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Old 06-18-2009, 03:05 PM   #16
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THE WEATHER

I have seen post after post of people returning home from WDW complaining/commenting on the heat and humidity at WDW right now. We have never been to WDW this time of year. Am I going to come back saying "What were we thinking going to Florida in June?!?!?!?!" I know we have to prepare for the worst. I always check the weather forecast before our trips. It helps in packing and maybe rearranging our itinerary if needed.

Here's the weather forecast for our WDW trip:
(information obtained from The Weather Channel's website)



As you can see, there are scattered/isolated thunderstorms predicited the whole week of our trip. We are NOT "poncho people". I bought some for our last September trip (rain predicited). They were NOT comfortable. I felt like I was being choked and they keep all your body heat inside the poncho. So, we were burning up. We finally tore them off and enjoyed the rain. We're not going to melt. Our kids love playing in the rain. Once the rain let up, the humidity dried us in no time. However, I might plan on bringing extra dry socks next time.

Child + Rain = lots of puddles to jump in!
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I've modified our itinerary once again. We are NOT staying for the weekend. We need to get back. With the heat and humidity being experienced at WDW right now, it might be a wise thing too. Sadly, we will miss the Hall of Presidents AP Preview on Sunday. I'm kind of bummed by that. Now, we'll just have to wait until November.

Soon this Pre-Trip Report will turn into an actual Trip Report. Hopefully all you "lurkers" will come out and say "Hi!"

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Old 06-19-2009, 02:03 PM   #18
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We leave for WDW in 1 day!
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TODAY'S GOALS

Since we leave for WDW bright and early tomorrow morning (We'll arrive on Sunday around 1 PM). I have a checklist for today...

To Do List: (Updated)
Bring DISdog to the boarder
Get car serviced
Quick trip to Target (last minute items)
Charge the kid's gaming systems (2 DSs 1 Gameboy, 1 Zune and a partridge in a pear tree.)
Finish Laundry
Finish Packing
Stop Mail
Police Vacation Patrol
Make DH birthday shirt.


I'm out the door on my way to make a dent to this list ...
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I am happy to say, we are ready for WDW! I'll be back in a week to turn this Pre-Trip Report into a Trip Report.

Keep posted ...

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We are back from a hot and humid week in Florida. Note to self ... NEVER VISIT WDW IN THE SUMMER AGAIN!!!!!!!

I am working on dowloading some pictures for my Trip Report and will post them soon.

Stay tuned ...

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Okay, I've got all the pictures downloaded to the computer. I am ready to re-live an amazing week at WDW ...
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Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas to Lake Buena Vista, Florida
1,128.5 miles (17 hours 30 minutes)


SATURDAY (June 20, 2009)
The alarm clock went off around 5:45 am. Finally, we could get on the road and start this trip! The bags were packed and ready to load into the car. DH loaded the bags while I got the kids ready and out the door. We've made this roadtrip so many times, DH has a method to his loading of the car and everything always fits like a glove in the trunk area. This trip was no different. We pulled out of our driveway around 6:20 am. One quick stop at Starbucks for some caffeine and we were on our way to Walt Disney World!

Let the roadtrip begin!


I have to give the inventor of the in-car dvd player a big THANK YOU! That thing was a godsend on this trip. Since, we've made the drive so many times, the kids have seen the same scenery for the past four years. So, they can get understandably bored during the trip. They can play only so much DS and Gameboy and I Spy. Usually, I end up buying two or three new dvds for our roadtrip. I didn't have to for this trip. I just made sure to order dvds (not Blu-ray discs) from Netflix last week. For the ride, I ordered the kids ... Max and Ruby (for DS3), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (for DS9) and Air Bud (for DD6).

We pass through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and then finally cross into the sunny state of Florida. With each new state welcome sign, we are one state closer to WDW. I packed a lunch for the family that morning. This is the first time I have done this. We usually pick-up fast food along the way. However, for this trip to Florida, I thought it would be nice at some point to stop, stretch our legs and sit-down for a meal. We found a really great rest stop in the middle of the swap in Louisiana (Atchafalaya - America's largest river swamp.). It was better than it sounds. We plan to stop there again on our next roadtrip. The kids received coloring books from a rest area attendent. Also, they have a display of an alligator (fake) and it's surroundings. It was a really nice rest area. It was unexpected right in the middle of the swamp. However, when eating lunch I had to keep checking behind me to make sure there weren't any gators on the prowl. I could read the headlines now ... "Texas woman on a family vacation to Disney World was eaten by a gator."

