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Old 07-31-2012, 12:10 PM   #76
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Only a few more days! Hope you have a fantastic trip! Looking forward to reading all about it. All the pics in the practice post look great.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:54 PM   #77
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And may I congratulate you on unraveling another mysterious part of Mr. DDW - living in Westchester/Philly! Congrats on getting your Mickey mail and your upcoming nite at Contemporary. I love, love, love, that place (well, that and BLT where we typically stay.) and you are soo right, the castle lights never go out.

BTW: I loved the backstory for Chef Mickey's as the first dinner in WDW! I absolutely agree - it is not the food that necessarily makes it a wonderful experience. One day we'll have to try it....

You have less that a week to go - how EXCITING!!
Thanks about the congrats re: Mr. DDW. Together we are peeling the onion!

We are sooooo looking forward to our night at the CR. I had stayed there many times in childhood, and I'm excited to finally share the magic that is the CR with my family. We had some extra great fortune this year that made the one-night splurge possible. I never get it when people say it's "cold" and "not well themed"? To each his/her own, more availability for others!

If you decide to try CM's, I recommend it as a first night dinner or full-day breakfast. There's something fantastic about kicking off the trip with it. I'm skeptical about whether it would hold the same charm, even for those of us who love it, anytime later in the trip, if that makes sense.

Our time for preparation is coming to a close and my nerves are getting a little jittery...in a good way!

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Officially known as Westchester County Airport (in county), its call letters are HPN, which stands for White Plains, which it is usually still called by many.

When I first flew out of HPN, it was a quonset hut, literally, that held 2 dozen people at most. This building was where you checked in and claimed baggage, often simultaneously; so you know what kind of chaos that was like.

Now it is an efficient airport that also, did I mention, has pretty affordable DIRECT flights to Orlando. Perfect.
Wahoo! LOVE this airport!

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Aha! Then I've been there many times - years ago! I have a funny story of the first time I flew there and how naive I can be. Back in the day when they had phones against a wall (no booths) and I was calling my DH letting him know I had made it safe to NY. Apparently I didn't communicate my travel plans well because he asked "Who did you travel with this time?" I replied for all to hear, "Oh, I traveled alone this time, I'm here all by myself." He could have killed me. He said look around you and see how many people just picked out their next vicitim!!! Happy to say that I didn't get mugged or otherwise accosted.
So funny, the reputation New York has outside of the metropolitan area. We travel upstate quite a bit, and people we meet are always in awe that we chose to raise our kids so close to that crime infested pit, NYC. I guess it earned its bad name years ago, but now it is a very safe city...well, comparatively. Bad things can happen anywhere (Colorado, for example), and airports are especially dangerous. It's hard to imagine anyone getting mugged or accosted at HPN, of all places. I'm sure it has happened, but I'd bet it happens more at Raleigh or Houston!

Our DD will be moving into a dorm in the heart of Manhattan in a few weeks, and I keep reminding her that she shouldn't walk from the library to her room at 2am alone (I would do that even if she were going to the University of Delaware, or Michigan, or Stanford)...Otherwise, I hope she is bold enough to take advantage of all the wonderful culture the city has to offer.

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I'm in! I love your rating system and I can't wait to read your reviews. A night at CR with a Magic Kingdom view sounds like heaven.
Helloooo!! Thanks for joining in from Canada! I can't believe that in less than 3 days we will be in heaven on earth!

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Slowly but surely, my entire life story is unfolding on this site. Westchester Airport is great. It doesn't offer flights to many places (that's why we have JFK ), but for a direct flight to Orlando on JetBlue, nothing beats it.
unfolding...like an onion...

I haven't been out to JFK in a long time (though Belle was there in June for a flight to New Orleans). If we need to fly somewhere not served by HPN, we usually opt for either LaGuardia or Newark. Isn't this the best place on earth in which to live? "Hmmmm, let's see...which of these 4 airports should we choose this trip?" How spoiled are we!?

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Photos look great! August is JUST about here. Can't wait to follow your live trip report
Thanks! One of my goals on my live trip report is for it to include an entry about meeting jennyf2 at the Poly! Safe travels to your family!

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Only a few more days! Hope you have a fantastic trip! Looking forward to reading all about it. All the pics in the practice post look great.
Thanks about the pics! I'm so glad you're here, and I hope you enjoy my report as much as I enjoyed yours!
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:17 PM   #78
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How exciting, I can't wait to read your reviews, have a great trip!
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So funny, the reputation New York has outside of the metropolitan area. We travel upstate quite a bit, and people we meet are always in awe that we chose to raise our kids so close to that crime infested pit, NYC. I guess it earned its bad name years ago, but now it is a very safe city...well, comparatively. Bad things can happen anywhere (Colorado, for example), and airports are especially dangerous. It's hard to imagine anyone getting mugged or accosted at HPN, of all places. I'm sure it has happened, but I'd bet it happens more at Raleigh or Houston!
I think it's also funny that when you say you're from NY everyone thinks of Manhattan! I grew up on LI so I am as much a tourist in the city as the guy who just flew in from Kansas! I just sound a lot more like the locals!
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I think it's also funny that when you say you're from NY everyone thinks of Manhattan! I grew up on LI so I am as much a tourist in the city as the guy who just flew in from Kansas! I just sound a lot more like the locals!
That, and the people who call Westchester County "upstate New York". I always ask: "You do know that it is directly adjacent to the Bronx, which is part of NYC, right?" Drives friends from the Adirondack's (REAL upstate) crazy...
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Old 08-01-2012, 02:21 PM   #81
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People always look at me like I'm crazy when I say I don't know about the city or I try to explain that each area is so incredibly different that it's almost like going into different states!

Then again I don't know much about Atlanta either and I now live in the suburbs of that! Maybe I'm just not a city girl!
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:07 PM   #82
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Wow! Your trip is approaching! Have fun! Can't wait to read your reviews!
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:29 PM   #83
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How exciting, I can't wait to read your reviews, have a great trip!
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I think it's also funny that when you say you're from NY everyone thinks of Manhattan! I grew up on LI so I am as much a tourist in the city as the guy who just flew in from Kansas! I just sound a lot more like the locals!
DH and I grew up on Staten Island. We probably sound like you. Are you starting to blend your NY accent with a southern drawl, yet?

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People always look at me like I'm crazy when I say I don't know about the city or I try to explain that each area is so incredibly different that it's almost like going into different states!

Then again I don't know much about Atlanta either and I now live in the suburbs of that! Maybe I'm just not a city girl!
We actually spend a considerable amount of time in the city, and we often wish we lived there. We will be living there vicariously through Belle, as she will be living in what we consider the VERY BEST of all NYC neighborhoods, right between the East and West Village. You're right about the difference between the city and the areas around it! So night and day!

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We leave tomorrow!!

I started my LIVE TRIP REPORT over on the Countdowns and Live Reports Board. It's also linked in my signature. Please join me, if you're interested!
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Have a WONDERFUL Trip!!!! I see you have a Live report started - how exciting!!! I'm heading that way now.

Enjoy your Chef Mickey's!! I completely understand your explanation of eating at CM early in the trip - especially if it is a tradition and makes it feel like the vacation has really begun!

Speaking of NY locales...My DH lived in Long Island for a time years ago and was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB in the early 80s.
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Just checked out your live report - can't wait to read it, and once again have a great trip!
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Have a wonderful trip!!!
And as for my accent...I do say y'all but I also have a Dawg!! I have a friend who calls us Southern New Yorkers!
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Speaking of NY locales...My DH lived in Long Island for a time years ago and was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB in the early 80s.
What part of LI Brenda?
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