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Old 05-29-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
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Lordy! Lordy! DH is turning 40! Never too old for WDW! TR w/Pics 6/20/09-06/26/09

When Disney first announced the promotion for 2009, "What will you celebrate?", I knew exactly where we would be for DH's milestone birthday ...

Walt Disney World!
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2004: CBR; 2006: BC ~ DCL(Wonder); 2007: BCV,YC,BC,SSR,ASMU ~ MVMCP ~ DCL(Magic); 2008: VWL,BCV,SSR,BC,POR Trip Report ,FW(cabin) ~ DCG, PPP,MNSSHP & MVMCP ~ DCL(Wonder); 2009: DLH (DLR) Trip Report, POR Trip Report , SSR Trip Report, BWV Trip Report , POFQ ~ DAP; 2010:BWV(2xs), ABD CA ~ GC (DLR) Trip Report ~ Napa Rose Review, AKV ~ DCL(Wonder) Trip Report; 2011:BCV(2xs), AKV (2xs) ~ F&W, MNSSHP, MVMCP, 1st 5K Race! ~ DCL(Dream);2012: AKV, BWV, BLT ~ F&W, MNSSHP ~ DCL(Fantasy) ~ CC5K;2013: 04/AKV, 05/AKV ~ EEC & F&G, 10/Pop ~ F&W, 12/DLH (DLR), 12/PPH (DLR); 2014: 06/DCL ~ Wonder (Alaska), 11/DLR ~ Avengers 1/2 Marathon Weekend (1st 1/2 Marathon!), 11/AKV ~ Annual Thanksgiving Trip; 2015: 01/DLR ~ Star Wars 1/2 Marathon Weekend (5K & 1/2 Marathon), 04/POR (Spring Break), 11/BCV ~ Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon, 12/AKV & DCL (Magic) ~ Christmas Trip; 2016: 07/DCL (Magic ~ Med) & Disneyland Paris (20th Anniversary Trip)


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Cast of Travelers
Me (Jennifer) - SAHM and self-proclaimed Disney nut.
Favorite WDW ride/attraction: Rock 'n' Rollercoaster (DHS) (In the name of all that rocks. Hit it dude! - Stacy)
Favorite Disney Character: Snow White (Brunettes need to stick together!)

DH (Bill) - Hard working IT Manager. Our WDW trips are his "escape" from the fast-paced high stress environment of work.
Favorite WDW ride/attraction: Soarin' (Epcot) (EE close second.)
Favorite Disney Character: Mickey Mouse (The big cheese himself has always had a special place in DH's heart.)

DS9 - As he gets older, he gets more adventurous. Which makes our WDW trips more and more fun and a different experience for him each new trip. DH and I no longer have to ride RNR and EE alone.
Favorite WDW ride/attraction: Haunted Mansion (MK)
Favorite Disney Character: Pluto (Boy's best friend. Who doesn't love Pluto?)

DD6 - She is our girly girl. But, still a wild child at heart and up for some of the more adventurous rides at WDW now.
Favorite WDW ride/attraction: Test Track (Epcot) (Space Mountain close second. "That was awesome!" - DD6 after her very first ride on SM.)
Favorite Disney Character: Ariel

DS3 - He is like most boys his age, he loves anything related to Cars or Toy Story. With each new WDW trip, he is "willing" to ride more rides. A lot of people ask us why we visit WDW so much (usually three times a year). For us, each trip is a different experience and the children can atest to that.
Favorite WDW ride/attraction: Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (MK)
Favorite Disney/Pixar Character: Buzz Lightyear (Little Green Aliens from Toy Story close second. He calls them Ewwwwww!)
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2004: CBR; 2006: BC ~ DCL(Wonder); 2007: BCV,YC,BC,SSR,ASMU ~ MVMCP ~ DCL(Magic); 2008: VWL,BCV,SSR,BC,POR Trip Report ,FW(cabin) ~ DCG, PPP,MNSSHP & MVMCP ~ DCL(Wonder); 2009: DLH (DLR) Trip Report, POR Trip Report , SSR Trip Report, BWV Trip Report , POFQ ~ DAP; 2010:BWV(2xs), ABD CA ~ GC (DLR) Trip Report ~ Napa Rose Review, AKV ~ DCL(Wonder) Trip Report; 2011:BCV(2xs), AKV (2xs) ~ F&W, MNSSHP, MVMCP, 1st 5K Race! ~ DCL(Dream);2012: AKV, BWV, BLT ~ F&W, MNSSHP ~ DCL(Fantasy) ~ CC5K;2013: 04/AKV, 05/AKV ~ EEC & F&G, 10/Pop ~ F&W, 12/DLH (DLR), 12/PPH (DLR); 2014: 06/DCL ~ Wonder (Alaska), 11/DLR ~ Avengers 1/2 Marathon Weekend (1st 1/2 Marathon!), 11/AKV ~ Annual Thanksgiving Trip; 2015: 01/DLR ~ Star Wars 1/2 Marathon Weekend (5K & 1/2 Marathon), 04/POR (Spring Break), 11/BCV ~ Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon, 12/AKV & DCL (Magic) ~ Christmas Trip; 2016: 07/DCL (Magic ~ Med) & Disneyland Paris (20th Anniversary Trip)