Atchafalaya Welcome Center


(I forgot to take pictures at the rest stop. These are borrowed from TXRabbit)

We entered and exited LA, MS, AL and FL all in the same day. I am always mesmerized by the battleship we pass in Mobile, AL (USS Alabama). It's right off the highway. One year, I want to actually stop in Mobile and see the battleship up close. Until then, I have some photos from the highway.

USS Alabama


Seeing the welcome sign for the state of Florida was such a great site. We decided to make a quick stop at the rest area right across the border. This was another first for us. We usually pass right by. It was so nice to finally be in the same state as WDW. We were one step closer.

Florida Welcome Rest Area


DH has made the drive straight through to WDW before. However, he is always exhausted when we arrive. I didn't want that for his birthday trip. So, we decided to find a hotel for the night. Around 11 pm, we pulled into a Holiday Inn Express (somewhere in Florida, past Tallahassee). It was finally time to catch some zzzzzzzz

Coming Up: Arriving at WDW.
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SUNDAY (June 21, 2009/Father's Day)

We put in for a 7:30 am wake-up call. I felt as if I just fell asleep when the phone was ringing waking us to a new day. Knowing we would soon be at WDW, everyone hopped out of bed with a little pep in their step. It didn't take too much convincing to get the kids out of bed and dressed. Since we only had a three hour drive left to WDW, we had a leisurely breakfast of Holiday Inn Express cinnamon rolls and other other breakfast items at the hotel. Staying at a hotel with a free continental breakfast saves us well over $25 each way. That's $50 more we can spend at WDW!

We pulled out of the hotel parking lot around 9:00 am. It may sound like we got off to a late start. But like previously stated, we were only three hours from WDW. DH can do that drive in his sleep. Also staying at a DVC property, you run the chance of a room not being ready upon arrival if you get there too early. So with one quick stop to fill-up the gas tank at the truck stop next to the hotel ... next stop WDW!

We always feel like we are "almost" at the FL Turnpike and one step closer to WDW when we start seeing the Florida Welcome Station signs with the big oranges on them. Those that have made this roadtrip know exactly what signs I am talking about. There are also the "other" signs too.

Signs we are "almost" there.


When we passed our first toll plaza, DH and I joked we need to get a Sun Pass we make the trip so many times. We've driven to WDW from Texas eight times in three years. My Honda Odyssey has made all eight trips (plus one trip to the west coast and two trips to New England). It is a really great traveling van. No complaints here.

First toll plaza. One more to go!


Getting on I-4 we pass right by Universal and Sea World. The kids have been asking for a few years to visit Universal. But, we always end up with WDW Annual Passes and have been dragging our feet to venture off Disney property and explore other parts of Orlando. We may visit Universal when they finish the Harry Potter/Hogwarts section. I believe it is suppose to be completed this fall. Hopefully it will open in time for our fall Florida trip. If so, it will be a "must" for that trip. However for this trip, we are doing Disney and only Disney. We bought AP this past May on a quick/unplanned WDW trip. We want to get the most bang for our buck with them. As some of you know, they are NOT cheap! What we paid for Annual Passes for our family of five was more than I paid for my first car.

We're getting closer and closer and closer.


Since we are staying at Saratoga Springs it probably was shorter/easier to take the exit by The Crossroads and enter near Downtown Disney. However, we always have to enter WDW through the main gate. No matter how many times we visit WDW and pass through the gate, we countdown until we pass under the sign and let out a loud cheer in the car. It is so fun to let loose. It's time to let the real fun begin.

We have finally arrived at WDW Resort!
(Poor Minnie always gets cut out of my entrance sign picture. They really need to move that speed limit sign. )


The first thing we saw on property was a Disney bus decorated for "What will you celebrate?". Soon we would be on one of those buses on our way to the Magic Kingdom!!!!


Our GPS navigated us through the property until we pulled up to a pleasant site, the entrance to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. It never gets old to come "home".

This way to a week of fun!


"Home Sweet Disney Home"


You will probably notice I haven't mentioned that today is Father's Day. We didn't forget about poor DH. He will get a magical surprise soon!

