We Got No Troubles; Life Is The Bubbles! 04/18 - Complete!

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by teekathepony, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. teekathepony

    teekathepony DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2009

    Under The Sea

    Hellooooo humans!


    Welcome aboard, explorers! Please keep your hands, arms, feet and legs inside the TR at all times, as we chronicle the latest Disney adventures of the Darling family.

    If you're just joining me here, then a very warm welcome to you! Please feel free to post, introduce yourself and invite me to your (P)TR! If you would like some background information on this trip, please see my Pre-Trip Report!

    If you're hopping over from said PTR, I welcome you back to my ramblings and thank you for tagging along!

    This is the story of 7 marvelous days in Disney with myself and my husband. So who are we?


    Johnny and Wendy. 26 going on 80, married two years, Disney freaks.

    Also starring my cousin and fellow Dis'er eeyore04, whose PTR can be found here. I'll post a link to her TR when she starts it. She went with her mother and brother. It was her family's first and eeyore's second trip.

    Also possibly featuring some surprise characters!

    Where: Art of Animation, in a brand new Little Mermaid room!
    When: September 16th - 23rd, 2012
    Why: To celebrate our second wedding anniversary, take advantage of free dining, stay in a brand new Little Mermaid room and just take in as much Disney as possible.

    One week! This was our shortest trip yet. It was my 6th and Johnny's 4th trip to WDW so we decided to take it a little slower, skip some things, smell the roses. Despite being a short trip, we managed to take nearly 5000 pictures. Yup, five thousand. Two people with 7 cameras. We like pictures.

    Will it happen? You'll have to stay tuned to find out!
  2. teekathepony

    teekathepony DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2009
    Chapter 1: Travel and arrival.
    Chapter 2 (part 1) Art Of Animation, first thoughts!
    -- Chapter 2 (part 2)
    -- Chapter 2 (part 3)
    Chapter 3 (part 1) Room review, dining review, first park!
    -- Chapter 3 (part 2)
    Chapter 4 (part 1) "Just a Little Bit of Pixie Dust!"
    -- Chapter 4 (part 2)
    Chapter 5 (part 1) "What's Next!?"
    -- Chapter 5 (part 2)
    Chapter 6 (part 1) Early mornings in Disney!
    -- Chapter 6 (part 2)
    Chapter 7 (part 1) "ROAR!"
    -- Chapter 7 (part 2)
    Chapter 8 (part 1) "The Food, The Festival and the Fun"
    -- Chapter 8 (part 2)
    Chapter 9 (part 1) -- Yetis All Around
    -- Chapter 9 (part 2)
    Chapter 10 "Life Update/Segue into an Awesome Update!"
    Chapter 11 "Wishes + Sweets!"
    Chapter 12 "Hooray for Hollywood!"
    Chapter 13 "Hooray for Hollywood! Part 2"
    -- (part 3)
    Chapter 14 "The Calm Before the Storm"
    Chapter 15 (part 1) "Back in Time... for Dinner!"
    -- Chapter 15 (part 2)
    Chapter 16 (part 1) "Monorail Morning"
    -- Chapter 16 (part 2)
    Chapter 17 "This is not a vegetable torture device."
    -- Chapter 17 (part 2)
    -- Chapter 17 (part 3)
    -- Chapter 17 (part 4)
    Chapter 18 (part 1) "Sausage Fest"
    -- Chapter 18 (part 2)
    Chapter 19 (part 1) "The Other Castle"
    -- Chapter 19 (part 2)
    ** Off topic - My mini-trip to Ottawa **
    Chapter 20 "Swing yer Napkins Round and Round!"
    Chapter 21 (part 1) O! Canada!
    -- Chapter 21 (part 2)
    -- Chapter 21 (part 3)
    -- Chapter 21 (part 4)
    Chapter 22 "It's a Small World After All"
    Chapter 23 (part 1) "Boo to You and You and YOU!"
    -- Chapter 23 (part 2)
    -- Chapter 23 (part 3)
    -- Chapter 23 (part 4)
    **Off topic -- updated kitten pictures and more!**
    Chapter 24 (part 1) "Happy, Happy Hallowe'en!"
    -- Chapter 24 (part 2)
    -- Chapter 24 (part 3)
    Chapter 25 (part 1) "Farewell to Art of Animation"
    -- Chapter 25 (part 2)
    -- Chapter 25 (part 3)
    -- Chapter 25 (part 4)
    Chapter 26 "More like Fastpass Minus..."
    Chapter 27 "The Big Blue"
    Chapter 28 "Barge Go Boom"
    Chapter 29 "The End!"
    Chapter 30 "Souvenir Post"
    Chapter 31 "Art of Animation - Full Resort Review"
    Chapter 32 - The end and the link to the new PTR!
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  4. SoNotAPrincess

    SoNotAPrincess Disney Diva

    Jan 16, 2006
    Yay...great start! Subbing in for the ride!
  5. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    Here. Yay! :cool1:
  6. catchmeifyoucan

    catchmeifyoucan Earning My Ears

    Feb 14, 2012
    Yay! I'm here and excited to hear all about it!
  7. IheartDDuck

    IheartDDuck DIS Veteran

    Sep 20, 2009
    YAY!!! I'm here! Can't wait to hear about everything. ;)
  8. vikkii19

    vikkii19 Mouseketeer

    Oct 13, 2008
    Oooh, joining in, can't wait to see those LM rooms.
  9. teekathepony

    teekathepony DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2009
    So glad to see you here!

    YAYYYY You made it!!

    Very happy to have you!

