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DisneyRegulars 01-03-2013 11:47 AM

If you don't have anything nice to say...write about it in your trip report
 
Here we go again! Our 4th trip in just under a year. I've finally been able to wind down from an insane work and school schedule to start thinking about the trip. We leave in ten short days for a week in Disney from January 13-19.

Let's start things off with a bit about the title. "If you don't have anything nice to say... write about it in your trip report." I've decided this is going to be my motto for the trip. You see, I will be traveling with my MIL, and I know I will have to bite my tongue ALOT. I have to be careful what I say here, in that I will only write what I would be willing to tell her face to face because she is crafty and understands the internet enough to have maybe found this site, and maybe be following my username. Out of respect for her I will also not be posting pictures of her in this report.

So let's meet the cast. Firstly, there is me, your trip narrator. I'm 30, an avid Disney fan, and a recovering park commando. Recently, just before Christmas, I finished my PhD, so I look forward to buying myself some Dr. Llama ears on this trip. How awesome is it that Disney just announced the 'Year of the Ear'? Secondly, there is my husband, Grizzly. He's 37 maybe? I'm not entirely sure because he stopped aging at age 28. Anyways, he's a few years older than me, and is a complete an utter Disney fool. While he is willing to go slow for our little guy, his heart is very much that of a park commando. Thirdly, there is Tigger. He will turn 3 the last day of this trip, and this will be his 4th Disney trip. He loves Disney, but most of all he loves rides. He is intrigued by the characters, but so far has flipped out every time one has gotten near him. Last trip I spent most of the time obsessed about bathrooms and potty breaks, but it's been several months now and I'm excited that potty training is behind us. This kid is actually the potty king (I'm sure I'll have to eat those words), and if I leave it up to him he goes twice a day (around lunch time and before bed). Wait I got sidetracked!!!

There's the fourth person, MIL. I have such mixed emotions about this trip. MIL has never been to Disney, so one side of me thinks she will love it. The other side is screaming "IF THERE ARE MORE THAN 5 PEOPLE IN THE PARK WITH YOU SHE'S GOING TO THINK IT's CRAZY CROWDED". She can be fun, but the overwhelming percentage of her stories revolve around complaining. Her complaints are mainly about crowds, lines, bad service, lines, check out people not knowing the coupon policy, lines, crowds, bad service, bad service, bad service, how expensive things are, and Obama. We see eye to eye on about 1% of things. She's very OCD, and gets nervous and panicky about everything. I'm sure she's already packed her suitcase for the trip. I'm sure it was packed 3 weeks ago. I will pack the day before. I've already told Grizzly that he is to go through security with her, but without me, because according to her going through security at the airport is the worst possible thing that could ever happen to a human being. I can't wait till she gets to face the return trip in the Orlando airport. I could go on, but I will just leave it at this. I'm nervous. I'm nervous to be traveling with my exact opposite. I hope I can maintain the peace. I may be writing here a lot!

Next up I'll share our tentative itinerary, and pretty soon we'll get the real show on the road. I try to do live blogging from down at Disney, so stay tuned.

I suppose I should also mention that we will be staying in a 2 bedroom lockoff standard view at Kidani Village.

Thumper4me 01-03-2013 12:01 PM

Take a deep breath....everything will be fine. :) My MIL joined us on our last trip to WDW during the Food & Wine Festival. I was very nervous since our first vacation to the Grand Canyon did not go smoothly. However, everything went great at WDW. It truely is a magical place. :goodvibes

I am looking forward to hearing more about your trip. We are heading down right after you get back.

Kelly

DisneyRegulars 01-03-2013 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Thumper4me (Post 47068162)
Take a deep breath....everything will be fine. :) My MIL joined us on our last trip to WDW during the Food & Wine Festival. I was very nervous since our first vacation to the Grand Canyon did not go smoothly. However, everything went great at WDW. It truely is a magical place. :goodvibes

I am looking forward to hearing more about your trip. We are heading down right after you get back.

Kelly

How bizarre!!! Our first trip with MIL was to the Grand Canyon too! And it was awful. It got to the point where I refused to ride the tram with everyone to the next stop, and just walked to the next viewing point by myself because I could stand them no longer. My only hope is that most of the stress with that trip was due to MIL and FIL fighting, and FIL will not be with us. Thanks for the good vibes. I will hold them close.

a742246 01-03-2013 12:38 PM

Just have a good sense of humor on your trip and everything will be fine.:thumbsup2

DisneyRegulars 01-03-2013 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by a742246
Just have a good sense of humor on your trip and everything will be fine.:thumbsup2

That's good advice! I'm a strong believer that people have a lot of control over how they feel. I hope I remember to 'choose' not to feel annoyed, and am able to just let things roll off my back, and perhaps as you suggest, have a little chuckle.

