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Old 04-25-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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Grumpy and his wife and possibly the DIS Food Porn Queen are going to Disney

Hello to all of my old friends and welcome to any new friends who come along for the journey.
Let me introduce the cast of characters:

Grumpy – DH (Mark, aged 57 – we no longer hide our ages)



Mark is the sweetest kid at heart you’ll ever want to meet. He first went to Disney with friends a year or two after Disney opened. He loves everything Disney (watching Disney movies, reading Disney history and trivia, etc.). Mark works in sales and also umps baseball games in the summer (he started to ump games after he stopped coaching our two boys when they went into high school).

Grumpy’s wife – Me (Kathy, aged 52 – told you we no longer hide our ages)



I first went to Disney in 1976 with a girlfriend after we graduated from business school. At the time I thought…okay did that, won’t have to do it again. Then I went with Mark the year we got engaged (1982) and I fell in love with everything Disney – the magic, the rides, the themes, the restaurants, watching young kids the first time they see Mickey, etc. Mark and I have made over 20 trips to Disney now…some just the two of us, some with the kids, some with the kids and my parents, and once with our best friends (to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary). I have worked for for the same attorney at a law firm for 34+ years; I love to read, to DIS and to watch my kids with their sports teams (they both no longer participate themselves, but they both coach; Andy is 24 and Mark will soon be 22).

Here is a picture of the boys, even though they are not members of our Cast this trip. But they are Mark's and mine pride and joy (they've turned into really great young men!). The picture is the last picture I have the boys with their grandfather before he passed away August 2008 (Andy is on the left and Mark on the right of my dad).







DIS Food Porn Queen – Nicki (okay, not giving Nicki’s age because I don’t have her permission to do so )


(Mark and Nicki outside of Starbucks on Marco Island

I met Nicki here on the DIS about 18 months ago. When she found out we were going to Marco Island she told me she lived in Naples but worked on Marco Island and that we must have dinner together. We had it all planned, but then she had to go home to Boston for a family funeral. So instead, we met at Starbucks before Mark and I were going to dinner. You would have thought we had known each other forever. We spent 90 minutes together and never stopped talking. Poor Mark couldn’t get a word in…sorry, honey ). We now talk every day either on FB, email or by phone. We have become super friends and we love her dearly. I’ve not yet had a chance to meet her husband, Todd, but Mark was in Florida last week on business and had dinner with Nic and Todd and they had a great time. If Nicki can get off of work, she will join us for a couple of days at Disney (Todd just got a new job so he won’t be able to join us). We are hoping she can because we know we will have an absolute blast.

This will be our fourth year in a row (we didn't go in 2006). We went in 2007 to celebrate my 50th birthday and my successful breast cancer surgery; 2008 we celebrated our 25th anniversary with our best friends, Tom and Shelley (this was a week after my dad passed away and we almost cancelled...but Dad made me promise him one the last times he was able to speak in the hospital that we would go and celebrate this monumental milestone and in 2009 we just celebrated life in general.

To be continued…when are we going and where are we staying (like anyone has any doubts about the where).

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Old 04-25-2010, 07:00 PM   #2
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We fly into Ft. Myers on Friday, September 17, with scheduled arrival at 5:17 p.m. Now, you may be asking WHY are you flying to Ft. Myers when you are going to Disney World? Why not fly to Orlando? Well, when we were looking up airfares we weren't still 100% we were going to Disney or just to Marco Island. Then when we pulled up air fare of $398 for the two of us round trip, it was Ft. Myers all the way. We couldn't beat that fare (the cheapest we were finding round trip to Orlando was over $300 a person. And, as Mark said, it's only a 3-1/2 hour drive to Orlando and we'll be there b y 10:00 on Friday night and get a good rest and then start our fun at Disney on Saturday morning (last year we didn't get to the resort until 12:00 and it was 1:00 before we got to bed and we were dragging on Saturday).

