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Old 11-28-2012, 11:34 PM   #1
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Disney Holiday Firsts At Last! - Final Thoughts Finally!

Disney Holiday Greetings and Salutations! Welcome to our family adventure to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, our first trip during the holiday season

If you came over from my PTR, glad to see you've stuck with me through the weirdness of planning this one. If this is the first time you're reading, glad to have you along. If you want some background please feel free to check out the PTR that brought me and my fam here:

Disney Holiday Firsts at Last! ...The PTR!

I am currently sitting right where the pics in the PTR left off ...only it's 1 month shy of being 5 years later! This time around we sadly only have one brave soul in the pool. DW and DD1 are up in the room and hopefully asleep on cold meds. They both have head colds that came on two days ago DD1 is starting to feel better and hopefully tonight's sleep plus all of the zicam/airborne/sinus & cold meds will get them both to feeling better.

As for me I'm too tired and just too full from a big late meal at Abby's pizza, a chain here in the northwest. GOOOD pizza and very filling. So instead I'm sitting poolside, talking to DD2 while she swims and slides, and documenting our adventure I even used my DUO's camera (netbook laptop that converts into a tablet) to shoot video of Bean (DD2) going down the slide.

I'm letting her try and climb back up the 2 story enclosed slide one more time before we head upstairs to grab showers and try and sleep. Our wake-up is set for 4:30am and the shuttle takes us to the airport at 5am. Check-in should be pretty painless *crosses fingers* and then we're off for SLC, MCO, and POP!!!!

Tune in tomorrow when I thrill you with more exciting stories of our adventures!!!!!


UPDATE!!!!

Since my grand plans for doing a live report fell apart I'll post the chapters list here and restart our grand adventure with pics and more detail


Day 0:

Day 0 - Best Laid Plans



Day 1:

Day 1 Part 1 - In the Air, On the Ground, and a Peek at AoA

Day 1 Part 2 - Back home at POP and checking out AoA

Day 1 Part 3 - A Walk thru 3 Memorable Movies at AoA

Day 1 Part 4 - Finishing up a Long Day



Day 2:

Day 2 Part 1 - Early DHS Entry Brings Full Tummies and TSM

Day 2 Part 2 - On to the Movies!

Day 2 Part 3 - Movies, Star Wars, more TSM, and Indy!

Day 2 Part 4 - Indy's Adventures Continue!

Day 2 Part 5 - Indy Goes Up on the Rooftop!

Day 2 Part 6 - Flames and Falls

Day 2 Part 7 - The Grand Finale Begins!

Day 2 Part 8 - Indy goes out with a BANG!

Day 2 Part 9 - Muppets, Musical Mulch, Monochrome Monsters, and Movie extras!

Day 2 Part 10 - Backlot Bound!

Day 2 Part 11 - The Harbor Attack Continues!

Day 2 Part 12 - Rollin' on the Backlot

Day 2 Part 13 - The Canyon, The Boneyard, and a Monsterous Encounter

Day 2 Part 14 - Hittin' the DHS Thrill Rides!

Day 2 Part 15 - Joining up with Jack Sparrow

Day 2 Part 16 - Mr. Osborne's Dancing Lights

Day 2 Part 17 - End of our DHS Day



Day 3:


Day 3 Part 1 - Can we always have EPCOT to Ourselves?

Day 3 Part 2 - Princesses Take a Shine to PumpkinGirl!

Day 3 Part 3 - Seas, Land, Skies, Our Own Imagination, and Lunch!

Day 3 Part 4 - Mexico, Norway, and Mexico Again!

Day 3 Part 5 - Norwegians go Boop and the Chinese Show their Skills

Day 3 Part 6 - The Acrobat Show Continues!

Day 3 Part 7 - Chinese Acrobat Finale and Viva Italia!

Day 3 Part 8 - Half a World goes by, We eat a Great Dinner, and end our day in Japan

Day 3 - EPCOT Extra!



Day 4:


Day 4 Part 1 - Bugs and Bugs start our AK Day

Day 4 Part 2 - Everest, a Change of Shifts, and Dinosaurs!

