Our 15 day summer adventure to WDW! NEW TR LINK 11/6 pg. 49!!

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by dddisrunner, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. dddisrunner

    dddisrunner DIS Veteran

    Feb 24, 2007
    Hello everyone! We are just back from our 15 night trip to Walt Disney World!! I am so excited to share all about our AMAZING trip with you all!

    WARNING: You will see VERY sweaty people!
    You will see repeat outfits!
    You will see TONS of pictures!
    and for the first time, some video!!!!!

    Our journey began on June 20th and came to an end on July 6th! We stayed at Saratoga Springs Resort for 12 nights and then moved to the Boardwalk Villas for our last 3 nights! It was our first DVC trip! We were on the deluxe dining plan for our first 12 nights and then the regular dining plan for the last 3! All I can say is WE ARE FULL!!! We had some AMAZING meals and experiences! OK everyone, BUCKLE UP because here we go!!!

    Traveling in our group was, me, Diane (the mom)
    Bryan (the dad)
    Matthew (child #1)
    Eric (child #2)

    As well as some guest appearances by our new vacation buddies and friends (to be revealed later):rolleyes1

    This trip had been in the works since July of 2008 after our decision to purchase into the Disney vacation Club! I spent MANY hours pouring over so much information! LOTS of planning goes into ANY Disney trip but, one of this length required some EXTRAORDINARY SUPER PLANNING (which is the part I love!) Remember this though because it will become important later on in the story!;) We had 28 advance dining reservations!!! I had planned EVERY single day of this trip! WELL....................................

    ALOT of the planning went out the window, starting the minute we hit the airport to leave!:scared1:

    So join in and follow us on this CRAZY journey and our tales of The World!!:goodvibes

    Our first day! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2223128&page=3
    Day 2 part one, EPCOT! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32641637#post32641637
    Day 2 complete! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32656433&posted=1#post32656433
    Day 3 part 1! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32668674#post32668674
    Day 3 finished! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32681161&posted=1#post32681161
    Day 4 Magic kingdom! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32696054&posted=1#post32696054
    Day 5 started, a change in plans!http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32715566&posted=1#post32715566
    Day 5 complete! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32718913&posted=1#post32718913
    Day 6 part 1 PRINCESSES!http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32743884&posted=1#post32743884
    Day 6, lunch with Remy, dinner Cali Grill! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32764244&posted=1#post32764244
    Day 7 started, MK & Crystal Palace!http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32793152&posted=1#post32793152
    Day 7 continued! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32825527&posted=1#post32825527
    DAY7, DATE NIGHT!http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2223128&page=22
    DAY 8 part one, Lilo and Stitch! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32910040&posted=1#post32910040
    DAY 8 finished!http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32925778&posted=1#post32925778
    DAY 9 COMPLETE! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32957866&posted=1#post32957866
    DAY 10 COMPLETE! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32983446&posted=1#post32983446
    DAY 11 POSTED! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2223128&page=34
    DAY 12 COMPLETED! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33113556&posted=1#post33113556
    DAY 13 COMPLETED! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33169398&posted=1#post33169398
    DAY 14 COMPLETED! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33326182&posted=1#post33326182
    Mini Aruba TR! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33374333&posted=1#post33374333
    Day 15, last day: preview of next trip! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33476900&posted=1#post33476900
  2. stace208

    stace208 DIS Veteran

    Nov 30, 2008
    Hi Diane!
    I hope you don't mind if I join in! I lurked along on your PTR but have found the joy in joining in now :goodvibes I am addicted :lmao:

    I'm looking forward to hearing all about your trip!! 15 days!!:thumbsup2
    We were there, at the Poly, for the first week of your trip-the 20th-27th. I am curious to see if our paths ever crossed!

    Can't wait to read more!
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  4. jojo0612

    jojo0612 Mouseketeer

    May 11, 2007
    Subscribing! I loved reading your past trip reports - can wait for this one too!!:goodvibes
  5. SunnieRN

    SunnieRN DIS Veteran

    Aug 14, 2005
    Woo hoo!!! You started!!! I've been waiting for this!!!:goodvibes:woohoo:popcorn::
  6. jagmom

    jagmom Mouseketeer

    Nov 29, 2008
    Can't wait to hear your first update!
  7. dddisrunner

    dddisrunner DIS Veteran

    Feb 24, 2007
    Well, our journey really started on June 19th. The kids and I had just ended school for the year on the 18th and the 19th was packed with family obligations so, when the boys finally got home on the night of the 19th they were OVER the moon excited to rip off that last Mickey head on the countdown calendar!


    Our empty calendar!


    So surprisingly, the boys drifted off without to much trouble! NOT ME, I was TOO EXCITED to sleep! I eventually drifted off though!

