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Old 09-12-2011, 12:48 PM   #1
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The Bananas Take On WDW, lots of pics, leaving for F&W today

This trip report will be a continuous one for the year we have our Seasonal AP.

The Bananas take on WDW, dining edition

The we:
-Myself, Janabananas, aka Janet, turned 32 on my bday trip, 2011
I love all things Disney and love the immersion I feel when I am at WDW. No driving, I love the transportation. I tend to forget about regular life stuff when I am here. I love the food and the rides and singing along to all the songs.

-DBF, Jaybananas, aka Jason, 35 and along for the ride
He goes because I love going. He was rather cynical (he says pragmatic and realistic) before going on our first trip, but when we got on property he was singing along too and really loves the opportunity to try all the food options available. Don't let him fool ya, he looks all grouchy but he lights up when he gets to ride Figment or sees the aquarium at the Seas or after watching the Tiki Birds at the Tiki Room.


-DS 12, Nickybananas, aka Nickolas
-DS 8, Joeybananas, aka Joseph



The why: I really love WDW and found it was cheaper for us to get SAP on the payment plan offered to FL residents then to get tickets for our first trip. So we decided "why not, let's get the year pass and we can go whenever we choose to." We also decided to get Tables in Wonderland which was a $75 investment that pretty much paid for itself within our first trip. We both like the rides and I have my favorites but we LOVE Disney dining options. There are just so many different dining experiences to be had at WDW.

The how: We are lucky to live about 70 miles (or 1.5 hours, depending on traffic) away from WDW, so we drive over.

The where: Well, duh, WDW of course, but specifically stayed at POP our first trip, will stay there again for F&W (we are going for the F&W not hotel). After being there for 4 days, it felt like home to me. DBF found it LOUD!!! and a bit of sensory overload, but he understands that for the price and amount of time we plan on spending at our hotel, it is a great value.

We got a really good AP price to upgrade to WL for our anniversary trip in January. I am so excited about that!!
And we are renting points for my bday trip in Sept 2012, so we are staying at BWV. That hotel is already booked and paid for!!


PTR List

My first attempt at a PTR..... Please be kind.

Food & Wine PTR


Trip List:
Sept 8-11, 2011 , my 32nd birthday trip!!
Day 1:
POP and our arrival
More pics of POP
DHS day, or please move the hat in the middle of the road before it gets towed, thanks!
POP pool time
Kona Cafe and the scariest ride of all
Day 2:
EPCOT morning
Drinking around EPCOT
EPCOT at night, and Tokyo Dining Review
Day 3:
AK day
DTD/Raglan Road review
Day 4:
MK day and leaving the World til next time

I interrupt the BDAY trip report with TR for MK 40th Anniversary TR

Nick's 13th Birthday
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:18 PM   #2
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POP and our arrival

My birthday trip, Sept 8-11, 2011, just me and dbf for this trip, my boys will be joining in for later trips.

DBF and I stayed at POP, and this is what we drove up to!!

I started squealing as soon as we up to the parking lot!! We did online checkin, which was a good thing because the regular line had a lot of people checking out. We got our packet and room keys. Our room wasn't ready, but I wasn't expecting it to be ready yet because we got there at about 8:15 am. We did find out that we were in building 6 on the third floor.

We knew we were going to DHS so I of course wanted to RUN!!! to the bus hop on and hold on so we could pick up our passes and Tables in Wonderland ticket, which would mean we needed to hurry to make Rope Drop so we could get on TSM!!!! That didn't happen at all. DBF wanted to check out the map and read every pamphlet in the packet. I ended up having a panic attack.... Not good!! This ended up being the first of several , but luckily DBF talked me out of them. This will be a theme throughout this first trip and hopefully none to follow. I can only explain that I get so excited and when something gets in the way (DBF, bus system, other folks), I freak the frak out. We ended up getting to DHS and did everything we wanted by 230pm. 9am-230pm, not bad right?!



After lunch, we got our awaited text that we are in room 6322. We got there and found it is lake facing although there is no lakeview, only trees. It is a great location, though. A very short walk to buses and Everything POP and Hippy Dippy Pool and the Computer Pool. Also very quiet which is what we wanted. We are of the mindset that we would pay more if need be, to be away from the pools.


We got to look at Mickey's butt everyday as we got on the elevator.... LOL!!


If you stay in the 70's buildings, use the parking for 90's. The parking for 70's is way out of the way.

