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Old 05-07-2010, 08:21 AM   #1
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What are you going to do at Disney all by yourself? - Updated with the last day

I have been to WDW plenty of times and even once or twice as a solo traveler. It is just about my favorite place to go in the world!
I have been having a rough year with work and stuff, I decided I needed a break and to do that, I would treat myself with a Disney vacation.

So, here is my attempt at a trip report.
Am going to try to include some of my pictures, if I can figure that out.
Hey - how do y'all do those chapter link things?

This is me, Lara:

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Old 05-07-2010, 08:26 AM   #2
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Sorta my pre-trip planning...like I really need to plan - oh yes I do!

Lara - Solo March 2010 Trip – Pop Century Resort
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Me, Lara – yes, only one person this time, I am making a solo trip.

So many people thought I was crazy for doing this, but really, it is no different from going anywhere by yourself….ok, a little different.
I have been on solo trips to Disney before, spending 1 day at Disneyland while in California and a solo trip to Walt Disney World in January of 2007. That trip I stayed at All Star Music, this time I would be staying at Pop Century Resort.
In October of 2009, I brought my niece to WDW for her Birthday/Thanksgiving/Halloween/Christmas/New Years/Valentines Day/Arbour Day (ok, you get the picture) Trip. We had a great time! Definitely different touring style than we had taken before with the rest of the family. We had “RECORD BREAKING TEMPERATURES” each day while we were there, in other words, it was HOT!! We also stayed at Pop Century on that trip. I really like this value resort and I didn’t want to spend the extra $$ for the moderate when it was just me and all I needed was a bed and a shower.
With the help of Keith at ************, I was able to book a room and tickets package with the $300 gift card back. I flew down on Airtran, always keeping an eye out for those cheap efares! I had some spending money saved and some Disney Reward Dollars as well. I was not planning any sit down meals, so I should be able to pull this off without spending too much money!
I did however, plan to take some tours. This time I booked the Backstage Safari Tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I also booked the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at The Magic Kingdom. This would be my 3rd or 4th time taking this tour – but it really is different every time depending on what tour guide you get – and I haven’t had the same one twice!
I also posted my travel dates on the Dis Boards and low and behold this one other Diser would also be down in Orlando at the same time. She would actually be down there working, but planned to spend a little Disney time if she could. So we made plans to meet for dinner one night and maybe even hang out in a park on one of her free days – stay tuned to see how that worked out….
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:58 PM   #3
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Hi! Joining in!! I followed you over from my TR. It sounds like a fun trip! We've never done any of the tours so I'm anxious to hear what you thought of them.

Oh...and to do the chapter links, all you have to do when you post an update is click on the post number. It will open up a new page, copy the link at the top. Then go back to your original page and go to where you want your links to be (I usually put them in my very first post) click edit at the bottom of the post..then click insert link (it looks like the earth/paperclip) and paste your link in, click ok and then when it shows up on your page, part of it will be highlighted just type in the name of your post..ex. Magic Kingdom pt.1, and then just preview or save changes at the bottom and that's it.

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Old 05-08-2010, 12:11 PM   #4
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Thanks so much for joining in.....and for the instructions!!
Hoping to have some more done this weekend - since I am at home and can add pictures!!!
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:14 AM   #6
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Day 2, Friday, March 12 – And it rained, and it rained and it rained….

Got up at 6am for my first day at Walt Disney World! Showered and left my hair curly today (I usually like to straighten it – easier to deal with throughout the day). Oh, but not today – it was POURING, so curly it is!
Had time to go to the food court to grab some breakfast. I ordered the kids Mickey waffle plate – the adult version was not a Mickey shape but had the POP logo in the middle of it. Grabbed an OJ and sat down at a table and read for a few minutes. When I headed out to the busses, I noticed and DAK bus pulling away – darn it!
It was raining like crazy, but I did have a poncho and umbrella in my backpack. Got to DAK and checked in under cover for the Behind the Scenes tour. This would be my first time taking this tour and I was excited, despite the rain. ****Spoiler Warning here - might have some info about the tour....if you don't want to know specifics, skip the next couple of paragraphs****

Paul was our tour guide and I loved that, I had read some good reviews online about his tours. He gave us all a free Mickey poncho! We got set with our radio headgear and headed backstage right at the Rainforest Café. Normally you walk to the back of the park at this time – but since it was raining so hard, he had arranged motorized transportation for us! YAY!! We got to drive around the outskirts of the park in a couple of white vans – I always sat in the passenger seat since I was the only solo in the group.

