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Old 12-29-2011, 12:58 PM   #1
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If itís Crazy, I Donít Wanna Be Sane: Just Me and My 2 to Disney-June 2012 PTR

First thing I will do is explain the title of my PTR. Since becoming a single parent nearly 2 years ago, I have taken 4 trips alone with my children. The trips ranged from 2 to 6 nights and 2 have required air travel. Iíve done one 5 night beach trip (ds was 6 months, dd was 7), a 6 night Disney World trip (ds was 10 months, dd was 7), a 2 night trip to Great Wolf Lodge (18mo, 8yo), and most recently, a 4 night trip to visit Sea World (21mo, 8yo) that ended up including an unplanned visit to Magic Kingdom.

I have done two other trips with someone with us. My 17yo sitter came with us on a spring break trip last April and my mom came with us on a 2nd trip to Great Wolf Lodge this past summer, but I love traveling alone with them. After the Disney World trip in particular I got a lot of comments regarding traveling as a single parent. They ranged from the subtle ďYou didnít want anyone to go along to help?Ē to ďHow in the world did you fly alone with them?Ē all the way to ďYou have to be crazy to go to Disney World alone with two children.Ē

Well, I guess insanity suits me because thanks to the extension of the military salute discount, Iím in the midst of planning a 10 day adventure for the three of us for June 2012. We are also booked on the Dream for a 4 night Bahamas cruise in July 2013. Depending on Disney Worldís 2013 prices, I would love to make that a land and sea adventure, but am also toying with the idea of a few days in December 2012 to see the Holiday Decorations again, plus get in one last trip before ds turns 3 and dd turns 10. Iím far from the first person to do it that is for sure. I miss my husband and I always will, but I intend to enjoy my life with my children and traveling is one of the things we like to do. Thereís little to no rushing around and I get to just be mom for a few days. But those comments crack me up, so thatís the reason for the title of my PTR.

After we returned from the Sea World trip and I posted the TR for it on the Sea World forum. So with the holidays behind us, Iím officially ready to start the PTR for the Disney World trip next summer since Iíve already done a lot of planning for it. As with any good PTR, when I post again (later this evening), weíll start with the ďWho, When, Where, How and Why.Ē
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:00 PM   #2
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Vacation Time! The plan for day 5, part 1: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...9&postcount=94

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Vacation Plans change. Edit to day 3: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=109

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Old 12-29-2011, 07:18 PM   #3
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Introductions

We'll start with "The Who"

Me, Iím the mom. Or maybe Iím the crazy one. This will be my 3rd trip to Disney World, my 2nd one as an adult (if you donít count the impromptu trip to MK in October). Iím a full-time working mother of 2 amazing children. My favorite park was Magic Kingdom. My favorite ride was Peter Pan. My favorite character is Minnie Mouse. My favorite show was Philharmagic. My favorite moment from the first trip there is hard to narrow down. But Iíd have to pick the first full day at MK. We were on the Carousel outside the castle. I was holding ds on the back of ddís horse and she turned around, put her arm around him and said, ďIsnít this fun? We are so blessed!Ē



Iím the one who is blessed. We have our challenges, but I love being their mom. I think Iím going to enjoy planning this almost as much as the trip itself. I donít plan down to the minute or even the hour unless Iím planning around an ADR, but I enjoy the process. I like making planning sheets and activity books, but I have learned how those can go out the window.

This process will be a lot different than for our first trip. I booked that one 3 months out and it was a surprise for dd. I book this one at the end of September after a month of thinking about it and Iím excited to have so much longer to plan, but Iím also going to be using the time to accomplish another goal. Comfort food was big here during a lot of the grieving process. I have a goal to be at least 40lbs lighter when it is time for this trip. So during this PTR, Iíll also be tracking my weight loss progress. Okay thatís way more than enough about me. But then the rest of this PTR and probably the TR will focus on my children so I guess thatís okay.

