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Old 01-17-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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Goofy Proposes, Fi Falls for Sleeping Beauty & we Celebrate our Engagement NEW 6/18!

Hello, and welcome to my very first trip report! Not only is this my first TR, but this post is one of my very first posts here on the DIS! I’ve been lurking here for quite some time while planning my recent trip but never actually posted…until now.

I have so enjoyed reading about other people’s trips that all throughout our vacation I kept thinking I needed to finally bite the bullet and join the DIS so I could write one of my own! Might at well jump right on in, right?

So here I am and I hope you will read along!

My FI and I just returned from a magical, memory-filled 7 nights at WDW celebrating our recent engagement. Disney is definitely the place to celebrate!

I guess you probably need a little background info on the cast of characters:
I’m Courtney, a long time Disney lover. I’ve been going since I was 2 and was fortunate enough to go to the world pretty much every year (sometimes twice) as a child. This was my 3rd "adult" trip to the world!

Here's a picture of me from our recent trip - waiting in line for Soarin'!


My FI, Miguel, is a newly converted Disney lover. Before we met he had never attended Disney World, but I changed that pretty quickly! This marked the third trip for him in three years – it’s become our annual tradition!

Here's Miguel lounging at the BC after our CMC breakfast!


And the two of us...


We took tons of pictures while on this trip - Hopefully this TR will reflect just how much fun we had! We definitely made memories to last a lifetime!

LINKS TO UPDATES:
DAY 1 - Pt 1 - PIXIE DUST RIGHT OFF THE BAT!
Since this is an Engagement TR - THE STORY OF OUR ENGAGEMENT!
DAY 1 - Pt 2
DAY 1 - Pt 3


DAY 2 - Pt 1 - BACK OFF SLEEPING BEAUTY!
DAY 2 - Pt 2
DAY 2 - Pt 3
DAY 2 - Pt 4
DAY 2 - Pt 5

DAY 3 - Pt 1 - FINALLY, GOOFY PROPOSES!
DAY 3 - Pt 2
DAY 3 - Pt 3

DAY 4 - Pt 1 - OUR (not so) FREE DAY
DAY 4 - Pt 2

DAY 4 - Pt 3

DAY 5 - Pt 1 - THE ADR I NEVER SHOULD HAVE MADE
DAY 5 - Pt 2
DAY 5 - Pt 3
DAY 5 - Pt 4

DAY 6 - Pt 1 - IS THAT SLEET?! IN ORLANDO?!
DAY 6 - Pt 2
DAY 6 - Pt 3
DAY 6 - Pt 4

DAY 7 - Pt 1 - DOES THIS RIDE COME WITH A WARNING?!
DAY 7 - Pt 2
DAY 7 - Pt 3
DAY 7 - Pt 4
DAY 7 - Pt 5

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE DAY & SOUVENIR REVEAL
FINAL THOUGHTS

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This sounds like a good one! I'm in!
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:56 PM   #3
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This sounds like a good one! I'm in!
Yay! My first reader! And thanks for joining in!
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:09 PM   #4
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I love TR's with lots of pictures! Keep going!
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:59 PM   #5
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Thanks for reading along! We took over 1500 pictures on this trip so I promise there will be many more photos to come!
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:21 PM   #6
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HI!! Followed you here from my TR! I am Subbing
Congrats on the engagement!!! So crazy that we just missed eachother. It was freezing the first day, then it got better! I am posting about our first day tonight! Thanks for joining in.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:29 PM   #7
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Hi Courtney!! I followed you over from my PTR!! What an awesome upgrade--a great way to start a trip!! So I read that you are from GA? I grew up in Toccoa (a small town in Northeast GA close to SC)!! Which part are you from? Can't wait to read more!
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Thanks for reading along! We took over 1500 pictures on this trip so I promise there will be many more photos to come!
I love to read tr. I can't wait until we get to go back in nov. Im a wdw nut also
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:53 PM   #9
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I say lets go ahead and get this party started!

DAY 1 – Pt. 1 – PIXIE DUST RIGHT OFF THE BAT!

This year, our arrival was thrown off a bit. Our original plan was to drive down to Disney a day earlier, however, room rates were still considered under the “holiday” time and were therefore super expensive! So we improvised and spent that evening with my dad in Tampa and woke up early the next morning to head over to Orlando!

After a short drive (it’s only about an hour) we saw the exit signs for Disney and I was getting so excited! And so we made our way to AKL – our “home” for the week.


I was so excited when I saw the Christmas tree was still up! It was breathtaking – so big and beautiful!


Loved the details!


Our Plan was to check in, get our room keys/park tickets, and head on over to the MK, as I was pretty sure the room wouldn’t be ready at this point – it was only about 10:00.

We had a super nice CM check us in, who was from Georgia like us. He congratulated us on our engagement and said he needed to make a phone call about the location of our room.

