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Old 01-24-2008, 03:28 PM   #1
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A Wedding at Disney! My friend get hitched! Tripie complete 9/3 with TONS of pics!!!

This will never happen again so I am SOOOO excited! I just got back from a trip to Disney with my mom in Dec (link to report is in my sig!) and now I have to quickly start planning a trip for May to watch my good friend get married at the World!! YAYYYYYYYYY!!!! Who would have thought 2 Disney trips in SUCH short time?! I'm practically dancing like that darn dancing banana! hehehehe

My feeling is it's never to early to start planning for a trip to Disney...so here's what I've got down so far...

When...well the wedding itself is Saturday, May 10th, 2008. I want to get there DEFINITELY by Thursday but I'm trying to plan it so I'm down there on Wednesday morning. Stay until Sunday evening and fly home back to Newark that night.

Who...

Actually, first maybe I should tell you all who's getting married. My good friend Lisa and her fiance are tying the knot!! I've known Lisa since I was 11 or 12?! We've both been Disney nuts our whole entire lives...but I digress... Back then in 1991 or 1992, the Mickey Mouse Club (before Britney, etc) was in full force and we started writing to each other through a huge pen pal clan of MMC fans. She lived in Long Island, and I in Jersey so we were pretty close in terms of distance and our parents one day allowed us to meet up and hang out. The families realized that the other family wasn't so crazy or weird so after a few more get togethers, we started hanging out a lot more. Anyways... both of our families were ridiculous Disney fans and as the years went on and we became better friends, we would bring each other on our family trips to Disney. Some years the two of us got to go to Disney twice since both our families would go at different times of the year! It was awesome!

We both always said we wanted to get married at Disney. We've kind of drifted apart but still kept in touch with each other on a somewhat regular basis. We probably haven't seen each other though in about 2 or 3 years but we're hopefully going to grab dinner together next Friday! Well, low and behold, Lisa is engaged (while I'm still single! haha!) and has followed through and "brainwashed" her fiance to get married down at the World! When I found out the news I was SOOO happy! We've been talking about this since we were 13!!

Here's Lisa and I probably the last time we saw each other in 2003?



I'll try to scan some of our OLD disney trip pics eventually and put them up here!

OK...so now that the history lesson is over...here's more of the newer details!

I'm definitely going. That's about all I know. I know my family is invited as well. Sadly I know it will be way too hot for my mom to bring her back in May. She'll be miserable. And when I first brought it up to my father and step mother, they were really excited about it. But now my father called me last week and tells me that they don't know if they're going to come because step-mom is not the BIGGEST Disney fan and they were just there in September for their anniversary. Um...hello?! It's a WEDDING... NOT just a normal trip to Disney. But whatever. I'm not going to let that get me down. If anything, I will be going down to the world solo. I do have friends that live in FL (if you kept up with my other trippie, you'll have read about them!) so I was going to see if they wanted to meet up for a few days or I'll just wander around on my own, not a problem! I've always wanted to see what a solo trip is like!

I have NO idea where I'm staying yet. I guess that all depends on who I'm going with. If I'm going solo, I'm pretty sure I'll be back at Pop to save some money. Dad and step-mom will only stay at one of the MK deluxe resorts ( ) so if they end up coming, I'll be with them. When I talked about hotels with Lisa, she mentioned not worrying for hotel because her parents and her have it covered. I'm not really sure what that means but I'd feel bad if they actually pay for everyone's hotel rooms!! Yikes! If that's the route they're going, then I'll be gladly and thankfully staying wherever they want to stick me!

As for airfare, I just checked JetBlue and there's an 8am flight leaving Wed and a 7pm flight leaving to go home on Sunday for a total of about $280. That's not bad at all for Jersey to Orlando in May! I've never flown JetBlue either and have only heard pretty decent things about them. Can't wait!

Oh...and idiot me FORGOT to upgrade my 6 day park hopper to an annual pass when I was down there in Dec and will totally be paying WAY TOO MUCH for park passes this time around. boooooo!

Ok and now the funny part... while I do not have airline tickets, hotel, or park passes yet... I already started making my dining reservations! Sitting on the couch a few weeks ago I started trying to see how many days were left until the wedding. I almost fell off the couch when I realized I was already at the 170 day mark and I DIDN'T MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR LE CELIER YET! hahaha... I have heard it's gone down in quality since they changed head chefs...but hey.. I figured I'd give it a shot. So i called Disney Dining and was able to snag a reservation for 4 (who KNOWS who'll be joining me!) for 7:20pm (that was the earliest they had available!) for Thursday the 8th. I'm not worrying about missing Illuminations due to the wedding day plans, which I'll tell you guys about in a minute.

