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Old 12-04-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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The Duck family goes on safari.....who will get voted off first. ??? Updated 1/6!!

Well I am going to give this trip report thing a try. We started planning this particular trip back in early March, but realized it was so far off we did a short trip in May as training (that’s what I’ll call it!). When we started it was going to be me, theduck619 here on the Disboards, DW, and our six year old twin daughters. After some discussion we decided that we should invite DW’s parents since it may be the last time they would get to travel to Florida for some time.

So, as any Disdad worth his salt would do, I dove into my research on how we would do the accommodations. Would we book two rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort or another moderate? Well, I just happened to know someone on the inside of the DVC world and they mentioned that they were looking to rent some of their points. I discussed it with the Queen (DW) and she gave me permission to pursue it further. We thought the idea of a 2BR villa would give my in-laws the privacy of their own bedroom. We also liked the idea of a kitchen so we could make some of our own meals and therefore cut down on some of the food costs (so we could spend more on souvenirs and treats!). At my initial search I was told by a few people who were renting points that only OKW, SSR and Boardwalk were available for the week we were looking at. Well, we were very excited to hear that we could get a 2BR at Kidani Village for 11/26-12/1!! Our awesome DVC insider booked it for us and we were off and running.

After our little training trip in May (2 days at MK, CBR) we decided we would ask my wife’s sister to join us. Ok, we were now up to 7 people! I could do this and not climb a bell tower to take any one out. This was how it was set as of June 1st. Fast forward to November 21st and we learned that my MIL and FIL would not be able to come unless they could bring my niece and nephew who they have emergency custody of. I find this out on the Monday before we leave, are you kidding me??? Luckily the 2BR has capacity for 9 so we were able to get the kids added with the help of my friend! The only issue now was that we would have to take two vehicles instead of one. It is roughly a 17-19 hour drive to Disney from Indianapolis. Our plan was to leave the house on Black Friday at 4am and head to Valdosta, GA where we would stay for the night. Our cast of characters for this epic journey is as follows:

TheDuck – me
The Queen – DW (I know better then to post her age)
FIL – Freddy Five Fingers
MIL – Drill Sergeant Mary
SIL - Snaps
DD1 – Giggles - 6
DD2 – Scooter - 6
Niece – Lizzy Poo - 6
Nephew – Little Man – 9

Would our trip go off with out any hitches? Would any of the in-laws be left on the side of the road for questioning a Disdad’s superior planning? Would we arrive to our first stop before the end of the year? Stay tuned for our next installment that will include pictures, I promise!
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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Great start David!
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:18 PM   #3
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Nice intro. You’re off to a good start (and… I love the nicknames; you may have to give a little bit of background on those as the story progresses).
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:34 PM   #4
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:45 PM   #5
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I hope I can keep all these nicknames straight!
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:09 PM   #6
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Nice intro. You’re off to a good start (and… I love the nicknames; you may have to give a little bit of background on those as the story progresses).
I will be including the little trip packet I put together for everyone that included the awesome magnets you designed

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It won't be hard, afterall look who is writing this thing

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Old 12-05-2011, 02:21 PM   #7
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:26 PM   #8
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:38 PM   #9
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:22 PM   #10
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ok, all caught up!
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:17 AM   #11
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:55 AM   #12
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So I'm relatively new to the whole TR thing so you can think of yours as a sort of training run for me. Looking forward to it!
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:04 AM   #13
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In on the first page - and I am voting for the SIL to be the first gone...
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:36 AM   #14
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In on the first page - and I am voting for the SIL to be the first gone...
I'm in, and if we're voting, I'm voting for the MIL to be voted off...who wants a Drill Sergent on a WDW trip? :-D
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:26 PM   #15
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She helps get everyone out the door, so I can not let her get voted off.

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I hope to have the next installment tonight
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