|11-10-2013, 07:01 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Royal Treatment for a 70th Birthday Celebration
And here we go again.....
Another trip is in the works - I can hardly believe it. If you had told me a few years ago that I would be planning trips again and again I would have laughed long and loud! Our trip in 2008 was suppose to be a 'once in a lifetime' trip. We did as much as we could figuring we would never go back.... ever hear that before?? Then after we had gone, I was hooked. I always loved Disney but never really thought much about holiday's and WDW. I decided I just HAD to go to Disney at my favourite time of year - Christmas and so our Christmas at WDW 2011 was planned for. This past summer I starting longing for Disney again but could not convoke my family that we needed to go back. We compromised by going on our very first cruise - Disney Magic and I am currently planning that one - we are set to sail in February 2014. Once I started talking Disney my full blown obsession started and thus this PTR has been born.....
My mom, Clara, is as much as a disney nut as I am. She has been to WDW many time and has done DCL a few times also. I have a special needs sister and she has traveled with her and has helped other friends with special needs adults as they vacation in WDW.
So mom and I were talking a few weeks ago, just before her birthday. And she tells me she is itching to go back to WDW as it has been almost 2 years for her. Then I realized that in 2014 she turns 70 and I figured what better way to celebrate than to go to our favourite place on earth! Of course, mom was completely on board with that idea. We bantered a bit about who to take and then decided that we wanted to do this is our own special, just the 2 of us, holiday.
I am leaving behind the kids and hubby, she is leaving behind her hubby (who is very happy to never go to WDW again ) We are also leaving behind both my sisters (and my oldest sister will not be too happy about that once she finds out - more about that later!)
This is us.....
This is me
I am 38. Now a full-time disney nut! I am a piano teacher during the year, which keeps me busy - I have about 55 students this year. I volunteer at the symphony and do some coordinating for special events. And it seems I have started becoming a disney planner for others! LOL Funny story for how that came about....
This is my mom Clara.
She just turned 69, has been retired for a few years but still works some part time work in group homes. She has been to Disney many times and was my co planner for our first trip in 2008. We went together for that trip
Now onto the plans....
|11-11-2013, 12:06 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Well, here I had great intentions last night of continuing and it just didn't happen
The Where and the When
My mom and I have been close for many years. We had a rocky few years when I was a young adult but became close after I had kids. Now we are very close and do a lot together. We have very similar interests and though not identical personalities we are both pretty mellow (though she sure wasn't when I was young! lol)
Every year for my Birthday my mom takes me to a Shakespearean play. It is called 'Shakespeare in the Ruins" and every year they do a different play. We have been doing this for 13 years! So much fun and we look forward to this day all year long.
So what better way to celebrate a major life moment for my mom - of course it has to be special. My mom loves Birthday's and loves celebrating but it has always been done for others. Very rarely do we do something 'just for mom'. On top of that mom has gone to Disney many times but always with others and for others. Either she is working or she is with grandkids. Don't get me wrong, she loves it BUT this time I want to do this just for her. Her day, her way!
The last time she went to WDW was with my sister and her family, my mom got sick on the way down (flying) and ended up in the hospital for the entire trip. Ended up that she needed surgery on her thyroid once she got home. She is completely fine now but I always have felt bad for her for missing that trip. It was the first trip for my sister and her kids so it was hard for them to enjoy the trip and hard on my mom for missing it.
Mom's birthday day is at the end of October. So we have decided to go over Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. That way I don't have to miss a lot of work or try to do too many make up lessons with students - which is always a pain!
So that means we are going to leave October 9 and come back October 14. Not a lot of time but I end up not missing any work.
So far the plan is to stay at Pop.
She really wants to go to Universal - Harry Potter world. I have been once and loved it and again - she is a big HP fan. Read all the books, seen all the movies.
So that mean we only have a couple days to enjoy the worlds. I'm thinking that maybe we need to do a park hopper, though we have never done something like that, otherwise we only get to do 2 worlds.
With talking it over we figured that we could skip Hollywood studios - though we like that one we can pass it up also. Epcot is a must - especially the pavilions (maybe food and wine??) and of course MK We also both love AK so that is why I think we need the park hopper.
So there you have it. our first initial plans.... let's see how many times this will change as the year goes on!
Big on my list is special dinner for my mom - I'm thinking BOG or CRT depending on which we can get into. Because we are planning together it is going to be very difficult to keep anything from her but you know I'm going to try!
Any thought on special things to do to celebrate?
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