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If U Had Wings
04-13-2009, 04:12 PM
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z126/Seastorm2/Smileys%20and%20Avatars/belle-1.gifI love going to Disney with my family and friends. Really and truly I do. I've been blessed with a family that "gets it". They are all as addicted to the mouse as I am, I would only have to say the word and I'd any of them traveling along with me this trip. There is something comforting about that. :lovestruc

But…

I've had the urge for awhile now to go on a vacation all by myself. Not just a weekend away like I usually take, but an entire week. One blissful week where I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. The trip where I can sit by the pool sipping strawberry daquris all day if I wish, and not have to worry that whomever I'm with is bored. The trip were I can act like a kid again and eat a meal with the princesses without anyone laughing at me. A trip, in short, for me.

Of course, such a trip is easier said than done when your surrounded by a bunch of other people who all drink the Disney kool-aid too. I finally decided to face the wrath (and a bit of jealousy) of my friends and family and book my very first solo trip to the world. I'm not sure the majority of my family and friends understand the desire to strike out alone, but my brother has always said that some of his favorite moments in the park are the few hours he's had to himself. ;) I can't wait to find out if it's true.

Some background on me.
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My friends call me Crissy. I'm a 38 years old, single and have no kids. I have two nieces that I absolutely adore, and that are a bit put out that I'm not taking them to Disney this time. I live in CT, but commute daily into NYC. I don't mind my commute most of the time (except for the cost) because I love working in NYC. I'm truly a city girl at heart. Plus it gives me the opportunity to make weekly trips to The World of Disney NYC. :cool1: My favorite Disney characters are Belle and Donald.

My first trip to Disney was back in 1979 and I've been in love with it ever since. I used to average a trip every 5 years or so, but the past few years I've been making it a yearly event. :thumbsup2

My last trip was with my entire family. It was wonderful sharing the trip with my nieces, but there was enough aggravation from my SIL's father to put a bit of a damper on the trip.
My 2008 trip report - Everything is Satisfactual (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1946063). If I never go to Disney again with him, I will be overwhelmingly happy.

The year before I made a 2007 fall trip to the world with my BFF. I never finished my report but in case your interested here's my 2007 report - Partying Between the Raindrops (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1618334). Again a wonderful trip. We were there for Epcot's 25th anniversary which ended up being one of those fantastic once in a lifetime Disney moments.

My trips to Disney though have become a bit routine. I always tend to eat at the same places, tour the parks in the same order, and stay at the same resorts. This trip I am dedicating myself to shaking things up a bit, trying new things and staying away from the status quo. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm so excited about having so many new plans to make and things to try!

- Looking for Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere (That would be this post!)
- Looking for Shelter in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=31372688&postcount=9)
- Timing All that Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=31548410&postcount=24)
- Getting to the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=31830498&postcount=36)
- Influenced by Everyone in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=31893109&postcount=48)
- Because the Great Wide Somewhere Doesn't Come Cheap (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=31924296&postcount=60)
- Can you Really Plan for All that Adventure? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=31940371&postcount=68)
- Changes in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32022873&postcount=71)
- A Bit of Company in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32186602&postcount=118)
- Resortitis in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32385357&postcount=137)
- A Kabosh on Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32412870&postcount=160)
- Picking a Resort Already in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32488589&postcount=184)
- Do you need a ticket for the Great Wide Somewhere? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32698577&postcount=201)
- Either/Or in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32724628&postcount=219)
- Hitting a Wall in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32863593&postcount=240)
- A Cry for Help in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32892988&postcount=257)
- A Bit of a Concession in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32994026&postcount=277)
- Upgradeitis in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32994415&postcount=279)
- Time for the Good Stuff in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33102338&postcount=290)
- More Good Stuff in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33114128&postcount=300)
- Bagitis in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33251108&postcount=317)
- Finding Adventure in the Great White Mountains??? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33417926&postcount=333)
- Finally ADRs in the Great Wide Somewhere! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33463346&postcount=351)
- Opportunities for Day 1 in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33751085&postcount=381)
- Adventure in the Great Wide Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34021304&postcount=393)
- Adventure in the Great Wide Future (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34032066&postcount=401)
- Rest and Relaxation in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34087305&postcount=411)
- A Bit of Rethinking in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34144699&postcount=427)
- Do I Really Need to Eat in Epcot? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34164338&postcount=431)
- Does This Mean I Get to Start Packing??? (http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z126/Seastorm2/DSC02617_opt.jpg)
- Rest, Relaxation and Holiday Cheer in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34203722&postcount=446)
- Planless in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34221070&postcount=459)
- Final Countdown to the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34283106&postcount=474)
- Bringing Home a Bit of the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34357067&postcount=504)
- Packing it Up for the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34386555&postcount=516)
- Nearly Single Digits to the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34458464&postcount=530)
- 2 Days and Counting to the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34539263&postcount=560)
- And One Last Little Glitch is Thrown Into the Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34560020&postcount=574)
- Back from My Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34669748&postcount=585)

Lady Lallie
04-13-2009, 09:30 PM
Oooh!! You started your PTR. I am so excited for you.

I love your title and I love your little dancing girls in your signature. :cutie:

You are going to have a fabulous time and I can't wait to hear where you decide to eat and what plan of action you are taking for the parks. :goodvibes

If U Had Wings
04-13-2009, 10:34 PM
Oooh!! You started your PTR. I am so excited for you.

I love your title and I love your little dancing girls in your signature. :cutie:

You are going to have a fabulous time and I can't wait to hear where you decide to eat and what plan of action you are taking for the parks. :goodvibes

Thanks. I've been meaning to start it for ages. I can't believe how much I'm already torturing myself over plans for this trip already!

micandminforever
04-15-2009, 12:45 AM
It sounds like another fun time. I look forward to your report.

If U Had Wings
04-15-2009, 09:07 AM
It sounds like another fun time. I look forward to your report.

Welcome! :hippie:

I'm really looking forward to this trip. I can't wait to see everything at a leisurely pace.

APB513
04-15-2009, 10:33 AM
Hi Crissy -

Good for you for deciding to take your first solo trip!!! I am taking my first solo trip next month and I am doing for the same reasons as you!

I've never stayed at WL but we visited the resort during Christmas 2007. It was so beautifully decorated! My sons loved the pool. They told me that this is the resort they would like to stay at next.

Looking forward to reading more of your PTR!

askelton
04-15-2009, 11:14 AM
You'll have so much fun doing just what you want to do! :goodvibes

If U Had Wings
04-15-2009, 12:24 PM
Hi Crissy -

Good for you for deciding to take your first solo trip!!! I am taking my first solo trip next month and I am doing for the same reasons as you!

I've never stayed at WL but we visited the resort during Christmas 2007. It was so beautifully decorated! My sons loved the pool. They told me that this is the resort they would like to stay at next.

Looking forward to reading more of your PTR!

You'll have so much fun doing just what you want to do! :goodvibes


Thanks. My last family trip convinced me I needed to take a trip myself. I was so sick of dealing with in-law nonsense when I wasn't even the one who has in-laws.

The thought of doing what I want is almost too wonderful to think of!

If U Had Wings
04-16-2009, 03:58 PM
I said in my last post that my trips have become very routine and predictable. That has been true right down to where I stay. When I was a kid my family always stayed at the Poly. (Back when the Poly was still affordable:headache:). I became completely hooked with staying on-site. Even as a kid, I knew I didn't want to stay anywhere else but right in the middle of the magic. We made a few more family trips, always staying at the Poly.
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My brother and I at the Poly back on our first trip in 1979

In 1992 I made my first trip to Disney without my family. I had just graduated from college, and it was the first trip that I planned all on my own. Somewhere between my last family trip to Disney in 1988, and 1992 the Poly had become crazy expensive. Luckily there were now some less expensive resorts on property. I had just finished reading "Gone With the Wind" and had my heart set on staying at the new Dixie Landings Resort since I was obsessed with all things southern. It was filled, so my travel agent suggested Port Orleans (and it's always just Port Orleans to me). It must have been kismet or something, because it was love at first sight for me. It truly feels like my Disney home away from home.
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My first trip to Port Orleans, waiting for a rainstorm to ease up so I can go to my room.

My dream Disney resort is the Boardwalk Inn. From the first time I saw it back a few years ago, it's been the one other Disney resort that I've really wanted to stay at. In my mind I can see myself chilling on my balcony overlooking the boardwalk without a care in the world. Unfortunately my dreams don't agree with my budget, especially for a solo trip. :sad1: I had toyed with the idea of renting points to stay at my dream resort, but with the state of the economy I chose against that option this year. I don't want to take the chance that something may happen to my job where I'd have to cancel especially closer to when I'm going.

The original intention for this trip was to just stay value for the entire trip. In all honestly it's what I should be doing. Should being the operative word. My balcony dreams aren't going away. The problem with balconies is that they require staying deluxe, and a deluxe for the entire week just isn't possible this year, no matter how much I play around with fuzzy Disney math. After calling Disney and getting some price quotes, I played around with the numbers and came up with three options.

1) Stay at POP Century for the week. - Plus side - The sensible lowest cost decision. Since I'm going right in the middle of Pop Warner week, POP is the only value I was willing to consider. Minus side - No balcony, and I had concerns that it would be a bit noisy and I would be able to relax at all there. I'm determined not to go comando on this trip.

2) Stay at POFQ for the week. - Not quite as inexpensive as option #1, but still falling within my affordability range. On the plus side, a place I love, and I'd definitely get to relax and enjoy the facilities there. On the minus side not something new to me, and again - no balcony.

3) Do a split stay between POP and either the AKL or the Wilderness Lodge with a standard view room - Lots of plus side here. I'd get my balcony and a deluxe resort to relax at for 1/2 the trip, and a low cost option for the other 1/2. The downside though was having to change resorts mid-week, and I'd miss my home POFQ.

I hemmed and hawed over the decision. Part of me didn't want to stay anywhere but my "home", and I wasn't sure about how I felt about staying at the values. Also I stayed at the AKL a few years back on a great upgrade when Disney shut down POFQ for renovations a week before we were scheduled to check in. They moved us to the AKL for less than we were paying for the room at POFQ:thumbsup2, then when we checked in they upgraded us to a Savannah view room. I loved staying at the AKL. It was fantastic, but the savannah view's spoiled me a bit, and I was really afraid I'd get stuck in one of the rooms that overlooks the bus stop area. It's not really what I had in mind when chilling on a balcony. There was also that thought in the back of my mind that I really should try somewhere new.

That left the Wilderness Lodge, and honestly it wasn't crying out single girl on vacation to me. I'm not really a woodsy type of person. I'm a true city/suburb girl at heart and have always found myself drawn to the more beachy/urban themed resorts a bit more. I started doing a bit of research on the boards, and after reading through several trip reports (thanks TK and LL!), I started feeling myself being swayed towards the Wilderness Lodge. LL also helped erase my concerns that transfering resorts was going to be a hassle.

I finally decided to go ahead and book the split stay - POP Century/Wilderness Lodge. I think it's going to offer me most of what I want, even with the remaining concerns I have regarding whether or not the resort is "me" or not. My thinking was that I might as well go ahead and book while there were still standard view rooms available at the Wilderness Lodge. I booked back in September, but since I was planning a December 2009 trip and I knew from the boards that the resort books fast for that time of year particulary for the standard view rooms, that I had to book as soon as possible. Better to have the room and change later, then have nothing, right?

So the dates and the resort are set. Unfortunately I haven't lucked into a good discount code yet, but at least I'm getting the rooms with a 20% AAA discount right now.
December 5-8, 2009 - POP Century
December 8-12, 2009 - Wilderness Lodge (I just had to use the extra day at the deluxe!)

party:

The more I've been thinking about my plans, the more I think my resort choices are going to work out for the best. While I wouldn't rule out switching to the Boardwalk if a 40% off code fell into my lap, I'm actually thinking that being located near the MK and monorail resorts is going to work out best for me this trip. More on that later though!

Minnie&Nana
04-16-2009, 04:41 PM
:wave: Chrissy! You are just a yr older than my DD - we have a photo of her and her DB that looks much like your pic! :) We stayed at the the Poly from 1982 until around 1995, then began trying new resorts.

If you don't mind, since I'm a wimp, I'm going to do my solo trip as an armchair traveler along with you. :thumbsup2

That said...;) I'd be thinking exactly the same about the resorts. One thing I love about BW is being so close to International Gateway...the thing I'm not crazy about, esp for a solo stay, is most of the rooms are a very long hike from the elevator.

French Quarter would definitely be top choice for a moderate solo. :)

I've considered WL for a solo as well...with the boat to MK and CR, it allows for some options. Fingers crossed that you don't get one of the std rooms over looking the delivery area...and some http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp67/christine7273/icon_tink.gif that you'll be upgraded. ::yes::

I did stay at POP for 2 ngts alone last August - felt very safe at POP. Although I was bumped to a preferred location, 4th fl overlooking the Hippy Dippy pool, would have been fine (even better) in a lake side room as those are so peaceful. (We were there twice during POP Warner -POP is one of the overflow resorts - all the kids were in the 50's area...so were we, but they left two days after we arrived ).

I'm all settled in to enjoy the pre-trip. Great job! :thumbsup2

(p.s. I'm also a Chrissy!)

If U Had Wings
04-17-2009, 12:05 AM
Welcome! I'm so glad your joining in. :goodvibes

:wave: Chrissy! You are just a yr older than my DD - we have a photo of her and her DB that looks much like your pic! :) We stayed at the the Poly from 1982 until around 1995, then began trying new resorts.

I loved the Poly when I was a kid. We'd always have breakfast at the old Tangaroa Terrace. I have a couple of pictures of us with those tiki statues. I wanted to try to get our pictures with them last year on our family trip, but they are gone now. I haven't stayed there since 1988 and still miss it.


That said...;) I'd be thinking exactly the same about the resorts. One thing I love about BW is being so close to International Gateway...the thing I'm not crazy about, esp for a solo stay, is most of the rooms are a very long hike from the elevator.

I just love it. Especially after seeing some of the pictures now that it's been refurbished. One of these days I'll get to stay there.


I've considered WL for a solo as well...with the boat to MK and CR, it allows for some options. http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp67/christine7273/icon_xfingers.gif You don't get one of the std rooms over looking the delivery area...and some http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp67/christine7273/icon_tink.gif that you'll be upgraded. ::yes::

Thanks for the luck. I'm debating whether or not to request a certain room area. Usually I just play it by ear. My only concern at the WL was really having a ground floor room. With sliders I just wouldn't feel safe, but since there are no standard view rooms on ground level I was just going to take my chances. Part of my though secretly hopes there is a chance I get upgraded since I booked 15 months in advance.

I did stay at POP for 2 ngts alone last August - felt very safe at POP. Although I was bumped to a preferred location, 4th fl overlooking the Hippy Dippy pool, would have been fine (even better) in a lake side room as those are so peaceful. (We were there twice during POP Warner -POP is one of the overflow resorts - all the kids were in the 50's area...so were we, but they left two days after we arrived ).

I'm all settled in to enjoy the pre-trip. Great job! :thumbsup2

(p.s. I'm also a Chrissy!)

Thanks for the info on POP. I've actually never been on property for either of the WL or POP, so both will be completely new to me. I'm getting more excited about my choices.

:thumbsup2 Very cool that your another Chrissy. When I got out of college years back I tried to shake the nickname. It turned out to be a useless battle. No matter where I work everyone ends up calling me Crissy. I've come to accept that I am a Crissy and like it now.

Lady Lallie
04-17-2009, 08:25 AM
I really think you are going to love Wilderness Lodge. We loved our split stay since we were able to afford staying at WL for a few nights. I have heard that standard rooms get upgraded a lot, so you might just have some luck. We didn't put in any requests and we had a wonderful room. Granted, it didn't have a view of anything but woods but it was nice and relaxing in the mornings and evenings. :goodvibes

And as you know, I just adored the boat transportation. It was so relaxing, fun and different. Plus being at WL, you are close to some great places to eat and close to the monorail to get over to Epcot.

Really, I can't say enough good things about WL. ;)

If U Had Wings
04-17-2009, 10:06 AM
I really think you are going to love Wilderness Lodge. We loved our split stay since we were able to afford staying at WL for a few nights. I have heard that standard rooms get upgraded a lot, so you might just have some luck. We didn't put in any requests and we had a wonderful room. Granted, it didn't have a view of anything but woods but it was nice and relaxing in the mornings and evenings. :goodvibes

And as you know, I just adored the boat transportation. It was so relaxing, fun and different. Plus being at WL, you are close to some great places to eat and close to the monorail to get over to Epcot.

Really, I can't say enough good things about WL. ;)

I'm liking the thought of it more as time as passed. I'm going to try to take advantage of the location as much as possible, and do as much of my "relaxing" on my days there.

I actually think I'd like a woods view best. Just so relaxing!

MRYPPNS
04-17-2009, 01:47 PM
I actually wish I could go on a solo vacation since very rarely to I even get to hear myself think let alone not have to worry if everyone else is happy and having a good time.

I hope you can score a discount so you can stay at WL the whole time!

If U Had Wings
04-17-2009, 03:58 PM
I actually wish I could go on a solo vacation since very rarely to I even get to hear myself think let alone not have to worry if everyone else is happy and having a good time.

I hope you can score a discount so you can stay at WL the whole time!

Staying at the same place for the week would be lovely. I haven't been offered any codes at all, but from what I read on the boards they haven't been offering any for that week anyways.

I'm definitely planning down time for this trip. I want to feel good and relaxed when I get home.

Minnie&Nana
04-17-2009, 04:29 PM
I think I could sit on a balcony at any resort for a week, order in room dining and be in absolute heaven! Especially if the balcony had a great view! ::yes::

micandminforever
04-17-2009, 05:20 PM
Just sitting on the balcony sounds wonderful. The one time I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge I loved the sounds of the birds and other animals waking up in the mornings as I just sat and enjoyed my morning CocaCola.

I have a cousin named Chrissy Ann, and being from the south of course she has a double name, but it was shorten to Chris Ann.

Charleston Princess
04-17-2009, 08:47 PM
Yeay, you started your pre-trippie!!! :woohoo: I am very envious that you get to go to Disney alone -- I would love to do that some day, but I have a bunch of kool aid drinkers at my house, too! :laughing:

If U Had Wings
04-17-2009, 09:54 PM
When I stayed at AKL sitting on the balcony at the end of the night was my mom and I's favorite part of the trip. :lovestruc It was just wonderful.

My younger niece told me on Easter that I needed to bring her to Disney with me because she wanted to go again. She was quite put out that I'm going when she's in school. She didn't get why I would want to go without her. :rotfl:

TarzansKat
04-18-2009, 06:54 AM
:::ahem:::: (meekly) Forgive my late arrival! :hug:

I got a shout out and didn't even realize it! :lmao:

I think you will be so happy at the Wilderness Lodge. You know, I never got to see it in December, but I heard that it is absolutely beautiful! The decorations for the holidays are supposed to be amazing. Plus, it'll be a nice change from Pop.

Pop is wonderful, and exciting, and in your face Disney 24/7. And the Wilderness Lodge is big and relaxing, and oh so wonderful. Really, you'll be getting the best of both worlds. :thumbsup2

If U Had Wings
04-19-2009, 01:15 AM
:::ahem:::: (meekly) Forgive my late arrival! :hug:

I got a shout out and didn't even realize it! :lmao:

I think you will be so happy at the Wilderness Lodge. You know, I never got to see it in December, but I heard that it is absolutely beautiful! The decorations for the holidays are supposed to be amazing. Plus, it'll be a nice change from Pop.

Pop is wonderful, and exciting, and in your face Disney 24/7. And the Wilderness Lodge is big and relaxing, and oh so wonderful. Really, you'll be getting the best of both worlds. :thumbsup2

Thanks! I'm looking forward to both of them now. I'm definitely planning my schedule around enjoying the MK area while staying over there. I can't wait to see the decorations.

TarzansKat
04-19-2009, 07:48 AM
Thanks! I'm looking forward to both of them now. I'm definitely planning my schedule around enjoying the MK area while staying over there. I can't wait to see the decorations.

Oh, it is SO convenient getting to the MK from the WL. Taking the bus was a short five minute ride, and I just loved it. Of course, you have the boat too, but I often found the bus to be faster. :thumbsup2

Hedy
04-24-2009, 07:03 PM
I love solo trips!

If U Had Wings
04-27-2009, 04:37 PM
When I came home from my Disney trip last August, I knew that a solo trip was a must for me. There was also no doubt as to the when either.

Over the years I've been to Disney at nearly every time of year. My first trips as a child were always in July, my most recent one in August, trips in May and June for flower and garden, and a trip in the fall for MNSSHP. Every time of year but one. Winter. Christmas time in particular. I have always wanted to go to see the Christmas decorations without having to be there on Christmas itself. (Huge crowds and heat does not say Christmas to me). An early December trip is going to be perfect for me, although I will admit that the temptation was there to take another fall trip just so I could go to MNSSHP again. (What can I say, I'm a sucker for getting the chance to put on a Halloween costume? :thumbsup2 )


This trip is going to be a bit different for me. Besides going solo, I'm planning extra free time. Last year when planning my August trip I had purchased a 5 day pass with no expiration. The plan was to use 2 days then, and then the remaining 3 for my solo trip. (Originally I was only planning on taking a long weekend trip). If you read my trip report from that last trip, you might remember that we had to cancel 2 days of that trip to go to a funeral. Our free dining package kicked in after that, so I still have 5 days of passes for this trip. I'm going to be there for 7 days so I will have 2 park free days. Theorartically I could add 2 more park days on for this trip, but since I really want some relaxation on this trip so I'm going to let it stand as is, 5 days of playing in the parks, 2 days of playing around the rest of Disney. I don't think I've had free days scheduled at Disney since I was a kid and there was only the Magic Kingdom. We'd stay for 5 days and alternate park days and pool days. Maybe we had one pool day in 1988 when it was just MK and Epcot, but since then it's been nonstop park days every trip. I'm really looking forward to having a bit of down time to explore and just wander the property. Heck, who even says I have to go in all 5 days. Since the tickets are non-expiring I don’t have to do anything I don't want to do that day.

Right now the tickets don't have the park hopper option on them, and I'm thinking that I'm going to add that on to them. Still not sure, but my thought is that since I'll be having more limited time in the parks this trip (and MK likely closing early for the Christmas party a few nights) I may want to be able to hop around. I asked at World of Disney in NYC if I could add on the option now, but no - they can only do it down in Florida so no need to rush on that decision.

MRYPPNS
04-27-2009, 06:00 PM
Since you already paid for the non-expirer part of the tickets, do you know how much it would cost you to upgrade them to 10 day tickets? That way you have tickets for another vacation (solo or not) already paid for.

Charleston Princess
04-27-2009, 08:51 PM
Seeing all the Christmas decorations is so neat! Disney goes all out and it is just gorgeous! You are so going to enjoy going at that time of year!

If U Had Wings
04-27-2009, 11:17 PM
Since you already paid for the non-expirer part of the tickets, do you know how much it would cost you to upgrade them to 10 day tickets? That way you have tickets for another vacation (solo or not) already paid for.

You must be reading my mind! :) I just started thinking about that last week. I figure if I add on the days now I'll have no excuse for when I want to go for the Princess Marathon in 2011. No excuses!

Seeing all the Christmas decorations is so neat! Disney goes all out and it is just gorgeous! You are so going to enjoy going at that time of year!

I can't wait to see them. I've been loving looking at pics of all the decorations. I want to go around visiting all the resorts to see them.

TarzansKat
04-28-2009, 07:30 AM
How exciting that you already have your tickets figured out! I'm afraid I can be very bad about building down time into a trip, but I love that you're making a point of it. I need to take a tip from you! :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
04-28-2009, 08:58 AM
I think it would be a great idea to upgrade your ticket to 10 day. I also think park hopper would be a good idea for someone solo. That way if you want to hop over to another park to eat and what have you, you have that ability. :thumbsup2

APB513
04-28-2009, 08:59 AM
Christmas at WDW is my favorite time. :cloud9: Fall (MNSSHP and F&W festival) is a close second!

Make sure you go to DHS to see the Osbourne lights. They are amazing!!! We saw them in 2007. The night we saw them, the Osbourne family was there to throw the switch! I just wish I could have stayed longer. My youngest DS was dying to get to ToT. Hey, maybe I need to do a solo trip in December just to see the lights! No way, my kids would NOT go for that :lmao:

I think its great that you have some down time in your schedule. I have been to WDW every year for the past three years but I feel like there is so much more I need to see and do. So I will be slowing it down on this trip and only doing semi-commando :laughing:

If U Had Wings
04-28-2009, 09:51 AM
How exciting that you already have your tickets figured out! I'm afraid I can be very bad about building down time into a trip, but I love that you're making a point of it. I need to take a tip from you! :goodvibes

I love the fact that I already have the tickets. I feel like the most import part of the trip has been done since August, and I'm just filling in the rest. :)

I haven't had enough free time on my past few trips. My family is definitely the commando type, and I was just as guilty of it on my 2007 trip with my BFF. This time there are just too many things I want to do that are not in the parks so it gave me the perfect opportunity to just relax. My mom is a bit jealous as she always wants to have fee time while at Disney.

I think it would be a great idea to upgrade your ticket to 10 day. I also think park hopper would be a good idea for someone solo. That way if you want to hop over to another park to eat and what have you, you have that ability. :thumbsup2

I'm thinking I may upgrade at the end of the week. Then I'll be ready to go for my next trip. I want to have no excuses for why I can't do that 1/2 marathon. I'm pretty sure I'm going to upgrade to hoppers. I always do hoppers and the more I think about it the more I think I'll miss them.

Christmas at WDW is my favorite time. :cloud9: Fall (MNSSHP and F&W festival) is a close second!

Make sure you go to DHS to see the Osbourne lights. They are amazing!!! We saw them in 2007. The night we saw them, the Osbourne family was there to throw the switch! I just wish I could have stayed longer. My youngest DS was dying to get to ToT. Hey, maybe I need to do a solo trip in December just to see the lights! No way, my kids would NOT go for that :lmao:

I think its great that you have some down time in your schedule. I have been to WDW every year for the past three years but I feel like there is so much more I need to see and do. So I will be slowing it down on this trip and only doing semi-commando :laughing:

Semi-commando is a good start! My last trip I made sure I had a little bit of down time to myself. I took the Keys to the Kingdom tour, and then I spent my last time wandering the parks myself before meeting Lady Lallie at Epcot. It was so relaxing not being on a time schedule, and I got so much done. I can't wait for the free days so I can just play around at the resorts.

Tinkerbellarella
04-28-2009, 10:48 AM
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z126/Seastorm2/PolyTotemsUnknown_opt.jpg
My brother and I at the Poly back on our first trip in 1979

I never get tired of seeing this pic. Makes me smile and think of my own childhood trips to the World.

My dream Disney resort is the Boardwalk Inn.

