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Old 07-15-2008, 03:19 PM   #151
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The last stop on the tour was at the Old Florida Museum, which had a general like store, and then an outside area which had some old settlement house replicas and stuff. It was really cool, but there was a big group of kids on a school trip so we didn't stay long.











We ended up having to wait for about 20 minutes for the next trolley, and were getting HUNGRY by then. It was prob about 5 pm, and we hadn't really eaten since breakfast. We sat and talked for awhile, we were both sad our trip was coming to an end, but we were really to that point of exhaustion we were ready to be HOME. We talked to both our parents on the phone while we waited, and debated on what to do that night. We talked about going back and getting cleaned up and going out or something, but seriously, we were both SO tired, we really weren't in the mood. We decided we'd find something quick and nearby the B&B and call it an early night.

After the trolley finally came there was about 30 more minutes left of the tour, and it drove around a few more places and giving more history, though it didn't stop at these places. We got back off the train where we started, at the fort. Right across the street was a mexican restaurant, and DH was SOLD. That is his favorite, and we hadn't had it in awhile. Some pictures...

Very cool restaurant..



the view across the street...




I don't remember what we had, but it was yum. After we ate and were full, we were MORE tired so decided to head back to the room and RELAX for the rest of the night.

back home...





It was only about 6 pm, way early for us, but looking back, that night was probably my favorite out of the WHOLE honeymoon. We had so many great nights, but just hanging out, relaxing, with nowhere to go, nothing to worry about, no school, work, everyday stress, etc...it was just amazing. We just laid around for awhile, watched a marathon of "Little People Big World" (one of our favorite shows!!), and hung out. As it got darker we went and sat out on the porch and watched all the people out and about, and we could even kinda hear the music coming from a bar and grill down the street. It was just so relaxing, and seriously the most perfect way to end our trip.

I finished up the rest of my strawberries, seriously the best chocolate covered strawberries I've ever had.



And drank my wine w/them! We also took some time to enjoy the jacuzzi and just savored every moment of our last night of vacation. I miss that night so much, we still talk about it and how great it was. Looking back now, after 7 months, (it took me 7 months to finish this TR??!!!! ) living our busy life, me at my internship all day and class every night, and him working full time in a crazy job, only really seeing each other on the weekends, and just running from place to place...its nice to think back to that time and how nice and peaceful it was. We got to bed fairly early, ready to get home the next day.

We got up early and got our stuff together, and since we were in that suite, we got breakfast in bed...I finally took a picture of our food..



SO GOOD!

We decided to drive out to St. Augustine beach before we left. I had been before and we drove on the beach, but we couldn't find where to get down there, so we just drove around and stuff for a little while before leaving.

on the bridge over to the beach...







Then we stopped at the outlets in St. Augustine on the way home. I HAD to visit the Disney outlet! Didn't get as lucky as I have in the past though, but we did find a few little Christmas presents for my cousins, and this really cute WDW pillow for our couch in our office. Then we went by Camping World and found my parent's Christmas present. Then we were ready to head out. It was a looong ride home, we still had about 6-7 hours to drive, and I think I slept a good bit. We were so happy to be home though. We went and got my cat...she had been staying at my parent's still, and came home to our new home together and our new life.



NEXT UP: Final thoughts and wrap up!

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Great pictures! I haven't been to St. Augustine before, but it looks beautiful. Keep it coming!
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:38 PM   #153
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Great pictures! I haven't been to St. Augustine before, but it looks beautiful. Keep it coming!

If you ever have a chance you should go!! I can't say enough great things about how beautiful and fun it is!!! Thanks for reading!!



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Just wanted to post real quick, since we are LEAVING at 4 am! in the morning for Destin. I'm so excited, we are going for 9 whole days, won't be back until next Sunday!!

Again, thanks everyone for reading along!!! I'm so sad to see this thing come to an end, but at least I'm FINALLY done, I didn't plan on it taking me this long!!!


When I get back I will finish it up w/all my final thoughts and stuff!!

See ya soon!
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:58 PM   #155
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Final thoughts...


Final update and thoughts...


I'm finally back!! I told myself this weekend that I MUST finish this TR up soon!!! Its been over 8 months! Even though the trip itself is done, just wanted to wrap things up!!! So here we go.

