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Old 10-20-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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The Gentile's are Going to DISNEY! PTR 2/26-3/04/13



Hello Everyone! I have been a LONG time lurker and have finally joined as an official registered member! Here is the rundown:

I am a 29 year old wife to an amazing hubby, Anthony (27), and together we have two beautiful children, Sophia (5), and Noah (1). I have a self proclaimed obsession with ALL things Disney and we are FINALLY taking our ultimate Family Vacation together after living 4 VERY frugal years due to us purchasing our first home. Now that we have adjusted to life with a mortgage, its time to get down to business with some Disney trips!!!

Some more background info: I am a freelance Makeup Artist specializing in Weddings, and DH is a project manager for a telecommunications company near NYC. I also work in a local restaurant waitressing and bartending for extra cash (AKA DISNEY TRIP FUND $$). We live in PA just over the NY/NJ borders (where taxes are CHEAP ) so essentially we live in the "Tri-State Area."

I grew up visiting Disney every year when we would take our annual family vacation to visit family members living on the Space Coast of FL. We would always do the standard day trips...Sea World, Wet n Wild, Arabian Nights, Universal Studios, and DISNEY! I have countless MAGICAL memories with my parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. You can say the MAGIC was instilled in me at a very young age. I treasure the vague memory of when my parents bought me my very first Mickey ears. Fast forward to now, I have continued to vacation there, however now I have been spoiled with staying onsite and there is absolutely NOTHING that tops it. My DH and I honeymooned there in 2008 and it will forever be in my heart, absolutely sublime !!! My daughter took her first trip with us when she was 1 so she is at a PERFECT age right now to absorb the MAGIC. Now that we have our complete family with our little Noah, this is the trip I have been waiting for my whole life. The chance to share these memories with my DH and our children, priceless.

So here I am with a stab at a PTR, I am unsure if I am going to do a complete TR or just Dining Review with little stories sprinkled throughout. I am still new at posting on here so your feedback is appreciated!

I am in love with being on here, its like a secret society of people just like me! Its like the Facebook of Disney Lovers....lol.

Ok enough rambling....here we go!
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:31 AM   #2
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Can't wait to hear about your plans for your vacation! Sounds exciting!!
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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ADR's Done!

After MUCH deliberation and scrolling though countless food/dining posts on here, I have FINALLY made our ADR's for our upcoming trip in Feb/March at the POP. We are doing the Dining Plan and have a 1 yr old son and 5 yr old daughter so most of the ressie's were done with them in mind (who am I kidding....of course I want to meet characters too!!!). Here is the rundown:

2/26 Arrival Day Dinner at 1900 Park Fare
2/27 Dinner at O'Hana (My Hub and I have been dying to eat here and never have in the past, so we are very excited for this one!)
2/28 Dinner at Garden Grill
3/1 Dinner at Crystal Palace
3/2 Lunch at Akershus & Dinner at Chef Mickey's
3/3 Early Dinner at 50's Prime Time
3/4 Departure Day

I felt that dinners were going to get me the best value on the DP plus none of us are huge breakfast buffet people so I didn't want to waste a credit on something that we wouldn't 100% enjoy. I do feel that I have a great amount of character dining established here with plenty of characters and princesses for my very own little princess. Plus the more characters we cover at meal times is less that we have to cover in the parks. I have never eaten at any of these so I am looking forward to our experiences with them!

