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Old 09-09-2009, 12:51 PM   #211
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Well I have a pretty "high-class problem" on my hands. I will be going to WDW twice for work over the next two months for a total of 9 days. First trip starts this Sunday and I will be staying at the Beach Club and then I will be at the Dolphin in November.I have a trip planned, well before I knew about my work trips, with my family in March of next year.

As an aside, anyone have any experience with the after 4pm tickets that they sell to conventioners?

This will also be the first time that I have been to WDW alone and I am having some serious melancholy about it. To me, Disney is about being there with my family and it is going to be hard for me to enjoy it without them. I mean don't get me wrong, I love it there. My favorite place on the planet. But I have always been there with family.

I have been reading this thread and getting some inspiration from you all. Thanks for that. I will let you all know how it goes!

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Old 09-11-2009, 07:23 AM   #212
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24hrs and counting!!!

Well 24hrs 7 minute to be exact till the plane takes off for WDW. Looks like Sunday might be a rain day and we are thinking of just hanging out at DTD. Anybody else have the same idea?
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Old 09-11-2009, 08:48 AM   #213
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This will also be the first time that I have been to WDW alone and I am having some serious melancholy about it. To me, Disney is about being there with my family and it is going to be hard for me to enjoy it without them. I mean don't get me wrong, I love it there. My favorite place on the planet. But I have always been there with family.

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Hi there... I did my first alone trip a couple years ago... and was very melancholy about it from time to time. It wasn't supposed to be an alone trip, but turned into one and I was a bit nervous about it. I mean, without having someone to share the magic... would there be any?

I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. I had a blast. I had more fun being silly doing the Pooh ride 5 times in a row because it made me happy... riding the AstroBlasters because I hadn't since I was a kid... taking a pretzel on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and riding it twice... or just sitting a moment in the shade and watching people.

My favorite moment came when I found myself at the Studios... and discontent. I sat on a bench, racking my brain over what attraction to do next... unhappy that everything that sounded like fun was in Epcot. The following dialogue started in my head-- "Well... then why not go to Epcot?" "No, it's Studios day..." "Why not go to Epcot?" It just dawned on me that nothing and no one was stopping me. I marched to the entrance, got on the boat, and played in Epcot. Much better.

Best part about that first solo trip was that I met some fabulous people...cast members and vacationers alike. (Some even on here! On accident, no less!) I was able to take MORE time to notice the magic. Smile at first timers, wish people Happy Birthday, help someone with their stroller... whatever. You have more time to BE part of the magic as well as helping to spread it. It's really an unbeatable experience.

Now, I look forward to my trips with my family in the future... but once a year, I might just have to keep up the solo trips. Just to keep the pixie dust pile at a respectable level

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Old 10-13-2009, 01:56 PM   #214
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thank you so much for your thoughtful reply. So to follow up, I went there alone and had a wonderful time. as fun as going with family? No. But like you said, I was able to do things on my own time and without judgment. maybe I ate a cream cheese pretzel or three. So? Maybe I rode the haunted mansion 4 times in a row? Who cares? I may have even not gone to HS at all and I am ok with that.

It was a great time and I am glad I got to experience it.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:34 PM   #215
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Woodley,

Don't worry! You will enjoy yourself. I know what you are saying though. I prefer to go with my friends or family, but since they don't enjoy going as much as I do, I often go alone for a long weekend to relax and escape the stress of real life.

You will enjoy it after you get over your awkwardness. Most people won't even notice you are alone, since they are wrapped up in their own trip activities. The only time I sometimes feel uncomfortable is when I am eating at a restaurant. I usually just get out my map or even guide and look at that though while I eat. Gives me something to do! Do you have a little pocket tour guide? That could work also.

Those are both nice hotels! Have fun!
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:15 PM   #216
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Woodley,if nothing else enjoy ur glam hotels!! I'd like to take a trip w/ zero parks one day. i stay in value or moderate when I do the parks. But some day I"ll splurge on one of the deluxe resots & skip the parks all together. = ) Just an idea.
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:45 AM   #217
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Two Brothers Heading to WDW in JAnuary

Hi all,

My brother and I (28 and 25) are heading to WDW JAn 3-11, 2010 and were hoping to meet up with other disney lovers! We're staying at the POP and are up for just about anything. Woo-hoo! Less than a month. Get in touch!

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Old 12-16-2009, 10:24 AM   #218
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Hi all,

My brother and I (28 and 25) are heading to WDW JAn 3-11, 2010 and were hoping to meet up with other disney lovers! We're staying at the POP and are up for just about anything. Woo-hoo! Less than a month. Get in touch!

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Hey guys, is this your 1st trip?
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:34 AM   #219
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Not a newbie

Hi lynn...no we're not newbie's by any means- I would say we have gone to Disney World at least 9 times (Disneyland somewhere in there once too) before together with parents and grandparents. First time just us brothers. We're Disney freaks and I just found these boards and realized how many are out there like us! and you Lynn!!

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I'm excited!!! CAn't wait....so if anyone is going down those days let me know
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Old 12-24-2009, 08:40 AM   #220
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Woo Hoo

My first Solo trip to the world Jan 10th thru the 17th.....Cant wait!
Any other solo travelers there then????
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:56 AM   #221
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Hi lynn...no we're not newbie's by any means- I would say we have gone to Disney World at least 9 times (Disneyland somewhere in there once too) before together with parents and grandparents. First time just us brothers. We're Disney freaks and I just found these boards and realized how many are out there like us! and you Lynn!!

