Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Pre-Trip Reports and Plans
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-13-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Half surprise first time trip to the house of mouse! April 2014 PTR

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. Let me introduce you to everyone, then I will fill you in on the title!

First, there is me! My name is Jennifer. I am the mom, and the only planner for this trip. I am very detail oriented, and have already started the touring plan process! Yeah, I think I may be Disney crazy!






Next we have my oldest, Joey. He is 8 (will be 9 before our trip). He is excited about the Jedi training and riding the rides!



Then there is my princess, Lexi! She is 6 and we will be celebrating her birthday on our trip (her actual birthday is a couple weeks after we get back, though) She LOVES food and is obsessed with looking at Disney food photos! She also loves the princesses, especially Cinderella! She is most looking forward to meeting the characters and eating the food. She isn't much of a ride person.





Next: Where and When!
__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR

Last edited by Jennifer84; 06-21-2013 at 08:45 PM.
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2013, 10:52 AM   #2
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Where: Originally, my mom and my youngest DD were going to come with us, so we were going to stay at POR. Unfortunately my mom has decided she does not want to go, and she has offered to keep the 2 year old, so that my older two won't be held back by her. I wish they were going, but we will still have fun. Since it's just the 3 of us, I am now planning to stay offsite at the Baymont Inn & Suites, just 3 miles from Disney!

Our dates:
We are driving down on April 3rd, which will get us there around 8-9pm.

We will be checking out on the 11th and driving up to St. Augustine, FL. St. Augustine is my favorite city! We will spend 2 nights there, at the Best Western before heading home on the 13th.



We are planning on Disney for 6 days and SeaWorld for 1.
__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR

Last edited by Jennifer84; 06-21-2013 at 08:49 PM.
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 06-14-2013, 01:45 PM   #3
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Now to explain the title...

The kids know that I am planning a Disney World trip. I wanted their input (the older two) on where to stay, eat, etc. So, I HAD to tell them why I wanted to know. BUT, they think we are going next summer when school is out. When it gets closer to April, I will tell them we are going to St. Augustine for a few days (not a lie, technically!). This will cover my tracks in regard to packing for Florida weather and driving south They have never been to Florida, so they won't know that we aren't going there right away. This way they get to be part of the planning process AND be surprised! There will also be a few smaller surprises for them while we are there (celebrating my DD's birthday early, doing BBB and PL- things like that)

I bought these goodies for this year's trip that got cancelled, so I will share some pictures with you!

__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR

Last edited by Jennifer84; 06-21-2013 at 08:50 PM.
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2013, 02:54 PM   #4
DisMomJill
Mouseketeer
 
DisMomJill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Texas
Posts: 151

Sounds like fun! Following along...
__________________
Me DH DD(4) Poppy
Dec 2013 Pre-Trip Report

DisMomJill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2013, 04:23 PM   #5
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Quote:
Originally Posted by DisMomJill View Post
Sounds like fun! Following along...
Welcome! I am going to go check out your PTR as well!
__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 10:58 PM   #6
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

ADRs

Edit: I have decided to NOT do the dining plan. I am currently pricing off property hotels/ rentals to save some money.
__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR

Last edited by Jennifer84; 06-19-2013 at 10:25 PM.
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2013, 10:39 PM   #7
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Day 1- 15 hour road trip!

While a few aspects of this trip may be changing soon, due to my mom REALLY not wanting to go again, some things won't change. Here is how our first day is going to look:

Leave home around 4am
Stop for breakfast around 8am (something quick like donuts or poptarts)
Stop for lunch around noon (sandwiches packed in the cooler)
Stop for dinner around 5pm (probably fast food somewhere)
Arrive/ Check-in around 8pm

Obviously there will be gas/restroom stops as well, but I can't really plan those I will pack up the van the night before, and go to bed right after dinner, so I can get enough sleep. I am hoping the kids go back to sleep for a few hours at the beginning of the trip. They will have a DVD player with movies, as well as a bag of special road trip goodies like snacks, toys, word searches, color wonder markers/paper (LOVE THESE!!!), etc.

__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2013, 08:56 PM   #8
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Day 2: Magic Kingdom!

Here's the plan for our first Disney day:

Wake up around 7am, grab breakfast at the hotel, then drive to MK.
Arrive at MK around 8:30
Have lunch at BOG around 11
Have dinner at either Pecos Bill or Cosmic Ray around 4
Head back to the hotel around 5
Swim
Go to bed by 9pm

Our top 5 rides/attractions to hit:
1. Big Thunder Mountain RR
2. Splash Mountain
3. Space Mountain
4. It's a small world
5. Celebrate a dream parade


*Photo borrowed from the net
__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2013, 07:38 PM   #9
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Day 3: Hollywood Studios

Here's the plan for our HS day:

Wake up around 7am, grab breakfast at the hotel, then drive to HS.
Arrive at HS around 8:30
Have lunch at Starring Rolls around 12
Have dinner at Pizza Planet around 6
Head back to the hotel around 7:30
Go to bed by 9pm

Our top 5 rides/attractions to hit:
1. Toy Story Midway Mania
2. Jedi training academy
3. Tower of Terror
4. Star Tours
5. Lights, Motor, Action stunt show

