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Old 07-05-2013, 06:13 PM   #31
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Joining in! I'll be going to WDW with three of my friends in August, this TR is making me excited! Have fun in Daytona
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Hi there! Just joined and I'm all caught up! Funny enough, I was actually in Disney World with my family June 13-18 so we pretty much had the same vacation week!
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Real Life Update!

Hi guys! How've you been? I've missed you all! I just wanted to fill you in on my vacation to Daytona , which includes a day in Disney (woo!)!

On friday, I just got back from my vacation to Daytona Beach with my sorority sister Andrea! Wee! Her family actually has a house in Ormond Beach, which is like 5 minutes away from Daytona! It was a blast! Their complex has a pool, so we spent hours there on the daily. It was very relaxing and I definitely overdosed on Vitamin D. Let's just say my scalp got sunburnt and now I look like I need to be in a commercial for Head n Shoulders. But I do have a killer tan, so I guess all good things do come with a price! We went to the pier at the beach one night, which was a lot of fun. We also checked out the local mall and some very tasty restaurants! The only bummer about the vacation was the awful drive to and from Daytona.

But I know what you all are waiting for. I'm sure you don't really care about my pool time and all that nonsense. I totally understand. The good stuff is comin! My day in Disney! Yay!

On Sunday, Andrea and I woke up bright and early at 5:30 AM and were on the road by 6:15 to Disney! The drive took about an hour, so we arrived at the TTC around 7:30 (give or take 15 minutes)! We hopped straight onto the monorail to the Grand Floridian to get Andrea's ticket and to get MICKEY WAFFLES.

When we disembarked the monorail, I ran into the Grand. As soon as those automatic doors opened I bolted in and took the biggest whiff of my life. Those of you who have stayed or been to the Grand know what I'm talkin about. This resort smells like heaven and fancy stuff. IT SMELLS SO GOOD. I wish I could have a plug-in of it at home. No I don't because then it wouldn't be special anymore. I'm conflicted. But Disney should totally get on board with having glade plug-ins of their delicious smells. Dirty Disney Water plug-in. Grand Floridian plug-in. Beach Club plug-in. Main Street Popcorn plug-in. Rome is Burning plug-in. See where I'm going with this? If any of you want to join in this business venture, just let me know! It's a gold mine.

And I didn't just whiff once. I whiffed all the way down that regal staircase, through the lobby, and even at the Concierge desk while Andrea was getting her ticket. The CM working just looked at me and laughed. I told her I wasn't sorry at all because it smells so good. All the CMs just laughed at me. I have that effect on people when I'm bein a goof, especially in Disney World. NO SHAME.

Once we got that ticket nonsense done, we headed straight for Gasparilla Grille! Remember when it was called Gasparilla Grille n Games? I do! Those games were really loud and annoying and took up a lot of room. Now that there are no more games, the title has been reduced. My family always calls is Gaspy's because we're VIPs like that. But I'm sure that other people have probably come up with that abbreviation too, it's not THAT clever. Although we think it is. Andrea and I ordered our Mickey Waffles WOO! I got mine with breakfast potatoes (I HATE breakfast meat, especially bacon) and I also got a cinnamon roll because I am a fatty and I was determined to eat as much Disney food as I could today. YUM.

As soon as we took our final bites, we RAN out of there to the monorail! MAGIC KINGDOM IS WAITING, COME ON! We rode the monorail again and I got these killer shots! Once we arrived and entered the park, we watched the welcome show! I sang along because I have it on my iPod and I'm cool like that.

We lingered on Main Street (if you've read my previous updates y'all know how much I love Main Street) and headed straight for Tomorrowland! We rode Space 2 times in a row and grabbed a fast pass that was available in about 20 minutes! We went on Buzz Lightyear and then the Peoplemover!

After the Peoplemover, we went on Astro Orbiter! We met the nicest Scottish family in line, their accents were amazing. We took a spin on the Orbiter and went back to Space! 3 rides on Space before 11 AM? Not too shabby. After that, we decided to head out of Tomorrowland to the new Starbucks! I'm a recent Starbucks convert in real life, earning my official Common White Girl status, so I definitely had to get one of those amazing Disney Starbucks cups! As much as I enjoy Starbucks and the caffine, I didn't really like the inside. The theming was good and kept with the times and everything, but I just miss the old Bakery. And I really don't like how I have to get Starbucks food and not Disney food. And I didn't like how I couldn't sit inside and enjoy my drink. Otherwise, it was delicious and I will definitely be back!

