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Old 05-07-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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Celebrating my big 4-0 with the Big Cheese - Update 11/13, page 19

Welcome everyone to my quickie PTR which will segue into the real thing upon return. I leave just 1 short month from today

My elementary school son tells me that all good stories explain who, what, when, where and how. So in order to do my best to make this a good story, that seems like a good place to begin…

WHO?
I suspect most of you who have wandered over here already know me but in case you are a new friend, let me take a second to introduce myself. I’m Katie…



I am a mom, a teacher and a Disneyaholic. Those who have been around my TR’s before know that I grew up with Disney in my life. Both sets of my grandparents had winter homes in Florida and we made trips down there every couple years and these trips often included a visit to Disney. I loved it dearly as a child and wanted to go back for a long time as a young adult but didn’t have the chance to again until 2008 when my parents took the whole family to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary



It was a fabulous trip and renewed my love for the place! Last year I somehow managed to convince my husband to allow me to go without him and the kids. I travelled for a week with my sister-in-law and had lots of awesome Dismeets!!



So did I convince hubby again to let me go without him? Well, the full story will soon follow but in short…no way! So I will once again be accompanied by my 3 favorite boys in the whole world.



My hubby Greg: also a teacher and a coach as well. He’s a hard working guy who sometimes forgets to stop and appreciate the little things in life. He enjoyed bits and pieces of our 2008 trip but would never call himself a fan. However, he’s actually looking forward to visiting with just the 4 of us and getting away from the real world for awhile (yes, it’s been a stressful school year)

Our 9 year old Patrick: a smart and funny kid who is a Star Wars fanatic! He’s grown up a lot since our last trip and I’m hoping he will find the courage to try some of the bigger rides this year. He’s very sweet and affectionate and I’m excited to get to spend some time with him like this while he still thinks I’m cool!

Our 6 year old Daniel. He is a bit more daring than his big brother and I think will willingly go on most rides unless they have a fright factor (like the haunted mansion). He is also very shy and doesn’t particularly like people in costumes so it will be interesting to see how he handles the characters this time (he wanted nothing to do with them 3 years ago!)

WHAT
We will be spending 15 glorious days travelling “the world”!! We have 10 day tickets with the water parks add-on which should keep us plenty busy. We also will be on the dining plan which will take us to most of the restaurants I’ve had on my “someday” list for awhile now…yummy!

WHEN
We are leaving at 6:00 am on Tuesday June 7. Those who just finished reading my 2010 TR may find this quite amusing after my horror tales of having to leave Disney last year at this same ridiculously early hour. Somehow though it seems much more reasonable when you are leaving FOR Disney.

HOW
This trip came after quite a bit of discussion and negotiation! Back in 2008, I commented to Greg that it would be fun to return in 2011 for my 40th birthday and I had this dream in my mind for the last few years. About the time I turned 39, I started to bring up the idea whenever I could work it in and even talked about it in hushed tones with the boys who of course loved the idea! Greg basically ignored me at first but after awhile started responding, but not positively like I had hoped. He basically questioned what made me think it would be OK for the kids and I to go without him. You see, Greg is a basketball coach and my birthday is the week after Thanksgiving which would have meant he couldn’t come.

After pouting about it and trying to get my way, I realized he wasn’t going to budge on the point. My tactics then changed to see when I could convince him to go. His first suggestion was spring break since his coaching season would be over. Unfortunately our spring break backs up to Easter next year and although I liked the idea of going during that time of year, the thought of those crowds just didn’t appeal to me.

I had been thinking so much about a winter visit and really wanted to share Christmas-time at Disney with my boys so I suggested our winter break. Unfortunately this also falls during basketball season and although they don’t have games, he would have had to miss a week of practice and he just didn’t feel like he could do that (plus of course, the whole crowds thing again!)

I really had my heart set on going in 2011 since it not only is my 40th birthday but also the 40th anniversary of the opening of Magic Kingdom so I started looking at the crowd calendar. I commented to Greg that crowds are still not too bad in early June. The best deal out at the time was the free kids ticket and we realized that this would be our last chance to go before Patrick becomes a Disney “adult”. So a plan was set in motion!

Being teachers, we obviously have flexibility during our summer vacation and the ability to take the time we want (wouldn’t it be great to say the same thing about our finances). Greg knows about the ticket pricing and immediately started talking about a 10 day trip. I suggested we maybe add a day or two so we could have some rest time in the middle so we started to price out plane tickets. As it turns out, the best deal we could find was for a 15 night trip.

We debated whether we could make it work and I decided to call Disney to find out if I had any PIN codes attached to my name and it turns out I did….Free Dining!! That basically sealed the deal for Greg, with that, we actually saved money by staying longer and taking the cheaper flights and so a trip was born!

So although I won’t be spending my birthday with the mouse, I am considering this my birthday trip and plan to wear the button and celebrate anyway!!

