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Old 12-14-2009, 04:41 PM   #1
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The Most Expensive Free Trip Ever - TR Link is Up! Pg. 164

Welcome to my oft-requested, much anticipated, eagerly awaited (all much to my surprise, mind you) 2010 pre-trip report. I’m hopeful that with the participation of all of you witty DISers out there, together we can make it a fun forum.

A great big to everyone coming over from my 2009 trip report, "I Paid Someone $5 for a Catchy Trip Report Title, and This is All I Got". If you haven’t read it, that’s okay, but when you get a moment, why not take some time and check it out? After all, the link to it is right there. Just three sentences back. Now, don’t count sentences…just go back and click. Click it! Click it!

It’s okay to lurk here, but it’s always nice to post that you’re reading along. And if you do, I promise to give you a in return!

This 2010 trip will be our fourth family trip to WDW. Part of the trip will be an incentive award for my wife’s direct-selling business, and for the remainder we’ll use DVC points. I don’t think I should spell-out the name of the direct-selling business, which isn’t too hard to figure out if you’re familiar with their line of kitchen tools, but I will undoubtedly need to refer to it a lot as I go along here in this PTR, so from now on I’ll call it “PChef”.

This leads to me discuss how I arrived at the PTR title, “The Most Expensive Free Trip Ever”. We had a few other good ones vying for contention. One, which followed the train of thought from my last trip report title, was “I’m Determined Not to Have a Lame Trip Report Title This Time -- Ooops, Too Late”. But I thought, if I don’t break the cycle now, I’ll never be able to. Plus, it’s kind of long. Another title contender (Ha! Literally, a title contender) referred to all of the pressure the readers of my 2009 trip report were putting on me to begin a PTR for 2010. I (and others simultaneously!) came up with, The “Because You DISers Made Me PTR” PTR. This was a very tempting title as well, and I had hard time deciding. I asked my family what they thought, and in typical fashion, we had no clear winner. In the end, as you can see, I went with the one that was the most descriptive of the trip (and the one my wife liked best -- gotta keep her happy!).

So, what makes this upcoming trip a paradoxical, oxymoronic “expensive free trip”? Several things…first, the award is a trip for four people and we’re a family of five, so one person will have to be “bought in”, which is expensive in itself (maybe I’ll get into that in a future post). Secondly, a new development for this trip is that rather than supplying air tickets to trip recipients, PChef is including a “travel allowance”, and the amount will probably only cover about half of our airfare. Thirdly, we’re not sure yet, but because there are five of us we may have to pay for an extra hotel room, which we may split with another family. That’s yet to be worked-out, but potential additional $$. Add to that the cost meals, souvenirs, upgrading tickets, etc., etc., and well, you get the idea. And forgive me if I sound like I’m complaining. I know lots of you out there wouldn’t sneeze at receiving a travel allowance, a few nights’ hotel paid for, and four 3-day tickets. And I don’t begrudge PChef in what they’re including or not including in the award, either. Had Judy been able to earn a higher-level award, we would get a bigger travel allowance and nicer accommodations. Having different tiers of awards is actually a good way to be able to include all types of achievers and reward them appropriately. It’s just that other people hear about these trips and exclaim, “I can’t believe you won a free trip!!”, a statement with a couple of problems. First (here I got with these lists again, what is up with me?), when someone refers to it as “winning”, as if her name was drawn at random in a lottery, it makes the hair stand up on the back of my wife’s neck and her eye twitch, ‘cause it was a lot of hard work. She prefers to say she “earned” the trip, not “won” it. And then the “free” thing again. But the higher the award you achieve, the better the reward.

Okay, it appears that the guy who had nothing to say in a PTR is rambling like a madman , so let’s get to some specifics:

When – Sat. June 12 or Sun. June 13 through Sun. June 20, 2010

Where – Split-stay Coronado Springs and AKL Kidani Village

Who – the same cast of characters as last time…myself, DW Judy, DD16 Lauren, DD13 Marlene, DS10 James. Here we are, out at the Polynesian’s monorail stop after a great ‘Ohana dinner in 2009.



And, the “Who” may be extended to bunches and bunches of PChef consultants and families. If you’re also in the World the week we’re there, you’ll know something is up, believe me.

I was a little afraid to write a PTR, in that I didn’t know what I’d even write about, but in thinking about it, there are lots of things yet to be worked out. For example, it’s December and Judy hasn’t officially earned the trip yet , so we’ve got to follow that progress. She also has other consultants below her in the reporting hierarchy who are close to earning the trip, but may not make it. Then, there’s the whole aspect of traveling with her PChef consultant friends, and how do we make touring plans and ADRs around that?

