Suprising the College Aged Daughters - quick trip once in a lifetime

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  1. ckb_nc

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    Background

    Me- 49 year Disney Dad and geek
    DD1 - 20 year old college junior at UNC Chapel Hill - loves Disney
    DD2 - 18 year old college freshman at Uinversity of Kentucky - pre-nursing and Disney lover

    DD1 had plans to be on the college program this semester but did not get accepted. Which was a hard few days. One of her housemates is on the college program this semester.

    DD1 and DD2 have grown up going to WDW (with one trip to Disneyland thrown in the mix). They has the exact same weeks for spring break, so we hatched a plan to send them down to WDW as their main Christmas gift. My parents gave them money for tickets, we gave them points for a DVC room plus pledged money for transportation. We ended giving them a set amount for food and gas they could have in place of airplane tickets as they drove down.

    Both DD1 and DD2 came to me at different times, wanting me to join them. We are known as the 3 mouseketeers in the family. I had pledged that this was their trip, as they are 6 plus hours apart plus I had been twice in the last 2 months to WDW. And that was the plan. UNTIL

    A week before their trip, my wife approached the idea that I would go down and surprise them. She knew they really wanted me to come. And I was having a real tough time at work. I got up, and found a relatively cheap for us (Charlotte has pretty few options for cheap airfare) one way flight early in morning Wednesday into MCO. I ordered tickets, and got the flight.

    1. Executing the plan
    2. The actual Surprise
    3. Day 1- Off to Epcot
    4. End of Epcot - Character Meet
    5. Day 1 continues
    6. A detour to talk about Handicapped at WDW
    7. A quick trip to AK
    8. The last hurrah begins
    9. The last hurrah concludes
    10. We head home
    11. My remarks
     
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    Trying to execute the Plan

    I spent a good bit of the next day Wednesday trying to execute the plan. I did make two calls to WDW. The first was to try and change some FP+. This call took a while but was relatively successful. I did not change the plans on Wednesday out of fear that they would see the FP for 3 and tip my hand. I was able to add myself to two of their FP on Thursday (Space and Thunder) but not Mine Train. More to that later.

    I tried to add myself to their room on the phone with DVC. This was an interesting challenge. I literally got three answers in 7 days on how to do this. The first on the phone was I needed to call the next week once they had arrived and add myself. So Mental note to do that next week.

    The girls come home from school and we discussed the trip. I gave them tons of advice, made sure they had everything, etc. It was the first time either one had driven to WDW so we discussed the route and challenges getting there.

    I started intentionally on Monday and Tuesday being rather nosy on what they were doing, etc. I needed this to appear normal so that I could find them on Wednesday. Also, on Monday I contacted DVC about adding my name - this was the second answer of the question. Now I needed to do this in person and could not add my name to the reservation now that they were on property. Moral of the story is I should have had my name added to the reservation at booking (which makes no sense as I was not planning to go BTW).

    Tuesday the girls had a really full day - Hollywood all day with some of DD1 friends with dinner at Sanaa. I noticed they changed their plans so I changed mine. Next up the surprise.
     
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  4. ckb_nc

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    The actual surprise

    The plan had been for me to surprise them in the parks, MK actually. I knew their rough plans and had their fastpasses in our shared account. They had a long day Tuesday and switched all of their plans to the afternoon so I had to scramble a bit.

    I was up at 5:15 and out the door at 5:45. Made it to the parking lot at the airport in 22 minutes. I booked online and apparently went valet service. Oh well, no biggie. I had my ticket printed out and was through security by 6:35. Time for breakfast and Bojangles was on my terminal. I ran into my old boss who was flying to San Francisco. My job is stupid crazy right now; I was suppose to be out there last week but decided to not go. That was the right call for other reasons.

    Boarded my plane as I had them gate check my bag. I don't mind doing heading to MCO as usually my bag is there by the time we get from the pane to baggage claim. I had an exit row and the flight was smooth, and we arrived early thanks to the cold north wind.

    As I landed, I started texting my daughters; under the complete pretense of finding them. They were at SSR in their room. I grabbed an Uber after buying breakfast for myself and them at Chic-Fil-A at the airport. Nice to land so early huh. The Uber driver was late but she made up for it by taking the toll plaza. Very thankful for that.

