Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by LifeIsDis, Aug 22, 2012.
I am dying for the next installment! Yay for getting to Florida safe & sound!
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It was a very long drive but I was so excited when we finally made it to Florida.
The next installment is coming your way very soon...
It's only $9 so I HAVE to get it!
So basically I flipped out after seeing the Florida welcome sign.
But we still had a little over three hours to go. BOOOO!!!
The Florida Welcome center is open till 5 and it was 4:45 when we got there. Just made it! So we parked and went inside.
Tons of people were there for the free orange or grapefruit juice. We stood in line for all of two seconds and Mum and I both got orange juice.
Just got some free orange juice from the FL welcome center. Yum!
Some dudes were laughing at my Mickey ears. They were probably going to Universal. But then some girl said she liked them so it was all good.
We left there and I couldnt hold my excitement in any longer. I HAD TO GET TO DISNEY!! But before we got there, we had to go somewhere.
THE DISNEY OUTLET OF COURSE!!!!!!!!! If any of you are renting a car or driving to WDW, you HAVE to go to the Disney Outlet in St. Augustine. Its off of Exit 318 on I-95 (you can see it from the highway). Its two hours north of WDW, but it is so worth a trip.
So we got off of the exit, and there are so many outlets there. Good thing I saw a sign on a building that said Disney (you can see the sign from the highway) or we would have never found it.
So we parked the car and we noticed there was a Dooney & Bourke Outlet TOO! We went in there but sadly they had no Disney bags.
The Disney Outlet is inside (some outlets are outside and then some are in a little mall part inside) so we found our way and we were so overwhelmed. They had a ton of stuff! And a ton that is in the parks now for so much cheaper!
We talked to a CM named David for a while about our trip and he said he was very jealous. I was like, you live 2 hours away from Disney. How could YOU be jealous? He was very nice and he was very excited for us.
Some of the stuff they have is ridiculous. And I say ridiculous because IT IS SO CHEAP.
David (the CM) noticed my earsMum let me wear them in! How nice of herand while I was looking around, he came over and told me there is a section that I would love. So I looked over and all I could see was Jack Skellington. I zoomed over there and there was this little kid singing This is Halloween. I was like CAN I ADOPT YOU?????
Mum got this jacket. Original price was $65.
Any guesses on how much it was on sale for? Any? Ill just tell you then. NINE WHOLE DOLLARS. See what Im saying? They have amazing stuff there so cheap.
She also got a mouse pad.
And a notebook she really wanted!
And what was the grand total? $28. Thats it. She got all of that for less than half of that jacket. And she donated to Disneys Conservation Fund. This is why we might have taken two trips there
And of course I got some stuff! How could I not?!
I got a Christmas crewneck that I will be wearing in November!
A WDW shirt.
A Nightmare Before Christmas photo album.
And a coloring book for my cousin.
All for $30! And plus I was a very good person too and donated to the Conservation Fund. And I got a sticker for being so awesome!
We left there and we headed back out. We were in the Disney outlet for an hour! Whatevs.
Then we had about an hour to go.
Seeing billboards for disney. I'm going nuts.
Just saw a sign for Legoland and it said Orlando's funnest theme park. Yeah, ok...
First of all, A) Not so much and B) Funnest isnt even a word.
I couldnt bear to look at the Universal signs so I could close my eyes when I saw those then I would get all excited when I saw a Disney one.
Then I saw a sign that said Magic Kingdom
Then we took a turn and we were almost at our hotel. ARE YOU KIDDING MOI?
We arent even going through the sign. I'm heartbroken.
Yeah, we never did. I was sad and that totally ruined my whole night. I guess I could live.
We werent staying on property yet because we didnt have enough points to stay at a DVC resort so we stayed at a DTD hotel for the night, that was actually very nice, if you are looking for an off property hotel, which I wont be staying off property for my vacation, but thats just me.
