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Old 09-13-2010, 11:02 AM   #1
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Update! Post #61 - Wherein I compare Universal to Disney. Guess who wins!

My name is Danielle and my husband Tom and our two kids are going to Disney!!

My son Marc is 9 years old and my 6 year old Rachael was diagnosed with melanoma last year. You can read about how Rachael learned she would get to Make-A-Wish here:

http://iloveyoumorethanmost.blogspot...h-i-might.html

We don't have long before we are going so I'm going to post our plans here and please let me know what sounds reasonable and what sounds crazy!

Friday we arrive at GKTW and are hoping we will get there early enough to go to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Friday night because what better way to start a trip than a nighttime visit to Magic Kingdom! We're waiting to hear back from our wish coordinators to see if we will get there in time.

Saturday we have been invited to American Airline's annual Wish Flight party so we plan to sleep in a little on Saturday morning (having been at MK until midnight!) and then go to Universal for a half-day. We'll come back early evening and enjoy the Wish Flight party and probably go to bed a little on the early side Saturday night (or at least before midnight).

The plan for Sunday is to arrive at Animal Kingdom at opening, go on the Safari, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur and Festival of the Lion King and then go to lunch at Tusker House (already have reservations). Then drive to Disney Hollywood Studios and spend the rest of the day there (ending with Fantasmic).

Monday we will go to Universal for a half day and spend the rest of the day enjoying GKTW and head to bed a little early.

Tuesday we plan to go to arrive at Epcot when they open! We could not get reservations at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall so I'll see if we can get those ahead of time. If I am not able to, the plan is to go first thing in the morning and see if we can get same-day reservations. If not we will shrug our shoulders and happily go on with our day but it would be very special if we can!

We will spend the day at Epcot but skip IllumiNations so we can get a decent night's rest. Before we leave though, we want to take the Monorail to the Contemporary to see if we can get reservations to Chef Mickey's for the next day (unless of course we were able to secure reservations ahead of time). Fingers crossed!

Wednesday will be Magic Kingdom! We want to get there when it opens and close the place down! Hopefully one of our meals can be at Chef Mickey's but if not, we'll enjoy a counter service somewhere in the Kingdom.

Thursday we will go home - hopefully a little later in the day so we can enjoy GKTW a little more.

We live in South Texas so do not plan on visiting Sea World as we get to visit San Antonio's Sea World.

So that's the plan for now.

Here are some other things we want to make sure we do:
  • Have ice cream for breakfast as often as possible!
  • Visit the Bippity Boppity Boutique
  • Hit Wal-Mart for lanyards for my son so he can do pin trading.

Feedback is welcome!

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Old 09-13-2010, 01:22 PM   #2
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Hello. Congrats on the wish trip I'm sure you will have a great time. We arrive on the 3rd.

I'm no expert at disney but your plan looks good to me. The day you arrive you will need to attend an orientation to get your passes, GKTW button, etc. Not sure when that would be scheduled for you, but just keep that in mind. If you arrive early enough I think they have an afternoon orientation that you might be able to attend and then hopefully go to MNSSHP.

If you can't get Chef Mickey's for your MK day maybe try the crystal palace to see Pooh and friends (if that is something your kids would like).

Happy planning. I really need to get things organized myself. It is coming up fast!
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:09 PM   #3
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:25 PM   #4
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I think your trip sounds great! Have you been to DW before? I haven't been for 12 years and my boys have never been. We live in Cali so we usually go to DL about every 6 months but we haven't been for a little over a year now since my DS got sick. Do you know of any other good Character dining at DW? We will be arriving at GKTW the day before you leave so maybe we'll run into each other! Have so much fun!
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My name is Danielle and my husband Tom and our two kids are going to Disney!!

My son Marc is 9 years old and my 6 year old Rachael was diagnosed with melanoma last year. You can read about how Rachael learned she would get to Make-A-Wish here:

http://iloveyoumorethanmost.blogspot...h-i-might.html

We don't have long before we are going so I'm going to post our plans here and please let me know what sounds reasonable and what sounds crazy!

Friday we arrive at GKTW and are hoping we will get there early enough to go to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Friday night because what better way to start a trip than a nighttime visit to Magic Kingdom! We're waiting to hear back from our wish coordinators to see if we will get there in time.

Saturday we have been invited to American Airline's annual Wish Flight party so we plan to sleep in a little on Saturday morning (having been at MK until midnight!) and then go to Universal for a half-day. We'll come back early evening and enjoy the Wish Flight party and probably go to bed a little on the early side Saturday night (or at least before midnight).

