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mom2taylorandemily
12-19-2009, 11:47 PM
Hi! I guess the title says it all; I've read so many PTR's and have even tried to begin 1 myself but I chickened out. I really have no idea how to write this thing, but I want to try so my kids can have something to follow in my planning process for our upcoming trip. So, here goes.

What we have so far; this trip was booked as a BounceBack from our trip last August. We went for DD Emily's 10th Birthday, and when we came back to CBR from the park one day the offer was in the room and DH said do it. So, we booked 10 nights at POFQ for Aug. 20 thru 30, 2010 with Free Dining. We are so excited to be able to go again and to go for 10 nights and 11 days!! That will be the longest trip to WDW we've ever been on. This trip will also be special to DH and I, as this will be our 15th Anniversary in July, so we are going to celebrate our anniversary while we are there. We went there for our honeymoon in 1995, well our late honeymoon, we didn't take one right after we were married.

Our previous trips together were off site, then once we had kids and finally made the decision to take them, we made the decision to stay on site each trip. Each one has been fun and memorable for me. You can see in my signature where we have stayed on each trip. CBR is our favorite resort, WL is wonderful, but lets face it, if we want to go every year we can't stay Deluxe, so CBR is a great option for us. The rooms are large and the price is small (well by Disney standards!!!).

Here we are on a previous trip:
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This was taken about 2 years ago. We've all changed quite a bit since then, so I'll try to get a more up to date picture on.

I hope you'll stick around and come back for my updates, its a long time until August and I'd love some company.

In my next installment, I'll do our cast and maybe you'll get to know each of us a little bit.

Thanks for reading,
Mary

mom2taylorandemily
12-28-2009, 10:04 PM
Since I last was here, we've had bad news followed by a funeral of a good friend and Christmas. So, we've been really busy. As things are beginning to slow down, I thought it was time to come back here and update things some and finally add my cast of characters.

First is DH; Glenn! He is the light of my life and we both got to experience Disney for our 1st time together back in 1992. That trip was when I decided that he was the one for me :love:! Anyone who has a love for Disney like I do has to be a good catch!!! He works for our local electric company in their Nuclear Division. We've been married almost 15 years, in fact we'll be celebrating our 15th Anniversary in WDW when we go next Aug. This a picture of him:
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DD 13 is Taylor. She was supposed to be an only child, but God had other plans for us. She thinks she is the Princess in our family, but she is a wonderful kid! She is in Middle School (7th Grade), a Cheerleader, SCA Vice President, plays in the band (3rd Clarinet in the 7th and 8th Grade combo Band) and makes straight A's. Almost a perfect child; her only flaw is she doesn't have the Disney bug. But she loves a Dole Whip!!! She likes it well enough, but would like to go on vacation someplace else for a change (why oh why oh why!?). This is a picture of Taylor:
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/macanter/Disney%20Dec%202009/IMG_0490.jpg

DD10 is Emily. She is my Sunshine and God knew what he was doing when he placed her in my arms! She loves Disney as much as I do. She loves to help me plan, she loves Pin Trading and just everything about WDW that there is. She enjoys the surprise when I tell her what we are doing every day while we are there, and she loves just swimming in the pool at the resort. She is a good student, but loves playing just as much. She started playing the flute this year and is showing real promise at this stage. She will be in Middle School next year and we are preparing ourselves for 2 teenage daughters as best as we can. This is a picture of Emily:
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/macanter/Disney%20Aug%202009/P1040162.jpg

Last is me (Mary). I am a Substitute Teacher, I have a BA in Accounting and Finance, but gave all the stress of that up when I had DDs. I decided to be a SAHM until they both went to school, and figured Subbing was a good way to make some $$ and still be with the girls at school. I've been subbing for 6 years now and I love it. But as much as I love it, I may need to find a new and more permanent job soon, especially if I want to keep going to WDW. I'm trying to work on losing some weight before we go again, we lost a friend suddenly just recently and I'm very driven to try and get healthy. This is what I look like lately:
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I finally got some pictures from our Aug. 2009 and Dec. 2009 trips loaded into Photobucket, so I'm going to include a more recent photo of our family:
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/macanter/Disney%20Aug%202009/Image113.jpg

Well, thats us in a nutshell. We are just a normal middle class family. We love going to WDW and I love planning our trips. So, please take a ride with me and follow as I go about our planning this upcoming trip. My next installment will be about our Dec. trip and how it came to be and a mini-TR about it. I hope you'll come back.

Thanks for reading if you got this far!!!

OhioDisneyLover
12-30-2009, 01:10 PM
Subbing.... popcorn::

Can't wait to hear more. We loved POFQ when we stayed there.

mom2taylorandemily
12-31-2009, 09:36 PM
DH got a really good bonus this past year, he works for our electric company and they stayed under budget in his department so they were rewarded really nicely. So, since we had a Land & Sea package booked for our annual Dec. trip and I really wanted to go to WDW; when the Free Dining Package was offered and it was right around Emily's birthday, he said go on and book a trip. His only condition was that it had to be a surprise to both DDs. OMG! Do you know how hard that is? I know for anyone like me, its near impossible. How do I plan a trip to Disney without talking about it all the time and then keep it from both DDs, who are both very astute and curious? Well, I promised I'd do it, I mean why wouldn't I, it meant a trip to Disney!!!! So, I got up the morning that it was offered, got the kids off to school and was on the phone to Disney. I booked for us 8 nights at CBR with base tickets and Free Dining!!!! Emily's birthday is Aug. 17th, so we were set to go Aug. 15th thru 23rd. Then the planning began, and the major part was keeping it from Emily and Taylor.

We decided to keep the girls busy with camps and such during the summer and we'd tell them we were going to visit Grandma near Tennessee for vacation and that we were leaving the day after Emily got home from camp. So, that took care of the kids seeing me pack and such, they were not the least be suspicious and we told them we were flying to her house so that solved that problem. Fast forward to Aug. 14th and we picked Emily up from camp and got all her laundry done and and Glenn loaded up the car with our luggage for vacation. We got up at 5:00 am and headed out the door. We got up to our gate and no one was there, so we looked at the Departure and found gate 2A and asked the girls to find out what was going on. Here is Emily and Taylor's faces once they realized where we were going for vacation and we said Happy Birthday Emily!! You're going to Walt Disney World!!!!
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We were put in Martinique 26 ground floor. We had requested that, so we were happy!! The girls wanted to go swimming at the pool right away and we had no plans for that day and it worked out fine. Our package began the next day anyway. On Sun. 8/16 we went to AK. We set out early so we would not be in the heat all day, but we had prepared for it. We had pre-ordered 2 cases of water from Costco and boy did we use it, every bottle during our week long trip. We had so much fun that day, we began with breakfast at Tusker House, this was the 1st time we had been there and we really enjoyed it (this trip). This is the girls with Safari Mickey.
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Then we hit the Safari ride. DH loves this ride, he loves to see the animals and take pictures, so its a challenge for him to see if he can better his pictures from the year before. Then we walked on around the park and we all finally rode EE. I'm somewhat of a ride chicken on the approach, but once I get on them, I love them. Well we loved EE!! Then it was onto DinoLand and both girls rode a few rides and we all rode Dino!! I Love that ride. Then we headed over to FOLK, this is our main reason for even coming to AK, we all love this show. It is Broadway quality and we are always amazed by the trampoline work that the flying monkeys do. This is a picture of Glenn leading our group as the Elephants:
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We then went back to CBR to swim and have dinner for the rest of the day and it was such a great start to our vacation. Nice and leisurely!!!

The next day was Emily's 10th Birthday!!! So, it was MK for the day! We had breakfast at Main Street Bakery and then we hit her favorite rides. I had a special surprises in store for her later that day. We rode rides and had lunch at Cosmic Rays. This is my favorite picture of Taylor and Emily that Glenn took while we were deciding when we should leave and what time we should come back for the night time activities
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We came back that night to have dinner at Tony's Town Square and the Wishes Dessert Party! This is the shot that the Photopass photographer took of all of us;
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This was an absolutely magical day for Emily! I don't think she could have ever imagined that we had planned all of this for her. After the fireworks we hung around rode a few more rides and headed back to swim for a late night dip. Day 3 is coming up.

Day 3, we woke up to rain. Oh well, we've done Disney in the rain before, so we came prepared. Everyone grab the rain anoraks and head out! Well lucky us, once we hit the parks the rain had stopped so we got a locker and put the jackets up and we hit the park. We had breakfast at Starring Rolls, this is a tradition for us, we eat bagels and pastries and head out to TSM!!! We all love this ride and try to hit it twice every time we are at HS. Always ride early and get a FP for later. Here is a picture of the girls with Green Army man after we rode it the first time that trip
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Later we were walking around and I had read about the Singing in the Rain Umbrella and I wanted a picture of the girls on it and instead Glenn got a picture of me:
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Then we went over so DH could get a picture of himself with the Incredibles (his favorite) before we left for the afternoon:
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We ended the day with going to the American Idol Finals. What fun that was! Now DD Taylor wants to hurry up and turn 14 so she can try out!! Oh my, I think she has stars in her eyes!!!

Day 4 was Epcot and we were so excited to go this time, the kids wanted to try Kim Possible this trip. And it was so much fun. It took a while to figure out how to get it going but once they got the hang of it they had a blast!!
This is Taylor coming out of the phone booth in UK while working on the UK mission.
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We just stayed at the Epcot that day, and waited until our dinner ADR, we had dinner plans for Teppan Edo and while we waited for dinner we decided to go and watch Miyuki make her candy, and she chose Emily to get one. Emily and Taylor both decided on a Seahorse that would be pink and orange.
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And finally for the day are a couple of us at Teppan Edo and a picture of all of us before we headed back to CBR for the night:
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I'll work on the rest of the trip in the next update.

Mary

mom2taylorandemily
12-31-2009, 09:37 PM
Subbing.... popcorn::

Can't wait to hear more. We loved POFQ when we stayed there.

OhioDisneyLover: Thanks for hopping on! I was hoping someone would, I was beginning to get nervous that no one was going to read it but me!

Mary

WITinkFan
01-01-2010, 04:15 PM
I've been reading posts for a while, but like you, a little nervous for the posting stuff. Thanks for posting info about your trip. We leave in a little more than 2 weeks. Could you post something about your thoughts about the CBR? It will be our first stay there.

OhioDisneyLover
01-02-2010, 11:39 AM
Loved the mini-TR. :thumbsup2

mom2taylorandemily
01-03-2010, 11:50 PM
I've been reading posts for a while, but like you, a little nervous for the posting stuff. Thanks for posting info about your trip. We leave in a little more than 2 weeks. Could you post something about your thoughts about the CBR? It will be our first stay there.

Thanks for hopping on! I'd love to tell you about CBR! It's our favorite resort. We usually book a Preferred Room, which makes us a little closer to OPR and the main pool. But if those are of no consequence to you, the standard room should be just fine. The rooms are huge, they are the same size basically as the rooms at the Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge. The beds are just double beds, but we carry air mattresses and the kids take turns sleeping on it, and DH gets his own bed, but he has a C-Pap machine and he needs the room and I share with the other DD. The rooms were recently refurbed and the furnishings are nice. The refrig is a plus too. There is plenty of room in the bathroom with the curtain pulled to get dressed. DH ususally goes in there and the kids and I dress in the big part of the room. We love the tropical feel of the resort, we always feel like we are on a vacation on our vacation. You really feel as though you are in a tropical area. We love the food court there, we like the selections of food, pretty much standard fare, but they have a great Grab & Go area. We stayed at POFQ on our most recent trip and we really missed CBR! If you have any specific questions, let me know!!!

