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Old 03-14-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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2 Hard Core Princesses take on the World: AKA my hips are so sore!!!! UPDATE 20/3.


Hi there and thank you for reading our little trip report.

Let me introduce you to us:

DD:My funny, cuddly, cute and quirky 16 year old princess. She's all about Disney, Dr. Who, Harry Potter and Star Wars: my only daughter and my baby girl, who turned 16 in January. We had originally planned on a Disney Cruise with DH and some other loved ones, but DH had an opportunity to go golfing with his buddies in January and DD reminded me that I told her we could go back to the World for her sweet sixteen. Hey, you don't have to twist MY arm!

Me: generally organized, mature and self-employed health professional who turns into a giggly 5 year old the second I pass under that beautiful WDW archway! Mum to 2: my DS who will turn 22 this March, is in university and is basically non-Disney and a bit of a homebody. Makes for an easy, non-guilty farewell!

We've been to Disney as honeymooners, with my parents twice when my babies were younger: DDs first trip when she was only 8 months old! We took another trip when the kids were 10 and 16 and then DS decided that was enough for him. We went back to the world with DD once as VoluntEARS in 2010 after a cruise and have stayed on property before and after visiting family in FLA 2009 and our 2011 DIScruise vacation. My tally is 10 times at the world: my first, when I was ten years old and was first introduced to my darling Mickey. Basically, we cannot resist that MOUSE!

We had originally planned our vacation at the AoA resort, in a mermaid room, as Ariel is a favourite and quite frankly, the rooms looked adorable! Who wouldn't want to shower in Ariel's treasure trove?! I mean, REALLY?
When I learned about Play/Stay/Dine, I called and knew Id have to switch resorts. If DH had joined us, we would have opted for Port Orleans Riverside and taken the regular DDP. DH likes to sit down for table service once a day. He would say hes more dignified that way, but I will say, hes not a hard-core as we are! I knew we would enjoy being close to the new resort and eating at the Landscape of Flavours, where there would be a lot of veggie options for DD. I chose a standard room at POP, hoping for a room in the 60s section, facing the lake, close to the bridge. The change in our package was less than $60 and gave us QSDP for 6 days. DD doesn't like being limited to TS every day and quite frankly I feel that it takes away a lot of park time(remember: we're hard core!) Since, I read the DISboards, I knew I could make good choices and find great veggie options in QS restaurants. As well, we looked forward to spending time at a resort which we had made wonderful memories twice before.

Stay tuned to fast forward to Feb 12 and our travel day in the next post.

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:36 AM   #2
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I love reading about my fellow Canuck's Disney experiences!
BTW, I'm hard core too... can't waste too much time sitting down to eat.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:59 AM   #4
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Travel Day

Last year we vacationed in California and went on the Wonder Mexican Riviera Cruise. DD had missed a week of school and being in Grade 10 this year, did not want to have to catch up on a week of missed classes. I decided to arrange our trip over the President’s Day weekend, which coincides with Ontario’s Family Day weekend. As well, she had a school holiday on the Friday before, making this a nice 4 day weekend. I booked a 5 pm flight on Feb 12, so that she could attend school that day and only miss 2 days of classes. Brilliant!

We were all packed and ready to go on Monday night and DD went off to school on Tuesday morning, while I prepared last minute stuff: some food for my boys, our toiletries and all of the goodies for the window decoration that I was doing for DD’s Sweet Sixteen. As well, my hubby took me to lunch. In hindsight, I HATE late departures because it screws up our groove. We always arrive, check-in and then head to DTD(hard core!). This time, we were connecting at Toronto Pearson and arriving in MCO at 11:30(of course, you know there'll be a glitch). In any case, I planned according to what was best for the birthday girl.

I received an emergency text from DD that her French teacher had upset her and she was having some anxiety. This did not make me feel good, as I am prone to travel anxiety myself, but it’s amazing what you can do when you are a mommy. We met DD at her school and booted it to the airport for 4 pm, while trying to calm her down. This teacher turned out to be a thorn in our side, even though she was the first to respond to my email about her missing classes and said it would be absolutely no problem at all.

Here, I must tell you what a crazy packer I am (and how my OCD rears its ugly head in this case!) Generally, I over pack: I know this, I readily admit this and I embrace this about myself. I knew that because we were connecting in a Canadian city, not an American one, that we would have to clear customs, along with our checked baggage, in Pearson. Not fancying this, traveling Princesses we were, I made the executive decision that we would be traveling with carry-ons (including an extra bag tucked into our cases) for the trip there. This would make for a much smoother transition and save time and effort. Or so, I thought. DH dropped us off at the departures door and after a quick kiss goodbye, we ran off to get checked in. We got to the part where you have to weigh your baggage and I smugly placed the first one on the scale, knowing that I had weighed it at home at least 5 times. It was OVERWEIGHT by 4 pounds!! Needless to say, I was flabbergasted(not to mention my realization that I was in fact, four pounds heavier than I had thought-let’s not even GO there!! ) I said, “OK,hehe.. well, let’s weigh the other bag then.” It was 5 lbs overweight as well! What the HECK?!!! I suddenly remembered that DD had tucked her laptop into her carry-on (thank you GOD) and after removing that and moving stuff from one bag to another(I really don’t understand why each bag must weigh less than 22 lbs if you are allowed one each-but who am I to argue?) we were on our way. Security was easy and we headed off to find a quick bite for my starving DD and then find our gate.

