A Salute to all things Disney, but mostly Magic Bars; a July 4th 2019 TR*update 8/13*

ariane37

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Sep 25, 2012
Welcome everyone, to my latest TR! If you've read along with me before I appreciate you being here again; if you're new to my reports let me give you an idea of who we are:
Me, Ariane:


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This picture was from my EPIC May DISBoards Girls Trip which you can read about in my Pixie Dust TR, but it's a good representation of me since I'm holding the 2 things I probably love most next to my family: food and drink 😆 Speaking of my family:

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The guys! My DH Steve whom I travel to Disney with alone about 85% of the time these days and our 2 youngest, Ricky 17 and Chris, 13. We decided to let them come on this trip after having 3 adult only trips this year and as of now, Chris is scheduled to come with us once more. Oh and we also have 2 older boys Jason 30 and Eric 28; technically my stepsons but I hate calling them that because truly they're my boys ♥ And as they've both had their first child in the last 14 months, if you continue to read you'll be subjected to a grandchild pic here or there!

This trip knocked a couple big "firsts" off our list including being our first time going for 4th of July! We also stayed at the last deluxe resort I needed to stay at to be able to say I've stayed at all of them:

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We were there from July 3-8th, the perfect length for our teen boys to have some fun (well, one has fun in Disney- those of you familiar with my reports know who and what I mean) and not start asking when we're going home. Did we like the Contemporary? Will we return for the July 4th holiday again? Which DISboard friends did we get to meet up with? And most interestingly, whose foot swelled up on day 2 and was the size of a balloon by day 5? Follow along to find out!
 

MeghanEmily

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I'm here! Almost first, but Ariella beat me to it! Looking forward to hearing about your trip (though the swelling foot story doesn't sound good!!) and also about how you liked the Contemporary! It's still on our resort list.
 
  • SimplyGoofy

    "You are not Mickey Mouse... you are a rat!"
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    I'm here and excited to hear all about your trip!

    I haven't seen a TR where someone stayed at the Contemporary, so I'm looking forward to hearing what you thought of the resort (and the short walk to MK!).
     

    buzzrelly

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    Nov 20, 2005
    I’m here!

    I love your amazing photo in your intro! Whoever took it must be an amazing photographer! :rolleyes1

    Why is this the first I’m hearing of your swollen foot?! That stinks!

    Can’t wait to hear more about the 4th of July and how you liked The CR!
     
  • ariane37

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    Sep 25, 2012
    I am here and first!!!! Well, IF I type fast enough! Ha.
    Yay for being #1!!!!
    Wow! Chris got tall!!!!!
    I know, he's about an inch taller than Ricky now which does NOT make Ricky happy since he's 4 years older lol. Right now Chris is the 2nd tallest of the 4 and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being the tallest!
    I'm here!
    Whoo hey Meghan! Thanks for following along again :hug:
    Looking forward to hearing about your trip (though the swelling foot story doesn't sound good!!)
    It definitely wasn't the highlight lol
    and also about how you liked the Contemporary! It's still on our resort list.
    I will say it was cool walking to the MK...............
    I'm here!!! So excited to read this TR!!!
    Hi and :welcome: I'm glad you're here! And I see we're going to be down there at the same time in a few days :dogdance:
    Love the title, I'm excited to follow along!!
    Ha ha thanks! That's always the biggest challenge coming up with the titles.
    Hi There, Friend!
    Hey friend! I just read your latest intro which is awesome as usual and now just need to comment! Glad you're here ❤
    I’m here love Steve and the boys shirts.
    Hey Tammy and thanks! Kohl's :thumbsup2 I was shocked Chris agreed to wear a Disney shirt; his only requirement was that he not match anyone 😂
     

    ariane37

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    Sep 25, 2012
    I'm here and excited to hear all about your trip!
    HI Jenny glad you're here! Going to get this thing moving a bit before we leave for another trip in a few days!
    I haven't seen a TR where someone stayed at the Contemporary, so I'm looking forward to hearing what you thought of the resort (and the short walk to MK!).
    You know you're right, I have read a couple but not many! That walk was definitely convenient :)
    I'm here. Can't wait to hear about your trip!
    Hi Sam :wave: thanks for joining me again!
    I’m here!

    I love your amazing photo in your intro! Whoever took it must be an amazing photographer! :rolleyes1
    Hi my friend :hug: Yes I know that picture of me is just FANTASTIC. The photographer is a lady of many talents but has some weird quirks like wearing a black jacket in Florida when it's 120 freakin' degrees!!!!!
    Why is this the first I’m hearing of your swollen foot?! That stinks!
    It may not have been MY foot.....and I got tired of talking about our family injuries lol! All ended up well :D
    Here here! Can’t wait to read all about it
    Hi there, so glad you're with me again and I hope you enjoy this TR!!!
     

    ariane37

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    Thanks everyone for joining in! I'm really looking forward to sharing this trip with you because the last few TR's and dining reports I've done have been about adult only trips since we do those more often, and this time I get to share the joys that are my children with you too 😜

    AND AWAY WE GO...................................
    I don't usually write much about our pre-arrival because it's just airport-flight-get there, but I will share just a little bit this time around. We flew out of Hartford CT, about an hour and 45 minutes away. We have 5 closer airports to choose from but the prices were crazy from everywhere and the times and price worked best here; it's a nice airport anyway and an easy drive so no big deal.

    Plane was on time :thumbsup2 I surprised the boys by pulling out new headphones for myself:

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    Because what teen boy doesn't want their mom wearing Minnie Mouse headphones in public with them???? They were super happy, especially Chris who was sitting next to me. I was happy though :)

    We took a Lyft when we arrived at MCO because as many of you know, Steve is not a fan of ME. And once he realized that for about $40 we could be at our resort 40 minutes after landing with absolutely no waiting at all, that was it - no more ME when I'm with him! I miss it because to me it signifies the real beginning of a Disney trip but that kind of goes away when we get to our resort so quick.
    Very soon we were passing the best sign ever:

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    and pulling up to the Contemporary! As I said before this was the only deluxe Steve and I hadn't stayed at (the kids are missing a few). I never really was interested in staying here but I have a couple friends like @buzzrelly who really like it and I'm determined to stay at ALL Disney resorts so my excitement over staying here had grown.

    We'd gotten our room ready text while in the Lyft and were on the floor; we had a Tower building Bay Lake view room on the 10th floor, #4167. We walked in and the first thing we saw was this accompanied by a note that said "Welcome DeVizio Family, we're happy to see you again!"

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    Obviously we'd never been THERE so they were obviously referring to us being back in the World. A nice little touch of Pixie dust! I grabbed that raspberry macaroon like I did at Cali Grill brunch in May with my EPIC ladies and my very hungry family demolished the rest.

    Our view:
    All the way to the right and zoomed in a bit we could see my beloved Wilderness Lodge!! Home of the Magic Bar (along with POR) by the way ;)

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    Pretty much straight down:

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    And down and a little to the right:

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    Gotta say the pool leaves a little to be desired............no idea why I don't have pics of Bay Lake but they'll come later!

    Everyone was really digging the size and layout of the room. It's not always fun being in a regular room with 2 teen boys and having 1 bathroom stinks but is sometimes how it goes; here we had the daybed so the boys were thrilled. Even with that out there was space to move around!

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    Daybed made up and all of us managing to get in the pic but Ricky:

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