1st Trip (of many!) as Mr. & Mrs.--the TR-- UPDATE 9/9: Life Update--We're Moving!!

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  1. xoktenox

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    I don't know if I've written on here before but I want you to know I'm reading along and loving it! :surfweb: :thumbsup2

    My BF and I are staying at AKV at the end of this month :-)goodvibes!!!!!) and I cannot wait, your pics of the place are amazing! We're renting DVC pts to stay there.

    One, you're like a dream come true. Two, just wanna be with you. Three, cause its plain to see....:rotfl: I knew what Michael meant! LOL Can't wait to hear more!!
     
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  3. stacikristine

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    It's our favorite parade!! I know--they pick the greatest music. That opening music just makes you SOOO happy inside :goodvibes Thanks! I wanted to take some, but it was kindof a blessing in disguise that my camera battery died because I got to just enjoy the show. Haha! Yeah, he tries!


    I'm betting Disney matches the castle to the sky on purpose--it's just too perfect! :thumbsup2 I have the music in my head now too! Thanks. I'm glad we stuck around and took advantage of some PhotoPass pics. Hehe--sorry! :laughing:


    He's a nut. But I laughed so hard the first time he sang it! :rotfl: Thank you! I wish my battery wasn't dead so I could have taken more. But this way I got to just focus on the fireworks more! :goodvibes Thank you! I love that one.


    It's by far our favorite! Thank you--the castle is always gorgeous, but there's just something about it at night... Incredible! :goodvibes
     
  4. stacikristine

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    Hi! Thank you so much for reading! :goodvibes Trip reports are great, aren't they?! Thank you--we have a ton of fun together. It was a FANTASTIC trip. You'll love going to Disney World with your hubby one day! :thumbsup2


    Thank you so much! :goodvibes


    Hey Emma! You've already left, haven't you? I hope you're having a FABULOUS time! Thank you! Isn't it so great how it matches? You're right--it does look like it could become a pink cloud at any minute! :cloud9: Thank you--it looked like a good b&w candidate ;)


    Thanks! It looks kindof eerie, doesn't it?


    Thanks Katie! They were quite the characters :rotfl: But it was fun. I'm soooo glad he enjoyed it so much too! I knew he would once he got there. Isn't it the greatest parade?! Aw. So sad. :sad2: I wish you could see it while you're there. Maybe something will work out. I'll have another update in the next few days. I know--it made my heart so happy that he called to update them. We're both really close to our parents/families. We each called them at least every few days while we were there to update them. I hope your kids are close to you as adults too. I bet they will be--it's funny, but family vacations really help in that aspect. I think it's one of the reasons my family is so close. :goodvibes


    Yes, you have. Thanks! :) YAY! I'm glad you're enjoying it. Oh goodness--you are going to LOVE AKV! Are you staying at Jambo House or Kidani Village? Haha! Yep. You got it! :rotfl:
     
  5. princess_momma

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    AHHHH Staci!! I love your Spectro pictures! I wish I could've seen Spectro. That is like the biggest thing I remember from my first actual trip to WDW. We only were there for one day and went to MK and I was super young, but I remember Spectro!!

    Michael cracks me up!! What a silly guy!! That's cute that it makes him think of Disney. It reminds me...have you seen the new holiday commercial they have with It's a Small World? I can send you the link if you want (I got it from another thread on here) but I showed my parents and they were singing that song all night!!

    I love how Disney inspires everyone to sing!
     
