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Old 04-14-2009, 10:55 PM   #1
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A Gem of a Birthday-Celebrating my 40th@AKL(No Kids!)11/03 Link to Next report!

You won't roll your eyes at me when I say I'm going to Disney again. You won't raise your eyebrows when I tell you I'm going to celebrate my 40th birthday by dining at Cinderella's Castle. You won't laugh at my detailed touring plans that are color coded and lamenated. I won't hear "Are you still talking about Disney?" from you. No, not you.

You might be a little surprised to hear that I'm leaving my three kids behind. That just Dh and I going to recapture some romance and remember our Disneymoon that was what seems like a long 12 years, three kids, one dog, two houses and four careers ago. But once I explain that it is only a weekend, that we have taken our kids to Disney before and that we never took that 10 year anniversary trip we promised ourselves, I think you might understand.

Sure I will miss the kids (not the whole time but I'm sure there will be moments when I wish they were with us) but I know they will be fine with my parents. Plus don't Dh and I deserve a little time alone? What about all those theories where you have to work at your marriage?

After all these years of Mothering and catering to everyone else in the family I am so looking forward to this trip. It's going to be three nights of doing Disney they way we (ahem.. really me) want to do it.

I find myself thinking I can't believe I get to go to Disney for my Birthday all the time.

I can't believe that I get to leave the children behind and make this trip all about me-cause it's my birthday and I get to be the most important person of all on this trip. Not Dh, not my three kids, not my parents. ME ME ME ME!

So if reading about a 40 year old woman celebrating her birthday by leaving her kids and doing disney with her hubby interests you stay tuned. I'd love to have you follow along with me.

I promise to post some pictures and be back with the story behind the trip or how it all came to be.

The next post has the links to each chapter so you can follow along.
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Precious Gem of a Weekend Report http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2323431
Gem of a Birthday-My 40th with Dh @ AKL http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2149477
Gem of a Trip-quality,clarity,color and"Cut that out!"http://www.disboards.com/showthread....0#post25752950

2013 Jan Offsite, 2012 Aug POR, 2010 July CSR, 2009 Oct CSR MNSSHP Weekend Adult Getaway!2009 April AKL 40th B-Day Trip with Dh only! 2008 August POR,2007Aug ASMu Family Suite, 1997 Off-site,1996 Disneymoon@Disney Institute,92,91,87,85,84 Off-site,84-78 Fort Wilderness Campground

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1) How this trip came to be! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...36&postcount=3
2) The Cast http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=12
3) The Plans http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=18
4) Thurs April 23-The Day before we arrive in WDW http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=52
5) Thurs April 23-Finally Leaving Home!http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...8&postcount=78
6)Thurs April 23-Crossing the Border!http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=90
7)Fri April 24-My Birthday morning!http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=113
8)Fri April 24-Arriving in Disney! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=125
9)Fri April 24-Check out our room! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=138
10)Fri April 24-Our First Park of the Trip! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=149
11)Fri April 24-Dinning Castle Style! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=166
12)Fri April 24-A Chocolate Slipper http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=175
13)Fri April 24-We've had dinner now what? http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=183
14)Fri April 24-Rides and Shopping and Savannahs http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=209
15)Saturday April 25 No Pooh for Breakfast **double post** http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=219
16)Saturday April 25 Breakfast continued **double post** http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=220
17)Saturday April 25 Touring http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...stcount=296the Kingdom http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=232
18)Saturday April 25 Riding the Wave http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=242
19)Forgotten Photopass Pictures http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=243
20)Sunday April 26 First Tonga & First Test Track ride http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=255
21)Sunday April 26 Epcot=Meltdown http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=269
22)Sunday April 26 Epcot throws us a curb or three http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=280
23)Sunday April 26 Showdown in Mousegears**double post**http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=296
24)Sunday April 26 Showdown in Mousegears**double post**http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=297
25)Sunday April 26 Changing the Plan http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=310
26)Sunday April 26 Where's the Beef? http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=317
27)Monday April 27 Early morning departure day humor http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=327
28)Monday April 27 Disney Studios morning http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=333
29)Monday April 27 Transportation Mistake and Departure. http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=338

Plans for my October 2009 Trip http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=306
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Gem of a Birthday-My 40th with Dh @ AKL http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2149477
Gem of a Trip-quality,clarity,color and"Cut that out!"http://www.disboards.com/showthread....0#post25752950

2013 Jan Offsite, 2012 Aug POR, 2010 July CSR, 2009 Oct CSR MNSSHP Weekend Adult Getaway!2009 April AKL 40th B-Day Trip with Dh only! 2008 August POR,2007Aug ASMu Family Suite, 1997 Off-site,1996 Disneymoon@Disney Institute,92,91,87,85,84 Off-site,84-78 Fort Wilderness Campground

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Old 04-15-2009, 10:02 AM   #3
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1)How this trip came to be!

“Honey, you know my 40th birthday is coming up right?”

“Yeah” Dh replies hesitantly.

“Do you think maybe, we might possibly go away somewhere for it?’

“Like where?”

“Well, I was thinking.. you know, um.. Disney?”

“You want to take the kids back to Disney for your Birthday?”

“No. I want just us to go. We could leave the kids with my parents.”

“Really? You want to go to Disney” (Okay wait for it because this is the word we all hear when we talk about going to Disney to non-Disney obsessed people.) “AGAIN?”

Yup I sure did want to go do Disney. It’s really a silly question. Like I’m ever going to say no. What was the man thinking? He probably thinks I’m crazy to want to go back when we had gone the last two summers with the kids and my parents.

Dh flashes me a look like I’m out of my mind.

“What about the plan?” He asks.

