You can take the girl out of Disney, BUT………

Discussion in 'Universal Studios Trip Reports' started by jenseib, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. macraven

    macraven <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><marquee><font co

    Apr 21, 2003
    i'm late for the party but here now.

    ok, start anytime..........:goodvibes

    forget about unpacking before you come to the computer.
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  3. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

    Jan 6, 2008
    Reporting for reading :surfweb:
  4. bubba's mom

    bubba's mom <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=darko

    Jul 14, 2004
    Checkin in....and holy moley did Claire GROW!!! :eek:
  5. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

    Oct 28, 2006
    Hey and you're first!!!


    Thats OK. making it on the first page is great!

    Hey Nikki!

    We were totally photobombed! I never noticed it til lI went to edit the picture and then had a good laugh!


    If I did, I haven't realized it yet. I think I did good this time!

    I tried to update a lot on facebook, but sometimes the phone wouldn't cooperate.

    Welcome!!! :)

    Yes! I'll have to find that thread. I also have a great picture for the thread that is called something like pictures the averagee tourist doesn't take from our MK day. Skip pointed it out, and it was hilarious. So many people stopped to see it. It was kind of far away though and I only brought a shorter lens to Disney. If I had known, I would've brought the longer one! ;)

    Welcome!!!! I hope I can keep you entertained!

    The trip to the dark side was very fun. I almost felt like a traitor at times though. ;)

    Thanks for joining in. We are cruising again in Nov. 4 nights on the Dream. I can't wait, but I have a long time yet.

    Thanks so much. I love taking pictures. I annoy the heck out of my family at times, while other times they are pointing out things I should take a picture of. Skip was telling me over and over that I wasn't taking enough in the queue for Forbidden Journey. :laughing:

    Hi Lisa!!!:banana:

    Yay! You made it. I am working on the next installment tonight.

    I know! It was a very short trip. The days flew by too. But it was great fun and I really did things differently this time too. I was more laid back....well for me, I was. I think Skip still thought I was going too fast.

    Thanks for follwoing along! :dance3:

    Thanks for joining. I always love reading your tips and suggestions on other threads. You have helped me in planning!

    Hi Pat! We even had a little pool time too! ;)
  6. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

    Jan 2, 2010
    Aww Man! I didn't even make the first page!!:sad2:

    That's the last time I leave my laptop unattended!:lmao:

    HI Jen! I'm here!
  7. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

    Oct 28, 2006
    The 2 weeks we had to plan this trip just flew by. The weather turned extremely nice at home, with 80 plus degree days. I did yard work and also started walking outside to get ready for all the park walking. I even dragged Claire with me on some of them to get her little legs ready as well.

    I also had several customers to take care of for my job in that time and I tried my best to wrap up any loose ends before leaving and sent out emails letting people know I would be gone during the week and with any reminders or info that I thought they needed.

    I also had to pull out summer clothing and get that packed. Claire has grown like a weed once again, but we found several things that still fit.
    Soon after the trip was booked, Jeanne, one of my co-workers messaged me and told me I could borrow a skirt and top of one of her DD&#8217;s that was Harry Potter themed. GREAT! Sadly, this outfit got lost in the mail and as of yet has not turned up on either end. I sure do hope it eventually makes its way to one of us.
    But Jeanne knows me so well. She also gave me some ideas and names of people who make dresses. Before I knew it, I had two outfits ordered for Claire to wear to the parks. This is right up Claire&#8217;s alley. At Disney, she typically wears a princess dress for part of the day and then some Disney themed outfit.
    I also took it step further and ordered bows to match the outfits.





    I also made a pillowcase for signatures. This was a cute idea in theory, but when we got there, we ended up only getting 3 signatures. Claire was a little shy with the Universal characters for some reason.


    I also emailed Bubbasmom (Barb) and she gave me some wonderful tips that I used to make a tip sheet for us.

    On Sat. the 24th, We went shopping with my Mom, and she bought me an early Easter/Mothers Day gift. A kindle fire. I amreally loving this thing. I debated on leaving the laptop at home, since I now had the kindle, but I did end up bringing it&#8230;and never even taking it out of the bag. I had thought I might need it to dump pictures on, but I didn&#8217;t. I think it will stay home from now on. It&#8217;s heavy and a pain in the butt to bring. I plan on buying a few more CF cards before our next trip, so I should be OK with not having it along, and I can get on the internet just fine with the Kindle. I&#8217;m not super savvy with it, but I can still work it enough to make do.

    By Sunday, March 25th, most everything was packed and ready to go. I only had a few more items to throw in the suitcase before we left.

