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Old 09-24-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Residing in Texas and counting the days until I go home!
Posts: 167

Finished w more picts-Trip reports on how to use 2 years worth of points in 3 months!

Cast of characters:
Oct trip:
ME! Grew up in L.A., am a Disney nut as my husband calls me.

Gina- BFF(second trip to WDW)
Loralea- other BFF (fellow Disney nut, been tons of times)
Lacey- son's girlfriend (been once)
DS- in the college program. He started in July. Grew up "Disney" thanks to his mother.

In 2008 I received an email from WDW about the inaugural Princess Marathon starting in 2009. I was in the process of losing weight (a lot of weight actually, 140lbs to be exact). I knew I was missing out on exercise so I pondered the aspect of running as a form of exercise. I thought about training for (goodness gracious) a half marathon at Disney World no less, with princesses (how could 13.1 miles be so bad if I had Prince Charming as my guide?!?)... so two weeks later I contacted all of my friends and said I was planning on doing this. Weekly we would meet in different areas of the metroplex and do distance runs. Ultimately it was myself and three other ladies who ran with me. Two of them are returning for this trip. Enough about the marathon- that's a post onto itself.

In July I gave Mickey my first born son (literally). My DH, DS and myself left a week early, spent 3 days at WDW, 2 at US and the last day was dropping DS off at his Disney owned apartment complex for orientation. While we were there that week, my DH asked about the DVC and what it was all about. He even set up the tour. So we went, and a few weeks later, we bought. My DH is NOT a Disney fanatic like me, but he is a fanatic ABOUT me...so knowing it would make me happy he told me to get it set up. Hence the two upcoming trips:

My son is a CP. He gets 50% off of our room. We had stayed at Caribbean for the Princess marathon and my BFF's said they loved it so when I asked him to make the ressies I asked for CBR. Well I couldn't leave well enough alone. I had to start checking dates on the DVC membersite. Lo and behold one day the first night of our stay became available at AKL- Jambo. So I booked it. AKL- Kidani is our home resort. I love love love AKL. Between the two buildings I prefer Jambo. I've only stayed at Jambo as a regular paying customer though. Last July we rented points to stay in Kidani in a studio. It will be interesting to see the difference between being a true (not a rented one) DVC member vs. being a regular Joe who paid wayy too much for a good view of the animals out of her balcony window. The last two nights will be at CBR. So all in all I think it may be the best of both worlds.

As I said, I prefer Jambo. Simply put, I like the convenience of everything. I hope they don't forget to tell me "welcome home" at Jambo though. I know it's so corny but it really makes me smile knowing that I own a small piece of it. (probably the toilet paper holder- but I own it nonetheless- lol). I haven't been since signing on the dotted line. So when I hear those "magical" words this time it REALLY will be true. Albeit, 40 something years of dues true! lol

More tomorrow.....

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