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Old 01-10-2013, 09:12 AM   #1
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Just me and my girl…a very special 13th Birthday trip! (updated 2/20/14)

Welcome, welcome! I’m so happy you took the time to check out my trip report. Over the years I have made some really great friends here on the Dis. I absolutely love reading other trip reports and feeling like I was right there with them! This is my third report I have and am excited to do so again! I always have to make the disclaimer that I am not a “writer” so I apologize in advance!

We took this trip back in October. I know it’s already January but the holiday madness was crazy! Concerts, shopping, cards, trips, etc., etc. I wanted to wait until the rush settled down and I could devote some time to this TR.

Let’s get the introductions out of the way first, shall we? My name is Kelli and I have four kiddos, even if my screen name doesn’t say so. (We adopted our youngest son Michael after I established my Dis account.) We have two girls (ages 13 & 12) and two boys (ages 9 & 6). This trip was a special birthday trip with my oldest daughter, Morghan. She’s my big girl and shares my love for Disney. I’m sad to say my other three kiddos really do not. All three older kiddos have been twice before this trip and while they enjoyed it, they didn’t LOVE it like we all do. That makes me a sad panda. Expect for Morghan. My Morgs. My big girl. She’s a girl after her mom’s own heart. We both claim that Disney is our Happy Place. We love all rides, especially the big ones! I was itching to get back to Disney. It had been two years since the last trip. So, I thought a 13th birthday trip would be something special we could do together. How often does a girl turn 13 after all? Morghan officially is a teenager so I thought we should celebrate! So, this trip is just a mother & daughter trip. I am glad you are joining us.

Here is my Morghan:


Here we are together:

(we're goofy!)

I planned for over a year. I wanted to go in October for a long while because our school district receives 2.5 days off from school. I thought that would be the perfect time. The weather should be nice, crowds not too high and the less school missed, the better! I don’t mind taking my kids out because we do it very rarely. But the less homework, the better as well! Heehee. So our dates were set in stone for a long while. For financial reasons only, we had to make it a shorter trip. We left on a Monday (October 15th) and came back on a Friday (October 19th). I would have loved to stay longer but I definitely took what I could get! Free dining came out for other October dates but not ours! I was so bummed. I held out hope however and by golly, a room discount came out! This really helped out with the budget as the trip definitely was something I had to save and scrimp for this time.

Now where would we stay? This was sort of a process. My initial instinct was Caribbean Beach. I LOVED the look and loved reading Dis friends other reports on this one. So we booked! But, you know how that goes? Eek! I changed to CSR. This was sort of a silly change. It just looked fancier and I don’t know what I was thinking really. Finally my friend Samantha, who is also a Disney travel agent recommended POR. POR wasn’t a consideration at all because I wanted to save that future stay for a trundle bed room with the family. I’m trying to possibly stay at each resort once so didn’t want to “waste” a stay if that makes sense. But she talked about the new Royal Rooms and I thought it sounded perfect for Morghan’s 13th Birthday trip! She re-booked us with the released discount and boom! She's a great friend and a wonderful Disney travel agent. That’s how we settled upon POR. I will save you the suspense and tell you we really, really liked it! But we will FOR SURE visit Caribbean Beach in the future.

Ok, I think that is the nitty gritty. Now that we have that out of the way, my next update our trip will start! ! I will try my best and update hopefully once a week. I work full-time and have four kids so we all know what they say about the best laid plans however. Thanks for joining me friends!
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Just me and my girl…a very special 13th Birthday trip!
(updated 2/20/14)

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Old 01-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Intros! Page 1, Post 1

Airport, Flights and Arrival! Page 2, Post 26

Port Orleans Riverside-Part 1. Page 3, Post 41

Port Orleans Riverside- Part 2. Page 3, Post 42


Magic Kingdom-Rope Drop, Part 1. Page 4, Post 60

Magic Kingdom-Rope Drop, Part 2. Page 5, Post 61

More Magic Kingdom- Part 1. Page 5, Post 72.

More Magic Kingdom- Part 2. Page 5, Post 73.

'Ohana! - Page 5, Post 74.


