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Old 04-12-2013, 12:07 AM   #1
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"Zurg to the left, Jafar to the right" A LOVELY weekend getaway! UPDATED 4/29!!


Hello people! And welcome to my first ever fully finished TR! I'm a part time lurker on these boards (sorry) and full time Disney Lover.

OH! WHERE THE HECK ARE MY MANNERS?
I forgot to formally introduce myself.

My name is Jay. Almost 22, almost college senior, Southern Belle, Disney Cast Member. In my spare time, I lurk these boards and cry my eyeballs out watching YouTube videos of parents surprising their kids with a trip to Disney.

My parents introduced me to Disney at the tender age of four.


Me and my daddy

Me on my first "roller coaster" aka the People Mover

I know...adorable right? Right.

Since then, we've been a few more times. My parents always took us in the summer months as we got older, thus starting my mom's hate for Disney.


My parents added another offspring into the mix. This is my little brother. A quick trip to the World back in 08. See the sweat on our faces?It was July and felt like we were giving the sun a piggy back ride

Yes. My mom hates Disney. Since they pretty much always took us youngins in the summer, she now associates heat=Disney. Plus, she's a wuss and doesn't ride anything, but she makes a great bag holder when I ride stuff! I love my mom.

I've been finding my way back to Disney since 08.

In 2009, my high school senior class attended grad night. That year was the first (and to my knowledge ever) the first time Disney ever pulled GradNite out of the MK (which I was hugely disappointed about btw). Instead, we had it at Hollywood Studios. Blah. But it was still a fun night!




2010, me, the guy I was dating at the time and my two bestest (yes, I know that isn't a "real" word) friends, went down for a weekend trip. Me and then boyfriend and one of my best friends did a day of community service and in return, received a free Disney ticket for the promotion they were doing at the time. We went to the MK since we didn't get to go to GradNite there the year before.


Me and one of my best friends. Yeah, figured it might be weird to put a picture on a website of my ex...lol so, I left that picture out!

That trip lead me to my fasincation of all things Disney College Program, and shortly after that trip, I went home, applied, had two interviews and GOT IN!
Best thing I ever did and I'm hoping to do it again! I worked at All-Star Resorts in Merch. I did the Fall Program in 2010 and extended out my program to 2011. That internship led me to my job with the company today...a campus Representative. Because I need to stay well versed with all things Disney, is why I'm such a lurker on this site (that's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it!). Which drives my boyfriend of almost 2 years crazy.


On our most recent adventure in Key West

This is my lovley boyfriend Malcolm. He is also a junior at my university majoring in Civil Engineering. I met him shortly after returning back to school from my DCP Internship. He was my next door neighbor. We started dating in September of 2011 and enjoyed our time being goofballs since then. He's not crazy for Disney like me, but puts up with it and gets excited to go once we're there.

On this trip we celebrated our one year anniversary on a short weekend trip.
Hope you join along as we celebrate young budding love () and my new position with Disney!



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I'm my mother's child.
Disney with a detour
VIPS!(Very Important Pit Stop)
Reunited & it feels so good
Headaches in the Kingdom. RUDE!
New Lands Await!
Magic After Dusk
Up, up and away!

Real Life Update: I'M SO EXCITED!
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:30 AM   #5
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I’m my mother’s child.

Before I can go anywhere and when I know I will be gone from my house for a few days, my house has to be clean upon my return. So that’s what I did. Deep cleaned my apartment so it will be clean once we returned. (Me and Malcolm don't live together btw)

I learned this from my mother. Before any trip we made, the house had to be clean. I consider it a pre-vacation ritual.

Also, if we are taking a trip in my car (which we did because my car get’s better gas mileage and takes less to fill up than his Charger), my car HAS to be clean for road trips. I can’t drive long distances in my usually dirty car. It grosses me out.

So we spent the day getting my car, who I named Jeffery, all nice and clean!



After a good wash, a very thorough vacuum job, and a new little tree, Jeffery looked good inside out AND smelled like strawberries! YUM.


The above pretty much sums up my life. Oh yeah, ignore the school name. Disney got my GSU mixed up with that other *eyeroll* GSU. Never to fear, I have my correct school on my name tag now!


Where we go to school is a little tiny college town in the middle of no where. Seriously. Smack in the middle of the country. It's a cute little town though full of small town things I'm still getting used to. For example, kids in public school here get a FULL week off of school for something called Fair Week. Basically, the fair comes into town and this is a big thing for the locals here. Kids here are really lucky.

