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jessters7
05-12-2009, 04:18 PM
Hello Everyone! Iím really excited about writing this pre-trip report! Iíve been lurking on these boards for years, and finally decided to join and try my hand in writing these reports! :goodvibes

Iím getting married on January 2 Ė and we will go on our disneymoon January 3-10.
I canít wait!! Iím actually MORE excited about Disney then I am the wedding- Is that bad? :confused3

Anyways- let me tell you a little bit about me and my DFi.

Me: princess:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/P7080028.jpg

Thatís me and my friendís baby.
Iím Jess, and Iím 25 (will be 26 by the time of our trip). I last went to Disney in 1991, I was 7. Iíve been planning my next trip ever since. Iím not even kidding.. I started ordering the Disney Planning Videos and books when I was like 9. I donít know how many Iíve collected over the years. Itís kinda sad, really.
So- when I got engaged, one of the first things that entered my mind is: we can FINALLY go to Disney!!! :dance3:

Iím a professional student, or so my family says. Iím currently in my third graduate program. Iíve been in an English Literature program, a general psychology program- and now Iím doing School Psych. This time- I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.
Anyways- Iíve been in college since 2001. That being said, you can understand why I havenít been able to take my dream trip to Disney. Iíve been a broke college student for waaaay too long.

Okay- so other random things about me: Besides being a Disney fanatic, I love to read, go to the beach, frequently go see musicals and operas. I am obsessed with The Beatles and Bob Dylan (more on this later). :hippie:
I am kind of a hippie, like that. But I do bathe frequently. And I believe in shaving. I also don't partake in recreational hippie activities. But other then that...:lmao:

I have a HUGE family. 4 sisters, 1 brother- who have given me 5 nephews and 2 neices! I keep saying that I want my wedding to be intimate- with just my family and closest friends- all 250 of them. Lol. :rotfl:

I may post information on my wedding as it is being planned at the same time as this trip. Iím an obsessive compulsive planner. But Iím trying to NOT plan every detail of the trip, because my DFi prefers to Ďgo with the flow.í So we compromised, and I can plan the basics- but leave 2 days unplanned so that we can relax a little.

Okay so enough about me. Meet my DFi pirate::

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/mtn-1.jpg

We will call him Dylan. When my father first met him, he said he could tell why I liked him so much. Because he looked just like:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/bob-dylan.jpg

Bob Dylan!! Can you see it? :love:

Anyways. Dylan is 24, and also a professional student. Heís almost finished with a degree in dietetics. He has never been to Disney World. But is (almost) equally excited to go. He is definitely looking forward to the honeymoon more then the wedding. But this may not be Disney excitement as much as the Ďhoneymoon festivities.í He puts up w/ my neuroticism and my OCP, but is completely the opposite. Heís a Type B personality to my Type A. But somehow we mesh together perfectly. He does share my love of Disney movies- He even put a Pinocchio DVD in my Easter basket this year.:thumbsup2


Here is one of us together on our first vacation- to Busch Gardens:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/jmbg.jpg


These are our Children:
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/tc.jpg

Tito (2) and Calypso (4). They are my babies. And the only ones for a little while! :love:

Hereís another of Tito, showing his UNC pride.

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/unct.jpg


BTW- we are both ďPiratesĒ because where we go to school- ECU- is home to the Pirates! At football games- Jack Sparrow comes out of the Ďshipí before the team!

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/pirates.jpg

And Iím the princess, because, Dylan tells me that I act like one. And at least for one day- I get to be one! princess:

Okay. So back to the trip:

WHEN: Jan 3-10

WHERE: POR (we are staying in Magnolia Bend)

Thatís all Iíve got so far. Stay tuned as the planning begins!

I look forward to getting to know some more experienced DISers!

Stephie77
05-14-2009, 05:35 PM
welcome! looking forward to hearing your plans. you are arriving for your HM the same day as my wedding! so cool!:cool1:

TeaForTulips
05-15-2009, 01:34 PM
Welcome and Congrats! :goodvibes I'm in! Can't wait to hear more details!

jessters7
06-11-2009, 10:57 AM
Hey guys! Sorry I havenít updated more frequently, but as the time gets closer, Iím sure I will have lots more to say.

Right now Iíve been pondering different things we could do. We decided that we really want to stick to the parks, and our resort, and downtown Disney, and not visit the other resorts. Since this is Dylanís first trip- I feel like there will be enough to do without visiting the other resorts. I also want to have plenty of time to RELAX. I tend to get a little manic on vacations- and want to do EVERYTHING. But, this is our honeymoon- so we need to relax and really enjoy ourselves. So the task at hand for me is to decide the things that are REALLY important- and stick to those. Iím sure you could spend a month a Disney and not do everything- and we are only going to be there for a week!

Iím not sure about the order yet- but I do know that I want to spend the first full day at MK- and either the last night, or the departure morning.
Also, weíll only do 1 day at AK and 1 day at DHS.

I know we are going to spend one evening Ďdrinking around the worldí at Epcot. But other then that- everythingís still up in the air.

Here are the places Iím thinking about using TS credits on(Any suggestions would be GREAT!)

-Coral Reef (Dylanís choice)
-Yak & Yeti (AK day)
-Le Celliar
-Chefs de France or Restaurant Maarkeesh
-Cinderellaís Castle (for dinner)
-Mama Melrose (Fantasmic dinner package)
-Sci Fi (for lunch)
-Boatwrights

Also- I want to do a character breakfast our last morning- I would consider going to a resort for this one- but only one of the 3 monorail resorts. Here are the possibilities:
1900 Park Fare
Ohana
Chef Mickeyís
Or the Princess Storybook Breakfast at Epcot.


