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Old 03-04-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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My little mans big adventure PTR

So having never done a report before I'm hoping you can bear with me while I attempt one for our upcoming trip We're 60 days out so I think it could be time to start one of these!

As the heading hints it will be our DS Will's first time to WDW though technically he's 'going home' as he hitched a ride to Ireland in my tummy after our last trip to WDW
Lets start with the introductions!

The Cast
I'm Pam, 30 year old full time mum of one with aspirations of growing our family into a football team.....if only DH will go along with it lol.
Speaking of DH - that's James. He's 31 and works in a boring sales job bless him but someone's gotta pay for my WDW obsession James and I have been together since 2002 and have visited WDW every year since 2005 up til our honeymoon in 2011. We couldn't go back in 2012 because thats when DS arrived!
Onto DS Will. He recently turned 1 and is the light of our lives, and boy doesn't he know it lol. He absolutely LOVES Mickey Mouse - how could he not with a mother like me lol!

So the 3 of us had decided to go on Will's first big adventure to WDW when my parents (57 and 54 respectively) asked if they could come along too. Will is their first grandchild and they adore him so we said why not! Plus it will be nice to have the extra helping hands My only DSis (26) and her OH (25) are also coming so that makes 6 adults and a toddler......but we're not done yet!!

My aunts family heard we were going and asked if I could book the same dates but separate car/accom for them so now theres my aunt (60), her husband (63), her only son (35), his pregnant wife (32) and their 2 year old son also coming along for the ride!
So we have 10 adults and 2 toddlers

The plans
We are flying out of Dublin with Virgin Atlantic on May 4th at 8.40am for 17 nights. Stopover in Gatwick and due to depart for MCO at 1pm with our arrival time estimated as 5.05pm.
We have hired 2x7 seater minivans from Budget, no Sat Navs booked but we have GPS apps on our phones so hopefully they will work. If they don't we can make a trip to Walmart
We booked 2 private pool homes in the Glenbrook area, having stayed there before I know its a nice area and the houses are lovely.

As far as our day to day plans go seeing as our first full day will be May 5th and its a holiday in the US we have decided to get settled and allow the kids to just get used to the new environment. We plan on eating at home a lot so we will probably do a grocery run at some stage.
Our first park is usually MK however crowd calendars are estimating it to be a busy day so we are going to Universal Studios as our first park. Its laid back and my parents have never been to US or IOA before so it'll be a nice change of pace for them. Our second park will be MK followed by a day off. I have built in a lot of down time into our itinerary as we don't know how DS will be handling the new environment and the time change. I'm happy to miss things and go at a different pace as we've been so many times and no doubt will be back again, I just can't wait to enjoy Will at my favourite place on earth!

It will also be mine and DHs second wedding anniversary while we are away so we're looking forward to celebrating as my parents have promised us several date nights seeing as we don't get many at home

As I'm doing this PTR on my phone I can't upload any pics of us so once I get onto the laptop I'll update with pics, along with a couple of other things such as our 'To Do' list! Thanks for reading along thus far!!
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:14 AM   #2
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Pam, sounds like you will have a ball. Extended family trips can be a nightmare but also great fun. Just remember to take down time away from the family if you need it

Not long to go now, are you pretty well organised? Looking forward to seeing some pictures.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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Pam, sounds like you will have a ball. Extended family trips can be a nightmare but also great fun. Just remember to take down time away from the family if you need it

Not long to go now, are you pretty well organised? Looking forward to seeing some pictures.
Thanks Joh I *think* we have adjusted our expectations for this trip plus I have told everyone that I am 100% focused on Will - everyone else (myself included) come a very very distant second. Fingers crossed it goes decently!

Update including some pics coming now Thats if I can figure out photobucket
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So as promised here are some recent pics

DH and I at a wedding late last year



DS at his first birthday party last week



Here's my DSis and I at another wedding last year



And here's my parents in 2010 at Seaworld

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To Do List

So I have a couple of things done from our 'To Do' List but here's the way it stands as of today

ESTAs for the group
Online check in
Photocopy Passports
Buy insurance
Print tickets, car vouchers, villa vouchers and anything else holiday related
Buy park tickets
Print itinerary and ADR info
Book dog kennels
Get Sam's vaccinations and kennel cough up to date
Buy new glasses and contacts for DH and I
Buy dollars (although we have some bought we'll continue to buy as we have the money)
Pack!
Make a 'travel pack' for DS to keep him entertained (suggestions welcome)

If there's anything that you reckon is missing from my checklist please let me know
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Yay you have started how exciting.

Will is just so cute I wish disers all lived close Elsie would love to play with him.

Love that you have a big family trip booked. Getting some dates night in sounds good too x
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Yay you have started how exciting.

Will is just so cute I wish disers all lived close Elsie would love to play with him.

Love that you have a big family trip booked. Getting some dates night in sounds good too x
Thanks a mill It would be wonderful if we lived closer, Elsie and Will could be great friends She's such a cutie!!
Date nights will be very welcome at that stage! I'm so excited about having DH to myself for an entire evening I'm starting to get nervous now, I think once we get to the 50 days mark on our countdown it'll feel very real!!
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Thanks a mill It would be wonderful if we lived closer, Elsie and Will could be great friends She's such a cutie!!
Date nights will be very welcome at that stage! I'm so excited about having DH to myself for an entire evening I'm starting to get nervous now, I think once we get to the 50 days mark on our countdown it'll feel very real!!
I remember saying at 100 days it will be here before we know it then 50 days came and we were half way now we have been home 20 days
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Great start, it'll be magical taking your son on his first trip! We fly out a week after you so reading this makes me excited and your to do list has reminded me of things we still need to do
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Hey, I'm joining in. Your plans are all looking good so far. We fly out on 6th May and we are also travelling with my parents and my brother. DS will be 2 and DD turns 4 whilst we are there. At least we have only two months to go!!
Hopefully following your PTR will remind me to get things done!
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Your plans sound great! Your sons first trip will be Magical! We took my daughter when she was just a little older (16months) and it was so much fun. She had a great time just taking everything in. She really loved some of the rides too - the grand fiesta tour in Mexico was a firm favourite

Extended family trips are great when everyone has their own space. We got Married in WDW and had 30+ people with us. Planning was crazy but we loved every minute of it.

We are currently planning our DS's first trip too
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Great photos, Will is such a cutie
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I remember saying at 100 days it will be here before we know it then 50 days came and we were half way now we have been home 20 days
I was the same at the 100 day mark! Kinda felt like we were hitting a big milestone lol. Now its almost 50 days and I wonder where did the last 50 days go!!
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Great start, it'll be magical taking your son on his first trip! We fly out a week after you so reading this makes me excited and your to do list has reminded me of things we still need to do
Lol glad to be of help! Nice to see other Disers heading to WDW in May!
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