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TABLE OF CONTENTSIntroductions 6/24/2012
Day1 June 9th 2012
D-Day AKA "Will They Let Me on the Plane With a Cold?" 6/24/12
Where's the Disney Bubble? June 27, 2012
Day 2 June 10th 2012
Where's the Disney Bubble? (continued) June 27, 2012
Trains & Treehouses Part 1 7/1/2012
Trains & Treehouses Part 2
Trains & Treehouses Part 3
Prelude to a Meltdown Part 1 7/6/2012
Prelude to a Meltdown Part 2
Prelude to a Meltdown Part 3
The Meltdown Part 1 7/8/2012
The Meltdown Part 2
Day 3 June 11, 2012
Transportation Mojo....or Not? Part 17/12/2012
Transportation Mojo.....or Not? Part 2
Transportation Mojo....or Not? Part 3
Fast Pass or Fail? 7/15/2012
You're Leaving Now? Part I 7/18/2012
You're Leaving Now? Part 2
You're Leaving Now? Part 3
Day 4 June 12, 2012
Before the Cookie Toss Part 1 7/21/2012
Before the Cookie Toss Part 2
Before the Cookie Toss Part 3
The Cookie Toss Part 1 7/25/2012
The Cookie Toss Part 2
The Turtle Crawl (for eandesmom) 7/28/2012
Drama Free Part 17/28/2012
Drama Free Part 2
Drama Free Part 3
Quick Service Dining Plan Analysis Day 1 - 3
Day 5 June 13, 2012
Rope Drop, Baby! Part 17/31/2012
Rope Drop, Baby! Part 2
Wait.....Stop! Part 1 8/3/2012
Wait....Stop! Part 2
Wait.....Stop! Part 3
This & That Part 1 8/18/2012
This & That Part 2
This & That Part 3
Star Tours & More Part 18/21/2012
Star Tours & More Part 2
Star Tours & More Part 3
Day 6 June 14, 2012
Melting Again Part 1 8/26/2012
Melting Again Part 2
Melting Again Part 3
New Ticker 8/28/12
Soarin' High Part 1 8/30/2012
Soarin' High Part 2
Soarin' High Part 3
One Little Spark Part 1 9/4/2012
One Little Spark Part 2
One Little Spark Part 3
A Magical Night Part 1 9/9/2012
A Magical Night Part 2
Cheesecake DIS Meet
Day 7 June 15, 2012
And Then There Were Two....Part 1 9/17/2012
And Then There Were Two......Part 2
Where to Now? Part 1 9/21/2012
Where to Now? Part 2
Where to Now? Part 3
Final Analysis of the Quick Service Dining Plan9/21/2012
Art of Animation Pit Stop Part 19/25/2012
AoA Pit Stop Part 2
AoA Pit Stop Part 3
AoA Pit Stop Part 4
Daytona Bay....Beeeeeee! Part 1 9/28/2012
Daytona Bay....Beeeeeee! Part 2
Day 8 June 16, 2012
Daytona.... Bay Beeeeeee! Part 3
Daytona.... Bay Beeeeeee! Part 4
MEK Versus the Gas Cap10/2/2012
Illuminate Me Part 110/6/2012
Illuminate Me Part 2
Day 9 June 17, 2012
Rope Drop Maybe ?Part 110/11/2012
Rope Drop Maybe? Part 2
Rope Drop Maybe? Part 3
I Ain't Going to No D@^^&n Gatlinburg Part 1 10/30/2012
I Ain't Going to No D@^^&n Gatlinburg Part 2
I Ain't Going to No D@^^&n Gatlinburg Part 3
Table For Two Part 111/6/2012
Table For Two Part 2
Table For Two Part 3
Table For Two Part 4
Day 10 June 18, 2012
Go Big or Go Home! Part 111/11/2012
Go Big or Go Home! Part 2
Go Big or Go Home! Part 3
Crash and Burn Part 1 11/16/2012
Crash and Burn Part 2
Crash and Burn Part 3
A Hidden Gem Part 1 11/19/2012
A Hidden Gem Part 2
A Hidden Gem Part 3
The Last Supper Part 1 11/23/2012
The Last Supper Part 2
The Last Supper Part 3
Sparks Fly (Part 1) 11/30/2012
Sparks Fly (Part 2)
Day 11 Tuesday June 19, 2012
....and Good Bye Part 1 11/30/2012
....and Good Bye Part 2
Our Trip Review in Pictures Part 1 12/8/2012
Picture Review Part 2
Picture Review Part 3
Picture Review Part 4
Picture Review Part 5
Picture Review Part 6
Picture Review Part 7
Picture Review Part 8
Picture Review Part 9
Picture Review Part 10
Firsts, Foremosts, and Final Thoughts12/14/2012
I'm here I'm here popcorn::
Hi Again DIS friends!
