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Oh Momma's........
I am oh so happy to see this thread!! We are huge Disney fanatics here in my family. When I say family, I mean ENTIRE... We go once a year about 15 of us and rent a huge house for all of us to stay in together! We love it!! Actually my DH and I are leaving in TWO days for the World!! We are only going for two nights...1st time without the babies...I am so excited and scared at the same time!! I know they will be fine. I am a very hesitant flier...(read *petrified*) : So, I am just gonna shut my eyes tight for the entire 2 and 1/2 hour flight!!!

Have any of you visited INTERCOT.COM? It's a great Disney info sight!! Gotta go get breakfast!! I'll be back!
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hi Family toe - welcome and have a GREAT time!! dh and I are planning our first alone trip for the end of march - our TENTH anniversary

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I'm trying to decided if it'll be necessary to take ds' car seat. We are driving from home to the airport and parking there for the week. We'll be taking the Magical Express from the airport to wdw and back again.

Ds will be 5.

He's currently 40 inches and about 34lbs. Too small for a booster, but I don't want to lug the carseat around if I don't have to. What do you think?

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My oldest tow are planning out a trip to Disney World as a homeschool project. Fun thing is though.....once they are done planning, we will get to actually go!

Our goal is Oct/Nov 2008

I have been there 3 times....ages 10, 16, and 19

Mama to 9 so far:Mother of Joey (20), Dominick (13), Abigail (11), Angelo (8), Mylee (6), Delainey (3), Colton (2) and Baby 8 and Baby 9 coming sometime in July 2013.   If evolution were true, mothers would have three arms!

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Family toe. Oh that sounds great. You will go and be home before flminivanmama and I will have our parents only trip. I know JUST what you are talking about. I am so torn between being super excited and terrified of the trip. I can't wait to hear how your trip went.

Rigama, unless you feel much better with it car seat on the plane I wouldn't bring it. You can't use it on DME and the resort transportation. So the only reason would be on the plane, other then that it will be a major pain in the butt to lug around.

AngelBee, welcome. The nice thing about a home school project is you don't have to worry about taking them out of school and can go when ever you want.
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AngelBee, welcome. The nice thing about a home school project is you don't have to worry about taking them out of school and can go when ever you want.
Very true

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Awwww! How cute?!?!?! I just went to the bank with my dd and we opened a special "Disney" savings account. It where we are going to save money for this trip (We are paying cash! I refuse to debt to go to Disney again!). We put in about %15 of what we need, a nice little chunk. I am so happy!
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First of all, I am very sorry for the delay in returning this thread. We had a bit of a mod mix-up.

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My husband hates crowds too, but I have converted him into a disney loving man We don't have kids yet, but we have gone at least once every year we have been together and can't wait to experience the fun of WDW with children

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Thanks so much Annette!!!
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Thanks Annette (and I do Goofy )

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Yeah! We are back!

Last week DD and I went and opened a special Disney savings account. We are putting in deposits every week and I am very excited! We are paying for our October trip in cash so its a really good exercise for both of us!
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2 weeks from Monday. That is DH's and mine trip. I am not focusing on it, too neverous.

My friend did back out of watching the kids. I am disappointed because I felt better with her doing it. I knew that they kids would be her 1st priority and I was comfortable knowing this fiend does give her commitments her all so to speak. Still you don't want to push someone into taking your kids if they don't want to.

So now the plan is between my brother and his kids staying here evenings and nights and the kids go to school during the day, and Lily goes to my SIL during the day while brother is a work. (he is a single father with 3 kids, ages 16, 15, and 11.) Another option is my SIL would take the kids full time, but they would have to stay at her house overnight (SIL has a 10 month old.) I know they would be more comfortable at home, less of a change. But I might fell better not having to worry about how complicated this whole thing is getting. There is just too many factors to worry about (did brother get to work, did all the kids get to school on time???) Actually I am sure they will be fine either way. I just feel like I am asking so much of everyone just so DH and can have 3 nights away.

WOW, what are DH and I going to do with ourselves?

Good to see the thread back.
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Mary all will be fine whichever you decide. are the kids old enough to say if they'd rather stay home or sleep over at their aunts and cousin's house?

good cents - what a great idea - we just have a change jar (that believe or not makes a lot of money) - we call it the disney jar and we feed it often

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Mrs. PhD- Have your kids every stayed at someone else's house? If they haven't and you have the option of having your brother and his kids stay at your home, I would think that would be less disruptive.

It's so hard leaving your little ones the first time. When we left DD last summer for 3 nights, I remember thinking we were crazy right before we left, but it went very well...much better than I ever imagined.

