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Old 06-05-2012, 02:07 PM   #31
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Wednesday - October 10th
At least 2 of the other kids that will be joining us will be going to their first park today. So we will plan to go to MK this morning. One of the kids has been before (during a busy time) and the other has not been. So this should be a lot of fun. There should be one other family with us although I have no idea of their plans yet so not sure when they get in...they were talking about being there the whole week.

My plan would be to get there early and do as much as possible in the morning. Since I am not scripting the day too much, others can get there whenever they want. I'd like to be at RD since we will likely have an easy night the night before.

Midday we may switch parks or hit the pool since we will already have had a good bit of MK fun before the others arrive. Of course I'll let DS dictate what we do since it will be his first day with his friends. He may want to hang with them and show them the ropes. I suspect DH will arrive late or leave early or both. He has a much lower Disney tolerance and being more "pooh sized" and having feet+back issues he'll want a break.

It is EMH at Epcot so I thinking we might take advantage of Neverland Club for the kids this evening and the grown ups head over to the F&W festival. Idea would be not to stay out too late since the next day will be a long one, but to enjoy a little grown up time as a group. This would require PH for the adults but I don't think we have any need for the kids to get them.

oh i love going with first timers! i love to see their face! i love the magic!

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Thursday, October 11 - Today is DS's actual birthday. And its the only ADR I have planned for the whole group. We have a pre-RD reservation for Breakfast at Tusker House. There are several reasons for this.
  1. To get all the kids to a character meal
  2. Get everyone to AK early since we will likely leave early.
  3. Make sure we can hit the safari as early as possible.

I suspect we have a few late night/late risers in the group and because this is the MNSSHP night for the group we need to make sure we get done as much as possible early and head back to the hotel for a mid-day break.

Now that there are fewer characters in AK and that we will have already seen some of the ones with longer lines at breakfast, we should be able to make it through most of the activities by 2pm if we grab a snack along the way. I'm hoping to maybe hit counter service (thinking Flame Tree) on the way out. So long as we are out before the parade crowd starts gathering I think we are good. We won't get to do Rafiki's Watch this time and I would really like to catch the parade one of these days but I know that in order to make sure we have a successful MNSSHP we need a break.

I'm guessing we'll plan to get back to MK sometime between 5-6 in costume. DS wants to be a pirate so I will dress up like a pirate too. Not sure what DH will be. My parents will likely reprise their roles as a witch and donald duck.

If DS and I have gone to the earlier party...which I am leaning towards...this one will be all about the parade, fireworks, rides and candy. If we have gotten the characters and the dance parties out of the way at the earlier party this should give us plenty of time to do everything we want to do. I'd love to do the late parade rather than the early one, but just not sure how the kids will do.

I know Friday will be a later morning so we should be good as far as letting the kids sleep in.
long day! however, if the kids would make it through Hallowishes, it really isn't much later to the second parade. Plus the crowds getting out of there are smaller after parade #2, so again, really not that much later.

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Home alone this week. DS is with his grandparents until middle of next week. He's in soccer camp this week and will go watch some college baseball over the weekend. DH is in Vegas with one of his good friends. They try to go every year for a guys poker weekend. He'll be back Thursday night. We are planning to get together with my BFF to talk plans for our other vacation this year...to Paris!

Time to get a little more organized about all the trip stuff. I have purchased a bunch of stuff like sunscreen, mickey bandaids, etc plus all the treasure box stuff that needs to be sorted through. I was really hoping the coloring books would be here yesterday, but they didn't arrive until today. Not sure if I'll get by to pick them up for a couple more days though.

And if I get really ambitous I'll start working on some of my projects like the crayon box bands and the iron on transfers for the tote bags. I need to spend some time on the DiSign board too looking for t-shirt designs I like and maybe autograph cards. So many projects...so little time. :D
time alone- so jealous!!! i really have not gotten organized at all. i keep acting like it is forever away but it will be here before i know it. i NEVER go to a store or anywhere with out the kids, so i really need to get myself in gear!
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So many projects...so little time. :D
This is me in a nutshell. I like to say that I am polycraftual, in that I have any number of sewing, knitting, disneymoon, and other craft projects ongoing at one time. Luckily the DH and I have been together forever, so he understands and supports my crafts. Case in point the short conversation we had last week:

Me: "What would you think about matching bride and groom mickey head t-shirts to wear on the plane ride down to Disney? I found some cute designs that I could iron on to t-shirts."

DH: "I kind of figured you were already doing that."

