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jenbear123
07-25-2009, 01:23 PM
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Table of Contents
New dates already?! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32980726&postcount=2)
Changing of the dates yet again (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33032602&postcount=3)
Decision Making (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33091692&postcount=4)
Yup, we're still undecided (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33259104&postcount=7)
Dodging a bullet and flight plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33290130&postcount=12)
Must Do's (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33326885&postcount=18)
Potential ADRs + Something New! + Exciting News! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33355598&postcount=20)
Ladies and Gentleman, allow me to introduce... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33378209&postcount=21)
Full Steam Ahead (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33435599&postcount=24)
November Flight Details (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33514502&postcount=26)
November Itinerary Version 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33538347&postcount=28)
An April digression with November progression (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33667994&postcount=34)
It's done!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33693808&postcount=35)
November Itinerary Day 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33755655&postcount=36)
Mail Call (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33765904&postcount=41)
Counting down the days... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33805450&postcount=49)
Call me crazy (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33809974&postcount=51)
The One-Night Resort Showdown (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33813253&postcount=58)
November Plans Day 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33816666&postcount=62)
Poly Planning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33849204&postcount=65)
November Itinerary Day 4 & A Breakfast Surprise (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33895658&postcount=85)
Special Delivery (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33928690&postcount=93)
Recovery (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34024911&postcount=96)
Lapu-Lapu Anyone? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34038273&postcount=99)
Wanted: April ADRs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34089929&postcount=107)
April ADRs: The Results (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34099080&postcount=108)
Let's play the April ADR's Shuffle (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34150707&postcount=113)
Finalized November Itinerary (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34198610&postcount=118)
Scary Dream (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34245180&postcount=124)
9 days to go!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34283233&postcount=129)
You're not going to believe this... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34311418&postcount=132)
System Overload (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34336360&postcount=135)
Progress - 2 days to go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34362518&postcount=139)
On my way tomorrow!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34390380&postcount=147)
I'M BACK! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34464291&postcount=148)
November Trip Report is up! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34476567&postcount=158)
Polynesian Update and Another Trip.....WHAT! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34483103&postcount=159)
More ramblings and such (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34651589&postcount=160)
Hoist the Anchor! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34673579&postcount=163)
I digress (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34684119&postcount=169)
A X-mas Tree Expedition (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34719029&postcount=173)
Get out the bubbly, it's time to celebrate! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34733487&postcount=179)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34822381&postcount=183)
April Progress: ADRs REVISED (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34864353&postcount=187)
FEBRUARY NEWS!!!! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34951702&postcount=190)
The New Feb Resort (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34966581&postcount=192)
More Feb updates with a side of Babbling (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35065386&postcount=207)
The Spanish Inquisition (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35095546&postcount=225)
Did you say driving? No way, we're flying! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35132293&postcount=242)
A Legendary Discovery (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35145058&postcount=245)
Feb Plans Day 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35194387&postcount=249)
Feb Plans Day 3 (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35253585&postcount=263)
16 days to go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35302611&postcount=274)
11 days to go - ELEVEN?!?! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35368796&postcount=288)
9 days to go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35388745&postcount=297)
5 days to go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35441507&postcount=312)
2 days to go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35490329&postcount=320)
I'm back (again) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35597243&postcount=340)
DDD (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35607569&postcount=347)
TR is up! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35614895&postcount=354)
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35670722&postcount=358)
Planning the Surprise (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35697507&postcount=366)
Ick. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35765712&postcount=374)
Sour Day turned to Sweet (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35795455&postcount=386)
The Surprise is Set (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35849254&postcount=399)
New Blanket; April Day 1, Day 2 Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35860292&postcount=402)
Cruise Concerns + Tour Trials (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35902537&postcount=410)
27 days to go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35978236&postcount=419)
Train Tour is Booked (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35988088&postcount=425)
Garden Grocer Order (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36015740&postcount=434)
And The Ship Sets Sail (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36065337&postcount=447)
Fort Lauderdale Chaos (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36221856&postcount=459)
6 days to go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36266143&postcount=467)
3 more sleeps (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36315499&postcount=475)
I'm back...for good this time! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36485784&postcount=491)NEW




Welcome to my first successful Pre-trip report. I have tried to start one in the past but before I knew it I'd be into the Trip report phase! This time, I am WELL ahead of myself in planning but I thought I'd include all you DISers to help with my planning. I could really use some tips and advice as it's always appreciated.


Let's get started!

When: March 1st-10th, 2010 -- The dates are still quite tentative. It's definitely going to be from March 1st but the return day could vary from either March 10th or 11th. This depends on my sister who is currently working at Disney World on a one-year contract. Her contract ends on March 11th UNLESS she gets an extension, which isn't decided until a couple weeks prior to the end of the contract. We will be able to make a decision on how long we stay once we know if she's getting extended or not. If she isn't extended and her last day is March 11th, we will fly down from Canada and then drive back North in her car (that obviously has to come back to Canada somehow!). If she IS extended then we will simply come down for the full 9 or 10 nights. The length could also depend on our budget as well. I'm hoping to be able to get a good TA room only rate and upgrade to a basic dining package. We would utilize my sister's discount for the theme park tickets and then we'd be all set!

Where: This is still in the works. We are definitely doing a split stay. Having the split stay will allow us the extra money for the Deluxe resort. I'm probably going to have lots of questions about split stays so please let me know your experiences! First 4 nights at Pop Century, the second 5 nights at one of the following (in order of preference): Yacht Club, Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn, or Old Key West. Our first choice is one of the Epcot resorts along the boardwalk that's within walking distance of the International Gateway entrance to Epcot. It's our favourite theme park (not to mention that's where my sister works) so we want to be within a close distance. For those of you who have stayed at either one of the above resorts, I'd love to hear any suggestions, recommendations or comments. We have stayed at Pop Century back in September 2008 trip for 7 nights and really enjoyed it. Considering this will be our "Disney splurge" we don't want to be stuck in a Value resort for the full length of our trip. Not saying that we don't like the Value resorts, we just want to experience something different. Pop Century was good but we'd only stay there for a long period of time again if we were on a tight budget. It wasn't bad because we were hardly in the room anyway. Only thing we didn't like about it was how far away it was from the theme parks and how there was only ONE food court for all the resort guests. It still sticks to the Disney level of service that you would expect. To be honest, we had a better Front Desk experience at Pop Century than we did at Wilderness Lodge! We'd prefer to be in Pop Century out of the Value resort choices as, on many occasions, have noticed on previous trips that all the sport teams and tour groups stick to the All Star resorts. I'm not sure if this will be the case for March, but we don't want to risk having to put up with the loud, rowdy tour group crowds. We might even shorten our stay at Pop Century, but it all depends on how pricing goes.

Who:

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Me, 24 years old, I have visited Walt Disney World 6 times in the passed two years and can't wait to get back there again!!! To see where I have stayed at while visiting the World in the past, check out my signature below. My favourite Disney movie is Bambi. My favourite characters are Chip & Dale.

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My Mom, only as old as she feels :laughing:, currently works from home through her own administrative business. She is responsible for my Disney fever. I'm not sure what sparked our Disney "fever" but within the past 2 years, we've tried to make it down to Disney World at least every 6 months or so. Now even more often, since my sister is working down there until March 2010. Growing up, we never had the chance to travel to Disney World when I was young (the best time to visit!!!) so now, we're making up for it. Her motto is: "You're only as old as you feel" and when you're at Disney World, that can be ANY age. Her ultimate dream is to spend 2 weeks at Disney but since I can't get away from work for that long right now, 10 days it shall be. She vows to always stay on-site. She will never settle for anything less. (Complete opposite of my dad, who is el-cheapo when it comes to ANYTHING). Her favourite Disney character is, the one and only, Mickey Mouse.

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My Sister, Bubba. No, that's not her real name but that's how we refer to each other. Why? Well, one day we were both watching "Forrest Gump" starring Tom Hanks. For those of you who haven't seen the movie, Forrest makes friends with a man named "Bubba" during the Vietnam war. We both found the name to be very funny and liked it even more when Forrest said it with his accent (I apologize to those from Alabama. Being from Canada, we are not used to the accent). Soon, we found ourselves calling each other "Bubba Joe" and "Bubba Jean", "Bubba" for short and the names have stuck ever since. People will look at us funny when we're in public when we start referring to eachother as "Bubba". It's priceless. Anyway, Bubba may make a few appearances during our trip but will not be staying with us the whole time. - EDIT: Bubba sadly did not receive her extension so will not be joining us. :sad: She is 26 years old, currently working in WDW. Her and I get along amazingly well for sisters as we rarely fight or get annoyed with one another. I miss her dearly while she's working in Florida. It's just not the same around here!

Coming up next: Airfare :scared1: & Must Do's

jenbear123
08-01-2009, 09:50 PM
So..... already the dates have changed. I realized that my BF's birthday happens to be March 8th, which means I'd miss it (again :rolleyes:) if I were to go ahead with these dates. The BF would not be pleased to know that I would be missing his birthday again for the sake of a Disney trip. You see, he's not the biggest fan of Disney World. In fact, he loathes the fact that I spend the majority of my time reading and writing on these forums. Well, that's just too bad as nothing can save me from the Disney "fever" :snooty: He already knows that though :laughing: I'm not really sure how he puts up with me to be honest. I'm just happy he lets me go on all these trips to Disney World. He never comes with me though and it makes me sad that it will never be an interest we can share together (i.e. No Disneymoon :sad1: )

Our NEW dates are going to be either February 25th-March 6th, 2010 OR March 25th-April 3rd, 2010 We're trying our best to steer clear of any holidays or busy times. Do these dates work? Are there any American holidays that fall into either of these time periods that I am not aware of? Lend me your knowledge fellow DISers!

jenbear123
08-05-2009, 01:33 PM
It appears that the dates have changed again. I guess this will be a reoccurring theme for this 2010 trip! I realized that throughout March is the Peak season and with our budget, it doesn't make sense to go during this time. Also, we will run into all the Spring Break travelers. The crowds will just be insane! Last March, when we went for our off-site stay (yuck!), the day we were leaving was the first day of Spring Break for many places. The crowds were NUTS! I'm glad we were leaving :rolleyes1

Now I look to the DIS for suggestions (although I feel like I've been talking to myself so far... :sad1: ) When would be the best time to go during the month of April? Easter seems to fall during the first weekend of April, so that's out. I'm trying to avoid peak pricing as much as possible. If I can't avoid it at all, then so be it. I'm hoping that someone can suggest a good 10 day date range during mid-April. I was thinking maybe April 6th-16th? Any ideas?

jenbear123
08-09-2009, 08:21 PM
Since there's a severe thunderstorm with MAJOR lightning going on in my area, I figured I'd mull over more plans for my upcoming trip!

My real dilemma is the dining plan. I know it's a huge savings. It's been proved to me over and over again. Only thing is that if I really want to save money and book room-only using my TA discount, I do not have access to the dining plan unless it is offered in a special offer to TA's. That totally stinks. :mad: Why does Disney do that? I am willing to pay full pop for food for the time I am there. What's the big deal? :confused3 I know I'm already saving on the room but I could be an even bigger jerk and eat offsite (not likely, but hey you never know... I could be one of those people). SO, here are a few scenerios I've been talking to my mom about:

Scenario #1:
We book room-only with my TA discount for both resorts we decide to stay at (more on the decision of where we're going to stay later on) and forfeit the dining plan UNLESS it comes up in an offer

Scenario #2:
We book a package with West Jet (I love flying West Jet) at full price for the first 5 nights with flight, room, and 1 day base ticket (Remember we're getting our 10 day park hopper with my sister's CM discount). We won't add the dining right away as I hear it is non-refundable? I wouldn't want to add it, pay full price for it, and then another Free Dining promotion comes out and not be able to get our money back. Although I highly doubt free dining will be extended into April 2010. If anything, I'm crossing my fingers for another Buy 4, get 3 free offer! Then, for the last 4 nights, book room only with my TA discount and be on our own for food (unless of course another offer... see where I'm going with this...)

Scenario #3:
We book the resort rooms with Holiday House (for those who haven't heard of this company, they're a FIT company that let's you "build" your own vacation) at full price, each with a 1-day base ticket. Eventually we'll add the QSDP for the first 5 nights to save a little and get the DDP for the last 4 nights. Also, book the flights separately. Not sure if this is the most economical choice though....

It's hard to tell right now as all the prices aren't available yet for 2010; with West Jet especially. Does anyone else find it hard to plan these trips so far in advance at the most inexpensive option possible? I know it's a bit easier with those in the States as you don't need to worry about the exchange rate. Once that gets into the mix, it makes comparing prices even more complicated. :scared1:

And that's not the only dilemma I'm trying to sort out. The matter of "Where should we stay?" is a constant debate. Many names such as YC, BC, WL, POFQ, POP, CBR and Poly have been heard at least once out of the many options of where we should stay. My riff is how expensive YC/BC is. I can't imagine paying rack rate for these locations... but I really, really, REALLY want to stay there. We could do 3 nights but I can't imagine this being nearly enough time to enjoy a new resort let alone being able to last 6 nights at the POP. :sad2: I absolutely loved WL when we stayed there back in Feb 2008 :lovestruc I would stay there again in a drop of a hat. Then again, it would go against us trying to stay within the Epcot resort area. If we had to go Moderate, I would probably go with POFQ. Mainly to avoid the multiple bus stops at CBR. On top of that, we loved it there too. It felt like a "mini-Deluxe" and the place gave off such a tranquil environment. If we can't swing a split stay, then perhaps we can shoot for 9 nights at POFQ? I don't know!

Sorry for all my rambling. I applaud those who even bother to read it. I'm just trying to get my jumbled thoughts out of my brain before my head explodes. There's still not much decisions I can make until prices are all out.

taylor3297
08-09-2009, 08:26 PM
If you go two weeks after easter the crowds aren't bad. The week before and the week right after easter many schools have spring break. We went a couple of years ago two weeks after easter and the crowds while not light, were manageable. Our longest wait was to see Areil and that was 45 minutes.

jenbear123
08-09-2009, 09:25 PM
If you go two weeks after easter the crowds aren't bad. The week before and the week right after easter many schools have spring break. We went a couple of years ago two weeks after easter and the crowds while not light, were manageable. Our longest wait was to see Areil and that was 45 minutes.

Good point. During our April/May trip this year, the crowds were very manageable. I wouldn't mind going during that time again. Thanks for reading along :thumbsup2

jenbear123
08-21-2009, 09:46 PM
My mom stopped by at work today (being a TA, we were in the right place to talk about a vacation) and we started seriously discussing this trip. After looking at 2010 TA rates, we've narrowed down our choices. We've also pretty much agreed on the dates. Here's what the trip is shaping up to:

Dates: April 22nd-May 1st, 2010

Resorts:

Option 1: Pop Century 3 nights, Yacht or Beach Club 6 nights
Option 2: Pop Century 3 nights, Wilderness Lodge 6 nights
Option 3: Pop Century 3 nights, Polynesian 6 nights

No dining plan - With my discount, we're not entitled to add the dining plan unless it's offered exclusively. At first my mom was apprehensive on this decision as well. I reassured her, though, and reminded her that we are not big eaters. We'll bring cereal down with us and just buy milk and yogurt on site for our breakfasts. On occasion we'll go for a Character breakfast, which will keep us full for the majority of the day. Then for dinner, on the days we have the big buffet breakfasts, we'll grab a Quick Service meal to share. The portions are consistently huge so I can't see us going hungry. On the days we eat our breakfasts in the room, we'll do the opposite: Grab a Quick Service for an early lunch to share and then have a nice sit down dinner. I can see many EoS visits in our future for this trip :scratchin With the recent rise in the cost of the dining plan, there's no way I'm forking out that kind of money. Most of the credits would end up getting wasted anyway since we just can't eat that much! I figure we can do all our meals for the 10 days with a budget of approximately $300 (that's including gratuties).

Tickets: 10 day Park Hopper with DSis Cast Member discount - The thought of an AP came to my mind for a split second but I don't know how many times we'll be back next year to make it worthwhile.

Getting back to resort choices, my mom seemed pretty decided on Option 1 but I couldn't be so confident yet. We've put Pop Century on a 7 day hold for our dates :yay: since it's quite common for Pop to be the first one to book up out of the Values (at least in my experience). We know 100% that we're doing a split stay at a Value then Deluxe. I'm still so indecisive for the Deluxe choice. What's the difference between Yacht & Beach Club? Which one would you stay at, and why? Should we consider Boardwalk Inn into the mix? My mom would love to give the Poly a try but it's the most expensive out of all the choices. Not really sure why :confused: I love the fact that it's right on the monorail line and right beside the TTC. But then YC and BC are just steps away from Epcot, which is a big :thumbsup2 They're not far from the Studios either. I'd love to stay at one of these resorts, too, because of all the restaurant choices that are steps away at Epcot! Let's not forget Storm Along Bay. I haven't seen it in person yet and am already in love with it :lovestruc Wilderness Lodge would be like going back "home" and it's the cheapest option of the bunch. Most likely won't end up here since we really want to try something different. Decisions.... decisions....

Another aspect that has been considered is to rent a car or not. Perhaps we could get a car for a day to make a grocery run upon our arrival. The cost to do this with Alamo would be approx $45. Not likely we'll do this since there's too much paperwork and liability to get stressed over for a mere one-day rental. If we absolutely decide to get groceries (such as case of water, milk, snacks, etc) it'll probably go through Garden Grocer. I've heard good things about them from the DIS. Can't go wrong, can I? Then I thought maybe we could have the luxury of a car for the full 10 days but that tacks on an additional $300 to our vacation so that was a big, fat NOPE! Good ole Disney transportation is looking like the best bet.

Hopefully everything will be all decided by the end of the month. Stay tuned! :cheer2:

reyasmommy
08-21-2009, 10:01 PM
Question:::: You said that you went in March previously?!? What dates were you actually there? The reason I'm asking is because we're going to be there from March 4th-14th and I was hoping that we would miss out on the MAJOR spring break crowds. Was under the impression that we would be leaving right before they arrived?!?!? Here in Colorado Spring Break doesn't start until the 3rd week of March.

I've never been in April, but my brother was there last year April 1st-12th and said the crowds were insane. Shoulder to Shoulder everywhere, everyday.

Unfortunately for us our airfare is already paid for so no matter what we're stuck there from the 4th to the 14th. I'm hoping I didn't make a huge mistake. :confused3

jenbear123
08-21-2009, 10:53 PM
Question:::: You said that you went in March previously?!? What dates were you actually there? The reason I'm asking is because we're going to be there from March 4th-14th and I was hoping that we would miss out on the MAJOR spring break crowds. Was under the impression that we would be leaving right before they arrived?!?!? Here in Colorado Spring Break doesn't start until the 3rd week of March.

I've never been in April, but my brother was there last year April 1st-12th and said the crowds were insane. Shoulder to Shoulder everywhere, everyday.

Unfortunately for us our airfare is already paid for so no matter what we're stuck there from the 4th to the 14th. I'm hoping I didn't make a huge mistake. :confused3

We were there from March 7th-14th this year. The crowds were fine right up until about the time we were leaving. Early March is definitely a good time to go. You get ahead of the crazy March Break crowds. :crowded: We never felt claustrophobic while we were there. In fact, the parks felt pretty empty at times. There was one morning at HS when we were the only family walking around where that San Francisco backdrop is (this was after we made our TSM Fastpass run) Fear not! I don't think you have made a huge mistake. You should be very happy with the dates you'll be going. Where are you staying?

reyasmommy
08-22-2009, 10:11 AM
We were there from March 7th-14th this year. The crowds were fine right up until about the time we were leaving. Early March is definitely a good time to go. You get ahead of the crazy March Break crowds. :crowded: We never felt claustrophobic while we were there. In fact, the parks felt pretty empty at times. There was one morning at HS when we were the only family walking around where that San Francisco backdrop is (this was after we made our TSM Fastpass run) Fear not! I don't think you have made a huge mistake. You should be very happy with the dates you'll be going. Where are you staying?

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!! That is soooooo great to hear! :yay:

We're staying off property this year. We'll have 4 adults,and a 9 year old, 7 year old, 4 year old, and a 3 month old, so we need a condo!

It's called Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa. We're staying in a 3 bed/3bath condo. I of course wish i could stay on property, but we couldn't beat the price and space.

jenbear123
08-24-2009, 02:06 PM
Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!! That is soooooo great to hear! :yay:

We're staying off property this year. We'll have 4 adults,and a 9 year old, 7 year old, 4 year old, and a 3 month old, so we need a condo!

It's called Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa. We're staying in a 3 bed/3bath condo. I of course wish i could stay on property, but we couldn't beat the price and space.

You're very welcome! I hear that the Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa is quite nice. You'll have to let me know how it is. Trip report perhaps? ;) I've always been interested to stay there... despite my vow never to stay off-site again :rolleyes:

jenbear123
08-24-2009, 02:37 PM
So I was out yesterday driving around in my little 2006 Chev Aveo, without a care in the world when all of a sudden, I'm turning left and my car just doesn't want to pick up speed. What's going on? As I round the corner, safely getting out of the intersection, I put the pedal to the medal to see if I get any reaction -- no dice. Uh oh. I drive around like this for a while, hoping it would pass, which of course it doesn't. All I'm thinking in the back of my mind is that any car repairs will only be taking away from my Disney funds. :sad2: Panic stricken, I hunt down the nearest car repair shop (Canadian Tire - YAY Canada!) and am fortunate enough to have a mechanic take a quick look at it for free. Phew. The news, however, was not so relieving. "Looks like your transmission fluid is burnt" :scared1: What! The car is just over 3 years old and my transmission fluid is gone already?! For those who aren't car savvy (like myself - I had to educate myself 10 times over to understand what this guy was telling me) transmission fluid is supposed to look pinky-red (depending on your car make/model) but mine was closer to the colour of engine oil. At first I thought he had pulled out the wrong dipstick, but nope! It was the right one. Crap. The mechanic continued to tell me what I could do and how much it would cost :eek: but first suggested I contact my dealer to see if I have any warranty coverage left. :idea: Out of all my panic, I had completely forgot about those glorious warranties!!! Thank the heavens for those who invented warranties! I raced home to look through all my paperwork. There it was - EXTENDED PROTECTION PLAN! WOO HOO! :cool1: I read over every condition, rule, what's covered, and what's not that I possibly could. To my glee, transmission is part of what's covered. THANK GOODNESS! :worship: GM also offers this Powertrain warranty for 5 years/100000km, which also covers transmission, engine, etc. So all in all I was going to the dealership with not one but TWO warranties under my belt. This was all happening on a Sunday (yesterday) of course - why does everything happen on a Sunday when nothing is open? - so I couldn't call the dealership until today. Fast forward to now and I'm still waiting to hear back from them. From the sounds of it, this problem should be covered. Worst thing is I only have to pay the $100 deductible. That's much better than having to spend anywhere between $1,500-$2000 to get the transmission fixed. There goes my Disney trip :sad1: I'm still worried that it might be something not covered. I will honestly be devastated if it isn't. Stay tuned as to what the verdict is....

In other news, let's focus on airfare. Since flying out of Toronto is made for the rich, my mom and I are thinking of flying out of Buffalo. Neither of us have done this before and we're a bit nervous. Not so much about the whole airport experience, more for where we'll be leaving our car for the 10 days. Since we'll more than likely get a early morning 6am flight out, we'll be doing a hotel stay the night before. I've been looking around on the DIS for suggestions for Buffalo hotels and have found some good options. The scary part is the parking. Many of the hotels do offer free parking up to 14 days but the location of the parking lot seems to be up in the air. Would it be better for us to stay over at the hotel and pay to park at the airport? Would our car be safer in the airport long-term parking lot vs. a free hotel parking lot off some side road somewhere that might have security? The fortunate thing is that we'll be going in spring time so no snow or huge snow banks to worry about... although it isn't unknown to see one last "spring time blizzard". I figure going late April we'll be pretty safe.

What airline should we go with? Southwest? JetBlue? Air Tran? Southwest or JetBlue seemed like the most economical choice. No checked bag fees, good flight times (based on what I've seen for January and February). My only concern with Southwest is the boarding procedure. If you book the "Wanna Get Away" fare, does this automatically mean you get "C" boarding? OR if you book this fare and check in online at exactly 24 hours prior to departure, will I have the possibility of getting "A" or "B" boarding? It's only the two of us going so it won't be a huge concern as far as getting seats together. My main concern is WHERE we're seated on the flight. I hate sitting in the rear of the plane as the movement is much more prominent. Usually I like sitting in the middle or just in front of the wings with a window seat. I know beggars can't be choosers when we're only spending $100US each roundtrip. Hmmm I'll have to keep thinking this one over.

Stay tuned - more thoughts and decisions coming your way

reyasmommy
08-24-2009, 03:06 PM
Sorry about your car! I hope everything works out for the best! :thumbsup2

I know how devastaing it can be when something unexpected like that happens. Many years ago when my husband and I were still dating, we were planning a road trip to Disney World. 5 days before we were to leave, I get a knock at my door around 2AM. It was my neighbor coming to tell me that someone ran into my parked car, and took off. My poor little Dodge Neon was smashed to bits and laying in the middle of my yard! I cried, and cried, and cried!! Luckily the guy came to my house the next day to appologize and gave me his inurance information. I'm pretty sure he was drunk and wanted to go home and sleep it off before admitting to what he had done, and luckily I didn't have to pay a $750.00 deductible. :scared1: My car was in the shop for 3 weeks so we had to take a rental car instead.


I will be sure to let you know how my stay at Lake Buena Vista goes. I will be doing a TR when I get back. I'm currently working on my PTR, it's keeping me nice and occupied before my baby and trip come along. :surfweb:

jenbear123
08-24-2009, 07:17 PM
Sorry about your car! I hope everything works out for the best! :thumbsup2

I know how devastaing it can be when something unexpected like that happens. Many years ago when my husband and I were still dating, we were planning a road trip to Disney World. 5 days before we were to leave, I get a knock at my door around 2AM. It was my neighbor coming to tell me that someone ran into my parked car, and took off. My poor little Dodge Neon was smashed to bits and laying in the middle of my yard! I cried, and cried, and cried!! Luckily the guy came to my house the next day to appologize and gave me his inurance information. I'm pretty sure he was drunk and wanted to go home and sleep it off before admitting to what he had done, and luckily I didn't have to pay a $750.00 deductible. :scared1: My car was in the shop for 3 weeks so we had to take a rental car instead.


