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Old 05-06-2014, 06:22 PM   #751
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I was a wish child at 17, I know most are younger, but this was never suggested until I was 16, I was nearing the cut of point as well and my family hadn't had a proper holiday in years. Plus this was the only trip abroad that the UK MAW could offer, but still I am ever so thankful for it now.

I have to say that that week was the best experience of my life, I have craved going back ever since, even now. Honestly, I wasn't keen on the idea to start with but it gave me and my family memories that have lasted a life time. A few months after the trip I was in hospital and thinking back to being at Disney World and Universal and just Orlando in general made me feel so much better!
I'm so glad to hear you loved it so much. I'm probably WAY over-thinking it, but one of the things that I worry about is my kiddo being bummed in 5+ years that he used his Wish on Disney.
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:24 PM   #752
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OK guys,
our trip will start Sunday.

BUT my daughters ANC counts came back very low! Meaning she has a very bad Immunesystem right now. She will be checked again on Thursday. If it is still low we will have to make a decision if we postpone the trip or if we go.
She is currently NOT sick, but with a low immune system, a fever could be close!

Please pray for our Baby!

Thanks!
Oh man. Good luck! I hope everything works out and she is able to go. Going to check out your pre-trip report now! I want to get started on one eventually...
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Old 05-07-2014, 04:38 AM   #753
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I'm so glad to hear you loved it so much. I'm probably WAY over-thinking it, but one of the things that I worry about is my kiddo being bummed in 5+ years that he used his Wish on Disney.
I don't think your son will be disappointed in choosing Disney as his Wish. I'm not and wasn't at the time. These are trips of a life time, and the memories last forever. He might not remember some parts but take lots of photos and videos. I'm sure you'll have an amazing time!
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:03 AM   #754
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OK guys,
our trip will start Sunday.

BUT my daughters ANC counts came back very low! Meaning she has a very bad Immunesystem right now. She will be checked again on Thursday. If it is still low we will have to make a decision if we postpone the trip or if we go.
She is currently NOT sick, but with a low immune system, a fever could be close!

Please pray for our Baby!

Thanks!
Yaaay on your trip being in 2 days!!! Sending awesome positive vibes so that everything turns our great today at the doctors so you guys will get to go as planned. Have a great time and please dont forget to take lots of pictures and great memories to share with all of us. Im still waiting on my dates but I really want to hear how your experience is once your back. Good luck and have an awesome time!
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:34 AM   #755
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Hi there everyone! My little girl has Muscular Dystrophy and is taking her wish trip on May 21st to Disney. I was wondering if anyone has ever took a MAW trip to Disney and stayed at another hotel not GKTW? We have to stay at the Contemporary which is great but I know we are supposed to get our meals at GKTW which is 30 min away. How hard is that to do and I wonder if they would supply snacks or food for our room so the kids won't be hungry since we won't be able to constantly go back and forth to GKTW all day long and go to all the parks! I am very grateful for this trust me but I now wondering if I should try to borrow some more money for this just don't know what to expect and I don't want to sound selfish! Just worried about being able to afford it but this is what Sophie wished for and they literally granted it in two months that she was approved! We can't go this fall because she will be in a clinical study. Any help would be great guys thanks!
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:35 AM   #756
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Hi,
I am following this forum around a month or so. I thought of writing but something or other hold me back. This is my first post so I am writting it first time. If I am writting it on wrong place please forgive me. Well, I really like this forum. Let me make it short. I have two children. One is 10 yrs old daughter and other is 2 yrs old Son who will turn to be three in just 2-3 months. On this 24th May we will be going to WDW as my son wish trip. Dr. think my son is having Leigh .
Now the problem arises , I do not have enough time. I just wanted to make this trip memorable for all four of us. As I don’t know when our life is going to change and how much ( I don’t know how much is my son’s life and how his health will be in future).
Reading this forum, I made as autograph book for both of them. Now Elsa and Anna is missing from it so I have to add them in autograph book.
I brought Cinderella dress for my daughter and Car dress for my son. I was trying Prince dress for my son but I had no luck on finding it. Could you please suggest anything related to it?
Now after watching Frozen movie my daughter wanted Elsa or Anna dress. I try to find online but either it is out of stock or not her size. I told my daughter we cannot buy it from other online websites as the dresses are costly. It is very expensive and we cannot afford it. She understood this thing. Few times I tried for t-shirt but either the size is not there or it is out of stock. As a mother it is still in my mind and I know it will be in her heart too so I was thinking if I could make anything related with Elsa or Anna dress or T-shirt which is cheaper then it will be great . She will be happy.

I don’t want to ask my wish granter as I don’t want them to feel as I am greedy and I am wanting from them. I am really thankful to them as they are doing enough for my son and my family. I don’t want to put more burden on them.

Please suggest me any idea related to it:
1. Elsa and Anna for Autograph book
2. Prince dress for my son (2 yrs old )
3. Elsa or Anna dress or T-shirt idea

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Old 05-12-2014, 02:33 PM   #757
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Exclamation New to the board, going on wish trip May 29-June 4 need advice!

