Mickey's Hand is in my Pocket II! & DH's P.O.V: pg 19-7/20 On Our Way Home....
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Pre-Trippie part 1 - Are we finally going to do this? Scroll down please
Pre-Trippie part 2 - Would they or Wouldn't They????
Pre-Trippie part 3 - DH and the Binders
Pre-Trippie part 4 - DH Continues
Pre-Trippie part 5 - Cast of Characters
Pre-Trippie part 6 - An Unexpected Invite
Pre-Trippie part 7 - Back in Time
Pre-Trippie part 8 - First Itinerary
Pre-Trippie part 9 - Let the Changes Begin
Pre-Trippie part 10 - Are you kidding me? ADR Changes Already
Pre-Trippie part 11 - Hotel Flipping
Pre-Trippie part 12 - Return of the Binder
Pre-Trippie part 13 - Fly vs Drive
Pre-Trippie part 14 - I'm a Scared!
Pre-Trippie part 15 – 99 Days on the Wall
Pre-Trippie part 16 – And so it Begins…
Pre-Trippie part 17 – Our Very First One
Pre-Trippie part 18 – A Medical Update
Pre-Trippie part 19 – 38 Days on the Wall
Pre-Trippie part 20 – 28 Days on the Wall
Pre-Trippie part 21 – We are TEENS
Pre-Trippie part 22 – Single Dancin’
Pre-Trippie part 23 – And we’re off!
Mid-Trippie Update – OH NO!
Day 1 - De Plane De Plane
Day 1 - Indoor is now Outdoor? Belz is now Prime?
Day 1 - DH Quick Update
DH's Defense! | Day01 #1 - the night before
DH's Defense! | Day01 #2 - the flight
DH's Defense! | Day01 #3 – check in
DH's Defense! | Day01 #4 - Belz
Day 1 – Bottoming Out
DH's Defense! | Day01 #5 – TyRy, speechless
DH's Defense! | Day01 #6 – Room & exit strategy
DH's Defense! | Day01 #7 – PT & dining rants
DH's Defense! | Day01 #8 –post-dining fun
DH's Defense! | Day01 #9 – TyRy’s drink videos!
DH's Defense! | END of Day 01: FWIW – my Daily trip notes
Day 2 – Goin’ Explorin
DH's Defense! | Day 02 - Oh So Sore!
DH's Defense! | Day 02 - Voyeurism @ Swan&Dolphin
Day 2 - No Red Soup for DH
Day 2 - Pineapples & Coconuts
DH's Defense! | Day 02 O'Hana
DH's Defense! | Day 02 O'Hana Dessert pt.2
Day 3 - Almost Home (Our NEW one that is!)
Day 3 - We're FINALLY at our new home!
DH's Defense! | Day 02 Final Notes on the Day
DH's Defense! | Day 03 - Sleeping In & Raglan Road
DH's Defense! | Day 3 Our New HOME
Day 3 - Halloween Meets Thanksgiving
Day 3 - Halloween Time
It's time again - YEAH :woohoo: ! Another trip is being planned and we get to go this year! Last time I started with a trip report, so this time I’m actually going to start with a pre-trippie. Who knows what twists and turns will happen between now and the time we are supposed to leave for the World.
And you’ll need a little background. I’m one of those obsessive compulsive planners who plans each trip 18 months out (we only go every few years – WAHHHHHH) On our last trip I ended up with a HUGE three inch binder full of information, that of course, we not touched the whole time we were in the world. I also HATE to fly so will spend most of my time trying to talk DH into driving which is what we did last time.
Can’t remember the exact date – I know shock of all shockers, but DH had promised to go out to Woodfield when the DVC Store – Doorway to Dreams – opened. I think it was a promise made so he would not have to hear me constantly talking about going and seeing and he was hoping I’d get a little “fix” off talking Disney to someone beside him (and the boards and tiggerbell for lunches) constantly.
So off we go in the middle of August to the preview center. DH actually parked right by the entrance closest to it at Woodfield, so that was shocking, I hadn’t even told him where to park. So we walk in and are greeted after a minute by a person asking if we like Disney and know anything about DVC. At this point DH is just snickering cause he knows I know a LOT about it and we are not your average off the street person walking in cause it looked cool. So we start talking with the CM and it turns out I do know more that she does. She suggests if they expand there I should apply for a job, too bad the pay is probably not a whole lot.
She then asks if we have time would we like to meet a guide and speak with them. We say sure. So out comes Derrick - our guide – We’ll call him DVG (Vacation Guide). He talks to us for just a minute and realizes he’s dealing with people who actually know about Disney and DVC. So we take the tour through the Animal Kingdom mockups and I’m trying to get a read on DH – I think he’s really liking it but I’m not sure. We then sit down to talk about the most important stuff – will it work for us. And would we buy at SSR or AKV? There was no question that what lured DH in was AKV and that was the only one he would consider buying since he loved it so much on our last trip.
