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tarak
05-29-2009, 09:20 PM
So this is my first pre-trip report. Our travel dates aren’t for another 18 months. We can’t even book room only for 47 days. Not that I’m counting or anything. So I’m a bit ahead of the game. But the planning is half the fun, right? At this point, we’re planning (okay, I’m planning, because DH thinks I’m nuts for planning anything at this stage and is just happy that the expansion to Fallout 3 is finally out) to go the Sunday after Thanksgiving of 2010 and stay for 7 days. I’m not sure DH realizes this yet, but since he’s caught up in a post-apocalyptic video game at the moment, I think I get to make the schedule. He has his fun money and I have mine – I’ve just decided to squirrel mine away for a vacation next year. We’re staying at the Polynesian because when DH was a kid, he always stayed there or at the Contemporary with his family. I’ve stayed there once before and loved it. You can’t beat that 70’s Brady-Bunch-in-Hawaii cheesiness. (Alice threw her back out!). I’m thinking of sneaking a wee tiki idol into DH’s luggage when we go.

This is the first post - I'm breaking it up so it seems less tedious. Of course, if it's tedious, you probably aren't reading it by this point, so now I'm just rambling...

tarak
05-29-2009, 09:21 PM
When we get to the World, my husband and I will have recently celebrated 10 years of marriage. My husband is not romantic. And to be honest, it doesn’t bother me too much – we have three kids 6 and under. For me, the height of romance is coming home to a basket of folded laundry. But it’s an excuse to have a really nice trip to WDW. We like fall-like temperatures and don’t like crowds. So early December is pretty much it for us as far as traveling to the World is concerned. With any luck, we’ll be meeting my sister, BIL and her step-daughter there for part of the trip. Oh, and I turn 40 next year. And my husband’s birthday is a few weeks before we’d be leaving. So why not roll it all into one big trip, I say.

tarak
05-29-2009, 09:33 PM
DD7, DD6 and DS3 - at least by the time we travel. Subtract 18 months for current ages. They have various nicknames. Things One through Three. Heckle, Jeckle and the Dude. Heckle at one point decided her nickname should be “Tink” but it didn’t stick. Jeckle is also called “Boo” for some reason I can no longer remember, but it makes me cry every time we see the end of Monsters, Inc. Jeckle also likes to go by something else periodically; at WDW the last time, for example, she declared that her name was Superpowers and she would only respond to that. So I found myself saying things like “Okay, Superpowers, do you have to go potty?” on a regular basis. She has also dubbed herself King of the Fire, Water Fountain and, most recently, Susie. The Dude is just the Dude. Even the girls call him this. He’s only 19 months old and definitely a work in progress, so that’s all subject to change. We love them to distraction. Our last trip to the world was December, 2008. Jeckle’s favorite rides were the boat from the Wilderness Lodge to the Magic Kingdom and the bus. She also liked the pretzels at the Magic Kingdom. So we could have saved ourselves a lot of money by taking the ferry across the river near our house and going to the Auntie Anne’s at the mall. But such is life. Since we’ve come back, she’s asked on a near nightly basis if we can go on It’s a Small World in the morning, so I guess she liked it more than she let on at the time. Here are links to her trip reports from the World, in case anyone is interested. At the very least, they are short.

Jeckle at the Magic Kingdom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R79y91ofoXw)
Jeckle at Epcot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrdcdnwT_Q0)

Jeckle is already a curmudgeon at the ripe old age of 4.

tarak
05-29-2009, 09:37 PM
A dear friend from work. We take turns talking each other down from booking Disney trips because we want out of the office or because the most exciting game in town is Jubilee Day (http://www.mechanicsburgchamber.org/), where they shut down the streets in the town near our office so people can buy doll clothes and toilet paper cozies and funnel cake.

A typical conversation will go something like this:

“Please tell me I don’t want to be in Florida in August just because I can get free dining? It will be hot and horrible, right?”

“Yes – and there will be wall-to-wall people and you will have to wait for two hours to go on Dumbo. And you’re getting close to hurricane season, too. It’s one thing to walk around in a poncho – it’s another thing entirely to have to grab a tree to avoid being swept away.”

