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Old 05-18-2014, 08:10 PM   #1
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Miss Independent takes on the World, a May 2014 Solo Trip

Miss Independent takes on the World, a May 2014 Solo Trip Update x4 pg7 COMPLETE!!!!! 11/9


The Who, What, Where, When and Hows

Hi! It's me and I'm back with my second trip report If you're interested, here's the link to my first trip report http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3186145
Let's get the basics out of the way...


The Who:

Me- otherwise known as Mary, or bruinz442 on Intagram
I'm your basic, average everyday Disney Addict.
My faves include...
Favorite resort- Pop Cnetury
Favorite Quick Service- Be Our Guest
Favorite Snack- Dole Whip Float
Favorite Park- Magic Kingdom
Favorite Attractions- Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, Soarin' and Expedition Everest
Favorite Princess- Belle
Favorite Character- Tinkerbell

The What:

A solo trip to the world with my first Flower and Garden Festival, 25th anniversary of Hollywood Studios and Star Wars Day.
The When:

April 30th- May 6th 2014

The Where:

6 nights at Pop Century
The How:

I upgraded to an annual pass in September so why not go?

Ok... That's all the details.
Next up... Getting there is half the fun!
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:50 PM   #2
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Yay...another TR So anxious to read all about your solo trip
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:09 PM   #3
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Yay...another TR So anxious to read all about your solo trip
Yay!!!! Welcome back! So excited, I had so much fun. So much fun that I was home for 12 hours and booked another trip, but hey, thats for another trip reprt
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Old 05-23-2014, 10:22 PM   #4
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Day 1 4/30 Part 1:
Getting There is Half the Fun


The day before I left I didn't do anything terribly exciting. I worked until 2 and came home and packed. Well, I was "pre-packed" for weeks so it mainly consisted of me putting the stuff in my suitcase, but whatever...
My poor cat discovered I was leaving him for a week.



He looks pathetic, but rest assured he has a fantastic week being spoiled by my uncles. Yup, rough life for my Cam.
Anyway, I went to bed around 10 because, you know, there's no sleeping in Disney
Before I knew it my alarm was going off because it was DISNEY DAY!!!!
I got up at 4am (ouch!) and jumped in the showered, got dressed and packed a few last minute essentials.
My taxi showed up at 5:10 and I was on my way to Logan. I love Logan Airport, mainly because it's so close. I mean, I was there in like 20 minutes. Can't beat that!
I had already checked in for my flight and had my boarding card so all I needed to do was drop off my luggage and hit security. It was a little after 5:30 and there was practically no one. I pretty much just walked up and was able to drop my bag with an agent. I love not having to wait in line
Security was a breeze. Basically in about 10 minutes I had dropped off my bag and made it through security. A personal best. Clearly everyone knew I was ready to bid Massachusetts goodbye and they weren't going to stand in my way. And boy was I ready to kiss home goodbye. It was 39 and raining when I left. Not cool Mother Nature, not cool.
My flight was at 7:15 so I had a little bit of time to kill so what did I do? Go to Dunkie's for breakfast of course! I didn't take food picture because basically it was a couple of donuts and it wasn't disney food so... yeah. But I did capture my last Dunkies ice coffee because that is important.



America runs on Dunkins and so do I.



Here they are getting the plane ready to head to Orlando!
Boarding started around 6:40. We took off on time, right around 7:15. The flight was pretty uneventful. I watched a Disney special I had on my itunes, Disney Splurge I believe it was called. Got me in the Disney frame of mind
I checked facebook, instagram and listened to my ipod.



Before I knew it we were descending into Orlando. We landed around 10;30 and it was time to put on my Magic Band and head to the Magical Express!





I got to the DME and was quickly sent to the Pop Century line. I waited about 5 minutes before I was let onto a waiting bus and by 11:05 I was on my way to DISNEY WORLD!!!!







I don't think I will ever get tired of seeing the Disney World sign...
The first stop was Art of Animation and then it was onto Pop Century.



I waited about 5 minutes to check in. It went quick and smooth and my room was ready! Yaaaaaay!!!!! I Building 5 which is the 60s Building with Baloo and Mowgli and I was on the 3rd floor like 3 doors from the yoyo stairwell and overlooking the Hippie Dippie Pool. It was a perfect location!



I could get used to that view lol







I was making awesome time. It was just about noon and I was ready to go and play. Where would my first stop be?







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Old 05-24-2014, 12:06 AM   #5
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Wow..another trip booked? Yay!!

What a great start to your first day - love when everything goes smoothly esp the first day Love your Mickey ears!
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I'm in and I'm off to read your other trip reports!
Taking notes for a future solo trip.
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Taking notes for a future solo trip.
Welcome! Thanks for joining! I will say, as much as I love going with friends or family, I also adore my solo trips. There's something fun about going and doing what you want when you want. And there's tons of people to talk to, so I never really feel lonely, which was my biggest concern the first time I took a solo trip. I say if anyone ever gets the chance, they should go for it. It's fun!
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Day 1 4/30 Part 2:
EPCOT or Bust

So it was just after 12 and I was already off to my first park of the trip. And I was heading to EPCOT. I was dying to check out the topiaries and I was starving and EPCOT has some pretty awesome places to eat.
I didn't have to wait too long for a bus which was a good thing because I had a FP+ I was hoping to make.





OK, I was in EPCOT for 5 minutes and I was already in love with the Flower and Garden Festival. Look at those topiaries, they're adorable!
I made it to my first FP+ with time to spare. What was my first FP+?



