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Old 01-14-2013, 07:36 AM   #91
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WHEW! Now *I* feel so much better about your trip! Thanks for the update!

So great to have those tickets in hand and everything settled. I'm sorry you could not convince your family to try something adventurous! That would have been great.

Good luck in the packing. I think over the weekend I'll be doing some packing myself. We are trying our best to surprise our kids with this next trip which means I need to pack up their stuff for them without them knowing about it! I sure hope we can pull it off!
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Wow! I can't believe you are less than a week away! I am so happy for you.

I have to tell you, reading your update, I pictured your friendly, peppy prize rep covering the mouthpiece of her phone and whispering to her coworker...

"Watch this! I'm going to torture my One More Disney Day Winner. I'm going to tell her the paperwork is coming and then 'forget' to mail it! This is going to be so much fun"

This has been a great pretrip report and I can't wait for the whole thing.

Wishing you safe and easy travel!

BTW- there are rumblings that Hurricane Hanna's may be reopening this week. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:22 AM   #93
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WHEW! Now *I* feel so much better about your trip! Thanks for the update!

So great to have those tickets in hand and everything settled. I'm sorry you could not convince your family to try something adventurous! That would have been great.

Good luck in the packing. I think over the weekend I'll be doing some packing myself. We are trying our best to surprise our kids with this next trip which means I need to pack up their stuff for them without them knowing about it! I sure hope we can pull it off!
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I think my family might not completely trust my judgment on adventures & such because they know ANYTHING at Disney ALWAYS sounds like a good idea to me! On our last trip, I , ummm, "forgot" to tell them that "fun Aerosmith ride" went upside down, LOL!! So after we got off, even though they loved it, they couldn't believe I did that to them... heh heh!! They know I like surprising them like that. Hey, I can't help it if they didn't do their OWN wdw research!!!!!! So fast forward to me trying to talk them into the AK wild trek tour, with its "fun" bridges & "close up" animals.. well they DID look it up on the web, saw those suspension bridges & said NO WAY. What chickens!! LOL. Well, at least they're learning to appreciate research.


Putting together a surprise trip sounds like so much fun! I'm sure those can be difficult to pull off - - with trying to be secretive with the preparations to keeping in all your excitement under wraps!! Good luck!
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Wow! I can't believe you are less than a week away! I am so happy for you.

I have to tell you, reading your update, I pictured your friendly, peppy prize rep covering the mouthpiece of her phone and whispering to her coworker...

"Watch this! I'm going to torture my One More Disney Day Winner. I'm going to tell her the paperwork is coming and then 'forget' to mail it! This is going to be so much fun."

This has been a great pretrip report and I can't wait for the whole thing.

Wishing you safe and easy travel!

BTW- there are rumblings that Hurricane Hanna's may be reopening this week. Keeping my fingers crossed.


LOL. That is hilarious about the Rep! That just might be what happened! I often wondered what exactly their job would be like.... They SURELY have to know how much "power" they hold over all of us hanging onto their every move !!!!


Saw the rumors about Hanna's.. That sure would be great!

I'll be over at your thread today, starting on page #1 & reading through everything "one more time " !! I feel like I'm in school again, trying to do some last-minute cramming for a big test!

Can't wait to share the full TR with all of you.
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Just joining in here! I am thoroughly enjoying your excitement! I'm sure I would have gone mad waiting all that time when there are ADRs to plan. I too was thinking that they were just having a good time messing with you

Funny, DH and I will be flying the opposite direction to Las vegas this weekend, and hopefully I'll be winning some money for a future trip

Can't wait to read about your actual trip! Have a great time (like you need anyone to tell you that)
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Funny, DH and I will be flying the opposite direction to Las vegas this weekend, and hopefully I'll be winning some money for a future trip
O I love that idea thanks. Heading to Vegas in June and will have to try this.
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Funny, DH and I will be flying the opposite direction to Las vegas this weekend, and hopefully I'll be winning some money for a future trip


That is a great idea!! Good luck at the casinos!
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Two sleeps and a wakeup. Are you excited yet?
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I'm so in love with my scrapbook from our last WDW trip.
 
This baby is THICK !!

For some people, this size of scrapbook might be a compilation of family memories over a year or more…
um, yeah, for me, this is just my photos from “ONE” trip, LOL!




