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  1. OregonMomToWDW

    OregonMomToWDW DIS Veteran

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    Oh my goodness! I love all you have planned so far. I am in awe. Can't wait to read more.
     
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  3. DMGeurts

    DMGeurts Never open texts with the "Hand Sewn Button" attac

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    OOoh - loving the start to your PTR!!! Yup - I am convinced, you've found the right place to let out your inner Disney child. :thumbsup2

    First of all - I didn't quote your first post - but your family is adorable! Your girls are just precious - and seeing them brings back so many wonderful memories for me. I have 2 girls (15 & 14) - but they will forever be little to me... I am at the stage in their lives where I feel like time is going too quickly and I am trying to squeeze as much into these last few years of having them home that I can. :lovestruc



    It looks like this is the only day we over lap parks... We never do hoppers either - and we like it that way. Some people swear by them, but I have never justified the cost - as long as you do your research (which it looks like you have) - you will be fine. :lovestruc


    I am just lovin' all of these shirts!!! Too cute!!! I would love to make something like this - gonna have to follow your link to see if it's even something I can do? :thumbsup2 I don't usually do well with glitter... :rolleyes1


    We love to eat at Flame Tree BBQ in AK... Huge portions - good food - watch out for the birds though...

    Oh and you cannot forget the Jalepeno cream cheese pretzel... It's at a little cart right before you walk over the bridge to Dinoland from Tree of Life... Nummay!!!


    This is going to be an awesome day!!!! What fun memories you are going to make! :lovestruc


    I don't have any opinions on Sunshine Seasons, other than, every time we go off to Soarin' - their food smells delicious! LOL We haven't ever eaten there though.

    We have also never eaten at Biergarten, but we do have our first ADR there this time -a nd we are all looking forward to it.

    YAY!!! Not only is it your first trip - but you will spend your birthday in FL!!! How perfect is that???


    Awww... What a perfect end to your trip!

    I am the same way... We always go to MK first and we always make it our last park - so we are always sure to say "hello" and "goodbye"... Sniff, sniff.


    Well - the first thing you need to do is get yourself a little notebook or something, so you can take notes during your trip - in preperation for your TR that you'll be writing when you get home... that will help out a lot.

    Secondly - you'll have to book your next trip before your finish writing above said TR... That helps even more.

    Welcome to the Disney addiction... ::yes::

    D~
     
  4. sweetpeaandevie

    sweetpeaandevie DIS Veteran

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    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it all! We are like first time disney planning soul mates....hahahahaha :rotfl:
     
  5. Denovagirl

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    Thanks!
     
  6. Denovagirl

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    Soul mates! Yay! :cloud9:

    Where is your PTR? You should do one!
     
  7. laurabythesea

    laurabythesea Earning My Ears

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    Your shirts. I'm speechless. :love:

    (You are gonna have a BLAST :woohoo: )
     
  8. Denovagirl

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    Thanks for all the kind words and advice! BTW- non of these shirts have glitter!! I do not do well working with glitter, even though I love to be sparkly!! Most of them are just black t-shirt paint from the craft store. It works just like acrylic paint. I cut stencils out of wax paper, then you can iron the wax paper onto shirts and it holds! Then you use a sponge brush to dab on the paint. Let dry slightly and peel away the wax stencil!! They look like screen print tshirts in person! I love them, hardest part is cutting small details, like on the plane shirts for instance. The Toy Story ones, however, were super easy because they were just straight silhouettes! I just googled images of characters I wanted and traced the outline and cut out! Anyone would do it! My other forms of shirts are iron on's-super easy, and spraying bleach over a stencil!

    I will do this! I need to find a cute Disney notebook now! :)

    And thanks for the welcome!

    D~[/QUOTE]
     
  9. Denovagirl

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    Thanks! SUPER easy! Trust me! :thumbsup2
     
  10. Denovagirl

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    I have awful news. Just awful. I am torn up about it and need your support.

