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Old 09-13-2012, 09:01 AM   #1
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Bouncing Back to the Bayou --- an August 2013 PTR

Bouncing Back to the Bayou --- an August 2013 PTR


Ok I am just DYING to tell someone, ANYONE, about my plans. I've finished up my TR from 2012 (and within the one month time frame I give myself from returning home) and it's time to start planning again!!! The family thinks we are going to CBR next year. Nah, nah!! I changed it to POR, the Alligator Bayou section and preferred so hopefully building 14 -- that's what I've requested. NONE OF MY FAMILY KNOWS ABOUT THIS AND I'M NOT TELLING THEM UNTIL THE MAGICAL EXPRESS DROPS US OFF!!! My familly and I were all were talking and that seems to be everyone's favorite. I also found out the whole resort has been renovated in 2011 and I looked up the pics. I am paying for preferred as I just don't want the walk we had last time around to the food court. It was WAY TOO FAR to keep refilling the mugs. By the time we walked back to the room from refilling them, they'd be empty again as we were drinking along the way. I am also planning on flying out of Portland, ME this time around, too. Driving to Manchester really wasn't all that fun, especially landing at 9:30pm and still having a 3 hour drive home. UGH. Also, Peter's SW Rapid Rewards can be transferred to Air Tran A+ rewards And Air Tran flies out of Portland. Would you believe we already have enough points for one round trip ticket or two one-way flights?? Peter keeps using that good old Southwest Visa for EVERYTHING! Of course he pays it up every month like a good little boy! I'm hoping he uses it enough for us to earn another flight. I think it's very doable! Yep! And I've already made up a Garden Grocer order!!! That is going to be so convenient for snacks/breakfast type items. I've subbed to the POR Riverside thread and the August 2013 thread, so that's all set. The POR thread suggests to fax my room requests to POR 5 days in advance, so that date is already marked (and the fax already written and saved in my computer) in my calendar as well as the date I can make my ADR's. The one I really want is Be Our Guest at MK. I'm surprised it's only 1 TS credit for dinner and it's considered CS for lunch. So Cool! With the next paycheck I'm planning on purchasing the PhotoPass Plus on the preorder special. It's a $30 savings and the plus is so worth it for all to get all those dinner and ride photos!

Yep.....how's that for planning????


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Old 09-13-2012, 09:05 AM   #2
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MEET THE FAMILY
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My projects thus far
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Envelopes anyone?
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Two trips to Disney in one year????
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Start spreding the news.....an NYC mini trip report
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The Wellington Hotel
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Redeye Grill
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Happy Thanksgiving!
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This is Thanksgiving dinner???
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BLACK FRIDAY!!!!
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CHRISTMAS AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
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This is the end of NYC
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Merry ???? Christmas????
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Tentative August plans
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Only in Maine and a tshirt design
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THE BLIZZARD OF FEB 2013
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DILEMMA TIME
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ADR'S DECIDED ON
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167 DAYS TO GO
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March 13, 2013....
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The start of the toe saga
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PLAYLIST LIVE 2013
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Settling in
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DOWNTOWN DISNEY, ANYONE??
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117 MORE DAYS!!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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OK, now that I have gotten the “first” bragging rights out of the way, I can concentrate on your PTR! I was afraid Karen was going to beat me over here! So, I am subbed and I can’t wait to read more! That is cool that you are able to transfer the rewards points over to AirTran. BWI is 90 minutes away from us, so I can’t imagine doubling that! I’m glad you can fly out of a closer airport. You are really on top of things with the Garden Grocer order and the room request!
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:48 AM   #6
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Me and my Disney Family

