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Old 07-12-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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Daddy, Mommy, 2 Princesses, and a Miracle Baby: PTR Jan 2011

Well, let me introduce the cast of characters...
Me: Danielle: Social Worker, Mom
Tom, my adorable husband, a hard working firefighter
We got engaged in Epcot Center in May 2003, after a lovely dinner at Le Cellier and Illuminations........It was a magical night

Maria, 4 (will be 5 in December) Belle is her favorite Princess but anything Disney makes her light up. She is so excited to go back when she is 5, we hear about it all day.

Sophia, 3 (will have her 4th Birthday in Disney) She turned 2 during our first family trip in Jan. 2009. To be honest Prince Charming is her favorite but she also loves Pirates and Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Bullseye are a close second


Isabella, almost 1 (will be 18 mo. during her 1st Disney Trip) She is our miracle baby. She was born with severe anemia at 32 weeks (4lbs 1 oz) ( her hemoglobin was 2.2...I know,all of you medical professionals are saying "that can't be right?" Well, it is, they checked it, and rechecked it. She needed 4 blood transfusions the first day she was born, but she responded quickly to the treatment and after 3 weeks in the NICU we brought her home!! So, this trip is EXTRA Special for us and I can't wait for her to experience all the magic of Disney with her big sisters

Here are some photos of our family...

3 sisters

This is me with Sophia in Epcot Jan 2009
Minnie's House

Maria and her Fav Belle
We have made some decisions about this trip...It will be Jan. 26-Feb 3 2011. Sophia will turn 4 on Feb 1 We are staying at POP since it will be our last time for 1 room at a Value and we have heard GREAT things about it. I toyed around with staying at Poly if we get the 4/3 deal, but it looks like we are probably taking a group family cruise in August 2011 so a value it is...we have lots of trips in our future to try other resorts.

We also decided to do the QSDP again. It works well for us since we have 3 little ones who may not be up for TS everyday. We will do one special meal for Sophia's birthday, toying around with this idea, more on that later.

I'm hoping for a deal but we are going, no matter what. We work hard and save hard so we need to play hard, right?

I'm so excited to plan this trip, I have been thinking about it everyday and have lots of ideas...Looking forward to sharing them with you!!
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:40 AM   #2
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Tentative Schedule!!

Day 1: arrival day, flight lands around 9AM: Check in at POP and go directly to MK....Maria will be expecting to see Cindarella's castle as soon as we get there, so no other park will do!! Have Lunch at Cosmic Rays and see the Princesses and Parades. We usually then check out the attractions with wait times under 30 min. and get fastpasses for some others. We never wait longer than 30 min. for anything with the little ones. Although, last time we did wait 40 min to see Ariel....but it had to be done!

Day 2: Full day at MK...we try to avoid MK on the weekend days so I want to get at least 2 days in before and 1 after the weekend. Maybe lunch at the Harbour House. More princesses, Pirates, and Parades !!!!

Day 3: Hollywood Studios: We always take a relaxed approach to this park. We will be sure to see Ariel, we will try our best to get there for rope drop so we have a chance at going on TSM, we missed it last time due to the wait times. More Parades, etc. Lunch at Starring Rolls.

Day 4: Epcot: We spend most of our time in Epcot at the Seas. My kids LOVE Nemo and Turtle Talk with Crush was a big hit They also loved touring the aquarium, etc. Now, the older ones are finally tall enough for Soarin so off we will go, baby swap, and take the girls......I expect at least one of them may chicken out at the last minute, probably Maria, so I'll send her with Daddy Poor Guy!! At least with the swap, we can each ride this time. We didn't even try last time because no one wanted to wait alone with the 2 girls....but we are pros at this now Hopefully having lunch in Morocco as I have heard great things about the food there and Tom LOVES Lamb...so off we will go...trying to keep the burgers to a minimum this trip. Thanks to all the DISers, I now know it can be done!!

Day 5: Animal Kingdom: again, a pretty relaxed plan. There is usually plenty of time for us to see and do all the things the kids like. We may skip Bugs Life...Maria is still traumatized by that show They love Kilamnjaro Safari, Nemo and Lion King Shows, and Dinoland. Not to mention the characters...and, of course.....more princesses! Probably lunch at Flametree BBQ

Day 6: Back to MK we go More Magical fun for the girls, need another non Burger QS lunch idea!! More touring, any attractions we missed the other days.......same idea, no long wait times, fastpasses, etc.

Day 7: SOPHIA's 4th BIRTHDAY!!! I am thinking of going back to AK and having a character breakfast at Tusker House. I wish they still had the Donald's Safari breakfast because that menu looked AWESOME, but Tusker House is a close second!! Last trip we did dinner at 1900 Park Fare and the girls loved it but they were EXHAUSTED, so this time we are trying breakfast for our 1 TS meal of the trip to celebrate!! If we decide not to go back to AK, then we may do a resort character breakfast.

Day 8: Going Home Our flight is about 5pm so probably a quick stop somewhere, maybe downtown Disney, maybe another park, we will play this day by ear.

We will eat most breakfast and dinners at the resort, but I am going to make it to DTD one night for dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Express. I wouldn't mind going twice for another great meal, again, no burgers!! I also can't wait for the kids to see DTD!!

Anyway, that's the plan, I would love to know what you think? !
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Your plan sound great!My DH and our boys 4&8 are planning Feb.20-27 so I can't wait to hear more of your plans.Your Princesses are beautiful!!!
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Your plan sound great!My DH and our boys 4&8 are planning Feb.20-27 so I can't wait to hear more of your plans.Your Princesses are beautiful!!!
Thanks!! So glad I'm not talking to myself...hahahaha! I can't wait.
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Thanks!! So glad I'm not talking to myself...hahahaha! I can't wait.
So ? what do you pack that time of year,winter coats or sunblock? By the way my brothers little guy was born 30wks and was exactly 3lbs he is now one and walking and into everything! Look forward to hearing more as you continue to plan :
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So ? what do you pack that time of year,winter coats or sunblock? By the way my brothers little guy was born 30wks and was exactly 3lbs he is now one and walking and into everything! Look forward to hearing more as you continue to plan :
We packed perfectly last time we went, jan 2009. We packed a little of everything. warm clothes, summer clothes, sunscreen and most importantly........rain jackets!!!!! They came in very handy. We did need to wash the warm clothes midway because we wore them more often. It was in the 70's the firsrt 2 days, 50's and 60's next few days, and 40's last 2 days. Hoping its a little warmer this time. The kids would love to swim!!
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