She is going with her husband and their son, who will be at the World for the first time.

tarak
05-29-2009, 09:39 PM
Is it possible to make 18 months fly by? What are we to do? Other than look at my ticker and think it’s not moving nearly fast enough? Or record every thing remotely Disney on the travel channel and watch our husbands roll their eyes (riding a zip line in Costa Rica? Woo hoo! Not doing it, but woo hoo!)?

tarak
05-29-2009, 09:40 PM
We decided to have pre-trip parties themed on Disney movies. First up is the Pirates of the Caribbean. Not sure how much interest the Dude will have, but the girls are certainly into it. For the record, Jeckle wasn’t much thrilled with the Pirates of the Caribbean at WDW. She apparently does not like anything that has a drop. Maybe because her first experience with that sort of ride was Splash Mountain… Heckle has already announced that the next party is to be Little Mermaid themed. We’ve had to reschedule this party several times already and she’s a bit put out. There’s a reason we call her Heckle, by the way.

Hopefully the next post will be a recap of a successful party complete with a treasure hunt, some grog for the adults and a screening of the movie itself.

reyasmommy
05-29-2009, 09:46 PM
Your husband sounds a LOT like mine. As long has he has his latest video game he's happy! I thought I was crazy for planning our trip so far in advance. ((march 2010)) but now I don't feel so crazy. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

I LOVE the Poly. I've never stayed there, but got married there back in 2001. :love:

I hope you have a wonderful time, and I hope that time flys by for you. But then again, doesn't time go by way to fast anyway?!?! I guess it sorta drags when you have something to look forward to. :confused3

tarak
05-29-2009, 10:10 PM
That must have been a great place to get married!
I would love to go back sooner, but my husband liked the weather so much back in early December, he's convinced it's the only time to go. I have to admit, the decorations were really nice.

mncherokee
05-29-2009, 11:21 PM
When I started planning our next WDW trip, we were looking at Dec 2010 :santa:too! But, we all wanted to go back sooner.:woohoo: We are returning in March 2010 instead.

I'm interested to hear more of your planning.popcorn::

therealleigh
05-30-2009, 07:42 AM
Glad to know there are others who like to plan early. Look forward to reading about your Pirates party.

tarak
05-30-2009, 01:11 PM
I thought maybe I'd post some photos of the family so the cast of characters is complete.

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First off is Heckle - dressed as Belle at the Grand Floridian. Judging from the way her tiara is slipping, this is what I imagine Belle might look like the morning after going on a bit of a bender.

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Jeckle dressed as Minnie Mouse, also at the GF. We went to that crazy expensive princess tea party, which was sort of a painful experience, actually, and lasted much longer than my patience did.

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The Dude meeting Piglet for the first time. I was afraid he'd be petrified of the characters, but he seemed to love them. We'll see how it goes when he's older!

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Eating at the land and Mickey. This was our last night before flying home. The camera missed the largish glass of wine in front of me, which had me in my happy place. That and the kids were very well behaved, considering how tired we all were at that point.

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DH and the Dude. I think this was taken on Tuesday (we arrived Sunday afternoon), before we went to the princess breakfast at the Akershus, which is our favorite character meal. I plan to go back there next time, just haven't decided whether it would be breakfast or dinner - we've never eaten dinner there and I think that might be nice for a change.

