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Newport 2018 – Trip In Review

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If you’ve been following me on social media (or are subscribed to my YouTube Channel) you probably know that I recently went on a trip to Newport, Rhode Island. Like with other trips I’ve done a travel report for (Disney March 2017) I always start with a trip in review post. Giving you guys a quick look of what’s to come in the series as well as eventually the links when they are eventually posted. Something I’m going to add this trip review is an area to add any other links I eventually write about Newport (I have a few in mind that I want to write). Basically this is hub for all Newport posts. So, with all the explanations out of the way let me tell you a little (more detail posts to come I promise – blog post takes me longer to write and edit then editing the vlogs so please don’t expect these every Thursdays) about our trip.

Starting with who. Obviously you’re lovely blogger was on the trip. If you’re new to my blog and want to know more about me I turned 24 on this trip. I’m currently still struggling to figure what I want to do with my life. I’m also a pretty avid reader and huge Disney fan both of which are discussed here on the blog often.

My travel partner was my mom, who on social media is better known as Mama Judy. She is my favorite person to travel with and we almost always have a blast. Mama Judy is an avid crafter and is in the process of creating a crafting blog. I also will share some of Mama Judy’s thoughts in opinions of the trip on here so be on the look out for those!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

This day happened to my 24th birthday, as this was a birthday trip of sorts. We had to make a quick detour but we got to Newport at a great time and started to explore the downtown area.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

We spent our second day exploring two of the Newport Mansions, The Elms and The Breakers. Both were gorgeous and we really enjoyed this day!

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

This was our final day, and trust me when I say both Mama Judy and I were sad to go. But we still had a little bit of exploring left to do as we visited Chateau Du Mer and Rose Cliff.

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This was a realtively short trip but we both had a really great time. And I can’t wait to share more about the trip here on the blog! If you have an specific Newport realted posts you would like to see let me know in the comments down below.

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*This blog is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own and I was in no way compenstated for adding the links above!***
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UNEXPECTED DISNEY TRIP 2017: Last Full Day {Day 3}

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Welcome back to blog! I’m so glad your back to read the next (and final) installment of my Unexpected Disney Trip travel report (if you click the link you can read the master post and get the links for the first two days). And now its almost six month since I started this post (and almost exactly a year since I went on this trip) so this is probably going to be rough. Thank god for pictures right?

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Okay, so if I remember correctly my aunt, cousin Josh, and I woke up relatively early because my cousin Josh really wanted to ride Toy Story Mania one last time.  So, we went to the bus stop and waited for a bus. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned multiple time that we had horribly luck with the buses on this particular trip. But we did eventually get to Hollywood Studios.

As soon as we got to Hollywood Studios we made a bee-line to the ride and hopped in line. If I remember correctly the wait time said about 60 minutes but we only waited about 30 minutes. I also believe that Josh chose to ride with his mom so I had a cart to myself. Obviously I don’t remember my score because it was so long ago.

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Once we got off the ride we did a little bit of shopping. If I remember correctly Josh was on a mission to find a souviner and I was just along for the ride. We also stopped at The Trolley Park Car Cafe, which is the fancy name of the Hollywood Studios Starbucks. Because we all getting extremely thirsty.

By that point we heard that my Uncle Chad was on route to the Beach Club Resort where we would be having lunch. And where were we having lunch? Beaches and Cream Soda Shop! I had never been to this restaurant before but I had seen plenty videos of people having the Kitchen Sink.

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I am so glad that we went to Beaches and Cream because it was so good and such a fun restaurant to go to. Next time I go down I definitely think I will try to make a stop there.

After finishing but lunch we headed over to EPCOT, I believe via the boat because we were going to go through the back entrance (or International Gateway) which is closer to the Boardwalk, Yacht & Beach Club resorts.  Once through security we walked over to one of the playgrounds set up to let Josh run around for a little bit.

Once Josh’s energy was out we walked over towards the Land pavilion to park Josh’s stroller, at this point we tried to find a new Fast Pass Plus to add but couldn’t find what we were looking for, for the time period we had available. We ultimately decided to just go with the plan we had which I believe had us starting at The Seas With Nemo and Friends. This is a cute ride but I pretty much never ride it unless I have a fast pass. Once we got off the ride we decided to check out Turtle Talk with Crush. Which was new for me and it was super cute. Plus Crush talked to Josh. I wish I could remember his questions but I can’t.

