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Old 01-06-2010, 02:44 PM   #1
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A May 2010 PTR: I Got A Job....Let's Go See Mickey!*Update 4/15!!

It's that time again - time to start planning a trip to the World! What's that you say? I never finished my Sept. '09 PTR? And I still haven't started on my TR for that trip either? I'll get to it, I promise. But in the meantime...let's start planning our May '10 trip! (If you're just joining us, there are installment links in the second post. )

First things first. For those who haven't joined us before, let me introduce the cast of characters.

ME (JULIA):

I've pretty much been in love with all things Disney for my entire life. I've known all the words to "Once Upon A Dream" since I was 3. I've been known to weep during Disney commercials. And during every song on "Beauty and the Beast." And most of the ones on "The Little Mermaid." And...well, you get the picture. I'm a certified (or certifiable) Disney freak.

DH (DARREN):

He secretly loves Disney, but likes to act like he doesn't so as not to lose his man card with his friends. If I am a Disney freak, this man is a Tennessee Vols freak. He bleeds orange and white 24/7/365. He's still not totally on board for this trip, but not to worry. He will be.

DS (DAKODA):

This little man is the reason for the trip. He will be turning 3 years old while we are there! He is well on his way to becoming the next Disney freak in the family. He loves Playhouse Disney, especially MMC, Oso, and the Imagination Movers. He is also starting to appreciate Disney movies. His current favorite is Aladdin. We have seen it approximately 4,531,321 times. Just a rough estimate there. I guess I should also mention that Dakoda has PDD-NOS, which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It affects him in several ways, but we have seen huge improvements since we started with early intervention services.

DD (SARAH KATE):

Last, but certainly not least, we have our little princess. She will celebrate her 1st birthday on 2/17/10. She has the entire family wrapped around her little finger, and she knows it. She likes to dance to the songs on Playhouse Disney and play her Princess piano. She loves her stuffed Minnie Mouse, her baby Belle doll, and everything PINK!

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Old 01-06-2010, 03:52 PM   #3
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Why the title?


Pretty much as soon as we landed in Orlando last September, I looked at DH and said, "You know we have to do this every year now, right?"

This was his reaction -->

Then he looked in my eyes and realized that I was dead serious. And his reaction was more like this -->

I am one of the lucky few. Thanks to my hubby's awesome job, I'm able to stay home with our kids. We have a great life - nice house, nice vehicles, a little bit of money in the bank (including college funds for the kids ). But we're young - still only 3 years out of college. And we would like to build a bigger house sometime in the not-so-distant future. So, understandably, going to Disney World every year is not very high on my husband's list of priorities.

But he told me that if I could find a way to earn the money, he would be more than happy to go to Disney World every year. So I considered going back to work.....but I didn't really want to put my kids in daycare full-time just so that we could see Mickey every year. (No offense to anyone whose kids are in daycare! ) And then I thought about just going back part-time.....but I didn't want to give up all my free time, especially around the holidays and during the summer. I also considered selling on etsy.....but past experience has shown me that I tend to put more time and effort into those projects than I get compensated for. So, for a while, I gave up on my dream.

But it was always there, in the back of my mind. Everytime I would start to think I was okay with not going this year, I would see a Disney commercial...or get a PIN code in the mail or email...or log on to the DIS and read PTR's and TR's (okay, so that one was my fault ).

So I kept thinking about it. And then, about a week ago, I had an idea. Tax season is coming up, I said to myself. And H&R Block is always advertising for seasonal help. I could work there! It's perfect - the job will only last until April, so I will have the summer and holidays off; I can work in the evenings and on the weekends, so either DH or I will always be home with the kids. So I applied. And today...............

I GOT THE JOB!!

And of course, as soon as I found out, I started planning. It's what Obsessive Trip Planners do.


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Awesome about the job! Congrats!

I feel your pain with wanting those fabulous vacays and also wanting to be at home with the kids! I'm a SAHM too- actually a homeschooling mom. I used to teach public school and would use my extra duty money to go on vacation every year- I LOVE to travel! In fact traveling is one of the few things I miss about working. The perfect storm this year has helped us swing a trip to the World so I'm jumping in with both feet. I'm glad you and I both found a way to get our vacay.

Can't wait to hear your plans.
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Yeah for going back to Disney and Woot for landing a PT job!

I'm in the same boat.....once the kids are in school I'll be able to work more and then we can vacation more!
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:35 AM   #7
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why hello! congrats on the job!
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Awesome about the job! Congrats!

I feel your pain with wanting those fabulous vacays and also wanting to be at home with the kids! I'm a SAHM too- actually a homeschooling mom. I used to teach public school and would use my extra duty money to go on vacation every year- I LOVE to travel! In fact traveling is one of the few things I miss about working. The perfect storm this year has helped us swing a trip to the World so I'm jumping in with both feet. I'm glad you and I both found a way to get our vacay.

