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Old 10-30-2011, 11:33 AM   #1
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Getting Married and Celebrating with a Disneymoon! October 2012 PTR~Update 5/17 pg 14

Hello and welcome to my Wedding/Disneymoon Pre-Trip Report!! To all who are joining an xoktenox trip report for the first time, welcome! And to all my veteran readers and friends, so glad you’re back! If anyone was a part of my last TR for my June 2011 trip, you know I abandoned it. FAIL, Kristen, FAIL. I think I just had the Disney blues really bad after that trip. Chris and I were sick a majority of the time and it really took a toll on how long we could tour for and how much we got done. But, I can assure you, this PTR will not be abandoned! If you check out my ticker, know me, or are a part of my Jan/Feb 2012 PTR (link in my signature, go join in!) you will see the wedding is just under a year away! But that’s ok because DISers know that the planning for a trip, especially a Disneymoon, starts longgggg before you actually leave. Add planning a wedding to planning a trip to WDW and, well, that’s one heckuva lot of planning!!

So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. If you don’t know me, I’m Kristen. I’m 24 years old and from Long Island, NY. I'm the epitome of a Disney fanatic!! Currently, I work part time at a local credit union while finishing my final semester of my Master’s degree in adolescent education. December cannot get here fast enough!! I love all things Disney…the movies, the parks, the music, the home décor, everything! I’d have to say my favorite character is Belle and my favorite classic Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast. My favorite Pixar movie would be Toy Story (all of them!) or Bolt.

Here's me this past June during our Engagement photoshoot at the Polynesian!


Obviously, since this is a wedding/Disneymoon PTR, you have to meet my other half. My soon-to-be hubby is Chris. He’s 27 years old and is rivaling me in his love for Disney more and more each trip. He is a full time cable technician and also spends all his time wishing he was a professional hockey player ha ha In reality though, he plays goalie for a deck hockey team. He’s really good and always looking for ways to improve. He can’t wait for us to have our own house so we can decorate it with Disney art and kitchen décor lol His favorite Disney character is Jack Skellington and his favorite Disney movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. His favorite Pixar movie would have to be Monsters Inc.

This is also from our Engagement shoot in June


Now since this PTR will revolve a lot around our wedding, let me tell you a bit of the history of Chris and I. I won’t go too crazy or try and bore you so I’ll make it short as I can. Rewind time back to 2003, around May. I was 15, in 10th grade and just started my first job as a cashier at a supermarket. I worked there all summer and in September, got moved into the bakery department as I started 11th grade. Well, the bakery just happened to be attached to the deli in this supermarket and a flirtatious deli boy started talking to me. I remembered him vaguely from high school (our high school had 3200 people in it, so it was very easy to not know everyone, especially since Chris was 2 grades ahead of me). Anyway, we talk and hangout a few times but it just wasn’t meant to be quite yet so we don’t talk much for a while. A year passes and Chris and I start talking more again. We hangout a few times but again, just not the right time. I start dating other people, so does Chris and years go by. Now it’s April of 2007…we catch each other’s eye again, both still working at the same supermarket, and start talking and reminiscing about all the fun we used to have together. We hangout often and talk everyday. Soon, Chris asks me to be his girlfriend and as they say, the rest is history. I couldn’t ask for more from a partner in life and I look forward to the rest of our lives together more and more every day. It’s great loving someone and knowing they love you with all their heart back. Most of all, I can’t wait to have kids one day and take family trips to Disney World! But that’s the story. Hopefully it wasn’t too boring for you all lol

Here's us in 2007, skinnier and younger lol


2008


2009


2010, on our way to the MK


2011, our Engagement shoot


Now, let’s talk about the wedding and the trip! Chris and I got engaged in April of this year, on a weekend trip we took to Philadelphia for our 4 year anniversary. However, we’d already known we were going to get married, when, and where. We actually booked our reception before we were officially engaged! Crazy and untraditional but it’s what we did and it’s worked! Our wedding date is October 28, 2012 at a beautiful place near our house that we’re absolutely in love with. We love it more and more every time we go there and are so happy with our choice. I’ve picked a dress (perfect), shoes, (sparkly) veil (gorgeous) and tiara (of course, I’m a princess!) Our DJ is booked (and amazing) in addition to our limos and my Rolls Royce. My dad and I will drive to the church in the RR and then Chris and I will leave in it and go to the reception hall. Our photographer and videographer are known all over Long Island and actually used to take my dance pictures when I was a kid. The only major thing that isn’t set yet are the bridesmaids dresses and a florist which we are working on! I’ll show some pictures and elaborate on this all a little more throughout the PTR.

Straight from the reception we’re going to go to a hotel that’s right near the airport we’ll be flying out of the next day! I’m anticipating getting there by about 1am. The flights aren’t released yet for Southwest and probably won’t be for quite a while but I’m still indecisive if we’ll take the first flight out the next morning (which is usually a 6:15 flight) or the next flight which I think is usually a 10:15ish flight. I know we’ll be pooped but we’re really good at sleeping on the plane and we’ll either nap when we get to Disney or just call it an early night on our first night there.



