Make a Wish (and other organizations!) - Wish Trippers...UNITE!! Volume 2!

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  1. maroo

    maroo DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2008
    This is Volume 2 of the Wish Trippers Community Thread!

    First, Welcome to the WISH TRIPPERS thread!! :)

    This thread is devoted to families that are planning and going on Wish Trips! This thread is designed to be a place where you can ask questions about your wish trips, get some information about wish trips and gain general support from some Mom's and Dad's that really understand what life with a special needs child is like.

    If you are new to the DISboards - Welcome!! If you are new, scroll down to post #2 on this thread (just below on this page) and you will find lots of information designed just for our new friends!

    We also welcome anyone else to the thread, too! Even you lurkers out there. ;)

    The original thread can be found here: Wish Trippers...Unite! VOLUME ONE

    Wendygrace started this thread concept in 2007 to serve as a place where families planning Make-A-Wish trips could come and share stories, pictures, information, and just life! Thank you so much, Wendygrace, because many of us have become friends through your original thread!

    So...let's keep the thread going...

    Many of these families have chosen to write a trip report and you can find the links to ALL of the Wish Trip Reports right here: (This list includes many of the trips linked in Volume One!)

    WE are HOME! Trip Reports!!

    Amazing Grace's Wish Trip (links)-MAW/GKTW-Late June 04

    Wendygrace's Wish Trip - MAW/GKTW - Late June 07 Great pictures, magical moments! The founder of this thread wrote this one!

    5dwarves' Wish Trip - Magic Moments/GKTW-August 07 Uber planner! Live report from Disney! Followed by a day by day report with pictures!

    LeeLee2U's Wish Trip - Texas Wishing Well/Beach Club - September 07 Note they stayed at the Beach Club (Texas Wishing Well Funded Trip). This trip report includes hints for wheelchairs (manual push chair)

    Bill Lin's Wish Trip - MAW/GKTW - September 07 Good index! Has a wealth of advice for Wish Trippers that has been linked on this Wish Trippers Unite thread!

    Who'syourMickey's Wish Trip-Dream Factory/GKTW - September 07 Dream Factory trip. Good index! Great allergies information! Good info re: GKTW villas. TR is unfinished, though.

    iluvmickeymouse!'s Wish Trip-MAW/GKTW-Oct.23-31, 2007 Great TR! Lots of pics. Very detailed. Lots of character interaction. Complete with Photopass pics!

    **** Update - I have been asked to do something new on here. Some of you guys would like to know which of these TR's are FINISHED so that you don't get all caught up in one and have no real hope of an ending. Sorta like reading a cliffhanger that has never been finished.

    So, I will start with the TR's that started over a year ago and mark the ones that are FINISHED.

    If yours is NOT FINISHED, please don't worry...I am going to wait about 6 months before I even mark the TR's, so most of you guys will have plenty of time to finish...and I know there are many reasons why a TR would be unfinished - taking care of your family comes FIRST - but this will help our new folks to be able to pick some TR's that are completely finished so that they can use them to plan their trip.

    Eeyore's Mom's Wish Trip - MAW/GKTW - Jan 18-25, 2008 Completed Trip Report to Day 3

    Queenie122's Wish Trip-MAW/GKTW-May10-20, 2008 Done through first day

    lotferg's Wish Trip-MAW/GKTW-May 19-24, 2008 About half finished

    GoofyDoo's Wish Trip MAW/GKTW July 29-Aug 4, 08 ** FINISHED!

    PatMcDuck's Wish Trip - DISNEYLAND - Aug 08 ** FINISHED!

    HeatherN's Wish Trip August 2-8, 2008 ** FINISHED!

    Robin+5's Wish Trip August 16-23 ** FINISHED!

    laurenmama's Wish Trip Aug 19-25, 08 Pre-Trip Report, but no trip report

    mistymouse5001's Trip Report MAW/GKTW Sept 5-11, 08 ** FINISHED

    bigdisgrandma's Grandparent Trip Report Sept 10-16, 08 MAW/GKTW Extended Family Sept 10-16 Pre-Trip report, TR through day 2 (includes Christmas at GKTW)

    NicoleDisneyFan's Wish Trip Sept. 22-27, 08 Done through Day 1

    Maroo (Lauren) Wish Trip Report! Oct 3-9, 08 MAW/Contemporary Resort ** FINISHED!

    hogansteph (Keyan) Wish Trip - Oct 15 - 20, 08 MAW/GKTW (Disboards thread) (See BLOG link below for Trip Report!)
    hogansteph (Keyan) Wish Trip BLOG! Trip Starts Posting in October! ** FINISHED! TR is on their BLOG

    duquette (Ethan) Wish Trip - Nov 1 - 7, 08 MAW/GKTW ** FINISHED!

