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Cory's Gal
11-16-2009, 03:23 PM
Hey Howdy Hey!!
Yes, we are on a Toy Story "high" right now at our house, so I thought I will begin our PTR with a Toy Story title since I can recite both movies beginning to end any time, any place.

When: April 24-May 1, 2010
Where: Port Orleans-French Quarter
What: 6 Day Park Hoppers
Why: To celebrate my daughter Helen's first trip & my son Gabe's 40" plus height!!!!
Who:
Moi-Cory's Gal-Beth-31 year old SAHM, been to the World 7 times at all life stages starting at age 10! I LOVE Cinderella and Mickey the best!!
DH-Cory-31 year old engineer, been to the World 3 times! Really likes the Pixar movies and characters the best!!
DS-Gabe-age 4 years turning 5 in January-preschooler who has been to the World 1 time right at age 2!! Talks about Disney World constantly and cannot wait to return! LOVES Toy Story, Cars, and Dave from the 2005 planning DVD and hopes to meet him when we go there ;)
DD-Helen-age 19 months turning 2 in April-toddler who loves to eat anything and chase her brother around! First trip to the World and loves everything her big brother does! I am training her to love Cinderella like her momma and she loves to watch MM Clubhouse:thumbsup2
The kiddos by the pumpkins: (we are a family of "blinkers", sorry their eyes are closed)
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC04041.jpg
Cory and I this fall:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC03858.jpg

We also have my parents joining us:
My Mom-Nancy
My Dad-Gary
-both have been to WDW 5 times including our last trip with Gabe!! They are old school Disney lovers, my mom digs Mary Poppins and Peter Pan and my dad is into Sorcerer Mickey, they also love what my kids love too, they are the best parents and grandparents!!:goodvibes

Okay, there's our quick intro, more to come...:woohoo:

Cory's Gal
11-18-2009, 02:09 PM
Okay, now that I have the basic info started here's some more details...

We are not major Table Service people, sometimes we would like to be but we do a lot of Counter Service, we are not always guaranteed a quiet meal with our little Helen, so we chose two TS meals and already made our ADRs! Last trip we tried CP for breakfast and LOVED IT and 50's PTC and LOVED IT!! Now with the ADR mark at 180 days I had to decide now and in order to do that I already had to roughly plan which parks for each day...tell me what ya think...

Sunday: Epcot (Dinner 5:30pm Raglan Road in DTD)
Monday: Studios
Tuesday: Animal Kingdom (Breakfast 8:15am Donald's Safari Breakfast)
Wednesday: Magic Kingdom
Thursday: Hopping doing our faves
Friday: Hopping doing our faves

My mom and dad are doing Tea on Thursday at the GF at 2pm, they did this last time and LOVED it so they are doing it again!! My mom HIGHLY recommends it!

Any reviews on the Safari Breakfast?? We wanted to try something different even though we loved CP so much! We like the thought of being in a park before opening:goodvibes

Since I have been planning this in my head for almost 3 years I already have a jump on gift bags for the kiddos...pictures to come soon...

DisMomAmy
12-29-2009, 07:50 PM
Hi Beth! I'll read along if you are still writing! We'll be there the same dates. :thumbsup2

Cory's Gal
01-03-2010, 04:06 PM
Hi Beth! I'll read along if you are still writing! We'll be there the same dates. :thumbsup2

Yeah!!!! After more than a month I finally have a reader!! Thanks for reading Amy! I almost forgot I started a PTR:laughing: Our trip feels so much closer now that the holidays are over, it's still over 3 months but at least I can say we are going this year!!!:goodvibes Fun to have someone to count down with!!

MommyMcQueen
01-04-2010, 01:06 PM
Hi Beth! I'm planning my first family trip - I'm so jealous that you're at POFQ - we really wanted to stay there but decided on POP for this trip. But when we go back again I'd love to stay at POFQ! My kids are Cars fanatacis so I know just how you feel having all of those movie lines memorized!

I'll be reading along to hear more of your plans...
Karen

Cory's Gal
01-06-2010, 08:41 PM
Hi Beth! I'm planning my first family trip - I'm so jealous that you're at POFQ - we really wanted to stay there but decided on POP for this trip. But when we go back again I'd love to stay at POFQ! My kids are Cars fanatacis so I know just how you feel having all of those movie lines memorized!

I'll be reading along to hear more of your plans...
Karen

Hi Karen and thanks for reading!!! Love your disboards name!! Cars is super popular in our house too and another movie I could probably recite start to finish, we almost have worn out our DVD. We stayed at POP on our last trip and had a great time! The buses were great and we had great service too! The food court was great too!! We are really excited to stay at FQ this time around and I was lucky enough to get 35% off so that's why we were able to do a moderate! It's always fun to try new resorts, my dream resort is the Polynesian, to me it looks like heaven:cloud9:!

Cory's Gal
01-07-2010, 01:23 PM
Okay, inspired by others, I am prepared to embarrass myself and post a few pics from past Disney trips starting with my first one at age 10! I would post more but we got rid of our scanner so I can't get those old ones on here for now...

February 1989 with my siblings, I am the stylish one in the tie-dyed fish shirt:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/b0038.jpg

I don't have any from our trip in 1992, but this one is from 1996, I was 17 and we took my Grandma who was 70 and she did TOT!!!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/b0040.jpg

Okay, these even make me laugh some, I will try and dig up a few more...:lmao:

DisMomAmy
01-07-2010, 03:47 PM
Thanks for sharing your pictures!!

Can't wait to see more.

Cory's Gal
01-07-2010, 08:13 PM
Thanks for sharing your pictures!!

Can't wait to see more.

Amy, your old park photos were part of my inspiration!! :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
01-07-2010, 08:18 PM
Amy, your old park photos were part of my inspiration!! :goodvibes

Thanks!! I'm sure I was inspired from other DISers myself.

It looks like we have the same parks planned for a couple of days.

Monday - DHS (we'll be there in the morning)
Tuesday - AK (we'll be there in the morning)
Wednesday - MK (we might be there in the pm if we decide against Hoop Dee Doo Revue)
And maybe we'll run into you on Thursday or Friday when you are hopping around at your favorite parks! :thumbsup2

What did you end up doing for ADRs?

Cory's Gal
01-08-2010, 01:31 PM
Thanks!! I'm sure I was inspired from other DISers myself.

It looks like we have the same parks planned for a couple of days.

Monday - DHS (we'll be there in the morning)
Tuesday - AK (we'll be there in the morning)
Wednesday - MK (we might be there in the pm if we decide against Hoop Dee Doo Revue)
And maybe we'll run into you on Thursday or Friday when you are hopping around at your favorite parks! :thumbsup2

What did you end up doing for ADRs?

Yeah! Looks like we overlap quite a bit Amy!! I love to plan but when the hours were released so early this time around and ADR's were changed back to 180 days, I kinda had to plan even earlier!
We will for sure be at AK on Tuesday, we have an 8:15am ADR for Donald's Safari Breakfast, which we are all looking forward to! Sunday evening for dinner we will be eating at Raglan Road at 5:30pm. So we were lucky and got the times that we wanted!! I would REALLY love to try and sneak in a dinner at O'hana but my Dad is on a real low sodium & protein restrictive diet and I would hate for him to watch us eat all those meat skewers in front of him!
I am pretty happy with our tentative plans for now, part of me is a bit nervous that hours may change but I think we'll be okay!

Cory's Gal
01-08-2010, 03:48 PM
Okay, here are some more pics of one of my previous trips!

I went in January of 2000 with some girlfriends, it was a lot of fun! I am the one in the middle and SPLASH is my favorite attraction!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/a0072.jpg

Me and Hercules:) It was a chilly park day but sunny!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/b0070.jpg

In the teacups...
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/b0071.jpg

With M-I-C-K-E-Y...I am on the left, not sure about why I was wearing shortalls??? Was that even in fashion??
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/c0071.jpg

I am on the right...
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/c0072.jpg

It was a fun trip, I was 21, we hit Pleasure Island and had a blast!

DisMomAmy
01-08-2010, 06:16 PM
More pictures! :cool1:

I'll give you a sneak peek of one of the pictures that will be coming up in my PTR:

From 2002:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/2002%20Disney/008.jpg

Yes - I too owned shortalls!:rolleyes1

Cory's Gal
01-10-2010, 11:39 AM
More pictures! :cool1:

I'll give you a sneak peek of one of the pictures that will be coming up in my PTR:

From 2002:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/2002%20Disney/008.jpg

Yes - I too owned shortalls!:rolleyes1

Okay, we were BOTH totally in style then!!!:rotfl::rotfl:

mom2taylorandemily
01-10-2010, 06:13 PM
Hi, I'm jumping in! But I have to ask, what's the story behind your title "There's a Snake in my Boot"? Just curious.

Cory's Gal
01-11-2010, 06:37 AM
Hi, I'm jumping in! But I have to ask, what's the story behind your title "There's a Snake in my Boot"? Just curious.

YEAH! Thanks for jumping in and reading!! Well, I titled my TR this because I have never seen this title before and we are just all about Toy Story in our house and Woody says "There's a snake in my boot" if you pull his string. Thankfully I or anyone that I know have never had a snake in their boot AND I hope we never experience a snake in our boots/shoes:scared1:

I see your time to make ADR's for your trip is coming up soon! What dining places do you have in mind?? I love finding out where people pick to eat!!:yay:

Cory's Gal
01-11-2010, 07:32 AM
Okay, we have some basics all worked out, we even have our flights booked!!

Flying out of MSP at 10:30am and arriving at MCO at 2:34pm!! We are so glad we have direct flights coming and going!! We will be using the Magical Express, we have had great experiences the last two trips so why fix what wasn't broken??? My son flew at age 2 in 2007 and loved every part of it!!

Here's a few pics from his first flight:
Watching them load the plane with DH:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC03563.jpg

Getting on the plane with me:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC03566.jpg

Sitting in his seat on the plane, a happy flier!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC03567.jpg

This will be my daughter's first flight and with our experience with DS's first flight, I think we will be leaving the car seat in the car and not drag it with. He sat in our laps a lot and ended up getting his feet a bit pinned when the person in front of him would recline their seat. I think DD will be just fine without a car seat and then we won't have it just sitting in the room not being used the whole week!

DS loved what he called the "Magical Bus", so he's looking forward to riding it again!!
Our return flight has us leaving MCO at 1:25pm and arriving back home at MSP at 3:52pm! Thankfully we won't have to catch the ME bus too early at the resort, I am guessing about a 10:30 pick-up time!

We used miles for me, DD, and DS tickets so all we had to pay for is DH ticket!! My parents are also flying on their miles!! Delta does charge for checked bags, I am hoping to squeeze all of our stuff into 2 larger size suitcases!! :upsidedow

MommyMcQueen
01-11-2010, 08:43 AM
Hi Beth!

Great Picutures! Love the shortalls and Mickeys Rainbow T in 1989!

Glad to hear you have your flights booked and ready to go - even better that they didn't cost you too much! Looks like you have really decent times - don't have to be there too early in the morning and still arrive at a decent time in the afternoon. I'm sure your kids will do great on the flight...I know I'm a little nervous taking my 2 on a flight for the first time, but in the end it'll all be fine and I'm sure they'll enjoy it!

Karen

Cory's Gal
01-11-2010, 02:28 PM
Hi Beth!

Great Picutures! Love the shortalls and Mickeys Rainbow T in 1989!

Glad to hear you have your flights booked and ready to go - even better that they didn't cost you too much! Looks like you have really decent times - don't have to be there too early in the morning and still arrive at a decent time in the afternoon. I'm sure your kids will do great on the flight...I know I'm a little nervous taking my 2 on a flight for the first time, but in the end it'll all be fine and I'm sure they'll enjoy it!

Karen

Hey Karen! Yes, we got awesome time for flights! I am pretty sure by the time we get to the resort we will be able to check in and get our rooms right away. It usually has taken us 1-1.5 hours after landing to be all checked in so we should be at POFQ by 3:30-3:45 is my hope!! I think the flight should be fine too! Luckily my DS Gabe is a good gum chewer and I think when he was 2 Dum-Dum Suckers worked well for him so they should be good for my DD too, that's the only part that may bug them is the pressure. Are you all flying out of MKE??

DisMomAmy
01-11-2010, 08:10 PM
Yay for booked flights! :banana:

Double yay for direct flights!! :banana::banana:

Triple yay for booking fights with miles!!! :banana::banana::banana:

Thanks for sharing the photos - your DS is a cutie!

disneylovin24
01-12-2010, 05:33 AM
Your kids are just too cute:cutie:

Can't wait to read more of your report!

Cory's Gal
01-12-2010, 06:43 AM
Yay for booked flights! :banana:

Double yay for direct flights!! :banana::banana:

Triple yay for booking fights with miles!!! :banana::banana::banana:

Thanks for sharing the photos - your DS is a cutie!

Thanks for all the :banana: Amy! Once we booked our flights the trip seems even more "real"!! I am soooooooooo happy about our flight times too, we don't have to get up before the sun either mornings!
I can't believe how little Gabe was when we went in 2007, he had just turned 2 and the trip was so Magical for all of us! He turns 5 tomorrow, he grew up way too fast!

Your kids are just too cute:cutie:

Can't wait to read more of your report!

Thanks disneylovin!!! Glad you are reading along!!! I see you don't have long to wait until your trip, you will have to let me know how wonderful BLT is!! Its looks so nice, I would love to stay there someday!!

Cory's Gal
01-12-2010, 08:41 AM
Some more planning details...

I had forgot to mention that for this trip, I booked our package with Magical Vacations! Last two trips I used Small World Vacations and thought this time I would share the love. Small World and Magical Vacations have been both great to work with and we have been happy with both! If you need an agent with Magical, Michele is awesome and easy to get in contact with and she is right on top of everything for our vacation!! She's super!!:thumbsup2

Thanks to the lovely DIS, I have also stashed away some extra spending money from tips from people over at the Budget Board!! I have been saving $1 bills for a few months and now have PLENTY of tip money for ME, Mousekeeping, and others...I am also keeping change and I am happy to say that my bucket in over 75% full!!! Still 3 months to go too!!!

Here's my saving bucket:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/DSC00398.jpg

I am also doing Sunshine Rewards and have $75 Disney giftcard saved, hopefully I can get it up to $100 before we go!!

And, I have a Disney Visa and once I pay for the trip we will have $300+ to spend mostly on food!! Not too shabby!!

Any more good quick savings tips???

Cory's Gal
01-13-2010, 10:26 PM
My Gabe turned 5 today! Such a big boy, where does the time go?? I still remember bringing my boy home 5 years ago...
Here he is January 2005:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC01260.jpg

And Now:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00036.jpg

Busy day today, big first "friends" bowling party on Saturday!!! He's convinced he grew overnight last night.;) Hopefully tomorrow I can get an update on the kids goody bags for our trip!!!

DisMomAmy
01-14-2010, 07:47 AM
:cake: Happy Birthday Gabe!! :bday:

MommyMcQueen
01-14-2010, 09:44 AM
Happy Birthday Gabe!!

oh...what a cute boy! They do grow up so fast! A few months and you'll be sending him off to Kindergarten! My oldest stared in fall and it was very bittersweet - I was so happy and proud of him (he was so excited to go) and sad that he wasn't going to be home with mommy anymore. Hope Gabe has a great party! Post some party pix if you get a chance!

Are you all flying out of MKE??

Yeah, we're planning to - can't book flights until March 23rd through Southwest, so I have it on the calendar that day to book them! We haven't flown since 2001, so we don't do miles or anything, so we knew the flights would cost us. Cost to fly out of Green Bay was just outrageous - WAY cheaper on SW - makes the drive to MKE tolerable to save several hundred bucks!

Cory's Gal
01-14-2010, 04:17 PM
:cake: Happy Birthday Gabe!! :bday:

Thanks Amy!! He had a great birthday and tells anyone he runs into that he is 5!!

Happy Birthday Gabe!!

oh...what a cute boy! They do grow up so fast! A few months and you'll be sending him off to Kindergarten! My oldest stared in fall and it was very bittersweet - I was so happy and proud of him (he was so excited to go) and sad that he wasn't going to be home with mommy anymore. Hope Gabe has a great party! Post some party pix if you get a chance!

Yeah, we're planning to - can't book flights until March 23rd through Southwest, so I have it on the calendar that day to book them! We haven't flown since 2001, so we don't do miles or anything, so we knew the flights would cost us. Cost to fly out of Green Bay was just outrageous - WAY cheaper on SW - makes the drive to MKE tolerable to save several hundred bucks!

Thanks Karen! Gabe is already talking about Kindergarten, we get to register at the beginning of February! I think he mostly just wants to ride the bus:):) I will post pics after is party! He loves to bowl and is excited to share that with his friends! I have heard nothing but great things about Southwest, they haven't been flying out of MSP very long but everyone I talk to has been really happy! Especially with the "No Bag Fee"! If we didn't have miles with Delta we would have booked with Southwest! They had great online fares!! We are finally getting a bit warmer weather here, I hope it's been more mild by you guys too!!

Cory's Gal
01-14-2010, 04:40 PM
ONE MORE DAY UNTIL MY DOUBLE DIGITS DANCE!!!!!!!:banana::banana:

I was shopping today with my mom and the kids out at the Mall of America, which is where the closest Disney Store is!! They had an extra 25% off all SALE items, I got Helen a couple of shirts for a steal!! I will post pics later! I also cleaned up at Gap, an extra 50% off all sale prices, I got a ton of shirts for the kids for like $3! Jeans for $5, can't beat those prices!!

Anyways, I have been putting away tons of dollar store and Target dollar spot items for the kids for the trip for the last few months! I am always afraid when it comes trip time that I won't be able to find anything! Gabe has plenty of Disney shirts but my little Helen doesn't so I have been getting a few clothing items for her too!!

I found both these items at the Disney Store Outlet for cheap, I think like $15 total for the both of them:
Cinderella T-shirt
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/DSC00392.jpg
Minnie Dress
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/DSC00393.jpg

Here are the things I have put away for Gabe:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/DSC00396.jpg
Everything was a dollar or less except the stuffed Mickey($5 Disney Store) and the Color Wonders($5 Black Friday at Wal-Mart) The camera was free from Kellog's Cereal Boxes:thumbsup2

And Helen's:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/DSC00394.jpg
Same cost break-down as Gabe's stuff! Gabe has a few more things simply because he is older! Helen can't manipulate some things quite yet!

Most of these things will be a Goody Bag in the room from Mickey & Minnie the rest will be surprises on the airplane.
I also found these cute snack and sandwich baggies:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/DSC00395-1.jpg
And stickers and tattoos!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/DSC00397.jpg

I don't think there is anything else to get for them, I think with all of it total I spent about $35-$40! Not too shabby!!! I just need to find cute gift bags to put their surprises in!!

DisMomAmy
01-14-2010, 05:07 PM
Great stuff for the goodie bags! :thumbsup2

Great deals on the clothes too! I need to go through our stuff & see what I need for clothes for the boys - especially Alex.

disneylovin24
01-14-2010, 05:25 PM
I love the Minnie dress:lovestruc

And the sandwhich bags are just too cool!!

nrod
01-14-2010, 05:28 PM
Hi Beth!

Saw your title and just had to read your PTR. We are AVID or maybe I should say rabid Toy Story Fans here. We went to see the 3D version and I realized I could recite the entire first 15 minutes and probably more. My almost 6 year old began quoting Toy Story before he was 2:eek:. I could barely make out what he was saying ("It's on my box, ages 3 and up. I'm not supposed to be baby-sitting princess drool")! Luckily he said it a few times and I figured out what the heck he was talking about. And our house is FULL of TS toys. I think it will be a very sad day if they ever decide they are too old for TS.

Happy Birthday to your son. Glad he had a good day. My oldest started Kindergarten this year, but was very disappointed that he didn't get to take the bus. It was a bit of an adjustment for him, but now he loves it. He'll be six next week.

Can't wait to read about your trip and how your daughter does on the plane. That was my biggest fear and it turned out just fine. My boys still talk about going on the airplane all the time.

Cory's Gal
01-15-2010, 07:04 AM
Great stuff for the goodie bags! :thumbsup2

Great deals on the clothes too! I need to go through our stuff & see what I need for clothes for the boys - especially Alex.
Thanks Amy! I got such great deals, they were too good to pass up! I need to have Gabe try on a lot of his stuff, I think a few shirts are going to be too small but it seems a little bit easier to find shirts for the boys at places. I also need to check all their summer clothes too, thankfully Helen's birthday is two weeks before we go so anything she needs we can ask as gifts!

I love the Minnie dress:lovestruc

And the sandwhich bags are just too cool!!
Thank you! I loved that dress too! It's nice and light, I wanted something comfortable for her for riding in the stroller! I got those bags at the grocery store, I think they will come in handy for snacks and keeping things dry for wet rides or for rain!

Hi Beth!

Saw your title and just had to read your PTR. We are AVID or maybe I should say rabid Toy Story Fans here. We went to see the 3D version and I realized I could recite the entire first 15 minutes and probably more. My almost 6 year old began quoting Toy Story before he was 2:eek:. I could barely make out what he was saying ("It's on my box, ages 3 and up. I'm not supposed to be baby-sitting princess drool")! Luckily he said it a few times and I figured out what the heck he was talking about. And our house is FULL of TS toys. I think it will be a very sad day if they ever decide they are too old for TS.

Happy Birthday to your son. Glad he had a good day. My oldest started Kindergarten this year, but was very disappointed that he didn't get to take the bus. It was a bit of an adjustment for him, but now he loves it. He'll be six next week.

Can't wait to read about your trip and how your daughter does on the plane. That was my biggest fear and it turned out just fine. My boys still talk about going on the airplane all the time.

HI Nancy!! Yeah!! Another Toy Story fan, and the "Princess Drool" line is one of my favorites in the movie! So is when Woody tells Buzz "If anyone attacks us we can blink them to death", that movie has lots of good lines! We took Gabe to the double feature in 3D too, it was his first time at the movies and he LOVED it! :3dglasses We can't wait for TS 3!!! Kindergarten is all the talk around here now that he turned 5...:thumbsup2

I think Helen will do fine on the plane, it's nice we have direct flights! Gabe is excited to go on one again! We go over by the airport and watch them take off and land sometimes, I don't think he remembers being on one from our last trip. BTW, LOVE this Buzz in your signature!!!

Cory's Gal
01-16-2010, 09:14 AM
I totally forgot yesterday! It's my double digits dance!!!

:mickeyjum:tigger::sulley::donald::ccat::maleficen :simba::stitch::dumbo::figment::goofy::woohoo::yay ::banana::cool1::dance3::cheer2:party::jumping1:

DisMomAmy
01-16-2010, 04:02 PM
Happy Double Digits Day!!

:banana::banana::dance3: :cheer2::cheer2: :dance3::banana::banana:

MommyMcQueen
01-18-2010, 11:16 AM
Hi Beth!

Great ideas for the goodie bags! I really need to start picking up some stuff like that - thanks for the ideas! Target $1 Spot is great fot that stuff - I just saw a bunch of Toy Story and Incredibles stuff there last week - the kids were with me so I didn't look too closely, but I need to go back and get a few things. Do you give your kids the goodie bag stuff all at one time or spread it out throughtout the week?

Congrats on being down to double digits!
Karen

Cory's Gal
01-18-2010, 02:58 PM
Happy Double Digits Day!!

:banana::banana::dance3: :cheer2::cheer2: :dance3::banana::banana:

Thanks Amy!! Nothing like trying to add every dancing smilies possible to a post!!:thumbsup2

Hi Beth!

