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YukiPhnx 04-14-2010 04:03 PM

Fresh Out of University and Onwards to Disney!!!An August PTR!!!(Last Update 8/26)
 
Chapter 1. Introductions!

Hello friends! I've been dying to start this PTR, but being still in school, had to get that out of the way first. My last exam was yesterday, so woohoo, I can get started!:cool1:

Here are the links
Chapter 1. Introductions! (You're already here!)
Chapter 2. More good stuff about us!
Chapter 3. My itinerary and touring plans!
Chapter 4. Dining plans and ADRs
Chapter 5. Birthday surprises!
Chapter 6. The ride's the thing
Chapter 7. All in the preparation
Chapter 8. I like free things
Chapter 9. Yuki's art of Disney
Chapter 10. Four different airlines, one destination
Chapter 11. I has tickets!!!
Chapter 12. Oh Noes!Itinerary dilemma due to slight park hour change!
Chapter 13. Back at school :sad2:
Chapter 14. Some Disney in my life
Chapter 15. What are YOU packing?
Chapter 16. Oh Boo-urns!
Chapter 17. Summer has arrived!
Chapter 18. No more Power Rangers???
Chapter 19. A quick update
Chapter 20. Future trips!
Chapter 21. I dreamed a dream
Chapter 22. I love postcards!
Chapter 23. TSM closure confirmed =(
Chapter 24. This one's for the ladies
Chapter 25. Another closure?
Chapter 26. My trip loot. Sorta...
Chapter 27. The pirates league!
Chapter 28. Need help with sweat!
Chapter 29. My ten firsts
Chapter 30. I'm not dead!!!
Chapter 31. Holy smokes, 8 more days!!!
Chapter 32. 95% done!
Chapter 33. We leave tomorrow!!!

Ok, on to the intro of the cast of (2) characters.

I'm Yuki(21), and here's a photo of me on my first ever trip to WDW in 2006.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...d/95050014.jpg

It was a complete dream come true for me. My parents saved up for 6 years so that my siblings and I could spend a week at WDW. We must've been the luckiest kids in the world because we had no parents on this trip. Just me at 17, and my siblings at 14 and 13 yrs old. They deemed me as responsible enough :cheer2:

On that trip, I didn't know much about WDW at all. We went on a package that also included admission to SeaWorld, JFK Space Centre, and Universal Studios. We stayed offsite and there were shuttle busses that took us to the parks in WDW. We had no idea what to expect at Disney, but still had an AMAZING TIME, despite little to no planning (we planned the order of the parks).

This is the three of us at Epcot
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...d/95050006.jpg

And this is us at the then, MGM Studios
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...d/94300003.jpg

We LOVE funny posing
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...d/95050011.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...d/95050010.jpg

My sister's such a character, I love her
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...d/95050009.jpg

After that trip, I came home and went WDW crazy. With no plans to return soon, I found websites like mouse savers and the Dis and discovered that I had missed SO MUCH:eek: Ofcourse, going to these sites just made me want to go back MORE, of course. So I started looking at prices and started to get a real sense of how much a WDW vacation would cost. My parents paid for our first trip ever of course, but I was determined to pay my own way this time.

So after a lot of research (which I blogged on my livejournal about :rolleyes1), the idea of returning in 2010 seemed more and more plausible. Which leads us to our second character, my DBF.

This is DBF, Andrew (21). He'll be turning 22 when we're at Disney. And yes, I planned it that way.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...e/DSC09842.jpg
That's him and his neice in Taiwan. His hair's longer now too.

So, why was 2010 such a great year to return? Well, Andrew graduates this June, and I was going to graduate this August, but decided to spend an extra year getting a minor. It'll also be our 3rd yr anniversary (date-versary?), and 3's my favourite number. So it worked out pretty well.

I started planning all of this in 2008, so I would have 2 years to save up, which was just about right.

I already have rooms booked (with CAA discount), flights arranged, and tickets bought!

We will be at Pop Century from Aug.17-Aug.24, 2010. So come along on my countdown to my favourite place in the world!:cheer2:


YukiPhnx 04-14-2010 04:54 PM

Fresh Out of University and Onwards to Disney!!!An August PTR!!!(Updated 8/26)
 
Chapter 2. More good stuff about us

Ok, now that I have those initial intro's out of the way, I can tell you guys more about us.

I'm a 4th year University of Waterloo student in the Social Development Studies program. Currently, I'm working on getting a minor in Psychology and will be applying to get into the Bachelor of Social Work program next fall.

