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08-11-2011, 06:28 PM
Hi everyone, I didn't want to do a big fancy trip report like on the trip report board so I am going to do a smaller condensed one right here.

We got back from our disney trip back on July 27th, and I am just feeling like I can share our trip now. It was so wonderful it felt so depressing to start doing this.

The cast of this trip

Me-The super planer who spent time almost everyday for 7 months working on this trip. 2nd trip to disney.

My fiance- The go with the flow no need to plan type of person. 1st trip to disney.

DS10- 2nd trip to disney. Went once before when he was 7

DS8- 2nd trip to disney. Went before when he was 5

DD6- 1st ever trip to disney

A little backround

Me and my boys went in the summer of 2008 before their mother left us at xmas time of 2009. I met my fiance in the summer of 2010 and we eventually started talking disney. I really wanted her daughter to go to disney. I believe all kids should get to go at least once. We started doing some research and ended up booking a trip at POR from July 19th-July 27th. We surprised the kids xmas morning with a letter in the xmas tree. The letter explained the trip and told them it was just 205 days away....

The time actually went pretty fast. Our lives were so busy that it just flew along. Time may have went fast but I never missed a day checking these boards looking for any info I didn't have about any topic.


We had 8 nights at POR in a standard room
5 day park tickets/ with water parks and more
Flights on Jetblue from Buffalo-Orlando

NEXT------1 day to Disney!!!!!!:goodvibes

Windsor Princesses
08-11-2011, 09:42 PM
Checking in... love to hear a fellow Canadians TR. How is Jet Blue? We always fly out of Detroit on Delta, I never see Jet Blue there.

08-11-2011, 10:09 PM
Checking in... love to hear a fellow Canadians TR. How is Jet Blue? We always fly out of Detroit on Delta, I never see Jet Blue there.

We loved Jetblue!! This was only my second ever flight so I can't compare it to a lot. We got round trip direct flights for $99/person each way! We loved the tv's in the seats and had plenty of legroom, and seat width. We will always try to fly with Jetblue in the future.:thumbsup2

08-11-2011, 10:12 PM
Looking forward to hearing more! We always fly out of Detroit too, never thought to look at flights out of Buffalo!

08-12-2011, 02:54 PM
Can't wait to read more!:surfweb:

08-13-2011, 09:39 AM
After 204 days it was finally the day before we go to disney. Our flights left July 19th at 7am so we drove down to Buffalo on the 18th to make things a litte easier.

Buffalo was about a 3 hour drive for us so we wanted to leave home by about 11am or so to get mid afternoon border traffic.

The kids all packed up and ready to hit the road!!!!!

We had got notorized letters for the border crossing but slid right through without being asked. They never asked on the way home either for that matter.

We had a room booked at the Holiday Inn right by the airport. It was pretty nice, I would stay there again. We spent a few hours swimming in the nice outdoor pool before going to Dennys next door for supper. Dennys is so cheap compared to anything you can get here. It tasted pretty good too! After this DS8 and I decided to walk to the airport and check things out. He was so excited to fly. It was going to be the first time for all three of them.

We took this picture while on our walk.

Sine we had to be up at 3am soon the task of getting 3 excited kids to bed by 7 or 8pm began. It didn't go to bad since we had woke them up at 6am that day so they would be tired at night.

Very excited, but need to get to sleep!!!!

Tomorrow was going to be a big day for everybody!!!

NEXT----Flying from Buffalo, arriving at Disney, and Chef Mickeys!!

08-13-2011, 03:22 PM
Looking forward to reading more. Your trip sounds a lot like ours, so far, when we fly down to Disney!! :surfweb:

08-13-2011, 05:01 PM
I'm joining in reading this thread! We love Disney (kids had their 1st trip last November) and am looking forward to reading about your experience!

08-13-2011, 09:08 PM
Can't wait to read more about your trip. I wish there were more Canadian trip reports.

08-14-2011, 08:05 AM
Great intro :goodvibes Love your kids pics :thumbsup2

Looking forward to the rest of your trip report :thumbsup2

08-14-2011, 03:35 PM
waiting for the rest of your awesome trip report:thumbsup2

08-14-2011, 03:57 PM
Joining in as well! I'm thinking of taking the kids alone this winter which would mean we can fly. DH won't step on a plane. I'll keep Buffalo in mind.