    Here in NJ before we left it had rained 13 out of the previous 18 days, the weather had been AWFUL! Bryan and I were nervous that we would have trouble flying out of Atlantic City. Our flight wasn't suppossed to leave NJ until 5:00pm so we had a whole morning filled with last minute packing and house cleaning, lawn mowing and fish tank cleaning activities! Finally at 1:00pm we decide to hit the road and head down towards Atlantic City. The boys were just about jumping out of their skin with excitement! The plan was that we would stop for lunch and then drive to my fathers house and then he would drop us off at the airport so we didn't have to pay for parking for the 16 days that we would be gone!!

    When we left it was POURING rain! All of our luggage got soaking wet and so did we! A MISERABLE start to the vacation! Forging on, we drove south and stopped at Chili's for lunch/dinner! We had about 1 hour before we needed to be at my fathers house to make it to the airport on time, we figured it would be NO PROBLEM because my dad only lived about 5 minutes away! WRONG!! We had the slowest service in history! Bryan and I tried to keep up some chit chat so the boys didn't know we were freaking out a little bit about the time! Finally we got our food and had about 10 minutes to choke it all down!! It was hilarious, our table was SILENT as everyone was scarfing down their food! We asked for the check and bolted out of the restaurant headed towards my dad's house! The rain had stopped and the sun was actually out so we thought hey everything should be on time!!!

    WELL, we pick up my dad and drive to the airport. We check in go through security and BAM our first hiccup, because of the nasty weather ALL DAY we were delayed an hour!:scared1: Here is a VERY unhappy Matthew...


    Eric and I trying to make the best of it....


    Bryan and the kids passing the time....


    FINALLY we were able to board and were on our way to the GREATEST PLACE ON EARTH!

    We were suppossed to arrive at 7:20 but we didn't land until 9:35...HUGE BUMMER! We made our way to the fake monorail...


    We collected our own luggage because we arrived so late, we got it NO PROBLEM and went down to the Magical Express counter! There was no one in line so we breezed through! We were put on a bus immediately and I guess it had been sitting there awhile because as soon as we got on we left the airport!!!!

    A happy family on the ME bus!



    Saratoga Springs was the second stop. We went to Old Key West first!

    Coming up next, would we get our request? How would we ever find our way around in the dark?

  8. MomofCKJ

    MomofCKJ <font color=teal>I just lost steam at about 5 minu

    Mar 13, 2006
    I can relate to the rain in June. Heck I think it rained practically all of June here in MA too, what a drag!

    And your poor son looks so dejected at the airport, what a sad little face!

    Glad you made it, albeit a little later than planned. Can't wait for more!popcorn::

  9. Nicole786

    Nicole786 DIS Veteran

    Jan 29, 2007
    Yay so glad you started can't wait to hear more!!
  10. SunnieRN

    SunnieRN DIS Veteran

    Aug 14, 2005
    Wow. that was quick!!:worship: Love the boys faces, it's so great to see them so excited!!

    Looking forward to more!! Glad you made it safely with all the rain!!!
  11. bballbabe

    bballbabe Me and my sister 1973 - the flowers are fake!

    Jun 1, 2009
    Looking forward to reading about your trip!
  12. shannon47142

    shannon47142 DIS Veteran

    Jun 20, 2007
    Yea!! You guys got to ME safely:cool1:
    looking forward to more:thumbsup2
  13. DisGirlAllie

    DisGirlAllie <font color=darkorchid>I can bust some pretty smoo

    Feb 20, 2007

    Can't wait for more, I'm sorry to hear about your delayed flight. Hope the rest of your trip was magical!
  14. mylag1rl

    mylag1rl Mouseketeer

    Apr 25, 2008
    Woohoo ... your trip report has begun. Off to a great start Diane :thumbsup2
  15. HockeyMomR

    HockeyMomR DIS Veteran

    Jan 28, 2006
    Yeah, you started :cool1: I'm in!
  16. 15isto2

    15isto2 DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2009
    Looking forward to reading more
  17. Charleston Princess

    Charleston Princess DIS Veteran

    Jan 28, 2008
    Hurray! I am so excited that you have started your TR! What a way to start the vacation though!!! :sad2:
  18. Trentmom

    Trentmom <font color=red>A Christmas"y" tag for a Christmas

    Jan 21, 2007
    Yay, You started :yay:

    THe rain we had last month was awfull...thought it would never stop :scared1:

    Can't wait to see some pics of the resort :goodvibes
  19. Jeanine3kids

    Jeanine3kids Mouseketeer

    Feb 21, 2007
    Great start Diane. I know how you feel about delayed flights we were delayed last August for 7 hours in Newark my 3 kids were freaking out we finally arrived at BCV at 3:30 AM it was a nightmare we were suppose to land at 9;35 pm. How was it leaving from AC what airline did you take, did you get a good price because newark is getting very expensive and we have thought about eventually going out of AC or Philly since my ln-laws have a place in cape may.

  20. IluvXU

    IluvXU DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2005
    I am in!
  21. almousefan

    almousefan Mouseketeer

    Jun 8, 2006
    Can't wait to hear more!

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