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Old 04-06-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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AMAZING Engagment trip w/LOTS of Disney magic & 2 CM's named Dean PARADE UPDATE 5/5!

So here is the link to my PTR if you want a little background, but now ON WITH THE SHOW!

So I will start with some brief introductions.

Who are we anyways?? Well besides a couple of Disney nuts who are planning our Disney Fairy Tale Wedding (DFTW) for 2/8/10 at WDW.

Me: Samantha, 26 a Disney Bride to Be

DF: Dave, 26 a handsome (IMHO) newly converted disney addict

Why: Because I got a pin code and figured why the heck not!

When: March 29 - April 3 2009

Where: The POP Century Resort

Day 1 Part 1

Travel Day March 29th 2009

Dave and I woke up bright and early at 9am (lol); we had already packed the night before and had everything we needed for that day in our carry on luggage since we were using the ME for the 1st time. The morning at home was relatively uneventful, Dave picked up a bit of breakfast from Bruggers Bagel own the road from us while I showered and got dressed (What a guy!). So after a little breakfast and last minute getting ready we were ready to head to Logan airport. Dave’s mom picked us up in the minivan and offered to drive us in, so we loaded up the car and we were off. We were flying out on Airtran at 1:20PM so arriving at Logan at 11:50am gave us plenty of time to get checked in and through security. Check-in and Security was pretty uneventful, we waited a few minutes and made our way to our gate. We were a little delayed due to weather (it was raining a little in Boston, but I guess down south it was thunderstorms) so we had about an hour of extra wait time (oh-well!)

Our flight down was fine; I just wish they gave you a little something to eat on airtran besides a teeny tiny bag of pretzels, because by the time we hit Orlando I was starving!! I did get a chance to nap and read a bit of my book so all was not lost. When we arrived in Orlando we made our way to ME check in and I waited in line fro about 5 mins which I didn’t think was too bad at all. Then we headed over to the red carpet (cute touch btw) and waited to board our ME bus. I think we waited about 2 mins in that line before we were told we could board, how cool was this! For our first time using ME I must say I was very impressed, what a great perk! Not having to worry about a car or transport was a huge relief on this trip! And who doesn’t love skipping baggage claim and just getting to your hotel quicker!

We got to the POP in about 30 mins, but on the bus I did enjoy the little movie…and even teared up a little when I realized that we were actually going to WDW (I know, I know lame right?) When we pulled up to the POP I think I actually started jumping up and down in my seat a little, I was just way too excited to sit still! The big signs, the bright colors, all these things made the POP look so amazingly cool upon arrival. We disembarked our lovely ME bus and thanked our driver Cecil for an entertaining ride (he made some cute jokes) got our carry on bag from the bus and walked inside the POP lobby.

For those of you who haven’t seen the POP lobby, I have to say it is a great sight to see. I love all the pop culture boards and decorations on the walls, and the sparkly floors are a lot of fun. Now, I had tried the online check-in process fro the first time as well, so I went to queue up in the super short Online Check-In line… I was the only person in the line lol! So I got called over and was given my document folder, signed for my $500 gift card and got our DP info. So all I needed to know was where to go, so I asked the CM checking us in and I think he wasn’t sure where to send us so he just gave us a map… so I asked again and he finally drew a few lines on the map and sent us on our way… it’s a good thing Disney has clear signs lol!

Dave and I were on cloud 9 to finally be on our anxiously awaited vacation, so the walk to our room was full of pointing and talking about all the things we would see and do on our trip at the POP. We were assigned a room in the 60’s building with a view of spaceship earth which was pretty cool. And the room was neat and tidy upon arrival. Mickey Mouse stopped by and delivered the packages I had ordered and I was thrilled that they were sitting on the bed waiting to surprise Dave when we arrived! Now here is the before pic, and here is the after pic.. he tore into his package like a little kid on Christmas!




Up next a DisBride Meet and a little DTD action (with cameos from the dive-bombing disney bats)

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Old 04-06-2009, 04:07 PM   #2
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I'm super excited to hear about your trip!

I have to tell you though, I called Disney Photography and they don't do honeymoon shoots at the MK anymore. I was so bummed! I thought of you when I called so I can't wait to hear how yours went!
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Old 04-06-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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joining in, cant wait to read all about it!!
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:32 PM   #4
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Hooray for your TR!