Great ideas for the goodie bags! I really need to start picking up some stuff like that - thanks for the ideas! Target $1 Spot is great fot that stuff - I just saw a bunch of Toy Story and Incredibles stuff there last week - the kids were with me so I didn't look too closely, but I need to go back and get a few things. Do you give your kids the goodie bag stuff all at one time or spread it out throughtout the week?

Congrats on being down to double digits!
Karen

Thanks Karen! I have been secretly stashing things away and I was surprised how quickly it all came together! I think I am going to give them the Color Wonders on the plane and maybe some of the stickers too. We are bringing our portable DVD player with (or DH's laptop if he has to bring it) so between those two things and snacks, I think we will be all set. The rest I am most likely going to give to them as soon as we get there. After we get checked in I am hoping my mom and I will get into the room while the kids, DH, and my dad take there time and I can quickly set out their bags on the bed. That's my hope anyways!

Cory's Gal
01-18-2010, 03:05 PM
Quick Update on our Plans...

I have been going back and forth about adding another ADR and I finally bit the bullet and booked Kona Cafe for Wednesday, April 28th at 12:35. That's our MK day and I thought it would be a nice break in the day to leave the park and hop over to the Poly for lunch!!! I also need to check-out my dream resort:cloud9:!! After reading other trip reports, it just sounded like a nice place to have lunch!!:goodvibes

Charlefours
01-19-2010, 07:43 PM
Hello! New to your PTR and I am not all caught up. :goodvibes Are you on the DDP or QSDP? I was not sure since you are discussing ADRs but not being TS people. :confused3

We are taking our DD for her first trip in September to celebrate her fourth birthday! We are really excited! I have started to pick up things for treat bags too. Since we are driving, I am planning on giving her one for each state we drive through. :thumbsup2

Looking forward to reading more about your trip.

Cory's Gal
01-20-2010, 08:31 AM
Hello! New to your PTR and I am not all caught up. :goodvibes Are you on the DDP or QSDP? I was not sure since you are discussing ADRs but not being TS people. :confused3

We are taking our DD for her first trip in September to celebrate her fourth birthday! We are really excited! I have started to pick up things for treat bags too. Since we are driving, I am planning on giving her one for each state we drive through. :thumbsup2

Looking forward to reading more about your trip.

Hi! Thanks for joining in this TR!! We are not on the Dining Plan and it seems the more I plan the more it seems we are becoming a TS family, hmmmmm... We have 3 ADR's this trip (my parents have 4) and I guess I thought that wasn't very many compared to some others. The Dining Plan interests me quite a bit, the "free dining" packages REALLY interest me!!

I LOVE your idea of giving a gift for each state to your DD!! Isn't it so fun planning first trips!! We would love to drive from MN sometime, but I think we would have to wait until Helen is a little bit older. Car trips to DH family is about 5 hours and I think that is her ultimate limit!

Thanks for reading, I hope for another update soon!!!

Angies1274
01-20-2010, 09:16 PM
Hi Beth!:goodvibes A little late...but I'm catching up. First of all, your kids are sooo adorable!! The picture of your son on his first flight...so cute!!

We are a little Toy Story obsessed here as well!!;) My boys love all the Pixar movies though, especially my youngest. They received Toy Story Mania for the Wii for Christmas and we are having such a good time with it!

Great finds for the goodie bags!! On our last two trips I did Sunshine Rewards and a few other reward sites to help pay for our soveniers. It really does help.:thumbsup2

YAY on the double digits!!!:goodvibes

SC_TwiMom
01-21-2010, 09:13 AM
:yay: I'm here! I am loving your PTR! We stayed at POR last trip and loved it. That is where we would be staying this trip, but my dad has his heart set on CR.

You kids are too cute! I love your goodie bag stuff. I need to get on the ball with that stuff. Great ideas!

We are going to register my son for kindergarten on Monday. It really is amazing how fast they grow up.

Lastly, we love Toy Story in our house as well. Did you like "Up?" We really liked that one too. Oh, and this is not Disney, but "Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs" is really good, with lots of funny lines for the parents in the audience.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading more!

Oh yeah, Yay! for 31 year old SAHMs!!!!:cool1::cool1::cool1:

Cory's Gal
01-21-2010, 01:55 PM
Hi Beth!:goodvibes A little late...but I'm catching up. First of all, your kids are sooo adorable!! The picture of your son on his first flight...so cute!!

We are a little Toy Story obsessed here as well!!;) My boys love all the Pixar movies though, especially my youngest. They received Toy Story Mania for the Wii for Christmas and we are having such a good time with it!

Great finds for the goodie bags!! On our last two trips I did Sunshine Rewards and a few other reward sites to help pay for our soveniers. It really does help.:thumbsup2

YAY on the double digits!!!:goodvibes

Hi Angie! Glad you are reading!! Thanks for the sweet comments about my kiddos! I hope Helen does just as well on her first flight as Gabe did!! Gabe is saving his birthday money to get Toy Story Mania for our Wii, so I am happy to hear the game is fun!!! I think Best Buy has it on sale for $40 this week so we may go and get it! He is good at saving!

Yeah, I have been pretty happy with the Sunshine Rewards. I figure it will pay for one of our TS meals, so that's pretty awesome! Good to know that you have been happy with it too!!

Oh, I see you have an update, I will jump over and read it!!

:yay: I'm here! I am loving your PTR! We stayed at POR last trip and loved it. That is where we would be staying this trip, but my dad has his heart set on CR.

You kids are too cute! I love your goodie bag stuff. I need to get on the ball with that stuff. Great ideas!

We are going to register my son for kindergarten on Monday. It really is amazing how fast they grow up.

Lastly, we love Toy Story in our house as well. Did you like "Up?" We really liked that one too. Oh, and this is not Disney, but "Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs" is really good, with lots of funny lines for the parents in the audience.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading more!

Oh yeah, Yay! for 31 year old SAHMs!!!!:cool1::cool1::cool1:

Okay, I believe we are living parallel lives!!! BTW, my hubby will be 32 next month! :rotfl: We just got Gabe's Kindergarten packet in the mail, and by the end of February we will be all set to go!! YIKES!! It's exciting though because I know he is ready!

Glad to know that you like POR! My hubby and I stayed at Riverside in 2005 and liked it but I knew it would be a bit too big for my dad, so that's why we chose French Quarter. I think both resorts are beautiful!!
I can't believe I even have all the Goody Bag stuff done. It just came together really well, I am so excited to give them their stuff!
We haven't seen "Up" yet but I want to really bad! Everyone I talk to LOVES it!! I think we will be renting it soon! I can't wait much longer and we want to be sure and see it before we head to FL!
Thanks for reading! It's fun to be caught up on your PTR as well!!!

kcandbella
01-21-2010, 07:55 PM
Hi Beth, I just found your PTR and am subbing! :goodvibes We get there the day after you leave and are staying at POR. My daughter will be five in June so she is close in age to your son. She is 39.5 inches and I am nervous...she really wants to ride all the "big kid" rides! Hopefully by May she will grow.

Congrats on double digits, my double digit day is this Saturday...100 days tomorrow! :cool1:

Cory's Gal
01-22-2010, 11:06 AM
Hi Beth, I just found your PTR and am subbing! :goodvibes We get there the day after you leave and are staying at POR. My daughter will be five in June so she is close in age to your son. She is 39.5 inches and I am nervous...she really wants to ride all the "big kid" rides! Hopefully by May she will grow.

Congrats on double digits, my double digit day is this Saturday...100 days tomorrow! :cool1:

Hi Kayce!! Thanks for reading!! Oh, I hope your daughter grows that little bit more!! Sending "growing" Pixie Dustpixiedust: Gabe is pretty excited to ride Big Thunder and Splash! Those are his main ones he's excited about! Bummer we will miss you by a day, especially since we would be so close at our resorts!! Happy "double digits" tomorrow!:banana::cool1: It's so exciting isn't it?? The time will go by fast!!

Charlefours
01-22-2010, 03:36 PM
Hi Beth, I just found your PTR and am subbing! :goodvibes We get there the day after you leave and are staying at POR. My daughter will be five in June so she is close in age to your son. She is 39.5 inches and I am nervous...she really wants to ride all the "big kid" rides! Hopefully by May she will grow.

Congrats on double digits, my double digit day is this Saturday...100 days tomorrow! :cool1:

Don't forget about shoes (they don't make them take off their shoes when measuring). :upsidedow Of course, they might question you if she is in heels :rotfl:

smithpack
01-25-2010, 09:07 AM
Your son has definitely grown up a lot. I can't believe how blond his hair was in the picture at the airport compared to the picture of him now. Having kids is so bittersweet. You don't want them to grow up, but then you do. We have to savor every moment.

I love the goody bags. It looks like you got some pretty sweet deals. I love the budget board. There are always some good deals posted on there. :thumbsup2

Super excited for you and your family. Your family is so cute!

Oh yeah, I love the shortalls! :laughing: I can't believe some of the stuff I used to wear.

Cory's Gal
01-25-2010, 09:34 AM
Your son has definitely grown up a lot. I can't believe how blond his hair was in the picture at the airport compared to the picture of him now. Having kids is so bittersweet. You don't want them to grow up, but then you do. We have to savor every moment.

I love the goody bags. It looks like you got some pretty sweet deals. I love the budget board. There are always some good deals posted on there. :thumbsup2

Super excited for you and your family. Your family is so cute!

Oh yeah, I love the shortalls! :laughing: I can't believe some of the stuff I used to wear.

It seems he has grown up very fast! Sometimes I feel like I just blinked and now he's 5! I completely agree how bittersweet it is:) He was born with dark brown hair, it turned light, and now it's getting dark again. He has always had really thick hair (like me), his first haircut at 6 months! My daughter has such thin fine hair, nothing like my son's! It always amazes me how they differ so much and at other times they are exactly the same.

Thanks for all the nice comments too! Glad to know I wasn't the only one who wore shortalls!!! :rotfl: Thanks for reading!!!!

Cory's Gal
01-25-2010, 09:56 AM
Here's a few pics of Gabe from his birthday at home and Bowling Party! The kids all had fun bowling!! He said it was his funnest birthday every!!!:thumbsup2

He got 3 of these cards:
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He's shaving now:
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Cake that I made on his actual birthday:
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Tired from a long day, turning 5 wears you out!
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Sorry about the view :lmao:
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My 5 year old bowler!
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Cake for the party!
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Angies1274
01-25-2010, 11:07 AM
It looks like Gabe had a great 5th birthday!!:thumbsup2 Love all the pictures!!! Especially, the one of him shaving and the one where he is standing at the bowling alley with his hands on his hips! So cute!!!:goodvibes

DisMomAmy
01-25-2010, 12:22 PM
Great birthday party pics!!! Looks like Gabe had a ton of fun!

Cory's Gal
01-25-2010, 04:59 PM
It looks like Gabe had a great 5th birthday!!:thumbsup2 Love all the pictures!!! Especially, the one of him shaving and the one where he is standing at the bowling alley with his hands on his hips! So cute!!!:goodvibes
Thanks Angie! He LOVES to use that little shaving kit! It cracks me up when he wakes up in the morning and tells me, "Mommy I have whiskers, I need to shave"! He loves to bowl too!!

Great birthday party pics!!! Looks like Gabe had a ton of fun!
Thanks Amy! He did have a lot of fun! He is already planning his 6th birthday!:rotfl:

kcandbella
01-25-2010, 07:06 PM
Aww, very cute! Looks like he had a great birthday! :goodvibes

Cory's Gal
01-26-2010, 01:24 PM
Aww, very cute! Looks like he had a great birthday! :goodvibes

Thanks Kayce! It was a great way to celebrate!!:goodvibes

Cory's Gal
01-26-2010, 01:48 PM
Since Helen is napping and Gabe is resting and since there is no new "updates", I can post a couple of photos from my family's trip back in May of 2000. We were in Orlando for 10 days and rented a house with a pool. I think we did Disney for 5 days, Kennedy Space Center, we visited Celebration, and shopped.
It was my mom & dad, my sister (then 25), me (21), and my brother (19).

At Epcot (I am in the middle)
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/New%20Uploads/a0036.jpg
Me and my sis in "It's Tough To Be A Bug" (I am on the left)
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At KSC
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I know there is more somewhere but I don't have a scanner so this is all I have for now:):thumbsup2

disneylovin24
01-26-2010, 04:02 PM
Looks like your son had a fun birthday!! I'm guessing he likes Cars just alittle;) I love that movie!! It may just be my favorite disney pixar movie!!

Cory's Gal
01-26-2010, 04:27 PM
Looks like your son had a fun birthday!! I'm guessing he likes Cars just alittle;) I love that movie!! It may just be my favorite disney pixar movie!!

You guessed right!:thumbsup2 Cars and Toy Story(1 &2) are his top movies of all time! I had a hard time finding Toy Story birthday stuff at the party store so I went with Cars-better yet Wal-Mart carried the stuff at a cheaper price!! Thanks for reading!!:goodvibes

Angies1274
01-26-2010, 09:34 PM
Great pictures!! Looking back at past Disney trips are always so much fun!! :goodvibes

Cory's Gal
01-27-2010, 12:03 PM
Great pictures!! Looking back at past Disney trips are always so much fun!! :goodvibes

Thanks Angie! It is always fun to look back! My how much I have changed, and some fashions I care not to repeat:rolleyes1

Charlefours
01-28-2010, 10:20 AM
Looks like you had a great time celebrating your DS's birthday!! :goodvibes

Cory's Gal
01-28-2010, 01:41 PM
Looks like you had a great time celebrating your DS's birthday!! :goodvibes

We sure did!! I remember being a kid and getting so excited for my birthday and it's so fun to watch my kids have that same excitement!! Their birthdays are just as fun for me I think!!!:goodvibes

MommyMcQueen
01-28-2010, 03:20 PM
Hey Beth! Great Birthday pictures - looks like you all had a blast! Bowling looks really fun - I want to take our kids sometime soon, they've never been bowling (I haven't bowled since high school)! I love the kids birthday too, they are always a lot of fun - plus I love the planning!! :)

Cory's Gal
01-28-2010, 03:26 PM
Hey Beth! Great Birthday pictures - looks like you all had a blast! Bowling looks really fun - I want to take our kids sometime soon, they've never been bowling (I haven't bowled since high school)! I love the kids birthday too, they are always a lot of fun - plus I love the planning!! :)

Thanks Karen! Bowling is a lot of fun and I am sure you kiddos will love it! I was pleasantly surprised when we took Gabe for the first time last year after he turned 4, and he LOVED it! My husband is a big time bowler, a champ in some leagues in WI back when he was a kid! It's a great family activity and most bowling alleys have some great deals during the week!:goodvibes

Cory's Gal
01-28-2010, 03:36 PM
Hello everyone!!!! As I am sitting here I am freeeeeezing! The temp is only 6 above right now but with the wind chill feels like -3 below!!!! I am looking forward to the 18 degree high on Sunday...:upsidedow

I wish I was enjoying the warmth in Florida right now (maybe with a Pina Colada:lovestruc) lounging by the pool...:cool2:, I guess only 86 days and that can be my reality!!!!!!!!!

Speaking of reality, are any of my readers fans of the Real Housewives of Orange County?? That's one of my favorite shows and it's on tonight! Maybe I can feel warm by the fireplace and drink hot chocolate (with Bailey's) and enjoy the show! I love all the cat-fights and crazy lives these women have!

I have a quick question too...anyone have any reviews of the T-Rex restaurant in DTD?? I am thinking of dropping Raglan Road ADR and making one of the T-Rex. We can eat at Rainforest Cafe here at the Mall of America so I wanted to try something new!! THANKS ALL!!

disneylovin24
01-28-2010, 03:46 PM
I just started watching Real Houswives recently. Those women are witches!!! (of course I made what I wanted to say alittle nicer;) )

Cory's Gal
01-28-2010, 03:53 PM
I just started watching Real Houswives recently. Those women are witches!!! (of course I made what I wanted to say alittle nicer;) )

Totally agree!!! How nice of you to call them "witches";);) The show is so addicting for me for some reason, I think it's the actuality that people really live like this!

nrod
01-28-2010, 04:18 PM
Sorry I've been away from your report. My son's birthday was this past week-end. Wish I shared your excitement - it always seems like work to me. But when it's over and they've all had fun, then I enjoy it too!

Your son is soo cute and his party looked like a lot of fun!!:thumbsup2 My (now) 6 year old went to a bowling party in the fall and it was fantastic!

I'm interested in the T. Rex responses too. I was also considering T. Rex vs. Raglan Road. So many DISers love Raglan, but I really think my boys would like T. Rex. I just hope it's not TOO noisy.

martinolichfamily
01-28-2010, 04:31 PM
Hello everyone!!!! As I am sitting here I am freeeeeezing! The temp is only 6 above right now but with the wind chill feels like -3 below!!!! I am looking forward to the 18 degree high on Sunday...:upsidedow

I wish I was enjoying the warmth in Florida right now (maybe with a Pina Colada:lovestruc) lounging by the pool...:cool2:, I guess only 86 days and that can be my reality!!!!!!!!!

Speaking of reality, are any of my readers fans of the Real Housewives of Orange County?? That's one of my favorite shows and it's on tonight! Maybe I can feel warm by the fireplace and drink hot chocolate (with Bailey's) and enjoy the show! I love all the cat-fights and crazy lives these women have!

I have a quick question too...anyone have any reviews of the T-Rex restaurant in DTD?? I am thinking of dropping Raglan Road ADR and making one of the T-Rex. We can eat at Rainforest Cafe here at the Mall of America so I wanted to try something new!! THANKS ALL!!
I just found your PTR today and am all caught up! Great start! Cute Title too....I was afraid there really was 'a snake in your boot'!! During our last trip to AK my DH stepped on a snake....I about flipped out! :)

We ate at T-Rex during our last trip...it was great! Very cool inside w/all the dinos and such...we also enjoyed the food! My DS was 7 and DD was 2...neither had a problem with the noise or 'storms'. We loved it!

I love watching Real Housewives too!!

MommyMcQueen
01-28-2010, 08:32 PM
Hello everyone!!!! As I am sitting here I am freeeeeezing! The temp is only 6 above right now but with the wind chill feels like -3 below!!!! I am looking forward to the 18 degree high on Sunday...:upsidedow

I wish I was enjoying the warmth in Florida right now (maybe with a Pina Colada:lovestruc) lounging by the pool...:cool2:, I guess only 86 days and that can be my reality!!!!!!!!!

I feel your pain Beth! We had a high of 6 degrees here and wind chills of -25 today - it's been horrible! I too have been freezing all day - walking around wrapped in a fleece blanket (I SO need a Snuggie) and drinking hot chocolate and cappuccino all day to try to stay warm! I think we have the draftiest house ever, it always feels cold in here!

People have told me I crazy to go to Florida in August but I'd take that heat over this frigid weather any day!

Cory's Gal
01-29-2010, 03:25 PM
Sorry I've been away from your report. My son's birthday was this past week-end. Wish I shared your excitement - it always seems like work to me. But when it's over and they've all had fun, then I enjoy it too!

Your son is soo cute and his party looked like a lot of fun!!:thumbsup2 My (now) 6 year old went to a bowling party in the fall and it was fantastic!

I'm interested in the T. Rex responses too. I was also considering T. Rex vs. Raglan Road. So many DISers love Raglan, but I really think my boys would like T. Rex. I just hope it's not TOO noisy.
Hi Nancy!! Glad you got through your son's birthday! And I totally agree that it's a lot of work! It's a lot of fun but I was ready to take a nap after the party and do nothing for the rest of the day!

DH and I ate at Raglan back in 2005, we liked it a lot, but the more we are thinking about it, I would rather just do something like Earl of Sandwich or T-Rex because I think the kids would enjoy those choices better! Let me know what you decide!!
I just found your PTR today and am all caught up! Great start! Cute Title too....I was afraid there really was 'a snake in your boot'!! During our last trip to AK my DH stepped on a snake....I about flipped out! :)

We ate at T-Rex during our last trip...it was great! Very cool inside w/all the dinos and such...we also enjoyed the food! My DS was 7 and DD was 2...neither had a problem with the noise or 'storms'. We loved it!

I love watching Real Housewives too!!

Hi Heather! Glad we can both read each of our TR!! No, no real snake in my boot, THANK GOODNESS!!! :scared1: I would freak out if there was one in my boot or if I were to step on one!! :scared1:

Thanks for your thoughts on T-Rex! It looks like a fun place, and I was showing Gabe some pictures from it and he said, "sweet"! Which is his new favorite phrase! Glad to know the scenery was cool as was the food, sometimes you get stuck at a place with great scenery but bad food!

Did you watch Housewives last night?? What a crazy episode!!

I feel your pain Beth! We had a high of 6 degrees here and wind chills of -25 today - it's been horrible! I too have been freezing all day - walking around wrapped in a fleece blanket (I SO need a Snuggie) and drinking hot chocolate and cappuccino all day to try to stay warm! I think we have the draftiest house ever, it always feels cold in here!

People have told me I crazy to go to Florida in August but I'd take that heat over this frigid weather any day!

I don't believe you are crazy Karen to want the heat! I completely agree that I would rather be hot than cold! This winter weather is so not fun, especially taking the kids places and having to bundle them up every time you walk out the door! I also don't like having to warm the car up before I can drive it!!!! Spring can't come fast enough for me!!!

martinolichfamily
02-01-2010, 10:56 AM
I missed Housewives but it is DVR'ed.

Glad your DS thought T-Rex was "sweet"!! :lmao:
It was really cool!

Cory's Gal
02-01-2010, 04:34 PM
I missed Housewives but it is DVR'ed.

Glad your DS thought T-Rex was "sweet"!! :lmao:
It was really cool!

It was a good "drama-filled" episode Heather!!! I canceled our Raglan Road reservation, we are trying to decide whether to make another one for T-Rex or just play that evening by ear, it will be our first full day at Disney, so we may go easy, I am so glad to know if we chose T-Rex that it will be a hit with our kiddos!!!

Cory's Gal
02-01-2010, 04:43 PM
Another Trip Flashback...

DH and I went to Disney for our first trip there together December 1st-5th of 2005. Gabe was almost one and had a great time at "Granparents World":goodvibes We had a great time, we flew into MCO at about 5pm Thursday and stayed at PO-Riverside. We ate at Raglan Road for dinner that night, we just walked up, and then indulged in Ghiradelli treats for dessert! We did 3 day PH and flew back home Monday morning! It was a quick trip but we sure had a lot of fun together and toured and saw a lot!!! It was fun to see it all decorated for the Holidays!!:santa:

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC02174.jpg
Outside our room:
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What a nice pose by DH:
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I must pose too!
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Beautiful Magic Kingdom Tree:
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DH by the gorgeous poinsettias!
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DisMomAmy
02-01-2010, 07:13 PM
Great flashback update! I would love to visit WDW with all the holiday decorations out! :santa:

Angies1274
02-01-2010, 08:54 PM
YAY!! Another trip flashback!!

Great pictures!! It looks like you had a fun trip!! I would love to do that with DH!:thumbsup2

All the decorations look so pretty. We've never visited during the holidays before....hoping to in 2012.

martinolichfamily
02-01-2010, 10:26 PM
It was a good "drama-filled" episode Heather!!! I canceled our Raglan Road reservation, we are trying to decide whether to make another one for T-Rex or just play that evening by ear, it will be our first full day at Disney, so we may go easy, I am so glad to know if we chose T-Rex that it will be a hit with our kiddos!!!

