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Posted: July 20, 2003 6:55 am/pm Quote

Just came back from my first WDW trip in June. We've got a timeshare down there, so we'll be going back every year! We've from Massachusetts.

Photo's from this trip can be found at:
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The trip report is below:
Day 1 – June 8th, 2003
Arrived at the airport about 6:15pm. It took an hour to get our rental car from the Budget located inside the airport. We arrived at the Sheraton Vistana Resorts at about 8pm. We had dinner at the Flamingo Café, located on the Vistana property. I had a fruit plate for $7.29. It had seasonal fruit with a side of cottage cheese. Hubby had a hamburger with fries for $6.29. We also had a side order of onion rings for $2.99 and two cups of coffee for $1.50 each. Afterwards we walked around the resort.

Day 2 – June 9th, 2003
Headed for the Mercado Marketplace on International Drive, where they have the Titanic Exhibition. It was about $17 per adult. You get a guided tour for the first hour, then you’re on your own to explore. The part I liked best was where you could touch the iceberg. At the end of the tour, you check your ticket to see if you were one of the passengers who lived or died. Both hubby and I survived. They have a souvenir shop at the end of the tour.

Next we headed for the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium that was down the street. If you like to look at weird stuff, this is the place for you. Then we went back to the resort and sat by the pool for a few hours.

For dinner we went to the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. It was about $45 per adult. Before the show starts, they have entertainment and appetizers. There’s a small museum inside too. When the show did actually start, they asked for volunteers to help participate. Dinner started with a salad. Then you were offered chicken and either your choice of beef or shrimp. Depending if you choose shrimp or beef, you had either rice or potatoes and vegetables. Dessert was an apple cobbler. They refilled the drinks during the whole show. I defiantly liked this dinner show and will probably do it again in the future.

Day 3 – June 10th, 2003
Met my kids, Nicholas-6 and Conner-4, and their grandparents at the Magic Kingdom. We got a late start because we had to take the monorail to the Contemporary Resort, because the Shades of Green offices are located here until it opens up again, to get military discounts. Once we got back to the Ticket and Transportation Center, we took a ferryboat that had Pluto on it, to the Magic Kingdom.

We headed for The Crystal Palace Buffet to get priority seating for lunch. Next we headed to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin in Adventureland. After that we backtracked to the Swiss Family Treehouse. Next we went and got Fast Passes for Splash Mountain. Then we headed to lunch and got autographs and pictures with Winnie the Pooh and Friends.
After lunch we went back to Splash Mountain. Then we got FP’s to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We took the WDW Railroad to Mickey’s Toontown Fair. Stood in line for pictures with Minnie, Chip, and Dale.

We walked back to Frontierland only to find out that Thunder Mountain had broken down. We took the WDW Railroad again back to Toontown and ended up at the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway before the kids and their grandparents had to go check in to their hotel.

As we headed down Main Street, a Cast Member asked the kids’ grandpa if he would like to participate in the Flag Retreat at Town Square because he was a veteran. He got a certificate with his name on it, keepsake pictures, and free tickets to a future event that I can’t remember. After they left, hubby and I headed to the Haunted Mansion and did a little shopping before we left.

Day 4 – June 11th, 2003
We met my kids and their grandparents at the Magic Kingdom again. We took the WDW Railroad to Mickey’s Toontown Fair again. We rode Goofy’s Barnstormer. The kid’s got their faces painted. Nick looked like Tigger and Conner looked like Pooh. Then we headed over to ride Mad Hatter’s Teacups. Next was Dumbo the Flying Elephant. Then we headed for Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel. Next we had lunch at The Pinocchio Village Haus. We were going to go see Ariel, but didn’t want to wait an hour, so we went to it’s a Small World instead. Then we went to Snow White’s Scary Adventures. We watched the Sword in the Stone ceremony before walking through Cinderella’s Castle. Then we stood in line to get pictures and autographs with Donald Duck before we walked down Main Street to find a spot for the Share a Dream Come True Parade. While we waited for the parade, we went to the Plaza Parlor for ice cream. After the parade, we headed to the monorail to go to Epcot.

While at Epcot, we stopped at Leave a Legacy. Then we went on Spaceship Earth. Next we headed for Ice Station Cool for the free ‘round the world cola flavor’s. I was the only one that could even tolerate Beverly, lol. After that, we headed for Test Track, but Grandma and Conner chickened out. Next we went to Italy for dinner at L’Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante. While we were inside eating, it started raining. Instead of walking back, we took one of the boats headed back toward Mexico. Then we took the monorail back to Magic Kingdom for the SpectroMagic Parade and the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks. Then both parties went home for the day.

Day 5 – June 12th, 2003
Everyone met at MGM Studios today. Started out looking at some of the shops on Hollywood Boulevard before going through the Sorcerer’s Hat to The Great Movie Ride. Next stop was the Indiana/Jones Stunt Spectacular. Then it was on to Star Tours, but Conner and Grandma and Grandpa didn’t go with us. Next we headed for lunch at The Hollywood Brown Derby. We wanted to go see Voyage of the Little Mermaid, but the wait time was over an hour long. We browsed through the Animation Courtyard Shops while waiting for the next Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage show started. Next we headed for Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3-D. Then we ended up in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. We browsed more shops as we headed for the main gate. My kids and their grandparents went back to their hotel, while hubby and I headed for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Then we hit the Rock n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. When we got in line, it originally said that it was a 15-minute wait. While we were waiting though, the ride had some problems and ended up being more like an hour wait. Then we hit some of the shops before we ended our day.

