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Old 11-01-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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October 2012 - Spooky, Wild, Exotic and a lot of food!


October 2012 - Spooky, Wild, Exotic and a lot of food!

When: 7th - 14th October

Where: Disney's Boardwalk Villas

Who: Me Emma lifelong thing of all things Disney!
DH not as much of as fan as me, but he does enjoy Walt Disney World



This trip was planned after our honeymoon at WDW last year. I had hoped the new Fantasyland would be open by October (which unfortunately it wasn't... or.... was it?! ) and we wanted to visit during the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot as we'd really enjoyed it in 2008.

After booking this vacation, we were then invited to go to Orlando in August with family so we went to the Disney parks a few times then too! Although for that trip we were staying offsite and with a much larger group, so it was a very different experience to just being the two of us again at our DVC 'home'.

We spent a week at Disney, and then a few nights on the Gulf Coast of Florida with my parents. It was nice to have a two-centre trip as it felt really long and relaxing. Plus we were really fortunate with the weather, no rain or thunderstorms and every day it was around 85-90 degrees!

While at WDW we spent time in all four parks, as well as doing some extra events which made this trip really special

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:27 PM   #2
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Day 1 - Travel & Arrival

Day 1 – Sunday 7th October 2012

We woke up at 6am, very early for a Sunday, but it was easy to get up because it was finally time for our holiday!



Suitcases ready...


Pretty sunrise...


After getting ready and putting the suitcases in the car, we were on our way to Gatwick airport. We were parking the car onsite and had checked in online the day before, so we didn't have to be at the terminal too early.



We dropped off our bags and were soon through security and into the terminal, I bought some perfume & a box of chocolates (for the cabin crew... tip from my sister who used to work for an airline!) and we got some breakfast at Cafe Rouge.

Our flight was on time, so at 10am we went to the gate and soon it was time to board!



Virgin Atlantic recently refurbished their 747 fleet with much nicer seating and entertainment systems. One big change is that they have put a few rows of economy seats in the upstairs 'bubble' section – and I was able to move our seats to these!



Luckily there was no one in the window seat next to me, so we had room to spread out.

I gave an air hostess the chocolates, she was really pleased and offered us a glass of champagne!



Soon we were in the air and on our way to Orlando – the flight time was about 8 hours and was pretty smooth most of the way.



(This is the Isle of Wight – small island in the South of England – it was fun to be able to see it from the air!)


Lunch was chicken supreme or sausage & mash – the air hostess gave me the slightly better white wine (due to the chocolates!) and also a big bottle of chilled water for the flight which was really nice to have.



During the flight I watched Brave (loved it), Madagascar 3 (quite cute), listened to some podcasts and watched a few episodes of Modern Family and Phineas & Ferb.





Very soon, we were landing!

Immigration was quick and we didn't have long to wait for our bags and get through customs... then it was on to our first ride... the monorail!

We headed for the Magical Express desk, there was no line at all for our bus – in fact we were put on a different bus to fill it up. We did wait about 20 minutes for more guests to get on the bus, but by 5pm we were on route to Walt Disney World.



The first two stops were Port Orleans Riverside and Caribbean Beach (I have never been to the latter so it was quite fun just to drive through on the bus!)



And finally we reached the Boardwalk, this is our DVC home resort and I love how familiar and welcoming it feels when we arrive!

The Cast Member that checked us in was from New Zealand, she was on the college programme, and she was asking us about our journey – apparently it takes 20+ hours to get to Florida from NZ.. and you arrive on the same day that you leave home because of the time zones!

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:32 PM   #3
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Day 1 - Travel & Arrival...

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We headed to our room, it was on the fourth floor (4061) – it wasn't too far from the elevators and there was a staircase nearby which was right behind the store on the boardwalk.

We hadn't booked a Boardwalk view so I was expecting a room on the Swan/Dolphin side of the resort ... so was really surprised when I saw this from the balcony!