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Old 05-29-2009, 05:59 PM   #3
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Itinerary (updated 6/18/09)

Sunday (June 21st)
Morning
Check-in @ Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
Afternoon
The Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort - DH Massage
Evening
Park: Magic Kingdom (EMH until 3 am!!!!)

Monday (June 22nd)
Morning
Park: Epcot
ADR – Nine Dragons (lunch)
Evening
Park: Animal Kingdom (EMH until 10 pm)

Tuesday (June 23rd)
Morning
Park: Hollywood Studios
ADR – Sci-Fi Dine-In (lunch)
Evening
Relax @ resort/DTD

Wednesday (June 24th)
Morning
Park: Animal Kingdom (EMH @ 8 am)
Evening
Relax @ resort (make Bill's birthday cake)

Thursday (June 25th)
Morning
Park: Magic Kingdom (EMH @ 8 am)
ADR – Crystal Palace (late breakfast)
Evening
Park: Epcot (EMH until 12 am)
ADR – Tutto Italia (dinner- just the two of us! )
Kid’s Nite Out (Babysitter)

Friday (June 26th)
Morning
Park: Epcot
ADR - Les Chefs de France (lunch)
Afternoon
Depart WDW and head home to
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2004: CBR; 2006: BC ~ DCL(Wonder); 2007: BCV,YC,BC,SSR,ASMU ~ MVMCP ~ DCL(Magic); 2008: VWL,BCV,SSR,BC,POR Trip Report ,FW(cabin) ~ DCG, PPP,MNSSHP & MVMCP ~ DCL(Wonder); 2009: DLH (DLR) Trip Report, POR Trip Report , SSR Trip Report, BWV Trip Report , POFQ ~ DAP; 2010:BWV(2xs), ABD CA ~ GC (DLR) Trip Report ~ Napa Rose Review, AKV ~ DCL(Wonder) Trip Report; 2011:BCV(2xs), AKV (2xs) ~ F&W, MNSSHP, MVMCP, 1st 5K Race! ~ DCL(Dream);2012: AKV, BWV, BLT ~ F&W, MNSSHP ~ DCL(Fantasy) ~ CC5K;2013: 04/AKV, 05/AKV ~ EEC & F&G, 10/Pop ~ F&W, 12/DLH (DLR), 12/PPH (DLR); 2014: 06/DCL ~ Wonder (Alaska), 11/DLR ~ Avengers 1/2 Marathon Weekend (1st 1/2 Marathon!), 11/AKV ~ Annual Thanksgiving Trip; 2015: 01/DLR ~ Star Wars 1/2 Marathon Weekend (5K & 1/2 Marathon), 04/POR (Spring Break), 11/BCV ~ Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon, 12/AKV & DCL (Magic) ~ Christmas Trip; 2016: 07/DCL (Magic ~ Med) & Disneyland Paris (20th Anniversary Trip)


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We leave for WDW in NINE days!

I can't believe how quickly this trip is approaching. So much to do, so little time. Isn't that always how it is? You anticipate and anticipate and then you want time to slow down just a tad. So, you can get everything done before departure day.

I am excited to report a few additions to our itinerary...

We arrive at SSR on Sunday (June 21st/Father's Day). I booked DH for a massage at the spa at SSR. That will be his Father's Day present. I was browsing the boards and another family was going to be at WDW for Father's Day. She had all sorts of special things planned for her DH. I honestly forgot Father's Day was that Sunday. I was planning and worrying about DH's birthday (June 25th) going well. The massage will be nice for DH after driving from Texas to Florida. He will need the stress reliever.

