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Old 08-30-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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Across the Atlantic and up Main Street USA - Our July 2012 adventure!

I know its a long time away but I could wait no longer! I am so excited to share some of the plans we have made for our next trip in July 2012.

Our last trip was in June 2009 (link in my sig if you fancy a peek!) which feels like a long time ago. So you can imagine how good it feels to have finally made our reservations for next summer. (306 days to go - not too long?) We live in central Scotland so we have quite a distance to travel. The change in the economic climate has made this trip substantially more expensive than our last trip. Mostly due to air fares but there is nothing much we can do about it - except save hard!

The cast is the same as last trip:

So there is me (35)!
Last trip I had just given up my job as a pharmaceutical sales rep to go back to University to train to be a Primary School Teacher. Well its been a long and hard 2 years but I am finally fully qualified. I am working supply at the moment but you never know I might have a permanent job by the time we fly out? I hope so as I love my new career and am so grateful I got the chance to take the rest of my life in a new direction.
My little family are my world. Spending time with them makes me happy. I have loved Disney since I was a child and WDW must be my favourite place on Earth! I love the magic and how special it feels to be there. We have so many happy family memories there and I am excited to make many more.

DH (36)
DH loves WDW but not quite as much as the girls and I do! He is keen to holiday elsewhere but is usually outvoted. However he is excited about this trip as a 3 year gap in trips suits him fine. We met when I was 18 and we have now been married for 12 happy years! He is an amazing Dad and is worshiped by our 2 girls (and me!).

DD (9)
My oldest little love. E is energetic, funny, outgoing and daring. She loves WDW as much as me and as she is getting older she seems to have lost all fear and is ready to tackle every ride Florida can throw at her. She is the kind of girls who throws herself into everything. Works hard at school and takes part in lots of out of school activities. I adore her!

DD (5)
My littlest love. K is sweet, caring, funny and cuddly. She also has inherited my love for WDW but mostly Its A Small World and the Carousel. We are hoping that she is going to ride some rides she was too small for next time but she is more likely to hold back. I hope she enjoys them. A big fan of Duffy the Disney Bear she is excited to meet him in person.



Here is a photo of us on our last trip to WDW.


Joining us on this trip once again are my Mum and Dad.
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Mum is my best friend. She also loves Disney and enjoys the “magic”. Mum and Dad took my brother and I to WDW as children and I have so many happy childhood memories from then. Mum lives about a mile from me and she helps me with childcare so is extremely close to the girls. They adore their Granny!
Dad
My Dad loves going on holiday but I am not convinced he can see the magic at all! Always the one getting up to nonsense with the girls and a seemingly never ending supply of gummi bears in his pocket! Dad is at home most of the time so he also is close to the girls and they are both excited to be going on holiday with their Grandad.

Here are my Mum and Dad with their precious girls at the MK last trip.


Here are some more recent photos from a trip we made this summer to Mallorca in the Med Sea.













So that’s the motley crew!
Although it is quite a time before we leave we have already made lots of plans reservations. Stay tuned for all the details!




Links to posts!

Accommodation and Tickets!
Flights aaarrrggghhhh!
First purchase!
ADR's fast approaching!
First ADR made - Have a Magical Day!
A few changes!
Tickets are here! Yay!



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Old 08-31-2011, 10:32 AM   #2
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I'm planning our trip for August of 2012 so we can join the "year to plan" club!!
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:26 PM   #3
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I'm planning our trip for August of 2012 so we can join the "year to plan" club!!
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Your girls are darling!!
Do you have a link to your plans - would love to see them!

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Old 09-04-2011, 03:03 PM   #4
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Accommodation and tickets!

As soon as we agreed to plan this trip I was on the internet looking for some good accommodation. We looked at all options this time, including onsite. We always stay offsite at a rented villa but have always fancied at staying at a Disney hotel. Mainly as it would be fun for the children and would be nice to do the dining plan. Drawbacks of this are that it is very expensive compared to other options especially as free dining is not on offer. We would need 2 rooms as there are 6 of us. As we go for usually about 16 days the costs of that fairly mount up! We did consider staying for a few days this time but thought if we were going to do that we would want to stay in a great hotel. Hence the expensive comment!!!!

We also looked at offsite hotels but this was fairly quickly ruled out. Being stuck in one small room for 16 days is not my idea of fun. Plus with limited options for cooking etc it is not ideal for the type of trip we like to take.

