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  1. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    Welcome to the planning thread for the DIS Ladies-only Disneyland trip!!

    We are currently working on our 8th Annual trip, and the dates for that are Wednesday, February 25 - Sunday, March 1, 2015.

    The trip is open for anyone to join provided you are female (sorry guys!), over the age of 18, and love Disney!! If you are interested in joining the trip you can find more information, as well as pictures from previous trips, in the posts below.

    Feel free to post on the thread and introduce yourself. My name is Beth. I am a stay at home mom of 4. I came up with the idea and started the planning for the ladies-only trips back in Nov. 2007, with our first official trip taking place in April of '08. Since then we've had many DIS ladies join us, some returning every year since the first. On our first trip we had around 35 ladies, but that number is steadily increasing each year, and on our last trip we had around 94 attendees! We have become known as the "DIS Divas", and I hope you will consider joining us as we plan for our next fun-filled Disneyland trip.


    Check out our DIS Divas segment on the DIS Unplugged Podcast DIS Unplugged Podcast 03/06/14

    *Front Page Index (a.k.a. Where the heck can I find.....?????)*

    Post 1 ~ Trip welcome and dates
    Post 2 ~ Girls-only Trip FAQs
    Post 3 ~ Schedule and T-shirt info
    Post 4 ~ Trip Attendees
    Post 5 ~ Committee Members and Contact Persons
    Post 6 ~ Company D, Roommate/Hotel list, WIWF Tour
    Post 7 ~ Meet and Greet party info, and sign up list
    Post 8 ~ Scavenger Hunt Info and Teams
    Post 9 ~ Meal Sign-up Lists
    Posts 10, 11, 12, and 13 ~ Photos
    Post 14 ~ In Memoriam
    Post 15 ~ The mother of all packing lists!

    Meet Tinkerbites - Our Trip Mascot!
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  3. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    Here is a list of FAQs for those who are new to the annual Disneyland Girls-only Trips:

    Q: Who can join the trip?
    A: Anyone who is age 18 and older, is female, loves Disney and is ready to have fun and make new friends.

    Q: When is it?
    A: Wednesday, February 25 - Sunday, March 1, 2015

    Q: How much does it cost?
    A: How much the trip costs will vary from person to person based on your airfare/travel costs, which meals/park tours you sign up for, how much you spend on souvenirs, if you already have an annual pass, and of course which hotel room you book. There are fees involved for certain activities, such as the Scavenger Hunt, the matching group tees, the Meet and Greet party, etc. but, those are optional and will be discussed closer to the start of the trip on our Facebook page.

    Q: Is this a tour guided group?
    A: No, this is not a tour group at all. It is a group of individual DIS ladies who meet up yearly to celebrate their love of Disney at the Happiest Place on Earth. Each person is responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements, for signing up for which meals and tours they are interested in, for buying their own park tickets, etc.
    You will not be told to be at a certain place at a certain time, but rather will be offered a variety of options to choose from to tailor your trip the way you want it.

    Q: What meals and tours are offered?
    A: The meal sign-ups will be posted as the trip gets closer. A schedule will be posted and then you can pick and choose what you want to join. The meals vary from year to year but there have previously been large group meals at Cafe Orleans, Carnation Cafe, Jazz Kitchen, Goofy's Kitchen, etc.
    The tours are offered by the parks so check the Disneyland website to see what selection they have. http://disneyland.disney.go.com/tours/
    Contact people will be posted as the trip draws closer and will be in charge of making meal and tour reservations for all those signed up.

    Q: What's the deal with the t-shirts colors and group tee?
    A: Since we are such a large group, we have found that wearing the same color shirts on different days helps us stand out from the crowd. Each year the colors change, but they will be posted under the schedule so you'll know what shirt color to wear when. (This is entirely optional) For example, if a day says red, then those wanting to participate would wear something red...a tank top, t-shirt, sweatshirt, etc. that they purchase on their own. We also have a matching group tee that is a new design every year. Details on that will be posted in the thread on how and when to order.

