View Full Version : Ohana means family, which means no one gets left behind – EXPECT on this trip!!!! PTR

06-11-2009, 08:20 AM
Aloha to you all and welcome to my first ever attempt at a Pre Trip Report

Let me begin by explaining my PTR title.

DH & I have been home:lovestruc (that’s Disneyworld to you and me) over 14 times in 9 years. With each trip comes the issue of who is going with us. The options are usually, family friends, neighbours, the budgie from 2 doors down – you catch my drift!!!!

In fact in ALL of our trips we have only managed to go alone just TWICE :scared1:

2 times

A couple as a couple


So this trip is all about being alone and together at Home:hug:

We wanted to spend time together without asking a group ‘what do you all want to do’ or ‘where do you want to eat tonight’. We wanted to lay in together without keeping people waiting. We want to stroll around the parks soaking it up rather then rushing from one ride to another. We want to sip alcoholic beverages in Epcot at 12pm without being judged (well I do anyway):woohoo::woohoo

So it was time to ditch the others and go it alone!

The first time we went it alone was 9 years ago. We were young and in love (so much has changed:rotfl:) DH had not been before and was desperate to go. So when we were thinking of where to go on holiday there really only was one option! Orlando! Now because we were young, penniless and clueless (now we are older, penniless but no longer clueless thanks to the DIS!) we booked a 2 week package through Virgin Holidays and stayed at the AWFUL Howard Johnson I-Drive hotel. FYI – this hotel no longer exists – it shouldn’t have existed when we stayed there, but only slept there as spent all day every day at the parks!!!!

The second time we went alone the trip ended up costing us $18,000.00:rolleyes1:
Yep, that’s right, $18,000.00.
We had stayed on site renting a fellow DVCer’s points. We saw, we slept, we liked, we bought!!!! We were lured to a DVC presentation and it was an easy sell. As we were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary on that trip we decided to buy each other an anniversary present! 160 DVC points.:cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:

Now don’t judge me for the next part.

For some reason we decided NOT to tell family and friends about this purchase.

They still don’t know - its our dirty little secret.:rolleyes1

I am afraid that once they know they will all be wanting to come away with us again!! But DH & I have agreed that DVC is EXCLUSIVLY for us. We will NOT be sharing it with anyone else. Selfish? Yes but this way we will always make time to have a trip alone, just the 2 of us without anyone else tagging along!!!:love:

Having just returned from a mammoth 3 week long group trip (OFF-SITE:mad:) we were itching to go back and utilise our anniversary gift! So we decided a quick trip over in September was in order. We only had a week left where we could both get the same time off work so 26th Sept became the decided date and the planning began!

Now, for the cast (this bit won’t take long)

Me – Ariel Rocks, AKA Caz princess:. Chose user name because I love Ariel (And Prince Eric), late 20's ish, loves trip planning; love the DIS, and ALL things Disney

DH – Nottingham on the boards, AKA Johnpirate: . He chose his user name as he is an avid Nottingham Forest supporter, 38, Loves Disney too but leaves all booking, planning, organising etc to me!

Together we are an awesome team – he says what he wants to do and I make it happen!:rotfl2: Sound familiar ladies??


26th September for 7 nights


Split stay this trip…..
3 nights Saratoga Springs
2 nights Bay Lake Tower
2 nights Villas @ Wilderness Lodge

Waiting till last min for a cheapo charter with Thomson/First Choice/Thomas Cook etc etc

Things to do
Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party
Food and Wine Festival
Around the world at Epcot tour

Places to eat
Le Cellier – Love it here:yay:
Trails End – and here:yay:
Beaches & Cream – and here:yay:
Chef De France – and here:yay:
Everything Pop (don’t ask me why – I just wanna try it!):lmao:

Apart from those things we are gonna wing it. Its only a week and we, sorry, I am already planning 2 weeks for the 2 of us next September as well!:dance3:

Will update again once I am at the ADR stage – 27th June for me!

Thanks for reading guys and galls.

Claire L
06-11-2009, 08:26 AM
Oh sounds great :)

Any piccies of the two of you just so we can see who is going?

Claire ;)

06-11-2009, 08:29 AM
:rotfl2: Everything Pop ?? Very strange :lmao:
sounds grest though u lucky things!! great places ur staying at!

06-11-2009, 10:07 AM
What a great idea to keep your DVC purchase to yourselves. My parents and in-laws would be the same if they knew we had something like that!

06-11-2009, 10:23 AM
Sounds great !:)

06-11-2009, 12:33 PM
Off to a great start, Caz.

Roll on September!

06-11-2009, 12:51 PM
It sounds like you've got a great trip planned :thumbsup2

06-11-2009, 01:03 PM
It sounds like you've got a great trip planned :thumbsup2

06-11-2009, 01:08 PM
Sounds brilliant!! I am so jealous your staying at BLT!!

P.s. Everything Pop is great :laughing:

06-11-2009, 01:55 PM
I love your little secret ;) and why not indeed!

06-11-2009, 02:49 PM
sounds like a fab trip :thumbsup2

06-11-2009, 03:27 PM
The intrepid two with their little secret.... at Epcot!!!

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06-11-2009, 03:29 PM
sounds great :thumbsup2

06-11-2009, 03:34 PM
Fab pic,and a great report.
Im sure we wont tell anyone your secret :rotfl:

06-11-2009, 03:37 PM
Fab trip you've plannned just for the 2 of you, don't worry we can keep a secret ;)

06-11-2009, 06:08 PM
Sounds like a great trip :banana: They do lovely nachos at Everything Pop! :thumbsup2

06-12-2009, 01:59 AM
Everything Pop is a weird request I know - but I have seen so many photos of the food and they all looked yummy. I MUST VISIT THERE!!!

I also REALLY wanna stay there but out dirtly little secret means that we probably never will!!!

06-12-2009, 02:46 AM
i think the pop food court is lovely :thumbsup2

06-12-2009, 03:52 AM
i think the pop food court is lovely :thumbsup2

Have you stayed there? I really want to - more then I would want to stay at the Grand Floridian - is that weird?

06-12-2009, 05:42 AM
Great start Caz,good luck when booking your ADR's :thumbsup2.x.

06-12-2009, 07:09 AM
Lovely start, it may not be a secret for much longer if your family and friends love Disney as much as yourself and view these boards.:)

06-12-2009, 09:02 AM
Lovely start, it may not be a secret for much longer if your family and friends love Disney as much as yourself and view these boards.:)

Thats the beauty of the secret - they are not internet savvy ad don't know about the boards (another secret!) So I can share my main secret with you guys instead!!!:rotfl:

06-12-2009, 03:55 PM
Sounds like a fab trip Caz.

Hope you get all the ADR's you want. :thumbsup2

06-14-2009, 01:41 PM
Good job of planning and a plan that sounds like you'll be making the most of a shorter stay than you usually have. 14 trips worth of experiences (with and without an entourage) have equiped you well for making spontaneous decisions. A few ADRs at your favorite restaurants and you'll be good to go. Have lots of fun, then be sure to tell us all about it.

06-14-2009, 07:43 PM
Sounds like you have a great trip planned :goodvibes

06-15-2009, 02:15 AM
My ADR window is 27th June..........I am wishing my life away looking forward to my trips home!! its bad really.

I am hoping Obama relaxes the immigration rules then all the Disney lovers can flock over there and nest there forever!!! (and then I wake up!)

06-16-2009, 05:55 AM
Good Luck with your ADR's :thumbsup2.x.