Most of the POP pics were taken the day we left because I forgot to take them when we got there. (remember the panic attack?)
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:24 PM   #3
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More pics of POP













All DBF could say about this was "Someone could break a pelvis!!"
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I'm here!! That's great that you still got to do DHS by 2:30. Can't wait to read more!
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:38 PM   #5
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There is a hat in the middle of the road, please move it before it is towed!!





We arrived at DHS around 9:15am, after getting our passes and TIW card. I knew my plan but I didn't really clue DBF into it because I figured he didn't care. Boy, was I wrong.... I found out he wanted to be very involved in the planning. Also besides that and keeping my panic attacks in check, he also had to keep my health in mind. If you read my PTR or have read about me, I am in CHF and have cardiomyopathy. I am able to do most things without a problem. However, sometimes I forget I am sick and think I can still run 100mph. Ooops, not good.

Well anywho, we walked to TSM and saw there was a wait of 25 minutes. We decided to go ahead and ride it instead of getting a FP for it. DBF said we are here and there is no need to back track, and the park is pretty dead (which it was, yeah September crowds!!).

I grabbed a danish & a coke and ate that before we got on. I didn't eat bf and needed to take my meds so I ate fast and prepared for the wait.

Just a little note DBF has been very cynical about this trip. His mindset is that it will be 4 days away from work, otherwise he could care less.... He ended up loving WDW and didn't want to leave.

When we finally got on TSM, there was a posted wait time of 25 minutes.

We found we were on and off the ride within 20 minutes. Not bad at all, right?? AND dbf loved it so much he wanted to ride again. We got FP's and started to walk to TOT and RNR.



I did notice that Narnia: Prince Caspian was closing two days after our DHS day so I decided to get a pic, although we didn't go through it. I found it to be a waste of time my last trip, so I was glad to see it go Bye, Bye!!.

We walked by Starring Rolls and their wasn't much cupcake selection, so I didn't get many food porn shots. But here are two.


I won't ride TOT and dbf won't ride RNR, so we split up. I got my first bit of pixie dust on RNR. I used the single rider line and pretty much walked up to get on. After my ride, a CM saw my birthday pin and asked me if I wanted to ride again, no wait. I said "You betcha!" and got on again. I rode RNR twice before dbf was done with TOT. Awesome!!

After RNR and TOT, we decided to walk to Star Tours. We are both turbo sci-fi nerds and love Star Wars. We walked by Indiana Jones and saw a show would be starting on about 30-45 minutes, so we decided to go back after Star Tours.

We loved the new Star Tours! A vast improvement on the old version.

We went back to Indiana Jones and took in the show.

After Indiana Jones, we walked back to TSM to use our FP. DBF loved it even more the 2nd time around.

It was about lunch time so we started walking over to Pizza Planet Arcade. We wanted to see the car stunt show so we decided to have lunch over there so we could get there easily. Well we got lost in the Streets of America and it took us a bit longer than it should have to get lunch and eat it. So we ended up missing the show. No big deal though because after lunch our room was ready by 2pm.

We both had the chicken salad, which I would eat again. It was light and flavorful. While the pizza and meatball subs looked good, they both looked heavy for what we wanted to eat.

On our way out, I found the Writer's Shop and grabbed a carrot cake cookie. Good Lord was it good!! I could eat one right now!!

This is what we saw as we walked out.

We ended up getting back to POP and into our room by 315pm or so.

Next post will be our only time at the pool and dinner at Kona Cafe, followed by Wishes as viewed at Poly Beach.
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I'm here!! That's great that you still got to do DHS by 2:30. Can't wait to read more!

WOOT WOOT!! Thanks for joining me!!
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More to come tomorrow!! Dolphins are playing MNF!! against the Pats....
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I'm in!

I'm confused, were the kids with you or not? I thought not, but they are included in the introduction, and then never mentioned again.

Your first day sounds great so far!
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Great trip report so far! Love the pictures of Pop and how cool that you got a little extra pixie dust for your birthday and got to ride Rock n rolercoaster twice!
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I'm here too! Love all the pictures, can't wait to see the rest!
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Woot I made it! here for the after party!
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I'm in and caught up. Sounds awesome
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I'm here, I'm here! Sorry I'm late, Ms. Banana!
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I'm here!! Love those Pop Century pics! Making me anxious to get there!!
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joining in! that cookie does look good! i like the idea of a year long trip report- lets us see all the FL updates!
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