    Q: Will I feel awkward if it's my first time? Does everyone already know each other? Should I come alone or bring a friend?
    A: This is a very welcoming group of ladies and the more you make an effort to get to know everyone, the more relaxed you will feel on the trip. The trip thread is a great place to post information about yourself, along with a picture and get to know everyone. Some ladies have been here since the first trip and have formed close bonds, others are brand new this year. We always have a mix of veterans and newbies. Everyone is welcome to bring a friend or family member, but they are welcome to come alone as many of the ladies do. I'd highly recommend attending the Meet and Greet party as that is a great way to get to know everyone at the start of the trip.

    Q: Where does everyone stay?
    A: The past six years we've mainly roomed at the Hojo Anaheim, which is a nice hotel within walking distance of the parks, and close to Mimi's Cafe and McDonalds, or the Grand Californian. Some of the ladies choose to room together to cut costs. We've also had ladies book rooms at other hotels along Harbor Blvd. It's really a matter of personal preference and finances, and you can choose which hotel works best for you.

    Q: How will I get to know everyone? What if I get separated from the group?
    A: Before the trip, chatting on this thread or on Facebook is a great way to get to know everyone. There are pictures of the ladies on the front page so you can "see" who you are talking to before hand. Feel free to post your own photo on the thread for me to add to the list. We put together a list of cell phone numbers prior to the trip which is then handed out so everyone can keep in touch. Early on in the trip is the Meet and Greet which is a fun party and a great ice breaker.

    Q: How do you keep 80, 90, or more ladies together??
    A: Easy.....we don't. Touring the parks as a group would be nearly impossible. We do plan certain group activities, and the rest of the time we break off into smaller groups based on your interests. There will be some who want to shop, some who want to ride the fast rides, some who want to go get a drink (lol) etc.
    The group activities we usually do are a daily group meals, some group rides, group photos, a group scavenger hunt, tours (if anyone is interested in signing up for those) and the first night Meet and Greet. I can assure you that everyone in the group is very welcoming and with a group this large no one should have any problems finding someone, or several someones, to hang out with.

    Q: How do I join?
    A: Just post on the thread! Give us your name, tell us a little about yourself, post a picture if you can, and that's it. Check in now and then to see what plans are being discussed. Most information can be found on the front page, so if you get behind in the thread you can check here for any important changes or updates. Most serious planning won't begin until we are much closer to the trip date.

    **Hopefully that information helped clear up any of the more frequently asked questions regarding the DIS Girls-only trips, but if you have anymore questions or concerns, feel free to post on the thread or send me a PM and I'll be happy to answer them.

  4. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    Announcing the overall theme for the 2015 DIS Diva trip!

    Basic Schedule - 2015 (a work in progress, updated as needed)

    **Wednesday, February 25 (Lime green DisDivaland shirt or any lime green shirt):
    Arrivals at various times throughout the day and evening.
    Breakfast: On your own
    Lunch: Pacific Wharf Area
    Dinner: Melting Pot or Tangaroa Terrace

    **Thursday, February 26 (Carsland turquoise shirt or any turquoise shirt):
    Breakfast: Riverbelle Terrace
    Lunch: Café Orleans or ?
    Dinner: Meet and Greet party @ Paradise Pier Hotel 6:00

    **Friday, February 27 (Royal blue crest shirt or any royal blue shirt):
    Breakfast: Storyteller's or Flo's Cafe
    Meet at WoC viewing area for group photo @ 9:40
    Scavenger Hunt Instructions/Team pics @ 10:00 at tables by Paradise Pier area.
    Scavenger Hunt ends @ 1:15 at Paradise Pier.
    Lunch: Paradise Grill, Boardwalk Pizza, or other nearby counter service of your choice. (hunt results read after lunch at 2:00)
    Dinner: Big Thunder BBQ or Pizza Port

    **Saturday, February 28 (New group shirt - info coming soon):
    Mother/daughter photo and group tiara photo in front of castle (time TBD)
    Breakfast: Carnation Cafe or Jolly Holiday
    Lunch: Rancho del Zocalo
    Dinner: Carthay Circle or Plaza Inn

