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Old 09-22-2011, 07:38 PM   #16
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So i am packing tonight. About 80% done. Finishing up some laundry as well. Then one more day of work tomorrow. Tennis with the kids after work and then back home to finalize packing. And then on Saturday, as early as I can get DH out the door, we are leaving - YAY

PS - Tomorrow is going to be the longest day EVER !!!

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Old 09-24-2011, 07:55 AM   #17
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So I'm sitting here STARVING waiting for DH and DD to come back home after dropping off the dog. When they get here, we will all get in the car, eat breakfast at Waffle House and head out of town. I HATE waiting !!! I wanna leave NOW !!!

So in about 7-8 hours ..... we'll be pulling into the Pop Century parking lot - YAY !!!
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Old 09-24-2011, 05:48 PM   #18
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Things that we haven't done on our previous trips, but are determined to do this trip:
  • See The Festival of the Lion King at AK
  • Visit the Polynesian Resort
  • See Fantasmic
  • Go to MNSSHP
  • MAYBE ride Tower of Terror - maybe
  • See the Castle show at MK
  • See the 3:00 PM parade at MK
  • See One Man's Dream
  • See Rapunzel

6 more days !! I can't wait !!

Anyone reading - feel free to comment. I know .... I know. The exciting stuff is coming, I promise. TONS of photos and food porn !! I am scream-in-my-pillow excited !! This week is going to last FOREVER !!!
I can't believe you haven't seen FOTLK yet!!! It's like me and and the AK parade..LOL! It will be well worth your efforts! The BEST show in all of WDW IMO.

Give TOT a try. I love it. DD not so much. I got her on it again this past May b/c her friend wanted to ride it. My legs and hands were shaking when we got off. It was awesome! DD has asked not to ride this trip, and I have reluctantly agreed. You need to ride it so I can live vicariously through you. LOL!
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:03 PM   #19
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I can't believe you haven't seen FOTLK yet!!! It's like me and and the AK parade..LOL! It will be well worth your efforts! The BEST show in all of WDW IMO.

Give TOT a try. I love it. DD not so much. I got her on it again this past May b/c her friend wanted to ride it. My legs and hands were shaking when we got off. It was awesome! DD has asked not to ride this trip, and I have reluctantly agreed. You need to ride it so I can live vicariously through you. LOL!
It's funny what you just can't get to in 6 or 7 trips isn't it ?? I still didn't ride TOT ...... next trip maybe .....
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Day 1 – Part One

So I wake everyone up at about 7:30 AM. I have everything ready and DH had packed some of the car the night before. He and DD loaded up the dog and took her to the kennel while I ran a load of laundry and started the dishwasher. I cruised Disboards and facebook while I was waiting and finally DD and Dh were back and we went to Waffle House for breakfast. I would have been fine with a bagel in the car, but the kids wanted waffles so we went. Plus, a big breakfast held us over to dinner time as I had snacks packed for the ride down.

We finally leave at 10:30 AM and our GPS said that we would arrive at 5:15 PM. But I was pretty sure we would arrive before that. We stopped for a bio break in Georgia and as we were approaching the State line, we saw splat, splat, splat on the windshield. For a split second, we thought, “Well, it is raining ..” But no. It was bugs. Lots of bugs. Everywhere. The windshield was a mess. We stopped at the Georgia Welcome Center and when I got out I could see …. It was love bugs. They were everywhere. Gross. DD was a little freaked by it. We stopped for gas and to clean off the bugs and then got closer to our destination.

See the bugs all over the windshield ?? You can’t really see it good in the photo.



DD and DS not into getting their picture taken yet.







DH was OK with it.



DD warming up to the camera



Some more boring highway shots. Actually, these were the highlights ….









DS finally giving us a happy face



Getting closer







And finally …… (scroll through these next three fast)






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Day 1 – Part Two

We arrived at about 4:35 PM. And our first night would be spent here













I love this place. It has such a positive vibe. I checked in and our room was ready – YAY !! We were in the 50’s section.

