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Old 05-10-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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You light ‘em, they fight ‘em! A GCV/Disneyland Resort December 2014 PTR!

to my trip report, glad to have you! This trip will be a little different from the others as we are going with our very dear and long time friends and two of their children. The dads in our group are both Captain Paramedic firefighters and we’ve been friends with them for nearly two decades. We have shared births and deaths, triumphs and tragedies. Our guys are the bravest of the brave, risking their lives to save yours. I cannot put into words how proud I am of my guy. He’s a true hero. And my hero is going to DISNEYLAND!

We have always wanted to vacation together and we have, adults only; random trips to Vegas and concerts and the like but without the kids as we could never seem to pull it off. Both families have enjoyed the Disneyland Resort during the holidays but not at the same time. They haven’t stayed at the GCV but love the DLH. Their last holiday trip was about 6-7 years ago. We went last year for a quick two dayer. I can happily say this trip will be 3x that long. We’ll have 4 park days, one resort day, and a beach day.

The fellas got hired on at the same fire department (FD) nearly 20 years ago. We were all young and freshly married. They have remained brothers and partners at the FD all this time. These people are some of our dearest friends. They are family we’ve chosen.

Rewind to a few months ago. We had gone to dinner for DH’s birthday and were discussing Disney (go figure). I had the brilliant idea that we should all go this December. We had brought it up before but it never came to fruition; we couldn’t get the logistics right. This year that all changes!

After a few conversations sans the men, we just tell them what days they need off from the FD, we came up with a plan: basically anytime during the first 2- 2/12 weeks of December would work. Initially I had wanted Dec 1-7 as we’ll most likely be in Vegas for DS’s soccer tournament over Thanksgiving. It would be very easy to drive that Sunday to So Cal as we’d be 3/4 of the way there already. Our friends were fine with any dates but preferred the second week as it worked better with their schedules.

I told them to just plan on anytime within that first two weeks and I’ll take care of the rest.

I had been waking up every day at 5:30 am since May 1st to be on the computer and ready by 6 am to grab a villa at the GCV. Our chances from Dec 1-5 looked slim to none but once the 6th rolled around I could see what I wanted or what we could make work. Every night, the night before I could book, it looked promising but once 6 am came the following morning, my choices would be gone…..I was starting to panic. Like really panic. Before that my friend who owns at the GCV would check availability for me ( Alison). I researched everything from split stays between the GCV and DLH/PPH to random off site properties to everything in between. As I type I realize I need to cancel 6 reservations.

Yesterday was the day I hit the jackpot. I woke up at 5:30, brewed my decaf, let the dogs out, logged into the DVC member’s site, and hit refresh no less than 20 times before 6 am. I saw our dates open and nabbed them! There was also a one bedroom that showed available as well as more 2 bedrooms (you never know how many really) after I booked. They stayed available for about 15 minutes and then both got x’ed out for Dec 9. We were IN! Let’s do this! I am so excited to share DVC with them.

Where: the GCV, dedicated 2 bedroom. I’m currently doing homework, using the GCV super thread, on villa requests and everything GCV.

When: December 9-15.

Who: my family which is comprised of myself (Jenny), DH (Michael), DD17 (Gabby) , DD15 (Chloe), and DS13 (Joshua). Our friends have three daughters but only two will join us. The two joining us are 20 and 15. We’ll call them J (dad), H (mom), C (DD20), and K(DD15). Poor Joshua will be girl trapped once again. That makes a total 9 of us. Perfect for the 2 bedroom.

How: drive. I married a firefighter after all. They are not in it for the moola In all honestly, I like to drive. We all do. Our children look forward to the road trip. It extends the vacation in an odd way. We listen to lots of Disney music and heck, Disney is only 5-6 Disney movies from home.

Here are a few too many photos of our motley crew….

Me and DH in Oregon:



Here we all are at Club 33 from March 2013:



1901 right before dinner at Club 33:



At an awards ceremony for the FD where DH was honored two-ish years ago:



Channeling our inner Gear and Winger at said awards ceremony:



Here are some older pics of DH doing what he does:











More of us at Disney throughout the years. I’ll apologize now for going a little nuts. I haven’t seen some of these photos in ages.

Us Disneyland 2013:



At AKV in 2012:





Epcot 2012:



Jedi Chloe:



At the GCV enjoying some gingerbread men and hot chocolate:





Continued in next post......
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:51 PM   #2
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Continued....

Disneyland 2013:



Us, PP in DCA 2011:



Disneyland 2011:






Adventureland. This is one of my all time favorite pictures:



Boys on the Monorail:



WDW 2009:









WDW 2007:





Enough of the more recent, let’s kick it old school, say 9-10 years or so…..

Chloe with Princess Atta:



With the main Mouse:






ToonTown:



James P Sullivan:



Aladdin:



Goofy’s Kitchen with Donald:



Mickey love:





I know it’s a little too far to plan much but my goodness I am keeping myself busy reading menus and drooling over GCV photos.

Again, thank you for joining me. Only 211 days until our trip!

Up next: a rough itinerary, past DVC resort pics, and random trip musings.










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Old 05-10-2014, 10:28 PM   #4
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This looks like a great group of friends and wonderful folks to take a trip with!

I'm in!
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:02 PM   #5
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This looks like a great group of friends and wonderful folks to take a trip with!

I'm in!


Glad you're here! They are really wonderful friends. Keep fitbitting girl, you're going to need the energy for our afternoon together.

I realized after I posted this, lots of my friends here have just left for trips.
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Thanks for sending out a beacon. I am here and I love the picture of the kiddos with Sully. They were so little.
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OMG! How CUTE are all those throwback pictures!

I'm in!
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I'm here! Thanks for the bat signal.

