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Old 09-23-2018, 12:52 PM   #1
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The title of the PTR came about last week when my daughter and I were watching the TLC show Four Weddings. If you haven't see the show it's about four brides that go to each other's weddings and then rank them for Dress, Food, Venue etc.
In the end, one bride wins a Honeymoon trip. During the vow exchange at one of the brides wedding, they referred to each other as His Wife and Her Husband. I told Claire that when her father and I go to Disney we should call each other that. I then told my husband and suggested we customize our Magic Bands to say that and he loved the idea, and hence a trip report title was made!

So why the wedding reference and why the trip? Well, we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary. Our actual anniversary isn't until Nov 12th, but we thought going during the F&WF would be ideal. My husband, Pat doesn't come on many Disney trips with us and this time our kids won't be coming with us It will just be the two of us.

A little background: We met in 1986 the year I graduated from college when my good friend from college and I decided to live at the beach for the summer after graduating. Yes, my parents must have been so proud, but ultimately thought it would be a good experience. My friend and I got a job waitressing and that's where I met my husband! I was actually walking to work and picking up some pictures I got developed and didn't have enough money. He had been walking with me and offered to pay for them. I guess then I knew that this man had potential. I know, I know, such high standards! My girlfriend and I ultimately stayed at the beach and worked. But by the end of the spring, I was ready to get a real job and convinced Pat to move back to my hometown in North Jersey. Anyway, 2 years later on Nov 12th, 1988 we got married. I think our wedding would have won the Honeymoon getaway on Four Weddings!

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Another milestone for this trip will be the 1st we are taking without the kids since they were born. We are just that kind of family. I think because we didn't have kids until many years into our marriage and we had had plenty of vacations without kids, we always wanted to spend our vacations with them. We'll see how it turns out in only



There have been so many changes to this trip, possibly more than Tara herself could make (but she's only brave enough to share.) I'm at the point now that besides driving Pat crazy with changes, I'm getting a little bonkers with it all. I think our plan is now perfect and coming up next I'll share them all with you!!
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Congrats on 30 years. You will enjoy being at WDW without the kids. My wife and I go that way most often. It is a lot easier planning for the two of us.
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Congratulations on your anniversary. I love the story of how you met. Looking forward to hearing about your trip without children. ...we're similar to you with lots of traveling before kids.
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Sounds like an amazing trip is about to start!! I know you will have a most magical time! Love your wedding pictures and can't wait to hear all of your plans, (and yes, the changes too...after all, we all make changes!)
Thanks for joining! I don't think you'll hear about the changes because there were just too many to remember but I guess it's really all part of the fun in the planning process.
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Thank you, the trip should be interesting without our kids. I hope I don't miss them
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I love going to WDW with my DD’s (both 9) but look forward to the day when it’ll be just me and DH!

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I realized in my first post that I didn't give any specifics of our trip and made you do the math to figure out when we were going.

Trip dates: Oct 21-27th
Staying at: Saratoga Springs and the Poly
Passes: 6-day hopper
Dining: Deluxe plan
How are we getting to Disney: Flying!!

As I'm typing this the only thing that has remained the same throughout the planning is the park tickets

Here are the changes:

Dates: We were originally going to go from the Oct 23rd to 30th, but then I shortened it since Pat got a new job and we didn't think he should be gone that long. Then we were going to arrive on the 22nd in the morning and then head over to Epcot. Then I thought that wasn't any good since we would be so tired, so we decided to arrive on the 21st.

Resort: We originally were booked at POR which is my favorite Moderate. But then we decided to buy into DVC We bought a small contract direct though DVC at CCV. There was no availability there, but they had the Polynesian Village Resort available so we gladly took that. We were given the 2017 points but still needed to borrow from 2018. We then decided to shorten the trip and banked the leftover points. After deciding to arrive on the 21st and making several flight changes (thank you South West). We booked Allstar Movies for the 21st since our flight would get in @5:30.

And this brings me to How are we getting to Disney:
The previous versions were staying overnight at the airport and taking a 6:00 am flight and taking a somewhat later flight with a layover. The plan now is on Sat, I will pick Pat up at work at 6 pm and we'll drive to the Clarion Inn Philadelphia Airport where we will leave our car for 7 days. We'll get up bright and early to get our 6:20 am direct flight to MCO.

Will we still be staying at Allstars Movies??? Nope! I had been stalking the DVC site to see if there was any availability for the 21st. I kept seeing days here and there but I wasn't sure I could use my points since I banked them. I decided to give it a chance and called member services. Major pixie dust ensued and we were able to get back enough point to book a studio at Saratoga Springs!

Up next: Our daily plans!
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