Iím also building a honeymoon registry, so Iím thinking about things to add. So far I have our resort stay and the tickets. I think Iíll put both lounges at POR and POFQ on there (Scat Catís and River Roost). Iím thinking about putting the cane pole fishing and carriage ride too. They are both offered at POR.

Okay and now for wedding updates! I bought my dress!!!! Itís a lot more formal then I ever thought- Iíd post a pic- but Dylan canít see it! Weíre getting our engagement pics taken in a couple of weeks and then the save the dates go out. So exciting! :dance3:

Anyways, thanks for reading! And any suggestions you have for dining Ė or other activities- let me know! Especially romantic things to do. Iíll update soon with my Ďmust dosí for each park!

JPFamilyMom
06-30-2009, 08:57 PM
subbing, will go back and read it later tonight or tomorrow

deslynnpatterson
06-30-2009, 09:05 PM
congrats on your engagement and disneymoon planning:) how exciting!! you and your Fi make a adorable couple:) i can't wait to read more!!!

jessters7
07-02-2009, 04:42 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates! I promise to post something soon.

But I did want to say:
6 months until the wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:banana::woohoo::yay::dance3::cheer2::cheer2::yay: :woohoo::cool1::banana:

Okay- I went a little overboard there- I'm just excited!
Time has flown by- and there's so much left to do!!
I've got some pics to add a little bit later. I'll try to get those up in the next couple of days!

Thanks everyone for reading!

deslynnpatterson
07-02-2009, 05:23 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates! I promise to post something soon.

But I did want to say:
6 months until the wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:banana::woohoo::yay::dance3::cheer2::cheer2::yay: :woohoo::cool1::banana:

Okay- I went a little overboard there- I'm just excited!
Time has flown by- and there's so much left to do!!
I've got some pics to add a little bit later. I'll try to get those up in the next couple of days!

Thanks everyone for reading!



how exciting!!!! trust me those 6 months will fly by!!! Is your puppy a chihuahua too? so cute!! and so is your kitty:) Oh and the picture of your with the baby in the beginning of your report is adorable:) your look so natural with a baby!!:) I can't wait to read more and see more pictures:)

JPFamilyMom
07-02-2009, 09:41 PM
Congrats on the 6 month countdown

Definitely do a carriage ride, we did on our disneymoon, so romantic, but we did ours in the wilderness area where the campsites are, we saw a few peacocks along the way, which was really cool.

Sci-Fi diner was a lot of fun.

It was my first trip to the World when we went, so we were on the go constantly, and I was jumping on the bed early in the am which my DH didn't appreciate, but I think we saw a lot, but didn't nearly see enough.

A meal in the castle would be really great, we tried, I didn't know we needed reservations though:confused3 so we ended up eating at Crystal Palace, which was nice too.

Can't wait to see your dress:cutie:

jenn-
07-02-2009, 10:07 PM
Sounds like you are going to have a fun 6 months planning. I had a Disneymoon in 2003. I recently wrote about it in my PTR (I seriously hope yours goes better than mine did). I would definitely try to get into Le Cellier for dinner if you can, but I think Chefs de France is a great second choice. I have eaten at both places and they are both very nice. It sounds like you guys are doing the dining plan and if that's the case, most things I have read recently say the castle isn't worth the 2 credits. Limited character interaction and only so-so food. I haven't been, but that's just what I have read. We ate at the Storybook Breakfast in Epcot and they had great princess interaction and decent food. Lots of yummy looking pastries that I couldn't eat (darn low carb diet). I think your picture is now included with the meal (before it was seperate). I can't wait to see what you guys end up planning for both your wedding and your Disney trip. Make sure when you make your dining reservations in a few months that you make it known you are there for your Disneymoon. Some of the restaurants will do special things to celebrate it.

jessters7
07-06-2009, 02:31 PM
how exciting!!!! trust me those 6 months will fly by!!! Is your puppy a chihuahua too? so cute!! and so is your kitty:) Oh and the picture of your with the baby in the beginning of your report is adorable:) your look so natural with a baby!!:) I can't wait to read more and see more pictures:)

My puppy is a chihuahua! We want to get him a g/f-and breed them one time. Just for the experience- and I'll probably give their puppies to family members. But I want to wait until we get in a house b/c our apartment is crowded enough right now! ;)

Congrats on the 6 month countdown

It was my first trip to the World when we went, so we were on the go constantly, and I was jumping on the bed early in the am which my DH didn't appreciate, but I think we saw a lot, but didn't nearly see enough.


I will be jumping on the bed too!! :yay:

Sounds like you are going to have a fun 6 months planning. I had a Disneymoon in 2003. I recently wrote about it in my PTR (I seriously hope yours goes better than mine did). I would definitely try to get into Le Cellier for dinner if you can, but I think Chefs de France is a great second choice. I have eaten at both places and they are both very nice. It sounds like you guys are doing the dining plan and if that's the case, most things I have read recently say the castle isn't worth the 2 credits. Limited character interaction and only so-so food. I haven't been, but that's just what I have read. We ate at the Storybook Breakfast in Epcot and they had great princess interaction and decent food. Lots of yummy looking pastries that I couldn't eat (darn low carb diet). I think your picture is now included with the meal (before it was seperate). I can't wait to see what you guys end up planning for both your wedding and your Disney trip. Make sure when you make your dining reservations in a few months that you make it known you are there for your Disneymoon. Some of the restaurants will do special things to celebrate it.

Thanks for the recommendations- I'll update about our dining plans soon! I'm thinking Storybooks is a must at this point. And I will be sure to tell EVERYONE we are on our Disneymoon! If I can convince Dylan to wear the ears- we will also wear those everywhere! If not- we'll make sure to have on our buttons, :goodvibes

jessters7
07-06-2009, 02:33 PM
Hello everyone!

I just wanted to put in a quick update, as promised.

