Trip Report Tales From the Two Goofs Vault

Loco_driver

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Greetings again my friends. During my large amount of available free time, I have been working to digitally backup some of our old photos, as well as track down and backup any digital files as well. So far I have come across 3 Disney trips that I haven’t shared on these boards before. One from March 2019, one from September 2016, and another from June 2015. I will be doing these TRs from newest to oldest. Please note that I have no notes on our activities, so the pictures will likely not be in perfect order. I will try and provide commentary on things I do remember. So let’s get started!

Trip 1.

When: March 8-11, 2019

Who: Myself and A as always, plus our closest friends C and M.
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Where: POFQ for just one night, and Coronado Springs(more on why we did a split stay on such a short trip later).

Why: A top secret mission to photograph and celebrate C and M’s engagement.

A little background on how this trip happened.

C is one of A’s oldest and closest friends, he is the closest thing she has to a brother, and she does refer to him as her brother. He had been dating M for about a year at this point, and we all knew she was perfect for him. He’d decided to pop the question on their spring break trip to Disney. For months he had been asking A and I to come down with them to take pictures of the big event, and to celebrate with them(or console him if she said no!). It didn’t look like we would both be able to make the trip though. I finally agreed to at least get A a plane ticket and she was going to go alone for just the weekend and return.

Well as fate would have it, right at the 60 day mark I was finally able to secure the 4 days off needed to take the trip. Unfortunately there was extremely limited availability at the resorts. The only resort with full availability for the weekend was grand Floridian, which was at a non discount rate. We finally found 2 nights at Coronado, and one night at French quarter. We also purchased APs because we had already planned on being at WDW for several day’s in the summer, so it ended up being less to get the AP rather than buying separate tickets for each trip. I was also able to get the AP spring discount applied to our reservations.

With all of that business out of the way, we were able to make FP reservations right at 60 days! C wanted it to be a surprise for M that we were going to be there. We went along with this plan, but boy was it hard not to spill the beans at our super bowl party that year!

Day 0/Night1:

While I was able to get Friday-Monday off, A had no such luck, and had to work a half day Friday. This meant taking a later flight than normal. We had a 7:15 flight out of Dallas Love Field. Our plan was to be at the airport around 5:30. 5:30 on a Friday driving through downtown Dallas, what could possibly go wrong?! Fortunately while traffic was pretty heavy, and my phone told me to take the wrong exit one time, we still made it to the airport on time.

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Already a little tired before takeoff!

Our flight down went smoothly and a few hours later we landed in Orlando. Because of the time change, by the time we got down to DME it was approaching 11 pm. We were both more than ready to get to our room and get a few hours of sleep. Our bus only had a few parties on it. We stopped at riverside first, then French Quarter. Our room had been ready since lunch time of that day, so we went straight to our room. It was well after midnight when we made it to our room.

Apparently we knew that @Nunu would like some room photos at the time!😜
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Another boring redesigned room.

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The beads were a nice touch!

We finally got showered and in bed just before 1 am.
 

Loco_driver

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Saturday March 9, 2019.

Despite the late night, we were up early and ready to finally hit the parks! C would not be proposing to M until the next afternoon, so we had this day to ourselves to tour like the crazy people we are. Our only requirement was to not be seen by M, which was easy since they were spending the day poolside at the Poly. I ran down to the food court and got us some beignets for breakfast while A got dressed and packed our bags back up. We quickly scarfed them down.

We dropped our suitcases off with bell services and let them know we’d be switching to CSR that night. They assured us that wouldn’t be an issue, and our bags should arrive sometime in the afternoon. With that knowledge in hand we headed out to the bus stop. The bus stop was packed, and most of us appeared to be going to AK for the morning. Luckily two busses pulled up at the same time, and we were seated on the second bus. We arrived at AK well before opening, and went to the ticket window to get our APs processed. The CM there was excellent, and we had our passes ready in no time! It was an EMH morning that day. We missed most of EMH but were able to get in the park just a bit before the masses that were there for pandora.

Our first stop was at Everest!
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We walked on, then used FP for a second ride.

Next up was dinosaur.
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At some point we must’ve stopped for some sugar and caffeine.
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We would be consuming copious amounts of sugar and caffeine throughout this day.