With caffine in hand, we headed to Fantasyland! We got fastpasses for Peter Pan's Flight then went into New Fantasyland (I wonder how long we will all be calling it New Fantasyland...like when does it become just Fantasyland? Will it ever? Who knows!) and walked right onto Ariel! After the ride, we went to get in line at Ariel's Grotto becasue Ariel is Andrea's absolute favorite princess. Their interaction was precious and I'm pretty sure Andrea made Ariel's day, even though Andrea is a 21 year old adult. Sometimes we "adults" are even bigger kids than the kids. Who cares though, right?

After Andrea cried with Ariel we went on one of my favorites, It's a Small World! At this point, we were feeling rumbly in our tumblies so we went to my favorite counter service, Peco's Bill! YUM. I love their taco salads. It's such a cool looking restaurant too.

After lunch, we went to Pirates and the Jungle Cruise! As much as I love the Jungle Cruise, my latest skippers haven't been good at all. They just rush through the dialogue and jokes. It's a bummer because I would have so much fun doing that. Oh well. Not everyone can be as cool as us Disers right? After our 2 week journey, I went to get one of my new favorite snacks, a citrus swirl! YUMMY.

At this point, we went to Frontierland to get fastpasses for Splash Mountain! We scored FPs and headed back to Fantasyland to use our PPF FPs! We did a spin on Haunted Mansion first though. Then we did Peter Pan! After PPF we did Mickey's Philharmagic! We then headed to Storybook Circus to do Dumbo (it was Andrea's first time!) and then we went back over to use our Splash Mountain FPs. We were in the front row. It was Andrea's first time ever (I KNOW. SHE'S A NOOB. We're actually trying to plan a December trip with her me and our 2 sorority sisters for Dec 26-30! Stay tuned!). She was freaking out. I was in hysterics the whole time. And we got SOAKED. Like to the bone. And we were wearing white shorts, so needless to say MK got a nice look at my underwear. It was hilarious! And it felt good because it was so hot!

After getting soaked, we went on Big Thunder, my personal favorite ride ever! Then we did Haunted Mansion again, I got a Mickey Pretzel, and we just sat in the Tangled area and charged our phones and loved life. Then it got to be about 5:00, we had a Liberty Tree reservation at 6:40, but we just couldn't wait. So I said, well let's just check in almost 2 hours early and see what happens! Worst case, we sit in the AC for a while! Well we were seated within 5 minutes. WOO! It was really not crowded at all, or in Andrea's words: "I love how crowded it was not". She's a grammar queen. We enjoyed a deliciously American feast. MURICA.

At this point, it was getting to be around 6:15, her mom was picking us up at DTD around 8:30, and we were just spent. We had been up since 5:30, it was blazing hot, and we had pretty much done everything we needed/wanted to do that day. So we paid for our feast, and shopped as we left the park. We caught the monorail to the Contemporary, and we actually played this game where we would gesture a ride and the other person had to figure it out, it was freaking hilarious and the people in our car probably thought we were goons, which we are. Oh well! No one's mad. We then caught a bus from the Contemporary to DTD and did some more shopping, I got ice cream at Ghirardelli, and then we headed out around 9:00 pm, since we had an hour long drive ahead of us.

WHEW THIS IS A LONG UPDATE I'M SORRY. But it was a wonderful day, definitely the highlight of the vacation! As I said before, we are trying to plan a December trip! Since Andrea only has 2 weeks off from nursing school, it'll have to be a short trip after Christmas, hopefully we will take a super early flight on the 26 and a late flight on the 30th giving us 5 days in the park (3 full non travel days)! We are thinking about staying at Pop Century since AoA is full and we may even do the dining plan! Once we finalize plans and figure everything out, I'll do another real life update to fill you all in on my next trip (which means another trip report, woo!)!

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Old 07-15-2013, 03:22 PM   #37
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Photo Update!

Photo Update!

