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Old 12-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #16
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Awww - great photos - can't wait to read aong!
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:11 PM   #17
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I'm here, I'm here, my curly-haired sister! Can't wait to follow along with your wonderful Wonderland family.

The Christmas decorations look amazing, I'm so envious. I haven't been to Disney at Chrisymastime since I was a little kid. We're hoping to plan an early-December trip in the next couple of years.

And I also can't wait to hear how your first trip "home" went!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:09 PM   #18
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:21 PM   #19
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The Plane Leaves at 7am... so we have to get up WHEN? Please Sir... May I have some more (coffee)?


Do you know when something seems like an awesome idea at the time you plan it... but that's because it's a while a way and you aren't actually faced with the reality of doing it yet?

Well when Hatter booked our tickets... I was psyched... I mean this was to be a shorter trip 5 day, 4 night trip so leaving PHL X at 7:05 and landing in Orlando by 9:30 -really seemed like a great idea to maximize the time we'd have our first day...

Well it actually was good planning and I'm still really glad that we did it but I have to say upon waking up at 4:30 am Thursday morning ... I wasn't quite feeling the Dis love just yet...

4:30 am ... I usually get up at about 6:30 so you wouldn't think that 2 hours would make that much difference right?

Wrong...so so so wrong... I actually felt like I was having an out of body experience...

What about that great Disney buzz you ask?... Hey you're going to the most magical place right?... well yes and no...yes there was a part of me that acknowledged that but the problem was that I was so excited the night before that I hadn't fallen asleep until 1ish... plus the plan was to get out by 5 and hopefully at that time of day... make it to the airport by 5:30 (and the airport is certainly not the most magical place...)

Which meant... I wasn't supposed to make any coffee at home but wait for it... we were going to grab a quick breakfast at McDonalds on the way... biscuit sandwiches for the boys and oatmeal for me... No coffee when I first wake up is something of a sacrilege to me... I mean I LOVE coffee... not just like or love a little bit but passionately, deeply love it... (When three different family members/friends pick you up cute little coffee thing-a-ma-bobs from Target's $1 section... you know you really have the monkey on your back...)









Pining away for my caffeinated BFF... and feeling a bit lala...I got ready to leave. So after a big kiss and a hug for Alice (this was a HUGE deal-she was staying home without us...but with grandparents 10 minutes away) we went out into what felt like pitch blackness to make our way to the airport...

AS soon as we began to drive I noticed that Hatter's body language was all off... he seemed really tense... really really tense... and he didn't even appreciate any of my attempts at humor...( and really who can't normally appreciate my humor?...). He was really flustered at the drive through at MickeyD
s... I'm not sure he was even speaking English the first time he ordered... and apparently neither was the girl on the other end because she asked him to repeat his order...




David on the other hand, while bleary eyed was pretty much the trooper in the back seat...



Along with my oatmeal I did get a McD's coffee but it was so blasted hot... like rays of sun hot...I'm not sure how they get it that hot...so even I couldn't drink it for at least 15 minutes... and I in the mean time I discovered exactly what was wrong with my husband...

Me: (having forgotten...it being so early) "Honey, what time does the plane take off?"

He: "At 7."

Me: (realizing something) "Ummm what time does that mean it boards?"

He: "At 6:30."

Me... "Ohhhhhhh." (looking at the clock on the dash which now read 5:15-hmmm thinking hmmm that means we have to get to the airport, leave the car, curbcheck, go through security and get to the gate...) I now knew exactly what was wrong... we were cutting our time pretty tight... one wrong move... no plane for us...

Me... "Shouldn't we have..."

He... "Yes." Alrightly then... he obviously didn't want to talk about it... but he drove, drove, drove....and the car shuttle service got us to curb check in by 6... and we got through security pretty quickly... were at the gate by 6:20 -I even had time to get a really awesome cup of coffee that wasn't super naturally hot...




So actually we should have probably even been up a bit early and left earlier for this flight... but everything ended well so it's all good...



We flew Southwest and were A boarding so we got seats all together... and David had his small DVD player, Eric choose to sleep a bit...and I watched some Downton Abbey on my ipad... 2 episodes and beverage service and we were actually arriving about early.



Landing in Orlando is so exciting because you know you are so CLOSE... and Magic Express is so MAGICAL because you just the pixie dust collects your luggage and gets it to the hotel...

Owwww.... a Starbucks... can't pass that up... have only had one real cup so far and it's almost 9:30...






WE always get so psyched when we see this "mini monorail" ... it's like you know that you're almost there...




Will we get a real Magic Express? Please, Please, Please... and Score! ....




Our bus would be stopping at Old Key West, the Boardwalk, THE BEACH CLUB & then the Yacht Club...





I really love the TV screens...and the movie but I'm kind of hoping maybe they could mix it up a bit and give us a new show?



Oh wow... we're getting closer...




and closer...



We're pulling in...




Welcome Home...to the Beach Club...







