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    Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

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    I am very excited to do my very first MiceChat WDW trip report! I pretty much thought I was done for the year as I had already been lucky enough to go on a Caribbean cruise, trips to San Diego and Texas as well as England in 2008 but thought I would try and squeeze one more WDW trip! I begged my boss and it worked! The trip coincided with my friend Christine’s birthday so I convinced her to come with me, we signed up for the rally and were ready to go! We had both been to WDW 3 times before so we wanted this trip to be a mix of both hitting parks and relaxing. We had no itinerary (my friends could not believe that I was able to go on a trip without a multi-page, color-coded, spreadsheet of an itinerary)and no ADRs! We were really going to try and wing it. We decided to stay at Coronado Springs and ended up very pleased with it. We took a 1 am flight out of Ontario early Wednesday morning and returned to Cali on Monday the 20th. I will try to let the pictures do most of the talking since that is more interesting. Here we go!

    We both slept pretty well on the plane and arrived in Florida hungry and ready to have fun! We waited a very short time before arriving at Coronado Springs. We really liked the resort, the bus service was great and the pool was gorgeous and never crowded. One odd thing is that on 2 different nights we did not receive maid service. We ended up complaining to the front desk (thanks for that advice Denise!) and they credited our room 15 dollars for our trouble. Very nice. We did not really care for the food court, it seemed really expensive for our taste. We did enjoy eating at the pool bar twice and took advantage of the refillable mugs since we are Diet Coke addicts!



    I would like to point out that I am writing this trip report as I listen to Flight of the Conchords while wearing my beer girl Halloween Costume which I just bought! What a life!

    Pool hanging is the best! We had fantastic weather!


    We went to the Magic Kingdom for a few hours that evening.


    Yummy Funnel Cake! Not as good as Knott's though!


    I see one good President in this picture. How many do you see?


    I heart the Carousel of Progress


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    Day 2 is coming tomorrow! Hollywood Studios and the Halloween Party
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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Awesome! Lookin' forward for more.


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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Thanks for this, it's fun to see what this event looks like from all new points of view
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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    It was so great to meet you Melissa, I'm just sorry it wasn't for longer!

    Can't wait to read the rest of your TR, I'm sure it's going to be great!

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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    That was fun! Can't wait for more.


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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Nice so far, can't wait for the rest!
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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Love the pictures so far!!! Can't wait for more.
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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Day 2 - Part 1
    This would prove to be one of our longer days. We got up at 7 and headed to the Hollywood Studios around 8:30 after enjoying two 4 dollar danishes from our resort. Next time we needed to remember to bring breakfast foods to eat in the room like we normally do. The new Toy Story ride has completely changed the way everyone hits this park. We headed over there first and decided to do the quick standby line rather than wait in the gigantic line to get Fastpasses. The ride is fun, we have both ridden the one at DCA a few times so it really wasnt all that new to us. We walked over and grabbed Fastpasses for the Rock n Roller Coaster and rode Tower of Terror. Not to everyone: we had both worn sundresses that day which do not mix well with Tower! Oops! That ride was fun as usual. I know that everyone thinks the one at the Studios is so much better than the one at DCA because of the whole 5th dimension thing or whatever you call it but I always think the fun part is the dropping up and down. We walked over and rode the roller coaster and man was it rough! My head was shaking so bad. I love Aerosmith though and hearing their music always makes this more fun! We did The Great Movie Ride and I know it is cheesy but I always enjoy it. It was getting pretty crowded by this time. I felt the parks were pretty crowded the entire time we were there. I mean it was definitely still manageable but not the low crowd levels we had experienced before.

    I think after this we decided to take the boat over to the Beach Club and eat at Beaches n Cream. We always love this place and eat here every trip. Food was great as usual and it was a nice, cool break from the park. We headed back and finished up with One Mans Dream along with The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast shows. We also walked through the Star Wars area and Tatooine Traders, I love Star Wars and this is one of my favorite areas. I really like the Studios and feel that even though they have less attractions they are all quality.

    Now the pics!

    Lot's of cool stuff was to be found while we waited for rope drop. I saw this for my favorite Jewish-Mexican friend.


    We both noticed that we have been at rope drop at this park on every trip!


    We make anything look cool.


    Christine just couldn't figure out how a ride couldn't end in a gift shop!


    This is how awesome you look after getting shook around on RNR!


    This is how a No Way Jose looks after we are done with it! Seriously, it is so good!


    You don't have pockets in that dress? Where do you store your Key to the Kingdom so that you have quick access? I know a great place!


    We thought this was wierd. It looks like one of those odd fish adorning the top of the Dolphin hotel.


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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    HAHA I've been known to use that particular storage area before myself.

    Great pics! I still haven't been to Beaches N Cream, it's on the list though!

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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Great TR so far. Can't wait for more.


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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Summer, next time I am in Orlando I will treat you to your first experience at Beaches 'n' Cream!

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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Christmas Yoda!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA




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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Awesome TR so far!
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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Quote Originally Posted by nursemelis374 View Post
    We thought this was wierd. It looks like one of those odd fish adorning the top of the Dolphin hotel.

    How very cool! That's Alice from the Alice Comedies. Where is this at the Park?
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    Re: Melissa's WDW Trip Report and Gumball Rally Play by Play!

    Quote Originally Posted by nursemelis374 View Post

    This is how a No Way Jose looks after we are done with it! Seriously, it is so good!

    This looks good!
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