I am so ready for this trip - I can’t even begin to describe it (luckily, I don’t have to - you all understand)!
I decided to do a pre-trip report and will come back and fill in with details and pictures during/after the trip.
Sarah (me, 38)
Mark (DH, 40)
Maia (DD, turns 11 on the trip)
Emma (DD, just turned 8)
This is our 5th trip to WDW. Our 1st trip was January 2004, Mark had been once when he was a child. We are not using DDP and do not have park hoppers. DDP just wasn’t cost effective for us when I did the math. We’ve never had park hoppers, so we don’t know what we are missing and don’t want to spend the extra money for them. It’s never been a problem wanting to be able to hop in the past, so I think we’ll be fine this trip as well.
Our goal this trip is to try new things. I’ll highlight the new things we do as we go! We have a few things in mind, but if anyone as ideas for fun things that aren’t always on people’s radar - send them my way! There are few things that we’ve never done that we should have - so those are top on our list this time (Riverboat, Tom Sawyer island, Hall of Presidents). I really don’t know why we haven’t done those, but we will this trip! We had wanted to only eat at new (to us) restaurants this trip - and we have 3 new TS booked, but I think we’ll end up with some favorites as well.
We leave for Florida Thursday, November 10th (we haven’t decided if we are leaving at 6 when Mark gets home from work or if we’ll sleep for a couple of hours and leave at like 2am). We are driving straight through to Leesburg, FL to see Mark’s grandma. We’ll spend Friday with grandma then head to WDW Saturday, November 12th.
We are staying at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. We have stayed on property only one time (at POP in 2007). We have a timeshare through RCI, so we usually do a condo offsite. My aunt gave me her timeshare at VWL for the week as a gift, so lodging was free this trip and we got a deluxe to boot! Our RCI is weeks, and we can’t trade into DVC with it.
Still debating on going to MVMCP - just don’t want to spend that much money for it…but feel like we should just do it. I think we’ll play it by ear and may go on Tuesday if we feel up to it and there are still tickets available.
Monday is Maia’s 11th birthday and we are heading to Universal for Harry Potter. She is a huge HP fan and the idea of going to Hogwarts on her 11th birthday is the best part of the trip for her! We went to WDW on Emma’s birthday a few years ago. This time we are celebrating Emma’s birthday on November 18th (a month after her bday) and both girls are thrilled with it. This is our first trip to Universal Orlando.
Our plans for the week will follow. I will post the pre trip plans in their own message, then go back and edit them to put in what we actually did. Does this sound like a good way to do it? Thanks for coming along on our trip! :mickey: