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Old 12-19-2012, 04:12 PM   #31
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Day Two - Animal Kingdom

Day Two (1/20/13) - Animal Kingdom and an Epcot evening

As we enter into our Disney days, I will be making plans that are very likely to change multiple times when we're actually there. How crazy is it that we leave one month from today!?

For our first full Disney day, we intend to wake up fairly early and grab some breakfast in the pop century food court. Usually this consists of snack credits or OOP charges as well as a refill on our resort mugs. Animal Kingdom opens at 9am today so we will hopefully arrive in the parks around this time if not a little afterwards. First stop is Expedition Everest which I will ride solo because DH is still too afraid of roller coasters to attempt it
Afterwards we usually like to wander some of the trails and snag fastpasses for the Safari. I'm a little excited this year that they have changed it around and taken out the poacher theme. That story was sadly getting a bit dull. Our Animal Kingdom must do's:

-Dinosaur
-Expedition Everest
-Festival of the Lion King (a repeat treat)
-Flights of Wonder show (we saw this for the first time last September and actually enjoyed it)
-Kilimanjaro Safari
-Maharajah Jungle Trek (I love love love tigers )
-Pangani Exploration Trail

Admittedly Animal Kingdom is not our most favorite park. We usually only do a few hours here and leave after the parade if we elect to watch it (which usually involves prodding a crabby DH into it and rarely flies). We will leave the park around 2-3pm assuming no parade at the latest so DH and I can get some rest prior to our Epcot dinner. We will leave for Epcot around 5:00pm and walk the World Showcase, shop a little bit, then hit our ADR:

7:00pm - Le Cellier Steakhouse

I'm super excited for this ADR. We have never been and all I hear are wonderful things about it! Once our dinner is finished, we will grab some French goodness (Grand Marnier?!) and find a spot for Illuminations. It's a great welcome back into Disney life and I'l be shocked if I do not tear up in happiness

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Old 12-27-2012, 01:03 AM   #32
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Day Three - DHS

Day Three - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Our second Disney day is scheduled to be at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I like to get here at rope drop because the opening show is always entertaining. We also prefer rope drop so we can grab fastpasses for TSM and also ride it. This is the only ride in Disney that we hit again and again. Afterwards we usually plan our day around the various shows we like to see. Outside of TSM we really don't do much riding at DHS - DH does not like roller coasters and I'm afraid of heights for Tower of Terror. That being said, our Must-Do's are:

- Beauty and the Beast stage show
- Indiana Jones Stunt Show
- Legend of Jack Sparrow (Obviously our first time but we're excited)
- American Idol Experience (I hear this is good so I'm working to convince DH to go)
- LMA Stunt Show
- Star Tours

We have another half day planned at DHS so it is ok if we miss some things in this first trip. We will most likely do a nap/break halfway through the day before heading back for our ADR:

5:45pm - 50's Prime Time Cafe

We have been here on our previous trip and are very excited to return. Last time we got stickers for cleaning our plates and our waiter wasn't that into his character, but the food was amazing.
After dinner we will head over to Fantasmic! and then call it an evening.

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Old 12-28-2012, 12:29 PM   #33
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Just posting a minor update today. We have both been really busy with the holidays and luckily that is now starting to slow down. Our Christmas party traveling will finally end tomorrow with one last get together. Retail sales is yet another reason why I've been lacking in my updating and Disney spirit. Unfortunately, I tend to lose my planning steam when we hit less than a month away, but it usually comes back in full force around 14 days out. Not quite sure why that is but it's been a common thing for the past 2 trips.
DH and I decided not to exchange gifts this year because we wanted to just save our spending money for Florida. He told me I could take my pick between a new Dooney clutch or a new zip-up hoodie. I have no idea how to choose!!! I did break down though and I gave DH a Xmas present last night in the form of a new camera for us to use. I'm not really big on camera technology - I mean, I sell them with phones, but outside of MP I don't know much. But I think I snagged a good enough one for what we want to use it for. The reviews are great outside of draining batteries but we'll pack some rechargables and buy some lithiums. Problem solved.