My DD 14 Victoria......
She will be 15 by the time we go on this trip. She and I have been the 2 peas in a pod since I divorced her father when she was 4. It's been she and I against the world since then. She's not as much as a Disney fanatic as I am but I'll get her there!!! hee, hee. She's had her share of trials so far in her 14 years so I tend to spoil her and try to "make up for it". She was born with infant torticollis which basically means her head and neck muscles didn't develop as they should have while I was pregnant. She wore a head cast for 6 months to shape her head properly and had physical therapy for the first 2 years of her life. When she was 5, we discovered she had a tethered spinal cord which required surgery to fix. Her tethered spinal cord made potty training extremely difficult (as she didn't feel when she had to go) and it has caused recurring UTI's which have continued to this day. She does see a Pediatric Nephrologist in Portland, Maine so we are working on it. After her surgery she had an additional 2 years of physical therapy. She's doing great, though, even though she will never be great at team sports or any activity that requires lots of balance. It was also around the time she was 5 when my dad, her beloved Pepere passed away of a massive heart attack. That prompted me to realize that life is too short to be miserable, so I divorced Victoria's father that same year. She is currently facing a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. We go to see an endocrinologist in Portland in October for more testing.



Then there's me......a 45 year old cancer survivor, diabetic, and mother. I work full time, enjoy scrapbooking, tending to my menagerie of pets and stalking the Disboards. I am the Disney Pusher/addict of the family. I have converted Peter, but I think it's because of all the amazing restaurants we go to while there.



Finally, there is my husband Peter.......
As a little background here--- I had a pretty bad first marriage and I definitely was NEVER, EVER going to get married again or ever let anyone have control over me and my life again. I had dated, but nothing too serious as my first priority was and is Victoria. I was certainly not going to bring someone into our lives who I had no intention of remaining with. Then I met Peter.......yes, online.......Now I know what you all must be thinking ----ewwww! And I really didn't think anything would come out of it either. But, here I am. He's from the same type of French Catholic background as I am and we have so many things in common. He actually does the same type of work that my Dad did. (My Dad passed away in 2002). He's really an amazing man and he's taken to Victoria like she was his own child. Victoria loves him, too.



Other family members not going on the trip are our yellow lab, 2 cats (we just lost our beloved Rusty kitty at the age of 14 a week before we left for our trip of 2012), 5 mini-lop bunnies, 2 teddy bear hamsters, 2 guinea pigs and now 6 chickens!!! I am a huge animal lover, if you couldn't tell. Usually when we go to Disney the dog goes to the kennel and my wonderful Mom comes over to tend to everyone else. Here are my critters, although the chickens were NOT being cooperative except for Roo and LB....





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Just thought I'd let you all know about a great article on FastPass Plus by Mousemisers. You can find it on their site here:
http://www.mousemisers.com/2012/disney-fastpass-plus/

I also wanted to share 2 projects that are finished for next year's trip.....

First of all I didn't like the bag I had for the parks. I either used my camera bag (too small) or the yellow tote bag thing (too big). Well, I said enough is enough of this and marched my butt over to Wal-Mart for some material. I was looking for a more traditional Mickey type of pattern, but this will work. I used interfacing to make it durable and I lined it for that extra strength. I made the strap long enough to cross over my body to help my back with the weight distribution. I am very pleased with how it came out:







I think it will be perfect.

I also made Peter the following t-shirt from the sticker he received for being "THAT GUY" at Monsters Laugh Floor. I'm not the best at iron-ons, but I think it's ok. I am going to put "THAT GUY" on the back of it, so I still have that to do....

Can you believe I'm already at it with my projects? Crazy!!




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Signing on! Your daughter is beautiful and I can't wait to follow along with your plans for the next 10 months!

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Old 09-30-2012, 12:24 PM   #9
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Well I was hanging around last Monday thinking, “Boy, I have nothing really to write about do I?” It was about 10:30 am when my daughter calls me to ask if we could do our annual Disney trip in March 2013 rather than August. She’s calling me from school and was nearly hyperventilating as she was explaining to me that she would really like to go see Playlist Live and that it’s being held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando in March. For those of you who don’t know what Playlist Live is (I didn’t have a clue), Playlist is a convention of people who have You Tube channels and make vlogs. Victoria has about 5 channels she subscribes to and her ultimate dream is to meet these individuals. Apparently there are meet n greets, performances, etc and she thought it would be so cool. There is also the same type of convention being held in Anehiem, CA in August and Victoria was bound and determined to try to go to that one. Well, airfare to CA is totally out of the question! But for a minute I was actually thinking, “Gee, we could go to Disneyland”. Peter had pretty much nixed that idea before it even got off the ground. I hung up the phone with Victoria and started researching different scenarios. Could we make this happen? Our August trip in March?? Then I came to my senses ---- Disney in March during High Season? Um, NO! First of all I am not going to pay high season prices and second of all, I am not going when it’s crowded. So, no, we are not going to change our August vacation to March.

