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Old 05-15-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Grumpola's Going Back: A PTR for Septmeber 2012 So many updates! 34 days...

If you don't believe in the magic of Disney, than how do you explain this?

Grumpola is going back to Disney World. Willingly.

Before our 2010 trip, my dear husband, who I referred to as Grumpola on my last PTR, said to me, "No one needs to go to Disney World more than once. I went as a kid. You've been twice. We are going because our kids should get to say they've been once. But just once. Because nobody needs to go back."

But then we arrived, on September 26, 2010. He seemed to have an OK time. He wasn't miserable or complaining, at least. We were having fun. But I didn't think he was having enough fun to convince him to ever come back.

And then it happened.

On September 29, 2010 around 9pm (yes I remember the date and time. This was historic!), we were in the pool at Port Orleans French Quarter. And without thinking, these words slipped from his mouth... "So, on our next trip, I'd really like to spend more time at Epcot."

At that moment, I felt like the world had stopped. He seemed to be in disbelief at what he had said! I stared at him with my mouth hanging open. I couldn't even breathe! And then... I smiled the biggest smile of my life!

I've been planning this return trip ever since!!!

So, welcome to our September 2012 PTR.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #2
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Here's the basics of our trip!

Dates: September 15-22, 2012

Place: Port Orleans Riverside

People: Me, Grumpola, and the kiddos. The Princess will be 7 on the trip. My little Prince will be 4, but very close to 5 (his birthday is the 28th). This is technically his five-year-old trip. But that's a story for another post. Also, my mom and my aunt will be joining us from the 16th to the 20th. Due to limited options for free dining, they are actual booked in a Royal Room. I'm banking on the kids wanting to sleep in their room!

Travel: Flying! In 2010, we drove. We drive everywhere. I love a good road trip. We probably do a solid 6,000 miles in road trips every year. But driving to Disney is hard! The excitement on the way there makes it hard to not go crazy sitting in the car. And the drive home? You are just so tired and 1,100 miles is a long way when you feel that kind of exhaustion--not to mention the sadness at having to leave! We scored a really good deal on flights. Good enough that I would say we will almost break even with the cost to drive. Plus we arrive at 10am AND we don't leave until 7pm, so it's like we got two extra vacation days out of it, too.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:17 PM   #3
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The Planning... From September 2010 to March 2012

I love planning a trip.

But when you start planning so early, things change constantly.

We thought about doing a Disney cruise.

We thought about doing a two week trip and staying at Pop.

We thought about Art of Animation.

We thought about doing a shorter trip and staying Deluxe.

We thought about renting points for Bay Lake Tower.

We thought about waiting for Home School Days and doing that. Or just doing YES tickets.

We thought about staying at a non-Disney resort. Hahaha. Nope, just kidding. THAT is one thought we never had. Offsite is not an option. Staying onsite is what makes the trip, at least for me.

We were going just the four of us. We were going with my mom and aunt. We were going with my mom, dad and two aunts.

In the end, we decided that a cruise was out this time. The prices for AoA came out and I laughed at the idea that this was supposed to be a "value". Then things got messed up with my spring break plans (long, boring story) and Grumpola ended up taking a week of vacation to rescue me (my hero!). We already had another non-Disney trip planned for summer and that meant he only had one week of vacation left for Disney. So two weeks at Pop went out the window. Our last trip was check-in on Sunday, check out on Friday. It was too short! So we decided less days to do deluxe would NOT work. Renting points and getting YES tickets was still a top contender, though.

And then free dining was announced. We really enjoyed it the last time so we decided to do it again even though we'd really wanted to do the YES program. I started number crunching all the different resort options. I was trying to talk us into Pop Century because it's cheap and we could walk over to Art of Animation and check it out.

But no matter the price, I couldn't picture us at Pop. I just couldn't. It's not my Disney home! Two out of my three trips have been to Port Orleans and that is for sure my Disney home. We ended up settling on Riverside this time even though we LOVED every single thing about French Quarter. The thing is, we kept going to Riverside for the bigger food court and to rent bikes and everything else. So this time we are going to try just staying there in the first place! We will see if that works out better!

