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chrisn
01-20-2001, 07:08 AM
Hey you guys! I'm Chris (chrisn on the DIS)31 year old wife and mother of 2. I can't believe it's almost here and I thought I would share a little bit of what it took to get us to Disney this year. Hope you enjoy it but please heed the LONG warning.

Trip Dates: Jan 30th-Feb 10th 2001
The Players:
DH-37 AKA Scrooge McGreedy. General money horder
Me-31 AKA Wicked Queen. Just a little wicked
DD-12 AKA Princess Preteen. Need I explain?
DS-3 AKA Prince not so Charming. Too Cute!
DB-24 AKA Knucklehead. But you can call him Dopey
DN-19 AKA Tweedle Dee Dumfounded. "Wow Man"

Called Dad earlier this year. "Hello Daddio! Going back to Disney. Can we have the Condo?" (Dad owns timeshare at Westgate Lakes). Dad says we can have it for a week. "WHAT?! Only a week? That's not nearly long enough!" what to do? Duh! Find a hotel. You have 2 weeks paid vacation, YEAH! Hotel on the brain kicks in. Don't like to stay in dumps or dives. Like a nice place for good value. Decide on Hampton Inn Lake Buena Vista. $85 first 2 nights $95 last 2. I make the ressie. This is a good thing right? WRONG! Decide I want a more family friendly joint and my thought gravitate toward Holiday Inn Sunspree. $118 a night. I make the ressie. This is good. WRONG! Had a coworker visit the Sunspree on a business trip and he indicated that it was a little old and I may not like it. OH NO! What to do? As it happens, I'm looking through the accomodations guide I got along with the Magic Card and I come across an add for Holiday Inn Family Suites (HIFS). I really like the idea of a Kidsuite and so I call and ask a lot of questions. Found out this is a new joint and I could have a 2 bedroom Kidsuite for $98 a night for 4 nights. Total with taxes is $435. I make the ressie. This is a really good thing! I pull out my "Unofficial Guide" and quickly proceed to Disney on the brain, in the brain, around the brain and everywhere in between. Finished the second reading. It's not enough! I proceed to Media Play and purchase Walt Disney World with Kids, Birnbaums, Universal Orlando, Fodors and Passorter. It's offical. I'm obsessed! Read them all from cover to cover. Getting excited! Making calls. Long distance calls. Lots of them! Ordered WDW and Uescape videos. Thought DS would get a kick out of them. WRONG! "Dizzyweird Mommy, Dizzyweird." ALL DAY LONG! MmmHmm, yes sweetie. Surfing the web at work. Getting lots of cool Disny info. Found "The DIS". "Whats this?...OH MY GOSH! There is nothing wrong with me! There are other obsessive Disney adicts too! THIS SITE IS GREAT! What in the hey is DH, DD, DS?" OK, I got it now. I even know what bump means. I'm a DIS vet! Saving money, saving more money, SAVING LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY! Ordered Hopper Plus, Uescape 3 Days, Busch Gardens (stressed over this) and Pirate Dinner Adventure tickets through orlandotravel.com. Called to make ressies for Discovery Cove. "WHAT! What do you mean you are not taking ressies for Jan/Feb?" "OH NOOOO! Park may be closed for expansion?!" DD balls. She wants to be a Marine Biologist. "It's ok sweetie, maybe thy will change their minds." Wrote a letter to the powers that be at Discovery Cove. Ordered Disney Mag. Got lots of brochures from Orlando Travel. DS wants to look at them. Wants to look at vacation pictures and watch "Dizzyweird Mommy, take me Dizzyweird Mommy!" ALL DAY EVERY DAY! MmmHmm, yes honey. Getting really excited! Stressing over cost of Mini Van rental. Found deal through Orlando Travel. Reserved Mini Van from Dollar @ $209/week. All right! No Shuttle! Starting to stress over airfare. Airlines are quoting $475 from here (Salt Lake City). "THATS $2000 DOLLARS!" Decide to wait but stressing highly! Calling Discovery Cove every week to see if anything has changed. "Guess What?" They are not closing park! Made ressie! YES! DD is jumping up and down screaming and pulling on me. It's a good thing I called when I did. The Sat after was already booked up. Checking Southwest Internet deals every Tuesday. They havn't extended date out. STRESSING! Time to pull out the big guns! Called Debbie at Murdock Travel. Begged her to find me a great deal. She put a yellow sticky on her terminal with my name and ORLANDO AIRFARE, CHEAP! Kept calling a couple times a week bugging the crap out of her I'm sure. Sitting at my desk sulking and just bout ready to give in. *Phone rings* "Chris, Debbie at Murdock. Have I got a deal for you!" $248 round trip including taxes and fees. I almost faint. There is a God and he loves me! Hurry Debbie, here's my card. "BUY THEM NOW!" I just saved $1000! Aaaahggggg! Tons of stress flys right off my shoulders. GO DEBBIE! GO DEBBIE! Bought 2 more family radios, Misty Mate and Misty Fan for $6 on clearance at Shopco. Reading DIS boards a lot. "CHEERLEADERS! NOOO!". Wait! Need a swimsuit for pools and Discovery Cove. Bought 3 before I decide on one. Thank God for Victoria's Secret! "Dizzyweird Mommy, Dizzyweird!" MmmHmm, yes Nickie. Stressing over whether or not to see Cirque. Found out about the BOGO Promo for HIFS (I love THE DIS!). "Called and spoke to every operator they have. Wanted to make damn good and sure. "Am I eligible for this discount?" OH MY GOSH! I just saved over $200! YOOHOO! Reading DIS boards. Antipirspirant spray for your feet? Learn something every day. Speaking of feet. Stressing over walking sandals. Getting close enough to make PS. Called 120 days out for Rain Forest AK. "Sorry, wer don't have anything availble after 5:00 at all". "WHAT! HELLO! This isn't Cindy's. OK, I'll take 4:45" (I'm starting to feel rather wicked). Stressing over Sci-Fi or Prime time. Finally decided on Planet H, NASCAR Cafe (City Walk), Rain Forest, Pirate's, Poly Luau (Sea World), House of Blues, Sci-Fi, Morocco Chef Mickey's and Cindy's breakfast. Kad to add Kona for Tonga toast and Ohana's for dinner. Parks we are touring are Downtown Disney, Busch Gardens, Universal, City Walk, Animal Kingdom, Discovery Cove, Sea World, MGM, Islands of Adventure, Magic Kingdom Epcot and Kennedy Space Center. Doing Cirque and Maye Disney Quest again. Going on Old Fshioned Airboat ride and Mall hopping on last day before plane flys out. Saving money, living on Top Ramen and I'd kill for a steak. Lst but not least, I have placed a very special order for DD and DS from Gifts of a Lifetime ti present them with from Mickey upon arrival. Thanks to all my DIS pals for all their help and insight. DS is driving me CRAZY! "Dizzyweird Mommy, take me Dizzyweird Mommy." "MmmHmm, yes Nicholas but your starting to sound like Pull String Woody and Mommy is going to string you up by your wee little Mickey Mouse ears in a minute". Stay tuned for post trip report titled: Wicked Queen and her entourage do Disney and beyond!

