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Old 05-07-2009, 11:31 AM   #1
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Yes, I AM the Upgrade Queen! 8/1 MK Parade

It's true..... If you've read my previous reports you know that I have a lucky streak, and it's happened again!

Just got back from another weekend in the World! We live in Jacksonville, just 2 1/2 hrs from WDW and we make the most of it.

This time, I didn't even need to drag my DH kicking and screaming. In fact, HE wanted to leave earlier than we actually did! Someone fess up - who's pumping the pixie dust into his office???

He was excited to check out our latest resort - Animal Kingdom Lodge. We try to stay at a different resort each trip, and this one was a bit intriguing for us. And because of that, this trip was done totally different than others.

Here we are.



Me. Kara. 42. Being advised to enroll in a Disney 12-step program.

DH. Jeff. 39. Never lets me forget he's younger. Loves Disney when we're there, but outta sight, outta mind. So I make it a point to get him there for a weekend about every other month.

DD. Ally. 8. Going on 18. Loves Disney like her mama. Also knows she is spoiled rotten at WDW so she never turns down a trip.

Jeff fears that we will get "bored" if we go to WDW too often. Well, he also FEARS Dinosaur, but that's in my LAST Trip Report. Anywho....

Somehow, each time we "do" Disney, we do it right. And we don't overdo it or redo it. It's always different. Somehow, the magic remains trip after trip. And this trip we were lucky enough to experience a new resort, and new experiences on old attractions. Stick with me and I'll do my best to take you on a humorous trip with my family. Our trips are anything but dull...... especially when you're with "that guy" from Monsters Inc. Oh, did I give away too much?

Up next, the incredible AKL and the first major upgrade!
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5/2012 DCL Dream (DISmoms 4) 3/2012 DCL Magic Western Caribbean 12/2011 BWV (Mom/Dad's 50th Anniversary) 5/2011 BWV (DISmoms Gone Wild III) DCL Magic Eastern Caribbean (First family cruise!) 5/2010 BCV (DISmoms Gone Wild Part II) 4/2010 CSR (Mother/Daughter Trip12/2009 VWL (Family Christmas Trip) 9/2009 Dolphin (Mother/Daughter Trip) 8/2009 ASSP (Mothers/Daughters Trip with Neighbors) 5/2009 AKL (DISmoms Gone Wild Trip), 5/2009 AKL (Family Trip), 3/2009 CSR (Mother/Daughter Weekend), 11/2008 CSR (Mother/Daugter Trip), 9/2008 Yacht Club (Anniversary Trip), 5/2008 POP (Grand Gathering),3/2008 POR (P&PP), 5/2006 POP (Family Trip), 5/2000 CSR (Business), 5/1998 BWI (Honeymoon), Multiple offsite adventures!

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Sounds great, I can't wait to read more!
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:27 PM   #3
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Yay, I am glad I got to jump in early. Looking forward to hearing all about it.
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:07 PM   #5
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Already I've LOL'd 10 times!!! From just one post!!! You ARE the queen of upgrades- but you are also the Queen of Funny! Post some pictures already!!!!!!!!! I need to get psyched!!!!!!
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Sounds great, I can't wait to read more!
Stay tuned and buckle up!

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Yay, I am glad I got to jump in early. Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Early? You almost beat ME here!

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You can HEAR me? You need to talk to a dr I think....

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Already I've LOL'd 10 times!!! From just one post!!! You ARE the queen of upgrades- but you are also the Queen of Funny! Post some pictures already!!!!!!!!! I need to get psyched!!!!!!
What are you talking about??? 10 times? You need to get out more often.... oh wait, you ARE out more - Disney, HHI, St John, OBX, DCL..... shall I go on???
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I'm in. Can't wait to read more. I am from Panama City Fl. Nice to have another Floridaian.
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OMG...I am new to the dis but have been reading for the last couple months because my husband and i (31 and 27) are planning our first trip ever with our almost 5yr DD and 2yr DS this sept-oct, when I found your upgrades and underwear TR...i about split my gut reading it and just got done reading the beginning of this one. You are such a funny writer and I am thoroughly enjoying reading this one already...I especially loved the comment about your husband and the dino phobia...LOL...that pic was really funny! Just wanted to let you know you have another follower for this TR..I love getting all you vet. disers points of view on the place I have been dreaming of for my whole life.

