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Old 07-06-2008, 09:51 PM   #16
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Misty,
Our family is doing the same thing for my granddaughter's MAW trip in September. The Wish family is staying at GKTW and the other 5 of us are staying at POR. I will let you know how our coordination of two trips into one works out.

We are doing the MNSSHP and BBB for the girls. Our dining plans are a little tough because of free dining but everyone has been so helpful.

I can't wait to read more about your plans

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Hey Denise ~
Great minds think alike, huh?

Are you all staying at Riverside or French Quarter? My mom and sis are staying at Riverside. I'm hoping to get a minivan as our rental vehicle so we could pick them up now and again if we need to get somewhere.

When I went on my honeymoon, we went in September and it was a GREAT time to go. Not very crowded and still nice weather.

Take care!
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Hi Misty! I got your PM. I can't reply to you until I have "10" posts (I'm getting there!) Sebastian's Wish Trip is going to be December 6th-14th 2008. It looks like we'll be overlapping by a day. COOL! We'll be checking out of GKTW on the 11th though and moving over to another hotel so we can extend ouR trip. I'm looking forward to swapping info with you I enjoyed your trip report. I hope to get a trip report going soon too.
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:25 PM   #18
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We do have great minds don't we! We are staying in two rooms at PORiverside because there are 5 of us. My husband and I stayed there for our 30 anniversary 6 years ago and loved it. I love the boat ride to DTD.

Can't wait to hear more.

Have a great evening.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:19 PM   #19
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Well, I have been woefully negligent in keeping up with my trip report. Truth is, I haven't been on the boards in a while. When I was a kid, summer felt long and lazy, now as an adult, it feels fast and furious.

So some news on the Disney front:
I finally made ADR's!!! I'm way excited! We booked dinner at the Cinderella Gala buffet at Grand Floridian, lunch at Le Cellier in Epcot and the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast back at the Grand Floridian. Except for the character dinner, I'm still open to changes. I like to plan, but I'm a very go with the flow kind of gal. Go figure.

Also, we've been contacted by the DisBoutiquers and they are offering to do the big give for Ali and Wil! I'm speechless. Anyone who knows me, knows I have never, in my life, been rendered speechless, but my heart has swelled up so big it got in the way of my throat. I'm touched in a way that words can't even express. My son, however, is not speechless. They asked for a favorite character and my son keeps coming up with additional "favorites". He'll say "Mummy tell them that I like Mickey too. And Star Wars. And the Haunted Mansion". Now, mind you, he's never been to Disney yet, and has no idea what the Haunted Mansion really is. Well he knows what it is, but he doesn't know if it's his favorite yet. He's so cute.

Well, I have to go make dinner. I'll try to get back here later, although the above is all the real news I have for now.

Take care everyone!
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:32 PM   #20
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Congrats on making those ADRs and on GETTING TO BE PART OF THE BIG GIVE!!!! Those DISboutiquers are just angels to be making our trips so special! Their work is absolutely magical ~ my kids are getting positively spoiled with all the pixie dust (and so am I, because I have always so enjoyed seeing my kids look cute!!). Keep us posted!!!
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Old 07-27-2008, 12:39 PM   #21
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Hello again ~
There was an article today in our local newspaper about the new Toy Story Mania ride and it's created a flurry of new Disney excitement in our house.
I figured it was a perfect time to get on here and keep the hub-bub going.

Because I am an extremely nebby ( that means nosy to you non-Pittsburghers ) person, I've been checking out GoofyDoo's pre trip report and saw all the amazing clothes the DisBoutiquers made for her kids. It made me cry to think of those beautiful people taking such time and care to make these special gifts for others. And then to think that they will do that for my kids...I don't think I have ever felt more blessed than I have since this whole Make A Wish thing came about. There's the trip itself, then this fantastic new community of friends that I have found, and now these "fairy godmothers" who will make everything even more special.

So, anywho...I mentioned before that I had originally thought that we would want to stay on Disney property for this trip. I had heard from the Unite board that there were gift bags for the kids when you checked into GKTW and I didn't want my babies to miss out on anything if we stayed at Disney, so I thought I would make my own "goodie" bags for the kids. Well, we are staying at GKTW, but I liked the idea so much, I'm doing it anyway.

