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09 January 2013

When plans go awry

"So the story goes that I had this massive surprise lined up for Joanne and the boys"

September 2012 I made a reservation at The Polynesian Resort for 3 weeks and 2 days (last time at WDW we stayed for 3 weeks and 1 day so I figure that by added a day each year, by the time i'm 60, we'll be going for 6 weeks at a time ;-)

The surprise was that I wouldn't tell her we were going there and instead 'doctor' the reservation to look like we were staying at Port Orleans Riverside which in itself would be awesome. Then, after picking the car up at the airport we'd head over to Disney World and i'd take a 'wrong turn' and head over to the Magic Kingdom and there i'd reveal the surprise.

And so it goes, I presented the booked flights and reservation at Christmas and all was good, surprise in place.

Move on a couple of weeks and we get the new My Disney Experience app on our phones. It's a great little app where you can plan your trip.

A week or so after we've got the app, Joanne is checking her phone:

Joanne: Hey, there's an update to the Disney World app

Me: Oh yeah, what's new?

Joanne: You can add your hotel reservation to your plan?

Me: ERRRRMMMM, yeah, you probably can't do that as it's been booked via my friend Dirk (A WDW cast member) and not direct with Disney World.

Joanne: Oh, OK.

Me: PHEW!!!!

Joanne: (a few minutes later): OOHH, yes you can, i've put in our reservation number and it's come up!


I should have changed the reservation number on the printout and not just the hotel name! The thing is, she hadn't even noticed that the reservation had said 'The Poynesian' and not 'Port Orleans Riverside'. It was only a matter of time before she guessed though so I decided to come clean.

To say she's excited would be a massive understatement. We're planning our dining reservations on this now and we're both buzzing that it's almost just 199 days until our trip.

Definitely going to keep the surprise for the boys though. Josh (9) saw the volcano pool at The Polynesian last time we were there and desperately wanted to swim there and ride the slide. He's gonna get his wish.

31 August 2013

Day 23 (Friday 30th)
"The Final Day :-("

31 August 2013

Day 22 (Thursday 29th)
"Universal Studios"

31 August 2013

Day 21 (Wednesday 28th)
"Last Disney Day"

30 August 2013

Day 19 (Monday 26th)
"The final week!"

26 August 2013

Day 18 (Sunday 25th)
"Alarm Clock"

26 August 2013

Day 17 (Saturday 24th)

24 August 2013

Day 16 (Friday 23rd)
"Piracy on the high seas"

23 August 2013

Day 15 (Thursday 22nd)
"The Magic Kingdom"

22 August 2013

Day 14 (Wednesday 21st)
"Cinema and Chillin' Part 2"

22 August 2013

Day 13 (Tuesday 20th)
"Cirque Du Soleil"

21 August 2013

Day 12 (Monday 19th)
"Spidey 'n' Marshmallows"

20 August 2013

Day 11 (Sunday 18th)
"Computer Woes & Mammoth Storms"

20 August 2013

Day 10 (Saturday 17th)
"Sci-Fi Dining"

20 August 2013

Early morning bloggin'
"Chillin' @ The Poly"

16 August 2013

Day 9 (Friday 16th)
"Animal Kingdom & 'Ohana"

16 August 2013

Day 7 & 8
"Bringing it all up to date."

15 August 2013

Day 6 (Tuesday 13th)
"Waterparks and EPCOT food"

14 August 2013

Blizzard Beach
"Fun on the T-Bar Zip Line"

14 August 2013

Day 5 (Monday August 12th)
"Cinema and Chillin'

14 August 2013

Day 4 (Sunday 11th August)
"Chef Mickey's and Magic Kingdom with friends"

14 August 2013

Let's Do 3 Parks in 1 day
"Or not..."

11 August 2013

The Polynesian
"This pool is soooooooo nice."

10 August 2013

Day 2 (Magic Kingdom & Downtown Disney)
"Time to meet Mickey"

09 August 2013

Day 1 (Magic Kingdom and EPCOT)
"We're finally here!"

09 August 2013

Quick Update
"First Day"

06 August 2013

Here We Go.....
"Airport time..."

28 July 2013

9 Days
"Almost There"

19 July 2013

Sea Raycers
"Tootling about on the water"

19 July 2013

Blizzard Beach
"Water, Slides and Funnel Cake"

19 July 2013

Tonga Toast / Kona Cafe
"Tingling Tastebuds"

18 July 2013

Monorail Candies!
"Alejado de las Puertas"

18 July 2013

Our August 2013 Trip
"August 7th Onwards"

17 July 2013

Countdown Charts
"Can't beat a good countdown chart!"

09 January 2013

When plans go awry
"So the story goes that I had this massive surprise lined up for Joanne and the boys"