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Old 01-07-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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"Look out the window, and enjoy life!" Another trip! Our PTR for April 2013! NEW 3/1

Hey DISfriends!!

This is my first PTR and will be followed by my first TR!! Basically this trip will be a road trip from Indianapolis to Orlando during our spring break this April! We will also be going on (as of now..) at least three college visits.

Quick intros:
My name is Rachel, (rachelmarisa) and I'm 17.



And joining me is my very best friend Emily! She's also 17 and does not (yet!) have a DIS account.


We still have no idea how/when/where we met, as we did not go to the same grade school, but still we are best friends to this day! More details on us to come! But for now, enjoy some more pictures of us


This is what we call the classic pose, and I don't really know why. We just always end up taking a piggyback picture!
I'm sure we'll have many photos like this.


Us just being adorable on a college visit


Country Club day at our high school.. Please notice my classy golfing Mickey polo!!


This picture was after our past fall musical. I was a lead, and dear Emily/Erika (explanation to come) was the stage manager.


And finally the most recent picture of us I have.

Anyway, we will be accompanied by our dads! And they are just awesome! Gotta love 'em


This is my dad Frank here, pondering life I'm sure. Frank's the best! Trust me! I'm pretty sure at least WEEKLY (exaggeration? psh, no!) Emily tells someone, "Rachel's dad is just awesome!"


And finally here is Joe! Joe is Emily's dad, Frank's friend, and my second dad!
Sorry Em.. I don't really keep pictures of your dad handy, so I creeped through your facebook to find this picture.


We are so psyched for this vacation! DUH IT'S DISNEY! Emily and I have already been on a few vacations and trips together, but we have about a gazillion and four more planned that TOTALLY WILL HAPPEN.. someday!

The quote in the title is something Emily yelled at my brother once when we were road tripping through New England this past summer XD Ever since we've used it to yell at anyone who is dramatic or stressed out, etc.

Whenever we hear of a place we haven't been and/or seems fun, we always look at each other and say, "Another trip!" (hence the name of this PTR) and "Add it to the list!" (of the million other places we have to go to together!)

Please comment and join in the fun! Be back soon with updates!

PS.. anyone find the hidden Mickey? It's not the one on my shirt!

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:09 AM   #2
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Meet the Cast! (again!)


Day One Plans

Real Life Update: Jersey Boys




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Old 01-12-2013, 12:03 AM   #4
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Meet the Cast! (again!)

MEET THE CAST



Yeah here's me with a Steak N Shake car on my head. I'm so attractive, I know.
So again, these will be the more detailed intros. Please forgive me; Im a very busy girl! Im 17 and a junior at school with Emily, and my thing is musical theatre. Im also a cheerleader but took a break this year. My music tastes include Britney Spears, show tunes, Weird Al, Culture Club, S Club 7, Hall and Oates, Terrance Zdunich, and obviously DISNEY MUSIC! Pretty random, Im aware. I really care nothing for sports, so I dont have favourites there. And because Im Emilys friend, it is obligatory that I enjoy cooking, baking, eating, judging restaurants, and writing tripadvisor reviews :D

I figured this will come up sooner or later: Im an ovu-vegetarian, which means I dont eat any animal or dairy product. Im transitioning to veganism within the next two years, and Im so excited to try all of Disneys special diet food! I looove vegan food and often choose to have vegan meals at restaurants because its much easier to say than ovu-vegetarian, hahaha. (Note: Im not claiming to be a vegan while still eating eggs and honey. And I dont demand to see kitchens food labels at restaurants. I usually tell them Im vegan to avoid dairy and meat and/or that Im allergic to dairy, which I am.)

On to the Disney faves!
Let me just say I hate picking favourites. (I add the u in some words cause it feels sophisticated and Canadian. And Canadians are ahmaazing.) For me its basically impossible to name one thing because I think almost everything Disney is perfect. Gahhh <3

Favorite movie(s): The Toy Story, HSM, and POTC trilogies, The Rescuers, the Aristocats, Princess and the Frog, Enchanted, and Mulan.
Favorite character(s): gosh& Charlotte from Princess and the Frog, Gus Gus from Cinderella, and Tink
Favorite princess : Ariel! and Cindy is a close second
Favorite villain: Captain Hook
Favorite WDW park: EPCOT
Favorite WDW ride(s): Jungle Cruise & Splash Mountain
Last trip to Disney was: D: too long! 2010
Most excited for: Everything! New Fantasyland, visiting SCAD and UCF, experiencing Disney food with a special diet, and being with my best friend and our dads!
Least excited for: Umm.. the waiting until April! Here is Emily!



