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Old 09-25-2012, 11:50 PM   #1
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Dork Wars Episode II: The Revenge of Joaquin - Nov. 12 / Jul. 13 PTR *UPDATE 6/30*

I just couldn't wait any longer. I have two TR's already going, but I'm so stoked about one of my upcoming trips, I figured I would do a 2 in 1 PTR for all to read along with. I'm so excited for all my current DIS friends to read about our plans, and I also love meeting new DIS friends, so don't be shy. Pull up a chair and start reading along!

My name is Danielle if you haven't "met" me before. I am your tour guide for both trips coming up.



For those of you who have not read along on my other TR's, you must know that this picture absolutely sums me up. I have no shame at all, I'm super crazy, and only a little sarcastic.....

For those who do know me.....you understand exactly WHY that picture sums me up.

My biggest accomplishment as of late is that I've lost 31 pounds. It's been hard work, but extremely rewarding. I still have about 50 to go though (in my opinion....clearly my opinion may be wrong).

Our first trip we will be discussing is in November. It's coming up. This is a mother / daughter trip to the world from November 21st to the 25th. We're making it short and sweet, but that's how we like it.

My Mom, the best Mom ever. I <3 her so much.



She's had it a little rough this year, breaking her leg, the current issue with my Grandma and our pending decision for her care, and my Dad's diabetes diagnosis. Suffice it to say, she needs this mini vaca.

Now why was I so excited to start this whole two part PTR? Well, it's for this little guy.



That is Joaquin, my nephew, who was made famous in my July '11 TR - "SHHHH!!! Mickey's Twying to Sweep, Be Quiet!"

July will be his epic return to the world. And let me tell you, they are not ready for him.



Joaquin is famous, for classic kid-isms. Who could ever forget:

"TeeTee, that Tigger is wooking at me!"

"We're not going to cwash into those buildings, wight?!"

"My map only has a Magic Kingdom on it."

This trip will be of epic proportions. Why do you ask? Well, I'll tell you the who's, and you'll be able to understand why.

Me. Duh.



Mom - Jackie



It is very difficult to get a picture of my Mom by herself. She just hates them.

Dad - Rick



He is not a serious man, and he takes every opportunity he can get to photo bomb.



Bro - Jason



Do you doubt his genetics? I don't think so.

SIL - Jeni



Jeni's a newbie on my TR's, but to give you a little background, she is Mom to Joaquin, and Mom to Jason's stepson Gavin. She's a runner and she has her first 1/2 marathon this upcoming weekend. She's totally easy going and fits right in with us. She recently shaved her head for a cancer fundraiser, hence her short short haircut. This is her first "real" trip to Disney. The first one didn't count. She was an amateur.

Nephew - Gavin



Jeni's oldest son and Joaquin's older brother. He's a cutie, very quiet and laid back.

Here's a picture of the boys together



And a possible stowaway?

BFF - Farrell



I mean seriously, it's like she's PRACTICALLY related to us anyway.....

So, I'm super excited to share the plans and hope you guys are excited to come along.

Our dates for our summer trip will be July 4 through July 14, 2013. A nice long trip (for me at least).

Coming up, details. Oh and also, of course we talk about food. Because as you can tell from this photo, we take that VERY SERIOUSLY!



Up next: Let's talk November!
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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Where To Stay, Where To Stay.....

Planes, Trains, or Automobiles?

Drink Drink Drink Drink....I Mean Departure Day and Day 1 November!

The Very Serious Subject of......FOOD!!!

Be.....Our.....Guest.....November Day 2

My Fitness Journey

Let's Get a Little Competitive!!! November Day 3

Joaquin.....One of My Favorite Subjects

What a Series of Events

Real Life Update 1

Real Life Update 2

It's On!!!

Whatever You Do.....Do NOT Get Eaten by a Yeti! November Day 4

Tiny Update

Let's Talk July!

July Dining Plans!

July Counter Service Plans

Day 1 Itinerary - Thursday July 4, 2013

Day 2 Itinerary - Friday July 5, 2013

Day 3 Itinerary - Saturday July 6, 2013

Day 4 Itinerary - Sunday July 7, 2013

Day 5 Itinerary - Monday July 8, 2013

Day 6 Itinerary - Tuesday July 9, 2013

Day 7 Itinerary - Wednesday July 10, 2013

Day 8, 9, and 10 Itinerary
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Nov.12 July.12 Jan.12 Nov. '11 July '11 Feb. '11 Nov. 10 and Jan. 11 Oct. '09.

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Old 09-26-2012, 12:11 AM   #3
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Yay!!! I have been reading your other trip reports and have had the best time. Sounds like you have a lot of fun coming your way! Can't wait to hear all about the planning.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:59 AM   #4
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Oh I am DEFINITELY in!!! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures!
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:32 AM   #5
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Well, I would have been first had I not originally posted on your OLD TR!

Here we go:

this looks like its going to be a good one!

I seriously love your blond hair better than your brown.

You dad is AWAKE!

Your mom looks scared.

Your brother - wasted.

Your nephews - adorable.