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Old 06-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #33
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This is me in a nutshell. I like to say that I am polycraftual, in that I have any number of sewing, knitting, disneymoon, and other craft projects ongoing at one time. Luckily the DH and I have been together forever, so he understands and supports my crafts. Case in point the short conversation we had last week:

Me: "What would you think about matching bride and groom mickey head t-shirts to wear on the plane ride down to Disney? I found some cute designs that I could iron on to t-shirts."

DH: "I kind of figured you were already doing that."

Polycraftual...thats hilarious!

Love that your DH gets you that way...mine just thinks I'm nuts. Atleast until he sees the final project.

Goal for this weekend is to get in some Disney organization time. The coloring books came in and are adorable!! I them. Might try to design the bands to go around them and work on some autograph card designs.

I think I am going to do square so I can make a small book of autographs and photos for DS. I know he will use his old photo book for getting autographs but I also know at some point he won't want to get autographs any more. Since this will likely be our last long trip for a while with opportunity to meet most of the characters...I think it will be a good one for him to have a full set of photos and autographs.
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:11 PM   #34
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Where did the week go?

It has been an insanely busy one for me! Work has been crazy...2 co-workers out most of the week, spent one day working on a Habitat for Humanity project, DS came home, DH is sick... I need a smack upside the head smilie>

Didn't get much Disney stuff completed while DS was gone. A couple of small purchases...mostly bandaids, body glide, etc. Have been so tired so mostly non-creative things the last couple of weeks. I need to get my creative spark back so all that stuff is ready to go when I am ready to print. I did just purchase the tickets for the extra MNSSHP for DS and I. I talked to DH about it and he thought it was a great idea. We won't dress up for this one...just find some appropriate Disney Halloween shirts and go.

We are closing in on 100 days to go! I can't believe it. Need to get on top of a few things. First is organize the house a little better then Disney. I realized today that I have spent $1800 not including the treasure chests so far on this trip! YIKES! But I'd rather space it out some than one big hit. Especially with our trip to Paris only a couple months after. Plus I am buying a new camera before we go to Paris...so in the meantime I am stocking up on some of the stuff I need to go with the camera. I've been buying new flash, memory cards, a new strap, DH is giving me a new camera bag for my birthday. I need a few more memory cards and some batteries, plus DH found a cool remote that works on our current cameras plus the new one. So it seems like I have about $50-100 a paycheck going to either Disney or Paris in some way.

DS has been talking about going on a big ship...and DH actually suggested a DISNEY CRUISE!! We wouldn't go until next year. We are tossing around whether to do the Caribbean or the Med. If any of you have been on either...give me some feedback!
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:15 PM   #35
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Yikes! Another week gone and no time to post. Crazy busy one here so we are taking it easy this weekend.

DS has decided he would rather go to a waterpark than LEGOland. We've been watching the disney DVD and the planning DVD. I'm trying to get him psyched up to ride some of the thrill rides. He actually asked to watch it today. He says he wants to ride Rock n Rollercoaster. And he really wants to go to Blizzard Beach! Fortunately we can wait to decide between those. Plus I am going to try and take him to the local six flags waterpark at the end of the summer. That will probably help us decide.

I need to get working on my list of things to make. I knew things would get crazy busy so I am glad I started early...but I need to try and do a few things these next couple of weeks. Otherwise it will be late Sept and I'll be scrambling to finish.

I have been working on making lists though... I have one note on my phone, iPad and DS's computer and they all sync up. I love being able to check stuff off the list!!
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #36
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My dd really wants to ride rock n roller coaster this time too
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:38 AM   #37
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Day 6 Fun for Kids & Grown Ups too!

Friday, October 12
With the MNSSHP the night before EPCOT seems like the perfect choice for this day. With Test Track down and likely no Mission Space on the agenda...Soarin is really the only attraction I think some of the kids would want to do and even that could be skipped if we don't think we have time. So I am not expecting to make RD here and it should be a leisurely morning getting to the park.

We will probably focus most of our day on World Showcase to give the kids a chance to see some of the performers and also to learn about the different cultures. The kids all go to school together at a local International School. They are in the Spanish program so they alternate one day in spanish and one in English. Only seems fitting that we explore the cultural aspects of the World Showcase and Food & Wine festival.

I am planning to make the kids their own passports to have signed in the different countries to get them interacting with the CMs. I doubt we do the Kidcot stations as I still haven't figured out what to do with the bears on a stick from last time. Others might though...so we'll leave it up to them.

