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sw33t_angel
11-22-2011, 08:35 AM
Hello Fellow DIS'ERS!

Welcome to my very first Trip Report! :)

I have been apart of the boards for a while now, but mainly in the Wedding section as I was busy planning my Disney Themed at Home Wedding on November 11, 2011. I will just touch on the wedding briefly here, just to kick off the trip report, but if you want to read more my planning journal is linked in my signature!

I have always been fond of the trip reports section, as most of you probably helped, influenced, and planned my honeymoon! :goodvibes So I thought I would return the favor and hopefully help someone else plan their own Disney vacation, as well as provide some entertainment of our crazy antics!

This was my first Disney trip without my family, and one that I planned entirely by myself! Also with me not being to Disney in 8 years (I know! For Shame!! :scared1:) I was curious to see how everything would work out! I am a crazy planner and had apps, folders, print-outs, emails, everything I thought I would need just in case!


First Introductions!

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My name is Amber. I am 27, just recently married and currently reside in Charleston, SC but am originally from Texas! I love everything Disney (obviously), as well as some love for my man Harry Potter, candles and Back to the Future. I collect chopsticks and tea pots and love being outdoors, cooking and love traveling, especially to theme parks! I love the Fall, and hope to one day travel to Japan and Egypt! I am now hooked on Pin Trading thanks to my Brother! Music, movies, and playing video and computer games are where most of my free time is spent, the rest is spent taking care of my handful husky Sora who is almost 3!

Favorite Disney Movie: The Little Mermaid
Favorite Disney Character: Pluto
Favorite Disney Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Disney Ride/Attraction: Big Thunder Mountain / Tower of Terror
Favorite Disney Restaurant: Ohana

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Thomas a newly married man works as a Software Engineer. He is slowly becoming Disney-ifed like Amber, but knows how to support her obsession in the meantime. He is adventurous and very outdoorsy! Eventually wants to do International traveling and see the world. Loves everything Tech and video and computer games as well as movies and music as well. Loves to try beers and wines especially Fall flavors. Thomas is also now hooked on Pin Trading!

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King
Favorite Disney Character: Gaston
Favorite Disney Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Disney Ride/Attraction: Toy Story Mania
Favorite Disney Restaurant: Ohana

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Our Honeymoon Itinerary

We stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter on the Deluxe Dining Plan from November 12-19th.

Dining Credits= 42 credits total
Snack Credits= 28 credits total

Saturday-November 12 (MK Day)

Ohana Dinner- 5:00pm
Tomorrowland Dessert Party- 9:00pm

Sunday- November 13 (Epcot Day)

Askershus Princess Breakfast- 8:15am
Coral Reef Lunch- 1:30pm
Tokyo Dining- 7:30 pm

Monday- November 14 (Hollywood Studios Day)

Sci-Fi Dine-In- 12:05pm
California Grill- 7:30 pm

Tuesday- November 15th (Animal Kingdom Day)

Donald Tusker House Breakfast- 8:05am
Yaki & Yeti- 1:30pm
Jiko- 8:20pm

Wednesday- November 16th (Hollywood Studios / Epcot Day)

Mama Melrose Fantasmic Lunch- 1:35pm
Le Cellier Dinner- 7:45pm

Thursday- November 17th ( Animal Kingdom / Hollywood Studios Day)

Flame Tree BBQ
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue- 8:30pm

Friday- November 18th (Magic Kingdom Day / Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party)

Crystal Palace Breakfast- 8:10am
Cinderella's Royal Table- 5:20pm

Saturday- November 19th (Magic Kingdom / Epcot Day)

Chef Mickey's- 11:00am

Coming Up:

*Planning the Trip!

1. The Wedding
2. The Honeymoon Kick-Off!
3. Will We Make Our Ohana Reservation!?
4. What Room Did We Get?

ChattaAlley
11-22-2011, 09:04 AM
Sounds FUN!! And Congrats.

Mamapapa
11-22-2011, 09:45 AM
I'm hooked already. Sounds like fun! Hope there will be lots of pictures.....

francis6306
11-22-2011, 09:50 AM
Awe! Congrats!!! 11/11/11 was a VERY popular wedding date and I had a friend IRL on her Honeymoon in the area (she didn't do a full Disney Honeymoon- but did hit up the parks for one day... ). Can't wait for the TR! :) I'll pop on and off... can't stay on too long with 2 little princesses that need food and such! :rotfl:

LuvLuvLuv
11-22-2011, 03:18 PM
I'm in!! We got the Mr/Mrs pins too!!

I LOL'd at the Congratulations.... Thank you! It was getting nuts after a while, lol. I even had a random cast member grab my left arm to see my rings, lol.

Can't wait to read all about it!!

NMW
11-22-2011, 03:48 PM
Subscribing

MrRomance
11-22-2011, 04:18 PM
Looking forward to your TR!

lilsqueakrr
11-22-2011, 04:43 PM
i'm here! I'm here! I'm here! <3

Merida
11-22-2011, 09:25 PM
Subbing! How lucky to get married on 11/11/11.

Also huskies are my favorite; there's a really sweet one next door who is practically my best friend from escaping into our yard so much. Is he named after Sora from Kingdom Hearts?

sw33t_angel
11-23-2011, 08:27 AM
Sounds FUN!! And Congrats.

Thank you!! It was SO much fun!! Can't wait to share!!

I'm hooked already. Sounds like fun! Hope there will be lots of pictures.....

Welcome!! :) We got picture happy, so no worries on the lack of pics! We took 400+ alone just with our cameras and 400+ on our photopass!! Hope you like pictures!! :lmao:

Awe! Congrats!!! 11/11/11 was a VERY popular wedding date and I had a friend IRL on her Honeymoon in the area (she didn't do a full Disney Honeymoon- but did hit up the parks for one day... ). Can't wait for the TR! :) I'll pop on and off... can't stay on too long with 2 little princesses that need food and such! :rotfl:

It was!! I didn't expect it to be that popular!! Most of the couples we ran into shared our date! All except one who was married on 11/12. I might have seen your fellow bride running around somewhere! We were all over the place! So glad I could get my date though!!

Well thanks for stopping by!! Keep up with those princesses! princess:

I'm in!! We got the Mr/Mrs pins too!!

I LOL'd at the Congratulations.... Thank you! It was getting nuts after a while, lol. I even had a random cast member grab my left arm to see my rings, lol.

Can't wait to read all about it!!

Yay!! Welcome!! :goodvibes Those were the first pins we bought!! Thomas did threaten several times to trade his Mr. pin away if the right pin came along! :scared1: Luckily he was joking... at least I think so.. haha he became pin obsessed!!

I have never been congratulated so much for anything in my whole life!! It was awesome! My throat was sore the entire trip from all the "Thank Yous!" We had one group of guys literally scream CONGRATULATIONS every time they saw us at DHS! Which was at least 8+ times!! Only at Disney!!

Can't wait to stalk your report too! :rolleyes1

Subscribing

Yay! Welcome!!

Looking forward to your TR!

Awww thanks! Glad to have you on board!!

i'm here! I'm here! I'm here! <3

Hello Love!! :) Stalk away!!

Subbing! How lucky to get married on 11/11/11.

Also huskies are my favorite; there's a really sweet one next door who is practically my best friend from escaping into our yard so much. Is he named after Sora from Kingdom Hearts?

Welcome!! :) I am so lucky to have had my date!

LOVE huskies!! She is a handful for sure! YES!!! Sora from Kingdom Hearts!! (love that game!!) Even though she is a female, I just had to give her that name! No exceptions! :rotfl:

Here she is!

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sw33t_angel
11-23-2011, 08:52 AM
So just a quick background on the trip and planning, touch or two on the wedding, and then DISNEY!

I got engaged June 2010, after dating Thomas for a little less than 8 years and had already been envisioning what I wanted for my wedding. I had always wanted to get married in Disney ever since I was a little girl, but we are both big family people and we did not want to limit our guest list due to cost, so what better than to have a Disney themed affair! Thomas was on board from the beginning and loved the idea, so I took off!

Now the honeymoon was not much effort to decide, as we are both not huge beach and resort people so naturally a theme park was a perfect fit. Plus we were carrying on both family traditions as my parents, Thomas' parents, and my brother and sister-in-law had all chosen the Mouse as their Honeymoon destination, so it was meant to be! :goodvibes

I had planned several trips to various places like Snowboard trips and Universal, but never a Disney trip alone. Luckily my Brother who is also Disney obsessed knew all the details about the dining plans and first introduced me to the Dis boards! I became obsessed with dining and trip reports and researched every resort and restaurant.

We booked a King room at the Port Orleans-French Quarter early Jan. 2011 and I took off my ADR day so to make sure I could book exactly 180 days out as I had several "must haves" that had to fit into my perfectly orchestrated plan. Fast forward- I got all of my ADRs with no problem including the Fireworks Dessert Party, Fantasmic Dining, and Hoop-Dee-Doo!

So the perfect honeymoon was booked, paid off, and waiting for us on November 12, we just needed to have the perfect wedding! It was amazing!

Beautiful southern setting at a golf course country club at 4:00pm on a chilly November 11th, with Mickey inspired touches everywhere! (I made almost everything for the wedding: invites, centerpieces, table names) My colors were black and teal. Here are just a few guest pictures and sample professionals (I will add more when I get my professional pictures!)

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(Hidden Mickeys in my bouquet and in the boutineers)

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(Mickey Mouse Ear Cupcakes!)

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We partied until around 10 and left for our stay in the Hampton Inn for the night and planned to get up around 5:30am to start our journey to the World!

Up Next:

"What do you mean we are going to get THERE at FIVE!?!?!" :scared1:

Do we make Ohana and any room pixie dust?!

meggiebeth
11-23-2011, 12:58 PM
Wonderful TR so far! What a beautiful wedding you had! I love the photos! And your dress is beautiful. :goodvibes

Your bouquet is so pretty! I love the hidden Mickeys and the Mickey key on it! The way you encorporated Disney into everything is great! I would love a wedding like that. :rolleyes1

Can't wait for your next update, especially the meals! We ate at a lot of the places you did. :)

Missyrose
11-23-2011, 02:04 PM
Joining in, beautiful wedding photos! Congratulations. :goodvibes Can't wait to hear about your trip!

vikkii19
11-23-2011, 03:17 PM
We were there at the same time and we saw you guys more than once. How weird is that. I noticed you guys on Wednesday when we were waiting for our 1:45pm reservation at Mama Melrose and the waiting area was packed. I noticed because you had the wedding ears on and my husband and I went on our honeymoon 2 years ago and wore them on our trip.

We were at the same parks pretty much every day. I noticed you guys again on Friday morning at the Crystal Palace, we had reservations for 8:05am and said to my husband "look it's the honeymooners again...how cute".

Can't wait to hear how your trip went.

stich626
11-23-2011, 03:51 PM
What cute touches to your big day! subscribing so I can hear more.

lilsqueakrr
11-23-2011, 08:45 PM
Love love love the start of the trip report.

You're cake came out fabulous btw! And I can't wait to see a clearer picture of those centerpieces! Gorgeouss!!!<3

BTW, Dave's on the pin trading bit now too! He's got almost a half of a book done.. I like the pins but I'm more of a Vinylmation kinda gal.

Merida
11-23-2011, 11:04 PM
What a lovely wedding! And wow, doing everything yourself! It all turned out wonderfully.