After we left Turtle Talk with Crush it was time for our next fast pass plus which was on Soarin’. And was the first time I had gone on it since they did the Around the World overlay. And I have to say it was so cool. I saw so many places that our on my bucket list in the video which was super cool. For anyone with young children who might be worried their young kids might be scared of it. I will say Josh was nervous at first but eventually fell in love it and thought it was super cool.

Our final fast pass was for Spaceship Earth. After riding that ride pretty much everyone hit their wall. But we had one more mission to complete. Marianne, had a drink that she loved in the past and was determined to find it. I can’t remember what the drink was so I can’t tell you guys but I do know that she found it around the United Kingdom Pavilion. After Marianne got her drink I decided to just stick around and do the rest of World Showcase while the other three headed back to the hotel.

While in World Showcase I decided I wanted to see the American Adventure which is one of my all time favorite attractions. I let my history nerd out during that moment. A lot of people find this show boring, actually, a lot people go to take a nap but I sit there and adore it.

Once I left the American Adventure I kept going through World Showcase. While passing the Norway Pavilion, I checked the wait time for Frozen Ever After and let me tell you that wait time was just way too long (If memory serves me it was like 3 hours). But the line to meet Ana and Elsa wasn’t too long so I hopped in line to meet them. While waiting in line a family kept talking to me while trying to sneak in front of me in line. Like they thought they were being sneaky.

But finally I met the girls, starting with Ana. Ana was perfect and I believe we talked about going and taking ice skating lesson from Olaf. She was cute and perfect as per usual.

Next I met Elsa (my favorite of the two). My meet and greet with Elsa was perfect timing, because my trip (as you may remember) was delayed because of a snow storm. And then I was tracking a snow storm that was moving towards New England. So, I begged Elsa to not send anymore snow our way.

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Once my meet and greet was over I headed out of the park but while going I did grab some last minute pictures. I don’t know about you guys but I always leave the park a little slower on my last day of a trip.

While waiting at the bus stop I ran into a family from the same state as me. When I asked them how the snow was back home, they assured me it was fine. Which made feel slightly more relieved.

When I return to Saratoga Springs (the hotel we were staying at) I stopped at their quick service and picked up some dinner. If I remember correctly the food was only okay.

I brought my food back to the room and while I ate I talked with my Uncle Chad a little before heading into my room to pack. And that is the end of my Unexpected Disney Trip. I’m sorry this travel report has been so spread out. It’s something I promise I will work on in the future.

And guess what it won’t be long before I’m back with another Travel Thursday post because I am going on a little mini-vacation in about for week from when this post goes live!

Where do you guys think I’m going next? I’ll give you one hint, I’m not leaving New England. Make you guesses in the comments below. And make sure you follow me on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Snapchat {@judy_judy94}) for live updates!

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UNEXPECTED DISNEY TRIP 2017: Solo Disney Day {Day 2}

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You want to know a secret? As much as I love traveling with friends and family around the Disney Parks I also love to explore them by myself, which is exactly what I did on Day 2 of my Unexpected Disney Trip!

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This day started pretty similar to the day before. I woke up and had breakfast with my traveling companions. Chad left really early because he was going to be golfing with my dad and his cousin. Marianne and Josh were not going into the parks that day instead opting for exploring Disney Springs and having a pool day.

Since my trip had gotten delayed thanks to the Northeaster I had an extra park day that the rest of my traveling partners had already used. Since yesterday we had gone to the Magic Kingdom and tomorrow we were planning on hitting up EPCOT I chose to go Hollywood Studios, even if there are only 4 rides.

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The ride over to the park was pretty unexciting, much like the day before I had to wait a while for the bus. There were a bunch of grouchy people waiting for the bus with me. In their defense there was a family who waited almost an hour for the bus! Which is something I’m not sure I had ever really heard of.

Once I got to Hollywood Studios I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I still had a while before my first fastpass plus. As I walked in I noticed my favorite Disney character was doing a meet and greet so I hopped in line.

For those of you who don’t know my favorite character is Donald Duck so I was on cloud 9 to see him. The line moved realtively quickly and soon it was my turned. A quick disclaimer I love to meet characters and I’m much like a little kid and I love to interact with the characters. I was super excited to meet Donald because I have a Donald Duck phone case and I wanted to show him.

