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Old 08-24-2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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This is Halloween ♛ Dreams come true ♛ First time visit - 18 days in Orlando PTR!

Welcome to my Pre Trip Report


This is Halloween - Dreams come true - First time visit

Introduction
Plans, plans and more plans!
Non Disney Adventures
Disney Tees!
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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Introduction

Hello! I'm Elsa and this is my first Pre Trip Report! My boyfriend and I will be in Orlando in less than two months! Our dates are Oct 19th - Nov 4th.
This is going to be our first trip to the world. We live in Spain and planning this trip has been (and still is) an adventure that I'd like to share with all of you!

So... This is us!

Elsa & Mikel


I'm from Barcelona and he is from Bilbao. We started dating back in 2007 and I moved here in 2008, we both live in Bilbao since then.

Bilbao - I miss Barcelona, but love this city so much!


I'm 26 and I'm totally obsessed with rollercoasters, theme parks and Disney since I was a little girl.
While in High school I studied French and went to Paris for some weeks staying with a French family, it was amazing, and of course I visited Disneyland Resort Paris! I already was in love with Disney, but it was the first time I really felt the magic of a Disney park and it was so special!
I really love to travel, and during the last years we've been almost all around Europe. We are backpackers so thanks to trains, cheap flights and youth hostels we have seen a lot!
My first job was also in a theme park, Port Aventura. It was part of the Universal park family back then, and I loved to work there.
I also love animals, horror movies, Halloween, crafting, shopping, make up and everything that involves spooky, cute, pink or sparkly things, I'm just a little weird!

Me and my favourite rollercoaster , Dragon Khan (Port Aventura)


Aaaand, here's my prince and a plane


Mikel! Please don't mind the cigarrette, he doesn't smoke anymore


What can I say about him? Well, he is the best boyfriend ever. He likes Disney and theme parks but not as much as I do... I was afraid that he would not want to spent that much time and money going to WDW, but when I told him that I really wanted and needed to make this trip he really got involved! This trip is a very special dream that I had for years so I feel truly blessed right now, I can't believe it's going to come true!

Last year was not the best for both of us, I had some health problems and spent a month at the hospital during summer and later in november his mother died after a long disease.. We really need some pixie dust and I'm sure that this trip will help a lot!

And of course, I have to introduce her! Vero, our tiny chihuahua! She's so cute! (We were sharing a macaron that Mikel bought for us in Paris in a recent two-day trip)


By the way, as you have probably noticed english is not my first language, so please excuse me if I mess with it sometimes

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Old 08-24-2013, 05:18 PM   #3
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Hi I think your English is very good, we are also from Europe visiting DW for 18 nights from September 21st. It will be interesting to see if you have a similar view of Disney. I am travelling with my son who I first took to DW when he was 3ys old in 1987 and we have returned for his birthday for the last 25 yrs. We are real Disney nuts and have a great time I am sure that you will have fun and make lots of memory's.
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Hi I think your English is very good, we are also from Europe visiting DW for 18 nights from September 21st. It will be interesting to see if you have a similar view of Disney. I am travelling with my son who I first took to DW when he was 3ys old in 1987 and we have returned for his birthday for the last 25 yrs. We are real Disney nuts and have a great time I am sure that you will have fun and make lots of memory's.
Thank you so much Sandy!
I hope that going to WDW becomes a tradition in our family too
Going to DW is such a wonderful way to celebrate your son's birthday!! I'd love to do the same someday! Well, we don't have kids yet but I'm sure that they will love Disney as much as I do...
I hope you enjoy your trip so much and have lots of fun, please let me know!
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Plans, plans and more plans!

Hello! So now that you know who we are, I'll try to explain what are we going to do in Orlando!

Disney



My original reservation was for AOA, I really love the Little Mermaid, but since Free Dining was not offered there I had to change our reservation and now... We will be staying at POP Oct 19 / Oct 26, with Free QS Dining!
I'm sure I will love POP and it's only a short walk away from AOA so we will be able to go and check the resort without having to ride a bus!

