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Old 03-19-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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Shh! Don't tell them we're going back! May 2012 (updated 4/25)

Ok, here goes. I am starting my first PTR!!

I wanted to start it earlier, but I didn't want to have big stretches of time with no updates. Then next thing I know, here we are only 41 days away!

We are going on our 2nd WDW trip. Our first trip was last May. We had such a GREAT time, that we booked another trip as soon as we got home. This time we are going 4/29-5/9!

Here is the gang.



This is me (36). I am a stay at home, homeschooling Mom to my two wonderful daughters. I am also the planner. I plan and research EVERYTHING!



This is my DH (45). He works for the government in the IT department. He is holding our loveable pug, Buddha. (I just noticed that both the boys are showing some grey in their face fur. )



Here is my oldest DD (16). She is a FABULOUS artist. She just won first place at a district art contest here in NC. She loves anime and has plans to go to Japan after she graduates.



And this is our youngest DD (8). She is sweet, tender-hearted, animal lover. Her life plan is to go to China to work with Pandas. After that, she wants to open her own animal day-care/rescue. Oh and in there somewhere , she will be getting her PhD (Veterinarian) Quite the little planner.



OUR TRIP DETAILS:

April 29th to May 9th. We are staying at ...........



POP CENTURY!!! (The youngest loved it so much, she did not want to say anywhere else.)


The title of this PTR came about because we have not told our family that we are going back. Our family is all in Oregon (this is where we are from) so they don't know yet. We will have to tell them eventually, but we really do not want the guilt trip to spoil our trip. We just saw them at the beginning of last year and my in-laws are flying out again this coming September. They think we should spend EVERY vacation visiting them.

Don't get me wrong, we love our family, but last year was the first vacation we have taken (just us, not visiting family) in over 5 years. (Since we moved to the East Coast).

We will be driving from NC. We have 8 day park hoppers (this means we will have one "park-free" day)

I hope that you will join me on this Pre-trip Report journey.

Terri
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Old 03-19-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
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Table of Contents:

Countdown Calendar
ADR's
Favorite meals from last time
Snacks!!
A Non-Disney Life Update
Arrival Day Plans
Day 1 Plans - Epcot
An Update and Things we have purchased for our trip!!
Day 2 Plans - Magic Kingdom
Day 3 Plans - Hollywood Studios
Day 4 Plans - Magic Kingdom/Epcot
Some Great News!!
Day 5 Plans - Animal Kingdom
Day 6 Plans - Rest Day! Or is it??
Day 7 Plans - Epcot??? And A Happy Anniversary!
Day 8 Plans - Animal Kingdom or Epcot or Both!
Day 9 Plans - Magic Kingdom/??
Day 10 Plans - Who the Heck Knows What We are Doing?? lol
Day 11 Plans - Busch Gardens
Day 12 Plans - Discovery Cove
Last Update!
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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Wow, o.k. some of those pictures are HUGE!

I am not sure what happened. I tried to make them smaller.

Oh well, if you are bored, you could always play..count the pores!

Or connect the freckles!
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:07 PM   #4
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I wanted to post a picture of our Countdown Calendar.











I cannot wait until we get to #1
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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Hi! Following you over from the May thread.

We will also be at Pop 5/1-5/9.

I LOVE your countdown calendar. I got a countdown chain from someone here on the DIS, but since I have a 4yr old, I'm waiting until 30 days out simply because I don't want to answer "when are we going?" for longer than necessary.

Looking forward to reading about your plans.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:44 PM   #6
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Hi! Following you over from the May thread.

We will also be at Pop 5/1-5/9.

I LOVE your countdown calendar. I got a countdown chain from someone here on the DIS, but since I have a 4yr old, I'm waiting until 30 days out simply because I don't want to answer "when are we going?" for longer than necessary.

Looking forward to reading about your plans.


I have a follower!!!
My youngest DD helped make the countdown calendar, so it is super colorful! I went back and forth about when to start it. If you do it too early, they get bored of it.