(My family thinks I may be a little too old to be so in love with all things Disney so its nice to find people out there that know Disney is the only way to go!!)
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Glad to have found your TR. I have been lucky too. My first trip I got upgraded to a water view corner unit. The second trip was a land and sea one. Well just days before the cruise I got a call if I was ok being upgraded to a suit, um let me think HECK YA! So we had this great suit and concierge service. When we arrived at POR we didn't get a special upgrade at first. We actually had one of the farthest rooms but I had some real trouble with swelling this trip, thank goodness for flip flops. When we finally made it down to our room I called to see if by chance they had a closer room due to my swelling. They said yes we do it's in the Mansions if that is ok? Sure not a problem with me. We got bumped to a beautiful room with a water view again. Oh and we had gotten the dinning plan with circ tickets, but we really didn't care to see it as we have several here in Vegas. So we got lucky with Disney Credit for the tickets as they were on a break. Score extra spending money!!
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OMG...I am new to the dis but have been reading for the last couple months because my husband and i (31 and 27) are planning our first trip ever with our almost 5yr DD and 2yr DS this sept-oct, when I found your upgrades and underwear TR...i about split my gut reading it and just got done reading the beginning of this one. You are such a funny writer and I am thoroughly enjoying reading this one already...I especially loved the comment about your husband and the dino phobia...LOL...that pic was really funny! Just wanted to let you know you have another follower for this TR..I love getting all you vet. disers points of view on the place I have been dreaming of for my whole life.

(My family thinks I may be a little too old to be so in love with all things Disney so its nice to find people out there that know Disney is the only way to go!!)
Thank you! And, uh, NOOOO, you are def not too old to love Disney! I'm 42 and think it's the bomb diggity!!!

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Glad to have found your TR. I have been lucky too. My first trip I got upgraded to a water view corner unit. The second trip was a land and sea one. Well just days before the cruise I got a call if I was ok being upgraded to a suit, um let me think HECK YA! So we had this great suit and concierge service. When we arrived at POR we didn't get a special upgrade at first. We actually had one of the farthest rooms but I had some real trouble with swelling this trip, thank goodness for flip flops. When we finally made it down to our room I called to see if by chance they had a closer room due to my swelling. They said yes we do it's in the Mansions if that is ok? Sure not a problem with me. We got bumped to a beautiful room with a water view again. Oh and we had gotten the dinning plan with circ tickets, but we really didn't care to see it as we have several here in Vegas. So we got lucky with Disney Credit for the tickets as they were on a break. Score extra spending money!!
Maybe we should pool our mojo, we might be in a deluxe suite at the GF before too long!!!!

When we upgraded our 7 day PHs into season passes last year, not only did we get the passes, but I think the CM misfigured something because we also got a $250 gift card for the "difference"! The funny part is that my inlaws had paid for the entire week long trip, so to upgrade the tix, AND get the gift card, it was like, "thank you inlaws!" Our first year's passes cost us NOTHING! Now the renewal on the other hand......
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Upgrades, Underwear, and Upside Down Fun - a TR full of "new" adventures! , March, 2009
5/2012 DCL Dream (DISmoms 4) 3/2012 DCL Magic Western Caribbean 12/2011 BWV (Mom/Dad's 50th Anniversary) 5/2011 BWV (DISmoms Gone Wild III) DCL Magic Eastern Caribbean (First family cruise!) 5/2010 BCV (DISmoms Gone Wild Part II) 4/2010 CSR (Mother/Daughter Trip12/2009 VWL (Family Christmas Trip) 9/2009 Dolphin (Mother/Daughter Trip) 8/2009 ASSP (Mothers/Daughters Trip with Neighbors) 5/2009 AKL (DISmoms Gone Wild Trip), 5/2009 AKL (Family Trip), 3/2009 CSR (Mother/Daughter Weekend), 11/2008 CSR (Mother/Daugter Trip), 9/2008 Yacht Club (Anniversary Trip), 5/2008 POP (Grand Gathering),3/2008 POR (P&PP), 5/2006 POP (Family Trip), 5/2000 CSR (Business), 5/1998 BWI (Honeymoon), Multiple offsite adventures!
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All Hail the Queen of Upgrades
Your Highness please besto some cleavage er I mean magic my way
So glad your dog got the "poodle view" I'm sure he was appreciative.
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Just joining. I'm from Jacksonville also! Arlington area
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:19 PM   #14
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An update! I was just thinking about you yesterday as we wandered around DTD.

Love the Fiesta Margarita's! Those horns sound fantastic, I'll have to go try one of those. By the way, you mentioned how everyone was happy after the meal, or maybe it was the two pints, but that is under a pic of you and Ally.

And to those that have not done Kim <insert drinking motion here> Possible, you don't get the same mission each time in each country. We have done the UK twice and haven't had that box as a clue. Too cool!

Well, hopefully life won't keep you away so long this time, but we understand how it is.
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Yay. Good to hear from you. I wondered what happened to you.

However, now I'm sitting at work think how good a margarita would be right now

So explain the Kim possible thing to be. Do I need to reserve a time? My kids are definitely wanting to do that
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