Are you arriving on the 5th? If so, we'll over lap by a day. We're going to be there Feb. 24th (Saturday!) through March 6th. We're staying the first week at Coronado Springs and the last 3 nights at AKL with a savannah view (thank you AP rates). I feel like I have so much to do before we go and I'm having some major early pregnancy exhaustion (not helped by DD waking up in the middle of the night almost every night for the last week). My best friend from college is also coming for a visit on Wed. and Thurs. night : . Yikes!

Has anyone here ever done a split stay? I'm a little nervous that it's going to be a huge pain, so if anyone has any tips, I'd appreciate it. I just REALLY wanted to stay at AKL and there was no way that was in the budget for 10 nights!!!!
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Well Disney Momma's....we are home form our mini vaca!!! I am soo glad we went! The Boys were fine and I don't think they even missed us! They stayed at my in-laws the entire time, and we didn't tell them we were going. So in their little minds, they think they were the ones that went away! hehe
The flight there and back totally sucked!! (I hate flying) I pretty much weeped the whole time! But I made it and everyone is fine! I am not so sure if the panic and fear over the flight was worth the 3 days of fun. And I am not so sure we will do it again for a long time. But I am very gald (now that it's over) that we did it!!!
Now the "World" was baren!! It was great, and we pretty much walked onto the attractions. Our longest wait was Expedition Everest, (30 min) the newest coaster at Animal Kingdom. I am not gonna tell you about it just incase you haven't riden it yet. All I am gonna say is WOW!!!!!: It was the best! Well that's about it. I'll be back!!
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Can I just say, I never knew how much went into planning a trip to WDW. I'm trying not to micomanage things, but its rough for things like dinner and what parks to go to during our time. We are going during summer so we (read I) have to make sure we are not at certain parks on the mega mega busy days.
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Hi all!!! We are HUGE Disney fanatics!!! DH and I go on average twice a year. My 5 year old DD has been 8 times. We own DVC and stay once a year on points and once a year in a moderate. We had a trip 3 weeks ago where we stayed at BWV and had our best trip ever.

Right before we went in January some friends of mine talked us into going again with them at the end of April! : So we are booked into CSR, where we've never stayed, so it should be REALLY fun!!

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I'm glad the thread is back! I hit some snags in my planning and hated that I just couldn't pop in and ask you all for help.

Okay, so I know this sounds totally selfish, but what can I do to make sure my family, esp. ds, will have an absolutely magical trip? This is our first trip (and being poor, possibly our only)to wdw and I've heard stories of so many wonderful things happening-like kids getting free micky ears or chosen to be a helper to jack sparrow. Things that aren't necessarily part of YOMD but are magical just the same. Obviously, I want these kind of magical things to happen to ds, so are there any tips that can make him more "visible" to CMs looking to spread a little magic? Especially considering that between me and dh, we've never won a single thing-not even $2 on a lottery ticket. And beside things that are out of my control (like being randomly selected for something) what kind of things should I make sure to definately do with and for ds? What makes a magical trip to WDW?

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I'm glad the thread is back! I hit some snags in my planning and hated that I just couldn't pop in and ask you all for help.

Okay, so I know this sounds totally selfish, but what can I do to make sure my family, esp. ds, will have an absolutely magical trip? This is our first trip (and being poor, possibly our only)to wdw and I've heard stories of so many wonderful things happening-like kids getting free micky ears or chosen to be a helper to jack sparrow. Things that aren't necessarily part of YOMD but are magical just the same. Obviously, I want these kind of magical things to happen to ds, so are there any tips that can make him more "visible" to CMs looking to spread a little magic? Especially considering that between me and dh, we've never won a single thing-not even $2 on a lottery ticket. And beside things that are out of my control (like being randomly selected for something) what kind of things should I make sure to definately do with and for ds? What makes a magical trip to WDW?

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Things to make a child more visible to the CMs or the characters is to dress them in a shirt with a specific character or dress him as a character. When we went in matching shirts the kids were noticed alot too. Or you could do the shirts a-la-Price is Right and put a cute phrase on it. "My First trip to Disney", "Born a Disney Fan", etc.

One sure fire way to make it magical is do make the magic yourselves! I have read alot of parents that have visits from Tinkerbell/Mickey every night and a small present is left for your child when they wake up. Check The Disney store for clearance items or Disney items at the Dollar store before you leave home. To ward off the gimmes/can-you-buy-me's you can buy the same kind of items at the Disney store or glow sticks/trinkets at the Dollar Store and when he asks for the $20 light up toy pull out the one you already have. You can do the same with autograph books (decorate with Mickey stickers and bring a sharpie for the characters to sign with ) and bring your own ponchos!
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I am also a disney fanatic. My whole family goes about every year or 2. We are planning a trip for September of this year and there will be 11 of us, its about our 20th family trip. It is dd's first trip and she will be 15 months old. I am soooo excited I can't wait!

