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cap'njack.
11-17-2008, 07:22 AM
The Trip where Disney Lost a Bit of Magic

11th-14th December 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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Nanny - Would probably kill me if I reveal her real age so we will say 21. Loves Disneyland Paris and hasn't been since 2002. Kacee gave her a reason to plan a trip again but Nanny was one of the people who thought Kacee was too young in October to go to DLRP.

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Dandad - Older than the earth itself and was probably what killed the Dinosaurs with his talk of Building Surveying and Architecture! Actually involved in the building of DLRP and in charge of the lighting and electronics on the Teacups. The main man who started the DLRP craze off in the rest of us, again hasn't been since 2002 and wasn't really bothered about going this time....honestly!!

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Pirate Uncle Matty - Or the lesser spotted Uncle as he is otherwise known. Comes back from a year in Australia on the 7th December straight to DLRP on the Thursday. Hasn't seen Kacee since January 26th 2008 and wants to spend as much time as possible with Kacee on this trip.

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The Background

Well as I'm sure you all know we went for a week in October 2008 and bought Annual Passes as they worked out cheaper. We certainly caught the Disney bug again while over there for Halloween and as soon as we came back we decided to start looking at prices to stay there suring the Christmas celebrations. As it happened it was only £50 dearer to take the rest of family with us so we decided that we could earn some massive brownie points and save a few pennies in Christmas presents by booking for them all to go to DLRP as thier Christmas Present. Uncle Matty planned to come home for Christmas and changed his date to come back in time for DLRP however my Mum and Dad think that it is just them going and that Matty isn't back until January 2009!

The Planning

Not really much planning involved, I called Disney for a quote for the three of us, then asked how much it was for 5 adults and Kacee and it worked out as and extra £50 for it. Spoke to the wife and got permission to book for us and then called my Mum and asked if they wanted a holiday...the rest, as they say, is history.

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.

Trip Goals

* Let Uncle Matty spend time getting to know Kacee
* See all the Christmas decorations
* Watch the Christmas shows and get Kacee to see Santa and drop off his letter
* Finally get to see the Whinnie the Pooh show for Kacee

hollymattbenmilo
11-17-2008, 07:32 AM
oh how lovely! Bet you cant wait. Hope you all have a wonderful time. We are off in two days now! eak!!

DLPdaft
11-17-2008, 07:56 AM
Did I read that right - your parents don't know your brother is coming home in time to come to DLRP with you all?

Fabulous :cloud9: :cloud9: !!!!!!!

scampbunny
11-17-2008, 07:57 AM
sounds like a fun time for all!!!!!!!!!!!!
cant believe how quick it is coming now, and didnt realise ur parents dont know about uncle matty coming - so thats another surprise for them then??? lovely!!:thumbsup2

we miss the winnie pooh show as not there over the weekend, but am ever hopeful of a trip next year so we get playhouse disney AND winnie pooh (if its still going lol)

joolz1910
11-17-2008, 08:15 AM
Now, Cap'njack, I asked if I could come with you last time...surely you could find room for another adult...;)

What a lovely surprise that Matty is going to be there with you all. It sounds like you're going to have a magical time. Kacee is a really lucky little boy.:goodvibes

mommy2ash
11-17-2008, 08:21 AM
thats great your parents are gonna get a lovely surprise. its great that kacee enjoys it so much, i also got the ash is too young to go line lol. now she is a mini disney expert lol

thelittlemermaid83
11-17-2008, 08:26 AM
Wow i bet your parents are going to be shocked to see Matty before January!

Sounds like a really lovely Christmas family trip you go going on there Jonathon.

Wish i was coming :)

cap'njack.
11-17-2008, 08:30 AM
Wow i bet your parents are going to be shocked to see Matty before January!

Sounds like a really lovely Christmas family trip you go going on there Jonathon.

