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Trip Report That time I dislocated my kneecap in WDW...

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by samantha788, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. blgauger

    blgauger Well-Known Member

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    YOUR JOB RULES. Meeting Nick Viall, AKL, and a Disney cruise all in one week? If you need a personal assistant, I'm definitely up for the task. :p

    We will!!!! :D

    I'm cracking up.. As I was reading this, I had pulled up Instagram and saw that I had a new follow request to which I thought, "who is this person??" :hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:
     
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  2. gdisneyfans

    gdisneyfans Well-Known Member

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    Loving your trip report - but sorry to hear about your knee!! Can't wait to read the rest and then of course, hear about your work adventures too:)
     
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  3. samantha788

    samantha788 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I could use an assistant!:D hahaha
    Last week was probably up at the top of the "best work week" list!
     
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  4. samantha788

    samantha788 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I think I’m going to keep the interrupt going on this report so I can share some pictures from the cruise!
    You guys, it was AMAZING. I can not stop talking about it or staring at the pictures. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make it happen.
    I’ve never seen a place as beautiful as Castaway Cay- how does something like that even exist?!:inlove: And why can’t I live there haha

    We flew down to Orlando Wednesday the 8th and hit the ground running with work shoots. All I really wanted was to get back in time to see Wishes! When we got back to the hotel and I saw we’d make it JUST in time, I noticed there was a reservation available for Tony’s that we could go to right after the fireworks. We got to Magic Kingdom with 5 minutes to spare!:joyfull:

    As we were waiting I was telling my friends if I had time for ONE thing in Disney World, it would be Wishes. Ironically (and sadly) enough, the next day is when they announced it was ending:cry:…also inspiration for another trip;)

    Wishes was fantastic, and my friends were impressed! Dinner at Tony’s was delicious! And even though we had another crazy early call time in the morning, we couldn’t leave MK without hitting a few rides – the mine train, it’s a small world & pirates!
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    It was such a fun couple of hours!

    Thursday started way before the sun comes up (like every day of mine:arghh:haha) and we were shooting again before heading over to the cruise ship. Seeing the ship as we’re driving was so exciting – one of many *pinch me* moments this trip:happy:

    First thing we had to get right to on the ship was a quick shoot with the Frozen Musical Spectacular cast!
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    After this we did a walkthrough for our show and had to deal with some logistics stuff then had some downtime before dinner.
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    We sat up on the sun deck to catch the sunset and have a drink before the show and dinner at Tiana’s place. The shows were something I was looking forward to most, I love them in Disney World and have heard great things about the ones on the cruise ships. It did not disappoint! Then we went to dinner and the food was delicious and the environment was so fun! Tiana visited every table, they had a band playing, Louis came out and led a parade around the restaurant-it was all very fun!
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    Your Snaps were amazing! I always saved them for last so that I could live vicariously through you. :D And that Stateroom was gorgeous!!

    Looks like Ginger was having fun on 7DMT, but her seat companion wins best photo. :hilarious::hilarious:
     
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  6. samantha788

    samantha788 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thank you!! I'm glad you enjoyed them!:D
    That kid was so great! We laughed so hard when we saw the picture. Mr Cool:cool:
     
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  7. samantha788

    samantha788 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Friday the was of course another early start as we were broadcasting our show from the ship.

    The reason we were on the cruise for work was Disney hosting their annual Social Media Moms Celebration; the first part was in the parks Tuesday-Thursday then the second half of the conference was the cruise Thursday-Sunday. Ginger Zee was the keynote speaker for the cruise event, so GMA/Disney decided to have us do the show from the ship Friday morning. We were on the Wonder, which just came out of its dry dock with lots of new features, so it was a perfect integration!:)

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    I loved all the art around the ship!
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    Nothing beats a sunrise :)
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    For being in the ocean, the show went off without a hitch! We got to feature Frozen, Tiana’s new restaurant, and of course Mickey, Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy!
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    Mickey and Minnie were SO cute! I have the live photo feature on on my phone, and when you animate this one, you hear me say "oh my gosh they're so cute" hahaha:D:inlove:
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    The characters stuck around for some pictures with the crew :D
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    One of the happiest moments ever haha
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  8. Ciara

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    Your job is SO cool, i am so jealous!!
     
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    Yeah!!
    Two trip reports in one - what a great idea !! ;)

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    Loving all the pics - and your job does give you some amazing opportunites
    I am glad you were able to go and have fun.
    And the group shot with M & M & D & D & G???
    Priceless

    Max
     
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    gdisneyfans Well-Known Member

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    Ah, your GMA adventure looks like so much fun!!! It's so cool you got to go Disney and go on a Disney cruise with Ginger:geek: Can't wait to hear more about both trips!:)
     
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    Just curious, what is your role with GMA? Also, were you a broadcasting major in college? We have a broadcasting program where I work...maybe I should get a second bachelor's degree and come join you :joyfull:

    I LOVE the picture of you with Mickey and Friends. So so so good! And what a rare opportunity!
     
