Sandie Simply Says

June 6, 2009

Spin Cycle: Summer’s Here!

Filed under: General — by Sandie @ 7:00 am

This week’s Spin Cycle (brought to you by Jen at assignment is all about Summer Vacation.

For some reason, the minute I read the topic for this week’s spin, this song popped into my head (and since I can’t get it out of my head, I thought I’d share it with you so it can be stuck in yours too! You’re welcome!):

“They” say with the economy being in the crapper lately, more people are not taking vacations. This is good news for me. I’m in a pretty recession proof job. Actually, I’m not sure a recession has EVER affected the military…at least not in the form of layoffs. And everyone is offering smoking deals on travel to entice everyone to do it.

This year, for the first time in a very long time, Disney is offering free tickets to military members. And not just any tickets: these are 5-day Park Hoppers with the Water Parks ‘n More add on. AND they gave us the opportunity to buy up to five additional tickets for $150 each (just for giggles, I looked these tickets up and they’re normally around $400). AND they were offering discounts of up to 40% off on-park hotels.

This deal was just way too good to pass up! So, we started making our plans. Originally, we planned on just taking our family (all 7 of us!), but then I thought it would be neat to invite my parents (they’re both retired military, so they were also eligible for free tickets). So, I called my mom and they decided to go with us. Then I was talking with an old friend of mine (and I don’t mean she’s old as in age old, old as in I’ve known her longer than I’ve known anyone I’m not related to…and that’s saying a lot for a military brat!) and the subject of Disney came up, so I invited her along too.

Just in case math is not your forte, I’ll do the math for you: 7 (my family) + 2 (my parents) +1 (my friend) = 10!! Yikes! That’s a freaking tribe!

We originally booked a couple rooms at one of the Disney All Star resorts. Then the logistics just became too much (two of the kids would have had to share a room with my parents. My dad *said* it was OK, but I know they would have driven him batty by the end of the week!). So Tony called Disney to find out what other options we had. While he was on the phone with the agent, one of the Treehouse Villas opened up (literally, it was while they were talking). These villas JUST opened on 1 Jun, so we’ll be the 2d or 3d family EVER to stay in our villa.

And the pictures of the place look fabulous (you can see them here).

I’m getting so excited! A little over two weeks to go!!!



  1. Wow! that’s a terrific deal! Have a fabulous time!

    Great spin!

    Comment by Joanie M — June 6, 2009 @ 7:48 am |Reply

  2. Seriously, you will have a blast! This is the perfect Spin to start off the week! We’re making tentative plans to take Sprite to Disney on Labor Day weekend so we’re getting excited too! You’re linked!

    Comment by Sprite's Keeper — June 6, 2009 @ 1:54 pm |Reply

  3. How wonderful! You’ll have a great time. We could everyone to Disney World in 2004 for Christmas and the boys (both adults at the time) still talk about it. Great deal also.

    Comment by Michele — June 6, 2009 @ 5:36 pm |Reply

  4. Oh that sounds cool! Disney has a military only hotel, I can’t remember the name of it but my SIL always stays there. It’s NICE.

    Comment by Casey — June 6, 2009 @ 8:01 pm |Reply

    • It’s Shades of Green and is usually booked pretty far out. We tried going that route when we first started looking at going down there and they were full!

      Comment by Sandie — June 6, 2009 @ 10:07 pm |Reply

  5. The Tree house looks awesome! Please take tons of pictures and post them! Have you figured out which restaurants you’re going to try yet? I wish I could go too! I LOVE Disney World!!

    BTW…great job posting 2 Spins in 2 days! I can’t seem to get back on track. The whole “grandmother” thing has me all twitterpated….

    Comment by Ginger — June 6, 2009 @ 8:05 pm |Reply

    • I will! We’re doing Chef Mickey’s and Crystal Palace (I think that’s the one). We’ve been trying to get Cinderella’s Castle, but they’re all booked. :( Oh and Tony’s taking me to a surprise restuarant on the 24th (our anniversary). I cannot tell a lie…I wrote both posts on Friday night and scheduled the second one to post Saturday morning. 🙂 I knew it was the only way I’d get it done!

      Comment by Sandie — June 6, 2009 @ 10:12 pm |Reply

      • Chef Mickey’s and the Crystal Palace are tow of the BEST!! You’re going to have a ball!! I can’t wait to see pictures!!

        Comment by Ginger — June 8, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

  6. We stayed at the original treehouse villas about fifteen years ago. It was fabulous, Disney really knows how to take care of you. That’s for sure. I’m jealous. Sounds like a blast, you’re going to need a vacation when you get back from your vacation, you’re going to be beat.

    Comment by mrsbear0309 — June 6, 2009 @ 9:54 pm |Reply

    • I know! Unfortunately, we’re not going to get any rest until September, I think! We close 3 days after we get back from Disney. And then comes getting ready to move overseas! Yikes!

      Comment by Sandie — June 6, 2009 @ 10:13 pm |Reply

  7. Here from Sprite’s. Your vacation sound wonderful. And I enjoyed the treehouse villas photos.

    BTW Belinda Carlisle went to my HS. She went by Belinda Kercheski back then.

    Comment by Pseudo — June 7, 2009 @ 12:51 am |Reply

  8. I got excited for you just reading that post. Have a blast!!

    Comment by Kingsmom — June 11, 2009 @ 2:12 pm |Reply

  9. I am so JEALOUS! Both of the deal and that you get to stay in one of the new villas. What a fun thing to look forward to! Great spin, even though I know have the funky taste of envy in my mouth!

    Comment by Rachel — June 12, 2009 @ 8:28 pm |Reply

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