Eight is Enough - A July 2014 TR with cousins, club level and more Updated 3/29 DHS and Frozen Fun - PassPorter - A Community of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel Forums
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Eight is Enough - A July 2014 TR with cousins, club level and more Updated 3/29 DHS and Frozen Fun
Hello everyone. We just got back on July 17, and of course like only all of you would understand, I am experiencing serious withdrawal. What better way to cure the post-Disney blues than by reminiscing and sharing my trip with all of you?
Since I didn't write a PTR, I will start with some basic details.
My travel party included the following:
Me- aka Lissette, age 37
DH- aka Will, age 42
DSis and DBIL
And my nieces, ages 14 and 10
We arrived in Disney on 7/4 and returned to Philadelphia on 7/17. We did a split stay including a studio room at Kidani, a one bedroom, club level villa at Jambo House, and a one-bedroom villa at Bay Lake Towers.
We had premium AP's for the first time and tried to squeeze in all of the parks and waterparks. Did we succeed? You will have to stick around for that.
I took really good notes this time around, therefore this TR should be much easier to finish quickly.
Thanks for reading about our adventures. Hope you enjoy.
The plan was to drop our dog off at the Best Friends by our house this morning, but luckily, my mom volunteered to watch him at the last minute. Will and Jared made the 2 hour trip to North Jersey to drop him off the night before, while Aidan helped me finish packing.
I had to work until 4 this day since I’d be away for 2 weeks. I’m a paralegal at a personal injury law firm and had a lot of things to take care of before I went away.
At exactly 4, DH picked me up at work and we were on our way to the Hampton Inn near the Philadelphia airport, with a quick stop at Rite Aid on the way. I needed to buy a memory card for my camera and some Advil (I would not survive Disney without Advil, lol).
We’ve stayed at this hotel before, but not since like 2010. For our last Disney vacation, summer 2012, we drove to the airport the morning of our trip and parked in a nearby lot. This time, we decided it would be easier to stay near the airport since our flight was at 6:10 a.m. We figured it would also be easier since we were traveling with a larger party and it would be harder to get everyone out the door in the morning.
I wasn’t sure what to expect at the Hampton Inn since we had one good stay and one not so good (think flooded room and staff entered our room while we were out to dinner and had our sheets on the floor soaking up the flood without even warning us). Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. The room was great, as was the service.
Anyway, we checked into our room, dropped off our stuff for the night, and headed to a nearby Wawa for a quick dinner. My family didn’t let me take pictures of my food until we got to Disney so I don’t remember what we ate. We brought the food back to the hotel and ate in the dining room near the lobby.
Once our bellies were full, we headed back to our room and played Uno. That didn’t last very long since the boys were getting antsy. We were waiting for my sister’s family to arrive from North Jersey and they were dying to swim. I finally gave in and let them change into their swimming trunks.
The boys had fun in the pool, for the whole five minutes they were in there. The unexpected lightning had to go and ruin the fun.
We headed back up to our room, got changed, and then headed back downstairs to dry the swim trunks and wait for my sister’s family. They arrived a little later than we had hoped, as they made a wrong turn somewhere and ended up at another Hampton Inn.
We hung out with them for a little while and my DH drove them to get food since they didn’t have a car. My BIL’s brother dropped them off. We were all in bed by 10 since I had a wake-up call for 2:45 a.m.