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Old 01-01-2012, 12:09 AM   #31
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I have two last-minute items, and my DH has one. I do any last minute laundry/dishes, and always make sure the house is spotless before we leave. I want to come back to a clean house.

DH unplugs the automatic garage door opener.
I'm with you on that! So refreshing to come home exhausted from a great trip and have a clean house.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:56 AM   #32
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We drive to Connettic'utt and spend the night at the hotel in the airport. My son loves to watch the planes take off and land. Hubby and I get the smoked Gouda Mac and cheese, him the regular and me with lobster. Omg delicious!
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:24 PM   #33
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We go out to dinner. Then to relax before bed we have a glass or two of wine. Then its off to sleep. I remember last year I slept so well, which surprised me, that my husband had to wake me up and tell me to get ready to go to the airport. Normally I can't sleep or sleep very little the night before. So to have him wake me and tell me we were going to the airport took me by surprise and took a few minutes to register with me that we were going to Disney!
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:43 PM   #34
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I dont sleep. I start watching Disney movies around 10pm and stay up until its time to leave for the airport.
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:00 PM   #35
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packing ritual

I'm taking notes from all the tips on what to take and the night before rituals! Getting ready to go on 1/20/12!!
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #36
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We do the same as pretty much all of you. We usually pack the car just before going to the airport since DH is not wanting our liquids to freeze. We usually leave the house at 4am. This past February we overslept and DH didnt lock the back door. My MIL was going too and came in and woke us up. As we were getting ready 2 drunk guys barged in (so scary to say the least). In the hurry to get out we forgot our stroller so had to rent one. This February we will pack everything the night before and lock up!
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:02 PM   #37
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I am always dying of excitement the day before leaving so I try to keep myself busy to make the time go by faster. I put off packing until that evening specifically so I'm focusing on that and not how slowly the minutes are ticking by. I run around like a chicken with my head cut off, but it works for me! I've not forgotten anything yet *knock on wood*.
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:41 PM   #38
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For fun we always watch the Disney Planning DVD- this year because we are doing a Land/Sea we will watch both the Disney Planning DVD and the DCL Planning DVD! Order Pizza and get to bed early! Well, my DH and the kids get to bed early... I lay in bed all night watching the clock as it gets closer and closer until its time to wake everyone up and GO TO DISNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:37 PM   #39
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1. Dress up as Goofy and do what i can to scare the neighbors.
2. Light three candles beneath the Steamboat Mickey print as a way of inducing good luck
3. Put unwashed gym socks in each of the checked luggage bags to gross out the TSA inspector
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6. Pray to any god that will hear me to make sure the limo to the airport shows up on time.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:49 AM   #40
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My grandparents take our luggage with them, as they start driving to Florida several days ahead of us (they make a road trip out of it with a couple stops along the way), so we don't have to worry about packing anything, as it's already been done.

We make dinner at home because we'll be eating out for the next week. It's usually spaghetti. DS packs his toy bag, then it's bath and bed for him. I stay up, surf the DIS for last minute tips. I pack the kids' snacks for the airport/plane then I pack the laptop and anything else we didn't get into the luggage. Funny enough, for several trips in a row the Jon & Kate plus 8 episode when they went to WDW happened to be on TV as I was going to sleep, so I'd watch that. Now that they're not on re-runs anymore, I flip on one of our DVRed WDW shows and (try to) fall asleep.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:42 PM   #41
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For some reason I always get a bit of anxiety before we leave on a vacation so never sleep well the night before we leave. Wonder how common this is? We usually leave on the earliest flight we can get on a Saturday. It is a long flight and is a 3 hour time difference for us. Leaveing Portland, Oregon at 6 am getting into WDW around 6 pm. I try to get off work at noon the day before. Go home start finishing up on the laundry, pack the last minute things we will need, go to the store and get a few snacks to pack and have in our room, make sure all meds, travelers checks, room, car, and airline confirmations are in my carry on. I'll get up before everyone else the morning we leave to do one more load of laundry and clean, empty all garbage cans, unload the dishwasher, and make sure no damp or wet towels are left somewhere. Our next trip is planned for April/May. Can't wait!
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:01 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by Mousemom View Post
For some reason I always get a bit of anxiety before we leave on a vacation so never sleep well the night before we leave. Wonder how common this is?
Well, my entire family is exactly the same way! We can never sleep the night before we leave! I can't sleep out of pure excitement, but the rest of my family get nervous about flying. I'm nervous at take-off for about thirty seconds, but then my excitement takes over and I'm good to go! I think the anxiety is normal, so long as it wears off when you reach Disney World!


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Old 01-12-2012, 11:26 AM   #43
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There are 4 of us that drive together every year so to help offset the driving schedule (and because I can't sleep the night before we leave anyway) my DH and I meet a bunch of our disney loving friends at a 24 hour diner in the middle of the night. This helps us stay awake so that we can sleep the first leg of the trip and be wide awake to drive at night.

We hang out, eat and discuss all things disney! Also, because we drive and have (almost) unlimited space, my friends like to hand over lists (and money ) of things that they maybe forgot on their last trip or something for a specific holiday we are going. All in all, it is our little tradition that will probably carry on for Disney trips to come.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:07 AM   #44
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Work all day ... to pay for the trip....and then no sleep at night...I'AM TO EXCITED TO SLEEP !!!!!
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:09 PM   #45
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Yes, I know this is a BIG bump, but I was rereading all of the posts since I last posted, and it is kinda funny to hear all of this planning and stuff because I live about 1-2 hours away from Disney so (as I posted last year) I pack the day before and my grandparents stay at my house (its an hour closer) and then we eat Mickey Mouse shaped waffles and then we are off by 7:30 that morning for DISNEY!!!!
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