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johnsonginad 04-11-2012 06:30 PM

Characters, Crowds and Cuisine-A Tale of the World at Spring Break!
 
Hello and :welcome:

This is the start of a magical trip to the most magical place on Earth! Disney World! During this trip report, you will discover everything about our trip; including the Characters, the Cuisine and the Crowds. So let's get started!!

cbcrockett 04-11-2012 06:58 PM

I'm first! :banana: can't wait to hear all about it! Especially about your DD's reaction to the surprise! :thumbsup2

johnsonginad 04-11-2012 06:59 PM

Our Cast of Characters!...or...Meet the Family!
 
Now is the time for you to meet the first of the many characters that you will encounter on this TR. It's time to meet my family!

First up is me. My name is Gina, and I am a 31 year old wife and mother, and I'm also a full time banker. In my spare time (yeah...like there's much of that :lmao:) I like to read, sing, shop, and spend time with my wonderful family!

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Uh...I'm the one on the left. :lmao:

Also in that picture is DH, my Prince Charming. He is 32 years old, and is the most wonderful father and husband on the face of the Earth! He enjoys going to Disney World just as much as I do, too, which is totally awesome!!! When he's not at work he likes to play golf, and (as he says) hang out with his girls.

Next up is our little Princess, 6 year old Emma! Emma started kindergarten this year, and is the apple of our eye. Seriously, we would do anything for this little booger:

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...nginad/054.jpg

So, now that we have the intros out of the way, let's get going with the real reason why you're here! On with the fun!!!!

johnsonginad 04-11-2012 07:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cbcrockett (Post 44570616)
I'm first! :banana: can't wait to hear all about it! Especially about your DD's reaction to the surprise! :thumbsup2

YAY!!! I'm so glad you're here!!! :yay::yay::yay:

johnsonginad 04-11-2012 07:45 PM

The Big Reveal
 
Those of you that read my PTR know that this trip was a surprise trip! Climb aboard my time machine, and I'll give you some backstory.

Our first WDW trip as a family was in March 2011. This trip started out to be a surprise trip, but we failed miserably. And when I say miserably, and mean it was a big FAT epic FAIL! Seriously, people...we booked the trip and caved in and told Emma an hour later. :rotfl2: Needless to say, we had a FABULOUS time on that trip and couldn't wait to plan our return!

Now...back to present time...well...sort of...

On Christmas Day, 2011, we were sitting in the living room taking all of Emma's new Lalaloopsy dolls out of their boxes and watching the Disney Parks Christmas Parade. We started wishing that we had planned a trip back, SOON! Fast forward a little to New Year's Eve, when Disney made their "big announcement". The commercials had us hooked. Immediately, One Republic's song "Good Life" became our mantra. Prince Charming and I started talking seriously about planning a return trip. And on January 2nd, we booked it. 7 days, six nights in a standard view room at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter resort. We added 7 day park hopper passes and the Disney Dining Plan. Little did we know that this wouldn't be the end of the planning.

We recieved one of those beautiful little elusive PIN codes in the mail shortly after that in February. This PIN changed something for us. Our dining! YEP, we received a Free Dining PIN, and it included the our time frame we had booked for! WHOOPIE!!!!!!!!!! So, we immediately called and applied the PIN. We had already paid our trip in full, and this PIN called for Disney to refund us some moolah, so we did the next logical thing. We upgraded our dining to Deluxe and upgraded our room to a river view! We were so excited!!!! So after several ADR changes, and some very detailed lists on my part to get us organized it was time! It was March 28th, and the next day we were leaving for our happy place!!!

We were flying Southwest, and our flight out was scheduled to leave at 6:05am. So this meant that we had to get up WAY early because we live about an hour away from the airport. Of course, Prince Charming and I didn't sleep much that night because we were so excited. We had our alarm set for 2 am, but actually got up around 1:45 because we just couldn't stand to lay in the bed staring at the ceiling any longer. :lmao: We got up and got ready, then made one of Emma's favorite breakfast foods: Cinnamon Rolls!!! We woke her up around 3 and the surprises began.

Now, this particular day was a Friday, and Miss Emma thought that she had school that day. She new that Spring Break was the next week, but she thought she still had one more day of school left. We fed her breakfast and sat her in the chair in the living room for one of the biggest surprises she's ever had.

