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Old 11-21-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Have A Stitchin' Good Time!! WDW & The Dream in March '13! NEW 3/20!

Hi y'all! Welcome to my second PTR! I have to say that this is the MOST I have ever been excited for a Disney trip, and thats saying a whole lot! I always LOVE to plan our trips. My DH & I have been on 15 Disney trips together, and DS has been on 4 of those with us.


(This is us from our June 2012 vacation--the TR is in my siggie. DS thought we had to turn our heads because the photographer had turned the camera!)

We love all things Disney, and we are the type of people who plan the next trip on the way home from a trip (even though our trips are usually a year apart). I am a spreadsheet-making, binder-carrying, plan-following Disney Lover (or Disney Freak, whichever works for you!).

This trip is SUPER-SPECIAL, though, and I cannot wait to share it with you! Today is our "4 months out" mark, and I am so excited I cant stand it! I knew my DISBoard buddies would be able to understand that!

We are going March 21-28, 2013. We will be at the Wilderness Lodge (more on that later) from March 21-24, and then on the Disney Dream from March 24-28. I will explain the SUPER-SPECIALness of this trip in another post!

I hope I havent turned you away with my over-excitement! Please read along with us and join us in our planning!

Happy Disney Day, everyone!

I will post another update tomorrow! I hope you enjoy reading along!

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Old 11-21-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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Intro. . .Helllllllooooooo, Stitchs!!
The Resort Plan. . .Where Stitchs Sleep!
The Basic Cruise Plan. . .Where Stitchs Will "Chill"!
Real Life Update #1: Stitchs Give Thanks. . .Thanksgiving 2012!
Day 1 Plans--Kickin' Off A Stitchin' Good Time!
Real Life Update #2: Stitchs Meet Santa 2012!!
Back to Planning! Day 1 Dining--Stitchs Getting Some Disney Food!
Real Live Update #3: A New Christmas Tradition!
Day 2 Morning Plans--Stitchs Are Off To a Park!!
Watching that Countdown Move On Down!!
It's 104 Days Til Disney Vacation! A Countdown Celebration!
Real Life Update #4: Birthday Dinners & Decorations!
100 days 'til Disney! Countdown Dinner!
An Anniversary with a Disney Twist!
Day 2 Evening Plans--The Stitchs Try To Stay Out Late!
Hitting Another Countdown Marker!
The Stitchs Pay Off & Check In! A Cruise Update!
A 90 Day Countdown Celebration!
Real Life Update #5: Christmas Eve with the Stitchs!
Real Life Update #6: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year's Eve, and Moving On Down the Countdown!!
Day 2 Dining Plans--The Stitchs Hit Some MK Food!
80 Day Countdown Celebration!
Making the Countdown Calendar!
Day 3 Morning Plans--MK Bound Again!
Another Countdown Marker!!!
70 Day Countdown Celebration!
Day 3 Afternoon Plans. . .and a Disney Trip Down Memory Lane!
Day 3 ADR's. . .More Food!
Real Life Update #7: A Nice Long Weekend!
60 day countdown celebration!!
Day 4 Morning Plans! Breakfast with a Mouse!
Real Life Update #8. . .Another Weekend Update!
Hitting Another Countdown Marker--Just a Little Dancing!!
Day 4 Midday Plans. . .Look Out, Dream! Here are the Stitchs!
50 Day Countdown Party!!
Making Progress--Checking off the "to-do" List!
Some Disney Favorites!!
A Little More Dancing!
Day 4 Evening Plans! A Night on the Ship!
Celebrating 40 Days!!
Real-Life Update #9: Valentine's Day Fun!
Mickey Mail!!
Another Dancing Day!!
Day 5 Morning Plans! Let's Go To Nassau!
30 Day Countdown Party!!
Day 5 Evening Plans! Winding Up The Nassau Day!
Real-Life Update #10: Another Fun Weekend Update!
A Little More Dancing. . .
A Little Disney Shopping!!
Real-Life Update #11: A Weekend Good Time!
Day 6 Morning Plans--The Stitchs Arrive at Castaway Cay!
20 Day Countdown Celebration!!
Mousekeeping, Magnets, and a Monkey. . .Getting Ready!!
Day 6 pm. . .Pirate Night!
Let's Dance A Little More, Shall We?
And Just a Little More Dancing!
Wanna Dance With Somebody??
Day 7 Plans . . .Stitchs on a Day at Sea!
ONE WEEK!!!
Ch-Ch-Changes!!
10 Day Countdown Party!!
Pre-St. Patrick's Day/5 Day Countdown!!
Packing!
Real-Life Update #12: St. Patrick's Day!
Real-Life Update #13: Kindergarten Registration!
1 MORE DAY Dancing!!!
Day 7 PM Plans. . .Last "Planning" Update!
It's HERE!!! (Or almost. . .)