Wish i was coming :)

Now, Cap'njack, I asked if I could come with you last time...surely you could find room for another adult...;)

What a lovely surprise that Matty is going to be there with you all. It sounds like you're going to have a magical time. Kacee is a really lucky little boy.:goodvibes

Well there is room for one more adult.....

thelittlemermaid83
11-17-2008, 08:37 AM
Well there is room for one more adult.....

Ha ha...don't tempt me.

Your supposed to stop me from booking these random impulsive trips lol.

joolz1910
11-17-2008, 08:44 AM
Well there is room for one more adult.....

Ha! Don't tempt me! I might just turn up on your doorstep with a case.:rotfl:

mummyal
11-17-2008, 02:02 PM
Aww what a lovely surprise that will be for your parents!!:)

Samf1971
11-18-2008, 01:11 AM
Have a great time, that's a really lovely surprise for your parents, and I bet Matty will adore seeing Kacee at DLRP

cap'njack.
11-18-2008, 02:32 AM
Ha ha...don't tempt me.

Your supposed to stop me from booking these random impulsive trips lol.

I forgot I was supposed to be the angel :cool1:

karenmoloney
11-19-2008, 08:00 AM
What a lovely Christmas present (& surprise) for your parents. Have fun planning it all over the next few weeks & counting down each day.

*Iloveflorida*
11-19-2008, 09:47 AM
sounds like a great trip - have a great time!:thumbsup2

cap'njack.
11-19-2008, 09:57 AM
What a lovely Christmas present (& surprise) for your parents. Have fun planning it all over the next few weeks & counting down each day.

It's been a bit of a nightmare so far. My Brother is stuck on an Island in Australia and there is only one coach per day, first come first served, to get off of the island...why he can't get up earlier to get on the damn thing I have no idea but he has now had to put off his flights again and it's getting closer and closer to the 11th of December!!

scampbunny
11-19-2008, 11:09 AM
It's been a bit of a nightmare so far. My Brother is stuck on an Island in Australia and there is only one coach per day, first come first served, to get off of the island...why he can't get up earlier to get on the damn thing I have no idea but he has now had to put off his flights again and it's getting closer and closer to the 11th of December!!

men! lol ;) they just cant get up early..... *waits for a smack* lol

and be warned, emma is on the hunt for an empty suitcase - shes already enquiring about how much space there is in mine......:lmao:

tbh i dont blame her - i will prob be looking for an empty one for the meet in january - so wish i was going to the meet.....:sad2:

gemmybear83
11-19-2008, 02:27 PM
I mus have missed this! I love how your mum and dad dont know your brother is coming! I am sure you will have a fantastic time!:)

mummyal
11-19-2008, 05:30 PM
Oh no! Hope he manages to get on a coach soon some way or the other lol. Keep us posted.

cap'njack.
11-25-2008, 07:52 AM
:woohoo: Check out the Sig :woohoo:

Uncle Matty's plane lands at Gatwick at 4:05pm on Saturday 6th December 2008!!

tennisfan
11-25-2008, 07:58 AM
A lovely surprise for your mum & dad:thumbsup2

Dianetigger
11-25-2008, 08:14 AM
Fantastic surprise for your Mum and Dad - can't wait to hear all about it, have a wonderful time.

Samf1971
11-26-2008, 06:36 AM
Great news about Matty's flight, bet you're so excited. Must be really hard to not say anything to your parents though.

Daisy78
11-26-2008, 11:57 AM
Oh glad Uncle Matty now has it sorted. When will be the first time that your parents know about him being back in the country?

cap'njack.
12-06-2008, 07:00 AM
Uncle Matty just called. He has arrived in Seoul safely, now making his way to the hotel for tonight before the last leg tomorrow!

scampbunny
12-06-2008, 07:09 AM
excellent news!!!!!!!!!!! bet u cant wait now - really not long for u til ur there!!!

cap'njack.
12-07-2008, 03:52 PM
Uncle Matty Is Home!!!!

poppyolivia
12-09-2008, 04:53 AM
awww this is too much for me! Its brilliant!!!:woohoo: