From 8 to 80!Seeing the Magic through a new set of eyes-Updated7/15-NEW TR LINK pg 28

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  1. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    Hello everyone and Welcome aboard the newest trip report from your good friend Katt!! Or, if you’re new here and just came in to check things out, your brand new friend Katt!! Yay! :welcome: I’m just here to do the usual run down and intro post before getting things going on our latest and greatest adventure!!


    Me, Katt! Your Wilderness Explorer guide and ghost host for today!!


    I’m 24 years old, or, a mere 6 if you go by the rules of Neverland, and of course, I am 6, and will always act like it, especially at Disney! Baha! My first trip was back in 1997 when I was a mere 7 (for real this time) over to Disneyland, back when it was one park. I was very fortunate to go on this trip as my Mom was a single mother and only worked part time in order to be home with me when she could! I then took a break from Disney for 14 years almost exactly, and returned in May 2011 with a group of friends, and from there, the addiction began!

    When I’m not at flying around in an elephant in Florida, you can generally find me bartending at your local dinner theater way up here in the good ole Canada! I also dance, and have performed/danced/competed my entire life through a wide variety of things, and between the love for that, and love for Disney now have a goal to be part of the entertainment strain of the company! Ultimate dream: Festival of the Lion King bird! ACK! My one true love, but really, I’ll do anything if it involves performing. And after this most recent trip, I’ve decided that when my entertainment days are over, I would love to take up a role in Guest Relations and end up doing the variety of tours that Disney has to offer!

    Park: Magic Kingdom, followed closely by Animal Kingdom
    Land in MK: Main Street!
    Rides: Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, Expedition Everest, Splash Mtn, the Peoplemover
    Attractions: Hoop De Doo, Festival of the Lion King, One Man's Dream, the Wilderness Explorer game!
    Nighttime Show: Hallowishes and Fantasmic, and Wishes
    Snack: Uncrustables, Le Fou's Brew, GM Slush!
    Characters: Tinkerbell, Periwinkle,Lottie, Naveen, Rapunzel, Tigger, Duffy
    Table Service Restaurant: Be Our Guest
    Overall Favorite Part: Certain parts of the Keys to the Kingdom Tour that we’ll talk about later, and the Halloween Party, and getting to go with someone who had never been before to see the magic "through their eyes!"​

    Now, who joined me on this trip? Well, first off, was my Mom; Ann! From here on we’ll call her Mom!


    It was her second trip down to Disney World, after I took her on a surprise Birthday trip last Sept, where it was just the two of us and I showed her the ropes of everything! We met pretty much all the characters, ate at a TON of restaurants, and she even braved ever single ride that I went on! She did tell me to warn her next time I planned on taking her on Everest 3 times in a row though! Mom was super excited to get back into the swing of things, and have some dance parties with some characters and eat some good food again! Mom’s the mere age of 10, and was technically celebrating her birthday on this trip as well! She works part time I believe now, but is mainly retired from her official job. She does keep occupied though, as she’s on a gymnastics team strictly for people above the age of 60 (I believe that’s the age, could be wrong, haha).

    Through this gymnastics team, comes the third member of our party, Anne!


    When I started to talk to Mom about going down again in Sept, she said that Anne had always wanted to go, but her husband wasn’t a fan of crowds, so she would come with us!! Anne was celebrating a birthday this trip, on the 19, so it was even during the trip! And since it gets revealed later, I’ll just tell you, she was turning the 80 years young! Amazing!!

    That about covers the big intros! There were MANY guest stars along the way, both old friends, familiar faces, and brand new people to meet!

    When: September 11-19th!

    Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter

    Why: Well, we were celebrating two birthdays, and it’s Sept, it’s a great time to go to Disney World!!

    Special Stuff: -We had Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets booked, and I had TWO nights of parties that we’d be going to!
    -Keys to the Kingdom Tour was booked for the last morning!
    -Anne’s Birthday!
    - I had plenty of Disneybounding outfits to try out! For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when you take regular, every day clothes, and put them together into outfits that resemble the character! It’s a nice way to pay respect to your favorite characters without actually dressing up, as adults aren’t supposed to!
    -And of course, with September Disney trips, comes FREE DINING!! I booked the package once we knew we were going, and then once the free dining was released, I added it to our package and made sure all our ADR’s were correct, and boy was I excited to try some new places, and of course, return to some old favorites!

