Your ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE to Disney World at Christmas Time! UPDATE x2 10/21

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  1. OhioStateBuckeye

    OhioStateBuckeye DIS Veteran

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    Warning, lurker coming out of the shadows (I feel kind of like batman). I decided I want to write a trip report, so I've been looking through the trip report board reading other people's and yours is by far the most entertaining :thumbsup2

    You remind me of my friends and I, and you are hilarious and you and your mom are so charming together.
     
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  3. Vwdiva93

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    Wow that is awesome news!! Yay for a new trip:yay: What a great reward to look forward to at the end of your first year of college. Wish I could have the same thing! lol And I think you'll be there after they've opened a part of the new Fantasyland, super jealous!!
     
  4. LilAnn

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    So I still have to read some of your latest updates, but I had to pop over when I saw PTR news! That's so exciting. I love Disney in May - yay for Flower & Garden Festival. We are going to miss each other by days! What a fantastic way to end the school year, though. And I'll eventually get caught up on my reading....
     
  5. ronnmel

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    Awesome!!!! Not only are you going back to Disney, but the trip is so close!!! :cool1:
     
  6. Disneyfreak508

    Disneyfreak508 Frumpy Princess ♥ <br><a href="http://www.disboard

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    Ahh did you?! That's awesome! I keep meaning to mention my Instagram name in one of my trip report updates so I can follow people from the DIS! I have lots of Disney pictures on there, as you can probably tell :laughing: Are you going to be in Disney then!?! AHH THAT'S SO EXCITING! Where are you staying/eating!?

    Thank you so much! And AWW that's so nice! :goodvibes Thank you for that compliment!

    Ugh they JUST changed the policy like two days ago. I'm so upset. You have a 5 minute window before and a 15 minute window after but that's it. I used to use like 10 am fastpasses at 7 o'clock at night. So my whole strategy is going to be thrown off now. Wahh. They never were strict about it but now they are.

    YAYAYAY! I'm so excited!!

    Haha welcome, welcome!! Aww thank you SO much for the compliment! That's so nice! I'm really glad you're enjoying the TR!

    Aww that's adorable! Thank you so much! I hope you continue to read and enjoy the rest of the story! Good luck with writing your TR, too! I'm sure it'll be great!

    Thank you! I know.. it's going to be four days after the end of my semester as well as my Birthday... so YAYYY! Big celebration! I wish you could too! And omg yes we will! I'm SO excited to see that!!

    Haha aww thank you! I love it in May, too! I'm SO glad I'll be there again! Flower and Garden is such a wonderful time! Aww are we really!? Dang, so close haha. It will be lots of fun for both of us, I'm sure! Take your time - the TR will always be here for you to read! haha

    YESSSS! I'm so excited! YAYYY!
     
  7. katt789

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    Yay for another Disney trip!!!:cool1::banana: That's so awesome that you're going so soon! :banana: We're missing each other by like, 2 weeks (both directions!) So close!! Have an awesome time on your trip! I'm excited to hear all about it!
     
  8. Disneyfreak616

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    YEAH YEAH WE'RE GOIN' TO DISNEY!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: :cool1: :banana: EEEEEEEEPPPPPP!!!!!!!! 64 DAYS!!!!!
     
  9. Disneyfreak508

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    Yayyy! I'm so excited! Ahh are we!? That's crazy! It's too bad our trips don't line up! But thank you! I am excited to tell all about it!

    Hey, nice to see you on the trip report ;) hahaha

    YAYAYAYAY 64 DAYS! I'm so excited! :banana:
     
  10. basketkat

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    You have a ticker happy dance...:banana::banana::banana::banana:
     
  11. Disneyfreak508

    Disneyfreak508 Frumpy Princess ♥ <br><a href="http://www.disboard

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    Hi Everyone! So I have been meaning to mention this for a while, but I keep forgetting.

    If any of you iPhone/iPod Touch owners have Instagram accounts, I would love to follow you all! I love following more Disney fans! I have lots of Disney pictures on mine, so if you're interested, my username is PrincessJess508! Let me know if you have an account! :-)

    P.S. 64 Days till Disney!

