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CustardTart
06-23-2009, 05:36 PM
Cast.
Me: Karen (a.k.a Kaz) Still 40-something. Loves all things Disney, a Kir Royale in Mizner's Lounge and spending somewhat less of DH's $$$ than previously...
Her: Sophie (a.k.a Soph) Still 20-something. Like her Mother, loves all things Disney. Like her Father, loves a Kir Royale in any Lounge and holding onto her purse at all times...

Rogues Gallery:

Mother & Daughter June 1983...
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...and June 2009...
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The Story So Far...

A few years ago, when my DD, Sophie, hit 21 and I crashed face first in 40, we decided that we should celebrate those milestones with a Girls Only trip together. After much brainstorming and Haribo StarMix we realised that, for us, the only place on earth was the Happiest Place on Earth and duly booked a vacation for May 2005 - a 3 night DCL cruise followed by a week in the Beach Club to experience the EPCOT's Flower and Garden Festival. To cut a long, rambling and rather female fairytale of character photos, fine dining and excessive shopping short, the trip was rip-roaring success and we promised ourselves another asap. Sadly life, university and finances got in the way so we didn't make a second trip until October 2007 but this was quickly followed by another in May 2008 - tho' that did require us to transform Dick (aka my DH & Sophie's Dad) into an honorary lady which, despite the waxing, the makeup and the hair extensions, wasn't the same thing. At all!!!

So keen were we to get back to the original "just the two us" format that, earlier this year, I explored the option of extending my already booked September cruising trip with Dick with a post-cruise Girly WDW week in the company of Sophie. And, to our delight, it looked promising. Despite incurring deposit charges at cancelling our Fly-Drive, we were able to save ŁŁŁ during a VA sale and scored some sweet UC seats at a better price than previously available. Result!!! Next, I contacted DVC and nervously crossed my fingers, legs and eyes that a 1 bedroom villa would be available at Wilderness Lodge... All that crossing worked - it was!!! So, with flights and accommodation well and truly sorted there wasn't much left to do other than sit back and wait for those booking windows to open...

We decided we couldn't flash the cash too much this trip as both of us are entering the second half of the year less solvent than usual. Sophie's just had her house totally renovated and I'm about to embark on an ambitious extension and refurb project of my own - dear readers, you have no idea how expensive cosmetic surgery is!!! But of course not!!! I jest - it's our decaying domicile that's getting the Extreme Makeover and, as I price up bathroom fittings and floor tiles, I'm aware that my vacation budget has strict limits... With this in mind, I'm now the proud owner of a FairFX card which I have been judiciously 'loading' as and when the exchange rate beckons...

Anyway, back to the trip and our itinerary which is as follows:

Saturday Sept 19th: If you recall, Dick and I disembark the Magic in Port Canaveral this morning, pack up the car and drive to IHOP for brekkie. For more pre-trip prattle about this portion of the vacation, click here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2165967)... Then it's down to WDW where Dick checks in at DTD for his flight back to Gatwick and I check in at VWL. We plan to spend the early part of the afternoon hanging out here before Dick heads off to MCO. I know that will be super sad after our week of Total Tortolan Togetherness but I'm sure the imminent arrival of the lovely Sophie will alleviate some distress. Hopefully delays are minimal as we have an ADR at Whispering Canyon Cafe @ 8.30pm...

Sunday Sept 20th: Up early and off to our nearest park, Magic Kingdom, by FriendShip. I wager we'll scale those Mountains before catching the monorail to EPCOT where we have an ADR for a rather precious Princessy lunch at Akershus @ 2.45pm... Not sure what we'll do after - probably stroll around EPCOT and enjoy our fave park...

Monday Sept 21st: Today it's all about Mall Madness. We plan to go to Prime Outlets and Mall at Millenia as, unbelievably, Sophie hasn't experienced either of these therapeutic retail centres of excellence!!! We will be eating offsite as I'm keen to introduce my darling daughter to the delights of the Cheesecake Factory at Mall at Millenia...

Tuesday Sept 22nd: We plan to get up early and hit Hollywood Studios this morning as Toy Story Midway Mania cannot/will not be missed!!! There's a DIS meet scheduled @ 1pm in the Tambu Lounge of the Polynesian so looks like I will finally get to try a Lapu Lapu!!! After a couple of these fruitaholic beverages, I imagine spending the rest of the afternoon at the resort will seem rather appealing... Later we will be getting ready for an ADR at Narcoossees @ 8.00pm and hopefully catching 'Hallowishes' from the Grand Floridian dock as tonight is MNNSHP...

