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Old 05-18-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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We're late for a very important date May 2013 TR Updated 5/17 New TR started!

It’s time for my second trip report! But first, let me introduce you to our cast!

I’m Melissa, a 28 year old Registered Nurse and mother from Maryland. I am mostly a stay at home mom to an amazing 10 month old baby boy.



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I have loved Disney and Disney World for as long as I can remember. I went to Disney World for the first time in June 1998 when my dance studio danced there for Magic Music Days. I was hooked after that and could not wait to go back. Of course I swore I would never go to Disney again during the summer. Little did I know, my next trip would be in June again, exactly 10 years later for my Honeymoon! While planning the trip that is when I found and joined the Dis. My DH and I were married on May 31, 2008 and during our honeymoon we stayed at Pop Century. I remember coming home from that trip sad because I had no idea when we would be back to Disney to vacation again. Again, little did I know it would not be far off. Thanks to the 4/3 promotion we were able to go again in March 2009. Since we loved Pop Century so much we stayed there again. We ended up going back again in August 2009 for free dining and became deluxe snobs at the Wilderness Lodge for DH’s 25th birthday. After that we ended up being away from Disney for far too long – about 20 months too long. DH started a new job and I went to nursing school in 2010 and we just couldn’t get away. When DH had a year in at his new job, we were able to slip away for a week in Disney World in May 2011 after I finished my 3rd semester of nursing school. Although we said it every time we had been to Disney (at this point 4 trips together!) that was to be our “last trip to Disney before we had kids” and this time, we were right! I found out I was pregnant in November of 2011.

Long story short, this trip was originally supposed to happen in January 2013 and there were supposed to be more people with us. But let’s just talk about all the characters that were on this trip on this trip.



Besides myself, there was my amazing husband Daniel. This was also his 6th trip to Disney, our 5th together. He had been to Disney World one time before we were married with his family in February 2005, but they only went o Magic Kingdom and Epcot. He is a Disney freak like me and loves all things Disney. We consider ourselves Disney experts and laugh when our family/friends try to give us tips. Yeah, like we didn’t already know that… LOL!



Then there was the newest mousketeer. Our baby boy Gavin was born on July 25, 2012. He was 9.5 months old on this trip. Honestly, it was the best time/age to take him. But you’ll hear more about that later! He doesn’t watch TV so he doesn’t have any favorite characters yet but he does have a Winnie the Pooh nursery and has been looking at Winnie the Pooh and friends since he was born. My goal for the trip for him was to get him his first set of Mouse Ears, get his first hair cut on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, and get a picture of him with Mickey Mouse for his first birthday party invitations.



And last but definitely not least was my youngest brother Brandan, or Uncle Brandan as he was on this trip! He is 21 and a college student. He just graduated from college here and is transferring to another school on the eastern shore and moving this summer and we will certainly miss him! But anyway…. He went to Disney world once before in June 1998 when he was 6. Unfortunately he doesn’t remember much. Even if he did, a lot changed in 15 years! He says his favorite Disney character is crush from Finding Nemo. He was also really into Toy Story as a kid, so I think he was looking forward to meeting Buzz and Woody. He was really excited to see some of the interactive stuff like the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor and Turtle Talk with Crush. He was really excited for some of the thrill rides as well. This trip would not have been possible without him. He was such an amazing uncle and help overall on this trip.

So what were we celebrating? SO MUCH! Gavin’s first trip to Disney, Brandan’s birthday, Brandan’s college graduation, my first mother’s day, our 5th trip to Disney together, and our 5th wedding anniversary! Can I also say this was a celebration of the fact that this trip even happened in the first place because there were a lot of road blocks on the way to Orlando, that’s for sure….
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Old 05-18-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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Table of Contents

Pre Trip Madness
oh yay, a broken foot!

Day 0 - Thursday May 9, 2013
The Journey Before The Actual Journey

Day 1 - Friday May 10, 2013
Surprise, we're late!
Are we there yet?
Touchdown in - Michigan! Wait, what?!
Finally in Orlando!
Checking in and heading out
Our penance for being late

Day 2 - Saturday May 11, 2013
Art of Animation Tour
Art of Animation Tour Continued
Magic Kingdom afternoon
Our mistake going to the MK - Merida's Coronation Ceremony
More time in the MK
Epcot/Dinner at Coral Reef
ending to our night

Day 3 - Sunday May 12, 2013 (My First Mother's Day)
Day 3 Part 1 - Hollywood Studios morning
Day 3 Part 2 - Hollywood Studios continued
Part 3 - Epcot/Garden Grill dinner
Part 4 - Epcot/World Showcase & Swimming at AoA

Day 4 - Monday May 13, 2013
Part 1 - Animal Kingdom afternoon
Part 2 - Animal Kingdom continued
Part 3 - T-Rex dinner/Downtown Disney

Day 5 - Tuesday May 14, 2013
Part 1 - Epcot, lunch in Japan

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oh yay, a broken foot!

