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Old 03-28-2012, 06:35 AM   #1
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We're doing everything! :D Pre-trip report!

With just over 6 months to go I figured I should start my pre trip report!

We're off again to the World from the 11th to the 25th of October :D

Me: Mummy, 27, Disney and Potter mad, 4th visit
Daddy: Ben, 28, first visit, not into Disney but loves the sun
Son 1: Cameron, will be 9, 2nd visit, Disney and Potter mad :D
Daughter: Alyssa, 6, 2nd visit Disney and Potter mad again, wants to go to a beach
Son 2: Charlie, will me almost 2, nutcase, shy, daddy's boy, 1st trip.

The best thing about this trip is the kids don't know!!

We've told them we want to go on holiday this year but not sure where, can't afford Florida, so we'll let them know when we know

I'm currently making a DVD of the big reveal...so far all I've got is the idea of an emergency announcement to happen after a few minutes of a normal DVD. I have a white noise clip, a 'please stand by' clip and that's about it so far!

We'll be telling them in the morning they're going to school, uniforms on, breakfast eaten as usual (the day before I'll have to drop the dog off and hope they don't notice!), have a fake phone call from the school telling us there's an electrical fault so school won't be opening until 11am.

Kids will love that, I'll tell them they can go and get their normal clothes on again until we have to go, then sit them down to watch the DVD :D

We'll play the DVD when we're all set and ready to leave for the train station, so as soon as it's revealed we'll be leaving straight away! :D

We're staying at a hotel in London the night before (3 1/2 hour drive), then flying the next morning :D We're going to have to pick up our car, find the nearest Walmart, buy a sat nav and some food, find out where to pick up our Villa Keys, then find out Villa! So the first day will be hectic!

This trip we've added a few extras we didn't get to do last time, one being Discovery Cove! I can't wait, and I've booked myself in for the underwater sea venture which will be amazing!

We're also booked for one night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Universal so we can get Front of Line passes for the two parks and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Everything is paid for, photopass is pre ordered, HRH booked, DC booked, SeaVenture booked...

Me, Cameron and Alyssa have our passports and ESTA done, as well as our API information, Daddy and Charlie are sending off for theirs now.

So far our plan is a little like this, although I can't find October park hours and EMH yet so this will most likely change!


Wed 10 - London Hotel
Thur 11 – Travelling
Fri 12 - Disney Park- Animal Kingdom
Sat 13 – I drive
Sun 14 - Disney Park – Hollywood Studios
Mon 15 - Rest Day
Tue 16 - Universal
Wed 17 – IOA
Thu 18 - Discovery Cove
Fri 19 - Disney Park – Magic Kingdom
Sat 20 – Shopping
Sun 21 – Water Park morning – Park afternoon
Mon 22 - Disney Park – Epcot
Tue 23 – Sea World
Wed 24 –
Thu 25 – Travelling
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:03 PM   #2
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Can't wait to hear more Gem, I am interested to find out from you if the FOTL passes from the Hard Rock stay are worth it.

Sea Venture sounds really cool too! I'd quite fancy that, what is the cost of it?
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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Can't wait to hear more Gem, I am interested to find out from you if the FOTL passes from the Hard Rock stay are worth it.

Sea Venture sounds really cool too! I'd quite fancy that, what is the cost of it?
They should be but I'm more excited about the hour early entry you get with it! Means we can got straight to WWoHP before anyone else arrives :D

It looks amazing, it was only £40 something :D
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:22 PM   #4
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Your reveal sounds amazing - very cunning! Looking forward to hearing how that goes and the rest of your plans.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:40 PM   #5
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I will need you to write a full trip report when you return so I can read it before we go...which gives you 4 days.

Have fun planning!
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:17 PM   #6
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I will need you to write a full trip report when you return so I can read it before we go...which gives you 4 days.

Have fun planning!
Oh I'm hoping to do what I did last time and do live trip reports! We're in a villa this time so hopefully free wifi :D

Chilling by the pool in Florida chatting on the DIS, what better! lol
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Charlie's passport has now been signed and sent off. Ben is waiting for his birthda certificate to arrive in the post then he can send his off :D And...

The surprise reveal DVD is finished!! :D

Click here :D
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This sounds like an awesome surprise. They'll love it!
Cant wait to hear how it goes for you :D
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We're off again to the World from the 11th to the 25th of October :D

Wed 10 - London Hotel
Thur 11 – Travelling
Fri 12 - Disney Park- Animal Kingdom
Sat 13 – I drive
Sun 14 - Disney Park – Hollywood Studios
Mon 15 - Rest Day
Tue 16 - Universal
Wed 17 – IOA
Thu 18 - Discovery Cove
Fri 19 - Disney Park – Magic Kingdom
Sat 20 – Shopping
Sun 21 – Water Park morning – Park afternoon
Mon 22 - Disney Park – Epcot
Tue 23 – Sea World
Wed 24 –
Thu 25 – Travelling
Hi Madmumof2, We're flying out on the 11th too - Virgin 11:35 flight, which one are you on? Our schedule is all planned - we're at Epcot the same day as you; although we're only there for afternoon in Worldshowcase, as having dinner at Garden Grill and then staying for fireworks so not doing at early start.
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Hi Madmumof2, We're flying out on the 11th too - Virgin 11:35 flight, which one are you on? Our schedule is all planned - we're at Epcot the same day as you; although we're only there for afternoon in Worldshowcase, as having dinner at Garden Grill and then staying for fireworks so not doing at early start.
We're flying at 9 something in the morning :D That schedule has already changed! lol



I've now started booking ADR's! We really wanted to do CRT this time so logged on just before 11am and got it for 9:35am on our first morning! :D We'll also be eating at Coral Reef for dinner, one of my favourite meals last time.

Yesterday I booked California Grill for our second night so we'll be finishing dinner just in time to see Wishes from the private viewing area :D

And today I'm hoping to book Boma for our third dinner! :D
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My task today is Crystal Palace breakfast as close to 8am as I can get - think it must be a lucky omen that our 'Tour T-Shirts' have arrived today, we always wear them on our 1st day in Magic Kingdom.
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I got Boma for our third dinner! :D
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:16 AM   #13
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I love the plan for the surprise.

Could you say the dog is at the vets or gone to a doggy palour to get washed/hair cut?
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