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Old 05-29-2012, 10:00 PM   #1
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May the Force be with who? A May 2013 PTR

POST 1: But your TR isn’t done yet!
In honor of me crossing the 8,000 post barrier AND not having completed my current TR – I’ve decided to start a PTR for my family’s upcoming trip to the World in May 2013.


This is officially my 8,000th post on the Disboards!

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Old 05-29-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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POST 2: The Plans

Placeholder for the plans!


Of course they're all tentative for now...


Goal resort: BWVGOT IT!
Goal meals: Akershus, 50sPT, Le Cellier, Boma, either the Wave or Cali Grill and others TBD (most likely a stop at T-Rex )
BOOKED: 50sPT, CRT, Sanaa, Le Cellier, H&V, and Mama Melrose (with F! priority seating)
Goal days: 7 days/6 nights including SWW
BOOKED: 8 days/7 nights

Special goals: BBB for DD3 (4 at time of travel). We will do the Crown package as it will give her a t-sirt and tutu that will "hopefully" hold up better than a princess dress. (and should be cooler!)
BOOKED!

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NOTE 3/12: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has added a new package to the services they provide. The Courtyard Package includes: shimmering makeup, nails and Courtyard Package exclusive hairstyle, Princess sash, face gems and princess cinch bag, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt and tutu. (The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt will be available in youth sizes from S to XL and adult sizes S to XL. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique tutu will be available in two sizes, small and medium.) This new package costs $89.95. The boutique has also adjusted the prices on two other packages: the Coach Package is now $54.95; the Crown Package is now $59.95.
Pirate Adventure for DS. I asked DS about this and he's really excited. Wants either me or DH to go, but we can't. Once I told him it was like going to babysitting at the Y, he was okay with going solo.

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Disney's Pirate Adventure

Aspiring buccaneers between the ages of 4 and 12 board a pirate-themed boat and scour the waterways around Walt Disney World Resort in search of pirate treasure during a swashbuckling high-seas adventure.

On this guided expedition, each participant enjoys a light snack and beverage, learns how to talk like a pirate, visits legendary ports-of-call, and—if he or she is lucky—returns with a bag of pirate booty! Disney's Pirate Adventure is a 2-hour sailing voyage that takes place each day at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Additional information and reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance by calling the Walt Disney World Recreation Department at 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529). Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.
and a surprise for DH's birthday. Surprise TBD as the Richard Petty Diving Experience is WAY out of budget. The ride along price isn't bad, but DH would want to DRIVE, not ride along. Maybe I'll hit the lottery.

BOOKED A CAKE FOR LE CELLIER, BUT WILL CHANGE THAT TO CRT because I'm a fool to skip out on the chocolate moose and creme brulee!

I also booked our Photopass + package and our airfare

Tips I found for SWW this year.

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Old 05-29-2012, 10:08 PM   #3
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POST 3: The why

DH and I have been throwing around our next trip to WDW since about a week after we left in 2010. We had PLANNED to wait until the FLE was complete, but I’ve managed to finagle 2 trips without him into the last year.

A dear friend of mine and her family landed in Orlando today for their first family trip and SWW. He is jealous and wants to go. While texting with him today about them landing and getting on ME, he caved. He said to plan for next May, so here we are.

We know we’ll miss the Mine Train coaster and the opening of the new Royal Princess Hall by about a year, but honestly, he can’t wait any longer.

The plan all along has been to rent DVC points to stay at BWV. I had to promise him no more pre-RD ADRs and while I know that we’ll need to be up SUPER early for SWW, if we stay closer to DHS, it may entice him to get up early. Once. Proximity will be key here.

I’m also planning on getting DS into one of the YES programs while we are there – providing there is a class available. He’s super excited for the opportunity to do it. I also want to do something special with him and that’s still up in the air. With DD going to BBB, I’d like to do something for him, but thanks to my mother making a backhanded comment when he was 3, he outright refuses to put gel or any type of color in his hair nor will he allow face paint. THANKS MOM! I’m considering the Pirates and Pals cruise but the jury is still out.