I took them to Boston this summer while DH stayed home to work and we just included permission to travel letter with the passports - didn't even wait to see if we were asked.

08-15-2011, 09:52 AM
Great start!

08-15-2011, 03:47 PM
Looking forward to hearing more!

08-15-2011, 07:28 PM
Well I last left off with going to bed the night before our 7am flight. I had set the alarm for 3am. I pretty much knew an alarm wouldn't be needed. For as long as I can remember the night before something exciting happens I can't sleep. I have no trouble going to sleep, but end up waking up real early with no chance at going back to sleep. I just kind of shake if off by saying "if I am not excited I may as well not go" This day was no different. I was up by 12:30am. Couldn't go back to sleep, and didn't want to wake anyone up so I just laid there until 3am.

Everyone got up good and were very excited to get to the airport. First time in an airport for the 3 kids. We didn't use the hotel shuttle and just drove ourselves to the airport. We were there soon after 4am. Security at that time was a breeze. We loved the buffalo airport, it was like a big bus stop. It was so clean and well organized. I will try to fly out of Buffalo whenever possible.

Finally we boarded our flight

The kids standing by the plane we would be on

DD6 all ready for takeoff

DS10 and DS8 ready to roll

The kids were nervous right before takeoff but once we got in the air they loved it!!!

A view of the ocean out our window

A really neat picture of the florida coastline as we near Orlando.

The Orlando airport was a little bit of a maze to get around but it didnt' take us to long to find the Magical Express desk. While waiting for our bus there was a CM in a motorized wheel chair who was so nice, the kids just loved him. He had a mickey hand mounted on his wheel chair and was giving the kids "high four" The kids thought it was cool. My fiance was impressed with the disney magic already.

The magical express ride was fun, but did seem to take a while. Finally we had arrived at our home for the next 8 magical nights.

Check in was very smooth. We had done online check in before we left and everything was ready when we got there. We arrived at about noon and our room was ready with the building we requested. Alligator Bayou 16.

We loved the resort, it was beautiful!! here are a few pics we took right after we got there and pics of our room.


We picked up our groceries that we had ordered from garden grocer. We were very happy with there service. We found we really didn't need the stuff we had ordered. The QSDP fed us very well. lol

We swam at the resort for a while that afternoon, before going back to the room and getting ready for our dinner at Chef Mickeys.

Next I will share our experience at Chef Mickeys...

08-16-2011, 01:22 PM
enjoying your trip report so far!
we are staying at POR next month..so it is nice to pics :)

when you did online check-in-did you do your requests at that time? what kinds of things can you request at online check in?

08-16-2011, 01:27 PM
Loving the TR so far! I'm subbing :)

08-16-2011, 01:27 PM
Thanks for sharing.:goodvibes Love your pictures.

08-16-2011, 06:16 PM
lovin it!!! Going to POR next month! Subbing!:thumbsup2

08-16-2011, 06:58 PM
enjoying your trip report so far!
we are staying at POR next month..so it is nice to pics :)

when you did online check-in-did you do your requests at that time? what kinds of things can you request at online check in?

I called and did our requests a few months before we arrived. On online check in there were very few options to request. I know you could request a trundle bed. I can't remember any more. I think there were three requests that could be made.

08-19-2011, 04:24 PM
We left off with getting ready to head to Chef Mickeys. We booked this reservation right at the 180 days out mark. This is the only ADR we booked. We had the quick service plan and didn't want to have to be at a certian place at a certian time.

We took the bus from POR to the Magic Kingdom. The wait for the bus was very quick and was the same for our whole stay. From there we got on the monorail and did a loop around the track before getting off at Contemporary. We were early for our reservation like I always am for everything. So we wondered around the resort a little bit, checking out some shops and stuff.

Finally we went in and got our buzzer and got into line for our picture. After our picture it was just a short wait to our table was ready.

We were excited for this meal. Here are some pics we took of our experience here

The 3 goofys, with Goofy.

My fiance and DD6 with the star of the show.




