Just 4 Days of Magic in May- is it possible? Update 4-29 W/PIX

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  1. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    Can you have a magical Disney experience in just four days? Is it possible? :scratchin: Yes it surely is! ::yes:: I've done it before and I'll do it again! :thumbsup2

    Arrival: May 5th.
    Departure: May 8th.

    Resort: OFFSITE! GASP!!!!!!!!!! :scared1: Best Western Lakeside

    Itinerary:
    5/5: Shopping, Pool, Character Meal, Fireworks on Poly Beach pixiedust:
    5/6: Magic Kingdom day w/DIS-meet :tinker:
    5/7: Blizzard Beach Waterpark :fish: , DtD w/Characters In Flight, Winter Summerland
    5/8: Cocoa Beach day :beach:

    Cast Members:
    Myself, Julia-32 yr old Medical Assistant in an internal medicine practice. :sick:
    DD, Rachael-Her 7th birthday is May 4th. THIS TRIP IS A SECRET! :tiptoe: :ssst:
    Amber-24, My favoritist girlfriend on the face of the earth :hug:


    Here's what it's gonna be like, :rotfl:roughly:


    Surprise Girls Trip 2010

    Stay Tuned- I love me some handy links! ::yes:: In the meantime, read my TR from 2008- link in my siggy! :wizard:


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    HANDY LINKS FOR EASY READING
    * WHERE YA STAYING?
    THINGS TO DO THINGS TO DO
    FINAL TOUCHES... 5 DAYS 2 GO!
    DAY ONE-Arrival and Hotel
    DAY TWO-What Plans?? Cocoa Beach
    Day THREE-Magical Days can NOT be ruined!
    Day FOUR-Snow in Florida?!
    FINAL THOUGHTS
     
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  3. kschafer

    kschafer DIS Veteran

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    How in the world did you post a link to this on FB? I'm incredibly impressed!!

    Of course I am here to find out all about your plans...as long a they include a meet with ME!!!!:yay:
     
  4. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    LOL! Thanks for comin' along, Katie! AND YES YOU ARE *THE* DISMEET IM REFERRING TO! I will NOT leave Orlando without meeting you, missy!
     
  5. kschafer

    kschafer DIS Veteran

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    do you think we could postpone our meet and extend our vacations :rotfl2: "sorry Greg and Jim, we can't come home until we meet each other"
     
  6. jenniferkeala808

    jenniferkeala808 DIS Veteran

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    Aloha!! Joining in on the fun...our dates will overlap only 1 day :scared1:!! It's ok! So exciting that this is a secret for your DD! Can't wait to hear more!!
     
  7. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    HAHA! YES!! ::yes::

    :welcome: Kaela! Thanks for joining in! :lovestruc LOVE your ticker! :lovestruc
    Which day do we overlap?
     
  8. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    Thought I’d share some info about my hotel snag:
    Chose a 2.5* Mystery Hotel on Hotwire for the Disney Maingate-Celebration area. Already knew from Betterbidding .com that there was a VERY good chance that the hotel I already WANTED and had chosen was going to be the winning bid.

    Nonetheless, it was NERVE-WRACKING to wait for the transaction to be completed so that I could see that I did, in fact, receive the hotel I wanted… and I DID! I was so nervous about it because the hotel I had been eyeing in 2008 was NOT the one I ended up getting. We got an OKAY hotel…. But def. not what I’d thought we’d get @ $60/night.

    I ended up paying $23/night, with taxes that came to $88 and some change. HOW AWESOME IS THAT? Best Western Lakeside is recommended by 79% of Tripadvisor travelers who’ve gone to this hotel, and they really sing it’s praises!

    Here’s where we are staying:

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    There's also a mini-golf, the rooms come with a fridge, and there is a shuttle if we choose to use it.

    Next up: the Daily Plans and a Visual Itinerary!
     
  9. firecracker725

    firecracker725 Somethin' Clever

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    That's a really great deal! How far is it from WDW?
     
  10. 2xcited2sleep

    2xcited2sleep DIS Veteran

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    Your hotel looks great. Can't wait to hear more!! :)
     
  11. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    It's about 5 minutes to Animal Kingdom, 15 to Magic Kingdom. :thumbsup2
    I've always been a 15-20 min. commuter my entire working life so that doesn't deter me at all!

    Oh- and :welcome: to my PTR! Thanks for coming along!

    :wave: Hi Miss C!! Thanks for joining in! :love:
     
  12. Disneychix

    Disneychix When you wish upon a star...

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    Awesome! We'll be there the 4-7th and we'll be doing some of the same things at the same times. Maybe I'll run into you. Enjoy the last few days countdown! :)
     
  13. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    :welcome: Rosie!

    I've been sick for a couple days, so I swear I'm making this PTR pretty damn boring, but I'll try to make amends on that this weekend!
     
  14. kschafer

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    I just realized my parents are staying at that same hotel when they come (they'll be there the 3rd and 4th) They got the same hotwire deal you did...can't beat that!
     
