Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Pre-Trip Reports and Plans
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-30-2011, 11:20 AM   #1
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

My ** Memories of Ma **Pre-Trip Report

Hi everyone

I have posted a few times around the boards about my story & my plans that unfortunately were canceled, but this time is different.

Here is my story,
I'm Ellen, a 22 year old full-time student due to graduate *FINALLY* in June with my BA in English Writing. I also work full-time at a hotel ten minutes from my campus. My life changed drastically this past February.
My mom was the most absolute angel. Epitome of pixie dust. She always wore her heart on her sleeve and everyone who met her fell in love with her. My mom and I did so many things within 21 years, so many road trips and adventures. But the one thing that was always a constant--our love for Disney. We both had the faith of a child. My mom's eyes lit up each time we saw the fireworks and of course we both cried. The last time we went together was August 2009. I remember holding my mom's hand on top of the Contemporary Resort watching Wishes.


me and mom by alwaysellen, on Flickr


I also held my mom's hand as often as she held mine. My mom was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in March of 2007 with heart attacks spaced throughout 2006 and the years after her diagnosis. But my mom was never a patient, a dear, sweet guest of the nurses and doctors. She was never a number, but just a tender pull on everyone's heart strings that renders the question, why her?

My mom fell into kidney failure this past December, she came out of it like a champ but we still canceled our December trip. She was home for Christmas and was determined to go to Disney in January. At 2am on January 7th, I took my mom into the ER and she never came back home. I reached a breaking point of anxiety and lack of sleep so I took one of my girlfriends to Disney the end of January. My picture on this site is me writing "mom" in a heart on the Poly beach.

The Thursday before my mom passed away she told me we should have planned a trip in May. I went to visit her, as I did every single day, to find that she passed away at 10:45 am on February 20th. My angel on Earth had become my guardian angel in heaven. I cry nearly every day, I miss her more than anyone could ever understand. The majority of my life, she was all I ever had. We were each others' rocks, our best friends, our worlds. I miss her so deeply.

*insert break to grab tissues*

so now here I am, less than 60 days from the THIRD trip I have planned since my mother's passing. I am determined to go. Sunday November 27th-December 1st at POP! I will be going solo and dedicating my trip to the memories of my mom.


I hope you will follow me, cry with me, laugh with me and most importantly, get to know my mom. I know any Dis-er would have loved her.
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip


Last edited by stitches of laughter; 10-12-2011 at 09:37 AM.
stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 10:36 AM   #2
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

let me start by introducing myself,

I'm Ellen! I am a 22 year old full time student and employee. I study English writing and will be *finally* graduating this June. I work full time at a well known hotel in the Chicago suburbs. This is going on my fourth year in the hospitality field. I plan on using my degree to get up in the ranks in this field. Be it sales, accounting, and maybe my dream job of being a motivational speaker for corporate level hospitality managers.


upload to flickr gf by alwaysellen, on Flickr
I absolutely LOVE Disney, particularly Disney World. I love the magic and happiness it creates. I have planned several trips since my mom passed away, but have canceled for various reasons. My 45 day mark is coming up (Oct 13th) and I am crossing my fingers I am paid off by then so I have to go. No ifs ands or buts. I have been non stop since February. I had to up and move my life, and I haven't had a moment to take for myself or to remember my mom.

I hope you all will join me during my PTR
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip


Last edited by stitches of laughter; 10-12-2011 at 09:37 AM.
stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 10-02-2011, 06:49 PM   #3
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

ADR's

I must admit I suffer from frequent ADR changes. I always feel like I could "better" use my dining credits. I upgraded my free dining plan to Deluxe (oh lala). I've done it twice, to the point of being a master at the art of eating.
so here we go:

Day [one]
Arrival! Check in POP!
MGM!
Lunch @ 50s Prime Time
Dinner @ Yachtsman

Day [two]
MK!
Lunch @ Liberty Tree Tavern
*haven't been here since it was a character dining spot
Dinner @ Artist Point

Day [three]
AK! & DTD!
Lunch @ Yak & Yeti
Dinner @ Narcoossee's

Day [four]
EPCOT!!
Lunch @ Coral Reef
Dinner @ La Hacienda

Day [five]
last day
MK!
Lunch @ Tony's

those are my ADR's as of now

any suggestions?
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip

stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2011, 11:44 AM   #4
bkandreu
Mouseketeer
 
bkandreu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 160

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom.. She sounded like a wonderful person and mother. I hope I can have that sort of bond with my child whenever I become a Mom! It got me teary eyed just reading about it. I think it's a great idea to take a solo trip.. especially in memory of your Mom. You will have a great time!

