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Old 05-30-2011, 03:34 PM   #1
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Suzy and Perla's guide to skipping lines and pursuing magic:

My name is Perla and I love all things Disney. Well... maybe not ALL things. I mean the Country Bears movie and pretty much any Disney sequel are very stupid. And I refuse to decorate my house in Disney, though my vehicle has 5 Mickey heads on it and a bumper sticker that says "My other car is a monorail." So maybe I should just say, "I love Disney a whole lot." Not nearly as dramatic, but certainly more accurate.

This trip report is actually a continuation of my Year of Disney trip report trilogy. It started out all one, but ended up being ridiculously full of Disney stuff so we broke it up.

Trip One was in September and was broken up into 4 days with my sister, mother, 3 year old daughter, and 2 year old nephew at Port Orleans Riverside. This was free dining and awesome. Then the rest of my family came, my dh, 9 year old & 8 year old daughters, we switched rooms at POR and had 4 more amazing days. This was on kids go free promotion. I bought AP's for the 5 of us on this trip, leaving us with a free 5 day kid ticket and a free 5 day adult ticket. And 5 annual passes. Sweet!

Trip One and a half was in November when my sister, Suzy, also quite famous in these parts, went with her family of six in November to the Poly for a DREAM vacation (free dining promotion) and ended by buying AP's too.

We then used those AP's in March for parts of 9 amazing days, 4 nights camping at Fort Wilderness, 3 nights at the Dolphin. It was super great. Trip Two was an amazing adventure.

And now in just two weeks: TRIP THREE!!! Yup, we have annual passes and we know how to use them!

So before I drop you into all the details of our amazing 2 weeks summer Disney/beach trip extravaganza, the CAST!!!

We are basically 2 families, with a few bonus people.

Here is the Perla clan:

I've decided to use the Wiki definitions of our personalities since I chose our names specifically for the purpose of our matching personalities. Edited, for brevity and for the traits they have most in common, of course.

Donald: Donald's dominant personality trait is his short temper and, in contrast, his positive look on life. Many Donald shorts start with Donald in a happy mood, without a care in the world, until something comes and spoils his day. Donald has proven that he is a Jack of all Trades. Among his personality traits is his stubbornness and commitment.

Perla: ME! One of two, so this will be repeated under Suzy. Two female mice that help Cinderella get ready in the mornings and lead the rest of the female mice to make Cinderella's dress. Though they're both portrayed as kind and helpful, Suzy is seen as being more reserved and calm; Perla is seen as having more sass and is a bit forceful.

Mulan: Mulan is kind, bold, self-reliant, strong-hearted and shows little interest in romance. She is clumsy, outspoken, tomboyish and independent. Early in the first film she is very insecure and self-loathing, thinking that she will only continue to dishonor her family. As the story continues she starts to gain confidence in herself and after saving China, she finally sees herself as the person she always wanted to be, having brought honor to her family and country.

Ariel: She is very kind and lovely, although often naive, and overwhelmed by her emotions, which tends to get her in trouble.

Boo: Boo is a young, naive, curious girl. (Sorry, not a lot on Wiki about her. This definition cracked me up a bit since have you ever met a 3-4 year who isn't naive?)

So that is the Perla clan.

Now introducing the Suzy clan:

Milo: A linguist and cartographer who has studied the Atlantean culture and learned to translate the Atlantean language. He is logical-minded, brave, timid, and always tries to do the right thing. (I just have to add that our Milo is NOT a linguist nor a cartographer but he is a studious, master of the English language. Also, he isn't timid. I don't even understand how you can BE brave and timid at the same time so ignore the word timid.)

Suzy: Two female mice that help Cinderella get ready in the mornings and lead the rest of the female mice to make Cinderella's dress. Though they're both portrayed as kind and helpful, Suzy is seen as being more reserved and calm; Perla is seen as having more sass and is a bit forceful.

Prince Charming (just called Charming): I've given up trying to find a Wiki definition as Prince Charming is too generic. But you all KNOW what this name means. And all that you imagine, that is what our very own Charming is. Kind, helpful, handsome, confident, not afraid to be a hero.

Buzz: Famed Space Ranger known for heroism and bravery. Buzz is a stickler for procedure, but will tell a cover story if he needs to. However, he has little people skills, and at times displays a lack of common sense.

McQueen: McQueen is young, selfish, and arrogant, over-confident that he can win the Piston Cup on his own, without help from any pit crew. However, he is also something of a perfectionist, and will not cease to get something done right even if it wasn't in his best interest to indulge in it in the first place.

Jack-Jack: Initially believed to be the only family member without any powers, he manifests a multitude of superhuman abilities at the end of the film, most of which involve some form of shapeshifting. (Also, he's the youngest of the Parr's. And in our Jack the shapeshifting isn't literal, it is the figurative capability of becoming a character, like he IS Indiana Jones or Captain Jack Sparrow and 100% becomes that person down to getting VERY angry when we call him his "normal" given name.)

Finally, we are adding three people to this TR. Two, have been in my TR before. Generally referred to as Mom and Dad. Yes, I know I got VERY creative in those two names. They are Suzy and my parents. And they aren't going to Disney, just on the beach part.

And we are adding a new friend. This introduction page actually got completely stopped due to my trying to figure out what to name her. I'll just be blunt, she is black making Tiana seem the obvious choice. And my family seems pretty determined. But I didn't choose the other names based on external things. Like Suzy and I, for example are not actually mice. And McQueen is not a car. So it bothered me that my friend is an opera singer and laid back and Tiana is VERY into food and quite intense. To be honest, my friend has more in common with Prince Naveen than Tiana. But that just seems confusing.

When all was said and done I think I've settled on naming her Esmerelda. In real life we shorten her name often and just like I often call Jack-Jack simple Jack, I think I will call her Emmy. Here is her wiki definition:

Esmerelda: She is a fearless and streetwise gypsy with a heart of gold (and is very capable of defending herself). She's also able to look beyond physical appearances. Esmeralda is a wonderful heroine whose greatest wish is to see outcasts like Quasimodo and her fellow gypsies be accepted into society and be treated as people.

And here is a photo of her holding a wet and muddy Boo last summer on a trip we took to NYC and upstate NY:

It's not the best photo in the world of her, but it was the first one I found.

In addition to knowing the cast, you also need to know the basic plan. We intend on staying in a house in Windsor Hills called Disneyliscious. It is paid for! Woot woot! for six nights.

And a beach house for the following 7 nights on Daytona Beach.

Coming up next: How a plan was born. How a friend got invited. How excited are we?
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