Hey Everyone. My name is Jackie and I'm new to this board. I've been searching like a mad person on Make A Wish trip tips and Disney World trips because my son, family and I are all going to Disney World in Florida May 29-June 4 for my son's wish. My son and my entire family are HUGE Star Wars fans so the Make A Wish people are sending us during Star Wars Weekend.

To provide a little background on my son, he is 11 years old and is a heart disease fighter/survivor along with a child abuse survivor. I'm technically his step mom, but his dad and I have had custody of him since he was 4 and I consider him my son(I never refer to him as my stepson. Ever.) He was born with a congenital heart defect called Aortic Stenosis with valve insuffiency and has had several procedures to repair the valve and will be undergoing open heart surgery soon to help repair the valve or completely replace the valve this year. He also suffers from PTSD with underlying mood disorders due to child abuse from his mother (she broke his leg, wrists and arm in several places resulting in us getting completely custody of him). Aside from all of that he endures and has endured he's the greatest, most positive kid anyone can have the pleasure of meeting.

We are headed to Disney World in Florida and staying at the Give Kids The World resort during Star Wars weekend May 29-June 4 with my son(11), my daughter(7), my youngest daughter(1) and my husband. We've never been on vacation ANYWHERE before, we've never been on a plane(I'm absolutely TERRIFIED) and we've never been to any type of amusement park. We have absolutely no idea what to expect or what will be happening so any and all advice is GREATLY GREATLY appreciated.

My biggest worries are:
1) We are not a wealthy family, as a result we will not be taking any extra money for expenses with us to Disney. All we will have is the $$ that Make A Wish provides. What do you guys recommend in the ways of being frugal but still having the best possible time with a family? I know the kids will want souvenirs and I know that we can eat a lot of our meals at the resort.
2) What are "must sees" for Disney World?
3) I'm terrified of flying, I'm going to my doctor the day before hte trip to hopefully get help from him, but any tips would be greatly appreciated for myself, my kids and my husband.
4) How do the passes work for Disney? I know that if we eat inside the park we'll probably be auctioning off arms and legs, are you allowed to leave to eat and return to the park the same day?
5) How can I make sure this is the best trip possibly for my son, daughters and the family in general?

I know, without a doubt, this will be the only time my family and I will ever be able to do something like this and I want to make sure its something the kids remember forever. I dont want to run out of money too fast and as a result the kids not have the best of times.

Any tips, recommendations, ect would be soooo greatly appreciated. I'm a huge "plan aheader" and I am/have googled, pinterested, youtube'd my heart out but I would love some first hand accounts of how your trips went, especially if anyone went during Star Wars weekend. We are huge huge huge Star Wars fans(the whole lot of us are, to the point to where my children have named EVERY animal we own after characters).

Thank you guys so much!!!!!
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:47 PM   #758
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Question about GKTW- if you go on a Wish trip to another destination, can you visit GKTW on a future non-wish trip to WDW?
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:00 PM   #759
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Question about GKTW- if you go on a Wish trip to another destination, can you visit GKTW on a future non-wish trip to WDW?
Good question. So, if the wish is to go to Alaska, can you visit GKTW the next time you are in FL? I'd guess not, because it wasn't your wish, but that's probably a better question for wish granters.

Tomorrow is 2 weeks since my son made his wish. It's also exactly 1 year to the day that he went into the hospital. I'm really hoping we hear back tomorrow...may take some sting out of the day.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:39 PM   #760
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We're not interested in staying there, would just like to check it out since we are a Wish family.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:23 PM   #761
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Thinking we will be staying at Aulani for dd MAW. Has anyone ever been there with MAW?? DD has ependymoma. It's a form of brain cancer. We thought we had beat it. We took a Disney cruise to celebrate last May. We leave for Hawaii June 4th. Our wish grantors do not want to tel us where we are staying until her surprise party at hurricane harbor. Not used to this " not planning a year in advance". Think I'm more stressed......
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:22 PM   #762
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Hi Jackie!

My son (8) took us on his MAW trip to Disney this past October 2013. It was magical & we talk about it at least once a week

let me see if i can answer some of the questions you had:

