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Old 04-09-2010, 06:42 PM   #1
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8 Parks in 9 months aka my first attempt at a trip report (with part one deleted)

I've decided to take my first stab at a trip report as we edge closer to our second Disney trip of the year, to DLP!
I'll start with some introductions~
I'm Alyssa, wife of Mike, mom to Joel. I work full time for a large investment bank headquarted in Boston; I work just south of Boston, and we live south of Boston as well. My DH works for a market research firm. My DS goes to day care/pre school close to my office. We are also long time Disney addicts; Mike and I took our first trip to WDW together back in 1997. We used to swear that we'd never stay onsite and our first trips were spent at some major Kissimmee crapholes (can I say that?) but after an almost 2 year hiatus from WDW we decided to take the plunge and stay onsite in 2002, and we've never looked back. We were engaged at MK on that very trip, and that was also when we got our first annual passes. We became DVC members the same year we got married, in 2004, and spent part of our honeymoon at DLP. We have close to 30 trips combined to WDW, DL, and DLP.
We started taking our son to WDW when he was 12 weeks old, and he's been to WDW 9 times in his 2.5 years, and this June we'll be taking him across the pond!
To explain my title, we had planned on taking a trip to DL sometime this year to check out the new villas at the Grand Californian, the big decision was if we'd go in May for (US) Mother's Day, or in late September. As it turned out for both our DVC points, flight schedules, and vacation budget in general, September won out. That gave us a big, huge gap between trips; there was no way we'd go from January to September without a trip! We were going to try to go to WDW for Mother's Day in May, since DL was postponed, but due to Mike's boss's conference schedule and our DVC points (we have a June use year) and the lousy flights from our area to Orlando, it just wasn't working out
Then came that 40% off at DLP deal! Mike had really wanted to go back to DLP; we had such high expectations that first trip that really weren't met- we were comparing DLP to DL and WDW and you just can't do that. He argued that now we know what to expect (and what not to expect), and the cost for us to go to WDW and get the same package at one of the value resorts was about $500 MORE than going to DLP. AND we had frequent flyer miles approaching the "use them or lose them" stage. AND he said he wouldn't bug me about going back to DLP for at least another 6 years if we went this time. AND if we did go, we'd be hitting EIGHT Disney parks in 9 months, and how cool is that?! We first thought we'd stay at Santa Fe but I said if we were going, I'd rather stay somewhere nicer since we don't go often, so we finally decided on Sequoia Lodge. We stayed at Newport Bay on our honeymoon, and were really disappointed- Yacht & Beach Club it was not. We are looking forward to SL though.

Again, back to the title:
I'm skipping a TR for our most recent WDW trip for the following reasons (besides the fact that we go all the time):
The trip was one catastrophe after another starting the night before we left.
I lost an earring down the bathroom sink, broke a glass nail polish bottle in said bathroom making our vanity look like a murder scene.
We had problems with our home alarm system after Mike tripped it running back into the house as we were leaving
At the airport, Mike ran up the escalator and fell, getting a huge gash on his finger and overall achiness (we had plenty of time, there was no need to rush)
Joel decided to test his independence and our patience and was a run-awayer and bad listener, (really a typical 2 year old), a no sitting in his high chair overall freshy.
Mike ended up with some stomach bug on the day we drove out to visit his godparents in Tampa and we ended up cancelling and he was super cranky overall (but like I said he was sick) and we also missed a breakfast at Cape May; I ended up bringing Joel to MK by myself for the evening.
I was finally able to get an ADR for ohana, which I had been trying to get for a few years, and when we went Joel was really poorly behaved and we didn't really enjoy the meal.
Getting home went ok but Mike got into a car accident on the Monday he went back to work luckily he wasn't hurt and his car was fixed but overall, it was the lousiest trip we've had in a while, because in all honesty, even a bad trip to WDW is better than no trip to WDW, right?

So here we are, back to 8.5 weeks away from Disneyland Paris! While I'm not looking forward to the long flight from Boston to Paris, or practicing my miniscule French vocabulary, I am looking forward to seeing what's new and the same from 6 years ago. I'm excited to take my son to a new (to him) Disney park. I'm looking forward to all I can eat croissants at the resort breakfast but most of all, just getting back!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the ride!
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8 Parks in 9 Months (part II)TR here! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2439987
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:20 PM   #2
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Old 04-10-2010, 04:34 PM   #3
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Gosh I didn't realise your last trip to WDW was so pants!!!

