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Old 02-20-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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A Semi-Solo President's Day Weekend Extravaganza NEW 4/22 Free Upgrade!

Crowds. Rain. Injured, lost children. Resort hopping. Eating Vegan. Semi solo.

This is just a few things you'll be hearing about on my Semi Solo President's Day Extravaganza TR.

Hi, I'm Jenbear123.

You might remember me from such other TRs as "Don't touch that! I need a picture first" or the unfinished "The Lessor Known Eighth Dwarf, Dumpy, Comes to Disney". I'll be your guide through this most recent journey of mine. I've been to Disney more times than I can count within the last 5 years.

My sister, who most of you know as Bubba, has been a CM two out of those five years.

She's currently working at Le Cellier on the International program. She just passed her test to become a server and is doing great. You just might have her the next time you eat there - and if you do, say hi from her loving sister for me, will you? I spent most of my time with her this trip, except when she had to work. Someone's gotta make a living around here.

This trip almost didn't happen for me. I work in the travel industry so January-March is considered high season where I am not allowed to book any vacation. My dad, stepmom and stepsister (all of which you will meet later on) had made plans to visit Bubba week of February 19. You will know this as President's Day weekend but for us Canadians (or at least those living in certain provinces) will know it as Family Day weekend (we couldn't have thought of a lamer holiday?) To make a long story short, my work would not allow me to take a full week off so I had to shuffle and shorten my dates, which ended up being February 16-19. Yes, it was much shorter than I anticipated but at least I was going. I would end up being on my own for one day, which is where the semi-solo thing comes in. I would also meet up with the rest of my family on my last day.

It was a bit last minute when I found out I could go. One month before to be exact. So I hunted down a resort to stay at. Money had been a bit tight lately so I was looking for value. The only thing that came up was ASSp which was probably the lowest on my list but I took what I could get. After a few days, being the avid Disney fiend that I am, I started reading about how busy it was going to be and how there was going to be lots of sport events with big groups of people coming in. All of which were going to be put up at ASSp. This was not looking good. I searched and searched for another resort option until finally something else came up available. So it turned out like this:

Feb 16-18: ASMo
Feb 18-19: POR

ASMo wasn't available for my last night but POR was. I didn't mind switching over so my resort choices were settled. If I had gotten the week off to spend with the rest of my family, I would've gotten to stay at Saratoga Springs. But alas, that was not to be.......

I hope you'll all settle in, get a nice cup of cocoa, coffee or a beer if that's your thing and follow me along on this, what would soon be known as, a whirlwind of a trip.

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I'm in Jen! Love the intro too. Great pics of both you and Bubba though I'm a bit concerned that she wasn't giving the official Canadian thumbs up! She is still Canadian, right? Eh?

Can't wait to follow along. I hope the crowds weren't unbearable for you. How to fun to be meeting up with family too!
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