This is my 2nd trip to the World. I've always loved all things Disney, my favourite movie being Aladdin and my favourite princess is Snow White (though I don't really know why....):confused3 I've always dreamed of going to Disney, so when I went in 2006, I literally felt like, a kid at Disney World!:rotfl: There's just no other way to put it!

One of my favourite rides......is the Haunted Mansion. I'm actually not a big fan of Soarin'. I didn't quite get the appeal. I also loved Buzz Lightyear and the TTA. I just realized, I listed mostly MK rides!

My favourite characters are Tink, Stitch, Wall-E, Dug, and Rhino.

I'm also HUUUGE geek. Yes, I know the DIS is FULL of Disney geeks. But I'm a geek of many other things.

Here's a photo to give you a clue.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4.../measmisha.jpg

Still don't know it yet? Here's another one.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...t/DSC02084.jpg

Give up yet? I'm sure some of you will get it.

Yes, I'm an anime/sci-fi/comic/gaming dress-up-to-go-to-conventions geek.

And I LOVE it :lovestruc

One of my main hobbies is making costumes for myself and dressing up in public. I'm a total attention ***** and LOVE wearing a costume out to the mall or just to go downtown. Of course, I usually choose the costumes that don't have wig. Those are reserved for conventions

And luckily for me, DBF is also such a geek and dresses up as well (although a little more relunctantly), but he does it for me.

Here's a photo of us at the last summer convention, as characters from the game, Team Fortress 2
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...98_8396001.jpg

Ok, let me tell you a little more about Andrew. He's a computer software engineer, and will be graduating from the University of Queens. This is also his 2nd trip to the World. His first trip was when he was 6 or 7, so he doesn't remember much of what happened.

Oddly though, he remembers Honey! I shrunk the audience! quite well. He's not big on Disney. He certainly enjoys the movies and LOVED Wall-E (not as much as me though!). But he's looking forward to see me GIDDY WITH HAPPINESS :yay: when I get off that plane at MCO.

He's the best DBF ever and I really think he's the one! Cross your fingers ladies!:wizard: He only really agreed to this trip because he knows how happy it'll make me. :cloud9: He's a keeper, amirite?

We love taking silly photos. Here are some.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...i/DSC09469.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...64944_3890.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...664929_574.jpg

Here's a nice one to end this post.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...i/DSC09473.jpg
He's my prince charming and I'm so happy I found him :lovestruc


TrayRene 04-14-2010 08:31 PM

Hi Yuki! I saw your post on Jordan's report that you had a pre-trip started so I came over to say hello. How nice that your parents sent you and your siblings to Disney - by yourself!! You guys must have had an awesome time!

I, like you, didn't understand the "art" of doing Disney until I started reading the Dis boards.

Love the photos - especially the last one - you two look so happy!

Can't wait to hear about all of your plans!

dellasgirl 04-14-2010 09:30 PM

Wow Congrats on the graduating from collage-way to go
and isn't fun to plan your trip--half the fun to me-not so much to DH(my DBF)
he just says 'yes dear' sigh's and goes on.
looking forward to the rest

*Seanaci* 04-14-2010 10:05 PM

Hey there! Popped over from Jordans thread! I look forward to following along!

I'm thinking of starting my PTR soon, but hesitant to as my trip isn't till December 2011 :p

YukiPhnx 04-14-2010 10:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TrayRene (Post 36261674)
Hi Yuki! I saw your post on Jordan's report that you had a pre-trip started so I came over to say hello. How nice that your parents sent you and your siblings to Disney - by yourself!! You guys must have had an awesome time!

I, like you, didn't understand the "art" of doing Disney until I started reading the Dis boards.

Love the photos - especially the last one - you two look so happy!

Can't wait to hear about all of your plans!

Thanks so much for coming along! Yes, I really DO have the best parents in the world! :hug: And thanks about the last picture, I'm very happy with him :cloud9:

Quote:

Originally Posted by dellasgirl (Post 36262576)
Wow Congrats on the graduating from collage-way to go
and isn't fun to plan your trip--half the fun to me-not so much to DH(my DBF)
he just says 'yes dear' sigh's and goes on.
looking forward to the rest

Andrew is exactly like that! He's happy for me, but doesn't really want to hear about all the details.

I'm CRAZY about planning! I've already read the Unnofficial Guide cover to cover. I also read ALL the menus over at Allears. Planning just gives me such a rush!

