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Old 01-24-2009, 11:58 PM   #1
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Jeff and Jon's 1st trip to da World...Jan. 18-25 2009 Trip Report with pics!

Spotlight please.....open the curtain.....let's start this show, I mean trip report!

Hey Guys and Gals...I am Jeff from the beautiful city of Asheville, NC. I am so happy to be sharing my 1st ever trip report with you all! I hope I don't bore anyone, if I do, sorry. I will try to keep this entertaining and exciting. So, let's get started....shall we?

Ok..the cast...

Me, Jeff. I just turned 37. I work in the hospitality field and been doing it for about 10 years now. Asheville is known for its hospitality and being a very open minded city which brought me here. When I moved here, I met the most wonderful, fun loving, man of my dreams.....

And his name is Jon, 39. He was born and raised in Asheville, so he's my mountain man. I love him. If it wasn't for him, I would not be here right now giving you all this trip report. Jon has been a hair stylist, artist of hair design...whatever you want to call it, for about 20 years. He would kill me right now if I called him as a "beautician." He hates being called that....anyway....he is great at what he does and works very hard. So this Disney Vacation was just what he and I both needed.....

Here is our pic from our honeymoon back in March....I will let you guess who is who...

We have been together for about 4 years and we tied the knot in March 2008....this WDW trip was like a 2nd honeymoon, within a year!

Why Disney? Good question....it just happend. We were scheduled to go to Vegas, but I asked Jon one day...out of the blue...."Let's go to Disney!" Before I knew it, I was googling everything to find out more about WDW. I found this board and became hooked.

I bought every book published that was about planning WDW trips and they were helpful, but not as helpful as this board. You guys had so much to share, esp. Evilqueen! So I dedicate this trip report to him... Also, Jon has many clients that are Disney freaks and they had a lot tips too....Jon would come home from a hard's day work and say something to me that a client suggested as I was at the laptop deciding where to make ADRs......so I had plenty of resources!

Okay...so here we go with Day 1....

We drove from Asheville. The total trip for us was 610 miles. Not bad. I could have done it all in a day, but we made an overnight spot in Kingsland, GA. We did arrive Sunday afternoon at around 1pm. It was so nice to see to gates to the most happiest place on earth.....

We had made it! After driving that awlful construction in Jacksonville, it was good to see this!

We followed the signs to our resort which was SSR. What a huge place! A very nice place and it's not as heavily themed as most of the resorts, but we both were pleased. Check In was very fast, freindly and smooth. Myra had the pleasure of showing us 1st timers what we needed to know. Very nice gal! She gave us our keys, gave us our DDP info, and maps. We were ready to go see our home for the next 7 days. She gave us our studio room at the Carousel, and it was a good location, right near the bus stop! Here are some pics of the building...


Thank God for the elevators, we were on the 4th floor. We had so much baggage. Overall, the room and location were great! We were hardly in the room. The room had all the things we needed and thank goodness for the coffee maker, Jon is a coffee addict and can't operate without a dark brew with 2 splenda packets and creamer.

After unloading our barge and lots of unpacking......we decided to head over to the MK....which will be coming up next so stay tuned!!!
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Old 01-25-2009, 12:46 AM   #2
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Go to photobucket.com 'n load those pics, then copy the [IMG][/IMG] 'n paste it back here.

You took pictures of the food 'n drink, right?
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:46 PM   #3
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Go to photobucket.com 'n load those pics, then copy the [IMG][/IMG] 'n paste it back here.

You took pictures of the food 'n drink, right?
Well...my partner said..."Why do you wanna take pics of food?" And I said that wanna share with my DIS freinds.....so, for his sake, I didn't take as many...I have a few though...he has no idea what we do here on DIS...

I have so many pics...I am sorting them now. We will return home tomorrow, we are at Disney's HHI resort now, and I love this place....great place to "chill" after a week at the world...I hope I can get everything done soon.
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Jon's turns 39 again. 2nd Trip July 2009
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2227910
Round #3! Food, Fun and New Friends 3rd Trip Sept/Oct 2009
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2300991
Jan./Feb. 2010-BWV
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:33 PM   #4
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Bad title for a thread, I was expecting armagedon!
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:13 PM   #5
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I'll be looking forward to the report.

