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Pluto0809 03-19-2013 06:38 PM

Did I Hear That Right? A Solo Adventure at WDW Updated 8/30
 
Hi! Welcome to my second trip report. For those of you who donít know me yet, my name is Ariana, Iím 39 (for a few more months) and I live outside of Atlanta, GA.

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This was my 10th time at WDW and my very first solo trip. Iím married but DH is not a big fan of traveling so I usually go with friends or family to Disney. We donít have children in the traditional sense. Ours are furry and have four legs.

First is Sierra:

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She is almost 3 years old and the love of my husbandís life. Yep, her, not me! She is feisty, a bit of a brat and also the biggest love bug you will ever meet. She loves to pick on her older brothers and also act like a dog ten times her size. If I hold her when DH leaves the room, she starts screaming to follow after him.

Next is Alex:

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Heís 6 years old and was the baby till Sierra came into the picture. He is the only one that has ďfollowedĒ me home from the Animal Shelter where I volunteer. I think there would be a lot more but DH is allergic to cats and most dogs. We have the Schnauzers because they donít shed and they donít bother DHís allergies. Alexís mom was a schnauzer so he doesnít shed. Daddy was a big question mark. Alex is as sweet and loving as they come. Heís mostly my dog and is usually somewhere in the same room I am. He is a worry wart and gets very upset when he sees a suitcase come out of the closet. He is also obsessed with socks and steals them from us all the time.

Last but not least is Eddie:

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Heís 11 Ĺ and has been my baby since we brought him home at 6 weeks. The picture is a little outdated, I have an awful time getting good pictures of him with his dark coloring. Youíll notice in the picture that he only has one eye. He has had eye issues most of his life. Unfortunately since that was taken, he has lost the other one. He gets around ok for the most part but does spend a lot of time running into walls. Eddie is all about two things, eating and sleeping. He is so obsessed with food that we have to be on constant alert. In his lifetime he has eaten a 12 inch meatball sub, a box of Total cereal, a bag of Doritos and a bag of chocolate chip cookies. Those are just the ones I remember at the moment.

So, enough about my babies (I could probably go on for pages) and on with the Disney trip. Prior to this trip, I went to Disney with my Mom in November 2012 and Iím still writing the TR for that one. The link is in my signature if you are interested. When I got home from that trip, I was sad that I wouldnít be going back until October 2013. When I got my bonus from work in December, I decided to use it for a quick solo trip. I wanted to do it halfway between the two other trips but circumstances at work and not wanting to go in the summer heat lead to a late February/ early March trip. So here are the details:

Dates: February 28th through March 5th, 2013
Resort: All Star Music
Dining Plan: Regular

A few facts about me, if youíve read my other TR, you can probably skip over this:

1. Favorite Character: Pluto, Pluto and Pluto! I have loved Pluto since before I can actually remember. I have an entire room in my house dedicated to him. Donít believe me? Check out this link: Pluto Room.
2. Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom all the way. I could sit down on a park bench on Main Street and never move for the rest of my life. Well, I might have to go visit some rides and shows once in a while.
3. Favorite Ride: I am a ride lover at heart. Iíd rather be on a ride at Disney than any other place. Iím not much into character greets or parades. Pirates of the Caribbean, Soariní, Expedition Everest, and Toy Story Mania are probably my favorite at each park. But it tends to change.
4. Favorite Restaurant: A tie between Coral Reef and Rose & Crown Pub

Ok, letís move on for now, Iím sure youíll learn a lot more about me as the TR progresses.

One last thing before I end the intro, I should probably explain the title. Being on a solo trip, I tended to listen a bit more to the conversations around me. Some things I heard made me laugh out loud, others were just horrifying. So I started writing them down. As I finish each day of the TR, I will list out the quotes from that day for your enjoyment.

Up Next: Disney, here I come!