    Now that we’ve covered all the basics, I’ll leave you with this:

    It’s our trip video!! I had been wanting to make one for ages, and finally got just enough video clips to make it work, I was determined! It’s not the best, and I didn’t get enough video with US in it, and the transitions are a little choppy at the beginning, but hey, it’s a start!

    Thanks for joining, and I’ll try to stop babbling so much in the next little bit and get on with the GOOD STUFF!!

    Chapter Links

    --But First, an Exciting Real Life Update!

    Day 1- Wednesday Sept 11

    Let's GOOOOOOOOO!!!
    Celebrating With Mickey

    Day 2-Thursday Sept 12th!

    Did I Need That Card?
    From the Caspian Sea To a Quiet Village
    You Gotta Crow!
    Galactic Heroes!
    A Dream For SHADE!
    It Really Is A Day of Dreaming
    Best Selfie EVER!
    Run Ins With Old Friends
    A Mysterious Dinner
    A Magical Ending

    Day 3-Friday Sept 13th
    No Trains Today
    Animals Sure Like Mornings
    Amazing As Usual
    Happy Birthday with Hunny
    Bring Me Any Snacks?
    We Should Go To Neverland!
    Seen You Flyin Around Here Before!
    A Trick Or Treat
    A Spooky Villain Halloween
    Awesome Meets and Halloween Greets!
    Mickey's Extra Scary Halloween Party

    Day 4-Saturday Sept 14
    A Wasted Magical Hour
    A Sugar Fuelled Breakfast
    IT EXISTS!!!
    REAL LIFE UPDATE- Auditions, & Disney fun!
    A Beauty But a Funny Girl
    I Promise I'll Get A Phone Number
    A Meal Certainly Out of This World
    A Chance Dismeet
    Never Give Up!

    Day 5-Sunday Sept 15
    Unheard of Events
    The Big Blue World
    The One With the Conservation
    My Friends Are You ready For the Party?!
    The Hoop De Doo
    HDDR #2

    Day 6-Monday Sept 16
    A Foam Finger
    What Means Aye Caramba?
    Like the Cheshire Cat
    The One With the Missing Pictures

    Day 7-Tuesday Sept 17th
    The One with the Future Son In Law
    A Little Troublemaker
    Muscle, or Waterwing?
    Returning to Favorite Places
    Catching Up & Falling Behind
    I Need to Find My Puppies
    Bring Him With You Next Time
    We're Not Being Mean, It's Just Part of Our Routine
    A Spooky Villain Fright Night
    Watch for Black Cats
    A Frightful Finale

    Day 8- Wednesday Sept 18th
    The One With the Key
    The Key To Adventure
    So Much Deliciousness
    A Royal Introduction
    The Best Kind of Princesses
    It Was All Started by a Mouse

    Day 9- Thursday Sept 19th
    Can I Please Just Stay?
    A Wonderful Thank You
    Dining Reviews

    -The Sega Begins!

    Day 1-Sunday Oct 27th
    Back to the Magic
    It's Really not So Scary
    The One With the Villains
    In Conclusion

    Day 2-Monday Oct 28th
    Let's Make it 8!
    The Circle of Feels
    The One With the Fast Pass Plus
    We MADE IT!!!!

    Day 3-> Tuesday Oct 29th
    Those Faces
    A By Chance Meet Up
    Something Strange
    Happy Halloween
    A Spooky Ending
  2. MagicalMerida

    MagicalMerida Mouseketeer

    Jan 27, 2013
    OH MY GOSH!!! #firstreply (hopefully) So excited to hear about your magical Halloween adventures!:wizard:
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  4. wiigirl

    wiigirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2012
    Following along! :)
  5. Nermel9

    Nermel9 DIS Veteran

    Mar 18, 2009
    I'm in! Followed your PTR for this trip but I got behind, so now I'm anxious to see how the trip turned out! :dance3:
  6. MagicalMerida

