Our Disney Trip, part 2

We headed to Disney and checked in at the Yacht Club. They had a discounted rate and we decided to splurge on a nice hotel.

And it was very nice!

Our first room had two full sized beds. We hadn’t been asked about getting a king and I guess I just assumed… Anyway, I called the front desk and they called me right back with a different room on the same floor. Which turned out to be right near the elevator (the other had been really far – win!) AND had an AWESOME view out the front of the hotel. You could see Epcot in the distance. I found out later that they’d probably given us a free upgrade. But next time I’m definitely noting that we want a king.

Anyway, the room was great. We’d picked this hotel because Yelp gave it good reviews for comfort – plus it’s a 10 minute walk to Epcot. Oh, and the have a sandy-bottomed pool! More on that later.

Mickey!
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Our view – you can just see the fake Eiffel tower slightly to the right of center. The lighthouse pier is where the boats to Epcot and Hollywood Studios pick you up. And across the water is the boardwalk.
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Below is the main hotel entrance from the backside of the hotel:
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Doug liked the boats in the lobby:
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The theme of the hotel is nautical in case you couldn’t tell… ;-)
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Part of the hotel again. Our room was on the 4th floor, right in that corner near the center.
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This guy was really loud!
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More of the Yacht Club:
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Cute little gazebo:
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A pirate ship that had a water slide:
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I think this was in the Beach Club lobby. The Yacht and Beach clubs are right next to each other and share the pool.
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The Christmas tree at Epcot:
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Spaceship Earth video:
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Next we headed over to The Sea since we hadn’t been on the little Nemo ride or seen the Aquarium, which was pretty cool!
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I wish I spoke whale!
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I found Nemo!
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Dolphin:
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Turtle!
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Turtle and sharks with hidden Mickey:
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More Nemos:
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Paris:
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Morocco:
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Next up, our dinner at Marrakesh:
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Dessert:
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View of Epcot:
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Epcot Germany at night:
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China:
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It was so crowded that even Maelstrom needed a Fast Pass. I’ve never seen such a thing! I mean, it’s Maelstrom!
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We did have two Fast Passes for Test Track (one of my fav rides) since some nice guy had given extra ones to us, so we went on twice in a row.

Cool car!
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We stuck around for Illuminations, the light show, but it’s not my fav thing. It’s SO slooooow. It needs more regular fireworks and less voiceover/globe stuff.
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But I did get this great shot which reminds me of a nebula or the Milky Way.
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A view of our hotel pool at night:
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Xmas decorations in the lobby:
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A big globe – we spent a while looking for the hidden Mickey.
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There it is…
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