Then the little bug in my ear went “but what about a quick weekend trip so that Victoria can enjoy this?” I mean while Victoria and her friend Kali are at the convention, Peter and I could do something else. We could hang around the pool, go shopping, be ALONE. So, I started playing around with different hotel ideas such as staying at POP, or one of the other values. We would only be staying for 3 nights, so even if free dining were offered in March (unlikely) we wouldn’t be eligible. I then started looking at other hotels but then Victoria and her friend would have to take a cab to the Caribe Royale and Peter did NOT like that idea (neither did I, really). Finally we decided on staying right there at the Caribe Royale. Playlist Live is offering a convention price of $144 per night and I know Mousesavers also offers a discount, so either way it won’t be that bad.

So, yes we will be going to Orlando and staying at the Caribe Royale from March 22 through the 25th. OMG!! OMG!!! I’m going to Disney twice in one year!! OMG!! Well, we aren’t going to the parks, but we will be going to Downtown Disney!!! We are going to try to make this as inexpensive as possible. As for food, I have enough MyCokeRewards points to get 2 $100 gift cards from restaurant.com and there are many restaurants in Orlando which take them, including Crossroads at the House of Blues in DTD. I also have a $50 gift card for Rainforest Café. The hotel provides free shuttles to all the Disney parks and DTD, but only at certain times. I just figure we can get to a park, take the bus to a Disney resort and catch another bus to DTD any time we wanted, so that will work out. We can even go to one of the restaurants in the Downtown Disney Good Neighbor Hotels on Hotel Blvd. For instance, there is a nice Italian restaurant at the Hilton on that road which is within walking distance. I’m thinking if we eat the buffet breakfast at the Caribe Royale at around 9am or 10am, we wouldn’t be hungry to eat again until 5pm, so our ressies can be for after that. The buffet is $15 per person, which is quite reasonable. I think we can get this done pretty cheaply. Again, the only really expensive thing is going to be the airline tickets.

Even with those we have earned enough airline points for 2 one way tickets, so it will be a matter of buying the others. I’ve looked on SW Air and one way tickets from Orlando to Manchester would be $160 per person, but I’m going to wait a while to see if they come down any. I know that’s pretty cheap already, but maybe it can come down more. March is a pretty expensive month, though. I’ll just have to wait and see.

So, do you all want to see pics of Caribe Royale?



So, there’s my news…..what do you all think??? Oh, and I didn't mention IT'S A SUITE!!!! So if the girls wanted to stay in the livingroom, the couch unfolds into a bed.....A SUITE, guys. How cool is that??!!!

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HOLY BUTTONS, BATMAN!!!!! I am 6 days late for making our ADR's for our March trip. Ugh! Not much time to think of these.........but we have the Rainforest Cafe on the 22nd and House of Blues for the 23rd. Whew!!!!
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Thank goodness Coy doesn’t know about Playlist, or we would be there too! He subscribes to several YouTube channels as well and makes a few of his own videos. Actually, Coy would probably get a lot out of a convention like that, and I’m sure Victoria will too! That is so cool that you squeezed in this trip for her! Too bad it wasn’t Disneyland, but it is sooooooooooooo expensive to get out there! for going to DTD and staying at the Caribe Royal! That looks like a pretty cool hotel and the pool is nice! A suite? Sweet! That will make all of the difference. I’m glad you got the ADRs you wanted
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Oh Wow Ann! I'm excited to hear about your NYC trip! I bet that will be so much fun to be on the parade route, especially if it's freezing and you can watch from your window...makes me think of Ferris Bueller's Day Off!

I think it's FABULOUS that you are starting to prepare already, I think it makes it less stressful for all those last minute details...and more fun throughout the year as well!

