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Old 04-22-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Road Trippin', Cruisin' and Photo Bombin'-Our EPIC Family Vacation!NEW11/5-BIRDS..UGH

Well....I've been home a whole week now...**sigh**...so I guess it's about time to start this TR! For those of you who followed my PTR and joined in all the planning frivolity.....WELCOME BACK! For anyone new, you can read my PTR here 3Boys and 20 Hours in a Minivan,I Must Really Love this Place!

If you are unfamiliar with me and my family, let me begin by introducing the gang. This is our 3rd Family trip to WDW and my 6th trip. To say we are fans of the place would be an understatement!

Let's begin with me...self proclaimed planner extraordinaire and Disney FREAK! My name is Missy and I just turned 43 years old in February. I am a stay at home mom, but recently began cleaning houses on the side to supplement our income. (and let's be honest...to fund my Disney habit!) This is a picture from this most recent trip.


Joining me is my amazing husband of 20 years, Jeff. He is a technical operations center surveillance analyst at Time Warner Cable. That is fancy for "if your cable goes out, he makes sure he knows it before you do and gets the right people out to fix it." Jeff's favorite character is Pinocchio and he secretly loves Walt Disney World almost as much as I do.


Next are our 3 boys. Dan is our oldest and turned 18 (can you believe it??) in January. He will graduate from High School this year and is part of the reason for this trip. His favorite Disney movie is Aladdin.


Isaiah is 15, ready to turn 16 in May. Isaiah is a funny kid. I always tell him that it's a really good thing that he is so funny and he amuses me, because I may have taken him out long ago if not for that! This boy is going to be the one to put me in an early grave! But...he really does keep us in stitches and adds a lot of fun to our lives. His favorite character, not surprisingly, is Stitch!


Our youngest is Jonah and he is 12. Jonah is an easy going kid and his favorite character is Goofy. He is the typical youngest child...a bit of a momma's boy and picked on by his older brothers. But he can also push his brothers' buttons like nobody's business so it all evens out!


That concludes the introduction phase of this TR. We did have a few other "castmembers" on this trip, but I will introduce them at a later time.

Now for the When and Where! This trip was EPIC as the title would suggest. We left our house in western New York State on Tuesday April 2 and returned home on Sunday April 14. In addition to our obvious visit to the most Magical Place on Earth, we also took a 4 night cruise to the Bahamas on a non-Disney ship, visited friends in Lakeland, FL and went to a Tampa Bay Rays game! As if that weren't enough....WE DROVE our van! NO PLANE FOR US...planes are for the weak! (LOL...as Isaiah would say!) To be honest, in order to do both the cruise and WDW, we needed to cut costs somewhere. Driving vs flying saved us a lot of $$!

In many ways this was a very different trip for us. We have always stayed on property and done the DDP. This trip we stayed offsite, so no DDP for us. We've never had a vehicle at Disney so this was the first time we did not rely on Disney transportation. For a planner like me, it was a lot of new challenges to work around....but EXCITING!

So now that you know the WHO and the WHERE....it's time to begin! I know you are all here to hear about a Disney trip, so I will be as brief as I can on the cruise portion of the trip. But, I won't skip it as I know some of you are interested.

Please feel free to chat with me...I love an interactive TR! If I don't see comments I start to think no one is reading and get sad.

Next Up...."Is that SNOW? Really??"

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SNOW?? Really??
Let's Play a Game
QUALITY Inn??
The SUNSHINE State! At Last!
Steppin' On the Beach!
Come Sail Away!
Rain, Rain, Go Away!
DON'T Panic!
Just Keep Walking!
Just Keep Walking! (cont.)
Conchin', Beachin', and Shoppin'!
Swimmin', Slidin', Settin', and Partyin'!
Private Island? Yes, Please!
Life Update!
Thank You!
On the Golf Course, Really??
A Camping We Will Go!
Finally in DISNEY!!
Finally in DISNEY!!--part 2
A Day at the Studios
"Will you take a picture of me with my lightsaber?"
An Off-Site Condo? I’m not so sure…..
A Yeti and A Hidden Mickey Monster!
And THAT is why I hate birds....

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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Can't wait to read this!! I have a 14 year old step son and I want to take him to Disney. His father an I love WDW but he has never been. I am looking go teenage boy tips!!!
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I'm here! I'm here! I can't wait to read all about it!
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:15 PM   #5
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:16 PM   #7
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I can't wait to read it. We just got back yesterday and also drove with our 3 girls 15, 12, 11 from Cape Cod, MA.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:32 PM   #8
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Can't wait to read this!! I have a 14 year old step son and I want to take him to Disney. His father an I love WDW but he has never been. I am looking go teenage boy tips!!!
Hi there! My boys love WDW! I hope my report helps.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #9
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I'm here!!! I am so glad you have started your TR. I don't want you to skip any of your cruise portion. I love Disney but I love cruises too!!
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I'm in and I hope the Baseball game you guys saw had a better result then the opening day game here in Toronto
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I'm here! I can't wait to read all about your trip!!!
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Hi Missy! Definitely looking forward to the ROAD TRIP portions of your report -- We're road-tripping down to WDW with two teens in June!

Your boys are so handsome!


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Your boys are so handsome!


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