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cap'njack.
09-25-2008, 05:20 AM
Dribble Monkeys 1st Trip to DLRP

5th - 10th October 2008

Pre Trip

The Cast

Me (John) - 26 year old who loves Disney Pixar films and has an unhealthy obsession for Toy Story and all things Toy Story related. Has been going to DLRP ever since my first trip in 1992 when my Dad was part of the Opening Crew, he was the poor sausage who was in charge of putting all the light bulbs on the Mad Hatters Tea Cup ride. Has also been to Disney World Florida three times but much prefers DLRP. Started suffering from withdrawal symptoms when his adorable little boy pointed to my DLRP hoodie and said 'Mickey'

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DW (Ellie) - 25 year old Disney lover who doesn't even try and pretend that she dislikes Disney, not too pleased with her husbands love of Disney Pixar as she prefers the classics films. Tried to play it cool when DLRP was discussed but was fighting back the tears when the trip was confirmed. Has only ever been twice before so most of the park is still quite new and exciting to her.

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DS (Kacee) - 18 month old dribble monkey who loves “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”, “Handy Manny” and “My Friends Tigger and Pooh” and can already say 'Mickey', 'Oh Toodles' and can name the entire cast of “My Friends Tigger and Pooh”. We are hoping that he will enjoy DLRP however fully aware that he probably won't remember the trip at all :-)

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The Background

Back in 2004 DW and myself visited DLRP for 4 nights at the Santa Fe hotel. We had an amazing time, the park was so empty (it was the 2nd week in September) we actually managed to do every ride in the park in just the one day. We said then that we would defiantly go to DLRP every year as we both enjoyed ourselves so much. Little did we know that we weren't going to go back for 4 years. We initially started planning a trip for 2006 however we decided to go to Las Vegas instead, the very next year my wife fell pregnant so we decided to skip DLRP again and wait for when the monkey was old enough. Little man came along and we were planning a trip for early 2008 however we decided to go Snowboarding instead. The entire extended family thought that DS was far too young to go to DLRP, and I kind of agreed until that fateful day in May when he suddenly grabbed my DLRP hoody and said 'Daddy, Mickey, Mickey' I decided then that we had to go again, and as soon as possible!


The Planning

I started looking at when to go, where to stay etc and then I picked up a copy of the Sun and saw that they were starting their £9.50 holidays again. I saved up the tokens in the vague hope that there may be a park within an hour of DLRP, filled in the form and waited, the form came back with Le Chenne Gris, only a 20 minute drive from DLRP and a beautiful wooden cabin, much the same as DCR!

The Countdown

DS had a mini countdown in his room, although he is too young to really understand he knows that Mummy and Daddy are very happy every time they tick a day off the list. A main countdown on our fridge out of letter magnets helps the parents get through the long days at work with a small smile.

The Final Preparations

Post count on disboard increased 10 fold as I started asking all the stupid questions that I could think of, most of which I knew anyway and some that I had even answered for others, the excitement got to me and started to affect my memory. Preparations were slightly changed when I decided that the 4am ferry on the Monday morning was far too early and may result in Kacee becoming a very unhappy dribble monkey, I decided to change the ferry to the Sunday morning and book into the Premiere Classe Hotel in Chelles, about 10 minutes driving time from DLRP at a cost of £28!

Hotel Update

We have changed our booking so that we are now staying at the Hotel Santa Fe on the Sunday and then checking out on Monday morning. This way we can have a brekkie and also be on site ready for EMH on that first morning! :woohoo: :woohoo:

Trip Goals

* To get a photo of DS with Mickey Mouse
* Introduce DS to DLRP and just have fun with him
* To see DLRP through the eyes of an 18 month old
* To see and appreciate the little things that often get missed on an 'Adrenaline Trip' to DRLP

Bolanette87
09-25-2008, 05:23 AM
Sounds great Cap'n!!! :thumbsup2 I'm sure Kacee/Dribble Monkey will love it!!

Bob xoxoxox

davewasbaloo
09-25-2008, 05:59 AM
Well, I am really looking forward to your trippy and I hope you have a fantastic time!

MrsTigger
09-25-2008, 06:08 AM
Sounds wonderful!!I'm sure Kacee will love it... Reading this have made me VERY excited!!!

