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MEK 05-13-2011 07:37 PM

How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?*Final Thoughts & Farewells* 10/7 p100
Here's the Story
Of Six Lovely Ladies
Who met right here on the DIS boards.
Each of Them had a Vision
That Could not be Ignored
So they Planned
and they Schemed
and they Knew that it was Much More than a Hunch
that this Group Would Somehow Come Together
The East Meets West Bunch

East Meets West
Down South We Go
To the Land of Mickey We All Know
Yes, East Meets West
Down South We Go
There's a Trip Report starting.....Here We Go!

First Came Melissa,
then Mary Ellen
then Jen Who Arrived Quite Late at Night,
Cynthia caught the Red Eye,
A Really Hard Core Flight
Last But Not Least,
Christine and Tracy
Arrived to Head Right to the Slushy Stand
This Group Had Finally Come Together
The East Meets West Clan

East Meets West
Down South We Go
To the Land of Mickey We All Know
East Meets West
Down South We Go
There's a Trip Report starting.....Here We Go!

Insert these words to the Brady Bunch Tune!

Welcome to Our Trip Report. A Trip We Started Planning last September. Funny how these things come together on the Dis Boards. Some of us had met prior to this trip and some of us hadn't. But we felt like we all knew each other. Our dates came together relatively easy. An impromptu girls trip blossomed almost over night.

Now each of the ladies promised me they would do an introduction. I, however, have been nominated as the primary narrator. So let me take a moment to introduce myself:

My name is Mary Ellen and I was actually the oldest member of the group. So old in fact that our youngest member could be my daughter. But that's OK. Age is just a number, right? RIGHT???????

That's me on the right - with the sunglasses - and all the bags. That picture earned me quite a reputation as a sherpa. I tried to downsize this trip. But by our last night I had earned sherpa status yet again.

This trip was actually my 14th trip to Disney World. Hard to believe for a gal who took her kids for the first time in 1st and 3rd grade and swore it was "one and done". Now that I am a DVC member (into my fourth year) I insist on visiting the world at least twice a year. If I had my way I would be visiting three times a year. I am fortunate enough to live in Delaware so in a quick 2 hours I can arrive at the World!

I have two boys - Brian and Nicholas. Nicholas is finishing his sophomore year and Brian is graduating this year. I am a nurse practitioner and I am a church musician and a marching band geek. I also love taking pictures. I filled up a whole 8 gb memory card this trip and was forced to buy a new one. :rolleyes1

So how did this trip come to be????

As I recall, I had originally planned to visit in May with two or three of my soccer mom friends. When it came time to book the stay, they flies. One mom was very worried that she would miss the State Track & Field Championship. When she dropped out, a second mom did. And the third mom - I don't think she ever committed at all.

So one night I was commiserating on this DIS. I mentioned that even though my friends dropped out, I was still going to visit the world. As luck would have it, Christine said she was also mulling around a May trip. In about 48 hours our group had grown to 5 when Tracy, Melissa, and Cynthia also said that they would love to join the party. With a little finagling, Jen was able to work around her school testing schedule and escape for a long weekend. :woohoo: A trip was born.

I won't go into the tedious pre trip details. I will just say that our dates were April 28th - May 6th. Well, not all of us where there on all those dates, but that was the general time frame.

Melissa (mickeysmyboy) 4/28 - 5/4
Mary Ellen (mek) 4/29 - 5/5
Jen (jenjolt) 4/29 - 5/3
Cynthia (eandesmom) 4/30 - 5/5
Tracy (manntra) 4/30 - 5/6
Christine (2xcited2sleep) 4/30 - 5/6

In the weeks that led up to this trip we were all getting quite excited. We had ADRs planned for months and a special tour planned. We were down to our final countdown when one intrepid member got sick - Yeah - that would be me! I started a hard core diet and exercise regimen about a month before the trip. That, combined with the fact that I don't sleep enough at night, helped me come down with strep throat and a cold to boot! There were several days where I thought I might have to cancel, or at the very least, change my flight by a few days. But even though I wasn't perfect, I still managed to leave as planned. Crisis averted. Phew!

I woke up bright and early on D-Day (which was also the Royal Wedding Day) and finished all my last minute packing. I had originally planned to work half a day, but because I had been so sick, I just took the whole day off.

