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Old 08-17-2013, 09:50 PM   #436
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Just got back yesterday, so much to write! Talia had a blast! But picked up an extra souvenir we hadn't approved of, we weren't home two hours and had to get her to the hospital, pneumonia, hopefully home in a few days.
Oh no!! Hope she is ok and doing better quick. Glad to hear you had a fun time, can't wait to hear more!
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:02 PM   #437
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Just got back yesterday, so much to write! Talia had a blast! But picked up an extra souvenir we hadn't approved of, we weren't home two hours and had to get her to the hospital, pneumonia, hopefully home in a few days.
So glad to hear that Talia had an awesome time!! Sorry to hear that she got sick, I hope she feels better in no time.

I hope the unpacking and getting back in to the swing of things goes well!! Let us know when you start your trip report!!

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Old 08-18-2013, 08:28 PM   #438
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Thank you so much everyone! It is so nice to have this gift to talk about our trip to people who completely understand! The family is excited, but have the ability to put it aside. This is the trip where I can put worries away for a while. I think that is what I am most excited about. Time to spend with all the children without worrying about getting someone somewhere and making doctor appointments (which I need to do today!). Reality will be hitting as school starts next week and work starts up, so I am taking advantage of the time to read everyone's posts. I only wish I had found this earlier in the summer!
Now, on to planning! Christopher loves Mickey and Pooh so meeting them is a must. We have been to Disney several times (it is my happy place and we only live a few hours away), however they tend to be day trips. We have never been able to do more. Character meetings have not been an option because of the long lines. Christopher does not do well in the heat or waiting too long. We have generally been able to get a guest assistance pass but those do not include character lines. I am told that this will not be a problem on this trip! We tried to take him to AK once and that was mostly unsuccessful, I think because he did not understand that it was "Disney". I am going to make sure we see characters in each park, so that perhaps, he will understand. (Christopher is mostly non-verbal, so sometimes understanding what is going on in his handsome head can be challenging). I know that several of the characters will be at GKTW, so that is a must. Does anyone have any suggestions about meeting characters in the other parks? Universal?
Thank you again for any and all advice!
Okay, new question! I would like to make count down calendars for each of the children using their favorite attraction or park. Christopher is fairly easy. Mickey Mouse or Pooh or anything Disney. I found some cute ideas on Pinterest. Elizabeth is excited about Harry Potter. I found one cute idea, but am open. Phillip is excited about Jurassic Park. Help! As for planning, I am getting them to start picking favorite places to eat. I am trying to post more pictures. We took a fun, last weekend before school starts day trip to Jekyll Island and St. Simons, Ga. yesterday. Such beautiful and peaceful places!
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:35 PM   #439
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I can't remember and can't seem to find how to post a new thread... Any help would be great! I am wanting to get tips on beaches and such. We extended our trip and are thinking of going to clearwater beach and going to a state park somewhere close to there to see the mermaid show, and just wanted tips and to hear people's experiences, if anyone has done this. I am feeling silly that I can't figure out how to start a new thread because I have done it before with no problem...
We live in northern Florida so I can tell you a little bit about this, but I've never been to Clearwater. I have heard it is quite beautiful. I can tell you that St. Augustine has beautiful beaches and a little history, if that interests you. They tend to be somewhat secluded in areas if privacy is important. Anastasia State Park is a wonderful place.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:55 PM   #440
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Okay, new question! I would like to make count down calendars for each of the children using their favorite attraction or park. Christopher is fairly easy. Mickey Mouse or Pooh or anything Disney. I found some cute ideas on Pinterest. Elizabeth is excited about Harry Potter. I found one cute idea, but am open. Phillip is excited about Jurassic Park. Help! As for planning, I am getting them to start picking favorite places to eat. I am trying to post more pictures. We took a fun, last weekend before school starts day trip to Jekyll Island and St. Simons, Ga. yesterday. Such beautiful and peaceful places!

