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Old 10-08-2011, 02:50 PM   #1
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Talking Small Po-taaaaa-toes! My 09/11 TR & Pics from 02/12!

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We just returned last week from a fabulous 12 day trip to WDW. For those of you that know me, last year was filled with drama. We were hoping that this year would not be the same. I hope you stick around with me to find out!

I am uploading pictures now and will be officially starting my TR this afternoon!

Thanks for reading along with me!
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I was gonna do a Table of Contents but I am clueless as to how.
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Let's get this party started..........

Hi again

Let's get started with our Cast of Characters

First, there's me, Sophia, the planner of all things Disney in our family. I live and breathe Disney and some say that I am Disney obsessed. I started planning this trip in 2010, before we even left Disney in 2010.

This is a picture of me from our photo session last year at WL.



This is Joe, my awesome husband of 11 years. I love this man....big time! He goes along with my Disney obsession and let's me do whatever it is I want while planning the trip.



We were meeting up with lots of friends this trip....new friends, old friends, good friends, awesome friends.

First, there is Jenn (inkedupmomma) and her family. We met here on the Dis a few years back and have become super close. I was excited to get to see her again. The last time we saw each other was when she came to Ohio for a visit last year. Jenn's boyfriend Bob, her daughter Kayla and son Jack are also among this cast of characters. I gotta say, I just love them all to pieces. Bob is an awesome guy and I am so glad that he and Jenn are together. Kayla is all about Disney nerds and so am I! She's the sweetest thing! You just wanna hug her and pinch her cheeks! Lastly, there is Jack. Jack is such a little man now. He's so dang cute that I can't stand it....just like his sister!!!

This first picture is of Jenn and Jack.



Next up is Kayla.



Jack by himself.



And if you can freaking believe it..........I have no pics of Bob by himself! You can however see him standing near Kayla. Check out the grin on his face! That's one happy man!

(Jenn, you gotta help me out here and post one of Bob!!!)

Also joining are cast are Chuck and Mary (labsrus1). I met them last year on the DIS and get this....they live in NE Ohio too! We are lucky in that we get to see them now and then. We usually swap sides of town when we visit. One visit will be here, the next there...you get the picture. I was so happy that we got to see them on this trip. Most of the pics we have are photo pass pictures and I don't have the disk yet, but here is one of us with Chuck and Mary and Jenn and her family during this trip.



Next up are the newlyweds, Stef and Dave (stefy and soopafly). We met on the Dis last year and have keep in touch via email and IM. They live in England and were married in Italy. We were so happy that we were able to spend time with them during their Disneymoon. They are a super lovely couple and Joe and I both were so thrilled that they shared some of their time with us during their Disneymoon.

This is a photo from last year but I will be posting many from this trip as well.



We also met up with another awesome Diser that we met in person last year. Kathy (KatMark) and her husband Mark. While I don't have pictures to share, I will be sure to tell you about our meeting later on in my TR.

Finally, my best friend from work was there with her family. It was their first trip. I also don't have photos to share just yet, but oh boy, wait til you see how their first trip started!!!!!

So that's it. That's my cast of characters!!!

Next up, day 1..........
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The Most Wonderful Thing About Tiggers...happened to us! A 2013 TRhttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3066866
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Small Po-taaaa-toes! My Sept 2011 TR http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post42885313
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Day One, Friday, September 16th

We started our day at the "bcod" or "butt crack o'dawn" as we like to say. We had a flight out of Cleveland that was to leave at 6:10 and connect in DC. I had called a cab for 4:30 a.m. (yes, 4:30 a.m.) to take us to the airport. Let me tell ya, it was NOT fun getting Joe up for that cab ride.

This year we said we'd take one less piece of luggage since luggage fees are so ridiculous these days. That means we had 4 suitcases and 3 carryon bags.

