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Old 07-31-2014, 04:17 AM   #1
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2 Frolicking Fat Folks Hitting the World Again

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I have been debating for some time as to writing a PTR. I get really excited when some of my planning comes together and I want to brag about it, but just because Iím excited doesnít mean anyone else is. The hubster I am afraid is getting burnt out on listening to my everything Disney talks. Yeah I got an addiction problem. But Iím amongst my people here on the Dis.

Where to start this PTR????

Humm maybe a little background. Like many of you I did not get to experience Disney as a child. I was 21 in 1985 the first time I got to experience the most Magical Place on earth. This is very difficult for children that grew up watching The Wonderful World of Disney every Sunday night and after every Superbowl you waited to hear an announcer ask what are you going to do next and the winner would respond ďIím going to Disney WorldĒ while all the confetti fell around them. Boy that Disney brainwashing really worked. I know there are lots of other folks out there that know exactly what Iím talking about. Our dream vacations growing up were always WDW not a day at Six Flags. If your one of these old timers let those hands wave in the air.

I hope to possibly get a few pictures downloaded in the next week or so from that first vacation and the two others since. You just canít have a proper report w/o lots of pictures can you? Presently working from a computer at work w/o access to my pics.

Hi fellow Disney fanatics my name is Glenda. After reading many of your TRís I probably canít be classified as a fanatic because I gotta tell ya some of ya have a real problem. You know who you are. LOL. Really though is it a problemÖÖÖmeís thinks not.

I just turned 50 not so long ago and will be arriving in Disney with my hubby Mark in Sept. to celebrate our 23írd wedding anniversary. Mark is just a year older then I am and he fortunately enjoys Disney too. He was very lucky as a kid and his parents and grandparents would take him. He just doesnít get it when I tell him how lucky he is. Thatís probably because he thinks Iím talking about how lucky he is to have me. He really is lucky to have me as I love to plan vacations and I planned a heck a dream vacation to celebrate our 50íth birthdays. It took me well over a year to plan it but it was wonderful. That dream vacation was a 25 day trip to Europe where we rented an RV in Paris for 18 ntís and traveled through France, Germany, Austria, and Italy. That was then followed by an apartment rental in Paris for 6 ntís. This was such an experience that I actually wrote a blog about it. For those of you interested Iíll post a link there is just a wee (when I say wee I mean wee) bit of Euro Disney time mentioned in it. http://www.1hipxrayr.blogspot.com/

Now back to the real reason weíre here. Disney.

We were fortunate enough to get to spend a couple of days of our honeymoon in 1991 at Epcot and the studios. We could have cared less about the studios then and our last visit didnít change that opinion. I think we spent a whole 2 hours there on our first visit. It was brand new and had hardly anything to experience. All I remember are a few motion simulation rides and something about King Kong. To be perfectly honest we were so excited for the rest of the honeymoon in the Bahamaís that it would have taken a lot to impress us. We did however enjoy Epcot and had a blast. Way back then you made your dining reservations at a phone bank at the front of the park upon entering. We ate at the Beirgarten our first night and made fast friends with another couple at our table also celebrating their honeymoon. The other husband got pulled up on the stage to direct the band. We had such a ball. Our dinner was over about Ĺ hour prior to Illuminations, we and the other couple found a great spot right there to watch it. There was a lightning storm off in the distance and we got a beautiful show of it and Illuminations. What an experience we will never forget. Ahh memories.

In 2010 we got to come back to Disney for our 19íth anniversary. We discovered on our honeymoon how great traveling in Sept. is with low crowds and off season prices. So we usually try to schedule our vacations in Sept. You can read my TR from that trip via the link in my siggy. If you want to get know us a touch more than I have described in this PTR those TRís will give you some insight into the good, bad and ugly of us.