    Hello and welcome aboard!!

    Thanks for joining!! I hope to fly through the travel days to get to the good stuff (i.e. Little mermaid!) faster!

  10. DisneyDreamerMN

    DisneyDreamerMN DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2010
    Joining in! Can't wait to read about your trip!
  11. oboedm

    oboedm DIS Veteran

    Jul 26, 2009
    Yay! Super excited to read about your week!

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  12. Tink rules

    Tink rules <font color=teal>The kids in my family sometimes t

    Dec 30, 2006
    I'm in!!! but I'll have to start reading tomorrow....

    time for some ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz'sssssssssssss:cloud9:
  13. Stringbean&Wingnut

    Stringbean&Wingnut DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2010
    I'm here!!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!!! :banana:
  14. natebenma

    natebenma Beach Club Dee

    Jul 19, 2008
    Love your intro! This sounds like a lot of fun. I'm in! :woohoo:

  15. amazingact21

    amazingact21 Upendi

    Nov 6, 2010
    I'm here! Can't wait to start reading! :surfweb:
  16. teekathepony

    teekathepony DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2009
    :welcome: Glad to have you!!

    :welcome: Thank you for coming!

    :welcome: Hahaha not much to read yet, I had to get my own Zzzz's!!

    :welcome: YAY! Hello and welcome!!

    :welcome: Thank you for reading! I hope it will be a lot of fun, living it sure was!

    :welcome: Very happy to have you!!
  17. Nermel9

    Nermel9 DIS Veteran

    Mar 18, 2009
    I'm here, can't wait to hear about your trip! :cool1:
  18. teedee

    teedee DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2005
    I loved reading your PTR and can't wait to read your TR. We're book at AOA for the first time next June so I'm looking forward to seeing your thoughts on the resort.

  19. teekathepony

    teekathepony DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2009
    :welcome: Yay!! Thanks for coming! I can't wait to tell the story. In fact I'm just about to start!

    :welcome: And thanks!! I loved AOA, I'll say that right off the top. I hope you will too, I plan to give a really thorough review of the place!
  20. teekathepony

    teekathepony DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2009

    Hello again everyone and happy weekend to you all!

    Is it weird that I'm itching to dig out my Christmas ornaments already? The wonderful chilly fall air here is so refreshing and welcome, especially after a blistering hot, muggy week in Orlando. I guess it's making me feel like the holidays are approaching fast. I hate Hallowe'en so I tend to just skip right over that one.

    I've been home almost a week and I'm very excited to start this Trip Report. It was a trip filled with ironic good luck and lots of fun. We had an absolute blast and it was among our best trips ever taken.

    Travel days are boring (and mine are LONG) so I'm going to quickly skim through the travel to get to the good stuff.

    So without further ado, may I present the report.

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    It was the day I had been waiting for. It finally arrived!! The alarm was set for 4:00am. My body thought it would be nice to get up a little earlier though, just in case, so at 2:30 my eyes flew open and would not close again.
    At 3 I gave up, grabbed a book and ran a nice hot bath. I soaked and steamed for an hour before getting up to rouse Johnny and get moving.
    We were mostly ready the night before so we got up and got dressed, said good bye to our pups (Who were too sleepy to care) and we were on our way.
    We were surprised by an unexpected rain storm, very heavy rain that we later learned actually washed out our road! We were afraid of delays or worse.
    My mother drove us in. The airport was surprisingly crowded for the time of day and by the time we went through security we only had 25 or so minutes to wait. We walked out onto the tarmac and onto the plane and were really on our way! No delays!
    We got to Toronto airport and got through customs and security easily. We found our gate and got a bite to eat. Before long we were boarding again. Our flight left Toronto on time and arrived 15 minutes early in Orlando.
    We rode the fake monorail, got to the ME floor and breezed through, getting excitedly in the shiny new line for Art of Animation! (Shared with two others, that I was too excited to get a picture of!)

    Speaking of pictures, by now I'm sure you are all wondering where are the pictures for this trip report. "Didn't she say she was some sort of photographer??" :crazy2: I know, I know. I'm a terribly nervous type person and I get this anxious feeling when I take my good camera out, like we're going to have to get off the plane/bus soon and I won't have time to put it away and I'll drop it and it will break and ruin my whole vacation at which time I will explode into a fire ball of doom. You know? ::yes:: But don't worry, the pictureless portion is over.

    So when we got in the line for ME I got out my little point and shoot. Still too nervous for the SLR. I snapped a few of the waiting buses just seconds before we got on them:



    We put our large carry on underneath and then we were on a bus! There were quite a few people ahead of us so we were in the very back row of seats. Not a bad choice I thought, because no more little kids could kick my back! (I may have had an annoying flight.) But things can be good in some ways and very bad in others. We'll get to that.



    We were quickly on our way and the driver announced that AOA would be the first stop!


    We settled in and watched the welcome video and in no time at all we saw this:


    So... this is about where I realized that my point and shoot was not cutting it but it was too late to grab the big baby at that point.

    We made a few familiar turns and it looked like we were headed to Pop Century when we veered off course a little and I may have squealed when I saw this:


    Coming up...

    Why did we sit in the very back!? And what the heck is going on here!? (But at least I had the Canon out!)
  21. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    What was going on? A mop scene outside of AoA? A running race? I give up.

    Anyway - I'm glad you arrived safe and sound, despite a long travel day and getting kicked in the seat by kids. :furious:

    I have totally stopped taking pictures with my real camera on travel day and now I just use my iphone for travel and restaurants pictures. It makes life so much easier. :rotfl:

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