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Old 06-18-2009, 10:06 PM   #16
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I'm a horrible DISer. Can't believe I forgot to call this morning! I was happily reading the boards when it dawned on me that today was the 18th. I tore out of the room like a madwoman, grabbed the phone and dialed frantically, certain that all was lost.

Here is what I wanted for my trip:

Teppan Edo 6pm
Whispering Canyon 6pm
Mama Melrose Fantasmic Package 5pm
Chefs de France 6pm
Boma 7:30am
Plaza 6pm
Liberty Tree 6pm

Here is what I got:

Teppan Edo 4:40pm
Whispering Canyon 8:05pm
Mama Melrose *NOT FANTASMIC PACKAGE* 3:05pm
Chefs de France 6pm
Boma 7:30am
Plaza 6:05pm
Liberty Tree 6pm

I am pleased!
Not to shabby! At least you got them all, just a few different times thats all. I always love not having to pick another place.
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Good job with the ADR's...you still got everything you wanted!!
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:05 AM   #18
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Glad to see the ADRs worked out even though you "forgot". Sounds like something I might do, especially since we will be out of town at my best friend's reception the day before. Your ADRs encourage me that even if I oversleep I may still get what I want.
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Whew!

Glad things still worked out....didn't get the Fantasmic package...but who knows if you would have gotten that anyway.....those are hard ones.

Take a breath and do a little dance
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:02 AM   #20
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I may try to get the Fantasmic package at 45 days out if I remember. I could've asked about our second day in Hollywood Studios, but I would rather make the attempt on our first day there, because I know in September it can get canceled due to weather. That happened to us last year and it was too late in the trip to do a rain check.

I think H&V and Brown Derby might've had some openings as well. But I would rather wait in line for an hour than eat at H&V again, and BD is two TS credits. We just didn't want to do it.

I'm so pleased that now I can really get planning. I checked out the Unofficial Guide from the library and I'm going to go through it with DH
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:07 AM   #21
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We've never seen Fantasmic, but from what I hear with the changes to the package, missing out may not be that big of a deal. Maybe you will be able to get it at the 45 day mark.

I checked out every Disney book I could find at my library and read most of them cover to cover before our first trip. I don't recommend doing that, since it is all pretty repetitive.

Can't wait to hear more about the plans.
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Hey everyone! Good to be back on DIS.

We're going to be in Disney World in 42 days! Disney has been paid in full and now everything is set in stone except for our flights. We have a lot of big expenses this week, so I think we will book that after my DH's next paycheck.

It's 45 days out from the night we want to see Fantasmic, but I called Disney Dining and had no luck getting the Fantasmic package for Mama Melrose. We'll stick with our original non-Fantasmic reservation and wait in line, I guess.

I spent a few days making big index cards for each day of our vacation. Each day includes park hours, crowd levels, touring plans, show times, expenses, dining credits, photo ops, confirmation numbers, and notes. I also have an overview card and packing lists. It's a good thing I have good eyesight and can read tiny print. I finished them and showed DH and he balked at the touring plans. I think when I said "planning", he assumed I meant choosing which park to visit each day. He wasn't happy about the idea of using touring plans until I showed him the chapter about them in the Unofficial Guide and informed him we will have extra time if we follow them. He hasn't argued since.

I really want to surprise my DH on this trip, and I got to thinking that I would LOVE for us to do a tour together. We probably won't have the opportunity to do it on our next trip since our next trip will probably be with kids. After some budget slashing and number crunching, I came up with enough wiggle room in the budget for the Keys to the Kingdom tour! I will be booking it next week. We're going to have a late flight home on our last day, so I think we can do it then. I can't WAIT to see the look on DH's face!
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:07 PM   #23
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I changed our Boma reservations to 9:20am today. They had been for 7:30am, but I realized that we really should do photos before breakfast since we have no idea how long it will take to eat and don't want to feel rushed.

