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Old 01-05-2011, 12:10 AM   #1
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Arrow "Jungle" All the Way! A Christmas TR (NEW 11/26) Good thing that tree is Swiss!

Hey guys! Come get your yule on and celebrate the New Year w/ us as we regale you with cool tales from our Christmas adventure in the WORLD!! This was our first excursion to WDW and as Mickey Mouse would say, "Oh boy!". I slept around 3-4 hrs each night and we were hopping, skipping, and power walking commando style the entire time and still didn't see everything! We wound up with 2 Wishes cruises and a sleigh ride, breakfasted in the castle w/ Cinderella and Co., took a super duper extra special tour of the Kennedy Space Center and saw the space shuttle, I had a meltdown in Potter World, enjoyed a Le Cellier CP dinner package w/ Brad Garrett, got stranded on the Tower, braved Splash Mtn at 1:30am (twice, on 2 separate occasions), and who knows what else?? Plus I took 1000+ photos and filmed oodles of wonderful things in HD!



Before I go any further and totally lose control (b/c I really have amassed quite an assortment of ridiculous stories), let me do the great honor of introducing ourselves, just in case you missed our lovely PTR (which you probably did), "25 yrs and just a little bit longer!". Here's all of us on our holiday sleigh ride through Fort Wilderness:



That's me in the pink (Lauren, in grad school, CAUTION: cranky when hungry), my parents Maureen (3rd grade teacher, CAUTION: merciless power walker) and Joe (retired Marine Corps Colonel, CAUTION: usually grumpy), and my crazy sister Heather (she's a middle school counselor, CAUTION: can be pernicious) who was thankfully hubby-less for this trip (heheh). Note that the only kids in this sleigh are in our hearts which doesn't necessarily mean that this trip was devoid of meltdowns but it definitely means that we partied hard!

And don't let me forget to introduce our Christmas pooch, Loki, who is less like a pooch and more like a friendly behemoth:



As I just mentioned, this was our first adventure in the World! (Well, my parents visited the MK in 1972 but that doesn't really count in the grand scheme of things) I've desperately wanted to go for the whole of my life but since we live about an hour away from DL my parents didn't really see the point (plus they hate flying and Florida is rather far away!). This past June my brother's family moved away to Texas and we were so sad that we immediately made plans to visit them on Christmas. And well, Texas is totally on the way to Florida. So that's how it all started; the monstrosity that is this trip was born on a hot summer afternoon in July. And I turned into a planning monster. Ever met one of those? Queue itinerary:



In addition, I made my own park hours grid in order to (hopefully) strategically avoid the imminent holiday crowds:



Here's how it's organized: (think of the traffic light analogy)
bright green = least crowded (best option)
light green = not too crowded (ok option)
orange = pretty crowded (2nd to worst option)
hot pink = most crowded (worst option)
*gift boxes indicate which parks we'll most likely be visiting that day.

Before we left, I made these nifty little pocket itineraries and my Mom laminated them at school. One side has our master itinerary and the other has the park hours grid:



Even if you're not a planning monster like I am but maybe just a planning creature, I highly recommend pocket itineraries. The park hours grid w/ EMH was also a hit and was way more efficient than digging out the fifty million park brochures you acquire during the week.

So now that we're finally beyond all those TR formalities like the who and the when and the why (but you know we all love 'em here on the DIS) let's get started!


~TABLE OF CONTENTS~

Here's what we have so far:

DAY 1: Friday | 12/17/2010

DAY 1.0: Let's get the heck outta here, David Boreanaz!
DAY 1.1a: Florida for the 1st time! Shades of Green!
DAY 1.1b: Florida for the 1st time! Shades of Green!
DAY 1.2a: Falling over a bench. Trapped in Mouse Gear!
DAY 1.2b: Falling over a bench. Trapped in Mouse Gear!
DAY 1.3: Dinner at Coral Reef w/ Super-Waiter
DAY 1.4: Epcot EMH; There be a Maelstrom ahead!


DAY 2: Saturday | 12/18/2010

DAY 2.1: Singin' in the Rain in the Downtown Disney
DAY 2.2: The AK Lodge at Christmas: "Welcome home" / Destination: AK
DAY 2.3: Festival of the Lion King!
DAY 2.4: Camp Minnie Mickey
DAY 2.5a: Jingle Jungle Parade Part I
DAY 2.5b: Jingle Jungle Parade Part II
DAY 2.6: Expedition "What in the Disney World???"
DAY 2.7: WDW Meltdown #1- The Dinner that Wouldn't
DAY 2.8: A Wishes Cruise: "I wish, I wish I could see something!"


DAY 3: Sunday | 12/19/2010

DAY 3.1: The MK is OK
DAY 3.2: A Belle smackdown at CRT!
DAY 3.3: Welcum to Florida! Love, Tom & Huck
DAY 3.4: I insist! WDW vs. DL: TKO!
DAY 3.5: With liberty and shivering for all!
DAY 3.6: It's a good thing that tree is Swiss!