This is important to know before I get to Day 0...

So planning this trip actually stressed me out and drove me nuts. Maybe it was all the changes and having to re-do all the planning after moving the trip from January to May. It was also my first trip as a mother. I found it really hard to plan the trip around Gavin in advance not knowing what he was going to be like as a 9.5 month old.

I am a planner and very organized by nature. I had a to do list for the trip and a timeline of when things needed to be done. Like I said, I had also been stressing out about everything and it was driving me crazy. As we were down to a week before the trip I was feeling the heat. But DH made me feel better as the weekend before the trip approached. He was going to be off all day Sunday (May 5th) and into Monday, work Monday night, Tuesday, and then be off all day Wednesday. Thursday was the day we were driving to the airport, and Friday was the morning we were flying out. That gave me plenty of time to finish the t-shirts I was making, do laundry, clean the house, and pack. Believe it or not it was impossible to do all those tasks and entertain my 9 month old That also gave DH time to get the oil changed in the Jeep and mow the grass and do a few things like that to get us ready for the trip. I was beginning to de-stress about the trip, finally.

And then (you knew this was coming, right?) Friday night baby didn't sleep well. He was up a few times and after I got him back him rocked back to sleep around 3am, I was falling asleep with him in the chair and was trying to break the habit of one of us falling asleep with him in the chair so I asked DH if he could just hold DS for a few minutes and then putting him down in his crib, I just couldn't stay away anymore. So about 30-60 minutes later (time is fuzzy) I heard my DH yelling for me to come help him. I was SO out of it, I had just fell asleep and there is DH sitting on the floor with his legs under DSs jumper, and DS is laying on the floor next to him asleep. I was so out of this, none of this looked weird to me. On instinct I scooped baby up and rocked him and DH says something along the lines of "my foot is fine, thank you" I think he also told me what happened and I sent him back to bed, but not before he almost fell and knocked a picture off the wall. Again, my brain could not process what was going on. I rocked DS for a few minutes and put him down in his crib and went back to bed and passed out. All I remember DH saying is something about a welt on his foot, he was going to throw up and pass out. I think I told him to eat some saltines and get some sleep. He also said I looked at his foot with the flash light on my phone and told him it was fine. I slept for about an hour and I do remember as I was tossing and turning DH saying something about his foot hurt really bad and he couldn't sleep. He was sitting up playing games on his phone.

When I woke up and saw his foot and said "OH MY GOODNESS YOUR FOOT IS BROKEN!" and I think I got a few "I have been trying to tell yous". So I immediately got my mom on the phone and told her what happened and asked her to come stay with DS who was sleeping so I could take him to the ER since it was early Saturday morning. She told me that she thought my nurse instincts were off. I know I sound like a jerk in this story, but I was seriously so tired and out of it I could not process what was going on at the time! In the time between calling my mom and her getting to our house, DS woke up so I stayed with him and she took DH to the ER. They were in and out and home within an hour. Broken foot, of course. The NP he saw in the ER only put him off work a week and said to take it easy and he would be fine to go to Disney World IN FIVE DAYS. I wasn't buying it and wanted to hear it from an orthopaedic specialist. We couldn't even call to get an appointment until Monday and we were supposed to leave Thursday and I was not optimistic we would get an appointment.

I was in SUCH a bad mood. I wasn't mad at DH or taking it out on him. But I was stressed and had so much to do before we left and now DH could not help me. He needed my help too! I felt like I had 2 babies and I was overwhelmed. My first reaction was to cancel the trip. Yes, that is how bad my mood was I didn't want to go to Disney! It just sounded like a lot of work to me. Not a vacation at all. Monday morning DH called and got an appointment with the specialist for Wednesday afternoon, so at least that fell into place. But I was still up in the air with whether we were going or not.

On Monday DS and I had errands to run and had to leave DH at home for a few hours in the afternoon and I got an idea. I decided to tell him I canceled the trip and planned to surprise him Wednesday night after his appointment. We had a little tiff that morning because I had been complaining about how much I had to do. So I thought I'd tell him we weren't going, somehow pack in secret (therefor not complaining about how much I had to do for the trip) and surprise! Everyone was in on it, I even had my brother text him telling him he wasn't mad that we weren't going haha. We were all set until Tuesday night. My MIL and SIL were supposed to come over (they live 5 minutes away but hadn't seen DS since Christmas which is just crazy. They found out we were going to Disney and started acting like they just found out we were moving overseas for a year and HAD to see him) well of course they didn't show up at 6pm like they were supposed to and TEXTED my phone at 8 to see if they could come over, and I didn't get it until a little while later because its always on silent. Well when I called her back, DS was cranky and I was about to put him in the tub and put him to bed and they wanted to know if it was a bad time? YES! They asked if they could come over the next night and I said I didn't know, I had a lot of stuff going on and I would let them know. As I was bathing DS, DH kept badgering me and finally I yelled "DO YOU WANT TO GO TO DISNEY WORLD OR NOT ON FRIDAY?" haha so it was out of the bag, nothing like I intended, oh well. At least he was happy.