1. Disney Dining Plan. For our honeymoon, we really enjoyed it. We got to try quite a few restaurants I had never been to throughout the many trips I'd taken as a child, and we probably never would have gone to these places. We had the luxury of ordering whatever we wanted, and having ALOT of food. And I think the nicest thing about it was not having to worry about how much money we were spending along the way, just swiped our room card and were done, just very convenient.

BUT, I really don't think we'd ever do it again, unless we wind up doing free dining or something, although that's my least favorite time of year to go (too hot!), so I kinda doubt it. It was just WAY too much food for us. And I hate seeing so much food go to waste. We never typically order appetizers/desserts, and while it was really nice for this trip, just not our thing. And we have both commented on how we hated feeling so full all day long, walking around the parks. We for the most part go go go all day, and we just didn't enjoy feeling so full and bloated after all that food!
Not to mention, I just really don't like having to follow a schedule. Again, it was nice for this trip to have nicer meals planned, but typically, we are much more spontaneous and really by the end of the trip having to follow some sort of an itinerary got old, and we did kinda stop and just go w/it. We'd much more prefer to just eat when we're hungry, wherever we wind up. Maybe have one or two planned meals at a few places we really enjoy, but for the most part just enjoy DISNEY, not worry about all of our meals.

Again, I think the DDP is a fantastic thing, and maybe when we have children and go it might make more sense for us, maybe not. I totally see how some people love it and will always use it. But for us, we don't go to Disney just to eat, so I really don't see us using this again. This leads me to...

2. Favorite restaurants. Our top three would probably have to be Narcoosee's, Crystal Palace, and Kona. Narcoosee's is just beautiful, and SO romantic, definitely our most favorite. It was just an amazing experience, and our food was wooonderful. Of course being on the DDP really paid off here, we could order the most expensive things and really go all out. Was a big out of our comfort zone but just wonderful. LOVED it, and have talked about going back on a future trip. We'll see.

Kona is a close second I think. The food was just great. Despite really not liking my chicken, the appetizers and desserts made it worth it. I know had I ordered something else I'd have liked it. This type of food is right up my alley and since I love the Poly its def. at the top of my list now!!

We also loved Crystal Palace. Because our tastes are so different, buffets are a good choice for us b/c we can both find alot we like. DH is very much into very american, plain food (pizza, chicken nuggets, potatoes, bread, desserts...CARBS!) so this was good for him, and I loved all the salads and fresh shrimp. The atmosphere is great, and the restaurant is just beautiful. We were stuffed afterwards, but it was SO good we couldn't help it.

Other favorites were Trail's End and Coral Reef. Again, buffets are good, and DH is obsessed w/the breakfast buffet at Trail's End. And we love Ft. Wilderness so it's a must do. Coral Reef was also very good, and the atmosphere was great, but I was not a fan of the crowdedness in there. The kids climbing all over our table was not so fun. Still great though, and I wouldn't mind going back one day.

Pinnochio's is hands down our fave for counter service. I had never been before and we both loved it. I liked the diff options from typical CS food and its just a cute place.

The only questionable place we went to was Ohana. And I really think it might have been just us, or an off night b/c people LOVE this place. Maybe we were just sick of all the heavy food...this was the end of the week and we were SO full already. And really the only things that weren't good to us were the skewer meats. So I'm optimistic about it. We're actually planning on maybe going back with my parents in October to try it again, so we'll see how that goes.


3. Wilderness Lodge. LOVE it. It very well may be my favorite resort now. So far I've stayed at Pop, All Star Sports, Ft. Wilderness, Caribbean Beach, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, and the Polynesian. The Poly holds a close second, and there are things I love about the others as well, but I just fell in love w/WL. It was so beautiful, and PERFECT for Christmas time. I love the whole everything under one roof feel, and will miss that in the future not staying there. The pool was fabulous, our room was beautiful, we loved going to Roaring Forks for hot chocolate and a swim at night. Its just beautiful and will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay on our honeymoon.


4. A Disney honeymoon??
We got this question more than once before we left, many people wonder about the idea and picture a honeymoon as going somewhere tropical, overseas, whatever. oh well I say. I have been a Disney nut since childhood, and we did toss around the idea of a cruise, all inclusive resort somewhere...but we ended up going right back to the Disney idea. We love the beach, and we go at least once every summer, but for December we knew we wouldn't love it, and we really didn't want to go out of the country. We also get bored just laying around for too long, and knew Disney was the best choice for us. And it WAS. I loved every second of it, and at least once a week I tell DH how much I miss it. It was w/out a doubt one of the best weeks of our lives, and the perfect place for us to spend our honeymoon.

