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Old 08-17-2012, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A trip of Firsts, Seconds, and Thirds PTR

Hello Everyone!! I know it's been a while since I've been very active on the boards, but as most of you know, life gets in the way and I just can't seem to find the time for myself!

But I have some time for now, so with that time, I will fill you all in on my latest Disney plans!!

As many of you may know, I had been planning a cruise for December 2013, Disney of course. It was going to be me, my DH, DS, DM, DF, DNephews. I had everything set and while figuring out prices, it just became too much money for my Mom and Dad, who were also going to be paying for our nephews. So, Mike and I did some thinking and we realized that our nephews, Nick and Alex, had NEVER been to WDW !! They are 6 and 4 respectively and I just couldn't imagine not going to WDW at least once, even if for the day! So, we talked it over and decided that we should do a family vacation to The World to introduce the boys to the Magic that is Disney. I ran some prices, looked over a few dates and found the perfect time and price!

So, I called my mother, ran everything by her and my dad and they both agreed with my choices and times. So, my mom then called my sister, ran everything by her, and she gave her permission for the boys to come with us and so, our family vacation was born!

So you are all probably wondering the details and such. I don't want to leave you hanging in suspense so, here they are:

What: The King Family Annual Disney Vacation and our nephews first trip to WDW

When: March 2-March 8th, 2013

Where: Art of Animation (Cars and Nemo)

Why: Because we love Disney and we want to introduce our nephews to the magical world of Disney! What better way than with family!

Who: Me-Shellie-26 (27 at the time of the trip)- Biggest Disney lover of anyone I know- This will be my 10th vacation to the World, 4th as a family/mommy.
DH-Mike-27- He puts up with my craziness and obsessions with Disney. I think i'm turning him to the Disney side, as he hardly fights with me about it anymore. This will be his 10th vacation to the World, 4th as a family/daddy.
DS-Aiden-4 (5 at the time of the trip)- The apple of my eye! My baby who isn't a baby anymore will be going to Pre-K this school year and is in Taekwondo. He loves Disney as much as I do! This will be his 4th trip to the World.
DM-Jeni-I'm not sure she would want me to put her age - My mom, who, no matter what, will always be my best friend. She and my dad (well, step-dad, more on that later) took my sister and I on our first trip to Disney when I was 4 and I have been in love since. This will be her 3rd trip to the world, first time since I've been an adult.
DF-Bruce-55-He is actually my Step-Father but has been in my life and been my dad since I was 4. He stood up when my bio-dad wouldn't. I don't even tell people he's my step-dad because I just consider him my only dad. He took us to our first trip to Disney and was a Disney skeptic until recently. This will be his 2nd trip to the World.
DNephew-Nickolas-6 (7 at the time of the trip)- My first nephew and a fellow red head like me! He has tons of energy and loves his Uncle (Unk as he calls him). This will be his FIRST TRIP to Disney!
DNephew-Alexander- 4 (5 at the time of the trip)- My second nephew and a huge cutie pie! He is so sweet and gentle. He and my son are only 3 months apart in age, Alex being the oldest. This will be his FIRST TRIP to Disney!


So, now you have the details of trip. Next up: Park schedule and dining plans (for now)
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Wow...how great! I love going as a mixed group to Disney. Can't wait to hear more.
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Great start Shell and another first last if I remember correctly there was an Engagement planned Here to 2 new WDW fans
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Great start Shell and another first last if I remember correctly there was an Engagement planned Here to 2 new WDW fans
You are correct! My sister-in-law had just become engaged when we went on our short trip to 2011's F&WF and we were showing them the Disney ropes
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Park and Dining plans (for now)

Before I go into the park plans, I have to fill you all in on some humorous tidbits that only you all would understand, and it's about my parents.

So, you know how we all know those people who wonder why we are all so obsessed with Disney and scratch their heads wondering why we would pay more to stay on site than save a little dough and stay off site? The same people who think "Disney is just for kids"? Well, until recently, my parents were THOSE people. That's right. They would listen to me talk about my travel plans and ask the same question over and over: "Why are you spending so much money to stay at Disney?" I got that inquisition nearly every time I went, until this last time in March of this year. My parents saw pictures and heard what we did and where we ate and how much fun Aiden had and I think finally became semi-aware of why I love Disney so much. Now fast forward to planning THIS trip. My parents gave me the green light to plan everything for them and they will just pay when I tell them they have to (smart people )They are so excited about all my plans. I told my mom last night on the phone, "Mom, I love you but I can't WAIT until the very first full night you have there and see how completely right I have been all these years and how completely WRONG you and dad have been!" She laughed and said she can't wait until she is proven wrong too. So, hopefully I make this trip memorable for everyone!

Now, onto our plans!

Another side note here, my mom will be getting one of those ECV scooters for while we are there since she has really bad knees. I've never traveled with anyone who needed one. Is there a good place to rent one from? Will she get on the bus first because she is on one or do we need a GAC for her to do that? Who can go on with her if she gets on the buses or monorails first? Sorry for all the questions. Any help would be great!

Ok, for real now, on with the show!

We will be at WDW for 6N/7D and getting 5 day park tickets without PH. I figured this being my nephews first time we should spend all day in one park since they probably won't get back to WDW any time soon. And we don't want to go to a park the day we check in because we want to explore AoA and relax so we can get into vacation mode. So, as of right now, the days look like this:

*denotes new for everyone, including Mike and I

March 2nd- Check-in and explore AoA. DTD later
Lunch-QS at the resort
Dinner-Cape May Cafe*

March 3rd- Magic Kingdom! Nick and Alex's first time!
Breakfast-Crystal Palace
Lunch-Gaston's Tavern*
Dinner-Be Our Guest*

March 4th- Hollywood Studios
Breakfast-Hollywood and Vine
Dinner-Sci-Fi Dine-in

March 5th-EPCOT
Breakfast-Quick service at the Resort
Lunch-Rose & Crown*
Dinner-Coral Reef Restaurant

March 6th-Magic Kingdom again
Breakfast-Chef Mickeys
Lunch-Quick Service
Dinner-Boma

March 7th-Animal Kingdom
Breakfast-Tusker House (Donalds Breakfast Safari)*
Lunch-Quick Service
Dinner-Hoop dee doo Musical Review*

March 8th- Check out day
Breakfast-'Ohana

I can't make reservations just yet so keep fingers crossed for me! Especially for BOG!

up next: preparing the boys for the time of their lives!
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Sounds like you are on top of your planning! Should be exciting, with three young boys along.
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Plans great to me. So many of my Faves. HDDR is on my must do every trip Keeping fingers crossed that your son gets to be part of Grand Finale
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