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Old 08-29-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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'The Dreams That you Wish Will Come True'.. A DLP PTR - My 1st one!

A Perfect, Romantic Getaway!


Aloha & welcome to my pre-trip report! This is my first trip report of any kind, so please be nice ! I will try to make it exciting and I promise to update as much as I possibly can!

I thought I’d start to share my planning with you lovely people as
1. I only have 56 days to go until my first visit to DLP and
2. My family aren’t coming with me on this trip and they’re starting to get a little of the ‘Disney Depression’ with me going on and on and on about how excited I am! So, I thought I’d spare them the torture & let all of you guys get excited with me instead.

I think it’s time I introduced the cast of this trip before I just get carried away writing about useless information!! I will be writing quite a bit about who I am, as I am fairly new to joining the disboards, although I am a 'long-time lurker'!


Introductions

First up is me;

I’m Chelsey, I’m 20 years old (this trip is to celebrate my 21st birthday), I live in the UK & I am a huuuuuuge Disney fanatic!
I am a total home-bird, there is nothing more important to me than family and I can’t think of anything better than a night in watching a DVD with my sister, having the family over for tea or a shopping trip with my mum and dad. I am a massive movie geek, I love going to the cinema! I enjoy shopping, running, food (especially Disney food), a get together with my friends and spending quality time with my other half!

My favourite character has got to be Pluto, I love him!! But I absolutely adore Belle, she is my all time favourite Princess – my car is even named after her! My favourite Disney film is Beauty & The Beast, I’ve adored it ever since I was a little girl. Although, Tangled, The Lion King, Up, Toy Story, Monsters Inc & Cars are close 2nd’s! (I know that’s a lot of films, I just can’t choose!!)

This is me:





The other member of this trip is my DBF;

We have been together nearly 2 years and I can’t imagine myself with anybody else!

His name is Andy, he is 21 and also lives in the UK.
He’s the most loving, funny, understanding, supportive and incredible person I have ever met. He looks after me and we are very happy together.
He enjoys fishing, going to the gym, football (yawn!), movies, socialising with our friends and would you believe it – shopping! Well, only when its ‘men’s clothes’ we are shopping for, he hates following me round Primark for hours and hours .





He has been to Disneyland Paris once before, but he was about 3/4 years old & can’t remember anything! He has also been to WDW, but years and years ago, so he can just remember little bits about it. He is not the biggest Disney fan, but I’m hoping to convert him! Hopefully soon, we will take our first trip to WDW together – he is a big foodie & he thinks Disney food looks amazing.

This is just a few pictures of us:







That’s enough about us! Next up;


OUR TRIP PLANS!

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Aww you guys are too cute love that it's both your 'first' trip to DLP, you're going to love it

I love Pluto too he is absolutely adorable, have you seen those Pluto pillow pets? They are amazing, I want one soooo badly! First thing on my shopping list I think

I can't wait to read about your plans!
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:35 PM   #4
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56 days to go!!! That is going to FLY by!!
My car is called Belle too!!!! What a coincidence!!!
Love your earrings in the first picture!!

So excited that you and your boyfriend are going to be sharing your first trip together!!!

Cannot wait to hear your plans!!! :D
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
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Aww you guys are too cute love that it's both your 'first' trip to DLP, you're going to love it

I love Pluto too he is absolutely adorable, have you seen those Pluto pillow pets? They are amazing, I want one soooo badly! First thing on my shopping list I think

I can't wait to read about your plans!

Ahhhh, thank you lovely!! I'm so excited, I can't wait to go.
Yes I have seen them, I want one too - I hope they do them at DLP, I think I'll be doing a lot of shopping!
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what a great beginning! cant wait to see the planning
ps: where is the second photo of you token? hihi
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:44 PM   #7
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56 days to go!!! That is going to FLY by!!
My car is called Belle too!!!! What a coincidence!!!
Love your earrings in the first picture!!

So excited that you and your boyfriend are going to be sharing your first trip together!!!

