Little Sisterís First Trip to the World! Ė PTR February 2013
Hi! Iím Lexi, and Iím attempting my first PTR (that will hopefully turn into a TR!)
Weíre leaving in 15 days for an 8 day trip! And we are getting APs for the first time!!!
Me (of course). Iím 31 and mama to Alexander and Madeline. During the day I work as a Program Analyst for the government. Iíve been a Disney fan ever since my grandparents took my brother and me to Disneyland right before I turned 7. Iíve been to DLR 3 times and Iíve been to WDW several times. My favorite Disney character is Rapunzel.
DH (33) Ė DH is the one who makes my dreams happen (I know that sounds cheesy, but itís true). Weíve known each other since I was a freshman in high school but lost touch over the years. We reconnected on Facebook back in 2008 when I was a single mom and we got engaged in May 2010. We went on a trip with DS back in October 2010 shortly before we got married. He had been there once before when he was in middle school and wasnít a huge fan. I think he was converted on our trip. Every once in a while he would mention that we should go back to Disney, but then he would crunch the numbers and decide it wasnít the right time to go (he is also the CFO of our family, among other things). Finally, this past Fall, my best friend said she was thinking about going, so he started looking at the numbers again and decided we could go this February!
Hereís a picture of us on our trip in October 2010.
Next up is DS, Alex, who just turned 7 in December. Heís been to DLR once, and has been to WDW in December 2009 and on our October 2010 trip. He is a huge Disney fan. He loves Star Wars, and like a lot of 7 year olds, he is obsessed with Legos Ė I canít wait to take him to the Lego Store in DTD. This trip is a surprise for him. Weíve watched some ďsurpriseĒ videos on Youtube, and one day he told me he wanted me to surprise him with a trip to Disney. Itís been very hard keeping this from him! (Iím horrible at keeping secrets).
Here are the 3 of us from Oct. 2010:
Here is a picture of him from before Christmas:
And last we have the youngest member of our team, Little Sister, aka Madeline (Maddie). She just turned a year old last Sunday and she is a very busy toddler. She loves to go new places and I canít wait to take her to Disney.
Here she is in her Halloween costume:
And here is a picture of her and her brother from her birthday party (she has a little less hair than Rapunzel):
Stay tuned for the next post: When weíre going and where weíre staying!
When We're Going and Where We're Staying
Trip Dates: February 2nd through 9th
We got an amazing deal for flights through Southwest back in October (40% off)! We leave super early on Saturday the 2nd and arrive at MCO at 9:30 am. From there we will be taking the Magical Express
All Star Sports!
We stayed at All Star Movies on our last trip and loved the fun atmosphere of the All Stars. DS is into all sports, so I know he will love this resort.
We will be doing our first split stay during this trip. After 3 nights at All Star Sports, we will be moving toÖ.
Port Orleans Riverside!
Iím really excited about staying here. Iíve had it on my Disney bucket list for years and Iím finally getting the chance to stay here! Iím hoping to take advantage of the boat to Downtown Disney and one night we are planning to go to the River Roost to see Yehaa Bob perform.
Up next: Where we'll be eating!
Where We'll Be Eating
Last night DS went ice skating with a friend, so DH and I had a few hours to discuss our trip without having to speak in code. :laughing: We pored over the menus on AllEars and added a few more ADRs to our itinerary. We also have a good idea of which counter service restaurants we will be visiting on this trip. Since we'll be AP holders, we are going to purchase Tables in Wonderland.
While browsing the DIS last night, I found this thread with a link to a fabulous dining calculator tool!
We plugged in our restaurants and found out that we will save money on this trip alone with TiW (we're planning to go back 2 or 3 times within the year, so we'll definitely save a lot using this benefit).