At one point DVG and I are talking in acronyms and DH looks really confused. :confused: DVG is also a member of the Disboards so we touch on that as well. So after unconfusing DH a number of times with our code speak, we take the information and leave. By the time we get home, DH is ready to sign on the line and (ready for the shocker) I’m having second thoughts - WHAT?!:scared1: I know, I know. I’m the one who has said we should do this from our first trip in 95 and now DH is ready and I’m throwing the brakes. Perhaps Mars and Jupiter were unaligned or something. :confused3
So about midweek I decide this is a really good idea and let’s sign up….uh-oh – I waited a little too long to come to my senses and evidently made too many good arguments cause now DH is thinking it doesn’t make sense. :crazy2: Great – now I have to come up with new and better arguments to refute everything I had said in the beginning of the week to make him come back to the good side. :headache: DFIL is a retired numbers guy, so he also has great financial advice. We decided to ask him his advice – this worried me as I wasn’t sure which way he would go. Thankfully, he thought it was a good idea for us and told DH that :worship:….as a side note he may have had ulterior motives which you’ll see soon.
The weekend comes and our seven days (to receive incentives) are up to make up our mind. We made an appointment for Saturday (which was our sixth day) and since we were still undecided called and moved it to Sunday. Sunday comes and it's rainy, and icky out but we head over to Woodfield anyway – the place is PACKED. Last weekend we had no trouble parking, I think we ended up parking in Wisconsin this time. I’m still not sure what DH is going to do as we walk in…..
Okay you've got me hooked...what happened next? And also WHAT were you thinking of:confused: with the hesitation thing?
:3dglasses I'm in!!!
Wait... maybe I should read it first... :lmao:
Great pre-trip report so far! :thumbsup2 I'll be tuning back in. I'm glad I found another obsessive trip planner (like me)! :hug: :)
I'm in! I found you over on Tiggerbell's thread and came over. Could I please have a clarification. What is Woodfield? Obviously it's a DVC office, but is this a landmark of some kind? A mall? Guessing in/near Chicago? Never heard of it. :confused3
:welcome: First of all - Welcome Everyone :welcome:
Oh and 2009 is a good year to turn 40....we are also planning a trip in 09 for my 40th! :)
When we left our story off, of would they or wouldn't they buy into DVC - here's what happened next:
So here we are walking in and I have no idea if we are going to say no thank you or YEAH!!!:woohoo: We get in meet with DVG and I'm basically holding my breath...I'm going to let DH talk and see which way he goes.....YEAH!!! :woohoo: :cheer2: :woohoo: We are now DVC members. DH agreed to it as long as we didn’t always use our points at WDW and could go other places – that’s what sealed it for him. People will argue that’s not the best use for them but hey – I still have them and if I wanted to we could go somewhere else without having to pay for a room.
So after signing our life away, we now own at AKV – DH loved the resort and is happy that is his home resort. We will of course want to try all the others, but we both loved AKL so much, I think this worked out for the best. Even better, we can still stay in the main lodge even once the DVC building it built.
So after leaving Woodfield we head over to DIL’s to tell them. They were very happy as the also love Disney and usually visit for a couple of short trips each year. We also then invite them to join us on our next vacation in 2008 (a WHOLE year earlier than I thought we’d be going back.) Probably in October.
You are SO lucky...I've never been to it but AKL looks seriously cool:cool1: . CONGRATULATIONS
Mickey's Hand is Back in MY Pocket - DH's Defense!
I think a better title might be:
Mickey's Hand is in My Back Pocket - with help from the DW!
Oh!...Where to start?
I really don't have a lot to say here, but I sure have a LOT to respond to!!! ;-D ;-D ;-D
DW - :p<..."Who knows what twists and turns will happen between now and the time we are supposed to leave for the World."
I have plenty of time to throw many a wrench into DW's plans! :scratchin
:p<..."I’m one of those obsessive compulsive planners who plans each trip 18 months out ...On our last trip I ended up with a HUGE three inch binder full of information"
Even in this computer age, she still manages to gather and save a TON of paperwork.
 It all started in '95 on our first trip. My Father had an envelope with a sheet or two of paper, on which he wrote a few key attractions we just had to hit during our 3 day stay. It was a plan for success, probably before Disney planning really starting catching fire online. Well, it worked, cuz...
 The next time we went, DW created a bunch of documents for things she wanted to see, and maximized her efforts on a per day basis.
Printed them out, and stuffed a folder. Once again, a success.
 Now she's crazier than ever...come 2004, a trip with both sets of parents, a must win (over) trip...
1¼" Binder, jammed with stuff, and a master sheet with daily breakdowns.
