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Old 03-14-2010, 12:47 PM   #1
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Talking The July (2010) Plan needs Pixie Dust: DVC, Minivan & Twins Included

Hello! Welcome to my first Pre-trip Report. I have read so many great trip reports; I really should have evaluated them to determine what characteristics engage me as a reader. Then, I might know exactly how to tackle this!

Also, I almost didn't do this because having so much info on the internet freaks me out a bit. I decided that my need for acceptance and understanding is much greater than my fear of the WWW! Afterall, others really don't "get" Disney the way we do!

Cast: Pictures in next post
DH - Gregg 39 (almost 40 )
Me- Debby 37
DD - Hannah 8
DD- Emma 8

When: JULY 2010
Where: AKV Jambo, BCV, and BWV
Occasion: Okay, really, who needs an occasion? However, it will mark our first DVC trip, as well as DH and my 14th wedding anniversary.

[COLOR="Magenta"]Chapters (Most Recent FIRST):

Pin Traders are we! 7/8
HELP: Road Trip activity to soften the drive home 7/5

Disney Pin Trading? 7/4

Items for Trip - PICS 7/1Packing = stress
6/23 Restaurants- the final cut
6/19 Embarrassing Tale from 2008
Life update with a bit of Disney (of course)
Planning Woes 6/9
Flashback-A Day of Firsts
A Little Disney Every Day!
It is shocking how many times I can bring up/compare Disney at the Philadelphia Zoo!
Good Mom or Bad Mom?
Day 5 - Split Stay Resort #2
Hannah's and Emma's Top Five List
Summary of Day 4 and more
Gifts I made for a friend's trip
An Eight Year Old's Top Five List
Day 3 PM Plans
Off Topic Post
Day 3 AM plans
Other Gems in Epcot Future World
Epcot - Innoventions
Road trip essentials
Day 2 Part II
Day 2 Part I Plans
Walt Disney World Section in B&N
Advice for neighbor going to Disney
Arrival Day Plans Part II
Activities at AKL/AKV
Countdown idea, finally - with picture!
Mickey Heads
Topics for Further Exploration
Day 2 - Option A/ Option B
NO DRIVING PLAN Warning: I worked it through on this post
Ariel and Belle - Halloween Age 4
Thoughts on the Princess and the Frog
Arrival Day Dilemma
The Princess and Stan (The Villain)
Yo, Ho, Ho, it's the Dining Plan for Us!
Wait, should we fly?
GAD Experience
People look at me differently when I tell them we're driving
The Plan that Needs Pixie Dust
How We Fell in Love with Disney World


I wanted to help you understand my personality with a label. OCD, type A, type B, but after googling to be precise, I really am not any of those...

In a nutshell, I like to feel in control. Thus, I need a plan and I need routine. I research to help with this. I am Disney World obsessed and listen to podcasts, read websites, participate on the Dis (oh, I guess you know that ). I am a high school English teacher. So, essentially, when I am not doing activities with/ or for my family, I am on the laptop reading/ writing about Disney and improving my teaching!

My husband and I have been married 13 years - we will celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary in Disney. We have been together (more or less) for 22 years.

We have twin daughters who are eight. I was terribly sick in my first two trimesters. One night early in my pregnancy, my husband said, "I think we are having twins." I laughed and said "Bite your tongue!" Not long after, I went to the doctor who said, "No wonder you are sick, there are two of them."

My mom's response was that if anyone could handle twins, it would be me. (Reread the part above about routines.) That was eight years ago (well, almost nine if we are counting my pregnancy).

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Old 03-14-2010, 01:01 PM   #2
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Im joining in also! I won't be going until may of next year. But I really enjoy the pre pre planning I have been doing. I can't wait to read your report!
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:47 PM   #4
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So glad you are doing this - I love reading Trip reports!
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:41 PM   #5
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How we fell in love with Disney World

So, onto our Disney background. Not much to say about my childhood trip. I only remember my father making me go on Space Mountain. Otherwise, I don't really remember the trip. DH also travelled to the world as a child. I think he remembers more than I do, but the obsession for him didn't start here either.

DH suggested a family trip to Disney for Aug 08. I am not sure when we booked it; maybe in March 08? We went all out for the "trip of a lifetime" that would not be repeated until the girls were "ten." We booked the Poly and Deluxe Dining. I lurked on the Dis Boards, read Allears, Mousesavers, Unofficial Guide and Passporter. I made all of our plans and touring plans. We were set.



Once we arrived, we had a surprise guest. We didn't invite Tropical Faye, but she joined us none the less! The girls were 6-1/2 and we had a blast. We weren't discouraged by Faye - she cleared the parks for us. We waited very little throughout the week.



At Downtown Disney one day, my husband visited the DVC Kiosk.



I actually called his cell phone to get him to break away...Towards the end of the trip, DH mentioned wanting to return soon. How soon?

