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bumbershoot
08-10-2007, 08:10 PM
I'm one month and one week out from our trip, and finally got the backbone to call for the PSs I wanted to make. I'm a bit shy, and it's really bad on the phone, and when there is concern that I've left things too long, well, it turns into 40 days out instead of 60, because I've worried those 20 days away. :)

After a bit of a wait on hold, I got our Lilo character b'fast reserved, and an 11:30 Blue Bayou seating arranged. Yay! It was so easy!

Now we just have to hope that DS likes the characters on Monday and Tuesday, for our Wednesday b'fast, and that he enjoys POTC enough to want to eat there on Thursday! Of course, I think we'll just do a dessert there (or maybe deal with the $4 fee to split a plate for their portabello dish), and what 3 year old could pass up pirates AND cookie boats? :upsidedow

XTinabell
08-10-2007, 08:27 PM
lol I'm shy on the phone as well so I know what you mean, I always make dh make ressies and then I bug him to tell me the whole conversation word for word and then he says next time I'm calling, but I never do lol.

Anyways, glad it went well for you I hope you enjoy your meals.

noryglory
08-10-2007, 08:35 PM
Heya Bumb,

It's so weird, I'm not shy at all, but in this day and age of internet I soooo would rather deal with customer service via the internet. Something about having it in writing and via computer gives me a better sense that's it isn't going to get screwed up. It would be nice if you could do the PSs online. Maybe someday.

I have a feeling most of us wouldn't give each other the time of day in person...our various personalities and quirks just don't show up as much online. So, from that standpoint, it's great that a "fan club" like this can exist where we all have a common goal, learning about and making the most of our trip.

Congrats! Good thing your 11:30 ressie at BB didn't go by the wayside waiting!! As is being discussed in another post, the 11:30 reservation is key to getting a waterside table.

Get up your nerve, girl! Don't let the good stuff pass you by. Shyness is a state of mind, get over yourself and have a blast!! :goodvibes

imjen
08-10-2007, 09:29 PM
I get like that sometimes too. Especially when needing to call companies about a problem. I can let that phone call sit for days. I'm glad you got the PS's you wanted. What were the times that they offer L&S? We want to do that one too. You'll have to let us know how you like it.

bumbershoot
08-10-2007, 09:39 PM
Eh, I've fought the shy thing for years. Now I'm embracing it. Nothing wrong with being less than comfy with others, and when I'm open about it, when I refuse to be MORE embarrassed by my face flushing, voice shaking, etc, then I feel better.

And yeah, cyberspace results in conversations with people you'd never talk to. I actually just lost a big group of friends that I met online, b/c I wanted to move into mainly IRL (for locals) or email friendships, while they still wanted the bulk of it to be in "public" on our online journals. I needed time off from journaling, and no one wanted to let me go "away", and now they are gone. :( But, like you alluded to, those online friendships probably wouldn't have even started, if we were all in a room together talking, instead of online.

That was actually the last straw in my recent acceptance of my own personality. I had tried for years to be more outgoing, but when the fake me finally started breaking down, I realized they didn't like the real me enough to deal with my quirks...and then I realized that my forever, real-life, friends were all still there for me. :)


But anyway, each time I've called Disney people, whether it's my three phone calls to the Anaheim disney travel people I am connected to when I call the Costco disney package number, or the dining people, they have been nothing but nice. Easy for even a shy person. :)

daffidyll
08-10-2007, 10:10 PM
Just had to say I am the exact same! Thats why I research everything beyond what is normal so that when/if I do have to make a call I'm more than prepared.....anyway, so good there are these forumns where I can ask all of my questions!

bumbershoot
08-10-2007, 11:03 PM
Just had to say I am the exact same! Thats why I research everything beyond what is normal so that when/if I do have to make a call I'm more than prepared.....anyway, so good there are these forumns where I can ask all of my questions!

Do you have a notebook, too? And when I say "notebook" I mean several notebooks for mere notes, and then a binder with section dividers and page protectors etc, so that all your thoughts are as organized as possible, for when you finally *have to* call.

I was *this* close to getting a Trapper Keeper, when I found out they still existed, but it turns out they were WAY cooler back in the '80s than they are today! :upsidedow

mariezp
08-10-2007, 11:46 PM
That's too funny! I suffer from phone fear too. Even worse than talking to a live person is having to leave a message on an answer machine! It's like my brain and mouth are out of sinc and I end up getting all tongue tied! What is that!? I try to tell myself there is really nothing anyone can do to me over a phone but ALAS, the problem persists!