Mary

mom2taylorandemily
01-03-2010, 11:57 PM
Loved the mini-TR. :thumbsup2

Thanks, I still have a little more to add to it, then I'm doing a mini on our Dec. trip to POFQ! We had a major surprise for us there when we got off the ME bus!!!

mumto2
01-04-2010, 12:48 AM
Can't wait to hear more!

CantWaitToGo2007
01-04-2010, 01:23 AM
Count me it too :) your older dd is about the same age as my ds. I love reading the trip reports with kids his age in them. It helps give me ideas for our trip :)

Waiting for the next installment.

Nanette

wdwgirl03
01-04-2010, 07:19 AM
I'm here! Can't wait to hear more of your plans.

Great mini report. We were also there in August of last year, right around the same time you were (crazy '09 is now LAST year...haha!).

mom2taylorandemily
01-04-2010, 07:21 PM
Can't wait to hear more!

Hi mumto2! :wave: I'm glad you joined me.

Count me it too :) your older dd is about the same age as my ds. I love reading the trip reports with kids his age in them. It helps give me ideas for our trip :)

Waiting for the next installment.

Nanette

Thank you so much Nanette! I hope we can share ideas!!!

I'm here! Can't wait to hear more of your plans.

Great mini report. We were also there in August of last year, right around the same time you were (crazy '09 is now LAST year...haha!).

wdwgirl03, I'm so glad you are hopping on!!!!

MommyMcQueen
01-04-2010, 07:58 PM
Hi Mary-
I'm hopping on as well - we'll be there the same dates you are in August, except we'll only be there until the 29th. We almost booked POFQ too - but decided on POP. Can't wait to see more from your previous trips and see what you're planning for this one! I"m planning our frist trip so looking for all the info I can get!
Karen

mom2taylorandemily
01-04-2010, 09:01 PM
Well, I'm back to continue with our mini-TR from Aug. 09.

Day 5 was our down day. Which basically meant that the kids got to go swimming at the main pool at OPR all day if they wanted to, except for our Dinner reservation that night; and I got to do laundry. But at CBR that's ok, the laundry rooms are right at the quiet pools. So, DH and I loaded up 2 machines with the clothes and we went for a swim, then we changed it to the dryer and continued with our swim. Once we got the laundry done and put up, we gave the kids money and we headed to DTD for lunch at Earl of Sandwich and shopping at WOD!! I like giving my girls some freedom when we go to Disney at the pool and OPR. Both girls are very good swimmers and have passed every swimming test that they have been given, so they are very responsible in water. They are also very conscientious about sharing with each other on food and not over spending, so I knew they would eat well and take care of each other. We gave them a time that we wanted them showered and ready to go to dinner and don't you know when we walked into our room they were done and watching TV, waiting on us! We were so excited that they we responsible!!!!

Anyway we got everything ready and we hopped on a bus to MK so we could take the boat over to the Poly for our dinner ADR at Kona. This was the first time we had ever eaten there and we had read so many reviews that we were really excited to eat there. Well, it did not disappoint! Here is Emily with her Kona Kone!!
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She and Taylor got them and they loved it. Kona is now a family favorite and we plan to eat there again. We actually think it is better than Ohana!
This the photo Glenn took of the girls after dinner while we explored the Great Ceremonial House:
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In keeping with the Down day status, we went back for a swim and DH and I had a frozen cocktail by the pool. If you like doing this I highly recommend it in Aug. when it is HOT!!!

Day 6 was back to MK! Today was the day we had set aside to meet Tink in the morning and then see Tomorrowland when we were done. So, we had breakfast at Main Street Bakery, which is now a tradition with us. As soon as we were done, I headed over to rope at ToonTown. There was about 3 other families there, so I just headed right up to the open spot on the rope. Well, as usual there are those who just by the fact that they think they paid so much more than the rest of us to be there, that they have to be first. Forget those who have been standing there!!! :mad: This one mom literally stepped on my DDs foot to be up in front of us. I'd have given her my spot had it meant that much to her, she didn't have to be so brutal. We had been standing there for 30+ minutes prior to her pushing her way up to the front of the rope, let alone the others she pushed ahead of who had been there as well. When Taylor tried to hold her spot this woman turned her smug face to her and said "uh huh honey not today, we're going first!" and she stepped right on Taylor. I just told Taylor not to worry about it, it will come back to her one day!!! Anyway, we got to spend a good deal of time with the Fairies:
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The Fairies are so much fun! And Taylor and Emily just love to play with them, and I love how the fairies play right back and make the kids feel so important!

Well, we left there and went right over to Mickey's tent to see if we could see him, well little did we know that the red poles that hold the rope in the queue in the tent had been painted the night before and they were still wet in some spots. I leaned up on a pole to tie my shoe and got red paint on the butt of my brand new shirt!!! Well, as we were leaving because for some reason Mickey was taking so long for meet and greets (we had stood in line for almost 45 minutes and hadn't moved, my shirt had paint on it), I saw a couple of guys from Management at the door evaluating the paint situation and they noticed my shirt, so they gave me voucher for a new shirt. I was so shocked I didn't know what to do. I said "Thank you very much! This is why I love Disney!!" We left there and walked out to the Tear drop area and had Meet & Greets with so many characters, but I'm not going to put all the photos in here, but the list is Goofy, Tigger, Baloo, Rafiki, Suzy & Perla, Genie and 2 bears that I didn't know. We were going to go to Tomorrowland but Glenn said lets do that tonight and lets go and ride Splash Mountain. So we boarded the Train and headed out. Well, wouldn't you know it Splash was down and would be up by 3:00, it was only 11:30, we were not hanging around!!! So, we rode Pirates of Caribbean and as we got off the ride, we saw Peter Pan, we've never met him, so we got in line!
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By then it was time for my Dole Whip Float!!!!
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I must have at least 1 every trip, I sneak 2 in if I can!!! We decided to head up to Main Street to see if I could get a shirt for my voucher and head to CBR for a break, we were planning to come back later.

When we went back later that after noon the girls had appointments at BBB. This a picture of both of them after it was done:
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Well, while we were in there, it began to rain, and I mean like buckets of rain!!! So, we put ponchos on the girls, after all I had just paid $100 for their hair, I was not about to have it ruined that quick!!! And we went to Crystal Palace for Dinner. We met the usual Pooh characters here, this is one of Glenn's favorite places to eat. There is something for everyone and they don't seem to push you out to rotate people in and out like they do at so many of the other character meals!
Here is one of the girls and Pooh:
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The rain continued so we decided to head back to CBR and we gave up on going to Tomorrowland! It was just too wet!!! The girls hair held up well considering they were in and out of rain!
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Day 7 Epcot again!! We let the girls sleep together this night so that hopefully they could keep their hair from messing up, we had breakfast ADRs at Askershus with the Princesses!!! Here are a couple of pictures from that:
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We decided when we were done with Breakfast to head up to Future world and ride some rides! We had a blast and around 1:00 we went back to CBR for a swim and the 1st question Emily asked was "can I take my hair down, its so stiff and itchy?!!" I told her of course!!! Wait til you see what her hair looked like after she began to take it down from the braids and whatever it is that they do at BBB:
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So, we went swimming, packed our bags, because we were leaving the next day and I didn't want to do it later that night. After we cleaned up, we headed back to Epcot for our Dinner reservations at Biergarden! Glenn grew up in Germany, and when I was growing up my parents best friends were from Germany, so we both love German food! Well our girls love it and they love dancing to the band. We've eaten here before and this is one of the girls' favorite places to eat! Here is Taylor and I:
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When we left the sun was just beginning to go down, so we decided it was a great time to take a few pictures!
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Then we started to walk back up to Future World and we stopped off in Norway so the girls could do another Kim Possible Mission and Glenn and I rode Maelstrom, then we played with the hats and trolls.
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I don't think I'd make such a good Viking Woman!!!!
Tomorrow we head home :sad1:

Day 8 This is the day of choice! We let everyone have a vote which park to go to and the winner is DHS! Ok, so we get Bell Svc. to pick us up and we check in with Express Airline Check in and head to DHS! We grab a quick bite to eat at Starring Rolls, hit TSM for one last time and then the girls head down to TOT and RNRC. On our way out, we see the Street Performers and they wind up pulling the girls into their act:
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Once the skit was done, it was time to head over to DTD and get some last minute shopping done and grab a few sandwiches from Earl's to take to the airport.

This was without a doubt the best vacation we've ever had at WDW!!! I don't know if it was that we took our time, if it was our first time in the summer or a combination of a bunch of things. But we'll never duplicate the effects of this vacation on everyone again! We all came home relaxed and claiming it was the Best Vacation Ever!

Well that's it! I'll begin our Dec. trip next at POFQ and while there were some surprises on that trip, it did not compare to our summer trip. Hope you enjoyed it!

Mary

mom2taylorandemily
01-04-2010, 09:09 PM
Hi Mary-
I'm hopping on as well - we'll be there the same dates you are in August, except we'll only be there until the 29th. We almost booked POFQ too - but decided on POP. Can't wait to see more from your previous trips and see what you're planning for this one! I"m planning our frist trip so looking for all the info I can get!
Karen

Hi MommyMcQueen!!!:wave: I'm so glad you've joined me!!! I hope you enjoy it!!! Maybe we can plan a mini-meet in Aug. That might be fun!!!

OhioDisneyLover
01-05-2010, 05:09 AM
Great update! Kona is a family favorite for us as well.

You were able to get some great pictures!

mom2taylorandemily
01-12-2010, 08:30 PM
Wow, I finally found it. Its been a few days since I've updated, I've been sick with a horrible sinus infection and both ears have been infected and have felt terrible. So, sorry......

I'm not totally better, but am now on antibiotics so I'm on the mend.

I'm glad that you enjoyed the mini TR from our Aug. 2009 trip for my Emily's Birthday! We had had such a good trip that when we were there, we booked a Bounce Back for next Aug. for 10 nights!!! That's how we got to this PTR.

But when we decided to book the Aug. trip, we had already booked a vacation for Dec. 2009, we had a 7 day Land & Sea trip booked. We were to do 3 days land, staying at the Poly and 4 days on the Wonder. We were really excited to take this trip, so Aug. was supposed to be my fix for WDW!!! Well you know what they say about the best laid plans!!! Hahahaha!!!!!:lmao: I have this severe fear of drowning, so the closer we got to taking that cruise the more nervous and anxious I became! I was actually a wreck and Emily was a bit anxious about it as well, so as soon as I got the e-mail with a PIN for Free Dining in Dec. I played around with the numbers and I called DH at work to tell him we'd actually save over $2500 to change the trip to go to WDW instead of the cruise, he said I could go on and change it. I felt such a sense of relief and so did Emily. I think secretly Glenn knew how much trepidation I was feeling. I'm sure it would have been ok to go on the cruise, but my nerves were a wreck. So, I booked us a 7 night trip at POFQ with Magic Your Way base tickets and of course FREE DINING!!!!! The best part was it was Taylor's 13th Birthday the 2nd day of the trip, so now she got to have a Disney Birthday too!!!!