I can't leave you hanging; you can easily see in my signature that we returned only 6 months later. DH wanted to go away for a winter get away. We planned it for the weekend of our twins birthday. (Disney gave them each $68 dollars to spend.) This time we stayed at CSR. My one daughter was quite upset about the difference in the room size, but I loved the feel of the resort.





Fast forward to summer 2009. Suddenly, I was home after two great vacations in Ocean City, Maryland, and I realized that I had the rest of the summer to enjoy. Relief washed over me. Then, a few days later, an urge replaced the relief. Vacation didn't include Disney. Oh, no! I began to experience a sense of withdrawal. Listening to my favorite Disney podcasts, reading the wonderful websites, and lurking in the finest forums wasn't enough. I craved more.

So my obsessing all summer and planning for next summer's trip (which is now less than four months away), somehow led us to seriously investigating DVC. We were analyzing finances to purchase a beach condo in the next year or two, and somehow changed focus to DVC. It happened quite quickly, and honestly, I am not sure how... I certainly know the why... we LOVE Disney. My husband loves it as much as I do, but I wear my Disney love on my sleeves. He hides it in his heart.

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First of all, your daughters are adorable. I am so glad you posted pictures - now I can look for you in the parks in July. Speaking of which - don't forget to post your ADRs on the July board!

I love the pictures of Coronado Springs - that is a place I would like to stay someday. I don't think the room size would be a problem since we have stayed value.

Where do you own with DVC? We were on the verge, but having kids that are a little older, and a son & daughter - we would have wanted a bigger place, add up the dues and the points for a 2 BR, and it was just more than we wanted to spend. I wish we had bought when they were younger. Anyway - we just go and try new resorts every year!
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:00 PM   #7
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GAD Experience

(Taken from photobucket search- Mrs. Danvers)

I was super excited when the Give a Day Program was announced! I am the advisor for my school's Leo Club (a community service club sponsored by our local LIONS International.) I thought it would be terrific if the kids volunteered as a group and those who wouldn't be able to use their tickets (about 98% of the group) could donate them to an organization!

Once I investigated, though, I was disappointed. A group situation doesn't work, just families. So, I went on to pursue other options for the group.

Then, on MLK day DH said that he should really volunteer one of these MLK days. His comment combined with all of the Give a Day promotions prompted me to look for a volunteer experience for our family. As involved as I have my high schoolers' volunteering, I really haven't begun that process with my own little ones.

Through the Disney site I located the Million Books Project and registered for it. I immediately had my daughters create a flyer for their classes and requested permission from the teachers and principal to have them incorporate their classmates. My daughters were excited and wanted to go to our neighbors.

It was an amazing experience for my girls. They took turns giving the flyer to a neighbor and had to actually speak to the neighbors to explain their cause. Both of my girls are shy- one more than the other.

To give you an idea of how shy...the one cried and ran to us when Crush started speaking to her at Turtle Talk. Then, Crush began to talk to her sister who quickly hopped up to follow her twin's lead. (Thankfully, DH didn't do the same when Crush spoke to him.) (These are the girls who rode on EE three times the day before...)

They both spoke to their respective classes to explain the project. Their classmates brought books to school and stopped by the house. Since, the project requires cataloging of titles and authors, my girls had practice typing reading, and locating authors and titles. (Which oddly enough, they would wake up early to work on before school - and we leave at 7 am).

Utimately, they collect over 450 books. We drove them to Philadelphia and dropped them off to the woman who began the project. They so enjoyed doing this project and even were awarded the weekly Badge of Courage at their school!





I didn't tell the girls anything about the tickets for the work. We will use apply our vouchers to our Annual Pass purchase.

I loved the opportunity to have my daughters participate in something that was not connected to my club; something that became theirs!

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Wendy, thanks for the prayers, pixie dust, and the hugs! We plan on driving straight through to get there. Certainly, we will stop on the way home; not the same incentive to keep going.

How old are your kids? Is there a reason your daughter dislikes it so much?

Thanks for reading. I hope to improve my writing as I go. I feel like I am simply getting out info without spending time on the style. I also hope to pick up some additional subscribers...otherwise, I will just write to you and my other two friends. (I have resisted "advertising" my PTR on a new thread...)
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Wendy, thanks for the prayers, pixie dust, and the hugs! We plan on driving straight through to get there. Certainly, we will stop on the way home; not the same incentive to keep going.

How old are your kids? Is there a reason your daughter dislikes it so much?

Thanks for reading. I hope to improve my writing as I go. I feel like I am simply getting out info without spending time on the style. I also hope to pick up some additional subscribers...otherwise, I will just write to you and my other two friends. (I have resisted "advertising" my PTR on a new thread...)

With the drive down, just be careful you are not too tired to enjoy the parks! We did the drive home straight through one time, and we were zombies the next day.

