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Old 07-08-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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Talking The Three Mouseketeers Take On the World-- July 31-August 6, 2011

Hi everyone, I'm Stitchfan531, and this is the official trip report thread for my GradTrip 2011! I'm a second generation DISer and Disney freak, and this is the very first WDW vacation that I've completely planned out myself (with some help from my two tripmates, of course!).

A little bit about me and my tripmates, and our trip. We are three best friends who graduated from high school this past June. We were originally going to have two more people in our group, but for various reasons they had to drop out. So now, with twenty two days, six hours, and 59 minutes to go before Departure Day, our group numbers three-- me (Stitchfan, your host and chronicler for this trip); Mouseketeer1 (or , for speed of typing), a certified Disney Princess and my absolute best friend since second grade; and Mouseketeer2 (or ), the queen of sarcasm and drollality, whom I've had the distinct and rather unique pleasure of knowing for all four years of high school.

So how did we come up with this insane idea of going down to the World in early August? Believe it or not, it was actually my awesome, super-vacation planner mother who suggested it, right out of the clear blue sky, while we were sitting in Ohana's waiting for dinner about two years ago, the summer before my junior year. Fast forward about five or six months, to January of my junior year, and I pitched the idea to my four best friends, who all loved the idea. Fast forward again seven months, minus two members of the group, and we have everything planned out and almost paid for, and now we're just counting down the days!

So, unless something completely unexpected happens (our reservations get cancelled ), check back in twenty two days to follow along as the Three Mouseketeers take on the World!

See you next time!
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All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand!"They laugh at me, these fellows/just because I am small./They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall./I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground./The world is big but LITTLE PEOPLE turn it around!" (Little People, Les Miserables)

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Old 07-10-2011, 04:47 PM   #2
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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Pre-Trip Party-- Saturday, July 30, 2011

Day 1-- Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day 2-- Monday, August 1, 2011

Day 3-- Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 4-- Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day 5-- Thursday, August 4, 2011

Day 6-- Friday, August 5, 2011

Day 7-- Saturday, August 6, 2011

Trip Highlights, Bloopers, and "Huh?"s
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Aug '11-- Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village (Not my first trip, but the first of many that I planned/will plan myself!)

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Aug '11 Tripmates:
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My Family:
Dad Mom Me! DSis Lightning Sally

All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand!"They laugh at me, these fellows/just because I am small./They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall./I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground./The world is big but LITTLE PEOPLE turn it around!" (Little People, Les Miserables)

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Old 07-10-2011, 07:02 PM   #3
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I'm in! Can't wait to hear more about your plans! Your trip is soooo close!
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Thanks so much! I'm driving myself crazy with anticipation right now... and I've still got to go to work five days a week!
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Aug '11 Tripmates:
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My Family:
Dad Mom Me! DSis Lightning Sally

All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand!"They laugh at me, these fellows/just because I am small./They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall./I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground./The world is big but LITTLE PEOPLE turn it around!" (Little People, Les Miserables)
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Thanks so much! I'm driving myself crazy with anticipation right now... and I've still got to go to work five days a week!
Yeah, I had some problems trying to keep my mind on work during the school year, instead of just DISNEY, DISNEY, DISNEY 24/7!
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It's even worse when you've been planning for a year and a half! I must be ill or something!
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Aug '11 Tripmates:
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All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand!"They laugh at me, these fellows/just because I am small./They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall./I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground./The world is big but LITTLE PEOPLE turn it around!" (Little People, Les Miserables)
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It's even worse when you've been planning for a year and a half! I must be ill or something!
I want to start a PTR for our hopeful December 2012 trip, but Mom said I'd better finish my TR first! I like to plan ahead...sometimes a bit too far ahead!
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LOL, I'm the same way! I think it's kind of starting to get on my family's nerves, because we've only got two weekends left to pack me up for college, and here I am talking about "August" all the time!
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Dad Mom Me! DSis Lightning Sally