I will be sure to let you know how my stay at Lake Buena Vista goes. I will be doing a TR when I get back. I'm currently working on my PTR, it's keeping me nice and occupied before my baby and trip come along. :surfweb:

I checked out your PTR. I love it so far :yay: About your car incident :eek: I would've wanted to crawl into a hole and never come out again if that happened to me. Although, in actuality, I probably would've reacted exactly as you did. Thank goodness insurance covered it! That's very lucky the guy came back. It's lucky that he remembered it! I guess you'll think twice next time before parking your car on the street! :laughing:


I got the news back about my car..... and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it! Yeah, I was a little shocked and extremely happy at the same time. :scared1::cool1: Goes to show the difference between what a Canadian Tire mechanic knows versus what your dealer's mechanic knows. I'm just happy that no money jumped from my pockets today. All the more for my Disney trip!

reyasmommy
08-24-2009, 08:09 PM
I checked out your PTR. I love it so far :yay: About your car incident :eek: I would've wanted to crawl into a hole and never come out again if that happened to me. Although, in actuality, I probably would've reacted exactly as you did. Thank goodness insurance covered it! That's very lucky the guy came back. It's lucky that he remembered it! I guess you'll think twice next time before parking your car on the street! :laughing:


I got the news back about my car..... and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it! Yeah, I was a little shocked and extremely happy at the same time. :scared1::cool1: Goes to show the difference between what a Canadian Tire mechanic knows versus what your dealer's mechanic knows. I'm just happy that no money jumped from my pockets today. All the more for my Disney trip!

Woo-Hoo!!!! :woohoo:

I'm glad you are enjoying my PTR!!!

I'm loving yours too..... You should add some pictures soon! :rolleyes1

reyasmommy
08-26-2009, 05:07 PM
I've been meaning to ask you.... What was the weather like when you were at Disney in March?

jenbear123
08-26-2009, 08:57 PM
I've been meaning to ask you.... What was the weather like when you were at Disney in March?

I remember being able to wear capris and a t-shirt and being comfortable. There were some mornings and evenings when the temperature would dip below what I was comfortable with i.e. 65 F (I think that's right... I'm a Celsius gal - anything below 19 C is cold for me!) Our first night there (March 5th I believe) when we were waiting to watch Illuminations, my Dad had to go buy me a sweatshirt because I was fairly chilly. There was a breeze also that didn't help matters. I was already coming down with a cold (only I would get sick at the beginning of a Disney trip!:sick:)

My revenge came at the end of the trip as I passed on my sickness to my dad AND my sister. :laughing:

Overall, the weather was steady with at least 70-75 F temps during the day. It's nothing compared to the summer months but I found it to be much more tolerable. From what I recall, we didn't have a drop of rain either while we were there. Hope that helps!

Stay tuned: Will be posting some pics and a Must Do list soon!

jenbear123
08-26-2009, 09:57 PM
Just last night I started our "Must-Do" list for this trip. It's mainly things that we just haven't had time for on other trips or things that we just HAVE to do when we're in Disney World. This list is bound to change many....many... many times before we go no doubt.

1. Beauty and the Beast Stage Show
2. The American Adventure - I have a confession to make... I've never been to this pavilion :blush:
3. Soarin' - we can't get enough of this ride - we're going to try and beat our record of 7 consecutive rides in one day
4. Test Track - always fun - I didn't get to ride this back in July and it's always on the list of rides we must do
5. Festival of the Lion King
6. All the fireworks shows - Fantasmic, Wishes, and Illuminations
7. SpectroMagic
8. Ride Haunted Mansion at night - always wanted to do this
9. Tom Sawyer Island - just discovered how cool this place is - my mom has yet to see this! I must take her!
10. Splash Mountain - my mom has been on this ride ONCE and loved it... but since then she is petrified for some reason :confused3 and refuses to go on. I always tell her she's missing out on one of the best rides in the park... I'm determined to make her ride this with me on this trip
11. Space Mountain - it will be open again when we go!!!!! :yay:
12. Innoventions - We've never spent nearly enough time in here. I want to try and spend at least a few hours checking everything out
13. Full day devoted to World Showcase to look at every nook and cranny of each pavilion
14. Eat a fresh cinnamon bun from Main Street Bakery for breakfast one morning - I've heard they are yum yum yummy!

And that's just scraping the surface!

Coming up next: Where oh where shall we eat? Potential ADR's...

reyasmommy
08-26-2009, 10:05 PM
Woo-hoo:woohoo: I LOVE the 70's!!! Wish I could live in 70 degree weather year round!! Going in march is looking better and better!!

Your sister parks like me it looks like! :lmao: I can't park to save my life, it drives my husband crazy. What's really funny is I can parallel park better then pulling into a painted parking spot. Go figure?!

jenbear123
08-28-2009, 10:11 PM
As mentioned earlier, we won't be on the dining plan this trip, which means we won't be eating at as many Table Service as usual. :sad1: It's okay though... I can deal. I'm not worried in the slightest! We're still going to eat as if we were on the dining plan, just a bit more conscious of prices with the freedom to order whatever we want. Sounds good to me :thumbsup2 Without further ado, here's what we're thinking for certain mealtimes:

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
S = snacks

Animal Kingdom
Counter Service:
Flame Tree BBQ (L)
Harambe Fruit Market (S)

Table Service
Tusker House (B,L,D)

Hollywood Studios
Counter Service
Studio Catering Co. (L)
Starring Rolls Cafe (B,L)

Table Service
Brown Derby (L - only if we can pay out of pocket - we could even get by sharing an entree here)
Sci-Fi Dine In (D)
Mama Melrose (D)

Epcot
Counter Service
Sunshine Seasons (L,D)
Boulangerie Patisserie (L,S)
Yorkshire Co. Fish Shop (L,D)

Table Service
Le Cellier (L,D)
Akershus Princess Storybook Breakfast (B - I didn't get to really enjoy this last time as my sister was sick and my stomach was not used to all this Disney food :sick:)
Biergarten (D)
Chefs de France (D - I want to see Remy!)
Tokyo Dining (D)
Garden Grill (D)
Tutto Italia (D)

Magic Kingdom
Counter Service
Aloha Isle (S - Dole Whip!)
Columbia Harbour House (L)
Main Street Bakery (B, S)
Main Street Ice Cream Parlour (S)

Table Service
Crystal Palace (B,L)
Liberty Tree Tavern (D)

Resorts
Boma (D)
Cape May Cafe (B)
Chef Mickey's (B)
O'hana (B,D)
Kona Cafe (B)

Downtown Disney
Counter Service
Earl of Sandwich (L,D)
Wolf Gang Puck Express (B,L,D)

Our ADR window opens October 27th, when the 180 days is back in action. It seems crazy to figure out what we'll want to eat 6 months from now. No biggie though. With myself being the excessive, crazy, to-the-minute-detail planner I am, we're bound to be happy! Epcot has the biggest list due to the fact we'll only be a hop, skip and a jump from it while we're staying at YC.........................................

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That's right!!!! IT'S OFFICIAL! WE'RE STAYING AT YACHT CLUB AND POP CENTURY!!!!!!!!!! :cheer2:party::cheer2:

We put down the deposit for both Pop Century (3 nights) and YC (6 nights) today. I am super excited and CANNOT WAIT for April to roll around!!!! :hyper: I am so looking forward to this trip that I could burst pixiedust: Everything is slowing falling into place. I need to figure out room requests for both resorts, which means reading over page after page of information on the Resort board :surfweb: Just so I'm positive I'm requested the right spot. For Pop Century, I'm thinking a room in the 50s or 70s section, quiet room, high floor. For YC, um, well, I don't have a clue! YC seems to be one of the few resorts I don't know much about. Probably because I never thought in a million years I could afford to stay there. REALITY CHECK! I AM staying there so I better brush up on my YC knowledge. Yup, I knew it was coming to this.... no sleep, no t.v., makes Jen go something something...... go crazy? DON'T MIND IF I DO!!!!!! :rotfl: (Hehehe Simpsons quote!)

Okay, okay. Moving on to a new purchase that was made today! Last night I was investigating here on the DIS about what kind of travel bag people bring with them to the parks or on their travels, etc. So, OF COURSE, I started looking at all these bags, becoming more and more enticed to buy one.... you probably know what happens now.... yup, that's right. I went out and bought myself a Heys Travel Mate. I couldn't help myself! It seemed like the perfect travel bag - especially for theme park travels - almost too good to be true! This thing has everything - multiple pockets, waterproof pockets to boot!, passport holder, water bottle holder, adjustable strap, and all so many colours to choose from! Oh, and it definitely pays to shop around mind you. I went from one store that was selling this bag for $40 (and the only colour they had in stock was Pink :crazy2: ) to another that was selling it for only $23 PLUS they had lots of colours to choose from! Score! After much inner debate about whether to choose between green, blue or purple, here's what my final decision was:

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BLUE! My new found Disney World travel bag :cloud9: Let thee carry my valuables and keep them safe from pick-pockets, thieves, and mischief :lmao: I was so eager to show off my new purchase that I hadn't even taken off the tags and tape on the strap. See what the DIS does to you?

Oh, and finally, the exciting news? I could be potentially returning to the World in November :eek:

jenbear123
08-30-2009, 08:56 PM
My Disney (and not so Disney) collection! Just for fun

I'm a huge fan of Bambi. I grew up watching that movie. One of my earliest memories is of myself imitating the scene where Bambi meets his father for the first time. I would crawl around, on all fours, in time with the way the movie scene unfolded. Quite the imagination I had :lmao: Now that I'm all grown up, I portray my obsession in a much "healthier" fashion by purchasing Bambi memorabilia.

First, the Bambi jewelry box:
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A close-up Bambi & Thumper:
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Next, my favourite, entitled "A Mother's Pride":
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I loved Bambi's mother. Why, oh why, did they have to kill her off? :sad2: This may sound a little morbid, but I always wanted to see the end result of what happened after she was shot (Although it's quite obvious) One thing I like about the movie Bambi, is that you never see the hunters. A fear of the unknown. I love that. It really gives the audience a sense of fear and leaves it to your imagination. One scene in particular always gives me chills up and down my spine. You know the scene when they go to the meadow, Bambi meets his father, and then the father is walking up the hill and notices the hunter. Then he barrels down the hill and warns the rest of the deer "The hunters are coming!" (hee hee) Of course Bambi and his mother are separated (somehow, I never really caught how they were separated). As the hunters get closer and closer, Bambi becomes more panic stricken. Suddenly his father appears, leading Bambi in the right direction to safety, with Bambi's mother miraculously meeting up with them along the way. With them just narrowly escaping... crazy! I'm getting chills just thinking about it! Okay... enough about Bambi. Well, not really because I have one more Bambi piece to show.

This is entitled "Forest Frolic":
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All of the above pieces were purchased at the Animation store in Hollywood Studios.

Not only am I a big fan of Bambi, but also a HUGE fan of Yoshi. If you're a frequent video gamer and are familiar with Nintendo, you'll know the character I'm talking about. I've got so much Yoshi stuff I could burst! My sister went crazy one x-mas and bought me everything Yoshi - from Yoshi slippers to a remote control go-kart Yoshi.

Here's a peek into my collection:
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Yes, even my Yoshi's need to be well advised about Disney World :rolleyes1

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The blue yoshi with purple feet has especially sentimental value as it was given to me from my sister when I was lying in a bed in the middle of a hospital hallway scared to death that I was going to have to get my appendix out. I had never had surgery before and didn't know what to expect. This Yoshi stuck with me through my whole time at the hospital. :hug:

Lastly, my pin collection. Not all pins are pictured as some are currently on my purse :rolleyes:
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Oh, did I mention I'm a huge fan of the Lion King as well? I had watched it so much through childhood that now I can still recite every word from that movie. Told you I'm nuts :rotfl:

I really need to look into getting a lanyard. Usually when I'm at the parks, I just pin these to the strap of my travel bag. I don't know. Lanyards don't seem to be my thing. Until they start making more variety, I don't plan on paying the $3 for one. I'm cheap, and picky, what can I say :snooty:

**IN OTHER NEWS**

I left off last time about a possible trip in November. The back story is this. My sister sends me a text last friday about how she can't wait until next year to see me again. She misses me so much that she's willing to pay my way to come see her :eek: How can I pass that up?! :laughing: The kicker though is that I have to wait and see if my work will grant me the time off. This is where it could make or break this plan. I've already been to Disney World 3 times this year. I feel a bit guilty going again but another part of me really misses my sister (from now on, she will be referred to as Bubba) as well. The tentative dates would be November 19-23. 4 nights, 5 days. Debating between All Star Movies or Port Orleans Riverside. That's all well and good but the hard part is asking for time off. You see, my manager has the next week off and is undergoing surgery. That means six weeks recovery time. That means she won't be back until mid-October. That means I might not know I can go until then :scared1: And airfares are phenomenally priced right now! What bad timing! :headache: So now I don't know what's going to happen. I know Bubba is paying my way for this trip so I really shouldn't get too stressed out about pricing but still. I'd feel bad if she had to pay $600 to fly me down there! I'll just have to play the waiting game :rolleyes1

reyasmommy
08-30-2009, 09:01 PM
Best of Luck!!! I hope everything works out for you!:thumbsup2

jenbear123
08-30-2009, 09:20 PM
Best of Luck!!! I hope everything works out for you!:thumbsup2

Thanks! I hope so too. Although I'm 90% sure that I won't be able to go... but I gotta THINK POSITIVE!

jenbear123
09-03-2009, 06:51 PM
Good news everybody!!!! GUESS WHAT?!?!?!?!

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I'M GOING BACK IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got the go ahead from my manager the day before she went for her surgery. After all that worrying it wasn't a problem at all! I had a feeling it wouldn't be but you never know... all these thoughts just go through your head. Honestly, it's never worth all the stress. Who cares! I'M GOING TO DISNEY SOONER THAN I THOUGHT! That being said, I'm now going to put my PTR for April 2010 on the back burner. There wasn't much more news to talk about for that trip currently anyways :rolleyes: At least until my ADR window opens...... SO instead of starting a whole new PTR in the hopes of getting more people to follow along, I will just turn the attention over to this November trip. Are you ready? Hope so because here comes the info:


**NEVER SAY NEVER NOVEMBER PRE-TRIP REPORT**


When: November 19th-23rd, 2009

Where: Villas at the Wilderness Lodge + All Star Music

So I told Bubba originally NOT to book ANYTHING until I knew 100% that I would be coming. Then, not even the next morning, do I get a message from her on Facebook with resort confirmation numbers :scared1: YOU DID WHAT!?!?!? Since I only had confirmation numbers to go by, I didn't see right away where we were going to be staying. So, like any Curious George, I looked up the confirmation numbers and I swear I could've peed my pants when I saw 1 bedroom suite at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. :faint: I was seeing stars. Bubba just made one of my dreams come true :wizard: We'll only be there for 2 nights but they will be the most amazing 2 nights of my life!!!! CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and All Star Music is pretty good too. I'm curious to see what this resort is like as well. Never stayed at any of the All Star resorts - mainly to avoid the cheerleaders, tour groups, etc.

Okay, on with the ADRs:

Thursday November 19th
Le Cellier - 2:30pm

Friday November 20th
Cape May Cafe - 8:05am
The Wave - 5:30pm

Saturday November 21st
Le Cellier - 2:05pm (Why two Le Cellier, you ask? I'll explain below)

Sunday November 22nd
California Grill - 8:00pm

WOW! I couldn't believe I was able to get all these so close to the date. HA what am I saying? The trip is still 2 and a half months away! :rolleyes1

About the two Le Cellier reservations, my flight will be arriving in Orlando at about 12:30pm (assuming no delays). This means I will have exactly 2 hours to get off the plane, no luggage to claim as I will just have carry on, rush to Magical Express, wait for my bus, get to WL, find out where my room is (Bubba will have already checked in earlier that morning), drop my luggage in the room, wait for a Disney bus to Epcot, arrive at Epcot, run (or as Disney would prefer "walk") to World Showcase and finally get to Le Cellier. If I can do all that within 2 hours, even I will be surprised. Pretty much it's going to be like "Welcome to Disney World! NOW EAT SOME STEAK!!!!" :lmao: You can kind of see the reasoning behind why we have two Le Cellier reservations. Yes, Bubba would have the opportunity to be my server if I can do the 19th, but if I can't, then the 21st is our back up. Bubba still isn't sure if she'll get any days off while I'm there but hopefully she does!!! It'd be sad if she spent all this money and not be able to spend time with me!

More plans for this trip include my first ever experience of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (yes, I'm THAT bored at work right now :rolleyes1 ) and the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Segway Tour at Fort Wilderness. I have never fully explored FW either. The only time I've ever seen it was from a Disney bus on our way through to pick up more people. Obviously, I've been missing out! Bubba and I had so much fun on the Around the World on a Segway tour at Epcot in July.... only thing was that my sister was SO sick :sick: It was all she could do to get through the 2 hour tour and not fall off the segway! Poor girl... We definitely need to give the segway another try but switch it up a bit by going off road! It'd also be nice to see some new scenery too.


There's lots more to go through for this trip! Stay tuned for more.....

jenbear123
09-09-2009, 04:42 PM
So I realize this report has been rather lacking. It just doesn't seem to have the spunk, flash, or excitement that the other PTR's have that I've seen here on the DIS. It's hard when you have a boyfriend who hates Disney and gives you "that look" when you're making another post on "those Disney boards". I work almost 40 hours per week and once I'm home, I either a) want to just relax and read other PTR's and TR's or b) spend time with the boyfriend. What I am striving for is to have something to look back on and read again and again to reminisce. Not to mention to share it with all you folks. Anyone who reads AND COMMENTS is a bonus. I love to know people are reading along. It really keeps the morale going. I have quite a few developments on my upcoming November trip. Until then... keep smiling!

jenbear123
09-09-2009, 09:28 PM
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go....

My flight was booked with West Jet about 2 weeks ago for a grand total of $430CAD in change. Not the best rate I've ever seen but it had already gone up once so I didn't want to risk it going up any further. Word to the wise, never go back and look up your same dates to check the price. Not 3 days later does the price drop $53. Okay. I can deal. For the sake of $53, it's no big deal. Then, today I go into to work and look up the price again (second mistake) and the price has now dropped a total of $100 :headache: DOH!
After that little hiccup I will never look up the price after I've bought my ticket!!! Moving on.... I also did seat selection for $10 extra each way. Yes, I'm one of THOSE people. To be honest, I'm not the best flyer... no matter how many times I go in a plane. It's entirely Bubba's fault. Here's a little back story to my fear:

Back in the year 2002, Bubba and I were going to Costa Rica for a school trip. Since it had been nearly 7 years since the last time we had travelled on a plane, Bubba wanted to prepare me for air travel. Not one to expose people to things gently, she pops in a video of "Why Planes Go Down" starring Gillian Anderson. Bubba was (and still is) an avid fan of the X-Files so she just had to get every single show that the main characters (Gillian Anderson & David Duchovny) starred in. Not knowing what to expect, I sat through the full length of the show, as images of planes losing control during landing and what remained after a plane crashed were shown on the screen. Yup, I was petrified. I literally took notes about "How to survive a plane crash" and "What type of planes are safest to fly on" the way Gillian explained it to me. It was all very well informative and I left for the airport bound for Costa Rica that morning, confident that I was going to live if the plane were to crash. Fast forward to the plane taking off. I was an absolute wreck. As I watched the surface of the Earth get further and further away, my nails dug further and further into Bubba's hand. Meanwhile, she was just peachy and enjoyed the flight. The rest is history...

Ever since then, flying on a plane for me has always been a bit nerve wracking. Just imagine what I was like this passed July when I took my first trip ALONE down to Orlando. I had nobody to hold my hand, or dig my nails into. I had nobody to get my mind off all the sounds and weird bumps. To avoid having a complete panic attack and to get the images of my life coming to an end in a mangled plane wreckage, I would focus on the in-flight movie or my iPhone with a multitude of movies and podcasts to watch. It takes about the first 30 minutes for me to realize nothing bad is going to happen. It just astounds me every time I fly... I mean, how do these GIANT hunks of metal get off the ground and stay in the air?!?! It boggles the mind. Science is nuts. Moving on...

Getting back to seat selection, here's the seat map of the plane taken directly from West Jet's website:

http://c5dsp.westjet.com/guest/images/seatMap_737-800_en.png

I've got myself in an Aisle seat on the way down and a Window seat on the way back. Reason I chose the aisle on the outbound is that I'm going to want to get off the plane (and to the bathroom!) without any obstacles (meaning people, bodies, children, etc) in my way. Without having to wait for those sitting in the aisle seat to get up, take their luggage down, etc. I don't mean to sound morbid or rude. It's just, after being on a plane for nearly 3 hours, I WANT OFF!!!! Not to mention I want to get to Disney!!! The plane should arrive into MCO by early afternoon but with West Jet and their great track record, I should arrive a few minutes early. Here's hoping no major snow storms blow into the Greater Toronto Area in Mid-November! I sense the fear of flying coming back.....:eek: And I chose a window seat on the return because on my last Disney expedition in July, I chose to have aisle seats on both flights. I found myself straining to look out the window to see what was happening, what the weather was like, how far away we were from the ground. You know... typical paranoia stuff. But every time I got a good view, the girl that had the window seat would either block my view with her big head or shut the window flap. :mad: To avoid any disappointment (or potential heart attacks) I shall be right by the window, in total control of this little peep hole to the outside world. Plus, I will not be in any rush to get off the plane. Come on, who gets excited to come back home after Disney?

That's about it for the flight plans in November. Coming up next, the November Itinerary Version 1 :woohoo:



...and if any peeps are reading along, please don't be afraid to comment... or say hi.... anything.... I need to know life still exists out there!!!!

jenbear123
09-09-2009, 09:53 PM
My younger step-sister, known as Tink from now on, just came back from a 3 night stay with Bubba. While she was there, it was the first night of MNSSHP. I'll leave you with a peek at the fireworks show at MK during the party. Enjoy!

MNSSHP Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3uSVQ2Oulk&feature=channel_page)

If you'd like to see the other 3 parts, let me know! :wizard:

jenbear123
09-11-2009, 03:23 PM
Moving right along, I've got Version 1 of the itinerary for November pretty well organized. Why Version 1? Well with previous Disney trips, our itinerary has changed multiple times and we've also had multiple versions with different "options" or Plan A or Plan B, etc. Yup, I'm the obsessive planner of the family. But where would my family be without me?! Probably constantly asking themselves "what do you want to do today?" every morning!!!! NO WAY! Not on my trip!!!! Everything is planned out to the SECOND! And well... not everything always goes to plan but I can accept that :rolleyes:

Enough rambling.

November Itinerary Version 1

Day One
++Arrive MCO approx 12:30pm
++Check in at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge - Drop off luggage - Head straight to Epcot
++Lunch at Le Cellier - Bubba will hopefully get to be my sever :woohoo:
++Since Bubba won't finish work until closer to the dinner hour, I'll head back to WL to get organized and settled - maybe take a few pictures of the place too!
++Meet up with Bubba (either at WL or MK) and enjoy MVMCP for the evening - I'm not sure where along the line we will have dinner. Perhaps I'll still be full from Le Cellier? That is if I make it to Le Cellier on time. Or should we get something while we're at MVMCP? Would we be wasting too much time by eating while at the party? Still have to figure this one out...

Day Two
++Wake up early and have a quick breakfast in our room - might as well take advantage of the villa amenities!
++Get to Epcot for rope drop - Main focus will be Future World in the morning and first half of World Showcase in early afternoon
++Return to WL to go swimming and take time to actually enjoy our resort for once!
++Dinner at The Wave - first time eating here for both of us. I'm really looking forward to it
++EMH at Epcot - Catch Illuminations and enjoy Epcot at night - perhaps buy a School Bread from Norway for our breakfast in the AM

Day Three
++"Sleep in" until 8AM :lmao: and eat our School Bread for breakfast in our room
++After breakfast, take an hour or so for pictures around the resort - most likely I'll be the only one running around taking pictures so Bubba can catch up on some much needed sleep :rolleyes1
++We check out of WL this day :sad1: so we'll load up Bubba's car with our stuff
++Walk over to Fort Wilderness (anybody know how long the walk is?) for the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure on a Segway Tour :yay: Like I said, we've never really explored FW and we're looking forward to rolling around on a Segway for our first look
++Second opportunity for lunch at Le Cellier if I missed the first ADR on arrival day although Bubba actually EAT with me
++If we don't end up having lunch at Le Cellier, we'll head straight to All Star Music for check in - hoping for either Broadway or Rock sections - take time to explore and take pictures as we've never stayed here before
++Dinner at Intermission Food court at ASMu
++Spend evening at DHS and see Osbourne Spectacle of Lights - again, another first

Day Four
++Early breakfast at Cape May Cafe
++Rope drop at AK - MUST ride Dinosaur as every time we've been the ride has either been closed or we just never got over there
++Afternoon break back at ASMu for a nap, swimming, or what ever we feel like
++Quick late afternoon visit to Downtown Disney for shopping - what else?
++Dinner at California Grill - hopefully we'll be there long enough to see Wishes while we eat. If not, we'll save our receipt so we can enjoy it from the viewing area at the top of the Contemporary.
++After fireworks, remainder of evening will be EMH at MK for as long as we can keep our energy up

Day Five
++My departure day :sad1:
++Rope drop at DHS - grab Fastpass to TSM or hopefully walk-on for a quick ride
++After all the crazy madness over at TSM, we'll enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Starring Rolls Cafe
++Spend the last remaining hours I have left at DHS
++Depart for the airport, say my goodbyes to Bubba and head home :sad2:

This itinerary can only work if Bubba gets all 4 days (other than my arrival day) off from work. I'll be relying on her car to chauffeur us around, to have easy transfer for when we switch resorts and to take me to the airport on the last day. Also, if she doesn't end up getting the time off, I'll end up doing most of these things by myself :guilty: I don't mind going around WDW solo but I'd feel really guilty after Bubba spent all this money to fly me down and she doesn't even get the chance to spend any time with me! Just in case she doesn't get the time off, I'll make up a November Itinerary Version 2, which will be "worst case scenario Bubba has to work the whole time" type thing. Expect that to come out in the next few days. The last day will be most affected without Bubba to drive me to the airport as I'll have to rely on ME instead. They usually pick you up 3 hours prior to departure, which pretty much writes off the whole morning. Crossing my fingers she'll get the time off!!!

Another thing you'll notice in this itinerary is that there's at least one time where we get some R & R back at the resort. I've never done this before. With Disney, it's always go, go, go for me. Like the July trip, for example. :rolleyes1 I nearly killed us! I had packed in so much stuff within a short 3 nights to the point where we'd be in bed by midnight and up again at 6am! Not happening this time!!! This trip is about relaxing but still getting out and seeing things. It's hard for me to take things slow when it comes to Disney but I gotta let up at some point.

Up next: November Itinerary Version 2, will Bubba get the time off work?

DaughteroftheKing
09-12-2009, 05:47 PM
Oooh you get to stay at WL and Yacht Club! Lucky ducky! :)

I see you are going to Ohana and Chef Mickey's just like me. Hope its good!

jenbear123
09-12-2009, 06:37 PM
Oooh you get to stay at WL and Yacht Club! Lucky ducky! :)

I see you are going to Ohana and Chef Mickey's just like me. Hope its good!

Thanks for commenting and :welcome: I wish I could stay at WL and YC on the same trip! But alas, it is not the case. Thankfully a few good perks of being a TA and having a sister who works in Disney have come my way for these trips.

