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Old 04-23-2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirate's trip for me! A Princess Pirate's first trip to Disney

Ok, I'm going to try out this trip report thing! I really enjoyed reading them before our trip, and I'm in full on Post Disney Depression, so here goes nothing. Bear with me, as I'm not sure I know exactly how to do this.

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My mom and dad- the best parents and grandparents one could ever wish for. I'm a recently divorced single mom and they wanted to make sure that my daughter could still have a great trip like this before she gets too much older! They are both very young feeling and acting grandparents, and best of all- they completely funded the trip and let me plan everything! They actually like it that way!



Myself- hmm, it's hard to talk about yourself. I'm 30, love being a mom, and I'm a super type A control freak planner! My style is full on commando touring, but I also have cystic fibrosis and my body dosen't always cooperate with my plans. I had planned on perhaps getting a GAC or even just a wheelchair at WDW, but as usual I convinced myself that I would be fine . And I was really, although I probably could've used the wheelchair by day 5 if I'm being honest. But I made it, and only slightly worse for the wear .

And the star of our trip- Maddie, my DD 4.5, who is such a fantastic little girl. She is a sweet little rule following kind hearted girl. Her first movie obsession, from age 2-3 was Toy Story. We did all things cowgirl, and watched all 3 movies countless times. Somewhere around 3.5 we switched to Lion King, and that remained the most important movie in her life until about 2 months before our trip, when she saw Peter Pan. So now we are pirates and Peter Pan lovers, although the Lion King love lives on through her vast collection of stuffed lions, most importantly Simba, who goes everywhere with her. Ok, enough. I could talk about her all day!




For our trip, we drove down (from SC, about 9 hours) on 4/13, stayed in an offsite hotel the first night, and then checked into AoA Sunday morning. We stayed for 5 days, which was both too short and the perfect length. So. Did I forget anything?? Tomorrow I'll start in on our first day- Animal Kingdom! Thanks for reading!
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:32 PM   #2
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Downtown Disney and checking in to AoA
Animal Kingdom- Simba Simba Simba!
Epcot- a princess kind of day!
Magic Kingdom, Day 1- Fantasyland and Tomorrowland
Pirates & Pals...aka the best night of Maddie's life
Magic Kingdom, Day 2- wild rides and Be Our Guest
Hollywood Studios
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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Great start... Where at in SC do you live? We are from Prosperity. Nice to see fellow Disney lovers from SC!
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:02 PM   #4
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I can't wait to read your TR. We are taking my DD on her first trip ever next month and she is 4.5 so I am looking forward to reading your report since our daughters are close in age!
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:25 PM   #5
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Great start... Where at in SC do you live? We are from Prosperity. Nice to see fellow Disney lovers from SC!
I'm in Greenville! Lived here about 2 years and I love, love love it. Such a cool little town. We are actually moving to PA in a few months, and I am desperately going to miss it!

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I can't wait to read your TR. We are taking my DD on her first trip ever next month and she is 4.5 so I am looking forward to reading your report since our daughters are close in age!
4.5 was a pretty great age, IMO! She was old enough to avoid meltdowns for the most part, but young enough that the magic was still incredibly magical!
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:53 PM   #6
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Downtown Disney and checking into AoA

We just got back from a FANTASTIC week at Disney and I feel like I want to blog about it because I have zero memory and I don't want to forget anything! This trip is brought to you by MomMom and Papa, also known as the world's best grandparents (not too shabby as parents either). Maddie knew we were going to Disney, but didn't know when.


happy as a clam on our long car trip in MomMom's "movie theater car" (she has a dvd player)

We actually told her that we were going to see her Papa (which was true- we just didn't say where and she assumed PA!). We left early Saturday morning, picked Dad up from the airport in Orlando around 6:30, and went to our hotel (we stayed offsite our first night). Needless to say, she was pretty excited to find out that we were actually in FL! She did some serious jumping up and down and grinning from ear to ear when we got to our hotel and told her that we were going to Animal Kingdom in the morning.

good thing she can't read

We went over to check out Downtown Disney and grab some dinner at about 7:30 Saturday night. Probably not the best night for DD, it was packed!!! We made our way down to Earl of Sandwich, but the line was insane and didn't seem to be moving very quickly, so we went with plan B and found Wolfgang Puck Express, where we had a really yummy dinner. Maddie was beside herself not only to be in Disney World, but also to see her Papa!


After that we had to check out the world's largest Disney store, where we bought some (pink!) mickey ears and saw tick tock croc! Bless her heart, we literally toured a very crowded DD for less than an hour, and she already thought that Disney World was the greatest place ever! Little did she know what was in store for the rest of the week!


After that it was bedtime! We were up early the next morning so we could go check into our hotel- Art of Animation!- and then head out to Animal Kingdom. Art of Animation was amazing from the second we pulled up. Maddie absolutely loved it! Obviously, we were in the Lion King section.

Yay!

check in side of the lobby

other side of the lobby- so cool!

the first thing Maddie saw when we pulled up...that's all she needed to see to know she loved it!

Check in was quick (I had already done online check in). Our room wasn't ready yet, so we left our luggage with bell services and hopped on a bus to Animal Kingdom! While we were waiting for my dad to park the car, a CM walked up and offered Maddie several Simba stickers- such a little thing but it made her SO excited and it was just right away a magical Disney day!

I know the bus service varies a lot from person to person at every resort, but we had fantastic luck with the buses. I think we waited once for 15 minutes, but every other time it was less than 5 minutes and we never had to stand.

Next...we're off to Animal Kingdom!!!
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:10 PM   #7
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I am in Love the panoramic pics from AoA!
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:26 PM   #8
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AoA looks amazing! I can't wait to see Maddie's reaction to the parks! I have a soon to be 4 year old DS that I really want to take soon and seeing Maddie's excitement makes me want to even more. There is a special kind of magic at that age I think. I can't wait for more!
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:33 PM   #9
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AoA looks amazing! I can't wait to see Maddie's reaction to the parks! I have a soon to be 4 year old DS that I really want to take soon and seeing Maddie's excitement makes me want to even more. There is a special kind of magic at that age I think. I can't wait for more!
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:44 AM   #10
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I love it!
I'm hoping to take DS again when he's about 4 1/2.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:05 AM   #11
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #12
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Oh wow, you are super close to us.. only about an hour.. Hate you are moving... Maddie is so cute too, I have a 4.5 year old boy!
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:48 AM   #13
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I can already tell from what you've written that you had an amazing time and I can't wait to read more x
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Great start on your TR! Can't wait to read about the rest of your week!
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:29 PM   #15
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Came over from the April 2013 thread! Great start! I love the AOA pictures. We went to visit there on our trip and it is really an adorable resort.
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