    Now here was the first true hiccup - went to the front desk of SSR and they would not let me (the DVC owner BTW) add myself to the room. In fact for security reasons, she would not tell me their room number. Well, I agree 100% with the room number policy. Totally agree. I did know the room number as I got the email when it was ready on Sunday, so walked myself to their room. They (well we) were in Congress Park 1301. Literally the last room in Disney before Disney Springs. It was a hike to the lobby and a drink fountain.

    As I approached their room, they had hung the do not disturb sign. I had already planned to mimic a maintenance worker. With my phone in hand, I recorded the interaction as my daughters were awoken to me arriving. Pretty priceless video that is completely dark :). Oh well - they were completely and totally surprised. And excited.

    I for one was exhausted. I was going on about 9 hours sleep in the last 48 hours and was tired. I laid down and apparently fell asleep for 20 minutes as they got ready. Part one was done - now to enjoy 2 days at WDW with no agendas, no meetings, and two of my favorite people in the world!!

     
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    Day 1 - off to Epcot

    After reviving from the nap, we headed off to Epcot. Two things I had not mentioned: first DD2 is in a wheelchair at Disney, not the first time. She has some real ankle issues including surgery. This is the fourth trip with her in the wheelchair. Getting used to but do not like it. But a wheelchair is an instant fastpass on certain rides at MK - more to that later. Second was DD1 was so excited to see me - first, I could drive around WDW for her and her sister now - she really did not enjoy driving and I could push her sister around.

    It was cold - unseasonably cold. It would remain that way for the next 48 hours. And crowded. The cool weather made the parks more crowded as literally no one was in a pool (a few brave souls here and there).

    Epcot was the Flower Festival. I had been last year and think it is so beautiful. I had purchased Memory Maker for the girls for the trip. I am a big fan of this as it makes taking pictures so easy. The goal for Epcot was not to ride attractions,but eat. We walked into Epcot after saying hello to DD1's DCP housemate. She sells tickets mainly at Epcot. They had spent the day together the day before and eaten dinner at Sanaa.

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    Noticed Hei hei from Moana? He was part of our couple only trip in December and he was back. My daughters were asked repeatedly were did you get him? And he is not anywhere we saw at WDW including Poly where I bought him December. Moana is like gone from the parks folks.

    We started at the beginning of the world showcase and made a counter clock wise movement, stopping at booths. We found out that our charging privileges did not work - Why you ask?

    When we left the room to head to Epcot, we stopped by the SSR lobby with the goal of getting me on to the reservation and room for the sole purpose of letting me enjoy EMH that night at MK. I would have not bothered at all except I knew I would not be able to ride anything that night without having a valid room on my Magic Band. It took like twenty minutes and in doing so they completely screwed up all of our charging abilities on all our bands. It was a minor inconvenience as I carried the exact same card on me at all times that was on the charging system. Had we had more diverse plans, I would have made it work and gotten it fixed. But we literally were together the entire time. We never did anything apart. Which was the entire plan.

    We ate at several kiosks. While I was fixing our resort reservation, we changed plans and made a 4 pm Ohana reservation. So we pulled back a little on the food. But did take pictures.

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    I will say this - I had attended the Arts festival in Feb. and Wine and Dine in October. The Flower Festival food was very solid - and although less diverse than Wine and Dine very good. The food at the Art Festival was frankly not that great, visually appealing but not that tasty. We stopped in the American pavilion to regroup and plan the rest of Epcot. I was able to score a Fast pass of the Character Spot in 20 minutes for me alone. Figured we might get some grace but lets see.

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    End of Epcot - Meeting the Characters

    Our last stop in Epcot was the Character Spot. I had a solo FP that I had just added, and was curious to see what would happen. Well maybe because of the wheelchair?? they let all of us in. Through out our trip, as long as I on the account, they let all of us in. Which was crucial for the night at MK.

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    It was really a fun interaction. The Goofy was so tall. Literally like 6 foot 6 plus with the hat. Great us of a fastpass as we left the parks. Headed back to resort to rest a bit and get ready for the evening.
     
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  7. deannaf87

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    How cool that you were able to surprise them! Looking forward to reading about the rest of the trip.
     
