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Wow, where did 2009 go?  I can’t believe it’s December already!  I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I loved spending time with my family and eating way more than I should have.

It’s almost time for the holidays and planning for next year.   Did you have a great time with the family over Thanksgiving?  Or maybe you didn’t get to see each other because everyone lives to far away.  Have you spent time thinking it would be nice to get everyone together?  Are you the one responsible for planning the family reunion?   Have you considered a Grand Gathering at the Happiest Place on Earth?

Grand Gatherings are a program at Walt Disney World for groups of 8 or more guests (ages 3 & up*).  As part of a Grand Gathering you can take advantage of exclusive itinerary planning assistance (above & beyond what I provide).  A dedicated team of Grand Gatherings Travel Planners will help book special Grand Gathering Experiences, dining, golf and spa reservations, as well as  pre-order special merchandise.  What better place to have a family reunion than Disney World?!  There is something for everyone from 1 – 92 J   Special Experiences include dessert parties with special firework viewing, fireworks cruises, Safari dinners, special character breakfasts and more.   Do you long to spend all of your time together or maybe you don’t want to be quite that close….Your family can stay at the same resort, or spread out all over The World depending on  resort and budget preferences.   You can tour the parks together or split up and meet for 1 meal a day with the whole family.  There is a touring plan that will work for everyone, and allow time for golf, spa & relax by the pool time.

*of course children under 3 are welcome to be part of this magical experience, they just don’t count towards the 8 guests needed to qualify as a Grand Gathering group.

This could be the most magical family reunion ever!  Call or email me to learn more about the fun your family can experience!

Disney Park News:

  • Space Mountain has reopened after a lenghty refurbishment J
  • Splash Mountain is scheduled to be closed 1/3/10 – 2/27/10 for refurbishment.  Date are subject to change.
  • Luna Pool at the Boardwalk Resort will be closed for updates & repairs 1/18/10 – early February 2010
  • Uzima Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will be closed 1/4/10 – 1/29/10
  • Blizzard Beach water park will be shut down for it’s annual winter refurb 1/11/10 – 3/20/10
  • Typhoon Lagoon will reopen on 1/10/10

Movie News:

May whatever holiday you celebrate be safe, healthy and happy!  Best wishes for a Magical Holiday Season!

Michelle

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I can’t believe it’s over already.   All that time waiting & planning, and planning and waiting and now it’s over and time to plan the next one.

Cast of Characters for this trip: Dear Husband 39, Me 37, Dear Daughter 14 & Dear Son 11

We left home (Charlotte NC) Saturday June 7th, 2008 and drove down to Altamonte Springs Florida.  We’ve found an Embassy Suites there that is very nice, full hot buffet breakfast and only $115 a night. Plus it’s only a half hour to Disney on Sunday mornings.  We arrived at the Embassy Suites before dinner, allowing us time to relax, eat and play in the pool.

 
We drove over to Disney’s  Saratoga Springs Resort  on Sunday morning and checked in at 9:30am.  We got our request of the Grandstand, but not the building we wanted.  We had wanted the building overlooking the pool and backing up to the golf course. The Cast Member did look to move us,  but  the building by the bus stop was closed because of noise from the road work, so they were full at the other building.  It worked out just fine though.  Our room was ready, a dedicated 2BR, 1st floor with a courtyard and golf course view.  Room 9111.  It was perfectly clean, everything worked, nothing was broken. The only thing missing was the cable for the internet but that was brought down after we called about it.
 
The plan for the day is take it easy and relax. Magic Kingdom Extra Magic Hours till 2am tonight,and we plan to go in the late evening.
After unpacking and settling in we went to Artist’s Palette for lunch right at noon. No crowds, no line.  Got our food to go and went back to our room to enjoy.  As always, the food was excellent!

A little back story, DD had been fighting an Upper Respiratory Infection for about a week & half.  We’d taken her to the Minute Clinic the night before her final exam in Geometry and on Wednesday before the trip to her regular Dr. “Viral” is what we were told.  She was on cough medicine, an inhaler, zyrtec and motrin/tylenol for fever & throat pain.  She was feeling worse when we got to Florida on Saturday and even worse on Sunday.

After lunch, DD went to take a nap and DH, DS & I went to the main pool for the Welcome Home party.  DH & I had our books and drinks  and DS was off in the pool until the party games started.  They had a Hula Hoop contest (done by age group) DS is really good at hula hooping so he was very excited to join in this.  When they got to several people who were still going, they had them stop and add a 2nd hoop and then there were 3 left who added a third hoop.  Jason from North Carolina was the last one standing and recieved the new Pixar edition of Monopoly.  He was soooo excited! What a great way to start our vacation!

DD was feeling a little better after her nap, so after we all got ready we headed out for Magic Kingdom.  We waited almost 40 minutes for an MK bus, the people already at the bus stop said they had seen 3-4 of all the other busses.  In the end, they waited just over an hour. I might have thought they were exagerating, except that as we went to all the other stops, others were saying the exact same thing. The bus was packed, but we eventually made it to the Magic Kingdom.

We had decided to start the night in the back of the park. Debated getting Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Splash Moutain  fast passes, decided to get BTMR.  Then went and got dinner at Columbia Harbor House.  First time there, thought it was pretty good.  DS said the new chicken nuggets were much better than the old strips, DD said they were fine.  After our dinner we walked on to Haunted Mansion, then made our way thru the Spectro crowds over to Splash Mountain but the wait was up to 50 minutes so we headed over to Adventureland.  Kids hopped on Flying Carpets as Wishes started. That was neat. As soon as they were done we went over to the Jungle Cruise.  I love the Jungle Cruise, I love every single corny joke.   Maybe because I had friends on the College Program that were Jungle Cruise Skippers, but it’s one of my favorites and my dear family only indulges me every couple of trips.  Pirates in undergoing refurb, so I get to go on Jungle Cruise.  nce Wishes is still going we’re able to walk right up and get on the next boat. Captain Sarah is great, and we play along with everything.  Now I have to say, the other group in our boat did not seem to get the jokes (or the point of the ride), that’s ok, I was having fun. Then something that I’ve never seen happen, we come up on another boat who’s captain yells over that there’s a boat in front of her that’s dead in the water. Yep, we got stuck on the Jungle Cruise.  Poor Captain Sarah, she said it was her first night and I’m sure it’s one she’ll never forget/  She went thru every joke she learned, then I tried to help by asking about the “local vegetation” So she was able to show us the “High”biscus and the “low”biscus.  The Captain of the boat in front of us started yelling out knock knock jokes to our boat and then moved on to singing “if you’re happy and you know it”   Boats are now backing up behind us and none of the radios seem to be working. I really wish I could have seen what was happening at the dock when there weren’t any boats showing up.   After a good half hour, they managed to get a boat out there to tow the dead boat back home and then we resumed our three hour tour (oops, sorry wrong story )

Crowds dropped significantly after Extra Magic Hours started and we were able to ride Splash & BTMR a couple of times with practically no wait.  We went over to Fantasy Land and DS & I rode the Tea Cups. DD was starting to crash, and not feel well at all.  She toughed it out, mainly because she’s 14 & stubborn and she was the one talking about staying at Magic Kingdom till 2am since park hours were released.  It was time for a snack so went and had Dole Whips (in honor of  Bawb–for those who listen to the DISunplugged podcast).
We moved over to Tomorrowland, rode the Wedway People Mover, Space Mountaintn & Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. We left the park just before 2am, got a bus no problem and were back to our room in no time flat.

All in all, a very good 1st day, Just wish DD would feel better.


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