After meeting Donald I headed back toward Pixar Place so that I could ride Toy Story Mania. It was the first time I had gone on this ride. I just never was willing to wait 75 plus minutes to go on it. But since I had a fastpass I figured why not. I thought it was a fun ride and will definitely go on it again, especially with a fast pass.

After getting off the ride I headed over to what used to be One Man’s Dream, which has since changed names and become something new. I looked around for a little while and then noticed that Moana was doing a meet and greet in there and decided to jump in line. And let me tell you the meet and greet cue was awesome! My meet and greet with Moana was pretty cool, she showed me how to wave find and I did get a good amount attention even given the long line.

After meeting Moana I decided to hop in the little theatre they haver there because they were showing a preview of the live action Beauty and the Beast. Which had either just come out or was going to be coming out that week. The preview was the beginning of the Belle scene and was a good 5 to 7 minutes long.

Soon I decided it was time to get some lunch. I headed over to PizzeRizzo which used to be Pizza Planet. They had over hauled it and re-themed it to the Muppet’s character Rizzo. The pizza was good and the theme was very clean and bright unlike the old Pizza Planet.

After lunch I explore the area for a little while. I debated popping in to see the Muppets 3D show but ultimately decided not to because I really wanted to go on Star Tours.

While I was in line for Star Tours there was a family standing in front of me. They were such Disney going family goals. Everyone was wearing matching shirts, they packed their own lunch were eating in line and just adorable. Plus they scooped out some goals reality by still fighting and showing that going to Disney with young kids is not easy. Once I got on the ride it was pretty uneventful. I wasn’t the rebel spy, I didn’t get puked on and we landed safely on the new planet.

Then it was time to head over to my next Fastpass Plus. It was something that had fastinated me forever but a ride I was always too scared to go on. I was going to be riding The Tower of Terror. For as long as I could remember I thought the Tower was one of the coolest buildings on Disney property. But I’m not a huge fan of straight drops. But I decided to book a fast pass so I didn’t have the long wait to chicken out. While I waited in line I talked to two nice girls who were around my age. They made me feel like they ride wasn’t as scary as it felt. And believe it or not I wasn’t that big of a fan of the ride.

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You see I got a large aderline rush from it but I never got that stomach dropping and doing flips feeling that except from thrill rides. I’m glad I got to experience it but I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to ride it again. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t still take 100s of pictures of the beautiful tower every time I go.

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I decided that because I braved a ride that had always freaked me out that I would buy a souviner from the gift shop. I bought a sweatshirt which I loved and thought was super cute. While at the gift shop I talked the girl working the regrister. I asked her if she minded me snap chatting (@judy_judy94) a picture of her costume to my friend, Megan, who was going to be doing the College Program the next semester. She was super sweet about it and told me to wish my friend good luck.

I had one more fast pass booked that afternoon and still had time to kill. I decided to head over to the Star Wars Launch Bay. I really wanted to meet Chewbacca because he was the only character I could identify from Star Wars. My meet and greet was pretty rushed which was disappointing but at least I met him.

As I was getting ready to leave the Launch Bay I saw that they had a exclusive meet and greet that only Disney Visa holders could experience. Since I am a Disney Visa holder I decided that I would go and see who was meeting. I was hoping that it would be Darth Vadar or another well know character. Unfortunately it wasn’t a character I knew, which you can totally tell in the pictures because I look terrified and slightly confused.

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I left the Launch Bay and decided that I would go over and ride The Great Movie Ride (RIP). I didn’t know at the time that it would be my last time ever riding my favorite Hollywood Studios ride. I’m glad I got to go but if I had known it was my last time riding it I would have taken some pictures or videos to remember it.

Once I got off the Great Movie Ride I had a pretty much hit my Disney Wall and decided to skip my final fast pass. On my way out I stopped at the Starbucks because I knew I had a busy night and wanted some caffeine. As I was walking out I noticed Miranda Margaret or @miramargaret as she is known on Instagram as. I was tempted to go up and say hi to her but when I saw her I couldn’t think of her name. I recognized her instantly but her name escaped me. Plus she looked a little annoy so I was worried she was having a bad day.

