Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Completed Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





 
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-20-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
xoSamma
Mouseketeer
 
xoSamma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 428

Smile Acca-Believe it…. You’re in Disney! Jan 2013 UPDATED 3/24 COMPLETE!

Acca-Believe It...You're in Disney!

“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy”


Welcome all to my second trip report!
You can find my first trip report here

Operation Classy Living: GFlo Oct 2012

I am very excited that you have decided to drop by and come along for the ride! It was definitely a trip to remember, from all the good to all the bad. At first this trip seemed like it was never going to go right but with some Disney magic things turned around.


Sam



For those of you who don’t know me my name is Samantha, Sam for short. I was raised a Disney baby to a Disney obsessed 20 year old. I blame my parents for my Disney addiction, yet thank them everyday because without Disney I don’t know what my life would be like.


Leandra



The Birthday Girl of this trip! The last time Leandra went to Disney was when she was 10, so that means she has been missing out on the Disney magic for 10 years. We have been friends throughout middle school and high school, and throughout those years she has always supported my love for Disney.


Alicia & Andy



Alicia and Andy, my sister and her fiancé. Alicia is a DCP cast member who works as a character performer. She was MIA most of this trip because of work which means Andy got to hang out with leandra and I most of the trip, lucky him. I can say that I am glad that he picked up the love for Disney, I mean he better if he is going to be marrying into a Disney Family!


Now for the when and where!

When: January 7-January 11
Where: Pop Century


Let the memories begin!


Last edited by xoSamma; 03-24-2013 at 06:08 PM.
xoSamma is offline  
Old 01-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
xoSamma
Mouseketeer
 
xoSamma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 428

Back Story


I am extremely lucky that I was able to take this trip, after going to Disney in October I thought I wouldn’t be going back for a while. But with the help of my wonderful sister and her cast member discounts everything worked out perfectly!

On October 11, exactly 3 days after I got home from Disney world I got I text from my sister about visiting her again and that southwest had cheap airfare. Since I was at dance I wasn’t able to look at airfare nor did I think I would actually make this trip happen. So I get home from dance by maybe 9:45 and go on southwest, airfare was only $65 each way! The catch was that the sale ended at midnight that night. There was no way I was going to give that up!

So I called Alicia who called up Andy. He was on board, now I just needed to find a friend. I texted my friend Marisa who I went to Disney with so many times before but she was back to college the day we would leave. I texted Brittany telling her about the cheap flights because her and one of her friends were planning on going to disney and universal in January also (sadly that trip didn’t work out). So by the looks of it I was going to be going to the parks solo, which I was actually more than fine with because lets be real I would be in Disney. That’s when I decided to call Leandra, she was all for it and I told her that it would be about $300 for 4 nights at Disney which included everything! Some how I talked her into it and that night I booked 3 tickets to florida!

As some of you may know I am a huge fan of YOLO Disney trips! The way I see it is that I am only young once and once I graduate college I will not be able to just take random Disney trips because soon I will have to grow up and start paying bills….gross! So with that being said I hope 2013 will be filled with Yolo trips!
xoSamma is offline  
Old 01-20-2013, 09:02 PM   #4
tinkgurl
Life is what happens in between trips to WDW
Those "flying cookies" flying through space can be seen
I'm hoping that the little guy likes them!
 
tinkgurl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 10,741

I'm here!

Your sister is a character performer?! Who/where?!
tinkgurl is offline  
Old 01-22-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
xoSamma
Mouseketeer
 
xoSamma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 428

Quote:
Originally Posted by tinkgurl View Post
I'm here!

Your sister is a character performer?! Who/where?!
Yay! thanks for joining
She might or not be friends with a Man's (mickey) best friend and a princess that fell in love with a street rat
xoSamma is offline  
Old 01-22-2013, 08:05 PM   #6
xoSamma
Mouseketeer
 
xoSamma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 428

It's a Disney Day!


It was the morning of January 7 when I decided to get up and moving at 11am. I had to finish packing and plan my dance classes since while I was away my friend would be taking over. Our trip wasn’t paid off yet so that was also on the list to do.

I went onto the Disney website punched in the reservation number and nothing came up…this was not a good sign! Did we not have a room? My mother ended up calling Disney to see what was going on. Since they changed the website they were in the process of changing over the reservations. Good news we had a room and the bill was paid!

Leandra and her boyfriend Burke arrived to my house around 4. We ate some chicken parmesan & painted our nails. About 4:30 I texted Andy telling him that we were going to be leaving for the airport at 4:45. It was a good thing he lives like not even 2 minutes away.