The plan for Sunday is to arrive at Animal Kingdom at opening, go on the Safari, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur and Festival of the Lion King and then go to lunch at Tusker House (already have reservations). Then drive to Disney Hollywood Studios and spend the rest of the day there (ending with Fantasmic).

Monday we will go to Universal for a half day and spend the rest of the day enjoying GKTW and head to bed a little early.

Tuesday we plan to go to arrive at Epcot when they open! We could not get reservations at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall so I'll see if we can get those ahead of time. If I am not able to, the plan is to go first thing in the morning and see if we can get same-day reservations. If not we will shrug our shoulders and happily go on with our day but it would be very special if we can!

We will spend the day at Epcot but skip IllumiNations so we can get a decent night's rest. Before we leave though, we want to take the Monorail to the Contemporary to see if we can get reservations to Chef Mickey's for the next day (unless of course we were able to secure reservations ahead of time). Fingers crossed!

Wednesday will be Magic Kingdom! We want to get there when it opens and close the place down! Hopefully one of our meals can be at Chef Mickey's but if not, we'll enjoy a counter service somewhere in the Kingdom.

Thursday we will go home - hopefully a little later in the day so we can enjoy GKTW a little more.

We live in South Texas so do not plan on visiting Sea World as we get to visit San Antonio's Sea World.

So that's the plan for now.

Here are some other things we want to make sure we do:
  • Have ice cream for breakfast as often as possible!
  • Visit the Bippity Boppity Boutique
  • Hit Wal-Mart for lanyards for my son so he can do pin trading.

Feedback is welcome!
Everything sound great. Just need to see when you fly in so you can do the orientation at GKTW. They usually have one at 3pm and 7:45pm.
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Old 09-13-2010, 04:12 PM   #6
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I think your trip sounds great! Have you been to DW before? I haven't been for 12 years and my boys have never been. We live in Cali so we usually go to DL about every 6 months but we haven't been for a little over a year now since my DS got sick. Do you know of any other good Character dining at DW? We will be arriving at GKTW the day before you leave so maybe we'll run into each other! Have so much fun!
I took my kids last year but my husband did not get to join us. This is why when MAW came to visit us, my son was all, "LET'S GO LIVE AT DISNEY!" and Rachael (the wish child) wanted to go back. This trip will be so different though... very special. We are really excited!

I recommend Akershus Royal Ball in Norway at Epcot for their breakfast character meal. You could do Cinderella's castle too but it's more expensive, probably harder to get into (just assuming here, don't really know) and I didn't think the food was as good. Akershus is a buffet and it is REALLY good! It's Belle's castle so you get professional pictures with her as part of the price of the meal (a package is delivered to your table before the meal is over).

I hear Chef Mickey's is amazing which is why we are going to try to get in. Tusker House is in AK and we LOVED LOVED LOVED it last time but the character meal is only for breakfast and we went for lunch. We're going again for lunch this time because I cannot imagine the breakfast buffet beating the lunch buffet. Y.U.M.M.Y.

Maybe we'll run into each other on our last day because the day you arrive we will be tearing up the MK from sunup til sundown!
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:48 PM   #7
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My name is Danielle and my husband Tom and our two kids are going to Disney!!

My son Marc is 9 years old and my 6 year old Rachael was diagnosed with melanoma last year. You can read about how Rachael learned she would get to Make-A-Wish here:

http://iloveyoumorethanmost.blogspot...h-i-might.html

We don't have long before we are going so I'm going to post our plans here and please let me know what sounds reasonable and what sounds crazy!

Friday we arrive at GKTW and are hoping we will get there early enough to go to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Friday night because what better way to start a trip than a nighttime visit to Magic Kingdom! We're waiting to hear back from our wish coordinators to see if we will get there in time.

Saturday we have been invited to American Airline's annual Wish Flight party so we plan to sleep in a little on Saturday morning (having been at MK until midnight!) and then go to Universal for a half-day. We'll come back early evening and enjoy the Wish Flight party and probably go to bed a little on the early side Saturday night (or at least before midnight).

The plan for Sunday is to arrive at Animal Kingdom at opening, go on the Safari, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur and Festival of the Lion King and then go to lunch at Tusker House (already have reservations). Then drive to Disney Hollywood Studios and spend the rest of the day there (ending with Fantasmic).

Monday we will go to Universal for a half day and spend the rest of the day enjoying GKTW and head to bed a little early.

