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Old 03-05-2009, 07:55 AM   #1
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Surprising Ma....I did pull it off!! Surprise is out!!!

So, as the title goes, I'm surprising my Ma for her birthday, for a trip to the world. She has NO idea, and will probably kill me! I haven't figured out when to tell her, or even how to tell her, but that'll come later. So far, we're gonna be there Sept 15th to the 19th, we're hitting each park, and staying at CBR in the new pirat room My mom hasn't stayed on disney property, and has never been to animal kingdom. My sister is going with us, she's helping with the trip...if you wanna call hit help We're still trying to figure out where to eat!! This might take a while...
We're using the military 5 day companion tickets, for $99, and I'm gonna upgrade them to hoppers when we get there. We are using the DDP, and my sister doesn't understand the concept of ADR...so I had to explain that to her!! took a while for it to sink in, but it finally did. I've given her a list of places I'd want to eat at, and think Ma would like, that was a week ago, and she hasn't given me her ideas yet. SO, as I'm waiting for her to decide what MA would like to eat, I'm sitting here going crazy, thank GOD I got the May trip to keep me occupied, FOR NOW!! So, anyone who has any ideas on HOW to tell ma, I'm open to them. Next up, the Cast.....
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Looking forward to reading your PTR! I am taking my mom on a trip for her birthday in September too! She already knows about the trip, but not about any of the surprises on the trip. We should swap ideas Really excited to see what you have planned!
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:24 AM   #3
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Thanks!! And Every plan we have righ tnow is riding on my sister and these dining picks. I have a rough sketch on what we're gonna do, so just gotta get my sister to go with it! LOL She's helping me pay for this, so I figured I'd let her help plan...wondering if that was a mistake!! Anyways, thanks, and I'll work on this as I can! Hopefully we'll nail the itenerary down soon! We can also plan together, that'll be FUN!!! I love planning, my sister is like a tumbleweed that kinda goes with the flow!! NOT a good combination!!
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Fun plan! Cant wait to hear your ADR's and how you will surprise her
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:01 AM   #5
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I can't wait to see our ADR's either!! I might just keep with MY plan, if my sister drags her feet! We can make them on June 15th...so we have time, but not much, the way things have been flying by. I'll give her a until my May trip, after that, I'm just gonna decide for us! Thanks for stopping by, I'll work on the cast this afternoon!!!
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:00 AM   #6
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Hi there! I found your September pre-trippie! Sounds like fun so far! Looking forward to meeting the cast...
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Old 03-06-2009, 07:18 AM   #7
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The Itenerary....AS IT STANDS NOW

Any wagers on how many times this is gonna change? Okay, this is MY plan, it'll probably change once we get DSIS's input, but hey, this actually sounds pretty good, if I do say so myself

Day 1, Sept 15th- arrive around noon, hope the room is ready, if so, settle in, and relax, maybe take a swim. Later on that evening, attend MNSSHP, Ma has done MK before, many times, and I think this will be a way to make it TOTALLY different for her! Planning for an ADR for around 5ish at either CP or Tonys, haven't decided which one yet.

Day 2 Sept 16th- Sleep in just a tad bit, I promised my DSIS that I won't get her up at the crack of dawn EVERY day, just when we're out late the night before...so IF we stay until midnite, even I would want to sleep in a tad bit after that! So, this day, arrive at AK around 10, counter service for lunch, and then plan for KONA for dinner, since AK closes early.

Day 3 Sept 17th- MA'S BIRTHDAY!!! This day I'm planning for Epcot, 2 of her sisters are coming over to spend the day with us there, so it should be fun! CS for lunch somewhere in the WS maybe, and Coral Reef for Birthday DINNER!!! Illuminations afterwards.

Day 4 Sept 18th- DHS, Not sure how long we're gonna be at this park, so dinner is up in the air for this day. This is not my favorite park, so I'd wanna hop elsewhere.

Day 5 Sept 19th-birthday girls choice for park...hit what she liked, or just MK again, who knows! We're checking out this day too, do we'll be driving home when we're done with the park. If they just wanna go home, that'll be fine too!

One thing my DSIS and I agree on, is taking advantage of the Evening EMH's, that way we can use the lower crowds to our advantage and take in some of the bigger sights, and stuff of each park. I'm HOPING it's gonna be not so crowded so we can do that during the day...and not sure on during the day breaks, we may or may not take them, depending on how we feel. We may be done with what we wanna do in a park, and have enough time to go back for a swim before dinner!!!! Next up, dissecting arrival day!!!
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:31 PM   #8
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Arrival DAY!!!