I've never eaten at O'hana and I'm dying to try it, either for breakfast or dinner. I hear it's yumm-O! Been to Chef Mickey's once for breakfast. It was very yummy too! Seeing Mickey and the gang in their chef attire was a real treat too. Thanks again for reading and commenting :)

DaughteroftheKing
09-13-2009, 05:40 PM
You have some nice resorts picked out to stay at! Hope all is going well for you! :)

Porturican
09-14-2009, 03:01 PM
Here's the pre order photo pass link just incase you didnt see it on daughter of the kings post..
http://www.disneyphotopass.com/previsitcdplan.aspx?ex_cid=EMC_PASO_INTD

jenbear123
09-14-2009, 06:30 PM
Here's the pre order photo pass link just incase you didnt see it on daughter of the kings post..
http://www.disneyphotopass.com/previsitcdplan.aspx?ex_cid=EMC_PASO_INTD

Thank you very much! :flower3:

jenbear123
09-21-2009, 09:25 PM
NOVEMBER UPDATE
1. Bubba continues to try and get the time off work. Disney can be a bit stubborn when it comes to granting time off :mad: but she hasn't given up yet! So far, she has been able to secure the Sunday off, which is a bonus. At the very least we'll be enjoying California Grill together :thumbsup2

2. Another tour has been added to the mix. We'll be embarking on the UnDISCOVERED Future World tour in Epcot on Friday morning. I can slowly see my Disney funds getting smaller and smaller by the minute :scared1: Thankfully this tour wasn't nearly as costly as the Segway tour but once Bubba suggested it, I was hooked. Who could pass up the opportunity to ride Soarin' without the hassle AND have a spot secured for Illuminations?! If that's you, YOU'RE CRAZY!!! :rotfl2: Oh, and of course being able to see behind the scenes at Epcot - something Bubba gets to see EVERYDAY but hey, it's all new to me. It seemed to fit in perfectly with our itinerary as well since we (well, I :rolleyes1 ) had already planned Epcot for that morning. The tour starts at 9am so it's not a ghastly early morning (unlike the Steam Trains tour :faint: ) which I think Bubba can handle :rolleyes:

3. About a week ago, a little bit of an emergency arose. This is one reason why I dislike Bubba to be over a 2 hour flight away... Recently, Bubba had been scheduled to work 11 days in a row with 10-12 hour shifts being common. Nobody should be required to work those kind of hours without at least one day off in between even with the fact that they're short staffed. (But who am I to judge Disney's employment standards :sad2: ) So here she is, on day 9 - lack of sleep + lack of eating properly = :faint: Yup. She fell flat on the floor half way through her shift. :eek: Thankfully this wasn't in front of any guests! After being rushed to the hospital to discover she had a mass sinus infection and minor case of strep throat she was granted the next day off... and the day after that. Of course I didn't find out about this until the next day but my oh my.... I was just happy to hear she was okay. Poor Bubba :sad1: I'm always there for her when these sort of things happen. You see, she has a history of fainting. It had been nearly a year since her last episode. It hadn't crossed my mind until now that it could become an issue again. She has been to the hospital many of times with the same sort of fainting spells but no matter which doctor looks at her, they have no idea what causes it. My prognosis is being just plain overworked. The girl works too hard! My diagnosis is four days with her loving sister for fun, FUN, FUN at Disney!!! Anywho, she is on the mend and feeling much better the last couple of days :hug: Let's hope she stays healthy up until and through my arrival!!!


APRIL UPDATE

Due to the unexpected expenses with this surprise November trip, I'm forcing myself to cut back a little from the April trip. Yes, it sucks. But lately I've been finding myself way stressed out over my money situation. I've been crunching numbers daily to (hopefully) make sure I set aside enough money to pay for this trip. Not exactly how I want to spend my time planning for a trip to Disney! I want to stay at YC ... but it's just a ridiculous amount of money to be spending right now. So, I spoke with my mom today and she's up for anything - as long as we're still going, that's all that matters to her! I love her for that :hug: She truly is the best mom ever. Now I'm trying decide what the best choice is:

Option #1: Extend our Pop Century stay for the full 9 nights which would save us each approx $500

Option #2: Stay at Pop Century for 3 nights, as originally planned. Then switch over to CBR in a waterview room for the other 6 nights. This would save us each approx $350

I'm leaning a bit more towards Option #2 as it'll be 5 years since we last stayed at CBR. I'd like to refresh my memory of the place. The one and only vivid memory I have is the Disney buses taking FOREVER to make a full milk run around the resort. :headache: That aside, I think I can look passed the minor inconveniences of complimentary transportation to dig into all the great things the CBR has to offer. Especially figure out the best waterview room spot to request ;)



November Itinerary Version 2 in the next post ... when I get around to it ...

All that, and more to come!!

Random Past Disney Photo of the Day:

http://i34.tinypic.com/29o25p0.jpg

jenbear123
09-23-2009, 08:33 PM
APRIL UPDATE
After hours of research and reading page after page on these forums :surfweb: I finally called and made the change. We're now staying at Pop Century the first 3 nights and CBR the remaining 6 nights in a preferred room. Room requested in the Martinique section, Building 25, high floor. Pop Century requests are still to do but I'd say we're pretty firm on those as well. I'll probably call tomorrow to confirm our requests, which are 50s section, Building 3 (Tramp), lakeview, high floor. We're just booked standard room at Pop but hopefully we can get these requests. Last time we stayed at Pop, we made no room requests but ended up in the 90s section. It wasn't TERRIBLE or anything... all we did was cut across the parking lot to reach the food court and bus stop. Sometimes it was a bonus when we could see the bus stop as we were cutting across the parking lot. Then, if we saw the bus we wanted pulling up, we could sprint to catch it! :laughing: That happened on more than one occasion...

I'm really excited about this change to CBR. Don't get me wrong, I really really really REALLY wanted to stay at YC, what with being so close to Epcot and all, but it was just not meant to be. It'll have been 5 years since we stayed at CBR when we finally go back in April (look at me and saying "finally" after all the trips I've taken this year :rolleyes1 ) and that was way before they refurbished the rooms to Nemo theme. I'm SO looking forward to the Nemo rooms. Huge, HUGE fan of Finding Nemo!! Glad to find out that ALL the rooms have been switched to Nemo theme and not just a few here and there. That would be annoying, not to mention one more thing to stress over :rolleyes: I've also read around here on the DIS that you can see Illuminations in certain spots at CBR. If that's true, COOL! However, more often than not, we'll either be AT Epcot for Illuminations or at another theme park while Illuminations is going on. So this perk (if true or not) doesn't really make it any more reason to get excited.

Last update that relates to our April trip is that we'll be participating in our FIRST FRIDGE SWAP! And the theme of the fridge swap is (what else?) FINDING NEMO! I got so excited when I saw the theme and box decorated with all these Nemo stickers :hyper: I skimmed the available dates and SCORE! My dates were open!!! I scooped them up as fast as I could and will now be taking part in my very first fridge swap. :thumbsup2


NOVEMBER ITINERARY VERSION 2 - DAY 1

Can't say much has changed here:
++Arrive MCO approx 12:30pm
++Check in at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge - Drop off luggage - Head straight to Epcot
++Lunch at Le Cellier - Bubba will hopefully get to be my server
++Since Bubba won't finish work until closer to the dinner hour, I'll head back to WL to get organized and maybe catch a little shut eye :angel: I'll need all the energy I can get for the evening!
++Meet up with Bubba (either at WL or MK) and enjoy MVMCP for the evening - dinner is still undecided
++Hope to ride Dumbo at night when the queue is shorter - will the crowds be lowered at a hard ticketed event like MVMCP? Only ridden Dumbo ONCE :eek: shocking I know - and that was during the day. I've heard that its pretty neat to ride at night as well. I'd also like to enjoy this ride before it's torn down and redesigned into that massive Dumbo ride they have planned...

Day 2 from November Itinerary Version 2 coming up next...

jenbear123
09-28-2009, 08:46 PM
NOVEMBER ITINERARY VERSION 2 - DAY 2

++Wake up around 7:30am and have breakfast in our lovely villa
++Leave for Epcot around 8:00am
++Arrive at Epcot and check in for the UnDISCOVERED Future World Tour - Duration: 4 hours
++After a lengthy amount of walking, we will retire back at WL for swimming, relaxing, napping, whatever we feel like :beach:
++Around 5pm, we'll head to CR to make it to our ADR at The Wave
++It'll be EMH at Epcot this night so after dinner we'll head in that direction. Probably try to focus on getting a few rides in at TT or Nemo or SSE. If time allows, we'll also do some WS
++Illuminations at 9pm
++Before leaving Epcot, we'll make a stop at Norway to get some yummy school bread for breakfast the next morning :cloud9:

Lunch on this day seems kind of up in the air. I read on AllEars.net that there is an opportunity to grab some grub at Sunshine Seasons during one of the breaks. Not sure if this still holds true or not. Neither Bubba or I have eaten at the Wave yet. I'm excited for this meal. The plan is to dress up nice like the little princesses we are princess: :laughing:

Random Past Disney Photo of the Day

http://i36.tinypic.com/vrrnly.jpg

disneyaddicted
09-28-2009, 09:43 PM
I have been lurking for a long time. I just thought I would post to let you know you do have readers out there. I agree with you my PTR is for me to have something to look back on, but then again it is nice to have someone to post back and forth with in the mean time.

I had to laugh (not at you, but with you) when you were talking about the show your sister gave you, "Why flights go down" My brother went to school for aeronautics and was constantly calling me telling me about plane crashes and why it happened, where is the safest place to sit, why some months is more dangerous to fly then other months. Finally I had to tell him to stop it, let me be ignorant.

How nice of your sister to fly you down this November. I hope she gets more time off to spend with you. MVMCP is tons of fun. I suggest you try and ride Dumbo during the first parade, when all the little kiddies are watching the parade, then watch the second parade because most of the little ones are heading out and it's less crowded.

jenbear123
09-28-2009, 10:34 PM
I have been lurking for a long time. I just thought I would post to let you know you do have readers out there. I agree with you my PTR is for me to have something to look back on, but then again it is nice to have someone to post back and forth with in the mean time.

I had to laugh (not at you, but with you) when you were talking about the show your sister gave you, "Why flights go down" My brother went to school for aeronautics and was constantly calling me telling me about plane crashes and why it happened, where is the safest place to sit, why some months is more dangerous to fly then other months. Finally I had to tell him to stop it, let me be ignorant.

How nice of your sister to fly you down this November. I hope she gets more time off to spend with you. MVMCP is tons of fun. I suggest you try and ride Dumbo during the first parade, when all the little kiddies are watching the parade, then watch the second parade because most of the little ones are heading out and it's less crowded.

Thank you for coming out of lurkdom. And thanks for reading along. :)

Seriously, ignorance IS bliss - especially when it comes to flying!

My sister still needs to negotiate getting the Friday and Saturday off. We know for a fact she'll get either/or off but since we now have a tour scheduled on BOTH days, it would be nice if she could get BOTH days off. Last time I spoke to her, she was going to go straight to her manager - who is very nice by the way - and request the days off that way. Apparently going straight to management is better than going through the silly "Request Days Off" CM computer system. Who knew? :P

I'll take your advice about riding Dumbo during MVMCP. Are there two parades during every night of the party? Just want to make sure so I can convince my sister that there will be another parade! My goodness, I'm going to be tired that night. Hopefully the "Disney adrenaline" will keep me going!

Started reading your PTR - sorry to hear about all the family drama. Coming from a "family" of divorced parents, I feel your pain and aggravation. Going to Disney often enough makes up for all that though ;)

TiggerAllie
09-28-2009, 10:35 PM
Hiya! Thought I would come over and say Hi! :)

Sounds like you have a great trip planned! I'm guessing maybe you are getting CM-type discounts on your tours, etc., but if not, make sure you use the AP discount. :)

Also, did you see the new 4/3 (or 5/2) discounts? That might apply to your trip in April--could bring you back up to YC! (After staying at BC, I love the walk over to Epcot!)

I hope you like the Wave! It's a really cool environment--bar area is especially nice--and I really liked the food the couple of times we've been there.

We are eating at Le Cellier for lunch in Oct--maybe your sis will be our server! :) That would be cool.

Um, 2 hrs from airport to Epcot will be tight... especially if you have to activate your AP as well, but maybe you can do it! (You can be up to 15 mins late for your ADR... or maybe you'll get lucky and be able to move it back.) Do you have to go through customs/immigration stuff in Orlando, or do you change planes somewhere in the US first?

MVMCP is really fun--make sure you see the shows and parades that are special to the evening! Oh yeah--and leave time to go see the gingerbread house at GF--i think it goes up around Nov 10ish.

Sounds like a great trip--can't wait to hear all the updates and twists and turns along the way! (I'm liking the added pictures, too--more please! ;)

jenbear123
09-29-2009, 02:07 PM
Sounds like you have a great trip planned! I'm guessing maybe you are getting CM-type discounts on your tours, etc., but if not, make sure you use the AP discount. :)

Yup, we're getting CM discounts right now. I'll have to remember I'm an AP holder now and ask if I'm elegible for discounts :idea:

Also, did you see the new 4/3 (or 5/2) discounts? That might apply to your trip in April--could bring you back up to YC! (After staying at BC, I love the walk over to Epcot!)

I read about the new deal coming out. From the looks of things, you have to purchase theme park tickets along with your room reservation. That won't work for us passholders, right? Unless Disney comes out with a different offer for us. I'll still cost compare and see what the difference is once all the details are officially released. I would love to be able to stay at YC :cloud9:

I hope you like the Wave! It's a really cool environment--bar area is especially nice--and I really liked the food the couple of times we've been there.

I hope I like it too! Do you have any suggestions as to what we absolutely must try? I haven't heard much hype about the Wave and am wondering if there are hidden gems about it.

We are eating at Le Cellier for lunch in Oct--maybe your sis will be our server! :) That would be cool.

That would be super cool! She is really nice and has a very loud laugh :laughing: Great with the little ones too. Her real name starts with "A". If you get a female server with the name beginning with the letter "A", ask her if her sister calls her Bubba. That would freak her right out! She'll wonder where you got your information from :rolleyes1

Um, 2 hrs from airport to Epcot will be tight... especially if you have to activate your AP as well, but maybe you can do it! (You can be up to 15 mins late for your ADR... or maybe you'll get lucky and be able to move it back.) Do you have to go through customs/immigration stuff in Orlando, or do you change planes somewhere in the US first?

I'm hoping since my sister will be working that Le Cellier will be a little lenient. It can't be THAT hard to seat one person! At least I hope not... Every few days I keep checking if a later ADR is available. No luck yet :sad2: I will be clearing customs prior to leaving YYZ (or so I've heard) which means I won't need to claim my baggage in Orlando. Let's hope that's how it goes!

MVMCP is really fun--make sure you see the shows and parades that are special to the evening! Oh yeah--and leave time to go see the gingerbread house at GF--i think it goes up around Nov 10ish.

I'm really looking forward to MVMCP :santa: This will be my AND my sister's first time in Disney around x-mas time. I'm going to be taking TONS of pictures. Thank goodness I'm taking 7GB worth of memory card storage. Think that will be enough? :lmao:I'll be sure to visit GF to see the gingerbread house. Maybe Hanzel and Gretel will be around to join us as well ;)

Sounds like a great trip--can't wait to hear all the updates and twists and turns along the way! (I'm liking the added pictures, too--more please! ;)

Thank you for your wonderful comments. More pictures will be coming! Stay tuned and thanks again for reading

jenbear123
09-29-2009, 02:43 PM
Can I just say how much I enjoy having a day off during the regular work week? :cloud9: Let's me focus more on Disney planning and the DIS! :woohoo:

Having the day off also allowed me to stay on top of the mail. Lookie, lookie what came for me today!

http://i36.tinypic.com/1eqpoj.jpg
I pointed out this shirt in July (I think) but they only had L or XL. And my sister being the greatest person that she is, remembered how much I wanted this shirt and found the right size. :hug:

And more importantly, this also arrived all wrapped up in the shirt:

http://i34.tinypic.com/bwyf7.jpg
[Insert heavenly-like noises here] :yay: It's my AP!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, sorta. It's those stupid vouchers you have to exchange. I don't understand why they can't just give you the real AP right then and there. Maybe it's a security thing? Who knows :confused3

So with a new shirt and AP (voucher) in hand, I am now going to try to purchase a TIW card. :wizard: Due to the recent price hike for the DDP, in the long run, I think taking the TIW card route makes more economical sense. Really, I can't see myself spending $500+ (the cost of DDP here in Canada) on Disney food within 8 days. I'm just not that big of an eater. Getting the 20% off food (even with the automatic 18% gratuity) will really add up in the long run.

I just got back from the library with my huge bounty of Disney movies. I was able to grab Pocohantas, The Aristrocats, Pinocchio, and Mulan. I haven't seen any of these movies in SO long. Probably since they were new to VHS :scared1: I'm debating which one I should watch first and what order. This will be my nights this week - full on Disney movie nights!

My Random Past Disney Photo of the Day this time isn't Disney related at all but I just have to post this picture. It's my dog, Pixel, after just getting groomed. This is the best she's ever turned out and thought I'd share her nice new look with everyone :p Trust me, she doesn't look this nice all the time! Of course, the day she gets groomed is the day we have terrible rainy weather. I swear it never fails whenever I get her groomed....

http://i38.tinypic.com/2j0l4dv.jpg

TiggerAllie
09-29-2009, 09:24 PM
We'll have to hope for AP room discounts (been up to 40% in the past!).

I hope I like it too! Do you have any suggestions as to what we absolutely must try? I haven't heard much hype about the Wave and am wondering if there are hidden gems about it.

I've really liked their sustainable fish dish--they also have a nice collection of sustainable wines. Oh yeah--don't forget your TIW card gives you 20% off both food and alcohol! ;)

That would be super cool! She is really nice and has a very loud laugh :laughing: Great with the little ones too. Her real name starts with "A". If you get a female server with the name beginning with the letter "A", ask her if her sister calls her Bubba. That would freak her right out! She'll wonder where you got your information from :rolleyes1

I'm hoping since my sister will be working that Le Cellier will be a little lenient. It can't be THAT hard to seat one person! At least I hope not...

Well... good luck! I'll be sure to keep an eye out for a Canadian beginning with "A"... I'm guessing she'd be from Ontario too?

OMG your doggie is so adorable! :)

jenbear123
09-30-2009, 11:10 AM
I've really liked their sustainable fish dish--they also have a nice collection of sustainable wines. Oh yeah--don't forget your TIW card gives you 20% off both food and alcohol! ;)

Good thing I like fish! I'm sure we'll be having wine also. Bubba is a big fan of wine :laughing:

OMG, I'm going to be a big ball of adrenaline on my first couple of hours in WDW come November. :hyper: Having to exchange my voucher for the real AP and buying the TIW card. No doubt it'll be Murphy's Law and SOMETHING if not EVERYTHING will slow me down :rolleyes:


Well... good luck! I'll be sure to keep an eye out for a Canadian beginning with "A"... I'm guessing she'd be from Ontario too?

Yes, she'll have either "Ontario, Canada" or "Markham, Ontario" on her name tag. I'm jealous you might get to see her before I do ;)

TiggerAllie
09-30-2009, 08:23 PM
[B]OMG, I'm going to be a big ball of adrenaline on my first couple of hours in WDW come November. :hyper: Having to exchange my voucher for the real AP and buying the TIW card. No doubt it'll be Murphy's Law and SOMETHING if not EVERYTHING will slow me down :rolleyes:[B]

Let's hope not! At least you should be able to prebuy your TIW and just pick that and the AP up at Epcot GR! ;)

I'll have fingers crossed for an easy trip! And if I see your sister, I'll be sure to say Hi! :)

disneyaddicted
09-30-2009, 11:01 PM
Thank you for coming out of lurkdom. And thanks for reading along. :)

I'll take your advice about riding Dumbo during MVMCP. Are there two parades during every night of the party? Just want to make sure so I can convince my sister that there will be another parade! My goodness, I'm going to be tired that night. Hopefully the "Disney adrenaline" will keep me going!Yes, there are definitely 2 parades. I went to the later one. During the parades and wishes, the majority of the rides are walk ons. Disney adrenalin will keep you going, but the crash when it's all over can almost be painful:lmao: I thought I would never catch up on sllep after my last trip.

The shirt your sister sent you is so cute. That was majorly nice of her.

jenbear123
10-01-2009, 01:14 PM
Yes, there are definitely 2 parades. I went to the later one. During the parades and wishes, the majority of the rides are walk ons. Disney adrenalin will keep you going, but the crash when it's all over can almost be painful:lmao: I thought I would never catch up on sllep after my last trip.

Tell me about it! After every Disney vacation I have to catch up on sleep for the next two days. It's like I need a vacation from my vacation :lmao: Can't help it though. You're in Disney after all!!!

The shirt your sister sent you is so cute. That was majorly nice of her.

Thanks :cutie: I love getting mail from her now as she always seems to send some sort of Disney goodies and other surprises. Can't really blame her for her shopping sprees though. If I was working down there, I'd spend my whole pay check in 2 seconds flat! :rotfl2:

Elevationist
10-02-2009, 08:35 AM
Saw your comment on another PTR that you're worried nobody will read yours. (Which I totally relate to, I'm having the same fear about my own PTR that I'm attempting! :rotfl:)

I'm here to subscribe, and can't wait to read more! :cutie:

jenbear123
10-02-2009, 12:17 PM
Saw your comment on another PTR that you're worried nobody will read yours. (Which I totally relate to, I'm having the same fear about my own PTR that I'm attempting! :rotfl:)

I'm here to subscribe, and can't wait to read more! :cutie:

:welcome: The more the merrier! Thanks for joining in! Looking forward to sharing ideas :wizard:

jenbear123
10-02-2009, 03:00 PM
Spoke to Bubba last night. She was at Magic Kingdom enjoying MNSSHP dressed up as a pirate: You know, there are times when I wish I could just squeeze through the phone line and end up on the other side with her! It's hard not to feel a twitch of envy sometimes :laughing: Alas, I keep reminding myself that I WILL be there in less than

47 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, okay. It's still over a month away but the waiting is killing me! :hyper:

I exchanged for USD today. Pretty good rate. $200USD=$218.08CAD. Can't complain about that. I now have my budget met for food money if I add together what I exchanged today with what USD I have left over from July. Wait a second. Just realized that I haven't even mentioned my budget for November! :eek: So here goes:

Food Budget
I calculated the total cost for myself at each of the table service meals including taxes (6.5%) and estimated tip (18%) based on what I most likely will order (other than at buffets of course which are a set price). Also allocating a few dollars for counter service and snacks.

Le Cellier = $60
Cape May Cafe = $25
Donald's Safari Breakfast = $25
The Wave = $45
California Grill = $85
Counter service = $50
Snacks = $30
GRAND TOTAL: $295

I estimate that we will be splurging at both Le Cellier and California Grill. Bubba always gets the Inniskillin Ice Wine. It's good stuff, I must admit. I haven't factored in the CM discount my sister will get but it's always better to aim high than shoot low. At CS's we'll most likely share our meals since the portions are huge. I hate wasting food too.

And for spits and giggles, I am giving myself $150-$200 spending money. Will most definitely be doing some x-mas shopping while all the Disney x-mas paraphernalia is available!!! :yay:

Soon to come: Packing list & November Itinerary Version 2, Day 3

TiggerAllie
10-02-2009, 04:12 PM
Inniskillin Ice Wine... Mmmmmmmmmmmm :)

I keep meaning to make the drive over to the winery--maybe that will happen this winter/spring... if I don't keep planning Disney trips!

jenbear123
10-02-2009, 10:50 PM
For April, I've been thinking of surprising my Mom with a 1 night stay at WL. It would be the first night of our trip to avoid the higher room-only rate over the weekend. I would LOVE to surprise my mom with this. It's not a terrible rate either. $183 for a Woods View Room. Yes, it'll add another resort that we'll be staying at but who ever said you can't do 3 resorts in one stay? :rolleyes1 Yes I'm crazy but you only live once. You could die tomorrow or fall and break your back only to wish you had done all these things that you only dreamed of doing. I may need to sleep on this idea and come back tomorrow with a clear head. To take into account that our luggage will be transported not once but twice by Bell Services, which makes me a little nervous. :scared: Also, we've never done a split stay so this could only heighten the tension further. But I can't get the image of my Mom's face lighting up as we pull up to WL instead of Pop, like originally planned. Sure, she'll realize something is up when we get onto ME but it'll all be part of the fun.

You see, my Mom is always going on about finances and how she never has the budget to do the things she wants to do. My biggest joy in life is bringing joy and happiness to others - especially my family. :hug: I want to do this for her. To give you an idea of how frugal she is (Canadians may only understand the pricing here but bear with me). My sister was willing to pay for an 8 night resort stay at ASMo at the end of November (in fact she already had it booked). All my Mom had to do was pay for her flight down. I found an awesome rate with West Jet for $245CAD round trip. This was a phenomenal price. Usually flights go for anywhere between $400-$600 roundtrip out of YYZ. I jumped on the phone and told my Mom. But to my sadness, she went off on her finances and how tough things are right now. It makes me sad to hear her talk about stuff like this :sad2: She had the opportunity to be in Disney, during X-mas time. Her DREAM COME TRUE. Sigh. Now, to make up for that, I really want to surprise her with this one night at WL. Yes, it's only one night but it'll be worth it in the end. That's it. I'm going to do it...................right after I get some sleep first :surfweb:

TiggerAllie
10-02-2009, 11:03 PM
Don't forget to keep an eye out for AP rates in the Spring, now that you are a passholder! :) Though, $183 woodsview is pretty good. And, if you see any of the DVC property discounts, VWL would be a great chance to be at the WL complex, if that's where the discount is. :)

Elevationist
10-02-2009, 11:49 PM
I'm thinking about splurging on WL if we book bounceback for 2010. :goodvibes Either that, or POFQ, depending on finances. I've yet to even visit WL, but all the photos make it seem just beautiful! :thumbsup2

disneyaddicted
10-03-2009, 12:38 AM
That would be so cool to give your mom a night at WL. You're a good daughter.

Somebody want to tell me what bounceback is? I have seen it mentioned on other TR's.

Elevationist
10-03-2009, 01:04 AM
Somebody want to tell me what bounceback is? I have seen it mentioned on other TR's. I've yet to experience it myself as this will be my first trip since 2006. But my understanding of it, from all I've read here, is that when you check into your room, there may be a card with a "Bounce Back" offer. Basically, you get a great deal when you go ahead and use that card to book another trip within the year, before you check out of the resort. :goodvibes I've almost got DBF convinced that we should go back in October 2010 for F&W and MNSSHP! :woohoo:

jenbear123
10-03-2009, 09:45 AM
Don't forget to keep an eye out for AP rates in the Spring, now that you are a passholder! :) Though, $183 woodsview is pretty good. And, if you see any of the DVC property discounts, VWL would be a great chance to be at the WL complex, if that's where the discount is. :)

I looked at the Villas a several of the resorts but it just doesn't seem reasonable to spend $250+ for one night. Thanks for the suggestion though :goodvibes I will keep an eye out for those AP rates too! Thanks for the reminder.

