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Old 09-24-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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1st trip to Disney, 1st Christmas. Celebrating our new daughter!

Hello Everyone-

So much has been going on in our lives. My family and I went to China in August to adopt a 5 year old girl. Things have been going very well and we are very blessed (although I am typing this to you from her Kindergarten class, as she is too afraid to be left alone in school ).

Before we even left for China, I was surfing the DIS boards wanting to plan a special trip for her. I knew as a family we needed another Disney trip, and I SO wanted a trip that celebrates her, our new family and her first Christmas.

Because I was hoping for a late November, early December trip, I began to have difficulties in finding a resort to stay at due to the short notice. As you can see by my signature, we have gone to WDW many times. The first time we brought our twin boys to celebrate their 1st birthday, we stayed at CR. I love all Disney resorts, but I wanted a special monorail resort for my daughter's 1st trip as well. Last minute research = difficulties, difficulties. Spoiled by FL Resident discounts = not wanting to settle for high rates.

Finally on a whim based on what I read on someone else's PTR, I checked Expedia, not expecting to find anything there as well. YIPPEE! I was wrong. I found a great rate at the Poly!! My first choice. Neither a TA nor Disney could get us into the Poly.

We have never stayed at the Poly!! I am so psyched. I got the dates that I wanted as well, November 28-December 1. It's only 4 days, but with three 6 year olds, and because we live in Florida and usually go about two or three times a year, 4 days is plenty for us.

Here are some pictures of our cast of characters:
Me-Donna
DH-Dave
Twin Boys-Nathan and Alex-6years old
This was the moment that our adoption became legal in China. Her brother Alex does not normally look like Popeye.

Here is Jade-Rose:




And the moment she landed in San Francisco and became a US Citizen!


This will be a short PTR as our trip is in just over 2 months! YIPPEE!

Disney is always asking "What will you be Celebrating?" I think our Celebration trip is for a pretty wonderful reason.
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Coronado Springs Jan. 2004, Contemporary & POFQ May 2005, POR & Disney cruise Aug. 2005, POFQ Sep. 2006, Ft. Wilderness cabin May 2007, Boardwalk-Christmas Dec 2007, POR March 2008, Ft. Wilderness cabin May 2008, Pop & Coronado Spgs - Halloween Oct. 2008, Offsite-Princess half-marathon March 2009, AsMov spontaneous 1 nighter April 2009, Disney Cruise May/June 2009, Offsite-business trip Jan 2010, Poly-Christmas 2010, Bonnet Creek May 2011, Bonnet Creek - Halloween Oct 2011, Wilderness Lodge 10 yr. Anniversary weekend Jan 2012, POR & Swan /Dolphin Oct 2012.

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Old 09-24-2010, 08:36 PM   #2
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Hello Everyone-

So much has been going on in our lives. My family and I went to China in August to adopt a 5 year old girl. Things have been going very well and we are very blessed (although I am typing this to you from her Kindergarten class, as she is too afraid to be left alone in school ).

Before we even left for China, I was surfing the DIS boards wanting to plan a special trip for her. I knew as a family we needed another Disney trip, and I SO wanted a trip that celebrates her, our new family and her first Christmas.

Because I was hoping for a late November, early December trip, I began to have difficulties in finding a resort to stay at due to the short notice. As you can see by my signature, we have gone to WDW many times. The first time we brought our twin boys to celebrate their 1st birthday, we stayed at CR. I love all Disney resorts, but I wanted a special monorail resort for my daughter's 1st trip as well. Last minute research = difficulties, difficulties. Spoiled by FL Resident discounts = not wanting to settle for high rates.

Finally on a whim based on what I read on someone else's PTR, I checked Expedia, not expecting to find anything there as well. YIPPEE! I was wrong. I found a great rate at the Poly!! My first choice. Neither a TA nor Disney could get us into the Poly.

We have never stayed at the Poly!! I am so psyched. I got the dates that I wanted as well, November 28-December 1. It's only 4 days, but with three 6 year olds, and because we live in Florida and usually go about twice a year, 4 days is plenty for us.

Here are some pictures of our cast of characters:
Me-Donna
DH-Dave
Twin Boys-Nathan and Alex-6years old
This was the moment that our adoption became legal in China. Her brother Alex does not normally look like Popeye.

Here is Jade-Rose:




And the moment she landed in San Francisco and became a US Citizen!


This will be a short PTR as our trip is in just over 2 months! YIPPEE!

Disney is always asking "What will you be Celebrating?" I think our Celebration trip is for a pretty wonderful reason.
Congrats!!!! What better way to show her a bit of America than Disney???!!!! You have a beautiful family!

