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"Follow the bouncing ears!" - Oct 2010 solo/Dismeet TR; UPDATE 11/26

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by DisneyFirefly, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Simba22

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    I agree with you a little about Peter Pan...I mean, there is a syndrome named after him for all the other creepers who refuse to grow up! :rotfl2:

    You got some good characters! I wish we did more of that instead of bickering about it! I did get some good ones, though!

    Walking in circles around MK is WAY better than what we were doing this day! :crazy2: :rolleyes:

    I LOVED those Precious Moments figures! I really like PM in general, but the Disney ones are just adorable! I thought briefly about just getting The Lion King one, but it was $50 which is more than I was willing to spend on it at the time. Of course...I spent $50 on bamboo windchimes....:rolleyes1
     
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  3. Simba22

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    You're on VACATION!!! No thinking involved! :rotfl2: One year, we just got on the WDRR and rode it all the way around the park like 3 times in a row. It's nice to not RUSH everywhere!

    Ok there are more of those figures than I thought! I never saw this display the whole time we were there!

    Ummmm.....on our departure day, I went here for lunch and it was PACKED! There were literally TWO tables that were empty when we got there...one was shoved in a dark corner and the other was shoved in a corner near a window. It was mobbed!
     
  4. Simba22

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    Yes, we DID go on Space Mountain...remember we were making fun of our ride picture when we got off? :rotfl2: horrible! LOL We looked so ridiculous! I think it was around 10 or 10:30 when we left cuz we were going "home" to start packing too :sad1::sad1: I HATE leaving! BUT....only 327 days until we go back! :rotfl2:
     
  5. DisneyFirefly

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    Yeah. The last time before this that I left was the worst, since I'd been living in Orlando and had no idea whatsoever when I was going to be back, which really sucked.

    You know, I didn't try the BBQ one? Sharon had it, so I'm sure she'll pop in and answer :) I think she liked it.

    I know you do! :lmao:

    Eh, could be worse :) At least I got most of the thing!

    I may say I don't wanna grow up, but I know I have to :lmao: Big difference between that and what the people with that syndrome do.

    I had a good time tracking down the characters, even if the lines were long. My niece is excited to get the autograph book in the mail and can't wait for the reunion to go see Cinderella :)

    :lmao: Hey, it could have been a lot worse!

    I only like the PM figures when they're Disney. I'm just not into it otherwise, I dunno why.

    :rotfl: Apparently so! I was tempted to just ride the train around again and again, but I got bored of that and got off :lmao:

    There are a lot of those figures! Most of them are on disneystore.com, I think.

    That's odd :confused3 I rarely ever saw the upstairs packed.

    Oh yeah! I thought we did, but I wasn't sure :lmao: See why I need to take better notes next trip? I hate leaving, too! We really all need to do a big Dis trip sometime :)
     
  6. DisneyFirefly

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    Friday, October 29, 2010 - Pop, Airport, Chicago

    I woke up somewhere around 9am, I think. I called my brother to wish him a happy birthday, then called housekeeping to inquire about a late checkout and was given one for 12:30. I got up, washed my face, combed my hair, threw it in a ponytail, and then stepped out of the room into the coolest morning of the trip. It was actually somewhat chilly, since I was wearing my bathing suit! Still, I went down to the Hippy Dippy pool and went in the water. I think I lasted about five minutes before I got cold and got back out.

    I went back to the room, got showered and dressed in Chicago weather-appropriate clothes (jeans and a t-shirt, hoodie draped over my luggage), and gathered my camera and an extra pair of batteries to go around the rest of the resort and take pictures of the icons and stairwells. Not much commentary here, since this is all self-explanatory.

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    After taking pictures, I went back to the room to throw my last few things into my carryon. I'd packed a backpack to use as a carryon on the way back, since I knew I'd be buying stuff, so I used my peace bag as a second piece of checked baggage (yay Southwest) and my backpack for carry-on. I sat down to watch some TV, just killing time until I felt like checking out. There wasn't really anything on, so I wound up watching Maury and Steve Wilkos. Bleh.

