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    Default First DCL Trip -- Intro and Day 1

    Mousefest 08
    Solo DCL and WDW trip
    Donald_Quackers
    About Me

    A 35 year old Disney fan (though not as big as my sister), living near Chicago, and working as a Help Desk Analyst. I need this trip to relieve my stress.

    Departed: 12/06/08
    4 Night Cruise: 12/07/08 12/11/08
    Cat 6 Stateroom

    Pre-trip report

    This trip began planning in April; when I finally decided enough was enough and I needed to go on my first cruise. I had always decided that my first cruise was going to be a Disney cruise. I made my booking through Debbie of Magical Journeys, and then my flight and hotel arrangements through Expedia and Hyatt, respectively.

    Bought a passporter (paperback), used that to prepare this after booking, and then decided to get a deluxe version and gave the other to my sister. My plans are as follows:

    Fly out of Midway 12/6 to MCO, pick up luggage and check into the Hyatt
    Take DCL transfers to the Port from the Hyatt
    Enjoy the cruise
    Take DCL transfers to Pop Century from Port
    Enjoy MVMCP and other Mousefest events

    Ive already got my carry on prepared, and most of my bag packed, with exception of some of the last minute necessities.
    May '14 -- OKW 1 bdrm
    Dec '13 -- OKW + Off site
    Mar '13 -- Saratoga Springs
    Apr '12 -- Disney Fantasy 7Nt EC
    June '11 --BLT for SWW, July '11 -- OKW
    Dec '10 -- Disney Magic 7 Nt EC/5 nights POFQ
    DVC @ BLT Dec 2010 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah...Tip for Today!

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    Default Day 1 -- Flight to Orlando

    December 6, 2008

    Well, its time to head out for Mousefest! I get my luggage in the car, and my DM and friend come with to say goodbye. At least the driving isnt too bad, considering it snowed this morning.

    I decide to upgrade to business class as Im checking my luggage in at the airport, and proceeding through security has no problems.

    One uneventful flight later and Im touching down in Orlando on time. Check in at the Hyatt was done (the woman was having trouble with my last name, but most people do) and got my instructions on what to do with my bags tomorrow morning. The room is nice, I picked a King bed room (just me), had a shower, and ate dinner at the McDs in the food court downstairs. Also checked out the pool area. All-in-all, a very nice hotel! Found out that I left my sunglasses at home, but Im ok with that, as they were pretty expensive. I just get a cheap pair somewhere and call it even.

    Time to rest for the big day tomorrow in getting to Port Canaveral!
    May '14 -- OKW 1 bdrm
    Dec '13 -- OKW + Off site
    Mar '13 -- Saratoga Springs
    Apr '12 -- Disney Fantasy 7Nt EC
    June '11 --BLT for SWW, July '11 -- OKW
    Dec '10 -- Disney Magic 7 Nt EC/5 nights POFQ
    DVC @ BLT Dec 2010 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah...Tip for Today!

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    sounds like a good travel day..glad you made it to orlando ok!!
    *bRiTTaNy*
    35 trips to WDW already...
    May 2012 - Daughters first trip - one bedroom Villa at Wilderness Lodge
    Sept 2012 - Pirate room at CBR
    Dec 2014 - SSR -second daughters first trip and my older daughters 5th Birthday!!

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    Sounds like a good start


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    Sounds like a great start!
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    At least you were easily able to replace what you had forgotten to pack! The room sounds quite nice!
    Linda aka: Faline
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    A smooth arrival day!
    Lisa
    Multiple visits over Multiple years
    30 plus stays at Disney's Polynesian resort

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