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Old 09-21-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Daughter, Daddy and Diva Do Disney!!! -- sep 2011

Starting this trip report soon.....stay tooned!!!!

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Old 09-23-2011, 04:05 PM   #5
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Hi there!

So I spent a good portion of my day reading your pre-trip report and you're last TR...the disneymoon one. I loved every second! You have such a nice little family and I look forward to reading about your latest adventure in Disney
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YAY you are back!! I know you are probably not happy to be back though. I am always so sad when it is over. I can't wait to hear about everything. We only have two weeks to go and I am sooo ready!
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I’m here! I can’t wait to read along!
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:39 PM   #8
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Welcome one and all to DADDY, DAUGHTER & DIVA DO DISNEY!!! I cannot believe tomorrow we will have been back home for one week. It feels like yesterday that we were there! And in 11 months and 10 days we will be there again….ooops, did I just let the cat out of the bag? Well more on that later! I should start with the introductions…..



There’s my wonderful daughter Victoria who is 13 going on 27!!! She is an 8th grader who does very well in school so I really have no issues pulling her out of school for the 7 or so days it turns out to be. This year, she did get some of her work to take to Disney with us…..great activity for the plane ride home, right??? She’s not as big of a Disney fanatic, I mean fan, as I am, but I’m working on her. She’s heavily into her computer and having a blog on Tumbler, Diviantart and I can’t remember what else she does. Apparently Facebook is so yesterday…? Ok?? Apparently so I am!

Then there is my husband of ONE WHOLE YEAR – Peter! (And they said it would never last…..just kidding!) We were married last September 18th on the beach here in Maine and then honeymooned in Disney with the child. I think I eventually will have him converted into a Disney fan! Slowly but surely. Unfortunately, he does not do many rides --- POTC and IASW is about the speed he can do. Oh, I do have him riding Test Track now, but I think that’s because he loves cars. He works full time with propane burners and such so on the weekend he spends his time with his cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles. I’ve lost count of the vehicles he does have but I think it’s up to about 17 or so. Granted, some of them are not all in one piece, but he does have them. He loves buying old pieces of formerly beautiful cars and restoring them. (wasn't that a nice way to say "pieces of crap?? I thought so!) Hey, he loves it and it keeps him out of trouble, so why not?

Finally there’s me…..a huge Disneyworld geek! I will ride ALL the rides and see ALL the shows at least once! My first trip to Disney was in 1982 --- I was a sophomore in high school at the time and was hooked. (ok, don’t go adding my age up now. I just gave the date for informational purposes, not to let you all in on how old I am!) I think it’s been about 16 or so trips now. I’ve lost count. My philosophy is as long as I can afford it and have the health to do it, I will always go to Disney. My goal is once per year. (ok, fine….my real goal is to retire from my government job and go play the Fairy Godmother in Disney) but my real life goal is good enough for me for now.

The last person in this picture is….well…..if I have to explain that, then you really wouldn’t be reading this trip report now would you? I think not!

There you have it for introductions. We are a pretty simple bunch. We go to work and school and have your typical family life. We take a once per year big vacation (Disney) and lots of little weekend trips around the state of Maine. My life is pretty darned perfect if you ask me. Oh, that’s not to say we haven’t had our trials and tribulations. Our health has not been great, but those are all things which make us stronger, right?


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Great start, Ann! I'm looking forward to reading more!
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Hi there!

So I spent a good portion of my day reading your pre-trip report and you're last TR...the disneymoon one. I loved every second! You have such a nice little family and I look forward to reading about your latest adventure in Disney
Hi and !! I'm glas you enjoyed the prior reports. I really do enjoy writing them. Thank you for the compliment on my family. Yes, I do love them!!

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YAY you are back!! I know you are probably not happy to be back though. I am always so sad when it is over. I can't wait to hear about everything. We only have two weeks to go and I am sooo ready!
Yep, I'm back...... It's ok. I can't live in Disney, right (or CAN I????). I hope you plan on keeping a diary so that you can share your adventures with me!!!

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Hi my buddy!!!! I'm here and posting now.....hee hee!!!

Oh, I just had to share a picture of two of my cats Milo and Reeses prior to my packing the suitcase.....

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September 8th, 2011

And we’re off!!! Yes, we were successful at leaving at 5am although the 4am alarm was a bit of a shock! I had put all of the luggage in the car the night before so that all we would have to worry about packing was the carryons. That’s where we put all of our last minute things like medication, money, etc. I didn’t really sleep that well as I was worrying about getting there on time, as Manchester was an airport we have never flown out of before. I had Googled the directions to the airport and it did turn out to be pretty easy to get there. We parked in the Long Term parking lot (under C-6) and waited at the little bus stop for the shuttle to the terminal --- sure beats walking with all that luggage! See, kids…..it pays to do your research! I was able to find out about the parking lot charges and shuttle to the terminal all before arriving! We flew Southwest Airlines and since I had printed out the boarding passes yesterday, it was just a matter of checking in our 3 bags. BAGS FLY FREE!!! We had paid for early bird check in so we were in seating group A which means we were the first group to board the plane. There are no assigned seats on SW, so Victoria led the way and picked out 3 seats together near the wing. I hate viewing the wing! I kept thinking about the scene of the Twilight Zone when the creature knocks out the engine! The original version had William Shatner as the passenger, but the movie version has John Lithgow.



