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Old 11-14-2008, 10:18 PM   #1
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Time for another pre-trippie!!!! **YIPPEE**

IN THE BEGINNING....


Alright guys and gals...it's time for another pretrippie!!! I'm SOooo excited! After much deliberating (and the AWESOME deal we got ) we've decided to go in May/June '09 instead of December '09. Plus we heard a rumor that this should be the first week of Star Wars Weekends for '09...and DH and DS are HUGE Star wars fans...so hopefully our planning will pay off there too. We went to SWW in 2005 and LOVED it.

This is a short post today but I promise to post a true "beginning" to my pretrippie soon. Feel free to browse through my 2007 Christmas trip report. It's more of a pretrip report. I only finished day 1 of our trip. Once we got home last year everything went crazy so I never found the time to finish it...but you can check it out and get a feel for my family.

Have a great weekend!!!!!

Click on links below for updates...happy reading!!
Day#1
ADR time
Surprise...Surprise....
YIKES I NEED MORE TIME!!
Tomorrow is ADR day!!!
ADRS Made??? CHECK!!
UNDER THE 60 DAY MARK!!!!!!
THE UNVEILING OF THE SUPRISE PLAN.....
37 DAYS!!!!!
The Cat's out of the bag
A BUSY 12 DAYS!!!
A ROUGH DRAFT OF OUR ITINERARY
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May/June 2009 Pre-trip report...
Christmas 2007 Trip report!!
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May 2013 Our return to Disney! StarWars Weeknd!! POFQ December 2010-Mini Grand Christmas Gathering and 10 yr Anniversary Celebration!! POFQMay/June 2009-Star Wars Weekend repeat!! AND TOTAL SUPRISE trip for DS!!!POFQ December 2007- Christmas with the mouse!!! DTD Hilton, POFQ and GF!!! May 2005-Star Wars weekend !! POFQOctober 2004-Halloween with the mouse! POFQ October 2000- Our Magical Honeymoon!!! POFQ

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Old 11-18-2008, 12:02 AM   #2
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My girls and I are going in that time frame also. May 23rd to June 2nd.
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:42 PM   #3
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Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Day #1
I hope everyone has had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! We certainly have at our house. Lots of family, good food, presents and friends. WE are truly blessed.

On to my pre-tripee....I had a tiny amount of free time today and decided to relax and work on planning our upcoming Disney trip. (Yes, that is relaxing to me as it is to most of you I bet!!!! )

I won't bore you with the basics of my family again, as you can read the first post of my Christmas 2007 pretripee and get an idea of who we are (just take on a year older). I will tell you this...my DH and DS are HUGE Star Wars fans. Hence why we are going during this time frame in 2009. We are hoping to catch the first weekend of SWW 2009. That will be another suprise for DS. We are not telling DS our plans of even going to WDW until we are in the car that morning. (IF I can hold out!!!) He's is going to be SOooo excited!!

Onto the planning.....We are driving down on May 30 (Saturday) Plan on leaving around 6am our time..which will put us getting there around 6pm WDW time (with all the stops we make when traveling) We are planning to stay that first night at a DTD resort. I've tried to book the Hilton (which is where we stayed our first night in 2007) but it's already booked??? So...I'm thinking the Hotel Royal Plaza. I've not heard much about it..but all we are looking for is a clean hotel to rest our head in that is within walking distance to DTD. If you guys know of any of the other hotels that would be a closer walk please share!
Our dinner that night will be at one of the quick service resturants in DTD. I need some suggestions here. I think the only quick serve place we've eaten at is Earl of Sandwich and we DID NOT enjoy it at all.
We will do some shopping and sight seeing at DTD and then head back to our hotel for a good nights rest before our official vacation begins.
I have a question for those of you who may make the drive down Alabama 231 to Talahassee I-10 to Gainesville and then I-75 to Orlando ...what are the most consistent gas stations? (We like to buy gift cards from my sons school to cover gas) Shell? Exxon? BP? Cheveron or somthing else?

Thanks guys!!!
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May/June 2009 Pre-trip report...
Christmas 2007 Trip report!!
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May 2013 Our return to Disney! StarWars Weeknd!! POFQ December 2010-Mini Grand Christmas Gathering and 10 yr Anniversary Celebration!! POFQMay/June 2009-Star Wars Weekend repeat!! AND TOTAL SUPRISE trip for DS!!!POFQ December 2007- Christmas with the mouse!!! DTD Hilton, POFQ and GF!!! May 2005-Star Wars weekend !! POFQOctober 2004-Halloween with the mouse! POFQ October 2000- Our Magical Honeymoon!!! POFQ
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:56 PM   #4
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ADR time!!!!

