Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Final thoughts/future trips 4/2p90 The End 4/4p92

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by MEK, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    [/COLOR]Good Morning DIS friends. I am about to start ANOTHER trip report. They are becoming a way of life for me.

    Let's see.....2 summers ago I started with Our "Better Late Than Never" trip to Vero Beach and SSR.

    6 months later DH and I experienced our first solo trip at SSR in December.

    Fast forward to June 09 when we took the family and my delightful nephew LJ to "Kick It" at Kidani.

    Three short months later DH and I headed back to "Play It" at POP for free dining. We upgraded to Deluxe dining and celebrated our 20th anniversary.

    In May 2010 we traveled to "Wheel and Deal" at the Villas of Wilderness Lodge with our friends Chuck and Cathy. I had some health "issues" during that trip which prohibited me from drinking alcohol, thus putting a damper on the festivities because I missed out on the Cinco de Mayo meet. We also missed a good portion of the epcot flower and garden festivities. I am not exactly sure why that happened. Poor planning I guess. At any rate, it was a fun trip and we experienced a lovely new resort. We also experienced Cirque and I tried out for American Idol. Thanks to all of you who followed me on that TR! :hug:

    That brings me to my current trip. One that I shared with my GF and coworker Jen (Ducky 4 Disney). Keeping with my current TR theme I was going to title this TR "Bebopping at BLT" (B....B....get it?), but I kept hearing a little voice in my head saying, "Wow - you keep inching yourself closer to the castle".

    If you think about it, it makes sense. Last May I stayed at WL which allowed me boat access and a wonderful view of the castle (from the top of the roof). But BLT allowed me a full view of that castle and my own private walking/running path (which I happily shared) to the MK. Every time I walked into our BLT room I thought "WoW. I am really close to the castle!"

    So...How did this trip come to be?

    Well, Jen and I have worked together for at least 7 years. It is pure coincidence that we both happen to be Disney freaks. Jen was very well established in the ways of Disney when I met her. I was a novice. I had just finished my first trip to Disney (2002) when I started working at my current place of employment. In 2003 I booked that "one last trip to Disney". That was around the time I met Jen. She kept saying, "You're not done yet" and she was right. After a few more trips to Disney she offered me rental of her DVC points (at an awesome rate I might add) and that's when I feel in love with SSR. It took me another year or two to eventually buy there, but it was a great decision. :thumbsup2 did this trip happen? Well last spring Jen was planning to go to PA school. She was supposed to start on September 20th of this year. In joking, I said to her, "You need one last trip to Disney before you start school. I'll go with you. I am planning to go sometime in the fall anyway".

    By the end of the day our Girl's Trip had been planned. Jen booked 4 nights at BLT, lake view (which ended up much more than that - but more on that later). When Jen made the reservation we were only a few days shy of 180 days so by the next week our ADRs were settled and booked.

    Unfortunately, Jen decided to defer PA school for another year, but that did not quell either one of our desires to see Disney. Before long we decided to arrive one night early and stay at POFQ. Our 4 night trip had become a 5 night trip with the click of a mouse on the SWA website. Yeah Us!

    So that's the background. Our trip dates were September 11th to September 16th with one night at POFQ and 4 nights at BLT. It was a really awesome trip and there is a lot to be said for going to the world with someone who loves Disney as much as you do. We weren't commando. We took time to smell the roses and experience the other monorail resorts. We booked a special tour and we experienced MNSSHP. We also had a special Dis meet. But more on all those things later.

    Here's a few pictures.........


    Here's Jen, happy that we are finally on our way.


    Here's me...the one on the right....during last May's trip to the world. Sorry I don't have any pictures of me uploaded to photobucket yet. I suspect Jen has more pics of me than I do. And, of course, our photopass CD is not back yet. Also - a few of you commented on my last TR that you liked that shirt I was wearing in this picture. I lost it!!!!! That's right! I never saw it again after the May trip. I think I must have left it there. :sad2:

    So on September 11th at 10am I was clearly packed on ready to leave for the airport. As you can see I am seriously overpacked for a 5 night trip.......


    Here is my new little disney bag that arrived the day before departure. Thank you


    And thank goodness for these guys and SWA's policy of bags fly free.....


    Up Next....DAY 1...Departure Day and DME Rockstars!

  2. John's Mom

    John's Mom Jambo Wildbunch Gang

    Jun 20, 2004
    Count me in! :surfweb: I can't wait to hear all about it and see your great pics!

