Let's turn around. Magic Kingdom is open till 1AM! 3/23 Some Final Thoughts

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  1. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    Hello everyone, and thanks for joining me as I write my first ever Trip Report. I wrote my first ever Pre-Trip report for this trip as well. Those of you who read it know what it said, but if you didn't and would like to check it out, here's the link. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2662484

    If you didn't read the PTR and don't want to, that's fine too. I'll summarize here. DW and I have been taking vacations over the past few years with her parents or mine. We decided that this year we wanted to take DS on a family trip with just the 3 of us. We hadn't decided 100% where we were going until one day last January we had a card in the mailbox for 40% off Deluxe Resorts at Disney World... and one of the weeks available was one of the weeks we were looking at for our vacation. DW isn't as big of a Disney fan as I am, but this discount and some pictures of the Wilderness Lodge were all I needed to convince her.

    Who went?

    Me, Andy: Just turned 30 a week before we left. This was my 7th trip to Disney World. My favorite park is Magic Kingdom. My favorite ride is Rock n Rollercoaster.

    DW: She's not 30 yet... :rolleyes1 This was her 4th trip to Disney World (and I think her favorite). Her favorite park is Magic Kingdom. Her favorite ride is also Rock n Rollercoaster, although she had to sit it out this time.

    DS: He is 22 months. This was his first visit. We'll see what his favorites are as the trip goes, but Mickey and "Duck" are most definitely his favorite characters.

    D?: He/She is approximately negative 5 months old, but was along for the ride.

    Our plan of attack for this trip was to leave around midnight on Black Friday and drive to St. Pete Beach. Were were going to spend Friday - Sunday night there, then head up I-4 to check in at the Wilderness Lodge and have breakfast at Chef Mickeys on Monday morning. We were then to check out of Wilderness Lodge on Saturday morning, spend a day in the parks and drive to Valdosta, GA for the evening before making the remainder of the drive on Sunday. As always, everything went 100% according to plan!:thumbsup2 :lmao:

    ADR's we had for the trip were:
    11/28: Chef Mickeys Breakfast
    11/29: Whispering Canyon Lunch
    11/30: Via Napoli Lunch
    12/1: Tusker House Breakfast
    12/2: Crystal Palace Breakfast
    12/3: Le Cellier Lunch

    This was my first visit since stumbling across this fantastic community on the internet and my eyes had been opened to several things that I either didn't know about or just walked by not realizing they might be worth my time as much as some of the tried and true experiences. Since we were traveling with a toddler, I planned to slow down and try some new things, eat at some new restaurants and just thoroughly enjoy my time at Disney World.

    I'm sorry for the lack of pictures in this first post, but I'm writing from work and there just aren't any good "cover" pictures on my phone that I can post. We did take pictures, and we're getting a Photopass CD, so I hope to have plenty to post, especially once I get to the Disney World portion of the trip. Thanks for reading along!


    Table of Contents:
    What the fog???
    Life's a Beach
    Life's a Beach 2.0
    Duck!!!
    Breakfast with Character
    When it Rains... We Get Wet.
    Who doesn't want extra magic?
    Toy Story Mania Mania
    Bring on the Corn!!!
    Waste a Fast Pass??? Never!!!
    A Day of Firsts
    BEVERLY!!!
    Houston, We need a clean up.
    A Half Day Park
    I Love it When a Plan Comes Together
    Yes, We know Wishes is about to start. No, We don't care.
    We should have taken the bus
    An Infinitely Holly Jolly Christmas
    Where in the World Should We Eat?
    A Night With Friends
    The Magic of Disney First Aid
    Lunch in the 51st state
    Some Final Thoughts
     
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  3. KatMark

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    Great start, Andy. I didn't know that a new one would be arriving at some point -- congratulations.

    I'm so glad you are doing a TR. :)
     
  4. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    I'm in... and you'll never be rid of me!!!


    Bwahahahaha
     
  5. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Puns! Puns! All good trip reports need puns!
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    Yo..... :wave2:

    I'll try to keep up better here than I do with Barry's TR. :rolleyes1
     
  7. KatMark

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    Hey, Tim...that should be possible because I think Andy will update a lot quicker than you and Barry. :lmao::lmao::lmao:
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I will give him some advice...

    Andy, finish your TR before the baby comes or it will end up like mine! :surfweb: :lmao::lmao:
     
  9. Grooovertoo

    Grooovertoo DIS Dad #572

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    I said I was in....and let's get this TR going!!!!:thumbsup2
     
  10. DWGal210

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    I'm on board! Great start!
     
  11. AJRitz

    AJRitz DIS DAD #420

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    It's got a good beat, and you can dance to it. I'll give it a 7.

    Oh. Wait. Um. I'm in! Yeah, that's it. I'm in!
     
  12. trennr

    trennr DISDad #104

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  13. twokids0204

    twokids0204 DIS Dad #561

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    Can't read now - but am bookmarking to catch up tonight.

    Love the title - perfect argument for Park Hoppers.
     
  14. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Wow. It took until post #5 for someone to take the first shot at me.

    What took you so long?!:rotfl2:
     
  15. glennbo123

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    Hi Andy! I've seen you posting on a few other threads, so thought I'd ride along on your TR here. Looking forward to it!
     
  16. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    I'm in! And please take Barry's advice about the puns, and replace the word "puns" with "explosions". :thumbsup2

    Let alone mine... :rolleyes1 :rotfl2:
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    :sad2: I hang my head in shame..... I have a lot of catching up to do around here....

    Now what thread was it where I posted my "Why I can't keep on the DIS' excuses? :rotfl2::rotfl2:
     
  18. baseballmickey

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    theduck619 DIS Dad #188

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    It is now an Indiana gathering....I'm in :thumbsup2
     
  20. scott2997

    scott2997 DIS Dad #543 Northern Ohio

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    I'm in thanks to the [shameless plug]. :thumbsup2
     
  21. cj9200

    cj9200 DIS Dad #412

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    Didn't know you had a little one on the way. Congratulations. I am in for the long haul.
     

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