The cab was right on time and we counted less than 10 cars on the road at that hour of the morning. We arrived at the airport to find that there were tons of people in line at the bag drop. Oh no, this wasn't looking good. Once we got through bag drop and paid our $85 dollars, we went through security. Of course, I set off the alarm, as I usually do. We had plenty of time to get to our gate though so once we made it through security we mosied on over to the very last Continental gate. We stopped at Bruggers for a bagel first though since they no longer serve any type of food on the plane we were scheduled to fly out on.

We got there and took a seat and waited to board. Well, funny thing is, at 6 a.m. the door wasn't even open. It seems that our pilot was in the air. Nice, now what? Just about everyone waiting for that flight had a connection in DC and you could see the panic. A little after 6 they told us that we were delayed until at least 7:30. Well, that was a bummer as we'd definitely miss our connection. People went nuts. The poor gate attendant couldn't even try and find other flights without getting interrupted. Joe and I took matters into our own hands and walked over to the Continental kiosk to see if we could get on the next non-stop. Granted, we had checked our bags already but we tried anyway. The attendant was awesome. After she heard our woes, she tried to bump us to first class. Unfortunately it didn't work because I used miles for our flights and the system would not let her bump us up. I didn't care though, we were on the next non-stop. Trouble was, it was at 9 a.m. Yikes, you should habe seen Joe's face. Dang, he could have slept for a few more hours.

After 4 hours at the airport, we boarded our flight to MCO.





Buh-bye Cleveland! I had planned to take pictures but once we were situated, I didn't want to get up and get the camera out.

The flight was full and as usual, before the wheels left the ground, Joe was asleep. Me on the other hand, not so much. It got a tad bit bumpy and there was no way that I could sleep. The flight had Directv so I pretended to be interested in watching tv. Yeah, that didn't work. Next, I tried to read. I had taken my Kindle loaded with Disney books so I thought that would help me forget about the bumpy flight. Nope, not a chance. Then it hit me....hey, I'm going to Disney World! Lighten up, enjoy the ride. So I settled in and read for a bit and before I knew it we were landing at MCO. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

MCO has changed since the last time we flew there. The airport is quite nice now actually. We hoped on the fake monorail and got our first taste of "please stand clear of the doors........."





I was fully expecting to go to carousel 1 or 2, making a left as we got to the bottom of the escalator, or the stairs in my case. Nope, now you go right. Ok, cool. We got our luggage and headed over to get our rental car. Once we got outside we were thrilled that it wasn't super duper hot and humid but that lasted all of about 5 minutes. In Joe's usual fashion, he took 3 years, well, 10 minutes, to pick a car. Sheesh, I don't get it. Just get in dude. I wanna get there already. We rented a full sized car since we knew that we were not going to use Disney transportation.

Once Joe finally selected a car, I sent Jenn a text and let her know that we were on our way.







We took the toll rode and not I-4 so I was constantly digging in my purse for either $1.25 or $.75. Sheesh, there are a lot of tolls on that thing.

I got super excited once I saw this sign.



And then mega excited...yeah, you know, the OMG kind of excited, when I saw this sign.



Woot! We're here!!!!!!!!

I told Joe that I just love seeing those purple signs.



And these blue, green, red and yellow ones too.



Yay, we're here!!! Home for the next 12 days.







We did on line check in so I was hoping that our room would be ready. It was about 1 pm so I wasn't quite sure.

We walked in and can you believe it, there was no one in line at all...no one...nope, just us! Sorry, no picture for proof.

We were so lucky. We got a corner room on the ground floor and we were close to Jenn.

We dropped our bags and flew out the door. Guess where we went?

Up next.........where does one go after arriving at Disney? Why, the Magic Kingdom of course!
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The "I said I wasn't going to do a PTR...PTR (Sept 2011) http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post39927349
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Day 1 continued

We drove to the TTC and parked the car. We walked over to the monorail from there and didn't take the tram.





















