I have never done a trip report, annnnd it’s been a long while since the trip actually happened. I’ll do my best, I want to get back in the groove and do a complete 180 with our new trip coming. I’ll summarize this one while still adding details that really stand out to me.
Basically, life…We made a trip, rushed back, DH was thrown back into shift work at the fire station, training schedules, and new hires, I was tossed right back into jury prep, office rearrangements, and kids had us hopping with art, wrestling, and track, all while we also had home DIY going.
DH and I made a trip Dec 31, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023. This was planned to be a Marathon week for DH, his first. We did not get in, and decided to keep the trip planned anyway, and celebrate our anniversary. We cheered on all the runners we saw at the full run in EP. It just drove the desire for DH to get in on the 2025 Dopey Challenge. But, this was our first time to ever see WDW in all the holiday beauty, and I took so many pictures, I had to order prints for my scrapbook in batches, because the cost at one time was outrageous.
We live in western Oklahoma and DH does not fly. So, this trip starts with us leaving at 3am and driving non-stop to Lake City, FL. It was not the first driving trip we have done to WDW, but it was the first time we had driven this far in 1 stop.
We planned this with the intention to back load our LL’s while driving from Lake City. We purchased G+, and we did purchase ILL’s. We didn’t know if this would be a one and done, or if we would be coming back soon. And we had all the marathon entry $ saved, so we splurged on a lot that would not be the normal trip for us. We stayed in POP, the room request was sent through TP, and we were happy with the result we got.
This was also a different route for us to drive, so I was excited this was the first time I have ever seen the archway sign. We arrived at POP on Dec 31 around 11:45am, but our room was not ready. So, we parked the car and hit the bus to DS to find all the trees before they were removed. I did not know how long they would actually leave them once Christmas had passed.
DH wanted to stop at Jock Lindsey’s, we loved it. We made it a point to stop on our check-out day, too. He says it is now a tradition for us to do on future trips, I have to say I’m perfectly ok with that.
We got the room ready text and headed back to the resort, we got there around 3pm. We have a cheesy tradition of finding our years and snap a pic, please excuse my fuzzy hair. FL humidity wreaks havoc on those of us from dry climates!
It was a little cloudy and misty when we arrived, but still brought tears to my eyes to see all the holiday decorations. I found out I have Disney roses at home, too!!
Dec 31 4pm-1am MK
**Forgot to wear my Apple Watch
LL - Space Mountain - Jingle Theme
Fancy - 7 Dwarfs
LL - Peter Pan
Big Thunder Mountain
Carousel of Progress - We made sure to try to spot the new updates.
Hall of Presidents
Tiki Room - 1st time for us, even after 3 previous trips.
LL - Splash Mountain - Had to get our “goodbye” ride in.
Jingle Cruise - Literally the 1st cruise of the New Year, our Skipper was so awesome!
Around this time, we got a New Year’s kiss in on the boardwalk area by Country Bears, and I cried when I saw Tinkerbell fly!
LL - Haunted Mansion
LL - Buzz Light Year - We got stuck and I made Galactic Hero.
LL - Pirates
On our way out, we saw Sage from AllEars on the castle stage as he was leaving. DH was star struck.
We hopped a bus to AoA, because the line was shorter, and crashed in bed ready for RD to MK the next day.
I’ll be back to add each day in a separate post. Hope you hang in there, and enjoy the photos. I have always wanted to do a trip report, so this first is exciting and weirdly nerve-wracking. DH thinks he wants to start blogging…