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Old 06-05-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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June-11 Trip: Are you Eating, Flying and Sailing Nuts? FINAL UPDATE 9/14

OK, we are back and I decided to try to document a great trip. DD and I spent seven wonderful days at Walt Disney World. The title of the report comes from the three surprises that were planned for this trip. They are hints in case you care to guess what was planned. Feel free to guess but if you are right or wrong you will not hear a peep from me until they occur during the trip.

To any lurkers out there. Most trip reports, including mine are participatory not spectator sports. Please feel comfortable enough to jump on in. We don’t bite. Well, DD does as at times but if you are quick you can dodge her.

The following is a table of contents for updates as they come along. After that is my previously posted Pre-Trip Report and the responses that came with it. Yes, I am too lazy to redo it all.

Hope you enjoy…

The Pre-Trip – Just scroll down a bit and there it is.

Day -1 – Can I wait until Sunday?

Day 1 Part 1 – AKV Check-in and Tea.

Day 1 Part 2 - Our room is ready

Day 2 - Part 1 - AK and out first Day at the Parks

Day 2 - Part 2 - Visiting DHS

Day 3 - Part 1 - Downtown Disney

Day 3 - Part 2 - Dinner

Day 4 - Part 1 - Surprise Number Two?

Day 4 - Part 2 - Are you Flying Nuts?

Day 4 - Part 3 - The Rest of the Story

Day 5 - Second Park Day Part 1 - Breakfast with Cindy

Day 5 - Second Park Day Part 2 - Exploring the MK

Day 5 - Second Park Day Part 2 - Epcot

Day 5 - Second Park Day Part 3 Dinner at the Rose and Crown

Day 6 - Chilling at the Boardwalk

Day 7 - The Last Day Part 1 - We are sailing nuts

Day 7 - The Last Day Part 2 - California Grill

Leaving Day

This is my Pre-Trip, Report. Notice I said Pre-Trip, Report not Pre-Trip Report. A Pre-Trip Report implies that a full trip report will be coming, a Pre-Trip, Report does not. My last TR was on a short visit to BLT in March. It kind of wore me down so I am not positive this one will be documented very deeply. There is much rejoicing in cyberspace over that announcement.

This will probably be our last summer Walt Disney World Vacation until DD heads off to college. This fall she will begin her Senior year in High School. Time flies. Next summer I am hoping to do a Disneyland/Aulani mega trip. We shall see as next year progresses and what the attendance requirements are for her future College. Some mandate attending a summer session. Being the last one, it is more likely this is a Pre-Trip Report vs a Pre-Trip, Report. I will at least post highlights and some pictures.

My last few trips were more seat of the pants than this one. For a number of reasons, I wanted to pull some tricks out of my bag. There are three surprises that she does not know about and neither will you. They will be revealed as the trip goes by. (Insert Evil Laugh from the HM here) I also planned a few things out rather than see what each new day brings us. Meals are planned, surprises are reserved and the excitement is growing.

First the Cast: If you read my previous TR’s you already know us and it is harder to include new and interesting biographies. You may want to skip this. Staring on this trip will be ---

Me: Older than dirt and I will not publish for all to see my actual age. Semi-retired due to health issues that I do not need to go into here. Every day I feel better and better. Still a little fatigued at times so I may be tooling around in a wheelchair on our park days. We shall see how it goes during the first park day. Disney veteran, DVC Member and all around great guy. As you can see, modesty is my strong suit.

This is me (second from the right) with some friends on a Dry Tortugas dive trip last year. Despite only one person in the pic smiling, we really had a great time.

DD: Seventeen and as I mentioned about to become a Senior. She goes to a really good and really tough High School. She is in the International Baccalaureate program, a worldwide program that is administered in Europe. It is a rigorous program that augments traditional curriculums. It includes proficiency in a foreign language and her language of choice is French. Started learning the language in the first grade. Just finished two AP finals and one IB final (5 IBs next year). That is in addition to regular finals. Add on the SAT she just took. She needs a break.

Interesting fact (at least I think so): The tests are graded at other IB locations around the world and the one she took this year was sent to Poland and the United Kingdom. Finals are based on what they have learned since the 9th grade and you need a total of 24 accumulated points on the 6 tests (1-7 points per test). If she doesn’t get to 24 points or gets a 1-2 on even one of the tests, no IB certificate.