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  4. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    1. Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Introductions
    2. Welcome Jen Ducky 4 Disney
    3. DME Rockstars
    4. Jen's Update
    5. Taking the Bus....I mean DTD
    6. Jen's Update
    7. The DTD (continued)
    8. In Search of Rita (Part I) do=newreply&p=38412979
    9. In Search of Rita (Part 2)
    10. Jen's Update
    11. No One Has More Fun Than Us....Bob Jackson
    12. Let's Bebop Over to BLT part 1
    13. Let's Bebop Over to BLT continued
    14. Jen's Update
    15. Let's Bebop Over to BLT with a long MK detour
    16. Continued
    17. Let's Bebop Over to BLT with more MK detouring
    18. Jen's Update
    19. Jen's Update continued
    20. BLT FINALLY!
    21. BLT finally (continued)....
    22. Jen's Update BLT Studio Pics
    23. Poly Pool Hop
    24. Jen's Poly Pool Hop Update
    25. Jen's Poly Pool Hop Update (continued)
    26. Would you like some alcohol with that ice?
    27. Continued with firework pics
    28. Jen's Wave Update
    29. Jen's TOWL and Wishes Update
    30. Off the Beaten Path
    31. Jen's Update
    32. More AK pictures
    33. More of Jen's AK pictures
    34. Front Row EE Mojo Ride 1 (Jen's pics)
    35. Front Row EE Mojo Ride 2 (Jen's pics)
    36. Jen's Pictures on the Way to the Safari
    37. Now MEK's Front Row Mojo, almost lost my camera, pics!
    38. MEK's On the Way to Safari Pics
    39. Jen Rockin' the Safari
    40. MEK Goofing Around In Harambe
    41. MEK Front Row Safari Mojo
    42. Continued........
    43. Lost Safari Pics and Yummy Lunch at AK
    44. continued
    45. continued
    46. Jen's Update
    47. Garden Grill (Jen's Update)
    48. Jen's GC update continued with BLT pool pics
    49. Jen's Illumination update
    50. Garden Grill and Illuminations (ME's update)
    51. Illuminations (continued)
    52. Segway Around the World
    53. Jen's Segway Around the World with MEK being a sherpa
    54. Jen's Club Cool and Grand Fiesta Update
    55. Jen's Le Cellier Update
    56. Meet Flat Mickey
    57. Flat Mickey does the Cave!
    58. Flat Mickey meets KP in England
    59. Le Cellier Lunch with lots of pictures - drool! & KP and Mickey visit china
    60. Jen's beautiful China pictures from the KP mission
    61. Pictures of My Running Path and other things on the Monorail Loop
    62. Day 3 "DOH" (almost a meltdown)
    63. Jen's Update MNSSHP
    64. Jen's Update MNSSHP part 2
    65. The case of the missing camera battery and meeting LL
    66. She Made Me Run
    67. Jen's Parade Pictures and more
    68. MEK's Parade Pictures
    69. Parade Pics (continued)
    70. Last pictures of the Night
    71. Day 4 Recap (Because it was a long day and it took forever to write about it)
    72. Day 5 by Jen
    73. Kitchen Pictures
    74. Opening Ceremony
    75. The Hunt for the Elusive Battery
    75. Breakfast at the Kona Cafe
    76. Exploring the Grand Flo
    77. Grand Flo Quiet Pool
    78. continued
    79. The Wedding Chapel (Part 1)
    80. The Wedding Chapel (part 2)
    81. The Wedding Chapel (part 3)
    82. Jen's Grand Floridian pics (Part 1)
    83. Jen's GF pics (part 2)
    84. The End of Our GF Visit
    85. Adult Beverages meet Kim Possible in Norway
    86. Jen's Empty Glass
    87. Singing Beer Steins and Greek Wine Flights
    88. The End of Day 5
    89. The End of Day 5 by Jen
    90. Day 5 Recap
    91. The Longest Wait Ever
    92. Jen's Wait
    93. AP Drama
    94. AP Drama (cont)
    95. Leaving HS
    96. A Boat Tour
    97. The Boat Tour continues
    98. France ...Oh La La
    99. Jen's Update
    100. Continued
    101. Viva La France
    102. Viva La France (cont) and Hello ME
    103. Continued
    104. Photopass Pictures
    105. Photopass Pictures (continued)
    106. Trip Recap and Firsts Part I
    107. Trip Recap and Firsts (continued)
    108. Trip Recap and Firsts Part II
    109. Trip Recap and Firsts (continued)
    110. Jen's Recap
    111. Trip Recap and Firsts (part 3)
    112. Part 3 (continued)
    113. Final and Thoughts and Future Trips
    114. The End!
  5. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    Woot! You started!!!!!!!!!!:cool1:
  6. manntra

    manntra DIS Veteran

    Feb 19, 2007
    Woo hoo!!!!

