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Tink2312
04-25-2009, 06:57 AM
Hi :wave2:

Well I must admit I've been a bit of a lurker on the UK TR board. I've really enjoyed reading everyone else's, but been a bit lazy in doing my own. NO MORE - so here's my very first PTR (or TR for that matter :lmao:) Be gentle with me :goodvibes

So before I start I'll just give a bit of background (feel free to skip if you want).
My name's Catherine :wave2: and I'm 23 (fast hurtling towards 24, at which point I'll be in my mid-twenties :eek:) Anyhoo, I live with my parents due to the massive student debt I have and I'm currently on my way to qualifying as a solicitor. In fact I just started my new job this week :banana:
My parents love FL/ WDW as much as me (well almost as much :rotfl:) and we've just come back from the trip we took at Easter. He's a little pic of us on TT (we're the crazy dudes in the front row - yes that's me pulling the face :p):
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff117/Caty2312/WDW%20Easter%2009/DSCN2316.jpg

While we were over there we already started looking at the possiblity of going back later in the year. Then when we got home an offer came up that we just couldn't miss....


The plan... so far:

This unmissable offer is in fact free dining. We've always said we'd love to go during free dining, but in the summer it's just far too hot for any of us. So when the offer came up and it was running right through to December and you could get a free upgrade to Saratoga Springs, it was too good to miss :rolleyes1

We priced it up for a week, with the plan of staying a week offsite at the Blue Heron in LBV (where we stayed for part of our Easter hol.), but when you factored in the free dining, it actually worked out quite a bit cheaper to stay the full 2 weeks at SSR :upsidedow

So here's what we've booked:

14 nights at Saratoga Springs with free DDP and 14 day ultimate ticket through DisneyUK. We'll be there from 14th November and we check out 2 weeks later on the 28th November.
For three adults that worked out at just over 2,000, which including all the food, accomodation, ticket and parking charges in WDW etc. is a great deal!

We've got no flights at the moment, but we're thinking about booking some in the current Virgin flight sale.

We live about 30-40mins away from Manchester airport, so we always fly from there. Also, my Dad has a leg condition which makes him prone to DVTs, so we tend to fly direct so it's less time on the plane for him. So, all-in-all that makes us pretty restricted on where we can fly from and who we can fly with and it ends up really just being the one and only option of Virgin.

As for car hire, we toyed with the idea of not having a car for at least part of the holiday, but decided we enjoy being able to get around without the use of buses/ taxis too much not to have one. For the past few trips we've either had a full-size 4 door or SUV, so that's what we'll be looking to hire.

On to the actual holiday. Well, we'll have a lot of adr's to make! We're also thinking of doing a few shows/ signature meals that we wouldn't normally do without the DDP.

As for tickets, we've got the Disney Ultimate ticket, but I'm also thinking of buying us all Seaworld tickets as it's my Mum's favourite park and we haven't managed to go since 2005. We're also going to do a few non-Disney days and visit Mount Dora, Daytona and even perhaps St. Augustine.

Well, that's all the planning for now - hope you enjoyed my first installment and I'll keep updating y'all :)

Lizzybear
04-25-2009, 07:58 AM
Sounds great, happy planning! I'm just at the ADR choosing stage now :)

gemmybear83
04-25-2009, 08:07 AM
Sounds a great plan! Were picking our ADRs too - but I keep changing my mind!

wickesy
04-25-2009, 08:35 AM
Great start Catherine. I was in the legal profession 'in a past life' - got fed up defending criminals for a living so I got out of it.

You'll love SSR, it's a great resort. :thumbsup2

suzycute
04-25-2009, 09:16 AM
Great start to your trip report! Sounds like you got yourselves a fantastic deal!! :banana:

jackieleanne
04-25-2009, 09:23 AM
Great start to the trip report cant wait to read more.

Tink2312
04-25-2009, 09:40 AM
Thanks everyone :goodvibes

Great start Catherine. I was in the legal profession 'in a past life' - got fed up defending criminals for a living so I got out of it.

