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Old 03-28-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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Led Zeppelin Collides With The Magic Kingdom! The Grand Finale!!! 6.28.2012

Welcome to my Trip Report!

Hopefully this journey will prove to be as worthy as the anticipation leading up to it! This go-around will be slightly different than any of my other Trip Reports! Usually when we go to Disney I have a plan. I am a super-planner. I plan trips that aren’t even scheduled yet! I have become a Disney obsessed person that literally drives my DH crazy! I try to refrain in my excitement and love for Disney but sometimes it is just way too much to contain!!

So you may be wondering what this trip is really all about then! It is not a family trip but a school trip which I chaperoned. My DD is a sophomore in our high school band and this trip was all about the band going to Disney to march at the Magic Kingdom!

Now, I am sure you are saying to yourself that this TR is about a band trip but just how did this trip come about and how crazy was I to volunteer to go with a group of teenagers to Disney? Fellow co-workers that know my love for Disney commented that they knew why I volunteered (it is Disney after all) and they speculated that I wouldn’t go if it were in, say, Duluth, Iowa. Well, yes I would because I love to do things with my DD. Time is quickly flying by and soon she will be off to college. I have always tried to be there in any way and share things with her, forming memories and forging a relationship that continues into adulthood. Yes, of course I would chaperone a band trip to Duluth but this trip had the added bonus of being at Disney World and not Duluth!

Let’s go back in time a little to just how all of this came about. The high school band goes on a trip every other year. I knew that this year was the year for the trip and I knew I would be volunteering to chaperone. Rewind to April of 2011, we get the band letter in the mail announcing who had made the tryouts for the upcoming marching season (fall 2011). This letter also includes your typical rules of band, band camp dates, contest dates and football schedule but this year’s also included information on where the band trip would be. I opened the letter and what did my eyes fall on but DISNEY WORLD! I was beside myself! I think I was more excited than my DD! Fall rolls around and it is time to sign up. I happily check the box that I will chaperone and then we begin saving for the trip and selling all of the wonderful fundraisers! I actually raised enough to cover the majority of Madison’s portion and only had to pay for my part. This was a pretty economical trip to WDW despite what my DH thought!

We spent most of the school year knowing only these things:
WHEN: March 22-26, 2012 and WHAT WAS COVERED: 1)transportation on a charter bus,
2)Breakfast each morning, 3) tickets for 3 days,
4) one food voucher a day (it equaled the QS on
the dining plan), 5) accommodations at a “nice
hotel”

That was ALL I KNEW! Me, who is the super commando planner that adores Disney. The person that knows what ADR I will reserve and when the 180 day mark is so I can be sure to get what I want when I want it! The person that has a Touring Plan and plans to be at the park 45 minutes before Rope Drop, heads to the E-attraction rides, grabs Fast Passes, does the EMH because I know the value in this! The person who really loves staying on Disney property because I love the fact I never have to move my car and I get all of the perks of being on property. The person that subscribes to Touring Plans each year even if I am unsure I will be going to WDW just so I can go on the TP app and look at the wait times and chat with other Disney crazed people. I am the person who spends way too much time on the DisBoards. Yes, I am that person. I did warn you at the beginning of this post that I am a Disney crazed person! I have even slightly (in a small way) converted my DH to at least appreciate what Disney has to offer and I appreciate the fact that he allows me to indulge in my love for Disney even if he only likes the table service meals (well most, NO Character meals!!), Epcot and the boat ride from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney. But enough about all of that, this trip after all is about a band trip with my daughter!

Fast forward and it is now March 5, 2012, the week before our Spring Break. We get the itinerary! We make jokes that it is our “Mickey Mail” because Mickey Mail is just a part of building that “I am going to Disney World” excitement! Up to this point I had done a lot of mini-planning like narrowing down my must-do list to 5 rides per park (MK, Epcot and DHS) and deciding on what snacks and food I would like to indulge in while at the parks.

I can now add to the above “known” items a few new things! 1) We will be staying at Clarion Maingate, 2) we have 3 day Park Hoppers and our schedule is basically Friday, March 23 Epcot 9am-9pm, Saturday, March 24 9am-10pm with the band marching at 2:30 or there about and Sunday, March 25 (the surprise!) Animal Kingdom 9am-3pm and then DHS until 10pm! We get all four parks in three days!, and 3) we cannot use Fast Pass (another challenge).

Tired yet?! I am!!!!

I suppose I have done a whole lot of talking to this point, which I am extremely good at doing! I probably need to introduce who went on this trip!