Wednesday Sept 23rd: This morning it's the turn of Animal Kingdom before returning to the sanctuary of the resort pool in the afternoon - maybe even slotting in a trip to Downtown Disney and THAT Christmas Shop... The focus of our day is another new experience that occurs this evening when we have an ADR for the late sitting of the Hoop de doo Revue!!! Yeeee haaaawww!!!

Thursday Sept 24th: We're doing something a little different this morning and driving around 30 miles north to visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art which houses the World's most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany!!! I'm very excited about this as I especially love his stained glass designs so this will be a real treat... Later, we plan to attend our first ever Velvet Session at Hard Rock Hotel @ 6.30pm and will be taking a taxis so we can take full advantage of a free cocktail or three...

Friday Sept 25th: Our last full day so we're up for braving the craziness and plunging back into EPCOT for our last park visit of this trip and the start of the International Food & Wine Festival!!! We LOVE this event so, whatever the crowd levels, it will be a fabulously fitting way to spend our final Floridian foray... We'll stay as long as we can but I imagine we'll be back at the resort by mid-afternoon and starting to pack before getting ready and shipping back out to the World Showcase for our final ADR at the Le Cellier @ 8.40pm...

Saturday Sept 26th: Sadly all too soon, it's over. Now's the time to check out of the Villas at Wilderness Lodge and catch a Friendship to the Contemporary for our last ADR at Chef Mickeys... Afterwards, we'll be taking time to enjoy some last minute Florida Mall moments before driving to MCO, dropping off the hire car, checking in and relaxing in the Delta Lounge with a good book and a glass of wine until our flight's called and we are homeward bound once more...

And there we have it. I can't quite believe this but we don't currently have any plans whatsoever to return to WDW in 2010 so I'm sure these last days will feel bittersweet. But, for now, this terrific trip is still a pleasure to be keenly anticipated...

Party on!!!

darthtatty
06-23-2009, 06:05 PM
great plans, sounds like its going to be a fab trip :cool1:

Claire L
06-23-2009, 06:10 PM
Liking the sound of the 'girls only trip' :thumbsup2

:cool1:

Claire ;)

fizz13
06-23-2009, 07:09 PM
Firstly have to say "doesnt Sophie look like her mum?" can definitely see whose daughter she is:goodvibes

well i am just getting over the delights of your Dubai trip, which i fell in love with btw, and now I get to read more incredible plans. Wilderness Lodge is such a gorgeous place to stay, I loved the short stay i did get to have there. Girly trips are fab, 2 years has whizzed by since mine, and no doubt you will have a wonderful time with all those plans.

I only hope that I can have such a fab relationship with Cara when she gets older so I get to experience a girly trip or two with her. Although i did say that for her 21st birthday i was taking her to Las Vegas, so fingers crossed i get to see that through.

Cant wait to hear all about it:hug:

mandymouse
06-24-2009, 02:29 AM
Your girly trip sounds great Karen. I really hope I get to have these kind of trips when my girls are a little older ::yes::

Goofysmate
06-24-2009, 02:50 AM
Great trip report and what a why for mother & daughter to spend some time together :thumbsup2

jjk
06-24-2009, 03:01 AM
how exciting, your girlie trip sounds fab :thumbsup2

Chilly
06-24-2009, 03:53 AM
Really no trip in 2010? ;)

CustardTart
06-24-2009, 05:36 AM
Firstly have to say "doesnt Sophie look like her mum?" can definitely see whose daughter she is:goodvibes

well i am just getting over the delights of your Dubai trip, which i fell in love with btw, and now I get to read more incredible plans. Wilderness Lodge is such a gorgeous place to stay, I loved the short stay i did get to have there. Girly trips are fab, 2 years has whizzed by since mine, and no doubt you will have a wonderful time with all those plans.

I only hope that I can have such a fab relationship with Cara when she gets older so I get to experience a girly trip or two with her. Although i did say that for her 21st birthday i was taking her to Las Vegas, so fingers crossed i get to see that through.

