Can we pull this off again?

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by justakrazymom, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. justakrazymom

    justakrazymom DIS Veteran

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    Hello hello!! Most of ya know me from my last 2 trip reports.. Sept 2012 and August 2011.. if ya don't..go ahead..go read those 2 reports..I'll wait for ya to return!

    ok done reading? Do ya know who we are? Ok if you're lazy (like I can be) and don't wanna go read them ( are ya nuts..they are good..I promise.. One full of rain and drama and one..well one full of fun!) then here's who we are:

    Alison~37..mom to 4 awesome kids..(1 is Noah..who is now 18 and will NOT be joining us on this next trip). I homeschool the 3 youngest ( eldest is graduated).. I work for the family owned Dance Studio as well as driving the 3 youngest around to the 10000 activities they do. I no longer bartend (YEPPIE!!) so I have way more time for bon bons and talk shows of course!(@@)

    Eric~40.. a total Disney convert.. didn't want to go in 2011.. couldn't wait to get there in 2012 and is the one that booked 2013..LOL. He works his bum off to get us there..especially for this coming trip since I am no longer working a 2nd job.

    Declan~will be 11 in Feb.. loved being a "MAN" ( aka Disney adult) this past trip..and he apparently likes eating Garbage cans in Epcot..don't ask..go read the Sept 2012 TR..go! He dances ( hip hop) and plays basketball and baseball along with does an all boys cooking class and is a stellar student ( pretty sure he's gonna be teaching me by next year). Declan is an OCD pin trader and loves everything Disney! Stitch is his favorite!

    Jadziah~ the lone girl ~ she will be 9 on the 28th ( 6 whole days away!).. she's also an amazing athlete who has been known to play baseball ( yes..not softball ) and basketball. She's taking the year off hoops to try Cheerleading.. she's a natural with her 6 years of dance and 4 years of acrobatics training! She hates meeting characters if that requires waiting but loves Disney..just not lines..or the heat..or or...lol. Not sure she has a favorite..but if I had to pick I'd say Daisy Duck..but she will NOT wait in a line to see her..nope..not gonna happen!

    Taejan~Turned 7 right before this years trip. The boy of many faces ( again..go read the TR's.. August 2011 has some great shots of him in full meltdown mode).. he's a very difficult child but also the light of my life. He has boundless energy, plays Basketball, baseball and sometimes soccer. He's an olympic's bound gymnast( ask him..he'll tell ya)..it's the only thing he focuses on for more than 2 minutes..he's good.. he also does acrobatics at our dance studio. Chip and Dale are his top characters!

    Here we are just a few weeks ago in Epcot:
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    So the logistics eh? We have Sept 14-26th booked with free dining..did this via a bounceback while we were at POFQ in Sept. We chose PORs for the fact we can stay in ONE room. ONE! Now we have booked 2 the last 2 trips as we had 8 and then 7 people. Needless to say these trips cost $$$$.. this trip is half the price as the one we just took...and thats WITH Hoppers and Water Parks and more! ( which we have never had before)

    Last trip we did 3 nights prior to the package..( if ya wanna know where..go read the tr!) this time we are not doing that.. we spent too much money on food over those 3 days.. so this trip is 12 nights of the package not 10. we will likely add one night at the same DTD hotel..but who knows!

    So why are we traveling with just 5 you ask ( I heard someone I know I did)?

    Well Noah and his girlfriend are expecting a baby in Feb. It's a ROCKY road..has not been a fun experience..too much stress to even imagine..but ANYWAY..so he will not be joining us!

    And now here comes the major daughter guilt..my mom is not invited. I feel bad..I do.. but #1..she def had issues keeping up this trip ..but that's not even why really. #2 which is really #1.. we only need ONE room without her...one..so it's invite her and not go for 2-3 years ( due to that whole me not working that job I hated) or take ONE trip just the 5 of us.. no add ons..no paying for anyone but us ( we covered all but my moms airfare). So I have some guilt..but ultimately..I cant wait to do this trip with just the 5 of us! Next time we will likely have 3 kids that are too big to be stuffed in one room with us and will go back to 2 rooms..then my mom may join us..but for this trip..it's just us!


    So that's the start of this PTR...oh I forgot..SHhhh.. the younger 2 kids do not know we are going. Declan does..but the other 2 think we are just going to my friend's house in GA for vacation ( we've done that for years so it's plausible). I am going to keep it a secret ( I say that every time) until we arrive in FLorida..

    So..who's in for this ride?
     
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  3. MegRose1107

    MegRose1107 Earning My Ears

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    I'm in! You guys are going to love the water parks! I feel like once you go to a Disney water park, no other water park can compete! Since the 2 little ones don't know about the trip, are you going to still do a count down but say its for GA? Your last countdown was adorable!
     
