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Old 02-19-2013, 01:09 PM   #16
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Not only is WDW an obsession for me - planning for my next trip is also an obsession (which is why I check out these boards most days while eating my lunch at my desk at work!) You are doing the right thing by getting advice from these Boards. Enjoy your trip!
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:17 PM   #17
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Staying at FW and going to the Disney parks can be highly addictive!!
Guess I better start looking for a better job to pay for this addiction!!

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...it's going to be hard but this is what she wanted us to do. No sad moments here just looking forward to some Disney Magic.
So sorry to hear of your loss! I know exactly how you feel about doing Dis without a loved one. My mom passed in '05 and I KNOW this will be an emotional trip- even with the magic- for both me and my dad.
Not only was she "the planner" of trips like this, but she was also the "non-north pole" version of Mrs.Claus. She LOVED Christmas and it is always such a hard time for us. I know people say "time heals" but it really doesn't.. It just becomes "new normal".
I've already cried just watching the planning DVD.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:42 PM   #18
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Guess I better start looking for a better job to pay for this addiction!!

So sorry to hear of your loss! I know exactly how you feel about doing Dis without a loved one. My mom passed in '05 and I KNOW this will be an emotional trip- even with the magic- for both me and my dad.
Not only was she "the planner" of trips like this, but she was also the "non-north pole" version of Mrs.Claus. She LOVED Christmas and it is always such a hard time for us. I know people say "time heals" but it really doesn't.. It just becomes "new normal".
I've already cried just watching the planning DVD.
Thank you... you know, you hit the nail right on the head, just what I needed to hear. My wife loved christmas and it was never about her it always "everybody" else. Spent 2009 and 2010 At the fort, she loved it. That was the last time she was there and this april will be our first time without her. However we did a lot of camping up here with her, even though she was sick,so I said, be sick up in the bed alone or be in the camper sick with lots of family and friends... We'll always have that time. Thanks for your kind words Really helps....Haven't cried watching the planning DVD... YET
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:14 PM   #19
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Thanks for your kind words Really helps....
Aww.. No thanks necessary. How old are your kids?
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:01 AM   #20
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The other thing I've discovered is that it must be driving my Mom NUTS that she can't help plan for us (sadly, she passed in '05 Vacation planning was SO her "thing") because I've been dreaming about her every night.
This brought tears to me. We are going in November. It is the first WDW for our 5 and 7 year old. My daddy LOVED WDW. I've been obsessed also and my daddy who died in August 2012 has been in more than one of my dreams lately. All of them have been in WDW.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:24 AM   #21
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Wow, there's a lot of loss in this thread.. GROUP HUG!
Gwen- so sorry to hear about your Daddy.

I feel so blessed that my Daddy will be with us for this trip. In fact- if it weren't for him, we wouldn't be going. Every so often I'll email him with my planning updates since the charges show up on his credit card. His last reply to me was this:

Jennifer, Thanks for investing the time (and my money) into having it be a good trip. Let's not worry too much about the cost, since this should be something very special for two very special boys.


Gotta love Daddies with dollars!!

But I wish my Mamma could come. :\
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #22
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Aww.. No thanks necessary. How old are your kids?
The oldest is 14, middle will be 12 next month and the youngest is 9, he'll always 3, you know. all boys. Even though I've made this trip hundreds of time, mostly stop at the same places, I still plan this to extremes, forget about the parks, crazy planing too, love it. Drives the kids crazy... they still love it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:25 PM   #23
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So, I ordered 3 planning books/guides from Amazon last week & they haven't shipped yet & it's driving me NUTS!! COME. ON.

Do y'all have any favorite planning books?
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:22 AM   #24
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Do y'all have any favorite planning books?
Before joining here we use to get the Birnbaum's books.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:13 AM   #25
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That was one of the 3 I ordered.
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So, I ordered 3 planning books/guides from Amazon last week & they haven't shipped yet & it's driving me NUTS!! COME. ON.

Do y'all have any favorite planning books?
We've never had any type planning books, or planning, but we have been going to Disney since it (just MK) and FW opened. Sort of *grew* with WDW so we know it like the back of our hands for the most part.

I can see how it would be overwhelming to those either just starting to go, or haven't been many times. My niece and family just went, and she called me at the advice of my sister to get tips, etc. on going. She found most of the info she needed online.

Enjoy your planning, and most of all your trip! Much to you!
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:33 PM   #27
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Truthfully, I read planning books more to "vicariously" be with my family in different scenarios at Disney, Or read them to help me pass the waiting time by building happy expectations then actually decide from them....

It is interesting how, despite all negative that could be said for any particular thing, the theme parks can and do function as a sort of heaven on earth for us, when needed, at least, they have for me.

A sibling was in a coma, parents expecting her eminent passing.... And of all things, a Christmas family trip to DL brought us peace and happiness we hadn't felt anywhere else...without the persistent pain... Because of the hope, the happiness, the ideals...even faith in a good future.

Yes, Jennifer, I think it is just great to be crazy happy distracted by this trip to look forward to! Happy dreaming, happy planning!
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:30 PM   #28
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Truthfully, I read planning books more to "vicariously" be with my family in different scenarios at Disney, Or read them to help me pass the waiting time by building happy expectations then actually decide from them....

It is interesting how, despite all negative that could be said for any particular thing, the theme parks can and do function as a sort of heaven on earth for us, when needed, at least, they have for me.

A sibling was in a coma, parents expecting her eminent passing.... And of all things, a Christmas family trip to DL brought us peace and happiness we hadn't felt anywhere else...without the persistent pain... Because of the hope, the happiness, the ideals...even faith in a good future.

Yes, Jennifer, I think it is just great to be crazy happy distracted by this trip to look forward to! Happy dreaming, happy planning!
I hope it works... I'm counting on it.
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Because of the hope, the happiness, the ideals...even faith in a good future.

Yes, Jennifer, I think it is just great to be crazy happy distracted by this trip to look forward to! Happy dreaming, happy planning!
THANK you, ladies!!

I have dug into the books, and it's clear that I'll get just as much (and more current) info from the boards. But I DO enjoy looking through them & highlighting. I've started making lists...

115 days to ADRs!!
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:04 PM   #30
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TIX ARRIVED TODAY!


(111 days to ADRs!)

Man, this thread is turning out to be my own PTR..
Maybe i should re-title it.
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