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Old 01-19-2008, 11:21 AM   #46
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Hi Hillary! I just found your trip report and I'm lovin' it! All the pictures are great! We checked into the WL on December 16th with courtyard view also. We were on the 4th floor, north wing. Our view was nice but I love yours!! Congratulations on your wedding! Can't wait to read more!
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Great trip report and awesome pictures! Can't wait to read more.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:19 PM   #48
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Great report! I love reading about people's Disneymoons, since I had a Disneymoon myself
Can't wait for another update. Check out my TR if you ever have the time
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I've been enjoying get caught up in your wonderful DisneyMoon! As soon as we booked our own DisneyMoon at the WL, I was hoping to read up on someone else's experiences, and this was one of the first TR's I found. Just perfect. Can't wait to hear what happens next.
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Old 01-23-2008, 02:25 PM   #50
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great update and pics.
Thanks for reading!

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That is so cool and beautiful!
I know! I saw that and I HAD to take a picture of it!

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Hi Hillary! I just found your TR and read everything so far!
Thanks so much!!! I'm glad you're joining in!!!

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My computer didn't tell you updated so I was behind but is sounds good.
Thanks for reading!

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Congratulations of your wedding. Your TR is great. We were at WL the same week. What beautiful weather we had. Can'w wait to read more.
Thanks for reading!!! How cool you were there...I LOVE the WL, it was amazing, and you're right the weather was beautiful!!!

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Great pictures and update! I agree about the window-its really pretty!
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Hi Hillary! I just found your trip report and I'm lovin' it! All the pictures are great! We checked into the WL on December 16th with courtyard view also. We were on the 4th floor, north wing. Our view was nice but I love yours!! Congratulations on your wedding! Can't wait to read more!
yay, thanks for joining in!!! Wasn't WL awesome!!!

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Great trip report and awesome pictures! Can't wait to read more.
Thanks!!! Glad you're reading!

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Great report! I love reading about people's Disneymoons, since I had a Disneymoon myself
Can't wait for another update. Check out my TR if you ever have the time
oh me too, I get addicted to ALL TR's, but lately ESPECIALLY the disneymoons!!! I'll have to check your TR out!



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I've been enjoying get caught up in your wonderful DisneyMoon! As soon as we booked our own DisneyMoon at the WL, I was hoping to read up on someone else's experiences, and this was one of the first TR's I found. Just perfect. Can't wait to hear what happens next.
aww thanks!!! How exciting you are staying there, you will LOOOOOOVE it. I want to go back SO bad. It's become a nightly ritual, whining to DH how bad I miss it and NEED to go back soon!!!



Thanks for reading everyone!!! I'm working on getting the next installment done, just been crazy busy. I started this week doing my internship at a local elementary school, on top of being at school Monday through Thursday nights, its nuts. Bear with me, I'll try to have it soon!


OH and just on a related note...we are thinking about going for Thanksgiving with my parents and staying at Ft. Wilderness. My parents are dying to go, but it's BOOKED right now...so we're going to keep trying, hopefully we can go! I'd LOVE to swing another trip in this year, and that would be an early first anniversary trip too! I'll keep you guys updated!
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:38 PM   #51
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Wednesday Dec. 12th Part 2

We decided to slowly made our way up to Crystal Palace to check in, meeting some friends along the way...





We got to the line and were SURROUNDED by the masses of people wanting to eat dinner with Pooh and the gang. This was the first time I really got to show DH how non-crazy planner I was, for making ADRs ahead of time. I think he got it then. I heard them telling people there was no availability for walk ups that night. Crazy. It was insanity, I saw so many parents lose their cool because they couldn't get it. We finally got to the front of the line, and the lady checking us in was super nice, she told us congratulations and gave us a pager. We sat down in front of CP, and watched the end of the show going on at the castle. We waited maybe 10 minutes before our pager went off. The girl took us to our table, which looked something like this (I forgot to take a pic!)



