- Oct 16, 2015
I am here!!! Can't wait to hear all about the trip!
Welcome! I'm excited to share them.Wow, I'm first!
I'm so excited to read about BOTH of your trips!
Glad you're here. Yeah, it was definitely everything that Orlando-in-August promises to beI’m joining in, our trips coincided some, It was a hot one!
Welcome! I can't wait to tell you about it.I'm here. I can't wait to hear all about the trip.
Thanks for joining in! I don't think my bank account can handle any more trips for a while, but this bonus visit was a real treat.Joining in too!
I read your post on EEMH and it looks like it was an amazing day... can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip!
I understand the part about planning an earlier than expected trip... you feel like you are doing this once-in-a-lifetime thing at first, but then you are HOOKED and need to plan another trip ASAP!
Yay! Good to have you on board.Here!!! Can’t wait to hear how it all went!
Welcome aboard! Glad to hear you appreciate my crazy ramblingsFollowing, I really enjoyed your recent report and I look forward to reading this report. You girls are so cute! My daughter and I are doing a girls trip in September to go to MNSSHP and can't wait to read about your party night..
Thanks for joining in. Yup, the weather couldn't be described as comfortable, but we still had a great time.Glad to see that you survived. I saw how at the end of August, Walt Disney World could feel like you are on the sun. I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip
Not late at all! Glad to have you along.I'm late to the party, but can't wait to hear all about it!
Thanks for joining in. Can't wait to share all about it!Joining in! Can't wait to hear all about it!
Thanks for joining in. I don't think we can afford that kind of about face again any time soon, but this one was truly lovely.I really enjoyed your last TR, so glad to have another to read! We are very familiar with the about-face from “not going back for 5 years” to “lets go in a few months!”
Thanks for reading along. I hope you had a great trip, too!Joining in! We were there at the same time!
Thanks for joining in!Joining in! Looking forward to reading about it!
Thanks for reading along. I definitely understand adding time to make it to a partyYeah ! Looking forward to reading more about your adventures!
I just added a day to my Nov Universal trip to go to MVMCP so get it .
Welcome aboard! I can't wait to share it with you.Can't wait to read your report! Really excited to hear your thoughts on this year's MNSSHP
Thanks for joining in. I look forward to sharing.Joining in! I enjoyed reading your first TR, and am looking forward to reading this one
Welcome! Super excited to write all about it.Joining in! Super excited to read about your trip!!
Welcome! Crazy long weekend trip is first on the docket.Joining in! Looking forward to the crazy long weekend trip!
Welcome aboard!Joining in!!
Thanks for joining in! I can't wait to share.I am here!!! Can't wait to hear all about the trip!
Welcome aboard!I am here and excited to hear about your latest trip!
Welcome! Thanks for joining in.
Can't wait to hear all about your trip!
Thanks for joining in. I can't wait to share.I am so HERE!!! Can't wait to hear your take on this week!!!
Welcome! Thanks for joining in.Yay!!! Super excited to hear about the bonus MNSSHP trip!
Not once did I have to remind him to look where he was going or ask him not to drag his bag on the ground.
Awww, that's a super sweet tradition!Daddy always brings something back when he’s traveling for business, and this trip would be no exception.
This made me laugh. I understand.Not once did I have to remind him to look where he was going or ask him not to drag his bag on the ground. It was glorious.
Welcome, Internet, to my second trip report! Those of you who followed along with my first know that this is coming about 3 years and 6 months sooner than I had ever expected. I planned our first family trip HERE and documented it HERE with the expectation that we wouldn’t be returning for four more years.
The Cliff Note’s version of how this extra trip came to be is as follows:
- Hubby’s boss asks him about attending a conference at Swolphin in late October; we both get hyped and start planning a mini trip to take the kids the MNSSHP. Budgets are made, park dates are considered, and horses are placed well before carts.
- Hubby’s boss realizes he spoke too soon and it is very unlikely he’ll get to attend this conference; we both get super bummed.
- I start fiddling with the budget we built for late October to see if we could spend that same amount to go for just MNSSHP in August, which happens to coincide with a long trip our good friends are taking. With creative use of BJs discounted gift cards, airlines points, and credit card deals, we decide to book the trip.
- EEMH is announced for the day after our scheduled departure. We blow the budget out of the water by adding a 2-day convention ticket and a night at the Contemporary to experience walking into MK for a 7am EMH.
