This is the trip report of an EPIC journey of two Disney Nerds in which we stayed at Boardwalk Villas, we cruised on the DisneyDream, and returned to WDW to stay at Wilderness Lodge Villas. AND it just so happens to be our Honeymoon, which made it even more amazing! We went through David’s Vacation Club Rentals for our accommodations at Boardwalk and Wilderness Lodge. I highly recommend them! We’ve booked multiple trips using them and have absolutely thrilled every time we’ve used them. www.dvcrequest.com
Characters: Lauren (your trip writer extraordinaire), Chris, and a Yeti (I’ll explain later.)
Our wedding was held on August 11, 2012 in Johnstown, PA, where Chris grew up.
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After a year-long engagement, our wedding took place on August 11, 2012. It was truly the best day of our lives. We had 260-some guests, and we partied our buns off! The only thing wrong was that it went entirely too fast. You have something you look forward to and spend SO much time planning, and it is over in the blink of an eye. Thankfully we hired some very talented photographers and videographers to help us remember that day for the rest of our lives. The honeymoon trip report really starts the following day. So here we go!!
Day 1: Sunday, August 12, 2012:
We finally joined our families at my parents house and opened presents and pigged out again. We also spent quite some time untying dollar bills from the bridal dance (another local tradition).
One special present we got from one of Chris’s coworkers was a Happy Meal toy that is the Yeti from Monsters Inc (Welcome to the Himalayas!!! SNOWCONE???). It was an inside joke between Chris and his coworkers that they systematically hid the Yeti in random places around their office, and the person who finds him has to hide him again, and so forth. Chris was delighted to find him inside a present, and we decided that he would be accompanying us on our trip. He became an interesting conversation piece and made for some pretty fun photos. (He continues to accompany us on ALL of our trips!)
Our flight to Orlando was the following morning, August 13 at 7:30 AM. We decided it would be easier to just stay in a hotel the night before, so we made reservations to stay at the Hyatt at Pittsburgh International Airport to make it easier on ourselves. We stopped for gas and the Yeti had his first Photo op.
We got stuck in some traffic, but made it there around 10PM. We left our car in extended parking, near the hotel. We are here!
It was a nice experience, the hotel was really nice inside. We had more fun with the Yeti, and found our room.
We had a snack, (cookies of course), and Chris had a drink with an umbrella in it. (We brought the umbrellas with us-we are dorks.) We went to bed but I honestly didnt sleep, I was too excited and still too worked up from all the wedding excitement.
We only waited for around 20 minutes when another bus came. I was afraid we were going to get a crappy Mears bus, but not only did we get a ME bus, we got a BRAND NEW one. We sat down and I was so excited, all of my tiredness melted away.
The Yeti is ready to roll!!
The ride there was fun as always, and we enjoyed watching the video and Mickey cartoons. Our bus to the Boardwalk stopped first at Port Orleans Riverside, which was nice because I had never seen it before. We let off a number of passengers, then got on the road again.
The moment had arrived, one I had waited for for MONTHS! We finally pulled up to The Boardwalk, and for me it was the stuff of dreams. It was GORGEOUS. We were the only people getting off the bus, and we scrambled out as quickly as possible. The magic had OFFICIALLY started!
We were warmly greeted at the door by a CM who asked if we were checking in and if we had ever been there before. We answered that Chris had, but I had not, assuming the CM meant if we had been to the Boardwalk before, but he really meant whether we had been to WDW before….so I ended up with a 1st Visit button. I didn’t mind though! We also got our Happily Ever After buttons…
…and the CM congratulated us and gave us our key cards (this was pre-Magic Bands!) My card had my maiden name on it and he asked if I wanted to have it in my new name. I of course said “Yes!”- I was thrilled. The CM said that while my new name wasn’t government official yet, it was at Disney World! When he came back, he announced that our room was ready! We made our way back the LOOOOOOOONG hallway…
We were in room 2005, and we found ourselves walking pretty far, winding around hallways and rooms and yet another small lobby-type area.
When we reached our room, we had a look around, and I was so happy. It was beautiful.
I loved the colors and the hidden Mickeys and the furniture. Then I understood why we were given a room so far away. I opened the curtain and this was our view……
MAGNIFIQUE! We had a lovely little balcony, right near the DVC model room.
The only thing I didnt love about it was that the bathroom light was pretty dim. It made baths and showers rather dark. Oh well. We were there, LET THE HONEYMOON BEGIN!!!!!
The part of the Boardwalk we stayed in. Our room was on the second floor, fourth window from the left, underneath the “O” of Crest O’ the Wave.
When we got back to the room, we had a message on the phone-it was Mickey and Minnie wishing us congratulations!
We had a lovely 2-hour nap and woke up refreshed. We then got on one of the friendship boats and headed to DHS, where we had an ADR at Sci-Fi Drive in.
I loved this place! The movies they play are so cheesy. My DH and I watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 and by RiffTrax, so this experience was pretty fun for us. We also love the Movie Ed Wood with Johnny Depp, so we find B-Movies pretty entertaining. I particularly liked the “Cat-Women from the Moon” one.
My appetite the first few days after the wedding was pretty limited because of all the excitement, so I only had a kids cheeseburger and fries (I’m sure those who have done the whole wedding shebang can relate, fortunately this was remedied quickly and I didn’t feel like I was going to barf from running on sheer adrenaline for much longer…)
The Yeti really seemed to like Sci-Fi…
I did too!
Then it was time for rides!
What is the best ride to go on just after dinner when you are still feeling jittery from the most exciting day of your life? Why Tower of Terror of course!!! For some reason I can’t find the picture from ToT that was put on our photo pass. Oh well, I think it was really bad anyway. So I took other pictures.
