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Old 08-25-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Mom, Dad isn't listening! WDW in July, another great trip! Updated final chapter

Hello all,

We been back about a month now and things are starting to slow down so I thought it would be a good time to start on another family trip report. I hope that I can get through it without too much delay and keep you interested should you decide to follow along. There will be lots of pictures and some commentary that I hope you will enjoy.

The Cast

Some of you may have read our past reports so you know the players but just in case...

Declan, our son. He is 12 years old sport fanatic. He plays soccer and basketball mostly but added a bit of volleyball in this past winter. As a dad, I am happy with whatever he plays but it made me proud to see him on the volleyball court.


IMG_8313 by declansdadca, on Flickr

DW or pooksma here on the Dis. She is a French Immersion Math teacher by day and has put up with me for about 20 years give or take. Somehow I convinced her to marry me and we celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on this trip.

As for me, I live the dream. Not only to I have a wonderful family, I get to work in the provincial amateur sport system every day and meet some truly gifted people throughout the province.


IMG_8299 by declansdadca, on Flickr

This is one of the few pictures you will see of either of us in this report. I am usually behind the camera and DW prefers not to be in the pictures at all. A shame I tell her but I know what is best for me so few if any pictures of DW.


The Trip

As some of you may know in March we did the 4 day cruise on the Disney Dream as well as a 1 day visit to MK with DWs parents in March. We had talked about a July trip as well but decided to put it off until next year as this was going to be a busy summer and 2 Florida trips (3 for me) in less than 5 months would be a lot. At the end of March I returned to Kissimmee to drive my FIL back while MIL flew. I think I received a message from DW saying she was looking at prices again and maybe we should do the trip in July. As I was actually at Pop Century meeting up with a long-time Dis friend, MeMom, I decided to look around AoA because that was one of the resorts we were considering. In order to help with the decision I texted a couple pictures from the Little Mermaid section back to pooksma to help with the decision. Pics from that Day.



By the time I returned from Florida a week later it was decided that the trip was a go but it would be a surprise for DS. We did look at different options for the trip, AoA, POFQ, Pop, 7 day, 10 day, split stay but in the end we decided on July 16th to 23rd at Pop Century with a 6 day park hopper and the quick service dining plan.

A quick message to our fantastic TA, Liz, and we were all booked. WE only wanted on ADR and she took care of that for us so there wasn’t much other planning to do. Just had to make sure we kept it a secret until the day we left.

More to come later, have to head out for a bit.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:30 PM   #2
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Chapter 1 What was supposed to take a day.......

Chapter 2 Seeing new places before arriving at the World!

Chapter 3 A relaxing morning at AK.

Chapter 4 Off to DHS we go??

Chapter 5 A morning at MK and my first at the World DisDad meet.


Chapter 6 A mistake that I will never be allowed to forget

Chapter 7 Cross one off the bucket list

Chapter 8 a relaxing evening at EPCOT

Chapter 9 A costly trip to EPCOT, almost!

Chapter 10 Lets just stay at the resort.


Chapter 11 – The Tradition continues

Chapter 12 – The Final Countdown
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HERE HERE HERE....I was beginning to wonder if you weren't doing a TR....so glad you are!!!Love the pictures of you guys and it's so nice to see my beautiful friend again, it's been far too long since I've seen her face! The fact that you're having our favourite drinks is quite spectacular as well!!!!
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Subbing in. Isn't it amazing how that extra trip just seems to fall into place!
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HERE HERE HERE....I was beginning to wonder if you weren't doing a TR....so glad you are!!!Love the pictures of you guys and it's so nice to see my beautiful friend again, it's been far too long since I've seen her face! The fact that you're having our favourite drinks is quite spectacular as well!!!!

I was only home for about a week before leaving for the Canada Games. I took everything with me to start a report but it just didn't work out. Today was the first time I could really sit down and get a start.

Thought you would like the GGS, hit it on the first day.
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If we could only find a way of going every 4 or 5 months it would be great.
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This is one of the few pictures you will see of either of us in this report. I am usually behind the camera and DW prefers not to be in the pictures at all. A shame I tell her but I know what is best for me so few if any pictures of DW.
Good picture of the sweethearts. Are you already thinking about what kind of trip you might do for your 20th?


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As I was actually at Pop Century meeting up with a long-time Dis friend, MeMom, I decided to look around AoA because that was one of the resorts we were considering. In order to help with the decision I texted a couple pictures from the Little Mermaid section back to pooksma to help with the decision.
So glad we finally crossed paths! Now we need to make it happen again with Ma and Declan and maybe more DIS friends.




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If we could only find a way of going every 4 or 5 months it would be great.
My ideal Disney trip schedule would be four trips a year - spring break, summer, October, and Christmas. I'd be okay with doing Christmas once every 2-3 years or maybe just for 4-5 days yearly, but I'd still want to have week long trips for fall and spring breaks and then a 12-14 day summer trip.

That's not too much to wish, is it?
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Good picture of the sweethearts. Are you already thinking about what kind of trip you might do for your 20th?
I like it and would love to post more of Pooksma but I know better. Haven't given it much serious thought yet, just looking at next year.


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So glad we finally crossed paths! Now we need to make it happen again with Ma and Declan and maybe more DIS friends.
I agree completely, sometime we will be there at the same time.




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My ideal Disney trip schedule would be four trips a year - spring break, summer, October, and Christmas. I'd be okay with doing Christmas once every 2-3 years or maybe just for 4-5 days yearly, but I'd still want to have week long trips for fall and spring breaks and then a 12-14 day summer trip.

That's not too much to wish, is it?

Not too much at all.
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Thanks for the heads up…
I do believe I’ll follow right along with this one.


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Good to see you.

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I do believe I’ll follow right along with this one.


btw: Nice title

Thanks for tagging along.

Explanation for the title is coming soon. We had a few to choose from.
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