  8. ckb_nc

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    Day 1 continues

    After a rest, we packed up for a evening at MK. It is cold for Florida with temp predicted for the low 40s by midnight. We have been at WDW one year in the cold, with pictures that night with wool hats, gloves and scarves. This was going to be one of those nights. I started in shorts, a sweatshirt and short sleeves but brought jeans and long sleeve shirts. while my girls did the same. We started the evening at Poly, eating dinner for the first time at Ohanas. We have had breakfast there several times but never dinner - well dinner at 4pm. We were seated quickly and dinner came quickly. Our review - the bread was good, the noodles great - the pot stickers and chicken wings were just ok. The meats - chicken was nothing to write home about, the shrimp ok but the steak was hit. And well the dessert is my personal favorite at Disney. All time favorite ever. We stuffed ourselves until full and were on our way on the monorail.

    We came into the park on a gorgeous cool evening. It was one of those just perfect nights.

    Time for pictures for sure

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    Great picture IMO

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    Fighting over my wallet - whats left of it

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    Sister love - they really did not fight this week that I saw.

    Our goals were the mountains. I remember riding Thunder at least twice but I think three, Space, Haunted Mansion, Philharmagic , Pan - with fastpasses for Space, Thunder and Pan. Even though I was not on the FP they let me go with them each time. We changed into our warmer clothes after it turned dark. Once the sun went down, it turned cold. Glad I had a wool hat

    We walked out of Philharmagic just as Wishes finished. We went to over and saw a 10 minute wait for Rapunzel and Tiana - so these happened

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    Both of these were strong face characters. As we left the time has gone to 45 minutes. One of those times when we caught the attraction perfectly. I know we went to Space Mountain after this and it was a mob. This picture was from that [​IMG]

    Second time in my life I have worn pants in WDW. We left around midnight, after enjoying one last ride on Thunder. No Splash - it was just too cold to get wet. The monorail was not working so I had to improvise - took the ferry to TTC and then walked to Poly to our car. We hit SSR around 1 in the morning for a 20 hour day for me. Tomorrow's goal is rope drop at AK with late FP at MK.
     
  9. ckb_nc

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    Little Detour - how handicap works at non ADA rides at MK and DL

    I said earlier that having my daughter in a wheelchair was like a Fastpass. So let me explain. Most of the rides at WDW are ADA compliant in that in a wheelchair she can go through the queues. Everest, Soarin, Test Track, Mine Train - no problems at all. However the large rides at both WDW and DL built before 1990 are challenges. Splash Mountain has stairs (the train), as does Thunder. The stand by queue at Space Mountain has stairs, but the FP queue does not.

    So it works like this - we show up at say Thunder - we are given a piece of paper with a return time. The return time is usually the wait time posted minus some number. We can arrive at any time after that and are directed to the handicapped entrance. At both Splash and Thunder this is by the exit. At this point, we are escorted onto the platform and wait. At Thunder, we maybe in a queue with other families, and it may take 10 minutes or more to actually ride. Splash Mountain is similiar.

    Space Mountain is really interesting - pushing a wheelchair up from under the railroad is a real workout. Then there is a special queue. The CM directing the regular line will acknowledge you but their is a second CM who will take the wheelchair over to the exit. One time we waited a while for them to show up. And the exit for Space Mountain - the belt drive is a pain with a wheelchair.

    DL is similar in the process but a little more chaotic. Space Mountain at DL has you queue up in the exit which is really crazy but it works out. Have some truly funny stories about Space at DL.

    I have seen when it is less crowded at WDW they just wave us on and not give us a return time. But the return time system is relatively fair. Obviously we were able to go do other things and attractions while others had to wait in line. But there is just no way to ride some of these attractions given the queuing systems.

    The hardest ride for my daughter was the Haunted Mansion - she had the longest walk and the belt drive there was really tough. Not sure I would do that again with her. She is such a trooper - her pain increases all week as her ankle goes from manageable to throbbing.
     
  10. Graciegirl5

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    This sounds like a wonderful trip and great surprise for your daughters! Looking forward to the rest of your report. :mickeyjum
     
  11. ckb_nc

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    Day 2 begins - well slowly

    The plan for the day is AK then MK. The girls trip was very MK heavy - three out for 4 days at MK. It meant no HS for me which has two of my favorite rides , RnR and Toy Story - BUT I had been 4 weeks before and had it HS so hard. One hit did a solo SH EMH with 3 RnR in a row (can you single single rider) with a ToT to follow - talk about motion sickness kicking in. The following day my wife and I rode Toy Story three times (including almost getting into a fight but that is another thread to discuss).

    The goal of the AM was rope drop to ride EE and then bounce back for naps. And to see DD2's monkeys. Oh the monkeys.