SusieBea 01-03-2013 01:16 PM

I'm in! We'll actually be there part of the time you will (Jan. 14-18). If it gets too bad, you can come sleep on our sofa bed at OKW! ;) On the other hand, I am also a MIL! :lmao:

DisneyRegulars 01-03-2013 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by SusieBea (Post 47068982)
I'm in! We'll actually be there part of the time you will (Jan. 14-18). If it gets too bad, you can come sleep on our sofa bed at OKW! ;) On the other hand, I am also a MIL! :lmao:

:goodvibes Great to have you along! If you hear someone outside at OKW screaming "SusieBea, SusieBea, Let me come in!" That will be me, not a big bad wolf. Actually, it might not be me, it may be MIL, I'm sure she will love your couch, she's very sweet to strangers.

iwannbindisnee 01-03-2013 10:13 PM

Im in! SOunds like it will be fun. You already seem to have a sense of humor, so I think you have the right attitude! And as another PP said, Disney is a magical place... (I'm like you-pack the night before...Just don't get the early packers!)_Debbie

DizBub 01-03-2013 10:34 PM

Your post made me smile. We used to travel with my in-laws too and the 1st time we ever went to WDW was in 1975 and we were together. Our oldest turned 5 on the trip and was an only child then. I was really nervous too but we had a great time and repeated our visits together for many years.

On the other hand, I am also now a MIL and our sons-in-law really seem to like to travel to WDW with us. Maybe it would be different if I had a daughter-in-law. :)

Relax.....you'll be in WDW and have a great time. If nothing else, maybe MIL can stay with Tigger one evening and give you and DH a little alone time.

cubfans 01-03-2013 10:54 PM

Disney has a way of soothing even the most savage beast. If she can't calm down and enjoy a week at Disney then maybe lose hope. Maybe start her off at the carnival in Kissimmee..... I believe it's called Old Town.....we call it Red Neck Disney. After a few hours there she is sure to appreciate every minute at WDW! Good luck!

MomToPrincePhillip 01-04-2013 01:02 PM

I'm joining in too! Looking forward to your up dates! I'm sure with a 2 bedroom, you'll have enough room to breath. You'll have a great time!

DisneyRegulars 01-04-2013 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by iwannbindisnee
Im in! SOunds like it will be fun. You already seem to have a sense of humor, so I think you have the right attitude! And as another PP said, Disney is a magical place... (I'm like you-pack the night before...Just don't get the early packers!)_Debbie

Ah thanks! So glad you are along for the ride!

DisneyRegulars 01-04-2013 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by DizBub
Your post made me smile. We used to travel with my in-laws too and the 1st time we ever went to WDW was in 1975 and we were together. Our oldest turned 5 on the trip and was an only child then. I was really nervous too but we had a great time and repeated our visits together for many years.

On the other hand, I am also now a MIL and our sons-in-law really seem to like to travel to WDW with us. Maybe it would be different if I had a daughter-in-law. :)

Relax.....you'll be in WDW and have a great time. If nothing else, maybe MIL can stay with Tigger one evening and give you and DH a little alone time.

We have our fingers crossed for one evening of babysitting, but since we haven't planned the exact night at least two weeks in advance it may cause too much stress for her. We love traveling with my parents and have been to Disney many times with them, so there is some hope that this could be equally as fun. Maybe. If hell freezes over.

DisneyRegulars 01-04-2013 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by cubfans
Disney has a way of soothing even the most savage beast. If she can't calm down and enjoy a week at Disney then maybe lose hope. Maybe start her off at the carnival in Kissimmee..... I believe it's called Old Town.....we call it Red Neck Disney. After a few hours there she is sure to appreciate every minute at WDW! Good luck!

Ha! The first line is AMAZING! I love this idea of starting off with redneck disney. She already thinks Disney only has those kiddie rides, like the boats and airplanes that go around in a tiny circle. I'm sure she will be completely taken aback by the sheer magnitude and scale of the rides. She also doesn't plan on riding anything because she thinks everything is either made for a 2 year old or a thrill ride. She has no idea what fun she is in for.

DisneyRegulars 01-04-2013 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by MomToPrincePhillip
I'm joining in too! Looking forward to your up dates! I'm sure with a 2 bedroom, you'll have enough room to breath. You'll have a great time!

Thanks for joining in! We invited both MIL and FIL last year and they both said "heck no that is the last place we want to go". Well at some point during the year MIL had a change of heart, months AFTER we had already booked a value 1 bedroom. The first thing I did was panic. The second thing I did was change the reservation to a 2 bedroom. Thank goodness one was available and we happened to have enough points. The last thing I wanted was to add the stress of tiny accommodations to the trip. This will be our first and probably last 2 bedroom for quite a long while, but I'm looking forward to all the space.


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