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CNC Photography of Myrtle Beach, SC
Join Date: Apr 2008
Star Wars * Flower & Garden * Link added 10/10/09
Hello everyone. My name is Tammy. I'm a homeschool mom/photographer. I'm married to the biggest Disney lover in the World, Sidney. We've been together for over 12 years and married for eleven of them. This is us in June 2009!
We have three wonderful kids who also love Disney. For privacy reasons we will give them Disney names.
From left to right we have Dash, Bolt, & Gabriella. Why those names you ask? Well DD is in love with Troy from HSM & his girlfriend is Gabriella so...she chose that one. People have called my oldest DS Dash ever since The Incredible's came out and it is fitting. He even looks like him sometimes. My youngest DS loves Bolt! (And he is known for "bolting" from time to time so again it's very fitting in more ways than one!)
We go to Disney as much as we can. In September of 2008 we became passholders and we have worn those babies out! WDW is 8-9 hours away depending on fast you drive and how often you stop but we're so used to the drive now...it doesn't even bother us anymore. We usually plan the details of the next trip on our way to and from the one we're currently on. I know...we're crazy for going so much but that's what the five of us like to do! I don't know that we could ever get tired of it.
The current trip you're about to go on with us was May 19th-25th. This trip was a total surprise to our kids and we kept it a secret 'til we were entering the WDW entrance! (Thank goodness they took a nap before we hit Orlando!) We would have been busted. Dash is a huge fan of anything Star Wars and really wanted to go to Star Wars Weekends but we told him our passes were blacked out during those dates. (I had to you guys...we wanted it to be a surprise!) We were there in March for my birthday and the Flower & Garden festival was about to start. We saw a few of the topiaires and I told Sidney we had to go back next year so we could see everything. He agreed. Well, we started looking at dates for next years F & G festival and it looked as if it would not cross paths with SWW so we said NOW IS THE TIME! Let's do it! We scored All Star Sports for $64 a night with our PH rate so we booked 5 nights. Well, as always at the last minute he said he'd like to stay 6 or 7 nights. The values were not available but Coronado Springs was. We got it for $98 a night and added the quick service dining plan. We lucked out and got a newly refurbished room and boy were they nice! I've stayed in or have seen nearly every resort in WDW and these rooms top them all! I told Sidney I want to redo our room to look like those!
This is where we spent the majority of our vacation...
This is where we finished it off!
I was able to meet three Disfriends on this trip and I loved them all! They were a blast to hang out with and I wish I could have spent more time with them. Gabriella too. She loved all the little girls close to her age. The rain messed up a lot of our plans. It rained every single day! I have never in my life seen so much rain! We didn't let it bring us down though. We had a lot of fun despite the rain and if anything it brought even more memories that will last a lifetime!
In case you are new to my trip reports I'll give you a little background on us. I'll go back to 2006...that's far enough. Our trips went a little like this...
June 2006 ~ A visit with my cousin and her niece at AKL & CSR. A tropical storm was hitting FL at the time so the place was dead! Even that didn't drop as much rain as our May '09 visit! We stayed for a week and only did a couple of Disney parks. We spent most of our time hanging out at Universal since we were going back for free dining in August.
August 2006 ~ Our first experience with the free dining plan. OMG it was so good back then. This was before the kids meals became grouped. Back then the kids could order an appetizer and dessert off of the adult menu too! It was so flipping cool! Gratuity was also included. I miss that dining plan! I'm pretty sure the max amount of days then was 10 so that's what we booked. We added an extra night though so we'd be there the morning our package started. This was also our first visit to the brand new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! Gabriella was 4 years old and she was so tickled to get her makeover! It was $35 back then! (We bought her costume seperate because we got a 10% discount with our Disney Visa...it ended up a lot cheaper.) When we went to get the pictures made they gave me the photo package! I thought that was a pretty good deal! Now I think it starts at $55!? (And it's nowhere near as magical...we've been 5 times....trust me, I know!) Each time it slacks a little more.
December 2006 ~ We stayed at Ft Wilderness in the cabins & All Star Movies. This was a total last minute trip. We were eating at the Crab House and said, "I wish we were able to go to the Christmas party." Sidney took a "bathroom" break and came back with the most wonderful CM ever. He had scored us the Wilderness cabins for a little over $150. I can't remember the amount exact now and the first two nights of 5 we were at All Star Movies...I think that was $39 a night! This guy was awesome!!! Both me and DD did BBB together on this trip and we had so much fun!
January 2007 ~ Yep...just a few days later we went back to WDW again. Sidney had a client that needed some work done in Tampa and well, you know how close Tampa is to WDW and the first ever Pirate Princess Party was about to begin! We ended up doing the first two parties! They were so much fun. We met Joy and Jesse anf the kids....OMG it was the best time ever for all of them! For this trip we stayed at Pop for 6 nights. Maybe 7. I can't remember now.