Pluto0809 03-19-2013 06:39 PM

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Disney Here I Come!
A Quick Tour of All Star Music Part 1
A Quick Tour of All Star Music Part 2
Where is the Magic? Part 1
Where is the Magic? Part 2
It's a Troll World Part 1
It's a Troll World Part 2
Will My Pearl Be Small Enough This Time? Part 1
Will My Pearl Be Small Enough This Time? Part 2
Maybe Disney Isn't so Bad After All Part 1
Maybe Disney Isn't so Bad After All Part 2
What Did I Think of Illuminations Part 1
What Did I Think of Illuminations Part 2

Friday, March 1, 2013
The Magic and the Tears Begin Part 1
The Magic and the Tears Begin Part 2
A Tale as Old as Time Part 1
A Tale as Old as Time Part 2
I Pretend I'm 2 Years Old Again Part 1
I Pretend I'm 2 Years Old Again Part 2
The Longest Boat Ride of My Life
I Discover the Downside of a Solo Trip Part 1
I Discover the Downside of a Solo Trip Part 2
Mama Don't Whip Little Buford Part 1
Mama Don't Whip Little Buford Part 2
DIS Meet Time!!
Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest Part 1
Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest Part 2

Saturday, March 2, 2013
I Become a Disney Tour Guide Part 1
I Become a Disney Tour Guide Part 2
I Become a Disney Tour Guide Part 3
Pluto Licked Me! My World is Complete
What Kind of Show is This?
I've Never Been This Cold! Do I Stay or Throw in the Towel?
Disney World Proudly Presents Part 1
Disney World Proudly Presents Part 2
How Did I Not Do This Before?
How Many Rides Did I Just Go On? Part 1
How Many Rides Did I Just Go On? Part 2

Sunday, March 3, 2013
I Did it Two Times Before Park Opening!
Uh Oh, I Pushed Way Past My Limit Part 1
Uh Oh, I Pushed Way Past My Limit Part 2
Something New and Something Old Part 1
Something New and Something Old Part 2
I Get Accused of Cheating
I Complete the Trifecta of Night Shows

Monday, March 4th, 2013
Soaring and Sailing Part 1
Soaring and Sailing Part 2
Strangest Trip of My Life
Visiting and Eating the Fishes
Dude!!!
Shopping and Back to My Happy Place
Ride-A-Thon Part 2 Part 1
Ride-A-Thon Part 2 Part 2

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
I Don't Want To Go Home!
Souvenir Recap Part 1
Souvenir Recap Part 2
All Star Music Resort Review
Food Porn!! Part 1
Food Porn!! Part 2

Real Life Updates
Best "Save the Date" Ever!
July Trip to See Mom

Pluto0809 03-19-2013 06:57 PM

Disney Here I Come!
 
My first morning started off like most of the times when I head to Disney, very early! My alarm went off at 4:30 am and I was on the road to the Airport at:

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Not too bad, I wanted to be out of the house at 6:00 am and I made it. My flight was at 8:50 am but I had to drop my car off at DHís work plus I had to deal with rush hour traffic. DH left for work about 5:30 am so when I got to his work, I left my car and he drove me the rest of the way to the airport. He dropped me at the airport at 7:05 am.

There was no wait to check my bag, I walked right up to the counter. I got shuffled to the South security and it was a bit longer of a wait because there was only one person checking the licenses before you went through the X-ray machines. The South security is much smaller than the regular one at the Atlanta airport. Despite that, I was still at my gate at 7:45 am.

We were supposed to board at 8:20 am but the plane didnít arrive at the gate till 8:10 am so it was about 8:30 when we boarded. I was seated in a row with two ladies who I think were Mother and Daughter. They were speaking a foreign language so I didnít try to start a conversation. I read some magazines and watched out the window and before I knew it we were landing!

We landed right on time at 10:30 am and I headed for the Mini Monorail to get to the main terminal. I wasnít going to take any pictures because I took a ton last time but I couldnít resist.

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I was thrilled to see this sign (please pardon the crookedness, I tend to walk and take pictures at the same time so my pictures are sometimes crooked):

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Yea, here it comes!

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Not sure what I was trying to take here. Maybe my first sight of palm trees?

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I headed down to the DME and before long I saw this:

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Thereís those beautiful buses!