I'm sitting here with a calendar in front of me trying to figure out where else to make reservations. I LOVED LOVED LOVED Chefs de France in December and reviews just keep getting better and better so I REALLY want to eat there again. If my father comes though, I know they're going to want to try Teppan Edo. That's all fine..but now we have 3 dinner reservations for Epcot and we're not going to just be at Epcot! We're not big fans of any sit down at MK. Dad isnt a huge fan of AK in general and I dont think I want to eat dinner there, even though I really enjoyed Yak and Yeti last time. And I don't think we'll be at either MGM or AK that much for this short trip anyways. For breakfast, I definitely want to eat at Kona for some Tonga toast! And then there's always Ohana too. AHHHHH! A 4 day trip is so not long enough for me to eat around Disney! hahaha! I also loved dinner at Kona so that's on the list of possibilities too!

I think I want to just stick to MK and Epcot for the trip and maybe do a few hours at the other 2 parks one day. Most of the day Saturday will be consumed with the actual wedding festivities so that kills that whole day (in a good way!).

Here's the rundown that I think Lisa said is pretty definite for the day of the wedding...

12pm – 1pm: reception at the wedding pavilion
1pm – 2pm: cocktail hour (i'm guessing at the pavilion? i didnt ask yet!)
2pm – 5/6pm: reception
8/8:30: private viewing area for the fireworks at Epcot and dessert (i think dessert is at epcot!)

Whew! I think that's all the info I have so far!! I think in a little bit I'll call Disney dining and see what else is available for everything. Wish me luck!

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Now that I'm done with the trippie...here's an index to the direct posts so you dont have to keep scrolling through all the pages! I've already done all that for you!

*Not including this first post*
Some Pre Planning
Pre Planning 2
Booked Our Flight!
More Planning
Going to P&PP!
Deciding on a costume
more costumes
Costumes & Showers
Got the Costume!
ADR's
Mothers Day Flowers
Packing!
Done Packing!
The Night Before
Day 1 Part 1, Getting there and Epcot
Day 1 Part 2, Epcot & Chefs de France
Day 2 Part 1, more Epcot
Day 2 Part 2, more Epcot!
Day 2 Part 3, Le Celier!

Day 3 Part 1, MK morning
Day 3 Part 2, P&PP!
Day 3 Part 3, More P&PP
Day 4 Part 1, Wedding Day!
Day 4 Part 2, more wedding fun!
Day 4 Part 3, and even more wedding!
Day 4 Part 4, finishing up the wedding!
Day 5 and Photopass pics

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Old 01-24-2008, 08:27 PM   #2
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Oh wow I'm first! Sounds like such a great trip. How lucky of your friend to be getting married down there. Thats my dream too!

I'm so sad we are going to be missing each other by just a few days. I'm flying down the 14th before my cruise.

Don't worry if you end up solo though. It's really fun and a whole new experience. Looking forward to more of your trippie!!!
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Old 01-25-2008, 07:44 AM   #3
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Woo Hoo I'm here for the ride!

Looking forward to hearing more about your trip planning. And where the heck are you going to being staying?! It will be very cool if Lisa is paying for your hotel stay, it will make up for the price of your park passes.

Happy planning!
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:48 AM   #4
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Ok, I'm back again! (You're inspiring me to start my own pre-trippie for the surprise trip I'm taking with my 12yr.old in June!)

Anyway, I'm so looking forward to hearing a first-hand account of a wedding at Disney - and your gorgeous pictures.

BTW - you mention not upgrading your park-hoppers to an AP. How do you do that? We were just there in Nov. and now going back in June AND early Nov. of this year. Can we upgrade our parkhoppers from this past Nov.?
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:52 AM   #5
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I'm here!!!
Awww a wedding at Disney!
Can't wait for this trippie!
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Old 01-26-2008, 03:00 PM   #6
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Hey, you started your new pre trippie already!!

Did you put the link in your other trip report?

I had no idea, but am excited!!!!
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Ok I think I know you guys from the pen pal circle circa 1994...... I am going back to read...PM me if you wouldn't mind!
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.... I know where this is - it's in Lyndhurst!
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.... I know where this is - it's in Lyndhurst!
haha! yup! It is!
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Great update with photos are awesome....my sister was a host family for foreign H S students...she had a young lady from Japan and acouple years lady one from Italy...Franchesca was a wonderful vibrant young lady that still keeps in contact from years ago when she lived with my sister. She loved to go shopping for small antiques collectables...I took her around Louisville looking for her treasures....she was alot of fun to be around with my family. We are suppose to go visit her in Italy one day...but no plans are set as of yet....she should be finished with college now
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