You are right. Everyone I have ever spoken to at Disneyland on the phone have always been sooooo nice. I just finished making all my PS arrangements, booked Fantasmic and the Discovery Tour. Everything went as planned so now we are all set! Yippee!!!

I am sure DS will love the characters almost as much as MOM. At 3 he will probably be okay on POTC. My DD is 7 now. At that age she was just fine but now is another story. She thinks the mist curtain with Davy Jones and the "drops" are scary! The only way to get her on it is bribe her with a souvineer. I am hoping she may be a bit braver this year. (Last year she decided she liked HM, which I would think, would be just as scary.) Even though she is scared of the ride she has never had a problem dining at BB.

Next Peterson Disneyland Family Vacation September 3, 2007! Yippee!

staley7580
08-10-2007, 11:55 PM
First, let me say Howdy Neighbor!! Im in Lakewood!!:cool1: Anyhow, I dont even like ordering Pizza!! The day i realized you could order online was heaven to me!:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: I find i will actually avoid things unless I can pay online!:lmao: :lmao:

bumbershoot
08-11-2007, 12:12 AM
"I find i will actually avoid things unless I can pay online!"

Oh man, Sunshine Rewards and MyPoints have made that even bigger for me. I actually went to Target and REI the other day, to find out sizes, so I could order from Target online through SR, and REI through MyPoints so I could get rewards for those purchases (this only works if shipping is free or I'm picking up the REI in-store, otherwise the % reward is canceled out by the shipping cost).

"I am sure DS will love the characters almost as much as MOM."

That was one of the issues...I HATED the characters as a kid. They freaked me right out! In fact in the two times we've been there since I've been an adult, I have my character-blinders on so much I couldn't tell you if we saw one other than Cinderella. (speaking of Cinderella, my mom took me to see the movie when I was little, and I flipped out SO much in the theater she had to take me home...the stepsisters and stepmother were so incredibly mean and I couldn't deal with it anymore!) Eamon is quite different than I am, but I still try to go carefully into new situations, so I can be sure we're doing things the right, don't get scared, way.

staley7580
08-11-2007, 01:59 AM
"I find i will actually avoid things unless I can pay online!"

Oh man, Sunshine Rewards and MyPoints have made that even bigger for me. I actually went to Target and REI the other day, to find out sizes, so I could order from Target online through SR, and REI through MyPoints so I could get rewards for those purchases (this only works if shipping is free or I'm picking up the REI in-store, otherwise the % reward is canceled out by the shipping cost).

"I am sure DS will love the characters almost as much as MOM."

That was one of the issues...I HATED the characters as a kid. They freaked me right out! In fact in the two times we've been there since I've been an adult, I have my character-blinders on so much I couldn't tell you if we saw one other than Cinderella. (speaking of Cinderella, my mom took me to see the movie when I was little, and I flipped out SO much in the theater she had to take me home...the stepsisters and stepmother were so incredibly mean and I couldn't deal with it anymore!) Eamon is quite different than I am, but I still try to go carefully into new situations, so I can be sure we're doing things the right, don't get scared, way.

I love sunshine and my points!:lmao: I just figured out how to really work sunshine, so i am steadily building our trip spending money!

daffidyll
08-11-2007, 02:22 AM
Just about :rotfl2: !!! Just put together my binder with protectors and dividers yesterday. Did have everything paperclipped in their categories but that was becomming a bit of a mess because there's just too much on this trip to organise! I won't even start yet on how horrible I am at packing, trying to be prepared for everything and anything!

My DD (who is 3.8 yrs) is usually pretty scared of things and pretty emotionally sensitive I would guess. We took her to the Wiggles and although she liked them she wasn't bouncing around like other kids and she freaked out over this giant Murray blowup on stage. We've been to a few fairs and she always refuses to go on any rides so why are we doing Disneyland you may ask? :confused3....mainly because we are coming from overseas for a conference and to visit my family back home and well, ya just can't NOT go can ya????? .....she LOVES the idea of going and can't wait to see Mickey etc but I'm still wondering how it will go....I'm hoping by some miracle she will be more confident when we go which isn't for another 7 months but if anyone has any tips on how to gently ease her into it I'd love to hear them because I'm really hoping to do at least one character meal and go on at least It's A Small World or the tea cups or dumbo....oh gosh the childhood memmories are hitting me now!!!!

Alex2kMommy
08-11-2007, 10:48 AM
You never really know how the kids are going to react until you're there. :)

I worried the whole pre-trip months about my DS2. We watched Disney videos so he and his brother (DS6) would be familiar with the characters and their stories. They even loved the Disney Planning DVD! :lmao:
I thought that one was good for getting them used to the idea that these characters would be bigger than them.

