Can we break our PTR curse?...update 2/27 Wed and thurs plans and more count down

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  1. Mickey_Mom

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    Yay!! You're booked! :cool1: I'm so happy for you, that is awesome! The home looks great and spacious.... and that pool with the screen cover! :thumbsup2 The twin bed rooms look soooo cute.

    Off to a great start, your extra plans to consider are good. Especially the not killing each other part. :rolleyes:
     
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  3. JPFamilyMom

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    Yes not killing each other is very important :lmao: especially now that my sister in law saw my post on facebook and I don't know if she is serious or not but they might come too now. Everyone sit down, they are not big fans of Disney :scared1: So don't know if they just want to come to Florida or if they want to visit the parks with us too. I'll have to wait and see, I suppose. They also have two kids, so that once big spacious house might soon become :crowded: But really there are enough rooms, and their kids are little princess:(3yo) and pirate:(1yo).

    Something to note here, That big family picture, that is my whole little, lol, family. And we all went to Disneyland together, whilst my sister and I were pregnant, and it was not the merriest of days, it wasn't the worst, but lets just say people split in opposite directions not happy, and my Mom cried, because I was moving and she wanted us all together. I have no problems with anyone, I'm usually in the middle trying to keep people calm, but that trip was originally just suppose to be me and Jack, and I wanted him to get to see and ride so much more than was possible with a big group, and I kept my cool, but was upset with how the day went.

    And of course meltdowns can happen when any big group of people try to visit an amusement park together, and especially a big family with their own opinions about what to see and do.

    So my plan is to pick a couple rides that accommodate more people, like say the Jungle cruise or Kilimanjaro safari- and tell my family lets all go ride _______ together and then split up and meet for lunch. or lets go our own ways and meet at __________ ride, so we can all ride together.

    Ok...so....I guess I'll know in a couple weeks if they are joining us.....and then have to go back to my notes and change some things again:confused:
     
  4. Mickey_Mom

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    Wow! Four more people? That'll help cut the costs even further but man, that's a lot of people potentially tripping over one another and a lot of personalities to satisfy. :worried:

    If I were planning a similar trip for my family, I'd seriously consider planning an MK day at the beginning and an MK day at the end with everyone together..... and then each group going to a different park every other day! :lmao::rotfl2:
     
  5. JPFamilyMom

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    :cool1: that is a brilliant idea :rotfl2: but don't think that would fly with my Mom :rolleyes1 who wants us to all be one big happy family :hug::rolleyes1


    Well it's been a busy and intensely emotional week at work, so I haven't had much time to sit down and work on any plans, but hoping with another two day weekend ahead of me, that I will have some time to just relax after the next two days of pulling double shifts again. My transfer to my new location will be officially set in on Monday, so my works schedule may get crazier at first, but at least I won't be shuffled between two stores anymore.:)

    Just counting the days until school starts for my kiddos...:upsidedow
     
  6. MRYPPNS

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    Hi! I saw a post of your's on Amy's TR so I thought I'd stop by and say hello!
     
  7. Mickey_Mom

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    You never know, run it past her. She may understand that while you want to do some things all together, you also want special one on one time with your DH and boys. :flower3: Might I suggest you do this right after you give her some flowers, and a big hug and tell her how much you love her and what a great Mom she is? :laughing:

    I hope things settle down for you soon and you can kick back a bit. Glad you could pop on tonite!
     
  8. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    The vacation home looks lovely and I am sure it sounds like a great solution for all your needs. I also think that you are quite right with your ideas about how to travel with a large group like that: time apart will make the time together just much more enjoyable! :goodvibes
     
  9. Angies1274

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    Hi again!:wave2: Yay for being booked!:yay: That's always exciting! The weather should be great in March...not too hot.:thumbsup2 Your vacation home looks really nice and spacious plus having your own pool is a great bonus! We took our family with us last year and had a great trip. But, it does take some extra planning with so many people. We all had our own ideas of what we wanted to do and since we stayed together most of the trip, it was sometimes a challenge. I think spending some time apart is a great idea and in the end will make everyone happy.:)
     
  10. JPFamilyMom

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    Thanks, yeah I really like the private pool. Yes, I have decided apart time is a must.

    Thanks, I'm really glad we were able to find and book the home. Time apart seems to be unanimous suggestion from everyone, and I think a necessity.

    Thanks, I'm looking forward to it calming down.

    Thanks for stopping by:) Hello
     
  11. JPFamilyMom

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    Food issues: ok so we are a pretty picky family, and prefer pretty bland ho hum “normal” foods. We will be trying to pick restaurants that are fun and interesting but that will have foods that aren’t too adventurous for us. Plus I have the added issue of the size of our party (I don’t believe we will dine together at a table service though unless it’s one time). And my sister-in-law is a vegetarian.

    Other food issues of course involve DS Jack, we haven’t found him a specialist out here yet, but in NC he was going to see a specialist to run tests on him to see if any of his ASD symptoms could be food related as I had read up on how some foods could affect the brain. Currently he is nitrate free, dye free, gluten free, and we don’t give him any foods with high fructose corn syrup.

