Trip Report COMPLETED! Live! Our We've Been Married for 20 Years and Now are With the Band TR! 12/13/19-12/18/19

Hi Everyone!!

We leave on Friday for our trip and I wanted to do a somewhat live report. I am hoping that I can at least give you all some highlights of our day each evening, then a more focused report when we get home.

Let's get most of the general stuff out of the way:

When: December 13-18
Where: All Star Music
Who: Hubby, Rich
Myself, Heather
DD, 16, Savannah
Bestie, Megan
Bestie's Bestie, Trish

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This is me, not the best picture but check out the adorable ears I made for our trip. Love them!!

A little on how this trip came to be. My daughter's band/choir is singing/marching in Disney and we just could not dream of not being there to see it! Savannah is part of the choir whom will be singing during the Candlelight Procession on December 14th with Narrator Gary Sinise. (Do you think I would get kicked out if I jumped up and yelled "Lieutenant Dan! You've got magic legs!"???🤪) The band will be marching on Main Street to open the parade on Monday also.

Hubby and I were originally going with the school but kind of got kicked out. Honestly, I am so much more excited to be going ourselves! I did do a "pre-trip" report that explains all the hooplah on how this trip came to be if you would like to check it out. Also, I have my entire itinerary posted there so you can see if my plans changed at all or if I followed them to a T!


For those of you that have read my pre-trip and followed me on over here, welcome and thanks for following along!

Unless I have something MAJOR to tell you, I may not post again until Friday morning when we are getting off to our home away from home!

See ya then!!!
 

krisri18

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Hi Everyone!!

We leave on Friday for our trip and I wanted to do a somewhat live report. I am hoping that I can at least give you all some highlights of our day each evening, then a more focused report when we get home.

Let's get most of the general stuff out of the way:

When: December 13-18
Where: All Star Music
Who: Hubby, Rich
Myself, Heather
DD, 16, Savannah
Bestie, Megan
Bestie's Bestie, Trish

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This is me, not the best picture but check out the adorable ears I made for our trip. Love them!!

A little on how this trip came to be. My daughter's band/choir is singing/marching in Disney and we just could not dream of not being there to see it! Savannah is part of the choir whom will be singing during the Candlelight Procession on December 14th with Narrator Gary Sinise. (Do you think I would get kicked out if I jumped up and yelled "Lieutenant Dan! You've got magic legs!"???🤪) The band will be marching on Main Street to open the parade on Monday also.

Hubby and I were originally going with the school but kind of got kicked out. Honestly, I am so much more excited to be going ourselves! I did do a "pre-trip" report that explains all the hooplah on how this trip came to be if you would like to check it out. Also, I have my entire itinerary posted there so you can see if my plans changed at all or if I followed them to a T!


For those of you that have read my pre-trip and followed me on over here, welcome and thanks for following along!

Unless I have something MAJOR to tell you, I may not post again until Friday morning when we are getting off to our home away from home!

See ya then!!!
Have a wonderful time!
ETA: first!!!!
 

heatherhy01

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My apologies everyone! I learned a valuable lesson today.... when flying early, make sure to create an easy day for yourself! This is not what we did and I am thoroughly exhausted. I will update once I get some much needed 😴!
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heatherhy01

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So back to yesterday...

12/13/19 Day one.
We arrived at MCO on time, somewhere around 8:30. I texted Megan to let her know we landed and she informed us that she hit some major traffic and was estimated to be at the airport by about 9:43. NO PROBLEM! We still had to exit the airplane, visit the restroom and collect our bag.

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After a very uneventful fake monorail trip, we were at baggage claim, collected our bag and met Megan at pick up number 7. We were on our way by about 9:50.

Soon, we were seeing some of my favorite sights!
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On the way to the hotel, I had received the following message:
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Darn! I was hoping for an early room! No worries! We were planning on parking the car, freshening up and hitting the Magic Kingdom any way!

We arrived at the All Star Music resort and were kind of confused with parking and the parking fees for the hotel since I had never been here when we had to pay to park. We parked in the check in spots and headed inside to see if we needed a parking pass or what? There were several guests ahead of us and while we were waiting, I received this:
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Yay! Our room was ready! The lovely CM that helped us, gave us a comp for the parking since we were only parking for one night. THANK YOU!! We took our bags to the room, freshened up and headed off to the Kingdom!!
 

heatherhy01

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12/13/19 Continued

We hopped in the car and parked at the Contemporary. At this point, it was downpouring! Like, could not even see in front of us downpouring. My sneakers were soaked and every time I took a step, I swear that I left more water behind! But we had a park to get to so, we just marched on. We hopped the monorail to the MK
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We got to MK around 11:00. We had our first FastPass to get to. What was the first?
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Hubby won🤔 We then high tailed it to our next FastPass for the Haunted Mansion.


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We decided to ride standby for Pirates. It was listed at 50 minutes but it felt like it only took maybe 35?


