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Old 01-30-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
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Wink "Up where they stay all day in the sun"- A Trip to Art of Animation! COMPLETE 9.16!

Another trip? I'm so excited!

Hello, readers!

A little about ourselves:

Danielle - I am a Disney Store Cast Member and a 2011 Disney bride. Including this trip, I've been to Walt Disney World nine times, Disneyland three times, on Disney Cruise Line once, and to Disney's Vero Beach Resort once. I love writing about my Disney trips, so I'm ashamed that I did not start this sooner!

Chris - My husband and fellow Disney addict.

Basic Trip Information:

Dates: February 26th - March 1st, 2013

Resort: Disney's Art of Animation Resort



Pre-Trip Directory:
Details
Resort Room
Magical Express & Countdown #1
Dining Reservations
Itinerary
Weather Forecast
Limited Time Magic
Duffy the Disney Bear

LIVE Posts:
Me & Duffy in Little Mermaid Room

Trip Report Directory:
Day 1 : Part 1 - Check-in
Day 1 : Part 2 - Lunch & Exploring the Resort
Day 1 : Part 3 - Downtown Disney & Dinner at Splitsville with DISbrides

Day 2 : Part 1 - New Test Track
Day 2 : Part 2 - World Showcase Pavilions
Day 2 : Part 3 - Dinner at Le Cellier

Day 3 : Part 1 - New Fantasyland
Day 3 : Part 2 - Lunch at Be Our Guest
Day 3 : Part 3 - Rides with Lauren

Day 4 : Part 1 - Departure After Breakfast

Post Trip Directory:
Invoice Breakdown

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Feel free to catch up on some of my previous trip reports, too!:
Danielle & Chris: 11-11-11 [Wedding Pavilion/Atlantic Dance Hall] Disney Wedding Trip Report
"So this is love" - A Honeymoon Trip Report
Let's Try Something New...Florida's Treasure Coast?: A Vero Beach TR!
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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Details

So, this trip was booked pretty short-notice (About 50-ish days out). My side of the family is actually flying down to Florida to celebrate my niece's 7th birthday on March 3rd, but Chris and I managed to fit in a couple of Disney days in beforehand.

This will be my 9th trip to Walt Disney World, but my first time staying at Art of Animation and my first time seeing New Fantasyland! I'm so excited!
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:19 PM   #3
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Resort Room

When we finally decided to book a couple nights at Disney, I immediately jumped on the Disney cast website to see what we could book. I was so happy to see that the new resort had availability! So, we are confirmed for 3 nights at Disney's Art of Animation Resort in a Little Mermaid - Standard Room. (Praying for a king bed, though.)

This will be my second time at a value resort, and Chris' first. I've stayed at POP Century in the past and enjoyed it, so I have high expectations for this stay.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:31 PM   #4
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Magical Express & Countdown #1

Right at 30 days out, we received our Magical Express information!


And here is our current countdown, well one less in about 30 minutes!:
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Hey there! Just stopped in to read along!
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:55 AM   #7
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Thank you for stopping by!
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Dining Reservations

We're still unsure about a couple of our meals, but we're gonna just wing it. All of these plans are new restaurants for us, except Kona which is a repeat favorite.

2/26: Not sure if we are eating dinner at the Landscape of Flavors in our resort, but it might turn into Splitsville or Earl of Sandwich if we go to Downtown Disney.
2/27: Le Cellier Steakhouse for lunch
2/28: Attempting to walk-up to Be Our Guest for quick service lunch, but if it's crazy we'll just eat somewhere else.
3/1: Kona Cafe for breakfast

Any yummy recommendations for meals?
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:19 AM   #9
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Itinerary

Hello, all!
Sorry for the lack of pre-trip report updates. I've been working on grad school essays, but now I'm finally finished!
Chris and I leave in 2 weeks so you can expect more posts from me soon.

In the meanwhile, here is our itinerary:

Tuesday, February 26th -
  • Arrive at MCO at 10:50 am
  • Check-in to Art of Animation!
  • Downtown Disney to meet up with friends
  • Splitsville(?)

Wednesday, February 27th -
  • EPCOT day
  • Le Cellier at 3:45 pm

Thursday, February 28th -
  • Magic Kingdom day / New Fantasyland!
  • Try to do lunch at Be Our Guest

Friday, March 1st -
  • Check-out of Art of Animation
  • Kona Cafe at 10:30 am
  • Downtown Disney(?)
  • Get picked up and drive to Tampa
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I am in for this...keep the report and pic coming!
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We are going to try to do BOG for lunch as well...I'll be interested in how it works out for you!
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:53 PM   #12
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Will do! Once we're actually there I promise I will post more!

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We are going to try to do BOG for lunch as well...I'll be interested in how it works out for you!
Thanks for joining! I will definitely relay our experience with you. Hopefully it works out!
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Single Digits!

Chris and I are 9 days out which means we're in the single digits, finally!

That also means I can start to track our weather forecast and start packing! I'm going to try and pack everything in just a duffel bag for a week, so we'll see how that goes.

And I need to print my admission tickets and try to check-in online before I forget. (Wouldn't let me a few days ago). I should go try to do that now.
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Yay for single digits!!

I love it when I can start checking the weather!
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I love it when I can start checking the weather!
Only four days now!
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