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Old 01-18-2010, 10:22 PM   #1
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10 years, My favorite holiday and the mouse.. What more can you ask for (A PTR)

So, as the titles says we are heading to visit Mickey. We leave October 30th, 2010 and will be coming home November 8th. Our dates are pretty set in our minds but who knows what could come up and change things. We are eagerly waiting for some deals to be released that might make our trip a bit more affordable and allow for even more fun.
So now the important details..
I am Valerie. I am a 31 year old Stay at Home Mom with Fibromyalgia.
Along for the trip is my husband Jason. He is 29 years old.
The final member of our traveling party is our son Alex who is 11 years old and has Asperger's Syndrome which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This trip is something we have been planning since we got home from our first family visit in April of 2007. It differs in one very big way from our first trip. That difference is that Alex knows this time. THe last trip we took was a surprise trip planned 2 months before we left and that we only told Alex about ( with a very big planned reveal) a few days before we left.
So far we are working on where we want to eat and what we want to do. We have some interest in taking two of the offered tours but will leave that decision up to time and money. We will most certainly be hitting MNSSHP which of course is the main reason we planned the trip for when we did.
So on to my title of course.. This trip will celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary which is November 18th, 2010.. If hasn't been an easy 10 years. Things have been hard over time and there have been good and bad days. Its difficult being the parent of a child with something like Autism and add in that I have more bad days as of late with my Fibro than good days. Things can be tough.. But we have made it through 9+ years of marriage and will be looking forward to spending our 13 year anniversary as a couple and 10 year anniversary as husband and wife at Disney World. Only made even better by the fact that Halloween is my all time favorite holiday and I can't think of a better place to spend it than in the place where every can be a child at heart.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:03 PM   #2
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Woohoo.. Tomorrows the big day.. I put a hold on our reservations last week with our travel agent and sent her the pin we have.. Tomorrow is pay the deposit day! So excited.

Then I have to suffer and struggle and about die waiting for months for the park hours and 180 day mark and MNSSHP tickets to go on sale.. I hate waiting..
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:12 PM   #3
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Waiting is soooo hard!

How lovely to have both your wedding anniversary AND Halloween to celebrate!!

Do you know where you will be staying?


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Old 02-22-2010, 01:36 AM   #4
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Waiting is soooo hard!

How lovely to have both your wedding anniversary AND Halloween to celebrate!!

Do you know where you will be staying?


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It is hard.. Its been 3 years since we where there last and the wait is torture. We will be staying at Pop Century. We weighed the options of longer stay or nicer accomodations and decided we would rather stay longer.
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:41 AM   #5
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What have we got so far..

So yesterday we made another payment towards our Disney Debt! Yay! We now owe about half of the total balance. We will be flying Airtran and dates for our trip where released for sale on March 1st but we can only pay a certain amount a month towards Disney so our purchase of Airfare will have to wait til April 1st. Which isn't too big of a deal for us. The flights we are choosing are daily non stop flights from Pittsburgh to MCO and back again.. One early in the morning down and one late in the evening back. These same flight numbers run daily with only about 15 minutes varying on the times of the fight.. So as long as the prices stay the same and it really looks like they should based on the current Airtran offerings and what their prices have been for the last two months. Than we should be able to buy them for about 100$ less than our budgeted amount which is a perfect amount of savings to cover either the luggage fee's or the parking fee's leaving us with only needing to pay for one or the other from the vacation spending cash.
So, lets get on to some plans.. Here is what we are looking at for the time of our stay. Hours aren't posted yet and the gauranteed dates for MNSSHP have not been released yet. So to give you something to read I will tell you what we would like to do IF the dates follow what I WANT them too.. lol

Day 1:10/30/10
Arrive @ MCO at 1:33pm
Check In and then Head to Magic Kingdom
Late dinner at Kona Cafe

Day 2: 10/31/10
Animal Kingdom Day QS Lunch at Flame Tree BBQ
Late Dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe

Day 3:11/1/10
Early Breakfast @ Crystal Palace
Spend the day at Magic Kingdom Quick Service Dinner Around 5
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Day 4:11/2/10
Animal Kingdom QS Lunch
Chef Mickeys Dinnner

Day 5:11/3/10
Hollywood Studios
QS Lunch @ Pizza Planet
Dinner ( Fantasmic Package?) @ Mama Melrose
Fantasmic

Day 6:11/4/10
Epcot
QS Lunch ( We each want something diffrent for this lunch)
Coral Reef Dinner
We also would like to try to do the Behind the Seeds tour this day if
we can swing the cost.