I've not stayed at the Sequoia Lodge but the photos of the pool area look fab. I did go have a snoop around last time (which you'd know if I'd ever managed to finish my trip report from last October lol!) and had a Glowtini in the bar there and then we sat outside in their lovely comfy deck chairs with a gorgeous view, very relaxing

Remind me closer to the time as I have lifetime fastpasses for DLP (which means you'll be able to use your park tickets to get one fastpass and then my ticket to get another one) and I can lend them to you if you think you'll need them, no idea how busy it will be in June.

Am so excited for you guys, really looking forward to your trippie
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I am so excited to read your trippie - hope you have a great time! Enjoy the planning! I returned in March from my first trip in a long time to DLP. Every morning I would walk by the Sequoia Lodge (from the SF) and I loved the smell of the redwood trees! It looked lovely!
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:45 PM   #5
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Today we are 8 weeks away from leaving!

In preparation, today I visited the Disney store near me that is closing this month. I was hoping for really good buys, but I made do with what was there. In the meantime, I've also been getting into Brit's guide to DLP (thanks Booknut!!!) and I've starting to think about how and what do pack. We're still not fully decided on transportation from the airport, and there's a possibility that we might still rent a car. Otherwise we'll take the TVG. I'm just not sure how I feel about lugging luggage and a sleepy toddler in a stroller but we'll see soon enough.
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wow you are so lucky to be visiting all those parks! I have been to WDW 3 times so I am very excited to visit DLP this September, it will be really hard not to start comparing it to WDW so I am really going to try and go with a fresh outlook and hope to get a special experiance from DLP. Can't wait to read your report!
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We are 3 weeks away from being at DLP!! Woo hoo!

I'm trying not to think about the volcanic ash and whether it's going to give us any trouble. I'm also trying to finish up with the Brit's Guide, so if I come across any questions I'll be sure to ask before we leave. I'm also trying to get a mental packing list going, because these next few weeks are going to fly!

It looks like we're going to take the TVG and nix getting a car altogether. Mike needs to get the stroller/aka pushchair/aka pushcart?? all set- we have some safely pieces that were supposed to be put on it months ago...and we've settled on 2 suitcases that we need to pre pack...
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how exciting!

I hope you all have a great time, and the journey isn't too bad!
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Old 05-29-2010, 07:59 AM   #12
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Just realized my whole last post didn't post!

Anyway, here's an update:
We booked our flights to DL for September this week! Woo Hoo! but DLP still comes first!

This weekend, we are setting up our dads with our airport info, as they are driving us to and from. We had an "incident" a few years back where my FIL & MIL were picking me up from the airport, and they went to Boston instead of Providence to get me, so we like to make sure they have all the details
The packing still hasn't begun. The weather at home has been quite warm, so I don't want to pack up any shorts, plus the long range forecast for the DLP area didn't look as warm, so I'd rather wait until the end of the week to really get going. Mike still hasn't decided what he wants to bring for pins either. I also need to decide what to bring in Joel's carry on bag, although I am hoping that he falls asleep right after dinner!
We've also started potty training with Joel, so we'll be bringing diapers (nappies) and pull ups (I don't know what the Brit equiv is to that!). Do the WCs at DLP have little kid sized toilets there? I'm not sure how successful we'll be there, but figure we need to keep trying anyway. Maybe some pixie dust will help our cause
My plan for the weekend is to finish up the Brit's guide too!
Off to my mental packing lists, and to enjoy this glorious long weekend!
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Not long now!!!

We had just potty trained our DD before her first trip to DLP as well! We took pull ups with us (just in case!) and she used the toilets whenever she needed to go. We had a toilet seat with us which we used in the room but other than that she just used the normal toilets, I don't remember seeing childrens ones but some of them did seem to be much lower to the ground!

Once we were in a queue to meet Jasmine when she needed to go and I had to run off to the toilets with her as she wouldn't go in her nappy! Luckily Daddy saved our place and we still got to meet her favourite princess!
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Wow almost there!Have a great trip! I'll be there shortly after you- I look forward to the TR! Good luck with the potty training. I really enjoy the imagineering details and small size of DLRP - hope you find your own treasures and enjoy yourselves!
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Old 06-02-2010, 03:47 PM   #15
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Packing has begun! I can't believe I only have 2 more days of work! We've continue to follow the weather to make adjustments on our pants/short/sweatshirts ratios but I think we'll probably stick with as few jeans as possible as they take up so much room in the suitcase.
I finally finished the Brit's Guide too, and now I'm just going back through it for things I want to remember.
I'm very curious to see how the baby switch goes on rides; we've never actually done it in WDW because it seems like if we both get fastpasses, we just take a turn, where from what I read in the book and what I've been reading on the boards, it seems like we can all wait together? Guess we'll find out in a few short days!!! I also just realized that there's EMH every day!
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