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Old 11-23-2012, 03:12 PM   #31
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I'M HEREEEE!!!!!

And compeletely jealous of your being able to see new fantasyland!!!!!
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:05 PM   #32
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I'm so excited for your TR! We will be there similar dates next year so I'm eager to see what weather and crowd levels are like.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:04 PM   #33
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I'm in can't wait to read your TR.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:21 PM   #34
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:42 AM   #35
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Subbing on... I can't wait to hear about your awesome trip...

(I've been MIA on the boards for a couple of days and am still recovering from a 48 hour turkey/carb coma...) I've got to pull it together...

Bring it...
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:52 AM   #36
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Finally made it. So glad I haven't missed too much yet.
I never did see you, but for all I know, we were standing rigth next to each other a few times.

We sw the new Fantasyland expansion twice too. We LOVED it.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:15 PM   #37
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I am late but I'm here. I have hardly done any DISing lately with my computer dying...atleast my new one is on the way so I can get caught up on everybody's reports!

AHHH I am so jealous you got to see Fantasyland already. Why is it not April?
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I'm here, I'm here! I'm super excited for your TR, because your TRs are always fantastic and I loooove them. Plus, I am super excited by that little preview of you in the new Fantasyland! EEP! This is going to be great!
Yay Joni you made it! So glad you're here!!! OMG new Fantasyland...it's so fantastic, you are going to LOVE it! I seriously didn't want to leave!

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I'M HEREEEE!!!!!

And compeletely jealous of your being able to see new fantasyland!!!!!
Woo hoo, glad you made it!

Haha, don't worry, you will get to see it soon enough, I hope! I'm jealous of everyone who is going to get to ride the new Test Track soon!

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I'm so excited for your TR! We will be there similar dates next year so I'm eager to see what weather and crowd levels are like.
Thank you, thanks for joining! November is a great time to go to Disney, this is our 3rd time going the week before Thanksgiving and we love it!

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Old 11-25-2012, 08:20 AM   #39
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(I've been MIA on the boards for a couple of days and am still recovering from a 48 hour turkey/carb coma...) I've got to pull it together...

Bring it...
Woo hoo, glad you're here!

Haha, I haven't had much DIS time either, and not from eating too much, from shopping too much! I swore I wouldn't take part in the Black Friday madness, but I did...and then again yesterday too! So I'm still so far behind with everyone!

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Finally made it. So glad I haven't missed too much yet.
I never did see you, but for all I know, we were standing rigth next to each other a few times.

We sw the new Fantasyland expansion twice too. We LOVED it.
Yay, glad you're here!

Haha, we probably were! I tried to follow along with you on FB to see where you were, but I couldn't tell between with the cruise and everything!

Isn't the new Fantasyland amazing??? OMG I loved every inch of it!

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AHHH I am so jealous you got to see Fantasyland already. Why is it not April?
Yay, you're not late, I haven't even started yet! I've hardly done any DIS'ing since I've been back, I just haven't had the time! It was hard adjusting from Disney to going back to work and then having 4 days off for Thanksgiving, now I have to adjust to going to work all over again!

I can't wait for you to see New Fantasyland! It's unbelievable!
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #40
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Are We Actually Going to Make it to DISNEY WORLD???

Arrival Day 11/8

Sooo you know how usually the days before a Disney trip you are overcome with happiness and excitement and you're just counting down the hours until you leave?

Well that didn't happen on this trip. Let me rewind a few days before Arrival Day...

For about a week before our trip, our local weatherman had been forecasting a Nor'easter for the day before we leave for our trip, possibly going into our Arrival Day. So I of course, got all panicked, and thought about changing our dates a little, maybe going a few days early...I mean, I was seriously freaking out! Brandon of course, kept saying it would be fine, and not to do anything, because he doesn't worry about anything ever.

After freaking out for a few days, it got to be maybe Tuesday, 2 days before we were supposed to leave, and by then, it was too late to change our plans. The forecast for CT was saying we would get light snow, and then it would turn to rain. It seemed like everything would be fine...until Wednesday got here and the snow started falling. Hard.

Usually, the day before a trip, I'm as happy as can be, with a little drop of stress added in, since I wait until the day before we leave to pack, which can be a little stressful. It was snowing SO hard that day, so I was in a horrible, horrible mood. I went back and forth between crying and being angry all day...poor Brandon! All the NY airports were cancelling flights for Wednesday AND Thursday, so I was on the Southwest website constantly monitoring our flight from Hartford.

For some reason, I waited until 5:00 to let myself do any packing. By then, no flights were cancelled out of Hartford, so I figured if no flights were cancelled on Wednesday, we should be ok for Thursday...the snow should stop right?

So I packed and kept checking the weather and nagging Brandon and saying "our flight is gonna be cancelled, I know it" and he just didn't want to hear it. He packed his stuff and tried to go to sleep. I went back to packing and panicking, because I truly did not know if we would make it out of CT the next morning. My cat, Belle, tried to cheer me up by stowing herself away in my suitcase:



(Sorry she's blurry, she wouldn't stop moving!)

Around midnight I figured I should attempt to sleep. We had to wake up at 2:30 to leave for the airport at 3:30 so I wanted to try to get some sleep. I did sleep a little, but it was broken, because I kept getting on my phone and checking Southwest to see if our flight was still scheduled.