(dd)

Sheíll be 9 years-old when we go on this trip. This will be her 2nd trip to Disney World (again if you donít count the one in October). Sheís my little diva. She has teenage days, days when she acts her age and days when she acts her brotherís age, but I think that is typical of her age group. Sheís the type you love when you meet her. Sheís sweet, remembers her manners, and tries hard and generally only acts up with me. We have our struggles, but sheís done well considering all she has been through. Along with dealing with her fatherís death, we also discovered a couple of sensory issues she has, so things donít always come easily to her, but sheís a trooper. Sheís my heart hugger. I get emotional almost automatically when I think of her. Sheís my mini-me, my love. I know I would not have made it through those years of dhís illness without her. She can also push my buttons like no one else, but I guess staring in a mirror time machine will do that.

Her favorite park is MK, but before our visit there in October, I would have said it was only because of the castle. If not for that, it would be AK hands down. Sheís an avid animal lover and budding science geek. She discovered a love for MK she didnít have before when we ended up there in October. Our time there on our first trip was cut short due to some stomach issues but we did get to see Toontown before it closed. That combined with Thanksgiving week crowds, we missed some things. Her favorite ride was Safari followed closely by Small World, but on that unplanned day in MK, we rode Small World 3 times, so it may have jumped ahead. Her favorite character changes on occasion but itís always a princess and right now, her favorite Disney Princess is Tiana. Her favorite show was Philharmagic, followed closely by Festival of the Lion King and she was one of the children chosen to participate in the final number last time we were there. That ran a very close 2nd to my favorite moment of that trip. It was our last activity on our last park day. When the performer came to hand out the shakers she got his last one. I had exactly one minute of memory left on the camcorderís memory card.

Her favorite moment was seeing the castle for the first time. It was Thanksgiving week, so it was decked out in lights and looked amazing (one of the reasons Iím toying with a December 2012 trip). She even mentioned it when we were there last time. Hereís that picture. I love how she is smiling so hard, you can hardly see her eyes.



(ds)

My son and snuggle bear will be just under 2.5 when we go on this trip. Because he was 10 months old at the time, several people suggested I leave him behind on our first trip, and I can understand why, but never considered it. Not only was I still nursing him at night, but we would have missed him too much and I would have missed out on some great moments if I had. That first trip was a surprise and the first thing dd did when she found out we were going after she gave me a hug was give him a hug and tell him he was going to Disney World. I canít assign him a favorite park, but he really did appear to enjoy himself on the first trip and he had a blast on our trip in October. He was thrilled to be on vacation. He laughed on rides and ďOooed and AhhedĒ at everything. At Sea World it was ďWhoa! Fishie!Ē Iím more excited about his vacation next June now.

His favorite character beyond a doubt was Handy Manny then. I even stood in line with him just to get his picture taken with him after I had to cancel our Hollywood and Vine breakfast. He was visibly happy. Now, without a doubt itís Mickey Mouse or ďMuckey MouseĒ as he calls him. He is pretty much obsessed. If he even sees something shaped like a mickey head while I am reading on here, he squeals, ďMuckey Mouse!Ē He loved all of the shows, but was absolutely spellbound at Festival of the Lion King. I think though it had more to do with us having seats so close. He of course could not tell me his favorite moment, but my favorite moment with him was probably when Ariel visited him during our lunch at Akershus. Heíd been smiling at women since he started smiling and his encounter with Ariel even had the people at the table next to us laughing. As she talked to him, she held his little hand and letís just say he was enjoying himself. Ariel eventually asked dd if she could have ds for her collection. Dd smiled and said no, so Ariel kissed him and left. Here he is afterwards with his lipstick prints. Even at 10 months old he looks very proud of himself.



He is my miracle surprise baby and he has been full of surprises ever since but not in his schedule. He was born on his due date and when he wakes, when he goes to sleep, when he is hungry has all been pretty much predictable since then. But his strength, his adventurous nature, his lack of fear, his curiosity and his ability to make us feel his love at this early age are not things I could not have predicted. There hasnít been a dull day since he got here that is for sure. He is doing things now at 23 months that my daughter did not even attempt until she was 2.5. He makes everything more fun. My daughter prayed for a little brother every day for 2 years. She is overjoyed to have him around and so am I. He is growing so fast and looking more and more like his father. That smile is going to draw someone in big time one day just like his fatherís smile drew me in. Here he is on our last trip on the carousel at Sea World.



