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stacikristine 09-29-2009 10:47 AM

1st Trip (of many!) as Mr. & Mrs.--the TR-- UPDATE 9/9: Life Update--We're Moving!!
Weíre Back! And we had the time of our lives! :dance3:

Hi everyone, Iím Staci. For those of you who read my PTR, you already know that. For those of you who didnít follow along, Welcome! Hereís the link in case youíd like to go read the prequel to our trip story: Click Here for PTR.

As you can see from the title, this was my husbandís and my first trip to the World as Mr. and Mrs. We were married last December, and just took a small honeymoon since we got married only a few days before Christmas and wanted to be back home for our first Christmas together. We knew weíd be taking a small honeymoon, so we decided last October to start planning a trip to Disney World for this September.

This leads me into a little background on the Cast:

Staci, 22óthatís the Mrs. (me)! As many of you know, Iím a graphic designer for a legal services company. I also do freelance design. Iím an obsessive planner. I just love fitting all of the details together like a puzzle. Insane? Maybe. :upsidedow I think this is one of the reasons I love Disney World so much. There is just SO MUCH to plan! And let me tell you, I had it planned down to the last pair of socks in our suitcases! :rotfl: I also just love all of the details at Disney World and how everything works together to provide such great opportunities for amazing vacations. When Iím not psychopathically planning, I love helping my hubby with the youth kids at church, reading, watching The Office & 24, and spending time with family. This was my fourth trip to the World. I donít remember my first trip at allóI was two. My second trip wasnít until I was 15. I went with my family and my uncle and his family. We stayed at Fort Wilderness and even though it poured every day, we loved it! I went again in October 2006. It was the girls and Pawpaw trip. I went with my mom, sis, grandparents, aunt, cousin, and her two girls. We stayed at POP Century and had a blast! Letís just say I was excited beyond all measure for our trip to finally start! :woohoo::yay:

Michael, 22óthatís the Mr.! Michael works as a youth and music minister for our church. Even though it can be very challenging at times, he loves his job and we both love hanging out with the kids. He loves playing the guitar (and I love listening to him play) and is very talented at making highlight videos. While Iím more of the obsessive event planner, Michael is more of the obsessive orderer. For example, all of our vacation video is already labeled with the day, place, what, and clip number. Together, we make quite the vacationing pair. :rolleyes: But we have TONS of fun at it! I mean, who doesnít have fun once they admit theyíre a nerd?! :laughing: When heís not putting his iTunes in order, Michael also loves watching The Office & 24 (he got me hooked on both), reading (though he doesnít like to admit it) and interpretive dancing in the car. We laugh a lot! Michael had only been to Disney World once before. He was 9 and stayed in the Contemporary. While he was excited about our trip, he didnít really get the hype like I did. He was more excited to be away from work and the world for a week than go to Disney World. I think itís safe to say that is NOT how he feels anymore! Heís already talking about our next trip! :woohoo:

Hereís a pic of what weíre really like:

And this is us being a little more civilized:

When we started planning our trip, we planned to stay at POP Century. I really enjoyed it last time, and we knew itíd be in our price range. However, I bought The Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide online and found out about all kinds of new savings, including renting points from DVC owners. In fact, thatís what brought me to the DISboards in the first place! I ended up renting points and staying at a Deluxe Villa for less than what it would have cost us to stay at POP! :thumbsup2 We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo House in a DVC Studio. I canít even tell you how much we loved this resort! (But more on that later) We had the Disney Dining Plan and Park Hoppers.

Our trip dates were September 20-26, 2009. We drove down to Dallas (from Oklahoma) on the 19th to stay with my aunt, and then left for Walt Disney World early Sunday morning.

Iím so excited to share ALL about our trip with you all! It was absolutely fantastic, and itíll be a lot of fun to re-live!