OOOppps, that was a little off topic, huh? Takeoff was great and the flight itself was fine. We did hit turbulence as we got into Baltimore. Great! Peter hates to fly and that just makes it worse. Oh thank you air gods! We had about one hour in between flights so we grabbed some lunch. Victoria had, what else, McDonalds and Peter & I had slices of pizza. Both planes we flew in were 737’s. I was really surprised that there wasn’t any radios in the arm rests. That’s the first time I haven’t had that option in a plane--- kind of disappointing. Anyways, we landed around 2:40pm and were able to get right on to Magical Express (ok, it was a huge Mears, bus, but it was still considered the Magical Express). Maybe there was a 5 minute wait at best. It was AWESOME!!! POFQ was the first stop!!! How lucky can we get??!!!! Yeah baby!



We got to the resort around 4pm. We were assigned room 3230, which is the second floor in the 3rd building --- view of the courtyard. Not too bad. Jazz music was constantly playing and everything was just so lush and green! I was hoping for Building 4, but 3 seemed ok. It’s pretty close to everything. The room itself is BEAUTIFUL!!! I loved the queen sized beds!



We didn’t stay in the room all that long as we had 5:10pm dinner ADR’s at T-Rex! We took the water taxi to Downtown Disney….ummmm heaven!!



Thanks to my Avon sales and Mypoints, I only had to come up with about $5 of my own money for that one. I think Peter really got a kick out of the décor! He even started having a conversation with the dinosaur that kept roaring behind him. So funny!!!! We did a little shopping and then headed back to the hotel. We had an early morning planned for tomorrow, so this worked out perfectly!!!!





This is the new Toy Story lego sculpture I just had to share....


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Yay for arriving! Doing your research definitely pays off! I hadn't seen the TS lego yet, that's cool! Glad you guys enjoyed T-Rex, can't wait to hear more!
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I would really like to do a post trip report. I haven't ever done anything like that before, so I am a little confussed at how you would start one??. Any tips I don't want to be too boring??
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Friday, September 9th……

Today started off with the alarm going off at 6am. Everyone was great about getting up and getting ready. We were out the door by 7:15am and down to the bus stop we go. Fortunately, it’s a very short distance from the room. As we were sitting there waiting, there were 3 busses for the MK prior to one for Animal Kingdom! Finally one came at 7:40am. Oh no…this is not good. Will we actually get to AK and make it to Tusker House for our reservation at the Donald’s Safari Breakfast?? Well, no. We were about 10 minutes late but that seemed to be ok with the restaurant. See kids….this is why the Disboards tell you to head out on the transportation system about one hour before your scheduled time. They know what they are talking about! It’s really cute how they direct you to the restaurant with little signs and cast members saying “right this way” and “welcome”. We then lined up for our picture with Donald Duck.



We were seated and our server was Angel. She was very sweet and the food was absolutely wonderful! It was buffet style.



By the time we were done breakfast, it was 9:10am and the park had just opened. First on our list was the Kilimanjaro Safari. It was basically a walk right on --- an indication of how most of our week went! It took longer to walk down to the loading area than it did standing in line for a vehicle, which we didn’t have to. Again, what Dis’er’s say is true --- the animals are much more lively and awake first thing in the morning! There was even an ostrich blocking the road at one point. Hey, it’s his road….why should he move, right??? That was about a 5 minute wait for him to move! One of the cast members were feeding the flamingoes as we went by. I thought that was pretty cool. The lioness were out and looking at us lovingly (or maybe they were thinking how easy we would be to catch ---- let’s go with the first thought…..) We saw the little baby elephant (the real one --- not the one in the great kidnapping adventure we were supposedly on).



We ended up taking the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Conservation Station. There they had just finished a biopsy on the tail of a possum and were in the process of waking her up. So adorable! We also spent time talking with the handler of a tarantula. That was pretty interesting, even though I’m not crazy about spiders!



After Peter and Victoria went outside, the announcement was made that some characters were coming out. Now, this is my goal of this trip --- to meet as many characters as I can without it really affecting our trip adversely. I think my family is right behind me and wanted them to get in the pictures with me. Do you think they are? Nope! Fine, I’ll have my pictures taken and I hope the two of them will be completely jealous! (Which they weren’t). I was a little miffed that I was here with my family and yet, you can’t prove it by those pictures. I met Pocahontas and Jiminy Cricket.



Really cool! By the time I had taken my pictures, Victoria was ready to ride. We went over to Expedition Everest and since the standby line was only 10 minutes, we first got a fast pass for later and then went standby. I need to mention here that a 10 minute standby means walk right on. Apparently Disney feels it takes 10 minutes to walk the queue. It probably does, I wasn’t keeping track. I really love this ride!!! We ended up riding it at least 4 or 5 times during the entire day!!!



I wanted to go see Flights of Wonder, but it didn’t look like it was operating to me. Hmmm…..Although the Times Guide didn’t mention anything about it being closed for the day….oh well. We did most of the rides and Tough to be a Bug.



This year we decided to forgo Nemo for Festival of the Lion King. I think Peter really enjoyed that show. We were in the Elephant section and let me just say, we knew how to play pachyderms!




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