All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand!"They laugh at me, these fellows/just because I am small./They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall./I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground./The world is big but LITTLE PEOPLE turn it around!" (Little People, Les Miserables)
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LOL, I'm the same way! I think it's kind of starting to get on my family's nerves, because we've only got two weekends left to pack me up for college, and here I am talking about "August" all the time!
We must have similar minds or something! We had tons of end of the year testing that I needed to study for, but instead my mind would be wandering towards something Disney. What college are you going to? (You don't have to answer that if you don't feel comfortable) Have fun packing!
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I'm going to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Right now I don't know what to be more excited about-- Disney, or college! Should be an easy choice, right? Oh, well, I can be excited for both! Like Saturday-- I was cleaning out my closet and desk in preparation for packing up for college, and I had my old Classic Disney CDs playing on my iPod the whole time! I nearly died and went to Disney geek heaven when "Portabello Road" from Bedknobs and Broomsticks came on-- I'm a huge packrat, and that song is like the packrat's anthem!
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Dad Mom Me! DSis Lightning Sally

All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand!"They laugh at me, these fellows/just because I am small./They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall./I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground./The world is big but LITTLE PEOPLE turn it around!" (Little People, Les Miserables)
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I'm going to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Right now I don't know what to be more excited about-- Disney, or college! Should be an easy choice, right? Oh, well, I can be excited for both! Like Saturday-- I was cleaning out my closet and desk in preparation for packing up for college, and I had my old Classic Disney CDs playing on my iPod the whole time! I nearly died and went to Disney geek heaven when "Portabello Road" from Bedknobs and Broomsticks came on-- I'm a huge packrat, and that song is like the packrat's anthem!
Both Disney and college are pretty exciting! I LOVE Bedknobs and Broomsticks! And yes, that song is the packrat's anthem! What's your favorite Disney movie?
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It's a four way tie between Lilo and Stitch, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin. I've practically memorized the last three, and I'm a HUGE Stitch fan (couldn't you tell? ). I've also practically memorized the audio commentaries on Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Ahh, the joys of geekdom .
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All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand!"They laugh at me, these fellows/just because I am small./They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall./I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground./The world is big but LITTLE PEOPLE turn it around!" (Little People, Les Miserables)
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It's a four way tie between Lilo and Stitch, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin. I've practically memorized the last three, and I'm a HUGE Stitch fan (couldn't you tell? ). I've also practically memorized the audio commentaries on Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Ahh, the joys of geekdom .
I love all of those movies! Whenever we take long car trips, Aladdin is the movie of choice, so we too know the audio commentary pretty well! Thing3 recently discovered Bug's Life and has declared that her new favorite movie!
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Thing3 has excellent taste! I'm also a big Pixar fan, we've got every movie they've released on DVD to date with the exception of Ratatouille, which my mom didn't really like (rats in a kitchen?! )

Want to experience something spooky? Start watching Bug's Life at around eleven o'clock, with the audio commentary. It has to be at this time, or else it won't be as creepy. Have fun!
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Dad Mom Me! DSis Lightning Sally

All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand!"They laugh at me, these fellows/just because I am small./They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall./I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground./The world is big but LITTLE PEOPLE turn it around!" (Little People, Les Miserables)
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Thing3 has excellent taste! I'm also a big Pixar fan, we've got every movie they've released on DVD to date with the exception of Ratatouille, which my mom didn't really like (rats in a kitchen?! )

Want to experience something spooky? Start watching Bug's Life at around eleven o'clock, with the audio commentary. It has to be at this time, or else it won't be as creepy. Have fun!
I'll have to tell her you said that! We love Pixar too! I LOVE the Toy Story movies! We always trick-or-treat with our best friends from church and 2 years ago we decided to do a Toy Story themed group costume! I was Mrs. Potato Head, Thing2 was Jessie, Thing3 was Bo Peep, the oldest of the boys (15) was a green army man, the middle of the boys (13) was one of the aliens and the youngest of the boys (10) was Woody! This past year we did a Kim Possible theme! Sorry for rambling! I'll have to try that sometime!
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