*I tried to get TRex and Be Our Guest but I don't think a 9 pm dinner will fly with the little ones, we will save it for next time lol.*

That leaves 7 snacks and 7 counter service meals!!! Ohhhh the possibilites....
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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Update: I didn't realize that my passes were only 6 days instead of 7 so I have the option to keep a meal and pay OOP or drop one and just grab something quick on the 4th which will be when we are leaving to come home. I would appreciate any feedback! (The restaurant I was considering dropping would be 50's Prime Time but I am still on the fence. )
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:22 AM   #5
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I also forgot to add that my aunt, along with my cousin and her family, will be joining us to stay on the Friday night that we are there. (I have family scattered all around Florida ) My Aunt has graciously agreed to watch the kids that night so that my hubby and I can go enjoy some "adult" time with my cousin and her hubby . I am thinking "La Cava del Tequila" and the new "Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar." I am super pumped about the opportunity to try both of these!!!
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:42 AM   #6
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Today I took a few moments to browse through our honeymoon pics (I actually look at these pics more than the actual wedding pics lol ) . I just LOVE reliving the MAGIC of that trip! I decided to share a few of my favorites, we stayed at the POLY from 9/1/08-9/7/08. It was HEAVEN.

Dinner at Les Chef Des France:


Parasailing over Bay Lake:


Blizzard Beach:


Magic Kingdom:


Margaritas on the Beach at the Poly:


On Our Way to Downtown Disney for La Nouba:


More in the Next Post!
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:00 AM   #7
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More Honeymoon Pics!

Downtown Disney: (We Love our Margaritas!!!)


Breakfast in Bed from Kona Cafe (SOOOO expensive but worth it for a treat once in a while ):


Rented a boat to cruise the Seven Seas Lagoon:


AMAZING sunset at the California Grill:


Yumminess!!!


Animal Kingdom Lodge after a super yummy breakfast at Boma:


Hollywood Studios:


Lunch at Hollywood & Vine:


Italy in Epcot (One of our Fav's!!) :


Back again at the Cali Grill (We LOVE this restaurant):


Cheers!:


Saving the BEST pic for last, our Bride and Groom Ears!!
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:21 AM   #8
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Now that you have see pictures of me and DH, I'd like to introduce you to two HUGE pieces of my heart, our children! I am going to start with the PRINCESS of the family, Sophia, who is now 5 but I want to include pics of her first WDW trip when she was 1 yr old. Sophia is my little Disney Loving counterpart! I am quite proud to have educated her on everything and anything Disney! We love having Disney movie nights (I own pretty much all of them ), dancing to Disney music, and watching classic Mickey cartoons. Sophia is very much a true Princess Lover and enjoys ANYTHING having to do with them. Enjoy!

Here we are back in 2008, this was Sophia's first trip to The World!



Jungle Cruisin:


DH and I in the front row of Splash Mountain :


Her first Carousel Ride:


Dumbo!:



My Cutie!:


And here are some of her NOW, all grown up!:









I have to literally force myself to stop posting pictures!!! Next post you will meet my little guy, Noah!
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:27 AM   #9
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Time to meet Noah! Noah is currently 12 months and will be 16 months when we take our trip. This will be Noah's 1st trip to WDW. He LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and The Hot Dog song is amongst his favorites!








I am so excited to share this trip with my boy! So many people think that 1 yr is too young for Disney but the memories that you hold on to as parents, are absolutely worth every priceless penny!!!
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Yay! You are doing great for a first timer! I wouldn't know where to start, i'm still a stalker. lol! And might I just say your baby boy is not too young for Disney, both my boys went at a very young age, DS 10 went at six months and DS 4 went at 8 months. Looking forward to reading the rest of your PTR.

Happy Planning!!!!
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:58 AM   #11
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I subbed! My daughter (12 years old) and I are doing a Mommy & Me trip in February! Can't wait to read more...and the more pics, the better!
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Hi Megan,
I saw your PTR link on the Feb DIS FB page and thought I'd come check it out. I also have a DD named Sophia (she's 9) and a husband named Anthony. I don't know why that gets me excited, but it does! Our Sophie (as she prefers to be called) is our youngest, we also have a DD10 and DS14, and we'll be heading to WDW at the beginning of February.

I am so excited for our trip and love the DISboards because I can quietly feed my obsession with Disney without driving my friends and family crazy! Your trip sounds like a lot of fun--fun and yummy meal choices for the family. We're trying Ohana for the first time in February, too, and I hope it's as yummy as I read!

