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Old 03-25-2007, 12:54 PM   #1
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how much WDW fun can you have in 4 days? may '07 - w/ pics & video! FINISHED!!!

my very first trip report!!!!!!!!

hi. my name is dawn and i’m a disney-holic. nice to meet all of you.

i’m reserving this area for my TR index (so those of you who are interested can just come here and look to see what pages the actual trip report will eventually be on).

TR INDEX

-pre-trip report #1: page 1, post 1 (duh....you're reading it!)
-pre-trip report #2: page 4, post 51
-pre-trip report #3: page 6, post 82
-pre-trip report #4: page 6, post 88
-pre-trip report #5: page 7, post 99
-pre-trip report #6: page 10, post 137

-day 1, part 1 - check-in and MGM: page 16, post 228
-day 1, part 2 - remainder of MGM: page 18, post 262
-semi-update - 1st photopass pics: page 20, post 300
-day 2, part 1 - epcot: page 21, post 311
-day 2, part 2 - more epcot: page 23, post 341
-day 2, part 3 - MK and DTD: page 24, post 356
-day 3, part 1 - morning at AK: page 26, post 388
-day 3, part 2 - remainder of AK: page 28, posts 415 & 416
-video of tower of terror: page 29, post 431
-videos of fantasmic finale, EE & gorillas at AK: page 30, post 447
-day 3, part 3 - dinner at narcoosee's with wishes: page 32, posts 472 & 473

-day 4, part 1 - MK opening and fantasyland: page 35, post 512
-day 4, part 2 - MK - toon town, frontierland, HM & casey's: page 36, posts 535 & 536
-day 4, part 3 - MK - adventureland, parade, etc.: page 38, posts 559 & 560
-day 4, part 4 - MK (dream along with mickey) & dinner at kona cafe: page 40, posts 588 & 589
-day 4, part 5 - MK - late afternoon fun and wishes: page 43, posts 641, 642 & 643
-FINAL THOUGHTS - page 44, post 660


okay…..here’s the lowdown. i’m a 30-year-old court reporter who’s happily married to DH (ray), a 35-year-old computer technician. i’ve been to WDW three times before, when i was 8, 11 and 15. i’ve been DYING to go back ever since, but due to things like college, being broke and just life in general getting in the way, i’m just now getting around to doing it. DH has been numerous times before, but all in or before the early ‘80’s. so obviously it’s been a long time coming for both of us…..too long!

last spring DH and i were discussing where to go for our 5-year wedding anniversary and i mentioned disney. his exact words were, “book it.” your wish is my command!

our anniversary is april 13th, but we decided to wait until may because I didn’t want to take the chance of being there during any spring break crowds. the “book it” conversation was in may 2006 and i had to wait until august to book the trip since the rates for may 2007 didn’t come out until then. it seems like those 3 months were more like 3 years!!!

anyway, on to the cast:



DH – the love of my life for the past 13 years. we’ve been dating since 1993, my senior year in high school. we’ve been married for 5 years and it’s been absolutely great the whole way! (yeah, i know, gag!!!) DH loves star wars (i CANNOT believe they changed SWW at MGM to june this year!!!!! we’re going to miss it! ) and anything electronic. he’s a true dork, but a dork of the handsome persuasion IMO! he owns a huge collection of gundams, which are like really expensive japanese transformer models. one of the main reasons i love him is because he’s like a 35-year-old kid….well, that and he’s an EXCELLENT cook! he’s not into disney like me, but is definitely looking forward to the trip and i have a feeling we’ll be back soon after he sees how great a well-planned WDW vacation can be!!!! but i have promised him we will go to yellowstone national park on our next major vacation. don’t know how much fun that will be, but he’s letting me do the disney thing, so I guess it’s only fair!!

me – i love anything disney (as I already told you). i own a huge assortment of disney movies and i watch them on a regular basis, my favorites being peter pan, alice in wonderland, lady & the tramp, aladdin and beauty and the beast. my one requirement before even DISCUSSING having kids was that DH and i go to WDW on our own without kids. may not make a lot of sense to some of you, but i don’t make sense to a lot of people!

okay…here are the trip details, just FYI.

we’re staying at pop century. i would’ve loved to stay at one of the nicer resorts (the poly being my dream hotel), but i figured we’d rather have more spending money instead of spending it on the hotel. i don’t think we’re going to be spending much time there anyway. plus it’s a disney hotel…and “value” by disney standards is not really “real world” value!

we got a 4-day park hopper ticket with the water park fun ‘n more option (although we’re not planning on visiting the water parks, but i wanted that option for the DTD stuff). we’re also on the DDP.

here’s what we’ve planned so far:

saturday, may 5: leave georgia! we’re planning on dropping off the “kids” (our two beagles, sherman and eli) at DH’s mom’s house late saturday afternoon (i will miss my babies so! ), hitting the road and stopping somewhere about an hour north of orlando to spend the night. don’t know where yet and i’m not making reservations…we’re just gonna wing it!

sunday, may 6: get up early (early is like 8:00 a.m. for us!) and head to WDW . we’re going to eat lunch at the pop food court after we check in, then head to MGM (hopefully by noonish). we have a 6:30 ADR at sci-fi dine-in theatre. i’m still trying to convince myself to ride ToT, the *only* ride at WDW i’m worried about. MK has extra magic hours that night, so i’m thinking we’ll head over there after fantasmic.

monday, may 7: epcot until late afternoon. we have a 12:00 ADR at le cellier. and yes, we will be doing the “drinking around the world” thing. but don’t be disappointed if we don’t get something from *every* country. i don’t want to overdo it and then be miserable the rest of the day! we’ll probably leave epcot around 5:00 or 6:00 and then go back to pop, freshen up and head to DTD that night. we’re planning on eating at wolfgang puck express and going to PI.

