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emma212010 05-03-2011 08:50 PM

A Year Late, But Worth The Wait!!
 
Diploma in hand ready to conquer the World!... The World of Disney that is! Yep, my high school graduation trip would be to WDW in July of 2010. :woohoo: We were so excited! Especially since my mother and step father’s anniversary would also be celebrated that vacation. :goodvibes We would be staying at the Dolphin and then switching to the POLY (my all time fave). :banana::banana::banana::banana:The happy dances were starting to become more frequent, and the “Oh we’re going to the Hukilau” stuck in our heads! But before I get too far, allow me to introduce ourselves…

Cast of the Jarchow Ohana:

Myself (Emma) I am 18 years old, but I was 17 at the time of this trip.


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My lovely mother aka zuzu03 who introduced me to the World before I was even born

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My step dad who was surprisingly very excited to go to Disney this year :)

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Day one coming soon...

nukephd 05-04-2011 08:57 AM

Looking forward to the TR. Subscribing ...

antnyh 05-04-2011 09:40 AM

In for the ride!

emma212010 05-04-2011 10:03 AM

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Looking forward to the TR. Subscribing ...
Awesome thank you so much!

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In for the ride!
Glad you're in! Should be fun!

emma212010 05-04-2011 12:19 PM

Day 1:
The trip down was uneventful except the upgrade to economy plus seating which was great news for over 6 footers like moi!! :cool1:This was our first but not last experience with pixie dust!! :goodvibes

When we arrived in the beautiful world of Orlando, Florida ahead of schedule (Yay!) at 10:45am, we hopped into our rental car and were off by 11:25! Mom and I pretty much know the way around by heart, so we didn’t need much for directions. The weather was so nice, and it was so sunny! Wait, what do I see in the distance? The WDW sign!!! I was so absorbed with the beautiful day, and excited about getting back, I missed my chance to take a picture! But man, passing through the WDW sign is always so exhilarating! Finally! We’re home! :woohoo:

We found our way to the Dolphin, and I was extremely excited because I had never stayed there before! :cool1:


The first thing I saw was

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Once we turned the corner, I almost fainted! It was huge! And sooooo amazing!!

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We went into the lobby to get checked in. My mom went to the front desk while my step dad and I waited with the bags. Just looking around this place was incredible!!

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Once we were checked in, we found our way to the elevator and our floor. Luckily my mom had just been here last year for a teacher conference, so she knew the way around the resort very well! We were so excited to check out our room. Not to mention the view was VERY decent!

This is the view looking straight out of our room
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Looking to the right, note TOT in the distance!!

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After we dropped our bags and snapped some pics, we were STARVING!! Not to mention VERY in the mood for a sandwich from EOS! Also we would get our passes and Tables in Wonderland card at GR.

We hopped back in the car and drove to DTD where I had this (turkey club)…
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And mom had this (the Original- roastbeef, horseradish, and cheddar)…
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Unfortunately, step dad wouldn’t let us take a picture of his sandwich (All-American- turkey, cranberry, tomato, etc.). I think travelling had gotten the best of him. :sad2: That changed quickly though!

Once we had eaten and attained our passes, we went back to the resort to unpack and hang out until our ADR at Le Cellier that night. Mom and I went for a walk to explore the Dolphin and the surrounding resorts. And snapped some great shots!
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Lovely Palm Trees
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Boardwalk!
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Yacht Club lobby :cutie:
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Posing:goodvibes
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Continued in next post!


emma212010 05-04-2011 12:22 PM

Finally it was time to get ready for our ADRs so we went back to the room to get dressed and pick up step dad. At about 4:30 we headed to the boat dock to wait for the Friendship to Epcot where we took our first picture as a family. :goodvibes
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We got to Epcot, and arrived in the UK! It was so nice to be back, and I was excited to spend a nice vacation with my mom and step dad; it had finally begun! Since there was time before our reservation we took our time walking around the world to Canada.

I even tried to be a pirate!...It didn’t work :confused3 :rotfl:
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It was time to eat, so we went to check in at Le Cellier. The dinner was wonderful, but our waiter was so funny! Every time he would come to take our plate he would always say, “Let me sliiiiide this out of your way here.” :rotfl: Hahahaha oh no, our uncontrollable giggles had begun! Now, my mom and I have a very hard time controlling our giggles when we are together, and the consequences can be very embarrassing! This was definitely a common theme throughout our trip! :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: Anyway, back to the food! We had a lovely dinner, except for step dad because I think he still hadn’t fully recovered from his grumpiness.

