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Old 08-23-2012, 07:35 PM   #16
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I hope this celebratory trip is perfect in every way. The Christmas stuff at WDW is amazing. Enjoy!
P.S. I think you should change the date in the title of this thread to December 2012!


I figured out how to change the title!!!
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:12 PM   #17
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I just wanted to say Congratulations!! I hope you have a wonderful time and remain healthy!! Kudos for your live for today attitude. I so agree with you.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:29 PM   #18
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I just wanted to say Congratulations!! I hope you have a wonderful time and remain healthy!! Kudos for your live for today attitude. I so agree with you.
Thanks! It is nice to meet a kindred spirit!
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:36 PM   #19
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Day 1....

Our flight out of Dayton leaves at 11:30am and we have about a 45 minute drive to the airport. So......knowing hubby and I we will be leaving the house at 9 am! We will stop for breakfast but something light in case it is a bumpy flight. True story, on our last trip there was a young man in his early 20's seated directly across the aisle from me. Once the plane started to taxi he put his head in his hands and quietly cried the entire flight, one we landed he dried his face, stood up and departed the plane like nothing happened. I told my DH that he must have really wanted to go to MCO if he was that afraid of flying. I did ask and he said he was fine.

We figure we will arrive at BLT by 3 pm since our flight lands at 1:20. We will then head over to guest relations at MK to pick up our season passes (got out vouchers before the price went up), grab a TIW card and maybe take our first peek at the holiday decorations at MK. We will head over to WL for dinner as we have ADR's for 8 pm. Maybe after dinner we will head to the TOWL for a quick night cap. Then off for a good night's sleep!!!!!!

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Old 08-27-2012, 06:20 PM   #20
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Day 2....seeing the resorts

Our first full day at Disney this trip. This morning it is up very early to get ready. Then off to the front desk to ask them to call the car care center, Alamo will pick us up, we will show our receipt and away we go. It has never taken more than 20 minutes to be on our way. With the rental car we figure this is as good a day as any to look at the various resorts decorations where we don't have ADR's. Maybe swing by POFQ for our beloved beignets and then our next stop will be AK since I love this resort, no Boma this time (trying something new) so this will be a perfect time to check out the holiday decorations and maybe pick up a gift or two in the gift shop. Then off to BCV and BWV. We have dinner at 7:30 at Sci-Fi so we can see the lights at DHS! After DHS maybe another quick trip to TOWL for a nightcap before sweet dreams.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:30 PM   #21
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Day 3....the part the magic begins

We should be well rested from yesterday. I am sure it was a late night due to DHS EMH and seeing the light spectacular there. This morning we will be heading to Animal Kingdom. Hope to be there when they open so we can hit the safari first thing. Plan on going to lunch at Yack & Yeti since we have gift cards. We normally can hit all we want to see at AK in one day so once they close at 6 we are off to DTD for a quick bite at Bongo's quick service window (love their Cuban sandwiches) and then a little shopping. If it is early enough we will head over to HOB and have a few beverages of the adult variety. Back to the room to get rested up, we are hoping there may be a little DVC magic tomorrow!

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:02 PM   #22
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We always rent a car if we fly down. We use Alamo or National at the Disney Car Care Center. For this trip the car was almost $800 for the week. I ended up making 2 reservations wiith the car place picking up the car on 12/15 and dropping it off on 12/19 we then pick up immediately on 12/19 and drop off on 12/23. Same 8 nights antd it is less than $300 for the same 8 nights with the same company.
I just priced out a rental at Alamo and a standard is only $272 for the same timeframe, without using any discounts and pricing for the entire time period. I don't know what kind of vehicle you are looking at, but you may want to keep checking the prices.

I think it's great that you are living for today. I am in my 40's and had a serious health issue 4 years ago. We still conservatively plan for the future, but when we think about our vacations, we are much more focused on doing what we really want to do, considering that we may not have that opportunity again.

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Old 08-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #23
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I just priced out a rental at Alamo and a standard is only $272 for the same timeframe, without using any discounts and pricing for the entire time period. I don't know what kind of vehicle you are looking at, but you may want to keep checking the prices.

