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Old 05-29-2012, 09:05 PM   #1
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Scotland: A Brave Adventure Meets Thread

Please post here if you would like to talk with anyone else who has signed up to travel to Scotland with ABD.

You can also share information/ask questions about the Scotland: A Brave Adventure ABD.

Please try and keep this thread on topic to discussion and questions about the Scotland ABD. Off topic posts will be deleted or moved.

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Old 05-29-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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Thank you Sayhello for adding meet threads for everybody!

Hi everybody!

I posted some of this on another thread but am reposting some of it here on our official meet thread.

I am Terrie and my DH is Wally (W@LL-E). It is just the two of us. We will be on the 8/4 adventure. This will be our first ABD trip!

We were planning our first ABD trip to be London/Paris in 2014 and intended on leaving a few days early on that trip to fly into Scotland and go on an Outlander (book series by Diana Gabaldon set in Scotland) day tour first. I am thoroughly addicted to the series which is probably why I've been dying to visit Scotland I was hoping ABD would add it one day.

Once the new Scotland itinerary was hinted at though, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning! I spent a few days trying to see if we could make it work for 2013. That wait wound up costing us thanks to the increases in price I finally decided it will have to work I know airfare prices aren't out for those dates yet but took a peek at what it looks like for August of this year

We are hopig to fly in a couple of days early and see the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Also, thanks to fellow traveler Monica (CaliforniaGirl) we will also be hoping to do the Mary Kings Close tour. Thank you for the heads up!

Looking forward to sharing ideas, tips and general excitement over this, sure to be awesome adventure, with everybody!
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:34 PM   #3
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I am booked on the 9/15 adventure, I am pretty sure there won't be other people on this trip as it has been blocked by a group but I booked it before it was blocked so I am safe for the trip. As my trip will be the last of the season, I would be very interested in hearing about things that travellers did on their free time as well as restaurants for on your own meals.
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:21 PM   #4
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Hi there!

I'm excited that I booked the June 30 departure last Friday! I can't believe that the prices went up again so soon...I'll be going with my mom again - ABD trips are our (relatively new) cute mother/daughter bonding tradition.

I was originally looking to do Bella Italia next summer, but my mom fell instantly in love with the Scotland itinerary. So, I couldn't say no to her. Plus, that archery lesson (along with everything else) sounds so very cool.

Looking forward to meeting / talking to others on the Scotland train. In the meantime, I'm focused on Esprit de France! I leave in 17 days. Eeek!

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:52 AM   #5
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Hi everyone!

We're booked on the 6/30 trip as well and are so excited for the trip - the itinerary looks amazing!

There are 4 of us - me, my hubby, and 2 kids (who'll be nearly 8 and 10 next summer).

This will be our second ABD trip....we're leaving for the Bella Italia trip on June 10th (so just a week away!!).
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:35 AM   #6
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Hi guys,

Have a fab time when you arrive here in Scotland, any questions I'll endeavour to answer.

Ps bring a sweater ha ha

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Old 05-30-2012, 09:56 AM   #7
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Hi everyone!

We're booked on the 6/30 trip as well and are so excited for the trip - the itinerary looks amazing!

There are 4 of us - me, my hubby, and 2 kids (who'll be nearly 8 and 10 next summer).

This will be our second ABD trip....we're leaving for the Bella Italia trip on June 10th (so just a week away!!).
We're also on the 6/30 adventure (me, DH, DD14).

I fell in love with Scotland on a trip I took 20 years ago with my cousin. Can't wait to see Edinburgh again! My husband and daughter, however, have never been. When I saw the itinerary, I thought, OK, let's plan for 2014, but they overruled me. They wanted to go sooner rather than later.

This will be our fifth ABD. Just wanted to say it got a lot easier to pull the trigger with these trips after our Germany ABD last year. It was fabulous!

And, Paul (tigger fan), I'll be sure to show your advice to my DD. My husband and I told her that she'd have to wear wool (or at least bring long sleeves) if she wanted to enjoy this trip. I don't think she's taking us seriously. ("C'mon, we're going in summer!")
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:44 AM   #8
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Hi guys,

Have a fab time when you arrive here in Scotland, any questions I'll endeavour to answer.