So, stay tuned!

I’ll save this area below for links to pertinent installments:

Ch. 1 - An amorphous mass of unknowns and issues
Ch. 2 - Organized thoughts have begun to replace the amorphous mass
Ch. 3 - Master Plan boiled down to a spreadsheet
Ch. 4 - How will I fare on airfare?
Ch. 5 - The incentive trip year-end dust has settled
Ch. 6 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 1 - Antwerp, Belgium
Ch. 7 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 2 - More Antwerp Belgium
Ch. 8 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 3 - Amsterdam Netherlands
Ch. 9 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 3 - Glennbo's Gluttony in Antwerp
Ch. 10 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 4 - Vienna arrival
Ch. 11 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 5 - Touring Schonbrunn
Ch. 12 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 5 - A Little Night Music
Ch. 13 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 6 - Touring Naschmarkt
Ch. 14 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 6 - Mozart Walking Tour
Ch. 15 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 6 - Vienna by Night
Ch. 16 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 7 - Touring Karlskirche
Ch. 17 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 7 - Afternoon Wanderings
Ch. 18 - Flashback PChef TR - Day 7 - Dinner at the Palace
Ch. 19 - Snow Update
Ch. 20 - Blizzard, but no Beach
Ch. 21 - Where are we now?
Ch. 22 - Good morning Miss Crabtree
Ch. 23 - Sushi can be fast food
Ch. 24 - Quick little game to get us back on track
Ch. 25 - Quick little game results
Ch. 26 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 1 - An alarming thing happened at Sonic
Ch. 27 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 2 - Glennbo gets the run-around
Ch. 28 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 3 - James' Journey to Atlantis
Ch. 29 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 3 - Sea World shows, shows, and more shows
Ch. 30a- Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 4 - It may be a Small World, but...
Ch. 30b- Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 4 - It may be a Small World, but...(continuation)
Ch. 31 - Ticket to Nowhere
Ch. 32 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 5 - A three-hour tour, A three-hour tour
Ch. 33 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 5 - Crown a new videogame king at Innoventions
Ch. 34 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 6 - Popcorn in the rain at Animal Kingdom
Ch. 35 - Forty days away!
Ch. 36 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 7 - Star Wars characters at MGM, there are
Ch. 37a- Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 7 - But Dad, what about my Jedi training?
Ch. 37b- Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 7 - But Dad, what about my Jedi training? (continuation)
Ch. 38 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 7 - Fantasmic! Take One
Ch. 39 - Two dozen day planning update
Ch. 40 - Backyard in Panavision and Camping pics
Ch. 41 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 8 - Fantasmic! Take Two
Ch. 42 - Flashback '05 PChef WDW TR - Day 9 - Saying goodbye to Port Orleans Riverside
Ch. 43 - Fixin' to leave!
Ch. 44 - We're back! (and replies to posts while away)

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Old 12-14-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:24 PM   #3
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Great title glennbo123 right on the spot!

Love that picture, it's absolutely perfect to present your PTR.

OK, I'm in, let the show begin!
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:37 PM   #4
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:54 PM   #6
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A collective to the first posters - Jenbear123, Tribilín, winkers, and Jordan!



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Yeah, and congrats! That's a distinction I still can't claim, first PTR poster.

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Great title glennbo123 right on the spot!

Love that picture, it's absolutely perfect to present your PTR.

OK, I'm in, let the show begin!
Great to have you along! I always enjoy your perspective from south of the border.

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Old 12-14-2009, 08:40 PM   #8
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Jordan's pimping led me here.

Great start. Can't wait to hear all about it.
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Joining in here too...gotta respect the Pimp...
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Lady Lallie, Poolrat and pipersmom!

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Yeah, more readers! mrsksomeday and punkin413!

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Old 12-14-2009, 10:26 PM   #14
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As there's now another party to join- guess I'll have to.

I even made page one!! Going back to read now....

And since pimping out reports is such popular sport around here, I'll do it for my own. Come join the rest of us over there (link is the "strangers" one below).

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I think you'll have plenty to talk about, and keep us entertained with. No problems there!

Love your leis!

Sooooo, you haven't "reallly" earned the trip yet?? I think you definitely need some of this , Keep up the hard work, Judy!!!
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Hooray! Glad you gave in to the PTR pressure.
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