OK - where are you staying? Details.

Congratulations on your 31 lb weight loss - that's huge!
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I'm in! Your TR's and PTR's are great!
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Yay! I'm in!

Congrats on loosing 30 lbs! Keep up the good work!

Love the intros. Sounds like some really fun trips.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:18 AM   #8
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I am in too I want to find out where we are staying and of course what we are going to do.

I love the pictures you posted of us all.
I can't wait to show Jeni the way WDW should be done...
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Yay I'm in!! Been reading your other reports
You guys are gonna have so much fun!! And your mom definitely deserves a vacation
And I have to say......that face! That hair! Oh myyyy!! Of course I mean your nephew How sweet!! Can't wait to read all about it!
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I'm here! Can't wait to hear about your plans! Your short trip in November sounds great, but the July trip seems like it's going to be LOTS of fun with all those people going!
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Yay!!! I have been reading your other trip reports and have had the best time. Sounds like you have a lot of fun coming your way! Can't wait to hear all about the planning.
I'm glad that you enjoy reading along on my other TR's. I'm glad you're hear to follow along on this one.

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Oh I am DEFINITELY in!!! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures!
Yay! I can't wait to talk about our plans, even though we're still far out. But I don't care!

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Well, I would have been first had I not originally posted on your OLD TR!

Here we go:

this looks like its going to be a good one!

I seriously love your blond hair better than your brown.

You dad is AWAKE!

Your mom looks scared.

Your brother - wasted.

Your nephews - adorable.

OK - where are you staying? Details.

Congratulations on your 31 lb weight loss - that's huge!
Hahaha, nice going!

I like my hair better blond too, because that's my natural color (within reason). I just get bored, so I play around.

I know, he's awake! That never happens.

My mom always looks scared in pictures. LOL.

My brother wasted is fairly normal. You can expect that on the actual trip once we get around to it.

I love my nephews. And I am positive they will be fountains of wisdom and antics on this trip.

I'll give the details later on where we're staying. Patience young paduwan.

I still have a ways to go, but I'm very proud of my weight loss accomplishment.

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I'm in! Your TR's and PTR's are great!
Thanks! I try to keep them entertaining for all. Glad you're here.

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Yay! I'm in!

Congrats on loosing 30 lbs! Keep up the good work!

Love the intros. Sounds like some really fun trips.
Woo hoo! My scrappy little friend!

I'm going to keep going with the weight loss. It's a must for my life going forward.

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I am in too I want to find out where we are staying and of course what we are going to do.

I love the pictures you posted of us all.
I can't wait to show Jeni the way WDW should be done...
You didn't get that memo as to where you're staying? I'll send it out again.....

Jeni is going to be in for a treat....or a nightmare depending on how you look at it.

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Yay I'm in!! Been reading your other reports
You guys are gonna have so much fun!! And your mom definitely deserves a vacation
And I have to say......that face! That hair! Oh myyyy!! Of course I mean your nephew How sweet!! Can't wait to read all about it!
Glad you're here! It's going to be a blast, and my mom most definitely needs a vacation.

Joaquin is pretty irresistible. And he knows it.

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I'm here! Can't wait to hear about your plans! Your short trip in November sounds great, but the July trip seems like it's going to be LOTS of fun with all those people going!
Hi Jen! Glad you're here. It's really the July trip that's the focus of this PTR, but I figured why not talk about November too.

It's going to be crazy, like our trip last July. 8 people, but the child to adult ratio is just right (3 to 1).
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I'm in!!
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How could we NOT join in?!?! I'm ready!
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:53 PM   #14
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I'm in!!
Yay, I'm glad you're here Wendy! I can't wait to hear about your trip either!

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How could we NOT join in?!?! I'm ready!
LOL. It was inevitable, wasn't it?
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Where to stay, where to stay.....

All right, so everyone wants some details on these trips, and I'm here to oblige. And apparently my Mom (DVCWDWMEMBER), doesn't seem to remember where we're staying, so I figure that I would refresh her memory.

November 2012 -

We will be staying at Saratoga Springs Resort.



It was not my ideal resort, but this is Thanksgiving weekend with HUGE crowds, and we were happy to take what we could at the 11 month window. We are waitlisted at the Boardwalk and the Beach Club, but I'm not holding my breath that those will come through.

July 2013 -
We will be having a split stay. The best of both worlds if you will.

From July 4th to July 9th we will be staying at the Treehouse Villas.



Very excited to stay there, because we have yet to. I've only seen them from the outside. It's the perfect environment for our first few days.

From July 9th to July 14th we will be staying in a 2 Bedroom at the Animal Kingdom Villas.



So we get the combination of the rustic Treehouse Villas and the plushness of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Very exciting, and I've been getting more and more excited since reading Mary Ellen's (MEK) trip report.

So that's where we're staying. Up next, we'll start talking about November to get that out of the way first, since I know you guys are really excited to hear about July.
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Nov.12 July.12 Jan.12 Nov. '11 July '11 Feb. '11 Nov. 10 and Jan. 11 Oct. '09.
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