Is it December Yet?? Cancelled with a Heavy Heart!

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by DizNee Luver, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Have you ever had a dream you figured would stay just that......a dream? I have....as I'm sure most of you have.

    I'm an Oregonian, born & raised......I took my first trip to Disneyland when I was 5 yrs old, I've been 9 times since that first trip. Do I remember much of that first trip?? Not really, a small memory of the Jungle Cruise & Dumbo but for the most part, it made for a deep sub-conscious love for the park. Disney music, movies, merchandise, etc has been a part of my life since the beginning. I wasn't able to share this love with my 3 sons until 2005 when they were 20, 18 & 16. I guess it wasn't too late, as they are now all very Disney-fied & fans like me. My family has grown to 7 kids & I have an awesome husband who all LOVE Disney.

    So that brings me back to my dream~~unrealized up to this point. I got the opportunity to see Disneyland this past December for the holidays.
    I L:love:VE Christmas time & putting 2 of my favorite things together was magical!! When I got home & shared my pictures with my hubby....he realized, he wanted to go for Christmas time in 2012 & share it with the kids. I agreed it would be an awesome time to go. So one evening, I sat down & priced it out. Motels down & back, 6 day parkhoppers, good neighbor motel across from the parks, rental van, gas, food, etc. With our family size of 8, it's not cheap. So for fun, I pulled up the WDW site & priced a trip for the same time, 8 day tickets with dining, resort motel, flight, rental van, gas, etc & found we could stay longer for about $1500 more! WHAT???? :eek: Are you kidding me, we could do our dream trip to WDW instead of going to DL for just a little more money??? Trust me, I priced it out a few times to make sure I wasn't mistaken........so after showing this information to my hubby, we agreed......WE'RE GOING TO DISNEYWORLD!!!!!!!! :yay:

    So, even though we're a long ways out.......as a newbie & known uber-planner.....it will take me the full 11 months to get our dream trip put together. I hope to get helpful tips from my readers & make some new friendships on this side of the boards. :flower3:

    We have booked 2 rooms at the Pop Century Resort for December 7-16th!!! Let the discussions & planning commence!!! :cool1:
     
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  3. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    The Travel Binder~~Page 4, POST 58
    The Travel Binder, addt'l pages~~Page 5, POST 72, Page 6, POST 78
    2005 DL Highlights~~Page 6,POST 90 , Page 7, POST 91
    Our Family~~Page 8, POST 116
    Change of Resorts from Pop to POFQ~~Page 11, POST 161
    2008 DL Highlights~~Page 14, POST 200
    Monster's Inc. Movie Night~~Page 20, POST 286, 287, 288
    Chicken Little Movie Night~~Page 21, POST 312, 314
    Disney College Program News~~Page 22, POST 328
    Dream Itinerary, Travel Day & Day One~~Page 25, POST 369
    Dream Itinerary, Day Two & Day Three~~Page 25, POST 370
    Dream Itinerary, Day Four & Day Five~~Page 25, POST 371
    Dream Itinerary, Day Six & Day Seven~~Page 25, POST 372
    Dream Itinerary, Day Eight & Travel Day~~Page 25, POST 373
    Updated Itinerary~~Page 31, POST 457
    Updated Itinerary with ADR's!!~~Page 47, POST 698
    Resort Hopping to see Decorations~~Page 48, POST 713
    All ADR's Set except the CP~~Page 49, POST 735
    2009 DL Highlights~~Page 51, POST 761, 762, 763
    Our Camp Experience with pics!!~~Page 62, POST 925, 928, 930, 936, 938, 940, 942, 944, 947
    Adjusted Itinerary~~Page 66, POST 978
    2010 Highlights, Day One~~Page 73, POST 1088
    2010 Highlights, Day Two~~Page 73, POST 1090, 1093
    2010 Highlights, Day Two~~Page 74, POST 1097
    2010 Highlights, Day Three~~Page 74, POST 1100, POST 1102, POST 1105
    2010 Highlights, Day Four~~Page 75, POST 1112, POST 1113
    2010 Highlights, Day Five~~Page 75, POST 1120
    2010 Highlights, Day Six~~Page 75, POST 1123
    2010 Highlights, Day Seven~~Page 76, POST 1133, POST 1134, POST 1135
    2010 Highlights, Day Eight~~Page 77, POST 1141, POST 1142, POST 1143
    2010 Highlights, Day Eight~~Page 77, POST 1146, POST 1148, POST 1150, POST 1151
    2010 Highlights, Day Nine~~Page 78, POST 1158, POST 1159, POST 1160, POST 1170
    2010 Highlights, Day Ten~~Page 79, POST 1171
    Some of my trading pins~~Page 80, POST 1187
    2010 Highlights, Day Ten~~Page 82, POST 1217
    2010 Highlights, Day Eleven~~Page 82, POST 1218
    2010 Highlights, Day Twelve~~Page 82, POST 1219
    2010 Highlights, PHOTOPASS~~Page 82, POST 1222
     