I plan on posting the video soon, if I can ever get it to upload correctly. I'm having issues with it giving me error messages. So until then, I'll just tell you how it went.

Prince Charming turned on the One Republic song on the surround sound in the living room, and I started talking.

Me: "Emma? What does this song make you think of?"

Emma: "Disney World!!!"

Me: "Disney World? Does that make you happy?"

Emma: (dancing singing and smiling) "YES!"

Me: "Well, Mommy and Daddy have a surprise for you. You don't have to go to school today."

Emma: (Celebrating because she doesn't have to go to school)

Me: "You're not going to school because we're going to Disney World today."

Emma: Squeals, and starts kicking her legs

Me: (putting her Minnie Mouse ears on her) "Come on, you've gotta get ready. Memom and Poppy will be here to pick us up in just a few minutes. We're getting ready to leave. We'll be there by lunch time."

Emma: (more squeals and kicking)

Me: (I think I was crying) :lmao:

So, after that, Memom and Poppy (Prince Charming's mom and dad) picked us up, and we headed toward the airport for our early flight!!!

johnsonginad 04-11-2012 08:04 PM

Our First Day!!!
 
The next thing we knew, we were walking through the doors at Nashville International Airport, and were heading toward security!

The security checkpoint was a breeze, and we were off to our gate in no time!

Emma was so excited, and had been chattering ever since we got up, and hadn't stopped yet. She was looking out the window

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and said "Mommy! I see our airplane!!!"

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She spent some time coloring in her Disney Princess coloring books that we had brought while we waited, because it was still a little while before we would be boarding.

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We boarding our plane, and before we knew it, we were landing in Orlando and heading toward the Magical Express! We were one of the first ones on the bus, so we took some pictures while we were waiting.

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Mommy and Emma

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Mommy and Dada

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The whole crew!

We seriously had the best bus driver EVER. He told jokes and talked to everybody while we waited for the video to start. At one point we were all cheering and he even slowed the bus down so we could get this shot!

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close

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closer

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almost there!

To our surprise, too, Port Orleans French Quarter was the first stop!!! :cool1:

We got all checked in, but our room wasn't ready yet. No big deal though! It was early, and we were heading to Downtown Disney to get an autograph book, pen and some lunch!

So we hopped aboard the Sassagoula Riverboat

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did a little shopping here:

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...nginad/036.jpg

and headed to Earl of Sandwich for an Original.

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Next stop? The Magic Kingdom!!!

(cont'd in next post)

johnsonginad 04-11-2012 08:19 PM

Our First Day! (cont'd)
 
After a glorious lunch at Earl of Sandwich, we hopped back on the boat to our resort, and caught the next bus to the Magic Kingdom!!!

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...nginad/038.jpg

We headed for the most logical first stop once we got there. We had to go see Mickey and Minnie!!!

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...nginad/042.jpg

We spent a while there just walking around and taking it all in. We were so happy to be there! We were so happy to see the castle, too! I even posted on Facebook about it. LOL. It said "Aint it pretty?"

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...nginad/043.jpg

We rode the Teacups, and Dumbo after that. The lines were SO long. We waited for what seemed like forever. We didn't care though. We were in Disney World!!!

We headed back to our resort, and finally got the text that our room was ready! We headed up to check out our room, rested for a few minutes, then headed out to our first of MANY ADRs.

Lidian 04-12-2012 09:08 AM

I'm here, I'm here, I'm here! And you started without me! :sad:
:lmao::rotfl2:

Totally digging your first updates! :love: MK doesn't look as crowded as I imagined it to be. :eek: I'm anxious to hear more about the crowds, and definitely about your trip in whole! :cloud9:

Your reveal story had me tearing up! :lovestruc I love great surprises! Your first "surprise" sounded exactly like mine! :lmao: I think you held out longer though. I'm not sure I had hung up the phone yet before I was screaming "We're going to WDW!" :rotfl2:

Anxiously waiting for more updates! popcorn::

johnsonginad 04-12-2012 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lidian (Post 44572484)
I'm here, I'm here, I'm here! And you started without me! :sad:
:lmao::rotfl2:

Totally digging your first updates! :love: MK doesn't look as crowded as I imagined it to be. :eek: I'm anxious to hear more about the crowds, and definitely about your trip in whole! :cloud9:

Your reveal story had me tearing up! :lovestruc I love great surprises! Your first "surprise" sounded exactly like mine! :lmao: I think you held out longer though. I'm not sure I had hung up the phone yet before I was screaming "We're going to WDW!" :rotfl2:

Anxiously waiting for more updates! popcorn::

YAY! So glad you're here!!! :thumbsup2

A little off subject, is the DIS acting quirky for you? For some reason, a post you made in another TR is showing up in the place of this one. The only way I could really read what you had written was by quoting it. :confused3

Weird, huh?

