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Old 08-14-2011, 05:09 PM   #1
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"Oh, it's raining..let's stay another day!" - An August 2011 TR - *UPDATE: 9/15*

Hi everyone!
Welcome to my third trip report!! (feel free to check out my others in my signature if you're really interested in my trips.) We just got back from Florida today and we left Disney on the 11th.
We were in Disney for eight days (it was supposed to be seven, but as you can gather from my title, we stayed an extra! ) It was a great trip with not too many crowds.

Now on to the introductions!

First up is me, Celeste. I'm 17 years old.

My favorite Disney movies are Beauty & the Beast and Toy Story! My favorite characters are Belle & Woody and my favorite rides are Space Mountain, Test Track, It's A Small World, Soarin', & Expedition Everest (which I rode for the first time this trip!).

Next is DSis, Tina. She's 20 years old.

(She's on the left in case you couldn't tell, haha)
Her favorite movie is The Little Mermaid with her favorite character being Ariel. And I think she likes Space Mountain & Tower of Terror as her favorite rides.

Our final travelers are my parents:

My Mom's favorite movie is Lady & the Tramp and her favorite character is Minnie. Her favorite rides are Soarin’, Test Track, & Toy Story Mania!
My Dad's favorite Disney movies are Pirates of the Caribbean & The Jungle Book with his favorite character being Mickey. He likes Big Thunder Mountain, Goofy’s Barnstormer, in the first row! (sadly it was closed this year), & Test Track.

We had a great week! We were in Disney for 8 days. We arrived on August 3 and left on August 11. From August 11 through August 14 we visited my grandma who lives in Florida.

Here's a look at what we did:

August 3: arrive, Epcot, dinner at POFQ, MK at night
August 4: Hollywood Studios, outlets, & Downtown Disney
August 5: MK during the day & MK (again) at night
August 6: Animal Kingdom
August 7: MK
August 8: Epcot & DTD
August 9: Hollywood Studios & MK at night
August 10: (our bonus day!) DTD & Resort Hopping
August 11: Leave Disney World!

Coming Up: Traveling & Epcot!

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Old 08-14-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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Hello! I'm in!
We were both there the same time, and we were both at the MK on the 5th and 7th. Oh and DTD on the 8th, but we did that in the morning and then Hollywood Studios.
Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorites too!
Can't wait for more.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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I'm joining in! Can't wait to read all about your trip (where did you stay?)
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I'm in....Can't wait to hear about your trip!
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:18 AM   #5
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Hello! I'm in!
We were both there the same time, and we were both at the MK on the 5th and 7th. Oh and DTD on the 8th, but we did that in the morning and then Hollywood Studios.
Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorites too!
Can't wait for more.
Thank you! I'll have to check out your TR, also!
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Hi! I can't believe I forgot to put where we stayed! We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter.
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Thanks! A real update is coming soon!
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:07 AM   #6
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Day 1 - Part 1

Day 1 - Part 1

Okay, time for the first real update!
We had a 6:00 AM flight from JFK airport.We left our house around 4:10-ish my DAunt and fellow Diser (MLInDisney) drove us to the airport!
We arrived a little over an hour before out flight and got through security with no problems. We made out way to the gate, bought water bottles, and soon we were boarding!! We were row 8 so we were one of the last to board with all those extra leg room people boarding first.
I didn't take any pictures during the flight, but it was pretty uneventful. We landed early, at around 8:30!
We carried on all our luggage so no baggage claim for us! We went right over to the car rental.
Look how empty it is by the car rentals!

A funny picture of DSis..

This is DDad at the rental car place..I think he's telling me not to take any pictures of him. Too late, Dad!

Pretty soon we were on the road & driving to Disney World!!
We made our way without getting lost and more importantly with no speeding tickets!
Anyway, soon we were approaching WDW! This is the best picture I could get from the back seat:

We started to follow the signs for Downtown Disney because we wanted to go to the Hess Station to get a few cases of water.
Downtown Disney from the road:

A very bad picture of the Hess station from the car (but you get the idea):

After getting the water and stuff, we were on our way to Port Orleans: French Quarter!

(sorry for the bad picture I was too late at taking it )
We parked and headed over to the check-in area.

let the memories begin!

DMom headed over to the check-in area, while DSis, DDad, & I waited in the lobby so we didn't get in the way.

