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Old 10-07-2013, 11:15 AM   #31
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Ahh I can't wait to see the castle dream lights again. Just stunning.

Bahaha, too funny on the treehouse. Definitely some nice views though.

Oh wow, I actually quite love the Jungle Cruise at night. It is VERY different to be sure. For some reason the animals just look more real to me. I think that's why I like it.

OMG, that is so wonderful that your parents made it to the Dessert Party AND were able to get the ressie back. Pixie dust indeed!

So glad the day ended so wonderfully for you despite the sadness of your aunt's situation. And super glad to hear that Spencer is a complete convert. That's Disney Magic for ya.
I was looking through pictures from our trip in Dec 07 the other day and its hard to imagine they didn't have the Castle lights back then! It wouldn't be Christmas without them now!

Disney magic was completely alive that night between Spencer and my parents getting their reservation back. Disney really is just the BEST!
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:24 AM   #32
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Celebrating Friendship Day!

Celebrating Friendship Day!

I woke up early Sunday morning and it was our last day in Disney : (

Any Disney nut will never be ok with going home but this trip my Disney depression over leaving was terrible. It had been such a short trip and my poor parents hadnít had a very good trip at all. This was also my first trip in 2 years, a REALLY long time for me.

The trip had been so magical even though it was so short, I wasnít ready to go home! But I pulled myself together we still had a solid 8 hours in the MK waiting for us!

We got up and got everything packed up and loaded into the car. We decided to drive over to the TTC so we could just go straight to the airport from there. We parked and headed towards the monorail. Only the resort monorail was running so we had to stop, wait for traffic to clear yadda, yadda, yadda. Normally I love the monorail but we were running a little late and we were both super hungry, we should have taken the Ferry over, next time!

We finally arrived at MK and quickly headed over to the gate where they let the people with early breakfast reservations in. I felt so VIP : ) I had never done an early breakfast reservation before this trip and even though the wake ups were killer I really enjoyed them!

We quickly made our way down Main Street



Oh hey Whoopi!

Seeing as Whoopi wasnít a great CP narrator I was a little disappointed she was blocking me getting a picture towards the train station. I still forgive her though because she was great in Sister Act.

We made our way far quicker than I would have liked down Main Street because Spencer was starving but I did make him stop for a few pics.





I think he almost killed me when I made him wait behind one of family to get these ones by the partner statue, but he was good and humored me.

What a guy!







Finally, and by finally I mean 30 seconds later, we headed off to our breakfast destination.

We were heading tooÖ.

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The Crystal Palace!



I took a couple more Castle Pics while we were waiting, it was such a gorgeous morning! Spencer was less than impressed with all my picture taking.



Poor Spencer was starving he just wanted food!

Mental note for next time or to anyone else with a young adult male in their party who gets cranky from not eating, pack granola bars or something to give them to eat on the way to breakfast. Spencer was getting grumpy from being hungry and we were both getting short with each other. This was not our finest moment on the trip but we recovered quickly!

We were seated and our waiter came right over to take our drink order. I wish I remembered his name he was great! He even offered us to go cups of everything we were drinking at the end of the meal, so nice!

We had enough time to grab food before the characters started coming around.



Piglet was up first!

Piglet was so adorable, he was acting all shy but he loved my pink shirt. He even gave me a kiss on his way out!

Next up was Tigger



Tigger is one of my favorites I was really excited to see him.



By the way the handlers here were great about taking pics for us!

Pooh bear was next!



Iím not sure whatís going on in this picture.



Pooh was adorable!

We decided not to wait for Eeyore, he was on the other side of the restaurant. We settled the bill and headed out!

Oh by the way, we both thought the food was great, especially Poohís puffed toast. Everything was great, we are going back in December.

I had to get pics of these topiaries on the way out.




So cute with their Christmas hats!





We left breakfast around 9:15am. Our reservation was for 8:25am and we definitely didnít rush at all. When we got out the crowds didnít look too bad at all!



We grabbed FPs for PP and then headed over to SM!

Iím pretty sure we rode twice before we decided our bodies needed a break haha.



I love this ride pic! I think Iím going to get the PP+ for our December trip, I want to get the ride photos.

After blasting through space we left Tomorrowland, we had already done everything we wanted to do there the night before. We headed over to Fantasyland and hit up Pooh before using our PP fps. Sorry I guess Disney depression took over and I have no pics : (

We decided to head over to Storybook Circus next because I hadnít been over there yet.