ADR TIME!!!!

So, I hear that WDW is revamping it's ADR process. So, I haven't been able to book anything yet for our trip. I like to get everything booked at the 180 day mark....Anyway, hopefully that will be up and running at the beginning of the year. Here are our CS and TS plans at this time. (It amazes my husband that I can do this so far ahead of time )

Arrival day- Something quick for dinner at DTD..suggestions???

Official Day #1- MK day- Lunch at Casey's Hotdogs (a fav of DH and DS) Dinner at CM in CR (our first night tradition)

Day #2- MGM day- Lunch at Pizza Planet (DS fav) Dinner at Ohana's at the Poly. (a new family tradition)

Day #3- AK/DTD day- Lunch at Tusker House in AK (this is new for us...any reviews??) Dinner at Wolf Gand Puck Cafe in DTD

Day #4- Epcot day- Lunch at Sunshine Season Food Fair (again..new for us...any reviews??) Dinner at Le Celliers (another new family tradition)

Day #5- MK day- Lunch- Pinocchio Village Haus Dinner- Tony's (new for us..reviews??)

Day #6- MGM day and HOPEFULLY the beginning of SWW- Lunch at Backlot Express, Dinner at Brown Derby

Day #7- MGM- Lunch at Catalina Eddies (a first for us....reviews??) Dinner at Sci Fi (DH and DS LOVE this one)

Day #8- MGM- lunch Pizza Planet (again) Dinner Backlot (again) 2 Counter services today b/c we had to use 2 ts for the brown derby.

I forgot to mention..we ARE on the dining plan. Just the basic one. Also, we will be eating breakfast each day in our room. We are not big breakfast people.

As always, these resturants are subject to change. I would like reviews that any of you might have...also any suggestions are always good!!!!

You guys are the BEST!!!!
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Christmas 2007 Trip report!!
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May 2013 Our return to Disney! StarWars Weeknd!! POFQ December 2010-Mini Grand Christmas Gathering and 10 yr Anniversary Celebration!! POFQMay/June 2009-Star Wars Weekend repeat!! AND TOTAL SUPRISE trip for DS!!!POFQ December 2007- Christmas with the mouse!!! DTD Hilton, POFQ and GF!!! May 2005-Star Wars weekend !! POFQOctober 2004-Halloween with the mouse! POFQ October 2000- Our Magical Honeymoon!!! POFQ
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Ok...am I writing this for myself?? LOL...Is ANYONE out there?
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May/June 2009 Pre-trip report...
Christmas 2007 Trip report!!
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May 2013 Our return to Disney! StarWars Weeknd!! POFQ December 2010-Mini Grand Christmas Gathering and 10 yr Anniversary Celebration!! POFQMay/June 2009-Star Wars Weekend repeat!! AND TOTAL SUPRISE trip for DS!!!POFQ December 2007- Christmas with the mouse!!! DTD Hilton, POFQ and GF!!! May 2005-Star Wars weekend !! POFQOctober 2004-Halloween with the mouse! POFQ October 2000- Our Magical Honeymoon!!! POFQ
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:00 PM   #6
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Surprise...Surprise....

Ok..so I've told you guys that this is going to be a surprise trip for DS..Well..I have finally figured out how we are going to pull it off....

So, I'm asking off work the day before we leave. DH will take DS to summer day camp as usual. Meanwhile I will pack and do the little "going out of town" things that need to be done including loading the car. That way when DS comes home it will be like nothing is going on. (He will get curious if he see's us packing...) Since I am the one that drives (I have this thing..I MUST drive...) I will go to bed VERY EARLY (like 5 or 6pm) (let's face it..I will have to take Benedryl b/c I will be so excited!!) DS and DH will stay up....watch tv..play games...whatever..like a normal "staying up late" Friday night...I am going to get up around 11:30 and declare..."Let's take a drive..." Then we will get in the car and head to disney.....Still not telling him where we are going.....Think it will work????
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May/June 2009 Pre-trip report...
Christmas 2007 Trip report!!
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May 2013 Our return to Disney! StarWars Weeknd!! POFQ December 2010-Mini Grand Christmas Gathering and 10 yr Anniversary Celebration!! POFQMay/June 2009-Star Wars Weekend repeat!! AND TOTAL SUPRISE trip for DS!!!POFQ December 2007- Christmas with the mouse!!! DTD Hilton, POFQ and GF!!! May 2005-Star Wars weekend !! POFQOctober 2004-Halloween with the mouse! POFQ October 2000- Our Magical Honeymoon!!! POFQ

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