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Old 08-01-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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ďUh, uh, Minnie? I hear someoneís celebrating an anniversary!Ē

Yes, yes, we were greeted by the Mouse himself upon arriving in our hotel room - which was also personally decorated by Tiana, but Iím getting a bit ahead of myself. Hi, Iím Ashley. Forever Disney lover, DIS noob, New Yorker by address only, princess extraordinaire (thatís how it works right? I married my prince, so now Iím a princess by default? Or at least a duchess like Kate...)

I kid.

I also happen to be the luckiest girl in the world, because after a perfect wedding in June Ď12 and the most magical Disneymoon in December Ď12, I was able to go back to the World in May Ď13 to celebrate my very first anniversary with my Prince Charming. So much better than paper, am I right?

Here we are, just two crazy lovebirds:



Iíll keep the intros short. As I already said, Iím Ashley. Iím 23 and I live in NYC, but I seem to have left my heart back home in IL. Planning our Christmas 2012 trip ignited something...well, slightly crazy and obsessive in me, and I havenít been able to get enough Disney World since.

The husband is 24 and is not nearly as obsessed as I am. He is, however, the nicest, most relaxed and naturally happy guy Iíve ever met, and would never tell me no. Yeah, Iím pretty lucky.

A few months before said anniversary was to commence, the stars aligned and my dream since returning to NY on December 28th came true; we were heading back to sunny, sunny Florida! Our real, true anniversary is actually on June 2nd, but since I knew that the first Star Wars Weekend would collide with the end of the Flower and Garden festival, moving our trip up by a couple weeks was a no-brainer.

In the two months between when we booked our trip and when the **magic** started, I obsessed, read, planned, worked and re-worked our ADRs, and basically just ate and slept Disney. Even though each day felt like a year, the day of reckoning FINALLY arrived. And here is where our story starts...
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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May 16th Part 1: Cupcake #1, Old Friends, and Big Surprises
May 16th Part 2: Spaceships, Rum, and...Spock?

May 17th Part 1: Modeling, Mickey, and Math
May 17th Part 2: Fast Cars, Sombreros, and Green Stuff I Think They Call Plants
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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May 16th Part 1: Cupcake #1, Old Friends, and Big Surprises

Because I cant really grasp the concept of spending any less time in Disney than humanly possible, and also because flights in the wee early morning are lots cheaper, we left good ole Manhattan at the god-forsaken hour of 4am. I slept all of 45 minutes due to excitement and obsessing, but who really cares - DISNEY, HERE WE COME!

Our flight was uneventful and we landed at MCO around 9-something in the morning. We hopped in the Magical Express line and managed to grab front row seats - oh yes. The obligatory were-here-and-look-I-can-prove-it-its-the-Disney-sign shot:



We finally arrived at Port Orleans-Riverside, I think before the clock even struck ten, and our room was already ready. Score. Even though wed stayed in the Royal Rooms during our Disneymoon and I knew they were all the same, I practically ran all the way there, I was so excited. After some squealing and cell phone shots, I checked our voicemail and teared up as Mickeys voice filled the room. I love those little touches that Disney does.

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Soon after that, though, our bodies realized that we had been up for about 8 hours now and hadnt been fed. We strolled over to the food court for some sustenance, where we were met by a special guest! Our wonderful, dear, darling friend Kofi was and is participating in the college program and getting to hang with him was another huge motivator for our trip. Plus, he officiated our wedding, and it somehow felt right to include him in the anniversary celebrations.

So we all got our food (first Disney cupcake, yes!) and caught up. Kofi told us about his job (he worked on Spaceship Earth, the lucky jerk) and we caught him up on the haps in New York (please forget I said haps).

Then he told us the best thing of all: He could get us into Epcot. For free. SCORE. I knew we kept him around for a reason.

This day we had pretty much planned on taking it easy, hanging around the resort and Downtown Disney. But why do that when you can go to Epcot?! So off we went!
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:37 PM   #4
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Oh, wow! I think I'm the first person subbing in!! yay!

Can't wait to hear more about your trip!
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:22 PM   #5
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Sounds great so far. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. My family and I were at Disney for the last Star Wars Weekend.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:07 AM   #6
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Sounds great so far. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. My family and I were at Disney for the last Star Wars Weekend.
Yay!! I'm often a lurker on trip reports, so I'm glad you said hi!

I'd love to hear about your experience. We didn't do a ton of SWW stuff, but the atmosphere was awesome.
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May 16th Part 2: Spaceships, Rum, and...Spock?


When we last left off, PJ, Kofi, and I were headed for a surprise first day at Epcot. I was beyond excited to be going to a park, and as a bonus I felt super spontaneous doing it, which I am usually not.

