Resorts, Relatives & Restaurants - and a 3 day cruise!
Hi everyone!! Here it is - the first TR I've ever done! I hope you'll join me in re-living the fun we had in our December 5-13, 2009 adventure!
Me - Sheree aka "the organizer"
DH - Dave
DD8 - Sarah
DD6 - Paige
This was our picture from our 2008 Christmas card. There will be lots of pictures from our trip.
MIL - Elaine, aka "Nanny"
SIL - Sharon, aka "crash!"
SIL - Donna
BIL - Kenny
Nephew - Ross
Nephew - Andrew
SIL - Debbie
BIL - Steve
A bit of background: DH has four sisters, all are older than him. Three of them were able to join us on this trip. Here's how it all got started. In January 2009, DH, the DDs and I went to WDW with MIL and SIL Sharon. We went on the 4/3 deal to CBR and really liked it. I met many of my DISer friends on the Jan 09 Snowbirds thread and was hooked!! I even got to meet a couple of them on the trip (Disneymommy3 - Shawna and Dancegrl624- Meghan!)
Following CBR, we went on a 4 day Disney Cruise on the Wonder. They gave us an offer that was for those who cruised on the Wonder in February and part of March to bounceback for a 3 day cruise for $99 per person. It had to be taken between August and December 15 of 2009. WELL...of course that was a deal that was too good to pass up! As you may have guessed, we live in Minnesota. We did not want to cruise in summer or hurricane season, - we have to cruise in winter!
So, we picked a week right after Thanksgiving so the kids would only miss a day or two of school. Nope, blacked out. Try the next week. Okay. So we booked a three day cruise. Yeah, a three day vacation from MN isn't enough.
Hey, we will have to go right by WDW, why not stay there? So we started trying to decide where to stay and for how long. Then we found out that SIL Donna wanted to go on the cruise too! MIL wanted to come again, SIL Sharon wanted to come again (they both could get the $99 deal too!). SIL Debbie lives in FL, so she could come up to WDW easily. And a family reunion vacation was born!!!
NEXT: Where would we stay? How will we coordinate 12 people? Hey, there's a military deal!!! Can we use it??
Stay tuned...I had a few other ideas for the title - maybe they should be subtitiles:
There's a Christmas tree - do you want a picture of that?
Where are we going to sleep tonight?
Do we have everybody?
Reserved for Chapter links (hopefully!)
I'm joining !! Glad you started your TR - as we leave soon it will be nice to have a fresh perspective! As well can't wait to hear your impressions of the cruise! :goodvibes
I hope to keep up a good pace, especially now with Christmas over, I'll have time. I just have to stay organized! SO many pictures...
I'm here! Bring on the report. popcorn::
:wave: Hi there! I came over from LL's PTR :goodvibes
Wow! That was a great deal you had for your second cruise! :woohoo: Looking forward to how it all plays out...:)
Thanks for joining me!
Choosing Resort #1
So, once we had a date for our cruise (12/10) we had to decide when and where we would go to WDW. DH wanted to try a new resort this time. I was thinking budget - Pop Century. SIL Sharon, MIL didn't care. They tend to go with the flow. I found out that military could get 40% off deluxe resorts. Plus there was a military ticket deal!! This could be budget and deluxe at the same time!
MIL carries a military survivor benefit ID from my FIL who was retired military. Because of that, if she were to travel with us, she could get us the 40% resort up to three rooms! Exactly what we needed! MIL and Sharon share a room, the four of us have a room, and Donna and family share a room.
SIL Debbie drives her motor home up and stays at Ft. Wilderness. Okay. So which resort? DH was really interested in Bay Lake Tower. I wanted to stay at Poly but really wanted to stay there when we had more than a few days. It appeared that we could only be there from Sunday to Thursday morning and that just wasn't enough for me to enjoy the Poly (I have big plans for the Poly someday!)
So we called BLT and booked 3 rooms - it was BRAND NEW!!! It just opened in August, so we figured everything would be fresh, clean and what a great location!!!
All set to hit BLT on Sunday 12/6. This was booked in April because we couldn't book the cruise until 4/15, so it was after that. Everyone got their vacations approved and the kids would miss one week of school.
Did I mention we were planning to DRIVE from Minnesota in December????
Since the kids were off school on 12/4 and I don't work on Fridays, we figured we could leave Thursday after work and have two and a half days to get there. DH loves to drive and it is definitely cheaper than flying. Plus no luggage worries! We could pack whatever we wanted that fit in our car!
In this amount of space:
Sorry the pictures are not all small. I thought I resized them all!
Knowing how I pack, this could be tough. As time went on, we found we had to pack even more stuff (mostly because of the cruise), but more on that later!
Cruise booked for all 10 going (all but Debbie and Steve)? Check.
Resort booked? Check.
Time off approved? Check.
Transportation? Check. (God willing and weather cooperating!)
How is everyone else getting there?
How can we stretch out this trip longer??
Meeting new DIS friends
Sounds like fun! Can't wait to read all about your trip!
Hopping in the trunk of that car!
Ha, I just looked back at the car picture and noticed it was taken in April - if you look across the street, that is SNOW on the ground!! See why we go to WDW in the winter? It lasts about 6 months here!
I hitchhiked over from LL's PTR!!!
Holy moly at that Cruise BB offer!! INSANE!!!
Can't wait to read about BLT!!! I soooooooooo dream of staying in their grand villa with my whole family... WHOLE Family.... mom, dad, sisters, brother, nephews, neice et al.... even though we wouldn't all fit :rolleyes: and then magically making them all disappear with a touch of a button when I get tired of them all and want to take a bath in that huge tub with that two story window view of MK! :goodvibes
Sorry, got lost there for a moment!! :rotfl:
Bring on the trippie!! popcorn::
What a great bounceback on that cruise! I can't wait to hear about it either, Marc & I have been toying with going on a Disney cruise in the near future.
I'm super jealous about Bay Lake Tower, I really really want to stay there. It looks so amazing.
Very anxious to hear all about your cruise! We are cruising with the mouse in June. I hear the best comments about DCL!
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