I heard the food from the local vendors that set up at the fair were pretty good, so that's what Malcolm and I decided to eat for dinner. Because nothing is better than fair food right?

It was a little cool for an October night, but nothing unbearable. We're Southern, so cool to us is about 65. We got to the fair, walked around a bit to see what it had to offer food wise before deciding that I would get a Chilli Dog and Malcolm got some hot wings. It was pretty good.

We sat and admired the rides from afar. We are both wusses when it comes to fair rides (hey, we saw Final Destination....)









But we didn't stay long. I had an early day at work the next morning (working right before Disney...I was pretty much useless at work that day.) Then right after work, we were gassing up and heading to DISNEY! ...with a short detour.


Stay Tuned!

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Disney with a detour


After a long day at work, it was time to head to DISNEY! Finally! I made Malcolm put our bags in the car the night before so all we had to gas up the car after I picked him up from his house.

I snapped this leaving work.

The night before me and Malcolm drove down to Orlando, we spent my the night at my mom’s house. He thinks it was for the fact it would save us an hour of driving in the morning, but it was really because I was too cheap and pressed for time to go to my hairdresser all that week and that’s where my mom came to the rescue. She did my hair beautifully

We were scheduled to leave bright and early that morning….(foreshadowing...)

But of course I couldn't sleep.

I WAS TOO EXCITED TO SLEEP!


I haven’t been to Disney since my internship ended in Spring 2011. Even though Malcolm and I went to Downtown Disney last March during Spring Break (where I introduced him to the magic that is Earl of Sandwich, more about that later), it was a tease spending a few days at the Universal Studios Resort and not my “beloved Disney” (Malcolm’s words not mine).

So I checked Orlando’s weather...


Ignore the time on that...it was really like 1 am.

Looks like it was going to be a warm weekend! Good for me as I LOVE hot weather. On the other hand, Malcolm hates it.

And I set my alarm:

Yes. 5:03 am. If it was set for 5, I would sleep to 5:05 and if it was set to 5:10, I would sleep to 5:15. So 5:03 seemed like a good choice

Of course I had ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ wake me up.

Somehow, I drifted away to sleep…

Only for thunder to wake up me a mere 5 mins before my 5:03 am alarm was set to go off.

I jumped out of bed and it was a full thunderstorm raging outside my window. Lighting, thunder, a mini hurricane, everything! I for sure didn't want to drive in that mess, so I was a bit disappointed. Disappointed enough that I slept an extra hour.... Because of the rain, we are already behind schedule. The rain must have been peaceful to my mom and little brother who both overslept and raced to get ready for work and school respectfully. My mom had the smart (NOT) idea of “Hey, why don’t you run your brother to school for me so I can make it to work on time?” So we got stuck taking him on the 45 min traffic journey in hell to his school on the other side of town.

So a full almost 2 hours behind schedule, the rain had stopped and we were officially on vacation right?!

NOPE.

We had to make a “break” at a local hotel right off the highway for “someone” who didn't want to use the bathroom at my mom’s house…(he’s going to kill me….lol)

So after that 10 min diversion, we were finally on our way to Orlando!



Malcolm drove until we reached Jacksonville and had it FREEZING in the car which makes me SO sleepy. Two hours later, I woke up to him asking me what I wanted to eat from Chic-Fila in Jacksonville. I drove the rest of the way to Orlando to give him a chance to rest and because we had a very important pit stop before we checked into our hotel!

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Old 04-16-2013, 10:51 AM   #9
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I'm in! Wowza! That is WARM for October!
Super warm, only reason boyfriend wanted to go then. "because it wold be cooler...." yeah right!


I don't know how to multi quote yet! But YAY! READERS! Thank's yall!
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:34 AM   #11
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VIPS! (Very Important Pit Stop)


Upon leaving Jacksonville, I drove the remaining two hours to Orlando for a number of reasons.
1) To give my boyfriend a break to nap. I knew once I passed that big beautiful Disney gate, I'd be going off pure adrenaline.
2) I knew the way without a GPS to lead us straight to the hotel.
3) I'm the better driver. Last time we went to Orlando, the boyfriend drove his car (which I can't see over the steering wheel in ) He's from the country, so he's not used to the traffic, people driving all crazy, and people on International Dr darting out on foot in front of your car like they have a death wish. He felt uncomfortable driving, and since I lived there, I'm used to it and I blend right on in with the crazy Florida drivers.
4) Because we had to do some 'backstage' work before checking into the hotel.

