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Old 12-24-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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"This is the BEST DAY EVER"A Dec'12 TR-A Princess's 5thBday and 3000 pics! UDx2 5/20

“This is the BEST DAY EVER!!!!!” A Dec 2012 TR-A Princess’s 5th birthday and 3000 pictures!




Hi! And welcome to my first trip report! My name is Christa and I will be your guide through our first journey to Walt Disney World! I have wanted to go to WDW since I was a little girl. It took 29 years, but I finally got there and it was wonderful! I am so excited to share our trip with you!!!

Our Cast of Characters:


Me!! Christa AKA “Mommy” and “Trip Planning Junkie”

I am a planner. Always have been and always will be! I love binder clips, post its, Sharpies, organizing, and making lists. Among my more fun hobbies are photography, scrapbooking, and shopping! I am a pharmacy technician at the largest hospital in my area. I work third shift filling medications for the entire hospital and taking medication histories from patients in the Emergency Department. The best perk of my job? I work 7 nights, then get 7 nights off! It’s like a vacation every other week! So, for the last 8 months or so, my life has been 7 days of work and sleep, then 7 days of Disney planning!

Favorite Disney characters: Minnie Mouse
Favorite Disney movie: Sleeping Beauty
Favorite Disney Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Ride/Attraction: Rock n’ Roller Coaster
Favorite Disney Food: Grand Marnier Slushy in France Pavilion at Epcot


DH, Orienthus AKA “O”, “Rent”, “Daddy”

DH works at the same hospital I do. (Actually, I work at the same hospital he does since he got me the job! lol) He works in IV Therapy, making IVs for patients in the entire hospital. He is an Atlanta sports fan-Falcons, Hawks, and Braves! He is totally opposite me when it comes to organization and making lists. We are a good fit! lol

Favorite Disney character: Scar
Favorite Disney movie: The Lion King
Favorite Disney Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Ride/Attraction: Expedition Everest
Favorite Disney Food: Pork Tacos at Kona Cafe


DD, Olivia AKA “Princess”

DD was 4yo when this trip started. She loves to color, write, play with Barbies, watch Disney movies, and watch My Little Pony on Netflix. She is super friendly and makes friends easily. She turned 5 years old during this trip.

Favorite Disney character: Sleeping Beauty
Favorite Disney movie: The Secret of the Wings
Favorite Disney Park: Animal Kingdom
Favorite Ride/Attraction: Kali River Rapids
Favorite Disney Food: Cream Puff with fresh berries from Bakeri Og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot


DS Carter, AKA “Prince”…no, strike that! He’s more of a Pirate! Aaarrrggg!!!

DS just turned 1yo a week before this trip. He is rowdy and doesn’t like to be tamed! He is definitely teaching me about patience. He likes to play with toys that move and aggravate his sister. He also likes aggravating me by calling me “dada” all the time.

Favorite Disney character: He preferred to sleep during Meet and Greets! lol
Favorite Disney movie: Reference above answer
Favorite Disney Park: Magic Kingdom since he got to ride so many things there!
Favorite Ride/Attraction: Festival of the Lion King- He didn’t stop clapping and dancing during this show! He also liked Toy Story Midway Mania. He knew exactly what to do! LOL
Favorite Disney Food: He went crazy over the Dole Whip Float!!


My Dad, Danny AKA “Papa”

Dad is a Corrections Officer in my hometown. He enjoys cars, cars, and cars! He doesn’t like crowds, so good thing we went during a slow week!

Favorite Disney character: Grumpy
Favorite Disney movie: Toy Story
Favorite Disney Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Ride/Attraction: Toy Story Midway Mania
Favorite Disney Food: Rainforest Cafe


My Mom, Teri AKA “Grandma”

Mom also works at the police department in my hometown. She started out as a Dispatcher, and then moved to the Payroll Department. She is also the unofficial department photographer! She is an awesome photographer (seriously, her zoo pics should be in National Geographic!), a scrapbooker, and loves her furbabies Maggie (beagle) and Bella (dachshund). There was no way her daughter and grandchildren were going to see Disney for the first time without her! She is also a DIS member, so I'm sure she'll be commenting! Look out for AnnaMariaGirl!

Favorite Disney character: My girl, Minnie!
Favorite Disney movie: Homeward Bound
Favorite Disney Park: Magic Kingdom, but DHS is a close second!
Favorite Ride/Attraction: Toy Story Midway Mania
Favorite Disney Food: Kona Cafe

UP NEXT: How did I become a Disney Junkie?!
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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CHAPTER LINKS:

Intro
How did I become a Disney Junkie?!

Saturday, December 1st, 2012
A Disney-size Surprise!

