What's the Big Deal With Staying On Property Anyway? *Goodbyes* 12/17 p.114

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  1. carissanboys

    carissanboys DIS Veteran

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    Before the title of my trip report starts a huge debate, let me explain.

    This was our third trip to Disney World in three years. On our first trip, we stayed at Shades of Green. While technically ON property, it is not a Disney resort and didn't really have the Disney feeling (at least to me). Basically, there were no towel animals. :sad1: But, the rooms were large and you couldn't beat the price. :thumbsup2

    Our second trip took us completely off property to Windsor Hills. We LOVED staying there! So much space to move around, a splash pool all our own, and a quick and easy drive to the parks. :cool1: (Here's the link to my first PTR/TR - "Our 2nd Trip to Disney! Did It Measure Up?")

    So - I asked myself - what was the big deal about staying on Disney property??? :confused3

    This last trip was spur of the moment thanks to some great deals offered to military families by Disney. We were able to purchase our tickets at a great price and they gave us 40% off our room. That pretty much settled it for me - it was time to try staying on property and find out what all of the hoopla was about for ourselves! :idea:

    The cast:

    I'm going to keep the introductions simple. Most of you already know us, but if you don't and would like to find out more, feel free to read my PTR (do not be thrown by the word "camping" in the title :rolleyes1 ).


    Me - Carissa - turned 35 on the trip

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    DH - Chuck - already 35 (he he he) and getting ready to do his first tour on board a ship

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    Sullivan - 8 - my thrill rider

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    Owen - 6 - the one I can always count on to pose with characters

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    Connor - 4 - my shy one

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    Stitch - our visitor for this trip (you can find out more about why he's with us in my PTR)

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    The details:

    We left Maryland on Friday, March 27th and returned home on Sunday, April 5th. Our plan was to stay at Port Orleans Riverside for seven nights. We were getting the five day basic park tickets and also taking advantage of the free entry to Sea World.

    Now that all of that business is out of the way, we can get on to the trip! But, I'm afraid that will have to wait a bit longer. We just got home yesterday and I have lots to do to get caught up on life. I'm sure y'all understand. :rolleyes1

    By the way, for those who may be new (please say "hi" as I love to hear from everyone!), my husband just received orders on board his first ship. He'll be leaving us at the end of next month for four months of school in Florida. The boys and I will most likely be moving to the Virginia Beach area sometime in June. And then Chuck will begin his tour on an aircraft carrier in September. I am sure this TR (if I can drag it out long enough :rotfl: ) will have mini-TRs about all of that. If you care to skip over non-Disney stuff, I always have links to installments right here on the main page.

    Now, let's get this trip report started...


    *Links*

    1) Day 1 - Part 1 - Let the Driving Begin!
    2) Moving Update
    3) Part 2 - Are We a Magnet for Tornadoes or What???
    4) Part 3 - What Did Pedro Call Me???
    5) Day 2 - Part 1 - It Cost $1.00 to Pee??
    6) So Long, Stitch!
    7) Part 2 - "I Swear I Wasn't Running Off Without Paying!"
    8) Part 3 - Renovations Anyone?
    9) Day 3 - Part 1 - Did Toy Story Mania Live Up to the Hype?
    10) Part 2 - Rock 'n' Roller Coaster - Was I Brave Enought to Ride It?
    11) A Moving Update and Mini TR
    12) Part 3 - Look Out!! It's the Amazing Collosal Man!!
    13) Part 4 - Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire!
    14) Part 5 - Our First Towel...Creation?
    15) Day 4 - Part 1 - A Stitch Kind of Day
    16) Part 2 - Will We Lose Stitch Forever??
    17) Part 3 - Haunted Mansion or Space Mountain - Which is Scarier?
    18) Part 4 - A Birthday Surprise
    19) Part 5 - My Birthday Dinner at Kona
    20) Moving Update - Getting Close!
    21) Part 6 - The Boys Make Friends with the Help of Glow Sticks
    22) Day 5 - Part 1 - A Migraine, Laundry, and a Surrey Ride - Oh My!
    23) Part 2 - Can Doing the Hokey Pokey Make You Sick?
    24) Part 3 - Take a Walk With Me
    25) Part 4 - Take a Walk With Me
    26) Part 5 - More Walk Pictures and A Ride in the Rain
    27) Day 6 - Part 1 - Taking Time to Smell the "Roses"
    28) Part 2 - First Class Passengers
    29) Part 3 - It's Fun to Trick the Ones We Love
    30) Part 4 - How Did We Get to British Columbia?
    31) Part 5 - A Huge Disappointment and Pooh is Caught Flirting
    32) Part 6 - Kim Possible Turns Out to Be Impossible
    33) Day 7 - Part 1 - Kilimanjaro Safaris Comes to a Stand Still
    34) Part 2 - Happy Birthday to Me...Again?
    35) Part 3 - Tree of Life - Up Close and Personal
    36) Part 4 - Photopass for One and Front Row Seats
    37) Part 5 - A T-Rex Review
    38) Pins
    39) Day 8 - Part 1 - Sea World in the Rain
    40) End of Summer Update
    41) Part 2 - Walk Like a Penguin
    42) Part 3 - Love for Shamu
    43) Day 9 - Part 1 - Breakfast with Stitch
    44) Part 2 - Where We Learn About Stitch's Girlfriend
    45) Part 3 - Our Last Moments at the World
    46) Part 4 - Fill Yo' Trunque with Pedro's Junque!
    47) A Life Update
    48) Final Thoughts - Part 1
    49) Mini TR - Colonial Williamsburg
    50) Goodbyes
     
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  3. mommytothreeboys

    mommytothreeboys DIS Veteran

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    Ok..so you just got back and have lots to do....so WHAT!!!!!???? :laughing:

    What a tease! :lmao:

    On the edge of my seat waiting for more! popcorn:: So glad you're back!
     
