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Old 01-07-2009, 02:49 PM   #301
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Getting psyched - two weeks from tomorrow we will be arriving in Orlando at 10:00 AM, checking in at POR, and then going to DHS where we have reservations later in the day for the Fantasmic Dinner Package at Hollywood and Vine. (that's the 3 of us dancing!!). I'm really enjoying reading all of my fellow snowbirds reports of their planning, and those that are checking in from the World.
Will this be your first time at POR? We are considering it or the Swan for the next trip. As much as we love CBR, we like to try new things. Can you let me know how you liked it after your trip?
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:09 PM   #302
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Shelly... we have often thought about the Swan or Dolphin because they offer such great military rates... but we like using Magical express...and having the option of the dining plan.... when we don't want those things we usually stay at the Shades of Green.... it has the biggest rooms on WDW and the grounds are lovely.... we really like it there... and you can't beat the rate... pool side for $121... no taxes or fees
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:17 PM   #303
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Shelly... we have often thought about the Swan or Dolphin because they offer such great military rates... but we like using Magical express...and having the option of the dining plan.... when we don't want those things we usually stay at the Shades of Green.... it has the biggest rooms on WDW and the grounds are lovely.... we really like it there... and you can't beat the rate... pool side for $121... no taxes or fees
Yeah we would only stay at the Swan if we got a great deal and were not planning on getting the DDP. Which we may not be getting anymore once DS9 turns 10 and would be charged as an adult. We would miss Magical Express, so we'll see. . . We plan to go check it out one evening on this trip!
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:30 PM   #304
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Watch for sales at places like Michaels, Joann's, or Hobby Lobby!! Last week Hobby Lobby had all their scrapbooking stuff 50% off and I got a huge album for only $15.00 now I'm thinking I need to already purchase more pages. But I have to find my HObby Lobby coupon first!!

Sunday's paper also has ads with coupons from Michael's and Joann's and just so you know Michael's will honor any competitors coupons so you can use quite a few within a week.

Yes I'm well versed on how to save money while scrapbooking LOL!!
Thanks for the info! We don't have a Hobby Lobby here though. But we do have AC Moore, Joann's and Michael's!
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Old 01-07-2009, 03:37 PM   #305
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Will this be your first time at POR? We are considering it or the Swan for the next trip. As much as we love CBR, we like to try new things. Can you let me know how you liked it after your trip?
Shelly: We actually stayed at POR when it was called Dixie Landings "way back when" - LOL! We stayed in the Mansions that trip and I remember that it was really nice. We also have stayed at POFQ and I originally had that resort as our 2nd choice (with CSR being our first choice) and POR third. But, our TA never could manage to get us into either resort, so about 2 months ago I told her to stop trying and we were fine with POR. Have also stayed at CBR as well, as we "enjoy" the price savings of the moderates (some day I WILL stay at GF!!)

After I booked our trip, I found out that the Dolphin and Swan offer significant discounts to teachers, so that may be in our future as well. The only request that we have put in for POR is that we be in a building close to a bus stop and the main buildings, due to my foot problem. I will be bringing a doctor's note with me in case I need to show some proof that I really do need to be close to the action! I will most certainly fill you in after we get back as to how we like POR - I'm kind of excited to see if we will be in AB or the Mansions - I decided to leave it to our CM at check-in (hope that this isn't a big mistake - LOL!)
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:12 PM   #306
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So, I decided today I need a Disney fix. I'm going Jan 25-30 and need to decide between CSR and POFQ. I would never have dreamed to attemp it but even with all the discounts, availability is wide open. Bad for Disney, good for me.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:15 PM   #307
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So, I decided today I need a Disney fix. I'm going Jan 25-30 and need to decide between CSR and POFQ. I would never have dreamed to attemp it but even with all the discounts, availability is wide open. Bad for Disney, good for me.
Yea for your last minute trip! That's so exciting! to our fun-filled thread. I can't help you pick a resort since I haven't been to either one.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:23 PM   #308
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Will this be your first time at POR? We are considering it or the Swan for the next trip. As much as we love CBR, we like to try new things. Can you let me know how you liked it after your trip?
We stayed at POR last Jan - only for 2 nights, but we really liked it. We stayed in the mansions. It was beautiful, even tho it was rainy. Not too long a walk to the main area. The food court was great, lots of options. We didn't try the sit down restaurant. There's an arcade, you can rent bikes, a nice walking path, and a cool looking pool. We didn't get to use it, but went and looked at it. You can also use POFQ's pool, which has a big alligator thing/slide. We liked taking the boat down to DTD and back. It's a nice ride, and you go by Saratoga Springs and the old treehouse villas. The room was pretty decent, long bathroom counter, separate from the toilet/tub. There may have been a curtain to close that area off, but I don't remember. We would stay there again.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:58 PM   #309
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Jen... did you hear about this.... there were less expensive packages but I picked out the one with the most stuff..... sounds like its right up your alley.....


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Old 01-07-2009, 07:00 PM   #310
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Well, my Peeps...now it's time to say goodbye!

We are at my sister's house, just outside of Allentown, the kids are in their Mickey t-shirts and in bed. We leave at 4am from the house for our 6am bus. The kids are psychotically excited...and so am I!

I'm taking my computer, but I don't know if I'll get online at all...just know that I'm sending a shout out!

Catch you on the other side of this magical vacation!
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Safe trips to all those leaving this weekend for the marathon! If you're a runner then good luck!!

Tomorrow I begin my massive house cleaning
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Well, my Peeps...now it's time to say goodbye!

We are at my sister's house, just outside of Allentown, the kids are in their Mickey t-shirts and in bed. We leave at 4am from the house for our 6am bus. The kids are psychotically excited...and so am I!

I'm taking my computer, but I don't know if I'll get online at all...just know that I'm sending a shout out!

Catch you on the other side of this magical vacation!
Have a magical time at the happiest place on earth!
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:36 PM   #313
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Well, my Peeps...now it's time to say goodbye!

We are at my sister's house, just outside of Allentown, the kids are in their Mickey t-shirts and in bed. We leave at 4am from the house for our 6am bus. The kids are psychotically excited...and so am I!

I'm taking my computer, but I don't know if I'll get online at all...just know that I'm sending a shout out!

Catch you on the other side of this magical vacation!
HAVE A WONDERFUL TRIP!!!
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:53 PM   #314
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So after reading all 429 pages on the Coronado Springs faq, I went ahead and booked it. I'm getting psyched. I never booked a trip only 18 days out. Availability was plentiful, I had a hard time deciding where to stay.

Is anyone a cheapo like me? I want to stay in all the resorts one day and the price is right at the moment to sample a deluxe but I just couldn't do it. I'm such a park commando, I don't spend much time at the resort.
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Old 01-07-2009, 08:17 PM   #315
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Well, my Peeps...now it's time to say goodbye!

We are at my sister's house, just outside of Allentown, the kids are in their Mickey t-shirts and in bed. We leave at 4am from the house for our 6am bus. The kids are psychotically excited...and so am I!

I'm taking my computer, but I don't know if I'll get online at all...just know that I'm sending a shout out!

Catch you on the other side of this magical vacation!
I'm so excited for you and your family! Have a fantastic time at the most magical place on earth! I can't wait to hear all about it!

To everyone else leaving tomorrow, have fun! We'll miss you!
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