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Old 02-20-2009, 10:50 AM   #31
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I can't believe how close we are!

We are about 3 weeks out and starting to get excited and nervous ! How can you plan for so long and then realize three weeks out you still have a ton to do!?!

I printed out a great packing list from http://www.themouseforless.com/ . My plan for this weekend is to collect all the appropriate kids clothes and make sure they are clean and all in one place. The kids wear uniforms to school so with two weekend between this one and our departure they won't miss them!

Our package info is set to arrive today. Our travel agent expressed it two days ago. I have seen pictures of the new packets and can't wait. Something about recieving those luggage tags really says.... "We Are On Our Way!"

We have been fairly regular in Family Movie Night to countdown the weeks.

We have enjoyed Mulan, Enchanted, 3 Musketeers, The Rescuers, and tonight we are doing Oliver and Company. The girls had a slumber party last weekend so we have Swiss Family Robinson waiting. I am thinking Sunday afternoon might feature a pile of us on the couch, a big bowl of popcorn, and a little tree house adventure. It is required after all, to properly Disney-educate before a trip!

I have a little shopping left to do. I want to get crocs for the kids and me and I also need a bathing suit. We need new headphones for the dvd player in the car. We wanted to get the kids a new DS game each for the road.

My mom has been using our garage to store somethings and will have them out on the 28th. With her stuff out of the way, we can actually see what we have and there is a lot of junk. All of Kaya's baby equipment is out there. I hear a garage sale calling our name. We aren't usually garage sale people but the extra cash could mean a few extras for our trip!

Our To Do List- this weekend:
Laundry and Pack kids clothes
Drag out suitcases
Order crocs
make list have to dos
download ride max
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:32 AM   #32
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I keep having dreams (nightmares, really) about getting there and being unorganized. Like really lost..... I need to look for a hotel for the road trip.....
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:17 AM   #33
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Animal Kingdom

I downloaded ridemax and it has taken off so much stress. I keep having these nightmares that we are standing around wasting time in Disney world. If we were keeping track of family conflict- arguing over who's turn it is is to decide where we are eating would top the chart!

We have our ADR's for our table services but hadn't really nailed down counter service. I am abandoning the Tusker House breakfast mid-morning as I wasn't married to the idea and seeing how it will affect our wait times convinced me to let it go.

How is Yek and Yeti Counter Service?

So this is what our day at Animal Kingdom looks like now:
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Free Time
Finding Nemo, the Musical Free Time
Lunch at Yak and Yeti Restaurant
Free Time
Kali River Rapids
Festival of the Lion King Show (3:00 PM performance)
Free Time
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
Free Time
Dinner at Flame Tree Barbeque Restaurant
Free Time
TriceraTop Spin

There is free-time built in for autographs and popsicles. I am not convinced we will do Kali River Rapids as our predicted wait time is 71 minutes!
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:34 AM   #34
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Arrival Day- Magic Kingdom

We plan to arrive at the hotel around two and head over to Magic Kingdom by 4 pm. In our family meeting last night, we agreed to pick a couple of rides we couldn't wait to get on and we would do them that evening.

Here is my take on spontaneity!

Pirates of the Caribbean - Daddy & E's pick
Free Time
Dinner at Pecos Bill Café
Free Time
Mickey's PhilharMagic- Mama & A's pick
it's a small world- J & K's pick
Wishes Fireworks (9:00 PM performance)
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:36 PM   #35
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Our first full day- Disney Studios

Our first full day will be at DS. Daddy's birthday falls here and this was his pick. This park seems like one of the least stressful parks for me probably because the shows give lot of off your feet time and there isn't a million things to do. Although when I look at this list- I see a full day. We loved the old parade and are keeping our fingers crossed for the block party. There is no fantasmic that night so I am hoping it won't be packed!
Here's our list of must do's!

