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Old 03-10-2009, 09:43 PM   #1
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I think we ate at every character meal.. TRIP REPORT w/pics! FINISHED!!!!!!!

This is my 1st trip report.. so I hope someone out there decides to read. We were in Disney from 3/1-3/8 but our trip started on Friday 2/27...... I guess before I start I should let you know the cast. It was ME Tim 31, my DW Melody 32 & our DD2 (2yrs and 352 days her birthday is 3/11)





Some background.....

For years Melody wanted to goto Disney. I was always like 'we'll go someday'. I never really had an interest to goto Disney. Growing up I saw a lot Disney movies mostly because I have a sister who was a little younger than me. But I really felt I would rather vacation in other places. We've been on 2 cruises, Florida, Islands, Hawaii, etc. So we have traveled together.

We got married in September 2004 and in March of 2006 Juliana was born. It was the happiest day of my life and was the first time I ever cried tears of joy. We love being parents and Juliana had a normal first year of life. She was sick 1 time in her 1st year. Well at her 1 year check up the doctor felt what she though was an enlarged spleen. Being that Juliana was sick just 1 week before her appointment, the doctor wanted us to come back in 2 weeks. We went back for another check up and the doctor still felt what she thought was an enlarged spleen. She sent us to the hospital to get blood-work done and an ultrasound. Before the blood-work was even done, while they were doing the ultrasound they saw something that wasn't right. The hospital sent us back to the pediatricians office... during the short drive back there we knew something was wrong. We got to the office and they escorted us to her small office room. She sent us directly to a children's hospital. Well to make a long story short, our daughter was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor in her kidney. This form of cancer effects 500 kids yearly in the US. She had to have surgery to remove the tumor and her kidney as well. Juliana spent over 1 1/2 weeks in the hospital and had to have chemo for 5 months.

She is a tough little girl who has been through a lot. She still gets random fevers that she has to goto the ER for. But her CAT scans, X-Rays, and Ultrasounds show no cancer.

Fast-forward to March of 2008.... This was our 1st disney trip. We stayed off site at the Sheraton Vistana. We went with our friends who have 2 young kids around Juliana's age. We were so excited for this trip because of Juliana's diagnosis and treatment we couldn't go anywhere and had stay close to the hospital. We went to magic kingdom the 1st day and when she saw Cinderella's Castle she was in awe. I'll never forget the look and how excited she was. That was the day when I was hooked on disney as well.

Waiting for our 1st boat ride over to the Magic Kingdom.


1st time on Main St.


Well i'll be continuing this report with plenty of pics.... Next stop the day before we leave!!!!!! Or how this trip came about..........

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TABLE OF CONTENTS...

1) Intros
2)Trip Background
3)Night before leaving
4)Arriving in Forida
5)Playing at the beach
6)Arriving at CSR
7)Dinner with Cinderella
8)MK.. Here we come!
9)MK.. Here we come PT.2
10)Tuesday March 3rd Hollywood Studios
11)Tuesday March 3rd Exploring CSR & 'Ohana Dinner
12)Wednesday 3/4 What are we doing today???? Hanging out at CSR
12a)The Mad Hatter & Pooh Fight... Video
13)Wednesday 3/4 Chef Mickey's Dinner
14)Who says EPCOT isn't for Kids????? 3/5
15)Who says EPCOT isn't for Kids?????Pt.2
16)MK Take 2!!!
17)MK Take 2!!! PT.2
18)Last day...... Let's see some Animals!!!
19)Last day...... Let's see some Animals!!!Pt.2
20)Last day...... Let's see some Animals!!!Pt.3
21)Jiko AKL Dinner
22)Oh NO! We didn't want this day to come!!!!!!
23)Dining ADRs and favorite meals
24)Photopass Pics 1
25)Photopass Pics 2
26)Photopass Pics 3
27)Photopass Pics 4
28)Photopass Pics 5
29)Photopass Pics 6
30)Photopass Pics 7
31)Photopass Pics 8

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Old 03-11-2009, 02:55 AM   #3
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Can't wait to hear about the character meals!!!! We love them too, and did lots on our October trip. Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

Your daughter is beautiful. What an ordeal your family has been through. So glad to hear that she is doing better. And how much more special it must have made your first trip to WDW. I would bet you cried lots of tears of joy on this trip.
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Here I am...can't wait to read more. You have a beautiful family.
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:05 AM   #6
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIANA!!!

I just showed Juliana your post.. She loves all the dancing smilies ..

OK i guess its time to start typing the next part of this report.

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For the March 2008 trip, we bought 8 day non-expiring passes and only used 4 days, so we planned a short trip in October 2008 for 5 days. We did a time share presentation at Silver Lake Resort. We sat through the talk... 2 1/2 hours later we were walking out with 2 one day passes to Disney. And without buying anything. (They make it sound so good).

Now on our first trip we got to visit Melody's grandmother who lives in the Sarasota area. We never get to see them and on the October trip we didn't have enough time. She felt bad that we didn't visit so she kept talking about going to see them.

Well in November I started seeing the buy 4 get 3 free promo for Disney. I kept thinking about it and I for Christmas I surprised them with a trip to DISNEY! There was a package under the tree addressed to all of us from Santa. There was a note in it:



There was also our ressie info, t-shirts that I made (thanks DISigners), and the 2009 unofficial guidde to disney.



I signed up on the Disney website for the call on Christmas morning. They opened the package at 8:30 and at 8:40 Mickey called to talk to Juliana and to tell her that he was waiting for us. Well the first call disconnected and I was kinda bumed. About 10 minutes later it rang again. IT WAS MICKEY! And Juliana got to talk to him.


Now that I got all of this out of the way.... Next update... They day before we leave!

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Love your report so far! And love the pics. Your daughter is beautiful!
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What a great Dh and DF you are!!! We just got back from CSR too. It's my new favorite place!!!

Can't wait for more...
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wow- Great report so far. We are going in 7 weeks!! Your daughter is beautiful. I cant believe all she has had to go through already in her little life.
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What a fun trip report! I can't wait to see all the pictures! What a great dad you are.. bet you get a lot of extra points that Christmas!
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Love your report so far! And love the pics. Your daughter is beautiful!
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What a great Dh and DF you are!!! We just got back from CSR too. It's my new favorite place!!!

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We loved CSR. I wish we had more time to enjoy it.. You'll see what i'm talking about once I get going.

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wow- Great report so far. We are going in 7 weeks!! Your daughter is beautiful. I cant believe all she has had to go through already in her little life.
She has been through a lot but she is a strong little girl. I know this is cliche but you don't think about certain things until they happen to you or someone close to you. You hear about CANCER in the news, papers, TV shows, and just people talking about it. But it never hits you or the severity of it until it hits close to home. It has really opened our eyes to the struggles of people around us.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIANA
I hope you got everything you wished for

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Happy Birthday Juliana!!!!

I am already loving your TR! Your daughter is beautiful, I can't wait to hear all about your trip.
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