With all of these things in mind we looked at some of the villa communities we have stayed in or near in the past. I was overjoyed to find a beautiful 4 bedroom villa really close to Disney right next to where we were last trip. It has a private sunny pool, hot tub, games room, and plenty of space for all of us. I got a quote and loved the place even more! We immediately booked it and hoped that we could get flights that suited!!!!



Next job was tickets. There was no real rush on this one but I was looking at the site we usually get our tickets form and they had a deal on. We wanted to buy the 14 day ultimate ticket which would give us 14 days access to the 4 theme parks and 2 water parks with park hopping. They had a special offer where you got 14 days for the price of 7. I booked those tickets straight away for all of us except me. For me we will buy an annual pass. The difference in price between the 14 day ticket and the annual pass is the same as 14 days parking charges. By using the discounts you get with the ticket we can save quite a bit of money. :


So tickets and a place to stay were sorted. The flights were giving us a real headache. Even though the prices for the villa and tickets were good value we were shocked at how much more the flights were compared to last time. Not all airlines had released those dates yet so we decided to keep watching the flights and try to find something which was not so expensive that it would cause us to rethink the whole trip.

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Old 09-04-2011, 04:40 PM   #5
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Hi It's never early to start a ptr I've started and our trip is not until October! Flights are a major headache in our house too, doubling previous years

to accomodation and tickets being booked up.
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Old 09-24-2011, 05:08 AM   #6
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Flights - arrrrgggghhhhh!

So we were sorted for a place to stay and tickets to see all the action but flights were a nightmare. Mainly due to cost. Last trip 2 summers ago we paid £1800 for the 4 of us to fly from Edinburgh to Orlando return (about $2700). This time when we started to look at prices we were shocked at how much they have gone up. We tried every combination of flights from almost every UK airport, we looked at direct and indirect flights with a change in the UK or US. Everything! Basically we ended up having to accept that the flights were going to cost a fortune and we either paid it and got our holiday or we didn't and we went somewhere else.

I think if we hadn't already told the kids DH would have cancelled it. Luckily for me we had already told them and there was no way we could let them down. So we ended up booking with Virgin Holidays Manchester to Orlando for just over £3000 ($4600). ouch!

We will just have to make the 3 and a half hour drive to and from the airport in 2 cars and find somewhere reasonably cheap to leave the cars. Not ideal by a long way but not much choice.

So saving is in full swing. Every penny I am earning from supply teaching is going straight to the holiday and luckily I am getting lots of work. In fact I have not had a day where I haven't worked for about a month now.


The good thing is that is all the big things booked and organised.

The girls are started to get very excited about the trip and Emma has taken over the role as Master Planner. (I am the assistant apparently!) She is taking the role seriously and spends a lot of time on the Dis and Allears researching restaurants, rides etc for us to do.

After we have swallowed the bitter pill of cost - we can start to get excited for what I am sure will be the best Florida trip so far!


Can't wait!

It will all be worth it to see this:


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Old 09-24-2011, 10:48 AM   #7
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You've got something else booked . If you supply days keep going that will be brill you'll be saved in no times, things are coming together well.

Flight prices are a major The good old days of £400 flights have gone The majority of flights for october haven't been released yet but virgin are coming out way to pricey at the moment we would also have to go from Manchester or further down, not really ideal as there is the added cost of travel down and car parking fees but if the prices don't come down we'll have to do it I am avoiding adding everything up
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First purchase!!!

DD9 is now DD10!!! Just noticed that I have not posted since her birthday!!

Anyway! My little DD10 had expressed an interest in going to Universal this year to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I pointed out to her that if she really wanted to go there she would really have to read the books to appreciate the ride and the theming. After making a plea to just watch the movies and being turned down she agreed to read the books. DD10 is an avid reader but never fancied reading them before. The agreement is that after each book she can watch the movie.

Well, we have unleashed a monster! That was about 2 months ago and she is already tackling the 700+ pages of the 5th book. She is racing through them and absolutely loving it. I have never seen her read so much. Every spare minute she has her nose in the book. The books are getting so thick but its not stopping her. The movies are going down a treat too and now she is so excited about her day there.

I thought it would be good to get her something appropriate to wear that day. Every shirt I found was quite boy-ish until I finally found this one. I have ordered it for her in XS as its an adult one. If it needs taken in I will ask my Mum nicely!

I think she will love this one and it will be perfect for her day in Hogwarts!!


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Old 10-30-2011, 04:35 PM   #9
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I am a big HP fan well done to your DD on reading the books they get you engaged big time I haven't posted on my ptr for a wee while either been a busy few weeks. The t-shirt is very theming for WWOHP.

