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Old 10-04-2012, 06:07 AM   #511
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For those who are going to be at WDW in December, I've just stumbled across this trip report. I haven't got very far into it but I just know it's going to be great and with lots of really helpful info for getting through this time of year at WDW and apparently lots of pics:-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2855462
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:22 AM   #512
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I agree 100% with point 8!!!

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8) My family belongs to Disney Vacation Club, which is THE OTHER BEST INVESTMENT YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE IN YOUR LIFE. It is a lot of money up front, but if you are going to go to Disney anyways, it’s SO worth it and pays for itself quickly!
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:46 PM   #513
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4 weeks today!

Still need to:
- book car rental
- start garden grocer list, order about a week out
- finish my google map
- buy medicine (children's panadol, ibuprofen etc)
- buy thermals

And for at home (we are having house sitters)
- change batteries in smoke alarms
- write house manual (how to use appliances, bin night etc)
- buy a lock for the study

And of course I have to totally clean the house...

I will add to this list as I think of things, hopefully having it on here will keep me on track

Last night I had the "running late for the airport/got lost in the car park/ couldn't find a parking space dream" - starting them early!
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:31 AM   #514
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My husband just shared this really interesting link with me. It's about Walt Disney and how he was ahead of his time in the "user experience" field. This is exactly the sort of work my husband's company does but all "online based". I thought it was funny that he sent me this link and he now kind of has a newfound respect for old Walt.

I'm sure when we hit WDW this time he will see it all through new eyes. Although to be fair, he was extremely impressed with the detail that was put into everything previously.

It's just a really interesting read so if you have 2 minutes to spare, just another example of what a visionary Walt Disney was:-

http://www.josephdickerson.com/blog/...ence-designer/
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:04 AM   #515
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My husband just shared this really interesting link with me. It's about Walt Disney and how he was ahead of his time in the "user experience" field. This is exactly the sort of work my husband's company does but all "online based". I thought it was funny that he sent me this link and he now kind of has a newfound respect for old Walt.

I'm sure when we hit WDW this time he will see it all through new eyes. Although to be fair, he was extremely impressed with the detail that was put into everything previously.

It's just a really interesting read so if you have 2 minutes to spare, just another example of what a visionary Walt Disney was:-

http://www.josephdickerson.com/blog/...ence-designer/
Good read and very true that he was way ahead of his time. People like Walt Disney, Steve Jobs and George Lucas - visionaries who really changed the world because they pushed the envelope. I think the 'behind the scenes' side of the parks is as magical as the 'dream'.

I loved the book "DisneyWar" by James Stewart which was a look at the business side of Disney.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:35 AM   #516
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I have bought tickets for the Statue of Liberty I have booked crown tickets but it states children must be at least 4 feet tall and I don't think my 5 year old is tall enough - so my mum has offered to stay on the ground if needed.

I climbed the statue when I was about her age - I was so scared coming down, I thought I was going to fall I am not sure if miss 5 and miss 6 will even want to climb but I will be very sad if they do and miss 5 can't because she is too short
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I have bought tickets for the Statue of Liberty I have booked crown tickets but it states children must be at least 4 feet tall and I don't think my 5 year old is tall enough - so my mum has offered to stay on the ground if needed.

I climbed the statue when I was about her age - I was so scared coming down, I thought I was going to fall I am not sure if miss 5 and miss 6 will even want to climb but I will be very sad if they do and miss 5 can't because she is too short
Just don't give it anymore thought. It will be fine. If you think about it, you'll make it happen. Just assume it's all good and it will be what it will be.

And yay for crossing another thing off your list.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:05 PM   #518
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Yes Ms Shuttergirl this is a good lesson in "can't control everything" - I have bought the tickets and will let the day decide
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:18 PM   #519
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We told the girls! Yesterday my parents came for lunch and my dad told the girls how him and my mum were going to go to WDW, NY and Washington. The girl's first question was "could you bring me an American girl?" :lol and then he casually asked if they would like to come too!

After a moment of shocked silence there was shouts and laughs all round. I then brought out the tub of books I have bought about the destinations and we all sat down and watched the WDW planning DVD. Every time a new character or ride would come on there was giggles bubbling out of both girls (and me!)

They took the books to bed and I could hear Olivia reading out loud to Alexis - and then I heard them laughing and saying how great it all was. Brought a little tear to my eye

It finally feels real, 25 days to go!
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:29 PM   #520
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Wow dabecs, that sounds like a magical moment when you told your girls about the trip . How old are they, and is this their first Disney trip?
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:50 AM   #521
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Wow dabecs, that sounds like a magical moment when you told your girls about the trip . How old are they, and is this their first Disney trip?
It was magical Caroline they are 5 and 6 and this is their first trip!
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We told the girls! Yesterday my parents came for lunch and my dad told the girls how him and my mum were going to go to WDW, NY and Washington. The girl's first question was "could you bring me an American girl?" :lol and then he casually asked if they would like to come too!

After a moment of shocked silence there was shouts and laughs all round. I then brought out the tub of books I have bought about the destinations and we all sat down and watched the WDW planning DVD. Every time a new character or ride would come on there was giggles bubbling out of both girls (and me!)

They took the books to bed and I could hear Olivia reading out loud to Alexis - and then I heard them laughing and saying how great it all was. Brought a little tear to my eye

It finally feels real, 25 days to go!
Makes all the planning worth while!
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Makes all the planning worth while!
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We told the girls! Yesterday my parents came for lunch and my dad told the girls how him and my mum were going to go to WDW, NY and Washington. The girl's first question was "could you bring me an American girl?" :lol and then he casually asked if they would like to come too!

After a moment of shocked silence there was shouts and laughs all round. I then brought out the tub of books I have bought about the destinations and we all sat down and watched the WDW planning DVD. Every time a new character or ride would come on there was giggles bubbling out of both girls (and me!)

They took the books to bed and I could hear Olivia reading out loud to Alexis - and then I heard them laughing and saying how great it all was. Brought a little tear to my eye

It finally feels real, 25 days to go!
Awwwww, I almost got a tear in my eye just reading this. That is soooo exciting for them. They are the most wonderful ages to enjoy such an experience. It is so worth all of the planning and expense. I can't wait to hear how much they love it all.
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if there are any AP holders going to disneyland, you might want to check out this link:

http://disneyland.disney.go.com/spec...r-passholders/
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