You'll love SSR, it's a great resort. :thumbsup2

I'm working in medical negligence at the moment and I feel like I'm helping people so I get a lot of satisfation out of it. It's funny because I originally wanted to work as a criminal defence solicitor!

irongirlof12
04-25-2009, 10:54 AM
sounds fab :thumbsup2

Tink2312
04-25-2009, 04:20 PM
Ok so we've taken the plunge and booked our flights :banana: The Virgin sale at the moment was just too good to pass up. Originally, we looked at doing Miles plus money, but the sale actually works out at about 40 per person cheaper, at just over 1,000 for the three of us!

So we've booked 3 economy seats on the 13.30 flight from Manchester and we booked the earlier return flight of 18.30. We managed to reserve seats 42ABC which we've had before. I was so glad we could reserve some not as far to the back of the plane like we were last trip, as it was really HOT back there :eek:

Also, another little update, I've taken the plunge and bought TourGuideMike. Although I've got this yr's Passporter and Birnbaums (yes, I do overdose on guidebooks!), I thought seen as we're going over Thanksgiving and spending 2 weeks onsite, I'd go the whole hog and be a total uber-planner :rolleyes1
At first glance it seems very good - lots of interesting articles and planning tips to read :thumbsup2

I think the next step is to get a Fairfax card and start loading up some $$. Anybody got any predictions on the Dollar rate...anyone :rotfl2:

Right that's it for now, thanks for reading my ramblings :)

wickesy
04-25-2009, 04:32 PM
I always join TourGuide Mike just for the Least Crowded Parks Charts and they've never failed us.

I predict that by the time you go it will be 1 = $3
DISCLAIMER: I am not a financial expert. ;)

Tink2312
04-25-2009, 04:40 PM
I always join TourGuide Mike just for the Least Crowded Parks Charts and they've never failed us.

I predict that by the time you go it will be 1 = $3
DISCLAIMER: I am not a financial expert. ;)

Glad you found TGM to be good. :thumbsup2

Wow - $3 to the sounds very good - to be honest though with that predition, I'm not surprised to hear that your financial expert credentials are lacking :laughing: ;)

It'd be nice to get $1.70 or $1.80, but I'm not holding my breath ;)

jjk
04-26-2009, 03:56 AM
we have used TGM a couple of times and found it very useful

your trip sounds great :thumbsup2

Pinky166
04-26-2009, 05:45 AM
Great start to your ptr Catherine. :thumbsup2

I am going in Sept with free dining! I can't wait. :cool1: Choosing adr's is fun but I keep changing my mind & am driving myself crazy. :lmao:

Looking forward to reading more.

Tink2312
04-26-2009, 11:19 AM
Great start to your ptr Catherine. :thumbsup2

I am going in Sept with free dining! I can't wait. :cool1: Choosing adr's is fun but I keep changing my mind & am driving myself crazy. :lmao:

Looking forward to reading more.

I know how you feel. It seems a bit silly with all that's going on in the world but I'm currently in a Coral Reef/ Teppan Edo/ San Angel Inn/ Nice Dragons debate... and I can't even make the ADR's for another 3 months :faint:

Glad you're enjoying the report :thumbsup2

natalielongstaff
04-26-2009, 11:26 AM
great start to your TR, sounds like a great trip :thumbsup2

raph_b
04-27-2009, 05:16 AM
Soundls like a great trip :) and great deals on all parts of it too :)

ADR picking is def my favourite part of the planning too - and the ones you've got in mind are definitely places I like the sound of :)

So you're in Med Neg? It sounds like you're enjoying it. I worked as a Med Neg paralegal years ago and loved it.

Do you have a training contract lined up yet?

wicket2005
04-27-2009, 05:33 AM
Lovely start.

Snowy-girls
04-27-2009, 06:29 AM
Great start Catherine,love the pic :thumbsup2.x.

Pinky166
04-27-2009, 07:07 AM
I know how you feel. It seems a bit silly with all that's going on in the world but I'm currently in a Coral Reef/ Teppan Edo/ San Angel Inn/ Nice Dragons debate... and I can't even make the ADR's for another 3 months :faint:

Glad you're enjoying the report :thumbsup2

:lmao: I know exactly what you mean! I have been debating & changing my ADR's since last August when I booked. :rotfl2:

The way I see it (or pretend to myself :teeth:) why I am spending sooo much time looking at menus is because it's free dining & i think once they are booked I will have little or no chance to change any.....therefore I want to get them right before I can book them in June......well that's my excuse & I am sticking to it. ;)

mark&sue
05-03-2009, 09:27 AM
sounds like a great trip planned and a bargain too. SSR is my favourite resort ever.


susan

arieljasmine
05-03-2009, 05:10 PM
Sounds like a fantastic trip. I am also a guidebook junkie - DH bought me The Complete Guide to WDW for Valentine's Day - that is a great one if you're interested in all the trivia and behind the scenes stuff.

