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Old 09-01-2008, 10:58 PM   #1
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A Pirate and Princess 1st Anniversay Pre-Trip Report

Welcome all! If you found this, you have found my first ever pre-trip report. Congratulations! This is going to be a super, magical trip so stay along for the ride.

Who are we: Me (Em) 28 years old. This is my third trip to WDW and I am hoping that this one will be magical. I did all of the planning, arranging, making ADRs, figuring out the schedule, etc because DF just "didnt want to be bothered" and "knew I would get enjoyment out of it... afterall isnt that part of the fun." Ahhh, maybe he does get it. I love ToT, EE, and more than anything I love the Safari. Oh yeah, I like restaurants a ton too, although I can never eat more than just a few bites.
DH (Kev): 30 years old, also known by me as "Captain Unimpressed" he is just one of those cool guys that even if he likes something he will just say it was "okay." This will be his second time, and the first time we went he had just gotten a new videocamera and spend his time recording every minute of our trip for this super video that well.... never got seen again! He loves thrill rides and doesnt much care for shows, but he will go to make me happy. Loves to eat and especially likes to sit down and rest during the day. If he had his way, there would be a nap every day... alas I doubt that will happen.

Why are we going: This trip was spontaneously planned after I mentioned to my wonderful husband that our first anniversary is coming up and we had always talked about having it at Disney. Our anniversary is 9/22 and we will be in the world from 9/18 to 9/25. At first I think he thought I was having a fleeting thought, but he soon gave into my Disney desires and the trip was booked.

The anniversary is marked on our ADRs and I plan on wearing the button, although I am not sure if I can get him to wear it. Anything that calls attention to him is a bad thing. His classic comment after I told him it was marked on the ADRs "gee do I have to be romantic for the WHOLE trip." Spoken just like a man.... well my husband anyways!

Mmmmm Deluxe Dining Plan: Althought this has been the topic of much debate around these boards, we opted for the Deluxe Dining Plan. What spurred the decision? Wanting to have dinner in the Castle on our anniversary, which is going to happen. Both Kev and I like breakfast buffets and then we added a few Signature dining experiences in and we were all set.

Now I have taken alot of flack for my dining choices including the following phrases: "thats too much food," "dont you want to experience the rides too," and the ever popular "you dont honestly think you will eat three meals a day will you." I don't know what we will eat or what we won't eat, but I do know that we don't HAVE to eat everything put in front of us and I intend on seeing plenty of the parks. Plus, I will have one heck of a dining experience too!

Here is the tentative schedule! Now I have heard about needing to modify it, but I honestly think it will work....and if it doesnt, well you will hear about it in my trip report

Thursday September 18
1. Flight arrives at 11:30am
2. Take ME to the hotel and head directly to DS
3. Prime Time Café at 2pm for lunch
4. To DS for Fantasmic at 8pm
5. Jiko at 9:35pm for dinner

Friday September 19
1. Boma at 9:40am for breakfast
2. Take bus to Epcot and spend time in Future World
3. Spend Time in the World Show case until dinner
4. Chef de France at 8:10pm for dinner
5. Spend time in Future World with EMH until 11pm or so

Saturday September 20
1. Crystal Palace at 9:25am for breakfast
2. Stay in MK for the morning
3. Liberty Tree Tavern at 2:45pm for lunch
4. SpectroMagic parade at 8pm
5. Boma at 9:35pm for dinner

Sunday September 21
1. Sleep in, bus to AK for the morning
2. Tusker House at 12pm for lunch
3. Tour AK until close at 5pm
4. Back to the hotel to rest until 7:00pm
5. Wishes at 8pm
6. California Grill at 9:30pm for dinner

Monday September 22
1. Tour Epcot, spending just a few rides in Future World
2. Lunch at Sunshine Seasons counter service, light meal (around 11am)
3. Take monorail to the MK
4. Dreams Come True Parade at 3pm
5. Tour MK for a bit
6. CRT at 6:55pm for dinner
7. Monorail to Epcot for Illuminations at 9pm (maybe if everything works out)
8. Consider EMH at DS if not too tired (doubt it… anniversary night might have other plans?)

Tuesday September 23
1. Kona Café at 8:40am for breakfast
2. Bus to DS and spend the day touring
3. Hollywood and Vine at 4:40pm for dinner
4. Fantasmic at 8pm
5. Kona Café at 9:40pm for later dinner
6. Consider EMH at Epcot if not too tired

Wednesday September 24
1. 1900 Park Fare at 9:10am for breakfast
2. Bus to AK and spend the morning touring
3. Yak and Yeti at 2pm for lunch
4. Spend time at AK with EMH until close at 8pm
5. ‘Ohana at 9:20pm for dinner

Thursday September 25
1. Bus to whatever park is desired and spend morning touring (prob Epcot)
2. Crystal Palace at 12:45pm for lunch
3. Back to hotel by 3:30pm to prepare for leaving


Will the trip work out the way I planned? Will the food be as good as I imagined? Will Kev keep up with my plan or will he insist on time in the hotel, sleeping in, and resting in the afternoon? Will we have a super romantic, wonderful 1st anniversary......stay tuned to find out!

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I'm in! Your DF sounds like all the men in my family. Can't wait to hear more
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:06 PM   #3
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I'm in! Your DF sounds like all the men in my family. Can't wait to hear more
Glad to know I am not alone!
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:43 PM   #4
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Your trip sounds great! I can not wait to read more!
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:05 PM   #5
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Sigh... this is the loneliest pre-trip report ever! No one has opinions about my plans???
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:52 PM   #6
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sounds great! Can't wait to read about it when I get back from my trip!
Have a great time!
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:44 PM   #7
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It sounds like you have a great trip planned. We are eating at a lot of the same places. (Kona Cafe, Boma, O'hana's). Looking forward to more!
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:28 AM   #8
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Hello!

Where are you staying? I will be there arriving the 22nd staying at the POFQ. I wish I would've upgraded to the DxDP but we had just the regular FD last year and it was sooo much food. We wasted a lot! But I would love to try more of the fancy places. (maybe next time we go without DS!)
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:05 AM   #9
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Since you are home, I am going to move this to our regular board. I hope you had a great time. I know it is hot in Florida, my dd is training there and she calls me and tells me how it is. I actually just shipped a box tank tops and athletic shorts to her. She had no idea, it would be so hot.

Looking forward to hearing how things went.
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Can't wait to hear how the trip went!
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I'm excited...

I'm excited to hear about how your trip went! Did everything go as planned?
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I remember reading when you did post what all your reservations were going to be and all the comments that were made.

Glad you had a great time..... and Happy 1st anner. We spent our honeymoon there 12 years ago and go back whenever we can.
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I'm excited to hear about how your trip went! Did everything go as planned?
LOL, of course everything didnt go as planned, it never does. But it was magical - - and perhaps all of those people with opinions about my dining choice were right, maybe -- we will just have to see when I post the trip report.

I did take the first step however, I did register on photobucket. Right now I am just finishing an older trip report I started before the trip to get me in the spirit and then I will start this one. The old ones doesnt have pictures, but this one has plenty of them!
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