My DD is 16 and DS will be 13 in June. DD loves to travel - but she likes to fly - she has no patience for the car trip. She has always had a harder time entertaining herself. DS on the other hand, commented that he likes the "journey". Which is a good thing - especially since we are driving down next Friday for spring break!


I think your volunteer activity was great! Ashley's (DD) girl scout troop did something similar several years ago. I am all about recycling books because I love to read! I had just found an activity for our family - at an animal shelter, but they closed the program, I really think it should not have been a limited thing - because there just was not enough time. Our school district requires volunteer hours, so the kids do it anyway, but unfortunately, nothing was "Disney" sanctioned yet.


I think your writing is great - just have fun with it!
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Which is a good thing - especially since we are driving down next Friday for spring break!

because there just was not enough time.
I wouldn't be surprised if they opened it back up. Tons of people might have signed up, but it doesn't mean they will complete their service. The same way people registered for the birthday promo.

I am so excited for you for your trip in ten days...I can't see your ticker, but I think it matches the PSSA 40 day dash poster in my classroom - we are down to 10 days! I actually looked at it and thought - this is Wendy's countdown to Disney.

Let me know if you like the hotel you stop at on the way there and home.
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I wouldn't be surprised if they opened it back up. Tons of people might have signed up, but it doesn't mean they will complete their service. The same way people registered for the birthday promo.

I am so excited for you for your trip in ten days...I can't see your ticker, but I think it matches the PSSA 40 day dash poster in my classroom - we are down to 10 days! I actually looked at it and thought - this is Wendy's countdown to Disney.

Let me know if you like the hotel you stop at on the way there and home.
Thank you for thinking of me with your PSSA countdown! Although PSSA is a bad word around here!!! My kids have them after spring break. It is hard to focus coming off spring break.

That is a good thought on the GAD - I was really amazed they ended it so soon. I think they did reach a million and are just letting people finish who already signed up - but I don't know why they did not just go for another million. In the big picture, a park ticket or fast passes will not break the Disney bank.

As far as where we stop. Last summer we stopped in Walterboro, SC. It is on 95, about 30 minutes after where we get on from I26. They have a lot of hotels and most of them get very good reviews. We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express and it was beautiful -free breakfast which was very good. We had a mini suite. That is our goal - but it is about 10.5 hrs from home. Since we are not leaving till close to noon next Friday, I don't know if we will make it that far. But, I would look it up - Walterboro - Exit 53 on I-95.
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Great PTR so far...

We participated in the Give-a-Day/Get-a-Day as well. It was such a great experience...

Your family is beautiful, i'm so excited to continue along with your planning. Oh by the way, your photos are amazing.
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Great PTR so far...

We participated in the Give-a-Day/Get-a-Day as well. It was such a great experience...

Your family is beautiful, i'm so excited to continue along with your planning. Oh by the way, your photos are amazing.


Thank you - I am a bit biased about my girls.
I am glad you are joining me! I see that you will be a month behind me. The photo of you and your bf is stunning. I just bought a DSLR and am excited to use it in the world. I am glad you mentioned the photos. I need to go back and revise to include that the AKL ones are not mine. I found them on google images. The CSR ones are mine, however. I took them with my Nikon coolpix in Feb 2009.

I will read more of your report (esp. for summer). I love how you began with secrets! Tonga toast is a must have - make an effort to try it. (You can even get it at Capt. Cook's instead of a table service at Kona.) I'll have to post on your PTR comments to your other "secrets."
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I'm joining yours too! Sounds like we're a lot alike as far as personalities. I enjoy being in control. I'm type A when I can be, but somethings in life seem to become "type B" because I just can't manage to handle it all

Also- I am in agreement on the minivan- the soccer mom look IS cool! We got one when DS was born. I thought DH would never want one and now we can't imagine life without it.

And, well, I think I'm in love with Stan! I got a Passporter, but it really doesn't cover the level of planning that I do (DH said- why do you need that? Don't you already know everything in there?) Plus, I love how you used the scrapbooking stickers, etc. Can't wait to read more!
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I'm joining yours too! Sounds like we're a lot alike as far as personalities. And, well, I think I'm in love with Stan! I got a Passporter, but it really doesn't cover the level of planning that I do (DH said- why do you need that? Don't you already know everything in there?) Plus, I love how you used the scrapbooking stickers, etc. Can't wait to read more!
Glad you joined me for my PTR. I adore the Passporter! I fought the urge to buy another. It was ideal for our first trip; I carried it in my Vera Bradley Yellow Bird Small Backpack the whole trip! (I left the Unofficial Guide in our hotel room.) I love that the passporter has pockets. I considered ordering a reusable one, but I wasn't in love enough to pay the $$$.

Stan and I have made up. I was able to fix him rather easily. I will make sure he makes appearances if he learns any tricks!

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