I love your honeymoon pictures--makes me want to go on a Disneymoon myself...maybe once the kids are grown! Your Friday night out with your hubbie will be a lot of fun--we're going for a family reunion and trying to decide if we should try to sneak away for a couples' night out while grandma & grandpa babysit!

I think you should keep your 50's Prime Time ADR for now. If you decide to drop it at the last minute there's no penalty, so keep it until you're down there. I prefer TS to QS, so I'm biased, but going there and paying OOP won't be the worst thing. You might decide to share a meal (like the sampler) or just do milkshakes and apps, or something--which won't be so hard on the pocketbook!

Have fun planning!

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:03 AM   #13
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Yay! You are doing great for a first timer! I wouldn't know where to start, i'm still a stalker. lol! And might I just say your baby boy is not too young for Disney, both my boys went at a very young age, DS 10 went at six months and DS 4 went at 8 months. Looking forward to reading the rest of your PTR.

Happy Planning!!!!
Welcome & Thank you so much!!! I am so happy to be able to "document" our trip so that I can look back and enjoy the memories of the planning and everything! I am so happy you agree with me on the age thing, you can NEVER be too young or too old for DISNEY!!!

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I subbed! My daughter (12 years old) and I are doing a Mommy & Me trip in February! Can't wait to read more...and the more pics, the better!
Welcome and Thank you for subbing!!! I am so happy to share my memories with you! I can't wait to do a Mommy & Me trip with my little lady in the future!
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Hi Megan,
I saw your PTR link on the Feb DIS FB page and thought I'd come check it out. I also have a DD named Sophia (she's 9) and a husband named Anthony. I don't know why that gets me excited, but it does! Our Sophie (as she prefers to be called) is our youngest, we also have a DD10 and DS14, and we'll be heading to WDW at the beginning of February.

I am so excited for our trip and love the DISboards because I can quietly feed my obsession with Disney without driving my friends and family crazy! Your trip sounds like a lot of fun--fun and yummy meal choices for the family. We're trying Ohana for the first time in February, too, and I hope it's as yummy as I read!

I love your honeymoon pictures--makes me want to go on a Disneymoon myself...maybe once the kids are grown! Your Friday night out with your hubbie will be a lot of fun--we're going for a family reunion and trying to decide if we should try to sneak away for a couples' night out while grandma & grandpa babysit!

I think you should keep your 50's Prime Time ADR for now. If you decide to drop it at the last minute there's no penalty, so keep it until you're down there. I prefer TS to QS, so I'm biased, but going there and paying OOP won't be the worst thing. You might decide to share a meal (like the sampler) or just do milkshakes and apps, or something--which won't be so hard on the pocketbook!

Have fun planning!

-Nancy
Hello Nancy and Welcome!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my PTR!! I am WILDLY excited for this trip and THE DIS is my obsession, I don't really know too many people who are crazy for Disney like me so this is perfect for me to share my enthusiasm with fellow Dis lovers!! That is so funny about the name coincidence!!! I love it actually!!! I get excited over things like that as well.

Our Honeymoon was the most magical trip of my entire life, tons and tons of PIXIE DUST everywhere!!!! I look back on those memories and treasure them with all my being!!

I am a bonafide FOODIE through and through! I actually would like to try out the Deluxe DP on future trips b/c we LOVE table and signature dining. (We spent an obscene amount of $$ at the Cali Grill on our HM lol ) I am def going to keep the 50's PT ressie b/c I really want to try it and I have budgeted quite a bit of $$ to bring for tipping, souvenirs, cocktails, etc.

I am eager to share my memories with you, here and also on the FB page!! Thank you again for joining in!!!
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Congrats on purchasing your first home!! We are definitely in the process of living a bit more frugally and saving for that now...

Your honeymoon pics are great! You are such a cute couple And your children are absolutely beautiful. I have to say, looking at those pictures really makes me want to have kids! (Though it's not in the cards for the immediate future, anyway). So adorable!
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