I love your dress and those cupcakes - yum!! How sweet that Disney is a traditional honeymooning spot for your family. :) My choice of dream honeymoon changes every time I turn on the TV, it seems like! Sometimes Disney feels like the easiest trip to pull together while making all of those wedding preparations. There certainly isn't a community like the Dis for every travel spot.

sw33t_angel
11-24-2011, 10:23 PM
Wonderful TR so far! What a beautiful wedding you had! I love the photos! And your dress is beautiful. :goodvibes

Your bouquet is so pretty! I love the hidden Mickeys and the Mickey key on it! The way you encorporated Disney into everything is great! I would love a wedding like that. :rolleyes1

Can't wait for your next update, especially the meals! We ate at a lot of the places you did. :)

Thanks very much!! :goodvibes

It was such a fun theme to find Mickey stuff, and it all tied in together so well and was still magical and classic and elegant!! I'll plan a wedding and/or vow renewal for you!! :yay:

Ooooh the meals!! I am still full from just thinking of them! Can't wait to relive them though!!

Joining in, beautiful wedding photos! Congratulations. :goodvibes Can't wait to hear about your trip!

Welcome!! Thanks!! :)

We were there at the same time and we saw you guys more than once. How weird is that. I noticed you guys on Wednesday when we were waiting for our 1:45pm reservation at Mama Melrose and the waiting area was packed. I noticed because you had the wedding ears on and my husband and I went on our honeymoon 2 years ago and wore them on our trip.

We were at the same parks pretty much every day. I noticed you guys again on Friday morning at the Crystal Palace, we had reservations for 8:05am and said to my husband "look it's the honeymooners again...how cute".

Can't wait to hear how your trip went.

Aww that is too cool!! I wish I would have had a chance to talk with you!! I was on the lookout for DIS members but didn't have much luck, and was kind of hesitant to ask the people we chatted with, cause if they weren't members they would think I was nuts!

Hahaha I am glad you saw us other days than Mama Melrose... that was not a pleasant experience.. and I was probably not a happy camper!

But a late congratulations to you and your husband!! :goodvibes

Mmm Crystal Palace was soo good! Thanks for posting!! Can't wait to tell you about our adventures!!

What cute touches to your big day! subscribing so I can hear more.

Aww Thanks! Welcome Welcome!!

Love love love the start of the trip report.

You're cake came out fabulous btw! And I can't wait to see a clearer picture of those centerpieces! Gorgeouss!!!<3

BTW, Dave's on the pin trading bit now too! He's got almost a half of a book done.. I like the pins but I'm more of a Vinylmation kinda gal.

Thanks Love!! :)

Yeah, the cake was simple, but came out really well and it was so moist.. it was delicious, especially when we crammed it in each other's faces!

The centerpieces were a hit!! I loved them!!!

We bought a book and have like 3 pages filled.. haha.. I looked at the Vinylmations, but just couldn't get into them! Maybe because I have no pretty storage displays in my house where I could put them!

What a lovely wedding! And wow, doing everything yourself! It all turned out wonderfully.

I love your dress and those cupcakes - yum!! How sweet that Disney is a traditional honeymooning spot for your family. :) My choice of dream honeymoon changes every time I turn on the TV, it seems like! Sometimes Disney feels like the easiest trip to pull together while making all of those wedding preparations. There certainly isn't a community like the Dis for every travel spot.

Thank you very much!!! :goodvibes

I would highly recommend Disney for a Honeymoon for sure!! Even if you aren't a theme park go-er every day non-stop they have so much to do at the resorts that you could just do resorts and not even parks!! Everyone is so nice and pleasant and they make you feel so special and welcome, and it is the happiest place on earth! :thumbsup2

Hahaha it is rare to find a place that has entire forum community about everything!! Love the DIS!! :lovestruc



HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey Day!! I am just now recovering from my delicious feast! I almost felt like I was back at Disney on the Deluxe Dining Plan!! :lmao:

Be safe if you go out shopping tonight/tomorrow! Hope everyone gets some good deals!! :wizard:

sw33t_angel
11-28-2011, 09:40 AM
So we left Myrtle Beach around 7:15 for the journey to Charleston which to our house is about 2 hours. We had to stop and drop off my dress, his tux, and grab our Honeymoon luggage and drop off various wedding stuff. I had to of course spend a little time with my husky!! I hadn't seen her in a week! We unpacked and repacked the car, stopped and got gas and then we were off. About 30 minutes into the drive to FL, Thomas is calculating how long it is going to take to get there based on google maps. It was probably close to 10:30 at this point. The GPS says 6 hours 55 minutes, which would put us in Orlando at the French Quarter at 5:30!! :scared1: Cue my freaking out.... WHATT?!!?

So Thomas says we can just go to Ohana's first instead of checking in and then check in after dinner, but then I told him it wouldn't work because we needed our room keys for dinner for the dining plan! So then I am wondering how we got so off course, and we weren't even in Charleston that long!! Thomas says he can get us there with time to spare so no worries!

He may have driven a little faster than normal, and avoided several police cars on the way. I was checking google maps every hour and updating our arrival time, slowly the time was shaving off and we were arriving earlier and earlier. Upon passing the state line into FL, Thomas asked if I thought we had time to stop and get the traditional orange juice at the FL Welcome Center... we were making good time, but I was so paranoid! So we decided yes! But no brochures, no restrooms, just juice and a picture and that's it! Game Plan was in motion, we jumped out of the car sprinted to the visitor's center and waiting uneasily in line as a huge family in front of us with 8 kids couldn't decide whether they wanted grapefruit juice or orange juice... C'MOOOOOONNNNNNN :headache:

We grabbed our OJ which tasted awesome, sweet victory! We ran out to the Welcome to FL sign and took our picture, sprinted back to the car and were back on the interstate within 5 minutes!

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We ran into some congestion in Jacksonville but arrived at the French Quarter at 3:30!!! I am forever grateful to Thomas for his fast (but safe) driving!!

HOME!!!
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The check-in line was not long and soon we were called up next. Nothing too magical- she was very nice, a small congratulations no buttons. She showed us directions to our room. Building 2- Kingbed (which is what I paid for) and it was READY! We inquired about a gas station on property (We had like 20 miles left until empty and wanted to fill up) and mentioned we had an Ohana ressie at 5:00, her eyes got big, and she suggested we drive which will take about 10 minutes and we could nab the gas station on the way. We grabbed our welcome packet and keys and skipped out the door!

We decided to unload the car and get everything in the room since it was about 3:45 at this point, and would get gas, drive to Ohana's, eat, drive back to the French Quarter and then take the bus to the Magic Kindgom for Extra Magic Hours until... 3 AM!!! and the Fireworks Dessert Party!

We parked by building 2 and lugged all of our luggage to our room. DISNEY GOLD!!! Thomas looked at me like I was nuts... A KING, CORNER ROOM, WATER VIEW, 2ND FLOOR. I was in heaven! Thomas not being a DIS member or obsessed with research like me was clueless. I was smiling from ear to ear.

We were in room 2226!

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Inside DISNEY GOLD

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We unpacked and were off to Ohana! We followed the directions to first get to the Gas station which was a HESS station, and surprisingly not terribly expensive! A very nice CM guided the way after we said we were lost and told us Congratulations and gave us some marriage advice. Something along the lines of "You aren't lost if you have each other!" We got to pass through these babies!

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We got gas, got slightly lost for 2 seconds and u-turned and went back through the MK archway to get to the Poly. We went through the same CM's line and he was happy we had found our way and congratulated us again!

It was around 4:25 when we pulled into the Poly. We toured the lobby briefly and found our way upstairs to Ohana. We checked in with no issues and were given a pager. We walked around and looked at the stores and of course took some pictures!

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We were buzzed in at 5:05 shortly after the opening ceremony and got a window seat towards the back of the restaurant and could see the Castle from the windows!

I convinced Thomas to get a Lapu-Lapu while we were waiting for our table so he ordered one once we got seated.

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Thomas of course insisted that I needed a drink too! So I happily didn't argue!

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And then the food coma ensued! It was SO delicious! Thomas took a liking to the steak which was also my favorite. He loved the pot stickers and salad, I loved the broccoli (which I had all to myself because Thomas doesn't like broccoli) and the pot stickers and lo mein. It was all so good! The food did get cold rather quickly, because it was freezing in there!!

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Just when we threw in the food towel, I informed Thomas that you also get bread pudding for dessert! He was happy, but SO full! We were brought a huge bowl as well as a cupcake and candle, and an additional bowl of ice cream! Pixie Dust! :wizard:

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MENU: Starters: Pork fried dumplings, Corriander chicken wings, and Mixed Greens with Honey-Lime dressing. Skewers (prepared over an oak fire): Marinated sirloin steak, Asian BBQ pork loin, Mesquite grilled turkey, and non-peeled shrimp. Accompaniments: broccoli and green peas and pad Thai noodles. Sauces: peanut, chimichurri and sweet-and-sour. Dessert: 'Ohana bread pudding a la mode with Banana Foster sauce. Includes coffee, tea and soda

Waiter: Gabe

OVERALL: We would both highly recommend Ohana! I can't believe it is still only 1 dining credit! Will definitely be going back! Loved the atmosphere and SO much food! But it was so good!! I miss it! I think it will definitely be a tradition for us!

We rolled our way to the car and waved Goodbye to the Poly! We headed back to the French Quarter to change and to drop off the car!

UP NEXT

*Can our Ohana bellies handle the unlimited desserts for the Fireworks Dessert Party?

*The Magic Kingdom is open until WHEN!?!?

lilsqueakrr
11-28-2011, 04:23 PM
Yay! The room is gorgeous! Love it. I can't wait for our next trip so that I can start really researching where we're staying and plan hardcore for our trip. Because I definitely didn't before our last one. haha. Woops!

Yay for Ohana!! I want to do that so badly! I gotta talk to the family about it when we plan for our 2013 trip, which you should totally plan to go as well.. hehe. ;D

Yayay! You look gorgeous! Did you dye your hair?? ;D Loves it!

Can't wait to see more seees!

francis6306
11-28-2011, 08:44 PM
Awe!!! I would LOVE to try O'hana!! And WAY TO GO getting there in PLENTY of time! We can't gain back trip time like that anymore... but when we needed it, *I* was the driver in those cases!!! :rolleyes1

Your wedding was BEAUTIFUL!!!

B&WMickey
11-28-2011, 08:56 PM
Congrats!!!!!!!

Can't wait to hear more. We were at WDW over the same time period and staying over at POR. Look forward to hearing someone else's take on the same time period. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

librarygeek
11-29-2011, 03:54 PM
* Yay! I didn't know that you had started your TR so I'm glad I found it!
* I love the pic at the Tomorrowland Speedway, I'm glad you got the special sign/pic too!
* The view from your room at POFQ is gorgeous!
* Ohanas looks fantastic! I've never been but I'm hoping to on our next trip. There is so much food on your table! :lmao:

Disneymoon23
11-29-2011, 05:27 PM
Hi! I'm joining in. We just went to disney for our honeymoon in September, so I'm excited to read all about yours. Your wedding was beautiful. All of the disney decorations were so cute. I'm glad you got to Disney quickly. Ohana looks really yummy. I've never been there, but now I really want to go try it out.