So, I've started surfing Ebay and I've purchased a couple of pins for each kid, their lanyards to put the pins on and a pair of green Disney Crocs for Wil. I didn't get Ali any Crocs because they just fitted her for orthotics at PT and she's going to probably have to wear tennis shoes alot if not all of the time.
I've been on the Creative DisSigns board and had a couple of designs done for the kids and then I'm going to get tote bags and put the special designs on the outside .
I'm trying to find other Disney things to put in their goodie bags and then I have to decide when to give them to them. I was thinking about presenting them to the kids at the airport and having them be their carry-ons. I haven't totally decided yet.

DH was just making fun of me because I printed a Disney Packing List off the internet and we still have 140 days to go. And, yes, I have the number of days counted out on my calender.

I've started playing the Disney Classics cd's when we're in the car to get the kids familiar with the music. I know there's a Disney cd that's the music from the parks and I intend to get that off of Ebay too.

I guess it's easy to see that I can't wait for this trip!! DH and I went on our Honeymoon and we're going to be getting out those tapes so we can show the kids some of the things we saw.

That's all for now. Hugs and kisses to everyone. I know there's some other trips that are coming in just a few days and I'm thrilled that there's going to be more trip reports to read!!!

To be continued...
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Hello again ~
There was an article today in our local newspaper about the new Toy Story Mania ride and it's created a flurry of new Disney excitement in our house.
I figured it was a perfect time to get on here and keep the hub-bub going.

Because I am an extremely nebby ( that means nosy to you non-Pittsburghers ) person, I've been checking out GoofyDoo's pre trip report and saw all the amazing clothes the DisBoutiquers made for her kids. It made me cry to think of those beautiful people taking such time and care to make these special gifts for others. And then to think that they will do that for my kids...I don't think I have ever felt more blessed than I have since this whole Make A Wish thing came about. There's the trip itself, then this fantastic new community of friends that I have found, and now these "fairy godmothers" who will make everything even more special.

So, anywho...I mentioned before that I had originally thought that we would want to stay on Disney property for this trip. I had heard from the Unite board that there were gift bags for the kids when you checked into GKTW and I didn't want my babies to miss out on anything if we stayed at Disney, so I thought I would make my own "goodie" bags for the kids. Well, we are staying at GKTW, but I liked the idea so much, I'm doing it anyway.

So, I've started surfing Ebay and I've purchased a couple of pins for each kid, their lanyards to put the pins on and a pair of green Disney Crocs for Wil. I didn't get Ali any Crocs because they just fitted her for orthotics at PT and she's going to probably have to wear tennis shoes alot if not all of the time.
I've been on the Creative DisSigns board and had a couple of designs done for the kids and then I'm going to get tote bags and put the special designs on the outside .
I'm trying to find other Disney things to put in their goodie bags and then I have to decide when to give them to them. I was thinking about presenting them to the kids at the airport and having them be their carry-ons. I haven't totally decided yet.

DH was just making fun of me because I printed a Disney Packing List off the internet and we still have 140 days to go. And, yes, I have the number of days counted out on my calender.

I've started playing the Disney Classics cd's when we're in the car to get the kids familiar with the music. I know there's a Disney cd that's the music from the parks and I intend to get that off of Ebay too.

I guess it's easy to see that I can't wait for this trip!! DH and I went on our Honeymoon and we're going to be getting out those tapes so we can show the kids some of the things we saw.

That's all for now. Hugs and kisses to everyone. I know there's some other trips that are coming in just a few days and I'm thrilled that there's going to be more trip reports to read!!!

To be continued...

Misty, please PM me your address. We picked up some great Disney items and plan to send a package treats to each of our fellow wish trip families. I have some great stuff to send you for Ali and Wil to keep them busy on the plane. I won't say too much because I want it ot be a surprise Thanks in advance!

~Amber

p.s. We are getting really excited too!
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Old 07-27-2008, 05:01 PM   #23
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Oh my gosh, Amber! You are so sweet!!! Thank you for even thinking about us! I really hope we'll somehow meet up in Disney!
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:30 PM   #24
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Well, we got some pixie dust delivered right to our doorstep today...courtesy of Amber!
Wil kept dancing around while I opened it and was so excited that there were items in there for him too. ( We've kind of stopped calling this "Ali's Wish Trip" and just call it "our" wish trip because Wil didn't understand why Ali got to make a wish and he didn't. He's only 6 and that kind of stuff is hard for a 6 year old to understand. )
Amber went way above the call of duty! Wil was thrilled with the Star Wars coloring book and the stamp kit. He took that out right away and Ali proceeded to take it off of him and stamp all over her body.
I wanted to take pictures to post here, but as usual, Ali was missing her clothing. I haven't mentioned this before, but Ali likes to be naked baby. It sometimes amazes me how fast she can undress. When we went to the OT/PT eval for her and they asked about dressing herself, I told them, she's never tried to dress herself, but she can get undressed 0.6 seconds. So pictures will be forthcoming.

