Blue's Road Trip - Part II ~ New 5/6: It Pays To Have Connections!!

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  1. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

    Apr 9, 2006
    GAT out of the way, Canadians coming through!!

    For those of you who have followed me during my planning process – Welcome Back!
    And a big welcome to any newcomers or lurkers!


    Part I of this trip report was over 200 pages and has already been transferred to the completed board. This is Part II and continues with Day 6 of our trip!! If you are are new to my TR there are links to Part I below.


    Trip Report Links - Part I

    Jibber Jabber

    Our Special Plans
    Richard Petty Driving Experience
    Pictures - Ranchero & Grendade Launcher
    Stitch's Great Escape
    We've Arrived!!! - Stitch Misbehaving Already
    Back Home :-(


    Pre-Trip Chapters

    Chapter #1 (part a) Driving My Travel Agent Crazy
    Chapter #1 (part b) We're Staying at a Moderate
    Chapter #2 Dinner With The Grandparents

    Day One

    Chapter #3 On Our Way For Reals
    Chapter #4 The Terminator
    Chapter #5 Feeling Like Rednecks
    Chapter #6 Half Way There!

    Day Two

    Chapter #7 Three Shopping Stops
    Videos Goofing Around on The Way
    Chapter #8 A Night By The Ocean

    Day Three

    Chapter #9 The Morning of Arrival
    Chapter #10 Building #26
    Chapter #11 The Resort: Do They Love It Like I Do?
    Chapter #12 The Canadian Ponchos
    Chapter #14 The CM Cat Fight
    Chapter #15 Tree Frogs - Yes, Spiders - No

    Day Four

    Chapter #16 DH's Richard Petty Experience - Part A
    Chapter #16 Richard Petty Experience - Part B
    Chapter #16 Richard Petty Experience - Part B Continued
    Chapter #17 A Carriage Ride Around POR

    Day Five

    Chapter #18 Mission Rope Drop
    Chapter #19 Signature T-Shirts
    Chapter #20 A Ride To Remember
    Chapter #21 The Kiss
    Chapter #22 A Little Romance Goes A Long Way
    Chapter #22 Continued
    Chapter #23 Drenched Canadians Without Ponchos
    Chapter #24 The Hidden Mickey Pins

    Day Six

    Chapter #25 A Peaceful Morning at the Resort
    Chapter #26 Voyage Down The Sassagoula River
    Chapter #26 Continued



    Day Six - Continued

    Chapter #27 Sci-Fi: A First For Us

    Day Seven
    Chapter #28 Why You Shouldn't Buy Fake Crocs
    Chapter #29 DH Forgets the Tickets to HDD
    Chapter #29 Continued

    Day Eight

    Chapter #30 We Finally Make Rope Drop
    Chapter #31 Some New Rides For Us!
    Chapter #32 Stitch Travels Around World Showcase
    Chapter #33 Grumpy and the Angry CM
    Chapter #34 More Character Pics
    Chapter #35 The Racoon Encounter

    Day Nine

    Chapter #36 Testing The Card Readers
    Chapter #37 Mischief With Twiddle Dee & Twiddle Dum
    Chapter #38 It Pays To Have Connections



    Last year at this time, if you had asked me about returning to WDW for a second year in a row, I’d have laughed in your face. I would never have imagined that I’d be able to convince DH to agree on returning to Walt Disney World so soon. Yet somehow, I find myself trying to talk him into taking us next year as well. That part remains to be seen.

    The important thing is, he did consent and we’ll be on our way in just a few short days!!!! The big difference being, we’re not flying this year. DH never complained about our flight last summer but I’m guessing it obviously wasn’t an experience he’d like to relive which is why we’re driving. Yes…driving. From Ontario, Canada. Twenty-four hours in the car people. :eek:

    At first I thought it was the cost of the flight for the four of us that bothered him but after checking into it and learning that we could fly from Rochester, NY for almost the same cost as driving, I was still unable to convince him.

    I didn’t press the issue because frankly, I was so excited he accepted my idea of returning this summer!!!! :cheer2: :yay: :cheer2:

    How do you entertain two teen daughters for 24 hours in a car and prevent them from fighting? :confused3 If you have the answer to that, please share the knowledge.

