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Old 09-25-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
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Four friends take on the World (Oct 7-13, 2009) - A Pre Trip Report

Hey guys!

So this is my first ever trip pre trip report, although I have been lurking and reading them for quite a while. After I do the pre trip report my friend will be taking over the trip report when we get back. I hope I get some readers and people enjoy it. Anyway, onto the cast.

Me: Ashley. I’m a 21 year-old college student, turning 22 just after we get back. I go to school in New York City and I am a theatre dork (I’m a stage manager) and, of course, Disney lover.



My roommate and friend: Courtney. Fun and a theatre and Disney lover just like me. She is currently a cast member at the wonderful World of Disney store here in the city. We have been spending the days leading up to the trip watching Disney dvds (the movies, history channel special, and planning dvd).



Friend: Gretchen. A special-ed teacher in our great city. Recently engaged. Also a theatre and Disney lover (do we see a trend here?).



Friend: Dee. A past college program survivor and the only one not coming from NYC. Journalism major and amazing website/graphic designer.



The details: Although we are all going together, each of us have different dates we are coming and leaving due to school and work schedules. The earliest someone gets there is October 7th and the latest someone leaves is October 13th. I am there from the 8th to the 12th. We are staying at All-Star Movies and are very excited! Gretchen, another friend, and I visited Dee in the World when she was doing a college program last year, so this is becoming sort of an annual trip for us.

We have only 1 ADR at the moment to celebrate my birthday and it is at Kona Cafι on 10/9. We are probably going to cancel this one. We are hoping to be able to get into ‘Ohanas or something else on a cancellation.

A picture from last year's trip:


Next up: Well, I'm not sure yet. Today is the two week mark until me, Gretchen, and Dee get there so we are just waiting rather impatiently.
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Old 09-25-2009, 08:59 AM   #2
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I am so excited to go I'm bursting! Can it be Oct 8th yet?

I'm adding a few things that I think should be known. I have a feeling once I write the trip report you're going to be on picture overload. I'm a little obsessed with my camera. Last time we went to Disney I took over 3,500 pictures. Don't worry i wont post them all but that just shows you how much I love to take pictures.

Also the fact that Ashley LOVES Belle! It was SO cute last year when she got to meet her! She was SO excited!

And I LOVE Alice! I turn into a 5 year old when I'm around her!

It is going to be an AMAZINGLY fun trip and I can't wait to get started!
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:18 AM   #3
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Hey! I know Courtney! I'm also a CM at WOD NYC (tell her Christine said "whazz up!" on the disboards!). And ALSO going as a gathering of 4 friends!!!! Small world! So of COURSE I have to follow your report
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Oh that's awesome! It IS a small world! Have you written a PTR too? I totally want to read it

Edit: Okay I clearly didn't read your Signature to see that you have the link there! haha!
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Hey! I know Courtney! I'm also a CM at WOD NYC (tell her Christine said "whazz up!" on the disboards!). And ALSO going as a gathering of 4 friends!!!! Small world! So of COURSE I have to follow your report
That is so funny that you know Courtney! Thanks for following. I'll follow yours as well.
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Lovin' your TR so far! You & your friends are going to have such an awesome time together in WDW! ASMovies is my fave Dis Value resort. The theming is awesome. (BTW, I don't want to get flamed, but try to get an 'Ohana ADR for 5 people instead...if you know what I mean. It IS for your b-day!)
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12 sleeps until Disney!

We received our Magical Express tickets in the mail today! So excited! Though they actually got a lot of our dates wrong.

I figured this post I'd do a short recap of last year's trip.

Before last year, I hadn't been to Disney World in about 8 years. So we decided to go visit Dee while she was working there. We went for an amazing, intense 2 1/2ish days. We stayed at All Star Music resort and had a great experience there. We ended up in the Country section, which put us so far away from the front of the building and the bus stop. But it was still great.

First day we did Magic Kingdom

On the way to Magic Kingdom after being up since 4:45AM to catch our 7:10 flight.


The castle!