Day 4 Part 3 - Festival of the Lion King

Day 4 Part 4 - Finales, Furry Friends, and Forward to Everest!

Day 4 Part 5 - From The Mountaintops to the Bottom of the Sea!

Day 4 Part 6 - Nemo Live!

Day 4 Part 7 - Finish of our AK day and making it to MVMCP!

Day 4 Part 8 - Here Comes MVMCP!

Day 4 Part 9 - Traveling from the Future to a World of Fantasy

Day 4 Part 10 - Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Day 4 Part 11 - From Fantasy to Hauntings to the Closing Time Shuffle

Day 4 Part 12 - The End of a Very Long Day



Universal 2002:


Stepping Back in Time at Universal Orlando!



Day 5:


Day 5 Part 1 - The Girls Return to Whoville after a Decade Away!

Day 5 Part 2 - More Seussian Fun and The Girls Meet a Playful Fountain

Day 5 Part 3 - The Girls Finally Experience TWWoHP!

Day 5 Part 4 - Welcome to Jurassic Park, LETS EAT

Day 5 Part 5 - A LOT More River Adventures!

Day 5 part 6 - Time to get REALLY WET!

Day 5 Part 7 - Our Universal Islands Day Comes to an End



Day 6:


Day 6 Part 1 - Making a Beeline for Gru's House

Day 6 Part 2 - Pic Intensive Minion Mayhem

Day 6 Part 3 - Moving on with the Minions

Day 6 Part 4 - Minions, Shrek, Rockit Riding, and a Monstrous Lunch

Day 6 Part 5 - From the Monster Cafe to Tornado Alley

Day 6 Part 6 - Tornados and Rockits!

Day 6 Part 7 - Rockits and Super Stars!

Day 6 Part 8 - The Parade Ends and We Go on Random Adventures

Day 6 Part 9 - Disasters and Musical Monsters!

Day 6 Part 10 - The Monstrous Show Continues!

Day 6 Part 11 - Music, Mummies, and MiB

Day 6 Part 12 - Simpsons, E.T., Dinner and a Show!

Day 6 Part 13 - Universal's Cinematic Spectacular Continues

Day 6 Part 14 - More Spectacular Cinematic Fun

Day 6 Part 15 - Heading Out of the Studios

Day 6 Part 16 - Heading Home from Universal



Day 7:


Day 7 Part 1 - Back to Universal One More Time!

Day 7 Part 2 - Hogwarts Here We Come!

Day 7 Part 3 - From Hogwarts to Whoville

Day 7 Part 4 - Whos, Cats, and the Universal Backlot

Day 7 Part 5 - Where Are You Christmas?

Day 7 Part 6 - The Grinchy Fun Continues!

Day 7 Part 7 - GrinchMas Musical Finale!

Day 7 Part 8 - The Family Splits up for More Universal Fun!

Day 7 Part 9 - Bring on the Minion Dancers!

Day 7 Part 10 - From Minions to Mummys!

Day 7 Part 11 - Introducing The Macy's Holiday Parade!

Day 7 Part 12 - Macy's Holiday Parade Continues!

Day 7 Part 13 - What, you want More Macy's???

Day 7 Part 14 - More Parade for a Change of Pace

Day 7 Part 15 - And Now a Word From our Sponsor - Macy's!

Day 7 Part 16 - Wrapping Up our Last Universal Day



Day 8:


Day 8 Part 1 - Mommy and Daughter head to EPCOT

Day 8 Part 2 - Juggling, Characters, Sweets, and Santa

Day 8 Part 3 - Dinner and a Show and a Leisurely End to the Mommy/Daughter Day

Day 8 Part 4 - Daddy/Daughter day Begins at AK!

Day 8 Part 5 - More Safari!

Day 8 Part 6 - Finishing our trek on Kilimanjaro

Day 8 Part 7 - Time to Visit Rafiki and Friends!

Day 8 Part 8 - From Furry Friends to Dinos!

Day 8 Part 9 - Finishing our time at AK with Thrills and Stitch!

Day 8 Part 10 - On to our next Park!

