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Let the Wookiee Win: An August Solo Adventure! *Updated 4/22*

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  1. Tracy161

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    Let the Wookiee Win
    August 19-25
    All-Star Movies

    Hello, friends! And welcome to my latest attempt to combat those post-Disney blues we all know and don’t love. I had a fabulous trip, met up with two fabulous Disers (twice each!), met a few love interests (and only one of whom is a droid…), and enjoyed lots of solo time! I’m so happy to have you here as I relive my memories. But first, the basics:

    Who: Tracy, 34, Disney addict. I’ve lost track of how many trips I’ve been on, but I’d guestimate somewhere between 15-20, and this was my 5th solo. By day I am a cataloging specialist at a research library that is part of a glass museum in upstate New York, by night I am a graduate student about halfway through my master’s degree in library and information science.

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    Favorite characters: Mickey and Minnie, and Belle (because… ya know, the whole library/book thing)

    Favorite rides: Soarin’, PeopleMover, Haunted Mansion, Dinosaur, Great Movie Ride :sad1:

    Favorite park: Epcot

    Where: All-Star Movies Resort. This was my first time here and I had a good experience. Since I mostly just use my room to store my clothes and sleep, it got the job done. I had a preferred room which was reasonably close to transportation, which is all I really wanted. It also felt closer to the parks than Pop, which is where I typically stay.

    When: Saturday, August 19 – Friday, August 25

    Why: Well, we’re all here on the Dis, so no need to go into the “why” but I will say that I chose this particular time because it was in between semesters at school and I figured the later I went in August, the better crowd-wise.

    So… in an ode to my beloved Great Movie Ride… Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.

    Day 0

    I worked a half-day this day and, and after throwing together a few last-minute items, was off and running (or rather, driving) to my sister’s place which is about 2.5 hours from mine. I often fly out of this airport because American Airlines doesn’t fly out of my local one and I had miles to use! I had successfully convinced my sister and brother-in-law to go out for their anniversary and let me watch the kids (2 year old niece and 4 year old nephew). I managed to do a reasonable job and Dominic managed to get away from me only once, to run through the neighbor’s lawn sprinkler. :faint: :laughing: By the time we all settled into bed, it was late, and I had to get up around 5am for the airport (as did my brother-in-law, bless his heart). After a brief stop in Charlotte, I had arrived to this glorious sight around 1:30pm: a near-empty Magical Express queue!

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    Also around this time, I got a text from Su-Lynn (@chunkymonkey) – woohoo, vacation had officially began!

    I was among the last few on the bus so I had a somewhat crappy view of the sign, but a crappy view of this beauty sure beats the view from my office, right?!

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    Since I’d done online check-in, I was able to go straight to my room (Fantasia, building 8) immediately upon arrival after receiving a text with my room number about halfway there! The resort was really well-themed.

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    I was the only one in line for the bus to Magic Kingdom around 3pm and was quickly en route to the Happiest Place on Earth! Once there, I went straight to guest relations to activate my Annual Pass and away I went!

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    My first stop was Casey’s Corner as I was starving but didn’t want to fill up too much as I was having dinner later that night with Su-Lynn and Steve! I opted for corn dog nuggets, apple slices, and water. I hauled it across Main Street to eat, grabbing a table at the nearly empty Tomorrowland Terrace. Yum, I love me some Casey's Corner.

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    I’d wanted my first ride to be the PeopleMover but it was down and I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to waiting it out behind the growing line. Instead, I headed straight for Frontierland to ride my childhood favorite, Big Thunder, with my first FP! From there, I went towards Jungle Cruise for my next FP but stopped at Pirates first as it was about a 30 minute wait and I was happy to have a bit of a break from the heat.

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    Before long, I was joining my skipper for a fun trip on the Jungle Cruise. I wandered a bit more… soaking up the castle, before heading to my dinner ADR and meeting up with Su-Lynn and Steve!

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    Up Next: A Lovely Dinner!
     
  2. chunkymonkey

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    I'm here!!!! So excited you started your TR and you're about to get to my favorite part...Dinner!!

