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Old 06-18-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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A Gem of a trip-quality, clarity, color and "Cut that out!" completed 8/4

I've got the Disney planning bug. It has attached itself to a major organ (my heart) and I will be cursed with it for life. If this rings true with you and you love to read about other people's trips and more importantly getting a glimpse into the inner workings of other people's families than I invite you to read on.

I went to WDW many times as a child and a few times with DH as adults pre-children. My children are not the most outgoing sorts and we wisely waited until they were older to begin their initiation into WDW. Our first family trip was August 2007 and my parents joined us. Since my oldest will be ten this year. That is how I convinced my hubby to do Disney two years in a row. My problem now that this second trip is coming up soon I'm already panicking wondering how to work in the next trip. Any tips?

But back to this year's trip, There are 7 of us going. One too little to be a grand gathering but too many so that we have to have our gratuity factored in at 18% at restaurants even if the service doesn't warrant it.

There is me DW, a part-time teacher who can't even think about looking at the castle without getting a "teary eye". Diamonds are my birthstone and I used to be a guide leader for Sparks (girls aged 5-7) where they named me Diamond. Since then my kids have picked up on the concept and last trip during our first castle sighting my DD asked "If those were tears or diamonds in my eyes because my eyes were so sparkly".

My DH, who works for himself and truth be told whose idea of a perfect vacation includes a lot of lounging and napping at a beach somewhere. He often bucks when I try to enforce my touring plan but promises to follow it this year. I'm considering getting him to sign a contract to that effect.

My DS9 but will be turning 10 about two weeks after we get home. Yeah for me for not having to pay adult rates. He is my Eeyore. He has a hard time seeing the silver linings in life. Change doesn't come easy to him nor do crowds or flashing lights. With lots of prep he conquered his own anxiety (we call it his dragon) and he rode Splash Mountain last year. This year we are going to try Thunder Mountain. We'll see how it goes. He does love the shows and parades though. We're heading to LaNouba and I can't wait to watch him watch it. He dances competitively and loves to sing and act. Is it wrong to hope that he will dance in one of the shows at Disney when he grows up so I can feed my fetish of visiting more often?

My DD (7) whom I call my fashionista. I'm going to call her Cindy after Cinderella because she is the princess who knows how to design clothing. My daughter spends a lot of time drawing outfits and changing her own outfits. Makes for a lot of laundry for me though. She also has a stubborn streak in her but when she gets mad/angry she shuts down and won't put her feelings into words. Of course there won't be any breakdowns at the happiest place on earth so it won't be a problem. She is my child who "gets" my Disney obsession the most. She had a few "teary eye" moments of her own last trip. The first was on the magical express. "Mommy can you believe we are actually here?" she whispered in my ear as the bus drove off. She has a mothering quality to her. It seems that wherever we go younger children (usually girls) flock to her. She was often in the kiddie pool last trip with her latest admirer.

My DS (5) who will be having his 6th birthday during our trip. If you ask him, He thinks this is HIS trip. That could be because he is a third child and wants to make sure that we all remember HE is here. He is my Jedi Knight in training. He has his own anxiety dragons to slay. He is a rule abider and heaven help those that break with tradition. He is starting to read and now a whole new world of rules are opening up for him in signage to follow and enforce (insert musical interlude from Aladdin the song A Whole New World). The other day I parked under a no parking sign to run a letter out to a mailbox. I was parked there for less than 30 seconds. He was NOT pleased with me and kept looking out the back window for the inevitable police vehicle that must be on it's way. I suppose it is a good thing that he is a stickler for the rules because with his big blue eyes, curly mop of hair and the social awareness of a younger sibling all he has to do is tilt his head just so and grin and he could get away with just about anything. That is his own special brand of "The Force".

My Mom and the kid's Grandmother DGM. I don't think I should post her age. She recently retired from Air Canada and loves any excuse for getting on an airplane. Or even near one. It is a long-standing joke in our family that DGM would pick up strangers and offer them rides to and from the airport just to be close to the planes. She loves watching all the stage shows at WDW and the shopping so I am often reminding her to step lively and keep up. Perhaps I will make it a "rule" that we all must keep up and then the Jedi Knight would take over the responsibility of making sure the shopping didn't slow us down.