    Lambflock's Wish Trip - Nov. 6-12 MAW/GKTW

    oklamomof4boys' Wish Trip MAW Nov. 16-22, 08

    bex271 (Jonah) MAW/GKTW Nov 20-26, 08

    zeppy68 (Ian) Wish Trip Nov 23-29, 08 MAW/GKTW

    twinmum's (Mark) Trip Report Starlight Starbright Foundation of CANADA/GKTW Nov 08

    khalana (Lydia) Wish Trip - Dec 5 - 12, 08 Rainbow Society of Canada/GKTW

    AmberGreenawalt (Sebastian) Wish Trip - Dec 6-14, 08 MAW/GKTW

    hotmamac's Wish Trip MAW/GKTW Dec.13-19,08

    LuvGoing2Disney7's Wish Trip - Dec.17-23,08 MAW/GKTW

    OneBlessedFamily (Samuel) Wish Trip - Dec 17 - Jan 3 (08-09) MAW/GKTW


    munch704 (Morgan) Wish Trip Jan 1 - 7, 09 Starlight/Embassy Suites!

    iu97alum (Emily) Wish Trip - Jan 18 - 22, 09 MAW/CRUISE!

    mom2lilnick (Nick) Wish Trip MAW/GKTW Jan 19-25, 09

    llurgy (Becca) Wish Trip Jan 21 - 27, 09 MAW/GKTW

    camarks1234 (AJ) Wish Trip - Feb 1 - 5, 09 MAW/CRUISE!

    mindymouse1 (Clint) Wish Trip Feb 9 - Feb 15, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    macntosh (Mya) Wish Trip - Feb 21 - 28, 09 MAW/GKTW

    tinytreasures (Jason) Wish Trip - Feb 22 - 28, 09 MAW/GKTW
    Trip Report Link: Jason's Wish Trip - the Trip Report!

    LoveTheseKids (Kate) Wish Trip - Last week in Feb MAW/GKTW

    ndloewen (Noah) Wish Trip End Feb - early March, 2009 Children's Wish Foundation
    Noah's Blog for Updates on Noah:
    Noah's Blog for the TRIP REPORT!

    Muttshouse (Elsa) Wish Trip March 24 - 29 MAW/GKTW

    dmbfan (Jakob) Wish Trip March 28 - April 3, 2009 MAW/GKTW (This is the pre-trip report)
    Jake's Wish Trip - This is the TRIP REPORT!

    Tamraj (Jessica) Wish Trip March 31 - April 5, 2009

    BeckySob (Piper) Wish PRETrip April 9 - 15, 2009 MAW/GKTW
    BeckySob (Piper) POST Trip Report!

    queengonzo (Matthew) Wish Trip - April 18 - 24, 2009 MAW/GKTW
    Matthew's Wish Trip Report - On their BLOG - GO TO APRIL 18, 2009 to see it. :)

    LittleWarriorsMom (Marenna) Wish Trip - April 23 - April 29, 2009 MAW/GKTW
    LittleWarriorsMom (Marenna) Wish Trip REPORT! It started!!!

    tbelfonti (Olivia) Wish Trip - April 27 - May 2

    WishMom09 (Caleb) Wish Trip - May 9 - May 15, 2009

    daddyto8 (Micah) Wish Trip - May 15-21 MAW/GKTW

    mlbarbian (Luke) Wish Trip - May 16-22, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    josabbimommy (Joseph) Wish Trip - May 22-28th, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    kmparrish5 (Bailee) Wish Trip - May 23 - 29, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    Andreaswish (Andrea) Wish Trip - June 8 - 13, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    keetmommy (Emma) Wish Trip - June 15 - 21, 2009

    bellaririsa (Malia) Wish Trip - June 15 - 21, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    Lisarh (Kali) Wish Trip - June 17 - 21, 2009

    sammie girl (Lexi) Wish Trip - June 18 - 24, 2009 Dream Factory/GKTW

    merneric (Sam) Wish Trip - June 22 - 28, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    AJ's Magical Wish Trip - A Post-Trip Report - June 30-July 5, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    myasma (Mya) Wish Trip - July 17 - 23, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    tastycollector Wish Trip DisneyLAND July 18 - 28, 2009

    Matt1056 (Lucas) Wish Trip - MAW/GKTW September 5-11, 2009

    Corrine 1973 (Liam) Wish Trip - Sept 13 - 19, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    terry (Richard) Make a Wish Trip - Sept 26 - Oct 2, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    Hurwitzfamily04 (Jayden) Make a Wish Trip Sept 26 - October 2, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    Somer (Jozlynn) Wish Trip - October 2-8, 2009 *WISH FLIGHT!*

    Mickydees (Collin) Wish Trip - October 10 - 16, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    wkualum (Mikaela) Wish Trip - October 10-16, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    ahkeela (Azaria) Wish Trip - MAW/GKTW October 20 - 28, 2009

    MomTo4+More (Deyki) Wish Trip November 1-7, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    2specialkids (Nikolas "Boo") Wish Trip November 2-8, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    CrystalSnow (Melia) Wish Trip November 10-16, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    kdzbear (Tyler) Wish Trip - November 20-25, 2009 Dream Factory/All Star Sports (ASSp)

    cleostar09 (Saundria) Wish Trip Coming VERY soon!!