    The Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party IS SOLD OUT! {SOB}

    I actually had my spot all set to go a couple days ago, like literally 2, and I had to hold off to today to do them for financial reasons. Well, they were gone! I tried ALL 3 DAYS that we will be in MK...all gone. :confused3

    I should have known better. I know, I know, I know. Makes me sick. My only hope is at the 45 day mark that someone will have to cancel their trip and their ADR.....so get out your prayer mats people and send up good thoughts to Ole' Walt that I end up with a miracle and get my wish.

    I really wanted to end my trip like this, and it was literally the only detail that could have gone wrong and that wasn't already taken care of. So naturally.... but I am trying to keep my spirits high. I will continue to check the web EVERYDAY for a spot and be sure to mark 45 days away in my phone. Here's hoping.

    In the meantime, is there any other super special, amazingly awesome, spot for fireworks viewing in MK? Let me have it y'all!

    Update coming SOON, possibly tonight. I am working on it!
     
  11. solana131

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    Oh no....I assumed you already had the dessert party :( Yeah, they sell out FAST. I honestly am surprised there was any openings a couple days ago.

    Well, there are lots of other options....you guys could come over to the Poly and watch Wishes from the beach. They pipe the music in so you still hear the narrative.

    And like you said, there's always hope that someone will cancel. I've even heard that it is possible to walk up that night and grab a no-show spot. You never know!
     
  12. Denovagirl

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    My favorite thing is doing anything Disney-related to gear up for the trip, so I thought I would share some things we have done!! I hope y’all like it!

    Disney DVD Viewing Party!

    Oh yes, we are those people! The day our DVD and customized maps came in the mail I was already texting the MIL to find out what night would work for a viewing party. I couldn’t resist though, and Olivia and I watched it that day! Then the hubby and I watched it that night….

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    Hahaha. I’m not even going to tell you how many times we have watched the “Ultimate Disney” series on Netflix….

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    This is a fun series to watch if you haven’t already! Seen it a MILLION times!


    Anywho, on with the party. I had a little fun decorating! And shopping! I found these snazzy Mickey Mouse and Friends lanyards on EBay so I bought some for the whole group! Also, some pins for Olivia! I had fun wrapping the gifts for everyone! And the décor, mostly found on Pinterest, of course!

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    We ate lasagna with Mickey’s on top!

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    Needless to say the event got everyone pumped. We opened gifts, ate yummy food (I put the salad on one ear, and bread on another BTW…) and then viewed the Disney Planning DVD!

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    THE Countdown!

    Of course, what Disney home wouldn’t have a proper Disney countdown!?!?

    I really love those countdown chains, so adorable, however, at this point we were like 150 days out. No way Jose am I making 150 of those thingys! So that was out! I ended up deciding to make this-

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    The day we started counting down, and today! Yay!

    A canvas and chalkboard paint is all ya need! ;)

    Other than these ideas we have just been doing the usual. Looking at tons of pics online, looking at youtube videos of character meets, rides, and such. Watching everything Disney we can get our hands on! Then, myself, I have been discussing Disney with anyone who will listen. Reading blog after blog after blog and TR after TR after TR!! I love it! I feel like an expert even though I have never been!!

    [Side note: I have been to Disneyland one time!! I was very young, probably 4 or 5. My mom took me. I remember bits and pieces clearly, such as riding the teacups and the Haunted Mansion!]

    If y’all have more ideas for me, or questions, let me know! Ya know I love to hear it!!!:yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:
     
  13. Denovagirl

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    You know just how to make me feel better! But viewing from the Poly is a nice option, and you don't have to fight the crowds!! Liking that!:cool1:
     
  14. Jackiemarie21

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    I followed you over from my PTR and yours looks great! Your DD's are so adorable, I know they will have a great time.
    I LOVE your shirts! I was just looking at the patriotic mickey head tee on Old Navy.com this afternoon and thinking I need that!

    Your plans look awesome, I can tell you have been doing your research! I know you are bummed about the dessert party, but your trip will be so amazing and magical you won't even miss it! I second the watching the fireworks from the poly suggestion. We did that and that was why we wanted to stay there so bad. Plus you can get a dole whip to enjoy while you watch. That will be very magical. And you never know, the party could open up.