We registered for a digital camera at target- and decided we would probably purchase it ourselves before the wedding. Well, we went a couple of weeks ago and it was on sale- 100$ cheaper then the original price. So of course, we bought it! :cool1:

I donít know a lot about cameras- this is more Dylanís domain. But itís a Nikon 10.0MP Super-Zoom Digital Camera. And here is the pic:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/camera.jpg

We got an 8gb card. Any idea if this will be enough for all the Disney pics I plan on taking? Or should we purchase an additional card? Iím sure I will take close to 1000 pics. Iím going to do a dining review and TR- so there will be plenty of pics! We went to a wedding this past weekend and took 250 pictures of just the one day- so I think 8days of Disney will warrant close to 1000. ;)

Hereís a pic of me & Dylan from the wedding:

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/jm2-1.jpg


Iíll put some more about ADR choices and why in a little bit.

jessters7
07-06-2009, 03:13 PM
My ADR date is October 5th (the day before my birthday) :goodvibes
So I have plenty of time, but I just wanted to let everyone know where we are coming from.

First of all, we originally planned to stay in one of the Deluxe resorts, Dylan was rooting for Contemporary. However, since the 2010 prices werenít out we had to pay the average rate for the first night (which was well over 400$) :scared1: and the TA couldnít tell me what the new prices would be. Sooo- we decided we would stay in a moderate. Which Iím actually very very happy with our choice in POR. :love: We decided that with the money we saved, we would get the Deluxe Dining Plan.

That was the plan.

Then- I thought 3TS a day is an awful lot of time eating. Even if we did a couple of 2TS meals, it probably wasnít worth it for us. Besides the fact that we wanted to spend most of our time in the parks and not at resorts, where a lot of the 2TS options are.

The other thing is, if we get appetizers at restaurants, we usually split them- so having 2 appetizers at a meal is just too much food for us!

So we decided that we would do the Regular Dining Plan- and pay out of pocket for any appetizers or additional TS meals we want.


So after countless hours pouring over menus and dining review threads and talking with family members who have been to Disney recently- here are the ones we have narrowed it down to. Some of this is a repeat from earlier, but I wanted to give my reasons behind each one! :teacher:

MK Day:
Castle for dinner. I know that some say it is not worth it. Iíve read the reviews- where they say the food is mediocre for the price. But I canít think of anything more magical then eating in Cinderellaís castle. When I write my TR and Dining Reviews, I may add to the list of people who say it isnít worth it. But as far as itís concerned, Iíd like to find out the hard way. Also, in all honesty, none of the other TS restaurants at MK appeal to me. At least for this trip.


AK day:
Yak & Yeti- the fried wontons look amazing! We will probably do this for lunch. And we may pay OPP. Iím thinking we may get one meal and split it. Do they let you do that? Is there a surcharge? :confused:

HS day:
Sci Fi lunch: I think the atmosphere is nice and Iím all about drive in movies and cheesy Sci Fi flicks. This will definitely be out of pocket. Also, none of the CS meals at HS look overly appealing- so Iíd rather fork out the money for a REAL burger. ;)

IF I can get a fantasmic dinner package- weíll do Mama Melrose. I like Italian, but as far as the dinner package is concerned, I prefer it over Hollywood & Vine, or the 2TS for Brown Derby. If not, then weíll forgo dinner at HS, and either eat at the resort or at Epcot (where most of the TS we want are located.)

Epcot
This is the place where most of the TS we want are located.
Definites are:
Le Celliar -Dylan thinks the steak looks good, and I want to try that soup! And the chocolate moose is too cute. :cutie:

Biergarten- This wasnít on my first list. And in all honesty, I wouldíve skipped over it. For one, I donít really like buffets that much. But my sister insisted it was the best place they have eaten- and they went there 3 times on their last trip. So, I decided we would add it. Dylan is all for this place too.

These are the Maybes:
Chefs De France- I would prefer this for lunch. And Iíd just get the soup and sandwich- so it may be an OPP place.

Coral Reef- Dylan really wants to go here. Which is weird, because he doesnít eat seafood. :confused3 But the ambiance seems really cool. We could do either lunch or dinner here.

Marrakesh- I think this would a unique experience, and the belly dancers would be fun to watch.


Others:

Boatwrights- Itís at our resort, so I think this would be nice either after a long day at the parks, or on a night we just donít feel like going anywhere.

Breakfasts:
I decided to stick with 3 breakfasts. And I want to get the character interactions with them. We arenít morning people, and usually my breakfast consists of cereal and a banana. That being said, weíll definitely do one on our departure day- and then 2 additional days.


Storybook- This is looking like a definite. I want some good character interaction, and since the picture is included, that would be awesome.

1900- I love Alice in Wonderland- and the strawberry soup looks yummy. We may do this our last day.

Chef Mickeyís- Because I would like a character interaction with Mickey.
If not Chef Mickeyís then we would do Tuskar House at AK. Iíll have to ask Dylan his preference on this one.


This was probably way more information then you guys needed- but I wanted to type it all out to get it clear in my head.:) Since I have 3 more months until the ADRs, this could very well change. But thanks for reading!! :goodvibes

jenn-
07-14-2009, 09:28 AM
Looks like a good camera. With as cheap as memory cards are these days, I would definitely get another one. You might need a back up in case the first one goes screwy. Also if you camera takes a propiritory battery, you might want to get a second one of those. Those would be great things to add to your wedding gift wish list. It was definitely a good idea to get the camera before the wedding. Now you have time to learn the ins and outs of it before the Disneymoon.

Your restaurant choices look very good. I have eaten at several of them. I hope you can get into Le Cellier as I find it a nicer romantic location. Make sure when you make your ressies that you attach the Disneymoon celebration to several of them. Some of the restaurants will acknowledge it, some won't. I know Biergarten did when we were there for ours in '03. Can't wait to see more of your plans.