Cannot wait to hear your plans!!! :D
I hope so, I need a Disney Fix!! Hahaha, that's brilliant, whenever my mum wants to borrow my car she says 'Can I borrow Belle today please?' - she never calls her just a car lol!
I know, it's going to be fab, but I've just got to try and make him love Disney as much as me


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what a great beginning! cant wait to see the planning
ps: where is the second photo of you token? hihi
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Helloooo you I will be writing some more tonight, so keep checking! The first photo was taken in Tenerife (maybe you recognise the place!) and the second one in Hollywood Studios at Disney World last year xx
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:47 PM   #8
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56 days to go!!! That is going to FLY by!!
My car is called Belle too!!!! What a coincidence!!!
Love your earrings in the first picture!!

So excited that you and your boyfriend are going to be sharing your first trip together!!!

Cannot wait to hear your plans!!! :D

Oh and thank you for the compliment about my earrings! They are from Primark
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:11 PM   #9
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Looking forward to your TR Chelsey. Make sure to take lots of pictures. The wife and I will probably never make it to DLP to I need to live vicariously through others
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:41 AM   #10
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Our Trip Plans


So the main reason for this trip is to celebrate my 21st Birthday. Iíve wanted to go for a long time, but waiting to go so we can celebrate a special occasion has made this trip even more exciting! Andy and I went to Tenerife earlier this year and he told me I wasn't allowed to get excited for Disneyland Paris until after we were home. Well now that we are back, I don't think he's heard about anything else!

Here are our basic plans:

Our dates are:
25th - 29th October 2012

So hopefully we will see a lot of this:






Halloween decorations!! Wooohooo!!
When we were deciding on our dates, it was a toss up between October for the Halloween Decorations (before my 21st) or December for the Christmas Decs (after my 21st). I love both holidays so I couldnít really decide! In the end, going in December was so much more expensive and as we are flying, we couldnít really trust the UK weather to hold out until then. More than likely it would have been snowing and our flight would be grounded! So money and weather made our decision for us.. October it is!


We are staying at:

Disney's Santa Fe Hotel



This hotel worked out the cheapest at the time of booking. I have read really good reviews about the Santa Fe hotel, so I am pleased we chose here. As we won't be spending much time in the room anyway, as long as it's clean & has a bed - I'm really not that fussed . One thing that I do love though is the theme of this place, I LOOVEEE Cars & Lightning McQueen so much! I've watched both films about 50 times!!


Transport:
Flight




We are flying with Air France from Birmingham International Airport into Charles De Gaulle. We decided flying was the best option for us, as it was quick and we could leave from Birmingham. Our outbound flight is an early one, which means more time within the Magic.


Airport Transfer



We will be using the VEA Airport Shuttle Bus! This was included in our package deal, which I am very glad of. If it hadn't of been, we would of had to pay more money to find alternative transport. Does anybody know how long the journey is from CDA Airport to DLP? I think I read somewhere it was about 1 hour, but I could be wrong!



Tickets:
5 Day Park Tickets



We have Park Tickets for both the Disney parks, for the 5 days we are there! I don't know how much these were individually, as again, they were part of our package deal. I don't think we will be using them on our last day as we have to leave for the Airport early in the Afternoon! We will get a lot of use out of them for the other 4 days though, don't you worry .



Food:
Meal Plan




We have the Standard Meal Plan. We each get a sit down meal or a buffet each evening and a quick service meal for lunch. A continental breakfast per person, per day of our stay, was already included within our Hotel booking! I have already made some notes on which restaurants we would like to try (which I will share with you soon), but if anybody has any suggestions - please let me know. Food was a important factor when booking this trip, Andy eats for England so knowing we have three meals a day, already paid for, is ideal for us! However, this does not mean I won't be able to find the time to try lots of yummy snacks - any recommendations?

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:50 AM   #11
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Looking forward to your TR Chelsey. Make sure to take lots of pictures. The wife and I will probably never make it to DLP to I need to live vicariously through others
Thank you! I will definitely be taking loads of photo's - I bought an extra memory card for my camera recently so I don't run out of space ! Ahhh, I hope one day you make it there - but I will try and make my TR extra exciting for you!
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Now I'm jealous, I have always wanted to go to Disney for a birthday but it's in May and that always clashed with exams, it sucked! I think we're gonna make a day of my trip (NEXT WEEK!) my birthday though, because technically we're using it as part of the reason for the trip! (I'll update my PTR with the other reasons... there are a lot of them!)

