2011 – Disney Vacation Trip Report – Day One

It has been a little over a year since I was in WDW and I was dying to get back. A few weeks before our trip Pete and I were talking and we realized he was off work from December 31st to January 17th. We decided to start vacation early. We thought about driving to WDW, stopping in the Carolina’s to visit some friends and getting to Disney on our original check in date of January 5th. BUT a one way car rental was over a $1,000 so nope not happening. Then I switched our flight so we flew out of BWI on January 3rd. I made us a two night reservation at Port Orleans French quarter. I was excited to stay here! So two extra Disney Days! YAY! I was so excited.

January 1, 2011

I finally finished our Disney Tie Dye shirts. I had to make 9 of them. They took forever. I am so happy how awesome they turned out.

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January 2, 2011

I finally finished packing. My dad bought me a luggage scale so I weighed my luggage and them rearranged a few bags and was all set. I took my shower and headed to bed. My sister was picking me up at 5am!!!

January 3, 2011

5AM! We are awake, dressed and ready to head to the airport. Our flight was at 7am. The Airport was horrible! We waited in the check in line almost and hour, then atleast 30 minutes to get through security. It was NUTS! But we made it to the gate and boarded within 10 minutes. We got to sit in the very first set of seat. How awesome, we were first one and first off!

The flight was uneventful, I listened to my iPod until the darn earbuds were killing my ears! I hate them. They arn’t even the cheap-o ones that come with the iPod, but $120 Bose ones! I wish I could find my on the ear headphones.

SO we got off the plane and Pete got a much needed coffee. I got out our documents and we made the long trek to the Magical Express.

Once on board we were on our way. I sat in the front seat next to a stranger. I love the front seat on the bus cause I need to get this picture:

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We made a stop at Old Key West and then Saratoga Springs before we got to Post Orleans French Quarter. We pulled up around 10:30am. Check in was easy and we were put in Building 5, right next to Jenna! YAY! But our room was not ready. Boo! We needed to leave our carry on bag with the luggage department. This was tricky since we had two book bags, mine was 100% full or our electronics. Laptop, 2 Camera’s 2 Lens, external flash, 5 chargers, power strip, etc. Petes had a bunch of other things that didn’t quite fit anywhere else. I rearranged and got everything in to my bag or pockets. In Pete’s bag (that we were taking to the parks with us) was the camera, the tripod, the travel folio, ponchos, advil and the speardsheet! I had a sneaky suspicion this would happen since I knew we were checking in so early so I brought some zip ties to secure out bag. I got it all “locked up”!

I got in the guest services line while Pete went to check our luggage in. He came back and I was in the same spot, he went to the gift shop and came back and I was in the same spot, he went back to the gift shop. FINALLY after 35 minutes, I kid you not, I got to the desk. There was only 2 people in front of me but the CM was SLOW! I needed to upgrade our 10 day tickets (no expiration) to Park Hoppers. Well she couldn’t do it here. What the Heck? So I got a print out of our dining just because I had stood in line so long and wanted to do something. LOL

Finally we headed to the MK bus. I was texting Jenna and Lisa M. to find out where my ladies were. We were at the Magic Kingdom in no time.

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I was excited to see the Christmas decorations still up.

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I sent Jenna a text and she said she was near the Castle making her way to her lunch reservations. I guess it was about 12:20pm. We headed down Main Street.

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My future Dream Job is selling Balloons on Main Street.

We were almost to the end of Main Street near the partners statue. I looked acrossed the street and spotted Jenna’s famous Mickey Ears. She has more than anyone I know. I darted acrossed the Street, right in front of the Move it Shake it show. Pet e was trapped on the other side. We stood and talked a few minutes and watched a bit of the show.

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As soon as Pete could cross the street he scooped Baby Riley up. He got to hold Riley before me!

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We said goodbye and parted ways for lunch. Pete and I headed over the bridge to Liberty Square. We had reservations at the Liberty Tree Tavern.

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We checked in early since it was 1:00pm and our reservation wasnt until 2pm. I knew it, but played dumb. I had not had breakfast and was famished. Lunch was really good. I do not like dinner her, but had heard lots about the fried cheese here so I wanted to try it for lunch. Pete had never been to LTT and you all know I love doing new stuff each trip.

Now for some Food Porn.

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We had the fried cheese as an appetizer. I loved the little ones. Next time I will request all little ones since the other ones were just normal Cheese sticks.

We both got burgers, but decided we should have shared. We couldn’t finish them.

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During this part of the trip we had no dining plan. It was all out-of-pocket.

For dessert we shared the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake. It was yummy.

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After lunch I was soo tired. We had been up since 5am and it was now 2:15ish. We found seats for the 3pm parade and parked it.

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I am so glad my boy has long arms, it is so hard to take self portraits with a DSLR.

We were surprised with a performance by the Main Street Philharmonic.