Anyway, so we get to the DLH and are walking past the pool area when DS2 begins to kick and squirm to be let down. I spotted Goofy and told DH to put DS2 down now! Sure enough, as soon as his feet hit the ground he made a beeline for Goofy, who saw him comin' and got down on one knee and held his arms out. :love:

We hadn't even made it to the park yet! I was so excited! Jessie was our first "in park" character, and DH and DS2 walked up armed with their autograph pen and paper. DS6 hung back, so I pushed him to go up, but he flat out refused. I asked why, and he tried to play it off as disinterest, but it was actually shyness. Awwwww, he's his mama's boy after all. ;)

It took some coaxing (and leveraging a little sibling rivalry), but finally got him to approach the characters, and the autograph process really helped him, I think. :thumbsup2

ETA: Oh, gee, I really need to make those PSes...

bumbershoot
08-11-2007, 01:19 PM
Have you guys shown your kids videos of the rides? A few months back there was a video on disneyland's website itself that showed Matterhorn...but there are tons of videos, I hear, on youtube. That way you can give the kid's the perspective of the rides, what they will see and experience (the Yeti the Yeti the Yeti) beforehand. Just looking at the pictures of things on Disneyland's site has Eamon excited about things (and he remembers rides from last year, though last year he wasn't tall enough for the Matterhorn AND it was closed when we went), and I hope that he'll remember that it's shaky/jerky, and he'll remember the Yeti and not get too worried by it. :)

Can you tell the Yeti has me worried?


With the characters, well it's a fine line for us anyway, b/c we don't pretend that the characters are "real". We don't do the Santa thing as real, either, it's just a little myth (that we don't ruin for other children). But I've talked extensively about how tall they are, and how big they are, but that they love to talk to kids, etc etc etc.

Alex2kMommy
08-11-2007, 01:51 PM
Have you guys shown your kids videos of the rides? A few months back there was a video on disneyland's website itself that showed Matterhorn...but there are tons of videos, I hear, on youtube. That way you can give the kid's the perspective of the rides, what they will see and experience (the Yeti the Yeti the Yeti) beforehand. Just looking at the pictures of things on Disneyland's site has Eamon excited about things (and he remembers rides from last year, though last year he wasn't tall enough for the Matterhorn AND it was closed when we went), and I hope that he'll remember that it's shaky/jerky, and he'll remember the Yeti and not get too worried by it. :)

Can you tell the Yeti has me worried?


With the characters, well it's a fine line for us anyway, b/c we don't pretend that the characters are "real". We don't do the Santa thing as real, either, it's just a little myth (that we don't ruin for other children). But I've talked extensively about how tall they are, and how big they are, but that they love to talk to kids, etc etc etc.
I didn't show my kids videos from the rides. I had never been on any of them before, either, so I wanted it to be a surprise (and hopefully a pleasant one...)

DS(2 at the time) loved everything, including Pirates. Of course he was too little to go on Indy and Splash, but I have no doubt he'll love those when the time (and height) comes. We didn't do Matterhorn, either, but I think it may have been closed when we were there as well. I remember a funny story where someone told their nervous little girl that the Yeti was a gentle giant (like the one in Rudolph), and after that she was no longer afraid, she'd even blow him kisses as she passed by. :rotfl:

I did tell my worried DS6 that the characters were people in costume playing a character for fun, just like at Halloween. I made him promise not to say anything to his little brother or to any other child, and he never did, it just helped him be less nervous about meeting them.

ShawnaF
08-11-2007, 06:33 PM
Do any of you who don't like being on the phone stay at the Resort? If so, you can email with Vacation Planning - then you won't have to do the phone at all.

Just remember, it's Disney, there's not an easier phone call to make!

daffidyll
08-11-2007, 07:46 PM
Thanks for the tips!! Will definitely have a check on youtube....I didn't even know they make a Disney planning dvd.....where do you get that? DD actually gets really excited just watching me on these boards when she sees all the little photos and snippets of characters!

ShawnaF, alas, I'm not one who will be at Disney hotel....was thinking about paying the extra extra extra $$$ to do the DH but then read the rooms don't have a coffee/tea maker. If I don't have my cup of tea first thing in the morning I'll go insane so I'm still driving myself crazy debating between 2 offsite hotels....am right now procrastinating phoning them by being on here.....so silly I know!!!

