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Old 09-26-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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September Solo: I'll do whatever I want*2/18 Update*Tom Sawyers Island Rocking Chairs

Hi friends

Here is my second every attempt at a TR.

(You can see my first one here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2611594)

I spent September 10-17 at the World and am here to tell you about it.

So DH and I have APs which expire this October. My busiest and most stressful time at work is October and November, so no October trip for us.

We took our last trip in May 2011 for our 2nd anniversary

I reaaaaallllly wanted to sneak in a weekend getaway in August or September, but DH needed a Disney break. I am the WDW-fanatic and while he enjoys the parks and food at WDW, as we take more and more WDW trips he is missing that "first-time feeling" more and more. Thus, the idea of me taking another solo trip was born.

This quickie solo trip easily turned into an 8 day, 7 night vacation.

6 nights at Old Key West + 1 night at All Star Sports.

And the best part of this trip? I got to do WHATEVER I wanted, WHENEVER I wanted.

If you like lots and lots and lots and lots of photos (Thank you DH for my camera birthday gift!), please do subscribe!


Here we go!

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Old 09-26-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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I went solo last May and enjoyed every minute. I did whatever I liked. Bring on the pics!
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:04 PM   #3
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I went solo last May and enjoyed every minute. I did whatever I liked. Bring on the pics!

Welcome! I see in your sig that you did a trip report - I will be checking that out! I really think that WDW/Orlando is a great place for solo travellers as there is so much to do!
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:18 PM   #4
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I'm glad to see that you started another TR. I'll come along for this one too. I've wanted to take a solo trip myself, so I'm excited to see how yours was. I have to say, the idea of not having to answer to anyone and doing whatever you want is very tempting.
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I'm glad to see that you started another TR. I'll come along for this one too. I've wanted to take a solo trip myself, so I'm excited to see how yours was. I have to say, the idea of not having to answer to anyone and doing whatever you want is very tempting.
Nice to see you! So glad you found me.
Exactly how you say not having to answer to anyone and doing whatever you want is a pretty good definition of luxury, don't ya think?

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Sounds wonderful... do whatever you want trip....

hehe. can't wait to read more of your TR. thanks for sharing!
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Sounds wonderful... do whatever you want trip....

hehe. can't wait to read more of your TR. thanks for sharing!
Well thanks for reading!
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Great trip report so far! I'm going on my first solo trip in November. You can check my ptr out "memories of ma" and give me any pointers. Your pictures are making me feel better about being alone. I'm still a little hesitant, but your reports are helping.
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Saturday, September 10

With a 5:30pm flight, I left home just before lunch to drive from my home in Canada to the BUF airport - about a 1.5 hour drive.

I was a bit concerned that the border crossing might be a bit delayed given that it was the day before the September 11 anniversary, but the Peace Bridge was almost no delay and I had an easy border crossing.

But first, I made some shopping stops:

1. Kohl's (a store we still don't have in Canada) - Scored a super-cute Lauren Conrad maxi-dress, LC top, Levi's white denim jacket and Vera Wang necklace - all for $60. I love Kohl's.

2. Target (will have in Canada in 2013!) - No big purchases this time

3. Walgreen's for Loreal makeup remover. Ok this makeup remover is almost $10 in Canada, and at Walgreens I got 2 for $7, so $3.50 each. I use a lot of this stuff so try to pick some up when I'm in the US.

I grabbed a small sub for the airplane, filled the car with cheap US gas (love US gas prices!) and headed for parking at the airport.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Buffalo airport. It is big enough that you can get decent flights, including non-stop to Orlando, but it is small enough that there are no long lines.



I chose Air Tran for the flight down to Orlando because at the time I booked they were cheaper than Southwest. Turns out if I held out a while longer I could have flown SW for the same price. After flying Air Tran a couple of times before, I had a good opinion of them - except for all their flight time switching.

I checked in 24 hours before and picked seat 11A. I like to sit near the front to I can deplane quickly and I do not pay extra for seat selection, especially when solo.

Checked my bag at the Air Tran desk and the very friendly employee offered to upgrade me to Emergency Exit row 21A at no charge.
Well that is a good start!

Hats off to the TSA at Buffalo who always keep a short and sweet security line. The body scanners really keep the line moving.
I know there are body scanner debates (and we're not going to have one here, ok?) but really, if ya wanna see the shape of my body in exchange for my safety that is A-OK with me. I am more than happy to do the "hands in the air" funny dance.

Turns out that the Emergency Exit row on Air Tran window seat still has a seat in front of you so you have the normal fold down tray, not the annoying pop-out-of-armrest one. You just have TONS of legroom! The seat in front is perfectly spaced such that you can still grab your purse from under it with keeping your seatbelt fastened.
Air Tran also has boarding groups. The upgrade got me into Boarding Group #1, so I had plenty of room in the overhead bin.
Great!



Ahhh a beautiful sunset flight.
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Great start to your trip report! I'm doing a solo trip for the first time next year and I can't wait to hear how yours goes.

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Great start to your trip report! I'm doing a solo trip for the first time next year and I can't wait to hear how yours goes.

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Welcome aboard! Will next year be your first solo trip?
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Sounds fun--I'm in!

I have a hard time picturing myself solo at Disney...but then again I have a hard time picturing myself solo anywhere, what with my three clingy kids Interested to hear what it's like.

That brownie looks FABULOUS!
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I'm glad to see that you started another TR. I'll come along for this one too. I've wanted to take a solo trip myself, so I'm excited to see how yours was. I have to say, the idea of not having to answer to anyone and doing whatever you want is very tempting.
Nice to see you! So glad you found me.
Exactly how you say not having to answer to anyone and doing whatever you want is a pretty good definition of luxury, don't ya think?

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Sounds fun--I'm in!

I have a hard time picturing myself solo at Disney...but then again I have a hard time picturing myself solo anywhere, what with my three clingy kids Interested to hear what it's like.

That brownie looks FABULOUS!
Well, believe it or not but one day those "three clingy kids" will one day be grown up and maybe in your distant future.......

The brownie is fabulous, but very large and filling. It is perfect for sharing, or to split into 3 and have for 3 breakfasts.
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First night


Arrived at MCO safe and sound just past 8pm. I had both a $58 Alamo standard and a $96 National Emerald Aisle reservation.

Both car rental companies were packed! The stand-outs are as follows: There were minivans & Jeep Patriots on the Alamo Compact aisle, and Volvos and a Mazda CX-7 crossover on the Emerald Aisle.

Decisions, decisions. I went with the Mazda CX-7 which turned out to be a new 2012 with 400 miles on it - nice!

After making a quick stop for bottled water at Walgreens (I drink about a barrel of water per day, no joke) I drove to Old Key West and had a pleasant check-in.

I was not that happy with my room though - I actually did a separate post on it (wanted to show everyone pics of an accessible room). Here it is:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2806437

Note that I do not require an accessible room so I have no idea why they gave it to me - I guess nobody else needed it either!

Here are some photos of the room they moved me to on Day 2 (see above link for details):















I love the large bathroom counters at OKW - perfect for spreading out all my stuff.

I wanted to give a shout-out and thank-you to disser "DavidParrishandBoys" whom I rented DVC points from. So professional in the transaction but also a personal touch. I hope I am lucky enough to rent points from DavidParrishandBoys again.

So at about 9:30/10pm-ish, I decided to go have a late dinner at Earl of Sandwich. Guess what I had???



That's right, a frosting-filled brownie for dinner. Told you I'll do whatever I want!
Ok, I was only able to eat about 1/3 of it - sweetness overload!

Next up: Will I make rope drop at MK?

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