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Trip Number 9 ~ It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year ~ Christmastime at the GF & Poly

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by Momof2Disneyboys, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Hello! :wave:

    Welcome to my TR!

    Many of you already know me, so I will try to keep the intros short & sweet.

    We got back on Dec 16 from our 9th trip to Walt Disney World! It's hard to believe we have been there that many times. Our very first trip was in 2005 and we were hooked and we just keep going back!! :yay:

    I am the mom, the wife, the Disney lover! I have been married to my DH for almost 15 years and we have 2 wonderful boys. I work part time at my kids school as a Teaching Assistant. I am also a soccer mom, PTO mom, room mom, and all that fun stuff! In my spare time I enjoy shopping, photography, and of course everything Disney!

    DH has become quite the Disney fan himself! He works a lot of hours as a Quality Assurance Inspector, so he really looks forward to our family vacations to the sunshine state! In his spare time he enjoys spending time with the boys and being outdoors.

    DS13 is our oldest. Hard to believe he's a teenager already. :faint: He enjoys reading, being with his friends, playing video games, riding his 4-wheeler, archery, and loves roller coasters! He still enjoys Disney very much and I hope that doesn't change anytime soon. DS13 is very out-going and hilarious and is always the star of the show! :cool1:

    DS11 is our little guy. He enjoys playing soccer, being outside, playing video games, and most of all Legos!! He loves Disney very much and I can always count on him if I want to talk about Disney! DS11 is very laid back and easy-going and doesn't have a care in the world. :cloud9:

    Here's a pic from our trip ~


    Our WDW trip history includes: October 2005, May 2007, May 2008, Jan 2009, Nov 2009, Nov 2010, Aug/Sept 2011, and Apr/May 2012. When we were there this past spring there was a bounceback offer in the room for 35% off any deluxe resort. At the time we were at the BC and not enjoying the hectic atmosphere there and knew we wanted to be at the Poly next time. The bounceback dates were only through 2012, so we booked the last week available - Dec 9-16. Actually we only booked Dec 11-16, and later added on Dec 9-11 at the GF and turned what was supposed to be a quick little Christmas trip into a full week!

    I guess that about sums it up. So come on in and make yourself comfortable and don't be afraid to post!! I look forward to sharing lots of stories & pics with old friends and hope to make some new friends along the way too!

    Hope you enjoy! :goodvibes

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  3. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Here's a little sneak peek of what's to come!

    (Click on the pic)

  4. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Day 1 -- Sunday December 9:
    Arrival and Check In ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47144121&postcount=39
    AK: Dinosaur & EE ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47164841&postcount=65
    AK: Kilimanjaro Safari & Camp Minnie-Mickey ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47186220&postcount=83
    AK: Camp Minnie-Mickey & Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47186247&postcount=84
    AK: Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47186293&postcount=85
    GF SL Twilight Refreshers & Room Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47206833&postcount=111
    GF Balcony & View, Lobby & Gingerbread House ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47206890&postcount=112
    GF Grounds, Pool and SL Cordials & Desserts ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47252084&postcount=136

    Day 2 -- Monday December 10:
    A DIS Meet with JoBird & Family and SL Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47280593&postcount=157
    GF Lobby and Construction Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47280640&postcount=158
    DTD & T-Rex Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47307182&postcount=196
    DTD & Lego Store ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47334869&postcount=213
    DTD, World of Disney, Art of Disney ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47334922&postcount=214
    GF Afternoon Tea & Scones in the SL Lounge ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47365312&postcount=256
    GF Beach Pool & Construction Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47365418&postcount=257
    GF Balcony View, Lobby & Grounds ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47406604&postcount=303
    GF Lounge & Grounds ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47406670&postcount=304

    Day 3 -- Tuesday December 11:
    GF Departure, Poly Arrival, and DHS ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47436001&postcount=328
    DHS: Star Tours & RNRC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47436030&postcount=329
    DHS: Sci-Fi Dine In ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47475422&postcount=347
    DHS: The Legend of Capt Jack Sparrow and One Man's Dream ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47513882&postcount=392
    DHS: Toy Story Mania ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47513922&postcount=393
    Poly Room ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47552945&postcount=410
    DHS: TOT & Osborne Lights ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47577642&postcount=445
    DHS: Osborne Lights ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47577674&postcount=446
    DHS & Poly ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47577749&postcount=448

