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Old 03-05-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Just the 2 of us - A Mommy and Me trip 9/25 - 10/1 - Update 7/2

I am so excited to start planning our next trip to Disney. I find the more I go to Disney the more I want to start the next trip back. This trip wasn't supposed to be because our family has a big trip in the works going to Spain/Portugal/Morocco in Spring of 2014. However, shortly after from returning from our last trip from Disney in November, Gabrian (my 3-year old) starting talking about going back to see Mickey...so an idea started to spark.

I have been scheming on ways to come up with the money for both the trips but for the 3 of us to travel it just didn't seem to work out. Then I got the call that changed everything last week. Riley's (my 14-year old) Dad called to say that he was planning a trip to Disney in September with his Family and wanted to know if Riley could come. Of course I said yes...there is no way I would deprive him a vacation with his Dad.

Initially I was bummed because there is no way I could take Riley out for additional days from school to travel to Disney again and I still had that issue of the money. I felt so bad for Gabrian because of the two boys, he is the one that really wanted to go back. Then it dawned on me, why couldn't I take a trip with just Gabrian? I ran it by Riley to make sure he wouldn't feel left out and he gave me a big thumbs up (he is such a sweet boy and his main concern had been that Gabrian wasn't going to get to go to). Without having to pay for Riley's airfare, park tickets, and meals it actually has become a trip I can afford.

So now I am in the exciting planning stages. I know that I want to go the beginning of November. I am thinking about anywhere from 4-6 nights. I am leaning towards 5 nights. I am thinking of the dates of November 3rd - 8th.

I have been toying around with the idea of staying on property for this trip. I have only done that once with a friend for a couple of nights and I have never done it with either boy. We usually stay off property to try and save money. This time traveling with just Gabrian staying on property definitely has an appeal. It would be nice to have Disney pick us up at the airport and then use their shuttle system to get around the property.

If I stay on property I would probably get the dining plan. I like the idea of having everything paid for before we arrive. I would just have to bring our spending money. I am hoping for a free dining promotion to come out or at least a good discount.

I have toyed around with the idea of driving to Florida but it seems like a really long time in a car with a 4-year old. The other downside would be that Gabrian views the plane ride as part of the vacation. So I am definitely leaning towards flying down.

Now to introduce you to the cast:

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Riley (he will be greatly missed on this trip)



Isn't he so handsome

I look forward to stressing over all the nitty gritty details with you.
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Hi I am first :-)
I would go with Pop Century Standard room...That is where I always stay and just love all the stuff for the kids,
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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I would go with Pop Century Standard room...That is where I always stay and just love all the stuff for the kids,
Yay!! I have definitely been eyeing Pop Century. The other one I was really interested in was the Animation Resort. Gabrian would love the Cars section.
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Yay!! I have definitely been eyeing Pop Century. The other one I was really interested in was the Animation Resort. Gabrian would love the Cars section.
With staying at the Pop you can walk over to AOA. There is a bridge and you can go over there and swim or even just look around.
AOA is a little bit more money because it is a new resort. Plus for 2 people staying you will get the Little Mermaid and it is a LONGGGG walk to the food and drink court.
Where at the Pop I like the 50's building #3 ground level facing the lake. It is a quiet area. Facing the pool is super nosy.
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That is good to know. After being in the parks all day the last thing you want is to walk forever to get to your room. On the plus side, I recently started at weight watchers and have one of their active links. It will be interesting to see how many activity points I earn while in Disney. Maybe some extra walking would be good for me

I am hoping to get a room with a King size bed. I think Gabrian would do better if we were sharing a bed. It looks like most of the value resorts have 2 double beds.
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Subscribing! Looks like you arrive just after we leave. Congrats on booking your flights and on your son hitting the 40 inch mark. My DS is about 39 inches right now, keeping fingers crossed he grows that last inch. He has 6 months, he better!
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Woo Hoo! Always great when they finally hit those landmark heights. My kids are short (got that honest), and I always hated when they couldn't make a ride while their (much) younger cousins could. We had a few silent over the years. So glad that's over.
I was so relieved because he is definitely my daredevil of the 2. I know that he will want to go on some of the more thrilling rides and I am glad I don't have to miss out on the rides...so basically it is all about me

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Subscribing! Looks like you arrive just after we leave. Congrats on booking your flights and on your son hitting the 40 inch mark. My DS is about 39 inches right now, keeping fingers crossed he grows that last inch. He has 6 months, he better!
Fingers crossed he gets that extra inch!! Otherwise you will need to invest in shoes with a reall thick sole
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:51 PM   #9
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Oooohh, now I'm jealous! I really want to try AoA but I haven't been able to convince DH yet. Maybe one day.

I agree that it's a little frustrating that the only standard rooms are LM, it seems like they could have at least offered another choice. Or even better, make all the buildings such that they had both regular rooms and suites. But being so young, I bet he's going to love it anyway! Actually my 2 yo DS is fascinated by mermaids, go figure!
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I feel the same way! Devyn would love lion king or cars but it was out of our price range and i wish the standard rooms had a theme for boys as well
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Exciting development!!! Can't wait to hear about your experience at AoA. That was our other consideration for our trip too before the 'points' won out!

The resort looks so awesome!!!!
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:43 PM   #12
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In a Quandry

I am so confused. I have been making list after list of restaurants that we may want to consider and it is getting longer and longer. Than on top of that I am thinking about making switching to just the regular dining plan. We like eating 3 meals a day so I don't think that will be a problem with the deluxe but I worry that we will always feel that we have to get to the next reservation and it will become more of a chore than something fun. The other thing that would be nice is that it would save me about $300. I will list out what I am considering for our meals if we are on deluxe and put in parenthesis what we would do if it was the regular dining plan. I have put down which park we would be at for that day but until the hours come out those won't be set in stone.