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:10 PM   #3
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Hi Brooke!! My DBF and I will be on the same Dream cruise in March!! Are you only able to check-in for your PAT if you are in Castaway Club?? He said we couldn't do checking in or excursion booking till Jan 8th but it is our first time going. He booked everything (surprise for me!) so he's been taking care of all the details. Glad that you got the 11am PAT! We were hoping for that too but I doubt we'll get it haha. We will make the most of it of course We are also hoping to do the Beach Day at Atlantis as it is my first cruise and I'm interested in it. Happy Planning for you!
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:26 PM   #4
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Hi Brooke!! My DBF and I will be on the same Dream cruise in March!! Are you only able to check-in for your PAT if you are in Castaway Club?? He said we couldn't do checking in or excursion booking till Jan 8th but it is our first time going. He booked everything (surprise for me!) so he's been taking care of all the details. Glad that you got the 11am PAT! We were hoping for that too but I doubt we'll get it haha. We will make the most of it of course We are also hoping to do the Beach Day at Atlantis as it is my first cruise and I'm interested in it. Happy Planning for you!

Hi Megan!! That's so cool that you'll be on the same cruise!! You're right--we could check in at 90 days because we had cruised once before. I bet you will still be able to get the 11 am check in time! I know a lot of the excursions are still available! pixie dust for Jan 8th!!


That's so awesome that this is a surprise for you! You will love your first cruise!

Happy planning to you too!! Thanks for reading along!!
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Hi Megan!! That's so cool that you'll be on the same cruise!! You're right--we could check in at 90 days because we had cruised once before. I bet you will still be able to get the 11 am check in time! I know a lot of the excursions are still available! pixie dust for Jan 8th!!


That's so awesome that this is a surprise for you! You will love your first cruise!

Happy planning to you too!! Thanks for reading along!!
That's good to know!!! We also might be staying at WL before the cruise. I'm a seasonal CM at WDW so I get my 60% discount (sadly not on this cruise!) so we are tossing around pre and post cruise rooms!

Any tips for a first time cruiser??!!!
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:44 AM   #6
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That's good to know!!! We also might be staying at WL before the cruise. I'm a seasonal CM at WDW so I get my 60% discount (sadly not on this cruise!) so we are tossing around pre and post cruise rooms!

Any tips for a first time cruiser??!!!
Cool that you are a seasonal CM! I bet that's awesome! I love WL!!

My only advice for first-time cruisers would be to relax and take it all in! Getting on the ship is so amazing....soak it all in! Since we haven't been since 2005, and never on the Dream, I'm planning to follow that advice too!
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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Hi! Jumping on board early for this one! We will be on the Dream with you!! How exciting! Can't wait to hear more of your plans, etc.!! We leave a week from tomorrow for our first WDW trip...can't wait!! Oh, and I love that you are using "pink"!! Your son is so cute! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Hi sweetie!!!

I'm here!!!

Can't wait to hear all about your plans!!!

Give my Big D a hug!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!
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D you just crack Auntie Nan up!!!
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I'm here too! I made page one! can't wait to hear about all your plans!
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:13 AM   #11
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Hi! Jumping on board early for this one! We will be on the Dream with you!! How exciting! Can't wait to hear more of your plans, etc.!! We leave a week from tomorrow for our first WDW trip...can't wait!! Oh, and I love that you are using "pink"!! Your son is so cute! Happy Thanksgiving!
Hi!! Thanks for reading along! That is so exciting that you will be on the Dream at the same time as us! Ooh. . .enjoy your upcoming trip, too! Yes, I am all about the pink. . .being the only girl in my house, we don't have a lot of pink! So, I use it when I can! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

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I'm here!!!

Can't wait to hear all about your plans!!!

Give my Big D a hug!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!
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D you just crack Auntie Nan up!!!
Isn't he a mess?? So glad you are here to read along! You rock!! Happy Thanksgiving to you all as well!!

