two AWESOME WISCONSIN adults go to Disney for the first time. updated!!! 1/15/12 MK

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  1. portobello_rd

    portobello_rd Mouseketeer

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    My name is Rebecca

    i am NOT a disney-holic infatuated crazy person
    -unheard of in these parts i know.
    haha.

    *links to days after this one!!!
    MAGIC KINGDOM, PART ONE
    MAGIC KINGDOM, PART TWO
    MAGIC KINGDOM, PART THREE
    MAGIC KINGDOM, PART FOUR
    MAGIC KINGDOM, PART FIVE:

    DISNEY HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, PART ONE
    DHS, PART TWO
    DHS, PART THREE
    DHS, PART FOUR
    DHS, PART FIVE

    ANIMAL KINGDOM! PART ONE!!
    AK, PART TWO!
    AK, PART THREE
    AK, PART FOUR

    MAGIC KINGDOM AGAIN, PART ONE
    MAGIC KINGDOM AGAIN, PART TWO
    MAGIC KINGDOM AGAIN, PART THREE
    MAGIC KINGDOM, LAST PART!

    i really didnt/dont know much about Disney, except what ive learned stalking these boards, and we winged it on our trip!
    and it turned out pretty well i think!

    We went to WDW from September 16th to the 26th, and stayed at port orleans Riverside. Also went with free dining, but upgraded to DELUXE.

    This was my first trip with my husband,
    my first trip since 1987, when i was 4. so, pretty much my first trip.
    My husband's last trip was 1986, and he cant remember much of it except for 20,000 leagues under the sea.
    which i broke to him gently that it was no longer there.

    So this is me:

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    We are from Appleton WI. yes i like the packers. yes, cheese is a food group to me.
    I am a CMA at a doctors office so i draw blood, give shots, room patients, and take abuse. i really love my job!

    Ive wanted to go to Disney for awhile now. No real reason. Looked and sounded fun. When I started looking into it i couldnt believe how much was actually INVOLVED in booking a trip to WDW.
    decided to go in september 2011 because we would be celebrating our FIVE YEAR wedding anniversary! yay!
    i booked my trip at about 390 days out and the wait was pretty painful, to say the least.

    This is my husband Tim:
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    hes pretty awesome. he knows it. He is in a union. builds powerplants. loves the packers. will pretty much roll with anything if it makes me happy. hes a great guy. His favorite Disney animated movie is WALL-E and live action movie is the BLACK HOLE. he loves comics and video games.

    so we had our flight leaving appleton at 530. plan was to be up at 4 am, and taxi would be at the house at 420.
    WHO SLEEPS BEFORE A TRIP!?
    seriously.
    tim had the camera next to him that morning and this is what he took
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    then i checked off the last day of my countdown and tim brought out the luggage to the living room

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    i sat and waited for the taxi that wasnt there yet

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    and tim read a graphic novel (which my bf from grade school wrote, shameless plug, check it out!!!!! picket line by breena wiederhoeft!!!)

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    Misc. airport pictures:
    putting shoes back on! love the TSA!

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    Layover was in Chicago. got to go under the pretty neon lights

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    Pretty uneventful flight. i did word search and fell asleep for 30 minutes.
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    We landed in Orlando. Can you tell ive been waiting awhile to get the HECK OFF THE PLANE! wow. slowest onloading EVVVVVER. and it wasnt just because i was nearing disney. it was slow.
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    Found where we needed to go in the airport(thanks to many trip reports for that! that place can be confusing!)
    got our ME. watched our video.

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    now had a problem here.
    We were renting a car from National in the Dolphin. thanks to the United/Continental merge they moved our flight arrival back an hour. so we were arriving at 1245 and had to get our rental site BY 330. yes. it was very close.
    so took ME to port orleans riverside, which of course was THE LAST STOP then hailed a taxi and sped to the dolphin and got our car.
    cut it very very close.

