Aloha !! ~ mandymouse's pre-trippy (*Byeeeeee !!!*)

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  1. mandymouse

    mandymouse Bahama Mama Time !!

    Mar 8, 2003

    Mandy (45) – Desperate for Bahama Mama’s, Lapu Lapu’s and Rose Regale’s
    Paul (44) – Desperate for a holiday and some sunshine
    Kerry (18) – Desperate for Hollister & Urban Outfitters
    Becky (16) - Desperate to meet the Jonas Brothers (I can’t guarantee that one)



    August ‘08

    The first snippets of planning for 2009 began onboard the Disney Wonder last summer. While having a fab time with ‘The Bahama Mama’s’, we decided that we wanted to take advantage of the rebooking discount and onboard credit. So we booked a 4 night Cruise, 16th/20th August ’09 in a Category 6 on deck 6. We weren’t sure if we’d definitely stick to these dates, but if we changed them, we could take the discount and credit with us


    September ‘08

    The proper planning of this holiday began the day Travel City Direct went bust :scared1: We were desperately trying to find flights for the New Year, when Paul had a bit of a panic and decided to book our Summer holiday through Virgin at the same time. The economy was starting to go bad, and he decided that if we just paid a deposit for the flights, 2 weeks at the Pop Century and our hire car, then we wouldn’t need to worry about it again till it was due for payment this June


    We love the Pop Century ::yes:: and hopefully we'll get a room close to the Computer Pool. I'm also looking forward to Tie Dye Cheesecakes and Hula Hoop cocktails

    May ‘09

    After a bit of an up and down start to the year with hubby’s job, we started to think more positively about our summer holiday, so I decided to stick a little treat in for us ….

    And I booked ….

    Our final two nights of the holiday at ….


    Woohoo !!!!!!! I am so excited about staying here, it is somewhere I have always wanted to stay, and I thought it would be a fab way to finish off our trip, especially as Kerry is going away with her friend to WDW in the New Year, and may not want to holiday with us in the near future (and on a lighter note ~ I won’t have too far to stagger back to my room after too many Lapu Lapu’s [​IMG])


    Other things I have done this month include ~

    Made ADR’s ~
    - Crystal Palace
    - Tutto Italia (Italian food, wine & Epcot, what more do I need ?? :) )
    - Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch (my fave brekkie in WDW)
    - We’re also hoping for an early lunch at T-Rex (though I’m not making a ressie)

    Got a fairfx card as the dollar rate has started to rise (and let’s hope it keeps rising)

    Booked the Travelodge at Manchester Airport for the night before our flight

    Paid off our Cruise in time for making our Palo reservations
    ~ Palo Dinner (6pm on Pirate Night) and we’ll join the girls later in the dining room
    ~ Palo Brunch (for 10.30am on our Day at Sea)
    Paul & I love Palo, and it's so nice to have some 'us' time. The food here is delish and I can't wait to try their yummy Panna Cotta dessert again

    Started buying gifts for our Cruise Fish Extender Exchange ~ The FE exchange is so much fun. We've only got 5 families (so far) taking part in the exchange, but it has been lots of fun buying bits and pieces for it

    June ‘09

    It will soon be time to pay off our Virgin Holiday invoice ( :eek: ouch !!)
    Must book our Meet & Greet at Manchester Airport
    Buy our 14 night WDW tickets

    June/July/August ‘09

    I’m going to spend lots of time in the garden to start off my tan, as it’s going to be warm and sunny all summer ;) (well a heat wave has been predicted – :rolleyes:)

    Start packing and refrain from buying anymore tops (hmm, that might not be so easy – :rotfl:)


    07th - Stay overnight at the Travelodge Manchester
    08th - Fly to Orlando & check in at Pop Century/DTD for tickets & Wal-Mart to get supplies in
    09th - Epcot (am EMH)
    10th - Disney Hollywood Studios (am EMH)
    11th - Magic Kingdom (am EMH), breakfast at Crystal Palace
    12th - Animal Kingdom (am EMH)/Dinner at Tutto Italia, Epcot (for Paul & me)
    13th - Magic Kingdom (am EMH)
    14th - Disney Hollywood Studios (am EMH)
    15th - Animal Kingdom (am EMH)
    16th - Board the Disney Wonder and first real Bahama Mama-time
    17th - Nassau, Bahamas – stay onboard to sunbathe and drink various cocktails
    18th - Castaway Cay, Dinner ~ Palo (6pm), Pirate Night
    19th - Day at Sea, Brunch ~ Palo (10.30am)
    20th - Disembark Disney Wonder/Check-in at The Polynesian Resort, ? Park
    21st - Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch, ? Park
    22nd - DTD check-in with Virgin, ? Park, fly home
    23rd - Arrive home :(

    That’s as much as we want to commit to, but no doubt there will be several visits to the Mall at Millenia, Florida Mall and Festival Bay, and hopefully we’ll get a visit to a water park or two in as well
  2. Natasha&Matt

    Natasha&Matt <font color=royalblue>I fancy Prince Eric<br><font

    Sep 15, 2007
    Oh Mandy lovely Pre trip!! :) The Polynesian Resort you lucky thing i have been pricing it up aswell for a few nights and ummin and arring lol will have to wait for your trip report when you are back hehe!!!