We stayed at a hotel in Richmond, VA the night before our trip this year, we had found a hotel with free shuttle to the airport and they keep our car while we are gone, then they pick us up at the airport upon our return. What a deal, now we got to sleep an hour longer the morning we fly out!!!! Well, we arrive at POFQ via Magical Express to find out that we had been selected as Family of the Week!!! That was so exciting for us, we got an upgraded room (we had booked a standard and they bumped us up to a Waterview, with views of the pool and river!!). Here we are after we were met!
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Well once we got all checked in, we found out our room wasn't quite ready, so we left our stuff with Bell Svc. and headed out to MK until our room was ready some time later in the day. We had lunch ADRs at LTT. It was so good, we've eaten there for dinner before and enjoyed it, but lunch is a whole other cup of tea!!! The Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake was to die for!!!! I highly recommend it to anyone!!! On our way over to Adventureland we got to see the Tiana's RiverBoat Parade and show. Here is a shot Glenn took:
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Then Taylor and I took off to find a Dole Whip Float!!! Oh yummy!!! My favorite snack in all the world!!
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Through the wonder of Face Book, I've reconnected with many of my friends from High School. I went to HS in Long Island but went to college in Virginia and have since them stayed there. But I've loved reconnecting with my friends. Well I had made arrangements to try and see 2 of my friends from High School that I haven't seen since our 10 year reunion in 1991, that were going to be their the same time as we were. I knew my friend Lynne was going to be at the Pirate League at 2:00 and my girls had ressies at 3:00 so I snuck over early to go and see her. Here are a few shots of her, my girls getting their makeovers and then Lynne's DD and my girls together after they were all done.
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We hung out at MK until dinner time and then we went back to our resort to see if we could go swimming, but oh no, it was too cold. So we went on to unpacked and got ready for tomorrow, DHS (the girls' favorite park!!)
The next morning we got up early and headed right out to DHS. As soon as we got there, we got breakfast then went straight to TSM!!! Then we headed down to New York City Streets and the girls met the Power Rangers and got a picture with the Pink Ranger:
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We just toured a few more minutes and then went over to Animation Bldg. for the openning so we could see Mickey in the Wizard outfit, here is the fam:
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Taylor took her traditional pose at the American Idol backdrop (she's still hoping for a shot at this when she turns 14)
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We then went to 50's Prime Time:
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The next day was 12/04, Taylor's 13th Birthday. So I let her choose what she wanted to do, so she chose Epcot and Tutto Italia for dinner, they serve Tira Misu, her absolute favorite dessert in the world!! So off we go: her is the Birthday Girl!!!!
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But our day was just dashed, it was pouring down rain, I mean like buckets of rain, and it did nothing for the crowds, it was still busy. Anyway, Glenn didn't take many pictures this day because he didn't feel like pulling the camera in and out and putting it back in the rain. But we did get Taylor's dessert at Tutto Italia!
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Tomorrow I'll finish up this mini TR and move onto planning our upcoming trip because I've already been busy planning and changing things! I can just never leave it alone, but I have a good reason (or at least I think so!!).

Mary

wdwgirl03
01-13-2010, 05:19 PM
I really wish I could see the Princess Tiana show. It seems really cute but I don't think they'll have it in April. :sad2:

What a fun way for Taylor to spend her birthday. So jealous!

OhioDisneyLover
01-14-2010, 05:15 AM
Love the update. Great pictures.

Sounds like an awesome birthday celebration!

mom2taylorandemily
01-18-2010, 09:36 PM
Wow! Everytime I turn around time just slips away from me! Today was a Holiday for us and our kids, but it is also my the day my daddy would have celebrated his 85th Birthday, but unfortunately my daddy lost his battle with a very agressive form of cancer 2 years ago. Its so hard to believe he's been gone that long. He lived such a wonderful life. He loved Disney too! He actually loved Epcot, he said he could spend a day in every country pavillion, and never go anywhere else in the world and he'd be happy. Oh well, lets see if I can get back to my mini TR from Dec.

When I left off, I'd just finished Taylor's Birthday Dinner. And Saturday, Dec. 5th was our down day. We slept late, had breakfast at POFQ, then strolled over to POR. We wanted to see if it was a resort we might like to stay at, it was very nice and we even thought it might be where our next "try it and see if you like it" resort. Both DDs decided to go swimming, I don't know why, it was cold. The water was freezing, I think that they turned the heaters off on the pools (it was really cold at POFQ too!).
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But they said that they were fine, so we gave them directions on when we wanted them back at POFQ and DH and I headed out to DTD for lunch and some shopping. We ate at Earl's and it was wonderful as usual!!! I picked out some souvies and stuff for the girls for Christmas then we went back to POFQ and the girls had come in showered, dressed and left us a note that they were in the Arcade, burning up those cards that they got with our package. Then went over to Wilderness Lodge for dinner. Well that was the experience from H***! Our ADR was for 5:00, we showed up at 4:45 and checked in. A few minutes later we were seated and told our server was "Bob". Terrific, so we start to look at our menus and we wait for "Bob", 15 minutes later, still no show. Tables all around us are being visited by their server and getting drinks and ordering their meals. Finally "Bob" showed up, he was slurring his words, tried to write our drink orders with a crayon, and finally figured out he had a Sharpie. He then fumbled with that! He couldn't even quote the Milkshake order properly, he added a few that we knew made no sense. We gave our drink order and he walked off to go get them. We wait another 5 minutes or so, and he comes back and forgot he had taken our order already? HUH? Whats up with this dude? DH and I just keep looking at each other absolutely puzzled, we can only assume he's having a medical condition or he's drunk or stoned! He then comes back again, to take our order again and still has no drinks, then tries to take our meal order. When he left the table that time, I was worried about what we were going to eat that night, so DH decided to talk to a manager. The next thing we see is the Manager come out of an office up front and our server follow her to the front and then he comes out and tells his buddy he is being sent home. So, they then send over another server, who is already stretched but we had to be taken care of, only to find out 30 minutes into our evening, no orders for us had ever been turned in, no drinks made and meals not ordered. So, we had to start all over. We didn't mind re-doing it, but it sure has left a bad taste in our mouth for WCC. We won't go there again, that was quite the experience. We were rushed, once they got to us, and our evening was just not what we expected. After that was over, we finally went back to the resort and hung out, had a cocktail and regrouped for tomorrow. Maybe it will be better. This is DDs in WL:
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We got up and headed straight over to DHS, we wanted breakfast at Starring Rolls. We started off the day with a trip to TSM as usual!!!! This our favorite thing to do at DHS!!! We walked around, saw Indy, the DDs rode Star Wars, then we at lunch at Pizza Planet. We have read reviews about this place, but we loved it there. The Pizza and Caprese Salad is fantastic. Anyway, we enjoyed it, and then let the kids ride TOT and RRC, and DH and I headed over to Beauty and the Beast. I love this show, it very good. The girls got done with their rides and met us. When we left here, we decided we'd head back to resort to get some laundry done and maybe start putting some stuff in bags to go home, and get our box started to ship back home. We had dinner at Cape May that night, and they had crab legs on the buffet. We loved this meal!!! This is Taylor with her Birthday Dessert!
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After, we went to DHS for the Osborne Lights and EMHs. We also wanted to go the the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Dance Party and see the characters.
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We left the park around 10:00 and went straight to bed, we were exhausted.

The next day we headed back to MK. So, we had breakfast again at Main Street (as its our favorite place for breakfast). Today started off great, first we headed for Fantasyland and we saw Alice and Rabbit. We've never met the Rabbit before so we made sure to get in line for them.
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Then we let the girls each pick out a ride that they both wanted to ride and we did those. As we were walking along, we see that McScrooge Duck was out, and again, we've never seen him either, so we went over to see him and as luck would have it, the CM said we may not make it, he's going in for a break but we'll see. Oh, we really wanted a picture here!! Well we made it:
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Then we walked on into Liberty Square and we had seen the River Boat show the other day, but we wanted to see if we could meet Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, so we had to ask where they were seeing people and we got in line, we were 3rd OH YAY!!!!
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Then we walked on over to Splash Mtn., in all the trips we gone, the girls have never ridden this ride. It's either been down for refurb or they've had to close for some problem or another, or its been too cold to ride, so we made sure we rode. It was so nice, we barely got wet!!! But as we got off, we saw Woody and Jessie doing a Meet and Greet and we've never seen Jessie, so guess what we got in line for that too!!!
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This day turned out to be a good day in the park for us. We got to have autographs and photos with characters we've never seen. It was wonderful!!
We decided to go and take a break and let the girls swim a little and really start the packing process. We ship a box down with stuff, so we always try to send some stuff home that we wont' need the rest of the week so it literally meets us at home the day after we get home. It has worked really well for us to do this for the past 3 years. We had dinner at Ohana that night, and we were going to go back to MK for Wishes, but I wasn't feeling well. I'd been on an antibiotic for a sinus infection during our trip and I wasn't staying well hydrated, and I felt like I was going to pass out, so we decided to go on back to POFQ. The girls were a bit bummed but they knew I wouldn't cancel if I didn't really feel bad, so they were ok.

This day turned out to be the best day of our trip!!! We got breakfast and headed out to Epcot. The girls had been looking forward to this day all week. They had gotten to try Kim Possible during our last trip and we promised them that they could spend the whole day doing every mission that they could do. Well, we rode Test Track 1st thing, then once 11:00 hit, they were off. We told them to keep the phone handy incase we called. We decided to hit as many pavillions as we could. Then when we got to the American Pavillion, we noticed that Santa was there after 1:30, it was then about 12:15, so we were going to call the kids and tell them to come on for lunch and then we'd get in line for Santa. As I was calling the kids, DH began talking to a CM and as I hung up, he says "Honey would you like to meet the lady that was Tiana's voice in the movie?" OMG!!! Are you kidding me, I had just seen her on Good Morning America and thought she was fabulous!!!! Yes, I want to meet her!!! So, we called the girls back and told them to hurry, we had to get a bracelet to get in her line, she was going to be there at 1:30. So, they show up, we all got bracelets, then we had lunch. We finished and got in line, as we were waiting DH went into the store at the pavillion and bought both DDs the story book and me Tiana's Cookbook for autographs. We got pictures with her and she spent so much time with my DDs, she was wonderful!!
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She and my DD Emily have since we came home been chatting through FaceBook. It is unbelieveable. We had such a Magical Experience with her! It truely made our trip memorable.
Then we continued on to the various pavillions and we met Marie, another we've never seen before!
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We had dinner that night at Nine Dragons. We will never eat here again, the food was mediocre at best. The kids hated it, and the service was awful. This was our last full day of the trip and it sure was memorable. The good stuff far outweighed the bad. We left while Illuminations was going on. We got on the bus and went back to the resort to pack up for the next day.

We got up early, took our bags to Bell Svc. and headed out to AK. We an ADR for breakfast, but DH began to have an allergic reaction to something he had eaten in the last 24 hours. He got his medicine in him, but he was not feeling good at all. So, we got to the Tusker House, ate and then his medicine started to kick in, he was sleepy and both girls wanted to ride EE. So, I sent them on to EE and I sat with DH on a bench over near Camp Minnie Mickey to wait on DDs so we can see FOLK. Well, as they started to come near us, I woke DH up and we got up to head over to FOLK. DH had taken his bag off and hung it on the bench, and in his drugged state forgot he put it there, and we walked off. When he realized it, it had been about 15 minutes since we walked away. It had his $$, phone, camera (with all our photos on it) and most importantly, his ID to get on the plane in 4 hours. We went into a panic, we went back to the bench, it was gone. Now real panic sets in, he's upset, the kids are upset. I pick up my phone and call it. Well while I'm calling his number, my mom is calling me, I ignore it. I'm talking to a person who identifies himself as a CM who has DH's bag!!! Oh YAY!!! In the mean time, my mom then calls DD and tells her, that a CM has DHs bag!! HUH!!???? How does she know that? Well, the CM called the ICE and my brother is the person on the list, so he called my mom because he was in a blizzard in Maine!!! Needless to say thanks to a whole bunch of people we were able to get DHs bag back and everything was in it!!!!!!!! We left AK and went to DTD to have lunch at Earl's and finish shopping to go home. We had a very eventful trip. It was met with happiness, fear and frustration! Will we ever stay at POFQ again, probably not, its just not for us. It was nice enough, but not our place, we just like CBR better.