On my way out I called my mom to catch up a little but this time the bus go there super quickly and I barely had to wait which cut our conversation short, the busses are just too loud to talk on. When I got back to our hotel I met up with my aunt and uncle and hurried to get ready for our dinner. That night we would be eating at Artist Point. Which is the upscale restaurant at the Wilderness Lodge Resort.

Before I talk about our dining experience there let me tell you about the adventure it took getting there. We were running a little behind schedule and knew that the busses were crazy unreliable during this trip. Marianne called down the main building to have a taxi sent to us and we waited almost 45-minutes for it to show up! There wasn’t really a reason why it took long other then that it did.

On the way to Wilderness Lodge we had to stop at the Polynesian to drop my little cousin off at one of the kid’s clubs. The intake took a little while but we were able to get a taxi quicker that time and made it to the restaurant just in time.

This was the first time I had gone to the restaurant before and was a little spectical about whether I would like it or not. I’m not a huge fan of “fancy foods” and as my mom says the diet of a three year old.

When we got there we were seated pretty quickly at a nice big table as it would be me, my father, his wife, my aunt and Uncle as well as my Dad’s cousin and his wife. We started off by ordering drinks and I can’t remember the name of my drink, although I believe it was something with apple and it was really good. For dinner I got a Filet Migon with a horseradish cream and that too was very good.

My favorite part of the meal though was our waitress. She was a Chinese woman and she and I talked about the two international parks in China. She said that she hasn’t been to any of the international parks but that she had heard amazing things about the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. One of my favorite things to do at Disney resorts is talking to the cast members about their experience or where they are from.

After dinner we headed over to Contemporary Resort so that we could watch the Magic Kingdom firework show, Wishes (Now Happily Ever After)! Since my aunt and uncle are DVC Members and staying at DVC resort we were able to get up to the top floor of Bay Lake Towers (the DVC resort attached to the Contemporary) which is called The Top of World. While there my dad surprised me with a cake since my birthday was the next week.

We enjoyed the show from the Top of the World. For anyone who may be wondering if you watch Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show from the monorail resorts (Contemporary/Bay Lake Towers/Polynesion or Grand Floridian) they pipe the music of the show in so you can get a full experience.

Once the show was over we picked Joshua back up from the kids club and headed back to our hotel (Saratoga Springs). At the time there was a lot of construction going on, on Disney Property so it was a long car ride. But soon we got home and we all were asleep in probably in less then 5 minutes.

And that is the end of day 2. Keep your eyes out for the next installment of this Trip Report as well an announcement about my next trip!

*This post was not sponsored by any of the linked sites. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own and I was in no way compensated for mentioning them ***
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UNEXPECTED DISNEY TRIP 2017: Trying some new things {Day 1}

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Happy Travel Thursday! It’s time to do the second day of my UNEXPECTED DISNEY TRIP. If you are new to this travel report, check out this master post here to get all the background.

So, this was my first morning in Disney. I got up that morning and got ready for the day. I originally planned on Disney Bounding on this day.  But right before leaving I realized I couldn’t find what I need to complete the Disney Bound. What I didn’t realize was that I accidentally Disney Bounded as Donald Duck. I wish I had a OOTD pictures for you but I don’t. I was very excited to wake up to no snow. I even snapped (@judy_judy94) a picture of it for snapchat.

Once everyone was ready for the day we headed out to the bustop and waited probably thirty minutes. We even started to worry that we’d miss our first Fast Pass Plus. But eventually the bus came and we headed for the Magic Kingdom!

Although the parks didn’t feel overly crowded getting into the parks felt like it took forever and a day. Their was a pretty big back up that didn’t seem to want to let up. Finally we got into the parks and headed over toward Tomorrowland so we could ride Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. I went on with my little cousin, Josh, who at the time was four years old. And he still kicked my butt on the ride.

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Once we got off the ride we looked around Tomorrowland and saw that Buzz Lightyear was out doing meet and greets. Meeting Buzz was right up Josh’s alley so we went over and got in line. As I mentioned in my first post I’m not comfortably sharing pictures of other people’s children on my blog without their permission and all the pictures I have are with Josh in them so I can’t “Prove” it happened. But I can tell you Josh and Buzz had a great conversation.

