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Old 10-14-2013, 04:40 PM   #1
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Really, We Dont Work Here A Not So Scary Adventure COMPLETE+PTR!
Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy. Yup, Uncle Walt completely sums it all up right there. Can I just say Walt Disney is my hero. Seriously. Anyways& Greetings all, I will be your host on one of the most magical trips, full of fun, adventure, a couple of Dismeets and generally being mistaken for Cast Members. Pretty cool, right? I think so
The Who:
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Mary- Basically your typical, everyday, Disney obsessed girl. I blame the universe, I happen to share a birthday with Disneyland. Yup, July 17th is practically the BEST DAY EVER!!! (Yup, I quote Rapunzel. Punzie and I are BFFs LOL)
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One of my best friends since high school. She likes Disney, but not crazy obsessed. She pretty much lets me do all the planning, I just need to tell her where to go and what time. Her only requests are that we visit Claire Huxtable over at Dinosaur, Patrick on Soarin, and Ellen, Bill Nye the Science guy and Stupid Judy over at Ellens Energy Adventure.
The When: September 12-18 2013
The Where: Art of Animation- Little Mermaid rooms!!!!!!
The Why: Just because we can Keep your hands and arms inside the carpet! Weeeeeeere outta here!!!!!
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are!!!!
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My birthday is also July 17 th I never knew it was the same as Disneyland you learn something new everyday !!!!
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:24 PM   #7
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The One With All the Background

The One With all the Background

OK& This is that slightly boring before the trip post.
So& Allison and I have been to Disney World a few times together. Pretty much every other year we would plan a trip. The last time we went together was September of 2009. We were going to go in 2011 but money wise poor Allison couldnt swing it Finally 2013 came and yay! Allison had enough money in the Disney fund!!!! During an exceptionally snowy February and March here at home, we finally hashed out the details and booked a 6 night, 7 day vacation at Art of Animation- Little Mermaid rooms!!!!!


Yup. 188 days out. Seemed so far away. We couldnt wait to go. Poor Allison hadnt been in 4 years, and Disney World was practically a completely different place! I mean, the last time we went together, Space Mountain was closed for a long refurb, Snow Whites Scary Adventures was still there, Mickeys Toon Town Fair was there, New Fantasyland was still a dream& But before we knew it, these babies arrived!



As we were getting closer they were announcing magic band testing and originally Art of Animation was not testing L But& I was playing around one night on my iphone and was on MDE and lo and behold& I had magic bands waiting to be customized! I wasted no time ordering the bands and selecting our fast pass+


Two days later I got the email that Art of Animation was added to Magic Band testing LOL
Finally it was the day before Disney and you know what that means& Packing! (who are we kidding I was pre packed for months LOL)

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Didnt take long for my kitty to figure out I was leaving.
Allison dropped of her luggage at my house that since we were leaving super early in the morning and pretty soon it was off to attempt some sleep. Tomorrow was Disney day!!!!!!
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My birthday is also July 17 th I never knew it was the same as Disneyland you learn something new everyday !!!!
In February I was staying at Pop Century and they have daily trivia and apparently July 17th is also Splash Mountain's birthday LOL
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:58 PM   #9
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Day 1 9/12 Part 1: The One Where it’s Disney Day!!!!!

Day 1 9/12 Part 1:
The One Where it’s Disney Day!!!!!

Here it was, Disney Day!!!! My alarm was set super early at 3:30am. Our flight was at 7:05am and our ride was due to pick us up at 4:30am. I was in dreamy dream land when I heard “This as you may recognize is a maintenance service elevator…” The Tower of Terror Spiel, aka Allison’s ring tone. I open my eyes and my phone say 3:29am, and it’s just Allsion telling me that she was up and I didn’t need to wake her.
I got up, jumped in the shower and dressed and was basically ready to go. Allison got to my house a little after 4 and pretty soon our ride was here to take us to the airport.

Now, when I fly, I normally just fly out of Logan, it’s super easy to get to and I can pretty much be there in 20 minutes. Allison, however, is not the biggest fan of Logan, so we ended up flying Southwest out of Manchester, which is smaller and less overwhelming if you don’t travel very often. Manchester is a bit of a hike but since our flight was so early we made it there in about an hour.
There was a little line to check in, but nothing too painful and I breezed through Security. And I waited for Allison. And waited. And waited…. She was originally right behind me but apparently ended up getting stuck behind people who didn’t remove laptops from bags and set off alarms. Good times LOL
Finally Allison made it through and we headed to a necessity for me…

Yup. Dunkies ice coffee. Mocha Caramel. Extra milk. My reason for living. What can I say? I’m a Boston girl. You know you’re from Boston when you start to panic when you don’t see a Dunkin Donuts or a CVS. This is completely true. I once had anxiety so bad because I was lost in the middle of nowhere (well, not really nowhere, I was in Natick, but still you have to take the Pike to get there. If you gotta take the Pike it’s the middle of nowhere) I had to have my boyfriend come retrieve me. True story. Disney World is the only place I do not have lack of Dunkies panic. Weird, I know. But I digress.
I enjoyed a little croissant sandwich, which was your standard egg and cheese. No frills, but did the job. And we just chilled waiting to board.

We boarded around 6:30am and took off on time. The flight was pretty uneventful. I listened to my ipod and read a couple of magazines. We got peanuts (yay!) and cookies. We landed a little early, right around 10am.
Soon it was the Fake-O-Rail and of to DME

There was no one in line and there was a bus waiting for us! And it was the pretty Disney one, not the ugly Mears!


The bus pulled out around 10:30am. We were the first stop (Yay!)
Pretty soon we were here!
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Day 1 9/12 Part 2:
Checking Out Art of Animation!!!