    Here are the bags. Claire thought we should take a picture.



    Everyone went to bed at a normal time. And we had most of the day Monday to wait out as well. Claire was already too excited. But I told her she needed to be patient as we weren&#8217;t even leaving till late afternoon the next day. I figured that she would sleep in (she loves to sleep in and stay up late), and then we could run to the bank and get the last minute stuff done to keep her mind off of things&#8230;..yeah right!
  8. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

    Oct 28, 2006
    Well speak of the Devil...there she is! :cool1:

    Yes, Claire seems to be growing non stop lately. I have to buy clothes big now so they will last more than a month or 2.

    I know. Everyone always starts there reports as soon as I walk away! :rolleyes1 I think some do it on purpose. :laughing:
  9. sunshineNJ

    sunshineNJ DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2010
    Hi, I live in NJ. I have always wanted to be a travel agent. Of course I'm obsessed with Disney. What would be the first step i would take to get started. Thanks:)
  10. mousetravel

    mousetravel DIS Veteran

    Oct 16, 2007
  11. annmarieda

    annmarieda DIS Veteran

    Feb 10, 2010
    I always love what you have Claire wear to the parks. Those two outfits are AH-dorable!!!
  12. photographymom517

    photographymom517 DIS Veteran

    Feb 15, 2010
    Hey Jen! Just found this! Welcome back!!!

    I love all of the outfits you got Claire! I'm glad I have three boys or else I would be broke all the time!!! :laughing:

    Can't wait to hear about your adventures at Universal! I haven't been since 1999 so I'm curious to see how it's changed!

    LOVE your tote -- I didn't know you bought a Disney Dooney!!! :thumbsup2
  13. dizneeat

    dizneeat DIS Veteran

    Apr 9, 2006
    Page 3!!!!!!! Can you forgive me, Jen? :flower3: I blame it on being fast asleep because of the 6 hour time change!

    But I am here now ....... and now going back to read! :laughing:
  14. LuvEeyore

    LuvEeyore DIS Veteran

    Nov 4, 2005
    I wnt to bed on page 1 at 730 p, and woke up on page 3 at 4 am. What a following. Cant wait to read more.
  15. Daddy_of_Princesses

    Daddy_of_Princesses The downside of being better than everyone else is

    Aug 4, 2006
    (sarcasm font on)
    Suuuuure, Claire thought you should take a picture. ;)I can't believe you would stoop to blaming your precious daughter for your photo obsession. For shame.:lmao:
    (sarcasm font off)

    On a side note, 12 hours, only two official updates, and we are on page 3???:confused3
  16. RinkyTinkyTinky

    RinkyTinkyTinky DIS Veteran

    Jun 17, 2008
    I'm in! :banana:

    I know what you mean about your heart still being with Disney. I've looked into a cruise through Royal Car. b/c I thought it would be cheaper (and they actually have more to offer on their ships it seems), but I really don't think I can bring myself to do it. It just doesn't feel the same. I'm just sold on Disney all the way! And when we went to Seaworld... same thing... it was fun, but it's not Disney.

    Can't wait to read all about your trip!
  17. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

    Oct 28, 2006
    I'm loving this thread! Too funny.


    Hi Hope! 1999 was my last trip too.

    I figured you were sleeping. :cloud9:

    It's kind of exciting! :lmao:

    OK, you might be right.....:laughing:

    Hi ya!!!!I've looked at other lines too, and really with all the extra cost of things onboard, you don't save a lot verses Disney. My next goal is to save enough to go on the Fantasy...maybe in 2014.
  18. natebenma

    natebenma DIS Veteran

    Jul 19, 2008
    Can't wait to hear about your trip!!! Too funny about your husband insisting on a day at MK. Mine did that too during our Dark Side trip!

    Claire's dresses/skirts/bow are TOO adorable!

  19. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

    Oct 28, 2006
    Welcome!!! I so enjoyed your Universal TR too. Yep, Skip would neve admit it, but he said we needed to do it for Claire! :rotfl: I really think Claire wouldn't have cared though. She had a ball at Universal.
  20. idgy

    idgy Mouseketeer

    Mar 31, 2012
    Enjoying your trip report! Cute outfits for the parks. Love that idea!

    I'm curious about the tips you got from Bubbasmom...could you post them for us?
  21. Woth2982

    Woth2982 DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2008
    I can't believe you already started! Yay! I am on a business trip in Montreal this week shut off from everything! This will keep me entertained! Claire is gonna be on the disboards soon I think if she is having you take photos of the luggage! Another dis-aholic has sparked!

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