Laur's xx

florida sun
05-04-2009, 07:32 AM
Great start:goodvibes

Mrs Doubtfire
05-04-2009, 04:12 PM
Great price for your holiday - sounds like you'll have a lot to write about on your report :)

Tink2312
05-25-2009, 08:51 AM
Sounds like a fantastic trip. I am also a guidebook junkie - DH bought me The Complete Guide to WDW for Valentine's Day - that is a great one if you're interested in all the trivia and behind the scenes stuff.

Laur's xx

Might have to look out for that one! I'm a bit of a trivia buff and I've got the two Trivia books by Lou Mongello (which I drive my family bonkers with :rotfl:).

Tink2312
06-13-2009, 07:34 AM
Just a little update to add :cool1:

Well peeps, I've taken the plunge and ordered my Fairfx card :yay: I got it through a link on another Disney site, so the card was free. I've just loaded a "modest" amount at the moment, but thought I should get the ball rolling as the $$ rate is so good at the moment (well, compared to what it was earlier in the year)!

Also, we've been thinking long and hard about what ADR's we want to make and we've decided on a provisional list:

Ohana (dinner)
Le Cellier (dinner)
Chefs De France (dinner)
Tusker House (lunch)
Cape May Cafe (dinner)
Kona Cafe (dinner)
Biergarten (lunch) - hopefully for the Candlelight package
Boma (breakfast)
Boma (dinner) - for Thanksgiving
Liberty Tree Tavern (dinner)
Spirit of Aloha
California Grill
1900 Park Fare (breakfast)

We've been to Boma, Biergarten, Ohana and Tusker House before, but none of the others. So what do you all think?
We wanted to do 2 signature meals and split the rest between buffets, family style and a la carte, but we had problems pinning them all down, as all the food looks sooooo yummy!!

The others that we've debated are:
1900 Park Fare (dinner)
Coral Reef
Teppan Edo
Yachtsman Steakhouse
Hoop-De-Doo Revue

Can't wait to hear all the August/ September free diners' reviews popcorn::

Of course now there's the problem of fitting the meals around the park hours/ EMH :rolleyes: Who knew planning a WDW vacation could be so complicated :rotfl2:


Have a great weekend everyone :banana:

mandymouse
06-13-2009, 07:53 AM
Great pre-trip report Catherine. I hope you have a great time :)

Snowy-girls
06-16-2009, 06:02 AM
Sorry Catherine i can't give you any advice with your meal choices-as we have'nt dined in them places(yet :thumbsup2),the choices sound great though-i like the look of Liberty Tree Tavern+Tusker House.
We used our Fairfx card in April and i could not do without it now :worship:.x.

raph_b
06-17-2009, 04:00 AM
Nice ADR list :)

Have you considered Jiko or Narcoossee's as a signature option? both are absolutely amazing......

I'd love to try Teppan Edo

Tink2312
06-21-2009, 06:43 AM
Nice ADR list :)

Have you considered Jiko or Narcoossee's as a signature option? both are absolutely amazing......

I'd love to try Teppan Edo

Hi

I've just had a look at both the Jiko and Narcossee's menus and the food pics :cloud9: Narcossees does look really lovely and I'm definitely mulling that over as an alternative to Cali Grill. I've heard fab things about Jiko, but my Mum isn't a fan of spicy food at all and the menu seems quite adventurous. We do love Boma though, so we'll give it a thought.

With Teppan Edo, I know it's a funny question but does it get very hot and uncomfortable being that close to the grill? :scared1:

Thanks for reading :)

Tink2312
08-16-2009, 07:18 AM
Well, after months of waiting, debating (and quite often, salivating!) I've now booked the majority of my ADR's.

