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Old 11-09-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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"A Fresh Start" WDW Vacation with a Newbie and the Boyfriend!- Nov TR COMPLETE 2/16!


Hello old friends and new friends!!

I just returned from a WDW Trip from Walt Disney World on Tuesday. Our dates were Oct 31st through Nov 6th. We stayed at Art of Animation with the Disney Regular Dining Plan!

My name is Rachel and I am 27 years old. Corey and I live together in Eden Prairie, MN with a 4 year old Cockapoo named Lola. We love her! I work in the CPG Industry, which is really fun!

The cast of characters is my boyfriend of 10 years, Corey(27)! Yikes, 10 years is a lot. A ring better be coming soon We have been dating since high school! Luckily, Corey loves Disney World just as much as I do!


The other character is my best friend Emily(26). We have known each other since Kindergarten. We graduated from Ohio State together and lived together all throughout college. She still lives in Toledo, Ohio as a manager of a grocery store. She has never been on a genuine WDW Vacation. She went to MK for one day when she was a sophomore in High School, but I don't count that because she didn't even do a lot there.

This is us with our good friend Karyn, who just got married in July.


You may ask why is this the trip of Fresh Starts???

Wellll...2 Weeks before we were to leave I found out I was offered a job at Pepsi as a Category Analyst, working on the brand Tropicana!! I then put in my two weeks at my current job and my last day was the day before we left!

It was so exciting to not have to worry about a job on my vacation. Actually, I don't start my job until Monday. So it is great to have three days off after our trip. Because after all, every WDW vacation needs to end in another vacation! Haha!

This is my first trip report EVER. I have done dining reports. So please bare with me. This is going to be a learning experience. I might not have taken good notes and I might not have pics for everything.

So thanks for reading along and hopefully it will be interesting!




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Wednesday October 31st
Chapter 1 MSP to MCO
Chapter 2 MCO to AoA with First Thoughts
Thursday November 1st
Chapter 1 Boma Breakfast
Chapter 2 First Safari of the Day
Chapter 3 The Beautiful DeVine
Chapter 4 Second Safari of the Day
Chapter 5 Closing down AK
Chapter 6 Sushi Rolls and DTD Fun
Chapter 7 Treats and 4th Meals

Friday November 2nd
Chapter 1 Friends in Tower of Terror
Chapter 2 Where is Perry Anyway?
Chapter 3 Walt, Betty, Rachel, and Emily
Chapter 4 I'm Gonna Wreck It!
Chapter 5 One Man's Dream
Chapter 6 Getting Gypped out of Indiana Jones
Chapter 7 Killing Time Before Dinner
Chapter 8 'Ohana Dinner

Saturday November 3rd
Chapter 1 Walking Down Main Street for CRT
Chapter 2 Cinderella's Royal Table Breakfast
Chapter 3 Beginning of the Storm (AKA MK!)
Chapter 4 Foot Pain, Crowds, and Heat
Chapter 5 Heading to Dinner
Chapter 6 The Wave and MK Nights

Sunday November 4th
Chapter 1 Late Start at Epcot
Chapter 2 Le Cellier Lunch
Chapter 3 France and Photopass Goofs
Chapter 4 Drinking Margs before Mission Space= No Bueno
Chapter 5 Seminar for the Drunks
Chapter 6 Via Napoli and Illuminations

Monday November 5th

Chapter 1 Another Day in Paradise AKA Epcot
Chapter 2 Walkin', Eatin', and Drinkin'
Chapter 3 One Last Walk Around the World
Chapter 4 AoA Cars Tour
Chapter 5 AoA Finding Nemo Tour
Chapter 6 Cape May Dinner

Tuesday November 6th
Chapter 1 Last Morning at Disney World
Chapter 2 Where is Everybody??
Chapter 3 Being Goofy on Splash!
Chapter 4 More Storybook Circus
Chapter 5 More Frozen Treats
Chapter 6 Photography Fun
Chapter 7 Dream Along with Mickey Post 1
Chapter 8 Dream Along with Mickey Post 2
Chapter 9 Our Last Lunch at Magic Kingdom
Chapter 10 See Ya Real Soon!

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Chicago for Work Part 1
Chicago for Work Part 2
Christmas Pictures
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Congratulations on your new job and I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip. Sounds like you had a blast. Writing about WDW is always a great way to relive a fun trip. Nice introduction.
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MSP to MCO


Let's get this show on the road!

Our flight out of Minneapolis left at 7:10pm. We were flying Delta and it was a straight shot to Orlando landing at 11:22pm.

We left our apartment at about 3:50pm. Even though it only takes about 20 min to get to the airport with traffic we knew it would take about an hour. A friend from work took us to the airport. We like to get to the airport early because we like to relax once we get there. Also, I have a lot of anxiety when I travel so I need lots of time to relax!

We got to the airport about 5:30pm and checked in. It was a breeze. We got through security in 10 minutes. There was no one in line! It was kind of funny flying on Halloween because a lot of people were dressed up. Also, it was dead!

Corey and I decided to get the infamous Chick-Fil-A. This is the only Chick-Fil-A in the area so we knew we had to eat here!



We also got black raspberry chocolate chip gelato! YUMMY!


Before we got to our gate we decided on some reading material. I got the People magazine with Justin and Jessica's wedding on it and Corey got the NY Time magazine which had a huge section of the Sandy devastation.

I hated Jessica Biel's dress!! It was basically a tie dyed pink dress. It wasn't wedding-ish at all! Anyone agree?