    **Sunday, March 1 (Your favorite Disney shirt):
    Departures throughout the day.
    Farewell breakfast: Surf's Up character meal
    Lunch: Earl of Sandwich

  5. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    2015 Trip Attendees

    Alison/Cat's daughter
    Allison S.
    Angie/BC Disney Lover
    Becky/Beckyjane (Mel's DD)
    Brenda/Bernice's sister
    Carrie/Tracey's friend
    Cheryl/Rose's friend
    Dana/Becci's friend
    Dee Dee/Lyn's friend
    Dee Dee/PixieDustD
    Donna/Tina's mom
    Emmalee/Heather's daughter
    Felecia/Courtney's mom
    Helen/Maureen's friend
    Jamie K./Sarah B.'s sister
    Jean/Diane's friend
    Jennifer L./Allison's sister
    Jessica/Belle Ella
    Jill F./4fosterkids
    Julie/Allison's friend
    Kaitlyn B./Mel's daughter
    Karen/Tracey's cousin
    Laurie/DizNee Luver
    Linda K./Sarah B's mom
    Mary Jo/Mary Jo
    Michaele/Kandace's MIL
    Patty/Happy 2 B Me
    Sarah B./Mel's daughter-in-law
    Shel/Michele's friend
    Shelli/Tracey's sister
    Tammy S./Stacie's friend
    Terresa/Dana's friend
    Tiffany B./Mel's daughter-in-law
    Tina A./starsnowgirl

  6. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    Scavenger Hunt Committee members:
    Linda R.
    Lisa (LisaDog)

    Meet and Greet Committee members:

    Scheduling Committee:

    GKTW Charity Committee members:
    Dee Dee
    Heather C.
    Jen G.
    Mary Jo

    Schedule Printout/Phone List/Name Tag printout:
    Beth - phone list
    Carol - name tag print outs
    Callie/Dan - name tag designs

    Done in smaller, individual groups this year.

    Pub Crawl Committee
  7. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    Roommate List:

    ~ Grand Californian Hotel ~
    1. Shel, Michele S., Michele F., and Monica (full)
    2. Jen H., Cynthia, Nicole, Allison S., Pam, Jodi, Jen L. and one other (two adjoining rooms, full)
    3. see above
    4. Katie, Capri, Wendy, Tammy (full)
    5. Bridget, Lisa(dog), Melody (full)
    6. Paula, Vanessa, Anjie and Raquel (full)
    7. Nancy G., and Nancy H. (full)
    8. Brianne, Cheryl, and Linda (full)
    9. Stacie B., Vicki M., Heather C. and possibly Tammy S. (full)
    10. Becci, Dana, Terresa, and Sheila (open to one more)
    11. Bernice, Alison I., Maureen and Brenda (full)
    12. Tina and Donna (full)
    13. Catrina, Lisa, Alison, Kandace, Michaele, Karisa, Debra, and Jane (DVC villa, full)
    14. Lisa D. and Cindy (full)
    15. Theresa, Angie and Beth (full)
    16. Vicki L.?
    17. Heather S., Emmalee, Ruth, and Shannon (full)
    18. Patty N. (full)

    ~ Other hotels ~
    1. January, her mother and daughter (Disneyland Hotel)
    2. AmySue, Stacie F., Steph, and Cristabel (Park Vue)
    3. Trudi and Sarah
  8. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    In keeping with our trip theme, The Wonderful World of Divas, the M&G committee would like to announce the theme for our 2015 M&G: Disney's World of Color-ful Divas!


    When: Thursday, February 26th, at 6:00pm
    Where: Paradise Pier Hotel
    Cost: $67
    Payment Due: (sign-ups are complete)

    Come and be a part of our signature event! Relax with a drink, mingle with friends (lots of mingling time this year), get to know new Divas, fabulous food, games/prizes, and enjoy some fundraising fun provided by our lovely Fundraising Committee!

    What should you wear? Come dressed wearing your favorite color from head to toe of course! Yes, you read that right...come wearing just one, single color! (All red, or all blue, or all purple, or all orange, ect.) You can dress up, dress casual, or dress crazy. The only rule is everything you wear needs to be the same, single color. The top three best dressed will win a prize!

