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Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by cheekypoppins, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. cheekypoppins

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    Hey Everyone,I wanted to start this out with a pic of my trip journal(like in the last TR)but,I figured since there's plenty of room left in that same book for more Tr i'd make a title page instead.I found this perfectly appropriate quote from Alice In Wonderland.

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    My girls had mentioned that they wanted solo bday trips with mommy and originally I was supposed to be taking my oldest DD as a late bday in January,but she lost that due to behaviour issues,yep I know I'm mean ohwell!!!She now gets a chance to earn it back ,in the meantime I'm taking the youngest DD for her bday and mine during time that fits right in between the 2.she is now 7 but will be 8 at the time :( I knew I wanted to plan it ,but didn't know when and to be honest I didn't really take it seriously .....that is until about 210 days out when I went shopping over the border and found star wars material (this past trip[ we did star tours for the first time-a few times and she fell in love with it)

    All that being said at 205 days out we booked our flights at an amazing rate(the cheapest i've ever found) and because I had flight credits to use ,they became so cheap that its as though 1 of us flies for free.203 days out I booked the trip portion.It's a short trip while the oldest DD will be home with daddy and I'm afraid to leave too long(thinking about how she'll be dressed for school frightens me to no end)So just me n Hailey aka "H" or whatever else i feel like calling her at the time and Me Carrie :D

    Here's a pic from our last trip while riding expedition everest

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    This is going to be my cheapest trip ever and thats without any discounts yet,we're staying at AOA in an ariel room for 3 nights.

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    with no set plan for dining yet.We have until November 20th to decide that.I'm also very happy to say that I will again be seeing some of my fave magic ladies.If anyone has any non buffet dining suggestions please don't hesitate to share those with me.At this time I'm not doing the DDP because out of pocket when I can share meals with H is cheaper and just better for us(we eat smaller meals more often throughout the day,we're snackers really)
     
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  3. oopsiDAISY

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    First one on board, YAY!!!! :woohoo: This is going to be fun little trip for you and your girl! princess:
     
  4. cheekypoppins

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    sittin here trying to compile a list for Dining ,usually i have to shorten it but this time i just can't think of any HEEEELLLLPPPP
     
  5. cheekypoppins

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    you bet n when I go with the other one in october that will be too :D
     
  6. oopsiDAISY

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    Hey Cheeky, are you still around? Haven't seen you on here or chatted you on FB lately...
     
  7. cheekypoppins

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    November 20th i can book dining so wish me luck with that because as of this moment the only thing I know for sure is that I want to book chef Mickey's for dinner on the 27th



    OKay so it's official I'm a disney ditz LOL I called yesterday to maker reservations ,because the last rep i spoke to said to call on the 20th well it turns out she miscalculated and I never bothered to second guess her so I couldn't make adrs because it's not time yet.7 days to go yet so please if you have suggestions let mne know .

    Okay so it's been a bit but I've been Christmas Shopping Teehee and Finally figured out the line up for May 27th-30th,but first everyone cross ur fingers!!!!! i spoke with my Florida fam and they might be joining me for some of the trip,so that would be an added bonus and i'm really hoping it can happen.

    OKay so I made my adr's (on the actual day that i was supposed to this time lol) and they are as follows.....

    May 27th- Chef Mickey's with @Fashionista007 and her hubby YAY for finally meeting :D
    May 28th-Be Our Guest(I've been avoiding pics on purpose so it's a total surprise when I walk through the door,and being that it's one of my fave Disney movies,i'm bound to fall in love)
    May 29th-O'hana breakfast and .....drum roll please........tepan edo for dinner upon the request of some of my fave Disney Ladies so thanks for that.

    I will be leaving on the 30th to come back home :( It's just a short birthday trip though and I know i'll go again sometime.i'm actually getting a park hopper this time so that should be an interesting experience for us,and i just might be crazy enough to attempt all 4 parks in one day.I'll be updating here n there with more detailed plans.See ya real soon!!!
     
  8. cheekypoppins

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    Hey yeah I've been all over the place ugh real life LOL buit I'm around yes :D and it's been too long we need to chat soon :thumbsup2
     
  9. cheekypoppins

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    OKay so alot of time has passed and I started thinking more and more about the trip and I decided that rather than book too many table service meals I'd rather spend the $ on something that my youngest DD hasn't done yet so I kept my ressies for Chef Mickey's(yay shelley ) and O'hana but cancelled the others,I realise Be Our Guest may not be the same done as a counter service but I'm gonna try it out.I love the idea of tepan edo and although I was really getting excited for that I opted of it too.
    So if you're wondering why the sudden changes well,..........my oldest did THe BBB full package when she was 3,and my youngest never has so I decided since this is a special trip b day trip[ that I'd rather do that for her than a few table srevice meals.I realise its not the same cost wise but i had to cut somewhere and since the only instruction I got from her was "for my birfday i wanna see pluto" I wasn't willing to cut out O'hana or Chef Mickeys.
    Something else I should add is that we might be staying in Buffalo once again the night before,because DD 10 has informed me that while she loves me very much shes not willing to wake up early with Daddy to drive us to the airport,so she can manage missing me for 1 more night :( they're not supposed to say these these things to mommy WAHHHHHHHHHHHHH ok ok I get it she's growing up ,but no one said I have to like it right?
    146 Days to go!!!!!
     
