Disney Like it Used to be...And Like it's Never Been Before! Feb. '12 PTR! TR LINK!

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  1. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

    SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE DIS Veteran

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    Hello, and welcome to my February 2012 PTR! My name is Courtney, and I am so excited to share another planning experience with you all! If you are new to my reports, thank you so much for joining in! If you’re one of my old DIS friends and are joining me again, it’s good to see you here! If you’d like to catch up on any of my previous reports, I have links to all of them in my signature. If you’ve read any of them, then you will know that I am an obsessive planner. I try to think about every last detail, I love lists, I make spreadsheets for everything and I pretty much over-think every decision that I possibly can. And of course, I love to share all of that craziness with you!

    And so you can put a face to a name…
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    I have pretty much grown up with Disney, and have loved it since before I can remember. There is nowhere that makes me happier than Disney, and there is no other moment that makes me more excited than driving under the welcome sign at the start of a vacation. As I mentioned, I am pretty OCD when it comes to planning and am your typical type A personality. I’m not a commando park-goer, but I do love a good touring strategy! Even though I’ve been to Disney numerous times, I love finding new things to do and explore. I am a former ride wimp, but I’ve recently broadened my horizons…

    Which brings me to my next introduction, the other star of my reports, my husband Miguel.
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    Miguel and I just got married this past June and we had a wonderful honeymoon at the Poly! Disney has been such a huge part of our relationship. It is the first place that we vacationed together, the place we went right after we got engaged and where we spent our first days as husband and wife. Miguel only came to know and love Disney recently, and he is completely different than me when it comes to touring. He’s a go with the flow type of guy and is a big thrill seeker. Somehow, we make it work and we have an absolute blast together.
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    So, I guess I should explain my title and what exactly I mean by Disney like it used to be, and like its never been before…

    As I mentioned, I’ve been going to Disney my whole life! My grandfather had some awesome work connections that often got us free tickets and my dad has lived in Tampa (just an hour from Orlando) since before I can remember. We always went to Disney at least once, sometimes twice a year when I was younger. For me, Disney started out as a place for family vacations. A place where I got to spend time with my father and grandparents and see them bring our their inner child! Together we probably took at least 10 trips, and this February, we will be taking one more!

    That’s right, this is a family vacation!!!

    Which is also why this is going to be Disney like its never been before. Miguel and I have always traveled to Disney just the two of us. It’s really become “our place”, and we have a certain way that we like to vacation. We’ve got our park touring down to a science, we know what attractions we will and won’t do and Miguel knows that he can’t take a bite of food on Disney property without me taking a picture first! Sharing our place with other people and adjusting to everyone else’s preferences is going to be a bit of a challenge I’m sure, but we are both so excited to re-introduce them to Disney.

    So, who is rounding out the cast on this trip?

    First, my wonderful grandparents, Barbara and Jerry.
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    Years back my father bought the house next door to my grandparents as an investment, and nearly four years ago I moved in, so my grandparents are our neighbors! We love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. I spend a lot of time with my grandparents. They are on the younger side (my grandmother is often mistaken for my mother) and they love to go, go, go! We got out to dinner together at least once a week and my grandmother and I have to have at least one shopping day each weekend. They are way more energetic than I am!
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    Next up, my father Jeff.
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    My father is an amazing dad, and we have a great time together. We are so much alike! He loves to travel, and he is always the one in charge and making the plans, so this is going to be a different kind of vacation for him, and he says he couldn’t be more excited. Even though my dad lives only an hour away from Disney, he never goes and the last time he was there was when I was a little kid! I can’t wait to show him a more adult side of the world.

    Finally there's Mike, who is like a second father to me and a true member of our family. Mike is my dad’s business partner (they co-own a real estate company). Mike has been around since I was really young and because he was never close to his family, he has always spent holidays and special occasions with ours. He lives in Tampa as well, so since Disney is so close he’ll be along for the ride, too!
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    So there you have it – the cast of characters! I am so, so, so excited for this trip. I have been planning a family vacation to Disney in my mind for years now and I’m so glad we’re finally doing it. I can’t wait for them to experience all of our favorite attractions, eat at our favorite restaurants and just experience Disney in a whole new way. Of course, I’m also excited to plan for 6 people instead of two – it’s like three times the fun!

    My last PTR was started one year from our trip – this one is kicking off with less than two months to go, so that means I should be updating like crazy! It’s going to be lots of fun, and I’m ready to get started! I hope you’ll stick around, and let me know you’re here!

    Up Next: Can 6 people decide on a hotel???
     
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  3. SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE

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    Dream426 Love Disney!!

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    YAY!! I am joining in. I loved reading your other reports. Can't wait to hear more about your upcoming trip. :)
     
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    belle aube Earning My Ears

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    Yay! Your PTRs and TRs are so well written and a lot of fun to follow, so I'm excited for another!
     
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    kate14 Earning My Ears

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    Joining in! I loved your Disneymoon report, so I'm excited to read all about your next adventure!
     
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    ladytink75 Mouseketeer

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    Joining in... I just LOVED the Honeymoon TR so I can't wait to read all about your upcoming trip in Feb
     
  8. ariel1025

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    You know I'm here! I love reading about your preparations - you are so organized and give me so many ideas :thumbsup2
     
  9. Nermel9

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    I'm in, can't wait to read about your plans, sounds like it's gonna be a fun trip!! :)
     
  10. SweetMommy

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    Your honeymoon TR was the first I found of yours and I loved it so I'm definitely along for this PTR!
     
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    Joining in. Looking forward to hearing all about it! I enjoyed reading your Honeymoon TR. Thanks for sharing with us!
     
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    Joining in! Loved reading your honeymoon TR and can't wait to hear how the planning for this one goes.
     
  13. LutheranChick82

    LutheranChick82 I love Disney!

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    Joining in! I loved your Disneymoon TR and can't wait to read all about your family vacation!
     
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    popcorn:: joining in popcorn::
     
  15. CtinaDitty

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    First of all, that is EXACTLY my fiance and me! How funny!!

    I am so excited for your new PTR! I'm going to Disney in 8 days!! WOO! :cool1:
     
  16. Jennifer48

    Jennifer48 Not a Disney bride but engaged and honeymooned at

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    I'm heeeeeeeeeeeeere!

    I love your family dynamic. Sounds like this trip is going to be a blast! I guess we know where you get your trip planning skills from, dad!
     
  17. jenneth79

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    I'm in!:goodvibes

    Sounds like it's going to be an amazing trip, we're looking forward to enjoying February in Disney as well!
     
  18. disneybarbie

    disneybarbie Disney Princess

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    Subscribing! Looking forward to reading about your upcoming trip Courtney :goodvibes


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  19. reelmom

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    So sad that the Honeymoon trip report is over but looking forward to the family trip.
     
  20. xoktenox

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    Hey Courtney, I'm here!! I loved reading your Disneymoon TR and I'm really excited for this one. I'm so happy for you that you get to take another family vacation to WDW, I would love to be able to do that! :thumbsup2
     
  21. TinkerbellinNY6

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    I am following along too:goodvibes I am used to planning a trip for 2-4 people that have been to Disney everytime with me but my last trip in May I had to plan for 7 (4 of which had never been to Disney Before) So I know how you feel! I can't wait to see how you plan this trip!
     

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