Shawna & Matthew's Disneymoon - 9/24: WE'RE HOME!

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  1. SilverL

    SilverL My DH thinks he's Tarzan and I'm Jane. Go figure!

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    :cool1: WELCOME to those who followed my PTR and those who are just joining! You're in for an entertaining ride, I hope! :cool1:

    My DH, Matthew and I leave for our belated Disneymoon TODAY! We will not have internet until we get back, but you can check out my Twitter for LIVE updates while we're gone: http://twitter.com/eruantale

    Let's start with a little background info:

    THE WHO (not a band):

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    Shawna (me) and Matthew (DH), two newlywed :lovestruc college students in our early twenties. I'm an English major, and Matthew is Pre-Med/Spanish (he's waffling between the two a bit.) I have been to Disneyland numerous times, and this is my 4th trip to Disney World. Matthew has been to Disneyland once and has never been to WDW, nor has he ever been on a plane! I am a Type A, OCD planner kind of person (for proof of this, see my PTR! :rotfl:) and DH is the class clown---Dave Ramsey would call him the "free spirit", which makes me the nerd. If the shoe fits...

    THE WHAT: Our fabulous 9 day Disneymoon, including DIS meets, dole whips, free dining, a photo session at AKL, Medieval Times, and Keys to the Kingdom!

    THE WHEN: September 14th (the night we fly out on a red eye) - September 23rd, 2009

    THE WHERE: Pop Century

    THE WHY: I married a man who said "Of course, where else would we go?" when I asked if we could go to Disney for our honeymoon :cloud9:

     
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  3. Gabrielsbigtrip

    Gabrielsbigtrip Mouseketeer

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    Jumping in so I am here when you return;)
     
  4. disneygirlinnj

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    joining and and following you :)
     
  5. SilverL

    SilverL My DH thinks he's Tarzan and I'm Jane. Go figure!

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    Glad to see some familiar faces!
     
  6. DisneysRedhead

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    Count me in! Can't wait for twitter updates!
     
  7. ProPhotoGA

    ProPhotoGA Disney Virgin

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    I will be watching for updates. Dec. will be my first time to Disney too...

    Gene
     
  8. carps09

    carps09 Norway's spirit always has been, and always will b

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    Popping in from your PTR...hope your trip is starting off great! Can't wait to read the TR!
     
  9. tink1957

    tink1957 Proud Redhead

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    I'm here & can't wait to read about your trip. I'll be checking for updates while I'm at WDW.
     
  10. charming23

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    Joining in. Just think later today and you will be there. lol.
     
  11. SilverL

    SilverL My DH thinks he's Tarzan and I'm Jane. Go figure!

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    Matthew and I left the house around 1ish... I think. I double checked the lists and then triple checked them to make sure we had all of our stuff. AND WE DID! Yay! Even DH, whose mother swears he always forgets to pack underwear. So far, so good---although our checked bag had been 49.8lbs, so we had transferred a bunch of stuff into DH's carryon.

    My mom drove us to Portland, which is about 2 and a half hours away from us. Our Walmart run was pretty uneventful. I had to get tapes for the camcorder and we decided at the last minute to get some advil PM in the hopes that I might be able to get a teeny little bit of bad airplane sleep (yeah right). DH suddenly decided that the snacks I had packed weren't sufficient for him, and we also bought cheetos. :laughing:

    We met my aunt and crazy cousins and went out to pizza at Izzy's. Yum. My aunt lives right next to the airport, so she is everyone's airport shuttle. The plan was to transfer all of our bags into her car, and she would drive us to the airport at 9:30. Nothing would stop the plan. :rolleyes1

    Of course, we forgot to take into account Murphy's Law. During the drive to Portland, I had taken off my jacket because it was 80 degrees out. Also, I took the two books out of my bag before I went into Walmart. I just didn't want to carry all of that. I had Beowulf (for my Medieval lit class) and the biography of Walt Disney. Well, when we transferred our stuff... guess what got left behind. Yup. My books and my jacket. Not too big of a deal. But I prefer to have reading for long flights during which I never sleep, and it's nice to have a jacket when we land at freezing PDX after 9 days in Florida.

    Oh well. My aunt lent me some books, and I called it good.