So thatís the crew. Day to day is an adventure, but we love to get out and have fun and Iím hoping this trip is no different. Here we are at the end of our trip to Great Wolf Lodge this past summer. This was our 2nd visit there, the one where my mom was with us. Dd loved it so much she wanted to go back and while we were eating preparing to go home, she called from the restaurant to invite my mom on the next trip. She took this picture.

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Count me in! Your children are beautiful, and look like they are just a load of fun to have around. Can't wait to read more.
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Yay! a reader. Thanks for joining, and for the compliments on my children. They are a riot. I remember when this trip seemed really far away. It still does to my daughter. But with 2012 actually days away, it doesn't feel far away at all. Course once June actually gets here, time will slow to a snail's pace.
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When are we going; where will we stay

When and where

We are booked at the Wilderness Lodge from Thursday, June 21, 2012 to Saturday, June 30, 2012. The one thing we decided before we left Disney World the last time was that when we went back we would need to stay longer. Ariana said, “Mom, we should stay 10 days.” Now, we have taken our share of vacations but unless you could spending a month with my father’s family during the summers growing up, I have never been on a 10 day vacation of any type in my childhood or adult life. I’ve taken a couple of 7 day trips, but never a 10 day trip. My trips with the children have always been 6 nights or less. I think it will allow us to have more down time and I consider that essential when combining Disney World with the heat of summer. Going in the summer time though is the only way for us to do a 10 day trip, not only because it is the only time dd has that much time off from school, but also because the only way for me to afford a 10 day trip and have it fit into the budget is to have 9 months to pay it off. Every school break she has with the exception of Christmas shifts from year to year, so summer is the only season that will allow me to plan ĺ of a year ahead.

I chose Wilderness Lodge for a few reasons. Since I am planning a lot more downtime, I wanted a deluxe resort and with the military salute deal I got 40% off, but even with that, a monorail resort was out of reach. Still I wanted something with some alternatives to bus transportation so AKL was out. From WL we can take a boat to MK. We can take a boat to CR and hop the monorail from there as well. The Fort Wilderness Campground is close and they have some fun activities I might try on one of the days I only plan for us to do a half day at the parks. Another reason is it is flat out beautiful inside, has nice pools and is on the lake so we can have some “beach time”. It reminds me of Great Wolf lodge where the children and I vacationed this past summer.

ETA: On June 3, due to a few unforeseen circumstances, I had to change our reservation to a regular Magic Your Way Package with Tickets and Dining. Instead of Wilderness Lodge, we'll be returning to All-Star Movies. I was looking forward to staying at WL, but at least I won't know what I'm missing. We'll try to stay there on a future and probably shorter trip. More on this change can be found on page 7, post 97 or by clicking the link in post 2 entitled Big change in plans, but we're still going.
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Looks like it was a lot of fun! I'm sure you had a blast, but I know what it feels like to be glad that it all came together, and now you can RELAX! Now back to planning!
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Looks like it was a lot of fun! I'm sure you had a blast, but I know what it feels like to be glad that it all came together, and now you can RELAX! Now back to planning!
Thank you. It was so much easier when she was little and I just brought a cake and goodie bags to her daycare class. No gifts, but no worrying about who responds and who doesn't and all that stuff. It was a lot of fun. Most of the parents had to promise a return trip to the place in order to get their children to leave without a fuss. The company hadn't been in that location long and none of the children had been there. I heard the kids took a vote while I was out of the room and declared it "the best party ever!"

She's getting older now and that was probably the last big party I'll give her so I'm really glad it went well. We'll probably be converting to sleep overs or Build-a-Bear and spa stuff for her with 2 or 3 girls going forward. Plus I plan to start giving ds parties when he turns 3 next year. He hasn't had one yet.
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Just read your PTR. Sorry you had to downgrade but I'm sure you'll still have a magical trip. I was just at ASMo with just DD(9). The rooms have been refurbished since your last visit and now they all have fridges. Bus service was great as was the food court. I'm sure you will all be very happy there.

Glad you found a solution to your Dd's growth spurt. I once took just my oldest DD on a trip in January and waited to the last minute to pack only to discover that she only had like 1 pair of shorts that fit. Turned out we had a cold trip and that was enough. Still I had learned my lesson and made sure I gave myself plenty of time with this trip with my youngest. Only problem was I gave myself too much time. In the 6 or so weeks between trying clothes on and packing she grew. we ended up with enough that did fit but not all I thought we had to choose from.