Missyrose
11-29-2011, 05:58 PM
What a perfect first Disney meal! I know 'Ohana gets mixed reviews on these boards, but we really loved our dinner there in October. Everything was so yummy and the service was excellent. We weren't sure how we'd find room for the bread pudding and then they brought out two gigantic cupcakes for us for our anniversary.

We thanked them and then promptly asked for boxes to put them in because there was no way we could even think about touching them! We did end up eating our fair share of the bread pudding. :rotfl:

LuvLuvLuv
11-30-2011, 11:44 AM
I just don't know how we didn't see each other!! We were by the window with a castle view, and it looks like you were around there too :confused3 Glad you liked it!! Our service was slooooowwwww that night!!

sw33t_angel
12-02-2011, 04:30 PM
Yay! The room is gorgeous! Love it. I can't wait for our next trip so that I can start really researching where we're staying and plan hardcore for our trip. Because I definitely didn't before our last one. haha. Woops!

Yay for Ohana!! I want to do that so badly! I gotta talk to the family about it when we plan for our 2013 trip, which you should totally plan to go as well.. hehe. ;D

Yayay! You look gorgeous! Did you dye your hair?? ;D Loves it!

Can't wait to see more seees!

The research is half the fun! :) LOVED that room! Wish we were there to enjoy it more!

Mmmmm Ohana... it was SOOOO GOOD. You need to go! IMMEDIATELY! Book the ADR and I will be there! :thumbsup2

Aww thanks! :) Nope haven't touched it since January.. it has lightened up a lot more to my natural shade!

Awe!!! I would LOVE to try O'hana!! And WAY TO GO getting there in PLENTY of time! We can't gain back trip time like that anymore... but when we needed it, *I* was the driver in those cases!!! :rolleyes1

Your wedding was BEAUTIFUL!!!

Welcome!! :goodvibes Thank you!!

Yes I commend Thomas for his driving! Haha I am a scaredy-cat when it comes to speeding... I usually never go more than 10 over... although that day if I was driving I would have made an exception! :lmao:

Congrats!!!!!!!

Can't wait to hear more. We were at WDW over the same time period and staying over at POR. Look forward to hearing someone else's take on the same time period. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thank You!!! :)

Oh yeah? Our busses didn't stop by POR too much! It looks like a wonderful resort though! The weather was awesome wasn't it? Hot a few days- but quickly got cooler.. and NO RAIN! I loved it!! We had an awesome time!

* Yay! I didn't know that you had started your TR so I'm glad I found it!
* I love the pic at the Tomorrowland Speedway, I'm glad you got the special sign/pic too!
* The view from your room at POFQ is gorgeous!
* Ohanas looks fantastic! I've never been but I'm hoping to on our next trip. There is so much food on your table! :lmao:

Hey!! :yay: Glad you could make it!!

I had no idea they did that!! Super cute! I wish more rides had those signs!
I LOVED our view! So romantic! Ooooooh Ohana! SO much food, but it was all so delicious! Definitely put it on your list, I can't say enough good things about it! And the Poly is gorgeous!

Hi! I'm joining in. We just went to disney for our honeymoon in September, so I'm excited to read all about yours. Your wedding was beautiful. All of the disney decorations were so cute. I'm glad you got to Disney quickly. Ohana looks really yummy. I've never been there, but now I really want to go try it out.

Welcome Welcome!!

Congrats on your wedding!! :goodvibes Glad to have you on board! I would love to go to Disney in the fall/Halloween months! I always just used to go in the summer, and this was our first time going that late in the year. I loved all the Christmas decorations! Fall is my favorite time of the year, so I definitely need to make another trip! Disney does such an incredible job at themeing! It was cool because all throughout the week we would see new decorations pop up at our resort and at the parks in preparation for Christmas!

Ohana was great! I have heard the earlier you go it is less chaotic and not as crazy. We didn't have anyone sitting by us for a good 20 minutes, but it did get very loud and packed in there quickly. We had a ressie right at 5:00, so I would recommend the earlier the better, and even though the food is probably fresh throughout the night, I would think first off it would be the freshest! And we got to watch the Sunset!

What a perfect first Disney meal! I know 'Ohana gets mixed reviews on these boards, but we really loved our dinner there in October. Everything was so yummy and the service was excellent. We weren't sure how we'd find room for the bread pudding and then they brought out two gigantic cupcakes for us for our anniversary.

We thanked them and then promptly asked for boxes to put them in because there was no way we could even think about touching them! We did end up eating our fair share of the bread pudding. :rotfl:

YES! LOVE Ohana! I had heard mixed reviews too, but decided to just make my own opinions! I do think having an earlier ADR made a difference for us. The servers were very friendly and efficient! The food was fresh, hot, delicious, and PLENTIFUL! I tried to save room for the bread pudding but I was so full, but then they put it on the table, and I just had to eat it! :lmao: Not to mention the cupcake and extra ice cream! He just looked at my face and brought me a to-go box for the cupcake! :goodvibes

I just don't know how we didn't see each other!! We were by the window with a castle view, and it looks like you were around there too :confused3 Glad you liked it!! Our service was slooooowwwww that night!!

I know!! I looked for you! I had my ears on and everything!! But by the time we left it was so crowded and dark in there! It seems like we should have been sitting back to back or something! :rotfl: Did your Ohana pants hold up? haha

Ours was actually pretty fast! Probably because we were one of the first ADRs and they wanted to push us out and make room for more! Although we never felt rushed or anything!

So sorry we missed each other!! :sad2:

Sam33
12-02-2011, 05:02 PM
What a beautiful wedding! I just got married in August and wanted teal but my best friend got married before me and used teal. Thought I'd mix it up! Loved the subtle Disney touches as well!

I love your title. We didn't get our pins until two days in. Attention from strangers makes me anxious so I wasn't sure I wanted them or not! So glad we got some, though. It really made the trip more special!

Sam33
12-02-2011, 05:47 PM
Aww thank you!! :goodvibes

Congratulations to you!! Awwww I love teal! It is a shame you couldn't use it in your wedding!! :sad2:

Yeah I wasn't sure how much I would like all the attention but it actually was the most amazing thing ever! :) And I can't count how many great conversations started up because of being newlyweds with complete strangers!
Congrats to you to!
We were already using the same venue as her so we felt the same colors would be overkill! Haha

Can't wait to read the rest. Been using honeymoon TRs to get over post-honeymoon blues!

sw33t_angel
12-02-2011, 06:23 PM
So after our food coma ensued we made it back to the French Quarter and parked the car in its new parking spot home for the next week.

I was wearing a skirt, (which Thomas always says I never have good outfit choices for the elements) I decided to take his advice and change into jeans since it was supposed to get a little chilly later, and I wanted to ride some rides!!

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We left and made our way to the bus stop, which was less than a 5 minute walk, so convenient! I love FQ's small size! It was about 7:30-7:45 at this point and there was a small crowd of people waiting for the bus. We had a seat and waited maybe 5 minutes tops. Soon we saw the glorious marquee read "Magic Kingdom" and we quickly boarded and grabbed a seat in the back. YAY!!! I didn't want to tell Thomas but that bus (and almost every bus the entire trip) was FREEZING!!!!!!!!! So I am glad I changed! :rolleyes1

The bus ride wasn't long at all (every park was less than 10 minutes, even AK.. so FQ is very close to everything it seems). Soon I was jumping off the bus, trying not to push over small children and touch my feet on MK ground. Ahhhh! I was already in heaven and we were just at the bus stop!

We walked to the entrance and went through the turnstiles quickly with no problems, from that moment on the "CONGRATULATIONS" and "THANK YOU" became the theme for our trip.

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My brother had bought us the photopass CD for our wedding gift, and I was instructed to stop at every photographer I saw. Thomas had the good eye on this trip, every time he saw someone standing still with a camera in their hands he assumed they were a photopass person. We got a ton of pictures! I will update when I get my CD, but for now I will use our pictures!

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We hit every photographer down Mainstreet and then made our way to Tomorrowland. The plan was to check in at the Fireworks Dessert party around 8:45 so we had about 45 minutes to kill. It was surprisingly really really crowded (granted it was Saturday night with EMH) but I was in shock of the crowds of people before us. Just following the loop, Stitch was a walk-on so we decided to hop on. Thomas had never been on Stitch since it was Alien Encounter which he loved, so he was interested to see how the ride would be now. Unfortunately Thomas was disappointed.. he thought it was horrible, and it became the butt of many jokes throughout the trip. (Man, that ride was no where near as good as Stitch...) :rotfl:

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We hadn't been to Disney in 8 years, that being a College Band trip for a single day, so a lot was new to Thomas, and he looked to me as the Disney guru, but so much was new and different for me too, so I was trying to salvage our first ride of Stitch and the huge amount of crowds, which left Thomas not too pleased so far. I had to redeem what little time we had left! Space Mt. had a 60 minute wait so no go there, and Buzz was sitting at 40 minutes. There were still some FPs left for Space Mt. so we grabbed a few of those and then headed to the people mover, which Thomas I believe had never been on. It was a nice ride, and I enjoyed it.

We walked around TomorrowLand and walked by FantasyLand and then made a loop back around to head to the Terrace for the Dessert Party. I looked at Thomas and asked the million dollar question, "Are you hungry for Desserts?" to which Thomas' face said it all.... :sick: His expression matched my own appetite for the party. This is what I was afraid of!
I knew I had a little room in my tummy, and Thomas said he was just really thirsty.. so at least we would get our money's worth in drinks! :rolleyes1 Why the dessert party after Ohana's? It was the only date available for the days we were staying, and November 12th held special meaning to us, and being the first night on our honeymoon in Disney to watch the fireworks from a terrace, it just seemed like such a great plan! (on an empty stomach! :rotfl:)

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So we find a line wrapped around some railing and do what any park goer does... we stood in it. :) Soon before 9:00 they began walking down the line with a clipboard, wristbands, and table numbers. After we got checked in the line started moving forward. We got table 300!

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Once we reached the front of the line, after many CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOUS the CM at the front of the line winked at us and said we had the best seat in the house. We had another CM take our table number and walk us to our table to which he replied, "Wow you got some of the best seats!" We had a two person table right by the railing just slightly to the left of the castle. :cloud9:

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We perused the desserts and Thomas grabbed two glasses of lemonade and we made our way back to the table. We were so stuffed! But we trooped on and tried a little bit of each dessert. I don't know if it was because we were so full, but not many of them were that appetizing... they looked beautiful, but for me lacked flavor and weren't appealing to my taste buds at all, even Thomas had to push some of them away. We did have about 10+ drinks so I think that made up for the desserts. :laughing:

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We peeked over the railing and could see the top of the Electric Parade and soon the announcement for the pre-show and Wishes was upon us! Because of our awesome seats I was hoping that we would get lucky with a good crowd that would stay in their seats... but unfortunately no... no pixie dust here.. :sad2: Right after that announcement people began to swarm the railing and our table, making it impossible to see, so Thomas quickly jumped up and squeezed himself between people and pulled me in front of him. I was not pleased. WHY??????????? If I wanted to be elbow to elbow with people and stand all night for the fireworks I would have been better off on Mainstreet. :mad: I know its allowed to be at the railings, and not everyone has seats on the lower level, but if you can see you are blocking people sitting, wouldn't you have the courtesy to not stand there? I was slightly annoyed, but it melted away quickly after my husband wrapped his arms around me in the happiest place on earth and whispered in my ear that he was happy to be here with his wife. :cloud9: How can you be mad after that?

