our non-rushing (sorta) disney anniversary w/ PICS & VIDEO! new TR link - p. 136

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  1. punkin413

    punkin413 feel the magic, dang it!

    Jan 9, 2007
    ~intro: you're reading it!

    ~travel day and a night at the hojo: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=24917808&postcount=18

    day 1:
    ~SSR check-in, morning at AK w/ gorillas & bugs: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=24961907&postcount=81
    ~AK - lunch at pizzafari & dinoland: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25004463&postcount=123
    ~AK - maharajah jungle trek & safari: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25052538&postcount=165
    ~AK - video of gorillas: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25074548&postcount=199
    ~AK (FOLK & EE) and resort: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25094292&postcount=218
    ~dinner at kona cafe & arrival at MK: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25170349&postcount=297
    ~MK - spectromagic, wishes and nighttime teacups: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25250439&postcount=333
    ~MK - haunted mansion, big thunder mountain railroad, aladdin's magic carpets & a dole whip! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25355799&postcount=380

    day 2:
    ~shopping at DTD, lunch at earl of sandwich & DHS/beauty & the beast: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25415073&postcount=416
    ~DHS - disney animation, fast cars and indiana jones: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25486809&postcount=474
    ~DHS - dinner at mama melrose, backlot tour & ToT: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25575867&postcount=511
    ~DHS - RnRC, fantasmic and DHS at night: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25613409&postcount=547

    day 3:
    ~walk around SSR: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25682835&postcount=600
    ~DTD and lunch at wolfgang puck express: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25716331&postcount=635
    ~DTD shopping and more shopping: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25754295&postcount=664
    ~late afternoon stroll through epcot WS: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25842717&postcount=731
    ~dinner at narcoosee's: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25897996&postcount=777

    day 4:
    ~MK - lunch at casey's, treehouse climbing & carpet riding: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25947955&postcount=838
    ~MK - POTC, frontierland, presidents & storytime with belle: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26007692&postcount=879
    ~MK - toontown & tomorrowland: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26048576&postcount=921
    ~MK - shopping and dinner at LTT: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26080903&postcount=960
    ~MK - evening in fantasyland & tomorrowland and WISHES: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26196929&postcount=1043

    day 5:
    ~epcot - morning at epcot and lunch at rose & crown: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26297238&postcount=1144
    ~epcot WS - france and morocco: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26441979&postcount=1282
    ~epcot (rest of WS) and DTD: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26527067&postcount=1326

    day 6:
    ~MK - rope drop and fantasyland: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26624849&postcount=1408
    ~MK - toon town, princesses and anna & company's morning at SSR: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26691045&postcount=1504
    ~MK - adventureland & frontierland: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26809625&postcount=1602
    ~MK statue pics & WL: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26881053&postcount=1665
    ~pirate & princess party (P&PP) arrival, dinner and adventureland: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26952150&postcount=1713
    ~P&PP - captain jack sparrow & splash mountain: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=27025849&postcount=1784
    ~P&PP - enchanted adventures parade: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=27076127&postcount=1820
    ~P&PP - magic, music & mayhem fireworks: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=27178828&postcount=1882
    ~P&PP - tomorrowland, fantasyland & goodbye to MK: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=27278970&postcount=1940

    day 7:
    ~departure day: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=27300593&postcount=1980

    non-TR stuff:
    ~photopass pictures arrive! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25134732&postcount=274
    ~tennessee trip - dismeet with memom and company: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25328056&postcount=363
    ~pre-TR update (sept. shopping & dec. alternative itinerary): http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=25942833&postcount=827
    ~MVMCP tickets and other misc. stuff: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26087187&postcount=980
    ~birthday pics: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26358978&postcount=1232
    ~pictures of brooke and jon's WDW trip: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26363300&postcount=1239
    ~september travel papers/luggage tags arrive! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26593521&postcount=1392
    ~dawn's september countdown: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26665919&postcount=1467
    ~erica's september countdown: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26678125&postcount=1484
    ~non-update (just various happenings in the life of dawn & ray....and anna, chris and luke, too! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26798672&postcount=1588
    ~non-update - more ticket arrivals and bonfire pics: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=26986237&postcount=1756
    ~misc. stuff & trip to nashville: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=27155687&postcount=1858

    well, the trip's over and now comes the time to relive it here on the DIS. makes the post-disney blues a little easier to deal with! ;)

    i'm sure most of you are coming over from my pre-TR, but for those of you who are new to this, i'll do a quick overview:


    that would be me and DH. my name is dawn and i'm a 31-year-old court reporter. my DH's name is ray and he's a 36-year-old desktop administrator. here we are at MK last year....one of my favorite shots:


    we also have a couple of flat companions.....here they are below. that's flat beana on the left and flat mattica on the right. and let me tell you...... THEY ARE SOME PARTY ANIMALS!