tarak
05-30-2009, 01:37 PM
Less than 3 hours to go. This has been the time table so far today.
11:00 - start to make gumbo. Not Caribbean. But there was voodoo (sort of) in the second movie. Gumbo is close enough. Kids didn't like the sound of Caribbean Goat Water Stew.
11:15 - break up fight between Heckle and Jeckle over who gets to pull the Dude down the hill in the bluebird-shaped sled. In 6 years, sled has never been used on snow .
11:30 - discover that the Dude likes andouille sausage.
11:35 - DH finds termites in the beam over the garage door. He calls pest control.
11:40 - break up another fight between Heckle and Jeckle over who gets to hold the portable DVD player.
11:45 - put chicken for gumbo into oven to roast.
11:50 - wonder where DH has managed to hide; find he has gone to the neighbor's to use power tools.
11:55 - kick myself for ever buying that DVD of Camp Rock.
12:00 - let gumbo simmer while chicken cooks and I look for what's left of my mind.
12:15 - put the Dude down for a nap. He lunges for the crib, since even he is tired of the fighting.
12:17 - DH comes in kitchen and sees the largish bottles of rum on the counter; "going that well?"
12:20 - remember that I gave my blender away to my cousin about 2 years ago; get out food processor to puree pineapple for mai tais.
12:25 - can't chop ice in food processor. Throw everything in a bucket and guess how much water would make a cup of ice (thank you theatre degree and my class in Science for Humanities majors). Hope it freezes quickly.
12:30 - drink mojito. Cuba is close enough.
To do:
1. peel shrimp for gumbo.
2. make rice for gumbo.
3. check mai tais to see if they are frozen.
4. clean chicken for gumbo.
5. chop fruit.
6. figure out how the heck you chop a mango and remove that weird middle section that just confuses me.
7. open bags of pirate's booty and try to not to eat it all in one sitting.
8. break up 3 fights between Heckle and Jeckle
9. make up clues for treasure hunt.
10. hide clues.
11. tell Heckle she can't participate in the treasure hunt if she's going to cheat and follow me while I hide the clues.
12. have a good time with my kids and my good friend (we'll call her DP for Disney Pusher). Because as much as I kvetch, I love them more than life.

tarak
05-30-2009, 01:39 PM
therealleigh - that bouncing maleficent is awesome. :)

taylor3297
05-30-2009, 01:48 PM
tarak- I am enjoying your pre-trip report. We will be going December 5-11, 2010 and also staying at the Poly. It will be me, DH, DD 8 and DS 4 (ages at the time of trip). We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary and the kids birthdays. Our anniverary is in July but we won't mind waiting to celebrate until Dec. Both of the kids birthdays are in Nov, so we will celebrate those just a few weeks late.

I like you Disney theme night ideas. We may have to try one or two in order to make the time go faster.

tarak
05-31-2009, 09:42 PM
So things went pretty well, everything considered. First order of business was getting pirate names assigned. I googled pirate name and went to the site that required the least work (answering 20 questions for 6 different people required a lot more time than I was willing to invest in something I probably wouldn't remember in 24 hours). We ended up with a few Jones' and a few Doras, but I guess something always gets sacrificed when you cut corners. So for the next few hours, we were known as:

DF - Cheatin' Dora Jones
Me - Cap'n Dora Snaggletooth
Heckle - Pirate Rachel the Pink
Jeckle - Gorgeous Angelina Jones
The Dude - Pirate Jimbo the Fashionably Late
DH - Fruity Javier Dread

DH was less than amused by his name and said he'd accept the Dread part, but nothing else. He then went to the hardware store.

DF had come with a treasure box for the girls to color. After they were done with that, I filled it with all the wonderful things DF had brought and hid it in the playhouse outside. Then we started the hunt.

I was honestly amazed at how much fun they had zipping through the house finding the clues. Jeckle was upset at how much more quickly Heckle was finding things and I had to finally hold Heckle back so that Jeckle could grab a few of the clues. They were thrilled with all the goodies, which included lip gloss and ring pops and pirate clothes.

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Here are the girls with their bandanas on (the picture blurred a good bit - not sure if it was my camera or lack of photography skill).

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Heckle dispensed with the eye patch almost immediately, but Jeckle really enjoyed the dress up. She has slept with the telescope two nights now.

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The cat is clearly terrified.

We had dinner - the Dude gorged himself on fruit, Heckle at least tried the gumbo and liked the shrimp, while Jeckle ate a bowl of rice.

Then the movie started. Heckle enjoyed it, but got annoyed with the chatter on several occasions. Jeckle didn't pay the slightest bit of attention to the movie, but dashed around waving her "hook" and yelling "arrr."

All in all - a success. Next up, the Little Mermaid!

tarak
05-31-2009, 09:47 PM
tarak- I am enjoying your pre-trip report. We will be going December 5-11, 2010 and also staying at the Poly. It will be me, DH, DD 8 and DS 4 (ages at the time of trip). We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary and the kids birthdays. Our anniverary is in July but we won't mind waiting to celebrate until Dec. Both of the kids birthdays are in Nov, so we will celebrate those just a few weeks late.

I like you Disney theme night ideas. We may have to try one or two in order to make the time go faster.