Here is a gallery of photos from my trip to Daytona, and mainly Disney! Enjoy!

Pool-view!


Selfie I sent to my mom after my first full day in the sun, when I was already feeling the overdosing of Vitamin D


Sidenote: I had a ginormous fail and ripped one of my contacts, so my mom had to send me some, but I didn't get them until Monday so I had to wear my glasses to WDW, so when I had my sunglasses on I was blind. Oops.

A picture of the pier we went to at Daytona:


NOW HERE ARE THE DISNEY PICTURES!

Mickey Waffles! (Apparently I was too embarrassed to allow my cinnamon roll to be in the picture as well...I'm a fatty when it comes to Disney food, and I'm proud!)


View from the Monorail:


Main Street Love:



Peoplemover selfie:


In line for Astro Orbiter:


Main Street Starbucks!


My dream job:


Inside of Peco's Bill:


The Mansion:


Dumbo photo series!




WE'RE SOAKEDDDDDD:


Mickey Pretzel selfie:


Tangled Area:
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Liberty Tree Chandy Candy:


And finally, the last picture I took that day!


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Old 07-15-2013, 03:51 PM   #38
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Chapter 8

Chapter 8: "I am Determined to Complete the Triple Mountain Whammy, Even If It Kills Me!"

Our ADR was at Liberty Tree Tavern! Okay. This is my absolute favorite restaurant in the entire World. Including Planet Earth. It is the epitome of deliciousness. And America. It's a food fatty's dream! THEY JUST KEEP BRINGING YOU FOOD. If you run out of stuffing? They bring more! Out of mac n cheese? Here's another bowl of it! Full? Here's dessert! IT'S THE BEST. I prefer dining here for dinner because I enjoy the family style and just having my meal decided for me and brought without me having to make any decisions. The definite winner of the meal was the Mac n Cheese and Stuffing. Oh and the potatoes. And the bread. BASICALLY EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING.

I was too busy feasting to take any food pictures, I'm sorry! I was really bad with food pictures on this vacation. Like I don't think I have any. DON'T HATE ME! If you want to stop reading this TR now, I understand.

After we feasted and ate enough for the Cheaper by the Dozen family, we were sittin pretty on these FPs:



We went from Liberty Tree straight to Splash Mountain! It's always a great idea to feast your brains out then go down Chickapin Hill, right? We're warriors.

Maybe we should've digested first? OH WELL WE'RE TRAPPED.


Can I please just talk about how much I love this ride soundtrack? It's amazing. I listen to it at least 4 times a week. It's so happy and cheery and then it gets scary and then it gets happy again and it's just that amazing. It's in my top 5 favorite ride soundtracks ever.

After Splash, we had some time to kill before our Space Mountain FP, so we slowly meandered our way to Tomorrowland. We took a ride on It's a Small world, another absolute favorite of mine. Mary Blair, you are perfection (if not for IASM, for the 5 legged goat the Contemporary!). Everything about this ride is perfection. The dolls. The glitter. The soundtrack. The message. It's a Small World is my top absolute favorite ride soundtrack. I listen to it everyday. The yodeling doll is my text tone and alarm tone. If I'm sad? I listen to IASM. If I am happy? I listen to IASM. It's basically the answer to everything. I love it so much.

How could anyone hate this ride? It's the happiest cruise that ever sailed!


After Small World, we were feeling really tired at this point so we just took in the sights. MK is beautiful at all times of the day, but especially at dusk.

Look at this view:


We were able to walk through the castle! It was my first time in years!


Beautiful at every angle. This was one of my favorite photos I took:


Hi beautiful:


After we swooned over the castle, we decided it was time for ice cream! I mean, it's always time for ice cream. On our way to the Parlor, we were getting slaphappy at this point and started coming up with "Good Guy Tourist" memes. Good Guy Tourist: Doesn't walk in front of your camera when you're taking a photo. Good Guy Tourist: Gives you FPs he's not going to use. Good Guy Tourist: Hits you with his stroller. Apologizes. We thought it was really hilarious. This is what Erika and I do when we're together.

HI ICE CREAM PARLOR I LOVE YOU:


At this point, it was time for our Space Mountain FPs! WOO! 2nd Mountain in a row!

