Done Did Disney on a Dime (well...many dimes) LAH LAH's TR *Updated 3/17*

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  1. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    I missed them something fierce! The whole trip I said "I can never do this again, I won't leave them again, no way, no how!" 2 months back in the swing of things and I could see how a vacation could be beneficial. hahahahaha

    I forgot all about doing them. See what happens when you wait this long to do a trip report? :rotfl:
     
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  3. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    My Trip Nails


    Last trip I had intended to fancy up Elsa's and my nails, but ended up with a serious migraine before we left and it was easily forgotten. Well, this year I was feeling 100% so I knocked them out the day before we left. They were a hit wherever we went! The nails only lasted 2 days, but the piggies stayed strong!

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    UP NEXT: Our 1st Layover
     
  4. partyof2

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    Yipee you've started!
     
  5. littlezar

    littlezar DIS Veteran

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    Congrats Elsa!! High School soccer is in the spring here. I think my 15 yr old is planning to tryout this year. He's currently playing on an advanced team and I am so not looking forward to that 8AM game tomorrow morning! (Because of the chilliness, not the time! LOL!)

    Sounds like the little boys had lots of fun stuff planned! Sorry about the camera issues. I had my camera but realized at about 7 hours into the drive that I left the charger on my desk. :crazy2: We ended up stopping at a Costco before heading to the rental house and I bought a new camera.

    Cute pics ~ especially Michael's pic with the soda cup. I have a similar pic of my 15 & 17 yr olds! And, of course, I'm partial to the salute the troops pic!


    Cute nails!!
     
  6. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    Better late than never, I guess. Hahahahaha

    The boys had a total blast without us, Maegan is the best!
     
  7. alwayspooh

    alwayspooh Mouseketeer

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    I know that must have been so tough for you to leave the babies but at least they had some fun stuff planned to do. I know this didn't make up the fact that you were already missing them. I hope things got better for you once you were in the air and knew once you landed you would soon be at Disney! :thumbsup2

    I luv your pedi/mani! :thumbsup2

    Can't wait to hear about the next installment.
     
  8. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    Our 1st Layover


    We've never had a layover before, and I was a little nervous we might miss our connecting flight, or I might lose our boarding passes, or something that could cause us to never ever get to see Mickey Mouse again (more dramatics, I know). We landed with plenty of time to find our gate, I had our boarding passes securely tucked away in my bag, and no one can keep us from Mickey Mouse! I relaxed a bit and decided to take some pictures of the kids in this new (to us) airport. I was hoping that being in a new state would magically fix the camera.

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    I was wrong. It was just as blurry as ever :sad: On our way to our new gate, I pulled the kids into an electronics store and I found a nice looking camera that the guy behind the register allowed me to test out before making a decision. I took two pictures, one with the flash and one without:

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    They weren't blurry!!! I swallowed my "second-hand, only-bargain-shopping, search-for-the-best-deal" pride, and paid $200 for this camera. I thought it was a decent price considering I was purchasing electronics in an airport. We made it to our gate and settled in to wait for our next flight. Michael and Elsa went off to find a bathroom and I worked on learning the new camera. It was very straight forward and I got bored, so I did something I knew I shouldn't. I pulled out my computer, took advantage of the free wi-fi, and searched amazon for prices on the camera I just bought. A.knife.to.the.heart. :crazy2: This was last years model that had just been reduced from $300+ to $110. Ughhhh. I hate wasting money!!! But we must soldier on, and be thankful we have a fully functioning camera to document our trip with!

    Michael and Elsa came back and had to listen to me gripe about the money spent on the camera. They were gracious, but ended up telling me to get over it, so I tried.

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    Our wait time was over and we got to board again! I thought it would be nice to get another pic of them touching the outside of the plane while we were boarding, but the line started moving fast. I rushed the kids forward, and as I went to take the picture my carry-on tipped over and fell on the foot of the man behind us. Michael watched the whole thing and his face makes me laugh so hard!

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    Our final flight was uneventful and we were able to relax and enjoy the ride!