I'm thinking about splurging on WL if we book bounceback for 2010. :goodvibes Either that, or POFQ, depending on finances. I've yet to even visit WL, but all the photos make it seem just beautiful! :thumbsup2

You MUST stay at WL - if you can budget for it that is. It's one of my favourite deluxe resorts (That being the only deluxe I've stayed at :laughing: ) It feels like home when I stay there. The rooms are big. Two sinks in every bathroom. Big, comfy beds. Beautiful grounds. Close proximity to MK. Nice, warm, cozy atmosphere :cloud9: Complete bliss. POFQ is another great choice. You can read my review by clicking the link in my signature :thumbsup2

That would be so cool to give your mom a night at WL. You're a good daughter.

Thank you :) Can't say I've always been like this :littleangel:

Elevationist
10-03-2009, 09:53 AM
you must stay at wl - if you can budget for it that is. It's one of my favourite deluxe resorts (that being the only deluxe i've stayed at :laughing: ) it feels like home when i stay there. The rooms are big. Two sinks in every bathroom. Big, comfy beds. Beautiful grounds. Close proximity to mk. Nice, warm, cozy atmosphere :cloud9: Complete bliss. Pofq is another great choice. You can read my review by clicking the link in my signature :thumbsup2Oh, as much as I loooooooooove AKL, I have no doubts that I would adore WL as well. Someday, hopefully! :goodvibes

jenbear123
10-03-2009, 11:19 AM
I've slept on it. I'm still all for booking the one night .... but now I can't decide WHERE! :scratchin

So this morning I decided to go straight to the source - My Mom. I wrote a simple e-mail that went something like this:

"If you could spend a week in ONE of the following resorts, which one would you choose?

a) Animal Kingdom Lodge - Savanna View
b) Polynesian - Garden View
c) Wilderness Lodge - Woods View

I just need your input to help me make a decision for something here at work."


I added in that last part so it doesn't allude to anything. It seemed to work though! Problem is, her response did not have WL as the top choice, which I can understand as we have stayed at WL already. Here is how she rated them:

1st choice: Polynesian - Garden View
2nd choice (a): WL - Woods View
2nd choice (b): AKL - Savanna View

Of course she picks the highest priced one-night stay out of the three of them. DOH! :headache: She says she likes the views at WL and AKL equally, hence both of them being 2nd choices. Only reason WL rates higher is due to its location. I know exactly why she chose the Poly. Here's the back story:

In August, Bubba paid for my Mom to go down to the World for a 5 day, 4 night stay at Poly - Theme Park View for her birthday with my stepdad. She had no idea where she was staying until she arrived so it was all going to be a BIG surprise (Our family love the surprises, can you tell?). So far, so good right? They show up at the Poly, get to the check-in desk and are told "We're terrible sorry but we have been overbooked. Would you mind being moved to Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary for your stay?" I'm sure you're thinking "Dude, that's an awesome upgrade!" right? At the time BLT (:lmao: I'm sorry that makes me laugh every time) had just opened so my Mom didn't really know much about it to truly appreciate what a good upgrade this was. Of course she enjoyed it but I know it wasn't what she truly wanted. She wanted Poly. She still wants Poly.

:scratchin:scratchin

And here lies my dilemma. The cost of a one night stay at Poly is $56 more than WL. Not a huge difference so it is workable. But more money is more money. Now that I know what my Mom really wants, it's hard to shy away from it. The fact that we'll be staying at 3 resorts in one visit also scares me :scared1: We won't be renting a car so we'll have to depend on Bell Services UNLESS Bubba gets an extension and will be there during our trip. With her car, it will make the transitions much easier and smoother.

How do I manage to always make a Disney vacation more complicated? :sad2: The things I do for surprises!

TiggerAllie
10-03-2009, 12:12 PM
Oooo Poly... :) We did a split stay at WL/Poly a few years ago in Dec (hooray for AP rates!). Um, I say go for it and hope for a discount later! I assume you are booking room-only, not a package, so you can change it later if you get a better rate or change your mind.... :)

Elevationist
10-03-2009, 12:19 PM
In August, Bubba paid for my Mom to go down to the World for a 5 day, 4 night stay at Poly - Theme Park View for her birthday with my stepdad. She had no idea where she was staying until she arrived so it was all going to be a BIG surprise (Our family love the surprises, can you tell?). So far, so good right? They show up at the Poly, get to the check-in desk and are told "We're terrible sorry but we have been overbooked. Would you mind being moved to Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary for your stay?" I'm sure you're thinking "Dude, that's an awesome upgrade!" right? At the time BLT (:lmao: I'm sorry that makes me laugh every time) had just opened so my Mom didn't really know much about it to truly appreciate what a good upgrade this was. Of course she enjoyed it but I know it wasn't what she truly wanted. She wanted Poly. She still wants Poly.I say definitely go for Poly, then. If you can manage the extra $50, that is. It's just one night, and it sounds like it would mean the world to her. :hug:

jenbear123
10-03-2009, 02:31 PM
Oooo Poly... :) We did a split stay at WL/Poly a few years ago in Dec (hooray for AP rates!). Um, I say go for it and hope for a discount later! I assume you are booking room-only, not a package, so you can change it later if you get a better rate or change your mind.... :)

The prices I have been quoting are with a discount... my TA discount. Can AP discounts get better than those rates? If I book it with my TA discount, it's like when you book a package - minimum $200 deposit and final payment due 45 days prior. After 45 days, cancellation and change fees apply. Kind of stinks that booking room only with a TA discount has the same rules as booking a package. I know when Bubba books room only with her CM discount, she has to put down the first night cost for deposit and the balance is due at check in. She can change or cancel anything up until 48 hours prior without any penalty. :confused3 Oh well. At least I know for now I can change or cancel without any penalties up until 45 days prior. I have the date marked on my calendar: LAST CHANCE TO CHANGE/CANCEL (which I highly doubt I'll be cancelling)

I say definitely go for Poly, then. If you can manage the extra $50, that is. It's just one night, and it sounds like it would mean the world to her. :hug:

I know, I know. It's ONLY $50. No big deal really..... :rolleyes1


For now, I have it on hold until the 9th of October. I should have made up my mind by then. Oh Disney, you'll be the death of me :upsidedow

jenbear123
10-03-2009, 06:11 PM
November Itinerary Day 3

++Wake up at 8am, have breakfast in our room again consisting of the yummy Norway School Bread we will have picked up the night before
++As soon as I'm done eating, I'll be taking an extensive photoshoot of WL, Bubba can sleep in more if needed while I do this
++Load up the car with our stuff around 10am for our transfer over to ASMusic - Bye, bye VWL :sad1:
++Depart for our next destination, Fort Wilderness, using the pathway from WL to FW.
++Arrive at FW and check in for our Wilderness Backtrail Adventure Segway Tour - Duration: 2 hours

**Here's where it gets a little tricky. Hopefully I don't lose anybody**

Option #1:
++After tour, depart for Epcot for our Lunch ADR at Le Cellier
++Leave Epcot for destination ASMusic for check in around 3:30ish

Option #2:
++After tour, depart for ASMusic for check in around 2:30ish

++Have downtime at ASMusic to explore, nap, take pictures, etc
++Early dinner at Intermission Food Court
++Tonight will be spent at DHS until closing, see Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
++Since DHS closes at 8pm, which will be kinda early to end a Disney day, we'll have a few options. Either a) go back to the resort and crash early b) head to MK (since it's open until 10pm) to get in some rides while everyone is watching Spectro & Wishes c) Shopping at DTD until stores close

Why the Le Cellier ADR again you ask? I explained it earlier but in case you missed it (or forgotten) - This is our backup in case I do not make it on my arrival day. Can't miss out on Le Cellier while I'm there! Bubba will actually be able to eat with me for this one. If I make it on my arrival day, of course we'll be cancelling this ADR. The time will be cutting it a bit close with the end of our tour. It might be a bit rushed so who knows if we'll end up keeping it anyway.

The end to this day is also up in the air. We'll have to play it by ear (and how much pain are bodies are in :lmao: ) to decide for sure what we'll be doing. I wouldn't mind shopping at DTD. Must utilize my AP merchandise discount sometime!!!! Can't be a very late night as we'll have to up early the next morning. Why? You'll find out in my next update :wizard: (And no it's not Cape May Cafe breakfast like originally planned)


Random Past Disney Picture of the Day :cloud9:
http://i35.tinypic.com/4l4q3d.jpg

disneyaddicted
10-05-2009, 12:27 AM
1st choice: Polynesian - Garden View
2nd choice (a): WL - Woods View
2nd choice (b): AKL - Savanna View

She wanted Poly. She still wants Poly.

:scratchin:scratchin

And here lies my dilemma. The cost of a one night stay at Poly is $56 more than WL. Not a huge difference so it is workable. But more money is more money. Now that I know what my Mom really wants, it's hard to shy away from it. The fact that we'll be staying at 3 resorts in one visit also scares me :scared1: We won't be renting a car so we'll have to depend on Bell Services UNLESS Bubba gets an extension and will be there during our trip. With her car, it will make the transitions much easier and smoother.

How do I manage to always make a Disney vacation more complicated? :sad2: The things I do for surprises!

To answer your last question first. It is the job of a Dis'er to make our lives total chaos and think, rethink, then think some more on every decision, it's a tough job, somebody has got to do it.

I say go for the Poly!

jenbear123
10-06-2009, 12:05 PM
It is the job of a Dis'er to make our lives total chaos and think, rethink, then think some more on every decision, it's a tough job, somebody has got to do it.

Amen to that sister. I don't think people realize how much work planning a Disney vacation really is - that is until they try going it alone without you. It's a good way to always be invited on every Disney trip ;)

jenbear123
10-06-2009, 12:45 PM
My oh my did I have one busy weekend. Funny how I have more time to post on the boards when I'm at work than when I'm off on the weekends. Shhhh don't tell :rolleyes1

DBF and I saw two movies Sunday night; the new Michael Moore movie Capitalism: A Love Story and the double feature Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3D :3dglasses I must say TS and TS2 lightened up the mood from Michael Moore's movie. His movies are always such a reality check :sad2:

Back to Disney!

Good news! I spoke to Bubba a couple days ago about perhaps splitting the cost of the one night at Poly. I know the extra cost wasn't huge but I was getting a little stressed about it. When it comes to money, I always get stressed. I can thank my mom for that one :rolleyes: Since my mom won't be visiting at the end of November anymore, I thought Bubba could put some of the money that would've been used for that resort stay towards this one night stay at Poly. She was all for it. Now, her and I will be splitting the total cost of the one night at the Poly 50/50. :thumbsup2 The plan is to put the money down by the end of the week. :woohoo: Not only am I excited to see the reaction on my mother's face as we pull up to the Poly, but I'm also looking forward to staying there!! :hyper: The only other deluxe I've ever stayed at has been WL. I'm totally pumped to finally experience the tropical vibe of what the Poly has to offer. Also would like to get my hands on a Lapu Lapu ;) Now that we'll be there for one night, I'll have to look into a flight that gets to MCO early AM. Would like to get as much time as possible for the one night. Uh oh. I feel it coming on again ..... must..... resist... urge .... to ...... obsessively..... plan pixiedust: Phew. Pixie dust saves the day again.

But what about room requests?

What about watching Wishes from Poly?

Should we spend the first day soaking in the Poly as much as possible?

What about ADRs? We'll HAVE to eat at O'hana!

What's the food like at the Counter Service at Poly?

Have the rooms been refurbished? If so, which buildings? Are all the rooms refurbished?



GAH!!!!!!!!



Sigh, I can't ignore the obsessive planning no matter what I do....

Off I go to read the Poly FAQ thread :surfweb:

Elevationist
10-06-2009, 01:07 PM
It's okay. Breathe. Relax. We're all here for you. :hug:

:lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:

TiggerAllie
10-06-2009, 04:11 PM
Ok, as far as the Poly goes:
LOVE the Tonga toast for breakfast at Captain Cooks!
Dole whips, also available for self-serve from CC.

We had a garden view room, in Tokelau, on the 3rd floor that faced the quiet pool, and if you looked to the right, you could see the castle!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2446/3885330565_4c5d1fabec_m.jpghttp://farm3.static.flickr.com/2459/3885330609_f960d68639_m.jpg
Check out Tikiman's pages for more Poly info too.

I know, I know... I'm just feeding the obsession. ;)

And you can see the Poly-cats... they are pseudo stray cats that hang around in the outside seating area of CC.

I definitely vote for hanging around at Poly as much as possible that day!

jenbear123
10-06-2009, 04:51 PM
Wow! :eek: Thanks for the info TiggerAllie! There's cats around Poly? OMG, now my mom will really freak. She LOVES cats.

Is the Tonga Toast cheaper at Captain Cooks than Kona Cafe? I didn't know it was offered anywhere other than Kona. OMG, there's Dole Whips there too?!??!?!?! OH wow. I'm not going to want to leave this place!

The castle looks like it's right at your doorstep. I've seen some other pictures too where it looks MUCH bigger than I remember. It never looked to be that close each time I have visited the Poly :confused3 Oh well, now I'll have the perfect chance to see the view for myself.

Urgh! I can't wait to stay there now! Even if it is only for one night. I just might burst with excitement. Yes, I definitely made the right decision to stay one night at the Poly.

TiggerAllie
10-06-2009, 05:58 PM
Is the Tonga Toast cheaper at Captain Cooks than Kona Cafe? I didn't know it was offered anywhere other than Kona. OMG, there's Dole Whips there too?!??!?!?! OH wow. I'm not going to want to leave this place!

The castle looks like it's right at your doorstep. I've seen some other pictures too where it looks MUCH bigger than I remember. It never looked to be that close each time I have visited the Poly :confused3 Oh well, now I'll have the perfect chance to see the view for myself.

Well, Tonga Toast at CC is 5.09, and at Kona it is 10.99 (according to Allears) but it doesn't come with the strawberry compote and choice of breakfast meat. It's so big and sugary, we usually split a piece.

I LOVED the Poly the one time we stayed there! Of course, it isn't high on the list of places to go back to because it's not DVC. :( Maybe some day.... or if they keep having these good AP rates, then we can do split stays!

I think the castle appears bigger in the photo because you can see the crane behind it that they were using to paint it and do it up for Christmas--it's much taller than the castle itself and probably makes it appear bigger/closer. Sometimes I think it's hard to see the castle from all the parts of Poly because of Discovery Island.

jenbear123
10-06-2009, 08:07 PM
Holy crap, it's practically half price. Does it still taste as good? Fresh? Warm? Gooey? Made to order? I want my mom to try it - but I'm sure we'll have to split it. When Bubba and I tried it last July at Kona Cafe, we couldn't finish either of ours. Definitely a good size for sharing.

I noticed your TR from the time you stayed at Poly. It will make for good bedtime reading :thumbsup2

TiggerAllie
10-06-2009, 09:38 PM
If only the WL/Poly trip report had been finished... and all the picture links are broken now. :(

Tonga toasts are made to order at CC, as far as I can tell. And they are delicious! We love to stop at Poly on our way to a leisurely day at MK and have Tonga Toast (have to get there by 10:30am) and sit outside at CC and watch the Poly cats, then sit on the hammocks by the beach. :)

Elevationist
10-06-2009, 10:42 PM
Ok, as far as the Poly goes:
LOVE the Tonga toast for breakfast at Captain Cooks!
Dole whips, also available for self-serve from CC.

We had a garden view room, in Tokelau, on the 3rd floor that faced the quiet pool, and if you looked to the right, you could see the castle!
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2446/3885330565_4c5d1fabec_m.jpghttp://farm3.static.flickr.com/2459/3885330609_f960d68639_m.jpg
Check out Tikiman's pages for more Poly info too.

I know, I know... I'm just feeding the obsession. ;)

And you can see the Poly-cats... they are pseudo stray cats that hang around in the outside seating area of CC.

I definitely vote for hanging around at Poly as much as possible that day!Dang. You just made me wish that I was staying at the Poly, :lmao:

disneyaddicted
10-07-2009, 05:09 AM
don't blow a gasket just yet. Shoot just reading your excitement got me all excited.

jenbear123
10-07-2009, 03:13 PM
Dang. You just made me wish that I was staying at the Poly, :lmao:

Dooooooooo IIIIIttttttttt! *Pressure, pressure, pressure* :laughing:

don't blow a gasket just yet. Shoot just reading your excitement got me all excited.

It's contagious. What can I say.

If only the WL/Poly trip report had been finished... and all the picture links are broken now. :(

Yes, I see that you never finished it :sad1: The pictures all seem to show up fine for me?


Tonga toasts are made to order at CC, as far as I can tell. And they are delicious! We love to stop at Poly on our way to a leisurely day at MK and have Tonga Toast (have to get there by 10:30am) and sit outside at CC and watch the Poly cats, then sit on the hammocks by the beach. :)

That sounds wonderful :cloud9: Thanks for telling me about CC. Now I'll save a pretty penny not going to Kona and spending the extra just for the "privilege" of having the Tonga Toast served to me. :thumbsup2

Elevationist
10-07-2009, 03:22 PM
Dooooooooo IIIIIttttttttt! *Pressure, pressure, pressure* :laughing:You wanna pay for my price difference between CSR and the Poly? :lmao: I'm stretching our budget as it is just to get us into a Moderate for the week instead of a Value resort! :goodvibes

jenbear123
10-07-2009, 04:11 PM
Okay, I was on the line with Disney reservations for almost 30 minutes. All I was trying to do was cancel the first night at Pop for our April trip. Apparently, Disney has changed the deposit policy for TA discount reservations since the time I made this reservation. At first, I only had to put down a small deposit of $59 out of the total $194. Balance was due March 9th. Fine. When I asked to cancel the first night, the rate dropped down to a total of $135. BUT the system was telling the CM to collect the rest of the money that I owed, even though final payment wasn't due until March 9th. We eventually figured out that since a TA reservation is treated as a package, I have to pay either a deposit of $200 or the full cost if under $200 - in this case, I was supposed to pay the full amount. Somehow, when I originally made the reservation, I got away with this. :confused3 Are you confused yet? :laughing: In short, I had to cough up the remaining $76. No biggie. At least Pop is completely paid for now! :woohoo:

After all the confusion, we started to discuss how I'm going to be staying at three resorts. I explained how I'd never done a split stay before and was kind of worried. She calmed my worries about it, saying that Bell Services is very reliable and will take good care of our luggage. They will ask how many pieces of luggage we have and which resort we're going to, etc. She even noted on my reservation that we'll be moving on to another resort so things will go a bit smoother. Can't imagine Bell Services will lose our luggage going from Pop to CBR as it's just down the street.... but you never know!

Okay brain - you can stop worrying now!

jenbear123
10-07-2009, 04:15 PM
You wanna pay for my price difference between CSR and the Poly? :lmao: I'm stretching our budget as it is just to get us into a Moderate for the week instead of a Value resort! :goodvibes

Awww I know how it is. One of these days, you'll stay at the Poly. Here's a little help pixiedust:

Elevationist
10-08-2009, 01:12 AM
Okay, I was on the line with Disney reservations for almost 30 minutes. All I was trying to do was cancel the first night at Pop for our April trip. Apparently, Disney has changed the deposit policy for TA discount reservations since the time I made this reservation. At first, I only had to put down a small deposit of $59 out of the total $194. Balance was due March 9th. Fine. When I asked to cancel the first night, the rate dropped down to a total of $135. BUT the system was telling the CM to collect the rest of the money that I owed, even though final payment wasn't due until March 9th. We eventually figured out that since a TA reservation is treated as a package, I have to pay either a deposit of $200 or the full cost if under $200 - in this case, I was supposed to pay the full amount. Somehow, when I originally made the reservation, I got away with this. :confused3 Are you confused yet? :laughing: In short, I had to cough up the remaining $76. No biggie. At least Pop is completely paid for now! :woohoo:

After all the confusion, we started to discuss how I'm going to be staying at three resorts. I explained how I'd never done a split stay before and was kind of worried. She calmed my worries about it, saying that Bell Services is very reliable and will take good care of our luggage. They will ask how many pieces of luggage we have and which resort we're going to, etc. She even noted on my reservation that we'll be moving on to another resort so things will go a bit smoother. Can't imagine Bell Services will lose our luggage going from Pop to CBR as it's just down the street.... but you never know!

Okay brain - you can stop worrying now! That is interesting. Maybe that is new. I always assumed that TA discounts were treated the same manner as the airline employee discount. (Assuming they still offer that, I haven't used it since 2006.) With it, you booked your room-only package, the discount was 50% off, and at the time of booking all that was due as a deposit was the cost of the first night. You had until 45days prior to arrival to pay off the balance.

Good thing it was a relatively small balance they made you pay today, and even better that you had it available! I am on such a super-tight budget right now in order to make everything come together that I would have spazzed. :rotfl:

JoJo1980
10-08-2009, 01:29 AM
Split stays are brilliant!! On our first trip to disney we stayed at 4 (yes 4!) different hotels and loooooved it!! The second trip we did 3 hotels. This trip we are just doing WL because we love it there, but we're a bit worried about being in the one place for the whole trip :laughing:

Elevationist
10-08-2009, 01:38 AM
Split stays are brilliant!! On our first trip to disney we stayed at 4 (yes 4!) different hotels and loooooved it!! The second trip we did 3 hotels. This trip we are just doing WL because we love it there, but we're a bit worried about being in the one place for the whole trip :laughing:See, I've never had any desire to do a split stay. The extra time spent packing, checking into another resort, then unpacking and getting settled back in... It just seems like such a chore to me, and wasting time that I'd rather be sippin' margaritas by the Lagoon in Epcot. ;) I know alot of people love split stays, but for me the process would be a real pain in the butt. Once I get myself in hotel room, I tend sort to "nest" until time to go home. I totally dread the packing up process, and certainly don't want to do it more than once in a trip, unless I don't have any other choice! :scared1:

jenbear123
10-08-2009, 09:26 AM
Split stays are brilliant!! On our first trip to disney we stayed at 4 (yes 4!) different hotels and loooooved it!! The second trip we did 3 hotels. This trip we are just doing WL because we love it there, but we're a bit worried about being in the one place for the whole trip :laughing:

Four! :eek: I thought I was crazy doing three! :lmao: Talk about resort roulette. Where did you stay? Did you rent a car to make the transition easier? How long were you in Disney for to make it possible to stay at so many resorts? I'm sure you'll love spending your whole trip at WL. It's a beautiful resort. But I guess it would be hard to get used to the same scenery for the entire stay after rotating resorts every time on your past trips.

See, I've never had any desire to do a split stay. The extra time spent packing, checking into another resort, then unpacking and getting settled back in... It just seems like such a chore to me, and wasting time that I'd rather be sippin' margaritas by the Lagoon in Epcot. ;) I know alot of people love split stays, but for me the process would be a real pain in the butt. Once I get myself in hotel room, I tend sort to "nest" until time to go home. I totally dread the packing up process, and certainly don't want to do it more than once in a trip, unless I don't have any other choice! :scared1:

I can see where you are coming from too. The only reason we're doing a split stay this trip is because we'll be there for 9 nights. I figure the longer period of time will let us switch between resorts while still leaving enough opportunity to do what we want in Disney. Plus, we've been fortunate enough to have been to the World more than once this year. That has given us enough opportunity to get the "Must Do's" done on each trip. What ever we don't get done is put on the "Must Do" list for the next trip :thumbsup2

I figure that we'll just live out of our carry on for the first night at Poly. Then, they'll be less things to forget when we move onto Pop. Then when we're finally at CBR, we'll be able to settle in for the remaining days. I'm pretty organized when it comes to unpacking/packing and keeping my stuff together. Of course I'll want to stay put once we're at the Poly but sadly the bank account just won't allow it. I suppose split stays let you stay at resorts that you can't normally afford to for a full week - even if it's for just one night. Only downside, like you say, is having to pack up and move on to another "nest" ;)

That is interesting. Maybe that is new. I always assumed that TA discounts were treated the same manner as the airline employee discount. (Assuming they still offer that, I haven't used it since 2006.) With it, you booked your room-only package, the discount was 50% off, and at the time of booking all that was due as a deposit was the cost of the first night. You had until 45days prior to arrival to pay off the balance.

Good thing it was a relatively small balance they made you pay today, and even better that you had it available! I am on such a super-tight budget right now in order to make everything come together that I would have spazzed. :rotfl:

Yeah, the whole thing was a bit strange but I'm satisfied that it was all taken care of. I guess Disney thinks that since you're getting a discount, you should be bound by stricter rules? Who knows. I completely understand the strict budget. I'm 100% like that currently. Every pay check is carefully devised amongst paying off bills, going into savings (for Disney ;) ) and spending money. Let me remind you that not much is left over for spending money - just enough for the essentials. I can handle that though. I'm not a huge shopaholic anyways - except when it comes to Disney stuff!

JoJo1980
10-08-2009, 11:42 AM
Four! :eek: I thought I was crazy doing three! :lmao: Talk about resort roulette. Where did you stay? Did you rent a car to make the transition easier? How long were you in Disney for to make it possible to stay at so many resorts? I'm sure you'll love spending your whole trip at WL. It's a beautiful resort. But I guess it would be hard to get used to the same scenery for the entire stay after rotating resorts every time on your past trips.


:laughing: My DH loves resort hopping and seeing different scenery, he's the one the persuaded me to do it and now we love doing it. Yeah, its kinda annoying having to pack up again and do the checking in and out - but its worth it to us. We love eating at each resort without having to worry about transport, plus the closeness to the parks and just being able to get a boat to them - we planned our days based on the hotels we'd be at and just did what was closest. Saved us lots of 'transport' time in the long run :thumbsup2

On our first trip we stayed at Hard Rock Hotel, then disneys AK, then BC and then WL - 3 nights, 3 nights, 4 nights, 4 nights = 14 nights in total.

Second trip we did Hard Rock for 3, VWL for 5 and the BWI for 4 nights = 12 nights.

Resort Roulette - I'm loving that phrase :lmao:

Yep, we did have a rental car, we always do because we like to go adventuring off site aswell and its just easier with a car. I tended not to unpack everything - just the essentials, and then kinda lived out of my case so it meant that there wasnt loads of time taken up by packing stuff. Mind you, the second trip was our wedding & honeymoon so everything got unpacked - you can imagine how much stuff we had on that trip and it didnt bother us. You'll be fine, dont worry about it - because once you are there you'll just get everything done automatically and will ask yourself why you spent so much time worrying about it. I'm speaking from experience there because I am the biggest worry wart / planner ever ;) :lmao:

Elevationist
10-08-2009, 12:54 PM
Let me remind you that not much is left over for spending money - just enough for the essentials. I can handle that though. I'm not a huge shopaholic anyways - except when it comes to Disney stuff!Believe it or not, DBF is more of a shopaholic than I am. :rotfl: He loves STUFF. When we went to Myrtle Beach in May, he bought... I am not lying to you.. FOURTEEN shot glasses. :confused3 :laughing: And a few t-shirts, and lord only knows what else, I can't remember. You know what I bought? A photo of us holding a baby tiger. LOL. That was the only souvenir I wanted. And I'm sure after Disney, I'll wind up buying our PhotoPass CD, too.