  13. Ms.Sunshine

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    A Disney Cruise is definitely on my bucket list! :inlove: Nothing better than a trip report in a trip report, its like a trip burrito!:hilarious::D
    Loved the picture of Tiana too.
     
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    samantha788 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    hah, thanks!! Some days are extra fun :)

    Thank you! My main priority was Goofy, then they all started posing together and it was the best ever:D

    Thank you!! It was SO fun!!

    Meteorologist/Producer at GMA. I studied meteorology in college so have just learned the whole producing stuff by working here since my role is a crossover of the two. Most of the producers that work here though did study broadcasting or journalism. I would love for you to join me!!

    A trip burrito! hahaha, I LOVE it! You will love a Disney Cruise!!
     
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    samantha788 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    We had some downtime between our show and the social media moms things we were involved in so naturally I went to visit Anna and Elsa haha:p
    Their meeting spot was in Animator’s Palate, which looked AWESOME!
    They told me they would never lose me in a snowstorm because my shirt was so bright hahaha
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    The conference stuff took up most of the afternoon and went great! Then we got ready for dinner and headed back upstairs for a drink. Donald and Rapunzel stopped by!:happy::happy:
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    We watched the sunset before catching the nightly show then had dinner at Triton’s Place. Another great meal.
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    Then headed back upstairs for the fireworks which was just awesome! My pictures are awful from using my iphone, but here's one! It's so cool that they set them off from the ship and are so close!
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    We called it a pretty early night and before we knew it were waking up to THIS view. Unreal!
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    samantha788 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Saturday- February 11th
    My friends ran the 5k, which I wanted to do so bad but with my knee still not in great shape, I didn’t want to hurt it anymore. They said a lot of people walked, which I definitely could have done without a problem. Oh well, next time!

    But while they were running, I was visiting the princesses!
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    While waiting for them to get back, I had breakfast (Mickey waffles!) with a picture perfect view and sat on the sundeck for a while.
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    samantha788 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Finally we were back together and headed off to the island!
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    I can’t get over how beautiful this place was, literally like a dream! We walked for a while then hopped on the tram to Serenity Bay.
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    We spent all day there. The bbq lunch buffet was really good and serenity bay was not crowded at all! It felt like you could walk forever out into the ocean. There was music playing at the bar there which we could hear by our chairs and in the water, pretty far away. And watching the pelicans dive into the water also provided endless entertainment!
     
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    We had to get back to the ship a bit early and reluctantly made the trek back:(
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    We quickly got ready for the night since the captain invited us for a tour of the bridge! He even let us press the button for the Mickey Whistle! He was awesome and it was so cool to see up there.
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    After we were treated to dinner at Palo – AMAZING! Then caught the Frozen show. Everyone kept telling us how good it would be, and on a different level from the other shows, and they were right. It was really great!
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    We ended the night with one more visit to our new friends in the lounge – we spent so much time with them and they truly made the trip for us. It stinks to say goodbye!:(
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    Sunday we were up early and off the ship, we were headed back to central Florida to shoot some more things for our other project before going to the airport. We finished up early and had lots of time so tried getting on an earlier flight but the NY weather was messing everything up so we ended back on our original flight time. This did allow us time to stop in Disney Springs for lunch at Morimoto!! I was excited to try this place, and to get another hour on Disney property;) Then it was really off to the airport to come back to reality.

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    I can't believe I finally got to go on a Disney Cruise!! Everyone would tell me how much I would love it, ask why I haven't been yet, and would tell me I would lose my mind. They were all right:DThe entire experience was better than I could have imagined. From the crew, to the food, the rooms, Disney everywhere, shows, Castaway Cay - it was all perfect. I can't stop talking about the island and looking at my pictures of how beautiful it is. It was really like a dream to be there. Pure paradise!
     
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    Oh my goodness Samantha! Your cruise looks like such a blast! Wish I'd remembered to dvr GMA the day that segment aired. My sister and I are talking about taking a Disney cruise with our families next year. Some of them need a bit of convincing. I think I will show them some of your beautiful photos to tip the scales in my favor :).
    I am super sad about Wishes ending :cry:! It is one of my favorites on every trip and I watch it every chance I get. It just makes me so happy . I listen to the soundtrack all the time and all my favorite Disney memories come flooding back :inlove:. Glad your friends enjoyed it and you were able to see it before it ends!
     
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    How did you get two princesses to pose together??;)
     
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