The Magic, Memories, and You Castle show was amazing, it was so cool to see the castle lit up like that, as well as I had never seen the Christmas lights on the Castle, so that was so beautiful! Wishes always makes me a little teary, and it was so amazing, especially watching it from the terrace. I didn't take any pictures of the fireworks, but they were awesome!

After the show, there was a PP opportunity which we gladly took, before departing. The CMs were begging people to go to the buffet one more time and take some for the road, but we passed and headed out to the rest of the park!

sw33t_angel
12-02-2011, 06:25 PM
It cleared out a little bit after Wishes but was still congested in some areas. We went back towards TomorrowLand and used our FP for Space Mt.- but it was closed!! So we turned back and made our way to FantasyLand to check out the construction and work off our desserts!

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We walked around for a bit and took some pictures of the Castle.

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The closer to 12am it was starting to thin out. I had never been to EMH, so was not entirely sure how it worked, but soon figured out we needed to show our Room Key before getting on any rides. Thomas asked how long they were open to which I replied casually 3 am... :scared1: REALLY?!? :woohoo::yay::goodvibes He was a little excited!

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He had suggested the Haunted Mansion so we did that, we missed the new que, but said we would get it again later! We made our way to Adventure Land but The Jungle Cruise was closed! BOO! So we hopped on Aladdin's Magic Carpet and Pirates. We headed to my favorite Big Thunder Mountain, which was closed :mad: So we decided to do Splash Mountain which only had a 10 min wait. We soon figured out why it was 10 minutes! The temperature had plummeted and being wet is apparently not as comfortable in cold weather. But I still loved it! Big Thunder Mountain was back up so we took a ride on the wildest ride in the west! I LOVE that ride! It is probably still my favorite.

SO sidenote on that: My parents at taken us to Disney when I was younger and one trip, I remember I fell asleep and my Dad was holding me, and I woke up in line, and had asked what ride is this? Is it scary? To which my Dad replied, "it is the train"- DAD!!! Not the scary fast train right?? "Nope, the slow train" WELL...I am pretty sure I made some people deaf on that day from screaming at the top of my lungs. So me and BTM have a love/hate relationship.

The park was getting emptier and emptier which Thomas absolutely LOVED. We passed by the Laugh Floor- which I had never done, so we decided why not. It was pretty funny! I submitted a joke- but I guess even being that late, it wasn't chosen! Buzz still had 30 minutes, so we passed. We made our way back to Space Mt. which was open again! There was hardly a wait, so we breezed by the new interactive que, but it looked pretty cool. I was in shock on how rough and fast Space Mt. was! I almost flew out of my seat several times! I didn't remember it being like that! Thomas found my screams comical on the ride.

We were slowly loosing steam and questioned whether we would stay the entire night, but being on a honeymoon high, the beautiful night, and so UNCROWDED, we decided to push on! We used our first snack credit on a large Rootbeer, which must have had something in it, because we felt renewed and made another loop around the park and hit every ride we had ridden one more time. We decided to go back and hit the rides we missed.

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We walked back through TomorrowLand and decided to hit the Astro Orbiter, which I had never been on, because the line was always so long. Thomas remembered riding it with his Dad and being terrified to make it go up higher than the standard setting. We both squeezed into the tiny rocket and Thomas was the commander! It was FREEZING up there, and surprisingly pretty terrifying as the wind blew as we soared higher and higher and leaned to one side with every turn. The view made up for it though!

We made our way to the TomorrowLand SpeedWay, which had a small wait but didn't take long. We did have a rowdy group in front of us though! We decided to share a car and were handed our driver's licenses! Thomas steered and I hit the gas! It was seriously one of the most memorable parts of the trip, it was hilarious! Thomas was horrible! I had never hit those metal barriers so much, and between laughing and hitting the gas on and off we must have looked ridiculous. About halfway around the track the rowdy group in front of us had their lead car stopped. So there was about 8 cars just stopped in front of each other, bumping like crazy. Luckily we were the last car in the back so we just edged forward and let them get ahead before continuing our leisurely drive. I took Thomas' license away from him the rest of the trip! :rotfl2:

At this point it was about 2:15, the park was a ghost town. We headed into FantasyLand and basically hit every single ride there. Dumbo, Pooh, Small World, SnowWhite (which is still scary!), and I had never been on Mickey's Philharmagic! SO I was excited! We were one of two groups waiting for the show! The CM started singing the wedding march for us as we walked down the ramp and wished she had rice to throw at us. The show started quickly after we arrived and we pretty much had a private showing. The CM joked and said we still had to go all the way down to the end of the row. As for the show I really enjoyed it!!'!

At this point it was about 2:55, and we were passing by Peter Pan, the only one we hadn't done, I started to feel bad, and we were going to skip it, but I didn't want to, cause Thomas had mentioned Peter Pan earlier in the day, so I ran up the CM and said "Can we still go?" He smiled, said sure! knock yourself out! It was so funny to have the CMs just standing by themselves with no guests. We started a trend because about 10 more people hopped on after us, Thomas blamed me for starting it!

We exited right at 2:59, thanked the CMs and headed towards the exit. We walked through the castle and decided to have our own photo shoot with an empty MK. We mostly got by taking some individual shots, but some of the few lone guests left offered to take our pictures!

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It was by far the most memorable part of the trip to be in the MK like that, it just felt so magical, like our own fairytale! :) We hopped on the bus which only took about 10 minutes. On the way back to the FQ I casually reminded Thomas that we had a breakfast ressie for Epcot at 8:15.. and we should allow at least an hour in the morning, so we needed to be at the bus stop by 7:15, which means we had to get up no later than 6. :scared1: Once we got "home" we got ready for bed and finally pulled the covers over our heads around 3:50.

UP NEXT!

* Two hours of sleep..will we hit the snooze?

* Did we make our Princess Breakfast?

sw33t_angel
12-02-2011, 06:31 PM
What a beautiful wedding! I just got married in August and wanted teal but my best friend got married before me and used teal. Thought I'd mix it up! Loved the subtle Disney touches as well!

I love your title. We didn't get our pins until two days in. Attention from strangers makes me anxious so I wasn't sure I wanted them or not! So glad we got some, though. It really made the trip more special!


Aww thank you!! :goodvibes

Congratulations to you!! Awwww I love teal! It is a shame you couldn't use it in your wedding!! :sad2:

Yeah I wasn't sure how much I would like all the attention but it actually was the most amazing thing ever! :) And I can't count how many great conversations started up because of being newlyweds with complete strangers!

Sam33
12-02-2011, 08:01 PM
Hahaha.. yeah I could see how that could be a little problem.. :rotfl:

Awww I totally have been stalking all the wedding/honeymoon TRs too... haha I have the disneymoon blues as well!:smickey:

Married life is great, but after the best party ever and the best vacation ever you just want to do it all over again! We keep joking we should have another wedding but I don't think he realizes how much work they are. Haha.

Isn't it crazy to be done with wedding stuff? It's so time consuming and then all of a sudden your days off work are actually boring!

sw33t_angel
12-02-2011, 08:30 PM
Congrats to you to!
We were already using the same venue as her so we felt the same colors would be overkill! Haha

Can't wait to read the rest. Been using honeymoon TRs to get over post-honeymoon blues!

Hahaha.. yeah I could see how that could be a little problem.. :rotfl:

Awww I totally have been stalking all the wedding/honeymoon TRs too... haha I have the disneymoon blues as well!:smickey:

B&WMickey
12-03-2011, 11:45 AM
We went to DHS the same night you were at MK. On the bus ride back from DHS to POR that night the bus driver informed everyone that MK had EMH till 3 AM. DW and were wondering who could have the stamina to pull that off. Now we know. Great job you two. :thumbsup2

vikkii19
12-03-2011, 08:14 PM
We did the dessert party on the 19th and had the same table. I also was annoyed at everyone in our way at the railing. This one guy set up a videocamera on a tripod and basically had his behind in our faces. We won't be doing the dessert party again.

librarygeek
12-06-2011, 10:25 AM
Looks like a great day!!

* So I was also surprised at how crowded the park was the second day we were in MK (which was also EMH). Every other day the parks had been almost deserted, and this was pretty crowded!
* We had dinner at 4:00 the day of our dessert party and I still ate so much dessert that I made myself sick that night! If we do it again I think we will just have desserts for dinner ;)
* I'm surprised so many of the rides were closed during EMH! I think all of the ones you mentioned were open when we were there.
* I also thought Space Mountain was more intense than the last time I was on it! I think they refurbished it somewhat recently, though I'm not sure what they would have done to cause that sort of difference!
* I steered on the Tomorrowland Terrace and my driving was awful too! :lmao: I hit that barrier sooo many times.
* Wow, I cannot imagine being in MK until 3 am! We thought we were doing pretty well staying there til midnight. I'm curious to see how you were feeling the next day! ;)
* Your pics in front of the castle with the Christmas decorations are gorgeous. I really want to be able to go during this time of year eventually.

Merida
12-06-2011, 10:26 PM
I've fallen a bit behind! Your Ohana meal looks like it was great. I think the lapu lapus are so adorable; is there a lot of pulp (? I guess? I don't eat a lot of pineapple) in the drink? Or do they carve it out really well?

Love the Port Orleans rooms. Just the right mix of fancy and cozy. Even though they kept up the borders - that's sooooo 90s!

Yay for 3AM closing!! That may be the thing I'm looking forward to the most for our upcoming trip. I'm glad to hear that most people don't stick around past midnight; what's the point of staying up so late if it's not almost empty? Minus the super pretty castle, that is. Did they do the Goodnight Kiss?

How lucky to get right on Peter Pan. That queue seems to be never-ending sometimes, I don't understand. Philharmagic really is the best :)

jenneth79
12-07-2011, 01:04 PM
So glad I found this report, it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun!

First off, congratulations! You two are a lovely couple and it looks like you had an amazing wedding, so close to my own second home! (just outside of Charleston)

I had to laugh at your "appropriate dressing" comments. My husband says that to me all the time, and he's usually right, but I never tell him that. :rotfl2:

Isn't it just amazing to have the park almost to yourself? We were able to have that experience one morning on our last trip, but WOW, it's even extra magical at night, isn't it?

Looking forward to reading more!:thumbsup2

lilsqueakrr
12-07-2011, 05:19 PM
Ah, girl! I'm so so so excited to read the rest! Just reading about it all gives me the warm fuzzies! hehe.

I definitely stalked out those photopass people the whole trip! Dave was kinda getting annoyed with it all? haha.

I can't wait to see your photos!

I've never done the late Magic Hours.. always the early. Perhaps next trip?? ;D

francis6306
12-09-2011, 08:52 PM
Oh wow! Planning always makes sense when you have it on paper!!! :confused3 Dinner, Dessert party, EMH, Early Breakfast ressie… Oops! Haha! Happens to the best of us!

Can't wait to read more!! :goodvibes

sw33t_angel
12-13-2011, 03:55 PM
Married life is great, but after the best party ever and the best vacation ever you just want to do it all over again! We keep joking we should have another wedding but I don't think he realizes how much work they are. Haha.

Isn't it crazy to be done with wedding stuff? It's so time consuming and then all of a sudden your days off work are actually boring!