    our 6-year anniversary trip to disney world. our anniversary is actually on april 13th, but we don't do spring break crowds, so we postponed it a couple weeks.


    we stayed at SSR this trip and loved it. renting points from dear DVC friends (thanks, tara!) rocks!!!

    we left on saturday, april 26th and came back home on saturday, may 3rd


    why? um........do we need a reason for disney world????? WHY NOT?!?!?!?! :goodvibes

    i will be back later tonight with my first installment. just wanted to go ahead and start this thing! :flower3:

    by the way, in case you're interested (or just really bored), check out my pre-TR for this trip: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=21189910
  2. lexmelinda

    lexmelinda <font color=blue>Has a Seussical googling DD<br><f

    Apr 21, 2006
    Can't wait to hear all about it, Dawn!
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  4. Eventer98

    Eventer98 DIS Veteran

    Jul 13, 2006
    Super happy you are already starting the TR!!! Hope to read something tonight..Sunday nights always stink b/c of work tomorrow so I will need a pick-me-up!! :thumbsup2
  5. MeMom

    MeMom DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2007
    We're here and ready to see and hear about the fun!
  6. BrooklynnsMommy

    BrooklynnsMommy DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2006
    Brooklynn and I are ready and waiting. We have 55 days until our trip so we will enjoy your pictures until we can be there ourselves.
  7. hlrababy

    hlrababy Disney Princess ~Tinkerbell, sprinkle me with

    Apr 6, 2006
    Yea!!! YOur back and I can't wait to hear all about it!:goodvibes
  8. LMO429

    LMO429 DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2007
    Hey Dawn! Im subscribing :goodvibes Glad to hear you had a fantastic time!very excited to hear you LOVED the Pirate and Princess Party i am looking forward to it so much we are going May 16th

    Looking forward to you trip report
  9. TunaJr

    TunaJr Life's a Brick!

    Feb 1, 2007
    Wow! I can't believe it's done., but looking forward to hearing all about it. I hope you and Ray had a wonderful time and all your dreams and wishes came true..........
  10. iluv2go2disney

    iluv2go2disney Please Oh Please! Can't we live at Walt Disney Wor

    Aug 4, 2007
    I'm here too. I can't wait to hear all about your trip.
  11. nateryan

    nateryan Mouseketeer

    Jan 1, 2007
    Can't wait to hear all about your trip!! :cool1:
  12. PrincessToozie

    PrincessToozie Mouseketeer

    Apr 29, 2008
    Cant wait to hear some more!
  13. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/dm.

    Feb 28, 2007
    :cool1: Me and my new tag are in!!! Can't wait to read all about it. You and Ray make a cute couple. :goodvibes
  14. VandyFan10

    VandyFan10 GoDoReS!!!!

    Aug 12, 2007
    Oh sheesh....I prob didn't even make the first page :confused3 (WHEW....just made it :lmao: )

    I tell you what....you take off a few hours and get left behind like mad :rotfl:
  15. jess98ac

    jess98ac DIS Veteran

    Dec 29, 2004
    Welcome back!! Me and my big ol belly are excited to read the TR!!
  16. hlrababy

    hlrababy Disney Princess ~Tinkerbell, sprinkle me with

    Apr 6, 2006
    I must be a stalker!! :lmao: I keep coming and checking to see if you have started your report yes!!!:rotfl2:
  17. Eventer98

    Eventer98 DIS Veteran

    Jul 13, 2006
    me too!! :rotfl:
  18. IcePrincess467

    IcePrincess467 Love everything about WDW and I am Addicted to The

    Mar 10, 2007
    Yay!! Dawn is back! Wahoo!!! Can't wait to read more about your trip!!

    Welcome Back!!:cheer2:
  19. punkin413

    punkin413 feel the magic, dang it!