    MagicalMerida Mouseketeer

    Jan 27, 2013
    Just watched the trip video. IT IS AMAZING!!! My sister said it made her want to go back ten times more thatn she already did! It looked like y'all had alot of fun!
  7. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    I'm here! Can't wait to hear about the trip!
  8. Credit Man

    Credit Man <font color=teal>Love the shark reef<br><font colo

    Feb 18, 2000
    I'm in! Enjoyed the video.
  9. JessM

    JessM We all have a dream

    Sep 5, 2012
    Yay! You started your next Trip Report! I can't wait to hear all about your adventures, especially MNSSHP twice!
  10. NancyLuvsMickey

    NancyLuvsMickey DIS Veteran

    Oct 3, 2009
    I'm here... Can't wait to read all about it!!! popcorn::
  11. NancyLuvsMickey

    NancyLuvsMickey DIS Veteran

    Oct 3, 2009
    Anne is 80??? :eek: Wow!!! I hope I look half that good at her age... :thumbsup2

    Love the video!!! :love:
  12. DisneyKid4Life

    DisneyKid4Life DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2013
    YAY... and the final (I think) of the September Cavalcade of Trip Reports has started!! :goodvibes

    So excited and subbing since I've already passed the written PTR exam with a score of 100%!! :woohoo:

    HOLY CRAP... SERIOUSLY!!?? She was turning 80!!?? She's got some good genes. Just WOW.
  13. pirateprincess1976

    pirateprincess1976 Mouseketeer

    Feb 26, 2012
    i'm here!!!!! :cheer2: wouldn't miss it for the world! Your mom is so adorable and sweet and holy smokes, Anne is 80?!? Really? I never would have guessed that. Can't wait to hear about everything, dying to hear about keys to the kingdom, i want to do that next time I go.
  14. Pluto0809

    Pluto0809 DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2012
    Here!! Loved the intro. I'm going to have to go back and watch the video at home because my computer here at work is old and it won't run right.
  15. RGirl

    RGirl Change Is Good

    Jan 7, 2010
    Shannon clued me in to your report, and I'm excited to read along! :cool1:
  16. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    Yay!! ANd yes you are first! Congrats! Lol. Thanks!!

    Welcome back!

    Yay! Welcome! It turned out absolutely fantastic that's for sure! Lol. Glad you're here for the journey!

  17. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    Awee! Thank you so much! I definitely added a lot of my favorite classic disney things in there too lol. Glad you guys enjoyed it!! It was a blast!

    Yay!! I'm excited that you're still truckin along with my TR's! Lol

    Thank you!! Enjoy the journey!

  18. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    I did!! Glad you're here! And it's an exciting story to tell thats for sure!!

    Thanks for coming!! I'm excited to share the adventure with everyone!! I know right!? She looks great and kept up energy wise amazingly the whole trip! Lol. Thank you! I did what I could for a first video!

    I know right?! Once Jen had started I knew I needed to start, photopass CD or not lol! I didn't want to be the last, but hey, you win some you lose some lol!

    Congrats again on that! I don't believe there will be any tests in the TR, but who knows, I might come up with something?? Anne's got some amazing gene's! She definitely shocked some people during the trip!
  19. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    Yay!! Glad you're here! So glad we could run into you down there too!! KTTK is amazing, ACK! I want to do ALL the tours they offer, like, seriously, they're amazing!!

    Thanks!! And glad you'll check it out haha, I did what I could. Thanks for continuing to come read!

    Awe! So happy you came over from Shannon's TR! She's the best!! I definitely bookmarked yours to read later!! I just need more time off work lol!!
  20. MissManda

    MissManda DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2011
    I don't often comment but I do read all of your updates! I can't wait to hear all about your trip. It looks like it was a lot of fun! I'm sure it was a special trip for all of you.

    I can't believe your Mom's friend turned 80! Wow!!! She looks amazing. Even my 16yo couldn't believe it. He said that she looks "54". He thought I was lying when I said she was 80 and then I showed him the clip from your video.
  21. belle032

    belle032 Mouseketeer

    Apr 6, 2011
    I'm subbing too1 Cant' wait to read about your newest Disney adventures. Just came back from WDW last night and already going through withdrawal so this will definitely help! :thumbsup2

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