Well... off to work!
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:46 PM   #34
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Unfortunately, I tend to lose my planning steam when we hit less than a month away, but it usually comes back in full force around 14 days out. Not quite sure why that is but it's been a common thing for the past 2 trips.
I'm not quite on the same schedule, but I tend to do a fade and then a rush like that, too.

I do think planning a vacation so close to Christmas adds to the challenge; we like to travel in January but usually do it the years we aren't traveling for the Christmas before. This time we're leaving for Orlando a week after we get back from our Christmas trip.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:02 PM   #35
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Hoping everyone had a Happy New Year! We are less than 2 weeks out now Which means I'm back on the planning train, right!?!

Correct you are except for one minor detail - Homework
As previously mentioned I am working for a Master's Degree and this Disney trip is kind of a celebration of sorts because shortly after we return, I will begin student teaching and be licensed to teach 5-12 English
Unfortunately, my two courses at the moment have heavy workloads and I've been trying to get ahead so I actually have a school-free vacation.

Anyway, I did start some work on the planning journal DH and I intend to use in the parks. We are usually passporter people, but that isn't released for this year until February so I decided to make my own. I'll post pictures when I finish it. If I ever get the chance with my hectic work schedule and class load.

Day Four coming up tonight (I hope)
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:39 AM   #36
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Day Four - Epcot

Day Four - Epcot
We are returning to Epcot (though previously we didn't do much on day one of Disney) and we will be hitting rope drop. DH and I actually love Epcot for the food (big surprise) and the drinks (even bigger one). We will be starting in Future World and heading first to the new and improved Test Track. I'm pretty excited to try this out, though honestly it's too Tron-like for my preference from the pictures I've seen. From here it's to Soarin' and then a few other must do's on our list:

-Spaceship Earth (always a classic)
-World Showcase food stops"
-fish and chips (UK)
-Tacos (Mexico)
-Pretzel (Germany)
-Teriyaki Chicken (Japan)
-Rosa Regale (wine - Italy)
-Grand Marnier (drink - France)
-Margarita (drink - Mexico)

As you can see, this will be quite a meal day leading up to our ADR:
6:20pm - Coral Reef

Chocolate waves and steak galore. That's the usual plan for me, though DH prefers the fish. I'm picky so it will depend what their catch of the day is.

That's all for tonight! Back to work on the planning journal which I'll post soon.

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:23 PM   #37
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My ticker is a little confused. I count 11 days, but it says 10 even though I triple checked the date for January 19th.

Anyway, there's a nasty 24-hour bug going around work and unfortunately I just fell victim to it today. But, I suppose better now then next week. As it is, I am using my free day off from work to do some homework and Disney planning. I could clean, but I'm a little too sore to do much movement. At least it'll be a productive day regardless and I'm off the next two days, so I will not complain if I clean on one of those!
The planning journal is moving right along. I'm a little slower than I want to be on it, but with 11 days out I know I'll have it finished before we leave. Speaking of which, I'm anxiously awaiting the weather details because rumor has it Minnesota is expecting a cold snap right when we leave. This is exciting for us (we love leaving for warmth) but I hope it does not play out like January of 2009 when the cold snap stretched to Orlando and it was only 40-50 everyday I mean that's better than the -15 it reached at home, but still!

2.5 hours until I'm leaving for class this evening (yes, even the deathly ill must still suffer through a night class).
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6 days to go and wouldn't you know it - I get stuck with the flu.

I did get my flu shot this year, but Minnesota has unfortunately fallen victim to a secondary strand that is plaguing those who thought they were safe. Luckily the whole mess began yesterday with a fever and I was able to get into the doctor and get a prescription filled for an anti-viral. She told me and all but promised that I should be feeling better by Wednesday and should be perfect by the trip. pixie dusting on this one.

DH is a little mad at me because I keep forcing vitamin c supplements (Airborne) on him. I understand he thinks he's immune, but I would rather a crabby DH now and a healthy one on vacation. So, needless to say it's a very depressing time for yours truly. I am still working because I do need to gain some commission before vacation, so this will be a tiring last 4 shifts. I'm also still trying to do double duty on homework so I can be free on vacation, but sadly sleep needs to take a lead at some point. Hopefully I can nip this real quick!
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Flu here too

I was searching for some PTR's for January to help me out with my day to day planning and found yours.

