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Old 06-27-2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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"Hey Look, It's a Goat!" Baby's 1st WDW Trip/Little Sister's Grad Trip! (6/12) *5/8*

Hey Look, It's a Goat!

Welcome to my trip report! We had a great time taking our DD (now almost 10 months, but 9 months at the time) on her first trip to the world and celebrating my little sister's high school graduation!

I'm WAY behind on getting this TR started (it has taken me about a couple of weeks to get caught up with everything at home/get my sister back home to Nashville/etc and then I helped out with VBS at church and we were all three sick last week!) , so let me give you the basics and we'll get going!

If you want to check out the planning process, you can check out my pre-trip report here Planning Baby's First Trip to WDW - A Pre-Trip Report

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DH Clay (30)


My wonderful husband of 6 years, though we have been together since my freshman year in college (almost 10 years now). Loves Disney (though maybe not quite as much as I do) and his favorite character is Donald Duck! He's a great guy and e best daddy! And is studying very hard all the time for his CPA exam. 1 section down, 3 to go! (celebration trip at the end?!?!)

DD Hannah (9 months, during the trip)


Our sweet little girl! What a blessing! She is a curious and happy little girl! She's awfully smart and into anything she can get her hands on. She's crawling, but prefers cruising (walking while holding on to thing) and has been doing that longer than crawling!) We like to say that her favorite princess is Ariel . She'll be having a fabulous Minnie Mouse birthday party in a couple of months!

LS Cindy (Little Sister) (18)


My very cool younger sister! There are obviously a number of years between us, but we are still pretty close. This trip was supposed to be a surprise trip for her that she didn't find out about until the day before (on graduation day). Had to tell her a little early, but she was still surprised and thrilled! She loves Disney as much as I do and was very excited to join us on the trip (and we were happy to have her along for the fun!) She is headed to Savannah, GA in the fall and will be a freshman at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is crazy talented y'all! Her favorites are Cinderella and Jack Sparrow!

Me (Brittany) (28)


I am a stay-at-home mom to the fabulous Hannah! Before staying home with DD, I worked at a law firm for about 2 years. Before that, for the AHA, and before that in some other Advertising and Marketing positions. I obviously love me some Disney, but I also love reading a good book (whenever I can find the time), painting, sports (especially my Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators and Vanderbilt Commodores!) and DH and I love to go camping! I'm still trying to find my niche in what I want to do in this "big blue world" but am very happy being at home with my sweet little girl!

When: June 3-10 (plus June 1-2 in Nashville for my 10 year High School Reunion and LS's H'S graduation!)

Accommodations: Offsite. We wrestled with this a lot, but couldn't pass up the deal to use DH's mom's time share week for this trip. We stayed in a condo at Vacation Village at Parkway.

Why: Who needs a why? It's DISNEY!!! But, we were taking DD for her very first visit to meet the Mouse and we were celebrating LS's high school graduation!

So, that's the big "W's"... and hopefully we'll have more soon! First up, our C-RAZY weekend before we can even hit the road to make it to the great state of Florida!
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:54 PM   #2
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1996 - Caribbean Beach Resort 2000 - Grand Floridian April 2009 - Fort Wilderness (first trip to WDW together!) October 2009 - Animal Kingdom Lodge (with my mom, stepdad & lil' sis) June 2012 - Offsite First WDW trip for baby Hannah!
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:34 PM   #3
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I'm first!!!! Can not wait to hear all about it!!!
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Yay, you started your TR! Looking forward to hearing all about it!
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I'm here! Great start
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I'm excited to read about your trip. Your DD is precious, love the red hair. I took my DD to DLR when she was 6 months old and took my son to WDW at 3 months old. I've found that every age is amazingly fun!!
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:37 PM   #7
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12 Hours of Prayer - June 3rd

DH and I finally got to sleep around 11pm, with a 3:30 alarm set... Yikes! And of course, my good little sleeper decided she needed to wake up at midnight and 2am! Thankfully, I gave her a paci and she went right back to sleep.

At 4:05am, with 4.5ish hours of sleep under our belts, with LARGE cups of coffee in hand, a very sleepy baby strapped in her car seat, and an excited and exhausted LS in the front seat, we were headed towards the promised land!

Heading out of Nashville, we took the I-24 to Chattanooga, I-75 thru GA, Florida Turnpike, to I-4 route. Thankfully, DD fell back asleep in the car within about 10 minutes of us hitting the road (yay!) and slept until we were past Chattanooga and it was 7:30-ish EST. This was fairly close to her regular waking up time(in CST), so I considered it a success!

Passed OUT!

