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Old 06-10-2019, 04:20 PM   #1
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DOLE WHIPS, DISNEY TRIPS & MEMORIES TO NEVER FORGET

A trip report about 3 best friends, 2 resorts, 2 parks, and a bunch of new amazing memories!

THE CAST
~Me / Mom/ Financier and Chaufeur
~DD…celebrating Sweet 16
~Lifelong BFF of DD….also celebrating Sweet 16
~Exchange Student From France …another BFF…age16

THE PARKS & ITINERARY
~ A full day at MK
~ A Rest Day enjoying the resort, outlet mall & Disney Springs
~A full day at HWS
~Departure Day....A little shopping and then heading home

THE RESORTS
~Arrival Day / One night at the Polynesian
~Three nights at Animal Kingdom Jambo House Value Studio

THE MEALS & SNACKS
~Captain Cooks, TOWL, Be Our Guest, Pecos Bill, Sci Fi Diner, Woody’s Lunchbox, Morimoto Asia Street Cart, Amorettes Patisserie Bakery & a few things made in the hotel room.

LET’S GO TO DISNEY
This idea of this trip actually started about 13 years ago when my daughter invited her best friend from preschool to come to Disney with us. The girls were 3 years old at that time and on this trip, we celebrated their 16th birthdays. Please keep in mind, that when the original invitation was extended, my daughter had not consulted me and the other mom and I did not even know each other. Now, our families are best friends and we truly are like family. We have had lot of laughs about how at an early age our girls were plotting Disney trips without our knowledge. This trip was actually the 2nd time that her friend joined us and I can tell she really has the Disney bug. I hope we can take her again on future trips.

Also, we were hosting an exchange student from France who was the same age as our daughter and her best friend. So, I was so excited to share all the magic of Disney with them. My husband was not able to come along this time and our college age son had a different trip planned. So, I struck out at 2AM from the Raleigh, NC area with three 16 year old girls for the 9 hour drive.

This is a photo of our crew at the Disney Springs Photo Pass location:



After about 2 hours of driving we saw this…those of you who travel I-95 will get it….



And about 7 hours later, we saw this…




ARRIVAL DAY

We arrived in Orlando at about 11am and I stopped by the Domino’s Pizza just outside of Disney (8578 Palm Pkwy) for one last affordable meal for the 4 of us before we entered Mouseland. I had the girls call ahead to order while I drove and for $12, I had lunch for 4 people and it was hot and ready when I pulled up. We took the pizza to the pool at the Polynesian where we spent the afternoon enjoying the pool and sunshine. The Dole Whips from Captain Cooks quick service were amazing!! The girls loved them! Since the Poly can accommodate 5 in a studio and we only had 4 people in our party, I was able to add my local friend to the room reservation. She and her daughter drove over and joined us at the pool for the afternoon. We were at the main pool with a big slide and waterfall. Later, I realized there was a smaller and quieter pool not too far away, but by then, we were already headed to the room to get ready for the evening. I will have to say that the Dole Whips were the say of the day! YUM!!!









The view from our lake view studio was wonderful! We were almost at the end of the Moorea building neat the Ticket and Transportation Center. I will say that the boat horns were loud. Overall, they did not bother me much, but If I had planned to sleep in, take a nap or had a sleeping baby, I would not have been too happy. I would think these horns would bother a light sleeper. Luckily, the horns stopped around midnight and were quiet until about 8 am or so.



The room was ready at about 4:15pm according to the text I received. We went straight to the room and had no problems getting in with our Magic Bands.

...More to follow...
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:22 PM   #2
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AN EVENING ON THE MONORAIL & THE TOWL

That night, the girls took the monorail over to the Grand Floridian to look around, listen to the music and shop. I took a little extra time to rest and enjoy the view from the balcony in our room. Later that night, I met up with them over at Bay Lake Tower so we could see the fireworks from the Top Of The World Lounge. Our local friend and her daughter also joined us. The chocolate caramel layer cake was DELICIOUS, as always. One slice easily serves 3 so we shared 2 pieces among the six of us. We had such a fun and relaxing evening. I really do love this lounge. We arrived at about 8:45 and there was a slight wait to get in for the fireworks that started at 9:15, but we made it in time. This “preview” of the show was great and the girls were so excited to find out they could see it closer with Cinderella Castle as a backdrop the next night since we were planning to go to Magic Kingdom the next day.