ShawnaF
08-11-2007, 07:51 PM
Order the Vacation Planning DVD on disneyland.com website - you'll get it in the mail very quickly.

FYI though, I'm a Starbucks junkie (and I do mean junkie) - I have to get coffee or I get headaches. The Paradise Pier DOES have coffee makers - and packets of coffee, can't remember whether the DLH did or not, but I'm thinking they did have them in the bathroom there - big counter.

Regardless, you should know to NOT get coffee at the place on the DLH resort property beside Goofy's. Very very bitter. Go to the place in DTD by Starabilla's - best coffee I've had at the resort (not Starbucks quality but good), the next best is at the Blue Ribbon Bakery inside DL. Lines get really huge there though - as you get closer to closing.

Alex2kMommy
08-11-2007, 10:15 PM
Thanks for the tips!! Will definitely have a check on youtube....I didn't even know they make a Disney planning dvd.....where do you get that? DD actually gets really excited just watching me on these boards when she sees all the little photos and snippets of characters!

ShawnaF, alas, I'm not one who will be at Disney hotel....was thinking about paying the extra extra extra $$$ to do the DH but then read the rooms don't have a coffee/tea maker. If I don't have my cup of tea first thing in the morning I'll go insane so I'm still driving myself crazy debating between 2 offsite hotels....am right now procrastinating phoning them by being on here.....so silly I know!!!
The DLH does have coffeemakers, you just need to request one. They will bring it up right away. :)

By the way, the coffee that comes with it is terrible! I'm a Starbucks junkie but DH can drink anything, and even he couldn't drink it. He bought a refillable mug from the DLH coffee shop (the one next to Goofy's Kitchen.) I think it was $6 or $7, with free refills for the remainder of our stay. I had an occasional mocha from there, or from the La Brea Bakery in DTD. Neither tasted as good as Starbucks, but did in a pinch. ;)

bumbershoot
08-11-2007, 10:21 PM
daffidyll, what two offsite hotels are you thinking about?



Today we went to a PACKED zoo (we belong to the zoo and normally go on weekdays, but today was a special event AND the hubby had to work from home, so got outta the house to give him peace), and were very surprised to find they had characters! DS loved loved loved them. So yay, one thing marked off the Worry List. :) Now we just have to work on him looking at the camera, so we don't end up with tons of pix of his back and the character's front. :)



About the Yeti...luckily DS likes the Backyardigans, so he seems to think of Yetis as being Pablo. :) I bet he'll ask about "yeti droppings" while on the Matterhorn (for those who don't know the show or that episode, those are raisins, b/c yetis like raisins but are always dropping things, ha ha).

Alex2kMommy
08-11-2007, 10:27 PM
We were at the zoo Monday with some friends, and the first stop was the elephants. They were wandering around in the yard by the pond, but the kids (ages 6,5,3 and 2) went on and on about the mailbox-sized poop all over the enclosure! :sad2: :rotfl:

daffidyll
08-11-2007, 11:25 PM
Glad you had fun at the zoo Bumbershoot and you got one worry crossed off! We took DD last year when we went to Hawaii and she freaked out pretty much the whole time. Some people have suggested we try taking her to the Australia Zoo or DreamWorld (we live in Australia) before we go overseas to try to help adapt her more but I'm still not sure....would also hate for it to have the reverse effect and just make her hate all these places even more! Ah well.....we'll get there! I'm still having hope as at least she's talking about it all with so much excitement!

At the moment I'm torn between the Camelot Inn and the Carousel Inn and now again Disney Hotel since they do have coffee/tea makers....er....I hope you can make tea as well....I'm not a coffee person....just need my cup of tea I do!!!!! I really want a king bed and sofabed but I think only the Camelot has that..... and I want a nice clean bright room with room to move and easy to get to DL and a good view of fireworks at night and really it's only for 4 nights.....I should stop stressing over it already!!! I ACTUALLY did phone the Camelot today to ask about the price of the king suite and he told me he couldn't book it as they wouldn't have their prices up until Dec/Jan.....found that interesting because I could have booked on their website for the standard room and it worries me because someone else had said alot of places had already booked out for March....see, ya actually finally make a phone call and get nowhere! :headache:

ShawnaF
08-11-2007, 11:34 PM
Do you have access to the Disney DVDs to play in your area - not sure what versions you can play in Australia? There is one called Sing Along Songs, Disneyland Fun, It's a Small World - has ALL the characters as well and scenes of the rides and images you see at Disneyland.

We OVERDOSED on that one prior to taking our daughter for the first time on her 1st birthday - nothing scared her! It has songs from some of the rides too. I really think that video helps, some of it is dated, but it's really fantastic and puts YOU in the mood too.

