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Old 09-01-2008, 10:24 PM   #1
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Smile Introducing Amy to "Walt's World" *Updated twice 1/21 Last installments*

AKA "We wanted to be an Ip-Dip too"

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Introductions - This post scroll down!
# 2 The real planning begins
# 3 Pictures and crafts etc
# 4 Wouldn’t you wanna be an Ip-Dip too?
# 5 Tracy got crafty?
# 6 Off the Disney Track then back on
Time out for some travel news
# 7 Back to the Kingdom, Animal Kingdom
# 8 Toy Story Mania here we come
# 9 The last of the itinerary
*# 1 Smokey Mountain Memories Part 1
*# 2A Mountain views and a scenic hike Part 1
*# 2B Mountain views and a scenic hike Part 2
*# 3 Note to self NEVER go shopping with Marianne
*# 4 Chik-fil-a, scrapbooking, and more scenery
*# 4 Continued
#* 5 It’s not a cabin it’s a “log home”
#10 Getting back to talkin Disney
#11 No more ADR changes and October itinerary
#12 Super Soap Weekend say it isn’t so
#13 I can’t say how upset Bill and I are
#14 Why are we getting up early again?


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# 1 TR STARTS HERE!!
# 2 Oh we’re half way there, living on a prayer
# 3 Pop, Pop, Pop Century!! Talk about, Pop Century

# 4 Oh oh it’s magic when I’m with you
# 5 Walking on sunshine
# 6 Don’t need nothing but a good time
# 7 In the jungle, the mighty jungle
# 7 continued - In the jungle, the mighty jungle
# 8 Sweet dreams (are made of this)
# 9 Everybody have fun tonight, Everybody have fun
#10 Everybody wants to rule the World
#11 I can’t drive 55
#12 I want my MGM!! (DHS)
#13 Give me all your (Character) Lovin
#13 Give me all your (Character) Lovin (Continued)
#14 Let it Be, Let it Be
#15 Karma Chameleon
#16 I drink alone
#17 Acey, Acey we’re coming home
#18 My obsession- Actually Bill’s



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Since it is only 46 days until we leave on our trip I better get my booty into gear here. I will introduce the cast then explain why the heck I named the pre trip what I did.

Here is a glimpse into our madness.

Me – Tracy – 38 - OTP: I’m pooh-sized, but really working on changing my life. I am a computer obsessed, soap watching, country & pop listening, Disney World A D D I C T. I totally admit it. I need a 12 step program for it, I really do. I can work the words Disney World into any conversation. I talk way too much about past trips, upcoming trips, and trips we haven’t even scheduled yet.


Here is me split screened from the last two trips:



Him – Bill – 38 - knight in shining wheelchair: My darling boyfriend, spousal equivalent, or what ever else you could call us. Gene Simmons (Bill’s idol) would say we have been “happily unmarried” for 4 years now. Bill has Cerebral Palsy, a speech impediment, can’t use his right hand, and uses a power wheelchair. He has the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen, a fantastic sense of humor, and a smile that can melt your heart in a second. He has 3 college degrees and is currently working on his Masters in Rehabilitation Administration with a 3.8 GPA. He just got done building his second website for the company he works for.

Here is Bill on the train at MK:



Dog – Ace – 3 - neurotic: Sweet, loving, loyal, skittish, obsessive, and cuddly. He is half Jack Russell, half Rat Terrier and all lazy. We swear he knows the word “Disney” and can’t stand it. I get this look when we talk about Disney or when the suitcases come out:



Yes I know, the same old boring cast, but wait don’t leave us, there are NEW things this time, I promise. We have added two more people to the cast!!

Her – Amy – 22 – fantastic person/friend: We met her in 2005 when Bill went to work for a summer camp for people with disabilities. They were camp counselors that summer and she is very familiar with Bill and his disability. She was in the same cabin with Bill for the first two weeks of camp. She has been a real friend to him, a true gem. Not many people give Bill a chance, they don’t get to know him, or they say they are his “friend” but usually don’t come around unless they need something. Not our Amy, she has been a fantastic friend since that summer and I don’t think she has any idea how much we adore her. She is wonderful with people with all types of disabilities, autistic children love her. I don’t know why she wants to hang out with people 16 years older than her, but thank goodness she does. I lifted this picture off her myspace, I am sure you will see many pictures of her on the trip report. Here is Amy:



Another dog – Charley – 6 months? – hyperactive: Amy's baby, she is insane, has no fear whatsoever, and is cute as a button. She is a King Charles Spaniel and is totally adorable. She is a “love me, love me, you know you wanna love me” kind of dog and it freaks Ace out. It is totally hilarious to watch her with him. She does everything she can to get him to play and he jumps on the couch and looks at her like she is an alien, only now she can jump up right behind him and still get in his face .

