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Old 02-12-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Rides, Slides, Eats & Meets Oct DISmeet Trip. 5/6-Ch 14 Closing Thoughts

Introductions and What's This TR All About?


For those of you who don't know me yet, I'm the Marv half of Marvali. I'm the Trip Planner of the group (okay, over-planner maybe) and the one who frequents the DIS Boards among other Disney sites, to gather as much information as I can to plan our trips. As you will see during this TR, those plans are set in stone and NEVER subject to change!!! I am also a very serious, no nonsense guy who is always reserved in my comments and very polite to everyone I know here on the DIS! (.... and don't believe any of the lies that are sure to be posted here in response to that statement, by those claiming to know me.........)

My DW of over 28 years is Alison. She is a middle school math teacher. She loves going to Disney, actually pretty much anywhere since she loves to travel, but doesn’t care anything about planning the details of the trip as long as we relax and have some family fun!

DS22 is Matthew. He has now graduated from college and is serving in the Navy. This trip would be our first without him along.

DS19 is Jonathan. He is currently living at home while taking classes at a local college.

DS15 is Andrew. He is now a 9th grader who plays soccer and runs cross country for the local High School.

Here is a picture just before our previous post-Christmas/New Year’s trip.



We knew we would be heading back to Disney a few months later but very possibly without Matthew, so I purchased Annual Passes using our DVC discount for four of us, and I got Matthew a regular Disney ticket the day we arrived for the days he would be with us. If interested, you can read about that trip here:


Snow to 80 in 8 days-A spoonful of Holiday Cheer


I had hoped we could take our next trip to Disney just after school ended for multiple reasons. The absolute biggest reason was we were hoping when Matthew graduated from college he wouldn’t have to report to the Navy before we could take the trip, and he would be able to go with us. We knew this might be the last possible trip we could all take together as a family for a while and not knowing exactly when that might be we were hoping the timing would work out. As it turned out, the timing wasn't going to work out regardless, so this would be our first Disney trip without all of the family.

Another benefit to an early trip is we are DVC members and the point rates are lower the first few days of June, so we could have saved some points to use later. Also, we would have made it while Star Wars weekends were still going on, and after reading some TRs here on the DIS about them, I knew it was something our family would enjoy experiencing. And last but certainly not least, the later into the summer you travel to Disney, the better the chances that you will deal with hotter temperatures and higher humidity levels, neither of which contributes anything of value to a pleasant trip.

The big barrier to our getting to make the trip when planned was a huge project at work. I knew that it would have to go perfectly from a scheduling standpoint for us to be able to leave when I hoped. Unfortunately as the project moved along, it became obvious that the schedule was going to slip later into June and we probably would not be able to go when hoped, so I made the early call and rescheduled the trip. The dates would now be Friday, July 29th until Sunday, August 7th due to other obligations we had during the summer. So much for avoiding the heat and humidity!!!

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Old 02-12-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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Summer OKW Trip

Chapter 1 - Arrival Day
Chapter 2 - A Trip to the Magic Kingdom
Chapter 3 - Let's Get Moving.....to OKW!
Chapter 4 - AK for a Dinner DISmeet!
Chapter 5 - Rope Drop at Epcot????
Chapter 6 - DHS Rope Drop and DISMeet
Chapter 7 - Lunch at 50s Prime Time
Chapter 8 - Epcot Morning and Hidden Mickeys
Chapter 9 - Epcot Morning and Hidden Mickeys - Part 2
Chapter 10 - Another DIS Meet
Chapter 11 - American Pavilion
Chapter 12 - Voices of Liberty
Chapter 13 - The Marvical Express and Garden Grill
Chapter 14 - Back to DHS
Chapter 15 - Back to DHS(continued)
Chapter 16 - DVC Party and Sneak Peek at Aulani(continued)
Chapter 17 - Kona Cafe Breakfast
Chapter 18 - Magic Kingdom/Tutto Italia Dinner
Chapter 19 - O'Hana Breakfast/Travel Day