Maybe I can watch Housewives tomorrow!!??!! I also have The Bachelor to watch too from tonight.

When we were there on 4th of July we did not have an ADR for T-Rex..just did a walk up and were able to get in..with a little wait but not too bad...surprising for being the 4th IMO.

Great "pose" pics! ;)
I so want to go to WDW during the Christmas Season!
I am going to try a quick trip to WDW in April 2011 hopefully for our 10 yr Anniversary....if I can pull it off..just me and DH. We will see...keeping the fingers crossed!

Cory's Gal
02-01-2010, 10:30 PM
Great flashback update! I would love to visit WDW with all the holiday decorations out! :santa:

Thanks Amy, it was beautiful! We were in the MK on the day they were taping the parade (luckily the rest of the park had low crowds). All the park trees were breathtaking! I was not a member of the DIS yet, so we missed out on a lot, importantly the Osbourne Lights! I would love to go back during the Holiday season again!!

YAY!! Another trip flashback!!

Great pictures!! It looks like you had a fun trip!! I would love to do that with DH!:thumbsup2

All the decorations look so pretty. We've never visited during the holidays before....hoping to in 2012.

Thanks Angie! It was so nice to visit with just DH. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed the beautiful decorations! We were able to hit a lot of attractions and enjoy a few holiday extras! Everything is so classy at Disney and just wonderful! I would love to take the kids and do Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! It would be so fun!!

Cory's Gal
02-01-2010, 10:49 PM
Maybe I can watch Housewives tomorrow!!??!! I also have The Bachelor to watch too from tonight.

When we were there on 4th of July we did not have an ADR for T-Rex..just did a walk up and were able to get in..with a little wait but not too bad...surprising for being the 4th IMO.

Great "pose" pics! ;)
I so want to go to WDW during the Christmas Season!
I am going to try a quick trip to WDW in April 2011 hopefully for our 10 yr Anniversary....if I can pull it off..just me and DH. We will see...keeping the fingers crossed!

Thanks Heather, pictures are so fun to look back at!! We celebrate our 10 year anniversary next year too! Not until August though, I would love another get-away to WDW and stay at Wilderness Lodge or Boardwalk Inn or the Polynesian! :lovestruc

Cory's Gal
02-02-2010, 03:55 PM
I am going to be typing in a different color because I think it's cool~goofy I know but I like reading other TR when people do this...Okay so I am trying to get a little more detailed on our daily plans as we are only 81 days out...I am soooooooooooooo excited to say that!!!!:cool1::cool1:

Our arrival day is pretty simple. Our flight gets in at about 2:30pm, grab a snack, hop on ME, and I hope to be at POFQ checking in by 4:00pm. I am sure we will get our rooms right away and I have plans to do on-line check-in!! Anyone's experience/advice with this would be great:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

I am thinking we will just enjoy the pool (as long as the weather is cooperating) and then just grab dinner in the food court. Early to bed and I am planning on a Garden Grocer delivery sometime this evening too and unpack! It will be an interesting afternoon if little Miss Helen doesn't get a nap!!

I need to be reminded, when does our ME tags come in the mail??

DisneyCrafter
02-02-2010, 07:10 PM
Our arrival day is pretty simple. Our flight gets in at about 2:30pm, grab a snack, hop on ME, and I hope to be at POFQ checking in by 4:00pm. I am sure we will get our rooms right away and I have plans to do on-line check-in!! Anyone's experience/advice with this would be great:thumbsup2:thumbsup2



We did online check-in for our last trip and it was AMAZING! We just walked right up to the desk, got our folder of info. and KTTW cards from the CM, and were on our way!

Cory's Gal
02-02-2010, 07:23 PM
We did online check-in for our last trip and it was AMAZING! We just walked right up to the desk, got our folder of info. and KTTW cards from the CM, and were on our way!

Awesome!!! Thanks for the info DisneyCrafter, nice to have another Midwest resident reading!!! Glad to know it was as smooth as it sounds!!! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Angies1274
02-02-2010, 09:29 PM
YAY!! for 81 days!!!:yay:

We've done online check-in twice now and thought it was great both times!! There was absolutely no waiting...we got there, went up to the desk and everything was ready and waiting for us!!! I would definitely recommend it!:thumbsup2 We even added a few requests to our reservations because we were going with family and wanted our rooms close by. I was worried that we wouldn't get them but it was no problem. :)

Cory's Gal
02-03-2010, 07:31 AM
YAY!! for 81 days!!!:yay:

We've done online check-in twice now and thought it was great both times!! There was absolutely no waiting...we got there, went up to the desk and everything was ready and waiting for us!!! I would definitely recommend it!:thumbsup2 We even added a few requests to our reservations because we were going with family and wanted our rooms close by. I was worried that we wouldn't get them but it was no problem. :)

Can you add requests on-line as you check-in Angie? We already have noted on our reservation that we would like connecting rooms with my parents (I know it's NOT a guarantee). We just booked standard at FQ, I don't think I am going to make any building requests, it seems most rooms are easy walking distance! Glad to know you had a great experience with it too!!!:thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
02-03-2010, 08:32 AM
We did online check-in last year & it was great! We called ahead to note our request... we wanted to be near, but not connected with DH's brother. We would have been, if they hadn't requested a different room when they got there... :rolleyes1

martinolichfamily
02-03-2010, 12:59 PM
Thanks Heather, pictures are so fun to look back at!! We celebrate our 10 year anniversary next year too! Not until August though, I would love another get-away to WDW and stay at Wilderness Lodge or Boardwalk Inn or the Polynesian! :lovestruc

Yay!! to 10 years next year! :thumbsup2 It will also be my 30th Bday in August...not too excited about that though! :confused3

I finally got to watch Housewives last night..thanks to DVR...DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA!! But i think that is why we watch it!?! :lmao:

Yay for your 80 days left!! I am jealous...we have 149 days.....oh the waiting game! :scared1:

I too love to look at past pics! Maybe I should post some more...later today hopefully!

Oh...we did online check in as well last year...loved it, no wait to check in!

Charlefours
02-03-2010, 01:18 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: 80 days left to go!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

Love the flashbacks and all the great photos you are sharing. Have not personally used the online check in so I cannot comment on my experience. From others, most say it is great. A few have said they have had issues with lines or not getting information correct (wrong dates, no dining option added, etc.) but those are minority.

POFQ, mind you it was 2005 when I stayed there so almost five years now, but the food court was great. Good options. If you want a great treat, the beignets are pretty good!

Cory's Gal
02-03-2010, 01:59 PM
We did online check-in last year & it was great! We called ahead to note our request... we wanted to be near, but not connected with DH's brother. We would have been, if they hadn't requested a different room when they got there... :rolleyes1
Glad on-line check-in was a great experience for you too Amy!! Now I can say in "70" days I can check-in!!!:cool1:

Yay!! to 10 years next year! :thumbsup2 It will also be my 30th Bday in August...not too excited about that though! :confused3

I finally got to watch Housewives last night..thanks to DVR...DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA!! But i think that is why we watch it!?! :lmao:

Yay for your 80 days left!! I am jealous...we have 149 days.....oh the waiting game! :scared1:

I too love to look at past pics! Maybe I should post some more...later today hopefully!

Oh...we did online check in as well last year...loved it, no wait to check in!
Don't worry Heather, those days tick by really fast!! I started my countdown ticker I think about a year ago!!:lmao: It will be so much fun to be there for the 4th of July, it's worth the wait!! Another "yes" for on-line check-in too!! That will be the way I go!!

:woohoo: :woohoo: 80 days left to go!! :woohoo: :woohoo:

Love the flashbacks and all the great photos you are sharing. Have not personally used the online check in so I cannot comment on my experience. From others, most say it is great. A few have said they have had issues with lines or not getting information correct (wrong dates, no dining option added, etc.) but those are minority.

POFQ, mind you it was 2005 when I stayed there so almost five years now, but the food court was great. Good options. If you want a great treat, the beignets are pretty good!

Thanks Charlefours!! Glad to know the food court was good! I have heard about those yummy beignets, they will make a great treat for us!! Anything that's fried and has powder sugar on it has got to be good!!! Did you enjoy POFQ when you stayed there?? I think the pool will be fun for the kids! Gabe is a little apprehensive about the pool slide and I think someone said it was a shorter one so I hope he will be brave enough to try it!!

Angies1274
02-03-2010, 03:28 PM
Can you add requests on-line as you check-in Angie? We already have noted on our reservation that we would like connecting rooms with my parents (I know it's NOT a guarantee). We just booked standard at FQ, I don't think I am going to make any building requests, it seems most rooms are easy walking distance! Glad to know you had a great experience with it too!!!:thumbsup2

Hi Beth! If I remember right the only thing you can request is a pack-n-play and a refrigerator. I just called before hand and had it noted on our reservation like you did. I also called a week before we left and confirmed it.:)

MommyMcQueen
02-04-2010, 09:53 AM
Thanks Heather, pictures are so fun to look back at!! We celebrate our 10 year anniversary next year too! Not until August though, I would love another get-away to WDW and stay at Wilderness Lodge or Boardwalk Inn or the Polynesian! :lovestruc

Hi Beth! You're under 80 days! Yeah!!:cool1: I'm so excited for you! I got so excited just to see my ticker turn from 7 months down to 6!

Another August anniversary here - August 2011 will be our 10 year as well! Amazing how fast it goes. I've been sorta secretly planning a trip for DH and I to take on our 10 year anniversary. Only a sorta secret because I did once mention to him about doing something, we've never really discussed it in detail, but I've been doing a little research here and there for ideas. Thinking about a cruise, we did a cruise for our honeymoon so we'd love to do another another one, but probably a short 3-4 night since we'd have to arrange for family members to watch the kids all those days. We'll see - or MAYBE we can do a Disney cruise and bring the kids along! I guess we'll see how the trip this year goes and decide from there.

Have you made touing plans for your park days? Since you've been there before you probably know what rides to get to first and what you want to take the kids on and all...just curious if you were planning it out or going with the flow of the day?

Charlefours
02-04-2010, 01:57 PM
Thanks Charlefours!! Glad to know the food court was good! I have heard about those yummy beignets, they will make a great treat for us!! Anything that's fried and has powder sugar on it has got to be good!!! Did you enjoy POFQ when you stayed there?? I think the pool will be fun for the kids! Gabe is a little apprehensive about the pool slide and I think someone said it was a shorter one so I hope he will be brave enough to try it!!

We did like POFQ. It is a lovely resort--we had a second floor room in the North Quarter, Building 4. The rooms are a decent size in my opinion. The bathroom with the toilet and bath/shower are a little tight but that is made up with two sinks outside of the closed in area. The privacy curtain I think will be an added bonus this next go around so we can take turns or I can get up before the others without disturbing them.

The pool and grounds in general are nice. We did not go down the slide but there were kids who did and seemed to have a grand time going down it. You or DH could ride down with Gabe the first time or two to show him it is not so scary.

Cory's Gal
02-04-2010, 02:08 PM
Hi Beth! If I remember right the only thing you can request is a pack-n-play and a refrigerator. I just called before hand and had it noted on our reservation like you did. I also called a week before we left and confirmed it.:)

Thanks Angie! That's great to know, when I call can I call the resort directly or just the general number?? Thanks for all your help with this!:worship:

Hi Beth! You're under 80 days! Yeah!!:cool1: I'm so excited for you! I got so excited just to see my ticker turn from 7 months down to 6!

Another August anniversary here - August 2011 will be our 10 year as well! Amazing how fast it goes. I've been sorta secretly planning a trip for DH and I to take on our 10 year anniversary. Only a sorta secret because I did once mention to him about doing something, we've never really discussed it in detail, but I've been doing a little research here and there for ideas. Thinking about a cruise, we did a cruise for our honeymoon so we'd love to do another another one, but probably a short 3-4 night since we'd have to arrange for family members to watch the kids all those days. We'll see - or MAYBE we can do a Disney cruise and bring the kids along! I guess we'll see how the trip this year goes and decide from there.

Have you made touing plans for your park days? Since you've been there before you probably know what rides to get to first and what you want to take the kids on and all...just curious if you were planning it out or going with the flow of the day?

Hey Karen, what date is your anniversary?? Ours is the 11th! I would LOVE to do a cruise but my DH is afraid he'll get seasick. :sick:I keep telling him he needs to try just a short 3 day or something but he won't budge, grrrrr....

Yes, I have started my touring plans and I am going to try and post it today as long as Helen stays napping:) Our last 2 days we go with the flow more and hop a lot to hit some of our favorite things!

Cory's Gal
02-04-2010, 02:12 PM
We did like POFQ. It is a lovely resort--we had a second floor room in the North Quarter, Building 4. The rooms are a decent size in my opinion. The bathroom with the toilet and bath/shower are a little tight but that is made up with two sinks outside of the closed in area. The privacy curtain I think will be an added bonus this next go around so we can take turns or I can get up before the others without disturbing them.

The pool and grounds in general are nice. We did not go down the slide but there were kids who did and seemed to have a grand time going down it. You or DH could ride down with Gabe the first time or two to show him it is not so scary.

Yes, the double sinks are the best part!! We have 1.5 bathrooms here at home and all of us share the main bath upstairs and thankfully it has double sinks and we are happy to have that on vacation too! The privacy curtain is also great, I am usually the first one up and my goal is to be ready first so I can help the kids get dressed and breakfast while DH gets ready, for some reason it always seems like he takes longer than I do:lmao::confused3

Cory's Gal
02-04-2010, 02:30 PM
Alllll righty then...
We have 6 day park hoppers for this trip so every full day we are there, we will be spending most of our time in the parks!!

DAY 1-(Sunday)-EPCOT!!!!!!!!
Epcot is probably the park we spend the most time in, my parents think this is the best theme park ever created.:thumbsup2
-The plan this day is to be at rope drop, I haven't decided if we are going to head straight to Soarin' with the masses or hit up Character Connection first. I hear such great stories from those who see the characters first and get some good quality time with NO WAITING!!!!

Our goals this day is to do the following attractions:
-Soarin' & Living With The Land
-Character Connection
-Seas with Nemo & Turtle Talk
-Journey Into Imagination
-Test Track
-Innoventions (hopefully the Waste Management trash activities are still there, Gabe is OBSESSED with trash trucks) & the Visa Meet & Greet
-Spaceship Earth
-Flower & Garden playgrounds, Butterfly House, and admiring the topiaries!!
-Lunch at Sunshine Seasons and back to POFQ for nap/rest around 1:30pm
-Depending on energy, back to Epcot for some of the World Showcase and possibly Illuminations, I don't want to push the kids too much the first full park day! If we stay back at the resort, we may hit up DTD this night and eat at either Earl of Sandwich or T-Rex!!

Any opinions on this??? I don't think we can do it all before 1:30pm, everything really depends on how both kids are doing, but you never know, they may both be really easy going at Disney!:upsidedow

MommyMcQueen
02-04-2010, 03:46 PM
Hey Karen, what date is your anniversary?? Ours is the 11th! I would LOVE to do a cruise but my DH is afraid he'll get seasick. :sick:I keep telling him he needs to try just a short 3 day or something but he won't budge, grrrrr....


Our anniversary is the 4th.
You should do a cruise! Your DH won't get seasick - he really won't. My DH has been seasick on other small boats (he got horribly sick on a ferry crossing the English Channel when he was younger) and he had no problems - you can't feel the boat move at all! The one time you could so slightly feel it was laying in bed at night, and it was the most gentle, slow rocking you can imagine, it actually lulled us to sleep, it was awesome. If he can handle fast, jerky, spinning Disney rides a cruise would be a breeze!

Angies1274
02-04-2010, 09:08 PM
Thanks Angie! That's great to know, when I call can I call the resort directly or just the general number?? Thanks for all your help with this!:worship:

I've always just called the general number...really just to confirm that all my requests are there. I know you can fax a request a few days before you leave if you want. I never have but I have heard of other people doing so and they've had pretty good luck with it. :)

As far your plans go....they look great!!!

Epcot is our first park day too!! We love Epcot!!:lovestruc

Just a suggestion....but if you wanted to the Character Connection first, you could send someone to grab fastpasses for Soarin to ride later. (We want to do the Character Connections first this trip as well...I think we would be able to get a lot of great pictures that early!)

Last April, I ran for fastpasses to Soarin' and then met the boys at Test Track, we did the Seas with Nemo, Figment and then headed back to Soarin', did Living with the Land and then had lunch at Sunshine Seasons. (this was from 9am-12pm. But...with figuring in Character Meet and Greets, exploring Innoventions, and checking out the Flower and Garden Festival...this year we know we're going to need to figure in more time.

I think as far as heading back to Epcot that night or going to DTD....see how your kids are feeling. You don't want to do too much your first day...and trust me they will let you know!! (my boys always do!!:rotfl:)

Charlefours
02-05-2010, 08:34 AM
Alllll righty then...
We have 6 day park hoppers for this trip so every full day we are there, we will be spending most of our time in the parks!!

DAY 1-(Sunday)-EPCOT!!!!!!!!
Epcot is probably the park we spend the most time in, my parents think this is the best theme park ever created.:thumbsup2
-The plan this day is to be at rope drop, I haven't decided if we are going to head straight to Soarin' with the masses or hit up Character Connection first. I hear such great stories from those who see the characters first and get some good quality time with NO WAITING!!!!

Our goals this day is to do the following attractions:
-Soarin' & Living With The Land
-Character Connection
-Seas with Nemo & Turtle Talk
-Journey Into Imagination
-Test Track
-Innoventions (hopefully the Waste Management trash activities are still there, Gabe is OBSESSED with trash trucks) & the Visa Meet & Greet
-Spaceship Earth
-Flower & Garden playgrounds, Butterfly House, and admiring the topiaries!!
-Lunch at Sunshine Seasons and back to POFQ for nap/rest around 1:30pm
-Depending on energy, back to Epcot for some of the World Showcase and possibly Illuminations, I don't want to push the kids too much the first full park day! If we stay back at the resort, we may hit up DTD this night and eat at either Earl of Sandwich or T-Rex!!

Any opinions on this??? I don't think we can do it all before 1:30pm, everything really depends on how both kids are doing, but you never know, they may both be really easy going at Disney!:upsidedow

Love your plans! We are planning on hitting up Character Connection too! :goodvibes I want to make it on Soarin' but hopefully we will at some point during the day!

:love: the flower and garden festival!! It is so beautiful!! I took so many pictures of the topiaries and flowers on our first trip. :goodvibes


Yes, the double sinks are the best part!! We have 1.5 bathrooms here at home and all of us share the main bath upstairs and thankfully it has double sinks and we are happy to have that on vacation too! The privacy curtain is also great, I am usually the first one up and my goal is to be ready first so I can help the kids get dressed and breakfast while DH gets ready, for some reason it always seems like he takes longer than I do:lmao::confused3

Oh, you have one of those husbands too? :lmao:

jenniferkeala808
02-05-2010, 08:41 AM
hi! We will be there about the same time! We'll be there april 26-may 3. I'm subbying!! happy planning!

Cory's Gal
02-05-2010, 03:03 PM
Our anniversary is the 4th.
You should do a cruise! Your DH won't get seasick - he really won't. My DH has been seasick on other small boats (he got horribly sick on a ferry crossing the English Channel when he was younger) and he had no problems - you can't feel the boat move at all! The one time you could so slightly feel it was laying in bed at night, and it was the most gentle, slow rocking you can imagine, it actually lulled us to sleep, it was awesome. If he can handle fast, jerky, spinning Disney rides a cruise would be a breeze!

I have no idea why he thinks he can't do it! He fishes with my dad in a small fishing boat and I know they have been out in some pretty choppy lakes! I think I would really like the feeling of being rocked to sleep:cloud9:

I've always just called the general number...really just to confirm that all my requests are there. I know you can fax a request a few days before you leave if you want. I never have but I have heard of other people doing so and they've had pretty good luck with it. :)

As far your plans go....they look great!!!

Epcot is our first park day too!! We love Epcot!!:lovestruc

Just a suggestion....but if you wanted to the Character Connection first, you could send someone to grab fastpasses for Soarin to ride later. (We want to do the Character Connections first this trip as well...I think we would be able to get a lot of great pictures that early!)

Last April, I ran for fastpasses to Soarin' and then met the boys at Test Track, we did the Seas with Nemo, Figment and then headed back to Soarin', did Living with the Land and then had lunch at Sunshine Seasons. (this was from 9am-12pm. But...with figuring in Character Meet and Greets, exploring Innoventions, and checking out the Flower and Garden Festival...this year we know we're going to need to figure in more time.

I think as far as heading back to Epcot that night or going to DTD....see how your kids are feeling. You don't want to do too much your first day...and trust me they will let you know!! (my boys always do!!:rotfl:)

TOTALLY agree with you Angie, the last thing I want to do is make the kids overtired and cranky on the first day! I can easily see us hopping over to Epcot Monday after we do some of DHS too and of course spending time there on our last two days!

I think I may send Cory ahead to get Soarin' FP's. He's quick and likes a challenge:laughing:!! Good to know about just calling the general number about requests and/or faxing it in too!

Cory's Gal
02-05-2010, 03:06 PM
Love your plans! We are planning on hitting up Character Connection too! :goodvibes I want to make it on Soarin' but hopefully we will at some point during the day!

:love: the flower and garden festival!! It is so beautiful!! I took so many pictures of the topiaries and flowers on our first trip. :goodvibes




Oh, you have one of those husbands too? :lmao:

Yup I sure do!!:rotfl:

Glad you think that the plans look good! I think for the kids the characters are definitely be at the top of any list!! We hit up Character Connection with Gabe back in 2007 and loved being able to see so many in one place, especially the "FAB 5"!!

hi! We will be there about the same time! We'll be there april 26-may 3. I'm subbying!! happy planning!

Welcome Keala!! That's awesome you will be there in April!! I will have to jump over to your PTR and read up on your plans!! Where will you be staying???

DisMomAmy
02-05-2010, 06:53 PM
I think we are going to try to FINALLY make it to Character Connection this year. I always love to see everyone's pictures in their TRs.

Cory's Gal
02-06-2010, 11:14 AM
I think we are going to try to FINALLY make it to Character Connection this year. I always love to see everyone's pictures in their TRs.

Here are a few of Gabe there in 2007, I am sorry our camera was crappy, Gabe LOVED this and was all smiles but by the time the camera actually took the picture his smile was gone, it was "Year of a Million Dreams" attire:goodvibes

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Charlefours
02-07-2010, 07:09 PM
Awe! adorable photos--thanks for sharing them!!

kcandbella
02-07-2010, 09:13 PM
Aw so cute! Add another to my must-do list: Character Connection! Now, who can I make run for Soarin fastpasses while we go there? :lmao:

Angies1274
02-07-2010, 09:13 PM
Ahh...great pictures!!! Gabe is such a cutie!! :goodvibes The one with Goofy is so adorable. Now...I'm even more excited to visit the Character Connection at Epcot!!:thumbsup2

Cory's Gal
02-08-2010, 07:27 AM
Awe! adorable photos--thanks for sharing them!!
Thank you!! They are some of my favorites, I am glad we will have a better camera this time around!!

Aw so cute! Add another to my must-do list: Character Connection! Now, who can I make run for Soarin fastpasses while we go there? :lmao:
Thanks Kayce! It's nicely set-up and such a fabulous way to see many at one time, and it's air conditioned!!