I loved the area it was so cute!

We decided, well I decided, to go meet some characters since their lines were so short!



The poor ladies had no one over on their side.



Daisy was up first



Iím not sure how I feel about the characters new sets and outfits. They were cute and I get how they fit in with the circus theme but I almost think I like their regular outfits better. Minnie and Goofy looked cute but Daisy and Donald looked kinda weird. I donít know maybe they will grow on me haha!



Minnie was up next but her photopass photographer wasnít out, this was the best shot we gotÖ Another reason why I will probably invest in Photopass again, my phone and camera both take terrible inside pics!

The boys are up next stay tuned!
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #33
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WOW, even though you couldn't get a train station photo, that's still pretty cool with the mice and Cindy's carriage... and Whoopi!

You got some GREAT castle photos. Not another soul in 'em. It had to be done!!

Yeah, next time maybe bring some snacks though.

I so want a picture with Piglet. I have all the others.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:04 AM   #34
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WOW, even though you couldn't get a train station photo, that's still pretty cool with the mice and Cindy's carriage... and Whoopi!

You got some GREAT castle photos. Not another soul in 'em. It had to be done!!

Yeah, next time maybe bring some snacks though.

I so want a picture with Piglet. I have all the others.
I'll admit it was cool seeing Whoopi on Main Street, that was my second ever celeb sighting in DW!

I love the early morning breakfasts at MK, its definitely becoming a tradition. I have one booked for both my Dec and Feb trips!

Piglets such a nugget, I hope you find him on your next trip!
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A Relaxing Morning in MK!

A relaxing morning in the MK!

We jumped in the boys very short line after seeing the ladies.

Goofy was up first!



And then Donald



I have to say the snake set up isnít my favorite. But we met the #1 Duck so it was all good in my book

We looked around the Big Top and then headed out towards Frontierland.

We hit up BTMRR first



We had a great ride as usual! I love that ride its just so fun!

We also hit up splash mountain, sorry no pics : ( next time!

After riding Splash Mountain there wasnít anything else on our must do list. We had gotten lucky and had gotten to ride a lot of things the night before.

We decided to head out and walk around Main Street since I normally breeze thru there. We grabbed a FP for the Princesses first and then explored around Main Street til our FP time.

We started in the Bakery



Look at those noms!



I ended up getting a chocolate covered mickey rice crispy treat, I LOVE those things. Someday Iíll smarten up and bring like 100 back in my suitcase so I can eat them at home. They are so good.

We walked around Main Street and looked at all the window displays. This Mickeyís Christmas Carol one was one of my favorites, I love that Christmas Special! Mostly because it has that giant from Mickey and the Beanstalk, he cracks me up!



We decided to go meet Mickey before the Princesses, we hadnít met him yet this trip and Spencer never had. You canít go to Disney and not meet the Mouse himself!

Poor Mickey had literally no one waiting in his line so we walked right in to meet the Main Mouse himself.



Spencer the wanna be politician shaking Mickeyís hand.



Mickey was great! He kept putting Spencer and Iís hands together and he was just so happy we there together haha.

Next up was the Princesses!

I was actually really excited to meet them because I never had before. Crazy I know, but when I was a child I donít remember them being as popular or something. Maybe there lines were just too long and my parents told me they didn't meet in the parks but I had never bothered to stop and see them before. I was also super excited to meet my girl Rapunzel because Tangled has become one of my favorite Disney flicks!

We waited for about 10mins even with our FPs but soon enough it was our turn.

Cindy was up first



Awkward photo haha!





Cindy wasnít overally talkative. I donít even remember what we talked about. She didnít make much of an impression though. Even with the families with little kids she was usually done with them pretty quickly.

All well on to Aurora!

Aurora was SUPER talkative. I felt like I couldnít get a word in edgewise . She was going on and on about her woodland forest friends. She asked if we had any and we said no and she proceeded to talk about all the trouble they cause. It was too funny.



See he even liked visiting the Princesses look at that smile!



I looked silly in this picture but something was funny!





Next up was my FAV Rapunzel!

Spencer was nice enough to let me got up on my own for her.
I told her I loved her hair and she showed me all the flowers she had in it. She also asked if Spencer was my prince and I told her yes he was. She then asked if I ever need to use a frying pan on him because if so she had one I could borrow. I told her Iíd let her know but so far we was staying in line haha.



She was such a pretty Rapunzel!



Group pic!