We have ADRs for 12 at Via Napoli for an early dinner. I made it for the largest group I could online to give people the option of sitting the kids down for a bite before we take them for the evening. Not sure how many will make it but I am sure my family will be there since we loved it last time we went and we will be leaving EPCOT early this evening.

The one thing I know we have to do up front is Turtle Talk with Crush! Last time we went I was concerned that DS wouldn't want to sit up front while we sat in the back. At first he was aprehensive (he had just turned 4) but then he got right into it and talked non-stop, telling Crush all about his new shoes! LOL! I was crying I was laughing so hard. This time I have no worries as he is one of the most outgoing kids I know.

This will be Parent's Night Out for most of the group. DH, my parents and I will be taking the kids over to the Contemporary about 8pm to get ready for the Pirates & Pals Cruise to celebrate DS's birthday. I am so looking forward to this. The icing on the cake is its another MNSSHP night so we will get to see Hallowishes. I am looking for some decent bandanas for the kids to wear. I think I want all the same color so as to easily identify them, maybe a bright green! This is the reason the kids are all getting the treasure chests...to go along with the Pirate Theme. We will definitely be using Disney transportation this day in order the shuttle the kids around from EPCOT to CR to POFQ.

While the kids are having fun on the cruise, the rest of the parents will get to enjoy the evening in EPCOT at the Food & Wine festival or perhaps hitting some of the Boardwalk area entertainment like Jellyrolls. At any rate, I know they are looking forward to having an evening off while we take the kids.
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100 days and counting!!

Hello? Anyone out there?

Well...we have reached the magic 100 day mark until Disney!! 99 if you are counting to the day we leave!

In preparation for our trip I made an iron on transfer for DS to wear on a t-shirt (once I can find the right color) on his birthday. In honor of his big day which we will celebrate at AK it is appropriately themed. I love it. DH says I'm going a bit overboard. He says that with the button and the birthday ears, a shirt is too much. I think its awesome and special since his birthday is 10/11/12 this year! Besides soon enough all he's going to want is expensive gifts or money...so why not enjoy a time when a $4 t-shirt is going to make his day special.

On the savings front today was a good day. I think I mentioned that we have a wellness program at work that gives points when you do things like exercise, participate in challenges and get medical screenings. I had my physical today and with that (5k points) and a couple of other screenings they did while I was there (2500 points each) I now have almost enough to earn my 3rd $100 gift card for the trip!! I think thats my limit in gift cards (and uses up most of my high point value options) for this year so any points I earn from here out will go toward the next vacation which will hopefully be...

A DISNEY CRUISE! We are still discussing the prospects. In fact we were talking about it last night. If we go, we will do the 12 day cruise next summer leaving from Barcelona and going to Greece/Turkey then back. We would likely tack on a few extra days in Barcelona since DH was very disappointed that we couldn't go there on our last trip to Spain. We did a week in 2009 but couldn't figure out how to do both Barcelona and Madrid along with the rest of the stuff we wanted to do in one week! Instead we focused on Madrid and south to Gibraltar.

I think at DS's age a cruise will be a great way to expose him to European travel a little bit here and a little bit there with some Disney fun mixed in. No museum overload for a 6 year old. There will be more time for those trips when he's a little older. If we do the cruise though it will likely be our vacation for the summer. DS will probably also do a beach week with grandparents and we might do the odd long weekend here or there. DS and I have tagged along on one or two of DH's work trips in the past...but this would be the major vacation with no really spring or fall break vacation or holiday trips planned.

I'll be back soon with the plans for our final couple of days...along with pictures of some of the fun things I've put together for the trip so far!
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With the MNSSHP the night before EPCOT seems like the perfect choice for this day. With Test Track down and likely no Mission Space on the agenda...Soarin is really the only attraction I think some of the kids would want to do and even that could be skipped if we don't think we have time. So I am not expecting to make RD here and it should be a leisurely morning getting to the park.

We will probably focus most of our day on World Showcase to give the kids a chance to see some of the performers and also to learn about the different cultures. The kids all go to school together at a local International School. They are in the Spanish program so they alternate one day in spanish and one in English. Only seems fitting that we explore the cultural aspects of the World Showcase and Food & Wine festival.

I am planning to make the kids their own passports to have signed in the different countries to get them interacting with the CMs. I doubt we do the Kidcot stations as I still haven't figured out what to do with the bears on a stick from last time. Others might though...so we'll leave it up to them.

We have ADRs for 12 at Via Napoli for an early dinner. I made it for the largest group I could online to give people the option of sitting the kids down for a bite before we take them for the evening. Not sure how many will make it but I am sure my family will be there since we loved it last time we went and we will be leaving EPCOT early this evening.