SCORE on the suitcase! That's a great deal and you fixed it right up! I have no idea what kind of machine that is, but it looks like lots of fun and good exercise!
Wow..it's been a while since I've done replies, hasn't it?? yes Karen, I am very excited about my NYC trip. I've read a little more online today and I think I would like to take a sightseeing bus tour of the different tourist points. We'll see. I was very excited that I was able to repair the suitcase.

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I thought I commented on your PTR already about the FastPass + but apparently I didn’t! I read the article when you first posted it and I had mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, I think it takes enough planning to do ADRs, so to have to plan something else on top of that seems like a bit much! Then again, it might be cool to have an ADR for Crystal Palace knowing that you have a scheduled FastPass right after that for Peter Pan. I like the Minnie bag that you made! You are so talented! Peter’s suitcase looks like new after you repaired it! Your “That Guy” shirt is cool too! You are really well on your way with your projects for this trip. I can’t believe you have your tip envelopes done, but that is a good idea to have them ready now so that you can stuff them with cash all year long.
I also agree with the whole fast pass plus thing. I already stress out about planning a trip. This would make it that much more difficult. Thank you for the compliment on the bag. I think it's perfect and I thought the tshirt came out good, too

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Yay for bouncing back!! Love the name of your PTR!!

I've spent the last couple months comparing moderate resorts and I think we are leaning towards trying POR next trip! It looks so beautiful! Which is why I'm so excited to read your PTR! Sounds like your plans are coming along nicely.

for NYC! It sounds like a fun trip.
Yay!!! Angie's here!!!!!

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Hey! No fair...you have TWO tickers!

Are you holding out on us?!
Now you know!!!! Hee hee!!!!

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Welcome to the report and thank you so much for the compliment on Victoria. I think she's kind of special.
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Wow. Only one more week and you will get to be in sunshine and Orlando. I hope you have a great time.

Good for Victoria's cycle. I have had to take medicine before to get them going and it really does make you feel off. BTW - when it has been awhile for me and I do finally start, I have stomach virus like symptoms all the time. So, what Victoria has might not be catching. I have severe nausea and fever and chills with some of mine. So, I feel for her. Good news though, she should be past it and able to enjoy her trip.
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Oh my gosh...I would've been bawling right there with you! How horrible

Poor Kali. I hope she made it alright!
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Let’s see, where were we? Ah yes, moving along with the day from hell……

We were on the plane without Kali and I was slowly calming down. Victoria and Kali kept texting each other and it turns out that her flight had been delayed, too. OMG!!! So, instead of just an hour alone in the airport for her, it ended up being 4 hours!! At least she could text Victoria to keep her informed as to what was going on.

Around 9:50pm we were about 15 minutes from the Baltimore airport. The connecting flight to Portland was due to depart Baltimore at 10:05pm. (At this point you all know where this is going, right??!!) The agent in Orlando had a feeling we wouldn’t make it, so he had rebooked us for the 9:30am flight leaving Baltimore on Tuesday. He had also given us a discount coupon thingy for a discounted hotel room in Baltimore. Really? I was praying really hard that we would make the flight, but no way in heck did we. Now what are we going to do?

We found some benches, sat down and talked the situation over……do we stay in the airport and just try to get some sleep on the floor or benches? Peter said no way with my health were we going to do that. So I called the phone number on the little discount voucher the airline gave me and we were able to find a room close to the airport at a DoubleTree (I think). I was way too tired to even care! Once I got over the initial disappointment of not making it home in time, I kind of thought, “hey another day of vacation” although not planned. The hotel had a free shuttle that came to get us and would bring us back in the morning. It was a nice enough room. Who really cared at this point, although the toilet kept running unless you jiggled the handle. We all slept ok, but not great. They did give us warm chocolate chip cookies upon our arrival. Yay!? Thank goodness I always pack an extra pair of undies for everyone. I did have to call into work and to school stating that neither Victoria nor I were going to show up that day as we were stuck in Baltimore. I think that’s a pretty good reason, right? We did find out that Kali’s plane left Orlando at 12:30am but that she met her parents in Boston and headed off to St. Thomas in the morning!! Whew!!






Yes, Peter is rubbing her highness’ feet!








We were driven back to the airport in the morning and made our flight to Portland……
And the rest was history…….
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