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Old 02-09-2013, 10:31 AM   #481
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Yes, you can! We've done a few Mickey character meals: Chef Mickey's (at the Contemporary); Tusker House (at Animal Kingdom); and O'hana (at the Poly) ~ Tusker House was by far our favorite!! YOu also can see Daisy there ~ she can be hard to find in the parks!
We loved Tusker House. We were there in 2008 (I know, it seems like forever ago!), and the food/service was phenomenal. We did Chef Mickey's in 2011, and loved it, too, but I think we liked Tusker House better.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:11 PM   #482
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I have a question for all the veteran planners out there!

We are thinking of a mid-january 2014 trip and are looking to book a package when online booking is available this summer.

My question relates to making ADRs at the 180 day mark. What do you do if your 180 day mark comes before packages are actually available to book online? Do you just have to make one ADR per day and miss out on the 180+10 day benefit when you have a package? Thanks all and hope this makes sense!
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:16 PM   #483
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Early planners! I've found my people! We've been tentatively planning this trip since the day we got back from the last one (Oct 2011) but I've been seriously planning since last summer. The trip went from being a week in a cabin at FW in October to a split stay at AoA and possibly AKL in early February. I'm still sad to be giving up my cabin but once I saw the Cars suite at AoA, it was a no brainer. My 4 year old son is Cars obsessed, he's going to flip when he sees it.

The kids are going to be almost 6 and almost 4 when we go and I'm already planning how we're going to tell them. I just ordered an embroidery machine (I've been wanting one for years) so I'm making them shirts and accessories for the trip. For Christmas we're getting a big box and putting all of the vacation stuff in it and at the bottom there will be a shirt for each of them that says something along the lines of "You're going to Disney World!" My son has been asking to go back for months and I keep telling him maybe someday. He has no idea something is being planned. Can you tell I'm way too excited about this?
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:18 PM   #484
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We are planning our net trip for the first week of June 2014. I'm hoping to do at least 7 full days. The kids really want to do a water park this time. We stayed offsite last trip. DH really loved the hotel we were at and though it was a great value. So I don't know if I can talk him into staying onsite. I graduate from college this May. I hope that I will be celebrating my first year of teaching full time. It was great to find this thread and see that others are planning their trips early as well!
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:25 PM   #485
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An 8:10 AM ADR at Cape May Cafe...
Have to leave the AoA resort at 11 for the airport.
Will pack before going to ADR.

So, time from AoA to beach club, eating/characters, beach club to AoA...
Too close for comfort? Should we just not plan on a character breakfast on our departure day?
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:52 AM   #486
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To be honest, the ONE form of exercise I really love is shoveling snow. I had a blast, and will go out again when my friend across the street comes out.

I had hoped to take the kids sledding. But the governor is on TV right now, begging people to stay off the roads. So I think we'll stay home today and go sledding tomorrow instead.

As to plans... just some quizzes to grade. And lots of playing in the snow!

We got over 24 inches of snow here. When you are done shoveling over there you are more than welcome to come over here to help shovel us out. Heck - I will even supply the shovel, and cookies, or wine
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:59 AM   #487
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OK, true confessions:

I had a blast shoveling our 13 inches yesterday. I hung out with some neighbors and really enjoyed it.

But today I'm feeling it!

And I've promised the kids we would go sledding today.

My poor aching body will be relieved to get back to school tomorrow!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:59 AM   #488
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No snow here in Virginia -- all we got was rain and lots of wind.

But I'm ready for spring anyway!

Spending today planning out this year's vegetable garden. So bring your spades and shovels down here and we'll put you to work.
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:30 PM   #489
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I have a question for all the veteran planners out there!

We are thinking of a mid-january 2014 trip and are looking to book a package when online booking is available this summer.

