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Old 05-20-2009, 01:20 PM   #61
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useful threads

Here are some links to some of the threads I included in my planning binder:

Disney Movie Theme Night Ideas:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1707141

MK tips (this was on page 11 of the Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies board! )
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2162490

Epcot tips
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2165142

DHS tips
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2159097

AK tips
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2158273
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And just for fun, what my DH does while I am obsessively Disney planning:

Playing World of Warcraft. I used to play with him every night, but my DIS obsession has made me cut back on my WoW time.
LOL same here! He's asked me "so what are you going to do once our trip is over" (hopeing I would say I'd start playing WoW again) - I of course told him "Plan for our next trip!"

Love the binder! Especially the back cover pic, that is too cute!
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:17 AM   #63
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Hi, Leita! I did get one night of play in last week. I'm less than half a level from 77! Argh, so close!

Last night I got an email from our rental company that the home we rented from them is no longer represented by their company. Bummer! They offered me two other homes for the same price. The home I chose is 1.5 levels. 4 bedrooms are downstairs, and 1 bedroom is upstairs. All of the bedrooms have their own bathrooms. The kitchen is a nice size, too. I like the looks, and the decorating, of the other available home better, but the kids' bedroom would be upstairs, and DH & I would be downstairs, and I didn't like that. It is 1.5 miles closer to WDW than our other house, so that's nice!
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:07 PM   #64
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Disney shopping!

I did some Disney shopping today! Yay! But before I get to that, here is C decorating her poncho. I "hemmed" it with scissors. After I hemmed one sleeve I realize I shouldn't have done that. Now there is a big gaping hole on the side of it.








Can you tell who her favorite princess is?

Now, for the exciting stuff! I got my Disney Visa, and you know I've been cruising Disney Shopping for deals since then. We found a Cinderella castle playset for C for Christmas:







Waay cool!
The other things I got are personalized groom & bride mouse ears for DH & me. Mine will say "10 years" on the back, and his will say "10-16-99". I also got an Ariel bathing suit, cover-up, and towel for C, and a Wall-E towel for Q. I love shopping, even if it is virtual shopping!

I ordered our personalized park maps last week, and we got an email today saying those are en route!
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We got our Disney maps today! Yay!

I have some pics of C plotting her route through the parks, and some video as well. I'll try to upload tonight.
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*shameless bump for myself so I don't lose my report completely*

Update coming on Sunday: our Mickey ears are in, and our first Disney Family Movie Theme Night! (Peter Pan)
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What a cute castle!

I am also in love with your planning binder and countdown calendar They both look great!
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Kriddlet! Thanks for the compliments!

The castle is BIG. I was expecting to hide the box in my closet. Ummm, no can do. It is still in the Disney shipping box, on top of a shelf in the garage! We (yes, I mean WE! ) are going to have so much fun with that toy!
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Disney mail!

We got two exciting packages in the mail last week: our personalized maps, and our bride & groom personalized ears!

C loved the maps!



She was plotting out her route. Ariel's Grotto is her #1 destination!

And, my much-coveted Mickey ears:

DH holding them for me



I can't decide when to wear them. Our actual anniversary is our travel day, so should we wear them on the plane? on our first day at the parks? to our anniversary dinner at California Grill?

Up next: our Peter Pan Party!
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Peter Pan Party!

As part of our Disney Preparedness Campaign, we are having a family Disney movie theme night every Saturday from yesterday until the Saturday before we leave for Disney!

We invited another family that is also going to Disney sometime soon--either August or October--they haven't decided yet! My friend and I will switch off the hosting duties.

Last night I hosted, and the theme was Peter Pan! It was so much fun! I bought $1 wooden treasure boxes at Michaels, and filled them with necklaces, rings, and gold coins from The Dollar Tree. I made two treasure maps--one for my family, and one for the other family. I placed the siblings' treasure boxes together, on top of a black "x" in the yard. The oldest sibling got to lead the way to the treasure by reading the maps. The dads helped. Once they found their treasure the kids' brought it inside, and painted their treasure boxes!