    We will be leaving on August 22, after DH makes a quick appearance at work (enough time to pick up his pay check in other words). I’ve made no advance reservations for hotels on the way down (or back). Who knows where we’ll end up? Probably some truckers stop full of lot lizards. :scared:

    We hope to arrive in Cocoa Beach on the evening of the 23rd and stay for one night. Then on the 24th we are going to spend the day at the beach before heading to our resort at WDW where we’ll be staying for nine glorious nights! :woohoo:

    I’m now going to give you a quick, shortened version of the cast (if you prefer the longer version, please refer to my PTR):

    Blue: That’s me! The DIS-addicted writer of this trip report.

    Grumpy: My DH. Smart, sexy, charming, brilliant, special, loving, perfect, sweet, wonderful, darling man (As you can see, I’m laying it on thick here. That’s part of my plan to butter him up for next years trip)

    JoJo: DD16 – The chatterbox who you can’t help but love.

    Goofy: DD13 – My hot-tempered redhead with a heart of gold.


    I see no point in telling you all the wonderful details about the cast because really…it’s not as if I’m going to write anything nasty or something and I don’t want to repeat too much of what has already been written previously.

    Like I said, we’re leaving next week and I hope to post a few live installments during our trip this time around. :3dglasses

    Stay tuned for the next installment where I will mention some of the special plans I have made for our trip. *cough* Lisa *cough*


    Pre-Trip Report

    A blonde was driving to WDW and saw a sign that said “Disney World Left” so she went back home.

    Pre-Trip Index

    Intro pg.1 #1
    The Cast pg. 1 #8
    JoJo's Version of the Cast pg. 1 #9
    The Rest of the Cast pg. 2 #16
    ADR's pg. 5 #66
    Getting Ready pg. 7 #93
    Buzz Lends a Hand pg. 9 #132
    New Attractions in 2007 pg. 10 #137
    Disney Pin Trading pg. 11 #152
    Truth To Early ADR's pg. 12 #172
    An Extra Day pg. 20 #290
    Package From Goofster pg. 21 #307
    Package From Goofster part 2 pg. 22 #316
    Practise Run - 6 Hours in the Car with JoJo pg. 22 #324
    The Mills Clan pg.26 #382
    DH's Surprise pg. 29 #422
    Less Than Two Weeks To Go and I'm Not Ready pg.32 #478

    Yep, we’re heading back to the World except this time Prince Grumpy has decided that we could save a bundle of money by driving down. For those of you who don’t know me or haven’t read my first trip report, this means a twenty-two hour drive for us because we live in Canada!

    When we discussed this with JoJo and Goofy, I was hoping for some back up, hoping to sway them to my way of thinking, but sadly their response was “YESSSSSSSSSSSSS………ROAD TRIP”. Why is it, I’m always outnumbered with those three? They are like the Lepage trio. (For my American friends, Lepage is a Canadian company that makes glue).

    JoJo, who is much more enthusiastic about the planning this time around, sent this to me by email today (yes, my 15 year old daughter sends me emails but usually they are tear jerkers – I swear she likes to see me cry):

    Do this while driving

    Strange and silly things to do while driving. We do not advise doing any of the below "things to do while driving", as all driving should be taken seriously. The below "things to do while driving" are simply here for entertainment purposes.

    Vary your vehicle's speed inversely with the speed limit.

    Roll down your windows and blast talk radio. Attempt to headbang.

    At stop lights, eye the person in the next car suspiciously. With a look of fear, lock your doors.

    Two words: Chicken suit.

    Write the words "Help me" on your back window in red paint. The more it looks like blood, the better.

    Have conversations, looking periodically at the passenger seat, when driving alone.

    Laugh a lot. A whole lot.

    Stop at the green lights.

    Go at the red ones.

    Occasionally wave a stuffed animal/troll doll/Barbie out your window or sunroof. Feel free to make it dance.

    Eat food that requires silverware.

    Pass cars, then drive very slowly.

    Sing without having the radio on.

    Honk frequently without motivation.

    Wave at people often. If they wave back, offer an angry look and an obscene gesture.

    Ask people for Grey Poupon.