My Dad and the kid's Grandfather DGF. My children call him Poppa. He is a quiet presence in the family. He is happy to just be with us and follow along. He is the kind of grandfather that always has a surprise in his pocket for you. When the kids have sleepovers he camps out with them in the basement. Usually under blanket tents that they have designed together. He is not a shopper nor a thrill rider and will often fall asleep during any shows but still there is a magic about Disney that has touched him and he appreciates just watching the kids breathe it all in. At the airport last year on our way home from Disney, he put his hand on my shoulder and thanked me for planning the trip. He's the original "teary eye" in the family. Usually his eyes give away his emotion so much so that he doesn't need to say the words. Still, I'm glad he did that time and will treasure that moment.

We are all heading to POR from August 18th-27th.

Thanks for reading so far and I'd love to have you follow along for our trip.

Now I've got to figure out how to post some pictures....

August 13-21 2007 trip recap
August 12 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=15

August 18-27 2008 trip recap starts here.
1)Sun Aug 17 We leave our house http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=202
2)Sun Aug 17 Hotel Check in http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=211
3)Mon Aug 18 Flight http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=219
4)Mon Aug 18 Check in at POR http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=229
5)Mon Aug 18 Photopass pictures http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=242
6)Mon Aug 18 DTD http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=257
7)Tues Aug 19 Early morning http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=275
8)Tues Aug 19 First Castle sighting http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=285
9)Tues Aug 19 Family Magic Tour http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=292
10)Tues Aug 19 Lunch at Cosmic Rays http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=307
11)Tues Aug 19 Crystal Palace http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=319
12)Tues Aug 19 MK evening http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=332
13)Tues Aug 19 DTD evening http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=343
14)Tues Aug 19 photopass photos http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=351
15)Wed Aug 20 Birthday Breakfast http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=356
16)Wed Aug 20 Battle at MK http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=358
17)Wed Aug 20 Haunted Mansion & Dole Whips http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=369
18)Wed Aug 20 Forgotten MK afternoon http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=383
19)Wed Aug 20 Birthday Luau http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=395
20)Thurs Aug 21 Epcot Rope Drop http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=405
21)Thurs Aug 21 To soar or not to soar http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=422
22)Thurs Aug 21 The Sea, the Princesses and the Potato http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=430
23)Thurs Aug 21 Norway-The kids discover Kidcot http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=444
24)Thurs Aug 21 Mexico-How much can Nanny shop? http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=454
25)Thurs Aug 21 Tea in Wonderland http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=460
26)Thurs Aug 21 Post-Tea http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=471
27)Fri Aug 22 The Plan for DS http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=482
28)Fri Aug 22 The Plan according to Nanny http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=499
29)Fri Aug 22 The Family Plan http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=516
30)Fri Aug 22 The quest for Vader http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=527
31)Fri Aug 22 The Dark Side of the Force http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=533
32)Fri Aug 22 The afternoon at the studios http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=548
33)Fri Aug 22 Dinner at Wilderness Lodge http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=556
34)Sat Aug 23 Sleeping in! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=569
35)Sat Aug 23 Mommy meltdown #1 http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=575
36)Sat Aug 23 Nanny's Last Supper and Cindy talks to a Turtle http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=578
37)Sun Aug 24 The Pirates cause a Mega Mommy Meltdown http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=587
38) Sun Aug 24 Afternoon at French Quarter's http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=599
39)Sun Aug 24 Dinner in a Canadian basement http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=613
40)Mon Aug 25 Snail's Trail to Sea World http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=618
41)Mon Aug 25 How not to touch a Penguin http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=635
42)Mon Aug 25 Lost at Sea World http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=642
43)Mon Aug 25 Finding Jedi http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=653
44)Mon Aug 25 Backstage at Believe http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=668
45)Mon Aug 25 The Believe (Shamu) Show http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=676
46)Tue Aug 26 Animal Kingdom morning http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=695
47)Tue Aug 26 Our last character interaction http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=698
48)Tue Aug 26 Riding the Rapids at AK http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=708
49)Tue Aug 26 The Lion Roars and Later Sleeps http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=712
50)Tue Aug 26 Cirque du Soleil http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=728
51)Wed Aug 27 Departure Day http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=746
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:09 PM   #2
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Hi Diamondintheruff,

You've already commented on mine so I thought I would come on over to yours!! I love your story already and I'm going to keep up with it all the way!

