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Old 08-27-2011, 12:01 PM   #1
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Is 7 Days Enough to Make a First Timer Fall in Love??--Aug'11 TR-- FINAL UPDATE 8/26


Welcome to my trip report! I'm excited to share all the details of our splendiferous trip. I promise there will be LOTS of pictures and plenty of food porn.

Here's a link to my PTR: How to Make a Disney Skeptic Fall in Love with WDW

We stayed at Pop Century from August 20 - August 26. I have stayed there for my last 5 trips in a row. We took advantage of the free dining promotion and upgraded to the regular dining plan (as opposed to the quick-service plan which is what you get for staying at a value resort). This meant we had 6 snacks, 6 counter-service, and 6 table-service credits to use throughout our trip.

We'll start with the less interesting character - me!

This was my 9th trip to Disney World and I am just in love with the place! Pretty standard for the DisBoards right? My last trip was in February 2011 (just six months ago!) with my mom. This is the first time I have ever been to Disney World twice in a year. I speculated this might be true but now I have confirmed it: you can never get enough Disney!

My boyfriend, Bobby, who I will refer to as BF throughout the TR. This was his FIRST TRIP!!!!!

I won't say that I forced him to go against his will, but this definitely wasn't a trip that he would have planned for himself. Luckily, he had me to plan it for him! My selling point for this trip was that I was redeeming Disney Rewards Points and was willing to share the savings with him. Aren't I a sweet girlfriend?

When we first booked the trip in October 2010 he seemed totally uninterested in going. When I tried to talk about anything Disney related I would get an eye roll, a deep sigh, and the response "I just want to be surprised when we get there." Thank goodness I discovered the DisBoards at this point or I really might have gone crazy without an outlet to share my excitement.

As the trip got closer, BF started to show some interest in the trip and even some enthusiasm! We planned our ADRs together and I somehow got him to watch the Disney Parks Behind the Scenes DVD and the Modern Marvels episode about Disney World. I still received the occasional eye roll however.

With the trip just a few weeks away, BF finally seemed genuinely excited to go, Hallelujah!! I knew he would love it once we were there...well, I was at least pretty sure...

AND I WAS RIGHT! He may not have reached the fanatical levels of Disney-Lovin' that I'm at, but we had a great time. The pictures will speak for themselves...he hammed it up for the camera throughout the entire trip! I think it will make for a fun trip report. So please, join me as I relive our trip!


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Old 08-27-2011, 12:02 PM   #2
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Saturday, August 20

Part 1 - And we're off...
Part 2 - Magical Express & Pop Century
Pop Century Photos
Part 3 - Arriving at Magic Kingdom and Lunch
Part 4 - Dinner at The Wave
Part 5 - More of Magic Kingdom
Part 6 - Nighttime in Magic Kingdom


Sunday, August 21
Part 1 - "Around the World" Segway Tour at Epcot
Part 2 - The Land and Some Phone Calls
Part 3 - Lunch at Le Cellier
Part 4 - Exploring Future World
Part 5 - A Little More Future World & Some World Showcase
Part 6 - Dinner at San Angel Inn
Part 7 - Nighttime at Epcot


Monday, August 22
Part 1 - Starting Our Day at AK
Part 2 - More Morning at AK
Part 3 - Dragons and Tigers and Bats, Oh My!
Part 4 - Finishing Up at AK
Part 5 - A Hippy Dippy Swim
Part 6 - Making Our Way to Wilderness Lodge
Part 7 - Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe


Tuesday, August 23
Part 1 - Toy Story Madness
Part 2 - Going Behind-the-Scenes of the "Behind The Scenes"
Part 3 - Stars and Cars
Part 4 - A Fantasmic End to the Night

Wednesday, August 24
Part 1 - Changing Plans
Part 2 - Winnie the Pooh and The Mad Hatter Too
Part 3 - Something New and Something Blue
Part 4 - More Time in Tomorrowland
Part 5 - A Visit to the Grand Floridian ~ Chapter 1
Part 6 - A Visit to the Grand Floridian ~ Chapter 2
Part 7 - Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba
Part 8 - Sláinte! Dinner at Raglan Road

Thursday, August 25
Part 1 - An Unexpected Encounter (or Two)
Part 2 - Eating & Drinking Around the World ~ Chapter 1
Part 3 - Eating & Drinking Around the World ~ Chapter 2
Part 4 - Eating & Drinking Around the World ~ Chapter 3
Part 5 - First Time at The Poly
Part 6 - Dinner at Ohana

Friday, August 26
Part 1 - Starting Our Last Day
Part 2 - Enjoying Our Last Day
Part 3 - Last Ride of the Trip
Part 4 - Saying Goodbye

Final Notes: TTFN ~ Ta-Ta For Now


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Old 08-27-2011, 12:25 PM   #3
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I'm following now! I will be taking my BF for the first time too, so I'm definitely interested to hear how your trip went.
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Checking in!

