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This is my first Trip Report though, I am no stranger to PP. I have been a lurker for around 3 years making comments every once in a while. I feel I “know” many of you and here is my chance to let you “know” me!
This will be an extremely short trip (only 2 park days) because we are heading down to drop my sister off for the Disney College Program. Yes, my sister is living my dream and spending Jan -May in the Happiest Place on Earth!
Okay so here are the cast of characters for this trip:
Me (Molly, 24): I took my first trip at age 3 but became obsessed during my second trip in 1997. I am sure my parents thought they were doing something nice for their children by taking us to Disney that year...little did they know they were helping to create an obsession. We have been back many times since then and I love it more every time! I was also fortunate enough to work for the Disney Store after college which fed the addiction even more but we closed in June 2011. I am the planner of the family, my favorite characters are Mickey and Tigger.
Katie (DS, 21): Her first trip was in 1997 at age 6. Katie is my partner in crime when it comes to Disney. We have spent many hours together plotting our return trips. She is a student at Penn State and will be in the Disney College Program this coming semester!! She is the reason for this short trip as we are dropping her off for the program. Her favorite character is Woody although she has not met him... yet. I am so incredibly happy for my sister. I know she is going to have the time of her life in Florida!
Candee (DM): My mom first went to WDW in the 80s with her sister. Her favorite story to tell from the trip is when the Cast Member from the Haunted Mansion creepily followed them to their Doom Buggy and then waited to scared them at the exit. My sister and I have diagnosed my mom with Vacation Anxiety Disorder. No matter where she is going she normally does not want to talk about it beforehand, she wants nothing to do with planning and is not excited until our bus/train/car/plane/spaceship has reached the destination. After we are there my mom is all fun and smiles. She is in love with the Polynesian and loves to find ways to relax in Disney.
Bill (DD): His first trip was with his grandmother in the 1970s. His favorite story from that trip was when he tricked his grandmother (with a heart condition) into riding Space Mountain. He loves Disney because it makes his daughters so happy. He is a sucker for (as he refers to them) “Mickey heads on a stick” or Mickey Premium Ice Cream bars. My dad does not have a favorite character although he did share a special moment with Goofy in May 2011. We were on the Disney Dining Plan our last trip and my Dad LOVED all the meals.
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I thought and DS agreed that she should have a car in Orlando, in case she ever wanted to leave the Disney Bubble. (I am not sure why any one would WANT to leave but you never know?!) My DS however does not own a car and does not have the funds to purchase a car at this point. Luckily we have amazing parents who would sacrifice for their children. My DM works about half a mile away from our house so she can always hitchhike. Just kidding but seriously all her co-workers have to drive past our house and are more than willing to help us out for the semester (We are so blessed with wonderful friends!) So the plan was that my DS would take my car to Florida, my DD and I would drop DM off at work and she would find rides home, I would take my DD’s car to school/work (since I have the longest ride/it gets better gas mileage/it is better in the snow), and my DD would take DM’s car. Whew!!
Since the car decision has been made we have had a little hiccup, I have decided to move out to be closer to school so I will still be taking a car (not sure which one) and my parents will be sharing a car...(I feel guilty about it so I keep reminding myself it will only last a few months).
My sister starts the college program on Tuesday Jan 22. There was no way my DM would let my sister drive 18 hours by herself. : Therefore we will be making a mini vacation out of our weekend trip.
Sooo The Plan...
Jan 18 (Friday) Leave after lunch
Jan 19 (Saturday) Arrive at Disney
Dinner at Boma @ 7:30
Jan 20 (Sunday) Park Day
Jan 21(Monday) Park Day
Jan 22(Tuesday)DS signs into the apartments
DM, DD, and Me: Leave Early Morning to get back in time for class!!
We will leave after lunch on Friday. I would guess that we drive 8/9 hours the first day and stop to sleep whenever we end up and then continue the next day. I did make reservations at Boma for the day we arrive. My DM believes we will be cutting it too close so we will be playing it by ear. I wanted to have one nice table service meal to celebrate my sister’s arrival/going away since the rest will most likely be quick service. I decided on Boma not only because we never tried it but also because I would love to explore Animal Kingdom Lodge! I am very excited for the Zebra Domes!!
We have not decided which day we are going to which park yet. I know that we will for sure do Magic Kingdom one day because we want to see and play in New Fantasyland. And then Epcot and DHS the other day.
It is a short trip but promises to be full of family fun time and sister bonding before we leave my baby sister for 4 months!! (Seriously, I am excited for her but I will miss her greatly!) It will also be nice to spend some quality time as a family because my parents will soon be empty nesters for the first time.