Thank you all for reading!! :goodvibes

Up Next:
An extra passenger?
Frozen Custard
Pretty, Pretty Disney Princess

I've included a quick link to the different installments...I'll update this when I have a new post:

1. Day 0: Traveling to Dallas
2. Day 1: Flight to Orlando & DME
3. Day 1: AKL Check-In and Room
4. Day 1: Exploring Animal Kingdom Lodge
5. Day 1: DownTown Disney
6. Day 1: Video of AKL
7. Day 2: Epcot Future World
8. Day 2: Epcot Future World
9. Day 2: Break from Epcot
10. Day 2: Coral Reef and Epcot
11. Day 2: Spectro and Wishes
12. Day 3: Disney's Hollywood Studios opening and first ride
13. Day 3: Disney's Hollywood Studios morning and afternoon
14. Day 3: Disney's Hollywood Studios and end of Day
15. Day 4: Magic Kingdom Rope Drop
16. Day 4: Magic Kingdom Morning
17. Day 4: Magic Kingdom late morning, and a fun break!
18. Day 4: Dinner and Magic Kingdom Evening
19. Day 5: Keys to the Kingdom Tour!
20. Day 5: MK Afternoon and a Magic Moment!
21. Day 5: Epcot World Showcase Late Afternoon
22. Day 5: Epcot World Showcase on Speed!
23. Day 6: Animal Kingdom Morning
24. Day 6: Animal Kingdom late morning
INTERRUPTION: Contest Update
25. Day 6: Rest of Animal Kingdom
26. Day 6: Boma and DHS night!
Excuses are like a butt...
27. Day 7: Boma Breakfast and DHS morning
28. Day 7: DHS and Home
29. Life Update
30. Trip Wrap-Up!
Life Update: We're Moving!!

princess_momma 09-29-2009 11:14 AM

I'm here! And first!

princess_momma 09-29-2009 11:21 AM

I wish I could say I was the extra passenger! Can't wait to read your update!! And I wish I had known about renting points earlier. Oh well!! There's always next time. Glad we both found the Dis anyway. :goodvibes

And to get back to your other thread, I will definitely have to look into that!! I was looking in the Orlando and while the cost of living is pretty much the same, the exact same job I'm doing there STARTS at more than I make now (after 2 raises!) But I also do need to go back to school and I don't know if I'm going to be moving before or after that. Pretty much the thing that keeps me here now is my mom watching Landon. Daycare is SO expensive!! It can cost as much as rent for a small apartment!! :scared1: But I have some research to do :surfweb:

pinkpixie0920 09-29-2009 11:34 AM

I can't wait to read about your trip! I have been so busy with work, coaching cheerleading, and just plan life that I don't think I really have a lot of free time to write a trip report unfortunately. I looked for you while were there but I was sad we never ran into each other. Our trip turned out great and I can't wait to hear all about yours!

crocko 09-29-2009 12:14 PM

I'm here, too!

Excited to hear about the trip!
"extra passenger"? Hmm....several possibilities come to mind.....(although, I don't think you spent any time in jail, so I'll rule one of them out)

deslynnpatterson 09-29-2009 12:22 PM

i am just joining in to read your TR!! count me in:)

deslynnpatterson 09-29-2009 12:31 PM


Originally Posted by pinkpixie0920 (Post 33762140)
I can't wait to read about your trip! I have been so busy with work, coaching cheerleading, and just plan life that I don't think I really have a lot of free time to write a trip report unfortunately. I looked for you while were there but I was sad we never ran into each other. Our trip turned out great and I can't wait to hear all about yours!

I see you are from Pittsburgh PA Pixie-- I am too:) What part of Pittsburgh are you from?

BippityBoo 09-29-2009 01:46 PM

Woohoo :cool1:

Are you going to update soon? Cant wait to see your room. Is renting DVC points a money saver? I don't know anything about it. SO happy to be here :love:

Leleluvsdis 09-29-2009 03:22 PM

popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:: Waiting for more popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

Tnkrbelle565 09-29-2009 03:29 PM

Reading along popcorn::

heaven2dc 09-29-2009 03:44 PM

I'm definitely joining in for this one! First of all congratulations on your marriage last year - you are a beautiful couple!

I always love hearing how people discover how much they can save by renting points from a DVC owner. I've stayed twice last year at BWV and got a boardwalk view in December 2008 for a one-bedroom villa and paid so much less than staying at a value resort or even moderate (thanks to the DVC owner for a great rate on points! :thumbsup2)

Can't wait to hear all about your trip and see lots of pics and maybe some videos ;)

Dancegrl624 09-29-2009 03:48 PM

I'm here Staci! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!!! :woohoo:

LilAnn 09-29-2009 09:08 PM

Yay! You've started the TR! Count me in!popcorn:: I hope you had a fabulous time! Can't wait to see how all of your outfits and planning turned out!

ibedancin824 09-29-2009 10:05 PM

Count me in popcorn::

khertz 09-29-2009 10:27 PM

YAY!! Needless to say, subscribing. Can't wait for some PICS!!! :thumbsup2

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