Cant wait to hear all about it:hug:
Thanks Claire! I have no doubt whatsoever that you and Cara will be taking Girls Only trips - she reminded me so much of Sophie at that age, I know you'll have a great relationship... :goodvibes BTW in case you wondering what your boys would make of all this Girls Only bonding, as long as they get some Ma-time, I don't think they care too much! Here's (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1998043) a link to trip I took with both of my sons last October...

Your girly trip sounds great Karen. I really hope I get to have these kind of trips when my girls are a little older ::yes::
You definitely will, Mandy!!! And you'll have the two of them so double the fun... :thumbsup2

Really no trip in 2010? ;)
Really!!! I have promised :faint: :headache: :confused: my DH that I won't take any long haul flights next year as he thinks (and let's face it, he ain't a dermatologist!) that it adversely affects my skin!!! Yeah, whatever... But I did promise, so that's that really!!! We are booked on a DCL Med cruise and there's talk of Paris at Easter so we'll spend a couple of nights at DLP but that's about it... :sad2:

Next WDW trip looks like it's going to be a big family affair in late August/September 2011!!! :scared1:

islandmum
06-24-2009, 09:25 AM
sounds cool:thumbsup2

I envy mums with daughters .... I get the feeling that as soon as my boys hit puberty the last thing they will want to do is spend any time with their mum:guilty:

have a great time.

CustardTart
06-24-2009, 10:19 AM
sounds cool:thumbsup2

I envy mums with daughters .... I get the feeling that as soon as my boys hit puberty the last thing they will want to do is spend any time with their mum:guilty:

have a great time.
I'm sure they will!!! :goodvibes Like I said, my sons and I spent a week in WDW last October - and they are 23 and 16 years old. Plus the 16 year old and I soon to be spending 10 days in Spain on our own before my DH arrives for the last couple of weeks...

natalielongstaff
06-24-2009, 10:58 AM
Sounds like a fun packed trip hun :cool1::cool1:

Minniespal
06-24-2009, 12:08 PM
Karen ~ as I'm embarking on my own 'girls' only trip this year I read yours with interest. DH is also being an honorary girl for a portion of the trip. Although I suspect that he will do more golfing than shopping. Sounds as though you are going to have a fantastic time.

irongirlof12
06-24-2009, 02:12 PM
sounds really lovely. i like the idea of visiting the museum of art too:thumbsup2

CustardTart
06-24-2009, 02:37 PM
sounds really lovely. i like the idea of visiting the museum of art too:thumbsup2

I am really looking forward to going here so hopefully I can take lots of photos and give you a flavour what it's like when I write the trip report... :goodvibes

wicket2005
06-24-2009, 04:16 PM
Sounds like another lovely trip.:goodvibes

Pinky166
06-25-2009, 01:58 PM
I've said it before but Sophie really is the spitting image of you. :cutie:

Your plans sound great - I booked Hoop Dee Doo a few days ago too. I wasn't sure if I could fit it in but I really fancy giving it a go.

Maybe we'll bump into you in one of the parks once we are back from our cruise. :)

suzycute
06-27-2009, 09:24 AM
Great pre trip report!

Wishspirit (DD) and I are also doing a girls only trip on almost exactly the same dates as you! We're really looking forward to meeting you and the others at the DIS meet on 22 Sept :banana:

CustardTart
06-28-2009, 09:24 AM
I've said it before but Sophie really is the spitting image of you. :cutie:

Your plans sound great - I booked Hoop Dee Doo a few days ago too. I wasn't sure if I could fit it in but I really fancy giving it a go.

Maybe we'll bump into you in one of the parks once we are back from our cruise. :)

Hope so, hun... :hug:

Great pre trip report!

Wishspirit (DD) and I are also doing a girls only trip on almost exactly the same dates as you! We're really looking forward to meeting you and the others at the DIS meet on 22 Sept :banana:

Thank you! It's going to be fun - any excuse to hang out in the Poly!!! ;)

CustardTart
06-28-2009, 09:41 AM
OMG!!! How much do I love the new online ADR thingy???!!!

Having had several playdates with the site, my ADRs are now tweaked and honed to perfection... I've replaced our last night ressie at The Wave (boring!) with one at... wait for it... Le Cellier!!! :cool1: You know, I can't quite believe it, but in all our years of WDWing we have never eaten here - I thought t'was about time!!!

