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ukwdwnut
24-09-2011, 12:21 AM
Had a nice long chat with Den, Lauren & Michael about the trip I mentioned elsewhere. We've decided we want to go for 3 weeks. 2 in Orlando and maybe a week at our friends villa in I think it's cape coral.
In Orlando we want to spend a week at the parks and a week touring around that area. We've also decided we would really love to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge for how long we don't know yet.
Lauren by the way is calling the trip
"A CELEBRATION OF LIFE" which I think is cool :)
we want to go to where we've never managed to get to or do something we've always wanted to do. Two of which is go to Kennedy Space Centre, and something I thought I'd never be able to do is the dolphin swim at Discovery Cove.
That's about where we are at right now. So as the title says
LET THE PLANNING BEGIN :D

Wendy
24-09-2011, 12:32 AM
:hug2: Brilliant Mick, it sounds like a great plan :yes: :hug2:

I love Lauren's name for the trip :D

ukwdwnut
24-09-2011, 07:03 AM
:hug2: Brilliant Mick, it sounds like a great plan :yes: :hug2:

I love Lauren's name for the trip :D


Thx wen. Yeah me too, it brought a lump to my throat when she said it.

Oh something else we can do I just thought of is make some adr's which we've never done, so you guys can help me on that score, I wouldn't know where to start :)

Kate
24-09-2011, 07:43 AM
You need to have a countdown too! :yes:

arkvilla
24-09-2011, 08:10 AM
Sounds fab Mick, it will really give you something to look forward to :yes:

Sandra

uscwest
24-09-2011, 02:16 PM
Sounds like a great plan Mick. Love the name. Hope it comes to fruition.

Tinkfan
24-09-2011, 09:45 PM
:applaudit::applaudit::hug2:I think you'll love the AKL, so beautiful! And ADR's can be fun too!!!:yes:

Shellyamc
25-09-2011, 03:01 AM
There is no better celebration then spending a few weeks having fun with your family :yes:

So now where do you want to eat?? :lol:

Lisa1976
25-09-2011, 08:42 AM
Yay, nothing better than planning a trip to WDW :yes:

Deafjeff
25-09-2011, 12:57 PM
:mental:

Love the name of the trip :yes:

Looking forward to see your plans!

Tink
25-09-2011, 03:10 PM
What a great kid she is, your Lauren. You've given them hope for the future Mick. That is a beautiful gift from a Da to their children.

Plan the holiday of a life time!!! Try not to focus too much on cost (I know, I know, we all are governed by money in the end) and do all those things you've always wanted to do and didn't!

This is going to be such fun watching you (and helping a bit where we can) plan this incredible holiday.

ukwdwnut
26-09-2011, 09:08 AM
You need to have a countdown too! :yes:

i dont have dates yet kate, all i know is we have talked about going for 3 weeks and the only time we can go for that amount of time is easter. so its easter 2014 :D


Sounds fab Mick, it will really give you something to look forward to :yes:

Sandra

OMG will it sandra, i love knowing when we go usually but this one will be something special esp after having major surgery. i cant wait to go it will have been 7yrs between any kind of holiday which is unheard of in this house, four being the longest :(


Sounds like a great plan Mick. Love the name. Hope it comes to fruition.

it will happen john, the only reason not to is my health, like im not around to go. if thats the case i wont know anything about it


:applaudit::applaudit::hug2:I think you'll love the AKL, so beautiful! And ADR's can be fun too!!!:yes:

not sure it will be AKL because of the cost i will see how much it is now to give me an idea against all the others


There is no better celebration then spending a few weeks having fun with your family :yes:

So now where do you want to eat?? :lol:

totally agree with you shelly. the next holiday was going to be just me and denise but seeing whats happening to me, lauren and michael and my nephew jamie all want to come. it will defo be the most special trip to WDW without a doubt :D


Yay, nothing better than planning a trip to WDW :yes:

you got that one right lisa :lol:


:mental:

Love the name of the trip :yes:

Looking forward to see your plans!

yes me too jeff, its very apt in the circumstances, dont you think!!


What a great kid she is, your Lauren. You've given them hope for the future Mick. That is a beautiful gift from a Da to their children.

Plan the holiday of a life time!!! Try not to focus too much on cost (I know, I know, we all are governed by money in the end) and do all those things you've always wanted to do and didn't!

This is going to be such fun watching you (and helping a bit where we can) plan this incredible holiday.

i know tink she is the most generous person i know, she even gave me £100 towards my dental costs, ive found out too she is giving me her ragtop sports car next year when she gets another one but newer. OMG you cant get more generous than that can you

cost is a major factor of any holiday for us tink as we are a low income family and we make big sacrifices to go to WDW but thats what we choose if we want to go there, you only live once and we want to enjoy it, even more so now. i have a plan in my head what we will do and stay. me and denise have also made some very important plans for the future to make sure the time i have left will be the happiest of my life and it will give us both the opportunity to do a lot of things we never thought we would be able to do because of finances but i have a plan :evil:

MystikPiglit
26-09-2011, 01:23 PM
:applaudit:Yay! You'll love KSC. :yes:


Lauren by the way is calling the trip
"A CELEBRATION OF LIFE"

Aw, bless her heart. :hug2:

Tink
27-09-2011, 11:06 PM
I understand low income, Mick. It's my lifestyle too. :yes: However, I've learned that sometimes it really, really isn't about the money, it's about the living.

