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POLY1985 06-20-2012 12:58 PM

BELLE & THE 3 BEASTS-June 9-17,2012-**UPDATED 11/27** THE END
 
Hi everyone and welcome to my first trip report. Ive been a member of the boards since 2003 and pop on and off periodically when Im pre and post trips. I kind of stay off the boards when there are no trips in the works because I get too depressed.  Our last visit was 2007 when we celebrated my oldest sons 17th birthday. This trip took place June 9-17, 2012 and was a celebration of my youngest sons 17th birthday. Im sure you are sensing a pattern here.
And now I will introduce you to the cast of characters:
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Jesse/Linda/Doug/Zach
Belle (me) aka Linda, 49 9TH TRIP
Grew up watching The Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights. First trip was with my parents, grandmother and cousin during the Bicentennial when I was 13. We camped at Ft. Wilderness (only Poly and Contemporary were there MK was the only park). I fell instantly in love with Disney. The fireworks over the castle on July 4, 1976 were the most wonderful ones I have ever seen. I could not have had a better Bicentennial experience. I returned to the world in 1979 at age 16 with my parents and again stayed at Ft. Wilderness. Spent a lot of time over at Poly in their pool (you could pool hop back then).
FAV PARK: Magic Kingdom for nostalgia, Epcot for World Showcase
FAV RIDES: Tower of Terror, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and most recently Star Tours
FAV MOVIES: Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp, The Aristocats
FAV CHARACTERS: Belle, Tigger, Marie, Toy Story Aliens

Beast #1 (DH) aka Doug, 52 7TH TRIP
Had never been to Disney before he met me. Convinced him it was the place to go for our honeymoon. We married in October of 1985 and honeymooned at the Polynesian which I had fallen in love with on my previous trips. Epcot had just opened a few years earlier so it was my first time seeing it too. We had such fun exploring the new park together and touring the countries and tasting all the different food.
FAV PARK: Epcot
FAV RIDES: Rock n Roller Coaster

Beast #2 (DS) aka Jesse, 21 6TH TRIP
First visit was 1993 when he was not quite 3. We stayed at Caribbean Beach since it was pirate themed (waaaay before the PoC movies). Other trips were 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2007.
FAV PARK: Hollywood Studios
FAV RIDES: Rock n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Space Mountain, Star Tours

Beast #2 (DS) aka Zach, turning 17 at Disney 5TH TRIP
First visit was 1998 when he was not quite 3. (do you sense a theme there before 3, theyre free!!!!!) We went with my parents and stayed at the Ft. Wilderness cabins. Animal Kingdom opened while we were there and we got to go to a soft opening for resort guests before the grand opening. Other trips for Zach were 2000, 2003 and 2007. This trip we will celebrate his 17th birthday.
FAV PARK: Hollywood Studios
FAV RIDES: Rock n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Space Mountain, Star Tours

Before the trip I had a few goals that I wanted to do. Since I did not do an official pre trip report, I am going to post them here. Lets see how many were accomplished.

Keys to the Kingdom tour
Go to POFQ and take boat to DTD
Get a Photopass
Try Dole Whip
Try School Bread
Try Grey Goose Slushie
Ride Jungle Cruise at night
Go to La Cava
Go to Fantasmic
Find our brick*** and take a pic

***And what is this? The Walk Around the World Brick. These are the bricks you see as you exit the monorail and head to the MK. There are some heading out the pathway toward the GF, some heading toward the CT and I believe some at POLY. They started offering them for sale around 1994. At that time, we were planning another child so I wanted to wait until said child was born before purchasing a brick. Zach was born in 1995 and I ordered our brick a while later. Our brick has the year 96 on it. It also has the town we lived in at the time and moved from in 97 (sigh). I wish I would have just put Pennsylvania. So we try to get a picture each year. So far we only missed getting the pic in 2003 dont know why.

