Since we'll be in Orlando Anyway... PTR
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Over the last 6+months, my stepFIL has had one warning stroke and two full on strokes. The last one was in April. Through all the strokes he hasn't lost much functionality...yet. The prognosis is that he will continue to have them though and no one can predict when a major one will occur.
Dh and I decided that it was important for us to go see/spend time with him. Since MIL and stepFIL live just 20min south of WDW, this means another trip to my happy place (or as dh calls it, the holy land ). Not that I want my stepFIL to be ill...but we will get a short trip to see the big mouse and friends.
Who: me - 42yo & resident Disney freak in the house dh - 42yo, he likes Disney well enough to put up with my adoration of it! Bethany - 8 (almost 9)yo Disney freak in training! - FIFTH trip to WDW! Benjamin - 4.5yo into anything with wheels and not a big "ride" kid...still working on that!
Since dh doesn't have a lot of time off from work the trip had to be short so we started looking at long weekends but the Kids Stay/Play/Dine free package for 4 nights/5 days ended up being CHEAPER than staying just over a weekend for 2 nights/3 days! We also didn't want to pull Bethany out of school since this her last year at her K-3 elementary and they have so many cool end of year activities for them. So the plan is to fly down on Beth's last day of school (they get out at 10:30am!), Wednesday, June 16th and return on Monday, June 21st. Dh needs to fly back for work on Monday so I will be solo w/ the kids for 24hrs in the parks, plus the flight home. He will be able to pick the car up when he gets home on Sunday and then pick us up at the airport after work on Monday...it all works out!
As everything w/ this trip, the answer is complicated! On a good day, our energetic children are a challenge for stepFIL's nerves so staying w/ them for the entire trip isn't going to happen. MIL keeps asking though so we will stay w/ them the day we arrive, then leave their house after breakfast on the 17th and run over to POR to check in.
So it works out to be:
IL house - Wednesday, June 16th
POR (requested Riverside) - Thursday, June 17th through Monday, June 21st
This will be my family's second stay at POR and my third (I left them at home for MouseFest 2008, hi Amy! ), even though this is a "budget" trip it wasn't all that more for POR over POP.
This is a trip of many firsts for us...
Renting a car (usually rely on DME and WDW transportation)
Quick Service Dining Plan (have done Basic and DeLuxe in the past)
No Park Hoppers (I mentioned it was a budget trip... this saves $200!)
Not going to Animal Kingdom! (without the park hoppers it was hard to fit in!)
Midday rests/swims (Usually we travel in December when they aren't needed!)
Schedule: Day 1: Attend Bethany's "graduation," Fly to MCO, Rent Car, Dinner/sleep at ILs Day 2: Breakfast @ ILs, Check in at POR, Spend rest of day at DHS. (L & D CS at POR food court or DHS) Day 3: Dh spends day with ILs, I take the kids to MK. Midday break at POR. (B & L CS at POR/MK, D - 1900 Park Fare w/ dh and the ILs) Evening at MK, new parade and fireworks! Day 4: Breakfast @Chef Mickey's, spend day at Epcot with dh/kids. Midday break at POR. ILs meeting us as some point in the day. (L & D CS at Epcot) Day 5: FATHER'S DAY! CS breakfast at POR food court, morning at POR swimming/dh packing. Early lunch at Beaches & Cream w/ ILs. Dh drops rental car off at car care center then ME to airport. Kids & I spend rest of day at MK, then pack before going to bed! (D CS at MK) Day 6: Check out from POR . Breakfast @ POR food court. Morning at DHS (early EMH). Lunch at 50's Prime Time Cafe. ME from POR to airport around 2ish.
I have a few extra ADRs ...two for 50's PTC for the two days we are at DHS. I need to talk to dh if we will do either and at least one will be canceled, and one for Garden Grill which was to be our big Mickey Meal but recent menu changes may make it an unwise choice (kids meal went from chicken nuggets to chicken legs).
We booked at 50 days out and made all the plans in a fraction of the time we normally do. I much prefer the longer planning time!