  6. AGPrincess

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    Yup, I arrived in Ireland awhile back, and it's been amazing so far! I'm getting excited for DLP with my family after Christmas...gotta get my PTR for that up soon! :)
     
  7. lauren_elizabeth

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    Ahhhh, Spectro! :cloud9: I just love it! Your Wishes pictures turned out awesome! Don't you just love the music?! :love:

    Michael's song made me laugh out loud! :lmao:
     
  8. stacikristine

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    Hey Kimmy! Thanks--it's our FAVORITE parade!!! Aw. How sweet. Hopefully you'll be able to see it next time. :thumbsup2 Oh goodness. He cracks me up every single day. But I love it! Yesterday we were calling all of the people in 24 names and just dying laughing. :rotfl2: It's the small things, right?! No, I haven't. We don't have cable, and our one channel is based out of Texas, so we only watch it when there's a tornado coming. :confused3 Yes--please send me the link! I'd love to see it.


    Yay! That's so exciting. Oh, I bet it's just gorgeous. I wish I could follow your whole stay there! It's be like a life TR :thumbsup2 I'll be looking for your PTR link! Can't wait.


    Spectro is the greatest! Thank you! Yes--my boss gave me a copy of the CD when I got home (his family went last spring) and it helps get me through the day some days :goodvibes He's a goof. You should see his interpretive dance moves while he sings it. :lmao::rotfl2:
     
  9. Dancegrl624

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    Great update Staci! I think every single day of the year needs to end with Spectro and Wishes. I've only seen Wishes 3 times (all this year) and it always makes me cry. Even when I put the cd on in my car! I can't wait to hear about your next Disney day.
     
  10. stacikristine

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    Wouldn't that be the life?! :goodvibes I don't think those two will EVER get old! They're our favorites. Aw! That's sweet. I have the CD too and I can just picture the fireworks when I hear it! It'll hopefully be up early this week! :thumbsup2
     
  11. crocko

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    What a great day! :thumbsup2


    And I agree with a previous poster...that B&W castle picture is spectacular. Great work!!
     
  12. stacikristine

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    It was great! Thanks so much. It's one of my favorites :goodvibes
     
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    When I last left you, we had just finished up a fabulous first day at Disney World, and I’d gone to sleep with visions of my hubby and me in front of the castle. :cloud9:



    When “Be Our Guest”* went off at 7:06 (I don’t do 5s or 0s when it comes to waking up…), we were ready to hop up and get ready for our day in our favorite park: Disney’s Hollywood Studios!!! :dance3:


    *Let me also say that I was soooo happy when I heard “Be Our Guest”! Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite Disney Movie, and I was just all warm and fuzzy inside to know that my hubby thought to play it on our DHS day. :goodvibes




    Anyway…I’m pretty sure I ate some cereal, but I don’t really remember. Oh—and it didn’t smell quite as bad on our balcony, but I still wasn’t eating out there!

    I wanted to get a picture of us in the lobby so that you could see my hair down before we got to the park (since the day before, I put it up on the bus).

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    We left for the bus stop at 7:55, and our bus pulled up at 7:58. It was nearly empty!

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    Yay!!! We’re going to our favorite Disney Park!

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    By 8:08, we saw this: :yay:

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    Woo-Hoo!

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    We were the first people in line at our turnstile. We occupied ourselves by taking pictures. “What do you see in front of you, Michael? Is that right—no one? Just an empty Hollywood Studios?”

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    “You’d better practice scanning your finger!” :laughing:

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    “What is it, Staci? Yay! Your favorite park!”

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    A nice CM saw us taking pictures of ourselves and offered to take one for us.

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    I love this shot. It feels like something out of an old-timey magazine. Aaahh.

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    I think the detail is our favorite thing about Disney World. We love how everything is themed and how it all goes together so perfectly. And nothing beats an empty park for detail-capturing!

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    After a while, the lines started to fill up, and a CM from the American Idol Experience had a film crew capturing different crowd shots for later in the day. It was hilarious. He had us doing all of these different things with our hands and saying different things all-together. He would also pick some people from the lines and have them do different things. He picked this family close to us to dance for the camera. It was so funny! The oldest boy just stood there the whole time. We think one of our friends would absolutely LOVE to have this job! :thumbsup2

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    Finally, it was time to enter the park!! Since we were the first in our turnstile (and my ticket didn’t act up this day) we were in the front at Rope Drop as well! Soon after we got to the rope, I heard someone say my name. It was Jenny (jenny105) and Joe! :) We officially introduced ourselves, and then asked someone to snap our picture.

