Discussion in 'Disney Trip Reports' started by Missyrose, Nov 17, 2013.
I am IN!!! Congratulations once again!! Can't wait to read all about it!
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I am soooooo excited for this trip report! You looked GORGEOUS at your wedding! Congrats to you both!
Congratulations! It looks fabulous!
Hi! You had me at Disneymoon! I remember your previous trip report and the pictures were INCREDIBLE!! Can't wait to see (and read!) more!
Wow! Awesome start
Cant wait to read all about it
Hi! I am so happy that I came across this TR!! The reason I found the DIS was while researching disney honeymoon ideas! There aren't many trip reports about Disney honeymoons so I am beyond excited that you've decided to write one!! I'll be going on my very own Disneymoon in June!
Your wedding pictures are GORGEOUS! If mine come out half as nice as those I'll be thrilled! You two are totally adorable!
Wow, your wedding pics are gorgeous! You looked stunning and Franklin was very dashing! I can't wait for this TR. the teaser pics on FB so far have not disappointed!
Your wedding pictures are adorable, im glad you had such a fantastic day!
You look beautiful in your wedding dress as well! I love the minnie ears and hoodies, what a great idea! I can't wait to hear about your trip, im sure it will be magical!
Such beautiful pictures Missy!!!! I'm following over from the Oct group. Can't wait to see more. I went back to read your May TR and my God...your husband is an amazing photographer!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations on a beautiful wedding to you both!!!
Thanks Courtney! The Newseum is easily my favorite museum here in D.C. I'm a total news junkie, so that may be why.
Dee, I thought I might see you here. Definitely a Mrs. now, can you believe we've been married a month (time flies when you're having fun)!
Thank you! Lots more Disney details to come from the wedding and lots of Disney fun on the way from the Disneymoon!
That's so cool that my anniversary is now the same as yours! And thank you so, so much for the good wishes.
Thanks and Merideth! Franklin was in charge of picking the photographers. When the planners sent us the recommendations, he picked apart each portfolio until he found one he liked. Then, when we met with them for the first time, he came armed with a page's worth of questions to ask. All I really had to do was flip through the pretty pictures in their albums. And we couldn't have made a better choice, Maria and Drew were awesome. The preview pictures looked better than I could have ever imagined, now I'm dying to see the rest of the photos!
Yay! Thanks Jessica, glad to have you here!
I know, I was bummed too! But you guys were having so much fun on Pax's birthday, I didn't want to interrupt! I didn't realize your Italy trip was ABD, that is so awesome!
Thanks Sarah! Plenty of TR reading material for you to choose from, I'm still working on my January and May TRs (in addition to this one, of course).
Thanks Paula! All the Disney goodies for the bridesmaids turned out awesome. Hayley from Magical Ribbons and Jen from Miss Morgan designs (Etsy) both did incredible work in helping me with the custom stuff I needed.
Hi fellow Washingtonian! We live in Virginia 'burbs and I work downtown. Glad to have you aboard for this ride.
Yay, glad to see you here Danielle! Franklin really gave me a scare with the ring, but I think he's gotten used to putting it back on now. Phew! And thanks for the lovely compliments.
Hi honey! Glad you popped in to say hi to everyone!
Thanks Sarah! It was fun having everyone get all dressed up and we totally lucked out weather-wise (it never rained a drop during our rooftop ceremony, even though it threatened to all day).
That picture outside the museum is Franklin's favorite too, I believe.
Thanks Deanna! What are the dates for your Boardwalk trip? I think we might overlap...
Thank you so much!!
Yay! So glad to have you here Linda. I need to go catch up on your August TR because we're going next August and I haven't been to Disney in the dead of summer since I was a little kid! I'm a little worried about the heat.
I'm excited to share this TR with you. Thanks!
Thanks for coming back for more!
Thanks! I can't wait to tell you all about everything we did, it was a great trip.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! How are the plans coming? Have you found a venue? Or a dress?
Fair warning though, this isn't a typical Disney trip for us. There were practically no rides -- I think we rode a total of 10 rides in five+ days. We spent lots of time eating, drinking and soaking up the Disney atmosphere we love so much!
