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Old 02-07-2013, 03:38 PM   #16
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #20
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Can't wait to read more. Looking forward to the photos as well!! They are always so nice! Disney should pay him for their use and advertise with them.
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I'm new to your reports, but checking in instead of just lurkin'...looking forward to all the pictures
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:00 PM   #27
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4,000 photos!!! Holy Cow.....
Awww thanks! I can't believe it's been almost a year since we bought the Boardwalk contract! Glad to have you along.

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I recently found some of your other trip reports and have thouroughly enjoyed reading them so i'm excited to see a new one Your husbands photos are spectacular!
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:09 PM   #28
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20 Degrees to 80 in Two Hours

With the introductions out of the way, it’s time to officially start the trip. For the first time in YEARS (!) I was not working the night before a Disney trip. So I actually went to bed at a reasonable time, which was good because it was still very dark out when the car service arrived to pick us up at 5:15 a.m.



We made an uneventful trip to the airport and were through security rather quickly. That’s been the really nice thing about JetBlue moving all its Florida flights from one D.C. airport to the other -- JetBlue’s spot in the new airport is this annex, with its own security so there’s never any lines!



Oh, and how cute are our matching Mickey and Minnie sweatshirts?



We did learn one thing from the October trip, the breakfast choices in that part of the airport are terrible, so I packed us bagels to eat before the flight.



Soon, it was time to board. But before we could get in the air, they had to de-ice the plane because it was FREEZING!



Once we were above the clouds, though, there was a spectacular sunrise!



While waiting for the bathroom, I struck up a conversation with one of the flight attendants. He asked how often we go to Disney and then why were we visiting this time. I told him about the engagement in October and how we were coming back to celebrate our 10th anniversary and Franklin’s birthday this time.

He got really excited and said we needed cocktails to celebrate! So he asked what we’d want, I said Jack Daniels to go with our sodas.



The rest of the flight went very quickly and, like most flights into MCO, we landed early! Nothing screams “you’re at Disney” like a ride on the faux-norail!



This is where our story differs from our many other trips. Typically we’d take Disney’s Magical Express to the resort. But about a month before the trip, I was looking at our plans and noticed we had a bunch of ADRs at resort restaurants and a couple of trips to Downtown Disney. So when I checked into the cost of a rental car and found out we could get a week-long rental for about $100, we jumped on it.

The plan morphed into me taking the DME (so we could tag our suitcases) and Franklin would grab the rental car and meet me at the resort.

We parted at the ground level. I headed for DME check-in...



… and Franklin made his way to the Budget desk.



Elton checked me in, I swear he was much friendlier than he appears.



I lucked out and was led straight onto waiting DME motorcoach.



I grabbed a seat in the third row, which wasn’t perfect for arch pictures (but I did have a fabulous view of those big new screens!)



As we pulled out of the airport, George, our driver, asked if there were any first-timers on the motorcoach.



When no one raised their hands, he said: “Well good, you’ve all seen everything around here. I’ll just drop you in Tampa then.”

He was awesome, and hilarious. He explained we’d be stopping at Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Beach Club/Yacht Club and Boardwalk. Great, my resort is last. Sigh, at least I have the video to comfort me.





And I got really excited for the New Fantasyland section of the video!



There was so much to look forward to on this trip...

Our first meal at Be Our Guest.



And our first ride on the reimagined Test Track.



The DME is truly the perfect opening for a Disney trip, there’s so much to be excited about!

Meanwhile, back at the airport. Franklin picked up the rental, a Mazda 3.



And he hit the road. Okay, I’m no Franklin, but I think my arch picture turned out pretty darned well!



Unbeknownst to me, Franklin was also grabbing some arch photos while he was driving (thank goodness I wasn’t in the car)!



Yeah, yeah, yeah, his picture wins, I know.

Now that we were on Disney property, the motorcoach made its way to POR...



… then POFQ.



Man, both those resorts are so pretty. Much greener than I would’ve imagined! George got on his mike again and said, “Remember how I said we’d be going to Beach and Yacht before Boardwalk, well I was wrong. We’re headed to Boardwalk next!”

I know it shaved maybe five minutes off my DME trip, but I was so excited to finally be heading to Boardwalk!

Franklin was right behind us. Here’s his arrival photo at BW.



That DME motorcoach on the right is mine, we were waiting for the other motorcoach to move.

But there was no doubt about it, we were finally home -- at Disney and at our beloved Boardwalk. And there was no better feeling in the world.

That’s where we’ll leave off this time. But I want to hear from all of you, do you rent a car or rely on Disney transportation? If you’ve done both, which did you like more?
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Great start-amazing pics
I keep calling Franklin "Frank-a-lin" in my head as I read because of one of your other reports from a while back

We definitely rely on disney transport. We tried hiring a car once in 1993 and the whole "driving on the wrong side of the road" made for added stress big time . That and the fact that we like to share a glass of wine with dinner means it just makes it so much more fun to leave the driving to disney
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I keep calling Franklin "Frank-a-lin" in my head as I read because of one of your other reports from a while back

We definitely rely on disney transport. We tried hiring a car once in 1993 and the whole "driving on the wrong side of the road" made for added stress big time . That and the fact that we like to share a glass of wine with dinner means it just makes it so much more fun to leave the driving to disney
Hahahaha, that's funny! For those of you that haven't read the "Boo to Two" TR, Franklin and I went to Disney with my dear friend Kelley (Princessamongprinces), her DH and her twin boys Ryan and Jack. Ryan and Jack both called Franklin "Frank-a-lin" the whole trip and it's stuck. It was just such a cute 3-year-old thing to add that extra syllable.

I can totally understand why you wouldn't want to rent a car, that would be scary!
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