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sarita188
12-21-2009, 06:09 PM
Hi there! Thanks for taking a swing by my lil' pre-trip report. The other ones I've read were great - so much detail! - that I thought I'll post our story.

Our MAW trip starts with Emily, who's 6. Emily has nonketotic hyperglycinemia NKH which is a very rare genetic metabolic disorder. About 50% of infants with NKH die from it, the others live with a great variation of how severe they're affected. Luckily Emily is on the mild end. She's one of five known cases here in New England.

You also have me (Sarah), I'm 38 and my husband Joe, who is 40. Emily's brother Spencer (10), will also be going. Patrick, our 19 year old, bowed out. Please drive by my house and make sure he's not partying while we're gone - it will be New Years, after all.:)

When we told Emily she was being granted a wish, she said she wanted to see the princesses. We've been to Disney before; Emily went when she was 2 but that doesn't count. We are so incredibly happy to be going on this trip, words can't express.

We were under a constraint in that I am an assistant principal at a middle school, and cannot take time off while school's in session. So we told MAW that Christmas would be great, or April if need be. Jenna at our chapter really pulled through in getting our flights and reservations at GKTW - thanks!

Since we've been before we're treating this trip as a do what we can do, not a rush "do everything" trip. Planning to relax and let the kids enjoy as much as they can. If I don't get to do Space Mountain, so be it! Here's our plan so far:

T 12/29: Flight arrives at 10:00 AM. Spend day at GKTW, settle in, go to Wal Mart to get all the stuff we forgot.

W 12/30: Magic Kingdom and Parent's Night Out

Th 12/31: Hollywood Studios

F 1/1: Sea World

S 1/2: Animal Kingdom or Epcot, Hoop Dee Do show

S 1/3: Magic Kingdom, breakfast at Cinderella's Castle

M 1/4: Day at GKTW, fly out at 6:30 PM, arrive home at midnight
(Bummer is I have to work Tuesday.)

Some questions for those of you who have gone on this trip....

1) Does Disney/MAW pay for the PhotoPass thing?
2) Can you add a day to the 3 day pass they give you for a price at WDW?
3) How's the food at GKTW? I know Friendly's sponsors the ice cream, are the Gingerbread House and Katie's Kitchen also sponsored (or something like that)?
4) We have MAW buttons, "Genie" wish stickers from Disney - but everything I read says to wear the GKTW button... is there a difference?

Thanks so much for reading this. If you happen to have an answer to a question, thanks a bunch. Have a great night!

---Sarah

pipersmom
12-21-2009, 08:26 PM
Some questions for those of you who have gone on this trip....

1) Does Disney/MAW pay for the PhotoPass thing? Thanks to Maroo over on the Wish Trippers thread (it's in the community board section) Disney is providing a free Photopass CD. If you don't get the code at GKTW, if you pm her, she can provide the code for you.

2) Can you add a day to the 3 day pass they give you for a price at WDW?
My understanding is that you cannot add a day since the passes are complimentary, you have to purchase another day at full price if you'd like one.


3) How's the food at GKTW? I know Friendly's sponsors the ice cream, are the Gingerbread House and Katie's Kitchen also sponsored (or something like that)? I don't know how the food is, from other wish reports though, it sounds very good. I do know Katie's Kitchen is sponsored by Boston Market. :goodvibes


4) We have MAW buttons, "Genie" wish stickers from Disney - but everything I read says to wear the GKTW button... is there a difference? The button from GKTW is a separate thing. My understanding is there have been some issues with counterfeits, that's why the WDW staff looks for the GKTW button, they're harder to come by.
Thanks so much for reading this. If you happen to have an answer to a question, thanks a bunch. Have a great night!

---Sarah

We haven't been on our trip yet, Sarah, it's in March, but I've been on here for a couple months researching to get ready for our trip. You should really check out the Wish Trippers Unite thread over on the community board. The first whole page of the thread is an FAQ/useful links type section for wish families, the information there is just great. Your family sounds so sweet, I can't wait to hear more :)