Crazy Mother of Two 04-12-2012 09:44 PM

Whew! I made it!!
Cinnamon Rolls are a wonderful way to wake up and find out that you are heading to Disney!!!
I'm loving your TR already .... can't wait to see more!

johnsonginad 04-13-2012 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy Mother of Two (Post 44579756)
Whew! I made it!!
Cinnamon Rolls are a wonderful way to wake up and find out that you are heading to Disney!!!
I'm loving your TR already .... can't wait to see more!

YAY! I'm so glad you made it over! :cool1:

I agree, Cinnamon Rolls are a great start to the day. Especially when you find out you're heading to Disney!!

I'm glad you are enjoying the report so far. There is a LOT more to come!! Just stay tuned!!! :thumbsup2

mommy2mb 04-13-2012 11:41 AM

Joining in!!! We were at POR from March 23rd-March 30th.

wakica 04-13-2012 11:49 AM

HEY!!! I posted on here already. Where did it go? :confused3

This is getting rediculous already :( this is a few posts now of mine that have gone AWOL:mad:
not to mention some things are VERY wrong with the site. Sometimes it says my posts have errors but then shows they worked and when they don't show errors I find they aren't there

I can only post in black!!! and I'm starting to get a bit tired of it. Maybe I shold just take a week off the boards and wait til it's fixed.


ANYWAY, sorry to let out my frustration on your trip report.

I loved the story of the reveal!!!!!! SO CUTE!!! Hope you get the video to work b/c it would be great to see.

Looks like a GREAT start to the vacation too :) I LOVED the anticipation of the DISNEY sign getting closer and closer. I could just feel the excitement building. :laughing:

dreamerchic33 04-13-2012 03:11 PM

So excited to be reading along!
What a beautiful family!!!
Her reaction to your surprise sounded priceless!!!!
xo Christina

johnsonginad 04-13-2012 06:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mommy2mb (Post 44583838)
Joining in!!! We were at POR from March 23rd-March 30th.

HI! :wave: Glad to have you here! Are you going to write a TR? I'd love to hear all about your trip! :goodvibes

Quote:

Originally Posted by wakica (Post 44583915)
HEY!!! I posted on here already. Where did it go? :confused3

This is getting rediculous already :( this is a few posts now of mine that have gone AWOL:mad:
not to mention some things are VERY wrong with the site. Sometimes it says my posts have errors but then shows they worked and when they don't show errors I find they aren't there

I can only post in black!!! and I'm starting to get a bit tired of it. Maybe I shold just take a week off the boards and wait til it's fixed.


ANYWAY, sorry to let out my frustration on your trip report.

I loved the story of the reveal!!!!!! SO CUTE!!! Hope you get the video to work b/c it would be great to see.

Looks like a GREAT start to the vacation too :) I LOVED the anticipation of the DISNEY sign getting closer and closer. I could just feel the excitement building. :laughing:

Girl, I completely understand your frustration. It's doing the SAME THING to me!! I could see where you had posted, but when I clicked into my TR there was nothing there! And one of Lidian's posts got jumbled up with a post she made on another TR. The only way I could read what she wrote on mine was to quote her post that was meant for the other TR. WOW...That sounds confusing. Did I make a bit of sense there? :confused3 :rotfl2:

I need to try to work on that video uploading stuff again this weekend. I hope I can get it to work!

Quote:

Originally Posted by dreamerchic33 (Post 44585851)
So excited to be reading along!
What a beautiful family!!!
Her reaction to your surprise sounded priceless!!!!
xo Christina

Thank you!! :hug: And I am glad you are excited to be here! There's lots more fun to come! I hope to get some posts knocked out this weekend. FINGERS CROSSED!! :rotfl:


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