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Trip Report Our 20th Anniversary Trip to the Caribbean...December 2018 COMPLETED

TheMouseFan

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Caribbean Beach Resort, that is!!

Well, we've been back awhile, and the Disney Blues have hit me really hard this time for several reasons to be discussed later, so I have put off starting this report, but I am finally ready. I had arthroscopic surgery on my shoulder this past Friday and took this whole week off, so hopefully I can finish before I go back to work!

If you didn't catch my semi-live report, my husband (Brian) and I (Amy) were at WDW from December 16-20 celebrating our 20th anniversary.

Sunday, December 16, 2018
We had an early (6:00am) flight from Columbus, OH which is about an hour from our house, so we had a very early wake up call! My mom had come over the night before since she was staying with the kids while we were gone, so we quickly got ourselves ready and were out the door with minimal fuss.
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I had my nails done up to match my new MagicBand!
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We had an uneventful trip to Columbus and got checked in and through security very quickly. One of the gate agents had lived in Florida for years, and spent a good bit of time talking to us about WDW which made the time go faster. We got to see the sun come up while we were in the air.
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It was very foggy in Orlando, and we thought we were still making our descent through the clouds, when all of a sudden we were on the ground! It was quite a shock, but luckily it was very smooth since Brian is not a good flier!

We were quickly in the main terminal and admiring this:
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Had to stop to get a picture of:
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Also had to stop in the Universal store to see if they had anything Harry Potter for Lily.
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PacNWTigger

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Happy 20th you guys! I'm looking forward to hearing more.
 

TheMouseFan

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Some gondola station construction pics on the way in:
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We were dropped off at the new Old Port Royale.
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And we made our way to the front desk to check in. It was pretty enough, but it just didn't do anything for me compared to the old Old Port Royale. Brian really detested the scent that was a little overpowering when first entering too! We had gotten the text that our room wasn't ready yet, but we wanted to pick up our anniversary pins, so we spoke with a CM at the desk. He was nice enough, and offered to get us a room that was ready then, but did tell us that we were assigned to a corner room in Jamaica if we wanted to wait. Since I had requested a corner room in Jamaica, we decided to wait!! It ended up being a water view room (which we did not pay for), so I was extra happy that we decided to wait!

First order of business was to change, Brian put shorts on and I just changed into my flip flops. Then we handed our bags over to Bell Services and headed for our first destination, which was to find lunch and Christmas mugs since there were none at CBR!
 

TheMouseFan

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We made our way to the bus stop and were heading to Disney Springs in no time.
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First order of business was to check the Vera Bradley store to see if they had any of the new exclusive Disney pattern in stock. They did, but not the Vera Tote that I wanted, so I got the mini hipster instead, and the blanket.
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TheMouseFan

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After my Vera purchases were made, we were wanting lunch, but it wasn't quite 11:00 yet, so we wandered for a few.
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Brian was wanting fish and chips, so we ended up here:
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We weren't terribly hungry, so we split an order.
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It was delicious!! We sat outside and enjoyed the mild weather.
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Then we made our way to the Christmas store to pick out an ornament.
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OMG was it crowded!! I know it was a Sunday, but I figured it was early enough that it wouldn't be too bad. Boy, was I wrong!! We turned right back around and headed for our next destination.
 

TheMouseFan

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Since we weren't planning on going to any parks other than MK for the Christmas Party, our goal was to see all of the resorts that we had never been to, as well as seeing the decorations in all the deluxe resorts. We were going to start with Port Orleans. We just missed a boat, so we had to wait a little while for another one.
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TheMouseFan

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First order of business was to see if they had any Christmas mugs. Success!! They had plenty, so we quickly purchased them and filled them up for our walking tour! I loved the lights in here!
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We loved everything we saw at this resort!! Most definitely will consider staying here in the future!!
 
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