I highly recommend that video and over 2 years later it's still a favorite here!

daffidyll
08-12-2007, 02:46 AM
Thanks so much for the tip ShawnaF!!!!:flower3: The sing-along one sounds fantastic.....most of our DVD players here can also be set up to play region 1 so I just bought that one off Amazon and ordered the vacation one from Disney and will have both sent to my mom's in Santa Barbara and I'll have her post them to me! Oh, I can't wait to get them!!!!!:banana:

bumbershoot
08-12-2007, 02:55 AM
We were at the zoo Monday with some friends, and the first stop was the elephants. They were wandering around in the yard by the pond, but the kids (ages 6,5,3 and 2) went on and on about the mailbox-sized poop all over the enclosure! :sad2: :rotfl:

Were you up at Woodland? DS cannot NOT comment on the elephant poop. Today at Point Defiance zoo, he went on and on about the "pellets" in the muskox enclosure... Nothing about the huge, impressive beasts in front of him, no, just the poop. Oh, and he ALWAYS has to find a stick at the zoo.

Today I had to play superhero (I had to be Jetstream) from Sky High in order to get him up a hill towards the exit...



Ooh daffidyll, you're from Australia! What a long trip! How exciting.

Remember, the Carousel has that breakfast room that doubles as a place to watch the fireworks. Not YOUR room, but A room. :) I was paying a lot of attention to that, before I realized that we're not going to be there when they have fireworks. :headache:

ShawnaF
08-12-2007, 11:10 AM
My pleasure, hope you love the videos as much as we do!!!

Alex2kMommy
08-12-2007, 05:42 PM
Were you up at Woodland? DS cannot NOT comment on the elephant poop. Today at Point Defiance zoo, he went on and on about the "pellets" in the muskox enclosure... Nothing about the huge, impressive beasts in front of him, no, just the poop. Oh, and he ALWAYS has to find a stick at the zoo.

Today I had to play superhero (I had to be Jetstream) from Sky High in order to get him up a hill towards the exit...
Yes, Woodland Park, though would like to go to Point Defiance one of these days.

Nice to know this obsession with poop is normal behavior... ;)

bumbershoot
08-12-2007, 06:08 PM
It's a nice zoo. And has an aquarium, too. It's smaller, but pretty. GREAT view of the mountain and of Commencement Bay, though the water being right there makes dressing appropriately tricky sometimes! We had a picnic just outside the zoo over mem Day weekend once, for DS's b'day, and it was FREEZING as soon as it hit 5pm. Dang water. :)



Back to Disney...does anyone know what is in the chocolate covering on Mickey Bars? Is it pretty purely chocolate, or am I going to have to worry about corn syrup? :eek:

daffidyll
08-12-2007, 06:30 PM
Yeah, the breakfast room at the Carousel is one of the things I liked about there and alot of people have said the Camelots pool area is fantastic for viewing as well but gee, didn't even really think that they might NOT be doing fireworks when we go....hmmm...will have to do another post and ask about that unless anyone here already knows....we'll be there March 12 thru 15th.

Definitely not looking forward to the looooong flight though. I actually grew up in LA and didn't move to Australia till I married DH so don't think I count as true aussie.....and as much as I love it here it's not until you have a child that you really really miss 'home'. Amazing how much I took for granted just being able to do Disney or any of the other places any time I felt like it and now I have to go through planning planning planning!!!

Sorry, don't know about the Mickey bars.....what ARE mickey bars???....they sound good though!!

bumbershoot
08-12-2007, 06:38 PM
Mickey bars are, unless I'm dreadfully mistaken, are ice cream covered in chocolate (or chocolatey sauce, which is where the high fructose corn syrup worry enters the picture) in the form of mickey's head and ears. :)


Hey, you're more of an Australian than I am! Though having seen the art-film Walkabout MORE than once, I used to feel like I had seen the outback. :) (awful film, even worse when you see it with your divorced father and you and your brother are the same ages as the children in the movie, and you start wondering "just what is he trying to tell us?")


