September Solo: I'll do whatever I want*2/18 Update*Tom Sawyers Island Rocking Chairs

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  1. Belle599

    Belle599 DIS Veteran

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    Hi friends :wave2:

    Here is my second every attempt at a TR.

    (You can see my first one here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2611594)

    I spent September 10-17 at the World and am here to tell you about it.

    So DH and I have APs which expire this October. My busiest and most stressful time at work is October and November, so no October trip for us.

    We took our last trip in May 2011 for our 2nd anniversary :hug:

    I reaaaaallllly wanted to sneak in a weekend getaway in August or September, but DH needed a Disney break. I am the WDW-fanatic and while he enjoys the parks and food at WDW, as we take more and more WDW trips he is missing that "first-time feeling" more and more. Thus, the idea of me taking another solo trip was born.

    This quickie solo trip easily turned into an 8 day, 7 night vacation. :tinker:

    6 nights at Old Key West + 1 night at All Star Sports.

    And the best part of this trip? I got to do WHATEVER I wanted, WHENEVER I wanted. :goodvibes

    If you like lots and lots and lots and lots of photos (Thank you DH for my camera birthday gift!), please do subscribe!


    Here we go!

     
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  3. MOmousefan

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    I went solo last May and enjoyed every minute. I did whatever I liked. Bring on the pics!
     
  4. Belle599

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    Saturday, September 10

    With a 5:30pm flight, I left home just before lunch to drive from my home in Canada to the BUF airport - about a 1.5 hour drive.

    I was a bit concerned that the border crossing might be a bit delayed given that it was the day before the September 11 anniversary, but the Peace Bridge was almost no delay and I had an easy border crossing.

    But first, I made some shopping stops:

    1. Kohl's (a store we still don't have in Canada) - Scored a super-cute Lauren Conrad maxi-dress, LC top, Levi's white denim jacket and Vera Wang necklace - all for $60. I love Kohl's.

    2. Target (will have in Canada in 2013!) - No big purchases this time

    3. Walgreen's for Loreal makeup remover. Ok this makeup remover is almost $10 in Canada, and at Walgreens I got 2 for $7, so $3.50 each. I use a lot of this stuff so try to pick some up when I'm in the US.

    I grabbed a small sub for the airplane, filled the car with cheap US gas (love US gas prices!) and headed for parking at the airport.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Buffalo airport. It is big enough that you can get decent flights, including non-stop to Orlando, but it is small enough that there are no long lines.

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    I chose Air Tran for the flight down to Orlando because at the time I booked they were cheaper than Southwest. Turns out if I held out a while longer I could have flown SW for the same price. After flying Air Tran a couple of times before, I had a good opinion of them - except for all their flight time switching.

    I checked in 24 hours before and picked seat 11A. I like to sit near the front to I can deplane quickly and I do not pay extra for seat selection, especially when solo.

    Checked my bag at the Air Tran desk and the very friendly employee offered to upgrade me to Emergency Exit row 21A at no charge.
    Well that is a good start!

    Hats off to the TSA at Buffalo who always keep a short and sweet security line. The body scanners really keep the line moving.
    I know there are body scanner debates (and we're not going to have one here, ok?) but really, if ya wanna see the shape of my body in exchange for my safety that is A-OK with me. I am more than happy to do the "hands in the air" funny dance.

    Turns out that the Emergency Exit row on Air Tran window seat still has a seat in front of you so you have the normal fold down tray, not the annoying pop-out-of-armrest one. You just have TONS of legroom! The seat in front is perfectly spaced such that you can still grab your purse from under it with keeping your seatbelt fastened.
    Air Tran also has boarding groups. The upgrade got me into Boarding Group #1, so I had plenty of room in the overhead bin.
    Great!


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    Ahhh a beautiful sunset flight.
     
  5. teedee

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    Great start to your trip report! I'm doing a solo trip for the first time next year and I can't wait to hear how yours goes.

    Terri
     
  6. kjblovesdisney

    kjblovesdisney The Wonderful World of Disney Presents.....

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    Can't wait to read more....solo for a week must have been heavenly. :rotfl: I've wanted to do a solo trip for along time. This past May I was at WDW for a wedding with my DD and her DRoomie and I had two days without them.
     
  7. Belle599

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    First night


    Arrived at MCO safe and sound just past 8pm. I had both a $58 Alamo standard and a $96 National Emerald Aisle reservation.

    Both car rental companies were packed! The stand-outs are as follows: There were minivans & Jeep Patriots on the Alamo Compact aisle, and Volvos and a Mazda CX-7 crossover on the Emerald Aisle.

    Decisions, decisions. I went with the Mazda CX-7 which turned out to be a new 2012 with 400 miles on it - nice!

    After making a quick stop for bottled water at Walgreens (I drink about a barrel of water per day, no joke) I drove to Old Key West and had a pleasant check-in.

    I was not that happy with my room though - I actually did a separate post on it (wanted to show everyone pics of an accessible room). Here it is:
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2806437

    Note that I do not require an accessible room so I have no idea why they gave it to me - I guess nobody else needed it either!

    Here are some photos of the room they moved me to on Day 2 (see above link for details):

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    I love the large bathroom counters at OKW - perfect for spreading out all my stuff.

    I wanted to give a shout-out and thank-you to disser "DavidParrishandBoys" whom I rented DVC points from. So professional in the transaction but also a personal touch. I hope I am lucky enough to rent points from DavidParrishandBoys again.

    So at about 9:30/10pm-ish, I decided to go have a late dinner at Earl of Sandwich. Guess what I had???

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    That's right, a frosting-filled brownie for dinner. Told you I'll do whatever I want!
    Ok, I was only able to eat about 1/3 of it - sweetness overload!

