TABLE OF CONTENTS Let's Get a Move on People Follow the Purple and Magenta Route Markers Getting Lost in the ASMu Parking Lot Oh No! Raglan Road! Where in the World is Carmen San Diego Testing the Track Shop Shop Shop Duuuuuude We're Late We're Late for a Very Important Date What's Kjottkake? A Dragon, a Princess, and a Miracle Guten Tag! Communing with Nature The Rest of the World I Really Need a Margarita Happy Birthday to ME!! Happy Birthday to ME!! cont. Happy Birthday to ME cont. Happy Birthday to Me: Part 2: Aoooga! Aooooga!!! Happy Birthday to Me Part 2 Happy Birthday to Me Part 2 cont. Happy Birthday to Me Part 2 cont. Happy Birthday to Me Part 2 cont: Luau! Happy Birthday to Me Part 2 cont: Luau! GNO! We're Heeeeere! Breakfast with Pooh and Friends Dead Men Tell No Tales Schmoozin and Cruisin' Getting Our Ride On! Parade Time Fantasyland and Toon Town Taking a Nap in MK The End of MK I'm Ready for my Close-Up Mr. DeMille Fantasmic! Stuck in The World In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle Date with a Yeti Last Night in Disney This is the End, The End my Friends to my long overdue TR. For those of you who haven't read Panic! At the Pre-Trippie, lemme do a little catching up for yous. Sometime last year I decided that for my 28th birthday I was going to Disney. It was going to be the annual cousins trip that my 2 cousins (who are the only girl cousins from the women in my mom's side of the family) and I originally started when we made an impromptu weekend cousins getaway for the very first time 2 years ago and made plans for a cousin trip every year. So last year it was to be a cruise that only 2 of us actually went on because the other cousin supposedly had a blood clot and couldn't fly. So then this year it was supposed to be an Ultimate Disney Trip for my birthday since they other two fell on the other cousin's birthday, but the same cousin that bailed on us last year decided to bail on us again. So it then turned into an all Girls trip to Disney between some co-workers of mine and my other cousin (the one that doesn't bail). Got that? Kinda? Maybe? Not important. Lemme introduce our cast: Theres me (28) -- My name's Li (pronounced Lee) which is short for Zorylee. I am the only Disney Freak in my family. I lurrrve Disney, I grew up on the Classic Disney channel (by classic I mean they played actual non-computer generated cartoons and Disney movies with a few live-action showsas opposed to the horrible looking Clubhouse Disney and the five-million live action shows with little to no cartoons very sad ). I am single (never married), no kids, mom to 3 wonderfully spoiled mittow kitties. Currently working at a hospital with a communications degree that is 1 year old and doing absolutely nothing for me because I "lack experience" or so I've been told. Ok mini pity party over. Also Scrapbook extraordinaire that basically scraplifts to save time and already spent a nice chunk of money on Disney scrapbooking stuff for the upcoming trip. Plus I lurrrve Donald. DC(cousin) (19) Shes the next closest Disney freak to me, but not as obsessed as I. She loves to eat and is very excited about the snack credits and desserts from the DDP. She recently graduated HS and lives with us, so Im dragging her along on the trip since she was originally supposed to go anyway (she's the non-bailing cousin) and will be referred to as Cuz or Alex in the TR. DF(Friend) Yani (26) Co-worker and quite possibly my best friend in this point in time of my life. Yani had decided not to go, but then later on decided to withdraw from college classes and once again rejoined our rag tag team of Vacationers. She loves all things Jack Skellington and hasn't been to MK in like 10 years, and never visited Epcot or MGM, but knows AK like the back of her hand and maneuvers it with her eyes closed and no need for a map. When we visit AK she'll be referred to as The Expert. DF(Friend) Collette (40ish) Shes my lovely 40-ish co-worker whos never been to Disney. Shes originally from NY by way of England and Jamaica. Shes a wonderful mixture and has the spirit of a 20 y/o. Very excited to be getting away from her husband and kids to come with us on this all girls trip. Collette's DF(Friend) Monica (30ish) Shes actually a friend of Collettes, that Ive recently met. Another Disney virgin who is also excited to get away from her kids to come with us. Another spirit of a 20 y/o. She and Collette have an amazing energy that rivals mine and my cousins put together and they will be a force to be reckoned with. Collette invited her to join us. Okay onto the TR! Days before the trip and I still hadnt even packed yet. Can you believe I was even still making ADR changes Friday night! Ok so we were to leave Sunday April 15th. One of my friends Yani and I were working the night before (we work graveyard at a hospital) and the plan was to leave at 7am on the dot and go home and nap for a few hours, my other friend Collette was to pick my Cuz and I up between 11am-11:30am so we could be at the airport car rental by 12pm, and then pick up Yani at her house and be on the road by 1pm. Can we do it? I still hadnt even finished packing! Nap? What is that? I dont nap when I get home because I'm on Disdrenaline, plus I'm still packing. Collette arrives with her friend Monica, who's coming along right at 11am on the dot all excited. Talk about punctual! My cousin and I are still not ready, so we give Collette some of our food that we had purchased (sodas, chips, cookies, water, juice, cereal, rice krispies, microwaveable foods etc) because I panicked and wasnt sure if the DDP would be enough food to keep 5 adults full (yes I know, why dont I pay attention to the DIS ) and she loads that and the suitcases in the car. I ask her if theyre hungry and if they want to grab something to eat while we finish getting ready. They say they're not hungry and wait for us. (Remember this) Cuz and I finally finish and were out the door by 11:45am. Off to the airport we go! We got to the airport around 12:30, we made a stop to pick up Collettes husband who would take their car back plus we spent some time actually finding the rental car place. I go in with my Cuz and my trusty reservations to get our car. The lady was lovely and she informed me that the car that I reserved (Dodge Caravan) wasnt very big. Now me, I thought I had reserved the Grand Caravan and she told me that no they didnt have that car, so she asked me if I wanted to upgrade. Well I dont know what any of these cars look like inside except the Grand Caravan so I ask if I can see them. So I went out to their lot and looked at the 3 cars in the same category and decided to go for the upgrade, so we ended up with a Chrysler Town & Country. So I drive the car out of the lot, and we unload Collettes car and load everything up in the T&C. We're off we go to pick up Yani and be on the road to Disney. Or are we ..