I was on the online system at 10.30am this morning waiting for my window to open up at 11.01am! :thumbsup2

I managed to get all the ressies I wanted and only had to alter the times on a couple by a few minutes. :thumbsup2

Here's what I got:
15/11 (day after arrival) - Boma breakfast @ 9.45am
16/11 - Kona Cafe @ 6.15pm
17/11 - Cape May Cafe @ 6.10pm
18/11 - Tusker House @1.20pm
19/11 - Le Chefs De France @ 6.30pm
20/11 - Coral Reef @ 5.30pm
21/11 - Spirit of Aloha cat 2 @ 8pm
22/11 - Liberty Tree Tavern @ 5.05pm
23/11 - Le Cellier @ 6.45pm
24/11 - Ohana @ 6.45pm

:worship:

Now all I've got to make is:
25/11 - Cali Grill dinner
26/11 - Boma dinner (for Thanksgiving)
27/11 - I'm hoping for the Candlelight Package at Biergarten/ Chefs or Le Cellier. If not, 1900 Park Fare (dinner)
28/11 - 1900 Park Fare brekkie (on our check-out day)

I'm excited now like you wouldn't believe! :cool1:

For anyone making there ADR's in the next few days/ weeks, I found the online system super easy - my 10 day window came up dead on 11.01am once I'd retrieved my reservation. It was getting my US reservation number a few weeks ago that was the trial - I've never had as many long, vacant pauses during a telephone conversation :lmao:

Oh and I want to say a big thanks to Rascal1003 for spotting the Netflights price drop - we booked this morning and saved 70 compared to the previous offers we'd seen. We've booked a full size 4dr with Dollar and then we'll see what kind of upgrade "offers" they mention at the desk. Also, thanks to Netty - added bonus of 5% Quidco :)

Now it's onto itinerary planning! ;)

Tink2312
08-22-2009, 06:21 AM
Well, after some availability problems I've done a few swapsies with my ressies:

15/11 (day after arrival) - Boma breakfast @ 9.45am
16/11 - Kona Cafe @ 6.15pm
17/11 - Boma @ 6.15pm
18/11 - Tusker House @1.20pm
19/11 - Le Chefs De France @ 6.30pm
20/11 - Coral Reef @ 5.30pm
21/11 - Spirit of Aloha cat 2 @ 8pm
22/11 - Liberty Tree Tavern @ 5.05pm
23/11 - Le Cellier @ 6.45pm
24/11 - Ohana @ 6.45pm
25/11 - Cali Grill @ 7.40pm
26/11 - Cape May Cafe @ 6.30pm
27/11 - Le Cellier @ 6.45pm
28/11 - lunch @ either Grand Floridian Cafe or Raglan Road

The only thing that I'm really bummed about is the Candlelight Package being 2TS credits this year. I really wanted to do Biergarten for the package, but no way am I using 2TS on that!! Shame on Disney is all I can say - it won't be long until all the restaurants in the Fant! package are 2TS :scared1:

Tink2312
11-05-2009, 10:46 AM
Well folks, its time for my single digit dance today :cool1::cool1::cool1:

Unfortunately though, as some of you may know, Im currently off work and laid up with one sinker of a cold.:sad2: Having watched Narnia: Prince Caspian this morning and with plans to move onto Wall-E later, I thought Id come on here and post my itinerary for the holiday.:thumbsup2

After the recent park hours/ EMH changes a few of the ADRs have been moved around to fit in with the new plans, so heres what Ive got at the moment:

14/11
Fly to Orlando on 13:30 from Manchester (VA) :woohoo: Let's hope it's on time :rolleyes1
Check into SSR (weve requested top floor at Grandstand - weve normally been lucky with room requests in Disney, so fingers crossed)
Dinner: Artists Palette

15/11
Breakfast: Boma
Morning: Shopping
Afternoon: DTD - Festival of the Masters
Dinner: Pepper Market/ Wolfgang Puck Express

16/11
Morning: MK
Lunch: MK CS
Afternoon: Rest/ pool
Dinner: Kona Caf

17/11
Morning: HS
Lunch: HS CS
Afternoon: Rest/ pool
Dinner: Boma

18/11
Breakfast: Artists Palette
Morning: Shopping
Lunch: snack
Afternoon and evening: EPCOT (EMH) (12am)
Dinner: Biergarten