1.) the money.. Disney IS expensive. BUT MAW will give you a stipend for your meals for each day per family member times the number of days there, even though you will most likely eat a majority of them at GKTW. I was terrified too as I am a single mom, but it all really worked out OK. We ate breakfast everyday at GKTW, then lunch at the park - sometimes this was just a simple snack we brought in, then dinner at GKTW or park. We splurged on a character dinner & I paid for that on my own.
Your MAW kid should also get some $ for souvenirs too, so that helps. Stop at the Walmart down the street & get some small portable snacks to bring into the park. Also that is a GREAT place to get your souvenirs!
2) Must See's depend on your family & what they want to see, really. We talked about what we all wanted to see beforehand & mapped out each day accordingly. You only get 3 days at Disney, you can go to multiple parks within those 3 days, but only 3 days. You get 2 days at Universal Studios/Islands of adventures (we went both days) and one day at Seaworld (we didn't use & returned to office). That's 5 full days of parks and you're only there for 7 days including travel. 2 Full days at Universal/Islands of adventure, they treat you like ROYALTY there.. We LOVED it! You NEVER wait in any line at Universal/Islands, with VIP lanyard they will escort or send you to the FRONT of every line. We loved Harry Potter world! We spent a full day at Magic Kingdom, a full day at Hollywood Studios, and a half day at Animal Kingdom. We never made it to Epcot. Your genie lanyard will get you into the Fast Pass lanes at Disney, but you will wind up waiting in those lines. That was fine, it was just not the 'magic VIP' experience everyone talked about. We did love it there, just not as much as Universal. I will also say be sure to look over the schedule of events at GKTW & see what you can do there. We loved Christmas, Halloween, the World's Largest Candyland game, horseback riding and every morning they had characters!
3) As for flying, just get some dollar store stuff to amuse the kids on the plane. I let mine pick out some candy, coloring books, etc.
4) The passes are 3-day park hoppers so you can come & go at all the parks, but it's only a 3-day pass. So once you go through the gates at a park that's the start of one day. Also, they give you parking passes for all the parks. be sure to factor in drive time to the parks each day, plus walking from the car to the park itself!
5) Talk before hand about what you want to do and put together a plan. We had a plan for each day to make sure we were all covered in what we wanted to see & do but were pretty flexible.

Please let me know if you have any more questions, I'd be more than happy o answer them!

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Hi! I am a first time post-er. My youngest daughter was referred to MAW by her doctor. She is 7 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer November of 2013. She won her battle! We were given a thumbs up by her doctor in May after her last scan! My daughter chose disney as her Make a Wish! We just found out our trip will be October 29 thru November 4th 2014. We will be staying at Give Kids the World. Yeah! We also asked if we could extend our trip (at our own expense). So we will return home on November 11th.

My husband and I have been married for 23 years and we have 3 daughters ages at the time of our trip will be 14, 12 & 8. We are so excited. I have been to Disney twice but my husband and children have not.

Here are my questions. There will be character meet and greets at GKTW and Disney. Are character meals worth it? I've been tossing it around and frankly I just don't know.

Where are the best places to view the parade and the fireworks?

We will be at disney on Halloween. Are the tickets for Mickey's no so scary Halloween worth the price? Or should we just spend that evening at GKTW?

Now my non disney related question. we are not Harry Potter fans so I am just thinking about skipping the Islands of Adventure portion of Universal Studios. Would that be a mistake?

Any suggestions where to stay around the Clearwater area when we extend our trip?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Hi! I am a first time post-er. My youngest daughter was referred to MAW by her doctor. She is 7 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer November of 2013. She won her battle! We were given a thumbs up by her doctor in May after her last scan! My daughter chose disney as her Make a Wish! We just found out our trip will be October 29 thru November 4th 2014. We will be staying at Give Kids the World. Yeah! We also asked if we could extend our trip (at our own expense). So we will return home on November 11th.

My husband and I have been married for 23 years and we have 3 daughters ages at the time of our trip will be 14, 12 & 8. We are so excited. I have been to Disney twice but my husband and children have not.

Here are my questions. There will be character meet and greets at GKTW and Disney. Are character meals worth it? I've been tossing it around and frankly I just don't know.

Where are the best places to view the parade and the fireworks?

We will be at disney on Halloween. Are the tickets for Mickey's no so scary Halloween worth the price? Or should we just spend that evening at GKTW?

Now my non disney related question. we are not Harry Potter fans so I am just thinking about skipping the Islands of Adventure portion of Universal Studios. Would that be a mistake?

Any suggestions where to stay around the Clearwater area when we extend our trip?

Thanks in advance for your advice!
We find out our dates for my son's trip TOMORROW! I'm so excited. We requested the first week in October.

I've been tossing around the idea of the character meals, but I'm just not sure. With the characters coming to GKTW, I think that will probably be enough for my kiddos...but then, I have boys, and they want nothing to do with princesses. I am definitely considering Mickey's Halloween party, though, because I know the boys would LOVE it. Reviews seem worth it.

As for places to stay in Clearwater, I highly recommend checking out vrbo.com for rental homes. Before we found out about D's MAW trip, we were planning a week in Clearwater in October. We went back and forth on extending our trip, and ultimately decided we want to just do a separate trip next February. I can give you links to the houses I'm obsessing over if you'd like, and if you stay in one of them, I'd love a report back, ha!
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:04 PM   #765
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MrsMeow, I hope you got good news about the dates for your son's MAW trip!

Thank you for the advice about vrbo.com. I did check it out, however, most of the rentals require a 7 night stay and we will only be there for 3 nights. So we booked at the Pier House 60 hotel in Clearwater. It had good reviews so I hope we made the right choice.
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