We stayed at Springhill Suites in the Marriot Village. There are two other hotels in the Village. The Fairfield
and some other one that I cannot remember the name of and I am way too lazy to look it up, so if you would like to know and if it is really bothering you what the name of it is, look it up. Thats what Google is for. And Bing. Also Yahoo, MSN, Ask.com, and other search engines. Youre welcome.
So we checked in and the guy who checked us in told us we have some deluxe suite. And it only cost $77. Works for us!
So we took the elevator up to our room. I think it was on the 4th or 5th floor. Or maybe it was the 3rd. I HAVE NO CLUE. I dont think you can search that on Google, so lets just say it was the 4th. Wait, I think it was the 3rd
We got up to our room on some unknown floor and we went inside and it was HUGE.
It was very nice and we enjoyed the room.
We had two TVs and only one of them worked. And plus they had some Disney Planning channel. Its not like we need help planning, but still. And of course that wouldnt come in. THESE TVs!!!!
We were really hungry and at the Fairfield that had a Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and a Boars Head. So we went over there and it was a very short walk. (All of the hotels are right next to each other.)
Mum and I both got Italian subs from Boars Head
chips, and drinks. It was very good.
We got our luggage out of the car and headed back up to the room.
Mum was going to paint her nails (she was going to do a Disney theme) and she realized she didnt bring the right black (it was crackle) so she just painted them borin ol red.
I watched Hoarding: Buried Alive (basically the same thing as Hoarders except TLC wanted their own show).
We were off to bed around 10:30. Our first full day in Disney was tomorrow!
Great TR so far! I probably couldn't stand driving 22 hours to get to Disney either but you both did great plus your mum got to eat at Chick Fill A (I am so in love with those chicken nuggets!). I bet you stopped at the WaWa in my old neck of the woods (Fredericksburg, VA). There's a Target store on that same road.
Your room for your first night near WDW looks great - and the price! If I wasn't so spoiled by staying on property at a deluxe resort, I'd stay there on our next visit.
Thank you so much for following along so far!
Chick Fil A really made up for the 22 hour drive.
Omg, that is exactly where we stopped! How funny!
We are very spoiled by deluxe too so we will NOT be staying off property anytime soon! But Springhill Suites was very nice for an off property resort.
I almost die because there is too much Disney merchandise in front me. BUT I LIVED!
August 12, 2012 was the day I was waiting for over 200+ days. And finally it came.
First full day in Disney! Going to Downtown Disney, eating at Cape May and going to the Magic Kingdom
Thats right partners! That there day we were starting our 9 day Disney vacation!
I was super excited. Walt Disney World was less than 5 miles away from us and I couldnt wait any longer!!!
We woke up at 7 that morning. We made it down to breakfast at 9 and it was pure craziness. People were going every which way. It was just nuts.
Im not a big breakfast person anyways so I could care less about eating at that moment. Didnt I mention DISNEY WORLD was like right down the street??????
So we got into the crowd. It wasnt worth coming down because they had nothing good.
We got some food and went to find to find a table. I dont know why we thought we would find a table because there were like 100000 people in there. So we had to stand at this little counter.
I got eggs and orange juice. That was it. I didnt feel like a sausage patty thing that probably wasnt even sausage or Cheerios for the third day in a row. So I got those two things.
The eggs were amazing. Best eggs I have ever had
NOT. They were watery. It was just nasty. I took one bite and I was about to throw up. Then I tried to get rid of the egg taste with my orange juice and it tasted like I was drinking straight water.
Mum got some cereal and tea.
I was starving and I needed something to eat. So Mum went on the hunt for some fruit. They only had apples and I cant eat apples because of my braces. Awesome. Then she saw this woman coming out with yogurt and they were going like hot cakes. So she got one for me and that was my breakfast. Watery eggs, orange juice aka water, and strawberry yogurt. Such a five star meal.
Well that was an awful breakfast.
We headed out of Crazyville USA, went up to our room and got our bags.
I pretty much skipped to the front desk to check out. IT WAS TIME IT WAS TIME IT WAS TIME.
