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Old 04-04-2014, 01:08 PM   #1
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My Dad's First trip with his Grandkids!

So….I’ve finally talked my dad into coming to the DLR with us! He hasn’t been in 10 years. And he’s never been with my boys, DS6 and DS4. My mom has come with us lots of times, but never my dad. I asked him to go before the boys get too big and stop believing in everything because it is so magical to go with them right now.

So the players on this trip are:
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DS4
My mom
My dad

We are going July 20-24. 3 day tickets from our credit union for the kids and my parents. DH and I have AP’s. Originally we wanted to stay at the PPH. Since room occupancy is 5, we would have to get two rooms…and dad thought it was too expensive =( We are bummed, but that’s ok, we will still have a great trip! DH and I are debating paying the difference of the hotel prices, or paying for my parent’s tickets so we can swing the PPH. But it’s a lot of money. But it could be for their 39th anniversary on July 12th….
So for now, we decided to stay at the Ramada Maingate at the Park in one of their brand new suites. It’s a 2 bedroom suite. 950 sq ft. 2 rooms with 2 queen beds in each. Each room has it’s own bathroom, fridge and microwave. In between the rooms is the parlor room. It will be nice to have all the extra space. I’m a little nervous about the construction going on at the hotel and the parking situation while we are there. But we have stayed here many times. The management is wonderful. We’ve stayed once in the new building and it was really nice. And the walk to the parks is quick and easy. I just feel a lot of responsibility because I suggested this place and I want the trip to be perfect for my parents.

Other things I’m thinking about doing:

Fantasmic dessert seating….but it’s so expensive! I think I’d rather use that money towards staying at the PPH or saving it for other things. Thinking of just going to Pooh’s corner and buying a lot of goodies we can all share….

PP+….I don’t know if this would be really worth it to us. I can only think of a handful of spots with a PP photographer. And they always usually take my camera and take a photo with it too. And both my parents and I have a DSLR….I DO want to get at least one family photo with all of us in the photo! And tons with my parents and kids together.

BB dinner….we took our kids when we were there in Dec. They could have cared less! LOL. But we really enjoyed ourselves and know my parents would love it too. For sure only getting one kid meal and having them share it since neither kid ate any of their food last time.

Probably eat at the Carnation, and maybe one more table service place. Café Orleans or Wine Country Trattoria. I really want to try Big Thunder BBQ, but I’m not sure if my kids would eat anything there! They are pretty picky and I don’t want to pay a high price for them to eat nothing. Maybe we can just get the dessert there!

Preparing:

So DS6 is pretty big for his age…54 pounds and 48 inches tall! He can finally ride Screamin’ this next trip….but he looks ridiculous in a stroller! Way too big for a stroller now. So we had to break the news to him that he will be walking this next trip. He wasn’t too thrilled. So we are trying to walk on the weekends and get his stamina up. My parents need to start walking too. I’m going to start inviting them along. They are not used to walking very much and my mom is still recovering from a major surgery she had in September. She has Crohns. So she takes much longer to heal. Last trip we walked 11 miles in one day and DH and I felt like we didn’t walk very much that day, so we walk a lot! LOL. Hoping to take breaks and fully expect my parents to not stay with us all day long, which is fine. Since we have 3 days, also thinking about taking a swim break at the hotel at least one of the days. The pool at the Ramada looks pretty awesome. We’ve never used it in all of our trips. Zero entry and splash zone! We will still have one stroller for DS4. He ALWAYS falls asleep around 9. It’s rare for him to make it until 10pm. So the stroller is nice to push him back to the hotel.

I’m also starting to make lists for packing and what snacks/CS/ TS places we want to eat at. So excited!
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:50 PM   #2
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Hi!! Following along!!! We are going in July too!! The end 27th-Aug 4th I am sooo excited!!! My DS(6) is also 48 inches and he is really excited to get to ride ALL the rides!!! Have fun planning!!! I am at a stand still til time to start making ressies!!!
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:09 PM   #3
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So exciting luulu1999!! DS has been begging to ride Screamin' for YEARS! (He rode TOT at 3 years old). In December he was just barely under the marker. DH just measured him the other day barefoot and he is over 48! Yay!! We've already started talking to him about how he needs to keep his head back for the beginning. He's excited!