Here's a picture of my Max baby that I took right before leaving for the airport:

Oh yeah - and here's my first drink picture of the trip. A berry smoothy from Costco!

I really didn't take too many travel pictures, but I took this one at the Philly airport because I liked the hot air balloon in the distance,

My chariot awaits

I had an uneventful flight. I sat next to the nicest college student who told me all about Haverford College. She was traveling home to Orlando for the weekend to attend her cousin's wedding. To my right was another nice lady who I think was traveling for business. I couldn't help telling them all about my upcoming girl's trip.

I did take a few pics with my iphone. These are familiar sites to all of you.

LOL! I don't really have the whole iphone picture thing down yet!

It's funny how comfortable I feel at MCO. It's like coming home to me. As soon as I get there I think, "Wow. I feel like I was just here." It's deja vu to me.

So What Resort Was I Heading to?????? Well, I was actually going to two of the four resorts on that DME sign. I had two nights booked at POR and 4 nights at the Beach Club Villas (my dream resort). :woohoo: I would have loved to spend all 6 nights at BCV, but I didn't quite have enough points to pay the Easter week point tab. So I decided POR would be nice. I think the landscaping there is fabulous. And, as luck would have it, POR was the first DME stop! My flight landed about 5pm and I arrived at POR shortly after 6pm. It doesn't get any better than that!

I tried to take the infamous Welcome to Disney World Picture with my phone, but as you can see the Love Bugs obscured my view. Yuck!

Oh Yeah......

Do you think the driver was out of wiper fluid or did he just give up?

Arriving at POR I did the regular check-in. I waited 5 minutes. I was quick to request a room in the mansion section. My conversation went something like this....

"My room mate is coming in on the red eye. She will be REALLY disappointed if we don't have a mansion room. Any chance?"

Well, I did get a mansion room and it looked a bit like this.....

So I am gonna tell the other ladies to get on over here for introductions. Hope you will join us for the fun!!!!!!!

MEK 05-13-2011 07:37 PM

Chapter Links!

