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dianeschlicht 05-06-2009 07:09 AM

Diane's trip report day 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 8(going home)
Trip report day 1:
We got up at 4:30 a.m. and were only 10 minutes late leaving for the airport. I’m told it was my fault. Oh well, we had a VERY short line at security so no problem. Our flight even left a few minutes early and with a strong tail wind, we arrived in Orlando nearly 30 minutes ahead of schedule!

Since we only had one small carry on bag with our clothes, and a computer bag for each of us plus my oxygen machine, we were able to walk right from the gate and down to the National car rental Emerald Aisle. (thanks to Owner’s Locker)

We checked in at OKW and learned we were indeed going to be in our preferred area of 45/46, so we parked our car down there after picking up our very HEAVY Owner’s locker and headed to the Studios. We were inside the park and headed for Toy Story Mania by 12:30! The board outside TSMM said the wait was 60 minutes, but in fact the line only took 35. That is the shortest time we have ever waited at that attraction! We laughed at how close our scores were. Dick had 130,000 and I had 130,400. I usually beat him by more than that! Oh well, it’s only the first game of the trip, so we will improve with practice.

After leaving TSMM we went through the animation studio and did our first drawing of this trip….BOLT was the subject. After finishing our drawings it was around 2, so we called to find our room was indeed ready and we were assigned 4621. On arriving back at OKW and building 46, we discovered it was the exact same unit we had in January! How unusual is that??? We LOVE this location…great view and it’s very quiet. …Well except for the happy birds in the morning, but that’s one kind of noise I enjoy.

After getting our “stuff” put away, we headed over to the grocery store and then made our way to Wilderness Lodge for our dinner reservation at Artist Point. Dinner was wonderful as usual, and after a fantastic dessert of chocolate mouse, we headed over to Epcot to meet up with John at his Owner’s Locker meet in France. John is a great host, and we saw a lot of DIS/DVC folks whom we hadn’t seen for several years. After Illuminations, we headed back to OKW and fell into bed!!

Today is another day, and we aren’t even sure where we will go today. We thought maybe back to the studios and possibly AK later in the day. Who knows…we might just take the first bus that comes along! So much for trip planning. I like these relaxed schedules!

dopeygirl76 05-06-2009 07:14 AM

We just returned Friday from OKW and I am in such withdrawl - TRs always help!!! Thanks for posting!!!

marvali 05-06-2009 07:18 AM

Hey Dianne, glad things are working out so well with your trip so far. Can't wait to read more. It will bring back great memories of our stay at OKW last summer and get us ready for our upcoming trip back to The World.

Keep following that stress free plan you made and have a great time!


ChelleinNC 05-06-2009 08:12 AM

Sounds like fun so far! :thumbsup2

bobbiwoz 05-06-2009 08:32 AM

What a wonderful start to your trip! Have a great time.


ChelleinNC 05-06-2009 08:51 AM


Originally Posted by dianeschlicht (Post 31689106)
we headed over to Epcot to meet up with John at his Owner’s Locker meet in France. John is a great host, and we saw a lot of DIS/DVC folks whom we hadn’t seen for several years.

I was just getting caught up on my facebook page and saw that John posted the pics last from last night :thumbsup2

DisneyFreaks 05-06-2009 11:35 AM

Sounds like your trip has started out beautifully. Oh how I miss building 46 and that incredible view. Have the time of your lives!! :goodvibes

cristbaby 05-06-2009 11:55 AM

Glad your trip started out so well. Have a great time!

BEASLYBOO 05-06-2009 12:57 PM

Diane, you're making me homesick! This Jun it's BWV for the most part but I did manage to get my waitlist for our 1st night of vacation at OKW.

Enjoy yourselves, while we live vicariously through your trip report until we can get there! :yay:

Monorail Purple&Gold 05-06-2009 01:21 PM

Sounding great! Enjoy, look forward to reading more!

jdvm 05-06-2009 01:37 PM

.....such a cute pic of Diane and Dick....hope you don't mind my sharing...

travelbug 05-06-2009 03:49 PM

Sounds like a great start to your trip! How long do you get to stay?

Have a wonderful time! :)

J&JAKV08 05-06-2009 05:17 PM

So glad your trip started out well!! :) Looking forward to reading more!! Enjoy!!!

Tara 05-06-2009 05:42 PM

Sounds like a great start to your trip! Will you be at the OL wine event on the 12th? If so, maybe we'll see you there!

Disney Princess 05-06-2009 06:12 PM

What a great start. I'm happy you got the location you enjoy! Keep up the winning on TSMM! :thumbsup2 Hope today was wonderful.

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