Also I've booked a post-checkout Character Breakfast at Chef Mickey's!!! It''s at the perfect brunch time of 11.20am so we'll still have time to get some cool character photos before heading off to our pre-flight Florida Mall finale...

tennisfan
06-28-2009, 12:12 PM
Sounds like you will both have a fun girly trip. I love reading your TR's:thumbsup2

CustardTart
08-18-2009, 09:18 PM
It's been a while since I checked in but, as the countdown to this second leg of my September State-side sojourn slips ever nearer to single digit, I thought I'd better give a quick update. It's not much, but there have been one or two tweaks and twiddles so here's our revised itinerary...

Saturday to Monday remain pretty much the same - tho' there's a chance that our Monday mall madness might require a celebratory evening meal at Jiko (our current fave on-site restaurant) so I've made a speculative ressie here just in case - did I ever tell you how much I love the online ADR system..?? ;)

The biggest change occurs on Tuesday when, instead of our previous park plans, we have to get up early and head straight for EPCOT as we are due to try a new Segway tour called “Nature-Inspired Design”!!! Sophie booked this whilst I was in Spain during July and it sounds flippin' awesome!!! Here's a taster from Disney:

"Discover the wonder of nature-inspired design as you glide through land, sea and air at Epcot®. This 3-hour backstage tour allows you to experience the symbiotic relationship between nature and the nature-inspired designs incorporated into Epcot® pavilions and attractions. Glide over California on Soarin’™, tour the greenhouses at The Land pavilion, explore The Seas with Nemo & Friends® and visit Life Support scientists to learn how technology helps us maintain a better balance with nature.

After completing a required product overview and training, you will be equipped with a helmet and a Segway® Personal Transporter X-2 to experience this unique off-road tour. Epcot® Cast Member scientists share how their work environments are inspired by nature’s own design and how they use evolving technologies to maintain a balance with the world around them. After experiencing “air, land and sea” you will have the opportunity to ride your Segway® X-2 in a designated off-road backstage area at Epcot®..."

Sounds good, huh?? Sophie and I are big, nay huge Segway fans and this will be our 3rd two-wheelin' WDW experience...

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The other update occurs on Thursday evening. As previously mentioned, we had intended to attend the Velvet Sessions gig at the Hard Rock Hotel but TBH our enthusiasm had waned over the intervening months - so much so that I had secured a dinner reservation at the reliable Artists Point should we wish to avoid straying off-site... However, last week all that changed. The info filtered through that the Bangles were scheduled to headline September's Velvet Session and that proved too much for DD Sophie, a big bold Bangles fan!!! So, despite the higher than usual admission, we are willing to walk like Egyptians and embrace the Eternal Flame on this Manic Thursday - er... well, you get the gist... ;)

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The event kicks off at 6.30pm with canapes, speciality cocktails and a warm-up act so we wanna get there early to get maximum value from our $50 tickets. Someone call a cab for the two British babes in odd eighties attire!!!

And that's all for now. I can't imagine there'll be any other updates prior to departure but you never know. Rest assured, I'll keep you informed but mostly I'll look forward to to filling you with all the post-trip gossip when I return... :goodvibes

wickesy
08-19-2009, 05:11 AM
OK, I was jealous of you and everybody else that got to play with the new online ADR system but now I'm majorly jealous that you get to do a 3 HOUR Segway tour. :sad1: I fell in love with the Segways when we did the Around The World tour earlier this year and the new one sounds fantastic! I wouldn't mind seeing the Bangles either.

Have a fantastic trip. :goodvibes

CustardTart
08-19-2009, 04:47 PM
OK, I was jealous of you and everybody else that got to play with the new online ADR system but now I'm majorly jealous that you get to do a 3 HOUR Segway tour. :sad1: I fell in love with the Segways when we did the Around The World tour earlier this year and the new one sounds fantastic! I wouldn't mind seeing the Bangles either.

Have a fantastic trip. :goodvibes

Thanks David - I'll be sure to let you know the verdict on this new Segway tour... :thumbsup2 And the Bangles... ;)

Chilly
08-22-2009, 06:22 PM
please take me with you I LOVE The Bangles!

BRobson
08-22-2009, 06:57 PM
How lucky are you to see the Bangles ;) I have always wanted to do Velvet sessions but when we have been in Orlando there has never been anyone I want to see ;)