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Duzzygirl 11-05-2012 11:06 PM

I'm driving my husband (and everyone around me) crazy!! ... Apirl 23-30, 2013
Like most here, I love Disney. I was raised on Disney. (Thank you Mom!!) My family loves Disney. Well, my brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, etc. My Dad likes it. My husband ... *gasp* ... hates it.

Disney Related Trip History:
September/October 1987 ... Walt Disney World ... It was our first official family vacation. I was in 6th grade. We stayed in a cabin in Fort Wilderness. It's funny the things you remember because the thing I remember most was thinking that the pull down bed in the living room was the most amazing thing. Ever.

March (?) 2000 ... Walt Disney World ... Again, family. Though this time it was minus my brother and add a sister. We stayed at my folks timeshare outside WDW. I only spent one day at Disney. My Mom and youngest sister went to the Magic Kingdom. Me and my other two sisters went to Hollywood Studios. We all spent a day at Universal as well.

August 2003 ... Walt Disney World ... We stayed at the Caribbean Resort. Had such a great time, even got to ride in the front of the monorail train/car/whatever the technical term may be.

August 2004 ... Walt Disney Land ... Spent a day. Didn't stay to watch the fireworks as they were doing some kind of construction/refurbishment to the castle and fireworks over blue tarp did not quite thrill me. I must say, not being able to see the castle kind of ruined the experience for me.

September 2010 ... Walt Disney World ... Me and the Hubs one year anniversary. My Mom, two of my sisters, and one nephew went as well. We again stayed in my folks timeshare, spent 4 days in the parks. My husband said, "For being the happiest place on earth, I sure see a lot of disgruntled adults and screaming children." That's pretty much what he got out of it. His folks did not raise him on Disney. :worried:

NEXT trip:
April 23-30, 2013
Dad-in-law and step-Mom-in-law are footing the bill for this wonderful vacation. Definitely have to give them credit and send lots of love!!
All Star Music
18 in this group, most have never been
Dining Plus (first time I've ever done a dining package)

I am driving my husband crazy because his Dad asked me for information. I gave it to him within his monetary parameters (under actually). He told me that he'd have me book it then turned around and booked it through a TA for over what he'd asked me to keep it under. There's my vent (thankfully much shorter than in April 2013 thread). I hope that will be the only negativity that this thread ever sees from me, anyone actually.

Anyhow, not knowing the official details is kind of making me bonkers. I've gone ahead and made several ADRs for just the Hubs, my nephew, and I. I've also made two for the whole group. I'm just waiting on the Disney booking confirmation from my Step-Mom-in-Law to put my mind at ease. She's told the Hubs that's it is all the same as we'd discussed. Though, not seeing it ... *ugh* ... They don't realize what they're doing to me! lol

Duzzygirl 11-07-2012 03:40 PM
About me
My name is Dusti. I work for the family business (VCM). I'm also a wedding/portrait photographer. I love both so much I'd classify neither as a job. I grew up with Disney. I will always be a child at heart, at home and in public. ;)
Works in the gas well industry in/around south western PA. Sometimes he loves it. Sometimes he hates it. He was not raised on Disney. Simply does not care. He's only a child at heart at home. lol He's going on this trip because his Dad wants him to, and he knows I love it.
Our Furbaby
Kenai. She's our mutt. We love her, and spoil her. On our last trip to Disney, I bought her Cinderella tag. :)
My nephew
Lucky little turd won over my In-laws' hearts and is going with us, which is fine with us. He's four now. We don't have children, by our own design. We do spend a lot of time with him though. We (my parents, my husband and I) take him with us everywhere. This will be his third trip to WDW (with me and the hubs in 2010, Mom and Dad in early 2012). He keeps saying he's flying with Tom (Hub's Dad) to Disney. No one else. Just him and Tom.

The other 15 (7 Adults, 8 Children)
Dad and Step-Mom-in-Law
Sister-in-Law, 3 Children (7-11), Fiance, 1 Child (13)
Step-Sister-in-Law, 3 Children (9-14)
Step-Brother-in-Law, Fiance, 1 Child (9)

Duzzygirl 11-07-2012 03:57 PM

This is the first time I've gone to WDW and participated in a dining plan. We've typically "winged it." So, after sitting down and spending some time with the calendar, here's what I've come up with.

18 people

Chef Mickey's
7 people

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
7 people

The Crystal Palace
7 people

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party
3 people

House of Blues
4 people

Fantasmic! Dining Experience
Hollywood & Vine
7 people

Be Our Guest
4:15 p
18 people

Will keep updated with edits ...

Duzzygirl 11-07-2012 09:34 PM

Oddities for me with this trip, not bad, just not typical for me ...
*Traveling/vacationing with a large group that is not *my* family.
*Not having my hands/eyes on exact plans.
*Traveling for a week with sole responsibility for a child.
*Flying. Though, I've flown before, just not there. We usually road trip south.
*No one close to share in the excitement. I try not to go on and on about it to my Mom and/or brother. Feels like I'm rubbing it in. My husband doesn't want to hear anymore about it unless it magically sprouts a hunting trip to Colorado. I'm two hours from the rest of the crew that's going, not that I'm close to any of them anyhow.

I'm so bored! lol :rolleyes1

Duzzygirl 11-07-2012 11:41 PM

I'm so excited to find that there are grocers that deliver or services that shop and deliver. Thank you The DIS for this information.