  15. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    r u serious!? See? What a small world, eh? :laughing:
     
  16. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    It's Single Digit Day!
    :banana::banana::banana:
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    My to-do list.....hmmm....

    1. Wrap Rachael’s little presents.
    2. Replace the batteries in her Leapster
    3. Charge her Ripster (an MP3-video thingee) and put a new movie or some shows on it for her.
    4. Upload Amber’s iPod touch with a good GPS app for when we’re driving, also a good lines wait times app for the Magic Kingdom.
    5. Check out the Unofficial Guide crowd level predictions and WRITE THEM DOWN!
    6. Find my Travel Size bottles for shampoo and conditioner and fill them.
    7. Pick up some travel sized toothpaste
    8. Make my toiletries list
    9. Pack my carry-on (it’s a lot cooler here-highs in the 60’s- I can do that now w/no problem)
    10. Pack Rachael’s carry-on (this will be slightly more difficult as children run seem to run significantly warmer so she doesn’t blink an eye at wearing shorts and tanks in high of 68/70 days….!)
    11. FIND a tank or tee to put Rachael’s “Birthday Girl” iron-on transfer on
    …
    Now, to add to all of this, the only day off I have between now and the day we leave is Sunday. I work every day, with Thursday and Saturday being ½ days. Eek! Thursday, Rachael is hosting a “makeover-spa-day” with 3 friends here @ home, followed by going to a local Regency Beauty Institute to do an Updo-and-Nails! I also need to pick up the 2 dozen mini-cupcakes for her class for her actual birthday on the 4th, and pick up wrapping paper for her little gifts we got her for her birthday! :scared:

    Whew! :eek:
     
  17. MEK

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    Hi Julia -

    That's a great deal on the hotel. I know exactly where it is, since I stayed across the street from it once. It has changed ownership a couple times. I think it was even a La quinta for awhile. For $88 for the whole stay - you can't beat that.

    So you're meeting up with Katie on the 6th? I am seeing her for dinner. I knew I shouldn't have canceled that other Ohana ADR I had, but who knew? :confused3 I felt quilty holding on to it for such a long time.

    Hope you add some more PTR info.


    :laughing: so funny....I just looked down and saw an update!
     
  18. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    :wave2: Hey MEK! Thanks for joining in! I've been sooo busy! This PTR is turning out pretty lame...lol! :laughing:
     
  19. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    Hey y'all! So Phase ONE of Rachael's birthday is through, having finished her "spa party" today with 3 of her little friends. We made brownies, ate pizza, did makeup, and went to a local Regency Beauty Institute for an "updo and nails" experience. Followed up with ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. I'm a good mom. I'm tired! :scared:

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    Tommorow Rachael leaves for a family get-together in southern Illinois with my parents and will be back late Sunday. I plan to pack as much of her bag as possible before then. Here's how its gonna go down Wednesday: We'll wake up her on the morning of her birthday and I'll present her with her "Birthday Shirt":

    I got the iron-on design off of ebay.

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    Armed with mini-cupcakes for her class, she'll head off to school and be picked up by grandma and grandpa at 2. After I get off @ 5 I will arrive home and we will sing, open a few small gifts, and then she will open a large box containing her packed suitcase with this laying on top:

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    I made it with scrapbooking supplies....

    How that little monster is going to sleep is beyond me but we'll hit the sack early and leave for the airport at 4am. We'll get there around 5:30 for our 6:20 flight. We don't have anything to check, we're only bringing carry-ons.

    Here's the envelopes I grabbed out of DISigns for spending money, housekeeping tips, and food cash:

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    And here''s a luggage tag I found also that I'm printing off and laminating for Rachael's bags.

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    AND...the other day I secured our rental car off Hotwire forr $23/day for a total of $126.xx I also ordered our tickets to be picked up in Orlando from GreatOrlandoDiscounts.com. I ordered tix for 1-day base and for Blizzard Beach! :woohoo: We're all set, yes?

    5 days and a wake-up! :yay::yay::yay:

     
  20. julezdisney

    julezdisney Boo to the b!

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    I am HOURS AWAY from leaving! :yay:Still so much to do... mostly housework because I don't want to return to so much....:laundy:

    We leave @ 3:30am to get to the airport around 5:15 for our 6:45 flight. No baggage to check. Southwest Airlines.

    Rachael's birthday is TODAY and we had a cake last night and sang... (pictures coming soon)

    This morning, she opened a box with a Selena Gomez CD, some new earrings, some iron-ons, new jammies, new belts, and her TICKET! (pictures coming soon)

    She went to school armed with her 2 dozen mini-cupcakes and her "birthday dress" newly decorated with the iron-ons.
    (picture coming soon)
    So... she looks at the itinerary for our trip and the most excited day and item on it she is looking forward to???

    SLEEPING IN!

    I tell ya... that girl... love her....
     
  21. jenjolt

    jenjolt Loves All Things Disney!

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    Can't wait for the TR!!! Hope you guys had a great trip!!!
     

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