I can't believe its time to start another trip report. Yup, another saga needs to be written.
My name is Mary Ellen (MEK) and I've actually lost count as to how many TRs I've written and how many times I've visited Disney World. I kept trying to count up my trips on the plane, but I kept getting confused somewhere around 15. I thought my signature might help me, but I left a trip out somewhere, so I'm still not sure of the actual talley.
Anyho - my latest adventure started on June 9th 2012 and ended on June 19th. That's right - I spent 10 glorious (cough, cough) nights in Florida. I wracked up some pretty impressive statistics on this trip. For instance:
I flew in and out of a brand new airport.
I was a registered guest at two different Disney resorts.
I slept in four different beds.
I swam in 5 different Disney pools.
I visited 7 different Disney resorts.
I ate at 5 new Disney restaurants. No make that 6.
I made park opening 4 times.
I used my annual pass on 9 consecutive Disney days.
I tried the Quick Service Dining plan for the first time.
I watched Illuminations 3 times.
I finally saw the Main Street Electrical Parade.
I made my brother angry at least twice. (I did not make my SIL mad at me once!)
I left the Disney bubble on two separate occasions.
I met two new DISers and their son for the first time. I met one East Meets West Girl for the second time.
I am sure I had at least one alcoholic beverage on every day we were in Florida.
And I'm sure the list goes on.
So here's the cast of characters on this fun adventure.
Here's me on D (departure) Day as we are pulling out of the driveway (finally). I managed a fake smile, but I was actually getting irritated that we were taking so long to get on the road.
Here's Denny (the Denster) and I on our 20th anniversary trip a few years ago:
Sorry. I haven't uploaded any Denny pics yet.
Here's Nick. Thrilled to be on the fake monorail at MCO and probably already texting his GF.
Here's a picture of my awesome nephews, so obviously overjoyed to be taking their first trip to Disney.
That's LJ on our left (memba him from the 09 trip) and his youngest brother CJ
And here's Jason on the left and Matt on the right
(I made up all these names using their first initials). My nephews range in age from 5 to 12. That's one busy household.
I have very few pics of my brother and SIL and only one group shot, so I think I'll save it!
I'm really not big on the back ground story, but I'm sure you'll get to know us all (if you don't already), rather quickly!
So stay tuned for adventure, mayhem, and meltdowns as we embark on this 10 day journey!
Up Next: Departure Day!
YAY!!! You started!!! I'm in!
Wouldn't miss it :goodvibes
I'm in....can't wait to hear all about it; great start. :thumbsup2
Woo hoo! :cool1: Did I make page one?
Here! Can't wait to hear all about it and enjoy another report filled with your gorgeous photos.
Going back to read....
Impressive stats! 4 beds, 5 pools, 7 resorts and 6 new restaurants! Wow!! And of course you know I am pleased to hear you indulged in an adult beverage each day... vacation the way the universe intended it. :)
D- Day aka "Will they let me on the plane with a cold?"?"
Really? Who doesn't LOVE D Day? Excitement and Anticipation Abound. It's almost the best part of the trip. Second, of course, to actually arriving!
If you followed my last TR you might recall that I am a DVC member and I was so excited when I booked a treehouse villa 11 months out for the expressed purpose of taking my brother, SIL, and their 4 boys to Disney world for their first family trip. Little did I know that at 2 months out they would still be undecided as to whether they were even going.
That's right ------ 2 months to D Day and I still didn't have a firm commitment from my brother's family. It seems that somewhere in the last 40 some odd years my brother decided he was afraid to fly. On top of that he didn't want the rest of the family to fly without him. At one point my brother completely backed out of the trip saying he would never want to go to a place like Disney. I put the guilt trip on him and, a few weeks later, they had their Auto Train Reservation.
