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Old 04-06-2013, 01:34 PM   #1051
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Another question just popped into my head. I was thinking of getting a disign from this website. Who is the best one to talk to?
When I got ours for our trip last year, RustManFan made the ones for me. HTH
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:36 PM   #1052
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We are planning to go April 28 - May 3 at AOA.

It will be 3 adults and 2 kids in a Nemo suite.

How far in advance can you book a vacation with a TA?

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I know you can book directly with WDW 499 days in advance for room-only; I would guess it varies from TA to TA - I honestly do not know.
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:18 PM   #1053
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Oh honey, complain away. I completely get it. I started watching my sister's kids when I was 8 months pregnant with my 1st and 5 years later here we are. Most playgroups and kids places were just overwhelming with 3 under 3 and by the time the oldest matured a little bit and I thought we could start getting out we started facing the issues with my nephew being diagnosed as autistic and then baby #2 made her appearance. Even when I did feel like I could handle everyone in public there were a lot of groups that made it clear that my nephew wasn't really welcome so we sat at home a lot and slowly lost our minds. Over the last 5 years I've watched my sister and BIL and DH get new jobs, get promoted, travel for work, get recognized professionally and there's always a tiny bit of sadness that everyone can do these things because I sacrificed that part of my life. For me going back to school last year was my outlet. It's only one class a semester right now but I needed something that was only for me and was completely separate from the kids and from being a SAHM. I still need to be Rachel, not just mom.
Today was my last morning... However, I am already planning a bunch of stuff to keep me busy... Lets see how it goes! Also, I can't tell you guys how nice it is to have people to relate too and who emphasize. Thank you

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I think I'm going to have to give up BOG. My husband and I had one and I had of those rare mornings where we both woke up before the kids so we had a budget discussion over coffee. One of the topics was how much we're planning to have saved vs.how much of that we want to spend. We're both in agreement that the goal is to have this trip paid off before Christmas and keep a decent sized cushion in the vacation fund for emergencies or as a head start towards the birthday trip in 2015. The best way to cut back is through dining. We're skipping the dining plan, other than DH no one eats enough to make it worth it so we're paying OOP. We want to keep Chef Mickey's, H&V breakfast, 1900 PF and either CRT or the other princess breakfast (the name escapes me right now) because part of our "touring strategy" is to knock out the character meet and greets at meals so we don't have to use park time for them. I do want to have lunch at LoF at least once and I'm planning Trails End for breakfast the day we go. Everything else will either be eaten in the room or we'll pack a lunch to take with us. I did a quick estimate and by losing BoG and the random quick service places I wanted to try and adding in the cost of groceries we're still saving almost $400 by doing it that way.

Of course, all of this is assuming no free dining for February. If we get FD then all bets are off.
What about BOG lunch?

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Thank you for the welcome, I was searching on the board for info on the ToT 10miler and ran across this thread. I for some reason was up early but ended up going back to bed.

On the ToT 10 miler, I am not generally a "runner" but I went to WDW with a friend who was running the 2012 half marathon and decided I want to do one when I quit smoking as a reward and think the ToT one is perfect since Oct for some reason turned out to be the main time I go on vacation (Oct 2010, Oct 2012 and will be doing Oct 2013) and of course planning Oct 2014.

Also booking 4 days at Vero Beach for DD and I May 24-28th 2014 as a end of Kindergarten trip.

Planning on doing a split vac between Universal/IOA (the dark side) and WDW in Oct

I look forward to read other people's trip plans that love planning wayyyyyy in advance like me lol
Yay for working on quitting smoking... I was at the gas station the other day and saw they are $8.54 a pack.... So glad I quit! Plus I can do things now like run, hike up huge mountains with out my lungs screaming at me

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Hi everyone. I have started planning my family vacation since earlier this month. It will be my youger sisters first time plus my kids. We already have 10 people going. Myself 26, husband 26, my step-daughter 7, my son 5, my mom and dad, hopefully my grandma that lives in florida, my sister, her husband and 2 yr old, and my other sister.

I have decided that we are going in July of 2014 not really for sure about the dates yet. We are going to stay with my grandma during our trip.