Haha I have totally thought about a one year vow renewal... I agree if they weren't so pricey and so much planning I would have a wedding every year! There is actually a blog out there about a couple who is doing just that.. they are getting married in every country over the next two years, crazy adventure for sure! How awesome would that be? You can read more about them here (http://2people1life.com/blog/)

We went to DHS the same night you were at MK. On the bus ride back from DHS to POR that night the bus driver informed everyone that MK had EMH till 3 AM. DW and were wondering who could have the stamina to pull that off. Now we know. Great job you two. :thumbsup2

:goodvibes Yes, we are the newlyweds lacking sleep and have crazed looks in our eyes grinning from ear to ear! :lmao:

Thanks for joining in! :) Stay tuned for more antics!!

We did the dessert party on the 19th and had the same table. I also was annoyed at everyone in our way at the railing. This one guy set up a videocamera on a tripod and basically had his behind in our faces. We won't be doing the dessert party again.

It seems so silly to ruin such a beautiful view!! I tried not to be annoyed at Disney, but this just irritated me! That stinks! :( I don't think we will be doing the dessert party again either.

Looks like a great day!!

* So I was also surprised at how crowded the park was the second day we were in MK (which was also EMH). Every other day the parks had been almost deserted, and this was pretty crowded!
* We had dinner at 4:00 the day of our dessert party and I still ate so much dessert that I made myself sick that night! If we do it again I think we will just have desserts for dinner ;)
* I'm surprised so many of the rides were closed during EMH! I think all of the ones you mentioned were open when we were there.
* I also thought Space Mountain was more intense than the last time I was on it! I think they refurbished it somewhat recently, though I'm not sure what they would have done to cause that sort of difference!
* I steered on the Tomorrowland Terrace and my driving was awful too! :lmao: I hit that barrier sooo many times.
* Wow, I cannot imagine being in MK until 3 am! We thought we were doing pretty well staying there til midnight. I'm curious to see how you were feeling the next day! ;)
* Your pics in front of the castle with the Christmas decorations are gorgeous. I really want to be able to go during this time of year eventually.

Yeah for it being forecasted to be the lowest crowds of the season I was shocked to see wall to wall people everywhere! I think if we hadn't eaten at Ohana, we might have been hungry for more desserts, but I am thankful for the little bit we had which kept us going until well past 3 am!

Not sure what they did to Space Mountain, but it was crazy! It was fun though! Haha that Speedway is so awesome, if the gas fumes didn't make me want to yak, I would have ridden it so many more times! I feel sorry for the CMs having to breathe that all day!! :confused3

Ughhh 5:30am came wayyyyy too soon that morning, but I think I was running on adrenaline and pure Disney goodness! I had never seen the park open that late, so we were going to stay no matter what!

It was so beautiful there! I can't believe how much it made it feel like Christmas and it was still over a month away! I want to go during the Fall time next and do the Not-So-Scary Party!

I've fallen a bit behind! Your Ohana meal looks like it was great. I think the lapu lapus are so adorable; is there a lot of pulp (? I guess? I don't eat a lot of pineapple) in the drink? Or do they carve it out really well?

Love the Port Orleans rooms. Just the right mix of fancy and cozy. Even though they kept up the borders - that's sooooo 90s!

Yay for 3AM closing!! That may be the thing I'm looking forward to the most for our upcoming trip. I'm glad to hear that most people don't stick around past midnight; what's the point of staying up so late if it's not almost empty? Minus the super pretty castle, that is. Did they do the Goodnight Kiss?

How lucky to get right on Peter Pan. That queue seems to be never-ending sometimes, I don't understand. Philharmagic really is the best :)

No worries! I have been a slacker updating! :) I just put a huge update and then disappear for a week or two! ;)

The Lapu Lapu seemed to be carved out pretty well- I have a reaction to fresh fruits closing up my throat, so I only had one sip, but it was very good!

I loved the room! I wish we could have got to enjoy it more, but I would take a park to a room any day!

If you can stay up, it is so worth it! It is like having the park all to yourself!! If they did do a Goodnight Kiss (never seen this before) we probably missed it!

I love Peter Pan! Never gets old and I was really impressed with Philharmagic! It was so cute, and I may have teared up for a few of the songs! :goodvibes

So glad I found this report, it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun!

First off, congratulations! You two are a lovely couple and it looks like you had an amazing wedding, so close to my own second home! (just outside of Charleston)

I had to laugh at your "appropriate dressing" comments. My husband says that to me all the time, and he's usually right, but I never tell him that. :rotfl2:

Isn't it just amazing to have the park almost to yourself? We were able to have that experience one morning on our last trip, but WOW, it's even extra magical at night, isn't it?

Looking forward to reading more!:thumbsup2

Welcome!! Thanks for joining in!! :yay:

Thank you!! Don't you just love Charleston? You can't get more Southern and Proper! Haha... yes I don't have the best outfit choices, but I have to look cute! He prefers a hoodie or t-shirt and jeans always, but sometimes I just have to pretend I don't get cold, hence my comment, "my legs don't get cold!" :rotfl:

SO magical at night!! Especially with the Castle at Christmas, it just lit up the whole park!!

Enjoy!! popcorn::

Ah, girl! I'm so so so excited to read the rest! Just reading about it all gives me the warm fuzzies! hehe.

I definitely stalked out those photopass people the whole trip! Dave was kinda getting annoyed with it all? haha.

I can't wait to see your photos!

I've never done the late Magic Hours.. always the early. Perhaps next trip?? ;D

Yay!! It became a game for us to spot the photopass photograher, it was funny! I got my photo CD in today, so prepare to be flooded with even more pictures!!

I would highly suggest the late EMH!!

Oh wow! Planning always makes sense when you have it on paper!!! :confused3 Dinner, Dessert party, EMH, Early Breakfast ressie… Oops! Haha! Happens to the best of us!

Can't wait to read more!! :goodvibes

Hahaha yeah when you plan it you don't think about the elements of exhaustion, cold, lack of sleep- but it was worth it!

Welcome and Enjoy!! :goodvibes

sw33t_angel
12-13-2011, 04:11 PM
So after a very late night/early morning at the MK, we awoke to our first day at Disney (well I woke up... Thomas continued to sleep). I was exhausted, but the thrill of being in Disney for the first full day on our Honeymoon, surpassed the 2 hours of sleep I got the night before. I jumped in the shower and woke up Thomas after brushing my teeth, and I was instructed to then make coffee immediately! I did my best and soon the time was nearing to go to the bus station. Thomas had to run outside to the car before we could depart, shortly after he left he called me and told me to look outside! I saw four hot air balloons soaring above me, a nice touch to our first Disney day! Notice the sun hadn't risen yet!

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Armed with our ears, buttons, and park essentials we were off!

I decided on an Epcot day today because it was the last day of the food and wine festival, and although we had THREE ADRs that day, I just wanted to check it out and see what all the crowds were about! Spoiler- it was CROWDED.

We got to the bus stop right around 7:15am and waited for the Epcot bus! You can tell my hair is still wet, and yes we are tired, but there is no sleeping in Disney!

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The bus came within 10 minutes and soon we were off! We did have to go to Port Orleans, but still made good time to get to Epcot, we arrived around 7:40am. We found a large line growing up front off to the side of the turnstiles and we waited. They had several CM's monitoring the crowd and one standing in the front with a clipboard. We were called up one by one around 7:55am, and we were good to go!

We weren't in a huge rush as we had one of the earlier ADRs so we decided to stop for some pictures on the stroll to Norway.

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I have never been to any character meals, so this was my first experience with Princesses while dining! I will mention that I am not a huge breakfast fan.. actually its probably my least favorite meal of the day, I can get by with the basics like bagels, yogurt, cereal, potatoes, maybe bacon or sausage, grits, but that's about it. I was mostly here for the princesses, and yes I am 27! :)

Once we arrived in Norway I checked in at the desk (which while waiting, I missed the first time Thomas called me his wife, to another couple). We were called almost immediately and once we took our photo with the lovely Belle (which you do get a photo package free) we were seated in the back left corner in a small booth.

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We later discovered we were one of the first tables that the princessess visited as we were right by their door. We were actually the first people up to the cold buffet, so we dug right in! Our waiter was nice, from Norway of course, and he was training another waitress, so he was a litle pre-occupied but still friendly and gave us everything we needed.

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We took pictures while we waited and then were brought a hot plate of sausage, bacon, eggs, and potatoes, which weren't too bad, pretty tasty!

Since we had finished eating so soon, we were pretty much done for when the first round of princesses came around. I will say- the only complaint I have for any character meals, for the price- they should have a Photopass photographer follow each character. We found it difficult and awkward when it came time to take our pictures. We either had to leave the other one out, or interrupt a neighboring families meal and see if they could take our photo (which all of them were super nice and never minded, but just the principle that we had to ask) So Thomas insisted he didn't need to be in the pictures and just took them with me. We switched seats later when we realized it would be easier if I was on the outside.

First out was Cindy (asked if we lived in a big castle)
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Then Snow White (she was awesome!)
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Then Aurora (asked Thomas if he fought off a dragon to win my heart)
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Then Ariel (wanted to know if we got married on a boat)
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They were nice- most of them noticed we were newly married and chatted a bit- but mostly just stopped for a picture and continued on, I wasn't expecting too much more than that, so I didn't mind.

Once all the girls came out, it was around 8:55 we settled the bill and were off!

MENU:
Norwegian-style breakfast with an American twist. Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Potato Casserole, Fresh Breakfast Breads, Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Juice, Coffee, and Milk (ended up being close to $30 each)

Waiter: Kim

OVERALL: Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus- a good dining experience, good buffet, a little pricey if not on the dining plan, beautiful atmosphere, free photo package, cheaper than Cinderella's Table.

We decided to do Future World first and then go the World Showcase after lunch at the Coral Reef. We first went on Test Track which was fun, I loved the ending and what better way to settle your stomach after a big
breakfast.

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We continued on to Mission Space. I was again instructed by my brother that we had to go on the Orange- and it had to be after we ate. I usually don't get motion sickness so I was down. The wait was only 10 minutes, so we decided why not? We jokingly took a picture and sent it to my brother shortly before riding.

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I was fine until sign after sign, warning video, after warning about motion sickness and intense riding, that I began to get a little uneasy, we were escorted to our own mission and then loaded inside our rocket. As soon as I saw the barf bags, I really started to get uneasy wondering what on earth this ride was capable of. Thomas went ahead and grabbed a bag just in case, which made me even more nervous so I grabbed one too. I admit I closed my eyes the first few seconds as I could feel my stomach churning, but then it quickly subsided and I got further into the ride. Thomas seemed to be holding up ok too- so I held on for the rest of the ride. As soon as we both got out, we breathed a sigh of relief, followed by a “that's it?!” I thought it was going to be much worse than it was, and psychologically I was terrified after all those warnings, so I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as bad as everyone was making it out to be.

My stomach was a little uneasy from being worried to death, so we decided to take it a little slower as we made our way to Spaceship Earth, after that we made our way to the Land and got a fastpass for Soaring and then rode Living with the Land- the CM gave us front row seats so that we would behave ourselves :). Thomas royally destroyed me in finding Hidden Mickeys, which had become the new game which would continue throughout the trip (me mostly making up imaginary Mickeys and trying to sell them to Thomas as legit)

We were still too early for our fastpasses so we made our way to the Aquarium and explored there and rode Nemo. I wanted to go to the show, but we were nearing our reservation time, so I didn't want to chance it. After the aquarium, we figured we had time to use our fast passes for Soaring before our reservation to Coral Reef so we hopped back to the Land and waited the 5 minutes until our time. I had only ridden it once before when I was in California, and the ride was brand new to Thomas so it was a unique experience that we both enjoyed. Especially all of the smells! The fastpass line had taken a little longer than expected so we quickly made our way back to the Seas and got checked into the Coral Reef 2 minutes early before our 1:30pm ressie.

