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Old 07-07-2009, 11:56 AM   #1
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Our 15 day summer adventure to WDW! NEW TR LINK 11/6 pg. 49!!

Hello everyone! We are just back from our 15 night trip to Walt Disney World!! I am so excited to share all about our AMAZING trip with you all!

WARNING: You will see VERY sweaty people!
You will see repeat outfits!
You will see TONS of pictures!
and for the first time, some video!!!!!

Our journey began on June 20th and came to an end on July 6th! We stayed at Saratoga Springs Resort for 12 nights and then moved to the Boardwalk Villas for our last 3 nights! It was our first DVC trip! We were on the deluxe dining plan for our first 12 nights and then the regular dining plan for the last 3! All I can say is WE ARE FULL!!! We had some AMAZING meals and experiences! OK everyone, BUCKLE UP because here we go!!!

Traveling in our group was, me, Diane (the mom)
Bryan (the dad)
Matthew (child #1)
Eric (child #2)

As well as some guest appearances by our new vacation buddies and friends (to be revealed later)

This trip had been in the works since July of 2008 after our decision to purchase into the Disney vacation Club! I spent MANY hours pouring over so much information! LOTS of planning goes into ANY Disney trip but, one of this length required some EXTRAORDINARY SUPER PLANNING (which is the part I love!) Remember this though because it will become important later on in the story! We had 28 advance dining reservations!!! I had planned EVERY single day of this trip! WELL....................................

ALOT of the planning went out the window, starting the minute we hit the airport to leave!

So join in and follow us on this CRAZY journey and our tales of The World!!

Our first day! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2223128&page=3
Day 2 part one, EPCOT! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post32641637
Day 2 complete! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32656433
Day 3 part 1! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....4#post32668674
Day 3 finished! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32681161
Day 4 Magic kingdom! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32696054
Day 5 started, a change in plans!http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32715566
Day 5 complete! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32718913
Day 6 part 1 PRINCESSES!http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32743884
Day 6, lunch with Remy, dinner Cali Grill! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32764244
Day 7 started, MK & Crystal Palace!http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32793152
Day 7 continued! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32825527
DAY7, DATE NIGHT!http://www.disboards.com/showthread....223128&page=22
DAY 8 part one, Lilo and Stitch! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32910040
DAY 8 finished!http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32925778
DAY 9 COMPLETE! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32957866
DAY 10 COMPLETE! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post32983446
DAY 11 POSTED! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....223128&page=34
DAY 12 COMPLETED! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post33113556
DAY 13 COMPLETED! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post33169398
DAY 14 COMPLETED! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post33326182
Mini Aruba TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post33374333
Day 15, last day: preview of next trip! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post33476900

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Old 07-07-2009, 12:05 PM   #2
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Hi Diane!
I hope you don't mind if I join in! I lurked along on your PTR but have found the joy in joining in now I am addicted

I'm looking forward to hearing all about your trip!! 15 days!!
We were there, at the Poly, for the first week of your trip-the 20th-27th. I am curious to see if our paths ever crossed!

Can't wait to read more!
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:07 PM   #3
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Subscribing! I loved reading your past trip reports - can wait for this one too!!
Me DH DS (12) DD (9) Sammy our rescued dog/1994 18 and fancy free - trip with friends - offsite 9/2007 First Family Trip - POR 9/2008 Going back for seconds with free Dining - POR Sept 09 Bounceback at POP 9/11 Free dining at Saratoga Springs

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Old 07-07-2009, 12:09 PM   #4
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Woo hoo!!! You started!!! I've been waiting for this!!!

Thanks eandesmom!!!
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:12 PM   #5
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:21 PM   #6
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Departure Day

Well, our journey really started on June 19th. The kids and I had just ended school for the year on the 18th and the 19th was packed with family obligations so, when the boys finally got home on the night of the 19th they were OVER the moon excited to rip off that last Mickey head on the countdown calendar!

Our empty calendar!

So surprisingly, the boys drifted off without to much trouble! NOT ME, I was TOO EXCITED to sleep! I eventually drifted off though!

Here in NJ before we left it had rained 13 out of the previous 18 days, the weather had been AWFUL! Bryan and I were nervous that we would have trouble flying out of Atlantic City. Our flight wasn't suppossed to leave NJ until 5:00pm so we had a whole morning filled with last minute packing and house cleaning, lawn mowing and fish tank cleaning activities! Finally at 1:00pm we decide to hit the road and head down towards Atlantic City. The boys were just about jumping out of their skin with excitement! The plan was that we would stop for lunch and then drive to my fathers house and then he would drop us off at the airport so we didn't have to pay for parking for the 16 days that we would be gone!!

When we left it was POURING rain! All of our luggage got soaking wet and so did we! A MISERABLE start to the vacation! Forging on, we drove south and stopped at Chili's for lunch/dinner! We had about 1 hour before we needed to be at my fathers house to make it to the airport on time, we figured it would be NO PROBLEM because my dad only lived about 5 minutes away! WRONG!! We had the slowest service in history! Bryan and I tried to keep up some chit chat so the boys didn't know we were freaking out a little bit about the time! Finally we got our food and had about 10 minutes to choke it all down!! It was hilarious, our table was SILENT as everyone was scarfing down their food! We asked for the check and bolted out of the restaurant headed towards my dad's house! The rain had stopped and the sun was actually out so we thought hey everything should be on time!!!

WELL, we pick up my dad and drive to the airport. We check in go through security and BAM our first hiccup, because of the nasty weather ALL DAY we were delayed an hour! Here is a VERY unhappy Matthew...

Eric and I trying to make the best of it....

Bryan and the kids passing the time....

FINALLY we were able to board and were on our way to the GREATEST PLACE ON EARTH!

We were suppossed to arrive at 7:20 but we didn't land until 9:35...HUGE BUMMER! We made our way to the fake monorail...

We collected our own luggage because we arrived so late, we got it NO PROBLEM and went down to the Magical Express counter! There was no one in line so we breezed through! We were put on a bus immediately and I guess it had been sitting there awhile because as soon as we got on we left the airport!!!!

A happy family on the ME bus!

Saratoga Springs was the second stop. We went to Old Key West first!

Coming up next, would we get our request? How would we ever find our way around in the dark?

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Old 07-07-2009, 12:36 PM   #7
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I can relate to the rain in June. Heck I think it rained practically all of June here in MA too, what a drag!

And your poor son looks so dejected at the airport, what a sad little face!

Glad you made it, albeit a little later than planned. Can't wait for more!

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Yay so glad you started can't wait to hear more!!

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Wow. that was quick!! Love the boys faces, it's so great to see them so excited!!

Looking forward to more!! Glad you made it safely with all the rain!!!

Thanks eandesmom!!!
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:40 PM   #10
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Looking forward to reading about your trip!
Follow this link to see my Not a TR - BUT pics from 1973

10 of us together and whose taking bets on when the bus will get here!
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Yea!! You guys got to ME safely
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:42 PM   #12
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Can't wait for more, I'm sorry to hear about your delayed flight. Hope the rest of your trip was magical!
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Woohoo ... your trip report has begun. Off to a great start Diane
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Yeah, you started I'm in!
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