Have you ever thought about eating at Le Cellier in Epcot?
__________________
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2806814 <----- Read My Pre trip report!!!
bkandreu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2011, 11:52 AM   #5
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

Quote:
Originally Posted by bkandreu View Post
I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom.. She sounded like a wonderful person and mother. I hope I can have that sort of bond with my child whenever I become a Mom! It got me teary eyed just reading about it. I think it's a great idea to take a solo trip.. especially in memory of your Mom. You will have a great time!

Have you ever thought about eating at Le Cellier in Epcot?
have I ever thought of it? Ohhhhh I have dreamed about it! My mom & I once ate there in the early 00s and have been trying to hard to get ressies ever since, but I have fallen in love with Coral Reef and I want to give La Hacienda a fair shot, I love mexican food!!

thank you for replying to my report, too. I began thinking that no one liked me
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip

stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2011, 12:05 PM   #6
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

favorites!
how could anyone go to Disney and not form any favoritism over anything

favorite park: Magic Kingdom
*EPCOT a close second!

favorite ride [in each respective park]:
space mountain & pirates!
soarn' & spaceship earth
tower of terror & rockin roller coaster
dinosaur

favorite souvenior:
mouse ears! & pins & any accessory

favorite snack:
i love anything from the confectionary
namely, FUDGE!

favorite mode of transportation:
monorail

favorite resort I have stayed at:
yacht club

resort I want to stay at most:
poly & contemporary!

favorite restaurant:
California Grill & Coral Reef

favorite Princess: Ariel & Cinderella

favorite fuzzy friend: stitch, I have no clue why
& Minnie (love of polka dots)
& figment
& sully
& donald!!!

favorite songs: spaceship earth soundtrack, imagination, any little mermaid song, pochontas, any many more! oh! monorail loop!!!

favorite movies: little mermaid, UP!, toy story, monsters inc, cinderella

there are many more favorites, as you will come to see throughout this PTR

next up,
I will add pictures & plans!
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip

stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 11:30 AM   #7
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

this friday! friday friday friday, gotta get down on friday

this friday's paycheck determines if I will go on my trip. I have a $400 balance left & it's due October 13th.

So I am even more excited for this Friday to see what my paycheck is (I know, I know how do I not know what my check is going to be but my hours vary between 36-45 hours a week and I have to take into consideration my other bills, too.

In the mean time I day dream about the food I am going to eat, what outfits I am going to wear for the insane amount of photos I am going to take. I take full advantage of the photopassers. I feel as if Disney is an endless photo shoot.

I also avoid this movie review that is due tonight that I have half way done. Andddd the twenty pages of Aristotle I have to read by two, oh college life.

Thank goodness I am graduating in June, which leads me to another announcement:
after a few months of not speaking to my dad after my mother's passing, we have built a relationship we never had. I see him nearly every week, we go out to eat and he tries to make sure I have enough of the essential things (toothpaste, diet coke, ya know, the necessities of life!) So, I am trying to convince my dad to join me on my first day. He is in his 40th year as a teacher in the same district he started in. He also takes care of his dogs and the dogs my mom had, as well as my Boston Terrier, Stevie. All in all, he is my dad and I am grateful to still have a parent. Regardless of how emotionally inept he is, I can still say he is my dad and I shouldn't discredit him for future things just because he came short in the past.

Back to the point, he keeps saying no to joining me for one day BUT!!!!
this weekend he suggested...drum roll..

THIS SUMMER!
he probably just said that to shut me up, but little does he know,
that makes me open my mouth even more! mwauahahah

plus my birthday is one week after I graduate, so many
things to celebrate!

so that is my recap for right now,
please join me through this planning!
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip

stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 08:19 PM   #8
inkedupmomma
If you live to be a 100, I hope to live to be 100 minus 1 day. So I never have to live without you.
 
inkedupmomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bucks County,Pa
Posts: 3,995

SO sorry to hear about your mom I'm glad you are taking this trip for you and her though! I love the DxDP!

i'm subbing and looking forward to reading along!
inkedupmomma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 07:18 AM   #9
bkandreu
Mouseketeer
 
bkandreu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 160

Oh gosh! I really hope that paycheck is enough to let you go to Disney!! That would be great It's very good that you have a relationship with your Dad.. I'm excited that he may be going with you in the summer.. And all people should know that nothing excites a Disney person more than suggesting ANOTHER trip!
__________________
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2806814 <----- Read My Pre trip report!!!
bkandreu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 09:35 AM   #10
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

Quote:
Originally Posted by inkedupmomma View Post
SO sorry to hear about your mom I'm glad you are taking this trip for you and her though! I love the DxDP!

i'm subbing and looking forward to reading along!
yay! welcome
I love the dxpd too! I love looking at the menus, have you read my ressies? what do ya think?