The plan was that we would go back in 2011 with our extended family. In his defense I had promised him we wouldn’t go back again until 2011. In my defense, technically “we” wouldn’t be going back again. The whole family was not coming. It was just going to be the two of us. I hadn’t promised that “us” wouldn’t go again. I said “We”.

Amazingly, once I pointed out that Disney can be romantic, that it would be like re-living our Disneymoon from 12 years ago and that we could eat at restaurants that the kids wouldn’t step foot into and that we could take it at our pace he actually said “YES!”

I was so excited. Planning could begin.

It started with a phone call to my Mom. I had to organize the kids before I could even think of booking. She agreed but used that same word that Dh had.

“Again? You want to go to Disney again?” my Mom asked.

Then I called up my Travel Agent. She’s awesome. I use Christine at Fairytale Destinations. She was the only one who didn’t use the word “again”. She gets it.

So before long we were booked for POP for three nights with three days of tickets and the dinning plan. I re-joined Tour Guide Mike and added a ticker under my Disboard Signature.

I picked out the restaurants we wanted to eat at and waited for the 180-day mark to arrive. Of course as we all know, Disney revamped their reservation system so I had to wait until the 90-day mark. I somehow survived it. In the meantime it gave me more time to play with my plans and I decided to upgrade Dh and I to Deluxe Dinning. The man likes to eat well so it wasn’t a hard sell.

Finally the 90 day mark came and I managed to get all the ADR’s that I wanted. I had my TA Christine call and I slept in. I’ve done the calls before myself and felt okay at letting her handle the reins this time. It’s a big move for a control freak like myself. They should make a hallmark card for such an occasion. Also it should be noted again, that she is awesome.

Around the 45 day mark when it was time to pay, I got an email from Christine. Some deluxe resorts were being offered at a discount. I could upgrade from POP if I so wished.

Once again a silly question. Of course I wished but I didn’t have the budget for it. Then I had an idea. I called my Mom.

She hadn’t decided what to get me for my birthday. So I suggested the upgrade. She agreed and Christine moved us on up from POP to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I was super psyched.

So it will be Animal Kingdom Lodge just Dh and myself from Friday April 24th (my birthday) until Monday April 27th. Not long I know but since we are leaving the kids and I’m a part-time Kindergarten Teacher it was the best I could do.

Dh and I have three wonderful children. I also have a set of wonderful parents who have agree to look after their grandchildren for the weekend so their only daughter can celebrate her 40th birthday at her favorite place.

I told myself I wasn’t going to do another Trip Report. I told other people I wasn’t going to do another Trip Report. But then, I finished (finally) my first report and instead of feeling good about it, I felt kind of… well, kind of empty. So here I am making a liar out of myself and smearing my personal life all over the Internet to boot. Are you sure this is the kind of person you want to read a trip report from? Apparently I have issues setting boundaries and you’ve already seen me prove how I can twist a promise to suit myself.

If you’re still here then let me welcome you to my report. It’s always exciting to have readers. Even more exciting to have posters but then I don’t want to appear too pushy. I suppose a “please post, pretty pretty please ” would fit into that later category.

Up next the pictures I promised and an introduction to the cast.
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Hey I am here. I can't wait to read more. I am having with drawls since TR is done. Only 36 days til I go.
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I'm tagging along! I'm excited for you to be able to share this time with your DH! As you know, I'm doing the same! It's always okay to leave your kids behind for a little adult disney fun! Looking forward to hearing more!
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Can't wait to hear about your plans. You are going to love Animal Kingdom Lodge, so nice of your Mom to pay for the upgrade for your birthday! Just so your husband knows, he has to go along with ALL of your plans, it is YOUR bithday trip!LOL You deserve it!

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I'm in - can't wait to read more!
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I had been through your links and thanks for your info, its a day that we all remember our childhood birthday keep that as a memories in our life.
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I am finally back in the internet zone at our hotel that is not on Disney Property (I miss WDW ) and have caught up with your report. I am so glad you finally got to target. I wouldn't know what to do if I couldn't go to target when I wanted Can't wait to read more.
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I'm staying at AKL for my birthday in October and I can't wait! I stayed at POP the week after my bday last year and they put a card with a balloon in the room. Did the AKL do anything for your birthday?
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I'm staying at AKL for my birthday in October and I can't wait! I stayed at POP the week after my bday last year and they put a card with a balloon in the room. Did the AKL do anything for your birthday?
I checked in on my birthday and there was nothing special in the room. Later on housekeeping clues into the fact it's my birthday but you'll have to wait until I get there.
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I checked in on my birthday and there was nothing special in the room. Later on housekeeping clues into the fact it's my birthday but you'll have to wait until I get there.
Okay awesome I have heard from other resorts that some have gotten a card from mickey or one of the princesses. I would really love to decorate the room but I feel thats kind of tooting my own horn or something ya know?
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You were a sick girl, I am so sorry to hear that. I hate being sick at the best of times, never mind in the summer

Sucks that your tummy was acting up in WDW, I feel for ya, when those wonderful smells don't entice you, you know something is amiss

Glad you found your memory card, can't wait to hear more.

I spent a few hours at Peg's today helping her get some more packing done, this was the only day this week I'm not running around doing something. I'm so glad your back!!!
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Diamond!! Hurray, you're back!! Hope you're feeling better. Love the Happy Birthday photo in front of the castle!!
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I'm staying at AKL for my birthday in October and I can't wait! I stayed at POP the week after my bday last year and they put a card with a balloon in the room. Did the AKL do anything for your birthday?
Hi just read your post about being in AKL for your birthday. We are arriving October 21st, a week later than my birthday; however, I think I'll get a birthday button and celebrate anyway.
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