Love the pictures of the kids when they were little. Your hubby is rather handsome in his uniform...love your Officer and a Gentleman pose.

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Thanks for sending out a beacon. I am here and I love the picture of the kiddos with Sully. They were so little.


Thanks for coming over. They were so little, I can't believe it. Soon you'll be looking back 10 years and wondering where the time went.

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Howdy! I know you're on the way to WDW. Have a blast!

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I'm here! Thanks for the bat signal.

Love the pictures of the kids when they were little. Your hubby is rather handsome in his uniform...love your Officer and a Gentleman pose.

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I like that pose too. People think we're nuts! Glad you're here.
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A little DVC history. We purchased DVC through Disney in May 2009 with SSR as our home resort. We have stretched our points pretty far in my opinion. I am always in a state of borrow and this trip won’t be any different. I am currently on the wait list for points at the GCV. C’mon Rob Shapiro (my guide), mama needs an add-on!



We have stayed at OKW in a GV with our friends. That was our first DVC experience. It was during this trip that we bought DVC.

Our first official use of points was our trip to Cabo. Odd I know to trade out but we had just been to WDW and our contract came with an extra set of points. We chose the Playa Grande in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Our next use of DVC was at the GCV, a 2 bedroom with our friends, the same ones who treated us to the GV at OKW. It was our turn to treat and we were more than happy to do so!

In 2012 we did a mega trip to WDW staying at the THV at SSR and AKV Kidani in a 2 bedroom. Both are amazing resorts.

We have also used our points for short trips and random nights at the GCV and even traded points for stays at the DLH a few times.

Purchasing DVC has been the best vacation decision we’ve made. We love the pools, the restaurants, the villas, the service, and the pleasure of staying somewhere beautiful adds to our vacation.



Here is a photo tour of some of my favorite DVC moments. Enjoy!

Earning beads for his necklace/keychain at AKV:





Roasting marshmallows at AKV:



Enjoying a glass of wine at AKV:



AKV villa view Jambo, 2009:





Kidani view, 2012:







THV:



Kitchen full of groceries at the THV:



Cheers from the pool at SSR:



This never gets old:



Flipping omelets in the OKW GV kitchen:





View from loft in OKW GV:



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2 bedroom at the GCV:



Kitchen at GCV. I love my kitchens even on vacation:



Poolside GCV:



What a view GCV:



Villa pics of the Playa Grande and Cabo:
























Post Boma coma:



Pin trading with Kingpin at AKV:



Bread service and wine at Sanaa:



AKV pool party loot:



GCV tree:





The above are just a small sample of the magical moments we’ve shared via DVC. Looking forward to sharing the love this December with our friends and each other.





To be continued......





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Just finished reading the intro and I love all the family pictures. Wonderful to see your kids growing up in them....and what amazing memories and family vacations you and Michael have had.

Congrats on scoring the 2-bedroom villa at GC. Sounds like its going to be a great 6 days.
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I am here and very excited for your next trip report. Loved your last one! I can feel your excitement and that is always a great time to start a PTR, I started mine too but don't have to wait quite as long as you. One of Alison's pointers for my report was to include lots of pictures and she said if I wanted you to read it I need lots of my family! She wasn't kidding. You love your pictures! BUT, don't worry because I do too! Loved your little walk down memory lane- it makes me sad how fast the kids grow and change. I remembered your groceries before I ever even saw the pictures! You with the groceries, Alison with the meat in her suitcase.........see all these things take up space in my brain and I can't remember things like where I put my keys. Anyway I am reading along and very excited for a CA trip!
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Jenny, you're like a walking DVC advertisement! I love it!

I can't believe the growing up pictures of your kids! I remember subbing in to your GCV TR and what the kids looked like then, now Gabby has straight hair (I am getting the girls right and not mixed up? )

So looking forward to hanging out with you when you come for this trip. We'll have to pick the day, Christmas season gets busy so we'll have to pick our date well in advance. Somehow I don't think that will be a problem for you!

Yay for pouring over the menus! There are so many great places to eat out there. I was just telling Jill that even if you can get in all the attractions you want, you have to have enough days to eat at all the great places there, you can't rush your tummy!
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:25 PM   #15
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Just finished reading the intro and I love all the family pictures. Wonderful to see your kids growing up in them....and what amazing memories and family vacations you and Michael have had.

Congrats on scoring the 2-bedroom villa at GC. Sounds like its going to be a great 6 days.


friend! Thank you! I was like losing sleep over that dang 2 bedroom.

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I am here and very excited for your next trip report. Loved your last one! I can feel your excitement and that is always a great time to start a PTR, I started mine too but don't have to wait quite as long as you. One of Alison's pointers for my report was to include lots of pictures and she said if I wanted you to read it I need lots of my family! She wasn't kidding. You love your pictures! BUT, don't worry because I do too! Loved your little walk down memory lane- it makes me sad how fast the kids grow and change. I remembered your groceries before I ever even saw the pictures! You with the groceries, Alison with the meat in her suitcase.........see all these things take up space in my brain and I can't remember things like where I put my keys. Anyway I am reading along and very excited for a CA trip!

I'll go find your report.

They do grow so fast. Its bittersweet for sure. I've enjoyed all the stages but in all honesty I'm loving these teenage years.

Alsion is right, we love LOTS of photos!

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I own it.

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Chloe is the middle who now has straight hair. Go to FB.

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So looking forward to hanging out with you when you come for this trip. We'll have to pick the day, Christmas season gets busy so we'll have to pick our date well in advance. Somehow I don't think that will be a problem for you!
No problem at all. We'll plan. I am updating soon with a rough itinerary.

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I agree. Our friends haven't tried very many places. Steakhouse 55 is on my must list. Not sure they'd love Napa....Plaza Inn for sure as well as the Hearthstone Lounge, my favorite part of the GCV.
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