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Old 08-20-2013, 09:24 PM   #451
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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!!
I loved yours and that is where I got the countdown idea. The only problem with it is that Christopher would not understand to only take one piece! He REALLY likes treats!! ALOT! Still trying to figure out something he would understand. Thank you so much, Madeline , for your input!
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:02 AM   #452
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I loved yours and that is where I got the countdown idea. The only problem with it is that Christopher would not understand to only take one piece! He REALLY likes treats!! ALOT! Still trying to figure out something he would understand. Thank you so much, Madeline , for your input!

LOL!! I can see how that would be a problem for him. I know with some kids at the school I work at they use pictures to help. If you like the treat idea you could put a picture of a treat that he redeems for the actual treat (put up and out of sight) each day.

I think it's cute you are doing a calendar for each kid!!

Happy planning!!

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Old 08-21-2013, 01:05 AM   #453
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Let's see if this works. If it does, this is our family on Jekyll Island.
Aww I love the picture!! What a great family you have!!

Thanks for sharing!!

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Old 08-21-2013, 01:24 AM   #454
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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!!
Welcome!! I'm so excited for you and your family!! Magic here you come!!

I have heard some people say that it has worked to try calling each day to get dinner reservations and reservations for BBB as you can never tell when people might cancel. In our case Make-A-Wish did not make any reservations for us. I think it is good you are calling the MAW coordinator to check on this.

I think most of us on here are Uber planners. What helped me to plan was reading trip reports and asking questions!!! Like you I didn't get a lot of information from MAW before hand!!

About casts did you check the DISabilities threads. I saw a post that said temporary and permanent disability first time visitors frequently asked questions that might help.

Happy planning!!!

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Old 08-21-2013, 11:47 AM   #455
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Welcome!

SO many new families! I haven't posted in a couple weeks. Welcome to everyone!

My daughter Ramona's trip to WDW is scheduled for Nov 11. We still don't have official wish approval, either that or her wish granters are just slow at getting back to me. Last I heard, we had budget approval and they were expecting full approval any day!

Anyway, welcome everyone! I love all the questions, they answer many of my own. So many helpful people here.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:55 AM   #456
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I can't reply on you TR but I wanted to say-BEST TR EVER!!!! SO many great pictures! Beautiful outfits and just plain awesomesauce!
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:52 PM   #457
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LOL!! I can see how that would be a problem for him. I know with some kids at the school I work at they use pictures to help. If you like the treat idea you could put a picture of a treat that he redeems for the actual treat (put up and out of sight) each day.

I think it's cute you are doing a calendar for each kid!!

Happy planning!!

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The vice-principal at the school I work at has taken on Christopher's calendar! Our school's theme this yearns, Where Dreams Come True, so everything is Disney ( very interested to see everyone's take on the theme). We were talking about the trip and she wanted to do this. I am so blessed with the people I work with! Now to do something for Elizabeth and Phillip!

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Old 08-22-2013, 11:44 AM   #458
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Got our flight info, confirmed dates!! now more questions :)

So, we got our flight info in the mail yesterday, totally unexpected as our trip is in November! But I was happy to get it, obviously! Now I can make reservations, and resume planning.

Families who went on trips with a sibling under two: did you get a seat for your child, or did they book him/her as a lap child? I really want a seat for Ezra, even though I'll be holding him a lot, I think we'll all be more comfortable with the extra seat available as needed. On the travel summary form, I did indicate that we will be bringing his own carseat for use on the plane and rental car, so...

My mom and MIL are coming with us, not as part of the wish, and are staying offisite at Happimag Lake Berkley. I'm pretty sure we will be getting a minivan as requested, but wondering if they should rent their own car. We could *probably* cram into the van with all our luggage for the trips from/to the airport, but it will be seriously snug with Ramona's wheelchair, Ezra's stroller...Idk. What have others done for family off site? Taking a cab is almost as much, so not a great solution.

How long did it take you to get to GKTW and into your villa after your flight landed? Trying to see what we can plan for the arrival evening, if anything. We get in around 7pm.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:54 PM   #459
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The vice-principal at the school I work at has taken on Christopher's calendar! Our school's theme this yearns, Where Dreams Come True, so everything is Disney ( very interested to see everyone's take on the theme). We were talking about the trip and she wanted to do this. I am so blessed with the people I work with! Now to do something for Elizabeth and Phillip!

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That is so awesome!! What a blessing to have great people to work with!!! I'm excited to see what you come up with for Elizabeth and Phillip!!

Don't forget to post pictures of the countdown calendar for us to see if you get time!!

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So, we got our flight info in the mail yesterday, totally unexpected as our trip is in November! But I was happy to get it, obviously! Now I can make reservations, and resume planning.

Families who went on trips with a sibling under two: did you get a seat for your child, or did they book him/her as a lap child? I really want a seat for Ezra, even though I'll be holding him a lot, I think we'll all be more comfortable with the extra seat available as needed. On the travel summary form, I did indicate that we will be bringing his own carseat for use on the plane and rental car, so...