We loaded up the car and we were off!
We always go to Downtown Disney on our first day so I put the address in the gps and then I saw it.
I just love that big pole in the way
WE WERE FINALLY AT DISNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We parked near the entrance of the lego store and World of Disney.
Then, it was time.
I put my lanyard on, got some stuff together to put in my backpack and we were off for a morning of shopping! Works for me
I just loved these window displays on the walkway into DTD. The dresses are made of DOLLS!
HI LEGO FAMILY! I LOVE YOOOOUUUU!
Arent they just perfect? Except I don't know why they would of brought 4 dogs to Disney (I KNOW THEY ARE NOT REAL).
I just love the lego displays.
I said hi to my dinosaur, sea creature type thing friend (I should probably know what he is since he is my friend) and beautiful Saratoga Springs.
I tried for an artsy photo here, but it didnt come out the greatest.
Our first stop was World of Disney aka Disney merchandise Heaven. They really should just change the store name to that. Works for moi!
Then I pretty much died because so much Disney merchandise was in front of my eyes, shouting out BUY ME BUY ME! So I did. No not all of it, but most. Well, a few items. If only I could buy that whole store
but first I need to find a rich man who likes Disney. And he has to be cute. I mean, the guys in World Showcase are cute, but I dont know if they are rich. One has to be. But I think it would be really weird if I went up to one and asked them if they had a lot of money. Yeah, that would be really weird.
What was I talking about again? Oh thats right! How I almost died because there was way too much Disney merchandise in front of me.
So I ran around the store like a mad woman. I was like LOOOOOOK IT MUM!!!! I WANT THAT THIS AND THAT OTHER THING!!!! It was just too much for me.
REALLY AWESOME HAT!!!
REALLY AWESOME SHIRT!!!
REALLY AWESOME MUGS!!!
(I like to say really awesome a lot
pretty castle <3
Then I saw them. PILLOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was dying to get one after seeing so many pictures of them. Arent they really awesome?!?!?!?!?!?! Ill just answer that for you. YES, YES THEY ARE.
So I got this stuff:
Main Street window book, a ring, an Oswald pin, pencils (so I can be the cool one in school), and a calendar.
Mum got a car sticker that says WDW on it and earrings. (dont have a picture of them. Sorry!)
While I was waiting in line, I was getting very impatient. It was seriously, the longest line. I know people love to talk to CMs (we do too!) but this woman was talking to this CM FOREVER! It seemed like an hour went by already. I was getting annoyed and Mum was off looking at jewelry.
I started looking around when I saw two people that looked VERY familiar. I hopped out of line (I HAD to!) and raced over to them
Yay! Disney, shopping, and no more driving or fast food chicken!
Nice cliff hanger, Meg!
DON'T MAKE FUN OF FAST FOOD CHICKEN!!!
Oh thank you. I thought my cliff hanger was wonderful. I'm sure people will like that...
I still can't believe you guys drove. But at least you go to go to this Disney outlet I am so so so jealous of
And WHY did they not have those pillows while I was there?!? I NEED that never grow up one
Hey there! Glad to have you reading along
I still can't believe we drove too. And we probably will never do it again! But the outlet totally made up for those long 22 hours.
I hope they still have them when you go next.
Let's shop till we drop!
I just had to get out of line. I had no clue where Mum was. I rushed over to them and I probably acted like a total freak. It was Karin (aka dizneeat here on the DIS) and her brother Tom! Of course we would just be at the same place and time on the same day. Not weird at all!
Me Excuse me. Are you Karin from the DIS? Of course I knew it was her but I didnt want to go up to her and say I KNOW YOU! That would be a little awkward.
Karin looked at me a little weird and she was like Yes
Me I went on the same cruise as you last year! We met them on the Dream last August and they were so nice.
She kind of looked at me like I was nuts. Then I started looking around for Mum and she told me after she saw me talking to people and thought What is she doing?!
