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Old 08-06-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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July 2012. Yes it was hot. Yes it was crowded. Yes it was FUN! ***COMPLETED***

Hi there DISworld! Welcome to my second trip report. My name is Suzi. I was lucky enough to go to Disney World a few times as a child, then I took a 20 year hiatus and just returned to the magic for the first time in Feb of this year with my husband and little boy.



We had a wonderful week and thanks to my parents spending a little time with us we were able to stay at the Poly! It was beautiful. But you can read all about that if you click the link in my signature below. This TR is about my July trip.....

Back on track...

This trip was all about celebrating my cousin, Danielle's high school graduation. So hubby and DS5 didn't get to come with me this time. I knew how hot and crazy busy it was supposed to be and I didn't want to have to worry about keeping my little one hydrated and happy the whole time. Plus, with just Dani and I, we could get up early and stay up late with Extra Magic Hours all week. And we did.

So here we are having dinner with Minnie



Umm...Dani is the skinny one, in case you were wondering She is such a good kid and I am so glad I could do this for her. She was the valedictorian of her class, a sports star in everything she does, a wonderful big cousin to my little guy...he just worships her, and she has aspirations to become a vet. She was accepted into Bates College in Lewiston, ME (which is very hard to get into if you are wondering) and we are all very proud of her!

We were at the world from July 18-23rd. We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter. We hit all four parks and for the first time I got to experience lots of new thrill rides that either weren't there 20 years ago, or I couldn't go on with my son in Feb. This was Dani's first trip ever and she had a blast!

So thanks for joining me on this ride. I will apologize ahead of time that I don't have as many pictures as I would've liked, but for some reason I focused mainly on the food....so get ready for some Disney Food Porn! Yum yum!
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:47 PM   #2
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Woohoo, first one!!!! (now I need to go read it)

I'm back...Disney food porn!!!! Bring it on!
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:48 PM   #3
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Second!!!! Can't wait to hear all about this fabulous trip!!!! Can't wait to hear your review on POFQ too!!!

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I'm here, I'm here.

Great intros, and great pic of you and Dani with Minnie.
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:57 PM   #5
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Woohoo, first one!!!! (now I need to go read it)

I'm back...Disney food porn!!!! Bring it on!
Well, it didn't take long to read it and come back! I know....I am too slow. The last one I just pounded out in a week and it went by too fast, so I'm going to make this one last for a bit

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Yay D~! I think you might be disappointed a little, I wore that Squishy bag for a little bit almost every day, but I only have 1 picture of it Not sure what happened....but I think it has something to do with the fact that Dani didn't bring her camera, so I am behind the lens more than in front of it. It was pretty hot, so as the day wore on I usually switched to a crossbody instead. That let my back breathe a little

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Great intros, and great pic of you and Dani with Minnie.
Thanks Kathy! I think that pic might be one of my favorites of the trip.....but not the restaurant But we will get into that later. Chef Mickey's wasn't until the next to last day!


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What a wonderful gift. Congratulations to Dani on being top in her class. I can't wait to hear all about your trip.
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Suzi - Bob here, Bring on the food picture. My stomach can take it; I may have to take a break and fix me something to eat, but I will be back.

Nice to have met you and your cousin. I enjoy meeting up with Disers I chat with on the board..
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What a wonderful gift. Congratulations to Dani on being top in her class. I can't wait to hear all about your trip.
Welcome! And yes, it was a nice gift...but it was for me too. I could've just sent her and a friend or something, but this way I got to go too. See...that's me, always thinking

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Nice to have met you and your cousin. I enjoy meeting up with Disers I chat with on the board..
Hi Bob! Glad you could join me here! The food pics are a little bit away as I have to do the traveling update first. But don't worry....our room wasn't ready when we got there, so of course we did what any educated DISer would do ... we ate while we waited. Afterall, we were staying at the beignet capital of Disney, right?

It was nice to meet you and Midori too. You were my first DISmeet! You two will have a blast next year at the Poly. Oh how I missed that place this time
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Joining in! You had me at "Food Porn"

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Yay D~! I think you might be disappointed a little, I wore that Squishy bag for a little bit almost every day, but I only have 1 picture of it Not sure what happened....but I think it has something to do with the fact that Dani didn't bring her camera, so I am behind the lens more than in front of it. It was pretty hot, so as the day wore on I usually switched to a crossbody instead. That let my back breathe a little

I am sure I won't be disappointed! I am just excited to hear all about your trip! I love your VB hipster too - it looks to be Donald colors...