The one thing I know we have to do up front is Turtle Talk with Crush! Last time we went I was concerned that DS wouldn't want to sit up front while we sat in the back. At first he was aprehensive (he had just turned 4) but then he got right into it and talked non-stop, telling Crush all about his new shoes! LOL! I was crying I was laughing so hard. This time I have no worries as he is one of the most outgoing kids I know.

This will be Parent's Night Out for most of the group. DH, my parents and I will be taking the kids over to the Contemporary about 8pm to get ready for the Pirates & Pals Cruise to celebrate DS's birthday. I am so looking forward to this. The icing on the cake is its another MNSSHP night so we will get to see Hallowishes. I am looking for some decent bandanas for the kids to wear. I think I want all the same color so as to easily identify them, maybe a bright green! This is the reason the kids are all getting the treasure chests...to go along with the Pirate Theme. We will definitely be using Disney transportation this day in order the shuttle the kids around from EPCOT to CR to POFQ.

While the kids are having fun on the cruise, the rest of the parents will get to enjoy the evening in EPCOT at the Food & Wine festival or perhaps hitting some of the Boardwalk area entertainment like Jellyrolls. At any rate, I know they are looking forward to having an evening off while we take the kids.

i still think that the international school sounds so cool!

and i'm amazed at how much i'm looking forward to Epcot this year. Usually its not so exciting to me! But between F&W and Perry, i can't wait!
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97 days!!

Whoo hoo! We survived the heat this weekend...106 on Sat & Sun. Took DS to see Brave and while he got a little scared of the bears he made it through while sitting in my lap for about half the movie.

Made a really cute banner this weekend...or most of one. I found a Mickey Head with a red bandana (w black polkadots) on one of the DISigners photobucket pages. Added a letter to each one spelling out Happy Birthday DS (with his name obviously) and then uploaded to Kinkos to color Laser Print on cardstock. Picked it up the next morning and cut out all the mickeys. I'm going to hook them together using black brads in the ears. Should be really cute.

Plan is to make a welcome banner using Mickey Heads the same way. May change up the font...and also just use a solid color (likely black). Since most everyone arrives on different days I can probably use this for most of the families too. The stuff on the DISign threads is way too addicting! I have spent hours look at all the great stuff people do.

I am planning to leave a stuffed character out each day on DS's bed with a note and a small gift. I have each of the Fab 6 so one for each day and then I'll have to figure something out for the last day. I have some ideas...like the a special MNSSHP tshirt the day we are going to the first party (where we won't dress up) and maybe some new water shoes for the water park day. Still have a few to work out though.
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Whoo hoo! We survived the heat this weekend...106 on Sat & Sun. Took DS to see Brave and while he got a little scared of the bears he made it through while sitting in my lap for about half the movie.

Made a really cute banner this weekend...or most of one. I found a Mickey Head with a red bandana (w black polkadots) on one of the DISigners photobucket pages. Added a letter to each one spelling out Happy Birthday DS (with his name obviously) and then uploaded to Kinkos to color Laser Print on cardstock. Picked it up the next morning and cut out all the mickeys. I'm going to hook them together using black brads in the ears. Should be really cute.

Plan is to make a welcome banner using Mickey Heads the same way. May change up the font...and also just use a solid color (likely black). Since most everyone arrives on different days I can probably use this for most of the families too. The stuff on the DISign threads is way too addicting! I have spent hours look at all the great stuff people do.

I am planning to leave a stuffed character out each day on DS's bed with a note and a small gift. I have each of the Fab 6 so one for each day and then I'll have to figure something out for the last day. I have some ideas...like the a special MNSSHP tshirt the day we are going to the first party (where we won't dress up) and maybe some new water shoes for the water park day. Still have a few to work out though.
Sounds like you an I had similar weekends...went to see Brave and worked on Disney crafts! My craft of the weekend was making my "bride" and "groom" t-shirts for my DH and me, I pulled Mickey ears with a tiara and tophat respectively from RustManFan's photobucket pages. They came out so cute! Now all I have to do is get pictures posted on my TR!