    So happy you started!!!! I have been patiently waiting :rolleyes1 Love the title!!! Absolutely perfect!! :thumbsup2 Hmmmm that IS a lot of luggage!!! ;)

    Ughhhhh I can't believe you lost that shirt! I love the colors :sad1:

  7. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009

    Very sad, it's a super cute shirt!

    DME Rockstars!!!!!!!!!! I love it! And I love that you overpacked :rotfl: sadly, my bags won't fly free but that probably won't keep me from overpacking for May!

  8. Disneymoon09

    Disneymoon09 DIS Veteran

    Jun 15, 2009
    I'm here! now going back to read!
  9. Disneymoon09

    Disneymoon09 DIS Veteran

    Jun 15, 2009
    I love this! I would love to do a girls only trip someday!
  10. dawnbu40

    dawnbu40 DIS Veteran

    Feb 26, 2008
    :woohoo: you've begun! Can't wait to hear about all the fun and see more of your beautiful pictures :goodvibes
  11. Lady Lallie

    Lady Lallie DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    I'm so excited that you have started!! :banana:

    There is no such thing as overpacking for Disney. :rolleyes1:lmao:
  12. PrincessCaitlin

    PrincessCaitlin DIS Veteran

    Feb 1, 2009
    I'm in can't wait to hear about MNSSHP!!!
  13. praisehisname

    praisehisname DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2003
    I'm here and going back to read now! :yay:
  14. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    I wanna join in on the fun too!
  15. mickeysmyboy

    mickeysmyboy <a href="" targ

    Feb 15, 2008
    :cool1::banana: Wooo hoooo! I'm so excited you started! Can't wait to hear more!
  16. Mndisneygirl

    Mndisneygirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 15, 2008
    YAY! I'm subbing!!:yay:
  17. Charleston Princess

    Charleston Princess DIS Veteran

    Jan 28, 2008
  18. vamassey1

    vamassey1 DIS Veteran

    Oct 13, 2005
    I'm here too! But I missed page 1.:sad2:
  19. Nermel9

    Nermel9 DIS Veteran

    Mar 18, 2009
    Yay, so happy you started!!! :cool1:
  20. heaven2dc

    heaven2dc DIS Veteran

    May 26, 2003
    Loved your Mickey bag! How cute! This should be a fun trip :banana:
  21. Ducky4Disney

    Ducky4Disney -->Place Tag HERE!

    Sep 24, 2003
    I am so happy to be a part of this TR! :woohoo: I'm not that good at writing TR's on my own so being MEK's sidekick-commentator is a great way to start. :thumbsup2

    This was definitely an impromptu trip! She said I needed to go to WDW one more time before school and offered to accompany me. Not one to back down from a WDW offer I called her bluff and made the ressie at BLT! It didn't seem real at first. Nothing did; quitting my job, going back to school, or going to WDW. The first two things on that list were put on hold but not the last one; we were DISNEYBOUND!

    When people found out I was going back to WDW (again) they assumed I was taking my family -:lmao:- and were surprised, if not shocked when they found out I was going with a GF only.

    Mama needs a vaca from being Mama; KWIM? :cool2:

    I usually travel with the mantra: If you forgot to pack it, buy it; if you can't buy it, you didn't really need it. After this trip I might amend that to say: if you can't buy it, have a friend overnight it to you! I'm sure we'll talk about that later :rolleyes:

    So, MEK was packed days before we left while I was literally still grabbing things as I walked out the door!

    Here is how differently we pack:

    Mary Ellen
    One medium/large suitcase, large backpack, rolling cooler, and a camera bag!

    One medium/large suicase and a hip pack.

    I kept asking her if she wanted me to carry something, but she had it under control.

    De plane, de plane!

    Hum the Jaws theme to this one...


    Inching My Way Closer to the Castle!

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