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Old 12-20-2009, 01:08 PM   #1
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A trip more than worth the wait!- Updated 5/4/10 Complete

Trip Report Navigation:
Day 1 - Travel
Day 2 - Animal Kingdom (W/Tusker House Breakfast) /
City Walk(Latin Quarter)
Day 3 - Universal Studios / IOA
Day 4 - Hollywood Studios (Sci Fi Dine In)
Day 5 - Typhoon Lagoon / MK and Wishes Party
Day 6 - Nasa / City Walk
Day 7 - Sea World / Cheesecake Factory
Day 8 - Magic Kingdom / DTD
Day 9 - Universal Studios / IOA / HNN
Day 10 - Epcot / DTD
Day 11 - Busch Gardens
Day 12 - Wet and Wild / MNSSHP
Day 13 - Sea World / AK
Day 14 - Hollywood Studios / Epcot
Day 15 - Universal / Home Time


Hello and Welcome(!) to my first trip report from my first WDW trip.

Im hoping to share a lot of pictures in this - We took at least 1500 pictures over the trip and though i wont bore you with them all i hope you like them!

The 2 week trip was this October but until now, i have been too snowed under with essays and presentations and work to write this! But trust me - i have been so excited to write this - to relive the magical memories from the trip with everyone on here!

So to start - the vital details

After an amazing trip to Disneyland Paris when we were first together me and my boyfriend scott fell in love with Disney parks and he later said that he'd take me to Florida for my 21st how amazing !

Here's a picture of me and Scott in Paris with Sulley - this was in 2007 which seems so long ago now!



His sister and brother in law had been thinking about visiting Florida too so we decided that all 4 of us would go in 2009. We decided October would be perfect because i would be turning 21 so would be old enough to enjoy a cocktail or ten and make use of the year of celebration gift, and that we'd be visiting in a relatively quiet crowd period.

Trip Date - 20th October 2009 for two weeks

We booked everything in January and since about March I'd been counting down each and every day and turning into a crazy WDW trip planner - and can i add I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! Heres a picture of the countdown calendar me and Scott made for our living room wall.



Trip Details - Flying Aberdeen - Sciphol, Sciphol - Detroit, Detroit - Orlando Florida! with KLM - this would be a long flight but we saved a lot of money doing it this way.

Staying - at Ramada International Drive, as we'd be driving and visiting many of orlando's attractions this would be an affordable hotel in a great location - basic but this would be fine as we'd spend most of our time having fun!

So now thats the basics out of the way I can start writing my trip report
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:23 PM   #2
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Lovely start thanks for posting it. It's always exciting counting down to the holiday, I think it adds to the time to come all the planning and just thinking about what you will be doing. Looking forward to reading more and seeing your photos.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:39 PM   #3
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Great start, looking forward to the rest.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:11 PM   #4
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Yay! Looking forward to hearing about your trip!
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:18 PM   #5
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Can't wait to read your report and see the photos! The big question.. have you booked for next year yet!!? lol
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:17 AM   #6
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:46 AM   #7
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Can't wait to read your report and see the photos! The big question.. have you booked for next year yet!!? lol
Me and Scott have too much on to fit a Florida trip next year but 2011 for sure - i made him promise before we left MK that we'd be back or i was not going to leave!
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:03 PM   #8
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Day 1 - Its time to go!!

Well firstly thanks so much to everyone whose posted already!

So day one! i couldn't believe that we were finally all set to go!

After finishing all the last minute packing and getting a few hours sleep, Scott's parents were there to pick us up to go to the airport at about 5am. It didn't matter how early it was though - I was going to Disney! At last! I was in a state of hyper excitement at the same time as disbelief!!

We met Scotts sister (Leanne) and BIL (Roy) at the airport - where me and Leanne got our Minnie Mouse ears on to get into the spirit as soon as possible! (I'd got my ears from Paris and Leannes was part of her MNSSHP costume!)

The journey to Amsterdam and then to Detroit went by in a bit of a blur. We had to run a little bit to our gate in Amsterdam but i think we were being a bit too cautious and actually we had plenty of time!

Unfortunately in the flight to Detroit the television system was broken for the entire flight - so we had to entertain ourselves. But that was quite easy just talking about what we'd be doing over the next two weeks, looking through the planning folder i had made up.

We arrived in Detroit - and wow! It is such an easy an airport in terms of getting through security/customs and finding your way about! Essentially its just a long straight line with a Monorail that runs along it.

Heres a Pic of the monorail system it has going up and down:



and Me and Scott in Detroit!



Waiting at the gate for the Orlando flight was great - there was such a buzz - obviously the majority of the flight passengers were waiting to go to Disney or some of the other Florida parks and you could feel the excitement! Luckily the couple hour flight went by so quickly!! I tried anxiously to see ANYTHING from the plane window but nothing! I'd just have to wait a little longer to see anything

Luckily as we'd been through customs at Detroit we could get through Orlando airport quite quickly - just picking up our luggage and car hire - stopping and getting excited at our first glimpse of mickey mouse ads! our car was huge - the guys went up to sort out all the car details whilst me and leanne stayed with the suitcases. We had sorted our car hire through the travel agent at home and knew what type of car to expect - but apparently the car hire staff were quite pushy for us to upgrade to a bigger car, for quite a cost! We refused event though they insisted that we would never fit ourselves and our cases in the car we had selected - well we could have fitted an extra person and about 3 extra cases and not been pushed for room if we had wanted!

We navigated to our hotel in International Drive - Ramada Inn Lakeside - right next to Wet and Wild - and it was late by this point - about 9pm. But we were all quite hungry, so we just checked in, seen our rooms - which all overlooked Wet and Wild waterpark and went to get a quick bite. First , here is a picture of our room.



So we strolled down International Drive to a Popeyes - luring us in with a random concept of chicken and BISCUITS? what was this all about? None of us were impressed with Popeyes, but it served its purpose. The whole 'biscuit' thing turned out to be a popular food and was served at so many other places - hehe i still don't quite know what this 'biscuit' is though

However - our initial impressions of this area of International Drive were very disapointing! After all of the hype that we had heard of here we found it to full of tacky shops and just not what we had expected!

However, this did not dampen our moods, we were still all excited for the day ahead, and i think that IDrive is a great, affordable and central location to stay in Florida - I don't personally think I would return there on our next Florida trip - and a note - i would NEVER stay at this hotel - but more on that later!

So we went to bed, tired but so excited for the next day - Animal Kingdom, our first park - oh and my birthday! oh and did i mention - Tusker House breakfast first thing
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:08 PM   #9
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Thanks for those updates.

Those biscuits are like plain scones if they are anything like we got with a KFC meal over there.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:34 PM   #14
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Disney Hollywood Studios Photopass Pics

After not finding one photopass photographer in our first Disney day at AK we were already considering whether to just give up on the whole Photopass idea. But we found quite a few today and decided we'd just be majorly on the lookout and go for it.

Heres some of the best ones from this day.













Coming Up : Day 5 - Typhoon Lagoon and MK Wishes Dessert Party - I can't believe it took us so long to go to MK!
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:30 AM   #15
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I always wondered how the 'actors' got picked - so how lucky were you!! I hope they gave you a towel to dry off

Sounds like another fab day - again, I haven't been Sci Fi - just never fancied it - but reading a few reports it sounds like fun - something my DD would enjoy.

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