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Can't wait to see and hear all about your trip!
Welcome Dave! I am ashamed of my lack of pictures after seeing your work....but I will try to keep it interesting for you! It wasn't the Poly, but POFQ was nice too.

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Donald colors yeah, I can see that Actually, I picked it because I thought it would match my Squishy bag. I kinda thought Dani would carry a bag once in a while, but nope. It was like I was travelling with my family again...the mom has to carry everything






So, just wanted to let you all know that I plan to do an update a day(ish) to get through this thing. But for the next couple of days I am only working til noon. Since all my pictures are on the work computer, I will have to skip a couple days here. But I promise to get on with it later in the week. Plus, I just ordered my Photopass CD, so I want to stretch this first part out a little until that gets here.

Lesson I learned: If you even THINK you might want the CD, do the pre-order offer! I had been told that I didn't have to decide beforehand because they always send you a CD offer when you return from your trip. WRONG! I have waited this long because I was hoping to get this post offer. My account will go away in another week and still no offer. So instead of $100 I had to pay $170 yesterday But what can I do? I need those few pictures! So alas....here I am waiting for my CD. Will get to the travel day update probably Thursday.
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Jumping in as well! We went in July too and we had heard all of these horror stories about what it's like, but actually it wasn't bad. I also think you might just be the coolest aunt ever, taking your niece on a trip to WDW!
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Jumping in as well! We went in July too and we had heard all of these horror stories about what it's like, but actually it wasn't bad. I also think you might just be the coolest aunt ever, taking your niece on a trip to WDW!
Glad to have you aboard! When were you there?? Where did you stay?? Details please
Yes, I agree...I was prepared for the worst with water bottles, spray fans, cooling cloths, etc. And it wasn't as bad as I thought. Don't get me wrong...it is horrible compared to the first week of Feb, but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting.
And we are cousins...not aunt/neice. A common mistake
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Well ok now....lets get this wagon rolling here Sorry for the delay everyone. It's been a crazy week at work. I am usually bored out of my mind all day, so I usually have plenty of DIS-time available, but this week has been a different story. So without further ado....




Our flight left Manchester at 7:30am. Now, I know that isn't a super early flight, but considering we live a good 2 hrs away from the airport and you have to be there about 2 hours early these days...I was looking at a 3am wakeup if we stayed at home. So I made the executive decision to stay somewhere in the Manchester area the night before. So that takes us to Tuesday afternoon the 17th of July:

I had planned on working until noon then going home to finish the last minute packing. Dani told me she would be there around 2 to head out. I wanted to pack our stuff in two suitcases with half in one and half in another in case one got lost. So I had to wait for her to finish packing. Well, I waited.....and waited....and finally around 3:30 she pulled in and we got everything packed up and loaded in my old car...

*SIDE NOTE* I had been trying to trade cars for a few weeks before my trip because my Santa Fe was getting close to the 100K mile mark and I just can't deal with fixing things on old vehicles. But my boss was not helping me out (I work at a used car dealer) so I had to take my old car down to the airport for the week and put it even closer to the 100K mile mark

....Anyway... We were on the road by 4 and it took us just about 2 hours. We were actually staying in Londonderry which is just past MHT on the highway but actually closer than most Manchester hotels. The Sleep Inn Londonderry was just remodeled and we thought it was great! Super cheap, super comfy and super quick to the airport. Here is our room



It was nothing fancy, but the beds were very comfortable and the place was very easy to find. Just what I wanted in a quick overnight.

We got checked in and dropped our overnight bags off in the room, then made the 5 minute drive to the Mall of New Hampshire where the closest Disney Store to me is located. We grabbed some viddles at Rudy Tuesday, then shopped around the mall a little. I don't know about the Disney stores where you all are, but this one is not very exciting. They seem to have alot of toys and a few clothes for girls, but a very limited supply of adult and boy clothes. So I didn't buy anything. We wanted to go back to the hotel and make it an early night. We didn't have to get up at 3, but we would have to get up at 5, which is still early for me (and lets not even talk about Dani's sleeping habits yet)

Gotta make a post office run and grab my lunch. I should be back later this afternoon to finish up the traveling.
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