Also, initially we were scheduled to depart on Friday, June 26th. I booked us through the weekend (June 26 - June 28) at the Yacht Club. I've never stayed there. DH stayed there last year on business and enjoyed it. So, I thought it would be a nice surprise for DH to extend our stay for more Disney fun!

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I have planned and re-planned this trip so many times. I'm done creating the itinerary and am ready to go have some fun! I am dreading the heat and crowds. We have never gone during a peak season. We've been lucky enough to visit during value season = less crowds.

We've been to WDW twelve (12) times in five years. I guess that probably makes us WDW pros by now. But there are still things we haven't done. Disney always seems to be "plusing" their parks with refurbishments and new rides/attractions. So, every trip is a different experience for us. We never get tired of visiting WDW and now that we bought into DVC ... we have many, many years ahead of Disney magic.
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2004: CBR; 2006: BC ~ DCL(Wonder); 2007: BCV,YC,BC,SSR,ASMU ~ MVMCP ~ DCL(Magic); 2008: VWL,BCV,SSR,BC,POR Trip Report ,FW(cabin) ~ DCG, PPP,MNSSHP & MVMCP ~ DCL(Wonder); 2009: DLH (DLR) Trip Report, POR Trip Report , SSR Trip Report, BWV Trip Report , POFQ ~ DAP; 2010:BWV(2xs), ABD CA ~ GC (DLR) Trip Report ~ Napa Rose Review, AKV ~ DCL(Wonder) Trip Report; 2011:BCV(2xs), AKV (2xs) ~ F&W, MNSSHP, MVMCP, 1st 5K Race! ~ DCL(Dream);2012: AKV, BWV, BLT ~ F&W, MNSSHP ~ DCL(Fantasy) ~ CC5K;2013: 04/AKV, 05/AKV ~ EEC & F&G, 10/Pop ~ F&W, 12/DLH (DLR), 12/PPH (DLR); 2014: 06/DCL ~ Wonder (Alaska), 11/DLR ~ Avengers 1/2 Marathon Weekend (1st 1/2 Marathon!), 11/AKV ~ Annual Thanksgiving Trip; 2015: 01/DLR ~ Star Wars 1/2 Marathon Weekend (5K & 1/2 Marathon), 04/POR (Spring Break), 11/BCV ~ Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon, 12/AKV & DCL (Magic) ~ Christmas Trip; 2016: 07/DCL (Magic ~ Med) & Disneyland Paris (20th Anniversary Trip)


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TOURING THE PARKS
As you can see below, I have an itinerary in place. I have a more detailed one in Word (with all the park hours, parade and fireworks times and what rides we want to do in each park). No matter what time of year you visit WDW, you should have some form of a plan in place. Trust me, it makes life so much easier when you get there. I just use it as a "guideline" and if we stray from it, oh well. We've been known to fly by the seat of our pants on certain days too. I plan to utilize FPs whenever possible. The invention of the FASTPASS system has saved us hours of wait time. I know the heat and humidity are going to be a big energy drainer. That is why I am trying to work in a big break mid-day to swim at the resort pool and get into AC. We were exhausted during our recent visit to WDW in May. By mid-day our energy was zapped by the heat. I can't imagine it now. I plan to bring lots and lots of water and maybe some gatorade and/or Smart Water.

Family Park Goals (I let everyone pick one "must" ride. Everything on top of that is extra magic.)
Magic Kingdom:
DH - Splash Mountain
Me - Pirates of the Caribbean
DS9 - Haunted Mansion
DD6 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (She has now told me she doesn't want to ride this. Probably a good thing. With Space Mountain in refurb, I've read there are long lines now.)
DS3 - Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

Epcot:
DH - Soarin'
Me - Soarin'
DS9 - Spaceship Earth
DD6 - Test Track
DS3 - Living Seas with Nemo and Friends

Hollywood Studios:
DH - RNR
Me - RNR
DS9 - The Great Movie Ride (Yes, we've raised a very bizarre nine year old!)
DD6 - TSM
DS3 - TSM

Animal Kingdom:
DH - EE
Me - EE
DS9 - EE
DD6 - Kali River Rapids
DS3 - The Boneyard
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