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Old 06-10-2019, 04:25 PM   #3
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HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE THE MAGIC KINGDOM?

Our Magic Kingdom day would start in the park at 8:30 and and end that night at 11:30 pm with Splash Mountain as our finale. Yes…we were exhausted and drenched…. but still laughing!



That morning, we packed up our bags and loaded them into the car before catching the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. That night we would be moving over to Animal Kingdom lodge. The park officially opened at 9 am and we were on Main Street to watch the opening show, shop and take some photos by 8:25am. Then, the girls TOOK OFF for Space Mountain! It was so hot. But , we had a day filled with characters, rides, heat, friends, laughter, fireworks and new memories to last a lifetime. We had lunch at Be Our Guest. The food was not great. The carved turkey sandwich lacked flavor. The kids turkey sandwich was ok , but it was supposed to be served with sweet potatoes fries. And really it was just chopped up sweet potatoes with no seasoning or anything. Thankfully, when I inquired, they brought some regular fries. The French dip was pretty good. The desserts were great…the masters cupcake, lemon cupcake and strawberry cupcake…YUM! Skip the meal and have cupcakes!!! We had dinner at Pecos Bill. I really like the food there. We have been about 3 times in the past 2 years and always had a good meal. We had a cheese burger and beef nachos. We managed to survive the heat. I twas about 94 degrees from 11 am until 5 pm. We brought water bottles and we got lots of free water from the quick service restaurants. From about 2pm – 3 pm we sat inside Cosmic Rays Starlight Café and had a snack and lots of water. Here are some photos from our really fun and REALLY LOOOOOOOOOONG day!


















We took the monorail to the POLY and I drove over to Animal Kingdom to check into the value category studio at Jambo House. It was about 6:15pm when I finally got the text that our room was ready. However, it was not an issue since we had no plans to leave Magic kingdom until the very end of the day. We were so tired. I was so thankful that we did not have any plans for the next day and bell services took our bags straight to the room for us where we all collapsed and slept in the next day.

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http://www.mouseowners.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=134143


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Old 06-10-2019, 04:30 PM   #4
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Loved the picture of the Dole Whip with the Poly in the background! What a perfect combination.

That picture made my mouth water. I want one. NOW.

I will have to wait until September.
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FAST PASSES FOR MK & RIDES FOR THE DAY

I only bought our tickets one week before we left for the trip. I was able to get FPs for Haunted Mansion, Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain. It worked out great. I even say a 7DMT FP open up that evening. But, it is not our favorite ride ( Gasp....!!!) so we didnt grab it. We picked up one for Splash Mountain instead.

Here is a list of what we did in no particular order based on what I can recall: PARK OPENING SHOW, SPACE MOUNTAIN, MONSTERS LAUGH FLOOR, BUZZ LIGHT YEAR SPACE RANGER RIDE, ASTRO ORBITER, THE RIVERBOAT, PIRATES, HAUNTED MANSION, THUNDER MOUNTAIN, TEA CUPS, THE CAROUSEL, MET TINKERBELL, MICKEY, MINNIE AND SNOW WHITE, LUNCH AT BOG, DINNER AT PECOS BILL, WATCHED THE PARADE FROM THE TOP BALCONY AT THE TRAIN STATION, SAW THE FIREWORKS AND SHOPPED
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http://www.mouseowners.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=134143


Spring Break Trip Report / How To Beat The Crowds & Still Have FUN!
http://www.mouseowners.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=64670

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Old 06-10-2019, 09:07 PM   #6
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This sounds like a super fun trip. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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I am really enjoying your report! Sounds like so much fun!
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Really enjoying your report and pictures! Thanks for taking the time to share. No way I would have lasted more than two minutes in that heat.

Looking forward to more...
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What a great TR. Looking forward to more.
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Love this. For some odd reason, the South of the Border picture is my favorite

For those who want some music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IQiQMLOEjo
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