Oh, and by the time we got here, the love bugs were all gone. I assume they were in season in Georgia but had passed their season in Florida. We saw some. But they weren't crazy





View from our room. It was a nice quiet room.





Inside. Very small beds.











Bath area.




Bedspread detail











Towel animal.



Carpet detail.




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Hi! I'm so happy I found your trip report and can't wait to read it. We were at the POP on 9/24 too but we were way over in the 90s. It was a great location too though and very quiet. We were only there one night too before moving to the Coronado. Looking forward to hearing the rest. We had a fantastic time and, frankly, I'm having trouble adjusting to real life.
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Hi! I'm so happy I found your trip report and can't wait to read it. We were at the POP on 9/24 too but we were way over in the 90s. It was a great location too though and very quiet. We were only there one night too before moving to the Coronado. Looking forward to hearing the rest. We had a fantastic time and, frankly, I'm having trouble adjusting to real life.
Hey girl !! Welcome back !!! I hate that we missed each other. I would have loved to have met you !! I am having a tough time adjusting to reality as well. Life is rough outside the Disney bubble ....
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Day 1 – Part Three

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More photos near the room.

















So for this night, we were on the dining plan. DH and I LOVE the dining plan. I love not having to cart food around and DH loves not having to think about how much everything costs. So we did our best to make the dining plan work for us for this one night we are staying at Pop Century. So on the way to dinner at Everything Pop.









We decided to use three counter service credits on this night and use the remaining one for breakfast the next day. So DH and I shared the Chicken Penne Alfredo



DS got chicken nuggets



DD just got Penne Alfredo – or as she calls it “noodles with white sauce”.



For dessert, DH and I had tie-dye cheesecake.



DD had a Oreo Cupcake



DS had some yogurt.

DD LOVES kettle corn so I had to buy her some of this



I really liked this as well.

Our food was good and filling and we enjoyed our dinner at Everything Pop.

Up next …. Shopping !!
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Day 1 – Part Four.

After dinner, we went to explore Everything Pop !! I really like this store. It seems to have a little of everything. I got this shirt,



Here’s some other ones I liked but didn’t buy.





I think this was a lantern, but the popcorn buckets looked exactly like it.



Both of the kids had birthday money in the form of Disney gift cards and DD’s was burning a hole in her pocket. She got a charm bracelet.



Some more Halloween Merchandise






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Day 1 – Part Five

After shopping, the kids wanted to play in the arcade. DH went back to the room to watch football.







Then the kids wanted to swim so we went back to the room so they could change. Some photos on the way …





























We watched football until everyone fell asleep.

Coming up !! Day 2 - Animal Kingdom !!
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Joining in!! Can't wait to read more about your trip! Day one looked like lots of fun!
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:32 PM   #30
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Day 2 – Part 1 – Sunday September 25, 2011

So we get up about 7:30 AM and head over to Everything Pop for breakfast. Some morning photos.





DH and I shared the bounty platter.



DS had French toast



DD had a Pop waffle and some bacon



And I had a chocolate croissant.



All of the food was OK. It was breakfast. It filled us up. The chocolate croissant was really good though and DH fussed at me for not sharing any of it with him.

So I check out and we head over to Animal Kingdom. When we went through the parking gate, the CM looked at our parking pass for Pop and said, “Do you know what that means?”. I said “Um, no.” He replied, “It means you can go play now. And be careful, it’s a jungle in there.” It was pretty funny. Anyway, we got to the park right after rope drop.





We got through the turnstiles and DH headed over to the safari to get FP’s. I stopped and bought a pouch for my lanyard to store all my cards and money and DD wanted some sunglasses.





Some more photos as we made our way over to Expedition Everest



























So we met DH at EE and there was no wait for the ride. DS and I got right on it. DH and DD won’t ride this. I am not sure why. I don’t think this is a really scary coaster. While we were on the ride, DD conned DH into buying her a Yeti Cat.





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