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Old 02-23-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Katrina’s 5th Birthday & More to CELEBRATE! June 2013 PTR. Update: Countdown 2/28

This trip has been at least 3 years in the making.

We’ve discussed and debated over and over again when we should go. Obviously by the title you can tell we are going to celebrate Katrina’s 5th Birthday, but it will also be her first visit, along with 4 other people going on this trip. In talking about taking this trip the usual arguments of when to take a kid for their first time came up, and many suggested we wait till 5, which was actually the age I was during my first visit and we stuck to that idea for the last 3 years.

For someone who has been to WDW more than 25 times, I must say this trip is probably the one I have been the most excited for. I can’t wait to share with you our experiences over the next few months as we prepare to make this incredible trip that I am sure will bring laughs and tears and maybe just maybe fill our lives with a little more magic.

So the title gave some hints to our group having tons to celebrate.
Follow along and I will share with you all that there is to be happy about!


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What Aren't We Celebrating: Katrina's 5th Birthday and So Much More. A June 2013 PTR!

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:48 AM   #3
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The Trip.

I will share with you first when and where we are headed, before I fill you in on all that are traveling with me. There is a method to my madness.

Well you see I am taking an extended vacation with 3 different parts, and not all are joining for everything.

Part ONE.
May 30 – June 2
Miami – South Beach

Part TWO.
June 2 – June 6
4 Night Bahamas Cruise aboard the Disney Dream

Part THREE.
June 6 – June 12
6 Night Stay at ASMo

I will take time to break down each part of the trip later on. For now…

MEET THE CHARACTERS!
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What Aren't We Celebrating: Katrina's 5th Birthday and So Much More. A June 2013 PTR!

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Meet the Characters.

WARNING: Expect everything and expect nothing. Expect to see nothing but pure craziness from this group and expect nothing of the norm.

Read on to learn about the many people taking part in this adventure and what we are CELEBRATING!

Shanea.


[WEDDING 2011] [DCL PIRATE NIGHT JUNE 2012] [ENGLAND WDW JAN 2009]

I guess no other way to start than the person leading this adventure. I am a 27 year old who loves Disney and is a complete nerd about all things related to Disney and anything dealing with the sciences. I stated before that I have been to WDW 25+ times and it never gets old. I am, however, incredibly excited to open the doors of a new world to so many new people. Clearly, I am the planner of this group, and I am trying to balance the obsessive Disney fan part of me to take in some opinions and ideas from the others. Its a constant battle. Throughout this PTR I'm sure you will being plenty of my crafty side. I have so many ideas of things to put together for the kids and some ideas even for the adults.

Ginny.


[WDW NOV 2012] [WEDDING 2011]

Ginny, is none other than my Mom. She is the one who first introduced me to this magical world back in 1991. Seems like a lifetime ago. She is the original planner and I have quite often turned to her for her help and ideas on how to handle everything and everyone. She loves Disney and will sacrifice anything to get her fix. We have only ever visited WDW once without each other. I believe if you asked her favorite part of a trip, its watching everyones reactions to different things throughout the world, whether they are traveling with us or complete strangers. My mom will be with me throughout the entire trip! Good thing we get along.

MIAMI AND CRUISE

Katelyn.

[KEY WEST FEB 2013] [DCL PIRATE NIGHT JUNE 2012] [WDW SEPT 2012]

Katelyn is my go to partner in crime when it comes to all things Disney. Our first trip together was to DL in Spring 2004 while we were still in high school. We then made a trip to WDW in Jan. 2009 with 6 other girls and our last trip together was June 2012, when we did B2B DCL Cruises out of NY. One was the Inaugural Cruise to Canada followed by a Cruise to Nowhere. I cant wait for a trip in warm weather. All of the trips we have taken so far have included jeans and sweatshirts.

DISNEY WORLD


Kim.

[KATIES GOING AWAY PARTY 2012] [PHILLIES GAME 2011] [WDW JAN 2009]
Perfect display of our friendship.


Kim and I have been friends for 18 years since fourth grade. Weve been friends for so long that our familys have pretty much become one and we simple introduce ourselves as sisters. This will be our third trip to WDW together (Girls Trip 2009 and my familys trip in 2010). Weve also gone on a Disney Cruise and traveled to DL together. Kim is actually in Grenada at Vet school, so I doubt she will make many appearances in the PTR in way of pictures but she is a big part in planning this trip. Her Disney trip is actually the start of a big summer for her. After Disney she will be travelling to South Africa and then onto India for externships for pretty much the rest of the summer. After that she is headed back to school in Grenada and I will, excitedly, be traveling with her.

Marie.