I think it's great that you are living for today. I am in my 40's and had a serious health issue 4 years ago. We still conservatively plan for the future, but when we think about our vacations, we are much more focused on doing what we really want to do, considering that we may not have that opportunity again.

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Thanks for the tip. I did check today and the rates were way down from when I originally booked, we always book the cheapest car since it is just the two of us. DH and I are also in our 40's too. Hope your health is still good. We have a lot more living and many many more vacations to come.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:44 PM   #24
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Day 4....hoping for that magic

Today will be our first day at our beloved EPCOT! We plan on taking it easy in the morning, maybe sleep in and lounge around the room a bit. A quick bite to eat in the room and then off we go. Now you may ask where that magic I mentioned in day 3 comes in...we are hoping that there will be Merry Mixer going on this day. It would be our first time at one and we are really hoping. DH loves meeting new people so it should be fun for us. We are planning quick trip around World Showcase, see the decorations in the various countries. Do a bit a shopping, grab lunch at the counter service in Morocco (our favorite CS) and enjoy the rides. Off to dinner at 7:30 for DH's favorite: Chefs de France. Hang around to watch the fireworks and then back to the room and sweet dreams or heartburn for DH from eating too much! I need to add Mylanta to my packing list!
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Congrats on beating the big C. I just finished chemo and radiation 4 weeks ago and will have a pet scan in about a month to see if I am clear. I know what you mean about it changing how you look at things and am so glad you are planning your trip. We will be there December 10th-14th for our 30th wedding anniversary. We were there in December for our 25 th wedding anniversary and it has been our favorite time of year to be there. I am enjoying reading your PTR, I might get some ideas for things to do. I have all of our ADR done but still could change.
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:25 PM   #26
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Loving your PTR and your outlook on life - we are the same age and our kids are 17, 21 and 23. We have been living for today for a while now after losing my mom when she was only 47 - swore I would never wait to do anything if we could afford it now, so we bought DVC 11 years ago and have never looked back. Now, with only one child left at home (and not for long) DH and I find ourselves travelling alone quite often.
Christmas is absolutely amazing - so glad you are seeing the Candlelight Processional. If there's a narrator you really want to see, just stroll by at one of the times and stand in the back - you can see and hear great without standing in line or paying for another dinner.
Also, DO NOT miss the Osborne lights at DHS, I could have walked through those every night!
Glad to see Whispering Canyon on your list, that's our favourite. And you get to see the huge tree in the lobby of the WL, amazing.
Make sure you go to the Grand Floridian (just take the monorail when you're at MK) you have to see the huge gingerbread house in the lobby!
And keep an eye out for rentals as it gets closer for your car - we got a full-size for a week for $86 with Alamo insiders code and coupons from mousesavers.com (think it was an American Airlines code or maybe Visa).
And if you have time for Jellyrolls, that's our new favorite 'activity' every trip.
Lastly, if you're at DTD and want a great place to eat, try Raglan Road - great atmosphere, good food, and we love watching the Irish dancers while we eat.
Happy planning! Can't wait to read your actual trip report when you get there!
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #27
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Congrats on beating the big C. I just finished chemo and radiation 4 weeks ago and will have a pet scan in about a month to see if I am clear. I know what you mean about it changing how you look at things and am so glad you are planning your trip. We will be there December 10th-14th for our 30th wedding anniversary. We were there in December for our 25 th wedding anniversary and it has been our favorite time of year to be there. I am enjoying reading your PTR, I might get some ideas for things to do. I have all of our ADR done but still could change.
Congrats on finishing your chemo. I was very lucky and they were able to get all of mine with surgery and I did not need chemo. I will be praying for a clear PET scan. I think I was more nervous for the follow up scan than the original one. I wish happy thoughts and much happiness for your and DH's next 30 years. DH and I spent our 10th at WDW and we will be spending our 14th there next October (love F & W). As far as ADR's I always end up changing mine. I actually made a change today to day 4, you will see it in my Day 4 post I am going to make. Keep a happy thought and be sure to let us know that it was all good news from your scan!
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:45 PM   #28
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Loving your PTR and your outlook on life - we are the same age and our kids are 17, 21 and 23. We have been living for today for a while now after losing my mom when she was only 47 - swore I would never wait to do anything if we could afford it now, so we bought DVC 11 years ago and have never looked back. Now, with only one child left at home (and not for long) DH and I find ourselves travelling alone quite often.
Christmas is absolutely amazing - so glad you are seeing the Candlelight Processional. If there's a narrator you really want to see, just stroll by at one of the times and stand in the back - you can see and hear great without standing in line or paying for another dinner.
Also, DO NOT miss the Osborne lights at DHS, I could have walked through those every night!
Glad to see Whispering Canyon on your list, that's our favourite. And you get to see the huge tree in the lobby of the WL, amazing.
Make sure you go to the Grand Floridian (just take the monorail when you're at MK) you have to see the huge gingerbread house in the lobby!
And keep an eye out for rentals as it gets closer for your car - we got a full-size for a week for $86 with Alamo insiders code and coupons from mousesavers.com (think it was an American Airlines code or maybe Visa).
And if you have time for Jellyrolls, that's our new favorite 'activity' every trip.
Lastly, if you're at DTD and want a great place to eat, try Raglan Road - great atmosphere, good food, and we love watching the Irish dancers while we eat.
Happy planning! Can't wait to read your actual trip report when you get there!
Thanks for all the tips! We will be using several of those. We love Jellyrolls too! We also like the Atlantic Dance Hall but the last time we were there it was us and a bunch of college students. I miss the 80's club they used to have in DTD. Our youngest is moving out in September, she graduated college in May and got a full time teaching job (7th grade) and is moving closer to her school but only 15 minutes from home. That only leaves DS, he is 24 and in graduate school. He lives at home but works full time and goes to school full time. He will graduate in May with his Masters (so proud) and I don't think he will hang around much after that. He only lives at home so he can afford to travel to Europe each year (he is a history major) he says, but I also think it is for free food and someone to buy groceries, pay the electric, internet...but he is a good kid and has never had a GPA less than 3.9 in his 5 years in college. It is great to meet folks with "older" kids who are our age! Hopefully our paths will cross at WDW one day!
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Day 4....an update. Day 2 thinking of an addition.

