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Old 05-26-2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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Smile Magical Honeymoon trip report w/ LOTS of PICS! (PhotoPass Pics Added) 4/26/09-5/3/09

Well we have been back for a month and I'm finally getting time to start this trip report. I think I'll post day by day.

So here is the background. So me, Todd, 34 and my wife, Brandi, 28 decided to go to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon. How could we not? I proposed to her last year June 2008 on our last trip to WDW. Our wedding was in our city of Lafayette, Louisiana on Friday 4/24/09 and our honeymoon started on Sunday 4/26/09 and ended on Sunday 5/3/09.

Ok so our first day of the WDW honeymoon was Sunday 4/26/09.
It started bright and early, we had to wake up at 3:30am! to make it to the airport in time. We flew Delta and our first flight left Lafayette, LA at 5:55am. We flew from Lafayette, LA to Altlanta, GA then after about 1hr layover we arrived in Orlando, FL 12:01pm. The flights was just fine, only one problem in Atlanta. Our flight changed gates so we had to make our way to another gate. We then proceeded to the Magical Express area at MCO to catch our bus to Disney Polynesian Resort.

After a brief wait in line we were magically wisked away to Walt Disney World. Luckily we were the first resort to be dropped off. This particular bus also dropped off at the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, and I think Wilderness Lodge. I can't say for sure about the WL. Oh something else to mention, I have stayed at the Polynesian before but it was 21 years ago, and this was Brandi's first time staying at this resort.



So we arrived at the Poly, around 2pm. Upon check in I verified our requests. I had faxed some special request for our honeymoon. We originally booked garden view but we were very happily upgraded to Magic Kingdom View! So we found out our room was ready, Tahiti room 2035. I also requested turndown service for each night. Also since we had booked the 4/3 deal and my wife is an AP holder, we had the concierge separate our park tickets from our room key card. After a few minutes the process was complete. We got our bearings and headed to our room.





Upon arriving at our room, we found a great room with a spectacular view. We were very excited. the only negative thing about our room was it was so close to the Ticket and Transportation Center that we would hear the Ferry Boat horns at all hours of the night. After a day or so, we kind of got used to it. But the location of the room was very convenient to walk to the TTC. It was actually quicker to catch the monorail at the TTC than walking to the Great Ceremonial House to catch it.














And the view was just spectacular. We could see Cinderella's Castle and Seven Seas Lagoon with no plam trees in our view.





So by the time we settled down my wife, Brandi was tired from waking up so early. So she wanted to rest. REST? Not me! I let her take a nap for a hour while I explored the resort. After all this is Disney, and I haven't stayed at the Polynesian in 21 years! Let me say the resort is beautiful! We definitely want to stay there again.











Ok after I walked around for an hour it's was time for me to wake up the wife and head over to Magic Kingdom for a few hours before we had to go to Ft. Wilderness Campground for dinner at Hoop Dee Doo Revue at 7:15pm.
We took the monorail over to MK. We first got my new Annual Pass. (my old one expired) and we also purchased the Tables in Wonderland card (this saved us quite a bit of money.) We really didn't have anything in particular that we wanted to to in the MK today. We are big pin traders so we started checking cast member lanyards. We found a couple but the good ones we were looking for were hard to find the whole trip. We decided to take in a couple attractions. We toured the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and the Pirates of the Caribbean. Both were a walk on. Maybe a 5 minute wait in the line for POTC, just the time to walk through. Oh we also had to get a Mickey premium icecream bar!



We also got a quick photo with Mr. Smee and Captain Hook



After riding those rides and walking around a little bit we took the boat from MK to Ft. Wilderness Campground to dine at Pioneer Hall for the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. This was the third or fouth time that I have been there, this was Brandi's first time. Before heading into the show I got a quick picture of the famous Lawnmower tree and a picture with a horse at the ranch.





We enjoyed it very much! The entertainment, the food, the service was all good!







After Hoop Dee Doo Revue was over we headed back to our room at the Poly.
When we arrived back into our room we notice the turn down service.



Just as we were entered our room, Wishes was starting!






Watching Wishes from our balcony was magical! Perfect way to end our first day of our honeymoon!

Tomorrow Day #2, Keys to the Kingdom Tour and Magic Kingdom!
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yay! i love it! We are going on our disneymoon at the end of our honeymoon in october..this is getting me super excited for it! Great start!!
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Hey there from a fellow Louisiana resident! West Monroe here. How in the world did your wife take a nap when you're at the Polynesian/Disney? There's no way I could have. Lookin' forward to reading more.
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Hey there from a fellow Louisiana resident! West Monroe here. How in the world did your wife take a nap when you're at the Polynesian/Disney? There's no way I could have. Lookin' forward to reading more.
Yes there is no way I could sleep. I was to excited. Actually this is not the only time she went back to take a nap.
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Yes there is no way I could sleep. I was to excited. Actually this is not the only time she went back to take a nap.
What?!?! Give that girl some vitamins!
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Woot!

Bout time your writing this

Can't wait to see the coming days :-)
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Day #6 Added!