I took some funny pictures. It's just not the start of a Disney trip without funny pictures.
DSis:

DDad eating:

DMom came back soon with good news..our room was ready! Building 6 on the ground floor! (Room 6120)
Before we headed to the room though we went to the gift shop and I bought an autograph book! The one where you can put the pictures in the slot next to the autograph!
Then we went to our room..it was a pretty short walk from the food court/check-in area.
Micket made out of towels on the bed:

The beds:

DDad loading the refrigerator with water bottles...plus DSis looking funny!

The sink area, you can see me in the mirror!

We were only in the room for a short time, though. We wanted to head to the bus stops so we could go to our very first park of the trip!!
The view when you walk out of our room:

Another pic around POFQ (there will be tons..I took so many around the resort, it was so pretty!)

Approaching the bus stops!

We barely even waited when our bus pulled up..Epcot!

We boarded and were on our way to Epcot!!

Coming Up: our day at Epcot!
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TR is great so far!! The room and hotel grounds are beautiful!!! Can't wait to read this TR!!
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ooops posted twice.

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Old 08-15-2011, 04:01 PM   #9
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LOVE the start of your trip report! I can't believe we both flew out of JFK the same day! Very cool.
Great picture of the entrance sign! We were many many many rows back on the Magical Express so I didn't even attempt to get a picture of it.
POFQ looks sooo nice. I think we're going to stay there next July for 2 weeks. Should be fun, a lot of my friends have stayed there!
Can't wait for more.
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TR is great so far!! The room and hotel grounds are beautiful!!! Can't wait to read this TR!!
Thanks! The resort was great!
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ooops posted twice.
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LOVE the start of your trip report! I can't believe we both flew out of JFK the same day! Very cool.
Great picture of the entrance sign! We were many many many rows back on the Magical Express so I didn't even attempt to get a picture of it.
POFQ looks sooo nice. I think we're going to stay there next July for 2 weeks. Should be fun, a lot of my friends have stayed there!
Can't wait for more.
Oh wow, it was the same day! that's so weird!
Oh POFQ is great..you'll love it!
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Day 1 - Part 2

Day 1 - Part 2

Okay so when I last left you we were boarding a bus to Epcot!
We got off the bus and we saw the Epcot ball!

Getting closer!

I love entering the first park of the trip..it's always so exciting!

We entered Epcot and went straight to The Land so we could get fastpasses for Soarin'!





Soarin'!

Our fastpasses were for later in the afternoon, but we weren't going to use them until right before we left anyway.

Next we headed over to Test Track! DMom took this lovely picture of us:



We ride on the single rider line so there wasn't a long wait at all. I was even in the same car as DMom!
Then, we were all pretty hungry since it was lunchtime and we hadn't eaten yet. So we headed over to the World Showcase.
We took a few pictures along the way!



The first country was Mexico, but we skipped this one for today because we wanted to eat at Kringla in Norway!

The World Showcase across the lake.

We made it to Norway!

We ordered our food. DMom, DSis, & I got the Norwegian Club. It was yummy!!

DDad got roast beef..I don't have a picture though. He probably scarfed it down before I could take a picture..
For dessert I got a Cloudberry Horn! It was great, it tasted almost like a Napoleon, but with more berry flavor.

DMom got the chocolate mousse cake for dessert.

DDad & DSis got sweet pretzels for dessert, you can see them in one of the above pictures behind the glass in the bakery.
The seating area is very nice.

After we were done we walked back into Norway.
Who knew you could see Paris from Norway!

We rode the Maelstrom after lunch.

For the first time in a long time a kept my eyes open during the troll part! it's really not as scary as I remembered it from when I was 6..
Here are a few poor pictures from the ride.



Of course they let you out of the ride in a gift shop!

These sweaters are so nice.


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Day 1 - Part 2 (continued)

Aww Norwegian Donald!

A Maelstrom boat about to go down the big, scary drop!

We took pictures in front of the water fall.
Me & DSis

DMom & DDad

More scenery around Norway.

We decided we stayed long enough in Norway and decided to move on to the next country.
In this picture, if you look a guy is holding up his kid..I think he's reenacting The Lion King..

China's next!


Coming Up: More World Showcase!
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cool report. i read yours last year and enjoyed it.
looking foward to new updates.
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cool report. i read yours last year and enjoyed it.
looking foward to new updates.
Thanks for reading along again!
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