And we saw the parade


The second day we did Animal Kingdom and Epcot. All we ended up doing at AK were Everest and Finding Nemo the Musical.

In line for Everest


Our Everest picture


Before this trip, I had never ever been to Epcot



In France


As Gretchen said I absolutely adore Belle. She has been my favorite since I had a Beauty and the Beast birthday party at the age of 5.



The only mishap we had was on day 3. This was the day we had planned to go to DHS. However, as we went to Magic Kingdom to get our passes (we were able to get in for free because of our friend), we discovered that this was the only random day in all of fall that Hollywood Studios was blacked out. It was disappointing, but we spent the day drifting between MK and Epcot. Needless to say, DHS is high on our list this year.

Yay Dumbo!


We got to ride the teacups next to Alice and the Mad Hatter. Gretchen was just a little bit excited.


And Gretchen with her Alice


All of us on Big Thunder Mtn


We love Disney World!


Alright, so that was an extremely brief recap of last year's trip. We are so excited for this year!
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that pic of mickey from the parade is awesome, as is the last one... but not just for the timing (did you get a cm photog to do it?) but because of the couple on the left staring at you like you're nuts haha love it!
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I love the last picture of you jumping in the air. How did the photographer get that?
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I love the last picture of you jumping in the air. How did the photographer get that?
He had to do a few tries and wasn't very happy about taking the picture. But we got the idea from earlier in the day (there were only 3 of us at the park at that point since Dee was working in the park) when one of the photographers suggested we take a jumping picture. We wanted to try to get one with all 4 of us so we went back later in the day. Unfortunately the CM wasn't too happy about but still tried.
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Here is the picture I talked about in my last post.


ashley0139 is on the left, I'm in the middle and our friend Amanda is on the right.
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Lovin' your TR so far! You & your friends are going to have such an awesome time together in WDW! ASMovies is my fave Dis Value resort. The theming is awesome. (BTW, I don't want to get flamed, but try to get an 'Ohana ADR for 5 people instead...if you know what I mean. It IS for your b-day!)
I may be stupid, but I actually don't know what you mean. Haha. Help me out here, cause we really want to go there.
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I'm glad we maybe have a few readers.

So I thought I'd list our must-dos for the trip. Or, mine and Courtney's list of must-dos. But I think it pretty much includes just about everything so it's ok.

Magic Kingdom:
- Mickey's Philharmagic (I have never done this before)
- Splash Mountain (one of Courtney's favorites but I probably will not be doing it)
- Peter Pan's Flight (we ALL love this one)
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
- Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party (hopefully with Alice and the Hatter)
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Jungle Cruise (never done this)
- Buzz Lightyear
- Judge's Tent/Fairies
- Magic Carpets (somehow always miss this one)
- Hall of Presidents
- Carousel of Progress
- Astro Orbiter

EPCOT:
- Soarin' (never done this!)
- Test Track
- Spaceship Earth (never done this one either)
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends
- Living with the Land
- Mission Space
- Maelstrom / Fiesta Tour

MGM/Hollywood Studios:
- Toy Story Midway Mania (Gretchen and I have never done this!)
- Rock N Roller Coaster
- Tower of Terror
- FANTASMIC!!!
- Beauty and the Beast
- One Man's Dream
- Animation Studio
- Star Tours

Animal Kingdom:
- Expedition Everest (as many times as possible)
- Finding Nemo the musical (we all love it!)
- Dinosaur
- Primeval Whirl
- Kilimanjaro Safari

Downtown Disney:
Goofy's Candy Company

I don't think there's any way we will get all this done in our few days, but we can try! If anyone has any other things we HAVE to do, let us know!
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Hey, I'm joining in on your PTR! You should TOTALLY try to get 'Ohana we ate there this past summer and LOVED it! We're going back again in November of this year, we miss you guys by a month :]
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It's DEF possible to get most if not all of it done. trust me!!! We did it in 6 days (actually 4, our departure day we had no time for anything and another day was for IOA) so i think for the 7 days youll be there it'll be no problem!
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