Day 8 Part 11 - From ToT to GMR!

Day 8 Part 12 - The End of our Daddy/Daughter Day



Day 9:


Day 9 Part 1 - How Many Ways Are There to 1900 Park Fare?

Day 9 Part 2 - More Character Fun!

Day 9 Part 3 - Main Street and a Character Meet!

Day 9 Part 4 - From Neverland to an Arabian Adventure!

Day 9 Part 5 - From Arabian Adventures to Frontier Fun!

Day 9 Part 6 - Anyone Up for some Thrill Rides?

Day 9 Part 7 - Let's Have Some Splashtastic Fun!

Day 9 Part 8 - What Say Ye Pirate Recruits?

Day 9 Part 9 - A Pastatastic Lunch, Dans with Bells, and a Bright Day on Main Street!

Day 9 Part 10 - More PP fun, Waiting for Merida, and a MaW moment

Day 9 Part 11 - From the Scottish Highlands to the African Jungle

Day 9 Part 12 - Not the Disney Cruise Line, but a Fun Cruise Nonetheless!

Day 9 Part 13 - Pirate Adventures, Tiki Room Fun, and the Fam Splits up Again

Day 9 Part 14 - A Peek at a Princess, a Haunted Journey, and a Musical 3D Adventure!

Day 9 Part 15 - A Big Meal, More Mirror Adventure, and MK at Night

Day 9 Part 16 - Panoramas and a Roundabout trip to DTD

Day 9 Part 17 - Finish to a Late Night at DTD and Back to POP to Pack



Day 10:


Day 10 - Trip Home



Final Thoughts:


Final Thoughts Part 1

Final Thoughts Part 2
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:24 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear your wife and DD1 are sick! Hopefully they feel better soon. I can't wait to read all about your trip!
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:52 AM   #3
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Oh no...I am sorry wife and daughter are sick!!! Hopefully they recover quickly!! We have been at Disney since Sunday and a couple of the nights have been miserably cold!!! I hope you packed some jackets!! I know you all are excited to be here tomorrow!!!

Prayers for safe travels and also for your MIL!!!! We get to do do Hoop de doo Revue tomorrow night!!! Super excited
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im here, didnt realize you were doing a live report...will the whole report be that way? or just bits and pieces while you are gone?
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Sorry to hear your DW and DD1 are sick. Hope those cold meds kick in and some sleep on the plane will help them feel better soon

Can't wait to hear more

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Oh No, I can't believe they are sick. I hope they start feeling better soon. Have a great trip!
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Sorry to hear your wife and DD1 are sick! Hopefully they feel better soon. I can't wait to read all about your trip!
They survived the trip and are slowly getting better. Hoping that another night of rest will help them.

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Oh no...I am sorry wife and daughter are sick!!! Hopefully they recover quickly!! We have been at Disney since Sunday and a couple of the nights have been miserably cold!!! I hope you packed some jackets!! I know you all are excited to be here tomorrow!!!

Prayers for safe travels and also for your MIL!!!! We get to do do Hoop de doo Revue tomorrow night!!! Super excited
Yes, we have jackets and are dressing in layers. The trip went pretty good, thank you

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im here, didnt realize you were doing a live report...will the whole report be that way? or just bits and pieces while you are gone?
Yup, I'll try to do a play-by-play on this one. Originally tried to post using the DISBoards app but it gave an error. May have been the spotty internet access here at POP

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Am here

Sorry to hear your DW and DD1 are sick. Hope those cold meds kick in and some sleep on the plane will help them feel better soon

Can't wait to hear more

Lots of meds and good naps on the plane helped.

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Thank you for the good thoughts!!!

Here's what I tried to post via the app:

Thank you for the good wishes for my sick ladies, they survived the trip pretty well. And you got it Dan, I'm going to try and at least do some of this on the fly.

We did a 4:30 am wake-up and 5 am shuttle. The trip itself went pretty well other than Delta breaking the handle on one of Roxy's bags.

I took random pics on the way but this evening I'm posting from my phone so I'll have to add them in later. Our flight into MCO came in on time and ME went well with very little waiting before we headed out. Our bus hit AoA first so we caught a glimpse of it before being dropped at POP.