This was to be our first trip as DVC Members & that was quite an amazing thing-in keeping with trying to do some new things...& this was DEFINITELY a new thing...( We purchased a small resale contract this past sumemr and are hoping to add 25-30 points a year over the next 3+ years or so...)

Happily and sufficiently caffeinated... I was now plenty awake... and Hatter was (although he might not admit it) quite excited for his first WELCOME HOME as a DVC member...






WE'RE HERE....




A very nice CM met us coming off the bus and asked if we were checking in... and escorted us to the check in... this was nice but simultaneously a little over the top... I could have handled the distance from the front door to check in without getting lost...

BUT upon check in, we got our (WAIT FOR IT) very first

WELCOME HOME...

(why thank you-may I stay forever please...)

after the first minute of greetings and happiness... I took David over and around to see the fab lobby... I really like the Beach Club lobby... it smells really good-especially right now with the gingerbread carousel and it is warm and elegant without being stuffy. (I've made up a story in my head that the people who live in the Grand Floridian vacation in the more relaxed Beach Club...)







While our room wasn't ready... being only 10:30... we left our carry ons with the Front Desk and decided we would head out and over to what I thought would make a fun, easy and accessible first day... World Showcase at Epcot... through our own special entrance...

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Old 12-07-2012, 05:47 PM   #20
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That is a wonderful introduction and I am excited to read about all your adventures!

Oh and the thing Eric is holding on the Osborne Lights picture looks suspiciously like a snowman to me... A Mickey version though...
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& Yes it is a Mickey Snow Man...


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Old 12-07-2012, 05:52 PM   #21
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Yay!!!! A real Magical Express!!! Perfect! I think if hubby thought you would be cutting it close he should have mentioned something BEFORE the day of departure!!

I want to tell you, too, that reading your ptr, you are alot like me. I was instantly connected to you through it! And you have my daughter's hair! I've just been calling her princess Merida now.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:01 PM   #22
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I don't think I ever commented on your PTR, but I read it, and now I'm here for your TR!
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:02 PM   #23
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Hello! I'm here and looking forward to you christmassy trip report!
Hey Katherina I'm hoping it will be Christmassy with the trees, lights and storytellers...

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Hello Darling.... I've been MIA... So sorry!! Also sorry I haven't started my TR yet. December is a crazy month with several birthdays, family functions, Christmas, yada, yada that my report has taken a back seat. I also need to find all my notes. It's been two weeks and I'm not even completely unpacked.


Any WHO ... I'm excited that you've started yours though. I can't wait to read more. I bet it was PERFECT!
Hey Deanna... I'm glad you're here... & when you get time to start it can't wait to hear all about your trip... I've been there before with the not being fully unpacked...

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Old 12-07-2012, 06:25 PM   #24
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Erin... I'm really glad you popped in and

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Suzi & I'm looking forward to writing about it...

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I'm here and so excited to read about your trip!!!
Hey Angie... ... Thanks for coming over...

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Hey Sarah... I hope I write a good trip report...
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:40 PM   #25
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Joining in. I can't wait, we are planning a trip during the same time next year.
Well pooh'smate - I hope you get some ideas- If you have any questions about Christmas trips-please ask... we were there in 2006 for a whole week so I've done stuff before that I didn't this time like the MVMCP...

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I'm here, I'm here, my curly-haired sister! Can't wait to follow along with your wonderful Wonderland family.

The Christmas decorations look amazing, I'm so envious. I haven't been to Disney at Chrisymastime since I was a little kid. We're hoping to plan an early-December trip in the next couple of years.

And I also can't wait to hear how your first trip "home" went!
Hey Missy... glad you've come down my rabbit hole... The decorations are really pretty awesome... in the resorts and parks...

It was pretty sweet to go "home" ...


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Hey there EYDF...and i'm very happy that you've decided to come along...
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:34 PM   #26
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Joining in

Cant wait to hear how your first trip as DVC members was! BC is truely a beautiful hotel
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Yay!!!!
You started! I can't wait to read about your adventures!
I hope you loved Beach Club....
Welcome Home!
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:47 PM   #28
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I'm here! Thanks for the PM! Very excited to read about your trip! I DID finish your PTR, which was wonderful!

Onto the trip, though! Those early flights are brutal...especially when having to wait for that necessary coffee!! But, for getting in early in the day!

I've never taken the Magical Express....but, think it looks like a great "welcome" to the world and way to start the magic!

The Beach Club looks gorgeous! May need to check that out one of these days!

Looking forward to more!
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:50 AM   #29
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My mom is the same way with her morning coffee...it is an absolute must-have!!!

Glad to hear that you made your flight OK!

Yay for the Beach Club!!!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:35 AM   #30
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I'm here!!!

And yay! You've arrived at the Beach Club!!

I SO hear you about the coffee thing...I just wouldn't be able to go that long without a real cup I don't think! It would have thrown off my whole day. Hopefully you didn't feel so quiet "out of body"-esque by later in the day. (and I know JUST that feeling that you are talking about, been there! We are total addicts...)

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that totally makes sense to me! It works.
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