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Old 03-28-2014, 06:06 PM   #1
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The time we took our Friends ... and had to postpone

We are very excited for this upcoming trip. We get to go at “the holidays” AND we get to take some people who we consider some of “our favorite people”. For sake of anonymity, we will call them The Smiths (Dan, Tina & Josh) LOL. But I will likely post their pics but it’s okay.

This trip came to be when our dear friends were going through a very tough year this past Spring / Summer. DH and I truly love these friends. We’ve lived here for 2 ½ years and have found this family to be close to our hearts very quickly. Josh is right between DD13 and DS12 and Dan & Tina get along great with DH and I. DH and I wanted to do something wonderful for them. We also wanted to do something wonderful with our family. We decided to plan this trip and invite them to join us. Things aren’t stable yet for them, so there might be a chance they can’t come last minute – and that’s okay. We’ll have to be flexible.

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When - 1st week of December – the week RIGHT after Thanksgiving. Sunday – Saturday stay. DS12 and DD9 will be in FL with their mother for Thanksgiving so we’ll just piggy back off that and when we pick them up, we’ll go to Disney. YES the kids will all miss a week of school – Oh well!

Where – Right now we are booked in a 2 bedroom at SSR our HOME resort. We did it right at 11 months. At 7 months, I am going to try to move to AKV-Kidani. We want to have the benefit of the extra potty with our crew. If we cannot get AKV, we’ll be happy at SSR or OKW since they have more sq. footage. We will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Who – Our family: DH, ME, DD13, DS12, DD9. The Smiths: Tina, Dan & Josh12 (by the trip DS and Josh will also be 13). So we will have 3 13year olds on our hands!!! WOOHOO So fun! The boys can get nutty sometimes, but DH keeps saying they might grow up a bit by then. LOL

Dining – We’ll use TiW. Dining Plan with teens does not make sense in my opinion. DH and I are doing a couple days at BWV over Spring Break in a few weeks, we’ll buy it there.
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:51 PM   #2
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Tomorrow is a big day- I call in at our 7mos mark and change over to AKL - Kidani. I checked today for checkin 11/29 and it's wide open.

We are going to go for 2 Bdrm lock-off. I thought that Incase they have to cancel close to (within the limit) we can just modify to a 1 Bdrm and drop the studio. Figured that'd be easier then changing from dedicated 2 Bdrm to a 1 Bdrm at 60 days.

I've also been working on tentative FP+ plans and touring plans given Josh's suggestions. No days yet just plans within each park. I hope he releases DEC soon.

Exciting stuff!!
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We have almost the exact same plan as you going on, except in January instead of after Thanksgiving. I'm patiently waiting for the 7 month window to roll around to switch from SSR to AKV-Kidani as well. We'll be going with my husband's family, BIL, SIL, MIL and niece.

Have you traveled with these friends before? A trip to Disney with some very good friends a few years ago nearly ruined our relationship with them. It took years to get on reasonable terms again.

Good luck switching tomorrow!
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Have you traveled with these friends before? A trip to Disney with some very good friends a few years ago nearly ruined our relationship with them. It took years to get on reasonable terms again. Good luck switching tomorrow!
Yes and no. DD13 and I have gone with friends when it was just us. Pre-DH. And I've taken the kids alone with a friend alone and her kids.

I'm laid back enough and I THINK I know them well enough to anticipate and avoid anything too bad. The good thing about DVC is WE will be back so we can very much make this about them and enjoying the experience with them and won't need to make it about what we want to do. That's what I'm hoping for anyway. This was all DHs idea. If it goes terribly wrong we can all blame him. My biggest worry is my patience level with 2 12yo boys. I have permission to mother yell at him and it goes both ways .. But that's my biggest worry.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:59 AM   #5
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So it's official. We have moved to AKV-Kidani. There was a 40 min wait at Member Services this morning because the special pass offer final day is today. So I swallowed hard and did it online.

Couldn't get the 2 Bdrm lock-off so we did a 2 Bdrm.

I'm still so excited!!!
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So it's official. We have moved to AKV-Kidani. There was a 40 min wait at Member Services this morning because the special pass offer final day is today. So I swallowed hard and did it online.

Couldn't get the 2 Bdrm lock-off so we did a 2 Bdrm.

I'm still so excited!!!
Yeah! I find switching my own reservations so terrifying it actually makes me shake from nervousness while doing it. Congrats on the move to AKV.
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I survived a trip with MIL: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3040750
A Magic Kingdom Ultimate Tour Adventure http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...92&postcount=1
First trip with Magic Bands http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3170056
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Hope you have a wonderful trip!
Thank you Sue!! I'm starting to actually PLAN. Things are crazy busy life wise so I always line to go to my happy place to cope. Planning a trip is such a great coping mechanism. :-)
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I'm reaffirmed to do this with our friends. DH has been out if town for work since Easter. Because of his hours and the distance he can't come home. Tina and Dan have been my saviors. With 3 busy kids, I'm 1 mom and they've picked up my slack a ton giving kids rides home from after school stuff when I've got another one on the other side of town.

Earlier this week DH arranged with Tina to take the kids to the mall so they could Mothers Day shop for me. :-). They had fun and she says they were really good. I leave Monday for a quick business trip so I used the alone time for a quick mani/pedi.

This is Tina's 1st Mothers Day without her mom. I know it's going to be hard. DD13 and I decided we are going to buy her a rose bush, she's been wanting to start a rose garden. She's done so much for me lately- I'm excited to get this for her.

Planning wise, I've put our tentative dining plan together for their review along with a budget. I know it's overwhelming if you don't go often like we do. I'm trying to make it digestible. ADR window opens 5/30!! It's getting real!
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Would December hours please come out!! I'm gonna go bananas! 11 days from 180 day window for our ADRs. I'm making some guesses based on Nov schedule and the MVMCP dates. I wonder how close i'll be.
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Would December hours please come out!! I'm gonna go bananas! 11 days from 180 day window for our ADRs. I'm making some guesses based on Nov schedule and the MVMCP dates. I wonder how close i'll be.
Agreed - just publish them already!!!
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what are the hours good for? sorry maybe i am missing something...
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Knowing the park hours help you know what days each park has EMH. So if you want to your avoiding, or using, EMH you know that. If you want to make a dinner reservation based on a park closing or Fantasmic timing, you know that.

For us, we are not going to "hop" given the remaining questions with FP+, so we are going to avoid EMH days and just do rope drops. So I'd like to know park hours to plan what park what day. Many ADRs are in the park so it's great to know by the 180 day ADR window.
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Thanks. Makes sense!
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Do you think they will eventually allow for multiple parks per day with FP+? Why does it seem they are discouraging park hopping?
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