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Old 12-07-2011, 09:52 AM   #1
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Let's turn around. Magic Kingdom is open till 1AM! 3/23 Some Final Thoughts

Hello everyone, and thanks for joining me as I write my first ever Trip Report. I wrote my first ever Pre-Trip report for this trip as well. Those of you who read it know what it said, but if you didn't and would like to check it out, here's the link. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2662484

If you didn't read the PTR and don't want to, that's fine too. I'll summarize here. DW and I have been taking vacations over the past few years with her parents or mine. We decided that this year we wanted to take DS on a family trip with just the 3 of us. We hadn't decided 100% where we were going until one day last January we had a card in the mailbox for 40% off Deluxe Resorts at Disney World... and one of the weeks available was one of the weeks we were looking at for our vacation. DW isn't as big of a Disney fan as I am, but this discount and some pictures of the Wilderness Lodge were all I needed to convince her.

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Me, Andy: Just turned 30 a week before we left. This was my 7th trip to Disney World. My favorite park is Magic Kingdom. My favorite ride is Rock n Rollercoaster.

DW: She's not 30 yet... This was her 4th trip to Disney World (and I think her favorite). Her favorite park is Magic Kingdom. Her favorite ride is also Rock n Rollercoaster, although she had to sit it out this time.

DS: He is 22 months. This was his first visit. We'll see what his favorites are as the trip goes, but Mickey and "Duck" are most definitely his favorite characters.

D?: He/She is approximately negative 5 months old, but was along for the ride.

Our plan of attack for this trip was to leave around midnight on Black Friday and drive to St. Pete Beach. Were were going to spend Friday - Sunday night there, then head up I-4 to check in at the Wilderness Lodge and have breakfast at Chef Mickeys on Monday morning. We were then to check out of Wilderness Lodge on Saturday morning, spend a day in the parks and drive to Valdosta, GA for the evening before making the remainder of the drive on Sunday. As always, everything went 100% according to plan!

ADR's we had for the trip were:
11/28: Chef Mickeys Breakfast
11/29: Whispering Canyon Lunch
11/30: Via Napoli Lunch
12/1: Tusker House Breakfast
12/2: Crystal Palace Breakfast
12/3: Le Cellier Lunch

This was my first visit since stumbling across this fantastic community on the internet and my eyes had been opened to several things that I either didn't know about or just walked by not realizing they might be worth my time as much as some of the tried and true experiences. Since we were traveling with a toddler, I planned to slow down and try some new things, eat at some new restaurants and just thoroughly enjoy my time at Disney World.

I'm sorry for the lack of pictures in this first post, but I'm writing from work and there just aren't any good "cover" pictures on my phone that I can post. We did take pictures, and we're getting a Photopass CD, so I hope to have plenty to post, especially once I get to the Disney World portion of the trip. Thanks for reading along!


Table of Contents:
What the fog???
Life's a Beach
Life's a Beach 2.0
Duck!!!
Breakfast with Character
When it Rains... We Get Wet.
Who doesn't want extra magic?
Toy Story Mania Mania
Bring on the Corn!!!
Waste a Fast Pass??? Never!!!
A Day of Firsts
BEVERLY!!!
Houston, We need a clean up.
A Half Day Park
I Love it When a Plan Comes Together
Yes, We know Wishes is about to start. No, We don't care.
We should have taken the bus
An Infinitely Holly Jolly Christmas
Where in the World Should We Eat?
A Night With Friends
The Magic of Disney First Aid
Lunch in the 51st state
Some Final Thoughts

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:06 AM   #2
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Great start, Andy. I didn't know that a new one would be arriving at some point -- congratulations.

I'm so glad you are doing a TR.
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I'll try to keep up better here than I do with Barry's TR.
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I'll try to keep up better here than I do with Barry's TR.
Hey, Tim...that should be possible because I think Andy will update a lot quicker than you and Barry.
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I will give him some advice...

Andy, finish your TR before the baby comes or it will end up like mine!
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I said I was in....and let's get this TR going!!!!
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Wow. It took until post #5 for someone to take the first shot at me.

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