Had a DOH moment this morning. I had thought you could schedule a Photo Session 45 days in advance. Whoops! I have to call back in 2 weeks. Bummer. I was all excited to book it

I have my outfit for our Photo Session at AKL. Now DH needs to find something suitable to wear. Unfortunately, his clothes are far more appropriate for Wilderness Lodge... or the Country Bear Jamboree
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:30 PM   #24
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Just got our ME tags and booklet today! Except they say no flight information. I know what flights I want to book, but I can't until DH gets his paycheck in a few weeks. Which means KTTK tour booking has to wait too, because I don't want to pay for it and then have to take an earlier flight

Does anyone know if KTTK usually gets booked up mid sept?
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:36 PM   #25
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my DH originally wanted to go over the holidays just after Christmas (dd turns 5 a few days after Christmas) - but once we priced out Sept it was sooo much cheaper for flights, disney hotel plus free dining, we couldn't turn it down ;-)
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my DH originally wanted to go over the holidays just after Christmas (dd turns 5 a few days after Christmas) - but once we priced out Sept it was sooo much cheaper for flights, disney hotel plus free dining, we couldn't turn it down ;-)
That's exactly it. Now that I'm looking at our budget, I still can't believe we were going to pay all that money to go in December. We get to stay longer and do more this way. Plus, the trip is sooner!

As I read TRs and look at other touring plans and restaurants and stuff, I've started compiling a list of random stuff into a "Dream Disney Trip" file. I have a feeling it will be quite some time before we can go back to Disney. (I would consider booking a bounceback trip, but next summer the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is putting on Hamlet and I've said for years and years that I HAD to go see it when it finally came back... Looks like we'll be visiting relatives, Ashland and Crater Lake next summer instead) By the time our next trip rolls around, DH and I may have kids. So it's fun to think of what I would love to do with my kids when I have them, or what we would do without kids if we just had more money.

I want to stay at Wilderness Lodge someday, because DH is going to LOVE that place. We live in the Pacific NW and it feels like home. I would also love to do the Backstage Magic tour, but we would need to stay longer than we are in order to do it. I'm trying to sell my DH on eating at Victoria and Albert's sometime just so we can say we have. I know when we have kids, we will eat at CRT, spend half the trip in MK, and go to the water parks. I hope when we take that trip we can afford to go in December just because I want to experience MVMCP and Candlelight Processional. Ah, if only money was no object!
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It's fun to dream - if money were no object for us I'd be staying at the Poly instead of Pop! Although I am kind of looking forward to Pop, it looks like a fun place and I'm sure my kids will love all the big things (playdoh container, foozeball court, etc). But I would love to stay at a monorail resort for the convenience (not to mention the lovely deluxe resort!). We stayed at POR last time and it was nice.

Dh has already warned me we aren't going back again any time soon. But he really didn't think we'd be going back less than 2 years after our last trip so we'll see ;-) We will probably wait until our youngest (currently 16 months) is a bit older, 4 or 5 yo. By then the kids are old enough we *might* consider driving down (22 hour drive from Ontario) - I'll bargain with dh I'll be willing to give up flights and drive if we stay at Poly :-)
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Oh boy.

My mom e-mailed me a link to Medieval Times' birthday offer. We won't be celebrating any birthdays while in the World, but it hasn't stopped me from considering going back to Medieval Times! (We went in Sept. 2007 and LOVED IT)

I figured out it would be possible to go on the HS day that we don't do Fantasmic. IMO Medieval Times > Fantasmic. However, it would cost about the same as the Keys to the Kingdom tour.

Two Adult Tickets from Undercover Tourist: $84
Taxi Fare Both Ways: $50 (roughly)
Total: $134

Two Keys to the Kingdom Tickets: $130

There is no way I'd give up KTTK for Medieval Times. If we did MT, we would do both. So that's $264. I'm looking at my budget trying to figure out ways to slash it more. "Food? We don't need food on the travel days! Checked baggage fees? There has to be a coupon to waive that somehow! Who needs souvenirs when you can watch Medieval Nights joust? Wait! That's one less QS meal! Maybe we can convert our credits to snack credits and buy piles of stuff at Goofy's Candy Company and sell it all to our relatives!"