I'm the opposite about missing things. I grew up in San Jose, and while I sometimes think about going back, it's mainly people that I miss and wish would visit me more often. But especially after having Eamon, I would be perfectly content to just move to Fiji or Tahiti (whichever has the calmest gov't) and be DONE with this place entirely.

daffidyll
08-12-2007, 07:17 PM
Oh wow.....I remember seeing that movie when I was a little kid!!! Though at the time I had no idea it was Australian...just thought it was some weird movie about being stranded in some desert and it made me really really THIRSTY!!! I still haven't been to the outback either. My mom is always telling that it's not the same back home anymore.....this will be my first trip back to LA in.....wow 10 years! Doesn't seem like it's been that long! Sometimes I'm not sure if it's good or bad not having my family around....it would be nice to have them close but not TOO close iykwim and I get really really nostolgic around the holidays like Thanksgiving which we don't have here and Christmas because it's summer here and not winter and we don't have the christmas trees like back home, and Halloween which we don't really have and oh dear....here I go again!!! But having said that....I do think this is a fantastic place to raise a child and I guess we have a lucky little girl who will get to experience two sets of holiday traditions.

bumbershoot
08-12-2007, 07:43 PM
ooh I bet she has an absolutely adorable accent...


What were our parents thinking, letting us watch that movie??? After I saw it as an adult, I had to have a talk with my dad about that...:sad2:

daffidyll
08-12-2007, 09:58 PM
Yes, I'm envious....DD is a true little Aussie and I am soooooooo american sounding STILL! I love their accents!

I will have to have a look around for that movie.....I'm sure it will have a completely different meaning to me now than when I was little. I remember my mom dragging me to all sorts of movies that certainly weren't kid movies....usually I'd fall asleep through them!

bumbershoot
08-13-2007, 02:45 AM
So cute. :)

You really still have an American accent after all that time? It's so hard for me to imagine not picking up the accent inside a few years. Then again, my natural CA accent has really stuck around, despite trying to get rid of it. Like, ya know? ;)



Yeah, that movie's disturbing. The actress is much loved, though. Also from Logan's Run (another movie I watched as a child). She has a following.

You were talking about conceirge and DLH in another thread...I personally can't imagine that the combo of the two is worth 1600 bucks. I used to do concierge when on business trips, but it was NOT that much more than the regular rooms (not disney, just normal hotels for seminars). I'm trying to add up the 'free' food, and I'm just not getting 125/day, not even for the three of us in my family. You'll probably have fireworks during your stay, but my mid-September, non-Saturday-including stay doesn't have them. So that part, fireworks watching, doesn't help me out, so I don't know how I would value that financially.

I switched to PP for a cost of $300 more, and that added another day (adding another day at Carousel would have been 120, so really it was only 180 more than it WOULD have been, I suppose). Otherwise I wouldn't have felt it worth it.

BUT we might be in different worlds, money-wise, so what is easily doable for you might not be for me. :)



Can you book directly through WDTC, through disneyland dot com? They allow you to book the good neighbor hotels, too, just in case you didn't know that. Do they have those dates out yet?

Bringing it back to the point of this thread, lest anyone think I've veered too much....talking to WDTC people is quite lovely. Even though they COULD have charged me $25 for each change I've made, they haven't, which has "saved" me $50. :) (sorry to those of you who have had different experiences, I don't know what I did differently!)

daffidyll
08-13-2007, 11:20 PM
LOL! Like, totally!! It's not that easy to pick up the accent or should I say 'lose' the american one. I've met people who have been here about 20 some years who still have it. I'm always envious of all the australian actors on american shows who speak perfect 'american' er....for lack of a better word.

Yeah, $1600 extra seems like quite a lot to me...even just the $1000 more does! I'm just not sure it would be worth it....the only way it would be is if we can't book into any other hotel and it's the only one we can get! DH and I were just talking last night about all the things we could do with that money...like just about pay for one of our flights! Nope, we haven't won the lottery yet so it's not pennies to us....we'll still be flying sardine class DRAT!

Thanks for the Disney.com tip. I didn't realise they also booked the good neighbour hotels.....I did search them but everything had "no availability"...I'm really starting to stress now! Just might have to start making those dreaded phone calls....again! Do you know if disney will also book good neighbour hotels on the phone or only on their website?

ShawnaF
08-14-2007, 12:19 AM
You can also send an email through the Disneyland.com website to have them contact YOU. Keep checking too - the 2008 dates should be up soon.

daffidyll
08-14-2007, 03:21 AM
Thanks ShawnaF...might do that....I guess what I can't figure out is I AM able to input the dates I want but when it responds with "no availability" do they mean "all booked out" :scared: or 'really don't have the schedule up yet".:confused3 ....guess I'm hoping for the latter!

bumbershoot
08-14-2007, 04:35 PM
My brain has lost track of your actual dates, and what sites you've tried so far.

But just for fun, I put March 14 through 17 into Carousel's and Camelot's reservation system, and got availability for both. Even got Camelot's deluxe family suite, which I noticed b/c I remembered you saying *something* about a suite.

