"Didn't you see our first movie? We drive..." An August 2012 TR The new TR is up!!!

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  1. LifeIsDis

    LifeIsDis "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    May 22, 2012
    Let me set the scene for you...
    The Muppets are going to get the gang all back together and put on a big show to raise $10,000,000 to save the Muppet Studios from the evil Tex Richman who wants all of the oil under the Muppet Studios. So when Walter pretty much dies because he just met Kermit, he asks how they are all going to get the gang back together, and Kermits response is...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yys636ZzbK8

    So thats what my mom and I did. No, not to find the Muppets to raise $10,000,000. I mean, we drove. To the happiest place on earth.

    This probably isnt even making any sense.

    Anyways, yes we drove the awful 22 hour drive to Walt Disney World. So that sentence pretty much gives it away that our drive to Disney was awful, and that we may never do it again. But was it worth it? Of course! I mean, we got to spend a week at Disney, so I will do whatever it takes to get time there. Even if it means being bored in the car and listening to my mom talk like shes from the south.

    And you are probably wondering who my mom and I are by now.

    Well then lets get to the introductions!

    The name is Meg.

    Disney pretty much takes up my whole life. Oh, and fangirling over my favorite bands, but thats another story.
    I have been going to Walt Disney World since I was two and have been going back almost every year since. I have also been to Disneyland once when I was 5 or 6. I refuse to go someplace else on vacation. If we arent going to someplace that is WDW or involves Disney, I wont go.

    I am very into reading about Walt Disneys life, Imagineering, and details and secrets about the parks.

    My dream is to be an Imagineer and I am dying to do the College Program when that time rolls around.

    Other obsessions of mine include the Nightmare Before Christmas, the Muppets, Winnie the Pooh, music, and playing the guitar.
    And you are probably thinking by now that I am weird. Why yes, yes I am (and no I do not watch Phineas and Ferb.)

    And let me introduce my partner in crime!

    (that gives away one of our ADRs...)

    I will call her Mum throughout this TR (and my future ones...) but her real name is Melissa, or you might know her as melmar136 here on the DIS!
    She is seriously the best mom ever and does so much for me, like bring me to Disney every year (thank God!) and gets me front row seats for concerts.
    She has been to WDW about 25 times and to Disneyland once.

    Now you might want to know some details about this trip. So you already know we drove (from Massachusetts). We left on the 9th and got to Orlando on the 11th, and went to Disney from the 12-19th.
    We stayed at three resorts this trip!
    The Beach Club from the 12-15th.
    The Wilderness Lodge from the 15-19th.
    And last but not least, Old Key West from the 19-20th.
    Thank God we have DVC because I am such the resort snob and plus the deluxe hotels are just beautiful.

    We also became AP holders because we will be taking 3 trips in one year (yay!) and we got Tables in Wonderland.

    This sure was one crazy trip packed with DISmeets, a tour, a very special dining experience, and a ton more!

    I will also be posting pictures from my Instagram and tweets from this trip (that will be in this font).

    Are you guys ready?

    I think I am!

    Well get comfortable, grab some popcorn, have a nice cold soda, sit back, and get ready to experience this exciting journey!

    Table of Contents

    Disney on Ice! Part 1​
    Disney on Ice! Part 2​
    Disney on Ice! Part 3​
    GKTW New England DISmeet!​
    My Haunted Mansion room!​

    August 8 and 9th, 2012
    The Beginning of our 22 Hour Journey

    August 10th, 2012
    On a Mission to Find Chicken

    August 11th, 2012
    This place is a DUMP
    It's only $9 so I HAVE to get it!

    August 12th, 2012
    Let's shop till we drop!​
    Off to our villa!​
    Making a run off property and then we are BACK! And we saw some cows.​
    The case of the missing Oreo Bon Bons​
    I die on Main Street USA.​
    I get stuck in jail with Zurg​
    Storybook Circus, HERE I COME!​
    "When you wish upon a star..."​
    "I am brave! I'm not a chicken!​

    August 13th, 2012
    A morning of awesomeness.​
    A trip to Heaven​
    Mary, Mousekears, and Mickey Mouse​
    Garden Grove!​
    I basically rant about stupid people for most of this update...​
    We forget Muppet Vision 3D is 3D​
    "5...4...3...2...1..." AAAHHHHHH!!!​

    August 14th, 2012
    Mum and I turn into penguins...​
    Our World Showcase adventures start...​
    iPads, also known as my biggest pet peeve​
    Lizards, Fastpasses, and churros! OH MY!​
    More Disney craziness written by yours truely.​
    Our nasty dinner and we almost witness a death occur on Main Street USA​
    Ending the night with the best firework show ever​