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I'm excited!!! CAn't wait....so if anyone is going down those days let me know

Darn!!
Too bad you guys are ssooo young!!
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:18 PM   #222
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going back in the fall.....for our 26th

anyone going from Sept or late Nov???
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:02 AM   #223
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:47 PM   #224
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My Birthday-Fab, Super Selfish, Ultra VIP, "me time" SOLO TRIP!!! Pre-Trip Report

Wow! So I am usually just a lurker on these forums but I am just so darn excited for my upcoming trip. I work retail and this holiday was very hectic for me since I was recently promoted to manager. I decided when Disney announced the return of Buy 4, Get 3 Free promotion, I decided I was going to treat myself for my post-holiday vacation and my birthday. With the reviews of solo trips and the idea had always intrigued me, I decided to jump in and just do it. And I decided to be selfish and go DELUXE! I am so excited! I called and the reservation specialist at Walt Disney Travel set me up with a Theme Park View at the Grand Floridian with Club Level in the main lodge! THRILLED!!! I added on the basic dining to my park hopper.

Then…after even reading more here, especially the dining forums, I knew I wanted to try more sit down restaurants so I upgraded to the Deluxe Dining Plan! I know it’s going to be a lot of food but I am willing to take that challenge! YUM! I have been salivating for the past month thinking about all the treats that I didn’t even know existed at the parks! Some things I cannot wait for include the Butterfinger cupcake at Starring Rolls, the school bread or sweet pretzels at the Norway pavilion, I also am going to treat myself to the ultimate, a reservation at Victoria and Albert! I bought a new suit just for the occasion!

My Grand IPO has been AMAZING! Always keeping me up-to-date and knowing exactly what I would like even with just a few emails and phone calls. Marijane is great and is always prompt! She has gotten me pretty much everything I wanted in such a sort time and such short notice, considering the 180 day reservation policy. She is even going to plan a cake to be delivered for my birthday meal at Bistro! I told her what flavors I like and what I might be interested in and the rest is up to her and to ‘surprise’ me with the rest!

So here goes! This is what she has planned for me! Let me know what you think and if you have any other suggestions. I leave Saturday, so I don’t plan on making many changes but would love ideas on other snacks to check out or other little things I can enhance my trip!

WHO: Me, Vinny…on a SOLO TRIP!
WHEN: Saturday, January 9-Saturday, January 16 (Buy 4, Get 3 Free)
WHERE: Grand Floridian: Main Lodge Club Concierge Level with Cinderella Castle View


Saturday, January 9:
12:00 PM Arrival via Disney's Magical Express

12:35 PM Grand Floridian Cafe
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

06:10 PM Teppan Edo
EPCOT - World Showcase, Japan

Sunday, January 10:
07:25 AM Grand Floridian Cafe

09:00 AM Disney's Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

10:30 AM Disney's Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

12:05 PM Kona Cafe
Disney's Polynesian
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12:50 PM Liberty Tree Tavern
Magic Kingdom

08:45 PM
Victoria and Albert's
(YAY!!! And she is keeping an eye open for a Chef’s Table reservation to open, just in case!)

Monday, January 11:
08:20 AM Supercalifragilistic Breakfast
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

11:30 AM Dining with an Imagineer at the Brown Derby
Disney's Hollywood Studios

06:00 PM 50's Prime Time Cafe

Tuesday, January 12 (MY BIRTHDAY!!!):
07:30 AM Chef Mickey's Fun Time Buffet
Disney's Contemporary Resort

09:00 AM Backstage Magic Tour

08:15 PM Bistro de Paris (with a custom ‘surprise’ cake!!!)
EPCOT - World Showcase, France

Wednesday, January 13:
08:20 AM Donald's Safari Breakfast at Tusker House Restaurant
Disney's Animal Kingdom - Africa - Harambe

10:00 AM Wildlife Discovery Excursion Tour
Disney's Animal Kingdom

01:30 PM Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Disney’s Animal Kingdom

07:00 PM "Jiko...The Cooking Place"
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Thursday, January 14:
07:30 AM The Wave...of American Flavors
Disney's Contemporary Resort

09:30 AM Around the World at Epcot Tour
EPCOT - Guest Relations, left of Spaceship Earth

01:45 PM Le Cellier Steakhouse
EPCOT - World Showcase, Canada

07:00 PM Coral Reef Restaurant
EPCOT - The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Friday, January 15:
07:35 AM Kona Cafe
Disney's Polynesian

11:30 AM Liberty Tree Tavern
Magic Kingdom

06:55 PM Artist Point
Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Saturday, January 16:
12:00 PM Rose and Crown Pub and Dinning Room
EPCOT - World Showcase, United Kingdom

03:55 PM Departure via Disney's Magical Express

So that’s it, in a nut shell! Plenty of food and snacks to be eaten in-between, plenty of photo-ops with characters and plenty of rides and parades and shows to be watched and enjoyed. There are a few ‘hiccups’ that I have come to realize with my timing, like the marathon weekend traffic that I will have to endure and the refurbishment of Cinderella Castle and Splash Mountain but nothing is going to bring me down! I am just going to focus on ALL the positives and take the rest as it comes. There will always be refurbishments and traffic and events that I can’t control. I guess this is my pre-trip report! I will hopefully have plenty of photos and details to report back on! YAY!!!!

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