The October Anniversary/Birthday/DVC try out!!! Pre-Trip Report TRIP REPORT UNDER WAY!! *DAY TWO (part one) COMPLETE*

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The October Anniversary/Birthday/DVC try out!!! Pre-Trip Report TRIP REPORT UNDER WAY!! *DAY TWO (part one) COMPLETE*

Hey Everyone!

So this is my first pre-trip report and my first experience with FP+ and DVC Rental. I am so excited for this trip although we were just in the World less than a year ago, I know you guys can feel me when I say that that is too long!

So first let me give some intros..

Who's Who??

Me: obviously the girl in the picture. 25 years old. Full time receptionist as well as a full time student studying to be an elementary school teacher. I should be done by next Fall so this will probably be our last low-crowds, non-summer trip for a very lonnnggggg time and I plan on enjoying it.

Bill: my wonderful, not-quite-as-obsessed-with-Disney boyfriend. He is 28 (turning 29 the day before our trip) and this is our 3rd trip together. He isn't quite as planning obsessed as I am but he loves Disney World and once he is there he goes into full on fanatic mode (I just have to keep my crazy plans toned down before hand). When not on vacation he is an operations manager/wedding coordinator for a banquet facility and I know what you're thinking... yes I have already pushed for him to do Disney weddings and its a possibility Smile

We will also be hanging out with my awesome cousin Patrick who has been a cast member for 5 or 6 years now. He is the one I can thank for rekindling my love of Disney World.. I enjoyed it as a kid but if it were not for visiting him I would not know how wonderful it really is as an adult!

The Plans

Wednesday October 15th
Catch the earliest flight we could find flying out of Philadelphia so we land at MCO at 9:25am
Arrive at Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani by 11am (hopefully)
I've put in a request for a Savannah View on my online check-in so crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers . We also are celebrating our 4 year anniversary as well as Bill's birthday, so we're hoping to get the appropriate buttons at check in.

We are going to drop off bags either in the room if its ready (which I doubt) or at the front desk and explore the grounds a bit as this is our first time at AKL. Then its off to DHS to see Patrick and get down to business! (to defeat the huns)

FP+ - Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror (will probably ride a few more times if wait time is short), and Star Tours (I don't think we'll need this but I just did it so we could have 3 FP+'s for the day).

After enjoying DHS its off to Epcot via the boat for F&W exploring and EMH!

Thursday October 16th
Breakfast at Boma scheduled. This is our first time at this restaurant but the reviews I've read have all been good and I really am a sucker for a good breakfast buffet.
After breakfast its off to Animal Kingdom

FP+ - Kilimanjaro Safari, Everest (will probably hit it up a couple more times in single rider) and Dinosaur.
*We also want to do Kali River Rapids, FOTLK and Its Tough to be a Bug, so those will be either extra fastpasses or walk ons depending on wait times

After Animal Kingdom we plan on going back to the resort, maybe hitting up the pool depending on the weather/time and just taking in the beauty of the lodge.. Then its off to Epcot for more F&W grazing for dinner (catching a pattern here).

Friday October 17th
No plans for breakfast, probably get something counter service (maybe one of those Sleepy Hollow waffles) because today is Magic Kingdom!!

FP+ - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (YAYYYY!), Splash Mountain, Big Thunder
*Normally we fly through Magic Kingdom at warp speed and don't really take the time to relax so I plan on really taking our time and hitting some of the attractions that we usually deem not that important. This is also one of Patrick's days off so we will meet up with him at some point, probably for lunch..

After getting our fill of MK, it is off to Epcot for (you guessed it) more F&W booths!!
- depending on when we finish at MK we might head back to the resort to rest and grab some drinks at the pool bar before heading to Epcot. Or we might just take the monorail if we get lost in the wonders of MK.

Saturday October 18th
Again no breakfast plans, might grab something at the Lodge CS or maybe just skip it and have an early lunch. The plans for the day are Epcot (again). This is also Patrick's day off so we will be with him for some of the day.