Quote:

Originally Posted by *Seanaci* (Post 36262939)
Hey there! Popped over from Jordans thread! I look forward to following along!

I'm thinking of starting my PTR soon, but hesitant to as my trip isn't till December 2011 :p

Thanks for coming! Yeah, I was thinking of starting my PTR earlier, but it felt like too early! Hopefully this PTR will help these next 4 months fly by :thumbsup2

YukiPhnx 04-14-2010 11:22 PM

Chapter 3. My itinerary and touring plans!

So, since the official park hours came out back in February, I've had my finalized itinerary.

I bought the Unofficial Guide and LOVED it.

Here's my copy.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...S/DSC00568.jpg

And here's how worn out it is. I'm sure it'll be in worse conditions after WDW.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...S/DSC00569.jpg

So, because I actually bought the book and read it like a bible, I'm gonna take a crack at their park touring plans. I've decided to follow their recommended touring plan and pretty much follow it to the T.

The last time I was at WDW, I didn't have to wait all that long for the rides anyways since it was August, so I don't feel like I have much to lose to go with their plans. If it works, then it gives me more time! If it doesn't, I've planned to be in the parks for their evening EMH's, so I'll have extra time if needed.

I bought a little notebook to write all my plans in, including flight numbers, resort reservation numbers, ADRs, touring plans, e-mails of my family and friends, mailing addresses for postcards, and even a spot to write in notes for my TR!

Here it is. If you haven't figured it out yet, my favourite colour is green.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...S/DSC00573.jpg

I added on the stickers myself. Found a pack of 100 of the Fab Five stickers for $1 at a local craft store! :cool1:

So, what are my plans? I have a total of 8 days, 7 nights, and 6 MYW base tickets.

Day 1-August 17
-arrive at MCO around 2:30pm
-since Epcot is the first WDW park I ever entered, I'm going to make it a tradition to always visit it first on future trips
-head to Epcot first thing after checking in and have lunch/dinner at Sunshine Seasons
-try out Sum of All Thrills and tour Innoventions East and West
-head to DTD before Illuminations and shop a bit before heading back to the POP

Day 2-August 18
-get up around 10am
-pick up a Birthday button because it's Andrew's birthday!
-DTD for lunch at Earl of Sandwich (I'm looking forward to trying the Jerk chicken)
-resort hop to POFQ, PORS, Beach Club, and Boardwalk
-have a celebratory birthday dessert at Beaches and Cream
-get a birthday cupcake at Boardwalk Bakery
-head to HS and line up for second showing of Fantasmic!

Day 3-August 19
-get to Epcot for rope drop and follow UG's one-day touring plan (when I write my TR, I'll be reviewing their touring plans to see how well it worked out for me)
-when I get to WS, do Kim Possible WS Adventure and tour the countries that way
-watch Illuminations from Japan
-since this night has magic hours, I can take my time with the WS shops and try to get on the FW rides some more

Day 4-August 20
-get to MK for rope drop and follow UG's touring plans
-eat a Dole Whip in Adventureland
-have a Turkey leg for lunch!
-MK has magic hours this evening, so I might actually take a break back to POP if it gets too hot and come back later in the evening

Day 5-August 21
-wake up around 10am for more resort hopping!
-tour the Grand Floridian, the Poly, and WL
-lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe
-I haven't planned anything specific for the evening yet
-but I've written down a list of stuff we can choose from:
-Chip and Dale's campfire
-ESPN Club at Boardwalk (none of us are sport fans, but we love the grub at sports bars)
-Downtown Disney

Day 6-August 22
-get to AK for morning magic hours
-follow the UG's guide (my problem for this touring plan, is that some of the rides on the touring plan won't be open during morning EMH. I might actually just ditch the plan for AK, since we'll have more than enough time there anyways)
-order Picnic in the Park (I've been dying to try this since it came out. Andrew and I have already chosen what we want to order!)
-anniversary celebration dinner at Boma :lovestruc

Day 7-August 23
-get to HS for rope drop and follow UG's touring plan
-even though Fantasmic is showing tonight, I don't feel a need to watch it twice. I'm hoping I'll be able to get on some more rides while people line up for F! :thumbsup2

Day 8-August 24
-departure day :guilty: Trip hasn't even started and I'm already sad to leave
-have brunch in POP's food court
-our flight is at 2:45pm, so ME should be picking us up around 11:30


jordanyosh 04-15-2010 01:52 AM

hello!

lovealldisney 04-15-2010 07:29 AM

You two are so cute together! Can't wait to read all about your upcoming plans!! :goodvibes

Just FYI you should be able to get a B-day button at check in. We did for myself and my kids. :)

YukiPhnx 04-15-2010 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jordanyosh (Post 36263930)
hello!