19/11
Morning: Rest/ DTD
Lunch: DTD CS
Dinner: Chefs De France
Evening: EPCOT (VIP Illuminations)

20/11
Morning: EPCOT
Lunch: Tutto Italia
Evening: AK (EMH) (8pm) or MVMCP :santa:(done before and not bought tix yet but may buy while were there if weather looks good and were all well - last time we sold our tickets back to Disney (thanks to the very helpful concierge at CSR) as I was poorly)

21/11
Morning: AK/ EPCOT
Lunch: AK CS/ EPCOT CS
Afternoon: DTD and balloon?
Dinner: Spirit of Aloha

22/11
Breakfast: Rainforest Cafe
Morning: AK (for hr before bfast)
Afternoon and evening: MK (EMH) (3am) :eek:
Dinner: Liberty Tree Tavern

23/11
Morning: Rest/ beach day
Lunch: resort CS
Afternoon: resort hopping/ beach day
Dinner: Le Cellier

24/11
Morning: HS
Lunch: Wolfgang Puck Express/ Earl of Swich
Afternoon: shopping/ DTD balloon
Dinner: Ohana

25/11
Morning: MK
Lunch: Captain Cooks or MK CS
Afternoon: ICE ? :santa:
Dinner: California Grill

26/11
Breakfast: Boma
Morning: AK
Lunch: AK CS/ DTD CS
Afternoon: Fantasia Gardens/ WinterSummerland and Boardwalk
Dinner: Cape May Caf
Evening: EPCOT for Illuminations or watch from B/W

27/11
Morning: MK
Lunch: MK CS
Afternoon: Rest/pool/ SHOPPING!!;)
Dinner: Le Cellier
Evening: EPCOT (EMH) (12.30am)

28/11
Check in at DTD
Last minute shopping at DTD/ MK?
Lunch: Grand Floridian Caf or CS if have lots of credits leftover
Fly home :sad2:

Well, thats the plan so-far although itll probably change when we get there (usually does).

So what do you think? Ive been using TourGuideMike and Ridemax to form my plans (although I have gone against TGMikes suggestions in some cases:rolleyes1). I know people dont normally recommend EMH (evenings in particular), but we love them. Weve rarely found them to be quiet, but I just love the atmosphere and except a jam-packed EPCOT EMH evening this March, Ive always managed to get done all the rides I wanted to

One thing Im thinking from the plans that well probably be left with quite a few CS credits as its quite normal for us to eat brekie in the room before we head out and then split 2 CS meals (without desserts) between the 3 of us in the park and then eat dinner offsite. Itll be interesting to see how we do with DDP. I certainly dont want to over-order on food and then throw it away - Id rather buy a few meals for strangers in the parks or just leave unused credits then let food needlessly go to waste.

By the way, if anyone has any suggestions on how to use leftover credits, both CS and snack theyd be welcome -are there certain foods for example that you buy to eat on the plane/ bring home??

Well, hope you enjoyed the update (if anyone is reading my ramblings that is:lmao:) and happy planning to anyone going soon also.:cool1:

Mrs Doubtfire
11-06-2009, 06:44 AM
Well it looks a great plan - with some nice places to eat.

Are you planning on going to a water park or just going round the pool.

Your plan sounds like mine normally do - and if you change it, it doesn't even matter - the fun is in just making one!!:)

Tink2312
11-06-2009, 09:10 AM
Well it looks a great plan - with some nice places to eat.

Are you planning on going to a water park or just going round the pool.

Your plan sounds like mine normally do - and if you change it, it doesn't even matter - the fun is in just making one!!:)

Thanks!

We don't often do waterparks anymore, particularly now we stay onsite more often - the pools are like mini-waterparks. Also, I prefer Typhoon Lagoon over Blizzard Beach, but TL is closed this winter for it refurb.

I think my plan also depends very much on the weather - it's not much fun going around WDW in the rain (much better than the UK in the rain tho :rolleyes1), so if we get some bad weather, I can swap some things around.

natalielongstaff
11-07-2009, 11:44 AM
great plans, hope you have a fab time :thumbsup2

mandymouse
11-07-2009, 01:20 PM
Your plans look great Catherine. I hope you have a fab holiday ::yes::