This is the only decent picture I could get of her, she is too wiggly:



Now that you know the cast I can answer the question “why did she name her PTR that??” Well, I will tell you why. First off I have to let you know the official definition as told by Buzz in the absolutely fabulous TR “The Man Report”:

Ip-Dip – Whenever someone does something dumb, they’re an “Ip-Dip”. When I lost the car last year at Downtown Disney, Loud Girl called me an “Ip-Dip”.

Why would we want to be an Ip-Dip?? I had followed Buzz’s “Man Reports” for awhile. He has a great knack for writing and cracks me up. Linnie (Buzz’s better half) is a very wonderful woman. They have a child with a disability that is very close to Bill and my heart. Bill and I loved reading about their family and how wonderful they were with their little boy and sweet little girl.

Last year we had a fantastic meet with another family and I thought it would be fun to do it again. Buzz kept saying they wanted people to join in and come at the same time they were in Disney so I started thinking. Then other great people decided to crash Buzz and Linnie’s vacation and I kept reading about it. I really wanted to go, but I knew Bill wanted to go to Super Soap Weekend again. I mean I understand it, when he gets beautiful women like this to take pictures with, why wouldn’t he want to go:







I kept talking about Ip-Dip a lot. Bill then brought up Star Wars Weekend. There was a discussion and we decided to go to SWW and Ip-Dip, it made us both happy !! While we were there we had a bounce back offer from Disney and went insane by not only booking our October trip, but a weekend in November as well.

Then some divine intervention happened. Bill and I had wanted a friend of ours (Amy) to go on the last two trips with us. She has never been to Disney, never been on a plane (sounds just like me before my first Disney trip in Feb. 2006), and wanted to go, but it just didn’t happen.

She came over, we were discussing our June WDW trip. We also told her about our upcoming October trip. I casually mentioned that it would cost next to nothing for someone (wink wink) to room with us. Her eyes lit up, those sweet beautiful eyes had that “I want to go” look. Bill and I both saw it.

I threw out the bait and hooked her with one sentence . She asked how much it would cost; I told her I would call the next day. I did, and got a price. Bill and I decided, she was going this time, no matter what. I called her with the price, she said it sounded “doable” and would let me know in a couple of days.

Then the other day, Southwest had a “Ding” for us, I purchased our tickets and Bill and I had a little chat. I called Southwest and asked them some questions about buying a ticket for someone else and if they didn’t go could we apply the funds for us, they said no problem at all, so I went back to the Southwest website and bought Amy’s plane ticket. Bill and I had already decided to exchange the November trip for ESPN Weekend in March so this was no problem.

We did this for several of reasons:
  • We would be helping our friend
  • She would get to go to the Happiest Place on Earth
  • Bill and I would get to play tour guide
  • We would get to talk about Disney incessantly to someone that actually wanted to hear it besides the people that are reading this report right now
  • She would be helping me transfer Bill into rides I could not transfer him by myself. Pirates of the Caribbean and Spaceship Earth come to mind
It would be wonderful for us to see Disney through her eyes. I called her, told her what I did, I think she was a little shocked and she said it was “totally doable now” giggling and saying “YES I am going” !! I said are you sure, I have ADR’s to change and I have to know, she told me it was a definite.

Well just like any other OTP would do, I immediately printed out my spreadsheet trying to decide what restaurants I knew we wanted to keep and what we might change to show her the most of the World . I got out my steno pad, wrote down what I wanted on what days with substitutions if what we wanted was not available, I also wrote down time frames. I am happy to say I actually got all the restaurants I wanted, there is only one I will keep calling about to try to get an earlier time, 8:55pm is a little late when the restaurant supposedly closes at 9:30pm .

Next installment…I try to rein in my OTPness so I won’t totally exhaust her on this trip, do you think I can do it?

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That's great that you guys will be able to show Amy around, and I'm happy for Bill that he'll get to do more.
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That's great that you guys will be able to show Amy around, and I'm happy for Bill that he'll get to do more.
Hello and welcome!! We are so excited about Amy coming with us. Thanks for joining the PTR.

