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Old 06-26-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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Location: Boerne, TX
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Long time planner, first time visitor!

Hi All! As my title suggests, I am planning mine and my families first EVER trip to Disney World! I can't tell you how many dream vacations I have made on the Disney site, but have never been able to book. Now, I am finally going, and I must say that I am sure it will be worth the wait. Being able to go for my first time with my children I think will make it all the more magical!

My trip is in less than 2 months now, so we are getting pretty close. I have been reading so many awesome trip reports to really familiarize myself with the parks and get myself even more hyped up as the trip draws near. It was in my browsing the DIS boards that I discovered you lovely folks over here at the Pre Trip Report forum! What fun, I had to be a part of this. Plus, Disney seems to be ALL I can talk about these days, and people here come looking for that, so how perfect for me to do a PTR as well, right!?!?!?!

Okay, so there's some trip background, lets jump right in! First off, going on this trip is my little family...

My hubbster, Chris, a handsome and hardworking Police Officer (you should see him in uniform ) and myself, Terri, a proud stay-at-home, soon to be home-schooling mom!

Our beautiful girls, Olivia, 4 & Maddie, 1

And my in-laws, the very creative and just as excited as me, Margo & her funny hubby Bob

The sis-in-law, Laci, a creative, wonderful, autistic woman

Here are the deets of the trip-

Coming and Going: Tuesday, August 20th Wednesday, August 28th
We will fly from San Antonio, about a half hour from my home of Boerne, at 2:40pm, late, I know. But it is the ONLY non-stop of the day that is offered, and with a 1 year old, I def want a non-stop!! We originally planned to leave the following day, and are now leaving a day early just for this flight, as we did not want it to cut into our park time the following day!! We have booked the magical express! We plan to use Disney transportation while there.

Staying at: Art of Animation!
I cannot express how excited I am for my 4 year old to stay here! Her favorite Princess (and mine!!!) is Ariel, and we booked the standard Little Mermaid room! I know that staying at the value might not have as many perks, but after countless hours researching I have decided that it really is just PERFECT for us right now. My kids are young and will go nutso over the over the top theming! The place is brand new and looks very nice, and I love the characters that are featured here! I am so excited about leaving a day earlier than originally planned because we are now hoping to just tour our hotel, swim, and enjoy it our first night. One of my original fears is that we would be staying at this awesome place and we would not have time to explore it! We have A LOT planned! More on that later...

Park stuffs: Oh, the places we will go!
We are not doing any park hoppers this time. The kiddos are young and we hope to go at a slower pace so I think it will not be needed. We plan on doing 3 days at MK, 1 each at AK, HS, and EPCOT, as well as a day park hopping at UO & IOA.

Dining: DDP, for sure!
I am all about having as much of the trip paid for beforehand so the DDP was a simple decision for me! We will be partaking in some expensive character meals and I like that its already taken care of and I wont have any sticker shock. I know it may not have been a huge savings for our family, but the convenience is more than worth it to me! I am looking forward to our dining at Disney more than anything I think! We have made our ADRs (months ago), more on that later.

Other details: This and that
We have rented a stroller from kingdom, ours is GIANT and HEAVY and I am not about to travel with it!!! We will soon be placing a grocery order as well for some snacks, water, and room stuff. I have also pinterested my heart out and we have matching shirts, Mickey Mail, welcome gifts and more!! You will also have to wait for a later post for more on those fun bits of pixie dust!

Well, I think that is a good start! I hope youll come back for more on my first ever Disney planning journey! Please leave me tips! Its my first time!!!!

Table of Contents:
Long Time Planner, First Time Visitor
The Daily Grind!
The Death March
Gearing up for The Mouse!
Pixie Dust
The Box
Aound the World
T-Shirt Tutorial
New Mickey Apparel!
Traveling in Style
Snack Attack
Mickey Notes
Window Love
One More Month!
To Wear, or Not to Wear...
Mailbox = LOVE
August: Best. Month. Ever.
Departure Day Details
Packing, Packing, Packing
One Week

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