Someday is sooner than you think...a March 2011 PTR

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  1. Mndisneygirl

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    Hi everyone :wave2: and :welcome: to my PTR!! My name is Sheree and you can see from my signature that I've done a couple other TRs. We are heading back to our favorite place in March and I'd love to share my planning mania with you!!

    Introductions -
    Me - the mom, the planner, the obsessed. I truly love Disney and all that comes with it! I didn't develop my obsession until after my first trip to WDW in 1999. I have a fabulous DH, who is also a Disney fanatic! By day, I work as an attorney (judicial law clerk) and the rest of the time I feed my obsession! :laughing: I also love to read, scrapbook, shop and of course, DIS!!

    DH - the other obsessed one! He discovered last year that you can buy resale contracts to join Disney Vacation Club (DVC) and life hasn't been the same since! We are now the proud owners of a tiny contract at Vero Beach, which we used to get a studio at Animal Kingdom Villas for March 13 - 18, 2011! It will be our first DVC stay!! He works as a mailman and a merchandise vendor at concerts/Vikings games when he's not doing his DVC shopping research or deciding what our next car will be, or making dinner (he gets home first!!).

    DD9 - Sarah - She likes to remind us that she is "almost 10 - double digits"!! Little does she know, she will be spending her 10th birthday at WDW and getting on a cruise on the new DISNEY DREAM!!! She loves to read, write stories, dance, play Epic Mickey (and other Wii games), and is one of the smartest kids around! She is my mini-me and looks just like I did as a child. Recently we were watching the Disney Christmas parade and she said something like, Oh, this is killing me, I want to go back! Yeah, we'll see what we can do!

    DD7- Paige - My hidden Mickey spotter!! She finds them everywhere! She's in 2nd grade and loves to read too. But she's also a TV junkie!! She loves Belle and dance. If she's not watching TV, she always plays music in her room. Both girls discovered BTMRR on our last trip and she can't wait to ride it again. But she says she still wants to ride It's a Small World too! She still loves to snuggle, which I appreciate SOME of the time!!

    So this is us.

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    Last summer, we took a trip to WDW at the end of July and then to Cocoa Beach with my SIL's family. While we had a blast (it was Blasted HOT!), we did not anticipate coming back so soon. The plan was to go to Europe this spring/summer.
    I have a friend who is living in London for a few years and we were going to stay with them and also visit Paris (Disneyland Paris too!!). After doing some research, it appeared that such a trip would be painfully expensive.
    Meanwhile, DH was researching DVC! We were able to secure the previously mentioned little contract in the fall. Then it became "when should we go back"???
    I still wanted to go to Europe and then go to WDW in the fall during the kids' school break.
    But the airfares weren't looking that good, and if I'm going to Europe, I want to do it right. I didn't want to sacrifice. So I thought having another year to save up a bit and hope the dollar got better would be a good idea.

    We told the kids, we are canceling our spring break to Europe plans.
    We told the kids, we don't know what we will do for spring break. We'll think of something.

    We've been following the building of the Disney Dream. We saw reports and pictures on TV and online. During the Christmas parade, they had a little special segment about it.

    We told the kids, someday we can go on it. It literally is a dream!
    We told the kids, Disney is expensive, and we just went in summer. We're trying to save money to go to Europe.
    We'll go back someday.

    Little do they know...
    SOMEDAY is in two months!!!!!
    This is a COMPLETE surprise trip for them!!! So far, all they know is that we are going on a trip for spring break. We have thrown out a bunch of ideas of what we "might" do, all the while commenting on how expensive Disney is! Gullible little kids, they don't know any better, so as of right now, we "might" be going to the Wisconsin Dells, Virginia, Ft. Myers or Mount Rushmore for Spring Break!!

    Sarah's birthday is March 9 and Paige's is March 24. So we are incorporating lots of special birthday surprises in this trip. More details as we go.

    The basic plan is this:
    Tuesday March 8 - after work/school, load up the car and drive and drive, and drive.:drive:
    Wednesday March 9 - :bday: Sarah!! We are going to :drive: some more!!!
    We hope to arrive at the Swan/Dolphin that evening (not sure which yet) and spend the night there - maybe watch some fireworks. I'm sure while we're there, they will think that is it and we're staying. Uh, nope, there's another surprise!

    Thursday March 10 - Board the new Disney Dream for a 3 night cruise!
    Sunday March 13 - Spend one night at Saratoga Springs
    Monday March 14 - 18 - Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House

    I'll go over how we plan to spring the surprise on them, plus our day to day plans, excursions, parks and ADRs soon.

    Thanks for joining me!!!
     
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  3. Momof2Disneyboys

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    YAY!! :cool1: Am I first?
     
  4. Mndisneygirl

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    Why, YES you are!!! (I was waiting to see who it would be!)
    :welcome: and Congratulations!!!

    No, no prize. Just glory!!
     
  5. Momof2Disneyboys

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    :laughing: I take the glory!!

    I can't wait to hear all about the Dream. :cloud9: We are planning to cruise in 2013 for our 15th anniversary and a certain big number birthday for me. I haven't decided which cruise to take - Caribbean or Bahamian. I'd like to do the Mediterranean one, but the airfare to get over there is a killer! I'm hoping we can cruise on the Dream.
     
  6. Mndisneygirl

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    :cheer2: Here's some glory. Now all the others can :worship: you!!

