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Old 10-02-2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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From Kick'n It at Kidani to Play'n It at Pop adults only p62/63 last thoughts&request

Good morning my Dis friends! I am ready to get this TR going! I've been home for a week now and my pics are still not downloaded onto my computer. It really doesn't matter so much now, because I am at work and can't post pics anyway. I promise to download them tonight.

I am going to keep the introductions short, since this is my 4th TR. I don't do PTR's, only trip reports. If you read my last TR (Kick'n It at Kidani) you will rmember that DH and I were planning a lovely 4 night get away in honor of free dining and our 20th anniversary (but mostly in honor of free dining) !

When free dining was announced in April, I just couldn't control the urge for September weather and Disney food, free Disney food....well, almost free Disney food. DH and I are DVC members and have AP's that don't expire until June 2010, so we figured we could do a real budget trip if we stayed value and got cheap enough flights. We knew we could rationalize this trip under the guise of an anniversary trip! (Our actual 20th anniversary is October 21st, but close enough in my book )

Well, I fought the urge to upgrade. It was tough, since the memories of Kidani and CSR still lingered, but I perservered. And we got cheap flights - $59 each way from Baltimore. The only changes we made to our original plans were1) a rental car and (2) an upgrade to the deluxe dining plan!

Let me just say, Our Trip Was Super Duper Fantastic. We really had an awesome time. I am so glad we turned it into an anniversary trip because it really added an extra dose of magic that we never expected.

So the dates......

Sunday, September 20th to Thursday, September 24th

and the place......
Pop Century

and the people.......

Me: MEK....Mary Ellen
DH: Denny (aka as Directionless Denny or the DH who forgets his underwear and other assorted items)

So please join in with me as I tell the tale of two grown-ups who left their teenage boys at home (again) to explore the world and the merits of the Deluxe dining plan. We even had the pleasure of a Dis meet this trip. We met the infamous Christine or C (aka Too excited to sleep). We were hoping to meet Sunnie RN (Karla), but I expect she did not get my text messages.

Next up.....The Pre Departure Drama of Teenage Boys
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Table of Contents

For your readin pleasure, I am reserving this space for the table of contents. I hope I can keep it straight!
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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I'm in! Sounds like you guys had a great time. Can't wait to read all about it!
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:47 AM   #4
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I'm in! Sounds like you guys had a great time. Can't wait to read all about it!
Hi DWGal...

Welcome! So glad to have you following along.
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Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW
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Welcome! So glad to have you following along.
You bet!

Sorry you had some pre-trip drama with the boys. Hopefully that all worked otu OK.

I am the same with sleep on the night before a trip; this year we leave in the wee morning hours of Dec 26th, so between this trip and Christmas, I might have to take it easy the first day!
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Yay! A new TR!
I was a lurker on your Kindani TR, but thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to this one.
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You bet!

Sorry you had some pre-trip drama with the boys. Hopefully that all worked otu OK.

I am the same with sleep on the night before a trip; this year we leave in the wee morning hours of Dec 26th, so between this trip and Christmas, I might have to take it easy the first day!

Glad to hear I am not the only pre trip insomniac. I thought I was going to crash and burn the first day, but I did really well and got my "second wind" once we got there and all checked in.

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I was a lurker on your Kindani TR, but thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to this one.

Welcome! I am glad that you decided to come out of "lurkedom" for this TR. Kidani was such a beautiful resort so I thought I might be disappointed with Pop, but it ended up be a great resort for DH and I. We didn't spend a lot of time there. But what time we spent there felt really relaxed, so it was perfect. I felt like we were always running somewhere....either to the parks or another fabulous ADR.
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Play'in It at Pop Sept 09 Anniversary Trip
JUNE 09 TR...KICK'N IT AT KIDANI DH & I do Disney Solo! DEC 2008 June 2008 tripreport
My Trips 2002-Offsite 2003-POR 2004-Royal Pacific/Daytona Bch 2005-CBR 2006-Pop, SSR 2007-ASM 2008-Pop, Vero Bch/SSR, POFQ/SSR 2009-Kidani/CSR, Pop 2010- VWL, BLT 2011-POR/BCV, Disney's HHI Resort, OKW2012-Treehouse villa/BWV, VWL/BWV 2013-HHI, Secret off site location;BWV/AKL 2014- Tampa, ASSp/BCV, OKW
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The Pre Departure Drama of Teenage Boys

When you have teenagers, how can you NOT have a little drama before you go away? When we planned this trip last April we really thought the boys (who are 15 and 16 1/2) would do OK alone for 4 nights. However, as the trip became a reality we thought, "Maybe NOT". I kept reassuring myself that everything would be fine, but about a week before we were supposed to leave I decided that the boys needed a little bit more adult supervision. So I frantically set out to find someone who would take each boy on Sunday night and then take them to school on Monday. My DS 16 is not fully liscensed to drive yet. In Delaware a 16 year old must drive with a parent in the car for a full 6 months. He will meet that criteria in mid November.