That leads me into our next trip in Aug. 2010, we originally booked it as a Bounce Back and staying at POFQ for 10 nights and now we don't want to stay there, so heres hoping that they'll let us change it to CBR and keep our Free Dining!!!

Thanks for reading if you made it through this. We had a good trip, but we were ready to go home. I'll update on our progress for our Aug. trip in the next installment.

Mary

mom2taylorandemily
01-19-2010, 08:32 PM
I am so surprised that my DH hasn't dropped by. Oh well, onward and upward.

As I said in my 1st post we have a trip planned as a Bounceback offer from our Free Dining Trip last August. So, when we booked it, we booked a 10 night trip at POFQ with Free Dining and 10 day tickets with Hoppers, maybe adding Waterparks and more beginning on 8/20 thru 8/30. Well before we left for our Dec. trip I was already feeling the CBR pull. I wasn't really excited to stay at POFQ, but DH really wanted to try it, so I was willing to give it a try. As luck would have it, POFQ just wasn't for us, I knew it, DH knew and both girls knew it. We knew it the minute we got to our room. It was a bit dreary, with heavy dark victorian furniture. Don't get me wrong; that kind of furniture is fine, my mom has plenty in her house, but on my Florida vacation, I want light airy and sunny!!!! POFQ just didn't have that for me.

Fast forward to this past week, I finally got DH to admit that CBR was really where we all like to stay, but he still wants to try something new every other trip. Well, ok I'll try. But for now, its back to CBR, so now I have call and see if they can change it for me without having to lose my Free Dining. Well, I called this weekend and I was able to move our trip to CBR. So now we have 10 nights in a Preferred Room at CBR. We like Martinique and I put that on our Ressie as a request.

DH is saying now that he may not be able to take that much time off from work at one time, so we may have to shorten the trip, but if we do, I'm only dropping 1 or 2 days. I'll know more tomorrow, his request is on the boss's desk. If we have to change we will be going 8/21 thur 8/29. Looking at those dates I will be ok, I'll still be able to go to the parks I want and eat at the places we want to go to.

I'm just so happy that we got to move to CBR!!! We all feel so much better now, we just love it there! Its like a vacation on vacation, its so tropical there and you really feel the theme!!!

Thanks for reading so far!! I hope I'm not boring anyone!! Now that I'm moving onto the real trip planning, maybe I can pick up a few more readers!!! :surfweb:

mom2taylorandemily
01-23-2010, 11:07 PM
We got DHs vacation request back, then only want him to go for 1 week, so we are going 8/21 thru 8/29. Now I just need to call WDW and change our dates at CBR. I have to get to work on our plans, we can make ADRs in 29 days and I have only glanced at the calendars for Aug. from last year, the good news is I saved all the stuff from last year, so that will coming out tomorrow and the girls and I will get our stuff rolling. We've got alot to do.

OhioDisneyLover
01-24-2010, 06:41 AM
Enjoyed your update. :thumbsup2

disneylovin24
01-24-2010, 08:48 AM
Looks like it will be a fun trippopcorn::

Queenofallthings
01-24-2010, 09:25 AM
I just found your PTR today....love your posts and you have a beautiful family. Can't wait to hear more about your wonderful trip. We have gone the last 3 years in August but this coming summer it wasn't meant to be. My DD17 will be starting University in September so she needs a full time job for the summer so we're leaving Saturday instead:cool1:

mom2taylorandemily
01-25-2010, 08:58 PM
Enjoyed your update. :thumbsup2

Thanks so much!!!

Looks like it will be a fun trippopcorn::

I hope so, we are counting on it!!

I just found your PTR today....love your posts and you have a beautiful family. Can't wait to hear more about your wonderful trip. We have gone the last 3 years in August but this coming summer it wasn't meant to be. My DD17 will be starting University in September so she needs a full time job for the summer so we're leaving Saturday instead:cool1:

Thanks! I hope you have a great trip! I hope the weather is good for you!!!

mom2taylorandemily
01-25-2010, 09:06 PM
Well, I was planning to come on here tonight fully prepared to put some of our plans for August on and DH called me today at school to tell me he has a class he has to take that is being taught at their sister nuclear power station. And there is no way around it, and it is scheduled for 8/21 & 22. Well, there goes our vacation. We can't go for a whole week before, because the Free Dining Bounceback doesn't begin until 8/15, so we'd lose 2 days there, we can't go 8/23 because then we wouldn't get back until after the kids' Open House at Middle school. Which in most cases isn't a real big deal but the school DD is in right now is closing at the end of this year, they've built a new one, but they have rezoned our entire district so all her friends are being sent to 3 different schools. All her teachers are being sent to the new school that was built to replace the one closing, but instead of just shipping all those kids, they split them up, so going to Open House is a must. Then youngest DD will begin Middle School this year, so it is important to go and let her meet the teachers and get a layout of the school. She has epilepsy and has an IEP associated with it, so we have Spec. Ed people to meet as well. I feel like I'm caught between a rock and a hard place.

DH is going to try to see if he can take this class another time, but it isn't looking good, so I don't know what to do. I still want to go and now we are having to make adjustments, so now I have to wait for DH to iron it all out.

Sorry to be a downer and not have an update to give.

Mary

mom2taylorandemily
01-27-2010, 08:11 AM
I got my hands on the school's calendar for next year and found that the date for Open House is slated for 9/01 and DH absolutely has to take this class but it is now only set up for 1 day on 8/21. We have now decided to try and extend our trip by a day so I'm going to try and call WDW today and put our vacation at 8/22 to 8/31, with Free Dining at CBR Preferred Room with 7 day base tickets, that puts at a cost of approximately $2785, give or take a few bucks.

With this in hand we all sat down last night and tried to decide on what restaurants we wanted to eat at, we looked at last years Aug. calendars with park schedules and we tried so hard to get a semi plan together. I'm going to try and add our pseudo plans on later this afternoon after I talk to WDW about changing our vacation plans. On a good note, Airtran now has flights scheduled for our vacation dates and all flights are $64 per person each way. I'm booking that this week too, that will be another item I can check off my list.

Have a good day everyone! My day is looking better, now that I don't have to cancel our vacation. :thumbsup2 :banana:

Queenofallthings
01-27-2010, 10:23 PM
I'm so happy you didn't have to cancel your vacation. I love going in August...I loved spending the afternoons at the pool then back to the parks in the evening.

MommyMcQueen
02-04-2010, 10:20 AM
Hi Mary!

I'm go glad you didn't have to cancel and were able to adjust your days! I had a very similar panic attack just a couple of days ago! I was sitting here looking at the August hours and realized that we too would have school orientation the week we will be gone, and my youngest will miss his preschool orientation as well.

DS6 will be in 1st grade, and they have an open house night on the Wednesday before school starts. The thing is all you really do is go over, take in your supplies and see your room and teacher. You're there like 30 minutes. We too would have had to bump the trip to the week earlier which would have cost us a LOT more (no free dining, higher room rates, and more expensive flights). So, we decided to leave the trip where it is and I'll just contact the school to see about stopping over a day or 2 before school starts to drop off supplies and stuff - the teachers and staff are there, so hopefully it won't be a problem. I'm sure we can't be the only people who've ever missed open house night.

DS3 will be able to go and visit his preschool classroom too, we know the teachers well and they've already told us we can bring him over another time to get him acquiainted with the room and with them, so I wasn't too worried about that one, but when I remembered about the elementary school open house my heart sank! I sat here for hours recalculating everything and trying to figure out how to make it all work - but in the end we can miss it and it will all be okay.

Glad you plans are working out too!

WITinkFan
02-05-2010, 02:46 PM
Glad to hear that you will still have your trip in August. I'm hoping for you everything falls into place nice and easy!

We were just at CBR a couple of weeks ago now and you were right, we LOVED it! One the first trip you mentioned that Bell Services picked you up and you were able to check bags/check in for the airline. Did they actually drive you over? Bell services picked up our checked bags, but my poor husband walked over with our carry-ons that we didn't want to haul to the parks the day we left. We could have requested to go with bell services and take care of it all at one time?!

Can't wait to see how the August trip comes together! I can't wait til we are ready to plan our next trip!

CanadianWDWfan
02-07-2010, 05:02 PM
Loved reading everything so far! :)

Glad you could keep your trip. :thumbsup2

I am waiting for Free Dining to be released to the public.

We are planning to go from August 15-28. Staying at POP!

I've been trying to decide which ADR's I want. So many good choices.

wdwgirl03
02-07-2010, 05:19 PM
I got my hands on the school's calendar for next year and found that the date for Open House is slated for 9/01 and DH absolutely has to take this class but it is now only set up for 1 day on 8/21. We have now decided to try and extend our trip by a day so I'm going to try and call WDW today and put our vacation at 8/22 to 8/31, with Free Dining at CBR Preferred Room with 7 day base tickets, that puts at a cost of approximately $2785, give or take a few bucks.

With this in hand we all sat down last night and tried to decide on what restaurants we wanted to eat at, we looked at last years Aug. calendars with park schedules and we tried so hard to get a semi plan together. I'm going to try and add our pseudo plans on later this afternoon after I talk to WDW about changing our vacation plans. On a good note, Airtran now has flights scheduled for our vacation dates and all flights are $64 per person each way. I'm booking that this week too, that will be another item I can check off my list.

Have a good day everyone! My day is looking better, now that I don't have to cancel our vacation. :thumbsup2 :banana:

Phew, glad you didn't have to cancel! That would have been a bummer. Yay for still going to Disney!

mom2taylorandemily
02-07-2010, 09:58 PM
Hi Mary!

I'm go glad you didn't have to cancel and were able to adjust your days! I had a very similar panic attack just a couple of days ago! I was sitting here looking at the August hours and realized that we too would have school orientation the week we will be gone, and my youngest will miss his preschool orientation as well.

DS6 will be in 1st grade, and they have an open house night on the Wednesday before school starts. The thing is all you really do is go over, take in your supplies and see your room and teacher. You're there like 30 minutes. We too would have had to bump the trip to the week earlier which would have cost us a LOT more (no free dining, higher room rates, and more expensive flights). So, we decided to leave the trip where it is and I'll just contact the school to see about stopping over a day or 2 before school starts to drop off supplies and stuff - the teachers and staff are there, so hopefully it won't be a problem. I'm sure we can't be the only people who've ever missed open house night.

DS3 will be able to go and visit his preschool classroom too, we know the teachers well and they've already told us we can bring him over another time to get him acquiainted with the room and with them, so I wasn't too worried about that one, but when I remembered about the elementary school open house my heart sank! I sat here for hours recalculating everything and trying to figure out how to make it all work - but in the end we can miss it and it will all be okay.

Glad you plans are working out too!

MommyMcQueen, thanks I am so happy that everything has finally worked out. DH got his class scheduled and now he can travel home that night and we'll all have dinner out and then we can go on vacation.

Glad to hear that you will still have your trip in August. I'm hoping for you everything falls into place nice and easy!

