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Old 01-10-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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Talking A No Snooze Bar Christmas, Harry & Mickey are Waiting..it is done

A No Snooze Bar Christmas, Harry & Mickey are Waiting

Welcome my my ramblings...errr, TR. As I sit down to title this TR, many titles pop in my head:

*Commando Mom in Charge of Christmas
*Can You Plan Too Much in a PTR?
*Early Bird Gets the Fast Pass
*Is it Possible to Have too Long of a Vacation?
*The Things we do to make sure our Children Have a Magicial Vacation
*I refuse to have a Meltdown when my Family Derails Ridemax Plans
*The Best Laid Plans...somebody tell my family about the value of touring plans
*Sleep, Who Needs Sleep?

I finally settled on the title A No Snooze Bar Christmas, because of comments based on this picture and post I made on Facebook Disney planning group I belong to along the replies I received back.

My Post:

Yes, another early morning…today was my first rebellion…but I still made it in time for our before MK opening at CP! But I had to promise to cancel the other ADR breakfasts the rest of the trip if they agreed to 9 am rope drop instead of 7:30 am breakfast ADRs!

*Love the look on your young ones face!
*I want some French toast from CP for breakfast!
*LOL they all look ready to eat you!
*LOL, oh I got plenty of those looks until we slept in late and I took them straight to DHS where the waits were too long and I refused to wait. They learned quick enough to do what I say.
*Gee, some people need some happy juice-don’t they know that they are at the happiest place on earth?
*Hah, they look like they need a Disney nap!
*Aha, the 8 am dragass
*Oh man I am not looking forward to those days
*Ha-ha! In their defense Tammie has had them up at the a**crack dawn every day.

We did get up VERY EARLY ALMOST every morning, and by about 11 am everyday my family understood why…one morning it only took till 8:37 am to understand the importance of rope drop. I was pretty amazed that even my teenage dd, who is in the “I love to Sleep” phase got up and around without me nagging her.

As you can also tell by the title, this was not strictly a WDW trip. My two oldest are huge Harry Potter fans, and there is no way that we could miss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Mickey is nice, but in my house Harry tends to rule! I am so thankful that I did not have to use the “Rennervate” spell on my Muggle children (non-Potter fans, that means to wake up or energize)!

Most days it was not a struggle for us to Rennervate, but as the vacation wore on, even I was questioning my commando plans for rope drop and well, by the last day…stay tuned!

Here are some trip basics:

*Surprise Christmas Trip/Present for our Children
*This is a once in a lifetime family vacation to Orlando…so we pulled out the stops knowing what we would not get back as a family.
*We did it the Dave Ramsey way…cash
*I am the only one that has been to WDW/USO…dh and kids received their

*December 25th-January 7th
*Split Stay:
5 Days/5 Nights at Universal Studios-Royal Pacific Resort, including a day at Discovery Cove
8 Days/8 Nights at WDW-Boardwalk Villas & POP Century

Here is the link to my PTR:

2 Castles to Send Out 2011 and Ring in 2012...Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

I did a pretty good job up until December linking information posts on to my index…for those that want to learn more about my Commando ways!

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Old 01-10-2012, 07:00 PM   #2
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Trip Report Chapters

Reveal Phase 1
Surprise Reveal Derailed 2 Days Ahead of Schedule, Seriously?!
Christmas Eve Morning/Breakfast & A Movie: Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
Christmas Eve Night

Sunday, December 25th: Travel Day/RPR
Reveal Phase 2: Part 1
Reveal Phase 2: Part 2
Will This Flight Leave?...Let it NOT snow, Let it NOT snow
Boo & Goo's First Flight
DIA Preparing Us for a Week of Christmas Crowds in Orlando
After a Year of Planning I Can Finally SCREAM..."We're Going to Disney World!!!"
Bye Bye Plane, Hello MCO
From Snow to Palm Trees in 8 Hours...Paradise!
Who Cares About Santa When You Have...
Swim In, You Know Like A Drive In but with a Pool

Monday, December 26: WWofHP/IOA
How EARLY Is Early Entry?
It's Like Stepping Inside My Imagination...Everything I Dreamed of and More
Are You a Muggle?
The Wand Chooses...
Dervish and Banges & Diagon Alley Together?...A Fan Rebellls
Parseling Our Way Into Hogwarts
From Book To Movie, To AMAZING
Really, Motion Sickness?
Don't Forget to Bow
A Visit with Moaning Myrtle
A Beautiful Day in the Neigborhood
"Remember, these visits to Hogsmeade village are a privilege..."
A Round of Butter Beer
Not Platform 9 3/4...But Still Pretty Cool
Jokes & Sweets, A Boy's 2 Favorite Things: Part 1
Jokes & Sweets, A Boy's 2 Favorite Things: Part 2
Breakfast Amongst the House Elves
Begging, Bribing, and Crowds...OH MY!
Explosion of Christmas and Seuss
One Fish, Two Fish, Wet Sis, Mad Sis
I Need a Hero
Everybody Loves a Hero, Right?
Step Right Up
How Wet Can You Get?
Goo's Alter Ego Emerges
IOA Touring Plan (Almost) Completed
Which Way Do I Steer?
Not a Cheeseburger in Paradise, Not Even Close
Islands of Adventure, An Adventure in the Dark

Tuesday, December 27th: IOA/USO
Sunrise Over Hogsmeade
2nd Time is the Charm
Decisions of a Teenage Tightwad
A Case of Child Abuse
Mother Knows Best
Port of Exit
Magic...Mirror...on...the wa...
I'll Be Back
ET Text Home
From Space Aliens to Sea Creatures
Major Attitude Adjustment Needed

Wednesday, December 28th: Discovery Cove
Wet Suits Required
How to Snorkel & Keep Your Hair Dry
A Happy Whistle, That's a Dolphin Saying Hello
Now I Can Get My Hair Wet
Hungry Tummie & New Adventures
An Afternoon of Snorkeling and Floating
A Seuss Makeover & an Angry God
Twenty Questions & Where's the Bread
Ride Em', Err Leopard Boy

Thursday, December 29th: IOA/USO
How Many Times Can You Ride FJ with a Moaning Boo?
A Fond Farewell to Harry
One Last Time Around All the Islands
A Grinchy Breakfast
Happy Wholidays
Minus One
From East Coast to West Coast and Back Again
Everybody Loves a Parade, Right?