    Day 4 -- Wednesday December 12:
    Kona Cafe Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47631370&postcount=464
    Poly Pics & MK Arrival ~http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47663264&postcount=498
    MK: The New Little Mermaid ride ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47663296&postcount=499
    MK: Philharmagic, HM, LM, Casey's Corner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47693493&postcount=533
    MK: Adventureland, POTC, Pecos Bill, BTMRR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47722281&postcount=556
    MK: Dumbo, Space Mtn, TTA, Buzz ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47773849&postcount=580
    MK: RocketTower Dance Party and the Castle Lighting ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47773918&postcount=581
    MK: Main Street & MSEP ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47808234&postcount=603
    MK: Castle Projection Show & Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47808251&postcount=604
    Leaving MK and Back to the Poly ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47808275&postcount=605

    Day 5 -- Thursday December 13:
    Epcot Arrival ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47842463&postcount=630
    Epcot: The New Test Track ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47842482&postcount=631
    Epcot: The Seas with Nemo, Test Track, MouseGears ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47842511&postcount=632
    Epcot: World Showcase, Mexico ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47866382&postcount=667
    Epcot: World, Showcase, Norway and a DIS Meet with Jodi & Family ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47866406&postcount=668
    Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47885534&postcount=680
    Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47885552&postcount=681
    Boardwallk Inn Christmas Decoration Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47912869&postcount=692
    Yacht Club & Beach Club Christmas Decoration Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47912888&postcount=693
    LeCellier Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47934095&postcount=710
    Epcot: Soarin, Living with the Land, Club Cool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47972083&postcount=744
    Epcot: Mission Space and Spaceship Earth ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47972153&postcount=745
    Captain Cook's Dinner & Poly Shopping ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48004014&postcount=764

    Day 6 -- Friday December 14:
    MK Rope Drop ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48043058&postcount=790
    MK: Main Street & Peter Pan ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48043097&postcount=791
    MK: IASW and the Carousel ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48043124&postcount=792
    MK: Sleepy Hollow Lunch and Haunted Mansion ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48088435&postcount=826
    MK: Liberty Belle Riverboat ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48088459&postcount=827
    MK: BTMRR, Splash Mtn, POTC, and Enchanted Tiki Room ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48118535&postcount=850
    MK: Tiki Room, Castle Stage Show, Main Street, Mickey Mouse ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48118557&postcount=851
    Poly Time & Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48152157&postcount=892
    Poly Pool & Grounds ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48152185&postcount=893
    DTD & Wolfgang Puck Express ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48201897&postcount=916
    DTD ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48229870&postcount=935
    Poly: Electric Water Pageant & Holiday Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48229905&postcount=936

    Day 7 -- Saturday December 15:
    Contempo Cafe Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48286705&postcount=957
    Contemporary ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48286722&postcount=958
    Poly Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48336553&postcount=981
    Fort Wilderness ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48365587&postcount=997
    Fort Wilderness Archery Experience ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48365605&postcount=998
    Polynesian ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48462068&postcount=1058
    Polynesian ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48462107&postcount=1059
    Ohana Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48505454&postcount=1077
    Poly Beach Fun ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48545162&postcount=1096

    Day 8 -- Sunday December 15:
    Departure ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48601190&postcount=1118 :sad:

    Vacation Video ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48618100&postcount=1136
    Final Thoughts ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48653400&postcount=1158

  5. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Yay! You've started! Love the picture of the four of you by the Christmas tree.
  6. JoBird

    JoBird <font color=7570ff>Proud Charter Member of the Tag

    Omg okay well I'm here! This will be fun to read. Pass the popcorn. Or the chocolate. See if your DS11 will share his. ;)
  7. lala3291

    lala3291 Active Member

    So excited you started your TR, Shelly! I am so excited for this! Can't wait to read :)

    Hope all is well with your family :hug:
  8. thornton0511

    thornton0511 Active Member

    Woohoo here we go!! Can't wait to follow along. Also love your family pic!!
  9. Wicket's Mom