It was great having the characters come to our table. DD6 really enjoyed it, the boys didn't really care to be honest.

Now for the food....... To put it short it really wasn't very good. At least not for the price. We were quite disapointed, the only item that was really any good was the mashed potatoes, as I had read here on DIS.

We left full, but expected much better food. Our bill was $172, and I am not sure we got what we paid for. We did get pics and signatures from 5 charaters, and that is worth something. Especially with the line ups we had to see charaters the rest of the trip.

Next up------Animal Kingdom

08-19-2011, 07:24 PM
Great trip report so far. Can't wait to read more.

08-20-2011, 04:57 PM
I hear you, I was ok with CM's food, but it wasn't amazing. The characters are cool though. Great update!

08-20-2011, 10:11 PM
We left off with getting ready to head to Chef Mickeys. ... Now for the food..... To put it short it really wasn't very good. At least not for the price. We were quite disapointed

I was also disappointed with the food at Chef Mickey's when we went. Of all the restaurants we did, it was my least favorite dinner. The kids really liked "Chef" Mickey and the other characters, so it was still a good time.

Looking forward to the next chapter of your report!

08-22-2011, 07:58 AM
Great start ... can't wait to read more.

08-26-2011, 05:53 AM
Sorry that I haven't posted an update for a while. I have not forgot about this. I have just been real busy with various things. I am going to try hard to get an update up this weekend.

08-26-2011, 06:39 AM
Subbing! :thumbsup2

Great trip report so far, canadaman! Looking forward to reading about the remainder of your adventure.

08-26-2011, 12:18 PM
Subbing also! I'm really enjoying the report so far. Your kids are real cuties!

08-27-2011, 10:15 AM
Finally the first park day of our trip had arrived! Ever since we started planning our trip we always came back to Animal Kingdom for our first park day. I really don't know why to be honest. As the trip neared we realized it was morning EMH that day at Animal Kingdom. We were a little worried about the crowds but decided to stick to the plan.



I don't know what time we got there in the morning (must have been around 9:30 or so I think) but we headed straight for Expedition Everest. As we approached it there were cast members telling everyone that there were technical difficuties and that the ride was currently not operating. We were also told you could still get a fastpass though the ride may not be operating yet when your fastpass time came up. We choose to not get fastpasses then thinking we would come back later and see that it was running again.

So right off the bat our plan had gotten a wrench thrown into it. We decided then to grab a fastpass for Kali River Rapids and then head to the Safari. The line at the Safari was not to long at all, maybe 15 minutes. We really had a good time on the safari. Here are a few of the many pics we took on our ride.






After this we went on a nature trail or something. Can't quite remember what it was called. This is where we got this picture


The 2 turtles were trying to get to the food. It was quite amusing. The turtle on top didn't quite seem to understand that it could just go behind the other turtle to access the food. Instead he is stretching and trying to climb over the over little guy.

From there it was to Kali River Rapids to use our fastpass. It was great and we all got pretty wet. A few of the people in our raft hardly got wet at all!!

At this point the kids were starting to complain they were hungry so we started to look for a place to eat. Before the trip I had read good things about Flame Tree BBQ and wanted to try it. Unforunatly we were quite a ways from it and decided instead on Pizzafari. It was pretty good, so we were happy with our choice.

On our way back to Asia to check on Everest we stopped at it is tough to be a bug. The wait was just 5 minutes so we thought we would check it out. The first park day started to go a little sour here. 2 of the kids wanted to do it and the other one didn't. So we were basiclly like that to bad the other 2 want to so you have too! Then we had to listen to whining and what not. They did end up enjoying the show.

The whining never really went away after this, they couldn't all three agree on anything to ride, you could tell they were getting tired. As we went past everest the ride was now operating but the fastpass was now for 7-8pm. We knew we weren't going to be there that late since we had a big day the next day at Epcot. We ended up having to skip it.

They all agreed they wanted to ride the Dinosaur ride so we went to that. The line was around 30 minutes but we waited since it appeared we were pretty much done for the day. It was a good ride, the kids enjoyed it.