Let's see if this works. If it does, this is our family on Jekyll Island.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:59 PM   #441
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I did it! Sorry for the excitement but I am having trouble figuring everything out. This is us! Dad-David, Awesome Daughter-Elizabeth, Super Son-Phillip, Our Dreamer-Christopher and me, Monique.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:10 AM   #442
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Thank you so much everyone! It is so nice to have this gift to talk about our trip to people who completely understand! The family is excited, but have the ability to put it aside. This is the trip where I can put worries away for a while. I think that is what I am most excited about. Time to spend with all the children without worrying about getting someone somewhere and making doctor appointments (which I need to do today!). Reality will be hitting as school starts next week and work starts up, so I am taking advantage of the time to read everyone's posts. I only wish I had found this earlier in the summer!
Now, on to planning! Christopher loves Mickey and Pooh so meeting them is a must. We have been to Disney several times (it is my happy place and we only live a few hours away), however they tend to be day trips. We have never been able to do more. Character meetings have not been an option because of the long lines. Christopher does not do well in the heat or waiting too long. We have generally been able to get a guest assistance pass but those do not include character lines. I am told that this will not be a problem on this trip! We tried to take him to AK once and that was mostly unsuccessful, I think because he did not understand that it was "Disney". I am going to make sure we see characters in each park, so that perhaps, he will understand. (Christopher is mostly non-verbal, so sometimes understanding what is going on in his handsome head can be challenging). I know that several of the characters will be at GKTW, so that is a must. Does anyone have any suggestions about meeting characters in the other parks? Universal?
Thank you again for any and all advice!
I can't guarantee anything, but while at the Disney parks the GAC worked better at character lines than in ride lines where it was basically a wheelchair access/fast pass (not generally front of the line, but close). We were escorted to each character as soon as we approached the line. Universal sets the gold standard (Disney is great, but IOA just outshined them on this level) for VIP treatment. Hint: don't miss suess's landing character meet and greet.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:59 AM   #443
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I can't guarantee anything, but while at the Disney parks the GAC worked better at character lines than in ride lines where it was basically a wheelchair access/fast pass (not generally front of the line, but close). We were escorted to each character as soon as we approached the line. Universal sets the gold standard (Disney is great, but IOA just outshined them on this level) for VIP treatment. Hint: don't miss suess's landing character meet and greet.
Thank you for responding! How is Talia? I hope all is well and that she is feeling better. We are so excited and I am thrilled that Christopher will get to meet the characters at last!

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:03 PM   #444
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Thank you for responding! How is Talia? I hope all is well and that she is feeling better. We are so excited and I am thrilled that Christopher will get to meet the characters at last!

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We're still in the hospital, maybe tomorrow we'll go home. She's a little nauseated this morning, but doing well over all. The characters were really cool, I'm sure he will love them!
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:04 PM   #445
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Hi everyone! I'm new here and slightly overwhelmed... hope I am posting in the right spot and the right way? I'm Melissa mom to Sonya, 5 years (wish kid) and 2 older girls (8 & 12). We are headed to Disney World Sept. 28th for Sonya's wish! Background - Sonya has Osteogenesis Imperfecta type 3 moderate - severe otherwise known as Brittle Bones Disease. She fractures frequently, has chronic pain, has had numerous surgeries and uses a wheelchair 50% of the time. Her wish is to meet Belle and see fireworks! We are pretty much in the dark about our trip and from what I gather MAW likes to keep things a secret and surprise you! We have 5 weeks until our trip. I know our dates, our flight time (but not our airline), that we are staying at GKTW and that we will have a rental van. I know we will have 3 day park hopper passes to Disney Parks and 2 day passes to Universal Studio and Seaworld. That is ALL I know. I'm a super organized planner and I know the intentions are for this to be a stress free no worries vacation but I am freaking out none the less over not knowing the details. We are super excited though!! I was last at Disney in 1986 as a child with my family and I remember how awesome it was then, I can only imagine the magnitude now! I have a thousand questions and I plan on reading more on here, but for now my huge concerns are...

1. Dinner reservations... I know we would love to eat at Be Our Guest and a few other places that reccommend reservations. I've seen it noted in planning books that people book reservations up to 180 day in advance! Yikes!! Is MAW handling this for us? Do I need to call and reserve? Do we just walk in? I don't want to waste precious time waiting for a table while we could be enjoying the parks!!

2. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - same concerns as dining... reservations?

3. Casts... because of my daughters condition, she is typically sporting a cast of some sort. Although she is currently cast free, there is no telling for how long and she could end up sporting one to Disney or getting one while at Disney. I'm a trained cast tech as well as being able to determine a fracture as she has had well over 65 major ones to date, so I'm not worried about ER's, Xrays and such. I am worried about acceptance on rides while sporting a cast. We have been to other local amusements and she has been denied access to a carousel because she had a leg cast. I will be soooo upset for her if her Disney experience is ruined by her fragile bones and I know she would be absolutely devastated too. Does anyone know what their protocol is for riders and casts? Do they let you ride? I hope!!

