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Old 08-21-2011, 02:50 PM   #1
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McSparklesons Bring Their OWN Fireworks... the WHOLE Family!

Seriously? Have we lost our ever lovin minds????

Uh, if you know the McSparklesons, you know that this is indeed the case!

You also know how much we LOVE WDW and DCL. And I'll fill you in on a little secret. Even though she never lived as close as we did to WDW, my sister, Kami, loves that mouse too and tries to get there as much as possible!!!!

So as my parents got tired of hearing Disney This and Disney That from me and my sister, they broke down one time and said, "we really need to try to get there."

See, my parents have not seen WDW since, well, EVER! What they saw was Magic Kingdom in 1981, and one or two things have changed since then.

So Kami and I talked about it, and decided that our parents' 50th Anniversary would be a great time to take them to the Happiest Place on Earth!

While my parents were visiting me in Jacksonville, FL, over Christmas in 2009, Kami told me to go ahead and tell them what we were planning. Even though their anniversary fell in June, none of us wanted to deal with Florida heat in June. And Kami and I had both been to WDW in December before and felt it would perfect in all aspects for our parents - weather AND decor. Mom LOVES decorating for Christmas and I know she will LOVE WDW all lit up!

Our family....

The Original McSparklesons...... Kara and Ally (10)



But we like to bring Daddy (Jeff) too.....



Grandma and Ally



Grandpa and Ally.... this was taken at IOA Universal and btw, Grandpa burped along with Homer. Nice.



We told them of our plans to take them to WDW for their 50th Anniversary, and we had almost TWO FULL YEARS to wait! And then a few months later, we got transferred from Jacksonville, back to Greenville, SC. So we were losing our proximity to the World. We were all very glad to have this trip to look forward to!

There wasn't much to do at first, except count down the days, and believe me, there were a lot of days to count!!!! So we started tossing around some ideas. I came up with the idea of renting DVC points to bring down the cost of staying in a Deluxe Resort, because I really wanted Gma and Gpa to have the option of going back to the resort during the day to take a break if they want to. And a deluxe resort offers so much more to do, even if it's just grabbing a drink and people watching.

So Kami and I started thinking of resorts that we thought would appeal to our parents. Jeff and I were convinced that they would LOVE AKL. Kami didn't care for it when she stayed there, but it might be my favorite. And I thought Gma and Gpa would be amazed at the idea of an African Savannah right off their balcony!

After we got moved to SC last summer, I got to work. See, I'm a planner. I'm an obsessor. I'm an obsessive planner.

I made a notebook. I instructed Gma and Gpa to thoroughly go through notebook and let us know where they would like to stay. This book had photos and descriptions of every WDW resort, as well as photos and descriptions of every WDW table service restaurant! I included info on dining plan, renting points, etc.

Gpa kept saying, "whatever you decide will be fine."

But I didn't want to decide! Well, I did..... but this was THEIR anniversary gift so I wanted THEM to decide!

They finally came back with......

Boardwalk? I never in a million years would have guessed this, although I'm THRILLED because the Epcot resorts are my favorite location!!!! Jeff and I honeymooned at BWI in 1998 so we love this resort!

I researched and found BWV points to rent that would only cost us $110/night Sunday - Thursday! Yes, you read that right. We will be staying at a deluxe resort for LESS than the cost of a moderate. I am beyond excited!!!! Each family will have their own room. No WAY was I sharing a room with these nuts that I call family!!!! Hey, I grew up in that house, doesn't mean I have to live with them on vacation!

And anyone that has ever traveled with extended family know..... there are bound to be some fireworks! I made this trip in 2008 with my in-laws. Whoo weee! The stories I have from that one!

Sooooo....... Kami and her family will be leaving Friday, December 9 after school. I'm hoping they drive to my house in SC (we are right on the way!), and we can all caravan the next day to Orlando. Mom and Dad are coming in to my house probably on Thursday or Friday and we will leave early on Saturday, Dec 10 for the 8 1/2 hr drive. So we will be getting in mid-afternoon to check in.

Up next, Kami will hopefully post pics of her brood, DH (Todd) and children Emma (13) and Spencer (11).

And we'll give you the low down, down low, of our ADRs and lots more plans!

Furthermore, you will soon see why Mom and Dad always loved me more!




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Old 08-21-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:52 PM   #4
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I'm in! I'm bringing my brother, SIL, niece, nephew, and my SIL's mother in October. Hopefully I don't regret it!

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Old 08-21-2011, 04:25 PM   #7
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Hopefully these won't explode on the ground like the ones at our friends house on 4th of July that resulted in 21 stitches to Jeff's lip....

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The DH and I will be there there then as well, I'll give a shout out should our paths cross...loving the TRs btw, they are well written and very entertaining!
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I have to say that this whole going with a group of relatives thing scares the bejeebers out of me. You're a brave gal and I can't wait to read all about it.
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You know I'm subbing for this one since I fully expect you WILL need that rita at the ditch while our stays overlap!
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Thanks Stink - can I call ya STink? After all, we go waaaaay back....

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I will need your number before we go. I might just make myself an honorary member of the MEK party to escape my own.....

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Upgrades, Underwear, and Upside Down Fun - a TR full of "new" adventures! , March, 2009
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I will need your number before we go. I might just make myself an honorary member of the MEK party to escape my own.....


We are eating at La Hacienda on Thursday December 15th, so I'm definitely hitting the ditch before dinner (and maybe after dinner). Will definitely pm you closer to the date to see if we can meet up. Anxious to see how your park plans work out! I have been working on mine all weekend. Checking menus and such - need to do some tweaking of my ADRs, but can't any on line ressies at work due to an old internet explorer.
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