The younger kids have their birthdays in October, so I thought about rolling that into the trip, but Heckle turns 7 in April, and we'd have to do an un-birthday party for her, or she would be seriously put out. Since my sister will be there (probably with her husband, not sure if her step-daughter will make it), one night, I think I'll send the girls to the Neverland Club and ask my sister to watch the Dude, so DH and I can go out for a nice dinner just the two of us. We haven't used one of the kids clubs yet, but my SIL always said that her kids loved it so much they didn't want to leave at the end of the night.

tarak
06-06-2009, 11:57 PM
So DF came up with a nice idea for our next planning party (tentatively scheduled for July 11. She and her husband have started collecting pins. So she thought I could get the kids each a lanyard and a pin that corresponds to the theme of the party. So I'm one party behind, obviously, but ebay is my friend and I had some money in my paypal account (always a dangerous situation).
So I got each of the girls a pink lanyard (the one with the mouse ears on it). And I picked out two pirate/princess pins from years past. The lanyards are identical, but the pins are not. With luck, they won't fight over them. I'll have to stop by the Disney store one of these days and try to find an Ariel pin for each of them. Whether they should match or be different, I haven't decided.
And I have to thank or curse DF because it never occurred to me that pin collecting could be fun. Trying to live vicariously through my kids, since my husband already rolls his eyes every time I start watching a show I recorded from the travel channel that is in any way Disney themed.
Him: Yeah - I like how they're showing the family just strolling down Main Street and there's no one else in sight. Show it the way it really is, when you can't move two inches to the right without slamming into someone.
Me: We're going in December. With luck it will be cold again (relatively) and no-one will brave the 55 degree weather.

tarak
07-13-2009, 02:55 PM
Okay – so our party date has come and gone, and I don’t have a play-by-play, so I’ll just try to recap it as best I can.
We started the morning by heading to Hershey Park, which is our go-to place for WTKO, or wearing the kids out.
I start off the morning with the start of a killer migraine. Or the vestiges of a hangover complements of book club, which is usually 9/10th hanging around with lady friends eating and drinking and gabbing and 1/10th discussing the book (this months selection was the Great Gatsby – the consensus that every character with the possible exception of the narrator really were the jerks we remembered they were when we read the book in high school several decades ago).
Hershey Park goes relatively well – the girls have a great time. The Dude is relatively happy – as long as we’re moving. We run into a good friend from work who is there with his wife and son (who just turned two). Things are good until Heckle decides she wants to go on the Falcon. DH has no interest and she can’t go alone. So I go with her. A brief description of the Falcon for those not familiar with Hershey Park. You sit in tandem with someone in a small car (maybe it’s supposed to be an egg – I have no idea). You are whipped around with a few cars that are attached to the same hub. There are about 5 hubs that also spin around a tower. Your car/egg/torture chamber also swings back and forth. You then go up about 100 feet in the air. At some point it stops so you can look at the view. Which would be more impressive if my head didn’t feel like it was going to explode. Then the whole things starts up again for the trip back down. Heckle is laughing like a maniac and I want to vomit.
I cannot take my eyes of the pin holding the whole thing together. It looks like the sort of thing that holds the stroller wheels together. I hope it’s made of sterner stuff.

tarak
07-13-2009, 02:56 PM
We head for Zoo America (part of Hershey Park) and pass the mascot Ranger Scratch, whom we long ago dubbed Ranger Old Scratch because Heckle used to wail like a banshee whenever she saw him as a toddler. She doesn’t mind him now, just says he’s a bit ragged looking. And Ranger Scratch does indeed look like he might have developed mange over the years.
The zoo is nice, but it’s almost 1 at this point. The Dude has lost it, is hungry and tired and I still have to hit the grocery before we start our Little Mermaid party. On the way out of the park, I hit the Dunkin Donuts to get some coffee, hoping it will take the edge off the headache and get a cup of donut holes for the girls to share. The Dude gets one and promptly passes out in the stroller. The girls insist on going on the Chocolate World tour so they can get the free chocolate at the end. Not wanting to admit that I also like the free chocolate, I give in. DH takes the Dude to the car.
Today’s chocolate selection is the “new” Kiss with the Meltaway Center, which tastes suspiciously like the “Truffle” variety from a few years back. The Meltaway Center does just that, as even an unseasonably cool July is still 80+ degrees and humid. Jeckle manages to lose one of hers in the garbage can and I start to explain, to the tune of her anguished wailing, that one kiss is plenty, a very nice lady behind me says she can have hers. I thank her profusely (while embarrassed that I hosed down my two before we passed the first garbage can). Crisis solved.