Ahh...great pictures!!! Gabe is such a cutie!! :goodvibes The one with Goofy is so adorable. Now...I'm even more excited to visit the Character Connection at Epcot!!:thumbsup2

Thanks Angie, Goofy pretty much smothered him (in a fun way;))! Pluto gave us the best interaction as I remember and Gabe kept kissing his nose! It will be fun to see how Helen reacts this time around!

DisMomAmy
02-08-2010, 08:34 AM
Those are adorable!! Thanks for sharing!

Cory's Gal
02-08-2010, 08:59 AM
Those are adorable!! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Amy! I am finally starting to catch up a bit here this morning, I have to hop on over and read updates on your PTR and on many others!!:surfweb:

Cory's Gal
02-08-2010, 09:08 AM
I have been thinking of possibly getting some type of book for Gabe for the trip. I have been looking at the Hidden Mickey book on Amazon and I think he will find it fun, anybody have any other great book ideas for a 5 year old they can share with me or reviews about the Hidden Mickey book?? I have ordered personalized maps designed mostly for him and Helen too. Thanks in advance!!:goodvibes

DisMomAmy
02-08-2010, 09:37 AM
We love the Guide to the Magic!
http://www.guidetothemagic.com/

If you get the allears newsletters, they often have a link for a discount. PM me if you need more info on that.

Not sure if it might be a little bit too old for Gabe. Zach didn't use it much last year at 5 1/2, but is very interested in using it this year at 6 1/2. Alex loved it last year and I bought him a new one for this year. :thumbsup2

Cory's Gal
02-08-2010, 11:49 AM
We love the Guide to the Magic!
http://www.guidetothemagic.com/

If you get the allears newsletters, they often have a link for a discount. PM me if you need more info on that.

Not sure if it might be a little bit too old for Gabe. Zach didn't use it much last year at 5 1/2, but is very interested in using it this year at 6 1/2. Alex loved it last year and I bought him a new one for this year. :thumbsup2

Thanks Amy, it looks like a fun book, the website it really neat to look around on too! Do you know if it's sold in stores anywhere?? With books I really like physically looking at them before I buy. I usually end up buying at Amazon but first do the looking at Borders or Barnes and Noble. I want to head over to our Half Price Books store and see what they have laying around too!! Thanks for the link!!

DisMomAmy
02-08-2010, 01:15 PM
Thanks Amy, it looks like a fun book, the website it really neat to look around on too! Do you know if it's sold in stores anywhere?? With books I really like physically looking at them before I buy. I usually end up buying at Amazon but first do the looking at Borders or Barnes and Noble. I want to head over to our Half Price Books store and see what they have laying around too!! Thanks for the link!!

I don't think it is... and when we first bought it, I remember looking around for better prices and I couldn't even find it on Amazon. I take that back... I just looked... it is on Amazon, but not available, however you can look at some of the pages on Amazon.

Charlefours
02-08-2010, 08:38 PM
Hello Beth! I have Hidden Magic--my DH got it for me for Christmas after I had no luck reading it after taking it out at the library (there are always holds on it). I think that is more adult oriented, but that is just my opinion. It would make a great book to read together.

I have Walt Disney World for Kids 2010 picked up for my DD--lots of pictures and fun activities in it. It might be a good choice to consider as well.

smithpack
02-09-2010, 07:27 AM
I am loving all these book ideas!! I need to write down all these titles so I can go get some for my family. :yay:

Also, just want to say that I love all the flashback pictures. :thumbsup2

Cory's Gal
02-09-2010, 11:49 AM
I don't think it is... and when we first bought it, I remember looking around for better prices and I couldn't even find it on Amazon. I take that back... I just looked... it is on Amazon, but not available, however you can look at some of the pages on Amazon.
Cool Amy, I will have to spend some more time on Amazon checking it out at least!! Thanks for the suggestion!!
Hello Beth! I have Hidden Magic--my DH got it for me for Christmas after I had no luck reading it after taking it out at the library (there is always holds on it). I think that is more adult oriented, but that is just my opinion. It would make a great book to read together.

I have Walt Disney World for Kids 2010 picked up for my DD--lots of pictures and fun activities in it. It might be a good choice to consider as well.
Ooooo, the Hidden Magic book sounds right up MY alley;), and is the WDW for Kids the Birnbaum book?? I have seen older editions of it and it has GREAT pictures! Thanks for the info, I saw all the books in a pic in your PTR I started writing a couple down!! Awesome!!

I am loving all these book ideas!! I need to write down all these titles so I can go get some for my family. :yay:

Also, just want to say that I love all the flashback pictures. :thumbsup2

Totally agree that the book ideas are all great! Glad you are enjoying the flashback pictures, I borrowed my parents scanner so I hope in the next week or so I can get a few more from our 1989 trip on here!!:goodvibes

DisneyCrafter
02-09-2010, 09:09 PM
Corysgal,

I saw that you do Sunshine Rewards. I recently signed up for it and I have earned almost $7.00 in a week. Do you have any tips to earn the most???

Cory's Gal
02-10-2010, 08:43 AM
Corysgal,

I saw that you do Sunshine Rewards. I recently signed up for it and I have earned almost $7.00 in a week. Do you have any tips to earn the most???

Yes, I have been doing it since this fall. Recently I haven't been doing much, I know the best way is to take the 3 daily surveys everyday (and qualify) and I know a lot of people rack some up by shopping on-line. In about 5 months I have made over $77, I know I could do better if I did it everyday. They have a discussion board, so that may be the best way to get extra tips! I figure the $75 giftcard for our trip will pay for our character breakfast!!:goodvibes

DisneyCrafter
02-10-2010, 11:06 AM
Yes, I have been doing it since this fall. Recently I haven't been doing much, I know the best way is to take the 3 daily surveys everyday (and qualify) and I know a lot of people rack some up by shopping on-line. In about 5 months I have made over $77, I know I could do better if I did it everyday. They have a discussion board, so that may be the best way to get extra tips! I figure the $75 giftcard for our trip will pay for our character breakfast!!:goodvibes

I have been trying everyday to qualify for the surveys, but I found that the earlier in the day I try to complete them, the more I get chosen. The past 2 days I have been able to complete all 3 surverys for the Trifecta! :banana: I have done 2 minimal shopping purchases through SR, and I am waiting to see if they actually go through before I do any more online shopping with SR. It is just amazing to me that you actually earn GC by doing this. (But then again I can-these surveys take 20-30 min. on average, to earn less than a dollar :surfweb:) I am going to save mine for Disney too! I also looked into joining a few other reward sites and I like inbox dollars as well. The others I looked at are just too confusing for me! Yay for getting free gift cards! :woohoo:

martinolichfamily
02-10-2010, 11:22 AM
Do you have the link for sunshine rewards? I googled it but not sure if its the right site
I like taking surveys...and belong to ACO (American Consumer Opinion) but you usually get entered in a drawing to win $$ but in the past I have gotten $4 checks or so.

Cory's Gal
02-10-2010, 03:09 PM
I have been trying everyday to qualify for the surveys, but I found that the earlier in the day I try to complete them, the more I get chosen. The past 2 days I have been able to complete all 3 surverys for the Trifecta! :banana: I have done 2 minimal shopping purchases through SR, and I am waiting to see if they actually go through before I do any more online shopping with SR. It is just amazing to me that you actually earn GC by doing this. (But then again I can-these surveys take 20-30 min. on average, to earn less than a dollar :surfweb:) I am going to save mine for Disney too! I also looked into joining a few other reward sites and I like inbox dollars as well. The others I looked at are just too confusing for me! Yay for getting free gift cards! :woohoo:

That's awesome! It's really easy to do, I know you have to be careful, some of the Inbox Dollar surveys overlap the sunshine ones, and I don't think taking the same surveys for different sites is allowed. Getting all three surveys is great!!

Cory's Gal
02-10-2010, 03:11 PM
Do you have the link for sunshine rewards? I googled it but not sure if its the right site
I like taking surveys...and belong to ACO (American Consumer Opinion) but you usually get entered in a drawing to win $$ but in the past I have gotten $4 checks or so.

I'll PM you the info Heather!

Cory's Gal
02-12-2010, 03:08 PM
YES! I am still alive! Gabe had a cough last weekend which turned into an ear infection! BLECH! FINALLY back to preschool today for his Valentine's Party and more time on the DIS for me!!! Okay, our second full day in WDW plans are:

Day 2-(Monday)-Disney Studios
-Plan to be at Rope Drop again and high tail it over to TSM!!!!!!!!!!! Grab FP's and then jump in stand-by! This is our first time on this ride and for my little Toy Story fanatic a dream come true! He has been talking about this ride since we saw it on T.V.!!!!!!!!

Our attraction goals for the day are:
-Toy Story Midway Mania (x2)
-Playhouse Disney
-Lights! Motors! Action! (one of Gabe's favorites from 2007)
-Beauty and the Beast (My mom and I are dying to see this again, we haven't seen in since 2000!!)
-Meet Mater & Lightning
-Meet Buzz and Woody
-Muppet Vision 3D
-Star Tours
-Pizza Planet for Lunch, would Toy Story fans dine anywhere else???;)
-Maybe back for rest/nap or hang around and hope Helen crashes in her stroller:cloud9:, if so we will take turns with the kids with my parents. Cory and I want to at least do RnRC & ToT and my parents want to see American Idol. We can let Gabe run a bit at the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground.
-Block Party Bash at 3:00pm
-Back to POFQ for the evening, maybe a swim, dinner is up in the air and early to bed because we have an early breakfast the next day!!!!

There are a lot of things here we skip. Not into Indy really, Great Movie Ride I think parts would scare my kids, no Backlot Tour for us, Seen the Little Mermaid enough, and we aren't that into Fantasmic!. I always have a hard time scheduling things here because the shows throw us off some. Any good tips about doing the shows?? We can always come back later in the week on our hopping days!

DisMomAmy
02-12-2010, 08:51 PM
We'll be at DHS that day too!! :banana: Though it doesn't look like our paths will cross much... we too will be at TSM first thing, like everyone else at the park! :scared: We rode TSM several times last year but always through the FP line. This year we want to get right over there so we can go through the regular queue to see Mr. Potato Head. I'll be starting my DHS Looking Back/Looking Forward updates this weekend but I'll give you a little sneek peek... We be skipping most of the rides you guys will be hitting this year. :sad2: We saw LMA last year so we are going to try to see Indiana Jones this year. We may or may not ride the Great Movie Ride and we'll definitely be at RnRC & ToT. Maybe we'll see you & Cory there?? We're not interested in the American Idol show & we too are skipping Fantasmic... I don't even think it's showing that night. Hopefully that will help keep the crowds away. We're also going to spend some time at the Animation Academy. Zach loved the animation class last year.

Angies1274
02-13-2010, 11:49 AM
Your DHS plans look great!!!:thumbsup2 YAY! for riding Toy Story Mania for the first time!! :yay:You will love it!! It's so much fun!!!!! Great idea on grabbing fastpasses and then jumping in the stand-by line! Last year, we just did fastpass and missed all the cool things waiting in line. (and from reading others TR's there is alot of very cute things to see!:))

We always eat at Toy Story Pizza Planet in DHS. The boys won't eat anywhere else!!;)

Hope Gabe is feeling better!!!:goodvibes

MommyMcQueen
02-13-2010, 09:24 PM
YES! I am still alive! Gabe had a cough last weekend which turned into an ear infection! BLECH! FINALLY back to preschool today for his Valentine's Party and more time on the DIS for me!!! Okay, our second full day in WDW plans are:

Day 2-(Monday)-Disney Studios
-Plan to be at Rope Drop again and high tail it over to TSM!!!!!!!!!!! Grab FP's and then jump in stand-by! This is our first time on this ride and for my little Toy Story fanatic a dream come true! He has been talking about this ride since we saw it on T.V.!!!!!!!!

Our attraction goals for the day are:
-Toy Story Midway Mania (x2)
-Playhouse Disney
-Lights! Motors! Action! (one of Gabe's favorites from 2007)
-Beauty and the Beast (My mom and I are dying to see this again, we haven't seen in since 2000!!)
-Meet Mater & Lightning
-Meet Buzz and Woody
-Muppet Vision 3D
-Star Tours
-Pizza Planet for Lunch, would Toy Story fans dine anywhere else???;)
-Maybe back for rest/nap or hang around and hope Helen crashes in her stroller:cloud9:, if so we will take turns with the kids with my parents. Cory and I want to at least do RnRC & ToT and my parents want to see American Idol. We can let Gabe run a bit at the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground.
-Block Party Bash at 3:00pm
-Back to POFQ for the evening, maybe a swim, dinner is up in the air and early to bed because we have an early breakfast the next day!!!!

There are a lot of things here we skip. Not into Indy really, Great Movie Ride I think parts would scare my kids, no Backlot Tour for us, Seen the Little Mermaid enough, and we aren't that into Fantasmic!. I always have a hard time scheduling things here because the shows throw us off some. Any good tips about doing the shows?? We can always come back later in the week on our hopping days!


Hi Beth! Hope Gabe is feeling better - we've been battling colds this last week too...it's been a long week!

Thanks for sharing yor plans for DHS - I've been having the hardest time trying to plan this park - for the exact reasons you said - trying to figure out what shows to see at what times and fit in the other rides inbetween - and not have to backtrack too much. Ah yes - Pizza Planet!! We're planning for lunch there too! No Beauty and the Beast for us, but I would like to get in the Backlot Tour - kids may be bored but they'd at least like riding the tram!

I can't really offer any tips since I'm completely a newbie, but I was planning to try to get to Muppets in the later morning, then do lunch at PP (we usually do early lunch, like 11-11:30), do the meet/greets with characters right after lunch, then the 1:20pm Lights, Motor, Action show. After the show, run the kids through the Honey Shrunk the Kids playground on the way back to the front for the parade at 3pm. I have no idea if this will work but that's the plan! Then again I've revised the plan like 20 times for this park!!:rolleyes1

Cory's Gal
02-14-2010, 03:53 PM
We'll be at DHS that day too!! :banana: Though it doesn't look like our paths will cross much... we too will be at TSM first thing, like everyone else at the park! :scared: We rode TSM several times last year but always through the FP line. This year we want to get right over there so we can go through the regular queue to see Mr. Potato Head. I'll be starting my DHS Looking Back/Looking Forward updates this weekend but I'll give you a little sneek peek... We be skipping most of the rides you guys will be hitting this year. :sad2: We saw LMA last year so we are going to try to see Indiana Jones this year. We may or may not ride the Great Movie Ride and we'll definitely be at RnRC & ToT. Maybe we'll see you & Cory there?? We're not interested in the American Idol show & we too are skipping Fantasmic... I don't even think it's showing that night. Hopefully that will help keep the crowds away. We're also going to spend some time at the Animation Academy. Zach loved the animation class last year.

I hope our paths will cross at some point Amy!! We are looking forward to going through the regular queue line and seeing Potato Head and all the other TS things!! I want to do the Animation Academy but not quite sure how the others feel. Some things are just so "iffy" for us because I have no idea on how Helen will be, whether or not she can doze in the stroller or just be able to roll with it all!

Your DHS plans look great!!!:thumbsup2 YAY! for riding Toy Story Mania for the first time!! :yay:You will love it!! It's so much fun!!!!! Great idea on grabbing fastpasses and then jumping in the stand-by line! Last year, we just did fastpass and missed all the cool things waiting in line. (and from reading others TR's there is alot of very cute things to see!:))

We always eat at Toy Story Pizza Planet in DHS. The boys won't eat anywhere else!!;)

Hope Gabe is feeling better!!!:goodvibes

Glad you think the plans look good Angie! We are so pumped about TSM, I don't think Gabe has been so excited about an attraction before! I can't wait to see his reactions, I hope to catch some pics or video!!!! Yes, he is feeling better, outside playing in the snow!!!!!!!

Hi Beth! Hope Gabe is feeling better - we've been battling colds this last week too...it's been a long week!

Thanks for sharing yor plans for DHS - I've been having the hardest time trying to plan this park - for the exact reasons you said - trying to figure out what shows to see at what times and fit in the other rides inbetween - and not have to backtrack too much. Ah yes - Pizza Planet!! We're planning for lunch there too! No Beauty and the Beast for us, but I would like to get in the Backlot Tour - kids may be bored but they'd at least like riding the tram!

I can't really offer any tips since I'm completely a newbie, but I was planning to try to get to Muppets in the later morning, then do lunch at PP (we usually do early lunch, like 11-11:30), do the meet/greets with characters right after lunch, then the 1:20pm Lights, Motor, Action show. After the show, run the kids through the Honey Shrunk the Kids playground on the way back to the front for the parade at 3pm. I have no idea if this will work but that's the plan! Then again I've revised the plan like 20 times for this park!!:rolleyes1

I agree with you Karen on an early lunch! I am hoping that may help Helen's energy a bit! The boys will LOVE Lights Motors Action. Gabe loved it at age 2 and still likes to watch some of the video we took from it!! For me I think this is the hardest park to plan. It's not my favorite park, but there are a lot of great things to do. I hope you guys aren't digging out of too much snow!!!

Cory's Gal
02-14-2010, 04:06 PM
Well I haven't gotten my Animal Kingdom day planned quite yet so while we all wait...:rolleyes1...I thought I would list my TOP 10 attractions, TOP 5 shows, and TOP 10 FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Attractions:
1. Splash Mountain
2. Expedition Everest
3. Rock n' Rollercoaster
4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
5. Kilimanjaro Safaris
6. Soarin'
7. Test Track
8. Mad Tea Party
9. Pirates of the Caribbean
10. Toy Story Mania! (I have not been on this yet but I anticipate it in the Top 10)

Shows:
1. Finding Nemo: The Musical
2. Festival of the Lion King
3. Mickey's PhilharMagic
4. Beauty and the Beast
5. Lights Motors Action! (Because Gabe loves it so much)

FOOD!!!
1. Ice Cream Sandwich from the Main Street Bakery
2. Chocolate Dipped Mickey Rice Krispy Treat
3. Churro
4. Mickey Ice Cream Bar:mickeybar
5. Dole Whip
6. Cherry Sours Goofy's Candy Co.
7. Angel Food Cake with Berries from 50's PTC
8. Salmon from Sunshine Seasons
9. Onion Rings and a Chocolate Shake from Beaches n' Cream
10. Popcorn!!!popcorn::

What are YOUR favorites???

kcandbella
02-14-2010, 04:08 PM
Your plans sound fairly similar to ours, and I am having the same issues with trying to plan everything without knowing showtimes.

On another note, Bella has turned into a complete Toy Story 2 fanatic as well! She has been watching it nonstop. I think I could recite the whole thing, as I'm sure you could too. Have you seen the commercial on facebook for TS3? She watches that over and over as well. I guess I know where we will be on June 18! :rotfl2:

Cory's Gal
02-14-2010, 04:27 PM
Your plans sound fairly similar to ours, and I am having the same issues with trying to plan everything without knowing showtimes.

On another note, Bella has turned into a complete Toy Story 2 fanatic as well! She has been watching it nonstop. I think I could recite the whole thing, as I'm sure you could too. Have you seen the commercial on facebook for TS3? She watches that over and over as well. I guess I know where we will be on June 18! :rotfl2:

Yup, we already had to commit ourselves to Gabe that on June 18th we will be at the movies!!!:lmao: Glad to know of a new "fanatic"!!! They are great movies and I could probably recite both 1 & 2 from beginning to end!! Hopefully we both can come up with good touring plans for the Studios!!!

kangaand2roos
02-16-2010, 05:20 PM
Well I haven't gotten my Animal Kingdom day planned quite yet so while we all wait...:rolleyes1...I thought I would list my TOP 10 attractions, TOP 5 shows, and TOP 10 FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Attractions:
1. Splash Mountain
2. Expedition Everest
3. Rock n' Rollercoaster
4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
5. Kilimanjaro Safaris
6. Soarin'
7. Test Track
8. Mad Tea Party
9. Pirates of the Caribbean
10. Toy Story Mania! (I have not been on this yet but I anticipate it in the Top 10)

Shows:
1. Finding Nemo: The Musical
2. Festival of the Lion King
3. Mickey's PhilharMagic
4. Beauty and the Beast
5. Lights Motors Action! (Because Gabe loves it so much)

FOOD!!!
1. Ice Cream Sandwich from the Main Street Bakery
2. Chocolate Dipped Mickey Rice Krispy Treat
3. Churro
4. Mickey Ice Cream Bar:mickeybar
5. Dole Whip
6. Cherry Sours Goofy's Candy Co.
7. Angel Food Cake with Berries from 50's PTC
8. Salmon from Sunshine Seasons
9. Onion Rings and a Chocolate Shake from Beaches n' Cream
10. Popcorn!!!popcorn::

What are YOUR favorites???

Finally caught up and subbing!

Here are my tops, in no particular order:

Top ten rides:

1. Soarin'
2. Living with the Land
3. Toy Story Mania
4. Tower of Terror
5. Kilimanjaro Safari
6. Splash Mountain
7. Haunted Mansion
8. Jungle Cruise
9. Pirates of the Caribbean
10. It's a Small World

Top five shows:

1. Festival of the Lion King
2. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
3. Mickey's Philharmagic
4. Spectromagic
5. Wishes

Top ten foods:

1. Mickey ice cream sandwiches
2. Kaki Gori
3. Beef and Blue Salad (at Sci Fi Dine-in)
4. Cheddar Cheese Soup (Le Cellier)
5. Churros
6. Mickey Waffles
7. Funnel Cake
8. Dole Whip
9. Mickey Premium Bar
10. Tie-dye Cheese Cake (Pop Century)

Those are all off the top of my head. I'm sure I've left something important off the list. Also, the food choices are for non-Food & Wine Festival times. During F&W, I'd have to list my top 200!!!

Oh, T-Rex... My kids loved it. I tried to get it for our upcoming trip, but the times were bad. I might try walk-up. I got WPC instead. I've done Raglan Road twice and really lived it!

Cory's Gal
02-17-2010, 03:26 PM
I like your lists Stacey!! I never did get to try the tie-dye cheesecake at Pop last time and I forgot about Mickey Waffles, they are goooood!!! Yeah, we may try walk up for T-Rex too when we go, I just may not replace Raglan Road and stick to just the two ADR's. I do poke around with the on-line reservations all the time, it's too easy to check which places have openings!!

Cory's Gal
02-17-2010, 03:31 PM
Last trip in January 2007, my parents came with us and DH and I surprised them with a gift basket by Memories by Sarah:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC03573.jpg

We would like to get them a little something this time, but thought that we would try something else other than the basket. They liked it a lot but I want something different. After poking around a bit on AllEars, I came across the Carriage Ride through POR. I remember DH and I trying to book it when we went back in 2005, and it was all booked up. I think they would enjoy something quieter and relaxing they could do just together away from us and away from the parks. Anybody have any experiences with this??

wdwgirl03
02-17-2010, 05:21 PM
Hey Beth! Finally decided to post on your PTR (thanks for posting on mine!). I have to do a little catching up but I love all your old pictures. It's so fun looking back at those and reliving the memories. :thumbsup2

Looking forward to more of your plans. popcorn::

DisMomAmy
02-17-2010, 08:09 PM
Well I haven't gotten my Animal Kingdom day planned quite yet so while we all wait...:rolleyes1...I thought I would list my TOP 10 attractions, TOP 5 shows, and TOP 10 FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Attractions:
1. Splash Mountain
2. Expedition Everest
3. Rock n' Rollercoaster
4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
5. Kilimanjaro Safaris
6. Soarin'
7. Test Track
8. Mad Tea Party
9. Pirates of the Caribbean
10. Toy Story Mania! (I have not been on this yet but I anticipate it in the Top 10)

Shows:
1. Finding Nemo: The Musical
2. Festival of the Lion King
3. Mickey's PhilharMagic
4. Beauty and the Beast
5. Lights Motors Action! (Because Gabe loves it so much)

FOOD!!!
1. Ice Cream Sandwich from the Main Street Bakery
2. Chocolate Dipped Mickey Rice Krispy Treat
3. Churro
4. Mickey Ice Cream Bar:mickeybar
5. Dole Whip
6. Cherry Sours Goofy's Candy Co.
7. Angel Food Cake with Berries from 50's PTC
8. Salmon from Sunshine Seasons
9. Onion Rings and a Chocolate Shake from Beaches n' Cream
10. Popcorn!!!popcorn::

What are YOUR favorites???

