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Old 07-17-2011, 10:05 PM   #31
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I'm checking in as a fellow BC enthusiast and looking forward to your report.

I really enjoyed your last one! We are heading to BCV in August and I'm trying to see how I can squeeze in a day @ IOA.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:24 PM   #32
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I'm checking in too! We will be arriving at Universal for two night in just three weeks, before our Beach Club stay. Can't wait to read your trip report!!!
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:50 PM   #33
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Joining in! Marlton Mom gave quite the announcement (advertisement) on the BC/YC thread!
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:44 PM   #34
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I'm here from the YC/BC thread too. Looking forward to your report!
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:04 AM   #35
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Dee,

We're here with all the others waiting for the details of "the place that cannot be named" trip report. Glad you made it back. Hope you have time to rest up before you sit down to put it all out there for all of us to see.
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Old 07-18-2011, 05:19 AM   #36
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Hey all!

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I'm here Dee...and looking forward to your trip report!! Welcome back. Can't wait to hear what you have to say about US/IOA. My family went there for 2 days during our Disney trip in 2005. I'll wait to comment on our thoughts until I read yours. My kids would love to visit the WWOHP. Before we went to WDW last August (remember Flat Dee came to our DIS Meet!) our kids were saying I can't believe we aren't seeing HP since it just opened (and I told them that's exactly why...the crowds were crazy!).

Anyway...I'm buckled up and ready for the ride....

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Glad to have you here! Can you believe it is time for Flat Dee to take another trip! I have to get in gear if I am going to make it to the meet on July 25.

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I'm checking in as a fellow BC enthusiast and looking forward to your report.

I really enjoyed your last one! We are heading to BCV in August and I'm trying to see how I can squeeze in a day @ IOA.
Thanks for coming! Have you checked the website for Dreams Unlimited? They were offering a deal for around $120 for a one day admission that includes transportation to/from Disney resorts and US/IoA.

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I'm checking in too! We will be arriving at Universal for two night in just three weeks, before our Beach Club stay. Can't wait to read your trip report!!!
I should be able to get some helpful information into the trip before you go, but if not, we can talk privately.

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I'm here from the YC/BC thread too. Looking forward to your report!
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Dee,

We're here with all the others waiting for the details of "the place that cannot be named" trip report. Glad you made it back. Hope you have time to rest up before you sit down to put it all out there for all of us to see.
I'll try to get to the "good stuff" as soon as I can. I appreciate you following along!
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:25 AM   #37
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Followed MM here also. Can't wait to hear your report!
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:20 AM   #38
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Hi Dee! Followed you here from the Y/BC thread. Can't wait to read all about it!
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:19 AM   #39
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Can't wait to read your report. We are planning on spending a day at IOA on our upcoming December trip, still debating on adding Universal. We (myself and my mother) are mostly going to see Harry Potter world and are dragging my husband and 2 daughters along for the day.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:02 AM   #40
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Another person following Marlton Mom's directions over here!!!

Looking forward to your report - we too are planning a day on the "dark side". Especially after seeing the last movie, my kids cannot imagine a trip to Orlando without going to see WWoHP...
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:38 AM   #41
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Followed MM here also. Can't wait to hear your report!


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Can't wait to read your report. We are planning on spending a day at IOA on our upcoming December trip, still debating on adding Universal. We (myself and my mother) are mostly going to see Harry Potter world and are dragging my husband and 2 daughters along for the day.
Are you going in early December or during vacation week?

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Another person following Marlton Mom's directions over here!!!

Looking forward to your report - we too are planning a day on the "dark side". Especially after seeing the last movie, my kids cannot imagine a trip to Orlando without going to see WWoHP...
Even my husband, who is a major muggle, appreciated how impressive WWoHP is!

Next installment coming right up!
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:49 AM   #42
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Next up: Arrival Day- Ciao Baby!

When I left off, we were all getting a good night’s rest for the long day ahead. The morning was uneventful, car service arrived at 4:45 and we were off to the airport. We had checked in on-line, so went right to the place where you hand over the luggage.

Next we headed to security. We hand over our boarding passes and drivers’ licenses. The TSA guy is kidding around with us and then he says to my husband “Your license is expired”. I say “You’re joking!” (forgetting that TSA guys probably don’t make a whole lot of jokes with travelers). The license Mark handed over had indeed expired. He keeps the old one in his wallet- some places ask you to leave a license as a “return guarantee” when you borrow something. He found his actual license and handed that over.

PHEW!!!

Through the gate, and into line for breakfast at Dunkin Donuts. Last DD iced coffee before the trip. Why are there no Dunkin’s in Orlando???





Flight took off- this was probably one of the best flights we have been on. Nobody’s ears popped. Smooth flight. Mark and I got to sit together, in the seats in front of the boys. The boys were super on the flight. Ben was drawing pictures of the 50 states in a notebook. He is currently on a geography kick. Loves to watch “How the States Got their Shapes” and he is collecting quarters from the 50 states. Nate was reading a little bit. He hates to read. I can’t get him to read what he needs to for school, never mind for pleasure. But the night before our trip, he asked if he could read Stephen King’s Cell. I am a major SK fan, but Cell was one of my least favorite of his books and it was fairly gory (A “Pulse” causes cellphone users to become flesh-eating zombies). But Nate was asking to read!!! Go for it!

My reading material was the book Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips. It is about the Greek Gods living in modern day London. Hilarious, but a bit raunchy. Reminded me a lot of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


We arrived at MCO at 10 am, and got on the little monorail thingy. Yay, first ride of the day!





When we arrived in baggage claim, our driver was there with my name on a sign.

Our two checked suitcases were already on the carousel.

Off we went and we arrived at Portofino Bay Resort by 10:45!!!









We were third in line at the check-in desk. I had requested a balcony room, but there are only two in the Villa (Concierge) Wing, and they were both occupied when we arrived. There was a room ready when we checked in at 10:45 am.




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Next up: All about the Portofino

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Old 07-18-2011, 10:28 AM   #43
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So excited to read your TR! Perhaps it's a guilty pleasure, because we still haven't convinced ourselves it's worth going to see WWHP just yet....

And I think you've made DisBoards history with the first Follower comprised of a family of inanimate objects!

Which reminds me, I need to chat with the Noodles about September.... hmm....
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:35 AM   #44
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So excited to read your TR! Perhaps it's a guilty pleasure, because we still haven't convinced ourselves it's worth going to see WWHP just yet....

And I think you've made DisBoards history with the first Follower comprised of a family of inanimate objects!

Which reminds me, I need to chat with the Noodles about September.... hmm....


I was going to use the word inanimate, but I didn't know if that was PC and I was afraid Paul would be offended, so I used the term non-human instead. The members of the Noodle family are definitely animated!
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:18 AM   #45
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Hey Dee! So glad to see that you've started the report. I'm going back to see what I've missed out on so far.
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