I think this will be more of a review and commentary of sorts than a real report because I can’t remember the details of what we did day to day but I did want to post something.
[B]Background:[/B] We took a trip with extended family in 2011 staying at Kidani using my parents’ points. There were 15 of us all together. We had a great time (better than we even expected) and decided to do it again. We had some back and forth about what time of year to go this time. The first time we went the week before Easter which was also school vacation here in Massachusetts. Airfare was insane, crowds were big and point values for staying at DVC were high. After much debate, we opted to go when school got out this time around (we have 2 school teachers in our family so they can’t go anytime other than school breaks or summer). One of the family groups opted not to go this time around due to other trips they had percolating so we were a smaller group this time. Because of the smaller size of our group and the non-peak travel time, we had enough points to stay at an Epcot area resort which was exciting for everyone.
We had a last minute addition to our trip when my dad’s godson from Ireland informed us in late May that he was coming to visit Boston and Chicago during the time of our vacation. (Long story - essentially my dad’s fault for not communicating better with his godson) Anyway, at first my mom was going to have my dad change his flight and meet us in Florida later but I suggested that we just bring the godson with us to Florida if he was up for it. He was so he spent 3 days in Boston, about 4 in Disney World and then headed off to Chicago for the rest of his trip. He lives on a dairy farm in the Irish countryside so you can imagine his impressions of Disney World! :laugh:
So we ended up being a party of 13 for the majority of the trip, ages 5 to 74. We were in WDW from 6/27 through July 3 and we stayed at the Boardwalk. We were on the Inn side for the 1st night and then moved to two 2 Bedroom Villas for the rest of the trip.