POLY1985 06-20-2012 12:59 PM

Saving for chapter links:
CHAPTER ONE: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...35&postcount=1
CHAPTER TWO: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...58&postcount=7
CHAPTER THREE: http://www.disboards.com/showthread....4#post45305504
CHAPTER FOUR: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=30
CHAPTER FIVE: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=35
CHAPTER SIX PART ONE: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=38
CHAPTER SIX PART TWO: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=39
CHAPTER SEVEN: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=44
CHAPTER EIGHT: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=54
CHAPTER NINE: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...2&postcount=61
CHAPTER TEN PART ONE: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=62
CHAPTER TEN PART TWO: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=63
CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE END! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=66

vassar36 06-20-2012 01:17 PM

can't wait to read your TR :goodvibes

POLY1985 06-20-2012 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by vassar36 (Post 45239041)
can't wait to read your TR :goodvibes

Welcome to the TR!

solana131 06-21-2012 11:10 AM

I'm in :thumbsup2 I am going for the first summer trip in less than a month, so I will be interested in how the heat and crowds are for you! Have fun!

ChattaAlley 06-21-2012 11:57 AM

If you are 49 then I am not ageing well at all. You look to be in your 30's .... no lie. Anyway. Great start to your TR.

POLY1985 06-21-2012 11:57 AM

CHAPTER 2 WHERE ARE WE GOING? PLUS PRE-TRIP
As I read what I wrote in Chapter 1, I realized I forgot the most crucial piece of information where the heck were we staying?
When I started planning this trip last year, I wanted to try something different. Out of all the resorts that I hadnt tried, the two I was most interested in were POFQ and the Beach Club. A friend of mine is a Disney Travel consultant and he had a good deal on a DVC Studio at the Beach Club. I was so excited. Then I looked at the sleeping arrangements in the Studio. One Queen bed okay, so far, so good. One Double pull out couch uhhh, not so good. Not with two grown sons who dont want to sleep together as it is. I could not imagine them bunking on a double for eight nights. Now I had to look for another option.
I was trying to keep the price down so eight nights at the Beach Club (plus $25/per night extra for my 21 year old son) was a bit pricy. I decided to try a split stay four nights Beach Club/four nights POFQ or 5 and 3. I was really excited about this idea. Then I started talking about it with the rest of the guys and they said you mean, were not going to Wilderness Lodge? Right after that we got the 30% off a room only discount so I decided to just go back to WL and make everyone happy.
I really do love the lodge. There is nothing like walking through that door and into the lobby it is breathtaking!
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Thursday, June 7
My Dad was operated on the day before so I wanted to see him before we left. After work, I picked up the boys and we headed to the hospital to visit. He was alert but in a lot of pain so we did not stay too long. We headed home to finish up the packing. One thing I love about Disney trips, especially summer ones, is the ease of packing. Basically shorts and tees for all with some sun dresses for me. I only have two large suitcases to pack for the 4 of us. I will have two carry-ons, one for shoes and one for all our electronics. I tend to be a pretty efficient packer.
After dinner, Zach and I watched Cars 2. We had not seen it before. It was pretty cute!

Friday, June 8, 2012
Doug had to work all day today but I took a half day. I need to go get a mani/pedi. I got to work and had an email from Jet Blue so I printed out my boarding passes. After I left work, I went to my usual nail salon. Apparently I was not the only one with the day off. It was packed. Not having a lot of time to wait, I went to another salon. The girl was extremely slow and only did an okay job.

When I was done with the nails I went home and packed the non-clothing items since all the clothes were done the night before. The boys took our dog over to my Mom and Dads and I cleaned up the kitchen. Everyone was ready by the time Doug got home so all we had to do was wait for him to shower, load up the car and we were off for Newark, New Jersey.

We could fly out of our local airport which is a 15 minute drive but they use Allegiant which flies into Sanford. I didnt want the added expense of a rental car and I wanted really wanted to try the Magical Express. Newark has Jet Blue which flies direct to Orlando.