Ps bring a sweater ha ha
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I plan to bring more than one, I learned my lesson the hard way in Ireland last year and froze and it was the end of May.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:48 AM   #9
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Hey Everyone, I've posted this in other places as well, but we booked the 8/4 date on the first day for insiders, I was so excited about the itinerary. I've traveled around Scotland extensively--including most of the places we'll go--but this will be such a great way to share the beauty of Scotland with the kids! I'm especially excited for them to see the Isles!

It will be me (Monica), DH Dave, DS16, and DD13 at time of travel. We are friends with Calfan and her family who I'm sure will be posting here soon, and I also just convinced half of my sister's family to join us (DS, DNephew16, DNiece12).

Terrie, do you want to take over roll call duties from Say Hello since you have that nice second spot? All you would do would to is edit your post to add a little intro paragraph for late-comers about the roll call and then copy all the trip dates like we had in that other post. Then when people post on the list you just keep going back to edit the post and add them to the list. I can do it from down here if you don't want to, just let me know.
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I am booked on the 9/15 adventure, I would be very interested in hearing about things that travellers did on their free time as well as restaurants for on your own meals.
I will definitely post a trip report and share anything I learn that seems interesting or isrecommended along the way.

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Hi there!

...I'll be going with my mom again - ABD trips are our (relatively new) cute mother/daughter bonding tradition.

Looking forward to meeting / talking to others on the Scotland train. In the meantime, I'm focused on Esprit de France! I leave in 17 days. Eeek!

-Liz
Hi Liz, What a great thing to do with your mom! I love sharing great experiences with my mom when I can. She will be coming on our London/Paris ABD in 2014. We do plan to leave early to go to Scotland too. I am glad I will have already been there before I go with her. How exciting to hvae an ABD to France right around the corner! Have fun!!!

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Hi everyone!

We're booked on the 6/30 trip as well and are so excited for the trip - the itinerary looks amazing!

There are 4 of us - me, my hubby, and 2 kids (who'll be nearly 8 and 10 next summer).

This will be our second ABD trip....we're leaving for the Bella Italia trip on June 10th (so just a week away!!).
Hi there! Have fun on your Italy trip!

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Hi guys,

Have a fab time when you arrive here in Scotland, any questions I'll endeavour to answer.

Ps bring a sweater ha ha

Paul
Hi Paul! Thank you for the offer of assitance I know I will have questions. Oh boy, a sweater??? I'm from Florida and not used to the cold at all. I'll probably wind up bringing a parka Paul, what would you suggest as a "do not miss, must do" for the free time we would have in Edinburgh, Portree and Inverness?

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We're also on the 6/30 adventure (me, DH, DD14).

I fell in love with Scotland on a trip I took 20 years ago with my cousin. Can't wait to see Edinburgh again! My husband and daughter, however, have never been. When I saw the itinerary, I thought, OK, let's plan for 2014, but they overruled me. They wanted to go sooner rather than later.

This will be our fifth ABD. Just wanted to say it got a lot easier to pull the trigger with these trips after our Germany ABD last year. It was fabulous!
I know how they felt! When the itinerary was announced I thought we'd have to wait to 2015 to do it due to having planned out vacations through 2014 and part of 2015 already! Then I couldn't fathom waiting or NOT having this one be my first ABD trip. After some creative vacation budget arranging and agreeing to give up going to MNSSHP, F&W and the D23 expo for next year DH agreed to book it

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Hey Everyone, I've posted this in other places as well, but we booked the 8/4 date on the first day for insiders, I was so excited about the itinerary. I've traveled around Scotland extensively--including most of the places we'll go--but this will be such a great way to share the beauty of Scotland with the kids! I'm especially excited for them to see the Isles!

It will be me (Monica), DH Dave, DS16, and DD13 at time of travel. We are friends with Calfan and her family who I'm sure will be posting here soon, and I also just convinced half of my sister's family to join us (DS, DNephew16, DNiece12).

Terrie, do you want to take over roll call duties from Say Hello since you have that nice second spot? All you would do would to is edit your post to add a little intro paragraph for late-comers about the roll call and then copy all the trip dates like we had in that other post. Then when people post on the list you just keep going back to edit the post and add them to the list. I can do it from down here if you don't want to, just let me know.
I can and don't mind at all but it looks like she already has in the first post.

