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Old 04-05-2010, 09:48 AM   #16
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Looking forward to reading along!! We are hoping to go in October for Isabel's first birthday. We'll see! Being a Florida resident has its perks in that I can wait on deals to book, since I don't have to even think about airfare.
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:37 AM   #17
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Hi! I am jumping over from the mommy board! I am Cleveland-er too, but we are in Cleveland Heights for the past 12 years or so! I have always taken my babies to Disney...it is a great place for them!!

We did AP's last year and it was great. We only planned to take 2 trips, but we eeked out a third a week before the AP ran out and it was so worth it!!!
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:04 PM   #18
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Hi! I am jumping over from the mommy board! I am Cleveland-er too, but we are in Cleveland Heights for the past 12 years or so! I have always taken my babies to Disney...it is a great place for them!!

We did AP's last year and it was great. We only planned to take 2 trips, but we eeked out a third a week before the AP ran out and it was so worth it!!!
That's exactly what we want to do!

And I'm not actually in Cleveland, but Lake county. So we're very close! A couple of the other moms on the thread are close to us too. We should have a meet at COSI or something.

I'll post a planning update tomorrow!
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:17 PM   #19
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How did I miss this link? I only found it after you mentioned it in your last post on the New Moms thread. I leave in 47 days, and Katie will be 12 1/2 months. I'll let you know how it goes!

I can't take vacation during the school year either-we only get 2 personal days. And we aren't allowed to take them the day before or after a holiday.

One day I will get to go the week before Christmas. I went Thanksgiving 2007, and the Christmas stuff was amazing!
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:16 PM   #20
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My husband grew up in Painesville and when we first married, we lived in Willoughby, so we know Lake County very well!!!
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Old 04-17-2010, 03:21 PM   #21
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How did I miss this link? I only found it after you mentioned it in your last post on the New Moms thread. I leave in 47 days, and Katie will be 12 1/2 months. I'll let you know how it goes!

I can't take vacation during the school year either-we only get 2 personal days. And we aren't allowed to take them the day before or after a holiday.

One day I will get to go the week before Christmas. I went Thanksgiving 2007, and the Christmas stuff was amazing!
Yay! So many of the new moms are going soon! DH gets 3 personal days, but has the same rules as you. Makes me feel better that its not just us!

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Old 04-17-2010, 03:38 PM   #22
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So in lieu of an update to the planning process I thought I would post some random thoughts.

A few months ago I was obsessed with finding a quality baby carrier to tote Lily around in. I even learned the lingo on www.thebabywearer.com which in case you've never heard of it, takes A LOT of dedication.

So I bought a Beco. It's great, but we barely use it and there is no why we will use it any more than that at Disney. Lily is just too heavy. She's over 20 pounds. I spent sooo much time, it's sad. I still have plans to get it some real use at the zoo before I really make up my mind, but I can't imagine the sweat of the carrier in August.

I also stressed over bringing the right stroller. I finally bought a Maclaren off of ebay for a steal and we all really like it (even DH who was a major stinker about it). I love how small it is after using our giant Graco. I just have to buy a couple of accessories for it. We already have a RayShade that I got for $3 on clearance at Marshall's (Score!)

So we have our major touring gear. I plan on using my...crap I can't think of the brand name...it's the bag that is always recommended on here? Oh! Bagalini..ugh mommy brain. I've used it the past 2 trips and barely had anything actually in it, so I'm hoping it'll fit most of her stuff, because it'll fit in the stroller bag.

I picked out a baby sunscreen...who knew that was so difficult? Got Lily a hat and sunglasses (which she actually wears for the most part so far!) I bought her a bunch of super light sundresses, but now worry about sun exposure. lol

K enough rambling. I think I need to read more PTRs and see what other people write about before I bore you all to death!
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Old 04-17-2010, 04:28 PM   #23
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My modem went out 2 days ago, and I was going through withdrawals! No one in my area had one, so I had to send dh to Best Buy, an hour away!

I've bought some stuff for the stroller, too. I have a rain cover and sun cover. I ordered the sunscreen, and think it is at the post office (had a note on my door yesterday that they had a package for me, but haven't had time to go and get it-it is either that or some cute Disney outfits for Katie for the trip). I also ordered a fan for her stroller and got it yesterday.