__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2013, 12:25 AM   #10
Corjack
Free Dining 2010
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 728

We will be arriving on April 3rd also! Looking forward to following your PTR!
__________________
2012 Not So Scarey Merry PTR
First trip 1997
Second trip 1998
Third trip 2000
First time at WDW resort POP Century April 2008
POP April 2009
POP Aug 2010
ASMu May 2011
POP Oct/Nov 2012
POP APRIL 2013
Next APRIL 2014[/color]

DH42 Me40 DD9 DS5 DD3
Corjack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2013, 05:01 PM   #11
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Quote:
Originally Posted by Corjack View Post
We will be arriving on April 3rd also! Looking forward to following your PTR!
I felt like I was talking to myself! I will have an update either tonight or tomorrow! We had a "practice run" today by visiting a local amusement park... it was interesting, to say the least!
__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2013, 08:07 PM   #12
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Trip to Kings Dominion...

This morning we decided to go to Kings Dominion. My mom, my daughters and myself and drove the hour and a half to get there, arriving at 10:08am. They were scheduled to open at 10:30, but when we got there, people were already riding the rides. I figured this would be a good "practice" for Disney. Yes, I know that Disney is much larger, but walking is walking, no matter where it is! They have a brand new kids area and there were NO LINES!!! Almost every single ride was a walk-on. We had to wait maybe 5-10 minutes for a couple. The Charlie Brown characters are there, so the girls got to experience "meeting characters", even though it didn't go over as well as I thought it would. Then, my 6 year old and I decided we wanted to go on a water ride because we were getting really hot. My mom took the 2 year old to the carousel. The water ride we went on had OVER AN HOUR LONG LINE!!! Oh. my. goodness.

I don't know what I was expecting, but the plan was to do rides until lunch time, then eat and hit the water park to relax and end the day. Well, by lunch time everyone was exhausted!!! So, we decided to just go on home. We grabbed some McDonalds on the way.

A few things I learned today...

1) My 6 year old needed to ride in the stroller some, so a stroller will be needed on our trip.
2) I cannot handle spinning rides. At. All.
3) We will definitely need a midday nap/break every day!
4) If it's going to be above 85 degrees, misting fans are a must.
5) Fastpass is your friend!
6) My 2 year old begs to meet the characters, but when it's her turn she clings to me and won't go near them.
7) Apparently for my 6 year old no matter how tight the seatbelt is, nothing is safer than mommy's arm around her!
8) Never get in a line without a water bottle, or else the 6 year old will whine the entire time about how she is going to die of thirst.

We are going to attempt a 2-day trip in July. They have a hotel on property, so we will stay there. We will try the park in the morning, nap at the hotel in the afternoon, then park again in the evening to see how that goes! These are lessons I am glad I learned BEFORE our trip!

I forgot my camera at home this time, but I will post a couple pictures from a few weeks ago when I took my older two kids.





I uploaded my entire album of KD pics from Facebook onto Photobucket, but it only added these two. Now there's no option to add the album again, so the rest of my pictures are lost somewhere. Oh well, you got two of them!
__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2013, 12:56 AM   #13
Corjack
Free Dining 2010
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 728

We went to Disney in Nov 2012 and my 2 year old was petrified of all the characters, but in April 2013(she was almost 3) she was TOTALLY into it and LOVED meeting them! Kids are unpredictable.
__________________
2012 Not So Scarey Merry PTR
First trip 1997
Second trip 1998
Third trip 2000
First time at WDW resort POP Century April 2008
POP April 2009
POP Aug 2010
ASMu May 2011
POP Oct/Nov 2012
POP APRIL 2013
Next APRIL 2014[/color]

DH42 Me40 DD9 DS5 DD3
Corjack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2013, 08:11 AM   #14
Overexcited
DIS Veteran
 
Overexcited's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Rochester NY
Posts: 716

My 4 year old was terrified of the characters last trip, this trip could be hit or miss.
Hope you have a good trip.
__________________
[COLOR="Red"]1996 off site
2000 off site
2007 POP
2010 POP
2013 CBR
2015 CBR
Overexcited is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2013, 08:52 AM   #15
Jennifer84
Mouseketeer
 
Jennifer84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 205

Quote:
Originally Posted by Corjack View Post
We went to Disney in Nov 2012 and my 2 year old was petrified of all the characters, but in April 2013(she was almost 3) she was TOTALLY into it and LOVED meeting them! Kids are unpredictable.
She isn't going this trip. The older two want to go on some big rides, and since I am the only adult going and I can't be in two places at once, she is staying with grandma. She will be 4 or 5 by the time she goes, so hopefully she will love them by then!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Overexcited View Post
My 4 year old was terrified of the characters last trip, this trip could be hit or miss.
Hope you have a good trip.
Thank you I hope she will be fine by the time she gets her turn in Disney! She loves the fab 5, so it would be awesome to see her interact with them.
__________________
Jennifer
Me: , DS (9): , DD (7): , DD (3):
WDW trips: Aug 1990, April 2014, Oct/Nov 2014
2 Princesses and a Prince visit for the fisrt time ~ April 2014
April 2014 PTR
Jennifer84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.