Once I had them safely supervised for Sunday night, I starting working on getting someone to sleep in the house Monday and Tuesday night. Wednesday was the only night they would be alone. As it turned out, a good friend of mine stayed overnight Monday and Tuesday. It worked out great. In fact, we will be taking this good friend and his wife to Disney in May. Finally, all driving arrangements, to and from school and soccer, were confirmed. Plus spare car keys were given to my nieghbors and all the alcohol in the house was locked and hidden in the shed.

Sounds simple, right? Wrong? My kids really protested with all these last minute changes, but I held my ground. On Saturday evening, we had a huge last minute debate over the house rules, which really stressed me out. I knew that some of this was normal teenage behavior, and that thekids would calm down once we were out of town, but it stressed me out nonetheless. I requested that DS 16 1/2 be home by 12pm the night before we left. I really didn't want him at a friend's house on Saturday night because it would be too difficult to contact him Sunday morning. I wanted everyone home, in their bed, when we left for the airport the next day.

Needless to say, I fell asleep on the coach waiting for my son to come home. I woke up right before he got home (11pm) and was folding clothes when he arrived. Getting ready for this trip proved to be a last minute marathon. I must have done about 5 loads of laundry before we left. I got everything folded and most things put away. It was exhausting.

Once my son got home, I decided to go to bed. But I think my nerves were still shot from the earlier drama. Plus I have a tendency to not sleep well before a trip. And that earlier nap on the couch made me unusually awake. So when I went to bed sleep was not forthcoming. In fact, I tossed and turned, got up and down, took a xanax around midnight, and a benadryl at 3am and finally fell asleep at 4am!

Next thing I know.....630am and time to get up for the final preparations. Let's just say that i walked around in a fog for the next two hours, but by 9:10am we were finally on the road to Baltimore. We had an uneventful drive to Baltimore. We took the long way...down Rt. 50 to the Bay bridge. Then our GPS took us some great back roads to the parking lot. We used econopark this trip. It was recommended by some Disers, but initially I was not very impressed. I expect there to be a bathroom. Nope.And I really needed a bio break. I liked how the shuttle pulled right up to the car, but I hated waiting for the shuttle to get full before we could leave for the airport. Like I said, I was seriously in need of a bio break and every minute felt like ten.

I really love BWI airport. It is sooooooo much nicer that the Philadelphia airport. Its bright, airy, and never super crowded. We grabbed a couple of McDonald's snack wraps and sodas for the flight. We loaded promptly and the plane started to taxi right on time.

Then we looked up when we heard the following announcement, "Ladies and gentleman, we will be returning to the gate. We have a broken seatbelt and the FAA requires that we return to the gate until it is fixed". Whaaaaaaat? Bummer. It took the maintenance man all of 8 minutes to get on board and fix that belt. Unfortunately, we had to wait about 45 more minutes until we were allowed to taxi out again. Bummer, bummer.

We arrived in Orlando at 3 pm. Our flight was uneventful. Great weather. Our bags arrived promptly. Just as I had gathered the bags my DH returned with the key to the rental car in hand. Our plan was to head directly to Pop, check in, un pack, and get to the Grand Floridian for dinner. No grocery store stops this trip. I actually bought this great little collapsible rolling cooler at Costco and I packed it with water and a bottle of wine. All I needed was ice!

Up next......Is it possible to get the same room at Pop twice??????????
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OK, that seriously made me LOL!

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Hi there!

I'm in for this one. I lurked on your Kickin it at Kidani thread, so I figured for this one I was obligated to say hi.

I'm SO GLAD to hear that BWI is better than PHL. We are from around exit 6 on the NJ Turnpike and couldn't find anything super cheap out of PHL for our October trip, so we booked BWI. It's a little over 2 hours from our house---but for $49 each way flights on Southwest, I'll take it!

I was so worried that the BWI airport would be some dumpy little hole in the wall airport and would hate it, but from a few reviews I've been getting recently it seems I'll love it!

Looking forward to hearing more about the trip!
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LL got in on the first page and felt late - i'm excited to have made it before the second page finished! i'm here!

Sorry you had to deal with the boys' drama (and trauma!) before you left. That's not a great way to start your vacation i'm glad it turned out ok in the end.
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Hi MaryEllen! Caitlin told me you started your report so I'm in! Sorry you had teenage drama before you left (we had a little ourelves...a bad breakup a week before we left ...guess it goes with having teens!) but hopefully that was the only drama all week! Looking forward to hearing all about the trip!
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