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MEK 09-22-2010 09:15 AM

Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Final thoughts/future trips 4/2p90 The End 4/4p92
 
[/COLOR]Good Morning DIS friends. I am about to start ANOTHER trip report. They are becoming a way of life for me.

Let's see.....2 summers ago I started with Our "Better Late Than Never" trip to Vero Beach and SSR.

6 months later DH and I experienced our first solo trip at SSR in December.

Fast forward to June 09 when we took the family and my delightful nephew LJ to "Kick It" at Kidani.

Three short months later DH and I headed back to "Play It" at POP for free dining. We upgraded to Deluxe dining and celebrated our 20th anniversary.

In May 2010 we traveled to "Wheel and Deal" at the Villas of Wilderness Lodge with our friends Chuck and Cathy. I had some health "issues" during that trip which prohibited me from drinking alcohol, thus putting a damper on the festivities because I missed out on the Cinco de Mayo meet. We also missed a good portion of the epcot flower and garden festivities. I am not exactly sure why that happened. Poor planning I guess. At any rate, it was a fun trip and we experienced a lovely new resort. We also experienced Cirque and I tried out for American Idol. Thanks to all of you who followed me on that TR! :hug:

That brings me to my current trip. One that I shared with my GF and coworker Jen (Ducky 4 Disney). Keeping with my current TR theme I was going to title this TR "Bebopping at BLT" (B....B....get it?), but I kept hearing a little voice in my head saying, "Wow - you keep inching yourself closer to the castle".

If you think about it, it makes sense. Last May I stayed at WL which allowed me boat access and a wonderful view of the castle (from the top of the roof). But BLT allowed me a full view of that castle and my own private walking/running path (which I happily shared) to the MK. Every time I walked into our BLT room I thought "WoW. I am really close to the castle!"

So...How did this trip come to be?

Well, Jen and I have worked together for at least 7 years. It is pure coincidence that we both happen to be Disney freaks. Jen was very well established in the ways of Disney when I met her. I was a novice. I had just finished my first trip to Disney (2002) when I started working at my current place of employment. In 2003 I booked that "one last trip to Disney". That was around the time I met Jen. She kept saying, "You're not done yet" and she was right. After a few more trips to Disney she offered me rental of her DVC points (at an awesome rate I might add) and that's when I feel in love with SSR. It took me another year or two to eventually buy there, but it was a great decision. :thumbsup2

So....how did this trip happen? Well last spring Jen was planning to go to PA school. She was supposed to start on September 20th of this year. In joking, I said to her, "You need one last trip to Disney before you start school. I'll go with you. I am planning to go sometime in the fall anyway".

By the end of the day our Girl's Trip had been planned. Jen booked 4 nights at BLT, lake view (which ended up much more than that - but more on that later). When Jen made the reservation we were only a few days shy of 180 days so by the next week our ADRs were settled and booked.

Unfortunately, Jen decided to defer PA school for another year, but that did not quell either one of our desires to see Disney. Before long we decided to arrive one night early and stay at POFQ. Our 4 night trip had become a 5 night trip with the click of a mouse on the SWA website. Yeah Us!

So that's the background. Our trip dates were September 11th to September 16th with one night at POFQ and 4 nights at BLT. It was a really awesome trip and there is a lot to be said for going to the world with someone who loves Disney as much as you do. We weren't commando. We took time to smell the roses and experience the other monorail resorts. We booked a special tour and we experienced MNSSHP. We also had a special Dis meet. But more on all those things later.

Here's a few pictures.........

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...1/IMG_7880.jpg

Here's Jen, happy that we are finally on our way.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e.../Image0127.jpg

Here's me...the one on the right....during last May's trip to the world. Sorry I don't have any pictures of me uploaded to photobucket yet. I suspect Jen has more pics of me than I do. And, of course, our photopass CD is not back yet. Also - a few of you commented on my last TR that you liked that shirt I was wearing in this picture. I lost it!!!!! That's right! I never saw it again after the May trip. I think I must have left it there. :sad2:

So on September 11th at 10am I was clearly packed on ready to leave for the airport. As you can see I am seriously overpacked for a 5 night trip.......

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...1/IMG_7872.jpg

Here is my new little disney bag that arrived the day before departure. Thank you amazon.com.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...1/IMG_7874.jpg

And thank goodness for these guys and SWA's policy of bags fly free.....

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...1/IMG_7875.jpg


Up Next....DAY 1...Departure Day and DME Rockstars!