August 2007 ~ Coronado Springs Resort, Port Orleans Riverside, and Pop Century! This was the longest WDW for us yet. 17 nights! 12 nights on the free dining plan and yes...it was still pretty good then too. Not as good as in '06 but still adults got the appetizers and gratuity was included. We did the PPP again. BBB. All kinds of stuff. If you want to take a look at my first ever trip report it recaptures some of these trips mentioned above. Here is the link to those...
We're back from WDW ~ 11 days of Fun Fun Fun!! (August '07 & before)
Includes trips from June, August, & December '06, Jan '07 PPP, and August '07...includes vintage Disney pics too! Discovery Island + River Country!
August/September 2008 ~ Polynesian Magic Kingdom View & Pop Century were the resorts this time. The trip was August 28th - September 7th. I met a lot of Disers on this trip too! It was sooooo much fun. We went to our very first MNSSHP (which was fantastic)...the kids did the Alice in Wonderland Tea Party at the Grand Floridian. Gabby did BBB again. Dash was picked to fight Darth Vader and Jack Sparrow! The kids rode the Goofy coaster with Goofy and the Teacups with the Mad Hatter. This was a truly magical trip! This trip report is packed with food pictures....fun things to do...you name it it's probably in there! This was our first time upgrading free dining to deluxe dining too! It was awesome! We were able to try out a bunch of new places and the dinner shows...this was one of the best trips ever! If you want to check that one out here's the link...
Why is there a Disney waiter at my door!?
December 2008 ~ Our first "Magical Grand Gathering" with Katie and Ryan! More wonderful friends we met via the Dis! We didn't have plans to return for a while but when they sent us a pin for free dining we had to! I just could not turn down FREE DINING at Christmas time! Hello!? So I booked and we brought along my mom, dad, and sister too! We had a blast! We stayed at Pop for this one too. I always stay at a value for free dining! Otherwise, what's the point? That's how you get a deal. Yes, I love a good deal! I live for them! We went to the Christmas party with Katie and Ryan...met a ton of characters dressed up for the Holidays...went on the DVC tour and so much more! This one is packed full of pictures!
March 2009 ~ Well, we had the AP's now and they were itching to be used. Then the 4/3 came out and we were taking a newbie with us so we booked in her name. We spent 8 crazy nights at various resorts. Wilderness Lodge, All Star Movies, and Pop! That was by far the funniest Disney trip I've ever been on! I laughed so hard...OMG. It was so funny! That trip report is a good read too and it's all wrapped up in one TR with the December trip as well. Check them out! You wont be sorry! BTW I'm still working on the March report. I have two more days to go! And March was my birthday and Anniversary trip too! I got the $75 gift card and spent it all on the kids. Here's the link to the last two trips...
3/4-3/12 Wilderness Lodge, Thongs, Celebrities, Birthday fun, & River Country too!
My very first trip to WDW was in 1982! Epcot had just opened and at the time I hated that place. (It's my second favorite park now...lol) Sidney's first trip to Disney was in 1997 after we first got together. The castle was a huge birthday cake that year! I still think it's sad that he grew up 6 ours from WDW and his parents never took him and his brother! All of my kids went in utero and within the first couple of months of life. We've always gone at least once a year. This year is for sure breaking a 365 day record. I'll say that.
We have two more trips planned for 2009. In August we are doing a Grand Gathering with Colleen (Goofy22) and Christine (DisneyQuilter)! My sister and her friend Chimere will be going too. We're doing deluxe dining again and we're trying out a bunch of new places. I am so excited about this trip! I can not wait to meet these girls and their families. I just know we'll be instant BFF's for the rest of our lives!
In December we are going again! This time we'll be at Ft Wilderness again. We'll be meeting Heather (hlrababy), Farrah (heath-and-javens-mom), Amanda (bentleygirl22) and a few other Diser's then! Hopefully Jen (Mom2Lindsey) will be coming and I hope to meet Jennifer (29apr00) & Jennifer (ethansmommy) too! If I'm forgetting anyone please remind me.
I have a pre trip report for both of those in one place if you'd like to check it out!
Here we go again & again ~ August + Nov/Dec '09
I think this covers our Disney history and introductions. I hope all of my old friends will join me and anyone new to my reports....please say hello! Thanks for stopping by and I'll get this baby started (for real) very soon!
May 2009 SWW & Flower n Garden 3/4-3/12 Wilderness Lodge, Thongs, Celebrities, & River Country Why is there a Disney waiter at my door? Polynesian, DLX DP, & more! Sept '08
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