Lynn5700
07-17-2009, 12:07 AM
Hey!! I'm here:goodvibes You so have to post wedding details! I want to see that pretty dress!!!

I can't wait to make ADRS!! We get to make ours the same time as you!

jessters7
08-20-2009, 09:44 PM
Wow. I really suck at updating.

Anyways, I do have some exciting news.

1. We updated our room-only reservation to a package. We got 8-day park-hopper tickets. That way we can go back and forth as we please. I also figured it was better to get the full 8 days- so we can go on arrival day or departure day.

Also, we got the dining plan- which only gives us the 7 Table Service, 7 quick service, and 7 snacks.

I asked how much the deluxe plan would cost- its a difference of $420.
So we're back to square 1.

Do we get the regular plan, and pay out of pocket for all the extra stuff? Or do we pay $420, and figure out how to best use 3TS a day?

Dylan thinks that we'll be better off to do the deluxe- even if we use some of the credits on quick service, it may pay off in the long run. :confused3

Also, we don't HAVE to do breakfast, lunch and dinner. We could do an early lunch and dinner- and then have a late night meal at the resort. And we could take advantage of more 2TS options- like a dinner show!

My only concern with doing deluxe was that I didn't want to spend ALL of our time eating. But if I plan it right- I may be able to make it work.

Also- it's SOO much food. I think we may end up doggy bagging a lot of things for Dylan to eat later. He eats A LOT. I always joke that I gain his weight for him!

However, his eating habits are more like 6 small meals a day- rather then huge meals- that I think that the TS places would offer.

For example, we ate dinner at 6 tonight, and as I type this at 10:30- he's eating a thing of chicken tenders and an orange.

That was way more then you guys needed to know about our eating habits- but it's really stressing me out which way to go! Advice and Tips are very welcome!!!

As much as I love looking through dining reviews and menus- I'm almost sick of it!

On another note- I spoke with the cast members about any deals that would be available- and she told me she felt confident that either free dining or buy 4 get 3 free will be offered. :banana:
She said to call back in October.


2. I bought our Plane tickets!! Well- our trip there. Southwest is so weird- you can only book flights through Jan 8- which doesn't help with us leaving on Jan 10. But Oh well. We'll get there- and that's the most important part. :)
Also, I've been checking the flight prices for a week now- and today Dylan gave me the okay to book. Well, when I went online- prices went down $20!
Not a lot of savings, but every dollar helps!:goodvibes

Okay- for those interested in Wedding News:
My save the dates went out.

The engagement announcement goes in the paper on Sunday

I ordered my cake- 4 round tiers, alternating between white and double fudge, with buttercream white icing. A sapphire blue ribbon will be on the bottom of each tier, covered in fondant snowflakes and a fancy fondant snowflake topper.

Invitations are ordered and on the way.

The Music for the ceremony is set- with 2 soloist and a trumpet player.

Photographer, Videographer and DJ are hired and mostly paid for.

I'm having all artificial flowers, they are all ordered and in the process of being put into the bouquets. I'm carrying white amaryllis, orchids with a touch of deep pink. Bridesmaids are carrying deep pink roses and orchids.

I feel like I've gotten so much accomplished- but there's still tons to do!

And on a very happy note- I'm getting a new puppy for my Birthday!!
I'm getting a girl chihuahua to go with my little boy, Tito.
She's only a couple of weeks old- so we have to wait to get her.
But here is a pic of her- I'll get better ones once I bring her home.

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/puppy2.jpg

Sorry for the long ramblings. I'll try to get better at this updating thing!

amandaluvsgoofy
08-21-2009, 07:58 PM
Hey there! I just caught up and am loving your pre-trip report! I know it's confusing about what food plan to do. We just got back and did the regular dining plan. We paid for a few things out of pocket, but it wasn't too bad. Although next time I may want to try several shows out, so things could change.
I do have to say, Le Cellier was very good!! I knew exactly what to get from the dining boards! We split the meal (no extra charge) of soup and a salad, got the filet with mushroom risotto, and chocolate moose. Everything was AWESOME!!
Good luck with the wedding stuff, too! It really will be here before ya know it!
:dance3:
P.S. Your new puppy is sooooooo cute! Makes me want another doggie, even though we have 2! :laughing:

reyasmommy
08-22-2009, 11:51 AM
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

My husband and I were married at WDW back in 2001 and honeymooned there with a short disney cruise. It was AMAZING!! We had a very intimate wedding however with only 8 guests, but I wouldn't have done it any other way. :lovestruc

Your wedding plans and disney plans look great... Can't wait to read more! popcorn::

jessters7
09-04-2009, 11:46 AM
Alright everyone, I am back with another update!

I decided to start a weekly (hopefully) update with Must Dos, Maybe Dos and donít really care either way for each Park. I may later add DD and stuff at my resort.
Iím including, not only rides & shows, but also shops, parades and snack stops!

Iíll tell ya why some things are very important, while others are not so much.
As always, I appreciate input form all of you DW experts out there. :goodvibes

You may notice that my Must Dos are kinda short, this is because I only put things on this list that are the MOST important. This way, I wonít be disappointed if we donít get to them. Weíll probably have plenty of time for most of the Might Dos too!

Also, there will be an update closer to my departure that will include a Shopping List of sorts. My family has agreed, that since Christmas is so close to the wedding, I wonít give any Christmas presents until AFTER I get back from Disney. That way, Iíll do my Christmas shopping in DW! And they are giving us money so that we can buy our own Christmas presents (again- in Disney). So anyways, thatís something to look forward to! :teacher:

So this week- Magic Kingdom!!
I plan to spend my arrival night, departure day, and another Ĺ day or 2 here.

