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Old 01-18-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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NEVER AGAIN! A holiday family vacation report...

to my latest attempt at a trip report!

I've tried this several times in the past, and I always seem to be struck by post-Disney depression and begin avoiding the DIS... which leads me to never get my TRs finished.

But this time, I have another trip on the horizon, soon enough that it should prevent PDD from taking hold, so I'm hoping against hope that I'll get this TR finished before we go!

I'm sure you're wondering about my title.... well, you'll have to keep wondering for a bit. If I told you now, you'd stop reading, right?!?! Suffice it to say, traveling with a large group of family members was probably not the best idea I've ever had. You'll understand as I go along, I hope.

Anyway, let me quit babbling and give you the pertinent information.
Dates: 12/27/09 - 1/1/10
Resort: Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, henceforth referred to as SSR
Dining Plan: none
ADRs: (3) - The Turf Club @ SSR (12/27); Boma @ AKL (12/29); and Whispering Canyon Cafe @ WL (12/31) --> all for dinner

The cast:
Me (Michelle) - I'm a 31-year-old Disney lover and high school social studies teacher. This was, I think, my 8th trip to WDW, unless I've lost count (which is a distinct possibility! )

DH (John) - a slightly younger than me Disney lover and high school math teacher. We're blessed to be able to work in the same school, which cuts down on commuting expenses, etc. This was also his 8th trip to WDW, and our 6th trip together.

My mom (Mary) - Mom hadn't been to WDW since 1972, about 6 months after it opened, so she was REALLY looking forward to seeing all the changes since the last trip. She is also recovering from a knee replacement, so we rented her an ECV from an off-site company for the week (more on that later). Mom is a high school special education teacher.

My dad (Jim) - also hadn't been to WDW since 1972, and also looking forward to seeing the changes. Dad has several health problems, and probably should have rented an ECV as well... but he's stubborn and doesn't listen to reason. Dad is a retired high school special education teacher.

John's mom/my MIL (Madeline) - hadn't been to Disney since 1997, right before AK opened to the public.

John's brother/my BIL (Matt - 24) - hadn't been to Disney since 1997, and probably would have preferred a trip to US/IOA for the thrill rides. HUGE football fan, and the outcome of the games on our first day impacted his mood all week.

Our two photopass pics for the week, so you can see our whole group:

Madeline, John, me, Dad


Mom, John, me, Madeline, Matt

Thanks for joining in, and I hope you enjoy our trip (more than I did).
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Bringin' the HAPPY Back! Spring Break 2010 Trip Report
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:21 PM   #2
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Ch. 0 - More Background Info!
Ch. 1 - Travel Time!
Ch. 2 - We're Here!
Ch. 3.1 - Our First Full Day! (morning)
Ch. 3.2 - Our First Full Day! (afternoon)
Ch. 3.3 - Our First Full Day! (evening)
Ch. 4.1 - Tuesday, Dec. 29 (morning)
Ch. 4.2 - Tuesday, Dec. 29 (afternoon/evening)
Ch. 5.1 - Wednesday, Dec. 30 (morning)
Ch. 5.2 - Wednesday, Dec. 30 (afternoon/evening)
Ch. 6.1 - Thursday, Dec. 31 (morning/early afternoon)
Ch. 6.2 - Thursday, Dec. 31 (evening)
Departure Day
Arrival Home & Final Thoughts
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The Summer of Disney - June 2010 & July/August 2010 Trip Report
Bringin' the HAPPY Back! Spring Break 2010 Trip Report
Never Again! Our Holiday Family Trip

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Old 01-18-2010, 05:27 PM   #3
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I'm in. I learned the hard way never to go with family or friends.
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:32 PM   #4
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Subbing in! Can't wait to read all about your Christmas trip!
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Old 01-18-2010, 05:45 PM   #6
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I'm in. I learned the hard way never to go with family or friends.
I did too, unfortunately. At least with family. DH is still convinced we can travel with friends... I'm not in any hurry to try, though!

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Subbing in! Can't wait to read all about your Christmas trip!
And glad to have you, too.

(wow, this might be the most readers I've ever managed to get on a TR, and it's only day 1... this might be a good sign of things to come! )
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When is your next trip?
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When is your next trip?
Spring Break --> 3/13-3/18... first 3 nights at SSR, last 2 at BCV, with the first 3 wait-listed at BCV. I can't wait - I'm hoping it will help bring the "happy" back to my happy place.
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Spring Break --> 3/13-3/18... first 3 nights at SSR, last 2 at BCV, with the first 3 wait-listed at BCV. I can't wait - I'm hoping it will help bring the "happy" back to my happy place.

Great! Can you say DIS meet? We'll be just across the lake! 3/14-3/19 Boardwalk Villas
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I'm in.

We have had five trips total. Each trip my mother has been included and she isn't bad but two of the trips we included other family members and they were horrible.

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I've tried this several times in the past, and I always seem to be struck by post-Disney depression and begin avoiding the DIS... which leads me to never get my TRs finished.
Wow do I ever relate to this! I've just restarted my TR that I tried to do in August when we got home from our last trip! Good luck to us both on completing them!
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Great! Can you say DIS meet? We'll be just across the lake! 3/14-3/19 Boardwalk Villas
Sounds good to me! We'll have to see where our plans match up... I'm following along on Shocker's PTR, so when he gets to park plans...

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I'm in.

We have had five trips total. Each trip my mother has been included and she isn't bad but two of the trips we included other family members and they were horrible.

Never again!!!
Yeah, my parents weren't really the problem either... LOL

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Wow do I ever relate to this! I've just restarted my TR that I tried to do in August when we got home from our last trip! Good luck to us both on completing them!
I'll go look for your restarted TR now and subscribe!
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OK, before I start with the travel day, I should give you some other important information!

We booked our airfare about 6 months out, when I found flights out of Dallas for ~$250pp. My parents booked theirs right away, but I'd left my credit card at home, so we decided to wait and book ours later that day. When we booked, the same flights were almost $75 higher per ticket. That'll teach me to put off buying airfare! DH & I live in the town I grew up in, 40 miles outside of Dallas, and 2 miles or so from my parents. MIL and BIL live in the Bronx, which is where DH grew up.

Our flight was scheduled to leave at 6:20am, and to land at 9:40am. MIL & BIL were not as lucky with their flight times - they took off from NYC at 9:30am, and weren't scheduled to land in Orlando until after 2:00, with a layover in Newport News, VA. This is pretty important to the flow of our travel day/first day in Disney.

Up next: What kinds of problems do we encounter in our travels to WDW???
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I plan on walking over to Beach Club for yogurt parfaits in the morning, maybe we could meet up for that!
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