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Old 11-11-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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Pins! I need more pins! A Fall Time Trip Report. New 11/6 Admitting Defeat!

Hello and welcome to my trip report!



My husband (Greg) and I (Rachael), both 20-somethings who love Disney World (weve been 6 times together since we got married in 2009), spent 6 nights and 5.5 days in Disney World; November 1-7. We stayed at Pop Century (our king room request was fulfilled but we were sooooo far from the bus stop) and took advantage of the free dining offer, upgrading to the standard DDP.

We enjoy long trips best, so planning this trip was a challenge. In fact, those of you who followed my PTR will know, I ended up not going with ANY plan and only 1 ADR! Ill let you know now that it was still a challenge to plan out our days when we were there.

I dont want to give too much away before I even start my report, but I will say that we accomplished more than I thought we could. We got to see the Magic Kingdom transform from fall dťcor to an explosion of Christmas, got to go to every park at least twice, and got to tour the New Fantasyland!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
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Friday, November 2:
Firsts! First bus ride, first park, first attraction, first meal. You get the point!
We spend more time at the MK with Grumpy making an appearance.
'Twas the Evening of November 2nd

Saturday, November 3:
We get up early, so early it was still dark!
Christmas is all around in DTD!

Sunday, November 4:
Soaking up the Disney atmosphere!
A hitchhiking giraffe and a lackluster performance.
New Fantasyland!
More New Fantasyland!
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(Bonus Arrival Day: Thursday, November 1)

Iím not going to do a separate post about our first night because we didnít land in Orlando until 930 and didnít make it to Pop until 11 PM. They were very slow to unload the luggage at the baggage claim, in fact, the belt actually stopped moving TWICE. However, we had practically no wait to board our ME bus (it was pretty full when we got on) and we were on our way very quickly!

Weíre so happy to have many days of fun ahead of us! (And maybe just a little bit tired after working all day and then traveling.)



There was barely any cheering as we passed under the Disney World sign and we were too far back to get a decent picture. Oh, well! I still got that warm, fuzzy feeling inside as we drove underneath.

Check-in, aside from waiting in line for 20 minutes (yes, at 11 PM), went smoothly and before we knew it we were in our room settling in. (I may have tried to enter the wrong room at firstÖ) I did a little bit of unpacking (we keep most of our things in our suitcases) and then we went to bed. The End.

Now, onto the good stuff!

Friday, November 2

Our first full-day in Disney started off without an alarm. We woke up at 9 AM and by 945ish we were at the bus stop to head to our first park of the trip:



Our first Disney bus experience wasnít great but it wasnít horrible. The line was pretty long to get on the bus, as expected at that time in the morning, so we werenít able to fit on the first bus that came along. The family in front of us actually cut in front of 2 other families to ask the bus driver if they could fit on after he said no more people because they said they were late for a reservation. He complied and the families in front of us just shrugged it off. I had never seen that before but if youíre late, Iím sure itís stressful! Anyway, we got seats on the second bus that came along shortly after and we were on our way for real!

We walked right onto Main Street USA as the performers were singing a song about how beautiful fall is, I believe. Their cherry faces were a magical way to experience the Magic Kingdom for the first time on our trip!



After soaking up the beautiful view of the castle, we were headed towards Tomorrowland.



My Disney Parks app was telling me that there was currently only a 10 minute wait for Space Mountain! We actually ended up waiting less than 10 minutes before we blasted off into space. I love the drops on that roller coaster!



After getting a healthy dose of adrenaline running through our bodies, we headed over to Liberty Square as it was nearly 11 AM and I wanted to see if we could walk-up to Liberty Tree Tavern. I tried to make us a reservation the night before but it said that nothing was available. However, we were told by the CMs that they didnít open until 1130 AM (oops) and to come back at 1120 to put our name on the list. No problem at all to be seated!



While we waited, we went to the Haunted Mansion as the wait was only 10 minutes. We skipped the cemetery and were the first ones leading the herd into the doom buggies. I love the ballroom scene so much. I remember watching a Disney World sing-a-long movie when I was younger and seeing that scene over and over made me want to go to Disney World so bad! Greg was able to spot one of the Hidden Mickeyís on his list in the ballroom scene (look at the plates on the dining table), too. I will say that I do NOT like the goblin/monster type creatures that pop up in the graveyard scene. (Yes, I am a scaredy cat!)

After we finished and we had a ghost following us home, we headed back over to Liberty Tree Tavern and we were sat almost immediately upon opening. (I love that the bathrooms are upstairs and that the walkway overlooks the entryway to the restaurant.)



Service here was QUICK! We didnít even have a chance to look over the menus before our server was asking us what weíd like to drink. We both ordered water and pomegranate lemonade. Since we were on the DDP, we skipped an appetizer (I had always wanted to try the fried cheese but when I read that they donít give you the fried cheese balls, I decided it wasnít worth it). I ordered the Pilgrimís Feast and Greg ordered the burger. Our food came out with super speed. I have a feeling they had several Pilgrimís Feasts plated and waiting to be served because my food was barely warm. It was still delicious, though! Gregís burger was really good and I love the thick cut French fries. I ate almost everything on my plate before I admitted defeat in hopes of saving room for dessert.





