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Old 05-18-2012, 02:10 AM   #271
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I'm lucky that DH is his own boss :-). We had originally planned a 3 week trip but I've managed to stretch it out a few extra days. Now we're going to have 2 days at Universal after our cruise (which is after WDW). Have you started working on your day to day plans yet?
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:44 AM   #272
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We are leaving on Sat 24th November and departing on the 18th Dec (arriving Syd on the 20th).
Lucky you got the flights cheaper. We leave 14th Dec and the prices have only gone up.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:18 AM   #273
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I'm lucky that DH is his own boss :-). We had originally planned a 3 week trip but I've managed to stretch it out a few extra days. Now we're going to have 2 days at Universal after our cruise (which is after WDW). Have you started working on your day to day plans yet?
lol. that is lucky.. we have extra time up our sleeve but we don't want to fall behind at work - lucky for your hubby he is his own boss..

we stretched ours one extra day

we have some pretty specific day to day plans for the cruise (for part of each day anyway) and some specific activities for some days (i want a spa treatment, cruise excursions, palo, remy etc) but the rest of our trip, we're going to take mostly day by day to determine when we want to do certain things... we may have to lock in some more specific activities ie tours, excursions, but the stuff around that will be more of a free-flow activity

i'm incredibly OCD about the logistical planning, but carlo is very strict about the 'go with the flow' style of planning... although i have some specific plans about which parks to visit each day
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:26 PM   #274
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we're under a bit of time constraints too - if it wasn't for meeting up with my entire family in Hawaii the week before Christmas we would not be going in December - my busiest month at work and not much better for DP, as it is we arrive back at 6am on the 26th and he will be off to work 3 hrs later...

I'm a planner and DP is not, lucky he is very easy going and will just do whatever I have planned. I am trying to just make vague plans for most of our time so we have plenty of time to relax and go with the flow but we only have 2 days in LA after disneyland and lots on the list so they will be busy days. I am just starting to nut out a basic plan of attack for that now so I know what the best options are for accommodation.

I feel the need to book and get everything organised as so far have only done flights, insurance and my AP - there is still so much more to pay for and 6 mths will fly by...
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:46 PM   #275
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Hi Guys...


I would like to say a big THANK YOU for all the well wishes that you sent. After much discussion we have decided to cancel the holiday as we felt that letting new potential employers know about a 4.5 week holiday may be a deal breaker in this economy. Especially if DH finds contract work (he works in the computer industry and his software programs have been used here and overseas).

On the upside, we are now going next year so its back to counting for me (525 days to go) and as my brother pointed out to me - the majority of the fantasyland extensions should be completed. I will look into all the details later on.

I wish everyone a wonderful and magical time on your (very soon) upcoming holiday and I would love details on what was good etc about your trips. Are you allowed to say FB names and email addresses?

Enjoy and have a wonderful time....

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Old 05-20-2012, 11:16 PM   #276
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Aussiepossum - it sounds like you are feeling at peace with this decision and that is the main thing. As much as I adore holidays, permanent employment is obviously the priority so I think you have made a good call.

And now you get to start your planning all over again, and we all know the planning is nearly as much fun as the trip
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:38 PM   #277
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I would like to say a big THANK YOU for all the well wishes that you sent. After much discussion we have decided to cancel the holiday as we felt that letting new potential employers know about a 4.5 week holiday may be a deal breaker in this economy. Especially if DH finds contract work (he works in the computer industry and his software programs have been used here and overseas).

On the upside, we are now going next year so its back to counting for me (525 days to go) and as my brother pointed out to me - the majority of the fantasyland extensions should be completed. I will look into all the details later on.

I wish everyone a wonderful and magical time on your (very soon) upcoming holiday and I would love details on what was good etc about your trips. Are you allowed to say FB names and email addresses?

Enjoy and have a wonderful time....

Poss
Well done on your decision. It is a hard one to make. We were in this situation and had to postpone for a year later. It worked out for the best as we got to do even more
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:29 AM   #278
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I would like to say a big THANK YOU for all the well wishes that you sent. After much discussion we have decided to cancel the holiday as we felt that letting new potential employers know about a 4.5 week holiday may be a deal breaker in this economy. Especially if DH finds contract work (he works in the computer industry and his software programs have been used here and overseas).