    Side story: We did 24 hours of Disney in 2014 as a graduation high school trip for DD1. DD1, DD2 and I went to MK from 9pm to 6am straight - great pic of us at Starbucks at 2:30am. We left the sun rising over the lake riding a boat to WL where I had parked at 9pm. We then went to Chic-Fil-A and made EMH at AK for more rides. DD2 was rather delirious and was talking to monkeys outside Kali. These are her monkeys; in fact when we got to AK EE was not running but we stopped at the monkeys and heard it running and literally go the second car of the morning out. So they are now her monkeys.

    Alarm goes off and I tell DD1 to give us an hour. We drag ourselves out of bed and get rolling. First stop is Chic-Fil-A for breakfast - its a theme for the family. We make it to AK (and get to park close thanks to the handicap sticker). We skip the pictures on the way in and make our way to Asia. The Monkeys are out and hollering - very active. EE ended up being a 55 minute wait - easily the longest wait of the week. Ride ops was on point just a big crowd. We caught this at the wrong time frankly

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    I am good for one EE a trip - it just wears me out. But the girls want to go again and decide on single rider. I hit the bathroom and decide its a reall pretty day and one more might be in the cards. DD1 and I end up on the same train while DD2 is on the one behind this.

    This is actually the most interesting of the three pictures

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    Time to bounce but we need the obligatory AK Tree of Life picture

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    DD2 was really hurting this morning. We left AK and discussed lunch. We all wanted something lighter and we agreed to hit Port Orleans Riverside. The Riverside Mill Food Court has amazing options - make your own salad and pasta are two favorites. Literally we love this place. DD1 and I get the salad and DD2 the pasta. Good food. The place was really empty which signals two things - its cold so no one is at the pool, and everyone is hitting parks or the Springs.

    Back to SSR - it is the start of March Madness and my team is playing; but a nap wins. We get almost 3 hours of nap time. Real solid hard naps. We get up for our last hurrah, MK.
     
  12. ckb_nc

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    Last Hurrah - evening at MK with a slice of GF

    The plan was a late afternoon at MK with dinner now at the Grand Floridian. DD2, who is the trip planner, got us a 7:10 ADR at the Grand Floridian Cafe. My family had been anti-GF for years. Well that has changed. My wife, DS and I did a one night stay as part of three night three DVC tour President Days weekend and we really liked GF. Plus GF has Mr Pibb Extra. Why is this important - everyone in my family except me loves Dr Pepper. Which you can not find at WDW. However, GF has Mr Pibb Extra, Coke's Dr Pepper substitute. Big win there for GF.

    The girls vote to park at GF and head to MK from there - which was probably not the best decision. One plus is with handicap valet is FREE. Winner winner chicken dinner. Managed to catch the monorail to MK and make our way in. Yeah it was packed. Oh well. Off to Thunder for a Fastpass. We also got a return time for later that night (see the post above for an explanation). Great ride but better in the night. From here we headed towards Mine Train for next FP but Dole whips were on our minds. Quick Dole whip break - the line was pretty long for a late day snack but good as ever. Off to Mine Train - this is the first time I can ever remember such long lines for FP - usually FP is not big deal but we are seeing 20 to 50 deep outside to get in FP. I technically did not have FP, just the girls but the CM let us in. Enjoyed the ride but would never wait 2 hours for this one.

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    Notice the little kids - they claim they snuck in somehow. Oh well - great fun. It was time for dinner. And the challenges start. We made our way to the monorail platform and just missed it. Literally the second party on the platform not on the monorail. The monorail just sat there - and the other one was stuck at TTC. We decide to take the boat. And Disney puts another boat from WL in service for Poly and GF. We heard from an other party that the other monorail could not park at TTC and they literally had to climb over seats to get out. The monorail at MK left as our boat did but the resort monorail was an ongoing no-go both days.

    With the delay we made over GF just in time. I was not sure about this place - little unknown but here is what we had.

    First our server Shawn was on point. Really nice guy who was super busy. We started with the Cheese plate - it was good plate and we enjoyed it as shared appetizer. DD1 and I both got the Kobe beef cheeseburger - it was really good. DD2 went with the steak which a very good choice. Both entrees were really good. The bread was really good as well. Finally we got the dessert sampler which we shared. Our favorites were the cheesecake and the tart but all the desserts were good. We enjoyed this restaurant and would come back again. I guess it compares to Captains Table at Yacht and Beach but is so much better.

