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Old 03-13-2009, 04:52 PM   #91
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I love the little leprechaun! Thank you!! It took me a few tries to get it on there but there he is! Now I will go back and catch up on your plans!
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Old 03-13-2009, 05:27 PM   #92
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Great plans! You may need to look into getting one of those touring plans. I used one my first trip and felt like I barely spent any times in lines, and it was in March, during spring break times (including mine!) I love your restaurant choices. Only been to Chef Mickey's for breakfast and loved it.

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Old 03-13-2009, 05:49 PM   #93
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Ok caught up now.... I didn't see Space Mountain on your list. We really like that but our kids are older.
One other thing not on your list is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (TTA). That is just a nice way to relax and see the Tomorrowland from up high. It's worth a look, usually there is no line at all.
Tom Sawyer Island is fun to explore if you have the time. In the morning when they start taking people over to the island by boat you can look for hidden paint brushes. If you find one you turn it over to a CM and they give you a FP to something, maybe BTMR?? We were never lucky, but it is fun to look and explore around.
The Swiss Family Robinson Tree House is fun to explore too, usually no line. It's fun to rent the movie before you go so the kids are familiar with the story.
Have a Dole Whip for a treat! And visit the Main Street Bakery... good things in there!!
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Ok caught up now.... I didn't see Space Mountain on your list. We really like that but our kids are older.
One other thing not on your list is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (TTA). That is just a nice way to relax and see the Tomorrowland from up high. It's worth a look, usually there is no line at all.
Tom Sawyer Island is fun to explore if you have the time. In the morning when they start taking people over to the island by boat you can look for hidden paint brushes. If you find one you turn it over to a CM and they give you a FP to something, maybe BTMR?? We were never lucky, but it is fun to look and explore around.
The Swiss Family Robinson Tree House is fun to explore too, usually no line. It's fun to rent the movie before you go so the kids are familiar with the story.
Have a Dole Whip for a treat! And visit the Main Street Bakery... good things in there!!

Sadly the TTA and Space Mountain will be closed for refurbishment during our trip.

We have never done the Swiss family treehouse and also have never been to Tom Sawyers island. That might be a great idea for a little break.

The main street bakery is a must and I tried a Dole Whip for the first time last trip and I felt I ate a little pice of heaven!!!! Must let my Mum try one this year. She will love it!

I might look at a tourinhg plan but my family are not keen on being so scheduled. We have 2 weeks so I am hoping that we can do it all over the 14 days. A touring plan would be heaven for me - I might get one in secret!
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Old 03-14-2009, 05:53 PM   #95
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You're right, I had forgotten that the TTA and SM are going to be closed. That's frustrating... maybe they'll be ready sooner, I'm not sure of the finish date for them.
Ahhhh, 2 weeks of fun in Florida! You will have such a good time!
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:33 PM   #96
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So I know I am spoiled by my DH but I am typing this on my new MacBook which I got today! He bought it for me for starting my teacher training course but of course it will be great to take to Florida and keep up to date. He is a big Apple fan so I am reaping the benefits of his obsession!!!

So the other night I was trying to get to sleep and thinking about the holiday and I realised that it was less than 100 days til we leave. How was I supposed to be getting to sleep after I found that out? I could hardly stop thinking about our trip!

We have made some good plans since the last update. And had a few problems.

The first challenge we came up against was regarding luggage! We are hiring a 7 seat minivan for the 6 of us. It was DH who worked out that the chances of us getting all of our luggage in the car from the airport to Windsor Hills was extremely slim. And that is not even considering that we always bring extra cases home! (little ones packed inside big ones on the way out!!! Need room for shopping!)

So what to do? Take less luggage? Don't think so!

The other issue is that on our first full day we always do the welcome show at the MK and have our first day of Disney in the MK. The problem this year is that our first day is a EMH day. This would be great of we were resort guests but we are staying offsite. We need to avoid EMH days!

So the solution we have come up with is as follows. We will hire a 7 seater minivan AND a small compact car for 2 days. The small car will take some of the luggage to the house. On our first full day DH and Dad will go to the East Coast to have a days fishing with the same company that they went with last year. Last year they left at the crack of dawn and Mum, me and the girls got a taxi to the MK and then they picked us up there later. This time they will go for the day and not have to rush back to get us.

Mum, the girls and I will get up and organised and then head to the Wilderness Resort and rent a Surrey bike for a trip round the resorts pathways followed by lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe. I have never been there yet but the feedback on here is that it is really fun so going to keep all the little tips a secret and get Emma to ask for ketchup!

We then plan to head to Downtown Disney and validate our annual pass. We will have a little wander round the shops and a ride on the Carousel (which Katie is very excited about).

A small trip to Publix for things for the dinner and the rest of the day at the pool.

We will have a nice relaxed dinner when the boys get back and then an early night before hitting the MK on hopefully a slightly quieter day.


We will have to play it by ear but hopefully it should be busy enough to be an exciting first day, Disney enough without having a park day ticket used up, but not too tiring for 2 jet lagged kids.

The other good thing about this plan is that we are effectively there for 15 days (one of which is a half day - our final day) and we have a 14 day pass. So this means that we can spend our last day in the park before going to the airport. We did that last year and it was a lovely way to spend our last day. the girls were kept busy and were tired by the time we got on the plane for our overnight flight.



