[QUOTE=Soundgod;1051404]Are you kidding me? We both renewed our vows at Sunset Point in 2005?
I bet you didn’t set yours up as a surprise like I did.[/QUOTE]
OK, major thread jack here:
It started as a surprise. When the Wedding Planner’s asst. called Monday eve before we left the cat was out of the bag. The hardest part was that I planned this as a trip for just the 2 of us. Now DW was upset that the 3 kids were staying in SC and I had this planned this without them being there. See, we were married in England when I was stationed overseas. We never had a formal family wedding many years ago. The kids were now 18, 14 and 11. Can you say dog house? I was now living in it.
We left Wed AM and arrived at CR by 1, checked in, hit the parks and had wonderful dinners Wed and Thurs. We had the renewal scheduled for Sat and left Mon AM.
Now, the rest of the story. What DW did not know all along was that the kids were leaving SC Fri AM and were to arrive at CR (room reserved for them in the S Garden Wing) no later than 1PM. Well no super secret code call from them that they arrived was received by 2PM. That day we hit AK, went back to CR and when we got to the room DW wondered if there were LaNuba tix available for that night. This was a great opportunity to escape and track down the kids. I told DW that I was going to the concierge desk downstairs to check. Tix were available and I bought them. I went back to the room after again checking to make sure the kids room was in the S Garden Wing and put their park tix in the arrival package. With that confirmed I went back to the room. As I walked into the room a call came in. The kids had PASSED the main entrance. Youngest was out voted on the turn around argument when our oldest DD drove right by, supported by DS. See, this was only months after they changed all of the exit numbers on I-4. Oldest DD was looking at an older map and drove 30 miles towards Tampa before youngest DD won her fight. I had written down the new exit numbers but that paper was left in SC.
The kid’s arrival was announced with a text msg around 4 PM. One problem. They were put in the N Garden wing. “Oh heck”, we were in the NGW. We were on the first floor, woods view. They were on the second floor, woods view, 6 rooms over. Told them to “hide out and hit MK or AK as we had been to those parks the days before. They could also go to DTD AFTER 9PM. We were doing dinner at Bongo’s or WP before La Nuba.”
Well, we went to dinner, then LaNuba. Afterwards we went to the CR bus stop and stood in line to have cocktails back at CR. Just as we got to one side of the bus stop youngest DD and DS came around the other corner of the bus stop. It was 8:30 PM. I immediately turned DW around and gave her a kiss to divert her attention. DD yanked DS off his feet and they ran away. Apparently DS bought a new CD and wanted to go back to the room. Instead of driving they took WDW trans. Almost got busted again. I can still see their faces when they saw me. Sheer terror. They were sure dad would say something later. The rest of the night went fine but my kid lookout search radar was now at full alert.
Sat morning we got up, had room service bkfst and went to the Poly to meet the Wedding Planner and Chaplin. The planner told DW to stay with his asst in the lobby and he would bring the Chaplin and me out. He went back to get DW and his asst. When DW came out on the golf cart and rounded the bend to Sunset Point she absolutely freaked out. From back by one of the long houses, everyone within 100+ feet heard DW scream “My babies are here.” I am now the man again. Then she saw her BFF and BFF DD and let out another yell.
We had a wonderful ceremony and then hit the parks after too much cake and champagne at 10:00 AM. One other side note. As we were on the monorail from CR to Poly DW saw people out on Sunset Point. If she had her glasses on she would have realized it was the kids. I quickly diverted her attention to the WL where we were staying on our next trip. I wondered what else could be thrown at me to spoil my plans.
Was this surprise enough? I know I could have used a valium when I saw the kids on SP that morning. I was so close to pulling it off. I was going to add a picture or 3 but the system says they are already uploaded somewhere else and will not let me do it again. Don’t kow why.