    Soon2B4 (Aidan) Wish Trip - November 29-December 5, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    thatkid (Alyssa) Wish Trip - December 2-9, 2009 MAW/GKTW
    Alyssa's TRIP REPORT!

    StefaniLyn (Bella) Wish Trip December 3-12, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    Savannah's Mami (Savannah) Wish Trip December 8-14, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    chrissid7 (Alyssa) Wish Trip December 10-16, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    pacrosby (Matty) Wish Trip December 10-16, 2009 MAW/GKTW

    We are GOING and PLANNING! Come help us plan!

    momma mouse (Sloan) Wish Trip Jan 23-30, 2010 Dream Factory/GKTW

    cantwaittoseemickey (Ty) Wish Trip Feb 14-20, 2010 MAW/GKTW

    Momofwishkid (Gavin) Wish Trip March 3-9, 2010 MAW/GKTW

    yinyanggirls (Phoebe) Wish Trip April 17-30, 2010 MAW/GKTW

    pipersmom (Piper) Wish Trip MAW/GKTW March 2010?

    momto4greatkids (Keith) Wish Trip MAW Dates?

    For other links, hints, trip report information...check post 2!

  2. maroo

    maroo DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2008
    The Wish Trip Resource Page!

    Are you new to the DISboards? If so, you will probably need some information to get started! :)

    First, you will probably want to "post" 10 times so that you can post pictures and send Private Messages (PMs) to people.
    CLICK HERE to post 10 times!

    Then feel free to post on this thread. Introduce yourself by including any information that you would like about your family, etc. And ask any questions you may have about Wish Trips! Welcome to the thread!

    Where many families stay on a Wish Trip to Disney World!
    Give Kids the World

    Organizations that grant WISH TRIPS!
    Make A Wish Foundation
    Texas Wishing Well
    Magic Moments
    The Dream Factory
    Children's Wish Foundation International
    Rainbow Society - Manitoba, Canada Children Only - (children must be able to verbalize their wish)

    Frequently asked questions! :)
    How do I start a pre-trip report on the DISboards?
    How do I post PICTURES?!?!?
    What is The BIG GIVE?!?
    What is the Photopass CD?

    Past Wish Trip Families Wisdom/Tips to Pass On to NEW Families!

    TOP 20 Hints for Future Wish Families from the Past Wish Families

    Sea World Info
    Dine with Shamu Buffet Information

    Great links that apply to Wish Trips!

    Main Page for disABILITIES Forum - Everything you would ever want to know about doing Disney with a Disability!
    GREAT INFORMATION about disABILITIES from the DISboards!
    How to get special postcards sent to your family...From a fellow DISer! Click Here
    Should I rent a STROLLER? Click here for info! Most MAW families should check out this link! :)

    Extra Stuff
    Bill Lin's Follow Up trip to Disney Land 08 with World Passport
    Great Hints for Wish Trips!
    A completely random thought about WATER in Disney
    Information about using Oxygen on Airplanes - Check with your MAW re: this!!
    Free Photo Shoot for Families of Disabled or Sick Children!! Great Website!
    Bathrooms, Bathrooms and More Bathrooms!!!
    Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party info (MNSSHP)

    Heartwarming Thread: Add your story, too!!!

    Looking for Disney Themed activities for your KIDS? THIS is the DISNEY NIGHTS thread!

    Totally Random and Just for Fun
    How to beat your KIDS and husband/wife at BUZZ LIGHTYEAR

    Just a resources page!! :) If you know of a resource that I should add, please let me know!!

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  4. wendygrace

    wendygrace DIS Veteran

    Feb 2, 2007
    Maroo, this looks great! Thanks for taking this on!

    Thanks to everyone for letting me be your leader for awhile. It was so fun and I love reading the reports of everyone that has gone after us. It is so good to know that I was able to help so many folks. I will be available here and again for questions but PM is best for me as I am sooooo busy with Michael and therapies right now. My dh will be happy to know I have passed on the torch. Now that I'm done planning Danae's birthday trip, we are planning on not planning anything for a little while. LOL
  5. maroo

    maroo DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2008

    Thank YOU!!! Your thread has touched so many lives...more than you know, I am sure!!

