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Old 07-09-2009, 05:08 PM   #1
Earning My Ears
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Another newbie/lurker - my first PTR!! Updated July 26

I'm always scared to post on forums for fear that others will find me *gasp* boring! But, I will take the plunge!!

Here goes:

The cast:

Me: a recent "back to the front lines" TA (spent 13 years in the back office but was front line for 8 years prior to that). Married for 18 years with 4 boys ages 16, 14, 9 and 6. Working part-time as a TA (after being laid off from my full-time back-office position - but that's a whole 'nother story).

DS9 - Andrew - going into Grade 5, loves the outdoors, playing baseball and hockey and playing with his friends

DS6 - Shawn - going into Grade 1, also loves the outdoors, playing baseball, hockey and video games!!

The plan:

I was able to get a good deal on air tickets with Northwest out of Detroit (I live about 2 hours away from Detroit or Toronto, but Detroit is so much less expensive!) for $160 CAD, roundtrip!!

October 15 - we will leave home around 5 PM and drive to Detroit, park the van and take the parking lot shuttle to the Westin at the Airport, where I am able to get a decent TA rate. Surrounding hotels are less, but our flight leaves at 7.05 AM and the convenience of being right at the airport will be totally worth it!!

October 16 - flight leaves DTW at 7.05 and arrives into Orlando at 9.30. We'll take the ME to Disney - I'm not planning on going anywhere but WDW, so no need for a car for us. I'll likely use one of the grocery shopping services recommended here to have some snacks and water delivered to our hotel.

My plan so far is to stay at the Pop Century in a Standard Room. I can get another decent TA rate there and I like the fact that the Disney Transportation doesn't usually stop once it picks up at POP. We will only have 4 days so we won't have a lot of time to waste!!

After we get checked in and have our tickets put on our room cards (or whatever you call them!!), we'll head over to AK. It will close at 5 PM, by which time we will be so exhausted from getting up early and travelling, we will be ready to head back to POP and enjoy the pool and resort and then head for bed early since we will be packing the other three parks into the next 3 days!!

That is as far as I have gotten so far. I am planning to do MNSSHP, it will be on Saturday or Sunday (have to go back to the October hours to check it) and Epcot the other day and HS on Monday. Tuesday morning we have an 11 am flight out of Orlando so we won't have to get up too early to take ME back to the airport.

Things I need to do, other than planning our park visits (I'm using the UG and touringplans . com):

Book POP - just waiting for my TA ID card to do so
Get our tickets - I need the TA ID card to request mine and I'm going to get the kids' tkts through a Canadian wholesaler
Get MNSSHP tickets
Get some decent clothes for the boys!! I want to find them some rashguard shirts and matching swim shorts for those water rides! Not to mention, if we are lucky enough to have some good pictures taken of us by the Disney photographers, I don't want us to look like ragamuffins!! (no offense to any ragamuffins out there
Let my foot heal!! I have plantars fascitis in my right foot - my whole foot hurts! I need to rest it as much as possible so I can make it through 4 days of walking. I also need to find a good pair of shoes (or two) and get them worn in as well.
Save some money/make some money!! My new job is twice as much work with half as much pay, so things are really tight, but thankfully, my boss is letting pay weekly on this trip (and the short cruise that dh and I are taking in August - 1st time away, without the kids, for longer than 2 nights, since....well, since we had the kids!!) So I just need to save up enough for spending money. I figure if I have the air and hotel paid for, the passes purchased, I can probably get away $450-$500 for the weekend. I expect we will maybe do one character dining, but the rest will likely be CS meals plus the snacks and stuff I have delivered.

That's all I have for now!

Any comments or advice are welcomed!!


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