Kathy and Ken Honeymoon at WL and GF - April 2013

Discussion in 'Planning our Happily Ever After' started by Dr Ken, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Dr Ken

    Dr Ken Don't want to "earn" my ears. I'm retired!

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    We're a little late on having our honeymoon but have lots of time to plan it.

    Last April (2012), my then DFi was diagnosed with cancer and needed chemo-radiation plus surgery. A week later, I had a stroke and was hospitalized for two weeks. We missed our original wedding day while I was in the hospital but had a two-day window between when I got out of the hospital and before she started chemo. So, we got married! Clearly, neither of us was in any condition to have a honeymoon.

    They say that when you're recovering from a major illness, it's important to focus on a future fun event. So, we've been focusing on having our delayed honeymoon just prior to our first anniversary. We should both be reasonably healthy by then.

    We're booked for 4 nights in one of the honeymoon rooms in WL. (I understand that all four honeymoon rooms at WL are in CL and are on the top floor). After that, we're moving GL for 5 nights in CL. Our last day at WDW will be our first anniversary.

    We've purchased a 7-day pass with both park-hopper and water-parks. We plan to attend whichever park has EMH in the morning or a water-park then retire to our room around noon. Depending on how ambitious we're feeling that day, we can head to another park, go mini-golfing, or just hang around our resort. Since we have no idea what our health will be, we decided to leave our options open. With all CL rooms, we're hoping to get the pampering we sorely need. With a 7-day pass, we can find plenty to do if we decide to.

    Where else but WDW can know that you'll have a fun, memorable honeymoon without knowing how healthy you'll be??

    BTW: We've been to WDW twice together and several times each before we met. So, we've got a pretty good idea of what will be available. I've been to the other parks (California, Tokyo, Paris but not yet HK).
     
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  3. SeaBreezeBride

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    I am so beyond thrilled for the two of you to finally be up to taking your honeymoon together! I am so sorry that you are both having to deal with this however. You are in my prayers and I look forward to reading along on your plans!
     
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  5. pwdebbie

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    How wonderful that you will be able to take your honeymoon now. I hope you are treated like royalty and spoiled to the max. :goodvibes
     
  6. Dr Ken

    Dr Ken Don't want to "earn" my ears. I'm retired!

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    Yes, that's our hope! <grin>
     
  7. tinydancr06

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    It sounds like the perfect future fun event to focus on! You are so right that you know you will have a good time regardless of what you do while you are at Disney. You've chosen 2 amazing resorts (GF is my favorite!) so I can't wait to read about your plans. It sounds like you deserve it!
     
  8. danceintherain

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    Congrats on finally being able to going on your honeymoon! It sounds like a really fun trip. I hope it gives you the relaxation you need.
     
  9. Dr Ken

    Dr Ken Don't want to "earn" my ears. I'm retired!

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    Thanks! Planning this honeymoon will be our version of Dancing in the Rain!
     
  10. pwdebbie

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    Hey Dr Ken, you haven't posted for a long time. Are plans still coming along? I hope there haven't been any glitches.
     
  11. Dr Ken

    Dr Ken Don't want to "earn" my ears. I'm retired!

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    Thanks for your concern. We're still on target.

    We're now PIF. I've pre-ordered FP+; bought airline tickets; bought cheap disposable rain ponchos; etc. I've contacted Staples for specifics about getting our favorite water bottles delivered to WL.

    The snow is finally clearing here in RI. We're trying to get outdoors walking everyday to get in shape for lots of walking at WDW.

    Not much to do now but wait. 45 days to go!
     
  12. pwdebbie

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    Yay, glad all is ok. I've been doing more walking but dh is having a flare up of his autoimmune disease and hasn't had the energy. He always bounces back, so I hope this is short-lived and he'll be ready for WDW in five weeks.
     
  13. Dr Ken

    Dr Ken Don't want to "earn" my ears. I'm retired!

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    We've finally completed our ADRs!