Thank you! I can't wait to get the rest of the photos so I can share them with all of you.
Thanks Rachel! This trip was truly magical, full of fun and plenty of pixie dust.
Thanks for following me over! Franklin is a truly gifted photographer. And he's got some fun things planned, photo-wise, for this TR so stay tuned!
Enjoyed your photo's and story.
Wonderful to have the Disney passion.
We'll be at the Boardwalk May 18-23 and then switch over to AKV for the 23-28. When will you be there?
Also, a random question for you: Do you know if I am unable to book ADRs for the second half of my trip until 180 days out from check in to AKV(the second stay on my split stay)? I booked ADR's this morning for the Boardwalk portion and that's all I could do. I thought someone with experience on split stays, like you, would know if that was the case.
Excuse my non-pretty text (I'm on my phone), but I wanted to answer your question ASAP. The system treats split stays as two separate reservations, so you'll have to wait until 180 days out from your second check-in to make the rest of your ADRs.
Oh, and our trips totally overlap. I'll be at Boardwalk from May 19 to the 26.
Congrats on your Wedding!
Congratulations to the both of you! Your wedding photos are gorgeous and you were a beautiful bride! Looking forward to reading more.
Thanks for getting back to me. I should be able to finish making ADRs on Sunday then. I figured the separate reservations were the issue.
I'll have to let you know our plans soon and we can try to say hello at some point. That's so exciting!
Awww, thank you so, so much!
Every time I make ADRs, I always remember how much easier it is to call and make my ADRs vs. doing them online. They take your credit card once and apply it to all your ADRs, plus they can look for broader parameters than we can online. I did get locked out of Be Our Guest at first, but found a much-too-early 4 p.m. dinner reservation for one of my days. So that's a start. Here are what my plans look like so far:
Arrive at BWV
Lunch in World Showcase
Dinner at 'Ohana
MSEP and Wishes at MK
Breakfast and pool time at BWV
Afternoon/evening at DHS
Dinner at Hollywood Brown Derby
Pre-opening breakfast at Crystal Palace
MK character hunt all day
Dinner at BOG
Epcot character hunt all day
Dinner at Via Napoli
MK all day until I meet Franklin at BWV upon is arrival
Dinner at Tokyo Dining
May 24 and 25:
Star Wars Weekend!!!
Breakfast at Grand Floridian Cafe
MK for a few hours
The hours leading up to this particular Disney trip were quite the whirlwind. The wedding went until after midnight. We finally kicked our friends out of our hotel suite at 3 a.m. And we were up, packed and at brunch by 10 a.m. By the time we got to the airport, we were both exhausted (but, at the same time, exhilarated because we were on our way to Disney!
When we got to MCO, I took Disneys Magical Express
while Franklin picked up our rental car.
When I got to the DME queue the CM looked at me in my bride T-shirt and bride ears and said, Wheres your other half? I explained how I cant start a Disney trip without a ride on DME, so Franklin went to get our rental car. He laughed and said he completely understood.
I waited a few minutes for a bus and hopped aboard, while Franklin made his way to the car.
And for the first time in my Disney life, my resort was the first stop! Hello Yacht Club! Franklin wasnt too far behind.
I got to the front desk and when I gave the CM my name, she said someone from the club level would be right down to take me upstairs and check me in. Check in went very smoothly. We already had our MagicBands and the CM asked if we were all set with our Fastpass Plus reservations (which we were). He apologized that they couldnt accommodate our request for a king-size bed. No worries, we were happy to be at Disney!
Franklin arrived a few minutes after I finished checking in. We both dropped our stuff in the room and split, we had a dinner to get to! Where were we going, you ask? Oh, just somewhere wed waited a year to eat at again. California Grill!!!! That year-long refurb had really tested our patience because its one of our favorite restaurants. We were sooooo ready to eat there again.
They did a beautiful job with the refub, the restaurant has never looked better.
The had sprinkled Mickey confetti on the table in honor of our honeymoon.
Franklin started with a sake martini.