    Let pedestrians know who's boss.

    Look behind you frequently, with a very paranoid look.

    Restart your car at every stop light.

    Hang numerous car-fresheners in the rear-view mirror. Talk to them, stroking them lovingly.

    Lob burning things in the windows of smokers who throw their butts out the window.

    While stopped at a light, piss out the window/sunroof onto other cars.

    Keep at least five cats in the car.

    Root (cheer, not snuffle in the mud) for firetrucks.

    Stop and collect roadkill.

    Throw Spam.

    Get in the fast lane and gradually ... slow ... down ... to a stop. Then get out and watch the cars. Throw Spam at them.

    If this is an indication of what our road trip is going to be like – I’m in BIG trouble.

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  3. m11dolphin

    m11dolphin Mouseketeer

    Mar 23, 2007
    OH-NO:scared1: :eek:

    sounds like fun:rotfl2:
  4. Goofyluver

    Goofyluver <marquee behavior=alternate><font color=red>Knock

    Oct 31, 2006
    :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

    We have missed you on our board! Please come back...:sad1:

    Uh...yea, I'm totally on board for your trippie!

    But, have you heard my motto?

    Show me yours and I'll show you mine! :scared:
  5. jojo05

    jojo05 Boy, why are you crying?

    Oct 9, 2006
    haha. glad you posted my thing.

    mom, i have a few questions before we go. :

    1.can we stop at a camp site and throw a big shin dig on someones lot? ohhhh how fun.

    2.can oreo come too?

    3. (knows answers :P ) can i bring a lizard home?

    4.can i please strap goofy to the top of the truck when she gets annoying? (that would be the whole time by the way)

    5.can i bring my crowbar to beat off any unwanted cops? (still have to buy one but we'd get there faster.)

    6.will i be allowed to go into stealth mode while running through a bush taking some neat trees?


    7. Can i sing really loud to songs i hardly know and wave to the people in the next car?

    CAN'T WAIT x :cheer2: 1000000000000000000+
  6. winkers

    winkers <font color=blue>I was stuck in that position and

    Nov 9, 2006
    20 hours in a car together is family bonding at it's best!!!
  7. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

    Apr 9, 2006
    Hey!! I know you :) Thanks for jumping on board here too :yay:

    Hiya!!! Gee, it's been awhile since I stopped by to talk with you all, you're right. I will try to visit tonight :goodvibes

    I see you have a pre-trip report going also - give me a day or two to get caught up with it!

    Family bonding or someone will have to get us out on bond :lmao:

    JoJo - I will answer your questions later because I want to post the cast next.
  8. solgent

    solgent DIS Veteran

    Jul 13, 2005
    Hi Blue, I'm so happy for you that you're going back! When is your trip? I am guessing that you are going during the free dining period. When do your kids start school? Ours start Aug 29 so our trip is Aug 17-24 and we will not get free dining. :sad1: Where are you going to stay? Tell us all your plans!
  9. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

    Apr 9, 2006
    I believe some introductions are in order.

    Blue: Me, the planner of our trip and writer of this report. Since this is our second trip, I am no longer considered a Disney Newbie! I am a mother of three, JoJo, Goofy and Prince Grumpy. I’m a stay-at-home mom who has decided it is time to go back to work and will do so as soon as a job finds me.


    Prince Grumpy: This is my wonderful husband of 18 years who puts up with my Disney obsession and DISboard addiction. He’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of one – plumbing. My man can fix just about anything. He built our garage, built on a 400 square foot addition to our home and changed the engine in my car. We always have a new project on the go and I’m his “little helper”, working right along beside him. He’s a lot like “Tim The Tool Man”. Did I mention he is cheap? I called him Prince Grumpy today and he said “I’m only Prince Grumpy in WDW, now I’m Scrooge McDuck.” He also said “Well, we’re going to start out as family on this trip…….can’t say if that will be the case by the time we return home.”


    JoJo: This is my oldest daughter, who will turn 16 before we leave. She has a great love for all animals and tries to save every poor stray she comes across. JoJo has a wonderful imagination and terrific sense of humour. She brings so much joy and laughter to our house. Before our last trip, she wanted nothing to do with a vacation to the World but quickly fell in love with everything Disney once we arrived. I am pleased to say that JoJo plans to participate more with my second trip report.