tarak
07-13-2009, 02:58 PM
We get home and the Dude is safely ensconced in the crib. I tell the girls they can either take naps, which they need, or they can go to the store with me. They choose the store. Our grocery of choice has something called the “Tree house.” Which is pretty much a play center where you can drop off your kids for free for up to an hour and a half while you shop. I keep thinking that some day I’ll drop them off and sit by the fireplace in the attached café and just read a book and drink coffee. I have not yet done so out of guilt that I should be doing something constructive if I’m leaving my children with strangers. They love the tree house.
For the menu, I decide to go with the “fish-eater” theme and pick out crab cakes, flounder and clams. I have no idea what else I’ve purchased, but I’ve managed to spend $200, or as I now think of things in terms of cost at Disney, the Park Hopper option.
I collect the girls only to find Jeckle doing the leg-cross of doom. The bathroom is a good distance away and we head there, Jeckle at a glacial pace because if she un-crosses her legs, she will most likely pee all over the floor. I stand outside the bathroom and send the girls in, asking Heckle to help Jeckle. This has worked very well in the past – there are only two stalls and the bathroom has no other exit or entrance, so I know they’re safe in there. And at the first hint of trouble, I’ll just leave the packed grocery cart and hope no-one takes anything.
After what seems like an eternity, I hear them start to shriek at each other. I don’t know what started it, but I hear Jeckle say “I don’t like you – you’re not my best friend anymore.” Followed closely by “I’m telling mommy you said you don’t like me.” I’m waiting to hear the even worse slight of the pre-school set “You can’t come to my birthday party,” but am distracted by the approach of other ladies who need to use the bathroom. I open the door, ask how things are going and, after both girls rat each other out for various offenses, I tell them both to come out and I’ll use one of the omnipresent hand wipes to clean them up.

tarak
07-13-2009, 03:22 PM
Once home, I start inspecting the clams to see if any have expired on the trip from the store. Only one doesn’t shut like, well, a clam, so it goes unceremoniously into the trash. The rest take a swim in a bottle of beer at the bottom of the soup pot.
The crab cakes go into the broiler and the watermelon gets cut up, along with a pineapple that was dropped off at the house earlier this week by my MIL who doesn’t like pineapple. The Dude would happily eat his own weight in fruit for every meal, so if he hates the crab cakes, he’ll still be happy.
The only rule I really enforce in our house with respect to food is you have to try at least one bite of something. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it again, but you have to at least give it a chance. Heckle is repulsed by the clams, but eats two of them. She doesn’t like them, but gets high praise for trying them. Jeckle cries. Jeckle does not want to eat the clams, the crab cakes or anything else. She wants to be left alone to watch “Gamera the Brave.” She has watched this movie 5 times since we bought it from Amazon a week ago.

tarak
07-13-2009, 03:24 PM
Just an aside to explain the Gamera love. Jeckle gets night terrors. At one point, she would get them a few times a week. Usually when she’s overly tired, hasn’t napped. At the advice of a friend, we started to go into her room at night a few minutes before she’d usually get one and nudge her a bit. We’ve been pretty successful at stopping the night terrors that way. When she does have one, she will cry and cry and cry unless we wake her up. I’ve read that you’re not supposed to wake someone up from a night terror. But quite frankly, it seems worse to have her sob uncontrollably for an hour when we could get her back to bed much faster. So we wake her up. We usually watch something brief on youtube (searching for things like “funny cat video”), and she goes to bed without further incident. One night, my husband found a preview for a movie called “Gamera the Brave.” Little turtle hatches, flies, breathes fire, grows up and saves Toyko. She quickly became a big fan of Gamera. After a few months of watching the preview, we finally decided to spring for the movie. I think it broke her heart a little to find out Gamera isn’t real. We might have to break the Disney mold and have a Gamera theme night.

