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Old 06-19-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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Two Sisters finally get to go to WDW together! - TR has started!

Hi everyone! My sister Katharina and I just booked flights for our trip to WDW, so I thought, it is a good time to start the trip report.

The Story behind this Trip
The Cast
Update 6/20: Dates
Update 6/21: Flights

Short Update 6/26: Passporter and Wiki
Update 6/28: Pondering on Resorts
Update 7/5: more thoughts on resorts and restaurants
Short Update 7/13: Less than 200 days!
Update 7/13: Shoes!
Update 7/16: Interesting Rumor
Update 7/20: Mini-TR about K÷penick
Update 7/27: Films
Update 8/2 Less than 180 days and 2010 rates
Update 8/17 We have a room!!
Update 8/18 Underwater Pictures!
Update 8/20: Flo▀
Update 9/9: huge shock and a few bits and pieces
Update 9/11: Restaurants - Magdalene's choices
Update 9/11: Restaurant's - Katharina's choices
Update 9/15: Disney Mail
Update 9/21: Tour and Restaurant Shortlist
Update 9/30: To upgrade or not to upgrade?
Update 10/2: January Hours
Update 10/5: The PLAN
Update 10/16: planned ADRs
Update 10/17 Disney History
Update 10/19: Disneyland 1992 Part 1
Update 10/25: Small Planning Update
Update 10/26: Disneyland 1992 Part 2
Update 10/28: ADR success!!
nodnol Update 11/1: Surprise at the Baltic Sea
Update 11/5: Disneyland 1992 Part 3
Mini Update 11/9: Berlin Wall
The "real" Berlin Wall update
Update 11/13: Back to Trip Planning: To Do List and Camera
nodnol needs some cheering up
nodnol update 11/20: Passport and Springerle
Update 11/27: two months!
Update 11/28: Heide-Park Part 1
Update 11/28: Heide-Park Part 2
Update 11/28: Heide-Park Part 3
Update 12/3: Discount Code 2.0
Update 12/4: CS with outdoor seating?
Update 12/8: Disneyland 1992 Part 4
Update 12/18: Small PTR things and Disneyland 1992 Part 5
nodnol Update 12/29: More Disney stuff from Santa / flossbolna
Update 1/4 DLP 1995 Part 1
Update 1/4 DLP 1995 Part 2
Update 1/4 Bags, T-Shirts and Shoes
Update 1/5 ADR, Photopass, Packing and the Muppets
Update 1/10 SIM Cards
Update 1/15: News about the AKL Pool
Update 1/16: Nuremberg Part 1
Update 1/16: Nuremberg Part 2
Update 1/18: Single Digit Dancing!!
Update 1/25: The day after tomorrow!
Update 1/26: Everything is packed!
We are back!
TR has started!
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:10 PM   #2
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The Story behind this Trip

The Story behind this Trip:

Katharina and I have travelled a lot together, starting with a trip to a summer camp when we were kids, youth groups trips to Scotland and then our big trip: six weeks to the USA after my high school graduation, visiting relatives and family friends. On that trip my aunt took us to Disneyland which had been a dream for me ever since I first heard that such a place existed! We spent two days in Disneyland and one day at Universal Studios. We loved Disneyland but did not enjoy Universal. 1992 was the year Disneyland Paris, then EuroDisney, opened and of course after having been in DL, I really wanted to go there next!! This year my sister gave me a number of guide books for EuroDisney which I read again and again! One of those was actually a EuroDisney version of the Unofficial Guide!

We finally made it EuroDisney in 1995. And returned in 1997. In 1998 I discovered Disney sites on the internet: allears.net (then it was still wdwig) and especially Brian Benett's trip report archive (became later part of mouseplanet.com). At that time they were just text, no pictures!! Katharina and I, along with a friend of Katharina's, started planning a big trip to the USA again for September 1999: three weeks through the Southeast including 5 days at WDW. Well in spring 1999 I had a new boyfriend and we ended up canceling USA and boyfriend and I went to Namibia instead while Katharina and her friend went on a holiday to Southern France. Namibia was wonderful, really a trip in a lifetime. However, it still left me feeling rather guilty towards Katharina and I will never ever cancel a trip with her!!

We returned to Disneyland Paris in 2003 with the friend who was supposed to go to WDW with us and had a lot of fun. And in 2004 I finally got to go to WDW with a friend of mine: two weeks in Florida including five days at WDW, one of those was my birthday!! Since that first trip I was really sad that Katharina was not there with me since she had been my Disney buddy for so long. After 2004 I got to see quite a lot of the Disney parks, but only one trip included Katharina, once again Disneyland Paris in 2007.

Life just did not work out in a way that it would have made sense to go on a trip to WDW together, even though we continued to travel together all the time, for example hiking with my father along the coast in Cornwall in England.

A week or so ago there suddenly came some unexpected financial luck and we decided that now it was finally the right time to go to WDW together! So my tentative solo trip in January 2010 became a trip for the two of us!! And went from tentative to definite.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:14 PM   #3
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The Cast

The Cast:

First, let me introduce the cast of this pre trip report:

Me – Magdalene – I am 37 at the moment, but will be one year older on our trip. I have actually been to WDW four times and in the last three years seem to have gotten into a yearly habit of going to WDW in the winter. January/February is a great time for travel to WDW: sunny and warm, but not too hot, manageable crowds in WDW , cold , grey and miserable at home. Home, by the way, is in Berlin, Germany, and in case you don't realize by my sometimes strange writing, I am German, so English is not my native language. So my view point will sometimes be slightly different since I am from a different cultural background.

This is me on my very first trip on Dumbo (at DLRP in 2007):



My sister Katharina – she is 34 at the moment and will turn 35 during our trip. So we get to celebrate her birthday during our trip! So far she is not on the DIS, but when I asked her wether it would be ok, to do a PTR, her reply was: Oh, then I need to sign up for an account so that I can add comments. So I guess she will appear at some point in person. Katharina lives in Berlin, too.

This is Katharina on that same Dumbo ride on an early morning at DLRP in 2007:



and because I really like this picture, this is Katharina with Remy from Ratatouille (also DLRP 2007):



As you might have guessed, Katharina and I are very close and since we both live in the same city, we actually see each other a lot. I think this will come in handy for planning this trip! I will also try to get us take a picture of the two of us together so that you can see what we look like in 2009!

This was longer than I planned, so the plans so far will be the subject of the next update.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:21 PM   #4
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I'm joining in! I can't wait to hear more of your planning.

I think it's so great that you and your sister finally get to go to WDW together.
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I'm joining in! I can't wait to hear more of your planning.

I think it's so great that you and your sister finally get to go to WDW together.
Hi LL, welcome to my PTR!! I am so excited to have someone who posts here! I am glad to have you here, I am still following your TR, but did not get round to posting that much recently!
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Hi Flossbolna,

I don't think I said how much I loved you story of this trip over on the Jambo thread. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures.

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