Our favorites are:
Attractions - not necessarily in this order:
1. Tower of Terror
2. Rock 'n' Rollercoaster
3. Toy Story Mania
4. Expedition Everest
5. Dinosaur
6. Soarin'
7. Test Track
8. BTMRR
9. Space Mountain
10. Alex - Pirates of the Caribbean or Zach - It's a Small World
We love Splash Mtn. too!

Favorites 5 shows... we haven't seen too many all together as a family - so here are my top 3:
1. Definitely Festival of the Lion King!!!
2. Mickey's Philharmagic
3. Finding Nemo

And as far as food... We haven't had many Disney treats, but here are our favorite 5:
1. Kaki Gori
2. Disney Popcorn
3. CBR cupcakes... (I know strange...)
4. Apple pie or cobbler at Columbia Harbour House
5. Filet at Teppan Edo!

And Alex's favorite would be Disney chicken nuggets! :rotfl:

Here are some I want to try this year:
1. Disney Fudge!!!!!!!!!!
2. Dole Whip (nope... never had one!)
3. Something from Goofy's Candy Company!

Angies1274
02-17-2010, 09:00 PM
Ahhh...I love your lists!!!:thumbsup2

Our favorite attractions are: (also in no particular order)

1. Soarin'
2. Test Track
3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
4. Splash Mountain
5. Expedition Everest (love this one!!!)
6. Dinosaur
7.Toy Story Mania
8. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
9. Jungle Cruise
10. Haunted Mansion (I love this one...the boys not so much!)

Shows--

1. Finding Nemo: The Musical
2. Mickey's Philharmagic
3. Lights Motor Action
4. Muppet 3D
5. (Hoping to add Festival of the Lion King....we haven't seen it yet!!!:eek:)

Food--

1. Mickey ice cream bar
2. Popcorn--yum!!
3. Tie dye cheesecake at Pop!
4. Mickey waffles!! (have to have some every trip!)
5. Apple cobbler from CHH
6. Mickey rice crispy treat
7. Dipped pretzels (Goofy's Candy Co.)
8. Disney trail mix (It's DH favorite:confused3)
9. Greek Salad at Pop
10. Hoping to add a Dole whip to this list!! (never tried)

Cory's Gal
02-18-2010, 07:40 AM
Our favorites are:
Attractions - not necessarily in this order:
1. Tower of Terror
2. Rock 'n' Rollercoaster
3. Toy Story Mania
4. Expedition Everest
5. Dinosaur
6. Soarin'
7. Test Track
8. BTMRR
9. Space Mountain
10. Alex - Pirates of the Caribbean or Zach - It's a Small World
We love Splash Mtn. too!

Favorites 5 shows... we haven't seen too many all together as a family - so here are my top 3:
1. Definitely Festival of the Lion King!!!
2. Mickey's Philharmagic
3. Finding Nemo

And as far as food... We haven't had many Disney treats, but here are our favorite 5:
1. Kaki Gori
2. Disney Popcorn
3. CBR cupcakes... (I know strange...)
4. Apple pie or cobbler at Columbia Harbour House
5. Filet at Teppan Edo!

And Alex's favorite would be Disney chicken nuggets! :rotfl:

Here are some I want to try this year:
1. Disney Fudge!!!!!!!!!!
2. Dole Whip (nope... never had one!)
3. Something from Goofy's Candy Company!

I like your list Amy!! I want to expand my lists this trip too! And I MUST ask what is Kaki Gori, I have seen it on the last two lists and it has sparked my interest??!!

Cory's Gal
02-18-2010, 07:43 AM
Ahhh...I love your lists!!!:thumbsup2

Our favorite attractions are: (also in no particular order)

1. Soarin'
2. Test Track
3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
4. Splash Mountain
5. Expedition Everest (love this one!!!)
6. Dinosaur
7.Toy Story Mania
8. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
9. Jungle Cruise
10. Haunted Mansion (I love this one...the boys not so much!)

Shows--

1. Finding Nemo: The Musical
2. Mickey's Philharmagic
3. Lights Motor Action
4. Muppet 3D
5. (Hoping to add Festival of the Lion King....we haven't seen it yet!!!:eek:)

Food--

1. Mickey ice cream bar
2. Popcorn--yum!!
3. Tie dye cheesecake at Pop!
4. Mickey waffles!! (have to have some every trip!)
5. Apple cobbler from CHH
6. Mickey rice crispy treat
7. Dipped pretzels (Goofy's Candy Co.)
8. Disney trail mix (It's DH favorite:confused3)
9. Greek Salad at Pop
10. Hoping to add a Dole whip to this list!! (never tried)

Yes! Another popcorn lover...they must sprinkle it with extra pixie dust or something, I don't like it at other places (carnivals or fairs), but I LOVE it at WDW! I also want to try the dipped pretzels at Goofy's, I have seen pics of all that is offered in there and I must say it makes my mouth water, mmmm...
If you decide for sure to add AK to your trip this year, you will have to catch Festival of the Lion King, it is spectacular!!!

Cory's Gal
02-18-2010, 08:08 AM
Day 3-(Tuesday)-Animal Kingdom!!
This day is an EARLY day! We have 8:15 breakfast reservations for Donald's Safari Breakfast! The kids are so excited about this one (me too;))! We will be up to catch the early Breakfast Bus, they still do this right?? I hope so!

-My plan is that depending on how quickly we finish, DH will run over to EE to get FP's. Then meet up back with us and we can all ride the Safari!!
-We like to wander the animal trails and get over to Rafiki's Planet Watch and head towards Asia and hopefully get into one the morning showings of Nemo!
-Cory and I will ride EE sometime in the mix of all that.
-Head over to Camp Minnie Mickey for Lion King and characters!
-Grab some lunch at Flame Tree hopefully!
-Head to Dino Land for some fun. Adults will rotate going on Dinosaur and then by about 1-1:30 end up in the Boneyard!
-If Helen is successful sleeping in the stroller the day before at DHS, then we hope this can happen again while Gabe plays at the Boneyard.
-Line up for our favorite parade, Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade!!!!
-Explore a little more than head out of the park!!
-We will come back for almost a half day here at the end of the week.

Since we had an early morning, I suspect an early evening will be in store for us! Some swimming and relaxing, maybe we will wander over to POR and try swimming at Old Man Island! Next day up will be MK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kangaand2roos
02-18-2010, 08:19 AM
I like your list Amy!! I want to expand my lists this trip too! And I MUST ask what is Kaki Gori, I have seen it on the last two lists and it has sparked my interest??!!

Kaki Gori is like a Hawaiian Shave Ice. The stand is in front and to to the left of (if you are facing it) the Japan Pavillion. They come in several flavors (Strawberry, Cherry, Melon and Tangerine, I think) and are SO yummilicious!

Cory's Gal
02-18-2010, 08:58 AM
Kaki Gori is like a Hawaiian Shave Ice. The stand is in front and to to the left of (if you are facing it) the Japan Pavillion. They come in several flavors (Strawberry, Cherry, Melon and Tangerine, I think) and are SO yummilicious!

Sounds yummy!!! That will taste good on a warm day during a walk around the world...:goodvibes

DisMomAmy
02-18-2010, 02:29 PM
Zachary calls Kaki Gori a snowcone! But it's definitely more snow than icey... And the flavor is much more concentrated than a regular snowcone. Very yummy!

We'll be at AK the same day!! We won't have a super early start since we're planning to see Illuminations the night before, but we'll head over as soon as we're up and ready to go.

Maybe we'll see you at EE, Dinosaur, The Boneyard or at the parade. We've never seen the AK parade so we might try to catch it this year. We're usually out of the park by then, but since we'll be getting a later start, we might stick around for it. We'll probably try to catch it near the Dawa Bar... I've heard it loops around so you can catch it on the second pass with lighter crowds.

Charlefours
02-19-2010, 08:48 PM
Love your park plans you are posting! :goodvibes I agree with you and others, DHS is the hardest park for me to plan. Do you know about Steve Soares' website? It gives the entertainment schedule including all the shows. Have you looked at it yet to get an idea of time frames/ranges?

Hmmm...I am not sure if I can do a top 10 for all those but here is my go at it:

Top Rides:
-Soarin'
-TT
-Living with the Land
-KS
-BTMRR
-Kali River Rapids (I have always liked these rides)

Top Shows:
-LMA, we have seen it and plan on it again
-Indy but will most likely not see it again
*those are the only ones we have seen but we really are looking forward to FN, FOTLK, Beauty and the Beaust, VOTLM

Top Food:
-I LOVE :love: this chicken salad I got at Coral Reef but it is no longer on the menu :(( DH laughs at me because I still talk about this!
-Rose and Crown--yummy! not a food per say but one of our favorites!

I think that is the best I am going to be able to do. All these top lists I have been reading about have inspired me to think about my own version. I will have to update my PTR sometime soon with it! :goodvibes

Cory's Gal
02-20-2010, 07:58 AM
Zachary calls Kaki Gori a snowcone! But it's definitely more snow than icey... And the flavor is much more concentrated than a regular snowcone. Very yummy!

We'll be at AK the same day!! We won't have a super early start since we're planning to see Illuminations the night before, but we'll head over as soon as we're up and ready to go.

Maybe we'll see you at EE, Dinosaur, The Boneyard or at the parade. We've never seen the AK parade so we might try to catch it this year. We're usually out of the park by then, but since we'll be getting a later start, we might stick around for it. We'll probably try to catch it near the Dawa Bar... I've heard it loops around so you can catch it on the second pass with lighter crowds.

That's awesome that we overlap again on this day Amy! We probably would have been seeing Illuminations on Monday night too but with breakfast so early we have to get to bed earlier on Monday. We love the AK parade! Great tip on wear to view it from! We had a great spot last time but for the life of me I can't remember!!! Here's a couple of pics of it for you! We LOVE the animal ones the best and the music is fun! We had lots of character interaction too!!
This guy is playing drums up there in the elephant!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC03592.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC03602.jpg

Some of the parts of the parade remind me just a bit of Tapestry of Dreams with their creativity!
Love your park plans you are posting! :goodvibes I agree with you and others, DHS is the hardest park for me to plan. Do you know about Steve Soares' website? It gives the entertainment schedule including all the shows. Have you looked at it yet to get an idea of time frames/ranges?

Hmmm...I am not sure if I can do a top 10 for all those but here is my go at it:

Top Rides:
-Soarin'
-TT
-Living with the Land
-KS
-BTMRR
-Kali River Rapids (I have always liked these rides)

Top Shows:
-LMA, we have seen it and plan on it again
-Indy but will most likely not see it again
*those are the only ones we have seen but we really are looking forward to FN, FOTLK, Beauty and the Beaust, VOTLM

Top Food:
-I LOVE :love: this chicken salad I got at Coral Reef but it is no longer on the menu :(( DH laughs at me because I still talk about this!
-Rose and Crown--yummy! not a food per say but one of our favorites!

I think that is the best I am going to be able to do. All these top lists I have been reading about have inspired me to think about my own version. I will have to update my PTR sometime soon with it! :goodvibes

Thank you so much!! Thanks for reminding me about Steve's site, I had been on their a loooooooong time ago and completely forgot about all the times he has listed! That will be a great help in planning!! Now I have a little better idea of the show times and how to plan those tricky mornings at DHS and AK!!

Love your lists!! We were talking about Rose and Crown the other day and how the things on the menu look so good! Plus DH would love a Black and Tan :drinking1 from there! I will be watching your PTR to see your expanded version!!!!:goodvibes

Cory's Gal
02-20-2010, 08:02 AM
Back in 2005 when DH and I went by ourselves, we picked up this adorable "My First Mickey Mouse shirt", for Gabe! I will have to dig it out and see the size, hopefully it will fit Helen. Anyone been there recently know if they still sell them and I know at the time they had "My First Minnie" shirt too. Just curious, this is what it looked like. I LOVED it, it was my favorite shirt!:lovestruc

Gabe and my mom waiting for Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC03588.jpg

DisMomAmy
02-20-2010, 08:23 AM
That's adorable!

jenniferkeala808
02-20-2010, 08:28 AM
sooo cute!! your plans sound great!! can't wait to hear more! Maybe we'll bump into each other one day!! That would be cool!

smithpack
02-21-2010, 06:18 AM
Now I really want to do the Animal Kingdom Parade. I haven't seen it yet, and was so close to seeing it the last time, but everyone else in my family was whining so I didn't get to stay. Whining or not, I am bound and determined to do the parade on our next trip. Now watch me be the one who is whining.:goodvibes

kangaand2roos
02-21-2010, 06:49 AM
Now I really want to do the Animal Kingdom Parade. I haven't seen it yet, and was so close to seeing it the last time, but everyone else in my family was whining so I didn't get to stay. Whining or not, I am bound and determined to do the parade on our next trip. Now watch me be the one who is whining.:goodvibes


We also really love this parade! We try to see it every visit, but at least every other!

wdwgirl03
02-21-2010, 10:40 AM
The AK parade is awesome! Of course I love it because on our trip a couple years ago we got to be in it. :banana::banana: Soooo much fun!

Angies1274
02-21-2010, 02:59 PM
Your AK plans look great!!!:goodvibes I just booked Donald's Safari Breakfast for our trip the other day. We're very excited!!!:woohoo:

Love Gabe's first Mickey t-shirt!!! Soooo adorable!!!!:lovestruc

Cory's Gal
02-22-2010, 01:49 PM
That's adorable!

Thanks Amy! I remember when I first saw it I had to buy it!! I hope it will fit Helen, I have to still dig out that box!!

sooo cute!! your plans sound great!! can't wait to hear more! Maybe we'll bump into each other one day!! That would be cool!

Thanks Keala! That Thursday and Friday we will be doing a lot of park hopping!! That would be awesome to run into eachother!!!

Now I really want to do the Animal Kingdom Parade. I haven't seen it yet, and was so close to seeing it the last time, but everyone else in my family was whining so I didn't get to stay. Whining or not, I am bound and determined to do the parade on our next trip. Now watch me be the one who is whining.:goodvibes

You guys have to see it! We think it's so much fun and it has a great vibe to it! There is no shame in whining!! Especially when it comes to wanting something at Disney!!!:rotfl2:

We also really love this parade! We try to see it every visit, but at least every other!

It is a great parade!! It's worth hanging out all day in AK for!!!
The AK parade is awesome! Of course I love it because on our trip a couple years ago we got to be in it. :banana::banana: Soooo much fun!

Oh, that would be so much fun!!! I think there were a couple of different families in the parade when we saw it, did you get to wear safari hats???

Your AK plans look great!!!:goodvibes I just booked Donald's Safari Breakfast for our trip the other day. We're very excited!!!:woohoo:

Love Gabe's first Mickey t-shirt!!! Soooo adorable!!!!:lovestruc

Thanks Angie!! I am so glad that you got into the breakfast!!! A lot of people say great things about it so we are looking forward to it!! I will be excited to hear your review after you get back!!!

wdwgirl03
02-22-2010, 05:14 PM
Oh, that would be so much fun!!! I think there were a couple of different families in the parade when we saw it, did you get to wear safari hats???
haha no, we actually wore Christmas tree hats because we were there in January and they were still doing the Christmas version!

Cory's Gal
02-24-2010, 03:08 PM
haha no, we actually wore Christmas tree hats because we were there in January and they were still doing the Christmas version!

Well, that's still awesome that you got to be in it!! That would be a lot of fun, did you get to go backstage at all??

Cory's Gal
02-24-2010, 03:45 PM
I have been starting all my packing lists, and boy do I have a LOT of stuff on it!! My next step is getting our countdown calendar done. I think I will start it at 30 days out so that still gives me about a month to finish, even though I probably will be working on it up until 31 days out...:rolleyes1

I think I have our MK day ready here's what I am planning...

Day 4-(Wednesday)-Magic Kingdom
-Hope to be there at rope just as we have planned the other mornings.
-Mad rush to Dumbo and pretty much all of Fantasyland. I hope they haven't started tearing it down yet!!! I plan to park the stroller and just have Helen walk or be carried around.
-Depending on the time, we may hit up Toontown, we all want to meet Cinderella, there is still the Princess line right??? Meet other characters if there are no lines and then take a quick ride on the Barnstormer. Then we may hitch a train ride all the way over to Frontierland.
-If we don't do Toontown this day we will go right from Fantasyland to Frontierland!
-BTMRR and Splash are both on Gabe's list of "big rides" he wants to try! We may have to FP, and I hope to go over to Tom Sawyer Island, we have never been over there! Sometime around 11:30 we hope to be grabbing some lunch at Pecos Bill.
-Hopefully by today Helen will be a stroller napping pro! We will wander over to Adventureland for some Pirates and maybe Aladdin's Carpets. Then shop a bit on Main Street and stake out a great spot for the parade!!
-Go over to Tomorrowland for Space, Buzz, and Monsters Inc for sure! Also the TTA and possibly the CoP!
-WHEW!!!!!!! We probably will head back to POFQ for a quiet late afternoon to regroup and may venture to DTD again or back to WS in Epcot for a bit! Maybe hop on over to see Illuminations this night since we don't have to be up and at em right away tomorrow...

I didn't list EVERY attraction in MK because we will see most of it. Cory and I and the kids will probably skip Haunted Mansion & Hall of Presidents but I know my parents won't. Not into the Tiki Birds or into Stitch. Otherwise all attractions are on our list here!!

As all other days, much will depend on the kiddos and what their energy levels are like and hopefully they will be in good spirits!!! We are only bringing one stroller with, a Maclaren Volo, mainly for Helen but it holds up to 50 pounds so Gabe can still ride in it if he needs to once in a while. If by the end of the week he just can't walk much, we will rent a Disney stroller for him, but the plan is to have him walk! He did great all day at our state fair last summer just walking, but this will be lots of walking everyday! We will just go with the flow!!:thumbsup2

longing2Batdisney
02-24-2010, 04:48 PM
Hi! Beth
signing on!
:yay: found someone going to be there the same time we will!:mickeyjum
You guys will love POFQ! that is DH's favoirte...we are trying the POP for the first time. Now, I need to go back and read and meet you and your family...thanks for stopping by my PTR!
:wave2: Connie

wdwgirl03
02-24-2010, 05:02 PM
Well, that's still awesome that you got to be in it!! That would be a lot of fun, did you get to go backstage at all??

Yeah, we did get to go backstage to get our "costumes" and get on our car...we got to ride on the last one with Mickey. :thumbsup2 All the CMs were so nice and it was funny because Mickey was dancing along to the music well before we even got out onto the parade route...I guess he had to get into character! That was definitely one of my top Disney memories ever. :goodvibes

Your MK plans look great!

DisMomAmy
02-24-2010, 05:11 PM
Looks like we might cross paths again on Wednesday! We'll also be at MK for rope drop! Your plans sound great! :thumbsup2

I'll be starting work on our countdowns too - Zach wants to do a repeat of last year with a calendar & Alex wants to do a garland... a little something for everyone! ;)

longing2Batdisney
02-24-2010, 06:36 PM
Hi again! all caught up

you have a beautiful family! you children are so cute!
the loot you bought for their goodies bag is great and I love the minnie dress you have for Helen

I love the photo flashback...I had started that and than never scanned anymore photos...
All your plans look great! and I'm so happy to have read about T-Rex, I wanted to go there and completely forgot.
I have four ADR's I need to decide which ones to keep and which ones to cancel...but, we are keeping Donald's safari, we too are looking forward to this one! :donald: (we missed him completely when we went last year).

I spoke with a friend today, who went last year and her dgt was too short. She just put on platforms and no one questioned her once and she was able to ride everything 40" allowed. Too, bad boys don't have that option, I think Ashton is going to be just shy of 40", I hope not.

Look forward to continuing to plan along with you...
:wave2: Connie

kangaand2roos
02-25-2010, 04:55 AM
I spoke with a friend today, who went last year and her dgt was too short. She just put on platforms and no one questioned her once and she was able to ride everything 40" allowed. Too, bad boys don't have that option, I think Ashton is going to be just shy of 40", I hope not.


Try cowboy boots! They worked for DD when she was just under 40".

Angies1274
02-25-2010, 08:26 AM
Great MK plans!!:thumbsup2 We always try to make rope drop at MK! There is just something about being there first thing in the morning. We love it!!!:cloud9:

How exciting for Gabe to be riding BTMRR and Splash for the first time!!!:yay: My boys love those two rides!! They could ride them over and over if I'd let them.:laughing:

We usually skip Stitch and the Tiki Birds too....they're just not for us!:sad2: But, we are hoping to hit almost everything else!!:thumbsup2

Charlefours
02-25-2010, 02:03 PM
Thank you so much!! Thanks for reminding me about Steve's site, I had been on their a loooooooong time ago and completely forgot about all the times he has listed! That will be a great help in planning!! Now I have a little better idea of the show times and how to plan those tricky mornings at DHS and AK!!

Love your lists!! We were talking about Rose and Crown the other day and how the things on the menu look so good! Plus DH would love a Black and Tan :drinking1 from there! I will be watching your PTR to see your expanded version!!!!:goodvibes

I am glad to help out in a small way. He posts the upcoming week on Saturdays. I am going to look at the week before and gauge things that way. I also may do a night before check for DHS and AK since I will have internet access because I will be keeping up with my grad school classes while down there.

Rose and Crown--is a favorite we are planning on going back to. We are hoping to get an ADR there when I make them next Friday. :yay: I hope you get a chance to read my PTR :) There have been some great lists posted. :goodvibes

I have been starting all my packing lists, and boy do I have a LOT of stuff on it!! My next step is getting our countdown calendar done. I think I will start it at 30 days out so that still gives me about a month to finish, even though I probably will be working on it up until 31 days out...:rolleyes1

-Hope to be there at rope just as we have planned the other mornings.
-Mad rush to Dumbo and pretty much all of Fantasyland. I hope they haven't started tearing it down yet!!! I plan to park the stroller and just have Helen walk or be carried around.
-Depending on the time, we may hit up Toontown, we all want to meet Cinderella, there is still the Princess line right??? Meet other characters if there are no lines and then take a quick ride on the Barnstormer. Then we may hitch a train ride all the way over to Frontierland.

As all other days, much will depend on the kiddos and what their energy levels are like and hopefully they will be in good spirits!!! We are only bringing one stroller with, a Maclaren Volo, mainly for Helen but it holds up to 50 pounds so Gabe can still ride in it if he needs to once in a while. If by the end of the week he just can't walk much, we will rent a Disney stroller for him, but the plan is to have him walk! He did great all day at our state fair last summer just walking, but this will be lots of walking everyday! We will just go with the flow!!:thumbsup2

Couple thoughts for you to mull over:

Fantasyland expansion is not slated to break ground until this Fall. Even then they are saying they are going to try to leave everything intact for as long as possible. When my family goes down in September, things may have begun. If so, I will definitely post an update about it on the TR I am planning on doing. (I hope you are planning one as well!!)