Tobi, if you want me to take over roll calls in the 2nd post I will. Let me know.
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As CaliforniaGirl09 mentioned, we are also booked on the Aug. 4 trip. It will be me (Laura), DH (Rob), DD (10 at time of departure and turning 11 while in Scotland) and DS (9 at time of travel). This will be our first ABD. We were originally planning on the Ireland trip, but once the Scotland itinerary came out we decided to switch due to the fabulous itinerary and the opportunity to travel with our friends. Luckily, we booked on day one for the general public and got ahead of the price increases. We are planning to head to Scotland a few days early as well. Everyone in my family is excited to see Brave and get a sneak peak at our adventure
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We're booked on the 6/30 trip. Just me and my DH. This is his Christmas present, so I have to keep everything a secret until Dec. 24!

This will be our first ABD trip. We're DVC members and love all things Disney! Can't wait to make this amazing trip.
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I can and don't mind at all but it looks like she already has in the first post.

Tobi, if you want me to take over roll calls in the 2nd post I will. Let me know.
Ah, didn't see that! Sounds good.

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We're DVC, too! This will be our second ABD. We did Emerald Isle in 2007 and absolutely loved it. One of the best family vacays ever.

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Everyone in my family is excited to see Brave and get a sneak peak at our adventure
I'll be seeing a sneak peek of BRAVE at PIXAR on the 10th--I can't wait. We live right by the studios and many of the execs have kids in our schools, so they always do these benefits. I'll report back without any details!
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Hello all! We do WDW frequently, but have never been on ABD. I had been looking into ABD trips, and always thought "if only there was a trip to Scotland......" (My family is Scottish, and I was a competetive Highland dancer in my younger days, and performed with the City of Denver Pipe Band, and I once got to dance with the Fourty Twa! And it's always been my dream to dance in Scotland!) But there wasn't one, so I kept putting it off, and planning other Disney trips....

Now I see the Scotland vacation, and have been making myself sick trying to figure out how to work it in to our vacation plans, but I already have a trip to DLR planned for this Christmas , and a DCL Caribbean cruise next year , so I just don't think I can fit the (cost of the) Scotland vacation in 2013 as well. I've seen a few people mention 2014 (and even 2015) - so do you think they will continue a Scotland itinerary in 2014? That would work out perfectly, as I haven't yet committed our 2014 vacation plans, but I was afraid this would be a one time (one season--2013) thing with the Brave movie coming out..... Anyone have insight?

And Calypso726 -- Outlander is my favorite series too!!!!
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Hello all! We do WDW frequently, but have never been on ABD. I had been looking into ABD trips, and always thought "if only there was a trip to Scotland......" (My family is Scottish, and I was a competetive Highland dancer in my younger days, and performed with the City of Denver Pipe Band, and I once got to dance with the Fourty Twa! And it's always been my dream to dance in Scotland!) But there wasn't one, so I kept putting it off, and planning other Disney trips....

Now I see the Scotland vacation, and have been making myself sick trying to figure out how to work it in to our vacation plans, but I already have a trip to DLR planned for this Christmas , and a DCL Caribbean cruise next year , so I just don't think I can fit the (cost of the) Scotland vacation in 2013 as well. I've seen a few people mention 2014 (and even 2015) - so do you think they will continue a Scotland itinerary in 2014? That would work out perfectly, as I haven't yet committed our 2014 vacation plans, but I was afraid this would be a one time (one season--2013) thing with the Brave movie coming out..... Anyone have insight?

And Calypso726 -- Outlander is my favorite series too!!!!
It's hard to say for sure (reading ABD's mind is difficult! ), but considering how popular this Scotland trip has turned out to be (it's selling out quickly and has only been available for a couple of weeks) it's likely they will continue to offer the trip. Whether they continue to push the Brave connection or not would, I assume, depend on how successful the movie is. But I think it's likely the trip will appear in 2014.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed, so if you *really* want to do the trip, you might want to think about, say, pushing that cruise into 2014... Just saying!

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