On the upside, we are now going next year so its back to counting for me (525 days to go) and as my brother pointed out to me - the majority of the fantasyland extensions should be completed. I will look into all the details later on.

I wish everyone a wonderful and magical time on your (very soon) upcoming holiday and I would love details on what was good etc about your trips. Are you allowed to say FB names and email addresses?

Enjoy and have a wonderful time....

Poss
this sounds like you've made the best decision for you and your family and your current circumstances... sad for you that you're not going this year but so happy that this decision is one that suits your family and that you get the joy of planning another trip for next year...

and who knows... maybe it will be an even bigger trip next year
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:44 AM   #279
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Just booked my girls into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! In the Castle on our last full park day - and after the make over we dine with the princesses at CRT

Can't wait to see their faces when they spin around in the chair!

Aussipossum - that is a really tough decision you have had to make. And I know it sounds cliche but the next 12 months will fly by - and you will enjoy the holiday so much more when you feel financially secure.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:22 PM   #280
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Poss - you've done the best thing for your DH and family. We had to postpone a trip to the UK for a year because of work concerns. You do what needs to be done and what will ensure a wonderful trip when you eventually get to have it. Hugs to your family.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:25 PM   #281
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dabecs - what a wonderful treat for you girls. I'm rather sad my girls are too old for that now (being 10 and 13) but they were lucky enough to dine at CRT when they were 3 and 5, and had their hair done at DL when they were 5 and 7. I'm sure I'm going to feel a bit nostalgic seeing all the little princesses at the parks :-).
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:44 PM   #282
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dabecs - what a wonderful treat for you girls. I'm rather sad my girls are too old for that now (being 10 and 13) but they were lucky enough to dine at CRT when they were 3 and 5, and had their hair done at DL when they were 5 and 7. I'm sure I'm going to feel a bit nostalgic seeing all the little princesses at the parks :-).
Thanks - I can't wait to see their faces!

Has anyone made any more plans? Bookings? I haven't done anything travel related for a while, but you know when you are pregnant and start nesting? Hubby and I are both getting like that about our trip! We are having house sitters stay here to look after our dog and so we are both trying to get the house ready for other people to live in. Hubby fixed the doggy door which has needed doing forever and I am decluttering like mad and cleaning out cupboards etc to make more room.

I went and saw Annie which I loved so much I have bought tickets to take my girls in July! I bet they will love it - and they have never seen the movie so it will be a totally new story for them
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:43 PM   #283
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Thanks - I can't wait to see their faces!

Has anyone made any more plans? Bookings? I haven't done anything travel related for a while, but you know when you are pregnant and start nesting? Hubby and I are both getting like that about our trip! We are having house sitters stay here to look after our dog and so we are both trying to get the house ready for other people to live in. Hubby fixed the doggy door which has needed doing forever and I am decluttering like mad and cleaning out cupboards etc to make more room.

I went and saw Annie which I loved so much I have bought tickets to take my girls in July! I bet they will love it - and they have never seen the movie so it will be a totally new story for them
i am holding off on our domestic flights from lax - mco return as our preferred carrier (southwest) has yet to release our dates... other than that, and the insurance and our spending money/food money etc, everything else has been booked/paid for.

the only things i need to buy that i have not yet is the FE gifts and our actual FE. still trying to decide whether i want to make a FE or just buy one...
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:26 AM   #284
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December hours for WDW now released on the official site.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:47 AM   #285
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I've been working on our day to day plans. Booked our first lunch at Crystal Palace. Wanted to eat at T-REX another night but only time available is 10pm!!! Thinking I'm not going to get a few other bookings I wanted but I will see what happens (the downside of staying off-site). We're not that into big meals so will eat mainly in our room or counter-service.
Seeing as ticket prices go up on Sunday I got our passes today. I've spent nearly all day here on the boards reading and researching :-).
Still trying to decide what do to for our 20th wedding anniversary on the 5th Dec. At this stage thinking of an early morning balloon flight (never done one before), hanging out at Disney quest and then dinner in the castle (if I can get a table - doubtful), and Illuminations cruise (again provided I can get one) or lastly La Nouba. Anyone got any great ideas?
Oh, we've also decided go swim with the mantees on day.

dabecs - your girls will love Annie. I took my girls in Jan and they were singing the songs for days. Get the movie to watch beforehand if you can.
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