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Old 04-06-2011, 07:28 AM   #31
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Hurray for more DVC points!!! That's awesome!!!
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:56 AM   #32
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Joining in! We just bought DVC as well so I am anxious to hear about your first trip home and especially about your cruise!

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Old 04-06-2011, 08:02 AM   #33
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I saw that 25 point contract and was completely floored because there are NEVER march contracts (my use year as well). I also saw that 100 point contract. I have looked for a 100 point March AKL contract for 2 years and not seen one. Of course, I see it after I buy at VWL. That's OK. I'm still happy!

So, yeah - more points for you. Congrats!!!!!!

I can't wait to read all about it trip. It sounds like it was wonderful!
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:31 PM   #35
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So happy that you started! Can't wait to hear all about the Dream! It is such a beautiful ship and I can't wait to see her in person someday Great job at keeping the secret from your girls! I would caved well before departure day
Yay for new points AKV neighbor! How funny that you , MEK and I all have March for our use years
Looking forward to your drive and if you had any fun encounters along the way

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I'm here. I'll play catch up tomorrow and start actually reading. We just got back today. I can't wait to hear all your thoughts about the cruise....wasn't it such a beautiful ship...and so much to do
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Woman, ANYTIME, you don't have the ability to use up all those fine points you just give me a holla and we will be more than happy to rent from you!!!!! AKL!!!!! Ramen, forget about it, you are eating condiments outside in the snowbanks for this one!!!
Oh, I'm sure!!! I'm going to be swiping condiments from the office now!

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HI! You should check out my prior TRs - I have a report on the Wonder as well. We drive about 1/2 our trips. What cruise are you taking? I wish I could go every year!!! I have the rest of my life planned out in vacations!


we are going on the Fantasy! We are SO excited, first cruise ever
We are heading to the World in 2 months! Can't wait for that, it will tie us over until our cruise

We have always flew to Florida, but seriously thinking of driving next June for the cruise.

Will check out your other trip reports
So much fun planned! Driving is not that bad, but you just have to have something to help pass the time and good weather helps! We managed to do it fairly inexpensively, considering the constantly rising price of gas these days!! I do enjoy having my car with me. The Fantasy as your first cruise ?? Wow, you are setting the bar high! It's going to be awesome!

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Hooray for more DVC points! That is still on our someday to-do list...buying DVC. Friends of ours own at BLT and they loved it when they stayed there in October. They had a 2 bedroom villa (they went with another family) and said we're more than welcome to join them next year when they will have enough points. Oh yeah!!!
We waited a long time to buy in, but probably could have and should have done it sooner. Resale was something we didn't know much about back then though. Great deals!!! I hope you get to go with them - it would be fun!
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Yea! More DVC points!
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Hurray for more DVC points!!! That's awesome!!!
Thanks! I think we need to settle down now and catch our breaths! Two contracts in 6 months! OY!

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Joining in! We just bought DVC as well so I am anxious to hear about your first trip home and especially about your cruise!

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Where did you buy? I have lots to tell, and I hope to really get going in the next couple days!

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I saw that 25 point contract and was completely floored because there are NEVER march contracts (my use year as well). I also saw that 100 point contract. I have looked for a 100 point March AKL contract for 2 years and not seen one. Of course, I see it after I buy at VWL. That's OK. I'm still happy!

So, yeah - more points for you. Congrats!!!!!!

I can't wait to read all about it trip. It sounds like it was wonderful!
yeah, I had to jump on it. I really wasn't planning on adding on so soon, but I know those little ones with March are rare. I saw the 100 one and thought about it, but it was too much $$ for right now. I think if I hadn't had such an expensive March, I would have been all over it!

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So happy that you started! Can't wait to hear all about the Dream! It is such a beautiful ship and I can't wait to see her in person someday Great job at keeping the secret from your girls! I would caved well before departure day
Yay for new points AKV neighbor! How funny that you , MEK and I all have March for our use years
Looking forward to your drive and if you had any fun encounters along the way

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Hi Tracy! I still can't believe I kept the secret. At least it was only about 4 or 5 months total.
Oh, we had some encounters, I wouldn't go straight to "fun"...

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I'm here. I'll play catch up tomorrow and start actually reading. We just got back today. I can't wait to hear all your thoughts about the cruise....wasn't it such a beautiful ship...and so much to do
Welcome home Jen!!! I saw your pics on FB this morning - beautiful! Your daughter is just adorable! I hope you had a great time!!! You haven't missed much, I'm just getting going!
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Where did you buy? I have lots to tell, and I hope to really get going in the next couple days!



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Old 04-07-2011, 12:25 PM   #39
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Oh, Duh, I could have just looked at your signature - it is right there!

we stayed there (cash with military discount) in Dec 09. It was so nice to walk to and from MK!!! The studio was a bit cramped for the four of us, but I hear they have rearranged some of it now, moving the bathroom sink to be actually IN the bathroom. We even got to swim (it wasn't warm enough for everyone, but it was 80 degrees out!) - nice pool.
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Wow, this is the first time I've ever been in on a trip report this early - I read one of your trip reports before and loved it and can't wait to hear this one, especially the cruise - my next "wish" in a few years!
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Wow, this is the first time I've ever been in on a trip report this early - I read one of your trip reports before and loved it and can't wait to hear this one, especially the cruise - my next "wish" in a few years!
Aww, thanks and You'll find I'm rather slow at updating, so it won't be hard to keep up! I should have an update in the next 24 hours on our road trip and arrival in Florida! I highly recommend Disney Cruises!!!
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Aww, thanks and I should have an update in the next 24 hours on our road trip and arrival in Florida!
WOOT WOOT !!!!! So excited to hear all about the drive down!!! Hope you took excellent notes for me and all the future drivers!!!!
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On the Road Again...

