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Old 08-22-2012, 01:39 PM   #16
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Woo Hoo! for getting your room #! That's great that y'all will be close to the elevators for your mom!
Yay! I know! I'm SO excited! I was freaking out...as you could see. And I can't wait to start making magnets and other fun things!!!

The days need to go by faster! :-D
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The days need to go by faster! :-D
I'm with you on that! We have 37 days until our next vacay & it can't come soon enough!
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:40 AM   #18
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52 DAYS!!! How should I pass the time?

Update!!! I am SO excited now that I may just be doing random updates every day…maybe even TWICE a day. If you haven’t noticed I tend to get overly excited about things!!!

I started packing lists and reminder lists yesterday. These are some of the lists:
What to Pack!!!

Things to ask for on the ship!! *a bday pin for my mom!!!*

Things to find!! *I went to Italy last December for a 2 week Food internship! It was amazing! But I need to find my passport. I actually have some amazing pictures and a few awesome stories if you want to hear them!! I’ll tell them if you want me to! Just let me know in the comments!*

Things to do!! *Like sadly calling to set up boarding times for my cats. I don’t want to board them! Can they come with!?

Those are my only lists for now. And this morning I checked online and our new tiny laptop will be here tomorrow! HAPPY KERMIE DANCE!!!!

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I’ll probably do another update later today! I’m going to start sorting through clothes and figuring out what needs to be packed and whatnot!

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Old 08-23-2012, 11:16 AM   #19
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Just wanted to say "Hi"!
Your enthusiasm is totally catching! Hawaii and Alaska (and transatlantic, and Med...) are on my "dream list" - maybe one day!
I missed my fur babies SO much while we were away. The only thing good about coming home was knowing that I don't need to leave them again for a good year. We leave them home with a rotation of friends/family who come every day to feed and pet them - but no one can explain to them where their REAL family has disappeared to! That's what kills me . Anyway, have a great time and we'll be waiting to hear how it was!

BTW - we were in room 2143 on the Magic - it is a 10C. We LOVED having just that bit of extra space and the split bathroom! Congrats on the upgrade!
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:22 AM   #20
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Just wanted to say "Hi"!
Your enthusiasm is totally catching! Hawaii and Alaska (and transatlantic, and Med...) are on my "dream list" - maybe one day!
I missed my fur babies SO much while we were away. The only thing good about coming home was knowing that I don't need to leave them again for a good year. We leave them home with a rotation of friends/family who come every day to feed and pet them - but no one can explain to them where their REAL family has disappeared to! That's what kills me . Anyway, have a great time and we'll be waiting to hear how it was!
YAY! HI!!!!

I really want to do the Panama Cruise, that would be AWESOME! And we want to try out the new ships. Only the Fantasy though because I need to see Pepe's door!! He's one of my favorite muppets!!!

I am really NOT looking forward to boarding them. Jackson the boy cat will do fine, the people LOVE him at the vets office. But the people are not so fond of Lexxie. She can be really mean (she apparently hisses and screeches at them and throws herself at the cage door.), she calms down after about 3 days and there are only 2 men that she allows to pet and feed her. Its so random.

Thank you for reading btw!!! My TR will probably be crazy long!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:09 AM   #21
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Planes...Hotels and The Queen Mary

DRAMA! With a captiol D!!!

Today I was thinking about our flight…well freaking out would be more like it. We “were” flying in the day of the Cruise, from DC…getting into LAX at 11am. I thought that this would be okay…until today that is. Today I started freaking out.

I went onto our DIS boards FB page and put my dilemma out there for all to see. I asked if anyone else was flying in the day of, two people are but they get in MUCH earlier. Then the awesome Travel Agents started piling on and others who have done flights like this before.

They were VERY adamant that we should change our flight for the before. I was beginning to agree and still freaking out. So I waited until my mom got home and plopped her down and told her whats what. She totally agreed with me! YAY!
So we are now arriving the day before. Which led to another dilemma. Hotels!? Where should we stay. Other people were staying at Double Tree and Crowne Plaza. At first I was SUPER excited about Double Tree. I LOVE their cookies. And I’m a Pastry Chef. They have some of the best chocolate chip cookies. But the price for one night was a bit steep and we would rather use that money for fun onboard things like drinks and Bingo!

So I found that there is a Vegabond Inn there, which apparently my mother has stayed at while she goes to conventions or whatnot. $80 and free shuttle to the Port! PERFECT! So perfect in fact we’re changing our hotel for the day the Cruise docks to the same hotel. And we’ll be Blue Shuttling it to and free the airport.

This will also be very good for my mom since she has leg issues and we can go to the hotel and she can stretch out and relax before we head to the ship the following day.

Mischief Managed if I do say so myself!!!

Thanks to all my Disers who weighed in! It means so much!

UPDATE!

We’re not staying at Vegabond. We are in fact going to stay at Hotel Maya *which is also a Double Tree* while I was waiting on the phone FOR AN HOUR to change out flight *which btw, the price had gone down! HAZAA!* I was looking at hotels and found this one. Its beautiful and amazing and a mile from The Queen Mary!