Have you thought about renting a double stroller from Orlando Stroller Company? They rent out double joggers that have reclining seats. BippityBoo (Katie) came back from a trip recently and will rave about them!! It would give you the option of allowing both DD and DS to ride without issues. :scratchin:

Have you thought about doing a custom shirt through Etsy? There are sellers on there would would embroider and applique a shirt for you. Its a thought...

What are you doing for your countdown calendar? I am still trying to figure our calendar out. I am pretty sure we are going to start it at 30 days out too--just long enough for DD but too long I hope.:teacher:

Cory's Gal
02-26-2010, 06:42 AM
Hi! Beth
signing on!
:yay: found someone going to be there the same time we will!:mickeyjum
You guys will love POFQ! that is DH's favoirte...we are trying the POP for the first time. Now, I need to go back and read and meet you and your family...thanks for stopping by my PTR!
:wave2: Connie

Thanks for reading Connie! It's great we will be there the same week!! I keep hearing great things about POFQ, all the positive feedback always makes me feel good about our decision!!!:thumbsup2

Yeah, we did get to go backstage to get our "costumes" and get on our car...we got to ride on the last one with Mickey. :thumbsup2 All the CMs were so nice and it was funny because Mickey was dancing along to the music well before we even got out onto the parade route...I guess he had to get into character! That was definitely one of my top Disney memories ever. :goodvibes

Your MK plans look great!

Awesome!! What a great experience! Glad to know Mickey is always in character, even backstage!!

Looks like we might cross paths again on Wednesday! We'll also be at MK for rope drop! Your plans sound great! :thumbsup2

I'll be starting work on our countdowns too - Zach wants to do a repeat of last year with a calendar & Alex wants to do a garland... a little something for everyone! ;)

I think we have a really big chance of seeing eachother Amy!! Will you be heading back to Fantasyland too right away?? Two countdowns sounds like a great idea!! Take pictures when you get them ready, how many days out will you start them??

Cory's Gal
02-26-2010, 07:12 AM
Hi again! all caught up

you have a beautiful family! you children are so cute!
the loot you bought for their goodies bag is great and I love the minnie dress you have for Helen

I love the photo flashback...I had started that and than never scanned anymore photos...
All your plans look great! and I'm so happy to have read about T-Rex, I wanted to go there and completely forgot.
I have four ADR's I need to decide which ones to keep and which ones to cancel...but, we are keeping Donald's safari, we too are looking forward to this one! :donald: (we missed him completely when we went last year).

I spoke with a friend today, who went last year and her dgt was too short. She just put on platforms and no one questioned her once and she was able to ride everything 40" allowed. Too, bad boys don't have that option, I think Ashton is going to be just shy of 40", I hope not.

Look forward to continuing to plan along with you...
:wave2: Connie

Glad you got caught up Connie!! Thanks for all the great comments too!! Gabe is really excited for Donald's breakfast! The food sounds yummy too and it will be really slick to hop right on the Safari when we are done eating! We hope Daisy will still be there for the breakfast, we never got to see her last time! Do any of our days overlap yet??

Try cowboy boots! They worked for DD when she was just under 40".

That's a great suggestion Stacey!! Gabe actually has a pair of Toy Story ones that he got for his birthday. I know my aunt got them at Kohl's! They are so cute!!

Great MK plans!!:thumbsup2 We always try to make rope drop at MK! There is just something about being there first thing in the morning. We love it!!!:cloud9:

How exciting for Gabe to be riding BTMRR and Splash for the first time!!!:yay: My boys love those two rides!! They could ride them over and over if I'd let them.:laughing:

We usually skip Stitch and the Tiki Birds too....they're just not for us!:sad2: But, we are hoping to hit almost everything else!!:thumbsup2

Glad to know you like the plans too Angie!! We have never seen the opening show yet in MK and I think it would a great start to the day and I know the kiddos would love to see a lot of the characters up by the train station! Gabe is really excited for those two rides, I am especially happy because I think Splash is my absolute favorite!!!

I am glad to help out in a small way. He posts the upcoming week on Saturdays. I am going to look at the week before and gauge things that way. I also may do a night before check for DHS and AK since I will have internet access because I will be keeping up with my grad school classes while down there.

Rose and Crown--is a favorite we are planning on going back to. We are hoping to get an ADR there when I make them next Friday. :yay: I hope you get a chance to read my PTR :) There have been some great lists posted. :goodvibes
We probably will have internet access too, I am sure either Cory or my dad may have to do a bit of work while we are there, I am also trying to convince Cory to download the Disney App for his phone so we can have all that access too!! Yes, I love reading your PTR!! Your daughter is completely adorable!!! I need to go over and read more updates!!


Couple thoughts for you to mull over:

Fantasyland expansion is not slated to break ground until this Fall. Even then they are saying they are going to try to leave everything intact for as long as possible. When my family goes down in September, things may have begun. If so, I will definitely post an update about it on the TR I am planning on doing. (I hope you are planning one as well!!)

Have you thought about renting a double stroller from Orlando Stroller Company? They rent out double joggers that have reclining seats. BippityBoo (Katie) came back from a trip recently and will rave about them!! It would give you the option of allowing both DD and DS to ride without issues. :scratchin:

Have you thought about doing a custom shirt through Etsy? There are sellers on there would would embroider and applique a shirt for you. Its a thought...

What are you doing for your countdown calendar? I am still trying to figure our calendar out. I am pretty sure we are going to start it at 30 days out too--just long enough for DD but too long I hope.:teacher:



Thanks for the info on Fantasyland. Some of the articles about it are so confusing! Yes, I am planning a TR, and I will be sure to update the best I can about any of the changes!! I have checked out the Orlando Stroller Company already! I am thinking Gabe should be okay walking most of the week, the only thought and downside to a double is the ease of getting it on and off the bus. Our Maclaren folds up really small and easy and is only 8 pounds and has a carry handle. I do check that site regularly and the prices are pretty good!!

I have heard of Etsy but never checked it out! I think I am going to take a look this afternoon, it intrigues me...:thumbsup2

I am not 100% sure about the countdown calendar. My friend/neighbor has a Cricut and has a few Disney cartridges, so I hope to make something from those!! I need to get cracking on it soon!!

Cory's Gal
03-01-2010, 10:19 AM
Whew, 54 days and counting!! :cool1: I had a successful weekend, thanks to wdwgirl03 (thanks Sarah!!) I hopped on over to Micheal's and scoped out the dollar section!! I found a couple more things for the kids goodie bags, scored some clearance scrapbook paper, and picked up some more page protectors so I can hopefully finish our scrapbook from January of 2007 :rolleyes1

Scrapbook paper for 29 cents each!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00692.jpg

Pencil bags, pens, colored pencils $1 each!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00693.jpg

My darling Helen turns 2 on April 9th, a few weeks ago I found a few good deals on some gifts!
Princess Sweatshirt ($14.99) and T-shirt ($7.99) and I think I got an extra percentage off too!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00695.jpg

Belle Barbie on sale at Kohl's for $4.99 plus 15% off!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00696.jpg
The Barbie is nice because there aren't little pieces to it!

And...we got Mickey Mail...nothing too exciting but the Planning DVD which Gabe is really excited to see (me too)!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00697.jpg
Did everyone else have a good weekend???

longing2Batdisney
03-01-2010, 05:04 PM
Hey! Beth,
Great job on the loot! I wonder if Michael's here has any good stuff...I need to start a bag for Ashton; and his reward box needs more stuff...
with everything going on in my family at the moment I still do not have my plan of action down...but, I plan to have it by the end of the week..so, we will need to try to see if we ever overlap.
:wave2: Connie

jenniferkeala808
03-01-2010, 05:44 PM
hey beth!! Love everything you bought! Disney scrapbook paper for 29 cents?!? that's crazy!! I wish we had a Michael's here in Hawaii! We're almost there! Can you believe it??

Cory's Gal
03-02-2010, 07:27 AM
Hey! Beth,
Great job on the loot! I wonder if Michael's here has any good stuff...I need to start a bag for Ashton; and his reward box needs more stuff...
with everything going on in my family at the moment I still do not have my plan of action down...but, I plan to have it by the end of the week..so, we will need to try to see if we ever overlap.
:wave2: Connie

They had quite a bit of stuff Connie. Little notebooks, pens, jump ropes, markers, etc... I got a couple of things for the kids Easter baskets too. Can't wait to see what your park plans are!!

hey beth!! Love everything you bought! Disney scrapbook paper for 29 cents?!? that's crazy!! I wish we had a Michael's here in Hawaii! We're almost there! Can you believe it??

Bummer you don't have a Micheal's Keala, at least I saw the good deals you found on your Disney shirts!!:goodvibes Isn't it great we can say we are going "next month"!!!!:cool1:

Angies1274
03-02-2010, 07:59 AM
Hi Beth!

The scrapbook paper is soooo cute!! I wish we had a Michael's close by.:sad2: I have so much scrapbooking to finish...between trying to organize last year's Disney pics to finish that book and then just everyday pics... I am very behind! Love the princess sweatshirt and t-shirt!! They are so adorable!:) You got some great deals!!:thumbsup2

We stopped by the Dollar store last night to pick up some ponchos for our trip and found some really cute Mickey pens and a Pixar word search/activity book. I figured that it would give the boys something else to do on the plane.

YAY! for Mickey Mail!! :dance3: We just got our planning DVD a few weeks ago and have already watched it a few times! Noah loves it!!! Hope Gabe enjoyed watching it too!!!:goodvibes

Cory's Gal
03-02-2010, 09:35 AM
Hi Beth!

The scrapbook paper is soooo cute!! I wish we had a Michael's close by.:sad2: I have so much scrapbooking to finish...between trying to organize last year's Disney pics to finish that book and then just everyday pics... I am very behind! Love the princess sweatshirt and t-shirt!! They are so adorable!:) You got some great deals!!:thumbsup2

We stopped by the Dollar store last night to pick up some ponchos for our trip and found some really cute Mickey pens and a Pixar word search/activity book. I figured that it would give the boys something else to do on the plane.

YAY! for Mickey Mail!! :dance3: We just got our planning DVD a few weeks ago and have already watched it a few times! Noah loves it!!! Hope Gabe enjoyed watching it too!!!:goodvibes

Your Dollar Store finds sound great Angie! I need to head over there soon to get ponchos too, I need to start crossing more things off my list. We enjoyed watching the DVD, the few things that were updated are nice, and it's always fun to check out all of our favorites!! I think we still rank the 2005 Happiest Celebration on Earth as our favorite though, Gabe watches that one at least once a week! He just loves "Dave" from that one!!:laughing:

Cory's Gal
03-02-2010, 01:54 PM
I am working a bit on our Disney scrapbook from 2007 and came across I think my most favorite picture from that trip! Gabe LOVED the characters and had to kiss and hug every one we saw!

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/gabepooh.jpg


Everyone reading, please share your favorite character picture from past trips, I would LOVE to see them!! Even you lurkers out there, join in!! Post a picture!!

longing2Batdisney
03-02-2010, 02:38 PM
Beth,
this is one of my favorites...
http://i586.photobucket.com/albums/ss302/ccousin370/disney09041.jpg
Thanks! for sharing! and allowing us to do the same!!

wdwgirl03
03-02-2010, 05:38 PM
haha, those are the same princess pens I got! I kept thinking those would be awesome teacher prizes.

Cute scrapbook paper too!

I almost ordered the planning DVD but I already have the last 2 or 3 of them. I can't help it when they're free. :laughing:

DisMomAmy
03-02-2010, 08:25 PM
2007: Zach wasn't too sure about the characters yet...
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/DSC04198-1.jpg

2009: He was much more comfortable with them last year. ;)
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_3117.jpg

Charlefours
03-02-2010, 09:12 PM
love the great deals you got!! cute scrapbook paper :) I have a silhouette so keep that in mind if you are looking for something...:rolleyes1

I will have to go through our pictures to see which character shots we have. Lilian has never been so there would be none of my DD. We did not take that many--I think one of the only ones is with Mulan but I will check. :goodvibes

martinolichfamily
03-02-2010, 10:37 PM
Whew, 54 days and counting!! :cool1: I had a successful weekend, thanks to wdwgirl03 (thanks Sarah!!) I hopped on over to Micheal's and scoped out the dollar section!! I found a couple more things for the kids goodie bags, scored some clearance scrapbook paper, and picked up some more page protectors so I can hopefully finish our scrapbook from January of 2007 :rolleyes1

Scrapbook paper for 29 cents each!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00692.jpg

Pencil bags, pens, colored pencils $1 each!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00693.jpg

My darling Helen turns 2 on April 9th, a few weeks ago I found a few good deals on some gifts!
Princess Sweatshirt ($14.99) and T-shirt ($7.99) and I think I got an extra percentage off too!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00695.jpg

Belle Barbie on sale at Kohl's for $4.99 plus 15% off!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00696.jpg
The Barbie is nice because there aren't little pieces to it!

And...we got Mickey Mail...nothing too exciting but the Planning DVD which Gabe is really excited to see (me too)!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00697.jpg
Did everyone else have a good weekend???

Cute scrapbook paper! Love the $1 items you got from Michael's....I may need to stop in my local store to see what they have! Cute princess shirt & sweatshirt. I LOVE Kohl's....especially when they have their great sales!!

WooHoo to 53 days!!! How exciting!! :)

martinolichfamily
03-02-2010, 10:46 PM
Here's some of my fave pics from our last trip! This is a hard one..I have so many that are favs but I will try to keep it short and sweet! ;)

Love these! DD was just in awe of the Princesses and didnt know what to do! :cutie:
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q70/MomOfHunter_AshlynnInTX/Disney%20World%202009/Image101.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q70/MomOfHunter_AshlynnInTX/Disney%20World%202009/Image099-1.jpg
This one is from 1900 Park Fare Dinner...the Characters were so 'into' their role...it was fun!
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q70/MomOfHunter_AshlynnInTX/Disney%20World%202009/100_0554.jpg

Cory's Gal
03-03-2010, 09:40 AM
Beth,
this is one of my favorites...

Thanks! for sharing! and allowing us to do the same!!
That is a great picture of Ashton with Handy Manny Connie!! Thank you for sharing!! We can meet him is DHS right?? I know Gabe would love to meet Manny!!

haha, those are the same princess pens I got! I kept thinking those would be awesome teacher prizes.

Cute scrapbook paper too!

I almost ordered the planning DVD but I already have the last 2 or 3 of them. I can't help it when they're free. :laughing:
I know I LOVE all the freebies too Sarah!! The DVD hasn't changed much since the Year of a Million Dreams one we have. Just a short update about Give a Day and the newer attractions. The kids really like the Princess pens and think it's cool that their mom has them:thumbsup2!
2007: Zach wasn't too sure about the characters yet...


2009: He was much more comfortable with them last year. ;)

Great pictures Amy thanks for sharing!!! I LOVE the pic of the boys with Donald! Was that at Chef Mickey's?? I hope Helen won't be afraid of them, Gabe LOVES characters, we live near the Mall of America and the Nickelodeon characters are there and he loves giving them hugs, but Helen is a little "iffy", I hope having a character breakfast will help a bit!

Cory's Gal
03-03-2010, 09:48 AM
love the great deals you got!! cute scrapbook paper :) I have a silhouette so keep that in mind if you are looking for something...:rolleyes1

I will have to go through our pictures to see which character shots we have. Lilian has never been so there would be none of my DD. We did not take that many--I think one of the only ones is with Mulan but I will check. :goodvibes

I still want to see the pictures!! I love character pics no matter if they are with someone in them or not:goodvibes:goodvibes

Those Silhouette's are nice, my friend/next door neighbor has a Cricut which she is letting me use for our countdown calendar! I can't wait to see Lilian in pictures with characters especially in that beautiful dress you had made!!!
Here's some of my fave pics from our last trip! This is a hard one..I have so many that are favs but I will try to keep it short and sweet! ;)

Love these! DD was just in awe of the Princesses and didnt know what to do! :cutie:

This one is from 1900 Park Fare Dinner...the Characters were so 'into' their role...it was fun!

Thanks for sharing them Heather!! LOVE the picture of your DD with Sleeping Beauty! We had a great Sleeping Beauty the last time too and got a couple of good pics with Gabe, he kept giving her kisses!! Too sweet!!

longing2Batdisney
03-03-2010, 09:52 AM
Hi! Beth,
In May, Handy Manny and the Einsteins characters were right outside the Disney Playhouse in DHS next to the Animation bldg across from the Little Mermaid Show.

Last year he was the character we met; he tickled Ashton and had him laughing so hard it was too cute.
:wave2:

Angies1274
03-03-2010, 10:08 AM
Hi Beth!! Ahh...love the picture of Gabe with Pooh!! :goodvibes I'll have to look through my pictures and see what I can find to share!;)

martinolichfamily
03-03-2010, 10:35 AM
Thanks! We lucked out w/the Princesses...they were all so great w/DD!! DS didnt want to have them sign his book or take pics w/them...but he ended up getting his pic taken @ 1900 PF w/all the characters!

Angies1274
03-03-2010, 11:11 AM
Hi again!! Okay, I looked through my pictures...here are a couple I found.;)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh172/angies1274/WaltDisneyWorld2008256-1.jpg

Nick was right in to it...smiling away!! But...poor Noah he wasn't sure what to think of Piglet.;)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh172/angies1274/100_1639.jpg

Now, this was last year. We got such a kick out of how Nick is looking at Piglet!! What is it about Piglet?:rotfl:

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh172/angies1274/100_1653.jpg

They loved Tigger though... :love:He gave them such a big hug and joked around with both of them. It was so cute!! They couldn't stop smiling!

tyandskyesmom
03-03-2010, 11:45 AM
Hi there!

We will be at POP from April 21 thru the 28th...so we overlap a bit...but I don't think our plans have any coinciding days...


I have not started my pre-trip report yet but am happily reading along with yours...

Cory's Gal
03-03-2010, 02:45 PM
Hi! Beth,
In May, Handy Manny and the Einsteins characters were right outside the Disney Playhouse in DHS next to the Animation bldg across from the Little Mermaid Show.

Last year he was the character we met; he tickled Ashton and had him laughing so hard it was too cute.
:wave2:

Great! Thanks Connie, we will for sure have Manny on our character list! Both kids like the opening song and Helen LOVES "Hop Up Jump In". It will be fun for them to see him!

Hi Beth!! Ahh...love the picture of Gabe with Pooh!! :goodvibes I'll have to look through my pictures and see what I can find to share!;)

Thanks Angie! LOVE the pics of the boys from Crystal Palace! We ate there with Gabe (only took video though) and the characters were great! They gave us a lot of time with them and I think they have the softest costumes ever!! They were so cuddly!!

Thanks! We lucked out w/the Princesses...they were all so great w/DD!! DS didnt want to have them sign his book or take pics w/them...but he ended up getting his pic taken @ 1900 PF w/all the characters!

That's funny about your DS, Gabe has actually expressed interest in seeing Cinderella and Belle! He tells me he things they are beautiful!!:lovestruc

Cory's Gal
03-03-2010, 02:48 PM
Hi there!

We will be at POP from April 21 thru the 28th...so we overlap a bit...but I don't think our plans have any coinciding days...


I have not started my pre-trip report yet but am happily reading along with yours...

Hi Sherry!!! Glad you are reading along with me!!!:goodvibes Bummer that none of our days seem to be overlapping at all, if your plans change let me know! We stayed at POP on our last trip and had a great time! It's such a fun resort! If you start a PTR let me know, I would LOVE to read along!!! I probably will read your Dining reviews for sure!!

Cory's Gal
03-03-2010, 02:52 PM
Well, today I am a little bit bummed!! I just found out the Muppet Vision 3D and the Cantina will be closed during our trip!!! I LOVE the Muppets and will miss it but oh well... I am REALLY bummed about the Cantina!! It was one of our favorite CS places! It sounds like they will be expanding it quite a bit though! I am sure it will be nice when it's all finished!

Anyways, after watching our planning DVD's Gabe keeps telling me about all the characters he wants to see. My BIG question is, did Pixie Hollow replace the Princess line in Toontown?? We desperately want to see Cinderella and that was the only place that I could think of that had her other than the restaurants. Anybody know where we can meet Cindy????

tyandskyesmom
03-03-2010, 02:56 PM
I just saw that about Muppets too...I think I heard the day we planned to spend at DHS is the day it is going down...I told Skyler (my will-have-just-turned-six little princess) about it and she was not very happy about it...she just made the 41 1/2 inch mark (on our last trip she was still only 38 1/2 inches tall) so this will be the first time she is able to partake in the "big kid" rides so maybe her first trip on Star Tours will satisfy her instead!

Cory's Gal
03-03-2010, 03:03 PM
I just saw that about Muppets too...I think I heard the day we planned to spend at DHS is the day it is going down...I told Skyler (my will-have-just-turned-six little princess) about it and she was not very happy about it...she just made the 41 1/2 inch mark (on our last trip she was still only 38 1/2 inches tall) so this will be the first time she is able to partake in the "big kid" rides so maybe her first trip on Star Tours will satisfy her instead!

Thankfully for us it is the park with Toy Story Mania and Lights Motors Action, so I don't think Gabe will even notice the Muppet building being closed!:rotfl:
He is also going to be experiencing the "big rides" for the first time! I can't remember how tall he is, but I want to say we measured him at 41 1/2 inches too!! What a fun trip for the two of them this year!

longing2Batdisney
03-03-2010, 03:39 PM
Bummer about the Muppets! I was looking forward to seeing that again this year with Ashton. He was so cute last year in the 3D movies. From other threads I have been on it appears that the pixies and the princesses are still there in Toontown; so, you should be OK! I wish I had a little girl with me Ashton loves Tinker Bell and Danny has a fit about it all the time (I personally don't see a problem--he is 3.5 and thinks her antics are funny :confused3: )
:wave2:

Charlefours
03-03-2010, 11:06 PM
They are all there together in Toon Town. :goodvibes You should be okay. I am hoping Cantina is open when my family heads down--I would like to try it!!

DisMomAmy
03-04-2010, 06:28 AM
I guess I don't need to decide whether or not to see the Muppets! :headache: It was on our maybe list... sorry to those of you who were really looking forward to it!

I suppose it could be worse (and still could get worse)... On some of our last few trips Space Mountain, BTMRR & POTC were closed (3 different trips)...

kcandbella
03-04-2010, 07:01 AM
I'm really bummed about the Muppets, too! That was one of the only things that was there the first time I was at "MGM" in 1993. I remember it was really funny and I think Bella would enjoy it. Oh well, there is still plenty to do!

From what I hear there are two lines: one for princesses, and one for fairies. And I have also heard that the fairies can be up to 2 hours!! :scared1: Hopefully the princesses won't be as long for you! :goodvibes

wdwgirl03
03-04-2010, 07:13 AM
Well, today I am a little bit bummed!! I just found out the Muppet Vision 3D and the Cantina will be closed during our trip!!! I LOVE the Muppets and will miss it but oh well... I am REALLY bummed about the Cantina!! It was one of our favorite CS places! It sounds like they will be expanding it quite a bit though! I am sure it will be nice when it's all finished!

Anyways, after watching our planning DVD's Gabe keeps telling me about all the characters he wants to see. My BIG question is, did Pixie Hollow replace the Princess line in Toontown?? We desperately want to see Cinderella and that was the only place that I could think of that had her other than the restaurants. Anybody know where we can meet Cindy????