And here's what's coming right up:

DAY 3.7: Dreaming along w/ a jerk.
DAY 3.8: Beaches 'n' Cream 'n' 28 degree weather
DAY 3.9: Disney's Antarctic Studios
DAY 3.10: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Freezing Lights


DAY 4: Monday | 12/20/2010

DAY 5: Tuesday | 12/21/2010

DAY 6: Wednesday | 12/22/2010

DAY 7: Thursday | 12/23/2010

Don't forget to read my random tangents, hosted by Figment

TANGENT 1: "Swing Kids" | Disneyland | Saturday 1/22/2011
PART A
PART B
TANGENT 2: "Casey Jr and I" | Disneyland | Monday 5/9/2011
PART A: Wedding Bells with the Stars
PART B: Happy Mother's Day!
PART C I: Casey Jr. and I
PART C II: Casey Jr. and I

TANGENT 3: "Ariel's Revenge" | Disneyland | Thursday 5/26/2011
TANGENT 4: Party Like It's 1996! | Wednesday 8/24/2011
TANGENT 5: Back from my Labor Day trip! | WDW | 9/17/2011
TANGENT 6: Loki's religious experience and a new baby! | 10/20/2011


CONTINUED IN NEXT POST...
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DAY 1.0: Let's get the heck outta here, David Boreanaz!

DAY 1.0: Let's get the heck outta here, David Boreanaz!

So back to the night of Dec 16th. For some reason my to-do list was absolutely exploding that day- I had to clean my apartment (it was of course already clean but I hate leaving even the tiniest mess in my habitat before going away), do laundry, get last minute emergency travel snacks at the grocery store, finish my WDW arts and crafts, put finishing touches on our vacation binder, try and do some last minute school stuff before 2 weeks of well, not doing any school stuff (mwa-haha!), and pack. I accomplished everything except the last minute school stuff. Haha.

After dinner it was time for a crafting blow-out:



During the blow-out I made sure to blast the extra special Full House 2 parter, "The House Meets the Mouse," in the background. I adored that Danny Tanner also approved of detailed itineraries:



I actually had to finish up the header on my WDW countdown. Love that I did that the night before departure:



Next I made some festive magnets so we could decorate our door at Shades of Green (SoG):



Now that that was out of the way, I decided to start packing at 11pm (haha, whoops).

Plane games:



Laura's "special" homemade Epcot map... where the hotties are! Let's go!



My holiday movie collection and my new Mickey Mouse DVD case. I almost lost this thing in Texas! My fav out of all of these? By far, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.



Somehow packing wound up taking forever and I decided to stroll into bed around 2am, which was very stupid since our flight left at 8:40am that morning. The alarm went off at 5am and I arose feeling not refreshed as that would have been ideal, but rather delirious (I think I wound up getting barely 2 hrs of sleep). While jamming oatmeal in my face and catapulting my toothbrush and various last minute odds and ends into my suitcase, I decided that that was the perfect time to pay my bills???

Since we were flying out of LAX (flights to Orlando out of San Diego were the smelliest things ever and the only direct flight to Orlando that week was out of LAX) my parents and Heather were being picked up from their respective houses in San Diego and shuttled to LAX. Meanwhile I would depart from my apartment in LA and walk to the nearby FlyAway shuttle stop and meet them at the airport.

My goal was the 6:30am shuttle and I made it by the skin of my teeth!! I was power walking so ridiculously that my right heel kept kicking my poor suitcase plus I was carrying my crown in my other hand b/c I couldn't get it to safely fit into my suitcase or backpack. Must...get...to...WDW!!!! I probably looked completely mad stalking up the street and brandishing my crown in the early morning darkness. The people on the shuttle were definitely taking a good long look.

Well, we all eventually wound up at the airport! I was speechless when the grump of all grumps, my sister, stole my crown! That Disney magic is a most powerful thing:



Our chariot awaits:



As we were lining up to board, a man w/ his 2 small children, apparently just returned from a pit stop of some sort, walked up to meet his wife who was standing right next to us. Then they proceeded to the first class line. Suddenly my Mom whipped around: "Was that just David Boreanaz???"

"No way!" I scoffed and was highly amused at the utter randomness of my Mom's claim. But when we saw them board first class we were intrigued. As we prepared to board the plane I saw the man's 7-8 yr old son through the window and he was seriously a miniature, blonde David Boreanaz. Then we of course all secretly stole our respective glances as we walked past and OMG it was David Boreanaz! Crazily enough I was a HUGE Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan back when I was 13 and was absolutely THRILLED to be flying to WDW w/ my childhood obsession. Hahaha I LOVE flying out of LAX! Let's get the heck outta here, DB!