I'm more of a snackaholic than anything else. popcorn:: Most of my spending money tends to go into munch-munch-munchin' my way around the world. (And I have the Pooh-like figure to support this claim, :lmao: )

disneyaddicted
10-09-2009, 01:17 AM
I agree with Elavationist about split stays. I always said it was because I was lazy, but I like her wording better, "nesting"
But I do think it's cool that others do it, I like reading about it. And I'm sure it just adds to the whole Disney experience. I will go out on a limb and say, someday in the future, don't know how far into the future though, but I will do at least one night at Wilderness Lodge.

jenbear123
10-09-2009, 09:40 PM
I've been so busy reading other PTRs that I've started neglecting my own :scared1: The horror!

The whole spreadsheet thing is just not working for me. Not that I don't love the concept.... it's just that I've already organized our itinerary, day by day, in table format. It would be nice to have the whole schedule on one page but I can't seem to work with Numbers (Excel equivalent on a Mac for all you Windows users out there) I looked at Billie's and was completely stumped as to how she got the rows and columns to do what she wanted! I tried merging rows, moving the rows up and down, making things bigger and smaller. It was an itinerary fiasco, let me tell you. A well wasted 30 minutes just destroying my already perfected itinerary. Sigh :sad2: One of these days I'll have to sit down and learn how to use the darn program. Right now, though, it just does not want to do what I want it to! HELP!

Instead, I will share what I DO have. I've used this format in all my past Disney trips and it seems to have suited me and the rest of the family. Easy to read, easy to follow (despite it being on multiple pages)

Since I haven't posted Day 4 yet, here's how it looks the way I see it:

http://i34.tinypic.com/34smpaq.jpg

Have I mentioned we're doing Donald's Safari Breakfast?! Well, if I haven't, that's what we're doing instead of Cape May Cafe!!! :yay: I was just playing around on the online dining reservation system one day and Tusker House popped out for an awesome time. I guess someone had just cancelled. Being the person I am, I snagged it. Later on I told Bubba that I had gotten Donald's Safari Breakfast and wondered if she wanted to do that instead of Cape May Cafe. She nearly died. Donald's Safari Breakfast is apparently another hard ADR to get (Le Cellier, anyone?). She LIVES in Disney and can't even get one!!! Even though we've eaten there before, twice ;) to make her happy we shall eat there again. She loves Donald so how can we NOT go. Cape May will just have to wait until April. :rolleyes:

A few updates to tell you all about:

1. Bubba told me this morning that she is 95% sure she'll be getting a 3 month extension on her current contract :banana::banana: That definitely calls for some banana dancing. This means that my mom and I will have a much smoother time transferring between resorts in April :thumbsup2 Speaking of April, I've already come up with a pending title for my TR: "Resort Roulette, Where We Headed Next?!" What do you think? Too corny? Too silly? Too original? :laughing: Getting back to Bubba's extension, she won't know for sure until about the time I go in November. Then, once I know, I'll be able to start hardcore planning for April. If it's not one trip, it's the next....

2. The Poly has been booked and paid for! Our one night stay is locked in, secured, ready to go! :woohoo: Now I must decide on room requests. Must add this to my To-Do list.

3. Speaking of To-Do lists.....

To-Do

Confirm ME Transfers
Get later time for Le Cellier ADR (It's hopeless but one can only try)
Create packing list
Make sure one suitcase will fit inside the other
Take inventory on travel size stuff
Stay healthy (not sure if I want to get the swine flu shot before I go or not :confused3 )
Order calendar for Bubba's x-mas present


That's right. I made (to order) my sister a nice calendar for her x-mas present. Since she'll be in Disney for another 8 months or something, she won't get to see the family much. She specifically requested that I make a calendar consisting of family photos for the first half of the year (while she's still in Disney) and pictures of Disney World for the second half of the year (when she's home from Disney). That's all she wanted from me. Easy enough I guess :laughing: It's pretty much ready to order. I've just been procrastinating and not willing to forklift out the money yet.

This weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada so I'll be even busier tending to family gatherings and the like. Well, at least one dinner tomorrow night I must go to. Parents are divorced so it makes splitting yourself amongst the family a bit hard. When both sides decide to have dinner on the SAME night, it makes choosing kinda difficult. The way I see it, it's whoever asks me first , gets me first!

Oh, and my DBF is sick :sick: Thankfully not the flu *phew* but still concerned nonetheless. Just a stuffy nose and scratchy throat. No fever thank goodness (I forced him to take his temperature) Let's hope it doesn't get any worse :scared: Can't afford to get sick and miss out on work!

I leave you this evening with another Random Past Disney Picture of the Day

http://i34.tinypic.com/acoe9.jpg

TiggerAllie
10-09-2009, 10:16 PM
Wow your daily itinerary seems so... calm! :) I was writing mine out in my PTR and I just felt like there weren't enough hours in the trip to get everything in!

I don't know how specific you want to be in your Poly request, but I would suggest 3rd floor, balcony (2nd floor on older buildings don't have full balconies) and maybe near the quiet pool... I loved our Tokelau room! But with 1 night... maybe you'll be upgraded!

TiggerAllie
10-09-2009, 11:39 PM
For your benefit, I fixed the pictures in my WL/Poly TR:http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1307145&page=1
I think I may get out my trip journal and try to write some more in it--turns out, I already had pictures started for the next post!

Elevationist
10-10-2009, 07:27 AM
Girl, my "spreadsheet" is just a glorified table built in a different program! Same basic concept, just arranged different. Don't sweat it! Your itinerary, JUST the way you have it, looks perfect. :thumbsup2 I like that you get a new sheet at the beginning of every day! There's something exciting about that! :goodvibes

Ooooh! Grats on Tusker House breakfast! According to the original plans I made months ago, I wanted that ADR, but as things changed and developed in our itinerary, I decided to save it for another trip. But I did chase after if for a couple weeks, and never even came close to getting it. So glad you managed to nab a ressie there! Time for nanner dancin': :banana::banana::banana:

I'll take lots of picture of Cape May's breakfast and be sure to come home and tell you how deeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious it is. :rotfl2:

I like the TR title! Keep it, it's great!! :thumbsup2

Oy, I need to make a To-Do list here soon. I think I'm waiting until the trip is paid off to start getting into all of that. That's only a week away now, though... So I better get crack-a-lackin! :laughing:

Tell your DBF that he got sick because he hates on the DIS. :lmao: Karma, yo.

jenbear123
10-10-2009, 03:08 PM
To-Do for November

Confirm ME Transfers DONE
Get later time for Le Cellier ADR (It's hopeless but one can only try)
Create packing list
Make sure one suitcase will fit inside the other DONE
Take inventory on travel size stuff
Stay healthy (not sure if I want to get the swine flu shot before I go or not :confused3 )
Order calendar for Bubba's x-mas present DONE
Grocery list for Bubba for when we'll be in VWL
Decide on a nice outfit to bring
Print out resort confirmation with addresses for customs


Just adding a few things before I forget! I'm off to eat turkey, gobble gobble

disneyaddicted
10-12-2009, 01:09 AM
I like your itinerary, it looks just fine in table format. Don't even sweat it, I print out a blank guide and just fill it in by hand, we all have our own ways that work.

I think your title for your TR sounds exciting, who wouldn't be caught up with that title. The readers will at least know that you had a busy resort stay vacation.

That is a gorgeous Disney picture you posted.

jenbear123
10-12-2009, 06:31 PM
Wow your daily itinerary seems so... calm! :) I was writing mine out in my PTR and I just felt like there weren't enough hours in the trip to get everything in!

I don't know how specific you want to be in your Poly request, but I would suggest 3rd floor, balcony (2nd floor on older buildings don't have full balconies) and maybe near the quiet pool... I loved our Tokelau room! But with 1 night... maybe you'll be upgraded!

Trust me. Not all my itineraries have been like this. Especially in July, we had something going on every second! It was to the point that we felt rushed and really weren't able to enjoy ourselves. This time, I made a promise to myself (and Bubba!) that I would take it easy. I've been to the World, as you've noticed, FOUR times already this year. I think we can afford to step back and take things in stride a bit more this trip.

Thanks for the room request suggestions. I'm still on the fence about even worrying about requesting a room. We'll only be there one night. Is it worth it? :confused3 I guess it wouldn't hurt. That would be pretty sweet if we were upgraded, just as long as we STAY at the Poly and not be moved to BLT again! :rolleyes:

Girl, my "spreadsheet" is just a glorified table built in a different program! Same basic concept, just arranged different. Don't sweat it! Your itinerary, JUST the way you have it, looks perfect. :thumbsup2 I like that you get a new sheet at the beginning of every day! There's something exciting about that! :goodvibes

It must be a self conscious thing. Everyone's spreadsheet or itinerary always looks better than your own. There is an excitement to moving through the pages. Something new to conquer and experience every day!



I'll take lots of picture of Cape May's breakfast and be sure to come home and tell you how deeeeeeeeeeeeeeelicious it is. :rotfl2:

You better! I expect complete detail, full on food porn so I can fully grasp what I missed :lmao:



I like the TR title! Keep it, it's great!! :thumbsup2

I think your title for your TR sounds exciting, who wouldn't be caught up with that title. The readers will at least know that you had a busy resort stay vacation.

Thanks guys! I think I will keep it. :thumbsup2


Tell your DBF that he got sick because he hates on the DIS. :lmao: Karma, yo.

That'll teach him! :snooty::laughing:


I like your itinerary, it looks just fine in table format. Don't even sweat it, I print out a blank guide and just fill it in by hand, we all have our own ways that work.

That is a gorgeous Disney picture you posted.

Thanks! Florida can really show off some amazing sunsets. And yes, I agree about the format of itineraries. The spreadsheet just won't work for me. I can accept that:cutie:

Elevationist
10-12-2009, 07:44 PM
You better! I expect complete detail, full on food porn so I can fully grasp what I missed :lmao:Oh, there will be. Especially after reading last night that apparently they've now officially and permanently added Alaskan snow crab legs to the spread at the Cape May Cafe dinner. :worship:

jenbear123
10-12-2009, 09:40 PM
Look what finally showed up in the mail:

http://i36.tinypic.com/2q3ykpd.jpg

:cool1::cool1:

One more thing to knock off my To-Do list! Of course they messed it up... again. We specifically told them that my sister will not be needing ME since she's kinda already IN Orlando. And yet, they still send a luggage tag for her and reserve a spot for her on the bus :headache: When will they listen? Sigh. Ah well. This gives me an extra luggage tag just in case.

And I have to share this too as it's just so darn cute. It was only $8 (regular $16)

http://i35.tinypic.com/2utrb6g.jpg

No, I'm not a crazy collector of Webkinz but I just liked the look of this guy. I'm such a sucker for stuffed animals...

TiggerAllie
10-12-2009, 09:50 PM
Hooray!!!

And maybe a trip to AKL is in your future with that giraffe.... ;)

Elevationist
10-12-2009, 10:14 PM
YAAAAY!

I won't be getting any DME stuff in the mail since we are driving down, but I sure am looking forward to getting my Mickey Mail once our package is paid off this Friday! :cool1:

jenbear123
10-20-2009, 08:37 PM
Yes, I realize my poor PTR has been in a bit of a limbo for the last little while. The last week has been quite the emotional and physical roller coaster. I had a big wake up call from the parental units :scared: ... you know... the one where they ask where your life is going and you answer that you don't know and the conversation keeps going in circles until you end up bawling your eyes out? Yeah, that one. Yet, I didn't end up bawling my eyes out at the fact that I'm almost 24 years old and am no where NEAR being able to move out and live on my own. I was so drugged up on Neocitran (cough & cold medicine drink... yes I was also sick with a head cold for 3 days:sick: and then got Aunt Flo - joy.) that everything coming out of the parents mouth wasn't hitting me in ways it normally would. My head was in the clouds. I was still able to respond, just without the emotion and anxiety behind it. I must admit it was nice being able to speak my mind so easily.

After the whole "talk", I felt horribly guilty for not saving my money up for my future. So I immediately decided to cancel our trip in April. I couldn't keep spending more money than I have on travel (aka Disney trips). I had to start putting my money towards my future. It tore me apart inside as I wrote the e-mail to my mom (she wasn't part of this whole "talk" - it's complicated with whole divorced parents thing) saying that we should cancel the trip in April. Not only was I sad but I knew I was letting my mom down as well. Unlike myself, who is going in November, my mom had no other plans to go and visit my sister in Disney World. She doesn't like going by herself either, which I don't blame her. I mean, what's Disney World when you can't share your experiences with someone else? I told her that she should still go but I would have to sit this one out. After a couple nights of no sleep, I just couldn't accept that we were not going to Disney World together. That sentence just doesn't happen in our family! My mom probably would figure something out for herself but I knew, deep down, that she really wanted me to come along. I also couldn't accept how I had spent all that money on an annual pass and having it now go to waste. :sad2:

When I finally went back to work yesterday, after recovering from my sickness, I started crunching the numbers. How could I make this trip affordable but not feel guilty about going and spending money on Disney again? :idea: That's it! Who cares where we stay? Who cares how we get there?! Just as long as we can go, right?! I priced out the cost of 6 nights at Pop Century with my TA discount. Perfect. Then, I priced out the cost of a roundtrip flight from Buffalo to Orlando with Southwest Airlines. It, too, met the budget. Awesome! All in all, for me, it came to about $600 (including food and airport parking costs). The total cost is a little higher for my mom because she still has to buy her theme park tickets. So her total cost came to just under $1,000. No sooner did I come to this revelation, that I was on the phone with my mom. She was all for it! WE'RE STILL GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!! :yay::woohoo::yay::woohoo:

People, you have no idea what kind of scare this was for me. I even avoided the DIS for a few days because it made me sad to read anything related to Disney :guilty: I wasn't only sad that I wouldn't be going back to Disney World in April, but the fact that November would be the last time I'd see my sister until the middle of next year. I just couldn't handle that! Her and I are like two peas in a pod. We can't stand being away from eachother for long periods of time!

So it may not be the original 9 night, 3 resort split-stay like originally planned. But, at this point, we're just happy to still be GOING! I also wrote an e-mail to my sister about not being able to afford what was originally planned. Then she offered to pay for the whole thing :laughing: which, of course, I kindly declined. The only thing I asked her to possibly help with was the one night stay at the Poly. I still want to surprise my mom but can't afford to do it myself. I have yet to hear back from her on this but you'll be sure to hear about it when I do know. Either way, I'll be happy. :)

To recap, here is what April looks like:

6 nights at Pop Century
April 22nd to April 28th
Flights with Southwest Airlines out of Buffalo

Pop Century has been booked but I still need to buy our plane tickets. Hopefully we can do that this week to avoid the cost going up.

Boy, life sure does like to play hardball sometimes.

Oh, and last night my throat started getting scratchy and has been for most of today. It's early to bed for me tonight. I better not be coming down with something else! :sick:

Elevationist
10-20-2009, 08:58 PM
Oh, Jen! :eek: Honey, I'm so glad you were able to work it out! And you're absolutely right... It really doesn't matter where you stay or how you get there, just BEING THERE is the most important thing! I'm so glad that you were able to bring down the costs and save your trip, that's really wonderful, sweetie.

Although trust me, I know exactly how you feel in regards to the parental units. I had to move home last year (and haven't gotten back out yet) and we are driving each other nuts. They are VERY unhappy about my upcoming Disney trip, they seem to think that I am just having tons of fun traveling and having a great time and being irresponsible, while living rent-free with them. Keeping in mind that this is the same set of parents who have never taken a vacation, they didn't even go on a honeymoon. They will travel occasionally to see family, but have no interest in getting on a plane and seeing new places, and they didn't expose me to it growing up either, To them vacations are nothing but a colossal waste of money.

They also don't understand that I am in this long-distance relationship with Ron, and when he comes here, we have to get a hotel because they won't let him stay here with me (Nevermind that I'm almost 29 years old, or that they've met him and like him, and know what we're serious and talking marriage someday.) So since we're having to spend the money on hotels and airfare and food anyhow, it's stupid to just sit in my tiny little town when we could be out spending the same money and having fun! This concept is totally lost on them, and they chew me out at least once a week about the way I "blow money." :sad2: Parents just don't "get it" alot of the time, I'm afraid.

And girl, you don't need to avoid the DIS! I'm sure your PTR family here would have immediately talked you out of canceling and into downgrading everything and saved you days of agony. ;) We're here to support each other! :hug:

jenbear123
10-20-2009, 09:27 PM
Thanks Billie :hug: I probably should've spoke up sooner but I felt so miserable over the weekend with my cold that I could barely sit at my computer for 5 minutes.

Sorry to hear about your situation. Although, I must admit it's nice to know I'm not the only one going through this parents thing. It's too bad that your parents can't understand your relationship. Not only that, but they won't even let him stay at the house! :scared1: You're right. You might as well go to Disney if you're going to have to be put up in a hotel anyway. It's too bad they find travel a waste of money. I live to travel. I hope to see the world in my lifetime. Everyone is different I guess. Perhaps that's why they disapprove of your travel. But I say, you're an adult, quite capable of making adult choices. If you can afford to travel, why not? Have a little bit of fun and then start setting aside money to move out ;)

To be honest, these parents that I said spoke to me? They're not even my own parents. They're my DBF's. Since I've been living in their house, in the basement, with DBF for the last 2 years, rent-free, they felt it necessary to talk to us both. They're becoming impatient with us being here. It's like they expect us to go out and get a solid career right out of school and start supporting ourselves. It's been VERY hard since the economic downturn. I'm lucky I got my TA job when I did. Not only that, but DBF has suffered through months of social anxiety and counselling. Only now is he coming out of it and finding purpose in life. There was a while there when I thought I'd lose him. :sad2: But, I won't get into too much detail about that.

I'll admit that I have debts to pay off (but who doesn't after coming out of school?) and have spent at times I shouldn't have. But what's the point of life when you can't have some time to ENJOY yourself? I don't know. Life is very short. You could die tomorrow and never got the chance to do something you always wanted to. I understand it's important to be able to support yourself but it's not easy. At this point, no matter how much money I put away ($100 here and there) it still wouldn't make a dent on the first month of rent or a down payment on a mortgage. It'd be gone on the first payment! Unfortunately, I need another income, whether it be with my DBF or with my sister when she comes back from Disney World. I don't like my current living situation but I don't have much choice right now. And I'm not about to switch jobs (again) to something that pays better only to be miserable everyday I go to work (been there, done that.) I figure, if I have the money to spare for a trip, I'm going to do it since my life is kinda stuck in limbo right now. I'm glad I made the changes to April though. It's not breaking the bank, I'll have everything paid for by the time I go, and still might be able to save up a little bit to buy a few souvenirs ;)

Sorry for the rant. I'm just glad to have the DIS, to have people to talk to who understand what it's like to have the "Disney Bug". It also helps to know that I'm not the only one in my kind of situation! Okay, more on this later. I must sleep now! Good night! ZZZZZzzzzzzz

jenbear123
10-21-2009, 10:35 PM
Guess who's staying at the Polynesian?!?!!?

:banana::banana::banana::woohoo::woohoo::banana:

:yay: Yup! Bubba agreed to pay for our one night stay. She's the bestest big sister ever :hug: I'm so happy this is still happening!!!! It's going to be even better now though since we'll be there on our last night. My mom will have NO idea! That brings me to an idea I had today :idea: I was thinking of perhaps telling my mom at x-mas that we'll be staying at the Polynesian for one night. I could say it's my sister's x-mas present to her (since I'm not footing the bill). I'll print out the resort confirmation page, fold it up, and put it in a big BIG box. Then, wrap it up in several layers of wrapping paper. Hey, I have to make her work for this just a little ;) I don't know though. A part of me wants to tell her at x-mas but in another way, I'd love to keep everything a total secret until we're there. If I do keep it a secret, I'm not sure how I will break the big news. Do I tell her when we arrive at Pop Century? Do I wait and tell her the day of our resort switch? Hmmmmm. Maybe I could keep the present idea but make her open it at some point during our trip? I'll have to think this one through a bit more.

And you know what else? As of tomorrow I only have.......





4 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



until I see Bubba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cheer2:

Elevationist
10-21-2009, 10:51 PM
If I do keep it a secret, I'm not sure how I will break the big news. Do I tell her when we arrive at Pop Century? Do I wait and tell her the day of our resort switch? Hmmmmm. Maybe I could keep the present idea but make her open it at some point during our trip? I'll have to think this one through a bit more.My vote is for waiting and telling her the day of the resort switch. I am seriously contemplating adding a night on to our trip, and right now I'll have no choice but to switch to WL. (Oh, poor me! :rotfl:) I haven't made up my mind yet, as that will be another $300. But if I decide to go for it, I'm not telling Ron until our last day at CSR, which he will think is our last day in WDW. I know he'll be sad and depressed about it being our last day, and that's when I'll tell him that actually we have one more night in WDW, just at a different resort. I have it all planned out in my head, it will be awesome, he won't be expecting it at all. :laughing: You could pull something similar on your Mom! :cutie:

disneyaddicted
10-22-2009, 12:12 AM
Sorry you have been so sick, I hope you start getting better soon.

I have beenin your situation many times. I had to move in with my parents after I had been out of their house for almost 6 years, and I had to bring 2 kids with me. I just couldn't do it on my own. And I have had to cancel 3 trips in the past, I stayed away from the Dis because it was heart wrenching to read about others plans and trips and all. But I am so glad that your April trip is back on. And Yay, for having such a great big sister. She sounds so awesome!

jenbear123
10-22-2009, 05:27 PM
Oh Billie! You should totally add on the extra night! Especially at WL. I love that resort :cloud9: And it's so much fun to surprise people. Another thing I live for :goodvibes

I think you're right. I should wait until the last night at Pop to pop the surprise on her (hardy har har) She always gets bummed when we have to leave. This will knock her socks off!


Ty, sorry to hear that you have been in a similar situation. Thankfully I don't have kids to worry about. That must've been hard, not only for you but for your kids as well. That's terrible you've had to cancel so many trips. Isn't it so depressing? You get all excited and dream about it but then, you have to go and cancel :sad1: So sad. Hopefully nothing like that will happen for your next trip.



In other news, the Poly has now been added on to our vacation. We'll be staying there the day we are supposed to be leaving WDW. This means we'll be staying in Disney for a whole week! :woohoo: Now I just have to work on keeping this a secret. Since this will extend our stay by a day, this will also reflect on our plane ticket. Hopefully she won't notice.... If she does, I'll just say we're staying at the Pop another night than originally planned :rolleyes1

jenbear123
10-24-2009, 03:57 PM
Went to the dentist today, for a simple follow up after my cleaning appointment a couple weeks ago. It wasn't good news :sad2: I have to get a baby toothed pulled on Nov 7th :sad: Apparently my body is "rejecting" it and things can only get worse if it isn't pulled. I tried postponing it until AFTER my November Disney trip but it was no good. I have to get it done before I go... Which should be fun seeing how I'll have a hole inside my mouth when I'm trying to chow down on all that Disney food! :laughing: By that point, I will only have 12 days until my trip!!!! At least I can keep telling myself that as the dentist jabs and pulls at my tooth.

Oooooooh boy how I LOATHE the dentist.....

Elevationist
10-25-2009, 01:07 AM
Went to the dentist today, for a simple follow up after my cleaning appointment a couple weeks ago. It wasn't good news :sad2: I have to get a baby toothed pulled on Nov 7th :sad: Apparently my body is "rejecting" it and things can only get worse if it isn't pulled. I tried postponing it until AFTER my November Disney trip but it was no good. I have to get it done before I go... Which should be fun seeing how I'll have a hole inside my mouth when I'm trying to chow down on all that Disney food! :laughing: By that point, I will only have 12 days until my trip!!!! At least I can keep telling myself that as the dentist jabs and pulls at my tooth.

Oooooooh boy how I LOATHE the dentist..... Ugh, I need to go to the dentist so badly. Not for any real problems, I am just in desperate need of a cleaning. (Anybody who meets me in RL at WDW will see what I mean... I use photoshop to whiten my teeth in my photos, they are pretty awful... :sad1:) I don't have dental insurance though, and paying out of pocket would mean not having enough money to be with Ron every three months. So I keep putting it off. :sad2:

jenbear123
10-25-2009, 11:46 AM
I can see getting to the dentist a bit difficult when you don't have insurance. Costs sure do add up quickly! :scared1: Although, it would be wise to go at least once a year just for a quick look. Last thing you want is to go through an ordeal like I did when I got a root canal. That was the most awful experience ever. Apparently, my previous dentist (who got fired) let a lot of problems (i.e. cavities) get worse. I didn't think anything of it at the time since I wanted to avoid as much dental work as possible. So, when he kept saying "Don't worry about it." or "We'll leave it for now" I was delighted. But boy oh boy did I pay for it a couple years later. After about a year hiatus from seeing my original dentist, I finally make the call for my annual cleaning. They tell me that my original dentist is no longer there. Okay....... I didn't think anything of it and went to see another dentist (who was ten times better, by the way). After getting x-rays done, it was not good news. I had a massive cavity in one of my molars that had spread all the way to the root. "You're going to need a root canal." :sad2: I've never had one before but my goodness.... never again! Since the cavity had been left for so long, an infection had formed. Because of this, it hurt ten times more than usual, even after they froze me with at least 4 needles full of the stuff. That was probably one of the worst 2 hours of my life. Now I'm dedicated to brushing at least twice a day (with an electric toothbrush, none of this manual nonsense) and flossing as often as I can. I will NEVER go through that again. So please, take my advice Billie, see a dentist soon. Unless you are blessed with good teeth. Then you may have nothing to worry about.

Getting a tooth pulled is, apparently, nothing like a root canal. It still sounds painful. I guess pulling a baby tooth won't be so bad since the root isn't as big as an adult tooth. Here's hoping..... :sad2:

Elevationist
10-25-2009, 02:20 PM
So please, take my advice Billie, see a dentist soon. Unless you are blessed with good teeth. Then you may have nothing to worry aboutI do and I don't. I have good teeth in the sense that they are strong. I've never had a single cavity in my life. I have not-so-good teeth due to the fact that I haven't had a professional cleaning in almost 10 years, and it shows. My teeth have a very noticable plaque/tartar build-up, and are about as yellow as this guy: :confused3. I'm super self-conscious about it, and am hoping to find a way to get a cleaning after WDW. :sad2:

jenbear123
10-26-2009, 06:22 PM
I just realized that tomorrow is my ADR day for our April trip!!!!!!!!!! Along with 5 million other people I'm sure. :headache: That's right, Disney decided to open it's ADR booking window up to 180 days again. Not that I'm complaining, it's just that... do you really know what you want to eat 6 months in advance? Well, in my case I do but that's because I'm nuts :lmao: But the NORMAL Disney goer isn't going to know until it's too late. Or that they book their trip 4 months in advance and go to try and get the coveted Le Cellier only to find it booked solid for the full week of the trip. Am I the only one who is a little spiteful of this?

