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      I see from the picture that your new family home is looking nice
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      Quote Originally Posted by Vikki View Post
      Will answer all of that in the next part, will probably do it later whilst Anthony is building our new TV cabinet
      I will send round DS - he loves building furniture - and it will get him out of the house - hes making it look soooooooooooo untidy
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      Quote Originally Posted by jarretth View Post
      I see from the picture that your new family home is looking nice
      well, we fancied a little change
      Cabinet got built I'm afraid, Anthony is pretty good with flat packs

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      Can't believe we have a cliff-hanger on a PRE-TRIPPIE!
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      Quote Originally Posted by ThinkTink View Post
      Can't believe we have a cliff-hanger on a PRE-TRIPPIE!

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      Trip report part two

      So, wed decided we werent going to tell Ben about our tripnot as easy as youd think! Of course everyone we know knows were going to WDW so weve had to make sure everyone knows that Ben doesnt know, if that makes sense They have been a couple of near misses, but so far, weve managed to keep it a secret. Whenever someone talks about our holiday, we refer to us going to Kent. Now this isnt a total lie to our little innocent four year old, as weve actually decided to travel down a few days before so we will be in Kent. Im not really keen on totally lying to him

      Anyway, so once wed decided we were actually going, we had to decide when and where. We looked at a variety of airlines, but found that Virgin fly drive was once again the best option to go for, as we had done on our previous visit. Anthony has always been desperate to have a 4x4 style car when were in America so we decided that wed go for that this time. We would usually fly from Manchester because, well, we always have However this time we would be flying with a young baby, so my panic number one ensued (you will probably notice all panic related things are to do with Ava). Panic number one was that we might not get a sky cot and I really didnt relish the idea of having a squiggly six month old on my knee in cattle class for 9 hours. Yes, I know its only 9 hours, but I was trying to cover every base. So, we decided that wed go for a change and fly from Gatwick. The one and only reason for this was that they do twilight check in. The theory would then be that we would be at twilight check in as it opened and hope that wed be allocated a sky cot. So we booked to go from Gatwick. Ive been in touch with the lovely folks at Virgin several times and they said with a 6 month old baby theyd be very surprised if we didnt get a sky cot but it can only be allocated at check in, and it depends on how many other people require a bulk head space. I just hate not knowing, drives me mad!

      Once wed booked our flight it was time to decide which resort we would stay at. We were planning on staying either at a value or a moderate, depending if free dining was being offered, and what other deals were around. Free dining was released and it ended up that the QSDP was to be offered at moderate resorts. Were not usually ones for staying at the same place twice, but wed enjoyed Port Orleans Resort French Quarter resort at WDW so much on our last trip we decided to return there. Simple. Im not entirely sure why we didnt book it right away, but we decided not to, and Im so pleased we didnt. One day I was playing with the WDW reservations site and I thought Id discovered a mistake. I found out that if we were to stay at either Old Key West Vacation Club Resort at WDW or Saratoga Springs Resort at WDW it would actually cost us a little less than Port Orleans Resort French Quarter resort at WDW and wed also get the full dining plan. After checking several times I found that there was an offer on for these resorts, so it seemed daft to stay at Port Orleans Resort French Quarter resort at WDW when we could try a Disney Vacation Club for the first time. After a lot of consideration we decided to book into SSR, mainly because weve seen it so many times from the boat from PO to DTD and its always looked like such a beautiful place. Also, I thought that the walk from there to DTD would be really nice to do a few times.

      We also found a hotel with parking to stay at near Gatwick. Now, if you can work this out, please tell me. We booked an overnight stay, with 2 weeks parking for 85. I went on the site to see what just one night without parking would be and it was 100. Very strange We also booked a couple of cheap 9 Travelodge rooms for the two nights before that, one at Luton, and one at Gatwick airport. We have National Trust passes, so thought wed spend a few days going down there and visit some parks.which is what Ben thinks the actual holiday will be Also, we thought if we stayed near Gatwick airport on the Twilight check in day, wed be able to get to the airport when it opened. Thats the theory anyway

      Next time, more panics
      (told you this would be long )

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      This is just FAB!

      I am sooooo looking forward to your actual trip report lol especially as you are staying st Saratoga Springs Resort at WDW and i really wanna know what the walk to DTD is like

      fingers crossed your plan goes to plan lol

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      This is quite a build up you are giving us Vikki. I can only imagine what the trip report will be like. Keeping things like this a secret is tough but it can be done. When our DD got married we asked her and her hubby to be what they wanted for a wedding present, one of the choices we offered was a honeymoon, which they both eagerly said that they wanted. The only hitch was that WE got to choose where and we wouldn't tell them. In fact they did not find out until the wedding reception, the very last thing they opened, where they were going. Of course we sent them to Disney. Then a few years later we did some more plotting with our first two granddaughters (our oldest DS's oldest and our DD's oldest). The girls and our DS only knew they were going to FL. That is where Donna's DM lives and we told them we were taking them down there to see her. They didn't know they were going to Disney until we drove through the gate that leads to DTD. Only four people knew the real story, our DD, us and DMIL.

      So I feel sure that Ben will be quite surprised when he finds out.

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      Wow, they're great surprises. I surprised Anthony with a birthday trip to DLRP (before the kids arrived) and that was a nightmare to keep quiet. This was a time before everything was booked online so I went to a travel agent. I told them they must not under any circumstances call me as not to ruin the surprise. Guess what? They called an Anthony answered. I managed to talk myself out of it though. To apologise they sent a bunch of flowers to me! Sounds lovely? Well yes, but how do you explain a bunch of flowers to your husband?
      It all worked out for the best though, and he was surprised, don't think I'd do it again though

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