    This is part of the main reason for booking the house this trip, because I wanted a full kitchen to prepare Jacks meals. We will eat most of our meals at the house, but do plan to partake in some food at the parks.

    So here are our restaurant choices, of course this could change as the months go on, but here is everywhere we are interested in eating on this trip:

    Chef Mickeys – for the characters
    Crystal Palace- for the characters, and we liked the food on our honeymoon
    Sci-Fi Dine in Theater- for the atmosphere
    Flame Tree BBQ- yummy
    Cinderella’s Royal Table- only my niece, sister, mom and Aunt will be dining here for Ella’s birthday
    Columbia Harbour House- because I’ve read so many great reviews and they have the upstairs area, which is quieter
    I am planning to snack around Epcot- but this will consume a lot of my time due to research as to what is “safe” for Jack to eat
    Capt. Cooks- because I read that they have the infamous Tonga toast and it’s a counter service, so I can just show up to try the breakfast one morning

    Open for suggestions, comments, critiques of restaurants, etc. If we do all dine together once, it would be Chef Mickey's.
    Please tell me your favorite place to dine and why.

    Up next…. the lists begin... and what will we be celebrating on our trip...
     
  12. onescgirl

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    The house looks so nice that ya'll are staying at!
     
  13. DisMomAmy

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    We are picky, bland eaters too... at least me & the kids! :rolleyes1

    Alex was gluten/dairy free for two of our trips & Disney does a great job accomodating special diets! I can find you a contact at Disney to email for lists of where you can get foods Jack can eat. We had the best experiences at TS restaurants because they would make something special for Alex & bring it out with the rest of our food (didn't work as well at buffets but still OK). CS meals were trickier though... you can make it work but there's a lot of extra waiting involved.

    The rental house will definitely make things easier!
     
  14. JPFamilyMom

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    Thanks, we were so lucky to find it, I found it on someones PTR, that is why I included the link for someone else to find it too if they wanted. :)

    Is Alex still gluten/dairy free? I know you say he eats something different from what Zach is eating, but you didn't say what. So I'm curious if it still is that way and if you think it helps/helped. Yes the house is going to make things much easier.:) And thank you, someone did already send me all the Disney forms and pages and pages with all the listings of places with gluten free foods. I'm trying to sort through them. But yes, I heard TS meals are much more accommodating than CS. But the CS are capable now of accommodating they just need advance notice. So I have fingers crossed, and some extra planning on that part.
     
  15. All7OfUs

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    OH NO! I'm so sorry, Jessica!! I totally missed the beginning of this! I'm here now, and will catch up lickety split!! :goodvibes
     
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    I think snacking around WS is a great idea, but like you say it will take a bit of research- But luckily you have lots of time to do that!! So many options, really.. you should be fine!
     
  17. DisMomAmy

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    Alex was gluten/dairy free for almost three years. His gastroenterologist in Boston (who specializes in kids with autism) believes that any "leaky gut" symptoms should heal in that amount of time so he came off the diet with help from digestive enzymes. He did that for over a year and is off those now too. He had the whole endoscopy/colonoscopy thing too - everything looked good inside. Now his belly aches are related to bowel issues - from constipation & withholding (sorry if TMI)... Now we're wondering about Zach. He just started seeing the same doctor and he thinks Zach has acid reflux and started him on a trial of prilosec. :headache: Since most of his belly aches are stress related and above his belly button that's the theory he's working off of...

    It's funny... we try to avoid high fructose corn syrup too so Zach will ask people, "Does that have high fruit toast corn syrup in it?" :laughing:
     
  18. Mickey_Mom

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    Oh my gosh, I showered my keyboard with the water I'd just sipped. So sweet! :laughing:


    Jessica, I like your TS choices and your idea of snacking around Epcot. Chef Mickey's is a great one and I hope the boys are OK with the characters. I bet they'll love the monorail gliding through. :goodvibes
     
  19. JPFamilyMom

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    You are totally fine. Thanks for joining. It won't be as clever as your ptr, but hopefully I'll keep you entertained. :)

    Yeah, lots of options, just need to do my research :upsidedow

    ok, cool, great information here for me. thanks. That is cute about Zach, Jack always asks about dye. We are on a waiting list to see a specialist here. My pediatrician just writes me a referral for whatever I ask for, cause he really doesn't know much about autism.:confused3:rolleyes1

    Jack gave me the ok, for taking pictures with and meeting Mickey, but he said thats all he wants to see. So at least I hope to get a picture with Mickey, and if that is the only character, then we will stop for every Mickey I see.:rotfl::lmao:
     
  20. that's nice

    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I didn't know you started a PTR... now I have 3 pages to read! LOL :lmao::lmao:

    I'll be back later to catch up!
     
  21. Mickey_Mom

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    Love it! ::MickeyMo Tell him Minnie will be very happy he wants to visit with Mickey... but a little jealous too. :rolleyes1
     

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