tarak
07-13-2009, 03:45 PM
I give her the smallest piece of clam possible. She chews for five minutes, states “not bad,” and asks for more watermelon. Well, at least she tried.
For the first game, the girls have to name 5 things you could find in the ocean or under the sea. Jeckle, unsurprisingly, names the sea turtle as one of her five things. We also play a game of “Sea Witch, May I?” and have mermaid races (in which they put a pillowcase over their legs and then crawl across the floor).
The final event before the movie screening is “fishing.” I write up a few notes to hook to the fishing lines (I managed to fix the one and bought a second so they would stop fighting over them). I also pick out a fork, a few pretzels, and put the lanyards and pins into some small bags. We then head out to the clubhouse in the back yard. The girls go up the ladder and I sit underneath. Apparently I don’t go out there nearly often enough with a broom because there are spiders EVERYWHERE. Normally, I’m not a fan of killing bugs when in the out of doors – I figure it’s their home, not mine. There are a few exceptions, of course, such as mosquitoes. Well, there are just way too many spiders and egg sacs near my head. And not one web sports a message like “Nice Pig,” or “I’m a Vegetarian,” so I vow to go out and clean up the joint in the morning. Or at least vow to send out DH to do it for me.
My DF has picked up some wonderful gifts for the girls, like a sticker book and coloring book and various candies. The fork keeps falling into the mulch and the pretzels break. We have varying degrees of success with the notes. “Sebastian says to sing a song,” for example, results not in a vocalization of “Part of your World” but a duet of the Imperial March from Star Wars. Which is sort of troubling, actually.
Heckle is jealous that Jeckle got an Arial pin and she got Ursula and Flounder. I let her swap Flounder for the Tinkerbelle pin I had in reserve. She seems excited about the swapping idea (I never would have guessed she would dislike Ursula as much as she did). Jeckle becomes irate at the idea that someone would take her pin of the Eels. I tell her she doesn’t have to trade anything if she doesn’t want to. And if they ever want to trade the pirate pins, I get right of first refusal.

tarak
07-13-2009, 03:50 PM
To my surprise, DF has never seen the movie. At one point, she asks me a question about something coming up and Heckle says “you just have to watch and find out.” Which is what I always say to her, so it’s sort of funny but also embarrassing.
We end the evening with a discussion about our next theme. Heckle wants something more girly. Not sure if that was a comment on the Little Mermaid, or a response to my suggestion that we watch Monsters, Inc. So Cinderella it is! And we might have it coincide with the camping trip we have planned for late September. Our DHs are not fans of camping and think a stay at the Fort Wilderness Cabins would be a stay in purgatory at best, so it should be interesting.

Flossbolna
07-13-2009, 05:03 PM
I like your party idea! It sounds like a lot of fun - even with bathroom dramas along the way! :goodvibes

We stayed at the Poly this January and it really is a very beautiful hotel. Being so close to the MK is wonderful. I loved sitting at the beach in the afternoon with a book and see the castle in the distance! :lovestruc

julluvsdisney
07-13-2009, 07:44 PM
Just an aside to explain the Gamera love. Jeckle gets night terrors. At one point, she would get them a few times a week. Usually when she’s overly tired, hasn’t napped. At the advice of a friend, we started to go into her room at night a few minutes before she’d usually get one and nudge her a bit. We’ve been pretty successful at stopping the night terrors that way. When she does have one, she will cry and cry and cry unless we wake her up. I’ve read that you’re not supposed to wake someone up from a night terror. But quite frankly, it seems worse to have her sob uncontrollably for an hour when we could get her back to bed much faster. So we wake her up. We usually watch something brief on youtube (searching for things like “funny cat video”), and she goes to bed without further incident. One night, my husband found a preview for a movie called “Gamera the Brave.” Little turtle hatches, flies, breathes fire, grows up and saves Toyko. She quickly became a big fan of Gamera. After a few months of watching the preview, we finally decided to spring for the movie. I think it broke her heart a little to find out Gamera isn’t real. We might have to break the Disney mold and have a Gamera theme night.


