I think we ate at every character meal.. TRIP REPORT w/pics! FINISHED!!!!!!!

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  1. that's nice

    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    This is my 1st trip report.. so I hope someone out there decides to read. We were in Disney from 3/1-3/8 but our trip started on Friday 2/27...... I guess before I start I should let you know the cast. It was ME Tim 31, my DW Melody 32 & our DD2 (2yrs and 352 days her birthday is 3/11)

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    Some background.....

    For years Melody wanted to goto Disney. I was always like 'we'll go someday'. I never really had an interest to goto Disney. Growing up I saw a lot Disney movies mostly because I have a sister who was a little younger than me. But I really felt I would rather vacation in other places. We've been on 2 cruises, Florida, Islands, Hawaii, etc. So we have traveled together.

    We got married in September 2004 and in March of 2006 Juliana was born. It was the happiest day of my life and was the first time I ever cried tears of joy. We love being parents and Juliana had a normal first year of life. She was sick 1 time in her 1st year. Well at her 1 year check up the doctor felt what she though was an enlarged spleen. Being that Juliana was sick just 1 week before her appointment, the doctor wanted us to come back in 2 weeks. We went back for another check up and the doctor still felt what she thought was an enlarged spleen. She sent us to the hospital to get blood-work done and an ultrasound. Before the blood-work was even done, while they were doing the ultrasound they saw something that wasn't right. The hospital sent us back to the pediatricians office... during the short drive back there we knew something was wrong. We got to the office and they escorted us to her small office room. She sent us directly to a children's hospital. Well to make a long story short, our daughter was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumor in her kidney. This form of cancer effects 500 kids yearly in the US. She had to have surgery to remove the tumor and her kidney as well. Juliana spent over 1 1/2 weeks in the hospital and had to have chemo for 5 months.

    She is a tough little girl who has been through a lot. She still gets random fevers that she has to goto the ER for. But her CAT scans, X-Rays, and Ultrasounds show no cancer.

    Fast-forward to March of 2008.... This was our 1st disney trip. We stayed off site at the Sheraton Vistana. We went with our friends who have 2 young kids around Juliana's age. We were so excited for this trip because of Juliana's diagnosis and treatment we couldn't go anywhere and had stay close to the hospital. We went to magic kingdom the 1st day and when she saw Cinderella's Castle she was in awe. I'll never forget the look and how excited she was. That was the day when I was hooked on disney as well.

    Waiting for our 1st boat ride over to the Magic Kingdom.
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    1st time on Main St.
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    Well i'll be continuing this report with plenty of pics.... Next stop the day before we leave!!!!!!:cool1: Or how this trip came about..........
     
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  3. that's nice

    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    Can't wait to hear about the character meals!!!! We love them too, and did lots on our October trip. Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

    Your daughter is beautiful. What an ordeal your family has been through. So glad to hear that she is doing better. And how much more special it must have made your first trip to WDW. I would bet you cried lots of tears of joy on this trip.
     
  5. KatMark

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    Here I am...can't wait to read more. You have a beautiful family. :goodvibes
     
  6. alice99

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIANA!!!
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    I just showed Juliana your post.. She loves all the dancing smilies:cool1: ..

    OK i guess its time to start typing the next part of this report.:scared1:
     
  8. 1stTimeDisneyer

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    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day!
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    For the March 2008 trip, we bought 8 day non-expiring passes and only used 4 days, so we planned a short trip in October 2008 for 5 days. We did a time share presentation at Silver Lake Resort. We sat through the talk... 2 1/2 hours later we were walking out with 2 one day passes to Disney. And without buying anything. (They make it sound so good).

    Now on our first trip we got to visit Melody's grandmother who lives in the Sarasota area. We never get to see them and on the October trip we didn't have enough time. She felt bad that we didn't visit so she kept talking about going to see them.

    Well in November I started seeing the buy 4 get 3 free promo for Disney. I kept thinking about it and I for Christmas I surprised them with a trip to DISNEY!:banana: There was a package under the tree addressed to all of us from Santa. There was a note in it:

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    There was also our ressie info, t-shirts that I made (thanks DISigners), and the 2009 unofficial guidde to disney.

