Leaving the Grump at Home, Beach Club here I Come!, Link to TR 10/1 Post 198

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by SoonerGirl, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. SoonerGirl

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    So yesterday I was looking at the calendar and realized that my next WDW trip was exactly 5 weeks away. I figured if I was going to do a PTR that I had better get busy, so here we go!

    It is no secret around here that I live with a Disney resistor. In a perfect world my dear hubby would love Disney as much as I do and we would share this passion together, but alas, my world is not perfect, so I have begun leaving him out of my Disney plans. :snooty: The good thing is, he has given up trying to convince me not to go and has just resigned himself to the fact that I will be taking at least one trip a year, even if I have to go by myself.

    Thankfully I do not have to go alone this time. I am taking my youngest son, and my mom will be tagging along as well.

    Here is a quick introduction to the cast:

    First of all there is yours truly, Michelle, the obsessive planner in the group, which is great for my career as a Disney Destinations Specialist. Yep, I'm a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. I started doing this last summer, and while marketing myself has been much more difficult than I ever thought it would be, I am truly enjoying helping other people have magical vacations. pixiedust: Here is a picture of me taken earlier this month. It was taken when the cruise we were on stopped in Key West.

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    Next is the baby of our family, Jared. He will be 12 just a couple of weeks after we return from this trip. He is the one family member who is firmly on my side when it comes to Disney, obviously, he is my favorite. :lmao: Jared loves sports and plays baseball, football and basketball. The kid never gets a break, we go from one sport straight into the next. It's exhausting for me, but he wouldn't have it any other way - trust me, I've tried to get him to drop one, he won't do it! He is also a very good student, which is why I don't hesitate to pull him out of school for a few days for this trip. Here is Jared enjoying some beignets at Cafe du Monde in NOLA before we left for our cruise

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    I took my mom to Disney for the first time in 2010. She loved it and has been anxious to go back ever since. When I told her that I was taking just Jared in September and asked her if she wanted to come along too, she jumped at it. My mom works for a group of neurosurgeons and has a very demanding job, she very much deserves and needs this trip! Here is mom from our trip in 2010

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    Not coming along is the Grump, aka the Disney Resistor, my hubby, Don

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    And my oldest son, Justin. He is going to be a junior in high school. Missing any school is hard on him, but mostly he does not want to miss basketball practice, high school coaches frown on that stuff. :rolleyes: I get this look all the time, gotta love teenagers!

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    Last June we stayed at AKL for two nights before our cruise. It was the first time that I had stayed in a deluxe resort and I knew right away that staying there was going to be detrimental to my pocketbook for future trips. Then in October I went for an all girls trip with some great DISers, again I stayed deluxe, this time at the WLV. After that I just couldn't bring myself to go back to moderate. I booked this trip at one of my dream resorts, the Beach Club! :beach:

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    I kept my fingers crossed that a deal would come out at some point to make the cost a little more reasonable and I was really happy when the late summer offer was announced as it knocked about $1,000 off the cost! :cool1: Then a couple of weeks ago the AP rate was finally released and I got even better deal, so now I don't feel so bad insisting on deluxe ;)

    We will be staying in a Garden View room from September 1st - September 9th. I can't wait to laze around SAB, but I'm most excited about getting to use Anita & Christine's private entrance into Epcot! :cheer2:

    Stayed tuned, Day 1 plans will be coming up soon!

    Links to my updates:

    Day 1 Plans
    Day 2 Plans
    Day 3 Plans
    DIS meet in OKC & Day 4 Plans
    Mickey Mail & Day 5 Plans
    First Day of School & Day 6 Plans
    Day 7 Plans
    Days 8 & 9
    Link to Trip Report - Finally!

     
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  3. wigdoutdismom

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    I'm here....glad I found your post on FB.

    Love the intros; I'm so glad your mom is going back wtih you. And, of course, Disney loving Jared.

    You are staying at the last resort I want to try so I'll be following closely to see how you liked it.