    Onto the update!
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    Chapter 18: We're the Last People in Epcot!
    December 7th, 2011

    We left La Hacienda and booked it straight to Mouse Gear! It suddenly got REALLY cold out and I needed a sweatshirt!

    We went in the store, and I immediately found the perfect one! It was a red crew neck with Mickey on it. And he was wearing a Santa Hat and was tangled in Christmas Lights!

    And then Mom got a white sweatshirt with Minnie Mouse on it!

    We made our purchases and went over to The Land! We had fastpasses for Soarin' that we wanted to use up! We were getting very silly and loopy at this point, so this was an interesting ride. I JUST LOVE PATRICK'S DEER FACES!

    We were in Row 1 in the very far left corner. This seemed so much more intense to Mom because we were in the front. But she survived and I had a great time!

    Then we went on Test Track! That was a fun, as usual!

    We started making our way towards World Showcase next and we got some Photopass Pictures taken!

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    I absolutely LOVE Pluto... so this topiary was just perfect.

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    He's so cute!!

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    We walked over to World Showcase next because it was nearing 9:30 pm! (aka the starting time of IllumiNations!)

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    We made a left and started walking through the countries! I noticed that this building in Canada was having some work done! Which was interesting... I hadn't heard about that beforehand! I don't really know what they were fixing.

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    Lia and I decided that we were going to meet up for IllumiNations that night! She usually watches the show from France, so that's where we planned on meeting.

    Mom and I walked over to France and grabbed a quick photopass picture!

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    We scoped out a spot near the Crepe Stand. While we were waiting for Lia, Mom struck up a conversation with the lady who was standing next to us. She was actually a DISNEY CAST MEMBER! Yes, it's true. She works "the graveyard shift" (aka the night shift) at Saratoga Springs' front desk. She really encouraged me to do the Disney College Program because she could tell how enthusiastic I was about Disney!

    Soon, I saw Lia walking over towards us! YAYYY! We gave each other a big hug and were so excited to finally meet!

    Lia's Mom was trailing behind her, but she wasn't there quite yet because she got distracted somewhere along the way. That was okay, though! We just spent some time chatting with Lia first!

    Soon, IllumiNations started! Ahhhh we were so excited!

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    My Mom was in charge of the camera during this show, and I think she did a pretty good job!

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    Then.... THE HOLIDAY ILLUMINATIONS EXTENDED ENDING BEGAN!

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    Holy God. That was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped while I was watching it.

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    Our eyes were all just glued on the fireworks. I was absolutely at a loss for words after it was over. It was just AMAZING!

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    It's such a nice spin on the usual IllumiNations that I was used to.

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    It gave us a little extra WHAM, and I loved it!

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    Once the show was over, we were all just like "WOW!" It was so good! I'm so glad we all got to watch that together because we all appreciated it so much!

    Lia's Mom found us around the beginning of IllumiNations, so we were all chatting once the show was over. We just had so much to talk about! It's like we had known each other forever! Disney people just click!

    We talked about our trips, of course. Lia was staying at Pop and she told us all about that. We told her our horror story of The Westgate and when I fell... and how we ended up at Riverside!

    Of course, another topic we discussed was our disney dining experiences! Lia told us about their 5 o'clock line up at Ohana when she sat with a bunch of random people at a table. It was her first experience at that restaurant and I was so happy to hear that she LOVED it!

    We also discussed how her and Kara want to have a Dis-Girls trip with me, Kristen, and others someday! Ahh I hope that can eventually happen!

    Another topic was Disney Princes and how Aladdin and Flynn are the best. And we discussed how we want to get proposed to and married in Disney someday. Basically, we just understand eachother because we're a littleee obsessed with Disney/slightly insane. But it's totally fine. At least we're not alone!

    Lia's Mom was super nice too! Her and my Mom got along so well! We all talked about how great Mother Daughter trips are! They're just the best!

    We kept talking and talking and all of the sudden we realized that Epcot had closed and it was TOTALLY empty! I'm not surprised.

    We would be the last people to leave the park! :lmao: WE JUST LOVE DISNEY SO MUCH, WE NEVER WANT TO LEAVE!!!!!

    We walked out of the World Showcase, stopped in the bathroom in Canada, and made our way to the park exit. It was sad that we had to leave so soon!