Our flight to Toronto was painless: 40 minutes up and down and even free wine! Goodbye winter! Goodbye snow! Finding our gate and going through security a second time and then customs took longer than I had anticipated however, we still had an hour to eat and get to the gate.

Arriving there, we noticed that there was quite a crowd and I started to think that they may have overbooked the flight. In fact, they had, and were asking people to bow out until the next day. They were making up for the ridiculous storm that had just happened and apparently they were still averting flights from the east coast, three days later! I met a nice lady from NFLD who had been flying for 3 days. Good grief! As the first hour passed, I was getting bummed, realizing that we wouldn’t arrive until about 12:15-12:30. Then after some murmuring about mechanical troubles, the pilot came out to announce that they were indeed having mechanical issues but that they had called the mechanics who were, and I quote: “reviewing the MANUAL in order to allow them to fly that evening”. Can we say, TOO MUCH INFORMATION?! I tried not to freak out too much and after about 30 more minutes, we were boarding our flight.

Upon finding our seat, I noticed that two seats behind us on the other side of the aisle, they were asking those seated there, to please get up so the mechanic could get back on the plane and fix what he had done incorrectly(again, TMI!) I kid you not when I say he lifted up one of the seats, fiddled around, said to the flight attendant, “oh, you were right, I did it wrong”, fiddled some more and then said, “OK, that’ll do!” I felt so bad for the woman who was to sit in that seat. She looked very worried and asked twice if everything was ok. The whole time during takeoff I had visions and was planning for a) having the woman and her seat to come crashing into the back of us and b) how I could keep DD and I safe if she were to get sucked outta the plane! I know these are ridiculous and unlikely scenarios, but for a nervous flyer, they were all too real!

We finally landed in beautiful Orlando, at 1:30 am, and even then stepping off the plane, it felt warm, humid and wonderful. I could even smell Florida through the gap between the plane and the gate! It must have been around 75 degrees and wonderfully humid! One quick lost moment when I went to A side, instead of B side(I don’t even have any excuse except maybe being tired) and we were on the Magical Express, in the front seat, watching the wonderful new movie and off to POP century!
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Arrival at POP and first morning fun!

We arrived at Pop Century, at roughly 2 AM, tired but happy to be HOME! Check-in was relatively easy but the CM was (perhaps tired too) less than enthusiastic and we didn't feel the general magical check-in LOVE that we usually do. We were happy to receive our room in the 60s building, lake view and near the bridge! YAY! We promptly checked-in and went to sleep! (Not before setting our wake-up call for 7:00 AM!)

I slept like a baby, but woke up at 6:30. It was our first morning, we had reservations at 8:20 for the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare and I was EXCITED! I got ready quickly and put the window together as best as I could(I had remembered the window sill as wider than it was)headed out to get our mugs and some much needed coffee. It was a tiny bit chilly but the expected temperature was sunny with cloudy periods, with a chance of rain later in the day and high of 82! YES! My canuck blood needed warming!!

I returned to the room, woke the sleeping princess and after about a half hour of preparations, we were out the door to find a cab to the Grand Floridian. No bus for us(hard core plus being late!)I had purchased a tiny little camera and many pairs of shorts with pockets, in an attempt to avoid bag check on the busy weekend days. We brought our bigger camera today though, since we felt it would be less busy and DD wanted to take close-ups of the New Fantasyland.

Can I just say how much I LOVE the Grand Floridian. Its pretty, its fancy and I love the foyer (plus, 80s me loves the fact that Uncle Jesse sang to Becky on the Grand Piano there, on the Disney episode of Full House). We checked in, picked up a Sweet 16 button for DD and had our picture taken in front of the mural before going in, but later decided it wasn't all that great and didn't buy it. We had a delicious breakfast, highlighted by strawberry soup, made to order omelets, tasty juice blend and yummy waffles! We also were seated next to a carousel horse, near Big Bertha and saw Tigger almost immediately. Seriously? Could life be better? Also seated across from us was a table with a large family which included triplet infant baby girls and two girls under 5! Cuteness overload!!!

Over the course of breakfast we met, Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter and Pooh Bear. The icing on the cake (har har har) was when our server brought out a lovely little cupcake with a candle and started singing Happy Birthday to Lauren. She also gave her a sweet place mat, signed by all the characters from breakfast AND dinner. (Unfortunately, it got a bit wet later on in the day and no longer looks so cute)

After breakfast and a wonderful interaction with the concierge, we got a press a penny and jumped onto the monorail to start our hard core day at the Magic Kingdom.
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I love reading about my fellow Canuck's Disney experiences!
BTW, I'm hard core too... can't waste too much time sitting down to eat.
Hi to my fellow Canuck. Thanks so much and HAHAHA! I couldn't agree more. Enjoy!
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