    I'm so sorry we are missing each other by just six days. :sad1:
     
  6. wigdoutdismom

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    and she beat him by a hair.....

    You are going to love staying at Beach Club!!!!!
    How can I be jealous? We were just there for a nice long stay. I don't know, but I am....
     
  7. wdwgirl03

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    I'm here!
     
  8. Happy Elf

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    Can't wait to hear about your plans! Floating around SAB sounds wonderful!
     
  9. micandminforever

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    Joining the fun.
     
  10. mommys3

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    Sounds like fun! I'm in :thumbsup2
     
  11. MEK

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    Nice!

    Cute picture of you, by the way! :thumbsup2
     
  12. gellybean

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    YAY!!! I'm always happier when my only Sooner friend has a ticker!!!! :cheer2:
     
  13. photographymom517

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    Here!!! And this time, I'll keep up! I promise! :thumbsup2

    You'll be there when my parents & my oldest son are there!
     
  14. Native NYer

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    Joining in!
    The Beach Club is such a beautiful resort!
     
  15. 2xcited2sleep

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    5 weeks!! :yay: That is going to fly right by. And you are going to LOVE Beach Club! ::yes:: Can't wait to hear about your plans. :goodvibes
     
  16. MeMom

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    I love that your mom is in for this trip. These are special times for all of you to treasure forever. :love:

    Just drop Anita's name when you get to BC. She halfway owns the place now. :laughing:
     
  17. Charleston Princess

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    As promised I am here! I am so excited that you get to stay at the Beach Club and got such a great deal!

    Lovely pictures of you from the cruise! :goodvibes Jared cracked me up with all that powdered sugar from the beignet on himself. There is just no easy way to eat those. LOL! Why, Justin's look is so similar to one that I get all the time from Chelsea. :rolleyes:
     
  18. jenjolt

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    I'm here!!! Love that you got a great deal at Beach Club!!! You are going to have a fantastic trip!!!
     
  19. SoonerGirl

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    First!!

    Second.....

    I figured if I posted the link on FB that would cover most of my DIS friends, you can bet I would have PM'ed you if you hadn't seen it though, can't do a TR with Kathy!!

    I spent an afternoon last June with Anita at the Beach Club and absolutely loved it! I can't tell you how excited I am to stay there.

    I know, stinks our trips are so close, just not close enough :sad2:

    You two crack me up :laughing:

    Don't you have your own wing at the BC by now? I figure you are going to retire there eventually :goodvibes

    Hi Sarah! So glad you are here!

    Doesn't it though? So excited!

    Thanks for joining in!!

    Thanks for jumping on board! :welcome:
     
  20. SoonerGirl

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    Thanks Mary Ellen!

    Hey Gelly! Glad you are here, wouldn't be the same without my only Longhorn friend on board :thumbsup2

    Hi Hope!! Don't feel bad if you can't keep up, I fell miserably behind on the DIS a few months ago and I still don't feel like I'm caught up with everyone! Plus you've got a sweet little one taking up a lot of your spare time these days :goodvibes

    Thanks for jumping on board!

    Isn't it though? :cloud9:

    Hey Christine! It's been such a busy summer that the time has just flown by, I honestly couldn't believe it when I realized that the trip was just 5 weeks away.

    :lmao: They should at least have a plaque on the wall in here honor!

    I'm really glad my mom is coming along too. Jared is so excited and it's fun for her to be able to spend this time with him.

    Hi Jackie! So excited that you are here!

    Jared is a messy eater anyway, add all that powdered sugar and he was done for :laughing:

    Doesn't that look just make you want to smack 'em? :rolleyes:

    Hey Jen! I was so glad to get that discount, I was going to stay there anyway, but that made it so much easier to swallow, and easier to sell to my mom who has insisted on paying for part of the room!
     
  21. kschafer

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    Obviously Jared is your favorite :rotfl2:

    How awesome your Mom will be joining you again :thumbsup2

    BC will be my choice when I finally go deluxe mostly for the secret entrance and access to F&W (will you be there for it?)
     

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