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Old 10-16-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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I think I gained 5 pounds at the Food & Wine Festival - An Oct 2012 TR **NEW 3/18**

Hi everyone! For those who know me & all about my trip, welcome! For those who don't know me, welcome and click here if you'd like to read my PTR & learn a little bit about me. I just came back from Disney World last Monday night This trip was over a year in the making and I can't believe it's come & gone. Our trip was in celebration of my 30th birthday and we had a great time sans some grumpiness due to heat and crowds. (Wasn't me!) We stayed for 8 nights at AKL Jambo and although that seems like a long time, it flew by! I'm (slowly) getting over my post-Disney blues and am ready to start my TR. So here we go!

Chapter 1 - We're going to Long Island!
Chapter 2 - We've Arrived!
Chapter 3 - It's Really Not So Scary...
Chapter 4 - Jambo!
Chapter 5 - Around the World in 7 Hours
Chapter 6 - Wocka Wocka Wocka!
Chapter 7 - That Cupcake is the Size of My Head
Chapter 8 -Fun in the...Where's the Sun?
Chapter 9 - Asante Sana plus Ohana!
Chapter 10 - Hey, is that Mufasa or Simba?
Chapter 11 - Rain Rain Go Away!
Chapter 12 - Birthday Breakfast!
Chapter 13 - All the Birds Sing Words and the Flowers Croon...
Chapter 14 - People Call Me Forrest Gump...
Chapter 15 - Top of the Mornin To Ya!
Chapter 16 - This is a Standard View??
Chpater 17 - Wasting Away Again at ESPN Zone...
Chapter 18 - Why is Soarin so Popular?
Chapter 19 - Backstage Magic?
Chapter 20 - Now It's Time to Say Goodbye...
Chapter 21 - Photopass Pictures
Chapter 22 - Likes & Dislikes
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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We're off to Long Island...

Long Island? Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. We are from NJ and Newark airport is only a 10 minute drive BUT we had 25,000 Southwest points to use. That meant I could score free flights to Orlando from MacArthur Airport out on the Island of Long. Our flight was Sunday, 9/30, at 11:25 am. Rather than make that trek the morning of the flight we drove out Saturday and stayed in a Courtyard nearby.

We were both off from work that Saturday so it marked the official start of vacation. We slept in and ran a whole bunch of errands. Seriously, we kept leaving and coming back to the house so much, I was starting to get annoyed. I just wanted to GO already! Kris figured out THAT DAY that his luggage was broken and we had to run to Target to get a new suitcase for him. I had spares but they're beat up and he didn't want to use them. So he spent $100 before we even GOT to Disney. At least he has a brand new suitcase for our next trip!

I think we finally left around 2 or 3. We have to cross two bridges - the Goethals and Verrazano - to get to Long Island. The Goethals puts you in Staten Island which can be driven through in oh, about 15 minutes. It's that big. We wanted to check out Big Ang's bar (we love her!) on the way through and we found it but...it looked a little shady so we kept driving! There was a 3 car accident on the Verrazano so we hit some traffic but after that there was no traffic in site. We made it to the Courtyard around 5:30.

We checked in, no problems, got our King room & freshened up. There were two restaurants within walking distance - Red Lobster & Smokey Bones. Kris doesn't like seafood so we picked Smokey Bones. I'd never heard of the place before this trip and I wish they had one in NJ! That place was awesome! There was a little bit of a wait so we sat at the bar until we were called. I got the most delicious beer I've ever had - pumpkin ale with a cinnamon rim and vanilla vodka shot.



Yum! When we were sat we ordered nachos as an appetizer, Kris ordered a burger, and I got sirloin topped with bleu cheese. Everything was great!

After dinner, Kris wanted to watch the Wisconsin/Nebraska football game. He's a Packers fan and he's taken an interest in Wisconsin's team over the past couple years. Yes, he was born and raised in NJ. I don't understand it either. We had a couple drinks from the Courtyard's bar as we watched the game in the lobby/lounge area.

The first official picture of the trip hanging out watching football.



