Hello fellow MP'ers! Greetings from sunny California...yes home to our beloved and original Disneyland.
For the past....well many, many years our family, aka The Moles Hole (Our last name is Moles)....have wanted to go to Disneyworld....we tried last year, however I was not granted the time off, but this year....we are totally going and I am so excited to share in the planning and trip report with you all!
Travel dates: October 6th to October 15th 2012
Travel method: Southwest airlines from Sacramento,California to Orlando, Florida
Resort: Legacy Vacation Club offsite (Condo donated by our friends)
Accommodations: Legacy Vacation Club
Ages Represented in Group: DD Clinton (age 36, first time DWorld) DM Christine (age 36, first time DWorld), DS Andrew (age 18, first time DWorld) and DD Brooke (age 13, first time DWorld)
Disney Resort Experience Represented in Group: First time trip to Disneyworld...VERY excited!!!!!!
Comments: Looking forward to planning and sharing, reading everyone's experiences and advice!
Cast of characters: The Moles Family aka The Moles Hole
With all of this planning, the reality that we may not get to go...due to inability to pay for the whole thing.....was sad for us. However, feeling as blessed as we have, to have had many years of enjoyment at our home base of Disneyland, one could not complain. We are very thankful for our life and all the blessings that we have. One day at work...I was talking to one of our unit's doctors (I work in a very busy Neonatal ICU)...he asked where we were going to stay if we could go. I shared with him that we may not be going afterall.
Later that night I got a text from our wonderful doctor...who shared that him and his wife wanted to give us a gift. I, of course cried and told him that he was so generous to share with our family, and he did not have to....of which he insisted that we accept his offer of a week at the Legacy Vacation Club Resort. He went on to tell me that it was not a luxurious place, but was close to the resort and would save us some money. With my crying, came my daughter's tears and the realization that we just saved well over a thousand dollars....we could make it work...we have almost 10 months to pay and save.
So this trip report will be about a thankful family going to Disneyworld for the first time...about budgeting and reading trip reports and anything I can about how to make this trip the most affordable and fun trips that I can for our family.
So here is the plan.....
For the next 2 months, each time I get paid I will buy one 6 day park hopper from undercover tourist. (They are offering the 5 day park hopper with the 6th day free and no shipping fees).
I am going to stalk the southwest airlines website vigilently 2-3 months prior to our trip so I can try and get the best and cheapest rates possible. (Please share if you have any thoughts on this...we have never flown as a family and I am not sure how to get the absolute best rates. I did hear that looking at midnight was a good plan). I am working currently, on budgeting for food, and other things such as rental car and spending money...any and all thoughts are appreciated please.
So....this is the beginning, I am so looking forward to this trip and thank you all for comin' along with us! Only 249 more days to pay for our very first Disneyworld vacation!!! Soooooooooooo over the moon!!!!