As excited as I was to be at POR, stepping through those turnstiles really makes you feel it. I was finally back in Disney and all was right with the world.

Last year, I got to see my favorite band in the whole world twice in two weeks. Iíd seen them a bunch of times before, but this was extra special. I remember walking into the second show thinking, ďIs this real? Am I really back here again?Ē I felt the exact same way being back at Disney after a mere 5 months. I really am a lucky lady.

So we entered Epcot and immediately made a quick pitstop at the photo shop so I could get our PhotoPass+ card. Then we headed to, where else? Spaceship Earth.

Kofi took one look at the line and said ďThatís too long; letís go in the back way.Ē AND THEN WE WENT THROUGH THE BACK WAY! I felt so cool and VIP, and also slightly illicit. In case he wasnít supposed to do that, donít tell.

I honestly couldnít believe this. A couple hours into our trip, I thought weíd be lounging by the pool or taking the handy-dandy boats to Downtown Disney, but instead here we were, getting off our first ride. We laughed at our silly videos and then skipped merrily off to see what was going on in Epcot that day.

I had been reading about the F&G displays forever and couldnít wait to see them all. As my apparent luck on this day would have it, the first one we ran into (after the entrance) was the Lion King display. You guys, we seriously love the Lion King. Itís our thing. Our wedding song was Can You Feel the Love Tonight. I was so excited.



After geeking out over what most of you have probably seen year after year, we wandered some more, taking in the F&G wonder. Then the boys decided they wanted to ride Mission: Space. I remember from one of my way back trips that this ride was not for me - I canít handle the claustrophobic-ness of it. So I had a rest in the play area while they did that.

After their voyage into the solar system, we kept walking, buying a couple of alcoholic Dole Whips along the way.

Do you like how I just said that all casually? Because I was NOT casual about it. Dole Whips + Rum...I practically ran to that booth. The verdict: man was it good, but also, man was it strong. Just sayiní.





We chatted about what we wanted to do with the rest of our day and decided pretty easily on Downtown Disney. So we meandered out of the International Gateway and checked out the Epcot resorts first.



Then we hopped on a bus from the Beach Club. Kofi had told us that he really enjoyed the Irish counter service place (I canít remember the name now) but I really wanted to eat at a TS restaurant since we were on the Dining Plan, so we headed straight to Raglan Road. MAN ALIVE, did I like that place. I got the Serious Steak, and it was seriously fantastic. Yum. And those potatoes... I couldnít even tell you what the boys got, because I was so focused on that meal. (Actually, according to my pictures, PJ got some sort of plate of all meat. He wasnít as impressed) I, on the other hand, ate so much I couldnít even handle dessert, which trust me, that never happens.

We got our checks and sped off because we had a plan in mind; and off we were to see.... Star Trek. I know, I know. But the boys wanted to see it and, well, why not? So we watched Star Trek at Disney. It had just come out that day anyway, and thatís always fun because the crowd gets more into it.

After the movie, I was so tired. We had been awake for like 18 hours at this point after not much more than a nap the night before. Plus travelling. And walking around Epcot. I was a goner. But who am I to be tired when there is shopping to be had? So we hit the stores first. PJ wanted this pin vest, but I think itís silly.



Heís too adorable though.

I wish I had more pictures from this night, but I really didnít take any. I think Downtown Disney is in its element at night; I love the atmosphere. I was just too tired to care, though.

After the shopping/vest modeling, we decided it was high time to head home, since we had an early and very full day planned.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #8
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That sounds like an exhausting but great day. I love Dole Whip but did not like it with rum. My favorite part of F&G is the butterfly garden, sooo pretty.

SWW was great! We got Peter Mayhew and Billy Dee Williams autographs.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:33 PM   #9
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May 17th Part 1: Modeling, Mickey, and Math

We woke up early the next day - our first full Disney day! - and got ready. Then we headed off for our first Disney breakfast at the Riverside Mill. And alas, what else could we get but Mickey waffles? They were actually a bit sub-par this time, which was disappointing. You canít win Ďem all.

With our bellies somewhat full and the promise of great food ahead, we set off for...



Even though we had just been here yesterday, this was the plan and I was stickiní to it.

We started off with a mini-PhotoPass photoshoot. The photographer was SO nice and even offered up our very first magic shots. We did the one where Mickey and co. are ďsoariníĒ over us and one where weíre holding Tinkerbell. Iíll only show you the Tink one though, because we look insane in the other.