He drove around the park pointing out things like the fence to keep some out, more than some in, the buildings and the bike racks and path for the cast members that worked there. Our first stop was the elephant barn where we got to watch the morning wash routine for one of the bull elephants and we learned a lot, even getting to ask the trainer some questions. Disney is so great about recycling – they even recycle the waste from the elephants – makes great fertilizer! You needed to know that, right?!
Over a month back writing this and I can’t remember the order of the places we visited, but we went to the Vet Center back at Rafiki’s, but no surgeries were scheduled that day. Note to self (and others if you would like): Friday is a travel day for the Vets there, they go around to make “house calls” to animals all around WDW, therefore, surgeries are rarely scheduled on Fridays. We also visited the dietary center were we saw many things of which I will not describe for you here…but just know those animals at DAK are WELL FED!~ A Cast Member was having a birthday party that day and they had stored his cake in the fridge with the animal food – but they said it was well sealed and only in with the vegetation…..hmmmmm.
We took a break in one of the buildings to watch a film about conservation and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We got to take off the ponchos, use our new mugs to fix some hot tea or hot chocolate and grab some snacks.
From there we went the backstage entrance over to the safari. We loaded where the trucks normally unload. Paul was our guide as we didn’t have the regular storyline. We drove past the loading docks and there were only 1 group of 4 waiting for a truck. Another Note to self: come to the DAK in the rain, there is no one here!!
The safari was great as we took it slow and Paul showed us many of the secrets of the safari and keeping the animals safe and separate from the park goers. After the ride, we gathered in Africa to check out a big “hidden mickey” of stones and then we parted ways.
As I was passing through, I saw a couple of the characters from The Jungle Book, so stopped to have my picture. I was asked to take off my poncho as to not get them wet…..sorry!
I headed over to Asia to ride Expedition Everest through the single rider line. I don’t think it really was necessary, but the wait in the regular line was 15 minutes, single rider, none! Got pelted in the face by some raindrops along the way, but had a great ride!
I made a call home to check in with the parental units and let them know about my tour. I was walking past the turn off for Kali River Rapids and decided “what the heck, I am already drenched! Now this is unusual for many reasons…..ok, really just one reason – I HATE water rides!! I rode Splash Mountain in October with my niece because it was her trip, but I did duck behind the big man sitting in front of us! So, I walk into the queue…and walk and walk some more. I was able to check out the display of “artifacts” along the way as NO ONE was coming into the line behind me. I even stopped a few times to yell out to see if I was even going the right way, as I saw no other human being at all! Finally saw 2 cast members trying to stay a bit out of the rain. I had one of them take a picture of me with the sign, just a little proof that I had ridden this ride.


I got onto one of the rafts and quickly stored my backpack in the center. I thought I was going to take this journey completely alone, until a dad and his 2 kids jumped on the raft with me – all getting on the other side.
Not a bad ride, but nothing too great either. Not something I will have to repeat any time soon. My booty did get quite wet as the water slooshed (is that a word?) over the sides.
Got a bottle of water and went in to watch Flights of Wonder just as it was starting. This is a nice covered area, so I had a chance to take off the poncho and dry out a bit. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but I took my shoes off too as my toes were quite squishy!
After the show, I walked around the park a bit and even saw Devine. It is great to watch people’s reactions to her. Had my picture taken in front of The Tree, even got one of the bonus pictures, holding onto Simba. I only wish the photopass guy had told me how bad my hair looked!!
Went to see Its Tough to be a Bug – making sure to stop and see the duplicate animal at the entrance to the theatre (something you learn on the tour – you really should take it!). Half empty theatre, but still a cute show.
Next I headed over to Camp Minnie Mickey as I did not want to go another trip without seeing The Festival of the Lion King. This is probably my favorite show at Walt Disney World.
While there, I had to get my picture with some of the characters. I had never met Thumper and Miss Bunny before, and of course enjoyed getting my picture with Goofy and Donald! The cast members here were obviously quite bored and we joked around awhile, waiting for the characters to return. I even posed with one of them in “Goofy style”. When it was my turn with Mickey, Minnie and Pluto, I think that Pluto really needed a fire hydrant, and was even doing a little dance…..LOL.



The parade was canceled that day, due to the rain. I thought about getting something to eat there, but really just wanted to rest and get DRY! So, I headed back to my room at POP.
Back at the resort, I didn’t feel like dealing with the food court. I stopped at a vending machine and got some bugles and a water. Back in the room I hung my clothes up to dry and took a shower. Watched tv for a little while and noticed how absolutely wet my jean capris were. Instead of wearing something else, I decided to iron them to get them dry – hey, it worked! (but that ironing board was a pain the rest of my trip!)
I had plans to meet Andie (RockinDisney) for dinner at the Whispering Canyon Café at 8pm. Never knowing how long the transportation may take, I headed to the bus stop at 6pm to a waiting MK bus. I was at the Magic Kingdom by 6:20!! This was way too early to head to the Wilderness Lodge, so I went into the park to just look around Main Street a bit.
I took some great pictures down main street – loved the lighting from the sky. Did a little window shopping and decided to go into Town Hall behind Tony’s. I had heard that some characters had been spotted here. Well, there were a couple of princesses hanging out in their ball gowns. I got into the non-existent line to have my picture with Ariel and Cinderella. Ariel made a comment about my red hair and how I could be one of her sisters, but I told her I didn’t have any sisters. To which Cinderella replied, well that is good, you could have awful step sisters like she does. Oh so true!
Outside I had my picture taken with Chip and Dale and then decided I better get on a boat over to Wilderness Lodge. Had to wait about 15 minutes, as the boat was just pulling away as I walked up. Still got to the Lodge in plenty of time.