I think I mentioned we didn't wear the ears (they annoy me and I really didnt want THAT much attention), but we did wear the Just Married buttons. TOTALLY reccomend this for honeymooners. We got congratulations left and right, from castmembers and other visitors alike, and quite a few free desserts, drinks, and pixie dust. Just wonderful, and just the right amount of attention for us.

5. Taking it easy...I know this is harder for families, first time visitors, and thsoe who are trying to fit it all in in a short amount of time. But what really made our trip was just taking it easy(er) than we normally would. Instead of going going going from morning till night, we took breaks, relaxed, and tried to have the most laid back Disney trip we could. I loved those moments sitting on the Poly beach watching Wishes, swimming in the WL pool/hottub late at night, sitting on our balcony, mid day naps, just soaking that Disney atmosphere up at a more relaxed pace. It was so much fun and kept us from being completely worn out. I have been to Disney quite a few times, we had annual passes for 3 years while I was growing up, and I still love it...but it also helps me appreciate not rushing so much, and enjoying the lesser known aspects of Disney. DH enjoyed this as well, even though this was just his second trip, he is very laid back and would have hating going all day, every day.

Future trips??

This is the exciting part!! As you can probably see by my tickers, we have not one but TWO trips coming up this year! And I can't wait! The first will be October 2-6. It is my mom's bday, and she told us that was what she wanted to do, go to Disney, stay at Ft. Wilderness in their camper, and just enjoy the campground and stuff, w/out going to the parks. We DID decide to do MNSSHP Sunday the 5th (I ordered tickets tonight!), but that is all. DH and I will be leaving Thursday afternoon, driving all night and getting there LATE that night, and then staying until Monday. So its just a short trip, but we are so excited. I can't wait to see all the decorations at the camground, and we are all taking our bikes so we will have a blast doing that, swimming, checking out the hotels, DTD, and of course the Halloween party!!! I have been wanting to go for YEARS, and finally have a chance!!

The second trip will be our first anniversary trip in December, of course. It is my absolute favorite time to go, and we just can't stay away (ok so maybe its more me, but I convinced DH we HAD to!) Our anniversary is actually December 8th but my best friend's wedding is the 12th so we are somehow going to manage to leave EARLY the next morning. We are renting points and staying in a studio at Old Key West, December 13-19th. Well actually we are staying at Pop the 13th, bc we didn't want to pay such a high price for weekend points at OKW. This will also be more of a relaxing trip, as we are only planning 3 park days. We have 2 day tickets left over from the honeymoon, and then are planning on going to the Christmas party one night. So we will spend one day at Epcot, since we didn't get to do as much there as planned, and then a split day at MK/HS, and then the Christmas party one afternoon/night. No AK. It's just not our favorite, we don't do much there and would rather spend time at the other 3 parks. We will also be taking our bikes, and just enjoying the resort and doing more non-park things. VERY excited for this!! Especially during the holidays, there is just so much to do that we still weren't able to do last year!

And there is also a planned trip for next June to take my 2 little cousins back, staying at Ft. Wilderness again, so we have lots of Disney magic in our future!! Stay tuned!!


So I'm signing off...thanks so much to everyone who read along w/me, that really makes it so much fun to write for people when you know they're reading!! It was awesome being able to relieve some of our wonderful memories and share them with you all!!! I loved writing this first trip report, and am looking forward to writing even more!!




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I loved reading your report! Very sad its over. We will be there overlapping days on both your upcoming trips, so who knows....maybe we will see you guys at some point. I hope you'll be doing another report soon.
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I enjoyed reading your report! Lucky you, getting to go back again so soon!! Looking forward to your trip reports from those trips!
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How do you rent points? Can anyone rent points. Is it cheaper? I read your whole TR this morning. It made me reminisse of my honeymoon 11 years ago. No we didn't do Disney but you made me think of how bad we hated to get back to the real world of daily responsibilities. Oh how I thought of our little moments of relaxing and enjoying our time together. We just went to Charleston (SC) Not far from our home. We go every year for our Anniversary. Next year we plan to Celebrate our Ann. and our sons 10th birthday later in the year at DISNEY. In late Sept.09 My Son and I are planning it any way. I hope we are able to go. Thanks again for reminding me of the Honeymoon memories!
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aww thanks. I'm sad it's over too!! Almost as bad as the actual trip being over !

