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Old 01-04-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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"One Step Ahead of the Slowpokes!"- A Dec '10/Jan '11 Trip Report! FINISHED 3/9 pg 38

Hello everyone and to my first ever trip report!

This is following my first ever PTR, which, if you are interested in 65 pages of my neurotic ramblings, I encourage you to read! Some of you are probably followers of my PTR, meaning you suffered through all 65 pages of said ramblings. Thank you all for sticking by me through thick and thin and joining me here now to read all about my trip! As far as my new readers go, I'm so excited to have you along on this wonderful/crazy/glorious journey!

Well, let's not waste any time! You're here to read about a trip, right? Right! So here we gooooo!

Who?
My husband, John and me, Joni!

What?
A 6 night (was supposed to be 7...more on that later) 7 day Disney trip with the DELUXE dining plan, and a side day trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Where?
Disney's POP Century Resort

When?
December 25, 2010-January 1, 2011

Why?
It was the first time we both had vacation at the same time in a year, and we were celebrating our two and a half year anniversary!

Okay, so there are the basics! Now, I will go into a little more detail about the cast of this trip!



Me: Joni! A 23 year old high school English teacher from beautiful NC! I am the Disney planner of the family and I am totally obsessed with any and everything Disney! I took my first trip to the World with John in 2007 and I have been addicted ever since. I've been a total of seven times, counting this trip! Here is my Disney inventory:
Favorite Movie: Tie between Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin
Favorite Character: Pluto before the trip, but now I'm saying Woody and Goofy (you'll find out why later! )
Favorite Ride: Rock'n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith



DH: A 24 year old soldier in the US Army! John and I met when he was a sophomore in high school and I was a freshman. He joined the Army right out of high school and has been in ever since. He has served in Iraq as an Airborne Infantryman and is now finishing up Special Forces training. This summer he will officially be a Green Beret! I am so proud of him, and he is absolutely my Prince Charming! Here is John's Disney inventory:
Favorite Movie: Swiss Family Robinson and Disney Earth
Favorite Character: King Louie
Favorite Ride: Tower of Terror and Mission: Space

If you'd like to read a little more about us or about the planning for this trip you can check out my PTR! A lot changed during our trip planning. When I started the PTR in May it was going to be John and me with my cousin, Josh and his girlfriend, Wendy. However, Josh and Wendy had to back out so it ended up just being John and me. This turned out to be fine, because we had a wonderful trip!

So, now that we have the basics covered, let me tell you a little bit of what you can expect in this TR!

A whole lot of surprises!
A ton of laughs!
A few really difficult decisions!
Some amazing first time experiences!
Over 1,000 pics, including food and PP!


My very first actual update will be about Christmas morning, because that's really when this whole adventure began. If you read my PTR, you know I had a very specific Christmas wish list. If you didn't read it, I was desperately hoping to get a Disney Dooney & Bourke sketch wristlet, a Disney shirt for my trip, Toy Story 3 and Beauty and the Beast on DVD, Disney Sing It! Family Hits for the Wii, and a Disney Jim Shore figurine. So...do you think I got what I wished for? Well, I'll tell you this much: I was in for some very big surprises when I woke up Christmas morning! Stay tuned!

Up Next: What exactly did I get for Christmas? You won't believe it!


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Old 01-04-2011, 08:55 PM   #2
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12/25/10-12/26/10 Departure Day/Arrival Morning

Christmas Morning: Part One

Christmas Morning: Part Two

I love you, Bill and Sookie, but are we there yet?!

I'll sleep in a dumpster as long as I'm at Disney!

12/26/10- Magic Kingdom

Smile, Honey! Oh, and pretend you're holding a fairy!

Sheesh Dude, let me finish my danish!

Yay! Robot Spiders!

To Ride Splash Mountain or Not to Ride? That is the Question!

Holy Cow, Two Kinds of Fried Cheese! **Dining Review

Adventures in Fantasyland!

It's a World of Laughter, a World of John's Tears!

Beautiful Lights and Freezing Cold Sights!

Nothing Warms me up Like Disney Fireworks!

12/27/10- Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hurray for Hollywood!

FUN in an Elevator! Livin' it up When I'm Going Down!

Let's Go to the Movies! Let's Go See the Stars!