We would also be at the World around 4 days after DH’s birthday. I’d LOVE to surprise him with a morning at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. After my epic failure at a birthday surprise this year (I bought him a new grill – and he doesn’t want to give up his old, rusted, cooks-too-fast other one…), I’m worried about investing in the deal in case he doesn’t want to do it.

I also plan to take the whole family on the Behind the Seeds tour one of our days. I really enjoyed it in December and I’d love to take the family through the exhibit. The kids remember me telling them that Aunt E and I got to let some ladybugs loose into the exhibit and they want to do it too.

I also put out an invitation to the MIL. She has expressed in the past that she’d like to see “my” Disney. She doesn’t like the idea that we’re planning this far out and are looking for a commitment. “It’s a year away!” If she only knew what goes in to planning a successful trip AND how it saves money, she’d be on board in less than 30 seconds! I’ll keep trying. I do need her to decide by the end of summer. I’m planning to book a studio. If she comes, we’ll need a 1 bedroom villa.

I believe I can pull all of this stuff off. Only time will tell!
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:14 PM   #4
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And may the force be with you.

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Old 05-29-2012, 10:17 PM   #5
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And may the force be with you.



Thanks! It's a lofty goal but I think I can do it.

As much as people tell me not to invite the MIL, I'd really like her to go. I know... I'm NUTS!
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Thanks! It's a lofty goal but I think I can do it.

As much as people tell me not to invite the MIL, I'd really like her to go. I know... I'm NUTS!
Brave you are.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:19 PM   #7
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POST 4: The who

The players:

Me. I have been tirelessly losing weight for Mickey for the last 3 years and that goal will continue into our next trip. I WILL be lighter than our last trip. I work in education as a parasite **erhm** paraprofessional and do photography on the side. If it exists… I’ll shoot it. I’ve covered events like the 2012 Super Bowl and I’ve also had the honor of photographing the POTUS and VPOTUS within a one year time span.


DH and DD. DH works in production locally and DD is just an adorable little red-headed princess in the making. She’s looking forward to her first trip to BBB and he’s looking forward to SWW. She’ll be 4 at the time of travel.

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DS. He’ll almost be 7, just a couple months shy. He’s an intelligent kid who is an avid character hunter.
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Second, traveling on off days does save you money. We've found leaving on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and sometimes Sundays saves us on airfare by avoiding peak travel days.

I was just shocked DH wanted to go Tus-Tus...

I was leery of renting DVC too, but since my friend can get it for cheap with her vacation club and her son isn't a CM any more, she won't be using as many points as she has been. We talked recently and she was saying she's looking to do a cruise next year, which will be even fewer points, so she'll have points to burn. This is the lady I went WDW with last May and we stayed at the place they normally stay. Except she booked the three bedroom for that one.

How old is your DD??
She turns 7 next sat.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:27 AM   #9
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She turns 7 next sat.
That's great!

It's a dream of mine to take the kids on a solo trip each.

Does she know you are going or are you keeping it a surprise?

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That's great!

It a dream of mine to take the kids on a solo trip each.

Does she know you are going or are you keeping it a surprise?
I was going to keep it a secret, but she remembered that I promised to take her when I took my son last year.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:29 AM   #11
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Adding Hoppers ($200) + Courtyard package @ BBB ($90) ... that's a lot of cheese!

The hopper cost will be a non-issue if we get into YES.

DH also decided to apply for a Disney Visa for the $200 GC reward.

Stay tuned!
How did you get the $200? Every offer we got was for $50 or $100. DH was hoping for the $200, bit we never saw it. Had to apply anyway since we want to book next month!
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:42 PM   #13
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How did you get the $200? Every offer we got was for $50 or $100. DH was hoping for the $200, bit we never saw it. Had to apply anyway since we want to book next month!
DH came across it somewhere. IDK if it was mailed to him or what.

He just told me he was going to apply.
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I will ride along with you in this planning thing I started planning our June 2013 SWW trip too! I want to lose weight for our trip as well. I don't know if I want to start a PTR though. I never seem to finish them! So more kudos to you!
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:20 PM   #15
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Welcome aboard!

I'm getting really excited to be inching ever closer to making our ADRs!!!!
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