    Of course, we were REALLY stupid and forgot to take a picture that night! Wahh :( How sad! I wish we would have remembered!

    We left Epcot and said our goodbyes! I was so happy we got to meet up! It was really fun, and My Mom and I loved meeting Lia and her Mom! They are such nice people!

    After our final hugs and goodbyes, Lia and her Mom left and caught the Pop Century bus. Mom and I took the tram to the parking lot. We drove back to Port Orleans Riverside and went to our resort.

    I ate all three of Mom's Birthday Churros once we got back to the room. I was only going to have one... but then one turned into two, and two turned into three. You know how that goes. They weren't even that good at that point because they were cold but I just wanted them. I was in Disney... IT WAS ALLOWED!

    I wrote in my trip journal and got caught up! And then I was in bed BEFORE 12 O'CLOCK!!!!! I know, that's pretty much insane.

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  12. therussells08

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    I remember seeing that Christmas Mickey shirt in shops! It was SO cute! :goodvibes

    I will never stop noticing Patrick's deer faces since I read about them in one of your TRs. As if I didn't love him enough already! :rotfl:

    Yay for meeting Lia and Lia's mom and watching Illuminations! I think that chatting with DIS friends and being the last ones to leave Epcot sounds like a pretty perfect evening! :cloud9:

    You know what they say about churros...you can't eat just one? Okay, so they don't actually say that, but I just did, so it works. I guess that rule would apply to any Disney food, really! popcorn::

    YAY great update!! :thumbsup2
     
  13. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    hahaha I love us! The last people at Epcot. That was sososososo much fun! It was hilarious how we got so carried away talking that we didn't even realize that... you know... we should leave. My mom and I were seriously some of the only people by the busses. :rotfl:

    I'm so glad your mom got such good shots of Illuminations! I hope you guys don't mind if I use them in my scrapbook. I have barely any pics from that night and none from the show! Wow, what an ending, I remember just being breathless from that. Truly stunning!!

    My mom and I had a lot of fun with you guys and I really hope we are at Disney during the same time again sometime soon. And also I hope our Girls of the DIS trip can work out someday!! How amazing would that be? Right now we're trying to go at the very end of Sept... Food and Wine!!!!!! Halloween party!!! Free dining!!! ahh!!! So if you happen to feel like coming to Disney around that time... PLEASE DO!!! haha.
     
  14. LilAnn

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    So, finally caught up with your TR. Of course I am now starving as I have been up all night at work and have no food in sight. At least nothing as good as what you have posted. You really have me wanting to try La Hacienda for that fish dish. Looks good.

    Holy cow, those fireworks pics that your mom took are pretty fabulous. She did a great job! One day I will make it to Disney during the holidays. One of these days.

    Cute sweatshirts. :thumbsup2 You must have a separate closet just for Disney shirts and sweatshirts.

    Um, since you will be there shortly after me, did you see that two fave rides will be down? BTMRR and Test Track?! Seriously? How am I supposed to get people to fall in love with Disney if they close off two amazing rides? And now I am worried that with those two big attractions being down, the lines for the other rides will be longer. Crossing my fingers that it's not that bad and that I am just making it all up in my head.

    Seriously, love your hair. I know I say it all the time, but I am so envious of your loose curls. Beautiful. My hair just lies there.
     
  15. hollisterluva92

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    -I do have an Instagram! I just followed you, but my username is pink1234star
    -I love that hoodie/sweater your wearing! I love pull-over hoodies, but I have started to love crew neck hoodies! I have a gray one with mickey on the the front and on the back it say's Mickey! I got it at Forever 21, they have some awesome ones!
    -The colors behind you and your mom in that first picture are so pretty! What a great pic of you two!
    -I really wanted a photopass pic in front of the fountain but by the time I had gotten my mom and I's food from the patisserie the photopass guy was gone :(
    -I feel so shameful! I've only seen illuminations once, and that was when I was 5! I know the song by heart though!
    -You guys are not alone! I'm right there with you!
     
  16. Disneyfreak508

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    I'M SO EXCITED!

    Wonderful!
    Thank you! Haha yeah, crew necks are my life. I love them! That sounds like a really cute one... Forever 21 has the best!
    Thank you!
    Aww I'm sorry! Next time!
    OMG you better get over there and see IllumiNations ASAP!
     