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    My view, once again.

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    My room number.

    After leaving the room with my things, I went to Classic Hall to check out and make sure I hadn't had any accidental charges to the room (I accidentally broke something in the room and they didn't charge me for it, thankfully) and I did indeed have one last CS credit to use. So I went into Everything Pop, found a table and dropped my stuff there, then went to the food court to pick out something to eat.

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    My last meal credit - yes, another cheeseburger, so sue me. Nothing else sounded good.

    After eating, I went into the lobby to sit and wait for the DME bus to come get me. I couldn't check my bags at the Resort Check In, since I was doing the Customer of Size ticket and they require you to check in at the airport. That worked out fine, though.

    Finally, the bus came and we all got on and loaded our stuff.

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    I wasn't particularly happy about leaving Orlando, but such is life, right? You have to do what you have to do, and right now, I have to live in Chicago.

    When we got to the airport, the Southwest line was fairly short, so I checked in very quickly. The clerk at this desk was apparently very proficient and checked me in with no difficulty, even with the double seat. So I'm not sure what was so difficult at Midway, since the woman's badge said she'd been working there for a long time. But oh well, it happens. After checking in, I headed for the bathroom and then through security. Security took forever, but it always does. I got through with no problems, boarded the mini monorail, and went to my gate. I think we boarded through the same gate I'd arrived from the week before.

    On the way down the concourse, though, I passed this gate display.

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    I thought it was neat.

    While waiting, I decided to check on my iPod and see if there was a WiFi network available. There was, so I popped online and checked my email and a few posts on the Dis. Finally, they started boarding. Once again, I preboarded due to the ticket type I had, and sat down with a book. I'd read V For Vendetta (my favorite graphic novel ever) on the flight to Orlando, so I read Watchmen on the way back. I'd also brought The Losers with me, but didn't get around to it. The flight to Fort Lauderdale was uneventful and even though I was issued a boarding pass for a connection, it turned out that we were on the same plane, so I didn't have to leave to make my connection.

    That flight had a minor issue before departing. There was a woman traveling alone who had some sort of mental instability (I think she may have had early onset Alzheimer's or something), but the flight attendants refused to board her since they didn't think she'd be okay on her own, which caused a scene. Aside from that, the flight was all right. The guy sitting behind me was a jerk and kept talking about how welfare is bad and how health care reform is bad and how everything he didn't agree with or services he didn't use were bad. I wanted to punch him in the face, but I didn't.

    We eventually landed in Chicago about twenty minutes late due to weather (I think?) and I got off the plane and headed to baggage claim to meet whoever was picking me up. It was supposed to be my mom, but it turned out that my dad was down at my brother's house anyway, so he came to get me, since Josh's house is closer to Midway than ours is, which is where my mom was. So we talked about the trip while we waited for my bags, which took a little bit to come out. Finally, the conveyor belt started to get filled with bags and then mine popped out. We headed out to the parking garage, paid for his parking, and discovered that the baggage handlers had bent the telescopic handle on my big suitcase, which is annoying, but what can you do. It still works, you just have to pull hard.

    On the way home, we stopped at White Castle to pick up dinner, since I hadn't eaten since that cheeseburger at Pop. Yes, we stopped for cheeseburgers. It was my dad's idea, not mine. Once we got home, I gave him the mugs and my mom the lantern and votive holders, but she knew that I'd really bought them for myself. I told them about the trip and how much fun I'd had, and then went upstairs to throw my laundry in my basket and call my best friend while I unpacked.

    After a couple hours, I crashed into bed. I finally completely emptied my suitcase last night and put it away in my closet. I also finally finished doing my laundry from the trip today before I left for work (at least, the last load was in the washer... maybe my mom switched it).

    In 201 days, I'll be going to Disneyland to meet up with franandaj and her DP, and I also have my trip with my best friend and her husband planned in 10/11. I also now have a THIRD trip planned for 2011, in the first week of December with two friends and one friend's son. So, this TR may be over, but I'll be posting links for my two new TRs soon! I'm doing a DLR PTR and a double WDW PTR, so those links will be coming once I get them started!