We had a short stop at the boneyard playground for the kids, and decided it was time to get going back to the resort. Ww planned on doing some swimming and getting to bed early for Epcot the next day. We wanted to see the fireworks at Epcot and knew we were gonna need the kids to be in good moods for the long day ahead.

We did get the kids to pose for one last picture on our way out


08-27-2011, 10:46 AM
LOVING your trip report so far!!! Looking forward to more. :O)

08-28-2011, 07:10 AM
Great update!
I love AK, looks like you guys had a great safari!

08-28-2011, 07:48 PM
Thanks for update!
Can't wait to read more!popcorn::

08-29-2011, 03:57 PM
Hi there! Just joining in on the fun! We are from Niagara Falls and are spoiled with being so close to the Buffalo Airport! Even with the 3 hour drive it is SO worth it to fly out of there...the taxes and fees in Toronto are RIDICULOUS!! Not to mention just the thought of driving there! :scared1:
Really enjoying your TR!! Keep posting!! Can't wait to hear the rest.

08-29-2011, 09:14 PM
Thanks for sharing! I`m looking forward to seeing more. I`m from Toronto and going through Buffalo (on the same flight I think!) in October.

08-30-2011, 12:27 PM
Enjoying the report. We almost always start our parks with AK. It is actually my kids' favourite Disney park, and it's a quicker park than the others so a good way to start breaking in the feet. There's lots to see and do, and Disney has really hit the peak of "social engineering" here.

Looking forward to your next update...:surfweb:

09-02-2011, 12:21 PM
Love your report so far! We are also a family of five, and are headed to POR this Christmas, so I'm heavy into the planning right now!

09-04-2011, 10:10 AM
Love your report so far! We are also a family of five, and are headed to POR this Christmas, so I'm heavy into the planning right now!

I am still wishing I had some planning to do.......

09-05-2011, 09:00 AM
Well finally I am getting around to another update.

After our early night to bed after our day at Animal Kingdom, we were ready for an early morning and long day at epcot.

We arrived pretty soon after opening and had our plan in place. We were gonna head to soarin, and then to Test Track, and Mission Space. After a few quick pictures around the "big golf ball" as the kids called it we were off to soarin.


The line at soarin was not to long so we just went into the standby line. As you all know it was awsome! Everyone loved it. We were off to test track now. The line for test track was long already so we grabbed a fastpass. Mission space had a much shorter line so we did that next. DW, and DS10 didn't want to ride so it was just me and DS8 and DD6.

It was close to our fastpass time for Test Track now so we let the kids play in the little splash pad in that area and soon it was test track time. Everyone loved it. It was a little on the wild side for DW who doesn't care much for rides like that.

We did some sightseeing and then decided it was time to grab some lunch. It was a wee bit early but we would beat the crowds. We decided on Electric Umbrella. There was a decent selection here and we were happy with our meals.

I am not sure what we all did after this. I know we went to Nemo and friends, and Turtle Talk. We spent a lot of time looking at the aquariums in this area as well. I do remember that after doing this stuff we headed back to the resort for an afternoon swim and to eat supper before coming back after supper to look at world showcase and see the fireworks.

Here are a few more pics from epcot.




We had a great time at the resort having another swim before supper in the food court. We were developing an obsession at the food court for the magic cookie bars. They were so good, it is hard to say how many of these were enjoyed by our family on the trip.

Back at Epcot were were gonna explore World Showcase, but stopped at Spaceship earth first and enjoyed it. So at World Showcase we headed towards Canada first and were amazed by the detail and the time it took to look at everything. So this was another flaw in our plan, there simply was not going to be enough time to explore the whole thing. By the time we were done looking around at Canada the sun was starting to go down. We rushed to England and thought it was beautiful, the little side streets, and pubs, made you think you were there.

By now we had to find a place for the fireworks, and ended up right near where you enter world showcase. The firework and laser show was amazing, probably the best I have ever seen, it was well worth the long day we had had but know it was time to go home. The walk out of epcot after the fireworks was so much better then we thought.

Looking back at Epcot it is disappointing we missed out on so much of world showcase, but I guess it gives reason to plan another trip.:thumbsup2 Other then that I, and everyone else enjoyed Epcot!!