Here are the ADRs we have:
-50's Prime Time Cafť at DHS
-Nine Dragons at Epcot
-Tony's Town Square at MK
-'Ohana at the Polynesian Resort (we're meeting up with my BFF, her DH, and DD for this dinner)
-Trail's End Restaurant at Fort Wilderness
-Boatwright's Dining Hall at Port Orleans Riverside
-1900 Park Fare for a late breakfast
DS and I went to 1900 Park Fare during our December 2009 trip. Here's a picture of him after Mary Poppins visited our table and gave him a kiss!
I'm really excited about going to the Boulangerie Patisserie now that they've expanded. This is my favorite place to go (love the chocolate mousse), in my favorite Epcot Pavilion.
We'll probably be visiting Toy Story Pizza Planet again
I can't wait to see Be Our Guest. I tried to get Dinner ADRs, but that proved to be impossible. We're really looking forward to trying it out for lunch.
There will be other meals (and snacks! Dole Whips!), but these are the highlights.
I'm subscribing! If only because I'm jealous you have a shorter wait until your trip than ours......
Your son is adorable! So is your daughter, but I love the intelligence behind a 7 year old boy's eyes. Especially one who is reading his sister's birthday card for her. :thumbsup2
Glad to hear you did 1900 PF already for breakfast and are planning it again. I've gone back and forth on that one many times, but have decided we have to do it. First everyone in my family loves breakfast buffets and second, I like characters and eating while seeing them is a much better way for me to do that than make my family wait in line in the parks.
From your signature, it looks like your DS is about the same age as mine - he just turned 7 last month.
I loved 1900 Park Fare for breakfast. I thought the character interaction was great and it's a good mix of characters, so there is something for everyone. You get Pooh and Tigger, who are always fun, but the face characters are what really made it great for us last time. We went for my son's 4th birthday and he was opening presents during our breakfast and got a book as one of the gifts. Alice came to our table and spent quite a few minutes looking through the book with DS. The Mad Hatter was hilarious, and of course, the kiss from Mary Poppins was very memorable. :goodvibes
Thank you for the welcome!
Yes, our son is close in age to yours. He will turn 7 during our trip next month.
Our first character meals were in January 2012. We did H&V, CRT and Chef Mickey's. DS loved all of the characters and really likes to hug the soft ones and flirt with the princesses. We met Mary Poppins at Animation Courtyard on our trip and she just grabbed his hand and walked away with him. He was in love. :flower3:
Another Trip Booked and We're Starting to Pack!
In my first post I mentioned that we'll be getting APs for the first time ever on this trip! DH (master of the spreadsheet) priced tickets and came to the conclusion that if we go for 8 days this year and then schedule another trip the last week of January 2014, we could save some money in the long run and buy APs.
The prospect of this was very exciting! I never imagined being an AP holder - we live about 900 miles away, so it wouldn't be like we could just hop over there on the weekends. And I never realized that DH would even be willing to take a trip to Disney two years in a row!
Of course the wheels in my head started turning and I was trying to come up with a compelling reason to go on some additional trips. Soon we had two more (tentative) trips planned. One the last week of August for a summer vacation, and then a quick adults-only weekend in October to celebrate our anniversary.
Then last weekend I said to DH, "Wouldn't it be cool if you could just go down for a quick trip in May to see Star Wars Weekends with Alex?" I wasn't intending for this to be a suggestion he would take seriously. Alex is a huge Star Wars fan. Well I guess DH thought it sounded like fun, because all the sudden on Monday night, we booked a one night stay for them at All Star Sports (with the Disney Visa discount) and on Tuesday he had arranged the flights!
So the second trip of our Year of Disney has been confirmed! Maddie and I won't be joining them on this trip, but I'm still so excited about it, you would think I was the one who was going!
Alex as Darth Vader for Halloween (sorry, not the best pic):
Now back to the trip we are leaving for in 8 days!!!!!!!! :scared1:
I have so much to do this weekend. We want to get everything mostly packed by the end of the weekend, since we'll be busy with work/school all week and we have to leave very early next Saturday for our 7:00am flight.
