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Old 05-27-2009, 12:09 AM   #106
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Have a great time this weekend!
Does that mean the third contest is "How many stops will Brook have to make on the drive?"
YES! We did have to stop a few times...

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Have a great trip!

And 30 isn't that bad! I spent my 30th one week overdue with my first son. Went into labor the next day. Forty was the year I had to go back to work. So for fifty, I had enough money to really be able to do something great (also 25th anniversary year)! There's always so many exciting adventures to look forward to, why worry about aging? It's just another adventure!
GREAT ATTITUDE! And you are RIGHT! Everyday is an adventure. Age is true beauty in my book anyway. I always wonder what my years ahead will hold...it will be fun to look back in 10 years!

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Seven pages already...where have I been? The trip sounds great so far! Have a great time at the waterpark capital of the world - my kind of trip!
Hey you made it! Wisconsin Dells has SO many waterparks. Even the cheapy hotels have little waterparks in them!

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brookelizabeth, I'm jumping in on your PTR, too. There's nothing that I love more than planning for an up-coming trip to The World. I'm so psyched about our December trip, I can hardly stand it. I haven't even told our friends and family because I know what they will say..."What...you're going to Disney AGAIN???" If they only knew that I was also planning actual details already, they would think I have a screw loose. What's great about the DIS is we all feel the same way. A trip that's 6 months away is practically next week!!!! Am I right?
Hello there! Welcome and thanks for reading!!
What dates are you going in December?

I know what you mean about not telling friends and family. None have commented to us, but I'm sure inside they are rolling their eyes or something! Especially since we went in November AND January. I did have one co-worker comment "Is she planning another trip?" one day when I was talking to DVC Member Services on the phone during a break! But then it was followed by "Can I come?"

I love the DIS for the same reason. We do all feel the same way! A trip that is so far away will be here before we know it due to all the planning and advice taking/researching. I love it!

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Hope you guys are having fun, if you aren't home already! Is this a water park like the Great Wolf Lodge I hear so much about? I bet little Henry will have a blast - looking forward to seeing your great pictures!

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Yep! Jen already commented, but the Great Wolf Lodge is very similar to the Kalahari. It's a nice hotel with a HUGE waterpark inside and out.

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Sure am, but would be doing better if I was at Kalahari with Brook! LOL!
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:04 AM   #108
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Thank you! And a BIG thanks for the link in the PM! I haven't had a chance to read through it all yet, but really look forward to it. I can't believe you remembered that I have a degree in City Planning! You have a great memory. The link was a very sweet surprise!

TGM-I'm glad to hear you like it! I kinda want to research the pros/cons of the three I hear about, TGM, touringplans.com and ridemax.com. I'm tempted to email the DISPodCast for advice. Maybe my email will get read on the PodCast!
I guess I remembered that you were interested in city planning because that is something which I find very interesting, too.

I used both TGM and touringplans on our previous three trips. I was afreaid of missing out on valuable information if I did not get both. But to be honest, I think you would be fine which ever one you chose. I actually love reading the Unofficial Guide and therefore I would have bought that book anyway. If you have the book, you can access everything on their site, too. TGM was fun to read through, too. But sometimes it was a bit difficult to find the information I was looking for. Also I found that TGM is not very quick in updating his advice. There were a few areas where I found information that was rather outdated. Both offer sound advice on how to tour the parks. While touringplans objective is to hit every attraction once, TGM offers more advice on how to get to see the big attractions again. That's why I liked to combine them! With regard to best day at which park: I think they usually were very similar for our time frame. All in all I tend to believe touringplans more than TGM - they actually do scientific research and have an statistician doing this. And I am someone who likes scientific approaches.

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What a cute picture! Once again Henry looks so much older!! I am looking forward to hear about your weekend!
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It's good to see your planning another trip to WDW!!! Good luck with those crowds. Count to 10 when it's too much. It really does work.