After they were done painting, it was time to eat! Our menu included Pirate Pizzas (french bread pizzas that got left under the broiler a little too long! ), fruit skewer swords, and Tinkerbell cookies (little sugar cookies I bought from the grocery store bakery, topped with icing and sprinkles).

The decorated table:






After dinner, it was movie time! Q is not a sit-still-and-watch-a-movie kind of guy, but he surprised me! He really enjoyed it, and was laughing and having a great time. My kids had never seen that movie, and I hadn't seen it in a long time, so it was a lot of fun.

Next week my friend is hosting, and she chose Finding Nemo for her theme.
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Bump for Sunday's update: Finding Nemo night
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Finding Nemo party! 6/13/09

This Saturday it was my friend's turn to host a Disney movie theme night. She chose Finding Nemo.

To start with, the kids painted plaster fish statues:






For dinner, we had fish sticks & mac 'n cheese with goldfish (like Nemo & Marlin in their sea anemones):



After dinner, they had another craft--sea-themed necklaces:




Posing with their completed necklaces (and chewing on salt water taffy ):


For dessert was yellow cake with blue sea icing, and Finding Nemo fruit snacks:


Finally, us watching the movie (the man is my friend's husband):




This Saturday is our Cinderella party. I'm going to cook a fancy meal, and we're going to focus on table manners. We'll see how that goes!

On a planning note, I'm still in a holding pattern until they release park hours and I can make ADR's. The only thing that is kind of stressing me out is that we haven't booked our rental car yet! DH's company gets a discount through Avis, and my mom gets a discount via AARP for Alamo. I'm still trying to find the "best" rate. I'm afraid if we don't make a decision soon, we will be stuck with either a luxury car, or a compact!

I'm also still looking for the perfect park bag. I thought I found one at Target, but then I came home and looked at the reviews, and they pretty much said the bag falls apart within 3 months. I need a medium bag--one bigger than, say, an empty nester or a single person would need, but smaller than a backpack. I bought a soft sided cooler to go under our double stroller that will hold our water, our snacks, and our lunches, so those will not have to go in our park bag. I am overwhelmed with choices from the bag thread. I think I just need to hold the bag in my hands and check out all the compartments for myself.
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Cinderella party

Ok, I've been talking to myself for a while now. Kind of depressing, but if nothing else I'll keep on updating just to use it as a journal for our scrapbook.

Last Saturday we hosted a Cinderella themed party. I was thinking fancy, so I got out the lace tablecloth, bought some flowers at Harris Teeter (for a steal! $2 for the carnations and $5 for the mixed bouquet!), and roasted a chicken with vegetables. It was dee-lish! Our drink options were sparkling apple cider or sparkling lemonade. For dessert we had cherry pie. I bought blue Chinet for the kids, and the adults got to eat on our good china.

The craft this time was to decorate foam tiaras (or a crown, for Q) with glitter glue and jewels. I had the tiaras, crowns, and glitter glue leftover from Q's 4th birthday party, so all I had to buy was the jewels, and I had a 50% off coupon for Michaels.

As the crowns were drying, I sent the kids outside to do a shoe hunt. I told them Cinderella had lost her shoes, and they needed to find them. I hid 4 pairs of my heels in our front yard, but evidently I didn't make it hard enough. They were back in about 30 seconds.

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close-up of the decorations, courtesy of The Dollar Tree


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We're having another theme party this Saturday, and my friend said it will be either Beauty and the Beast, or Lion King.

Also on Saturday, we get to break out our countdown calendar!
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OMG, your parties are awesome!!!

Great job!

I wish I was in the vicinty! Or the country! Lol.
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Welcome back, Torsie! I would definitely invite you to my parties if you were in the country!

We booked the rental car! I forgot that little tidbit! My husband's company gets corporate perks, and one of the special offers this month was 40% off through Avis. So we booked an SUV. I had wanted a minivan, but it was something like $140 more a week.

My friend just called and said they have plans for Saturday that she forgot about, so it looks like we will be on our own! I can't not have a party, since that will be the day we put up our countdown calendar, so I think we will have a Little Mermaid party! C will be overjoyed at this, of course!
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