Also, I don't think you are going overboard. I mean, look at it this way, you only have so many birthdays to do stuff like that for your DS before he gets "too cool for school" and doesn't appreciate it as much. Plus, if you enjoy doing it, who cares? (Says the person who has already committed to way to many hand made gifts this year)
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Also, I don't think you are going overboard. I mean, look at it this way, you only have so many birthdays to do stuff like that for your DS before he gets "too cool for school" and doesn't appreciate it as much. Plus, if you enjoy doing it, who cares? (Says the person who has already committed to way to many hand made gifts this year)
Rachael - this is my thought too. Eventually (and probably way before I want it to happen) he's just going to want to hang with a few friends and for us to give him money or gift cards so he can pick out his own stuff.

So I am trying to take advantage while I can. We did a low key birthday last year...soccer party at our neighborhood field. And that was really his first party with friends. I'm guessing this will be the last big Disney trip where he still believes. I think he will when we go on the cruise too...but it will probably be a couple of years before another big WDW trip.

I finished the Happy Birthday banner...looks so cute! Once I get a bunch of stuff made I will take pictures and post them. But I am very pleased with how the crafts are coming out.

Can't decide if I want to do solid Mickey heads (and what color) or do the different character Mickey Heads as a welcome sign. Thoughts? I'm thinking something like these...



This is from Milliepie...but several DISigners have similar. I would put the letters W-E-L-C-O-M-E one per Mickey Head.
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My poor neglected trip report...

I am remiss in my PTR duties lately. It has been so crazy at work this last week or so I have barely had time to think much less think about Disney. Thank goodness for the DIS app on my Ipad so I can keep up with the threads I am subscribed to.

I really need to get back to planning. I almost bought DS some watershoes for the waterpark day (formerly known as LegoLand day) this weekend. I did buy DS a couple extra pair of shorts this weekend as I am afraid he won't make it to Oct in size 5. I think that's about as close as I have gotten to doing something for our trip.

I also made DS pick a Disney movie he hasn't seen yet from our collection to watch this past weekend. He watched Monsters Inc. My goal is to try and make sure he knows more of the characters on our trip. He watched Lilo and Stitch 2 when it was on TV a couple of weeks ago (still need to watch the original).

DS passed his swim test at our gym...which means he can go down the big slides at the pool. Guess that means I have no real excuse not to take him to the waterpark. It is cheaper and we don't have to drive far...so I guess its not a bad thing.

Hoping that work will slow down some in the next few days and I can get back to planning! DH is going to be working all weekend so DS and I will be spending time at the pool and hopefully will be able to spend some time planning our trip! And we will definitely do another "new" Disney movie.
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Polycraftual...thats hilarious!

Love that your DH gets you that way...mine just thinks I'm nuts. Atleast until he sees the final project.

Goal for this weekend is to get in some Disney organization time. The coloring books came in and are adorable!! I them. Might try to design the bands to go around them and work on some autograph card designs.

I think I am going to do square so I can make a small book of autographs and photos for DS. I know he will use his old photo book for getting autographs but I also know at some point he won't want to get autographs any more. Since this will likely be our last long trip for a while with opportunity to meet most of the characters...I think it will be a good one for him to have a full set of photos and autographs.
I love the idea of the photo autograph book! I got some of my crafts done and the pictures posted but I feel like I have so much left to do. Unfortunately the DH and I have decided to make this weekend's goal getting all of our wedding thank you notes finished and mailed out, which is enough work for one weekend!
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I love the idea of the photo autograph book! I got some of my crafts done and the pictures posted but I feel like I have so much left to do. Unfortunately the DH and I have decided to make this weekend's goal getting all of our wedding thank you notes finished and mailed out, which is enough work for one weekend!
Get them done and you will feel better. Nothing worse than having them hang over your head while you are trying to do other stuff. Once they are done you will be free to enjoy the planning & crafting fun!

I ordered some stuff from amazon this week. A new flash card for my as of yet, unpurchased camera. Some pirate eyepatches. A glow in the dark compass for DS's treasure box - as the birthday boy he gets a slightly bigger box and a few extra treats. He's been asking for a compass so when I saw this one I knew it would be perfect. And some clickable sharpies!! All have been stowed away in the closet full of Disney stuff.

Thinking I am going to try and finish the autograph cards this weekend and do some more work on the planning guides for our friends. I'm debating how much information to put in there about things to do/rides/menus/etc. Right now I have some decent info on the hotel plus some worksheets they can fill out on a couple of the parks (still need to do the ones for MK & HS) plus will have to do a few pages in Sept when more info comes out for F&W plus MNSSHP. I want to make sure to have the character interactions, parades, etc listed and for F&W have the different menus at the kiosks available.

There is a birthday party for one of the kids coming up in a few weeks so I think that will be a great time to get the photos for the Epcot passports.
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