DD at Club Cool

Beverly, you have to love it. Bet she would drink a gallon of the vile stuff if it guaranteed getting her certificate.

The two of us when we bought the Photopass thing 2 years ago.

Notice no one else is included. Past trips included DD’s mom, DD’s mom and aunt, a friend (named #1 from the Sweet Sixteen trip) and the mega trip with 6 of her girlfriends. I have also recently gone solo a few times including the last trip. The number of attendees on this trip is on purpose. Just some DD and dad time. Hopefully we won’t kill each other.

She tried to sneak in bringing 1 on this trip. I told her that reservations were already made and this trip is not cheap. If 1 could pay for three days of park hopper passes, then I can see what I could do changing the reservations. I also told her that it was unlikely to happen and I am not going to gut the trip’s plans just to accommodate her and her friend. No news on the tickets so it is just going to be the two of us.

We will be staying at AKV Kidani in a Savanna View Studio for three days and a Preferred View Studio at BWV for the remaining four. It was relatively late when I made the original reservation for this trip and the only thing available for a week was Kidani. Waitlisted for BWV and BCV. Calling, I was able to change the last two days to a BW preferred view. Then three weeks ago, I called again and two more days at Boardwalk on the waitlist came through replacing two days at AKV. Yee Haw.

Signaling for a right turn?

Maybe one of the surprises is a mud bath at the spa?

I love the Red River Hogs. And don’t say there is a personality resemblance.

Ahhh. Boardwalk.

As I mentioned, this trip is reasonably well planned. We will only be going to the parks for 3 days. The rest of the time will be spent relaxing, swimming, eating and doing other things. Oh and we will be doing this really cool thing at… wait I am not supposed to mention that yet. I have six days left on my no expire park hopper passes and bought her a seven day pass at AAA. That will take care of this trip and at least one other.

ADRs were made a while ago and the surprises are set. Since we got the room change at the Boardwalk all the pieces have fallen into place. We have a few expensive meals planned, so I will spring for the Tables in Wonderland card (hate that name). For those of you that don’t know, this will give us 20% off our meals and this includes adult beverages. My current meds prevent me from imbibing so that perk will go to waste. DD is also a vegetarian so that complicates things a bit but not much at Disney. They are very accommodating.

Here is the schedule. It is pretty firm in order to make our ADRs and the surprises:

Day 1: Drive up in the am, check into AKL and have Tea at the Grand Floridian. DD loves tea and this was one of her choices. The only change will be if we drive up the night before and get a cheap room at an off-site motel. It will probably happen.

Day 2: Park Day 1 - Animal Kingdom in the morning, DHS at night. I may change this a bit and hit DHS at rope drop for Star Tours 2.0 (or whatever they call it) and Toy Story. Dinner will be at 50’s Prime Time so we may hit those two rides, head over to the Animal Kingdom, rest, then back to DHS for dinner and more rides.

No fireworks this time at DHS. This is from the 4th of July a few years ago. Very cool!

Day 3: Relax and enjoy the resort. Eat as we go. Surprise number 1 and no it is not swimming in the Kidani pool.

Day 4: Move to Boardwalk. This is an off-site day or possibly pool hop. Surprise number 2. We will either eat off site or possibly Beaches and Cream.

Day 5: Park Day 2 - Magic Kingdom in the morning and EPCOT at night. We will have breakfast at Cinderella Royal Table and dinner at the Rose and Crown. Cindy’s was another of her choices and R&C will be the first time for us. Hopefully we can get a good seat for Illuminations.

Two Princesses in a pod. I mean castle.

Day 6: Park Day 3 - EPCOT in the morning, Magic Kingdom at night. A late lunch at Chefs de France. It has been years since I went there and she has yet to experience it.

Everyone sing, “I got the whole world in my hands…” Or should it be, “I got the Golf Ball in my hands, I got the big silver Golf Ball in my hands…”

Day 7: Rest day at BW or tooling around the other EPCOT Resorts. Surprise number 3. Then dinner at California Grill which was both of our choices but mostly mine. Wishes from the walkway.

Day 8: Check-out, maybe. You never know with me. This will also start a couple of days of college shopping that was postponed from March.

So, there you have it. At least on paper, it looks like a fun trip. I am sure it will be. The computer will be with us but it is unlikely that I will be posting much if any while I am there. No way am I doing a live TR.

Till next time…

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