My travel agent rocks and she got us a standard room at POR the day FD started. A lot of people were having to upgrade to higher room categories to get FD and I really just wanted Standard because I'm not picky. She managed to score that for us and I was THRILLED!
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:36 AM   #4
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Sad Day. Loss and Disney.

My dear friend was battling melanoma.

A bunch of friends and family did a fundraiser to help pay for her to take her children to Disney World because if there was anything that family needed, it was some happy memories!

Then a miracle came through. A charity that specifically works with parents who have stage 4 cancer offered to book, pay for and plan their entire trip! They were scheduled to fly out on May 15--yesterday.

Unfortunately, about two weeks ago it became evident that my friend would be too sick to make the trip.

And yesterday, on the very day she was to surprise her three girls and take them to Disney World, my dear friend lost her fight.

The devastation is beyond anything I can really make sense of right now. I am so broken hearted for those girls, who will now not get to make new memories with their mom. No getting ready for prom, no pre-wedding talks, no calling her for advice when they have their own children. And no magical memories of special vacations together.

I feel like I need to do something. I need to find a way to honor my friend and the fact that her final wish was to take her kids to Disney World before she died and that wish was NOT granted. Ugh...
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:59 AM   #5
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I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend.

I'm excited to read about your trip plans though! My family loves POR! We stayed there this past summer and had an amazing time! When you feel up to it, I can't wait to read more!
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:14 AM   #6
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The Grieving Process?

Grieving is a funny thing.

I can't seem to cry.

I'm definitely snappy and edgy and miserable to be around, though.

And mostly all I can think about is planning this trip.

Maybe part of me feels like planning a perfect trip for my kids is the way I can live out Michelle's dream. Maybe it's honoring Michelle, who put family bonding time and special memories above almost everything else. Maybe it's just selfish to distract myself with these plans. I don't know. All I know is that writing out my plans and working on this PTR are the distraction I need at the moment. I suppose I may just be at that denial phase? Whatever it is, the PTR must go on for now.
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:53 PM   #7
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Ok, I walked away from my PTR for awhile because we had so much going on. But I'm at 34 days now so it's time to get back on the ball!

So much to think about so I'm going to do separate posts for each topic. Etsy, Garden Grocer, touring plans, ADR changes and more. So much to think about!
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:13 PM   #8
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Ok, ADR fun.

So the plan was to skip Animal Kingdom this time. It's just not our favorite. But then we decided to do Photopass Plus. And since Dinosaur is one of the included ride photos, I wanted to go. Plus I heard about the park-specific mugs (like the refillable resort mugs but not refillable). I decided I need all four mugs!

Also, my mom really wanted two Epcot days and she leaves Thursday night. Friday was going to be or our second Epcot day. But mom doesn't like DHS. So we dd some switching around and changed up some things.

Now we have this schedule of parks and meals:

Saturday: no parks. Enjoy the resort, DTD, etc.

Sunday: CRT 8am. MK all day with a resort break. 1900PF at 4:30. Back to MK for EMH.

Monday: Epcot. Via Napoli at 4:30. Focusing on FW side of the park.

Tuesday: Rainforest Cafe. Paying OOP because it's kinda low priced to waste credits on. AK until around 1.

Chef Mickey's at 5pm. Then MNSShP.

Wednesday: Akershus At 10am. Full day spent in WS. Early night back to the resort to enjoy POR.

Thursday: MK for morning EMH. Back to hotel around 10:30. DTD, hang out, swim, laundry. Mom and Jacquie leave at three and we head back to MK. No ADRs.

Friday: DHS. Getting there early to get in As soon as gates open. No ADrs.

Saturday: DTD, swim, enjoy PoR. T-Rex for lunch. Our flight is at 8pm so ME at around 5. Eat dinner at the airport.
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