Let me assure you that when you get to stay there (and you will!) it will truly be a dream come true, as staying at the Poly was for me. :goodvibes

December 5-8, 2009 - POP Century
December 8-12, 2009 - Wilderness Lodge (I just had to use the extra day at the deluxe!)

Woohoo! Sounds like an AWESOME stay!

If U Had Wings
04-28-2009, 11:31 AM
I never get tired of seeing this pic. Makes me smile and think of my own childhood trips to the World.

I love the old pics. I actually borrowed the stack of old pics from my parents and want to scan a bunch of them. Hopefully I'll have some more vintage pics to post soon.


Let me assure you that when you get to stay there (and you will!) it will truly be a dream come true, as staying at the Poly was for me. :goodvibes

I'm already thinking of staying there when I eventually do the Princess 1/2marathon. (Yes I'm thinking ambitiously when I still can't run more than 60 seconds straight). :goodvibes



Woohoo! Sounds like an AWESOME stay!

I hope so. I can't wait to just relax on that balcony.

Lady Lallie
04-28-2009, 11:40 AM
I'm already thinking of staying there when I eventually do the Princess 1/2marathon. (Yes I'm thinking ambitiously when I still can't run more than 60 seconds straight). :goodvibes


Nothing wrong with thinking ambitiously! :thumbsup2

Tinkerbellarella
04-28-2009, 03:04 PM
I'm already thinking of staying there when I eventually do the Princess 1/2marathon. (Yes I'm thinking ambitiously when I still can't run more than 60 seconds straight). :goodvibes

Heck, maybe I'll do that 1/2 marathon with you (I'll be starting the c25K program in the next week or so) and we'll BOTH stay at the Boardwalk!!! ;)

If U Had Wings
05-15-2009, 01:03 AM
For me a vacation doesn't become set in stone until the flight is booked. Room reservations, ADRs and tours are all easily cancelled. Just a simple phone call and it's all wiped away. Nothing lost.

As I'm not able to buy expensive, refundable flights, booking a flight has the air of permanence. Sure I could change my flight later on, but even that comes with a $100 fee. Flights are not easily or cheaply changed. Once I've booked my flight, my vacation become so much more real. Until then, for me they are just whispers of what might come to be.

I’m lucky enough to have three airports fairly close I can travel from, although leaving from NYC got crossed off the list fairly quickly. My family flat out refuses to drive to the major airports, so that would leave me the option of either driving and parking for the week or taking the shuttle service from CT. I've done both before. Driving there got crossed off the list right off the bat. The one time I did this, I arrived to find the long-term lot at LaGuardia full and had to pay to park in the short-term lot. Luckily the trip was only for a long weekend. Cost me a fortune. The CT limo shuttle costs $130 roundtrip. :scared1: I don't think so.

That leaves flying from Hartford, CT or White Plains, NY. White Plains may be slightly closer to my house, but not enough to really factor into the decision. The love and kindness of my family does however, as White Plains is a tiny airport with virtually no parking. It's smack dab in the middle of a ritzy area and the residents have no desire to see the airport grow. As a result, the airport has one tiny garage. It's $2.90 per half hour to park there. $24 per day. Ouch! :headache: That will add up fast. It's an easy drive from my town though, and if you have someone to drop you off it's wonderful.

Hartford is bigger, and if I need to drive and leave my car it's the best option. Lots of lots where you can reserve a spot ahead of time and pay $5-$7 a day to park. It's also close enough, and easy enough to deal with that family doesn't mind dropping me off. (Free - even better).

So basically it comes down to airlines, times and price. Southwest or Delta out of Hartford. AirTran or JetBlue out of White Plains. I've been keeping my eye out on prices for awhile. Delta and AirTran have had their flights listed for awhile and JetBlue just extended through December last Friday. I also tend to be a bit particular when I fly. Especially when I fly to Orlando. I like to leave early enough so that once I arrive I still have enough time to enjoy a good portion of the day in a park. On the way home I'm a little less picky, but prefer to leave late afternoon if possible. I don't do the parks my last day, but I like to take it easy and not have to rush. (Especially with how early ME pickup times are). Later afternoon flights allow me that, and still get me in at a decent time if someone is picking me up. I also like to pick out my seat ahead of time. I hate sitting in the middle seat. Aisle or window is fine, but I hate getting stuck between two strangers for a couple of hours. If possible I prefer non-stop flights as well. It's such a short flight that I hate seeing it drag out with stops.

Delta had a nice early non-stop flight out on Saturday the 5th, and an equally as nice non-stop late afternoon flight home. Not so nice - the price. $365. That doesn't include $30 in baggage fees. AirTran has been my airline of choice for my past few trips to both Orlando. They always had early non-stop flights and decent prices. Not any longer. The only non-stop flight they are offering for the flight down was at 2pm, which would cause me to lose an entire Disney day. In the morning when there used to be a non-stop flight, there is now a flight with one stop. Which would get me into Orlando about 1ish. For the way home there was only one non-stop flight out at about 1:30pm or so. Flights were about $80 each way, but once you add in the luggage and seat selection fees it bounced up to $100 each way.

I got the e-mail on Friday morning that JetBlue's tickets had gone on sale. With what I had seen from Delta and AirTran I wasn't expecting much. Needless to say I was happily surprised to find multiple flights priced decently for both the trip down and the return flight. The flight down was a bit earlier than I would have liked, but wasn't horrible, and there there were a lot of choices for the flights home. Best though - all non-stop flights, first checked bag included, no charge to select a seat and decent prices. I was a bit torn. Should I book now, or wait to see what Southwest's prices are when they eventually release their times, and if I waited would JetBlue's go up too much. Sigh. I wish the airlines would just all release their flights at the same time. It would make life so much easier.

After much thought, I decided that since I was satisfied with JetBlue's fares, and liked everything else about the flights I'd book. Maybe I’ll be missing out on a good Southwest deal, but I’m happy with what I got. It seems it was the right decision too, as when I took a peak on JetBlue’s website today the flight to Orlando that I paid $99 for on Friday is already up to $144 and there was only about 2 seats left at that price. The flight home had only gone up about $10.

:woohoo:Woo Hoo!!! :woohoo: I'm going on vacation. Flights are booked!
I’m really going to owe my dad after this. My flight on the way down leaves at 6:40 am. Horribly, horribly early, but luckily he’s a morning person. Best though is that I’ll be in Orlando by 9:30 am. I’ll have pretty much the whole day in the parks. My flight home is at 4:30, so at least that’s being a bit kinder when he picks me up.

No backing out now!

Flossbolna
05-15-2009, 03:25 AM
Sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned! I am thinking about a solo trip myself - the idea of being able to do just what you want sounds great!

I would have booked those flights, too. Sounds like a good rate and the times seem reasonable. And also: it means that your trip is now set in stone!! :goodvibes

micandminforever
05-15-2009, 06:54 AM
Everything sounds great. I love Disney in December. Take your time and see all the Christmas traditions in the countries at EPCOT.

Lady Lallie
05-15-2009, 08:40 AM
I totally agree with you, the trip doesn't seem set in stone until the flight is booked.

Congrats on the flights!! Your trip is going to be here before you know it. :goodvibes

If U Had Wings
05-15-2009, 09:17 AM
Sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned! I am thinking about a solo trip myself - the idea of being able to do just what you want sounds great!

I would have booked those flights, too. Sounds like a good rate and the times seem reasonable. And also: it means that your trip is now set in stone!! :goodvibes

Once I got the idea for a solo trip in my head it just wouldn't leave. I'm really looking forward to being able to wander around to do as much or as little as I want.

Oddly enough what I'm looking forward to most is not worrying about other people. Since I'm usually the organizer I always end up worried about how much fun everyone else is having. Stresses me to no end.

Everything sounds great. I love Disney in December. Take your time and see all the Christmas traditions in the countries at EPCOT.

I definitely plan on taking in the Christmas decorations. I've never been then, and really want to enjoy as much of it as possible.

I totally agree with you, the trip doesn't seem set in stone until the flight is booked.

Congrats on the flights!! Your trip is going to be here before you know it. :goodvibes


It's really a weird thing. I want it to be December so I can go, but on the other hand I really don't want it to actually be December because I haven't even seen more than 2 nice days in a row.

I've never flown Jet Blue before and am really looking forward to the tv's on every seat. Built in entertainment!

Lady Lallie
05-15-2009, 09:21 AM
It's really a weird thing. I want it to be December so I can go, but on the other hand I really don't want it to actually be December because I haven't even seen more than 2 nice days in a row.

I've never flown Jet Blue before and am really looking forward to the tv's on every seat. Built in entertainment!
I really want to fly Jet Blue for that reason too. :rotfl:

MRYPPNS
05-15-2009, 10:11 PM
:thumbsup2 Yahoo for booking your flights!!!

TarzansKat
05-16-2009, 07:09 AM
Yay for booking flights! I know that always makes it more real to me! :goodvibes

Charleston Princess
05-16-2009, 07:58 PM
You're really going to Disney World now!!! You have the tickets to prove it!!! :banana:

If U Had Wings
05-16-2009, 11:32 PM
I'm so glad I booked. It's scary seeing how fast the prices are climbing up for the trip down.

Lady Lallie
05-17-2009, 09:46 AM
I'm so glad I booked. It's scary seeing how fast the prices are climbing up for the trip down.

I just checked my flights out of curiosity and I paid something like $212 all together....the flight down is at $270! For just one way! :scared1:

If U Had Wings
05-18-2009, 09:47 AM
I just checked my flights out of curiosity and I paid something like $212 all together....the flight down is at $270! For just one way! :scared1:


Isn't it scary? Those prices just start to get a bit out of control.

If U Had Wings
05-19-2009, 12:29 PM
Is resortitis catchy? Ive never suffered from the affliction before. I've always booked and stayed at the same resort. No second thoughts. (Well except for that year I was dragged kicking to an offsite resort). I've read about the disease here on the Disboards, but was feeling immune. I think I'm starting to show a few warning signs.:scared:

I've been toying with the idea changing my reservations/resort. :rolleyes1

I was sitting down and going over my numbers last night and seeing how much I still had to pay for on my trip so I could budget accordingly. (I'm trying really hard to not put any of this trip on my credit card). I keep hoping that a super room only code will fall into my lap, but so far nothing. From what I've been watching on the boards, there haven't been any codes really allowed for my week. (I guess I can thank Pop Warner for that).

Anyways, right now I have my first 3 nights booked at POP using the AAA discount. I'm paying a little less than $100 a night, and the first night has already been paid for so my balance due is about $185. The next 4 nights are booked at WL, again using the AAA discount and have already paid for the first night so I owe around $700. Total still due - $885. Minus what I have put aside on a Disney Gift Card to pay for the rooms, I still owe about $750. I figured it out and all I need to do is put away $26 a week and I'll be fine.

Still….

If I changed my reservation to a week at POP though I'd owe only $325. Half. That's very tempting. Very, very tempting. :scratchin Still, I want some relaxation on this trip, and I'm not convinced that I'll find that at POP. That's probably the biggest factor holding me back. I definitely want to enjoy some down time this trip. I've never actually been to POP, but my impressions of it are that it's a bit "busier". :hyper:It doesn't seem relaxing. Anyone who's stayed there, please let me know what you think.

The other option I've been tossing around, and truthfully I've been toying with this since the day I made the reservations last September, is changing the entire week over to POFQ. I think I may have expressed my love of POFQ before :cloud9:. I haven't even stayed anywhere else yet, and I'm missing it already. With the AAA discount, minus what I've already paid, I would owe about $400. I'd save some money, plus I'd have the benefit of not having to switch resorts mid-week. I definitely find POFQ relaxing. There are lots of nice places to take a walk, or just sit and relax by the river. There is also a hot tub, and boat service to DTD. :boat:

The difference between a week at POP and POFQ is fairly negligable so I'm leaning more towards POFQ if I am to change. I just haven't been able to talk myself out of that balcony just yet. Something is making me cling to that. Also a lot of the non-park things that I want to do are around the MK resorts so being at WL just makes more sense. I'd like to save some $$, but my reservations as is are not going to kill me. All my other essentials for this trip - transportation and food are already paid/saved for. I'd only have to worry about tours, souveniers, and other extra but non-essential things like that.

Decisions, decisions! I'm not going to rush into anything. Especially as I have no intention of tossing away a prime standard view WL ressie for December. :thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
05-19-2009, 01:56 PM
I'm sorry if you caught the resortitis from me. ;)

TarzansKat
05-19-2009, 02:16 PM
Jackie, are you spreading it around again??? ;)

Okay, here's my take on it.

Pop for the whole trip? Absolutely not. I don't care how much you'll save, trust me. You want to stay in another resort during the holiday season. You're getting a little taste of it in the beginning, and it can be fun, but Pop has a flavor to it, a vibe to it, a life to it, and that flavor does not say solo traveler.

It says TK and her whole entire family and lots of other families with little kids. Again, my two cents. ;)

I love POFQ. But if I'm between POFQ and Pop, and I'm going with my family, I'd pick Pop, because I think the food court is far superior. Now, let's pretend I was going alone. I'd probably consider a stay at POFQ, because for myself personally, I'd like the quietness of it, that it's the smallest mod, the beignets (you can't go wrong with those), the beautiful pathways, and the boat to Downtown. In my mind, that's a winner situation for a solo gal.

But the Wilderness Lodge.

Oh, my, my, my.

Honestly, hon? It's my new favorite resort. Well, that I can afford anyway. My all time favorite is the Grand Flo, but that's not happening for me! :lmao: I've also heard that the Wilderness Lodge is GORGEOUS decorated for the holidays. Quite frankly, I think you deserve the deluxe experience. I know it's more money, and as a budget conscious person, it kills me to say this, but given the choice, if I had the funds, I would pick the Wilderness Lodge over the other two, hands down. So many reasons. Turn down service, big rooms, double sinks, interior corridors, quiet, peace, and that homey feel. I love it there. It speaks to me. ;)

Now, my dear. What does your heart say?

Flossbolna
05-19-2009, 02:20 PM
I would suggest keeping your reservation - don't give up on codes yet. If you look at mousesavers (http://www.mousesavers.com/historicalwdwdiscounts.html#codetrends), the general codes (not the pins) came out in August last year for your time of travel. And there were codes for all of December until the 23rd.

Also, I really think having a private balcony is a huge advantage for a solo trip. I personally feel much more comfortable on my balcony than in public areas. At least I love having a choice!

Charleston Princess
05-19-2009, 02:40 PM
Jackie, are you spreading it around again??? ;)

Apparently, I am still contagious! :lmao:

TarzansKat
05-19-2009, 02:41 PM
Apparently, I am still contagious! :lmao:

Now, seriously...if only they made a medecine to fix it.

Multiple trips to Disney? :lmao:

Lady Lallie
05-19-2009, 06:41 PM
I know when it comes to Disney, spending money on a trip in your financial comfort zone is very important. That's why I am staying at a Value this trip. You do what you gotta do.

Now here is my take. I loved WL, I truly did and seeing it decorated for Christmas just sounds like a little piece of Disney Heaven. On the other hand, I have a question for you. Seeing that you are going solo, would you prefer to be at a resort that you know...?? I didn't know if that would be a factor for you or not. I also like the idea of you not resort hopping, I did it and it was easy but it does break up your trip. For instance, I never really unpacked my suitcases at the resorts I stayed at because it didn't feel "worth" it. If you are going for primo relaxation then maybe POFQ is the one for you. You know you love it there and saving money is always good.

I guess, I haven't really helped here. :laughing:

If U Had Wings
05-19-2009, 11:13 PM
Pop for the whole trip? Absolutely not. I don't care how much you'll save, trust me. You want to stay in another resort during the holiday season. You're getting a little taste of it in the beginning, and it can be fun, but Pop has a flavor to it, a vibe to it, a life to it, and that flavor does not say solo traveler.

It says TK and her whole entire family and lots of other families with little kids. Again, my two cents. ;)

That was a bit of my concern. :)


I love POFQ. But if I'm between POFQ and Pop, and I'm going with my family, I'd pick Pop, because I think the food court is far superior. Now, let's pretend I was going alone. I'd probably consider a stay at POFQ, because for myself personally, I'd like the quietness of it, that it's the smallest mod, the beignets (you can't go wrong with those), the beautiful pathways, and the boat to Downtown. In my mind, that's a winner situation for a solo gal.

All of which are things I adore about POFQ. It's really my Disney home away from home.

I've also heard that the Wilderness Lodge is GORGEOUS decorated for the holidays. Quite frankly, I think you deserve the deluxe experience. I know it's more money, and as a budget conscious person, it kills me to say this, but given the choice, if I had the funds, I would pick the Wilderness Lodge over the other two, hands down. So many reasons. Turn down service, big rooms, double sinks, interior corridors, quiet, peace, and that homey feel. I love it there. It speaks to me. ;)

It sounds so lovely. I keep coming back to wanting to spoil myself a bit, and WL is about as much as the budget will let me spoil myself. :lmao: The interior corridors appeal to me too since I'm traveling alone. I hadn't really thought of that. I overall feel safe at Disney, but that is an added touch.

Now, my dear. What does your heart say?

Unfortunately I think it's still saying Boardwalk. :rotfl:

I think though that it's saying WL. I keep thinking that a little pampering is in order. I just need to figure out how much.


I would suggest keeping your reservation - don't give up on codes yet. If you look at mousesavers (http://www.mousesavers.com/historicalwdwdiscounts.html#codetrends), the general codes (not the pins) came out in August last year for your time of travel. And there were codes for all of December until the 23rd.

Also, I really think having a private balcony is a huge advantage for a solo trip. I personally feel much more comfortable on my balcony than in public areas. At least I love having a choice!

Thanks for the tip on the codes. I'll have to keep an eye out on them.

I really do love the idea of a balcony. The ability to open up the door and get a bit of fresh air is wonderful.

Apparently, I am still contagious! :lmao:

Very contagious! You make it sound so tempting to change!

Now, seriously...if only they made a medecine to fix it.

Multiple trips to Disney? :lmao:

Multiple trips to Disney will cure just about anything.


Now here is my take. I loved WL, I truly did and seeing it decorated for Christmas just sounds like a little piece of Disney Heaven. On the other hand, I have a question for you. Seeing that you are going solo, would you prefer to be at a resort that you know...?? I didn't know if that would be a factor for you or not. I also like the idea of you not resort hopping, I did it and it was easy but it does break up your trip. For instance, I never really unpacked my suitcases at the resorts I stayed at because it didn't feel "worth" it. If you are going for primo relaxation then maybe POFQ is the one for you. You know you love it there and saving money is always good.

I guess, I haven't really helped here. :laughing:

No, it's a help. I always appreciate new things to take into consideration.

I defintly feel at home at POFQ, but I'm not opposed to trying something new. Actually when I travel with my family that's when they won't let me try something new. I'm not overly worried about hopping, although not hopping would be optimal. I'm thinking though that WL would offer enough perks to offset it.

pooh'smate
05-20-2009, 12:23 AM
Just finished reading all 4 pages and I have to say that I wish I could go on a solo trip. Especially after tonight my dh and dd just would not stop talking and all I wanted was some peace and quiet.

If U Had Wings
05-20-2009, 09:05 AM
I'm really looking forward to seeing Disney through solo eyes. My only concern is that a week alone is going to be a bit long. I'm pretty sure I'll be fine, but we will have to see.

MRYPPNS
05-20-2009, 04:21 PM
Ok I'm going to chime in here. I have stayed at both POP and POFQ and I have visited every deluxe hotel (non-DVC). You need to keep you WL ressie. In fact I would encourage you to spend the whole week there if you get a good discount code. I think for hanging out at the resort and relaxing, people watching etc. you need to be at a deluxe resort with their little sitting areas and lounges inside and chairs on the beach outside. At POP I think you will just retreat to your room or spend more time away from the resort because there is really no public space to sit and relax. Yes the lake is nice to look at but it's really removed from the rest of the resort. POFQ is a little better in that regard but you've been there, done that with family. Staying on the Seven Seas Lagoon will encourage you to explore.

If U Had Wings
05-21-2009, 09:54 AM
Ok I'm going to chime in here. I have stayed at both POP and POFQ and I have visited every deluxe hotel (non-DVC). You need to keep you WL ressie. In fact I would encourage you to spend the whole week there if you get a good discount code. I think for hanging out at the resort and relaxing, people watching etc. you need to be at a deluxe resort with their little sitting areas and lounges inside and chairs on the beach outside. At POP I think you will just retreat to your room or spend more time away from the resort because there is really no public space to sit and relax. Yes the lake is nice to look at but it's really removed from the rest of the resort. POFQ is a little better in that regard but you've been there, done that with family. Staying on the Seven Seas Lagoon will encourage you to explore.


This is why I love the Disboards so much. I hadn't even thought about being able to curl up in a spot in the lobby to relax and people watch. I'm really leaning towards WL overall, although POFQ is still tugging at me a bit. But your right. I've been there and done it already, and this trip is supposed to be about trying out new things and exploring.

If U Had Wings
05-21-2009, 10:08 AM
Other than battling resortitis, my plans for my trip have been going along fairly smoothly. There is a lot to be said for lots of advance planning. At not quite 6 months out, I've taken care of two of my top (and most important) expenses, and have a budget for the remaining one.

1) Accomodations - Budget in hand, although if needed I have the money in my savings account to pay in full right now. I don't want to have to use that though. Money to be continued to put on my Disney Gift Card. Minimum $26 a week.
2) Airfaire - Booked and paid for. :cool1:

That left food expenses and that is done too. Last October I started my first Disney gift card to cover my food expenses for the week. Every week I'd walk up to World of Disney NYC on my lunch hour and put some money on the card. The same thing I'm doing now for my rooms. It's a bit more time consuming, but for me it's working a bit better than just sticking the funds in the bank. Since the money is now on a gift card, I can't be tempted to run out and spend it on whatever tempting item I have an urge to buy. (Of course it doesn't take into account how tempting it is to spend it at the Disney store).

I have $500 put away on the card earmarked for food. It sounds like a lot doesn't it? Scarily enough it's really not. :scared1:I took some time and made out a really basic eating plan. Listed the places I'd like theortically eat and what I'd be most likely to eat there and came up with some basic numbers. It was a lot and it didn't even include eating table service every day. Eating in Disney is a bit expensive. I think the food plan has numbed me to that fact a bit. Even when I paid for the food plan, once I was in Disney it was easy to ignore the numbers on the bills.

That being said, I defintely over-estimated. I don't want to be worried about having enough money to get me through the week, and I'd like to be able to enjoy a drink or two while wandering around World Showcase. http://www.pic4ever.com/images/oregonian_winesmiley.gifI just feel a bit safer having some extra money on the card. My thinking is that anything left over can be used for either souveniers, or towards my next trip. (That trip to the princess 1/2 marathon in 2011 isn't going to just pay for itself, right?)

So now that airfare, food, and accomodations are either paid for, or in allotted for what's next?:confused3

I think a few plans for the planless trip are in order. :thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
05-21-2009, 10:13 AM
I was just marveling today at how those food costs really add up when you are not in the dining plan! I think it's great that you have your budget all planned out. I will say that I have really liked adding money to my Disney Gift Card for my trip, it's a nice and easy way to save, plus I know if anything is left over then it will go towards the next trip! :thumbsup2

If U Had Wings
05-21-2009, 12:07 PM
I was just marveling today at how those food costs really add up when you are not in the dining plan! I think it's great that you have your budget all planned out. I will say that I have really liked adding money to my Disney Gift Card for my trip, it's a nice and easy way to save, plus I know if anything is left over then it will go towards the next trip! :thumbsup2

Isn't it scary how much it adds up? Of course I could do all counter service and that would help, but even that is expensive.

MRYPPNS
05-21-2009, 01:17 PM
This is why I love the Disboards so much. I hadn't even thought about being able to curl up in a spot in the lobby to relax and people watch. I'm really leaning towards WL overall, although POFQ is still tugging at me a bit. But your right. I've been there and done it already, and this trip is supposed to be about trying out new things and exploring.

Glad I could help:)

Flossbolna
05-21-2009, 02:44 PM
all your budgetting sounds very wise! :thumbsup2

With regard to food: On our recent trip we did things like ordering an appetizer and a dessert at the TS or just sides at the CS. We found that this gave us plenty of food and it was also cheaper.

TarzansKat
05-22-2009, 06:15 AM
I really like the idea of putting everything on the gift card. Helps with a direction and purpose, you know? Sounds like you've got everything well in hand...other than resortitis. I'm confident you'll figure out what's good for you, and you never know, you could get a code and feel all is right with the world...and World. :thumbsup2

Tinkerbellarella
05-22-2009, 08:45 AM
I've never flown Jet Blue before and am really looking forward to the tv's on every seat. Built in entertainment!

I've flown Jet Blue once or twice - no problems at all (out of Logan - so I think it would be on par if you were flying out of, say JFK). While the TV and picking the seat ahead of time were nice, the service itself was no better than SW.

What can I say, SW has my loyalty? LOL

But this sounded like a great choice for you. I'm sure you'll have an excellent flight. Congrats on booking!

Is resortitis catchy?

Does TK love Cap'n Jack? ;)

I've been toying with the idea changing my reservations/resort. :rolleyes1

Raise your hand if you're surprised.

::crickets::

It happens to the best of us, my dear.

I just haven't been able to talk myself out of that balcony just yet. Something is making me cling to that.

Ok, I'm going to weigh in on the resort issue in a minute but first let me address this specifically.

I was so excited to have our patio at the Poly. SO EXCITED.

I used it twice - once while taking pictures and once while waiting for Missy. Less than 10 min. total. It was nice to have it there, but we simply didn't use it. AND we had scheduled downtime.

Decisions, decisions! I'm not going to rush into anything.

Ok, so I'm going to weigh in with a view that I don't think anyone else has offered yet (I only scanned the other replies) - from a solo POV.

Having traveled to the World many times on my own and stayed at hotels that run the gamut from Value (POP) to Deluxe (the Swolphin) but not inbetween (I've never stayed solo at a Mod.) I have to say that while I've NEVER felt not-relaxed staying at a Value, I have also never been there during Pop Warner week. And if you truly are looking for the 'relaxed, go with the flow vibe' maybe POP for the whole week isn't the best choice.

I've never stayed at WL but I've visited and what everyone has written is true - that place just exudes relaxing vibes...all of it EXCEPT the price. While I might be the first person to jump up and yell "GO DELUXE!" (ok, maybe the second or third...or fourth - Jackie, TK and MRYPPNS all got here before me LOL) I understand the financial burden of not splitting the cost of a room. I think your idea of just doing a Mod. is a good one but I support this...

I would suggest keeping your reservation - don't give up on codes yet. If you look at mousesavers (http://www.mousesavers.com/historicalwdwdiscounts.html#codetrends), the general codes (not the pins) came out in August last year for your time of travel. And there were codes for all of December until the 23rd.