  10. cheekypoppins

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    Okay so I had to make the update quick yesterday but now I have more time to fill you all in on whats been going on or what will be anyways.........Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and so i've been busy helping Santa and plus we finally got snow HOORAY!!!!!!!!!

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    and as part of the girls christmas gift,we bought the girls tickets to Phineas and ferb live,my pics aren't great because i forgot my cam n just had my crummy phone so ure just gonna have to deal kay :D

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    ugh!!! and someone cut their own bangs again lucky for me 145 days is more than enpough time for them to grow in for Disney pics :D ( cross ur fingers that this doesn't happen again)

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    and.....this might not be the best pic but it kinda gets the atmosphere so i kept it

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    the show was just okay nothing great,I know its meant for the kids but I was pretty disappointed,I know Disney can do better,besides alot of the stuff aimed at kids is still amusing for big kids but this just wasn't for me.The good part is that we also went to my fave mall that day(it has a Disney store,my town doesn't) we had lunch went to the Disney store and went to Claires.

    My purchases for the day.......Pirate earrings and rock n rollercoaster earrings

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    oh and I got 2 new shirts at the Disney store

    Peter Pan

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    and Bambi

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    okay so thats whats been goin on and as for the trip...I mentioned I changed my dining and added BBB for the princess H well so heres the plan....

    May 27th-ARRIVE ALIVE!!!! ( tell me you've seen those commercials?) go check-in and then head to AK until lunch,hop over to MGM(yeah uh huh I said it) and hang there until its time for our ADR at Chef Mickey's.Then it's resort n swim time.(glow cubes are a kids or parents bestfriend)

    May28th-DTD BBB then Epcot,lunch @ beaches n Cream.epcot again until whenever n then hop over to MK.

    May29th-Breakfast aka "Birfday Bash"@O'hana n the morning in MK then switch to Epcot later on.

    May 30th-I imagine DME will be picking us up at around 10 am so we'll most likely get up have breakfast n hit the road :(
     
  11. oopsiDAISY

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    Can I just say that I am SO jealous that you get to make TWO trips this year??? :rolleyes1

    Your plans look great! Gonna be a very busy four days! :banana:
     
  12. cheekypoppins

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    oh hey you:D yes 2 trips but they r both only 3 nights ,so it's not that cool really
     
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    OKay so knowing that a disney trip is coming up means making certain shopping trips for that adventure,and since we're not doing the dining plan this time(it's cheaper for me to share food with H )I would definitely have to buy more than the usual snacks to take.I usually like to pick things up here n there when I can rather than all in one trip...that being said H and I got quite a bit accomplished on Friday.WE even took a special guest with us for this shopping adventure.

    Here is Hailey and her doll emma waiting for the bus

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    Our first order of business had nothing to do with Disney at all though,i had told her that if she kept her room clean all week that she could earn$5 to buy something for her doll(there are certain chores the kids have to do just because they do but when I need leverage I use it,and i'd been having a hard time recently getting her to do her share)She kept her room clean plus offered to help put away groceries so we where in search of something for the doll.I already knew what it was gonna be because h had informed me a few days earlier that emma was having a hard time seeing and she thought she might need reading glasses.H found a pair to try on too(the doll glasses are in her hand)

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    so emma and glasses in tow we set off in search of things to amuse Miss h on the plane and heres what we found......

    colouring sets(1$ each)

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    and these magnet dress up sets that were 5$ each

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    after that we ventured over to the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner that(I made shrimp alfredo if you wanted to know)and we decided to get some snacks for the trip here's our stash so far

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    it was a good little shopping day,but don't you worry there will be more of them later on,and i'll be back to fill you in on them too :D
     
  14. oopsiDAISY

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    Ah, Charity got one of those dolls for Christmas. She named her baby Angel. :goodvibes We have already made a trip to the store to get another outfit for Angel. She wanted to get glasses for her too (since Charity wears glasses), but she didn't like the ones they had there, so she will probably save her $$ up to order the brand name glasses that cost SO MUCH MORE! :sad2:

    Your snacks look like what we take too...cereal and fiber bars for breakfast, gummies to stick in our park bags for later. :thumbsup2
     