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YAY! So glad you joined us. Thanks for the sweet words, I am really trying.

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Glad I found you once again my friend! You look FANTASTIC! You should be very proud of yourself! Awesome job!

I totally understand the "working Disney in to every conversation" thing. I really have to stop myself sometimes.

How fun that you get to take Amy to WDW and show her all around - so exciting!

Looking forward to hearing more of your plans!
Hi Michelle!!! I am so happy you found me!! Thanks for the kind words. I am so glad there are others that understand the way Disney pops up when talking. Amy is so excited, I can't wait until she sees the castle.

What are your October dates again?

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YAY yoou started your PTR!!! BTW you look AMAZING!!! I am very excited to read about your plans and I love the picture with Kelly Monaco and Bill. I am a GH fan and one day I will get downn there for Soap Weekend.

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Hi Betty. Thanks for posting. I hope Amy has a good time.
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What are your October dates again?
We weill be there October 15 - 19. Do you have your days planned out yet? I'd love to figure out a time to meet you two! We will be at POP so maybe we can meet up at the resort at some point.
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We weill be there October 15 - 19. Do you have your days planned out yet? I'd love to figure out a time to meet you two! We will be at POP so maybe we can meet up at the resort at some point.
We are staying at Pop Oct. 18th - 27th!! First day we are there we will be going to Magic Kingdom for Spectro and Wishes. I really do hope we can meet.
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PTR # 2 The real planning begins

**I have had this report on another message board and am copying it over here, so when I say she was over the other night, this actually happened toward the end of July**

Amy came over the night I told her we had purchased the ticket. She was so excited . I had an extra PassPorter and gave it to her, I also gave her the DISboards, AllEars, and ENCHANTED web addresses to check out. I even went over menus with her that night. She said she didn’t want us changing anything she was just happy to come along. PLEASE, like we weren’t going to change some things around to maximize and enhance her time in WDW .

She only had one request, one for a 10 day/9 night trip. She wanted to eat in Tony’s Restaurant at Magic Kingdom. She loves Lady and the Tramp .

I kept asking what else she might like, but she said that is all she wanted, the rest of the time she was happy to just follow us around.

Seriously, how fantastic is that for an obsessive planner? I don’t have to worry about the planning the trip (but you know I will don’t you?) Can you believe she said she would even wear matching t-shirts with us one day? She had no problems with it whatsoever!! We are going to MNSSHP (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party) on October 21st. She seemed eager to go to that too. She was asking if people dressed up for it. My only worry here is I will want to make it so magical for her, that if something goes wrong I will be upset. If everything doesn’t go perfect I will be distressed, I am one of those “it is my fault/I am sorry” kind of people when it isn’t even my fault. I need to try to take ownership of things going wrong for some reason (thanks dad). I have to remind myself that anything can happen and to just go with the flow, after all we will still be in Disney if things don’t work the way I want them right?

So I have decided to have “goals” for the trip and try to not have everything be a “must do” in my brain. I thought I would start sharing a little of the itinerary with you.

Fri. Oct. 17th: This is travel to St. Louis day. We will check into a hotel - for those of you that have followed the first TR you probably know it is the Marriott. Why the Marriot you ask, because I love these beds:



Ah, the heavenly Marriott bed . I thought about not going there, not spending the money for one night and spending that extra money in Disney, but then I decided I wanted us to have a great nights sleep before our trip . (we have since decided to go a little cheaper, since we have so much planned for this fall)

I am not even looking for restaurants around the hotel. I am going to let Amy decide where we are eating this night , because I have decided where we are eating for the next 10 days, except for Tony’s and one CS at Epcot that she gets to choose. See how nice I am by letting her pick .

Sat. Oct. 18th: We will be getting up at around 4:45am to get ready. The flight will leave St. Louis at 7:35am and we are scheduled to land in Orlando at 10:55am. Amy will then have her first ride in Florida when we get off the airplane (shhh I haven’t told her about what it is and she has joined Enchanted (Disney Virgin) so we won’t spoil it now will we ? Then we will grab an elevator and make the long walk to the Magical Express counter. I told her we will get many looks as a cast member walks us past the lines and tells us to sit on the bench while they tell the other CM’s to call for an accessible bus. People always look at us funny when Bill and I go wait there. Maybe they look at us funny because they think we are funny looking ? Who knows?