Because of my position with Disney, I get perks such as getting into parks for free

I haven’t been down since my internship ended, so I had to turn in my old College Program i.d and get my ‘official’ i.d! Very exciting because I actually have a picture of myself on this i.d! Moving up in the Disney World (See what I did there?)


Not heading there quite yet!

I made it to Disney's University Security office just before closing time on that Friday, proceeded to get my I.D and left a very happy girl to be back in the place I love, with the boy I loved and most importantly, WITH AN ID THAT LET ME INTO THE PARKS!

I promised Malcolm that if I got my i.d, I would pay for half of his ticket. We got his ticket from Shades of Green because we both stem from Military parents so that entitled us to a bit of a discount. Which is always good.

Shades of Green is beyond gorgeous! When I was little, this is the resort we would stay at when we visited Disney World. After getting the tickets, we wondered around the resort a bit and snapped a few pictures. The resort was a bit dead, so no one to ask to get a picture of use together, so these would have to do.



After letting my OCD kick in by taking pictures of his ticket front and back (in case it got lost) and asking Malcolm's 417 times if he was SURE he put the ticket in a safe place in his wallet, we were off!

We walked holding hands back to car excited to get to the next best thing besides the parks at Disney…

EARL OF SANDWICH!

I introduced Malcolm to these babies last Spring Break. At first he was a little taken aback by the long line, but I assured him that he would love it. AND HE DID! He usually get’s two to fill him up. Caribbean Jerk and the Hawaiian one. I’m plain, and just opt for the Classic Earl or something like that. Last Spring Break, we got the sandwiches to go and ate them on the beach of the Poly and watched Wishes. ahhh.

Back to this TR:
We made it to Downtown Disney and after 20 minutes of driving around, found a parking space. (Isn't October supposed to be a "slow" month? We weren't even there on a MNSSHP party weekend! ....that I know of...)

We stood in the line at Earl of Sandwich, which I was positive longer than whatever line Space Mountain had going on in the MK. But as always, it moved quickly. We got the usual sandwiches, he got a brownie and I got a parfait, and I paid for it because I got a Cast Member Discount here. We sat outside enjoying the weather (In the shade for Malcolm’s sanity) enjoying each other’s company and being in the Disney Magic.


I could go for 3 of these RIGHT now!

Before long, there was a parade of little princesses, fresh from BBB. Music pipped into the area while cast members held up signs cheering them on and asking for their royal autographs. This, of course, made me tear up. I can’t wait to have a family of my own one day to bring to Disney. And have one little girl to bring to BBB. So sweet. These little girls were smiling to ear to ear. Cutest thing ever.

Our hotel (off-site this time) wouldn't be ready until 4 ish, so we walked around the shops passing time until it was time to check in.



A nice lady asked if she could take our picture for us after watching us take turns getting a pic with the fake Buzz. Disney Magic!


(yes, I made Malcolm change from that horrible Falcon tee shirt he had on earlier it’s all about SteelerNation ’round here!)




We walked into some store where they were selling a lot of Jack Skellington merch. Malcolm was supposed to attend some Halloween party his freshman dressed as Jack, but came down with the flu a few days before the party and couldn't go. So he really wanted this cup to "make up for lost memories". I told him we will buy it later.



Before long it was 4ish and time to head to our hotel. We stayed at Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista. Pretty decent hotel for a short stay. Right across the street from DTD and I had stayed there before and felt comfortable there.

We got clearance from the security hut, checked in, got our stuff up to the room and crashed for a few hours. It had been a long day already, my head was starting to hurt and we still had plans for the night!

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Reunited and it feels so good

(This will be a short update, because it really has nothing to do with Disney, just me and some friends having a great time in Downtown Orlando )


When I last left you all, me and Malcolm were taking a cat nap. I had a bad headache and we had been up all morning, so a nap was needed.

I had plans to meet up with my former roommate from my DCP aka the big sister I never wanted who I haven’t seen since I came down to visit her for my birthday that past June. She returned to the Central Florida area to attend school. Some other girls that I knew from the Spring 2011 internship were also in town visiting her. We were all over 21 now (wink) except for Malcolm (aka BabyBoy) and were excited to go out together.

We made plans to make the ride out to her house, get ready and catch the party bus to one of the clubs downtown.

Yeah right. (Notice a pattern happening here?)