BRobson
09-25-2008, 06:39 AM
A great start - I can feel the excitement building :thumbsup2

Cant wait to hear all about your trip :)

mummyal
09-25-2008, 07:14 AM
Aww I'm sure your little Dribble Monkey will simply love it !!! :yay:

ema74
09-25-2008, 07:50 AM
Sounds great!!! You'll have a wonderful time!:love:

Anne64
09-25-2008, 08:40 AM
Wow you can feel your excitement - its great :thumbsup2

tennisfan
09-25-2008, 08:59 AM
Awesome start. I hope you have a fab trip & make magical memories with your family:goodvibes

Kacee is cute:)

cap'njack.
09-25-2008, 09:44 AM
Awesome start. I hope you have a fab trip & make magical memories with your family:goodvibes

Kacee is cute:)

Aw thanks :hug:

I couldn't find the one of him dressed as Mickey Mouse while at work, I'll try and put that one on too. It's so funny!

scampbunny
09-25-2008, 09:51 AM
Great pre trippie cap'n!

am sure kacee will have the most fab of times, and u never know he will remember it, as my ds1 remembers a holiday when he was 18m old!!! the photos of course help!!

as for seeing it thru the eyes of a child, it changes ur whole view, it did with us and now we are just big kids when were there (unlike adults who enjoy disney lol)

have a fab time & cant wait to hear all about when ur back!

J Marley
09-25-2008, 10:17 AM
10 days 10 days :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:

Kacee will have a brilliant time

FiFi Rose
09-25-2008, 10:58 AM
Sounds great. We're there same time as u (5th - 10th) and getting soooo excited:yay: counting down the sleeps!

Dianetigger
09-25-2008, 12:55 PM
Absolutely fabulous, I'm really excited for you and although I don't want to wish your holiday here and gone, can't wait for you to get back and post your trip report with plenty of pictures.

Cyrano
09-25-2008, 01:17 PM
DS had a mini countdown in his room, although he is too young to really understand
I'm sure you will get some great memories. DD probably was the same when we went. But we loved it :goodvibes

hildasmuriel
09-25-2008, 01:17 PM
Great pre Trippie

A Small World
09-25-2008, 01:25 PM
sounds as though you are really excited and going to have a fantastic time

britchic4
09-25-2008, 01:31 PM
Hope you have a great time!

PJackson
09-25-2008, 02:56 PM
Awww you nearly made me cry :) I hope you all have a fantastic time. I'm pretty sure your enthusiam alone will make your DS v happy :thumbsup2

PS - Great pre trippie - makes mine look, well, erm, rubbish :eek:

Danauk
09-25-2008, 03:07 PM
Great pre trippie, hope you have a fab trip!!

karenmoloney
09-25-2008, 05:06 PM
Lovely reading about your upcoming plans. I hope that you have a great time & that Kacee enjoys himself too. I'm sure your enthusiasm will rub off on him & he'll love it. Good luck doing it with a toddler!

cap'njack.
09-30-2008, 09:58 AM
Pre trip updated to include a new update on Hotel selection for Sunday

MrsTigger
09-30-2008, 10:03 AM
Great news!! hope you like Santa fe!

cap'njack.
09-30-2008, 10:07 AM
Great news!! hope you like Santa fe!

We have been before, it's ok. Better than the Premiere Classe and worth it for the brekkie and the closer access for the day, plus the wife really wants the Disney Channel :confused3 .

ghockley1981
09-30-2008, 10:09 AM
EMH on the first day sounds a great idea, I bet the countdown is getting unbareable now!

MrsTigger
09-30-2008, 10:12 AM
We have been before, it's ok. Better than the Premiere Classe and worth it for the brekkie and the closer access for the day, plus the wife really wants the Disney Channel :confused3 .
:rotfl: Thats an odd craving LOL

It will def be worth it to stay on onsite...

daisybeetlebug
09-30-2008, 10:42 AM
sounds great.
My dd first trip was when she was 7 months. We took her at 16 months this year and she loved it-I thought she would be scared of the characters up close at Cafe Mickey but she thought they were hilarious!
She also loved mickey mouse balloons and went mad everytime we passed the balloon sellers on main street!
Animagique was also a big hit and there was lots of hand clapping!
Although bigger kids get more out of it there are still so many lovely things for toddlers to see there-he will have a great time!:)