Going Down the Bayou .... 5 Weeks in WDW and a Dream Cruise
The Not So Scary, Very Merry Christmas and Birthday Celebration! 5 Weeks in WDW and a Dream Cruise! October – November 2013
Hazaa….. Palapalapa…… Maliki Liki….
Today marks 57 days until we arrive at Disney World so we thought that we would start our pre trip report to share all our wonderful upcoming plans.
My name is Shannon and my sister is Amanda – her username is Disney_Princess83. We are sisters from Sydney,Australia and best friends who share a love of all things Disney, Starbucks and Musicals.
We are headed to WDW on October 17th for a 5 week Disney vacation. During the 5 weeks, we are doing a Disney Cruise on the Dream, MNSSHP, MVMCP and Food and Wine Festival.
Last year we visited WDW for 3 weeks in January/February and loved it so much, that we had to come back again this year! We really wanted to do both the Halloween and Christmas parties. Halloween isn’t really celebration here in Australia so we are very excited to get dressed up as our favourite Disney characters and go trick or treating around MK.
Thanks to my iPhone - that has been diagnosed with pixlexia, it often creates “new” words. Our personal favourites have been – Crusta for Crystal Palace and the Wild Dress Lodge for the Wilderness Lodge. It also helped give us a great “new” word – Palapalapa. We don’t really know what it means but we now use it when we are happy and excited. It usually goes hand in hand with “Hazaa” and “Maliki liki” - taken from POTC 2 from the tribal villagers when they are attacking my future husband Jack Sparrow (Okay… maybe not but a girl can dream….) :love:
So feel free to pull up a Magic Carpet or Teacup and grab yourself some Starbucks (or a Dole Whip, or Coke Float) while we introduce ourselves.
Favourite Park: Animal Kingdom followed closely by Magic Kingdom
Favourite Disney Resort: Polynesian and Animal Kingdom Lodge
Favourite Ride: Peter Pans Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, 3 Caballeros, Dinosaur, Soarin, Kilimanjaro Safari’s and the Monorail- coming into MK at night with all the lights on along Main Street.
Favourite Princesses: Tiana, Ariel, Mulan, Vanellope and Jasmine
Favourite Princes: Eric, Naveen, Aladdin and Shang
Other Character: Stitch, Pluto, Timon, Rafiki, Daisy, Ralph
For me it feels like we have arrived at WDW when….. Even though this is our second time back it will be going to DTD and grab Earl of Sandwich , going into the Pin shop and then riding the carousel.
Favourite Memories from last trip: I have so many memories from last trip ,running around MK at 1:30am with hardly anyone around and skipping along main street as we exited on our last night, having all the characters in the parade wishing me a Happy Birthday, a CM giving me a Figaro pin in AK, running around Adventureland during a rain storm and riding the Magic carpets 6 times back to back without getting off, getting stuck on Pirates with a bunch of strangers but we all had so much fun getting unstuck, the day we literally got stuck on every ride we rode – Peter Pan, Pirates, IaSW. The Elephants squirting me with water with their trunks on, Timon writing number one fan in my autograph book. Captain Jack picking me for the pirate Tutorial
Other Information: I am looking forward to going on our first Disney Cruise this trip, it’s been a long time planning for us to go, and I can’t wait till we finally get to embark on the Dream. I’m a big animal fan so loved spending time at AK wandering the trails, on the Safari and observing all the little details.
Twitter: To Be Confirmed
Favourite Park: Animal Kingdom
Favourite Disney Resort: Yacht and Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn
Favourite Rides: POTC, PhilHarmagic, TeaCups, Tiki Room, Buzz Lightyear Spin, It’s A Small World, Kilimanjaro Safari, Dinoaur, Soarin’, Mission Space, Spaceship Earth (basically EVERYTHING except Stitch)
Favourite Princesses: Merida, Tiana, Mulan, Aurora
Favourite Princes: Beast, Naveen, Phillip & Shang
Other Character: Ralph, Vanellope, Mike, Mickey, Giselle
For me it feels like we have arrived at WDW when: We go to DTD, buy our AP’s and visit the Pin Shop and eat at Earl of Sandwich.
Memories from Last Trip: The look on my sisters face when she saw Pluto for the first time. Running through Fantasyland as the clock struck midnight (literally) and a manager told a CM to let us onto the Carousel – we were the only ones on the ride in an empty Fantasyland. Watching the Jammin’ Jungle Parade twice in one day (twice in the loop) and getting a hug from Timon. My sister telling me that Goofy meets in a bikini at Blizzard Beach. Being freezing cold in Liberty Square, huddled under a blanket and watching MSEP, asking a CM if I could get a refund on my magic wand since it clearly was faulty – it wouldn’t pack my suitcase no matter how many times I said Bibbity Bobbity Boo.