  15. cheekypoppins

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    ummm yeah I need to update my snack pic I've made some minor (MWAHAHAHA) added purchases :hyper:
     
  16. oopsiDAISY

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    Are you coming back over here any time soon??? :confused3
     
  17. cheekypoppins

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    OKay so I've been away again for a while but I'm back in to tell you all the latest,it's sure been busy around here with getting stuff ready for Disney and doing probably more shopping than I'd like to admit and I've been taking Hailey to countless appointments to try and get to the bottom of her seizure disorder,but it seems like everytime we go to another appointment we leave with more questions than answers.I've also been going to some appointmnents of my own with a possible surgery to follow.

    when Hailey went for bloodwork they made her a cotton ball bunny n I thought it was super cute

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    and since she was so brave and did so well we went out for lunch n treats together

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    My snack pile that i posted on here has gotten rather large and i defintely went a little overboard but with that I have some news......The manager of the property here has decided to come to Disney aswell and shes bringing her mother n 2 daughters(its sort of a trial run for her before she goes with her kids n hubby on their own)So ofcourse I will be touring them around a bit in between meeting some of fave Disney ladies(you know who you are).
    I wanted to make sure that I had enough snacks so that if I have any guests at the resort I'd have something to offer them while they visit.

    current snack pile pic (updated version lol)

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    also whenever i go to Disney I like to make up little goodie bags for my kids with different things they can use on the trip,travel sized toiletries and different gadgets to entertain them in long lines or on the airplane.I also usually will put a few snacks in these bags for park days so that they don't always have to ask me to retrieve these items out of my bag.So you'll see from time to time some pics of things I bought for the trip mixed with those items too,and i recently ordered Ariel themed birthday banner and streamers to decorate the room when H falls asleep on the first night.

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    I've got a friend on one of the forums that i frequent who does these disney themed movie nights with her family and it inspired me to want to do the same however mine didnt go so well,you see we had Lilo n stitch on Netflix when I was in the planning stages of it and that was the movie we were supposed to watch so I made kabobs of asian seasoned chicken and pineapple,and pulled pork sandwhiches on dinner buns and that was great I aslo made a hawaiian cake for my friends daughter since it was her birthday and we invited them along.Sadly though my netflix wasn't working that night...I even had hawaiian decorations.so here's what happened ,we watched Brave which was downloaded in our computer,ate the hawaiian themed food and then decided we'd through in candy decorated cookies to the mix to represent wreck it ralph so we did a mish mash night LOL,my camera battery died part way through n so here are the pics I did get.

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    Haileys cookie

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    Rileys cookie

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    and the other pics are on my friends phone so when /if I get those I'll post them here later on.This weekend I also had a guest from out of town that I was helping out with some things and that took up a good chunk of my time .I can't recall if I mentioned it or not but I had made BBB res for H n then she later told me she didn't want to do it because they hurt her hair the last time so we've since switched that to Pirates League yet again and she wants to do the mermaid package again,although i think this time i'll do her hair in 2 braids rather than having them do the twists because her hair is so baby fine that those twists just fall out and then this way the braids will stay put while they can still clip on the colour change flower.
    I have a busy few weeks coming up so I may be away for a small amount of time once again ,but when ever anything changes or i have updates you can bet I'll be back her to inform you as soon as i can :D
     
  18. oopsiDAISY

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    Wow! You have enough snacks to feed all the families at your resort! :rotfl2: Poor Haleigh getting all the poking and prodding from the doctors with no progress in her health! :sick: I sure hope those doctors can get things figured out and get her all situated before her trip... :wizard:

    Love your movie night pictures!! When can I show up for dinner? That food looks so delicious! :rolleyes1 Our next one is going to be just kind of "meh" on the food. It is food that will fit the theme, but not really exciting for the taste buds. There are a few movies in the "bucket" that we draw from that have REALLY good food to go with them. Every month when we draw for a new one I keep hoping for those to be drawn...no such luck so far. :sad2: But they have to be drawn eventually. Gives me something to look forward to, right? :thumbsup2
     
  19. cheekypoppins

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    we've decided that we will do alice in wonderland on a saturday afternoon and have a tea party with no fear of any Netflix issues LOL a store near me has the DVD marked down to 10$ so I'm gonna pick it up n then most likely do cookie cutter sandwhiches and cupcakes easy but fun .both my girls have alice dresses to wear aswell.
     
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    Look at all those snacks!!! They are making me hungry :goodvibes

    Poor Hailey, having to go through all that- but what a cute bunny they made.

    Your treat bags look like they will be fantastic!
     
  21. cheekypoppins

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    Aew thanks yeah unfortunately for Hailey she will still have a long time of dr visits to come :( poor kid!!! I'm really hoping my decorations come in the mail soon so I can take a pic of those to post here too.
     

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