My first ever pre-trip report, single mum with two boisterous children. Am I mad?

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  1. madmumof2

    madmumof2 DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2008
    I'm being pressurised to write a pre-trip report so here it is! lol


    Me; Mummy, 24 year old, Disney nut, third trip but first time as an adult!

    Cameron; Son, will be 6, first trip.

    Alyssa; Daughter, 3, first trip.

    We are booked for 2 weeks in POP Century! I've never been onsite before so I'm very excited!

    I've never been able to take my children on holiday, I'm not exactly on a good income, so I've had to save long and hard for this holiday. I started saving about 2 1/2 years ago, and finally paid off my holiday last month!

    I've had the kids' passports sent off, so now I just need mine sorting and to save up our spending money!

    We got our park tickets through the post a few weeks ago, suitcases ready and waiting to be packed, Disney backpacks for the kids, lanyards and 11 pins each so far, bum bag for me, photopass CD and book pre-purchased, a night at the Sofitel the night before our flight, booked and paid for and I'm part of a stroller swap that includes all the accessories we'll need which will be handy!

    Here's my plan so far, although I bet it will change in the next 5 months, especially if I can't get the ADR's and times I want.

    Day 0, Thursday 8th Oct
    Pick Cameron up from school after getting Alyssa and drive straight to Leicester
    Train or lift to the airport
    Check in at the Sofitel at Gatwick airport
    Have dinner in their resturant
    Early night, early start tomorrow

    Day 1, Friday 9th Oct
    Breakfast at airport
    Flight at 10:20am
    Lunch on plane
    Arrive at 15:05
    Check into POP
    Have a mooch, maybe bite to eat.

    Day 2, Saturday 10th Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Bus to Epcot
    Collect passport and get stamps at each country
    Lunch at Coral Reef
    Illuminations fireworks

    Day 3, Sunday 11th Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Shopping at Downtown Disney (Bus)
    Disney Quest
    Lunch/Dinner at T-Rex
    Chill by POP pools

    Day 4, Monday 12th Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Dine with Shamu for lunch
    Shamu at night

    Day 5, Tuesday 13th Oct
    Breakfast at Donald’s safari breakfast at AK (bus)
    On to Animal Kingdom for the day
    Dinner at Boma at AKL

    Day 6, Wednesday 14th Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Get picked up and taken to Clearwater
    Arrive at 11:30am
    Board the Dolphin Encounter boat
    See amazing views and dolphins racing you alongside the boat
    Arrive back at the beach 75 minutes later
    Have lunch (provided)
    Spend the day relaxing, shopping, exploring Clearwater
    Leave at 5:30pm. Getting back to Orlando at 6:30pm
    Dinner at 1900 Park fare

    Day 7, Thursday 15th Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Bus to Magic Kingdom
    Lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern
    Wishes fireworks

    Day 8, Friday 16th Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Bus to Typhoon Lagoon
    Taxi/bus to I-Drive for some shopping
    Dinner at Sizzlers/Ponderosa/Denny’s

    Day 9, Saturday 17th Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Bus to Hollywood Studios
    Lunch at Mama Melrose
    Fantasmic (preferred seating with MM dining)

    Day 10, Sunday 18th Oct
    Taxi to Islands of Adventure
    Breakfast with Spiderman
    Dinner at Café Stoo-pendous

    Day 11, Monday 19th Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Spend day at POP, possibly Downtown Disney
    Lunch at Earl of Sandwich
    Back to POP and chill at resort
    Dinner at Teppan Edo (bus)

    Day 12, Tuesday 20th Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Taxi to Universal Studios
    Lunch at Mel’s Drive-in
    Evening at POP

    Day 13, Wednesday 21st Oct
    Taxi to I-Drive
    Breakfast at Denny’s
    Visit Wonderworks, Ripley’s, Gatorland,
    Congo River golf
    Lunch at Bahama Breeze
    Evening in Kissimmee
    Dinner at Taco Bell

    Day 14, Thursday 22nd Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Tying up loose ends, finish any rides/attractions we’ve missed
    Dinner at Hoop de Doo at Fort Wilderness
    Drop stroller off and enjoy the show

    Day 15, Friday 23rd Oct
    Breakfast at POP
    Back packs, leave at luggage at reception
    Last day/favourite park/attraction
    Lunch at the park
    Leave park at 1pm
    Get back to POP in time for airport transfer
    Flight at 5:05pm
    Dinner at airport/on plane

    I have to show you the hotel we're staying in the night before our flight. It's absolutely stunning.

    My goal for this trip is to show the kids what an amazing place it is, to see their faces on their first every holiday, and to revive some lost memories of my Dad.

    I really hope we get all the ADR's listed, I've had such a struggle picking and choosing, and will most likely change them again before the 90 day cut off! lol

    Like I said, I'm now saving my spending money, and since paying of the holiday I have put $550 on my fairfx card! I want at least $3000 for all the ADR's I want, shopping, treats, taxi's etc without having to watch every cent all holiday.

    I hope you all enjoy my ramblings in the months to come! lol I'm sure there'll be a lot! lol

    Lots of pics will follow lol
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  3. Natasha&Matt

    Natasha&Matt <font color=royalblue>I fancy Prince Eric<br><font

    Sep 15, 2007
    Bout time girly :rolleyes1

    Haha u r such a mad for it planner!! And u doing a great job!! Defo a MADMUM!

