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Old 04-25-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Well Begun is Half Done...When Plans Go Awry (UPDATE: 4/30)

Hey Everyone! Thanks for stopping by my trip report.
Sometimes Disney plans go perfectly, and sometimes everything blows up in your face. This trip was about in the middle, and for that reason, it wasn’t our most magical. We still had a good time, but I consider it more of a learning opportunity, because learn we did.

First of all… The Introductions

There’s …
Me (Becca) – I’m the planner and Disney expert of the group (surprise, surprise). I’m also a stay-at-home Mom to one sweet little boy. I was an early Disney World convert, since my family lived in Orlando for 9 months when I was 5 years old and pretty much every non-family visiting vacation we took for my entire childhood was to Disney.

DH (Logan) – His first trip to Disney was for our honeymoon in 2009 and he LOVED it (phew!). He’s an officer in the US Army and loves fishing and other outdoor activities. His favorite thing to do at Disney is eat….usually.

DS (G) – His first trip was in November 2010, when he was 3 months old. He of course doesn’t remember ANY of it, so our recent trip was practically our first one with him. He’s a chatterbox who loves Donald Duck, Lightening McQueen, and trains.

Sister (Kami) – She was thrilled to be able to join us on this trip, and ended up being super helpful. She’s 19 years old, and a Disney lover (she came on all the family trips with us, but wasn't born until the year after we moved away from Florida) but had never stayed on the property before.

As I mentioned above, DH and I honeymooned at Disney in January 2009.

We returned in July 2009 with my family (off property stay though)

and again in November 2010.

The November trip was a last minute thing after G was born, because DH got stationed in South Korea, and we didn’t get to join him until May 2011. While I don’t think it’s a bad idea to take a 3 month old to Disney (he was actually SUPER easy at that age) it wasn’t my first choice for his first trip. It was more a family bonding thing before we were separated.

This trip was a long time coming for me. While we were in South Korea, I really wanted to go to Tokyo Disney, but it didn’t work out. Two of my grandfathers died while I was over there (6 months apart) and I came back to say goodbye to both of them.

Let me tell you…traveling to and from South Korea wasn’t cheap. Even if we could have gotten past that shot to our budget, there wasn’t enough time in between to fit in a trip to Disney, especially with DH’s work schedule being what it was. That Japan park taunted me for the better part of the time I spent in South Korea, but I just couldn’t make the trip fit. I was pretty bummed…

April ended up kind of falling into our laps. I was hoping the weather would be cooler than the summer (I was wrong, but more on that later) and it was the one week my little sister had off during the spring. I also wanted to get a trip in before G turns 3 in July.

I wanted my sister on the trip, for the most part, because while we were in Korea DH was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. It short, it’s a heart condition that makes him prone to motion sickness and sensitive to extremes in weather (again….more on that later). I figured an extra adult would be helpful, even just for company.

I was right.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:13 AM   #2
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Introductions - Page 1
Pre-Departure - Page 2 Part 2
Leaving on a Jet Plane - Page 2
Magical Express
Arrival at Port Orleans - Page 3
Rental Car - Page 3
Groceries - Page 3
Sleep - Page 3
Getting a Little Goofy - Page 3
Gardens & Ducks - Page 3
Hibernation - Page 4
Circle of Life - Page 4
Islands of Adventure - Page 4
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Downtown Disney - Page 5
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Big Top Circus - Page 5
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Hollywood Studios - Page 6
Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano - Page 6
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:17 AM   #5
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Thanks ladies! It will probably be a kind of slow start, because it will be a bit before my Photopass photos come in.
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Following over from your PTR. I can't wait to hear all about your trip. That's so weird that you mentioned your husband has POTS. I've been doing research on it for the past week or so because I believe I may have it as well. I'm planning on going to my doctors to talk about it after our trip in a week.
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Following over from your PTR. I can't wait to hear all about your trip. That's so weird that you mentioned your husband has POTS. I've been doing research on it for the past week or so because I believe I may have it as well. I'm planning on going to my doctors to talk about it after our trip in a week.
He actually decided during our trip that he thinks he has something else, so he asked for a referral to see a neurologist...
In general, if you think you have POTS, you need to have a tilt table test done. That's the only thing that really confirms it one way or the other.

One of the hardest things about POTS is that there's no exact treatment for it. It's trial and error for everything, so I think he wants to have something that's more treatable and possibly "curable."

It's definitely a rough diagnosis, and he's been having a really hard time with it. He was very active before, and I don't think he's come to terms with the fact that he may never get back to what he once was.

I think the most important thing is to accept it as your new normal and learn to adjust based on that.


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I understand about getting used to a husband's "new normal." Your husband and son are the ones I met, right?
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I understand about getting used to a husband's "new normal." Your husband and son are the ones I met, right?
Yes, they were the ones you met. We had barely gotten back to the park and through dinner at Mama Melrose, when DH decided he needed an early night. I'm just happy he was up to taking G with him most of the time.
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Hope your DH gets everything figured out with his condition. It's been a while that you guys have been trying to get answers.
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