    I am excited to take the torch for a little while...I was afraid the other thread would get too long...wouldn't want them to shut us down, right! :rotfl:

    So...let's get this show on the road! :surfweb:

    If you have links to the original thread, please add this one, too...I will try to get the word out...but if you find this one...go ahead and post away!
  6. mom2lilnick

    mom2lilnick Mouseketeer

    Aug 19, 2008
    Thanks you so much Wendygrace! I know yours was one of the first TR I came across. Maroo, you are so awesome to be taking this on! :lovestruc

    I just happened upon this while looking at another thread.. it was at the bottom as a suggested link.
  7. maroo

    maroo DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2008
    Man, me too!! Wendygrace was the first Wish Trip I read. And the first time I thought something absolutely magical could happen on a Wish Trip! :)

    I have made an "announcment" on the other thread. And have told PM's a few people that I know have links to the first thread. :)

    I plan to fix my siggie sometime in the next couple of days to point to the new thread. :)

    But I will keep announcing and will keep a continuous eye on the other thread to let people know! :)
  8. oklamomof4boys

    oklamomof4boys DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2006
    Maroo- I have to say, you absolutely ROCK!!!!

    Thanks for keeping this going.

  9. wendygrace

    wendygrace DIS Veteran

    Feb 2, 2007
    I already have it on my siggie! Thanks again for taking this on.

    We are recuperating from our trip. Glad to be home but had a great time.

    Thanks everyone for your kind words about Michael's Wish Trip Report. It always makes me feel so good that people have read it and it made a difference! Mick and I are looking at becoming Wish Granters this year. We're excited!
  10. tinytreasures

    tinytreasures DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2008
    Love this thread and all the great info :lovestruc
  11. macntosh

    macntosh Wonders if the Tag Fairy is still around?

    Sep 8, 2005
    well consider me subscribed for part two and future additions!
  12. macntosh

    macntosh Wonders if the Tag Fairy is still around?

    Sep 8, 2005
    Wow looking at that countdown is getting kind of scary! I need to send in my Big Give info.
  13. camarks1234

    camarks1234 Mouseketeer

    Sep 10, 2008
    This is awesome! Thanks for doing this maroo and wendygrace! When I first came to these boards I kind of stumbled around and then I found the wishtrip thread and felt like I'd found a home. :) :hippie: So a great big THANKS!!!!!
  14. LindaBabe

    LindaBabe DIS Veteran

    Oct 20, 1999
    I've sent a PM to the mods to ask that they lock the other thread preventing new posts so the link to this thread will remain visible on the last page.
  15. maroo

    maroo DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2008
    Ok guys...

    I *think* I have EVERYONE's trip (past and future) on the first page.

    So...if you are not on there, please let me know!!! :) Sorry if I missed someone!!

    Also...if you come across any websites, threads, etc that would be helpful for the planning of ALL wish trips...please let me know so I can add it to the second post. I have some ideas of stuff to add...but it took me a while to find all of the links above...and I need to go clean my house :) lol

    I will be updating some more...but I should have all if I am missing one, please let me know. :)
  16. LindaBabe

    LindaBabe DIS Veteran

    Oct 20, 1999
    If you would like postcards sent to your wish kids and their sibs during January, please PM me their names, ages and snail mail addy's as well as anything else that might be helpful to personalize the card - (like when they are going or when they went, etc.) I leave January 5th.
  17. jessica52877

    jessica52877 DIS Veteran

    Feb 26, 2004
    Hope you'll don't mind if I come over too!
  18. maroo

    maroo DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2008
    EVERYONE is welcome!!! Of course!!

    In fact, please make sure all of the Disboutiquers know about the change, too!

    I hope the updating of the TR's helps you guys, too. :rolleyes1

    And if you know of a trip I don't have, please let me know! :)
  19. teresajoy

    teresajoy <font color=deeppink>World's Proudest Aunt!<br><fo

    Jan 22, 2001
    Just popping in to say hi!

    You shouldn't have to worry about starting another new thread here until you get to page 250, that's when they close them down.
  20. wendygrace

    wendygrace DIS Veteran

    Feb 2, 2007
    Hi! Thanks for joining us! The main reason for starting a new thread is that the "leader" is changing hands and the first post gets updated very often as trip reports come and go.

    Thanks again for taking this on Maroo!! I definetly think locking the old thread is the way to go with the last post being the linky to this thread in big bold letters. I should also go and link it on the first post so that people know if they look at the first page that we have moved on and where to find us. I'll go do that now!!
  21. LuvGoing2Disney7

    LuvGoing2Disney7 Mouseketeer

    Aug 10, 2008

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