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Old 06-10-2011, 10:25 PM   #1
taaren
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Help! DL Vets attempt WDW trip December 2012! PTR & TR.

In case you came here for the Trip Report, I'm going to post links to each day here

Day 0 -November 29-30, Travel days from Maui to Orlando (inc 1 night at OKW)
Day 1 -December 1, AK, Garden Grill, and Bay Lake Tower room pics
Day 2 -December 2, Magic Kingdom, Pirate's League, and DHS Evening EMH
Day 3 -December 3, Epcot, Chefs de France, and MK Evening EMH
Day 4 -December 4, DHS, Jedi Training Academy and Sci-Fi Dine In
Day 5 -December 5th, Tusker House, Gatorland, GF Garden Room Tea, and an IllumiNations cruise. Part 1, Part 2.
Days 6-8- The Dream Cruise
Day 9 - December 9, Epcot, Kouzzina, DHS Evening EMH, BWV
Day 10 -December 10, a Pixie Dust (Spell?) Surpise
Day 11 -December 11, Spirit of the Swamp airboat ride, Celebration town, and too many meals! (Inc California Grill)
Day 12 -December 12, AK again, DisneyQuest, WPE and the EWP
Day 13 -December 13, Epcot again and shopping
Day 14 -December 15, DHS/Epcot (Le Cellier)/DHS

Or if you just want to start at the beginning and work your way through, it starts on Page 6 of this thread.


Pre-Trip Report:
Okay, WDW DISsers, I need your help! We are a group of Disney fans, DVC owners, but from the West Coast so while we know the lay of the Land, we have not been to WDW since the 90's when we were kids ourselves, and could use a lot of input from experienced folk like yourselves.
And, to add some pressure, we probably won't make it back to Florida until at least 2015 for a lot of reasons, possibly longer ... the airfare and time involved in going to the World instead of the Land makes it just too much to do very often.

Schedule:
Nov 30 at ?? (currently Marriott Res Inn MCO, hoping to switch to on-site)
Dec 1-6 at BLT
Dec 6-9 on the Disney Dream!
Dec 9-15 at BWV

The Cast

Me - Hi, I'm taaren, and will be turning 32 in the middle of this trip, on Castaway Cay! The planner extraordinare, lives in Maui currently but when I finish my Master's in 6 months will be looking for jobs in the SF Bay where I spent my 20's, bought our home, and met the rest of the cast. Water rides are my fav, closely followed by the thrill rides.

DBF (best friend) - Michael will be hitting an age that ends in -0 on the third day of this trip! We're used to celebrating our b-days together for the last several years, then I went to the DVC presentation in 2009 and was trying to figure out how many points we needed, Michael was playing with the calendar and said "Look - just plan around going every year for our birthdday week" and the idea was born ... still haven't made it to the Land in Dec, but couldn't imagine doing the World in the summer when its so hot so winter birthday trip it is! DBF lives in the Bay, loves thrill rides mainly but is a very patient and wonderful uncle to the munchkins. He was also a coworker many moons ago who introduced me to my ...

DH - Alex is slightly younger than me, loves all the rides, and is generally lovable and more easy-going than I am, but also more okay with going off and doing his own thing in the parks wheras I always need company, so its good that we travel in large groups. He is not as Disney crazed as I am, but since he invited me on the first trip to the Land several years ago and talked it up so much, I still blame him.

DBFB - Brian is Michael's younger brother, who is birthday is one day after Michael's, four days before mine, and age is halfway in the middle. Lives in the Central California Coastal area; generally awesome, laid back and fun, probably not as into Disney as his wife, but enjoys food and drink and the man can cook and mix a drink like nobody's business!

DBFB'sW - Katie, Brian's wife, is sweet, and probably the only one who loves the Disney vacation as much as I do, and loves seeing the parks through the kids' eyes where I'm more likely to hand mine off to his grandparents and go on Space Mtn over and over. Also loves the food/dining of Disney like I do, so if the boys don't want to go to a restaurant she's my date! Her b-day is a week after this trip ... if we could have stayed the whole month we would have!

DS - Sam is our son who will be turning 6 a few weeks before this trip. Hoping he'll be able to ride everything height-wise, loves all the rides except the ones that go through the dark at the moment (will do Space/Splash once, then says "That was fun but scary mom!"). May be willing to ride even more in another year!

DBFB'sD - Liana is Katie & Brian's eldest, one year older than Sam, and takes her job as the oldest child very seriously; the kids play very well together but there's no doubt who the director of activities is with these kids! Loves princesses, but can play ninja/pirates with the boys too!

DBFB'sS - Conor is K & B's younger, one year younger than Sam, and loves the rough and tumble play with him, but follows Liana's lead along with Sam when they're together.

This will be the crew for the first week, then the DBFB's family will be heading to Universal/Harry Potterland while we continue the Disney fun by going on a 3 day cruise on the Dream, then back to BWV for 6 nights in a 1 bedroom standard view.
Too long yet? More to come ... sorry will try to be less loquacious ...
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