Can't wait to hear ALL about it and see the marvelous pictures that you guys took!

Hopefully your BF can make an appearance on the boards soon!
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I'm on board too. I just love hearing about first timers.
We'll be going to Disney in November (definitely not first timers) but my cousin might join us and she NEVER been to Disney Holly wood Studios... .

So i'm looking forward to your trip report.
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Yay! So glad you made it back and had a great time. Give us all the deets! Remember, I've got a big job ahead of me trying to make my husband love Disney....well, at least admit to me that he's glad I made him come!
I need all the advice possible and tell me what BF really was impressed by and what he didn't like etc etc

Can't wait to see all the photos!
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Hope you weather the storm ok, Can't wait to hear all about your trip.
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I can't wait to see all your photos! Glad you had a great time and your BF enjoyed himself.
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I'm so looking forward to reading your TR....I'm going through the same thing with my husband. I am planning the whole trip around him to ensure that he will want to go back!
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This I HAVE TO follow since I'm going to try and get a friend to fall in love with WDW
Thanks for joining in!

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I'm following now! I will be taking my BF for the first time too, so I'm definitely interested to hear how your trip went.
I hope you'll find this TR helpful! Is your BF looking forward to the trip?

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Checking in!

Can't wait to hear ALL about it and see the marvelous pictures that you guys took!

Hopefully your BF can make an appearance on the boards soon!
Thanks for coming by! I'm so happy you're here. I'm hoping BF will decide to join us too. I don't want to push it because he actually seems somewhat interested but I know if I annoy him too much he'll decide it's not worth dealing with!

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Yay! Thanks for coming over! And also for following along on Twitter!

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I'm on board too. I just love hearing about first timers.
We'll be going to Disney in November (definitely not first timers) but my cousin might join us and she NEVER been to Disney Holly wood Studios... .

So i'm looking forward to your trip report.
Thanks for joining in! Taking your cousin to HS for the first time will be so much fun. She'll get to experience the crazy rush for Toy Story Mania!

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I'm in! Love your picture in the kimono. I've always wanted to try one on!
Thanks for joining! That kimono was sooooooo super soft and silky. It felt *amazing* on my skin. I really would have loved to buy it (although I'm not totally sure when I would wear it...Halloween?) but it was $85! They did have cheaper ones for $75 but that still wasn't in my budget. But oh-my-gosh was it comfortable!

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Yay! So glad you made it back and had a great time. Give us all the deets! Remember, I've got a big job ahead of me trying to make my husband love Disney....well, at least admit to me that he's glad I made him come!
I need all the advice possible and tell me what BF really was impressed by and what he didn't like etc etc

Can't wait to see all the photos!
Yay! You're here! Thanks for coming over! I took lots and lots of notes and have plenty of details and pictures for you. I hope it will be helpful for you! I really truly believe that your family will start showing more excitement as the trip gets closer. Hopefully BF will decide to join in and can share some of his thoughts with you too.

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Hope you weather the storm ok, Can't wait to hear all about your trip.
Thanks! Even though it was a historically devastating storm, it actually turned out to not be as bad as they were predicting. We have some large tree branches down near our apartment but we didn't lose power. We were very very lucky because there are hundreds of thousands of people without power in NJ! There was also lots of flooding but not in our immediate area. There are people whose basements have completely filled up with water and it's now rising past the first floor. I can't imagine how difficult their cleanup is going to be.

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Yay! Thanks for coming over!

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I can't wait to see all your photos! Glad you had a great time and your BF enjoyed himself.
Thanks! We had a great time. I'm glad you came over for the TR.

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I'm so looking forward to reading your TR....I'm going through the same thing with my husband. I am planning the whole trip around him to ensure that he will want to go back!
and thanks for joining! I had fun trying to plan a trip that BF would enjoy. I hope that your husband has an amazing time and will be super excited to go back!
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