We were just at CBR a couple of weeks ago now and you were right, we LOVED it! One the first trip you mentioned that Bell Services picked you up and you were able to check bags/check in for the airline. Did they actually drive you over? Bell services picked up our checked bags, but my poor husband walked over with our carry-ons that we didn't want to haul to the parks the day we left. We could have requested to go with bell services and take care of it all at one time?!

Can't wait to see how the August trip comes together! I can't wait til we are ready to plan our next trip!

WITinkFan, I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to CBR. It is a wonderful resort! Yes, we did ride over with Bell Svc. when they picked up our bags. I called them the night before to schedule them to pick us up, and when they showed up, we just got in the van with them and loaded all our bags into the van. Once we got to the Custom House we asked Bell Svc. to check them for us and they gave us a claim ticket. And off we went until we got back later that day to meet ME.

Loved reading everything so far! :)

Glad you could keep your trip. :thumbsup2

I am waiting for Free Dining to be released to the public.

We are planning to go from August 15-28. Staying at POP!

I've been trying to decide which ADR's I want. So many good choices.

CanadianWDWfan, thank you so much and I'm glad you joined me. I hope that they release Free Dining to the public soon. I'm hoping that we get to book BounceBack again this year like we did last year. It is so nice knowing that our trip is booked in advance and I have Free Dining Locked in. Have a great trip in August, we love it then. The heat doesn't bother us, we have heat and humidity here where we live.

Phew, glad you didn't have to cancel! That would have been a bummer. Yay for still going to Disney!

wdwgirl03, thanks! I am so glad you are still around. I'm going to be adding our tentative itenerary this week. Hopefully, you come back and let me know what you think.

Mary

mom2taylorandemily
02-07-2010, 10:01 PM
I'm so happy you didn't have to cancel your vacation. I love going in August...I loved spending the afternoons at the pool then back to the parks in the evening.

I am too!!! I feel exactly the same way about going in August! We love swimming in the afternoon and going back at night when it is cooler. Check back later this week, I'll have our tentative plan posted.

Mary

mom2taylorandemily
02-08-2010, 09:32 AM
Good Morning Everyone!!!!! As I said, I'd begin putting up our tentative plan for our trip, so I thought I start with asking everyone in the family where they wanted to eat. So, everyone came up with 1 or 2 favorite restaurants that they wanted to eat at. This how the list started:

Glenn: Kona, Earl of Sandwich
Me: Cape May Clam Bake, 50's Primetime Cafe
Taylor: Tutto Italia, Crystal Palace
Emily: Teppan Edo, Main Street Bakery (Breakfast)

So, I began with that list and then Glenn and I came up a couple of places that we wanted to try that we'd never eaten at before:

Grand Floridian Cafe
Fairfax Faire (CS in DHS)
and
Hoop De Doo Revue (Hard to believe we've never seen this show and eaten here)

So, this is the list of places we are going to try to fit into our plan if the hours once they were released would fit into our schedule.

Since we will have 9 TS meals each to use, I'm certain we'll get them all in, its just a matter of the schedule. Tell me if you like any of these or add any suggestions that we may have missed.

Mary

Queenofallthings
02-09-2010, 06:56 PM
I think those look terrific!!

We ate at the Grand Floridian Cafe in 2005 for breakfast and loved it. I love the Grand Floridian itself, so any excuse to go there is good for me!!!

CanadianWDWfan
02-10-2010, 10:12 AM
Looks great! I'm hoping to get some of the same ADR's....:goodvibes all around!

We want Le Cellier, O'Hana, Teppan Edo, Chef Mickey's, Cape May bkfst, Kona, Sci Fi, Garden Grill, Crystal Palace, Donald's bkfst, 1900 Park Fare, Boma bkfst, Wilderness Canyon, Captain's Grill.

I hope I get them next week when my window open up. :goodvibes

I've never been to Hoop De Do either. Looks like fun!

I got a pin code yesterday and considered staying at Carribean but, decided against it because I couldn't get the free dining too. You can only use one discount.

The free dining is a way better deal. ::yes::

I meant to ask you where you get your DD's tops from? I think they are too cute. :)

mom2taylorandemily
02-11-2010, 09:28 PM
We got the best news this week, DH is getting a good bonus and we are getting back about $4K in Federal taxes, and $700 in State taxes, so we are paying off our trip and booking our flights this weekend. We are so excited to have it all set in stone. I can make our ADRs in 10 days, so I have to get on here this weekend so we can get some feedback on our schedule to see if everyone thinks it will be ok. I'm getting so excited now!!!!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-11-2010, 09:36 PM
I meant to ask you where you get your DD's tops from? I think they are too cute. :)

Thank you!! I get most of their stuff at Justice for Girls (they have an online store, if you don't have one near you, and if you register with them, you get 40% off coupons, which I have to use buying for 2 girls). I also have luck at The Children's Place and a department store named Kohl's. I also shop at Target a great deal of the time. I start shopping for August now, and put things away as I buy them. That way they don't know its there and its like Christmas on vacation!!!

Queenofallthings
02-12-2010, 08:27 AM
:cool1: for the bonus :dancer:for state taxes andparty: for federal taxes
looks like everything is coming together swimmingly and you can book your ADR's in 10 days:yay::yay::yay::yay:I love that part....I have a problem leaving them alone once I've made them, I like to move things around especially now that we can do everything online!!!:rolleyes:

mom2taylorandemily
02-16-2010, 09:45 AM
:cool1: for the bonus :dancer:for state taxes andparty: for federal taxes
looks like everything is coming together swimmingly and you can book your ADR's in 10 days:yay::yay::yay::yay:I love that part....I have a problem leaving them alone once I've made them, I like to move things around especially now that we can do everything online!!!:rolleyes:

Oh Yeah!!! I'm actually going to be able to pay the whole trip off, and have airfaire already paid for, and we'll still have like 6 months until our trip.

I've already begun to pick clothes for the girls to take and shopping for DH and I, so once school is out, all I have to do is get the girls to camp and wait for August.

mom2taylorandemily
02-16-2010, 10:01 AM
I said I'd be putting on some of our plans, so here goes!!

On Sunday, Aug. 22 we'll arrive at MCO around 9:30 am, and we figure we'll get to CBR via Magical Express by 11:00. The plan is to do on-line check in and hopefully, we'll get a good room. We've booked a preferred room and I put a request for Martinique 26. We've stayed in North Trinidad and Martinique and we like Martinique better, so we are hoping!!!

Well hopefully our room will be ready and we can go on and get unpacked and have Bell Svc. deliver our water (which I'll order from Costco) and our box of stuff (which I'll ship down a day or two before we go). Then we'll change up into bathing suits and head to OPR for lunch and then out to the pool for the afternoon!

We'll clean up around 4:00 or so and then head to DTD for dinner at Earl of Sandwich and then to Ghiradelli for desert. We'll shop at WOD and walk around that night and get to bed early, that way we will be ready to hit the park early on Monday morning.

Monday we are planning to go to Animal Kingdom.

Our Must Do's:
EE
Kahli River Rapids (we've never ridden this)
Nemo Show (we've never seen this)
Safari
FOLK
Dino
Primeval Whirl (this is one of Taylor's favorite rides in all the parks, I don't know why?)

Then the plan is to leave there when we are done seeing everything we want to see and head to the Beach Club to have a late lunch at Beaches & Cream. We'll share 2 meals and then we'll also share 2 sundaes. The plan is to pay OOP here and save 2 TS meals for later in the week.

Then we'll head back to CBR to hang out and have a CS dinner there, and swim until we hit the hay.

What do you think, should I add anything? Does this sound ok? What order should we put our must do's so we aren't jumping from 1 side of the park to the other?

Oh, and 1 other thing I forgot to mention, we'll get a Guest Assistance Card for DD Emily. She has epilepsy and she has Gran Mal seizures so, it makes it easier on her to not have to stand in lines for a long time and run the risk of her having a seizure. While we worry about her, the other issue is, if she were to have a seizure, they'd have to close down a ride and queue until help could get to her. She is completely unconscious for 20+ minutes after she has a seizure and we just can't move her until she is checked out by medical personnel. Her heart rate goes up really high, and the last seizure she had she was choking and gagging on her own tongue. She didn't come to, for a long time. So, its just easier for everyone if we use the GAC. I know when you look at her, she doesn't look as if she is handicapped and doesn't need a GAC, but just 1 seizure and trust me, everyone would understand. We keep hoping she'll out grow it, but it isn't looking good. Now the neurologist is thinking she may have this for the rest of her life. Well for now we are learning to live with it.

Next installment will have the next 2 days!

Queenofallthings
02-16-2010, 06:48 PM
Oh Yeah!!! I'm actually going to be able to pay the whole trip off, and have airfaire already paid for, and we'll still have like 6 months until our trip.

I've already begun to pick clothes for the girls to take and shopping for DH and I, so once school is out, all I have to do is get the girls to camp and wait for August.

More money for shopping.....:cool1::cool1::worship::woohoo::wooho o::yay::yay::rolleyes1

Queenofallthings
02-16-2010, 06:55 PM
I have a very good friend who has MS...and when she's good she's great and you would never know...however, when she gets overtired or has an episode, she needs an ECV...people have made comments and it infuriates me. I have learned to never judge because you never know!!

Only you know what your daughter needs....don't forget that....doesn't matter what anyone else thinks...sometimes these people don't think and that's their biggest problem.

Ok, now I feel better.....your plans are great:cool1: We always start with FP's for EE, then go ride Kali, back to EE use FP's then back to Dinosaur, Primevil then over to FOLK. Can't wait to hear about Nemo, we've never done it either!!!:banana:

Twoboysnmygirl
02-16-2010, 07:53 PM
*squeal* I'm so excited to join your PTR! Loved your mini-trip report too! Your girls are beautiful! We are going in Sept. and I have a PTR too! :goodvibes

3princesses+aprince
02-16-2010, 08:49 PM
Hi! The title of your PTR caught my eye! We are going in September for free dining. I got the pincode :cool1: So we are super excited about that too!

I also have a 10 yr old Emily!! Your girls are very pretty! I loved your DHS pictures, that is the one park we did not spend enough time in on our May 09 trip! So, we can't wait to go back!

mom2taylorandemily
02-17-2010, 07:34 PM
I have a very good friend who has MS...and when she's good she's great and you would never know...however, when she gets overtired or has an episode, she needs an ECV...people have made comments and it infuriates me. I have learned to never judge because you never know!!

Only you know what your daughter needs....don't forget that....doesn't matter what anyone else thinks...sometimes these people don't think and that's their biggest problem.

Ok, now I feel better.....your plans are great:cool1: We always start with FP's for EE, then go ride Kali, back to EE use FP's then back to Dinosaur, Primevil then over to FOLK. Can't wait to hear about Nemo, we've never done it either!!!:banana:

Thank you so much!!!! I'm getting ready to add my next 2 or maybe 3 days.

You know you are right, I am the only one who can recognize what Emily needs, but I do know that having that GAC has been a life saver for us. She has been saved from having to stand in lines when it is so hot. Can you imagine if she was to have a seizure standing in line at EE, oh my, they'd have to close the ride until help could get to her. It would be awful and she'd be mortified by it.

I'm so glad you are still coming by my PTR!!! :yay:

mom2taylorandemily
02-17-2010, 07:36 PM
*squeal* I'm so excited to join your PTR! Loved your mini-trip report too! Your girls are beautiful! We are going in Sept. and I have a PTR too! :goodvibes

I am so glad you stopped by!!! I'll stop by yours in a bit. I'm going to add 2 day update on plans.