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We will be staying at the Days Inn Universal Maingate (walking distance from Universal) from Oct 26 to Nov 4. We will visit both Universal parks, Sea World, Busch Gardens, attend Halloween events (more on that later) and will also have a couple of days for shopping around the outlets and malls

Disney schedule - We are testing Magic Bands and Fastpass+


After a very long flight I think the arrival day we will relax at the resort and maybe do some shopping at DTD. Next day is for DHS! You can see our FP+ selections and our ADR at Sci-Fi!


Monday 21 - Epcot and Magic Kingdom (we have hoppers). Chefs de France ADR, Ratatouille is one of my favourite movies so I really hope to see the little chef!!
Tuesday 22- Magic Kingdom! We are not attending the MNSSHP that night so we will visit the Poly and see the fireworks from the beach!


Wednesday 23- DHS, 50's Prime Time ADR and Epcot Food & Wine night!
Thursday 24- Animal Kingdom! Please ignore Epcot, I don't know why is there After Animal Kingdom we'll go to enjoy our first night of Universal Halloween Horror Nights.


Friday 25- Full day at the Magic Kingdom, YAAY! We will attend MNSSHP that night and have dinner at Be our Guest! Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney tale so... Can't wait, I'm so excited!!! Such a special last night at Disney.
Saturday 26 - Bye Disney We will check out, shop at DTD and then pick up our rental car at Disney car care. We will drive to tampa and attend Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens!! So excited, did I tell you that I love Halloween? Well, I REALLY DO!


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Old 08-25-2013, 08:27 AM   #6
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I'm in!

I understand loving halloween. We are attending Halloween Horror Nights for the first time this year finally. (I've been wanting to go for over 10 years) We are going opening weekend in September.
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I'm in!

I understand loving halloween. We are attending Halloween Horror Nights for the first time this year finally. (I've been wanting to go for over 10 years) We are going opening weekend in September.
Welcome!
I'm sure you will have a blast!! I've been wanting to go for years too, can't really believe that we will be there soon!
The event this year looks amazing, I love The Walking Dead so much!
I'd love to know about your experience there when you attend next September, so tell me if you have time!
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Non Disney Adventures


Hello! So let's continue with our non Disney vacation plans!

Non Disney Schedule - AKA Halloween stravaganzza!


Saturday 26 - As I said we're leaving Disney this day, but we will attend Howl O Scream! (Busch Gardens Halloween event). We have express tickets and I also bought tickets for the additional cost "Haunted house" called The Experiment... - "Researchers challenge your fear tolerance and mental endurance in this never-been-done-before Experiment. In this exclusive study, test subjects endure psychological tests and must face top fear-inducing elements, from roaches and snakes to needles and darkness. How far is too far in this study of fear? Will you survive The Experiment?" - I know, we are crazy


Sunday 27 - Islands of Adventure day + Halloween Horror Nights!! We have a Frequent Fear Pass with Express so we will be able to attend more than one night and skip the lines!


Monday 28 - Universal Studios day! Mikel can't wait to see the new Spriengfield expansion!


Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 - Shopping around Orlando for me and some free time for Mikel, he doesn't really like to shop but I can't resist, too many shops that we don't have here in Spain! We will go to Old Town one of the nights too... Yep, I think they have a new haunted house there!


Thursday 31 - HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We will enjoy both Universal parks (we have hoppers) and our last night of Halloween Horror Nights!!


Friday 1 and Saturday 2 - Busch Gardens and Sea World days!


Sunday 3 - Both Universal parks + late night Minigolf and a very special memory from this trip, I'm getting a tattoo! As I said this trip will be a dream come true so... I will get this on my foot!


Monday 4 - Leaving Orlando

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Old 08-27-2013, 06:46 AM   #9
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Disney Tees!


Hello! I'm having some free time lately so I've been organizing my closet and thought it would be fun to take some pictures of my Disney tees and sweatshirts and show you! I don't want to overpack this time (I always do) so I'm still not sure if I will bring all of them to the World but... Well, probably I will
Stitch was trying to help me...! I'd love to read your opinions. What's your favourite?

Little Mermaid Sweatshirt! I think this could be great if the weather gets a little chilly.