I'm kind of at a stand point too. Debating which places to eat at now. I want to be more flexible, but with a larger group, I'm worried that will turn into us waiting longer and having hungry cranky kids. But I'm not sure I want to have to commit to reservations because we usually don't follow a plan of touring. We go with the flow and change as the day goes on depending on what we all want to do. For sure I'll make BB reservations. But everything else I'm torn about.

Are you getting PP+?
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:24 PM   #4
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Following along, Crystal!

I just wanted to mention(you might already know this), if you decide to do Big Thunder BBQ, you can take in food for your boys, purchased from elsewhere in the Park!

That way, you can just order for you and Hubbie, and your Parents, and they won't charge you for the boys!

I don't know if you've eaten there before, but we love it(I'm slobbering as I type)!
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:46 PM   #5
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Ohhhh!! Great to know Karry!! I've never eaten there before. I've heard so many wonderful things! Thank you!!!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:35 PM   #6
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Hi! Wow, I haven't posted in a LONG time on here. LOL.

So, we are in the countdown phase, yay! Just paid for PP+ today! Super excited about that. I really debated it and went on a walk with my parents last night (We live one street over from them, lol) and told them about it and they thought it was a great value and told me to order it!

I'm also starting to plan my packing list...and outfits for me and the kids! Gotta pack the Star Wars shirts for the boys who want to do Jedi Training Academy this trip! I'm going to attempt to wear a dress again and a skort! Little worried about the skort, but I'm going to test wear it at home and see how I like it. I really want a new pair of flip flops! We will see. I have a fantastic brown pair, but need a black pair, but having a hard time justifying the cost. Maybe I'll just wait until we are there and get a pair of sanuks!

I also have been accumulating some extra goodies for the kids! Got some super cute teeny tiny Thumper plush for them! DS4 is Thumper obsessed! Got a bunch of glow sticks! Found their light up/spinny things and going to get new batteries.

New thing for us is telling them ahead of time about the trip. So been asking DS4 what rides he will be brave enough to go on. What treats they both want to try. What rides they want to go on. What meet n greets, which is entirely new for us! This is the first trip they have shown interest in meet n greets. Also, working with DS6 in telling him he needs to communicate with us and tell us what he is thinking. Sometimes he gets ideas in his head, and if his plan doesn't go exactly how he wants, he doesn't handle it well. It's hard to teach "going with the flow" LOL. But I think he is understanding the concept. I just keep running different scenarios by him. For instance,"What if we want to ride Space Mtn and we get there and it's closed? We have 3 days at the parks, remember" so he's been saying we can go to another ride nearby, etc and come back to Space Mtn at another time. I sure hope it's helping!!

Can't wait!!!
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:38 PM   #7
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Have fun in your trip! I am going to start a countdown soon with DD so she can start earning coins for the penny machines.

I'm glad to hear what you decided to do on the PP+. I'm still thinking it over but I think we will do it. I'm hoping to get done fun shots at the FF princess and Pixie Hollow M&Gs.

Hope your parents enjoy it as much as you. I'm sure you'll come back with lots of great memories.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:13 PM   #8
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It is getting closer!! We did the pp+ last time and again this time, we didn't really make the most out of it last time but I def plan on getting magic shots and everything this time, we got a bit of a surprise with out kids height, they went to the dentist the other day and for some reason they measured them and DD5 is also over 48 inches!! So she says she wants to ride all the rides too!! But we will see
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:20 PM   #9
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Thanks guys!! So excited!! Is it the 20th yet!?!
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Got my photo pass +!!!! 8 days out. Cannot wait!!
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We will be in the parks July 22-24. Hope to see you around!
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How fun!! My Mom and I will be there the 20-23rd!! It's my first trip to DL and I can't WAIT. We are counting down here too!!
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Wendy and the lost boys and Minnie me, if you see us say hi! We have a DS4 who is a strawberry blonde and DS6 who is blonde. My DH and I are blonde too. You can see pics in my trip report in my signature. I'm so stinking excited!!! Have a great time everyone!! I'm starting laundry now. Probably start packing tonight!!
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