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Old 12-01-2012, 09:22 PM   #31
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I hope you do at least one BEFORE I leave on Thursday.
Did you see the MK hours for the 5th & 6th?
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Following along, how can anyone not after seeing those kids. Oh and I can guess why this is the last trip for the four of you.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:37 PM   #33
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Yes, but we don't arrive until the 6th and we are not going to a park that day...that's the second part of the surprise for Mark...finding Nicki and Todd.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:42 PM   #34
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Following along, how can anyone not after seeing those kids. Oh and I can guess why this is the last trip for the four of you.
Thanks for reading!!

I bet your guess is we got so tired of Disney we are never going back huh?



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Yes, but we don't arrive until the 6th and we are not going to a park that day...that's the second part of the surprise for Mark...finding Nicki and Todd.
Oh good!
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:45 PM   #35
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Lisa!!!

You are right- thank goodness they look like Melody!

Congrats for being on the top of page 2!


wow an official welcome thanks Tim



You'll soon find out I'm the normal one of this group!

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the reason will be 'revealed' at some point in this report I'm sure.



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Yes, but we don't arrive until the 6th and we are not going to a park that day...that's the second part of the surprise for Mark...finding Nicki and Todd.
is looking for Nicki and Todd going to be like "Where's Waldo" you should have a hunt for them to make it fun!
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:03 PM   #36
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Congratulations on your wedding!!!

I just subbed to your report. Hopefully I will have a min or two to read.
Thanks! I can't believe how long it's been since we've talked. Glad to have you over at my TR too.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:38 PM   #37
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So joining in! Christopher is so cute as Woody and luvin Ana's bee outfit!

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edit...and I know why it's the last trip the 4 of you will ever take to WDW.
Me to... although it did take a few minutes to register when I read the title it was like WHAT? But no Why? oh wait yeah I remember!

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I can't believe some of you are still posting on my TRs. I've been very bad at following yours.
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Joining in!!!! I have a guess as to why this is the last trip with the 4 of you....

Can't wait to hear all about your trip!
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Leaving in less than four days. Or are you planning on doing what you always do? An update AFTER I'm gone.
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I'm here!!! Love the pictures of the kids!
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Page 3 but I am here to stay hopelessly behind...but here none-the less! And Nobody told me you had started either (Lisa...). Forgotten again...
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Page 3 but I am here to stay hopelessly behind...but here none-the less! And Nobody told me you had started either (Lisa...). Forgotten again...
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Joining in!!!! I have a guess as to why this is the last trip with the 4 of you....

Can't wait to hear all about your trip!


Thanks for stopping in!



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Leaving in less than four days. Or are you planning on doing what you always do? An update AFTER I'm gone.
This wouldn't be a Tim report if I didn't do that.




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I'm here!!! Love the pictures of the kids!
Hey Brook!

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Page 3 but I am here to stay hopelessly behind...but here none-the less! And Nobody told me you had started either (Lisa...). Forgotten again...


No worries... with the track record of my updates, you won't be that far behind.


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No Sleep till.... Brooklyn?

Backstory

I mentioned in the intro's how we had this epic trip planned with two other families and they both had to back out. One family's furnace blew up and the other family finally sold their house in Indiana and was moving back to CT the week before the trip.

Melody & I debated canceling the trip all together but decided we HAD to go! After doing tons of research, the group originally booked POFQ. After our friends canceled Disney came out with a room only deal that wasn't offered at POFQ. We wanted to stay moderate this time and CSR was on the discount list. We have stayed at CSR before and Melody isn't too crazy about that resort but we made the change and saved just over $400 in the process... not too bad. The only downside was we would have to switch to POP Century for the last night because CSR was all booked up. I wasn't worried as we have added nights at check-in before. The same thing will happen this trip, i just knew it.

After the friends canceled the thought popped into my head to invite my mom. We were thinking of heading back to Disney over Juliana's spring break and asking my mom to go. She has seen hundreds of pictures of our trips and she has said on a few occasions that she has wanted to go with us. So 4 weeks before we left I ask her if she wants to go. She was surprised we asked and said yes. My mom scrambled to get her itinerary planned. She had a wedding the night we were leaving (11/2) so she was going to come the day after us, and she had to be back home in time for work the next Monday (11/12) so she was going to leave on Sunday.




The night before we leave...

Melody worked until 7:00pm on Thursday. It was great she got some hours in. It wasn't good that a stressful packing bootcamp commenced once we got the kids to bed at 8pm. We had gotten the kids bags together during the week but the forecast changed. They were calling for cooler weather. (Whoever 'they' is needs to get a new job) We repacked the kids suitcases and then moved on to ours. I think we were done around 11pm. Melody was shot and went to bed. I got my carryon together and I even remembered the tickets I had bought from Undercover Tourist! There was going to be no repeat of the Great ticket disaster of 2009. After I was packed I was on the DIS till close to 1:00am. I still needed to take a shower and get to sleep. The alarm was going to be going off at 3:30!


D-Day

3:30 came quick. 2 hours a sleep wasn't going to cut it. Good thing I had Disney adrenaline on my side. I brought the suitcases out to the car, threw some last minute things together, and shut off the heat. We woke up Juliana and got her dressed. While we were getting Christopher up, Juliana puled off the last Mickey head on our countdown calendar and I didn't get a picture. We kept Christopher in his PJs. We figured he would just pass out in the car on the way to the airport. We loaded ourselves in the car and we were off.

We made it to the airport in 35 minutes... nice when there are no car on the road. Christopher must of had some of that Disney adrenaline too because he didn't pass out in the car. I dropped Melody off at the terminal with the bags and I brought the car to the lot. I hopped on the shuttle bus and met back up with them. The lines for Southwest were a little long but were moving quickly. Security was a breeze and before long we were walking towards the gate. Christopher seemed to know the way.



Juliana had to play with the umbrellas...



We boarded during family boarding and we were leaving on time. We even got to watch the sunrise.



The 3 hour flight was, well, a three hour flight. We thought the kids would pass out. Ummm, yeah. Not happening. This is what we look like when we landed.



Juliana was excited. Christopher was tired. And Melody wanted off that plane.

Hey Bubba, we're in Florida!



We flew into Tampa because the prices were better..





We took a ride on the fake monorail and headed to the baggage claim. Perry help locate the luggage.



Ah yes, there is our luggage. I needed a cart to get it to the rental area.



We don't travel light. After the luggage was located it was time to use the bathroom and get Christopher changed.



We grabbed the truck and we were off but our first stop wasn't Disney... we took a detour!





Up next.. looking for a STAR & a character nightmare
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an update BEFORE I get on my plane in three days (yes, I'm leaving in three days).

I love Christopher in his pajamas...and so wide awake and ready to go. And Juliana always looks raring to go...you would never know she just got up.

I remember texting back and forth with you about the Coronado while you were trying to get your luggage, give me your confirmation number, Mel trying to get it for you, etc.

You don't travel light, do you? My oh my...hope you got a BIG truck.
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