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Old 07-06-2014, 05:50 PM   #1
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Escape from Real Life to Paradise: A New Trip with New Memories - Updated 12/19

Escape from Real Life to Paradise: A New Trip with New Memories

Welcome to my third full trip report here on the Disboards! We have just returned from a magical time that included not only a week at Walt Disney World, but also a four night cruise aboard the Disney Dream. This trip allowed us to escape real life, which from August to May is very hectic for DW and I, and have some time in “paradise”, both literally and figuratively. This was our third trip in the past four years, but when you have a young child one of the things we love about Disney World is that every trip includes brand new memories because when they are a year older they enjoy completely new things and it seems like a completely different vacation every time you go. That was certainly true for us this time. Here we are on our last trip:





So let’s make the introductions:

I am Jon.



I am the main person who plans our vacations, spending countless hours setting itineraries, ADR's, and touring plans; although DW is becoming more and more interested in planning some aspects of the trip, which we love doing together. I work in the high school and teach AP Environmental Science and Physics. In addition to teaching I am the Head Track and Field Coach and the Assistant Head Football Coach and defensive coordinator. I have been teaching for six years after playing four years of college football. I have also recently graduated with my master's degree (M.Ed.) in education. I have the greatest job in the world as I get to help young men and women each and every day learn not just about science and sports, but about life. Teaching certainly has its challenges, but the kids make it very much worth it.

Favorite Character: Goofy
Favorite Ride: Expedition Everest
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Show: Festival of the Lion King
Favorite Movie: The Lion King
Favorite Restaurant: ‘Ohana

DW, April.



DW is an unbelievable mother and wife…I completely out-kicked my coverage with her, but I think most of us Disdads did that! She has grown to love Disney World and loves that we get to experience so many things as a family on our trips. DW also works in the education field as a school psychologist in the same district I work in, and in addition to working as a psychologist she also the assistant high school girl’s basketball coach. She loves working with young people everyday and is awesome at her job. More than anything though she is a great mother to our son and I just love to see her interact with him.

Favorite Character: Ariel
Favorite Ride: Rock 'n Roller Coaster
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Show: Festival of the Lion King
Favorite Movie: Little Mermaid
Favorite Restaurant: Le Cellier

DS, Braxton…2 Years Old.





DS is the typical silly two year old boy. He loves playing with his friends, hitting things (and people sometimes…though we are working on that!), throwing balls, playing with his choo choo trains, and being outside. He also LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and many of the other Disney Junior shows. Last year he was very interested in meeting the characters and loved sitting in his stroller and watching the sites. This year would be a different story. He was now old enough to want to do many things for himself, walk by himself, and yes the terrible two’s would make an appearance several times on this trip, but we figured as much and dealt with it the best we could. I am going to attempt to give DS’s list of favorites below!

Favorite Character: Mickey Mouse
Favorite Ride: Prince Charming Regal Carousel
Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Show: Mickey’s Philharmagic
Favorite Movie/Show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Favorite Restaurant: Via Napoli (He didn’t say this, but it was the place he ate the most!)

Our trip took place from June 21 to July 3 and included a four night cruise. Since DW and I are both educators we are limited to school breaks to attend Disney World. We cannot attend on Fall Break or Thanksgiving Break because I coach football. This trip will be the latest in the month of June that we have ever arrived but are looking to the FP+ system to help us navigate the crowded parks. Stay tuned to see how that works!

I guess that is about it for an introduction. I have most of our photos uploaded and ready to go. I am still going through and re-sizing them on photobucket which takes forever as you have to do each one individually, but I have the first few days done.

Hope you all enjoy the report. Please, please, please comment as we go. It makes it so much better!

If you are interested in reading the Pre-Trip Report for this trip CLICK HERE.
If you are interested in reading about our previous trips CLICK HERE.