Star Tours
Free Time
Jedi Training Academy Show
Muppet Vision 3-D
Lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Free Time
Indiana Jones Stunt Show
Free Time
Block Party Bash Parade
Free Time
High School Musical 3 Show
Free Time
Playhouse Disney Show
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Toy Story Mania (use FASTPASS)
Tower of Terror (use FASTPASS)
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:54 PM   #36
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Full day at Magic Kingdom

We have only one full day at Magic Kingdom. We have two half days that will spent doing personal favorites or ride-agains but this is our main day!

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant
Haunted Mansion
Mad Tea Party
Goofy's Barnstormer
Tomorrowland Speedway
Free Time
Lunch at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
Nap at hotel
Peter Pan's Flight (use FASTPASS)
Splash Mountain (use FASTPASS)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (use FASTPASS)
Pirates of the Caribbean
Aladdin's Magic Carpets
Swiss Family Treehouse
Buzz Lightyear (use FASTPASS)
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Chef Mickey's Dinner
Wishes Fireworks (From Contemporary)
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:58 AM   #37
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Ohana Night

Last night we had Hawaiian night! We made Hawaiian pizza and terriyaki beef skewers. I made tropical smoothies and we sipped them out of coconut cups! I had never actually seen Lilo & Stitch. It was really cute.....



Today's Agenda is to pick up the little things we need for the trip and get the oil changed. We need swim diapers, sun screen, soap and shampoo.

I started paying the children with Disney dollars for doing extra cleaning. J is extremely upset that there is nothing left to clean this morning! I never thought that would happen!
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:47 PM   #38
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Less then 10 days to go!

I am in the stage of planning where I have been planning for so long I don't really believe it is going to happen. I am seriously in disbelief that we are goign to Disney world in 9 days! Everything's payed for.... shopped for.. and planned out.

I have everything we need with exception of swim diapers and shoes for me. I will probably pick up a package of socks for each kiddo....simply because I hate matching socks (to pack) and I know they are in need of some.

A few treasures I picked up this weekend at walmart. 7 disney tees for $49. I am getting the kids trip bags ready. SO far I have:

Highlites magazines
Crayons
Spiral Notebooks
Stickers Galore
Mini-Fuzzy Posters (Disney)
Pipe Cleaners
Markers
Ranger Rick & My Big Backyard Mags
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:04 PM   #39
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A season of sacrifice- Time to Celebrate!

We are a family of six. We have three daughters and a son and are big Disney fans. I hope you enjoy our trip report as I have enjoyed reading so many.

