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PhoenixStrength 12-08-2012 08:37 PM

He Was Bitten, Bitten By The Bug! A Nov-Dec '12 TR **WRAP UP 7/26**
 


Hi all! :wave2: :welcome: For those of you who didn't read my PTR, I'll tell you a little about myself. :goodvibes

My actual name is Stephanie, and I'm a 28 year old single gal from Maryland. I'm still living in MD currently, but plan to move to Florida next year, the Bradenton/Sarasota area. This is me during this trip:


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...nn1984/130.jpg


I am, somewhat obviously, a Disney freak! princess: I have always loved everything Disney, and this trip will be my 6th trip to WDW, and the third solo trip.

I have a dog, Phoenix, who is an 8 year old Beagle/Belgian Malinois mix.


http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j.../Phoenix-1.jpg




And 4 cats:
Jag, a 10 year old Maine Coon/Ragdoll mix (here with his best buddy Phoenix). He was a rescue from the local animal control when he was 11 weeks old.


http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j...h/Pets/046.jpg




Turk, a 10 year DSH. His momma was found, while pregnant, by a woman working in Baltimore who was very allergic to cats. She didn't want her to give birth in the city, so she caught her, brought her home, put her in the basement, and told her husband that he had to care for her and the kittens once they were born :rotfl2:. She gave birth a few days later. I got Turk at 8 weeks, and she had named him that as all the kittens had been named after Disney movies, so I kept it! :goodvibes


http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j...ets/Turk-1.jpg



Jynx, an 8 year old Torti with white. She was found by my parents with 4 of her siblings at around 6 weeks old. Their mom had been hit be a car and passed away. I kept her, my sister kept her sister and my parents kept one of her brothers. They found homes for the other 2.


http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j...Pets/Jynx2.jpg



And finally Sweetie. She is a 6-ish year old DSH tabby. I found her when I was living in the boonies, and she adopted me. She went from injured and feral, to healed and sweet as can be in 2 weeks. She is difficult to get pictures of as she never stops moving, but here she is with Jag.


http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/j...andSweetie.jpg




I have two younger sisters and my parents are still married. We all love Disney. One of my sisters, Heather, got married last year to her boyfriend of 5 years, Jimmy. He is not as much of a Disney freak and has never been to WDW. :eek: But he tolerates Heather's love of Disney. :laughing:

I volunteer a lot with animal rescues and my job is actually animal related too. I am the Office Manager of a pet sitting company here in Maryland, and have enjoyed this job for almost 4 years now. It's a great mix of working with people and animals that works well for me.

There is a second person in part of this TR, but he is a pain about pictures (I seriously only have one that has his whole face, and even that is blurry and a horrible angle) so no pictures of him. :( But he is my best friend Steve. We met almost 8 years ago when he lived here in MD and started working where I had already been working for a few months, a kennel. He moved to Florida 5 years ago but we've kept in touch via email until earlier this year, when he and his wife finally pulled the plug on their marriage and he could talk to me without it having to be in secret (she was VERY insecure and did not want him having female friends). I'll tell you more about him as the TR goes on! :goodvibes

Well, enough blabbering about me. If you have any questions please ask, otherwise let's get this TR under way! :woohoo:




PhoenixStrength 12-08-2012 08:38 PM



LINKS

DAY ONE:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three, Link One Part Three, Link Two
Part Four, Link One Part Four, Link Two Part Four, Link Three
Part Five
Part Six, Link One Part Six, Link Two
Part Seven, Link One Part Seven, Link Two Part Seven, Link Three
Part Eight, Link One Part Eight, Link Two Part Eight, Link Three
Part Nine


DAY TWO:

Part One, Link One Part One, Link Two Part One, Link Three
Part Two, Link One Part Two, Link Two
Part Three, Link One Part Three, Link Two Part Three, Link Three
Part Four, Link One Part Four, Link Two
Part Five
Part Six, Link One Part Six, Link Two
Part Seven, Link One Part Seven, Link Two Part Seven, Link Three


DAY THREE:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three, Link One Part Three, Link Two
Part Four, Link One Part Four, Link Two
Part Five, Link One Part Five, Link Two Part Five, Link Three
Part Six, Link One Part Six, Link Two


DAY FOUR:

Part One, Link One Part One, Link Two
Part Two, Link One Part Two, Link Two Part Two, Link Three
Part Three, Link One Part Three, Link Two Part Three, Link Three
Part Four
Part Five, Link One Part Five, Link Two


DAY FIVE:

Part One, Link One Part One, Link Two
Part Two, Link One Part Two, Link Two Part Two, Link Three
Part Three, Link One Part Three, Link Two
Part Four, Link One Part Four, Link Two Part Four, Link Three Part Four, Link Four
Part Five, Link One Part Five, Link Two Part Five, Link Three
Part Six, Link One Part Six, Link Two
Part Seven, Link One Part Seven, Link Two



DAY SIX:

Day Six, Link One Day Six, Link Two



SAT887 12-08-2012 09:08 PM

Hi!

