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    TikiGoddess Pre-Trip Report Summer 2015

    It’s time for our annual trip down to visit my in-laws in Tampa, with a quick detour to Orlando. This year, we have a few surprises planned for our daughters…

    Here’s the cast of characters to start…

    DH Tim, 47, ex-CM and happy tag-along
    Me, Kathy, 42, lover of all things WDW
    DD12, Julie, future scientist
    DD10, Katie, our comic relief and ‘spark’ of the family

    We will be visiting our relatives at their house near the Gulf for 4 days. The Rays are playing the Mets, so we might go see a game. Other plans include going to the Lowry Park Zoo, which thankfully the girls have not outgrown yet. I love it there. Also some beach time (most likely in the evening, when the summer sun is less intense) and some big breakfasts at our favorite spot, The Frog Pond.

    We’ve told the girls that this summer’s trip will be scaled back a bit… my husband is just finishing his 2nd Master’s degree, I am starting my 2nd post grad degree, and we just bought a new car in January, so money is tight. We’re also saving up for a week long trip to WDW next summer.

    So this is what the girls think we’re doing:

    Wednesday - Saturday: visit Grandma and Grandpa
    Sunday: go to Blizzard Beach, stay one night at POR
    Monday: go to DTD, drive back to Tampa
    Tuesday - Weds: visit Grandma and Grandpa, fly home

    When in reality, this is the plan:

    Wednesday - Saturday: visit Grandma and Grandpa
    Sunday: go to Magic Kingdom in the morning, Epcot in the afternoon, stay at POR
    Monday: visit Kennedy Space Center!! Stay overnight at POR
    Tuesday: go to Blizzard Beach, drive back to Tampa
    Wednesday: fly home

    I plan on telling the girls as late as possible – so, they won’t know that we’re going to MK until we are pulling into POR that morning to check in, or possibly when we’re getting on the MK bus. They won’t know we’re going to Kennedy until Monday morning when I wake them up and give them their new NASA shirts.

    It’s not much but it’s more than they expect… and I couldn’t make it through the year without at least one day in my happy place! Sunday morning we intend to head straight for Thunder and Splash Mountains, then work our way clockwise around the park. FP+ for 7DMT, Pooh, and Space Mtn. Otherwise we’re going to play it by ear. We will most likely take a break in the middle of the day and get ourselves settled in our room at POR. We’ve requested Alligator Bayou, as Katie can fit on the day bed and that will help everyone get a good night’s sleep!

    Julie has been asking to go to Kennedy Space Center for a while now. She’s very interested in anything scientific. I think we’ll all enjoy the visit. We’ll try to get there at 9am (opening) and stay until we’re done… then come back and swim in the pool.

    I will be posting a (shorter than normal) trip report when we get back. Thanks for reading!

    Kathy
    Many trips from childhood to 2008, WDW/DLP
    8/09: Ultimate Adventurer Trip, WL Concierge/AKL
    6/10: POFQ
    12/10: Mousefan Reunion (Pop)
    8/11, 7/12: AKL Concierge
    10/12: ICOT 15th solo trip (Pop)
    4/13: Pop
    7/13: Hilton Bonnet Creek
    7/14: 3 nights at BLT
    12/14: US, IOA, and WDW

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    Have a wonderful time, I'm sure the girls will love their surprise
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    Your plans sound great!! Enjoy your vacation!!
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    Sounds like such a great surprise, Kathy! Have a magical trip!
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    Next Trips: October 2018!

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    What a great surprise. We loved KSC. It was just incredible. Especially the Atlantus. Don't want to spoil it, but the reveal gave me goosebumps. We were there opening to closing and still didn't see everything. Get there at opening and do the bus tour early. The line will be long if you don't go early. Have a great time.
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    Fun Kathy!!! Great plan!

    Enjoy it all!!!

    Julie
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    Summer 2018... WE ARE BACK!!!
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    The kids will love it!
    "Is there a 12 step program for this Mouse addiction?"

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    Home from trip. Much fun was had overall. Trip report coming as soon as I recover and do some laundry.


    Kathy
    Many trips from childhood to 2008, WDW/DLP
    8/09: Ultimate Adventurer Trip, WL Concierge/AKL
    6/10: POFQ
    12/10: Mousefan Reunion (Pop)
    8/11, 7/12: AKL Concierge
    10/12: ICOT 15th solo trip (Pop)
    4/13: Pop
    7/13: Hilton Bonnet Creek
    7/14: 3 nights at BLT
    12/14: US, IOA, and WDW

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    Quote Originally Posted by TikiGoddess View Post
    Home from trip. Much fun was had overall. Trip report coming as soon as I recover and do some laundry.


    Kathy
    Glad it was a fun trip. Looking forward to the details.

    The downside is coming home to a mountain of laundry!!!
    Linda aka: Faline
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