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Old 10-17-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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AN AP-ALOOZA with a baby! October TR turned year of Disney! NEW 2/7 AUG FINISHED!


Welcome everyone to my very first actual TR! I have a PTR going on and just returned from the first of three (maybe more&) trips planned over the next year thanks to some smooth talking and getting APs.

If you followed me over from my PTR, thank you so much for continuing to follow along if you are new, WELCOME! Here is my PTR link in case youd like to learn more. I started the PTR about a year ago, when I was still pregnant with my baby girl, who was 8 months old on this trip! So much was new to us going to the world with a baby, but we enjoyed all the changes that she brought! Also in my PTR are quite a few Disney prep outings we took in preparation for this trip!

Despite some negativity from my DH, we had a wonderful vacation, and Aria (our baby girl) truly had a blast as well. Ive never seen her smile, laugh, and be so involved in her surroundings as this trip allowed me to see.

Without further ado, lets start with some introductions!

I am the resident Disney addict in the household/extended family/office/basically anywhere we go&somehow Disney gets into about every conversation I have. I have been planning this particular vacation for over a year now, and we were booked at our resorts while I was still in my 2nd trimester of pregnancy, much to my husbands dismay. I knew I wanted to spend my 30th birthday at the world, and I also thought that 8 months old would be the perfect age for a baby to experience Disney.

I am an engineer at work for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, but I would love to be a SAHM if I could. I lived all over the country as well as Spain, but still consider myself from Seattle, though we live in Massachusetts now (and I work in Rhode Island).

Next up is Andrew, my DH of over 5 years. We met in college as we both are mechanical engineers, and had all the same classes together. After I got a masters degree we got married in 2007, enjoyed some traveling together as a couple, and then tried for a baby. Andrew works as a mechanical engineer at MIT, and he was born and raised in Massachusetts.

Third, but definitely most importantly, is Aria! She is our baby girl, born January 30th! Many of those reading my PTR followed me through from my baby shower, to those last few weeks pregnant, to the birth of Aria and then the fun times that followed. She has really been a joy, and (in my opinion) is such an easy going happy little baby! I have a clothing obsession (baby clothes, that is) and this trip really allowed me to have fun packing 5+ outfits daily for her (and yes, I did overpack!).

Trip #1 Details October 4 14th, 2012. First three nights were spent at BLT, and last 7 nights we moved offsite to Cypress Pointe Resort in a 3 bedroom condo.

I have never stayed offsite before, but I got a deal for $350 for the WEEK and couldnt pass it up. We had a rental car, as we always do, and had at least 2 ADRs per day, as I do not cook on vacation! Due to the Tables in Wonderland card, savings on parking, and 10% savings on merchandise at most locations, I figured that it would only cost us approximately $50 more to have annual passes (and actually, we broke about even for this trip!), which is why we are going back for a long weekend in December and for a week next June.

A note about the title, we got to see ALL of the Fantasyland Expansion on our very last full day, which we spent at the Magic Kingdom! So I hope you will come along with me on my TR journey! Goal is to have it completed by December 7th, when we leave for our next (quickie) vacation but that may or may not happen, we have a lot to get through! I have over 4000 pictures to go through, including Photopass (which I have) and a Disney family photoshoot at the Polynesian which is where our cover photos come from!

ETA: Forgot to leave a post for chapter links, so I guess they will go here!!

Day 1 - Flight in, Evening at BLT
Day 1 Part 1 - Flight & Rental Car Day 1 Part 2

Day 2 - Magic Kingdom! (with Crystal Palace & California Grill)
Day 2 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Day 3 - EPCOT (with Kona, Biergarten, and Rose & Crown)
Day 3 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Day 4 - Animal Kingdom (with Chef Mickeys, Sanaa, and move from BLT to condo)
Day 4 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Day 5 - Pool morning, MK afternoon, 1st Haircut, 1900 Park Fare, MNSSHP
Day 5 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

Day 6 - DHS, 50's Prime Time, Cape May
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Day 7 - Akershus, EPCOT, Chefs de France, Poly Photoshoot, Coral Reef
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7

Day 8 - AK, Y&Y, Flying Fish
Part 1 PP Pics Part 2

Day 9 - DTD, Raglan Road, EPCOT, 3D Dessert Discovery Party
Part 1 -DTD Part 2 -EPCOT Part 3

Day 10 - OUR BEST DAY EVER! FLE preview, LTT, princess meet, Ohana!

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 & End

TRIP #2 - DECEMBER 7-10, 2012
BACKGROUND: We stayed at POR for the first time for 3 nights to see some holiday happenings! Quick trip made me want to go back again next December!

A bit more info

Day 1 - Flight, EPCOT, San Angel Inn & Garden Grill

Part 1 - Flight, POR Royal Room & EPCOT Part 2 - EPCOT Cont

Day 2 - MK, WCC, Be Our Guest
MK Morning! Lunch & back to MK for BOG

Day 3 - Tusker House, AK, DHS, MM, EPCOT SANTA, F! and Osborne lights! AND POR Carriage Ride!
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 & END

TRIP #3 - MARCH 10-13, 2013

BACKGROUND: My mom, Aria, and I had a girl's trip to the AKV during the Flower & Garden Festival! *I* ate well and had a blast! Wouldn't vacation with my mom again though!

Day 1 - Flight; AKV; DTD; Pool; Jiko
Part 1 Part 2

Day 2- MK w/ CRT bfast, then Boma
Part 1 Part 2

Day 3 - EPCOT! Le Chefs lunch, La Hacienda dinner
Part 1 Part 2

Day 4 - AK, Sanaa, and home

AK day

Photopass Recap
TRIP #4 - MAY 31- JUNE 10, 2013
BACKGROUND: DH's Family had a little reunion in FL by renting a 6BR house near Disney. We spent the first 7 nights of the trip there, then moved onsite to BCV to spend some quality family time! HAD A BLAST!

Day 1 - flight and moving into rental house!

Day 2 - EPCOT Part 1 EPCOT part 2

Day 3 - relax day, hopped to DHS, then date night.

Day 4 - MK day! Part 1 Part 2

Day 5 - KTTK TOUR & Poly Part2

Day 6 - AK

Day 7 - A Very Wet DHS An interesting afternoon & an evening to remember

Day 8 - Part 1 move to BCV attempted, EPCOT Part 2 - BC Pool & Boardwalk

Day 9 - AK, Sanaa, pool time, rain & Via Napoli

Day 10 - MK Part Pool & Chef Mickeys

Day 11 - Kouzzina, EPCOT & Home

TRIP #5 - AUGUST 2-9, 2013
BACKGROUND: Spur of the moment "daycare is closed this week" so I am taking Aria by myself! Renting a 1BR condo at Silver Lake (next door to AK!) and excited to spend the week with her. She will be 18m on this trip!


Day 1 - Friday, August 2nd!

Flight & Check in & Pool Time! Port Orleans - Boatwrights for dinner & playground!

Day 2 - Saturday August 3rd

Wave & MK morning MK continued End of the day

Day 3 - Sunday August 4th


Day 4 - Monday August 5th

EPCOT Day part 1 EPCOT day part 2 EPCOT continued! end of EPCOT & dinner at Maya Grill

Day 5 - Tuesday August 6th

AK morning AK continued MK evening MK wishes dessert party

Day 6 - Wednesday August 7th

MK morning & one of our best character meets MK continued End of MK & dinner at GFC


BACKGROUND: 4 nights at VWL! Trying to not plan *too* much and just enjoy the holiday decorations at WDW and enjoy the new-to-us resort!


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