    Then went back to POR and checked in. SO HAPPY!!!!
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    Then i got overwhelmed of finally being THERE and tim got me with something caught in my eye.....
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    got the cups
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    jumped in the rental (which was embaressingly ugly) im sorry if you drive one of these cars by choice. we hated it. we nicknamed her Brunhilda. See, im covering my face so no one sees me get in it.
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    got an awesome new refurbished room. we really loved it. in the magnolia mansion. right over the bridge yet away from the main walkway so quiet. very pleased. had no specific requests. just paid extra for a king sized bed
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    up next....walking around the resort and our very first dinner at WDW!
     
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  3. sjs314

    sjs314 "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and

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    Excellent start to your TR! I hate sitting in the rear of the plane cause it always takes so long to get off.
    Can not wait to read more.
     
  4. portobello_rd

    portobello_rd Mouseketeer

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    yay! your my first TR poster. congrats! and thanks a bunch! ill do my best!
     
  5. IheartDDuck

    IheartDDuck DIS Veteran

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    Joining! Great start and can't wait to hear more. Fellow Packer fan here! 4 and 0. Whoot!
     
  6. fromscratchmom

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    Awwww... I love your so-cute pic of you two together on the bus. It was just perfect. Actually I loved a lot of your pics. I'm glad you shared your pic when he caught you a bit overwhelmed. I thought I was the only one! Like "there is no crying at Disney!" :goodvibes
     
  7. danimaroo

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    You and your husband remind me of my husband and me (he's a comic book nerd), and well, we are both kind of goobers (but in an awesome way if that makes sense!) Just thought I'd let you know I'm excited to continue reading your TR, as we are going back in January for our one-year anniversary. We went last January for our honeymoon and had a blast... Reading this makes me excited for our anniversary trip!
     
  8. Mary*Poppins

    Mary*Poppins Mouseketeer

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    Joining too! Can't wait to hear more, we leave in 2 months, and it's exciting seeing your traveling and arrival day pictures!
     
  9. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    WHOO HOO! WAY TO GO GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!!

    Ok, (toning it down a bit:rolleyes1) I'm here! I have to say you looked so happy to be there and your DH looks like a hoot and a half:rotfl2:

    You stayed at our favorite place , so jealous! I hope you took pics of the room cuz I want to see it!

    I so wish we would have gottent to mugs!:mad: I broke my fav home mug day after we got home:sad2:
     
  10. portobello_rd

    portobello_rd Mouseketeer

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    it was a great game wasnt it? hope it lasts!

    awww thanks. we are cute. haha.:rotfl: and i tried not to cry. but seriously. over a year of planning and i finally get there.....AHHH!!! and i tried not to cry in front of tim because hed laugh and take pictures.....he didnt let me dwn.

    my husband and i can pretty much have fun in most situations. we are goobers too! wait till you see later pictures. tim breaks out in the robot in tomorrowland. we are the epitome of fun! haha:rotfl2:

    thanks! glad your here for my first ever report!!!

    OMG that game was like, not even fun to watch after awhile!! its like "WE SCORED AGAIN" haha. and those lions! wow! we'll be playing them on thanksgiving so it will be an awesome game!
    POR is my favorite resort. seriously. it was perfect for us. and i know its the only one ive stayed at, haha.
     
  11. portobello_rd

    portobello_rd Mouseketeer

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    I am going to get in one more post tonight.
    i had to wait till the Packer game was finished. you know, after we won AGAIN.
    muahahahaha


    So we had just just checked in, drove our ugly rental to our building, and i was opening the DOOR to our room!
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    This bathroom area was perfect. we each took over one side. very happy with it.
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    the pictures on the headboard were really neat.
    i love how they look like the mansions themselved
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    Close up of Tiana and Naveen:
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    We had a 715 reservation at the Hoop De Doo and some time to kill so we wandered around the grounds.
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    Tims very first Mickey head ice cream bar. I had a bite. and now i get it. they are FANTASTIC. i didnt understand the hype on an ice cream bar but yeah. they are that good.
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    Shenanigans.
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    Left in Brunhilda to Fort Wilderness. I drove the whole trip, Tim had the map.
    Luckily Fort Wilderness was like THE EASIEST thing we had to get to our whole trip.
    but it really is confusing how you get there, park, then have to get on a bus to get deeper into the "wilderness". Love CMs though so helpful. but you could tell they had someone stationed out just to answer this specific question. must happen a lot.
    We had some time to kill before our Hoop so we went to the store.