The kids also received post cards from Cinderella and Mickey (I think her screen name is "bucket o' butter). A million thanks to her!!! The kids were so excited, we had to drive over to Pap & Ta's house to show them. Ali kept waving hers in the air and screaming "I see C-rilla" (that's Cinderella to her).
Wil was a little more awestruck than anything. It was so cute.

On Sunday we took DH to the Pittsburgh Airport ( he travels for work ). We don't usually do the drop off routine, but this time we went in and showed the kids where the Southwest ticket counter was and where security was and where we'll get dropped off. They really seemed to enjoy it and I thought a little dry run can't hurt. Then we stood in the parking lot and watched the planes take off for a while. Only 4 more months to go and we'll be on one!!!
It seems so far away and so close at the same time!!!!

Well, that's all for now.

Take care everyone.

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Old 08-10-2008, 07:24 PM   #25
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Things are progressing slowly here.

I've been following Goofy Doo's trip report and showing all of her fabulous pictures to the kids to try to keep them excited. I was really excited to see all the photos of GKTW since the ones on the website are kind of generic. Wil's excited about the Elephant trash cans that suck your garbage in.

I've been collecting some pins from Ebay and got a really great one for Wil. It's a big one featuring Mickey as Luke Skywalker. I'm going to be putting that in his pre-trip goodie bag. He loves Star Wars so I know he'll love it.

Under the heading of of "Completely unrelated to Disney":
Ali is officially potty trained!!! She was nearly trained last April (2007), but then she started having those wicked seizures and it was back to square one. We have no more training pants in the house and she has dozens of new undies with all sorts of pretty designs. She loves them.

We also just received Ali's "sure step" orthotics. The PT had determined that her gait was pretty bad...there's some bone on the top of her foot that, because of the way she was walking, was nearly touching the ground. She's only had them for a few days, but I made a big fuss about them being her " pretty, fancy boots" and she doesn't bother with them. In fact, she tries to show anyone that looks her way. So, hopefully they will do the trick.

I've started making lists of a bunch of little things like items for a travel first aid kit and stuff cause it makes me feel like the trip is closer than it is. But in two weeks, school will start up again and then Ali's birthday and then Wil's birthday and it'll probably be here before I know it. And despite all the pre-planning and lists, I know I'll be running around the few days before we leave trying to get everything ready. Such is my nature

Good night, sleep tight

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Congrats on the pottytraining!!! What a milestone.

I'm glad you're doing the pin thing. I wish we'd started earlier. The kids saw them at WDW and US, so on our trip to Walmart after Day 5, we found some that were pretty reasonable and we let the twins get a few. We got lanyards there, too, but I wouldn't recommend them. The next day the black Mickeys on Clay's started rubbing off on his neck! I couldn't believe it, but sometimes you get what you pay for. We aren't into really collecting the most elite pins or anything, so the pins from Walmart did fine for our kids. It would be a fun hobby, though, and it's fun to see others' pins. Kind of like a charm bracelet.

I posted some pics of our villa for you on my TR .
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I'm not so bad as to plan everything down to the last minute. I'll make some basic plans, but will probably toss everything out the minute we get there. It's more something to kill time between now and December.

I totally agree My husband now sits at his laptop with earphones in. He says it's not to tune me out but to hear better, but I know better
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How's the planning coming? Congrats on the Potty training. We are in a little bit of a lull with that around here. Only one baby among the grandkids and Carson is only 18 months old so I think it will be a little while but Grandma keeps the stepstool in the bathroom for those with short legs

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Hello again ~
Thanks to those of you who are following along.

Yesterday was the 120 days till Disney mark! Considering we were over two hundred days away when we started planning, that's not TOO far off. I'll be really excited when we get down to double (and then single) digits!

We decided to take the crew on a "trial run" for Disney. Really, we visit a local theme park every year, but this year we related it to Disney.

Here in PA, there's a very family friendly amusement park called Idlewild Park and it has three parts - StoryBook Forest, the regular ride part, and then the Soak Zone. We were there when it opened and we closed it down. The cast that's going to Disney was in attendance and we had a blast.

I'm going to try to insert some photos. I know I did it before, but use it or lose it and it's been a while. I'll try one and then see what happens.

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