Letís start on Main Street:

Must Dos:

Go to Caseyís and get Corn Dog Nuggets! Yum.:cool1:
Main Street Bakery- for a breakfast treat- or some other snack.

Browse all of the shops!
Especially:
Emporium
Disney Clothiers
Upton Jewelers
Main Street Cinema


Might Dos:

Check out the Dapper Dans

Plaza IceCream ~ Iím an icecream addict- however, this isnít top of my list for an icecream treat.

Town Square Expostion-if we have time, Iíd like to check it out.


Donít Cares:

Main Street Vehicles

Railroad- the only way I would do this is if weíre just tired of walking. :rotfl:

Adventureland

Must Dos:
Dole Whip!- I love pinapple and icecreamóso I canít way to try! :woohoo:

Pirates of the Caribbean: This was my favorite ride when I went as a kid-and I canít way to see the updates! Also- weíre pirates- so of course this is a must! pirate:

Shops! Pirates Bazaar for sure. And browse the others.

Might Dos:
Magic Carpets- If we have time- I may ride 1 Dumboish ride- this would be my choice. But itís way down on the list.

Enchanted Tiki Room- It looks cute- but there are other things that are higher up.

Jungle Cruise- Again, looks cute- but I wouldnít wait in line long. Maybe if we get a Fastpass-?

Pirate Tutorial: This would be fun. And I would love to see:
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14/jessters7/jack-sparrow-1.jpg

But-Iím not going to schedule my day around it- weíll just have to see how it works out.

Donít cares:
Shruken Nedís- I could see Dylan seeing this and deciding that he needs to play, which is fine- but itís not going on the list of must dos.

Swiss Family Treehouse- not really my cup of tea

Frontierland:

Must Dos:
Splash Mountain!! Ė(Only if itís not too cold)

Might Dos:
Big Thunder Mtn: We arenít big ďroller coaster pplĒ- So this doesnít go on the must dos. But- if lines arenít long, or we grab a Fastpass- we might check it out.

Shootiní Arcade: Dylan enjoys games like this- so we might have to check it out.

Country Bear Jamboree- This is going to the bottom of the might dos- It could be cute, but thereís other things that would be better.

Browse Shops: Weíll probably end up doing this naturally, but these arenít on my list of places to hit up.

Donít Cares:

Tom Sawyer Island- Probably cute if you have kids, but we donít.

Liberty Square

Must Dos:

Hall of Presidents: Weíre both History Buffs- so I would find this show entertaining. I watch the History Channel all the time- and Love the presidential episodes! Even as a kid, I loved this show. Also-when I saw it the first George Bush was president! :laughing:

Haunted Mansion!

Shops:
Probably all of them but for sure:
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe!
Yankee Trader


Might Dos:

Sleepy Hollow for a Funnel Cake! (if itís open- and if Iím hungry for one!)

Donít Cares:

Liberty Square Riverboat: If the new Disney Princess is still there- I may want to check it out just to meet her.

Fantasyland:

Must Dos:
CRT! For Dinner- for sure! :yay:

Small World-whatís a trip to DW w/out it? :confused3

PhilharMagic :3dglasses

Peter Panís flight Ė I love these rides!

Snow White

Shops:
Again with the shops, I know- you canít wait for my shopping list. :upsidedow

Sir Mickeys
Tinkerbelleís Tresure

Might Dos:
Arielís Grotto- Iíd love to meet Ariel- but I donít know that itís worth all of the lines.

Dream Along with Mickey- I bet itís cute. Iíll check out the show times and see if it works.

Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh- again, I like these kinds of rides- but Iím not a big Pooh fan.

Pinocchioís Village Haus- For some figgaro fries! I looove fries- and these look yummy. I know to ask for them with the tomatoís & ranch. But only if weíre hungry and wanting fries!


Donít Cares:

Dumbo

Golden Carousal- I can ride these anytime.

Mad Tea Party: Teacups make me sick. :sick:

Poohís Spot: Not a huge Pooh fan.

Mickeyís Toontown Fair

Must Dos:
-There are no Must Dos- There are thingís Iíd LIKE to do- but they are all dependent upon time, and the completion of all other Must Dos.

Might Dos:
Minnieís House- itís looks super cute.

Mickeyís House- But Iím not waiting in long lines.

Hall of Fame, Pixie Hollow & Judgeís Tent: Only if thereís characters I donít think Iíll see anywhere else.

Shops:
None that strike me as a must stop- but weíll probably meander through.

Donít Cares:
Donaldís Boat
Barnstormer- both kid stuff.

Tomorrowland

Must Dos:

Stichís great escape- looks Fun!

Monsterís Inc-I think Iíll be entertained by this!

Buzz lightyearís spin

Shops:
Merchant of Venus

Might Dos:

Carousel Of Progress: looks interesting, but I doubt itíll be open.

Stichís Supersonic Celebration- the new show- it could be fun!

Donít Cares:
Astro Orbiter

Space Mountain: We donít do a lot of roller coasters, and this one isnít going to be one of the few we choose to ride.

Speedway- I have no real interest in this

Transit Authority- Looks really boring!

Characters I would Like to See:
The Alice Crew- My favorite Movie!
Jack Sparrow
Aladdin
Mickey
Minnie
Donald
Goofy
Captain Hook
Peter Pan
The Princesses! princess: (Iím doing CRT- and late Princess Storybook Breakfast- so I may not hunt them down here unless I miss them)
Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Cinderella


Letís end with Parades & Fireworks:

We will most definitely see Wishes- maybe several times.

Iím a fan of parades, so Iíd like to see them all!

If we have to choose 1 parade it would be SpectroMagic.
Next, Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it.
Finally, the Celebrate Dreams come true (or whatever the new parade will be.)