Hollywood Studios - Part 1. Page 6, Post 90

Hollywood Studios - Part 2. Page 7, Post 91

Hollywood Studios - Part 3. Page 7, Post 92


Animal Kingdom - Part 1, Page 7, Post 101

Animal Kingdom Part - 2, Page 8, Post 111

Animal Kingdom - Part 3, Page 8, Post 112


1900 Park Fare funnies - Page 9, Post 125

Epcot, Part 1 - Page 9, Post 133

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Old 01-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #3
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YAY! Am I first??? I AM!!! Never happened before! Guess it's good I am slacking at work this morning and saw your post on FB.


Don't worry about starting late - I still am finishing up my March TR and haven't started my October one yet! Soon really!

I'm excited to hear how your trip was and see if we might have crossed paths anywhere! I wish we could have met up.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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Oh dang it, Sheree beat me!!!




But I'm here and I'm ready!! Been waiting for this.

Morghan looks all grown up since your last TR. Now she's a beautiful young lady.

I couldn't even remember where you stayed. We loved POR too! Can't wait to hear about the new rooms!
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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Came over from MeMom's thread. I don't promise to comment a lot but I will be following along.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:45 AM   #6
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I am excited to hear how your trip went!
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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HA! PSYCH!!!
It NEVER happens!! I just got lucky today goofing off at work. Shh.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:35 PM   #8
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I am a complete newbie and this will be in the mix for some of my first reviews/reports read! Excited to follow along, for we will be taking our daughter for her 10th birthday trip in September
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:36 PM   #9
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Mother/daughter time in Disney World - you know I am in! I am so glad you got to take this trip.
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Yeah for the mom/daughter trip! I have three daughters and would love to do seperate Disney trips for us, but sadly finances do not allow that! Excited to read more, my oldest was 13 last time we went and had a great time!
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:32 AM   #11
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YAY! Am I first??? I AM!!! Never happened before! Guess it's good I am slacking at work this morning and saw your post on FB.


Don't worry about starting late - I still am finishing up my March TR and haven't started my October one yet! Soon really!

I'm excited to hear how your trip was and see if we might have crossed paths anywhere! I wish we could have met up.
You are first! Winner, winner chicken dinner! I too am so sad I missed you girls. I'm such a goof for messing up the time of the Epcot meet up.

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But I'm here and I'm ready!! Been waiting for this.

Morghan looks all grown up since your last TR. Now she's a beautiful young lady.

I couldn't even remember where you stayed. We loved POR too! Can't wait to hear about the new rooms!
Hey Shelly! I'm so happy to have you here. Your TRs are some of my favorites so I hope mine can be half as good. These kiddos sure do grow up too quickly and that makes me a little sad.

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Thanks for joining in here!

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HA! PSYCH!!!
It NEVER happens!! I just got lucky today goofing off at work. Shh.
Heehee!

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Welcome to the Dis! Make yourself at home here! This is a fun place to meet fellow Disney lovers.

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Mother/daughter time in Disney World - you know I am in! I am so glad you got to take this trip.
I feel really blessed we were able to take the trip. So glad you are here MeMom!

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Yeah for the mom/daughter trip! I have three daughters and would love to do seperate Disney trips for us, but sadly finances do not allow that! Excited to read more, my oldest was 13 last time we went and had a great time!
Welcome! I understand the finances all too well. I don't even know when we will be able to get back to Disney. I wish we had a money tree! That would help!
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I forgot to mention this yesterday - but in the super cute picture of the two of you with your tongues out...

Had you just eaten something BLUE???


And Kelli - don't worry about not being a "writer". You know we are all just here to have fun and hear about your awesome mother daughter trip! I always say I'd like to do that, or just take the girls, but DH puts the kibosh on that! He always wants to go too!
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I forgot to mention this yesterday - but in the super cute picture of the two of you with your tongues out...

Had you just eaten something BLUE???


And Kelli - don't worry about not being a "writer". You know we are all just here to have fun and hear about your awesome mother daughter trip! I always say I'd like to do that, or just take the girls, but DH puts the kibosh on that! He always wants to go too!
Yes! Blue slushies at the zoo! I'm glad your DH enjoys going Sheree. Though sometimes yes, a girls' trip is fun too. My DH has no interest and the other three kiddos don't really get the love like Morghan and I do. We may just take trips together by ourselves for awhile!
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I'm in!! I CAN'T wait to take a mother/daughter trip I hope that my DD still loves Disney as much as she does now when the time comes to take one.
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I love reading Mom/Daughter TR's!!!

My DD and I take our Disney trips together (as you can see by all of my mom/daughter trip reports) ,and I love reading about others!!
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