We woke up at 2:30, got all of our last minute things together, put our luggage in the car and started the drive to the airport. This is what we had to drive through:



I am not a good driver in the snow, thank God Brandon was driving, because if I had to, we would have never gotten there. The roads were SO awful, even the highway to the airport. I guess they figured they didn't have to plow at 3 in the morning, so there was just one lane clear, which everyone was crammed into trying to drive. It was a horrible drive, we got to the airport around 5:30, which means it took 2 hours to get there! It's about an hour drive from my house.

We went in, checked our luggage, got breakfast at Mc Donald's like we always do, and then we sat at our gate for a while. I went up to the window, and of course, by the time we got there the snow had stopped, and look, you can even see a little blue sky in the background!



It was then that I think I finally was able to relax and really get excited about Disney, and realize that we would actually get there! Our flight left Hartford ON TIME, we even made it to Florida 20 minutes early!



I don't think I've ever been happier to step into MCO and smell that lovely Florida air and see my first glimpse of a palm tree in my life, after all the stress I put myself through before!

We hopped on the mini-monorail



and ran down to baggage claim to grab our bags. Our bags were like, the first ones out, that never happens! I was so happy we were just able to get our stuff and go over to Alamo to get our car so quickly, sometimes it seems like you wait for your luggage forever!

We went outside to pick out our car, which seemed to take forever. I don't even bother making any suggestions, because Brandon is going to drive all week, and he was agonizing over like, 5 different cars. There wasn't much to choose from, and he kept going back and forth between the 5 cars that were there. He would decide on one, put our stuff in, and then say no, he wants a different one. FINALLY he picked one, and I said "uh, where is your suitcase?"

He thought I was joking, but really...I had no idea where his suitcase was. So we had to go through ALL of the cars we just looked at, and it was nowhere to be found! We obviously picked it up at baggage claim, so it must be somewhere between there and Alamo, right?

We ran back to the Alamo counter, and we saw one of the Alamo people picking his suitcase up, which was sitting right in front of the counter. Brandon ran over and told them it was his, and we got all of our things, including his suitcase this time, went back outside, and again, chose our car. A lovely silver Toyota Camry, in case anyone was wondering.



We loaded up our stuff and we were off! We kept talking about how we hoped that was it for the drama and we could just enjoy ourselves for the rest of the trip, because I'm telling you, it seemed like everything that could have gone wrong before this trip did! So we were assuming the "lost" suitcase was the last of it, and our vacation was finally beginning!

Before I knew it, we saw this amazing sight, the thing you wait for months, sometimes years to see, the icon that lets you know that you are officially in Disney World:



YAY!!!! We're here!!!!

We were starving by then, so our first stop wasn't our resort or a park...it was Downtown Disney!



I had been dreaming of Earl of Sandwich since our May trip, so we had to go there first!

Of course, there was a huge line, so Brandon waited and I grabbed a table outside. The weather was absolutely perfect, warm but not too hot. I just looked around and kept thinking "I'm here! I'm really REALLY here! " I was SO happy to be home, when all week I was thinking we might not make it! Downtown Disney was already decorated for the holidays, which made me even happier, and my table was right near one of the beautiful trees!



After about 15 minutes (the line goes pretty fast at EoS, even when it seems super long!) Brandon came out with our sandwiches. He got a tuna melt, which I didn't take a picture of, and I got the glorious Holiday Sandwich.



This is probably the best sandwich on earth. You know how Joey on Friends feels about sandwiches? Well I'm kind of the same way when it comes to this sandwich. It has all of my favorite things on it, which is basically Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce on the most yummy bread ever! Brandon had a bite of mine and instantly regret his boring tuna melt.

Once we finished eating, I wanted to get to our resort so we could shower and get ready to go to a park, but we had to stop at Guest Services first. Our package didn't officially start until the next day, so we had to get our tickets a day early, and I remembered from last year that the Guest Services on the Marketplace side couldn't print tickets. Or maybe it was just broken last year. Either way, we ended up walking all the way to the West Side, which is a hike, to Disney Quest to get our tickets. We had a super nice CM who gave us our tickets with no problem (I always read on the DIS that they are trying to not allow this anymore, so I sometimes get nervous!) and we were on our way!

Up next...checking in to our adorable resort, and first park of the trip!

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I would have been nervous if I had seen that snow as we were getting ready to leave too. That is my biggest fear of our upcoming trip in 11 days that we will get hit with a snowstorm.

Hooray for arriving and seeing the beautiful sign.

We won't get to Earl of Sandwich this trip, but we plan on it in June and August.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:19 AM   #42
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LOL so I am thinking to myself, I wonder if Jen started her TR. I would think by now she has. So I click on your pre-trip report and what do you know. OK, back to reading.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:44 AM   #43
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Hi- I'm joining in!! Can't wait to read about the rest of your trip!! My husband and I honeymooned at Disney from the 10th- 16!! I'm so missing it already and knowing we likely won't go again til we have kids.
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I felt so nervous reading that update! I was so sure you were going to say your flight was cancelled.

Earl of Sandwich is the perfect first meal. When we arrive next year it will be dinnertime US time but bedtime for our UK bodies. If I didn't know we'd be so shattered we'd head for EoS. We tried it last summer in NYC after all the rave reviews on DIS. My boyfriend also opts for the boring tuna melt!
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I'm here, I'm here! What a stressful start to the trip. I would have freaking out too. Actually that is my biggest worry about our Jan./Feb. trip, the weather here at home!

But you left the snow and cold behind for some of that gorgeous Florida weather!

Earl of Sandwich, yum! We ate there for the first time last March, but we never made it there in October, so I'm hoping to squeeze in a lunch on our next trip.

All your fun Christmas pictures make me want to plan a November/December trip. I love seeing the castle with all the lights on it.

Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip!
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