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So we’ve decided to get to the hotel, check in and go grab some lunch on the Queen Mary! We may do a tour…they have a ghost tour! And a few others, and apparently they do fireworks which you can see from our hotel! Or, at least that’s what I’ve read.
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Thank you! For the bday and congrats! I'll tell my mom, I think I'm more excited about her having a bday on the cruise then she is!!! I emailed our family and said "Buy her a day at the Rainforest room!" Thats one of her favorite places, and if they each do that she'll be covered for the whole two weeks!

That's SO cool...

And YAY for getting your stateroom # & a DIS meet
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WOOHOO on saving $$$ with the flight change
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WOOHOO on saving $$$ with the flight change
We are SO excited! We couldn't believe our luck! For the flight and for the room. I keep doing little happy dances!!!!
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That's great that you were able to change your flight & save money! I would definitely get there the day before.

And that hotel looks so pretty & sounds like a great location!
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That's great that you were able to change your flight & save money! I would definitely get there the day before.

And that hotel looks so pretty & sounds like a great location!
I know! It was totally random about the money saving. My mom wonders if we hadn't changed it, if we would have gotten money back. I think it was just LESS money for that day... But still awesome!!!
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GUESS WHAT!!! 50 DAYS TO GO!

Do you think I’m excited?

Hi All!!! I’m all over this PTR now aren’t I!

So yesterday I finished up ALL of the travel plans! Whew! But I still have to call my Disney CM about our flight info and to cancel our buses with them to and from the Cruise. Since we’re staying so close to the ship now and we’ll have free travel from the hotels we’re going to give that up.

Did I make any changes? Yes. Yes I did. I decided to that we would stay at Vegabond instead. I just was not okay with us paying around 200 per night *that’s with taxes and whatnot put in it, and we would be staying there for 2 nights* when we could pay $100 instead. I mean that’s an extra $200 RIGHT there for drinks or Bingo or another fun thing. Hey! We could get a wine package now!!!

This is how our Arrival looks like:
Saturday: Arrival:
LAX @ 12:15pm
Catch Blue Shuttle to VB hotel
Settle in, then walk to The Queen Mary for dinner
Head Back to VB and get some rest
Sunday: DISNEY CRUISE!!!
Have Breakfast @ VB hotel *it’s offered!*
Grab Shuttle to Port, our check in time is for 12:15
Check in! FUN CAN BEGIN!

I told my mom after I had made the plans and she was all: “What? We’re not staying at the pretty one?” It was VERY funny. But she agreed, money saved there is money spent elsewhere!

Now I have to make lunch reservations with Mama’s Fish House in Maui. If you’ve never heard of her restaurant…go read up on it now! We first heard about it on Food Network, they have a passion fruit crème brulee. One of my favorite desserts! So we decided that was a MUST to go to, and then I found their lunch menu. I wish we were there long enough for us to have dinner there as well…

Yesterday I also went to Disneystore.com to buy my mom her birthday gift from me *I’m also going to get her the B-day sign for our room, and a massage* but the last time we had been at the Disney Store I saw these awesome 3 Fairy’s!!! They are one of my moms FAVORITES *which is actually very funny, because she LOVES Maleficent as well. So the good fairies and the bad ones!*



While there I saw that they had the new collection of the Disney Villains! OMG! Have you seen the Disney Princess Collection? They don’t sell it anymore, but I was able to get a few things from it. Well this one…had an AMAZING bag…did I buy it? Of course!!! It will be my kick-*** travel bag for the Cruise!!! And a Queen of Hearts Journal *Her little drawing is SO pretty* and a Maleficent mug for my mom! I’ll give that to her before we leave though, I’m not dragging it across America!



ALSO! We got our new tiny travel computer! YAY!!!! I opened it and get it all set up, and now it will go through many a test! We have 30 days to return it, and I promise you, if it lacks in ANY area I will be returning it. So I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.

On one last note *sorry this has been a long update* we found out that a little girl and her family will be on our cruise through Make A Wish. Her mother posted on our DIS FB page about some of the groups and getting t-shirts for her two daughters. One daughter is sick *the older one* and the other is not only her sister but also her best friend.

This breaks my heart. I know we all *all the DISers* want to make this little girls cruise MAGICAL! So I have a few Disney Princess Porcelain dolls that I bought when I worked for Disney 11 years ago. They are still in their packages, and I’ll be giving her one. My mom is also going to make cloaks for both little girls. My mom is an EXCELLENT seamstress. And we’ll give them the cloaks at the start of the trip so they can wear them! I did ask her mom if this was okay and her mom loves the idea. My mom is SO excited to make the cloaks for these little girls, we’ll be heading to JoAnn’s today! This picture is my niece Sophia,



and my mom made this one for her about 2 months ago!
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Love all of the stuff you bought at the Disney Store! Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite movies - all because (like your mom) I love both the 3 good Fairies and Maleficent.

That's really sweet of y'all to help make a magical trip for the Make a Wish child.
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That's really sweet of y'all to help make a magical trip for the Make a Wish child.
Agreed...they are Ambassors of Disney Magic
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Fantastic news about the cabin upgrade!

Really good call on flying into Cali a day early.

Oh, I was just looking at the villain stuff the other day. I loved the Cruella notebook, but the one you got may have been even better. Sadly, I didn't order anything - saving all the pennies for our next Disney trip.

The cloak is beautiful. And so sweet. :
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