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Old 03-01-2012, 09:23 PM   #1
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Practically Perfect at the Poly? **UPDATE 7/28 -- And We're Back!!

Welcome...welcome....

Welcome to my newest TR, which I believe is now my third attempt! Sheesh! And to think just last year, I was writing my first. How time flies when you’re having fun at Disney.

This would be the continuation of my practically perfect PTR. So, was this trip practically perfect? Did I finally achieve Disney perfection? Of course not! Who has? Like any trip, there were ups and there were downs. There were lessons learned, for good and bad. There was a Dismeet for good measure, too. So, please, come along for our journey.

Thus, herewith, the briefest of possible introductions (so as not to bore all of you who have already read all about our Disney preferences and proclivities in previous accounts)...

I’m Tina (yes, check out my completely unoriginal username). I’m a teacher in CT.

Despite having had two magical trips to Disney as a child, I had forgotten how magical it can be until my husband and I took an anniversary trip in February of 2010. We truly fell under Disney’s spell. We have been blessed with an unusual set of circumstances that have allowed us to take several trips recently, with more on deck, as well acquired APs recently.

I would spend every vacation at Disney, I think. At least for the time being.

I’m the mom of an adorable four and a half year old son named Max.




He loves everything “Cars” and enjoys Peter Pan and most of the shows on Playhouse Disney. While at Disney, he loves to swim, meet new people, and ride his “straight” rides. More on that later. I cannot believe that he starts kindegarten in the fall.

And then there is my plan-phobic husband. When I bring up planning, he just throws up his hands and says, “You’ll change it five times anyway and I’ll get mad so what’s the point?”


Oh, Club Cool, why? WHY??

After this trip, he decided that he is a die-hard Beach Club lover and I don’t know when I’ll be able to convince him to stay anywhere else. He might not be quite as into it all as I am, but he affably goes a long for the ride.

After this trip, we realized that all of us love EPCOT the most and Spaceship Earth, in particular. I suspect this may shift as Max gets older and can ride more of the 40” plus rides...yep, he’s short.


Mark and Max in line for Spaceship Earth. Yes, we take it very seriously.

We were at Disneyworld February 20-25...yes President’s Day week with Mardi Gras thrown in for good measure, so crowds were crazy, but we managed it pretty well. We stayed at the Poly...more on that later, too.

This trip was shorter than we’re used to. Until now, we’d only done Disney with a full week. This time, we would be there for a mere five days; only three of which were not travel days.

But I can honestly say that I have returned rejuvenated, relaxed, revitalized and ready to face the next six weeks. In Connecticut, March means one thing...ok, yes, it does mean March Madness...but for those of us in education, it means state testing. Not to mention one of the longest stretches of school time without a break. Coupled with lingering wintry weather with the promise of spring teasing me...and well...you have a very looooooong month.

IWhile it was far from perfect, or even practically perfect, it was fantastic and ended with a gesture that was so sweet, genuine and full of love that I could not ask for anything more. (And now you can wait until the end to find out what happened with that!)
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:25 PM   #2
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Table of Contents:

Chapter One: Practically Perfect Plane Ride
Chapter Two: Fauxrail
Chapter Three: Smooth Ride or a Smoothie?
Chapter Four: Yummy Dinner at Kona!
Chapter Five: Morning at the Magic Kingdom, Part One
Chapter Six: Fantastic Fantasyland!
Chapter Seven: Will the Fantasy Continue?
Chapter Eight: Journey to the TTC
Chapter Nine: My Favorite Place
Chapter Ten: From the Poly Beach
Chapter Eleven: Cookies for Breakfast?
Chapter Twelve: The Rest of DHS
Chapter Thirteen: Where or where will our dinner be???
Chapter Fourteen: Early Morning Magic
Chapter Fifteen: Prelude to a Dismeet
Chapter Sixteen: A Dismeet, a Disney bear, and dinner!
Chapter Seventeen: Disney Departure Day
Chapter Eighteen: Was the Poly Practically Perfect?
Chapter Nineteen: Flying Solo
Chapter Twenty: We're Almost Outta Here!
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #3
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I'm here! Can't wait to hear all about y'alls trip!

I love the picture of Mark & Max going into Spaceship Earth. So serious!

I can't believe Max will be starting kindergarten in the fall! Reid turns 4 on the 16th of this month. I'm having a hard time with that.
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I'm in! I haven't had as much Dis time as I would like, so I will probably just read along without commenting. I have been able to read along with most TR's but those extra few seconds to stop and post haven't been happening lately. I know you understand

I can't wait to hear all about the Poly. Part of me really wants to stay there but there is always something holding me back. Is it wrong that I want to hear all of your negatives so that I don't feel bad not booking it?
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:08 PM   #5
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could i possibly be first?????

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Old 03-01-2012, 10:11 PM   #6
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Can't wait to read along. My Max (he's 5), mom and I are leaving Indiana tomorrow and will be to POFQ on Sunday!
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:28 PM   #8
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By the looks of our tickers....we are arriving on the same day!
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Can't wait to hear about the trip!
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:35 PM   #10
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Looking forward to hearing about your experience at the Poly and how the crowds were.
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LOL! and by the looks of it... the ToT 10 miler? That is.. if I can get in shape enough to brave it!
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Hm, this one sounds interesting .......

Okay, I give in, I had to sign up. Now going back to read!
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