Waiting until Aug. is a good idea. If they start offering discounts, it would likely be around that time period and it would be a better time to make the decision.

So, ultimately, what do I think? I sum up...

1.) A deluxe resort is truly the best way to enjoy a solo trip but only if it's affordable for you. I commend your goal of not putting any of this trip on a credit card. SO smart.
2.) A moderate resort is acceptable if you can't afford a whole week Deluxe and really, while a balcony is a nice amenity, if you think about it, it really is expendable. Look at it this way, instead of a cup of coffee on your WL balcony, you could have a "coffee walk" around POFQ with the bunnies.
3.) If you still want the Deluxe and can't afford the whole week, stick with your current plan. It's a good one. You get a taste of both worlds - deluxe and affordable. POP is a great resort and while it might not be the most relaxing, you'll enjoy it, and you'll have WL to look forward to later in the week.

I have $500 put away on the card earmarked for food.

This is amazing. Good for you!

If U Had Wings
05-22-2009, 09:57 AM
With regard to food: On our recent trip we did things like ordering an appetizer and a dessert at the TS or just sides at the CS. We found that this gave us plenty of food and it was also cheaper.

These are both really good ideas. I really wanted to do Cali Grill on this trip, just for the flatbreads and desert. Sadly I've been seeing that the flatbreads are off the menu temporarily, but from what I've been reading it may be permanent since they cost so much to repair. They also have a new chef, who might not want to bother keeping them a menu item. :sad1: Those flatbreads were so good!

I really like the idea of putting everything on the gift card. Helps with a direction and purpose, you know? Sounds like you've got everything well in hand...other than resortitis. I'm confident you'll figure out what's good for you, and you never know, you could get a code and feel all is right with the world...and World. :thumbsup2

It's really helping me to keep on track. I always have good intentions to save, but somewhere along the line I usually get tempted by some shiney doodad and blow a chunk of the money. On the card I really can't, or at least it limits me to shiney doodads at the Disney store.;)

I've flown Jet Blue once or twice - no problems at all (out of Logan - so I think it would be on par if you were flying out of, say JFK). While the TV and picking the seat ahead of time were nice, the service itself was no better than SW.

What can I say, SW has my loyalty? LOL

One of these days I'll try SW, but I'm usually impatient to book my flights and want to do it quicker than they put them on sale. White Plains is also a bit more convinent as an airport if someone is dropping me off. They only have 2 gates in the entire place, so once you land your out of there in no time. The last time I flew out of there it took me about 20 minutes to get my luggage and be sitting in the car on the way home. :cloud9: If I can't sweet talk someone into dropping me off I'm defintitly trying SW.



Does TK love Cap'n Jack? ;)

:rotfl:



Raise your hand if you're surprised.

::crickets::

It happens to the best of us, my dear.

I blame these boards. I never used to be beset by these things. Now I second guess all my plans! Everyone puts too many good ideas into my head. :)



I was so excited to have our patio at the Poly. SO EXCITED.

I used it twice - once while taking pictures and once while waiting for Missy. Less than 10 min. total. It was nice to have it there, but we simply didn't use it. AND we had scheduled downtime.

Good thing to keep in mind. I'm figuring my use would be fairly small too. Maybe breakfast in the morning, and a bit at night.



Ok, so I'm going to weigh in with a view that I don't think anyone else has offered yet (I only scanned the other replies) - from a solo POV.

Having traveled to the World many times on my own and stayed at hotels that run the gamut from Value (POP) to Deluxe (the Swolphin) but not inbetween (I've never stayed solo at a Mod.) I have to say that while I've NEVER felt not-relaxed staying at a Value, I have also never been there during Pop Warner week. And if you truly are looking for the 'relaxed, go with the flow vibe' maybe POP for the whole week isn't the best choice.

The Pop Warner thing does have me a bit nervous. Even though POP isn't one of the official resorts I'm a bit afraid it may get some overflow. And by the time this vacation comes up I am going to need a little bit of go with the flow time.

I've never stayed at WL but I've visited and what everyone has written is true - that place just exudes relaxing vibes...all of it EXCEPT the price. While I might be the first person to jump up and yell "GO DELUXE!" (ok, maybe the second or third...or fourth - Jackie, TK and MRYPPNS all got here before me LOL) I understand the financial burden of not splitting the cost of a room. I think your idea of just doing a Mod. is a good one but I support this...

Everyone does make WL sound so relaxing and wonderful. I'm also leaning towards keeping it because of its location. I'm really hoping to use the spa facilities at the GF this trip, as well as a few other things all around the MK area. Staying at the WL would make these much easier. The one good thing is that I have a standard view room booked which really isn't that bad price wise. Definitely not anywhere near as high as the rest of the regular deluxe rooms. Your right though, if I was sharing this trip with someone else I wouldn't be second guessing the price at all.



So, ultimately, what do I think? I sum up...

1.) A deluxe resort is truly the best way to enjoy a solo trip but only if it's affordable for you. I commend your goal of not putting any of this trip on a credit card. SO smart.
2.) A moderate resort is acceptable if you can't afford a whole week Deluxe and really, while a balcony is a nice amenity, if you think about it, it really is expendable. Look at it this way, instead of a cup of coffee on your WL balcony, you could have a "coffee walk" around POFQ with the bunnies.
3.) If you still want the Deluxe and can't afford the whole week, stick with your current plan. It's a good one. You get a taste of both worlds - deluxe and affordable. POP is a great resort and while it might not be the most relaxing, you'll enjoy it, and you'll have WL to look forward to later in the week.



Thanks! The solo traveler POV has been very helpful. I've pretty much ruled out changing it to POP for the entire week. While saving the money would be really nice, I really want to have a few ammenities. (At least a hot tub :) ).

Right now I'm going to keep my ressies as is - a split POP/WL stay. I'm thinking that the convience of WL is going to be worth the bump up in price. I'm not ruling out a change to POFQ, but the advice for waiting until August for better codes is a good one. By then I'll have a better idea about my finances too. It will be a much better time to make a decision.

If U Had Wings
05-22-2009, 11:10 AM
I keep thinking of how wonderful it would be to spend my vacation completely planless. Taking each day as it comes, doing whatever feels right for that day. Not a plan or a care in the world.

http://www.pic4ever.com/images/gigglesmile.gifhttp://www.pic4ever.com/images/loudlaff.gifhttp://www.pic4ever.com/images/171.gif :rotfl::lmao::rotfl2::laughing:

You can all stop laughing at me now.

That's a wonderful theory, but come on, this is Walt Disney World we're talking about. Some kind of plans are necessary, even if I only want to have ADR's. Also, I need to account for the fact that I'm resort hopping mid trip (right now at any rate), and only have tickets for 5 of my 7 days. These things are going to require me to put in some thought and planning. And really, my poor complusive planning soul just can't take making no plans. Really, it would flip out and go nuts if I tried to go cold turkey on the Disney plans.http://www.pic4ever.com/images/padded.gif

I'm going to need at least some basic plans. The good thing is that since I'm not on any kind of dining plan, I can keep them pretty flexible and non-commando. So I'm playing around with some plans. No ride by ride plans or anything like that, but at least some overall, basic day by day plans. Right now my park tickets are just 5 day base tickets, no hoppers, but after playing around with some plans I'm almost 100% positive that I'll be upgrading to hoppers. It will just give me that little bit of extra looseness and the freedom to do what I want. With hoppers I'll also be able to take advantage of extra magic hours if I chose, and let me split my days up. I'm thinking it will end up being $50 well spent.

Day 1 - Saturday Dec. 5th - Arrive in Disney!!!!

As it will probably still be dark outside when my flight takes off, this is going to be a long day. I'm hoping to be able to nap on the flight down. I've never been able to nap on a plane before http://www.pic4ever.com/images/Count_Sheep.gif, but I'm hoping that since I've perfected sleeping on a train I might be able to catch a few zs on the way down. Anyways, my flight arrives in Orlando at about 9:30 am, so I'm hoping to be checking in to POP by around 11:30/Noon. When I used Magic Express back in 2007, my flight must have arrived at the same time as about 10 other flights, and I got stuck in a long line. Then my BFF and I ended up waiting in another long, slow line for a bus to POFQ. I don't plan on getting out of the airport too quickly.

After checking in, I'd like to take a look around and check out the grounds. If there is actually a room ready for me at this point I may consider grabbing something to eat and taking a nap. Otherwise I'm planning on heading right to a park and day 1 for me is my no brainer day for park choice for me. December 5th is Walt Disney's birthday. http://www.pic4ever.com/images/confetti.gifWhere else would you go to celebrate that fact than the Magic Kingdom? party:Last year the park was open until midnight that night, so hopefully I'll be able to have a full day to play. If I don't eat lunch at POP, I'm thinking of grabbing a hotdog at Casey's. I've never eaten there but have heard such good things about the hot dogs. I'm looking forward to trying one.

I'm also hoping to catch Spectromagic and Wishes this night. Spectromagic wasn't running last year when I went due to the bridge being replaced and I missed it. I still don't love it as much as the old Main Street Electrical parade (It's all about the music!), but my vacation never feels complete unless I'm watching twinkly, mobile lights to music.

I'm thinking that after a long day of traveling, I'm going to want to sit down and rest a bit during dinner. Right now I'm thinking of going to the Plaza for dinner. It's always been a favorite of mine. Nothing fancy, but good food in a simple setting that will allow me to rest for a bit. I'm not a huge fan of buffet food, with one exception at Disney, and am not thinking I'd be up for a big, loud character meal after a long day. That really leaves me the Plaza or Tony's on my first night, and for me it's the Plaza over Tony's by a landslide. My other option would be to just eat at the Columbia Harbor house. It's counter service, but the upstairs area really is a nice quiet, peaceful option. I ate there on my KTTK tour last year and was really surprised at what a wonderful little spot it was.

No other "must dos" for my first day. If Space Mountain has reopened, however, that may have to be a must do. I'm a thrill ride junkie, and am dying to see the changes. I would also like to ride the Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain at night. I don’t think I've ever ridden either of them after dark, and would love to see how different they are. I keep reading on the Disboards about how much cooler many of the effects are then.

Otherwise the plan is just to ride whatever I feel like http://www.pic4ever.com/images/greenstars.gif, until my body tells me it's had enough, or until they kick me out. Possibly would like to see the Kiss Goodnight, but I'm not sure that I'll be up to it on day 1, especially if the park is open until midnight.

Donald is #1
05-26-2009, 08:21 PM
I'm on board! popcorn::

Hmmm, you are more planned than I am for my December trip. Since they changed the ADR rules to 90 days, I haven't started to decide one parks/restaurants yet.

If U Had Wings
05-26-2009, 09:49 PM
I'm on board! popcorn::

Hmmm, you are more planned than I am for my December trip. Since they changed the ADR rules to 90 days, I haven't started to decide one parks/restaurants yet.

I just have problems. I'm way too addicted to planning.

If U Had Wings
05-28-2009, 11:16 AM
I'm thinking of making a fairly big change to my December trip. I'm contemplating inviting a friend to come along. I'm just feeling really torn about doing so.

I got a call the other day from my BFF. We've been good friends for ages now. We've worked together at both our full time and part time jobs. We had gone to Disney together in 2007 and had a really good time. I was originally planning on going with her to Disney in 2008, when I switched my trip to a family trip for a variety of reasons. She lives in another state now, and was calling to ask me a few questions about something I had posted on my Facebook page. We started discussing our vacation plans for this year where I told her I was going to Disney, alone, this year. She was originally supposed to be going on a cruise with her family this year for a big milestone birthday she's facing this year. Her trip ended up getting cancelled, and she has no plans made for this year. Now she didn't come right out and ask if she could come along, I have a pretty good feeling that she'd love to come.

Such is my new dilemma - should I or should I not change the trip. I hate that I feel so torn about it. Part of me feels that if I was a better friend I wouldn't have thought twice about asking her to join me. We've been good friends for ages, and we travel really well together so any reluctance has nothing to do with that. She's up for anything, will go along with any reasonable plans, and is happy to let me do all the planning. We have similar likes and dislikes too. We like most of the same rides, and are bypassing the same things. We are vacation compatible, which is never a fact that should be ignored. I have another really good friend, and while we can go out and have the greatest time our one vacation together was just horrible. Completely non-vacation compatible and I never would have guessed it. Part of me would really love the company too. I'm still a bit unsure about how I'm going to feel about an entire week at Disney all by myself. I'm pretty sure I'll be fine, but I keep thinking that I'll miss having someone to chat with all day long and I can be fairly shy about just introducing myself to new people. I'd love to have company to chat with over dinner, and we'd probably be able to upgrade our resort, but….

Another part of me is still thinking solo trip. That freedom do whatever, without worrying about someone else enjoying themselves. I'm always afraid when I plan a trip that the other people just aren't telling me when they are unhappy with something. I get a bit paranoid about it. I guess because I usually just grin and bear it when I'm unhappy on trips other people plan. I had things planned like two parkless days to spend having a spa day and wandering around the resorts checking out Christmas decorations, which I'm not sure that she would want to do. Since I'm single and live alone I'm also not used to being with some else 24/7. By the end of our last vacation I really just needed some time alone. I had tried to hint back then a few times that maybe we could do a few things separately, but no go. When I travel with my family, at least I was able to get away. Since there were so many of us I didn't feel guilty about taking some time off by myself. Traveling with only one other person, I feel a bit tied to doing everything together, almost as if it's expected.

If I could invite her for half my vacation, I wouldn't think twice about inviting her along, but as I'm only going away for a week that's not really a doable option. I'm not making any immediate decisions. I keep weighing the pros and cons in my head, and they keep balancing out fairly even. I'd like to make a decision in the next few weeks.

Anyone any thoughts? Arguments for or against? If you've traveled alone would you have traded your solo trip for one with a friend, or was the solo experience so wonderful you wouldn't have traded it in?

Hedy
05-28-2009, 12:17 PM
I love solo trips, but also liked having a friend along on a recent non-WDW trip. One thing I'd consider is your lifestyles (my friend's a grad student, whereas I work) and if that might effect things.

If U Had Wings
05-28-2009, 01:06 PM
I love solo trips, but also liked having a friend along on a recent non-WDW trip. One thing I'd consider is your lifestyles (my friend's a grad student, whereas I work) and if that might effect things.

We are actually both in the same line of work, and are actually frightenly similar. People think we look alike too, which neither of us really sees. I have never been told that I look like anyone in my own family, yet I've been mistaken for her many, many times. :rotfl:

Tinkerbellarella
05-28-2009, 05:19 PM
I'm thinking of grabbing a hotdog at Casey's. I've never eaten there but have heard such good things about the hot dogs. I'm looking forward to trying one.

So. Darn. NOM!

Right now I'm thinking of going to the Plaza for dinner. It's always been a favorite of mine. Nothing fancy, but good food in a simple setting that will allow me to rest for a bit.

So funny, I was just discussing the Plaza with someone recently and how it's a nice escape in a quiet-ish atmosphere with pretty good food.

My other option would be to just eat at the Columbia Harbor house. It's counter service, but the upstairs area really is a nice quiet, peaceful option.

My favorite CS "escape" in all the World.

Such is my new dilemma - should I or should I not change the trip. I hate that I feel so torn about it. Part of me feels that if I was a better friend I wouldn't have thought twice about asking her to join me.

I wouldn't base how good of a friend you are on whether or not you invite her on your vaca. At all. You deserve a vacation AND alone time if that's what you want. And she deserves the same. Put yourself in her shoes - would you really think you were a poor friend if she didn't invite you on vaca?

You know what's funny is my Sept. 08 trip started as a solo trip. Then it came up in conversation with Missy and I knew, right at that minute, that I was ok with it being a trip with her and not a solo trip. And I don't regret it. You'll ultimately, eventually KNOW whether or not to invite her on this trip. Don't get too stressed about it. Go with what your heart tells you. ::yes::

Part of me would really love the company too. I'm still a bit unsure about how I'm going to feel about an entire week at Disney all by myself. I'm pretty sure I'll be fine, but I keep thinking that I'll miss having someone to chat with all day long and I can be fairly shy about just introducing myself to new people. I'd love to have company to chat with over dinner, and we'd probably be able to upgrade our resort, but….

You know, if you DO decide to invite her, you could always do your first solo trip as a shorter, long weekend trip sometime in the future.

Another part of me is still thinking solo trip. That freedom do whatever, without worrying about someone else enjoying themselves.

I won't lie. There's NOTHING like it. ;)

Anyone any thoughts? Arguments for or against? If you've traveled alone would you have traded your solo trip for one with a friend, or was the solo experience so wonderful you wouldn't have traded it in?

I'll weigh in a bit more since I've done both -

Your biggest concern about the solo trip seems to be about being lonely. Have I ever been lonely on a solo trip? Yes, but those were 10+ day trips. Not so much on a 6-7 day trip. And you don't have to worry about starting up conversations, people will start them with YOU. Eating alone can be awkward the first couple of times you do it, but you get over it really fast when you realize what great company you are for yourself!! LOL And it makes for excellent people-watching. I was so worried about it that I decided to "practice" and took myself out to a couple of sit-down solo lunches at home just to get used to the feeling. Now I love it. It's an escape.

Your biggest concern about a trip with a friend seems to be sacrificing what you want to do to make BOTH of you happy. Really, the only way around this is to just be honest with your friend. To say, "Hey, you know what? I'd really love to have you on this trip with me. I know we'd have a great time. But there are some things I'm REALLY looking forward to doing and I intend to keep those plans. So, unless you're 100% fine with joining me for them, maybe we should talk out what we could do to accommodate my plans and your plans so that neither of us gets disappointed."

I reiterate what I said before: Follow what your heart says. Either way you're going to have a fantastic trip!

Donald is #1
05-28-2009, 09:49 PM
I just have problems. I'm way too addicted to planning.

:lmao: I don't think that you are too addicted to planning. I think that I should be doing more than I am.

I'm thinking of making a fairly big change to my December trip. I'm contemplating inviting a friend to come along. I'm just feeling really torn about doing so.

I got a call the other day from my BFF. We've been good friends for ages now. We've worked together at both our full time and part time jobs. We had gone to Disney together in 2007 and had a really good time. I was originally planning on going with her to Disney in 2008, when I switched my trip to a family trip for a variety of reasons. She lives in another state now, and was calling to ask me a few questions about something I had posted on my Facebook page. We started discussing our vacation plans for this year where I told her I was going to Disney, alone, this year. She was originally supposed to be going on a cruise with her family this year for a big milestone birthday she's facing this year. Her trip ended up getting cancelled, and she has no plans made for this year. Now she didn't come right out and ask if she could come along, I have a pretty good feeling that she'd love to come.

Such is my new dilemma - should I or should I not change the trip. I hate that I feel so torn about it. Part of me feels that if I was a better friend I wouldn't have thought twice about asking her to join me. We've been good friends for ages, and we travel really well together so any reluctance has nothing to do with that. She's up for anything, will go along with any reasonable plans, and is happy to let me do all the planning. We have similar likes and dislikes too. We like most of the same rides, and are bypassing the same things. We are vacation compatible, which is never a fact that should be ignored. I have another really good friend, and while we can go out and have the greatest time our one vacation together was just horrible. Completely non-vacation compatible and I never would have guessed it. Part of me would really love the company too. I'm still a bit unsure about how I'm going to feel about an entire week at Disney all by myself. I'm pretty sure I'll be fine, but I keep thinking that I'll miss having someone to chat with all day long and I can be fairly shy about just introducing myself to new people. I'd love to have company to chat with over dinner, and we'd probably be able to upgrade our resort, but….

Another part of me is still thinking solo trip. That freedom do whatever, without worrying about someone else enjoying themselves. I'm always afraid when I plan a trip that the other people just aren't telling me when they are unhappy with something. I get a bit paranoid about it. I guess because I usually just grin and bear it when I'm unhappy on trips other people plan. I had things planned like two parkless days to spend having a spa day and wandering around the resorts checking out Christmas decorations, which I'm not sure that she would want to do. Since I'm single and live alone I'm also not used to being with some else 24/7. By the end of our last vacation I really just needed some time alone. I had tried to hint back then a few times that maybe we could do a few things separately, but no go. When I travel with my family, at least I was able to get away. Since there were so many of us I didn't feel guilty about taking some time off by myself. Traveling with only one other person, I feel a bit tied to doing everything together, almost as if it's expected.

If I could invite her for half my vacation, I wouldn't think twice about inviting her along, but as I'm only going away for a week that's not really a doable option. I'm not making any immediate decisions. I keep weighing the pros and cons in my head, and they keep balancing out fairly even. I'd like to make a decision in the next few weeks.

Anyone any thoughts? Arguments for or against? If you've traveled alone would you have traded your solo trip for one with a friend, or was the solo experience so wonderful you wouldn't have traded it in?

I don't think that you should consider yourself not a good friend because you are having this debate with yourself. I think that it is totally normal especially before your first solo trip.

I think that you can't go wrong either way.

So, here is a question for you, if you go with your BFF, do you think that you will feel disappointed or missing out because you are not going solo? Another thought: do both. Have your friend go with you for 1/2 of the trip and then go solo for the remainder.

If U Had Wings
05-29-2009, 11:13 AM
So funny, I was just discussing the Plaza with someone recently and how it's a nice escape in a quiet-ish atmosphere with pretty good food.

I love the atmosphere in there, and really for being in Disney I think it's a pretty good deal overall.



My favorite CS "escape" in all the World.

I can't believe I had never been in there before. I had no clue there was even a restaurant there.


I wouldn't base how good of a friend you are on whether or not you invite her on your vaca. At all. You deserve a vacation AND alone time if that's what you want. And she deserves the same. Put yourself in her shoes - would you really think you were a poor friend if she didn't invite you on vaca?

I just have the feeling she would have invited me, no questions asked. I had actually been invited on her cruise, but it wasn't quite in my budget. I guess it's just because we are both single, and of a certain age, that I start to feel the need to "look out" for others in the same boat. I have been in the predicament of wanting to go on vacation and unable to find anyone to go with because they were all traveling with spouses or signifigant others. I hated it. I just don't like to think of anyone else feeling like that.

You know what's funny is my Sept. 08 trip started as a solo trip. Then it came up in conversation with Missy and I knew, right at that minute, that I was ok with it being a trip with her and not a solo trip. And I don't regret it. You'll ultimately, eventually KNOW whether or not to invite her on this trip. Don't get too stressed about it. Go with what your heart tells you. ::yes::

No stress. I'm going to keep telling myself that. Oemmmmmmmm. Honestly though I keep swinging back and forth. I'm going to try to call Disney CRO tonight and get some new numbers just so I have them. While I don't mind doing a split stay by myself, if I'm traveling with someone else I don't think I'll want to bother. Maybe I'll even check out the AAA rate on a Boardwalk room. Hmmm.



You know, if you DO decide to invite her, you could always do your first solo trip as a shorter, long weekend trip sometime in the future.

I was planning my next trip to be for a Disney race, either the princess marathon or the TOT 13k. She has decided to start training too, so that will be a duo trip. I'm actually excited about that. I think it will be much more fun to do that with someone else.


I won't lie. There's NOTHING like it. ;)

As I expected!



I'll weigh in a bit more since I've done both -

Your biggest concern about the solo trip seems to be about being lonely. Have I ever been lonely on a solo trip? Yes, but those were 10+ day trips. Not so much on a 6-7 day trip. And you don't have to worry about starting up conversations, people will start them with YOU. Eating alone can be awkward the first couple of times you do it, but you get over it really fast when you realize what great company you are for yourself!! LOL And it makes for excellent people-watching. I was so worried about it that I decided to "practice" and took myself out to a couple of sit-down solo lunches at home just to get used to the feeling. Now I love it. It's an escape.

These are two of my bigger concerns for traveling alone. I find it funny that I even worry about such things, when I live alone normally. :) I've never eaten out at a sit-down restaurants by myself but for some reason I'm less worried about eating alone in Disney than I am at home. I was going to try it out here in the city one night before I go to see a show, but I just didn't feel comfortable eating out in NYC alone on a Friday night. Maybe I'll try it out another day of the week.


Your biggest concern about a trip with a friend seems to be sacrificing what you want to do to make BOTH of you happy. Really, the only way around this is to just be honest with your friend. To say, "Hey, you know what? I'd really love to have you on this trip with me. I know we'd have a great time. But there are some things I'm REALLY looking forward to doing and I intend to keep those plans. So, unless you're 100% fine with joining me for them, maybe we should talk out what we could do to accommodate my plans and your plans so that neither of us gets disappointed."

I reiterate what I said before: Follow what your heart says. Either way you're going to have a fantastic trip!

Your so right about this. It happens to me every trip that I plan. I stress myself out about worrying that everyone is having a good time, and I ultimately end up not having as much fun.

I really don't want to miss out on a few of the things I really wanted to do this trip. You are right if I share this trip, I'm going to have to be more honest about what I want to do.

:lmao: I don't think that you are too addicted to planning. I think that I should be doing more than I am.

We do still have 6 months! I keep telling myself that at this point all I really need is a room and a flight, and so far so good!


:I don't think that you should consider yourself not a good friend because you are having this debate with yourself. I think that it is totally normal especially before your first solo trip.

I think that you can't go wrong either way.

Thanks. I'm always the one who changes her plans, and does what everyone else wants to do. Both on vacation and in real life. In that respect I'm a true Libra. I feel the need to keep peace at all costs, and want to keep everyone happy.

I think that if I had been planning this right along as a trip with my friend I would be fine and happy. I've just been planning this as a solo trip for 8 months now, and am not sure how I feel about changing gears and doing something different. I must be getting old and stuck in my ways. :rotfl:

:So, here is a question for you, if you go with your BFF, do you think that you will feel disappointed or missing out because you are not going solo? Another thought: do both. Have your friend go with you for 1/2 of the trip and then go solo for the remainder.

That is the question isn't it? I've been asking myself that, because truly that's what it really comes down to when all is said and done. I think I need a 2 week vacation so I can do both. :lmao: Sadly, with no raise or bonus this year that won't be happening. ;)

TarzansKat
05-30-2009, 07:09 AM
I just wanted to weigh in on the whole solo v. friend thing.

Honestly, I don't have a good answer for you. I think you and I share some of the same fears about a solo trip, and I'm agreeing with the pp who suggested half with the friend, half alone. While I don't think you'll regret not inviting your friend when you're enjoying all that blissful alone time, I do think that if you have a lonely moment you may think of it and feel badly.

And you know what? That's okay.

That would be like if I went solo and had a lonely moment and thought of my family at home. There's nothing wrong with that while you're alone, and now if I could just put that into practice, I'd be planning a solo weekender with the Southwest credit I just got. ;)

In situations like these, I often say to myself, what would I regret more. If you try to live life without regret, and you think you know which you'd regret more, then you'd have your answer. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
05-30-2009, 04:06 PM
I can very well understand your situation and as others have said, I don't think you are a bad friend because you hesitate inviting your BFF to come along.