Now, on to the trip stuff that we know so far! We will be staying in Disney from October 29-Novemeber 9! That’s 11 nights! Our longest trip ever! I’d say we’d stay one extra night and make it 12 but at this point we’re not going to because that last night is a Friday night and will be more expensive than a weekday night. Who knows, we have a lot of time and that could change. Where will we stay? Port Orleans Riverside! Our ultimate dream resort is the Polynesian. However, it’s just tooooooo darn expensive. We can stay for almost 3 times as long staying at POR than if we stay at the Poly. While we’d love to say we’re staying at the Poly, we’re not upset ONE BIT to stay at POR! We’re actually thrilled! The place is gorgeoussss and we’re both so excited to stay there. So yay!







People have been asking us for a while now where we plan to go on our honeymoon and when we tell them Disney World, most people roll their eyes or shout in dismay. I get pretty annoyed at this because it’s OUR honeymoon and everyone should just be quiet about it. But, I do see where they’re coming from. Even my parents stressed to us that we need to make this trip different and more special than our other trips, since we go to Disney every year, sometimes more than once a year. And they’re right! There are several things that we already have planned that will make this trip stand out from others. For starters, we’ll be there for Halloween! We’ve never seen the fall decorations and I’m so incredibly thrilled for that. In addition, we’ve never been to a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and we plan on doing that on October 31, Halloween night!



Another fall activity we’ve never been to Disney for is the Food and Wine Festival! Oh, I’m sososoooo happy we’ll be there for this!



Something we wanted to try this past trip but just couldn’t afford was the Wild Africa Trek in Animal Kingdom. The tour was just introduced this year and it’s expensive but we’re making sure we do it for our Disneymoon!



At Port Orleans, they have those romantic horse-drawn carriage rides and we know for sure we want to schedule one of those. I’m not sure if there’s anything else at this point that we’ve thought of.



So that's all for now! I hope many people will join in, say hi, and stick around for all the fun that's to come over the next year!
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:33 AM   #2
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Trips Together with Chris: 4/09- AS Movies~~11-12/09- AKV Kidani~~7/10- Pop~~6/11- OKW~~1-2/12- Pop~~ 10-11/12- DISNEYMOON! @ SSR (BECAME DVC MEMBERS!)~~
7-8/13- BWV~~3/14- OKW~~ 8/14- AS Music, VGF & Pop~~ 10/14- SSR (2nd anniversary!)~~11/14- ?? (Chris' 30th birthday)


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Old 10-30-2011, 12:50 PM   #3
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I'm here. John and I went to Disney World for our honeymoon almost 8 years ago and stayed at Port Orleans Riverside. It was fantastic! We had requested Mansion side and got Alligator Bayou but I really loved it. We ate at Boatwrights several times that trip. It was fantastic, as well.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:51 PM   #4
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:57 PM   #5
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A great start. Looking forward to all the planning leading up to the big day.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:54 PM   #7
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Yay! I'm here! Everything you've posted sounds great so far! I love POR, its such a beautiful resort..& im jealous you will be doing Wild Africa Trek, it looks so fun. can't wait to hear more details
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:15 PM   #8
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Along for the planning. Looks like we will overlap you by a couple of days on the front side of your trip...
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:57 PM   #9
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What an awesome trip you guys will have!

I sure hope next year at this time, the weather is absolutely perfect!
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I'm here. John and I went to Disney World for our honeymoon almost 8 years ago and stayed at Port Orleans Riverside. It was fantastic! We had requested Mansion side and got Alligator Bayou but I really loved it. We ate at Boatwrights several times that trip. It was fantastic, as well.
Hey Jill, glad you could make it over I had no idea you and John honeymooned at POR! I think I'm going to request the Mansion side too but I wouldn't be upset if we got the AB. When is your wedding anniversary?

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A great start. Looking forward to all the planning leading up to the big day.
Thanks for joining in! There's so much that's planned but so much yet to be planned too!

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Thanks for joining in! Glad you're here!

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Yay! I'm here! Everything you've posted sounds great so far! I love POR, its such a beautiful resort..& im jealous you will be doing Wild Africa Trek, it looks so fun. can't wait to hear more details
Yayyy, I'm glad you're in POR just looks beautiful! Oh, the Wild Africa Trek, Chris and I have literally been drooling over going on it since before it was even open for bookings lol

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Thanks for joining in! Looks like a DIS meet is in store next year

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What an awesome trip you guys will have!

I sure hope next year at this time, the weather is absolutely perfect!
Hey MeMom! I'm so excited for this trip...I can't decide if I'm more excited for the wedding or the Disneymoon

I hope the weather is perfect!
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7-8/13- BWV~~3/14- OKW~~ 8/14- AS Music, VGF & Pop~~ 10/14- SSR (2nd anniversary!)~~11/14- ?? (Chris' 30th birthday)


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Yay, wedding twin! We'll be in Disney at the same time!
And I love POR, beautiful resort!
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Joining in!! Love your engagement pictures!
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:15 PM   #13
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Signing on over here! I can't wait to watch you plan your wedding and Disneymoon. For my first marriage, we did a cruis (Big Red Boat) and Disney. Some thought we were also nuts, but we didn't care. It's all about what means the most to you two!
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Signing up to read about all the wedding plans and Disneymoon planning. My DH and I also spent part of our honeymoon at Disney. At the time Epcot and MK were the only two parks and we stayed offsite because the Poly and CP were the only two resorts.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:37 PM   #15
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Everything sounds like so much fun.... do u have a pic of ur dress?? keep the updates coming
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