FP+ - Soarin', Mission Space, The Seas with Nemo.
*kind of upset Maelstrom is still not an option for FP+ but I will keep checking and if it comes available we will switch for that. Also plan on doing Test Track a couple times through single rider, or regular if the wait times are short.

Then its back to the resort to relax and get ready for our only dinner ADR at Kona Cafe! The ADR is at 7:50 so the plan is to eat and either catch Wishes from the Poly if construction isn't an issue or make our way to MK for it as well as evening EMH! I haven't done Magic Kingdom at night in years so I'm really excited for this. We plan on hitting Splash and Big Thunder again as well as Seven Dwarfs if the lines aren't long. I also am determined to experience The Kiss Goodnight so it looks like we'll be closing the park.

Sunday October 19th
Last full day sad
As much as this pre trip sounds planned I really am more of a spontaneous Disney traveler.. So this day is our free day. We have nothing really planned and we will just go with what we are in the mood for.

FP+ - Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain (I just made these just in case and they will probably change a bunch of times up to and during our trip)

We might try and get into Fantasmic since Bill's never done it.. but we know we want to end our last night in Epcot for F&W food and drinks.

Monday October 20th
Sigh.. its over...

We have a late flight so ME won't be getting us till around 5-5:30 this day so we plan on either hitting up some final parks for anything we missed or maybe just relaxing at the lodge.. Or we might attempt a monorail resort crawl or DTD. The options are open and we really want to relax and enjoy our last day in our favorite place.

Well, thanks for reading my longer than I expected pre trip report! Now its just full on countdown mode since we are under 60 days mickey

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Sounds like you have a plan EmFord!

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Great plans! awesome

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Sounds awesome, I'm sure you guys will have a fantastic time! Come back with lots of pictures! biggrin

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Sounds great - I think you will love the MK at night. And AK Lodge is beautiful.

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Great planning. awesome

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That sounds like a great plan! Right now the wait for Seven Dwarfs is still an hour wait up until park closing, I know this could change as we go into the slower season.

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sounds like a great trip

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Sounds like a great plan! Very excited for you! That's the week in October we usually go too. Its awesome!

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Mandy wrote:
That sounds like a great plan! Right now the wait for Seven Dwarfs is still an hour wait up until park closing, I know this could change as we go into the slower season.

Thats crazy. We won't wait that long to ride it at night but maybe we'll luck into an extra fast pass... crossfingers

Thanks everyone! I usually just go to Disney and wing it so planning it out sure was an adventure. So excited though!!

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Fantastic plans EmFord!!!! sounds like a great trip planned can't wait to hear all about it!!!

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Awwwwwesome plan

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Looks great, EmFord!!

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Sounds like you have lots of fun planned!

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Sounds awesome!!!! yay

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Awesome! Sounds like a great time.

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So with the recent park hours changes I've made some modifications to our plans and they are all for the better! For one, we decided to cancel our Boma breakfast ADR and opt to move our AK fastpasses up some. After reading a review of breakfast offerings at Animal Kingdom we're just going to get our day kickstarted and play it by ear.

On Saturday the 18th Magic Kingdom is open until 2am with EMH!!!! Since I always travel in the Fall I have never been when the parks are open that late and I am so excited for extra time in MK. We've decided to keep our Kona Cafe ADR for 7:50 and then spend some time exploring the Poly and the other monorail resorts before making our way over to MK. I am so excited by this because now we don't have to rush around and can really enjoy the park at night.

Well, 28 days left. Only 4 more Mondays to get through and we're there. Magicbands shipped today. I can't believe how close (yet so far) we are yay

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Yaaaay! It's coming round so quickly! Can't wait to stalk you by the pool Laughing out loud

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Aww - closing the park. How cute!!