Andy arrived he parked his car in my driveway and we packed all our luggage in the back of Leandra’s car. Burke dropped us off and our journey began! We checked our bags and made it through security in no time. We went to our gate and hung out for probably a half hour till we boarded. In that time I showed Leandra the perfect disney family videos.



Soon it was time to board! We sat in row 3 which was nice when we actually arrived in Orlando. Andy gave his seat to a little girl named Ella whose family was sitting all scattered around the plane. There was the nice British lady who was ready to buy her any snack she wanted. As we were waiting for take off we talked to them and the Ella was a big fan of my simba pillow pet.

Disney Bound!



I love jetblue for the fact of the TVs as I waited for some blue chips to be passed out I decided to watch some How I Met Your Mother while Leandra read a book. Soon it was snack time! I asked for Blue Chips & Cookies



As you may notice in the picture the Blue chips were mixed with sweet potato chips, at first I thought they changed them but then I glanced up and saw the person in front of me with the normal blue chips. LAME!

Leandra was adventurous and decided to try the popcorn chips. They aren’t actually all that bad!



Throughout the trip Ella and her sister were changing seats that way they each had a chance to be with their mother. They had everything they needed though, they had dora coloring books, stuffed animals and sang Christmas corals to keep them occupied.

We landed in Orlando at 8:40, We got off the plane right away, the perks of sitting in the front. That’s when Leandra got lost in the bathroom…. Hurry up girl we got things to do and a Magical Express bus to catch!

We were soon on our way to the monorail we go, on our walk there Andy was telling me how he actually helped someone with directions in December when we was there last. I was very proud that he new his way around the Orlando airport.



Down a couple escalators till we reached this sign



We followed the Mickey heads on the ground and got in line



The wait for the bus seemed to take forever! I texted Alicia saying that we were waiting for a bus. Our main plan for tonight was to go to DTD and eat at Wolfgang Puck Express but by the looks of it we probably wouldn’t make it there in time.

So we waited and waited till the magical express bus came to pick us up



xoSamma is offline  
Old 01-22-2013, 10:07 PM   #7
lvcourtneyy
DIS Veteran
 
lvcourtneyy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Staten Island
Posts: 1,282

Just found this! I'm excited to hear about your trip. We were there the 3-10 so there's some overlap in our dates! Can't wait to hear how our trips compared.

That's so exciting that your sister is friends with Mickey! I'm jealous.
__________________


Trip Reports In Progress:

Ooo I'm really scaredd! A Sept 13 TR!
Excuse me, your child can NOT go on stage with Mickey: a January 2013 TR!

Completed: We both got real jobs, now we can go to Disney: Sept 2013 PTR
July 2000: GKTW Village// January 2012 offiste// January 2013 Pop Century// September 2013 Pop Century

Follow me on Instagram: @courtneyeliizabeth
lvcourtneyy is offline  
Old 01-23-2013, 11:55 AM   #8
katt789
DIS Veteran
 
katt789's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Orlando, Fl
Posts: 5,565

Here to read along!! Your title definitely dragged me in, I won't lie haha. Sounds like it's going to be a great trip, how awesome that your sister is friends with some awesome Disney characters, that's so great!
__________________
In Progress Trip Reports
May 2014 (24 hr day)//Villains Unleashed!

Instagram:Kattwyllie
Twitter: KattWy




katt789 is offline  
Old 01-23-2013, 04:59 PM   #9
saintstickets
DIS Veteran
 
saintstickets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Petal, MS
Posts: 2,557

I'm in...won't post much but I love your previous TR!
__________________
Bill B

DL - 1967 | WDW - 1973 (Orlando) | WDW - 1980 (Kissimmee) | WDW - 1985 (Kissimmee) | WDW - 1997 (Contemporary) | WDW - 2007 (Old Key West)
DVC - May2010 - OKW | Nov-Dec2010 - AKV/BWV | May2012 - BLT/VWL | Sep2012 - Aulani (30th anniversary) | Dec2012 - Aulani (DD honeymoon) | Oct2013 - BCV | Jun2014 - BWV | Oct2014 - DCL/BCV | Aug2015 - DCL Alaska | Dec2015 - BWV