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
I told you there would be pictures!
We're in Orlando! I need a DISNEY fix!!!
Vroom! Vroom!
Can I get a hotel room please?!
The Boardwalk
Big River Grille
A Stroll Along The Boardwalk
Our Stroll Continues
Beaches & Cream

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

I'm Going To Cry!
Cinderella Castle
More Castle Pics
Storybook Circus
Rocket with Goofy!
New Fantasyland
Voyage Under The Sea
An Unexpected Meet & Greet and The Poly
Lunch @ Kona Cafe
Evening Festivities at Magic Kingdom
More Electrical Parade
Celebrate The Magic & Wishes!
Visiting Some Ghosts and We're FREE!!!!!!
Ending Our First Night!

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Animal Kingdom
Our Two Week Journey
More Animals and Rainforest Cafe
More Rainforest Cafe
Camp Minnie-Mickey
Meet & Greet Marathon!
Meeting More Furry Friends
Grandma and Grandpa Take the Kids to Dinoland!
DH and I Go On An Asian Adventure!
Back At the Hotel

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
A Future World Morning
World Showcase (Mexico, Norway, China)
African Outpost, Germany, Italy
More Italy and The American Adventure
Japan and Morocco
France!
The UK
The Candlelight Processional Narrated By Blair Underwood and IllumiNations!


Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Little Mermaid and Thrill Rides
50's Prime Time Cafe
Tower of Terror/Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade!
More DHS
The Great Movie Ride/Muppets 3D
Meet & Greet And Christmas Lights
Thursday Night at the Hotel

Friday, December 7th, 2012
Happy Birthday, Princess!
More of the Makeover
A Castle Couture Photo Shoot (and more BBB)
The Castle Stage Show
The Longest Wait For A Princess EVER! LOL
Liberty Sqaure, Frontierland, and Adventureland
Meeting some fairies & Celebrate A Dream Come True!
We Get Spit On and Get To Dine With Royalty
The FOOD!!
Dessert & An Evening in MK

Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Our Last Day: DAK
A Treat and A Show!
Asia
More DinoLand
Time To Eat!!!

Bonus!!!!
PhotoPass Pics Post #1
PhotoPass Pics Post #2
PhotoPass Pics Post #3
Souvenirs
Closing Thoughts

Completed May 20, 2013


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How did I become a Disney Junkie?!

The seeds for this trip were planted at DDs 2nd birthday party, waaaaayyyyy back in 2009!

DHs family lives in Atlanta and we travelled there for DDs birthday party that year. I dont know whose idea it was originally, but it was decided that our first trip to Disney would be for DDs 5th birthday!

Fast forward to early spring 2012 and DH brought up the idea again! I still cant believe he brought it up first! Being the planner that I am, I quickly started asking around for opinions.(Some would say I became obsessed.) A coworker gave me her 2011 Unofficial Guide to read and recommended the Disboards to me. (This would prove ironic, but youll have to keep reading to find out why!)

The advice of most people? Take lots of pictures! Ummmmm do you know me? Do you know my mother?! LOL My mom is known to take 300 pictures from one afternoon at the zoo! Pictures were NOT going to be a problem!!!! (As you will see!!)

Eight months of planning boils down to:

Who? Me, DH, DD, DS, Grandma, and Papa
What? 7 nights at the Hawthorn Suites Convention Center and 6 days at Walt Disney World, including a Princesss 5th birthday spectacular!
When? December 2nd December 9th, 2012
Where? Driving from High Point, NC (us) and Middletown, Ohio (my parents)
Why? Do we really need a reason to spend the holiday season with The Mouse?

If you want to read more about our planning details, you can read my Pre-Trip Report HERE.

UP NEXT: A Disney-size surprise!
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SURPRISE!!! Can I take my balloons?!

We decided early on that this trip would be a surprise to DD. It really was a selfish decision, because I didnt want to hear Are we going to Disney today? for 8 months! lol So, we began introducing the IDEA of Disney to her. We watched the free DVD from Disney, watched the Disney specials on Netflix, and watched YouTube videos of others vacation highlights. I made a list of movies we needed to watch before going and had a couple Disney Movie Nights.













A couple weeks before the trip, I started getting us in the holiday spirit by putting up our Christmas decorations, watching Christmas movies, and looking at Christmas lights!







There is a house in the town next to us that goes completely over the top with Christmas lights! They are synchronized to music and just beautiful! A couple nights before our trip, we decided to drive over and see if he had turned them on yet. He had! Well, mostly LOL He was working on them that night.

Here is some video! http://youtu.be/L8LkM-QcY5o

On D-day, DH took DD out to Bumper Jumpers to jump the afternoon away. DS and I stayed home to finish packing, cleaning up, and getting ready for the big surprise! I tried to nap since we would be driving through the night, but DS was not cooperating! I think I ended up getting about an hour nap.