After meeting Buzz we decided to try and get on  the People Mover (TTA) which happens to be one of my favorite rides. While we were standing in line we noticed that the cars kept stopping. Before long they made the dreaded announcement that ride was going to be shut down for a little while.

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We looked on the My Disney Experience app which shows you wait times, restaurant menus and times for the different events happening all over Disney property.

We notices a short line on the Astro Orbiters (AKA the Dumbo style ride in the center of Tomorrowland). We jumped into line, which moved pretty quickly, thankfully. I had never been on this ride before this trip (at least that I could remember). But basically they bring you to the top floor and you climb in these rocket ship looking things. Although this ride gives you a great view of the park I didn’t really enjoy. I always felt like I was going to fall out of the ride car. I don’t think I’ll every ride it again. But I’m glad I got to experience it.

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Once we got off the Astro Orbiters we headed over for our ADR which was to The Plaza! The Plaza is one of my favorite hidden gems of Walt Disney World. For those of you who have never been I’ll give you some directions. You walk directly down Main Street to right before the castle hub, you hook a right as if heading towards Tomorrowland and then it’s right there. If I remember correctly I had a bacon cheese burger and fries. I do remember that it was delicious and as always I would recommend it to pretty much anybody.

After lunch we headed back over to Tomorrowland to see if the People Mover was up and running. Luckily it was so we hoped on. After the delay getting on earlier it was a pretty uneventful ride. Although if we’re being honest I think my uncle Chad and I were both secretly hoping we’d be evacated off the ride. But we didn’t.

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We finally decided it was time to leave Tomorrowland and head over to our next Fast Pass Plus experience which was The Barnstormer, or the kiddy coaster of the Magic Kingdom. It was only myself, Chad and Josh going on the ride. While we were waiting in line it was shut down for about 5 to 10 minutes while they retrieved a hat that had fallen off a guest during one of the last run. But once we got on we had a great 55 second run.

By the time we got off the ride Josh was starting to get cranky so Marianne and Chad were hoping to get him to take a cat nap on the Walt Disney Railroad. I was feeling restless and like I was hitting my Disney wall so I decided that I would meet them at a different stop.

While they were supposed to be on the train I went to the Main Street Bakery which is now serving Starbucks. While I was waiting in line I got a text message from Marianne that they had decided to ditch the train idea because it had been almost 30 minutes of waiting. Instead they’d just walk over to our meeting place.

Where were we meeting? At Tom Sawyer’s Island! For this attraction you take a small raft across the river to the island in Magic Kingdom.  On the island there are plenty of places for kids to run around and get some restless energy out. Josh loved going to Tom Sawyer’s Island and didn’t want to leave when it came time to. This is one of the things that I hope is still open when I have kids because I definitely want to let my kids run around there.

We left Tom Sawyer’s Island because we had a fast pass for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Which you may already know is almost impossible to get fast passes for. So, shout out of Marianne for scoring those. Because Marianne doesn’t do rollercoasters it made it that I had to ride with some random guy. I always feel weird riding rollercoasters with strangers because I become self conscious of my screams or laughter.

Josh was really hitting his wall at this point so we decided to get some dinner. We decided that we would have Columbia Harbor House located in Liberty Square. Which offers a variety of different foods such as fried shrimp, chicken pot pie, chicken fingers and lobster mac & cheese. I had Lobster Mac & Cheese and I will say I wasn’t super impressed. It had almost too many strong flavors mixed together. I’ve had some very good food at Harbor House in the past but I don’t think I would hesitate to try it again. While we were at dinner we also were able to book one more fast pass and we chose Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.

During the time between dinner and our fast pass we decided to check out the wait time for Big Thunder Mountain since Chad and I had been talking about going on it all day. Unfortunately we deemed the line too long to make it to our fast pass.  So, we hoped on the Walt Disney Railroad (even though the wait was still relatively long) so that we could ride to the Fantasyland stop.

We used our fastpass for the Little Mermaid ride, which was again pretty standard with no excitement. I think this ride is super cute and fun to go on. Plus I’ve never had to wait all that long to get on it and even when I do have to wait the lines moves pretty quickly.

After The Little Mermaid Marianne and Chad were pretty sure it was time for Joshua to head back to the hotel for the evening. I had the energy for about 1 more ride which was the Haunted Mansion. Which is my all time favorite ride. In my mind nothing holds a candle to the Haunted Mansion. And yes I am that annoying fan that quotes the ride. Hate me if you must.

