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Old 04-23-2009, 06:49 PM   #31
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I got my Disney Planning DVD in the mail today! I was so excited! C and I watched it together, and then I watched it again with Q when he got home from school. Yes, I cried! I am such a goof!

DH was in the room when they were showing special events. He loved the look of MVMCP, and said "That would be neat to go around Christmas time one year." Of course I sat right up and said, "Oh, really?? Like in 2012?" He rolled his eyes at me. He knows I already am planning that one, too.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:39 AM   #32
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I've always wanted to go to Disney in Christmas time too! Nothing wrong with planning your next Disney Trips a little early!
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:50 PM   #33
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Re: flight rates

Hey Shordie, I missed your post yesterday.

The thinking behind the possible flight rate increase is that gas prices usually go up around Memorial Day weekend and stay high during the summer, so the airlines would be raising their prices, too.

We could be wrong, but I think there's been enough of a trend in the past to believe it's plausible.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:28 PM   #34
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Thanks, Jana! You should start your own PTR so I can follow along with you, too!
I definitely plan to start a PTR soon. Our regular computer stopped working (windows start up problem), and it has all of my pictures & Kodak software on it. My DH was nice enough to buy me a laptop since I was having computer withdrawals, lol. I'm still anxious to get my regular PC back from the shop though ..... I am so afraid that their not going to be able to back up my files (I don't want to lose all my pictures!)

Very cute countdown calendar - that looks like a fun project for the kids - I think I need to make a trip to Home Depot for some "mickey heads".

Yay on booking your flights! That makes it seems so much more real, doesn't it? I've been checking our flights daily - still hoping that they go down a bit in price. My DS 5 is really stressed about flying for the first time, so I've been trying to find ways to make him feel better about it.

It would be cool if they did offer the same Knight package at BBB - my son would love getting the sword. Also I would love to go around Christmas as well ..... definitely planning a future trip for that. Too cute about C tucking in her "Princess."
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:32 AM   #35
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Joining in! My husband and I are going in October for our 3rd Anniversary, so it's fun to read someone else's October Anniversary PTR! I love your countdown calendar, right now we just have a dry-erase board that says "162 Days 'Till Disney Magic" lol

If your daughter is going to do BBB then have you looked into the Pirate's League that is supposed to open in June? Course, you didn't say your son was into pirates, but it seems like a good alternative if BBB doesn't offer anything for boys (I thought I read somewhere that they do spike the boys hair or something, but that might be DL)
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Yikes! I didn't think of the memorial day issue. Maybe I will try to buy before then..good looking out!
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:44 AM   #37
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Joining in! My husband and I are going in October for our 3rd Anniversary, so it's fun to read someone else's October Anniversary PTR! I love your countdown calendar, right now we just have a dry-erase board that says "162 Days 'Till Disney Magic" lol

If your daughter is going to do BBB then have you looked into the Pirate's League that is supposed to open in June? Course, you didn't say your son was into pirates, but it seems like a good alternative if BBB doesn't offer anything for boys (I thought I read somewhere that they do spike the boys hair or something, but that might be DL)
Thanks for joining in!

Honestly, I think Q could care less--he's just that laid-back about those kind of things. I just thought if a sword was involved, like at BBB/DL, then he would be all about it! LOL

I "prettified" my countdown calendar this weekend. I still need to take a pic of it, and I'll share it soon.
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:25 PM   #38
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Yay for getting things accomplished!

I have a bunch of Disney-related thoughts jumbled in my head, so once I sort them out I'll type them into my report.

But...I did purchase our park tickets and our MNSSHP tickets today.

Stay tuned for questions for the veterans, pics of the prettified countdown calendar and planning binder in progress, and a story about a "princess" who evidently is having a bed-wetting problem (and I'm not referring to C).
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:12 PM   #39
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i LOVE planning binders. Can't wait to hear about yours!
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:11 PM   #40
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Changes, changes

I've got to be the worst PTR updater ever!

Life wouldn't be exciting without changes, right? So, we've booked our rental house, bought our plane tickets, purchased our park tickets, and purchased our MNSSHP tickets.

Last week my mother informed me that she doesn't know if she can invest $1k on this vacation. I understand, because she is single and pretty much working on the poverty level, but I just wish she would make up her mind for certain!

After she mentioned this, I spent an hour or two online trying to find a 4 br off-site house that DOESN'T have 2 kiddie rooms. That's much harder to find than you think! I found ONE that our current rental company rents out, and it was kind of bleh. No originality in decorating. Just very vanilla and unappealing. Then I read on the Lodging boards about Windsor Hills. I thought I would check their prices out, thinking no way would a house 1.5 mis. from Disney be affordable! Well, I found TWO houses with 4 bedrooms (3 adult-sized beds and 2 twin beds), nicely decorated, for only $9/night more than what we're paying for the current house. I talked to our family, and they're down with paying a little more to be 7 mis. closer to Disney! One of the houses was even $5/night LESS!

Tonight DH's friend from work calls him and tells him that even though they are civilian contractors, because they work on a military base they can rent an Armed Forces timeshare condo? We need more info. on this, but for a 4 br condo, it comes to $375/WEEK. Yes, a WEEK! But, do I want to be in a small-ish condo with my in-laws (whom I love dearly, by the way), for a whole week?

So, basically everything is in a holding pattern until my mother makes up her mind. I'm also waiting on renting a car until I know how big a car we'll need. I can't fit 3 people in the backseat of a sedan when two of those people are in carseats.

On the plus side, DH is seeing the benefits of staying on-site next time!
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:23 AM   #41
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it's always something, huh! Well good luck and i hope things work out. Is there any reason you aren't staying on site this time? sorry if it's at the beginning of your PTR..i just haven't gone back and looked!
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We're not staying on-site this time because of the sheer number of us--7 adults (if my mom comes) and 2 kids. I also wanted us to have a common area for us to gather for meals, for Q to do school work, for us to play games, etc.

Next time (and I am dreaming here), I would love for us to stay at AKL. Mom has already said there probably won't be a next time for her (if there's a first time), and I don't know if bil & sil will go again. Hopefully they will be in the process of starting their family by then! My mil did express interest in going again, but finding 2 adjoining rooms are much easier than finding 4!
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Pics, pics, & more pics!

I finally uploaded pics from my camera!

In a previous non-update/update, I mentioned a "Princess" with apparent nighttime potty problems:

Oh, the funny stuff I find that C has left behind

I also mentioned that I finally prettified our Disney countdown calendar. Q was so excited when I asked him to pose with it tonight. He thought we were putting it up to start counting down. Poor kid.


Finally (for this post), the kids' Mickey gifts! I racked up at The Dollar Tree the other day. I plan on wrapping these with cute Mickey paper, and leaving them out at the beginning of each day. The theory is that it will help cut-down on the "I wants" at the park. We'll see.

For arrival day:


Other days during our stay:








and finally, for departure day:


I also bought Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Disney edition card decks, 4-2oz. bottles of hand sanitizer, 3 packs of sanitizer wipes, 4 lip balms, and 4 ponchos.

Next post: My Trip Planning Binder!
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Nice to meet you! I'll have my LGMH on my person somewhere, so I hope to see you there!
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