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Old 02-01-2014, 04:10 PM   #1
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(Update 9/14!) WDW Sept 2014 Come Hell or High Water...Adults-only trip!

When I say "adults", I mean the term loosely. We definitely feel like kids in WDW!!

I decided to start a pre-trip report even though I'm not 100% sure that I am going but I am going to try my best to get there.

This is my therapy for the extremely cold weather that we've been having and continue to have. Also, I have a very stressful work situation right now involving a very belligerent employee. Hopefully, it'll be resolved soon and the tension level will drop!

So, I was sitting in my cube one very very cold day (schools were closed but work was still open! Apparently it's too cold for children but not for adults ) while my co-worker slammed doors and yelled, when I got an email about our bonus checks. Immediately, visions of Disney World danced through my head. My breathing picked up and my pulse started to race. I could taste the Florida air and feel the hot sun. I just HAD to go.

Unfortunately, the email didn't mention how much our bonuses would be, just that we could expect to receive them in March. I do expect to know how much it is going to be in Feb, though, and if it is anywhere close to last year, I should be able to afford a trip to the World.

Another potential stumbling block was my DH. He doesn't care much for Disney and would not want to go. I would have to convince him that I really needed to go and then I would have to find someone to go with me...


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This is me
Who's coming with me? Part 1
Who's coming with me? Part 2

Potential Complication
To AKL or not to AKL Part 1
Rental Car

To AKL or not to AKL Part 2
Maybe not a complication after all... (a musing about life, not super related to vacation planning)
How WDW Stole My Heart

We're booked!!
OOP Food vs Free Dinning
4 for sure! - More about Bubbles

Quick TR - WDW 2008 Part 1
Quick TR - WDW 2008 Part 2
Tentative Itinerary - 3/15

Mickey Mail and ADRs!
More about Nature Girl - we are 5!
Schedule, MNSSHP, Lefse, and Belle

Updates as FD draws near...
Free Dining!!
Life update!

More Mickey Mail!!
Double Digits and Luggage!
Life Update and Disney Update!

Rental Car and lame Mickey Mail
More Rental Car and FP+!!
It is done!!

Dining Changes!
Mickey Mail!
The Super Exciting Nothing Update!

The Last of Our Mickey Mail!
To Memory Maker or To Not Memory Maker
Things are getting ugly...

The end is near!
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:50 PM   #2
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Before I go on with my story, I should probably introduce myself.

I am a big Disney World fan, I live with my DH and our cat, Sirius Black. He's a (surprise!) black cat with a tiny bit of white on his chest. The vet thinks he's part Siamese, which would make sense because he has close set eyes and he talks A LOT. He reminds me a lot of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon (from one of the other animation houses ).

I am 32 years old and I work as a chemist for a large company. I've been on several Disney trips, the last being in May 2013 with my youngest sister.

Here I am after I got 999,999 points on Buzz my last trip. As you can tell, I was really excited!

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Old 02-02-2014, 11:57 AM   #3
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Before talking to my DH, I decided to talk to some of my family members to see if they might be willing to go. I have two younger sisters who are also fans of Disney, along with my parents. I called my middle sister (30) first because she hasn't been to Disney in a long time and I feel bad each time that I go that she (because of work) is not able to go.

She was a tentative and she could only go if it wasn't in the summer. She works as a naturalist, so she has programs all throughout the spring and summer. We call her Nature Girl. She is very much the middle sister: a peacekeeper and very practical. This is part of our conversation:

Me:"I feel bad that we go and you can't come along."
Nature Girl: "It's okay, I'm over it."
Me: "Well, I'm not."
Nature Girl: <laughs> "That's because you can't imagine turning down a Disney vacation ever."

It's true. It's completely incomprehensible to me that anyone would turn down a Disney trip if they knew about it with enough advance time.

So I'm already thinking September so that Nature Girl can come. Also, I would like to have free dining as well and maybe go to MNSSHP again. I love Halloween!

On to my next sister, Bubbles. The youngest at 27. As the oldest and youngest we definitely butt heads sometimes. Though I have trained her very well and she usually lets me take charge - I'm the oldest and I can't help myself.

Her reaction was much more immediate:

Me: "I'm thinking about going to Disney again if I can convince DH to let me go. Do you want to come?"
Bubbles: "Yes!....Wait, when?"
Me: "September for free dining."
Bubbles: "I would like to go but I'm not sure if I can - what if I have a different job by then and I don't have any vacation?"