Nope, both the Princesses and Fairies are still in Toontown! When we went (well, I went) to meet the fairies the princess line was virtually nonexistent because everyone wanted to see the fairies. But no worries, you'll be able to meet them all! :thumbsup2

smithpack
03-05-2010, 06:46 AM
I love the dollar section at Michael's!! It looks like you found a bunch of great stuff! I think I may head over there today and see what I can find.

Sorry to hear about the Muppets. Do you know how long it is going to be down?

Cory's Gal
03-05-2010, 12:08 PM
Bummer about the Muppets! I was looking forward to seeing that again this year with Ashton. He was so cute last year in the 3D movies. From other threads I have been on it appears that the pixies and the princesses are still there in Toontown; so, you should be OK! I wish I had a little girl with me Ashton loves Tinker Bell and Danny has a fit about it all the time (I personally don't see a problem--he is 3.5 and thinks her antics are funny :confused3: )
:wave2:

Gabe LOVES 3D movies, we saw TS1 & 2 this fall in 3D so now he asks us if all movies at the theater are 3D!:rotfl: I know he is going to love Philharmagic though, and thankfully he didn't know about the Muppets so he won't know what he's missing!! I think you should take Ashton to see the Fairies Connie, Gabe is asking to see the Princesses. Dads are so goofy sometimes, Cory has the same thought as Danny!

They are all there together in Toon Town. :goodvibes You should be okay. I am hoping Cantina is open when my family heads down--I would like to try it!!

Thank you!! Glad to know they are still there (as long as Toontown doesn't go under construction first!!) It says the Cantina is closed until late September if I read it right! Hopefully it will open up for you:):)

I guess I don't need to decide whether or not to see the Muppets! :headache: It was on our maybe list... sorry to those of you who were really looking forward to it!

I suppose it could be worse (and still could get worse)... On some of our last few trips Space Mountain, BTMRR & POTC were closed (3 different trips)...

Yeah, in January of 2007 we missed out on Splash (my fave), but it wasn't that big of deal! At least now we don't have to work it into our plans Amy! One checked off the list!

Cory's Gal
03-05-2010, 12:18 PM
I'm really bummed about the Muppets, too! That was one of the only things that was there the first time I was at "MGM" in 1993. I remember it was really funny and I think Bella would enjoy it. Oh well, there is still plenty to do!

From what I hear there are two lines: one for princesses, and one for fairies. And I have also heard that the fairies can be up to 2 hours!! :scared1: Hopefully the princesses won't be as long for you! :goodvibes

I hope the Princess line isn't as long as the Fairies too!! I know it used to be the longest line until the Fairies came. I think Gabe would have enjoyed Muppets too Kayce! Oh well, I am sure we will be in line for Toy Story Mania an extra time instead then!!

Nope, both the Princesses and Fairies are still in Toontown! When we went (well, I went) to meet the fairies the princess line was virtually nonexistent because everyone wanted to see the fairies. But no worries, you'll be able to meet them all! :thumbsup2

Thanks for your info Sarah!! That's great to know! I would love the nonexistent lines:):) We plan on being back in Toontown sometime in the morning so it will be fun!

I love the dollar section at Michael's!! It looks like you found a bunch of great stuff! I think I may head over there today and see what I can find.

Sorry to hear about the Muppets. Do you know how long it is going to be down?

Yeah, it was great to find a few more things. Got some Easter basket stuff too! It says that Muppets will be down from April 24-May 14! So not too long, it doesn't say why it will be down this time:confused3

kcandbella
03-05-2010, 01:23 PM
I heard that they are upgrading it to digital 3D. So it will probably be a lot better quality when its done. Which doesn't help those of us who aren't fortunate to go very often! :sad1:

MommyMcQueen
03-05-2010, 02:30 PM
Hi Beth! I just got all caught up again, I've been out of comission for a bit but back to see how your plans are going. LOVE the stuff from Michaels - there is one about 20 minutes from me I'll have to make a trip to for goodie bag and easter ideas - thanks for the great ideas!

Your trip is sure getting close, you must be so excited! Your days plans all look so good. Love all of the pictures of the characters - my DS3 is sitting next to me here naming off all of the characters as I was scrolling through! I asked him he he wants to see those characters when we go to Disney and he said a great big NO to all of then except Pooh. He then said he only wants to see Mickey. :sad2: I'm guess we won't have many character pictures with him in! oh well...

Looking forward to counting down the days with you!
Karen

kschafer
03-06-2010, 02:30 PM
Hey Beth, I finally made my way through your PTR so far! Looks like we may run into each other...the one that stands out is AK on the 4th although we won't be headed that way until after lunch but I hope to get there in time for the parade and hit a couple attractions before closing.

Looks like you have found some really cute things while shopping! I was so excited yesterday to find some Disney stickers at the drugstore. There were 8 sheets of 13 stickers in a pack and were only a buck! I'm bringing them in my bag and figure if I see a kid who needs a little pixie dust I can give them out. I also stocked up on glow bracelets at the dollar store and can't wait to share those too

jenniferkeala808
03-07-2010, 06:14 AM
OOOH NO! Muppets will be down?? Oh well, I guess we can't see that!! I love your pic of Pooh and DS!! So cute!

Charlefours
03-07-2010, 11:33 AM
I hope you are doing well Beth!! Your trip will be here soon!! :cool1:

MeMom
03-07-2010, 02:55 PM
Reading along for the fun to come!

The V Gang
03-07-2010, 05:39 PM
HI!

Our trips overlap too! We'll be there from 4/25-5/4 and time can't move fast enough. My DH will go insane if I set up another electronic count down clock!

Cory's Gal
03-08-2010, 06:54 AM
I heard that they are upgrading it to digital 3D. So it will probably be a lot better quality when its done. Which doesn't help those of us who aren't fortunate to go very often! :sad1:

I bet it will look a lot fresher being upgraded to digital! I am sad to miss it, I did want Gabe to see it, but I like all the corny jokes in it too!

Hi Beth! I just got all caught up again, I've been out of comission for a bit but back to see how your plans are going. LOVE the stuff from Michaels - there is one about 20 minutes from me I'll have to make a trip to for goodie bag and easter ideas - thanks for the great ideas!

Your trip is sure getting close, you must be so excited! Your days plans all look so good. Love all of the pictures of the characters - my DS3 is sitting next to me here naming off all of the characters as I was scrolling through! I asked him he he wants to see those characters when we go to Disney and he said a great big NO to all of then except Pooh. He then said he only wants to see Mickey. :sad2: I'm guess we won't have many character pictures with him in! oh well...

Looking forward to counting down the days with you!
Karen

Glad you are back reading Karen!! With Gabe, once we met 1 character that was all he needed, he wanted to find as many as he could! He loved them all, even ones that we weren't too familiar with!! I am sure he will get into the autographs too!!

Hey Beth, I finally made my way through your PTR so far! Looks like we may run into each other...the one that stands out is AK on the 4th although we won't be headed that way until after lunch but I hope to get there in time for the parade and hit a couple attractions before closing.

Looks like you have found some really cute things while shopping! I was so excited yesterday to find some Disney stickers at the drugstore. There were 8 sheets of 13 stickers in a pack and were only a buck! I'm bringing them in my bag and figure if I see a kid who needs a little pixie dust I can give them out. I also stocked up on glow bracelets at the dollar store and can't wait to share those too

HI Katie!! Glad you came on over!! I like your idea about the stickers and glow bracelets! I was planning on bringing some bracelets for my kiddos so they would have something in the evenings at the parks, especially when we would be seeing fireworks!!!
I think I didn't type out my plans too well, we are going to be in AK on Tuesday April 27th, after I typed it I realized it may look like I was typing May 4th...I wish we could stay an extra week and then we could meet up:thumbsup2

Cory's Gal
03-08-2010, 07:03 AM
OOOH NO! Muppets will be down?? Oh well, I guess we can't see that!! I love your pic of Pooh and DS!! So cute!

We were bummed about Muppets too Keala! Thanks for your comment about the picture, I think it's cute too!!:goodvibes

I hope you are doing well Beth!! Your trip will be here soon!! :cool1:

Yes! I can't believe we are under 50 days!! We had a busy weekend, glad to be back on our "schedule" so I can DIS more!!!

Reading along for the fun to come!

Hi MeMom!!! I have read TR from you and your daughter before! Your granddaughters are adorable!! So glad you are reading along!!
:goodvibes
HI!

Our trips overlap too! We'll be there from 4/25-5/4 and time can't move fast enough. My DH will go insane if I set up another electronic count down clock!

Hi V Gang!! Glad you are checking in!! Isn't it great to be under 50 days!!:banana: What are your plans for your trip? Are you staying on site?? Do any of our days overlap?? Countdown clocks/tickers ROCK!!:woohoo:

Cory's Gal
03-08-2010, 07:11 AM
Hi all!! Whew, what a weekend, we had a couple big things this weekend and it's kept me off the DISboards!! Grrr....

Anyways, on Saturday my little girl got her new BIG GIRL bed!!:cool1: She did great! Saturday night she only got up once and last night she didn't get up at all!!! YEAH! It was an exciting day for us all! She looks so cute in it, I will take pics today and post them!

Yesterday Cory and I went around looking at some model homes. We have been in our townhouse for almost 6 years and we only have 2 bedrooms and the kiddos share a room so we are looking for something bigger. We probably would have to rent the townhouse out so we have a lot of things to hash out but thought we would just go out and see what's out there!! It's fun to look but exhausting!!!

We have to get ready for preschool and make a Target run but I will update more this afternoon!!! I have to catch up on all the other TR and PTR's that I am reading too, whew!

longing2Batdisney
03-08-2010, 01:14 PM
I can't wait until my daughter is able to move into their house and we can get a big boy bed for Ashton. That is so great about Helen doing such a wonderful job transitioning to her big girl bed.

That sounds like so much fun looking for a new house. I remember how excitied we were when we building this house.

Charlefours
03-10-2010, 05:47 PM
Yay for being back! It has been such a busy time for so many people! I can only imagine how crazy it will be once the weather warms up for most of us and we are outdoor bunches. Yay for a big girl bed! Did you move Helen up to a toddler bed? We rent our townhouse in Illinois out right now until the market goes back up.

Cory's Gal
03-11-2010, 06:48 AM
I can't wait until my daughter is able to move into their house and we can get a big boy bed for Ashton. That is so great about Helen doing such a wonderful job transitioning to her big girl bed.

That sounds like so much fun looking for a new house. I remember how excitied we were when we building this house.

It's exciting and stressful! We may be waiting a while yet but it is lots of fun!!

Yay for being back! It has been such a busy time for so many people! I can only imagine how crazy it will be once the weather warms up for most of us and we are outdoor bunches. Yay for a big girl bed! Did you move Helen up to a toddler bed? We rent our townhouse in Illinois out right now until the market goes back up.

Same here Stephanie, we play outside all day everyday during the Spring and since it's been raining here all week, the kids are itching to get out there, a lot of snow has melted too so we see GRASS!! (well, yucky brown grass but it's a start!) We bought Helen a twin bed that didn't need a box spring so it sits nice and low to the ground, but we did put Gabe's old bed rail up too. I will post a pic later today if I get them uploaded! How is renting?? Do you manage it yourself or let a company do it? Thanks!

Cory's Gal
03-12-2010, 02:22 PM
Finally a REAL update! Helen is still doing great in her big girl bed! Here are a couple of pictures:
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00704.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00712.jpg

I ordered by Rewards card from Visa and should get here next week! I also ordered my Disney Gift Card from Sunshine Rewards too! It should get here in a few weeks! Feels good to start crossing a few things off my list!! Hoping my maps will arrive soon too!

Using my friend's Cricut I got the countdown calendar are cut out! I need to just add the numbers and glue it down! It will start at 30 days out and we will cover up the numbers with stickers!! I thought it turned out pretty good! The kids really like it too!! Here's what it looks like so far...
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00717.jpg

I hope to head over to Target to get a new swimsuit tonight too, so many things I keep forgetting about!! I hope everyone has a great weekend, I know I will have more time to DIS this weekend than last!!:thumbsup2

Angies1274
03-12-2010, 03:30 PM
Yay for Helen being in a big girl bed now!! What a cute picture!:goodvibes

Love your countdown calendar! It turned out so good! I like the idea of covering up the numbers with stickers....great idea!:thumbsup2

Even though we've already been pulling days off our countdown calendar...I think we may make a our countdown chain this weekend and hang it in the kitchen. The boys love seeing it get smaller...and smaller.;)

Charlefours
03-12-2010, 07:45 PM
The first go around with renting, we did it ourselves. This second time around, we worked through Realtors to help get it rented. It was a great process--they screened all the applicants, ran the credit checks and initial interviews. We decided who we wanted to be the tenants. We rented it out in less than a week--it went really fast so we are happy. The commission is one month's rent but to us, it was worth it. Now, we are active landlords having to ok changes, questions or issues. We do have a few people keeping an eye on it as well as be there if an emergency situation arises.

Adorable pictures of Helen in her big girl bed!! Cute countdown calendar! I need to get cracking on what I am going to do. I am trying to decided between something similar to what you did or if I should do a chain. :confused3

Make a list--that's the only way I survive! ;) :thumbsup2 I hope you find a cute bathing suit!!

MommyMcQueen
03-13-2010, 09:22 AM
Hi Beth-

Congrats on Helen's big-girl bed! That is so exciting! I hope she si sleeping well for you in there and not climbing out. I remember both my kids slept great the first few nights, then discovered how to get out and went through the whole climing-out-100-times-per-night thing. They always look so little in that big bed!

Love the idea of a countdown calendar too - I can't believe you're so close to your trip - you must be SO excited!! Did you find new swimsuits?

Karen

kcandbella
03-13-2010, 10:42 AM
So cute! I love the big girl bed. And the calendar too! I am trying to find someone I know who owns that Disney cartridge so I can make a countdown calendar and for scrapbookin when we get back. I dont own a cricut but there is one at school I can use...may have to break down and buy it myself!

DisneyCrafter
03-13-2010, 11:10 AM
So cute! I love the big girl bed. And the calendar too! I am trying to find someone I know who owns that Disney cartridge so I can make a countdown calendar and for scrapbookin when we get back. I dont own a cricut but there is one at school I can use...may have to break down and buy it myself!

I got (well, actually my MIL got it for me for Christmas) the Cricut for only 65 dollars on black Friday...it's the smaller one but that is a 135 savings! :cool1: Totally worth every penny!

Cory's Gal
03-13-2010, 01:53 PM
Yay for Helen being in a big girl bed now!! What a cute picture!:goodvibes

Love your countdown calendar! It turned out so good! I like the idea of covering up the numbers with stickers....great idea!:thumbsup2

Even though we've already been pulling days off our countdown calendar...I think we may make a our countdown chain this weekend and hang it in the kitchen. The boys love seeing it get smaller...and smaller.;)

Thanks Angie! It feels so great to have it finished! The kids will like covering up the numbers! 6 weeks for us to go!!! I liked the chain idea too, I went back and forth on deciding, it helped to have the Cricut at my disposal!

The first go around with renting, we did it ourselves. This second time around, we worked through Realtors to help get it rented. It was a great process--they screened all the applicants, ran the credit checks and initial interviews. We decided who we wanted to be the tenants. We rented it out in less than a week--it went really fast so we are happy. The commission is one month's rent but to us, it was worth it. Now, we are active landlords having to ok changes, questions or issues. We do have a few people keeping an eye on it as well as be there if an emergency situation arises.

Adorable pictures of Helen in her big girl bed!! Cute countdown calendar! I need to get cracking on what I am going to do. I am trying to decided between something similar to what you did or if I should do a chain. :confused3

Make a list--that's the only way I survive! ;) :thumbsup2 I hope you find a cute bathing suit!!

I have tons of lists Stephanie, I just need to condense them all!!:rotfl: I went back and forth about the calendar and a chain too, no matter what they both will be a fun way to countdown! Glad to know you liked working with the rental company, the terms sound similar to one a friend of ours uses. I feel that it is less of a risk with a company doing the collecting and the screening. Thanks for your advice!!

Hi Beth-

Congrats on Helen's big-girl bed! That is so exciting! I hope she si sleeping well for you in there and not climbing out. I remember both my kids slept great the first few nights, then discovered how to get out and went through the whole climing-out-100-times-per-night thing. They always look so little in that big bed!

Love the idea of a countdown calendar too - I can't believe you're so close to your trip - you must be SO excited!! Did you find new swimsuits?

Karen

Hi Karen! I hope you are doing well and resting:goodvibes She is doing pretty well so far and we have had the bed week now! I am keeping my fingers crossed that she keeps it up!! I am glad to have the calendar done and in about 12 days we can start using it!! I didn't find anything cute at Target in my size, swimsuit shopping is always such a chore and I usually don't find too much fun doing it! I may have to hit up Kohl's next!

So cute! I love the big girl bed. And the calendar too! I am trying to find someone I know who owns that Disney cartridge so I can make a countdown calendar and for scrapbookin when we get back. I dont own a cricut but there is one at school I can use...may have to break down and buy it myself!

Thanks Kayce, my friend gets good deals on them off of Ebay. She has had really good luck buying the cartridges that way!

I got (well, actually my MIL got it for me for Christmas) the Cricut for only 65 dollars on black Friday...it's the smaller one but that is a 135 savings! :cool1: Totally worth every penny!

I used the smaller one and it worked great! It was really fun to use too! It amazes me all the effects it can do!

Cory's Gal
03-13-2010, 01:56 PM
Yesterday I forgot to post one more pic! We made our "Mousekeeping" envelopes! I wrote on them and the kids decorated them with stickers, they made some for my parents too!! They are stuffed and all ready to go!!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00718.jpg

No luck with swimsuits at Target, I don't know many women who enjoy swimsuit shopping...I know I sure don't!! Happy Saturday!!

Charlefours
03-13-2010, 02:51 PM
Yesterday I forgot to post one more pic! We made our "Mousekeeping" envelopes! I wrote on them and the kids decorated them with stickers, they made some for my parents too!! They are stuffed and all ready to go!!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00718.jpg

No luck with swimsuits at Target, I don't know many women who enjoy swimsuit shopping...I know I sure don't!! Happy Saturday!!

Cute envelopes--that is a great idea instead of printing the covers off and using more ink. Hmm...:idea: thanks for the idea!!

:eek: swimsuits--no way! I am hoping there are some decent ones when I go looking sometime mid summer.

jenniferkeala808
03-16-2010, 07:10 AM
love your mousekeeping envelopes...that reminds me! I better start on mine!! Can't wait to hear more updates!! We're almost there! woohoo!!

wdwgirl03
03-16-2010, 07:23 AM
Aww, very cute envelopes! Great job on them. :thumbsup2

longing2Batdisney
03-16-2010, 10:43 AM
Beth great job on the countdown calendar! and the envelopes came out great! I forgot about those (I wanted to do that this year).
I lile your idea of covering up the numbers...we are pulling ours off (to reveal the map of MK) but it has fallen off the wall a few times from Ashton tugging just a hint to hard!

Cory's Gal
03-17-2010, 02:48 PM
Cute envelopes--that is a great idea instead of printing the covers off and using more ink. Hmm...:idea: thanks for the idea!!

:eek: swimsuits--no way! I am hoping there are some decent ones when I go looking sometime mid summer.

Thanks Stephanie! I did them this way last time too. It was quick and easy and I didn't have to use up ink! I have so many stickers laying around it was great to put them to use!! Still hunting around for a suit too...grrrr...

love your mousekeeping envelopes...that reminds me! I better start on mine!! Can't wait to hear more updates!! We're almost there! woohoo!!
Thanks Keala!! It's nice to have them decorated and all stuffed!! I won't have to be digging around for $1 bills while we are gone!!

Aww, very cute envelopes! Great job on them. :thumbsup2
Thanks Sarah!! The kids liked helping too!

Beth great job on the countdown calendar! and the envelopes came out great! I forgot about those (I wanted to do that this year).
I lile your idea of covering up the numbers...we are pulling ours off (to reveal the map of MK) but it has fallen off the wall a few times from Ashton tugging just a hint to hard!
Thanks Connie! I like the idea of revealing the MK map!! That's awesome!!

Cory's Gal
03-17-2010, 02:59 PM
AHH! It's been crazy around here!! I finally can update a bit!! I got some more Mickey Mail yesterday!! Our personalized maps came and my Disney Visa rewards card came too!!!:yay: I will post pics later, I have to find the camera....hmm....

On a sad note, I am having some issues with my lower left leg. Last fall I had a stress fracture and the past few weeks I have been having some all over leg pain. I was worried that it's fractured again so I went in to the doc today. She suggested some more therapy but I can't get into this new gal until May! So I am a bit worried about walking around at WDW with this pain, it's not a MAJOR pain, just annoying. So I am awaiting a call back now...:rolleyes1 I am a gym rat so I haven't been able to do too much so I am mostly frustrated with this whole thing!!! BUT, only 38 days until our trip!!:woohoo:

When DH and I went to WDW in 2005, I bought an ornament that was "Happiest Celebration on Earth", and of course in 2007 I forgot to get one that said "Year of a Million Dreams" or just a 2007 dated one. So I have been searching Ebay for one still with no luck, if anyone reading comes across one let me know!!!

Here is my list of souvenirs I hope to obtain this trip:
-2010 Christmas ornament
-Mr. Potato Head parts for the kiddos
-WDW t-shirt for kiddos
-a Mickey picture frame for our traditional 5x7 family pic
-Cherry Sours from Goofy's
-Magnet for my sister (whenever we go on vacation we bring the other one back a magnet)

What are your favorite souvenirs to bring home???

longing2Batdisney
03-17-2010, 05:10 PM
believe it or not we are not big on souvies
but,
I do plan to check out the potato head pieces (if Danny does not grip too much)
a 2010 photo album and 2010 picture frame (I bought the 2009 ones last year)
and a 2010 Mickey

DisMomAmy
03-17-2010, 05:27 PM
Funny... I was just replying to something on my PTR regarding my souvenir budget being only $300. We don't buy a lot either & $300 is probably high since the kids will have their own Disney gift cards to cover their "gimmees".

We usually end up with a couple t-shirts & stuffed animals. There are probably some pins in the mix (they make good gifts for the neighbors kids who fed the fish) and we always get something for our mothers. DMIL will be with us so we'll only be picking stuff up for my mom. Plus her birthday is in May so we may get something from the F&G Festival. I'm also in the market for a new watch... so we'll see. We'll definitely have a new refrigerator magnet. :thumbsup2 Maybe something for Christmas too... :confused3

wdwgirl03
03-17-2010, 05:55 PM
Ohhhh boy, don't get me started on souvenirs! I usually bring home all the pointless junk like pins. :rolleyes: And now I'm into the vinylmation Mickey figurines. I am going to limit myself to a couple pins (a favorite attraction and maybe one for the year). I was also on the Disney Store website and saw these really cute pjs that I might look for too! They had all sorts of phrases on them of things you can do in WDW like "battle pirates" or "get soaked." SO CUTE!

http://www.disneystore.com/womens-apparel-2010-walt-disney-world-resort-pajamas-for-women/p/1259851/308500/#

MommyMcQueen
03-18-2010, 06:47 PM
Hi Beth!
Sorry to hear about your leg - hope it doesn't both you too much during your trip.

Since this is our frist trip, I have no idea what to expect for souvenirs down there! And I have no idea how much I'll spend! I am a huge ornament person and know for sure I want to get a 2010 ornament for WDW. I'm sure I'll pick up a picture frame as well, and any scrapbooking supplies I may find. Really, my scrapbooks are my souvenir so I'll be looking for that kind of stuff.