Next Up: Day1 – Part 1…An Early Morning Flight to Paradise

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Table of Contents

Day 1 – Part 1…An Early Morning Flight to Paradise
Day 1 – Part 2…What a View!
Day 1 – Part 3…”I Know Where We Are Having Dinner”

Day 2 – Part 1…Your Boarding Number Is…
Day 2 – Part 2…Tears for Mickey
Day 2 – Part 3…“You Forgot What? Oh…I did Too!”
Day 2 – Part 4…Dinner and a Movie (and a Tired 2 Year Old)

Day 3 – Part 1...“I See Trees!”
Day 3 – Part 2...“No Thank You” for the Thousandth Time
Day 3 – Part 3...“I See Daisy”
Day 3 – Part 4...Who Knew Ducks Tasted so Good
Day 3 – Part 5...The Best Seat on the Ship

Day 4 – Part 1..."Something is Biting Me!"
Day 4 – Part 2...And the Winner is…
Day 4 – Part 3..."Arr…Matey!"
Day 4 – Part 4...Fireworks at Sea…Only on a Disney Cruise

Day 5 – Part 1...Wake Up with Disney Junior
Day 5 – Part 2...“Do we have to pack already?”
Day 5 – Part 3...One More 2-Hour Dinner
Day 5 – Part 4...One Final Night!

Day 6 - Part 1...Goodbye to the Dream
Day 6 - Part 2...Is Our Room Ready?
Day 6 - Part 3...A Hot Afternoon Safari
Day 6 - Part 4...Let the Magical Moments Begin
Day 6 - Part 5...Disney World and their Definition of “Rapid”

Day 7 – Part 1...7 Dwarves and 2 Princesses Can Draw Quite a Crowd
Day 7 – Part 2...The Best Smelling Place at Disney World
Day 7 – Part 3...First Visit to a Classic Attraction
Day 7 – Part 4...A Great Meal When We Least Expected It
Day 7 – Part 5...The Disney World Frozen Treat Contest Results

Day 8 – Part 1...“How Many Times have you Ridden that Ride?”
Day 8 – Part 2...Showing Off our Band-Aid’s
Day 8 – Part 3...Time to eat Meat!
Day 8 – Part 4...This Party Died in a Hurry

Day 9 – Part 1...Does Anyone Know What’s Going On?
Day 9 – Part 2...Are You Getting a Hot Drink?
Day 9 – Part 3...Quattro Fantastico!
Day 9 – Part 4...We Love our Afternoon Breaks
Day 9 – Part 5...What do you Want for Dinner?
Day 9 – Part 6...A Great Disney Ending to the Day

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Past Trip Reports
June/July 2014 - Escape from Real Life to Paradise: A New Trip with New Memories
June 2013 - Escape from Tornado Alley to Food, Tropical Storms, Mickey and More Food
June 2011 Trip Report - "Can Two Thrill Ride Junkies Love Disneyworld?"

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July 2008 - Offsite
June 2011 - Caribbean Beach Resort - Trip Report
June 2013 - Pop Century/Universal Royal Pacific/Boardwalk Villas - Trip Report
June/July 2014 - Disney Dream Cruise/Wilderness Lodge - Trip Report


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June 2015 - Port Orleans Riverside/Animal Kingdom Lodge

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I'm here!!! Can't wait to see all your pictures and how it all turned out!
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Can't wait to read your Trip report!!!!
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I am interested to hear how you liked FP+. We are thinking of a Jan trip (making adr's starting tomorrow one day at a time) I am nervous about FP+ and hope we will like it.
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I remember reading one of your TRs in the past! Excited to hear about your adventures !
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joining! Sounds like you love your job which is great!

That is a really cute picture of your son

We will be traveling to The World next month with a boy definitely in the terrible twos so welcome any advice you have
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Yay!

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Welcome everyone! I'm excited to share with you all.

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I am interested to hear how you liked FP+. We are thinking of a Jan trip (making adr's starting tomorrow one day at a time) I am nervous about FP+ and hope we will like it.
I won't get into everything we liked/didn't like yet (suspense!!), but I don't think you should be nervous. We found it to meet almost all of our needs.

