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Old 03-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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Just the 2 of us - A Mommy and Me trip 9/25 - 10/1 - Update 7/2

I am so excited to start planning our next trip to Disney. I find the more I go to Disney the more I want to start the next trip back. This trip wasn't supposed to be because our family has a big trip in the works going to Spain/Portugal/Morocco in Spring of 2014. However, shortly after from returning from our last trip from Disney in November, Gabrian (my 3-year old) starting talking about going back to see Mickey...so an idea started to spark.

I have been scheming on ways to come up with the money for both the trips but for the 3 of us to travel it just didn't seem to work out. Then I got the call that changed everything last week. Riley's (my 14-year old) Dad called to say that he was planning a trip to Disney in September with his Family and wanted to know if Riley could come. Of course I said yes...there is no way I would deprive him a vacation with his Dad.

Initially I was bummed because there is no way I could take Riley out for additional days from school to travel to Disney again and I still had that issue of the money. I felt so bad for Gabrian because of the two boys, he is the one that really wanted to go back. Then it dawned on me, why couldn't I take a trip with just Gabrian? I ran it by Riley to make sure he wouldn't feel left out and he gave me a big thumbs up (he is such a sweet boy and his main concern had been that Gabrian wasn't going to get to go to). Without having to pay for Riley's airfare, park tickets, and meals it actually has become a trip I can afford.

So now I am in the exciting planning stages. I know that I want to go the beginning of November. I am thinking about anywhere from 4-6 nights. I am leaning towards 5 nights. I am thinking of the dates of November 3rd - 8th.

I have been toying around with the idea of staying on property for this trip. I have only done that once with a friend for a couple of nights and I have never done it with either boy. We usually stay off property to try and save money. This time traveling with just Gabrian staying on property definitely has an appeal. It would be nice to have Disney pick us up at the airport and then use their shuttle system to get around the property.

If I stay on property I would probably get the dining plan. I like the idea of having everything paid for before we arrive. I would just have to bring our spending money. I am hoping for a free dining promotion to come out or at least a good discount.

I have toyed around with the idea of driving to Florida but it seems like a really long time in a car with a 4-year old. The other downside would be that Gabrian views the plane ride as part of the vacation. So I am definitely leaning towards flying down.

Now to introduce you to the cast:

Me (Megan)


Riley (he will be greatly missed on this trip)

Isn't he so handsome

I look forward to stressing over all the nitty gritty details with you.
Megan (Me) , Riley (DS16) , Gabrian (DS5)

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