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Old 03-08-2013, 12:01 PM   #301
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Made that big final payment today.

Also 3 months from when we fly out,so I'm gonna call it three months. I'll be slightly more low-key than disneykiwi...

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I put mine on my Disney visa so I still have 6 months to pay.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:26 PM   #303
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I put mine on my Disney visa so I still have 6 months to pay.
I almost did that, but I'd rather have the SWA miles. It's a near 2 % return versus the 1 % Disney gives. Plus now 1 free flight in Feb, 1 free flight for this trip, and what should be 2 free flights come November to WDW. 4400 points is almost a one-way ticket to MCO.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:55 PM   #304
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Its the 3 month mark on my ticker!!


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Made that big final payment today.

Also 3 months from when we fly out,so I'm gonna call it three months. I'll be slightly more low-key than disneykiwi...

I'm still two days away from being "officially" at three months out, but I don't mind celebrating a little early.

By the way, have any of you listened to/watched this week's podcast? I found the end of the housekeeping segment to be rather interesting.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:07 PM   #305
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Yes. I've watched the show. Very excited about the announcement. Ready for the trip to be here already!
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:10 PM   #306
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By the way, have any of you listened to/watched this week's podcast? I found the end of the housekeeping segment to be rather interesting.
DW and I just listened to it based on your comment. I won't be the first to spoil it for others, but I'll say: very, very, cool!

For those in a hurry, it's a little after the 10 minute mark on the 3/5 show.

Less spoilery: Looks like it also confirms Dustin and Shawn are joining the tour along with Pete and Walter...Welcome guys!
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:42 AM   #307
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Officially paid in full!! Now just gotta wait for bonus so I can pay off the card lol.


I was watching this week's show live and freaked out during our announcement!! "That's us!!! That's us!!!"

It's so real now!!!
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:39 AM   #308
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I put mine on my Disney visa so I still have 6 months to pay.
I did the Disney Visa thing, too. I like the 6 months interest free and getting a nice chunk o' rewards.


I heard the announcement on the podcast and I felt my eyes widen. Very cool. I thought my parade experience at Disneyland Paris was awesome, but something tells me this will be very special.
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It IS a small world! Tonite I went to the Table in Wonderland event at the great movie ride (which was incredible by the way) and after chatting with our table mates for a while discovered that I was chatting with rkdahl (Keith) and his wife Cathy who are also going on this BSM in June. What are the odds! It was great meeting you Keith and Cathy and I'm looking forward to hanging out with you in California.
And, it was great meeting you! What a great night!
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I was watching this week's show live and freaked out during our announcement!! "That's us!!! That's us!!!"

It's so real now!!!
I turned to my wife while we were watching and said "Of the hundreds maybe thousands of people watching this, we're one of only thirty that this really matters to. That is really awesome."

I also want to say a quick thanks to Pete, John and their team that always plans something extra for these trips. It's one of the major reasons I wanted to do this trip through the DIS. That and the idea of hanging with a bunch of Disney nuts for a week. Well, that AND the actual tour.

(I am going to become so useless in the weeks leading up to this trip. )
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(I am going to become so useless in the weeks leading up to this trip. )
I run a store that rents tuxedos and our trip is 2 weeks after Prom season ends. Between the exhaustion from 7 weeks of hell and the excitement of the trip I don't know how I'll get anything done.

I still have to decide to commit to where we are going to stay the night before our adventure stops and Friday night. I have to figure out Southwests points and book our airfare. I'm so glad everything is planned for us!!

And I also second Pete's thank you to Kevin, John, and Pete for making all this happen for us. Even without anything extra, to think we can come together for these special trips with people we really will already feel like we know.

It's kind of funny too, June 8, 2005 was the last day of my first trip to WDW and our adventure starts on June 9 and it's my first trip to DL! I just thought it was cool!
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I run a store that rents tuxedos and our trip is 2 weeks after Prom season ends. Between the exhaustion from 7 weeks of hell and the excitement of the trip I don't know how I'll get anything done.
Wow, good luck with all that! Sounds like you should get your booking out of the way soon!

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I still have to decide to commit to where we are going to stay the night before our adventure stops and Friday night. I have to figure out Southwests points and book our airfare. I'm so glad everything is planned for us!!

Don't know if you are looking for your extra nights on the cheap as we are, but we are staying at the LAX Hilton on June 8th. It was only like $100 a night, and then we're renting a car from Hertz. The Loews Hollywood has a drop-off location for the Hertz rental cars, making it easy to return the car without having to return to the airport. (You have to drop it off by I think 2 PM on Sunday, though.)

I just got a real good rate at the Tropicana for Friday the 14th. It was $119 a night, which was less than we payed when we stayed there last year. Location is fantastic for an off-site property and can confirm that its good quality as well. I know many here are continuing their stays at the Disney hotels, but its not in our budget to do so, so I just thought I'd pass that on.

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It's kind of funny too, June 8, 2005 was the last day of my first trip to WDW and our adventure starts on June 9 and it's my first trip to DL! I just thought it was cool!
That is pretty cool!
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Don't know if you are looking for your extra nights on the cheap as we are, but we are staying at the LAX Hilton on June 8th. It was only like $100 a night, and then we're renting a car from Hertz. The Loews Hollywood has a drop-off location for the Hertz rental cars, making it easy to return the car without having to return to the airport. (You have to drop it off by I think 2 PM on Sunday, though.)

I just got a real good rate at the Tropicana for Friday the 14th. It was $119 a night, which was less than we payed when we stayed there last year. Location is fantastic for an off-site property and can confirm that its good quality as well. I know many here are continuing their stays at the Disney hotels, but its not in our budget to do so, so I just thought I'd pass that on.
That's awesome to know. I looked at the Tropicana. We are definately on a budget too! To me a hotel room is a place to sleep and shower. I just want to be able to have all of Friday to finish our trip. And, there are no really late flights out of LAX to MCO so we would just get up and transfer anyhow.

I'll have to look into the car and staying near the airport instead of Hollywood. My mom works for Hilton so sometimes we can get good deals on rooms and with your info about car drop off now I really think that might be our option!!

Thanks for the info Pete!!
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We've reserved a car from Hertz as well and will pick it up at the airport when we arrive on Friday morning and then drop it off on Sunday before BSM starts. The price was super reasonable at about $30 (with an All State discount) a night and the Loews drop off area makes it really convenient! We will be staying at Loews for 2 extra nights before.
It's getting closer!! I can't wait!
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We've reserved a car from Hertz as well and will pick it up at the airport when we arrive on Friday morning
Looks like us DISers will be booking out the Hertz lot. We should all put in some weird request like we want red cars or ski racks. (Trying to think of something that would be realistic and not cost extra but I got nothin'.)

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