I finally saw her and told her to get over to where I was. She rushed over to me and was like oh my god! Karin recognized her from the Dream (thank GOD!) and we chatted for a bit. Karin and Tom were telling us about their month long vacation (lucky ducks!!!!) and all of their plans. I noticed Karin had a 2013 calendar in her hand and I really wanted it. It was so great to see them again and talk to them for a while. We all took a picture together but it was on their camera so hopefully I can get it to show you guys when they get home!
We said goodbye and Mum and I were like OH MY GOD! I CANT BELIEVE WE SAW THEM! It was so funny. So we walked for about another 30 minutes and we were on the lookout for that calendar! So we asked a CM and he showed us where they were. His name was Ray and he was very nice. The only thing was, I thought we were going to get stuck talking to him all day. I know he enjoyed talking to us but we just wanted to pay and go into more stores. We said bye to him and he gave me stickers (THANK YOU!).
We FINALLY paid and headed out.
I was STARVING. Im not sure why though because I had such a big breakfast
Ghirardelli was right there. So why the heck not get something there?! It was only like 10 in the morning
No we didnt get ice cream. Maybe you guys were looking forward to seeing an ice cream sundae but we got something else! I read on a TR that the chocolate chip cookies were to die for. So thats what we got! We paid and then sat at an outdoor table across from Ghirardelli.
Then we devoured this puppy.
It might not look that big from the picture but we split it and we were both full after.
The cookie was amazing. It was very soft and it tasted like we were eating cookie dough! 5/5!
Then we had some business to take care of. Guest Relations was right there so we decided to get our Annual Passes and Tables in Wonderland! We decided to get APs because we have three trips in one year! This trip, November, and next August! So it will save us a lot of money on park tickets AND we got a discount with DVC!
Mum thought they were going to be hard tickets (like a KTTW card) but I guess we arent that special.
Mum got Mickey (which I wanted!) and I got Pluto!
I was so excited to finally be AP holders!
So we picked up our TiW while we were there too. It is $75 with an Annual Pass and $100 with DVC. It saves you a ton of money and its good for 13 months! I feel like a salesperson right now
Since TrenD is right next store to Guest Relations, we went there.
TrenD aka the most dangerous but most awesome store on Disney property.
I felt like we were in there for over an hour. ITS JUST SO COOL IN THERE. I LOVE all of their stuff. I could seriously spend a fortune in there.
I LOVE all of the decorations in TrenD. They are so cool!
I wish I could decorate my house like that
I saw a ton of stuff I wanted in there. Like
This Jack mug
This book because I really need advice from Miss Piggy because she is awesome
And five million shirts that were awesome, just like the rest of the store.
I told Mum she should get this necklace because she LOVES Minnie but she didnt think she would wear it.
Mum decided to get an Alex and Ani bracelet with old school Minnie on it. She loves it so much that she is going to get another one in November!
I pin traded with the cashier for the Horizons boot. I gave her a Tink one.
We went to Pin Traders next and I dont think I pin traded with anyone in here.
I loved this Figaro display! So cute!
From there we went to the Christmas shop, and the name of it totally escapes me right now. Lets just call it the Christmas shop.
I saw these hat ornaments on the Disney Parks Blog and I was so excited to see them. And I didnt even get one.
Then I went into the backroom thats right off of the Christmas shop and I was speechless. I WAS IN HEAVEN.
Please tell me this isnt awesome?!?!?!
So I left there with a bowl and pencils for school.
Then we went into The Art of Disney. I wish I could afford all of the paintings so I could put them all around our house. Reason 17327632174 why I need to find a rich man.
I loved looking at all of the Mary Blair stuff and Mum was like Who is Mary Blair? YOU DONT KNOW WHO MARY BLAIR IS????? She has so much to learn.
Artist hard at work.
Then we tortured ourselves by going into Goofys Candy Company and looked at all of the amazing sweets. And now I will torture you with all of these food pictures. Youre welcome.
NOMS NOMS NOMS NOMS NOMS.
