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Old 07-29-2013, 03:48 PM   #1
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Talking Procrastinated Video/Pic Dec 2012 Engagement Celebration Trip Report

Hello and welcome everyone! I'm Mike and this is my December 2012 trip report which I have procrastinated long enough. It is going to be a hybrid of video and pictures. I tried to record as much video as I could on this trip. For shooting video and pictures I used my Canon Rebel T2i and my cellphone.

This report features my fiancée, Nicole and myself.


We had just gotten engaged the day before we left for our trip so it was an extra special celebration.
This was Nicole's 2nd trip to WDW and my 12th.
We stayed at Disney's Art of Animation this trip in the Little Mermaid section.

I hope you enjoy the report
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Table of Contents

Day 1 - December 3/12 - Arriving at AOA and the MK http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...24&postcount=3
Day 2 - December 4/12 - Part 1 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...87&postcount=6
Day 2 - December 4/12 - Part 2 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...87&postcount=6
Day 3 - December 5/12 - Part 1 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...8&postcount=11
Day 3 - December 5/12 - Part 2 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...8&postcount=12
Day 4 - December 6/12 - Part 1 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=15
Day 4 - December 6/12 - Part 2 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=16
Day 5 - December 7/12 - Magic Kingdom & Epcothttp://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=19
Day 6 - December 8/12 - Animal Kingdomhttp://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=21
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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Red face Day 1 - Dec 3th, 2012

Day 1 - December 3th, 2012
So let's get this report started. Here is the video for day 1 of our "engagement celebration" trip.
http://youtu.be/-dwZI_uiZmQ

I'll fill in what's not in the video with some pictures.

Nicole and I stayed over the night before at a hotel across from Buffalo airport. We got up the morning of Dec 6th and caught our Delta flight at 6am.





We had a layover in Atlanta and we arrived in Orlando around noon. We then hopped on the Magical Express and were on our way to Disney's Art of Animation



We loved AOA. It was a great resort. We explored a little bit when we arrived.




We grabbed some lunch in the Landscape of Flavors food court while we waited for our room. We split the "Surf n' Surf" burger. It was really good.





After we got our room we grabbed a bus to the Magic Kingdom


We had an ADR for Crystal Palace. We were excited to have a buffet dinner for our first table service meal.




I enjoyed the food there. I was a big fan of the mac 'n cheese....mmmm...









I made sure I saved lots of room for dessert. It all was sooo good.



After dinner we had some Fastpasses for the Jungle Cruise that we had scored before dinner. So we hit that up for our first ride of the trip.





We then hit up Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. Both had minimal wait times. It was fantastic.





Nicole and I then went to explore what was open of New Fantasyland. It wasn't officially open until Dec 6 but Journey of the Little Mermaid had a soft opening that night.





We also got our picture taken with Gaston. I told him, "It's nice to meet you." He replied with, "Yes it is. The pleasure is all yours." lol



We watched Wishes after that then headed back to AOA we were very tired after a long travel day. We did share a snack before bed from the food court. Some pizza, salad and an oreo Mickey cupcake





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Old 07-30-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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Great pics!
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:28 PM   #5
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Great pics!
Thank you very much!
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Day 2 - December 4th, 2012 - Part 1

Day 2 - December 4th, 2012 - Part 1
Alrighty everyone! Here is the video for day 2:
http://youtu.be/U4t77015Eb8


And here are some photos from the day.
We got up around 7am and tried to get to the Animal Kingdom for rope drop.



The crowds were not too bad at the park that morning







We headed over to Asia to grab some fast passes for EE









We then hit up Kilimanjaro Safaris which you can check out in the video











It was then time for our EE fastpasses. We were pumped!







LUNCH TIME!!! I was very excited to try the Flame Tree BBQ and I was not disappointed.



I had the 1/2 slab of St. Louis ribs and Nicole had the smoked turkey breast





I had the Chocolate mousse and Nicole had the Key Lime





When we were finished with that tasty lunch we went to Camp Minnie Mickey to see the Festival of the Lion King which you can see in the video. We had never seen the show before and we were both really impressed.

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Awesome report so far. I love your reactions on the rollercoaster pics. And don't feel bad about procrastinating. We were there 12/7/12-12/13/12, and I still haven't done our trip report either.
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Awesome report so far. I love your reactions on the rollercoaster pics. And don't feel bad about procrastinating. We were there 12/7/12-12/13/12, and I still haven't done our trip report either.
Thanks! Can't wait to see your trip report when you start it up.
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Day 2 - December 4th, 2012 - Part 2

After FOTL we went to go meet some characters





We then hit up DinoLand U.S.A. We grabbed some fastpasses for Primeval Whirl and then we rode on Dinosaur.







It was time to use our Primeval Whirl Fastpasses. This was our first time riding Primeval Whirl. Not too bad. We enjoyed it.



We did some shopping before heading out.



Someone killed Tinkerbell



We then left the park and took the bus to Saratoga Springs and then took the Sassagoula to Downtown Disney







We had tickets for La Nouba that night so we picked them up from will-call






After grabbing the tickets we headed to Fulton's Crab House for dinner.



We had the Louis Fulton's Ultimate Crab and Lobster Experience
It was fantastic





Hidden Mickey watermark



Nicole had the crème brulee for dessert



I had an ice cream cookie sunday... so good



It was then time for our La Nouba show. I took a picture of the stage and a selfie and got shut down by an usher. Apparently you can't take pictures before the show either.