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    sat around. it was hot. did i mention it was only 40 degrees that morning when we left Wisconsin? and now it was like 90? 200% humidity like a rainforest.
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    Overall we liked the Hoop de Doo. it was fun. loud. obnoxious. our idea of a good time.
    we had a seat in the complete back of the main hall. we were in front of the doors. but we could see perfectly. not bad seats with the dining plan i thought. we sat next to each other and faced the front. i think its something i could go like four years before going to it again though.
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    i love CORNBREAD.
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    Food was average. Chicken. ribs. cornbread. beans. corn. mashed potatoes. all in buckets. THAT MAKES IT FUN!
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    this was pretty awesome strawberry shortcake. and it even gets its own song.
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    Finally, i remember telling tim on the way down to Florida, "tim, this trip is what we make it, so we need to just let things roll off our shoulders and we need to get involved to make it fun"

    so, when they handed out the metal washboard and everyone was encouraged to play it with a spoon...tim yells "IT IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT!!!" and played it so loud that even the kids at the table next to us stopped to watch him.

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    yee-haw!
     
  12. IheartDDuck

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    You guys just sound like so much fun! You're right, the trip is what you make of it, so better get down and dirty and make it fun.

    The thing about HDDR is that it's just a lot of fun. Food's average, but that's not the draw. It's just about having fun. My brother was actually one of the people pulled up one year to participate in the show.
     
  13. petals

    petals Irish Princess because Cinderella said so!

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    Joining in and luvin the start :)
     
  14. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    OMG! You guys are a blast!:rotfl2:

    I love your attiude, where else can you have that much fun!

    I hear ya about the heat! The heat sucked the life right outta me!
     
  15. schriverl

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    Wow! You guys are a hoot!! Can't wait to read more of your trip report!!
    Food looks yummy enough for us there. I think it's going on our list for our next trip!! My DS2 and DD7 will love it!
     
  16. schriverl

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    Is your countdown board made out of those paint swatches from Home Depot?!?! I love it!
     
  17. JAMIESMITH

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    Since I have to wait a whole year for my first trip to Disney, I'm reading trip reports! It looks like y'all had a wonderful time! I can't wait to read more!
     
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    Subbing! We're staying at POR next year (or at least that's the plan right now), so I'm enjoying your photos and experiences with that. Looks like it was a fun trip!
     
  19. Nairnyn

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    I love that Tim is going at that washboard with such enthusiasm that his hand is just a blur. :rotfl:
     
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    Yay! So glad you started! You guys are hilarious. Looks like a great start to your trip. Can't wait for more.
     
  21. portobello_rd

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    it was fun. it was just kinda meh though. i dunno. we liked it. but i really dont need to go back for a few years.

    thanks! it's a whole lotta pics with us so hope your prepared!

    we ARE fun!!!! i tried to tell you! haha

    all the kids we saw at the Hoop Dee Doo loved it. its cute enough for kids, but enough adult word play too to make it fun. and food in BUCKETS!

    and yes! thats exactly where i got them. i had to grab 100 of them and thats quite a few so i kept "ooohing" and "aaaaaahing" over the colors so i had the time to grab so many.

    omg. i booked my trip at 390 days out and it was painful. so.long.to.wait. yikes. good luck. it'll come some day! HAHA

    it was a fun trip! POR was very quiet and awesome. and id stay there again someday but i probably never will get the chance (but thats explained later on!!!) ooooo suspense!

    isnt it great? that went on for ten minutes. then i got a headache.

    im glad i started too. TR are fun! lots of work but i think i can finish! thanks for being a TR inspiration to me!!!!! :rotfl:
     

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