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Five days from now we'll be in WDW! I'm so excited - we've been trying to start the packing process at night after the boys are in bed because they get soooo excited before any trip that it's hard to handle them.
The "known" guests - myself, former teacher turned stay-at-home mom - I turn 37 on our first day at WDW It's my first trip in 20 years!
Brian 37, teacher & football, basketball, Track coach. His ONLY trip to WDW was at age 7.
Nolan, 5, gearing up to start Kindergarten in August
Patrick, 2 1/2
Cullen, 10 months
The surprise guests - My parents, "Lala & Papa" are joining us. Boy, it has been hard keeping this secret
We're staying at the Contemporary, & have the QSDP - even though the middle child has severe food allergies, we knew our guys wouldn't do well eating in a restaurant every day.
The plans are finalized:
Leave on the 17th at 2 a.m (Yikes - it's early, but have to work around hubby's football coaching duties).
Stop for breakfast sometime around 6 am, get the boys up and moving for a bit. Back into the van where I'll take over driving until we stop for a mid-morning snack.
We'll keep rotating, & have longer stops for breakfast & lunch so the boys can run around some.
Spend the night in Valdosta, GA.
The 18th, up & on the road by 8 am, we should arrive at the Contemporary (yeah 40% pin code) around noon. After stowing our thing, getting the Keys to the World, we'll be on the way to DHS.
Nolan's goal is to ride Toy Story, Patrick's goal is to meet Buzz. Brian would like to see either Indiana Jones or the "Lights, Camera" show.We have ADR's at the Sci-Fi for my birthday dinner (the boys picked this place) at 4:10.
The 19th, Lala & Papa are planning to be at the hotel by 7:30, and knocking on our door by 8 am. I can't wait to see the boys faces! They've been begging my parents to come with us - even offered to sleep on the floor so my parents could have their bed. Hopefully, we're able to get the adjoining rooms we requested.
The is our MK day, so we plan to be on the monorail at 8:30 this am. We're going to tour until lunch time & either eat at the MK or one of the other monorail resorts. After lunch, we'll head back to the room for naps & afternoon swim. After an early dinner, it's back to the MK.
Nolan's goal: ride Peter Pan Patrick's goal is to ride Winnie The Pooh. I can't wait to ride Space Mountain with my Dad - it was my first roller coaster! Brian thinks Splash Mountain is cool. Lala wants to get Cullen his first hair cut - although I'm not sure he's got enough hair to cut! LOL/
How exciting! It sounds like a wonderful trip is ahead of you! while you are there! Make sure to ask for a birthday button when you check in to the CR!
I can't wait to read all about the surprise of Lala and Papa showing up!
I have a few more minutes, so I'm going to add a bit more...
The 20th starts out with another surprise for the boys - breakfast at Chef Mickey's After our 7:10 breakfast, we're off to Epcot for the day.
The basic layout is the same - tour until lunch, eat somewhere at Epcot or the surrounding hotels, then head back to our hotel for naps and swim time. We'll eat an early dinner again (4:30 ish) then head back to Epcot. Because it is evening EMH, we plan on getting the kids back to the hotel and to bed at their normal time (by 8) - my parents have agreed to stay with them so my hubby and I can have some "adult time".
Must sees for the day: Patrick's request - Nemo and Friends, Nolan's - Test Track, Papa - tour France, Lala - time to do a little shopping at Epcot (I'm sure I can help her with that! Brian - he can't decide because he's never been to Epcot - everything looks cool to him!
Wednesday the 21st -
This is a bit flexible - decide the night before kind of day. We could either return to Epcot, visit the Animal Kingdom (Lala and Papa would keep the youngest with them), or hang out at the hotel and DTD. We're trying to keep it open in case the kids (or adults) need a "down" day.
Thursday, the 22nd.
This is our "return to MK" day. We plan on keeping the boys up for the ELP, and fireworks this night. It's also early entry day and we plan at being there for rope drop, touring until close to lunch and then heading back to the hotel for naps, swimming, laundry, etc. We have ADR's at the Crystal Palace (another surprise for the boys) for 6:00 tonight. We plan on fitting in what we didn't cover on our first visit - a definites will be Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion and The Jungle Cruise. This is also Lala and Papa's last day with us.
Friday, the 23rd (happy 11 months to baby Cullen!). I've planned on the Animal Kingdom today. From what I've read, we will probably tour the park until the kids get cranky (or we finish) and then head back to the resort. We will either head to the Boardwalk or DTD for a late dinner -
Saturday the 24th - our departure day.
Because this is our last day, we've decided to let the two older boys pick which park they most want to visit a last time - I'm betting it will be the MK, but they may surprise me. I'll have to let everyone know which one they picked.
We HAVE to be back in Ohio by 8 a.m on the 26th (football duties for the husband), so we're going to try to make the drive in one night - not sure how that will work out given the ages of our kids...
Great plans! My family will be getting there the day you leave! Save some magic for us!! Don't underestimate AK--my young kiddos love it and we had the best character interaction there last year !
I grew up in Ohio (Chillicothe area) with a football coach dad, so I totally understand working around the season !
The AK is the one park I've had trouble getting the boys to talk about - probably because they're imagining it to be just another zoo, but knowing Disney, it isn't even close to a zoo. I have a feeling once we're there they will get more excited about it.
I love the Chillicothe area - I'm originally from Cleveland, and now live north of Dayton.