Just got home today :sad:

Looking forward to your TR!

mickeystoontown 12-08-2012 10:08 PM

I'm here! Awww, just look how cute and happy you look in front of Expedition Everest. And, your fur babies.....adorable!

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your pictures and hearing everything about the trip.

KatMark 12-09-2012 05:47 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I'lll catch up when we get home.

Valgoof 12-09-2012 07:26 AM

Hi Steph!:wave2: Yay! Steve finally got to go. Love the pic of you in front of EE!! Did you find a home for Hurricane?

PhoenixStrength 12-09-2012 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SAT887
Hi!

Just got home today :sad:

Looking forward to your TR!

Hi Sarah!! I know how you're feeling with getting home. Can't wait to hear about your trip too!

Quote:

Originally Posted by mickeystoontown
I'm here! Awww, just look how cute and happy you look in front of Expedition Everest. And, your fur babies.....adorable!

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your pictures and hearing everything about the trip.

Glad you made it Lisa! :goodvibes I can't wait to get this TR really started. I have a busy day today, but hopefully tomorrow ill get the first update up.

Quote:

Originally Posted by KatMark
Thanks for the heads up. I'lll catch up when we get home.

Can't wait to hear all about your trip too! What I've seen on FB so far looks like you're having a ton of fun.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Valgoof
Hi Steph!:wave2: Yay! Steve finally got to go. Love the pic of you in front of EE!! Did you find a home for Hurricane?

Hi Val! Yup, Steve makes an appearance during my trip :goodvibes

I did find a home for Hurricane! He lives with a couple and their 4 year old son, who adores him!

levenhopper 12-09-2012 11:07 AM

I'm in! I can't wait to hear all about the trip!

PhoenixStrength 12-09-2012 01:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by levenhopper
I'm in! I can't wait to hear all about the trip!

Great to see you here!! I can't wait to hear about your trip with Abby, once you go!!! :goodvibes

ronnmel 12-09-2012 10:13 PM

I'm here! Can't wait to read all about your trip!

ETA Oops, just saw someone posted almost the exact same thing as me. I'm not original at all. :rotfl:

PhoenixStrength 12-10-2012 09:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ronnmel (Post 46891814)
I'm here! Can't wait to read all about your trip!

ETA Oops, just saw someone posted almost the exact same thing as me. I'm not original at all. :rotfl:

Hi Mel!!! :wave2: Don't worry about not being too original, there is only so much to say after just the introduction! :rotfl2:

PhoenixStrength 12-10-2012 01:09 PM



Hi All!!! :wave2:

I'm going to do an update very shortly, but figured for anyone who didn't read my PTR I'd give a quick background/information dose on this trip :goodvibes

Who: Me (and a brief appearance by my friend Steve)
What: A trip to WDW of course!
When: Arrived November 29th, departed December 4th
Where: POP Century Resort at WDW
Why: Umm....why not??? :rotfl: It's WDW, do I need a reason to go? :goodvibes

I think that's all! Anything else should be covered during the TR, but if you have any questions please ask! :)


PhoenixStrength 12-10-2012 02:36 PM

DAY ONE, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29TH, PART ONE

I got up VERY early Thursday morning (3:30am) and took a quick shower, then finished packing up my toiletries. I let my dog out and fed him breakfast, then ate a small breakfast myself. My father came to take me to the airport around 4:45am. I walked into BWI to the Southwest desk at exactly 5am. My flight was leaving at 6:45am so I was happy to arrive then. I only had one person in front of me to check my bags and print my boarding pass, so I was done there in about 5-7 minutes and over to security.

Security wasn't long at all either, so I was done there and by my gate around 5:25am. Despite having lots of food options there (seriously at least a dozen places within view of my gate) none of them seemed appealing so I just went into the store and bought a bottle of water and some Chex Mix to snack on. There were only about 10 other people there when I got to my gate, and I was happy to see that instead of CNN (which has it's time and place for sure, but I don't want to hear depressing news or political stuff right before a flight) they had Cartoon Network on the TVs! :goodvibes I watched the end of Yogi Bear, then an episode of The Flintstones and the beginning of an episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers while waiting for boarding.

