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Old 04-27-2009, 09:55 PM   #16
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Thanks for the encouragement jmskinner

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I saw your post on Rottiemom's PTR and thought I would check yours out. My first trip was July 4th in 2006 and I got hooked. Couldn't figure out when I would ever get back and we ended up getting moved to Tampa,FL, just an hour away.

If I can handle my very first trip on a July 4th and still fall in love, I know you will be able to enjoy.
I appreciate your comments. I am happy to hear you managed to get over the crowds and still fall in love with WDW. So when are you going back?
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:57 PM   #17
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Still can't figure out what I am doing wrong with photos and my countdown tag

I plan on trying yet again to post photos tomorrow. I have to get off now to make sure my oldest is preparing for bed. My littlest is already in bed, but my oldest was staying up later.

I am also mulling over something right now, that I will need some feedback on, so stay tuned everyone!

Ta Ta for now
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:27 AM   #18
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I try to go at least once a month for a daytrip. I'd go every weekend if I could. We do have two resort stays, one in July with my BFF from TX and another Labor Day Weekend for the free dining.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, you were thinking about cancelling 50's Primetime. Have you ever eaten there? That is one of our favorites.

As far as how did we survive July 4th and still fall in love, I think it was just the magic. We went commando as you mentioned yourself doing. Got back home and our rears didn't leave the couch until bedtime and found the couch again the next day and still didn't move.

Well, I need to get the kiddo to school.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:57 PM   #19
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Possibly changing my dates

I looks like I could move up our vacation start time up a day or two. This would have us leaving either on July 3 or 4 instead of the 5th. I wonder if this would make a difference in the crowds?

I haven't checked UG lately, but previously, the dates were ranked the same I think. Anyone care to share his or her thoughts on this matter?

I plan on checking into it tomorrow to see if I can change the dates and still get the promo deal.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:45 AM   #20
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We the thoughts of 4th of July crowds scared me away - sort of

I have been calling WDW the past few days trying to change my dates and keep the Buy 4 Get 3 Free rate. I wanted to arrive a few days earlier and leave a few days earlier to avoid some of the local crowd onslaught over the 4th of July weekend.

I was only able to change it one day, so now we will arrive on Saturday, June 28 and check out on July 4th itself. I am not sure if I did myself any good though. I am sure Friday is going to be just as bad as the Fourth.

I am only going to lose one of my ADRs, and now I can try to get others set up earlier in the week.

So, now I have to make arrangements for where we will be staying the evening of the Fourth. I definitely need to nail this down, as I know hotels will be booked everywhere.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:11 PM   #21
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Added another night

Woo Hoo!

I actually added an additional night to our reservation. So, now we will arrive on Friday, June 27th. CSR and the values were all booked, so we will be staying one night at POR and then move over to CSR on Saturday, June 28 for the remainder of our trip.

I will probably keep checking on switching to a value to save a little money.
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Old 05-12-2009, 06:53 AM   #22
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Talking The trip keeps growing!

We will be arriving on Friday, June 26! We couldn't pass up the $58.00 airfare price!

So, now we will arrive on Friday, June 26 at 9:00 AM!!

We will have a room only reservation at CSR, then switch to our package deal the next day. I am hoping that we can pick up the ticket portion of our package a day early. Otherwise, we will we down there a full day early with no park tickets.

Has anyone be allowed to pick up their park tickets a day early?
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:45 AM   #23
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So much to do, so little time!

Where has the time gone! I have been plotting and planning since our last trip in 2005. COLOR="DarkOrange"]Seriously planning for close to two years for this trip. Now, I have 38 days left to go![/COLOR]

It has been a crazy ride and most of it done in secrecy. The very first and last site I check each day is the Dis.

At first I spent the most time on the Budget Board, looking for ways to save money for another Disney trip.

Next, I branched out to the Disney for Families board.

I would find myself reading Trip Reports just to get my "Fix".

Of course the itch got stronger and I ventured onto the Resort board along with the Codes and Rates board.

I checked my email daily for a Pin code - but nada!


Finally, when the Buy 4 Get 3 promo started, I just couldn't resist! It was time! I booked it during the first week it was available in November 2008. This was done in complete secrecy - I didn't even tell my DH. My DH was still not on board with our making a trip in 2009. In 2005, he told me we could go back in four to five years. I keep this in mind, and reserved the room and package knowing that I could remind him of this.

Of course, once the package was booked, I had to visit the Disney restaurants and Restaurant Review boards!

You can now find me on the Theme Parks and Strategies board.
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Old 05-30-2009, 06:52 AM   #24
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After 6 months of waiting- I was able to tell (surprise) the kids!

Fiesta time!

I had been planning for several months on how I was going to reveal our summer trip to the kids. The last time we went was four years ago. For that trip, I created a really cute scavenger hunt complete with small clues and gifts that lead up to the final clue that revealed our trip plans. The kids had a blast running around inside and outside the house looking for clues.