Over the next few days we shall post up our plans for WDW, the Parties - including our costumes and party dates and our dining reservations. Hope you have enjoyed this Introduction and :
'Please make sure your arms and legs stay inside your ride vehicle at all times during this Pre Trip report and and remember at the end of this trip report the doors shall open Automagically !!!'
Shannon and Amanda
The Not So Scary, Very Merry Christmas and Birthday Celebration! 5 Weeks in WDW and a Dream Cruise!
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Can't wait to following along on your adventure. Have arrest time I ams ure I will just reading along. :cool1:
Wow! 5 weeks at WDW and a cruise sounds awesome to me! Hope you guys have a great time.
I love catching trip reports right at the beginning! 5 whole weeks?! and a DCL trip? I am so ready to hear of your adventures! The Wilderness MUST be Explored! :)
Potential Plans to Avoid Going into any Parks.....17th-20th October
Thanks so much for reading our introduction to this trip, hope you have left a bit of your Starbucks, Dole Whip or Coke float left for the next update :thumbsup2
We’re flying out on the 17th October to LAX and have a 3 hour layover before boarding our plane to Orlando (AKA destination Disney!!) After travelling for almost 25 hours…. (yes really!) we arrive at about 5:10pm and have decided to organise a town car to pick us up and take us over to hotel.
After checking in, our plans are to head over to Guest Relations at DTD and purchase our AP’s and grab some dinner at Earl of Sandwich, possibly a quick ride on the DTD carousel and more than likely (read: definitely) a quick run into Goofy’s Candy to make a rice Krispy!! (My sister said she cannot live any longer without making Goofy’s Candy!) We made about 4 over the course of our last trip to share between us:
We have decided to TRY and not go into any of the parks on the 18th and 19th - I’m not sure how successful this will be since we’ll have AP’s. On the 18th our plans are to head over to DTD and walk over to Saratoga Springs resort in the morning. I’m a massive horse lover and thought the décor of this resort looks really cute and am hoping to maybe buy a few souvenirs from the gift shop. We might (read: definitely) take a peek into the pin shop to see if the board is open before walking to our lunch reservation at T-Rex for 11:30am.
For this afternoon our plans are to head over to the Boardwalk to spend a few hours and possibly heading over to try out Mini Golf. We really want to try Beaches and Cream after hearing some amazing reviews and seeing some incredible photos of all the deserts available. We have made a dinner reservation at Portobello so might try and fit in some time at Disney Quest.
On the 19th we are hoping to wake up early enough to head over to Port Orleans and try the Beignets – Princess and the Frog has become our favourite movie this year, we didn’t see it when it was first released at the movies, but this year our local movies reshowed most the Disney Princess movies and we decided to go and see it and the rest if history as they say:rotfl: [Side note- OMG our movies are showing the Little Mermaid this weekend]
We want to go over to Fort Wilderness to check out the horse stables, and then shall head over to the Wilderness Lodge to have a look around before jumping on the Monorail for our High Tea reservation at the Grand Floridian. We have made a Kona reservation for dinner this night, the best time we could get was 5:10pm – we made this reservation quite late, so are hoping for a later time if possible, but would like to be able to hang out on the beach for a little bit and watch Wishes and hopefully the water parade as we only saw the tail end of that last trip. Then we will head back to our resort for a slightly early night.
Sunday the 20th is the day we embark on our cruise, we will be checking out of the hotel in the morning and heading to the Hilton character breakfast at Covington Mill. We aren’t sure what characters will be appearing but know it will more than likely be Minnie Mouse and friends.
We have organised a town car to drive us to Port Canaveral, so it will be picking us up at about 10am after the breakfast, the drive is approximately an hour and half so we should be at Port around 11:30-12pm
We are embarking on the Disney Dream cruise for a 4 night Bahamian Cruise, stopping at Nassau and Castaway Cay with a day at Sea before heading back to Port Canaveral. We have decided to stay in a Concierge Family room with a balcony. This is because it is our first cruise and we would like a little bit of extra space in our room and also to get away from the busier parts of the ship particularly on our at Sea Day. We haven't organised too many activities to do but have booked brunch for the two us at Palo for the at sea Day and are also planning on taking part in the Stingray encounter at Castaway Cay.
That’s all from us today. We will update again in the next day or so with our reservations (there is A LOT!)