On the bus ride back to the resort the kids were already talking about tomorrow. Since they found out about this trip the previous xmas they have been waiting for the Waterparks. Tomorrow we were off to Typhoon Lagoon. We were gonna sleep in and just go when we were all ready to go.

Thanks for reading everybody!!

09-05-2011, 11:22 AM
Thanks for the update!
We also thought out 1.5 days in Epcot would be enough, but it wasn't even close to enough. We didn't even get to see 'Canada'! (I remember the "Kim Possible" activity took waaaay longer than I thought it would, so we spent a long time in Norway and never got past the first country because we had dining reservations)
I'd definately agree that seeing the rest of Epcot is a great reason to plan another trip!

09-05-2011, 05:31 PM
Great pictures. We're all enjoying this. Please keep the updates coming!

09-05-2011, 06:39 PM
epcots worldshowcase is awesome! I love it and spend alot of time there whenever we go to disney, I usually end up going off on my own so I can spend as much time at each pavillion as I want without anyone wanting to hurry me along! Once the dh and grandkids head back to the resort for the evenings I get my second wind and head there. Cant wait to be back in just a few weeks all adult trip my sister and a co worker so I know I will be able come and go as I please! Great trip report and look forward to hearing more!:cool1:

09-05-2011, 07:00 PM
Another great update, loving the Epcot pics!

09-16-2011, 05:15 PM
Sorry everyone, but I had completely forgotten about this. I have been very busy with work, and school going back it just kind of slipped my mind....

So we left off with our great day at Epcot, and looking forward to our first water park day. We slept in that morning and just hung around the resort. We ate a late breakfast and Headed for Typhoon Lagoon.

We don't have many pics from Typhoon Lagoon since the camera spent most of the day in the locker.

Here are a few of the entrance.



We headed for the wave pool first thinking it was gonna be like any other wave pool we had been in. But then came the first wave!! OMG it was huge!!! We were not expecting that at all!! We spent quite a bit of time there before heading off to enjoy some slides. We also spent a lot of time in the lazy river, just going around and around.

We didn't wear water shoes, or flip flops, thinking, oh, the ground can't be that hot. Boy were we wrong. I remember walking to crush n' gusher and walking on pavement that felt like it was melting our feet. This would be a lesson well learned for our Blizzard beach day.

In the middle of the afternoon it started getting real dark and it looked like it was about to storm so we decided we were going to leave. That is until the kids decided to have some more fun in the wavepool before heading out. I am glad we did as we got this nice family photo done by a photopass dude.


That is one of the better pics we got of all of us.

We left the park, and on the bus back to the resort we decided that after supper that night we would go check out Downtown Disney. Well at the resort it started to rain. It didn't rain to hard, and after supper we decided that we would still go in the rain. We had planned to go to DD much later in the trip but figured we would just go twice.

It rained the whole time we were at DD, but that was fine we were at Disney!! We didn't stay to late since tomorrow was our Magic Kingdom day. The kids were all in bed by 9pm.

I will try to get the next update posted a little quicker next time guys....

09-16-2011, 06:17 PM
Beautiful Family! Great update! :O)

09-17-2011, 07:16 PM
Thanks for another great update and sharing your family photo,
Sounds like a great day was had by all!

09-18-2011, 07:45 AM
Typhoon Lagoon is so cool, I made the same mistake of not wearing shoes! It burns! hahaha
Sounds like an awesome day for sure!

09-20-2011, 07:02 AM
Great family photo. I can't wait to go to Typhoon Lagoon! Just wondering if you spent the entire day there 10-5 or were you tired and ready to leave around 3ish?

09-20-2011, 05:33 PM
Great family photo. I can't wait to go to Typhoon Lagoon! Just wondering if you spent the entire day there 10-5 or were you tired and ready to leave around 3ish?

We left about 3ish. We were getting worn out, but rain was coming in as well so it made up our mind for us

09-27-2011, 10:32 PM
Hey there, I am enjoying reading your TR! I really like the zoomed-in photo you took of Spaceship earth, really cool lighting.
And what a beautiful family!

Typhoon Lagoon is my favourite water park, it is so relaxing with the theming and the music they play.

04-20-2012, 06:11 PM
oops! delete! Wrong thread... Sorry!!!