    To kill some time, we dropped by the Grotto. It's actually a Catholic shrine in Portland. We're not Catholic, but it's a very pretty place. We wandered around for a while and admired the greenery until it occurred to me that I was going to be walking for days on end and I should really be sitting on my butt right now. When we got back to the parking lot, we realized the gates were shut. :eek: I think it may have been wind or something. Either that or we were there after hours, LOL! I have pictures to post later. My memory card adapter is in my checked bag.

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    We got to the airport around 9:45pm and went straight to the Continental desk, where they had a very confusing sign. It said something like this:

    Pre Paid Baggage
    Print Boarding Pass
    (No Baggage)

    HUH? :confused:

    We had checked in online and printed our boarding pass. Our luggage was paid for. But the no baggage thing totally threw me. We stood around in confusion for several minutes, much to the amusement of the family sitting on a bench nearby, until we finally got in line. As we waited in line, I told DH to stick our yellow DME tags on our bag. He took a look at the instructions on the back, and read them backwards. He peeled off the middle and then got really confused. I'm really glad we had two tags and one checked bag, LOL! I figured out the problem and we ripped it off and put the second one on right. Meanwhile, the family snickered. At least it was entertaining to them.

    DH, having never even set foot in an airport, was fascinated by everything. I let him look at the prohibited items case while I looked for our flight. WHAT? WHERE IS THE FLIGHT TO ORLANDO? :confused3 I gaped for a while, and then realized our flight was to HOUSTON, then Orlando. Maybe I shouldn't fly at night.

    Security was empty, seeing as it was now 10pm or so. We threw all of our junk into bins and sent them through the xray. DH beeped. He was still wearing his belt. I didn't beep. I WIN!

    My family has a tradition whenever we fly out of PDX: We always grab coffee at the Starbucks just outside of security. We got through and all I saw was a COFFEE PEOPLE! WHAT? WHERE IS THE STARBUCKS?

    Thankfully, we had already got our Starbucks fix earlier in the day, right after we hit the road. FYI, there is also a Starbucks right behind us by gate D5. We are now sitting here, using the free WiFi with the laptop plugged in. We board our flight in about half an hour. DH wants to get on Facebook and play Mafia Wars. I think I better go.

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    Make sure to check out my Twitter page (link in the first post) for LIVE updates while we're gone! We don't want to pay for internet at the hotel.

    SEE YA REAL SOON! :woohoo:
     
  12. SilverL

    SilverL My DH thinks he's Tarzan and I'm Jane. Go figure!

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    Hello from OregonMommy and Daddyof2's hotel room. We're using their internet! Great weather, no crowds. Teppan Edo was fabulous!
     
  13. SilverL

    SilverL My DH thinks he's Tarzan and I'm Jane. Go figure!

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    I'm sitting at the Orlando airport. I cried when we left the parks today :(

    I have over a thousand photos, though!
     
  14. SilverL

    SilverL My DH thinks he's Tarzan and I'm Jane. Go figure!

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    We got home Thursday at 2:30am Pacific time. I woke up this morning at 5:30am because I'm still on Eastern time. :rotfl:

    Our trip was fantastic. Despite making fun of all my planning at first, DH now approves of my obsession. You're in for a good trip report, including: the weirdest flight of my life, lots of delicious food (most of which we photographed), DISer meets, befriending CMs, 5 minute wait times at Soarin', rowdy vikings, awkward cab rides, exhaustion, sore feet, blistering sunburns, free fastpasses, newlywed perks, pick a pearl, medieval times, keys to the kingdom, and DOLE WHIPS!
     
  15. DisneysRedhead

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    Welcome back! Can't wait for the trip report!
     
  16. disneygirlinnj

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    welcome home :)
     
  17. MEK

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    Welcome back! Congrats on your wedding and Disneymoon. I love reading about Disneymoons! Sounds like you had a great trip!
     
  18. coltink

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    Hopping over from your trip report. Looking forward to your trip report to tide me over until my vacation in January!
     
  19. brigitte7723

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    Oooh I will be reading this! :)
     
  20. OrangeJax

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    Can't wait to hear all about it! DH and I will be going in April -- so it's "almost" like a honeymoon. (Married 2 years.) It's nice to get the "all adult" point of view/TR of a place where everyone is a kid!!!

    Congrats on getting married, BTW!!! :bride::love:
     
  21. charming23

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    Welcome Back. I can not wait to hear about your trip. Sorry we never got to meet up. It seems like everytime I walked into a building anywhere in the parks I lost my signal on my cell phone. Hope your dinner at Les Chefs was good.
     

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