I haven't even thought about sunglasses! I'll have to think on that one!
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:07 PM   #24
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I've bought some stuff for the stroller, too. I have a rain cover and sun cover. I ordered the sunscreen, and think it is at the post office (had a note on my door yesterday that they had a package for me, but haven't had time to go and get it-it is either that or some cute Disney outfits for Katie for the trip). I also ordered a fan for her stroller and got it yesterday.

I haven't even thought about sunglasses! I'll have to think on that one!
Which fan did you get?
I figured we start with the sunglasses now in hopes she'll be used to them by August. So far she loves them. She looks so adorable with the hat and the sunglasses on, a little movie star. I'll post a pic.
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:27 PM   #25
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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Kel-Gar-Ke...el-Fan/4910778

I thought it would be good for ballgames, too. Now I have to get her some cute disney glasses! Please post a pic!
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:44 PM   #26
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Update:
We are officially booked for December!! I can't believe DH let me rent points this far out!

More details to come!
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:25 PM   #27
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So how in the world did I convince my very frugal DH to take not just one, but 3 trips in one year?

I really have no idea. I do have some educated guesses.
1. DH hasn't been to WDW in 2 whole years. It's driving him nuts. It's very funny, since every year he tries to tell me that we shouldn't go, but we always do.
2. He loves me and secretly really wants to go for Christmas to avoid the drama we had last year.
3. He has his own little princess to spoil now.

Did I mention said princess, is saying "Pooh?" And she absoultely freaks out when Mickey Mouse Clubhouse comes on? The brainwashing has been a success!

So I mention my idea to DH and he was actually interested and I eventually talked him into it, by showing him we could take 2 trips for less than we got back on our tax return! Go me!

So I started researching renting DVC points, since we are going to do that and get an annual pass. After 2 months of looking and waiting to hear if SIL wanted to stay with us in December, I finally rented from a nice Diser!

So we are staying December 18-23 at the Boardwalk Villas!!!!! We'll be right in the middle of the holiday action on the BW, plus within walking distance to DHS and EPCOT!

Is it wrong to be WAY more excited for that trip? I'm worried about crowds, but so excited to be down there for the pre-holiday!

So my next update will be the plans for August. hopefully by talking about it with you guys, I can get in the mood! Though just thinking about it has me
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hey..coming from the mom's board. cant wait to see how ur trip turns out. I so never thought about getting DS first haircut in disney. i think ill have to do that but maybe next time cause he deosnt really have any hair!
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:34 AM   #29
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hey..coming from the mom's board. cant wait to see how ur trip turns out. I so never thought about getting DS first haircut in disney. i think ill have to do that but maybe next time cause he deosnt really have any hair!


I really didn't think Lily would have enough hair, but even though she doesn't have enough for a real cut, we could get a token one, if we weren't going to be back for a while.

If you think of any questions about tips or strategies, ask away. There are a few moms following that have already taken their LO and can answer.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:36 PM   #30
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So here's my August itinerary:

We're leaving Ohio on August 13th, probably in the early evening? I'm so terrified of the drive, I don't even want to think of it. We usually stay in Orangeburg NC on the way down, which is about 10 hours away. I think we may need to stay somewhere closer this time? What do you think? I'm figuring we may be stopping more often.

So anyway, we'll arrive at POR sometime on August 14th, hopefully we won't be regretting the trip! Our Free Dining package starts on the 15th. If we arrive early enough we'll head to DHS and get the park passes from the package started early at Guest Services. (You all know you can do that right?) If not, we'll just chill and recover from the drive.

August 15--head down to check in desk to check in and out and get out dining plan started at 7am (I guess this is the earliest we are allowed to do so).

8:05am--Breakfast at CP; Morning at MK--afternoon break at resort--back to MK depending on DD for the evening as long as she's happy. (heh)

August 16
Epcot--break--Epcot for dinner at the Garden Grill 5:25

August 17
AK--Breakfast at Tusker House at 8:05am--no evening plans

August 18
DHS (unless we get enough done that first day and then we'll go to either EP or MK)
Ohana 5pm--MK evening if DD is up for it

August 19
Not sure...AK is the only good option according to TGM, but I very much doubt we'll want another day there.
The only thing really planned for that day is Le Cellier at 5pm.

August 20
Last day. MK in the morning or maybe hang at the resort for a while and then MK before we leave to head home.

So that's the plan. I'm debating chucking DHS all together to spend more time at MK, because apparently TSM will be closed. There really isn't that much to do there except Playhouse Disney live, but the Animation Studio is such a great spot for characters.
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