The where to stay dilemna? This was such a hard choice. lol

Actually, we thought of staying at the AKL this trip, but we really couldn't afford the savannah view and a man my best friend works with said we really didn't want to do standard view; so we decided to wait on the AKL for another trip. So where should we stay? Well, after much thought...okay about five seconds, we decided to "go home."







As many of you know, we have stayed at the CSR eight times and we just love everything about it...always have, always will. With the added queen beds, we see no reason to stay at a deluxe.



Up next: Day One Plans

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Old 04-25-2010, 07:06 PM   #3
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Well, after a restful night in the great new beds at the CSR, we plan on getting up early Saturday a.m. for a 7:30 breakfast at Boma. We went here this past September and fell in love with it...the juice is out of this world.



And we found the selections in the buffet to be very, very good (here are a few pics from last year):





From breakfast at Boma, we will drive to Epcot and start our park touring there.



We'll probably head over to Soarin' first to get Fast Passes.



If the line is not too long, we'll ride Soarin' and then do The Land and watch The Circle of Life (as we get older, we find that we appreciate these shows more and more, especially the ones that teach us or make us think about our actions). From there, it's over to:



Yes, my darling Mark loves these darn birds and will stand outside the sign for 10 minutes just so he can say: Mine. Mine. Mine Mine (I told you he is a kid at heart).

Depending on what time our fast passes are for Soarin', the next stop will probably be one of my favorites -- Imagination. I love Figment. And although not as good as the first production of this ride, it is certainly better the second production, and I do still enjoy it (and it is a good place to cool off).



We'll go back to Soarin' I'm sure by this time, and then head over to the other side of Future World. I don't know if we'll do Universe of Energy; it depends on our mood that day...sometimes we do it, sometimes we don't. Mark will have to miss Mission: Space and Test Track this trip because he will be having back surgery on July 14 and will have to avoid any rides that whip his neck around. So that means no Mission, no Test, no coasters, no Tower of Terror. Hopefully, Nicki will be with us and we can do these rides together (ALTHOUGH I DON'T DO MISSION: SPACE AT ALL--NOPE, NOT ME. DID IT ONCE; NOT AGAIN). We usually save Spaceship Earth (or as my kids always called it -- Grandpa's Ball) on the way out of the park.

Up next...World Showcase...and where will we lunch and snack this year?

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Hey Kathy, I'm here! I sure hope that Nicki gets to join you guys even if it's just for a few days.

Looking forward to reading all of your details.
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I'm here! So excited for you! And keep your fingers crossed...by the end of the week we might be getting some news that would make our next trip to Disney come much sooner than I had previously dared hope.
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Jumping in-how long will you be there for???
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I'm glad you came over.

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Hey Kathy, I'm here! I sure hope that Nicki gets to join you guys even if it's just for a few days.

Looking forward to reading all of your details.
Lisa, thanks for joining. I hope Nic can come too.

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Tina, thanks for joining. And you know that my fingers (and toes are crossed).

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Hi, Mary. We'll be there four nights (we arrive Friday, the 17th, and leave late afternoon on Tuesday, the 21st to go to Marco Island for eight days).
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I'm finally here had to get some since I know this is going to be good. :D
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HEY KATHY!!!

Glad you started your PTR.... now I have to go back and read everything!
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Beat ya, Tim, I READ everything first.

Kathy, I'm so, so sad we're going to miss you by a mere 4 days!!! Poop!

So glad you started a PTR!
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Thanks for joining Kim. Keep the popcorn handy and I hope to update tomorrow (if the office doesn't interfere ).

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Kathy, I'm so, so sad we're going to miss you by a mere 4 days!!! Poop!

So glad you started a PTR!
Liesa, I'm glad you came over to join in my report. Tim, you just can't get away from Liesa and I, can you? Leisa read the start of the report and then posted. You seem to be a little backwards. I know, it is because you are trying to update yours while reading others and can't manage two things at once.
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I know.. I just wanted to make sure I was on the first page..



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Kathy- Your plans sound great so far!!! So are you going to put in a building request at CSR???
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