Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip? Link to New TR 6/24 p136!

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by MEK, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. MEK

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    Welcome to my newest, and perhaps most eclectic, trip report. Usually I start my trip reports AFTER the trip is over, but I am going to try something different this time around. I am actually going to start this trip report BEFORE my trip(s). Notice I said trip(s)! That’s right – I am about to write about not one, not two, but three trips – all in the same report.

    But Wait! I know what you’re thinking! I only have two tickers going. Where’s the third trip?

    Answer – I am going to modify the trip report etiquette a wee little bit and write about a recent trip I took to Williamsburg. Although Williamsburg is technically not a Disney trip, I approached it with the same sense of adventure and planning that I do with all my Disney trips. And I discovered that Williamsburg, in many ways, is like a Disney trip. There is so much to do and see, so many great places to eat and shop. There’s the thrill factor and the educational factor. There’s the ability to play on the land and the sea. So, if you will indulge me, I would love to be your host on a 3 day tour of Williamsburg and the surrounding areas. Yeah – I know I could put this on the community boards, but how would that allow me to simultaneously write about my actual Disney trips. It really wouldn’t, would it????? KWIM!

    So what Disney trips do I have in my actual queue?
    Well, if you are anything at all like me, and I know I a lot of you are, you probably have trouble coming home from a Disney trip without another trip in the works. I have been fortunate enough to belong to the Disney Vacation Club for several years and it has afforded me the luxury of being to preplan trips and not wait for codes and special offers. When I came home from my May girl’s trip I already had two trips waiting for me in my queue.

    Disney Trip #1: (10/23 – 10/28) In less than 3 weeks I have another girl’s trip planned. This one isn’t to Disneyworld in Orlando, but it is to a very special Disney property – Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort! Again – I know I could write about this on the DVC board, but I don’t think that would be nearly as fun as writing about it here. I figured if you are like me (and you know you are), you are always looking for a vacation with a variation on the traditional Disney theme. A Disney vacation with a twist, so to speak. And that’s exactly what this vacation is! It’s akin to a Disney cruise or perhaps a visit to Vero Beach. I have heard so many wonderful things about Disney’s HHI resort, how can I NOT write a TR about it. Plus I got a killer deal there which will surprise and amaze you!

    Disney Trip #2: (12/14 – 12/19) Woo Hoo!!!! Going back to the world as we all know it! My DH, Denny, and DS, Nicholas, will be joining me and we will be staying for 5 nights at OKW! I have heard so many wonderful things about OKW since I booked this trip, that I am super excited to stay there!!!!! There are also a few other DISers spending time at the world while I’m there – Kara (karajeboo ) and Dawn (DizneyDawn). There may also be some others that I don’t even know about. So, if you are going to be in the world the same time as I am, give me a shout out!

    So why not a pretrip report?????

    I considered writing this as a pretrip report for my December Disney trip. But, I finally settled on this format.
    I do enjoy PTR’s. I really do. Some DISers are REALLY good at writing PTRs. You know who you are! You share your planning decisions, change your resort 5 or 6 times, change your ADRs even more, make fabulously elaborate planning lists and spread sheets, calculate out the useable space in your luggage, and some of you even devise creative ways to surprise your kids. I am so bad at that kind of stuff. With DVC there isn’t a lot of resort shuffling, I don’t spend hours obsessing over ADRs, and I am terrible at lists. And to surprise anyone – well that would probably be literally impossible for me since I am such a blabber mouth. I’m also not really good at creative games and top tens! I love you guys who are, but I’m just not.

    I like to put my energy into the post trip report. That’s where I shine. Although I am not the most entertaining writer, I really love, love, LOVE to take pictures and share them with you. I much prefer to write about the trip after the fact. And I like to share my photography with you. I’m not perfect, but I am getting steadily better with the camera. So - That’s just me!

    I think this will work! So please join me for the next several months as we explore W-burg, Hilton Head, and then the ever fabulous Disney World at Christmas time!
     
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  3. TanzUnited99

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    Joining and am I first? Going back to read!