We were called within minutes of being seated- which was surprising because it was very crowded that afternoon. We were led to the bottom level, and my little heart skipped a beat when I saw we had a table on the far end directly next to the tank! I was so happy! (of course before we could sit several children had to be asked to move from our chairs, at which their mother scoffed that her children couldn't even see anything from their table, and now they were being asked to leave). Once we got settled we were greeted by a cheerful waiter who was extremely attentive and very nice!

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We first started out with fresh sourdough rolls and butter, which were so delicious I forgot to take a picture! Thomas and I both decided on the same appetizer the crispy fried shrimp, which was absoltely delicious. Cooked perfectly crisp and not too greasy and the slaw was tart and fresh. Again, so good we forgot to take a picture (I would like to say we got better at this as the trip went, but our memories are apparently terrible... but we got a few good ones so sit tight food porn addicts!) We aren't huge seafood fans, so we both went with the Grilled New York Strip. While we waited for our steaks we oogled our fishy friends as we played photo tag with the sharks in the tank trying to get the perfect shot of us both and a shark behind us. Our 20+ photos are proof of many failed attempts, but we did manage a few good ones!

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Our steaks arrived, and again, with the food being so good I managed to get a pretty shotty picture of my steak.

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Spoiler- This was probably one of the best steaks we had all trip. It was delicious! Perfectly cooked and the potatoes and asparagus were a perfect compliment. We were stuffed, but continued on ordering the Bailey's Mousse and the Chocolate Wave. Thomas got scolded by the waiter that he didn't finish his vegetables so couldn't possibly have room for dessert, to which Thomas replied, I was saving room for it! :) Haha..loved that waiter! Our desserts arrived and we managed to take some good food shots before devouring them.

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The Chocolate wave was amazing! So good! Mine was alright, the mousse was very strong and more alcohol flavor than I needed at 2:15 in the afternoon, but not too heavy.

MENU:
Crispy fried Shrimp - With Jicama slaw and spiced remoulade - $11.99
Grilled New York Strip Steak - Served with horseradish smashed potatoes and market fresh vegetables - $28.99
Baileys and Jack Daniel's Mousse - Topped with a ganache and chocolate cigar. - $7.99
The Chocolate Wave - Served with brandied cherries. - $7.99

Waiter: Joe

OVERALL: Coral Reef was diamond in the rough, I was on the fence with it originally from all the negative reviews, but decided to stick with it. I am so glad we did, the steak was delicious and we had an amazing view and waiter! Loved everything about Coral Reef!

sw33t_angel
12-13-2011, 04:35 PM
We settled our bill and left shortly after- I exhaled and waddled out the door before sitting on a warm bench to get my body temperature back up to normal, as the restaurant was freezing! We ran into these little guys!

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We decided to finish up Future World and went to Innovations and then waited at the Character Spot for the Fab Five.

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We got some good shots with the characters.

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I love this shot because Mickey is pointing to Minnie and telling me to not show her my ring so she doesn't get any ideas!

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While we were still in the area we went and saw Nemo- which was amazing! Loved it!

It was around 4:00 by the time we started our walk around the World Showcase, which was buzzing with Food and Wine crowds.

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We started at Mexico and hopped on the Gran Fiesta Tour which was new for both of us as I had not been on it since they changed it, and Thomas had never been on it! The wait was only 10 minutes and soon we were singing with the Three Caberellos! Which I scolded Thomas for never seeing that Disney movie.We browsed the shops in Mexico and I debated a Margarita, but was still too full for anything.

We ran into Sombrero Donald on the way around and stopped and got two pictures with him! I swear we were talking to an Imagineer while standing in line, he had a jacket, a hat, and an Imagineer pin, he was super nice and very informed about Disney. Donald was so playful and posed us for a few shots!

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Norway was next up as we decided to take a journey on the Maelstrom, which had WAY too long of wait for WAY too short of ride, it was nice though and Thomas had never been on it so we had to do it at least once! We chatted it up with a nice couple behind us in line who said they had been on their honeymoon 10 years ago in Disney, which I thought was awesome!

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I informed Thomas that all the “rides” were done in the World Showcase, so we decided to just browse around the stores and just walk around and crowd-watch until our reservation at Tokyo Dining at 7:30. We headed to China next and just happened to hop in line that was forming for Mulan! I was super excited as she is one of my favorites! She was very nice and was very happy for us. I was sad that there was no photopass photographer, but the CM was nice enough to take a few shots for us.

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We checked out all of the stores in China and stopped for a few more photo ops. I loved looking at all of the stores!

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We made our way around the showcase and ended up in Germany which was VERY loud and crowded... filled with many food and winer go-ers who were consuming lots of beers! I made the wrong choice to try to go to the restroom here, as the line was out the door and I decided to wait until dinner. We continued into Italy and and browsed before we went to the American Adventure which was having some sort of concert going on. We listened for a bit and then kept going, we staked out Japan and I checked out the Reservation kiosk and just made sure I knew where it was before we headed back for our reservation (I am anal like that and need to know where everything is!)

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I had been taking note of some of the character meet and greet locations, and most of them would be starting soon, so we were going to continue with the showcase and then start heading back to see if we could get some pictures with some characters!

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We went to Morocco where I decided to go ahead and use the restroom as it wasn't as crowded. I loved the atmosphere in this area and we looked around and took some pictures.

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We continued our stroll to France as it was starting to get darker, we saw a photo pass CM and jumped in line to take some pictures in front of the fountain which was now lit up. This is one of my favorite shots!

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He was funny and was giving Thomas marriage advice, it was cute! We walked a little further and saw Aurora! Her line wasn't long and they had a photopass CM so we hopped in. She was cute and asked Thomas if he slayed a dragon to win my heart, and went into a huge story about how he did it with his bare hands, she looked very impressed as I just stood and nodded in agreement.

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Thomas made me laugh as we walked away and said, “Geez, we just saw her at breakfast and she doesn't remember my slaying of a dragon for your heart?” :) It was getting darker by the minute but I was able to spot Marie! I haven't ever seen her so we jumped in line. Thomas didn't know who she was, and again was scolded that he needs to watch more Disney movies with me :) There was no photopass here, so we had to settle to a picture from our cameras.

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It was probably about 6:00 at this point (it gets dark so early now!!) so we decided to head back and hit some character meet and greets and then enjoy that concert before heading out to dinner. We spotted Aladdin and Jasmine together, another one of my favorites, and we had to jump in line. The CM said they were going to have to leave soon, but luckily we were able to get them before they departed. Aladdin said my ring was very shiny and if Thomas was a Prince, he also commented on Thomas' tophat and said he loved it.

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We tried to get in line for Belle and the Beast (!!!!!) But alas, they were just leaving- we asked when they would be out again, probably around 30-40 minutes, but it would only just be Belle... so we passed and decided to get a large rootbeer instead. We sat on the fountain by America and listened to the concert, it was starting to get really chilly now that the sun was completely gone, and a large rootbeer with lots of ice wasn't helping the cold factor! We decided to try to take refuge in the American Adventure show which was starting right then, but we still had almost a full rootbeer, and didn't want to waste it, plus it was close to 7:10 at this point, so we decided to just go check in at Tokyo Dining, which we were semi-excited about as we were both still a little full from lunch.

sw33t_angel
12-13-2011, 04:52 PM
We casually strolled back to Japan and checked in. We climbed the stairs and were given a buzzer and wait to be seated. We stood around for probably 20 minutes before our buzzer went off, but again the pixie dust seating occurred again as we got a center table, window view directly across the pond where Illuminations takes place.

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We were better at taking pictures at dinner so incoming food porn! We both got the hot green tea as we were a little chilled, and unfortunately the restaurant wasn't much warmer.

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We were each given warm towels to wash up and then explained the menu. Our server was very sweet and kind- she loved my ears but was a little hard to understand, but I loved that she bowed each time she left the table. Thomas decided on the assorted tempura and I got the Edamame. It arrived shortly after we ordered.

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I ate Thomas' tempura zucchini and had a bite of his shrimp and chicken- all of it was incredibly light and very good. My edamame surprised me when it arrived ice cold- which was something I was not used to- but it was actually very good, although I think I do prefer it warmer. Thomas decided to be adventurous, and what better place to order sushi (we have both tried it several times, and will eat it, but are not huge fans! This disappoints me because I LOVE rice and everything Japanese) He went with one of the Sushi Deluxe combinations. I got the Shibuya which was assorted tempura of chicken and shrimp, some seaweed salad, soup, white rice, and some type of cold noodle salad.

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Thomas enjoyed his, but wasn't in love with it- the best one was actually the eel roll, which surprised him. I tried one and it wasn't too bad (as in it didn't make me want to vomit) and Thomas insisted I try another one, so I tried it... needless to say that one didn't go down as easily and ended up in my napkin.. so I was done with trying Sushi for the night... :sad2:Mine was good very fresh and light, I wasn't a fan of the soup or the cold noodle salad, but everything else was pretty good and basic Japanese. We were stuffed once again, but still went for dessert. I went with the Chocolate Ginger Cake and Thomas got the Green Tea Pudding, they brought it would with candles and wished us a happy life and honeymoon and gave us two origami folded hearts out of Hello Kitty paper!

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The pudding had an interesting texture, but wasn't bad, and the cake was about the same, good but still left you with an indifferent feeling on whether I liked it or not. We finished up dessert around 8:20 and ordered another pot of green tea. It was still 40 minutes until Illuminations and I think they were ready for us to give up the table (not in rude way, but they seemed like they were ready for us to leave after we paid our check and were still sitting down)

MENU
Assorted Tempura - Shrimp, chicken breast and seasonal vegetables with a Japanese dipping sauce. - $8.50
Edamame - Young soybean pods. - $4.50
Sushi Deluxe Ume - Tuna, yellowtail, salmon, Isumi-dat, shrimp, conch, squid, egg omelet, salmon roe, and 3 pieces of Tuna roll. - $23.95
Shibuya Combo - Shrimp and chicken breast with seasonal vegetables and steamed rice. - $19.50
Chocolate Ginger Cake - Chocolate Ginger Cake - $5.95
Green Tea Pudding - Green Tea Pudding. - $6.50

Waitress: Yukako

OVERALL: Tokyo Dining- I loved that atmosphere and the waitstaff and the huge variety of menu items, and if I loved Sushi, this would probably be the place for me. I liked the food, but it wasn't the best meal of the trip, I think I am more of an Americanized Japanese food lover than authentic Japanese, but I hope to one day figure out Sushi, and learn to love it!

We decided to watch Illuminations from the balcony right outside of the restaurant instead. It was cold but worth it, so pretty! After the show the original plan was to hop to Hollywood Studios for EMH until 11:00- but at that point we were exhausted, going on less than 2 hours of sleep, cold bodies and full bellies as much as I hated to break from my plan, we decided to head back to the hotel early and get a good night's rest. We took the long way around The World Show Case which ended up being kinda scary as some intoxicated fellows were cussing and arguing around a trashcan which we didn't stick around to see what happened next and then exited and waited for our bus. It took about 20 minutes and soon we were on our way back to The French Quarter!