Your preview looks wonderful! I love the Dells too. There are so many things to do. The Travel Channel had a special dedicated to it. I think they said something about all the water parks and the fact that a lot of them are indoors. I think they are trying to get more tourists to come up there in the winter.
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Thanks for the preview of the Dells! Can't wait to hear all about it!
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:42 AM   #111
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Love the teaser pics! And your new siggy pics are sooo cute!!! When were they taken?
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Hey Brook,

I thought I was subscribed to this and somehow I wasn't! I think I was the 1st person to comment on this new PTR, too! Hmm, something went wrong, cause I missed a lot!!!! I just came over from my PTR to see what was new and to tell how ADORABLE your new siggie is with the pics of Henry!!!!! Too cute!! I have to go back and read and see where these were done, assuming you commented on them already? Sorry about that....off to catch up!! And now, I swear, I'm subbing!!! I can't miss any of your PTR/TRs!!!
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We had a really fun weekend! The indoor waterparks are such a great idea-Joe and I want to go back when the snow is falling so we can walk around in just a swimsuit and shorts and laugh in the face of winter!

Mardi Gras, eh? I can only imagine how CRAZY it would be from stories I hear...are the stories exgarrated, or true?
:D I love it!! Laugh in the face of winter... sounds like an excellent plan! I can't wait for more pictures and stories from the Dells trip!

As far as Mardi Gras goes, the French Quarter really is as crazy as they say it is. It was solid people, lots of drinking and quite a bit of nudity. As a pretty naive sheltered girl, it was an eye opening experience.

For the rest of the city, it was really nothing more than a good time. In neighborhoods, families sat on their lawns to watch the parades go by and we were still able to hit markets and Cafe du Monde.
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I guess I remembered that you were interested in city planning because that is something which I find very interesting, too.

I used both TGM and touringplans on our previous three trips. I was afreaid of missing out on valuable information if I did not get both. But to be honest, I think you would be fine which ever one you chose. I actually love reading the Unofficial Guide and therefore I would have bought that book anyway. If you have the book, you can access everything on their site, too. TGM was fun to read through, too. But sometimes it was a bit difficult to find the information I was looking for. Also I found that TGM is not very quick in updating his advice. There were a few areas where I found information that was rather outdated. Both offer sound advice on how to tour the parks. While touringplans objective is to hit every attraction once, TGM offers more advice on how to get to see the big attractions again. That's why I liked to combine them! With regard to best day at which park: I think they usually were very similar for our time frame. All in all I tend to believe touringplans more than TGM - they actually do scientific research and have an statistician doing this. And I am someone who likes scientific approaches.



What a cute picture! Once again Henry looks so much older!! I am looking forward to hear about your weekend!

I bought the book too, and thought you got complete access to the site, but all I got was the hours and said I had to pay for a membership to get anywhere else. What am I doing wrong?

Brook, the pics look fun and great. Your new signature is awesome too.
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I bought the book too, and thought you got complete access to the site, but all I got was the hours and said I had to pay for a membership to get anywhere else. What am I doing wrong?

Brook, the pics look fun and great. Your new signature is awesome too.
Oh, sorry, I guess that was wrong information then!! I actually have the subscription, too, I guess I needed to check dates before I bought the book... But the subscription is actually quite affordable, especially if you sign up for the Allears.net newsletter, you get a discount code for the subscription.

And, Brook, I agree the pictures in your signature are great!!

Actually just went back to touringplans and this here is from their FAQ:


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1. If you don't already have a username on TouringPlans.com, create a free basic subscription account on the website, including a username and password. Having a username allows us to remember you, and that you're a book owner. (If you already have a username on TouringPlans.com, sign in to the site first before continuing to Step 2.)

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OK, now I'm more confused. I have the 2009 edition and answered the book questions, but it still only let me see the hours and that it?
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I believe he is quite liking the car ride. How cute!

What kind of boo-boo did he get on his elbow in the sandpail picture?

Can't wait to hear all about your fun!
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OK, now I'm more confused. I have the 2009 edition and answered the book questions, but it still only let me see the hours and that it?
OK, I figured it out. I never had signed up for th basic before hand.
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