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Old 01-02-2013, 10:35 PM   #1
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Jan 2013
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First time board contributer, First time Disney visitor since 1994

My name is Karen. I'm a wife and mother to 4 sometimes wonderful children.

My oldest child is my 10 year old daughter, follewed by my 9 year old son. Next comes my 3 year old daughter and 1 year old baby boy. I also refer to my husband as my 5th child but I can do that because we've been friends since we were 12.

When I was 9 my parents took us to Disney for a week. It was completely awesome. Even when we left the place to visit a friend and I threw up my corn pops in the rental car on our way to a beach in the Gulf. We stayed at the Carribian Beach resort. Everything about that place was awesome. Especially the pools. When my mom and 5 year old sister were too tired to go to the parks I had some daddy/daughter time at MGM and Universal. Got to watch What Would You Do. Tasted some green slime.

When I was 10 my Elementary school held a program for the 5th graders. They announced it at the begining of the year. If you signed up you would have from September until the end of March to raise money for a school trip to Disney. Well it was more of an educational trip. So it consisted of Kennedy Space Center to see a launch. Discovery Island. and Epcot. We also wen on this boat thing with a giant fan where I'm pretty sure our tour guide was a little bit racist because he kept refering to the black birds with the "n" word. Regardless it was awesome that only about 25 kids ended up going to.

For the past 4 years my husband and I have been talking about taking our kids to Disney. But Everytime we started to plan instead we were welcomed with the surprise of an addition to our family. Now that we are positivly done with more babies we have decided to actually make it happen.

Now I know so much has changed. I remember when I was there the first time Tower of Terror was in construction. But I still feel I have somewhat of a base knowledge of the place to plan a successful vacation. I'm really big on the planning part of traveling. Even when we go on mini vacations I like to make vaaction books that have directions, confirmation emails. Iteneraries. resturant menus, ect, ect, ect. Its something I love doing and has definately helped us out when certian things like iPhones and GPS stop working.

So while I'm not really writing this so that I can ask for the help of you seasond vets to plan my trip. I love reading all of the ins and outs that this place has mastered. This place is a haven for researchers like me.

What we have decided so far is that we are going to opt our of a room or two at a resort and opt into the camping. Our tentitive plan is to drive our van down and then rent an RV in Orlando to bring to the Wilderness campsites. Reason for this is while my family is absolutetly no stranger to camping, we sttend several music festivals each summer as well as some state park camping and some camping at Darien Lake(our local amusement park) we want to have a little luxury if we are making the trek to Disney.

We also want to stay for a while. I remember when I was there as a child for a week and then 5 days that everyhing was very rushed. Eventhough I like to research and plan for things I also know that with four kids under the age of 12 there has to be room for change and resting. So I think we want to stay for at least 10 days. That way if we need to take a day to relax at the pool we won't miss anything important.

I think we are going to go in late September early October. Reasons for this are the prices are cheaper. Kids are in school. And we live in Buffalo NY so the weather will be a little bit more mild.

Obviously I'm just giving a quick run down on our plans for October. And obviously there are things that I've overlooked. So any information or tips that you Disney crazy people can offer will be well appriciated.

I look forward to reading your responses.

Thank you and happy vacatoining.

Karen & family.
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