It is really a diccicult decision and I think in the end you will have moments where your wish you had decided otherwise, whichever way you decide. I personally would probably choose to invite my friend, but make clear that I have certain plans that I intend to keep.

I can very well understand your feeling that you have to stick together with your BFF as single girls when it comes to vacation. I have been single for much of my thirties and just as you said, travel companions are difficult to come by once your friends start having families and careers. But I think your vacation is firstly yours. If you want to enjoy the freedom to be on your own, you have every right to do it. And perhaps your BFF really understood that - as you said, she didn't ask to come along.

And finally, the very practical point of view is: it's cheaper to share a room! :goodvibes

If U Had Wings
05-31-2009, 10:05 PM
Honestly, I don't have a good answer for you. I think you and I share some of the same fears about a solo trip, and I'm agreeing with the pp who suggested half with the friend, half alone. While I don't think you'll regret not inviting your friend when you're enjoying all that blissful alone time, I do think that if you have a lonely moment you may think of it and feel badly.

In situations like these, I often say to myself, what would I regret more. If you try to live life without regret, and you think you know which you'd regret more, then you'd have your answer. :thumbsup2

I think that is one of the things that's been weighing on me.

I keep thinking I've made a decision all weekend, and then I keep changing my mind. Friday I thought one thing. Saturday I had changed my mind and was leaning the other way. I keep flip flopping.

On the good thing is that it should mean I'll be happy whatever I chose.

I can very well understand your situation and as others have said, I don't think you are a bad friend because you hesitate inviting your BFF to come along.

It is really a diccicult decision and I think in the end you will have moments where your wish you had decided otherwise, whichever way you decide. I personally would probably choose to invite my friend, but make clear that I have certain plans that I intend to keep.

I can very well understand your feeling that you have to stick together with your BFF as single girls when it comes to vacation. I have been single for much of my thirties and just as you said, travel companions are difficult to come by once your friends start having families and careers. But I think your vacation is firstly yours. If you want to enjoy the freedom to be on your own, you have every right to do it. And perhaps your BFF really understood that - as you said, she didn't ask to come along.

And finally, the very practical point of view is: it's cheaper to share a room! :goodvibes

Thanks for the advice. I keep trying to make a decision and keep flipping back and forth. I think I'l be fine with whatever I do.

Your in Germany? That is so wonderful. I went there the year I graduated high school and loved it. It was so beautiful. Didn't go to Berlin, but loved the parts I did get to see.

Lady Lallie
05-31-2009, 10:28 PM
Not to add to your confusion but after staying Value this past week, I have said to myself that any trips in the near future will be at least moderate. I can't relax at the Values, I don't know why but I can't. I'm a deluxe gal at heart.

I think as far as inviting your friend along, you should give it some time and just think on it. I know when the chance to invite Jen on my trip came up, I didn't hesitate, I knew we would have fun. We are both really similar and I was confident that it would work out...and it did. I did enjoy my solo time too though, I think I had a nice balance. Not too lonely but not too overwhelmed by others either. :thumbsup2

If U Had Wings
05-31-2009, 10:48 PM
Not to add to your confusion but after staying Value this past week, I have said to myself that any trips in the near future will be at least moderate. I can't relax at the Values, I don't know why but I can't. I'm a deluxe gal at heart.

I think as far as inviting your friend along, you should give it some time and just think on it. I know when the chance to invite Jen on my trip came up, I didn't hesitate, I knew we would have fun. We are both really similar and I was confident that it would work out...and it did. I did enjoy my solo time too though, I think I had a nice balance. Not too lonely but not too overwhelmed by others either. :thumbsup2

I actually had gone online to see if I'd be able to upgrade to the entire week at WL if my friend comes. Unfortunately they don't have any standard view rooms available for the first part of the week. Of course I did realize that splitting the cost I'd be able to stay at the Boardwalk for less than what I'm paying now. Dangerous thing that Disney math! :lmao:

Lady Lallie
05-31-2009, 10:51 PM
I actually had gone online to see if I'd be able to upgrade to the entire week at WL if my friend comes. Unfortunately they don't have any standard view rooms available for the first part of the week. Of course I did realize that splitting the cost I'd be able to stay at the Boardwalk for less than what I'm paying now. Dangerous thing that Disney math! :lmao:
Boardwalk is like my total dream resort. There is just something about it that draws me in. I would be on the phone inviting if I were you. ;) :rotfl2:

Flossbolna
06-01-2009, 05:00 AM
Thanks for the advice. I keep trying to make a decision and keep flipping back and forth. I think I'l be fine with whatever I do.

Your in Germany? That is so wonderful. I went there the year I graduated high school and loved it. It was so beautiful. Didn't go to Berlin, but loved the parts I did get to see.

I am glad that you liked Germany! :goodvibes I am just in Berlin temporarily, but original I am from Bavaria. I guess you went there on your trip. Munich tends to be a must see for most tourists.

If U Had Wings
06-01-2009, 09:23 AM
I am glad that you liked Germany! :goodvibes I am just in Berlin temporarily, but original I am from Bavaria. I guess you went there on your trip. Munich tends to be a must see for most tourists.

It was a school sponsored educational trip. We did fly into Munich, and spent the next 10 days traveling to a few different countries. We had overnight stays in Vienna, Innsbrook, Lucerne, Heidlberg and Munich. It just flew by, and one of my most memorable moments of the trip was spending the 4th of July on Lake Lucerne. Everything was just so beautiful. I think we all wished we had more time to spend in the smaller places getting to meet more people. The bigger cities were nice, but in many ways they felt like they could be any American city somethimes.

MRYPPNS
06-01-2009, 11:18 AM
Tough call Crissy...
As someone who was single until I was in my 30's I understand the value of having a good vacation girlfriend to go with you. So that also means that I understand the need for alone time even when you are vacationing together. I would suggest that if you decided to invite your friend that you invite her to join the trip you have already planned and tell her that you need your two days off to yourself..she would have to fend for herself on those days...sort of a take it or leave it situation but of course said much nicer than that! :rotfl2: That doesnt' mean you wouldn't want to change some dinning plans if it was the 2 of you.

I think your decision should be based on what you need....do you need this week to be independent and explore by yourself and a break from "pleasing" other people....or to you just need to get away and have some fun which would be enjoyable with a friend.

And by Golly Girl! Take yourself out for a sit down meal....I still do it even now that I'm married and have kids. Bring a book....it's helps for the first time.

If U Had Wings
06-01-2009, 01:22 PM
Tough call Crissy...
As someone who was single until I was in my 30's I understand the value of having a good vacation girlfriend to go with you. So that also means that I understand the need for alone time even when you are vacationing together. I would suggest that if you decided to invite your friend that you invite her to join the trip you have already planned and tell her that you need your two days off to yourself..she would have to fend for herself on those days...sort of a take it or leave it situation but of course said much nicer than that! :rotfl2: That doesnt' mean you wouldn't want to change some dinning plans if it was the 2 of you.

I think your decision should be based on what you need....do you need this week to be independent and explore by yourself and a break from "pleasing" other people....or to you just need to get away and have some fun which would be enjoyable with a friend.

The more I thought about this over the weekend, and the more I went back and forth on the matter, the more I realized that really I'll be happy no matter what I chose. It's not like there is really a "right" answer. I'll have fun either way. What I think I want now, might not be what I'm in the mood for 6 months from now, so really I'm just going to have to flip a coin and go with it. :lmao: I am going to make sure that I have some me time no matter which I chose. My last vacation made me realize how important that is.

And by Golly Girl! Take yourself out for a sit down meal....I still do it even now that I'm married and have kids. Bring a book....it's helps for the first time.

I don't know why I've never had a sit-down meal by myself. I've taken weekend trips alone, flown alone, and go to movies and plays by myself all the time. I don't know why I haven't done this yet.

Tinkerbellarella
06-01-2009, 01:29 PM
I don't know why I've never had a sit-down meal by myself. I've taken weekend trips alone, flown alone, and go to movies and plays by myself all the time. I don't know why I haven't done this yet.

When I first started doing this for whatever reason I was all sorts of nervous about it. Lunch was the easiest way to ease into it. Now I LOVE treating myself out to a lunch with moi and moi only!

TarzansKat
06-01-2009, 07:31 PM
I rarely get the opportunity to anymore, but I used to LOVE going out to eat by myself, and even more so to the movies by myself. That I can still sneak in every now and then, and I highly recommend it. If I'm remembering correctly you work part time at a theater, so that may not be as exciting for you, but I'm with Heidi, definitely bring a book to your first meal out, it certainly does help ease in. :thumbsup2

Donald is #1
06-01-2009, 09:59 PM
I actually had gone online to see if I'd be able to upgrade to the entire week at WL if my friend comes. Unfortunately they don't have any standard view rooms available for the first part of the week. Of course I did realize that splitting the cost I'd be able to stay at the Boardwalk for less than what I'm paying now. Dangerous thing that Disney math! :lmao:


Hmmm, that does potentially sway the equation. :goodvibes

If U Had Wings
06-02-2009, 09:46 AM
I rarely get the opportunity to anymore, but I used to LOVE going out to eat by myself, and even more so to the movies by myself. That I can still sneak in every now and then, and I highly recommend it. If I'm remembering correctly you work part time at a theater, so that may not be as exciting for you, but I'm with Heidi, definitely bring a book to your first meal out, it certainly does help ease in. :thumbsup2

Your so right about the movie theater! :) I've been there for ages, so seeing a movie on my own just doesn't hold much magic anymore. Still, seeing movies by myself is my favorite way to go. I love that there is no one to try to start talking to me during the show, so I can just immerse myself in the film.

I'm doing the same thing this year with Broadway shows. My new year's resolution was to see one show a month. I've brought my mom along for a couple this year, and gone with a friend too, but I'm really loving going by myself.

Hmmm, that does potentially sway the equation. :goodvibes

It does make it more tempting, doesn't it?




I think I've made a decision. Or at least, I keep thinking that I've made a decision and then I waffle and change my mind again. :sad2: What can I say, no one is ever going to accuse me of being too decisive. :rotfl: Oddly enough my friend is the exact same way. Back when she used to live closer to me, we had to come up with rules for choosing where to go for dinner. If one of us asked the other what they wanted to do for dinner, the other one had to pick. No excuses. Otherwise we'd play the "I don't care, what do you want to do" game all night and end up eating nothing.

I will be making a decision today. I'm imposing the deadline on myself.

Lady Lallie
06-02-2009, 09:55 AM
Good luck with your decision deadline! I can be the same way about certain things. Somethings I have no problem coming to a decision and sticking with it, other things take me forever and then I go back and forth doubting myself.

If U Had Wings
06-02-2009, 03:11 PM
Good luck with your decision deadline! I can be the same way about certain things. Somethings I have no problem coming to a decision and sticking with it, other things take me forever and then I go back and forth doubting myself.

I swear I've changed my mind back and forth about 4 times today alone. I don't know why I'm so indecisive. :confused3

Tinkerbellarella
06-02-2009, 03:18 PM
I swear I've changed my mind back and forth about 4 times today alone. I don't know why I'm so indecisive. :confused3

Have you made yourself a written Pros/Cons list? I find that always helps me and the Libran part of my personality. ::yes::

Lady Lallie
06-02-2009, 05:44 PM
I swear I've changed my mind back and forth about 4 times today alone. I don't know why I'm so indecisive. :confused3

Have you made yourself a written Pros/Cons list? I find that always helps me and the Libran part of my personality. ::yes::

I'm a big fan of the pro/con list! I can thank Gilmore Girls for that obsession. :rotfl2:

Tinkerbellarella
06-02-2009, 08:13 PM
I'm a big fan of the pro/con list! I can thank Gilmore Girls for that obsession. :rotfl2:

Aw. LL, honey, let's just be brutally honest here. You're a fan of ANY list. :rotfl:

And I mean that only with love. :hug:

Lady Lallie
06-02-2009, 08:28 PM
Aw. LL, honey, let's just be brutally honest here. You're a fan of ANY list. :rotfl:

And I mean that only with love. :hug:

You know while I was typing that I didn't even put pro/con list and list together. I clearly have list issues. :lmao: Though I do love any list, the pro/con list wasn't a big thing for me until Gilmore Girls. :rotfl2:

If U Had Wings
06-02-2009, 09:14 PM
I actually made a final decision today!

You'll just have to wait to find out what it was. :)

Tinkerbellarella
06-02-2009, 09:18 PM
I actually made a final decision today!

You'll just have to wait to find out what it was. :)

Oh now THAT'S cruel. :rotfl:

TarzansKat
06-02-2009, 09:32 PM
I actually made a final decision today!

You'll just have to wait to find out what it was. :)

Hmph.

Tink and I told you about our trip. :rolleyes1

Lady Lallie
06-02-2009, 09:32 PM
I actually made a final decision today!

You'll just have to wait to find out what it was. :)

Pffffffffft! :upsidedow

If U Had Wings
06-02-2009, 10:21 PM
Oh now THAT'S cruel. :rotfl:

Payback!!!:lmao:



Hmph.

Tink and I told you about our trip. :rolleyes1

After the fact. :rolleyes1

Pffffffffft! :upsidedow

Soon, I promise!!

TarzansKat
06-02-2009, 10:26 PM
After the fact. :rolleyes1


Details, details.

At any rate, I'm looking forward to hearing your decision. :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
06-05-2009, 09:32 AM
Good to hear that you made a decision! :thumbsup2 Looking forward to you reporting what it was! :goodvibes

If U Had Wings
06-05-2009, 09:45 AM
Details, details.

At any rate, I'm looking forward to hearing your decision. :thumbsup2

Good to hear that you made a decision! :thumbsup2 Looking forward to you reporting what it was! :goodvibes

I'm hoping to have a post up soon. Things have been a bit nuts around here, but I'm hoping to squeeze out a post soon.

I just looked at my ticker and realized that I'm under 6 months!

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

Lady Lallie
06-05-2009, 09:54 AM
I really can't wait to hear what your decision is. How exciting to be under six months! The time is going to fly, I remember when it was still over a YEAR until your trip. :thumbsup2

If U Had Wings
06-05-2009, 01:38 PM
I really can't wait to hear what your decision is. How exciting to be under six months! The time is going to fly, I remember when it was still over a YEAR until your trip. :thumbsup2

I know! It seems like only yesterday I was booking the rooms. Of course the weather still isn't any better than when I booked it last September. Actually I take that back it was probably warmer last September than it's been around here lately. I swear I'm begining to think I live in Seattle or something. I am so sick of the rain!

Flossbolna
06-05-2009, 02:53 PM
Under six months means that you would have been able to make ADRs by now under the old system!! :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
06-05-2009, 03:08 PM
I know! It seems like only yesterday I was booking the rooms. Of course the weather still isn't any better than when I booked it last September. Actually I take that back it was probably warmer last September than it's been around here lately. I swear I'm begining to think I live in Seattle or something. I am so sick of the rain!

I have been meaning to tell you that when I went, I had a bounceback offer and it was good for a lot of weeks, but I did notice that your dates in December were not available. I am sure that is because of Pop Warner. D'oh! I hope some kind of discount comes around for you.

I'm itching to book my next trip even though I think it is a ways away.

If U Had Wings
06-05-2009, 10:50 PM
Under six months means that you would have been able to make ADRs by now under the old system!! :goodvibes

I know! I keep thinking I'm falling behind with my organization, because I can't make my ADRs. I'm also not happy that when I do get to make them, I'm going to have to call twice, because with a split stay I can't use the 10+ rule to make ADRs for my entire trip. I'll have to call once for the first part of my stay, and then a second time for the second half of my trip. What a bother!

In the words of Lady Lallie, Pffftt!

I have been meaning to tell you that when I went, I had a bounceback offer and it was good for a lot of weeks, but I did notice that your dates in December were not available. I am sure that is because of Pop Warner. D'oh! I hope some kind of discount comes around for you.

I'm itching to book my next trip even though I think it is a ways away.

I know. Pop Warner seems to be reeking havoc on discounts for my time period. I'm still hopeful something will turn up.

Lady Lallie
06-05-2009, 10:55 PM
That really stinks about the ADR thing. I would still try to make them when you first call because you can do the plus 10 days so they might let you. Or have they cracked down on that with the new system?

If U Had Wings
06-05-2009, 11:05 PM
That really stinks about the ADR thing. I would still try to make them when you first call because you can do the plus 10 days so they might let you. Or have they cracked down on that with the new system?

I think they've been cracking down on it. I keep reading here on the boards that they are making people call back. I'm actually considering adding days on to my first reservation so I can make my ADRs and then cancelling them after I hit the day for my second reservations.

It's almost more of the aggravation. I'm normally on the train at 7am, so I'm going to have to take the morning off twice from work just to get my ADRs. Too annoying.

Lady Lallie
06-05-2009, 11:12 PM
I think they've been cracking down on it. I keep reading here on the boards that they are making people call back. I'm actually considering adding days on to my first reservation so I can make my ADRs and then cancelling them after I hit the day for my second reservations.

It's almost more of the aggravation. I'm normally on the train at 7am, so I'm going to have to take the morning off twice from work just to get my ADRs. Too annoying.

You know, I might add on the days especially since you are doing room only reservations. That is a pain in the rear that you'd have to take off two mornings not that far apart! :headache:

If U Had Wings
06-05-2009, 11:15 PM
You know, I might add on the days especially since you are doing room only reservations. That is a pain in the rear that you'd have to take off two mornings not that far apart! :headache:

Plus I have a few "tougher" ADRs that I'm hoping to get.

Donald is #1
06-07-2009, 06:12 PM
Hmm, I haven't been on all week and unless I missed a post, I don't see the decision. popcorn::

princess&her4princes
06-07-2009, 11:02 PM
Hi! I hope you don't mind me joining and reading along...I just spent the last 1/2 hour reading your PTR and I can't wait to hear what your decision is either!!:rolleyes1 You're going to love December at Disney, have you ever been? We went this past December the 8-14th and just LOVED :lovestruc it, it was sooo magical!!:wizard: I hope you have a wonderful time and I can't wait to hear more!!!:goodvibes

TarzansKat
06-08-2009, 06:58 AM
popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

Alright, girlie. You dangled the carrot and yanked it away!

What's the decision? ;)

If U Had Wings
06-08-2009, 09:30 AM
Hmm, I haven't been on all week and unless I missed a post, I don't see the decision. popcorn::

popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

Alright, girlie. You dangled the carrot and yanked it away!

What's the decision? ;)

The decision is really coming! I just had one of those crazy weekends and didn't get a chance to do it. Definitely today. (I'm so not in the mood to be here at work! )

Hi! I hope you don't mind me joining and reading along...I just spent the last 1/2 hour reading your PTR and I can't wait to hear what your decision is either!!:rolleyes1 You're going to love December at Disney, have you ever been? We went this past December the 8-14th and just LOVED :lovestruc it, it was sooo magical!!:wizard: I hope you have a wonderful time and I can't wait to hear more!!!:goodvibes

Glad your joining in! I've never been to Disney in December. May, June, Sept., and October are my normal months. (And last year in a really hot August). I'm really looking forward to seeing all the holiday decorations. (And for it being hopefully not so hot and muggy).

If U Had Wings
06-08-2009, 04:03 PM
After much deliberation and thought I finally came to a decision on my December trip. For days I kept going back and forth on what to do. I'd wake up in the morning convinced I really wanted this to be a solo trip, and at the end of the day (after switching back and forth about 10 times) I'd be sure I wanted to invite my BFF to come along. Finally I just went with my gut. No pro/con lists, no more debating. I just went with what my soul had been telling me was my only real decision.

My solo trip into the great wide somewhere is now a not so solo trip. :)

My friend will be joining me for a week of fun and relaxation in Disney this December. She accepted right away, although she was a bit worried that she had "guilted" me into inviting her. Not at all. I grew up with the expert in guilt, my italian grandmother, and have pretty much become immune to guilt treatments. :rotfl:I called CRO Thursday night and got added her on. While I'm a bit sad to be giving up my solo trip dream, I'm not regretful that I'm doing it. I know that sharing my Disney trip with one of my best friends is going to be even more special, and more than make up changing my trip. :wizard:

So let me introuduce the new player on this pre-trip report. For the sake of privacy I'll refer to her as simply as "H". This was us back on our 2007 trip. (That would be me on the right).

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z126/Seastorm2/2007OctoberDisney-HeatherMeandFigme.jpg

H and I met while working at the same summer job ages ago when I was still back in college. Truly over the years, it has felt as if we were fated to meet up and become friends. We actually figured out that we had met years earlier when she was at one of my cousins birthday parties. She's been one of my nearest and dearest friends ever since. We share similar tastes in music, movies, and books. I've been mistaken for her more than just a few times, even once by my own mother. (How embarassing is that?) Oddly enough she's never mistaken by me. :confused3 I've never been told I look like anyone in my own family, but when we travel together people tend to think we are sisters. I've never really been one to have just one friend I consider to be my "best" friend, as even amoung my close friends, I'm always reluctant to truly open up. H is probably the one friend who knows me and my biggest secrets the best. She loves Disney as well, but hasn't been there nearly as often as I have. Our last trip was her first staying on property, and needless to say I got her hooked.

With the addition of my friend to my trip, I've been feeling myself slipping into my usual "planner" mode. Really and truly it's a sickness. Disneyplanneritis. I've been tearing apart my plans and reorganizing. A few changes will be made, because as soon as she said yes it became "our" trip and not just my trip. Much as I want to just kick back and relax, just knowing someone else is involved now, makes me so much more concerned about my plans. There is still going to be some solo time on this trip, which I am very much looking forward to, and some plans that I probably wouldn't have thought of if I was going alone. Really the best of both worlds.

So, hmmmm, now that there are two, is it time to let resortitis bite?

princess&her4princes
06-08-2009, 04:12 PM
Yay, a decision has been made!!!:banana: You're going to have so much fun, let the planning begin!!! Does "H" have a lot to say about planning or is good to go with the flow? Had my first BFF trip in December (with our families) and it was the BEST TRIP EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :love:

Lady Lallie
06-08-2009, 04:15 PM
I am so happy for you that you are at peace with your decision! Yayaya!

I love the picture of you two with Figment. :goodvibes I know how you feel about meeting someone you are just meant to be friends with, it's an awesome feeling. :cloud9:

I really really think you should let resortitis bite! I am dying to see where you end up staying. :yay: :woohoo: :yay:

If U Had Wings
06-08-2009, 04:57 PM
Yay, a decision has been made!!!:banana: You're going to have so much fun, let the planning begin!!! Does "H" have a lot to say about planning or is good to go with the flow? Had my first BFF trip in December (with our families) and it was the BEST TRIP EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :love:

H is the complete non-planner. She actually likes following along with a plan, she just has no desire to do the planning herself. (Is she not the perfect friend for a Dis friend or what?) She has actually said if she ever gets married, that she's letting someone else do all the planning. :rotfl: Last year when we were supposed to go, she mentioned a few things, so I'm going to try to work in a few of them when possible.

I am so happy for you that you are at peace with your decision! Yayaya!

I love the picture of you two with Figment. :goodvibes I know how you feel about meeting someone you are just meant to be friends with, it's an awesome feeling. :cloud9:

I really really think you should let resortitis bite! I am dying to see where you end up staying. :yay: :woohoo: :yay:

I was so sad when they did away with the Figment meet area! Although I still prefer when Figment used to be the little dragon that was perched on the Dreamfinder's shoulder when he walked around.

I've felt like I've known H forever, and it's been that way since we met. We really compliment each other well.. Now she is one of my few remaining single, female friends so we have alot in common that way too.

Resortitis is very tempting!!!

Flossbolna
06-08-2009, 05:23 PM
Great picture of the two of you - even the colors of your cloths seem to go extremely well with Figment! :figment:

I think you made a very good decision and you really have a great friend who never tried to make you do what she wanted but took into consideration what you wanted! Resortitis sounds very exciting!! But I would say for stay during Christmas time WL is the perfect place! :goodvibes

Oh and may I ask something really stupid? What does BFF actually stay for?

Donald is #1
06-08-2009, 07:45 PM
After much deliberation and thought I finally came to a decision on my December trip. For days I kept going back and forth on what to do. I'd wake up in the morning convinced I really wanted this to be a solo trip, and at the end of the day (after switching back and forth about 10 times) I'd be sure I wanted to invite my BFF to come along. Finally I just went with my gut. No pro/con lists, no more debating. I just went with what my soul had been telling me was my only real decision.

My solo trip into the great wide somewhere is now a not so solo trip. :)

My friend will be joining me for a week of fun and relaxation in Disney this December. She accepted right away, although she was a bit worried that she had "guilted" me into inviting her. Not at all. I grew up with the expert in guilt, my italian grandmother, and have pretty much become immune to guilt treatments. :rotfl:I called CRO Thursday night and got added her on. While I'm a bit sad to be giving up my solo trip dream, I'm not regretful that I'm doing it. I know that sharing my Disney trip with one of my best friends is going to be even more special, and more than make up changing my trip. :wizard:

So let me introuduce the new player on this pre-trip report. For the sake of privacy I'll refer to her as simply as "H". This was us back on our 2007 trip. (That would be me on the right).

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z126/Seastorm2/2007OctoberDisney-HeatherMeandFigme.jpg

H and I met while working at the same summer job ages ago when I was still back in college. Truly over the years, it has felt as if we were fated to meet up and become friends. We actually figured out that we had met years earlier when she was at one of my cousins birthday parties. She's been one of my nearest and dearest friends ever since. We share similar tastes in music, movies, and books. I've been mistaken for her more than just a few times, even once by my own mother. (How embarassing is that?) Oddly enough she's never mistaken by me. :confused3 I've never been told I look like anyone in my own family, but when we travel together people tend to think we are sisters. I've never really been one to have just one friend I consider to be my "best" friend, as even amoung my close friends, I'm always reluctant to truly open up. H is probably the one friend who knows me and my biggest secrets the best. She loves Disney as well, but hasn't been there nearly as often as I have. Our last trip was her first staying on property, and needless to say I got her hooked.

With the addition of my friend to my trip, I've been feeling myself slipping into my usual "planner" mode. Really and truly it's a sickness. Disneyplanneritis. I've been tearing apart my plans and reorganizing. A few changes will be made, because as soon as she said yes it became "our" trip and not just my trip. Much as I want to just kick back and relax, just knowing someone else is involved now, makes me so much more concerned about my plans. There is still going to be some solo time on this trip, which I am very much looking forward to, and some plans that I probably wouldn't have thought of if I was going alone. Really the best of both worlds.

So, hmmmm, now that there are two, is it time to let resortitis bite?

Hurray for the decision (you couldn't go wrong either way). Now with all of this planning, are you looking at upgrading resorts now since there is someone to split the cost with? :rolleyes1

MRYPPNS
06-08-2009, 08:17 PM
Let the (new) Planning begin!