I absolutely love non stop flights to Orlando because half of the plane is going to Disney World! I love people watching and hearing them talk about Disney World and how excited the kids are! I love kids but obviously don't have any yet. The excitement on kids faces is one of my favorite things about Disney!

Flying on Halloween was exceptionally funny because a lot of the children(and adults) were dressed up. We had an adult dress up as a baby in footed pajamas; how comfy would that be on the plane!??

Here is our wonderful view.


I couldn't wait to get out of the dreary cold weather into the bright and warm Florida air!

On our flight we sat next to a guy about our age in chiropractor school. He was nice but was LITERALLY on his phone texting the entire time. Isn't that not allowed?? It was kind of weird. You don't want to mess with flying rules.

We also had a mother in front of us changing her poopy baby on the seat. All of a sudden I asked Corey, "Do you smell poop!!!?" It was horrible. The guy next to me told us the woman in front of us was changing the baby's diaper and it was all over. Appetizing...

We had really nice TVs in front of everyone's seat. Corey and I had plans to watch a Disney movie on the ipad but he ended up watching Live TV. I ended up listening to music and playing games on the iPad!

Before we knew it we were in Orlando!! I was soo excited to finally get on Magical Express.
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Oh yes, I guess I should mention, Emily was meeting us the next morning. Her flight landed at 11:30am so Corey and I were going to have a few hours by ourselves.




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Congratulations on your new job and I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip. Sounds like you had a blast. Writing about WDW is always a great way to relive a fun trip. Nice introduction.
Thanks! I have always enjoyed your trip reports!!

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I'm in! I agree with you about Jessica Biel's dress.

Art of Animation is so cute!

10 years is a long time. I'm a few years older than you (29) and have been with my SO for 7 years. I know a proposal is in the works, but it's hard to wait after so many years. Trying not to get my hopes up for our upcoming trip or the holidays..
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I completely agree with you on Jessica's dress. She looked like she was going to prom or debutante or something like that. Not very weddingy!

Looking forward to reading more!
Yes, it was a pretty prom dress but not a pretty wedding dress!

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Looking forward to reading more about your trip. My husband and I had reservations at AOA Little Mermaid Room in January, but I changed it to the CS when I saw how far it was from the foodcourt. I don't mind a little walk, but didn't want to hear my husband complain the whole time we were there.
It was a long walk. It wouldn't be too bad from a different building but our building was the furthest one!

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Art of Animation is so cute!

10 years is a long time. I'm a few years older than you (29) and have been with my SO for 7 years. I know a proposal is in the works, but it's hard to wait after so many years. Trying not to get my hopes up for our upcoming trip or the holidays..
Haha, I Know!! It is so hard to wait. We have been dating since high school and all of college so I guess I can't really count those years. but still I want a ring!
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Boma Breakfast


This morning's plans were to have breakfast at Boma at 8:30am. We did NOT want to take the bus system there because we knew it would take a long time so we decided to take a cab! Most brilliant idea ever! The cab only ended up $15 with tip.

When we were getting ready Corey goes, "Oh SH**!!" I am like, "What did you forget!??" He forgot his belt and he said if he didn't have his belt his pants would fall off. So we were contemplating how to get a belt. When to go to Wal-mart, how much it would cost, if there were any shops in DTD that would have a belt.. So that was our mission, to find Corey a belt!

Coming to our elevator I had to take a picture of this amazing view overlooking the Little Mermaid section.


Corey hailed a cab while I checked us into our package portion.



When we got to AKL we headed to their gift shop to find a belt! They had belts!!! And they were normal brown leather belts!! Yay! He had to get a size bigger than he normally wears but he just put the notch tighter. It was about $30. We were shocked that they had normal non Mickey belts.

Here he is putting on hie belt!


I need to start pin collecting. I don't want to trade I just want to collect them. I love the pins that are ride themed or Disney World themed. The problem is they are so expensive!

I want to start with this OSU Pin!


Walking downstairs to Boma. Do you see a hidden mickey? I have no clue if it is a hidden mickey it just looks like it!


We went to check in for our reservation and they didn't have it! She looked for about 5 minutes. After we sat down I realized it was under Corey's name. Oopsie!

Breakfast is only $18.99! Great deal I think.




Here is the area we sat in.


It is such a pretty restaurant. I didn't love the food this time but it is still a nice place to go to. If you want to read my dining review check HERE!

We were soo happy to be at our first Disney restaurant. I could not wait to meet Emily back at the hotel so I could show her my favorite place in the world!









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That pic of the LM section is gorgeous!
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Oh really? Cool! Yeah, I'm on twitter! Same name as on here.

That's such a cool picture from AoA! Looks like such a fun resort.
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And now I've found your TR! Yay! That's too bad that the beds and pillows are not the best. Was the bed creaky?? I'm a light sleeper that wouldn't have worked for me!

The view of the LM pool area at AoA is really fun and brilliantly themed.

Glad to know that at least the AKL gift shop has belts - good thing it wasn't blingy with Mickey heads!
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AWE!!! The Little Mermaid area looks great!

Good to know about the comforters. I'm sure that the ones over in Nemo won't be much better… I'll be prepared!
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I am in. Great trip report! Can't wait to read/see more

We have never had breakfast at Boma before. We will have to try it sometime. Dinner at Boma is great and we try and eat there every trip.
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We never even had a card swipe one, just the lock and key sa
Oops! I was thinking of the safe on a trip elsewhere w my parents. I can't tell you how many times my poor dad had to dig out his credit card for someone else to open the safe.
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