And to post pics just download pics onto photobucket.com then copy and paste the code that is at the bottom of each pic onto your post.

Can't wait to hear and see more.

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Old 06-18-2008, 09:12 PM   #3
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Can't wait to follow your report. Your DH sounds a lot like mine. He'd rather be in the mountains laying on a hammock or fishing! That's SO not happening! lol! Your kids are going to have a great time! Hope to see your pics soon!
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My first attempt at adding pictures. These are from a photo session we had done for my parents for Christmas.

Here is DS(9) Eeoyre or not....





Here is DD (7) Cindy



Here is DS (5) Jedi



And here is the five of us.
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My first attempt at adding pictures.

Here is DD(9) Eeoyre

<a href="http://s268.photobucket.com/albums/jj22/diamondintheruf/?action=view&current=Tar85J.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj22/diamondintheruf/Tar85J.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
you need to use the bottom code, the IMG code.
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You've already commented on mine so I thought I would come on over to yours!! I love your story already and I'm going to keep up with it all the way!

And to post pics just download pics onto photobucket.com then copy and paste the code that is at the bottom of each pic onto your post.
I'm tuned in to your trippie too! Thanks for the technical advice. Hubby is or rather was an IT guy so I usually defer to him. But he's not here night. He tries to stay over at his parents one night a week to help them out. His Dad is diagnosed with terminal cancer. It started in his prostrate and moved into his bones. We heard a few weeks ago that it has moved from his hips into his spine. He's in alot of pain and I feel bad for him. We're not as close to his parents and there is a fair bit of drama there but nontheless he is my DH father and the grandfather of my children. I wouldn't wish his fate on anyone. Boy I got a bit off track there. Sorry!

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you need to use the bottom code, the IMG code.
By my fourth time I finally got it. Now I have to work on making my images a tad smaller. I always hate it when I have to scroll to the side to see the whole trip report because the images are so big. Do you know how to do that?

Welcome to my report kadesha and thanks for joining it. I'm on my way over to yours now. What's this about a lizard?
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Deciding where to stay.

Last year we stayed at the family suites at ASmu. We really enjoyed them. My parents got a regular room and although they were not connecting (none of the suites connect to any other room) they were side by side. My parents got a great deal with a room only public discount that came out but alas the discount did not apply to the family suites.

Here are some pictures from the suites






I had gambled and booked through a Travel Agent Specializing in Disney in hopes that we would get free dinning. Again, alas although I had booked dates that were included in free dinning in 2006 the dates pushed back for 2007 and I lost out on that too.

So this year in hopes of getting some discount I booked through CAA (which is the Canadian name for AAA). At least this way I would GET A DISCOUNT. I have a membership anyway. Although I will say that dealing with the Disney Specialist TA was way different than dealing with the CAA TA. I know some CAA/AAA TA's know what they doing around Disney but my local chapter has no frigging clue. They didn't know what an ADR was. I had to tell them they had special CAA/AAA character greeting times. It was very frustrating

I decided to try the POR because there aren't that many choices for families of five. It was either two rooms at a value or POR. The deluxes just aren't in my price range at this moment in time. I kept changing my mind every few days and would call up Disney and move my ressie from the family suite to POR. Can you imagine the kind of confusion this caused with my CAA TA. The poor girl was beside herself everytime I did it. Finally the suites were completly booked and I had to remain at POR.
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No one need feel sorry for DH

So no one feels sorry for my DH being dragged to WDW when he would rather be lounging around. Each March Break we head down to Myrtle Beach with a bunch of other families and do just that. Lounge around. I get bored. Day after day of nothingness.