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Hi!!! So glad you're here too!! I definitely have planned and planned on this one!! Happy Thanksgiving to you!!
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Happy Thanksgiving!!! Have a wonderful day!

Update in next post!
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A little bit of intro (not too much, in case youíve read our other reports. . .donít want the boredom to kick in yet!):

Iím Brooke, and Iím 36. I am a high school guidance counselor in the town I grew up in, in East Tennessee. I love Lilo & Stitch, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, and all of the Villains. . .Hades is my favorite!



This is Brian, and he is 39, but he will be celebrating on the Dream! He works for a bank here, and I honestly have NO clue what he does. He works very hard and takes his job seriously, but I donít know what it is! So, I call him a ďtranspondsterĒ like Chandler Bing from the ďFriendsĒ episode. Brian loves
Donald Duck, Lilo & Stitch, and Buzz Lightyear!



Brian and I have been married for 12 years (itíll be 13 in December), and we are a matched set. When weíre not at work, we are almost always together. We share a love for all things Disney, and we are both extremely excited for this trip (yes, you knew I couldnít go 3 paragraphs without mentioning how excited I am).

This is our MAIN MAN. . .our little guy, Dalton:



D is 4, and he will also be celebrating on the Dream! We were married a long time before we were able to have him (you can do the math! ), and we love spending time together as a family and doing fun stuff!

D is a bundle of four-year-old energy! He loves Mickey, Buzz & Woody, Stitch (but not Lilo), Phineas and Ferb, and Donald!


Like all of you, Disney is our happy place! We love our Disney trips, and we are looking forward to this new adventure!
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The Plan!

Every good vacation begins with a plan, right?? Well, I have planned and planned!

This trip has been a long time in the making! I booked the cruise in October 2011, while my co-workers looked at me like I was crazy! They could not figure out why I would book a vacation for nearly a year and a half away. I tried to explain about good rates, etc, but their eyes were still bugging out, so I stopped!

The purpose of this trip and cruise is to celebrate my guys! You see, Brian will turn 40 in March, and Dalton will turn 5 in August. These are BIG birthdays at our house! I knew I wanted to do a HUGE celebration for them, and I wanted to do it in between their birthdays. However, that didnít fall right with summer break, so we opted to go in March. We will be there for Brianís actual birthday (or we drive home that day), and we are still going to make it a big celebration for D as well!

As we originally planned it, we were going to stay at the Polynesian for a few days before the trip. I had it all set in my mindóI wanted to stay 3 nights before the cruise, and I had planned to stay club level.

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We are all about the island lifestyle (though thereís not so much of that in East Tennessee), so I thought this would be an awesome fit.

Brian was originally leery of staying at Poly. Itís always been his dream resort, but he kept saying he didnít know if he wanted a short stay there. Plus, there were rumors of it opening a DVC section, and he thought he might want to wait and stay as a member. I finally got him talked into it, and we were good to go!

Now. . .fast forward to June 2012. We went to WDW for a week, and on the way home, I was already looking for when 2013 package rates would come out so I could book my Poly stay. We used our 2013 member points in 2012, so I knew it would be a cash stay.

In July, when the rates opened, I priced the Poly. Then, my sweet son looks at me and says, ďMommmmmmmmmmy, pleeeeeeeeeease, donít Ďmakeí me stay at the Polyneeeeeeeeesian. I wanna go back to my Wilderness Lodge!Ē I had to laugh, because it made it sound like Motel 6 vs. Taj Mahal, but he made his point!

So, in July, we booked our March 21-24, 2013 stay for. . .



Daltonís FAVORITE place! The Wilderness Lodge!

We were originally booked in a standard-view room, which I have changed twice. Now, we are set, though. . .we will be staying in a CLUB LEVEL room!


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We have never stayed Club Level before, so I am SUPER-excited!

When I originally booked our package, I booked it with Deluxe Dining. Now, we have Deluxe Dining AND Club Level. If it was a longer stay, I would worry, but you know what? Iím not going to! Iím so looking forward to everything!!

We have two-day base tickets as part of the package. I had originally planned to do AK & MK, but thereís a new plan now! More about that in our daily plans!

So, thatís our resort plan for now. . .in the next post, there will be more info about our cruise!
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such a wonderful way to celebrate your guy's b-days wow you are going all out with Club Level and Deluxe Dining....plus the cruise...you are going to have to do a TR just about the food
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