I love that magical spiral thing!
Next we wanted to go on Star Tours, it was our first time on after the refurb. Actually it was my first time on since I was 11 years old, since it was closed during our 2011 trip! We absolutely LOVED it! We and intended on going on again later on the trip, but never made it. We of course then had to stop in Tatooine Traders and Chris picked out a lovely apron but we didn’t end up buying it. We later regretted it!
…but I pointed out that he doesn’t really cook. (*I don’t really cook FOR him either because he has Crohn’s Disease and just eats very little in general, and what he does eat is limited. Basically cheese, bread, potatoes, most fruits and some veggies. He has NO problem with sweets though! You’ll see later how this pans out for him when we go to the meals on the ship.*)
I almost bought this shirt for my brother but it was only available in a 2X
After that, we made our way over to the Great Movie Ride. We love this one, we’re so cheesy.
We started to get hungry for a snack, and what is really better in life than a Mickey ice cream bar???
Those were our “It’s the first day of our honeymoon and we are eating Mickey ice cream in Disney World” faces.
We woke up feeling refreshed, and I had finally slept through most of the night. The jitters finally started to go away, but not completely as we were going to board a ship the next day, and I was so excited about that I didn’t know what to do with myself. Anywho, we took our time waking up, and we went down to the Boardwalk Bakery to have breakfast.
I sampled the huge couch in the entryway.
At the Bakery…
I had the Egg and Cheese Croissant and we split an AMAZING strawberry cupcake! Seriously, best cupcake I have ever had. Not too sweet, just perfect.
This is Chris’s “I have a cupcake” face:
We sat there outside for awhile just relaxing and making various sound effects for all the funny little maintenance vehicles that kept going by (like the Jetsons spaceship noise…*pipipipipipipipipip), then we wandered around the resort and around the shops. I wanted to get a zip cover for my ipad but didn’t find one I liked. We took some pictures.
We also checked out the (much smaller) model of the ship we would be boarding in a mere 24 hours:
I wanted to take the model home but figured they’d probably frown on that.
We went back to the room and got changed because we had every intention on spending the afternoon in the pool, and that’s exactly what we did! I didn’t take my camera to the pool for obvious reasons. We spent a few hours laying on the lounge chairs and going in and out of the water. I even went on the freaky clown slide!
After a great time in the pool, we rested for a little while, and headed out again for Epcot!
We took some pictures on our walk there:
My cute husband
I sooooo want to stay here again sometime.
I loved being able to walk from our resort right into a park.
I forgot to mention that the previous day we had used our Annual Passes for the first time, so we were even more stoked about it.
We first made our way to Future World, and hopped on Imagination. I love Figment! I remember this ride from when I was little, and I wish they hadn’t changed it.
We were hungry again, so we decided to go into The Land for a small lunch. (We had 7:30 ADR’s at Rose and Crown so we didn’t eat TOO much).
Chris and his PBJ:
We both got kids’ meals, then we rode The Land ride. I love this one, I love all the cool plants and fish. I always wish I was a better gardener than I am.
The skies weren’t looking too friendly, and it started raining pretty hard, so we made our way towards Spaceship Earth, and ducked into the little photo store. I looked around and Chris called his family to tell them what we were up to. In front of the shop,there was a small remote controlled car zooming around peoples feet, with a small Perry the Platypus toy driving it, and he was holding a sign that said Please take a sticker while he had a roll of stickers dragging behind him. I saw a CM standing close with his hand in his pocket, obviously with the remote. There were kids chasing Perry around with delight .So Disney. I called my parents too, then we rode Spaceship Earth, one of my favorites.
Not our best picture.
We then went to ride Mission:Space. We both tend to get motion sick on anything that spins around, so we hoped we would be okay on the wuss-version of the ride. We did great! We actually really liked it! I totally enjoyed the queue.
“Hey, who turned out the lights?”
IT’S LIEUTENANT DAAAAAAAAN!!!!
The rain really had cooled things off, so we both had on light jackets…it was pretty weird to be wearing them in August!
It was getting to be evening, so we then worked our way around to the World Showcase and explored the UK for a bit, since we had 7:35 ADR’s at Rose and Crown.
We watched a really fun band called British Revolution. They were really good. The highlight was when they played “Crazy Train” and one was headbanging and screamed “YEAAAH, we’re playing Ozzy in Disney World!!”
Day 4: August 15, 2012
The Yeti was really going to miss The Boardwalk. (He will get to see it again in August 2014, but SHHHH! Don’t tell him!)
Chris woke up early enough to hand off our luggage to the CM’s that came to send it off to the ship. (You’re supposed to have your luggage just inside your door by 8AM) He went out for a little while and texted me and asked if I wanted to have breakfast at Kouzzina…I said of course!
We had a really nice breakfast, and Chris even saw Cat Cora coming in.
I went back to the room to make sure I had all my carry-on luggage together, but Chris wanted to check out the ESPN store, so I headed back. I had a great idea and texted him to come take a picture of me on our balcony.
Can you find me?
It’s Romeo! Sorry about the fog on the lens, it was really humid.
Chris came back up and we said goodbye to our lovely room. We then walked around the resort for awhile, and ended up in the Belle Vue Lounge, where we were to meet the CM’s from Disney Cruise Line so they could direct us to the bus to the port
There were lots of families there waiting, including the family that had been our next-door neighbors during the past two days. When the CM’s arrived, they directed us all outside towards the conference center, and before long a beautiful bus pulled up!!
We were instructed to wait, but a few minutes later a second one pulled up and we were instructed to show our passports and board the second bus.
YAY WE WERE REALLY GOING!!!