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mousetravel 06-25-2012 02:37 PM

Mom/Daughter Birthday Celebration: Lots of Firsts and Laughs! (Update 3-18-13)
 
Join me for another one of our Mom/Daughter trips to WDW! We had some rainy days, but tons of fun! Here's the quick who, what, when, where, and how did we get there?



Who: Mom, who loves everything Disney.
Daughter, who also loves Disney, celebrates her 17th birthday on this trip!

What: Another Disney vacation, just the two of us!

When: June 13-21

Where: Split stay at Best Western LBV & Disney's Saratoga Springs

How did we get there? We flew Allegiant Airlines this time. I always have either drove by myself, or took the Amtrak. I have to say I love arriving in Fl. in 55 minutes vs. 10 hours!!!



Here we are having her an early birthday get-together before we left:

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/016-5.jpg

Hope you all join me while I share our memories, along with lots of reviews!!


:cheer2:

jenseib 06-25-2012 03:18 PM

Woohooo!!!!

TinkerBrig 06-25-2012 03:22 PM

yay! sounds like it`s going to be a fun trip report:goodvibes

alice99 06-25-2012 03:25 PM

I Love my mother / daughter trips..... and am really looking forward to hearing about yours! :cool1:

NancyLuvsMickey 06-25-2012 06:04 PM

I'll ready for another TR!!! :3dglasses

And I gotta tell you that my DD went on vacation last week with a friend and there was a Disney Outlet store in the town they went to... :scared1:

I know... Who knew??? :eek:

Anyway, she bought me a Disneyland sweatshirt and a Mickey bag to carry all my work papers to/from work... :dance3: She's the BEST!!! :thumbsup2

And the Disney outlet is only 3.5 hours away... I'm thinking ROADTRIP!!! :drive:

mnrhannah07 06-25-2012 09:47 PM

I'm here!!!! :yay:

mousetravel 06-25-2012 10:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jenseib (Post 45286524)
Woohooo!!!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by TinkerBrig (Post 45286573)
yay! sounds like it`s going to be a fun trip report:goodvibes


Quote:

Originally Posted by alice99 (Post 45286612)
I Love my mother / daughter trips..... and am really looking forward to hearing about yours! :cool1:

Thanks for joining my TR!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by NancyLuvsMickey (Post 45288354)
I'll ready for another TR!!! :3dglasses

And I gotta tell you that my DD went on vacation last week with a friend and there was a Disney Outlet store in the town they went to... :scared1:

I know... Who knew??? :eek:

Anyway, she bought me a Disneyland sweatshirt and a Mickey bag to carry all my work papers to/from work... :dance3: She's the BEST!!! :thumbsup2

And the Disney outlet is only 3.5 hours away... I'm thinking ROADTRIP!!! :drive:

How neat! We always have to make it a road trip on our Disney store shopping visits! There's 2 malls in the Atlanta area that have Disney Stores, so we always go to both, especially since we have to drive almost 2 hours to get there!

Glad you joined me on another one of my TR!

Quote:

Originally Posted by mnrhannah07 (Post 45290609)
I'm here!!!! :yay:

Glad you're here!

mousetravel 06-25-2012 11:25 PM

Wednesday, June 13

One of my "firsts" that I will be reviewing is our Allegiant Airlines experience.



We decided to go with Allegiant because they had a great rate, even after adding in all their fees, etc.

We had a late flight, leaving from GSP at 8:45pm.

I had read a few reviews of Allegiant, some good & some bad. For us, we had no complaints at all! It was a quick 55 minute flight. It was quit bumpy, though, because we ran into stormy weather. I was really nervous but amazed at how beautiful the sky was, as it was lit up by the lightening.

The employees we dealt with were very nice, the plane was on time, departing and arriving there & back. The airports were easy to navigate, probably because GSP and Orlando-Sanford are small airports.

DD & I have traveled many times, by ourselves, and I was worried about navigating around the airports and getting the rental car, etc. by myself but everything went smoothly!


Here we are, bored and waiting....


http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/002-3.jpg


http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/001-5.jpg

In the previous pic, see the lady off in the background, to the right? Well, she saw us taking pics of each other, and came over & offered to take one of us together! How sweet!

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/003-5.jpg


I didn't prepay for assigned seating, but for both flights, we ended up sitting together anyway! The way it works, is they call groups of priority, family w/ kids under 8, pre-paid seating, then they do "open seating", so you get on and just sit at any available seats. So it worked out great!


Here comes our plane...


http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/004-8.jpg


Got a great window seat, and a pretty view of the sun setting...

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/005-6.jpg

More pics from the plane:

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/008-5.jpg

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/010-3.jpg

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/015-3.jpg


A few more pics, just cause I was bored.....

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/016-6.jpg

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/018-2.jpg

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...avel22/019.jpg


We finally made it!!

http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/...el22/022-2.jpg


We got our luggage and headed to the rental car area, which was a long walk, especially in the rain!!!! The walkway was covered, but it was raining pretty hard, so we did get a little wet (with the umbrellas being in the luggage.... :rolleyes1 ).

We got to the rental car counter (Alamo), and it was a quick process and we were off to find our car. They gave us a choice between 3 cars, which I'll post a pic of in my next update. Since it was dark by now, I didn't get a pic until the next day.

So we headed off for the rainy, hour drive to Orlando, and to our hotel:
Best Western LBV (in the Downtown Disney area)

UGAFan0829 06-26-2012 08:42 AM

Yay! I'm so excited that you've started the report!

I'm glad that you had a safe flight down--I loved seeing all the pics! I think I would have a little scared if the lightening was flashing!!! That makes me nervous on the ground, much less in a plane! I'm glad that the airports were easy to navigate.

mnrhannah07 06-26-2012 09:23 AM

We have flew into the orlando airport so many times and I never have priced a flight into Sanford. I actually never heard of it before the Dis, where many people talk about this airport.. How big is that airport? I'm going to look at prices for our upcoming Nov trip...

LuvEeyore 06-26-2012 09:27 AM

Joining in for the fun. I just love your trip reports.

reyasmommy 06-26-2012 10:06 AM

You're like me LOVE to take pictures of EVERYTHING!! You're daughter is beautiful, I bet it's hard keeping all the boys away.

Excited to read more and to see more pictures. :)

tyandskyesmom 06-26-2012 10:54 AM

Glad to see you've started! I need some good reading to keep me occupied for 137 more days... :lmao:

SnowWhiteInDisguise 06-26-2012 12:54 PM

Exciting!
 
Been a bit of a lurker, read your PTR and now excited to read your TR. hope all of your planning went to plan!:)
xXx

Bethislucy 06-26-2012 01:56 PM

Joining in nice to see another carolina family.


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