Wednesday after DH's appointment I ran a few errands and we ended up being at my parents house until after dinner and I still had not finished the laundry or packed and time was ticking. As soon as we got home I started pulling stuff out and the main level of our house was a mess. DS was finishing his dinner in his high chair and I was starting laundry. There was a knock on the door. I wasn't going to answer it. I don't answer the door unless I know someone is coming. But for some reason I looked out the window and saw a blonde girl and realized it was my MIL and SIL. PANTS! Uninvited, they showed up to see DS and brought his Christmas presents. So needless to say they were here until it was time to bath him and put him to bed and I got nothing done. I ended up being up til 6 am doing laundry and doing stuff (looking back now I cannot figure out why I had so much to do? lol) and when I crashed at 6 am I still wasn't packed yet and we were supposed to leave at noon on Thursday to drive to the airport. I didn't think I was ever going to have us packed...

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You had quite an eventful start to the trip!! Your DS is just so adorable. We all remember nights with babies where you just cant process what is going on. I had many nights like thaw with my two terrible sleepers!!!
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Oh my goodness, what a way to start off a trip!!!

And oh my goodness, Gavin is SUCH a little cutie!!
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Welcome to all my new readers! I will be relying & updating tomorrow. We unfortunately had to head to Baltimore this week for my uncles funeral. Coincidentally it landed during a planned overnight trip to Baltimore to see an orioles game so we actually did both. We just got home last night. I feel like we've barely been home since may 8th so ready to settle in!

Today is DH & I's 5th wedding anniversary. What are we doing? Nothing lol we forgot to make plans! We went to pick up our weekly CSA share at the farmers market and DS fell asleep so right now were sitting in the driveway while he naps haha. We're going to see a few family members who are passing through from Baltimore here shortly and then head to the market. Maybe we will pick up a movie from redbox.

Tomorrow afternoon DS and DH are going to my parents house for a little bit to watch the o's game (we don't have cable) and I will have the house to myself for the first time since before DS was born! What am I doing? Cleaning and working on my TR without interruptions lol!

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Please excuse Dee for being terribly behind on her DISing lately!

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Life gets really crazy when your babies are in middle school and high school!

Absolutely loved your first trip report and I will be back to catch up on your trip report later today, but I want to make sure I subscribe.

I am really sorry to hear about your uncle.

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Just read your intro and pre-trip chapter. Wow! Just Wow!

I knew about the complications executing the family trip and that the lineup was going to be you three and your brother.

I can't believe your husband broke his foot! Yikes!

I know that state of tired, and it played a part in my last trip to Disney, too. When I was chaperoning the class trip I hung up on a student who called me late at night to tell me he threw up (well, I did tell him to call housekeeping and call the nurse before I hung up him)

Hate it when the best laid plans, or at least attempts at best laid plans, get messed with! So hard to get things done with a 9 month old, and then to have unexpected visitors...



I'll be interested in hearing how it all comes together. Hope your travels are smooth!
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The Journey Before The Actual Journey

So I could tell you a bunch of excuses (they were valid!) of why I didn't update on Saturday like I said I would but I'll just cut to the chase... the start of the TR! I will warn you this update is text heavy and only has a few terrible pictures.

Day 0 - Thursday May 9, 2013

So before we even got to day zero, there was some drama, no? I organized and packed until I passed out around 6am. When I fell asleep we were not anywhere near ready to go and we were set to leave at noon to drive to the airport. I knew baby would be waking me up before 8am so no problem

Here were the plans for Day 0 from my PTR:

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This is when the journey to Disney World really begins. The four of us will load up the SUV (actually Gavin probably won't helping ) and we will venture to Baltimore, MD the night before our flight to Disney to be closer to the airport which is about a 3 hour drive. Thanks to my brother's awesome discount, we will be staying at the Doubletree by the BWI airport for $39.

We will be able to park our car there and take the free shuttle to the airport. We're not only staying at a super fancy hotel for a steep discount, we're also saving approx $56 in long term parking fees! We also won't have to wrangle an infant and luggage for 4 people getting through the parking lot, to the tram, to the airport. We'll be dropped off right at the Southwest gate!

While in Baltimore for the night, the main goal will be resting up for our early flight, but we're also going to eat dinner at...