I don't think tearing up a lil on the bus is lame at all! I am positive that I will be crying when we pull into Disney in a couple weeks! My mom, my sister, and I cry watching the planning DVD! Well... maybe it is lame. But I'm right there with ya!

I'm glad ME and the online check in went along smoothly. I have never used ME but Im gonna do the online check in and I hope to surpass a big ol line when we get there!

Those packages are too cute! I love the bride and groom.

I can't wait to read more about your trip! I hope you two hads lots of magic!
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:47 PM   #5
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WELCOME HOME!! I can't wait to hear all about your trip and see photos!

How far away was Spaceship Earth? I didn't know Pop was close to EPCOT!

Also, how's AirTran? I'm flying from Chicago to Boston next month and they keep changing my flight! I've also heard some not good things about them lately so I'm getting nervous.
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I'm subbing. Sounds like fun. Can't wait to read more.

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Old 04-06-2009, 07:20 PM   #7
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I am here also... can't believe your back already.... just updated my PTR.... it has been a struggle this week because of the baseball trip.... I can't wait to read all about your adventure.....
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Subbing! I really enjoyed your PTR and I'm thrilled that you started your TR so quickly!!
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:39 PM   #9
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I'm super excited to hear about your trip!

I have to tell you though, I called Disney Photography and they don't do honeymoon shoots at the MK anymore. I was so bummed! I thought of you when I called so I can't wait to hear how yours went!
Aww thats a bummer! I will post the e-shoot story very soon I promise, but if you like Epcot WS at all I HIGHLY recommend it! It really was a great time

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joining in, cant wait to read all about it!!
Yay for new readers I will do my best I promise lol!

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WELCOME HOME!! I can't wait to hear all about your trip and see photos!

How far away was Spaceship Earth? I didn't know Pop was close to EPCOT!

Also, how's AirTran? I'm flying from Chicago to Boston next month and they keep changing my flight! I've also heard some not good things about them lately so I'm getting nervous.
It was pretty close, you can't see the whole thing, but the top half. I had no idea eithier until I read about it on the boards.
Airtran was nice, just bring a snack because those pretzels don't do much lol! And your coming to Boston?? I am the town next to Boston!

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Hooray for your TR!

I don't think tearing up a lil on the bus is lame at all! I am positive that I will be crying when we pull into Disney in a couple weeks! My mom, my sister, and I cry watching the planning DVD! Well... maybe it is lame. But I'm right there with ya!

I'm glad ME and the online check in went along smoothly. I have never used ME but Im gonna do the online check in and I hope to surpass a big ol line when we get there!

Those packages are too cute! I love the bride and groom.

I can't wait to read more about your trip! I hope you two hads lots of magic!
Haha, glad I'm not alone! ME was very easy to do, I will do it again next trip for sure! And online check-in was a breeze, just make sure you put in any room requests ahead of time because your room key is already made up when you arrive. And bypassing the big line was AWESOME!!!
Thanks for reading, I have to catch up the PJ's tomorrow (which always makes me happy b/c I get to read a weeks worth of fun stuff lol!)

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I am here also... can't believe your back already.... just updated my PTR.... it has been a struggle this week because of the baseball trip.... I can't wait to read all about your adventure.....
Yes, we have a fun baseball story! Cannot wait to hear abotu your basebal trip. Actually while I was in WDW my brother called and gave us the good news that he got a summer contract near Boston so he will be home the summer!

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Ohh thanks for following along, I was too excited not to start it loL! This will have some crazy cool surprises I promise
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Day 1 Part 2: Dinner and a Dis Meet!

So we regrouped in the room and then headed out to DTD for dinner and a DisBride meet! Now this trip we decided to only use Disney transportation, so that meant everywhere we went was via bus… not usually my favorite form of transportation but I figured we would give it a shot… Well I must say I was very pleasantly surprised at the buses in WDW, they were always clean, we never waited more then 3 mins for a bus, and yes they did get a little crowded at the end of the day but come on it’s Disney! So I will most def be using WDW transport again over a rental car, so much easier!