Camo and spikes Mickey! I love this one, I think it's really unique.


My favourite! I wear this one at least once a week. I love Frankenweenie so much. I've seen the movie a dozen times and I always get so emotional, I had a Bull Terrier years ago and well, I can really understand Victor's feelings... Sparky is so precious!


Snow White, love her so much!


Bambi and Thumper! Awww, cuteness overload!!


Pink neon Mickey! Perfect summer top!


Mickey longsleeve, one of my favourites. I love varsity/college style clothing!


Beauty and the Beast!! Omg this t-shirt is so perfect! Well, when I purchased it, it was in the pajamas section But I don't care, I will wear this one to Be our Guest!


I bought all of them at Primark (minus the Frankenweenie one, that's from the Disney Store). They were all a steal, between 3 to 12 Euros each one. Every time I go I come back home with 2 or 3 Disney items at awesome prices. I will probably go again next month, just a few days before the trip

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:33 AM   #10
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Just started reading , we will be in Orlando the same time as you, we arrive on the 17th October - 20th October, and than will be back from the 24th November. This will be our first time attending the Halloween parties and we both can't wait. How exciting you were able to get a Be Our Guest reservation, we were able to secure a ADR too,which my sister is looking forward to, Its her favourite movie after Brave.

Looking forward to reading more of your plans. Happy planning!!!


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My 13 year old daughter would LOVE LOVE LOVE the camo Mickey one. I have never seen anything like that one. Will have to do an internet search now and see if I can find it. She wants to wear camo every day of her life right now HAHA

Trip sounds fun although I am a scardy cat and don't like haunted houses etc HAHA.

Hope you have an amazing time and that your Dreams do come true. We are headed to the World first week of December then back in October for the Halloween party...but MNNSHP is as far as I take it
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Just started reading , we will be in Orlando the same time as you, we arrive on the 17th October - 20th October, and than will be back from the 24th November. This will be our first time attending the Halloween parties and we both can't wait. How exciting you were able to get a Be Our Guest reservation, we were able to secure a ADR too,which my sister is looking forward to, Its her favourite movie after Brave.

Looking forward to reading more of your plans. Happy planning!!!


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My 13 year old daughter would LOVE LOVE LOVE the camo Mickey one. I have never seen anything like that one. Will have to do an internet search now and see if I can find it. She wants to wear camo every day of her life right now HAHA

Trip sounds fun although I am a scardy cat and don't like haunted houses etc HAHA.

Hope you have an amazing time and that your Dreams do come true. We are headed to the World first week of December then back in October for the Halloween party...but MNNSHP is as far as I take it
Welcome and thanks for reading!
I love camo too, when I saw it at Primark had to get it!! Hope you can find something similar around the internet, I'd try on Etsy and Ebay
I love that there are so different Halloween events out there, there's something for everyone!! I don't think I would be able to choose between scary and not so scary Halloween events so... That's why I will attend everything!!

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I found you from my PTR, and I'm so happy I did! Your trip sounds like it's going to be so much fun, and much needed magic after a hard year!

If you have some free time, I'd definitely check out the HHN thread! there are a lot of really great tips and so much information about the event! Like, the days you're in Universal before HHN, you can do what's called "stay and scream", where you don't even have to leave the park before the event, and get a head start on crowds!

http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3101117

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I found you from my PTR, and I'm so happy I did! Your trip sounds like it's going to be so much fun, and much needed magic after a hard year!

If you have some free time, I'd definitely check out the HHN thread! there are a lot of really great tips and so much information about the event! Like, the days you're in Universal before HHN, you can do what's called "stay and scream", where you don't even have to leave the park before the event, and get a head start on crowds!

http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3101117

Happy planning!
Hello!! Thank you so much for joining, loved your trip report!
I'm following the HHN thread, in fact I found your Trip Report link there!
I posted a couple of times asking some details about the express pass that's included with our tickets.
We bought the Frequent Fear with Express and we will attend 3 different nights so we are not worried about crowds but I'm sure that we will do Stay and Scream at least once, because it sounds so cool.
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