Very cool, BOTH trips we're there at the same time!! neatO. I plan on taking alot more pictures so I can definitely do another trip report. In October we aren't doing any parks though, except MNSSHP on Sunday the 5th, but still, maybe we'll see you around!!

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Thanks for sticking around and reading!!! I totally plan on doing more trip reports, this one was SO much fun to do, esp knowing I had people reading and enjoying it!!!


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How do you rent points? Can anyone rent points. Is it cheaper? I read your whole TR this morning. It made me reminisse of my honeymoon 11 years ago. No we didn't do Disney but you made me think of how bad we hated to get back to the real world of daily responsibilities. Oh how I thought of our little moments of relaxing and enjoying our time together. We just went to Charleston (SC) Not far from our home. We go every year for our Anniversary. Next year we plan to Celebrate our Ann. and our sons 10th birthday later in the year at DISNEY. In late Sept.09 My Son and I are planning it any way. I hope we are able to go. Thanks again for reminding me of the Honeymoon memories!
Wow, all in one day!! Thanks for reading!!!!!

Yes, anyone can rent points. Another poster on the Wedding/Honeymoon board had told me about it, and then I read alot about it for myself. You can go to the DVC boards here, to the rent/trade one. Read all the stickys first, just to REALLY understand how it works. People post how many points they have for rent, and how much they want for them, or you can post for a certain time you want them, where, etc. It's really easy to do. And YES! SO MUCH cheaper!! We are staying in a studio at OKW for LESS than what it would have been to stay at Pop, which was our first choice. Definitely look into it!!

Oh and I LOVE Charleston, we are only about 3-4 hours from there, and have been on trips there many times. My DH's family is from there as well so we visit his family there as well. Beautiful city. Great place for a honeymoon, and I'm glad you enjoyed reading my TR!
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Hi, I am not sure if this is mentioned somewhere on your posts and I hate to sound lazy, but in the interest of time I was hoping this would be faster than reading everyones responses... can you tell me what type of room you booked for your honeymoon? We are looking to go there for ours and considered contemporary but if we stay there I want castle view and its far too expensive. WL looks nice but the room your pictures show is completely different than their site shows, yours is more modern and I like it. Again, sorry if this is already mentioned!
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Hi, I am not sure if this is mentioned somewhere on your posts and I hate to sound lazy, but in the interest of time I was hoping this would be faster than reading everyones responses... can you tell me what type of room you booked for your honeymoon? We are looking to go there for ours and considered contemporary but if we stay there I want castle view and its far too expensive. WL looks nice but the room your pictures show is completely different than their site shows, yours is more modern and I like it. Again, sorry if this is already mentioned!
No problem, and no I don't believe it has been asked!! I believe that all the rooms at WL look that way, I know they did lots of rehabs in the past few years and updated them a good bit. So any of the rooms should look that way. We also booked courtyard view, if that matters, to have a view of the lake/pool area. I had actually wanted woods view, bc I've seen TRs here where if you are on the MK side you can see fireworks. But when the Disney Visa discount came out that I was able to use, all that was left was courtyard view, which is more. But we saved a ton w/that discount, and we LOVED the view, being able to see the water parade and the pool and all every morning. Just beautiful.

I'm SO JEALOUS! You should definitely stay there if at all possible, its such a beautiful and romantic resort. I can't say enough great things about it!! If you have any other questions let me know!!

OH and on the resorts board here there is a whole thread dedicated to WL, you can probably find alot more up to date pictures there too!!
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ok now another question... what visa discounts are you mentioning?? I have the disney visa and all I have ever heard of was interest free for 6 months.
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Every once in awhile they release different discount codes. Usually after that it will be released to the general public as well. Go to the Codes and discounts forums here, I think its under Planning at the top. There should be some threads there. Last year I think they announced the Disney Visa discount sometime in September, but I could be wrong. And then a few weeks later released it to everyone. I don't remember how much of a discount it was, but I know that we got a courtyard view room w/the dining plan for less than what we were going to get for just a standard view room w/no dining. So pretty good. Subscribe to one of those threads and you will hear when and if any codes are released. I think that if you get emails from Disney Visa you will get that too. Also subscribe to the Allears.net newsletter and you will get stuff from them as well. And Mousesavers also sends out emails with discount information. I think this is the right link to the forum here..

http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=93

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