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Old 10-15-2009, 02:37 AM   #31
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Thank You for your service & congrats! DH is already planning how long we could stay using the points we have now (a measely 400 compared to yours) but then again we are only 31 yrs old and have many yrs ahead of us. We also just joined DVC in 2008. I think the suggestions PP have made are wonderful:

Kindle books or library card
post office box
as clutter free as possible - mailing things home
Ask DW where she wants to stay
What does she want to do or see that you may not have done yet?
Variety in resorts - I would include DL & Vero if possible


Myself - I would want to be able to just relax and check out the rest of Orlando too - the shops and interesting things like the stuff on International Blvd - I know I am cheesy but I haven't checked that stuff out in a long time. I would also want to do some outlet shopping. I don't golf myself but if she does - are there non-Disney courses she wants to go to?
I am sure I could think of other things but it is 330 in the morning. Keep us posted!
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:49 AM   #32
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Congrats on your retirement, and thank you for your service.

I think I could live in a studio bathroom if it meant that I could go to WDW for 9 months!!

I'm guessing that you'll get annual passes.

My dh and I lived in a very small house when we first got married. Afterwhile, we hardly noticed it (except for when we had a lot of company). I have to admit that our tiny house made us even closer as a couple. I think I might would consider some kind of small cheapie storage unit to keep winter/summer clothes, etc.

I also like the idea of having picture frames and other personal items sitting around like on the armoires and such. Use your balcony as your great sunroom. Request a big balcony! Some balconies are 3 times the size of others at BWV, IMHO.

I would also get one of those shoe thingies that you put over doors for toiletries and such. Your going to need your space to put family size washing detergent and such in your studio.

I look forward to your awesome trip report!
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:02 AM   #33
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Wow! Congrats on your retirement! I want my DH to read your post- what a nice treat for your wife! (plus, YOU are planning it all, even better!)

Anyway, I think a studio would probably be fine for long term, you and your wife don't seem to have an interest in cooking and you seem like an active couple (if you are going down for marathons). You will probably be out and about a lot. I have had the luxury of staying for long periods in FL during the winter due to my parents living there. I am outside all the time, there is very little rain, the sun is ALWAYS out and I just want to soak up as much of it as I can. I am really only in their house to eat and sleep.

I haven't stayed in a studio long term but my DH and I did live in a cramped place for 6 mos due to a corporate assignment and it was actually very enjoyable. When you are 'free' from all your worldly things you really don't miss them. Plus, you are all a military family-you can adapt to any circumstance and make it work!
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:44 AM   #34
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Congratulations on your retirement, and a big thank you for your service to our country.

One thing I think could make moving from resort to resort easier is an Owner's Locker. It will hold tons of stuff, such as, detergent, framed pictures, umbrellas, first aid supplies....the list goes on and on. Much easier to pack with those types of items than a suitcase and bell services will move it to the next resort along with your other luggage.

Looking forward to reading all about your 9 month adventure.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:03 AM   #35
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Wow, what a fantastic year you'll have.

I know the on-site perks are important, but I wonder if you wouldn't be more comfortable renting out your points and using the cash to rent a house for the full 9 months. That way you'd have a true home base to settle into and call home, rather than jumping from place to place every few weeks and living out of suitcases.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:38 AM   #36
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Congratulations. You are now my hero !!!

Now. I'm not sure I would want to stay in a studio for more than 2 weeks. Space would be my primary concern. Not sure about your wife but thinking about the amount of clothes I would need is enough for me to get bigger accomodations.
After 9 months that studio could turn into a homicide crime scene.

One more suggestion as far as details go. You are going for a long time and trying to squeeze in alot. Some of my best trips especially to Europe involved a lot of "laid back" "no guide, no itenerary" moments. While I love cruises and Adventures by Disney they are highly regulated. Make sure you have a lot of "do nothing" type of days in between.
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:37 PM   #37
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First thank you to you , your wife and your family!

Second I know others thin kthe home base idea is good and although I would usually agree - as the queen of OCD and things in their place - I say just go for it!!! Stay everywhere and enjoy the space you have!! I think even I could handle a "hotel room" at Disney!!! I mean after all as someone else said you are going to have LOTS to do so I think it would work!!

I second the Owners Locker - that might be a good way to organize clothing - according to season/need. Pack one with warmer stuff, jackets, sweatshirts and one with cruise attire, one with summer clothes and the guys at OL will do the work - you could trade lockers in and out. Might also help to pack a few surprises in each locker - little gifts, books, music to change things up a little.

Enjoy!!
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Old 10-15-2009, 04:12 PM   #38
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...I know the on-site perks are important, but I wonder if you wouldn't be more comfortable renting out your points and using the cash to rent a house for the full 9 months. That way you'd have a true home base to settle into and call home, rather than jumping from place to place every few weeks and living out of suitcases.
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.....I second the Owners Locker - that might be a good way to organize clothing - according to season/need. Pack one with warmer stuff, jackets, sweatshirts and one with cruise attire, one with summer clothes and the guys at OL will do the work - you could trade lockers in and out. Might also help to pack a few surprises in each locker - little gifts, books, music to change things up a little.

Enjoy!!
The OP's DW's only request was that she would not have to do any cooking and cleaning. I can't see the home base option fitting those requirements.

The Owner's Lockers do sound like a great idea. I think you could get away with two--summer and winter. And the addition of a few surprises .

The library card may not work as you will not be a resident of Orange County. http://www.ocls.info/Card/Default.asp Do any snowbirds know how Orange county deals with temporary residents? If you get a postal box at one of those packing stores (UPS or something similar) you'll get an address, not just a P.O. Box number so perhaps the library would accept that. Also since you are retired military they might be more flexible. Otherwise a Kindle might work better.
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Old 10-15-2009, 06:14 PM   #39
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Gosh, I thought DVC Mike was the luckiest guy in the whole world with his points.....you win ....that is just awesome!!

Couldn't have said it better!!!! First I fainted when I read your thread. Now YOU ARE MY BIGGEST IDOL!!!!!
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:12 PM   #41
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Thank you for the service to our country!!!

Relax and enjoy!!
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:51 PM   #42
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OMG! I am so jealous!!!!!!! This is what I always pictured my husband and I doing sometime in the near future (5-7 yrs). I never thought it could actually be done but it sounds like you are off to a good start. Congratulations to you and your lucky wife! But after all those years of you and your buddys keeping us out of harms way, I'm sure getting to know you all over again is going to be great!!!!!!! Keep us informed! Thank you for protecting us!
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:25 PM   #43
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Congratulations. The only thing that could enhance your plan for me would be to be in a 1BR, and to be at BLT overlooking the MK. Waking up and looking out your window to see Space Mountain and Cinderella Castle would be my dream come true.

Enjoy, you have earned it.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:34 PM   #44
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Old 10-17-2009, 01:05 PM   #45
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Congratulations on your well earned retirement and a big THANK YOU to you and your wife for your service to our country and the sacrifices you have made over those 33 years!
My only advice is to be sure and stay at HHI for a nice long visit-I think it's a beautiful and romantic resort for couples. Lots of great places to eat at all price ranges and plenty of day trip options.
Have fun planning and be sure to update us on what is decided!
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