Cover Your Mouth, if You Please! **Dining Review

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Just Like Mama Makes It! **Dining Review

I've Always Had a Thing for Cowboys!

Sweet Dreams of Gingerbread and Prince Charming!

12/28/10- Epcot

Hello, Golf Ball!

Get Out of my Personal Space!

A Christmas Miracle! It's Warm!

J'ai Tres Faim! Let's Eat! **Dining Review

Find the Diamond (or Pearl) in the Rough!

Decisions, Decisions!

Decision Made!

12/29/10- WWoHP, Downtown Disney and More!

Wizards, Wands, and Waiting: Part One

Wizards, Wands, and Waiting: Part Two

Roughing it in the Wilderness!

Best. Dinner. EVER. **Dining Review

Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening?

12/30/10- Resort Hopping and Downtown Disney!

Eating Breakfast With the Paparazzi **Dining Review

Shopping, Shopping, and MORE Shopping!

Ho, Ho, Ho...Hyuck! ** Dining Review

Asante Sana Squash Banana! **Dining Review

12/31/10- Animal Kingdom and Resort Hopping

Best. Decision. EVER!

Safaris Make Me Hungry!**Dining Review

Monkey Tattoos and Elephant Butts

Did I Just See That Gorilla Evolve?

The Best Safari is a Pizzafari!

T.T.F.N, Animal Kingdom!

'Ohana Means DIS Meets!**Dining Review

1/1/11- Magic Kingdom and Heading Home

One Last Celebrashun! **Dining Review

Doesn't "Aloha" Mean Hello and Goodbye?

A Trail of Bread Crumbs from Disney to NC

T.T.F.N, Readers! Trip Report Wrap-Up!

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Old 01-04-2011, 08:56 PM   #3
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Ugh I was hoping I would be first!

Going back to read now...
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I would get so excited every time you posted a PTR update. Now that you're posting the actual TR updates, I'm over the moon excited! YAY!!! Can't wait to hear all your stories!
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I'm here!!!! Can't wait to hear about the trip! Hopefully you guys didn't have bed buggies at POP like we did!!

I had a hard time figuring out Chapter links too!

All you have to do is click on the number that's in the right corner of your thread post..
IE: Your chapter page is #2.

When you click on the number it should pop up another page that is just of that posting.

Go up to the box where it has the httpwww. whatever, highlight it, right click copy, and close that box.

Go to your post of chapters and click to edit it.

At the top where you have the fonts, colors, and icons..click on the icon that looks like an earth. Erase what's in the box and right click paste and it will put the info that you copied from the page you just copied.

Click OKAY and it will highlight in the message box, you can type in the title of that chapter then!

When you click post reply, it will automagically put it the link there!

This is what it will look like:

Chapters:

Chaper Page

There, I hope I helped!!
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Ooh a new TR ...looking forward to reading more. Am staying at Pop in September so look forward to hearing your reviews on the place. In the meantime I am going to go and read your PTR.

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Old 01-05-2011, 06:32 AM   #9
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Yay! You were first on my PTR too! Thank you!

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Ugh I was hoping I would be first!

Going back to read now...
You crack me up! I want you to know that you were the inspiration that got my butt into gear with writing this thing!

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Yay I'm 3rd!! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures!
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I would get so excited every time you posted a PTR update. Now that you're posting the actual TR updates, I'm over the moon excited! YAY!!! Can't wait to hear all your stories!
Thank you Rachel! You always make me feel so great! I hope you enjoy my TR! Your name will definitely pop up several times because a lot at Disney reminded me of you and your TR!

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We love Pop! Joining the ranks and headed back to read your PTR
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wow, baby, it is so wonderful , I am just joined, and many things all don't understand, hope one day I can also like you,
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I am here!!!!!!! I can NOT wait to read more! I know SOME of the secrets, but it is safe with me lol I loved getting the texts & pics on my phone while you were gone, so I am definitely in!!!!
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I can't wait to read all about your trip! I'm excited to hear about what you got for Christmas so don't leave us hanging too long!!

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I'm here! Great start - I'm dying for the next update! Don't make us wait too long!
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#15 lol

OK - so I'm not the top 3, but 15 "ain't" so bad!

This TR looks like it will be fun! I love the way you're setting it up.

We leave on Monday for our 2 week Disney adventure - so I'll have to try to keep up while there.

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