    Edit: Looking forward to hearing all about Williamsburg and than all your Disney adventures Mary Ellen!! :cool1:

    I love your writing style and pictures and can't wait to read/see more! :goodvibes
     
  4. MEK

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    1. So How did these trips all happen? Added 10/3/2011
    2. That Trip That Almost Wasn't 10/6/2011
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    91. The End & The Rest of the Queuehttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?do=newreply&p=450600486/2/12
     
  5. SoonerGirl

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    I'm here Mary Ellen, thanks for the heads up!!

    I'm excited to hear about your trips! And, yes, I know I still owe you Charleston pictures, I'll get them posted before I leave for WDW, I promise!! (See now that I put that promise in writing, I HAVE to get it done ;) )
     
  6. MEK

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    Yes - you are! :woohoo: Welcome!!!!

    I am a little nervous about this TR since its not the "usual" format, but we'll see how it goes.

    I am actually looking forward to writing about Williamsburg since it was a really fun trip!

    And then HHI - watch out. It's going to be the most detailed HHI TR ever. I want to explore every inch on that place.
     
  7. DisMomAmy

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    Page one!! :cool1:
     
  8. MEK

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    :wave2:Welcome Amy!
    I'm glad you are here since you were my inspiration for a mini-August trip. I really lucked out that we ended up in Williamsburg instead of the White Mountains. But I will get to those White Mountains - darn it!!!!
     
  9. tinacaplan

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    So happy that there's another round, Mary Ellen. And your pictures are gorgeous and your writing is pretty good, too! :goodvibes Looking forward to sharing this journey with you.
     
  10. jeremysdisneymom

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    I am here Mary Ellen!! :yay: Looking forward to reading all about it!
     
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    I'm here, MaryEllen and will catch up when I get back from our trip.
     
  12. DisMomAmy

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    Awww... you're so sweet! :goodvibes I'm glad you went to Williamsburg instead too!
     
  13. MEK

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    Welcome Michelle!!!!!

    I really DO want to hear about your Charleston trip. We have decided to stop there on our way home (Friday) and spend the day there. Then we are going to drive north a bit further and spend the night. That way we don't have to leave HH for the day. Can't wait to see your pictures!

    Welcome
    Tina!


    This is very unusual for me to go from one TR straight to the next, but I really wanted to post Williamsburg pictures and I didn't want to do it on a group TR. Thanks so much for joining in!


    Welcome Erika! So happy to have you join in!

    Welcome Kathy! I hope you are wrapping up an absolutely fantastic trip. Judging by your FB pictures you definitely are!

    It's strange, because I was super excited to go to New England and I would have gotten there before the storm, but who knows when I would have gotten home again. It would have been absolutely no fun to be there in all that rain. As it turns out the W-burg trip got pushed back several days, but turned out perfect.


    :cheer2:Thanks Everyone for Joining in!....to my somewhat atypical Disney TR!
     
  14. dawnbu40

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    I'm here! Thanks for letting me know you'd started! :)

    How lucky you are to have so many trips in the works! I'm so jealous! The next year is going to be expensive so we won't be back to Disney (or anywhere else for that matter) until the wedding so I'll live vicariously through your adventures :goodvibes
     
  15. MEK

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    Welcome Dawn!!!!! I am so glad to have you here!

    I feel very fortunate to have so many trips planned over the next year! I am going to get a new AP in December and that will tide me over straight through next October. I was already pricing out my points for October 2012. Yes - I am sure your expensive are adding up, but how much fun to be able to plan a dream wedding in the world. Dale just looked so happy in the last set of pictures Caitlin posted! :goodvibes It was so cute!
     
  16. Mndisneygirl

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    Oh, it's gonna be close - can I make page 1?? (YES!!)
    I'm totally on board for another TR Mary Ellen!!!
     
  17. MEK

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    Welcome Sheree!!!!I am so excited that you are here and I'm almost ready to get started with my first real update!
     
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    I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trips!!!!
     
  19. brookelizabeth

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    I'm here! I need to read yet though.:goodvibes
     
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    Here, here, here!! I have to go back and read the intro but I'm here!!!
     
  21. Wicket's Mom

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    Wow! Page two already! I need to start reading. Just got an IPhone & have been playing with that!

    I gotta get busy.:laughing:
     

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