If U Had Wings
06-08-2009, 09:56 PM
Great picture of the two of you - even the colors of your cloths seem to go extremely well with Figment! :figment:

I think you made a very good decision and you really have a great friend who never tried to make you do what she wanted but took into consideration what you wanted! Resortitis sounds very exciting!! But I would say for stay during Christmas time WL is the perfect place! :goodvibes

Oh and may I ask something really stupid? What does BFF actually stay for?

The Figment room used to be really neat. So colorful!

BFF is kind of teen speak for "Best Friends Forever."

Hurray for the decision (you couldn't go wrong either way). Now with all of this planning, are you looking at upgrading resorts now since there is someone to split the cost with? :rolleyes1

It was definitely a win/win situation. There has been some looking into upgrading. ;)

Let the (new) Planning begin!

You have to love new planning!

TarzansKat
06-09-2009, 07:34 AM
I'm glad you made a decision you're happy with. And speaking from personal experience, there's really nothing like a trip to the World with a good friend. :thumbsup2

If U Had Wings
06-09-2009, 09:10 AM
I'm glad you made a decision you're happy with. And speaking from personal experience, there's really nothing like a trip to the World with a good friend. :thumbsup2


It ended up being a very easy decision. We had a ball the last time we went, none of the drama that comes on a family trip. We definitely travel well together. I have another really good friend that I always have lots of fun with, but on vacation we aren't compatible at all. (Other than the fact that we both like to sleep in). I would have never guessed it until we took a miserable cruise together once.

Charleston Princess
06-13-2009, 10:09 PM
I am so glad that you made a decision and are happy with it!!! :hug:

Can't wait to read the new plans and see whether the resort-changing bug has hit you!

MinnieNurse
06-18-2009, 02:49 PM
I just found your report and read the entire thing.

I think you made the right decision on inviting your friend and you should definitely let resortitis due its thing!! :cool1::cool1:

My vote is for your dream balcony at Boardwalk!!! :dance3:

If U Had Wings
06-19-2009, 12:23 AM
I just found your report and read the entire thing.

I think you made the right decision on inviting your friend and you should definitely let resortitis due its thing!! :cool1::cool1:

My vote is for your dream balcony at Boardwalk!!! :dance3:

Thanks for reading! I'm really looking forward sharing my trip now. It's meaning a bit more planning, but I'm not minding very much. Of course my over zealous inner planner is reveling in this!

If U Had Wings
06-19-2009, 03:49 PM
I've been meaning to post an update, but the weather has been playing havoc with me, and I haven't really gotten anything done in ages. I'm turning into quite the bum. I'm going to try to have a resortitis part deux up soon.

I am excited that I'm going to get to see the nieces this weekend! :love: I haven't seen them in a few weeks, and am suffering from serious niece withdrawal. For anyone who hadn't read my last trip report, my two nieces are hands down my two favorite people ever. I may not have my own children, but I have been blessed beyond belief to have the two of them in my life. :hug: They are a bit put out that they aren't going with me to Disney this year. My younger niece "Cin" keeps telling me she's coming with me, ignoring the fact that she starts first grade in the fall. My older niece "Jasmine" is happy I have company going with me now. She wasn't understanding why I wanted to be in Disney alone. :rotfl:

They had their first dance recital a couple of weeks ago. They loved it. I took ballet and tap lessons for years myself, so I really enjoyed getting to see them perform. Thought I'd share a few pics, since otherwise all you'll get on this thread is pics of me, and they are much cuter.

Jasmine's on the left, Cin's on the right.

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z126/Seastorm2/Steam_opt.jpghttp://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z126/Seastorm2/True_opt.jpg

One dance number on the stage, and Cin was hooked. Before the recital she was telling us she didn't want to dance again next year, She liked it, but wanted to do gymnastics again. (She's very high energy). That was until she got to put on makeup and performed on the stage. Now all she wants to do is get back up there again. We may have created a monster. Jasmine just wants to keep up with the dancing - she loved getting to dance with the hat. Jasmine danced to a song called Steam Heat from The Pajama Game, and Cin danced to Be True to Your Heart from Mulan.

Here's one more of the two of them. Can you pick out the bigger of the two divas?

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z126/Seastorm2/GirlsRecital_opt.jpg

Hopefully that will hold you all over! I'll try to get a post up today or tomorrow with some updates.

Lady Lallie
06-19-2009, 03:58 PM
Oh goodness, they are just too cute for words! :cutie:

Flossbolna
06-19-2009, 04:24 PM
Your nieces are very cute!! :goodvibes Looking forward to your resortitis!!

I have actually started to plan a trip with my sister and we are absolutely confused about where to stay!! :confused::confused::confused:

MinnieNurse
06-19-2009, 04:35 PM
Wow, those little neices of yours are gorgeous. I dont have a girl of my own but have 6 neices and 1 more on the way. I love buying for them at Christmas, Birthdays, and just any old time. Expecially the smaller ones who are into all the Disney stuff.

princess&her4princes
06-19-2009, 05:25 PM
The girls are beautiful!! :cutie:Have fun this weekend with them!!!:banana:

Looking forward to your update, when you have the time, of course!!:surfweb:

If U Had Wings
06-22-2009, 02:00 PM
Oh goodness, they are just too cute for words! :cutie:

Your nieces are very cute!! :goodvibes Looking forward to your resortitis!!

I have actually started to plan a trip with my sister and we are absolutely confused about where to stay!! :confused::confused::confused:

Wow, those little neices of yours are gorgeous. I dont have a girl of my own but have 6 neices and 1 more on the way. I love buying for them at Christmas, Birthdays, and just any old time. Expecially the smaller ones who are into all the Disney stuff.

The girls are beautiful!! :cutie:Have fun this weekend with them!!!:banana:

Looking forward to your update, when you have the time, of course!!:surfweb:

Thanks everyone! I just love the two of them so much. One of my most prized possesions is a drawing the two of them did for me that was of the three of us, and said that they loved me because I made them so happy. :cloud9: Hangs right on my fridge so I can see it every morning first thing.

We had a wonderful father's day yesterday. A great family dinner at a favorite restaurant and then we all went to see UP. If you haven't seen it yet - go! It was wonderful. It touched on a few issues that I thought were a bit much for children, but those things seemed to go right over the kids heads. It was very touching, and almost made me cry, and I never cry in movies. (Well... there has been exactly one movie that has made me cry. "My Life" with Michael Keaton. Don't watch without a box of kleenex, seriously.) I think the adults liked Up more than the kids. My younger niece curled up against me for the entire movie as we shared some popcorn. It was a really wonderful day!

If U Had Wings
06-22-2009, 03:54 PM
Resortitis is still rearing it's ugly head over me for this trip. I think it's payback for all the times I've had a good chuckle at laughing at everyone else suffering from it on their PTR's. :lmao: This has never happened to me before. Usually I just pick a resort (POFQ), book it, and live in peace and harmony until check in. This trip though is out to get me.

I was very tempted to upgrade my resort to the Boardwalk now that there are two of us. Very tempted. Half the cost, with my 20% AAA discount, would be less than what I was going to pay for my split stay by myself so price wise it is entirely doable now. But...

There's always a but right?

Saving some money is begining to look alot better. Why? Because I'm toying with the idea of another trip next year - two trips actually. Originally I was supposed to be going to Italy next year with my mom. That was the plan that was hatched before the economy took a nose dive and my raise was cancelled this year, and bonuses were eliminated. Due to changes in the review process at work I won't be due for another raise until next June (if they even give them then) when it should have been next Feb. In a nutshell, I won't be seeing any additional money for ages.

My mother is also dead set on taking a Perillo tour. She did a Perillo trip to Hawaii about 15 years ago, and loved it. The Perillo trip is supposed to be fantastic, but it's pricey. For the tour/food and flight it's about $5,000 per person. Plus spending money on top of that. There are cheaper tour groups (including Adventures by Disney), but she's being stubborn on this one. Perillo or nothing. I just don't think I'll be able to muster that up. I had been counting on the bonus money in particular to partially finance that trip. So now she's talking about going with my dad instead, when he finally comes in to some money from a workers comp case he has going on.

With no Italy trip likely next year, I'm looking at Disney. My friend H and I want to go down next October for the ToT 13k race. It's near my birthday, and the two of us have decided that we really want to finish a Disney race. Since she is going to walk it, the ToT 13k is a better choice because it only requires you keep up a pace of an 18 minute mile instead of the 16 minute mile requirement for the 1/2 marathons. I am also toying with the idea of going down in March for a long weekend for the Princess 1/2 marathon, for a solo trip. That's still just an idea right now, but I'm contemplating it.

With the idea of two more possible trips, I've pretty much decieded that I don't want to spend much more additional money on my room this trip. The same or less is my motto, but there is another issue. The split stay. I'm toying with the idea of going to just one resort. I don't mind moving from one resort to another, but now that I'm traveling with someone else I'm concerned about ADRs. I've been reading on the boards, that with a split stay you cannot use the 10+ rule to book ADRs for your entire visit from the day of first check in. So in my case I'd have to call on 9/6 to make ADR's for my first 4 days, and then again on 09/09 for the ast 3 days. Annoying. I guess this wasn't an issue before, but with their new system there is no way around this. For a solo trip it wouldn't have bothered me too much, but with my friend there are some "tougher" ADR's I'm hoping to get. Without the benefit of the 10 days I'm not sure I'll get them.

So the question becomes where to stay for the full week. I'd be willing to pay just a little more and stay at the Wilderness Lodge for the entire week, but there are no more standard view rooms available. To stay there the entire week we'd have to bump up to a courtyard view, which would bump the cost up even more. I could change just my first few days to a courtyard view, but I'd still have the ADR problem with a split stay doing that. There are pros to staying at the WL though. Much of my plans so far, have really been based around the fact that I'd be staying in a Magic Kingdom area resort. Plans I've been toying with - a day at the GF spa, breakfast at Kona, Chef Mickeys, relaxation around Bay Lake, all would be much easier staying at WL.

Other options would be to stay at the AKL in a standard view room for the week (still available), or moving to a moderate for the week. I've stayed at AKL before and loved it, but I'm thinking that my savannah view room the last time might have spoiled me for a view of the parking lot. It's also pretty far away from the MK, and with what I wanted to do this trip it would make those things fairly inconvienent. Pluses though are the great buses, the beautiful lodge and the animals.

For a moderate resort, it would probably end up being a stay at CBR. POFQ would be my choice if by myself, but that is where H and I stayed our last trip and she did say she'd like to try somewhere new. CSR would have been my second choice, but when I checked online today they only had a king bed rooms and junior suites available, neither of which is good for us. That would leave POR and CBR. Having stayed at POFQ many times I'm familiar with POR. The grounds are beautiful, but the bus service there can be a bit tough. I've never been on the grounds at CBR, but loved the pics that Heidi had posted from her trip report. I love the beachy theme of the place, and the fact that there is a lake. I'm not concerned about the large size of the resort in regards to walking around it, but am a bit concerned about bus service. With a moderate stay, again I'd be away from the MK area and I'd also be giving up my balcony, but to be honest now that this isn't a solo trip any longer I'm not looking forward to the balcony as much. I'm not sure I'll get to enjoy it as much while with my friend.

So my choices are such:
1) No change. Just suck it up with the ADRs and keep with a split stay. I could still get lucky and get everything I want.
2) Pay more and stay at the WL with a courtyard view for the week.
3) Be a bit inconvienced and stay at the AKL for the week, but get to keep my balcony.
4) Give up the balcony, and the convience and stay at CBR for the week. On the plus side, save more money for the next trip(s).

Let me know what you think! I'd love to get some thoughts from people who have stayed at some of these places. Any pros or con's I'm not thinking of?

MinnieNurse
06-22-2009, 04:30 PM
Isnt Up the best? I just love, love, love Dug! "I do not like the cone of shame." :rotfl:

Okay, if it were me I would do CBR for the entire trip and save money for my next trip. Because 2 is more than 1. You know you like moderates and so why not. I would take 2 trips at a moderate or value over just one trip at a deluxe. Thats just me though. Probably the only time in my life I would choose quantity of over quality. :laughing:

This is just me. But the thought of packing up and moving resorts in the middle of my vacation is just to much for me. I am all about relaxation on my vacations and for me it just doesnt sound fun. But, if you dont mind this than a spit stay might work for you and let you experience 2 places.

Flossbolna
06-22-2009, 04:31 PM
Two additional Disney trips sound wonderful!! :cloud9:

But I don't envy you having to make those decisions on your resort!! I have a difficult time with deciding for my trip as well! I think staying in one place is preferrable to a split stay. But where? I think standard view at AKL might not give you so much enjoyment in your balcony... Have you considered a pool view room? They are only 5 $ more per night and have much nicer views. We stayed in pool view rooms twice and I never missed the savanna, there are so many viewing areas! CBR sounds interesting, I am thinking about that one, too. I think it looks so relaxing and it has hammocks!! I think I have read somewhere that the bus takes 8 min to circle the resort before it heads off to the parks.

MRYPPNS
06-22-2009, 05:12 PM
I would ditch the split stay. Moving the 2 of you sounds like more hassle than when it was just you.

In order, this is what I'd do...
#1 keep trying for WL for the full week....I like it for you for the ease in transportation
#2 go all Pop for the week....not so much need for the deluxe touches now that you aren't going solo. And Pop will save you the most money
#3 go all week at CBR...more relaxing than Pop....still saves money over WL

Lady Lallie
06-22-2009, 07:34 PM
I think I would keep trying for the full week at WL. I wouldn't upgrade to courtyard but I have faith that a standard might open up for the whole week.

If WL doesn't come through then I would pick a moderate. :thumbsup2

Donald is #1
06-22-2009, 08:46 PM
I would lean towards either the WL or AKL. However, if staying at a moderate was what made 2 trips next year feasible, then I would go for CSR. How is that for waffling? :rotfl2:

Charleston Princess
06-22-2009, 08:48 PM
Keep trying for a full week at WL or go with CBR! :thumbsup2

If U Had Wings
06-22-2009, 10:02 PM
Isnt Up the best? I just love, love, love Dug! "I do not like the cone of shame." :rotfl:

I love the tiny little mailman too!

Okay, if it were me I would do CBR for the entire trip and save money for my next trip. Because 2 is more than 1. You know you like moderates and so why not. I would take 2 trips at a moderate or value over just one trip at a deluxe. Thats just me though. Probably the only time in my life I would choose quantity of over quality. :laughing.

I'm definitely thinking of the multiple trips. Every dollar saved is a dollar for another trip. I was originally only planning on going to the marathon in 2011, but am tempted now to bump it up for 2010.

Two additional Disney trips sound wonderful!! :cloud9:

But I don't envy you having to make those decisions on your resort!! I have a difficult time with deciding for my trip as well! I think staying in one place is preferrable to a split stay. But where? I think standard view at AKL might not give you so much enjoyment in your balcony... Have you considered a pool view room? They are only 5 $ more per night and have much nicer views. We stayed in pool view rooms twice and I never missed the savanna, there are so many viewing areas! CBR sounds interesting, I am thinking about that one, too. I think it looks so relaxing and it has hammocks!! I think I have read somewhere that the bus takes 8 min to circle the resort before it heads off to the parks.

I didn't realize that the pool views were so little of a bump up in price. I'm going to have to check out some pics of CBR.

I would ditch the split stay. Moving the 2 of you sounds like more hassle than when it was just you.

In order, this is what I'd do...
#1 keep trying for WL for the full week....I like it for you for the ease in transportation
#2 go all Pop for the week....not so much need for the deluxe touches now that you aren't going solo. And Pop will save you the most money
#3 go all week at CBR...more relaxing than Pop....still saves money over WL

I was thinking that the move was going to be more of a hassle with two of us. Plus I don't think my friend is as enthused about a split stay as I was. Did you use the buses at all at CBR? I can't remember now. I'm just curious how long the waits are.

I think I would keep trying for the full week at WL. I wouldn't upgrade to courtyard but I have faith that a standard might open up for the whole week.

If WL doesn't come through then I would pick a moderate. :thumbsup2

I'm not going to cancel my WL right away. If days become available I'll only have to add on for the first three nights. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed.

I would lean towards either the WL or AKL. However, if staying at a moderate was what made 2 trips next year feasible, then I would go for CSR. How is that for waffling? :rotfl2:

You sound like me! :rotfl: I've been doing that for days now.

Keep trying for a full week at WL or go with CBR! :thumbsup2


Those are the ways I'm leaning right now. If there was a moderate closer to the MK that would probably be my first choice.

Ugh!! I hate making decisions sometimes!

TarzansKat
06-23-2009, 08:21 AM
Hon, I don't remember if I ever commented on how adorable the nieces are, so here it is. They're adorable!!! I love the dance costumes, so cute! :goodvibes

As far as resortitis goes, isn't it a pita? Seriously. I've had it myself, and it's just no fun. And even when we finally feel settled in a decision, sometimes, we still feel like...did I make the right choice?

Now, I have to say, having recently stayed at CBR with a friend, I think it's a wonderful, relaxing resort. It lends a feel to the vacation that you really are on vacation, and it has a quality to it that I think, honestly, would make me consider it for girlfriend trips, but not with my family. I was going to save this for the end of my report with Tink, but I'll enlighten you since you're pondering. There were times when I was walking around CBR, or coming home on the busses and thinking to myself, there's no way I could stay here with my family. At least not until my son is much, much older. And the reason for that is because of how spread out it is, and how much time it can take to get back to your village at the end of the night. I've been on busses to Pop late at night, holding my asleep child in my arms, my husband bravely standing with the stroller, and let me tell you, that's a chore in and of itself. Never mind if you're also standing and holding said child. Quite frankly, even though it doesn't take that much time, I can't fathom having to do that at CBR, especially if you're the last stop. Because the routes through the villages weren't always the same. Sometimes we were first off, sometimes last. It was hard to tell. And there was one night Tink and I were heading back from whatever park we were at, and it was standing room only. And I was in such an awkward spot on the bus, and I was so tired. Tired of standing. Now, that could happen anywhere, but with the added time, it just seemed forever. It was probably, in reality, less than ten minutes. So for me, with my family, I won't do it right now.

Let me tell you, though, I am SO glad I stayed there. The villages are very peaceful, very quiet, and very relaxing. I loved the hustle and bustle around the main pool and then being able to retreat to our own quiet corner. The walk to OPR didn't bother me, and I think Tink did it more than I did, and it didn't phase her either. So if that's the type of atmosphere you're looking for in a resort, honestly, I say go for it.

Normally I'd be completely gung ho and tell you to go for the Wilderness Lodge. Quite frankly, it is hands down, my favorite deluxe (that I can afford). I already asked DH if we could stay there in 2010. :lmao: I can see why you would want to stay there. Again, very quiet, very peaceful, and so close to everything in the MK area! I remember taking the bus to MK (you could boat over, but we often found the bus to be easier) and it literally takes five minutes and you're there. You can't go wrong!

As far as room size, they're virtually the same. As far as amount of room, again, virtually the same. Both double sinks, both extra space, both very nice.

What theme do you want to your trip? Do you want to save more money? I don't think you'll be unhappy at CBR as long as you go into it with the expectation that your transportation may take a bit longer (or may not, you never know), and that you're going to know that in advance.

I don't know if that helped or made you more confused, but I just had to weigh in and try to help. :goodvibes

Edit: Sorry! I didn't really make it part of my post, but I would not do a split stay. That holds no appeal for me. When I go on vacation, I like to unpack and be done with it and not have to pack again until I leave. Going to another resort seems like to much work for me, but some people really enjoy it. Feels like two separate trips.

If U Had Wings
06-23-2009, 10:02 AM
Hon, I don't remember if I ever commented on how adorable the nieces are, so here it is. They're adorable!!! I love the dance costumes, so cute! :goodvibes

Thanks. They are both complete hams in front of the camera. My younger niece especially. All she needs to do is see one, and she has to get in the photo - front and center. She does not get that sometimes you don't necessarily want her in the photo. :rotfl:

As far as resortitis goes, isn't it a pita? Seriously. I've had it myself, and it's just no fun. And even when we finally feel settled in a decision, sometimes, we still feel like...did I make the right choice?

That's exactly what I feel like, which is crazy really. No matter where I end up, it's still Disney right?

Now, I have to say, having recently stayed at CBR with a friend, I think it's a wonderful, relaxing resort. It lends a feel to the vacation that you really are on vacation, and it has a quality to it that I think, honestly, would make me consider it for girlfriend trips, but not with my family. I was going to save this for the end of my report with Tink, but I'll enlighten you since you're pondering. There were times when I was walking around CBR, or coming home on the busses and thinking to myself, there's no way I could stay here with my family. At least not until my son is much, much older. And the reason for that is because of how spread out it is, and how much time it can take to get back to your village at the end of the night. I've been on busses to Pop late at night, holding my asleep child in my arms, my husband bravely standing with the stroller, and let me tell you, that's a chore in and of itself. Never mind if you're also standing and holding said child. Quite frankly, even though it doesn't take that much time, I can't fathom having to do that at CBR, especially if you're the last stop. Because the routes through the villages weren't always the same. Sometimes we were first off, sometimes last. It was hard to tell. And there was one night Tink and I were heading back from whatever park we were at, and it was standing room only. And I was in such an awkward spot on the bus, and I was so tired. Tired of standing. Now, that could happen anywhere, but with the added time, it just seemed forever. It was probably, in reality, less than ten minutes. So for me, with my family, I won't do it right now.

Let me tell you, though, I am SO glad I stayed there. The villages are very peaceful, very quiet, and very relaxing. I loved the hustle and bustle around the main pool and then being able to retreat to our own quiet corner. The walk to OPR didn't bother me, and I think Tink did it more than I did, and it didn't phase her either. So if that's the type of atmosphere you're looking for in a resort, honestly, I say go for it.

Thanks for the very honest assesment of the busses and the grounds. It helps alot. The buses are my bigger concern, as I walk so much on a normal basis (to and from my office, the train station, etc.) that I think I'll actually enjoy a more leisurely walk.

Normally I'd be completely gung ho and tell you to go for the Wilderness Lodge. Quite frankly, it is hands down, my favorite deluxe (that I can afford). I already asked DH if we could stay there in 2010. :lmao: I can see why you would want to stay there. Again, very quiet, very peaceful, and so close to everything in the MK area! I remember taking the bus to MK (you could boat over, but we often found the bus to be easier) and it literally takes five minutes and you're there. You can't go wrong!

The location is what is making me very reluctant to give up on the Wilderness Lodge. I had kind of started making plans figuring that I'd be staying there, so my plans are very "MK area" heavy. I know that the other resorts are only a short bus ride away, but the ability to being in the area would make things at the GF, the Poly and Fort Wilderness so much easier to access. If I was to pick on theme alone, CBR is more my cup of tea. My favorites are always the beachy themed places.

What theme do you want to your trip? Do you want to save more money? I don't think you'll be unhappy at CBR as long as you go into it with the expectation that your transportation may take a bit longer (or may not, you never know), and that you're going to know that in advance.

I don't know if that helped or made you more confused, but I just had to weigh in and try to help. :goodvibes

I'm undecieded anyways, so you can't really confuse me more. :rotfl: You did give me some really good things to ponder though. I think alot is going to hinge on if I decided to go down for the 1/2 marathon in March. If I really want to go, I'll want to start saving some more money now.

Edit: Sorry! I didn't really make it part of my post, but I would not do a split stay. That holds no appeal for me. When I go on vacation, I like to unpack and be done with it and not have to pack again until I leave. Going to another resort seems like to much work for me, but some people really enjoy it. Feels like two separate trips.

I think that's my friend too, although she hasn't really said anything. I definitely want to think of her too when making this decision. I already vetoed one idea of hers, and I don't want her to think I'm not including her ideas. (I'll post more on the veto later :)).

TarzansKat
06-23-2009, 10:11 AM
That's exactly what I feel like, which is crazy really. No matter where I end up, it's still Disney right?

It's amazing how easy it is to lose sight of that. :lmao:


Thanks for the very honest assesment of the busses and the grounds. It helps alot. The buses are my bigger concern, as I walk so much on a normal basis (to and from my office, the train station, etc.) that I think I'll actually enjoy a more leisurely walk.

See, if you don't mind a leisurely...beautifully landscaped, gorgeous, relaxing...walk, then that would be a great place for you.:thumbsup2


The location is what is making me very reluctant to give up on the Wilderness Lodge. I had kind of started making plans figuring that I'd be staying there, so my plans are very "MK area" heavy. I know that the other resorts are only a short bus ride away, but the ability to being in the area would make things at the GF, the Poly and Fort Wilderness so much easier to access. If I was to pick on theme alone, CBR is more my cup of tea. My favorites are always the beachy themed places.

I get the pull of WL. I really do. Honestly, when going with DH and DS (and not the big group), I can't see us staying anywhere else. While he's little, it's so convenient to be close to all the MK stuff. And even for the girlfriends' trip, to be close to the spa, and the monorail resorts is great, too.


I think that's my friend too, although she hasn't really said anything. I definitely want to think of her too when making this decision. I already vetoed one idea of hers, and I don't want her to think I'm not including her ideas. (I'll post more on the veto later :)).

Interesting. Already a veto. :scratchin

If U Had Wings
06-23-2009, 10:17 AM
I get the pull of WL. I really do. Honestly, when going with DH and DS (and not the big group), I can't see us staying anywhere else. While he's little, it's so convenient to be close to all the MK stuff. And even for the girlfriends' trip, to be close to the spa, and the monorail resorts is great, too.

Of course if I win some money playing lotto between now and then, I'm booking the first room I can at the Poly!



Interesting. Already a veto. :scratchin

She had some other ideas/restaurants that I'm working into the plans, but yes there was one veto. Actually it's more of a deferment until our next trip.

TarzansKat
06-23-2009, 10:18 AM
Of course if I win some money playing lotto between now and then, I'm booking the first room I can at the Poly!


Oh, shoot, if I won the big bucks, I'd book my whole dang family at the Grand Flo and call it a day. :lmao:


She had some other ideas/restaurants that I'm working into the plans, but yes there was one veto. Actually it's more of a deferment until our next trip.

Okay, so it's not a complete no. I'm intrigued.

If U Had Wings
06-23-2009, 10:26 AM
Oh, shoot, if I won the big bucks, I'd book my whole dang family at the Grand Flo and call it a day. :lmao:



I've never actually been inside of the Grand Flo. It's one of the things I'm really looking forward to visiting this trip. When I was a kid we stayed at the Poly usually, but only our last Poly trip was after the Grand Flo had opened. I have always wanted to stay at the Del Coronado out in California though, ever since I saw Some Like it Hot.

Lady Lallie
06-23-2009, 10:47 AM
Oooh, I'm intrigued about your vetoed/put off until your next trip. :upsidedow

If U Had Wings
06-23-2009, 01:39 PM
Oooh, I'm intrigued about your vetoed/put off until your next trip. :upsidedow

I felt almost bad about vetoing it, because she really never asks for anything when it comes to our vacation plans. So a deferment it was, and with a good valid reason.