So Bubbles is a barista in a coffee shop. She likes her job but would definitely like to get something in her field - music. She does teach music lessons on the side with the students of her music teacher husband but she wants something more permanent. Unfortunately, permanent music jobs aren't exactly thick on the ground. It is unlikely that she'll have something by Sept. But I don't mention that fact and we'll just wait and see.

The last time that the three of us girls were in Disney together was 2006. Nature Girl was 22 (far left), I was 25 (left), Bubbles was 19 (right), and then our DMom (far right):




So, my sisters are both maybes - on to my parents...
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:38 PM   #4
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I called and talked to my DDad and he said that he thought they could swing it. Not exactly the enthusiastic response I was hoping for.

So, I had four maybes and now I needed to talk to my DH. He isn't too keen on me spending money on Disney but he usually understands that sometimes I just need to go. The money that I was going to use was my bonus money so I felt I had a strong position, I just needed the right time.

After dinner that night, while washing up the dishes, I casually mentioned my bonus check and how I wanted to go to Disney in Sept. He said okay and then that was that! I expected waaaay more discussion. Go Team Jenna for picking the perfect timing!! Do I know my DH or what?

So I'm definitely going in Sept....well...maybe...
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:33 PM   #5
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Another aspect of the entire thing is that DH and I have been trying to have a baby for awhile now. We have now been referred to a specialist so we'll see where that goes.

So, depending on how it goes, I may have to either cancel my trip or go to Disney pregnant. I know I'd have fun in Disney no matter what but I'm a little bummed at the thought of not being able to ride EE or ToT or RnRC. I know I'd be really happy to be pregnant but I want to have it all - a baby within the next year and a 2014 Sept Disney vacation without being pregnant. Not asking for much, am I? Can the stork just deliver me a baby in Oct?

Well, if it ends up that we just aren't able to have any kids - at least I'll have my Disney vacation to look forward to!
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yay! Disney in September!! That is one of my favorite times to go!! I'm following along, can't wait to read more about your plans... And hey I've been to Disney three times pregnant and you know what...if was FABULOUS!! A little bit more shopping, eating and relaxing to take the place of the thrill rides and cocktails...did I mention shopping??? and what better place to shop for baby than at Disney?? Have you seen the adorable baby stuff they have there?? Good luck with your plans!!
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I'm with you--how can ANYONE not jump at the idea of a Disney vacation? That is a crime in my world.

Here's hoping that you can get everything in order so you can go!!
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yay! Disney in September!! That is one of my favorite times to go!! I'm following along, can't wait to read more about your plans... And hey I've been to Disney three times pregnant and you know what...if was FABULOUS!! A little bit more shopping, eating and relaxing to take the place of the thrill rides and cocktails...did I mention shopping??? and what better place to shop for baby than at Disney?? Have you seen the adorable baby stuff they have there?? Good luck with your plans!!
That is great to hear, ChickyRootie! I have been concerned and it seems so silly to put Disney and preganancy at the same level but I really need this vacation!

I didn't think about the shopping. That's a good point. I actually already have a onesie that looks like Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. I just happen to see it at Target and I couldn't help myself. If it doesn't work out, I'll just gift it to someone else. It's super cute! I can only imagine all the wonderful things they have at Disney World.

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I'm with you--how can ANYONE not jump at the idea of a Disney vacation? That is a crime in my world.

Here's hoping that you can get everything in order so you can go!!
It's incomprehensible that you wouldn't jump at the chance. Especially a Disney vacation with me! You don't have to do anything but just sit back and enjoy - I'll take care of the details. People are crazy.
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So, over the weekend, my parents and I were talking Disney plans. DDad says that he kept finding deals for the AKL villas and Savannah view rooms. But when pressed, he couldn't exactly tell me where he found the deals.

In his defense, he and DMom have been planning and booking hotel rooms for a vacation at the end of March and for the weddings we're going to this summer, so I'm sure he lost it in the shuffle. The trip they have planned is a cruise with my aunt and uncle and grandma so it's a little complicated to coordinate between them all. My parents have never been on a cruise so it's an education for them. Unfortunately, it isn't a Disney cruise since the sail dates didn't match with their plans.

