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Old 06-04-2013, 09:39 AM   #76
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Well, this will be our 2 cruise. Last one was in 2011 on the Dream. Kids have been dying to go back. We are from NJ (isn't everyone in Florida during this week from NJ). Wife works for a school district while I work for a CPA firm. Boys are 9 and 13. Looking forward to the trip!!
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Well, this will be our 2 cruise. Last one was in 2011 on the Dream. Kids have been dying to go back. We are from NJ (isn't everyone in Florida during this week from NJ). Wife works for a school district while I work for a CPA firm. Boys are 9 and 13. Looking forward to the trip!!
Welcome Dave!!! I'm Kimberley, and this is our third cruise. I am soooo excited about going again. We went in 2010 and 2011, so it's more than time to go back...LOL! We have 2 kids as well; 11yo daughter and 9yo son. They love the cruise and are way excited to be doing it again.
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Well, this will be our 2 cruise. Last one was in 2011 on the Dream. Kids have been dying to go back. We are from NJ (isn't everyone in Florida during this week from NJ). Wife works for a school district while I work for a CPA firm. Boys are 9 and 13. Looking forward to the trip!!
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:40 PM   #79
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Now for something completely different...has anyone been to Disneyland???? I believe we are going to go in August. We have a trip planned to Vero and WDW then, but it looks like I finally convinced DH to try Cal. instead. Anyone??? I was there once in 2001, so obviously it's been awhile... We will be staying at the Paradise Pier Hotel so that we can use our Dvc points.
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It's official, off to DLR in August!!! This is a complete departure for us...as we are diehard WDW fans. We will be staying at the Paradise Pier Hotel with Dvc points and buying the 5 day city pass. I'm looking forward to something a bit different, especially for the kids. We have been talking about this for 3years or so. I think that at 9 and 11, this is a great time. DH is worried about the longer plane ride...what can you do??? I won't let that stop us!! Of course those are brave words now...by the time we are over the Midwest, I may want to kill myself!
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Good for you! It sounds like it will be a great time. We keep saying we want to go, but always end up at the world. You will have to let us know how it is.

We just spent a week at WDW and I am ready to go home and am looking forward to relaxing on the cruise.
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Good for you! It sounds like it will be a great time. We keep saying we want to go, but always end up at the world. You will have to let us know how it is.

We just spent a week at WDW and I am ready to go home and am looking forward to relaxing on the cruise.
How was your trip? Where did you stay? Tell me everything...haha!!!! I feel like I'm in withdrawal for WDW.... I'm very excited about going to california, but sad about missing Florida. Isn't that twisted????? I more than a bit spoiled.....
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"Now for something completely different...has anyone been to Disneyland???? I believe we are going to go in August. We have a trip planned to Vero and WDW then, but it looks like I finally convinced DH to try Cal. instead. Anyone??? I was there once in 2001, so obviously it's been awhile... We will be staying at the Paradise Pier Hotel so that we can use our Dvc points."

DLR is like our second home; we have been AP holders for the past few years and our main DVC membership is at Grand Cali (love!). We go as frequently as possible and were last there in February but have been averaging about 5 trips per year (and we live in Canada, so this is no small feat).

We have never been to WDW so I can't give you any sense of comparison. You will most likely find DLR very small - we love it because we know it very well. Good friends of ours (also from Canada, also AP holders at DLR) went to WDW for the first time in January. They enjoyed their stay, but their observation was everything takes so much longer in WDW because it's busier, and it's bigger, so it takes a long time to get around to everything, even just transporting from the hotel to the parks each day.

We have stayed at PP and was lovely; it's not DVC resort quality (e.g., BIG difference from there to Grand Cali villas), but we were treated very nicely. We stayed there because we wanted to use DVC points and could not get in at GC. We ate at the restaurant off the lobby (can't recall, but I think it is Goofy's Kitchen) and had decent food for a reasonable price (burgers) and nice service - can't complain.

Do take a wander through the GC - it is a beautiful property and it is a serene place to walk around after all the chaos in the parks. And if you have any DLR questions, please ask away!
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I so wanted to stay at GC, but I just couldn't get a room. I have tried several times over the past two years. I know that we will be fine in the other. Tanks for all of the great advice!!!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:42 AM   #85
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Have not been to Disneyland. In that same boat about thinking about going, but the flights are typically a problem from NJ. ENJOY!!
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My parents are now joining us

My sons asked if grandmom and grandpop could go on the cruise with us. Well, their wish is granted....Not sure who is more excited about the trip, the boys or my dad. Deck 6 will be busy!
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My sons asked if grandmom and grandpop could go on the cruise with us. Well, their wish is granted....Not sure who is more excited about the trip, the boys or my dad. Deck 6 will be busy!
That's ok, as we above you on 7! Haha!!! That's awesome. Good for you guys. My kids don't get a lot of time with their grandparents sadly.
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Have not been to Disneyland. In that same boat about thinking about going, but the flights are typically a problem from NJ. ENJOY!!
It does stink!!! The odd thing is that it was only $250 for the four of us to fly to LAX than MCO. Like I said, this is something we have looked at for awhile now. I think that at 9 and 11, the kids are now old enough to really remember this trip.
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Hello everyone. It has been awhile since I read posts so there was some catching up to do. My family went to Disneyland last march and had so much fun. I really liked the feeling that it was the original. Oddly enough it was warmer during spring break in iowa than it was in California when we were there. I would go back in a heart beat. We did a disney cruise from there
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Anyone interested in a fish extender group? I am not sure that it has been talked about at all.
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