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Old 05-23-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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We're touring Disney like a 3 year old (2TRs in 1!)- UPDATE 5/18 pg. 46

Hi, Hello, Hiya, Howdy and Welcome!

Welcome to my 2nd attempt at writing a TR that is half as entertaining as the ones that I read and subscribe to. Some of you may have popped over to my very first attempt at Our First Trip as Family of Three from last year.

Or you may have just been curious enough to click on this Trip Report.

Whatever the reason, I am very excited that you have decided to stop by.

Welcome to

We’re on our way to the “Magical Kingdom!”

As I mentioned, this is my second trip report ever, and it actually happened this February (2011). I know it’s quite a bit late to get started, but I wasn’t planning on writing a trip report. However, this has been the longest winter ever and even as I type this, the weather outside is still gloomy and cloudy and cool. Add in the fact that we currently do not have a Disney trip planned on the horizon and I can feel the beginnings of Disney depression setting in. So I’m hoping that reliving our fabulous trip to Disney World will help pass the time away.

So let’s get this show on the road!

Let me start with some basic introductions:

The star of my TRs, our little girl. She has gone three times and is only 3 years old. Lucky girl!

Here she is at Halloween this past October (it’s a little blurry). As you can tell, she is definitely a Disney gal!

She wants to be Jessie when she grows up.

Here’s a picture of me and the little munchkin from our May trip last year.

And here is a photo of my hubby getting ready to dig into our first Ohana meal a few years ago.

That is when we discovered the joys of eating around Disney.

The plan was for the three of us to fly down to Walt Disney World on February 2, 2011-February 15, 2011. That was the plan anyways……more on that coming up.

We were going to be staying at Port Orleans Riverside for most of the trip and once again taking advantage of Free Dining. With all the different promotions out at that time, we did the math and this was what worked out best for us. There was a bit of hemming and hawing though as I was faced with a decision: 5 days at a deluxe or almost twice as long at a moderate/value resort. We were totally spoiled on previous trips with stays at the Dolpin and Beach Club, but also enjoyed our time at the Pop.

So did I want to try out my dream resort – the Poly or try out a new moderate? Duh – given the chance for a longer vacation? That decision took me about 10 seconds.

I think that’s about it for the basic info. I hope you guys will want to continue to read along. I love having readers and let me know how I’m doing. Feel free to comment away as I have been coming out of my Dis shell.

Here we go!

Unexpected addition to the TR.....snippets and a mini-TR of our August 2011 trip to Orlando. I'll be recapping some Disney time as well as some Wizarding World of Harry Potter time! Yes, that's right. We headed over to the dark side for a few days. So basically, this is like a bonus TR - read one, get one free!

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This page will be saved for Chapter links.....

Yup, gonna try get all fancy and learn some new things with this TR.

Hope it works.....

Getting there
Trying to Escape the Crazy New England Weather

First day
Breakfast with friends (2 posts)
Little Annie meets Big Annie
First ever Dumbo Ride
The Infamous Brazilian Tour Groups
Princesses, teacups and nighttime parades

Second day
Annie gets a new friend
Greetings from the Animal Kingdom
Dining with Princesses (2 posts)
Saying Goodnight to Epcot (2 posts)

The weekend
Our Weekend Outside of the Parks (2 posts)

Fifth Day
Back to the Magical Kingdom
Fairies, haircuts and a superbowl MVP
Flying Fish and Illuminations

Sixth Day
Breakfast with Donald before heading off to Camp
Conservation Station
Leaving AK to explore Orlando

Seventh Day
Our BIG Jessie moment!!!
Jessie video
Bopping around the MK

Eighth Day
The Great Piggy Bank Adventure
Continuing our Adventures Around Epcot
Today’s favorite friend is Minnie Mouse

Ninth Day
He really does smell like strawberries!
The Real Stars of Hollywood Studios – or at least for a 3 year old

Tenth Day
She must have character radar!
Afternoon Follies
Snapshots around the World, complete with flashbacks (2 posts)

Eleventh Day
A moose, Einsteins and Hollywood (2 posts)
WHoop-De-Doo, and another whoops…

Twelth Day
Hey Mickey, you're so fine. You're so fine, you blow my mind. Hey Mickey! (2 posts)
Who needs rides when there are characters that you can meet…again92 posts)
Now it’s time to say good-bye, to all our family…..

Why I bring a toddler to Disney - my quick wrap-up

Our August Trip to the Dark Side with a touch of Disney
The Invitation
The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
The Hungarian Horntail
The Second Task (2 posts)
Finally back to our happy place!
Rides? Wait, there’s more to Disney than characters?
Magic Kingdom at Night
It's Mickey waffle time
Water Parks and More
Pit Stop at the Airport
In the Wake of a Hurricane lies a Blizzard
It's a Small, Small World
Now it's time to say goodbye

A few of our Favorite Things - the TR wrap-up

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I'm going to try and follow along. The New England gloominess has got me looking forward to my trip in October.

Your daughter is adorable BTW. I hope you follow through with your TR!

"You held me down, but I got up, Get ready cause I’ve had enough."

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Originally Posted by tankgirl427 View Post
I'm going to try and follow along. The New England gloominess has got me looking forward to my trip in October.

Your daughter is adorable BTW. I hope you follow through with your TR!
Thank you! and Yay! A reader!

I know what you mean about the gloominess. And coming from New England, you will totally appreciate our "getting to" Disney World adventure.

I will definitely try to get the TR moving along soon, but unfortunately I need to get ready for work now. I managed to keep my first TR going at a reasonable speed, I think. October should be an awesome time to visit. I know a few friends going around that same time.
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I'm in!

I can't wait to hear about your trip and see all of the adorable pics of your munchkin!
For the first time in 4ever... I don't have to go home!

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I'm joining in! I followed along with your previous TR (well lurked!) but am trying to get more involved on the boards.

And coming from England, can completely understand what you mean about cold and gloomy weather! Just looking at lovely pictures of blue skies makes me feel a little happier

Your little girl is adorable, looking forward to following along.

My 1st trip report, Sept 2011!
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Well - your little girl is so cute. How can I not join in?!

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I'm glad you've decided to do a TR Your little one is such a cutie I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!
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looking forward to reading about your trip.. We were there the last week in Feb

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Count me in too. I do apologize in advance...I live in beautiful Sunny But Hot Florida. About 1 1/2 hours from the magical place. So looking forward to your report. You have a beautiful little girl...

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I'm here!

I followed along on your last one, and can't wait to hear all about this one as well!

Your daughter is absolutely adorable and can't wait to hear more
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Beautiful family! I can't wait to hear about your adventure.
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