The Parmenteri's and Jola's visit Mickey!
Paula (me) age 40
David (DH) age 47
Reade (DS#1) age 15
Dominic (DS#2) age 10
We overlapped 5 days of our vacation with friends.
We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside Alligator Bayou Room 1414.
We last visited in June of 2003. Other friends came for 5 days of that trip, for their first visit. When the trip was over, my friend said she’d like to go again next year, to which I replied, “I don’t think we’d ever go two years in a row!”
In the fall, another set of friends said they were going this year and we should go too! DH said that if they offered good deals this summer, maybe we’d go.
Fast forward to Christmas and DH asked me what I wanted to which I replied “Disney Dollars, or better yet, an annual pass!” He asked if I wanted to go again this year and I said yes, if we find a good deal. So of course, I started on the boards again and looking around and told him we should get AP’s and already plan on the next year, too! Smart man that he is, he agreed!
We then started meeting once a month with our friends to do some preliminary planning. We decided we would go in July of 2004 and June of 2005 to really get our money’s worth of those passes!! Our friends decided to go July 6-16 and we chose to go July 11-20. DH was traveling to Ecuador for a church missions trip from June 18-July 4, and we figured we’d give him 5 or 6 days at home to recuperate first, as we were driving.
When we received our income tax return, I ordered our Annual Passes online. We also got a Disney Visa right before our trip last year and charged everything from that trip to earn points for the future. Now we really started using it for everything to be able to have reward dollars to use on this trip!
As soon as DH’s Ecuador trip was set, we called to make reservations with Disney. I suggested that we go back to a value resort this time and go with Wilderness Lodge in 2005. DH agreed. When I called to make our ressies, I asked for a quote for both All Star Sports and POR. The difference was only $400.00 and we knew that there was a chance of AP discounts, so I asked DH to choose and he picked POR!! I booked a water view room as we really wanted to get into Building 14, like last year, and I figured that might help! (Last year, we got it without paying extra, as DS#1 was in a wheelchair.) We have AAA, so the room was booked at $1356.00 for 9 nights.
During some of our monthly meetings, we decided where we wanted to eat. We also decided to try to get an Illuminations Cruise. In between making PS and trying to get the Cruise—which I finally did for the last possible day we could go!—we were watching for AP discounts. The day they finally came out was a fiasco! I called and was put on hold numerous times and when I finally got through to someone, she put me on hold and I had to hang up to go to work! What a bummer! I talked to our friends and they got their discount. Hours later, when I could finally get to a phone, I called and explained what happened in the morning and the CM checked and we had the discount!! Woo hoo! I was happy, but it certainly was an awful day, wondering if we had it or not, would they be gone by the time I got to call, etc.!! What have I learned from this, you may ask. Well, I’m 99.9% sure we’re using a travel agent next year!
All we had to do now, was count the days until we leave. We (DH) decided we’d leave on July 9 at midnight and see how far we could get by Saturday afternoon. We thought we could probably get to Jacksonville and only have 3 hours to drive on Sunday morning. We decided that would be the plan, and we would just stop when we decided it was time, even if we didn’t get to Jacksonville.
Coming up next…can we make to Jacksonville?