We were given yummy breadsticks. My mom’s favorite was the pretzel ones!
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Then we both had cheddar soup- soooo yummy!!!!
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My mom and I both had delicious steak
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And for dessert we shared (aka I ate most of) a maple crème brulee, and I loved it!
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After dinner, we walked around the WS while we waited for Illuminations. I was able to snap a couple pretty night photos of a few countries.
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“Ladies and Gentlemen, Illuminations will begin in 5 minutes.” Geee!!! The booming sound of the man’s voice gives me chills, and always brings back great childhood memories!
My favorite place to watch Illuminations is Japan because I think it is so pretty!!
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After the breathtaking show was over, we poked into Japan's huge store for a bit, but at about 9:30 we decided to head back to the resort. Day one was nearing the end, but as I looked up at the towering hotel, I realized how lucky I am to be here and able to spend 2 weeks in Disney! I knew that this was going to be a great trip!
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Day two coming up!!
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heaven2dc 05-04-2011 03:00 PM

Love your TR and pics!! I would love to stay 2 weeks - esp where you stayed :love: I just love the Epcot resort area plus would love to stay at Poly one day. Illuminations is becoming a family 1st night ritual (well we only did it for the first time on our last trip but I've decided this is a "must do" each and every trip!).

Hope stepdad gets some rest and enjoys day 2!

nukephd 05-04-2011 04:02 PM

I've never stayed at the Dolphin. I hope you enjoyed it! The pics look great, and the soup/steak from Le Cellier are making me drool.

Hopefully your step dad's mood improved :thumbsup2

jessidoll 05-04-2011 04:55 PM

LOVE THE TR!! CANT WAIT 4 MORE!!!!!popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

TanzUnited99 05-04-2011 05:00 PM

Hi, am joining in! I love the food pictures of Le Cellier and EoS! :thumbsup2

Also I totally get the fits of laughter - I sometimes get them and have been known to get some funny looks at times when I do not know how to stop! :rotfl:

Looking forward to more! popcorn::

emma212010 05-04-2011 05:56 PM

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Love your TR and pics!! I would love to stay 2 weeks - esp where you stayed I just love the Epcot resort area plus would love to stay at Poly one day. Illuminations is becoming a family 1st night ritual (well we only did it for the first time on our last trip but I've decided this is a "must do" each and every trip!).

Hope stepdad gets some rest and enjoys day 2!
Thank you!! Yes I love the Dolphin! The Poly is amazing too!! :goodvibes

Haha thank you, he does come around :goodvibes


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I've never stayed at the Dolphin. I hope you enjoyed it! The pics look great, and the soup/steak from Le Cellier are making me drool.

Hopefully your step dad's mood improved

I really did! It's beautiful, and my mom got a great deal on a room because of AAA membership! Omg YES the food was sooo good!! I'm drooling now thinking back!! haha :rotfl:

Haha yes thank you, it does of course!! :goodvibes


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LOVE THE TR!! CANT WAIT 4 MORE!!!!!
Thank you!! Glad you're reading!!:goodvibes

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Hi, am joining in! I love the food pictures of Le Cellier and EoS!

Also I totally get the fits of laughter - I sometimes get them and have been known to get some funny looks at times when I do not know how to stop!

Looking forward to more!
Hi! :wave2: Glad you're in! Thank you! I took lots of food pictures this trip!! :goodvibes

Oh my gosh I know!!! It's awful!!! Sometimes my mom and I get so bad it's to the point of crying!!! :rotfl2:

Zuzu03 05-04-2011 08:27 PM

Emma's mom here! Totally along for the ride! Great job on Day 1, Em!!!! Oh my goodness, we laughed soooooo much on this trip! :rotfl: So much happened! Keep up the great work, darling!!! :goodvibes

emma212010 05-04-2011 08:32 PM

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Emma's mom here! Totally along for the ride! Great job on Day 1, Em!!!! Oh my goodness, we laughed soooooo much on this trip! So much happened! Keep up the great work, darling!!!
Thanks, mom! :goodvibes I know we did!! it was so fun!

purplepixiedust 05-04-2011 08:47 PM

Great report so far!! I am now in love with the Dolphin! The pictures are so amazing! Can't wait to read more.

emma212010 05-05-2011 12:34 PM

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purplepixiedust
Great report so far!! I am now in love with the Dolphin! The pictures are so amazing! Can't wait to read more.
Thank you!! I love the Dolphin! It's so beautiful!! :goodvibes


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