October DISMeet Trip

Chapter 1 - Introductions, Back-story and Travel Day
Chapter 2 - Epcot Morning with an International DISmeet Flair
Chapter 3 - Rockin' the House of Blues
Chapter 4 - AK Morning - Opening
Chapter 5 - AK Morning (cont) - Kilimanjaro Safari
Chapter 6 - SECURITY!!!
Chapter 7 - DHS Rope Drop
Chapter 8 - A Final Surprise DISMeet
Chapter 9 - MNSSHP (Arrival)
Chapter 10 - MNSSHP (Party Time)
Chapter 11 - MNSSHP (Parade - Part 1)
Chapter 12 - MNSSHP (Parade - Part 2)
Chapter 13 - MNSSHP (Wrap-Up)
Chapter 14 - Closing Thoughts
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:19 PM   #4
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Hi Marv! I can't wait to read about your trip! I always enjoy your trip reports. You and your family rock! I'm coming along for the ride on this one too!
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:02 AM   #5
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I FINALLY found it (I looked when I read a hint on LIsa's TR). I still don't see it showing up in your posts or threads you've written! But I am here and on the FRONT PAGE and I will NOT say a word! Alert the media, there is a rare time I make the front page!! I can't WAIT to read since this is the trip we met for the VERY FIRST TIME!!!!! (I THINK....)
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You are tricky!! Making some sort of announcement on my TR and then not providing a link! But I saw it in your signature!

Of course I am here - need to go back and read the intro now!
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You are tricky!! Making some sort of announcement on my TR and then not providing a link! But I saw it in your signature!
There was no link in his signature at 7 AM CET this morning.... So thank you dear sister for the hint!

marv, I'm looking forward to this TR? What speed should I expect?
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All I will admit to is that I was having a BLONDE moment.

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There was no link in his signature at 7 AM CET this morning.... So thank you dear sister for the hint!

marv, I'm looking forward to this TR? What speed should I expect?
VERY SLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Introductions and What's This TR All About?


For those of you who don't know me yet, I'm the Marv half of Marvali. I'm the Trip Planner of the group (okay, over-planner maybe) and the one who frequents the DIS Boards among other Disney sites, to gather as much information as I can to plan our trips. As you will see during this TR, those plans are set in stone and NEVER subject to change!!! I am also a very serious, no nonsense guy who is always reserved in my comments and very polite to everyone I know here on the DIS! (.... and don't believe any of the lies that are sure to be posted here in response to that statement, by those claiming to know me.........)

What? Who are you talking about here? Tim? Glenn? This is definitely NOT Marv!

My DW of over 28 years is Alison. She is a middle school math teacher. She loves going to Disney, actually pretty much anywhere since she loves to travel, but doesn’t care anything about planning the details of the trip as long as we relax and have some family fun!

Also a saint for those 28 years.

DS22 is Matthew. He has now graduated from college and is serving in the Navy. This trip would be our first without him along.

DS19 is Jonathan. He is currently living at home while taking classes at a local college.

DS15 is Andrew. He is now a 9th grader who plays soccer and runs cross country for the local High School.

Here is a picture just before our previous post-Christmas/New Year’s trip.



Such handsome devils are those THREE YOUNG men.

We knew we would be heading back to Disney a few months later but very possibly without Matthew, so I purchased Annual Passes using our DVC discount for four of us, and I got Matthew a regular Disney ticket the day we arrived for the days he would be with us. If interested, you can read about that trip here:


Be sure you have a couple of days to read...it's a long one and days are spread out with a lot of "where is the beef; er, I mean, where is Marv?"

Snow to 80 in 8 days-A spoonful of Holiday Cheer


I had hoped we could take our next trip to Disney just after school ended for multiple reasons. The absolute biggest reason was we were hoping when Matthew graduated from college he wouldn’t have to report to the Navy before we could take the trip, and he would be able to go with us. We knew this might be the last possible trip we could all take together as a family for a while and not knowing exactly when that might be we were hoping the timing would work out. As it turned out, the timing wasn't going to work out regardless, so this would be our first Disney trip without all of the family.

Another benefit to an early trip is we are DVC members and the point rates are lower the first few days of June, so we could have saved some points to use later. Also, we would have made it while Star Wars weekends were still going on, and after reading some TRs here on the DIS about them, I knew it was something our family would enjoy experiencing. And last but certainly not least, the later into the summer you travel to Disney, the better the chances that you will deal with hotter temperatures and higher humidity levels, neither of which contributes anything of value to a pleasant trip.

The big barrier to our getting to make the trip when planned was a huge project at work. I knew that it would have to go perfectly from a scheduling standpoint for us to be able to leave when I hoped. Unfortunately as the project moved along, it became obvious that the schedule was going to slip later into June and we probably would not be able to go when hoped, so I made the early call and rescheduled the trip. The dates would now be Friday, July 29th until Sunday, August 7th due to other obligations we had during the summer. So much for avoiding the heat and humidity!!!

Now, seriously, looking forward to this TR.
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