She will get to see the video on the Magical Express (ME) bus they play to pump us up before we get there. Yes, we better get a ME bus so she can see it, not a non ME bus or I will be an unhappy person . Think magical thoughts, I want things to go just right for us. I want that for all of you too when you travel, but I guess I am selfish - I especially want this trip to be a fantastic experience for her.

We will check in to Pop, get something to eat, hopefully the room will be ready, go freshen up and explore the resort a little. I figured we would do that then because we are gong to be a little busy for the next 9 days. Then Amy will get her first ride on one of these babies:



Where would we take a newbie on her first night in WDW?? , of course. There were a couple of worries – she will see Spectro, Wishes, and eat at Tony’s the first night. What if everything else is a bit of a let down after that firework and parade fun filled fantastic evening?? I have decided to set those fears aside and focus on the reasons why MK would be a good choice for the first night. She will get to see Spectro and Wishes; I suspect we will both be weepy. When people who have never been to Disney World think of it, Magic Kingdom is usually the first thing that comes to mind. We just wanted to take her to the most magical park on her first magical day.

Next up…things I have either purchased or made for the trip so far
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We are staying at Pop Oct. 18th - 27th!! First day we are there we will be going to Magic Kingdom for Spectro and Wishes. I really do hope we can meet.
We will be in DHS on 10/18 - supposed to see the 7 pm Fantasmic show. I'm thinking of heading to MK afterwards to see Wishes (I've never seen it!). Just not sure how the timing will work out. Not that I'd be able to find you in that crowd anyway! Maybe we can meet up when we get back to POP that evening. We'll have to exchange cell numbers when it gets closer!

Your first day plans sound great by the way! So exciting to be bringing a Disney virgin! I'm sure she will be blown away by everything!
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YAY! I am here! I always love your trip reports!! Also, you look fab!!! Great job on the weight loss! You are doing awesome girl!!!
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Glad I found you once again my friend! You look FANTASTIC! You should be very proud of yourself! Awesome job!

I totally understand the "working Disney in to every conversation" thing. I really have to stop myself sometimes.

How fun that you get to take Amy to WDW and show her all around - so exciting!

Looking forward to hearing more of your plans!
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YAY yoou started your PTR!!! BTW you look AMAZING!!! I am very excited to read about your plans and I love the picture with Kelly Monaco and Bill. I am a GH fan and one day I will get downn there for Soap Weekend.
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Okay...I started...

1. I used to stay at Extended Stays for work when I was on the road for more than a week. Serviceable.

2. sorry about your fingernail

3. No ME bus...bummer. But props to the driver for knowing how to hook the chair up.

4. It seems Suzie pretty much got things right......

5. Pop...I love POP Century. Noisy kids and all.
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That really stinks that she was being difficuly and that you have hardly talked to her since you have been back!
Bill seems brokenhearted . She really was one of our best friends before the trip. I seriously don't know what is going on.

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Tracy! I'm at the fact that you took a picture of your salad, but not at the show! I understand though. So sorry about the attitude and distance it's caused. Just an FYI, if you ever want to take someone to Disney again I'm your gal! I'll do whatever you tell me. It doesn't even sound like you were running her ragged(sp?). I don't understand. Great updates though.
Thanks. I told Bill the other day we should have taken and Enchanter or DISer with us, then we would have had no issues. No we weren't running her ragged, she was having a smoke break every 20 minutes, I am not exaggerating.

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1. I used to stay at Extended Stays for work when I was on the road for more than a week. Serviceable.

2. sorry about your fingernail

3. No ME bus...bummer. But props to the driver for knowing how to hook the chair up.

4. It seems Suzie pretty much got things right......

5. Pop...I love POP Century. Noisy kids and all.
Hi Jordan!!

1. Very serviceable and way cheap through Hotwire .

2. Thank you

3. Yes bummer, thank goodness the driver knew what he was doing.

4. Suzie took too long .

5. Love love love Pop Century!!

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to read.
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#11 I can’t drive 55

Oct. 23rd: Epcot Day 2

Goals for this day:

Soarin for FP

Nemo Clam mobiles

Talk Turtle with Crush

Aquariums

Test Track (we are going to the practice vehicle and see if we can get Bill into it)

Ellen’s Energy (ohhh a 45 minute nap , I am excited!! j/k, I actually think it is kinda cute)

Spaceship Earth (if we didn’t do it on the 19th)

Exploring the World Showcase (we will do this more in depth later in the week)


Halleluiah, we made it close to rope drop!! We decided to try Test Track first, we were all the way past Innovations looking at the tip board over by Test Tracand the wait times were nil for Test Track and Soarin’, Amy suggested we go to Soarin first. I let her know it was on the other side of Future World and by the time we got there the wait times would be longer.