Of course a houseful of girls takes forever to get ready. We had to turn music up, put make up and heels on, decide who was driving and what club we were going to.

We finally made it out the house and to Downtown Orlando and were headed to the Beacham. BabyBoy was upset because he had to pay 20 bucks for cover for being an underage male. Boo-Hoo! We danced and partook in some adult beverages for 2 hours or so. A guy recognized my boyfriend from somewhere and said he was a student doing the DCP from our school! How cool and random he picked my boyfriend out in the huge crowd! Must have recognized him from campus. After while, it was time to head out, Malcolm and I had an early start the next morning!....and my head was STILL killing me.


Look how sweet BabyBoy is! My feet were killing me. DO YOU SEE THOSE HEELS?)

We decided to stop and get gas before heading back to the room.

Here is where things get weird.

First, I already warned Malcolm that no matter what, you WILL get stopped by someone in a gas station in Orlando with a sad sap story as to why they have no gas. I lived there for almost a year, I heard it all. And surely enough, we were approached by a couple, driving around in their giant SUV asking people for gas money. I’m sorry, but if I had to BEG for gas money, I would probably have that thing parked somewhere to save the little gas I do have, not driving around asking people to “give what they can”. But I digress.

Anywho, gas in Savannah and in Orlando cost about the same.

We filled up in Savannah with gas costing $3.42 a gallon. To get us from a half a tank to a full tank in Savannah for some reason cost of 32 bucks! At this point from driving around all day, we were almost on E in Orlando, and filled the whole tank for 39 bucks! HUH?

Have no idea how that happened.

But once again, I digress.

We made it back to the room, showered, and quickly fell asleep, the plan was to make it to the park for park opening.

Think that happened?

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Headaches in the Kingdom. RUDE!


When I last left you all, it had been a long day. We had just left the club and made it back to the hotel just in time to shower and knock out. I had a really bad headache that didn't want to go away!

We had plans to wake up and and make park opening at the Magic Kingdom – something that I attempted many times during my College Program, but never could get up in time.

Go figure.

We set 3 alarms to go off – my phone, his phone and the hotel alarm clock for really early. Enough time for us to get dressed and make it to the park to see the welcome show.

Well, the sheets were just a bit to warm and it kinda turned into, “Can’t you just watch the welcome show on YouTube?”

Yes, yes I could. My head was pounding on the day I was set to go to the Magic Kingdom for the first time since my College Program ended. BLAH!

We finally got up, got dressed, filled up our ‘park bag’ (little cheap bag we got for our Spring Break trip to Universal last year. Holds everything I swear!) Filled it up with a water bottle and snack bars to hold us over until we decided to eat at the park.

It had to be around 8 or 9 am, so still pretty early and not to shabby.

On our way to MK!
We parked for free using my handy dandy cast member i.d

We parked…


and went from the car to the tram…


and from the tram to the………..
monorail, but it was wayyyy too packed, so we went with Malcolm’s first choice, the ferry.

It wasn’t a long wait, but my goodness, my head was still pounding.

HOW RUDE IS IT TO HAVE A HEADACHE AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM?!

RUDE!

Anyway,

I got my first view of the Castle since eating Earl of Sandwich on Poly beach a few months ago.

My eyes watered. Any other time Malcolm would had called me a wimp, but he knew I was really ecstatic to be back.

We got our bag checked and headed (I skipped) down Main Street.

Got a picture taken on Main Street on our PhotoPass that I ended up buying

Then we took some individuals a la iPhone.



BabyBoy requested to head to….

TOMORROWLAND!


Super excited!

To head to Space Mountain!
Line wasn’t too horrible, maybe around 25 minutes.
Before heading into the line, we grabbed fast passes so we could ride again.

25 MINS MY BEHIND!

We waited in line so long, I thought we were going to miss our time to use our fastpasses!

I tried to have fun waiting despite my raging headache.
We finally got on and it only made my headache worse. But not wanting to miss our chance to ride again, we got right back in line to ride again. They only had one track running for whatever reason, and that second go around really got to my head and seemed to last forever.

I may be smiling, but in reality, my head was cursing me out in Russian.

I about crawled through the gift shop after the ride was over to the counter and got a little pack of Advil. I really needed to get a Coke or a coffee, any type of caffeine to help get rid of my everlasting headache.

*to be continued in next post.*
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Ok, first...you two are beyond too cute. Adorable!

Second...all I can think of in regards to your headache is little Michelle from Full House going "How Rude!"
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