Where did this heat and all these people come from? The new PTR/TR link 5/7

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by kschafer, May 14, 2010.

  1. kschafer

    kschafer DIS Veteran

    Jan 26, 2008
    Well I have been home 5 days already?I guess it?s time to get this show on the road!!

    First let?s get the complaining out of the way:

    Yes it was HOT!!!!! Not just warm, but hot. Like sweat dripping down your back every afternoon hot. When planning the trip I had heard about how wonderful early May weather is. As the trip approached, I saw the forecast rise from mid-80?s to low 90?s and that nasty word humid sneak in. The second morning in Florida, I turned on the local news and heard them say ?near record highs? :scared1: And yes, I talked with several locals who complained about how unseasonably hot it had suddenly become.

    Yes it was CROWDED!!! Again, in the planning process I had read about how the crowds are so low and most rides are practically a walk-on. Well guess what?didn?t happen! I couldn?t help but wonder who all these people were and why they didn?t get the memo to stay away that week. I am however happy to say that with some strategic planning, we managed to avoid the long lines for the most part.

    And finally, although I had no control over the weather and the crowds, I am sorry to report that on my first night, I managed to get blisters on my feet which plagued me the rest of the trip. It felt so good to get to the warmth of Florida and put on sandals, but although the ones I brought had never given me problems before, they made walking the rest of the trip quite painful.

    Enough complaining and on to the good stuff! This trip was such a wonderfully different one from any of my previous trips. Being there with just grown-ups was a whole new experience that was so much fun! Yes, I missed my kids but not as much as I thought I would :upsidedow

    Let?s start with the cast for those of you just joining in?I?m Katie


    I have been crazy about Disney from the time I was very young. Both sets of my grandparents had winter places in Florida so several Christmas trips included a visit to WDW (back then of course there was only Magic Kingdom). If you have interest in seeing some flashback pictures of those trips, check out my PTR, link is in my siggie

    After a LONG hiatus, I finally returned to the world in 2008 with my entire family (8 adults and 7 kids, link is also in my siggie if you are interested) in what was a fun but crazy week. I didn?t accomplish nearly as much as I had hoped and felt a lot of stress over being the planner of the group. I learned quickly on that trip that once one person is unhappy, you have to call a timeout or everyone will be miserable. With 15 people, it was hard to keep everyone happy!

    This years trip came about over 1 ½ years ago when a group of friends I had met here started talking about taking a trip together. Unfortunately, other trips and life changes cancelled those plans, but I was able to convince my hubby that I deserved a week away from home.

    The first person I invited was my dear friend Beth


    She and I met in high school and were the best of friends. She has never been to Disney and we quickly began to make plans for our girls-only trip. Unfortunately, she has been battling a nerve disorder that began to get worse in the months leading up to the trip. She had hopes that a nerve-block procedure would bring her relief but insurance and medical red-tape delayed it and she had to cancel. (for those of you who followed my PTR and are wondering, she is scheduled for this coming Thursday! :thumbsup2) She did however make the trip in the form of Flat Beth who will make apperearnces here!

    This left me without a travel companion with only a couple weeks to go. The first person I thought of was my SIL Shelby


    Shelby works for herself, so although she had to cancel some appointments she was able to get away from work without too much trouble. Luckily my brother?s schedule had him in town that week and he was able to stay with their kids. She is a pretty laid back and adventurous person so I knew that she wouldn?t be bothered by just stepping into the plans I had made and go with the flow!

    I also had the pleasure of finding out that several disers I already knew were planning trips at the same time as well as meet several more who were planning on trips as well. It was such a thrill to include so many dis-meets in my trip plans!!

    I hope you stick with me for what I hope will be a fun trip and be sure to say Hi if you decide to join in!
  2. kschafer

    kschafer DIS Veteran

    Jan 26, 2008
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  4. kcandbella

    kcandbella DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2009
    I think I'm first! I've never been first before! :woohoo:

    I love your title and introduction! So true!
  5. 2xcited2sleep

    2xcited2sleep DIS Veteran

    Jan 5, 2008
    I'm here! :yay: Sorry about all those crowds and the heat... I wonder why they didn't get the memo to stay away? ;) But I think I can guess from your facebook updates that you had a pretty good time nevertheless. I can't wait to hear more details!! popcorn:: This trip was a long time coming and you more than earned it!! :)
  6. MegansMom

    MegansMom Always Ready to Go Back with my "Minnie" Megan Mou

    Mar 27, 2006
    YEAH!!!!! This is just what I needed!!! Thanks Katie! You are the BEST!!! ;)
  7. MaryAz

    MaryAz DIS Veteran

    Mar 9, 2008
    First page YAY, great start!
  8. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    First page, maybe (if not...definitely top of second page). :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
  9. MeMom

    MeMom DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2007
    Well, since I was probably not in front of you in any of your lines, and since I can't be held responsible for the heat, I guess it is safe for me to be over here.

    I am so glad you got to take the grown-up trip. I hope you will help other moms realize that it might be a good and healthy thing for them to go and be a kid again themselves sometime.

    I'm ready to hear about your fun. :yay:
  10. Kelrykengab

    Kelrykengab DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2010
    I was there the same time as you and I agree about the heat and crowds. Both were a bit of a surprise for us as neither was an issue the same week in 2008. I am in! popcorn::Some day maybe I will do one too!
  11. jillyb

    jillyb DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2008
    I'm joining in!
  12. Happy Elf

    Happy Elf DIS Veteran

    Jun 22, 2006
    Yay! You started! Sorry about the icky blisters, but glad you had a wonderful grown-up trip. Can't wait to hear all about it!
  13. reelmom

    reelmom DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2006
    Joining in for the fun.
  14. Native NYer

    Native NYer DIS Veteran

    Dec 25, 2007
    Joining in!
    Can't wait to read all about your trip :surfweb:
  15. manntra

    manntra DIS Veteran

    Feb 19, 2007
    Hey Katie!!! Somehow I knew you would be starting today!!! :) I can't wait to hear all about your trip and all of the wonderful disers you met! Hahaha ;) I didn't know you were having blister problems ugghh. And yes it was HOT!!!

  16. wigdoutdismom

    wigdoutdismom Disney Driven in every way.

    Jun 25, 2008
    Hi Katie:wave2: Joining in!
  17. SoonerGirl

    SoonerGirl DIS Veteran

    Nov 9, 2006
    Oh man, Katie - was I supposed to send out that memo? I thought you were going to do it! No wonder there were so many stinkin' people there :headache:


    Glad you started and I'm looking forward to hearing all about the adventures of Katie, Shelby and Flat Beth!
  18. Lady Lallie

    Lady Lallie DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    I will be honest, I shuddered when I read the word blister. :scared1:

    When I went last May, it was hot hot hot and crowded which I wasn't expecting. I don't think I'd go in May again but that is just me.

    I can't wait to hear more about your trip and all of your DIS meets! :banana:
  19. wsushocker

    wsushocker DIS Veteran

    Jun 8, 2008
    Along for the ride.....​
  20. jenjolt

    jenjolt Loves All Things Disney!

    Sep 16, 2008
    I'm also here and ready to hear all about this report!
  21. BrooklynnsMommy

    BrooklynnsMommy DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2006
    I'm here. I have to second you on the heat. It was SO hot and I am used to going in July!

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