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    How fun that we got to meet each other?! Jenny and Joe were chosen to be the “Opening Family” and they got to be a part of the rope drop show. We chatted for a while, and then they had to go get their instructions.



    I just LOVE this shot. It’s the epitome of Hollywood Studios.

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    We don’t have anyone in front of us (well, except Jenny, Joe and the CM).

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    Before long, the opening show started! This lady was great. I just love how dramatic she was.

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    Jenny and Joe got into the carriage

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    And the “Movie Director” came out and told us our “roles”

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    I really like how they do special little things at rope drop every day. It’s like a little “congratulations” for getting up early and “we’re so happy you’re here!”



    We walked with the masses to Toy Story Mania (it doesn’t look like masses here, but I assure you, they were behind us!)

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    Michael got in line for a Fast Pass (for later), and I stood near the queue entrance to wait (out of the way) for him

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    I snapped these while I was waiting

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    We could not wait for this ride!!! We’d heard such great things about it, and we knew we would love it. When we got in, there weren’t even people in this part (or is it the FP entrance?).

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    I love this queue area! How fun would it have been to make it? I didn’t get a lot of great pictures because we were walking pretty fast through it. But here are some that I snapped while walking.

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    “For the MONKEYS, of course!”

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    Ah, Tinker Toys. I loved these when I was little.

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    How cool is he?! Technology and innovation just keep getting better and better!

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    AAAHHH!!! We’re almost there!

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    See all the empty car things coming through? No one had been on them yet!

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    This place is just so fun. I think it could even make a grumpy old man smile! ;)

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    It’s our turn! (oh--and Michael is making a "game face")

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    OH MY GOODNESS! We loved this ride! I was blown away by the interactiveness of it all. And it’s just so much FUN. Michael kicked my booty, but I didn’t even care. I had so much fun! (I did realize that my problem was aiming—I wanted to aim instead of just shooting.)

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    With our first ride of the day experienced, we decided to head over to Sunset Boulevard. But not without some Photopass Pictures!

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    What a great start to our second day in the parks! Let me just tell you…this day is awesome!




    Up Next:

    A first for me (which became my favorite ride at Disney World)
    Space Travel
    “I don’t care that you think I’m like Miss Piggy!”
    HUGE lunch



     
  15. tinkgurl

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    Wow, gotta love empty parks!

    I love that shot too!
     
  16. khertz

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    AMAZING shots of DHS empty!! I love that sepia one too.

    I'm so excited for TSM! I have been practicing hard on our Wii version so I know how to score us some bonus points!!

    I love the pic of Michael's "game face"! :lmao:
     
  17. BippityBoo

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    AWESOME update :thumbsup2 Haha I was laughing so hard at your DH carefully scanning his finger to get in..you two are so funny!!

    SO cool you were one of the firsts in line for TS!! I am looking forward to finally riding it in January :banana: I learned the hard way to go right to it after the park opens. I am hoping to be as early as you two were!

    The pic with the balloons is priceless. It totally looks real! I am sooo curious to see where you ate like a "Piggy" hehe. Great job---cant wait to read the rest!!
     
  18. hkrox

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    Sounds like a great start to the day. Empty parks are the best. It's so worth getting up early for. Toy Story Mania is such a fun ride. When I was there I waited hours for that. But it's so worth it. Can't wait to hear more about your day!
     
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    HS has become my favorite too! I love the theming and even tho I've been there three times, I still haven't experienced everything. Can't wait to go back next year! You guys are having so much fun :banana:
     
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    Hey, I found your trip report, you two are an absolutely adorable couple! Also, Hollywood Studios is my favorite park too, it's looks like you had so much fun. Keep up the good work, I can't wait to read more!
     
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