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Old 10-21-2012, 06:01 AM   #31
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Overanalyse lol! Or microplan... do you have your printed out itinerary with your park attack method colour-coded and detailed in all it's minutiae yet?? Most important!

LOL we have done both Our itinery has changed multiple times.. finalised today!!! YAY... however im always microplanning...

All we have to do is our plan of attack, meal breaks etc, which i think we will leave closer to.

Planning on thousands of photos, and we will definitely be doing PTR and TR with lots of food porn... DH obsession

we are in Disneyland on November 1st- November 11th 2013
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:06 AM   #32
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Looks like I might be able to squeeze in here maybe! Less than 6 months after returning from our first trip to WDW we have now started to plan returning hopefully late Dec 2013 for at least 3 weeks. So far we have me, DH, DD who will be 7 and turn 8 over there, DD who will be 3, BIL, maybe my parents too.
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Old 10-31-2012, 09:30 PM   #33
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Bump!

I've booked the Disney side of our travel, though of course it's always open to change... plenty of time to work out the rest I'm sure!!
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:36 AM   #34
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I'm just hoping work picks up for me this term and next year otherwise our two month trip will have to be scaled back . Then again, there's always the money we're ahead on on the home loan
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:40 AM   #35
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I'm just hoping work picks up for me this term and next year otherwise our two month trip will have to be scaled back . Then again, there's always the money we're ahead on on the home loan
I'm feeling extremely broke this week too. We are a few years ahead on home loan (like 8! Lol! ). But I really don't want to touch that. Bloody unexpected medical bills though! . Chiro for me and speech path for DS1 and suddenly we are on bread and water for the next 11 months!
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:41 AM   #36
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Oh and congrats Franrose! Booking is always super exciting!
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:33 AM   #37
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I'm feeling extremely broke this week too. We are a few years ahead on home loan (like 8! Lol! ). But I really don't want to touch that. Bloody unexpected medical bills though! . Chiro for me and speech path for DS1 and suddenly we are on bread and water for the next 11 months!
I feel your pain with speech pathology... currently paying $105 a week for that at the moment (except for those first couple of visits that weigh in at $240 for 'assessments')... sigh! I need to look up how much we can claim back on health insurance, if anything at all. You could be out of pocket thousands in a year and the HE company will graciously write you a check for your full $24 or whatever it is, lol.

And I feel your pain with Chiro too, incidentally. Many years ago I trained in Chiropractic. I dropped $60,000 on that degree, but found it way too political and sales-driven to suit the kind of person I am, so walked away at the last goal post. At least I can 'crack' hubby's back though eh, even if I can't give myself free adjustments

$60,000. That's like two massive "once in a lifetime" trips to WDW (WITH a cruise) The last $33,000 of my student loan was paid in one lump sum three years ago when we sold our NZ house and bought here. That was a sad day, that was!


I don't like to concentrate on the 'hows' of paying for these trips. We are ahead on the mortgage too, though if we keep taking trips like this we won't get more ahead and that feels somehow wrong. But for this trip anyway, I have my head firmly in the sand and I am not thinking at all of the 'hows' when it comes to the budget That's when the little angel on my shoulder (could only be an angel ) reminds me that life is short and our time here isn't to be taken for granted, and I'm making memories with my children, and blah blah blah whatever justifies it!!
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Definition of Disney Magic: Justifying expensive trips to yourself
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Fran, I had a wake up moment aFew years ago which made me decide that these trips were really important. My DH and I worked hard pre-kids to really smash our mortgage. When the kids came along we were still pretty much in the same mindset and saving for our big trip in 2015. Then I realized how magic toddlerhood is and started imagining how my kids would react to different things in Disneyland. We decided we couldn't wait, so off we went to Japan. It was so fun (of course!) and some of those memories are burnt into my memory so strongly. The kids still talk about it and DH and I are always saying things like "imagine DS3 when he sees Mickey...". Our 2015 savings are still going strong, but now we have added Disneyland next year as well. The mortgage isn't decreasing as much, but it's just a house. We aren't going to have any lasting memories of reaching $200k on our mortgage, but our Mickey memories aren't going anywhere
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Fran, I had a wake up moment a few years ago which made me decide that these trips were really important. My DH and I worked hard pre-kids to really smash our mortgage. When the kids came along we were still pretty much in the same mindset and saving for our big trip in 2015. Then I realized how magic toddlerhood is and started imagining how my kids would react to different things in Disneyland. We decided we couldn't wait, so off we went to Japan. It was so fun (of course!) and some of those memories are burnt into my memory so strongly. The kids still talk about it and DH and I are always saying things like "imagine DS3 when he sees Mickey...". Our 2015 savings are still going strong, but now we have added Disneyland next year as well. The mortgage isn't decreasing as much, but it's just a house. We aren't going to have any lasting memories of reaching $200k on our mortgage, but our Mickey memories aren't going anywhere
I kind of had a wake up moment too when a new Dr I had intimated to me a couple of years ago that I quite likely had cancer and literally told me she hoped I'd be ok... With hindsight, I now know she was a panicky sort of Dr (very nice, but way OTT with everything, she'd happily call you back into her office three times in a week over something very minor) but it was my second ever visit to her and I didn't have that background so I spent a weekend thinking life was possibly about to change in a big way. Even though I turned out to be in full health, it hit home to me how quickly things *can* change, and that was when we decided to do our September trip last year. I had originally thought the kids were too young, in that they wouldn't remember - but they do remember, and like you I have all those precious memories of seeing Disney through their eyes at that lovely age where they still quite literally believe.
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My dad busted his backside all of our childhoods to work hard and save up for retirement, buy a business, get ahead on the mortgage etc. As a result, we rarely went on holidays with or without him. Then, in his early 50s he was diagnosed with alzheimers. Everything he worked hard for to have to retire on has gone. He's now 63 and has no idea about anyone or anything. He was my wake-up call. DH and I have decided that the mortgage is of lesser importance than spending time together as a family making memories. If we're 50 or 60 and still paying off the mortgage we don't really care anymore. After all, it's only money.
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Oh, forgot to add that I booked Kingstown Reef in Orlando with our Worldmark points today. I'm still on the waitlist for Bonnet Creek and DVC places though.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:54 AM   #44
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We have a similar mindset. It's the memories made together that are important, not the 'stuff' we accumulate. We booked a DCL cruise last week for Dec 29-Jan 2 2014 so will definitely be in Orlando next year! We plan to follow the cruise with 3 weeks at Bonnet Creek.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:54 PM   #45
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As I have already booked our accommodation I thought it may be a good idea to tell my boss I was going to need a month off. Although I have only been there just over 6 months I didn't think it would be a problem as I get 6 weeks leave per year and I would accrued over 10 weeks by that stage.

Well I was wrong, after I picked her up off the ground she tried telling me they usually don't like people having that much time off. My heart started to sink.

Anyway I managed to convince her that it would be my quiet time in between board meetings and audits so after much negotiating she gave me the OK. Phew!!!!

Not sure what I would have done if she said no.
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