After saying our goodbyes to Rapunzel we headed back out to Main Street. I was on cloud 9 and Iím pretty sure Spencer thought I was nuts, its ok I can take it.

We wandered around some more wondering what to do next. It was around 1:00pm and our hours were getting shortÖ : (

Amazingly we were hungry again and I knew where I wanted to get lunch! We had the time so we decided to check out Be Our Guest!
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You know, I really need to spend more time exploring Main Street. Like every little nook that exists. There, I just put that on my mental list for December.

I don't know. I just find it so sad that Mickey no longer has a wait. I undersdtand the appeal of the Princesses and the Fairies, but c'mon people, It Was All Started By A Mouse!!

Glad you FINALLY got to meet the princesses though.
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You know, I really need to spend more time exploring Main Street. Like every little nook that exists. There, I just put that on my mental list for December.

I don't know. I just find it so sad that Mickey no longer has a wait. I undersdtand the appeal of the Princesses and the Fairies, but c'mon people, It Was All Started By A Mouse!!

Glad you FINALLY got to meet the princesses though.
I'm planning on spending more time on Main Street too. I want to actually stop and look at all the amazing window displays!

I think its very sad Mickey never has a wait anymore, but its just not the same when you don't get to poke around through his house before you meet him. I love NFL but I miss Mickey's house.

It started a princess obsession, Spencer's in trouble
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BOG and Heading Home : (

Be Our Guest! And Heading Home : (



We headed over to Be Our Guest and saw that the line was almost across the bridge. We almost walked away but Spencer was like lets ask how long the wait would be. The CM said around 30mins to get your food from this point, Iím so glad we asked because that sounded good to us!

We actually waited around 25min from when we stepped in line to when the food got to our table, not too shabby if you ask me!



Picture of the Castle from the line



The entrance, I just love all the details. Especially the stained glass. Disney really outdid themselves. Iím so impressed with this area!



Being let inside!



There was so much to look at I didnít even mind the wait.



Knight Picture!



Mine is definitely not as cool.

Once we got to the ordering kiosks everything was a piece of cake. They gave us a rose and put our order in (we were paying with cash so the CM did it for us) and then we were on our way. It was so simple and I really like the system!



The Ballroom!

We looked around for a table and we quickly found one in the back of the ballroom by the windows that snow. We got up and grabbed our drinks and we were only seated a few minutes before our food came. Talk about service.

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I honestly couldnít get over how beautiful it was in there. I really felt like I had been transported to the movie, it was incredible. Beauty and the Beast was the first movie I ever saw in theater so it will always have a special place in my heart.



The chandeliers blew me away!



This is where we ended up sitting, it was prefect, I loved the snow!



The only downside is the lighting for pics in there, its hard to get a good one!
Our food came and it was delicious. I got the turkey sandwich and Spencer got the ham, they were both really good!





Panorama shot.

We both couldnít even focus on eating, we were both just looking around amazed. We loved it!





Looking towards the beautiful snow windows!

I keep thinking how magical it would be to be able to dance in there. Just like Belle and the Beast did in the movie. They should open it with music at one of the parties or something. I just want to do it lol!



After we finished eating we looked around the rest of the restaurant.


The West Wing.

I tried to get a picture of the rose but there were too many people around it. I liked the West Wing but I wouldnít want to eat in there it was way too dark.



The Rose Gallery



I really enjoyed the rose gallery, it was beautiful and I loved the music box!
On our way out we stopped for a photo by the Stained Glass Window



After lunch we were running short on time : ( We had time to do a couple more things so we decided to each pick one more attraction.

Spencer wanted to see the Hall of Presidents, I know that was his last attraction pick at Disney, I thought he was nuts too. But he had been so good going with the flow and doing whatever I wanted for the whole trip that I agreed and we went to see the next show. I was bummed because I wanted to see the parade but I knew we probably wouldnít have time if we caught the show after the parade so to the Hall of Presidents we went.





It actually wasnít as bad as I remembered it. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. My Mom loves the Hall of Presidents and my Dad and I normally steer her by it so next trip Iíll have to stop in again with her. It was well done and I enjoyed it a lot.

My last ride pick was the HM, I love that ride. We had a great ride with the 999 happy haunts and then it was time to leave the park.

Spencer was more concerned about making our flight so he was pushing me to get moving but I just kept walking slower and slower haha.

I stopped to buy a souviner popcorn bucket because I thought it was adorable. Then I stopped to pin trade and finally made us stop for one more photopass picture.