We are doing a split stay. We will be staying at Fort Wilderness (in a trailer) for 4 nights and then Grand Floridian conceirge for 3 nights. Its my first time staying at GF, has anyone else stayed there? I absolutely love the Polynesian, so I hope it is as good.

I am so ready to go, I've already started a packing list .

Hail Disney!

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have you all entered the family fun sweepstakes - a free trip!

http://familyfun.go.com/utilities/gl...s-sweepstakes/
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I've never been to Disney World. So, what am I doing in this thread you ask? Well, at the end of April, DH, DS, and I will be going for a few days since DH has a business trip there. We'll be staying at the Coranado Springs as that's where the conference is. DS will be 6 1/2 months when we go. I know he won't be able to "do" much but I'm looking for advice for those who've taken such a young babe there and what you did.
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There are plenty of slow rides and shows you could take a baby on. Check out the disboards link and you will find several discussions listing the various rides that are fine with a babe. If DH is with you, you can also do a "baby swap" where one parent rides, then when they exit the next parent gets to ride without waiting all over again (just ask the cast member at the ride what you need to do for a baby swap on that attaction, it varies some). Very cool!

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Its my first time staying at GF, has anyone else stayed there? I absolutely love the Polynesian, so I hope it is as good.
We have stayed at the GF a couple of times. Are you staying in SL or RPC? We stayed in SL in Oct. I'm trying to book a trip for next month and I have a discount code that is only good at the GF, but I really want to stay at the PR since we haven't stayed there since August 2004. I enjoy the GF a lot I just really miss the PR.
I think we're nuts going during Spring Break. We went in 2005 and it was packed. I do know how to deal with the crowds so that does help! I'm happy as long as I can have my drink on the beach sometime in the afternoon.
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I know he won't be able to "do" much but I'm looking for advice for those who've taken such a young babe there and what you did.
Sometimes I think it was easier going to WDW when they were younger! You get up early, hit the parks and come back for an afternoon nap. Those trips at times were so much more relaxing. Now my kids just want to keep going like the Energizer Bunny.

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We have stayed at the GF a couple of times. Are you staying in SL or RPC? We stayed in SL in Oct. I'm trying to book a trip for next month and I have a discount code that is only good at the GF, but I really want to stay at the PR since we haven't stayed there since August 2004. I enjoy the GF a lot I just really miss the PR.
I think we're nuts going during Spring Break. We went in 2005 and it was packed. I do know how to deal with the crowds so that does help! I'm happy as long as I can have my drink on the beach sometime in the afternoon.
I'm not sure what SL or RPC is, but I know we are staying in the concierge rooms if that helps at all . Where do you get discount codes at? I absolutely love the PR, but my parents tried out the GF at their last trip there and liked it so decided we would stay there (they are paying so we gladly let them make any decisions! )

I agree that Spring break is a crazy time to go. We try to never go at that time after going then once when I was younger. We usually try for October, love the weather and crowds then. But it is better if you know the ropes like you do and know how to manage the crowds.

I am so excited to be taking dd for the first time, I cannot wait!

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I'm thinking about dropping Epcot (the future side) from our trip and going to AK. I'm not sold one bit that my son is going to like it.

Rigama have you thought about the sending you ds on the pirate cruise?
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my kids *love* EPCOT - how old is your son?

I have 3 boys and we go to EPCOT every trip - I think they like future world better than the world showcase & you can definitely spend your whole day on one side....

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Morning ladies!

We are now in the double digits until we go on vacation! Yippee!

Yes, Splendid, DS is set up for the pirate cruise. It took some cajoling and reassuing on my part to convince dh that this would be okay. But now ds is adamant that he have a pirate costume for his cruise! I'm soooo hesitant to drop the bucks for the Disney costume, but I've checked at Toys R Us and ebay, and i either don't like what they have (cheap plastic stuff) or it's too big/just as expensive as disney store. Times like this I wish I was handy with a sweing machine.

I keep dreaming about WDW. I'm not sure if it's because I'm truly that excited, or if it's because I've spent so much time planning. Anyone else have disney dreams?

Mirlow (love the name!) how DO you handle the crowds. Is there a trick that a WDW Virgin like me can be let in on:

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