YAAY!! I can't wait! Way too long to go at this point, but hey, I think about it all the time!! So, we arrive on Sept 15th, which is a Tuesday. We're staying at CBR in a pirate theme room, been toying around with the idea of possibly upgrading to FW to a cabin, so Ma and DSIS can have their own beds, but not sure of the cost....YET. We'll see how well we do at paying this one down first! So, we arrive on a Tuesday, I'm HOPING around noon, knowing my dsis it'll we'll probably LEAVE my house at noon! So I'm allowing extra time for that! We'll get checked in, hopefully the room is ready, if not, we'll mosey around somewhere, until it IS ready, again, knowing dsis, that'll probably be the BAR!! Then me and DS can swim! When we FINALLY get to our room, we're gonna rest, and then get ready to go to MNSSHP. Again, Ma hasn't done one of the parties before, so it'll be something different for her. DSIS probably won't dress up, I MIGHT be able to get a mickey or minnie headband on Ma, we'll see. I'll buy one in May for her and go from there!! DS wants to be a stormtrooper, or clone trooper, cause he's SOOOO into Star Wars! I was TRYING to get him to be something DISNEY, like Buzz, but NOPE....gotta be star wars! I'm gonna wear my tigger headband, LOVE that thing. So, that'll be our costumes, or lack there of! HAHA I'm gonna shoot for an ADR at either Tony's or Crystal Palace for 4:30 or 5ish, Maybe even Liberty Tree Tavern, Havne't decided the food yet! Maybe once we spring this on Ma, she can help us WITH The food choices!! LOL So, we'll eat, and then after some research, we'll probably hit the rides that won't be open, Like the Jungle Cruise...head down that way. I do want to watch the parade in frontier land, that's the best spot, I think! After that, head towards HM, then Fantasyland, and around the horn, and hit the fireworks, LOVE the parties' fireworks! After that, probably some pictures with Characters, and then back to the resort when they kick us out at Midnite. By then Ma will be exhausted, and DSIS will want a drink Keeping my fingers crossed for this to be a very LOW CROWD night, since it's a Tuesday....for Ma and DSIS, they don't do well with crowds, and DSIS doesn't do well with people in general

Anyways, this SHOULD be day one, I really can't wait until we finalize the dining, I'll rest easier!! Anyone have any favorites in the MK, or ANYONE with ideas on Surprising MA?? Anyone? I'm at a loss here!!! Next up....brainstorming ideas for Surprising Ma!!
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Hmmm.... I will have to think about this.... last year we surprised DF's mom and dad with a disney trip (but we just gave it as a Christmas gift).... we did get a cute card that you can record a message in and made a little poem... let me see if remember it all...

Take a week off, next December
We're all going on a trip to Remember

Walt Disney World is where we'll stay
And Best of all? The Kids will Pay!

So Pack a big bag, and a suitcase too,
this is a special gift for you.

Not much but it worked... we also had DF's nephew give them the card as the "Oh wait I think we have one more present left" gift.

Love your arrival day plans so far, very fun filled and action pakced!
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Hmmm.... I will have to think about this.... last year we surprised DF's mom and dad with a disney trip (but we just gave it as a Christmas gift).... we did get a cute card that you can record a message in and made a little poem... let me see if remember it all...

Take a week off, next December
We're all going on a trip to Remember

Walt Disney World is where we'll stay
And Best of all? The Kids will Pay!

So Pack a big bag, and a suitcase too,
this is a special gift for you.

Not much but it worked... we also had DF's nephew give them the card as the "Oh wait I think we have one more present left" gift.

Love your arrival day plans so far, very fun filled and action pakced!

OMG I LOVE That poem, it'll even work with September!! Wow, I can use that for Mother's day to give to her! Not sure we'll be paid for by then, but mostly!! DSIS is LUCKY, she lives in Arizona, so I get to be the one to take the first force of "the finding out"

Another Idea I got from the creative DISigns board, is an invitation, they personalize things, so was thinking of asking for one of them, inviting them down for dinner..we do that regularly since we live 45 mins apart...and slip it to her then...I did that with a Valentines Day card...this way DH can join in on the fun of telling her! Other then those 2 ideas, I'm lost!!! I'm SOOOO not good at surprises, OR keeping secrets!! It's hard to be around her, cause then I can't talk about it, so I talk about the trip in May LOL Keeps ME occupied!! Keep the ideas coming, and thanks!!
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A Bump In The Road!!

Okay, So Ma doesn't know this is happening, called her on saturday to see if she was up for visitors, and she started talking to me about when her bosses were leaving for this year, etc. OMG, THEY'RE GOING TO LONDON IN SEPTEMBER!!! AAAAHHHHHH!!! So, I stayed calm on the phone, went up there to visit/investigate, and my Aunt was there. So I asked her if she knew, and she said no, she'd find out!! So, now I'm stressing, thinking we would have to move our dates around...UG!! I despirately wanted to be there for her birthday, but if not, that's okay too. I am grateful that we found this out BEFORE my sister bought her plane tickets!! Ah well, I'll keep posted on what all I find out and when. Until then, will we have to tell her because of this?? OMG!!!
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