Day 7:11/5/10
Ak/Epcot
QS Lunch ( Might Eat at DTD before Heading to Epcot after a morning
at Animal Kingdom)
Chef De France Dinner

Day 8:11/6/10
Magic Kingdom 7am- We want to do the Steam Train Tour if they are
taking reservations for it again.
QS Lunch
Ohana Dinner

Day 9:11/7/10
Epcot
QS Lunch
Le Cellier Dinner ( one of the reasons for doing this so late in our trip is the 180+10 policy.. When we make our dining reservations on our 180 mark the only people who will be able to reserve for this date yet are ones checking in the day before us and staying 10 days or ones checking in the day we are and staying 9-10 days which leaves us with a lot less competion for ADR's than if we had it earlier in our stay )

Day 10:11/8/10
QS Lunch
Finish Snack Credits
Most Likely Cash Dinner unless we have a LOT of snack credits left.. '
the flight I am looking at doesn't depart til 8pm in the evening.

Our son won't be returning to school til the 10th since we won't get back to our house til nearly 3am on the 9th.. and then he will be off school the 11th and 12th for the holiday and inservice.. lol.. So he is really scoring a long vacation.. it actually works really well with the school schedule overall.. Friday October 29th is the last day of the marking period so he will finish the entire marking period and then only miss the first 6 days of the next marking period.. So he won't miss the chance to make anything up before grades are submitted and will have plenty of time to submit any missed work well before the end of of the next marking period.
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Old 03-14-2010, 05:45 PM   #6
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Hey I finally found your pre-trippie! Your plans sound awesome! I can't wait to hear what you think of the train tour if you end up doing it. I really think T would enjoy it. The behind the seeds tour looks good too! Great dining choices, lots of the same ones we're planning. Can't wait to hear more of your plans, you just might inspire me to write one.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:11 PM   #7
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Hey I finally found your pre-trippie! Your plans sound awesome! I can't wait to hear what you think of the train tour if you end up doing it. I really think T would enjoy it. The behind the seeds tour looks good too! Great dining choices, lots of the same ones we're planning. Can't wait to hear more of your plans, you just might inspire me to write one.

Yay Jamie! So glad to see you. I am really hoping all the plans work out the way we want. Can't wait to hear the hours for October and November as well as the MNSSHP dates so we can really get ourself set in stone.

Right now what I have heard is they aren't taking ressies for Behind the Steam Trains Tour before or after a certain time. So I am really hoping that things change. We also really have our fingers crossed for the Wishes Dessert party to come back once they finish the remodeling in the area where its held.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:04 PM   #8
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I am so excited to see that the Wishes Dessert party is making its return. This is something we really want to do and where sad to see it had no immediate return listed. Fingers crossed that it will stay through our dates at the end of the year.
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Okay... where is the rest of this PTR??

Only ONE page?!!

Come on, let's get on the ball here!!


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Old 04-20-2010, 10:25 PM   #10
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I know.. I am terrible aren't I.. In my defense I have had family in for 3 of the weekends this month and one of the weeks.. So life has been suffering from a decided lack of calmness.
I am working hard on arranging the schedule for the 10 days now that the November hours are out for 3 of the parks.. its not helpful without the last park but its a pretty easy guess since Animal Kingdom Hours are pretty straight forward.
I will bring my planning notebook over to the desk soon and update what our daily plans are so far
Good News in life..
Airline Tickets are bought
Dining Reservations will be made May 3rd
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Old 09-01-2010, 12:11 AM   #11
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Got some stuff for the trip today. Bought some trading pins and got some reuseable disney bags for the halloween party.. I know they give you bags but we wanted to have our own and they are cheap.
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Awesome. What do the bags look like?
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Awesome. What do the bags look like?
I got two Halloween theme ones for me and Jason.. orange and black with the characters in Halloween styles.. and then a Nightmare before Christmas one for Alex with a big Jack Skellington on it.
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3 MORE WEEKS!!!! I'm so excited for you guys!!!!
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I know, its crazy close. I booked the Wishes Dessert Party a few days ago for November 6th. Our suitcases are about 80% packed.. Just mostly need Jason's stuff and the little things that can't be packed til the last day.. ( like cords etc) and then the suitcases need to be weighed and redistributed as needed. Right now we have clothes in them for the whole trip but if we need to we will cut down and take for about half the trip and do laundry down there.. but only if we have to.
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