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Old 09-03-2012, 12:55 AM   #1
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PTR: 6 adults, 2 kids, 3 states, 1 holiday, and a lot of Disney Dining!- Updtd 11/11


This will be the first time I have attempted a Dining PTR, and I am honestly very excited to be participating on this friendly board.

While I can’t promise you that this will be a life-changing read, I can promise that this will be a PTR full of dining dreams, Disney memories, funny stories, and lots of gratuitous pictures. We are a group of 8 travelers... 6 adults and 2 children. Well, sometimes it is more like 0 adults and 8 children. But, that’s okay at WDW, right? We are coming from 3 states and meeting in WDW to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The entire crew, Magic Kingdom, October 2011

This is the culinary adventures of me and my family. Who are we? Well, that seems like the perfect place to begin.

First up... My Family

Audrey Anne and me, September 2011
I am Emily- A full-time mommy, a part-time pharmacist, and an all-the-time disney lover. As most people on the boards, planning is half the fun for me, especially making extra special for everyone traveling with us. I have traveled to WDW several times a child/young adult and have loved introducing my kiddos to Disney. I'm very proud to say that thus far I have been very successful at raising two Disney-obsessed children. My list of favorites: Park- Magic Kingdom, Resort- AKL, Restaurant - Cinderella’s Royal Table, Character- Mickey, and Ride- Rock-N-Roller coaster.

Jonathan and Porter, Seaside, FL, May 2012
My husband is Jonathan. Prior to marrying me, he had only been to WDW once as a child. It was not until our son was born that I was able to talk him into a trip to WDW. In October 2008, we took our first trip together to celebrate our son’s first birthday. While he would not admit that he was hooked, I have not had any trouble convincing him to return to WDW and I often overhear him telling other dads the benefits of a Disney vacation. If WDW is my addiction, then golf is his. He can be found on the golf course most anytime he is not at work and has already mentioned packing his clubs for this trip! Jonathan’s list of favorites: Park- Magic Kingdom, Resort- Pop, Restaurant- ‘Ohana, Character- Mickey, and Ride- Expedition Everest.

Porter, Magic Kingdom, October 2011
The third traveler is Porter. This will be his 5th trip to WDW. He will be turning 5 about a month before our trip. He made his first trip to the world in October 2008 to celebrate is first birthday. He loves all things Disney and starts asking when we are going back to “Mickey’s House” the day we get home from vacation. To say that he is 100% boy would be an understatement, he is full of life, knows no fear, and is always entertaining. Despite being a little firecracker, he is one of the most tenderhearted children I have ever known. Porter doesn’t like for anyone to be hurt or sad and makes sure that I know that he will always be my baby. He is a fantastic big brother who is patient, protective, and loving to his “baby.” He is super excited to be 44 inches and can’t wait to ride SM and EE. Porter list of favorites: Park- Magic Kingdom, Resort- Pop Century, Restaurant- any character dining, Character- Peter Pan and Hook, and Ride- Splash Mountain.

Audrey Anne, Epcot, October 2011
Audrey Anne is our little princess. If her big brother is 100% boy, then she is 110% girl! As soon as her feet hit the ground in the mornings, she asks for her shoes, hair bow, and bracelet. She is a loving little girl who is becoming just as much of a clown as her big brother. She has a bit of a shy side when she is in new situations, but if Porter is with her, she is adjusts quickly. She is a laid back but has A LOT of spunk. You just never know what she is going to say or do. Audrey Anne will be turning 3 in ONE week. This will be 4th trip to WDW. Her first trip was actually over Thanksgiving, too! Audrey Anne’s list of favorites: Park- Magic Kingdom, Resort- wherever mommy and daddy are, Restaurant- Cinderella’s Royal Table, Character- the princesses, and Ride- It’s a Small World and the Tea Cups.


Up next, the world's best grandparents, Marmee and Poppy

Marmee with Audrey Anne, September 2011
Marmee always planning a trip somewhere. Jonathan and my dad don’t know it yet, but we are planning another Disney trip in September 2013. Marmee is a school teacher, so her schedule almost always dictates when we can visit WDW. Luckily for us, her school district is taking an entire week for Thanksgiving this year. As much as I love to plan these trips, I am not sure that I could pull it off without her. She is always thinking of details that I may forget and is fantastic at keeping things organized. She is also like a walking encyclopedia on Disney pin codes. In our past 5 trips to WDW, we have had a discount every time... Go Marmee! Her first trip to WDW was when I was 18 months old and she plays a large role in my love of Disney. Marmee’s list of favorites: Park- Epcot, Resort- Grand Floridian, Restaurant- Le Cellier, Character- Mickey/Minnie, and Ride- Tower of Terror.

Poppy with Porter and Audrey Anne, Seaside, FL, May 2012
Poppy works hard and plays hard. He loves spending time with Porter and Audrey Anne and will spend his vacation making sure they are having the best time possible! Like my mom, Poppy’s first trip WDW was when I was 18 months old. Every trip he says that we are going somewhere new next year, but he is always the first person on board as soon as Porter asks, “Poppy, when are we going back to Mickey’s House?” Poppy's list of favorites: Park- Magic Kingdom, Resort- AKL, Restaurant- 'Ohana (the only one he has ever actually asked to go back to), Character- Mickey/Peter Pan and Hook (primarily because Porter loves them so much), and Ride- Rock-N-Roller Coaster.


Next up are my baby brother, Rick and his fabulous girlfriend, Jahni

My baby brother and me, Seaside, FL, May 2012
Okay, so he is not a baby anymore. But, he will always be my baby brother! Rick loves Disney, but loves hunting even more. It is hard for me to imagine a taking a trip to WDW without my little brother. We always have such a great time getting to be kids again while we are at WDW. Rick’s list of fav’s: Park: DHS, Resort: Grand Floridian, Restaurant: ‘Ohana, Character: Donald Duck, and Ride- Rock-N-Roller Coaster.

Jahni and Rick, Epcot, October 2011
Jahni is one busy lady. She’s a lawyer, a Judge, AND she has to put up with my brother! She definitely deserves a vacation. I had the pleasure of introducing Jahni to WDW last October. I was so nervous about Jahni joining us. What if she hated WDW? What if none of my plans worked out? What if it rained the entire first two days we were there? Well, maybe it did rain the entire first two days we were there. But, in spite of the weather. Jahni fell in love with WDW and I am so happy to say that I converted her to a complete Disney addict. In fact after returning from our trip last October, she went back again in January! This will be Jahni's 3rd trip to the World, and she is going to be the co-author of this report. I can’t wait for her to have her first ever Disboards post! Jahni’s list of favorites: Park: Magic Kingdom, Resort: Poly, Restaurant: Tusker House, Character: Gus-Gus, and Ride: EE.

Since you haven’t seen enough pictures in this post, I’ll leave you with a picture of Porter and Audrey Anne with one of their very favorite Disney snacks!

In the next post... Why this is the trip that almost wasn’t taken with two travelers that almost were not...

DS's 1st birthday celebration at POFQ: October 2008 l Thanksgiving at CSR: November 2009 l DD's 1st birthday celebration on Land & Sea: September 2010 l DS's 4th birthday extravaganza at CSR: October 2011 l Thanksgiving at Pop Century: November 2012 l Princess Half Marathon at CSR: Feb 2013 l
Disney in December at POR: December 2013

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