Shannon and Amanda
You are sailing on the Dream cruise just before ours I guess we will be getting on as you are getting off.
We once did wdw/universal for a 2 week stretch. We had a blast. Such great memories with our kids.
We basically did 8 days in the parks and other things the other few days. Don't know if you are interested in doing other things than Disney but if you check out the goorlando card it is a great deal.
Also the Gaylord Palms resort is pretty awesome too not Disney but you can def spend several hours in there. My firiend and I spent like 5 including lunch
Wohooo! I'm in :dance3:
OMG, 5 weeks in WDW and a cruise!! It sounds so much fun! Can't wait to read more, really!!
Following along! :flower3:
It shall be a cross over between our disembarkation and your embarkation! We can't wait to do the cruise,and now they have also added Halloween events to the sailings around than as well!! Are you planning on dressing up for the night?
Following along as well! I can't imagine 5 weeks of Disney Magic, but would love to give a go at it :)
Extended Plans and ADR List
Can’t believe it’s been over a week since we updated our pre trip report, where is the time flying? I remember when we first started counting down at 355 days, and now it is only 43 days till we fly to Orlando !!!
Because we have been planning this trip since last year September/October, we created a few mock up versions of our ADR lists and the ones that we HAD to fit in no matter what. These versions changed over a dozen times and we’re not joking, I don’t know how I could fit in all our favourites in a 5-10 day trip!!! We always made sure either one of us would be home in time, particularly for the more popular ones like CRT, BOG, Akerhaus ETC.
So I though thought I would do a quick overview of our park days and what ADR we have chosen to do. We normally TRY and just have one ADR a day, we don’t like feeling pressured and like we have to continuously be clock watching, that was one of the mistakes we made last trip, we decided to book Coral Reef and Le Cellier on the same day, and then had plans to go off property at night, let’s just say it didn't really end well that afternoon, but we have learned from these mistakes. :rotfl:
For the beginning part of the trip the Food and Wine Festival is happening in Epcot. We have tried to stick to one ADR either in the morning or later into the night to take advantage of all the different food booths. We are real “foodies” so are looking forward to trying all the new types of food around the World.
BEFORE YOU READ ANY FURTHER….. Warning this post might make you hungry, thirsty, and Wish your next meal, snack or drink would be coming to you from WDW Property…. I know I wish mine was :rotfl2: [There is a condensed list also here of all our ADRS]
Thursday 24th October – We will be heading into Magic Kingdom finally!!! We have decided to grab some QS at either Casey’s Corner or Pinocchio’s Village Haus, and maybe (definitely) Starbucks and Funnel Cake for a mid afternoon snack. There is a Halloween party on tonight so we have decided to make a reservation at Chef Mickey for dinner, the park shuts to non-party guests at 7pm. We have made our CM reservation for 7:45pm so we might be able to go out and watch Hallowishes after dinner.
Friday 25th October- Animal Kingdom today!!! We have made a 10:10am reservation for our favourite character meal breakfast on property, Tusker House. We went there on our last trip one of our last days, and we both wished we had the time to add it again before we left. We found the chefs and CM’s here one of the best on property. Amanda has a few (MANY!!!) different allergies so the Chef came out and talked to us about what was available at the buffet, and made sure to come out and check a few times. He offered to make us fresh food to avoid any cross contamination. [Currently we do have a reservation for Raglan Road for the evening, but think we are swapping it to another night in the trip]
Saturday 26th October Magic Kingdom- – Heading back into MK for our first full day, we have made a reservation for Crystal Palace – funny story last trip, we ending up missing our reservation completely for CP, we both slept through our alarms, our reservation was for 8:15am in the morning, and we both didn’t end up waking up until after 10am, but we still ended up in MK that day by 11am, not too bad considering we had to get ready, grab the bus from downstairs and go to TTC to get the ferry across to MK. So hopefully we won’t miss this reservation. I think we will be getting a wakeup call this time, we did decide for a later time of 9:40am, so we still have time for breakfast and to try the famous Pooh Puff Toast.
One of the toughest things we has heard about was making an ADR for Be Our Guest, this restaurant was a number one priority for us, not only is it one of Amanda’s favourite movies, it is now the only place on property where you can meet Beast!! He is one of our favourite Princes, and a visit wouldn't feel complete without being able to meet him at least once. Our reservation is for 4:15pm – which is a little early for us for dinner but we couldn't say no when the time became available on our first attempt.
Sunday 27th October- SEA WORLD – we will be spending the day at Sea World participating in a Beluga Interaction program and maybe the Wild Arctic Tour as well. We have made a new Raglan Road reservation at 9:30pm, as SW is open till 8pm that night, so we will head back to the hotel and drop of our things before walking over to DTD.