Still hunting for flights not all the dates are released yet but the prices are very
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ADR's Fast Approaching!



Have completely abandoned this Pre trippie! Poor thing!

Well its the 1st of January - New Years Day so Happy New Year to everyone. I hope 2012 brings happiness, good heath and good fortune to all!

Its also the year we get to go to WDW!!!!

My planning has gone into overdrive as we are fast approaching our 180 day window!!! We are not doing the dining plan but there are quite a few reservation I really want to get. Also because we are staying off site I will have to call each day rather than book them all at once.

I am trying to get everyone's thoughts on what they want to do and then I am going to have to sit down and work out what the park hours are for each day and try to spread our reservation through our trip. I feel a spreadsheet coming on!

I can't hardly believe that Christmas has been and gone. We had a lovely time with family and friends. The girls are enjoying their break from school. DD10 has just finished all 7 Harry Potter books tonight so she is well ready for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! She has done so well and is obsessed with the stories. I am sure that she will really enjoy her day there.

Our first 3 days are starting to take shape.

Mon 2nd July - Arrive Orlando about 3/4pm. Drive to villa, unpack, head to Publix to stock up, playing in the pool and then an early night.

Tue 3rd July - Few jobs to do today. A trip to Downtown Disney is essential for a bit of Disney magic, a ride on the carousel and an ice cream sundae.

In the evening I am going to try to get a reservation at O'Hanas for dinner. We will park at the Poly and then after dinner wander down to the beach to take in the fireworks before heading home.

Wed 4th July - We are very friendly with the parents of a girl who is in DD10's class at school and they are going to Florida at the same time as us. (They have a younger daughter too) They are staying outside Orlando at a family members house so we plan to spend the 4th July with them enjoying a real American town's July 4th celebrations. I can't wait to spend time with them and to see where they holiday every year. The girls will enjoy seeing their friends too. It should be a really good 4th July and a day away from the busy parks will be great.

We have a 14 day pass so we plan to activate it on the next day but still have not decided where to go first yet.

So thats the first few days. Different from the usual plans but still so excited!

I'll leave you with a pic of my pup enjoying her Christmas presents!








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1st ADR made - Have a Magical Day!



First ADR made today! Got O'Hana for 7.10pm on our second night as planned. So excited to speak to someone and to be told to "Have a magical day!"


The girls and I took a bit of a mad turn after I asked them if they had anything in their room they wanted to be put away for the trip. The point of this is that we bought new bags for going and I was going to put them away. It made sense if there was anything that we were not going to use till then to put it safely away. DD10 gave me her lanyard and her new pins to trade and the new purse she got especially for going away. DD5 however gave me her new park bag, purse, lanyard, pins and about 20 items of clothing! I tried to persuade her that she might need the clothes but she is hearing none of it and insisted they be put in the bag. I think I may have to get them down long before we go away!

But we did have fun packing away lots of bits and bobs knowing we would see them next when it was nearly time to go. If I told DH we did some packing he would have a fit!



I also sat down today and looked at park hours and times for parades/fireworks and made a spreadsheet with all the info on it. Sad I know! It helps us decide where to go as we need to avoid EMH to avoid crowds.

Enjoying the excitement of these little bits of planning as have time on my hands just now before school goes back. Trying to squeeze in lesson planning but getting very distracted!

Will end with one of my favourite videos of my little girls dancing to the music waiting for PlayHouse Disney Live on Stage to start. Till this day I have no idea why DD5 (3 at time) was pulling those faces!



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Joining in! The girls are beautiful! I love that your parents will be joining you!
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Love your report! And how exciting, your trip is so soon! Your Dad will love NASA - we scheduled a half day there and wish we had done a whole day instead, it was so fascinating! Looking forward to seeing the esty patches!
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Love your report! And how exciting, your trip is so soon! Your Dad will love NASA - we scheduled a half day there and wish we had done a whole day instead, it was so fascinating! Looking forward to seeing the esty patches!
PS - Good luck with the big interview!
Thanks for joining in! He is really looking forward to NASA. Maybe next time we will take the girls. Still waiting (im)patiently for my patches! Can't wait to see them.


Tonight made a visit to the Disney Store for Rapunzel goodies for DD5's 6th birthday. She wants a Rapunzel dress to wear at the BBB but they didnt have her size so had to come home and order it online! Still it was good having a wee look and managed to pick up a few things for the trip too.

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