Ok, so I know I’ve been a bad Dis-er lately. I work retail and as you all know retail gets INSANE November and December and then we just had inventory. But now the craziness has eased up I can get back to this, so here we go…
When we last left off we were pulling into Art of Animation.





Check in was super quick and easy. I had done online check in so all of our check in material was all set, all they needed to do was check my id and what luck! Our room was ready!
We took a quick detour to pick up our refillable mugs and then headed off to find our room.
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Day 1 9/12: Part 3
The Room!

We headed off in search of our room. We were staying in the Little Mermaid section, which is the farthest section from the main building. It was a bit of a hike but not unbearable.
We were in building 8, which is the Ariel building. We easily found our room which was right next to my girl Ariel, on the first floor right near the pool. We loved our location.




Can I just tell you how excited I was to stay here? I felt like I was in the middle of the movie J



I was in love with the shower. I mean, it’s decorated as Ariel’s grotto AND there are Hidden Mickey’s! I may or may not have sang “Part of Your World” in here



It’s a good thing I live in a house full of men otherwise I probably would have bought this shower curtain lol




The band geek in me was in love with the sheet music on the table. Actually I used to have the sheet music for the Little Mermaid when I was in high school.





At this point it was getting close to noon and we were FAMISHED! It was time to go in search of food and our first adventures of the day.
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Day 1 9/12: Part 4
Downtown Disney!


We headed off to catch the bus to Downtown Disney. We didn’t have to wait too long, we had pretty good luck with the buses. The longest waits we had was at park closing but that’s to be expected. Pretty soon we were on our way to Downtown Disney.
So what delicious Disney food were we experiencing? The Earl of Sandwich, yum! This was a first for Allison, but I’ve been here before. I sadly do not have much in the way of food pictures. I promise to do better next time lol.
I got my favorite, the Hawaiian BBQ and a coke and Allison got a Chicken Caesar wrap and a water. On the recommendation of a cast member, we both got the vanilla bean cupcake for dessert. We both enjoyed what we got. Would we go back? Absolutely!
When we were done, we decided we would browse through the shops on the way to our next destination. As soon as we left Earl’s, I thought I saw a familiar face and I did! It was Meg, aka LifeIsDis, and her mom! Yay, first Dismeet! J They were super nice and we stopped for a bit and talked Dis before we all headed on our ways.
We of course stopped in the pin store because, well, I mean Disney pins! And I wanted to make a vinylmation trade. Now, I’m not really into vinylmations per say, but I had one that I’ve been trading haphazardly for a couple of years. Well to my surprise, this is what I got on the trade…

Ursula! From the new Little Mermaid series! Needless to say that ended my trading and sparked my desire to start collecting that set. I ended up with like seven of them lol
In our travels I found the best phone case…


And yes, I did get it. It goes so well with my ringtone lol
And we continued on.

I love this guy!
We headed over to the West Side for a very special adventure… Splitsville!

This was one of the things Allison was dying to try. She bowls on a league, I personally am not a fan of bowling but I said I’d try it. Well this was going to be interesting. See, we’re from the Boston area and we don’t really have big ball bowling here. Most places are candlepin, neither of us have ever big ball bowled. There’s a first time for every thing.

The balls were cute!






I kind of kicked her butt lol
It’s not something I would do all the time but we definitely had fun.
We got out and it was raining a little, not too bad and we headed to the bus stop on our way to our next adventure…
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Day 1 9/12: Part 5
Dinner in Paradise


So we were on our way to our next adventure… Dinner! I was so excited about this dinner, it was the one I was looking the most forward to after all the amazing looking reviews I saw here on Dis. This was a first for both me and Allison. We were going to ‘Ohana!!!!!!
We caught the bus from Downtown Disney and headed to the Polynesian. Before we knew it we were here!





I am in LOVE with the Polynesian. It’s my idea of Heaven and some day I will stay here. They should bottle the smell in the lobby. Seriously, that’s the air freshener Disney should sell. That and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Our reservation was at 5pm and we got to the Poly around 4:30 and checked in and hung around waiting to be called. ‘Ohana opens at 5pm for dinner and the cast member open it singing “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride”.



We got called in soon after and were seated right near the grill.



OMG it smelled fabulous in here! Our servers were Sam and Gary (I think lol) but they were newlyweds and so cute, they were fabulous! Anyways, we got our drinks and the delicious Welcome Bread and here’s where we made our first mistake of the meal… yup, we each managed to polish off a loaf of the most delicious bread. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the most brilliant idea, but it was sooooo good! Next the salad came, but lets face it, it’s salad and not the most exciting feature of the meal. Next was the fabulous chicken wings and pot stickers. Here’s where we made our next mistake. They were so phenomenal that we filled up on those. Next was the lo mien and stir fried veggies. Now I usually don’t like lo mien but this lo mien was fantastic. If you don’t like lo mien, at least give this a taste cuz you might be surprised. Next was the meat, skewers and skewers of meat! And here’s where our earlier mistakes came to pass… we were so stuffed we could hardly enjoy the meat selections lol There was shrimp (I didn’t have it but Allison seemed to enjoy it), pork, chicken and the most perfectly cooked steak… yum!
Finally it was time for dessert… ‘Ohana’s famous bread pudding! I don’t know how but we managed to find room for this….



Best dessert EVER!!!!!

How did we like ‘Ohana? We loved it, it lived up to the hype and did not disappoint.
Would we go back? Absolutely!

It was time to roll ourselves out of the Polynesian for our next stop.

Please stand clear of the doors! Por favor mantangase alejado de las puertas!
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