    Jan 9, 2007
    thank you all so much for joining in the fun! nice to see all the familiar faces and welcome to the new ones, too! now......on to the trip!!!!


    so as most of you know, i was waiting for DH to wake up on saturday (4/26) so we could pack up the car and leave. he got up around 10:00 and i jumped in the shower, packed the car, kissed my fur-babies goodbye and then we were off! i think we left the house around 11:30. we swung by the mcdonald's near our house to get lunch so we wouldn't have to stop further down the road. i made sure to buckle in mattica and beana. i drove most of the way, but ray did end up taking over in south georgia and he can be a crazy driver!


    we had great luck with traffic on the way down. not much at all! of course it was a saturday, so that makes sense. there was some construction in south georgia, but no biggie. we stopped in tifton for gas and a quick pick-me-up at starbucks and ray took over the driving from there.

    practice for the food porn pics to come!


    we passed this sign at exactly 4:02 p.m.! :yay:


    we took the highway 429 route to orlando instead of following the florida turnpike all the way to I-4. i love this way - there's no one around and it just seems a lot quicker. the last time i came this way it was around midnight. well, this time it was daylight and you could see the contemporary resort and EE from the highway! although i found it funny that you couldn't see the castle. anyway, that got me really excited! :woohoo:

    we arrived in orlando around 7:00 and found the howard johnson we were staying in on that first night with no problem. check-in was a breeze and then we found our room.......right next to 4 bus loads of high school kids!!!!!!! :scared1: the hotel was okay. very old and dingy. i didn't want to walk on the floor without shoes and i definitely wasn't gonna sleep with the comforter on the bed! :scared: here's a picture of our room.....thrilling, huh?


    notice the mickey D's bag? ray got an extra cheeseburger for a late-night snack. :rolleyes: and of course some pre-disney adult beverages! ;)

    we decided to go across the street to joe's crab shack for dinner. mattica and beana were exhausted so they stayed behind to take a nap. they weren't happy about sharing a bed, but they got used to it over the course of the trip! :grouphug:


    they had a 45-minute wait at joe's crab shack, so we just walked around the cute little village area they had over there while we waited. i saw the water tower thing and i realized that we were in celebration, florida. isn't this where a good bit of the CMs from WDW live? it seems like i've read that before. anyway, here's a pic of the tower and the area around it. it was a cute little place!


    we finally got "buzzed" to come in. our food was pretty good. we just shared a crab dip appetizer, a caesar salad and the east coast feast platter. check out the sign on the door next to our table.....i knew some of you would get a kick out of it! :laughing:


    i took a pic of the celebration sign again on our way out - it's pretty there at night!


    so we got back to the hotel around 9:30 and they were calling all the high school kids back into the hotel for curfew.....thank goodness! we were ready to get a good night's rest before we headed to WDW tomorrow morning!

    well, all was good (as some of you guys know because i posted that night)....FOR AWHILE. we discovered about an hour after laying down to go to bed that we had very noisy and VERY ACTIVE neighbors. it was DISGUSTING!!!!!!! :sad2: every time i'd fall asleep i'd get woken up a few minutes later by ........ i'll just say noise. yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    to make a long and really gross story short, ray ended up waking up around 6:30 and couldn't go back to sleep. i had my cell alarm set for 7:20 anyway, so it wasn't that far off. but neither one of us got good sleep. so we decided to make the best of our being awake and get a jump on the day. we were up, showered and ready to go check out by 7:15! we swung by the BK lounge (our name for burger king a la dane cook) for a quick bite of breakfast and we were on our way to SSR and disney world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :dance3: :cool1: :woohoo: :cool1: :dance3:

    coming up next........our check-in, AK crowds and what do you mean there's a 90-minute wait at EE?????????? :eek:
  20. MA pigletfan

    MA pigletfan DIS Veteran

    Dec 18, 2006
    WOOHOO!!! SO happy to have you back Dawn..Loving the start of the report..EEw to the noisy neighbors..but YAY to being thisclose to the start of your WdW vacation! :goodvibes
  21. hlrababy

    hlrababy Disney Princess ~Tinkerbell, sprinkle me with

    Apr 6, 2006
    Eww, nothing worse than "loud" neighbors when you want a good nights sleep!!

    I am really excited you started your trip! My hubby is reading this with me and the first thing he said was, "Hey, they got some ML!!" The adult beverage caught his eye!:goodvibes

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