Thanks for saying my girls are beautiful, I think that they are too, but I'm a bit partial (or so my husband says!!)

Thanks for hopping on!!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-17-2010, 07:40 PM
Hi! The title of your PTR caught my eye! We are going in September for free dining. I got the pincode :cool1: So we are super excited about that too!

I also have a 10 yr old Emily!! Your girls are very pretty! I loved your DHS pictures, that is the one park we did not spend enough time in on our May 09 trip! So, we can't wait to go back!

Thanks a bunch!!! Don't you just love Free Dining!!! This will be our 3rd trip with Free Dining!!! We went last year in August for the 1st time and we loved it so much, we booked our bounceback for this year. Then in Sept. they offered Free Dining in Dec. so we booked that too. And we just love eating at Disney for FREE!!!!!

Thanks so much about my girls!!! They are so much fun! and it is so cool that you have a 10 yr. old Emily too!!! Mine keeps me on my toes, she is a bird!!! She moves to the beat of her own drummer!!! Have you decided on where you are going to book your ADRs?

Have fun planning!!!

purplepixiedust
02-17-2010, 07:53 PM
I loved reading your trip report! Your girls are just beautiful and it looks like you had so much fun.

mom2taylorandemily
02-17-2010, 08:12 PM
Well, I'm back to add the next 2 days of my trip plans. Let me know what you think......

Day 3 Epcot:
We plan to eat Breakfast at CBR
Hit the park at Rope Drop

Must dos:
Test Track
Spaceship Earth
Soarin'
Ellen's Adventure (ok, I know but I've never seen it all the way thru, I'm usually taking a nap when we ride this, and so is Emily, so I'd like to try and see the whole thing)
Sum of all Thrills (we did this in Innoventions last trip but DH and built our ride easy for us, DH gets motion sickness, so we decided to start slow and build it, so now we ready to try a bit more risky ride)

Then we'll have lunch at Electric Umbrella and head back to CBR for a break and swim.

Then that night we will eat at Tutto Italia, we loved our meal here in Dec. and it was definitely one of the 1st choices on this years trip. Then we'll stay for Illuminations (and yes, this will be another 1st for us, we are so bad, but by the time we finish dinner we are usually so tired that we don't stay and see Illuminations, but I made DH promise that I could stay and see it this trip.) Its pm EMH that night so we'll stay and ride rides until we are tired!! Yay!!! :yay::yay:

Day 4 DHS
We love to eat Breakfast at Starring Rolls so we'll hit that first

Our Must Dos:
TSM (this goes without saying we'll try to ride this at least 2 times while we're here)
Lights Motor Action (we've tried to see this the last 2 trips, we've seen it once, but it was in Dec. and it was so cold, no one really enjoyed it, so we want to try again.)
RNRC
TOT
Indy
Star Wars
Beauty & The Beast

We plan on eating lunch at Fairfax Faire, they've got ribs on their menu, so we thought we'd share 2 meals.

Back to CBR for a swim. Then later that night we'd like to go to Cape May Clam Bake for dinner. They are serving crab legs and we love seafood, so this is a great place to eat for us. After we plan on going back to DHS for pm EMH. We love EMH at night. In the summer its a great way to enjoy the parks with a lower crowd level and cooler temp. We'd like to get back in time to make it to the final of American Idol. We are huge Idol fans, so we really enjoy this.

Well that's all I've got for this installment.

I'll be back tomorrow with the next 2 days.

I get to make ADRs in 4 days, I'm so excited!!!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-17-2010, 08:14 PM
I loved reading your trip report! Your girls are just beautiful and it looks like you had so much fun.

Thank you so much!!!! I'm so glad you joined me on this crazy ride that I call my plan to the perfect trip!!!! I hope you'll stick around!!!!:banana:

ChaMakay1923
02-17-2010, 08:30 PM
We are so excited to be able to go again and to go for 10 nights and 11 days!! That will be the longest trip to WDW we've ever been on. This trip will also be special to DH and I, as this will be our 15th Anniversary in July, so we are going to celebrate our anniversary while we are there. We went there for our honeymoon in 1995, well our late honeymoon, we didn't take one right after we were married.

Mary

Hi Mary... I just have to say.. how scary this is for me.... our next trip we are planning is Feb 5th-15th 2011... (11 days/10 nights). My husband and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary next year.. so the trip will be special for us... especially since we met on Valentine's day.. and we will be in Disney to celebrate it as well. I'm also graduating college this year and my graduation ceremonies are taking place down in Miami on the 4th, 2011. The other scary thing is we too went to Disney for our honeymoon, a late one as well, back in August of '93. That's the last time we have been there... so 15 years is a LONG time to wait to go!!! (this next year is gonna drag, I just know it!)

Can you see the similarities?? Now you know why I said your post is scary? LOL. I'm going to follow your PTR's and hope to also see some exciting new things when you return! I'm SOOO addicted to this DISBoards.. I'm surprised my husband hasn't killed me by now demanding me off the pc!

Well, Good Luck planning.. as I will need it too.. haha! Looking forward to reading more......

~~Brandy~~

mom2taylorandemily
02-17-2010, 08:34 PM
One thing about our trip I forgot to mention, both girls are in need of getting braces!!!! So, DH and I are taking both DDs to an orthodontist appointment in the morning. We've had consults with 2 already in town and after our insurance, our costs will be $7,000 for both. So, we called Medical College of Virginia, I knew that they had a Dental School, so I thought Hmmmm I wonder if they do orthodontics, well they do!!!! So, both girls are being seen tomorrow and the person who booked our appointments said that they are considerably less expensive than others we've seen because students do the work with professors in attendance. We are so hoping that it will be a lot cheaper. We just can't afford $7,000 for braces, if not we'll have to give up our trip, or see about doing 1 kid at a time, but both need them now. So, if y'all can send us some pixie dust and good thoughts / pray for us that the prices are much better so that I don't have to give up my trip!!!! Thanks!!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-17-2010, 08:40 PM
Hi Mary... I just have to say.. how scary this is for me.... our next trip we are planning is Feb 5th-15th 2011... (11 days/10 nights). My husband and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary next year.. so the trip will be special for us... especially since we met on Valentine's day.. and we will be in Disney to celebrate it as well. I'm also graduating college this year and my graduation ceremonies are taking place down in Miami on the 4th, 2011. The other scary thing is we too went to Disney for our honeymoon, a late one as well, back in August of '93. That's the last time we have been there... so 15 years is a LONG time to wait to go!!! (this next year is gonna drag, I just know it!)

Can you see the similarities?? Now you know why I said your post is scary? LOL. I'm going to follow your PTR's and hope to also see some exciting new things when you return! I'm SOOO addicted to this DISBoards.. I'm surprised my husband hasn't killed me by now demanding me off the pc!

Well, Good Luck planning.. as I will need it too.. haha! Looking forward to reading more......

~~Brandy~~

Brandy!!! OMG!!!! That is so cool that we have so much in common!!! 15 years is a long time to not go to Disney, but we had 11 years between our honeymoon and when we took the girls!!! Boy have I learned a lot since that trip. I learned to not over schedule my kids!!!!! They need down time, and they are so much happier when I give it to them!!!

I am so glad to have you join me!!! If I can help you with your planning in any way let me know!!! Stay tuned!!!

ChaMakay1923
02-17-2010, 10:28 PM
Brandy!!! OMG!!!! That is so cool that we have so much in common!!! 15 years is a long time to not go to Disney, but we had 11 years between our honeymoon and when we took the girls!!! Boy have I learned a lot since that trip. I learned to not over schedule my kids!!!!! They need down time, and they are so much happier when I give it to them!!!

I am so glad to have you join me!!! If I can help you with your planning in any way let me know!!! Stay tuned!!!


I have been learning SOOO much on the DISBoards... it's a great help! This will be my son and daughters FIRST trip there!!! I have a DS that is 6 and a DD that will be almost 2 next year (May 23rd is her birthday). I'm a bit scared that we may not enjoy ourselves as much with having such a young child with us, but reading everyone's trips there with young'ins has helped to lighten the fear. I'm thinking about creating my own PTR thread to get idea's from people. I really haven't sat and thought much about planning my days out, just where to stay, how to go...fly or drive... and which airports to fly into and out of. So much is in my head about Disney... I feel like I'm neglecting my normal life. I'm planning this for my family and another family that is joining us. We have to make a special stop right at the beginning of our trip to attend my graduation ceremony in Miami, Fl. So I have to figure out what will work best for us adding that into the trip. UGH!! Deep down it's stressful, but I'm trying NOT to let anyone know I'm stressing over it all because it is a year away! Though from what I read here on the DIS.. it's best to plan early! I would love if I could get some sort of a discount for the trip to help save us some money, we are a VERY limited funds family.. living off of unemployment at the moment with hopes that I can find a job before I graduate in August. I would love to get in with a doctor's office before graduation, since that is what my major is.. Medical Office Management. Though most require a degree and certification to be hired. Very little allow an office person to be hired without those credentials. Hopefully things will pan out for us and the stress will lighten, lol. Until then... I will plan one day at a time and go from there.

CanadianWDWfan
02-18-2010, 06:22 AM
I agree, you do what you think is best for your DD and take all the precautions you need. :hug:

I got all of my ADR's this week! :banana:

I am so excitted for your turn, it's so fun!

I'm enjoying looking at your plans, they look great!

:flower3: and pixiedust:....I hope it all works out with the braces and you can save some $$$$.

I know how finances can interfear with Disney plans, I've had to cancel many trips because life got in the way...:headache:

dmoore718
02-18-2010, 10:27 AM
Love it!! Just subbed!! I have 3 little girls (4,3 and 6 mo). We took them last year and it was so magical, they loved it! We are going next Jan. when the baby will be 18 months...so I don't have to carry her all day! They older ones loved the princesses last year!! I love reading all about it! Wish we could do free dining in August but baby will be too young and it would be too hot for her....maybe the trip after next!!

dmoore718
02-18-2010, 10:36 AM
We got engaged after having dinner at Le Celier and watching the show at Epcot!! Great memories!!

Arielssister
02-18-2010, 12:49 PM
I'm new on here but I'd like to subscribe to your thread here. Can someone tell me how to do that? :)

Arielssister
02-18-2010, 03:55 PM
I'm new on here but I'd like to subscribe to your thread here. Can someone tell me how to do that? :)

Ok I think I did it. :)

mom2taylorandemily
02-18-2010, 07:44 PM
Love it!! Just subbed!! I have 3 little girls (4,3 and 6 mo). We took them last year and it was so magical, they loved it! We are going next Jan. when the baby will be 18 months...so I don't have to carry her all day! They older ones loved the princesses last year!! I love reading all about it! Wish we could do free dining in August but baby will be too young and it would be too hot for her....maybe the trip after next!!

I am so glad to have you along!!! I hope I can keep it interesting!!!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-18-2010, 07:44 PM
I'm new on here but I'd like to subscribe to your thread here. Can someone tell me how to do that? :)

Ok I think I did it. :)

Yep you did!!!! I am so glad you joined me!!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-18-2010, 07:52 PM
Well the visit to the orthodontist went much better than I anticipated!!! We are going to have to come with $4790 up front for the braces!!! It would have been more but we decided to pay for it all up front, so we'll take a w/d from our retirement acct. to pay it all at once and take the 5% discount. So, I have to do a withdrawal tomorrow to have the money here by our next appointment. But on a gross note, it appears as though that there has been a Norovirus outbreak at my daughter's elementary school, which I substitute teach at, and the class that I am supposed to sub in tomorrow sent 8 home with it today. 1 of my friends though has posted on FB that the Head custodian was on his way out to pick up Clorox at 5:00 today when she was walking out the door. But there are apparently 3 or 4 in DDs class out too. I so hate to throw up, oh I pray I don't get it!!!