My mom and MIL are coming with us, not as part of the wish, and are staying offisite at Happimag Lake Berkley. I'm pretty sure we will be getting a minivan as requested, but wondering if they should rent their own car. We could *probably* cram into the van with all our luggage for the trips from/to the airport, but it will be seriously snug with Ramona's wheelchair, Ezra's stroller...Idk. What have others done for family off site? Taking a cab is almost as much, so not a great solution.

How long did it take you to get to GKTW and into your villa after your flight landed? Trying to see what we can plan for the arrival evening, if anything. We get in around 7pm.
Hooray for flight info!!

I didn't travel with anyone under 2 or anyone staying offsite so I can't help with those questions. I seems like I remember getting preferred parking at some of the parks, so being in 1 vehicle would help with that. Maybe it would help you to decide after you get van to see if it is possible.

I believe it took over an hour to get from the airport and settled in our Villa. Exploring GKTW might be a fun way to send that 1st night!!!

Happy planning!!!

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Old 08-23-2013, 04:30 PM   #461
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The vice-principal at the school I work at has taken on Christopher's calendar! Our school's theme this yearns, Where Dreams Come True, so everything is Disney ( very interested to see everyone's take on the theme). We were talking about the trip and she wanted to do this. I am so blessed with the people I work with! Now to do something for Elizabeth and Phillip!

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Christopher has decided what he wants to be for Halloween! Now, for most, this would not be a big deal, but Christopher has never asked for a costume before. I don't know what brought it on, but he started bringing out some Halloween decorations and saying "pumpkin"! He wants to be a "Yo Ho". If you don't speak Christopher, that means a pirate! So, since I am always thinking about this trip, I researched and saw the Pirates League! Has anyone done this? Is it worth it? I don't know how much he would go for the makeup, but getting to become a pirate at Disney World, might just be something he would love. Since Christopher has been mostly non verbal most of his life, his talking is very exciting, but asking for something is HUGE! I am so excited I want to take him right now!

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Old 08-24-2013, 01:35 PM   #462
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Christopher has decided what he wants to be for Halloween! Now, for most, this would not be a big deal, but Christopher has never asked for a costume before. I don't know what brought it on, but he started bringing out some Halloween decorations and saying "pumpkin"! He wants to be a "Yo Ho". If you don't speak Christopher, that means a pirate! So, since I am always thinking about this trip, I researched and saw the Pirates League! Has anyone done this? Is it worth it? I don't know how much he would go for the makeup, but getting to become a pirate at Disney World, might just be something he would love. Since Christopher has been mostly non verbal most of his life, his talking is very exciting, but asking for something is HUGE! I am so excited I want to take him right now!

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Hooray for asking for a Halloween costume!! That is so exciting!! Sounds like he is excited for the wish trip!! Maybe he has wish trip of the brain like mom does!!!

I haven't heard of the Pirates League... I hope that someone hear has and is able to give you ideas and suggestions about it!!! Sounds Awesome!!

Happy Weekend!!

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Old 08-24-2013, 08:02 PM   #463
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Welcome!! I'm so excited for you and your family!! Magic here you come!!

I have heard some people say that it has worked to try calling each day to get dinner reservations and reservations for BBB as you can never tell when people might cancel. In our case Make-A-Wish did not make any reservations for us. I think it is good you are calling the MAW coordinator to check on this.

I think most of us on here are Uber planners. What helped me to plan was reading trip reports and asking questions!!! Like you I didn't get a lot of information from MAW before hand!!

About casts did you check the DISabilities threads. I saw a post that said temporary and permanent disability first time visitors frequently asked questions that might help.

Happy planning!!!

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Thanks for the great input Madeline! I'll see what I can do about BBB reservations.. Maybe lunch would be less busy and better chances? IDK..

I'll definitely check that thread out on DISabilities. I've been reading like crazy!!
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I can't reply on you TR but I wanted to say-BEST TR EVER!!!! SO many great pictures! Beautiful outfits and just plain awesomesauce!
Oh thank you SO much!!!! :

I wrote the trip report with the idea that it would be easy, fun, and informative for those who would go after us!!! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it!!!

Thanks for checking it out!!!!

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It's been awhile...

Haven't been on in awhile. Last I wrote was that we were supposed to meet with our wish granters on August 11th. We went to Yosemite as a huge family trip from August 5th-9th. Jesse spiked a fever and had to be on oxygen (meaning we had to run the generator to run the oxygen concentrator for many of the "non-approved" hours of the day). Prior to the trip, my mom called and changed our wish granters appointment, which I guess hadn't been confirmed with the second wish granter anyway. So now we are scheduled for this weekend! September 1st! Finally. We're so excited still, though the initial excitement has been pretty drawn out... I'm sure I'll be back with so many more questions. But for now, I'm so happy for everyone planning, and hearing dates and info, and returning from their trips!
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