But, DDad is really serious about doing AKL in some form or another. Which has been a dream of ours but it's just so expensive! Even if we all share a room (my parents, Bubbles and me), it's still really expensive. And from what I understand, the "deals" that DDad found were from Expedia or something so I don't think that we'd get the free dining that we were hoping for. We'd have to see if the savings was greater than what we'd spend on dining.

So DDad is gungho on AKL, DMom would love love to do it but is hung up on the money. I'm on the fence myself but I would love to experience a Deluxe sometime. If we did do it, I'd want to have a savannah view and that is really expensive and I'm not sure if it is worth it. I'll have to check on the resort board. I'd hate to pay all that money and not really see any animals!

This is all assuming that Nature Girl won't go. If she does go, we'll have to revamp our plans because we'll need two rooms. Though DMom would like to "sneak her in". When I asked her where Nature Girl would sleep, she shrugged and said that I could sleep on the floor. Then she laughed. That's my mom - trying to squeeze savings wherever she can while teasing us all unmercifully. She has a wicked streak. She does love us dearly, she just likes to push our buttons. Especially Bubbles' buttons. Bubbles is very easily embarrassed sometimes. DMom has made it an art. It really livens things up!
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The one thing that we did discuss in length and eventually decided on was renting a car despite the cost. DMom has back problems and while it's something that she manages and can walk, it's harder on her back if she's standing still on concrete. So by the end of the day, it could potentially be miserable for her to stand and wait for a bus. If we ended up parked really far away, then we would plonk her down on a bench at the park entrance/TTC and then go and pick her up. Hopefully, we'd be able to get back up there and not be directed to the parking lot exit. We'll have to research it. I'm sure everyone would just pick their people up if they could. Maybe we could go into the taxi/valet area.

Hmm.....

I am really excited about having a car, though. I really hate waiting for a bus at the end of the night and being jam packed in either standing or sitting! I much prefer to be under my own steam and I would rather sit in traffic exiting with a seat than getting jostled standing on a bus.
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Happy Belated Valentine's Day, everyone!

I also turned 33 last week. I got a Disney giftcard from my parents to spend on our trip!! Very good gift.

I've been listening to my Four Parks, One World CD almost non-stop in the car as I go to and from work in the cold and snow. We got up to 40F today - whoo hoo! - but we're supposed to have a snowstorm on Thursday. Nothing compared to the East Coast but ugh. We've had a very long, snowy, cold, cold winter; and it's not even over! March is usually the snowstorm month so I can't imagine what it's going to be like if we've already had this much snow.

But in Disney planning news - we are definitely going to AKL and staying in a savannah view room!! The money still makes me cringe a little but I did get my bonus at work and DDad really really really wanted to stay there. Normally, he's quiet and doesn't get to excited about anything but when I was talking to him, he kept asking if we could somehow make it work out. He was so anxious and almost pleading that I couldn't say no.

We've always said that we've wanted to do this someday; why not this year? I would hate for us to not stay at AKL and then have something happen to my parents and then living with the regret for not taking the opportunity. Fortunately, though we can't afford to do it every time, we can afford to do it this once.

AKL here we come!!!
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AKL is one of the places I have always wanted to stay but can never justify the money in staying there. Have fun!

As for going to Disney possibly pregnant. Ive been to Disney during 2 of my 4 children's pregnancies, it was a lot of fun. Yes there is limitations but it gives you an opportunity to enjoy things that you might have overlooked otherwise. And you can always shop a bit for the baby. Im about to go again pregnant, going to look for coming home outfits while my husband takes my older ones on the rides that I can't ride.
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AKL is one of the places I have always wanted to stay but can never justify the money in staying there. Have fun!

As for going to Disney possibly pregnant. Ive been to Disney during 2 of my 4 children's pregnancies, it was a lot of fun. Yes there is limitations but it gives you an opportunity to enjoy things that you might have overlooked otherwise. And you can always shop a bit for the baby. Im about to go again pregnant, going to look for coming home outfits while my husband takes my older ones on the rides that I can't ride.
CONGRATULATIONS on baby #5! Oh my goodness, that is a lot of joy you have going on at home! I'm glad to hear that so many people have enjoyed Disney while pregnant. At least I'll know ahead of time so I can adjust to not being able to ride my favorite ride - Expedition Everest.
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