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We made it back to the room close to 11 and got some cute towel animals and a Photo Pass card and signed picture of Mickey and Minnie!

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UP NEXT:

Do we survive our first attempt at Toy Story Mania Madness?
Butterfinger Cupcake!
Pin trading turns into “Oh, you can come have a seat up here...”

lilsqueakrr
12-13-2011, 05:03 PM
More. More. More! I love all of the photos!! Especially the France ones AND the one of you two kissing with Donald in front. So cute.

You got some adorable pictures. I cannot wait to see more. =]

Makes me wish we did the Disney HM instead.. =[

sw33t_angel
12-14-2011, 08:00 AM
More. More. More! I love all of the photos!! Especially the France ones AND the one of you two kissing with Donald in front. So cute.

You got some adorable pictures. I cannot wait to see more. =]

Makes me wish we did the Disney HM instead.. =[

:goodvibes The photo's all came out awesome! I loved the characters!

Awww, you'll have fun! Disney for a VR!!

lilsqueakrr
12-14-2011, 07:09 PM
:goodvibes The photo's all came out awesome! I loved the characters!

Awww, you'll have fun! Disney for a VR!!

Yes, yes, yes! And some girl named Amber MUST be in attendance...:rolleyes1:rolleyes1

sw33t_angel
12-16-2011, 08:22 AM
Yes, yes, yes! And some girl named Amber MUST be in attendance...:rolleyes1:rolleyes1

I will take up a trip to Disney any day!!! :rotfl: I am trying to convince Thomas that we need Season Passes... and he said, well that means we have to go at least 3 times to get our moneys worth... and I said.. well yeah.. AT LEAST 3... :lmao:

Chicago Mo
12-16-2011, 01:20 PM
This is the SWEETEST TR i have read!!! Congratulations and best wishes on your wedding!!! Your hair in the wedding photo's is beautiful!!! Your TR is like a fairytale so far!!!

LuvLuvLuv
12-16-2011, 02:21 PM
Hello there Mrs.!

I'm loving every minute!! Lol, you braved Splash that night??? We sure didn't!! I was taking a few artsy pix of the castle and planned on framing a few and making a mousepad for work........ then I get home and see------ one of the tiers lights are out :headache: :headache: :headache: I can't look at any of them without drawing my attention directly to it, lol. I wonder if I'm talented enough to fix it :confused3

I love that you took lots of pictures!! DH hates pictures and the only one he was super excited about was Phineas and Ferb :laughing:

More more more!!

Missyrose
12-17-2011, 10:49 PM
I totally fell behind, but now I'm completely caught up! I'm thoroughly impressed with your ability to stick it out through MK evening EMH AND be up and out for your early-morning breakfast ADR. :worship: Serious commando points for that one!

I loved your funny photo with sombrero Donald, that might be one the best Disney pictures I've ever seen!

librarygeek
12-21-2011, 10:35 AM
Sorry I haven't commented recently - I don't check the TR boards regularly so I keep forgetting that yours is over here!

* We had dinner at Akershus and had a good experience. I think Aurora also asked my DH if he fought a dragon! ;)
* I agree about Mission: Space. I can't believe I ever convinced myself to go on in the first place with all the warnings but I'm so glad I did.
* We also really enjoyed the Coral Reef, I think we had the same or a similar table!
* It's really cool that there was a photopass photographer in France, I wish there had been one there when we were there, I would've loved some nice pics in France!
* I don't blame you for skipping HS - I can't believe you actually made it through a full (or early, with your ADR) Epcot day without going back to take a nap! We took a nap break a few times and we were on at least 6 hours of sleep!

sw33t_angel
01-19-2012, 09:32 AM
This is the SWEETEST TR i have read!!! Congratulations and best wishes on your wedding!!! Your hair in the wedding photo's is beautiful!!! Your TR is like a fairytale so far!!!

Awww Thank you!! :goodvibes It really did feel like a fairytale! :) Glad you are here for the tale!!

Hello there Mrs.!

I'm loving every minute!! Lol, you braved Splash that night??? We sure didn't!! I was taking a few artsy pix of the castle and planned on framing a few and making a mousepad for work........ then I get home and see------ one of the tiers lights are out :headache: :headache: :headache: I can't look at any of them without drawing my attention directly to it, lol. I wonder if I'm talented enough to fix it :confused3

I love that you took lots of pictures!! DH hates pictures and the only one he was super excited about was Phineas and Ferb :laughing:

More more more!!



Hello MRS.! :)

Hahaha.. yeah it seemed like a good idea at the time... it was COLD!! :scared1: But it was awesome at the same time! :) I can't believe I didn't notice the castle lights out!! I will have to go back and look at my pictures! I usually have OCD about things like that!!

Thomas despised those Platypus shirts down there.. which I think are from Phineas and Ferb? We saw them EVERYWHERE! Almost as bad as the Thing shirts at Universal! And it was worse because we had no idea where it was from! We made it into a game to find them... that and those blasted Guy Harvey Shirts!!

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Thomas isn't very photogenic and doesn't like taking pictures often- but he surprised me on this trip! I loved it!! :) I am usually bad about taking pictures, so I must say it was nice to have an iphone handy and photopass photogs at every corner!

I totally fell behind, but now I'm completely caught up! I'm thoroughly impressed with your ability to stick it out through MK evening EMH AND be up and out for your early-morning breakfast ADR. :worship: Serious commando points for that one!

I loved your funny photo with sombrero Donald, that might be one the best Disney pictures I've ever seen!

Yay! Welcome Back! I abandoned this little TR for a while.. but I am back!! :)

I don't know how we did EMH and still made it to our ADR... I am a horrible morning person usually... but Disney made me immune I guess? I think I was still on a wedding/honeymoon high! :yay:

Aww thanks!! I love Donald.. and a sombrero!? I had to wait!! :) He was a good interaction for sure!!

Sorry I haven't commented recently - I don't check the TR boards regularly so I keep forgetting that yours is over here!

* We had dinner at Akershus and had a good experience. I think Aurora also asked my DH if he fought a dragon! ;)
* I agree about Mission: Space. I can't believe I ever convinced myself to go on in the first place with all the warnings but I'm so glad I did.
* We also really enjoyed the Coral Reef, I think we had the same or a similar table!
* It's really cool that there was a photopass photographer in France, I wish there had been one there when we were there, I would've loved some nice pics in France!
* I don't blame you for skipping HS - I can't believe you actually made it through a full (or early, with your ADR) Epcot day without going back to take a nap! We took a nap break a few times and we were on at least 6 hours of sleep!

Yah I thought about doing it inside my PJ for the wedding- but I figured why not just start a new one?

Haha.. she probably asks every guy that! Oh mission space.. it was deceitful for sure! But I am glad we went on it at least once! Not something I particularly enjoyed or had the desire to go on more than once.

I loved Coral Reef!!! I am so glad I wasn't swayed by some of the negative reviews!

There was a photographer there almost every time we walked by! Wish they could have been there for you!!

Next time we go I think we are just going to with the POP, we were never at our hotel!! We stayed from sunrise to close every night, and honestly wouldn't have had it any other way! I love the deluxes.. but I don't think I could ever stay and pay that much and never take advantage of the place! I have a feeling we are always going to be go go go!

sw33t_angel
01-19-2012, 11:34 AM
MONDAY- NOVEMBER 14 MGM/HS DAY

I woke up from my exhausted stupor around 6:00 am. I slowly rolled out of bed and started getting ready. I woke up Thomas after my shower and felt a lot more awake once I got going. While Thomas was getting ready I was getting my Lanyard ready for its first day out! My brother had bought me a lanyard and a set of pins for my birthday so I was excited to get out there and start trading! It turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip, which you will see later that someone else got in on the fun too! We spent most of our honeymoon registry giftcard on pins... we were obsessed I tell you!!

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We had reservations at California Grill that night, and being the park goers that we are, we decided to dress up a little bit today for MGM, and just leave straight from the park to our ADR, so we wouldn't have to go back to the room and change. We were hardcore! :)

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We got on our pins and ears, and we were ready to go!! We got to the bus stop right at 7:15 and made it to HS at about 7:35, we made it in time for rope drop and waited toward the front of the hat. We had heard about Toy Story Mania Madness, but it was nothing like I expected! It was NUTS!! After snapping a few pictures, they released the hounds and we were off!!

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It had been a while since I had been to HS so I had no idea where we were going, but the mass of people helped lead the way.

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We initially were just going to get on the ride, but I saw the FP's were already at 11 am, so we were pushed into a line for the FP which was crazy, and eventually did get our passes and then we made our way to the line that was already at 45 minutes, which we only ended up waiting about 30. We loved the inside and took a few pictures and needless to say Thomas beat me. It is a very unique ride and it ended up being one of our favorites, I just wish it wasn't so crazy to get on it!

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Afterwards we made out way to the Backlot Tour which had a small wait and we took a tour around the studios. It was so cool to see all the Imagineers and workers just going about their daily lives as we oogle them from our little trolley in awe. I told Thomas we are retiring to FL and we will be working with the Mouse.

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We made our way to the Animator's Studio because the park guide said Sorcerer Mickey was only going to be there until 11, so I wanted to make sure we got to see him. We found him and waited. He was awesome!

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We left there around 9:45 and headed to the Starring Rolls Bakery to try to infamous Butterfinger Cupcake, which is one of Thomas' favorite candies, so I kept him in suspense for what we were getting. The girl behind the counter who was helping us inquired about our Just Married pins and where we got them, and that she had never seen those. I explained we just got married but I heard they were discontinuing them, so I got them off of ebay a several months earlier. She seemed a little confused and still eyed the buttons and then served us our CUPCAKE! As soon as Thomas heard what it was, he had a huge grin on his face! We went to check out and a nice elderly CM saw our ears and congratulated us and gave us a free cookie!! Pixie Dust!! :) We thanked her and headed outside to find a seat, most of the tables were full so we parked ourselves under a nice tree and indulged in the CUPCAKE. Of course not without taking some pictures!

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It was so massive!! We cut it in half and went at it. We got so many stares from people walking by and a couple asked where we got that and what was it. We finished our mid-morning treat and decided to go burn off our sugar high. We made our way to the Tower of Terror and Rocking Roller Coaster, we loved both naturally :)

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It was about time for our FP's for TSM so we made our way back to the ride, again a great time and we only had to wait like 10 minutes.

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We made our way towards Star Tours and took a ride into Space. I liked the new improvements and the random missions. We got a few different ones throughout the week- but several repeats, which was kind of disappointing considering all the possible scenarios we could have had! We continued our way to The Muppets and I scouted out where the Sci-Fi Diner was for our ADR at 12:05. We watched the Muppets and made plans to go see the Lights Motor Action for its last show.

sw33t_angel
01-19-2012, 11:52 AM
We browsed around at the Osbourne Lights and set areas and before we knew it was already 12:00!! We hightaled it to our ADR and checked in. The CM's were very nice and friendly and asked if we could behave ourselves in a car in the dark, or if we needed adult supervision. They laughed and said they are on their honeymoon.. what do you think? :)

We had a short wait and then soon were escorted to our “table” we were hitchhikers with a nice family who enjoyed being hijacked!

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We did this when it said no public displays of affection! HA!