The "Don't mess with the CMs/take less photos TR" Jun14 @ BWV
Oct13-BCV - MNSSHP, F&W, Wild Africa Trek
Sep12-Aulani - Sharks, horses, a submarine scooter, luau & Mickey
May12-BLT/VWL - Don't tell Mickey! It's NOT a bug's life! That's a dolphin's WHAT? Where's the ER? Is that a body? Seaworld, Discovery Cove, IoA, Space Center
Nov/Dec10-AKV/BWV - Backstage Magic Tour; V&A; Lots of pics and video
May10-OKW - DDP cost analysis; Wishes Dessert Party; Fantasmic
saintstickets is offline  
Old 01-23-2013, 05:04 PM   #10
rachel09985
DIS Veteran
 
rachel09985's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Minneapolis, MN (Originally Ohio)
Posts: 3,277

I am in! I was there the 5th through the 7th!
__________________

Dining Review December 2011 Dining Review June 2011 Dining Review December 2010 TR Nov 2012 Dining Review Nov 2012
1998- Dixie Landings 2005- Pop/Saratoga Springs 2008- Pop Century 2009- Pop Century 2010- Pop Century 2011 Pop Century x2! 2012 Art of Animation
rachel09985 is offline  
Old 01-24-2013, 09:14 PM   #11
xoSamma
Mouseketeer
 
xoSamma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 428

Quote:
Originally Posted by lvcourtneyy View Post
Just found this! I'm excited to hear about your trip. We were there the 3-10 so there's some overlap in our dates! Can't wait to hear how our trips compared.

That's so exciting that your sister is friends with Mickey! I'm jealous.
Thanks for joining along!! Oh my goodness we were there like the same time. Where did you stay?
My sister isn't actually friends with mickey, she is friends with his best friend...A man's best friend (a dog) She tells me stories all the time we makes me so happy for her yet makes me wish I was doing the same thing.


Quote:
Originally Posted by katt789 View Post
Here to read along!! Your title definitely dragged me in, I won't lie haha. Sounds like it's going to be a great trip, how awesome that your sister is friends with some awesome Disney characters, that's so great!
I mean who doesn't love some Pitch Perfect?! What a great movie! My sister is seriously living the dream right now while I'm sitting at home wishing I could be doing the same thing


Quote:
Originally Posted by saintstickets View Post
I'm in...won't post much but I love your previous TR!
Hi there, thanks for joining along on the journey. I'm excited to hear that you enjoy my other trip report! The little things that make me happy


Quote:
Originally Posted by rachel09985 View Post
I am in! I was there the 5th through the 7th!
Welcome along I'm glad you joined us!
You were leaving when I was coming. I hope you had a magical time though on your trip!
xoSamma is offline  
Old 01-24-2013, 10:29 PM   #12
lvcourtneyy
DIS Veteran
 
lvcourtneyy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Staten Island
Posts: 1,282

[QUOTE=xoSamma;47299512]
Thanks for joining along!! Oh my goodness we were there like the same time. Where did you stay?
My sister isn't actually friends with mickey, she is friends with his best friend...A man's best friend (a dog) She tells me stories all the time we makes me so happy for her yet makes me wish I was doing the same thing.


We were at Pop too!! We were in the 50s section, building 2 and the other people we travelled with were in building 3! What section were you guys in?

Ah I went back and read your post and I totally missed the best friend part! That's still just as awesome. I totally wish I was doing the same thing. My cousin did the college program back in 2002 or 2003 and she was too short/wrong proportions to be friends with any characters. She worked at the All-Star resorts but that sounds pretty exciting to me too!
__________________


Trip Reports In Progress:

Ooo I'm really scaredd! A Sept 13 TR!
Excuse me, your child can NOT go on stage with Mickey: a January 2013 TR!

Completed: We both got real jobs, now we can go to Disney: Sept 2013 PTR
July 2000: GKTW Village// January 2012 offiste// January 2013 Pop Century// September 2013 Pop Century

Follow me on Instagram: @courtneyeliizabeth
lvcourtneyy is offline  
Old 01-25-2013, 10:07 AM   #13
xoSamma
Mouseketeer
 
xoSamma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 428

Quote:
Originally Posted by lvcourtneyy View Post
We were at Pop too!! We were in the 50s section, building 2 and the other people we travelled with were in building 3! What section were you guys in?

Ah I went back and read your post and I totally missed the best friend part! That's still just as awesome. I totally wish I was doing the same thing. My cousin did the college program back in 2002 or 2003 and she was too short/wrong proportions to be friends with any characters. She worked at the All-Star resorts but that sounds pretty exciting to me too!
I was in the 50's section!!!! Our room was in building 1 though, but still how funny is that?!

I think I would take any job Disney had to offer
xoSamma is offline  
Old 01-25-2013, 10:17 AM   #14
xoSamma
Mouseketeer
 
xoSamma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 428

We're In DIsney!!!