Can't wait to hear your plans.
Thanks! I am the same way about traveling. Sometimes I think that it would be nice if DH had a job that took us all over the world....but then I think of how much I hate moving, and I quickly change my mind. I'm glad that things worked out for you to get your vacay this year, too!


I was going to post an update this morning, but ran out of time. Gotta get the kiddos ready and out the door. I'll be back later, though!
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Yeah for going back to Disney and Woot for landing a PT job!

I'm in the same boat.....once the kids are in school I'll be able to work more and then we can vacation more!
Hi Heidi! I don't know how I missed you this morning!
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:28 PM   #9
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First Things First: ADR's!!!

I may not know for sure what our dates are yet (except that we will be there for DS's bday). I may not know where I want to stay (value or moderate?). But by George, I know where I want to eat! Thank goodness for online dining reservations and a 180 day window!!!

As soon as I got home from my job interview the other day, I hopped on the computer and started making our dining reservations. I knew that we had to have breakfast with Mickey and friends on DS's birthday, so that one was first. I tried for a 7:30 reservation at Chef Mickey's on 5/30. Score!

Next, I knew that we wanted to eat at The Crystal Palace before park opening. We had a great experience there last time, and I love seeing Main Street and the Castle before the crowds set in. So I pulled up the park hours for the week and checked the UG crowd calendar, and decided that we will either visit MK on Wed. 5/26 or Fri. 5/28. So I made reservations at CP for both days at 8:10. (Don't worry, I'll cancel the one I decide not to use. )

The last one I needed to secure was Tusker House. After checking the park hours and consulting UG, I settled on either Tues. 5/25 or Thurs. 5/27 for our AK day. I was able to get a ressie for 8:05 on 5/25 and 8:10 on 5/27.

You may notice that these are all character breakfasts. DS tends to get cranky as the day goes on (don't we all? ), so sit-down meals later in the day are generally not a great idea for us. As for the character part, I figure if he does have a meltdown, he's sure to not be the only kid in there having one, right?

Depending on how long we decide to stay, I may add a couple more TS meals, but for now, these are the only ones I'm worrying about. I can't wait until DD is old enough for Princess meals.....

Next up: Help Me Choose A Resort

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It's good to have priorities! We are all about the character meals as well- we have four planned for our trip (and two of those are breakfast, lol).
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It's good to have priorities! We are all about the character meals as well- we have four planned for our trip (and two of those are breakfast, lol).
Character meals are so much fun! Although I think at this point I enjoy them more than the kids do.
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Wow, I feel like you are living my life. I love Disney, my husband is obsessed with the Vols and is recruiting my children since birth (hence the reason for my name). My youngest is 22 months and says "tessee" if he sees anything Vols related. My husband has season tickets to both basketball and football. I just went to WDW for the first time in Dec '09 and fell in love also. I already booked a BB for next December while I was there, but decided to plan a surprise trip for my boys' birthdays (both in February) for May of this year. We are going the week before you!! It is so hilarious that our lives are pretty parallel. I made shirts for the boys and me for our last trip and the only thing my husband would wear was a Mickey head with the UT vols logo inside. Can't wait to hear more about your plans!!
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Wow, I feel like you are living my life. I love Disney, my husband is obsessed with the Vols and is recruiting my children since birth (hence the reason for my name). My youngest is 22 months and says "tessee" if he sees anything Vols related. My husband has season tickets to both basketball and football. I just went to WDW for the first time in Dec '09 and fell in love also. I already booked a BB for next December while I was there, but decided to plan a surprise trip for my boys' birthdays (both in February) for May of this year. We are going the week before you!! It is so hilarious that our lives are pretty parallel. I made shirts for the boys and me for our last trip and the only thing my husband would wear was a Mickey head with the UT vols logo inside. Can't wait to hear more about your plans!!
Hi Cara! The similarities are crazy! Too funny!! My kids have both been brainwashed already, too. We used to get season tickets before we had kids. Now we just try to make it to a few games a season! I am so jealous of your December trip(s)! I am dying to see the World all decked out for the holidays! Maybe next year.... That is a great idea for the Mickey head with the UT logo! I may have to steal it. Do you have a TR or PTR going?
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Okay, I know that I said that this post would be all about resorts, but...I lied.

DH is off work today due to the 1/2 inch of snow we got yesterday (yes, you read that right, I said 1/2 inch...we live in the mountains ), and I actually got him to sit down and talk Disney with me for a few minutes this morning!

First, we settled on our dates: May 26 - May 31, 2010

We both thought that 7 days was a little long for us with the kids last time, so we decided on 5.

Then he told me that he really enjoyed being on the dining plan last time because he liked having a sit-down meal every day. So, DDP it is!

So now I need to add a couple more ADR's to my list, which is where you guys come in! Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

Sell me on your favorite table service or signature dining experience at Walt Disney World!

Next up: Help me choose a resort! (I promise )




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I just finished registering for our volunteer service for the GAD/GADD program and at the end they gave a link to this. Is it new? I've never seen it before, but it's pretty cool!

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