Spaceship Earth! OK- I know it's not really necessary to have a FP+ for this, but with the tiering of EPCOT attractions, I got one for it because hey, I love this attraction.
About FP+... I made my selections as soon as my 60 day window opened. I'm a planner when it comes to Disney trips. I look at park hours and I like to have a game plan, even if it's not set in stone. I personally like FP+. I had done the testing for it back in September, so I was already pretty familiar with it. I like that I could be guaranteed times on my favorites, so I find that it makes my day more relaxed. I do a little less running around and can just enjoy being in Disney. And I like that I could change things up easily if I needed to. And the new allowance of additional FP+ after the original 3 were used just came into effect that week which I did end up taking advantage of and I'll touch on that later in the trip. All in all I had an enjoyable experience with FP+. The biggest issue I ran into was a bottle neck at the front of the line due to people either not understanding the system, or those waiting for their time to come up and blocking the entrance while doing it.
Anyway, I digress. After my time travels I headed over to the Land for some food.







I just LOVE the smell the moment you step into the Land. It's one of those scents Disney should bottle and sell. I would totally buy it.
I headed over to Sunshine Seasons to grab lunch. I was a good Dis-er this trip and remembered to take food pics!



I got the porkchop and cheddar mashed potatoes, creme brulee and a coke. It was fabulous! I love this meal.
When I finished it was probably between 1 and 1:30. I had a FP+ for Living with the Land at 1:45 and one for Soarin' at 2:45, so I wanted to kill a little time, that way I could hit Living with the Land and have my FP+ for Soarin' be good to go immediately after. So where did I head?



The Seas with Nemo and Friends!



The wait was about 10 minutes which mainly consisted of the very long walk through the very long queue. But soon I made my way to my little clam shell.





The Seas is such a cool place to explore!



I could watch the manatees all day.







Look! It's Mr. Ray!





It was getting close to 2:30 so it was time to leave the Seas and head back to the Land.
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Wow..another trip booked? Yay!!

What a great start to your first day - love when everything goes smoothly esp the first day Love your Mickey ears!
It's always a relief when travel day goes as planned because you just never know.
Thanks- I always get a ton of compliments on those ears. Everyone always asks about them. I just happened to come across them a couple of years ago and I haven't seen them since. I love them, they're kind of unique.
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Day 1 4/30 Part 3:
Exploring More of Future World


I headed back over to the wonder smelling Land Pavilion and headed down to Living with the Land. Again, it's not an attraction I necessarily need a FP+ for but that silly EPCOT tiering...
There was a pretty nonexistent line for it and I pretty much walked right on to the first row, Living with the Land is pretty relaxing but it's not something I feel the need to do every trip. It is cool to go through the green house though. They always have some pretty exotic and interesting things.



A Peanut Butter tree? What exactly is this?







I'm really digging the Mickey tree.
After the Living with the Land I headed over to Soarin' since it was now time for my FP+. The line moved pretty quickly and I was directed over to Concourse A. Soon Patrick was giving us our safety instructions and we were flying over California. Not sure how a feel about the rumored new film for this attraction. I'm not sure any other state can have the breathe taking views and varied landscapes that California does. We'll see what happens...
Now that I was done with the Land, I headed over to the Imagination Pavilion. Always gotta make time for my favorite little purple dragon, Figment!







Wayne Szalinski!!!!! OMG can I just tell you how much I miss Honey I Shrunk the Audience? I loved that show!!! I even liked the pre-show, I would always sing along with True Colors! Get rid of stupid Captain EO and bring back Wayne Szalinski!!!!!



"One little spark of inspiration...."
Since I was protesting Captain EO, I was done over here. It was time to start making my way over to another thing I missed from old EPCOT.

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Day 1 4/30 Part 4:
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I started to make my way to my next destination. But first let's take a stroll through Tink's Butterfly Garden.













It was really cool how detailed the fairies houses were. They were adorable. I didn't really see any butterflies but the weather was pretty crappy, it hadn't done it yet, but the sky definitely looked like it wanted to rain.
I did see a ton of butterflies when I went through here later in the week. Not sure if I managed to capture it on film so your might just have to take my word on that.









I made it to my destination!!!!!!
The Flower and Garden Festival Center. AKA the Wonders of Life Pavilion AKA my formerly favorite Pavilion and I miss it every day. I didn't actually take any pictures inside because the inside is kind of boring, I was just excited to be in it again. It's probably been 10 years since it was last opened when I was there and I definitely miss it. I loved Body Wars. The Making of Me with Martin Short was hilarious and I just absolutely adored Buzzy and Cranium Commando. I heard that back there, behind the walls, Buzzy and Cranium Command are still there.
After indulging my nostalgia, I bought myself the Cars Flower and Garden Festival pin, I made my way out. It was time to start my journey over to World Showcase.















Good Bye Future World! Time to journey around the world, no passport required.
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One of these days I'm going to take a solo trip. It's just that every time I mention one, others hop on board.
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Hi Mary! Joining in!

I miss the Wonders of Life Pavilion, too. Body Wars was one of my favorite rides and there was some great stuff in that building. I still don't understand why they closed it.

Great photos of the butterfly garden!
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I'm joining! I love finding IG friends that I didn't know were on the DISboards.

One of these days I'm going to take a solo trip. It's just that every time I mention one, others hop on board.
Yay for IG friends on DISboards!!!!
I've actually lurked on your current TR and your summer one. That on caught my eye because my sister's kids call me Tee Tee (only we spell it Titi)
I wish my family was as into Disney as yours. I love your hilarious family adventures

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I miss the Wonders of Life Pavilion, too. Body Wars was one of my favorite rides and there was some great stuff in that building. I still don't understand why they closed it.

Great photos of the butterfly garden!
Great to have you along! Yay for another Wonders of Life fan
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