Here are a few places we (and by "we" I mean "I" since I will be the one up at 6:45am tomorrow morning) intend to grab for April:

Crystal Palace - breakfast or lunch or both
Liberty Tree Tavern - dinner
Le Cellier - lunch
Chefs de France - lunch
Garden Grill - dinner
Brown Derby - lunch
Cape May Cafe - breakfast
Chef Mickey's - breakfast or dinner or both
Tusker House - breakfast
Kouzzina - dinner


Keeping in mind we won't be on the dining plan, we've got to watch how many sit-downs we do. Hopefully with my TIW card, it will cut the costs a little bit. Do you think they will frown upon sharing? (Not at buffets, but the regular a la carte restaurants) I've always heard mixed opinions on sharing. My sister and I did it when we ate at Brown Derby. The server didn't seem too pleased but they still split the food on two separate plates. We even tipped above the automatic 18% gratuity that was added to the bill because of my sister's CM discount. The server can't frown at us after that!

There's a couple there that neither of us have done before. i.e. Chefs de France, Kouzzina, and Cape May Cafe. I'm not eating at any of these places when I go in November. It will be fun for both my mom and I to be trying something new :goodvibes

I'm going to be doing the ADR's online so hopefully I can get on early enough before the system crashes. :scared: Honestly, all I care about is getting Le Cellier. I don't care what day or what time (although I do prefer lunch since it'll be cheaper) but just as long as I get it! Or should I call first thing at 7am? I figure the CM's will have the same sort of chance of the system crashing as does the online system. Oie. Talk about stress....

Wish me luck!

jenbear123
10-27-2009, 11:26 AM
Woke up at 5:50am this morning to face the music of 60 million other people trying to make their ADRs today. The big bummer was that people who are going in February were jamming the internet juice and phone lines as much as the people who are going in April. So here's how it all went down. As soon as the clock struck 6am, I was into the online reservation system (both TA and public). I had both searching for Le Cellier at the same time. After watching the minutes tick by as the system searched, I knew more and more people were signing on. I had hoped that I could at least grab a Le Cellier ressie before the system crashed. Then, it happened. I saw two available ADRs - 2:20pm and 4:00pm. I tried for the 2:20pm and waited for the confirmation....and waited.... and waited.... and waited. Then the horrid error message appeared. The system had crashed :headache: It was already 6:30am by this point so I only had another 30 minutes to go until the phone lines opened for the day. After trying the online reservations a couple more times, I shuffled back to bed to recharge my energy for the next task.

As 7am rolled around, I debated if it was really worthwhile trying to call. I assumed the CMs would have the same trouble the public was having with the system crashing. But how will I know unless I try. I dialed the number (while still in my bed, mind you) and listened to the prompts. Finally getting through into the queue with a wait time of "5 minutes". Wow, that's not bad. To not disturb DBF, I left the room and waited.... and waited.... and waited.... and waited. This "5 minute wait" was quickly turning it 15 minutes, then 20, then 25. In a desperate attempt, I even called in through the TA reservation line. That's right. I had two phones in front of me, playing the all so lovely (but all so annoying at the same time) Disney hold music. It was at this point I realized how truly insane I am :lmao: All this for Le Cellier? I must really want that steak! Anyway, after holding nearly 30 minutes, a lady came on the line. :eek: I almost forgot what I was calling about. :laughing: Then the words spilled out of me. "Le Cellier for lunch on April 24th!" I picked a random day as I knew narrowing it down would make the whole process faster. I could tell the CM was just laughing to herself as to how crazy I sounded. In no less than 30 seconds, she had snagged Le Cellier for 2:05pm on April 24th!!!!!!! :faint: Getting a reservations should not be this difficult!

She asked me if I had anymore ADRs. I said no, and that I would let her go as I knew how busy she was this morning. I think she appreciated that. Poor girl. The other ADRs on my list aren't as hard to get as Le Cellier and I knew there was a madhouse of people waiting in the phone queue. To be considerate, I just got the one that I absolutely had to have.

It was now pushing 7:45am. I had snagged one, ONE, ADR but it was the most sought after ADR, which satisfied me enough to retire to my bed once again. I knew the online reservation system was still crashing and the phone was now estimating a 30 minute wait. After my "5 minute" wait, this "30 minutes" could only be doubled.

I eventually got up and did my usual routine in the morning to get ready for work. Before I left, I thought to give the online reservations one last try. I went to the TA site and, to my surprise, it was working! :hyper: Trying to remain calm, I started searching. Crystal Palace, LTT, Chef mickey's, Garden Grill, Donald's Safari Breakfast, they were all showing up! At this point I was supposed to have left for work 5 minutes ago :laughing: This forced me to end my search and push through to the confirmation numbers. All went very smoothly and I scored pretty much ALL the ADRs I wanted!!!!

At the end of the day, here are the results of this morning fiasco:

4/22 - Chef Mickey's (D)
4/23 - LTT (D)
4/24 - Le Cellier (L)
4/25 - Garden Grill (D)
4/26 - Crystal Palace (B)
4/27 - Donald's Safari Breakfast
4/28 - Cape May Cafe (B), Chefs de France (L)

The only one's missing are Brown Derby and Kouzzina, which I figure can be snagged once this whole thing blows over. Phew, it was a successful day but now I'm dead tired at work. I feel like a zombie. And all for Disney!

starling
10-27-2009, 11:40 AM
Your PTR is lovely! I'm going to be starting one soon, my first time to WDW but I've -always- wanted to go. I noticed you just chose your ADR's and I'm kind of asking everyone who has an active PTR up~ Of all the restaurants, which are the ones you absolutely MUST eat at? :D

jenbear123
10-27-2009, 11:58 AM
Your PTR is lovely! I'm going to be starting one soon, my first time to WDW but I've -always- wanted to go. I noticed you just chose your ADR's and I'm kind of asking everyone who has an active PTR up~ Of all the restaurants, which are the ones you absolutely MUST eat at? :D

:welcome: Thanks for reading along :goodvibes

You should definitely start one! Not only is it a way to share your plans with other crazy Disney fanatics but it's a great way to document all the plans that went into your trip.

You're first time to WDW? :eek: :laughing: It can be overwhelming, can't it? If you need any advice, we're all here for ya :thumbsup2

The restaurants that we absolutely can't bypass on a trip to WDW are:

Table Service
Crystal Palace
Le Cellier
Chef Mickey's (more for characters than food) &;
Donald's Safari Breakfast at Tusker House (AK)

Counter Service
Sunshine Seasons (Epcot)
Columbia Harbour House (MK)
Earl of Sandwich (DTD)
Main Street Bakery (MK)
Main Street Ice Cream Parlour (MK)
Aloha Isle for Dole Whips (MK)

This is not to say the other restaurants aren't good, these are just the ones that have been constant in quality of food, service, and atmosphere. Keep in mind I still have MANY other sit down restaurants to try. Who knows, I might find another gem. Hope this helps!

disneyaddicted
10-30-2009, 12:46 PM
Dentists ugh! after reading your post about the root canal I had the uncontrollable urget o go brush my teeth, so I did, I flossed too!!!
Congratulations on getting your ADR's for April, I hate the gut wrenching feeling you get when you're on hold and you just know that people ahead of you are taking all the good ADR's, but then the feeling of floating that comes over you once you get all your ADR's confirmed is totally worth it.

jenbear123
10-30-2009, 01:15 PM
Dentists ugh! after reading your post about the root canal I had the uncontrollable urget o go brush my teeth, so I did, I flossed too!!!

Glad I was able to scare you into taking care of your teeth! :laughing: It really is a terrible experience. Take care of your teeth. You'll thank yourself in the end. So will your bank account....

Congratulations on getting your ADR's for April, I hate the gut wrenching feeling you get when you're on hold and you just know that people ahead of you are taking all the good ADR's, but then the feeling of floating that comes over you once you get all your ADR's confirmed is totally worth it.

Thanks! I've already did some shuffling around :rolleyes:, which I'll post about later on today. You're so right about that feeling you get. The suspense is enough to make you faint! :faint: Especially getting up at the crack of dawn. All for the sake of Disney! :wizard:

jenbear123
10-30-2009, 10:42 PM
Once the online dining reservations was back up and I was actually able to compare the park hours with what I had, I started doing some shuffling. I realized that we may be getting into Disney in the later afternoon with our flight. We haven't booked a flight yet for April but I figure we shouldn't book anything too early... just in case. That meant Chef Mickey's at 5:30pm on our arrival day was out. There were a few other ones that just didn't feel right, and so, the shuffling began. Here's where we're at right now:

4/22 - Kouzzina 6:35pm
4/23 - LTT 4:30pm
4/24 - Le Cellier 2:05pm
4/25 - Garden Grill 5:35pm (this is actually a new time, the last one was a bit later than I wanted at 6:55pm)
4/26 - Crystal Palace 8:05am (If the park hours stay the way they are, this means early entry into MK!!!), Chef Mickey's 6:30pm
4/27 - Donald's Safari Breakfast 8:20am (Early entry again, I think)
4/28 - Chefs de France 2:00pm
4/29 - Cape May Cafe 7:30am

ADRs subject to change**

Two buffets in one day might be a bit much but hopefully since they are so far apart, we should be able to find room to pack it all in. I also figured we'll be getting up early on our departure day and end out trip with a Character Breakfast, one neither of us have done before.


Oh and my West Jet flight times changed AGAIN for November. I'm not getting into Orlando until well passed 1 o'clock. This makes me mad :mad: My flight when I leave Orlando is now leaving later as well, which isn't quite so bad, just means more time in Disney!!!! I've been looking to see if a later Le Cellier ADR is available EVERY day for the last couple of days but no luck :sad2: It's going to be a mad dash... One of my sister's friends from work has kindly offered to pick me up from VWL and drive me over to Epcot. That should shave 20-30 minutes off my travel time. I could still potentially make it. I really hope I do as I'd love to have Bubba be my server! That would be so much fun! Come on West Jet. Be on my side, just this one time? Oh, and Mother Nature, that means you too! Last thing I need is a huge blizzard to roll through the airport, delaying my flight even more :headache: **knock on wood**

I'm off to bed. Off to work tomorrow. Yup, working on Halloween. I'm thinking I'll go to work dressed as a Disney tourist. What do you think? I'd say it's quite fitting! :lmao:

Elevationist
11-01-2009, 09:35 AM
Wow, grats on your ADR success! I figured it was going to be nuts. I think the 180-day booking window for ADRs is absolute garbage, personally. I myself usually don't plan a trip more than 6 months in advance, because living paycheck to paycheck, it's hard to know until closer to the date if I'm going to be able to pull it off or not. Not to mention you can't truly settle on an itinerary until the official park hours are released. I'd love to know what bonehead decided to make it this way! :headache:

jenbear123
11-01-2009, 11:06 AM
Wow, grats on your ADR success! I figured it was going to be nuts. I think the 180-day booking window for ADRs is absolute garbage, personally. I myself usually don't plan a trip more than 6 months in advance, because living paycheck to paycheck, it's hard to know until closer to the date if I'm going to be able to pull it off or not. Not to mention you can't truly settle on an itinerary until the official park hours are released. I'd love to know what bonehead decided to make it this way! :headache:

Tell me about it. Disney has been making a lot of stupid mistakes lately (i.e. raising prices during an economic downturn) but what can we do... other than not go to Disney and pay these ridiculous prices (which I don't, since I get a discount lol) but who wants to do that!?! Darn it Disney, why do you have to be so addictive!!!

The 180 days booking window is very stupid. They should've left it at 90 days. I really wonder what made them switch it back. Were they getting complaints? I can't imagine they would have. There's not much point to having the park hours out 180 days in advance either because they end up changing them anyway!

disneyaddicted
11-02-2009, 02:04 AM
Maybe we need to start running Disney since we seem to have it all down. ;) I would change alot of things. I myself also do not get why they would raise prices when the economy stinks, but then again they did offer us some good money savers, like free dining. Problem is they know Disney is addicting and that we will keep coming back again and again, even if it means dressing in rags and eating poor man stew every day in order to afford it.

jenbear123
11-02-2009, 07:44 AM
even if it means dressing in rags and eating poor man stew every day in order to afford it.

:lmao: So true! :lmao:

jenbear123
11-03-2009, 08:38 PM
Yes, it's official. It's concrete! It's the November itinerary finally complete! :woohoo:

There were a few changes since the last time I updated our plans for this trip. My flight times changed (again) and Disney decided to take away any EMH at Epcot while I'm there :sad2: I'm disappointed, Disney. How could you! :sad: Fine, be that way! I'll just have to change plans, AGAIN!

Here is the complete November itinerary:

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Sorry the text is tiny. I'm fairly satisfied about these plans. Oh! And in case you missed it, one of Bubba's friends will be picking me up from WL to take me over to Epcot. This will speed up the process tremendously. I was almost tempted to rent a car to get me from the airport to the resort quicker. Then when I saw how much it was going to cost, I fluffed off the idea pretty quickly :laughing: I like ME anyway. Makes you feel like you've finally arrived in Disney World. I just hope WL doesn't end up being the last stop. I'll be using ME's luggage delivery as well. Hopefully I will clear customs here so I don't have to claim my luggage again in Orlando. It defeats the whole purpose when you still have to go to baggage claim, get your luggage, clear customs, then hand off your luggage to ME again.

I still have a few things to knock off on my To Do list:


Confirm ME Transfers DONE
Get later time for Le Cellier ADR (Yes, I'm still trying)
Create packing list
Make sure one suitcase will fit inside the other DONE
Take inventory on travel size stuff
Stay healthy SO FAR SO GOOD!
Order calendar for Bubba's x-mas present DONE
Grocery list for Bubba for when we'll be in VWL
Decide on a nice outfit to bring
Print out resort confirmation with addresses for customs
Confirm flight times with West Jet


Some of these things will get done in the next few days. The whole suitcase worry has been lifted from my shoulders. Another friend of Bubba's had a giant suitcase that she did not need so she gave it to Bubba. This means I only have to bring down one giant suitcase. The one her friend gave her is already full :scared1: I better bring my luggage weight measurer thingie to make sure it's not overweight. Going down is going to be the easy part. Bringing everything home is going to be another thing. I guess this means I better pack light :laughing: Good thing West Jet has generous baggage allowance.

3 days until I get my tooth pulled :eek: I'm not looking forward to it. Every time I think about it, I look like this guy :scared1: Everyone that I have talked to so far, who have had teeth pulled, said it's quick and painless. I sure hope they're right. I'm a big baby when it comes to pain. I'm not afraid to admit it either! Seriously, when I had my root canal, I was literally shaking from the pain. I couldn't control it. My body was a bucket of nerves. Same thing happened when I came to after getting my appendix out. The nurses thought I was having seizures or that I was cold. So they wrapped me in several blankets. My sister and DBF hardly recognized me I was so cocooned in blankets. DBF was able to explain to the nurses that my uncontrollable shaking was just my nerves and was nothing to worry about. I would've told them but was still recovering from the anesthetic :rolleyes: Strange how my body reacts to things. I should really practice zen or meditation or something. I know it's all in my head. I'll just think DISNEY as I hear the snap of the bone when the tooth is pulled on Saturday :sad2:

jenbear123
11-04-2009, 04:46 PM
I know this is completely off topic but I'm going to mention it anyway. I called my dentist again today in regards to my tooth extraction appointment this Saturday. After thinking about what I was told about my tooth, I was skeptical if this tooth really, in fact, had to be pulled. It isn't hurting me in anyway. It's not causing any problems (as far as I can tell) :confused3 It seemed odd that it had to come out so soon.

Anyway, I spoke to the receptionist there and explained that I didn't really understand why I needed to get the tooth pulled. It isn't loose, it doesn't hurt, it's not in the way of other teeth in my mouth.... She said that eventually the tooth will become loose or fall out but failed to mention anything that would be detrimental to me if this tooth was to just stay in my mouth. Why pull it out if it's going to eventually fall out anyway? :confused: The whole thing felt a bit fishy to me. And I'm not about to go through on a major procedure like this until I know all the facts. So now, instead of my tooth being pulled on Saturday, it will be a consultation session. This will allow me to go over all the figures as to how much it will cost and whether or not this tooth really needs to be pulled. In my opinion, it sounds like a money grab to me. I'm happy my mom questioned this as I might have just gone through with the procedure without even thinking.

If my dentist is still insistent that the tooth should come out, I'm getting a second opinion at my mom's dentist. I'm sorry but I've heard too many things about dentists and money gouging. If my mom's dentist says the same thing, then I'll really consider the procedure. But I'm not letting anybody touch my tooth until I'm 100% sure of everything! Did I mention I hate dentists?

Sorry to bore you with this. Thanks for letting me vent. :rolleyes1

jenbear123
11-05-2009, 10:10 AM
14 MORE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:cheer2::woohoo::yay::woohoo::dance3::woohoo::yay: :woohoo:::cheer2:

Elevationist
11-05-2009, 03:04 PM
14 MORE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:cheer2::woohoo::yay::woohoo::dance3::woohoo::yay: :woohoo:::cheer2:


THAT, my dear, deserves some nanner dancing...

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

KatMark
11-05-2009, 08:56 PM
Okay...I'm here. I've not read it yet, but I'm going to start right now. But I wanted you to know I'm along for the ride. Thanks for inviting me over. :hug:

jenbear123
11-05-2009, 09:05 PM
Okay...I'm here. I've not read it yet, but I'm going to start right now. But I wanted you to know I'm along for the ride. Thanks for inviting me over. :hug:

:welcome: Kathy! I'm happy you're here! The more the merrier :goodvibes

jenbear123
11-07-2009, 03:13 PM
Last night I had a very scary dream. Probably not scary in terms of life and death but it's one of those nightmares that only fellow DISers can understand. I had made it down to see Bubba and we were getting ready to go to the parks. Then, I was going through my purse and realized that I had forgot all my money back at home :scared1: I was distraught. How was I going to pay for all my food? What about souvenirs?! Bubba wasn't happy but she said not to worry and that she'd pay for everything. So we left and went to the parks. As soon as we arrived at the parks, I noticed that my AP voucher was no where to be found. I had forgotten that TOO back at home :scared1: Not only did I not have money, I couldn't even get into the parks!!!! I was bawling. It was at this point that I woke up, very thankful that it was only a dream :worship:

Ironically, Bubba also had a dream last night about something going terribly wrong on my visit. Her's was about how she slept through my entire visit and when she did finally wake up, she already had to take me to the airport!

Looks like we're both suffering from anxiety and excitement about this trip.

After my dream though, I'm going to be double and triple checking my packing list versus what I've packed before I step out my door!!!

KatMark
11-07-2009, 03:33 PM
We all have those horrid nightmares before the trip. I always dream a week or two before the trip that I forgot something, or that one of us gets real sick or something. We just want our trips to be perfect.

We'll remind you before your trip to be sure you have everything. ;)

jenbear123
11-08-2009, 10:00 PM
We'll remind you before your trip to be sure you have everything. ;)



Phew! Thanks Kathy. Thank goodness for the DIS :hug:

JoJo1980
11-09-2009, 12:34 AM
Last night I had a very scary dream. Probably not scary in terms of life and death but it's one of those nightmares that only fellow DISers can understand. I had made it down to see Bubba and we were getting ready to go to the parks. Then, I was going through my purse and realized that I had forgot all my money back at home :scared1: I was distraught. How was I going to pay for all my food? What about souvenirs?! Bubba wasn't happy but she said not to worry and that she'd pay for everything. So we left and went to the parks. As soon as we arrived at the parks, I noticed that my AP voucher was no where to be found. I had forgotten that TOO back at home :scared1: Not only did I not have money, I couldn't even get into the parks!!!! I was bawling. It was at this point that I woke up, very thankful that it was only a dream :worship:

Ironically, Bubba also had a dream last night about something going terribly wrong on my visit. Her's was about how she slept through my entire visit and when she did finally wake up, she already had to take me to the airport!

Looks like we're both suffering from anxiety and excitement about this trip.

After my dream though, I'm going to be double and triple checking my packing list versus what I've packed before I step out my door!!!

Wowsers, that's so spooky that you both had bad dreams at the same time! I'm sure everything will be perfect on your trip :hug: You're probably a little more stressed out than you thought, as long as you tick everything off on your lists then you wont forget anything :hug:

jenbear123
11-09-2009, 10:13 AM
Thanks JoJo. See, this is why I make lists. I'm not one of those people that can pack at the last minute. I take at least 3 days to pack completely. I also need an extensive list to make sure I don't forget anything! I'm going to post my packing list soon so you guys can point out anything I might be missing. :goodvibes

jenbear123
11-10-2009, 03:40 PM
TOOTH EXTRACTION UPDATE: I am going to see my Dad's dentist (who was my dentist when I was really little) tomorrow morning to see what he thinks about my tooth. His office seems like heaven compared to the torture chamber I've been enduring at my current dentist's office. He has televisions in the rooms and massaging chairs! Talk about pampering! :cloud9:

The other night I was talking to Bubba about my tooth situation. I was stressed about how much money it was going to cost to get a bridge or implant - $2500 or $4000 respectively - as my insurance won't cover it. I just don't have that kind of money. I even asked about financing options but apparently the dentist office charges huge interest (my dentist said I'd be better off getting a bank loan :scared1: ). Then, without any hesitation, she offered to pay for the bridge. :eek: Bless her. :hug: I was very hesitant to accept her offer. I know she wants to help but it's a lot of money. So, I went to my parents to see if they'd be able to help with the expense, which they both agreed to. Hopefully splitting it four ways will make this whole ordeal a bit more manageable. I couldn't live with myself if my sister paid for the whole thing.

NOVEMBER TRIP UPDATE

Something new has been added to Day 3 of our trip. Can you spot the difference? ;)

http://i37.tinypic.com/10e1yjt.jpg


Update to my To-Do List (I'm running out of time!)


Confirm ME Transfers with new flight times DONE
Get later time for Le Cellier ADR (I might as well give up at this point)
Create packing list DONE
Take inventory on travel size stuff DONE
Stay healthy STILL GOING STRONG
Order calendar for Bubba's x-mas present DONE
Grocery list for Bubba for when we'll be in VWL DONE
Decide on a nice outfit to bring DONE (I had such a hard time choosing, mainly because nothing looked good on me. I was able to narrow it down to two outfits)
Print out resort confirmation with addresses for customs DONE
Confirm flight times with West Jet DONE
Pick up Bubba's prescription
Find x-mas music to bring as per Bubba's request


Continuing with my obsession of lists, here is what I have on my packing list so far:

T-shirts
Capri pants
Sundress
Black Cardigan
Small black purse
TravelMate bag
Yoga Pants
Jeans
Hoodie and/or Sweatshirt
Poncho
Socks
Bras and underwear
Flip flops
Running Shoes
Crocs
White (or black) high heel sandals
Hat
Pyjamas
Bathing suit
Beach Towel
Shampoo/Conditioner
Hair Dryer - the ones at the resort just aren't strong enough for my long, thick hair
Hair Clips/Ties
Hair Brush
Body Wash
Electric Toothbrush
Toothbrush charger
Toothpaste
Tongue Scraper
Floss
Deodorant
Razor
Face Cream
Prescription Meds
Gravol
Allergy medicine
Advil
Blister bandages/stick
Bandaids
Hand Sanitizer
Camera
SD memory cards
Camera battery charger
Passport
Birth Certificate
Insurance info/documents
Travel documents (Airline & resort reservations)
Money - this one is important! :laughing:
Annual Pass Exchange Voucher - and so is this one!
iPhone
iPhone charger
Earbuds
Chapstick
Gum
Sunscreen/Face Sunscreen
Plastic bowls? (for cereal)
Sunglasses
Crystal Lite
Tide-to-Go
Santa Hats
Disney Pins
Water Canteen


Am I forgetting anything?!?! I think I'll start packing around Monday or Tuesday next week. I'm working straight up until the day before I leave so won't have much day time to spend packing.

:yay:


Soon I'll be walking down Main Street with my loving sister, without a care in the world

http://i34.tinypic.com/2e4zym8.jpg

That's a pic of the two of us on my last visit in July :goodvibes

JoJo1980
11-11-2009, 12:58 AM
I'm glad you have got such a caring family who are willing to help with the cost of your tooth :hug: Hope it gets sorted out soon for you :goodvibes

Your list looks great, I don't think your missing much... hmmm let's think ... what about a spoon for your cereals? Tissues for in your room or park bag?

jenbear123
11-11-2009, 02:39 PM
I'm glad you have got such a caring family who are willing to help with the cost of your tooth :hug: Hope it gets sorted out soon for you :goodvibes

Your list looks great, I don't think your missing much... hmmm let's think ... what about a spoon for your cereals? Tissues for in your room or park bag?

Thanks JoJo :hug: I'm going to write an update later tonight about my dentist visit that I had this morning when I'm not at work ;)

Spoons would be a good idea to bring. I'll have to see if Bubba can bring some of her own. Tissues! Never thought of that. I should probably get one of those purse pack sizes just in case. Thanks for the suggestions :thumbsup2

jenbear123
11-12-2009, 04:48 PM
I found out today that I was not working on November 24th. Then the wheels started turning. Why come home a day early when I don't have to go to work the next day? :confused3 I immediately jumped on the phone to call my airline to see what it would cost to change my return. To my disbelief, it was going to cost a whopping $18.81. This was a no brainer. I went ahead with the switch but then realized I'd have to do something about where I was going to stay. I didn't really want to spend another night at ASMusic so I started searching on the TA Disney website to see what was available (and what I could afford) for one night. CBR only had pirate rooms left, which I don't like the location of at the resort. Didn't want to stay at POFQ again so soon. GF was a little (okay, a lot) out of my price range. I really wanted to try something new.... :idea:


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ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE!!!

I booked myself and my sister in a Standard view room at AKL!!!!! I would have done Savannah view but it wasn't available and, even if it was, I probably wouldn't have spent the extra money since it was only going to be for one night. I have always wanted to stay here, partly because one of my all time favourite Disney movies is The Lion King. Plus, I'm a huge animal lover! It was meant to be :cloud9: The cost for the one night stay at AKL is very doable so I thought, why not?

Oh my gosh. I am soooooo excited now! Yes, I was totally pumped before but now I think I could explode with excitement!!! :yay::hyper:

Bubba probably won't get the extra day off to spend with me but that's alright. I don't mind taking a solo day to do what I want. I'm so overwhelmed with choices of what to do that I can't decide!!! What do you think I should do? I'm open to suggestions :cutie:



7 days to go!!!

disneyaddicted
11-14-2009, 02:44 AM
So first off, congratulations on the extra day, and wow AKL amazing, I'm a little envious right now.

second, it is so wonderful that your family is going to help you out with the dentist fees and what not, how is all of that going for you? Are you postponing until after your trip? Which is in days, less then a week, wow! I'm so excited for you.

jenbear123
11-14-2009, 07:58 AM
So first off, congratulations on the extra day, and wow AKL amazing, I'm a little envious right now.

second, it is so wonderful that your family is going to help you out with the dentist fees and what not, how is all of that going for you? Are you postponing until after your trip? Which is in days, less then a week, wow! I'm so excited for you.

