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Old 02-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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I'm ready to go now!!! Is it vacation time yet?

Picture it, Christmas Day, 2011. DH, DD5, and myself are all sitting in the floor of the living room opening up box after box of Lalaloopsy dolls that DD5 got for Christmas. On the tv is the Disney Parks Christmas parade. We are all enjoying watching the fesitivities and are all giddy with the excitement that Christmas brings, when BAM!!! It hit us. One Republic had just performed their hit single "Good Life" in front of Cinderella Castle, and now THE commercial was playing. You know the one. The one that talks about booking your vacation, making memories, showing characters, rides, tea cups, families having fun...all while the song "Good Life" plays in the background??!!??!! (whew...I'm outta breath!)

Yep...that did it for us. From then on out, we have associated that song with our happy place, The Most Magical Place on Earth. And by January 2nd, we had booked our next vacation.

Come join us during the fun time known as the "pre-trip", as we countdown to the day we get back to the magic!

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Old 02-02-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Introductions

Alrighty...Let's get down to some introductions!

Here is my family!



First up is DD5, AKA Wendy (from Peter Pan, of course!) She gets the "name" Wendy because when we were at WDW last year, Woody told his handler that she looked like Wendy.



Wendy's favorites are as follows:

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Disney Character: Minnie Mouse or Daisy Duck (it's a toss up)
Favorite Princess: Sleeping Beauty
Favorite Ride: Peter Pan's Flight or Kali River Rapids
Favorite Movie: Lady and the Tramp (or any of the High School Musicals lately, LOL)

Next is Prince Charming. DH is the love of my life, and has been since I was 13 years old. We dated for 7 years, got married in 2001, and DD came along in 2006. He is my everything, and equally as obsessed with anything Disney as I am.



His favorites?

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Disney Character: Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck
Favorite Princess: Belle (I think he has a tiny crush; he became smitten when she called him "Your Majesty" last year )
Favorite Ride: Tower of Terror
Favorite Movie: Meet the Robinsons (or Up)

Then there is me:



I am a Disney NUT! I love anything and everything to do with Disney. I always have! I work in the financial industry, and consult with clients on products and services that meet their financial needs. I am a true Southern Belle (you would know it if you heard me talk. I sort of sound like Tiana in a way. )

My favorites, you ask?

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom (are you sensing a pattern here?)
Favorite Disney Character: Minnie Mouse
Favorite Princess: Belle
Favorite Ride: Peter Pan's Flight
Favorite Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Now that we've all been formally introduced, what shall we do next? Oh yeah...let's talk plans...

Up Next...The Original Plans
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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Hi ya'll!!

So, as most of you already know, on Christmas Day, Prince Charming and I decided that it was time to start planning our return trip to the World.

The first of many decisions was to decide when to go. Spring Break this year is the first week in April, so we began looking at options. After looking into vacation time from work, we determined that March 30-April 5 would work best for us. This would mean that we would have to take Wendy out of school for one day, but really? How much could they be doing the last day before Spring Break?

Our next big decision was pretty big. We decided to keep this trip a secret. And thus was born our first Surprise Trip ever!

So we had the "when" part down. What about the "where"? My first thought was to stay at Riverside in a Royal Room. I mean, seriously? What little girl, (or Mommy for that matter) wouldn't want to stay in a Princess Room???

On January 2nd, after Wendy went to bed, I made the first call. How disappointment that turned out to be. There were no Royal Rooms that were available the entire length of our stay. Our only option would be to have a room only reservation on the 30th, the switch to a package with the Royal Room the next day. Well, this just didn't fly with Prince Charming. The thought of having to change rooms one day into our vacation just wasn't appealing to him. Bummer. I sort of had my heart set on that princess room.

Oh well...back to the drawing board.

On our last visit, we had stayed at POFQ and absolutely loved it! It was quaint, quiet, and we were in close proximity to everything the resort had to offer...Especially the buses to the parks!

I made the 2nd phone call of the evening. WOOHOO!!!! Now our vacation was starting to take shape! We booked a garden view room at POFQ from March 30-April 5 with 7 day PH passes, and the DDP.