(She will be gray.) Hello DIS world! This is my first time on this site all thanks to my friend Rach. My name is Emily! My hobbies are cooking, being in school plays/musicals, hanging out with friends, laughing, going out eat and babysitting. Like all of you I enjoy all things Disney! Currently my favorite TV show is One Tree Hill.
(I am rolling my eyes.)
I am junior in high school. This coming April I will be going on my 2nd long overdue trip to Disney World. I am really not a fan of sports at all. I also find all quotes very interesting. My favorite one at the moment is Do what you want, its your life, live it. That is an original quote from me! Haha!

Favorite movie: The Parent Trap
Favorite character: Pooh Bear
Favorite princess : Belle
Favorite villain: Ursula
Favorite WDW park: EPCOT
Favorite WDW ride: RRC
Last trip to Disney was: 2004?
Most excited for: spending spring break with my best friend
Least excited for: the long drive to Florida



Yes, the dads do not really have longer intros. Prepare to be offended DISers, our dads are at Disney for the rides. But its okay! They will join us for either Hollywood Studios (insert mini obligatory rant about how it will always be MGM in my heart or something.. whatever) or Epcot. Which means more park days for Emily and me and golfing for the men! Everyones happy!
I hope more of you can join in! Plans to come soon!



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Old 01-12-2013, 12:50 AM   #5
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Yay!! We're glad you're here!!
I just love your TRs!! Your sassiness is so entertaining
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:10 AM   #6
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DAY ONE


Again Rachel is teal...

And Emily is gray.


So because Emily is pretty organized... at least compared to me... she has this nice Word document with our currently vague plans typed up. (We don’t have the kind of time to make our planning super cute and crafty and Disney themed sad, I know) So I figured I’d screen shot each day and explain the components below. Here’s what our first day says so far:




So this day is our last day of school, but we will get a prearranged absence since it’s a college visit! Yay!
Don’t forget to mention that we’re driving!
We’ll be looking at Bellarmine University in Louisville. Em is probably more interested in it than me . We have some friends that cheerlead there and love it! Hooray! I really have no idea why she wrote 70 minutes. Is that the length of the tour or something?
It is!
Okay so after that, we have no specific plans except that we have to get to Georgia. I believe we are staying in Savannah.. correct?
Yes mhm!

And then we’ll stay at some hotel there.
Probably a Hampton Inn or Hilton Garden Inn near a plantation and other fun stuff.
Woo! A full first day! Also, whatever we eat will definitely be food-pic’ed and rated for you.

HERE This is a great website we use to find non-Disney restaurants. We have found it successful in the past!
It seems we forgot to mention that Joe is a professional chef
Actually the proper term is corporate executive chef
Right-o, and so is Emily’s mom.

Who was the executive chef of her own restaurant!
So that’s basically how we are obsessed with all aspects of a dining experience, hahaha, so all you foodies please enjoy our food rants and raves.
Note: whatever direct quotes we get from Frank are probably gonna be pretty side-splittingly hilarious.
That's all we have for now, so how do we end a post? With an adorable picture of us! Duh!



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Old 01-12-2013, 12:54 PM   #7
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I'm in. I remember how exciting it was to be finishing up high school and start college!

This will be a fun trip! Where will you be staying at WDW?
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:18 PM   #8
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I'm in. I remember how exciting it was to be finishing up high school and start college!

This will be a fun trip! Where will you be staying at WDW?
Great!! We're glad you're here!
We are staying part of the time with Emily's relatives (as of now) and also offsite at Windsor Hills.
"Don't hate us 'cause we're offsite!"
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:52 PM   #9
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REAL LIFE UPDATE: JERSEY BOYS

This will be pretty brief, but I just had to share. Guess what our dads got us for Christmas?????



Jersey Boys tickets!!! Hooray!!
So last Sunday (the 13th) we headed to downtown Indianapolis with our moms to see the show!! It was greaaaat!



Us in the car!

My favorite song was December 1963
And the voices were unreal!


And I loooooved our understudy for Gaudio. <3 <3 <3


After we went to a tapas restaurant  also fun and yummy in our tummies .

Weve all been to this restaurant before, and it was subpar. The other times Ive been there I thought it was much better.

Okay I disagree! I thought it was great this time, so whatever. Also the sweet tea DIDNT taste like corn syrup or raspberry flavouring, which is a rarity here.

At this restaurant, you just order food until youre full. Its great.

