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Old 08-13-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Disney of the month club? Sign me up!

I’m not sure exactly when I came up with the plan, perhaps it was always in the back of my mind, but, at some point this year I decided it would be awesome to spend time at a Disney park and/or a Disney resort every month in 2013. We are on track with completed trips through August plus a trip on the books for September and one for November. That just leaves October and December and my mission will be complete!

So, here is our cast of characters –

Me, Jennifer, Disney obsessed mom of 2 amazing little girls, wife of almost 13 years to my darling husband who humors me while I feed my Disney obsession. I’ve always loved Disney characters and movies but didn’t begin my love of Disney World until we took our oldest for her first trip when she was 3. Now I can’t get enough!

Peyton and I at Monsters University

DH, amazing husband and father who is not quite as impressed with Disney but is willing to let me indulge. He loves World Showcase, Disney resorts, Disney restaurants, and his girls!

Daddy and the girls in Celebration this past weekend.

Peyton, our oldest is 7 ˝. She loves Disney princesses, Teen Beach Movie (please save me!), and her little sister. She has become a bit of a chicken when it comes to rides and the part of me that loves the thrills is having a hard time not pushing her. The part of me that remembers being terrified by my first ride on a wooden roller coaster when I was 7 and not wanting to ride another coaster until I was 10 is trying to be patient. I know she’ll come around in her own time.

My sassy 7 year old at Pop this past weekend.

Charlotte, our baby, will be 2 in October. She loves Disney Junior and everything about Disney parks, except getting in and out of her stroller. She has no fear of anything, especially water!

Charlotte checking out her accommodations at Pop

Rather than starting at the beginning, I’m going to start with our most recent trip, one night at Pop Century in August.

Look what we got in the mail prior to our trip!

I was so excited to be part of the Magic Band test program. Apparently, a little too excited, as I missed opportunities to make them work better for us. More about that later.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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Pop Century has been on my list of places to stay for a very long time. Whenever I look at value resorts as an option for trips, it is always the first one I check (I don’t count AoA yet, not until they start applying passholder and Florida resident discounts – I am cheap and hate to spend more money for the same room!). The stars aligned when I looked at August dates and Pop was just slightly more than the All Stars with our passholder discount.

The plan was to head out about 8am on Saturday, get to Celebration around 10:30 to explore prior to grabbing an early lunch and then heading to Pop to check in and head to the pool. We actually got on the road a little before 9, but it was no problem since we didn’t have any real plans.

My girls ready to hit the road.

The drive down was uneventful, the girls were mostly good although Peyton complained about being bored. I am currently adding to my September trip to-do list to print out some of the road trip activities I have pinned on Pinterest so I won’t have to deal with this again. We got off I-4 and headed towards Celebration. I was so disappointed, it looked just like Orlando…that is, until we drove past the Publix. This was the Celebration I expected and I was immediately in love and so was DH. We actually spent our lunch talking about what needed to happen so we could move to Celebration. I don’t know if it will be soon or if it will be when we are retired, but I think at some point we will have a Celebration mailing address. It is so quaint. It really reminds me of the little town in Ohio where my parents grew up. It also reminds me of the stereotypical Anywhere, USA complete with white picket fences and a town square. Maybe a little Stepford, but Stepford in a good way 
Here are the pictures from around our future home –

We ate lunch at the Celebration Town Tavern – the onion ring appetizer is an insane amount of food for $6. We stopped at Woof Gang Bakery where Peyton carefully (and slowly) selected a treat to bring back for our Great Dane, Cooper. Once we had explored Celebration Town Center, we loaded back into the car and explored the surrounding neighborhoods. Definitely where I always imagined I’d live to raise a family!

From there, it was a short drive over to Pop to check in….
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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I am looking forward to reading about your monthly visit, and alittle jealous that you are close enough to visit monthly.
One day trips with Family 1972,1973, 1976, Honeymoon off site June 1985, Off site June 1986, Off site June 1989, Grand Floridian June 1992, Wilderness Lodge June 1995, Dixie Landing(POR) April 1997, Hilton at Downtown Disney April 2000, Beach Club June 2003, POFQ June 2005, Pop Century Dec. 2005, Pop Century Jan. 2006, Pop Century Sept. 2007, POFQ Jan. 2009, Pop Century Sept 2009, BLT 25th Anniversary Trip June 2010, CBR March 2011, PORS Sept. 2012, Pop Century Jan. 2013
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:00 PM   #4
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So neat to do that - I really need to explore Celebration.

Came over from Meom's joining in for the fun.
POOLRAT PATI am a Disney Dork. 75- Contemporary,77- offsite Hyatt,86- offsite 1 day trip,88- offsite 1 day trip,98- Contemporary w/kids,01- All Stars Movies,05- Boardwalk,06- Coronado,07- Carribbean Beach,08- Beach Club,Oct 09 - POP/Coronado, Dec09/Jan 10 ASMu/ CSR , July '10-POP, Sept '10 POFQ,Oct '10 2X for F&W @ POP Oct'11-ASSp Dec '11-DVC SSR/AKL July '12- BCV, Sept '12- DL, Oct '12- BCV, Dec'12-POP Jan '13- OKW May '13-BWV Oct '13- BCV DEC '13- BCV May14-POP Aug 14- VWL Oct '14-DL Feb '15 -AKVK
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:05 PM   #5
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Joining in on your trip report! Can't wait to read more!
Past trips
Spring break 2009: Polynesian
Spring break 2011: Contempory
Summer 2013: Offsite
Next trip: none at the moment

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Old 08-14-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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Joining in on the report from MeMom's! How lucky are you to have a once a month trip??
Sheresa Ricky Miss Maddie

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