Next up…how will we tell the boys?
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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The Reveal
The Forgotten WHERE
Let's Eat!!
More food talk
To-do's
The Plan!

Day 1
Part I
Part II

Day 2
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Day 3
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

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Old 05-07-2011, 10:02 PM   #3
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Spending your 40th with the mouse sounds like a good idea to me, might have to barrow that from you. But than again I am planning on taking my DD in 2013 for her birthday witch also happens to be the year of my 40th.

We will be there not to long before you in late May/early June and will also be celebrating some birthdays that are not actually happening during our trip. My DS's b-day is 4 days before our trip and mine is in mid august. I have already added his birthday as a celebration to the room and several ADR's but I am not against wearing a B-day button as well.

Can't wait to read more. And am honored to be considered one of your new friends.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:03 PM   #4
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I'm here Katie! I know I fell behind on your other report but it will not happen on this one!
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:09 AM   #5
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Here! Here! Here!
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:47 AM   #6
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I'm here! Woo hoo - one month from today!

I picked up the park maps/info you wanted and will stick that in the mail to you, hopefully tomorrow!
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:08 AM   #7
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What an awesome birthday present - two weeks in Disney World!
With us having to cut our summer trip short, even one week is sounding exciting right now, but two is just fabulous!!!

Your Star Wars boy is going to be one happy fella!
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:24 AM   #8
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15 days!!! You are one lucky birthday girl!!
Looking forward to hearing about where you are staying and of course your ADR's!!


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Old 05-08-2011, 07:27 AM   #9
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I'm so in Katie!! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!! And I made 1st page to boot WOOT WOOT!!!
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I'm late, but I'm here - and I hope to catch up today!!!
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I hope you're able to get the Chef Mickey reservation! So many yummy meals you have planned.

Let's see...favorite snacks. I love the Mickey waffle with powdered sugar in the MK. Can't beat the guacamole in La Cava. Popcorn and Mickey bars are pretty good too!
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Hope you get the Chef Mickey ADR that would be so much fun!! Especially since the boys really want to try it!! I'll be sending pixie dust your way!!!

I keep trying and trying to get into Kona's for an early dinner but apparently its not in the cards...I may have to try to walk up and see what happens!!!
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POP food court – we will for sure eat here a couple times. We are arriving at 11:30 and will be hungry by the time we get there so we will for sure eat lunch at POP that day. I also figure there will be another day or 2 when we finish in the afternoon and just hang at POP for the evening. Any recommendations from those of you who have been there? I’m thinking the parmesan chicken and Rueben flatbread are a good start!
- I've never eaten here but the parmesan chicken always looks good and I desperately want to try the tie dyed cheesecake!

MK – Not sure how many QS we will have here. I definitely want to do either Cosmic Ray’s or Pecos Bills (is it just me or are these menus basically interchangeable?) I have been to both – who can resist free cheese sauce on your fries? – but I would like to try at least 1 new place, probably Columbia Harbor House.
- Cosmic Rays is wonderful! I love Sonny Eclipse and I bet your boys would too! Columbia Harbour House is good (try sitting upstairs!) and so is Pecos Bill's. My favourite spot for breakfast and/or snacks is definitely the Main Street Bakery! Try the breakfast croissant sandwich and the cookies and cinnamon rolls and....everything! I also love the corn dog nuggets from Casey's

Epcot – I have yet to eat a lunch/dinner at Sunshine Seasons and that’s on my list for sure! I also want to do 1 from one of the WS countries…I’m leaning toward Norway but we’ll see where we end up [/COLOR] -
Sunshine Seasons is one of my favourites! They have cornbread and rice krispie squares! Really, you can't go wrong!

DHS – Definitely Starring Rolls (Anyone know if you can you get the sushi on the dining plan?) and either Backlot Express or Studio Catering Co
- I need to try Starring Rolls on my next trip too, everytime I've been the line has been out the door! I also really like Pizza Planet for CS. It always seems that I get a Mickey Bar as my snack at DHS!

AK – I’m thinking Pizzafari so I can finally try that sandwich everyone raves about and probably Restaurantosaurus since the kids would get a kick out of lunch in a bucket!
- Pizzafari is good and I will sometimes get corn dog nuggets for a quick lunch at the cart across from Yak & Yeti.

DTD – I hope to get here at least twice so I can do both Wolfgang Puck Express and Earl of Sandwich - I love WPE (the mac and cheese is very good!) and I've only had breakfast at EOS but it was delicious too! Goofy's Candy Company is always good for getting sweet snacks and also Ghiradelli for a sundae! Yummy!

One you didn't mention was Beaches and Cream to go - I always go there for an ice cream soda!
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OMG Katie! I can't believe you have another trip on the horizon, and a 15 day one at that! How great you will be able to spend it with your boys.

I haven't read thru your whole PTR yet, but I will catch up soon! Have fun counting down these last few days...how exciting!!!
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