Video here

This counts as a 'garden view' as it overlooks the lawn area, but also has a beautiful side view of Crescent Lake and the other resorts... as well as Epcot in the distance.

We had a studio villa which is a great size for two people...


Stacey!





I unpacked our suitcases, we had quick showers to freshen up and then headed out for the evening!


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Old 11-01-2012, 04:44 PM   #4
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Good tip about the chocolates, I'm going to try that next week!!

Loving all your pictures in the report too. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:53 PM   #5
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Yay Emma - you have started your trip report. Can't wait for more updates!! I can't wait to read about your Animal Kingdom Adventure as we want to do that next year xx
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Day 1 – Sunday 7th October 2012

We woke up at 6am, very early for a Sunday, but it was easy to get up because it was finally time for our holiday!


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I have had the same experience. One time i had to get up at 4am and i was up half an hour before the alarm (crazy).
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:33 AM   #7
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I have had the same experience. One time i had to get up at 4am and i was up half an hour before the alarm (crazy).
Hi! It is so much easier to get up early when it's for a trip to Disney



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Old 02-09-2013, 09:39 AM   #8
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Day 5...

... Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party...


Soon we were at the park...



We got our wristbands just past the turnstiles, the CM who gave me mine said “Hi.. are you Barbie? You look just like her!” … and so many other guests and Cast Members commented on my costume throughout the party! Little girls kept chatting to me in queues (although one asked me if I was meant to be Barbie or Sharpay from High School Musical!) and a lady came up to me and asked where I got my costume, as her daughter wanted to be Barbie for Halloween this year!
I didn't feel self-conscious at all dressing up, and about 80% of guests are in costumes too.





Our first attraction was Pirates of the Caribbean.. it had been closed on October 9th for something to be added... but we couldn't see anything different... luckily we would ride it again later in the trip and see the addition.



We walked towards Tomorrowland next, it was 6.45pm and there was an announcement from the 'Ghost Host' asking that all non-party guests please head towards the exit.

I took a quick video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGbLUfJXflw




We rode on Buzz Lightyear, I got an awful score.. I really don't know how I got 999,999 on our honeymoon! DH did much better..



Next we went to Space Mountain, it had almost no line.

We walked through Fantasyland...



All of the construction walls were still up around new Fantasyland, but the Beast's castle was lit up






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Day 5...

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We agreed there was one attraction we had to ride during the party.. the Haunted Mansion! So we went there next – the lighting and sound effects were excellent!





Even the cast members looked extra creepy with spooky make up!





There was a ghost sat outside the mansion too...





We walked back to the hub and got some dinner at Casey's Corner... neither of us were that hungry though after the giant pizza at Via Napoli earlier!



I spotted Lotso doing a meet & greet near the Castle, unfortunately it was time for his break just as I joined the line!
We noticed a Cast Member dancing with some younger guests during the Villains stage show, it was really cute.



We also did a few of the Trick & Treat trails – I was amazed by how much candy we got, the later it got the more the cast members seemed to hand out (I've heard that they have to get rid of all of it at each party). This was really fun for me as I've never been trick or treating!

One of the best trails started in Storybook Circus and ended in Tomorrowland...





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Old 11-01-2012, 05:00 PM   #10
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Hi Emma!


Glad you had a good trip, we got back a few days ago and can even spot our room at the Beach Club in your room view picture.

Can't wait to read more once you've finished your exams - good luck!
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:21 PM   #11
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I didn't even get to say goodbye, but welcome back!

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Old 11-01-2012, 08:06 PM   #12
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I'm here! Sounds like a good start; looking forward to hearing about the rest! Good luck with exams!
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:13 PM   #13
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Hi Emma!

That sunset almost looks like a rainbow! Very pretty. You really seem to have gotten a great room! I have read about Boardwalk only having one set of elevators, so that's good that you were close to it AND that you got a side view of the lake. Bonus!
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:32 PM   #14
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Hi Emma,
Love your garden view from your villa. I remember reading your honeymoon tr, and can't wait to hear your food reviews.
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