tuesday, may 8: animal kingdom until closing (6:00). i want to try to go by AKL at some point that day, too, just to check it out. i’m thinking we’ll probably eat lunch at flame tree or pizzafari, depending on our mood. i know….everyone’s going to recommend tusker house to us. but i’m not a big fan of chicken on a bone. it grosses me out . so I don’t think tusker house is a good idea for me. we’re then heading back to pop to freshen up and we have a 8:10 ADR at narcoosee’s. can’t wait to see wishes from there! after dinner we might head over to the boardwalk for awhile.

wednesday, may 9: magic kingdom all day. for lunch it will probably come down to casey’s, pecos bills or pinnochio’s village haus, depending on our mood and where we’re at when we get hungry! we have a 5:30 ADR at kona café, so we’re going to hop on the monorail for that and then come back to MK til closing.

thursday, may 10: leave WDW. how heartbreaking! i’ll live, though. we’re going to head over to cape canaveral and go to kennedy space center that day (DH’s reward for 4 days of disney!), then stay at a bed and breakfast that night.

friday, may 11: drive home to georgia and come back to reality.

by the way, i’ve got my crocs bought and broken in (although they’re not lime green…just couldn’t bring myself to buy those!) and i’ve already cut out my lime green mickey heads from the home depot paint sample department. so if you’re going to be at WDW when we are, look for DH carrying a bookbag with a green mickey head pinned to it! i’ll be focker watching!!!!!!

that’s it for now. i feel those are all the details anyone would be interested in anyway! most likely i won’t be posting any updates (other than just your regular DIS hellos, welcome to my TR, thank you for reading, etc.) until we get back unless we have a change in plans.

thanks in advance for reading!

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Old 03-25-2007, 03:26 PM   #2
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:10 PM   #3
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So far so good. Can't wait for more.
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:18 PM   #4
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Old 03-25-2007, 07:45 PM   #5
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DisneyJo - hey, fellow peep! thanks for reading.

nts4wdw & tinawv - hello and nice to "meet" you guys!

i will try my best to get my TR finished very soon after we return. i just wish i didn't have so long to wait until we leave!!! but i guess a little over a month isn't too bad. april is going to go....so.....slow!
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i am in, i have to live disney through evry one else so i look forward to more of your trip can't wait.
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:19 AM   #7
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Hi Dawn,
Just found your report today, they have been making me work at work, what’s up with that?

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so obviously it’s been a long time coming for both of us…..too long!
You are going to be really happy when you see all the changes

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it seems like those 3 months were more like 3 years!!!
That always seems to happen when waiting for a trip to the World

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but i have promised him we will go to yellowstone national park on our next major vacation. don’t know how much fun that will be, but he’s letting me do the disney thing, so I guess it’s only fair!!
It’s no Disney World, but is a very nice destination

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my one requirement before even DISCUSSING having kids was that DH and i go to WDW on our own without kids. may not make a lot of sense to some of you, but i don’t make sense to a lot of people!
Makes a lot of sense

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we’re staying at pop century. i would’ve loved to stay at one of the nicer resorts (the poly being my dream hotel), but i figured we’d rather have more spending money instead of spending it on the hotel.
Good choice, the POP resort is a lot of fun

Your plan looks like you will have a lot of fun.

Looking forward to hearing all about your trip when you get back.
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:58 AM   #8
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Hi Dawn,
Just found your report today, they have been making me work at work, what’s up with that?
i'm a court reporter and i do most of my work from home, which means when i waste my time on the DIS boards (like i'm doing right this very minute), i have to stay up late to finish my work and it takes me twice as long. but that's the price you pay for being a DISer!

by the way, welcome!
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Congratulations on the 10lb!! I am also starting to try to lose weight before DW. Can I ask what your diet is? I am going to buy some fat markers for autographs. I saw on another thread the "Foohy" (I don't know if I spelled that right) brand has thick markers with retractable tip. They come in really pretty bright colors. I think I am going to get those. It looks like you got a great deal on your hotel room!
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:17 PM   #12
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Congratulations on the 10lb!! I am also starting to try to lose weight before DW. Can I ask what your diet is? I am going to buy some fat markers for autographs. I saw on another thread the "Foohy" (I don't know if I spelled that right) brand has thick markers with retractable tip. They come in really pretty bright colors. I think I am going to get those. It looks like you got a great deal on your hotel room!
i'm limiting my calorie intake to 1500 per day, but the amount of calories you need per day depends on your weight and your activity level. i write down EVERYTHING i eat. i also drink nothing but water, except in the morning i usually have cranapple juice. those little crystal lite things you mix in a bottle of water are great when you get sick of just plain old water! i'm also working out at least 3 times a week.

there's a weight loss forum on the DIS that really helps, too. we do a weigh-in every friday so you're sort of having to hold yourself accountable for your choices. if you're interested, go to the WISH forum and look for a thread called "DISappearing peeps....a fastpass to thin" or something like that.

thanks for the tip about the markers!
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Thanks for the tip. I will check it out. It could be just the motivation I need!
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Have a great trip!!!!!

I can't wait to read more. I feel like I'm going with you guys.
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:11 PM   #15
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thanks! we're really looking forward to it! this week is crazy because my neighborhood is having a huge fundraiser on saturday for a 6-month-old little girl in our neighborhood who was born with a heart defect and isn't doing well and i'm the secretary of our HOA, so i'm trying to help as much as i can. but we leave on saturday so we'll miss the actual event! add to that me trying to get packed and trying to make sure my work is caught up while i'm gone, plus my DISing time.....and i'm going nuts!
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