If my memory serves correctly, our next FP was for FoP. This would be our first time experiencing the attraction, as well as the land. We explored pandora for a bit before our FP window opened.
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The land is very well done thematically. The actual design of the land leaves a lot to be desired. It has felt cramped every time I’ve been.

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Taken just before our first time on FoP. I walked away unimpressed with the attraction. It had received so much hype that I was expecting something truly spectacular. I didn’t think it was truly spectacular. A liked it, but wasn’t blown away. I’ve ridden one other time since, and still feel the same.

We did a little more looking around pandora after our flights.
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There is some spectacular scenery in pandora for sure!

More from AK coming up.
 
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Loco_driver

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I’m glad you’ve decided to do the older TRs - thanks 😊
You’re welcome! I’ve enjoyed going through all of our old pictures and reminiscing about good times!

Sorry you're not working but what a great way to occupy your time--& ours!! Thank you!!
I must say I'm looking forward to the engagement part of this trip!!
Glad you’re here! It’s crazy how many different projects I’ve started to keep busy. Kinda nice to be able to get some of them done! The engagement was certainly a memorable moment for all of us!

Happily following along!
Glad to have you!
 

Loco_driver

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March 9, 2019 continued.

We left pandora and headed toward ITTBaB.
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We stopped for a picture on the way. We wanted to get our picture in front of Tree of Life, but all the PP photographers were swamped!
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We did find Kevin!
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She was a relatively new addition at the time, and A was excited to run into her.

I’m assuming our last FP at AK was for the safari, since that’s the only other thing I’d use a FP on.
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The lions were of course sleeping.
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I think the safari was the last thing we did at Animal Kingdom that day. We decided to go to Epcot for lunch, and headed for the exit.
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Such a great centerpiece for this park!

We took a few PP pictures near the exit.
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I’m thinking we took a Lyft to beach club to get to Epcot. I seem to remember going through IG. Epcot coming up next!
 

PacNWTigger

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March 9, 2019 continued.

We left pandora and headed toward ITTBaB.
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We stopped for a picture on the way. We wanted to get our picture in front of Tree of Life, but all the PP photographers were swamped!
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We did find Kevin!
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She was a relatively new addition at the time, and A was excited to run into her.

I’m assuming our last FP at AK was for the safari, since that’s the only other thing I’d use a FP on.
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The lions were of course sleeping.
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I think the safari was the last thing we did at Animal Kingdom that day. We decided to go to Epcot for lunch, and headed for the exit.
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Such a great centerpiece for this park!

We took a few PP pictures near the exit.
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I’m thinking we took a Lyft to beach club to get to Epcot. I seem to remember going through IG. Epcot coming up next!
It looks like you're throwing Jiminy up in the air instead of catching him, and A is just appalled that you would do such a thing...LOL! :hilarious:
 

Loco_driver

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March 9, 2019 continued.

I’m about 90% sure we entered Epcot through international gateway. It was the opening weekend for flower and garden, and the park was mobbed like we’d never seen it before! We had planned to eat somewhere in WS, but quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. We ended up at sunshine seasons instead. No pictures but I somehow still vividly remember that we both ate turkey sandwiches.

We did check out some topiaries along the way.
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I do remember getting a FP for Soarin while we ate, and we checked out some of WS on the Mexico side to kill time before our ride.

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🎶 They say we are birds of a featheerrr!🎶
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I really liked the displays in the China pavilion.

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This was near African outpost. Lots of people were mimicking it using small children.

More F&G coming up.
 

Nunu

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Here, here! 🙋‍♀️😃
So happy you decided to treat us with some of your past WDW adventures, thank you!

Glad you took a room photo for a friend you still didn't know you'll get! I'm all caught up and ready to happily follow along your TTT (Triple TR Treat).
 

Loco_driver

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Here, here! 🙋‍♀️😃
So happy you decided to treat us with some of your past WDW adventures, thank you!

Glad you took a room photo for a friend you still didn't know you'll get! I'm all caught up and ready to happily follow along your TTT (Triple TR Treat).
Always glad you’re here! I’m happy to share the TTT(not to be confused with TT, which is a whole different thing🤣).
 
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