a GRAND family trip! End of May, Grand Floridian RPC Deluxe dining

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  1. heatherlynn444

    heatherlynn444 DIS Veteran

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    Ok SO I am finally starting this, and we leave in less than two months!

    So this is how it started. My wonderful father FORGOT his and my mom's wedding anniversary last May. Yes, after 31 years of marraige, he forgot. SO, least to say he wa sin the doghouse big time.
    A few months pass and DH and I go on our September trip. Upon returning home, I must plan another trip (this is just what I do people!) So, in my scheming, I figured out a way for my dad to get out of the doghouse. They could come with us for a big fun trip this summer. They were all for it. Then we decided to invite my non vacation going sister and her DH. They are homebodies, so I am suprised the every agreed. they started out just going 3 nights but changed it to 4. my parents are going 5, and we are going 7. (we booked the 4 nights 3 free so said "why not")

    So here is our cast
    DD :eeyore:(this will be "disney dad" and NOT disney daughter in my trip report!) he will be 54 this month. Him and I share the same quick wit and sense of humor. He is very impatient though and does not like to wait in lines. He owns his own business and I am surprised he is coming for 5 nights!

    DM ::MinnieMo (disney mom) is 53. She is a Christmas baby, and likes to tell everone her entire life story. She never meets a stranger. She is one of those sickningly sweet people who never gets mad and would give you the shirt off her back. She is very excited about this trip because well, she loves disney like me. and she isnt a complainer so my DD will complain about the lines enough for the both of them. my mom works for my dad and part time at TJ Maxx, where she promptly spends her entire paycheck :sad2:

    DS :tigger:(disney sister) Just turned 26 this week. thinks she is Peter Pan and will never grow up. She is a literacy coach for public schools. She is one of those people you want to be on your side when there is a fight. a good word for her is "feisty". She is strong willed like my dad but not to great in the quick wit/common sense department. My DD likes to say she is on "tape delay" but we still claim her....most days. She doesn't get the disney obsession but is along for the ride.

    DBIL pooh:(disney brother in Law) my sister husband, 30 years old. is a financial numbers guy (he's like Chandler on Friends, no one really knows what he does.) He hasn't been to Disney since he was ten and they *gasp* stayed off property. So he is in for a real treat. He is a mellow kinda guy who just goes with the flow. I am hoping to make an addict out of him but it will be a challenge.

    DH :goofy: oh poor sickly, well, lets hope he doesnt get sickly! we have been good on the past two trips! DH will be 26 this summer. He is a recent law school grad and avid online gamer. I am thankful to be able to pull him off of world of war crack-- I mean warcraft to come to disney. The boy goes to eat. He LOVES to eat and would probably eat our dogs if there was no food left in the house. I am slowly but surley turning him into a disney freak and he is excited about this trip.

    and then there is me.:tink:I will be 24 this summer. I teach 5th grade. It is exhausting but I can't see myself doing anything else. I have always loved disney, especially the princesses, and am an avid trip planner. half the fun for me is in the planning and the excitement leading up to the trip. I have already created my color coded spreadsheet for this trip if that gives you any indication of my loyalty to disney. I love volleyball and basketball and have coached both and I have recently taken up running and ran in my first 8k last weekend. I also love my two toy poodle babies, Sassy and Bella. They will be staying with their aunt and uncle and "cousin" dogs while we are gone. they came over last night for a play date and it went well! Anyway, so I am anxiously awaiting summer because, well, its summer and I get paid to not work, and because of my trip! Thanks for joining me on this experience! I will update as often as I can!

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    Ok, main details:
    me and DH arrive day 1
    DD and DM arrive day 2
    DS and DBIL arrive day 3
    the four of them leave on the same flight home on morning of day 6
    DH and I leave day 8 after 7 nights.

    we will be celebrating my parents anniversary (we will be there on the actual day) and DH's bday which we will miss by a couple days. close enough!

    we have 3 standard rooms booked in the main building of the Grand Floridian, Royal Palm club. Everyone is on the dining plan, but DH and I are on the Deluxe plan.

    I will update soon with more plans and our ADr's! but for now, here is a couple pics of all of us

    this is us in disney in 1997? at tony's for dinner. I am rockin that hair wrap BTW.
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    here is us on Christmas
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  3. MiaBella05

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    popcorn:: Joining in, i can't wait for another Heather PTR/TR. I am leaving in a little over a month and i am so excited!! popcorn::
     
  4. heatherlynn444

    heatherlynn444 DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for joining! Where are yall staying?
     
  5. jackdis

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    Here I am. Can't wait to hear all about this one!

    By the way, what happened to "subscribe to thread" under thread tools??? Has it been moved?
     
  6. Dreamfinder2

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    Hey, Heather! I'm intrigued by the mob you'll be traveling with. I've always felt like at Disney, the more the merrier ... but it does have its own challenges!

    We'll be down there May 17 for a few days, so if there's any "recon" work we can do for y'all, let me know. We're meeting another couple from Jacksonville and their kids down there (I'm their former youth minister ... makes me feel like a real geezer), so we'll have a big party, too.
     
  7. MelissaFromRI

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    I'm in :banana:
    We're going just before you on May 16th and also staying GF RPC :cloud9:
     
  8. heatherlynn444

    heatherlynn444 DIS Veteran

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    I don't know, it's not there? interesting! glad you made it!

    aw that sounds like fun!!! This will be the first time the 6 of us have done anything together for more than a weekend so it will be interesting! I am excited though.

    yay! another GF lover. have a blast!
     