The Back Story

Our first trip to Disney as a family was 4 years ago. It was given to us a s a surprise bonus from my husbands employer. We had a few weeks to plan and although we had dreamed of taking our kids to Disney for awhile, we believed it was out of the realm of our possibilities and ended up with little time to anticipate.
Our next trip two years ago gave us plenty of time to plan, a little experience to base our decisions on, and turned out to be quite the opposite that we expected. We had revealed the surprise on Christmas morning. Our families excitement was so great that they planned to join us! I made and unmade reservations more time s then I could count. Eventually our trip morphed into a multigenerational pool villa trip. I say trip because it was far from a vacation. I realized on this trip despite my strong desire to help people plan a fabulous Disney vacation- I never wanted to experience it with them again.
One week before we were set to leave, Jason my husband developed a massive blood infection. He was admitted to the hospital and began multiple rounds of powerful antibiotics. Everyday we expected him to be released. We made contingency plans that if he wasn’t able to leave the day we had planned, he would fly down and meet us. Despite our family’s trauma, our extended family had locked in vacation plans, prepaid for a non-refundable vacation home, and were to far financially (and emotionally) invested to cancel. We held on firmly to our dream!
Six months pregnant I traipsed through the world with my chin up. We had our good moments, but because Jason was not released until 3 days into our trip and was far too weak to tackle such an active vacation, I spent the week as a single parent. Alaina spent most of the week battling a major ear infection that would turn into a month long illness. The old proverbial saying goes that absence makes the heart grow fonder proved to be true. Although Jason’s job left me to parent our threes kiddos alone much of the time, I wasn’t prepared for how lonely this trip would be. I was reminded of how well we work together and how much we really need him.
Two months later I would give birth to our fourth child, Kaya Faith. Kaya was born premature and required a month in NICU. It was an experience that would change who we were as people and parents. While it was an emotional roller coaster, there were these moments that I will be grateful eternally. Had she been born at home as we planned and joined our family with ease, we would not have spent hours and days holding vigil by her bed. As I our rocked and held her for hours, I realized that this was gift I would not have given her if I was at home with her. There would have dishes, and laundry, and homework, and play dates to attend. As Jason and I spent hours every evening with her isolette between us, I knew that I would have missed watching my husband fall in love with his daughter and me falling deeper in love with him. Our older kids were farmed out to friends and family and eagerly awaited the reuniting of their family and a chance to finally meet the baby they already loved.
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That fall God placed in our hearts a dream of starting our own business. Jason left the job that kept him away for us most of the week to become a work at home dad. I found a full-time photography position and we switched roles for a season. This season required many sacrifices including having a home of our own. In March, instead of taking our now annual Disney trip we looked forward to moving out of our family’s home and into a place of own. After running a business and raising four children out of two borrowed bedroom, the only castle we were dreaming of was a home of our own.
We booked a trip in September during free dining. We knew the healing power a week away could provide and were really hoping to be able to pull it off. Just a few weeks into our new home, my mom’s life began to spiral into crisis. Her and her two daughters ages 9 & 12 were facing homelessness. We invited them to stay ion our home while she got back on our feet. Summer energy cost and the price of adding three additional members to our family made a Disney trip out of reach. With much solidarity, we cancelled our trip.
As the weeks led up to Christmas, we realized that our children were in need of nothing. Even though it had been 18 months of sacrifice and many “not right nows”, our children still had everything they needed and much of what they wanted. We decided to surprise them with a Christmas trip. With spring break a few months away and a tax refund on the horizon, we decided to go for it!
Jason’s birthday would fall over our trip and with the sacrifice our family had made over the last 18 months, the “What Will You Celebrate?” campaign could not have been more fitting.
The big reveal came on Christmas morning. We spend the wee hours of the morning with his parents and came to our personal celebration. We watched the Christmas Disney World Parade snuggled up on the couch. The parade was met with squeals and screams and much joy! Our baby, now almost two had been thoroughly coached and recognized nearly every character. Our girls shared memories from previous trips and my husband and I exchanged excited glances. After the parade Jason said we were going to watch a new movie- a Christmas gift. We snuggled down on the coach in familiar positions. The movie began as many of our favorites, with Tinkerbelle flying over the castle. The next scene shows Peter Pan and Wendy flying to Neverland. The kids are convinced it is Return to Neverland until they here Daddy’s voice over the movie. He proceeds to tell them they are going to Disney World in less then 100 hundred days!
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:28 PM   #41
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Wow! What a testament of strength to a loving family! I can't wait to hear more about Christmas morn!
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We do have an awesome and gracious God. You are a great family of faith and trust. And even in the "trials" you were able to rise above and help others. I love what you said about your children having all they needed and some of what they wanted..if we could all see that May you continue to feel the hand of God upon you
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:06 AM   #43
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Ya'll are very sweet!
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The Planning

The Plans
We spent a good deal of chatter on what everyone wanted to accomplish on this vacation. Having experienced two trips as a family, we had adjusted to the fact that we couldn’t do everything. We allowed each child to pick a character meal and fill in the gaps with our choices. Our family tradition is Chef Mickey’s. We like to spend our last night their, eating, enjoying the characters, and the contemporary. Jason had always wanted to try sci-fi at Disney Studios so that became a priority for his birthday. Alaina picked Ohana’s Breakfast. Our family movie nights would transform Lilo and Stitch into one of our favorite movies and turn Ohana’s into a new favorite. Jayden the ever-princess lover, would pick the castle. Having done this meal on our prior trip without daddy, I agreed it was a god choice. As a group, we picked Akerskus Princess breakfast for our almost two year old Kaya. I choose Cinderella Gala feast for a chance to spend more time with the step sisters. On an earlier trip we met them and fell in love with them. Elisha would choose Garden Grille. With our dining reservation choices in place, things really came together. Later I would regret our decision for so many character meals but more about that as it happens.

