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Old 02-13-2009, 05:00 PM   #76
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I'm so glad you got some snow over there! We had some but it lasted just 1 day. The snowman and dog are cute.
So have you started any serious planning yet? I am guessing you are waiting for the EMH to come out??? What are you most excited about for your trip?
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:19 PM   #77
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I'm so glad you got some snow over there! We had some but it lasted just 1 day. The snowman and dog are cute.
So have you started any serious planning yet? I am guessing you are waiting for the EMH to come out??? What are you most excited about for your trip?
Yeah we are waiting for the parks hours to come out before we can reallt start planning. Don't think it will be too much longer. As we are staying off site we are waiting for the EMH so we can avoid those parks! The trials of staying off site!!!!!

As for the trip itself there are loads I am looking forward to. But the thing I always look forward to the most is going to the Magic Kingdom on Day 1. Watching the Welcome show and fighting back the tears! Don't know why but I always have to wear my sunglasses. The first sight of the castle is always breathtaking!

I am also looking forward to surprising my Mum with a meal at the California Grill. I know she will just love it!
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:38 AM   #78
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Just checking in....how's it going? No major planning right now for me either...I take that back...my mom is going in April and it will be just her and my Dniece...she is soooo worried she doesn't know what to do...so I am planning her trip.
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:06 PM   #79
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Thanks for the pixie dust! I got into a teacher training course starting in August. Its a one year course to teach primary children 5-11 years old. So excited but really nervous. Its a huge career change.
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Thanks for the pixie dust! I got into a teacher training course starting in August. Its a one year course to teach primary children 5-11 years old. So excited but really nervous. Its a huge career change.

Yipee!!! I'll dance with you!
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Thanks for the pixie dust! I got into a teacher training course starting in August. Its a one year course to teach primary children 5-11 years old. So excited but really nervous. Its a huge career change.
Congratulations! I'm teaching grade four here (9-10 year olds). It's never boring, that's for sure!
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Yay! Congratulations!!!!!
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Thanks guys!!! Its been a double celebration today as its also my birthday!!! 33 today! argh!

Had a busy day at work and then supervised the kids school disco so had a busy day! relaxing now with a large glass of wine!


Desperately want to start planning properly. June hours are now out so will be starting over the weekend - yay!!!!!! Got some bits and bobs bought. Some stuff for the girls to do on the plane - mainly stickers books and activity books so its a start! Have not really started buying too many clothes as yet. I need to get the weight down. I am aiming for a stone by the time we go so that starts in earnest on Monday morning. No excuses or slacking!!!!!

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Old 02-28-2009, 05:51 AM   #85
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Signing up! We will be leaving WDW right before you get there.
I truly loved all the pictures of Scotland and your wedding. You were a beautiful bride! I, too, am a sucker for a man in a kilt hence my obsession with Off Kilter in Epcot. My father's family is Scottish so I guess it's in my blood. (my husband's family is Irish-That makes for big fun!)

Congrats on getting in! It is wonderful you are able to follow your heart and do what you have always wanted!

Looking forward to hearing more planning!!
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:14 PM   #86
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Yay!!! June is out! The planning can start in earnest! Because we stay off site we need to try to avoid parks that have EMHs. I have done a spreadsheet (oh how I love my spreadsheets !!!!!) showing the opening times and parade times/fireworks times for each park each day. Since we are there till the 9th July its only half filled! Not long till July comes out too!

The only thing that does not seem to work out great is that we usually do the MK on Day 1 and enjoy the Welcome Show. This year the MK has EMH on our first day so we may need to rethink the plan. It will be really busy with resort guests by the time we get there. Who knows what we will do but I'm sure we will figure it out.

The other big change is that we have an extra person! Dad has decided that he is going to come with us which the girls are so excited about. There are seats left on our flight so he is going to book them tomorrow.

We had booked an SUV but now need something with more seats so going to have to change our car hire to a 7 seater car! DH panicing about the fact that we may not have enough space for cases and has tried to get me to promise not to take too much and definetely not to shop too much while I am there. hahahahahahahahahahahaha after 10 years of marraige he clearly doesn't know me as well as I thought he did!!!!

We have however decided which meals to do. Obviously we are not on the dining plan so we will mainly eat off property.

Chef Mickeys for breakfast
1900 Park Fayre at the Floridian breakfast
Crystal palace dinner (last night)

And as a special surprise treat (on us) we will be taking everyone to the Califorrnia Grill for dinner. We loved it there and I would love to take my girls and Mum and Dad there for the evening. I am going to try to request a MK view near the window as the girls would love that. I know its a long shot but if you don't ask you don't get. We are going to get everyone to dress up and then drive them there. Not sure of our cover story yet but we will think of something.


So by the end of the month we can start booking these!! yay!!!!



The one thing I am really starting to understand is that the difference between going last time in June and straddling the 4th July holiday is going to be huge in terms of crowds. We are going to have to change how we do the parks in order to get done everything we want to do.


So as you guys are the experts I am going to seek your advice on the must sees and dos in each park. I will write the things that we can't miss and must do and if you have any thoughts please share them. Sometimes it is so easy to pass by an attraction without realising how good it is.


So here goes:

Magic Kingdom

POTC (closed last time we were there so missed it)
Magic Carpets of Alladdin (girls loved this one)
Jungle Cruise (you can't not do the jungle cruise!)
Haunted Mansion (missed this last time too)
Splash Mountain
Thunder Mountain (my fave - will do this multiple times!)
Its a small world (DDs fave ride of all time - will not be able to avoid riding this every tiume we pass it - a real need for strategic route planning round the park!)
Carousel (see IASW!!! same applies!)
Peter Pans Flight
Mickeys Philharmagic (although DD was a bit scared of this last time)
Pooh ride! (too cute!)
Dumbo (missed this last time too - not ridden it since I was small. The line is horrendous though)
Tea Cups (is there anything more fun??)
Goofy's Barnstormer (DD is going to try this ride this time. Her big sister loves it!)
Astro orbitors (yay!!)
Buzz Lightyears Space ranger spin (see if i can match my last trip score of 999999 - don't like my chances!)
Monsters Laugh Floor (never done this show but think it looks fun)


We also want to see Wishes, Spectromagic, the afternoon parade and visit with the characters in Ariels Grotto and also Pixie Hollow.

So what do you think? Have i missed out anything? or is there something in there you would by pass?

Is there any little shows we should try to catch? There seems to be so much going on in MK that it is hard to catch everything.

Anyway - till next time!

Hope you are all well

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You sound like me, you want to do it all. The only recommendations I can think of is rush in and get in line for Dumbo, maybe send someone for FP's for Peter Plan.

Have you done Jungle Cruise in the nighttime and daytime?

Our first trip was during July4th and we rode almost everything, so I know you can do it. I think IASW was the only thing we didn't ride.

Glad to hear your Dad is joining you. This will be a special trip. And the dinner plans at California Grill sound great.
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Your plans sound great. We stay on property and have taken advantage of morning EMH's and I never thought about going on a non-EMH day to rope drop. Are there less people there?
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:34 AM   #89
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:24 PM   #90
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Your plans look great! I can't think of anything you missed.
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