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Old 05-16-2009, 11:14 AM   #1
a little on the OCD side
very impulsive, which doesn’t bode well for our credit cards!
They don't call me "Clever Claire" for nothing!
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Arrow What a "Wonder"-ful World! PTR....is leaving for the most Magical place on Earth!

Well I thought it was about time I got my act together & get on with my Pre Trip Report.....so make yourself comfy & let the planning begin!!!

The Cast:

Me = Claire (will be 34 at time of trip )
DH = Lee (will be 35 at time of trip)

This will be our 6th Trip to the "Place where the Magic happens", our last one being in December 2008 when we had a fantastic 17 nights & our first experience at Christmastime in WDW.

I should point out that December was supposed to be our last trip to WDW for a while as we both want to travel to other countries. However last August when they announced Free Dining & 40% off I decided to just have a little look at the pricing. Lee was lying on our sofa having broken a bone in his hand the day before & was dosed up to the eyeballs on strong pain killers when I discovered the amazing prices! So what is a girl to do? She should get her unconcious husband to agree to another trip of course! Lee really isn't a big Disney fan & just goes along with it to please me but he managed to murmur a "thats a good price" & I had it booked within seconds before he had time to come to his senses.

I booked 14 nights at Old Key West with Free Dining & a 14 day park hopper but within a few days I had managed to persuade hubby that we should do a short cruise whilst we are there to see if we like it. With that in mind I changed our Disney UK booking to 13 nights at Old Key West with Free Dining & a 21 day park hopper followed by a 4 night Cruise on the "Wonder" & how rude would it be if we came back off the cruise & just came home? A little bit more persuading got me 4 more nights staying at SSR (AHEM - - more on that later!) when we disembark....so in total we have an amazing 21 nights in Disney Heaven!!!

Fast forward to 2009 as I didn't do any other planning last year (other than booking our flights & paying in full for the cruise when the $ was 2 for 1! ) as I wanted to have something to look forward to when we got back from our December trip to help combat those Post Disney Blues. Once Christmas & New Year were behind us I started to plan, there were one or two things we missed in December due to us both being ill, me the first half of the trip & Lee the second half. The main one being a trip to the Kennedy Space Center, we have never been before & although I could take it or leave it I think Lee would enjoy it so that is a definate for September.

Other things that I have booked so far are the Hilton Gatwick Hotel for the night before the flight, I got a great deal using Tesco Club Card Vouchers thanks to a thread from Joh (Wilma-bride) . I also booked the car park at Gatwick when BCP had an early booking offer on, 23 days parking for £109!! I've also rented a car for 10 days with Alamo (at the Swan/Dolphin). So everything is booked & paid for in full, most of the spending money is loaded onto our FairFx Cards, I just want to get a few $$$ in cash. Now I am sitting back waiting for the September hours & the ADR window to open up.

I'll leave it there for now & will post my plans & adr's in the next day or so...

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Old 05-16-2009, 11:28 AM   #2
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Sounds great so far Claire. Love the thought of you taking advantage of your 'high' husband to book it in the first place, and then thinking it would be 'rude' to fly straight home after the cruise.

I'm sure you will love SSR, it's a lovely resort and we had a great time there last month.

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Old 05-16-2009, 01:20 PM   #3
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Lee was lying on our sofa having broken a bone in his hand the day before & was dosed up to the eyeballs on strong pain killers when I discovered the amazing prices! So what is a girl to do? She should get her unconcious husband to agree to another trip of course!
Great way of booking a holiday
Sounds like a great holiday planned Can't wait to read more.
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:59 PM   #4
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Looks like you have another great trip planned.

I know what you mean about the post disney blues i always need our next hol booked so i have something to look forward to once were back to normality.

I hope your both going to be well for this trip and enjoy the space center.

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Old 05-16-2009, 03:05 PM   #5
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Sounds like a great trip Love the fact you got your hubby to agree while drugged up, must try that on dh

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Old 05-16-2009, 03:59 PM   #6
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Oooh wow Claire your plans sound great
It is coming around so quick, hope to see you therefor a meet, drinkie shop etc
We have 12 days before we can start ADRs, the only one I have booked so far is T Rex
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:01 AM   #7
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sounds fantastic
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sounds great and I love the fact you took advantage of your dh's situation can't wait to hear some more
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Are us blokes really that easy to take advantage of

Remind me to never get dosed up on pain killers if my DW is ever planning anything. Sounds like us fellas need our wits about us at all times.

Great trip in the making. Hope it all goes to plan.

Can't wait to hear if DH breaks his foot between now and then and you end up staying on an extra couple of weeks to do Disneyland Calafornia, followed by a short hop over to Hong Kong
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:57 AM   #10
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Your plans sound great Claire You're going to love the Disney Wonder
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:11 AM   #11
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Lovely to hear all about your plans and hope you are both well on this holiday, fingers crossed. It is a shame we are not there at the same time because I would have tried to meet up. At least I can point you in the direction of all the best Pandora shops when I do my report.

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Old 05-17-2009, 10:11 AM   #12

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Can't believe I missed this, Claire!!! Hope Richard and I can meet up with you and Lee whilst we're in the World together!!! And I agree with Mandy - you are going to LURVE the Wonder...
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:46 AM   #13
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great pre-trip Claire
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:56 AM   #14

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all sounds great Claire
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What an amazing trip you have planned. I so loved our Disney cruise and of SSR is my most fav. disney resort.

hope you have a great time

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