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Old 05-16-2019, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Sue's Solo Starship Weekend at BWV

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Who: Sue (60), DVC Member
Dates: May 17 Ė 19, 2019
Resort: Disneyís Boardwalk Villas Resort (BWV)
Experience: Very Experienced Ė 28th stay at BWV

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Itís nice to be coming back so soon! Iíll actually have an even shorter time between WDW trips in November, when I check out on the 4th and come back on the 8th for a few more nights. In between, I will be at work! But, back to this trip. Itís only two (2) nights, which is not normal for me. But, since weíre leaving Wednesday for Hilton Head, I prefer to get home Sunday morning rather than Monday. That way I have most of the day to pack & get ready.

The only reason for this short trip is seeing Starship perform at the Flower & Garden Festival. When their dates were announced, I checked DVC availability but didnít expect to find anything. The studios were all gone (I donít even consider staying anywhere but Boardwalk or Beach Club for stays where Epcot is a priority), but there was a standard view 1-bedroom available for just these 2 nights. I grabbed them Ė and figured since Tiana LOVES Starship, this gives her a place to sleep if she decides to stay over.

When I told her, I learned this is the weekend of the bowling tournament she & her husband go to each year, so she wonít be able to make it. In the final days before the cancellation window hit, I thought seriously about canceling. In the end, I decided to keep it and enjoy a very short solo trip. The big drawbacks are the hot weather, potential to still be inundated with love bugs, and not having the weekend before the Hilton Head trip free for any running around and preparations for that. But, on the plus side itís always nice to get away, I love Starshipís music, and itíll be nice to have the 1-bedroom villa to myself (even if thatís a bit excessive).

Iíll arrive late Friday afternoon, and will listen to Starship that evening Ė probably the first couple concerts. Saturday Iíll spend the morning by the pool, then clean up for a 2:30 lunch at Chefs de France. Itís been years since Iíve eaten there, so this will be nice. Later itíll be more Starship, then Sunday morning Iíll head home. I do have a couple Fastpasses in Epcot both days, if I choose to use them. This time I wonít have to deal with noise from the boardwalk, since Iím standard view (so no ear plugs).

The plans so far are:
Friday 5/17: Drive to WDW, Epcot
Saturday 5/18: Pool, Chefs de France, Epcot
Sunday 5/19: Drive to Gainesville
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:22 PM   #2
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Sounds like you've got all the plans made and details taken care of. Nothing's going to stop you now.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:41 PM   #3
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Sound lovely.....I am sure you will have/get all you need for HH!!
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:45 PM   #4
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Thatís so great you were able to come back. Hope you have a fun time.
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Old 05-17-2019, 02:54 AM   #5
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:36 AM   #6
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I did enjoy a solo weekend trip last March, 2018, as I had points left and the NE weather was awful.
A 1 BR is not that excessive since I like the having the kitchen even if it is minimally used and the W/D to rinse out what you need. Not the normal, but once in a while, a nice break.
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:03 PM   #7
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Have a wonderful time! DD27 and I saw Starship last year. It was a great show!
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Old 05-17-2019, 09:32 PM   #8
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LOL salmoneous! I also learned what we built this city on tonight.

DAY 1 Ė Friday 5/17/19
Who: Sue (60), DVC Member

Plan: Drive to WDW, Epcot

Actual: Having left earlier than normal for the last trip (2 weeks ago), and knowing Iím taking most of next week off, I delayed my departure today from the normal noon, to 1pm. I figured that should also help ensure my villa is ready when I arrive, but of course thereís no guarantee. I do know I want to get settled before heading off to Epcot, since this trip is so short.

I left work at 1, was on the road before 1:15, and was pulling into Boardwalk around 3:15. Iíd gotten the email (before 2pm) that my room was ready Ė great news! Once again, I parked by the conference center and walked up that way. My villa is not too many doors away from the elevators, so SB would have loved it. My view from the living room and bedroom (2 separate balconies) are a couple big trees, and off to the left I see the front entrance to the resort. For 2 nights itís no big deal Ė I saw the fireworks really well last trip, and donít have to have them again this time.

I unpacked quickly, and was walking over to Epcot by 3:45. It wasnít terribly crowded, and I had no wait until I got to the magic band readers. Why they only open 1 side of each pair is beyond me Ė itís ridiculous! They have a cast member stationed at each one Ė surely each cast member can manage/monitor 4 band readers. Anyway, I got into the park and headed to Future World to use my first fastpass at Spaceship Earth.