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The parade started not much longer. Now let me take this time to complain about rude people in Disney World. We got seats on the wall EARLY. No one was sitting yet. I set up the tripod in front of me. Not to use, but to deter people from sitting in front of me. I wanted pictures. We were sitting not too close to each other, a few inches in between. A loud family sat next to Pete and the older lady next to him kept getting closer and closer. finally he was all up on me. Move over Dude!! He mumbled about the lady and blah blah blah. She was totally all up on him! FInally he couldn’t take it and stood up. HAHAHA! The Parade Started and I started taking pictures. The daughter asked Pete to sit down since her Mom couldn’t see. He was directly in front of the Mom. The Mom spoke no english. So Pete told her no, there was no room. The lady said something to the mom who finally moved her butt over. She was still REALLy close to Pete. I would have been a witch about it, but he is the nice one. LOL

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I think the Genie looks like my ex boyfriend and he creeps me out now. LOL Great something else the Ex has ruined for me. LOL

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The parade was great. Pete has never watched the afternoon parade. We decided this was going to be a slow day since tomorrow was our full Magic Kingdom Day. We were tired!

We headed to Pirates of the Caribbean after the parade.

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The line was like 20 minutes. We went to the shorter left side of the line and got on the boat. Now why do people think they need to take pictures in this ride with the flash. I mean they ruin the experience for the rest of us and I know they are not getting good pictures.

After the ride I headed to the rest room and Pete explored the shop. He LOVES gift shops and I hate them! He found a Skull gear shift and bought it. The bathroom was closed so I help it and got in line to meet Pirate Goofy!

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Afterwards we were going to ride the jungle cruise but not with an hour wait! So I headed to the next bathroom and Pete checked out a gift shop cart. Afterwards we decided we needed a Dole Whip!

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So good. We sat in the empty smoking area near the tree house and enjoyed a late afternoon snack.

We wandered around awhile and then ended up in line to see the little mermaid with legs! That’s a first for me. The line was long, but I stuck it out. Lisa M. texted me to let me know she was in the Magic Kingdom.

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Afterwards is was about 6:00pm and there was supposed to be the last Castle lighting tonight. We headed to the castle area, but then changed our minds and went to the benched in Liberty Square to people watch. I was tired (why did I do a park my first day?? oh yeah the Castle lighting and the Osbourn lights) so we talked to a CM who told us no Castle lighting. I saved a bench and a half and texted Lisa & Jenna to let them know I had seats for us. I also called my Dad and chatted. I know I am weird, but I need to talk to my family daily, even on vacation.

I always volunteer to save seats and then I stress out about it. It is horrible. I set up the tripod again to reserve the area in front of me. Jenna was waiting for the Castle lighting and texted me to let me know. I stressed out until I saw them coming my way. I hate telling people they can’t have my seats. When Jenna and crew got there I finally got my hands on Riley!!!! I have been waiting for this for over a year! Jenna and I went to WDW in December 2009 the day after she found out Riley was on his way. Of course I spent the whole weekend calling him baby Minnie. I apologized to him for it. :)

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Love this baby!

The Parade started and I loved it! I need the soundtrack!

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After the parade we all talked about it and decided to beat the crowd and head out before Wishes. We were all going to Hollywood Studios for the Last night of the Osbourne lights. Another first for us all. We took the monorail to the Poly and then a bus to Hollywood Studios.

Pete started his complaining about the cold. It was NOT cold! It was cool, but he was tired.

Doesn’t Riley look sleepy?

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This was taken from the monorail. It’s a crappy picture and was gone by the next day!

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The Tree at the Poly.

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Pete trying to warm up.

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It took us over an hour to get to Hollywood Studios. There was a car accident at the exit of the Magic Kingdom. It was LONG.

We finally got there and Jenna headed in and I went to change our tickets to Park Hoppers. It took 15 minutes or so, I told Jenna I would meet her at Pizza Planet.

It was extra Magic hours at DHS.

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Jenna called and told me that all the food places were closed. It was like 9:30 and we all needed dinner. We headed to the lights watched it, took some pictures, got in line for a photopass picture and then decided enough. We headed out, back to the hotel.

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Of course the bus stop was like number 14 all the way on the end. By now I knew I had a killer blister and I waddled to the bus stop. LOL We waited and waited and then missed a bus. We caught the next one and got seats. That is always a plus.

Once back at Port Orleans we went to the food court. I got fruit and Pete got a burger. Jenna and crew got a pizza. Once the food was ready we made our way to our room. It was on the 2nd floor although we requested 1st floor since Jenna’s MIL had trouble with steps. Jenna requested a new room, but there were none. I opened our door at 11:30pm and the room STUNK. It smelled like someone was sitting in there smoking. I was so angry. I called the front desk and complained. They wanted to move us, there was one empty room in the whole resort. It was in building 1, on the corner. As far away from the buses as physically possible. I was tired and didn’t want to move all of our luggage. They assured me we would get a deep cleaning including carpet shampoo the next day. I was too sleepy to complain.

We finally went to sleep at like 12:30 am after being awake for 20 hours!!!

What a great 1st day! I love Disney!

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