  9. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    Announcing the 2015 Scavenger Hunt theme... Divas' Carousel of Color!


    *****Scavenger Hunt*****

    Here are our 2015 teams:
    Team 1: Stacie B., Vicki, Tina, and Donna

    The Little Black Rain Clouds: Catrina, Alison, Kandace, and Mary Jo

    Color Me Calcutta: Stacie F., Amy, Cristabel, and Stephanie

    A Wonderland of Color: Nancy, Nancy, Cindy, and Lisa D.

    Mine! Mine! Mine! Gull Girls: Bernice, Alison, Brenda, and Maureen

    Sugar Rush Speed Divas: Jen H., Cynthia, Nicole, and Katie

    Kaleidoscope of Krazy: Karisa, Vanessa, Angie, and Shannon

    Rainbow Skittles: Terresa, Dana, Sheila, and Jen G.

    The Diva-tectives: Heather, Emmalee, Monica, and Shel

    Oozma Kapaa: Allison, Jennifer, and Julie

    Team 11: Tracey R., and her three family members

    The Lollipop Kids: Laurie, Michele, Kacy, and Kody

    Team 13: RoseAnn, DeeDee, Lisa G., and Ruth

    Once Upon a DisDiva! (our 2014 theme)

    Hunt prizes were awarded to:

    Best Costumes: Pixie Pirates
    Best Name: Tweedles
    1st Place - Villainous Divas of Storybrook
    2nd Place - <---They Went That Away--->
    3rd place - Make it Blue
    11th Place - Ali Baba Runners
    And to Kandace and Beth for guessing the hunt theme.












  10. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    *****Meal Sign-ups******
    Sorry - All sign-ups are completed at this time.
  11. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1




    Fun times with the Divas:


    ~ Photos from our Very Merry Un-Christmas themed Meet and Greet party ~


    ~ Memorable moments over the years ~
  12. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    (If you're photo is not in any of the below posts and you'd like to have it shown here, just post one on the thread, or send it to me in a PM and I will be happy to add it. If your photo is here, but you'd like a different or updated one, you can also either post it or send it to me, and I will change it. Thanks!)

    DisneyStitch626 - Andrea

    cccdisney - Becci

    funnygarcia - Bernice

    mommaU4 - Beth

    sierranevada - Bridget

    Mary Jo - Mary Jo and disney-super-mom - Capri

    karylrocks - Carol

    toocherie - Cheryl

    Califgirl - Chris

    disney-inspired - Cristabel

    Belle1997 - Ruth and starshipdelphi - Cynthia

    jordansmomma - Debra

    Sheila and her daughter deesquared - Dianna

    Daisy_77 - January

    grizbuzz - Jen

    MrsPinUp - Jen

    Belle Ella - Jessica

    4Fosterkids - Jill

    JodiLuvsDisney - Jodi

    kandyk - Kandace

    MamaKate - Katie

    ten6mom - Karisa

    tkitty - Tami and her daughter Lckykittie - Jennifer

    Disney_Princess09 - Vanessa

  13. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    cittycat - Catrina and her daughter Alison

    lulubelle - Linda and her daughter lulubellesDD - Brianne

    LisaCat - Lisa

    Becky (Mel's DD), Linda (Sarah's mom), Jamie (Sarah's sister), Sarah (Mel's DIL), Kaitlyn (Mel's DD), Melody - tinkermell, Tiffany (Mel's DIL)