Sounds like a great plan, if I see you I will wave mickey

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Yaaaay! It's coming round so quickly! Can't wait to stalk you by the pool Laughing out loud

haha I'll be the one with the binoculars angelwings

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Sounds great..I also want to experience the Kiss goodnight..I will be at MK on that Saturday night but it's a 02.00am so the chances of me seeing it that night are slim..Have a magical time..

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Well.. 3 days out!!!

Magic Bands and Minnie ears are packed.. Luggage tags are on the suitcases. Just sitting here listening to Disney Pandora and visualizing this trip.. Can't wait to step off that plane and realize I'm finally there..

To all you traveling at the same time.. (i know there's a big group going in the next couple weeks) hope you have as much fun as I plan on having. See ya on the other side biggrin biggrin biggrin

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EmFord wrote:
RobynPrincess wrote:
Yaaaay! It's coming round so quickly! Can't wait to stalk you by the pool Laughing out loud

haha I'll be the one with the binoculars angelwings

Yeah, I'll be the lurker in the corner watching you both!! wink Checking into Kidani on the 19th. Dinner at Sana and then off to MNSSHP!! mickey

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oHIo wrote:
EmFord wrote:
RobynPrincess wrote:
Yaaaay! It's coming round so quickly! Can't wait to stalk you by the pool Laughing out loud

haha I'll be the one with the binoculars angelwings

Yeah, I'll be the lurker in the corner watching you both!! wink Checking into Kidani on the 19th. Dinner at Sana and then off to MNSSHP!! mickey

rolling Its the place to be this upcoming week!

Mini meet up at the pool bar? The 19th is our "wing it" day so not sure where we'll be. But maybe....

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That would be great if it could work out. Robyn was on line a few minutes ago and I sent her a message. Checking in at Kidani the middle of the afternoon. Dinner is at 6:15 and then headed to MK for MNSSHP. What are your plans for that day? I am heading for F&W on Monday morning. Fast Pass for Soarin 9:35 - 10:35

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That day is our free day so we don't really have any set plans. We have fastpasses in MK in the morning but to be honest that might change depending on how we feel. We know we want to go to Epcot and possibly Hollywood Studios for EMH but not sure about the middle. So maybe we'll see you in between if we take a resort break.. It would be great to meet up!! But since this is our "wing it" day I really shouldn't commit to anything concrete laugh

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Love to park hop! With only two days though, that is not going to happen on this trip! Maybe we'll run into each other in the lobby. laugh

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Emford,

Looks like a great plan you have set up for your trip tomorrow. Y'all are going to have a great time. I love Disney this time of year. The weather is usually perfect!! Keep us posted on all the great eats and drinks at F&W... I sure miss the F&W.. Also, have a margarita or three for me, if ya would!! biggrin

Just an FYI.... I was 28 and my wife 25 when I proposed to her at a very romantic place (not Disney, unfortunately... I was not a Disney fanatic at the time sad ) and we had been dating for almost four years... I'm just sayin... awesome muchlove

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Have a great trip, EmFord!

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LouisianaMike wrote:
Emford,

Looks like a great plan you have set up for your trip tomorrow. Y'all are going to have a great time. I love Disney this time of year. The weather is usually perfect!! Keep us posted on all the great eats and drinks at F&W... I sure miss the F&W.. Also, have a margarita or three for me, if ya would!! biggrin

Just an FYI.... I was 28 and my wife 25 when I proposed to her at a very romantic place (not Disney, unfortunately... I was not a Disney fanatic at the time sad ) and we had been dating for almost four years... I'm just sayin... awesome muchlove

Hahaha laugh not sure if it will happen this trip since I have done absolutely all the planning so not sure how he could sneak it in on me but hey.. never say never!

I'll definitely keep you updated on F&W and by this time tomorrow I plan on having had at least 2 margaritas. biggrin awesome

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Have a great trip, EmFord!

Thanks!!! Only 50 minutes of work left and one final presentation in class and I officially have nothing to worry about except Disney muchlove

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