John's Mom 09-22-2010 09:19 AM

Count me in! :surfweb: I can't wait to hear all about it and see your great pics!

Kathy

MEK 09-22-2010 09:19 AM

Chapter Links
 
1. Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Introductions
2. Welcome Jen Ducky 4 Disney http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post38328750
3. DME Rockstars http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post38342351
4. Jen's Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post38346261
5. Taking the Bus....I mean Boat....to DTD http://www.disboards.com/showthread....#1post38374789
6. Jen's Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38371628
7. The Boat...to DTD (continued) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38374789
8. In Search of Rita (Part I) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38412979
9. In Search of Rita (Part 2) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38413193
10. Jen's Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38414779
11. No One Has More Fun Than Us....Bob Jacksonhttp://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38439617
12. Let's Bebop Over to BLT part 1http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38479939
13. Let's Bebop Over to BLT continued http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38480277
14. Jen's Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38509720
15. Let's Bebop Over to BLT with a long MK detour http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38511612
16. Continued http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38511822
17. Let's Bebop Over to BLT with more MK detouring http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38523599
18. Jen's Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38542786
19. Jen's Update continued http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38542946
20. BLT FINALLY! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38557016
21. BLT finally (continued).... http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38557061
22. Jen's Update BLT Studio Pics http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38569631
23. Poly Pool Hop http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38580970
24. Jen's Poly Pool Hop Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38582254
25. Jen's Poly Pool Hop Update (continued) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38583317
26. Would you like some alcohol with that ice? http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38604467
27. Continued with firework pics http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38604586
28. Jen's Wave Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38605916
29. Jen's TOWL and Wishes Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38606056
30. Off the Beaten Path http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38625317
31. Jen's Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38625882
32. More AK pictures http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38637212
33. More of Jen's AK pictures http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38638324
34. Front Row EE Mojo Ride 1 (Jen's pics) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38650753
35. Front Row EE Mojo Ride 2 (Jen's pics) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38652523
36. Jen's Pictures on the Way to the Safari http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38678864
37. Now MEK's Front Row Mojo, almost lost my camera, pics! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38687475
38. MEK's On the Way to Safari Pics http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38687869
39. Jen Rockin' the Safari http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38709168
40. MEK Goofing Around In Harambe http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38712878
41. MEK Front Row Safari Mojo http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38725920
42. Continued........ http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38726269
43. Lost Safari Pics and Yummy Lunch at AK http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38767346
44. continued http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38767638
45. continued http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38767691
46. Jen's Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38787978
47. Garden Grill (Jen's Update) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38812856
48. Jen's GC update continued with BLT pool pics http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38814138
49. Jen's Illumination update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38858080
50. Garden Grill and Illuminations (ME's update) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38883126
51. Illuminations (continued) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38887143
52. Segway Around the World http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38949004
53. Jen's Segway Around the World with MEK being a sherpa http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=38982465
54. Jen's Club Cool and Grand Fiesta Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39025070
55. Jen's Le Cellier Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39082948
56. Meet Flat Mickey http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39107418
57. Flat Mickey does the Cave! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39147041
58. Flat Mickey meets KP in England http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39147662
59. Le Cellier Lunch with lots of pictures - drool! & KP and Mickey visit china http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39272250
Continued http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39272293
60. Jen's beautiful China pictures from the KP mission http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39287393
61. Pictures of My Running Path and other things on the Monorail Loop http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39288339
62. Day 3 "DOH" (almost a meltdown) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39333893
63. Jen's Update MNSSHP http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39340085
64. Jen's Update MNSSHP part 2 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39344211
65. The case of the missing camera battery and meeting LL http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39345052
66. She Made Me Run http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39345871
67. Jen's Parade Pictures and more http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39400601
68. MEK's Parade Pictures http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39410110
69. Parade Pics (continued) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39410200
70. Last pictures of the Night http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39411684
71. Day 4 Recap (Because it was a long day and it took forever to write about it) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39436752
72. Day 5 by Jen http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39466618
73. Kitchen Pictures http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39472743
74. Opening Ceremonyhttp://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39476507
75. The Hunt for the Elusive Battery http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39520731
75. Breakfast at the Kona Cafe http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39522916
76. Exploring the Grand Flo http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39565358
77. Grand Flo Quiet Pool http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39566207
78. continued http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39566229
79. The Wedding Chapel (Part 1) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39611593
80. The Wedding Chapel (part 2) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39612048
81. The Wedding Chapel (part 3) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39612243
82. Jen's Grand Floridian pics (Part 1) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39614911
83. Jen's GF pics (part 2) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39615264
84. The End of Our GF Visit http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39677903
85. Adult Beverages meet Kim Possible in Norway http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39677903
86. Jen's Empty Glass http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39680758
87. Singing Beer Steins and Greek Wine Flights http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39761205
88. The End of Day 5 http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39761490
89. The End of Day 5 by Jen http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39806586
90. Day 5 Recap http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39842024
91. The Longest Wait Ever http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39919911
92. Jen's Wait http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39931289
93. AP Drama http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39933177
94. AP Drama (cont) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=39933375
95. Leaving HS http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40041207
96. A Boat Tour http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40041400
97. The Boat Tour continues http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40114295
98. France ...Oh La La http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40114496
99. Jen's Update http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40116212
100. Continued http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40116316
101. Viva La France http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40193233
102. Viva La France (cont) and Hello ME http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40193435
103. Continued http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40193555
104. Photopass Pictures http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40273863
105. Photopass Pictures (continued) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40274046
106. Trip Recap and Firsts Part I http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40349341
107. Trip Recap and Firsts (continued) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40349934
108. Trip Recap and Firsts Part II http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40376404
109. Trip Recap and Firsts (continued) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40376914
110. Jen's Recap http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40377115
111. Trip Recap and Firsts (part 3) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40439691
112. Part 3 (continued)http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40440085
113. Final and Thoughts and Future Tripshttp://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40575360
114. The End! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ply&p=40600331

