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Old 09-09-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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It's A Jungle Out There! ! ! (and we may starve!!)

I don't really think anyone could ever starve at WDW, but I hope it got your attention!!

We've had a hard year. I wont go into detail, but suffice to say that we not only want a vacation, we NEED a vacation!!

When I tell people I am going on vacation, they always say, "Are you going to WDW AGAIN?" I usually say, "Yes!! Yes we are!!"

This time I can say that it has been 13 months since we have been to our favorite vacation spot! Doesn't sound too long, until I tell you we have gone twice a year for 4 years, the exception being one year we went 3 times, once for 21 days!!! Needless to say, we are ready!!

This will be a budget trip for us, or at least as budget as a week in AKVK in a two bedroom Savannah View room, followed by a week at Marriotts Harbour Lake in a two bedroom villa can be.

How did we make this kind of move, while staying on budget you ask?? (Well maybe you didn't ask, but I'll put it here for those who may want to know!)

We own Hilton timeshare, which trades through RCI into Disney!!! We also own Shell, which trades into Marriott! Pretty nifty points expenditures for a wonderful 2 week vacation in Florida!! :

Next budget move! My daughter owns a Fiat 500, olive green, cute I may add!! We are driving from Central Texas to WDW! 26+ hours actually! Just kidding, we've done this before and made it there and back safely each time!! We've just gone in MUCH larger cars before, like our Durango, a Trailblazer etc. So this will be a first. BUT, this means our transportation cost will only be about $500 or less for 4 people, who would all have to have airline tickets!! So...... , well not quite, but, you get the picture!!

Who are we, you ask??!! Well maybe you didn't, but I thought I would let you know, with pictures soon!!! Coming up in the next chapter!

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Old 09-09-2012, 03:29 AM   #2
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So who are we? Let's see, 2 bedroom villas, they sleep up to 9. Nah, that wont work, we're traveling in a Fiat 500.

We'd better stick to the four of us!!

One last budget measure is our tickets! My older Grandmunchkin is home schooled. He will be attending a YES class, which enabled, (don't you like how I can get away using that word here and you can all understand the concept), us to purchase our 8 day hoppers at 1/2 the price of Disney tickets.

This changed our planned 5 day trip, non park hopper military tickets, into 8 day park hopper tikets for only $60 more a person!! ( There should only be 2 of us dancing in this picture, as my Grandmunchkins were giving my daughter and I some pretty big snort, laugh, giggles, when I gave her the news and we actually did jump/dance around. )

So, we'll move along now....

Me: I'm Grammie, at least to my youngest Grandmunchkin, so that will do here, I think. I'm an RN by night and a Disney fanatic by day. I don't have a favorite park, unless you consider Disneyland a choice. (Native Californian). I love WDW though and it is the only Disney parks my Grandmunchkins have been to!!

This trip, I want to try a Napolean, get a Mickey make your own rice krispy treat at Goofys, a red velvet cupcake, butternut squash soup at Mara and a kaki gori. The rest of my food will be real food. Hmmmm, maybe in WDW sweets are real food?!

My Daughter: Rae Rae. She is not only awesome because she is MY daughter, but she is also my Grandmunchkins Mommy!!! She loves AK and AKKV and Jambo house!! She likes the other parks also, but AK is her favorite! I promised her we would get her some good scallops this trip!! She has never met a caramel anything she doesn't like. : I bet you can guess where we will shop in Epcot!! She loves vinylmations and we have several to trade, as well as pins.

Grandmunchkin 1: CT. He is 7. He is a boy. Need I say more?! He has the biggest heart of anyone I know, but he has 0 patience!! I love him with my entire being!! He and I are very close and he is starting to become more independent. I am happy for him and I am adjusting.

His favorite ride is Star Tours, followed by Buzz Lightyear. Last year he went on Splash and BTMRR for the first time. This year he vows not to ride anything scary.

Grandmunchkin 2: JD is 4. Going on 13, lol. I love this kid! He has these deep thoughts, that astound me. The next minute he tells me, 'Grammie, you can't play my game, cause you don't know how.' (even if I do ). He loves TSM, Buzz, jungle cruise and the safari ride. He also likes getting his own way. All the time. 24/7. He is learning quickly that wanting your own way and trying to get your own way at the expense of others, gets you in trouble. n: Luckily he is sweet and learns fast!!

So, that's us! In a nutshell.


When?? We leave Thursday, arrive Friday and don't get home until October 1 or thereabouts!! I hope you'll join us, as we will try to do a combo of a live report, along with adding details as we go along!!

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Old 09-09-2012, 03:31 AM   #3
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Save for chapter links if I can learn how to do them.:
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:43 PM   #4
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Yeah - subbing!!!!! So, did you just get back? I can't wait to read all about this trip. Yup - 13 months is too long to wait between trips.

You got some great trades. Awesome and the ticket deal - you can't beat that.

Your grandchildren sound like they are wonderful kids.
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Yeah - subbing!!!!! So, did you just get back? I can't wait to read all about this trip. Yup - 13 months is too long to wait between trips.

You got some great trades. Awesome and the ticket deal - you can't beat that.

Your grandchildren sound like they are wonderful kids.
Woo hoo, thank you for venturing over!!! I am so happy to 'see' you! I am hoping to do somewhat of a live report. We leave Thursday, so everything will start up soon!

My Grandsons are awesome, but I will admit, I am more than a little prejudice.

The first hurdle will be trying to fit everything into the car!!
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Can't wait to read more about your trip! Two weeks sounds fabulous!
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:24 AM   #8
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Subbing! Hiya Shortstuff.
Thank you so much for stopping by and !!! I hope you will enjoy the ride!!

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Can't wait to read more about your trip! Two weeks sounds fabulous!
and thank you so much for joining in!! I am getting REALLY excited, now that my long working weekend is over!! Now I only have a two hour class tomorrow, work 12 hours Tuesday and Wednesday night and we are out of here!!! Love your screen name!! :
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Signing on! Sounds like a fabulous trip you have planned!
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Signing on! Sounds like a fabulous trip you have planned!
and thank you so much!!! I am quite excited as I only have one more night to work, (tonight) and then the party begins!! Thanks so much for joining!!
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Hello!

Sounds like you guys are going to have a wonderful time!

You leave tomorrow, then? Be safe and happy driving!

Can't wait for some live updates!
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Sounds like you guys are going to have a wonderful time!

You leave tomorrow, then? Be safe and happy driving!

Can't wait for some live updates!
Hi and !!! We leave town late tonight!! I am very excited, have worked 35 out of the last 72 hours and I can't sleep as I am so excited!! Thank you for joining in!!
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Well, we have arrived and are two days in to our trip. Problem is, the internet service is spotty at best and horrible at worst. I liked the hook up a computer, make it a hot spot internet better. I know! Never satisfied.

I think, unfortunately, that I will have to start the report when we are at Marriott Harbour lake, as i have tried to post this three times and it keeps vanishing!

Lets see if I can leave at least one or two pictures here of our trip. Nah, tried again and it blew up the connection!! "See" you soon!!
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Hey Shortstuff -

I hope you are having a great time! Looking forward to hearing all about it.
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I hope you are having a great time! Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Thank you so much!!! We got home last night, in time for the "Once Upon A Time" season premiere. Unfortunately photobucket is being particularly unco operative this fine day. We had a wonderful time, despite the plague, the rain and trying to fit everything in the fiat, for the return home!!

Thank you so much for thinking about us and I will try to post pictures soon!! :
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