  4. Lifelong_Dreamer

    Lifelong_Dreamer DIS Veteran

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    Here and waiting patiently. :cutie:
     
  5. whogirl'smom

    whogirl'smom <font color=royalblue>Any leftover grumpiness can

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    I'm in!

    Dh was on an aircraft carrier when he was in the Navy many, many moons ago. He was stationed in Norfolk, also.
     
  6. Charleston Princess

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    Yeay, a new TR from Carissa to enjoy over morning coffee!!! :woohoo:

    I guess I didn't realize that we were so close to the same age -- I will turn 35 in November -- 1974 was a good year. ;)
     
  7. KathyRN137

    KathyRN137 ...and the greatest of these is Love

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    :wave: Welcome Back!! :wave:


    Kathy
     
  8. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    I'm here and ready to get this "Party" started
    :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:
     
  9. VAisforDisneyLvrs

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    HI! Subbing to your TR. I am also 35 with three kids-but mine are all girls! princess:princess:princess:

    I live in VA-not too far from Va Beach. The good news is that Va Beach still has a Disney Store! I'd be happy to answer any questions that I can about our area. Since I am on the other side of the water I don't know tons about Va Beach in particular, but I know lots about Hampton Roads in general since I've lived here my whole life.
     
  10. heaven2dc

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    Welcome back!! :grouphug: Hope you had a wonderful time - your whole family definitely deserved a vacation before your husband leaves. Am anxious to read all about it and see lots of pics!
     
  11. dismagiclover

    dismagiclover Mrs. Darling: Mom to Wendy, John & Michael

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    Welcome home!!!! Can't wait to hear all the details!:goodvibes
     
  12. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    So what did you miss this post??????????????????


    Let's get going!!!!!!!

    You don't have to have clean clothes :laundy: right now do you?:confused3
     
  13. carissanboys

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    I gave you a little teaser in your PTR! :thumbsup2

    Not much longer for your trip Lessa! I was talking to Chuck about you and your upcoming trip during the drive back home. ;)

    :welcome: Hello! Glad to have you join in. :goodvibes My husband has been in the Navy for 16 years and this will be his first time on a ship. I know nothing about how all of ship life works. It will be a new learning experience for all of us.

    So, the big question is...

    Who did you think was older?? :confused3

    :rotfl:

    Hey Kathy! Stitch says hello! :stitch:

    What did you bring to the party??

    :welcome: Hi! Glad to have you hear. :goodvibes I actually lived in Chesapeake for about 7 months back in the early to mid 90's and worked in Hampton so I'm somewhat familiar with the area. I'm getting ready to take a short trip down there with a friend to check out some housing options. I'm sure I'll have some questions along the way!

    :welcome: Thanks for reading! :flower3:

    Thanks Jenny!

    You haven't told me what you brought to the party. Can't get started until I know what I have to work with. :rolleyes1

    I'm trying to pace myself! Remember?? 15 days for my last TR?? I know some of you would be happy if I threw it all out there right away, but others get upset if I go to fast. :rolleyes1 I have about 1,000 pictures to upload to Photobucket! :scared:
     
  14. momrek06

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    :mickeyjum CAR...I'm IN, I'm IN!!!!!!!!! :mickeyjum

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  15. Goofster57

    Goofster57 What if the “Hokey Pokey” really is what it’s all

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    I came to the party and I brought a...........

    Grand Piano
     
  16. carissanboys

    carissanboys DIS Veteran

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    Yay! Karen's here! :dancer:

    Wow! I wasn't expecting that. :rolleyes1 Can I keep it?? :hyper:
     
  17. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

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    Welcome home CAR!!!!

    :banana::hug:

    I'm anxious to find out if you enjoyed your stay more while on WDW property!
     
  18. nodoubt51

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    Hey there Car. I'm here :cool1:

    :lovestruc

    I turn 35 soon. 1974 was a great year! :thumbsup2
     
  19. carissanboys

    carissanboys DIS Veteran

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    Hey gorgeous! :love: '74 rocks! :thumbsup2 Now, can I just stay at 35??
     
  20. carissanboys

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    Oops. I missed yours Heidi!

    I can't wait for you to see all of the great Stitch pictures we got. :goodvibes
     
  21. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

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    Just passed right by me eh? :rolleyes:

    I'll forgive ya this time :laughing:

    J/J - lymi :hug:

    I'm looking forward to seeing them too...hope it made the trip a lil' more special for your boys :goodvibes
     

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