I am a sleep tech and have alot of night terror patients and it is ok to wake a person up dring a night terror. its actually safer before they hurt themselves (which is common with night terrors / rem behavior patients).just wanted to help you !ps loving the ptr! we are going to WL in DEC 2010! Cant wait!!! Have you booked your room yet?

tarak
07-13-2009, 09:28 PM
I am a sleep tech and have alot of night terror patients and it is ok to wake a person up dring a night terror. its actually safer before they hurt themselves (which is common with night terrors / rem behavior patients).just wanted to help you !ps loving the ptr! we are going to WL in DEC 2010! Cant wait!!! Have you booked your room yet?
That's good to know about the night terrors. She doesn't get them as often anymore, thank goodness.
I'm not sure whether I want to just make the room only reservation or wait until the package prices come out. I'll probably book room only in August, but it sort of depends on what's happening at my office (I work for the state and because the budget didn't pass on June 30, I'm working for no pay until they get it resolved - which is sort of stressful. I'll get paid eventually, just not sure when). I loved the WL - I thought it was so grand and beautiful. And the decorations in December are just amazing.

julluvsdisney
07-14-2009, 10:20 PM
That's good to know about the night terrors. She doesn't get them as often anymore, thank goodness.
I'm not sure whether I want to just make the room only reservation or wait until the package prices come out. I'll probably book room only in August, but it sort of depends on what's happening at my office (I work for the state and because the budget didn't pass on June 30, I'm working for no pay until they get it resolved - which is sort of stressful. I'll get paid eventually, just not sure when). I loved the WL - I thought it was so grand and beautiful. And the decorations in December are just amazing.

I am so excited to hear about the decorations! Its my mother 50th so we figured we would go all out!! I'm sorry to hear that your not getting paid at the moment! Thats tough!! Just keep thinking about disney!! Thats what I do to when work is awful!!!

FeFeMJ
07-18-2009, 12:25 PM
I'm so excited that I found this. My family told me I was crazy for planning our disney trip this far in advance! We're going the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2010 and staying at the Contemporary. I am dying for the prices to come out already....




Felicia

tarak
07-18-2009, 10:33 PM
julluvsdisney - I think the decorations are great. This next trip is going to be longer because I want to add in time to just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. I think we packed in way too much the last trip. We're also going all out for the December trip - my sister and BIL will be with us and possibly his daughter (not sure if her schedule will allow it or not).

FeFeMJ - my husband thinks I'm nuts. The nice thing is having the disboards to go to so I don't drive him crazy with every question. And my good friend from work who will be joining us for this trip is the perfect sounding board as well.

Lately, my daughters have been obsessed with watching videos of Expedition Everest on youtube. Neither of them want to go on it - Jeckle hates roller coasters and Heckle thinks it might be too much for her. But they love watching the video for some reason. Of course, Jeckle is currently obsessed with Japanese monster movies, so it's possible the Yeti just ties in with that.

karenwwu
08-18-2009, 04:23 PM
I am lurking but had to say hello since we are tentatively booked at the Poly that first full week in December 2010! Can't wait. Thoroughly enjoying your PTR:thumbsup2. Okay, back to lurking....:surfweb:

tarak
08-18-2009, 04:42 PM
I am lurking but had to say hello since we are tentatively booked at the Poly that first full week in December 2010! Can't wait. Thoroughly enjoying your PTR:thumbsup2. Okay, back to lurking....:surfweb:

Hi, there! I have the first part of this trip booked (two nights at AKL to take the Sunrise Safari). We'll be eating at Ohana for the trip we're taking in September and I'm looking forward to seeing the Poly again. I keep thinking of adding days to our trip next year and wondering how many I can add before DH starts to protest.

tarak
11-15-2009, 09:24 PM
Okay - this poor trip report has been sadly neglected. I'm almost done with my trip report from this past month, so I thought I'd start back with this one.

So we're now heading to WDW the Friday after Thanksgiving, so I'll have to change the title of this thread. So we're now staying at AKL for three nights and then the Poly for 6.

My SIL has a plan to have Thanksgiving down in Florida (we have a place to stay at in Lakeland if we want to) and then spend the three nights together at AKL. We already have the three nights booked. I mentioned the possibility of Thanksgiving travel to DH and he thinks we're both insane. My MIL also thought it would be nuts. But my FIL was actually supportive of the idea. We have plenty of time to work on them, but I'm somewhat optimistic that it might actually happen! For us, it's a matter of leaving a few days earlier. Our school district is closed the Monday before Thanksgiving through the Monday after, so the kids won't be missing any more time. We'll see how it goes. :goodvibes