Hi Jordy! Thanks for coming by!

Quote:

Originally Posted by lovealldisney (Post 36265210)
You two are so cute together! Can't wait to read all about your upcoming plans!! :goodvibes

Just FYI you should be able to get a B-day button at check in. We did for myself and my kids. :)

Aww, thanks so much! At check-in? I'll keep that in mind. I'm afraid in the midst of all the excitement of FINALLY being there, I might forget :rolleyes:

Thanks for joining in!

lovealldisney 04-15-2010 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by YukiPhnx (Post 36269043)
Aww, thanks so much! At check-in? I'll keep that in mind. I'm afraid in the midst of all the excitement of FINALLY being there, I might forget :rolleyes:

Thanks for joining in!


Have it noted on your reservation. Hopefully when you check in they'll see it and give you the button. If you and they forget you can always go to the desk later and get one. Enjoy and have fun!

*Seanaci* 04-15-2010 04:45 PM

I'm reading the UG now in anticipation of our 2011 trip. I think I'll pick up the 2011 UG edition when it comes out toward the end of the year. I may get the Passporter guide book instead. Haven't decided for sure though.

Anywho. Earl of Sandwich has delish sandwiches. We ate there in 2008 and we will def be eating there again in 2011.

YukiPhnx 04-15-2010 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lovealldisney (Post 36269295)
Have it noted on your reservation. Hopefully when you check in they'll see it and give you the button. If you and they forget you can always go to the desk later and get one. Enjoy and have fun!

I've already noted it on my reservation. We have three things to celebrate!

Quote:

Originally Posted by *Seanaci* (Post 36273195)
I'm reading the UG now in anticipation of our 2011 trip. I think I'll pick up the 2011 UG edition when it comes out toward the end of the year. I may get the Passporter guide book instead. Haven't decided for sure though.

Anywho. Earl of Sandwich has delish sandwiches. We ate there in 2008 and we will def be eating there again in 2011.

The good thing about your trip being in December is you can just pick it up later when it gets on sale. I actually checked my own library and they have the latest edition for most of the guides! But I'd rather have my own HUGE copy to tote around of course:thumbsup2

Yeah, I hear great things about EoS. I didn't get to go to DtD on my last trip, so I'm really looking forward to it this time

dellasgirl 04-15-2010 08:55 PM

We-my DD and I debated over buying the unofficial guide verses the unofficial Guide Color Companion to WDW-and in the end we went with the color companion-it has tons of pics including rides,rooms etc and it even has a bit of humor in it. I will be going to the library and borrowing the regular unofficial guide.
love you planner--i just got a small planner that will easily fit in my park bag
and plan to decorate it.
Your plans sound great--by all means get andrew a birthday button and make sure he wears it!!!
Great thinking on your part about planning a "down" day--

YukiPhnx 04-15-2010 09:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dellasgirl (Post 36276479)
We-my DD and I debated over buying the unofficial guide verses the unofficial Guide Color Companion to WDW-and in the end we went with the color companion-it has tons of pics including rides,rooms etc and it even has a bit of humor in it. I will be going to the library and borrowing the regular unofficial guide.
love you planner--i just got a small planner that will easily fit in my park bag
and plan to decorate it.
Your plans sound great--by all means get andrew a birthday button and make sure he wears it!!!
Great thinking on your part about planning a "down" day--

Well for me, I knew I could look at all the pictures I wanted online. But it's a great way to get your kids pumped for the trip!

You have NO IDEA how long it took me to choose a notebook! I went to dollar stores EVERYWHERE to find something that was light, portable, well space, and cute(yes, that was important) to use as my travel notebook. It came down to this and a pink one with a heart in it. Dollarama has great notebooks to choose from.

Oh, he BETTER be wearing it! We'll also be wearing anniversary buttons too, for our Boma dinner ;)

Ya, it was important for me to have a free day in there, since I was planning to go commando on the park days. I knew Andrew wouldn't have liked having to wake up at 6-7am four mornings in a row! :rotfl:

Thanks for coming along! :hug:


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