eandesmom 09-22-2010 09:54 AM

Woot! You started!!!!!!!!!!:cool1:

manntra 09-22-2010 09:54 AM

Woo hoo!!!!

So happy you started!!!! I have been patiently waiting :rolleyes1 Love the title!!! Absolutely perfect!! :thumbsup2 Hmmmm that IS a lot of luggage!!! ;)

Ughhhhh I can't believe you lost that shirt! I love the colors :sad1:


Tracy

eandesmom 09-22-2010 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by MEK (Post 38320707)
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Here's me...the one on the right....during last May's trip to the world. Sorry I don't have any pictures of me uploaded to photobucket yet. I suspect Jen has more pics of me than I do. And, of course, our photopass CD is not back yet. Also - a few of you commented on my last TR that you liked that shirt I was wearing in this picture. I lost it!!!!! That's right! I never saw it again after the May trip. I think I must have left it there. :sad2:



Very sad, it's a super cute shirt!
Quote:

Originally Posted by MEK (Post 38320707)

So on September 11th at 10am I was clearly packed on ready to leave for the airport. As you can see I am seriously overpacked for a 5 night trip.......

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...1/IMG_7872.jpg

Here is my new little disney bag that arrived the day before departure. Thank you amazon.com.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...1/IMG_7874.jpg

And thank goodness for these guys and SWA's policy of bags fly free.....

Up Next....DAY 1...Departure Day and DME Rockstars!



DME Rockstars!!!!!!!!!! I love it! And I love that you overpacked :rotfl: sadly, my bags won't fly free but that probably won't keep me from overpacking for May!


Disneymoon09 09-22-2010 10:25 AM

I'm here! now going back to read!

Disneymoon09 09-22-2010 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MEK (Post 38320707)


By the end of the day our Girl's Trip had been planned. Jen booked 4 nights at BLT, lake view (which ended up much more than that - but more on that later). When Jen made the reservation we were only a few days shy of 180 days so by the next week our ADRs were settled and booked.




I love this! I would love to do a girls only trip someday!

dawnbu40 09-22-2010 10:49 AM

:woohoo: you've begun! Can't wait to hear about all the fun and see more of your beautiful pictures :goodvibes

Lady Lallie 09-22-2010 10:50 AM

I'm so excited that you have started!! :banana:

There is no such thing as overpacking for Disney. :rolleyes1:lmao:

PrincessCaitlin 09-22-2010 11:08 AM

I'm in can't wait to hear about MNSSHP!!!

praisehisname 09-22-2010 12:20 PM

I'm here and going back to read now! :yay:

mickeystoontown 09-22-2010 12:49 PM

I wanna join in on the fun too!

mickeysmyboy 09-22-2010 01:32 PM

:cool1::banana: Wooo hoooo! I'm so excited you started! Can't wait to hear more!

Mndisneygirl 09-22-2010 02:09 PM

YAY! I'm subbing!!:yay:


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