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Old 03-18-2011, 11:11 PM   #1
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A Magical Place at a Magical Time of Year

Hi everyone! Wow, I DISappeared from the DIS for awhile. My old thread has been locked, so I guess I couldn't finish my September 2010 trip report, even if I had the time to.

Just wanted to let y'all know that we've booked our next trip. We will be taking my niece to WDW near Christmas 2011. I want to invite Haley (my niece) to help me with the PTR.

So let me get her started, and we'll share some details very soon! So excited to be going back to the World!!
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:18 AM   #2
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Introducing: Haley

I want to introduce my niece. Here she is, Haley.

That's Haley with her brother Tyler on the left and his twin Hayden on the right.

But, alas, that was many years ago. Here's a current photo of our HaleyBug:



Haley is 16 years old now and a sophomore in High School. She was only 7 years old the last time (first and only time) she went to Disney World. She lives and breathes Disney, is a princess at heart, wants to work for Disney when she's older, and would give anything to go back.

Well, when you wish upon a star...
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:17 PM   #3
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Well, at least I found you

I haven't gotten Haley on the boards yet, but she will join soon. I am sure.
Maybe we can figure out a way to show one of her princess videos on the boards.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:07 PM   #4
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I haven't gotten Haley on the boards yet, but she will join soon. I am sure.
Maybe we can figure out a way to show one of her princess videos on the boards.
Yay! We will get her on here. You need to fix your signature.
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:26 PM   #5
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Hey guys

It's Haley, I made an account the other day but couldn't figure out the website, but I got the concept now.
Yey!
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:57 PM   #6
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Haley's Here!

Haley's here!

Well, we should share our dates. We will be leaving Austin Friday, December 16th after Haley gets out of school. We'll fly to Orlando and take a town car to Hard Rock Hotel at Universal. We're planning on dinner at CityWalk that night (probably Margaritaville, but maybe Hard Rock Cafe). One night and one day at IOA/US, then it's off by cab to WDW!! We'll be staying at the Polynesian!

Next, one of us will share our cast - who is going on the trip with us?
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Yay another PTR!
Definitely in for this one.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:21 PM   #8
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Room options?

I got a wild hair and am now considering upgrading our room at the Poly from a garden view. For anyone who's stayed there before, let me know your opinions.

Options:
1 - Keep the garden view
2 - Upgrade to theme park view
3 - Upgrade to a garden view, Club Level

Thoughts?
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:12 PM   #9
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Planning Update

Here's what's been going on. I have subscribed to the Poly thread and the Club Level thread (to try to decide whether CL would be worth it for us) and have completely studied Tikiman's site, gathering as much info as possible about our trip. I love seeing pics.

I have planned two surprises. One is for Haley (the rest of us already know) and the other is for everyone (only Chris and I know). Both surprises affect all of us. I'm so excited about them.

Also, Haley doesn't EVER check her email, so I communicate with her by Facebook. I have started posting a countdown and trivia question each day on her wall. I think I'll share them here with my readers (if there are any). Maybe you can guess the answers each day.

Here's todays:

241 days until Disney. In Animal Kingdom, Asia is represented by a fictitious village known as "Anandapur." What does this name mean?
A "Land of the Unknown"
B "Peace"
C "One People"
D "City of Delights"

I'll post the answer tomorrow!
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240 Days and Trivia Question (I NEED FOLLOWERS!)

Here's yesterday's answer:

D. Anandapur means "place of all delights" in Sanskrit. As with most things found in WDW, this fictional village has a "backstory," a made-up narrative used to guide and inspire the Imagineers (who drew their inspiration from many nations ...in creating the village rather than from any specific country). Anandapur was supposedly established in 1544 as a royal hunting reserve. In time, a village grew in the area. Although the royal hunting reserve has now been converted into a conservation area, the surrounding village still thrives to this day.

And today:
240 days until Disney. What can you find in the lobby of the Polynesian's Great Ceremonial House?
A a waterfall
B Mickey and Minnie statues
C a monorail station
D a pool

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Trivia answer A: A large, soothing waterfall graces the lobby of the Polynesian's Great Ceremonial House, which includes the hotel's registration desk, shops, restaurants and more. The monorail station is right outside the House on the second floor.
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I got a wild hair and am now considering upgrading our room at the Poly from a garden view. For anyone who's stayed there before, let me know your opinions.

Options:
1 - Keep the garden view
2 - Upgrade to theme park view
3 - Upgrade to a garden view, Club Level

Thoughts?
CL, hands down.

Sounds like you're going to have a wonderful time!
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:41 PM   #13
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CL, hands down.

Sounds like you're going to have a wonderful time!
Thanks for the advice and thanks for following (at least once!). Now I've gotta go check out your PTR.
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Thanks for the advice and thanks for following (at least once!). Now I've gotta go check out your PTR.
Oh, you'll probably regret it. I'm a bit all over the place.
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Since you are going at Christmas, I HAVE to follow along. Do you mind if I join you? Can't wait to read all about your plans!
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