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Our last FP was for Big Thunder but while we were in line for Pirates, I got a message that my FP had been changed. Apparently Big Thunder was down so we got an anytime FP to use.

We were starving by this point and needed some sustenance. Meg and I had already discussed where we had planned to go for lunch....Columbia Harbor House!

Backstory...When Meg and I were in high school, we went to Disney with our Young Life group and ate at CHH every. single. day!

Meg and I ordered the chicken fingers and fries platter to share. Hubby ordered the same. We were really hungry and my apologies but I did not get a pic of our food. While eating lunch, I received the following message:
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After lunch we were looking at our FP options and saw that Big Thunder was back open, so we headed there and got through in about 10 minutes.

We decided to head out and hit our next park since Meg was only with us for 2 days, we had to make the most of our time. Where did we head to next?

I will leave you here and promise to update more in the morning;)

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heatherhy01

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12/13/19 cont’d

Day one is really long!! We did so much trying to jam it into one day since we had big plans for day two which was the whole reason we were here to big in with! On with the report...

We hopped in line for the monorail to the Contemporary to pick up the car, then headed for.....Hollywood Studios!

First we hit Muppet Vision 3D and I have to say that at this point I was dragging!! I may have dozed off quite a few times! Hence the reason why I have zero picture proof that we were actually at HS!

We only had one more ride that was a must for Megan and that was Rockin Roller Coaster, I snagged FP’s and soon we were Rockin our way through!

By this time, it was almost 5:00 and we had dinner reservations for 9:15 and I must say that I was not sure if I would make it. We were working on only 3 hours sleep at the most since the the morning before when we left for work but we were starving and took the car back to the hotel and grabbed a bus for Disney Springs.

This was my first time here since it became the Springs and I must say that I am not a fan. Maybe it was because I was exhausted?? We will be trying to get back again when I am more well rested but it was just very confusing and hard to find your way around.

We arrived around 8:00 and checked in at Raglan Road to see if we could get in earlier. NO CAN DO! This place was really crowded! They gave us a buzzer and hubby waited at the bar while Meg and I did some shopping.

We did not get seated until about 9:30, by then, we were ready to start eating each other!😂😂😂

I had ordered the Blueberry Mint Lemonade and I must say, it was very refreshing! I could see myself drinking these on a hot summer day!


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The soda bread was so good and the dip was made from Guinness and sugar with a little bit of oil. It was very sweet and balanced out the bread perfectly!
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I ordered the steak, it was really good. The mashed potatoes were THE BEST!!

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The atmosphere was fun and I loved watching the live show while enjoying our menu.
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We had our fill and decided to call it a night! We were beyond exhausted! We got back to the room, I took an Advil PM and we crashed!
 

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heatherhy01

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12/14/19 Day Two

Today we woke up feeling great except...total newby thing to do...when we got back to the hotel yesterday between HS and going to dinner, I had switched out my sneakers for my flip flops since my sneakers were soaked from the deluge and had to dry...guess who has a huge blister on the bottom of her foot??? Yup! This girl!😩

Meg had plans of her own for the morning and was excited to do Disney solo, she left around 7:10?? Hubby and I were up and ready by about 8:15 and headed to the hotel dining hall.

I had a chocolate chip muffin while hubby had eggs, waffle and bacon.

We looked around in the hotel gift shop and bought some pins. Oh! The pins!! So, I had never had an interest in pin trading. Hubby has a friend that heard we were going to Disney and had asked if we could pick up a few pins for him. He makes pin boards for his grandchildren and is in need of a few pins. Hubby asked me and I was like no problem, what would it be? Maybe 12? Hubby met with him to get the list and money and I got to tell you my astonishment when hubby came home with a list of 68 pins!! And an envelope that contained $700😳 We have sort of made it into a scavenger hunt for ourselves and are really having fun with it!

Today we headed to Epcot for we had a FP for Test Track at 11:30. After shopping in the gift shop and waiting for the bus, we just made it in time!
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This was my first time ever riding. Every time we came it was either a REALLY long wait or it was down. I loved it and can not wait to go again!!

Next was Spaceship Earth. Hubby hadn’t seen it since it’s last update, so he was pleasantly surprised!
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We had a FP for Mission Space but I have to say that I was too chicken to go, so we wondered over to the WS and I got a slushee.
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It was delicious and I sucked it down and then felt a little 🥴 tipsy! I do not drink a lot and I had bariatric surgery, so my stomach is about a quarter what it used to be so a little goes a long way!! I needed something in my belly to work out the alcohol, so I stopped for some sushi!
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We were headed for Mexico because I had a date with three Cabrera’s!
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Time to head the the park, I will update more later!😬
 
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heatherhy01

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12/14/19 Day 2 Cont’d

After Mexico, it was time to meet up with Meg and her friend Trish. Trish lives in Kissimmee so it was fun to get together and meet up in the park. We had a big night ahead of us.

We had booked the Candlelight Processional package since my youngest daughter, Savannah, was singing with her school choir. Our reservations were for 3:10 at the Coral Reef.

