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Old 05-04-2008, 07:09 PM   #16
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:23 PM   #17
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Yay!! Dawn is back! Wahoo!!! Can't wait to read more about your trip!!

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Old 05-04-2008, 07:24 PM   #18
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Travel Day - Saturday, April 26th

thank you all so much for joining in the fun! nice to see all the familiar faces and welcome to the new ones, too! now......on to the trip!!!!

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so as most of you know, i was waiting for DH to wake up on saturday (4/26) so we could pack up the car and leave. he got up around 10:00 and i jumped in the shower, packed the car, kissed my fur-babies goodbye and then we were off! i think we left the house around 11:30. we swung by the mcdonald's near our house to get lunch so we wouldn't have to stop further down the road. i made sure to buckle in mattica and beana. i drove most of the way, but ray did end up taking over in south georgia and he can be a crazy driver!



we had great luck with traffic on the way down. not much at all! of course it was a saturday, so that makes sense. there was some construction in south georgia, but no biggie. we stopped in tifton for gas and a quick pick-me-up at starbucks and ray took over the driving from there.

practice for the food porn pics to come!



we passed this sign at exactly 4:02 p.m.!



we took the highway 429 route to orlando instead of following the florida turnpike all the way to I-4. i love this way - there's no one around and it just seems a lot quicker. the last time i came this way it was around midnight. well, this time it was daylight and you could see the contemporary resort and EE from the highway! although i found it funny that you couldn't see the castle. anyway, that got me really excited!

we arrived in orlando around 7:00 and found the howard johnson we were staying in on that first night with no problem. check-in was a breeze and then we found our room.......right next to 4 bus loads of high school kids!!!!!!! the hotel was okay. very old and dingy. i didn't want to walk on the floor without shoes and i definitely wasn't gonna sleep with the comforter on the bed! here's a picture of our room.....thrilling, huh?



notice the mickey D's bag? ray got an extra cheeseburger for a late-night snack. and of course some pre-disney adult beverages!

we decided to go across the street to joe's crab shack for dinner. mattica and beana were exhausted so they stayed behind to take a nap. they weren't happy about sharing a bed, but they got used to it over the course of the trip!



they had a 45-minute wait at joe's crab shack, so we just walked around the cute little village area they had over there while we waited. i saw the water tower thing and i realized that we were in celebration, florida. isn't this where a good bit of the CMs from WDW live? it seems like i've read that before. anyway, here's a pic of the tower and the area around it. it was a cute little place!



we finally got "buzzed" to come in. our food was pretty good. we just shared a crab dip appetizer, a caesar salad and the east coast feast platter. check out the sign on the door next to our table.....i knew some of you would get a kick out of it!



i took a pic of the celebration sign again on our way out - it's pretty there at night!



so we got back to the hotel around 9:30 and they were calling all the high school kids back into the hotel for curfew.....thank goodness! we were ready to get a good night's rest before we headed to WDW tomorrow morning!

well, all was good (as some of you guys know because i posted that night)....FOR AWHILE. we discovered about an hour after laying down to go to bed that we had very noisy and VERY ACTIVE neighbors. it was DISGUSTING!!!!!!! every time i'd fall asleep i'd get woken up a few minutes later by ........ i'll just say noise. yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

to make a long and really gross story short, ray ended up waking up around 6:30 and couldn't go back to sleep. i had my cell alarm set for 7:20 anyway, so it wasn't that far off. but neither one of us got good sleep. so we decided to make the best of our being awake and get a jump on the day. we were up, showered and ready to go check out by 7:15! we swung by the BK lounge (our name for burger king a la dane cook) for a quick bite of breakfast and we were on our way to SSR and disney world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

coming up next........our check-in, AK crowds and what do you mean there's a 90-minute wait at EE??????????

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Old 05-04-2008, 07:31 PM   #19
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WOOHOO!!! SO happy to have you back Dawn..Loving the start of the report..EEw to the noisy neighbors..but YAY to being thisclose to the start of your WdW vacation!
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:34 PM   #20
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Eww, nothing worse than "loud" neighbors when you want a good nights sleep!!


I am really excited you started your trip! My hubby is reading this with me and the first thing he said was, "Hey, they got some ML!!" The adult beverage caught his eye!
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:56 PM   #21
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Sorry about the "noisy" neighbors. They weren't part of the high school group, were they? Hopefully you rested better once you got to SSR.
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:10 PM   #22
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Wow, I can't believe you're back already! I'm so glad we still have a couple of days left here, I'm so not ready to go home yet.

Can't wait to read more about your trip...90 minutes wait for EE sounds scary, I'm glad we didn't see those huge lines yet!
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Of course I should be commenting more on your actual trip but I had to chime in with a nod to Dane Cook. I love him!!

As for the always classy HoJo's...was the wall shaking from their unattached headboard banging against it? Eww!!!
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:52 PM   #24
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Welcome home!!! I appreciate the quick update and can't wait to read all about your trip!!! Hope you had an awesome time!
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Great start. Looking forward to the rest. Sorry about your gross neighbors . Can't wait to see how you liked SSR, do you have pics? We are thinking of possibly staying there instead of a moderate resort.
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:18 PM   #26
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Hey Dawn,

I didn't post on your Pre-trippie but I read it! Honest! Off to a good start. Noisy neighbors = gross!

Celebration is actually a disney-owned community that anyone can live it - houses, apartments, etc. Really really cute - you should walk through it. It's way expensive though - but what isn't that's related to Disney? The CM's (i.e. the international and college program kids live in Vista Way, The Commons and Chatham Square - disney owned apartments off of 535 I think? Always forget the name of the road. Just an FYI

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Old 05-04-2008, 09:35 PM   #27
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Dawn, I am jealous that you can drive to Disney in less than a day. Great start to your report. Don't you just love check in day? Now I know why I spend the extra $$ to stay onsite.
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:11 PM   #28
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I'm here - can't wait - we're doing "just the two of us" in March! - thanks for the link!
I just read your first installment! That's what I was going to ask, "high schoolers?" I hope not. Anyway, glad you are off to an early start! When I called DVC Member Services last week to book our trip, the CM said her office was in Celebration. We definately want to check it out when we're there!

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Old 05-04-2008, 10:49 PM   #29
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great update.

sorry for the noise, it wasn't the high schoolers? I thought they did boys in one room and girls in another unless I misunderstood what the noise was.
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:17 PM   #30
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Ok ewwww on your gross neighbor noises. I would so have called the desk and made them shut them up!

I wanna go to Joe's Crab Shack...but there aren't any near by! I see the commercials on tv...what a tease!

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