You are a careful family (as are we) and you don't spend recklessly, nor foolishly.
Things sometimes happen in this life that show us that the experience is worth more than what it takes (money wise) to accomplish that experience.

I hope that makes sense?

ukwdwnut
28-09-2011, 08:49 AM
I understand low income, Mick. It's my lifestyle too. :yes: However, I've learned that sometimes it really, really isn't about the money, it's about the living.

You are a careful family (as are we) and you don't spend recklessly, nor foolishly.
Things sometimes happen in this life that show us that the experience is worth more than what it takes (money wise) to accomplish that experience.

I hope that makes sense?

yes it makes sense. thats why id really like to do AKL for a few days. im being realistic here, if say after this trip i might not be able to travel or might not even be around to go again so i think its the one time we need to do it, just so we can say we did and have no regrets that we didnt when we had the chance. im just off to see how much it is a night to stay at each :D

Beccaberry
28-09-2011, 11:35 AM
Beautiful name :yes:

Tinkfan
29-09-2011, 02:44 AM
yes it makes sense. thats why id really like to do AKL for a few days. im being realistic here, if say after this trip i might not be able to travel or might not even be around to go again so i think its the one time we need to do it, just so we can say we did and have no regrets that we didnt when we had the chance. im just off to see how much it is a night to stay at each :D

Mick, you said that you'll go for 3 weeks right? Well after Easter the hotel seasons change and become less expensive. So if it didn't matter if you stayed on Easter itself , it may be a little less costly.

ukwdwnut
29-09-2011, 08:05 AM
Mick, you said that you'll go for 3 weeks right? Well after Easter the hotel seasons change and become less expensive. So if it didn't matter if you stayed on Easter itself , it may be a little less costly.

10/10 for oberservation tink :lol:

the thing is i dont know how long before or after i have either side of easter our school holidays fall, i want to keep as far away from the holiday period as i can to see if there is much of a price fluctuation, i really dont know the cost of staying onsite esp at a deluxe

Tink
29-09-2011, 10:23 AM
Deluxes are pricey. Plan on at least $275 or so, a night, and that is probably low now. I use DVC points so haven't kept up with the nightly rates...

However, if you know what is coming and have planned and saved for it, it won't really interfere, eh? :yes:

ukwdwnut
29-09-2011, 10:30 AM
Deluxes are pricey. Plan on at least $275 or so, a night, and that is probably low now. I use DVC points so haven't kept up with the nightly rates...

However, if you know what is coming and have planned and saved for it, it won't really interfere, eh? :yes:

i didnt think it would be cheap tink hmmm thats around £175pn and i know AKL is more expensive than most. so maybe i need a rethink and stay at a moderate and one of these has taken my eye PORFQ or POR

Tinkfan
29-09-2011, 03:41 PM
Actually the AKL and WL are the 2 least expensive deluxes. Value hotels like pop will range from $82.-154.00 depending on the season. Mods from $154. - $226. And deluxe from $250.- $400. Of course I'm talking standard view. Start your change bank now!!!

ukwdwnut
01-10-2011, 04:28 PM
Actually the AKL and WL are the 2 least expensive deluxes. Value hotels like pop will range from $82.-154.00 depending on the season. Mods from $154. - $226. And deluxe from $250.- $400. Of course I'm talking standard view. Start your change bank now!!!

Wow!! Theyare all really expensive lookin at it in $$$ will look at converting to £££ and see how it goes
Thx for that TF :)

lisaw
02-10-2011, 09:17 AM
Mick get yourself a pound coin tin. I have one that looks like a big baked bean tin and you can only open it with a tin opener. I save pound coins for the two years prior to a holiday and it always has around 500 pounds in it - that's your two nights deluxe hotel stay plus change sorted! :)

ukwdwnut
02-10-2011, 10:56 AM
Mick get yourself a pound coin tin. I have one that looks like a big baked bean tin and you can only open it with a tin opener. I save pound coins for the two years prior to a holiday and it always has around 500 pounds in it - that's your two nights deluxe hotel stay plus change sorted! :)

yeah good idea lisa, i'll do that. thx :)

Tinkfan
03-10-2011, 02:57 AM
Mick get yourself a pound coin tin. I have one that looks like a big baked bean tin and you can only open it with a tin opener. I save pound coins for the two years prior to a holiday and it always has around 500 pounds in it - that's your two nights deluxe hotel stay plus change sorted! :)

it's amazing how quick it adds up, were back a month and I already have $42.00 saved up

ukwdwnut
03-10-2011, 08:02 AM
laurens getting a big tin for each of us today so saving £1 & £2 coins can begin

had a chat with them all last night. and everyone is up for staying at AKL, so it looks like we will be staying there.

:mickeybounce: :mickeybounce:

Kate
03-10-2011, 12:49 PM
I have one of those tins, they are great! DH hates them though - he said whats the point, you cant get in it! Erm, that is the point!!! :rolleyes:

ukwdwnut
03-10-2011, 01:47 PM
I have one of those tins, they are great! DH hates them though - he said whats the point, you cant get in it! Erm, that is the point!!! :rolleyes:

Duh!! give him a slap for being a thicko :lol:

Tinkfan
04-10-2011, 03:12 AM
We use ours to save for the extras, I put aside $25. per day for breakfast the resort mugs, one special breakfast, if we drive I usually come up with the funds for meals and hotels as well. I usually can save abot $600. in a year, sometimes more!

Bradley Thomas
06-10-2011, 01:03 PM
Thatís a really great thing to hear, wish you all good luck.