If youíre thinking that I ordered the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake, you would be correct. Oh. My. Word! Words cannot describe how tasty this dessert is! The toffee bits on the top, paired with the ice cream thatís melting over the warm cake was so good. My cheeks are smiling just thinking about its sweetness now!



Greg wanted to switch with me (he got the chocolate cake) but I obviously said NO! I did share a few bites with him, though. His cake was decent, it had a good flavor but could have been more moist.



We settled the bill and were on our way back out into the Magic Kingdom.

Coming up next: We spend some more time in the Magic Kingdom and $5 for an iced coffee?! Stay tuned.
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I'm here!! Sorry... I haven't been on the DIS for a couple weeks but this was my first stop this morning!

We've never been to LTT. We'll have to check it out sometime.
I'm here, too. The holiday time is always a busy time! I'm working on getting an update ready this evening.

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I am loving your trip report!!! Keep going girl!!
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I am loving your trip report!!! Keep going girl!!
Yay! I'm glad I have a reader! I'm just about to post another update, too!
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Saturday, November 3 ContÖ

After spending a couple of hours near the pool (we didnít go in for very long, the water was FREEZING), we freshened up and headed to the bus stop to go to Downtown Disney for the evening.



We JUST missed a bus heading to DTD. We ran over to the bus stop as we saw it there but the bus driver still pulled away. Ugh! We ended up waiting less than 20 minutes (16 to be exact and 8 other buses came for the parks) and although it doesnít seem so bad now, my patience was short.

It all worked out, though. We ran to the theatre and bought tickets to see Wreck it Ralph in 3D. Greg was really looking forward to seeing this movie and I thought it was cute! I love seeing a movie at that theatre. The theatres by us are not that fancy but I suppose most things in Disney do it bigger and better.

After the movie we put our name in at Raglan Road.



They gave us an estimated wait time of 1.5 hours and because we had eaten popcorn, we were okay with it. We walked through Pleasure Island, stopped for a drink and to take in the atmosphere, and then parked it by Raglan Road. I made a note in my trip notes that P.I. looks like it would be a fun place to hang out with a group of friends.


(A nice couple offered to take this picture of us when they saw us taking a picture of each other. Thatís the second time that happened this trip. Why didnít people offer to us before? I like it because Iím always too shy to ask.)


(A band that was playing. Fun!)

In retrospect, I wasnít that hungry but I was adamant about wanting a TS meal. We also ended up waiting close to 2 hours and I wasnít happy by the time we sat down. It was VERY loud in there but the food was yummy. I think weíd like it better at lunch time.



After dinner, we did a little bit of shopping. I just love these t-shirts!



I got so excited when I saw the Christmas tree, the twinkling lights, and the wreaths around the Marketplace.





We ended up doing more pin trading than shopping, but thatís okay, pin trading is free and Greg really enjoys it. I think we were back to the room by 11 and we were dreaming Disney dreams shortly.

I know this update wasnít very exciting, but DTD doesnít usually come with much excitement. Up next: Brunch with family and Animal Kingdom!
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I have a wicked pin addiction, the first trip I went on was right after the now DH and I started dating, he was looking through the stuff I brought back and found my pins, oh these are a cute little keepsake he said, then I told him what they cost He now supports my habit and helps me find pins I love!!!


I always am offering to take other people's pictures in the park, kinda a what goes around comes around type of thing! Often they will offer back!

Those shirts are super cute, expect I hate hashtagging, I am not on Instragram, at least not yet....

Never been to RR, but your dinner looks yummy!!!!


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I've been reading too, me and dh got addicted last Feb to pins.
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I like the license plate and vinylmation ones! What about you?
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I love the picture of you and your husband that the person offered to take for you. I have stayed away from the whole pin thing, I don't want to have something else I need to worry about collecting lol Although on my December trip, I saw this beautiful Tinkerbell cameo pin, I wanted to buy it "just because" lol I don't know if I commented on this before, but I saw your MyFitnessPal ticker - congratulations!
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I love the picture of you and your husband that the person offered to take for you. I have stayed away from the whole pin thing, I don't want to have something else I need to worry about collecting lol Although on my December trip, I saw this beautiful Tinkerbell cameo pin, I wanted to buy it "just because" lol I don't know if I commented on this before, but I saw your MyFitnessPal ticker - congratulations!
Thanks! Greg was sort of showing interest after our first few trips, so for his birthday 2 years ago I bought him some to start. Now, he's obsessed! At least he hasn't gone n to eBay to find pins he's missing to complete collections...yet!

Thanks about the weight loss. It's been 10 months in the making and the past few months I haven't lost much. I'm starting to get back in the groove again because I want to lose 30lbs by the end of May. I need to have goals.
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