Thanks Ty :cutie: I'm really excited for AKL. I'm going to take TONS of pictures as my mom wants a FULL report on the resort. :laughing:

The whole dentist situation had really been stressing me out. I'm glad I went to get the second opinion. My family and I have figured out an amount at we're all going to contribute to the dental fees. Yes, I'm postponing it until after my trip. There was no way I could find time to get my tooth pulled before I go as I'm working almost every day. Not to mention be able to deal with the worry and stress of the procedure. I wouldn't have liked a gap in my mouth either when I'm trying to eat all that wonderful Disney food :rolleyes:

Ugh! I have lots to do in the next 4 days before my trip. I'll try to keep updating as much as I can. I still have a whole extra day to plan out now :eek:

jenbear123
11-14-2009, 09:46 PM
It's come to the point in my trip planning where my brain starts saying "Overload. System Overload" :lmao: Really though, I can't seem to think straight. Here is what has been rolling through my head:

1. I can't decide what I want to do on my last full day (Nov 23rd). HELP!!!

2. Haven't even started packing. My suitcase is still sitting in the corner of the room where it has sat since July.

3. Have 2 loads of laundry to do :laundy:, which I must do tomorrow as it is my only day off before I leave.

4. Still have to get through 3 more days of work. How the heck am I going to concentrate?!

5. I'm worried I'm going to forget something. All the things that I need to bring are sprawled out in various places around the basement (where my living space is). I must get organized!!!!

6. So worried I'm going to get sick right before I go. In fact, I'm so paranoid that I picked up "Airborne" today to ward off any germs that come my way. Will start taking this tomorrow.


Okay it doesn't seem that bad when I list it out like that. This is a good thing. Okay, I can manage..............

JEN!!! GET A GRIP OF YOURSELF!!!! :rotfl:

JoJo1980
11-15-2009, 01:23 AM
It's come to the point in my trip planning where my brain starts saying "Overload. System Overload" :lmao: Really though, I can't seem to think straight. Here is what has been rolling through my head:

1. I can't decide what I want to do on my last full day (Nov 23rd). HELP!!!

2. Haven't even started packing. My suitcase is still sitting in the corner of the room where it has sat since July.

3. Have 2 loads of laundry to do :laundy:, which I must do tomorrow as it is my only day off before I leave.

4. Still have to get through 3 more days of work. How the heck am I going to concentrate?!

5. I'm worried I'm going to forget something. All the things that I need to bring are sprawled out in various places around the basement (where my living space is). I must get organized!!!!

6. So worried I'm going to get sick right before I go. In fact, I'm so paranoid that I picked up "Airborne" today to ward off any germs that come my way. Will start taking this tomorrow.


Okay it doesn't seem that bad when I list it out like that. This is a good thing. Okay, I can manage..............

JEN!!! GET A GRIP OF YOURSELF!!!! :rotfl:

This is so spooky!! I've just this minute said to my hubby that I'm starting to feel like i'm on my way to being stressed out, so I know how you're feeling honey :hug: I think we all get like this when we are sooo close to our trips :headache:

On your last full day why dont you re-do the things you loved most on your trip? Then you can leave disney on a high :cloud9:

As long as your case is packed by the time you travel then it doesnt matter when you start it. Maybe just start gathering bits together or writing some lists :hug:

Shove that washing in the washer and get it out of the way, then you wont be worrying about it.

Don't bother concentrating at work, you're going disney so you are allowed to ignore work for a few days :laughing: ;)

You wont forget anything, just do your tick lists and you'll be fine :hug:

I'm sure you wont be sick for your trip, just look after yourself and de-stress :hug: :hug:

Elevationist
11-15-2009, 07:39 AM
Am I the only one not stressing out? LOL. 16 days out, and I'm just eager for the time to pass quicker, that's all. I still have some things to take care of before the trip, but I am confident it will all come together in time. Relax!!! :goodvibes

jenbear123
11-15-2009, 08:51 AM
This is so spooky!! I've just this minute said to my hubby that I'm starting to feel like i'm on my way to being stressed out, so I know how you're feeling honey :hug: I think we all get like this when we are sooo close to our trips :headache:

On your last full day why dont you re-do the things you loved most on your trip? Then you can leave disney on a high :cloud9:

As long as your case is packed by the time you travel then it doesnt matter when you start it. Maybe just start gathering bits together or writing some lists :hug:

Shove that washing in the washer and get it out of the way, then you wont be worrying about it.

Don't bother concentrating at work, you're going disney so you are allowed to ignore work for a few days :laughing: ;)

You wont forget anything, just do your tick lists and you'll be fine :hug:

I'm sure you wont be sick for your trip, just look after yourself and de-stress :hug: :hug:

So I'm not the only one! :hug: I was considering leaving my last day open. After reading over my itinerary, I would have hit all the parks at least once. Doesn't leave much left to do by Day 5! I have scheduled in another dinner and breakfast (which will be left as a surprise) but that's about it for my last days at Disney.

I'm going to get my washing done TODAY!

Oh, I was LONG gone thinking about work about a week ago :lmao: Thanks for all the comforting words JoJo :hug::hug:

Am I the only one not stressing out? LOL. 16 days out, and I'm just eager for the time to pass quicker, that's all. I still have some things to take care of before the trip, but I am confident it will all come together in time. Relax!!! :goodvibes

YES YOU ARE! :rotfl: It's good to be that way though. The more relaxed, the better. Plus, you can think straight when you don't have a million things running through your mind. I think I should take up yoga/meditation or something :rolleyes1

jenbear123
11-16-2009, 10:41 PM
Over the last couple of days, I have been busy packing and getting organized for the trip. I packed most of the stuff that I will be bringing for Bubba and just need to pack in my clothes. I didn't want to pack them too early so they won't get wrinkly. I hate wrinkly clothes :headache:

Mickey Mail came today for our one-night stay at AKL. This package came in record time! Now if only they could be like this when you make your reservation more than 45 days out :rolleyes:

Today at work went by SO. SLOWLY. It doesn't help matters that the place is not busy at. all. I actually spent most of my time on the DIS :rolleyes1 and playing games via Facebook. :rolleyes1 Hey, what else am I supposed to do to make the time go faster? The next 2 days are going to be quite the struggle.

I found out today that it's supposed to rain (rather heavily) here on my departure day :scared: Hopefully the worst of the rain will hold off for the early part of the morning so my plane can take-off with no delays :thumbsup2 My time is already as tight as can be. No delays allowed! I'm going to bring a book to read just in case. I normally just bring my iPhone for entertainment but don't want to waste the battery in the event that I'm stuck at the airport longer than expected. Let's just hope the whole rain dodges my airport and those weather reporters are just plane WRONG.

This all seems so surreal right now. It doesn't feel like I'm going to Disney in 2 days. The stress has passed and I've reached a realm of calm. It's very refreshing actually :cloud9: Then, there's another part of me that is so excited that I could pee my pants!!!!!! :hyper:



Soon I will have this in on the plate in front of me.... MMMmmmmm yum yum yum

http://i38.tinypic.com/29w65ch.jpg

KatMark
11-17-2009, 04:22 PM
Okay, not sure what the day is going to be like at the office tomorrow, so I am posting this now as promised:

DON'T FORGET TO PACK TICKETS, MONEY, CREDIT CARDS, ALL ESSENTIALS, and anything else you can think of.

Oh, and have a great trip. :)

jenbear123
11-17-2009, 04:59 PM
Okay, not sure what the day is going to be like at the office tomorrow, so I am posting this now as promised:

DON'T FORGET TO PACK TICKETS, MONEY, CREDIT CARDS, ALL ESSENTIALS, and anything else you can think of.

Oh, and have a great trip. :)

:lmao: WOW! Surely I can't forget any of those things now!!!! Can't believe I'm down to ONE DAY. Now if I can just STAY HEALTHY and not catch anything within the next day, all will be good. :woohoo: Thanks for the reminder and well wishes :hug:

MadilynnsMomma
11-17-2009, 10:09 PM
Subbing popcorn::

Better late than never, right! :thumbsup2

I will try to catch up tomorrow, but if I don't get a chance - have fun!!!

JoJo1980
11-18-2009, 01:19 AM
Over the last couple of days, I have been busy packing and getting organized for the trip. I packed most of the stuff that I will be bringing for Bubba and just need to pack in my clothes. I didn't want to pack them too early so they won't get wrinkly. I hate wrinkly clothes :headache:

Mickey Mail came today for our one-night stay at AKL. This package came in record time! Now if only they could be like this when you make your reservation more than 45 days out :rolleyes:

Today at work went by SO. SLOWLY. It doesn't help matters that the place is not busy at. all. I actually spent most of my time on the DIS :rolleyes1 and playing games via Facebook. :rolleyes1 Hey, what else am I supposed to do to make the time go faster? The next 2 days are going to be quite the struggle.

I found out today that it's supposed to rain (rather heavily) here on my departure day :scared: Hopefully the worst of the rain will hold off for the early part of the morning so my plane can take-off with no delays :thumbsup2 My time is already as tight as can be. No delays allowed! I'm going to bring a book to read just in case. I normally just bring my iPhone for entertainment but don't want to waste the battery in the event that I'm stuck at the airport longer than expected. Let's just hope the whole rain dodges my airport and those weather reporters are just plane WRONG.

This all seems so surreal right now. It doesn't feel like I'm going to Disney in 2 days. The stress has passed and I've reached a realm of calm. It's very refreshing actually :cloud9: Then, there's another part of me that is so excited that I could pee my pants!!!!!! :hyper:



Soon I will have this in on the plate in front of me.... MMMmmmmm yum yum yum

http://i38.tinypic.com/29w65ch.jpg



I'm glad you are doing well with the packing! I know what you mean about wrinkly clothes, I dont pack them until the afternoon/night before - I just gather everything together on a clothes rack and then I can just stick it in the case.

I'm glad your other mickey mail came :woohoo: I still havent had any, so am just gonna request it at check-in.

Work is such a pain when you're in disney mode, I'm at that stage where I just can't be bothered working :laughing: My mind is too busy with disney and christmas thoughts :lmao:

I hope the rain stays away and that the sun shines :hug: :goodvibes

I'm glad your stress has passed and your calm :yay: apart from maybe wanting to pee your pants :laughing:

ooooo that moose looks good!!!!

Just incase I dont get chance to log on again before you go .... HAVE A WONDERFUL TRIP!! :love: Enjoy every second of it and take lots of photos! Here's some extra dust for the weather :wizard: Enjoy yourself and have a safe journey :hug: :hug:

jenbear123
11-18-2009, 01:00 PM
Subbing popcorn::

Better late than never, right! :thumbsup2

I will try to catch up tomorrow, but if I don't get a chance - have fun!!!

So glad you're joining in! :cutie: Hope you will come over to my TR when I get back.

I'm glad you are doing well with the packing! I know what you mean about wrinkly clothes, I dont pack them until the afternoon/night before - I just gather everything together on a clothes rack and then I can just stick it in the case.

I had my clothes hanging on my bathroom door handle as I had no where else to hang them :rolleyes1 It kept them wrinkle free though!

I'm glad your other mickey mail came :woohoo: I still havent had any, so am just gonna request it at check-in.

Work is such a pain when you're in disney mode, I'm at that stage where I just can't be bothered working :laughing: My mind is too busy with disney and christmas thoughts :lmao:[/quote]

The worst part is that now I'm getting so busy at work! It's been absolutely dead the last two weeks but all of a sudden, as soon as I'm 2 days away from leaving, everyone suddenly wants to book a trip too! :rolleyes: Figures. I'm so busy that I almost don't have time to even think about Disney :eek:

I hope the rain stays away and that the sun shines :hug: :goodvibes

ME TOO! But it's not going to happen :sad1: :umbrella: I really really really hope there isn't too much delay tomorrow. :sad2:

I'm glad your stress has passed and your calm :yay: apart from maybe wanting to pee your pants :laughing:

You know how it is... the excitement just gets to you and you can't hold it in anymore! :lmao:

ooooo that moose looks good!!!!

Oh it was. I'm not sure if I'll order this trip but I'll have two opportunities to do so, either way.

Just incase I dont get chance to log on again before you go .... HAVE A WONDERFUL TRIP!! :love: Enjoy every second of it and take lots of photos! Here's some extra dust for the weather :wizard: Enjoy yourself and have a safe journey :hug: :hug:

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you :hug: It's been great sharing all my plans and stresses with you all. Can't wait to come back and tell you all about it :hug::hug:

Elevationist
11-18-2009, 07:03 PM
OMG! OMG! OMG!

TOMORROW!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

I probably won't get a chance to say it before you go, so HAVE A WONDERFULLY MAGICAL AMAZING AWESOME TIME!!!! Can't wait to read allllllllllll about it!! :hug:

jenbear123
11-18-2009, 08:55 PM
OMG! OMG! OMG!

TOMORROW!!!!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

I probably won't get a chance to say it before you go, so HAVE A WONDERFULLY MAGICAL AMAZING AWESOME TIME!!!! Can't wait to read allllllllllll about it!! :hug:

Thank you :hug: :cutie:

jenbear123
11-18-2009, 09:14 PM
Ladies & Gentleman--hold on, we're all ladies here aren't we? :rotfl2: Any boy lurkers out there, now is your chance to come out! ;)

I've FINISHED packing and will officially be on my way to Disney in just over 12 hours. :hyper: I checked in online for my flight. Had some trouble printing my boarding pass. My printer kept cutting off one side :headache: Perhaps I'll try reprinting it when I get to the airport at one of those kiosk thingies.

I've weighed my luggage with my handy dandy luggage scale that I got from work

http://i48.tinypic.com/33wsc44.jpg

It's really helpful! I know that I'm well under the allowance for my checked bag and right at the allowance for my carry on. Hopefully they won't check my carry on weight, like last time. I think it was much heavier when I went in July :rolleyes1

My dog, Pixel, is now fully aware that I will be abandoning her for the next 6 days. All she wanted to do was try and get me to play with her when I was trying to pack!

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Silly muffin

I've already had some stomach upset due to my nerves and stress :sick: Nothing terrible... just really bloated feeling. I'm sure it will pass (toot toot! :lmao: ) once I'm on that plane. Then the aviophobia (fear of flying) will kick in :laughing: I actually read a book on how to conquer your fear of flying. It explained everything about how planes work and who's responsible for what. Let's just say it set a lot of my worries at ease. I won't be so terrified when we hit a bit of turbulence anymore.

I'm heading straight to bed after I finish writing this. I'm aiming to be up around 6am and out the door no later than 7:30am. I'll be heading to the airport at the peak of rush hour plus the rain so it could be a messy morning. :scared: The weather forecast is calling for "light rain" at 60% chance in the morning. Let's hope it only sprinkles in the morning.....

Well, that's about it from me! I can call this the end of my November Pre-Trip Report. It's been wonderful sharing all my plans and ideas with you all. Thanks for your input, thanks for sharing my stress, and thanks for just being crazy Disney fanatics like me! I'll still be continuing my April PTR here (I have a couple updates on that but had no time!) but once I come back, watch out for my November TR!!! Can't wait to share everything with you. Be prepared for TONS of pictures and food porn. Until then, KEEP THE MAGIC ALIVE! :wizard:

jenbear123
11-25-2009, 06:39 AM
I'M BACK FROM THE MOST AMAZING TRIP YET!!! Out of all the trips I've had this year, this one definitely tops them all. Everything was beautiful - from the food, to the rides,and especially the resorts. I can't wait to share it all with you. I got home last night at about 6:30pm and was dead tired. I will start my trip report just as soon as I can upload my pictures (there's LOTS of them - I filled a 4GB memory card!!!) Hope you all have stuck around and will come on over to the trip report once it's started. I'll post the link here once I start:thumbsup2

JoJo1980
11-25-2009, 07:26 AM
I'M BACK FROM THE MOST AMAZING TRIP YET!!! Out of all the trips I've had this year, this one definitely tops them all. Everything was beautiful - from the food, to the rides,and especially the resorts. I can't wait to share it all with you. I got home last night at about 6:30pm and was dead tired. I will start my trip report just as soon as I can upload my pictures (there's LOTS of them - I filled a 4GB memory card!!!) Hope you all have stuck around and will come on over to the trip report once it's started. I'll post the link here once I start:thumbsup2

Welcome home sweetie :hug: Glad you had a safe journey and a wonderful trip! I can't wait to hear all about it and see all your photos!! :woohoo: Get some sleep, unpack and then get working on that trip report - your fans await :worship: :laughing: :hug:

KatMark
11-25-2009, 09:46 AM
Welcome back....so glad you had a wonderful trip. Can't wait to read all about it and see the pics.

By the way, is Pixel a Bichon? She sure looks like our Cookie who is Bichon.

jenbear123
11-25-2009, 09:35 PM
Okay guys, I'm seriously panicking right now. My 4GB memory card worth of pictures is not letting me import the pictures onto my computer. I thought maybe my Mac was being stupid so I tried it on my other PC. Still nothing. It won't even let me view the pictures. :scared1::eek: I will seriously cry if I've lost 4GB worth of pictures from my trip. That's my whole trip. Right there. Gone. :sad1: Hopefully my DBF can work his computer magic to save the day. Will keep you posted...................

KatMark
11-25-2009, 09:38 PM
QUOTE=jenbear123;34473559]Okay guys, I'm seriously panicking right now. My 4GB memory card worth of pictures is not letting me import the pictures onto my computer. I thought maybe my Mac was being stupid so I tried it on my other PC. Still nothing. It won't even let me view the pictures. :scared1::eek: I will seriously cry if I've lost 4GB worth of pictures from my trip. That's my whole trip. Right there. Gone. :sad1: Hopefully my DBF can work his computer magic to save the day. Will keep you posted...................[/QUOTE]

pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust: that you get it all worked out.

jenbear123
11-25-2009, 09:46 PM
pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust: that you get it all worked out.

Thanks.... this is like my worst nightmare come true. Now the PC doesn't even want to boot. :scared1: I want my pictures!!!!! :sad1::sad1::sad1:

MadilynnsMomma
11-25-2009, 10:30 PM
Oh my goodness - That is tragic! A fear I think we all share in!

Here is a little more pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust:pixiedust:

Good luck!!! :hug:

jenbear123
11-25-2009, 10:30 PM
Pictures have been recovered :woohoo: Thank goodness for a tech savvy boyfriend :worship: Don't know how he did it but all pictures have been transferred to my computer... well at least the 900+ that were on that 4GB card. Still have the other memory card to do. Since so much time was wasted trying to recover my photos, I'll have to delay the start of my trip report until tomorrow night :headache: I promise to start it then! If I don't, I'll start forgetting things!!!! Stay tuned :surfweb:

KatMark
11-25-2009, 10:35 PM
:worship::worship::worship: to the BF

MadilynnsMomma
11-25-2009, 10:36 PM
YAHOO!!! :woohoo:

jenbear123
11-26-2009, 09:01 AM
The Trip Report is up and running!!!!

The Speed Walkin', Triple Split Stay, Holly Jolly Holiday Trip Report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2339208)

See you there :goodvibes

jenbear123
11-27-2009, 08:16 AM
So I'm back from my Very Merry November trip (I've changed the PTR title to focus entirely on the April trip). It was absolutely fantastic. I'm not sure if any future trips can beat the experiences I had. It really was that good. Since I had such a good time.............


:idea:





:idea:


...wait for it.....


:idea:






:idea:







I'M PLANNING ANOTHER TRIP IN NOVEMBER 2010 :lmao::rotfl2: It's just funny because I never can stop going to WDW! This is not me being selfish though. Actually, I really want to bring my mom to enjoy the World when it's all decked out in it's Christmas decorations. Due to finances, she couldn't make this year (I think I mentioned this earlier in the PTR) so next year I figure she'll have no excuse. The whole time I was there last week (can't believe a week has already passed!!!) I just keep thinking "Mom would love this." I did some pricing out of resorts and here's what I came up with.

Option 1: Pop (Standard) + CR (Bay Lake View)
Option 2: Pop (Standard) + AKL (Savannah View)
Option 3: Pop (Standard) + GF (Garden View)
Option 4: Pop (Standard) + WL (Woods View)
Option 5: Pop (Standard) + CBR (Preferred)


The most expensive was GF (obviously) but when I told my mom, she was leaning towards staying at CR. Why does she never want to stay at AKL :confused3 Both my parents are like that. Must be their generation or something:laughing: Bubba may also be joining us for this trip in Nov 2010 as she will be done her contract and will just be itching to get back to the World! More details on this NEW trip as it develops :woohoo:



Getting back to my next trip in April, there has been some new developments here also.

First, Bubba has offered to pay for another night at the Poly. Which means I will be in the World a total of 8 NIGHTS!!!!!!!! :cool1: It gets better though. We were originally booked in a Garden view (the cheapest room category) but when I went to book the extra night, the Garden views were all sold out at the TA discount :scared1: All the had left was Theme Park View..... :idea: I bet you know where this is going. I told Bubba about the situation and did not expect her to pay the extra money for the better view. I started shuffling around the dates to see if I could get any availability in a Garden view. :teacher: When I did find something that worked, it would have made us have to go earlier in April. How the heck was I going to tell my mom that we have to leave two days earlier in April?!?! No sooner was I realizing this dilemma, than Bubba sends me an e-mail saying to just book the Theme Park View :eek: Oh my sister...... gotta love her! So my mom and I will be staying at the Poly for 2 NIGHTS with a THEME PARK VIEW!!!!! :cheer2: Hopefully they won't bump us like they did with my mom for her birthday :rolleyes:

jenbear123
12-13-2009, 04:55 PM
Phew. Writing a TR is hard work! I've practically had to shun my poor PTR. Let's get this thing up and running again shall we?

First, some updates:

1. The November 2010 trip is still in the works. Right now, my mom and I are more focused on our trip in April. Once that trip is over, I'm sure we'll go full force into planning for November. I would like to have where we're going to stay ironed out before April so we don't risk there being no availability for the dates we want. Must talk to my mom about this....

2. Bubba came to visit home from Dec 10-12. She surprised the whole family (except me, she told me as soon as she booked her flight). It was great to have her home again but it went by so fast that I feel like I dreamt the whole thing. It's hard to realize that she was sitting in this very room less than 2 days ago. I miss her dreadfully already :sad1: But there is something in the works that may let me see her again sooner. This leads me to update #3

3. Bubba and I were talking and we really want to do something together in February. As long as I can work it with my work and she can get days off on her end. It couldn't be any longer than 4-5 nights. What better thing to fit that boat than a DISNEY CRUISE!!!!!! :cool1::yay::woohoo: This may or may not happen. It's going to be very last minute and will all depend if either of us can get a good discount. If it happens, we'll jump on it, if it doesn't well... perhaps we can figure something else out. Neither of us have been on a cruise and I would love it so much to break my cruise "virginity" with Disney!!! Stay tuned on this one....

4. I've started the first draft of the April itinerary. Nothing much to report yet. I've just sort of slotted in where our ADRs are and been trying to work out our "Must-Do's" for the parks. I know for a fact we need to allocate two full days or 1.5 days for Epcot. I want to really dive deep into World Showcase. The last several trips we've barely scratched the surface. :idea: Maybe we'll do the Around the World on a Segway tour first thing one morning, and then spend the rest of the morning to mid-afternoon look at WS in depth. :scratchin Still need some thinking time on this....

5. I'm going to be busy the next couple of weeks with x-mas creeping up. I still have a mountain of gifts to wrap, x-mas cards to write, a x-mas tree to get and decorate.... Yup, lots to do. I'm hoping I can finish things up on my current TR (if you haven't started reading it, GET OVER THERE!) before x-mas and then can fully focus on the trip in April.

Stay tuned for more updates!!! Thanks for reading :goodvibes

glennbo123
12-14-2009, 07:59 PM
I never noticed this PTR link in your sig before. Looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do. I guess most of it leads-up to the trip to visit Bubba that you're writing a TR on now?

jenbear123
12-14-2009, 11:44 PM
I never noticed this PTR link in your sig before. Looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do. I guess most of it leads-up to the trip to visit Bubba that you're writing a TR on now?

The first half is actually focused on the Mother/daughter trip planned for April 2010. The November trip comes up eventually as sort of a surprise! Just read away and you'll find out how that comes about. So glad that you came over! It's been kinda lonely :guilty: All my previous readers seem to have abandoned ship.

jenbear123
12-15-2009, 07:39 PM
The majority of my work day today was spent figuring out a Disney cruise for February. I was looking at my schedule, which was already done up through to the second week of Feb. My work usually does the schedule two months in advance but with some flexibility here and there. I was worried that Bubba and I wouldn't be able to take this Disney cruise as hoped. Then the wheels started turning :idea:

I acted fast and started looking up some prices with my agent discount. No dice. I could try for the "Space Available" offers but that meant calling in, faxing proof that I am, indeed, a TA, etc. It was a load of rubbish. Then I talk to Bubba and find out she doesn't even need to call some phone number. She can check prices and availability of space using her CM discount online! Score! :thumbsup2

After many hours trying to find a cruise that matched up with reasonable air fare, we finally came to a decision!


WE'RE GOING ON OUR FIRST DISNEY CRUISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my, I do apologize for that. My finger got stuck :rotfl2:

I'm thinking I should start a separate thread for this Disney cruise PTR? :confused3 I've never been on a Disney cruise, let alone a cruise, so I don't really know what to plan for. Guess I'll have to start painstakingly reading the Cruise forums :surfweb:

Oh! Of course you need to know the details of the cruise!



Who: Myself & Bubba!!!
What: 4-night Bahamian Cruise
When: February 14th-18th, 2010
Where: Disney Wonder - Inside or Oceanview stateroom (there's a $40 difference between the two so we haven't quite decided yet)
Why: Never cruised before and the timing (and price) is right :thumbsup2

So what do we think? Should I start a separate PTR or should I just keep the details here?

glennbo123
12-15-2009, 08:42 PM
That's awesome news! I'm jealous.

I've only been on a cruise once (mentioned on your TR thread), it was Royal Caribbean and we had a fantastic time. I hear the Disney cruises are great too.

I think I'd recommend getting a room with a window. When we went we had to get separate rooms (because the incentive trip was only for two, and so we had to buy another room) and Judy's and the girls' room had a nice window, but James and I had no view. It was okay for sleeping (no view), but when you're pulling in to a port in the morning it's really neat to be able to see what's happening.

jenbear123
12-15-2009, 09:29 PM
That's awesome news! I'm jealous.

I've only been on a cruise once (mentioned on your TR thread), it was Royal Caribbean and we had a fantastic time. I hear the Disney cruises are great too.

I think I'd recommend getting a room with a window. When we went we had to get separate rooms (because the incentive trip was only for two, and so we had to buy another room) and Judy's and the girls' room had a nice window, but James and I had no view. It was okay for sleeping (no view), but when you're pulling in to a port in the morning it's really neat to be able to see what's happening.