Day #6 Friday 5-1-09 Sunny and warmer

Day #6 was a mix of Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom

Today they main goal for me was the 20th Anniversary of Hollywood Studios. When I fould out that HS was to turn 20 years old on May 1st and that I'd be there I was really excited! I was sure Disney would have some sort of tribute/celebration. WDW Celebrations had planned a fan community celebration that day called "Studio 20" They were the guys involved in Epcot's 25th Anniversary and Animal Kingdom's 10th anniversary. Brandi wasn't comfortable meeting strangers in the parks so I planned to go to park opening and take in some of the festivities associated with the anniversary and she would meet me later for lunch.

So I woke up at 6am. I quickly got dressed and headed to Captain Cooks to grab a quick coffee and cheese danish! I love those things! Then I took a bus to Hollywood studios to make it there for opening at 8am. I arrived to see some of the WDW Celebrations people already there with other regular guest.



I ended up meeting a few disney podcast celebrities Nathan Rose from Magical Mountain.net and the Magical Definition Podcast. I also met and talked with Matt Hochberg of StudiosCentral.com and WDW Today Podcast. I also met Lou Mongello of the WDW Radio Show podcast and autor of the WDW Trivia Books. All the guys were very friendly.





The opening ceremony was nice. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary there was special merchandise which included a T-Shirt and 4 or 5 limited edition pins. I picked up on a couple pins but didn't get the shirt. Hollywood studios was also serving a special cupcake at Starring Rolls. The WDW Celebrations group had a schedule of events for Friday and Saturday which included Scavenger hunt, ride meets and group photos. One main event I wanted to catch was a special interview with three Imagineer on the creation of the park. Tom Fitzgerald, Eric Jacobson, and Bob Weis spoke for about a hour on the creations and development of MGM Studios at the time. They even hinted that Sorcerer's hat may be coming down in the future.



Before entering this presentation I went over to Toy Story Midway Mania to get a fastpass for later.

The presentation was very good. After the presentation I was schedule to meet up with Brandi. We then went get Brandi a fast pass for Midway Mania so we could ride later.

I'm not sure of the particular order but here is a list of some of the attractions we rode. Star Tours, Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular (Brandi had never seen this show), Great Movie ride, I rode Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller Coaster, and Midway Mania.







So after doing a couple things on the list that I just mentioned we went eat lunch at Sci Fi Drive Inn at 12:15pm. This was Brandi's first time eating here, I had been there before.

We both had the burger but I got a "Comet" drink. It was great.











So after lunch we continued the touring of the park. Our fastpass for Midway Mania wasn't until 3pm so after riding that we decided to return to the hotel and rest before going to MK for dinner.

Oh on the way out of the park we stopped by Sid Cahuenga's to answer the movie trivia. We got them correct! and received a magical moment certificate.

After resting at the hotel for a little while we took the boat over to Magic Kingdom. Other than the monorail the boats are a close second as far as transportation is concerned.





WE walked around MK a little before it was time to eat. We watched this guy on Main Street blowing glass. Very cool.





So we checked in at Tony's Town Square for dinner at 7:30pm. We were quickly seated and ordered. Our food came out very quickly. We ordered salad and Chicken Parmesean. It was really good and they served us so much food that we could have shared.




After dinner we walked around and took some pictures while waiting for the fireworks.











We then watched Wishes from the Tomorrowland bridge and got a couple pictures take with photopass during the fireworks. They came out really nice.

Once the fireworks were over we decided to go ride Big thunder Mountain and Haunted Mansion at night before the park closed at 10pm. Big thunder is a totally different experience at night from riding during the day.

On our way out were were hungry so we picked up a couple ice cream cones at the Plaza.

What a great way to end the night.

Next to come: Day #7 Downtown Disney and Epoct wrapup day.
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Will you be posting your photopass pics? Thats so awesome that you were there for the 20th anniv. Very cool! Love all the pics and how cool to get a photopass pic with the fireworks...bet that was awesome!
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Great report!! But you left out some important details....

Scores for TSMM????!!!!????!!!!

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Great report!! But you left out some important details....

Scores for TSMM????!!!!????!!!!

I forgot to take a picture of the scores. I think I got about 165,000 and Brandi had about 96,000 something like that. I dont' remember.
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Will you be posting your photopass pics? Thats so awesome that you were there for the 20th anniv. Very cool! Love all the pics and how cool to get a photopass pic with the fireworks...bet that was awesome!
We ordered the photopass CD and we are waiting for it to come in. I should be able to post some of the pictures once I get the CD in.
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I have enjoyed reading your trip report. We're leaving for 9 nights at WDW this Friday (first trip back since 2/08), and I am finally getting excited about going. It will be the first time our family eats at Crystal Palace and Tony's Town Square...thx for the food photos, it looks yummy.
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I have enjoyed reading your trip report. We're leaving for 9 nights at WDW this Friday (first trip back since 2/08), and I am finally getting excited about going. It will be the first time our family eats at Crystal Palace and Tony's Town Square...thx for the food photos, it looks yummy.
I hope you have a wonderful time! Say hello to Jedi Mickey for me
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