Friday, December 30: BWV/Epcot-CP
By Van, Bus & Boat
By Van, Bus & Boat...cont
By Monorail, Boat and Boat Again
Mickey is Cooking Breakfast
There's Lots of Christmas Storytellers in Epcot, Right?
Definitely Not Sleeping Under the Boardwalk
Definitely Not Sleeping Under the Boardwalk...cont
Eh? O'Canada
Gewürztraminer, Brats, Caramel and a little Polka
Killing Time in the USA
The Greatest Story Ever Told, Disney Style
First DISmet...Noelle & Family

Saturday, December 31st: Animal Kingdom
First the Bus is Missing, Then Dad
Mickey Bars for Breakfast
On Safari
That Was Freakin Awesome
Dining with a Yak & Yeti
See Tigers, Bats, and Dragons
Another Show?
What Do They Have Against Parades?
Wrapping Up our Day at AK
Carousels, Clams, and Party Horns
What a View, What a Display

Sunday, January 1 (2012): Epcot/DTD
Soarin & Testin...But Will I Make It?
Allowing the Stomach Time to Return to Earth
NO ZEPPPOLES, How do I Swear in Italian?
A Star is Born, Paper Cranes, and a Foreign Land
Lost in Translation
Lego Explosion, Almost a Mom Explosion
3 Boys, 1 Store...The Best Store Ever
Just Chillin

Monday, January 2: Magic Kingdom
We Really are at Disney World
Smile and Enjoy, This is Fantasyland
Our Disney Friends
Dole Whips for All, Well Almost
The Princess in Blue & a First Kiss
What's Another Hour, Right?

Tuesday January 3: Disney Hollywood Studios
A Morning Surprise, and its not the Weather
Terror of Chocolate
Boy Meets Hero
Meal Lost in Space or Captured by Aliens?
F!, Not Worth Sitting in the Cold For
Dancin’ for Joy Under the Lights

Wednesday, January 4: Epcot
Those Bags in Mission Spare are for REAL
Finishing Up the Plan in Future World
Nachos and School Bread washed down by a Margarita
That Was the Plan Anyway
Sun Sets Quickly and Here Comes the Cold
Seeing Red in the UK

Thursday, January 5: Magic Kingdom
Rope Drop and EMH at MK
A Fairy & A Pirate
Slipping in a Few More Attractions Before Lunch
Treated Like Royalty
Going our Separate Ways, Before Meeting Up for the Future
A Sweet Ending to the Magic Kingdom

Friday, January 6:
POP Goes Our Last Day Touring Plan & Everyone’s Disney Attitude
Mom Has Lost That Disney Feeling
Adios, Aloha, and Goodbye

Saturday, January 7: Homeward Bound
Too Early to be Sad About Leavinghttp://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1117

Dinner & a Movie Nights
Dinner & a Movie Night (Jan 28): Snowball Express

Dinner & a Movie Night (Feb 3): The Fox and the Hound
Dinner & a Movie Night (Feb 18): The Rescuers
Dinner & a Movie Night Double Feature (March 13): Darby O'Gill & the Little People and The Gnome Mobile
Dinner & a Movie Night (April 7): The Apple Dumpling Gang

Digital Scrapbook Pages
Christmas Even Morning/Breakfast & a Movie
Christmas Eve Night, Reveal Phase 2: Part 1, Reveal Phase 2: Part 2
Will This Flight Leave, Boo & Goo's First Flight, DIA Preparing Us , After a Year of Planning
Bye-Bye Plane, Hello MCO
From Snow to Palm Trees, in 8 Hours
How Cares About Santa on Christmas When You Have...
How Early is Early Entry?
It's Like Stepping Into My Imagination
Are You a Muggle?/2nd Time Charm (Day 2)...Olivanders
Wand Chooses...Owl Post
Dervish & Banges and Diagon Alley Together?
Desicions of a Teenage Tightwad
No Platform 9 3/4, but Still Pretty Cool
Parseling Our Way Through Hogwarts-Castle Outside
Pasresling OUr Way Through/From Book to Movie to.../Motion Sickness, Really?
Don't Foget to Bow
A Visit with Moaning Myrtle
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood & Remember These Visits Are...
Jokes & Sweets: Part 1-Zonkos
Jokes & Sweets: Part 2-Honey Dukes
A Round of Butter Beer
Breakfast Amoungst Elves
4 Trees, 1 Christmas
Bus Van, Bus & Boat: Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
We Really Are at Disney World
Prince in Training
What was I thinking...Guess the Cold Froze My Brain
Ev'rybody Wants to Luv a Cat
Mickey Bars for Breakfast

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Wow! I think I might be first. I cannot wait for this TR to start!
Great job on being first. I hope that I can give you some insight into WWofHP without giving too many spoilers! The kids were so excited over the speculation that the possible expansion of WWofHP with Gringotts! Looks like another trip for us in a few years if this happens!
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Yea! So glad you started you TR. Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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I am on page 1 of your PTR and I am hooked!!!! Can't wait to read your report!
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