The show was really great.
During the show one of the trapeze artists fell into the net. That part was a little scary but he got up and attempted his jump again and made it. The performers were so talented and amazing.

After the show we did some shopping and then headed back to the resort for some sleep.


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I am currently working on the video for "Day 3"
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Smile Day 3 - December 5th, 2012 - Part 1

Here is the video for day 3! Enjoy!
http://youtu.be/ItfFw45aWhQ

We got up around 7am again to catch the bus to go to Hollywood Studios





It felt like we got there in no time. It think it is the closest park to AOA.



We made the dash to Toy Story Mania and scored some Fast Passes for 1:30pm. Not too shabby. We then ate some breakfast on Sunset Boulevard and grabbed some Fast Passes to the Rock 'n' Rollercoaster.









We then hit up Star Tours. It was our first time riding it since it was refurbished. We were actually there on the last day it was operating in 2010.

Being a big Star Wars fan i loved it!





After Star Tours we rode the Rock 'n' Rollercoaster which was awesome as always. It is possibly my favourite ride a WDW.



We were getting pretty hungry again so we decided to eat lunch at the ABC Comissonary. We had never eaten there before. It was really nice. A very relaxing place to chill and eat.



Nicole had the Angus Cheeseburger and I had the Angus Cheeseburger and Fried Shrimp...mmmm... Fried Shrimp





Nicole had the Strawberry Parfait for dessert



and I had the seasonal Gingerbread cupcake... it was so good.



After lunch we headed over to Pixar Place to use our TSM FastPasses







You can check out how we did in the Day 3 video

We grabbed a drink after and went to go check out the Animation Courtyard





We decided to do the drawing class and it was one of the best things we did on our trip. It was alot of fun. Nicole was kind of nervous about drawing around other people but was really pleased with how her drawing turned out.









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Talking Day 3 - December 5th, 2012 - Part 2

I saw this in the gift shop. I wanted it so bad... and still do



We took another ride on the Rock 'n' Rollercoaster. Dr. Evil pose this time around.



It was then time for our ADR at 50's Prime Time Cafe.



Nicole and I split an order of Beer Battered Onion Rings



and we also split the Sampling of Mom's Favourite Recipes which included fried chicken, Pot roast, and meatloaf. We were so tired and hungry. We destroyed it.



We headed back to the Art of Animation resort for a swim before bed. It was a little cool out but I went swimming anyway.





We grabbed a snack before bed at the Landscape of Flavours food court. Nicole had a mango smoothie and I had a chocolate gelato.



We were certainly exhausted after that fun and long day.

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What a great way to do a trip report! My focus will be on still shots during our next trip (24 days!!!), but the video is fantastic! Can't wait to see more! Congrats on your engagement!
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What a great way to do a trip report! My focus will be on still shots during our next trip (24 days!!!), but the video is fantastic! Can't wait to see more! Congrats on your engagement!
Thank you! And thanks for following along hope you have lots of fun on your trip!
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Talking Day 4 - December 6th, 2012 - Part 1

Hey everyone! Here is the video for Day 4 Part 1.
http://youtu.be/xnloXUA60Zk

We did a lot on this day. So much I had to make 2 videos. Part 2 will be coming soon.

So lets get started on this busy fun filled day.

Well just like every morning in Disney I like to wake up and watch a little Stacey and some Must Do Disney while we get ready.


After we were all ready to go we grabbed a bus from the Art of Animation to the Magic kingdom.


We were heading there to watch the official opening ceremony for New Fantasyland. I thought this would be a really cool experience to witness. And it was.





I really enjoyed the show they put on. It was hosted by Once Upon a Time star, Ginnifer Goodwin. Jordan Sparks was also there performing a medley of Disney songs. She was really great. Tom Staggs was there as well. You can check out the ceremony in the video.
http://youtu.be/xnloXUA60Zk

After the ceremony we headed out of the park. We checked out some merchandise in the shops on our way down Main Street.







We exited the Magic Kingdom and hopped on the Monorail to the TTC so we could head to Epcot. The Epcot monorail line was down so we had to take the bus.





Once we arrived in Epcot we decided it was time for lunch. We headed to The Land Pavilion to grab some grub.









We scored a pair of fast passes for Soarin' before we got food.



We then went to Sunshine Seasons for lunch. I had the Turkey with Monterey Jack and Nicole had the Mongolian beef Asian noodles. Both were very tasty.





Nicole had an Apple Caramel crunch for dessert and I had a red velvet cookie.... Everything was so good.



After we finished our lunch we hopped on Living With Land for a ride. You can check that our in the video.
After our ride on Living with the Land we headed over to the Imagination pavilion.



We took a ride on Journey into Imagination with Figment. And then watched some Captain EO. I am fan of the Captain EO film.





It was then time to hit up Club Cool for some tasty beverages. You can see Nicole's reaction to Beverly in the video



We then started our way around World Showcase Lagoon. We stopped off in Mexico, Germany, Italy, American Adventure and Japan.



In Japan, Nicole took part in the Pick a Pearl ceremony. She really enjoyed it. She ended up picking a pearl with a size of 7&1/2. I had pre bought a carriage necklace prior to the trip from eBay. It looked really nice once placed inside.








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