There was confetti EVERYWHERE! I loved it, and even DH was surprised. We were on the right side of the restaurant, not at window table but at the 2 person table across from the windows. The family next to us at the window was so cute, the parents had anniversary pins on, and I heard them tell the waitress it was their 10 year, and they had their two CUTE little girls with them, probably about 4 or 5. When we sat down the girls saw our confetti, and I heard one ask if it was our anniversary too, since their parents had also gotten the confetti. They said “nooo, they JUST got married”. Such a nice family. Our waitress came over shortly, and also talked to us about our wedding and honeymoon, and then the girl saw my ring and was like, WOW. At first, I thought she just meant the size, or something (I got a few reactions like that through the week when people saw my ring, which isn't THAT big, but it has a high setting, and appears bigger than it is I think)..anyway, she then stuck her hand out and was like THAT is weird. Her rings were almost exactly like mine, exactly. Mine is a Kirk Kara, and hers wasn't, but other than that they were identical. So we had a laugh about that...DH said the lucky guy must have found the same gumball machine...harhar...he loves that joke. Sorry for that little sidetrack...

We went and got food...I ended up eating mostly salads and peel and eat shrimp. MAN, was it good. I love stuff like that, esp being at Disney and getting sick of the standard fried food. The characters came around, and DH and I aren't huge into characters...crazy I know, don't hate us. We said hello and Tigger interacted with us more than the others (we never saw Eeyore)...but the others would just come by and wave, and go to the family next to us. Which was fine...we didn't want to take up their time, and we didn't care so much about getting autographs/pictures. It was coming up on time for Spectromagic (I dont remember what time it was), so we decided to RUN to Tommorowland, so we wouldn't get stuck off Main Street with the crowds. So we roooolled our stuffed selves out, and made it across Main St. just in time. Let me just say though, Crystal Palace was one of our favorites the whole week. I wasn't really looking forward to it at first, I'm not typically a fan of buffets but DH is...but I LOVED it. Everything was so fresh and different. Def. will be going back there again.


We had planned on doing a few rides then, but we were both miserably full, and decided to just relax. We walked back toward the bridge back to Main St. and decided to sit down.



I don't know if this area has a name, but its where the big pole is on the left going towards Main St on the bridge, its like a little alcove area. Across from the Rose Garden. Anyway...we sat, and could see the floats of the parade going down the street. DH isn't crazy about parades so I didn't make a big deal about seeing it, but I was glad that we at least caught a glimpse of it. We ended up talking to both our parents, just catching up some, and just relaxed and talked. Another one of my favorite moments.





one from the other side, before it was completely lit...





Pictures cannot even do justice to how pretty that castle was, oh my gosh I NEED to see it every year.



The crowd was only getting bigger for Wishes at 9 that night, so we decided to just stay put, since we were at least sitting down. I have never seen the fireworks from this spot, so I thought it would be cool. I had read to go to the Rose Garden to see them from a secluded spot, but I actually walked over there and there were TONS of people there, so we decided we definitely weren't moving. We also got a perfect view of Tinkerbell flying above us, which was another cool thing I hadn't seen before.

Wishes was amazing as always, I love it. Not my favorite (Fantasmic is!), but it's awesome, and the music is just beautiful. Our view was good, we could see everything, but we've always watched from Main St., so the fireworks are over the castle...so this was different seeing them way off to the right side. Still beautiful though.








After the fireworks were over the park was closing, so the masses started pouring towards the front. We decided to stay put and let it die down. I get super claustrophobic and did NOT want to be in the middle of that...done it before, and I hate it. We just sat and relaxed, talked about how much fun we were having and what all we still had left to do.

We probably sat there for a good 30 to 45 minutes. We could still see quite a few people walking around, but decided to go ahead and start walking towards the front.





We walked in a few shops, and just took our time. When we got to the boat dock there wasn't too many people, and we got on the next boat back to WL. On the way up to the room we decided to stop and buy a few things in the gift shop. We got my cat one of the big pink bowls that says “Princess” on it, to use as her water bowl b/c its heavy and she can't play in it and turn it over! We also got the fleece snowman blanket that was the special add on, and a frame as another add on. YAY! It was pretty cool that night so we didn't do our usual night time swim, we just headed upstairs and relaxed on our balcony for a little bit before heading to bed. Another great end to a perfect day.