Our first order of business was to trade in our vouchers for AP's, get our refund for the MYW tickets since we didn't need them and pick up our tickets for MNSSHP. OMG, it took forever to get this done. We may a really nice CM from Vermillion, Ohio who was helping us out but my word, it took sooooo loooong. This lady at the window next to us was not having a magical day and she was so snotty to the CM that was helping her that I wanted to trip her. And she let her kids run wild the whole time. One of them kept bumping into or hitting Joe and finally she said "don't touch people" to her. She was moaning up a storm because she wanted to talk to a real live person that could help her with a tour at Epcot and don't go giving her a phone number because she was taking names! Good Lord lady, with an attitude like that, no one even wants your business.

We were there so long that the CM gave us a slip to use as a FP that day anywhere at MK. Aww, that was nice of him.

I sent Jenn a text and told her we were finally there but Joe was hungry.

I just love that first walk onto Main Street. I didn't spend nearly enough time taking pictures though since we were anxious to get to Jenn.







We went to Casey's for what was, notice that I said was, the best dog at WDW. What the he** did they do to those buns!? First of all, they were not buns. They were hoagie rolls and way too big for the hot dog. I wasn't pleased with the changes and what was funny was that our CM at the ticket window actually warned me about them.

Jenn, Bob and the kids met us at Casey's and we all sat on the bleachers to have some lunch.

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After lunch Jack wanted to listen to the piano player for a bit. We gathered our stuff and hung out for a few minutes.









I took a few pictures of the castle before we headed over to tomorrowland.



We decided to ride the Peoplemover first. Ahh, what a nice way to relax. The girls rode together and the guys rode together.









After our ride, we split up. The guys and Kayla went on Space Mountain (I think). Jenn and I decded that we'd go to COP but first, we rode Buzz. I couldn't for the life of me do nearly as well as last year. After Buzz we went over to COP. I know a lot of people don't care for it, but I have to say that I do enjoy it.

Once we met up with the rest of the group, we were trying to figure out what to do next. It was so dang hot out that Joe and I were ready to go back to the resort and unpack and relax before our dinner that evening. If I remember correctly, I think that we all went back to our resort. I rode with Jenn and Kayla and Joe drove Bob and Jack back.

Once we got back to POFQ, Joe walked over and got our refillable mugs while I started to unpack.

After resting a bit, we got ready for dinner at Kona with Jenn, Bob and the kids. We love Kona for breakfast and were anxious to try it for dinner.





I must say that I was very pleased with my meal at Kona. I don't recall anyone complaining that night, but Jenn, correct me if I'm wrong.

















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Small Po-taaaa-toes! My Sept 2011 TR http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3#post42885313
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Day 1 Continued

After dinner we decided to watch Wishes from the beach at the Poly. As luck would have it, we were able to watch Hallowishes! It was awesome. What a great viewing spot. Jenn and I sat on a lounge chair and were able to catch up for a bit before the show started. Movie night at the Poly was Tangled that evening. I just love that movie.

We also were able to see the Electric Water Pageant.

































What an awesome way to end our first night of the trip.

After Hallowishes we went back to POFQ to finish unpacking and to try and get a good night's sleep. The next day was our 11th anniversary.

Up next, Day 2.
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Sophia, I'm here...now I have to go back and read.
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Saw your post on facebook so I had to come on over.

12 days, I'm jealous. I wish I could go on a trip that long.
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Saw your post on facebook so I had to come on over.

12 days, I'm jealous. I wish I could go on a trip that long.
Hey, how are you? Glad that you are here!

Since we started going just once a year instead of 3 times, we decided to stay longer.
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Okay, all caught up. First, I am PM'ing you a pic if you want to use it.

I remember you tellling me when we had a drink about the airport issues. I'm glad you eventually got there and all went well.

for the fastpass since you had to wait with your tickets, etc.

I CANNOT believe how big Jack has gotten since the last time I saw pictures of him. I really am getting old.

Sounds like a great morning at the MK and a great dinner at Kona (we tried breakfast finally this year and loved it...now I want to do dinner).

Can't wait for the next update.
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