As we waited and waited we thought the bus was never going to come. Looking around our line was the longest out of all of them. Finally the bus came a little after 9. The good news was that it was a real magical express bus! Off to Disney World we go!



Soon the video started and I couldn’t contain my excitement! Leandra was in love with the video and commented on the things that she remembered from the parks.

At 9:45 we were arriving to Art of Animation (which may or may not be the next resort we stay at for our next yolo trip!) I fell in love with this place on this trip. It is such a cute resort! After AOA it was our stop. The only thing that made me sad was that if you brought your luggage on the ME you got to walk to red carpet in the resort….we were forced to wake around.

When we walked into the lobby we saw Alicia waiting for us, she already checked us in and then checked out the room. So we said our hellos and we were on our way to the 50s section of pop century!

On our way to the room we talked about how Wolfgang was out of the question since it was 10 and it closed at 11. So we opted on going to the food court instead. Our room was located on the fourth floor of the Lady statue building (building 1) looking out at some trees, real classy! We threw our carry ons in the room and took a walk back to the food court.

Now came the part where I had no clue what I wanted! Everything sounded good and I couldn’t make up my mind. I walked back and fourth like a lost puppy but soon I made a decision. We all got our food, drinks, desserts and refillable mugs and grabbed a table. FOOD PIC TIME!

I got the Penne Alfredo, I enjoyed this. The chicken is huge I wasn’t able to finish all. For dessert I got dirt in worms because I’m a child and a powerade to save for later.



Alicia got the chicken and side salad. The salad seemed like it was sitting there all night (which it probably was) she just wanted the breadstick. For dessert she got the tie dye cheesecake and pomegranate tea for a drink (Which when she had it later on during the trip she said it wasn’t all that great)



Leandra got the Mediterranean Flatbread which had chicken, peppers, artichoke hearts, olive tapenade, onions, and feta on it. She seemed to enjoy it. For dessert she got the brownie and picked up a bottle of water for when we go to the parks



Andy got what I was going to get, the famous chicken nuggets and fries. Always a good choice in my book. He got the chocolate cupcake and a bottle of sprite.



While eating our delicious disney food Alicia told us all about her first day of training and how excited she was about it. The training sounds like super fun and not job training…like can I have your life?



After we finished our first disney meal of the trip we all split up, me and Leandra filled our mugs with hot chocolate and went back to the room. On our way back we decided to stop by the pool to see if it was warm, we assumed it was since there was steam coming off the water. It was sooo warm! That’s when we can to a mutual decision that we will be going night swimming one of these nights.

On our way back it was that awkward moment when I wanted to drink my hot chocolate but I was afraid it was going to be to hot so I had to stop walking because I can’t walk and drink hot chocolate at the same time…
Leandra decided to see if it was super hot but took forever because she wanted just a tiny sip. We probably stood in the middle of the resort for a good 5 minutes trying to brave up and drink our hot chocolate



We went back to the room to find no Alicia or Andy, I would have thought they were be back since she had to get up for work. So we hung out and probably 5 minutes later they were back at the room. Sad note our luggage had still not arrived from the ME.

Since Alicia’s birthday was January 14 we brought down some gifts with us. I got her a little mermaid shirt that I found at kohl’s before Christmas, my mother sent down a card with some cash, and Andy bought her a baby hooded mickey mouse towel and a mini ipad.

Alicia and Andy decided to call it a night while Leandra and I stayed up to wait for our luggage….or so we thought.
xoSamma is offline  
Old 01-25-2013, 10:28 AM   #15
lvcourtneyy
DIS Veteran
 
lvcourtneyy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Staten Island
Posts: 1,282

How funny that we were both in the 50s section!! I wonder if we ran into each other ever! I'll look for myself in your pictures

AoA does look gorgeous! I wanted to walk over while we were there and check it out but we were always so exhausted I never got a chance!

How sad that you waited so long for the ME. I wonder why. And uh-oh I sense a luggage story coming...

And I definitely agree. Any Disney job would be fine with me.
__________________


Trip Reports In Progress:

Ooo I'm really scaredd! A Sept 13 TR!
Excuse me, your child can NOT go on stage with Mickey: a January 2013 TR!

Completed: We both got real jobs, now we can go to Disney: Sept 2013 PTR
July 2000: GKTW Village// January 2012 offiste// January 2013 Pop Century// September 2013 Pop Century

Follow me on Instagram: @courtneyeliizabeth
lvcourtneyy is offline  
 



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: