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Old 11-06-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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Three Resorts, Two Friends, One Great Trip: February 2012 PTR

UPDATE as of APRIL 26th 2012: I forgot to finish this! But I'm working on it now. Please go to the final post in this thread and let me know if I should continue here or start a new dedicated TR thread. What you are looking at now is a PTR. Thanks--and thanks for stopping by! Have a magical day!

(the rest of the post is my original PTR)

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I couldn't NOT post this right now--because as of today I'm officially going back to WDW in February!

There are three very good reasons for this trip. First, I may 'have to' go back to WDW for research purposes. I'm working on a Disney-related project, and likely by that point I'll be finishing a major stage in that project--and may need to go back. I know--how awful is it to 'have to' go to WDW? Not awful at all!

Second, it is the last week with even remotely low crowd levels until...well...September 2012! As I'm currently enjoying an awesome career break from my teaching job--and may well be returning to said teaching job next fall--this may be the last time I can go to WDW for a while. (This is not to say that there will be no future trips--but this is the last time it will be super easy for me to say 'hey--I'm going to Disney'!) I credit Leximom with making me realize this. I wrote something in her trip report about my last trip 'being the last time I could visit WDW in the forseeable future'. I wrote that 48 hours ago...proceeded to be sad...and then proceeded to fix the sad by finding a week in the near-ish future that I could visit!

And third, it is the last week of my AP! I intended to renew said AP at the end, but first I'm not sure how to go about doing that (any tips would help--like does it have to start from the last day of my current AP? Because I know I can get a discount if I renew, but I don't know that I want the clock to start ticking in February...?)

Since the conception of the idea of this trip--you know, two days ago--and right now, it has changed GREATLY--and ALL for the better. And it will change even more! For now, I'll leave it at that...but with a table of contents for future posts that will begin tomorrow!

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Yay!!! I'm following you all over these boards! Can't wait to hear more and I'm also interested in the answers to your AP questions...
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Hooray! Another trip! I still think you should try to get there for Christmas (specifically between Dec 21 & 29)...as I'd love a chance to meet you. But if that won't work, glad I can live vicariously thru another of your TR's!
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As you would say, CONFETTI! Iím so excited!

I have to catch up with your cruise TR. Iíve been neglecting all of the TRs while I research my own upcoming trip.
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I am so happy for you! I have to say it just makes sense for you to return in February.
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Hooray! Another trip in the works is great! You do get a discount if you renew your AP within the renew period--but we usually find that it isn't worth it if we're not going to be back at WDW within a couple months. (Example--my AP expired in July--I didn't renew because I wasn't returning until October and knew that I'd be able to buy a new one in October and it would cover next year's October trip too!) I wish I had time to bop down in February, but Mardi Gras makes February trips impossible for me!
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Yay!!! I'm following you all over these boards! Can't wait to hear more and I'm also interested in the answers to your AP questions...
the AP questions is sort of answered below--the answer is 'it doesn't make sense for me to renew if i'm not going to use it right away. this makes me sad because i like simply HAVING an AP--it makes returning on a whim so much more realistic! though i have to say i've gotten my money's worth out of this AP--after this trip, i'll have used it....for something like 29 or 30 days!

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Hooray! Another trip! I still think you should try to get there for Christmas (specifically between Dec 21 & 29)...as I'd love a chance to meet you. But if that won't work, glad I can live vicariously thru another of your TR's!
i'd love a chance to meet you, too--but there's no way i'll be down there over the holidays. my husband has a huge italian catholic family, so for us to miss the family christmas events would be an actual sin in their eyes. plus it is SO expensive to visit that time of year (as you well know--though i imagine less so with DVC like you have!) but i hope you have a magical trip! i'm jealous--as you may know, i super wanted to see the osbourne lights this year. ah well--maybe next year! perhaps, if i'm not back in the classroom, i can arrange a trip that hits the end of the F&WF and the beginning of the holiday season!

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As you would say, CONFETTI! Iím so excited!

I have to catch up with your cruise TR. Iíve been neglecting all of the TRs while I research my own upcoming trip.
there seriously needs to be an emoticon that throws confetti in the air. let me look....

nope. ah well!

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it really doesn't doesn't it? thanks for supporting my sickness!

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i know, and i appreciate how lucky i am every single day.

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Hooray! Another trip in the works is great! You do get a discount if you renew your AP within the renew period--but we usually find that it isn't worth it if we're not going to be back at WDW within a couple months. (Example--my AP expired in July--I didn't renew because I wasn't returning until October and knew that I'd be able to buy a new one in October and it would cover next year's October trip too!) I wish I had time to bop down in February, but Mardi Gras makes February trips impossible for me!
ok--so the clock would start ticking right away. ah well--i guess i don't NEED an AP. though they are kind of addictive, aren't they?

i'm jealous--attend mardi gras is on my bucket list. though it is a rather long bucket list and contains mainly travel destinations!
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Joining in.... Congrats on the trip! My husband and I are going in February too, and I'm SOOO excited I haven't been to the World in over 5 years!!
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Ok! Now that more is settled, on with the PTR. Up next is 'Cast of Characters'--and what characters they are!

While this was kind of a 'what the heck--I should just go' sort of trip, it went VERY QUICKLY from a solo trip to a trip with two of the people I love the most in the world (aside from my husband, that is!) First, I sent a random 'hey--you don't happen to want to go to Disney with me in February, do you?' message to my passporter and now real-life friend Melissa Sue. And guess what? She DID want to come! Hooray!



And then I told my mom I'd be going. I was all proud that the week I chose to go did not overlap with her first DVC stay--at Vero Beach. I needed to not overlap because, well, I take care of her cats when she and her husband are away. But what I failed to notice was that I'd selected the week AFTER her Vero Beach trip. Well, this did not escape HER attention--so she came running over that very night (last Friday) with her DVC book and a plan. She would go directly from Vero Beach to WDW (dropping her husband off at the airport!) and spend a few days with me in Disney! She let her husband pick their first DVC stay--and he picked Vero Beach. This gave her the chance to do what SHE really wanted to do, too--go to Disney. So she called her DVC rep...and the rest is history.

And so, I will be arriving in WDW on February 23rd and staying with my mom until the 26th...at which point I will move to a new resort and meet up with Melissa Sue!

But where are we staying? And why THREE resorts? All that and more...next!
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