Ahhhh! Somebody stop me!
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This is me today:

I'm looking at flights. I had found what I thought was the perfect flight---6am from Portland, OR and arriving at MCO at 5pm. But it occurred to me that we live 2.5 hours from Portland and we need to be at the airport two hours before our flight, so we would be leaving at 1:30am. "Geez, if we're leaving that early we might as well take a red eye!" Wait a minute... A RED EYE!

So, I checked evening flights for Sept. 14th, and lo and behold, there is a flight leaving Portland at Midnight and landing in Orlando at 11am.

Arriving at 11am?



Naturally this sparks musing about food options, so here is what I'm thinking.

9/15:
Land at MCO at 11am
Visit MK or EP
QS Lunch
TS Dinner at Beaches & Cream

9/16:
QS Breakfast @ Pop
Visit EP
QS Lunch @ Sunshine Seasons
TS Dinner @ Teppan Edo
See IllumiNations

9/17:
QS Breakfast @ Pop
Visit AK
QS Lunch @ Flame Tree BBQ
TS Dinner @ Whispering Canyon Cafe

9/18:
QS Breakfast @ Pop
Visit HS
QS Lunch @ Studio Catering Co.
TS Dinner @ Mama Melrose
See Fantasmic

9/19:
QS Breakfast @ Pop
Visit EP
QS Lunch @ Morocco
TS Dinner @ Chefs de France
Skip IllumiNations and do laundry

9/20:
Photo Session @ AKL
TS Breakfast @ Boma
Visit HS
QS Lunch @ Backlot Express
QS Dinner @ Starring Rolls / OR GO TO MEDIEVAL TIMES

9/21:
QS Breakfast @ Pop
Visit MK
QS Lunch @ Columbia Harbor House
TS Dinner @ The Plaza
See SpectroMagic and Wishes

9/22:
QS Breakfast @ Pop
Visit AK
QS Lunch @ Pizzafari
Go to MK at 4pm with MNSSHP tickets
TS Dinner @ Liberty Tree Tavern
MNSSHP

9/23:
QS Breakfast @ Pop (If we are out of QS credits, we will just use snack credits)
Check out
Do Keys to the Kingdom Tour at MK, which includes Lunch
Catch ME to MCO
Grab some fast food for dinner
Fly out at 6pm

DDP Breakdown:

Quick Service Credits Used: 16/16
Table Service Credits Used: 16/16
Snack Credits Used: 0-2/16

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I added a picture of DH and I at our wedding on the first post of the topic. DH dragged out the suitcases for me today... Packing has begun! When I travel, I always create a master packing list that includes everything. I'm always afraid I'll forget something on my way there or on my way back. Checking every single item off the lists helps alleviate that fear. DH didn't quite get it, though.

"Honey, I made us a packing list for our Disney trip. Can you make sure all of your stuff is on there too?"
"Huh? You put my stuff on there?
"Yes, I put *everything* on there."
"Why do I need a packing list?"
"I don't want to forget something and then have to pay for a taxi to take us to the store or buy overpriced stuff at Disney."
"..."
"Can you just make sure I'm not missing any of your stuff please?"

So, he takes the list. I explain to him my elaborate sorting system, in which I sort it all into the checked bag, each of our personal items, and each of our carry on bags. I also show him the spot where I list what we'll be wearing on the flight so I know *exactly* how many shirts, pants, etc. we have for laundry purposes.

"Honey, you didn't list underwear."
"What? Yes I did. Right there. 1 pair in your carry on and 5 pairs in your checked bag."
"No, I mean, you didn't say we'd be wearing underwear on the flight."
"..."
"I'm just saying."

PS
I added underwear.
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