Red Robin! We see commercials for Red Robin all the time but the closest one is well, in the Baltimore area. DH and I were lucky enough to eat at one while visiting a friend a few years ago and it was amazing! I can't wait to eat there again. The first time I had a grilled chicken sandwich. Next time I will definitely be eating a delicious burger and oh those endless fries...

So after our bellies are filled, it will be time to hit the hay and get some rest. Although if this is like any trips in the past I will be too excited to sleep. I normally like to shower in the morning, but I'm thinking I will shower at night and get ready so I don't have to get up so early. That way the boys (husband and brother) can take their showers in the morning if they wish and they aren't fighting a girl (me) for the bathroom.
Brandan needed to head to school to take a final that would not be available until 11am. I was hoping it would take him a while so I wouldn't be the reason we were late to hit the road. I texted him at noon and said I was nowhere near ready, hoping that he had woken up late and was running behind as well. No dice, he said "You better hop to it! I'm done my test at school" PANTS. Well I texted him back and asked if he could help us entertain Gavin so we could finish up and he came down when he was done. I'm not sure what time he got here, probably after 1. My sweet baby boy is a mamas boy and has had serious stranger anxiety from the get go - even with Grandma and Grandpa and his uncles. Not today. He laughed and giggled and played with Uncle Brandan while I packed and got the house ready for a week away. (Again, I cannot for the life of me remember why I had SO MUCH to do besides packing? The laundry was done by that point...) Anyway,

Brandan left to go back to their house around 4. I nursed Gavin and he fell asleep. Unfortunately I had to wake him up to change his diaper and he wasn't all that happy about being awake. I had hoped that he would just sleep in the car. We left our house to head to my parents around 4:40pm. We loaded up Brandan's stuff and said our goodbyes and luckily were on the road to the hotel at 5:05pm. It is approx a 2.5 hour drive to Baltimore, depending on traffic.



Gavin was a little fussy in the car, but fell asleep at 5:38pm (yes I had nothing better to do in the backseat but document everything haha). We stopped at a Hardee's because we were all starving about a half hour into our trip. As we got through the drive thru Gavin woke up, only getting about a half hour nap. We don't have a Hardees where we live so we like to stop here on our way in/out of town when we can. The boys wanted a huge box of chicken tenders and I kept telling them we couldn't eat that many. Well it's a good thing they didn't listen to me. We got a 15 piece and a fry to share and they were long gone. Gavin was pretty fussy in the car for the majority of the trip. We ended up stopping at the nice rest stop and I hoped maybe if he nursed, he would sleep. He had little to no interest in nursing in the car or outside of the car. I even tried to feed him solids and he just ended up messy because he threw the food. While we were sitting at the picnic table I saw one of my co-workers from the pharmacy. I cannot go to Disney without a sighting of someone from home! We chatted to her for a few minutes. She was also on her way to a hotel for the night in Baltimore for a 8am flight out of BWI to Ft. Lauderdale for a cruise. She was flying AirTran and we were flying Southwest at about the same time so we figured we would see her in the morning at the airport. Gavin continued to be fussy all the way to Baltimore. We finally pulled into the Hilton at 8:30pm. Brandan went in to check us in and I ended up getting baby out of the car and walking with him. Brandan gave me a key and the room number and we headed to our room. Brandan and DH unloaded the car and parked it. Gavin and I got lost on our way to the elevator but we found the pool! Eventually I actually followed the signs to the elevators and we found our room on the 2nd floor. The hotel was really nice and our room was really nice too. Gavin was super happy to be out of the car and loved looking around. I kept telling him the room was "fancy" and smiled and finally clapped for the first time! He kept doing it. Of course when Brandan and DH came back to the room, he wouldn't do it. He had been on the verge of clapping for a while but was more interested in watching me do it, or hold on to my hands while I clapped. I was so excited he did it on his own!

Here are a few (terrible) pictures of our room for the night...






Brandan had requested a pack n play or crib and they didn't have any. Luckily we were just there for the night so we co-slept with Gavin. I thought we were only going to have 2 double beds but they were definitely queens. It even felt wider than our queen at home. We checked in with the parental units to let them know we made it safely. I decided to repack our suitcases because I had done such a rush job at home. I ended up being able to take out some clothes that I had over packed and eliminated an entire bag.

Brandan and I went to the front desk to ask for some pillows and to double check what time we should get a shuttle to the airport. I knew we were close to BWI just not sure how close with traffic and everything. We were all thinking we should leave the hotel at 6 or 630 for our 820 flight. The girl was really nice and told us we didn't need to take a shuttle until 7, we'd be there by 705 and security was "easy". We decided to take that bad advice. We got everything organized for the next morning and after 11 we all turned in for the night. It was about 1145 until I had baby asleep in my arms. The alarm was set for 5:45.

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