  4. sierranevada

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  5. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    :wave2: Hi Bridget!!
     
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    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    :wave2: Hi Michele!!
     
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    I'm here too!
     
  9. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    :wave2: Hi Sherry!!
     
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    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Let's meet the family!!

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    This was from our summer trip to Disneyland in 2010.....getting a picture of everyone proves to be difficult....luckily they will stop & humor me at the Photopass spots!!

    Back Row: Son~Tyler (turns 25 tomorrow), Me~Laurie (hitting the big 5-0 this fall), Hubby~Mike (already hit the big 5-0 this past fall), my MIL (not going on this trip), Son~Derek (22)

    Middle Row: Son-Nick (26 & not going on this trip...lives out of town with his fiance

    Front Row: Daughter~Shyann (4), Daughter~Adaleah (6), Son~Anthony (10) & Daughter~Michayla (4 & identical twin to Shyann)

    You're probably thinking, WOW.......4 yr old twins all the way up to 26yrs?? My hubby & I were foster parents for 8 yrs & during that time, we had 4 babies come into our home who became permanent members of our family. Nothing like starting completely over with parenting in our 40's........ we sure tire quicker!!

    The twins have a number of issues: genetic, mentally delayed & autism....so having the 2 older boys around sure helps!!

    Well now you've had a small introduction to the players......you'll get to know more about us over the next several months. :flower3:

     
  11. Happy 2 B Me

    Happy 2 B Me I have ears --just not Disney Ears.

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    Make it 4, I am here to. :cool1: You are going to have one fun time for sure. Alaska air has a red eye that leaves out of Seattle. If I remember correct I got to stars around 9-10 am. Room was ready so took a nap. I hit the parks all rested and happy to be at WDW. Happy planning.:surfweb:

    Patty
     
  12. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    :wave2: Hi Patty!!
     
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    We are also going this next december and have been foster parents and adopted from foster care. Our youngest is autistic along with some other issues, and our oldest is an adult (barely) So glad to be part of your trip planning!
     
  14. DisneyStitch626

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    I am here! Looking forward to following! :)
     
  15. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    :flower3: Welcome!!! Wow, we do have a bit in common.....will go look for your PTR!!


    :wave2: Hi Andrea!!
     
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    Laurie, may I ask how you got it so your tickers are not spaced apart? I can't seem to figure it out!
     
  17. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Just take out the spaces....I had to play with it to get them right.
     
  18. DisneyStitch626

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    I took out the spaces between each one, and it still left a space...hmm, maybe I will try again. Thanks! :goodvibes
     
  19. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    We've booked the Pop Century Resort for our trip!!

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    We chose this resort for a few reasons.......
    One~ being a Value Resort it helps with our budget & we really don't plan on spending tons of time in our rooms.....so we just need the basics.
    Two~ love the theming!!! It will be fun for all the different ages in our group. Really hoping to be near the Baloo statue as he's a favorite of mine!!

    We would have loved to been able to afford the new Disney Animation Resort....but it's just not in our budget to do so. I think we'll be more than happy with our decision of staying at the Pop!!



     
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    reading along...
     
  21. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    :flower3: Welcome!! I see you have a trip at the end of the year too!!!
     

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