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Old 03-18-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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July 2013 White House Tour Cancelled? To DISNEY!!! NEW 4-8

Hello Disney lovers! Welcome to my pre trip report! I am so excited to share my plans with you. I really enjoy reading other people's reports, and writing pre trip reports make my planning so much more fun. Allow me to introduce you to my family:

I am Stacey


My husband Scott


My 9 year old, Sophie


My 7 year old, Ethan


My 5 year old, Griffin (aka Finn)


The whole family in 2011


Extra bonus super cool picture! I got tapped on the shoulder in 2011 and asked if we'd like a special private meet and greet with Captain Jack Sparrow! Of course we were all thrilled!!!


Extra bonus bonus picture! Our kittens. They aren't coming with us, but they are Disney fans! Their names are Ohana (the orange one) and Figment (the grey one).


This is us! We may convince my MIL to come on the trip, but she's not sure yet. I will explain the details on how this trip came to be next time. Let's just say that I'm used to taking YEARS to plan a trip. This one will only be 4 months! I hope you enjoy!
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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I can't wait to hear all about your plans! Yay for July 2013 travelers!
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:44 PM   #3
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I can't wait to hear all about your plans! Yay for July 2013 travelers!
Thanks for joining! We are soooooo excited!!!
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:16 PM   #4
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Hope you have a great time on your trip! I can't wait to follow along and see what your plans end up being and how the trip itself goes. Of course, it'll be great...and how lucky that you'll be back again within the year!
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:15 PM   #5
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Hope you have a great time on your trip! I can't wait to follow along and see what your plans end up being and how the trip itself goes. Of course, it'll be great...and how lucky that you'll be back again within the year!

Hi Char!!!
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:37 PM   #6
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Hey fellow July goer, and fellow Stacy/Sophie9/little brother7 combo. lol..... Your family is BEAUTIFUL!


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Cute family! And eek, those kittens are adorable! Looking forward to reading more!
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Hey fellow July goer, and fellow Stacy/Sophie9/little brother7 combo. lol..... Your family is BEAUTIFUL!


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It is so cool that our families are so similar!!! Thanks for stopping in!

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Aw thanks! The kittens are much bigger now! But still sweet and adorable!
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:10 PM   #9
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I was just stalking you, I mean reading through your 2011 trip report, and I see you were talking about height in one of your posts... I am also 5'9 and my husband is 6'1... how funny are these similarities?
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7/9/13-7/14/13 Roasting our *** off at Silver Lake Resort. 7/14-7/17 Bonnet Creek
5/12 Four GLORIOUS days at Contempo. Kid free. (conference)
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3/10 CBR - first time staying on property!
Our 2010 Montage - the kids were so little!
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:13 PM   #10
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I was just stalking you, I mean reading through your 2011 trip report, and I see you were talking about height in one of your posts... I am also 5'9 and my husband is 6'1... how funny are these similarities?
That is too funny!!! Thanks for reading the TR. I didn't quite finish it. I think I had one more day and I fizzled. I'm so glad I did it though! The details definitely leave the memory quickly!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:45 PM   #11
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Back in January, I started getting that "plan a trip itch." I knew WDW was out of the question. We agreed on an every 3 year 10 day vacation, and that would come in 2014. We played around with ideas, even considering driving to AZ and staying with friends, possibly hitting Disneyland. We ended up deciding to do a 2 week trip out east to Washington DC, NJ (to visit friends), and Hershey PA. I was satisfied and started planning.

A couple weeks later, I got just terrible news. My school would be closing due to low enrollment. My school is part of 3 private schools owned by the same person. My class (5th and 6th grade) as well as 3rd-4th grade would be eliminated. All my students would have 2 weeks to find a new school. I would be transferred to our preschool location, where I would take on the K-1st grade. Their teacher would move to preschool. All other staff was let go. To say my students and I were devastated was an understatement. Tears daily. Due to this obviously crappy situation, I started looking for another job IMMEDIATELY.

The Saturday after the news was announced, I sent in my résumé to a local museum for the store manager position. This museum is all about immigration and Swedish heritage, and I have always checked their openings. It was a dream to work there!!! I was called for my first of FIVE interviews!!! I interviewd all through my last two weeks, and was hired the day after I started working at the preschool location. The pay is quite a bit more per year, yet I now work summers. I'll get over it! I put in my notice, and was done on March 15th.

That day I started talking to my husband about the possibility of a Disney trip. I knew it was far fetched, but he told me to get a quote from a TA (we had never used one before, but were interested in the swag!). It was a big number, but when we did the math on DC, it wasn't really astronomical. Our travel agent ended up bein Mike Rahlmann from the Be Our Guest Podcast! I was star struck.

My husband ended up talking with him for awhile on Saturday, and we moved from 4 days in the park to 6 AND we decided to get annual passes since we will be going again within a year. We are staying at Port Orleans Riverside and doing quick service dining. This is a change for us, but I think we'll be OK.

I have so much more to share in terms of planning, but I don't want to freak anyone out with the length!!! If you made it this far, kudos to you.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:15 PM   #12
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Hey Stacey! I'm subbing.

I love your new kitties, and their names too.

The kids are as cute as ever. Do they know that they are going to Disney, or do they still think they are going to DC?

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Hey Stacey! I'm subbing.

I love your new kitties, and their names too.

The kids are as cute as ever. Do they know that they are going to Disney, or do they still think they are going to DC?

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Yay!!! Thanks for joining! We do well with surprises. We really, really do. However, Disney trumps all of my emotions and will power! We wanted to surprise the kids, but I lasted about 40 minutes after the trip was booked! Sophie only wanted to go to DC for Georgetown Cupcakes (now that they have one in Boston, I told her we can go next time we see her cousins). The boys were clueless about DC. But all were thrilled for Disney!!!
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Hey Stacey. Terrible about the school closing, but wonderful that you were able to find a job so fast. That is truly awesome. The kids are getting so big. Can't believe Sophie is nine now. How is that possible? Can't wait to share in your planning.
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Hey Stacey. Terrible about the school closing, but wonderful that you were able to find a job so fast. That is truly awesome. The kids are getting so big. Can't believe Sophie is nine now. How is that possible? Can't wait to share in your planning.
You know, everything happens for a reason, in my opinion! I start the new job tomorrow and am SO NERVOUS! But having a Disney trip to plan made my nerves a bit better! Thanks for joining!
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