After the game we took a quick dip in the indoor pool and then it was off to bed. We were going to Disney World in the morning!
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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FIRST!

lol And here I lost 5 lbs during our trip!

Can't wait to read all about your trip! It was awesome to get to meet you even if it was a quick one!
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I'm in! We're leaving in 5 days and I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT for the Food & Wine Festival! It's my favorite time to go. Can't wait to read more
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Yay for starting your TR!!!! Can't wait to hear about AKL!!!
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lol And here I lost 5 lbs during our trip!

Can't wait to read all about your trip! It was awesome to get to meet you even if it was a quick one!
We just kept eating! We were always full and hardly every hungry but we just kept shoving it in because we had the dining plan.

It was awesome meeting you too! I still can't believe you found me considering how crowded Main Street was that night.

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I'm jealous! I wish I were going back. I hope you have a great trip and enjoy the F&W festival! It's fantastic!

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its about time, just kidding.

woo hoo made the first page,

okay actually read the update now...

that drink does sound pretty good i bet candi would like it, she loves the fall type drinks.

i like your title and know what you mean about being able to just use a snack credit and get "free" food. was very nice.

looking forward to more and to see what you guys ate.
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looking forward to your report!

but i do have a question (and please don't take this the wrong way; i am simply curious). why would you go all the way to long island just to use your points? aren't you paying more than you would if you just booked another airline since you have to pay tolls, pay for gas, and pay for a hotel room (not to mention the extra time it all takes)? i use southwest points too, but i always fly out of newark. i would never ever drive all the way to long island just to use airline points. we actually ended up booking jetblue for our upcoming trip and paying out of pocket (only $200 per person!) because southwest doesn't fly nonstop from newark. is that why you booked at an airport in long island, because southwest out of newark would have been a crazy 8 hour flight with layovers? i do hate how southwest doesn't have direct and nonstop flights out of newark. i have 56,000 points to use, but we still chose jetblue. actually, i only have 28,000 left since i just booked christmas trip to vegas.

sorry to go off topic! i am just curious.
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It will be! Hope you stick with it

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woo hoo made the first page,

okay actually read the update now...

that drink does sound pretty good i bet candi would like it, she loves the fall type drinks.

i like your title and know what you mean about being able to just use a snack credit and get "free" food. was very nice.

looking forward to more and to see what you guys ate.
It's only been a week! lol

We ate a lot! We probably didn't even need to make ADRs for our Epcot days. I felt like the whole trip revolved around eating.

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looking forward to your report!

but i do have a question (and please don't take this the wrong way; i am simply curious). why would you go all the way to long island just to use your points? aren't you paying more than you would if you just booked another airline since you have to pay tolls, pay for gas, and pay for a hotel room (not to mention the extra time it all takes)? i use southwest points too, but i always fly out of newark. i would never ever drive all the way to long island just to use airline points. we actually ended up booking jetblue for our upcoming trip and paying out of pocket (only $200 per person!) because southwest doesn't fly nonstop from newark. is that why you booked at an airport in long island, because southwest out of newark would have been a crazy 8 hour flight with layovers? i do hate how southwest doesn't have direct and nonstop flights out of newark. i have 56,000 points to use, but we still chose jetblue. actually, i only have 28,000 left since i just booked christmas trip to vegas.

sorry to go off topic! i am just curious.
No direct flights on SW out of EWR was one of the reasons, yes. When I was looking at airfare for Newark it was at least $230 each roundtrip. We definitely saved money by flying out of ISP and using our points. One tank of gas and bridge tolls don't break the bank and I'm a TA so I got the hotel room for $50. Plus we didn't have to pay for parking at the airport because our hotel had a free shuttle. I think flying out of ISP and using our SW points cost us around $200-$250 total vs flying out of Newark & spending $450-$500 total. Plus baggage fees if we flew United. I hate United! It definitely worked out in our favor even though it was a bit of a drive.

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I'm in!

Oh, and I'm not typically one to drink beer but that pumpkin ale sounds A-MAZING!
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