Day 6 – June 13th, 2003
Hubby and I started the day at the MGM Studios again, for the Star Wars Weekend. We headed for the information desk to sign up for the trivia event that took place later that day. I got my face painted. We hit some of the shops while waiting for the Legends of the Force: A Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade to start. Had lunch at the Starring Rolls Bakery. Next was the Magic of Disney Animation tour. Then we tried heading for the Backlot Tour, but it was closed for refurbishment. We had to take a bus heading for the Grand Floridian Resort to pre-register for the pin-trading event that was taking place tomorrow. Then we headed back to MGM Studios. We wandered around some of the shops before heading for the Behind the Force: The Saga Continues show. It had some bloopers at the end of the film from Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Hit some more shops before ending up at Toy Story Pizza Planet Arcade for dinner. Then we headed over to the pre-trivia area for our briefing. We missed the Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade because of the briefing. Then it was time for the Tatooine Trivia Trials to officially begin. Hubby did a lot better than I did, lol. We hit some more shops before heading back to the hotel and a dip in the pool.

Day 7 – June 14th, 2003
We woke up very early for the 6:45am opening of the Mickey’s Toontown Fair Pin Trading Event that was scheduled for today at the Magic Kingdom. We got to eat breakfast at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. They opened up Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin early for us. Hubby and I rode it twice. They had carnival like game booths inside The Timekeeper area, but the attraction itself was closed. Then hubby and I went to go stand in line before Space Mountain officially opened. Next we hit the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter ride. Then we walked over to get a Fast Pass for Splash Mountain. While we waited we went on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Then it was back to Splash Mountain. We hit the Frontierland Fries stall for a snack before heading for the Pirates of the Caribbean. Hit a few shops as we headed for the monorail to go back to the hotel. We ended up taking an afternoon nap and lounging around the hotel for the rest of our stay.

Day 8 – June 15th, 2003
Checked out of the resort and took the rental car back before taking an 11:30am flight home to Massachusetts.


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Posted: July 20, 2003 7:14 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, spritehalliwell!

Thanks for posting your trip report! I moved it here to the Walt Disney World forum instead of having it in the Shake Hands area, so that more people who are interested in reading WDW trip reports could see it.


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Posted: July 21, 2003 10:34 am/pm Quote

I tried editing in some of the photos from http://photos.yahoo.com/moonlitelace where they matched what you were writing about, but yahoo didn't allow them to be displayed.

But EchoEars, I highly recommend going to his online photo album to see the great pictures!


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Posted: July 21, 2003 11:42 am/pm Quote

Thanks for sharing your report and your photos!  How did Disney do that Hidden Mickey in the clouds, I wonder???  :eyebrow:  I love the face painting, too.  That's available in ToonTown, did you say?  Where at, if I may ask?  I have heard it's also available at Animal Kingdom.  Would love to see if my four year old would do it.

It still amazes me how much a group of people can accomplish in a day at WDW.  Sounds like you had a blast!  Thanks again for sharing!


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Posted: July 21, 2003 12:13 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, spritehalliwell!

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Day 6 – June 13th, 2003
Hubby and I started the day at the MGM Studios again, for the Star Wars Weekend. We headed for the information desk to sign up for the trivia event that took place later that day. . . We wandered around some of the shops before heading for the Behind the Force: The Saga Continues show. It had some bloopers at the end of the film from Episode II: Attack of the Clones.


Guess what! We were in the D-MGM Studios that day, too! We saw the Behind the Force show on one of the others days that weekend and loved it. I think we even saw the trivia event you were in that Friday (I'll have to check my notes about which day we saw it, though).
:music: it's a small world after all...  :musik: it's a small world after all...  :music: it's a small world after all, it's a small, small world!  :musik:


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Posted: July 21, 2003 2:35 am/pm Quote

Thanks for the great trip report!  It sounds like you had an exciting and busy time!

How did the cast member know that Grandpa was a veteran?  Was he wearing a shirt or hat that indicated his service status?  I know someone who would really like to do this and has written Disney about how to go about it.  I didn't realize that they asked for people out on Main Street!


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Posted: July 21, 2003 5:34 am/pm Quote

Was there something wrong with one of the pics? Maybe I can go and fix it.

The kids got their faces painted at the spot between Goofy's Barnstormer and the Mad Tea Cups. I remember their being a place to go to the bathroom across the street from it. I got mine at MGM Studios right by the Star Tours ride.

Grandpa was wearing a Marine hat. We were at the Emporium at about 4:30pm when the cast member came up to our party.


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Quote (spritehalliwell @ July 21, 2003 4:34 am/pm)
Was there something wrong with one of the pics? Maybe I can go and fix it.

All the pictures are great! I was just trying to see if I could display them here inside your report, where you mention the pictures that are on Yahoo. But apparently Yahoo wants the pictures to be viewed through their site, because it wouldn't let me show them the way I was trying to.

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Posted: July 21, 2003 6:57 am/pm Quote

Gee! What a wonderful trip report! Knowing WDW as well as I do, I felt as though I was right there beside you. It looks you all had a really *magical* vacation with plenty of pixie dust. Thanks for sharing your photos....I really enjoyed them. Oh! BTW.....I have a son named Conner, too, but spelled ending in "er". His first trip was when he was 10 months old....a few months after WDW opened! Brought him up right with at least 2 trips every year, didn't I? LOL! hehehehehe...another cute "coincidence"...I'm originally from Milton, MA!!
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