While waiting in line I got a text message from Marianne saying that Joshua really wanted to go on the ride so they were heading over. This was Josh’s first experience on the ride and at first he was really scared but Marianne, Chad and I, along with some of the guest standing near us told him how awesome the ride is. When he got off it he agreed.

Once we finished the Haunted Mansion we headed out and went home for the night. All and all it was a great first day. With the exception of Big Thunder Mountain I hit all my must dos which is a pretty good Disney day in my mind.

Be sure to check back periodically for the next installments of this travel series. Also I want to apologize for the lack of pictures in these posts, for some reason my camera didn’t want to work while I was down there.

*This post was not sponsored by any of the linked sites. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own and I was in no way compensated for mentioning them ***
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UNEXPECTED DISNEY TRIP: Days Leading Up & Travel Day {Day 0}

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Let’s talk about the boring (and slightly disappointing) aspects of this trip. If you missed the first post you can check it out here.

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Starting about 4 or 5 days out before going on this trip I started watching the weather because there was a snow storm coming up to New England.

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Everything I read said that the snow wasn’t going to hit until after my flight left so I felt confident that I would get out. But as my trip go closer I lost my confidence that I would get out in time.

I was going to be leaving on Tuesday morning and on Saturday night Mama Judy suggested that I book a hotel up at the airport and I started pricing out options on Travelocity. I didn’t love any of the prices but it seemed like the best option.

On Sunday I finally booked the hotel. And about fifteen minutes later I received a text message from Southwest that my flight has been cancelled.

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Luckily Southwest offers free flight changes when they cancel your trip. So, I did my best to find the best flight down. Unfornately the flight I ended up that I was taking off 48 hours after my original flight was supposed to land in Orlando. I informed my family and tried to not be too disappointed.

The snow storm ended being pretty bad and there was no way my flight would have gotten out in time or safely. So, I guess everything does happen for a reason. Plus, having the day off gave me time to do a few other errands that I needed to get done.

On the morning of the trip, I got up and showered. Then packed the rest of the stuff that still needed to be pack. And then it was time to head out to the airport.

I left really early because I thought I would be effected by rush hour traffic. But fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it there was next to no traffic. I headed to the normal place where my family parks only to find out they had no parking. The garages at the airport were filled and I ended up having to park at a different location. And I wasn’t the only one on the shuttle who was in the same predicament.

Once I got to the airport I checked my bag, went through security and found my gate. Once at my gate I people watched for awhile before deciding to pull out my computer and watch some Netflix. I ended up watching an episode of the show I was watching (Dance Academy) where my favorite character died. Not the best episode to watch in an airport.

Finally it was time to board the flight. The first flight wasn’t too bad. I mainly listen to music and read the book I was currently read (Just One Day).

I had a somewhat long layover at the Baltimore Airport. I got off the plane and went on a search for three things. 1. a bathroom 2. Starbucks – if you guys don’t already know, I love Starbucks. I actually spent probably close to twenty minutes looking for one. And had almost given up when I finally found one. 3. Lunch. I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the place I went but it was a burger place. I wasn’t very impressed with it.

Once I found those three things I headed for a gate. Which brings me to a funny story. I looked up at the screen in the airport that tells you what gate your flight is boarding at. And I saw a number and headed that way. And then they started making announcements about how this flight was making another layover in Atlanta which I knew my flight was doing. Turns out that I had gone to the wrong gate. Luckily the very rude desk women was able to tell me where I was supposed to be.

The second flight was about as uneventful as the first flight. I read and listened to music until we touched down in Orlando.

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After landing I got off the plane, made a quick stop at a bathroom and then headed down to the Magical Express. If you are staying on a Disney Property I highly recommend the Magical Express because they make getting to Disney so much easier. Plus you don’t have worry about picking up your luggage (as long as you arrive before 10PM) because they take care of it for you. The ride to Disney was a smooth, 30-minute ride but it went by quickly. My only complaint was that the bus driver didn’t do the “3-2-1 welcome to Walt Disney World” thing.

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The first stop on the bus ride was to Disney’s Old Key West Resort, which happens to be one of my home resorts through Disney Vacation Club. It was nice to see the resort but only for a couple minutes before the bus continued on to the resort I would be staying at which was Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.  Which is themed after the Horse Races up in Saratoga, New York.