    We don't do very many QS, but Flame Tree BBQ is our favorite out of all the parks. As far as QS in Epcot we will to do WS. Sunshine seasons looks good, but I can't pass up WS. We like Mexico, UK, and Germany the best.

    And, just a side note, is that an STL cards cap I see your DH wearing? If so good choice! ;)
     
  15. DMGeurts

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    I love the viewing party! That is awesome!

    And your countdown calendar is magnificant! I really love it!

    D~
     
  16. sweetpeaandevie

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    Well, I am thinking about doing one but I am ridiculously bad at computers....I just added texting to my phone like 6 months ago (old phone not smart phone....just not there yet :rotfl2:) I just feel like I will have a hard time with the pictures and all :confused3. Plus we are still so far out, I'm not sure I can keep peoples attention that long hahahahaha :)

    I love the viewing party! We watch stuff so often that my 7 year old has asked me to stop because "mommy, it makes me sad to watch because I want to go right now! (said with puppy dog eyes)" hahaha another disney freak in the making
     
  17. Denovagirl

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    Yes it's a cards hat! Haha- I used to line in STL! So we have a soft spot, however he pro a Lu owns like every team hat available, he's just a baseball fan in general, but that hat gets worn quite often!

    FYI- the Mickey old navy shirt is so soft and awesome, love it!

    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  18. Denovagirl

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    I understand! I'm computer savy and it took me some effort to do as well!
     
  19. Denovagirl

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    Thanks!!! :)
     
  20. babynala

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    [Hi! Your girls are so adorable. We took our kids on their first trip when they were 4 and 1 and we had such a great time. My DS (1) enjoyed the characters and all the rides (he was too young to be scared).

    Planning for a "long" time is a great way to make the trip last longer. All the planning and prep is part of the fun.

    Love all your shirts. The bleach ones are so cool. I love that everyone will be coordinating.

    Do you live close to the airport? I'm already nervous that you will not have enough time. LOL. Of course I always feel the need to get to the airport 2 hours before my flight departure time (as suggested by the TSA). Yes, I am a little paranoid. I think trying to get to DTD on your arrival night might be too much. After you have been at the parks you might decide you don't need to go to DTD.

    Great choices. We ate at the QS at Grand Floridian and enjoyed it. We also enjoy Pinochiohaus in Fantasyland.


    That sounds like a great night. Hoop Dee Do is so much fun.
    Suzi - you are on top of it, great tip about the boat ride.

    I agree. We always eat at Sunshine Seasons - lots of choices. Plus, we are usually at Soarin' around lunch time so it fits our schedule. I find some of the QS choices in world showcase taste a little like mall food court

    Suzi has some great advice!

    So bummed for you. Maybe someone will cancel but I like Suzi's suggestion for the Poly beach. We have never done that but when I was with my brother we caught the fireworks from the Ferry to the TTC, when we got to the dock they were playing the "music" for the fireworks. It was nice to be away from the crowds (this worked for us too because my nephew doesn't like the noise of the actual fireworks). So I am sure the beach would be a wonderful place to watch the fireworks.

    Your DVD Viewing party looks like so much fun. Love the plates and the custom lasagna. How nice that everyone got little gifts too. So many cute details. I think you have everything all figured out for your trip. For my DDs first trip to BBB I made an invitation from the princesses that was delivered by "Tinker Bell" the day of her appt. Of course I had to do this for her other visits to BBB. She has told some of those non-planning moms who couldn't get into BBB "you have to get an invitation to go to BBB". The moms gave me a strange look and I just shrugged my shoulders. :confused3 I also did pirate map looking "invites" when the kids did Pirates League.

    I'm headed over to check out your Pinterest page now (I'll be back in about 2 days...) Then I will head over to Netflix to see the Ultimate Disney shows.
     
  21. Denovagirl

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    Hehe, we live about 45 min from the airport but well already be in SA at families house to leave our car and they will drop us off, they live about 5 min away! I will get there early tho!!

    I made some "Mickey mail" for each day and have small gifts for the girls!! I can't wait to do a post in that!

    Thanks for all the advice! I am getting so pumped!!!
     

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