Saturday: Arrival Day
Breakfast: Airport
Lunch: Airport/Snack at Resort
Dinner: T-Rex or Raglan Road or 'Ohana or Spirits of Aloha (CS at DTD)

Sunday: Animal Kingdom
Breakfast: Tusker House (CS - OOP)
Lunch: Sanaa or Yak & Yeti (CS in the Park)
Dinner: Turf Club Bar & Grille or Raglan Road or T-Rex (same)

Monday: Epcot
Breakfast: Captain's Grille or Akerhus (CS - OOP)
Lunch: Food & Wine Festival (same)
Dinner: Kouzzina (same)

Tuesday: Magic Kingdom
Breakfast: Grand Floridian Café or Crystal Palace or CRT (CS - OOP)
Lunch: Kona Café or The Wave or The Liberty Tree Tavern (BOG or Pecos Bill)
Dinner: BOG or T-Rex or Raglan Road (same)

Wednesday: Hollywood Studios
Breakfast: Hollywood & Vine (same)
Lunch: Brown Derby or Mama Melrose (CS in Park)
Dinner: Boma (same)

Thursday: Departure Day
Breakfast: Kona Café (same but OOP)
Lunch: Bongos Cuban Café or Paradiso 37 or Fultons (CS in DTD)
Dinner: Airport

So what does everyone think? Which one should I go with? Which reservations should I go with? Am I missing any restaurants that are must do?

Help...I am so confused!!!
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I am so confused. I have been making list after list of restaurants that we may want to consider and it is getting longer and longer. Than on top of that I am thinking about making switching to just the regular dining plan. We like eating 3 meals a day so I don't think that will be a problem with the deluxe but I worry that we will always feel that we have to get to the next reservation and it will become more of a chore than something fun. The other thing that would be nice is that it would save me about $300. I will list out what I am considering for our meals if we are on deluxe and put in parenthesis what we would do if it was the regular dining plan. I have put down which park we would be at for that day but until the hours come out those won't be set in stone.

Saturday: Arrival Day
Breakfast: Airport
Lunch: Airport/Snack at Resort
Dinner: T-Rex or Raglan Road or 'Ohana or Spirits of Aloha (CS at DTD)

Sunday: Animal Kingdom
Breakfast: Tusker House (CS - OOP)
Lunch: Sanaa or Yak & Yeti (CS in the Park)
Dinner: Turf Club Bar & Grille or Raglan Road or T-Rex (same)

Monday: Epcot
Breakfast: Captain's Grille or Akerhus (CS - OOP)
Lunch: Food & Wine Festival (same)
Dinner: Kouzzina (same)

Tuesday: Magic Kingdom
Breakfast: Grand Floridian Café or Crystal Palace or CRT (CS - OOP)
Lunch: Kona Café or The Wave or The Liberty Tree Tavern (BOG or Pecos Bill)
Dinner: BOG or T-Rex or Raglan Road (same)

Wednesday: Hollywood Studios
Breakfast: Hollywood & Vine (same)
Lunch: Brown Derby or Mama Melrose (CS in Park)
Dinner: Boma (same)

Thursday: Departure Day
Breakfast: Kona Café (same but OOP)
Lunch: Bongos Cuban Café or Paradiso 37 or Fultons (CS in DTD)
Dinner: Airport

So what does everyone think? Which one should I go with? Which reservations should I go with? Am I missing any restaurants that are must do?

Help...I am so confused!!!
I think I would go with the regular plan. For two reasons...

1. Like you said, it's a shorter trip, with just a little guy, and you might feel pressured making all those ressies.

2. (Maybe it's my lack of planning/understanding of the new Fastpass guidelines and how to make them work, I'm used to the old method of return any time.) But, I'd also worry about how to work out that many ADRs around fast pass return times and not feel like I was missing out on something. Just seems like it could get complicated.

If you're little one loves the restaurants and you've got a better understanding of how to make the new fast pass rules work, these may be non-issues. In which case, $300 is not worth changing to me.

Confusing enough for ya?
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We haven't done any of the dining plans, I think we should but DH doesn't think it is worth it. But her deluxe seems like a lot of eating and ADR's. in general, we do one tae service a day. Occasionally 2 but those are rare and most likely a late character brunch.
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I am as undecided as ever. I have been making list after list of potential dining options and running different scenarios. Who would have ever thought I would obsess so much over 5 days worth of dining I have started a couple of word documents going on my computer so as I read of great ideas (mostly food I want to try), I can keep a running list of it. Before this I would jot it down on a piece of paper and then lose the paper. I decided to be a little more organized so I wouldn't forget stuff.

I have decided (or least I am strongly leaning towards) getting the park hopper and adding on a 5th day to the passes. I still think on the last day we will go to Disney Quest and walk around Downtown Disney before we have to leave for the airport. However, on the day we arrive I think I would like to go to a park in the evening. When we arrive we would check out the resort and go swimming in the afternoon but then head to a park in the evening.

I am considering the park hopper because I like the flexibility it would give us. I would like to leave the parks in the afternoon after lunch and have down time at the resort for a nap and swimming. Then I would like to head back to a park in the evening. I was having a difficult time planning things like Animal Kingdom because they close fairly early. This would allow us to go back there more than once if we felt that we missed out on stuff.

I feel like I haven't posted any pictures lately, so I will leave you with a few:

(Doesn't that just make you feel like being in Disney!!)



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