On my way off the bus I actually slipped on the stairs! I was more embarrassed then hurt and grateful that only one other person saw me since I was the last to get off. I didn’t want anyone to make a big deal because I was scared I would cry more out of embarrassment then anything else. A few days later I was happy too because it didn’t bruise at all!

After my fall on the stairs I headed into the lobby. I think I mentioned in the first post that Father lives in Florida and would make a few appearances on this trip. Well this was his first appearance. That night we were meeting for dinner at The Turf Club, which is the sit down restaurant at Saratoga Springs. I got the Crispy-fried Chicken and if I remember correctly it was only okay.

After dinner we headed to the room where I would be staying with my family. We got lost on the way but eventually found it. That night Marianne, Chad and their son, Josh (the family members I would be staying with) had dinner somewhere else. So, we just kind of hung out while we waited for them to get there.

Once they got there we talked and caught up a little but everyone was pretty much ready for an early night. So, we went to bed not long after.

I went to bed excited though, because even though it was a hassle to get there I was finally back at my favorite place in the world. Be sure to come back over the next few weeks for more Disney Travel Reports.

*This post was not sponsored by any of the linked sites. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own and I was in no way compensated for mentioning them ***

 

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Unexpected Disney Trip 2017 || Trip in review

Hello Worlders ~

Welcome to my first Travel Report on my new blog which is one of my favorite type of posts to do. But let’s get started with this trip!

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Some of you may be wondering why I’m calling this travel report “Unexpected Disney Trip 2017”. Well it’s because I didn’t know that I was going to be going on this trip until about 14 days before I went. You see on March 1st my Grandma called me and asked if I was interested in going to Disney from March 14th to 20th. And of course I said yes! But things didn’t go completely as planned? Why you’ll see – just stay tuned.

Before I start the review I wanted to give you some details for the 5ws so to speak.

Who:

Me:

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I was 22 to at the time of the trip but everything else you know about me remains true.

Marianne:

I don’t have any pictures of her from this trip but that’s my aunt. We have always been super close, a lot of people say we are super similar and think a like. But I’ll take it because she’s awesome!

Chad:

Again I don’t have any pictures of him from this trip but that’s my uncle and Marianne’s husband. I’m pretty close with him as well.

Josh:

Josh is my 4 year old little cousin and Marianne and Chad’s son. He is super cool and defintely into Disney (although he’s an even bigger super hero fan). Going to Walt Disney World with him was so fun because he was the perfect age.

Dad & Sharron:

There were also special guest appearance by my dad and his wife Sharron who live in Orlando. Although they didn’t spend too much time with us they did make some appearances.

What:

A quick trip to Walt Disney World with family.

When:

March 2017 – smack dab in the middle of spring break season.

Where:

Walt Disney World Resort with stops in Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. We also stayed at Disney’s Saratoga Springs.

Why:

Because I can never say no to a trip to Walt Disney World.

And now for the trip in review. If you guys have never read one of my Travel Reports this post becomes like a master post where I add the links from the day by day reports. So, come back to this post to see updates.

Days Leading Up to the Trip:

This isn’t always a post I make but for this particular trip  I need to. Why? Because my trip got delayed thanks to stupid New England snow. More on that in it’s actual post.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I finally left for my trip and got to Orlando. After a long day of travel I got some dinner and nice long night of sleep.

Friday, March 17, 2017

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On my first day at Disney World, everyone else in my travel party’s 2nd park day and 3rd day there we hit up the Magic Kingdom. I experienced some new rides and had fun with my family.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Saturday I had a solo park day. Because my family had gone into the park the day I was stuck up North I had an extra park day. On this day I went to Hollywood Studios and went on an iconic ride that I had never been on. What is it? You’ll have to wait to find out.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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Was EPCOT day! Another days spent with my family. We did spend a little bit of time at Hollywood Studios to start the day and then headed over to EPCOT to end the day.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The final day of my trip. I had a semi late flight out so I did spend sometime at Downtown Disney before heading back to the airport.

And that’s the trip in review I can’t wait to share more about my time as the week’s go on. Keep an eye out on Thursdays for more posts!

*This post was not sponsored by any of the linked sites. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own
and I was in no way compensated for mentioning them ***