Monday, March 12, 2012

Part One 2008: Year of a Million Dreams Come True!

There was an incredible surprise waiting for us when we checked in to the Boardwalk Inn this trip.

As I gave our name at the front desk of the Boardwalk Inn our CM, Dennis said there was a note on our account! We gave each other a "who bounced the check" look at waited as he walked away. He came back with the hotel manager.

She told us that we had won a "Magical Moment" from the Front desk at Boardwalk Inn as part of the Year of a Million Dreams. We were both shocked! We had been upgraded from the Standard View room to a Concierage Level, Garden View, Cottage Suite!  This was the coolest thing that has ever happened to me! 

Turns out this fabulous upgrade gave us a VIP gold Key to the World! 

We were totally beside ourselves as we headed out to explore the resort.  

We headed over to MGM Studios while we waited for check in.  After a meal at the ABC Commisary we hopped on the Backlot Tour. It was a lot of fun but very long! 

Afterwards we headed for the Great Movie Ride. I got to see my favorite movie artifact here...Mary Poppins' horse! We got the gangster version of the tour with a female gangster!  I forgot how cool the little video at the end is! We hadn't ridden since 2006.

We couldn't decide what to do next as we saw a tip board which showed Toy Story at a now 80 minute wait so we decided to just loop around the other side of the park towards Hollywood Blvd. We took some pictures and shopped around. As we came out towards the hat, what did we see coming down the street right in front of us? Block Party Bash! We then headed over to Hollywood Brown Derby and asked if we could be seated for our ADR early.  No problem, we were in! We scored a great seat that overlooked the main dining area.

Our meals were both phenomenal. Although, I still felt as though it was a little much to have to give up 2 TS credits for this meal. I had something Mixed Field Greens with midnight moon goat cheese for my appetizer... there were beans and candied pecans and other yummy things in it. My entree was Split Roasted Half Chicken with rice pilaf and some cranberry-maple flavored sauce. My dessert was the best dessert I had of the whole trip. A Banana Tower with layers of banana cake, chocolate, and  topped off with bananas foster. Rob had Lobster Bisque for his app, a super rare NY Strip Steak, just the way he likes it and raspberry cheesecake for dessert.

It wasn't long before we were back in the lobby... a little unsure where to find the "Garden View Cottage Suites" so we stopped a very friendly man at the Bell Services desk who said "Oooo you have a great location."  He instructed us to head down the hall and out the door and there we were. Complete with mailbox and daily delivery of the paper. We flabbergasted that we had a front yard to our room! 

Later, we checked out the Innkeepers Club (Boardwalk’s Concierge Lounge). It was very conveniently located. We had a drink and relaxed.

As the sun began to set we headed off to explore the Boardwalk. We shopped around for a few hours and then returned to find we had gotten a beautiful turn down service with the upgrade. 

The postcard left on our bed the first night fittingly read:
"Your silvery beams will bring love dreams,
We'll be cuddling soon, by the silvery moon."

From 'By the Light of the Silvery Moon' by Edward Madden

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