April 14 through 17 for the Camelot came up with availability too...

If I had it all to do over again, I would look much harder at booking things separately, especially staying off site. And booking in the future, we most surely will, b/c we're planning to upgrade to APs (my brother lives in San Diego, why not have 'em for little visits, right?).

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Just re-read your other post. I was almost right in my March dates!

I noticed that with Camelot, the suite had internet-only pricing, so when you call they really wouldn't know that price, and might not even know there's a price like that.

For 12 through 15 I just got the:

Deluxe Family Suite
Deluxe Family Suite-2 Queens / 1 King -pull out sofa bed-mini bar-fridge-microwave-iron-desk

with availability again. Is that the one you wanted? Or was it a different suite?


Disneyland's website is NOT wanting me to look into March...of course a few times I went through with 2007 still chosen...:rolleyes1 so maybe it just doesn't trust me to know what I'm doing. :)


OK so here's an interesting thing. I was going through the front page of d'land dot com, and had NOT chosen any resort. But here's the wording:

"No availability was found at the hotel you selected for the dates you requested. We did find alternates. "

What hotel had I selected? None. And it shows me GC and DLH as possibilities.

Then I'm trying the good neighbors, and it's not being as easy on me...Camelot doesn't even show up for me. I noticed that making my own reservations, too, some hotels just never showed up for me. Which likely meant that the rooms they set aside for booking through WDTC are gone, but they might stil have rooms available to book in other ways (phone to hotel, hotel's reservation website, etc etc).

Ooh now look at that, the Camelot DOES come up for me, when I chose "moderate" good neighbor hotels.

I don't know how many of you there are, but I put in two adults and 1 4 year old, and it gives me the Camelot for 971.06, with 5-days-for-price-of-3 tickets, Mickey's toontown morning madness and character phone call. I click to review or edit details and it shows me that that's a Deluxe room, and to switch to a 1 bedroom suite it would be 228 more. 1 bedroom suite is then defined as:

"2 Queens with a double sofa sleeper

Sleeps up to 6 combination of adults and children using existing bedding"



Man I hope that helps!

I wonder if you're seeing the "no availability" wording, and reacting to it (it's hard NOT to, with that bold red font!) before going further on the page?


I really really hope this helps, or at least doesn't annoy. :) I'm more than happy to help in any way, even to making phone calls for you (my cell can call there for free, unlike what I'm sure you're paying). DH has his usual 3 day weekend (he works 4 10 hour shifts during his work week), so I'm free as a bird. :)

daffidyll
08-14-2007, 07:37 PM
Aaahhhh Bumbershoot you're the BEST!!! :flower3: :flower3: :flower3: :banana: !!!

LOL! You really were pretty darn close to the right dates! I swear TRULY that disney site was not working for me the other day! I just know they went and snuck it all in there just to make me look like the idiot I probably am! Or maybe it was because I didn't go through the front page....anywhoooo....just did it now and yep, you're right it IS showing up! I followed your instructions and isn't that funny but I got a quote of $965.02 (weird!)...BUT when I click on review & edit I don't get an option of another room type....still just says 'standad' room. Hmmmmm.....anyway........

Yesterday I emailed Bei-Hotels directly and asked for the price of the mini king suite....that's just one room with a king bed plus a sofa bed (we can't afford the family suites and probably don't need it anyway with just 3 of us). He said it would be $141.75 per night plus 15% tax which is the same price of the standard room (2 queen beds) on their website so guessing there isn't really any difference for a king bed vs 2 queens...I just need to make sure that's the room I get though so wonder if I can book it online and then call to specifically request that room? Also just booking through the hotel and buying park hoppers separately still is $165 more than doing it through Disney......Or maybe I SHOULD phone Disney direct to book it.....I really like having it all done as a package vs doing everything separately too.

Oh yeah, I also put in the Carousel and got "not available" so that answers that unless I book through them directly.

I think I am going to book this one (unless my DH hears a better deal through our travel agent....still waiting on that) but have a few quetions about booking through Disney first:

1. Do you know if the quote they give you is including the taxes or will that add that on when you go to pay? I just went as far as to where they gave the total package price + the deposit amount that would be due.

2. Package includes "mickey's toontown madness" which I'm not sure exactly what it is but something about getting to meet the characters an hour early before the park opens (am I right??) anyway...the question is...Is this something you do on your parkhopper early entry day OR is this in addition to your early entry day so that you sort of get 2 early entries????