When he got off the phone he asked us if, since we were celebrating our engagement, it would be alright if they upgraded us to a savannah view room?!

Of course! I was beyond thrilled. Our first dose of pixie dust – and the first of many!

After finishing at the check-in desk, we excitedly made our way to our room. We couldn’t wait to check out the view!


We immediately saw animals!






The room was georgeous! So much detail, and perfectly themed.




I think we could have just sat in the room the whole first day, soaking up the incredible atmosphere of AKL and watching the animals!

After about an hour we finally tore ourselves away from the beauty outside our window and headed out to MK!

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Old 01-22-2010, 11:41 AM   #10
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Joining in. I am from Ga as well, but on the south side of Atlanta. I am enjoying your trip report. This is my first post on the DISboards. I have been lurking for a while and decided my first post would be on a fellow Georgian.
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Love the update!!! All of the pics are bringing me back to my vacation m I am having some serious Disney Depression!! We wanted to eat at Pecos Bill. Ended up getting a snack there one day, but it is a must when we go back! We just love Frontierland!
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You might have seen on my TR. We are renting points at the Villas. So excited to try DVC. We love AKL too. My DD is obsessed with animals so it's perfect for her.
I'd love to try AKV sometime - in fact, I'd love to try any of the villas sometime. I've briefly looked into renting points but, I'll admit, it makes me kind of nervous. I definitely need to look into it more - seems like the best way to stay DVC.

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Joining in. I am from Ga as well, but on the south side of Atlanta. I am enjoying your trip report. This is my first post on the DISboards. I have been lurking for a while and decided my first post would be on a fellow Georgian.
I feel so honored to have your firs DIS post here on my TR!

As you can see by my post count I'm pretty new here as well (well, new at posting, I've been lurking a while like you!)

There seems to be lots of Georgians around here! I hope you'll keep posting!

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Love the update!!! All of the pics are bringing me back to my vacation m I am having some serious Disney Depression!! We wanted to eat at Pecos Bill. Ended up getting a snack there one day, but it is a must when we go back! We just love Frontierland!
Thanks, Katie!

I hear you on the Disney Depression Is it bad that I just got back and I've already come up with at least 3 possible future trips?!

Definitely try Pecos Bills! And I must say, when I was reading your first MK post over on your TR I was thinking, "gosh our first days were pretty similar...go to MK, freeze on the way there, get super happy seeing the tree, catch the end of the parade..."
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DAY 1 – Pt.3

So after a relaxing afternoon at AKL spent animal viewing and resort exploring, it was time to go see a few of our friends.

What friends you might ask?

The FAB 5 of course! Tonight we would be dining at Chef Mickey’s!

I was really excited about our meal at Chef Mickey’s – in all of my trips to Disney, I had never eaten there. In fact, last year we tried to get in for dinner as a walk up (dumb, I know – but in my defense it was like 9:30 during value season) and were turned away. So I was really excited to have gotten a reservation this year. I was definitely looking forward to this classic wdw restaurant!

After braving the cold and making our way over to the contemporary, we were quickly checked-in and seated.

So here's my little mini-review of Chef Mickey's:
While we had some great character interaction, our dinner certainly left something to be desired. I know dinner gets pretty bad reviews here – and I hate to say, but they’re pretty accurate. Out of all the items on the buffet my favorite thing was the chicken nuggets. I found the majority of the food to be pretty bland and I felt there could have been some better options available.

Anyway, I don’t think we’ll return to Chef Mickey’s for dinner, but I would probably try it for breakfast at some point, as I’ve heard its much better. Thankfully, this was the only meal that I was actually disappointed with – the rest of the week we experienced some great Disney dinning!

However, we were really there for the characters, right?! I think we got some great photos with the characters here – some of my favorites from the trip!







One of my favorites!






I LOVE this picture of Minnie and I! She was so adorable looking at my ring I however, look like I'm 12




We even got two visits from Goofy!


LOVE this one too!


Next up, find out why how this TR got (half) of its name
Our awesome breakfast at Akershus!
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Sorry you were disappointed with the food. At least you had good character interaction! I've never been to Chef Mickey's, but it always looks like fun!
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Hello! Courtney
followed you here from Becky and Katie's PTR/TR...

Congratulations! on the engagment!!! how sweet about the proposal! I was not proposed to he just brought me to the jeweler and let me pick out my ring (I had picked it out of a bridal magazine and he didn't want to get it wrong ). So, I just love stories like yours!

How exciting and magical about the upgrade to the savannah view!
and the trees was beautiful.
We are actually planning our return for the holiday this year...so, I love seeing your photos of the decorations.

Sorry about Chef Mickey but at least your character interaction was good. We did not do any character meals last year; but, we plan to do three breakfast this year and three sit down dinners. So, I'm very interested in peoples reaction to all the different character meals.

Looking forward to sharing your trip with you!!!
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