So with 3 Disney trip behind us and all that we learned from them and what I have learned on these boards I am hopeful for a great relaxing Disney vacation. Wait. Isnít that an oxymoron Disney and relaxing. It is vacation after all and we do want to arrive back home rested and not exhausted. So I planned accordingly this time. But only after ending up adding an extra nt on the beginning and the end of this trip.

So we know
The WhoísÖÖÖÖMark & Glenda
The WhereísÖÖ..The Most Magical Place On earth (still missing the resort but thatís not hard to guess)
The WhenísÖÖÖ.Sept 11th-18th
The WhyísÖÖÖÖ.Celebrating an anniversary, but do any of us really need a why

But you are still missing the what as in waz up. What are the details. This is the exciting part and it will all be revealed with time. Youíll find out how the trip came to be, what ADRís I scored and what had to be changed because of EMH changes and other little tid bitís.

So stay tuned to this same bat channel and same bat time for further updates. Man thatís corny.
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Joining in!! Sounds like fun celebrating your 50th birthday with the mouse. I hit that milestone this year as well. Went with whole family to celebrate with the mouse. You only turn 50 once have a good time and pamper your self.
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Old 08-11-2014, 03:22 PM   #3
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I have been debating for some time as to writing a PTR. I get really excited when some of my planning comes together and I want to brag about it, but just because Iím excited doesnít mean anyone else is. The hubster I am afraid is getting burnt out on listening to my everything Disney talks. Yeah I got an addiction problem. But Iím amongst my people here on the Dis.
I know that feeling! I was nervous about starting my PTR but I figured it was a better outlet than annoying DH every day with my exuberance. At least around here you're surrounded with fellow addicts!
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Joining in!! Sounds like fun celebrating your 50th birthday with the mouse. I hit that milestone this year as well. Went with whole family to celebrate with the mouse. You only turn 50 once have a good time and pamper your self.
I'm sure we'll have a great time at Disney.
Our Europe trip was both of our 50'th celebration. Boy did we do it right there.

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I know that feeling! I was nervous about starting my PTR but I figured it was a better outlet than annoying DH every day with my exuberance. At least around here you're surrounded with fellow addicts!
It is nice to have fellow enthuisist.

Welcome to my Pretrip report. I'm happy that there are some folks interested. That encourages me to continue with it. I hope to post something new later tonight. Working on it now in word document.
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Disney Dreaming 5 nt's. AKL Arusha Savannah View Sept 14' for our 23'rd anniv with the appetizer of 2 nt's at POR prior

Sept 2010 AKL Trip Report http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2562391
Epcot 1991 for honeymoon.....off site
M.K. & Epcot 1985 1'st visit....off site
My Ebay store for Disney stuff..................magsco5 Harley...Smoke...Churchill R.I.P...Winston R.I.P.
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ChanFO I just finished reading your Pretrip report. How funny.

Goofy442 I saw on ChanFO's PTR that you are doing the Wanyama (spell?) safari. Your going to love it. We did it in 2010 and you can read about it in my TR in my siggy.

This is how close you can expect to get to some of the marvelous creatures. Sorry ChanFO no elephants on the savanas of AKL.


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Sept 2010 AKL Trip Report http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2562391
Epcot 1991 for honeymoon.....off site
M.K. & Epcot 1985 1'st visit....off site
My Ebay store for Disney stuff..................magsco5 Harley...Smoke...Churchill R.I.P...Winston R.I.P.

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Hi Guys & Dolls
I’m back to fill you in on some of the details. But first let me share a few photo’s from previous trips.

My mother and I in 1985


Mickey was there


So was lil bro with one of our favorite pooches






Our Europe trip was very costly and we thought that it wouldn’t be until our 25’th wedding anniv. in 2016 before we would be able to afford another nice vacation. Then a silly thing happened while paying bills one day. I checked my Disney Chase reward dollars and discovered that we had accrued approx. $1200.00 with several more big purchases nearing ( IE: new windows in the house and boat costs). Well that sounds like a big chunk of $$$ I did not want to expire so I started thinking. Thinking led to researching and researching got me back on the Dis. The Dis fueled my obsession and the next thing you know I’m presenting another Disney vacation to hubster. To my surprise he was on board. Not only was he on board but he really wanted to go back to AKL. I had just been considering moderates thinking AKL was a once in a lifetime event for us.