  9. Tbelle1976

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    Can't wait to read more. I followed you entire dining review which was really good!
     
  10. heatherlynn444

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    thanks for reading!



    OH, I can also add we got a great deal on flights! $64.00 each way. I was really excited because now the prices are back up to over 100 dollars each way! I am hoping my ME tags come in the next couple of weeks!
     
  11. KristinAnne

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    I'm joining in on your fun! That is a gorgeous Christmas tree you're standing in front of! Really nice family picture.
     
  12. Girldreamer02

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    Joining in for another one of your trippies! Can't wait to hear all about it and excited to hear how it goes with a group of people. We have been trying to talk my sister and her fiance into coming to disney with us for over a year now. I know we're breaking them down. :rotfl2:Hopefully some day soon they'll say yes and go on a trip with us! :thumbsup2 Can't wait to hear more! :goodvibes
     
  13. heatherlynn444

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    thanks! it's at my cousins mansion-- err..house haha!

    welcome aboard! hope you get your family to go with you!
     
  14. jwwi

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    I'm in too. I will be in FL for 10 days in May, but will be in Naples for my DD wedding, so close to Disney, but it will have to wait for another trip. I always love your food reports, and take on the world. Group travel sure does have it's challenges.
     
  15. micandminforever

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    Joining in on the fun at the begining this time.
     
  16. heatherlynn444

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    Oh I would hate to be s close but yet so far away!

    thanks for coming over!

    I am going to post my ADR's in a minute (or what I think they are. I haven't gotten a final copy back yet haha)
     
  17. heatherlynn444

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    ADR's for our trip
    ok, so, this was a challenge because we are on teh deluxe plan and my parents and sister and BIL are on regular. So DH an dI are eating lunches alone (a probbaly needed break from the family) and eating dinners with everyone. I think it will work out well like this.

    Arrival day:Late Lunch at the Plaza (we have never been here and wanted to try it. it's also one of the only places open for lunch late, since we will be arriving to WDW late)

    Dinner: CRT. I havent been here since 2003 when it was a 1 TS credit. I want DH to experience eating in the castle. We are also tring to tackle all the 2 TS restaurants so we have to try it out together.

    First Full Day: my parent's anniversary.
    they will arrive in the late morning and DH and I will eat alone and then meet up with them at the MK.
    Lunch:LTT. this is another "we have never been here so what the heck" kind of decisions.

    Dinner: Narcoossees for my parents "anniversary dinner" just the 4 of us obvsiously since the rest of the group won't come in till the next day.


    I will have to post the rest later. gtg get supper ready!
     
  18. Girldreamer02

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    Sounds good so far! We haven't ate at the plaza so I am kind of curious about that one. I know a few people that have ate there and liked it. You'll have to let me know what you guys think. :thumbsup2 We've ate at the castle on all three of our trips. The first trip dh proposed, the second one we did breakfast with the princesses and this past trip we did dinner. I wish I could remember the name of our waiter because he was awesome in Jan! :thumbsup2 I hope you guys enjoy dinning the in the castle!!:goodvibes
     
  19. heatherlynn444

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    Second full day
    my sister and her DH comes in this day.
    Lunch DH and I wll be at Le Cellier. We did dinner here on our honeymoon but haven't been back since.

    Dinner Whispering Canyon Cafe. DH and I LOVE this place so we are thrileld to take my family there for their first time!

    3rd full day
    Lunch DH an dI at 50's Prime Time Cafe (went once again on our honeymoon but haven't been back)

    Dinner: Crystal palace. we wanted all 6 of us to go to a Character Buffet Together.

    4th Full Day

    Breakfast:Boma. Bobby lovs breakfast buffets, so I agreed to go to two on this trip

    Dinner: Coral Reef. We wanted to do a "nice" 1 TS meal all together.

    5th Full day (my fmaily leaves tomorrow)

    Lunch: Grand FLoridian Cafe just me and DH.

    Dinner: Citricos, Just me, DH, DD and DM. DS and DBIL are eating at GFC for dinner by themselves

    6th Full day
    family goes home this morning

    Lunch: Yak and Yeti. we really liked this place last time

    Dinner: Yachtsman steakhouse. this is another 2 TS place we have never eaten at and are excited about!

    Departure morning breakfast: 1900 Park Fare. our second breakfast buffet. have to leave disney with a full belly!

    well there you have it. I think I have it all covered! now let's hope this doesn't change too much between now and then haha!
     
  20. heatherlynn444

    heatherlynn444 DIS Veteran

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    so I think they *finally* have my ADR's right and I have all my conformation numbers.

    I got my mom a baggallini for mother's day, a lime green one of course. Thats what she wanted!

    I am considering making us all matching t-shirts, but I am really not a "crafty" sort of person so I don't know if that will happen!
     
  21. Girldreamer02

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    i got dh a baggallini for christmas b/c I knew he probably didn't want to carry my pink one around :lmao: It actually worked out because I didn't have to carry mine as much...I usually just put it in the locker. There was a method to my madness...I didn't want to be the one carrying the heavy camera haha I'm sure your mom will love hers! Also I don't know if its an option, but ya'll could always go to design a tee in dtd. :goodvibes
     

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