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Old 12-07-2010, 07:45 PM   #1
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No Kids Trip to Disney (our early Christmas trip) update 1/1/11

This will be my attempt at another TR. I never did to my DL one and really do hope to do it. But enough there . . .

The cast, just me and hubby (Patty and Dale)! Left the kids at home (they are all adults) and prayed that our house would still be standing and our dogs still well!

We had an 8:25 am flight from Philly to Orlando. With all the talk about the new screening process, we thought we better get there the recommended two hours early. When we flew in January for the half marathon, there was NO ONE in the line at security. This time, all the lines were completely full and the line to get into the security area was WAY DOWN the hall. Thankfully, we allowed plenty of time and it move quickly. I will say they are efficient, yet quick there. There is no body scanner at this security check point (only one terminal has it, others are coming though).

So we get to the gate and sit and relax, waiting for time to board. Around 8am they announce that our 'crew' is delayed (Dale says overslept or enjoying their breakfast) and we'll be getting boarded as soon as they arrive. They arrive, but we then learn, one more is still at security, UGH!!! FINALLY it's time to board. We paid the extra for the emergency row as Dale has really long legs and likes this extra room. So we finally get boarded and are then told we have to go de-ice the plane. COME ON, it is 33 degrees out and it has not rained at all, we've flown in the winter and never had to do this (or maybe they just did not tell us, but this was interesting to see).

So, FINALLY, after we are de-iced we are off to Orlando. Thankfully, they made up some time so we only arrived about 15 minutes late. We quickly got to Budget where I had 'hotwired' a car. We were then on our way to our 'HOME'.



We arrived at AKV - Kidani Village and had used the online check in (which so many people had raved about). Well, our room was not ready. I was bummed. I had planned to change into something lighter since it was quite a bit warmer here in Florida than back home. Oh, well, not a big deal, off we went to DHS (still want to type MGM).



Arriving in the afternoon, there was no way we could do Toy Story, 100 minute wait and no fast passes. So, Dale and I shared a Chicken Ceasar wrap since we had a 4:25 ADR at Mama Melrose.

Then we walked around. We saw some favorites





I know we did the Great Movie Ride and Muppets, but at the moment, I do not remember what all we did.

Up next, dinner at Mama Melrose and the Osborne lights.
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Old 12-07-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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It makes me want to cry-that I still have not see the Osbourn lites.

Didn't the airplane smell like wind shield washing fluid after they de-iced the plane. I had a window seat, and I smelled it all the way to Atlanta when I traveled in January.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:01 AM   #3
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It makes me want to cry-that I still have not see the Osbourn lites.

Didn't the airplane smell like wind shield washing fluid after they de-iced the plane. I had a window seat, and I smelled it all the way to Atlanta when I traveled in January.
I didn't notice any smell thankfully. I was just surprised I hadn't experienced this before, having flown in the winter before.
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:03 AM   #4
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So back to day one...

We had a 4:25 ADR at Mama Melrose. We've not eaten there, but heard some good reviews. We are on the Disney Dining Plan, so this counts at a table service for us. We arrived about 10 minutes early and went to check in and the gal at the door said we couldn’t check in early (yet when you make the ADR they tell you to get there before your time), so we waited a few minutes, then we checked in. The lobby area was so over run with people waiting to be seated. We waited and waited and waited. Oh my goodness, it took forever to get seated. I'm wondering why Disney even does ADR's. (granted without one, you can't eat at a sit down place), but the wait is a bit much.

So once we were seated we were quickly waited on (they sure do like to get you out of there quickly for as long as you wait for a table). I had read a wonderful review of the steak so I got that, so not worth it. It was so bland, no flavor at all. Dale got a flat breakr which he really liked. We also got dessert because that is part of the plan (would really like if you could swap an appetizer for a desert.)

This is probably my only food porn from the week (sorry)





As we were eating, it was getting dark. I LOVE DISNEY AT CHRISTMAS! Here are a few pics of the holiday lights at DHS....

























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Old 12-08-2010, 12:18 PM   #6
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Hey Karen, how is the family. Glad you decided to see if I finish this one
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