That's all for now! I'm sure I will have more!! For now I am hoping we will hear from our wish coordinator soon for more info! Thanks!!
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:20 PM   #446
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We are going the week after you! I wish I had some answers for you, but have a lot of questions as well! Happy Planning!

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Old 08-19-2013, 08:22 PM   #447
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We're still in the hospital, maybe tomorrow we'll go home. She's a little nauseated this morning, but doing well over all. The characters were really cool, I'm sure he will love them!
Thoughts and prayers to you all

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Old 08-19-2013, 08:32 PM   #448
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Hi everyone! I'm new here and slightly overwhelmed... hope I am posting in the right spot and the right way? I'm Melissa mom to Sonya, 5 years (wish kid) and 2 older girls (8 & 12). We are headed to Disney World Sept. 28th for Sonya's wish! Background - Sonya has Osteogenesis Imperfecta type 3 moderate - severe otherwise known as Brittle Bones Disease. She fractures frequently, has chronic pain, has had numerous surgeries and uses a wheelchair 50% of the time. Her wish is to meet Belle and see fireworks! We are pretty much in the dark about our trip and from what I gather MAW likes to keep things a secret and surprise you! We have 5 weeks until our trip. I know our dates, our flight time (but not our airline), that we are staying at GKTW and that we will have a rental van. I know we will have 3 day park hopper passes to Disney Parks and 2 day passes to Universal Studio and Seaworld. That is ALL I know. I'm a super organized planner and I know the intentions are for this to be a stress free no worries vacation but I am freaking out none the less over not knowing the details. We are super excited though!! I was last at Disney in 1986 as a child with my family and I remember how awesome it was then, I can only imagine the magnitude now! I have a thousand questions and I plan on reading more on here, but for now my huge concerns are...

1. Dinner reservations... I know we would love to eat at Be Our Guest and a few other places that reccommend reservations. I've seen it noted in planning books that people book reservations up to 180 day in advance! Yikes!! Is MAW handling this for us? Do I need to call and reserve? Do we just walk in? I don't want to waste precious time waiting for a table while we could be enjoying the parks!!

2. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - same concerns as dining... reservations?

3. Casts... because of my daughters condition, she is typically sporting a cast of some sort. Although she is currently cast free, there is no telling for how long and she could end up sporting one to Disney or getting one while at Disney. I'm a trained cast tech as well as being able to determine a fracture as she has had well over 65 major ones to date, so I'm not worried about ER's, Xrays and such. I am worried about acceptance on rides while sporting a cast. We have been to other local amusements and she has been denied access to a carousel because she had a leg cast. I will be soooo upset for her if her Disney experience is ruined by her fragile bones and I know she would be absolutely devastated too. Does anyone know what their protocol is for riders and casts? Do they let you ride? I hope!!

That's all for now! I'm sure I will have more!! For now I am hoping we will hear from our wish coordinator soon for more info! Thanks!!
I think the reservations depend on your chapter of make a wish, but I know we have to make our own reservations, and I haven't been able to secure a place at BBB and we are going the next week after you... I am almost thinking maybe I could call MAW and have them work their magic to get her in... You may need to do the same thing. I would recommend you call your MAW chapter and see if you have to make your own reservations. I think the only way most do it for you is if it was a part of the wish.

Sorry, I am not much help, and I think I just rambled... Good luck figuring it all out! I hope you have a magical trip!
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Okay, new question! I would like to make count down calendars for each of the children using their favorite attraction or park. Christopher is fairly easy. Mickey Mouse or Pooh or anything Disney. I found some cute ideas on Pinterest. Elizabeth is excited about Harry Potter. I found one cute idea, but am open. Phillip is excited about Jurassic Park. Help! As for planning, I am getting them to start picking favorite places to eat. I am trying to post more pictures. We took a fun, last weekend before school starts day trip to Jekyll Island and St. Simons, Ga. yesterday. Such beautiful and peaceful places!
To make the countdown calendar more fun my husband and I put our daughter's favorite treats on it!! So each day she pulled off a Kit Kat or a Rice Crispy Treat. Maybe your kids would like something like that!!
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