My question relates to making ADRs at the 180 day mark. What do you do if your 180 day mark comes before packages are actually available to book online? Do you just have to make one ADR per day and miss out on the 180+10 day benefit when you have a package? Thanks all and hope this makes sense!
You are able to book packages before the 180 day mark. If you are waiting for a certain deal, that is different. You could book what you would without a deal. Make you ADRs, then change if a better special is released.
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I have a question for all the veteran planners out there!

We are thinking of a mid-january 2014 trip and are looking to book a package when online booking is available this summer.

My question relates to making ADRs at the 180 day mark. What do you do if your 180 day mark comes before packages are actually available to book online? Do you just have to make one ADR per day and miss out on the 180+10 day benefit when you have a package? Thanks all and hope this makes sense!
Book your resort now, at this year's prices. When the new prices come out over the summer, they'll adjust your prices.
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No snow here in Virginia -- all we got was rain and lots of wind.

But I'm ready for spring anyway!

Spending today planning out this year's vegetable garden. So bring your spades and shovels down here and we'll put you to work.
Spring sounds WONDERFUL
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:24 PM   #492
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I have a question for all the veteran planners out there!

We are thinking of a mid-january 2014 trip and are looking to book a package when online booking is available this summer.

My question relates to making ADRs at the 180 day mark. What do you do if your 180 day mark comes before packages are actually available to book online? Do you just have to make one ADR per day and miss out on the 180+10 day benefit when you have a package? Thanks all and hope this makes sense!
to our group! Glad you decided to join us!

I'm kind of late to the game answering this one as others have given you all the info you need to know already. So I'll just say welcome again, and once you get your dates and where you're staying figured out, be sure to post it and I'll get you added to the list.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #493
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Early planners! I've found my people! We've been tentatively planning this trip since the day we got back from the last one (Oct 2011) but I've been seriously planning since last summer. The trip went from being a week in a cabin at FW in October to a split stay at AoA and possibly AKL in early February. I'm still sad to be giving up my cabin but once I saw the Cars suite at AoA, it was a no brainer. My 4 year old son is Cars obsessed, he's going to flip when he sees it.

The kids are going to be almost 6 and almost 4 when we go and I'm already planning how we're going to tell them. I just ordered an embroidery machine (I've been wanting one for years) so I'm making them shirts and accessories for the trip. For Christmas we're getting a big box and putting all of the vacation stuff in it and at the bottom there will be a shirt for each of them that says something along the lines of "You're going to Disney World!" My son has been asking to go back for months and I keep telling him maybe someday. He has no idea something is being planned. Can you tell I'm way too excited about this?
to the group! Glad you decided to join us!

Your idea of the vacation surprise for Christmas sounds great! Be sure to take lots of pics of your little ones - that will be a Christmas to remember for sure.

I'll add you to the list for February. Once you get your dates figured out, make sure you post so I can update. Meanwhile, join in the conversation!
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:29 PM   #494
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We are planning our net trip for the first week of June 2014. I'm hoping to do at least 7 full days. The kids really want to do a water park this time. We stayed offsite last trip. DH really loved the hotel we were at and though it was a great value. So I don't know if I can talk him into staying onsite. I graduate from college this May. I hope that I will be celebrating my first year of teaching full time. It was great to find this thread and see that others are planning their trips early as well!
to the 2014 group! Glad you decided to join us!

Early congratulations on your college graduation - what did you major in?

Once you get your dates and other information figured out, be sure to post so I can get you added to the list. Meanwhile, feel free to jump on in to the conversation!
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:44 PM   #495
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An 8:10 AM ADR at Cape May Cafe...
Have to leave the AoA resort at 11 for the airport.
Will pack before going to ADR.

So, time from AoA to beach club, eating/characters, beach club to AoA...
Too close for comfort? Should we just not plan on a character breakfast on our departure day?
That only leaves you a 3 hour window for dining and transportation. IMHO, that is too close for comfort. If transportation takes longer than it should, or breakfast takes longer than it should ... KWIM? If it were me, I probably wouldn't risk it.

HERE is a good thread I found on transportation from AoA to BC.
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