[ZAC BROWN BAND JULY 2012] [KIMS GOING AWAY PARTY AUG 2011] [WEDDING 2010]

Marie is Kims oldest sister. She hasnt been to Disney in 20 years or so, so pretty much it is as if she is experiencing it with new eyes all over again. To be completely honest with you, this is who I will butt heads with constantly throughout this process. We have always been like that since we were kids. While Marie likes Disney, I plan on introducing her to a whole new level.

Gary.


[AIRSHOW 2012] [CHRISTMAS 2012]

Gary is Chriss dad (youll meet Chris in a little bit). Gary is probably one of the funniest men I have ever met. He always says and does the most random, while sometimes completely inappropriate, things you will ever encounter. He is bound to make plenty of funny moments during this trip. This will be his first trip to Disney World.

Paige.


[KELLYS 8th GRADE DANCE 2010] [NYE 2012]

Paige is Garys DW. I know I said Gary was funny, but she is probably just as much sarcastic as he is funny. I mean she has to be with a husband like him. She too has never gone to Disney and is incredibly excited to be going.

CELEBRATION #1: We will be celebrating Gary and Paiges 20th Wedding Anniversary on this trip, which is technically also their Honeymoon. Between both of them they have 10 kids, so when they got married there were 8 kids to take care of and a honeymoon was just not an option.

Kelly.


[SHE WILL KILL ME WHEN SHE FINDS OUT ANY OF THESE PICTURES ARE ON HERE]

Kelly is 16 and the youngest of Gary and Paiges kids. She is probably the most excited about this trip, and I am truly excited for her to be joining us. She thinks she is princess, which Im not denying, but it will make for some interesting times in the parks. She is the third of the group who is a First Timer.

Kat.


[ZAC BROWN BAND JULY 2012] [AIRSHOW 2012] [WEDDING 2011]

Katherine is the middle sister between Kim and Marie. Katherine too has not gone to Disney in at least 20 years. She remembers random things but not much and most of it is jumbled. She is tremendously excited and calls me almost every day with a new question. I am certainly happy to be travelling with her.

CELEBRATION #2: In Aug 2011, Kat was diagnosed with cervical cancer. As of this moment she has officially been in remission for 1 year and 2 months. So we are hoping to be celebrating 1.5 years at the time of our trip!



Chris.

[NYE 2012] [THANKSGIVING 2012] [POCONOS 2012]

Chris is Kats DH. He is the party animal of the group and is always down to do anything. Thats what I love about him most, he makes us always take that one step past comfortable and we always have a blast. This is his first trip to WDW and has been saving up to drink around the world at EPCOT.

CELEBRATION #3: We will be celebrating Kat and Chriss 2 year wedding anniversary.

Katrina.


[SUMMER 2010] [FIRST PHILLIES GAME JULY 2011] [AIRSHOW 2012]

Katrina is the reason we are taking this trip. She is the DD of Kat and Chris and is obsessed with all things Disney. While this is her first visit, she can tell you anything about any ride at the parks (this is probably my fault). We will be celebrating her 5th birthday in Disney on June 7.

CELEBRATION #4: Katrinas 5th Birthday!

AND THE BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF THEM ALL...




CELEBRATION #5: (HOPEFULLY) We are hoping and praying that we get this good news to celebrate. We are hoping Katrina will be celebrating her own remission as well. I feel this deserves a separate post so I will go into detail more later.


GUEST APPERANCES

Cole and Chelsea.

Chelsea is my cousin and Cole is her boyfriend of almost 8 years I believe. They moved to Miami in 2011 and myself, my mom and Katelyn will be staying with them when we visit.

Katie.


[HOOVER DAM 2011] [WDW JAN 2009]

Katie is also from here at home by now lives in Ft. Lauderdale while she attends school for PT. She is sure to make an appearance in either Miami or possibly even WDW. We just travelled to Disney together in Nov. 2012 for Thanksgiving. She chose to come hang out with me and Mickey rather than fly back to NJ. She also was a part of the Girls Trip in Jan 2009.


There are 2 others that we are trying to add to our trip.


Aiden and Cameron.

Aiden and Cami are siblings and cousins of Katrinas (Gary and Paiges grandkids therefore one of Chriss sisters kids). They are currently living with Katrina and her parents. We are all currently trying really hard to pull some finances together to bring them along for the adventure. Aiden is currently 3 but turns 4 in 33 days and Cami just turned 2 a week ago today. They are both great kids and we all know this will probably be there only chance of going to WDW.

So thats everyone& WHAT A WEIRD GROUP OF PEOPLE RIGHT!?

UP NEXT: KATRINA'S STORY
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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following along although it may take me a while to get the cast straight
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:32 PM   #6
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Not weird, just a variety. It will keep it interesting.
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