    Yeah, the Med cruise is on our list for another "someday" trip. Much further down the road! I'd love to take a Disney cruise into the Eastern Caribbean. We did western with Carnival. But, the Dream right now is only doing the Bahamian 3 and 4 night ones. I'd recommend the 4 night. That extra day is worth it!! I wish I was doing that this time, but I'm not going to be greedy. I wasn't even supposed to be doing this one at all!
    I'll be having a bigger birthday in 2013 too. Probably bigger than yours! DH is having a really big one that year! Maybe we should start planning!!
     
  7. Colleen27

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    Yay, another March PTR!

    You HAVE to do a trip report about your cruise! A TA friend linked a bunch of pics from the travel agent tour and it looks amazing. I cannot believe how long the water coaster is! We're considering a cruise for our 10th anniversary in fall 2012, and it will be either on the Dream or its sister ship the Fantasy. I can't wait to start reading TRs and reviews from people who have actually sailed on the Dream!
     
  8. MindyLuvsMickey

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    Here!! I'm here!
     
  9. Mndisneygirl

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    :welcome:
    I definitely will do a TR!! I am hoping to hear more about the Dream from the first group of cruisers too. I saw a thread that had a ton of pictures and info on it from someone who went on that cruise for cast members and it looks so awesome!!! Here's the link: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2630725
    I'm just about jumping out of my skin with excitement!!


    :welcome: HI Mindy!!! Glad you're here!
     
  10. SoonerGirl

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    Hey there, hope you don't mind a new reader! We subscribe to alot of the same TRs so when I saw your post about your PTR on Wigd's TR I decided to join in.

    We're going on the Dream in June, first ever cruise for us, and I'm ridiculously excited. I can't wait to hear about your trip!!
     
  11. Northern Disney Girl

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    YAY!!! :yay: I made first page!!! :cool1: Now to go back and read all about it!!! :woohoo:
     
  12. Northern Disney Girl

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    OMGosh!!! Sounds AMAZING Sheree!!! The girls are totally going to FLIP OUT!!! :banana: :woohoo: :yay: :dance3:

    Emily said yesterday on the walk home from school - "Mommy, I sure do miss that Sarah from Minneapolis! - do you think maybe I could write her a letter!" :cutie: I said GO FOR IT so watch your mail box in the next few weeks!!!

    Can't wait to hear all about your plans for the big reveal!!! ;)
     
  13. drakes

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    I'm here ! :yay:

    I think I am most looking forward to the TR !
     
  14. jenjolt

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    I'm Definitely In!! I love surprise trips!! WOOT WOOT!!
     
  15. stace208

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    I'm here Sheree! Will do my best to keep up!:upsidedow

    We surprised ours last year for Spring Break. It was sooo much fun!!
     
  16. Momto2PrncChrmgs

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    I'M HERE!! Love your reports!! Wouldve been here sooner as I've been home ALL DAY with the boys (snow day) and our Internet was out!! No facebook and no Dis! :scared1:
    Soooooo... I spent the day making lists and packing!
     
  17. wigdoutdismom

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    I am here and will try to keep up this time!!!!

    Oh boy, a surprise! This sounds like it's going to be FUN!!!
     
  18. Mndisneygirl

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    :welcome: Of course I don't mind!! I recognize you too. The more the merrier!
    I'll try to give as much info as I can and there will be a TR full of pictures!!

    WOOHOO!!!
    I just told Sarah she should write to Emily and thank her for the cookies and tell her about how her troop loved them! That is so sweet!!
    HI!! I will try not to disappoint!!

    Hey Jen!! Are you getting packed for your trip yet? I've never tried to do a BIG surprise before. I'm so worried they'll figure it out!

    :welcome: How did you do the surprise? It's going to be interesting. I have a feeling they will figure out Florida (we might give that away), but definitely won't guess the cruise part.

    Hey Jenny! Thanks! Bummer that you were trapped and disconnected too!
    How many more days for you??

    YAY!!! At least I know you aren't running off to WDW until after me!
    I sure hope this surprise happens!! It's so hard when they keep asking what we're doing for break. I am having to try to make up some really good little white lies. They will definitely believe we're going to SIL's in FL, so the fact that we are going to sit in a car for 21 - 24 hours will at least make sense.

    I told Sarah that we had some ideas of something special for her birthday that might require her to miss school that day. She's dying to find out, but she also wants to be surprised. SO I will just continue to say "maybe" and not answer her questions!
     
  19. Pluto_fan

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    I'm here, Sheree! :banana:
    The girls are going to be SO excited! :yay::yay::yay::yay: I can't wait to hear all the details.
    And...coming from someone currently in Europe...your cruise/WDW trip is going to be BETTER than Europe! (though I still hope you can make it over here NEXT spring! :thumbsup2 )
     
  20. Charleston Princess

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    I'm here, Sheree! :woohoo: I can't wait to hear all about your cruise on the Dream! So exciting! :yay:
     
  21. Disney Mommy 3

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    Hey girl!! I made it! for some reason, I didn't get any notifications yesterday!
    I loooove surprise trips!!! I think the ones where we suprised the kids have been my favorite ones ever!!
    We are still considering Europe this year...Kathy...spill!!!! What do I need to know!:rotfl: But how goofy is this..he also wants to do Colorado. I am like...what? England or Colorado? Give me a break...we gotta hop across the pond dude!!!!! I think Colorado is gonna win out:sad2: And heres a news flash-I doubt he will enjoy it as much as he thinks he will...he doesn't like to be cold! Now..doesn't that make you wonder why he even wants to go in the winter? I tried to talk him into taking a summer trip there so we could see what's what and then go back...but he didn't like that idea AT ALL!! So....who knows.....
    sorry to hijack Sheree....back to your program dear!!!
     

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