    Now for the last little hurrah at MK
     
  13. adisneyaunt

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    Enjoying the read! Awesome Surprise!
     
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    The last hurrah concludes

    Its just past 8 and we have a FP to Space Mountain that started at 7:55 - plenty of time right? I changed clothes into my colder gear as does my kids as we leave GF. We head towards the elevator for the monorail station where the sign that says the monorail is down is posted. Curious to me as we see the monorail running in a little bit. So back to dock, which takes us a while to get to MK. We finally get into MK as the lights dim for Wishes. We vote against Wishes and take the cut through behind Main Street to Tomorrowland Terrace that is open. Then Wishes starts and we stop in our tracks and watch it. Ended up with a decent view right by the Plaza restaurant.

    Backstory time - Wishes will always have a special place in our family. Flash back to October 2003. My wife is pregnant with DD. We are at WL for the but 4 get three special WDW was running (will we ever see that again? it was a post 9/11 special when travel was really down). We get the girls ( 7 and 5) to sleep almost when DD2 says I hear fireworks. My wife is like no way, opens the window from our 7th floor concierge room and sure enough fireworks. They were testing Wishes after hours. It has literally been the fireworks my two Disney princesses have known as kids. I remember that trip as we has this family with girls who were then the age of my girls now - I could not believe then that they would want to keep coming to WDW when they were in college) - I was so wrong.

    After wishes we head to Space Mountain were the CMs graciously honor our now 25 minute plus late FP. It was both really cold and really busy.

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    Two things - we coordinated the picture and its the first time I had ridden in the first seat in forever. Space Mountain in the first seat is a great ride. I guess because I am not looking at the back of someone's head the intensity of the ride was higher.

    The night before I had my first ever cream cheese stuff pretzel - where have you been all my life? Great snack on a cool evening but we agreed not tonight. So we headed back to Thunder - Fantasyland was packed but things were deserted in Frontierland. Splash Mountain was a walk on - just too cold even for us. One more ride on Thunder which was just excellent. And that was it - we headed out of the park. One last picture of the trip of the three of us

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    DD2 really wanted the Mickey snuggy and she was really cold. She was sitting not walking at all. It was 35 bucks but she will use it at college.

    We ended up getting the boat over to GF - the monorail had a long line and I did not trust it. Back to GF - as we were leaving a group of folks from NC in town for the cheerleading competition rolled in. They had just gotten into the resort after a long trip - that us tomorrow.

    Back to SSR, where we started to pack up. Goal time to hit the road was 9 to 9:30. Walker would come get the wheelchair between 8:30 and 9:30. So we set the alarm for 7:45.
     
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    We head home

    I was dragging no doubt. I had signed up to run a 8k road race this evening back in town. We could have pushed it and I might be able to make it. But I knew that was a really bad idea. Like truly terrible.

    Plug - on our last trip to Orlando I had arranged a wheelchair with another company that totally dropped the ball. The folks at Universal hooked us up with Walker. Walker (https://www.walkermobility.com/disney-world-wheel-chair-rental/) is just legit.

    Walker called right at 8:30 - I was still asleep but took the wheelchair down to the lobby in shorts and a t-shirt with flip flops. It was cold still. I did manage to catch a ride to the lobby which was a huge bonus. Back to the room and we packed up. We ate in the room. The girls were serious about honoring the dollar limit and had groceries. DD1 was eating PB and J for breakfast before I showed up. I give them major kudos for planning and being serious. Of course when I showed up the limit was lifted plus I used some of Disney Visa points for meals.

    The ride home is simple 1-4, 1-95, I-26, I-77. Man Florida is building some roads. Traffic was not too bad but i-95 through Jax is a nightmare heading north. So confusing. We stopped in Brunswick for lunch - you get one guess yep Chic-Fil-A. DD1 drove from Brunswick to almost Columbia - that was the hardest part. I drove the rest until the airport - told the parking folks 6:15 and we pulled in at 6:09. Made it home before 7. DD2 was really tired and the trip was really hard on her ankle. She ended up staying home an extra day to rest.

    Driving versus flying is a weird one for us. Door to Door google says 7 and half hours. Its more 8 and half. Flying is door to door 4 and half to 5. I have flown now 3 times down there in the last 4 months and it takes 4.5 hours to 5 hours to fly. Between the car, security, then getting to the resort I figure you save 4 hours by flying. It is even less on the way back.