We're there when you are (well, we're Friday -Wednesday) and my DD6 tested positive for Flu A on Friday.

Luckily (thank you Target Minute Clinic) we were all given Tamiflu (for prevention since we are traveling, they wouldn't have done it otherwise). So hopefully, no one else gets it. She's doing well, no more fever and my stress level has dropped, whew. So sorry you got it, but hope the meds work as well for you as they did my DD.

The kids don't know about our trip, we're going to dinner the night we leave and I'm going to have the hostess deliver "Mickey mail" to the kids at our table with a letter telling them we are headed to WDW. I can not wait.
Feel better!!!
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I was searching for some PTR's for January to help me out with my day to day planning and found yours.

We're there when you are (well, we're Friday -Wednesday) and my DD6 tested positive for Flu A on Friday.

Luckily (thank you Target Minute Clinic) we were all given Tamiflu (for prevention since we are traveling, they wouldn't have done it otherwise). So hopefully, no one else gets it. She's doing well, no more fever and my stress level has dropped, whew. So sorry you got it, but hope the meds work as well for you as they did my DD.

The kids don't know about our trip, we're going to dinner the night we leave and I'm going to have the hostess deliver "Mickey mail" to the kids at our table with a letter telling them we are headed to WDW. I can not wait.
Feel better!!!
Welcome! Glad you stumbled upon me and hopefully my plans aren't too sporadic. We go longer without kids!

Tamiflu is what they gave me as well. Today is the first of five days so I'm hopeful. They didn't test me for influenza directly, but my symptoms fit and with travel they just wanted to boot whatever it is out. Brutal stuff.

I love that you're surprising the kids! That's so awesome! I hope to do that when I'm a parent someday
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Day Five - Water Park fun... and more!


Day Five - Water Park fun and more!


Our 5th day (1/23) we will be venturing to Typhoon Lagoon depending on weather. I'm actually excited for this as I haven't been to a Disney water park in years and DH never has. We aren't really big swimming people, but I'm always game for a wave pool (in the shallows of course!!) and some lazy river action.
Mostly this day is just meant for relaxing. We're going to sleep in a little and get up around 9am before getting breakfast and heading to the park. I anticipate we will only spend a few hours there, probably leaving around noon or 1pm, but the option is open for whatever we'd like. Afterwards we'll shower and change before heading to Magic Kingdom to kill some time. Our ADR is a little later this evening:

6:55pm - ADR 'Ohana

I wanted to make this a little later in the evening so we could catch the MSEP and Wishes at Magic Kingdom. But I guess this is our most open day of the trip. No real "must-dos" outside of the evening shows.

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Day Six - Magic Kingdom

Goodness I need to wrap this up... we leave in 2 days!!!!!

Day Six - Magic Kingdom

We are headed to a full day of Magic Kingdom which makes me so happy as this is one of my favorites. I'm super excited to delve right into the new Fantasyland and I cannot WAIT to see the new Beauty and Beast themed areas. We also have a fantastic ADR:

5:45pm - Be Our Guest!

Between the two parades and Wishes, it's likely that we will not nap or take a midday break on this day. The must do list is through the roof and it's easier to name what we don't want to do! As it is, this will be our busiest but in my opinion best days of the trip.

Rolling right along....

Day Seven - DHS again

DH's favorite park is DHS so we will be returning here on our last Disney day before wandering over to the boardwalk for our ADR:

7:05pm - Kouzzina

Our last full Disney day usually consists of repeating favorite attractions and just trying to let the memories last. We don't like to make an early night of it, but we need to this time for....

Day Eight - Departure

Our flight is at 11:00am, so this is will be a super early morning. But, it'll all be worth it when we get to see our fur babies once again!

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Well..... we are off! The flight is in 4.5 hours! It's been great fun planning with you all and I hope to see you in my TR!
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We're back! DH is actually sick with a cold, but fortunately it didn't develop until Saturday morning when we woke for the flight home. though honestly the unpacking and getting back to reality has been compromised. I'll link to my TR as soon as I start it, which will hopefully be tonight.
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