Stay tuned for more on this!

princess&her4princes
06-23-2009, 01:48 PM
WOW...I missed a lot!! I feel so bad you're in turmoil as to where to stay. My vote is to do the cheaper route now, since you'll be out and about all day with you BFF and not really enjoying the room as much, you know? That way you can do two trips next year!!!!:cool1:

TarzansKat
06-23-2009, 01:57 PM
I've never actually been inside of the Grand Flo. It's one of the things I'm really looking forward to visiting this trip. When I was a kid we stayed at the Poly usually, but only our last Poly trip was after the Grand Flo had opened. I have always wanted to stay at the Del Coronado out in California though, ever since I saw Some Like it Hot.

I swear, the Grand Flo is like my mothership. It's been embedded in my brain ever since we stayed there when I was 10. :lmao:

maroo
06-23-2009, 02:08 PM
I have no idea where you should stay...:lmao: They all sound great to me!

Although my dream is to one day stay at the Poly... :cloud9:

But I do think we should try to meet up! :goodvibes I can't believe we will be there the same time...at least for a couple of days!

MinnieNurse
06-23-2009, 02:12 PM
Oooh, I'm intrigued about your vetoed/put off until your next trip. :upsidedow

I felt almost bad about vetoing it, because she really never asks for anything when it comes to our vacation plans. So a deferment it was, and with a good valid reason.

Stay tuned for more on this!

I want to know too!! :surfweb:

If U Had Wings
06-23-2009, 11:36 PM
WOW...I missed a lot!! I feel so bad you're in turmoil as to where to stay. My vote is to do the cheaper route now, since you'll be out and about all day with you BFF and not really enjoying the room as much, you know? That way you can do two trips next year!!!!:cool1:

I was all set to call CRO tonight and make some changes, and then couldn't bring myself to do it. I think I'm just going to take a bit more time just to be sure.

I swear, the Grand Flo is like my mothership. It's been embedded in my brain ever since we stayed there when I was 10. :lmao:

That's how I feel about the Boardwalk, but I haven't had the chance to stay there yet. When I saw it the first time back in 1997, I just knew it was "me". I'll get there yet.

I have no idea where you should stay...:lmao: They all sound great to me!

Although my dream is to one day stay at the Poly... :cloud9:

But I do think we should try to meet up! :goodvibes I can't believe we will be there the same time...at least for a couple of days!

I love the Poly! I have so many good memories of staying there as a kid. I used to love just hanging by the pool when they'd have characters come water skiing off the the lake and then they'd hang by the pool for awhile. Lots of fun.

I want to know too!! :surfweb:

Coming!

TarzansKat
06-24-2009, 06:21 AM
Not to through a wrench in the works, but just out of curiousity, have you ruled out the Boardwalk due to price? I was just thinking, now that there's two of you, but it may be more than you want to spend.

If U Had Wings
06-24-2009, 09:21 AM
Not to through a wrench in the works, but just out of curiousity, have you ruled out the Boardwalk due to price? I was just thinking, now that there's two of you, but it may be more than you want to spend.

At this point I've pretty much ruled out Boardwalk. I know that with the two of us splitting the bill it would only end up costing me about the same, a little bit more than what I was planning on spending on my entire trip solo, but I'm not sure that I want to stay there with my friend on this trip. I know that sounds really silly and probably a bit weird, but there is something about Boardwalk that I really want to save for a solo trip. Maybe because I love it so much, I'd hate to stay with someone who doesn't really like it, and have a part of the experience ruined for me.

If U Had Wings
06-24-2009, 10:13 AM
I got a call from my friend the other day about our trip. She had been talking to a woman she works with who had just returned from Disney and the woman had given her some recomendations for our trip.

Most of the recomendations were for ADRs, and I'm more than happy to give a new restaurant a try on this trip. I only had one or two that I was considering "musts" so I'm happy to try some new ones. Amoung the ADRs my friend would like to try:

Chef Mickey's - I was actually thinking of this one for our last morning.
California Grill - Yum! I did this one on my last trip, and loved it.
Narcosees - Wasn't on my list of possibilities, but Citricos was. Tink has me drooling for quatro fromaggi potatos.
CRT - I had ruled it out of my list, but only because of price. I did have Askerhus on my list though. I'm willing to negotiate on this one.

There were a couple of others on the list too, but I'll save those for later in the report. She also would like to head to the Boardwalk one night to hang out at Jellyrolls. I've never been there, but I never need an excuse to go to the Boardwalk area, so we'll definitely be doing this one night.

So were did the veto come in? What in the world would I actually refuse to do while at Disney?

Go to Universal Studios.

Now don't get me wrong, I've been to Universal Studios before. Not recently, about 10 years ago, but I enjoyed it well enough. If I was to come to Orlando, and planned on spending my vacation doing Universal and Sea World I'd be fine with it. I just don't want to take away from my Disney days, by spending it at Universal. I felt a bit bad about saying I didn't want to go this trip, as my friend hasn't really asked for much on any of our vacations together.

Besides this trip is supposed to be my chance to kick back and relax a bit. I don't want to give up my parkless relaxation days, which leaves only 5 days for the parks (and one of those is our arrival day). I don't want to cut my park time down more than that. :sad2:

So instead of flat out refusing, I defered a trip to Universal until our next trip. (Tentatively scheduled for next October). By that point Harry Potter land will be open at Islands of Adventure (and I do want to see that). We figure we'll just take a day at either the begining or end of the trip, stay at one of the Universal resorts and take advantage of the front of the line benefits.

I'm still not super enthused about Universal. Like I said I liked it, but for me it was missing something on my one trip there. My most lasting memory of the place was that I got slammed around on the Back to the Future ride something terrible, and ended up with a splitting headache the rest of the day. It was horrible. I wasn't motion sick, but just felt awful from my head continually wacking the back of the car.

TarzansKat
06-24-2009, 05:30 PM
At this point I've pretty much ruled out Boardwalk. I know that with the two of us splitting the bill it would only end up costing me about the same, a little bit more than what I was planning on spending on my entire trip solo, but I'm not sure that I want to stay there with my friend on this trip. I know that sounds really silly and probably a bit weird, but there is something about Boardwalk that I really want to save for a solo trip. Maybe because I love it so much, I'd hate to stay with someone who doesn't really like it, and have a part of the experience ruined for me.

Oh, hon, that's not silly at all! I'm totally down with the Boardwalk feeling like a solo place to you. And if that's how you feel, then you should save it for a solo trip! :goodvibes

I'm with you on some of those ADR suggestions. I love Chef Mickey's for breakfast, I don't know if you were thinking breakfast or dinner.

And I'm totally with you on Universal. I have nothing against it, but the next time I go there will be after they open the Harry Potter section. That, I'd really like to see. Everything else? Meh. :lmao:

Lady Lallie
06-24-2009, 06:32 PM
I don't blame you on putting Universal on the back burner....I have been once and I didn't really love it but I will go back for Harry Potter! :goodvibes

I think everything will work out just fine no matter where you stay...it's Disney! :thumbsup2

Hedy
06-24-2009, 07:18 PM
I look at Universal and WDW as Taco Bell and Chipotle. I like Taco Bell, I love Chipolte, but I don't eat there the same night.

Charleston Princess
06-24-2009, 08:54 PM
I am with you about Universal! I will continue to put it on the back burner until Harry Potter opens up (and then it might still be on the back burner if Universal doesn't do a good job with it). I am a Disney snob, and I willingly admit it. ;)

If U Had Wings
06-24-2009, 08:57 PM
I'm with you on some of those ADR suggestions. I love Chef Mickey's for breakfast, I don't know if you were thinking breakfast or dinner.

And I'm totally with you on Universal. I have nothing against it, but the next time I go there will be after they open the Harry Potter section. That, I'd really like to see. Everything else? Meh. :lmao:

I'm thinking Chef Mickeys for breakfast our last day. We both of flights at around 4 or so so we'll be able to take it easy and have a nice last meal before we leave. We won't be doing a park our last day, so it would be a nice choice outside of the parks.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one with Universal issues. There just isn't anything that really stood out to me when I was there.

I don't blame you on putting Universal on the back burner....I have been once and I didn't really love it but I will go back for Harry Potter! :goodvibes

I think everything will work out just fine no matter where you stay...it's Disney! :thumbsup2

I can't wait to see the Harry Potter section. I'm such a complete geek!

I look at Universal and WDW as Taco Bell and Chipotle. I like Taco Bell, I love Chipolte, but I don't eat there the same night.
:lmao::rotfl: I love this comparison!

mmmm I want some Chipolte now!

If U Had Wings
06-24-2009, 10:50 PM
I'm completely frustrated with Disney reservations and I just had to come on here and vent. Ugh!

I just spent a very aggravating 45 minutes on the phone with Disney reservations. They are lucky that I have unlimited long distance or I'd really be fit to be tied. The cm I got was also very hard to understand. She had a really heavy accent, and I felt awful that I had to keep asking her to repeat everything, and even then I still couldn't understand her.

My needs were simple, or so I thought. First I wanted to check on room availability and get some prices. I check on the WL first, to see what they had any standard view rooms available for the first few nights of my stay. None were listed online, but it can't hurt to ask right? They had nothing. I could convert my whole week over to a courtyard view, but there was no AAA discount available for those rooms. It would be about $2000 for the week.

Then I asked for a quote for CBR with an AAA discount if available. The cm asked if it was for the whole week, I said yes and she came back with a quote of $626. ????? :confused3 I don't know where in the world she came up with that number. With no discount CBR would be $1173 for the week. AAA only gives a 20% discount.

I was trying to ask her some questions, but she wasn't terribly helpful at all. I finally gave up on the quotes and went ahead with my other reason for calling. I needed to add H's flight information to our ressies. She started taking the information and then stuck me on hold for over 20 minutes. Ugh! When she finally came back she said that she had wiped out my flight information when making the changes. I started giving her the information again. She put me on hold again where I was promptly disconnected. By this time the phones were shut down for the night.

Just really annoyed. I can't call from work, because I'm not paying for another 45 minute call out of my own pocket.

Just really annoyed. Thanks for letting me vent!

Charleston Princess
06-24-2009, 10:53 PM
I would be super annoyed as well!!! :hug:

Sadly you didn't not have a magical night with the Disney Travel Company. :sad2:

Flossbolna
06-25-2009, 05:31 AM
So sorry that your phone call was not that magical at all! I think the trick ist that if you are not happy with the CM you are dealing with, just end the phone call and call back immediately. To be honest, I was relieved that you had problems understanding the CM. That happened to me a few times and I just thought it was due to English not being my native language... :goodvibes

I absolutely agree on your reasoning about Universal. I still have not made it there. And I think going there after HP has opened, is a good idea and staying there even more!!

Your friend's ADR suggestions are interesting and I like the idea of Jellyrolls. Perhaps you might want to combine it with dinner on the Boardwalk? I had a fantastic meal at FF on my last trip. Or you might be able to try the new restaurant which is replacing Spoodles.

TarzansKat
06-25-2009, 06:41 AM
Oh my goodness, what a nightmare on the phone system!!! I hope you can get everything straightend out soon, I know it'll make you feel better. This time, if you get a CM you're not comfortable with, feel free to excuse yourself from the call and hang up and call back. I've done that in the past if I haven't felt "right" about the call. :thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
06-25-2009, 08:22 AM
I have had problems understanding CM's in the past. When I do, I just ask a few questions and then hang up. I try to be polite but it's frustrating for me and them when you can't understand each other.

Hopefully you will have better luck next time! :hug:

Oh and I am very proud of your new ticker!! Good for you doing the marathon next year. :goodvibes

princess&her4princes
06-25-2009, 08:27 AM
I'm so sorry you went through all that last night with Disney!!!:eek: Just think...it's a new days!!! It's got to get better!! Good luck!!!:hug:

maroo
06-25-2009, 09:00 AM
Gosh I hate that! I hope she was new and will get some help when they review her calls... :headache:

I hope you have a better day today! :thumbsup2

MinnieNurse
06-25-2009, 09:07 AM
:hug: So sorry that does sound frusterating. I wander if she was right on the CBR quote? I think I would have jumped on that if it was right.




I have had problems understanding CM's in the past. When I do, I just ask a few questions and then hang up. I try to be polite but it's frustrating for me and them when you can't understand each other.



:laughing:I have this same issue all the time, next time I will just handle this way and call back.

If U Had Wings
06-25-2009, 09:56 AM
I would be super annoyed as well!!! :hug:

Sadly you didn't not have a magical night with the Disney Travel Company. :sad2:

Thanks. Come to think about it, she didn't even wish me a magical day. Hmmph!

So sorry that your phone call was not that magical at all! I think the trick ist that if you are not happy with the CM you are dealing with, just end the phone call and call back immediately. To be honest, I was relieved that you had problems understanding the CM. That happened to me a few times and I just thought it was due to English not being my native language... :goodvibes

Definitely not just you. The cm had a very heavy Indian accent, and spoke very quietly as well. It was very hard to understand her. I was asking her to repeat everything as I either couldn't hear her, or if I could I couldn't understand her.

I absolutely agree on your reasoning about Universal. I still have not made it there. And I think going there after HP has opened, is a good idea and staying there even more!!

I actually really do want to see HP world so I am looking forward to going, even if it will take away a few days from Disney.

Your friend's ADR suggestions are interesting and I like the idea of Jellyrolls. Perhaps you might want to combine it with dinner on the Boardwalk? I had a fantastic meal at FF on my last trip. Or you might be able to try the new restaurant which is replacing Spoodles.

I'm really liking the Jellyrolls idea, especially as there is no more Pleasure Island to keep us entertained at night. Our last trip we were at the parks late every night, and didn't have the energy to go anywhere after that. This trip since I have more free time added in, I want to try to check out some other things. I've heard such good things about Jellyrolls too.

The only restaurant I've eaten in over in that area is the ESPN club. I'll have to look up the menus for the places over there.


Oh my goodness, what a nightmare on the phone system!!! I hope you can get everything straightend out soon, I know it'll make you feel better. This time, if you get a CM you're not comfortable with, feel free to excuse yourself from the call and hang up and call back. I've done that in the past if I haven't felt "right" about the call. :thumbsup2

It was really the being stuck on hold forever that was getting to me more than anything else. Believe me, I know what it's like to have computer issues, they happen occasionally at my part time job, but at least get back on the line and let the customer know why there is a delay. I couldn't tell if I had been forgotten or what. I should have just hung up and called back.


Oh and I am very proud of your new ticker!! Good for you doing the marathon next year. :goodvibes

Thanks! It's not written in stone yet, but I'm going to try. I'll see how my running is going at the end of the summer before making up my mind to pay the registration fee. Once I do that, I'm committed to training through the winter and want to be sure I have a good shot of completing it.

I didn't think I'd be ready in time, but a bunch of people on a disney running forum I post on feel there is plenty of time. I've been feeling enabled, and really good on my runs so I'm going to give it a try.

I just wish Disney would post the preferred hotels for the event so I could have an idea of how much money I'll be spending. For the ToT run this year the preferred deluxe is Boardwalk. If I wasn't going in Dec. I'd be so tempted!


I'm so sorry you went through all that last night with Disney!!!:eek: Just think...it's a new days!!! It's got to get better!! Good luck!!!:hug:


Thanks! I might try to call on my lunch hour from my cell phone. The problem with that is since my desk is in the center of my building and there are no windows in my department, I don't really get terribly good cell phone service. I'll have to see how it goes. I miss the 800 number so I could call from work.

Gosh I hate that! I hope she was new and will get some help when they review her calls... :headache:

I hope you have a better day today! :thumbsup2

She really sounded like she was reading off a script. Usually when I call the CM's are really nice and chatty. This one sounded like she didn't want to be bothered. No chit chat at all.

:hug: So sorry that does sound frusterating. I wander if she was right on the CBR quote? I think I would have jumped on that if it was right.
.

I was kicking myself afterwards thinking that! That would have been cheaper than the AAA rate I'm paying for a value resort, and since I'm with a friend it would have only cost me about $320! :eek: Heck I'll live with being not being near the MK for that kind of a deal, and I'll love it. :thumbsup2

I tried playing around with the numbers and couldn't figure out what in the world she had quoted me. I tried to see if she had only quoted me for the first 4 days, or if it should have been $1626, but then it would have been way too expensive. I'm baffled.

MRYPPNS
06-25-2009, 06:45 PM
I look at Universal and WDW as Taco Bell and Chipotle. I like Taco Bell, I love Chipolte, but I don't eat there the same night.
:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

This time, if you get a CM you're not comfortable with, feel free to excuse yourself from the call and hang up and call back. I've done that in the past if I haven't felt "right" about the call. :thumbsup2

I do the same thing....just say "I gotta go, the baby is crying...."


In regards to Universal....what I did when I went with a girlfriend was to go the Universal Studios, IOA, Sea World and then a 3 or 4 day cruise on Royal Caribbean....no Disney at all. Works out much better because you are not directly comparing the non-disney part of your vacation to the Disney part. (I will say that service at Sea World and on a Royal Caribbean ship are A+ n my book.)

If U Had Wings
06-25-2009, 10:00 PM
In regards to Universal....what I did when I went with a girlfriend was to go the Universal Studios, IOA, Sea World and then a 3 or 4 day cruise on Royal Caribbean....no Disney at all. Works out much better because you are not directly comparing the non-disney part of your vacation to the Disney part. (I will say that service at Sea World and on a Royal Caribbean ship are A+ n my book.)

I think we are going to do it when we go down to run/walk the ToT 13k. My idea is to get to Orlando, rent a car and then go to Universal for a few days. Then afterwards we can go to Disney primarily for our race (and hopefully a MNSSHP).

I've never been to Sea World. One of these days I want to get out there too.

MinnieNurse
06-26-2009, 11:00 AM
You know I do want to go to US/IOA one day. I have been looking at the land/sea package they are doing now with Royal Carribbean. We have a Sea World in Texas, so I can honestly say I have never have the desire to go to Florida for Sea World. I wander if the one in Florida is better than Texas. The one in Texas is great. We love going, but it is nothing in comparison to WDW.

If U Had Wings
06-26-2009, 12:08 PM
I've never been to IOA or Sea World at all, only Universal and that was back in '97. I'm curious about Sea World, but haven't had an urge great enough to make me give up Disney days.

What can I say? The mouse has some kind of strange control over me. ;)

Donald is #1
06-26-2009, 07:58 PM
I've never been to IOA or Sea World at all, only Universal and that was back in '97. I'm curious about Sea World, but haven't had an urge great enough to make me give up Disney days.

What can I say? The mouse has some kind of strange control over me. ;)


I love Sea World. However I probably only head over there every 3-4 years. Like you, for some reason it seems to be hard to break away from Disney days.

jenjolt
06-29-2009, 11:34 AM
Okay I should be doing other things but I keep finding PTRs that I want to read LOL!! I'm sorry about the frustrations with Disney on the phone, I hope you will be able to get everything worked out...sending pixie dust your way!!!

I'm subbing in so I can hear about the rest of your trip...Disney at Christmas time...I'm very jealous...can't wait to see your pictures!!

If U Had Wings
06-29-2009, 11:53 AM
Okay I should be doing other things but I keep finding PTRs that I want to read LOL!! I'm sorry about the frustrations with Disney on the phone, I hope you will be able to get everything worked out...sending pixie dust your way!!!

I'm subbing in so I can hear about the rest of your trip...Disney at Christmas time...I'm very jealous...can't wait to see your pictures!!

Thanks and welcome! The call was such a shock because usually they are so cheery and helpful when I have to call.

I can't wait to see the Christmas decorations. I want to go, but at the same time I want to experience a bit of nice weather first!

MinnieNurse
06-29-2009, 12:55 PM
So, have you called back yet. popcorn::

If U Had Wings
06-29-2009, 04:14 PM
So, have you called back yet. popcorn::

You caught me. Coming right up!

If U Had Wings
06-29-2009, 04:19 PM
I finally got around to calling back Disney reservations on Sunday morning. I sat with my trusty cell phone, while enjoying my Panera breakfast and fussed around with Disney plans. (All in all a nice way to spend my morning, until I had to go to work. Ugh!)

This time I got a wonderful, friendly, easy to understand CM named Dorothy on the phone. She had me my price quotes in no time, and once I sat down with the numbers it was really easy for me to come up with a decision.

I'm keeping my ressies as is. Split stay between POP and WL.

I know all that drama and then no change. :upsidedow

I had already ruled out AKL for this trip, mostly because of the location. I love it there, but it was a bit too far away from where I've been leaning in my planning so far.

That left me with staying the same, or switching to a week long ressie at WL or CBR. If there had been any kind of discounts available at either of them things may have been different, but there were none to be had. I had been able to get a AAA discount when I booked my original stays at POP and WL. I believe the discount was for 20% at the WL, and it was a bit less for POP. I don't remember, but it was either a 10% or 15% discount on value resorts. At this point though all the AAA discount rooms are filled for both CBR and the WL. Probably because there are no other discounts available for that week thanks to Pop Warner.

To stay at the WL we would have had to upgrade to a courtyard view, from my current standard view to get the entire week. The change in price? It would have been an additional $1000. :scared1: It would have brought my portion of the cost to just about what I was going to pay for my single trip, but now that I'm thinking of going back in March I'd really like to save some money so I can do another trip.

The cost to switch to CBR would have been just about the same. It would have cost us less than $200 to switch, so less than $100 for me. I thought about it. Then I went on the resort threads and checked out some photos. I checked out CBR first. The photos were all beautiful. It was looking warm, tropical, and like a perfect vacation spot. I was all set to call Dorothy back and make the switch.

Then I checked out the WL photo thread, and I knew I wasn't going to give it up. Any other time of the year I would have switched to CBR. Any other time of the year, I would have been all about sandy beaches, hammocks and pirates. But… I looked at the pics of the WL, and they were saying December/Christmas trip to me. :santa: I've never been at this time of year before, and not sure when I'll get there again in December. Part of what I want to do on this trip is really enjoy as much of the holiday atmosphere as possible. I think for this trip that means experiencing WL.

The plus side is that I've found my resort for next fall's trip! :woohoo:

MRYPPNS
06-29-2009, 04:31 PM
I'm still holding out hope for you that new discounts come out for the deluxe-lite resorts: WL and AKL for your dates. I think it can happen. :wizard: Current discounts are bookable until 8/8, so I don't think they would come out until after that, but there is always pin code magic.

Flossbolna
06-29-2009, 04:57 PM
I can absolutely understand your reasoning! If you want to go for that Christmas feeling, WL is the place to go to. And giving up those discounted rooms would be stupid! :thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
06-29-2009, 05:08 PM
Hehehe. I wouldn't want to give up WL at Christmas time either. Maybe more discounts will be released and you will be able to take advantage of them! I have my fingers crossed for you. :goodvibes

MinnieNurse
06-29-2009, 05:09 PM
WL is beautiful at Christmas. We stayed there in December 2008. Here are some pics for you. I think for the time of year you are going you made the right choice. CBR is more summer fun to me! :thumbsup2

http://minnienurse.smugmug.com/photos/529218228_K9TP8-S-1.jpg

http://minnienurse.smugmug.com/photos/529440117_SzzWV-S.jpg

DH and DS sitting by the fireplace.
http://minnienurse.smugmug.com/photos/529437069_SaWN3-S.jpg

http://minnienurse.smugmug.com/photos/529218782_b6ms6-S.jpg

jenjolt
06-29-2009, 06:30 PM
Oh I think you made the right choice too...I'm sure WL is just simply breathtaking at Christmas time and you will enjoy it so much!!! Glad you were able to clearn things up and find a CM who could work with you!!

Like LL said I will hope some more discounts will come out for you and you might find yourself at WL for the whole week...who knows!!!!

Charleston Princess
06-29-2009, 06:58 PM
At least you know for sure now where you are staying. :goodvibes Until the next round of discounts...:laughing:

If U Had Wings
06-29-2009, 10:40 PM
I'm still holding out hope for you that new discounts come out for the deluxe-lite resorts: WL and AKL for your dates. I think it can happen. :wizard: Current discounts are bookable until 8/8, so I don't think they would come out until after that, but there is always pin code magic.

We will have to see. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed. A courtyard view would be even better than a standard!

I can absolutely understand your reasoning! If you want to go for that Christmas feeling, WL is the place to go to. And giving up those discounted rooms would be stupid! :thumbsup2

It was the Christmas pics that did me in. (Although I did check out a few Christmas pics of POFQ that were beautiful too!) It just felt cozy and Christmasish. Normally I'm a beach theme all the way kind of girl, but I'm thinking this is a better match for this trip.

Hehehe. I wouldn't want to give up WL at Christmas time either. Maybe more discounts will be released and you will be able to take advantage of them! I have my fingers crossed for you. :goodvibes

I had to book that standard view 15 months out! I'm not giving it up unless I'm absolutely positive!

WL is beautiful at Christmas. We stayed there in December 2008. Here are some pics for you. I think for the time of year you are going you made the right choice. CBR is more summer fun to me! :thumbsup2

Those pics are great! Exactly the kind of pics that made me change my mind.

At least you know for sure now where you are staying. :goodvibes Until the next round of discounts...:laughing:

So true! :)

TarzansKat
06-29-2009, 10:42 PM
So happy for you, hon. I think you'll really enjoy yourself, and if your heart is pining for WL, then keep the split stay. Like Heidi said, you never know if a discount will open up, it's early yet. :thumbsup2

If U Had Wings
06-29-2009, 11:08 PM
So happy for you, hon. I think you'll really enjoy yourself, and if your heart is pining for WL, then keep the split stay. Like Heidi said, you never know if a discount will open up, it's early yet. :thumbsup2

It's funny, if you had asked me before WL would have been my last choices for a resort. (Only the CR appealed to me less). It's just not my normal cup of tea. It also tended to remind me a bit of the Overlook Hotel in the Shining movie, and that movie just scared the bejesus out of me as a kid. For some reason though it is suddenly really appealing to me for this trip. I'm going to just give up trying to understand why and just go with it.

I definitely want to try CBR next year though. I love those hammocks!

teruterubouzu
06-30-2009, 07:57 AM
The Wilderness Lodge does seem perfect for a holiday trip. Congratulations on getting your plans sorted out!

TarzansKat
06-30-2009, 08:21 AM
It's funny, if you had asked me before WL would have been my last choices for a resort. (Only the CR appealed to me less). It's just not my normal cup of tea. It also tended to remind me a bit of the Overlook Hotel in the Shining movie, and that movie just scared the bejesus out of me as a kid.

Okay, that's just funny. But I mean funny weird, not laughing at you funny. Although if you'll let me, I'll probably laugh. ;) I've never gotten a "Shining" vibe from it.

I have some significant memories tied up in that place though. It's where we stayed when I was pregnant with my son, so taking him there last year was like coming full circle and walking down memory lane all at the same time.


For some reason though it is suddenly really appealing to me for this trip. I'm going to just give up trying to understand why and just go with it.