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    I signed up on the Disney website for the call on Christmas morning. They opened the package at 8:30 and at 8:40 Mickey called to talk to Juliana and to tell her that he was waiting for us. Well the first call disconnected and I was kinda bumed. About 10 minutes later it rang again. IT WAS MICKEY!:yay: And Juliana got to talk to him.

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    Now that I got all of this out of the way.... Next update... They day before we leave!
     
  10. tiggerlvr

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    Love your report so far! And love the pics. Your daughter is beautiful! :cutie:
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  11. Disneychix

    Disneychix When you wish upon a star...

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    What a great Dh and DF you are!!! We just got back from CSR too. It's my new favorite place!!!

    Can't wait for more... :)
     
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    wow- Great report so far. We are going in 7 weeks!! Your daughter is beautiful. I cant believe all she has had to go through already in her little life.
     
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    What a fun trip report! I can't wait to see all the pictures! What a great dad you are.. bet you get a lot of extra points that Christmas! :santa:
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    Thanks! I can see that this is gonna be alot of work.

    We loved CSR. I wish we had more time to enjoy it.. You'll see what i'm talking about once I get going.:lmao:

    She has been through a lot but she is a strong little girl. I know this is cliche but you don't think about certain things until they happen to you or someone close to you. You hear about CANCER in the news, papers, TV shows, and just people talking about it. But it never hits you or the severity of it until it hits close to home. It has really opened our eyes to the struggles of people around us.
     
  15. MushuGirl06

    MushuGirl06 If you can dream it, you can do it! -Walt Disney

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIANA :tinker:
    I hope you got everything you wished for

    and love the TR definatley subscribingg cant wait for the next installment!
     
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    :bday: :bday: Happy Birthday Juliana!!!! :mickeyjum :mickeyjum :mickeyjum :mickeyjum

    I am already loving your TR! Your daughter is beautiful, I can't wait to hear all about your trip.
     
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    Happy Birthday Julianna!

    and a good day to Tim and Melody, too!
     
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    Happy, happy birthday precious Juliana!

    :bday: :cake: party:
     
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    What a blessing your wee one is..she is so beautiful....
    Happy Birthday little one :)
     
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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    After I booked the trip, I was researching on the DIS day in and day out trying to learn everything there was to know about disney. The parks, the restaurants, the busses, and the resorts. I had our resort already picked CSR thanks to Buzz & Kathy's pages and knowledge! But i wanted this trip to be perfect.

    I found DISboards after we came back from our 1st trip last March. I was a long time lurker. I finally started posting and have met some very nice people. I signed Juliana to be on the fairy godmother list. (Thank you fairy-godmother:) )Juliana received the cutest Cinderella card. I have seen some really cool count down calendars on here but i'm not all that crafty. So we had our calendar on our fridge that Juliana wanted to X out. So here are a few pics the night before we left.:cool1: After she saw me doing it for a few weeks, Juliana wanted to be the one doing the X's. If you look closely you can see the ones she did.

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    that's nice DIS Dad #330

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    So FINALLY Friday February 27 had arrived!!!! Melody and I were up at 5:20 AM getting the last few things in the suitcases. We woke up Juliana at 5:45 it was still dark out. She asked us why we were waking her up at night. We said it was time to go and she was so excited!!!:cool1: :cool1:

    We drove with my mom to the airport and got on the plane. The whole process was very easy. The plane was on time and they actually said our flight was going to be landing 45 minutes early.

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    We were flying into Tampa then driving to Bradenton for the first part of our trip. When we got out side it was 80 degrees!!!!! Coming from the cold of Connecticut it felt so good. We rented a car from Alamo using priceline. We got a good price of $230 total for the 10 days. We took a shuttle from the airport to the car, which was very easy. Got the car, packed it up, and were on our way.

    We arrived in Bradenton about 2pm. Melody's grandparents were so glad to see us. They couldn't believe how big Juliana got.

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    We went out back to pick some oranges.

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    They were sooooo good.

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    We had a great dinner of Cavatelli, shrimp, clams, and broccoli. We went to check into our hotel and get ready to spend the whole day with Mel's grandparents.
     

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