That was quote worthy right there babe.
Originally we wrote out all the tapas we ordered but then realized that no one wants to read through that hahaha. Sorry no food pics 'til Disney!!
Wow that was exhausting to write. Hope you stayed awake! Now its back to homework for Emily and me. Bye DIS!

Have a joyous life!

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Room for one more?? I have children older than you so I hope that is okay...

for an awesome Christmas present!
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Room for one more?? I have children older than you so I hope that is okay...

for an awesome Christmas present!
Haha if only you wouldn't mind being squished in the car with us!! But you're welcome of course to read along

I know! It was awesome, and they know us so well! Maybe the only possible better present could be Disney on Ice tickets!!
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DAY TWO PLANS




Well today I assume we’ll be having hotel breakfast if it’s offered. And when we had our planning meeting a few weeks ago, Joe suggested that we go on a plantation tour. The rest of us have never done that and hey… why not?
Got to love Joe Schmo!! Yay! 



Also it appears Em forgot to include the purpose of going through Savannah instead of Atlanta.. EMILY!

Sorry Rach! IT’S MY FAULT!! ☺ Hopefully we will able to go to some cool restaurants in Savannah and eat some yummy Southern comfort food! I am a huge FOODIE if you have not noticed. Yay food! I am not fat! I promise! ahahaha

The term here is "pooh sized" Em.. Also how would they know that yet?


In Savannah, we’ll be visiting one of my considerations for college: SCAD. I don’t know too much about it. Their performing arts major and themed entertainment design major seem really cool!


Looking forward to seeing this college as well! Hopefully the weather will be nice so that we can take some pretty pictures on campus.

Anyway THEN we will head south to beautiful, sunny Florida! I believe we could possibly show Emily and her dad a bit around St. Augustine (which is southeast of Jacksonville) and possibly New Smyrna Beach (which is south of Daytona). Our family has been to St. Augustine many times and NSB a few as well, including this past winter break! I have no clue how we’re gonna fit all this in but oh well!

It will work out just fine! I am really looking forward to going to the beach! I have never been to a beach in Florida because my parents hate me!! Hahahah just kidding! I hope to relax on the beach. I can’t wait to take LOTS of picture with my best friend on the beach!



We will probably stay somewhere nearby because we have to be well rested for our journey to Orlando!

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REAL LIFE UPDATE 2
Hi friends!
This is gonna be a little update and a trip within a PTR about another trip – tripception?
Last weekend (MLK) Emily and I were allowed to embark on our very first mini road trip alone! We drove two hours to watch two of our friends compete in a pageant. I’ve competed in a couple myself, and Emily has never been to one!


(I am the odd man out here! Hahaha)

It’s a feeder pageant of the Miss America program, so it’s not what you’d see on Toddlers & Tiaras.
Sadly neither of them placed this time, but they both did so well! Yay friends!


(I was really surprised of all entertaining the pageant was, and also enjoyed the less than stellar talent hahah)

(Apologies… I wrote this next paragraph yesterday and couldn’t post it until today, so all of it applies to today hahaha.)
Also tomorrow morning early Emily, my mother, her friend, and I are driving to Washington DC to participate in the March for Life as well as exploring and experiencing DC! We went with our school to the march our freshman year (Catholic school!) but aren’t too keen about sleeping on a bus and a gym floor. It also doesn’t help that last year we learned that MULTIPLE people vomited on the bus ewwies.
(not fun) So we may meet up with some friends from school while we’re there, but we’re happy to be going on our own. (Yay for a fun road trip!)

24 January update:
We have arrived at our hotel and are pumped to march in the freezing cold tomorrow (We are well prepared and will be wearing many layers)

Just kidding. It’ll be okay. Today the only thing exciting we did… besides the piles of homework we did in the car… … was stopping at a random restaurant we found through TripAdvisor. It was called Salsa Café, and it was in Wheeling, WV. (This was our main meal of the day, we consumed many car snacks, got to love snacking while doing homework)

Also this was really weird… on TripAdvisor it was called Salsa Café. Then on its own website it was called Salsa Garden. The sign outside the restaurant said Salsa Café. And the napkin holders said Salsa Garden. Oh confusion. (The restaurant likes to make Rach and me mad!)


Anyway, I got the Thai peanut tofu burrito without cream cheese. It was weird, but the tofu individually was good enough. Emily got white bean chicken chili, which she raved about, along with their delicious homemade hot sauce. Mmmm. (Honestly all food tastes better with hot sauce)

Nothing more exciting to report now. Pictures to come! See ya real soon!
(Thanks to all of our loyal readers! We love you guys!)
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Glad to hear it! Please enjoy!!
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