First I will begin with me! I am Tisa and we hale from Mississippi. Thankfully we are used to hot, humid weather because it proved a value to be accustomed to it this trip! This is a picture from our trip last summer to Disney:



Next is my DD, Madison (also pictured above). She is 16 and has a love for Disney but definitely not as crazed as I am! She loves Minnie Mouse and all of the extreme rides! Actually we both love all of the rides with Tower of Terror being our favorite! Also topping the list is Rock-n-Roller, Expedition Everest, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. Big Thunder Mountain is another favorite but it was closed this trip. Madison plays the flute in the band and she also has played soccer since she was 5 years old. She has an interesting personality! Very unique and she comes up with some great one liners! Here she is in another picture from last year’s trip:





And us together again!



Finally, we have the marching band. Not everyone chose to go on the trip due to costs and/or other considerations. A few pictures from one of our contests last fall:











For pictures, I have some great shots of the kids but since this is the internet and I am not not their parent, I am distorting faces to make the kids non-recognizable. There are some pictures that just tell the story better if I have them in there. Don’t worry though, if you have followed my previous reports I am a picture taking fool and I took over 1250 pictures! There will be lots and lots of pictures to see! As a matter of fact Madison told her friends that I take pictures of “everything including food!”. I must say that people were very understanding and let me snap away. They may have thought things in their head about how crazy I am but at least they refrained from speaking it aloud to me!

Up next the Chaperone meeting where I learn just what my duties will be and our trip to Orlando!!

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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Led Zeppelin Collides With The Magic Kingdom!

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The Chaperones meet and we Depart!!
Our hotel: The Clarion Maingate
Day 1 Epcot Part 1 and continued
Day 1 Epcot Part 2 and continued
Day 1: Making our way to World Showcase Part 1 and Part 2
Day 1: Finally some lunch!!
Day 1: Epcot- More F&G, Germany and Italy Part 1 and Part 2
Day 1: Epcot- Japan, Morocco and France Part 1 and Part 2
Day 1: Epcot- England, Canada and back to Future World Part 1 and Part 2
Day 1: Epcot- Spaceship Earth, breaks, characters and a little lost fish! Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4
Day 1: Wrapping Up Epcot Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3
Day 2: Magic Kingdom...The day we have been waiting for!! Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3
Day 2: Fun in the Magic Kingdom...We March!!! Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3
Day 2: Our evening in the Magic Kingdom begins! Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3
Day 2: Nighttime in the Magic Kingdom!! Part 1 and Part 2
Day 2: MSEP, MM&Y and Wishes! Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4
Day 3: The Morning at Animal Kingdom Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3
Day 3: Kilimanjaro Safari, Pangani, ITTBAB! plus things in between....Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4
Day 3: Hollywood Studios: Tower of Terror, food, and things in between....Part 1 and Part 2
Day 3: Hollywood Studios: Streets of America and Rock-n-Roller and things in between...Part 1 and Part 2
Day 3: Hollywood Studios, Tower of Terror, Souvenirs...It's the Grand Finale!! Part 1 and Part 2

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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I can't wait to read this. I'm doing the same in April. We are doing three days at Disney and one to Universal.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:01 PM   #4
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I can't wait to read this. I'm doing the same in April. We are doing three days at Disney and one to Universal.
Welcome!!! How exciting! Universal probably will satisfy the kids need for coasters...that was the one thing they claimed to miss!
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:46 PM   #5
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Joining in!

Right off the bat I must know-why couldn't you use FP?

Looking forward to more!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:15 AM   #6
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I'm here! I'm here! And I can't wait to hear all about your trip! I played flute on a band trip to WDW long, long ago.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:33 AM   #7
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Just joining in. Loved your last TR so I'm sure I'll love this one as well!! Now, time to get caught up. :-)
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I'm just joining in I was in MB in high school and played the flute too. My school went to DL but not until after I graduated, so I am jealous! We did have some fun trips, just not Disney trips.
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Ok, the no FP rule makes sense now. Not a good a idea to tempt teenagers.

What a good idea to do meals at a food court! I remember on school trips that the norm was McDonalds. Took us longer to get through the lines than eat!

Looking forward to more!
It definitely made sense once it was all explained but it did stink not being able to use those FPs during Spring Break crowds!

I thought the food court was brilliant! I was prepared to title this report "Yes we were that group!" just imagining the faces on people walking into McDonald's with 83 people trying to order!!


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The kids all look really excited in the band room pictures. I laughed at the thought of them mostly being asleep soon after.

I bet having movies on the bus made the trip go faster. I love that they chose PoC first!

The skies do look so grey and yucky your whole drive. You said it was bad, but those pictures really tell the story.

