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Old 06-16-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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Disney Dozen Trip Planning

I've spent the last year planning our next trip to the land of The Mouse; as last year was the 1st in ages we didn't holiday in Florida. Now I'm at the 'nothing left to plan' stage I was wondering what to do with my spare time, so I thought I'd write a Pre Trip Report as I'm determined to write a live trip report this year. I always enjoy reading others so I hope you'll enjoy mine .

Anyway in October this year we are going on holiday with the dear friends who have holidayed in Florida for over 20 years, and gave us loads of advise and introduced us to 'The Brit Guide' etc for our 'Once in a Lifetime' trip back in 2001. You know the rest; like a lot of other people we enjoyed it so much we just kept going back. It'll probably be our last big family holiday for a while as DS is now 19 & DD will be 17 when we go, so not sure how much longer they'll want to holiday with Mum & Dad, or for that matter when we'll next afford at, as by next year we'll have them both at Uni (if exams go well etc).

I'll introduce you to the crew;

Myself, Shazzie B Forty something!
DH, Gaz Forty something too -and it has to be stressed older than me
DS, Alex 19 & DD, Tori 16 (17 when we go)

Our dear friends
Baz, he wouldn't like me to disclose his age
Jacq, younger than Baz!!!

And their children
Alex, Rachael, Carl & James. Rachel's BF Tiz & Carl's GF Alex (yes 3 Alexs) All in their 20s/early 30s.

So quite a crowd, but 12s a good number, splits nicely into pairs, threes & fours for sitting on rides

So after we decided that October 2012 would be the date, the planning commenced.
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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Woo hoo, another trip report to follow

Looking forward to your PTR
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:22 PM   #3
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Woo hoo, another trip report to follow

Looking forward to your PTR
You inspired me, well that and nothing but football on the telly of an evening at the moment Just need to learn how to add photos now!
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:40 PM   #4
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You inspired me, well that and nothing but football on the telly of an evening at the moment Just need to learn how to add photos now!
I'm totally with you on the footie!!!!
I use photobucket and that makes it pretty easy
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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Oh wow that villa sounds just the right size and a great location. Sounds like you had a great trip is coming up and I look forward to reading all your plans. Yup PTR are very inspiring I need to write one of my own!
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:46 PM   #6
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Flights
We've booked flights with Virgin, booked as soon as they were released. We worked out that with 12 of us flying that adding two extra days to our holiday would actually cost less than flying on a Saturday, so we're now going on the 11th October - Flying out on the 11:15am from Gatwick.

We decided to go with one 'bus' that we can all fit in rather than seperate vehicles. Baz & Gaz will be doing the driving and I'm chief navigator; well me & Homer (we take our own Sat Nav as we bought the maps for our Tom Tom a couple of years ago, it was cheaper than divorce)

They'll be 8 of us travelling down from Bedford, by train and 4 from London area, so we're doing twilight check-in and staying the night before. We're in the Hilton & our friends are occupying most of the Yotel I think! 5 rooms as 3 couples and James won't share with Alex because of the snoring. We also booked the V room for breakfast.

As we're a group booking with Virgin we discovered we can't pre-book seats like we normally would But thanks to friends on the Dis discussing the options on a thread I investigated pre-booking the extra leg room seats and discovered you could do so for £20 each way. Gaz read the web-site and wasn't convinced, but agreed to try (booking is in his name so he has to phone). Virgin confirmed we could but they only had 10 left (I think there's only 12 on each flight anyway). So he booked them, until I interupted from the background and said to ask about exit aisle seats, as they had 3 of those left we decided to have them at £40 each & 9 extra legroom seats. We should now be able to sit in 4 rows of 3, see told you 12 was a good number, the maths works

As Baz & James are both over 6ft it was decided they were the natural choice for the exit aisle seats & Gaz is joining them. So although James has the luxury of siting in an exit aisle seat he's got to sit with the oldies
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Where to stay?

We decided that staying in a villa would be best mainly as it would be more sociable, easier to organise everyone to leave at same time & I think it worked out cheaper. We prefer the Kissimee area along Highway 192, we stayed at Highlands Reserve 3 years ago, and whilst it was lovely we wanted to be closer to Disney.

Baz found a 7 Bedroom villa on the Arcadia estate; which is near Formosa Gardens, just south of the 192 and very convenient for our favourite 'sneak route' into Disneyworld - Sherbeth Road. As it was still 2010, 2012 prices were not on the web-site yet, but a quick e-mail to the owners solved that. We secured for two weeks commencing on Sat 13th Oct, so Tori & Baz (he's a Teacher) would only need to miss 1 week of school.

The web-site for the villa is great, lots of photos to show the kids and it even has a floor-plan/layout to help us plan sleeping arrangements.

The villa has 4 king rooms & 1 double room all with ensuite bathrooms, and two twin rooms that share a bathroom. The 4 couples were easy to solve we had the kings! As the double was downstairs and not near any of the other bedrooms it was allocated to Alex number 1; as apparently he is a terrible snorer and neither of his brothers are prepared to share a room with him.

So James & Alex number 3 will share 1 twin room, with Tori having the other twin, Pooh Bear themed room to herself. I've put me & her Dad in the next bedroom so she can share our batroom rather than roughing it with the boys!
The boys room is Mickey Moused themed, which doesn't bother my DS, I'm not sure James is overly impressed though
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Just caught up on your entire PTR love it 12 sounds like so much fun!

I love the idea of a mickey mouse room

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Just caught up on your entire PTR love it 12 sounds like so much fun!

I love the idea of a mickey mouse room

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Have threaten to join Tori in Pooh room though -not sure what DH will say though

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Lol how can you not appreciate a mickey mouse room lol!
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Lol how can you not appreciate a mickey mouse room lol!
He's not a Goth, but a bit that way inclined if you know what I mean, wears mainly black and has tattoos - it's going to ruin his image if word gets out Lets just say the Universal Halloween Horror Night is more his thing
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Ah I see! I know what you mean Halloween horror night scares me lol!
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:41 AM   #14
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Loving your PTR so far Can't wait to read more.

I LOVE those Mickey bedcovers!!! They're gorgeous. I can see why it would ruin street cred though... maybe... I still manage to be a rock chick and love Disney at the same time!

And Eric Idle - yeah!
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Heya! I've caught up with your PTR and it's been a lovely read so far

I'll have a belated double digit dance with you

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