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    I don't think it will matter how many times I go to WDW, the excitement of landing in Orlando NEVER gets old. I want to scream and shout and make people move so we can run to Magical Express! :moped: We try to contain ourselves, but our excitement still seeps out!

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    We rushed to the "fake monorail" and then hopped on Magical Express in record time! We were one of the first on the bus so we had to wait a bit before we left, but that was ok! It gave Elsa and I a chance to eat the rest of her lunch that she took on 2 plane rides:

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    Pulling into POP just seems to amp up our excitement! :hyper: I was really hoping for a room in the 1960s, and had even called a few days before to request one, but all the planning didn't matter as they had us WAAAAAYYYY over in the 1990s. Not the end of the world, of course, but a disappointment when you have two kiddos hoping to be a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Hippy Dippy Pool. We thought it might not be that bad so we checked out our new room. It's a bit of a hike, to say the least.

    Michael and I needed to get on a bus and go to EPCOT to pick up our YES ticket package, as we had an early, early class in the morning. Elsa headed off to the pool while we were gone, and as soon as we returned from getting our park tickets, we ordered a pizza and while we waited for our number to be called, we inquired at the concierge desk to see if we might be able to move rooms. It amazes me how helpful they are. They didn't have a room for that night, but they said we could leave our suitcases by the door in the morning when we left for the parks, and they would move us to the 60's tomorrow! :cheer2: We were pretty excited!

    We ate our yummy pizza, watched the Olympics Prime Time and got a great nights sleep to be prepared for our day at EPCOT early in the morning!



    UP NEXT: EPCOT and the YES Program
     
  9. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    Oh boy, it was hard! Harder than I thought it would be. Thankfully they were in great capable hands, but still hard! :p

    Thanks about the nails :goodvibes
     
  10. TriniandBre

    TriniandBre Mouseketeer

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    I'm all caught up and wanted to say I'm here for the ride :drive: I can't wait to read more of your TR and find out the locations you ate and the prices that were paid. I'm all for a Disney trip on a dime lol. Your children are beautiful, my girls and I love your nails and no matter how many times we land in Orlando we get excited like it's the first time. :thumbsup2
     
  11. littlezar

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    Sounds like the trip is off to a fantastic start even though you had to replace the camera!
     
  12. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    Glad to have you here! :flower3: We only ate counter service, always our cheapest route!

    Thanks for joining in, and all your kind words :goodvibes

    Small price to pay to have a way to document it all!
     
  13. Curiouser&curiouser!

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    We always fly southwest as it is usually the cheapest for us. We haven't had any problems, but I do miss not having a personal TV!

    Glad you made it safely! Sorry to hear about the Camera issues. That is an annoying problem to have on vacation because you NEED to have something to capture the memories!
     
  14. HermanTriplets+1

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    Just read your last TR, too (better late than never!) - :cloud9:
    As a mom of 4 with an on-site partner, I can barely imagine how you handle 5!! You must have major energy, major patience, and major sense of humor! :woohoo:
    Looking forward to hearing more, and wondering when the little boys' :dance3:first trip might be?
     
  15. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    They are not our cheapest route, but with the bonus 50,000 points it covered our flights (minus the flying tax).

    I hate overpaying for things, but it was a small price to pay for a way to capture the memories!

    :hug: You are very sweet, but don't rush out to nominate me for sainthood or anything. :rotfl: I do the best I can, but it isn't always sunshine and roses. :)

    We are working on a game plan for bringing the boys to WDW. They are all drug and alcohol babies (breaks my heart) and the oldest has some serious behavior issues. We want to bring them, but not at the expense of everyone else. ;)

    Thanks for joining us for the long haul! :grouphug::grouphug:
     
  16. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    EPCOT and the YES Program


    Early mornings don't feel quite so early when you are at DISNEY! :goodvibes Elsa and I shared a bed and we found it is getting more and more difficult to sleep well under those circumstances, but I'd rather have a lousy nights sleep here than a great one at home! 6:45am was our wake-up call, and Elsa and I bounded out of bed to get showers done, breakfast eaten, and ready to make it for the 1st bus to EPCOT at 8am. Michael and Elsa were both scheduled to take YES classes at 8:30 and I was so afraid we were going to miss it and be charged the full price of the tickets that we got at such a great discount. :scared:

    We finally rolled Michael out of bed and were all ready and waiting at the bus stop by 7:50am. While standing there, pleased as punch that we were soooooooooooooooo not going to miss it, Michael decides there is no way he is going to be able to carry the DSLR around for his photography class and then the rest of the day.