Yup. This happened.


When we got off the ride, we realized we only had 10 minutes until our Big Thunder FP was going to expire. OOPS. So. We booked it. I mean we MALL WALKED to Frontierland. Did we get weird looks? Yup. Did we run into humans and just keep walking? Yup. My arms were pumpin. I WAS GOING TO COMPLETE THE TRIPLE MOUNTAIN WHAMMY IF IT WAS GOING TO KILL ME. We RAN through parade crowds. I used nature to my advantage as I used tree stumps to launch me in front of people. If this were an olympic sport, we would've been gold medalists. Why? BECAUSE WE MADE IT WITH A MINUTE TO SPARE THAT'S WHY. We made it from Tomorrowland to Frontierland in under 10 minutes with parade crowds. But boy were we exhausted. We were sweating, hyperventilating, and basically dying. But we made it!

YAY BIG THUNDER!

We were not wearing blush folks, that's how hard we booked it.

After this, we were completely spent. Almost dead. Plus, if you remember from earlier updates, we still were not checked into SSR!

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Chapter 9

Chapter 9: "They Better Have a Golf Cart Waiting for Us!"

After we finished our spin on the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness, Erika and I had just about had enough and were ready to crash. I was running on an hour of sleep + maybe 2 hours of bad airplane sleep, and Erika was running on maybe 3, so it was high time we went back to the hotel. We would've gone back for a swim, but if you have read previous updates, you all know that we didn't have a room yet.

We trudged our way out of Frontierland towards Main Street to catch a bus back to SSR. We walked through the thick parade crowds and finally made it to the bus stop! However, everyone and their brother was trying to get a bus back to SSR so we ended up having to stand on a bus packed like sardines. Now, I normally have no issue standing on the buses, the seats are meant for people who really cannot stand for an extended period of time, and I am not one of those people. However, I had been up for almost 36 hours straight and had been at the MK all day, so I was really feeling the exhaustion. Erika and I kept bumping into each other while we were standing. It was a rough bus ride.

We finally made it to the Springs to check in. At this point, we also did not realize that SSR had multiple bus stops within itself. This resort is huge. I actually do not believe it is a resort, it's more like the City of Saratoga Springs. ITS HUGE. Like. Wow. When Erika and I realized that we could potentially be miles away from the main building we both looked at each other and said: "Well, they better have a golf cart ready to take us to our room!" and we were not kidding.

We encountered a different cast member at the front desk (it was hitting 11 pm now) and they were very helpful getting us checked in and our room. Our room ended up being in the Carousel, which is not at all close to the Springs. So they directed us to bell services where we got our luggage and a golf cart .

Once we arrived, we RAN to our room. We were dead. We were feeling icky. We needed showers and sleep.

I unpacked a little and situated myself. Erika got the first shower shift so I took a tour of our room, like a good Diser!

SO HERE'S OUR ROOM ENJOY.

Towel Mickey:


Close up of our comforter! I love the tribute to Fox and the Hound!


We ended up sharing the queen bed:


Our couch that we were too lazy to pull out:


Artwork in the room:



Our TV boudoir:


The kitchenette:


Bathroom:


Hidden Mickey in the bathroom:


And coat hook thingy:


That concludes the DVC room tour for this update! We had a beautiful studio at SSR! I loved our room and the resort is beautiful. However, it's just too big. The bussing system was difficult. We were so far away from the main building so it was like a 1.5 mile walk to the FOOD and pool, which was awful. In the middle of the day when we would be tired and want to go for a swim, we usually didn't since it would take so long to get to our room and then walk to the pool, it would've just wasted so much time. As much as I loved SSR, the only way I would stay again is if I stayed in the Springs, it was just too large for Erika and me. But we had the points and were lucky to stay here and we really did love it!

Once Erika and I showered and such, we crashed. Sorry this update is kind of boring.

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Chapter 10

Chapter 10: "Wake Up! It's Our First Full Day!"

