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Old 06-21-2010, 12:46 PM   #76
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Afterthoughts from Trip

After thoughts from Disney.

I have been back home almost two weeks now and so sad. I spent so much time on these boards researching and getting to know people here. Truly a great resource. Some of the best book I read included Pass Porter, Unofficial Guide, and Birnmaun’s. I am not a reader, but I devoured everything Disney. Almost a full year of planning.

Then the trip came. I did learn a few things for the next trip. To start, I think I will use a travel agent next time. Trying to keep up with the promotions was a huge pane.

Also, I booked out tickets on AirTran through CheepO’Air online. I would fly with them again. After all, they upgraded us from ATL to Orlando and on the way home we had the first row of seats behind Business class with extra room. So the carrier was fine. However, I would book right through them. Might be a couple dollars more, but to know where our seats are ahead of time would be great.

Also, connected with flights. We live in NE Arkansas. It would have been much closer to fly out of Memphis, TN. It is about 1-hour away. I saved over $100 per ticket out of St. Louis, and that was $500 over all. But. We had a 5-hour drive to get to the airport. It was okay on way up, but torture on way home. I would really consider paying extra to fly in and out of Memphis next time. Even if it cost more.

The POFQ was awesome. I hope we will be able to stay there the next time we come. But one other thing I might look into would be renting DVC points. That could also be very nice. Wherever we stay, it will be a Disney Resort.

We also realized that we could not push the kids too hard. I understand why people go back to their resort in the day for a rest. If help us when we were able to do that.

There is no way of doing Disney in less than 7-days. We felt like we got a good taste, but would love to have had a few more days to fit in a few more things. There were a few rides and shows we missed, and a lot of restaurants we want to try. Just can’t get it all in.

I sit here finishing this report wander what I will do with my extra time now that I do not have Disney to plan for. I think that our kids were a little young. Jaron (4 years) will remember it, but Clay (2 years) probably will not. Though I would love to go back next year, it is not financially possible. Knowing that, I would like to wait until our youngest is at least 5. If we do not have any more kids, that is 3 years away and it seems like forever. That is unless we could squeeze in a mommy and Daddy only trip. Even though it would be a lot of fun, it is unlikely to happen.

Until next time, remember the Disney Magic!
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Wow! Thanks so much for taking us along on your first Disney trip. I really enjoyed reading it and while you're 100% right you can't do it all, you did get quite a bit done it seems. But in a way, I suppose that's the beauty of Disney - if you don't do it now, it's all the more reason to plan a return trip.
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Great updates. The last day is always the hardest. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!!
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Just read start to finish! What a wonderful first trip you all had. Thanks for sharing your trip with us; I really enjoyed reading it......
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Thanks for sharing this trip with us, you definitely felt the magic. Glad that you felt like you picked up some tips along the way, I think we learn something new each time we go. I know three years feels like a long time but it comes quicker then you know and if you are heading back in 2013 then you will be there for so many new things, the Fantasyland Expansion, there will be new restaruants, a new hotel...definitely things to look forward too so you have three years to plan an even longer trip
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Sounds like it was a truly magical trip for your family. I know your youngest probably won't remember, but I always tell people that *I* will remember what that first trip was like for them even if they don't.
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I read through your whole trip report this evening and it was truly exciting to see WDW through the eyes of a first timer. You have reminded me of so many of those wonderful first moments and your excitement has been so refreshing. for sharing your adventures and your lessons learned with all of us! Very enjoyable reading!
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Great finish to your report - thanks so much for sharing it with us!
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What a way to spend your last night at Disney - at MK with the fireworks dessert party and a final trip on Small World! Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. I hope you are able to go back in the future!
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Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I really enjoyed reading it. Also do not underestimate the memory of a 2 year old. We brought our son last year when he was 2 and a half and over a year later he still talks about some of the rides he went on and the poll at POFQ. He has looked at the pictures from our trip a few times but children's memories are an amazing thing. He cannot wait until we visit Mickey again the September and Grampa too. (We are lucky enough to have my father in law living in the area so we go most years.)
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Thanks for all your kind words. I have taken a break from the boards for several months. Know it will be so long before we could get back to WDW and did not want to sulk about it. I went beack and reread my own trip report again. It may be vain, but I needed to relive it again.
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