2/00-Offsite
2/01-Offsite (HIFS)
3/02-7 Day Disney Cruise!

wmears13
01-20-2001, 07:50 AM
If this is your pre-trip report, I can not wit for THE trip report! ;)

BWVPam
01-20-2001, 10:08 AM
What is BOGO Promo for HIFS. I know what HIFS stands for but not sure on the other.

Thanks,

Pam

chrisn
01-20-2001, 02:08 PM
BOGO stands for Buy One Get One. It is a promo HIFS was running I believe through the end of Feb. You can find a lot of info about it on the Hotel and Budget boards. If you do a search for HIFS, you'll find quite a bit I think. The coupons are still out there but I don't know if they are still honoring it. Hope this helps.

teachbrooks
01-20-2001, 04:33 PM
Wonderful. You are too funny. Enjoy. I'm envious.

teachbrooks

#1 Disney Fan
01-20-2001, 06:10 PM
Nice prelude! Sounds like a lot of well-thought-out planning went into your upcoming trip. Have a good trip! :)

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DarPa
01-21-2001, 10:12 PM
Oh this was great! I could actually picture it all! LOL I can't wait either until your whole trip report comes out! Hope you have a great one!

casmanuel
01-25-2001, 07:28 AM
Glad it's all coming together for you. I know from 12 yo DD's! Our trip (2/8-17) will overlap yours by a couple of days. Sounds like my planning mania has paralleled yours! Can't wait to hear more!

dan-tot
01-25-2001, 08:08 AM
WOW! Iam tired just reading your pre report. Can't wait to read your trip report. I think I grasped that you are going to universal. We were there in December and the crowds were great there wasn't any to speak of. If you want a place to have lunch Mels Dinner is pretty good they have hamburgers hotdogs frys things like that. Chef Mickeys is a good place to eat. The liberty Tree Tavern is a good layed back character lunch and dinner. They have Chip and Dale, Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Goofy. The food is steak turkey veggies all good tasting. Have a great time I guess in 12 days you will. Oh by the way if you are going to do the mall thing Florida Mall is on Sand lake which is on the same road to the airport we stop there before we go to the airport to fly home. If you are going to shop any other day go to Beltz Mall at the end of international drive.

Dan-tot :@)

BrerMom
01-27-2001, 04:47 PM
Wow! What a great pre-trip report! If your trip report is anything like this, I'll be smiling for days. :)

Tiger Fan
01-27-2001, 09:10 PM
I'm sitting on edge waiting for your return and your trip report! Have a great trip!

Lisa

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SheilaB
01-28-2001, 06:27 AM
Are you able to still use BOGO with a discounted room or did they increase to normal rate?

I have ressies there for 2/10 through 2/18 and would love to get a AAA discount if available with the BOGO.

Thanks,

Sheila

chrisn
01-28-2001, 07:27 PM
to be eligible for the BOGO promo you have to take the rack rate and that depends on the dates you are going. My rack rate was $109. I was originally booked at $98. It is still a really good deal for me as I saved $200. Good Luck!

Mamu
01-29-2001, 01:56 AM
Chrisn, Thanks for the great prelude and funny too. Looking forward to reading your trip report.

Have a great time. :)

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Marla Hellwig
02-14-2001, 02:38 PM
Isn't the planning fun? Can't wait to read your reports. Thanks for posting!

Alison
02-15-2001, 01:28 PM
This is great! Can't wait for more!

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Lisa
02-16-2001, 03:15 AM
ROFL. If this is the prelude, I can't wait for the actual trip report!! :)

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DL: 8/75, 4/85
Next visit: 1/01
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DixieDreamer
02-16-2001, 05:41 PM
Thanks for the pre-trip report. I had a great time reading it. I thought I was the only one that read and reread countless DisneyWorld guides - both official and unofficial, with and without kids, for kids, etc. etc. etc. :D <IMG WIDTH="15" HEIGHT="15" SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif" alt="razz">

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Annie'sMom
02-17-2001, 02:03 PM
Oh my gosh--this is too funny! Can't wait for the real report!