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Old 03-20-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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"They've extended an hour?! I can make it!" March 13-19 TR - UPDATE 5/29 - Day 3

Hello all! I am back from a wonderful trip at the happiest place on Earth and I couldn't be anymore happiest! err..i mean, happy! I suppose an introduction is in order....

My name is Brad! I am 19 years old and I attend the University of North Florida. I am originally from NC, my parents and entire family is from Costa Rica, and I moved to Tampa my freshmen year in high school (this causes a lot of problems when asked "Where are you from?")
I'm a guy who does pretty much anything for a laugh and am really silly and playful. I love disney since I remember (disney movies that is) and didn't get to go to disney until I was about 15. I was amazed by it all.


This was my first solo trip along with being my first time staying on property, and I was so excited! I had been planning for months, so much, that I made a PTR. If you want to look over it and see what I HAD planned, I'll link it at the end of this post along with having the link in my signature.

Now, for other people who joined me...
Yes, I did say it was a solo trip, but my friend decided to join in majority of the time and I instead was solo in the evenings and mornings...either way, I didn't mind, as long as she didn't stay in my hotel room (you'll see why!!)

My friend Lili joined me for majority of the trip

She's been my best friend since about freshmen year of high school and we're still close, even though we only see each other about 2 times a year. She lives in Orlando, where both sides of her family (divorced) both live. I also convinced her into getting an AP...success

Another good friend and Lili's sister, Melanie.

she's an amazing friend and basically my sister too! I only see her once a year so I loved it being at Disney this year! lol we also convinced her to get an AP...I'm spreading this love rather quickly huh??

I was also joined by DISer for a DIS meet up...

I met up with Kendra (hintofspy here on the boards.) We met trying to find a team for the great scavenger hunt this may and decided to meet up before then. had a ton of fun and she is really cool!

I had an awesome week and I can't wait to tell you all about it!!! so grab some and join in!!!

BTW I apologize for the large pictures its to hard to resize

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Old 03-21-2011, 12:22 PM   #2
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Welcome back Brad! Sounds like you had a great time!

Look forward to reading all about your trip and the famous scavenger hunt
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:21 PM   #3
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Jumping on board for this one! I love solo trip reports. I did my solo trip when I was 18 and I affectionately refer to it as The Solo Mess LOL! It was amazing but crazy. Anyway, can't wait to read more.
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Can't wait to hear the rest . . .
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:00 PM   #5
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Welcome back Brad! Sounds like you had a great time!

Look forward to reading all about your trip and the famous scavenger hunt
thank you and welcome!! The scavenger hunt wont be until may but I will surely post something to talk all about it

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Jumping on board for this one! I love solo trip reports. I did my solo trip when I was 18 and I affectionately refer to it as The Solo Mess LOL! It was amazing but crazy. Anyway, can't wait to read more.
welcome!! thats awesome!! did you have to fly or are you near wdw? sounds fun though! and thanks!!

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lol yay! welcome and ill be updating today
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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Cool Day 1 - Getting there & being Sorcerer's Apprentices

Sunday, March 13th -
Here we go on the 'non-official' day of my report! The plan was to be ready and set to leave Jacksonville at 9...what really happened? We woke up around 11am. Go figure. I was up all night packing, cleaning, and getting ready until 7 that I took some extra hours! Of course! So by 12, we were ready to go! Didn't take much pictures because I just wanted to get to Orlando and go to Universal!
We arrive in Orlando at about 3 pm. I meet my friend at that HUGEEEE McDonalds on International Drive. (Anyone been there? Didn't go in but dying to visit the “largest playground” in a Mickey Ds. Off we go, saying goodbye to Laila and hello to Lili and Orlando. Turns out, Lili doesn't want to go to Universal...NOOOOO!!! I was heartbroken, but indeed, we were both exhausted from our previous nights' activities and instead went over to her house. We relaxed for a bit and decided, along with her older sister, Melanie, to go do something fun! Universal anyone? They weren't really up for it... Instead we decided to play some holes of putt-putt! Where you ask? FANTASIA GARDENS! Now if you've never been (first timer here!) it truly is an amazing course! Nothing TOO elaborate like other courses here in Orlando, but def. The best course I've ever been too! Plenty of surprises in store throughout the course. We arrived around 8pm to play 18-holes. Here come the pictures:



I decided to reenact a favorite scene from a classic...



Poor Melanie had some troubles in that first hole...



A more "notorious" scene from Fantasia lol







we both waited for that surprise at the end...which never happened



A nice little treat happened as we played! It was a Sunday, therefore, Fantasmic was going on right next door in DHS. The fireworks looked amazing from where we stood and we really got a kick of all that! We reluctantly played our last hole and wanted some grub? We decided to head to International drive and grab some chilis. Too bad chilis closed at 11 and it was now 11:05. What now? While the grownups decided our next move, I shot a picture of these nearby attractions:



NEVER would I do that!!! MAYBE the swings, lol, but thats it!!!