As a clue into my persona I keep finding places we want to eat and need to juggle around ADR's. Today I was noticing that I booked 2 buffets for the same day later in the week. DH and I both like to eat but not that much. We sat down tonight went back over the agenda and decided we could move the lunch buffet to the day we do Chef's since we are eating a little later and I eat a bit lighter there. So......we added Biergarten to Day 4 so we can see the holiday show. I also decided that Day 2 would be perfect (no ADR's) for the Wishes Dessert Party as an early gift, I can't wait for the ADR's to open for that. I am going to have to run back KY instead of fly to burn off all these calories!
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:55 AM   #30
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DH and I are both huge foodies. We spend way too much time figuring out what we plan to eat. Keep trying new things, hit old favorites, table service or quick service. Ooh the possibilities! (You should see us plan for F&W!) We settled on a mix of some favorites and some places we have wanted to try and couple based on convenience. WE are doing Garden Grill for the CP since we haven't tried it. Besides that here is our list of TS (we do have TIW card):

Whispering Canyon Cafe
Chefs de France
GF Cafe
Biergarten (lunch)
Sci-Fi
LTT (lunch)
The Plaza - before MVMMCP
We'll be there the weeks before you and have many of the same ADRs, so you must have excellent taste! (At least I hope so since this is our first time. ) We have WCC, Chefs, GF, and Sci-Fi as well. In fact I think other than Le Cellier, Cali Grill, and Kouzzina those were all of our non-kid choices.
I know what you mean about changing ADRs, too. I thought I had them settled at 180 days, then our flight came in the night before, so we had to add one which required moving another one, then we discovered the Tea Room, so we had to add one ... its a disease I tell you!
Congrats on completing chemo. DH is an oncology pharm tech, so he sees and tells me how difficult it is going through that.
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