    August 16th, 2012​
    We head out into the African savannah...​
    We move on into Asia...​
    Our lunch at Yak & Yeti​
    We find out that dinosaurs speak Italian​
    A chapter that includes another ridiculous redneck ride photo of moi​
    Leaving AK/Arriving at the Contemporary​
    ...And our tour continues of the MK resorts!​
    The best meal of the whole trip. Just kidding.​
    I realize what I had been missing out on for all of these years​
    A limo almost loses a passenger at Disney​
    The Magic Kingdom is under attack...well not really.​
    We watch the Big Bear Tambourine and I get a Dole Roll​
    "Soarin', flyin', there's not a star in heaven that we can't reach..."​
    I become the Teenage Kid Pusher Downer of Epcot​
    Meeting Henry and pick a pearl!​
    Karamell Kuche aka HEAVEN!​
    Via Napoli​
    Meeting Duffy the Demon Disney Bear...and Kyle​

    August 19th, 2012
    I find out that I'm married to Hercules​
    A not so busy morning in Fantasyland​
    I am reunited with the old monorail voice guy!​
    The fun begins at Old Key West​
    Our last night in Disney hanging with CMs​

    August 20th, 2012
    The end of our week at Disney

    August 21st, 2012
  2. cheekypoppins

    cheekypoppins DIS Veteran

    Aug 7, 2012
    cool can't wait to read all about your adventure
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  4. LifeIsDis

    LifeIsDis "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    May 22, 2012
    :welcome: to my first reader! So happy to have you here!​
  5. Aussiesalad

    Aussiesalad Totes Mcgoats

    Jun 15, 2011
    Ooh I'm in!
    My TR heavily features the insane drive there too.
    That long in a car can be brutal!
  6. LifeIsDis

    LifeIsDis "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    May 22, 2012
    I will have to check out your TR!
    22 hours in a car is just not fun.​
  7. ireneryan

    ireneryan DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2012
    I'm in, can't wait to read all about it and see pictures!!! Yay!!!:cheer2:
  8. melmar136

    melmar136 DIS Veteran

    Feb 5, 2011
    Hey Meg! It's Mum! Even though I experienced all of this with you, I can't wait to see everything you write about it! And to make sure you don't add in some of the horrible pictures you took of me while you were bored in the car! :rotfl:
  9. LifeIsDis

    LifeIsDis "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    May 22, 2012
    So glad to have you here! Trust me, you will see LOTS of picture. I took alomost 1,600!

    Oh really, it's you? I didn't think it was...

    I won't add any of those pictures. I'm not sure why you don't want me to add them though. I mean, they were great pictures!​
  10. netnurse31

    netnurse31 Some people care too much, I think it's called lov

    Jan 7, 2002
    I'm here! Can't wait to read about your trip!:wave2:
  11. PrincessatheartMN

    PrincessatheartMN Mouseketeer

    Feb 23, 2012
    I am IN - I want to read more! We are not leaving for another 4 days- your report gave me a little smile since I was all over Issac reports. We will be flying. Hopefully not 22 hrs.
  12. Emteach

    Emteach DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2011
    Another August Dis-er here! Looking forward to starting reading your thread before we head out and will definately check up after we return!
  13. LifeIsDis

    LifeIsDis "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    May 22, 2012
    Hi there! :cool1: Welcome!

    Yay! :cheer2:

    I will post an update hopefully tomorrow morning/afternoon!

    I'm crossing my fingers for all of you heading to Florida with Issac!

    Haha I don't think flying will take 22 hours!

    Welcome! Happy to have people from Team August!​
  14. DisneyMomFanatic

    DisneyMomFanatic DIS Veteran

    Jun 21, 2007

    I am in! I won't be able to comment for about 10 days as we leave in the morning for our own journey to the World. But I will have something to come back to and catch up on. I will be doing my own Dining Report when I get back. So happy to read along! :thumbsup2
  15. mommytocalliesue

    mommytocalliesue Mouseketeer

    Oct 16, 2008
    I'm in!!! We stayed at the BC for some of the time you were there! Can't wait to hear about your experiences!
  16. LifeIsDis

    LifeIsDis "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    May 22, 2012
    Welcome! I cannot wait to read your dining report. I love me some food pictures!

    Yay! :wave2: I loved the Beach Club. It was so nice there. I hope you enjoyed your stay!​
  17. beachmama3

    beachmama3 Mouseketeer

    Jul 29, 2011
    Yay! Glad to see this up! Can't wait to hear about your trip!

    Random: A girl was parked next to me at the FL Welcome Center who was headed down to WDW to join the CP. She was totally excited and her car was really decorated. It was adorable. I told my kids they had to do the program when they were old enough. haha

    Also, aaahhhhh I should have stopped at the outlet down and back! What was I thinking? I will def stop on my way home, can't wait to check it out!
  18. disneychic2

    disneychic2 DIS Veteran

    Sep 6, 2010
    I'm on board! Can't wait to hear more about your trip! You are cute as can be and you're Mom is beautiful! She looks like she could be your sister! Must be so great to go in August AND November! Lucky girl!:yay:
  19. tinkgurl

    tinkgurl DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2006
    I'm in! We were at WDW the same time! I will be starting a TR soon; it would be funny if we ended up in each other's pictures!
  20. LifeIsDis

    LifeIsDis "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    May 22, 2012
    Glad to have you here!
    Aww, that is awesome! I REALLY want to do th CP. I have a friend who is down there doing it now and she said it is amazing.
    You HAVE to stop!!!!