To get in the packing mood, I'm going to post a few pictures of some items I'll be bringing for Maddie. Over the past several months, I've acquired quite a collection of Disney themed clothes. I got a few things from the Disney Store online on Black Friday, and then a lot of the other things I purchased on clearance from Target.
Rapunzel Shirt (Babies R Us) and Minnie Mouse Body Suit (Disney Store)
Winnie the Pooh Onesie (Disney Store) and Alice in Wonderland Shirts (Target)
Tinkerbell Hoodie and Tank (Target)
Back of the Hoodie - the wings are too cute!
Mouseketeer and Marie T-Shirts (Disney Store) and Belle T-Shirt (Target - on clearance for $2.70!!!!)
Bambi Dress (Xmas gift from Grandma) Rapunzel Body Suit (Disney Store) and Cinderella T-Shirt (another awesome find from Target)
Maddie modeling the Tink Hoodie
And we have to bring a few friends along!
(Rapunzel and Belle were from the Disney Store Black Friday sale, the Minnie Mouse Pookalooz was an Xmas gift from my BIL)
I didn't realize how much Disney stuff Maddie had until I compiled it all to take the pics for this post! But I'm proud to say that I didn't pay full price for anything pictured above. Now I need to start digging around for the Disney stuff we have hidden away for Alex.
I liked the breakfast food at Chef Mickey's, and the characters did come around quickly, but I was really disappointed by the "celebration" that they advertise you should be sure to stick around for. Donald skipped us and I had to go track his handler down. Hollywood and Vine had really great character interaction but DH did not care for the buffet lunch. Not sure if we are keeping this one for breakfast on this trip because Edward has just outgrown the characters.
I LOVE meeting characters and if we didn't do the meals, my DH knows I would make him wait in line to do it in the parks, so its a compromise. :bitelip: Edward probably won't be interested much longer so this will probably be my last time. Except for Mickey. I will always want to meet and hug Mickey, no matter how old DS is.
I'm looking forward to Ohana's breakfast the most on this trip. It will be served family style which is so much better than a buffet.
Your Disney outfits for your daughter are precious! Makes me wish I had a little girl to dress. But I can't wait to see your outfits for your son. I'll have to take pictures of my Disney store bargains for Edward sometime today.
Your trip is so close! :banana:
Alex has been funny about characters the last couple trips. He's very particular about which ones he wants to see. On the trip we took when he turned 4, he refused to visit most characters, but when he saw Buzz Lightyear, he ran right up to him. He also enjoyed meeting the Fab 5. On our last trip, he really enjoyed meeting the Little Einsteins and Handy Manny.
I personally love the characters. Our last trip was pretty short, so I didn't make DH wait for many. I don't even think we got a picture with Mickey! :faint: I'm definitely looking forward to visiting the princesses this time (I can't wait to meet Rapunzel!) Maddie has the princess decals on her walls in her bedroom and she loves to look at them, so I'm sure she will recognize them.
I gathered a bunch of Alex's Disney clothes today and am doing laundry right now. But I'm missing his Star Wars shirts! Eeeek! I better find them. :magnify:
Your trip is getting close too! This next month will go by quickly for you!
If you wanted to try for CRT sometimes they have cancellations. Either way you will have fun.
We'll probably try to get CRT ADRs for our trip next January. I've been searching frantically for some BOG ADRs to open up for next week. So far no luck, but I'm glad we'll at least be able to check it out during lunch.
One Week From Today!!!!
First, a question to any of you reading this: What is your favorite counter service restaurant in Hollywood Studios? I haven't spent much time at DHS in the past, so I'm not familiar with all of the food options. I'm also not crazy about the idea of going back to Toy Story Pizza Planet.
Now, back to the PTR....
We are only one week away from Little Sister's First Trip to the World!