I used the bathroom and this crazy girl behind me kept telling me she liked my hair. Why thank you! But then it just got weird because she said she wanted to go use the mens room because there was no line. But she decided not to because men are soooooo disgusting. HAVE YOU BEEN TO WORLD SHOWCASE?!
FINALLY it was my turn so I wouldnt have to respond to this chick.
It was about lunch time. We werent starving but we were a little hungry. Where would we go?
Great update Meg!
But, you don't need to find a rich man to buy you all that merch! You just need to get a great job yourself, OR, you could always win the lottery, or I could!....
And it was so funny to meet Karin and Tom there. It was their first day at WDW too, although they came all the way from Austria!!! (which, at 10 hours for flights, was still a shorter trip than our drive!)
But Mum, I don't think a job at Disney will make me a ton of money. Yeah, I don't think you are going to win the lottery. You will just keep winning concert tix and VIP for moi.
ooohhhh crazy bathroom line girl liked you LOL,anyways I wanna reach through my monitor right now n grab those chocolate mickey marshmallows!!!!
Yeah, she was crazy!
I know! Don't they look so good?!
Off to our Villa!
We decided to try Wolfgang Puck Express for lunch! I have heard so many great things about it and we thought that we NEEDED to try it out.
We went inside and it was packed. Mum ordered while I tried to find a table. The main room when you first walk in was already full so I went on the porch and there was a table in the back for for just two people. Perfect!
This was the view from our table.
While I was waiting for Mum, I realized they play really good music in there! I thought I was listening to my iPod for a second. As soon as I sat down, David Cook started playing and I was like I LOVE YOU WOLFGANG PUCK EXPRESS!
We split the mac & cheese. Thank GOD we spit it because I dont think I could ever finish a plate of that by myself. It was so filling but SO good.
Mum checked Mobile Magic on her phone while we were recovering from how full we were and it tells you of course where in Disney you are. It said we were in DTD and that there was no shopping around. Yeah, whatever you say Mobile Magic
We walked around a little bit more and stopped at a few jewelry kiosks. We saw this necklace and thought it was ADRORABLE. They also had a Mickey one.
We really didnt want to do much more at DTD so we headed back to the car. I put the address in for the Beach Club into the gps and we were on our way to our first Disney resort of the trip! We were both so excited to be on Disney property and because it was our first stay at the Beach Club, and my first stay at an Epcot resort!
We started seeing Disney buses!
EPCOT RESORT AREA! THATS US!
I was freaking out. I couldnt believe we were actually going to the Beach Club after waiting for so long!
We pulled in and got our parking pass for our car. When the CM said Welcome home, I pretty much died.
We followed the signs to the main building, and CMs opened our doors so we could get out of the car. Why thank you kind sir! We got all of our luggage out so they could take it and Mum went to go park the car. I sat on a bench waiting for her and took pictures of the beautiful resort.
A CM came up to me and asked if we did online check-in, asked for our last name, and she checked if our room was ready yet on her tablet. She told me to wait and she would be right back out with the maps, our KTTW cards, etc. and told me our room was ready. Awesome! Mum came back just then while the CM was inside getting our stuff and I told her our room was ready. She looked at me like How do you know that
? The CM came back out, handed us our stuff and showed us how to get to our villa. I love saying that we have a villa. It makes us sound so fancy.
We headed up there and our villa was amazing! We had room, excuse me, VILLA 559.
Continued in next post
Off to our villa! Part 2!
Our view from our room at the Beach Club. Yeah, thats Spaceship Earth. No big deal.
I was blown away from our view. We could see Spaceship Earth from our window. I couldnt believe it. It was amazing to wake up every morning and see that.
Our luggage arrived 5 minutes after we got into our villa. I was out admiring Spaceship Earth when they brought it.
Then I almost forgot about something. I dont know how I could of.
"You're gonna get wet!" STACEY!!!!
"There doesnt seem to be any track..." ahdkdkdbdksbdjsiwjwl STACEY!!