We wasted no time in getting started with dining reservations.

Up Next...The First of Many Dining Reservations
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:35 PM   #4
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The First of Many Dining Reservations

So now we had the "where" and "when" down, but what about the FOOD? I mean COME ON! The food is so important!

Right after I got off the phone from booking our trip, Prince Charming suggested that we start looking at dining options. We were having so much fun, that we stayed up VERY late making ressies, and ended up coming up with what we thought was going to be our dining schedule.

"What was it?" you ask?

3/30: 1900 Park Fare (7:00pm dinner)
3/31: Mama Melrose (3:55pm Fantasmic Package)
4/1: Crystal Palace (8:55am breakfast)
4/2: 50's Prime Time (7:05pm dinner)
4/3: Le Cellier (12:00 lunch)
4/4: Donald's Safari Breakfast @ Tusker House (9:05am Breakfast)

We thought this schedule looked pretty good! Everything on it was somewhere we'd never been before, except for Crystal Palace. CP is a must do breakfast on our first MK day, so we just HAD to book it!

We spent a little more time that night looking at menus and picking out what we might eat when we went there. We went to bed that night totally in love with our schedule, and were very proud of ourselves for getting it done so quickly.

The next day though...the doubting began.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:55 PM   #5
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Doubting Thomas...er...Mommy...er...Whatever

When I last left off, we had gone to bed thinking we had the perfect dining schedule. My must do was 1900 Park Fare dinner. I have wanted to go there ever since I had booked it for our last trip. We ended up having to cancel it, because I had only booked it for 2 guests and not 3. By the time I realized it, there were no other ressies available. SO...this was the first one I looked for. After we got that one, the next up was Le Cellier for lunch. Prince Charming had been wanting to go here for FOREVER, but we were never able to score reservations for it. Imagine our happiness when we found that it was available!

Unfortunately. The next morning, I starting having second thoughts. This trip was supposed to be a surprise trip for Wendy, so why didn't we book the things that SHE wanted? I felt like such a heel and such a bad, bad Mommy. Last year when we went, all she could talk about was going to Chef Mickey's, and eating at the castle. We couldn't get any reservations for either though. Why hadn't I tried to book something SHE wanted to do??? I talked about it with Prince Charming and he said that we could even pay OOP for a meal or two just to have enough credits to do something that she wanted (since Character meals tend to be more expensive).

As soon as I got home, I started looking for other options. I couldn't find ANYTHING.

Prince Charming made me feel alot better though. He said that Wendy would be happy to just be there since (over the last year) that's all she has talked about. We even went to the beach last year for the first time, and she wasn't impressed. She had fun, but all she kept saying was "It's not Disney World." So I began to feel better.

I ended up keeping everything the same, but I added just one more ressie. I couldn't get Chef Mickey's or Cindy's Table for the times we wanted, so I looked for another option. I ended up adding California Grill during Wishes. This had been somewhere I've wanted to go for a very long time. Plus, I thought Wendy would really like eating and watching the fireworks over the castle. I thought it would be a neat experience.

Okay...crisis averted...I was happy...
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:14 PM   #6
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For the next several days, I kept myself happy by looking at lots of pictures of food and fun at Disney World, and by reading reviews of all the places we had picked.

I was so excited! I couldn't wait for this:



or this:



Everything seemed perfect and our vacation was finally REAL. We had PLANS. YAY!!!!

Then, all of a sudden, Prince Charming started having second thoughts. Oh dear...will there be more changes?

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Old 02-04-2012, 02:46 PM   #7
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Subbing! And Jealous of the deluxe! Making me hungry just thinking about it (especially after all I've seen all day is the baby food I've been making, haha!)
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:03 PM   #8
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Another March trip!!! I am going on March 7th so I will make sure to sprinkle some extra pixie dust around so that you can have an extra special trip.

I am loving that you are making this trip a suprise for your DD. Do you have any idea on how you are going to tell her. I can't wait to see her face.

I am also staying at POFQ. It will be my first stay there and I am super excited. Your ADR's look great, I am completly jealous that you get to do the Deluxe plan. Some day

Can't wait to read more.
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