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Old 01-02-2014, 12:19 PM   #1
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UPDATE 8/7: My FIRST PTR! FWF Fantisies...

Hey my DIS peeps!!!!


Update on 1/6/14!!!! THIS CLOSE TO SELECTING POR!!!!!!!
Update 1/24: Booked!!!
Update 1/27: And so it begins...
Update 3/28/14: Idiocy
Update 5/6/14: Plugging Along
Update 6/10/14: It's gonna be a long one! #TWSS
Update 8/7/14: Closer....


I am going to try my hand at this trip reporting thing...it looks so fun and I am a major TR lurker. Not a big comment-er, but I will probably become MUCH better at that in the near future. We are planning a trip for end of September/beginning of October 2014 OR January 2015. We haven't decided yet! This trip is mainly going to be a big celebration of our home renovation that we have been working on for the past 7 months...we probably have 1-2 more months before we move in! We have done most of the work ourselves and are way excited to finish it up! I will have to share some photos sometime!

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ME:

I am Tara, aka Teetah (pronunciation: teetaw). My nephew gave me that nickname when he first started trying to say "Aunt Tara". Later we found out from a Philippine friend of mind that "Teetah" is very close to the word "Aunt" in her families native language, (insert joke about my nephew's real father), which we all found rather bizarre. So, it stuck and now most of my friends and my husband's family call me that.

Here is my photo! Two things: 1. It is shockingly the only Disney photo I could find...I know there are more, but they are on an external hard drive, which I will dig through later. 2. I am not blonde at the moment.



My passions include: Disney, fashion, photography, motorsports and interior design!

The HUBS (Tim)

He isn't QUITE the Disney freak I am, but he is huge into detail and engineering, so Disney (especially Epcot) suits him just fine.

He is big into motorsports, classic cars and making stuff out of metal. In fact, one of the reasons we are going through this house renovation is because there are some huge buildings on this property that will allow him to pursue his passions. (He would not be happy if he knew I posted a moped). (That's better...except he isn't a fan of convertibles). Oh well, what are ya gonna do?



I have no idea how often I will update or post, but we have LOTS of decisions to make! I am a known over-documenter, so be warned I might be on here treating this thing like an online journal of my Disney feelings. You know, to help me sort through the madness.

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Old 01-02-2014, 12:33 PM   #2
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Following along! I just started my first PTR too, after lots of lurking in other trip reports. I'm planning a trip with my partner for our honeymoon! We can plan together.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:38 PM   #3
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Following along! I just started my first PTR too, after lots of lurking in other trip reports. I'm planning a trip with my partner for our honeymoon! We can plan together.
Welcome!! And congrats on your wedding and Disneymoon!!!!
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:45 PM   #4
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:15 PM   #5
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following along. We are going in September 2014. It will be our 7th September trip. We love that month and think it is really one of the best time to go to the World.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:05 PM   #6
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Subscribing! Nice to meet you Tara!
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:18 PM   #7
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Welcome all!!!
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:28 AM   #8
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Update: 1/6/14 This close to POR!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Monday!

We are currently VERY close to choosing POR as our resort and firming up our dates! We are thinking of having a few days before the Food and Wine Festival (can they put out the dates already????), a few days at the Food and Wine Festival, then hitting Harry Potter at US (I'm a mega HP fan) and then going to the beach for a few days on the gulf side. First world problems, I know.

It is really between POR and doing it big time with a deluxe resort. In the past, we haven't spent much time at the resort, so it is hard to justify the deluxe. Perhaps this time, we need to take time to tour the other resorts and that might help us with determining if we want deluxe in the future???? Thoughts anyone?

Side bar: I live in Indiana and we are SNOWED and COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!! -30 wind chills today, which is basically unheard of here! Pretty sure there are 15 inches of snow on the ground where I live. NOT loving it and have been discussing moving to Orlando with the DSIL!!!!

Something else I can share right now is our house project. This project will be funding a HUGE portion of our trip because...you guessed it - almost everything we have purchased went on my Disney Rewards Visa! It is really only right that I pay homage in this PTR to the whole thing:

BEFORE:

Kitchen


Master


What will be the "Green Room", which will be a hang out room.




Side Entrance/Laundry


Fireplace in the Living Room - weird design above it...