I just love Stacey so much and I wanted to hug and kiss the TV but I thought that would be a little weird so I didnt. I did make Mum a Stacey fan this year. She never liked her before (I dont understand) and now she really likes her. Good thing!
We decided to walk around for a bit. I just wanted to take pictures.
The lobby for the Villas is gorgeous.
I was in LOVE with this room. It was just beautiful
Loved this painting!
We made our way outside
And into the main lobby.
We were very sad when we walked into the lobby. IT DIDNT SMELL. You know how it ALWAYS smells so amazing when you walk into the lobby? I dont know what was up. It didnt smell the whole time we were at the Beach Club!
We spent a little time in the Marketplace and we wanted to get one of these magnets but we waited because we thought they would still have them in a few days. NOT SO MUCH.
We went outside
...and we decided that it was snack time!
Your Villa is gorgeous!!! I love that you were all checked in before your Mum even got back from the car, brilliant!
We loved it so much!
I know, I loved how we could just go to our villa when she got back!
Making a run off property and then we are BACK! And we saw some cows.
It was time for an ice cream at Beaches & Cream!
We got in line and there were only two people in front of us.
I thought orange sherbet sounded really good so I got that.
Mum wanted coffee, but they were all out so she got plain old vanilla.
We sat at a little table outside Beaches & Cream and enjoyed our ice creams.
We went back through the lobby after we were done and saw two EMTs with a stretcher heading out towards the pool. I hope the person was ok!
Then we went outside and there was the ambulance! Good thing we were leaving!
We went to the parking lot
Since last year, we have been getting groceries for our room since we have the mini kitchen. We always eat breakfast in the room. It saves us a lot of money and time on every vacation. If you have a car, just go to the nearest grocery store (which is like a mile from Disney property) or order from Garden Grocer if you dont have a car. We have ordered from Garden Grocer before and loved it but we didnt think that was necessary this time since we had a car.
I searched for the nearest grocery store and it was a Publix that was like 1.2 miles away or something.
Why are there cows right outside of the disney entrance?
We got to Publix and it started to rain so we rushed inside. This was Mums first Publix trip and she wasnt a fan. She wasnt a fan because they had no nail polish. They had nail polish remover, but no actual nail polish. She really wanted to do her Disney nails, but we werent going on a hunt for black nail polish.
We picked up our groceries and headed out. We got fruit, bagels, butter, milk, KRISPY KREME DONUTS, and orange juice. I will only get orange juice in Florida because it is the real deal, as I like to say. I refuse to get Florida Grown orange juice, or whatever its called at home because 1) It travels in a truck over 1,300 miles so it isnt fresh and 2) its not the real deal. I get the Wegmans brand at home because they make it at the store so I know its the real deal. So I got the real deal orange juice from Florida (it said right on it). It was $5 but I could of cared less about the price.
We paid and it was still raining out so we ran to the car and went back to the Beach Club. THANK GOD because I couldnt stand being off property any longer.
Art of Animation!
We got back to our VILLA and put the groceries away.
We hung out for a while and I watched like 20 loops of Stacey. I also went online and the WiFi worked great! Thank God its free now.
While I was relaxing, I looked at the bedspread and I saw some familiar faces!
We wanted to go to the pool but it was still raining so we waited for another day.
Then I realized something:
The Beach Club has some really powerful toilets.
We got refreshened up and went down to the lobby to wait for our ADR!
I was in love with this little hallway we always went down to get to the main lobby from the villas.
The Beach Club lobby <3
We went into the Marketplace and I got some batteries for my camera just in case and some pin backs. Mum decided to get a refillable mug and I put some lemonade in it.
DONT YOU JUST LOVE THE CARPET????
We chilled in some chairs for a bit and went online before our ADR. The WiFi didnt work as well from the lobby, but we would live.
I took some pictures while we waited for our ADR time.
We decided to just check in for our ADR even though we still had a half hour. We got in in 5 minutes and we noticed something right when we walked into the door
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