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Old 01-16-2017, 09:12 PM   #31
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Great start Mayra! And how fun to be adding on to your cast of characters!
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I know exactly what you mean about bringing extended family. I mentioned at Christmas that we were going and my nieces and my father were interested. My DS on the other hand, while he loves his cousins and grandpa, thinks it will be too many people. I'm still debating whether or not to bring it up again especially now that I have my ADR's booked.
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Glad you are happy about everyone coming with you!!
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I was so excited when I logged on and saw you started a PTR! I hear you on traveling with family. It can be a pain when they "don't get it". The main reason we travel so well with my sister and her family to Disney is that they are Disney people, too!

Can't wait to hear the rest of your plans!
I'm the only hardcore Disney person in both our families. I've travelled with both sets of families and let me tell you, they weren't the best experiences.
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Glad that you are happy the extended family will be there too. It will exciting to get to be there to experience your niece's first trip!
Those little girls are so excited. Their maternal grandma will be paying for BBB makeovers for them and they'll get to dress up as their favorite princess. Finally, some girlie stuff. Can't wait!
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That is some big cast on the trip and hope it all works out with so many involved!
The good thing is that we won't spend every waking hour with them. We have park hoppers and they don't, so we'll get some park time just us 5.
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Definitely a much larger cast of characters now! Sounds like you will have some wonderful princess times, too.
I'm very excited about the princess time!
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Great start Mayra! And how fun to be adding on to your cast of characters!
Thanks! I excited to show them what a magical experience Disney can be.
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I know exactly what you mean about bringing extended family. I mentioned at Christmas that we were going and my nieces and my father were interested. My DS on the other hand, while he loves his cousins and grandpa, thinks it will be too many people. I'm still debating whether or not to bring it up again especially now that I have my ADR's booked.
I'm almost always afraid to mention vacation because there's always someone who invites themselves. That puts me in a very awkward position. Happens to me all the time.
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I hear you about traveling with family. The one time my sister and her family came along it was a very uncomfortable for us, as our touring styles are so different. I like your plan of not deviating from your plan just to please them, though. I do hope you (finally!) get to enjoy the Princess "stuff", though!
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I love it that you are excited for your BIL's family (and nieces!) to join you this time. And I love it that you are being clear in your communication with them.

"Home is Where the Mouse Is...OR...The Boundaries Trip!"

Eager to hear how it plays out!
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I hear you about traveling with family. The one time my sister and her family came along it was a very uncomfortable for us, as our touring styles are so different. I like your plan of not deviating from your plan just to please them, though. I do hope you (finally!) get to enjoy the Princess "stuff", though!
On those first trips with extended family, we were ALWAYS together. I've since learned to separate ourselves whenever we want. No changing plans for anyone.
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"Home is Where the Mouse Is...OR...The Boundaries Trip!"

Eager to hear how it plays out!
The Boundaries Trip - that would've been a better title.
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Flights

Ever since flights opened up for June, I had been incessantly checking. But the prices were a bit too high. I wasn't willing to pay $1,500+ for flights. Then, in November, I hit jackpot. Started out as a normal day of checking flights. I wasn't expecting anything, really. I couldn't believe my eyes, prices had gone down considerably. I started playing around with the dates, looking for the best deal until I came up with my current dates. I priced it out and called Arben. He told me to buy them, since we had the money in the bank. So, I got our 5 tickets via Jet Blue for $1,106.50. That's a steal! I still have to pay for the luggage but it's only $20 per bag. I'm planning on taking 3 max. The best part is it's a nonstop flight and we fly out from and in to our little airport, that's only half an hour away from home.

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June 1 ~ Departing from Aguadilla, PR @ 2:13am - Arriving in Orlando @ 5:07am
June 11 ~ Departing Orlando @ 4:35pm - Arriving in Aguadilla, PR @ 7:17pm

There was another flight on June 11th that would've given us practically an entire day at Disney, but it arrived at 1:30ish am and Arben starts work on that Monday. It was actually cheaper too, but it would've been too much for him. The things I have to sacrifice for him.

Our plans for arrival day is to take Magical Express to CBR, get our paperwork, drop our stuff and head to a park. I may look like I came straight from The Walking Dead, but we have to take advantage of that early arrival.

Now, I have a question. I know it says that luggage pick-up starts at 5:00am. My flight gets there at 5:07am, give or take. Will I be ok for them to pick up my luggage or should I get those myself? I don't want to risk my luggage being left behind in the airport. That would be a nightmare.
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