 Finally, our 2006 trip - designed to be the ultimate trip (for her) . . . 3+ inches of craziness, with numerous Tabs for sections, etc.
Here are our trip binders in reverse chronological order:
Anyhoo...on with the show...
:p<..."I also HATE to fly so will spend most of my time trying to talk DH into driving which is what we did last time."
Normally I'd be with her on this mode of transportation, but unlike her and her seemingly endless vacation time each year, time is actually an issue for me!
I would love to be able to take a few days getting down there, exploring and such, but with my constraints, flying m a x i m i z e s our precious Disney Time.
Hmm...DISNEY TIME. What is Disney Time? A timer of sorts, tracking time spent in say, the MK, Disney property, or the number of hours/days spent on a trip?
Or is it an abstract concept: a non-linear continuum of events and pacing which seem to defy all structure & scheduling?
Or is it another dimension, that which can only be experienced when letting your adult mindset go while experiencing any attraction in the MK, characterized by slowish motion, blissful fantasy, and heavenly euphoria cognized as an out-of-body experience upon recollection.
Yes. Disney Time.
Hey, why not?
Many have countdown timers, trip talleys, and such, but it's DISNEY TIME that counts.
Back to the show...
:p<..."Can’t remember the exact date – I know shock of all shockers, but DH had promised to go out to Woodfield when the DVC Store"
Pffffft! She knows the exact second! She's probably got it written down, texted to her cell phone, and etched into her wedding band!...http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/a...icon/Crazy.gif
:p<..."DH actually parked right by the entrance closest to it at Woodfield, so that was shocking, I hadn’t even told him where to park."
Pure chance (fate?). That's long been my favorite spot to park there;
it just so happened that Disney opened up it's store there... :santa:
:p<..."So we start talking with the CM and it turns out I do know more that she does."
...and DW wasn't even trying. I think she didn't want to make them look bad. Now the DVC Guides are another story, but they only have more experience in the program. Given the same level of experience, TyRy would be Top Gun around there, no question. She seems to be close to some of the Guides in terms of knowing the game, and is privvy to many tidbits they may have skipped on the Disboards, but even the best DVC Guides we've talked to appear surprised by some the info she offers.
Granted, all ya'll probably know as much as her since this is where she gets it all! :teacher:
:p<..."So out comes Derrick - our guide – We’ll call him DVG (Vacation Guide)."
Also known as Baseball HoF'er Ryne Sandberg.
Ladies and gentlemen, our DVC Guide/Salesman,
:p<..."He talks to us for just a minute and realizes he’s dealing with people who actually know about Disney and DVC."
Oh, this guy's eyes lit up and hair stood up on the back of his neck! He wasn't about to blow this opportunity!!!
:p<..."So we take the tour through the Animal Kingdom mockups and I’m trying to get a read on DH – I think he’s really liking it but I’m not sure."
LOL. Now come on.
Is there anything NOT to like? haha...
Relative to Disney (to me, at least),
everything is about rationalization,
not likes or dislikes.
Dislikes?? Doesn't compute -
they're all ... "preferences."
Maybe there are Dislikes . . . ;-)
:p<..."By the time we get home, DH is ready to sign on the line and (ready for the shocker) I’m having second thoughts - WHAT?!"
Sure. DW having second thoughts. Never. Never in her "right" mind at least, LOL!!!
Now, I was having many similar mental debates about this, but they were never ones of apprehension;
they were more in the vein of:
KICKING SELF IN THE REAR OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN FOR NOT DOING THIS WHEN WE FIRST EYED THE OPPORTUNITY IN '97!!!!<PULLS HAIR OUT>
:p<..."So about midweek I decide this is a really good idea and let’s sign up….uh-oh – I waited a little too long to come to my senses and evidently made too many good arguments cause now DH is thinking it doesn’t make sense."
<evil grin> HaHa! Gotta git while the gittin's good!
:p<..."DFIL is a retired numbers guy...We decided to ask him his advice...Thankfully, he thought it was a good idea for us and told DH that..."
Naa...he just instilled in me the idea of satisfying the DW for most of the rest of our lives with this decision (more than just a numbers guy) . . . :-D
:p<..."Sunday comes and it rainy, and icky out..."
LOL!!! She remembers it like a wedding day!!!
:p<..."I’m still not sure what DH is going to do as we walk in….."
a) slap butt when no one's looking and/or
b) Do what all men do at Malls ... :rolleyes:
popcorn:: MORE TO COME...
Ahhh....it looks like the DH has joined in to tell HIS side of the story! :laughing: ;) Hi, 312.Duck!! :wave2:
TyRy, you're my hero!!!
If I could find the time... :laundy: ...I'll put together my own entire report consisting only of my defense of it! :rolleyes1
popcorn:: MORE TO COME . . .
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