    But flying feels like it is easier on our bodies. Something to study. One thing as a middle is to rent a nice big SUV that rides well. More expensive than driving our own but way cheaper than flying.
     
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    My final remarks

    Its Tuesday night and we got back Friday. Both girls are back at school, back studying and with their friends. Its hard to believe a week ago I was going to bed preparing for a very early wake up to surprise them.

    First, huge shout to my wife for letting me go. She half jokingly discussed flipping for seeing who went as her teaching job has been no bed of roses. Plus while I was away DS was sick (and now my wife is quite sick too). It was her idea and she was behind it all the way. I saw quote the other day - it said take the trip. Yeah take the trip.

    I told my wife on the second day at WDW (I was there less than 48 hours BTW) - my heart was full. DD2 has this cackle when she rides roller coasters like Thunder and Space. It is a cackle of joy. DD2 has this laugh when she truly finds something funny we call the doplhin laugh because it sounds like a dolphin speaking - this trip on our very last ride we find a whole new laugh - the drowning dolphin that was hilarious.

    DD1 skips literally through the parks and she skipped on this trip. A skip of joy. It is something to see.

    DD2 waves at everyone from her wheelchair and is making jokes the whole time. Me - it was simply a great trip for one simple reason. I got to just be and experience some unfiltered laughter and joy. We literally were the sappy WDW commercial on TV. We laughed with each other, ate way too much food and drink, and just had a ball. Who does want some of that.

    With my wife back at work, I am making all of the plans. We went to DL I made all the plans, same for the two trips in December and Feb. In those three trips I spent so much time thinking about the next thing we were doing, worrying about making sure everyone was having fun, and balancing different agendas that I found myself tired and exhausted. Especially taxing is the transportation thing with flying. Given her work when she is in school driving is less than practical.

    In December, I spent much of time making sure both wives were happy. That was the clear focus of the trip but it took away my personal enjoyment some. I will say the few times when I stopped to worry about everyone else on that I had a blast. My partner in crime and I had some truly memorable times that I cherish

    The trip in Feb was good but I found myself focused on the plan and the next thing. Resort hopping was exciting and we got to see so many things but it took a while for me to really relax. It was also the first ever Disney trip without the Fab 5, as it was just my wife, DS and I. It was a new thing and we struggled to fins our groove. DS still is not sure what he wants to do at WDW - he was really into arcades this trip. I think he and my wife are resort folks. They could stay at the resort say until say 4 then hit a park for a while- with a non-park day would be fine. That is the BC crew. While DD1 and DD2 are the A crew, where the resort is for sleeping and every other moment is parks. Team BC has it perks and I am learning that style. Next BC trip will look different

    In this trip, I just let things happened. I helped with the driving and the execution but there was only one agenda - we literally were together the entire time. I was on their plans and it made it much more enjoyable, maybe not relaxing but enjoyable. I got to spend two days in one of my all time favorite places with two of my my favorite people. I put my job down hard. I did not open email at all and the ringer was off. Our worse meal was Ohana - which was plenty good. The room at SSR while far away was very functional and quiet. And dark.

    It was a amazing trip (or 47 hours) that I will remember for a while.
     
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  17. Grumpy's Wife

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    What a great trip. I think it's so wonderful that you surprised your daughters.

    Memories they will cherish for sure.
     
  18. alliebelle3

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    I loved reading this. You and your girls have such a great bond! Sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    I really enjoyed reading your trip report! We live in High Point NC! We are practically neighbors lol! My DS is a freshman this year at NC State- Go Pack!! I totally teared up when you and the girls stopped to watch Wishes! DS, DD, DD's BF and I drove down during DS's spring break for a 2.5 day trip just to watch Wishes one last time. So glad you were able to spend such quality time with your DD's!
     
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  20. ckb_nc

    ckb_nc Mouseketeer

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    Huntersville, NC Hello neighbor - yeah we like Laugh Floor and totally forgot we went on it this time - still corny as ever but still a hoot. Try doing at 3 in the morning sometime!!
     
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  21. csjordan

    csjordan Yearning for the Ears

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    LOL, funny you mention Laugh Floor! It's one of DD's favorites! Her BF declared he was "dragged" on it during our trip, haha! It is corny, but so cute! We attended the 24 hour party in 2015 (can't turn down anything "Frozen")! We might have been at Laugh Floor with youl! :-)
     

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