Preface (warning): I am a bad Diser. I do not wake up early in Disney. I never go to rope drop. I stay out as late as possible and just let myself wake up whenever. The only time I ever have an alarm is Disney is if I have a breakfast reservation. I'm sorry but I hate waking up early, I have to for school, so when I'm in Disney I love to enjoy as much sleep as I can in those heavenly beds. I know most of you are reading this and questioning my loyalty and status as a Diser and I apologize for making you doubt me. I just can't bring myself to stay out late and wake up early, I need the energy! I understand if we can no longer be friends and if you want to stop reading this TR because I am blasphemous. I'll be strong.

Now that I got that off my chest, let's get to the update!

Our first day ended up being very stressful and long, so I didn't wake up until 10 am. I let Erika sleep in for 2 reasons: 1) She loves her sleep and gets cranky when woken up (even in Disney) and 2) I selfishly wanted the bathroom to myself so I could get ready in peace and not have to worry about being in anyone's way. Yep. I like to look at best as possible in Disney because I am very active on Instagram now and I don't need my followers to see me look like I got hit by a bus (aka without any makeup and my hair everywhere). Erika awoke around 10:30 and we were out the door by 11!

We walked the loooong walk to the Springs to get breakfast at Artist's Palette! Despite it taking us forever to get to the food, the grounds of Saratoga Springs are just so beautiful and take away some of the sting of having to walk for eons for the waffles.

Once we arrived at Artist's Palette, Erika and I both got Mickey Waffles for breakfast. YUM. Do I really need to explain how delicious these Waffles are? If you've never had them. Book a plane now. Go get the Waffles. Or drive. Whatever floats your travel boat. They are the absolute best Waffles on the planet. First, they're shaped like Mickey Mouse. Second, they taste like heaven. Just eat them. You won't be disappointed. And if you are? Then go to the doctor because you might be sick.

After breakfast, we went to the Springs bus stop to catch a bus to Epcot! Woo! Who doesn't love that Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow? SERIOUSLY. It wasn't long before we were headed to Epcot and walking to the front gates! WOO! We did the whole bag check ticket nonsense and before we knew it that beautiful Spaceship Earth was gloriously staring at us, beckoning us to enter!

Now, it was already noon because Erika and I were lazy, so we didn't really anticipate going on any Future World attractions, simply because we had dinner plans elsewhere so we were only doing a half day at Epcot today. So we kinda just strolled through Future World, enjoying the fountain and beautiful area music.

We wandered into Mouse Gear and spent our entire college funds and then we were forced to eat breadcrumbs for the rest of the vacation. Not really, but we were tempted! This store is dangerous. So much wonderful merchandise begging me to purchase and take it home to Ohio!

TANGENT TIME: I am upset with what has happened to Disney Parks merchandise. A few years ago, different parks had different merchandise (obviously there were repeat items) which made each store unique and special. It used to be that Downtown Disney and the Emporium had different items and so you HAD to visit both because you didn't want to miss out on anything! Now the merchandise is so homogenized. Same stuff in every store. And it's really the same stuff every year. It's been a while since I've found something absolutely unique that wasn't there the next year. I just wish every store could have it's own merchandise like they used to. But I guess this is better for my wallet anyhow. And my education.

TANGENT TIME IS OVER. Sorry. It just was a recurring source of sadness for me throughout this trip. After we toured Mouse Gear, we realized there was no way we were getting on Test Track or Soarin' so we decided to cut our losses and travel the world!

Not before snappin this pic:


So beautiful. I can't.

We decided to go from Mexico to Canada! I usually go this direction. I don't know why.

Viva la Mexico!


I hope my future husband can rock accessories like this Mexican man can. So fabulous.

I really enjoy the inside of the Mexico pavilion. I love how I'm transported into a Mexican marketplace. I love the hanging lights, the water, everything. It's so beautiful.

We looked around at all the merchandise, Erika even modeled some:


That is the second greatest picture I took of her on this vacation. The first is coming later in the TR. But this one is amazing. It makes me laugh every time.

We took a spin with the Three Caballeros and headed to Norvay!

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Been reading your TR and I love it!! You guys are so cute, and I love that you went to Disney together!!
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Been reading your TR and I love it!! You guys are so cute, and I love that you went to Disney together!!
Aww thank you so much! It was the trip of a lifetime! We are scheming to go back next may, so hopefully that happens and I can do another TR! Glad you're enjoying it! Thanks for reading. <3
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