We drove the 50 minute drive to Newark where we would spend the night. Since our flight was Saturday morning at 6:10AM and no one really wanted to get up at 2:00AM to drive there, we used a stay and park hotel near the airport. Your room, airport shuttle and parking for the week are one price around $120. Not a bad deal. The hotel was actually very nice.
It was around 6:00PM by the time we got checked in so we decided to eat early so we could go back to the room and relax. The hotel told us the airport shuttle would pick us up at 4:00AM so we wanted to get to bed early. We walked over to a Ruby Tuesdays which was next store. I had a Cajun fish, Doug got ribs and the boys each got a different type of burger. We headed back to the hotel but Zach and I were too excited to relax. Doug told us there was a gym downstairs so we went down to burn off some energy. We used the elliptical, bike and treadmill and then went back to the room.

POLY1985 06-21-2012 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by solana131 (Post 45248048)
I'm in :thumbsup2 I am going for the first summer trip in less than a month, so I will be interested in how the heat and crowds are for you! Have fun!

Hi and welcome! It was pretty hot but I thought it was manageable but then I don't mind the heat as much as my husband and sons. I thought it was a lot worse when we were there in August in '07.
As for the crowds, I actually expected it to be worse. We try to get to the parks by rope drop and you really can get a lot done in the first two hours. We do the afternoon pool break and then go back in the evenings.

solana131 06-21-2012 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by POLY1985 (Post 45248604)
As for the crowds, I actually expected it to be worse. We try to get to the parks by rope drop and you really can get a lot done in the first two hours. We do the afternoon pool break and then go back in the evenings.

Well this sounds encouraging :) That's my plan, to fully utilize EMHs both morning and evening with breaks during the mid-day heat. Good to know if we make rope drop we can still get things done. I checked the crowd calendar at UCT and you had 7s and 8s. We will have one 10, two 9s, two 7s and an 8. I think we'll be fine :scared:

Yay for Wilderness Lodge! That's where we are staying in Dec '13 (hubby's request). We had dinner at WCC during our last stay and he said "Ok, if I am forced to come back here, we are staying at this place". :lmao:

POLY1985 06-21-2012 02:57 PM

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Originally Posted by ChattaAlley (Post 45248543)
If you are 49 then I am not ageing well at all. You look to be in your 30's .... no lie. Anyway. Great start to your TR.

Thank you.:blush:

POLY1985 06-21-2012 02:58 PM

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Originally Posted by solana131 (Post 45248700)
Well this sounds encouraging :) That's my plan, to fully utilize EMHs both morning and evening with breaks during the mid-day heat. Good to know if we make rope drop we can still get things done. I checked the crowd calendar at UCT and you had 7s and 8s. We will have one 10, two 9s, two 7s and an 8. I think we'll be fine :scared:

Yay for Wilderness Lodge! That's where we are staying in Dec '13 (hubby's request). We had dinner at WCC during our last stay and he said "Ok, if I am forced to come back here, we are staying at this place". :lmao:

We had two unplanned meals at WCC which I'll tell about in later chapters.

LifeIsDis 06-25-2012 07:40 AM

You have another perosn joining in here! :goodvibes
I am so excited to read about your trip and what you thought of the Wilderness Lodge. My favorite resort is the WL and I'm staying there in August. So excited!

POLY1985 06-25-2012 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by LifeIsDis (Post 45281522)
You have another perosn joining in here! :goodvibes
I am so excited to read about your trip and what you thought of the Wilderness Lodge. My favorite resort is the WL and I'm staying there in August. So excited!

Welcome! I know you'll enjoy your stay. Hope you get one of the refurbished rooms. I should have another update on Wednesday.

mirage0306 06-25-2012 09:47 AM

Hi--joining in! Were there around the same time (5th-16th). I LOVE the Wilderness Lodge--we stayed there last year and it was breathtaking!!

gogo 06-25-2012 10:23 AM

Hi, glad I found your report. My son is 17 so it will be fun to read along. When he was younger my husband went on a few trips with us but since my son was in 6th grade he and I have gone every January. It sort has become a tradition. Our touring has changed as he has gotten older. He spends a lot of time at the hotel pool and gym but I really enjoy spending the time we do spend together.

Looking forward to reading more...


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