It has been a very long time since i have been to WDW.
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Another question just popped into my head. I was thinking of getting a disign from this website. Who is the best one to talk to?
I would really look through everyones.... I had encyclopedia pages from Zoeismommy and invites done from AbsolutMandy and they were fantastic! I think I might try my own for our January trip
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Ok I love how autocorrect changed empathize to emphasize!


Thank you guys... For EMPHASIZING!
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:00 PM   #1055
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Ok I love how autocorrect changed empathize to emphasize!


Thank you guys... For EMPHASIZING!
Well, technically we were emphasizing ... that everything will work out for the best, and not to worry!
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:38 PM   #1056
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Well, technically we were emphasizing ... that everything will work out for the best, and not to worry!

Ahhh so autocorrect is much wiser than it leads on to be huh?
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #1057
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That's fantastic progress! You'll get there.
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Yay for working on quitting smoking... I was at the gas station the other day and saw they are $8.54 a pack.... So glad I quit! Plus I can do things now like run, hike up huge mountains with out my lungs screaming at me
Thank y'all for the support, even with cutting down I can tell a difference, still can't run long distance (except from zombies lol. ) but I've got plenty of time to train for 2014 ToT
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:19 AM   #1058
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:33 AM   #1059
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What about BOG lunch?
I'm holding off on lunch until I see where it goes. Right now I know I would get outvoted if I wanted us to stand in that line for lunch but hopefully it will calm down a bit before now and then. The other option is to ask my mom for Disney GCs for Christmas/my birthday (it's 4 days before Christmas). She always buys us a decent sized GC, usually for the grocery store because we really don't need anything. If she does a Disney GC we can put that towards BoG. I'll probably make the ADR anyway, just in case. I can always cancel later.

It wasn't a complete loss though. I lost BoG but I did manage to convince him we need to extend the trip by a day. If we go Friday-Thursday as planned we either have to fly from our home airport and connect in Chicago or drive 2 hours to a bigger airport to fly direct. If we go Friday-Friday we can fly direct from our home airport. With the connection we're looking at 6 hours travel time, direct flight is 2.5. Once I pointed that out he was 100% on board.

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Old 04-07-2013, 11:28 AM   #1060
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Resort room window decorations, stroller signs, dining punch cards ... way too much to explain - go here Creative DISigns and check it out for yourself. Be forewarned though - you can spend hours looking at stuff (it's a real time suck!).
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:38 PM   #1061
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I guess I'm in the minority, but I would do MK first. One, my girls have been and my oldest would probably have a fit not going there first! But mainly b/c MK is a 2 day park for us, and I imagine it really will be in the summer, as I doubt we will get it all done in one day. I would do MK first, that way if there is anything that you really want to do, but don't have time for, you can re-arrange and go back a second day. Then I would choose either AK or DHS, based on what my kids were into.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:33 PM   #1062
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We're going to be staying at BLT from January 20th-January 27th!
This is only going to be my second trip...my first was when I was 5 and it was the 25th anniversary - so I haven't seen Cinderella Castle without all of that pink icing all over it! This trip is also going to consist of me convincing my DBF that we need to move to Florida.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:42 PM   #1063
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We're going to be staying at BLT from January 20th-January 27th!
This is only going to be my second trip...my first was when I was 5 and it was the 25th anniversary - so I haven't seen Cinderella Castle without all of that pink icing all over it! This trip is also going to consist of me convincing my DBF that we need to move to Florida.
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Good luck convincing your boyfriend on the Florida move - I've been trying to convince my husband for years and I'm still in Ohio. Here's some pixiedust to help you.

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Old 04-07-2013, 07:25 PM   #1064
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I've started a March 2014 thread if any of the March DIS'ers want to join me there!
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:30 PM   #1065
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to the group! I'll get you added to the list.

Good luck convincing your boyfriend on the Florida move - I've been trying to convince my husband for years and I'm still in Ohio. Here's some pixiedust to help you.

Feel free to join in the conversation - if you have questions, ask away.
Thank you! I love how welcoming everyone on the Disboards are, it's fantastic.

I shall send pixie dust your way as well! Hopefully you'll be able to move closer to the mouse. ^-^
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