I got on Disney’s website and requested a planning DVD. I strongly believe that when I did this in 2010 I received an awesome PIN discount. So about 2 weeks after the DVD arrived I called up Disney to see if I had a PIN associated with my name and sure enough I did. A wopping 35% plus a free Memory Maker. No thought to it I booked on the spot. I booked us an Arusha view room at AKLJambo House from Sat Sept 13’th through Wed Sept 17’th. This is where we stayed in 2010 and loved it. This is the view from our room.


I booked the Magic My Way package w/ dining and 2 days of base park tickets. We did park hoppers the last time and felt it was a waste of money since we didn’t park hop once, so opted for base tickets this time.

So after some debate I figured 2 days at the parks wasn’t going to be enough, what if it rained Oh MY. So I did not call WDW and add the other day as I should have and of course ticket prices went up that weekend. Something I learned after booking my package is that you can purchase park tickets usually cheaper on other travel sites then directly through Disney. But mistake made and no going back now. Also I appreciate the simplicity of having everything for my reservations in one spot. Plus there was the benefit of booking FP+ at 60 days out, instead of 30. Another cool thing I learned here on the Dis is about bridging tickets and saving money. Wish I had learned that prior to paying the extra cost of the extra day of park tickets. Oh well at least I now have FP’s selected on that ticket/day instead of waiting until the day prior (when I would have bridge the tix).

So I made our resort reservations on Feb 4’th and on Feb 28’th I’m back on the phone with Disney adding another night at the AKL for Thur Sept 18’th. We really didn’t want to feel rushed and wanted to arrive back home refreshed and not needing another vacation.


Then Free Dining came out
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I waited a while for everybody else to call into WDW travel and change there ressy’s. I just wasn’t into holding on the line as I have discovered happens whenever Disney makes an announcement such as this. So I found out that I could switch to free dining and it would be a $14.70 saving. I told you that wopping 35% discount was good. So I changed to the free dining plan . While on the phone with Disney I asked about the Memory Maker probably not being included in our plan now with the free dining and she said that it never was included but was already paid for. Glad we still had it but was surprised, thinking that it was part of our previous package as per that CM’s staements.


We’re planning on driving down to Orlando and arriving on Fri Sept 12’th and thought we would stay in a hotel near Downtown Disney that night instead of spending big bucks for a night at AKL.

With the plans that I originally made I was only needing to take off 1 nt from work, but……..I have a lot of vacation time accrued so I took off 3 more days prior to the trip, to allow time for haircut, mani& pedi and any last minute stuff. But wait all that stuff doesn’t take 3 days, so you know what that means??? That’s right more Disney time. We have now decided to leave a day earlier.

I still had not yet made reservations for arrival night so I went back to my travel website to start pricing the hotels I had originally researched to see if they were now running any specials as it was much closer to our travel dates. What do my wondering eyes find but Disney fall rates have come into effect and I can reserve a room in a moderate w/ 20% off. So since we were wanting to spend our first day near DTD I reserved a room at Port Orleans Riverside for 2 nights.

So we will be at the world from Thur Sept 11’th – Thur Sept 18’th with a split stay between POR & AKL.

I’ll post more details later because I really have to brag about my ADR’s that I scored and to let you know about who we may run into and who will come visit us.
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Disney Dreaming 5 nt's. AKL Arusha Savannah View Sept 14' for our 23'rd anniv with the appetizer of 2 nt's at POR prior

Sept 2010 AKL Trip Report http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2562391
Epcot 1991 for honeymoon.....off site
M.K. & Epcot 1985 1'st visit....off site
My Ebay store for Disney stuff..................magsco5 Harley...Smoke...Churchill R.I.P...Winston R.I.P.

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