I definitely want to try CBR next year though. I love those hammocks!

So this is your year of WL, and next year could be your year of CBR. That's the beauty of it! :thumbsup2

If U Had Wings
06-30-2009, 10:25 AM
The Wilderness Lodge does seem perfect for a holiday trip. Congratulations on getting your plans sorted out!

Thanks. I've never been on the property for that resort, so I'm really anxious to check it out. It will be a whole new experience.

Okay, that's just funny. But I mean funny weird, not laughing at you funny. Although if you'll let me, I'll probably laugh. ;) I've never gotten a "Shining" vibe from it.

No, it's okay it's laughing at me funny. I have some Shining issues. Those two little girls in it gave me some serious nightmares. It's really the long hallways that creep me out the most, especially with a more outdoorsy theme. :rotfl: I'm glad that you never got that vibe. :) I saw one or two pics of the long hallways and they freaked me a bit. All they needed was a kid on a big wheel. Actually if I ever did see a kid on a big wheel in the hallway, I'd be making the move to anywhere ASAP. :lmao:

Oddly enough, I've always wanted to stay here:
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z126/Seastorm2/Disney%202009/Mohonkview1_opt.jpg

It's the Mohonk Mountain house in New Paltz. I saw it on a field trip when I was in college. The only reason why this place doesn't freak me out as much, is that I've seen the inside. Very classy inside. Sigh. One of these days I'll get to stay there.

I have some significant memories tied up in that place though. It's where we stayed when I was pregnant with my son, so taking him there last year was like coming full circle and walking down memory lane all at the same time.

That's so wonderful to have that kind of tie to the resort. What a great way to spend your last trip.


So this is your year of WL, and next year could be your year of CBR. That's the beauty of it! :thumbsup2

And who knows where I'll end up in March? I really like getting to check out the other resorts.

All7OfUs
06-30-2009, 12:18 PM
Forgive me! I have so much catching up to do, but I've taken a quick peekie at what I"ve missed and the WL just looks so incredibly dreamy at Christmas-time. I wouldn't have changed it a bit, and am glad you didn't. So cozy like, and not, definitely NOT Shining weird!

If U Had Wings
06-30-2009, 01:31 PM
Forgive me! I have so much catching up to do, but I've taken a quick peekie at what I"ve missed and the WL just looks so incredibly dreamy at Christmas-time. I wouldn't have changed it a bit, and am glad you didn't. So cozy like, and not, definitely NOT Shining weird!


I don't forsee any more resort changes, unless I can get WL for the entire week at a more reasonable rate. It's the place I want to be now!

Donald is #1
06-30-2009, 09:07 PM
That's great that you made your resort decision. I saw the WL lobby last year in December and it was awesome!

If U Had Wings
07-01-2009, 10:05 AM
That's great that you made your resort decision. I saw the WL lobby last year in December and it was awesome!

I can't wait to see the place. I love the water that runs through the lobby in the pics.

If U Had Wings
07-14-2009, 12:12 AM
Now that I'm set with my resort decision, I find myself with a new quandry.

Tickets.

I actually have 5 day passes for this trip already, with the non-expiration option on them. I bought them last year expecting to use two days last year, and then using the rest of them for a short weekend trip this year. I ended up not needing to use any of the days, so I still have full 5 day passes. My plan is to use the 5 days, and enjoy 2 days of non-park relaxation. So really the dilema is not about this trip, but future trips.

Since I've already shelled out the money for the non-expiration option on my tickets it would be a waste to just use all 5 days this trip and have basically thrown away my money paying for the option. (I hate wasting money:mad: ). So my plan is to upgrade my tickets for my next trip. I just need to figure out when that will be.

Right now I have two possible trips in mind for next year. A short weekend only trip in March to run the princess 1/2 marathon, and a longer trip with my friend H in the fall so we can run the ToT 13K. Neither is definite.

I really want to make the trip in March, but they released the special room prices for the weekend and they are high. March is a full price season, and it will be really rough for me to be able to justify the cost for a weekend solo trip. Still I'm not eliminating the possiblity yet that I can maybe find a roomate, or a friend who may want to go for the weekend, even if they don't take part in the marathon.

A fall trip is a bit more definite. My friend wants to take part in the ToT race. She's going to be walking the race, and the ToT, gives you a bit more time to complete the race so it's a better choice for her than the marathon. Still, it's a year away and you never know what will happen before then.

Why does this matter? I ran some numbers today for upgrading my tickets. I was planning on just adding on another 5 days this year. Then I'd be all set for next fall, as we are planning on checking out Universal for a day or two. It would be the perfect amount of time. If I did the March trip, I'd still have to pay for park passes if I wanted to do the parks then.

The thing is though, I was surprised to find that it would be cheaper for me to upgrade to an AP pass than to a 10 day pass, because of the cost involved in the non-expiration option. I hadn't even thought of the AP option originally. It is tempting. With an AP pass I'd be able to go into the parks every day this trip if I felt like it, not worry about passes for the March trip if I go, and be able to do whatever I like next fall as well. Plus with an AP, there's always a chance I could score a better room discount for next fall, as well as get to enjoy the various other discounts it offers. (Like the 10% off any one treatment at the GF spa, which I was planning on doing). I would also be possibly able to get a Tables in Wonderland card for food discounts. (I'd just have to figure out if it would be worth the cost of the card or not).

Sounds good, right? So what's the dilemma?

The possibility that I don't go again next year. I was originally supposed to go to Italy next year, and had to cancel those plans because of the economy. (No raises/bonuses at work made it impossible). Nothing is for certain, and if I upgrade to the AP and then don't go again, I'll be out the $175. With the upgrade to just 10 day passes if I don't go next year it won't be a problem. I can just hold the tickets until I need them.

Obviously I won't need to make a decision until December, but there's nothing like having a new Disney dilemma to drive me nuts until then :lmao:. I'll have to sit down and have a chat with my friend and figure out our plans.

MRYPPNS
07-14-2009, 02:38 AM
Ugh Wings! That is a tricking one. All I can say is that if you get an AP I know you will go back to Disney to use it :goodvibes Fuzzy Disney Math and all....

If you do get the 10 days instead, think about adding the water park on for $50. 10 water park tickets that will last forever. I have something like 11 wp tickets so I'll probably never have to buy one in my lifetime! :lmao: It would pay for itself in one visit.

Flossbolna
07-14-2009, 03:14 AM
That's a tricky one!! Perhaps you really nedd to do the math on how much you could save with the AP discounts and the TiW card. If you can see savings there, it might be worth getting the AP just for that and then see what happens next year! You even might be able to get an AP discount for this years December trip. I think it is possible to book the AP discount and then just show them that you bought one on your first day at WDW.

I guess if you end up buying the AP you won't have to worry about using it again, it seems like having an AP in their pockets makes people returning to WDW even more than they planned - not less! :rolleyes1 But I understand your uncertainty. That's why I still have not bought an AP...

TarzansKat
07-14-2009, 07:49 AM
This is actually a similar dilemma I'm facing right now.

I'm 99.9% sure that I'm going to upgrade my pass to an annual. Given that Mom wants to go with me in January and that I'd like to get in a family trip (just the three of us) before DS goes to kindergarten, it seems like a pretty good idea.

I'm just not sure if I should upgrade DS and DH, and commit ourselves to going again before he goes to school. I guess the theory being that so much could happen in a year.

But, it could be my dream trip. The one where I get a great AP room rate, and don't book any dining. :::sigh::: :cloud9:

So I feel where you're coming from, believe me.

Honestly, if you know you're going to do at least one of those trips, I would upgrade to the annual. It really makes financial sense, I think. :thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
07-14-2009, 08:40 AM
Hmmm. I was facing a similar dilemma in May and I didn't upgrade to an AP and I regret it....big time. Even if I just go on my trip in the Fall, it would have made sense but oh well, you live and you learn.

If U Had Wings
07-14-2009, 09:36 AM
Ugh Wings! That is a tricking one. All I can say is that if you get an AP I know you will go back to Disney to use it :goodvibes Fuzzy Disney Math and all....

If you do get the 10 days instead, think about adding the water park on for $50. 10 water park tickets that will last forever. I have something like 11 wp tickets so I'll probably never have to buy one in my lifetime! :lmao: It would pay for itself in one visit.

I didn't know that about the water parks. I may have to do that. I've never been to any of the water parks. I'd like to visit one of them one of these days. I'm still living with the sadness that I never got to visit River Country when I was a kid. My brother didn't swim, so my parents never would take us. :mad: I'm still disgruntled about it.

I keep playing with the fuzzy Disney math. If it wasn't for the price of the plane tickets I'd feel better about going more often. Rooms are relatively cheap enough, and if I really had to I could get a bargin room off-site. :eek: There is just no getting around the airfare though. It's really the only time I hate being so far away from Disney.

That's a tricky one!! Perhaps you really nedd to do the math on how much you could save with the AP discounts and the TiW card. If you can see savings there, it might be worth getting the AP just for that and then see what happens next year! You even might be able to get an AP discount for this years December trip. I think it is possible to book the AP discount and then just show them that you bought one on your first day at WDW.

I guess if you end up buying the AP you won't have to worry about using it again, it seems like having an AP in their pockets makes people returning to WDW even more than they planned - not less! :rolleyes1 But I understand your uncertainty. That's why I still have not bought an AP...

I'm going to have to wait until I get down there no matter what I chose to do. I was doing some research last night on allears.net and realized that it will be better for me if I wait until I've used the ticket once before upgrading.

If you upgrade before the ticket is used at all, you owe the difference between the price printed on the ticket and the current price of the ticket your buying. If you upgrade once you've used the ticket at least once you only pay the difference between the current value of the ticket and the new ticket your buying. As my ticket was bought last year before the last increase, I'll be much better off waiting. This will be even more true if the tickets go up again in August like they are calling for.

I definitely need to sit down and play around with the fuzzy Disney math for the discounts too. It may just push me over the edge. Even if I only use the AP 7-8 days this year, and the short trip in the spring I may work out okay with the discounts.


I'm 99.9% sure that I'm going to upgrade my pass to an annual. Given that Mom wants to go with me in January and that I'd like to get in a family trip (just the three of us) before DS goes to kindergarten, it seems like a pretty good idea.

You know I'll be dying to see where you stay with your mom. I love hearing about the deluxe places! :)

I'm just not sure if I should upgrade DS and DH, and commit ourselves to going again before he goes to school. I guess the theory being that so much could happen in a year.

That's exactly what I've been thinking. My next week long trip won't be until next October in theory. That's a long time to take a chance on. It's why I keep thinking my decision may come down to the March trip. It will be close enough to my Dec. trip that I'll have have to have plans in progress.

But, it could be my dream trip. The one where I get a great AP room rate, and don't book any dining. :::sigh::: :cloud9:

I know. Dreams of BWI for my 40th on an AP discount keep dancing in my head!


Hmmm. I was facing a similar dilemma in May and I didn't upgrade to an AP and I regret it....big time. Even if I just go on my trip in the Fall, it would have made sense but oh well, you live and you learn.


You never know right? At least since my trip is at the end of the year, that leaves me with a whole year to sneak in another one.

MRYPPNS
07-14-2009, 09:58 AM
I'm still living with the sadness that I never got to visit River Country when I was a kid. My brother didn't swim, so my parents never would take us. :mad: I'm still disgruntled about it.



Isn't it funny the things that stick with us.

Flossbolna
07-14-2009, 10:11 AM
I know. Dreams of BWI for my 40th on an AP discount keep dancing in my head!


My 40th birthday dream is AKL concierge... :rolleyes1 Still have until November 2011 to see how this will work out... :idea:

TarzansKat
07-14-2009, 02:21 PM
You know I'll be dying to see where you stay with your mom. I love hearing about the deluxe places! :)

Whatever gave you the impression that Mom and I would be staying deluxe?















:lmao:



That's exactly what I've been thinking. My next week long trip won't be until next October in theory. That's a long time to take a chance on. It's why I keep thinking my decision may come down to the March trip. It will be close enough to my Dec. trip that I'll have have to have plans in progress.

I hear ya. And I feel the same way, but I have an inkling that I'm going to go ahead and bite the bullet. For all three of us. Because if I'm willing to go in the summer, it means that DS won't be in school, I won't be in school, and the only thing holding me back will be that's it hot and there's crowds.

Although I'm sure CP is an EXPERT at going in June, so she could lend some friendly advice. :goodvibes



I know. Dreams of BWI for my 40th on an AP discount keep dancing in my head!

For my 40th, without a doubt, the GF. Even if I have to save my little heart out and cry when I find out the cost of a room rate by then. ;)

MyMuse
07-14-2009, 05:08 PM
I've been enjoying your TR! :goodvibes :goodvibes

My dream is to stay at the Boardwalk as well; I loved it when I saw in on my semi-solo trip in March. I played mini-golf and ate there as well.
My second fav would be to stay at AKL, though all the talk about WL has me rethinking that. :laughing:

I'm also going back down in December 5-13th, and staying most of the time in Orlando with the last days to visit family in Tampa area as I do every year. But this year, I will be doing Disney as I am a late bloomer to Disneyitis. :lmao:
It was originally a solo trip as well, but I may have players with me. Who knows by the time December rolls around. :confused3

My original thought was to be in the Boardwalk area but hope to see a discount for the Swolphin. Not quite Disney but close enough. However, I made the decision a couple of days ago to stay off-site. :sad1: I can use a timeshare condo for free for the week. I can't justify staying on-site, though I tried my darnest. And that lends to my ADR dreams & EMHs out the window. Next time.

The post I saw about buying tickets before the prices go up in August was a great one. Thank you for that.

I look forward to hearing your plans about your trip. :goodvibes

Donald is #1
07-14-2009, 07:55 PM
What a decision! I would probably go for the AP, but that is me. Also be careful, once you get an AP, you find yourself starting to plot vacations a couple of years in advance so that you can "get your money's worth". :rotfl2: By the way, I love my TIW card even during my solo trips. For me it ends up being cheaper than the dining plan.

If U Had Wings
07-14-2009, 08:29 PM
Isn't it funny the things that stick with us.

it is. My first two trips to the world were before Epcot opened (79 and 81), both times they ran the same all about Disney show in the rooms. I can still sing the Walt Disney World song from that show and remember the host's name. (Susan). Of course my brother wanted to watch nothing else but that 24/7. :lmao:

My 40th birthday dream is AKL concierge... :rolleyes1 Still have until November 2011 to see how this will work out... :idea:

You definitely need to try to stay there for your birthday!

Whatever gave you the impression that Mom and I would be staying deluxe?















:lmao:

Let's just call it a hunch. ;)



I'm forseeing more debt to be repaid in your future.:lmao:

[QUOTE=MyMuse;32709064]I've been enjoying your TR! :goodvibes :goodvibes

Welcome!!

My dream is to stay at the Boardwalk as well; I loved it when I saw in on my semi-solo trip in March. I played mini-golf and ate there as well.

I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I will get there one of these days.


My original thought was to be in the Boardwalk area but hope to see a discount for the Swolphin. Not quite Disney but close enough. However, I made the decision a couple of days ago to stay off-site. :sad1: I can use a timeshare condo for free for the week. I can't justify staying on-site, though I tried my darnest. And that lends to my ADR dreams & EMHs out the window. Next time.

I don't blame you. If you can go for free you can't say no to that!

The post I saw about buying tickets before the prices go up in August was a great one. Thank you for that.

I look forward to hearing your plans about your trip. :goodvibes

I just read about it on another thread. I wish I could upgrade before the price increase, but unfortunately I can't do that at the Disney store in NY. Of course if I go to an AP I'm going to have to wait anyways.

What a decision! I would probably go for the AP, but that is me. Also be careful, once you get an AP, you find yourself starting to plot vacations a couple of years in advance so that you can "get your money's worth". :rotfl2: By the way, I love my TIW card even during my solo trips. For me it ends up being cheaper than the dining plan.

That is sounding very dangerous!! :)

If U Had Wings
07-14-2009, 08:43 PM
I played around today with math for the Tables in Wonderland card, just to see if I went with the AP if it would be worth it.

I didn't even have to resort to fuzzy Disney math. :)

The answer was an easy "Yes" it would be worth it.

I did a rough estimate of what I would order from the restaurants I was planning on going to on my December trip. Pretty much one sit down restaurant a day, sometimes two if I had planned a breakfast. Food wise a few were buffets, for regular restaurants I planned on a main entree only, and one night with a signature restaurant. I added up what the cost would be using the TiW card (20% off, 18% gratuity), and then the cost of what the meals would cost full price with an 18% gratuity. (I usually tip 20%, but it made it easier to use the same gratuity amount).

For just one person alone I'd save about $85 on just the December trip. The card cost is $75 so there would still be a savings. With two of us, it would be worth it, especially for multiple trips.

Just thought I'd let everyone know the findings!

Lady Lallie
07-14-2009, 08:47 PM
We used the TIW card in May and it was wonderful, it adds up quickly. I'm pretty sure Jen recouped her cost just after a few meals for the two of us! :thumbsup2

Donald is #1
07-14-2009, 08:47 PM
I played around today with math for the Tables in Wonderland card, just to see if I went with the AP if it would be worth it.

I didn't even have to resort to fuzzy Disney math. :)

The answer was an easy "Yes" it would be worth it.

I did a rough estimate of what I would order from the restaurants I was planning on going to on my December trip. Pretty much one sit down restaurant a day, sometimes two if I had planned a breakfast. Food wise a few were buffets, for regular restaurants I planned on a main entree only, and one night with a signature restaurant. I added up what the cost would be using the TiW card (20% off, 18% gratuity), and then the cost of what the meals would cost full price with an 18% gratuity. (I usually tip 20%, but it made it easier to use the same gratuity amount).

For just one person alone I'd save about $85 on just the December trip. The card cost is $75 so there would still be a savings. With two of us, it would be worth it, especially for multiple trips.

Just thought I'd let everyone know the findings!


Awesome! :thumbsup2 By the way, the TIW discount will also work for any adult beverages that you order with your meal.

If U Had Wings
07-15-2009, 09:39 AM
We used the TIW card in May and it was wonderful, it adds up quickly. I'm pretty sure Jen recouped her cost just after a few meals for the two of us! :thumbsup2

That's good to know. If I end up with the AP, I definitely need to pick up a TiW card. I'm hoping my friend will be up to sharing the cost as she will be on both trips with me.

Awesome! :thumbsup2 By the way, the TIW discount will also work for any adult beverages that you order with your meal.

That's even better! I defintely want to try some more of the cocktails this trip.

All7OfUs
07-15-2009, 01:24 PM
Zowie, I didn't know you could use it on adult bevs. too! I think this would be a no-brainer, but I'm like you, gotta map it all out, and prove it to myself. doesn't it feel good to do the math and come to solid decision??

If U Had Wings
07-15-2009, 02:48 PM
Zowie, I didn't know you could use it on adult bevs. too! I think this would be a no-brainer, but I'm like you, gotta map it all out, and prove it to myself. doesn't it feel good to do the math and come to solid decision??

I do like seeing all the numbers listed nice and neat so I can refer back to them. I definitely like to have things proved to me. I'm my own Mr. Spock.

If U Had Wings
07-15-2009, 04:40 PM
Now that I'm settled in on a resort, and have an idea of what I'm doing for tickets, we can get to the good stuff. :) The daily planning, and let's be serious here, that really means one thing.

Food. :thumbsup2

Because honestly, if ADR's weren't really necessary, my planning would simply focus on getting to my favorite ride each day first thing and then winging it for the rest of the day. It makes me miss the days when I was a kid and our days were pretty simple. We'd get up, have breakfast at the Tangaroa Terrace at the Poly, and then head to the MK being sure to ride Space Mountain first. Those were our only plans. Nice. (And really it's a shame that the Tangaroa Terrace isn't there any longer. I remember it having a large dining room, and there was never a wait).

Since the walk in method just doesn't work any longer, I have to work out a plan. I had one when I was planning on going solo, but now that my friend is coming I have to play around with my plans. Between the two of us we've come up with a bit of a "wish" list, places and things we'd like to visit and eat at. Now I just have to come up with the plan.

My Restaurant Wish List
Kona (Breakfast) - Tonga Toast! (I need to try this!)
Akerhaus (Breakfast) - At the risk of sounding like a big goof at my age, I want to meet Belle.
Cinderella's Royal Table (Breakfast)
Crystal Palace
Boma
Le Cellier
O'hana
Raglan Road
California Grill
Brown Derby
Citricos
Narcoosees
Plaza
Liberty Square Tavern
Sci Fi Drive In
50's Prime Time Café
Hoop Dee Doo Revue
Chef Mickeys
Tusker House (Breakfast)

Now obviously we can't do everything here. Even if my pocketbook would allow me to eat at that many places, I'd gain about 50 lbs on my vacation and be miserable. So I'm turning to my readers for some advice. A few of the choices I've narrowed down to either/or types of decisions. I actually haven't eaten at many of these places so I'm hoping anyone who's tried them could let me know what you thought. I've been driving myself nuts reading food reports and reviews on the AllEars website. I just trust the opinions more of my friends here on the Disboards. :)


The Either/Or's

Akerhaus or CRT
I'm leaning towards Akerhaus, but the lure of eating in the castle is strong. I've read some really great reviews about the breakfast at Akerhaus, and Belle is there in her gold dress greeting most of the time. :thumbsup2 I've read that Akerhaus is less chaotic than the castle, which would be nice, plus it is less expensive, which is always a bonus. Still - dining in the castle - very tempting, although it should be telling me something that my one argument for CRT is just the setting itself. (Well, that and getting into the MK early for pics).

Boma or Raglan Road
On paper this seems like an odd toss up, but it really comes down to scheduling. I had both on my plan, until my friend expressed her interest in the Hoop Dee Doo. She's never been, and I haven't been since 1988, but I always have loved the show. It's going to be a must do. Now something else has to go. We both really like Boma a lot. It was one of our favorites on our last trip together, second only to the Brown Derby. Usually I like to go there after our Animal Kingdom day. Raglan Road is one of those places that I've always wanted to try. I've heard mixed things on the food, but it seems like it would be a good choice for the two of us. Plus while there we could do a bit of shopping in DTD, which I know my friend will want to sneak in at some point.


Plaza Restauant, Liberty Square Tavern, or Crystal Palace
This would be on the day we go to MVMCP. I'm a bit partial to the Plaza, just because the food is usually good and relatively inexpensive. It would also be a quicker choice for us. I've never been to the Liberty Square Tavern, and I haven't been to the Crystal Palace since it became a character meal. Any thoughts on the food at these places would be greatly appreciated. A lot of the reviews I read about the Crystal Palace focus on the characters, but I want to be sure we are having a decent meal too.

Sci Fi Drive in or 50's Prime Time Café
I've never been to the Sci Fi, but would love to check it out. We both really liked the 50's Prime Time on our last visit. I've heard dubious things about the food at the Sci Fi, but is it tolerably good enough? I'm not looking for a 5 star meal, just decent food. I know that the primary draw is the cars and atmosphere.

Chef Mickey's or Tusker House
This one I might not even have to worry about. Our last day we'll have some extra time, so we thought we'd do one last nice breakfast before heading home. If we upgrade to 10 day passes, I'll be trying for Chef Mickey's because we won't have any park passes left. However, if we upgrade to annual passes, I started thinking that Tusker House might be a fun choice. Donald's my favorite character and I just love him in his safari garb. It would also put us close to a park for a last spin on Everest.

And the big decision:

California Grill, Citricos, Narcoosees or the Brown Derby
We want to do one nice signature meal on our last day. I originally wanted this to be at the California Grill, but I'm not as excited about that now that they've done away with the flatbreads. They were my favorite part of the meal on the last trip. We both loved Brown Derby when we went there back in 2007, it was both of our #1 favorite place. Neither of us have been to either of the restaurants at the Grand Floridian. Just looking to see what people would chose (and why) if they could only pick one place.

Lady Lallie
07-15-2009, 08:51 PM
Okay...my picks.

I would go to Akershush only because I've been to the Castle my last two trips and it's really the Castle that is the draw. I can't imagine how chaotic it gets in there with the characters either since I've only been at dinner and I still think it's a bit loud and crazy. I think breakfast at Akershush would be a lot of fun to try!

Boma or Raglan Road...I have never been to either so I guess it's really what fits into your schedule better.

I loved both Crystal Palace and Liberty Tree Tavern. I think you could get out of Crystal Palace fairly quickly unless you are set on meeting all of our characters. I liked my dinner from CP but I will say I preferred breakfast but that doesn't mean dinner was bad. I adored LTT, I loved the atmosphere and I loved the characters...have they brought them back yet? The food was basic comfort food but really very good! I think either one you go with will be a good meal and not take a whole lot of time either. Buffet and Family Style...both fairly quick.

I think if you stick to the basic food at Sci Fi (burgers & shakes) you will have a good meal. I'm going there in September, so I can fill you in more if you want. :thumbsup2

And as for the Signature Meal I am sure you don't have to ask but I will tell you BROWN DERBY. :lovestruc

If U Had Wings
07-15-2009, 09:45 PM
Okay...my picks.

I would go to Akershush only because I've been to the Castle my last two trips and it's really the Castle that is the draw. I can't imagine how chaotic it gets in there with the characters either since I've only been at dinner and I still think it's a bit loud and crazy. I think breakfast at Akershush would be a lot of fun to try!

That seems to be the overall feeling about the castle. I can really do without chaos.

Boma or Raglan Road...I have never been to either so I guess it's really what fits into your schedule better.

Since whichever I chose is on our "shorter" Animal Kingdom day I have plenty of time. I know it's going to come down to the place.

I loved both Crystal Palace and Liberty Tree Tavern. I think you could get out of Crystal Palace fairly quickly unless you are set on meeting all of our characters. I liked my dinner from CP but I will say I preferred breakfast but that doesn't mean dinner was bad. I adored LTT, I loved the atmosphere and I loved the characters...have they brought them back yet? The food was basic comfort food but really very good! I think either one you go with will be a good meal and not take a whole lot of time either. Buffet and Family Style...both fairly quick.

No, there are still no characters at Liberty Tree. It's too bad, because that would have really picked it for me. I'd much prefer Mickey and the gang over Pooh.

I think if you stick to the basic food at Sci Fi (burgers & shakes) you will have a good meal. I'm going there in September, so I can fill you in more if you want. :thumbsup2

I can't wait to hear about it!

And as for the Signature Meal I am sure you don't have to ask but I will tell you BROWN DERBY. :lovestruc

I know! I just love it too. I'm dying to try the Cobb salad.

All7OfUs
07-16-2009, 02:05 AM
Hmm...

Let's see... For me I'd say CRT; we were really dissapointed with the characters at Akershus. However, the food was really good! But then again, we actually LIKE fish and lefse. And if you are wanting to meet Belle, she is the one who usually does the welcome picture.