    Wicket's Mom Active Member

    I saw your review of the Poly & GF on the Resorts Board, liked your style, so decided to check this one out!
  10. ddluvsdisney

    ddluvsdisney Active Member

    OMG I just got home from hockey practice and saw this!!! :yay:
    Can't wait to read all about it!
  11. OThopeful35

    OThopeful35 Active Member

    I'm excited to read along!!:banana:
  12. monica23535

    monica23535 Active Member

    I'm here from across the pond - again!
  13. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Good morning everyone! :goodvibes I just posted our vacation video in post number 2!! Hope you enjoy! :cool1:
  14. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Thanks Lisa! :)

    Well, you sort of have to be here since you were involved! :rotfl:

    I don't think DS will be sharing his chocolate since it was from a very special girl. ::yes:: :lovestruc

    Thanks Lauren! I am excited to get this TR started. Could use a little distraction from real life.

    Hope you enjoy! :goodvibes
  15. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Thanks, so glad you are here!! :cool1:

    Welcome! :) Glad you liked the reviews and decided to join us here. Hope you enjoy!

    You gave me the kick I needed yesterday to get this thing going!! Hope you enjoy! :yay:
  16. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    :welcome: Glad you're here!

    YAY!! :cool1: Welcome Monica!
  17. JoBird

    JoBird <font color=7570ff>Proud Charter Member of the Tag


    I wuz "involved". Sounds like a crime was committed.:scared1:

    The chocolate. Oh my. Precious. :love:

    Seriously though--- I'm all out of the good stuff you handed me over that balcony that night. :thumbsup2
    You've created a monster, just so you know.:hyper:

    Since I ate MY box in two days I need more.:rotfl: Best dang stuff on da planet! Thinking of placing an order for Valentines. And Easter. And hum, what other holidays are there? Is it proper to give chocolate for MLK day? Presidents day? Whatever the reason, I'm all over it.:cool1:

    Love that video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:yay:
  18. JoBird

    JoBird <font color=7570ff>Proud Charter Member of the Tag

    Okay so I just noticed something in your pic by the tree. You had your hair down for it but when we can back that night from the parks you had it in a bun didn't you???? It was so pretty that way. You know that MC and I are jealous of your hair. :rotfl: I might be the tall one, but you've got the hair, girl!! Anyway-- just an observation. You should wear it like that a lot. Very elegant.
  19. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    :rotfl2: Well, there were no crimes committed (that I know of). But you were involved!! :rotfl:

    Well I'm not sure if it's proper to give chocolate on all those occasions, but I'm pretty sure it's proper to eat it any day and every day!! ::yes:: That really is the best chocolate in the world!! :love:

    You are quite observant! :rotfl: Actually that night on the balcony I had just washed my face and I always pull my hair up in a ponytail or bun when I do that. Guess I just hadn't taken it down when we went out on the balcony. And then you guys arrived!! It was so funny, DH and I were sitting there and it was all quiet and then your door opened and we both sort of jumped, like we thought no one else was staying there! :upsidedow And then DH said something corny so you would know we were out there. :laughing:

    Awww good times. :cloud9:
  20. JoBird

    JoBird <font color=7570ff>Proud Charter Member of the Tag

    No crimes-- that you know of???? :lmao: You think I'd hide it from you if there was??? I'd never be a good criminal b/c the first thing I'd say is "Holy crap wait till I tell Shelly this story!!"


    And yeah, I'm observant. It's bad but I notice small details about people in seconds of seeing them that no one else notices. I better not ever get mugged b/c they'd be in trouble- I could give a full description to the police.:hyper:

    Oh yes... those were good times. Wish I could hit the rewind button. :guilty: Sorry I scared you opening the door. Ya'll were all relaxing and my big mouth came bustin out there to interrupt you.:banana:

    Okay so I just looked and a 3 pound box of chocolate assorted is ONLY $51 plus shipping. And yes it has to be 3 pounds. If you're gonna be bad, you have to do it big. :bitelip:
  21. Disney9.9.10

    Disney9.9.10 Active Member

    I followed a teeny bit of your PTR so I might as well join in for the TR!:goodvibes

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