  17. basketkat

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    I love that sweatshirt you got!!! :thumbsup2

    Epcot is so beautiful at night...and the Illuminations pictures were great! Your mom did a really good job! :flower3:

    Mmm churros! Yum yum!popcorn::
     
  18. Jazzabelle508

    Jazzabelle508 Live, Laugh, Love and Disney

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    I can totally relate to the sudden drops in temperature in disney in the winter. The Mickey Mouse sweatshirt you bought was really cute! love that your mom got a minnie mouse sweatshirt as well.

    Yay soarin! I love that ride so much! Exciting that you guys got the front row! My very first time on soarin my mom and I were lucky enough to get the front row and we absolutely LOVED it! The second time we went on it we ended up in the second row which we didn't think would be a big deal because we would still get a decent view on the ride. We did still like the ride the second time but it didn't feel anywhere near as special and magical as it did when we were in the front. The ride to me just seems so much better in the front row. All the special effects on the ride just seem so much better to me from the front row. My mom agreed with me so ever since we have always just requested a front row seat and they have usually let us wait for one to be available if it wasn't already available. I know that seems really ride-snobbish but it really does make all the difference and soarin is the only ride anywhere that I will do that for. Sorry your mom didn't love that experience! It can be really overwhelming if you aren't use to the full blast of all the effects that soarin has to offer. I also think the edges are definitely more wild than the middle seats are. Glad you enjoyed it though!

    yay illuminations! France has such a great view of illuminations. My family use to always go to france when we would see illuminations for most of my childhood. We have since switched to watching the show from italy but it really was amazing from france!

    Yay for your DIS meet! That must have been so much fun! I haven't experienced a DIS meet of my own yet but from what i've heard from people who have had DIS meets they are really fun! So glad you guys ended up being able to meet up!

    Funny that you guys were the last people in the park. I have always wondered what that must be like because my mom and I have wandered in the park after closing before (we always end up going the longer way around world showcase after illuminations to buy us more time in the park) but we have been far from the last people to leave the park. Was it a weird feeling? I don't blame you for forgetting to take a picture. I probably would have been so amazed with what had happened to remember to take a picture till I was in the car driving away from EPCOT.

    Lol that you ended up eating the churros. Hope for your sake that your mom didn't mind :) Can't wait to hear more :)

    P.s: to answer your question before the update I have a instagram account as well. My screen name is Jazzabelle508 (same as my DIS name) I am still in the process of uploading some pictures onto there so people who follow me won't be staring at a blank screen. I have already uploaded a bunch of pics so feel free to check it out :)
     
  19. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    Thanks Jess!!! We haven't started working on it yet. I really want to start on it soon though! They're just so time consuming. Trip reports are kind of like the new scrapbooks, but it's nice to have the scrapbooks too. I think we're gonna go to Michael's this weekend and see if we can find some cute Disney things to put in it.



    We def have to keep trying! Kara and I were just talking about how it has to happen sooner rather than later. Hopefully in the next couple of years we can make it happen somehow. If we do get to go in Sept... it's 202 days away! Yes, I am counting down to a Disney trip that I don't have booked or even know if we can officially go on... that's just me! haha
     
  20. Vwdiva93

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    Great update! I love the crewneck you got! I've become obsessed with crewnecks lately. I hate anything with hoods since my hair is very long, so crewnecks are perfect! Especially Disney ones, my collection is now growing too:thumbsup2

    Yay for a DISmeet! It's always so awesome getting to finally meet other people just as obsessed with Disney. And your Mom got some great shots of Illuminations! I had no idea they had a special extended part around the holidays, that's so neat!
     
  21. Disneyfreak508

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    Thank you!

    It really is! I love it! And aww I'll tell her! Thanks!

    YUMMM! I love churros haha

    Thank you! Haha aren't they the best!? I agree... my hair is really long too so crew necks are wonderful!

    I totally agree! Especially because Lia and I are good friends, it was really great to meet her in person! Thank you! And yes they do! They do the whole regular illuminations and then there's an extra 5-10 minutes of holiday wonderfulness. I love it :lovestruc
     

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