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That is a really cute picture of your son

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Hopefully I can give you some good advice. We just understood DS was a boy and he was two so he would be a challenge at times. We made sure to get out of the parks by about noon every day so we could get him a good nap after lunch. We also tried to keep things normal to him. He has a blanket he likes so we always carried that with us and we tried to find a spot in the parks where he could get out and run around for a while every day. He still had a few meltdowns from being tired and two, but we expected that to a point. Hope you all have a great trip.

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Saturday, June 21 - Part 1 - An Early Morning Flight to Paradise

Let's get this thing underway! I want to start on the night before this day because we quite an eventful evening. After I had finished all of the packing, which as those of you with a young child know can get quite extensive; I took this shot of some of our stuff. Although at least two bags are missing; I think I must have already loaded them into the truck.



I had a little bit of a traumatic experience at about 8 pm. As I was out and loading the bags into the bed of my truck in our garage something started buzzing in my ear. After swatting at it a few times I looked up and saw it was a huge hornet! Needless to say I jumped down from my truck and ran away, but it followed me. Somehow while trying to get into the house this thing got inside with me. Luckily DS was already in bed asleep, and for some reason it wasn't in the mood to actually sting me. We lost track of it for a while, but eventually found it buzzing around in our bathroom. We closed the door while deciding what to do and it was just running into the door and wall. We could hear this thing flying full speed into the bathroom door. After about 15 minutes it just stopped so we went in and it was lying on the floor. I guess it had knocked itself out! I took care of it and told April that at least now we could go to bed in peace. I took a shot of our countdown board on the way to bed!



And then woke up to this at 4:00 am:



We were dressed and out of the house by 4:30 am, at the airport by 5:00 am, and through the security line by 5:30. Our flight was not until 6:30, but security is sometimes really backed up in OKC early in the morning so we like to get there with plenty of time to spare. With about an hour to waste we went in search of some breakfast. We decided to split a Ham, Egg, and Cheese sandwich from Schlotzsky's. It is a good thing we split it because the sandwich was huge. This picture was only half of it.



In addition to being a big sandwich it only cost $6, which was not bad at all. While we were eating April made the statement about how early it was and was it really breakfast if it was 5:30 am? I said it was but that we might just need a second breakfast in Atlanta. After eating I set out to find some milk for DS. They didn't have any at any of the four restaurants in the main food area, so I walked to the farthest part of the terminal and finally found a little stand that had a plastic carton of milk. That would have been a disaster if we couldn't find any milk. I came back and we sat at our table while DS had his milk.





By 6:00 we were ready to head to our gate and DS loved looking out the windows at the planes. He stood and played by this window for about 20 minutes before we got to board, saying “Mama…I see airplane” every time one rolled by.



DS is also into putting his hands in his pockets right now and at some point while waiting he wanted his hands in his pockets…the only problem was he didn't have any pockets, so he got creative.









We looked out the window a little more before boarding.





We finally boarded at about 6:25, which was a little late considering out takeoff time was 6:30…that wasn't happening. We had booked through Southwest, but this leg was on AirTran so we had to use the boarding zones. By the time they got through zones 1, 2, 3, and 4 no one had gotten on the plane yet. Once we finally got on in zone 6 we saw the plane was only going to be about half full. I hadn't seen a plane that empty in a long time. We were boarded by 6:45, but ended up sitting there until 7:05 because of some sort of delay. Finally we took off at 7:10, about 40 minutes late. DS loved watching him some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the iPad during the flight.



If you missed my PTR we have the CARES Harness for him, which feels just like his car seat. He did well on the flight and didn't even ask to get out of his seat one time.



The flight was smooth and uneventful and we landed in Atlanta at 9:45 after setting our clocks forward an hour. Now we just had to decide if we wanted breakfast or lunch in the Atlanta airport!

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