Disney World-Epcot, Kissimmee, Florida 12/07/2013

DECEMBER 7, 2013 (Saturday)

 

Got up way early for a timeshare presentation. They only do the presentations at 8:00 AM. Yuck. The place sounded interesting and could be something new for us.

Early morning fog, a real problem in the Orlando area.

Early morning fog, a real problem in the Orlando area.

Hot air balloons on the way to the presentation.

Hot air balloons on the way to the presentation.

There were several up in the early morning cool.

There were several up in the early morning cool.

We arrived and registered. Waited a few minutes and were greeted by Alex. Alex is from New York and was so fun and nice to talk to. Loved hearing about his beloved grandmother’s sayings before she passed. Sounds like a very wise and lovely woman. Alex also introduced us to Lee, his boss. Lee is from the United Kingdom and has worked for this company for many years. The timeshare, Encantada, is associated with Club La Costa out of Europe. We were given breakfast and then we talked, laughed, shared, and finally toured a beautiful home. These are actually home like and quite lovely. Very high standards.

Check in.

Check in.

Alex, whose real name is Alexis, on the left and Lee on the right.  Most enjoyable and professional.  Hard working guys that do their best to present the information.

Alex, whose real name is Alexis, on the left, and Lee on the right. Most enjoyable and professional. Hard working guys that do their best to present the information.

Much of the presentation was presented on this computer set up.  The company is very computer oriented.

Much of the presentation was presented on this computer set up. The company is very computer oriented.

So this program is fractional ownership which they buy back after 19 years.  Very different and interesting.  They are affiliated with II.  After going through their presentation, we have decided to up our II from basic to platinum for a year.

So this program is fractional ownership which they buy back after 19 years. Very different and interesting. They are affiliated with II. After going through their presentation, we have decided to up our II from basic to platinum for a year.

 

Beautiful pools.

Beautiful pools.

 

Really nice pools.

Really nice pools.

There should be lots of these signs around.

There should be lots of these signs around.

Good thoughtful signs on the property.

Good thoughtful signs on the property.

Nice kitchen.

Nice kitchen.

 

Ice maker.

Ice maker.

 

Full sized washer and dryer.

Full sized washer and dryer.

 

Nice living room.

Nice living room.

Nice TV

Nice TV

 

All the units have a private hot tub or splash pool on the back of the unit.

All the units have a private hot tub or splash pool on the back of the unit.

Back yard, lots of anti alligator fencing.

Back yard, lots of anti alligator fencing.

Patio table.

Patio table.

 

"Heavenly" mattresses.  Very comfortable.

“Heavenly” mattresses. Very comfortable.

Nice bathrooms, showers, tubs.

Nice bathrooms, showers, tubs.

 

Master.

Master.

When we got back from the tour, it was time to talk numbers. Bottom line is we could get a 75,000 point package, every other year, with a bonus of another 100,000 for one year. This came with your own Ipad mini and they would pay the maintenance fee for the first year (2014 – around $800.00). They wanted around $12,000.00. We were so tempted. They are associated with Interval International and they showed us ways to work inside the system. Would love that, having the real time everything right there in front of you.

It was, disappointingly, a only today thing, which we hate. We said no and are now doing our research about it. Not much out there and would love to hear if anyone knows anything about it. Since we’re going to Europe doing this, might be beneficial for us to have. I think we would only do it if we could sell our Lake Tahoe timeshare.

After the presentation we drove to Disney World to the lost and found. Still don’t have my sunglasses. Bummer. Filled out a report of lost item and the man behind the counter said if they found anything similar, they would mail it to me at their cost. Nice to know.

We left Disney World (crying and saying goodbye) and headed to Burlington. When we bought our canvas rolling bag, the security tag was left on. We really didn’t realize it until we got it home. Michael took it back in and they removed the tag, after some hassle because I had removed the other tags.

Driving home, spotted the Segway tour.

Driving home, spotted the Segway tour.

We are now “home” and very tired. Going to take a nap. Not used to getting up so early. We’re retired, supposed to sleep in. Going to make a quiche type thing for dinner and try to use up all our groceries.

Michael and Lex went back to Disney World to use up the last of our tickets and fastpass cards. They did Soaring, Norway, Test Track and Spaceship Earth. They had a good time and reported the place being pretty full on a Saturday night.

Epcot at night.

Epcot at night.

In line at Soaring.  The white figures are people in line.  If you clap on the balls as they float by they break and their paint splatters on the screen.  It is a good way to wait.

In line at Soaring. The white figures are people in line. If you clap on the balls as they float by they break and their paint splatters on the screen. It is a good way to wait.

When games aren't being played, pretty pictures are displayed.

When games aren’t being played, pretty pictures are displayed.

Hallway leading to Soaring.

Hallway leading to Soaring.

The rows of seats raise up and move forward towards an IMAX screen.  You tilt with the angle of the camera.  Rude girl on far right.

The rows of seats raise up and move forward towards an IMAX screen. You tilt with the angle of the camera. Rude girl on far right.

Hang gliding over the Golden Gate.

Hang gliding over the Golden Gate.

A place to eat outside Soaring.

A place to eat outside Soaring.

Test Track.

Test Track.

 

Lex and I on the outside.

Lex and I on the outside.

 

Viking boat ride in Norway.

Viking boat ride in Norway.

 

Lex and I superimposed on a cartoon.

Lex and I superimposed on a cartoon.

Lex driving.

Lex driving.

That was our day. Hope yours was great!

 

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