    Goofy: This is our 13 year old, the sweet baby of our family. She too has a fondness for nature and keeps me busy running to look at all the strange creatures she brings home. Goofy is known as the fish in our family, she loves the water. She is a member of our local swim team and swims competitively in the intermediate group. Mischief is her middle name but with her loving attitude, it’s hard to get angry with her. She dotes on her older sister, who wants nothing to do with her most of the time.

  10. jojo05

    jojo05 Boy, why are you crying?

    Oct 9, 2006
    Woah! Mom, my cast is way better.
    Okay guys, this is the real cast.

    Mother; also known as BLUE:

    Quiet. Unless she gets frustrated, then she gets loud and mad at you. Happy, jumpy, all about Disney! Disney! Disney! Not too crazy about my kitty Oreo, but at least she gives her love. Gets annoyed when people don’t take her side such as Goofy, Prince Grumpy and myself. Uses up our phone line all the time on the DISboards. One day I swear I’ll be calling home from the hospital and get “BEEP, BEEP BEEP”. I’ll have to leave a message “hey uhh mom, I’m sitting here with a broken leg and they won’t let me leave until you come get me. Don’t worry though, take your sweet time on the DISboards, I’ll be alright for another 5 hours.” Ha, Ha. She laughs a lot, at ME. I don’t know why people get such a kick out of me but whatever floats their boat right?
    She doesn’t really like the public. I will try to be stealth and say something like “hey Mom! Look at the person with the funny hair” then she’d turn around and say louder than anything, how they can hear me. (umm hello, that’s why I was in stealth mode) but anyways, the funny hair - it turned out it was Prince Grumpy. :P Mom doesn’t get mad too easy but when she does, I swear watch out!!!!

    Father; also known as Prince Grumpy:

    That suits him. Really, it does. He bugs and bugs and bugs and won’t stop until you get really mad and then he’ll laugh at all the funny faces you’re making when really, it’s those kind of faces saying “ Dad, please just leave me alone.” He always thinks he’s right and half the time he doesn’t have a clue. * Think positive things JoJo * Thinking about him always thinking he’s right reminds me of the time I got a Barbie airplane for Christmas and you had to put window stickers on it with all the Barbie’s looking out. I was ready to do it myself when he took the stickers and insisted he better do it in case I made a mistake. After he was done sure enough something be wrong. The people in the stickers were all facing backwards, and oh boy didn’t that look nice. I’m really like Prince Grumpy though I’m loud. So is he. He doesn’t care what other people think about him and he’s a really fast thinker. Which helps in some situations.

    Sister; also known as Goofy:
    ha, ha. Goofy. O yea that’s her. A goof. Annoying. She wears my clothes! Bugs me and get this everyone, she thinks that she’s stronger than me. Mhmm. Ha-ha, yea okay there sis. I can beat her down in a heartbeat. Just give me a shoe or something to stop her fists from hitting my face. Gets on my nerves all the time and then asks if she can hang out with me. “Umm durr kid heck no you can’t”. But when she’s not annoying and puts on this “I’m an innocent angel act” she’s okay. Really she’s a fake and evil too. I mean all those things Blue said about Oreo in the first TR, take those and use them towards goofy. J nahh she’s a pretty cool sis, just needs to learn when enough, really is enough.

    Me; also known as JoJo:

    Wow, what is there to say. I’m great. Wait, that sounds too full of myself. But wait it’s true. I really am great. I love having fun. I’m loud. I like to go out in public wearing the craziest things you could ever imagine but you still wouldn’t be imagining it. I say what I believe in. I speak up for myself. If I don’t like something, you’ll be the first to know. I have my own style and I hate fakes. I love writing, poems, and stories. I have a lot of them. I can be shy, but not like –hide my face in my mother’s shirt shy- just shy. I laugh a lot. At the weirdest things you probably wouldn’t find funny. Such as -nacho cheese- ha, ha. It’s just so funny, or the word, fork. Like what kind of word is that? I can be random. And I mean that. People say I’m amusing. I just have a great personality, what can I do about that? I love animals and being out doors. And just last year, I realized WDW isn’t just for little kids. Oh, and one more thing. I love my kitty Oreo, she means everything to me J
  11. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

    Apr 9, 2006
    My answers are in RED.