    Really admire you going it alone to Disney with ur 2 babies, they r gunna have a magical time!

    Well done hun in paying it off so proud of ya done a great job! xxx
  4. wickesy

    wickesy <font color=royalblue>Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love y

    Apr 2, 2006
    Looks like a great trip but I spotted something that you might not have realised. Gatorland isn't on I-Drive, it's back out near the airport so that is going to be another taxi ride for you.

    We always stay at the Sofitel - it really is going to be a great start to your holiday. :thumbsup2

    Look forward to hearing all about it when you get back. :goodvibes
  5. madmumof2

    madmumof2 DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2008
    Oh thanks for that! Never mind, we'll skip gatorland lol.
  6. wickesy

    wickesy <font color=royalblue>Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love y

    Apr 2, 2006
    Well you need to leave something for next time. ;)
  7. scottish mum

    scottish mum <font color=darkorchid>We still have 2 posties in

    Jul 28, 2008
    Great pre trip. You will love the boat ride in clearwater, that was one of my favourite parts of our holiday
  8. irisheyes123

    irisheyes123 DIS Veteran

    Sep 26, 2007
    Sound like you have a great trip planned you and your children will have a wonderful time :)
  9. CustardTart

    CustardTart <img src= DIS Lifetime Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2004
    Mad Mum? Maybe... Lovely Mum?? DEFINITELY!!! :hug::hug::hug:

    Sounds like Cameron, Alyssa and you are in for a wonderful time and I like the way you've mixed it up with the trip to Clearwater... Your photos of your babes are gorgeous BTW... I shall look forward to reading all about it and looking at all your pics when you return... :goodvibes
  10. natalielongstaff

    natalielongstaff <font color=deeppink>I need a cup of tea and a big

    Apr 7, 2004
    I love reading about kids 1st trips, it always makes me remember the look on my kids faces when they 1st went

    Your plans sound fantastic :thumbsup2 take lots of pics for us x
  11. Pinky166

    Pinky166 <font color=deeppink>a little on the OCD side<br><

    Feb 6, 2008
    Your trip sounds lovely. I am looking forward to reading more. :thumbsup2
  12. DCLMan

    DCLMan DIS Veteran

    May 31, 2008
    You are there the same time we are.
  13. Pegasus928

    Pegasus928 DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2007
    What busy and fun filled days you have ahead. So pleased to see that you have stuck a couple of relaxed days around the pool in there. They are always welcome - especially by the little ones.
    One thing that stood out to me - we have only been to Clearwater once before and I am pretty sure it took us more than an hour to get back - and we were staying on the H27 turn off on I-4, so probably about 20 minutes closer to Clearwater than Disney resorts.
    I don't know what time you were thinking of booking for your dinner for that night but you might want to bear that in mind.
    Great pre-trippie though
    Looking forward to reading all about it and seeing some great pics.
  14. jackieleanne

    jackieleanne DIS Veteran

    Jun 17, 2008
    Great pre-trippie I love your plans so far. :) Your kids will have such a wonderful time as will you im sure. :goodvibes
  15. jjk

    jjk <img src=

    May 24, 2004
    great pre trip report, all your plans sound lovely, really looking forward to reading all about it :thumbsup2
  16. madmumof2

    madmumof2 DIS Veteran

    Jun 6, 2008
    Thanks for your replies everyone.

    Kenny, we were going to have dinner about t8-half 8 anyway just in case. I always over-estimate how long it'll take lol. I'm guessing about 2 hours.

    I'll be adding some more pics and details later hopefully!
  17. wicket2005

    wicket2005 <font color=deeppink><marquee behavior=alternate>H

    Mar 31, 2005
    What beautiful children you have and they will have a fantastic time. Well done on managing to save all that money, it is expensive but you will give your kids a lifetime memory.

    The only other thing I saw was that you are planning to shop on IDrive, there isn't really that many shops there, the mini golf if good and your kids will like that. At the very top of IDrive is the Prime Outlets but I think it is a fair walk to the restaurants you mention for little legs, so a taxi drive would be in order there.

    I am looking forward to hearing more of your plans. That hotel looks fantastic for the night before and such a relaxing way to start a holiday.:goodvibes
  18. irongirlof12

    irongirlof12 <font color=blue><marquee>Am I the only one who lo

    Nov 3, 2006
    wow sounds amazing - go for it and love every moment :cloud9:
  19. jockey

    jockey Runs for Wine!

    Apr 25, 2004
    Lovely pics of your DS & DD. Your plans sound fab, I see that you are planning dine with Shamu, we loved this meal it was great, the food was nice and the experience was great!:)
  20. raph_b

    raph_b <font color="red">Proud Redhead</font>

    Jan 21, 2008
    Sounds like a great trip you've planned, your kids will love it, they are very lucky to have a great Mum like you :)
  21. thelittlemermaid83

    thelittlemermaid83 <font color=green>My reign will be a super-awesome

    Aug 14, 2007
    Cant wait to read more, you and your kids are going to have a magical time :)

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