  4. justakrazymom

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    Yeah..that was our promise to Declan..we would do waterparks. Now mama has to lose 20 pounds to fit in a swim suit....we have 12 days.. and with just 5 of us lots less accommodating other people....kwim?? the core group can go go go go.. my mom and Noah couldnt and didn't want to..so this trip is going to be a whole new experience!

    Not sure what we are going to do about a countdown..odds are we won't because I will feel the need to make an over the top one and i REALLY wanna stick to my guns on not telling the younger 2. Heck we aren't even telling Eric's mom or anyone around here..they can know when I check in on FB..LMAO
     
  5. megveg

    megveg Drink up me hearties, yo ho!

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    Im in! Cant wait to hear :) Ill read your other two reports once I get home from work tonight! :)
     
  6. VroomVroomLightning

    VroomVroomLightning DIS Veteran

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    I'm in! Can't wait to read along with you while you plan your trip, and possibly make changes! My family won't be going back until 2014 so until then I will have to read along with others and live vicariously through them! :cool1:
     
  7. aras4007

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    I'm in! I enjoyed your last two so much! Let the countdown begin!
     
  8. justakrazymom

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    Sweet!! Glad to have ya'all on board.... I will be posting in the next day or 2 with our ADR plans.. yes.. we already know where we want to eat...LOL
     
  9. justakrazymom

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    So.. we have 146 days until we can make our ADR's.. yeah I know..pathetic I know this right? It's not my fault..I blame this kid:
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    This poor child has inherited my OCD planner tendencies.. So we hadn't been home 3 days when he planned out exactly how we are going to use our 12 Table credits. I want to pause here and say.. I'm secretly smiling inside that ONE of 4 got my plan ahead gene. My husband is NOT like this and I need at least one ally..lol

    So..we have 12 Table service credits..and we will do one 2 credit "show"..so here's the run down as it is now!

    Boma ( dinner)

    Cape May(dinner)

    T-Rex

    Chef Mickey ( dinner)

    Garden Grill

    Whispering Canyon

    Thats 6 thus far..still with us?

    Ok then we have the maybe list:

    Akerhaus

    Spirit of Aloha ( our 2 credit)

    Hollywood and Vine ( lunch)

    Tusker House ( breakfast)

    San Angel Inn ( Lunch)

    and that's 6 more making 12.. but I'd also like to consider

    Akerhaus

    O'hana for dinner ( we did breakfast)

    and not sure.. lol
     
  10. VroomVroomLightning

    VroomVroomLightning DIS Veteran

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    My family LOVES Ohana for dinner! That is a must do for us each trip. I highly recommend it! :thumbsup2

    And not sure if you noticed or not but they changed the All You Can Eat Skillet at Whispering Canyon. I know some families were going for that, and just wanted to point it out in case that is something you all were going for!
     
  11. justakrazymom

    justakrazymom DIS Veteran

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    Yeah I def want to try O'hana for dinner! and yeah I had heard about that.. my kids just want to eat there..LOL
     
  12. DreamingofCastles

    DreamingofCastles Earning My Ears

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    Subbing in!! I have just finished reading your other PTRS and TRs! We were at DHS in September the same day as your family for the massive rain!! I keep looking in your pictures to see if we are in the background! :lmao:
     
  13. justakrazymom

    justakrazymom DIS Veteran

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    Welcome welcome!! LOL on the rain and pictures!
     
  14. aras4007

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    Meal choices are looking good! Glad to see Garden Grill made the list again...we have been 3 times in the past year and a half. We've enjoyed it so much..food, service, and characters..never a problem!
     
  15. justakrazymom

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    Thanks.. yeah we enjoyed GG a lot this year!
     
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    So we bought Just Dance Disney... its adorable..best song? Its a small world.. nothing beats being able to torture the kids 1281 miles from their "favorite" ride...
     
  17. VroomVroomLightning

    VroomVroomLightning DIS Veteran

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    Does it have songs from Disney World?? That sounds awesome!!
     
  18. justakrazymom

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    Mostly stuff from Disney channel and Disney movies..
     
  19. danielle79

    danielle79 Dreaming of the Castle!

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    All finished with the latest TR! I really need to plan a down time day next time, which I hope will be Feb 2014! Thinking about doing a very long PTR! Excited to read about your plans for the Sept 2013 trip. GO Go Go, that is how our trips are because we don't know when the next time we will be back. Our last trip my youngest was 5 and we didn't use a stroller at all, it was great! I was hoping that we would get to go Feb 2013 but my oldest is going to France and Rome so we wait another year. :)
     
  20. justakrazymom

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    So my krew and I just returned from Wreck It Ralph...we LOVED it.. love!! I really hope Ralph is still doing meet n greets come Sept!
     
  21. justakrazymom

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    Eric just called and added a day on either end of the trip. My friend is now working full time so we either wont be visiting or just for 2 days.. and since we have FD I decided I'd rather skip the split stay and get free food for the whole trip.. of course now I have 14 TS credits to plan!
     

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