I can sit and look at this book over and over again..
Partially because they include my first great set of photos taken with my (then) new camera, and partially because I just loved that vacation so much! I’m a hopeless Disney addict, what can I say?




A while back, to help pass the time waiting for my Disney info and as an outlet for all my built-up excitement, I started buying some scrapbook supplies for our upcoming trip.

Then I went one step further & actually finished the first page or 2 of my (future) scrapbook for our trip - - which is telling the story I’ve just told you.



Nothing like working on a scrapbook of memories that don’t even exist yet....

I wonder how many hundreds of photos I’ll take this time that I’ll try and cram into one book again?




So.. in other news, I finally had to break it to DS about the slide at SAB being down for refurbishment during our trip. They are allowing guests to use the pool at the Boardwalk, so I brought up photos of it on the computer so we could see what that slide was like… I thought the slide looked great, but his reaction was… "So…… it’s a giant clown, and you come out of its mouth?" I guess clowns aren’t for everybody... Not sure if it's worth a trip over there to try out that slide.. Anybody?

Not sure how much swimming we’ll really get in anyways... that’ll be up to Mother Nature. Andy told me to stop checking the weather becuase "it is what it is". I'm thinking ANY kind of Florida weather sounds great to us right now – we’ve been having a very unusual cold snap here, it was 25 degrees this morning with a high only in the 30's, and all us desert-dwellers are barely surviving! Hard to believe we might be hanging out in our swimsuits in a matter of days.

I’m hoping to try to post a few “LIVE” photos here while we're gone, and then of course I'll be sharing our trip here when we get back!

Until then...........
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So.. in other news, I finally had to break it to DS about the slide at SAB being down for refurbishment during our trip. They are allowing guests to use the pool at the Boardwalk, so I brought up photos of it on the computer so we could see what that slide was like… I thought the slide looked great, but his reaction was… "So…… it’s a giant clown, and you come out of its mouth?" I guess clowns aren’t for everybody... Not sure if it's worth a trip over there to try out that slide.. Anybody?
It's worth going over to try it out. DD 10 absolutely loves that clown slide. We split our last stay between the BW and AKV and while we prefer AKV overall, the BW pool slide was better, she kept saying. Then entrance to the slide is fairly convenient to the exit, so it's easy to keep going up and coming back down. A lot of the slides have the entrance not very near the exit (like Kidani) and it seems like a lot of work to go down again and again. Not so with the BW slide.

Also, try to find an hour to head over and watch the entertainers on the Boardwalk one evening. They're great!
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Two sleeps and a wakeup. Are you excited yet?

I am so anxious and excited to leave. Can't wait.
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It's worth going over to try it out. DD 10 absolutely loves that clown slide. We split our last stay between the BW and AKV and while we prefer AKV overall, the BW pool slide was better, she kept saying. Then entrance to the slide is fairly convenient to the exit, so it's easy to keep going up and coming back down. A lot of the slides have the entrance not very near the exit (like Kidani) and it seems like a lot of work to go down again and again. Not so with the BW slide.

Also, try to find an hour to head over and watch the entertainers on the Boardwalk one evening. They're great!

Thanks for the info on the slide!! Visiting the Boardwalk as well as the pool would make a trip over there definitely worthwhile. We very briefly checked out the Boardwalk on our last trip, but there wasn't much going on out there for some reason. Maybe we were too late & missed the entertainers?
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Thanks for the info on the slide!! Visiting the Boardwalk as well as the pool would make a trip over there definitely worthwhile. We very briefly checked out the Boardwalk on our last trip, but there wasn't much going on out there for some reason. Maybe we were too late & missed the entertainers?
You're welcome! I can't remember what time they were out, but we watched them on a couple different nights. It was dark, in September, so it must have been after 9:00 pm.
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I'm so in love with my scrapbook from our last WDW trip.


 
This baby is THICK !!

For some people, this size of scrapbook might be a compilation of family memories over a year or more…
um, yeah, for me, this is just my photos from “ONE” trip, LOL!




I can sit and look at this book over and over again..
Partially because they include my first great set of photos taken with my (then) new camera, and partially because I just loved that vacation so much! I’m a hopeless Disney addict, what can I say?




A while back, to help pass the time waiting for my Disney info and as an outlet for all my built-up excitement, I started buying some scrapbook supplies for our upcoming trip.