That is so neat that we will be at Pop at the same time! If you see us, say hi! I have some things I am going to put in our window at Pop and we will have lime green Mickey heads on our bags.

4 is just a great age. I wish we had gone when my youngest was 4. We took DD16 to Disneyland when she was 5. Luckily my youngest is still a believer.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:25 PM   #7
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We took DD4 at 19mo, almost 2 and 25mo (last 2 by myself) and by far the best trip was at 25mo. I'm a little nervous at 4 because she is 4 going on 14....has an opinion on everything!! The baby will be just shy of 14months but has such a different personality (i.e. clingier ) from her older sister I'm not sure how she will react. I'm hoping to make a few zoo trips with them before vacation just to see how the baby will be being in the stroller for long periods, walking around, etc. Vacationing was way easier with one.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:36 PM   #8
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We'll be at pop April 28th-May 5th! I love you count down calender! Maybe I'll have to make one.
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We took DD4 at 19mo, almost 2 and 25mo (last 2 by myself) and by far the best trip was at 25mo. I'm a little nervous at 4 because she is 4 going on 14....has an opinion on everything!! The baby will be just shy of 14months but has such a different personality (i.e. clingier ) from her older sister I'm not sure how she will react. I'm hoping to make a few zoo trips with them before vacation just to see how the baby will be being in the stroller for long periods, walking around, etc. Vacationing was way easier with one.
Wow, how fun. My youngest was/is a clinger too.
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We'll be at pop April 28th-May 5th! I love you count down calender! Maybe I'll have to make one.
Yippee! I have TWO followers!

And at Pop!! If you see us, say hi! It may look like I am frazzled and crazy, but I assure you, it is all an act!
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Made it over!!!!! LOVE THE COUNTDOWN CALENDAR!!!! It is very colorful and cheery!!!!! I just noticed that we are arriving the day you are leaving- maybe we will bump into each other in the hotel!!!!
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:47 PM   #12
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Hi! I can't wait to read about your plans and your trip! Your countdown calendar is great! How fun

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Your title caught my eye since we're going in May---but we're going at the end of the month.

When I started reading, I realized we have a special little thing in common----



This is Millie, our little puggie. She'll be 11 in May!
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I'm in! Sounds like a great trip planned so far...our trip is also a secret from the kids! We are heading down at the end of may though.

I once had a pug named Budda (his official name was Texican the Buddaman) I just love those little guys!
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Made it over!!!!! LOVE THE COUNTDOWN CALENDAR!!!! It is very colorful and cheery!!!!! I just noticed that we are arriving the day you are leaving- maybe we will bump into each other in the hotel!!!!
How fun. I wish we could stay longer!! Last trip, we didn't want to leave. We lolly-gagged around until 11am!! We didn't make it home until 12:30am! We arrived to a nasty thunderstorm too. This time we are determined to get an earlier start. It is just so hard to leave.

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Hi! I can't wait to read about your plans and your trip! Your countdown calendar is great! How fun

We moved here to the Disney area from NC ~ Asheville. I homeschool too


Woohoo, love to meet fellow homeschoolers! We have lived in NC for almost 5 years. We love it. We also LOVE homeschooling!!

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Your title caught my eye since we're going in May---but we're going at the end of the month.

When I started reading, I realized we have a special little thing in common----



This is Millie, our little puggie. She'll be 11 in May!
Oh my, what a doll. I see she also has a lot in common with our Buddha...he favorite things are also eating and sleeping! Buddha turned 10 in January!

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I'm in! Sounds like a great trip planned so far...our trip is also a secret from the kids! We are heading down at the end of may though.

I once had a pug named Budda (his official name was Texican the Buddaman) I just love those little guys!
What a great name! When we got Buddha, he was a VERY small pup, but the lady was not taking care of him. (He was 8wks old) He had worms, which caused him to have this tight, round belly....hence the name Buddha.
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