Stay Tuned: Next Week: Epcot! :goodvibes

jessters7
09-05-2009, 08:43 AM
Hey there! I just caught up and am loving your pre-trip report! I know it's confusing about what food plan to do. We just got back and did the regular dining plan. We paid for a few things out of pocket, but it wasn't too bad. Although next time I may want to try several shows out, so things could change.
I do have to say, Le Cellier was very good!! I knew exactly what to get from the dining boards! We split the meal (no extra charge) of soup and a salad, got the filet with mushroom risotto, and chocolate moose. Everything was AWESOME!!
Good luck with the wedding stuff, too! It really will be here before ya know it!
:dance3:
P.S. Your new puppy is sooooooo cute! Makes me want another doggie, even though we have 2! :laughing:

Thanks for reading! I've been reading dining boards too- and picking out exactly what I want. We're still finalzing all of our dinner plans- less then a month till ADRS!
I just got my puppy- so I'll post better pics of her playing with our other dog!

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

My husband and I were married at WDW back in 2001 and honeymooned there with a short disney cruise. It was AMAZING!! We had a very intimate wedding however with only 8 guests, but I wouldn't have done it any other way. :lovestruc

Your wedding plans and disney plans look great... Can't wait to read more! popcorn::

Thanks so much! I'm so jealous of your disney wedding! I would've loved an intimate wedding with just a few people, unfortunately our siblings and their spouses and kids and parents account for over 20 people! :scared1:
I would love to see any pics you have of your disney wedding!!

jessters7
09-12-2009, 01:21 PM
As promised (if anyoneís even reading!) Itís time for my Must Dos, Might Dos, And Donít Cares.

This weekís edition: Epcot!
So, this is the park I most look forward too. I will spend at least one full day- and several partial days or nights.


Future World:

Must Dos:
Spaceship Earth

Innoventions- Iím not going to list everything separately- but weíll spend some time touring these. Oneís I most look forward to:
Stormstruck-
The House of Innoventions
Video Games of Tomorrow
Dylan will like: Rockiní Robots
Club Cool

The Seas with Nemo and Friends Ė both the ride and weíll browse around the pavilion

Soariní Ė I hope it lives up to itís hype.

Journey into Imagination with Figment- I still have my doll from when I was a kid!

What Ifs Lab- Again, we will just meander through here and play some.

Shopping!
Especially:
MouseGears
Imageworks


Maybe Dos:

Universe of Energy- This looks pretty boring to me and itís really long. However, this kind of thing is right up Dylanís ally- soo we may end up doing it.

Turtle Talk w/ Crush- It looks entertaining- but weíll have to see about timing.

Living with the Land- Dylan would probably enjoy this

Circle of Life- this again, depends on how much time we have

Test Track- Only if we have time and can get a FP

Donít Cares:

Mission Space- it makes me nauseas just thinking about itÖ

Honey I shrunk the Audience- thereís just other things Iíd rather do.

World Showcase:

This is by far the area I am most looking forward too!

Must Dos:
Food & Drinks: Iím not a lush- but I will be drinking my fair share in Epcot!
Margarita in Mexico

Storybook Breakfast in Norway
School Bread! I canít wait to try it

Peach Snnaps- in China

Biergaton- for dinner

Black Forest Cake- Yum!

Italian Margarita
Grey Goose Slushie

Restaurant Markessh- Dinner

Chips & Hummas as a snack

Chefs de France- for lunch

Boulangerie Paitissire- for yummy snacks

Welsh Dragon

Le Celliar- for lunch


Rides/Attractions:
Gran Fiesto
Malestorm
Impressions de France- Dylan took French in college and has a deep interest in France.

Shopping:
Whatís the WS w/out some shopping??
Iíll probably browse ALL of them- but here are some that spark my interest
Artesanias Mexicanas
Plaza De Los Amigos
The Puffinís Roost
Yong Feng
Der Teddy bar
Volkskunst
Die Weihnachts Ecke- I want a Christmas Pickle!
Il Bel Cristallo
La Cucina Italiana
Mitsukoshi Department Store
Souk-Al-Magreb
Souvenirs de France
Magic of Wales
The Trading Post

Other:
Dragon Legend Acrobats
MoRockin
Server Amusant
British Invasion- Iím obsessed with the Beatles-
Off Kilter


Maybe Dos:

Other areas in Mexico (like Casa Mexicana)- Iíd like to browse through if we have time

Mariachi Cobre- Iíd like to see them, but we wonít plan our day by it.

Stave Church- in Norway

Reflections of China- if we have a chance

Tomb Warriers

Si Xan

Sergio the Juggler

World Showcase Players

American Adventure (everything here is on the maybe listÖ)

Bijutsu-kan Gallery- in Japan

All entertainment in Japan

Tour in Morocco

Fez House

Moroccan Musesms & Gallary

Oí Canada

Donít Cares:
I want to do it all here! So I have no Donít Cares!

Fireworks!
And of course I will see Illuminations at least once on the trip!

Characters I want to see:

The princesses at the storybook breakfast! (Iím hoping for Ariel, Aurora & Snow White) If they arenít all there- I may hunt them down throughout the parks!

Alice! I will hunt her down sometime this trip!
Aladdin, Jasmine & Genie
Beast & Belle
Mickey & Minnie
Pinocchio!
Mulan

carps09
09-12-2009, 03:43 PM
Hi! Looks like you're having fun planning your honeymoon. I started planning ours about a year ago, and I can't believe it's in 3 weeks!! Enjoy this time and I'm sure your trip, and your wedding, will be awesome!

jessters7
09-20-2009, 09:49 AM
Back Again- this week Animal Kingdom
Dylan is REALLY looking forward to this park. I'm only dedicating 1 full day, and I hope it's enough!

I'm not going to break this one down into Areas- as it's pretty short. I will break it into types though.