So, I really wanted to surprise them with the trip again this time as well. I like surprising them about a month out so that they have the chance to participate in some of the planning. For me and my DS, a large part of a big family trip is the anticipation and being able to share our plans with others. Many of my kids' classmates have been sharing their plans for the summer, so I wanted my kids to be able to share theirs as well.


With the new promotion and new commercials showing, I decided to tie my surprise announcement in with the new promotion theme. I bought a big round hat box and a helium mylar balloon. Then I created a special gold invitation for the kids. I tied the invitation to the balloon. I put the balloon inside the box along with two autographed photographs of my kids and Goofy. The photos were signed by Goofy saying "Looking forward to seeing you again this June!". I just happen to be acquainted with a personal friend of Goofy. That person gave my photographs to Goofy to sign for me.

I also enclosed:
the customized WDW maps
vacation information
some photographs of CSR, our resort (the pool and playground)
fiesta napkins, salsa bowls, salsa and a bag of tortilla chips.

On the top of the box, I had a cute poster that said, "Fiesta Time!"


My DH had the video camera working and I called the kids over to open a present for the two of them. They were excited since the present itself was unexpected. They pulled the lid off the box, and the balloon rose up (not nearly as high and nice as I wanted but it worked okay).

They checked out the stuff inside and were excited. I pulled out four sombros for each of us. We put them on and danced around. My DD(six years old) put the sombro on the floor and did a little Mexican Hat dance around it. It was lots of fun! I am so glad that I surprised them with the trip.

We have had lots of fun already over the past week talking about what we are looking forward to doing on our trip.

My DD started a countdown on our family calendar. She even drew an airplane and Mickey Mouse on the calendar. It is so cute. I will definitely have to keep the page for a scrapbook memory!
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:53 PM   #25
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Thanks Planning fanatic mom

Thanks to Planning fanatic mom I now have a link to my pre-trip report in my signature.

Now, I just have to load up some photographs to add to this pre-trip report.
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You are very welcome! Now I have found your PTR and Lovin it!

I love the way you surprised your children. EXCELLENT!! I admit I teared up a little.

Now we have to get your pics up and running.

I've never read a trip report about someone who stayed at CSR. I will interested to hear what you have to say about it. It is a resort that I have never even considered.
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It is the moments shared that make a WDW trip so special

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You are very welcome! Now I have found your PTR and Lovin it!

I love the way you surprised your children. EXCELLENT!! I admit I teared up a little.

Now we have to get your pics up and running.

I've never read a trip report about someone who stayed at CSR. I will interested to hear what you have to say about it. It is a resort that I have never even considered.

I am sure you will agree, the best part of a WDW trip is experiencing it with your family and making special family memories!

My DH is tagging along grudingly. I have more than once mentioned that I could take the kids on my own or else take someone else along in his place. I have a friend, another teacher who would have the time available, who would loves WDW. She is even a DVC owner. We even have a wonderful neighbor who has been like a special aunt to our kids. She loves Disney too, and would love to go again with us. She is retired so she wouldn't have to take off work to go. But my DH (bless his sole) said, no. He wants to enjoy watching our kids experience Disney again. So, he says, he is taking on Disney and going for them and me.

He has said that he was more than ready to get home from our last trip to WDW back in 2005 and it was only for five nights. This time we will be at WDW for eight nights plus one night at Indy before we fly out.
I am trying to schedule lots of meat and potato meals for him to help him enjoy the experience. I also will give him the option of sleeping in when he wants too.
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I do agree. It is the time spent together and the memories that makes everything worth while.

It seems to me that you have a great DH. You may convert him yet.

My DH loves Disney and is very excited about our trip. He has been there more than me.

Can't wait to hear more about your plans.
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Hi mdsouth,

Had to come over and check out your PTR after you commented on mine. How cute how you surprised your kids!

Saw that you are going to CSR, that was the other resort we were strongly considering--love the theming of it!
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Hi mdsouth,

Had to come over and check out your PTR after you commented on mine. How cute how you surprised your kids!

Saw that you are going to CSR, that was the other resort we were strongly considering--love the theming of it!
NLD, thanks for checking out my PTR.

I was debating between POR, POFQ and CSR. We stayed at CBR on our previous trip, so we wanted to try a new one. The deluxes are not in our price range, so I had to decide between the remaining three mods.

POR and POFQ both have the boat to DTD.
I think both POR and POFQ look beautiful. I also think our family would have enjoyed taking the boat to DTD
I think it would be nice to stay in a resort that is more compact in size so POFQ was a frontrunner.

CSR is in the process of renovating rooms. My family, especially my DS would love to visit Mexico sometime. So, CSR would be like a virtual Mexican trip for us.
Another swaying decision for me is that CSR has queen beds in the room instead of double beds.
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