My children study Mandarin at their school. They would love to go to Disney Hong Kong!
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Those are the MOST adorable pictures!!! They bring tears to my eyes. You have a beautiful family. I'm looking forward to following along with your PTR. Does your daughter know who Mickey Mouse is?
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:58 PM   #4
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Congrats!!!! What better way to show her a bit of America than Disney???!!!! You have a beautiful family!

My children study Mandarin at their school. They would love to go to Disney Hong Kong!
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Those are the MOST adorable pictures!!! They bring tears to my eyes. You have a beautiful family. I'm looking forward to following along with your PTR. Does your daughter know who Mickey Mouse is?
Thanks for jumping on board my PTR! We actually flew out of Hong Kong to return home from our China trip. We did meet some adoptive families who were stopping at Hong Kong Disney before flying home. We weren't sure how well our daughter would be doing, so we did not plan for it. But actually she has done incredibly well, even from our first day. I do regret not going there first before getting on our plane home. I will make sure we do it when we go back to China for a Heritage Trip.

Hi Heather! Thanks for stopping by. Jade-Rose does know who Mickey Mouse is. And ever since she has come home, I have been trying to do the "Disney-Indoctrination" with her!
We are a big Disney family. You should see how many Disney clothes I have for her in her closet.
Here is a picture of us at her school where she is wearing one of her Minnie shirts.


I am so excited for this trip!
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Interesting Polynesian Trivia

I found this tidbit on all.net.

Why are Cast Members at the Polynesian so friendly?

"In addition to the special Disney training all Cast Members go through, Polynesian cast members also attend classes in traditional Polynesian values. These classes emphasize the helpfulness, hospitality, and welcoming attitude of the traditional South Seas culture. Cast Members also have access to a special Polynesian reference library. The Polynesian has one of the largest percentages of original Cast Members anywhere in Walt Disney World. Around 16 cast members have stayed with the Polynesian since opening day, and the entire Polynesian cast represents about 1000 years of service at the resort."

I thought this was fascinating. I have wanted to stay at the Polynesian for many years, and I am so happy that I finally get to experience this wonderful resort.

One of the reasons that I wanted a monorail resort is to be able to take advantage of and appreciate the resort as much as possible. I also thought it was a good thing in case the crowds and new experiences that my daughter experiences becomes too much for her. She and I can have a relaxing time just walking around the resort, laying in hammocks together or watching fireworks from the beach.

Does anyone have any special tips that I might not know about the Poly? I'm all EARS....
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:15 PM   #6
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Does anyone have any special tips that I might not know about the Poly? I'm all EARS....
Don't forget my request for Polynesian Tips! I would love to hear them.


I have spent most of a rainy Sunday making last minute ADR's and tentative itinerary plans. I'm not the type to hold to a stringent timetable, but I do like a general idea to start our day and then go with the flow based on how we feel. Having to manage twins over the years, and now three 6 year olds, I try to reduce stress factors as much as possible. Seeking perfection, doesn't do anyone any good, particularly a Mommy with Multiples.

Here is what I have so far:

Sunday, Nov. 28
Polynesian Resort and Magic Kingdom


Hollywood Studios has the Extra Magic Evening Hours
My goal is to see the Osborne Christmas Lights with the EMH.
MVMCP is tonight at MK.

Monday, Nov. 29
Magic Kingdom opens at 9am
Breakfast - Crystal Palace - 8:05am - before Park opens!


Magic Kingdom has the Extra Magic Evening Hours
Animal Kingdom has the Extra Magic Morning Hour

Tuesday, Nov. 30
Epcot opens at 8am. Extra Magic Morning Hour.
Lunch - Nine Dragons - 12:00pm


Illuminations is at 9:30pm
MVMCP is tonight at MK.

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Hollywood Studios opens at 9:00am
Lunch - 50's Prime Time - 11:10am


Animal Kingdom has the Extra Magic Evening Hours


I SO wanted a Character breakfast at Ohana. One, because we did one when we did the celebratory 1st birthday for my twin boys, but also because we are staying at the Poly. I wasn't able to get one.

I may try calling Disney Dining as we get closer and closer to our dates to see if I can catch a cancellation, but I'm not exactly sure. I wasn't overly thrilled with Crystal Palace as a character breakfast choice because we really haven't introduced our daughter to the Winnie the Pooh characters. However, I have never entered the MK before the parks open before, so that appeals to me. I think it might make for some great photos.

Again.... I will just be going with the flow... and seeing how it all works out.

PS: I made a note of the MVMCP dates during our trip. But we will not be going to the party. I did consider it, as I have done the MNSSHP one year and that was a BLAST! But since the MK has EMH in the evening on the 29th, after resting a bit at the resort, we will go back to MK and have fun with the evening events.
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