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Old 04-11-2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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Don't Put Your Hand on Mickey's Hat-A Family Vacation--NEW TRIP REPORT 5/24/14

Welcome to my very first trip report!!! I am so excited to share my trip with all of you. Please feel free to add comments and share with your friends.

I will give you a little bit of a background/introduction before we get started. My name is Ashley. I am in my thirties and LOVE Disney. I was very fortunate to travel to Disney several times as a child and I have been able to go 6 times in the last 7 years. I am a Cajun Queen at heart . I was born and raised in New Orleans and now reside in Western Kentucky. Can we say culture shock? I make a living being a Director of Operations for an ambulance billing company. So yes, I am insane. In my spare time I enjoy reading, music (I play the clarinet and violin), and doing anything that involves Disney.

My husband is Jeremy. He is in his forties and loves Disney just as much as I do. His first trip was with me and my family. Five minutes into Epcot and he was hooked. He is from Kentucky and is a true Southern gentleman. He loves Dr. Who and all things Geek. He makes his living as a casino dealer. You know, that sounds really glamorous, but it isn't. :

Here is our picture!



Pretty snazzy, I think!

So here are the facts of the trip:

When: January 31st- February 9th (We did not get to Disney until February 1st)
Where: Port Orleans French Quarter (we fell in love with it )
Who: Jeremy and I! My father and step-mother joined us for the last day. I will introduce them later.

So please join in our fun. My first update will be about our departure day! We were driving, so you know it will be fun. Two people in a small car for at LEAST 13 hours. That should end well. Right?
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:26 AM   #2
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13 hours? Sheesh! Looking forward to reading all about your trip! And I love that you play clarinet and violin. That's awesome. I play flute (fairly well) and guitar ( not so well but getting better).

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Old 04-12-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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Welcome!!!! I am so glad you joined! I am reading your current report and it is great! I also have to share that I am also an animal lover.
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13 hours? Sheesh! Looking forward to reading all about your trip! And I love that you play clarinet and violin. That's awesome. I play flute (fairly well) and guitar ( not so well but getting better).

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Welcome! So glad you could join. I am a complete music dork. I also sing alto, but only as a member of an ensemble. My husband is tone deaf so he doesn't get it. I love all kinds of music and could talk about it all the time!
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:46 PM   #6
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The Only Time I am OK with Being Awake at 2:00am

Departure Day!!!!



It is the day that every vacationer looks forward to the most. All of the packing is done (hopefully), you are getting out of town for a bit (yippie), spending time with your family (bonus), and in our case, heading some place warmer during winter (oh yeah!!!). So why was I not excited? Yep, you read that right. Me, the total Disney lover, was not excited. It was freaking me out some, to be honest. But let me shed a little back story to help you understand.

Let's travel back in time about 3 months. I find out we are getting a new billing system at work that is going to be awesome. I love the system and was a huge proponent of getting it. We have our first meeting in December to make decisions about project management, etc. As Director of Operations, I was the one who gave final blessing of how we want the system to be set up before our go-live. So what was the problem, you ask since it seems all good? Go live was February 1st, the same day I was checking into Disney for 9 days.
WHAT?!?!?!?! Exactly. So I was super stressed to say the least. I was working crazy hours to deal with the project as well as all of the other functions I needed to do and deal with our clients, Whew!! So Jeremy did the best he could to take care of all of the pre packing. He was really great! All I had to do was do final check as it all went in the bags. He had it all gathered on our guest bed. Love him!

So now it is time to go! We get up at 2:45 and take showers. Jeremy packs the car while I turn the heat down, unplug things, and do a basic last minute sweep. We didn't want to take our heavy winter coats, so we jus ran to the car in our hoodies. It was around 20 degrees outside so we stepped lively. We were pulling on the interstate at 4:15 am. Score! I am still not excited, but I chalk it up to being tired.

We get to Nashville around 6:00 am and did not hit rush hour. Double score! Shortly there after, Jeremy and I showed our smarty pants sides. We are heading into the mountains of Tennessee. The car is traveling faster than I would like going down hill. I look at Jeremy, who is driving, and say "you need to slow down." He looks at me and says "I have already taken my foot off the accelerator. We are just speeding up because we are going down hill. It will level out." So my response is as follows "There is another pedal down there that when pressed will actually slow the car down. Amazing, huh?"


We roll through Atlanta in early afternoon. And when I say through, I mean right through the middle. Thank you, Garmin. It wasn't too bad, but there is a bypass for a reason. We finally are getting close to the Florida border. Is that butterflies in my tummy? Pretty soon, we saw this!!





YES!!!!!!!! I am officially excited now. And that, my friends, is the only picture in this update. We stopped and got our juice and then headed on to Lake City, where we were stopping for the night. We got to the Cabot Lodge around 4:00 pm. We checked in, went to the room, Jeremy went back to the desk to get new keys while I did the pee pee dance with the luggage, and then we were in the room! We headed out shortly to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner. We had Asian Dumplings, Sliders, and salad bar. Pretty good and really quick service. We then headed back to the room to watch a little tv and early to bed. The plan was to be in the lobby at 6:30 am to eat and on the road to Disney by 7:00 am. We had some place to be people!!!! But would we leave on time? Come back to find out!
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Orange Juice?

Just where did you start the habit of stopping for free orange juice samples at the Florida Welcome Station?
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We have some special guests, ladies and gentlemen! None other than the other two intrepid travelers who joined us for our last day (otherwise known as my parents)! My father and step mother (Dad and Jackie from here on out) are great to spend time with whenever I can. Since they are in New Orleans (which is 600 miles from me ) we enjoy even just a day together. Our last time together was when we spent a week with them at Kidani in December 2011. So I guess Disney is becoming our thing!

We always stopped for juice when I was growing up as we always drove to Disney. Last December was the first time Jeremy had ever driven to Disney as we had always flown. We drove down to New Orleans (Mandeville to be exact) and left for WDW the next day. We stopped for juice when we got to Florida. When Jeremy and I were planning this trip, he wanted to make sure that ALL welcome stations had the juice.

So without further ado, here are Dad and Jackie!!!!!




Pretty great looking couple! And I am not biased at all.

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That Welcome to Florida sign would be such an exciting thing to see! I most likely won't ever see it, I don't plan to drive down!
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That Welcome to Florida sign would be such an exciting thing to see! I most likely won't ever see it, I don't plan to drive down!
It was a great sign to see! That is when I finally got excited! You are definitely to far to drive! I have to say, if we lived any farther away, we would probably not drive.

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I am working on our next update. Of course since the work week has started, I am busy so I might not get it put up until Friday.
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