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Old 11-04-2012, 03:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Reconstructing the Magic with Cam and Luke UPDATED: 12/23 Christmas Present and Our Final Day

Travel Day, Saturday, October 6

I awoke first at 5:10, too early, and only napped on and off until the alarm sounded at 6:32 AM. Luke took his shower while I straightened up the last of the packing and then took a quick bath. Truly, we got ready much faster than normal, but then we’re not normally going to Disney World.


A little before 8:00 Luke’s brother Rob arrived to chauffeur us to our regional airport. Suitcases were already in the hallway, ready for loading in the car. Then our first snafu occurred, the garage door opener broke. Luke jimmy rigged it so it wouldn’t be unlocked. By 8:10 we were on the road and headed to the airport, arriving at 8:15. We leave very close to our airport. The bag check line was fairly long as this was a full flight. From there we moved into the security line where I practically had to strip. We were approved to fly, repacked our stuff, got redressed, and waited in chairs for boarding.




We began boarding at 9:10. We were in Zone 6, the last one called, but no problem as seats are assigned on Allegiant Air. When the all clear was given, the plane taxied to the runway a whole 10 minutes early (9:40). I paid $2 for a can of coke that Luke and I shared. The pilots began our descent at 10:55 (CDT), telling us we had about 20 minutes until landing at Sanford. The wheels hit the runway at 11:20 (CDT), and by 1:00 (EDT) we’d had a bio break, retrieved our luggage, and finalized renting a Jeep Patriot for the week. We were off to Disney World. We paid one toll of 75 cents to connect to I-4. Rain came while we were at Alamo, playing peek-a-boo with the sun. It was definitely scattered rain as we’d travel out and in, though it was quite heavy at times.






These two pictures were taken about 10 minutes apart. We enjoyed the drive through Orlando and traffic was only heavy when the rain was pouring down. We were mainly guided by Luke’s instinct, which is usually spot on. He exited I-4 at the Epcot resort exit and right on our left magically appeared Caribbean Beach Resort.




We parked outside the Customs House and walked in to complete our registration. Our room was ready in Trinidad North, Building 33, Room 3329. We were close to the bus stop and a short walk to Port Royale. After taking a few pictures of the room, hungry stomachs told us we need to get lunch.




















I washed my hands and got so excited when I accidentally created a hidden Mickey.




Right as we were heading out, someone knocked on the door. It was a CM with a card and balloons for Luke’s birthday.








Next: Shopping, Eating, and Family

PS Photobucket is trying out a new format that has been nothing but trouble today. I went back to the old format and still had problems created I believe by the new format. Frustrating!!! GRRRRR!
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Love when you drive past the Disney World sign. In the bubble
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Seems you ran into the same old Florida weather. Room looks great. Hope to read more soon.
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So happy you started!!! Can't wait to read more!
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It's exciting that this trip for just you and Luke is different right from the start--your local airport, different airline, arrival in Sanford, renting a car, no DVC resort. Seems like all that went very smoothly. Certainly nice to do away with the long drive to the airport.
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Good start. I some how missed that you were staying at CBR
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I'm excited to read about your stay at CBR as I am staying there for the first time in Jan for the 1/2 marathon. Great start!
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Great start! Well except for the rain . We dodged it that whole week.

Room looks great! Is that a king bed there?
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Great start - like that improved weather!
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Great start. Looking forward to seeing how things change in this trip for you.
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Great start. I was hoping you would do a TR for this trip.
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