So, where did I leave off? Oh, I was driving. I drove pretty much all the way through Wisconsin. It was rather uneventful. The girls had movies on, they had brought books, crayons, puzzle books, their favorite blanket and stuffed animal. Plus the food bag, it was pretty cozy back there!
We stopped at Exit 185 in Beloit for gas at the Pilot station/Taco Bell at about 6:15. I love how these gas stations are combined with a fast food! All in one stop!! But we didn't actually get Taco Bell. We'd brought some sandwiches and snacks that we didn't want to go to waste. So we ate those.
Gas price $3.46 per gallon.
After this stop, Dave started driving. Timing couldn't have been better (for me!) We had to pay $1.00 toll as we entered Illinois and then the rain started!! Just a little at first, but as we kept going south, it got pretty heavy. I hate driving in rain, and REALLY hate driving in rain in the dark, so it was good that Dave drove. I am the keeper of the toll $. We keep a small tupperware container in the car filled with change (mostly quarters) for all the tolls. When we approach a toll, I dig out the money and hand it to Dave. This trip we opted to avoid Chicago and head south in Illinois on Hwy 39 through Rockford and Bloomington/Normal. A lot less tolls. It kept raining.

And raining.

We stopped at 11:10 p.m. at Mount Vernon to fuel up and take a last bathroom break for the night for the girls. They had been dozing, but woke up for the stop. Gas Price: $3.57/gallon.
DH grabbed a McDonalds Frappe to give him some energy for the night time driving.
I kept checking the radar on my Weather Channel app (very handy!)
Lots of rain ahead.


Still raining.

About the only other people on the road were trucks. That made me so nervous, but DH was fine- he knew that they were going to stay in their lane, and he just passed them quickly. I wanted to sleep, but wanted to watch the road too. I did a little of both.

It kept raining.
At 4 a.m. we stopped again for gas - we'd made it to Monteague (?) Tennessee!! Gas Price $3.43/gallon.

Still raining...

The girls woke up a bit later, and we stopped for breakfast at McDonald's in Adairsville GA. The girls were funny - they kept saying, We know we're in the south, that lady has an accent! Plus, even with the rain, it was noticeably warmer. Of course, just getting to "the south" makes us think we're close to WDW, but Georgia is one LOOOOOOONNNG state to drive through!!

Yup, it's still raining!

We stopped at 10:18 ( I took good notes on the times!) at Macon GA for gas. Here the gas price was $3.49. I think this was the stop where at the intersection for the on/off ramps for the freeway, you NEVER got the turn arrow! People would sit and wait, and wait and two or three cycles of the lights would run through, no left turn arrow. Finally they just went when the green lit for through traffic. It was like the arrow light just wasn't sensing any cars! Very odd.

Sorry about the lack of pictures, but really, anytime I saw anything worth photographing, we were past it in a flash. My phone isn't that quick to set up to take a picture, and the camera was in the trunk (I know, I know, but it was cramped in the car).
As we drove through Georgia, we started to see something wonderful - the SUN was coming out!!! By lunchtime it had finally stopped raining!


Finally, at 1:00 p.m., we saw it!


The Promised Land!!!
We could feel the warmth!
Too bad the girls and I were dressed in mostly black!! That sun was so nice and warm!

The Florida Welcome Center!!!!!


I sure didn't line that picture up well - I cut off the top of the sign!!!
Another family was waiting to take some pictures, and the older lady (grandma I suppose) was very impressed with Sarah's little show off display of flexibility. I must have been rushed. I normally take the time to get the whole sign in the shot!!
Oh well. We enjoyed some wonderful fresh orange juice which Paige said tasted better than any she'd ever had before (well duh, the stuff at home is not exactly freshly squeezed).
Then we were getting so excited we hopped back in the car. We knew we'd make it to Pop before dinner, which was our hope.


Getting excited!!

Now by this point, the girls were pretty sure (in fact we might have told them by now) that we were headed to WDW. We would not tell them what resort we were staying at or for how long.

We got on the Florida Turnpike and paid our $2.50 toll.
Hwy 429 also had a toll - $1.25.

We drove past this...


Saw one of these...Not for us this time!



Almost!!!

We finally arrived at Pop Century at 4:30 p.m.

The kids were really excited to check out a new resort!



I had done online check in and noted that it was Sarah's birthday (that day). We were all set in 5 minutes and the CM not only gave her a birthday button, but 3 carnations! She was feeling pretty dang special! I told her that was a reward for being such a trouper in the car! Paige didn't seem too upset that she didn't get anything, but I did tell her that we were going to be celebrating her birthday on this trip too.

Next up: our room, exploring POP and dinner and a swim (maybe!)

I just noticed the date in the pictures is WAY wrong. I used Sarah's camera, but the date had not been reset for a while. These were all on March 9, 2011!

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Old 04-09-2011, 12:04 PM   #44
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Oh man Sheree! You guys are troopers for doing the long drive from MN. That scares me a little bit. But it sounds like you are pros by now! Hurray for Pop!
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What a drive!!! I can't even stand driving in the car for more than an hour...I go crazy. Your girls seem to do just fine in the car though. So does Madison. When we drove to Annapolis last July, she was perfect. We brought her Nintendo DS, portable dvd player, plenty of books...we hardly heard from her!

As you know, we just LOVE Pop!!! It's such a fun resort.
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