Happy girl in her Minnie PJ's somewhere in Georgia!

We stopped near Rome, GA around 8am at a McDonald's for breakfast. We ate in the car, as we knew we would need to make a stop soon for gas and a diaper change for DD. I had a sausage biscuit and hash brown (that they gave us free! Or on accident, hah!) and water, DH had two breakfast burritos, hash browns and water, LS had a sausage egg mcmuffin, hash brown and water, and DD had the new blueberry banana oatmeal (with no nuts) and water.

This is when I started praying... Poor DH was already starting to not feel great. He was starting the day with a headache, which is never a good sign. We both knew it was from getting up before God and our severe lack of sleep. I was just praying that DD wouldn't have any major meltdowns and that I could keep her occupied and happy with the arsenal of toys, iPad videos and bag of cheerios, goldfish grahams and cheez-it's!

Since DD didn't sleep very well either the night before (and almost always sleeps anytime we are in the car anyways), she took her regular morning nap a little early, and it lasted a little longer than usual... Woo hoo! LS slept most of the morning, and even through our stops for gas, drinks, bathroom breaks and diaper changes! She was really tired!

We had originally planned to stop at Five Guys in Macon for lunch. But, since it was barely 10am when we went through Macon, we decided to skip it! We stopped around noon in Tifton, GA (doesn't everyone stop here?!?) at Subway. We knew we didn't want "fast food", and we knew where Subway was because DH and I stopped there on our last trip to WDW in 2009!

Since DH had been driving all morning, and he was still feeling rotten, I offered to drive for a bit while he rested (and hopefully DD fell asleep for her afternoon nap). Unfortunately, that lasted about 15 miles. DD did NOT want anyone but me in the back seat with her. DH decided he could drive better than trying to soothe her while feeling bad. I felt bad for both of them! (DD had just started the 8-9 month separation anxiety... Fun fun!)

The rest of the drive was fairly uneventful and DH started to feel a bit better once we got to the turnpike... Maybe it was the Disney billboards? We finally got to our condo at about 5:20EST. Not too bad considering the extra stops we made with DD in tow!

We unloaded everything and LS and I went out on 192 to find something quick to pick up for dinner while DH and DD played for a bit at the condo. We ended up with some Arby's. Then, LS and I headed back out to Publix to do our grocery shopping for the week while DH and DD played some more. Unfortunately, this is when DH's headache came back with a vengeance. Bad enough that he had to take my prescription migraine meds.

It was a hectic night, trying to get the condo in some sort of order (DH and I had our bedroom, LS had her bedroom, and DD slept in her pack-n-play out in living room #1 (there are two in the condo set up we had)), getting DH feeling better, getting unpacked, getting DD to bed, and, OH YEAH, getting our stuff together for our first day in the Magic Kingdom in the morning!

So, now that we have all the boring travel details out of the way, next up... Our first day in MK! Will we get some much needed rest? Will DH recover and feel better? Will I have successfully pulled together everything we needed for the first day?

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UGH, migraines. I wouldn't wish one of those on anybody.

I think you made it to your condo in great time! And it doesn't sound like the car ride was all that bad... just bummer your hubby wasn't feeling well.
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UGH, migraines. I wouldn't wish one of those on anybody.

I think you made it to your condo in great time! And it doesn't sound like the car ride was all that bad... just bummer your hubby wasn't feeling well.
I hear ya! I am honestly just thankful (if that is the right word) that I had my migraine meds. I take a daily preventative medicine for mine, and then have one for when I get them too. So, I was just glad we had something else to give him, since we had already been through ibuprofen, Tylenol, naproxen, and exceeding migraine! We were quickly running out of options!

I was pretty impressed with our time too. Nashville to Orlando in just over 12 hours with a baby? Not too shabby!

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I'm still here! Our Internet has been down for about a week (dumb AT&T...) so I've been trying to conserve my data on my phone for vital services (email, Facebook, etc... When did Facebook become vital, sigh). Anyhow, I'm doing LOTS of catching up, especially since I'm in full on 1st birthday party planning mode EEK! Hopefully, I'll have an update out soon!

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Hannah is so adorable!! I can relate to the separation anxiety around that age after raising 5 kids lol Sorry to hear your hubby had such a bad headache - hope he felt better the next morning and everything goes smoothly for your MK day!
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Sounds as if the car ride wasn't too bad-except for DH not feeling too well.

Can't wait to hear about your MK day!
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Your little one is about the same age as my little one. Glad to see Disney can be done at this age
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"Hey Look, It's A Goat!" - June 4, 2012 - MK Day!