Do you think you'll try the new Sorcerer game at the MK? My DD loved that.
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Just read your PTR. Sorry you had to downgrade but I'm sure you'll still have a magical trip. I was just at ASMo with just DD(9). The rooms have been refurbished since your last visit and now they all have fridges. Bus service was great as was the food court. I'm sure you will all be very happy there.

Glad you found a solution to your Dd's growth spurt. I once took just my oldest DD on a trip in January and waited to the last minute to pack only to discover that she only had like 1 pair of shorts that fit. Turned out we had a cold trip and that was enough. Still I had learned my lesson and made sure I gave myself plenty of time with this trip with my youngest. Only problem was I gave myself too much time. In the 6 or so weeks between trying clothes on and packing she grew. we ended up with enough that did fit but not all I thought we had to choose from.

Do you think you'll try the new Sorcerer game at the MK? My DD loved that.


Thanks for reading. Thankfully I don't know what I'm missing at Wilderness Lodge. I'll admit though I was looking forward to that ferry to and from MK and the Contemporary, the beauty of the place and some other things. Pretty quick though the thought of everything being taken care of and only having to do my Garden Grocer order and have spending money, I just felt much better. I'm just really excited to be going and about all of the ADRs, rides, shows, all of it, even the rain.

We really did love it the last time or we were just glad to be there. Only thing was with the size of the beds, I was really afraid my son would roll off so I didn't sleep well. But he's much better about that now.

That is interesting you say the rooms all have fridges. I requested one during the call and it was added to my reservation. They are $10 a night, so I'll be sure to ask about that when I get there.
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They should not charge you for the fridge. I found these photos of the fridge. This looks like Pop but the fridge I had at ASMo was the same.
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=2856

You know you can get bed rails from housekeeping right?

I've never stayed at WL but have stayed at other deluxe resorts and moderates and while the boat to MK would have been nice the bus service to other parks is much better from the values. Taking the boat to CR then monorail to TTC then switch to Epcot monorail would be a lot longer than a direct bus from ASMo.

I'm sure your DS will really love ASMo this time. Does your DD know how close your trip is? She must be getting pretty excited.
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They should not charge you for the fridge. I found these photos of the fridge. This looks like Pop but the fridge I had at ASMo was the same.
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=2856

You know you can get bed rails from housekeeping right?

I've never stayed at WL but have stayed at other deluxe resorts and moderates and while the boat to MK would have been nice the bus service to other parks is much better from the values. Taking the boat to CR then monorail to TTC then switch to Epcot monorail would be a lot longer than a direct bus from ASMo.

I'm sure your DS will really love ASMo this time. Does your DD know how close your trip is? She must be getting pretty excited.
Thanks for that information.

On that first trip, ds was 10 months and sleeping in a pack-n-play at home. So I had one put in our room there in between the two beds. He surprised me by wanting nothing to do with it despite having a sheet and his blankets from home. I couldn't get him to sleep in it until the 3rd night and that same night dd got sick and let's just say ds wanted nothing more to do with it after that. I never thought to ask for a bed rail.

I'll ask about that since we're not doing the pack-n-play this time.

Dd and I are counting down together. But I can admit, it is usually me asking how many more days, partially to sneak some math in on her. She's mainly now thinking about what dolls she wants to take and checking with me to see if I've purchased this or that of what we normally have to travel. She has promised me though that on the day we leave, if I just come in and say, "It's time to go to Disney World," that she'll get right up.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:48 PM   #14
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Day 6: Time away from the parks

Day 6, June 26th is set to be our day away from the parks.

We'll wake up when we wake up and have breakfast in the room. I don't have an order for things to do on this day, but I want to have pool time, time on the playground and time to rest. Somewhere in there we'll have lunch and ds will hopefully take his nap.

Around 2, we'll get cleaned up and I'll put this out.



Attire for the afternoon is sundresses and sweaters (in case of A/C) for dd and me and a polo and shorts for ds.

The transportation plan is to be out at the bus stop by 3:15, take the bus to MK then the monorail to the Polynesian hotel. Then we'll do the reverse on the return trip.

Once we get back, we'll probably just walk around the resort some, then get settled back in our room to rest up for a wild time the next day.
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