The other good thing is that finally I have started to seriously exercise to get a bit smaller in the body department!!! I ran for the first time on Wednesday and my legs felt like agony since. Well this afternoon i decided that I should run again and it might loosen them off a bit! WRONG!!!!! It feels like they are about to disconnect themselves, pure pain! I must be so unfit!!!!!! Mind you I did find it easier to run further so thats a good thing. And I am actually really enjoying it. We have had a really lovely spring week - dry and bright. Not too warm although today it did get to nearly 15 degrees C so enough for a tshirt when running. Not sure how keen i will be in the rain though.


For my sins I am the vice chair of our school PTA this year and it is our Spring Fayre tomorrow and I have spent the early part of the evening today setting it all up. Will be there all day tomorrow preparing and then helping to run it. Hopefully we will raise lots of money for the school. So shattered tonight and I am going to head upstairs and have a good sleep and hope that when I wake in the morning my legs are still functional and capable of moving one in front of the other!

By the time I am finished tomorrow I shall be in need of a good relax in front of the TV with a nice cold glass of wine!!!! I shall keep that in mind when I am working away tomorrow.



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Your new plan for MK sounds good. You'll probably enjoy it better on the second day anyway when you won't be so jet lagged.

Good luck on getting smaller!
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:40 AM   #98
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Your new plans sound wonderful.

Hint on WCC, don't be one of the first groups there. We were the first to ask for ketchup, so the waitress brought it all out instead of the usual fun. I sure hope you enjoy. We haven't been for lunch.

I have always wanted to rent a bike and tour around. And love the idea of getting to spend the final day in the parks.

We might just see you there, I plan on going a lot this summer.

And, for the Macbook. Too cool, what a great DH!

Hope all goes well with the school fair! Enjoy that glass of wine!
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I'm back - caught up now. We're going to WCC this trip too!
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Your plans sound very smart! It makes complete sense to take it easy on the first day. How bad is the jet lag? I know that when we went to Hawaii, coming back was the worst!! Hawaii is 6 hours behind Ohio. It took us like 4-5 days before I felt "normal" again.
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:06 PM   #101
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Yay!!!! I have made my first ADR!!!!!!

We have Whispering Canyon Cafe for 12.15 on our first full day. I have also phoned the bike barn and checked that offsite guests can rent a surrey bike and so thats all good. It feels closer now plans are taking shape!

I may require a bit of help - or should i say sneakiness!

DH and I have decided that we would definitely like to book California Grill for everyone as a surprise. The only thing is how do we get them all to the Contemporary Hotel dressed up? And ideas would be gratefully appreciated.

Take into account that noone in our party knows much about Disney - they leave that to me so the actual logistics of the fib don't matter.

Fort example - my idea......

I was going to tell them that I had booked a lovely meal at the BoardWalk so they needed to dress up a bit and that I thought it would be fun for the girls if we park at the Contemporary and get the boat. That way we might catch the electrical water pageant on the way home. Now I know thats impossible but they don't!

Any clues?


Running wise I am doing OK - been out another few times but struggled as I have not felt great last week. i had no energy - very lethargic (think it was a wee bug as the girls were not great either) so running was quite tough. Not that I go far and don't exactly travel at the speed of light! I did feel a bit dizzy though.

I have been for a thyroid blood test as I have a huge lump on my thyroid gland which I have had tested and biopsied in the past. It was benign but I feel it might have to come off this time. Hoping to get it done (if it needs done) before the trip. Get the test results on Thursday or Friday so will know more then. I certainly have some of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid so keeping fingers crossed that it is treatable with drugs not surgery!!

In other planning I have started shopping. Have some super cute outfits for the girls to wear. I am holding off on my stuff till I see if I can get into a smaller size!!!!


Anyway - take care and get thinking of some outlandish stories for me to feed my family to keep my secret!
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Oh, I wish I could think of a good story. All I could think of was one of the photo ops they do. Not sure if they do it at the Contemporary, but I know the Grand Flordian does. Your idea sounds good.

That is fantastic about WCC. We plan on going for our trip in July, just can't book ADR's yet.

Hope you are able to take care of the thyroid problem with medicine and avoid surgery.

Fantastic about running, sorry to hear you haven't felt well though. I understand. Spent January and February feeling under the weather.

Not long before your trip!
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Would be great to catch up for lunch or something when we are over if you are going to be around WDW?
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Instead of saying the Boardwalk, you could say you have a nice meal planned at one of the fancier restaurants at the GF and that's why they need to dress up and that's why you're parking at the Contemporary to "ride the boat over to the GF for fun". And then when you get to the Contemporary, tell them that you want to go up to the observation deck outside the Cali Grill to "take pictures of the view because they let you do that now" and then when you arrive on the Cali Grill floor then you can tell them the surprise!
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I was thinking that same thing as everyone else... the photo in dress up clothes. I know you don't have to be super fancy for the Cali Grill. When we went it was EMH at MK and we went over after dinner and walked around and then got some really fun photopass pictures with the castle lit up in different colors. It was nice in to be in dress clothes for some of of our photopass pictures. I suspect that the hours will be late when you are there even without the EMH.
OR... you could just say you have a surprise for everyone and they have to be dressed up for it... lead them on a guessing game with clues so they can figure it out??? That could be fun too.
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