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Merry Christmas 2019

Now that we got all that Turkey stuff outta the way, I can get super hyped about Christmas.

Joe and I have a trip coming up for the holidays and I am so excited. Blondie will be with her daddy for Christmas this year so we decided to head down for a few days as our gift to each other!!! It's been a minute since the 2 of us went alone so I am really looking forward to it. Our first trip alone together was one of my favorite trips and the few in between have been great too.

Here's our plan so far.

We are going to leave Friday the 20th after work and drive about halfway, as many of you know that puts us at about St Augustine. I really hate getting up early and making the entire drive, makes me lazy the rest of the day when we arrive. This way we get there pretty early on Saturday and have a full day raring to go!!

Saturday - Check into Saratoga Springs -I do have Riveria waitlisted but I'm not counting on it. We will head to Disney Springs as there is a TON of Christmas Stuff there I want to check out. We have to get our AP taken care of. You know, the one we were NOT going to renew this year..... Jock's has a Christmas theme with food and drink specials, We will stop by Wine Bare George to see if Robyn (the bar manager) is there to say hello and of course have wine, I need the focaccia from Wolfgang Pucks, The Peppermint Margarita from the Eggnoggery and the Christmas Tree Trail. There are also a couple bars I want to knock off the list so we may do that too. Lava Lounge, Paddlefish rooftop and Terralina's outside bar and maybe get a pizza made by Katie V! If there is time after I want to run over to Coronado Springs and check out Three Bridges.

Sunday - We are going to ride over to the Riviera and walk around. I'm kind of excited to see it all come together. I love the overly themed resorts so this one could be interesting... We are going to Hollywood Studios in the evening. I only have one FP for Rock n Roller Coaster. We have an ADR for Oga's at 7pm. This will be our first trip to Galaxy's Edge. I also plan on riding the Skyliner this day. Probably from the Riviera and just cruise around!

Monday - Heading to Epcot for Festival of the Holidays and to get our Passholder Magnets. I do have a Soarin FP for this day also. Just going to be a slow lazy day around Epcot. I'll try not to eat too much as we have a Jiko ADR in the evening. We'll run over to Kidani also. AK and AKL are my favorite Christmas decorations on property!! MK closes at midnight and we may sneak over to take a peek at the Castle since I don't have any MK time scheduled.

Tuesday - I want to go over to Port Orleans to get some free beignets and look at all the Christmas stuff. All our FPs are at AK this day. FOP and EE are on the docket. Again, My FAVORITE park for Christmas decor. I can't wait to see all the new stuff. Probably end up at Satu'li Canteen or Flame Tree for dinner. May try to fit in Yak and Yeti if I can snag an ADR

Wednesday - Merry Christmas, you have to pack your crap and go home..... Yep, we are checking out and heading home on Christmas.... But we get Blondie and head to Georgia in a couple of days

Right now, I feel like this trip is a fly by the seat of our pants kind of thing. Not a ton "planned" but enough to have room to work around and change plans.

Will keep you posted when we go!!!

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JMed wrote:

Right now, I feel like this trip is a fly by the seat of our pants kind of thing. Not a ton "planned" but enough to have room to work around and change plans.

Will keep you posted when we go!!!

I've really liked my fly by the seat of your pants trips lately. They have been so relaxed.

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Kristen K. wrote:
JMed wrote:

Right now, I feel like this trip is a fly by the seat of our pants kind of thing. Not a ton "planned" but enough to have room to work around and change plans.

Will keep you posted when we go!!!

I've really liked my fly by the seat of your pants trips lately. They have been so relaxed.

Me too actually but I really like to plan. So it's a toss up. I just saw the new holiday cups at Jellyrolls. We've never been there so maybe we can add that on too....

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That sounds like an excellent trip!

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Sounds like such a fun, relaxed trip! Absolutely do Jellyrolls! It is so much fun! Drinks are weak and overpriced, but we love the dueling pianos. And can't wait to hear what you think of Riveria and the skyliner. We're staying there the first week in February.

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So I'm guessing from everything I am reading we are going to have to get to Hollywood Studios at the butt crack of dawn to get in a boarding group. I'm not really happy about this part of the plan as we have evening FP and ADR there. I don't want to be in HS all day. Hopefully we can get a relatively early boarding group, go do the other things I want to do and then come back.

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JMed wrote:
So I'm guessing from everything I am reading we are going to have to get to Hollywood Studios at the butt crack of dawn to get in a boarding group. I'm not really happy about this part of the plan as we have evening FP and ADR there. I don't want to be in HS all day. Hopefully we can get a relatively early boarding group, go do the other things I want to do and then come back.

Yea one passholder got to Studios before 6am and their boarding group wasn't called until like 11am and at that point, you have two hours to get to the ride.

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So who can run me thru this? You get there early and once you are inside you hop on the app and get in the queue? Is it right when you get in the gates? When you are in GE? What When How WHY?????? I don't want to waste a day waiting but I guess I will for my hubby.... I gotta remember all the things he does for me.

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JMed wrote:
So who can run me thru this? You get there early and once you are inside you hop on the app and get in the queue? Is it right when you get in the gates? When you are in GE? What When How WHY?????? I don't want to waste a day waiting but I guess I will for my hubby.... I gotta remember all the things he does for me.

The virtual queue becomes open for you once you enter the park. Here's my experience from Friday.

I arrived at 5:45am. They started letting people in just after 6:00. I got boarding group 14 at 6:10am. I slowly made my way to GE and hung around (they were on group 12 by the time I got there). I was boarding at 6:37. And then it broke down. I was evacuated at 7:23 right before we got to the actual ride. Everyone got a paper fast pass for Rise and a multiride FP. I rode Smuggler's Run and the ride was back up around 7:49. I was off the ride at 8:23. I used my multiride FP for Slinky Dog and left the park to meet my cousins for breakfast at Boma.

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Sweet, thanks JoAnn, hopefully we can make it work and I can still do other stuff

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I was boarding at 6:37. And then it broke down. I was evacuated at 7:23 right before we got to the actual ride.

Oh that's the pits. sad