    Thank you! That is so nice. And my mom gets told she looks like my sister all the time. :laughing:
    I am so thankful to be going in November too. I cannot wait to see all of the Christmas decoations!

    Howdy! Glad to have you here!
    I cannot wait to check out your TR! That would be so funny!​
  21. LifeIsDis

    LifeIsDis "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."

    May 22, 2012
    The Beginning of our 22 Hour Journey

    August 8, 2012
    That would be the night before Disney. Actually the night before we started our drive to Disney. I would still have to wait three looooonnnnggg days until we actually got to Disney. It was torture, I tell you. I mean I started my countdown at 200 days and I COULDN’T WAIT ANY LONGER. I know 3 days wouldn’t kill me, but still.

    So that night I decided to have a Disney movie marathon, which ended up being half of one movie. I was just too tired to watch one of the best movies ever made (aka The Muppets), which was such a shocker. Usually I am WAY too excited to sleep and I stare at my bedroom ceiling all night, but this wasn’t the case. I do not know what was wrong with me. Strange I tell you!

    So I went to bed at about 11 o’ clock and I was up bright and early the next morning!

    August 9, 2012

    I rolled over in bed the next morning to see that my clock said 6. Whatever, I had a lot of stuff to do, which was to paint my nails, go on Twitter, and pretty much spend the remainder of the day on the DIS. And I say that was a lot to do. Well it is, in my world.

    So I hopped out of bed, did a little happy dance, and put my Jack Skellington Mickey ears on right away.

    I painted my nails next. Which I pretty much do every two days, but I needed to do Disney nails!

    I got my nail polish out…

    And started on my nails!


    And after!
    (that was on my left hand)

    And this was on my right:

    As you can see, I am a very messy nail polish painter, but I think they came out pretty good!

    I took a shower, and got a few last minute things together.

    I was getting pretty antsy at this point. I HAD TO LEAVE!

    Only 3 more hours until we leave. #icantbelievethis

    So I pretty much sat around for those three hours, watched some stupid talk show, said adios to everyone on the DIS and waited. And waited. And waited some more.

    Mum got home at about 3:10 and I was waiting at the door like our cats do when we get home.

    She vacuumed the downstairs and I stood there staring at her the whole time saying in my head “Hurry it up, hurry it up, I WANT TO LEAVE, I can’t wait any longer for a Dole Whip!” And I do not understand why she had to vacuum. I mean, there we would a ton of cat fur everywhere when we got home anyways. I just don’t understand, but whatever.

    We packed all of our gear into the car and we were off. HALLELUJAH!!!

    WE ARE LEAVING!!!!!!!!!

    As soon as we got on the road, Mum said this:

    "My belly is in vacation mode."


    We had to stop at the library and the post office before we left so we stopped there, and then FINALLY the moment I have been waiting for. What was it? TO LEAVE FOR MY HOME. No, not the one in Massachussets where I live. The other one! You know, DISNEY WORLD!

    I was done after the first 60 miles. I just like to get to our destination. This is why we will fly the next time.

    We made some new friends on the way. Like that one big truck who was a jerk. Well the driver of the truck, not the truck itself. This isn’t Cars people. I don’t think cars and trucks can talk in reality. Well maybe in my imagination or John Lasseter’s.

    We stopped at a McDonalds for a high class dinner and used the bathroom.

    My mom wouldn’t let me wear my Mickey ears into McDonalds. #partypooper

    I was really bored, so what do you do when you are bored?

    Just had an epic dance party to the music from Toy Story Mania.


    We were staying over in New Jersey that night. Our hotel was right near the Newark airport, so we actually got to drive next to the runway, which was pretty cool. And planes were flying right over us. I was thinking about yelling to them “TAKE ME TO WALT DISNEY WORLD!!!” but I didn’t know if they could have heard me or not.

    We stayed at the Radisson, which was very nice, and it was right next to a big electronic place. We wanted to get a new TV there, but we didn’t know if it would fit into the car and plus we had to save some room for all of our Disney merchandise.

    On our way into the hotel, Mum dropped her bag and then knocked over her suitcase. A guy was walking past her and never helper her pick up her stuff.
    Mum: “What a gentleman.”
    Me: “No wonder you are single.”
    I am so nice, I know.

    We checked in and we got a room on the fifth floor. Room 508.

    So we headed up there, and it was very nice.



    Just got to the hotel in New Jersey. We have a wonderful view of the highway.
    It was quite lovely really.

    The only problem was that our TV didn’t have a lot of channels and when I would finally find something to watch, it wouldn’t have any sound.

    Then I magically grew a mustache while we were there.
    Don’t ask.

    We were very tired and we had to rest up for the next day cause we had some big plans!​

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