Tuesday we plan to go to arrive at Epcot when they open! We could not get reservations at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall so I'll see if we can get those ahead of time. If I am not able to, the plan is to go first thing in the morning and see if we can get same-day reservations. If not we will shrug our shoulders and happily go on with our day but it would be very special if we can!

We will spend the day at Epcot but skip IllumiNations so we can get a decent night's rest. Before we leave though, we want to take the Monorail to the Contemporary to see if we can get reservations to Chef Mickey's for the next day (unless of course we were able to secure reservations ahead of time). Fingers crossed!

Wednesday will be Magic Kingdom! We want to get there when it opens and close the place down! Hopefully one of our meals can be at Chef Mickey's but if not, we'll enjoy a counter service somewhere in the Kingdom.

Thursday we will go home - hopefully a little later in the day so we can enjoy GKTW a little more.

We live in South Texas so do not plan on visiting Sea World as we get to visit San Antonio's Sea World.

So that's the plan for now.

Here are some other things we want to make sure we do:
  • Have ice cream for breakfast as often as possible!
  • Visit the Bippity Boppity Boutique
  • Hit Wal-Mart for lanyards for my son so he can do pin trading.

Feedback is welcome!
Woo Hoo!!!!

This all sounds so great!

I will be in Disney some of this time!!

I am linking this on the wish trippers thread!
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:59 PM   #8
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I am back...

Just read your blog...



You wrote this:

Ultimately though, I know He has a plan for her and that's what I tell her. That she's special. And that no matter what He loves her. And that despite anything hard we go through, this truth remains... God is good.


And I just wanted to say this...

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me...again...

Are you guys officially part of Wish Flight? Or did they just kindly invite you to their party?
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me...again...

Are you guys officially part of Wish Flight? Or did they just kindly invite you to their party?
There's a difference?

I honestly don't know!

And thank you for the hugs!
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:47 PM   #11
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When we initially gave our dates it was for a few days after October 1st but our coordinator called us and asked if we would be willing to move the dates forward a few days so we could be be part of "this party that American Airline throws once a year". I know that we have to go to Houston and meet up with a whole bunch of others who are flying together.

Then on Saturday is the party.

Oh, and they asked us our T-shirt size. But I figured that was just standard.

I'm really wishing I had our itinerary in hand but we'll probably not see it until a few days beforehand.
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When we initially gave our dates it was for a few days after October 1st but our coordinator called us and asked if we would be willing to move the dates forward a few days so we could be be part of "this party that American Airline throws once a year". I know that we have to go to Houston and meet up with a whole bunch of others who are flying together.

Then on Saturday is the party.

Oh, and they asked us our T-shirt size. But I figured that was just standard.

I'm really wishing I had our itinerary in hand but we'll probably not see it until a few days beforehand.
Sounds like you will be on the Wish flight.
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When we initially gave our dates it was for a few days after October 1st but our coordinator called us and asked if we would be willing to move the dates forward a few days so we could be be part of "this party that American Airline throws once a year". I know that we have to go to Houston and meet up with a whole bunch of others who are flying together.

Then on Saturday is the party.

Oh, and they asked us our T-shirt size. But I figured that was just standard.

I'm really wishing I had our itinerary in hand but we'll probably not see it until a few days beforehand.
You are totally on Wish Flight!!!!!!!

Woo Hoo!!!!!!!




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Sounds like you will be on the Wish flight.
I totally agree!
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:12 AM   #14
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Hiya ! we are a wishflight family too normally I am faster at posting but my kids and I have not felt very well in past week, But so,cool to see another family here going same dates :D
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:48 AM   #15
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IT'S OFFICIAL!! Just got this in my inbox!

Just an update on the packages AA will be sending directly to your wish families. They should be shipped out later this week and will contain the following items. Please make sure to alert your families that these packages are coming and to ensure that they receive them before their departure.



· T-shirts

· Personalized luggage tags

· Personalized VIP name buttons

· AA amenity kits with art supplies

· Sealed envelope containing:

· Welcome Letter from the Something mAAgic Executive Director

· WishFlight letter from myself – with tips about airport security, what to expect at each city, etc.

· Travel Checklist

· Facebook instructions for family and friends to sign up and follow their progress on WishFlight day

· $50 Disney gift card

Here's a question... We REALLY want to go to MNSSHP on Friday but it starts at 7. I know we can get there later but with children, the earlier the better. Do you think we'd be able to get an orientation done around 5-ish at GKTW? Should I call them ahead of time to request that due to our flight arrival time and our evening plans?

The next day we want to sleep in a bit and go to Universal... probably arriving around 11. Would another option be to go to orientation and get our park tickets in the morning?

Thanks!
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