Must Dos:
Food:
Donald's Safari Breakfast & Yak & Yeti Lunch!

Shows:
Flights of Wonder- We love these kinds of shows with live animals.
Lion King- This is the number one thing on my list. I've seen it on Broadway, and LOVED it. Can't wait to see this version!

Rides:
Safari!!

Expedition Everest: This is one of the few roller-coasters you'll find on my MUST do list. I can't wait to ride this!

Dinosaur

Other:
Check out Tree of Life
Chester & Hester's midway games! I may make this the last thing we do- so we don't spend all day- because I'm sure we could!

And of course: SHOPS:
Especially:
Mombasa Marketplace
Mandela's
Chester & Hester's Dino Treasures

Maybe Dos:

Shows:
Finding Nemo- Really want to see this, but I'm not putting it at the top of the list.

It's tough to be a bug- I'd like to see it, but I'd rather do Lion King & Nemo, so we'll just have to see.

Rides:
Kali River Rapids- if it's not too cold- we will probably check this out.
Primeval Whirl- Depending on time

Other:
We will do some trails for sure- but how many, and how long we spend is yet to be decided. Here's my rank order of the trails we would like to do:
1.Maharajah
2.Pagani
3.Discovery Island
4.Oasis Trails (so I know you see this one anyways, but we may spend some more time exploring if we have the chance.)

Character Greeting Trails: Not included above- but on the list of Maybes- depending on who's there and how much time we have.

Jammin' Jungle Parade: I'd love to see it- but I'm not scheduling my day around it.

Don't Cares:
Rafiki's Planet Watch (all of it)- I'm sure it's educational, cute & fun, but I don't think we're going to have time to really explore this area.

The Boneyard- Kid stuff- I'm sure if I have a little boy we'll spend plenty of time here.

TriceraTop Spin- I'm only doing 1 dumboesque ride- and this isn't it!

Finally, Characters I want to see:
I hope to see Mickey, Donald, Pluto & Goofy at the breakfast.

Baloo- I know he's not there a lot- but if he is- I'll wait in line for him!
King Louie- again, not often there
Dasiy
Minnie
Lilo & Stich

Up next week: Hollywood Studios!

jessters7
09-25-2009, 11:38 AM
Hey Everyone! This week I plot my plans for Hollywood Studios (or MGM, as it was called when I was there before!)
So, originally I was only planning 1 day here. But then I found out the park closes around 7- and if we want to do fantasmic- maybe with a dinner package, then we will have to stop around 4 to eat and wait to get in. And if we eat a TS for an early lunch- that only leaves 5-6 hours to explore- and we may want more then that.

Sooo, I may do an extra half a day here- and eat lunch then go to Epcot or MK for the rest of the day.

Must Dos:
Rides:
Backlot Tour

Toy Story!

Great Movie Ride

One Manís Dream- not really a ride, but I will def. walk through here.

Magic of Disney Animation- We love this kind of stuff!


Shows:
American Idol- to watch-not audition! Iíd love to catch the last show of the day-but any would do.

Indiana Jones: LOVE Indy.

Beauty & the Beast- love this movie- canít wait to see it!

Voyage of the Little Mermaid- My 2nd fav Disney movie- I really want to see this.

Food:
Sci-Fi- Lunch

Other:
Interact with Streetmosphere actors!

SHOP!
Especially:
Animation Gallery
In Character
Itís a Wonderful Shop
The Beverly Sunset

Maybe Dos:
Rides:
Star Tours- Weíd probably like this- but itís not going on the Musts.

Rockiní Roller Coaster- If we have time- and feel like a roller coaster.

Journey into Narnia- we may walk through

Shows:
Lights, Motor, Action! Stunt Show- Iíd like to see this, if we get a chance.

Muppet Vision 3D- there are other shows that rank higher on my list.

HSM-3

Parades and Fantasmic:
Fantasmic- this should probably be a must do. But-with it not being offered every night- Iím just hoping it works into my plans. I intend to get some kind of Fantasmic Dinner package-which would assure us a seat.

Block Party Bash- liked to see, not planning my day around it.


Donít Cares:

Rides:
Sounds Dangerous- Iím not all that interested in this.

Tower of Terror- Crazy right? This is usually at the top of pplís list. For us however, we donít know if we could handle the repeated drops.

Honey I shrunk the Kids Movie set- I LOVED this as a kid- but I think weíd look pretty silly playing here.

Shows:
Playhouse Disney- not really our thing.

Characters I want to see:
Sorcerer Mickey

Toy Story Guys:
Buzz, Woody & Jesse

Star Wars:
Darth Vader, Chewbacca


Up next: Downtown Disney!

jessters7
10-02-2009, 11:32 AM
Okay, so even-though no one is reading-or at least replying- I'm continuing with my Must do lists! I enjoy it- and it helps me keep things organized in my own head. :goodvibes So. This week: Downtown Disney.

We will def be checking this out a couple of nights. This time, I broke the shops and restaurants down into must & maybes! If it's not included, I probably didn't care- but I may end up browsing through anyways!

Must dos:

Raglen Road- we'll go here one night for dinner after 9, so we can enjoy the entertainment and drink some nice irish drinks!

Goofy's Candy Shop! I can't wait to use up some snack credits here.

Ghiradalidi- icecream + best chocolate ever= enough said.
SHOPS:
Days of Christmas
Art of Disney
Mickey's Mart- I'm all about the discount shopping!
Once Upon a Toy
Tren-D
World of Disney
Candy Cauldron
Magic Masters

Maybe Dos:
Cooke's of Dublin: for a fried 'doh-bars'
Shops:
Basin- if I have something on my list I think I can get here-
EuroSpain
Lego Imagination Center- I have a feeling Dylan will want to go in here.
Changing Attitudes
Curl
Pop Gallery- to look, not buy!
Starabilias
Magnetron

Next week- Iíll do things around the resort and others. But stay tuned because my ADR date is MONDAY! So Iíll be posting a final list (hopefully!) of our dining plans! And Iíll stop stressing out about food!

jessters7
10-10-2009, 11:08 AM
Guess what??!! I FINALLY made my ADRS. Thought you would be happy to know my final listing. We ended up getting Deluxe Dining- hopefully we will be able to get our moneyís worth!