After the pictures, we walked briskly back to Test Track to get Fastpasses. We didnít get to ride it at all during our December trip, so I was determined. After those, I decided that we should pass the time by meeting my best friend, Mickey Mouse. And, you know, some other characters too. (Kidding, I love them all; just Mickey most).

And so we arrived at the character spot. The wait was actually already kind of long, but itís air conditioned so I wasnít mad.

I was however, getting more and more nervous. Itís not like I hobnob with celebrities all the time, but I have met a few in my day. I swear that I get the most star-struck over Disney characters though. So as I stood in line, I tried to think of things to say. I must not have come up with anything good though, because I mostly just smiled a lot.

We finally got into the room where the characters are. I love watching the kids ahead of us with them, itís so cute and I canít wait to bring our kids to Disney one day. Then...FINALLY...it was our turn.

Of course, I insisted on getting my own picture with Mickey by myself first.



Then the group shot. I love these pictures, even if my hair is crazy.



Then onto Minnie and Pluto.





There really isnít anything to report from these meets; I tried to chat but I actually felt really rushed and the PhotoPass photographers were kind of disappointing. They just took a few standard posed shots; nothing from our interactions or anything.

Once we were finished, we still had some time left before our Fastpass time, so I decided to take PJ on one of the few things heíd actually requested for this trip.

This was actually a big deal, because I do basically all of our trip planning. He is not a planner at all, and is very go-with-the-flow, so he happily leaves it all to me. However, we were watching a Disney travel show before the trip and they showed Sum of All Thrills and how you can design your own ride. That really piqued his interest, so Sum of All Thrills it is.



I actually really loved doing this. I mostly let him design it, but I had some input as well. We did a couple loops and a corkscrew - fun stuff. It was really cool how the simulators worked too; but they were a bit claustrophobic. Luckily it goes really fast.

And after that, it was finally time for Test Track!
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That sounds like an exhausting but great day. I love Dole Whip but did not like it with rum. My favorite part of F&G is the butterfly garden, sooo pretty.

SWW was great! We got Peter Mayhew and Billy Dee Williams autographs.
I know! They were strong, right? We didn't do the butterfly garden, ugh I knew there was something we forgot! I definitely learned one thing; never again will we do a trip this short. We just need longer.

That is very cool! We didn't do any of that because I am way too impatient for lines. Did you dress up?
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The lines were crazy long. We got in line for Billy Dee at 12 am but were able to walk right in to see Peter Mayhew. We did not dress up. We did have our SW shirt on. Short trips are nice if you can go often. I am hoping to go back the beginning of Nov. My favorite time down there is Christmas.
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Following along ... great start!

It's funny how one spends months and months planning a WDW trip but then it is the things that you don't plan (like your bonus trip to EPCOT) that you most remember

Congrats on your first anniversary by the way! I guess in the past people would use paper tickets to an event or trip to get away with "paper" being the traditional first anniversary gift, but now that everything is done electronically not sure if that still applies. Maybe we need to change it to being the e-paper/ticket anniversary
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The lines were crazy long. We got in line for Billy Dee at 12 am but were able to walk right in to see Peter Mayhew. We did not dress up. We did have our SW shirt on. Short trips are nice if you can go often. I am hoping to go back the beginning of Nov. My favorite time down there is Christmas.
Wow, that's dedication! I'm so jealous; our last trip was the week of Christmas and I can't imagine a better time. I'm hoping to go back in 2014 If I survive that long, which is questionable. Will you be able to make Food and Wine? That looks amazing

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It's funny how one spends months and months planning a WDW trip but then it is the things that you don't plan (like your bonus trip to EPCOT) that you most remember

Congrats on your first anniversary by the way! I guess in the past people would use paper tickets to an event or trip to get away with "paper" being the traditional first anniversary gift, but now that everything is done electronically not sure if that still applies. Maybe we need to change it to being the e-paper/ticket anniversary
Yeah letting go of the plan is the hard part. I get a little testy if we leave the hotel later in the morning than I wanted to

Thanks! It was the fastest year; actually it's been 14 months now and I still can't believe it's over. I'm pretty sure I can relate every anniversary to equaling a Disney trip! I just don't think I'll want to go in June every year...can we celebrate a honeymoon anniversary?

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Last year we decided to not do gifts and go to Disney for Christmas. My son and I sold a bunch of things on ebay and we were able to up grade to annual passes this year. So we have done Christmas, F&G, SWW, and are hoping to go that 1st week in Nov. and catch the last Halloween party, 1st Christmas party, Osbourne lights and end of F&W. Don't know if it can happen yet but I am hoping. The AP discounts on the rooms have really helped as well as TiW. Even if we don't go it has been a great year. Hoping you get to go back soon and looking forward to more reports.
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