    Hold it. What? You mean the DSLR I lugged all the way from home because you were sure you needed it? The one I bought a special neoprene protective sleeve for, just for this trip, because there was no way you could be without the DSLR for the class? The very camera I bought a new memory card for so I could have the point and shoot while you had the camera that you ABSOLUTELY had to have, and couldn't talk you out of even 3 days ago?!!!

    Yes, that camera. :headache:

    I tried to put on a smile, but gave Michael and Elsa direct instructions to run back to the room, hide it in our luggage that would be transferred to our new room sometime today, and to sprint back to the bus stop. There could be no walking or we would miss our bus. Off they went, and thankfully they returned just as the bus was pulling up. Lesson learned. Michael doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to what he HAS to have. I breathed a sigh of relief when that bus pulled out of POP with us in it. This is what I had worried about the most since signing up for YES. Finding our classes wasn't very hard. Out by ticketing were a lot of excited teens and preteens standing in circle groups waiting to see what was going to happen. Michael would be taking his Captivating Moments: Images with Impact class on his own, while I would accompany Elsa on her Making Waves with a Marine Career class. Elsa missed the age deadline by 2 weeks to be able to do this on her own, but I thought it would be fun to do this together!

    Michael headed out for his class with strict instructions to meet us at back at Spaceship Earth when he was done. After getting outfitted with little headset units, Elsa and I were ready to go through the gates with her class and head off to the aquarium. It was neat to be in the group with the headsets. Our director was able to quietly speak into her microphone and we all knew just where to go. When we got to Nemo and Friends, we had to hand over all of or belongings except for the headsets. They locked them up for us and assured us that no one would have access to it except for our director. I thought it was a bit lame to be camera-less, but I had NO idea how much behind the scenes we would be doing.

    3 hours later and I can tell you if you have the chance to participate in a YES class, DO IT! We really enjoyed it. We got to go behind the scenes and see where the manatees escape to, up above the aquariums to look straight down at the dolphins, back to see food prep for the animals and much, much more! The time just flew by. We chose to do the YES program to save $ and for the experience. After catching back up with Michael, they both decided they would want to do it again, even if it wasn't for money saving purposes. We peppered Michael with questions about what they did, what they learned, and how he liked it etc... and he could only answer one. He really liked it but couldn't tell us why or anything they did. :laughing:

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    We decided to ride Spaceship Earth before lunch, and enjoyed it like always!


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  17. Jennifer48

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    I had never heard of the YES program prior to reading your PTR. What an amazing experience for kids. Sounds like something to keep in mind if we ever have children. Thanks!
     
  18. majrn75

    majrn75 Earning My Ears

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    I am enjoying your report!! Love the mani pedi!!! The YES program sounds interesting, I have never heard of it before. I will look into it for our next trip. Looking forward to more.


    Melissa
     
  19. Holly324

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    We have looked into the YES program a bit. I homeschool, so we are really considering it for our next trip. Glad to hear you guys had a great time! The pictures turned out great! :)
     
  20. HelloMimi

    HelloMimi Earning My Ears

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    I'm a little late to the party, but I hope you don't mind if I join in!

    I read quite a few entries of your blog, and your family is unbelievably adorable! So much love, and such a great story! :lovestruc

    Thanks so much for sharing about the YES program! I'm hoping to take my two 15-year old sisters to DW in June, and I think they'd love taking one of those classes. The discount on tickets doesn't hurt either, ha!

    Can't wait to read more! :goodvibes
     
  21. littlezar

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    Tell Michael he took some really nice pictures!
     

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