SUNDAY: JAN 3
Dinner: Boatwrights- 6:00

MONDAY: JAN 4
Breakfast @ Chef Mickeyís Ė 8:45

Lunch: Counter Service Somewhere

Dinner: Ď50ís Primetime: 9:30pm

TUESDAY: Jan 5.
Breakfast Tusker House: 8:10

Lunch: Yak & Yeti-2:30

Dinner: Raglen Road- 10pm

Wednesday: 1/6

Breakfast @ Akershus Royal Banquet Hall -915

Lunch: Chefís de France- 1pm

Dinner: Germany: Biergarton: 7:55

Thursday: 1/7
Breakfast: Counter Service

Lunch: SciFi-12:15

Dinner: Spirit of the Aloaha-8pm

Friday: Jan 8th

Lunch: Le Celliar-11:35

Dinner: Markeesh: - 8:00

Saturday: Jan 9th

Lunch: Counter Service

Dinner @ Cinderellaís Royal Table: 7:05


Sunday: Jan 10th
Breakfast @ 1900 Park Fare: 9:10am

jessters7
11-21-2009, 01:53 PM
So the craziness of School & Wedding Planning caught up with me!

Anyways. Here's the final itinerary.

Jan. 3
Plane leaves at: 1:40
Arrive in Orlando 3:25 (hopefully!!!)
Get on Magic Express and Arrive at POR!
Check in Rooms.
Dinner at Boatrights:

Extra Magic Hours at MK!
If weíre too exhausted we may go to Downtown Disney
OR
Just walk around resort.

Day 2. Jan 4th
Breakfast at: Chef Mickeyís
Monorail over to MK
Explore!
Lunch at Counter Service- so weíre not tied down.
Maybe back to resort to rest- OR keep playing!

Eventually go to HS.
Dinner @ 50ís Primetime

Back to Resort.

Day 3. Jan 5th
Go to AK
Breakfast: Tuskar House
Lunch: Yak & Yeti
Maybe back to resort- or go to another Park

Sometime that evening: Go Downtown Disney

Late Dinner @ Raglen Road

Day 4. Jan 6th
Go to EPCOT! Iím hoping to spend the whole day here- but if we get tired, weíll go rest and come back.
Breakfast: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Lunch: Chefís de France
Dinner: Biergarton


Day 5. Jan 7th
Breakfast: @ Resort
Go to HS
Lunch: Sci Fi
Maybe back to resort- or keep playing at HS- or goto another park- I dunno. This part is flexible.

Dinner at Spirit of the Aloha!

Day 6. Jan 8th
Breakfast: at resort or sleep in.
Go to Epcot
Lunch: Le Celliar
Maybe back to resort- or keep playing
Dinner: Markeesh

Day 7. Jan 9th

This day is completely until the evening. So we may hit up some things weíve missed, or we may just sleep in and enjoy our resort!
Sometime before 6pm go to MK.

Dinner: Cinderellaís Castle!

Day 8- Departure Day. Jan 10th
Check out- and leave luggage at front desk
Breakfast: 1900
Go to MK to say goodbye.
Go back to resort to get on ME by: 2:00 (really wish it wasnít so early!)
Plane leaves: 5:05

jessters7
11-21-2009, 01:54 PM
Shopping List!

So Christmas is nearing, and itís my favorite time of the year! But- due to the fact that we will be in frantic wedding mode & going on our honeymoon- most of my family wonít receive Christmas gifts until AFTERWARDS. Some will get stuff before, simply because I wonít see them for a while after Christmas.
So hereís the list- Iíve got some ideas- but any ideas you have will be awesome!
BTW- names have been changed.

Our Parents:
My Mom: very easy to buy for- Iím not sure what Iíll get- but Iím sure Iíll find something.
My Stepdad- a big time golfer- hoping I can find something like that.
My Dad: Is a minister- and likes all kinds of antique looking figurines.
My Stepmom: Is Italian- so Iím hoping to find something in Italy.
His Dad: Loves to read- so Iím going to find a cool book
His Mom: like candles and perfumes.

The kids: My nephews & nieces
Gaston- 13- and heís a manís man. Likes all sports & video games. And Pirates (he lives in Pirate Country!)
Flounder- 10, also lives in Pirate country. Doesnít like sports as much- but likes most things Disney- so he should be pretty easy to buy for.
Stich- is 7- likes cars and puzzles.
Lilo- is 5- loves dressing up and all things girly!
Lilliputian- the littlest of the group- sheís 3
--these 2 are sisters- and weirdly wear the same size- they borrow clothes all the time. SO Iím thinking about cute dress up clothes- like Minnie Mouse Dress!! And maybe something else ultra cute- these two are the most fun to buy for!

Others:
His Brother- 22- and a dj. He usually loves anything I buy- so Iíll find something.
My Sister- LOVES Disney- so Iím sure Iíll find something cool for her.

--My other siblings, I might get the gifts for pre-disney. We usually just do things for the kids- because there is so many of us.

My Thesis advisor- I promised him a souvenir. So Iíll find something to put on his desk.

My animals:
Blanca & Tito- the Chis
And
Calypso- my cat.
Iím hoping to find cute pet stuff! Anyone know where you can find this stuff??

And Dylan & I agreed to do our Christmas gifts for each other at Disney- so Iíll get to pick out my own very cool Disney gift!