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Old 07-05-2011, 09:17 AM   #1
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It's my birthday and you are kicking off the Dream...

Thats right, they are going to be kicking me off the Dream on my birthday in February 2012. But they will be checking me into Saratoga Springs once I hit Orlando. Our trip is going to begin on February 22nd, when we fly out of Philly or Allentown, not sure which yet. When we get to Orlando, we will probably hit up the parks. We will be buying our park tickets in advance. We are going to spend February 23rd to the 26th on the Dream heading to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay. Upon return we are renting points from one of the other coaches in our soccer association. He has agreed to add the dining plan for us, so the land part of our trip is going to be pieced together quite a bit.

When we came home in December 2010, we knew our next trip was going to include cruising at some point. Well, the kids knew they wanted to go on the Dream. Since this will be the very first cruise for any of us, we figured, a 3-day cruise might be out best option to test the waters. (no pun intended) We also traveling all that way for three days isnt really worth it, so we found some ways to add a few days in WDW as well.

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Old 07-05-2011, 09:24 AM   #2
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So you want all the details?

The Who: Me - Jason - 32yo father of two amazing kids. Both are straight a students and work very hard to excel in their extra cirriculars. To earn the money, I am Technical Support representative for an ISP in Northeast PA. I am also a board member/coach/webmaster for soccer association and a volunteer firefighter.

Favorite Park: Animal Kingdom
Favorite Character: Stitch
Favorite Ride: Expedition Everest
Favorite Show: Rope Drop at the Magic Kingdom
Favorite Meal: 'Ohana



DW - Leslie - The one that talked me into working on this pre-trip report. We have been together since 1994, high school sweethearts, that had our first date in Fenway Park. We started hanging out on a band trip to Boston and while we were sitting in the right field bleachers, she leaned in said, "so I guess this is our official first date." She is definitely my rock. She has helped me through many tough times, especially when I lost my dad. She is Lab Technician at a local hospital, or "scientist" as the kids say. She is also very active with the soccer association.

Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom
Favorite Character: Malificent
Favorite Ride: Tower of Terror
Favorite Show: Dream Along with Mickey
Favorite Meal: Chef Mickey



DD7 - Kaylee - She is the older of the kids. She will be eight when we travel next to Disney, and it will be her 4th trip already. She loves everything Disney, especially the Princesses. We took her once while Leslie was pregnant with Kory, because she was having trouble with all the special things getting ready for the new baby.

Favorite Park: Epcot
Favorite Character: Jasmine
Favorite Ride: Its a Small World
Favorite Show: Mickeys Jingle Jungle Parade
Favorite Meal: Cinderella's Royal Table



DS4 - Kory - He is the animal of the bunch. He is a very active and loves playing soccer, building blocks, and recently started martial arts lessons. This will be his third trip to the World.

Favorite Park: Hollywood Studios
Favorite Character: Sorcerer Mickey
Favorite Ride: Toy Story Midway Mania
Favorite Show: Festival of the Lion King
Favorite Meal: Pizza Planet



The What: Our first ever Land/Sea trip.

The Where: Again 3 nights on the Dream and 3 nights at Saratoga Springs

The When: February 22nd at All Star Movies(kids choice), February 23-26th (Disney Dream), and Feb 26th-29th at Saratoga Springs.

The Why: Do we really need a reason? Well, it is finally time to go for my birthday, and we are also celebrating our 10th anniversary and me Earning my Ears from the College of Disney Knowledge!


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great start jason!!!! love the ears!
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Hi Jason! I'm joining in! Was curious to find out the meaning behind your title!

Lol at being kicked off the Dream on your actual birthday but at least you will still be at Disney and checking into Saratoga Springs! I would love to do a cruise one day but at the minute with it being my first trip to Disney think I will stick with a land package!

Love that you and your wife are high school sweethearts!

Yay on getting your ears from the College of Disney Knowledge! They look great.

Look forward to reading more!
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A Land\Sea trip is my dream trip so I will be living it through you and your family if you do not mind.
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Great start! I suppose I could live with being kicked off the Dream if I had to 'make do' with Saratoga Springs

Can't wait to read how your first cruise goes!
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:51 AM   #7
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great start jason!!!! love the ears!
I'm surprise you dont have yours yet. It seems to be the cool thing to do for the DisDads...

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Hi Jason! I'm joining in! Was curious to find out the meaning behind your title!

Lol at being kicked off the Dream on your actual birthday but at least you will still be at Disney and checking into Saratoga Springs! I would love to do a cruise one day but at the minute with it being my first trip to Disney think I will stick with a land package!

Love that you and your wife are high school sweethearts!

Yay on getting your ears from the College of Disney Knowledge! They look great.

Look forward to reading more!
Thanks for joining. I read most of your pre-trip stuff yesterday!

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Great start! I suppose I could live with being kicked off the Dream if I had to 'make do' with Saratoga Springs

Can't wait to read how your first cruise goes!
SSR is one of the resorts on the DW's bucket list. Cant wait to cross it off!
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I'm surprise you dont have yours yet. It seems to be the cool thing to do for the DisDads...



Thanks for joining. I read most of your pre-trip stuff yesterday!



Not at all - Hope you enjoy the ride



SSR is one of the resorts on the DW's bucket list. Cant wait to cross it off!
i would but i could give the test!!! i thought about it but i deal with people all day long. i have to make people happy for the temp. in there house. its not easy. eveyone is comfortable at dif. temps. so, the last thing i want to do is try to please someone on a vacation and there are alot of people in this world you just cant please if you had to. so if someone ask me how i do or what i think, i tell them but other than that, i stay away.people have been telling me for year i should do this for a living but than it wouldnt be any fun any more for me.
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I could think of worse places to be kicked out of on your birthday!

Looks like a fun trip!
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Looks like a fun trip!
I have been kicked out of worse places on many of birthdays! Heck, I will just be happy to wake on the Dream.
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great, you changed your pic.
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Thats right, they are going to be kicking me off the Dream on my birthday in February 2012. But they will be checking me into Saratoga Springs once I hit Orlando. Our trip is going to begin on February 22nd, when we fly out of Philly or Allentown, not sure which yet. When we get to Orlando, we will probably hit up the parks. We will be buying our park tickets in advance. We are going to spend February 23rd to the 26th on the Dream heading to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay. Upon return we are renting points from one of the other coaches in our soccer association. He has agreed to add the dining plan for us, so the land part of our trip is going to be pieced together quite a bit.

When we came home in December 2010, we knew our next trip was going to include cruising at some point. Well, the kids knew they wanted to go on the Dream. Since this will be the very first cruise for any of us, we figured, a 3-day cruise might be out best option to test the waters. (no pun intended) We also traveling all that way for three days isnt really worth it, so we found some ways to add a few days in WDW as well.

Table of Contents:
Chapter One: The Beginning
Chapter Two: So you want all the details


You got me with the title! Very interesting PTR! Thanks for posting! I can't wait to read more.
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