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Old 05-10-2010, 08:20 AM   #7
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Ok, I will get the hang of this eventually.
For some reason, now my pictures are tiny.
I tried the chapter link and had no success....will try again from home.
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and the rain continues....

Andie sends me a text to let me know that they were running late. Yup, they, she was bringing her friend with her! You know, because you never know what you are gonna get with another Dis person! LOL
I grabbed a rocking chair in front of the big fireplace and she texted again asking me to go ahead and check us it. I did and was called back in about 5 minutes. Sat at our table and the server was really nice, brought my coke, a basket of cornbread and even a salad while I waited for my other dinner guests. Oh how I love that cornbread, it is yummy!
Andie had never been to TWCC, and I was so hoping she would enjoy the whole experience. Unfortunately they missed the rocking horse race and the hokey pokey. Just in case you are wondering, yes, I did get up and do the hokey pokey! We even got to sing Happy Birthday – Cha cha cha to someone celebrating that night!
They no longer have the Doc Willis’s roasted chicken on the menu. I love that chicken…..

Decided to edit to include some food porn for anyone...

Yummy Cornbread!

We need KETCHUP!!!!

Andie and friend finally arrive and we all order right away. They were both working a convention in town that weekend and were both extremely tired after spending all day setting up the booth. Major story of the trip down with the vehicle with all the merch in it – whoah, perilous! They ordered the skillet and I ordered the meatloaf – mainly so that I would have to ask for ketchup!!
They no longer have the banana dust bowl dessert I like either. So, we decided not to order dessert there, but all are given their drinks in to go cups – so nice!
Instead we drive over to the Poly to go to Captain Cooks to get a Dole Whip.
Man, Andie and I could talk FOREVER!! She is so extremely nice and I glad that we got a chance to meet up and do dinner at Disney!



Once at The Poly, her friend stayed in the car and we went in and filled up a cup of the good stuff. Andie learned the trick of building the wall and filling it in so you don’t have a whole in the middle of your dole whip. Hey, they aren’t charging by weight or volume here – get what you can!
We chat on the way back to the car and she offers to drive me back to Pop! Thank goodness! Her friend slept the whole way. We missed a couple of turns, but eventually found our way there. I think this was her first visit to that resort. She dropped me off right at the curb in front of my building – what great service (My feet thank you very much, Andie!).

22,434 steps
10.622 miles
605.7 calories

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It sounds like you had a great day despite the rain! The tour sounds like a lot of fun...hmm...I may have to check it out!! Yay for seeing Devine!! We still haven't seen her yet.

How cool that you got to see Cinderella and Ariel...and in a non-existent line! (I'm sure that doesn't happen very often! )

WCC sounds yummy!! Glad you had such a good time at dinner.

Looking forward to more!
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Enjoying your trip report so far. Thanks for posting
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It sounds like you had a great day despite the rain! The tour sounds like a lot of fun...hmm...I may have to check it out!! Yay for seeing Devine!! We still haven't seen her yet.

How cool that you got to see Cinderella and Ariel...and in a non-existent line! (I'm sure that doesn't happen very often! )

WCC sounds yummy!! Glad you had such a good time at dinner.

Looking forward to more!
Once I just decided to deal with the rain and go with it - it was all good. Made for some very short lines at DAK!
Cinderella and Ariel in the ball gowns, no less!!!
WCC is yummy and fun - I hear breakfast is good there too!
Thanks for reading!!
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Enjoying your trip report so far. Thanks for posting
I don't know how to do that multiple quote thing either....
Thanks for reading!!
Hoping to work on it more today - but didn't get my pictures posted on shutterfly - must do that tonight!
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Wish I had guts to do a solo trip! I Won't even get on a plane by myself!
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I love that you are brave to do a solo trip PLUS meet new people! I went sort of solo back in December 2008. I arrived on December 13th and my daughter & grandson weren't arriving until December 17th so I had 4 days by myself and I loved it! We only had base tickets so I had four days to hit each park. We didn't have the dining plan and I was a little cash poor so I brought up snacks in my suitcase and spent about $25 for other food til she arrived. I went back to the hotel during the middle of the day to shower & relax for an hour or two and went on attractions that were new to me.

If you want to do multiple quotes, just click down on the right hand corner of someone's post where it says "multiple" and do that to everyone who you want to respond to, then start typing away under their quotes. It's hard for me to explain but it took me a couple of tries to get it right.

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It is easier as you do it...I have had to travel some for work before, so I had to get used to it!

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I love that you are brave to do a solo trip PLUS meet new people! I went sort of solo back in December 2008. I arrived on December 13th and my daughter & grandson weren't arriving until December 17th so I had 4 days by myself and I loved it! We only had base tickets so I had four days to hit each park. We didn't have the dining plan and I was a little cash poor so I brought up snacks in my suitcase and spent about $25 for other food til she arrived. I went back to the hotel during the middle of the day to shower & relax for an hour or two and went on attractions that were new to me.
I think people are still amazed that each time I go back, I do something new!
I am glad you had a good time solo!
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