    Next up: Will I make rope drop at MK?

     
  8. Belle599

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    Welcome! I see in your sig that you did a trip report - I will be checking that out! I really think that WDW/Orlando is a great place for solo travellers as there is so much to do!
     
  9. IheartDDuck

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    I'm glad to see that you started another TR. I'll come along for this one too. I've wanted to take a solo trip myself, so I'm excited to see how yours was. I have to say, the idea of not having to answer to anyone and doing whatever you want is very tempting.
     
  10. fromscratchmom

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    Sounds wonderful... do whatever you want trip.... :cloud9:

    hehe. can't wait to read more of your TR. thanks for sharing!
     
  11. Belle599

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    Welcome aboard! Will next year be your first solo trip?
     
  12. Belle599

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    Hi!! Oooh a wedding a WDW, that must have been amazing! I cannot think of a more magical setting. Did you go to the parks on your solo days?
     
  13. Belle599

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    Nice to see you! So glad you found me. :yay:
    Exactly how you say not having to answer to anyone and doing whatever you want is a pretty good definition of luxury, don't ya think? ;)

     
  14. kokotg

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    Sounds fun--I'm in!

    I have a hard time picturing myself solo at Disney...but then again I have a hard time picturing myself solo anywhere, what with my three clingy kids :laughing: Interested to hear what it's like.

    That brownie looks FABULOUS!
     
  15. Belle599

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    Nice to see you! So glad you found me. :yay:
    Exactly how you say not having to answer to anyone and doing whatever you want is a pretty good definition of luxury, don't ya think? ;)

     
  16. kjblovesdisney

    kjblovesdisney The Wonderful World of Disney Presents.....

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    The wedding was magical! I did do the parks on my solo days....Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. At Animal Kingdom I had lunch at Yak & Yeti, took a cocktail to go, watched the parade and saw DeVine as well as doing the single rider line at EE multiple times. At MK I spent the day doing my favorite rides (just about all of them), had lunch at Casey's and people watched. My last night I had a solo dinner at Flying Fish Cafe! Amazing food but next time I would do an app and dessert or just a main entree. Really large portions.
     
  17. Belle599

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    Well thanks for reading! :thumbsup2
     
  18. Belle599

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    Well, believe it or not but one day those "three clingy kids" will one day be grown up and maybe in your distant future.......;)

    The brownie is fabulous, but very large and filling. It is perfect for sharing, or to split into 3 and have for 3 breakfasts.
     
  19. *~PrincessBelle~*

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    Im so in!

    I just got back from my 4th solo trip back in August..well this one didnt turn out quite so solo after meeting some CM's....but great nonetheless! Im actually a few days into my TR on here too...

    Im guessing your from Ontario since you fly out of BUF? Where about are you from? Im from the London area...ive flown out of both BUF and DTW but love Buffalo so much more...always quiet and great shopping nearby :thumbsup2
     
  20. Belle599

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    Before I begin my first morning at WDW, just wanted to mention that the free sample of Ghiradelli chocolate du jour @ DTD right now is Pumpkin Spice. It is chocolate with a caramelly centre with pumpkin/nutmeg overtones. Yes I really like chocolate. This proved to be a good appetizer to my frosting filled brownie the night before.

    I also wanted to mention that the vanilla frosting filled brownie also comes in at least 2 other varieties: Peanut Butter and Chocolate.


    Sunday, September 11

    Bright and Early.

    Headed to OKW front desk just past 8am and they were amazing and gracious. They moved me up a floor to 1326 and were so apologetic. Moral of this story is when you have a problem 1. Go in person; 2. Speak to the day staff.

    Next stop, MK parking lot. I pulled into Minnie37 at 8:33. I was there the week before they changed the parking lot into Heros and Villians so this may not be helpful, but it seems that early in the morning, they load about 2 rows at the from of Minnie (left centre when facing TTC) and then proceed to load the far left parking lot. Minnie37 is/was in the left centre. This allowed me to bypass the tram and walk to the TTC - yay!

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    Was off the monorail at 8:45 and a quick bagcheck later I was ready to enter the turnstiles. But, my wallet (and therefore AP) was not in my purse.

    Crap.

    I am sure that I left it on the front passenger seat of my car from when I showed my AP to the parking booth. (On a side note, silly me b/c I had a disney resort parking pass in my window.)

    The welcome show was just about to start, and I have actually never seen this. I REALLY wanted to see this. But I also REALLY wanted to get in the park asap and ride Dumbo!

    What to do......

    After some calm and dare I say rationale thinking, I plopped down on a bench (between bag check and the turnstiles) and watched the welcome show.

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    It was lovely!

    After the show was over, I tried to hop on the express monorail to go get my wallet. Funny thing is, you could not board the express monorail from the MK at this time - gates were closed - weird. I had to take the resort monorail.

    Walked back to my car, and yes my wallet (and AP) were right where I thought they were in the car. Thankfully!

    Now walked back to the TTC. I was getting a good workout! But, I was feeling a little drained from all this sprinting back and forth so I grabbed a frozen mocha at the Joffrey's coffee cart at the TTC.

    Sorry I forgot to photo this. The frozen mocha/cappucino was good, though a bit pricey at over $5 for a small.

    Went to hop back on the express monorail, but it was down. During this trip, every time I saw the monorail, one of them was down. Disney, you need to fix this.

    The CMs were directing everyone to the ferry but I boarded the resort monorail instead.

    FINALLY entered MK @ 9:40. My silliness cost me almost an hour, can you believe it?

    However my timing was really good, because as soon as I set foot on main street, the horse-drawn trolley was waiting for me to take me to Cinderella's Castle :wizard:

    I am going to try to post a video in my next post - probably will not work, but we will see!

     
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