So on June 9th, D Day, Day 1, whatever you want to call it, my bro and his family left their home in PA to drive to the auto train in Lorton Va.
We, on the other hand, wanted no parts of the auto train so we were scheduled to fly out that night. You can see that I was clearly the first one ready. Yup, all packed and ready to go....
We live in Delaware, but had an evening flight booked from Lehigh Valley (or Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton) International Airport. It's a little over 2 hours from our home. We always fly from either Philly or BWI, but I found a $95 one way flight on air tran and it was the cheapest thing going. Flights have really gone up in the last year or so and I jumped on this fare while I could.
LVI or ABE or, whatever you want to call it, is a small regional airport, but I've heard great things about it and, since we have family that live a stones throw from the airport, it just made sense.
The plan was to visit Denny's mom and then head over to the airport for our 6pm flight. Unfortunately, Denny came down with a wicked cold on D Day and he was very worried about getting his 90 year old mom sick. A legitimate concern. So he procrastinated until we barely had enough time for an hour visit with her. We stopped and brought her a late lunch and his brother came over and offered to drive us to the airport.
This was huge and saved us $90 in parking.
Here we are arriving in Bethlehem to see Denny's mom
This really is an old steel mill town
This place used to spook me, but gradually the area is being renovated and refurbished and there is even a brand spanking new Sands casino in the midst of the old steel mills. (if you look hard you can see the sign in the first picture)
We left our car at Denny's brothers house and it was literally a 8 minute drive to the airport
Denny was pretty freaked out about his cold and, on more than one occasion, he asked, "will they let me fly with this cold?". To which I replied, "No, I am certain they will quarantine your for 48hrs at which point you will be given two fully body scans and a pat down".
For a split second he may have believed me. :rolleyes1
We had checked bags and there was literally no one in line to check in. The security area was also vacant. It was awesome. It all felt very VIP to me. The airport waiting area had some cute window box displays. The first one I came across was "Ode to the Martin guitar".
I had to take a picture of this since I have a Martin and they are made right in Nazareth Pa. Probably one of the few things I own that isn't made in China! :laughing:
This second shadow box was done by some budding artists at a local school.
When I came across this next shadow box I thought "why do they still have Easter candy out?", but then I remembered that the Just Born company is located somewhere close by.
All of today's flights can be found on just one board.
I thought the rocking chair near the window was a cute touch
Hmmmmm? Let me think about this for a minute....
Finally on board and ready for an on-time take off
High above the clouds
My reading material
We had the funniest flight crew EVER. We had Captain Mark as our pilot. Assistant captain Mark, Flight attendant Marc, and flight attendant Markie Mark. :rotfl2: These guys were a freakin' hoot. They were laugh out loud funny. Markie Mark was doing a little dance while he was showing us how to activate the emergency vest. His comment was "If you have two chlldren and the oxygen mask falls out of the ceiling, pick the kid with the most potential". Too freaking funny.
Oh, and if anyone is interested, the flight time from ABE to MCO is 2 hours and 10 minutes. Works for me.
In flight beverage. A whole soda can - SCORE!
I do think we had to circle a bit before landing due to weather over the airport, but we ended up on the ground right on time.
Finally - everyone's favorite first ride of the trip
The end of the line
We were off to claim our bags and get our rental car. I scored an excellent rate on a car through Alamo. $146 for 10 days - full size car! I have to thank the transportation boards for that.
Up Next....Where Will We Spend Our First Night Before Entering the Disney Bubble?
Oh - and one final thought - I LOVED flying out of ABE. It was awesome to avoid the whole big airport thing, have friendly people working, and depart right on time. So sad that Air Tran has pulled their ABE service. sniff sniff. I've been meaning to write SWA about that.
I'm here! Going back to catch up! :happytv:
I'm in!!! :banana::banana:
Pick the kid with the most potential. :rotfl2: Love when the flight crew has a sense of humor. Definitely makes a difference and score on the full can of soda (how sad is it that this is now one of the measures of a good flight?)
What did you think of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? I've heard good things about the whole series but tried and couldn't get into it. Wondering if I should try again.
Poor Denster with a cold. Hope it didn't slow him down once in WDW. I am crazy on planes with purell and emergen-C or airborne. Not his fault and would never want him to miss his vacation but don't want to catch the bug either. :upsidedow
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