For the kids, I know we'll probably get them each a t-shirt or 2, maybe a sweatshirt? I'm sure there will be toys they'll want, and we'll budget some money for each of them to spend on toys or whatever they want.

My DH loves mugs and sweatshirts - I can't imagine him coming home without either of those 2 items!

Karen

Cory's Gal
03-19-2010, 02:12 PM
believe it or not we are not big on souvies
but,
I do plan to check out the potato head pieces (if Danny does not grip too much)
a 2010 photo album and 2010 picture frame (I bought the 2009 ones last year)
and a 2010 Mickey

I like the potato head pieces too Connie! I thought it would be the one "toy" DH and I would buy for the kiddos because it would be something they could share easily! I do have to remember to pack the empty potato heads so they can play with it in the resort room!!

Funny... I was just replying to something on my PTR regarding my souvenir budget being only $300. We don't buy a lot either & $300 is probably high since the kids will have their own Disney gift cards to cover their "gimmees".

We usually end up with a couple t-shirts & stuffed animals. There are probably some pins in the mix (they make good gifts for the neighbors kids who fed the fish) and we always get something for our mothers. DMIL will be with us so we'll only be picking stuff up for my mom. Plus her birthday is in May so we may get something from the F&G Festival. I'm also in the market for a new watch... so we'll see. We'll definitely have a new refrigerator magnet. :thumbsup2 Maybe something for Christmas too... :confused3

We are giving Gabe money(hopefully Disney Dollars, I think I can only get them in WDW though) to spend on whatever he wants. Helen will get some choices too. I know my mom and dad will buy the kids something as well and for my niece and nephews (even though my bro and his wife don't plan on taking those kids to WDW ever! :eek:).

Ohhhh boy, don't get me started on souvenirs! I usually bring home all the pointless junk like pins. :rolleyes: And now I'm into the vinylmation Mickey figurines. I am going to limit myself to a couple pins (a favorite attraction and maybe one for the year). I was also on the Disney Store website and saw these really cute pjs that I might look for too! They had all sorts of phrases on them of things you can do in WDW like "battle pirates" or "get soaked." SO CUTE!

http://www.disneystore.com/womens-apparel-2010-walt-disney-world-resort-pajamas-for-women/p/1259851/308500/#
That's too funny Sarah! I almost bought those last weekend! I thought they were so cute too! There are a lot of cute PJ's and tops on disneyshopping! I need to get myself one new shirt I have decided, I just haven't zeroed in on the exact one! I will get something for DH too, he just doesn't know it yet:)
Hi Beth!
Sorry to hear about your leg - hope it doesn't both you too much during your trip.

Since this is our frist trip, I have no idea what to expect for souvenirs down there! And I have no idea how much I'll spend! I am a huge ornament person and know for sure I want to get a 2010 ornament for WDW. I'm sure I'll pick up a picture frame as well, and any scrapbooking supplies I may find. Really, my scrapbooks are my souvenir so I'll be looking for that kind of stuff.

For the kids, I know we'll probably get them each a t-shirt or 2, maybe a sweatshirt? I'm sure there will be toys they'll want, and we'll budget some money for each of them to spend on toys or whatever they want.

My DH loves mugs and sweatshirts - I can't imagine him coming home without either of those 2 items!

Karen
I LOVE the ornament idea, I wish I would have remembered on our last trip so that I don't have to be searching Ebay all the time! It's a great tradition! There are so many neat places to shop, I know in DTD they have a Ten Dollar or less store, I will try and steer Gabe in there to help his money last a bit longer. Having Grandma and Grandpa with will help him get more things though...they are "softies" when it comes to the kids!! The scrapbook store is great in DTD as well, I can't remember if I bought anything there last time or not...I was too focused on eating dessert at Ghiradelli's I think:rotfl: I also get antenna toppers too! They are so cute and they have so many different kinds! I only got one last time and I did lose it, DH bought me a new one on Ebay but this time I will probably get 2 or 3 different ones!!

Cory's Gal
03-19-2010, 02:34 PM
On Sunday I bought Helen one more t-shirt, I found this at Gap on sale for 9.99! It's too cute and I love that it is purple!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00727.jpg

I also found these Mickey clips that I bought at WDW probably 10 years ago! Helen's hair is REALLY fine, but I might be able to clip one of these by her little ponytail or something:goodvibes
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00728.jpg

On Saturday my personalized maps came in the mail! If you haven't done these you should get them! They are so awesome and I personalized it for Gabe and all the attractions that he will see! Best of all, they were FREE!!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00729.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00730.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00731.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00732.jpg

And my Disney Visa rewards card came in the mail too!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00733.jpg

We are also snack people so I have started to stash snacks and travel items. Nutrigrain and Granola Bars, plastic spoons and forks for Helen (they are the Take-n-Toss kind, so they are nice and small for her) and Sunscreen small enough for our carry-on bags so we can swim right after we check-in!!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h100/bcauwels/DSC00734.jpg

I finished assembling the Countdown Calendar, it will start getting used next week!!!!

longing2Batdisney
03-19-2010, 03:08 PM
cute shirt (I love purple, too! I keep buying the little girl I watch purple, lavendar, and yellow clothes...her mom buys pink and brown only just about)...the clippies are too cute, they will be cute in her pony. I used our maps to make our countdown calendar, MK is the big reveal!

Angies1274
03-19-2010, 03:46 PM
Hi Beth!:goodvibes

Catching up! Love your mousekeeping envelopes..so cute!!!:)

Sorry to hear about your leg.:sad2: I hope it's starting to feel better!:thumbsup2

Hmm...favorite souvenirs to bring home? Let's see, t-shirts and stuffed animals for the boys. I usually pick up an ornament, a photo album to hold most of our pictures--the rest I put in a scrapbook or I at least try to.:rolleyes1 We usually get a mug too but I'm not sure if we'll get a new one this year or not?:confused3

YAY! for getting your park maps and Disney reward card!!:woohoo: The t-shirt and Mickey clips are adorable!:)

kcandbella
03-19-2010, 07:31 PM
I LOVE that Belle of the Ball shirt! My DD has an adidas one with a soccer ball (no princesses) that says that and she always laughs and says "Bella" of the ball! :rotfl:

littlelovebug
03-19-2010, 10:01 PM
Hi Beth! I just read your entire trip report and now I'm subbing! :thumbsup2:

Hopefully I'll have time to start my own PTR...our trips will overlap a little. We'll be at POR April 28-May 3 for our DD4's first trip!

Can't wait to hear the rest of your plans!
Jen :figment:

Charlefours
03-19-2010, 11:24 PM
I hope you can get your leg to stop being painful. It definitely would not be fun at Disney with all the walking. Yay for 35 days!! :yay:

I think we have the same, if not a very similar ornament from 2005. We get a new ornament every year and that was our choice for 2005. We will definitely be picking up one while we are down there too. :goodvibes:

Hmmm souvies for us this year: I bought some cute plastic cups on our first trip that are finally cracking. I would like to get another set of four of whatever version they have out (if I like them). I also want to get a Mickey pancake/egg mold/cookie cutter. Lastly for me, a 2010 scrapbook album. :rotfl: not too horrible. The family will pick out an ornament. DD--it is her birthday trip so she will get to pick out a few things here and there too.

Those pjs are really cute!!

Adorable shirt for DD! I love :love: those maps--I was so impressed when we got ours in the mail. I may order another set in July so DD can have a set to look at on the drive and in the hotel without me worrying if she will rip them since I want them for the scrapbook.

jenniferkeala808
03-20-2010, 07:48 AM
hey beth!! sorry I've been MIA...i'm back! i love that purple belle shirt you bought! so cute! And you bought it at GAP?? I didn't know they had Disney shirts! love it! Thanks for sharing your pics of the maps...i ordered mine and I got my email saying they sent it! Isn't it wonderful that they're free?!?! I got my Disney rewards card as well!! Isn't it sooo exciting?! Can't wait to actually use it! Can't wait to hear more updates!! We're almost there!!!

kschafer
03-20-2010, 08:05 AM
We're not big souvie buyers but the potato head parts were tops on our list in 2008. If you buy the potato, make sure you stuff his insides before putting him in the box (or if you have one already, pack him in your suitcase to save room in the box) But if you only have 1, a second won't hurt so both kids can play at the same time. I'm a lot of help huh! :sad2:

My list is much longer this year since the kids aren't coming with me, gotta bring back presents so they like me again when I return :laughing:

Oh, and the under $10 store is simply full of stuff you would expect to be under $10, I didn't think there was anything there that was an exceptional good deal but not a bad way to limit the kids spending (as opposed to WOD where they will want the $70 items!)

martinolichfamily
03-21-2010, 12:43 PM
Hi Beth!
All caught up on your updates! We are finally home from a snowy spring break in New Mexico.

Love your countdown calendar...it is too cute! :thumbsup2

I ordered the customized park maps last year too....I agree..they are great! Even if you don't use them! :rotfl: Ours rode along for the trip but never actually got used.

Yay for the big girl bed and that she is doing great sleeping in it! :yay:
My DD got a big girl bed too but doesnt seem to want to sleep in it ?!? :confused3 We even got her princess sheets and comforter!

Your trip is almost here!! :cheer2:

wdwgirl03
03-21-2010, 01:04 PM
Cute t-shirt! And I agree, those maps are pretty cool. They're a neat "souvenir" for free!

DisMomAmy
03-21-2010, 01:23 PM
We got the same maps! It's the first time we've gotten that version. We've gotten the other (brown) version twice before.

Cory's Gal
03-22-2010, 10:57 AM
cute shirt (I love purple, too! I keep buying the little girl I watch purple, lavendar, and yellow clothes...her mom buys pink and brown only just about)...the clippies are too cute, they will be cute in her pony. I used our maps to make our countdown calendar, MK is the big reveal!
That's a great way to use those maps Connie! I thought they were so nice for such a great price:thumbsup2

I just love that purple color too, Helen has one little outfit in that color and she looks so cute in it!:goodvibes
Hi Beth!:goodvibes

Catching up! Love your mousekeeping envelopes..so cute!!!:)

Sorry to hear about your leg.:sad2: I hope it's starting to feel better!:thumbsup2

Hmm...favorite souvenirs to bring home? Let's see, t-shirts and stuffed animals for the boys. I usually pick up an ornament, a photo album to hold most of our pictures--the rest I put in a scrapbook or I at least try to.:rolleyes1 We usually get a mug too but I'm not sure if we'll get a new one this year or not?:confused3

YAY! for getting your park maps and Disney reward card!!:woohoo: The t-shirt and Mickey clips are adorable!:)
Thanks Angie! My leg is doing okay, I am really babying it and hopefully all the walking won't make it too bad. I won't care though because I will be at Disney:cloud9: and I see the therapist two days after we get back!
Love all your souvenirs!! The last trip I should have just bought a photo album. The scrapbook thing is so much work (i.e. this last one is taking me 3+ years:rolleyes1)

I LOVE that Belle of the Ball shirt! My DD has an adidas one with a soccer ball (no princesses) that says that and she always laughs and says "Bella" of the ball! :rotfl:
Love it Kayce! It's so fun buying clothes for little girls! I can always find something for Helen when I am out and about! It's trickier finding things for Gabe.

Cory's Gal
03-22-2010, 11:07 AM
Hi Beth! I just read your entire trip report and now I'm subbing! :thumbsup2:

Hopefully I'll have time to start my own PTR...our trips will overlap a little. We'll be at POR April 28-May 3 for our DD4's first trip!

Can't wait to hear the rest of your plans!
Jen :figment:
Hi Jen!!! Thanks for reading and saying "hi"!! Wow, we will be close to eachother! I hope you start a PTR, I would love to read it!!! Have you planned out park days yet?? I know we thought that one evening we will venture over to POR and swim in the pool there for something different! DH and I stayed there in 2005, it's such a pretty resort! We stayed in the mansions and they were really pretty but I really liked the look of the Bayou too!! Let me know if you start that PTR!!:goodvibes

I hope you can get your leg to stop being painful. It definitely would not be fun at Disney with all the walking. Yay for 35 days!! :yay:

I think we have the same, if not a very similar ornament from 2005. We get a new ornament every year and that was our choice for 2005. We will definitely be picking up one while we are down there too. :goodvibes:

Hmmm souvies for us this year: I bought some cute plastic cups on our first trip that are finally cracking. I would like to get another set of four of whatever version they have out (if I like them). I also want to get a Mickey pancake/egg mold/cookie cutter. Lastly for me, a 2010 scrapbook album. :rotfl: not too horrible. The family will pick out an ornament. DD--it is her birthday trip so she will get to pick out a few things here and there too.

Those pjs are really cute!!

Adorable shirt for DD! I love :love: those maps--I was so impressed when we got ours in the mail. I may order another set in July so DD can have a set to look at on the drive and in the hotel without me worrying if she will rip them since I want them for the scrapbook.

I was equally impressed with the maps Stephanie! I think it is such a great little service! My leg is doing okay, I will probably bring two different pairs of tennis shoes and my super comfy flip flops, to change things up a bit, hopefully that and some Advil will take care of it!

I have the Mickey head cutter, it's great! The kids love it when we make Mickey waffles! I need to make some Mickey sugar cookies soon too! LOVE your souvenir list too!!:thumbsup2

hey beth!! sorry I've been MIA...i'm back! i love that purple belle shirt you bought! so cute! And you bought it at GAP?? I didn't know they had Disney shirts! love it! Thanks for sharing your pics of the maps...i ordered mine and I got my email saying they sent it! Isn't it wonderful that they're free?!?! I got my Disney rewards card as well!! Isn't it sooo exciting?! Can't wait to actually use it! Can't wait to hear more updates!! We're almost there!!!

Thanks Keala!! Gap has a line called "Junk Food" t-shirts. There are a bunch of Disney, Star Wars, etc... kind of shirts. I think they are kind of pricey but when I saw this one marked down to $9.99, I couldn't resist!! It's so nice to start getting all those things taken care of! Gabe loved "his special maps" and getting the rewards card is great! It's enough for us to be the bulk of our spending/food money!! It's awesome!!! Almost 30 days!!!:yay:

Cory's Gal
03-22-2010, 11:17 AM
We're not big souvie buyers but the potato head parts were tops on our list in 2008. If you buy the potato, make sure you stuff his insides before putting him in the box (or if you have one already, pack him in your suitcase to save room in the box) But if you only have 1, a second won't hurt so both kids can play at the same time. I'm a lot of help huh! :sad2:

My list is much longer this year since the kids aren't coming with me, gotta bring back presents so they like me again when I return :laughing:

Oh, and the under $10 store is simply full of stuff you would expect to be under $10, I didn't think there was anything there that was an exceptional good deal but not a bad way to limit the kids spending (as opposed to WOD where they will want the $70 items!)
Thanks for the advice Katie! I was planning on bringing two "heads" with for the kids. Thankfully we have two so we can stuff the box more!! Thanks for the info about the $10 under store too, I couldn't remember exactly the types of the things that they had. Last time when we were there it was so crowded I remember not being able to look too much! When DH and I went by ourselves we bought so many more things than when we took Gabe with us!!

Hi Beth!
All caught up on your updates! We are finally home from a snowy spring break in New Mexico.

Love your countdown calendar...it is too cute! :thumbsup2

I ordered the customized park maps last year too....I agree..they are great! Even if you don't use them! :rotfl: Ours rode along for the trip but never actually got used.

Yay for the big girl bed and that she is doing great sleeping in it! :yay:
My DD got a big girl bed too but doesnt seem to want to sleep in it ?!? :confused3 We even got her princess sheets and comforter!

Your trip is almost here!! :cheer2:
Hi Heather!! Sorry your Spring Break was snowy!! I thought the maps were really nice, I may just put them away before we leave, they are nice for at home under supervision!! I think we just got SUPER lucky with Helen and the bed, I don't know what we did but whatever it is, it worked! Don't give up!

Cute t-shirt! And I agree, those maps are pretty cool. They're a neat "souvenir" for free!
Thanks Sarah! I couldn't agree more, FREE is the best kind!!
We got the same maps! It's the first time we've gotten that version. We've gotten the other (brown) version twice before.
Hi Amy! I saw there was two different choices in map styles, I thought this would be fun for Gabe! I like the characters they chose!

smithpack
03-23-2010, 06:12 AM
I love that shirt that you got at the gap! I also love those Mickey clips. I can't believe you have had them for so long. I think they will look so cute next to her ponytail. I always have to put a rubberband in first and then the clips whenever I put anything in DD's hair.

I am very excited that your trip is getting so close! I can't wait to hear about it!:dance3::yay::yay::yay:

littlelovebug
03-23-2010, 08:59 AM
Hi Beth! I started my PTR! We'll probably try to take a mid-day break at the POR pool on Friday, April 30, and maybe a few evening dips. Maybe we'll see you there!

Jen

Cory's Gal
03-23-2010, 09:37 AM
I love that shirt that you got at the gap! I also love those Mickey clips. I can't believe you have had them for so long. I think they will look so cute next to her ponytail. I always have to put a rubberband in first and then the clips whenever I put anything in DD's hair.

I am very excited that your trip is getting so close! I can't wait to hear about it!:dance3::yay::yay::yay:

Thank you! I love that little shirt too! I hope the clips don't fall apart when I try putting them in her hair.:rotfl: I was really happy when I found them! Maybe I can get Helen a few new ones too when we are there!! I am getting so excited about the trip too! In two days we start our countdown calendar!!! :woohoo: I love all the pics in your TR, they have helped me get excited for ours!!!

Hi Beth! I started my PTR! We'll probably try to take a mid-day break at the POR pool on Friday, April 30, and maybe a few evening dips. Maybe we'll see you there!

Jen

Great Jen!! I am so glad you started one! Now I know who I am chatting with!!:goodvibes

MommyMcQueen
03-24-2010, 09:14 AM
Hi Beth!

Just checking in - looks like today is your 1 MONTH mark! CONGRATS! You must be busy planning and getting everything ready! Can you believe 1 month from today you'll be there!!!:cool1:

How soom until you start packing? or have you already? :)

Karen

Cory's Gal
03-24-2010, 03:04 PM
Hi Beth!

Just checking in - looks like today is your 1 MONTH mark! CONGRATS! You must be busy planning and getting everything ready! Can you believe 1 month from today you'll be there!!!:cool1:

How soom until you start packing? or have you already? :)

Karen

I can't believe it Karen!! It has come so fast and we have quite a few things going on in the next couple weeks so I am sure the time will fly!! I have taken our big suitcase down and have been stashing things away. I think we are going to check only two larger suitcases. Cory will carry-on a smaller suitcase for swimsuits, and toiletries, and goodies. I will carry on a bag with travel documents and snacks and Gabe will be in charge of his backpack with toys. I feel organized so far...we'll see in a couple of weeks if I still feel that way!!:rotfl:

Cory's Gal
03-24-2010, 03:17 PM
Hi Everyone!! Sorry there hasn't been update in the last couple of days...there hasn't been much to report. Gabe and I went to the dentist yesterday, he checked out great and I have my first cavity ever!! AHHHHHHHH!! So on the 19th of April I have to get that taken care of, I am hoping to get a date earlier in the month just in case I have to go back in a second time, I want to be feeling good before our trip!!! Almost 30 days and then we can start our countdown calendar!!:yay::yay:

We have had great weather here in Minnesota so we have been outside a lot! Gabe is getting to be a pro on his Razor scooter that we had gotten him for his birthday! Helen is starting to pedal the trike too!! They are sleeping extra great too having all that extra fresh air!! We LOVE Spring!!! Gabe is on Spring Break next week. We are just hanging around here and the weatherman says a possibility of 70 degrees!! WOW!!!:worship: I hope he is right...:rolleyes1

I haven't done much more planning, I hope to get our packet here in the next few days since I have been reading that others are getting theirs, I am getting "ME tag envy"...:rotfl:

Does anyone know much about there being a Blackberry App about ride wait times and such??? Cory has a Blackberry Storm and I was hoping there was an App we can use...:confused3

Anyways, Happy Wednesday!!! Thanks to all who are still reading along!!!!!!!!!:goodvibes

Peter Pan Fan 22
03-24-2010, 07:56 PM
Just wanted to join in! My family and I will be at Disney the same days as you and yours! Looking at your plans, it looks like we have the same HS days scheduled. We'll probably be crowded :crowded: in along with everyone else in the Toy Story Mania madness! :scared1: :laughing:
(I'm also disappointed about Muppet Vision 3D. :sad2: It's my mom's favorite, so she's super bummed. But at least we know ahead of time.)
Good luck with the rest of your trip plans!! Only 1 more month!! :cheer2:

littlelovebug
03-24-2010, 08:31 PM
Oooooo you're getting so close! I can't believe you haven't gotten your packet yet! Verizon does have an app called Mobile Magic but it's not currently available for smart phones (bummer since I just upgraded to a Droid and my old phone was compatible! :furious:) but you can use your phone's browser to visit m.disneyworld.go.com for lots of helpful info. If you're a touringplans.com member you can also use their program called "lines."

DisneyCrafter
03-24-2010, 08:39 PM
Hey! I babysit for 3 children during the week and I know EXACTLY what you mean about getting them out into the fresh air so they sleep better! The girls go to pre-k and nursery school for a few hours everyday and after I pick them up, I bring them into the backyard and have them ride their bikes and play on the swing set so that way they go inside and take a good nap! I love basking in the sun as well! :) Here's to hoping that when they're on spring break (the following week) we will have great weather and I can just have them outside allllll morning!

Cory's Gal
03-25-2010, 08:25 AM
Just wanted to join in! My family and I will be at Disney the same days as you and yours! Looking at your plans, it looks like we have the same HS days scheduled. We'll probably be crowded :crowded: in along with everyone else in the Toy Story Mania madness! :scared1: :laughing:
(I'm also disappointed about Muppet Vision 3D. :sad2: It's my mom's favorite, so she's super bummed. But at least we know ahead of time.)
Good luck with the rest of your trip plans!! Only 1 more month!! :cheer2:
Hello!!!! So glad you are reading along, I will have to hop on over to your PTR later today!! That's awesome that our trips overlap and that we have the same DHS day planned!! WE will for sure be caught up in the TSMM mad-rush!!! I am so excited that we only have a month left!!!:woohoo:

Oooooo you're getting so close! I can't believe you haven't gotten your packet yet! Verizon does have an app called Mobile Magic but it's not currently available for smart phones (bummer since I just upgraded to a Droid and my old phone was compatible! :furious:) but you can use your phone's browser to visit m.disneyworld.go.com for lots of helpful info. If you're a touringplans.com member you can also use their program called "lines."
Thanks for the info Jen! DH does not go out of his way to find out what is available for his phone so I have to do the searching!!:surfweb: I know our TA gets the packet first and then sends it along to us so it probably takes an extra day or two to get here. I am hoping that today is the day!!!!
Hey! I babysit for 3 children during the week and I know EXACTLY what you mean about getting them out into the fresh air so they sleep better! The girls go to pre-k and nursery school for a few hours everyday and after I pick them up, I bring them into the backyard and have them ride their bikes and play on the swing set so that way they go inside and take a good nap! I love basking in the sun as well! :) Here's to hoping that when they're on spring break (the following week) we will have great weather and I can just have them outside allllll morning!

The weather has been teasing us so bad right now here in Minnesota, today the high is only about 45 but then a slow warm-up and by next week it should REALLY feel like spring! At least the sun is out!! A good nap for me means more DIS time!!!