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Old 07-29-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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The good, the bad, and the crowded July - Update: August 23

Hey there! Hi there! Oh there! You're as welcome as can be!

Welcome to my tr, new comers. Welcome back, dis friends.

Our traditional July trip has passed.

Our best ever trip was in December 2007, and my mom and I both know it will be very hard to top. But oh well, we are trying. And it'll take as many trips as it has to.

This trip started out with just my mom and I. We had originally booked POR. We have stayed there on previous trips and love the mansions part. Our absolute favorite is the CR, but in order to try and save some money, we decided to be reasonable and book POR.

Well..... our first idea was this:

July: My mom and I would go and save some money by staying at POR. Save money for what?

December: For Christmas we'd go as a family (my parents and I, since I'm an only child), and might stay at the CR.

Well come January, my dad decided that he wanted to come too. So we booked his flight and when it was time to add him to our room ressie he decided we'd be staying concierge at the CR.

So let's just say that for now, there are no talks about going in December. But I'm so not complaining. I am happy to go along with what they decide. Whatever it is, I'll follow as long as I get to Florida and WDW.

So we went to WDW July 15 to 25.

And we flew "Air Canada" from the Montreal airport.

It was a very hot and crowded July.

Now let's start this, shall we?
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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First of all, there's me. Basically I think I am the main reason we are going to WDW so much. Yes, I. Am. Obsessed!

Well I do think it's because of the other 2 people in the My parents. My first trip at WDW was at 2 years old and I guess it sparked something in me. I am a 29 year old high school teacher (still waiting on tenure). My first degree and qualifications are in arts. I am an Art Education Specialist. But it isn't easy finding full-time contracts in that subject. Because of that about 2 years ago I started a second bachelors degree. This time I am doing it in religion. The reason for that is that I am now a: Ethique et culture religieuse teacher. Basically I teach high schoolers about world religions and how to be able to act and think with ethics on different subjects.

This coming school year will mark my second year at a new school and may lead to tenure.

Now back to Disney. I have a lot of favorite characters. I especially like Timon and Mushu.

I think that's all you need to know about me for now.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:13 PM   #4
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And now let me talk about my parents. To respect their privacy I won't say too much. Let's say that they are priceless. As an only child, I will forever be their baby and I am thankful for them. I love these vacations as it lets us reconnect in a world where we don't really have obligations. We don't have things to do on vacation other than be together and enjoy our time.

They, like me, hate to have a schedule on vacation. We only have a schedule when it comes to restaurants and it's not because we really want to. It's because we have to.

My mom is my usual WDW companion. She's come with me during all previous trips. We have a great relationship. We like to hang out and rest. We both love Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney. And we love indulging in WDW. As far as I know her favorite character is the Mouse himself. She's not a big shopper in life, but loves shopping in WDW.

My dad is also a big kid at heart. His favorite character of all is Donald Duck and he does not let us forget about the duck. He spoils me and I am grateful for the support everyday. He's the reason we are going to the Contemporary and on the concierge level. He decided that it's what he wanted to do. So who's to complain right?
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July 15

We left home around 4 am. I had barely slept that night. I may have slept 30 min, or 1 hour max.
We made it to the airport at around 5:50 or around that. There was no line at the airport check-in. I already had our boarding passes as I did the online check-in and had them printed out. All we had to do was check our bags. It went rather fast, and so did security. Where it slowed down was at customs. We had a customs agent who knew about Disney. When we mentioned the hotel he talked about the monorail.
We then went on the side of the gates and waited for an eternity. Well the down side of all the pre-boarding things going pretty fast is that you have a long time to wait on the other side. I didn’t read as I could not concentrate. We grabbed some Starbucks and waited a bit in that area. After that we went buy the gate and I walked around.
Boarding started around the time that was written on our boarding passes: 7:30am. Our flight was scheduled to depart at 8:05am but it might have been earlier when we left. The flight was uneventful. I was so tired I slept on and off. Well not soundly but it made it go by faster. At one point I tried to watch “Mirror Mirror” but decided to let it go and try to rest some more. About 1 hour before we were to land I decided to read a magazine and look at the map on the tv in front of me. It was the longest hour, but the landing was great.
We landed around 11:02 and soon were at the gate. I’m pretty sure we got there earlier than the scheduled arrival time of 11:32.
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Yay for landing early! Boo for no sleep. I know that feeling all too well.

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We made a few pit stops on the way down to DME, and once we got in line for DME, it was the longest wait time we ever had. I can’t tell you how much time it took, but the line was so long. We finally made our way to the bus, and I realized it was a newer bus. Well at least it was a new bus to me. Sadly, we did not get to see the little welcome video since there was a problem with the GPS/Satellite system. We made our first stop at the Polynesian, then at the Grand Floridian, then the Wilderness lodge, and finally to the Contemporary. By that time, the lovely sun was gone and it was now raining.

As we stepped off we met up with a castmember who escorted us to the check-in desk. I had previously done the online check-in. As my dad gave a picture i.d to the lady, the castmember who had escorted us in informed us that we were to follow her to the concierge desk to complete our check-in. As we stepped into the elevator we noticed that they had changed the key card readers inside. And sadly, that castmembers “key” did not work. We tried several elevators with no luck. Finally, she asked someone else for help and we were on our way to the floor. Our check-in went quickly, and we got the room we had requested: 4801. It was the same as last year, and we had loved it. It the last room on the Bay Lake side, above Chef Mickey.
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