Next up: DH's first time at Animal Kingdom and the best meal of the trip!!!

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Old 01-25-2008, 07:46 PM   #52
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You are totally right about the castle, the pictures do not bring it justice.
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I am glad to hear you enjoyed Crystal Palace. We booked our ADR there for June and we are excited because we have never been there.
I love your castle pictures! It makes me so excited for our trip. I agree with you about trying to get through the crowds after Wishes. I enjoy just sitting and watching people go by and taking our time. We are never in any hurry to get out of the park!
Can't wait to read your next installment!
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Where you were standing for Wishes is where we stood one night! I even got stepped on by some crazy guy !
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Wow! Your photos of the ice castle are awesome! Nothing beats seeing it in person though. Sounds like you had a very nice time at the MK. Can't wait for the next installment!
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You are totally right about the castle, the pictures do not bring it justice.
It was so beautiful. I really need to go back this year and see it at Christmas again. We'll see...

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I am glad to hear you enjoyed Crystal Palace. We booked our ADR there for June and we are excited because we have never been there.
I love your castle pictures! It makes me so excited for our trip. I agree with you about trying to get through the crowds after Wishes. I enjoy just sitting and watching people go by and taking our time. We are never in any hurry to get out of the park!
Can't wait to read your next installment!
Crystal Palace was AWESOME. We aren't that big into character meals, but it was so much fun, and the food was SO good, and I typically am not crazy about buffets.
Def. wait out the crowds, I wish we had done this before on previous trips, I freak out in all those crowds. It was so relaxing.

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Where you were standing for Wishes is where we stood one night! I even got stepped on by some crazy guy !
very cool!! It was a great spot, even though the fireworks weren't behind the castle like we usually see it. I liked being able to sit and just relax...starting to see a trend here I think....relax being the key word, haha.

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Wow! Your photos of the ice castle are awesome! Nothing beats seeing it in person though. Sounds like you had a very nice time at the MK. Can't wait for the next installment!
Thanks so much! So true, pictures just can't do it justice, being in front of it is just priceless.
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I'm trying hard to get all my pictures uploaded and find time to sit and write the next installment. GEEEEEZ this semester is nuts, time just gets away from me. But I'm going to try to have it up this week...bear with me, and thanks for reading!!!
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I love your TR so far! Thanks for sharing it! I loved your wedding report and I think I am going to love your Trip Report more! We are most likely staying at the Wilderness lodge on rented DVC points for our honeymoon in November!

I have a question. I haven't been to the Haunted Mansion since the remodel, Did they remove the turnstile that were by the main door? My DF is a bot "Fluffy" and last time we went on the haunted Mansion it was a really tight squeeze. We are hoping they replaced them with the new kid, you know the ones like at Pirates, that you just walk through with no turn-y thing.
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Loved the update! I hate those park closing crowds too! Sounds like you had a good day. I'd like to try Crystal Palace at least once.
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great update and pics. I love going to CP but I do interact with the characters.
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I love your TR so far! Thanks for sharing it! I loved your wedding report and I think I am going to love your Trip Report more! We are most likely staying at the Wilderness lodge on rented DVC points for our honeymoon in November!

I have a question. I haven't been to the Haunted Mansion since the remodel, Did they remove the turnstile that were by the main door? My DF is a bot "Fluffy" and last time we went on the haunted Mansion it was a really tight squeeze. We are hoping they replaced them with the new kid, you know the ones like at Pirates, that you just walk through with no turn-y thing.
yay, you will LOVE WL, I NEED to go back, SO bad. We're trying really hard to go back for Thanksgiving with my parents and stay at Ft. Wilderness. I'm having withdrawals, seriously.

The turnstyle at HM is still the same as far as I know. Not sure. It seemed to me to be one of the bigger ones, I don't really know. Sorry I'm not much help there!

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Thanks!! Crystal Palace was great, DEFINITELY try it some time. And staying later was so awesome, I really wish we'd tried this on past trips. It was so nice, and I didn't freak out being crushed in all those people!

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