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Thomas loved the theme and atmosphere of this place, which I knew he would! We had a good car up front and a great view of everything. We looked at the menu and decided on lunch and were greeted shortly by our waitress. Thomas got an Oreo Milkshake as his drink, I got a Vanilla Coke. Since being on the Deluxe dining plan we had an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

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I got the Spinach Artichoke Dips with multi-colored tortilla chips and Thomas got the Potato Skins.

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We both got the double cheese burger with fries as our entrees. The service was pretty quick and we got our burgers before we even had time to finish our apps, and our car was filled quickly with a ton of food and very little room to maneuver. I tried to split my time eating between the app and burger, and soon just dedicated time to the burger. We both got very full and groaned at the thought of a dessert... but naturally we got one anyways!

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I got a caramel apple crisp and Thomas went with the standard Hot Fudge Sundae. I think he was having an ice cream overload and we were both in food comas which was not a good combination in a dark diner with black and white movies. SO SLEEPY! But of course the place was freezing, so I was not that sleepy! And ice cream certainly did not help! We got our carhop to take some pictures of us in the car, and I thought it was hilarious that the bill came as a Speeding Ticket- such awesome theming!

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MENU
Spinach & Artichoke Dip - A blend of mozzarella, Swiss, and asiago cheeses, spinach, and artichokes served with corn tortilla chips. - $7.99
Baked Potato Skins- BBQ chicken with ranch and cheese in a baked potato skin- $7.99 (no longer offered on the menu!)
Angus Chuck Burger - Flame-broiled beef patty topped with your choice of Cheddar or Swiss cheese, sauteed onions, mushroom, or crispy bacon and served with a choice of cucumber-melon salad or French fries. - $13.99
Hot Fudge Sundae - A Sci-Fi Sundae Spectacular! - $6.99
Carmel Apple Crisp- Apples with a crispy crust served al la mode with caramel.-$6.99 (no longer offered on the menu!)

OVERALL
We thought the food was good, nothing great- but you definitely pay for the themes and atmosphere. We would probably go back, but split a burger! It was huge!! Maybe even just go for some apps and drinks. It was a memorable experience and one of Thomas' favorites!

We rolled our way out of the diner and back into the light! It was bright!! We still had a few hours to kill before the next Lights Motor Action show so we made our way back to the hub, on the way there an Indiana Jones Show was about to start, so we rushed in. We were looking to find a seat as it was already very crowded when a CM came up to us and said oh my gosh, you guys need to come here! She told another CM put them on my list, and before we knew it we were being led down to the bottom of the theater in the Reserved Section. Pixie Dust!! Thomas was just in awe... and he called in the power of the button and ears. It was an awesome show and it was nice to be sitting so close! Plus not a bad activity to settle our full lunch bellies!

After the show on the way out of the exit we had another newlywed couple stop us and ask about Thomas' tophat. She had the Just Married buttons on to, so she was in the know for those at least! I told her I heard they were being discontinued and ordered one on ebay a year ago. She said she had bride ears, but didn't feel like wearing them, and I told her she needed to and told her about some of the pixie dust we had. We chatted with them for a bit, and left with them saying they wanted our tophat! (Remember them- because we see them again later..)

We wanted to ride the Great Movie Ride so we headed back that way. The parade was getting ready to start- so we decided to stop and watch that first. We managed to get a pretty good view right in front of the Great Movie Ride right in front of a vendor stand. Several characters saw our ears and said congratulations and clapped, so it was nice!

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This one still makes me laugh...
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After the parade we made our way to the Great Movie Ride- Thomas had never been on it before- and it had been ages for me, so it was good change of pace.

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There was a foreign family in front of us and we were supposed to board on their row, and right when I was about to sit down, she closed the door on me and just sat there. We were the only ones just standing without a seat, luckily a CM saw the problem and loaded us with another group further back. I was just in shock- granted they might not speak the language, but she saw us behind her, and still just slammed the door right behind her. I have a feeling she knew what she was doing...but whatever! :) We got the Gangster which was not the most convincing/energetic character, but he did ok. It was an enjoyable ride!

sw33t_angel
01-19-2012, 11:54 AM
We made our way back around the park and hit all the rides we had done earlier in the day. I wanted to go to the Little Mermaid, but every time we got in line we had just missed the show and didn't want to wait for 45 minutes until the next show, but Thomas promised he would get me to see if before we left.

We went to the Animator's studio and walked around and killed time before the Lights Motor Action show, we headed back that way and got in shortly after they had let people begin to seat. At this point- I was fully invested in the pin trading, and we had bought several pins earlier in the day including the bride and groom pins, and a 2011 pin. We had made several trades throughout the day and Thomas too was enjoying the fun on my lanyard and making trades. I had to put a few pins off limits for trade because I was attached to them already, which Thomas replied, they were all up for grabs according to him. I tried to convince him to get his own lanyard, but he claimed he didn't want to get addicted and use up our whole honeymoon giftcard on pins. (spoiler:famous last words I tell ya..) So now that we have some pin obsession back story...

We walked into the amphitheater and I noticed a CM with quite a bit of pins on his lanyard and apparently so had Thomas because he pushed for me to go trade (I was still a little uneasy/nervous to begin a trade at first, but I got better) So I looked at his pins and traded for a Pluto which I really liked ( Pluto is my favorite!) We began talking a bit and he congratulated us and asked us if we would like to sit in some guest of honor seats, our eyes lit up and we shook our heads, ya ya ya ya! :) He pointed to another CM standing by four director's chairs behind a rope guard and we thanked the CM and made our way to the waiting CM. He lifted the rope and we got comfortable in our seats. WOW it was an awesome view, we couldn't have been more close!

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We were on the left side of the stage, and we did notice another set of chairs in an area on the right side, we waved to the family sitting in those! While we were enjoying our VIP seating our Tophat friend from earlier came up to us and said, HEY! How did you get these seats?? Thomas pointed to his button and his ears, and said our Honeymoon? He shook his head in disbelief and then asked for the Tophat again, to which Thomas politely declined. He told the CM standing guard of the rope that he had just gotten married too, and that they were on their honeymoon, to which the CM responded, “ Congratulations,” and then asked him to find his seat as the show was starting soon. We both looked at him with “I am sorry” looks as he sulked off. We did have two extra director's chairs beside us, but I guess the CM wasn't as keen of him as he was with us! So we had a laugh about how much that couple must despise us and how they wished they had Thomas' sweet Tophat, which I must say was the most popular topic/conversation starter that week. Everyone loved it! And I must say I like it a million times better than the current groom hat they have out now.

We had both never seen the show and were in awe the entire time, it was so amazing to watch the cars and they did some insane stuff. I would definitely recommend this show! Make sure you fit it into your schedule because they only have two shows a day.

We had started a game earlier in the week about if we could have any job at Disney what would it be, mine was to be a Disney Princess or a ride operator for Big Thunder Mountain or Tower of Terror I think Thomas' was Toy Story Mania or Space Mountain- after the show he looked at me and said. This. I would want to do this, and pointed to the stunt drivers. Hahaha it was a great end to a memorable experience.

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Our day seemed to fly by and there was still so much we wanted to do and just didn't have time for. We made it a point to make sure we came back later in the week- which I had accounted for just in case. We had to make sure we left no later than 6:45 to make our ADR at California Grill at 7:30- I planned it so that we would be there for the fireworks at MK so I wanted to make sure we were there and hopefully got a good table and had time to see the lights.

We decided to stroll the area with the Osbourne Lights and decided we would spend the remainder of our time here so we could see the lights come on and get some good photopass pictures. We strolled around and chatted with some CM's who talked about the history of the lights. A really knowledgeable sweeper came by and told us all about the Osbourne's and the Black Cat. If you don't know the story- basically the Osbourne's sent Disney all of their Christmas lights from their displays and by accident they sent a Halloween decoration of a black cat (which is actually purple when lit), Disney decided to incorporate it into their display each year and make it a challenge for guests to find it. He gave us a few hints on where to find it this year, and walked around and showed us some previous hiding spots. He also told us about the hidden mickeys in the lights which we made sure to try to find them! He was super nice and we are so glad we got to talk with him!

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The crowds were starting to form as it slowly began to get darker and darker. A band came out and started playing some Christmas music to get the crowd ready and in the spirit. We went ahead and lined up by the light switch to make sure we could get a good Photo Pass picture and just waited and watched the sun disappear. It finally was dark enough to turn on the lights which a family had the honors of flipping the switch. It was amazing to see all the lights just come alive, truly an awe moment!

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We got our photo and just explored the lights hand in hand. We found several hidden mickey's and we did find the black cat!! Thomas actually was explaining the story to several other guests around us!

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We jumped in a few more photo pass pictures and watched the Dancing Lights for several songs. It was getting closer and closer to 6:45, and I was worried we weren't going to be able to leave on time. So after it snowed we sadly had to make our way back to leave. Thomas suggested one more picture so we hopped in line. Now when the lights dance and move the photo pass people stop taking pictures until the lights stop, so needless to say we were up next to take a picture, and then the lights started dancing!!! NOOOO!! Ahhh! At this point it was right at 6:45 but we had already waited so we decided to wait.....

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We got our picture..... but.....

UP NEXT
Do we make it on-time to CA Grill?
But..is there confetti?!??
There is EMH tonight???

librarygeek
01-19-2012, 01:36 PM
* TSM is so fun! I wish the wait wasn't so crazy as well. We were able to ride it with about a 20 minute wait when it opened and then get a fastpass afterward... which we were then allowed to keep by the CM so we could use it again!! Also a few times we walked by and the posted wait time was only about 25 minutes - the CM outside was hollering "get in now, the wait is never this short!"
* Mmm, butterfinger cupcake. We tried it too! I actually ended up liking the S'mores cupcake at the Boardwalk Bakery better, but this one was good too!
* We had dinner at Sci-Fi and I love the atmosphere there too! Those fries look so good. I would agree that I would probably split an entree there in the future. Also, that was definitely the coldest restaurant we were in all week. I'm always cold so I kept a sweatshirt in my bag just in case, and this was the only place I actually used it.
* I haven't watched a parade in ages, because it's just always so crowded. The Pixar one looks awesome though, I love seeing all of the Pixar characters!
* I was disappointed with our gangster on the Great Movie ride too. They need better, more enthusiastic actors! (Can there be a female gangster or cowgirl? Hire me!)
* We saw a couple with the top hat while we were there, and Jason was like, "Why didn't I get that one??" and I had to explain that they didn't sell it anymore, and I didn't think he cared enough for me to get one on ebay!

lilsqueakrr
01-19-2012, 05:21 PM
I so love all of your photopass pictures. I'm jealous.

Especially of the ones at Osborne lights. It was so ridiculously crowded we never got near a photopass photog around that area. =[ =[ =[ =[ Wah. So I will vicariously live through you!

I can't wait to read more.. I don't like the BUT..... wah.

francis6306
01-19-2012, 07:48 PM
OOOH!! I hope you make it!! I have heard amazing things about Cali Grill! LOVE the Osbourne lights! They are so great!

Thanks for the update! :goodvibes

Sam33
01-29-2012, 09:21 PM
We have the exact same picture with Donald! I wonder if it's the same one. Very cute.

And your story with the top-hat couple reminds me of that episode of Friends where they go on their honeymoon and the honeymoon couple right before them get all the perks before they get there!

librarygeek
02-24-2012, 10:27 AM
Amber, come back! I want to hear about the rest of your trip :goodvibes