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I waited in line for only a few minutes and then we were loaded on the bus. I got a cruise line bus but between loading my small suitcase under the bus and trying to juggle my DME paperwork, I didnít get a picture of my actual bus. I did take a picture of the one next to me:

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And also the hidden Mickeyís on the seat:

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No one sat next to me so I relaxed and enjoyed the movie:

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Our driver did give us some ďadviceĒ for our stay at Disney. Unfortunately he didnít get all of the information right. I canít remember what he said wrong but he was obviously trying to quote a script that he didnít quite have memorized correctly. I got a good chuckle out of it but felt bad for anyone that used his advice. Before very long, I saw this wonderful sight out the window:

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A little closer:

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Almost there:

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That was the best I could do because I was about five rows back on the bus.
We stopped at Coronado Springs first and dropped off some people. Then we were off to the All Stars:

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First up was All Star Sports:

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By this time the movie was over and we were on to watching cartoons. The showed a funny one with Donald Duck and Chip and Dale:

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And then we headed to All Star Music! (Sorry for the horrible pictures, they were the best I could get out of a moving bus window):

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We got out of the bus and walked the red carpet to head into the lobby:

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I was grabbed immediately by a CM with an IPad. In less than five minutes, I was checked in, I got the section I wanted and my room was ready! It was the first time I had actually gotten my room request. The CM was very apologetic though when she told me I had a room with a King sized bed, was that ok with me? Of course it was. Since I was by myself, it was just fine with me.

Up next: A Quick Tour of All Star Music

katt789 03-19-2013 07:04 PM

I've been looking for new TRs to read all day, and was all "that one looks inter--PLUTO!" And realized it was you bahaha

Didn't know about the pluto room! Ha, my old roomate has an eeyore collection about that size

Excited to hear all about your trip!!

KatMark 03-19-2013 07:30 PM

I'm here...thanks for the heads up. I'll be back later to read (have to do some laundry after cleaning up after our pup).

PhoenixStrength 03-19-2013 07:48 PM

I'm here!!!

That Donald and Chipmunks cartoon is the same one that was playing after the movie for me in December.

Nightenbelle 03-19-2013 08:21 PM

I've never read a trip report- I'm excited to see how your solo trip went. I tend to be a solo traveler myself- so I'm going to have to take notes!

Ellsbells 03-19-2013 09:52 PM

Can't wait to read about your trip. I hope to take a solo trip one day!

rachel09985 03-19-2013 09:56 PM

Im in!!! Your pups are soooo cute!!!!

cheekypoppins 03-19-2013 11:27 PM

OMg that room you have is like Haileys dream come true!!! I have to ask where did you get the Pluto skipping rope,She would faint if I got her one!!! Holy cow how does anyone know what pluto stuff to buy u or not thats insane!!!I love the older stuff too so cool I'm gonna have to show Hailey those pics tomorrow when she gets home from school.

Boomstickchic 03-20-2013 12:12 AM

I love to travel to WDW solo and can't wait to hear more about your trip. Your doggies are super cute.

DMGeurts 03-20-2013 06:14 AM

Yay!!! Thanks for the invite!!! I love the start of your adventure!

I think - the thing I am most excited to hear about right now... I can't wait to hear all of the quotes. LOL I'll bet you overheard some very interesting things. LOL

D~

oopsiDAISY 03-20-2013 09:29 AM

I'm here, I'm here!!!! :cool1: I am with D~, CANNOT wait to hear the quotes. That is such an original idea for a TR theme...LOVE IT!!!! :stir:

Can I just say that I love the pictures of your beautiful fur babies. :lovestruc My mom and dad had a schnauzer from the time I got out of high school until I was married with two children. He was the most sweet, gentle doggie. He was a part of the family for sure...and then he passed away when they had the big dog food contamination about 10 years ago. Many tears were shed when we lost our precious Sigmund. paw: Your Sierra looks just like he did. ::yes::

We stayed in one of the family suites at ASMu when we went in 2011. I look forward to seeing a few familiar sights when you show pictures of the resorts. :thumbsup2

brandihead2012 03-20-2013 11:01 AM

Im Here! Love the picture of you and the beast! He is pretty handsome :)

nolajax 03-20-2013 11:13 AM

Very excited to see your TR as it all comes together. Can't wait to hear what you heard! LOL. As I travel alone quite a bit this always amuses me as a passtime.


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