Oh well, so I'm not going to get my update done tonight like I wanted to do, I'm just not feeling real well, but I'm probably just psyching myself out, but I'm going to head to bed early and pray that I don't get sick!!!! So send some good thoughts!!! Please!!!

Queenofallthings
02-18-2010, 07:56 PM
Keeping our fingers crossed that you don't get it...that thing is nasty!!!!:headache:

We all get it about 5 Christmas' ago....it's brutal....lots of hand washing and hopefully you'll be ok:hug:

mom2taylorandemily
02-18-2010, 11:13 PM
Our Tax Refund posted to our account tonight, so we are paying off our trip this week and we are booking airfair tomorrow, so we can get good seats!!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-19-2010, 08:55 PM
Well, its been confirmed by the Health Dept. and is currently being tracked; our school has a Norovirus Outbreak! :scared1: It is awful. The class I subbed in today, is supposed to have 26, I had 9 students! There was a class like that in every grade. My DDs 5th grade class had 8 students out, right now the school is hoping that the weekend and cleaning will help. But I don't think we have seen the worst of it yet!!! I think this was just the first wave, and we've been told that it can go on for a couple of weeks as the students pass it back and forth, because you never build up an immunity to it, and it can come back!!!:scared1::scared1:

I was going to book my airfare tonight but they've up'd the price of the tickets we want, so I'm going to wait another week and see if they (airtran) will lower them back down to $64 a piece each way. Right now they are $84 and I'm not paying that, last week they were $64. I wonder what's up with that.

I am making ADRs on Sunday morning. I'm hoping I'm not sick, I can't imagine trying to do that with a virus!!! I don't think that will work out too well. But I'm really worried about DD, I don't want her to get sick, because then I have to worry about her having a seizure. That just makes it double scary for me.

Everyone have a good night. I'll update tomorrow and please keep your fingers crossed that we don't get the Norovirus!!!

Arielssister
02-20-2010, 07:29 AM
I pray you don't get sick! I was thinking of you yesterday and I have a question for you. When I did my ADR's last year, I did it exactly when I thought I could. Then the CM on the phone told me that if you are staying at a WDW resort, you can book ADRs 10 days earlier. I had trouble booking because of free dining so I was a little annoyed. Just wanted to see if you knew that. I know it might only make 1 day difference but sometimes that's significant. Enjoying your report. Thanks for doing it. :)

mom2taylorandemily
02-20-2010, 10:42 AM
I pray you don't get sick! I was thinking of you yesterday and I have a question for you. When I did my ADR's last year, I did it exactly when I thought I could. Then the CM on the phone told me that if you are staying at a WDW resort, you can book ADRs 10 days earlier. I had trouble booking because of free dining so I was a little annoyed. Just wanted to see if you knew that. I know it might only make 1 day difference but sometimes that's significant. Enjoying your report. Thanks for doing it. :)

Well, there is a 10 day rule, but that isn't it exactly. You can do your ADRs on the 180th from the 1st day of your package, and then do reservations for 10 days with the 1 phone call or internet transaction. But you can not make them 10 days early. If you are staying off site, you have to make your ADRs 1 day at a time. That's how the 10 day rule works. Its very confusing.

Arielssister
02-20-2010, 11:01 AM
That is confusing! So sorry. The CM that told me about it didn't explain it well. Oh well, just 1 more day till you can do them! Yay! I love the planning. I drive my family insane telling them over and over what restaurants we are going to, what day and what time. :) Hope it goes great tomorrow!

CanadianWDWfan
02-20-2010, 04:04 PM
I'm sending :goodvibes so your family won't get sick! :goodvibes

Good Luck getting all of your ADR's! :thumbsup2

I had no problem getting all of mine, so I hope the same will happen for you. :)

mom2taylorandemily
02-20-2010, 05:05 PM
Ok, so since I'm running out of time to get all my plans in before I get to do ADRs, I'm going to try and get them all in right now.

Day 5 Magic Kingdom

We will have Breakfast at Main Street Bakery (this is Emily's fav. she loves the Cinamon Rolls and will eat a whole one all by herself!!)
Then we will try to head to Tomorrowland side. I like doing Magic Kingdom in 1/2's. We do 1/2 the park one day then the next time we are there, we'll do the other 1/2. That way we aren't exhausted! But I will have a Dole Whip Float before we leave the park.

We will probably have lunch at Columbia Harbor House or Cosmic Rays, it will depend on what we are in the mood to eat.

Then we will head back to swim and rest then go back to the park for pm EMH. We are hoping to have dinner at Crystal Palace and then head out to get a good seat for the Electrical Parade, I was planning to see spectro magic, but that's out now. And we may stay and see Wishes.

Day 6 Down Day
We always try to plan at least 1 down day while we are there. The girls love to swim all day and DH and I head to DTD to shop and just spend some us time. We ill get up and have breakfast, the girls will head to the pool and we'll do laundry. We always do this, that way we have nice fresh clothes!!

When that's done, Glenn and I will go to DTD and leave the girls with $$ for pizza and then we'll meet up with them later to swim or just hang out. We are planning to go to Hoop De Doo Revue that night. We've never seen this and we'd like to go to the early show, then we'll head over the Chip & Dale's Campfire and Movie. Well, that is the plan, but you know how those are! If it doesn't happen oh well.

Day 7 Epcot

We will get up whenever this day. Then we will head over to Epcot. We will let the girls do Kim Possible all day if they want. They love to do that. They work well together and they have fun!!!

We will eat a CS lunch at the American Pavillion.

Dinner that night is hopefully Teppan Edo. Then when dinner is done, we will head back to the resort to hang out and swim.

Day 8 Magic Kingdom

Again, we will eat at Main Street Bakery!!!

This time we will do the Adventureland side of the park. I know I will get a Dole Whip Float this day. And we will have a CS lunch at Pecos Bill. I love to eat here. Then we'll take a break.

Tonight we will be going to the Grand Floridian Cafe for dinner. I've read so many reviews about this place and it looks wonderful!!!

Then we'll go back to MK for rides and Wishes!!!

Day 9 Down Day

Today is laundry and packing to go home. We decided to have this so the girls could have a second day of swimming!! Lets face it, its their trip too!!!!

So tonight we will eat at Kona!!! We love eating here!!!

Day 10 DHS

Our flight out isn't until 9:00 pm so we will get to stay almost all day. So, we are planning to play this day at the park with no plans. We'll get up early and have Bell Svc. pick us up by 8:30 and we'll do Express Check in for AirTran and leave our carryons with Bell Svc. Then we will head over to DHS. We'll grab a bite to eat and then we're off. The only plan we have that day is to have a late lunch at 50's Prime Time. We love the food here so we decided it would be a great meal to end our trip. Then we'll leave the park around 5:00 and meet DME at 6:00 to head to the airport.

We'll land in Richmond, VA around 11:00 and we'll get home around 12:00am.

Both girls have Open House at Middle School the next day at 4:00 in the afternoon.

If you have any suggestions to add or something that looks like I need to change, let me know. I have to make ADRs in the morning, so I'm planning to be up around 4:00 am or maybe I'll just stay up late tonight, I kind of want to listen for Emily anyway to see if she comes down with this NoroVirus. So far So good, maybe we dodged it.

Thanks for keeping with me!!!:dance3:

Queenofallthings
02-20-2010, 08:18 PM
Your plans look great:goodvibes

It makes it a little easier to get up when we get to book ADR"s doesn't it!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-20-2010, 09:09 PM
Your plans look great:goodvibes

It makes it a little easier to get up when we get to book ADR"s doesn't it!!

Absolutely!! I just hope I get all the ones I want and at a suitable time. I seems unnatural to get up at 5:00am to make dining reservations!!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-20-2010, 09:11 PM
I'm sending :goodvibes so your family won't get sick! :goodvibes

Good Luck getting all of your ADR's! :thumbsup2

I had no problem getting all of mine, so I hope the same will happen for you. :)

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!!!!!!

I can't wait unitl 5:00 am. :scared1:

Nickmom522
02-20-2010, 09:21 PM
If I read correctly, my family and I are going the exact same dates as you 8/22-8/31. We are staying at AKL. In reading your PTR, it seems like we will also be going to Epcot on the 28th later in the day. Out of all those days, that is the only day we have in common. Well, at least that will be 4 less people in the parks I will be in and 4 less people for you. Like that makes a difference! Maybe I will recognize you from your pictures.

I noticed you said that you would be making ADRs on Sun or Mon, but if arrival is 8/22, that makes the ADR date 2/23. I would hate for you to get up early and have it be the wrong day.

Arielssister
02-20-2010, 10:03 PM
You are making me really consider Kona and the Main Street Bakery. Do you have any pics of them? :)

mom2taylorandemily
02-21-2010, 05:14 PM
If I read correctly, my family and I are going the exact same dates as you 8/22-8/31. We are staying at AKL. In reading your PTR, it seems like we will also be going to Epcot on the 28th later in the day. Out of all those days, that is the only day we have in common. Well, at least that will be 4 less people in the parks I will be in and 4 less people for you. Like that makes a difference! Maybe I will recognize you from your pictures.

I noticed you said that you would be making ADRs on Sun or Mon, but if arrival is 8/22, that makes the ADR date 2/23. I would hate for you to get up early and have it be the wrong day.

Our original package was for dates 8/20 thru the 31st and we have left it as such, because DH is still trying to get those days off. If he can we will go for the entire time, we are still waiting on his boss to sign off on everything. He is supposed to take a class for recertification for what he does, but if he can take it later in the year, then the vacation request will be signed, but if not then we'll go on the 22nd. But I've planned my vacation around the 22nd, because I don't hold out much hope on getting those days.

CanadianWDWfan
02-22-2010, 06:16 PM
Well...how did you do?

I came over to see if you got all of your ADR's......popcorn:: :drinking1

mom2taylorandemily
02-23-2010, 11:27 PM
Well...how did you do?

I came over to see if you got all of your ADR's......popcorn:: :drinking1

Sorry!!! I meant to post them, but life took a priority!!! I know I should never let life get in front of Disney but in this case I couldn't help it.

I'll update in my next post!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-23-2010, 11:36 PM
Ok, I'm back! I've had to work this week, so that has slowed me down a bit.

I got up at 4:00 am to try and get my ADRs and the date doesn't roll over until 6:00 am (I found this out the hard way, by trying every hour!) Anyway at 6:05 am I had gotten all the ADRs I wanted within 15 minutes of my desired time, except for the 31st which is 50's Prime Time because that is day 11 and you can only make ADRs for 10. So then on Monday morning, I had to get up again at 6:00am to make the ADR, but I had to work on Monday too, so it wasn't all for Disney.

We are so excited we got all our ADRs, even with it being the 2nd week of Free Dining, but that hasn't been announced yet, the only ones with Free Dining are those like us who booked as a bounceback. I'm now so glad I did that. I don't have to sit and wonder if I can get Free Dining!!!

I still haven't book air yet, prices are still up. But I think I'm going to have to just bite the bullet and get them, I'm afraid the longer I wait the more the price will go up and that's definitely not going in the right direction.