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The meal included an appetizer, entree, dessert, non alcoholic beverage and reserved seating for the 6:45 show. I ordered the Caesar Salad and the Mahi Mahi for my meal. I also got the chocolate wave as my dessert but did not enjoy it. I remember a different chocolate wave from back in the day🤷🏻‍♀️ It had chocolate lava in the middle and a chocolate wafer wave on top. Does anyone else remember this dessert?

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After dinner, we went to see my favorite purple dinosaur! You know who!
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heatherhy01

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12/14/19 Cont’d

Figment was literally a walk on. By then, it was time to go line up for the procession. If anyone is doing the package, my advice..line up as early as possible if you want good seats. The line was so long and we were an hour early!

We had an hour to wait and we struck up a conversation with a nice man behind us, Ron, whom lives in Celebration.
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Once we got in, we got pretty good seats and not knowing which side Savannah would be on, we did pretty good and sat on the left. She was directly in front of us.
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The narrator was Gary Sinise and he was wonderful. Afterwards, it was time for Meg and Trish to head back to Trish’s house. Our time together was over.

Hubby and I caught the boat from Epcot to the Boardwalk since I had never been there before and wanted to check it out.
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We wandered a bit, checked out the General Store and headed back to Epcot. I took a few shots of ‘the ball’ then we headed for the bus to go back to the hotel.
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So it was the end of the night and we were not paying very good attention. I mobile ordered on the bus from the quick service at the hotel, we get off and I tell the app that we are there, start making our food. We head into the caf, when hubby says to me, “why does this look different?” Guess what? We got off at Movies instead of music!!!🤣😂😬 So we start walking and arguing. We were both so tired and hungry. We finally get to our resort, go to collect our food and then we’re told that they didn’t have our order! I ordered from movies too!!! Needless to say, it was not our night! The CM was great though! They took our order, made it fresh and called over to movies to cancel for us. We ate and hit the hay!
 

heatherhy01

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12/15/19 Day 3

I woke up around 7:15 this morning. Showered, then mobile ordered breakfast. I had a bagel and cream cheese. Hubby had the waffles, bacon and sausage.

We were out the door by about 10:30 since we lingered a bit in the room online and relaxing. We were headed to Hollywood Studios today and were really excited to see Galaxy’s Edge. We had gone back and forth about getting up early and getting to the park at 5:00 to get boarding for Rise of the Resistance but we just didn’t feel like battling the crowds. We plan on coming back in about a year or so and will wait to see it then. Same with Smuggler’s Run. We just didn’t want to wait in long lines and just wanted to take it all in.

We had a FP for Star Tours but not until 12:35, so we wondered around inside Batuu for a bit.
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heatherhy01

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12/15/19 Cont’d

We checked in at 12:15 for Star Tours. This was fun. It seems a little different than the last time we went on it but still really fun!
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We had some time to kill before our lunch reservation, so we went to meet two of our favorite Star Wars characters.
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It was time for our lunch reservation with the kids! Where did we eat? That will be in the next update...
 
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heatherhy01

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12/15/19 Cont’d

We met up with Savannah and her 3 friends for a lunch ressie at 1:30 at Prime Time. The kids came on a student discount package which includes 2 meal vouchers per day for quick service. We told Savannah that we would treat them to any restaurant that she wanted, she chose 50’s Prime Time which was fine by us, we love it there!
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I had a really good drink to start with but I cannot remember the name of it?
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I had the fried chicken. Unfortunately, I do not have a photo. Sorry!! One child had the pot roast which she said was very moist. It looked really good! Hubby had the sampler and he agreed and raves about the pot roast too!

After lunch, we said goodbye to the kiddos and got in line for our last FP of the day. Toy Story Mania. Hubby loved it and kept raving about how fun it was! He may have beat me on Buzz but I kicked his butt on TSM!
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We then debated over whether we wanted to wait in line for TOT. Nah! We were tired and wanted to check out the skyliner! We headed on the skyliner for Caribbean Beach, got off and checked out the resort. We had never been there and it was very beautiful!
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It was about 5:00 now and Savannah texted that she was tired from the park too but her friends wanted to stay. They are not allowed to roam around by themselves, so we took her back to our hotel with us. We stopped at her hotel (sports), to get her bathing suit, then walked over to ours, changed and went for a dip.
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Hubby was so happy and just kept repeating over and over, ‘this is so great! It’s December and we are wearing shorts and swimming!’ 🤦🏼‍♀️

We swam until about 7:15, went back to the room, changed and got dinner from the QS restaurant. No pictures again🤷🏻‍♀️ I am so bad at this! I had the avocado chicken sandwich and fries, hubby had a bacon cheeseburger and Savannah had chicken fingers and fries. All were delicious but nothing really special.

After dinner, I walked Savannah back to her hotel and took some photos around the hotel. I will continue those in the next post because I think I will run out of room!
 
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