We went to dinner that night at the Kung Fu Panda place (Taste of Asia, a hibachi/sushi restaurant near us). I think I was too excited about starting our trip, because I didnt take any pictures!! I always take pictures of our food! LOL We shared a Philly Roll, DH had salad with ginger dressing and Chop Chop (bbq-style pork chop). I had Mushroom Soup (DD ate most of it!) and Sweet Chicken. It was all super delicious!

When we got home, we told DD it was bath and bed time. (hehehe) Luckily, she loves playing in the bathtub, so she was happy to jump right in! This gave me some time to load up the car and get the surprise in place!

See the surprise video! http://youtu.be/YaeBLFl6vo4




DD was so excited!! We put Rapunzel on the DVD player and hit the road at about 10:00 that night!!

Good thing we have a large SUV. Look at all this stuff!!



UP NEXT: I told you there would be pictures!
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Hey good star so far, I definitely want to surprise my kids even they are older. I can't wait to read about her reaction!
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Love it! I Cried watching your video!
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Hey good star so far, I definitely want to surprise my kids even they are older. I can't wait to read about her reaction!
Thanks! I'm enjoying your trip report, also!!
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Love it! I Cried watching your video!
Awwwwww that is so sweet!!! So many surprise videos have affected me that way, too!!! Thanks for reading!
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Here come the pictures!!

I forgot to mention that my parents live in Ohio. They left Saturday morning and stopped in Lake City, FL for the night. Then, we left Saturday night, drove through the night, and met up in Orlando on Sunday! Here are some pics from Mom and Dad’s drive!


They left with their planning folder and cds that I made them in hand!


I assume this was their breakfast!!








TV shows to pass the time!


See where I get my packing sense from? LOL


My beautiful mommy!!




Our drive was pretty uneventful (and no pics, since it was nighttime). I started driving and DH kept up the conversation to help keep me awake! We stopped at about midnight for a potty break and to get a snack of BK Stackers at Burger King. This was probably the best Burger King we have ever had!! That, or we were REALLY hungry! LOL

There was a snafu with our GPS in South Carolina. Apparently, there is a new extension to Route 1. At least newer than my last GPS update! lol Once we figured out how to get back on track, it was smooth sailing. DH took over the drive around 2:30am. What the heck stinks so bad in South Carolina?! We hit several pockets of horrible stench! Sort of a mix between skunk and raw fish. YUCK!!! About an hour outside of Orlando, I started getting really excited!!! It really hit me when I saw this baby:


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ACCKKKK We were SO CLOSE!!!

We got into Orlando about 8:00am, which was way too early to check in our hotel! We were starving, so we found some breakfast! Denny’s was just down the street from our hotel.









Both DH and I got The Hobbit-hole: Two eggs fried right into the center of grilled Cheddar bun halves. Served with two strips of bacon and crispy hash browns topped with melted shredded Cheddar cheese and bacon. OMG This was the BEST breakfast diner meal I have ever had! It was DELISH!!!



DD had the “Build Your Own Jr. Grand Slam” She picked pancakes, bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs.



Carter was SO excited to see food!! You’d think he was cooped up in a car for 10 hours or something! We ordered biscuits & gravy and scrambled eggs for him. I am a gravy fanatic, so I gave it a taste. SO DISAPPOINTED! It tasted like jarred gravy (don’t know if it is or not) but YUCK!





During breakfast, we got a text from my parents that they were awake, getting dressed, and would be driving into Orlando in a few hours! We still hadn’t told DD that Grandma and Papa were coming to Disney with us!

Up Next: Once breakfast was over, it wasn’t even 9 am yet. What to do?!
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Your children are precious! I love it that she was NOT letting go of those balloons in the video. Haha.

How was the drive? Did the kids sleep okay in the car? We drove from Maryland on this past trip and split it up into two days, but I'm thinking if we drove again I would want to just do it overnight.
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Your children are precious! I love it that she was NOT letting go of those balloons in the video. Haha.

How was the drive? Did the kids sleep okay in the car? We drove from Maryland on this past trip and split it up into two days, but I'm thinking if we drove again I would want to just do it overnight.

Thank you!!! I had to pry the balloons out of her hands once she got in the car!

Carter fell asleep almost instantly. Olivia did once Rapunzel was over. She woke up to potty once, but she slept til about 7am, I think.

It was nice driving overnight. The hard part was me not getting much of a nap Saturday before the drive. Neither one of us wanted to sleep while the other was driving at night, either! lol We stayed awake by talking about the trip mostly!
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Hi! I'm Christa's Mom....I've only read the first post and she couldnt find a better photo of me than that one? hahahaha Seriously? hahaha I look like I'm high on rice krispie treats..oh wait...maybe I was! hahaha
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Hi! I'm Christa's Mom....I've only read the first post and she couldnt find a better photo of me than that one? hahahaha Seriously? hahaha I look like I'm high on rice krispie treats..oh wait...maybe I was! hahaha
LOL It was that or the Goofy hat one! You're always behind the camera! lol
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