CURRENT:

Some of these are even a little outdated now, so I shall post new soon!

Main part of kitchen


Fireplace re-design


Master Bath (affectionately calling this my "Tiffany" bathroom)



Who doesn't love a good statement front door?


That is enough for now! Gives you an idea of the work this place has been. We have done most of it ourselves and we are 7 months in - we are hoping another month or so and we can at least live there!

Thanks for reading!
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:29 PM   #9
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Hi

joining in Beautiful make over on your home.

We also live in Indiana and are snowed in. Nothing to do but play on the internet, clean, or cook. Haha!

We love POR, it was our first Disney resort we ever stayed at. We also really enjoy Food & Wine.

Have you seen this from easywdw.com about POR? I thought your might enjoy it.


http://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized...ew/#more-12665

Have a good day! Stay safe and warm in this weather.

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WL CL & AKV - Jambo Studio CL March/April2014 OKW - July 2015 AKV Kidani June 2016

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Old 01-06-2014, 12:45 PM   #10
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Hello and welcome! Thanks for the website - I read through and LOL'd a few times! The more info, the better!

Stay warm!!!
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Whoa the kitchen is looking great! Congratulations! Beautiful home!
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Hello and welcome! Thanks for the website - I read through and LOL'd a few times! The more info, the better!

Stay warm!!!
Thanks!

It is an entertaining article.

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Hi!!! Following along! I can't wait to see your plans!
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Wow, your remodel looks absolutely amazing so far! I LOVE the statement door, the tiffany color for the bathroom, and the choice you made for the cabinets. Everything is going to be so gorgeous when you're done!

Funny you should mention the Disney Visa&I've actually been thinking I should look into that card. I just use a boring old Chase rewards card that builds points&I'll have to look into the Disney card and figure out if it would be worth the switch. Pretty much all I am thinking about during these cold winter days is getting back to the world, so it seems tempting...

As for resorts, I totally hear your point about not being at the hotel enough to warrant the price increase to a deluxe. We've decided to give it a shot in May since it's our honeymoon and we want to feel super fancy, but otherwise I've never even been able to justify paying for anything but a value resort! If I was the kind of person who wanted to kick back and relax it would be a different story, but when I'm at Disney I want to be at the parks as much as possible! If you do decide to consider a deluxe and you're there for F&W, have you considered one of the Epcot resorts? Being able to walk to the back entrance of Epcot (and to HS too) is what sold us on the Boardwalk!
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Funny you should mention the Disney Visa&I've actually been thinking I should look into that card. I just use a boring old Chase rewards card that builds points&I'll have to look into the Disney card and figure out if it would be worth the switch. Pretty much all I am thinking about during these cold winter days is getting back to the world, so it seems tempting...

As for resorts, I totally hear your point about not being at the hotel enough to warrant the price increase to a deluxe. We've decided to give it a shot in May since it's our honeymoon and we want to feel super fancy, but otherwise I've never even been able to justify paying for anything but a value resort! If I was the kind of person who wanted to kick back and relax it would be a different story, but when I'm at Disney I want to be at the parks as much as possible! If you do decide to consider a deluxe and you're there for F&W, have you considered one of the Epcot resorts? Being able to walk to the back entrance of Epcot (and to HS too) is what sold us on the Boardwalk!
On the Disney card - I really don't know what the difference is on the valuation of points/rewards earned between the cards, but I will say that we have put everything for this house renovation except our electrician costs on the card. We also put all our groceries, gas, basically everything that will take VISA on it. The current rewards value is basically paying for our entire hotel at POR. By the time September rolls around, we will have plenty for spending/food money! Also, you get discounts on things at the Disney stores and have access to the Chase lounges at Disney. You also get first dibs on many of the upcoming Disney vacation deals. They have started a way for you to use the rewards on flights now. You have probably already been here, but this is the website if you need it: https://creditcards.chase.com/credit...edit-card.aspx

If you are going to continue planning trips, I recommend it. BUT I will advocate making sure you can pay it off every month or the rewards are just ate up by the additional interest you pay! This is what we do - I have never paid a dime in interest or late fees, so these dollars are truly FREE!

You definitely SHOULD be staying at BI for your honeymoon!!!! That is a very special event and should be celebrated accordingly!!!! Maybe we will do that someday for an anniversary trip or something of the sort!
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