So, for my sanity later ...
Garden Grocer
We Go Shop


Various Information for later use:
Pirate Makeovers ...

disneyworld1977 11-07-2012 11:47 PM

No one else posting about your trip and craziness, huh? :dance3:

Duzzygirl 11-08-2012 10:47 AM

Seriously. I want to pull my hair out. Hubs said his Step-Mom was supposed to call me over the weekend with details. She never did. I'm trying not to hound her. So, I sent her one email on Monday asking for the booking confirmation number, verifying flight details, letting her know I booked two group dinners since my Dad-in-Law said he wanted at least one, let her know I have a PIN to share with the TA to save some money, and gave her my nephew's birthday as Hubs said she needed it. I've heard nothing back. :(

I'm just praying they don't leave the dinners up to the TA. I will suck it up if they do, but there actually are reasons I've picked those days, times, etc. I sat here with my calendar with open hours, show times, etc.

I'm not a negative person. I'm trying to not sound negative. It's just I can't understand why I can't/don't have this information. Why did they ask me to begin with!?!? When my family vacations, they all come to me, even if I'm not going.

I really do know they're not doing it on purpose. They're just not planners. They don't get what this lack of information is doing to me. lol

angelbear425 11-08-2012 10:56 AM

If your FIL was just going to book through a TA for a higher price, you should have just bumped up to a mod resort. I have stayed at ASM several times and after this last one will never go back to a value again. For the money you pay for those I would rather stay off property.

Also I hear you with planning and why you would want the info. I am the same way for vacations. :lmao:

Duzzygirl 11-10-2012 04:38 PM

There is life out there! Hubs told me this morning that when he talked to his Dad last night, he told him he'll give me all the paperwork when we go up for Thanksgiving. :D

Also, I heard from my step-brother-in-law's fiance (there's a mouth full) that she has tons of questions, and that she'll have ready for me at Thanksgiving.

I'm anxious to be able to talk to someone about it, and feel needed. lol

chica622 11-10-2012 08:50 PM

Following along.. .I hope it all gets worked out and you hear about your plans soon!

Duzzygirl 11-12-2012 01:47 PM


Originally Posted by angelbear425 (Post 46659141)
If your FIL was just going to book through a TA for a higher price, you should have just bumped up to a mod resort. I have stayed at ASM several times and after this last one will never go back to a value again. For the money you pay for those I would rather stay off property.

Also I hear you with planning and why you would want the info. I am the same way for vacations. :lmao:

According to the Hubs it wouldn't have mattered. The TA has us in the same place I have us. All the same information, except I *think* he put one family in a suite, whereas I had them in a connecting room. Other than that and the flights, it's the same.


Originally Posted by chica622 (Post 46677574)
Following along.. .I hope it all gets worked out and you hear about your plans soon!

I should have them all by Thanksgiving. Also, I'll be able to see and speak to 90% of the crew going over the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm really looking forward to being able to physically share my excitement. lol

Duzzygirl 11-16-2012 11:20 PM

Got my paperwork a week early! :)

Hubs is on call 24/7/365. He got in yesterday morning, talked to his boss, saw he had a good chance of running up to see his Dad as he wasn't sure we'd make it up for Thanksgiving. So, he went yesterday, came back this evening.

I found we'll be staying at the Pop Century instead of All Star Music. I don't care. I'm just happy to see that reservation on my account. lol

Other than that, I've got nothing new to report.

Duzzygirl 11-17-2012 10:54 PM

Life outside of Disney ...
I officially have a vehicle again. I haven't had one since February. Maybe?

I drove the company truck for a few months. September'ish I talked with my brother. We decided I was going to buy his car as he always needed the company truck. Right about that time his wife's car broke down. She can't drive a standard, and the only available vehicle was my Mom's second vehicle, which is a standard. I told my brother I'd hold off on buying his car until after they got hers fixed so she could drive his. Meanwhile I'd drive Mom's car.

However, with the weather changing it's no longer feasible to drive Mom's car. I have a horribly long and crappy driveway that is a disaster in the winter, even for 4WDs. Mom's car is a rear wheel drive Miata. Not very much ground clearance and HORRIBLE in the snow. Anyhow my brother seemed to be dragging his feet on getting his wife's car fixed. So, we talked again. Turns out his wife now loves his car. They were afraid to say something to me though. Good grief. lol I told him not to worry about it.

I talked to the hubs. Instead of me buying an older used vehicle, we decided we'd buy a newer pickup for him, giving me "his" vehicle.

So, Hubs ended up with a 2011 Dodge Big Horn Hemi, or as my nephew says, "The fastest truck in the whole world." Kid is such a suck up already. I have a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. I'm happy as could be. So is the Hubs. He's so happy, he let me talk about the trip to Disney for a bit this evening without rolling his eyes! And if you know him, you know that's a big deal. lol

FYI: I'm the master of making a long story ... longer. I never did well on book reports in school, always too much information. Never did nail down paraphrasing. ;)

Duzzygirl 11-18-2012 03:49 PM

This makes me happy :)

Duzzygirl 11-20-2012 02:19 PM

Gave the TA my PIN number. He said they couldn't use it. :(

So, I called WDW. For whatever reason, our households are listed separately with the same address. The CM said that may be why the TA is having an issue with the PIN. It will just depend on who the TA gets at Guest Services (i.e., who is willing to look at both households and realize they're the same address and be gracious enough to say the PIN is good as it's the same address). Fun times!

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