Ok, so now onto the night… but first a quick apology… I am a bad Diser… I did not take any food porn pics while at WDW (GASP, HORROR). I was usually either too hungry to wait for a pic, or just plum forgetful! So I do have a pic of a Dole Whip but I am afraid that is about it… so I am very sorry to all wanting oodles of food pics, I have failed you

So the first night was met with intense HUNGER! We were starving by 7pm when we made it to DTD, remember the bagel at 10am and my micro mini bag of pretzels on AirTran were not the most helpful thing when you are hungry, so by 7pm I was ready to start chewing on my own arm. Dave was desperate for an EOS Cobb wrap and I was ready for a little WPE action! So we split up got our food and met up at one of the tables behind WPE, it was a great night, warm and relaxing. Now since we were on the DP I was going to make full use of my credits on this trip, so I chose the Rigatoni with Chicken Bolognese and a side Caesar Salad, Lemonade, and a Crème Brulee for dessert. I paid OOP for a glass of cold Riesling which was great too. DF had the Cobb wrap, chips and water (and paid OOP for a beer of some kind). Now I am not sure if it was the sheer hunger or the deliciousness of the food, but this was the best meal of the trip! Everything was gone off my plate and DF and I were happy as clams for the rest of the night.

Now, right at the end of dinner my cell rings and it is Linda (lpizzuro123) from the Boards. Her and her DH Sheldon just got to DTD and are waiting at Goofys for our Dis Meet! Dave and I finish up and head over to Goofys. Linda and Sheldon had a table for us to sit at and were dressed in some great Mickey Wear, Sheldon even has a Mickey Earring which I loved! So DF and I sit and chat and then we get a text from Becky (spacerangerqueen) saying she is parking and will be here in a minute. So we are sitting talking, laughing and just enjoying being in FL. Linda was awesome, she brought pics of her wedding from Misty and was telling us all about their DFTW. Then Becky came to join us, Becky was great too, she was full of great stories about working at WDW and was also in Mickey wear (well actually Donald wear that night). Gotta love the DIS Meet! So we all chatted and laughed for a few hours, DF was very quiet and when I asked him why on the way home he said “Well I tried to talk but between you 3 girls, Sheldon and I couldn’t get a word in” I guess the girls were too much for the poor guy’s lol! He thought it was a fun night watching the 3 girls get all excited about weddings and said it was a great first night! Here is a pic of the girls and then the whole group! (Note: I am able to wear the outfit I had originally chosen for our E-Pics because it was night and at night the skirt is no longer see-through)



After pictures Linda and Sheldon had to leave because the next day was Sheldon’s Birthday and Linda had some super fun secret plans in store for him! Of course we all knew the plans though lol! So we said our goodbyes (but not for the last time…) and Becky took me into Goofys for my very 1st experience creating a snack! I got marshmallows with milk chocolate, Oreos and caramel… words cannot describe how yummy this was… I was in heaven snacking on this all week! We walked over to the exit where Becky parked and almost got attacked by dive-bombing bats! These things were flying right in front of WOD about 7 feet off the ground… which was a little too close to DF’s head for comfort (he is 6’2) so we hightailed it out of DTD for the night and proceeded to crash into our beds at the POP, tomorrow was going to be an early morning starting with a makeup trial at 7am, so stay tuned for details!
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No food porn?! just kidding. Sometimes you forget, it happens. I either forget completely or my pics are of 1/2 eaten food!
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Aw, your DIS meet sounds fun! DF is such a good sport!! I can't wait to read the next installment!!! PS How was POP? I just booked it for Memorial weekend..

And yes I'm going to Boston with two girls I interned with in the fall. One is a Boston fan and the Red Sox are playing my team so we are going to the game!!
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no food pictures.... thats okay... what a fun thing it is to have a DIS meet.... sounds like the first day was wonderful.... can't wait to hear more!!!
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Sounds like y'all had a great first day! That is too funny that your DF couldn't get a word in. That's what happens around women though! My BF gets like that too. I'm glad y'all both had fun though.

Listening to you talk about how great the ME is has me kind of jealous because we don't get to take it. Maybe one day we'll fly and I'll get to take it. I'm relieved to hear that you thought the buses were great. That's one thing I'm kind of nervous about. If they're too bad in November I'll have my car, so I'm sure it won't be too bad.

Those gift baskets were really cute! What all did you have put in them? Plus, I had no idea that POP was so close to Epcot. That's cool you had somewhat of a view though.

I cannot wait to try Goofy's! I think it will be so fun just to "design" something! That's one of the things I'm most looking forward to.
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