Our first time using the Disney Vacation Club

Our first experience in the Disney Vacation club was overall excellent. We learned a lot about the club, Disney, and how to effectively get around. I will be posting some pictures soon – we took a lot! The kids were great and everyone was pretty much exhausted by day 3 – next time it will be a much more relaxed approach. The older kids got to go off on their own for one day and it worked out great. We all met in Epcot for some famous fish and chips and I had some great beer to go with it! They used their cards to buy water and snacks and I even got an itemized bill for each child – very cool. My nine year old (Nathan) went on every single ride – I was so proud of him. He seemed to not be phased by even the scariest of rides. Here is a picture of the four oldest on the Rockin Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios:

Our suite was a two bedroom suite with a common area, full kitchen, and a laundry room (came in very handy). We pre-ordered groceries and even though we spent $160 on groceries it probably saved us a few hundred. We had breakfast and snacks in there the entire trip – big savings for seven people. I loved how we just showed up and the refrigerator and cabinets had all of our groceries packed away – great surprise. Our place was the Bay Lake Towers, right next to the Contemporary. It is pretty centrally located and getting to any park was in a matter of minutes – not too mention Magic Kingdom was right across the street! We actually walked back to the hotel one night from Magic Kingdom. The kids pretty much went on every major ride and never waited more than 10 minutes thanks to the Vacation Club Fast Pass system. I wish we got them every time we went there but apparently they are hard to come by. Our last day in Disney we simply chilled by the pool, ordered pizza pool side and drank pina colada’s!

Next year we plan on renting some jet skis and boats for the lake right behind our hotel – it looked really fun. We are also going to take it a little slower on the park side of things – running around for 12 hours in 90 degree heat with crazy humidity was a bit crazy.

Oh Canada…

2010-canada_034_tnThe trip is over, after 4 days with 5 kids and just me and Kim I think I need a vacation!  I lived in New York almost my entire life and I had never been to the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls.  As you can see from the pictures the falls are a lot different from the other side – it was very cool!

We went on just about every attraction related to the Falls as you can.  The Maid of The Mist boat ride was awesome, of course it was like taking a shower but the ponchos came in very handy.

2010-canada_036_tnThe horse shoe falls are much more exciting than the American Falls.  We went behind them in one of the tours and then we watched the Niagara Fury video along with the new attraction – the kids loved it and learned a lot.  Going behind the falls was somewhat anti-climatic since the only thing you saw was falling white water – which, in the pictures just looked like a bright white wall behind everyone.

There was certainly a lot of mist on the boat ride!

My favorite quotes from the 5 kids (who ranged from 7 years old to 15) are these:

“Is France in Canada?  No.  Then why do they speak French?”

“Can someone roll down the window, someone is breathing all of my air?”

“Are most Canadians left handed?”

On the way home – “What state are we in?” (btw, we live in NY and its attached to the Falls).

I also wanted to say thank you to all of the kids, you were great!