Monday 28th October – HS- This is our least favourite park in WDW, we have only allocated a few afternoons after our first full day, to see Fantasmic and the Osbourne Lights later in the trip. We have made a reservation at Sci-Fi Dine In for 2pm, we have both heard some wonderful things about the food here including the onion rings and the shakes!! ::yes::
Tuesday 29th October –MNSSHP!!! OMG our first time celebrating Halloween!!! :woohoo: We have made a breakfast reservation here for Kona Café – we both want to try Tonga Toast and also the Macadamia nut pancakes. We are sort of hoping to be able to swap this ADR for one at 1900 Park Fair breakfast, and make this reservation later on in the trip if possible.
Because this will be our first Halloween party, we have decided to make a reservation for Cinderella’s Royal Table for 4:15pm, we both love the idea of being dressed up as our favourite characters in the castle.
Wednesday 30 October – Epcot – this day feels quiet late in the trip, but we decided to swap this day in order to take advantage of the EMH hours in the evening. We have booked Teppen Edo for 6:10pm. During the day we will take advantage of the Food and Wine Festival and possibly duck into Sunshine Seasons before or after going on Soarin and Living with the Land [this is honestly one of the rides I LOVE at Disney, it’s so much fun looking at all the plants and fresh food.
Thursday 31st October
– HALLOWEEN –We have decided not to make any reservations for today. We are not actual sure where we will end up during the day. Our plan is to go into AK in the morning to meet Mickey in his Halloween outfit and possibly resort hop if any characters are meeting. We have also bought tickets to the party tonight in MK. We will definitely be attending the party, we aren't sure if we will be going in costume due to the hopping around earlier in the day, but we would like to go and celebrate the holiday, as it isn't a day that is celebrated commonly in Australia.
Friday 1st October – MNSSHP – we will be attending the Halloween Party again tonight this time in our costumes!! We have an ADR for 1900 Park Fare for breakfast at 10:05am which we are currently trying to swap around with Kona on the 29th October.
Saturday 2nd November – Animal Kingdom!! – Because we will have a later night on the 1st we have decided to have no ADR for Breakfast so we can sleep in, and wake up when we’re ready and go into AK for a few hours in the afternoon before heading over to the Grand Floridian for our dinner ADR for 1900 park Faire at 7:05pm
Sunday 3rd November – Magic Kingdom!! - we have a lunch ADR for the Plaza at 1:20pm, giving us time to head out to find a spot for the parade, [What Time is it on again??] - don’t worry of course we know what time the 3pm parade is on!! :rotfl2:
Monday 4th November – Epcot - We have made a ADR for my second favourite Character Breakfast on property where else could you meet an Alien, a Mouse, a Dog and a little girl AND receive a flower Lei! We have made an early reservation at 7:55am for O’hana so we will be able to catch the monorail over to Epcot and be there just after opening for our quick dash to Living with the Land Pavillion for Soarin.
Over the past few months, Amanda has been showing me episodes of Rescue Rangers, and so I have a new fondness for Chip and Dale, but I’m sorry Dale, I have a favourite of the Duo which is of course Chip!! We have made a ADR at Garden Grill at 6:30pm, hopefully we can try and grab a FP for Soarin for before or just after our ADR.
Tuesday 5th November – We will be taking part in the Wild Africa Trek today, we haven't booked any ADR’s for today as lunch is provided on the trek, we aren't sure how long we will spend in AK after trekking through Africa.
Wednesday 6th November – MK/Epcot – we are going to be hoping between these two parks so have made an ADR for Liberty Tree Tavern , we just miss out on celebrating Thanksgiving in America, we we wanted to try out the Pilgrims Feast, we today shall be the day we celebrate our own little Thanksgiving!! We have no night ADR so will grab QS somewhere along the line probably somewhere in World Showcase.
Thursday 7th November – Epcot/MK – doing a park hop day again, we have an ADR for Coral Reef at 1:15pm. This another one of the restaurants that we experience wonderful CM’s and Chefs, the chef made both our meals from scratch last time to avoid contamination, our items weren't on the normal menu, but he made us each both a salmon fillet with risotto. [share photo]
Friday 8th November – Festival of the Masters and our first MVMCP!!! We have no lunch ADR but will possibly try out Wolfgang Puck Express after checking out the festival in DTD.
Saturday 9th November – Blizzard Beach- heading over for a few hours in the morning to BB and than we have a reservation at Narcoossee’s at 5:40pm. Depending on park hours we might head to MK after dinner to as MSEP and the fireworks.