By this time I think Spencer was about to explode so I was good and left the park without a scene, maybe a tear though : (

It was such a magical trip I didnít want it to end!

We headed back to the TTC to grab our car without incident. Our flight was scheduled to get into Boston around 10pm and then we had bus tickets to get us back home. We called Airtran to see how much it would be to change our flight to our home airport and they said $1000 bucks, umm no thanks.
We asked the lady at the Airtran desk at the airport and it came down to $800, umm still no thanks.

Security at MCO was crazy, it was actually good we left a little earlier than I was planning. But we made our flight and we were on our way to Baltimore on time at 6:30pm.

When we got to Baltimore our flight to Boston was right next to the flight to our home airport. We begged and pleaded with the guy while the flight was boarding to let us on so we could just go home and not have to take a bus. He ended up letting us do it for $50 bucks a piece. SOLD!

I got a great deal on the flights to Boston, thatís the only reason why I got them in the first place but Iíd much rather just fly out of our home airport. From now on Iím just going to pay the extra $50 bucks to fly from home, its worth it to me.

We got on the plane and it was empty! Like really Airtran why did you have to make it so difficult to change flights when this plane is empty. DUMB

We got and entire row to ourselves and we were home and in bed by 11pm.

A successful but tiring Disney trip was in the books!

Highs of the Day:
ē Hitting all 3 Mountains at MK!
ē Be Our Guest!
ē Meeting the Princesses


Lows of the Day:
ē Going Home

Food of the Day:
ē Crystal Palace Breakfast-Poohs Puffed Toast!
ē Be Our Guest

Disney Christmas Experiences:
ē None today : (

Missed Disney Christmas Experiences for Next Trip:
ē Fort Wilderness Campground Decorations
ē Decorations at Grand Floridian and Wilderness Lodge next trip!


Thank you everyone who followed along and read my first trip report!

It was such a magical trip and Iím glad Spencer loved Disney as much as he did. It will make our relationship that much better haha!

Even though the rest of my family had a rough trip, Iím glad Spencer and I were able to salvage ours. Iím also extremely excited to head back with my parents in less 2 months! We havenít been all together for a trip in 3 YEARS! I used to exclusively travel with just my parents while I was in College and with them and a friend in HS. We are definitely overdue and Iím extremely excited to go with them again!

I started a PTR for my December trip, please read along over here

Iím also going to start a PTR for my February Glass Slipper Challenge/Princess Half Marathon trip soon as well.

Iíll definitely be writing up a Trip Report from my December trip with more details and more food pictures haha!

Thanks again for reading everyone and have a magical day!

See ya real soon!

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Ah, I still have not set foot in Be Our Guest. It's so funny to look at how elegant it is while everyone is dressed beach casual.

Jess, those panorama shots are fabulous. It honesty almost looks like a painting. Beautiful.

Hall of Presidents is definitely a, shall we say, unusual choice. But good on you for doing it for Spencer.

Haunted Mansion I can get behind.

I'm totally with you in how hard it is to leave for the last time.

OMG, that's so awesome that you were able to change the flight. A final little bit of pixie dust.

Great first TR Jess. Despite the hardships with your aunt, I'm glad you were both able to enjoy it, and create a new convert in the process.

I'm gonna get over to your PTR soon to see how your plans are shaping up.
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Ah, I still have not set foot in Be Our Guest. It's so funny to look at how elegant it is while everyone is dressed beach casual.

Jess, those panorama shots are fabulous. It honesty almost looks like a painting. Beautiful.

Hall of Presidents is definitely a, shall we say, unusual choice. But good on you for doing it for Spencer.

Haunted Mansion I can get behind.

I'm totally with you in how hard it is to leave for the last time.

OMG, that's so awesome that you were able to change the flight. A final little bit of pixie dust.

Great first TR Jess. Despite the hardships with your aunt, I'm glad you were both able to enjoy it, and create a new convert in the process.

I'm gonna get over to your PTR soon to see how your plans are shaping up.
You will definitely have to make time for BOG during your Dec trip, its beautiful in there!

I actually took those panoramas with my iphone, I'm surprised they actually came out!

I guess you can call the Hall of President's a Classic so I guess it works lol, I was much happier on the HM though.

Its was so hard to leave but changing our flights made it slightly better. I can't wait to go back! And I excited to finish planning the next trip!

Thanks again for following along with my 1st trip report! Hopefully its the first of many!
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