Then I went one step further & actually finished the first page or 2 of my (future) scrapbook for our trip - - which is telling the story I’ve just told you.



Nothing like working on a scrapbook of memories that don’t even exist yet....

I wonder how many hundreds of photos I’ll take this time that I’ll try and cram into one book again?




So.. in other news, I finally had to break it to DS about the slide at SAB being down for refurbishment during our trip. They are allowing guests to use the pool at the Boardwalk, so I brought up photos of it on the computer so we could see what that slide was like… I thought the slide looked great, but his reaction was… "So…… it’s a giant clown, and you come out of its mouth?" I guess clowns aren’t for everybody... Not sure if it's worth a trip over there to try out that slide.. Anybody?

Not sure how much swimming we’ll really get in anyways... that’ll be up to Mother Nature. Andy told me to stop checking the weather becuase "it is what it is". I'm thinking ANY kind of Florida weather sounds great to us right now – we’ve been having a very unusual cold snap here, it was 25 degrees this morning with a high only in the 30's, and all us desert-dwellers are barely surviving! Hard to believe we might be hanging out in our swimsuits in a matter of days.

I’m hoping to try to post a few “LIVE” photos here while we're gone, and then of course I'll be sharing our trip here when we get back!

Until then...........
LOVE the scrapbooks! They look great! I have yet to do one with our last few trips. I'm so far behind!

I haven't looked at the weather either but all I keep thinking is it might be in the 30s and 40s here in Maryland but that means 60s in Florida! At least walking around all day it will be nice weather, though we may be chilly in the mornings. I'm mostly packing lots of layers and the swimsuits JUST IN CASE but honestly don't see that happening!

I have no recollection of the Boardwalk slide and sorry that the SAB one will be closed because we HAVE done that one and it's great! Honestly I think the one at AK Kidani is MUCH better than the others though not as long as SAB. I think the only time my kids were in the Boardwalk pool they were very small and all I remember is putting my daughter (14 months) in the pool at the time WITH HER TENNIS SHOES ON HER! Yeah I must have been overly tired on that day!

Live updates sound great. I always try to do that for our trips but find I'm so caught up in vacation that I forget. I try to so some Twitter updates but I was even bad about that last trip. My goal is to do better this trip on Twitter so I can at least reference it later in a much better trip report!
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LOVE the scrapbooks! They look great! I have yet to do one with our last few trips. I'm so far behind!

I haven't looked at the weather either but all I keep thinking is it might be in the 30s and 40s here in Maryland but that means 60s in Florida! At least walking around all day it will be nice weather, though we may be chilly in the mornings. I'm mostly packing lots of layers and the swimsuits JUST IN CASE but honestly don't see that happening!

I have no recollection of the Boardwalk slide and sorry that the SAB one will be closed because we HAVE done that one and it's great! Honestly I think the one at AK Kidani is MUCH better than the others though not as long as SAB. I think the only time my kids were in the Boardwalk pool they were very small and all I remember is putting my daughter (14 months) in the pool at the time WITH HER TENNIS SHOES ON HER! Yeah I must have been overly tired on that day!

Live updates sound great. I always try to do that for our trips but find I'm so caught up in vacation that I forget. I try to so some Twitter updates but I was even bad about that last trip. My goal is to do better this trip on Twitter so I can at least reference it later in a much better trip report!


LOL. That is funny about your DD at the pool!! I'll probably start having those kind of moments around maybe day #4 or 5!! I had to go look up the AKL pool online since a couple of you guys have mentioned it here now... I'm thinking we're going to have to save a little time to go over to AKL just to walk around & check it out, the whole place looks so beautiful online!

We're packing a lot of layers too. 60's or 70's will be perfect. I'm just hoping for anything but a bunch of rain. I can handle rain & it doesn't ruin our time, however on our last trip we got SO much that it definitely slowed us down & we didn't even get to half of EPCOT.

While I usually stay mostly "unplugged" during our times in the parks, I always have some time in the room where I blog or do some updates while I'm (anxiously!) waiting for the boys to get up & ready... You'd think the BOYS would be waiting on the GIRL getting ready in the mornings!! I'm so photography obsessed that even if I don't write anything down, I can just go through my photos & chronologically recall everything for my TR that way.
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