Check-in was quick since we had done the online check-in. We were hoping to get a pool view but was not to be. We do have 1st floor right next to the lobby entrance so we're really close to everything.

We grabbed our first quick service dinner at the POP food court and came in just in time to see them do the Hustle! I had the meatball sub with salad and the tie-dye cheesecake - yum! DW had the bbq bacon burger, DD1 had the chicken noodle soup, and DD2 had the bacon cheeseburger.

Tonight we're just going to stroll around the resort and AoA. Tomorrow we hit DHS! Next post should include pictures!

Edit on this, I've copied the pics from my phone but still need to tweak them and set them on my website before they can be added. We'll see how tomorrow evening goes for getting them posted.

Good night all!
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Glad the flight went well minus roxy luggage handle. Southwest broke wheel off my suitcase and would not do crap as normal wear and tear

good call taking tonight nice and easy so girls can all be rested for tomorrow

Hope you have a great time tomorrow at DHS
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Awwww....we are right across the lake from each other!!! Have a great time!!! We are doing Animal kingdom in the morning and then over to MK for MVMCPARTY!!! Wahoo!!!
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Glad you got there and hopefully the ladies start feeling good soon.......I seem to remember when your family went to Disneyland......there was a lot of illness in your group........you need to STOP THAT!!! Hope everyone stays healthy!! Enjoy your time there and will be looking for all your amazing photos!
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Thank you for all of the comments, it is late so no big post today other than to say we had a pretty good day at DHS. Low crowds and TSM x2, ToT x3, RnRC x2, GMR, IJSS, Muppet 3D, Backlot, Jack Sparrow, and ended with Osborne lights. Oh and good breakfast at Hollywood n Vine and good lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In The ladies are still struggling with illness but are being real troopers. For my part I'm trying to make sure we don't do too much walking all at once.

Talk to you all tomorrow!!!!
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Just found you and coming along for the ride. Too bad they both are not feeling well.

can't wait for more.
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Sounds like a good day at DHS minus sickness

Hope girls are feeling better tomorrow

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Glad the flight went well minus roxy luggage handle. Southwest broke wheel off my suitcase and would not do crap as normal wear and tear

good call taking tonight nice and easy so girls can all be rested for tomorrow

Hope you have a great time tomorrow at DHS
Yup, basically they will only pay for a ripped bag, which rarely happens. Nice setup on their part I guess.

I don't know if the ladies felt rested since I dragged them out of bed for that Hollywood & Vine breakfast rese

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Awwww....we are right across the lake from each other!!! Have a great time!!! We are doing Animal kingdom in the morning and then over to MK for MVMCPARTY!!! Wahoo!!!
Very cool! I hope you had a great trip. Bean and I got some good pics of the areas of AoA, amazing place!

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Glad you got there and hopefully the ladies start feeling good soon.......I seem to remember when your family went to Disneyland......there was a lot of illness in your group........you need to STOP THAT!!! Hope everyone stays healthy!! Enjoy your time there and will be looking for all your amazing photos!
They had good days and bad days and we tried to work in as much rest as we could while still doing full park days most of our trip. It is a hard balancing act for sure! Yes, I caught that bad flu bug that was going around in 2009 right before we left and ended up giving it to Roxy. Both of us lost a day of that vacation just laying in bed. Our 2011 WDW/US trip went off without any issues other than a minor sunburn on my part though

Photos coming soon, I was going to start downloading from the camera but the battery was dead so I have to wait an hour or so But it gives me time to get on Photopass and start playing with those pics!

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Hey Scott! Yeah, it was a real bummer - wait until you hear the full story!

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Hope girls are feeling better tomorrow

Thank you Kelly - each day had its moments for sure but we had a very adventurous time overall




Okay all, as you may have noticed I fell off the posting every day bit very early in the game. Just too tired and too much of a drive to get showers and get to bed for the next day of fun while we were there. I do have the first couple of days worth of pics uploaded and numbered so I'll start the proper TR post haste
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