Around 6:25am our plane pulled up to the gate:


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/001.jpg



My flight info:


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/002.jpg



Around 6:35am they started boarding. Unfortunately I was in the last boarding group. It was a full flight and only 5 people got on behind me, so seats were limited! I wound up next to a younger couple (probably 20ish), with his family (Mom, Aunt and a young kid) behind me. To say they were obnoxious is an understatement. They alternated between making out and cussing loudly while telling stories (though that was mostly him). He even cussed (mostly "F") while talking to the kid behind us, who looked to be about 5. Obviously this was not considered unacceptable as his mother did the same. I put in my headphones but for some reason the volume wasn't working on my laptop and it took until 20 minutes before we landed before I fixed it, so I got to hear the majority of their conversations about partying, friends getting arrested or killed drunk driving and other exploits. :furious:

I was determined not to let them dampen my excitement for WDW though, and thankfully my good mood was helped when we landed 24 minutes early!!! I quickly walked off the plane and headed to the Mini Monorail. I got lucky that it was there when I walked up, so I got right into the back car.

My view from inside the Mini-Monorail


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/003.jpg



I made my way to Side A and my baggage claim turnstile. While I waited for them to get our bags there I got a couple of pictures. First up, the wreath over the baggage turnstile

http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/004.jpg



And an advertisement for a party I'd soon be at!


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/005.jpg



Once the bags started coming I got lucky and both of my bags quickly appeared. I had to go back up and then over to Side B with them and my carry-on (which was pretty heavy) to get to DME. Along the way I passed the main tree. It was pretty tall, and quite pretty.


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/006.jpg



I made my way to the DME desk (thanks to my TA throwing away my ME paperwork) and they were pretty busy.


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/007.jpg


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/008.jpg



Thankfully the cruise line side was empty, so those agents started taking ME patrons and I only waited about 5 minutes to get checked in. My agent was great! I don't remember his name, though I have it at home, but he is in the picture above, on the right. He gave me my print out and I walked over to get in my line. I was only in line about 30 seconds before we (meaning me, the 7 people in front of me and the family of 5 that walked in the line behind me) were told we could walk outside to our bus.

This was only my second time I had taken ME, the first time being my trip in February earlier this year. That time I got a Cruise line bus and instead of the "official" video I watched the first 30 minutes of Toy Story 3. Don't get me wrong, I love Toy Story, but I was looking forward to that video. So this time I was really, really, really hoping for an actual Disney's Magical Express bus. So, we were walked outside and I saw my bus...


















http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/009.jpg


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/011.jpg


:cheer2: An actual DME bus! We all boarded and soon were off. Once we hit 417 the video started (which I learned it starts automatically via GPS coordinates).


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/010.jpg



http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/013.jpg



It was a nice video. Yes, I knew 99% of what they showed and the advice they gave, but it made me even more excited to be almost to the World! And I was even MORE excited to see how beautiful it was that day:


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/012.jpg



After about 25 minutes I saw my favorite sight, the entrance to WDW!!


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/016.jpg



http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/017.jpg



We made a quick stop at CBR where a few people got off, then off to POP Century! We arrived around 10:30am.


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/020.jpg



I made my way off the bus to the red carpet (yes, POP Century does have a red carpet to lead you off the bus into Classic Hall to check-in). Do other resorts have the red carpet?

The line was almost non-existant when I walked in. I had not done online check-in, so I got in the regular line. All of the agents were busy with someone, but I was the first in the line. While waiting to check-in I took pictures of the Christmas decorations in the lobby.


http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/021.jpg



http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/022.jpg



http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/023.jpg



http://i1268.photobucket.com/albums/...9-2012/024.jpg



After about 7-8 minutes of waiting I was called over to one of the Online Check-in stations, since no one else was in line over there.

Both the DIS and Photobucket are not being nice to me right now, so I'm going to stop so I get this posted and I'll come back later with another update!


NEXT TIME: WILL I GET MY ROOM REQUESTS???? :confused3





Pluto0809 12-10-2012 02:41 PM

Finally made it here! This getting caught up at work after a Disney Trip sucks! It greatly eats into my DIS time. :lmao:

Glad you had a good time and that Steve got to come. I love seeing all of your furr babies and was going to ask about Hurricane but saw his status above.

Oh, and I'm glad to know you are Stephanie! :goodvibes When we got to Disney, I realized I didn't know your name. I kept telling my Mom I was looking for this "Phoenix" girl. As she isn't on the internet much, she didn't really get the whole "user name" thing and was kind of :confused3.

ETA that I just saw your update and decided to edit this post instead of adding a second one. Looks like you had a smooth morning except for the rude family on the plane! I'm not saying that I always have a clean mouth but I watch when I'm in a public place. Some people just have no manners!

Hope you get your room requests!

captaindavidhook 12-10-2012 11:50 PM

Wow the Cmas pictures at the Pop look amazing. I am dying to know and I am sure you will share with us later but during cmas time at Pop's do they decorate the room with a little holiday flavor?

Look forward to your next update :thumbsup2


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