Quote:
Originally Posted by bkandreu View Post
Oh gosh! I really hope that paycheck is enough to let you go to Disney!! That would be great It's very good that you have a relationship with your Dad.. I'm excited that he may be going with you in the summer.. And all people should know that nothing excites a Disney person more than suggesting ANOTHER trip!
thank you & welcome! I know, my dad should be very well aware of mentioning another disney trip is a bd idea if he wants to shut me up about THIS trip hahahaha
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip

stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 09:42 AM   #11
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

high ho, high ho, off to work I go!

As I rolled out of bed at 5:19 this morning all I could think of was...this is paying my way to disney..this is why I will be able to buy another lanyard of pins...


workkkkk!
645-5!
plus tonight I have to put together a 10 minute presentation on Bill Bryson's rhetorical strategies in his book Made In America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States


and I am first up. Go me for at least wanting to get it out of the way

So, since I will have nothing but work & disboards to keep me going until five. feel free to drop by & give me your input on how to make my trip memorable!

one of the things I want to do is the Animation studio in MGM. I love drawing and think it would be fun

any ideas
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip

stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 10:06 AM   #12
Cafeen
DIS Veteran
 
Cafeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Mobile, Alabama
Posts: 4,853

I like your ADR list. LTT Lunch is one of my favorites, and the sig choices are very good. (Well, I haven't been to Narccoossee's, but the others, yes). Hacienda was also very good when I was there last week.

As far as the 10/13 thing. You could also consider doing what I did to get my package paid off in time. I had slacked on paying it in payments, so when the bill was due it was about $1000 left on it. I dropped the dining plan from DxDDP to DDP and was able to squeeze the payment in. I then later reupgraded back to DxDDP. Just note that you have to reupgrade no less than 3 days before the trip, and if you do it too close (mine was a week), you may be charged an extra $15. Still, if it's $15 extra or can't get it paid in time... I know which I'd choose .
__________________
-- Allan (Smugmug / Flickr)
(Completely redid smuggy collections, See the Shared with Disboards gallery for broken images in posts.)

Next Trip: NOT Solo... 10/17-10/27 @ Pop/CBR split. This time with Brother, Sister-in-Law, Nephew, and Mom (well, at least mostly not solo.)
TRs: Learning to NOT Photograph Fireworks Behind Trees (Sept 2012 PTR (no TR... yet?)
New Camera? Sounds like a perfect excuse for another Disney trip! (Sept 2011 PTR/TR)
Cafeen takes it slow in Sept... (Sept 2010) || Daddy for a week... - (Sept 2009)
Cafeen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 10:25 AM   #13
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cafeen View Post
I like your ADR list. LTT Lunch is one of my favorites, and the sig choices are very good. (Well, I haven't been to Narccoossee's, but the others, yes). Hacienda was also very good when I was there last week.

As far as the 10/13 thing. You could also consider doing what I did to get my package paid off in time. I had slacked on paying it in payments, so when the bill was due it was about $1000 left on it. I dropped the dining plan from DxDDP to DDP and was able to squeeze the payment in. I then later reupgraded back to DxDDP. Just note that you have to reupgrade no less than 3 days before the trip, and if you do it too close (mine was a week), you may be charged an extra $15. Still, if it's $15 extra or can't get it paid in time... I know which I'd choose .
you are a GENIUS! I would have never thought of that! I just may do that. Also, since I am so close to the 45 day mark, is it weird that I haven't gotten ANY paper work from Disney? Not even the coupon book or anything

I haven't been to LTT since 2005ish, when the characters still made rounds there. I love Tony's because of their zuichinni fries-yum!

I have never been to Artisit Point, Yachtsman or Narcoossee's (which I am a bit hesitant because I am allergic to seafood, buuuuut definitely not steak AND the night I am going to Narcoossee's is a very merry holiday party night and I want to watch the Holiday wishes from the Poly beach
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip

stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 12:01 PM   #14
Chicago Mo
DIS Veteran
 
Chicago Mo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Chicago Illinois
Posts: 4,637

I am IN! I am SO sorry to hear about your Mom...
Chicago Mo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 12:29 PM   #15
stitches of laughter
Mouseketeer
 
stitches of laughter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Posts: 287

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chicago Mo View Post
I am IN! I am SO sorry to hear about your Mom...
thank you

I am growing more and more excited. Especially when I work with my co-worker Kathe! She is the one who is actually totally for me going! I planned this trip while working with her back in August shhhh don't tell the boss lady!
__________________
Me (22)
R.I.P. Ma
7.2.59-2.20.11
taken too early

Memories of Ma PTR

numerous family trips prior to 2005
January 2005 YC with Ma & little brother
August 2009 CBR with Ma--most special trip
February 2011 POP with one of my girlfriends

November 2011 POP 1st solo trip

stitches of laughter is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:27 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.