    Your teen years are preparing Dad and I to welcome the empty nest. :rolleyes1
  12. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

    Apr 9, 2006
    Thank you sooo much! What a nice surprise to see your post - I remember you once said that you don't read pre-trip reports :dance3:

    I'm awfully excited - can ya tell?? :lmao:

    Our girls start school on September 4 which means means we are lucky enough to get the free dining.

    I hope to post all the details soon.
  13. Goofyluver

    Goofyluver <marquee behavior=alternate><font color=red>Knock

    Oct 31, 2006
    :banana: :banana: :banana:

    I am so excited for this trippie! A dual one at that...

    Yay! Just like meeska and I!

    You guys are funny girls!! Yes, you guys are! :rotfl2:
  14. jojo05

    jojo05 Boy, why are you crying?

    Oct 9, 2006
    ummmm kayyy mother. way to take the thrill out of more thrills than a boatload of fish.
    ahha and if you did that you'd be left with just a boatload of fish. haha. ohh that's a keeper.

    we'll see how many get answered no by the time we get back.

    and yes,i did mean dig up the trees, they're sooo cool.
  15. KathyRN137

    KathyRN137 ...and the greatest of these is Love

    Apr 14, 2006

    It's nice to meet you! And since I know that teenage girls just love to give their mothers a hard time, I'm going to enlist your help!

    Please tell you mom to finish her first report and then she can work on her pre-trippie!! We are all left hanging on the other board! :rolleyes1

    (Love ya, Blue!)

  16. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

    Apr 9, 2006
    Well it's not just like yours and Meeska's but JoJo has promised to chime in a bit more this time around :yay: We'll see how long that lasts, she gets bored quickly :rotfl2:

    :eek: Stop making me worry will ya!

    You are such a sweety Kathy :goodvibes

    I have one more thing to post here today and then I promise to work on the other one. My first TR is almost finished - I only have one day left after AK :(
  17. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

    Apr 9, 2006
    JoJo and Goofy took a few pictures yesterday of the rest of our cast who will not - I repeat - will not be joining us on this trip.

    First up is Sterling. He'll be vacationing at Nana & Poppy's while we are away.
    He loves it there because that's where his girlfriend Princess lives :love:


    This is Oreo (JoJo's D-EVIL cat). She will be staying at home with Mitten and all I can say is, I hope she doesn't eat the poor bunny.


    Last, is Mitten (Goofy's pet). She too will be staying at home. Nana & Poppy will be taking care of these two as well.


    I'm pretty sure JoJo will have more to add about these cast members when she gets home today.
  18. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

    Sep 9, 1999
    WOW, What cave have I been in? How did I miss the start of this pre-trip report? :confused3

    Oh yeah that’s right I’m still reading the unfinished Trip Report. :lmao:

    I am so jealous that you guys are headed back and getting there vie “Road Trip” :car:

    I have done all but five of these things, that’s all I am saying

    Imitating your mother will get you no where :rolleyes1

    Wow, that must be nice. Sorceress and I can’t even get through changing a light bulb together with out complications. :furious:

    But you should see us when we team up at Pictonary :hug:

    I am so looking forward to hearing about your road trip, I so wish I was going with you on it, I think it would be a really big Hoot. Remember to take lots of pictures and notes we want to hear about everything.
  19. winkers

    winkers <font color=blue>I was stuck in that position and

    Nov 9, 2006
    Those pictures are too cute!
  20. solgent

    solgent DIS Veteran

    Jul 13, 2005
    Jojo, if I were the Tag Fairy, I'd tag you with "I like to go out in public wearing the craziest things you could ever imagine" or "I can be random. And I mean that." Or both!!

    ILMICKEY DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2007
    We are driving 18 hours in November. My son just turned 16 and is all insistent that he will be sharing the responsibility with my husband and I! Ha! I DON'T friggin THINK so!

    I see girl siblings love each other as much as boy siblings! It absolutely drives me insane the way they argue.

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