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Old 01-27-2009, 01:23 PM   #1
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Smile *~Elsa's Royal Wish PreTrip~* BIG GIVE!! MAW/GKTW

Hi. I just found out about the disboards from a scrapbooking friend and am totally overwhelmed by the information and I need help to plan this trip!

Our daughter, Elsa, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in October 2005. We contacted our local Make a Wish Foundation in May 2008. Elsa made a wish for a Royal Ball with all the Disney Princesses and Megara and a fancy pair of shoes that would grow with her feet (like Cinderella). Right off the bat, we were told that her wish wouldn't be possible. The closest thing they could offer was a trip to WDW and they offered her either a group (with some other wish families) meet and greet with some characters or a Princess lunch @ Akershus. I decided that DD might be overwhelmed by multiple characters all at once and that seeing the princesses across the room might give her time get herself together and enjoy the interaction.

So months later, we get a call to schedule our trip. We decided Jan 17-22 would work great. Two days before the trip, Elsa has a high fever and is vomitting. Trip is postponed! (We had hoped she'd rally by Friday, but no go.)

So, now we are tentatively looking at March 24-29th. I hope we go this week because Elsa wants to be there for her 7th birthday. We'll also be celebrating that she's been off Chemotherapy for 1 year!


Our Cast of Characters:

Mom - me - Donald Duck (aspiring to be Goofy)
DH - Mickey
Elsa - Wish child (6)
DS - a dinosaur or an animal (3)

Our story:

Basically DD was diagnosed in Oct 2005. We lived in the hospital for a month during diagnosis. Whew. Elsa was hospitalized for fevers several times (for 1-3 weeks each) for the next 2 years of her chemotherapy. Her immune system is very sensitive to the chemo drugs and was pretty sick and lethargic during active chemo. She was so sensitive, her therapy was extended about a year because her body needed to recover from the medications. We're hoping that this means the cancer is gone for good.

So now the planning part:

We officially have the word! We get to stay at Give Kids the World!

Advanced Dining Reservations: 1900 Park Fare end of our first day @ MK. No plan for lunch yet.

For DD's Birthday, we're @ Epcot. Princess Lunch @ Akershus. I hope they have food the kids will eat. Dinner will be at the Garden Grill at the Land for dinner.

No ressies for AK or DHS. Not sure what the plan is right now.

We will have 3 day park hopper passes and I've planned for MK, Epcot, and AK. One day will be at Sea World and then we'll have 2 half days (travel days).

We'll be celebrating DD's birthday and the anniversary of ending her Chemotherapy, but don't have any special events planned. Suggestions welcome!

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Old 01-28-2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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Yeah!!

Another Wish Trip!!

Do you want to be listed on our Wish Trips thread?

You can come check it out...it is the blue link below in my siggie!

Nice to meet you guys!!

Now, I think that MAW could certainly make shoes that grow with her feet!
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:00 AM   #4
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Yeah!!

Another Wish Trip!!

Do you want to be listed on our Wish Trips thread?

You can come check it out...it is the blue link below in my siggie!

Nice to meet you guys!!

Now, I think that MAW could certainly make shoes that grow with her feet!
Hi Maroo!

I'd love to be on the Wish Trips thread.

I did tell DD that *some* of her wish might be hard to do . . .

UPDATE: Our trip is now scheduled for March 24th-29th!!

YAY! DD wished that we could reschedule for her birthday and voila we're going down to WDW that week.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:29 PM   #5
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Yeah!!

Another Wish Trip!!

Do you want to be listed on our Wish Trips thread?

You can come check it out...it is the blue link below in my siggie!

Nice to meet you guys!!

Now, I think that MAW could certainly make shoes that grow with her feet!
Hey Maroo,

Have a great last minute trip to WDW!!!

And yes, we'd love to be listed on the Wish Trips thread. Thanks!
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:02 AM   #6
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Welcome to our little family

Hi! Thanks for the warm welcome.

This board is HUGE and overwhelming! Just making the smilie decision distracts me!

I don't feel like I have enough time to research. Life does get in the way!
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:34 AM   #7
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Joining in on your pre trip report! Sounds great, and congratulations on 1 yr without chemo
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:42 AM   #8
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Joining in on your pre trip report! Sounds great, and congratulations on 1 yr without chemo
Thanks! Any tips are appreciated!


What do with the last half day of travel?? I want to go to mousememories.com's warehouse, but I'm not sure if that's feasible.
Do we spend the day at DTD? No clues here. Maybe I'll just be packing!
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Welcome to DISboards. Great start on your PTR, looking forward in hearing from you after you will arrived from your trip. Have fun and enjoy.

Have a safe trip coming.
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I'm glad I found your trip report! We took our wish trip in November- we had a wonderful time! I'm not sure if you've had all your questions answered.

You had asked about wishing to stay in Cinderella's suite- somebody included that as part of their wish but they were told they couldn't do that. With your GKTW button you won't have to wait in line to meet characters or to ride most of the rides. That saves a ton of time. I can't remember, are you staying at GKTW? It is a magical place.

Let us know if you have any questions.

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Old 03-06-2009, 04:50 PM   #11
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I'm glad I found your trip report! We took our wish trip in November- we had a wonderful time! I'm not sure if you've had all your questions answered.

You had asked about wishing to stay in Cinderella's suite- somebody included that as part of their wish but they were told they couldn't do that. With your GKTW button you won't have to wait in line to meet characters or to ride most of the rides. That saves a ton of time. I can't remember, are you staying at GKTW? It is a magical place.

Let us know if you have any questions.

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Hi Carol!

Thanks for the information. Elsa will feel better knkowing she didn't "mess up" her wish.

Yes, we're staying at GKTW. I think our plans are pretty much set except for me trying to change our 1900 PF and BBB times for later.

I'm up to my ears in obligations right now and trying to get things done so I can pack for the trip!

The kids are now revved up for pin trading, autographs, and squished pennies. I hope they actually get to go on some rides.

I feel so clueless, I don't even know what to ask!



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Here's something that happened in Jan. 2009. I'm just trying to make our MAW trip complete.

One of my scrapbooking friends, Carolyn Taylor, found out about our MAW trip and asked if Elsa was going to wear any costumes while there. I told her that basically Elsa has outgrown her costumes and any she can squeeze into, we would bring.

Then Carolyn says her daughter's old costume might fit E! She sends the package and Elsa is SO happy! Thanks Carolyn!


(Carolyn's an incredible lady! Runs weekend crops (www.croppingcircle.com), works for Mr. Ray (www.mrray.com) helping managing his office and business, and has 2 girls, one of which has medical issues. Whew!)

Here's Elsa Opening the package


What is it? What is it?



Elsa's "very proud/snooty" face.



Happy! I missed the shot of the big grin right before this.



BoyO feels a little left out. "Take a picture of ME TOO!!" Elsa and Dad are in the back.



Feeling Very Regal


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How sweet...I have to say she looks like Snow white... Even to the color of her hair....

So awesome that she is now able to wear a princess dress
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How sweet...I have to say she looks like Snow white... Even to the color of her hair....

So awesome that she is now able to wear a princess dress
I was going to say the same thing! She does look like Snow White!
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Super Cute!!! she just needs a red bow and you are good to go!!

Do you have the master list for the squished Penny locations? DD collects them too and its make it so much easier to find what she wants to get. I will get it to you if you dont have it.
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