Quick Trip: Days One and Two (July 12, 2015 and July 13, 2015)

    Monday, July 13, 2015 We woke up at 6:00. My friend hopped into the shower, while I caught a few more minutes of sleep. I showered after my friend. We packed the bags back in the car, making sure we didn’t forget anything. I checked us out at the front desk, then over to Shoney’s for breakfast. Shoney’s is located right next to the hotel. The restaurant was empty, so the waitress sat us quickly. We chose the all you can eat buffet for $5.99. And was it well worth it. We had to eat about $20 worth of food LOL. The idea was to be nice and fueled up for the final leg of the drive. We were pack on the road by 9:00 AM, an hour later than I wanted. But no big deal. I figured we had about 6 hours left, and would be arriving in Walt Disney World by 3:00, though I held out hope of arriving by 2:00 PM. So, on the road we were, heading to Florida after a filling breakfast. In two hours, we would be in Georgia I figured, give or take. We were actually in Georgia by 10:30. Yes, I was able to shave off 30 minutes, otherwise 119 exits would have been close to two hours (one exit a mile, 60 miles an hour, , one exit every minute: that’s how I figure out the times through each state). Made our first stop in Savannah, GA to get gas. My friend had to use the restroom as well. I was finished filling up the tank (third stop for gas), when I noticed my friend hadn’t returned. I waited several more minutes, and still no friend. I sent him a text asking “Did you fall in or something? Seriously, are you OK?†No answer. I was about to go in and look for him when he walked out. He sat in the car, and I asked him “What happened?†He stated that as soon as he exited the restroom, well, let’s just say his stomach decided to play havoc with him. But he felt fine. And maybe a few pounds lighter LOL. Back on the road, driving south. We entered Florida by 11:45. Georgia is only 109 or 110 miles long, so less than two hours. But, with no traffic, and driving the speed limit of 70 Miles Per Hour, I was able to shave off a good 20 minutes from the drive. We have this driving tradition where, once we cross into Florida, we play Disney music. I made several CDs filled with Disney music for this trip. And once we were in Florida, my friend took out a CD and put it into the player. We first listened to music from the animated movie soundtracks. Then we put in a CD I made of all Epcot music. We were just a few miles from the exit to I-4 when my friend needed to use the restroom. I stopped at a rest stop for him, and while there, I called a client I am working with in real estate. They had sent me a text while I was driving, asking about a house we looked at and placed a bid on before I left for Florida. We were given an option of submitting a best and final offer, as the owner contemplated five offers. My client was trying to decide what to do and wanted to know if I knew the other bid amounts. I explained the other agent was not at liberty to reveal the other amounts so I have no idea how high the offers were. After a few minutes of discussion, we decided to up the offer. I told him I was on the highway driving to Florida (though he already knew I was heading out on vacation, but I did tell him I’d see the deal through even though I was away), and I would contact my broker as soon as I was able to. She had offered to work with them while I was on vacation. She had our contract and all the information. He thanked me, I told him either I would or my broker would be in touch, and we hung up. By then, my friend was out of the bathroom, and we were back on the road. My friend was trying to figure out what time we would be in Disney. I said “I bet we are there by 2:00.†He said “No way, we have at least three hours drive from when we crossed into Florida. We crossed at 11:30. We’ll be there by 3:00.†I said, “Never doubt me.†Well, we turned onto I-4 at 1:00. I knew we had about 60 miles to go. That would put us at 2:00. I was also hoping to shave a few extra minutes off the travel time, so I felt we would have been at the hotel before 2:00. However, the state is doing one heck of an improvement project on I-4, so needless to say, traffic slowed in sections of the highway, but never came to a crawl. And we were never sitting in what I deem highway parking lots. Finally, through Orlando and into Lake Buena Vista. The exit to the Crossroads was upon us. I took this exit, as I always do, and entered Walt Disney World property onto Hotel Plaza Boulevard. Traffic wasn’t bad at all, even by Downtown Disney, despite the construction. I turned right off Hotel Plaza Boulevard, and down to Saratoga Springs. WE HAD ARRIVED!!! Oh, and we arrived at 2:05.... five minutes later than I planned. See, I told you I have these states times almost perfectly.