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Old 10-15-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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10 Days of theme park madness..3 US and 7 DISNEY!!updated finally may 13

Hello Everyone and welcome to my first ever disney trip report.
I have been a lurker on the these boards for a long time and with our last trip I dont think it would have been as great if it wasnt for all of you here on the DIS boards...So thank you
Our trip was from sep 20-30 2012. We flew out of buffalo as we are from Canada and it is a cheaper way to go rather than toronto.
We stayed 3 nights at Hard Rock Hotel (dark side I know) and 7 at Saratoga Springs resort.
I made a Universal Studios trip report and I will continue here now....
A bit of background..
DD..wonderful, happy go with the flow child..10 years..




DS typical teenager who suprised us this trip..very happy and willing to go with flow
(not too many of just him)
and then there is DH..wonderful hard working man who puts up with his crazy obsessive planning wife


We travelled over to Disney after being at the Hard Rock for 3 days on the Sunday 23.. Arrived at Saratoga Springs around 1pm.
I was able to book this hotel through our time share that we own in Vermont for $260 for the entire week in a 1 bedroom villa. We used our points from this year and was well worth it....cheapest part of the vacation.
This was a beautiful resort...but HUGE!!! Wow


We checked in and had a wonderful castmember who said we had our request of the Congress Park area room 1325 ..3rd floor room with balcony facing DTD.
Great view to wake up to every morning..however if we stayed here again I might as to be closer to one of the big pools ..preferably Springs section.
i loved the fact that everything was on 1 little key for our room, dining plan and charging priviledges of course!! way to go Disney for being so organized!! At Universal it was annoying having to use seperate cards for tickets, express pass and room.
We drove over to our room after filling up our refillable cups at the pool area..You can only refill at the 2 big pools or restaurant near lobby..
Great room!!!


..only mickey towel of the trip as we didnt get mousekeeping ..
We relaxed for awhile unpacking and organizing...We had brought a blow up bed for DD as there was no way her and DS would sleep in same bed together. I loved the DH and I had our own room with king size bed..nice walk in closet too!
After a quick swim in the pool so kids could check out water slide..I will post video on the next post.. and a refill


After swimming we had to get ready for our first big reservation of the trip...
Up next...Crystal Palace...
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Looks like a fun trip! Can't wait to hear a little about Universal and your comparisons--we're toying with the idea of visiting Harry.....don't tell Mickey...
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Old 10-15-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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Looks like a fun trip! Can't wait to hear a little about Universal and your comparisons--we're toying with the idea of visiting Harry.....don't tell Mickey...
Thanks for reading
Im sure Mickey wouldnt mind..he is just that nice kinda guy. Trust me Harry was so worth it..really done well.
Im not very good with posting a link to the universal part of my trip but it is under my signature if you want to read
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:06 PM   #4
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Here is the video of DD going down the slide at the main pool..she makes me laugh every time I watch this..Just click on pic.



Chapter links

Crystal Palace and EMH MK

EMH MK and DH was "That Guy"
Disney Day 2
Epcot
Day 3..Hollywood studios part 1
Day 3...Hollywood Studios part 2
Day 3 part 3 Typhoon Lagoon and SANAA!!
Day 4 Blizzard Beach part 1
Blizzard Beach
Video of DD on zip line at BB
Video of DH on Summit Plummit
Video DH and I on slide
Day 4 minature golf at winter summerland
Diner at Kona cafe

diner kona part 2
Day 5 Animal Kingdom part 1
animal kingdom part 2 and yak and yeti lunch
Animal kindgom part 3
epcot

Breakfast at Ohanas
morning at MK

downtime at resort

wonderful morning at HS
50s primtime cafe
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:10 PM   #5
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I'm a lurker too! Love reading everyone's TR and will finally do one this fall. Excited to read about your trip!
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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I'm a lurker too! Love reading everyone's TR and will finally do one this fall. Excited to read about your trip!
thanks for joining in!! gets me excited to keep going
Hope you write one too..
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:34 AM   #7
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On board! I want a super fast pass!
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:13 AM   #8
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Sounds like a great trip! What a great deal you got at Saratoga...to stay dvc is a dream of mine....one day
We were very lucky with the RCI points trade in at Saratoga...when I first was looking boardwalk was available..I wanted to book but didnt get ok from hubby yet..2 hours later gone however Saragtoga was great and I loved having a kitchen with a seperate bedroom..made the week so much better for our family..also the balcony every morning was wonderful too..thks for reading


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What the heck is a super fast pass? A DVC fast pass?
Its actually a Guest Assistance Card...I guess our fairy godfather had an uncle who was very high up in Disney and he gets this card..At first I didnt want to write that we were given one of these..felt bad......however I really think that this was like winning the lottery in a way..not having to wait made this a once of a lifetime trip for us..that will probably never happen again...

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On board! I want a super fast pass!
..thanks for joining in...we were very lucky to have this! Trip of a lifetime!!!
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:36 AM   #9
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Day 3..part 2..when I left off we were just leaving Honey I shrunk the kids...off topic a little..I have to say writing this is great for the vacation after blues..

We were going to go watch the lights motors action show however it was still early and show didnt start for another hour so we kept walking and ran into Phineous and ferb!!! DD loves these guys so we all took turns in line while everyone used the bathrooms. They were so great (like most characters were) and they had a cute little show in between character change over that kids in line could participate in...





We were all getting a little tired so there was one more stop I wanted before we left which was the Animation studio..Again if it wasnt for the DIS we probably wouldnt have done this..what a great experience..

First we needed to eat lunch..our daily CS meal was over off sunset blvd..sorry no pics..I think I was to quessy or hot not sure ..DS and DH had burgers, DD had adult chicken fingers (again DH ordered and she wasnt with him so he was given and adult instead of child meal) and I had the pulled pork sandwich from smoked turkey legs place...so good!!! the ribs looked really good too..again another think about the dining plan..seems we wasted dessert everytime..felt bad but we are just not big dessert people..by end of week I had to throw out about 5 carrot cakes from our fridge...

Back to Animation studio..we went into building and still had about 30 min before show started so DD got in line to meet the Incredibles...





We are a big halloween family and I really wanted to be incredibles this year and thought for sure we would find outfits..however no luck..no adult costumes in disney world...Im sure if we ventured out of the world we would have found them but we didnt ..I have perfect shape for mrs incredible lol and DH feels he has same shape as Mr incredible

We went into animation studio and loved it..everyone got involved and we drew MICKEY!!! How fun for our first time,,,no pics sorry
This is definelty something we would do again, very neat how picture comes together..animator was very knowladgable as well on his disney stuff!!

By this time it was time to go, but we knew we would be back later in the week..of course to ride Toy story again and do things we hadnt done yet..

next up..pool time, typhoon lagoon and diner at SANNAA at animal kingdom lodge
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #10
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Interesting. I was not aware that a GAC enabled fast pass access with the exception of some very rare circumstances (Make a Wish being one of them). What did the GAC say?
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:17 AM   #11
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Interesting. I was not aware that a GAC enabled fast pass access with the exception of some very rare circumstances (Make a Wish being one of them). What did the GAC say?
Not Really sure what it said DH was in charge of it..All I know is that we were very fortunate and enjoyed it
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:38 AM   #12
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Thank you Judy for giving me a kick in the pants, I've been a bad DIS...I will have it today..

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!!
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