3. Definitely want to get the goofy's kitchen breakfast...and have been thinking about Ariel's grotto for lunch too. I'm pretty sure I read that the grotto is increasing their prices as of September or something but the price they are quoting me with the package is less SO.....if we buy this now would we still get the meal at the price we paid or will they make us pay extra at the time?

4. They also give an option of buying 'meal plans'....what the heck are they and are they worth it?

5. Lastly I read something about printing out "E tickets" or vouchers or something like that, that you then redeem at the ticket booth. Anyone booked through disney.com and done this? When booking the package would I be able to print it out that way?

6. I guess what I like about booking online is the actual paper confirmation of everything....if booking by phone would they email me any confirmation do you know? Or do they snail mail everything to you or do you get it when you check in?

Okay....think that's it......THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH AGAIN Bumbershoot for all the research you did for me! I'm still not sure exactly what getting 'dreamed' at disney is but from what I can gather it's something really really cool so I hope it happens for you!!!! Actually for everyone who has helped me on these boards!!! I am one step closer and wouldn't have made it this far without everyones help!!!

p.s.....so sorry for the long babble....probably wasn't making much sense...thoughts going faster than my typing!

bumbershoot
08-14-2007, 08:36 PM
You make sense, no worries. :) (ooh, did that sound Australian?)

Weird, the price difference.

Also weird how it didn't show you the extra rooms. If only we had a LIVE chat here, we could each be on our own little computers, talking each other through things. :)

When I was figuring out what I wanted to book, I noticed this one hotel that had this SUPER cool room, with a little outdoor patio. I decided that I only wanted THAT room, and if I couldn't have that room I didn't want that hotel. Well, the disneyland.com system didn't show me that room, and I decided not to risk it.

I wonder what I did different that got me to the page to change rooms...hmm.



I'm fairly sure that, once you get to the page where you see the deposit, that you're looking at the total price.

Oh wait, could it be trip insurance that's causing the difference in costs? No, that would make it go UP, since I hadn't gotten to the page where they include the trip insurance (it's not shown in the price until you get towards the end, and then it's an "opt OUT" situation).

Mickey's ToonTown Morning Madness is something that is offered 4 days a week, ONLY to people booking packages with Good Neighbor or DLR hotels. ToonTown normally opens one hour after DL opens, but when you have the MTTMM voucher, you get in an hour early, so, at the same time the park opens. :) I hear they have a little parade, and the "mayor" presides over it, and there might be a certificate that the children (or everyone?) gets for attending. It sounds like bunches of fun, at least to do one time.

I don't know if you'd find yourself paying extra for the breakfast, if they sell it at today's prices...that's a good question.

The dining plan is something that really isnt' worth it, to many people. WDW has their dining plan that can be a great deal, allowing you to eat at fancier restaurants and get an entree, a dessert, and so on, plus snack credits, and counter service restaurants, etc. BUT the disneyLAND dining plan is almost like buying Disney Dollars. You're not getting anything extra, it's just a different form of currency (and you'll already be doing enough of that!). I priced the 3 day plan, and you got a "breakfast in the park", meaning vouchers for a certain place for b'fast, you got another character meal, and then the rest was $5, $10, and I think $15 and even $20 vouchers, which pretty much was what you paid for them. BUT, unlike handing over a $20 bill for $18 worth of food, if you give a $20 *voucher*, you don't get change back. So then you add in another lemonade or whatever, and have to pay OVER that $20 voucher... It's a good way to pre-pay for some of your food, but it's not really all that cost effective. So we opted to NOT do it. I've only heard of a few people do it here, and those people basically used it as a pre-payment plan.

The voucher thing for the tickets, I don't really know what that involves, other than it seems like you print something, take it with you, and turn it in for tickets when you get there.


uh, DS got up on my lap, hate typing one-handed, be back later!

daffidyll
08-14-2007, 10:25 PM
Oh you are becomming quite the Aussie!! Good on ya mate!! Ooooh, wish I still lived there to get an AP....lucky you! Yeah, sure would be good to have live chat....no matter how many ways I try I can't get any room options other than standard....maybe they already sold out :eek:

I think I'm going to phone them tomorrow and see what they say!!! Going to email Camelot again and verify that the standard room is the same as the king bed room too.

ok, I'll forget the meal deals!! TA! (that means thanks over here....not goodbye!)....hey, ya never know when you might need to know this in case you ever come here :)


Oh please please please still have the camelot package when I call tomorrow disney!!! Shame they don't take 24 hour calls there! Well, guess if I can't call nobody else can either though!