Thankfully, everyone slept well after our long day of traveling! Well, everyone but me! But, that didn't stop me from getting up early! I woke up at 6:30 to get a shower and pack the bags for the day. I got Cindy up at 6:45 so she could get a shower and get ready too. DH and DD were tired and slept until 7! But, we all got ready, had some bagels (oatmeal and fruit for the little one) and were at the TTC by 8:45, took the ferry over (the monorail was closed this morning?) and made it to the gates of the Magic Kingdom just after rope drop! Not too shabby for the day after a 12 hour drive and the first time with a 9month old in tow!

We headed down Main Street and we were all thrilled to be there and even though it was about time for DD's morning nap, she was still in awe of all of the sights, sounds and smells! Of course, this was now leisurely stroll down Main Street... We were on a mission! We headed straight to Splash Mtn! I know, it seems a little selfish to go straight to something DD couldn't do, but I knew she would be ready for a nap... And I was right! By the time we got to Frontierland, she was already snoozing! We picked up a Rider Swap Pass, but didn't need it, because there was no wait! Cindy and I rode first, then DH and Cindy. This is all of our favorite ride, so we were excited! It didn't disappoint, but the audio was a little off, so that was a little bit boo.


Nap time in Frontierland!

After two rounds of Splash, DD had gotten in a decent nap, so we grabbed some FP's for BTMRR and headed over to Adventureland for DD's first ride: Alladian's Magic Carpet's! There was just a couple of minute wait and then we were off! DD rode with her Daddy and had a big time!


Fun riding with Daddy!


Big kids have fun too! Me and LS!

Next, it was off to one of Cindy's favorites... POTC! We all had a good time on this too. DD loved it!


Little Bit was very excited about POTC!

When we came out, we saw this handsome fellow...


It was getting pretty hot at this point, but it was time of our FP's for BTMRR. BTMRR isn't DH's favorite ride, so he sent Cindy and I off to ride, while he and DD went to pick up our favorite treats: DOLE WHIPS! We had been dreaming of them since, well, since the last bite of the last ones we had! And when I was pregnant with DD, I would have killed for one!

So, BTMRR is the FIRST place where the TR title comes from. And, it actually came about on our last trip, but it stuck around even more this time around! On BTMRR, there is a goat hanging out on a roof. We are always trying to notice the details in rides and the first time DH and I rode BTMRR together, I randomly pointed it out and said "Hey look, it's a goat!". Well, after that, we started noticing how many goats there are on rides in the World! It's kinda weird and there must be an Imagineer out there who loves goats! So keep and eye out for goats! (And I'll try to keep a "goat count" for you) As of now, our goat count is 2: BTMRR and POTC!

Next, we decided to head towards Liberty Square! We passed Frontier Donald (one of our fav's) but his line was a little long for the hot sun, so we headed on to another favorite... Haunted Mansion! We had been gearing up DD for this one! I play Subsonic radio for her on my phone in the mornings and it plays the entire ride of HM pretty often, so she was pretty familiar with the sounds of it. But, we also had gotten in e habit of calling her "HMG" (short of Haunted Mansion Girl), because when we would bounce her on our knee, she would start imitating the ghostly noises (and then laugh about it) It's pretty funny! DD rode with me and loved it! She was a big fan of rides!

When we came out, we saw that they had shut HM down, some were glad we went in when we did. It was getting really hot at this point, and we were starting to get hungry, but we decided to get one classic Fantasyland ride in before lunch. We HAD to get our little girl on IASW! Oddly enough, it was our longest wait of the day! We didn't wait more than 5 minutes for anything all morning, and then waited 20 min for IASW. But, it was COMPLETELY worth it! I have never seen DD so amazed! She literally "oooh'd and ahhh'd" the whole time. It was precious! We knew she'd been taking another ride on the happiest cruise to ever sail!










Hey look, it's a goat!
Goat count: 3

After IASW, we knew it was time for some lunch. We decided on Columbia Harbour House. We enjoyed it last time, and it didn't disappoint this time either. DH and the lobster roll and chips, LS had chicken nuggets and fries and I had the fried fish and fries. Nothing fancy, but it hit the spot and it sure was cool in there! Plus, there were some super nice CM's in there who helped me get a high chair set up for DD while DH and LS were getting our food.

After lunch, DD fell asleep in her stroller and we decided to head back to the condo so we could all cool down and rest. It was a loooong walk back to the car and DD slept the whole way.

Next up, will we get any rest back at the condo? Will we make it back to the MK in the evening?

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Wow, I'm impressed at what you were able to get done your first morning! And love the "goat count", LOL!
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