1. Christine's (2xcited2sleep) introduction
2. Jen's (jenjolt) introduction
3. Tracy's (manntra) introduction
4. Cynthia's (eandesmom) Introduction
5. Breaking the Code of Silence
6. Melissa's (mickeysmyboy) introduction
7. I've Arrived (By Melissa)
8. Meeting Melissa
9. The End of Melissa's First Day (yes we are going out of order :laughing:)
10. Cynthia's Red Eye
11. A Long Evening Traveling (Jen's arrival)
12. Melissa Moves to BCV
13. East Meets West Finally (and then there were four)
14. East Meets West (continued)
15. Stuck in Detroit With a Missing Box (Tracy)
16. Madam, I Need You to Do Me a Favor (Christine)
17. Beignets and Breakfast (Cynthia)
18. Melissa's Evening in the WorldShow Case with Awesome Fireworks
19. Is That Salt on Your B**B?
20. continued
21. Cynthia's Walk Though the World Showcase
22. Continued
23. Melissa's Beautiful World Showcase Pictures
24. And Then There Were Five .....Walking the World "ShowPlace"
25. Continued
26. Photopass Pictures! Pooh & The Gang
27. Photopass Pictures!Sorcerer Mickey
28. And Then There Were 6 aka "You Know What's Really Fun When you're a Dork Like Me"
29. Continued
30. Gifts From Cynthia
31. Who's James Taylor? (Cynthia)
32. Grapefruit Margarita - Yum! (Tracy)
33. Rehobeth Beach Overnighter
34. Oh, My Aching Head
35. Continued
36. Tracy Meets Her Cousin
37. Christine Hits the MK <br />
38. Cynthia Gets Solo Time in the MK
39. Continued
40. Continued
41. Two Belles (Cynthia)
42. Continued
43. Continued
44. Continued
45. Rum Therapy
46. Continued
47. Continued
48. If they Can Change All the Classics, Then Why Can't I get a GD drink in the MK? (Christine)
49. Continued
50. BlueZoo
51. BlueZoo - Don't Touch Those Beets (Cynthia)
52. Blue Zoo - Burnt Orange Cocktail (Christine)
53. BlueZoo (Tracy)
54. July 4th Update and Presents from Melissa and Tracy - check em out!
55. Skipping the Spa
56. Sometimes Limos aren't all that luxurious & other topics - Welcome Back Melissa!
57. Haunted Mansion All By Myself http://www.disboards.comshowthread.p...ply&p=41772118
58. Continued with TSI pix
59. Continued
60. Christine's Epcot and Chefs de France
61. Tracy's Epcot and Chefs de France update
62. My, What a Big Lens You Have?
63. Continued
64. Continued
65. Spa Time and Remy Photoshoot (Melissa)
66. My Great Big Beautiful Birthday Surprise - YUM!
67. Where's Cynthia? Better Known as Dinner at Tutto!
68. continued
69. A Scrub and a Rub (Cynthia)
70. Continued
71. Continued
72. A Wild African Trek
73. Continued
74. Hungry, Hungry Hippos
75. Cynthia's Start to the Trek
76. Keep on Treking!
77. Continued
78. Christine's Trek Update
79. It's All About the Food (Trek Food)
80. A Can in a Can in a Can
81. Continued
82. Continued
83. African Trek Photopass Pictures
84. Continued
85. West Virginia Photos (four posts - just keeping going)
86. Trek Photopass Pictures
87. Continued
88. Continued
89. Continued
90. Christine's Big Cat Pictures
91. JIKO BABY (Part I)
92. JIKO BABY (Part II)
93. Continued
94. Cynthia's JIKO post
95. How Do You Think We Got This Trip Report Name? Part I
96. How Do You Think We Got This TR Name? Part II
97. Continued
98. How Do You Think We Got This TR Name? The End
99. Christine's HS/BD Update
100. Tracy's HS/BD Update
101. Death at the Midway (Cynthia)
102. A Date at the Derby (Cynthia)
103. The Long Road Home
104. Continued
105. Continued
106. The Fine Art of Noodling and Ritas at the Ditch
107. The American Flag (In Remembrance of 9/11)
108. Christine's La Hacienda Update
109. Ice Cream & Butterfiles (Cynthia)
110. Continued
111. Multiplying Mugs and Please Don't Rock the Glider
112. Continued
113. Cynthia's Last Morning
114. Continued
115. Continued
116. Fairies & Follies
117. Continued
118. Hotties & Homeward Bound
119. Continued
120. Ode to East Meets West Girls
121. Day 1 Review
122. Day 2 Review
123. Day 2 Review continued
124. Day 3 Review
125. Day 3 Review continued
126. One Last Soar & Sip (Cynthia)
127. Via Napoli (Christine)
128. Day 4 Reviewhttp://[
129. Day 4 Review continued
130. Day 5 Review
131. Day 5 Review continued
132. Day 5 continued
133. Day 6 Review
134. Day 6 continued
135. Day 7 Review
136. Trip Firsts
137. Favorite Trip Pictures
138. Photopass Pictures
139. Continued
140. Final Thoughts & Farewells
141. Melissa's Final Thoughts
142. Christine's Final Thoughts
143. Cynthia's Final Thoughts
144. Tracy's Final Thoughts

Stringbean&Wingnut 05-13-2011 07:40 PM

Yay another TR!!!! I'm definitely in! :goodvibes

mickeysmyboy 05-13-2011 07:54 PM

Woo hoo MaryEllen! Yippee for starting the tr!! What a fabulous intro!!!

This is a busy weekend in my house!! I'll be back on Monday with an intro and info on my time alone!

All7OfUs 05-13-2011 08:00 PM

Oh goody, goody, goody, goody! Y'all have started!!! I'm so excited I just don't know what to do with myself!!!

Awesome start, Schweety!!

MsHershey 05-13-2011 08:03 PM

I'm in. Looking forward to reading more.

2xcited2sleep 05-13-2011 08:33 PM

What a GREAT job with the intro, Mary Ellen! I knew there was a reason we nominated you the narrator... and the trip photographer... and the sherpa. :rotfl:

As you said, this trip really did come together with remarkable ease. I think the hardest part was waiting for arrival day to come! :upsidedow

You asked for an intro and so here is mine:
I'm Christine (obviously). I celebrate my 29th birthday in July (and have been celebrating # 29 for -ahem- quite a few years now, if you catch my drift...:rolleyes1). I am a confirmed Disney addict. For me, I think I most look forward to the escape from reality, high caliber of customer service, overall magic and atmosphere, sunshine, and food/drink. :cloud9: I am not a big thrill ride lover, in fact I'm a wimp. :sad2: I'm definitely not a commando park tourer. I tend to take things as they come. That's not to say I don't do any research/planning before I go, because I do... quite a bit (mostly around ADRs). But when I get there I tend to go with the flow. Or at least try to.....:rolleyes:

