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Old 07-16-2011, 08:07 PM   #76
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As long as the drive probably feels at the time, it's gotta be so great to build all the anticipation up for the trip!!! Can't wait to read more!!! You look so cute in your bride shirt!
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As long as the drive probably feels at the time, it's gotta be so great to build all the anticipation up for the trip!!! Can't wait to read more!!! You look so cute in your bride shirt!
Thank you! It definitely builds anticipation! It's fun to watch the ETA get closer and closer!
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Following you from my TR! Subbing, but will read later!
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:20 AM   #79
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:45 AM   #80
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ARRIVAL DAY – Pt. 2

When I last left off, Miguel and I had just laid our eyes on this beautiful sight and we left the real world and entered the world of fantasy and magic for 12 days! Bye-bye real world! Hello Disney World!


Mundane things like road signs and buses seem much more exciting when they’re in Disney, and we’re always so happy to see them for the first time!


We followed those lovely signs until we reached the entrance to the MK parking area!


This was our first time staying at an MK area resort and I was so excited to go through the parking booth to get there! I got over in the far right hand lane, told them we were checking in at the Poly, and off we went! I was a little worried about getting to the Poly, since we had gotten a little turned around before when we came over for dinner on our November trip, and also when we drove to the GF for dinner there once, but luckily, it was super easy to find our resort, and we were entering our tropical paradise in no time!




After a quick stop at the security booth to get my parking pass, we easily navigated the Poly parking lot, parked the car, and got ready to head into the GCH for the first time!


As soon as we approached the entrance to the GCH, I knew without a doubt that we had picked the perfect resort for our honeymoon. I instantly felt transported away into the tropics. The entrance to the Poly is so beautiful!






Once we had taken in the beauty that is the GCH, it was time for the moment of truth! Time to check in! In an effort to save money, I booked us in a Garden View room and had kept my fingers crossed from some pixie dust that would get us an upgrade. I also had requested a specific longhouse, Tokelau, after some great recommendations here. Normally Miguel just kind of wanders around when I check in, but when we’re trying for an upgrade, I always make him come to the desk with me! LOL. It did work for us at AKL, though, so I was hoping it would here, too!

The nice CM checking us in asked if we were celebrating anything special, and I of course told her it was our honeymoon. She got so excited and made a big fuss out of it. She even printed my KTTW with my new last name, and made me sign it for the first time! Then, she opened up a drawer, and I could tell she was going for the buttons! If you read along with my PTR, then you know that after some reading here, I decided we had to have the Just Married buttons since they seem to encourage more congratulations and pixie dust (all honeymooners used to get them, but now they are reserved for couples getting married on Disney property only, and everyone else gets Happily Ever After buttons). I had actually ordered the Just Married buttons on Ebay just a week before our trip, since I was fully expecting to get the Happily Ever After ones. Well, to my surprise, the CM pulled out the Just Married buttons and handed them over to us! Even though we didn’t need them, I was so excited to get them since I knew how elusive they are. I think she actually realized her mistake, because she reached back into the drawer and got some Happily Ever After ones for us as well!


She also let another CM know that we were there celebrating our marriage, and he disappeared into a back room. I was secretly hoping that he was arranging for an upgrade, but he eventually came out with two to-go boxes filled with flowers. It turned out to be real flower leis (instead of the fake ones they give everyone checking in), which they give to honeymooners. I’ll have a picture of them once we get into the room!

Ok, finally time to find out about our room! The CM pulled out the map and circled a longhouse right next to the GCH – Rarotonga, so I knew then that we hadn’t gotten our request of Tokelau. It also seemed from the picture that this particular longhouse didn’t have any MK views, but I kept my hopes up. She gave us some directions, and off we went.

We actually got a little turned around looking for Rarotonga, and we eventually realized that we had exited out of the wrong door at the GCH. So, back in we went and then finally we found it!


Rarotonga is literally steps from the GCH. In fact, I am pretty sure it is the closest longhouse to it. It is also just steps from the Volcano pool, the quiet pool, Captain Cooks and the parking lot. It ended up being the perfect location, since we utilized all of these things frequently. In the end, I was pleased that we didn’t get out LH request, because I just don’t think we would have been as happy at another. We will definitely request Rarotonga when and if we return to the Poly!

We made our way up to the third floor, and to our room! The first thing I did was to look out the window. This was our view!


So sadly, no view of the castle, but the view ended up being perfect for us. I think for a Garden View, a view of the quiet pool was not bad at all. And, we later found out that we could see Wishes from our balcony! (Well, kind of the top half of Wishes, but it’s better than nothing!) We actually ended up seeing at least some part of the show every single night we were there.

Here are our lei pictures that I promised! Sorry the one of me is so blurry!




Ok, on to some room photos!






I couldn’t even get a picture of the room before Miguel had settled in for yet another nap! LOL. So please excuse the bed décor!






I finished up taking some pictures while Miguel slept and then I went out on the balcony to call my family and let then know that we had made it. When I called me dad, he told me that he had been calling the Poly all week trying to get us upgraded, but nothing was available. After I thanked him many times, I assured him that we would be perfectly fine in our current location, and that we loved it so far!

