|01-15-2011, 03:58 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Cass and Michelle....DREAMS really do come true Pre-Trippie 1/30/11 4-Night Cruise
Well, I really didn't think I would get to do another Trip Report until 2012 but I have been blessed with an amazing last-minute opportunity to cruise on the Disney Dream's second official sailing so here I am to tell you all about it
How it all started
Tuesday night (the 11th) I was lying in bed watching some TV and surfing the DIS on my iPad. It was getting late so I decided to pack it in. Rob (my hubby) was about to brush his teeth and I asked him if he could go plug in the iPad for me. Just as I was about to hand it over, the alert for new email went off so I decided to check to see if it was important or not. I usually get a lot of spam on the ipad at night so I just figured it was junk but I checked anyway. Turned out to be an email from my friend Michelle.
Michelle is a DISer whom I met online through my Trip Report in 2005 and eventually became pretty good friends with. Despite never having met in person, we keep in touch via email and PM's.
Michelle is a Travel Agent with her own business and she had persuaded me to take steps towards becoming a TA as well. I completed the College of Disney Knowledge online and now I am official too
So, I told Rob that I just wanted to read Michelle's email before charging the iPad for the night so he went to brush his teeth.
Long story short...Michelle told me about an opportunity for TA's to attend an AEP (agent education program) on board the Disney Dream at the end of the month. She asked me if I wanted to join her. Of course, I dismissed it immediately.
I definitely couldn't afford the airfare (it's way steeper coming in from Canada than from the USA) and I had Kira (my four-year old princess) to watch.
Although I knew there was no way I could possibly go, I wrote her back asking her for some more info and then went to bed.
And of course, I had Disney "dreams" all night long
The next morning I woke up and checked my mail. Michelle had sent me more details and it sounded too good to be true! Obviously TA's get some special benefits but this was just too good not to follow up on. It was time-sensitive since we would need to register right away so I asked her to give me the day to see what I can do, if anything.
I talked to Rob about it first. He knows that it's been a tough couple of months for me (actually, the whole year has been rough!) and that it would do my soul some good to get away for a bit, especially since it's DISNEY!!! After I went through what I did this past May, I realized that life is short and very precious and when an opportunity like this comes your way, you don't pass it up! I am thankful to have such a wonderful husband who understands and supports me 100%
I first called my brother. I know he has Aeroplan miles that he doesn't really use so I was hoping maybe he would kindly share them with me And being the great brother he is, he offered to get me a free flight. But this is Aeroplan and it's only 2 weeks away so I honestly didn't really think there would be any flights available anyway but it was worth a shot. I went online and to my absolute surprise and utter delight, there were several flights available!! Not great flights, but I didn't care...if it got me to Orlando...then it worked!
Next up was baby sitting. Kira is in preschool right now but only goes for a 6 hours per week so I would need a lot of help! Rob works two jobs and can't really take time off so I called my MIL and SIL and although they are both very busy ladies, their schedules were clear to watch Kira for a few days each.
OK, now I was getting a little excited. The really big hurdles were taken care of and it actually seemed like this trip was a possibility!
I wrote Michelle back and told her it was a go. She registered for the program and then I did too. All that was left was to hear back from Disney to see if we were both accepted.
We waited....and waited....and waited
Free flights were disappearing and flight prices were going up....tick tock...tick tock.
Finally, around noon yesterday, Michelle found out that we were both accepted into the program!!!
I was so happy that I actually started crying!!! I've become such a blubbering emotional fool ever since I gave birth to Kira and I cry at the drop of a dime! But I felt better when Michelle told me that she was so happy that she cried too
By that time, all flights for the Friday were gone (aeroplan miles flights) so we had to book a day early (oh darn! ) since we can get a great deal on a WDW hotel.
So, we are all booked now and we leave in less than two weeks!! I am still in shock...happy shock but still...this is totally foreign to me. I have never booked a trip less than a year out (especially a Disney trip!) so it's a little nerve wracking but I am super duper excited!
Thursday January 27th
I leave really early in the morning...fly to Chicago O'Hare and then fly to Philadelphia before landing in Orlando around 9pm. Michelle gets in a couple of hours later and we will meet up at the hotel. (one of the All-Stars) I am really hoping I make it in time to have some chicken strips at the Food Court
Friday January 28th
We are going to spend the day at the Magic Kingdom!!! We have lunch ressies at Liberty Tree Tavern, a restaurant that neither of us have been to before so I am very excited!
Saturday January 29th
We are going to spend the first part of the day at Downtown Disney. We are both looking forward to eating lunch at Earl of Sandwich and exploring the shops
We have to be back at the hotel by 5pm-ish to meet up with the AEP. We are going to be bussed to Epcot for the AEP Meet & Greet which includes dinner (not sure where yet) and an Illuminations Dessert Party!!!
Sunday January 30th
Early AEP breakfast and then we get bussed to the Port. After checking in, we get to board early and do a ship inspection before the general public I am super excited about this!!!
Monday January 31st
AEP Disney Seminar
Tuesday February 1st
Wednesday February 2nd
AEP Disney Seminar
Thursday February 3rd
Disembarkation and Flying home
I don't think I will get a chance to post while I am on the ship but I will be taking tons of photos and will be posting a detailed Trip Report when I get home!
I am hoping that Michelle will jump on board both the Pre-Trippie and the Trip Report and share her thoughts and views with you too!
OK, I will post more stuff later but this is getting loooooong so I will end it here
Last edited by Timon; 01-15-2011 at 04:50 PM.
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