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Old 10-17-2008, 01:00 PM   #1
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"I've got a WICKED magic hangover." Trip Report ***FINISHED 12/7***

OK! I’m ready to start my TR. I’ve got photos uploaded, the Photopass pix are on their way, and I’ve got a ton of notes.

If you want to read the FULL introduction, click HERE for the PTR. Or click HERE for just MY intro.

The WHEN: Oct. 8th-14th 2008
The WHAT: Our first family vacation. As in, just us four! Nobody else.
The WHY: Because mom is Disney-obsessed. Because it’d been 2 years since the last vacation. Because we had a 4 day weekend, so why not?
The WHERE: The World, baby!
The WHO: Our little family.

I am Julia, 31, a medical assistant. Last vacation was in April of 2006 on my first trip to Disneyland w/DD and the in-laws. Many wonderful magical moments with that trip. Many wishes of do-overs and things we would do differently that I hoped to rectify w/this trip. For example, we didn’t see Fantasmic. We saw no shows. We saw few characters. We did no in-resort or character dining. Did we do these things on this trip?

DH. Jim, 28, a cable installation tech. Last vacation was in Florida to Sanibel/Captiva w/DS and in-laws. They skipped our Disney vaca to do the Florida one. We couldn’t do Florida because I had just graduated school and was setting out on my job hunt as soon as I got back. Has been to WDW just once before- back when there was just MK and Epcot. His P’s believe in hitting the big attractions, eating outside the parks, and staying off-site. He wasn’t very excited about this trip. So…. Did he have fun? Does he want to come back ever again? Did he “catch the magic?”

DD. Rae (Rachael). 5. Disneyland vet. 1st visit to WDW. Lover of all things princesses, Hannah Montana, and HSM. Very excited to introduce big brother to the wonders of Disney and to find out if Tigger, Eeyore, and Pooh remembered her. Also if Minnie remembered her as well. So….did she see those characters? Did Minnie remember Miss Rachael?

DS. Ebin. 6. SOOOOOOOOO excited for this first Disney experience. Really wanted to see L! M! A!. Ride Rock’n’RollerCoaster. Ride Tower-of-Terror. Meet Mickey & Minnie. Watched all my geek-y Disney shows with me before we left. The DVC dvd. The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels:Disney World”. The Travel Channel’s Sam Brown specials. All of ‘em. I had a feeling that of all the family, DS would be the one to catch my Disney spirit the most. Did he see L!M!A!, did he meet those characters? Ride those rides? Cry during anything?

For the answers to these, and many more questions:

(the links will become active as I write the chapters)

Chapter 1: Oct. 8th- Ready to Go?
Chapter 2: Oct 9th- Arrival Day!!
Chapter 2: Oct 9th- Arrival Day!! CONT'D
Chapter 3: Oct. 10th- Part I: 1900 Park Fare
Chapter 3: Oct. 10th- Part I: 1900 Park Fare ~ CONT'D
Chapter 3: Oct. 10th- Part I: 1900 Park Fare ~ CONT'D 2
Chapter 4: Oct. 10th- Part II: MNSSHP!
Chapter 4: Oct. 10th- Part II: MNSSHP! CONT'D
Chapter 6: Oct. 11th- Part II: Arabian Nights…..like Arabian Days?
Chapter 7: Oct. 11th- Part III: Under the Boardwalk… we’ll be havin’ some fun….

Chapter 8: Oct. 12th- Part I: Well, that’s some Toy Story Mania!
Chapter 9: Oct. 12th- Part II: Keep or Skip those ADR’s?
Chptr 10: Oct. 12th- Part III: The perfect end to a fantasmic trip.
Chptr 11: Oct. 13th- “I wish we could live here forever.”

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