We opted to go to TGI Fridays down the street. Whoa! What a great restaurant! It had a bit of a theming going on and it was great! Our waitress was a bit rude but I imagined it could be a rough day for anyone working in Orlando on a late Sunday night. I opted for a Black Angus Burger with some Mozarella sticks and a Vanilla Bean cheesecake. TON of food! Too much for me in fact, but hey, live a little! Here are more pics:


an excellent cheesecake! so good!



us, after, that food! we just couldnt do it! lol

It was getting to be around 1am by now and we knew we had an early morning, so we TRIED to go to bed. Instead, we arrived out their father's house and it was a big reunion! We managed to talk Mel into buying an annual pass, with which we succeeded, but to our dismay, their PC was not working. Eh, we'll worry about it tomorrow! Our bedtime? 3 am. Great right? Not really....lol
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I'm here and I'm subbing! I love Fantasia Gardens it's so fun! You and your friends are adorable! Love that pic of you acting out the Lion King! I literally just did that like 20 minutes ago (but with a flower pot...Simba was nowhere to be found... ) and my mom was dyinggg.
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Sounds like you had a great time! I'm here for the rest of the journey.

I would love to play Fantasia Gardens! I only did it once before, and my dad wanted to play the green side, not the fun side.

Love Fridays! Great food and great atmosphere all the time.
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Sounds like you had a great time! I'm here for the rest of the journey.

I would love to play Fantasia Gardens! I only did it once before, and my dad wanted to play the green side, not the fun side.

Love Fridays! Great food and great atmosphere all the time.
welcome and thank you!

awe lol yeah that side looks less than thrilling haha

yeah it was pretty good! it was my first time ever so I liked it lol

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I'm here and I'm subbing! I love Fantasia Gardens it's so fun! You and your friends are adorable! Love that pic of you acting out the Lion King! I literally just did that like 20 minutes ago (but with a flower pot...Simba was nowhere to be found... ) and my mom was dyinggg.
welcome!! and yeah it is! lol thanks ))
haha are you there now or did you just do it at home? its an awesome scene to act i cannot lie....lol
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Love the Fantasia pics!

Sounds like you had a great first day and that cheesecake looks so yummy!
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:57 PM   #12
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Check in and 1st Park day...ahhhhh too much!

Monday, March 14th - So monday was my first park day. If you followed my PTR, you would see that I would be checking into POP around 11, eating at Rainforest at 12, and going to AK for the rest of the day. Here's what really happened...
I woke up at around 8 am. As far as I knew I was the only one up so I explored the house - it was my first time at their new house – and decided to wake up Lili. She took awhile to wake up so I just decided to go back to bed. Big Problem. She woke up and came to look for me and told me we were about to leave. WHAT!? I wasn't ready! She almost slapped me. She told me I had 10 minutes and to hurry because we were already late. Of course we were. I took a shower at the speed of light and didnt even have time to finish getting ready. We were in the car and ready to go by like 9:30. We rushed over to her job. Now if I didn't mention earlier, Lili is a nanny. She likes to call herself Mary Poppins (as if) and she takes care of two beautiful little girls named Alexandra and...oh geez I can't remember the other one's name...something like mickey or idk haha. Anyways we got to their house to pick them up to daycare and preschool. It was around 10:40 by the time we got all that done. We still needed to find somewhere that offered free wifi so we could buy Melanie's AP since I didn't work last night. We opted for McDonalds. I got all of her info and got the pass done. Lili bought herself a drink and off we went to POP, where we would meet up with Melanie. Here are pictures of our route and sights. Of course, I had to drive, again.

obligatory photo of the gateway into our heaven



OUR decade...of course we spent a good time on this one ))


We arrived at POP with about an hour until our 12:15 reservations at Rainforest. Too bad it wasn't more; oh boy did we fall in love! We loved EVERYTHING about POP! The atmosphere, the smells, the sights, it was all amazing!!
We headed over the check-in...nope. The line seemed like a 3 hour long wait. I decided to wait after AK to check in. We explored some more, including the gift shop and the cafe. I searched for the vinylmation I was looking for but no luck. I'll have to keep my eye out the entire week. I bought a new autograph pen while Lili bought a pen and an autograph book. It was getting to be around that time. Mel was a little frustrated with getting to the park and being late so we told her we would pick her up at DD. I quickly headed over to buy my refillable mug, filled it up, and off we went. We were running late...

I had to sit in a childseat in the back...unsafe, I know, but when you're reduced to being the youngest in the group you cant win them all



Now here's something I feel you need to know about me and my family: We've never been on time. To anything. In our lives!! This week was no exception. I don't think I made any reservation on time. We arrived at Rainforest Cafe about an hour later then my scheduled ADR and tried to save what we could with our mere late reservation. We were able to get a table and be sat down after about 30 mins. Lili had to leave at about 4 and it was just now like 1:30. Time to start freaking out a little. AK is by far my least favorite park and I think overall I could spend about 4 hours there, and thats only because of the wait of rides. We shall see what happens...

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Haha yall are too funny. There is no way I could handle being late. I think I would freak out...LOL. Well, hopefully not but I am always early. Why did Lili have to leave? I would hate to have such time restraints.
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Love the Fantasia pics!

Sounds like you had a great first day and that cheesecake looks so yummy!
hehe I really wanted to try out my photography skills on this trip but as you'll see it didnt go so well hehe and thanks! it was great

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Haha yall are too funny. There is no way I could handle being late. I think I would freak out...LOL. Well, hopefully not but I am always early. Why did Lili have to leave? I would hate to have such time restraints.
haha thank ya!!! We like to laugh Oh believe me, I was totally freaking out! The worst part, they just told me to relax! EXCUSE MEEEE haha and she had work :/ yeah it wasnt great but I didn't want to freak since I just wanted to relax...you'll see how THAT went lol
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Oh no, late to reservations? That's like my nightmare!
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