I've eaten at Sci-Fi. Food was great, but unless you have someone who also likes corny old sci-fi clips and likes to laugh along, don't go.

Go with Cali Grill- that way you can get a good review for me! HA!

I'd also have to say HDDR was so totally fun!! I loved it! Again, though, it would be more fun in a group. The food was nice, too.

Charleston Princess
07-16-2009, 06:58 AM
Okay, here are my pics:

Akerhaus: We loved our breakfast there in 2004 and the princesses took a lot of time at each table.

Boma: You knew I would say that, right? ;)

Liberty Tree Tavern: I haven't eaten there, but I have read lots of good reviews and it seems to fit the Christmas mood. :laughing:

Sci-Fi or 50's: This is a tough one -- although I have eaten at Sci-Fi and loved it, I really want to eat at 50's someday.

Tusker House: Love that place!

Oh, the last one is really hard! The only one I have eaten at is Brown Derby and it was heavenly!

MyMuse
07-16-2009, 09:29 AM
I'll try to help with the ones I know...



Akerhaus or CRT
I'm leaning towards Akerhaus, but the lure of eating in the castle is strong. I've read some really great reviews about the breakfast at Akerhaus, and Belle is there in her gold dress greeting most of the time. :thumbsup2 I've read that Akerhaus is less chaotic than the castle, which would be nice, plus it is less expensive, which is always a bonus. Still - dining in the castle - very tempting, although it should be telling me something that my one argument for CRT is just the setting itself. (Well, that and getting into the MK early for pics).

We did Akerhaus for a 3:10pm lunch and really did like it. The servers were nice, the food good and the princesses very interactive. And you get the picture has part of the package (though our Belle had a bit of an Elvis lip thing going on).
It was slightly chaotic outside checking in, but after that, it was smmoth sailing. The inside of the castle is gorgeous. Stunning. I ran around taking pictures. I just liked everything about it once inside.

Though, my wish list for December is also to dine at The Castle, just for the experience. :goodvibes



Sci Fi Drive in or 50's Prime Time Café
I've never been to the Sci Fi, but would love to check it out. We both really liked the 50's Prime Time on our last visit. I've heard dubious things about the food at the Sci Fi, but is it tolerably good enough? I'm not looking for a 5 star meal, just decent food. I know that the primary draw is the cars and atmosphere.

We did Sci Fi and it was GREAT. I really loved the atomsphere. The food was pretty good; I had a milkshake that was great and my turkey club was very good. I meant to get a burger, but the turkey club sidetracked me. The only downside is that it takes people forever to get out. We had to wait another 30 minutes after our reservation to get in. However, I would go again!



Chef Mickey's or Tusker House
This one I might not even have to worry about. Our last day we'll have some extra time, so we thought we'd do one last nice breakfast before heading home. If we upgrade to 10 day passes, I'll be trying for Chef Mickey's because we won't have any park passes left. However, if we upgrade to annual passes, I started thinking that Tusker House might be a fun choice. Donald's my favorite character and I just love him in his safari garb. It would also put us close to a park for a last spin on Everest.

We did Chef Mickey's for a late dinner and even though it was good, I don't think I need to do it again. Maybe it's different at different times of the day? :confused3

I have not been to Raglan Road, but it's definitely on my list to try! I had a reservation there last time, but gave it up when 1900 Park Fare had an opening. I cannot pass up Mary Poppins. :goodvibes

If U Had Wings
07-16-2009, 09:32 AM
Hmm...

Let's see... For me I'd say CRT; we were really dissapointed with the characters at Akershus. However, the food was really good! But then again, we actually LIKE fish and lefse. And if you are wanting to meet Belle, she is the one who usually does the welcome picture.

I've never had Norweign food, but the breakfast menu looks pretty standard. I'm also a huge fan of fruit, and alot of the reviews rave about the fruit bar. I could eat nothing but that all day long! :)

I've eaten at Sci-Fi. Food was great, but unless you have someone who also likes corny old sci-fi clips and likes to laugh along, don't go.

No my friend is definitely up for corny. When we went to the 50's Prime Time previously the two of us had a ball, going along with our "cousin" and having a good time.

Go with Cali Grill- that way you can get a good review for me! HA!

You need to try Cali Grill. I went on my last trip and it was fantastic! It was my mother's choice, and we went on our last night. It was the perfect way to wrap up our vacation. I didn't request any kind of special table when we checked in, and we ended up with the best seat in the house purely by chance. (Directly in the corner with a direct view of the castle). The flatbreads were to die for, the filet melted in your mouth and the deserts were pretty good too. (Oh, and we didn't have to move an inch to watch Wishes). I'm just sad that they did away with the flatbreads. They were that good!

I'd also have to say HDDR was so totally fun!! I loved it! Again, though, it would be more fun in a group. The food was nice, too.

I've always enjoyed the show. Lots of corny jokes, and laughs. I'm figuring we could do the Hoop Dee Doo on one of our park-less days. We can catch one of the earlier shows, and then head over to the Boardwalk and hang out at Jelly Rolls for awhile.

Okay, here are my pics:

Akerhaus: We loved our breakfast there in 2004 and the princesses took a lot of time at each table.

This is the breakfast I'm leaning towards. The fact that it's cheaper too doesn't hurt.



Boma: You knew I would say that, right? ;)

I didn't doubt this one at all for you. :) I just love the soups at Boma!

Liberty Tree Tavern: I haven't eaten there, but I have read lots of good reviews and it seems to fit the Christmas mood. :laughing:

I hadn't even thought of it that way. Hmmm. It would help put us more in the mood for the holiday festivities.

Sci-Fi or 50's: This is a tough one -- although I have eaten at Sci-Fi and loved it, I really want to eat at 50's someday.

50's is one of my favorite places to eat in all of the world. I heart the pot roast there and love the cheesy 50's decorating scheme. I wasn't able to make it there last year because we ate at Hollywood and Vine instead for the Fantasmic package. (Yuck!) I've been missing it. I really want to try Sci-Fi though. Sigh. This one is really one of the toughest calls for me.

Tusker House: Love that place!
It was your pics that really made me start thinking of it as an option. I'd do it on our AK morning, but thought it might be a bit of overkill with eating that day if we did.

Oh, the last one is really hard! The only one I have eaten at is Brown Derby and it was heavenly!

I know! I wish I could just go around eating at all the signature places. Cali Grill was in the lead until they did away with the flatbreads. I had been wanting to catch Wishes there again. Brown Derby is now the way I'm leaning, but the lure of the other two is strong. I've never tried either of them, and keep thinking that I should try something new this time. Plus I keep thinking of Tink and the quarto-fromaggi potatoes.

If U Had Wings
07-16-2009, 09:40 AM
We did Akerhaus for a 3:10pm lunch and really did like it. The servers were nice, the food good and the princesses very interactive. And you get the picture has part of the package (though our Belle had a bit of an Elvis lip thing going on).
It was slightly chaotic outside checking in, but after that, it was smmoth sailing. The inside of the castle is gorgeous. Stunning. I ran around taking pictures. I just liked everything about it once inside.

Though, my wish list for December is also to dine at The Castle, just for the experience. :goodvibes

Thanks for the review of Akerhaus. It's one of those places that I've always wanted to try, but the food has always scared me a bit. I'm thinking breakfast would be a good way to try it out.

I think everyone says the same thing about the castle. I'd rather do an evening meal there, but have heard many dubious things about the food. It's too bad they can't do it right.


We did Sci Fi and it was GREAT. I really loved the atomsphere. The food was pretty good; I had a milkshake that was great and my turkey club was very good. I meant to get a burger, but the turkey club sidetracked me. The only downside is that it takes people forever to get out. We had to wait another 30 minutes after our reservation to get in. However, I would go again!

I'm so glad I'm hearing some good things about Sci Fi. It seems to be one of those places that people love to bash usually. I would definitely be sticking with the basic burgers an shakes when I'm there.


We did Chef Mickey's for a late dinner and even though it was good, I don't think I need to do it again. Maybe it's different at different times of the day? :confused3

I've heard from alot of people that Chef Mickey's is pretty chaotic all the time. I guess that's what you get when you mix buffets with character meals. It's too bad that they did away with the characters at Liberty Tavern. I'd think that would be sllightly less chaotic with fewer people getting up and down.

I have not been to Raglan Road, but it's definitely on my list to try! I had a reservation there last time, but gave it up when 1900 Park Fare had an opening. I cannot pass up Mary Poppins. :goodvibes

I would love to try Park Fare one of these days too. I'd love to do a breakfast, but wish that it was the Cinderella/Stepsisters/Lady Tremaine at breakfast too.

MinnieNurse
07-16-2009, 10:09 AM
Any new plans? popcorn::

MyMuse
07-16-2009, 10:31 AM
Oh, fyi, we had Cinderella at Akerhaus! That was great and such a surprise! I guess she is not there often. :confused:
I meant the inside of Akerhaus was gorgeous. I have pics in my TR, if you want to check it out. The food was good. There was a buffet for the appetizers and you ordered your meal via a menu with the server. I had the traditional kjotke (or however it's spelled); it filled us up for HOURS.

I was very happy with 1900 Park Fare breakfast. It was absolutely the best. I would do that one again in a heartbeat. The characters were very interactive and if you talk, they stay. They seem to be very happy when people are actually interested in them and they totally stay in character.

MRYPPNS
07-22-2009, 09:30 PM
I have to share this......

This is my daughter Danica. She is wearing a special sweater that Crissy hand knitted for her. It was a complete surprise to me when it came in the mail. It's so beautiful and soft. Thanks again Wings!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee109/MRYPPNS/general%20dis/72209009.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee109/MRYPPNS/general%20dis/72209010.jpg

And see the hand-made blanket behind Danica?....that is the handy work of TarzansKat. I:lovestruc my DIS Friends!

princess&her4princes
07-22-2009, 09:34 PM
I have to share this......

This is my daughter Danica. She is wearing a special sweater that Crissy hand knitted for her. It was a complete surprise to me when it came in the mail. It's so beautiful and soft. Thanks again Wings!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee109/MRYPPNS/general%20dis/72209009.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee109/MRYPPNS/general%20dis/72209010.jpg

And see the hand-made blanket behind Danica?....that is the handy work of TarzansKat. I:lovestruc my DIS Friends!

How ADORABLE is that!!!?:confused3 Wish I had a daughter to wear something that cute!!:cutie: and btw, your baby girl is just beautiful!!!:goodvibes

Charleston Princess
07-22-2009, 10:02 PM
Crissy, I just love the Mickey heads on Danica's sweater!

Native NYer
07-22-2009, 10:05 PM
I came over when I saw the link in your siggie on TK's PTR. Going back to read!

If U Had Wings
07-22-2009, 10:08 PM
I have to share this......

This is my daughter Danica. She is wearing a special sweater that Crissy hand knitted for her. It was a complete surprise to me when it came in the mail. It's so beautiful and soft. Thanks again Wings!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee109/MRYPPNS/general%20dis/72209009.jpg


I'm so glad you like it. It looks adorable on her.

How ADORABLE is that!!!?:confused3 Wish I had a daughter to wear something that cute!!:cutie: and btw, your baby girl is just beautiful!!!:goodvibes

You know, you ever have a girl, I'd be happy to knit one for you too! ;) Just sayin!

Crissy, I just love the Mickey heads on Danica's sweater!

Thanks! I've made the sweater before, but with the flowers on the pockets that the pattern called for. This was my first attempt at changing it. I definitely needed Mickey ears for a Dis friend!

MRYPPNS
07-22-2009, 10:14 PM
Thanks! I've made the sweater before, but with the flowers on the pockets that the pattern called for. This was my first attempt at changing it. I definitely needed Mickey ears for a Dis friend!

I think my jaw hit the floor when I saw the Mickey heads. My DH was confused as to how you did those....I told him with a lot of pixie dust!

If U Had Wings
07-22-2009, 10:24 PM
It wasn't too hard. I found a larger pattern for them on a knit/crochet site I visit and adapted it. Those pockets needed Mickey ears.

If U Had Wings
07-22-2009, 10:26 PM
I came over when I saw the link in your siggie on TK's PTR. Going back to read!

Welcome!!!!

Flossbolna
07-23-2009, 02:44 AM
The sweater is lovely!

Have you noticed that AP rates are out for December? Looks like some great deals are available!

Lady Lallie
07-23-2009, 08:45 AM
I have to share this......

This is my daughter Danica. She is wearing a special sweater that Crissy hand knitted for her. It was a complete surprise to me when it came in the mail. It's so beautiful and soft. Thanks again Wings!

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee109/MRYPPNS/general%20dis/72209009.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee109/MRYPPNS/general%20dis/72209010.jpg

And see the hand-made blanket behind Danica?....that is the handy work of TarzansKat. I:lovestruc my DIS Friends!

Oh my goodness! That is adorable! Good job Wings!! Good job TK! :goodvibes

If U Had Wings
07-23-2009, 11:48 AM
The sweater is lovely!

Have you noticed that AP rates are out for December? Looks like some great deals are available!

Thank you!

I did see the AP rates. Unfortunately since I won't be upgrading to AP until Dec. I'm out of luck now. :sad1: Hopefully there will be a Disney Visa offer soon!

Oh my goodness! That is adorable! Good job Wings!! Good job TK! :goodvibes

Thanks. I had alot of fun knitting it up.

If U Had Wings
07-24-2009, 11:01 PM
Can I be honest with everyone reading along at home?

My trip is beginning to stress me, and I'm not enjoying it. It's just not bringing out any feelings of peace, love, or pixie dust within me. I keep reading other threads and ptr's and have been feeling a bit jealous for everyone who is having things work out nicely for them - discount codes and upgrades abound. I'm jealous, but happy for them at the same time. My stress is even making me have doubts about inviting my friend along. I know this will pass, but right now I'm kind of hitting my limit on Disney planning. You know that point? The worrying about things completely out of your control that begins to take over your every thought.

I'm just feeling agitated and paranoid about my trip 24/7 lately.

I had been hoping that a nice room discount would fall my way on this trip. When I booked last September, I was able to utilize an AAA discount, so I have at least some kind of a deal. Once this became a trip for two instead of just me, I was really hoping for a code that would let us stay at one place for the week for less than what I'm paying for my split stay. My hopes began to rise when I saw the AP codes released earlier this week, and people were saying that the Disney Visa discount usually gets released a few days later and is the same thing.

No such luck. :sad2:

Sure enough a Disney Visa deal came out today, but not the discount code that I was hoping for, a free dining code.

Now, don't get me wrong the free dining is a great deal. I was thrilled to be able to get it last year for my trip, but this year I wanted a room code for a few reasons. One, we already have tickets. I know that I could get just a one day ticket, but still I'm thinking of upgrading my 5 day passes to an AP. I hate to spend the money on a ticket right now that I won't need. It just feels useless. Second, I really didn't want to face all that food this trip. Yes, it's a great deal, but the past two years I've done it I've found myself eating more than I would normally. Especially with the dessert with lunch and dinner. I definitely don't usually eat desert with lunch normally, and even at dinner I'd rather have the option of getting an appetizer and then just pick up a sweet snack later on in the evening if I'm so inclined.

I'm also getting paranoid now about getting my ADRs. I've researched here on the Dis boards, and on a few other boards as well about what the current policy is for booking ADRs with a split stay. There seems to be no consistency among the CM's when it comes to this. Some people are saying they are able to book all their ADRs 90 days out of their first check in date. Other people are being cut off, and have to call a second time. I wasn't overly worried about this (well, maybe a little worried), until free dining had to show it's ugly face. Now I'm worried that I'm not going to be able to get the ADRs that I want since the restaurants are going to be crazy. I was really hoping I wasn't going to have to deal with free dining stuff this trip! ADRs are all I have on my mind lately, and the parnanoia is making me a bit crazy.

I'm actually considering adding on additional days to my POP reservation so that I can make my ADRs, and then just cancel the extra days later. I've also considered making a new reservation for the full trip, and then just cancelling it afterwards. I'm just afraid that once I cancel the reservation, they will cancel the ADRs too.

I'm just not up for dealing with trip stress!

Charleston Princess
07-24-2009, 11:28 PM
I know I hit that planning wall on almost every trip where I sit back and think, "This is just stressing me out." Then, everything falls into place, and I get back into the groove of planning. Don't worry too much yet.

Also, don't forget that a general room discount is probably going to be issued soon, too. It seems like it goes AP, Visa, and then the general public so that room discount you are hoping for may still appear! Don't give up hope yet! :hug:

Flossbolna
07-25-2009, 06:12 AM
I am so sorry that you are feeling bad about your trip at the moment!! :hug:

When I read about the free dining for Visa cardholders, I was thinking about you and wondering wether this was the deal you were looking forward to or not. I was thinking that I would not want it for exactly the same reasons you stated!

But I think it is not nearly as bad as it appears to be! First, I am certain that a room only code will be released - unfortunately you will just need to wait a bit longer for that. If you look at the historic data on mousesavers, there has been a room only code covering every time period besides holiday season in the recent years. They are just released later than the packages, for your time frame generally at the end of September. I am very confident that something good will come your way! There have always been room only codes for the free dining periods and also during the 4+3 period this year.

For the ADR problem: this is a bit trickier. But I am certain that those horror stories about not getting ADRs because of the 90+10 are due to a large part that a few restaurants are so overly popular. You even have a few either/or restaurants, so chances are that you might get one, but not the other. If you are buying an AP you will be returning soon and will be able to eat at the really popular places next time and it might be the chance to try out new restaurants because those are the ones that are much easier to get. I would suggest playing around with the online reservation system to see what you can get now for September during free dining. This should give you a hint on what the easy to get ADRs are.

Finally, perhaps you could still get the AP rate with the following method: I think that you don't need the AP to book the AP rate, you just need to show it when you check in. So it could work as follows: You arrive at MCO in the morning, take the ME to WL. There you don't check in!! Since you already have your tickets, you don't need the Key to the World card yet. Hop over to the MK (or your park of chice), enter the park. When you exit, upgrade the ticket to the AP. When you get back to WL check in and show your AP!

TarzansKat
07-25-2009, 07:07 AM
Oh, hon, I'm sorry. :hug: I'm with CP, I know there's a point in my planning where I hit a wall. Nothing is working, nothing seems to want to work, and I don't want to do anything anymore.

That was actually my case until I was able to get my ressies to flow more nicely, so I understand the stress.

Honestly, I wouldn't change any of your resort reservations. I don't think it's that easy to just knock nights off of a ressie. Something about the way that they book blocks of nights, I'm not sure. I would be very leary of that, for fear of losing the whole thing.

Truthfully, I think your best bet is to utilize the online system and call until you get a CM who will let you book the ADRs through the dates you want. You know what I mean? That would be my tactic.

And then take a constructive look at the trip. What's not making you happy? What do you have the power to fix?

It's a vacation. It's not supposed to be stressful, but unfortunately, for all of us, the planning of it can be. We need to get it back to not stressful for you. In the mean time, :grouphug:

All7OfUs
07-25-2009, 07:26 AM
I hit that wall last year too. I think I just sat on things for a few days, without trying to DO anything, just letting the ideas roll around for a while. Things did become clearer and I could get back to phone calls and plans with a better perspective. Bounce the ideas you get here from the experts, and I know good things will be on their way soon!!

If U Had Wings
07-25-2009, 09:36 PM
I know I hit that planning wall on almost every trip where I sit back and think, "This is just stressing me out." Then, everything falls into place, and I get back into the groove of planning. Don't worry too much yet.

Also, don't forget that a general room discount is probably going to be issued soon, too. It seems like it goes AP, Visa, and then the general public so that room discount you are hoping for may still appear! Don't give up hope yet! :hug:

I've definitely hitting that point. I just worry about too many things.

I'm afraid the general public code is going to be free dining too.



But I think it is not nearly as bad as it appears to be! First, I am certain that a room only code will be released - unfortunately you will just need to wait a bit longer for that. If you look at the historic data on mousesavers, there has been a room only code covering every time period besides holiday season in the recent years. They are just released later than the packages, for your time frame generally at the end of September. I am very confident that something good will come your way! There have always been room only codes for the free dining periods and also during the 4+3 period this year.

I hope so. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed.

For the ADR problem: this is a bit trickier. But I am certain that those horror stories about not getting ADRs because of the 90+10 are due to a large part that a few restaurants are so overly popular. You even have a few either/or restaurants, so chances are that you might get one, but not the other. If you are buying an AP you will be returning soon and will be able to eat at the really popular places next time and it might be the chance to try out new restaurants because those are the ones that are much easier to get. I would suggest playing around with the online reservation system to see what you can get now for September during free dining. This should give you a hint on what the easy to get ADRs are.

Finally, perhaps you could still get the AP rate with the following method: I think that you don't need the AP to book the AP rate, you just need to show it when you check in. So it could work as follows: You arrive at MCO in the morning, take the ME to WL. There you don't check in!! Since you already have your tickets, you don't need the Key to the World card yet. Hop over to the MK (or your park of chice), enter the park. When you exit, upgrade the ticket to the AP. When you get back to WL check in and show your AP!

I'll have to keep that idea in mind. This whole restaurant thing just has me way too stressed. I miss the days of walk-ups.

Oh, hon, I'm sorry. :hug: I'm with CP, I know there's a point in my planning where I hit a wall. Nothing is working, nothing seems to want to work, and I don't want to do anything anymore.

It just kind of snuck up on me.


Honestly, I wouldn't change any of your resort reservations. I don't think it's that easy to just knock nights off of a ressie. Something about the way that they book blocks of nights, I'm not sure. I would be very leary of that, for fear of losing the whole thing.

That's what I'm afraid of. I am trying to toy with Disney math just to see if the deal would work out for me.


And then take a constructive look at the trip. What's not making you happy? What do you have the power to fix?

It's a vacation. It's not supposed to be stressful, but unfortunately, for all of us, the planning of it can be. We need to get it back to not stressful for you. In the mean time, :grouphug:

It's just the worry about planning a trip for someone else now. When it was just me I wasn't stressing about anything. Now I'm worried about planning a trip my friend will love. I know it's crazy, because she doesn't really care too much about her plans, but I worry anyways.

I hit that wall last year too. I think I just sat on things for a few days, without trying to DO anything, just letting the ideas roll around for a while. Things did become clearer and I could get back to phone calls and plans with a better perspective. Bounce the ideas you get here from the experts, and I know good things will be on their way soon!!

Good advice!

MinnieNurse
07-25-2009, 09:53 PM
Okay, that sweater you made is one of the cutest things I have ever seen. Good job.

To MRYPPNS Danica is absolutely adorable!

Now, Wings. You need to have a strong drink, step away from the planning for a while and then get back to it. I hit this wall earlier and felt so over whelmed. I even took a break from the Dis (I know the horror). Sometimes it helps to clear your head to get away from it for a day or two. :drinking1

If U Had Wings
07-25-2009, 10:17 PM
Okay, that sweater you made is one of the cutest things I have ever seen. Good job.

To MRYPPNS Danica is absolutely adorable!

Now, Wings. You need to have a strong drink, step away from the planning for a while and then get back to it. I hit this wall earlier and felt so over whelmed. I even took a break from the Dis (I know the horror). Sometimes it helps to clear your head to get away from it for a day or two. :drinking1

Thank you! Next Friday I'm going to get my drinks! My high school is having an all decade reunion. Should be fun, as I'm going with a friend of mine that I haven't hung out with in ages. I don't even care about the reunion part that much I just want to chill for the night.

Hedy
07-25-2009, 10:29 PM
Can I be honest with everyone reading along at home?

My trip is beginning to stress me, and I'm not enjoying it. It's just not bringing out any feelings of peace, love, or pixie dust within me. I keep reading other threads and ptr's and have been feeling a bit jealous for everyone who is having things work out nicely for them - discount codes and upgrades abound. I'm jealous, but happy for them at the same time. My stress is even making me have doubts about inviting my friend along. I know this will pass, but right now I'm kind of hitting my limit on Disney planning. You know that point? The worrying about things completely out of your control that begins to take over your every thought.

I'm just feeling agitated and paranoid about my trip 24/7 lately.

I had been hoping that a nice room discount would fall my way on this trip. When I booked last September, I was able to utilize an AAA discount, so I have at least some kind of a deal. Once this became a trip for two instead of just me, I was really hoping for a code that would let us stay at one place for the week for less than what I'm paying for my split stay. My hopes began to rise when I saw the AP codes released earlier this week, and people were saying that the Disney Visa discount usually gets released a few days later and is the same thing.

No such luck. :sad2:

Sure enough a Disney Visa deal came out today, but not the discount code that I was hoping for, a free dining code.

Now, don't get me wrong the free dining is a great deal. I was thrilled to be able to get it last year for my trip, but this year I wanted a room code for a few reasons. One, we already have tickets. I know that I could get just a one day ticket, but still I'm thinking of upgrading my 5 day passes to an AP. I hate to spend the money on a ticket right now that I won't need. It just feels useless. Second, I really didn't want to face all that food this trip. Yes, it's a great deal, but the past two years I've done it I've found myself eating more than I would normally. Especially with the dessert with lunch and dinner. I definitely don't usually eat desert with lunch normally, and even at dinner I'd rather have the option of getting an appetizer and then just pick up a sweet snack later on in the evening if I'm so inclined.

I'm also getting paranoid now about getting my ADRs. I've researched here on the Dis boards, and on a few other boards as well about what the current policy is for booking ADRs with a split stay. There seems to be no consistency among the CM's when it comes to this. Some people are saying they are able to book all their ADRs 90 days out of their first check in date. Other people are being cut off, and have to call a second time. I wasn't overly worried about this (well, maybe a little worried), until free dining had to show it's ugly face. Now I'm worried that I'm not going to be able to get the ADRs that I want since the restaurants are going to be crazy. I was really hoping I wasn't going to have to deal with free dining stuff this trip! ADRs are all I have on my mind lately, and the parnanoia is making me a bit crazy.

I'm actually considering adding on additional days to my POP reservation so that I can make my ADRs, and then just cancel the extra days later. I've also considered making a new reservation for the full trip, and then just cancelling it afterwards. I'm just afraid that once I cancel the reservation, they will cancel the ADRs too.

I'm just not up for dealing with trip stress!

So when my ADR's were made yesterday, my TA was able to make ADR's for the entire week of my then split stay.

Lady Lallie
07-26-2009, 09:49 AM
Ahh, the planning overload. I know it well! :hug:

I think what others have said, just step back and then maybe what is not making you happy about the trip will be more clear. :goodvibes

If U Had Wings
07-26-2009, 08:39 PM
So when my ADR's were made yesterday, my TA was able to make ADR's for the entire week of my then split stay.

I hope that will be true in December!

Ahh, the planning overload. I know it well! :hug:

I think what others have said, just step back and then maybe what is not making you happy about the trip will be more clear. :goodvibes

I'm just stressing too much about things under my control. It's making me wish I was still going solo so I wouldn't worry too much. Ugh!

I haven't done any planning all weekend. :)