Passing the Honey stand I thought of the tandoori chicken there, and stopped to check the description. I know Amanda & I shared it on the first trip, but I didnít remember whether I really liked it or not. It sounded ok, so I kept that in mind for later. Although it was nearly 90 degrees, the humidity wasnít bad and when the sun was behind a cloud it was really nice outside. When the sun was shining, it was a little brutal Ė maybe a lot brutal, as Iíd find out later.

I got to Spaceship Earth and used my fastpass. The photos of the guests are still not showing up in the ending, which is a shame. Thatís what made it cool Ė now it doesnít have that factor. I randomly selected answers to the questions, and got some different elements in my ďfutureĒ.

After the ride I walked back out to World Showcase, stopping at the honey booth to get the honey tandoori chicken flatbread. The tables there were all in the sun (like an oven), but there were more in a shady area next to Pineapple Promenade so I took it over there. That was much more comfortable, and I enjoyed the little flatbread.

Once I finished eating I continued walking towards America, stopping to sit on a shady bench in France with a glass of wine, but then realized for the first concert people are allowed into the theater at any time. So, I got up and walked over there to find a nearly full theater. I ended up snagging a seat at the far left end of the second row of the back section, but it was in the sun. I was sweating like a pig Ė as were others around me. I put up my umbrella, which provided minimal relief.

About 10 minutes before the show, they let people in the front section move up to the ďreservedĒ (dining package) section, then let the rest of us move up. I still ended up in the sun, but this time at the far left end of the 2nd row of the front section, lol. Since nobody was to my left, I kept the umbrella up to block some of the sun.

The show was excellent Ė and all their songs are great. Mickey Thomas doesnít seem to age from year to year, and sounds the same as he did years ago. Stephanie is always outstanding, and tonight was no exception. After the show I wandered around a bit, then decided to turn around and join the queue for the second (6:45) show. Once again, I ended up in the sun.

When they let us in, I got a much better seat in the shade, towards the middle, near the front of the second section (on the end of a row). During this show I didnít sweat at all, lol! It was another great show, and they only repeated a few of their biggest songs Ė the rest was all different from the first show.

After this one I walked over to Norway and used my fastpass to ride Frozen. Here I ran into a party of 4-5 people having trouble, and were blocking the reader on the left. Another party was behind them, standing right behind them doing nothing. I told the guy there was another reader to the right, and he shrugged and told me I could go. Yessiree, I certainly will Ė no point standing with my thumb up my ass because people up ahead are having a challenge <g>. Fastpass works pretty well here, and it seemed like I was in & out in no time.

Of course the attraction exits guests through the shops, but thankfully they were not crowded so it was easy to get back outside. I walked back to Germany and got the warm cheese strudel with berries, and took it to a shady table. A nice couple asked if they could share my table, and we chatted a bit while we each ate our different items from Germany. Once I was finished I wished them well and continued to America. Theyíd already let people in for the final Starship show so I decided to stay for it. Once again I had a great seat, and no sweating.

All three shows were excellent Ė I hadnít planned on seeing all three, but Iím glad I did. I headed for the exit after the third one, getting back to my villa shortly before Illuminations started at 9. As it turns out, I have a great view of the fireworks from the living room balcony.

I finished up the report, and will do some online stuff before heading to bed. Itís great being here, and although this 1-bedroom villa feels awfully wasteful, it definitely feels more like a home than being in a resort room.

Tomorrow Iíll get my favorite breakfast sandwich and spend the morning at the pool, the head into Epcot for a late lunch, fastpasses and more Starship concerts. Canít believe my last full day will be here tomorrow, lol!
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Passing the Honey stand I thought of the tandoori chicken there,
That was one of our favorites from the flower and garden booths.

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Of course the attraction exits guests through the shops, but thankfully they were not crowded so it was easy to get back outside.
One of the Epcot shops I soooo want to spend money in. I droll over the HH jackets, but so far have resisted.

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I walked back to Germany and got the warm cheese strudel with berries, and took it to a shady table.
Another of our favorites were the potato pancakes from Germany.

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I headed for the exit after the third one, getting back to my villa shortly before Illuminations started at 9. As it turns out, I have a great view of the fireworks from the living room balcony.
Good for you. Been too long since I've had my act together and booked either BCV/BWV.

Have a great tomorrow.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:07 PM   #10
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Good for you! We leave tomorrow and have had nice weather and the love bugs are thinning...
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