The waiter brought out our bread. Both were lavender flavored, one was focaccia, the other a whole grain roll.
Franklin went to scope out the new viewing deck to decide where hed shoot the fireworks from that evening.
He like this angle much better than the old viewing deck, which was much more centered on Space Mountain (rather than the castle). Neither of us could figure out why the lights they installed were this odd yellow-green color.
Back to dinner! Franklin was in a sushi mood, so he ordered his beloved Spicy Kazan roll.
He also got an order of sashimi.
Truth be told, he didnt love the sashimi. He said that the salmon didnt taste very fresh and the other fish didnt have much taste at all. Next time, hell just order another sushi roll. But he clearly didnt hate it so much that he didnt eat every last bite. He definitely lives life like hes always going for the Clean Plate Club sticker at 50s Primetime Cafe.
I had the goat cheese ravioli.
And something from the new menu that I had been dying to try, the pork belly sushi. A little bit of a description for those who havent heard of it. Pork Belly Nigri - House-cured Pork atop a sushi roll that includes bacon and Yuzu rice with a spicy teriyaki sauce.
It tasted every bit as good as it sounds, I could have eaten a couple of more plates worth.
The goat cheese ravioli was also delish, but was so outshined by the pork.
We got the sundae sampler as our dessert.
It was easily the most adorable dessert weve ever had at Disney. But I would love to see them sub out the strawberry sundae for something in the chocolate universe.
The fireworks were just minutes away, so we stepped out onto the balcony to watch. I love Wishes, and it makes me cry every time I see it. But Hallowishes is on a whole other level for me. The music is amazing and the amount of color in the fireworks is breathtaking. I was so excited to see my favorite fireworks on the first night of our trip!
A truly spectacular show to kick off our Disneymoon! We went back in to finish our dessert and pay the bill. I know plenty of you have read that California Grill isnt as good as it was before the refurb, so I will give you my honest opinion. The service isnt as attentive as it used to be and it was pretty noticeable.But we thought the food was still really good, as was the view and atmosphere. All in all, I have no problems recommending Cali Grill, as long as you go in knowing the service isnt as spectacular as it once was.
We collected our car and drove back to Yacht Club. When we pulled up to the resort to valet the car, I noticed a couple getting out of the car ahead of us. It was Wanya from Boyz II Men. The group was doing Eat to the Beat concerts the next few days at Epcot. Franklin and I were really excited to see the concerts the next day for a very special reason. You see, our first dance song at the wedding was the Boyz II Men version of the Lonestar hit, Amazed. Boyz II Men had sung the song at an Eat to the Beat concert years ago and Franklin and I instantly fell in love with their version. The group released an album of covers the following year that included Amazed. And using it for our first dance was far and away the easiest choice we made during the wedding planning.
I looked at Franklin and said We have to go say hi, right? Let me preface this by saying that if hed had any of his kids with him, I wouldnt have entertained the thought. But how crazy would it be to have the lead singer of your wedding song, that you danced to at your wedding less than 24 hours before, standing in front of you on your honeymoon. So we went over to say hi. We told him about our wedding song and the waltz we learned for the dance and Franklin even showed him the copper card Id gotten for his wallet that had the lyrics to the chorus, our initials and the wedding date. Wanya was totally awesome, he was so excited that wed chosen that song as our first dance (especially since wed first heard it live at Epcot). I mentioned that we were planning to attend all three shows the next day and wondered if they could maybe play Amazed during one of them.
Yeah, we can slide that in there for you guys, Wanya said. I was on cloud nine. This was the very definition of pixie dust and added to the perfection that was the first day of our Disneymoon. We said our goodbyes and made our way up to the room, a room neither of us really had a chance to look at before we bolted for dinner a few hours earlier.
We were on the fifth floor, the club level floor.
The room was immaculately clean and I loved the decor. The rich colors and crisp whites made for a very pretty scene.
There was a very special surprise waiting for us, compliments of the Yacht Club staff.
We unpacked a bit and both flopped back onto the bed. It had been quite a big 24 hours and we had lots of fun ahead.But for now, it was time for much needed sleep.
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