I LOVE Hallow'een, I am SO excited to see all the decorations! It's going to look amazing! I can't wait for your pictures!

I've been at Christmas before, and while it's stunningly beautiful man is it cold! At least you might get some decent weather in October!

Ooh I've never flown before we've always driven because my parents live so close to the Dover crossing to Calais/the Eurostar terminal! Flying will be so much quicker though!

Ok food wise, try Cafe Mickey's - it's a character dinner, it's amazing! And Annette's diner, my family and I absolutely love that place, they're all on rollerskates and every so often they all get up on the counters and dance, it was amazing! Other than that I really can't remember where else we ate... is that really bad? Ooh the Rainforest Cafe - but that's obv quite generic!
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:31 AM   #13
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Really excited for this trip report! I went to DLP with my boyfriend of two years in June this year and we had a brilliant time together I've been to DLP once before around Halloween and it was lovely, so I hope you have a lovely time too! I can also recommend going to Earl of Sandwich in Disney Village for a quick snack, they have some of the loveliest sandwiches I've ever tasted! They're served hot too so they'd be good if there's any chilly days and you can sit looking over Lake Disney

We also stayed at the Santa Fe hotel too and we had no complaints at all, I'm sure you'll have a great stay
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Now I'm jealous, I have always wanted to go to Disney for a birthday but it's in May and that always clashed with exams, it sucked! I think we're gonna make a day of my trip (NEXT WEEK!) my birthday though, because technically we're using it as part of the reason for the trip! (I'll update my PTR with the other reasons... there are a lot of them!)

I LOVE Hallow'een, I am SO excited to see all the decorations! It's going to look amazing! I can't wait for your pictures!

I've been at Christmas before, and while it's stunningly beautiful man is it cold! At least you might get some decent weather in October!

Ooh I've never flown before we've always driven because my parents live so close to the Dover crossing to Calais/the Eurostar terminal! Flying will be so much quicker though!

Ok food wise, try Cafe Mickey's - it's a character dinner, it's amazing! And Annette's diner, my family and I absolutely love that place, they're all on rollerskates and every so often they all get up on the counters and dance, it was amazing! Other than that I really can't remember where else we ate... is that really bad? Ooh the Rainforest Cafe - but that's obv quite generic!
I've just read that part of your PTR - you have so many reasons to celebrate (do I sound like an advert off the TV for WDW?)

Halloween is amazing, I love it, I wish we celebrated it more over here though! Your gonna love being in WDW for Halloween - 1st time I ever went, I went for Halloween - they celebrate it BIG STYLE over there.
Yeah I've heard its freezing (another reason to go to WDW for Christmas instead ).. Is the weather okay near the end of October then? I can't decide what clothes I need to take lol!

Annette's Diner is already on my list, it looks fab! Don't know if I can persuade DBF to go to Cafe Mickey's, it might be too full on for his 1st Disney trip lol!


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Really excited for this trip report! I went to DLP with my boyfriend of two years in June this year and we had a brilliant time together I've been to DLP once before around Halloween and it was lovely, so I hope you have a lovely time too! I can also recommend going to Earl of Sandwich in Disney Village for a quick snack, they have some of the loveliest sandwiches I've ever tasted! They're served hot too so they'd be good if there's any chilly days and you can sit looking over Lake Disney

We also stayed at the Santa Fe hotel too and we had no complaints at all, I'm sure you'll have a great stay
Yay, thank you!! Ahhh, that's lovely - glad you had such a nice time! Is your boyfriend a big Disney fan??

YESSSS - Earl Of Sandwich is AMAZING! Every time we go to Walt Disney World we visit there about 4 times haha, love the sandwiches! That sounds really nice, to be able to sit and look out over the lake !

I'm glad you had no complaints! Is there a particular good part of the hotel to stay in? I've looked at the map and it looks huuuge, I don't want to be the furthest away from everything lol!
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oh so excited for my trip now haha! i can recommend the cafť hyperion. you can eat a burger with fries and you can watch mickey mouse cartoons on a huge screen! we always eat there , sort of a tradition and restaurant hakuna matata!
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