I'm sorry you have to go home.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:09 PM   #6
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Where's the pics? Report? And I want to see a pic of the pooch in your photo...
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:28 PM   #7
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Where's the pics? Report? And I want to see a pic of the pooch in your photo...
I just uploaded my photos and recalling the days events....it will be soon I promise...and I do need to change the title of this thread...it does sound like the end of the world....
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http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2070158
Jon's turns 39 again. 2nd Trip July 2009
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2227910
Round #3! Food, Fun and New Friends 3rd Trip Sept/Oct 2009
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2300991
Jan./Feb. 2010-BWV
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:53 PM   #8
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Bad title for a thread, I was expecting armagedon!
It was like armagedon leaving that place....
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http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2070158
Jon's turns 39 again. 2nd Trip July 2009
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2227910
Round #3! Food, Fun and New Friends 3rd Trip Sept/Oct 2009
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2300991
Jan./Feb. 2010-BWV
June 2010-POR-FQ
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:36 PM   #9
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The Rest of Day 1.....

Hey...I'm back. This whole posting pic thing is crazy. I hope everything is posting okay and everyone is enjoyin it....I guess I am a true dis-freak now! Its all good!

We took the bus to the MK. Like I said before, we were near the bus stop and I believe this stop was the 2nd on the SSR route. The drivers were so very nice and freindly. It was great meeting with other guests from all over. This is when Jon got bittin' by the pin trading bug. Back during the planning stages, friends and co-workers briefed and warned me on the Wonderful World of Disney Pin Trading. I read about it and was curious. Before I knew it, I was on ebay bidding on pin lots. Crazy! Crazy Crazy! So, glad that we did not fly, the air lines would not let that much metal on their plane!

The bus trip was not bad at all, just a quick 20 min trip. It was nice seeing the top of the castle. We jumped off the bus and followed the flocks of people to the search tables. After being stripped of our machine guns and lead pipes, we got our first finger scans and we were in the MK! Here's the grand 1st pic!


It was breathing taking and it excited both of us....something that we have seen on TV for a long time was there in person! It was an amazing moment and it seemed to be a romantic moment Yeah, it was a busy January Day, but it was not that bad.

Here are some more pics of that 1st day....
Me taking it all in and wondering where to go 1st....

Zooming in to the top....(I'm not trying to be a pro, just a cool shot for me)


After the 1st castle visit, we jumped to Torrowland and hopped in line for Space Mountain. The fast passes had ran out, but that was okay, we had extra magic hours so it was no big deal to wait in the 40 min stand by line. After all, everybody and their momma had ridden Space Mountain and it was our turn. We ended waiting the 40 minutes like the post said and hopped on the train. It was cool, it was def a classic and I am sure there are big plans for the future! I rode in the front car and Jon was right behind me grinning like kid again.

We did a few other Torrowland things. I will not bore you all with it all.....I will sum it all up for you by saying its a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow... and $100 purchase at the pin cart.

After that, it was time for the 1st ever DDP swipe at Cosmic Rays. It was a zoo in there and it was around dusk. Why was it so crowded then? Everyone was rushing for Wishies.....Jon and I took our time, ordered our dinner and sat and ate. The food was good and it satisfied us, Jon had the BBQ and I had the turkey wrap. It was all good. Sorry, no pics of the whole meal, but I break down and took a pic of the rich chocolate cake!
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Here is Jon and the Ear Crowning Ceremony. I dare not show mine....


We watched Wishies and we have some pics! It was a great fireworks show and was neat seeing the castle change it's colors.....I have some pics to share but will share that on the next post. Jon was on the ball taking pics and I have no downloaded them all yet.....gotta love Sam's Club Photo!

Day 2 tomorrow....nite nite!

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Jon's turns 39 again. 2nd Trip July 2009
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2227910
Round #3! Food, Fun and New Friends 3rd Trip Sept/Oct 2009
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2300991
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:18 PM   #10
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Hey, you're doin' a great job at this trip report, just like a pro!

It's so cool to hear about someone's first trip, isn't Saratoga Springs nice 'n laid back after a long day at the parks?

Anxious to hear 'n see more of your trip report.





I sure hope he took more food pics.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:35 AM   #11
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tfs the pics and trip report! You guys are an adorable couple. I'm glad you changed the title -- I didn't know it was a trip report and didn't pay much attention to it at first!
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:41 AM   #12
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DVCajun took the words right out of my mouth! You two are just absolutely adorable! My sons are just a little older than you...Love the pictures!
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:31 AM   #13
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Glad I could help. Keep up the pics and the posts.

I love the Ear Crowning Ceremony bit :-)
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:46 AM   #14
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Something tells me you'll be going back really soon.
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Great so far! More pics and more story please... Oh and I really want to see your puppy! I can barely make him out on your avatar - but he almost looks like mine
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