Next time: we arrive in Florida and check into Shades of Green!!!
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Loving it so far!! Can't wait to read more!
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Following from your PTR! Sounds like you had a lot of fun, can't wait to read the rest!
And National Lampoon is a family tradition in my house; we watch it every Christmas Eve because it's just so funny.
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Okay, so I clicked because I saw DB in the title, but I'm glad I did. I was there with my best friend almost exactly the same dates, so I'm excited to read about what you guys did, especially with your super planning skills!
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I too saw David in the title and had to check it out.
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Great start! I love a good celeb sighting that doesn't involve exerting our serious stalking skills (I prefer to reserve those for Helen.) Also love that such a beautiful photograph of Danny Tanner graces the first page of this TR! Looking forward to more, the summary of events sounds magnificent!
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I'm loving it too! Your summary of highlights is too good to pass up, as is that beautiful shot of Danny Tanner, as Laura noted.
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Loving it so far!! Can't wait to read more!
Thanks so much for coming!!!!


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Following from your PTR! Sounds like you had a lot of fun, can't wait to read the rest!
And National Lampoon is a family tradition in my house; we watch it every Christmas Eve because it's just so funny.
OMG thanks for coming on over! I hope you guys had a blast at Shades- I really adored that place and need to return immediately. And that's hilarious that Chevy is also one of your Christmas traditions- people think I'm the kookiest for being obsessed w/ that film!

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Okay, so I clicked because I saw DB in the title, but I'm glad I did. I was there with my best friend almost exactly the same dates, so I'm excited to read about what you guys did, especially with your super planning skills!
How exciting! I hope you had a fabulous time!! Haha- our crazy David B encounter was such a fitting way to kick off our crazy trip!

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I too saw David in the title and had to check it out.
Hahaha too bad I didn't get a chance to play paparazzi! I totally would've harassed him but he was obviously off to WDW w/ his wife and 2 kids, so absolutely no one that I saw bothered him in the least bit. We were all quite proud of ourselves.
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Great start! I love a good celeb sighting that doesn't involve exerting our serious stalking skills (I prefer to reserve those for Helen.) Also love that such a beautiful photograph of Danny Tanner graces the first page of this TR! Looking forward to more, the summary of events sounds magnificent!
Hahaha I know! David just fell into my hands. I really loved it SO much. Dude, Helen has escaped the wrath of L&L Investigations for far too long. She's on borrowed time now. And seriously, I was literally cramming pizza into my face and drinking gallons of water while flipping out over Full House that night- it was ridiculous. I was like stupid excited!

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I'm loving it too! Your summary of highlights is too good to pass up, as is that beautiful shot of Danny Tanner, as Laura noted.
Hahaha I'm glad you appreciate DT! He was my inspiration. And is that a new ticker I see???? You guys might as well just get APs! Someday when I have a real job I aspire to own the ultimate gold AP: good for both DL and WDW!
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Yay, you started! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!

But okay, confession. I had no idea who David Boreanaz was until just now. But now that I know, hey, that's pretty cool!
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Yay, you started! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!

But okay, confession. I had no idea who David Boreanaz was until just now. But now that I know, hey, that's pretty cool!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!! Now it's your turn! And haha that's so ridiculous about David Boreanaz- he's not Christian Bale or anything but he's still pretty awesome!
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Another Merry Christmas in the World 2011!!!

OMG I HAVE A NEW TICKER!!!!!!! What in the Disney World is going on here??? I'm gettin' really spoiled!
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And is that a new ticker I see???? You guys might as well just get APs! Someday when I have a real job I aspire to own the ultimate gold AP: good for both DL and WDW!
It is a new ticker, but of course only I am going (with my parents - no Laura)! I did have an AP that expired after our September trip, and I'll be getting a new one for this upcoming trip - worth it for the discount on 2 rooms I'll be getting this trip, plus I'm sure I'll be back later this year.

I'd also love a golden AP, but sadly I don't think I could ever make it to DL often enough to justify it.

Your new ticker is cut off in your sig! When are you going?! Christmas, I take it, but what dates?
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It is a new ticker, but of course only I am going (with my parents - no Laura)! I did have an AP that expired after our September trip, and I'll be getting a new one for this upcoming trip - worth it for the discount on 2 rooms I'll be getting this trip, plus I'm sure I'll be back later this year.
OMG Laura told me that she refused to go and I think I had an aneurism! I guess I can't relate since I've only been once! When we went on the monorail for the first time and passed the castle on the way to Epcot I was practically flipping out and the other people in our car truly thought we were insane. Couldn't stop staring at that thing! It's a monstrosity compared to Sleeping Beauty castle.

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Oh dear- I just made my sig photos smaller so hopefully you can see it now! We're actually planning on the same exact dates: arriving 12/17 and leaving 12/24. I hope we'll be as lucky crowd wise as we were this year- I was frolicking through an empty MK on multiple nights. I think maybe since it was so cold people just went back to their hotels. I love how when it gets below 60 deg over here I go into shock but I don't seem to mind 28 deg while at WDW.
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