My 50th Birthday Solo Trip Blow-Out (Sept 2-13, 2017)

Marissa227

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Aug 2, 2016
Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your trip report!!! Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope you'll write again. :)
 

Sinders99

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Dec 31, 2015
I've read a lot of trip reports and I have to say that yours was one of the most enjoyable I've come across. So many great side tips and observations that were really helpful and welcome.

My husband and I are 40 something Disney adults with no kids who come from an area of Australia which has cyclones, very much like your hurricanes but they spin in the opposite direction! We've been through many many cyclones and they're an eerie experience knowing that they're coming and just waiting. On our WDW trip in 2016 we literally flew into Orlando the morning after Hermione crossed the coast. For our next trip we've opted for a non hurricane time of year - December 2019 and we're super excited to be staying onsite for 3 weeks!!

You've really peaked my interest in POFQ though and I'm going to look into it as an option. We stayed at POR on our last trip and loved being a boat ride from Disney Springs but we never did do the walk between resorts and check out POFQ or get the horse drawn carriage ride I so desperately wanted!!

Oh and your boss sounds like a total JERK!!
 

useakiss

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Jan 11, 2017
Hi folks. I thought I'd update a little here since it's coming up on a year since I left on that trip--it's hard to believe a year has passed already! Some of the biggest changes is that my supervisor back then transferred to another role (I ended up reporting him to HR for his hostile behavior and had the paperwork to demonstrate it, and his rejecting of a PTO request 9 months out), and my team was cut in half so there's just two of us now--one stress was removed but replaced by another. However, my new supervisor is much better and has no problem with approving my reasonable requests for vacations.

I have another WDW trip planned for the last week of November of this year! It came up sooner than I'd anticipated (I've been aiming for another big trip in 2019 or 2020). I've starting a new blog to track that trip. Since so many of you enjoyed my write-ups, you can find the new one here.
 
  • Goldys4

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    Apr 8, 2015
    I really enjoyed your trip report. It definitely sounded like an amazing trip. My husband and I were at WDW Sept 20-23 with the impending storm Maria. It was double stress for us because we boarded the Disney Dream on Sept 23 for a 3 night cruise! I was a little stressed and wasn't sure how Maria would play out, but our amazing travel agent (I'm sorry for you to say MUCH better than yours) was able to calm my fears and we had a great trip. It was rocky coming back as we skirted Maria as it went north, but overall a great night sleep for me. I guess I really like the rocking motion like I was a baby :sail:

    Looking forward to your trip report with your mom!
     

    eeudj

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    Mar 10, 2007
    I loved your report! I read it straight trough!! I will be traveling in May to celebrate my 50.. hope I have as much fun.
     

    MsOnceUponATime

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    Wow - it's March 2019. I have NO idea how I stumbled across your trip report -- as I NEVER read trip reports!! (I've never even gone into the folder where trip reports are!) But somehow I tripped into this trip report and I must say, it's amazing and I was reading each word with baited breath. I'm about to go over to your most recent report now because I need to see how it all ends!!

    PS - I have an AMAZING boss and am so grateful for him because I've worked for YOUR OLD BOSS before and being treated that way is for the birds. So happy you've moved HIM ON!!
     

    sixcats

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    Apr 4, 2000
    Thank you for sharing. We will be going during the same time period this year. Hoping that the opening of Star Wars doesn’t turn it into a super packed trip. Loved all of your pictures, but was hoping for one of a reunion with your cats at the end :)
     
  • useakiss

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    Jan 11, 2017
    Thank you for sharing. We will be going during the same time period this year. Hoping that the opening of Star Wars doesn’t turn it into a super packed trip. Loved all of your pictures, but was hoping for one of a reunion with your cats at the end :)
    Well, I did take this pic shortly after returning home. This is Kodiak and Hailey. Missing from the pic is Clara. Sadly, I lost Hailey this past January.
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    Jerzetta

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    Very much enjoyed your trip report. Wow your boss sounds insensitive. Hope you go back soon. We are going in Nov so you gave a few tips I did t know abt. Thank you
     
  • CoffeeKitten

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    May 17, 2019
    Wow! I loved your trip report. I have a trip coming up where I'll be staying at POFQ. It was so interesting hearing your take on the resort. And it was riveting hearing how you rode out the hurricane. I've always wondered how that sort of emergency is handled at Disney.

    On a side note, after another incident at work regarding my request for future PTO, I submitted an HR complaint about that boss--his text about the hurricane was entered in as evidence. Within the month he transferred to a different position (coincidence?). Wishes do come true! :smickey:
    My jaw literally dropped open when I read about your ex-boss. Thank goodness you were able to go on your Disney trip and he was later transferred.

    My DH once worked for a startup company where his boss literally made us cancel a planned (previously approved) trip to see our family. He ended up working there for three years with zero vacation days taken. At his exit interview his boss apologized for that canceled trip. I think the boss finally realized that lack of time off really does affect a person's well-being. (And it made it real easy for DH to quit that job for one that cares for its employees.)
     

    dtl62

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    Jan 31, 2007
    Extremely late to the party here, but I just found this report recently. I really enjoyed this trip report. I was in WDW with my daughter for the exact same dates I think, and this just brought me back. I was super impressed as well with how Disney handled things during Irma.
     

    bravenyc

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    Apr 8, 2016
    I just found and read your trip report. Thanks for writing it - it was wonderful! So glad that you got a trip in 2018 and your 2020 reunion trip sounds amazing!! It goes to show that what you put out into the world comes back in spades. In June 2018 we also did a split stay at AKL and BC - (me, my mom, my then 4 and 7 year old, my brother, his 15 and 18 year old, and my 16 yo niece) - it was amazing. We loved the convenience of BC to Epcot (but it was a loooong hot walk to HS and the boats were not running at that time because of bridge construction) but overall we much preferred AKL. In August/Sept of 2020 we are returning to the world and will do another split stay with AKL and Boardwalk. The good thing now is that you can walk to the EP back gate and take the skyliner to HS - that is what we plan to do. I am sure you will have a blast.
     

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