- Hubby actually gets sent to a senior leadership conference in Orlando in July, so I (of course) fly down for just 24 hours to do an adults only After Hours at Animal Kingdom
If you’d like to experience the full extent of my crazy about-face, you can jump to the addendum portion of my PTR here, aptly titled RIDICULOUS UPDATE. Otherwise, I invite you to join along on our thoroughly exhausting, whirlwind trip.
Adults Only Trip
Perfect!Travel mugs filled, we enjoyed a quick ride to parking, grabbed an excellent front row spot, and had a shuttle already waiting to take us to the terminal. Hubby had precheck and I did not, so we split up on the way to security. Philly doesn’t have precheck in every terminal, so he had to walk over to C while I was using regular security in our intended terminal B. I was through in all of eight minutes and ended up being the one waiting for him to make it back over to me. We met back up at 9:15am with nothing to do and a flight that wouldn’t depart until 11:05am.
I love it.......sounds like a great choice of hotel.We were moving with purpose, because we managed to get from the gate to baggage claim to our rental car in thirty minutes. We were staying at the airport Hyatt Place because it includes a breakfast buffet and airport shuttle, both of which I would be taking advantage of in the morning. We continued our speed run, getting to the hotel at 2:42, dropping our bags, and hitting the road at 2:50.
Oh my gosh, those look amazing!!! You are giving me ideas for my Christmas weekend trip!A QS order is supposed to come with three ribs but the CM gave us four, “so you won’t fight over them.” Thank goodness she did because these were absolutely phenomenal! If we didn’t have an ADR in an hour, we absolutely would have gotten a second order. They were sweet, spicy, and fall-off-the-bone tender. Hubby isn’t normally a big fan of ribs and he didn’t think these looked all that appetizing, but he was sold after the first bite.
Which discount parking to you use? This last trip the long term parking was full!!!Even that was early, but we wanted a buffer because we’d be driving through rush hour, using discount parking, and using a parking shuttle to get to the terminal.
I always feel so weird the first night that the girls are gone. Like I should enjoy it more but oddly don't.The fun actually started on Sunday after my mom picked up the girls. I went for a run, I think Hubby went for a nap, and we both got to enjoy not being responsible for anyone else’s wellbeing.
It's it just great though, once you have cleared security? It's like vacation has really started literally once I am walking away from that part of the airport...I was through in all of eight minutes and ended up being the one waiting for him to make it back over to me. We met back up at 9:15am with nothing to do and a flight that wouldn’t depart until 11:05am.
Another thirty minutes later, we were on property and looking for our first glimpse of Disney Springs.
Woo Hoo!!! I think we might need to remember this! I am thinking of doing an adult crawl on our adults only trip. Ribs and drink from Morimoto, drinks from Homecomin'.... Thanks to @StarWarsMomofGirls! we were headed to Morimoto Street Food to try their much-lauded ribs.
A QS order is supposed to come with three ribs but the CM gave us four, “so you won’t fight over them.”
This never disappoints!
I ordered the Watermelon Mash, which was right up my alley.
We had these this last trip. SOOOOO Good. I filled up fast on these as well.
We started with the Thigh High Chicken Biscuits and they were just as delicious as everyone says. They aren’t a light treat, though, and both of us were already starting to feel full after just one
Soooo, a not so magical trip to Walmart... Yikes!We arrived at 5:30pm to a parking lot that could rival our local mall in the week before Christmas. I don’t know if this place is always a mad house, but we were fully in drive-slowly-behind-someone-leaving-so-you-can-nab-their-spot territory. The antics didn’t end in the parking lot, either. I witnessed a near brawl between patrons attempting to enter and exit through the same door. Exiter pushed his cart through the middle of the doorway, not leaving any room for enterer. When enterer indignantly spit out an, “Excuse me!” exiter escalated with, “Uh, yeah, excuse you!” and we hustled through another door before we could be held as material witnesses to whatever nonsense was about to ensue. In the store, we seemed to be the only people who knew why we were there or where we were going. Everyone else was looking one way while walking the other, stopping dead without warning or apparent purpose. I almost got hit by a cart coming out of a grocery aisle because the shopper was pushing her cart ahead into the main aisle while looking completely behind her, talking to her kids. When we did manage to make it to the shoes, it appeared there had been a run on men’s size 9 black dress shoes. Row after row, we were finding other colors and sizes but only managed to dig out one black size 9. They weren’t the design we would have picked, but they would be good enough for Hubby to make it through the meeting without drawing attention to his inadequate footwear. Getting out of the parking lot wasn’t any easier than getting in, as all of the traffic in both directions had to go through one very busy intersection. We eventually managed to escape and, at 6:19pm, were excited to get our Disney date back on track.