    As you can see, we've left a lot of unplanned time to relax and enjoy our honeymoon. We've been to WDW many times and plan to return many more times. So, we're not worried about missing anything.

    Here's our detailed plans:

    Wednesday, April 24
    Flight from Providence to Orlando
    ME bus to Wilderness Lodge (WL)
    Afternoon: Mini-golf, DQ and/or DTD
    Dinner: Artist Point (at WL)
    Evening: Settling in at WL

    Thursday, April 25
    Morning: MK (arrive in time for EMH)
    Lunch: Crystal Palace
    Afternoon & Evening: Free

    Friday, April 26
    Morning: Wilderness Back Trail Adventure via segway in Fort Wilderness
    Afternoon: AK
    Evening: Watch Wishes in MK from AAA reserved seating area

    Saturday, April 27
    Morning: HS (arrive for RD)
    Lunch: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater
    Afternoon and Evening: Free

    Sunday, April 28
    Check-out of WL
    Morning: Typhoon Lagoon
    Afternoon: Free
    Super: Grand Floridian Café
    Evening: Settling in at GF

    Monday, April 29
    Morning: AK (arrive in time for EMH)
    Lunch: Tusker House buffet (in AK)
    Afternoon: Free
    Supper: Rose and Crown and watch Illuminations

    Tuesday, April 30
    Morning: Epcot (arrive in time for EMH)
    Lunch: Le Cellier (EP)
    Afternoon & Evening: Free

    Wednesday, May 1
    Morning: Blizzard Beach
    Late Lunch: Tonys Town Square watching Dreams Come True parade
    Evening: MK

    Thursday, May 2
    Morning: MK (arrive in time for EMH)
    Lunch: Be Our Guest (in new Fantasyland)
    Supper: Brown Derby and Fantasmic

    Friday, May 3
    Morning: Check-out and ME bus to Orlando
    Flight from Orlando to Providence
     
  14. pwdebbie

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    Looks wonderful!
     
  15. danceintherain

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    I definitely should have planned more "down" time on our honeymoon, so it's a good call!
     
  16. Dr Ken

    Dr Ken Don't want to "earn" my ears. I'm retired!

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    Hi,

    We're back from our honeymoon! Had a delightful time.

    It's a good thing we planned a very light and flexible schedule. My DW only had enough stamina for about 5 hours per day.

    We only made it to rope drop once but never had long lines. We only used FP twice. Most lines were <15 minutes.

    We missed all 4 parades and all 3 evening fireworks shows because she was always exhausted be 2pm.

    Nonetheless, we had a great time and hated coming back to the real world!

    Thanks for all your support!
     
  17. pwdebbie

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    My husband had stamina issues also. Very grateful for the GAC. He was able to handle about two or three park hours and a meal (morning) and meal and two park hours (evening). We stuck it out one night in order to see Fantasmic. And we made rope drop twice. We spent every afternoon in the room with him trying to nap but there was a lot of noise so he didn't get the rest he needed. I can't say with 100% certainty that this is our last trip together, but that is the way I am leaning. We didn't see Wishes or Illuminations or any parades. But still it was nice to take a break from the cold weather here in PA and be in the place where everyone (well, almost everyone) is happy.
     
  18. Paul Couturier

    Paul Couturier Future Disneymooner

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    Ken, question.

    What kind of coffee pots are in the rooms at WL? Are they Keurig-style coffee pots? Something else?
     
  19. Dr Ken

    Dr Ken Don't want to "earn" my ears. I'm retired!

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    We had a Cuisinart that accepts only "pods" both at WL and GF. My DW says they made better coffee that what was available in the club lounge.

    Neither lodge had a machine that takes K-cups.
     
  20. Paul Couturier

    Paul Couturier Future Disneymooner

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    Thanks for the info Ken!

    If I vaguely remember, I think Sears sells the coffee pods for the Cuisinart coffee makers you described; I'll have to look.
     
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