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Old 04-22-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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Talking The "We're Too Excited To Sleep" Vacation - June 2012

I've never done one of these before although I love reading others, so bear with me as I venture into unfamiliar territory...

Who:

There are 12 of us. We generally go every 3 years and generally the first week of June (as it is our parents anniversary). Our last trip was in 2008. We had planned to go last year, but due to health problems and finances, we were unable to go.

The Cast of Characters:

Me - I'm the Dana of dananbethany. I'm 38 and Eeyore-shaped.

Bethany - my daughter. She's the Bethany of dananbethany. She's 16 and her favorite Disney movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Nana - The matriarch of the family. She is married to Papa, the patriarch of the family. (Neat how that works out, eh?) They will celebrate their 41st anniversary while we are vacationing.

KK and JJ - My sister and BIL. When we were growing up, our father used to say that KK could run a small South American country so she's the planner of the group. JJ is in the military and we appreciate all he does for us (especially the discounts!)

Buzz and Badger - KK and JJ's children. Buzz is our resident pirate and Toy Story expert (therefore, his nickname). He is 13 and has Asperger's. Badger is 12 and she loves to make videos! Her nickname comes from the fact they live in Wisconsin.

Unkie and Red - My brother and SIL. Unkie (as he is called by the kids) has back problems but he doesn't let that slow him down! Red is a redhead.

Toast and Tambo - Toast is 9 years old and is hilarious. She got her nickname from Badger. We never quite understood how she acquired it. Tambo is a 5 year old bundle of energy. His nickname comes from how he pronounces his middle name.

KK, JJ, Buzz, and Badger live in Wisconsin. The rest of us live in SC.

When:

June 2 to 8, 2012.

Where:

We will be staying at All Stars Sports. In the past, we used to camp, but once we stayed at All Stars Movies in 2005, we decided that we enjoyed staying on Disney property much better! In 2008, we stayed at Pop Century.

Stay tuned - I'll add our itinerary and other pertinent information as it becomes available!
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #2
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This sounds like a great cast. can't wait for more
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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This sounds like a great cast. can't wait for more
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:58 PM   #4
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You'll be there the week before us! Can't wait to read more about your plans for your large group!
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You'll be there the week before us! Can't wait to read more about your plans for your large group!
Hang onto your hats and enjoy the ride!
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Some Pictures:

These are from our 2008 excursion:



The whole gang



Dana "n" Bethany



The five grandkids
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Joining in! Love the title of your report! Sounds like it's going to be a great trip! Can't wait to hear more!
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Joining in! Love the title of your report! Sounds like it's going to be a great trip! Can't wait to hear more!
Thank you! Next up - the itinerary!
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The Itinerary:

Friday, June 1: The Wisconsinites (JJ, KK, Buzz, and Badger) leave Wisconsin.

Saturday, June 2: The South Carolinaites (everyone else) leaves South Carolina.

Later in the day, we will all meet up at All Stars Sports.

Sunday, June 3: Unkie, Papa, and Bethany are big Star Wars fans. I'm only a Star Wars fan if Harrison Ford is on the screen. So what better way to start off our vacation than with some Star Wars Weekend at Hollywood Studios? Per starwars.com, the guests will be:
  • Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker -- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Silas Carson (Nute Gunray/Ki-Adi-Mundi -- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • (Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice talent -- currently TBD)

Hm...no Harrison Ford. Anyhoo, Unkie and Bethany are also fans of The Clone Wars and Unkie loves the books, so they are excited. Also, this is our first trip to Hollywood Studios so we are excited to see what they have to offer. Buzz, of course, is excited about Toy Story Mania and I'm ready to find out about the key under the Muppets welcome mat.

Monday, June 4: With two somewhat disabled family members (Papa and Unkie) and one teen with Asperger's (Buzz), we find it best to alternate our park days with "off" days. On Monday, we plan to hang around the pool and arcade.

Tuesday, June 5: The Magic Kingdom! The Holy Grail of any of our vacations. This year, we hope to ride Pirates of the Caribbean as it was closed on our last trip. And no, despite what Bethany tells you, it was not because I stole the Jack Sparrow animatronic... No big plans for the day - just to wander around the Happiest Place on Earth.

Wednesday, June 6: Despite this being Nana and Papa's 41st anniversary, we have nothing big planned. Probably another day by the pool and in the arcade with occasional walks around the All Stars complexes to look at all the giant stuff. In the afternoon, the women of the family (that being Nana, me, Bethany, KK, Badger, Red, and Toast) will head over to the Grand Floridian for a tea. Bethany is not a girly girl and was afraid this was going to be some fanciful princess thing, but I think I've managed to convince her otherwise.

Thursday, June 7: When I asked Bethany if there was anything in particular she really, really wanted to do on this vacation, she mentioned two things: She wanted to eat at San Angel's Inn in the Mexico pavilion and she wanted to spend more time exploring the countries at Epcot. Since my family generally hits Mexico and Norway, then skips to America, before heading back to The Land, Bethany and I will be going solo for a while. We have reservations at San Angel's Inn at 11:30 AM, then we plan to explore the countries to our hearts' content until it's time to meet the family at suppertime.

Friday, June 8: We all sadly pack our bags and head back to our respective homes. Except for those of us who quit our jobs and decide to overtake Cinderella Castle by storm to live there.

Next up, can your heart take the excitement of OUR STORY?
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can't wait for more!
Thank you! I've been sick with a cold this week and it's my last week of classes, so I'm a bit slow in updating. But it'll get there...
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Just poppin over from my PTR! It's my first one too!

I love your title! I'm always too excited to sleep before Disney!!

You have a great family! I can't wait to hear about your trip.
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Just poppin over from my PTR! It's my first one too!

I love your title! I'm always too excited to sleep before Disney!!

You have a great family! I can't wait to hear about your trip.
That's one of our family's favorite commercials! And we have 38 days...and I'm too excited to sleep now!
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I have been informed by my lovely sister KK that we are actually doing the Grand Floridian tea on June 6 not June 4.
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