    PS: I do still have my Photopass pics coming once I get the CD, so those will be posted once they get here! Stay tuned for those!
     
  7. DisneyFirefly

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  8. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Insane! Two PTRs??? I so hate you right now!


    Sound like you had a great trip. I guess as an ex-CM, it must have been bitter sweet to have been back there and not have the backdoor accesses. Still, you weren't working, cleaning up ... well, you know .... and could enjoy the park as you wanted.

    Looking forward to catching up on your new PTRs! And the Photopasses!

    LAST!
     
  9. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    I came home and looked at the picture I have of this beef and thought - I don't remember eating you! So, it must have been okay; but not memorable.
     
  10. DisneyFirefly

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    It's two PTRs for three trips, actually :teeth: The WDW one is a double PTR :)

    I had a wonderful trip :hug: It was great getting to meet you and hang out with you in the parks :) But yeah, it was pretty bittersweet to not be able to do certain things, but it was nice to see it from a proper guest's perspective as well.

    I can't wait to get the Photopass disc, either! I want to show the pictures to my mom, and I need to get a photo album, but I think I may wind up getting a scrapbook kit! :eek:

    :rotfl: :rotfl: That made me crack up :)
     
  11. IheartDDuck

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    Two PTR's already? You sound like me. :thumbsup2
     
  12. DisneyFirefly

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    I can't help it :) WDW is my happy place, and I've never been to DLR, so that'll be fun to spend my birthday at :goodvibes
     
  13. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Sharon, between me and Firefly you are going to have go control your hatred! :lmao: How are you going to be able to contine in our PTR's :lmao:
     
  14. DisneyFirefly

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    I still think Sharon and her DH should try to come out to DLR around the time you and I will be there :angel: :rolleyes1
     
  15. mom2allison01

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    Dana! I finally found you! I could not find the piece of paper with your dis name so I have been looking through the trip report forum (thread by thread) and here you are! I'm so excited to have found your trip report! You'll have to keep in touch so we can have another dismeet when you go back to WDW!

    Melissa (mom2allison01)
     
  16. stephielela

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    I'm glad you had a great trip!!! I am heading over to sub on the next 2!
     
  17. IheartDDuck

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    I think you will like DLR very much. If I were to compare Disneyland Park and the Magic Kingdom at WDW, Disneyland wins for me hands down. It's smaller and not quite as easy to navigate, but that adds some of the charm for me. I haven't been back there in about four years now. I'm biding my time until California Adventure's overhaul is done.
     
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    Sounds like you had such a wonderful time. Wish I could see the pictures though. Will check back soon to see if they come up.:goodvibes

    I finally started my TR, link is in my siggie!
     
  19. PrincessInOz

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    I'm learning Zen!

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  20. DisneyFirefly

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    Yay, I'm glad you found me! :yay: It was nice to meet you and your family! :goodvibes I hope the rest of your trip was as good as mine :) We'll definitely have to meet up again if we're ever at WDW at the same time again :teeth:

    Yay! :yay:

    My dad went when he was a teenager (his older sister took him so he could babysit her daughter while she hung out with her husband :headache:), but no one else in my family has been to DLR. So we'll see if I like it :) I'm sure I will, since it was Walt's baby. I can't wait, though :yay:

    Yeah, I overloaded the bandwidth on my Photobucket :( I'll be paying for the account on Friday when I get paid, so just check it sometime on Friday evening or on Saturday :)

    I'll go check out your PTR in a minute! I'm finally on a real computer again (I switched from nights to days on Monday and wasn't able to get online except on my iPod, which has limited capability, since Friday), so I'll bounce over there in a bit :teeth:

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  21. Simba22

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    OMG wait til you hear about the woman on our flight home! :scared1: Talk about wanting to punch people!

    You're crazy! LOL I'm not allowed to book our 2011 trip until everything we charged on this trip is paid off. Only $1800 more to go! :laughing:


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