I almost want to take up golf. At least then I would have something to do. Here is my DH lounging.


Every summer we head out to cottage country and spend some time at the beach. My parents just bought a cottage this summer so there will be lots of lounging around by the lake going on.
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Yesterday I hosted a Volunteer Tea for 80 people at my school. Today I'm hosting a bridal shower for my sister-in-law today. Just taking a few minutes break before I go into total bzerwk last minute clean up blitz. Wanted to get a quick Disney fix in. Would have loved to do the shower Disney themed. Saw some really great stuff on the "creative disigns" boards. She's not a big fan of the mouse so I refrained.

Of course, I love any reason to browse through the "creative Disigns". I haven't made them yet. Would you believe DH just bought a black and white only printer? What was he thinking? I've got at least a dozen shirts to do. I'm going to borrow my Mom's one day.
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I'm joining you for the ride. My dd is a fashionista as well.
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Two more days of school to go! One with the kids and one with the new principal. She's already sent us a detailed schedule of our day. I'm a bit a scared already. After that I can concentrate on the real important things.... like DISNEY!!!
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So glad you joined! My DD heard I was heading off to Target in two weeks and she has started a shopping list for me. I only get there a couple times a year (It's a three hour drive to Buffalo for me) and usually only with my girlfriends for a weekend away. But last year when we headed to disney my daughter experienced Target for herself the first time. I think it was the shoe section that really DID it for her. She was in love.
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I am here for the adventure that will ensue! And stagemomx3 is here too!

It's like a reunion. I'm enjoying so far, your kids are adorable and I can't wait for more!
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Glad to see you again Nemo. Been going into a sort of withdrawl now that your trippie is completed.

My kids are not so adorable at the moment. Last day of school (again they are at the school where I teach) today and we had playday all morning and class parties this afternoon. An end of school pool party at a friends house and DS9 had a piano recital complete with more sugar and goodies at the end of it. The three of them are spun so high I had to take a time out.
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Since I had promised to post my pictures of me at the BBB I thought I might as well attempt to recap our entire trip last year. It could be a trial run of sorts for me. So here goes.

We left for Buffalo on Sunday August 12th to stay over at the Best Western. I was nervous crossing the border because I have been questioned by the border guards a few times. Sounds a lot more exciting than it actually is. I went to Teacher's college in Buffalo in 2004 and I never handed back in my student paperwork when I was finished. I thought once it expired I was to just shred it. However, I was wrong and have spent a few hours being detained and questioned at the border wishing I had thought to ask more questions about that paperwork. I went ahead and registered with Homeland Security so it should be smooth sailing from now on.

So all six of us were in the family van crossing our fingers that I would be pass through security. I had all the paperwork I could get my hands on. Letters from my college saying I was finished and didn't owe them any money, letters from my employers saying I was gainfully employed and Police checks from both the provincial and municipal levels. We crossed the border around 7 pm and all was well. They never asked me for anything. Three months later when I crossed again with three girlfriends on black Friday they detained and questioned me again so I am nervous passing through for this year. So far this is not very brief so I will try to get back on track again.

The six of us in the van were my DH my three kids my father and myself. My Mother worked for Air Canada and had plans to retire the next month. She wasn't sure how much of the trip she could make it for so my Dad traveled with us and she joined us later. Plus since she works for Air Canada she refuses to fly out of Buffalo. "How would that look to my colleges?" she asked me. I thought it would look fiscally responsible. It was going to cost us $600 each to fly Air Canada when I could sent us through Buffalo for $140 each? So my Dad traveled with us and my Mom meet us there.

Here's a picture of my Dad from Father's day in 2007 with his five grandchildren. Only three of them are mine.


We checked into the Best Western. My DS8 stayed with my Dad in his room. Finding Nemo was on TV. Nemo was my DS4 favorite Disney character until he discovered Stitch this trip. I prefer Nemo. I had popped out to pick up some colored goldfish (we don't have these in Canada) so we all got our jammies on, ate some goldfish and watched Nemo. A perfect pre-Disney departure night.

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