Coming Up: DH's Father's Day surprise, staying out until after 3:30 am (No, that's not a misprint.) at the Magic Kingdom and more ...
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More please. I followed you over here from your Disneyland report and I need more reading. Until we go in September I am living vicariously through others.
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SUNDAY (June 21, 2009/Father's Day) Continued ...

We pulled up to the Carriage House around 1:00 PM. DH went inside to check-in. I hopped out of the minivan to stretch my legs. Now, I had read numerous posts prior to our trip about the heat and humidity at WDW right now. OMG! When I stepped out of the car, I wanted to crawl right back in. It was so hot and sticky and gross. Those that have been to WDW in the summertime know exactly what I am talking about. We are from Texas, we can stand the heat. It is the humidity that gets you. What were we thinking?!?!?!?! We were here and would make the best of the weather (However, Mother Nature has a sense of humor this week and would toy with us many days. More on that later.). DH came out and we were on our way to the Grandstand section. We normally stay in this area, it is quiet and we usually get a great view of the golf course and treehouses. Not this trip, we had a room facing a wall. It was probably the worst room we have ever got here. Since this was DH's birthday trip, I had him drive back up to the CH and I went in to get a better room. Normally, we don't complain. But, it was comically ridiculous. They didn't have any "better" rooms available at the time. The CM was very helpful and went back and forth with her manager and finally found us a room that would be ready later (around 3 PM). It honestly couldn't be any worse, so I accepted. She said they would call us with the room number when it was ready. One thing to know, they NEVER call you (or at least that is our experience). You have to call the number they give you for an update. We've had this problem at the BCV a few times too. Since, we didn't have a room yet we hung around Community Hall playing games and enjoying the A/C.



As a Father's Day surprise for DH, a few weeks prior I booked him a massage treatment at The Spa at SSR. They are suppose to have the best spa on Disney property. His appointment was for later in the evening (5 PM). But, we had about two hours to kill while waiting for our room. So while DH was entertaining the kids, I popped into The Spa and moved up his appointment. While there I went ahead and pre-paid and added the tip. So, DH didn't have to worry about a thing. They would be ready for him in about 15 minutes. I wasn't sure how to spring this surprise on DH. So, I made an excuse to have the family use the restrooms on the lower level of the spa and then pointed to the door upstairs to DH and said "Happy Father's Day!". He looked at me with an expression of confusion. It's always a success when I can surprise DH. We waved good bye to DH as he entered an hour of pure pampering. The kids and I went back over to Community Hall to play some more. Around 2:45 PM I called the room hotline number and they told me our room was ready. Now, I don't feel like a man without a country. We only had a few minutes to wait until DH would be done. So, we headed back over near The Spa around 3 PM. DH came out looking so refreshed and relaxed. Maybe, I should have planned the massage for the end of trip.

Enter for an hour of relaxation and no kids!


Our new room was in the Congress Park section (right across from DTD). It was a great room in a great location. There were trees lining the courtyard outside our window. So, we couldn't see DTD unless we went out by the path and the pool. We were able to see the characters in flight balloon from our room. That was pretty cool. It was so nice getting into our home for the week. We had a one-bedroom villa. It had a full kitchen with a washer and dryer in the room. I love DVC!

Our WDW Home for the week.


These cuties were waiting in the room for us.


By this time, we were all famished. We still needed to head to Walmart to pick-up some groceries for the week too. But, we try to not step foot in a grocery store hungry. That is when I come out with a pint of Haagen Dazs and forget the basics. Being close to The Crossroads, we decided to have a nice sit-down meal at Pizzeria Uno. DH loves pizza and this is "his day". Also, we like Uno's and don't have one at home near us. We have ordered their take out before when staying at SSR (They have a buy one get one half off deal when ordering take-out pizza.). Okay, people (mostly men) joke about Dads getting the short end of the stick when it comes to Father's Day. We walked into the restaurant with no wait and the restaurant was 80% empty. Sorry Dads. We got great service and the pizza was good. When we were finally done, it was off to spend some money at Walmart. I created a budget of $150 for our Wal-mart trip. We ended up spending $146! Hey $4 is $4. I was glad we didn't go over budget. Having a car at WDW helps immensely and this is one example. We definitely would have paid closer to $200 for what we got if we used a grocery delivery service like gardengrocer.com

Coming Up: We step foot in our first park at 11 pm!
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