    Pop Century Rocks :cool1::cool1:


    Woooooo!! lol
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  4. jjk

    jjk <img src=

    May 24, 2004
    great Pre trip report Mandy, I cant wait to hear all about the Poly as it is on my list of places I would love to stay :goodvibes
  5. Dalpal

    Dalpal <font color=ff00cc>Has a brand new granddaughter!<

    Mar 12, 2001
    Great start Mandy!...
    Im looking forward to the rest....:thumbsup2
  6. irongirlof12

    irongirlof12 <font color=blue><marquee>Am I the only one who lo

    Nov 3, 2006
    sounds fab and a 2 nighter at the poly is a real treat that you deserve :goodvibes
  7. natalielongstaff

    natalielongstaff <font color=deeppink>I need a cup of tea and a big

    Apr 7, 2004
    Great start to your trippie Mandy, im glad to hear that you will have both the girls with you :hug:
  8. jockey

    jockey Runs for Wine!

    Apr 25, 2004
    Your plans sound great Mandy :) The Poly is a fab hotel :)
  9. Goofysmate

    Goofysmate <font color=red>Isn't fussed where she is, as long

    Jan 6, 2007
    Your plans for this trip sound wonderful and wish i was going as welll :)
    I'm sure your all going to have a great time :thumbsup2
  10. Gaynor

    Gaynor DIS Veteran

    May 14, 2006
    Sounds like a fantastic trip you've planned.

    Make the most of your trip with both DD's, I know my Christmas trip will be the last one with eldest DD it's going to be so strange with just one DD next summer.

    What a treat to stay at the Polynesian, I'd love to stay there one day.:love:

    Finally there is no way I could keep up with you on the cocktails. On our 1st night last year on the Wonder I only had 2 and woke the next day feeling so ill:sick: I must be such a lightweight or maybe I'd just had too much sun :rotfl:
  11. gemmybear83

    gemmybear83 <font color=royalblue>I would blame it all on Bob<

    Dec 13, 2007
    Great pre-trip Mandy can you take me with you :lmao:
  12. darthtatty

    darthtatty Been There, Done That, Going Back!

    Apr 14, 2008
    great pre trip report.
    have a lapu lapu for me, i never got round to getting one this trip :sad2:
  13. Beth__WDW23/6/02

    Beth__WDW23/6/02 <font color=deeppink>you can never mock anything u

    Mar 7, 2002
    Great Pre-trip report,gotta love the pop century :thumbsup2 the poly sounds fab too that will be a lovely treat :goodvibes
  14. TotallyAngelic

    TotallyAngelic Disney Addict

    Aug 14, 2005
    WOW - great plans! This year I will have to live vicariously though all of you lucky people going on Disney cruises - and I am really missing all of the planning I was doing this time last year. I am really looking forward to hearing all about your adventures!
  15. mandymouse

    mandymouse Bahama Mama Time !!

    Mar 8, 2003
    :hug: Thanks for taking the time to read my pre-trippy and for all your lovely comments

    I'll actually believe Kerry's going when I get her on the plane and there's no turning back ::yes::

    Now, now Gaynor, surely you're not a lightweight :rotfl2::rotfl2:

    It is going to be very strange to leave one of the girls at home. I know it's inevitable, but I would miss Kerry terribly, and then I would feel sorry for poor Becky who will be stuck with a couple of old fogies for a fortnight :confused3 :rotfl:

    Of course I can, I hope you won't be too cold in the hold :lmao:

    I think I'd rather miss a park than a Lapu Lapu :rotfl2: [​IMG]
  16. Pinky166

    Pinky166 <font color=deeppink>a little on the OCD side<br><

    Feb 6, 2008
    A great PTR Mandy. :)

    You have a great trip planned, I can't wait to read your TR as it will be just before my trip & I will be getting off the Wonder & heading to the Poly too! :cool1:
  17. Minniespal

    Minniespal <img src="

    Jan 14, 2003
    Excellent pre-trippie Mand:cool1:

    You will love the Poly, it's a fantastic hotel to stay at:cloud9:
  18. jen_uk

    jen_uk <font color=6666cc>Eurovision Nut !!<font color=33

    Mar 1, 2005
    Sounds like a fab trip :thumbsup2 Lucky you staying at the Poly, I want to see loads of pics! :banana:
  19. fizz13

    fizz13 <font color=33cc99>Dreams about being stuck on Spa

    May 6, 2004
    Hi mandy,

    OMG I am ssoooo excited for you to be staying at the Poly!!!!! i just know you are gonna be in heaven and i love that its your treat at the end:cloud9:That place is pure paradise.

    keep the faith in the heatwave. doesnt seem like it right now but we are overdue a brilliant summer and i refuse to turn up looking like a milk bottle either so am willing it for both of us:wizard:

    Its going to be a brilliant trip and i cant wait to hear all about it! oh and if you happen to fancy a last ride on Splash Mtn on the 22nd then I'll be just across the water enjoying the last few hours of my birthday.hhmm maybe i should come to you and grab a birthday lapu lapu:rotfl:

    looking forward to more details xx
  20. suzycute

    suzycute DIS Veteran

    Apr 30, 2005
    Great pre trip report :thumbsup2 Sounds like you have a fantastic itinerary - especially with a stay at the Poly!!!

    Is a Lapu Lapu one of those fabulous pineapple drinks you're holding? If so - I want to try one when we attend the UK DISers meet at the Poly on 22 September!
  21. jtlover

    jtlover DIS Veteran

    Nov 23, 2005
    Great pre trippy Mandy. You arrive back the day before we go - so we wont see you out there. Sounds great that you are going to Poly for the last part of your holiday.

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