Anyway have a good day tomorrow!!! I'm off, so I know I will. I'm getting the girls off to school and then I'm going back to bed!!!

mom2taylorandemily
02-24-2010, 09:51 AM
Oh Yay!!!! I got up this morning and logged into Airtran and my flights have gone back down to $64 both ways, so I went on and booked them. And DH got his vacation request back yesterday and he has to go to the class on the 21st, so we we'll be at WDW 8/22 until 8/31st!!! :banana::banana: So, I booked airfaire accordingly.

We will fly out of Richmond Int'l on 8/22/10 at 7:00 am arrive at MCO at 8:56 am, so we should be at ME by 9:15 am and CBR by 11:00 am the latest!! That gives us all day to play in the pool!!!!

Then our return flight is 8/31/10 at 9:00 pm arrive at Richmond at 10:52 pm. We won't have to meet ME unitl 6:00 pm, that also gives us the whole day at DHS our last day there!!! Man, that really worked out to our favor. All I can hope is that Airtran doesn't change our flight times, and they are famous for that, but we have another airport around us, so if they change our times that are not suitable to me, I'll just make a change.

I am so excited!!!

DH's bonus is deposited on Fri. and I'll be able to pay the trip off too!!! Now, all I have to do is pack and wait!!!!! Oh gosh, it feels like forever now!!!!

Arielssister
02-24-2010, 03:10 PM
Sounds like things are really coming together! It's so great you got all your ADR's! :)

mom2taylorandemily
02-26-2010, 09:27 PM
Yesterday, I went into to sub in the Special Ed class, and one of the TAs in there is a friend and has wanted to go to Disney for some time, but she couldn't talk her husband into it. Well I worked up a few dates for her on WDW web site and told her if she plans to go around the same time as me, the likelihood of free dining is looking good. So, yesterday she went home and told the family about it at dinner and he said do it. So, she is coming over on Saturday and we are setting her trip up and she and I will actually be there for 4 days the same. Her daughter is the same age as Emily and they've actually been class together and they are friends so this is going to be so much fun!!!

mom2taylorandemily
03-01-2010, 09:57 PM
I made the ressies for my friend and her family tonight. They'll be there 8/19-26/10. We'll be there together at CBR for 4 days. Its going to be so much fun, even my DH who doesn't do vacations with other people has said this is going to be fun. So, she's looking at restaurants tonight and we'll do her ADRs tomorrow or Wednesday. I hope we can get a few close to each other. Anyway everyone have a good night.

Madisonsmom45
05-31-2010, 08:24 PM
I love reading everyones pre trip reports. I love Disney. On our first day when I walk down mainstreet sad to say I get a tear in my eye. I'm not so sad about it, but some of my friends can't understand it. It's such a fun place. I know the crowds can get loud, noisy, pushy, etc, etc, etc. But when I am there I don't think about anything, but having fun and making memories for myself and my family. I know in crowded places time slows down.. Oh, can't wait to return.
When I retire I want to live in Florida in the winter and work part time at Disney.
Maybe I can be the fairy god mother..Now that would be a dream come true.
Bonnie

mom2taylorandemily
06-27-2010, 10:29 PM
I love reading everyones pre trip reports. I love Disney. On our first day when I walk down mainstreet sad to say I get a tear in my eye. I'm not so sad about it, but some of my friends can't understand it. It's such a fun place. I know the crowds can get loud, noisy, pushy, etc, etc, etc. But when I am there I don't think about anything, but having fun and making memories for myself and my family. I know in crowded places time slows down.. Oh, can't wait to return.
When I retire I want to live in Florida in the winter and work part time at Disney.
Maybe I can be the fairy god mother..Now that would be a dream come true.
Bonnie

Thanks for writing! I've been gone so long, I actually didn't think anyone had written on it in like forever. So, I'm really glad you hopped on.

mom2taylorandemily
06-27-2010, 11:11 PM
:wave:Ok, so I've been gone from here for a really long time, and so much has gone on. My oldest daughter was inducted into the National Jr. Honor Society at her school. Her school is closing at the end of the school year and they have built a new one, redistricted the entire county and now all of her group of friends is being split up into 3 different Middle Schools, so a major crisis has occurred. She has the nicest boy as a boyfriend and now they are going to different schools and she is so upset. So, we have drama in our house!!! But thru it all she maintained her grades, she got straight A's in all of her classes including her intensified classes, and we are very proud of her.

My youngest has graduated from Elementary School and will also be going to the new Middle School with the oldest DD. We are really proud of her accomplishments, she has really overcome some pretty intense adversities in school. She had her first diagnosed Gran Mal seizure in her class in Kindergarden, then the same year like 2 months later she had the tip of her middle finger severed during a fire drill and lost use of her right hand for 4 months. Then she had a minor seizure on the school bus and cut her head in the eyebrow area and had to have stitches put in. Then when she got to 1st grade, the medication she took for her seizures caused a huge deficit in her cognitive developement in school. She just wasn't getting the material. She had a teacher tell her that only stupid kids couldn't understand a concept that most the kids in her class had mastered. She just started to hate school, and that was so frustrating for us. She still doesn't love it, but her current medication doesn't fog her head as much and she can keep up with the class, so much so, her final report card was all A's and 1 B+. We are very proud of her and her success in school. So, for her to "graduate" was a big deal in our house!!!!

We've changed our ADRs a bit. We are still staying at CBR in a Preferred Room, we are still going Aug. 22 thru 31, and we are still on Free Dining Bounceback. We are really excited and now counting down the days. It is getting so close, but that isn't all we are doing this summer. I hoping I can keep up with this as the trip gets closer.

The first leg of our summer is for DD Taylor to go to Camp, so we drove her to Summer Camp today and she'll be there until Friday evening. It is a Christian Camp and I hope she grows some this week. She has been having issues with drama that I mentioned earlier and taking out on everyone at home. It may be normal teenage drama but I'm just about over it, so we are hoping to see a change, no matter how small, when she returns home. Our second leg of the summer will be a trip to Maine to visit my brother and then on the way home, we are planning to stop in NY so I can go visit my best friend from High School. I grew up in Long Island and haven't been back in 20 years, so I'm almost as excited about this as I am going to Disney!!! Our 3rd leg of the summer will be both DDs serving as teen leaders in VBS at our church for a week. We go to a mega church so they need all the help that they can get. Then the 4th leg will be Emily going to the same summer camp that her sister is at now, but she will be the oldest kids in her age bracket this year, next year she'll go with her sister. She's very excited about it. Then the final leg of our summer is our trip to WDW!!!!! Both girls play competitive volleyball and have open gym practice twice a week in the evenings on the weeks we will be home. Also, DH's neice and husband and their 2 DDs will be visiting for a week, their DDs are the same ages as my girls, so it will be fun. I can't belive how quickly my quiet summer got so busy!!! But it will help the time pass until its time to go to Disney!!!

Tomorrow, I'll update our ADRs. I dropped a few, added a few and tweeked my schedule. I hope I didn't mess it up and that maybe somehow I made it better for us. Anyway, if you jump on and join me for the rest of the summer, Howdy and enjoy the ride!!!!!

mom2taylorandemily
07-01-2010, 12:26 AM
So, here are the ADRs we decided on for our trip:

Aug. 22, Sunday Arrival Day: (we should arrive at CBR around 10:30 am)
Lunch: OPR
Dinner: Earl of Sandwich / Ghiradelli

Aug. 23 Animal Kingdom
Breakfast: OPR
Lunch: Late lunch at Beaches & Cream when we leave park
Dinner: OPR

Aug. 24 Epcot
Breakfast: 1900 Park Faire
Lunch: CS / Snack
Dinner: Teppan Edo

Aug. 25 DHS
Breakfast: Starring Rolls
Lunch: Fairfax Faire
Dinner: Cape May

Aug. 26 MK
Breakfast: Main Street Bakery
Lunch: Maybe Pecos Bill or Columbia Harbor House
Dinner: Crystal Palace

Aug. 27 Down Day
Breakfast: OPR
Lunch: Earl of Sandwich
Dinner: Biergarden

Aug. 28 Epcot
Breakfast: OPR
Lunch: Something CS
Dinner: Tutoo Italia

Aug. 29 MK
Breakfast: Capt. Cooks
Lunch: Cosmic Rays
Dinner: Grand Floridian Cafe

Aug. 30 Down Day
Breakfast: OPR
Lunch: OPR / or DTD CS
Dinner: Kona

Aug. 31 DHS / Departure Day at 8:30 pm
Breakfast: Starring Rolls
Lunch: Late Lunch at 50's Prime Time

Thats the plan in a nutshell, let me know if you have any suggestion for changes. Thanks!!!

mom2taylorandemily
07-01-2010, 12:28 AM
I sent Taylor off to camp on Sunday. I miss her like crazy!!!

nessz79
07-20-2010, 06:07 AM
I'm here! We will be at CBR for Free Dining as well, but in December! Looking forward to your review!

Madisonsmom45
07-20-2010, 03:53 PM
Here we come...Just a few weeks to go until we are back at the world.
Can't wait....The kids are counting down...

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mom2taylorandemily
07-22-2010, 11:42 PM
I'm here! We will be at CBR for Free Dining as well, but in December! Looking forward to your review!

Thanks for joining! December is wonderful and to get Free Dining makes it even better. We had Free Dining last Dec. as well and had a wonderful time!!!

mom2taylorandemily
07-22-2010, 11:43 PM
Here we come...Just a few weeks to go until we are back at the world.
Can't wait....The kids are counting down...

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Thanks!!! Maybe we'll see you there!!!! My kids are so excited, we only have 30 days left today!!!

OhioDisneyLover
07-23-2010, 04:21 AM
I like your dining plans! :thumbsup2

mom2taylorandemily
07-28-2010, 10:00 AM
I like your dining plans! :thumbsup2

Thanks so much!! I've worked on them, changed them, and then changed them again and I'm still trying to get another one that we've never tried, but if we can't get it, oh well. But my fingers are crossed. I'm trying to add Captain Jacks in DTD to our schedule; we really like the menu.

OhioDisneyLover
07-28-2010, 11:50 AM
Thanks so much!! I've worked on them, changed them, and then changed them again and I'm still trying to get another one that we've never tried, but if we can't get it, oh well. But my fingers are crossed. I'm trying to add Captain Jacks in DTD to our schedule; we really like the menu.

We've not tried Captain Jack's yet either. I'd love to try it some day.

mom2taylorandemily
07-28-2010, 10:51 PM
We've not tried Captain Jack's yet either. I'd love to try it some day.

I try every day with Disney on line Dining Resv. but so far nothing yet... :sad2:

OhioDisneyLover
07-29-2010, 04:11 AM
I try every day with Disney on line Dining Resv. but so far nothing yet... :sad2:

Keep trying! :thumbsup2 I did the same thing with one place we wanted to go to and I finally got it. I called and checked the on line system.

My2BabiesLexis&Dill
07-29-2010, 05:21 AM
I'm joining in. We changed our ressie from ASMo to CBR for this September. So I can't wait to hear your reviews. We only have 36 more days. Will you be posting updates while you are there?

mom2taylorandemily
07-29-2010, 09:57 PM
I'm joining in. We changed our ressie from ASMo to CBR for this September. So I can't wait to hear your reviews. We only have 36 more days. Will you be posting updates while you are there?

I'm glad you joined in!!! I don't usually carry a computer with me when we go on vacation. Its just something else for me to have to keep up with!!! LOL!!!! So, I'll do my updates / TR once we get back. I enjoyed putting it together for our last 2 trips, so I think I will for sure do a TR when we get back. My DDs asked if they could add updates too, so it will be fun.