    Zoemakes5 - Michelle

    Alex2kMommy - Michelle

    pixidustmom - Michele

    groovygirl927 - Monica

    eatmypixiedust - Rochelle

    sahbushka - SarahMay

    VintageDisneyRules - Trudi and her daughter MotoXPrincess99 - Sarah

    grumpyvet - AmySue and Stacerita - Stacie

    CoMickey - Vicki and stacielee - Stacie

    21yankees - Steph

    Wendy - wendypooh22 and TTLee - Tammy

    Donna and her daughter BillyFan - Tina

    Wendylady36 - Wendy

    NancyGem - Nancy and NorCalGal - Cindy

    disneydiane61 - Diane

    PixieDustD - Dee Dee

    starsnowgirl - Tina

    dec2009mama - Jennifer

    Kelmac284 - Kelly and her mom Rosemarie

  14. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    sameyeyam - Alison

    BC Disney Lover - Angie

    smile4stamps - Paula and AnjieNet - Anjie

    prettyprincessbelle - Courtney and her mom Felecia

    Dangermouse - Callie and her mom Jane

    QueenDoOver - Tracey

    cheshiregirl - Jane

    Queenbillabong - Theresa

    CamoMama - Heather

    nwdisgal - Pam and VillainLover - Nicole

    Linda and her daughter Allison

    Grumpy Grandma - Linda and her daughter Jessica

    Tiggerholic - Lyn

    rtfelt - RoseAnn

    Escape2Disney - Carrie
  15. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    "I've found that true Disney Magic happens not necessarily in the park or for some special event......it's about the people you are with!" Words of wisdom spoken by a true Diva.

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  16. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    Annual Pass
    Baby powder
    Bath puff
    Body lotion
    Body spray
    Body wash
    Camera/memory card
    Camera back up batteries
    Cell phone
    Chargers: music player, camera, phone, etc.
    Clothing (coordinate shirts with daily schedule of what to wear and when, and don't forget your pants, lol)
    Contact lenses/case/solution
    Credit cards/ATM card
    Curlers/curling iron
    Dental floss
    Downey wrinkle releaser
    Drivers license/passport
    Earplugs for those with snoring roommates
    Envelopes for maid's tips
    Exchange gift & packaging
    Extra suitcase for souvenirs
    Face cleansing cloths/make-up remover pads
    First aid kit (band-aids, antibiotic cream, hydrogen peroxide)
    Gloves/hat for cold evenings
    Hair Dryer
    Hair spray
    Hand sanitizer
    Hangers (there's never enough in hotel rooms)
    Important papers: flight info, hotel info, transportation info, trip notes, etc.
    Lysol spray (travel size) or wipes for germy hotel rooms
    Make-up bag
    Medicine (airborne, vitamins, aspirin/tylenol, immodium, pepto, cough drops, nyquil/dayquil, antacids, personal prescriptions)
    Meet and Greet costume/accessories
    Mini flashlight
    Music player and earphones
    Nail clippers and file
    Park accessories (pins for trading, Mickey ears, etc)
    Permanent marker
    Pillow (small blanket too if you don't like hotel bedding or for plane travel)
    Ponytail holders/hair clips
    Power strip (especially for those with several roommates)
    Purse/wallet/backpack/tote/fanny pack
    Q-tips/cotton balls
    Rain poncho for water rides
    Room deodorizer for hotel bathroom (your roomies will thank you!)
    Room supplies: Water, Drinks, Snacks, etc.
    Scavenger Hunt team accessories/supplies
    Sense of humor and adventure!!!
    "Shark Week" supplies if needed
    Shaving cream
    Sign for hotel room door and tape to secure it
    Static guard
    Sticky notes
    Swimsuit for late night jacuzzi runs
    Trash bag for dirty laundry
    Vaseline (for lips/hands in dry hotel rooms)
    Water bottle (reusable)
    Wet Ones hand wipes
    Ziplock baggies

  17. disney-super-mom

    disney-super-mom <font color=magenta>I make a mean pot of Jazz Kitc

    Wow, another new Diva trip thread! LOVE IT! :yay:
  18. mommaU4

    mommaU4 <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/hl1

    Yep, shiny and new with that new thread smell! And, you are first! :thumbsup2
  19. sierranevada

    sierranevada DISDiva

    I'm ready for the next trip!! :cool1:
  20. MotoXPrincess99

    MotoXPrincess99 <font color=darkorchid>Yep, mine is new too<br><fo

    Whoo hoo! Lucky number seven! And I haven't missed a trip yet!

    Sent from my iPhone using DISBoards
  21. Stacerita

    Stacerita New Member

    A thread already? I better get to unpacking then.

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