Sunday 10th November - Epcot- going to spend the early afternoon in Epcot and then head out through International gateway to the Yacht and Beach Club, for dinner we have an ADR at the Yachtsman Steakhouse for 6:30pm, hopefully this will give us time to walk back into World Showcase to view Illuminations, or we might just sit at the Beach Club boat dock.
Monday 11th November – Going to use the morning to go over to Art of Animation to look around the hotel and will take a walk over to POP As we would like to try the Tie Dye Cheesecake if it’s available. We have a reservation at Crystal Palace [Crusta] for 4pm and then will be going to the MVMCP for the evening!!
Tuesday 12th November – Sea World – no ADRS for today. If we come back to the hotel earlier we might go over to DTD to grab some dinner or just something at the hotel.
Wednesday 13th November - 4 Parks 1 Day – we want to try and complete the challenge, our rough plan is to start in AK, then head over to HS, walk over to Epcot and then get the monorail to MK.
Thursday 14th November – Animal Kingdom!! We have a dinner reservation for Boma at 7:40pm , we might head over to the resort earlier to check out the animals in the safari section and check out the lobby. We visited AKL last trip and loved the outside sections along the savannah and the chairs around the fire.
Friday 15th November- Heading to Discovery Cove for the Day.
Saturday 16th November – Free Day – we have allocated the morning to head over to the outlets to do some shopping and have kept the afternoon/night free, we so might go into one of the parks or go to the Polynesian and watch the fireworks from the beach.
Sunday 17th November – Epcot - We have a reservation for Akerhaus at 11am this morning, going to head into Epcot earlier to ride Test Track and Soarin’ before the reservation as we won’t be back in Future World, as we want to use the early afternoon to walk through world showcase. In the evening we have gotten tickets to the WTT Charity tennis match at ESPN, so will head over there and grab dinner from the QS that is available.
Monday 18th November – MK Morning/Free Afternoon – we have a reservation for CRT at 8:30am, our plan is to have breakfast and then spend some time in MK. We have kept the afternoon free so we might park hop depending on EMH and park hours.
Tuesday 19th November – Sea World – Heading over to Sea World again, depending on what we want to do , not sure how long we will spend over at SW, we might come back in to afternoon and visit the Boardwalk or DTD.
Wednesday 20th November – AK/ HS – going to send the day in AK and than hope over to HS after the parade to do a few rides and watch Fantasmic, and maybe check out Osbourne Lights.
Thursday 21st November – Animal Kingdom Day- this will be our last day in AK this trip we have made a Tusker House reservation for 8:15am. We have no other reservations for today, we want to be at AK all day, and might finish the day off with Festival of the Lion King .
Friday 22nd November – MK & MVMCP – we have a reservation at O’Hana for 7:55am at the moment, but are going to try and swap to a later breakfast as we are also attending the MVMCP the same night. We also have a reservation for Tony’s Town Square at 1:15pm – for us this is one of the nicest restaurants we visited on our last trip, and one of MK’s hidden gems.
Saturday 23rd November – Epcot – we will be spending the day in Epcot, but have a reservation at Chef Mickey at 7:55am , we like finishing our character dining experiences with CM as it gives us a chance to say goodbye to the fab 5 and grab last minute photos with them. We have booked Le Cellier for 2pm, we had to keep changing our ADR for Le Cellier but have finally managed to fit it in for our last day in Epcot.
Sunday 24th November – MK – our last day ;( - this will be our last day this trip at MK, so our plan is to hit rope drop and stay will the park closes. We have made another ADR at Tony’s Town Square, it is one of our favourites and we couldn’t seem to be able to fit it in any earlier in our plans. We also have a last minute Be Our Guest reservation for 5:50pm, Amanda is a huge B&tB fan so we wanted to be able to have a chance see see Beast again, and we also can’t wait to try the food after reading all these reviews and drooling over all the amazing photos!!
Monday 25th November – the day you wish would never come… the day you leave WDW!!!!!!! In the morning we will do some last minute packing and then we will check out of the hotel before heading to DTD. We will probably get either Earl of Sandwich or maybe head to Wolfgang Puck Express for lunch. Our flight doesn’t leave MCO till 7pm, so we will head back to the hotel and wait for our town car to pick us up and take us to MCO. :sad2:
Sorry it took us so long to type this up, Thanks so much for reading along, we promise we’ll update ASAP with our costume plans for the parties and we will start sharing some photos from our last trip to Disney!!
Shannon and Amanda
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