I love the pictures of Mobile Bay. I have never been down there despite having lived in Alabama in the 90s. Maybe some day...
They fell asleep and slept all day which meant when we arrived at 10:30pm they were wired!! I loved having the movies because time did fly by! And thankfully all of the movies we watched were ones I enjoy! I kept thinking of you guys and hoping it wasn't doing that in Orlando!

When your DS(s) get older I bet they would love running through the USS Alabama and the submarine. My kids always loved it. Mobile has some fun and interesting things to do plus it is close to Gulf Shores which is an added bonus!


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I love the flute. I think it has such a pretty sound! My high school MB never went on trips except away games but that is a whole different story! I am so glad Madison has the opportunities to go on these trips!
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Great Report!

Looking forward to reading more! It might be a better idea to somehow black out the other faces, rather than distort.
Hope you had good weather!
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Looking forward to reading more! It might be a better idea to somehow black out the other faces, rather than distort.
Hope you had good weather!
Glad to have you on board!! For various reasons and not liking the distort feature we actually had played around with the photo features (our first venture into this!) and we found an erase button which is one easy click. Future pictures will be adjusted differently than with the distort (white out is now our friend! ).

The weather improved greatly from the trip down!!

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Well, that trip doesn't sound so bad! Having the movies to watch sure helped pass the time I'm sure. My experience chaperoning a bunch of teenagers was with our church youth group on a choir tour. We were on a regular old church bus so movies weren't an option (no equipment!). Glad you had much more elegant transportation! We were also "that group" at McDonald's. What a fantastic idea to pull up to a mall with a food court.

It looks like you had fun with your new camera on the trip too. You got some good shots. Especially loved seeing the Bay pics. I've only driven across Florida a couple of times but it really does seem looonngg and boorriinngg!! Those beaches are sure beautiful though. We spent some time in Panama City one year and couldn't get enough of the gorgeous beach. I've always wanted to go to Gulf Shores...........I just need to stop going to Disney instead.

Your trip report title always makes me smile. Looking forward to your next chapter...........
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Oh my gosh, I am so jealous ! I raised two nieces and one son, and in junior high and high school, they were all band kids, and I soooo miss that ! The competitions, the performances, even the "drama" ! SInce the kids were little, I was their soccer coach, cub scout/girl scout den or troop leader, taught them to swim in our pool, and loved every minute of it ! When my substitute teacher assignment would land me in one of my kids classes, I always heard "Mom, you'd better not call on me !" Loving your trippie so far !
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Great report. Thanks for the pictures on the Clarion Maingate we had talked about taking a budget trip with some family and that was the hotel we were looking at, but I wasn't so sure about staying off disney property.
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Too bad Madison and her friends didn't get to ride Test Track. In the early days, it was notorious for breaking down but it seems to have gotten better over the years. I wonder what it will be like after the redo.

I loved all of the butterfly, flower and topiary pictures. I wish Disney would extend the Flower & Garden Festival out through the end of May like they used to. I miss seeing the park in all of it's flowering glory.
I felt bad for them too because I know they would have loved TT. Plus I am bummed it will be closed this summer. The redo sounds interesting but I hope it works!!

I love how beautiful epcot is during the F&G. When we go in May or June it always seems boring...not so colorful!! Glad you enjoyed the pictures!!


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Love all of the flower and garden pics! I can't wait to see them myself!

Good for Madison leading her friends in the right direction, they were lucky to have you both on the trip.

The fairy topiaries are adorable. You got some really nice shots.
So glad you are enjoying the pictures! There were so many fairies! I didn't realize that until I started posting!! I think Madison enjoyed being the one "in the know"! She seemed to really take to that role!

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Oh my gosh, I am so jealous ! I raised two nieces and one son, and in junior high and high school, they were all band kids, and I soooo miss that ! The competitions, the performances, even the "drama" ! SInce the kids were little, I was their soccer coach, cub scout/girl scout den or troop leader, taught them to swim in our pool, and loved every minute of it ! When my substitute teacher assignment would land me in one of my kids classes, I always heard "Mom, you'd better not call on me !" Loving your trippie so far !
Thanks and I am so happy you are enjoying it so far!! I love doing all of the activity thigns! I know I will miss it when the time comes! I can just imagine my kids reaction if I subbed in their classes!

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Great report. Thanks for the pictures on the Clarion Maingate we had talked about taking a budget trip with some family and that was the hotel we were looking at, but I wasn't so sure about staying off disney property.
Thank you! Yea! I am so glad my report on the Clarion Maingate helped! It is definitely a hotel I would recommend. If you can't stay on Disney property then I think the Clarion is a very good option!
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