We knew flying with four kids would put this trip out of reach for us. We had driven once and flown once and really did prefer to drive. When we considered that flying saved a few hours in travel time figuring in the early arrival, lay over, and transfers to the resort but cost nearly a $1000 more then driving- it was an easy decision.
Our first trip to Disney included a stay at Port Orleans Riverside. We threw around the idea of staying off property or getting two rooms at a value. Knowing this was the last time we could get away with one room on property, we opted for another stay at Port Orleans Riverside. We knew it would be crowded but loved the tall trees and wooded paths that this resort offered. We lucked out and our dates offered the special 7 for 4 deal plus a $200 gift card. Because we were trying to pay as we went, we booked a package with one day tickets. This allowed us to pay cash by the 45 day mark. A few days before we left we upgraded to seven day tickets and added the Disney dining plan.

I am a planner. My husband doesn’t really care about the planning but tends to enjoy the fruits of my labor. He lets me obsess and keeps the eye rolling to a minimum when we are in full planning mode. He has started offering my services to friends and clients so I think he must be more impressed then he lets on. One great discovery this trip was Ride Max. Ride Max brings Disney obsessive planning to a new level. Now I really could plan to the minute!
Ride max gives you the option to choose exactly what rides, attractions, and shows you want to see. You plug in your dinner reservations, breaks, and date and it provides you with a minute by minute account of your day at Disney. You can create different versions of the same plan. I used it to the max!

Jason was less then impressed by all the different versions of a touring plan I could create. As it turns out, while I love to plan, I don’t do that well at following my own plan. I love spontaneity as long as there is a plan to fall back on. Ride Max allowed me to see what time of day rides became crowded and how stopping for a show or meal affected our wait times. As it turns out our best day was when we followed the only agreed upon advice by Disney lovers- Be there for rope drop- did we have the most success. All in all, ride max was fun for me the planner but not really that useful for anyone with a basic knowledge of Disney crowds.

One of the things I will always treasure about the months leading up to our vacation was family movie nights. Friday nights were set aside for a Disney movie. Afterall there any other? Kaya needed to be properly educated before her first trip to the world. In the two years that had passed since we had been to Disney world, our six and seven-and-a half year olds has been immersed into the Hannah Montana- Jonas Brother- High Musical Scene. It was time to return to our roots and pull out the animated films.
Our Friday nights were spent snuggled on the couch where we were immersed in what we love best about Disney. Imagination, honor, perservence, the power of music and true love filled our living room. We ate Chinese food with chop sticks while watching Mulan, drank from coconut cups while enjoying homemade Hawaiian pizza to Lilo and Stitch, had a French picnic while enjoying Three Musketeers, had hot dogs and peanuts as we watched Dumbo for the first time. Some nights other families would join our celebration and others would be just us. Jason and I fell in love with Lilo and Stitch. We had seen before the kids were born and nothing stuck out for us. Watching it with our girls was an entire new story. This time around we recognized the feisty-ness of Lilo in our little girls. The million times we watched that movie or listened in the car as they watched, only made us love it more and reaffirmed our sense of Ohana.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:53 PM   #45
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Hi Amanda!

I'm enjoying your TR... I'm from a big family myself, the eldest of six children, so I know a lot about sacrifice. My parents always talked about taking us to WDW but could never afford it.

That's one of the reasons I feel so blessed to be able to give my own children the gift of a magical Disney vacation (almost) every year.

Looking forward to more plans,

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