We were right in front of Test Track so that is where we went. It was essentially a walk on. The CM informed us we could load from a different location where we wouldn’t be stepping down into the ride vehicle. We opted to do that. Bill had to go up in an elevator and we took the stairs to meet him. They had a booster type cushion seat for Bill. We put him in the middle of the front seat. Amy was on the passenger side, I was on the “drivers” side.

Let me tell you we loved it, but you wouldn’t have thought that during the first ride, Bill looked as white as a sheet and scared especially when we were outside gaining speed. After it was over they asked us if we wanted to ride again, I wasn’t sure Bill would want to, but he was all for it!!
Here are the horrible Test Track ride pictures:



Does Bill look scared to death or what? Do you think we held him down ok?

Here is the one from the 2nd ride:



We then headed over to the Land Pavilion. We got fastpasses for Soarin’, then headed to Living with the Land. It was a walk on as usual. I had to take pictures as always.







There were no pumpkins “earning their ears”, that bummed me out.
After that we decided to eat lunch at Sunshine Seasons. Bill and I had never eaten here before, but now we love it!! Amy and I got sandwiches:



Bill got the pork chop, it was HUGE:



Amy got some kind of cheesecake:



I got a fruit cup:



Bill got the Key Lime Pie:



It was time to try Soarin’ for the first time:



We got front row so that it would be easier to transfer Bill. It kind of freaked us out on the take off, it looks like your feet will hit the railing, but we loved it. For both of us it was so freeing. I loved the look of wonder on Bill’s face, it is one of my favorite memories.

Time to head over to the Living Seas:



We went on the clam mobiles, Bill adores Amy, I asked her to ride with him, she insisted that I ride with him, this seemed to upset Bill a little.

We decided to do Talk Turtle with Crush, while we were waiting for the show Amy went to smoke. They then led us to the location where they take the wheelchairs to enter. We ended up towards the front on the left. Crush made an announcement that we should get to know the person next to us and Amy and I didn’t do anything. WE GOT BUSTED, he called us out and told us to do it. I was cracking up. Then we went to see the dolphin exhibition, we loved it as usual.

Now here is where my TR skills went bad, I didn’t take notes here. I know we ended up at the Wilderness Lodge for dinner, but don’t remember if we took a direct bus or what?

I had discussed all our restaurant choices with Amy before the trip, had given her links for AllEars, had also given her an extra PassPorter I had. I guess she was just tired when we got to the Wilderness Lodge because when we checked in to Whispering Canyon Café we had to wait for a table and we sat in the area next to the Lincoln Logs. She kept stating that the restaurant was named wrong because it wasn’t quiet there at all?? The kids at the Lincoln Logs table seemed to annoy her too.

Bill was so hungry he attempted to eat the buzzer:



We got seated, all got drinks, then Amy got a couple blackberry vodka shots? Not sure if that was the flavor or not. She still didn’t like how loud it was, was not happy about all the kids etc. I said we are in DISNEY WORLD!! I could tell Bill was getting more and more upset, maybe we had just run her into the ground at that point I don’t know, but she was clearly complaining and not happy about anything.

There are no pictures of the meal except one:



(My mood stabilizer)

I wanted it over asap. When the bill came Amy couldn’t believe the price of the alcohol, again I said “we are in Disney, nothing is cheap”.
She went to go smoke, Bill and I walked slowly to the bus stop. It was drizzling. I love the theming of the soda machines:



One bus came, said they couldn’t load Bill but would call another bus. The other bus came, but he told me to just take the Magic Kingdom bus then transfer, his bus had “Remy” I asked him what that meant, he said that meant he was going off duty. I think he had been diverted to pick us up but he didn’t want to. Then another bus pulled up. We got back to the room and there was an informational flyer telling us that the power was going to go off for a couple of hours that night. Amy asked what time we were getting up, I said early. She said if she was up, she was up. We took that to mean she might join us she might not. We told her what time the reservation was for lunch at Mama Melrose’s. I said I was going to call for a wake up call.


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