Apparently, Miguel wasn’t too tired because he woke up soon after I started unpacking. He was still tired enough to lay there and watched while I did all the work, though! Haha.


I didn’t take too long for me to get the suitcases unpacked, since I had put all of our park clothes in Ziplock bags. I just put all the bags in a drawer, and then we each had a separate drawer for shorts, and one for bathing suits. It worked out really well! I put all of our hanging clothes, my bags and our shoes in one section of the closet, and used the other side of the closet to store our suitcases.


After unpacking, we only had about 30 minutes or so until our dinner at ‘Ohana, so I freshened up a bit, and we both got dressed in our best tropical gear! We were excited for our first evening of our honeymoon!






Up Next: Dinner at ‘Ohana and Wishes on the Poly Beach.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:59 AM   #81
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Lovely update Courtney! I like that the CM made a fuss of you guys when you checked in - and congrats getting those Just Married pins.. I also bought mine on ebay (for about $10 lol)

That's so strange... my DH often needs a nap just when it's time to unpack the suitcases hehe!


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Old 07-17-2011, 11:02 AM   #82
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This was such an exciting post to me and it made me completely jealous! I remember riding the boat back from a day at the Magic Kingdom when I was little and seeing the Poly all lit up at night. I swore up and down that I would honeymoon there when I grew up, but it just isn't in our budget. Maybe I'll at least talk the fiance into popping over for dinner.

Speaking of, I love the earrings that you wore to Ohana. My ears are stretched so I can only wear plugs. Since I can't wear normal earrings anymore, I constantly find myself "oohing" and "ahhing" over them.

Can't wait to read more.
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Even though it may not have the best view, it does sound like your room had the best location!
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:06 AM   #84
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How sweet of your dad to try and get you guys an upgrade!!!!!! Too bad it didn't work out, but sweet nonetheless!


We had Ressies for dinner at Ohana but ended up skipping it (as we had gotten into a small fight beforehand and hadn't made up yet!) so it is on my list for next trip as a MUST do! WE have done b'fast there twice before and enjoyed it, but dinner always sounds so yummy!

As for Miguel sitting there watching you unpack...welcome to marriage!!! LOL! Just kidding, but it does sound like something my DH will do...watch me do while he sits!
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:24 AM   #85
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Lovely update Courtney! I like that the CM made a fuss of you guys when you checked in - and congrats getting those Just Married pins.. I also bought mine on ebay (for about $10 lol)

That's so strange... my DH often needs a nap just when it's time to unpack the suitcases hehe!


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Thanks, Emma! I was so surprised when she gave us the buttons! I think I spent about $15 on my Ebay ones!

It does seem like it's always the ladies doing the unpacking!


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This was such an exciting post to me and it made me completely jealous! I remember riding the boat back from a day at the Magic Kingdom when I was little and seeing the Poly all lit up at night. I swore up and down that I would honeymoon there when I grew up, but it just isn't in our budget. Maybe I'll at least talk the fiance into popping over for dinner.

Speaking of, I love the earrings that you wore to Ohana. My ears are stretched so I can only wear plugs. Since I can't wear normal earrings anymore, I constantly find myself "oohing" and "ahhing" over them.

Can't wait to read more.
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The location really was great. We loved Rarotonga! It's strange because that's never a longhouse that I hear about much here, but I really don't know how you could get a better location. And the view wasn't too bad! It was nice to be able to see at least some of Wishes!

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How sweet of your dad to try and get you guys an upgrade!!!!!! Too bad it didn't work out, but sweet nonetheless!


We had Ressies for dinner at Ohana but ended up skipping it (as we had gotten into a small fight beforehand and hadn't made up yet!) so it is on my list for next trip as a MUST do! WE have done b'fast there twice before and enjoyed it, but dinner always sounds so yummy!

As for Miguel sitting there watching you unpack...welcome to marriage!!! LOL! Just kidding, but it does sound like something my DH will do...watch me do while he sits!
It was very sweet of him! You must do 'Ohana for dinner! It is our absolute favorite! It's great if you can get an ADR around Wishes, too.
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That stinks you didn't get your room request, but it sounds likes you had a great one nonetheless. How sweet your dad kept trying for an upgrade!

That's awesome the CM did so much at check-in. Definitely a good way to start your honeymoon.

You look so pretty in your dress!
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That stinks you didn't get your room request, but it sounds likes you had a great one nonetheless. How sweet your dad kept trying for an upgrade!

That's awesome the CM did so much at check-in. Definitely a good way to start your honeymoon.

You look so pretty in your dress!
Thank you!

I was disappointed at first that we didn't get upgraded, or our request, but it all worked out ok! We really couldn't have asked for a better room!
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Alas, it wasn't meant to be to have MK view or your longhouse request! Everything worked out great in the end! That was very nice of your Dad to try to upgrade you but summer is a busy time of year for WDW!

Can't wait to hear about your first evening in WDW!
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What a sweet thing for your dad to do for you. And despite the fact that it didn't work out, I'm glad you guys still enjoyed your room. From the pictures, it looks gorgeous! And your dress for 'Ohana's is adorable!
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as always, AWESOME update! xo
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