Progress has been made on the packing front...kind of. I've done laundry for the kids, so their clothes for the trip are all ready to be packed tonight or tomorrow. Still need to do my laundry and have DH get his clothes ready. If you knew me, you'd know that I'm way ahead of schedule. I'm a procrastinator and usually wait until the morning of a trip to pack (even on trips when I need to be at the airport super early). I'm hoping to avoid last minute meltdowns (from the adults!) by getting almost everything done tomorrow.
Since we are only ONE WEEK AWAY :cheer2: (can you tell I'm excited?!) , I thought I would outline our plans each day this week for what we'll be doing one week from now.
Saturday we'll be flying out insanely early and arrive at MCO around 9:30am. We'll check into All Star Sports and from there we will take a bus to Animal Kingdom (assuming it's not raining - I keep seeing rain in the extended forecast, but I know there is still plenty of time for that to change). We'll trade in our AP vouchers for the real thing! And we'll also purchase Tables in Wonderland.
Our October 2010 trip was only 3 full days, so on our last day, we went to AK for about 2 hours. We only had time for Kilimanjaro Safari, Expedition Everest, and a little bit of time for Alex to play at The Boneyard. This trip we plan to spend part of 2 days in AK.
This trip we want to make sure we see:
-Festival of the Lion King
-Finding Nemo: The Musical
-Dinosaur (just for DH and DS - not sure if this will be too scary for Alex. I know it's too scary for me!)
I want to spend some time in the Maharajah Jungle Trek and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. We also plan to watch Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade.
We're going to grab a quick lunch at Yak & Yeti counter service at some point.
I'd like to try to find DiVine. I've never seen her before.
We probably won't get to all of these things on this first day, because we will be leaving AK in the late afternoon to head to Magic Kingdom by 6:00pm. When we get there, we will grab dinner from Pecos Bill and stake out a place to sit to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade. Then we'll stay for Wishes. pixiedust:
I know a lot of people might think we're insane for such a long day planned on the day of our arrival (especially with a toddler). Our plan isn't set in stone and we'll see how the kids do and alter our plan as needed.
Hollywood Studios Day
One week from today we'll be in Disney's Hollywood Studios!
On our last trip, we only spent half a day at this park. We tried to get Alex into the first Jedi Training show, but even though we arrived at park opening, by the time we got back to that area, there was a huge line. Alex was just beginning to get into Star Wars at that point, so he wasn't too disappointed to miss it. This time it will be our top priority! We plan to arrive around 8:15, so hopefully we'll be some of the first people to enter the park on this day. We'll head straight back to get Alex signed up for one of the shows.
Another thing we missed last time was the Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, so we'll have to make sure we see that.
Alex will be tall enough for all the thrill rides. We'll definitely have to do Star Tours (I think this was closed for the refurb during our last trip). DH loves Tower of Terror and Rock 'n Roller Coaster. I'm not sure if Alex will enjoy either of those, but we shall see.
Of course we'll ride Toy Story Mania at some point (probably after we sign Alex up for the Jedi Training).
I love the Beauty and the Beast show and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. I hope to be able to see both of those. I'm not sure how well Maddie will do with sitting for shows. She isn't really into sitting still most of the time, so it may be a challenge.
One of my favorite things to do at DHS is the Animation Academy. I'm hoping that we can catch this (maybe if Maddie falls asleep).
I'm looking at the attractions list as I write this, and I almost forgot about MuppetVision 3D!!! :3dglasses I LOVE THIS! Alex used to be terrified of all the 3D movies at Disney, but I'm sure he's outgrown his fear and will enjoy this one.
We have a dinner reservation at the 50's Prime Time Cafe.
We may stay for Fantasmic depending on how much energy we have left (I'm not sure if we'll be going back during the day for a break. We'll have to see how much stamina Alex has and if Maddie will nap in the stroller).
That's about it for this day. If we don't get to everything, we'll make sure to schedule some time later in the week to come back.
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