    I love that picture of you a with the purple wall. I have yet to get a purple wall picture. I always forget about to about it. I need to remedy that on one of my next trips.

    Your travel day sounds so much nicer than ours lol. And such pretty castle pictures!! Love.
     
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  4. Sailormoon2

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    So excited to read about your adventures!
    Do yo remember about how long this took?

    Good choice! Healthy and decadent fried food ;)
     
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  5. kastoney

    kastoney Disney foodie served with a side of sarcasm

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    I'm here and on time for once. Look like a great start to your vacay. Can't wait to hear all about the rest!
     
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  6. Tracy161

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    Yay!!!

    Mine, too! :thumbsup2

    You've got to your next trip! There was actually a PP photographer stationed right there. I went immediately over after my nutritious snack of corn dog nuggets :laughing: I didn't want to forget to do it! Turns out... I went back my final day, too!

    Yeah... I saw that :sad2:

    Yay - so happy to have you here!!!

    It took no time at all! I was in line for longer than it took. I was dreading it, thinking it'd be an ordeal and that something got messed up (I don't know why, I just had this feeling) but it was super smooth and was no longer than 5-10 minutes, tops.

    My thoughts exactly! :laughing:

    Yay!!! So happy you're here, Kari! :thumbsup2
     
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    :wave: Following along!

    I don't know if I've ever mentioned it to you, but I live in upstate NY too!
     
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    Yay!!! Happy to have you here, Raeven :goodvibes

    What?! I wonder how close we are... I'm in Corning!
     
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    I'm here!

    I love your tank top! Amazing!

    Looks like a pretty good first day so far! Hope more to come of only good things.
     
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    Nice report - Looking forward to more - Hows the heat
     
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    We're about 3.5 hours apart, I'm near Albany.
     
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    cajunfan Welcome to the DIS where wishes come true.

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    Can't wait to hear more!
     
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    Disneylvr Always Disney Dreaming!

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    Following! I am going on a solo trip in 12 days and also staying at All Star Movies to celebrate my 50th birthday. I am also a librarian going on 25 years! Can't wait to read all of your report.
     
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    I'm following!
     
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    Glad you got there with no issues! One minute you were home and the next you were in MK! Love all the castle selfies! Sounds like you were off to a great start :)
     
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    I am going on my second solo trip this Sunday and I am hoping to have my first ever Dismeet with Su-Lynn and Steve on Monday. I am normally just a reader (aka lurker) for these reports but chiming in real quick to say looking forward to your report.
     
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    Yay!!! So happy to have you! :goodvibes

    Thank you!!! I love it too, and guess what, it was on clearance at FYE for $5!!! :thumbsup2

    It really was! And lots more good things to come!

    Thank you! Happy to have you along for the ride! :goodvibes

    It was pretty hot... but I'm not one to mind the heat much, so I fared quite well :thumbsup2

    What!? :thumbsup2

    Thanks!!! More will be coming up... as soon as I get a handle on this first week of school :faint: :laughing:

    WHAT?!?!? Sounds like we're kindred spirits! So excited for you!!! And happy early birthday - no better way to spend it than at Disney! :thumbsup2

    Yay!!! Happy to have you here! :goodvibes

    I know, it's amazing, right? I only wish I could blink myself there now! ::yes::

    Thank you!!! It really was a great start... and lots more fun to come! :thumbsup2

    Yay!!!!!!! :thumbsup2 I hope you have a fabulous time!!!

    Glad you came out of lurkdom, and very happy to have you here! :goodvibes
     
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  18. suse66

    suse66 Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!

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    Hi Tracy! You're off to a great start! I arrived home last night at 12:30 after many delays and airport issues. Post Disney Depression is already settling in so I will have to cheer myself up by reading all about your adventures! :)
     
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    Pooh's-Honey-Pot Secretly prefers Tangled to Frozen...

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    Signing up!! Loved your top!
     
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    Great pics! Gotta love that Disney blue sky (hope it lasted!)
     
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    Welcome home :) Sounds like a fabulous first part of the day! I must agree, a crappy view of the Disney World sign beats just about any view at home!!
     
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