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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Girls Only Spring Break POFQ w/DxDP **Updated w/ Dooney & Bourke Tote Pics**
I took my mom and sister to WDW during their Spring Break, Sunday, March 21 - Saturday, March 27.
Me (24) - Avionics engineer from Iowa. This was my 3rd WDW trip in 3 years. My previous 2 trips have been with DH.
(This is Sam, my corgi... he didn't go on the trip, but corgis are like bacon... they make everything just a little bit better!)
Mom (54) - Middle school Math teacher from Indiana. Mom’s been to WDW 2 previous times, ~20 and ~35 years ago.
Sis (17) - High school junior and part time cosmetology student from Indiana. Sis’s first trip!
I caught the Disney bug on my honeymoon to WDW in 2008 and have been obsessed ever since! After graduating college a few years ago, I moved to Iowa to start my career and haven’t been able to see Mom and Sis much since then. I’d been wanting to take Mom and Sis to my favorite vacation spot so we could enjoy some girl time, so as soon as the Buy 4, Get 3 Free promo came out I was on the phone booking our trip for their spring break. I told Sis immediately and she was super excited, but I kept it a surprise from Mom. I just told her that I had something planned and to keep spring break open.
On my previous trips, I’ve stayed at POR and the GF. A Deluxe wasn’t in the budget for this trip because I wanted to do the Deluxe Dining Plan, so I choose POFQ. Having never been to WDW before, Sis had some concerns that it might be too little kidish for her, so I wanted to stay away from the Value resorts. I choose POFQ because 1) it was in my budget and 2) it’s the smallest Moderate resort, which ended up really coming in handy... more on that in a bit! I wanted to go with the DxDP because I wanted everyone to enjoy herself at meals and not worry about trying to select the entree with the cheapest price tag. I was footing the bill for our Girls Only trip and didn’t want anyone to be thinking about money while we were out having fun. DxDP was a good fit for us because I’m a big fan of the WDW Signature restaurants and like to do as many as possible!
I had debated for a while on how to “reveal” the big trip to Mom. I finally settled on on mailing her and Sis a package about a month before spring break with a letter explaining where we were going, Magical Express tags, flight info and 2 Coach swing pack purses (my ultimate Disney parks bag)! Mom said it wasn’t a huge surprise because she knows how much I love WDW (so true...) but she was still super excited to get away with her two girls for a week!
I signed us up for GAD, which turned out to be awesome! I volunteered at a local free clothing store and then I helped Mom and Sis out with their Haiti Care Kits. I actually ended up going back to the clothing store a few more times to volunteer. The Haiti Care Kits ended up being a lot more expensive than we originally anticipated, almost $70 per 10 kits (10 kits per person). Overall, our GAD experience was good though and those GAD fast pass cards were amazing!
Three weeks prior to our big trip, I tripped over a rolled up rug in my house and sprained BOTH of my ankles! I’ve had many questions about how this is physically possible, but I can assure you it is just about as much fun as it sounds. Fortunately, my right ankle wasn’t nearly as bad as my left. It was able to start bearing some weight in about 3 days. In the mean time though, my only mode of transportation was crawling or getting pushed in a roller chair. Once the right ankle could start bearing weight, I upgraded from the roller chair to crutches, which I had right up until a few days before boarding my plane to Orlando. I left for WDW with no idea of how well my ankles would hold up for touring the parks or even navigating the airports (whooo connecting flights)! I prepared Sis that she might end up pushing me in a wheelchair if all else failed.
Sunday - Arrival at MCO, Check in to POFQ, Dinner at The Flying Fish Cafe
Monday - Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table, MK park day, Dinner at Artist Point
Tuesday - AK park day, Lunch at Yak and Yeti, Dinner at Boma
Wednesday - DHS park day, Lunch at The Hollywood Brown Derby, Dinner at The California Grill
Thursday - Epcot park day, Lunch at Coral Reef, Dinner at LeCellier
Friday - Epcot park day, Lunch at Les Chefs de France, Dinner at Narcossee's
Saturday - Departure
Me (28) DH (28) and Sam & Leo the Corgis
2/11 - CSR
3/10 - POFQ
2/09 - Grand Floridian
6/08 - POR Honeymoon
Girls Only Spring Break Trip POFQ w/DxDP Trip Report
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