I am a new(er) DVC owner. I bought my first contract through resale at Beach Club Villas and - breaking news!!- am in the process of securing an add-on contract. It's a disease. These ladies infected me. A couple of them also infected me with the ipad disorder... which has also been ordered. :rolleyes: The benefits of being a singleton... no braces, college or other "nonsense" to plan for. ;)

Favorite Park: EPCOT More specifically, World Showcase
Favorite Restaurant: Currently, Via Napoli. (And, no, not just because of the cute waiters... but they don't hurt...) Honorable mention to Brown Derby and La Cava del Tequila
Favorite Drink: Champagne
Favorite Resort: Beach Club
Favorite Time of Year to Visit: October. Love the combo of fall/Halloween decorations and, of course, Food & Wine!!
Favorite Character: Tigger or Pluto
Favorite Ride: Soarin'
2nd Best Kept Disney Secret: Downtown Disney Margarita Shack.

Despite numerous visits there are still plenty of things I haven't done... I guess that is what keeps me coming back for more.

This trip was full of fun, laughter and plenty of margaritas (so much that my ankles were swollen from all the salt!) Can't wait to share it with you!! :) Especially the story behind this TR title. We had quite a few one-liner contenders for the title... I suspect you'll hear them all as our tale unfolds.

Oh, and I may as well confess here that I absolutely detest pictures of myself so you will likely not see too many. In fact I told Mary Ellen that she needed a signed release and waiver from me before any publication. :lmao:
As far as travel goes, I arrived a few days later than the rest of the ladies on Saturday morning. So I guess I'll wait until we come upon Saturday in our tale to share my travel story - not that it is at all exciting.

Love all your pictures of MCO, Mary Ellen and I agree with you completely on how at home I feel there.

I will confess that, yes, as Mary Ellen's intro song goes, I did pretty much check-in and head right for the slushie stand. Although to be fair, I ordered champagne... this time.

manntra 05-13-2011 09:11 PM

What a great intro ME!! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 I'm so glad we nominated you as the narrator!! :goodvibes You are so good at multitasking....sherpa, paparazzi, noodler :rotfl2:
I will be back soon to properly introduce myself.....had a trying week back in reality and my allergies are making me delusional ;)
I will say that this was a very memorable trip with many fun stories to share :goodvibes


Queenofallthings 05-13-2011 10:20 PM

Woo Hoo you started...cannot wait to hear all about your girl's trip!!:goodvibes

tinacaplan 05-13-2011 11:53 PM

Cannot wait to hear all about this trip! :goodvibes Glad that you all started this. Another DIStraction before my trip. :lmao:

chloe770 05-14-2011 07:02 AM

Delaware in the house!...but not so happy to be from here (Dover area)this weekend:sad2:

Sound like a fun TR about to start. Looking forward to it.

Charleston Princess 05-14-2011 07:41 AM

Here to hear all about the crazy girl fun I know you all had!!! LOL!

flafan 05-14-2011 07:50 AM

This is going to be a fun read I can not wait :)

MeMom 05-14-2011 08:00 AM


Originally Posted by MEK (Post 41101740)

It's funny how comfortable I feel at MCO. It's like coming home to me. As soon as I get there I think, "Wow. I feel like I was just here." It's deja vu to me.

MCO is my favorite airport, of course! When we see those mosaic tile floors, we know the fun is about to begin!!!


Originally Posted by 2xcited2sleep (Post 41102224)

This trip was full of fun, laughter and plenty of margaritas (so much that my ankles were swollen from all the salt!) Can't wait to share it with you!! :) Especially the story behind this TR title. We had quite a few one-liner contenders for the title... I suspect you'll hear them all as our tale unfolds.

It made me smile to read that the trip was full of laughter. I know it was such a fun group. :goodvibes

I am looking forward to reading along as we countdown to July 1st, when we take off again.

Nermel9 05-14-2011 08:32 AM

Yay, great intro Mary Ellen, this is going to be such a fun trip report! :cool1: And hi Christine, nice to "meet" you! :wave: Can't wait to read more!

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