Don't be jealous! Mr. "I-bought-into-DVC" and can go to Kidani Village whenever! :p;) Do you have any interest in Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Oasis of the Seas? Some people don't like it because it's too big. I would love to just take a tour of the ship. Forget floating hotel, this thing is a floating city!

Thanks for the recommendation on the cabin with a window. I think I'd prefer a window too. Considering I've always been one to just love looking out the window on long drives. And what's another $40, right?

redlight
12-15-2009, 09:51 PM
A cruise! I'm jealous of you and Bubba.

glennbo123
12-16-2009, 03:55 PM
Don't be jealous! Mr. "I-bought-into-DVC" and can go to Kidani Village whenever! :p;)


:rotfl2: I guess I had that coming!


Do you have any interest in Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Oasis of the Seas? Some people don't like it because it's too big. I would love to just take a tour of the ship. Forget floating hotel, this thing is a floating city!


I wouldn't mind checking it out...we've gotten some flyers from them on it, it definitely is huge.

I think Royal Caribbean has started having some cruises that leave from Baltimore, which would be a lot more convenient for us (no flight involved), so if we ever go again we'd probably go on whatever goes out of there.


Thanks for the recommendation on the cabin with a window. I think I'd prefer a window too. Considering I've always been one to just love looking out the window on long drives. And what's another $40, right?

At $40 it's a no brainer. In our case back in 2008, I was just happy to get on the ship with the rest of the family!

jenbear123
12-16-2009, 08:54 PM
:

I think Royal Caribbean has started having some cruises that leave from Baltimore, which would be a lot more convenient for us (no flight involved), so if we ever go again we'd probably go on whatever goes out of there.

Baltimore would be a good choice for us coming from Canada as well. It's a slightly longer drive but not nearly as long as driving to WDW. It'd be a good option for a late winter getaway. Who knows, maybe one day we'll bump into each other on one of the Royal Caribbean Baltimore cruises :thumbsup2


:
At $40 it's a no brainer. In our case back in 2008, I was just happy to get on the ship with the rest of the family!

:laughing: I can definitely see where you're coming from. Although, my situation seems to have progressed a little.... for the worse....

A cruise! I'm jealous of you and Bubba.

You may have no reason to be jealous after all....

jenbear123
12-16-2009, 09:10 PM
Okay, so mayyyyyybe I was getting a little ahead of myself. Mayyyyybe I was a little too sure of the fact that Bubba and I would be going on a Disney cruise.

Let me explain.

Bubba might be getting her contract extended past March 2010. If that happens, she cannot leave the country due to her work visa regulations (something to that extent) All I know is that she wouldn't be able to do the Disney cruise if she got her contract extended. This leaves the whole Disney cruise plans up in the air. We can't really jump on the boat (no pun intended) and book the cruise when we don't even know if Bubba will be able to leave the country or not!

So for now, everything has been put on hold for February. No biggie. If it ends up that Bubba does get extended and can't go on the cruise, I'll still be going. We'll just stay in WDW and take a day to see Universal Studios :cheer2: I've never been there. Or, if I did, I was too young to remember and it's probably changed so much now anyway. Anyone know how much a one-day admission ticket is there? Crap. Another thing to research :surfweb:

The good news, is that I got the time granted off work from February 14th to February 18th. I'm not working the 13th either so perhaps I'll leave on that day. Bubba has offered to pay half of what my airfare costs, which always helps. I'm considering booking my airfare now when it's under C$400 roundtrip. This is considered a good price when flying out of YYZ. I'm worried, if anything, the price will go up with it being reading week for the majority of universities/colleges in the region. I hate playing the airfare game :headache:

Sigh, the trials and tribulations of planning.... :upsidedow

redlight
12-16-2009, 10:04 PM
That's a complication. But at worse you will get a chance to see Universal Studios. It's been so long since I've been there that I can't be of much help, but it was really fun!

glennbo123
12-17-2009, 07:09 AM
This leaves the whole Disney cruise plans up in the air. We can't really jump on the boat (no pun intended) and book the cruise when we don't even know if Bubba will be able to leave the country or not!


Oh bummer. At least you're still going to warmer climates. Good luck with the airfare game.

jenbear123
12-20-2009, 09:55 PM
That's a complication. But at worse you will get a chance to see Universal Studios. It's been so long since I've been there that I can't be of much help, but it was really fun!

Thanks! I'm sure, no matter what happens, I'll have fun!

Oh bummer. At least you're still going to warmer climates. Good luck with the airfare game.

Thanks... I'll need it :sad2:

jenbear123
12-20-2009, 10:14 PM
A little :offtopic: but I figured it was fitting with the season (plus I must give credit where it is due to glennbo123 who also posted about this in his PTR)

My mom, stepdad and I went out on Saturday to get our tree. It was a surprisingly warmer than usual day compared to other years. We still bundled up to ensure we were prepared for the worst that Mother Nature could throw at us.

First, I must point out what my mom made me wear. It was an old "hand-me-down" snowmobile suit, which made me look pregnant on the front and a balloon butt on the back. Oh yes, I looked hot. :rolleyes: I tried not to let it bother me as at the very least I knew I'd be warm. So I was all bundled up ready to go

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and we hastily departed for the x-mas tree farm we have been going to for a few years now

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Just the day before, my mom had a root canal (bad teeth seem to run in the family.....) so one side of her face had swelled up. She tried her best to protect her face from the cold. It was pretty cute :laughing:

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After a long search, up and down, zigging and zagging through the vast field, we finally found it. The ONE

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So stepdad started to cut 'er down

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and we tied it atop our car

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Our family has this running joke that one day the tree is going to go flying off the car, causing havoc behind us. This instance has not happened ..... yet...

While my mom and I waited for my stepdad to put up the tree inside the house, I went a little camera happy with the pets. Heck, its not very often these guys sit still long enough for me to get good pictures! I was just taking advantage of the situation

My cat, Taz

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My budgie, Teddy (aka Bloomers)

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Then it was time to decorate! Of course putting the most important ornament front row and center

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Didn't have a chance to get any night shots as I had to be on my way home (or back to DBF's house). Just look at all those presents!!! :yay: Can't wait until x-mas!!!!!

:santa:HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! :santa:

glennbo123
12-21-2009, 12:12 AM
Very nice! The tree and decorations look great, and looks like you had a fun time on your "hunt".

A little :offtopic: but I figured it was fitting with the season (plus I must give credit where it is due to glennbo123 who also posted about this in his PTR)


I'm shocked to get a mention...thanks! (but it's quite uncessary)


First, I must point out what my mom made me wear. It was an old "hand-me-down" snowmobile suit, which made me look pregnant on the front and a balloon butt on the back. Oh yes, I looked hot. :rolleyes: I tried not to let it bother me as at the very least I knew I'd be warm. So I was all bundled up ready to go


I remember snowsuits! Warm, but hard to look cool :cool2: in them.


After a long search, up and down, zigging and zagging through the vast field, we finally found it. The ONE


Good for you...don't settle for anything less.


Our family has this running joke that one day the tree is going to go flying off the car, causing havoc behind us. This instance has not happened ..... yet...


Let me think about all the things I've had fly out of the back of my truck:

1) a plastic kiddie pool (coming home from the store -- no kids in it!)
2) 2 sheets of drywall (taped together so they were too bulky/heavy to lift by myself) in a busy intersection
3) 1 sheet of pegboard

But it's been over 10 years since the last occurrence, so maybe I've learned my lesson?



:santa:HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! :santa:



You too. :santa:

jenbear123
12-21-2009, 10:33 AM
Very nice! The tree and decorations look great, and looks like you had a fun time on your "hunt".

Glad you like it :)

I'm shocked to get a mention...thanks! (but it's quite uncessary)

It's absolutely necessary! Can't take credit for someone else's ideas ;)


Let me think about all the things I've had fly out of the back of my truck:

1) a plastic kiddie pool (coming home from the store -- no kids in it!)
2) 2 sheets of drywall (taped together so they were too bulky/heavy to lift by myself) in a busy intersection
3) 1 sheet of pegboard

But it's been over 10 years since the last occurrence, so maybe I've learned my lesson?

:lmao::rotfl2: You poor man! I'm sorry but it's just so funny when I picture those things flying out of the back of your truck!! I hope someone helped you with the drywall!

glennbo123
12-21-2009, 01:37 PM
:lmao::rotfl2: You poor man! I'm sorry but it's just so funny when I picture those things flying out of the back of your truck!! I hope someone helped you with the drywall!

Oh no, I agree...it is funny! Yes, the guy driving behind me helped me. I was stopped at the light, and when it turned green I started out, but per Newton's Laws of motion the drywall wanted to stay put so it just slid out of the back. There was no way I would have been able to pick that up myself.

jenbear123
12-22-2009, 02:12 PM
Oh no, I agree...it is funny! Yes, the guy driving behind me helped me. I was stopped at the light, and when it turned green I started out, but per Newton's Laws of motion the drywall wanted to stay put so it just slid out of the back. There was no way I would have been able to pick that up myself.

Aww bless the public for being so helpful! I guess he didn't have much choice though, seeing how the drywall was probably blocking the road in front of him :laughing:

glennbo123
12-22-2009, 02:28 PM
Aww bless the public for being so helpful! I guess he didn't have much choice though, seeing how the drywall was probably blocking the road in front of him :laughing:

I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he felt sorry for me, but yeah, he probably would have had a hard time getting around me. I should have said, "hey while you're helping, would you mind just holding it up for me in the room I'm finishing while I nail it in place?"

jenbear123
12-22-2009, 02:55 PM
I finally bit the bullet and booked my flight for February. :woohoo: I figured if I don't get it now, then the times I want will be sold out. I'm not going to do a separate PTR for this trip but I will update minor details on the trip here and there. I can't go back on the plans this time since I've got my non-refundable flight and Bubba has booked our resort! For now, I bring you the first details of the trip:

When: February 20th-24th, 2010
Who: Me and Bubba!
Where: Pop Century


Bubba had tried getting time off the week of the 15th but she was denied. I guess it was due to President's week and Valentine's Day. Probably gets pretty busy in the parks. Airfares were atrocious too so I'm glad we pushed it back a week. She was easily approved the time off for those dates, which is great! Once she got the okay for the days off, I booked the flight right then and there.

As mentioned before, our original plan was to go on a cruise. I checked for the Feb 21st 4-night Bahamian sailing but there are no "space available" offers. :headache: I'm a teency bit disappointed that a Disney cruise won't be in the cards because it would've been something new and different. But, at the end of the day, I'm still going to see Bubba. She strictly said "As long as I see you, that's all that matters!" :hug: That's why we decided on Pop Century. It was the most economical choice for this quick visit. I'm just happy to be going.... again! :laughing:

I haven't started the itinerary as of yet. Shocking, I know. What I have done, though, is secured us a dinner ADR at Le Cellier!!! :yay: I was surprised to see so much available. I was able to pull up two lunch ADRs and two dinner ADRs. Usually this place books up solid months in advance :confused: C'est la vie! That might be the only sit-down we do on this trip but we shall see....

More details to follow....stay tuned

bellebookworm9
12-29-2009, 02:26 PM
So I just sat down and read this whole thing. (Yay for a month of from college with nothing to do!:rotfl2:) No wonder you're stressed out-I was stressed just from reading it! So you're staying 2 nights at Poly and the rest at Pop? I think that's what I left off with... Sounds like lots of fun so far! And I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has Excel spreadsheets of itineraries for each day! That's really too bad about the cruise; I've always wanted to do one-maybe someday!

jenbear123
12-29-2009, 02:52 PM
So I just sat down and read this whole thing. (Yay for a month of from college with nothing to do!:rotfl2:) No wonder you're stressed out-I was stressed just from reading it! So you're staying 2 nights at Poly and the rest at Pop? I think that's what I left off with... Sounds like lots of fun so far! And I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has Excel spreadsheets of itineraries for each day! That's really too bad about the cruise; I've always wanted to do one-maybe someday!

Wow, you are a trooper! Glad you read all the way through. We're staying 6 nights Pop, then 2 nights Poly. Gotta save the best for last :thumbsup2 The cruise was a bummer but, like you said, maybe someday. :rolleyes: It'd be cool if everyone from the DIS got together on one of those cruises. I'm sure the ship would sink if every single DISer got on the ship!

I really have been neglecting this poor PTR. But I've been so caught up in my TR. Need to get that finished before I go there again in Feb! I have to start planning my itinerary for April (yay spreadsheets!!!), heck we still need to decide how we're going to get there! So much to do! Thanks for reading! I'll update here in a day or two

glennbo123
12-29-2009, 04:42 PM
So I just sat down and read this whole thing. (Yay for a month of from college with nothing to do!:rotfl2:) No wonder you're stressed out-I was stressed just from reading it! So you're staying 2 nights at Poly and the rest at Pop? I think that's what I left off with... Sounds like lots of fun so far! And I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has Excel spreadsheets of itineraries for each day! That's really too bad about the cruise; I've always wanted to do one-maybe someday!

Hey, you're not my niece, are you? I have a niece at Geneseo whose home is Buffalo, but she's not going to Kidani in a few months.

jenbear123
12-31-2009, 05:09 PM
Before I get to the new year, I wanted to share with you my Disney bounty from x-mas. I've been meaning to do this for the last WEEK but time has just slipped by. Here are just a few highlights.

First up is not even one of my presents but for my younger step-sister. I just have to mention it though because it's cool! :cool2: She got a Disney toaster that "toasts" Disney characters into your bread. I was skeptical as to how good the designs would come out but it sure proved me wrong!

http://i45.tinypic.com/2a7z8eo.jpg

My favourite present was this beautiful Bambi swarovski crystal from Bubba.

http://i48.tinypic.com/r2wbxz.jpg

Can't imagine how much that cost but I'd rather not think about that :rolleyes1

Also got a nice Jessie & Bullseye tree ornament

http://i45.tinypic.com/9letep.jpg

And lastly was this Minnie shirt that I found on the Disney store online. Bubba basically asked me to pick a few things from the online store and she'd get one for me. This is the one she chose to give me (picture borrowed from the Disney store online website)

http://i47.tinypic.com/1g0z8k.jpg

It was a great x-mas by any means. Lots of Disney stuff since Bubba is working there. What else can you buy for people when in you're in WDW?!

The other day, I picked up these great Minnie pj's at 50% off. I finally have a Disney pyjama set!

http://i50.tinypic.com/2d3yfq.jpg

Can't wait to try them out in February :thumbsup2

For New Year's, I'm just sticking it out at home with the boyfriend and my dog. Whatever you might be doing to ring in the New Year, I wish each and every one of you the very happiest New Year and all the best in the 2010! :yay:

glennbo123
12-31-2009, 08:50 PM
Happy New Year jenbear!!!

Love that toast picture! Nice crystal Bambi....Bubba done good.

redlight
12-31-2009, 09:41 PM
Yes, the toast picture is great. Enjoy the quiet NYE and have a happy 2010!

jenbear123
01-02-2010, 08:18 PM
Happy New Year jenbear!!!

Love that toast picture! Nice crystal Bambi....Bubba done good.

Yes, the toast picture is great. Enjoy the quiet NYE and have a happy 2010!

Thanks you two! :goodvibes

jenbear123
01-03-2010, 09:58 PM
I never realized how hard it is to plan for a 9-day trip. It almost feels like, dare I say it, we have too much time :eek: NAHHHHHHHH! You can never have too much time in Disney World!!!!

My mom and I have finally decided to drive to Florida. :drive: I've already booked our stopover hotel for on our way there and on our way back. We'll leave at about 5am on April 21st to start our road trip, drive for about 14 hours until we hit South Carolina, where our hotel is booked. We'll have another early start on the 22nd, driving for another 8 hours until we finally reach our destination, POP CENTURY!!!! :woohoo: If we leave when I want to :rolleyes1 we should get in around 2pm on the 22nd. I'm really looking forward to this road trip with my mom. It'll be a lot more relaxing than dealing with the hassles of security at the airport, especially since the Christmas Day fiasco :sad2:

I've got our first day pretty well done.

http://i46.tinypic.com/11gke3o.jpg

I'm going to be eating at Tony's Town Square in Feb but it seemed like a good fit on our first day. If I end up hating it in Feb, obviously we won't be eating here! But I can't see that happening. Bubba has already eaten there and said it was good. :thumbsup2

We want to see Spectro and Wishes the first night since it seems like there aren't going to be any fireworks the Friday and Saturday due to Grad Nights :worried: I hope this doesn't mean the value resorts will be packed with young wild teenagers running around on those days.....

There are a couple days that I can't decide what we should do. I'm thinking we can fill them with a tour. My mom and I are trying to choose between either:

1. Keys to the Kingdom (even though we've already done it but we loved it enough to want to do it again!)
2. Magic Behind the Steam Trains (Did this with my dad but think my mom will enjoy it too)
3. One of the segway tours (although the image of my mom riding one of those things cracks me up :rotfl2: )
4. Backstage Safari

Of course each one has their different prices. The segway tours being the most expensive. It will all come down to how much we want to spend.

Since I've gone and changed our ADRs so much, here are what they're looking like as of today :laughing:

4/22 - Tony's Town Square (D)
4/23 - Liberty Tree Tavern (D)
4/24 - Le Cellier (L)
4/25 - Cape May Cafe (B), Garden Grill (D)
4/26 - Crystal Palace (B), Chef Mickey's (D)
4/27 - Kouzzina (D)
4/28 - O'hana (D)
4/29 - The Wave (D)
4/30 - O'hana (B)

I haven't decided if my mom would like breakfast or dinner better at O'hana. Remember she is the picky eater. I'm worried she'll see the shrimp skewers and Lo mein noodles and bee-line it for the door. :scared: I'm leaning more towards breakfast as the safer bet but I'll leave it as is for now. One thing is for sure, I will eat at O'hana for one out of the two meals they offer this trip!

In other news, Bubba said she would be joining us if she does not get her extension. She has to let me know for sure before March 1st so I can make the changes with the resorts without penalty.

Okay, I think that's enough planning for today. I've been at this since 8 o'clock! :surfweb:

glennbo123
01-04-2010, 11:46 AM
My mom and I have finally decided to drive to Florida. :drive: I've already booked our stopover hotel for on our way there and on our way back. We'll leave at about 5am on April 21st to start our road trip, drive for about 14 hours until we hit South Carolina, where our hotel is booked. We'll have another early start on the 22nd, driving for another 8 hours until we finally reach our destination, POP CENTURY!!!! :woohoo:


It's been several years since we've driven. Even from Pennsylvania we take 2 days for the trip. We tried the "straight through" thing once, when my oldest daughter was an infant, and I vowed "Never, never, ever again!" (Actually, we didn't intend to drive straight through, but by the time we were ready to stop it was early morning, like as in the sun was coming up, and it seemed kind of pointless to pay for a room at that point.)


I'm going to be eating at Tony's Town Square in Feb but it seemed like a good fit on our first day.


Never eaten there (actually, I think the only one on your list I've eaten at is 'Ohana), but have seen some decent reviews.



We want to see Spectro and Wishes the first night since it seems like there aren't going to be any fireworks the Friday and Saturday due to Grad Nights :worried: I hope this doesn't mean the value resorts will be packed with young wild teenagers running around on those days.....


I think I hear Jenbear....."Hey you kids!!! Get off my lawn!!!!" :mad:


There are a couple days that I can't decide what we should do. I'm thinking we can fill them with a tour. My mom and I are trying to choose between either:

1. Keys to the Kingdom (even though we've already done it but we loved it enough to want to do it again!)
2. Magic Behind the Steam Trains (Did this with my dad but think my mom will enjoy it too)
3. One of the segway tours (although the image of my mom riding one of those things cracks me up :rotfl2: )
4. Backstage Safari


I've never done a tour, so again I'm no help! :headache:


Okay, I think that's enough planning for today. I've been at this since 8 o'clock! :surfweb:


You can't fool me. I know you're having fun planning.

jenbear123
01-04-2010, 12:25 PM
It's been several years since we've driven. Even from Pennsylvania we take 2 days for the trip. We tried the "straight through" thing once, when my oldest daughter was an infant, and I vowed "Never, never, ever again!" (Actually, we didn't intend to drive straight through, but by the time we were ready to stop it was early morning, like as in the sun was coming up, and it seemed kind of pointless to pay for a room at that point.)

How come you say "Never, never, ever again"? Was it that bad? How long is the drive from Pennsylvania? I can't take too much time off work so we have to take the 2 day route. I'm hoping we can get at least 7 hours sleep when we stop at the hotel. When we drove in March, we took 2 stops at a hotel. It split up the drive nicely but by the 3rd day I just wanted to get there!!!

I think I hear Jenbear....."Hey you kids!!! Get off my lawn!!!!" :mad:

:lmao::rotfl2: That's me in a nutshell


I've never done a tour, so again I'm no help! :headache:

That's okay. You should take a tour some day. They're a lot of fun and very informative. Plus you get a keepsake pin at the end :thumbsup2

You can't fool me. I know you're having fun planning.

Dang! How'd you know??? :rolleyes1

jenbear123
01-10-2010, 10:27 AM
FEBRUARY DEVELOPMENTS!!!!!

Okay, I know I said I wasn't going to make a PTR for this trip, or even talk much about it but this is EXCITING NEWS!!!! Bubba stayed at the Poly the other night, which made her crave to stay at a deluxe when I come visit. So she texts me at 11pm, saying she wants me to pick a deluxe to stay at for one night. I was hesitant at first because my finances are really tight. Although my concerns were quickly remedied when Bubba said she'd pay for it. She's such a doll :hug: Now it was just a matter of choosing a resort....

Sorry I must stop there. I gotta run to a movie. My mom and I are going to see "It's Complicated" for my birthday. More details coming soon

glennbo123
01-10-2010, 10:58 AM
Although my concerns were quickly remedied when Bubba said she'd pay for it.

That's all I'd need to hear. :listen:

:woohoo:

jenbear123
01-11-2010, 12:45 PM
So getting back to the new resort in February. I was really indecisive. Do I try AKL again and spend more time at the resort? Do I want to try somewhere I've never stayed at? How about Club Level? Would it be worth it for one night? :idea: Then it came to me like when the apple hit Newton on the head.


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KIDANI VILLAGE!!!!!!
:jumping1:


Bubba has booked us in for one night at Kidani Village, in a savannah view, 1 bedroom villa. At first I said Studio but then realized that it only has a queen size bed with sofa bed and no Lion King decorations in the bathroom. So 1 bedroom it is!

This works perfectly into the itinerary I've made. On the 23rd, the day we now check out from Pop, is AK day. As soon as we finish everything we want to do there, we'll head back to Kidani and spend most of the afternoon/evening there until we go to Narcoosee's for dinner. On the 24th, my last day, I hardly had anything planned. Now I can set it aside for a full day at Kidani to really go in depth of what this place has to offer. We might go horseback riding in the morning but that will still leave the majority of the day for Kidani/AKL exploring. My flight doesn't leave until the evening so it works perfectly!

Wow I can hardly believe this. I never thought I'd be able to stay at Kidani. I am so excited!!!! Anyone know where I can find an info thread about Kidani? Expect a full report and TONS of pictures when I get back!!! Only 39 days until I leave :banana:

bellebookworm9
01-11-2010, 01:25 PM
:cool1::thumbsup2 Good choice! Let me know how you like it!

mybabesuz
01-11-2010, 05:33 PM
Okay... I'm officially here...:rotfl2:

I'll be looking for you in April! :cool2:
We are staying at BW... April 25th-30th
Undecided where we will be on the 24th...

I too am a Disneyaholic... Can't go enough...
This will be our third trip in a year.
Love those APs...:love:

Kidani is my DVC Home resort. I'm sure you will love it too...

glennbo123
01-11-2010, 06:02 PM
Excellent choice jenbear!!! But you probably guessed I would think so. I hope the weather warms up enough for you to try the pool.

jenbear123
01-11-2010, 08:36 PM
:cool1::thumbsup2 Good choice! Let me know how you like it!

Thanks! I'm so excited :yay:

Okay... I'm officially here...:rotfl2:

I'll be looking for you in April! :cool2:
We are staying at BW... April 25th-30th
Undecided where we will be on the 24th...

I too am a Disneyaholic... Can't go enough...
This will be our third trip in a year.
Love those APs...:love:

Kidani is my DVC Home resort. I'm sure you will love it too...

Good! Glad to have you here :welcome:
I am an AP virgin this year. It appears it might be a yearly tradition now.... :rolleyes1 It really pays off when visiting so much!
I've never stayed at BW. It looks really nice! Undecided on the 24th? Does that mean you're looking for a one-night stay at another resort?

Excellent choice jenbear!!! But you probably guessed I would think so. I hope the weather warms up enough for you to try the pool.

I thought you would approve ;) I hope the weather turns around too! If it's still at these low temps when I go, I might as well stay home :sad2:

mybabesuz
01-11-2010, 09:41 PM
Thanks! I'm so excited :yay:



Good! Glad to have you here :welcome:
I am an AP virgin this year. It appears it might be a yearly tradition now.... :rolleyes1 It really pays off when visiting so much!
I've never stayed at BW. It looks really nice! Undecided on the 24th? Does that mean you're looking for a one-night stay at another resort?

We might just start our vacation at Kidani...

jenbear123
01-12-2010, 12:24 PM
We might just start our vacation at Kidani...

Might as well, especially if it's your home resort. Any tips for when staying there? Do you know any good threads on here that show room pictures, etc?

All7OfUs
01-15-2010, 12:13 AM
Jumping in here! Have already read a few of the links (THANKS! for putting those in!) kathyRN just stayed there. She has a million GREAT pix on her trip report you should check out. I think it's called A Halloween Adventure in Autism.

Anyway will try to get myself up to speed!

Liesa

onelilspark
01-15-2010, 10:08 AM
Jumping in...and catching up :)

jenbear123
01-15-2010, 03:33 PM
Jumping in here! Have already read a few of the links (THANKS! for putting those in!) kathyRN just stayed there. She has a million GREAT pix on her trip report you should check out. I think it's called A Halloween Adventure in Autism.

Anyway will try to get myself up to speed!

Liesa

I try to make it easier to find the "important" posts, cutting out the aimless chatter. I'll have to find kathyRN's TR. Thanks for that info.

Jumping in...and catching up :)

:welcome: to the both of you!

All7OfUs
01-18-2010, 12:47 AM
I try to make it easier to find the "important" posts, cutting out the aimless chatter. I'll have to find kathyRN's TR. Thanks for that info.



:welcome: to the both of you!

Yeah, I know all about aimless chatter- take a look at mine!! 98% of it is pure, unbridles hilarity!! :dance3: Makes it so much fun!

mybabesuz
01-18-2010, 02:02 PM
Might as well, especially if it's your home resort. Any tips for when staying there? Do you know any good threads on here that show room pictures, etc?

Here are some good pictures of Kidani Rooms...
http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s50/LisaS_myphotos/AKV%20Model%20Rooms/1BR%20-%20Kidani%20Village/

Also have you looked into renting DVC points?
A 1BR for a Sunday-Thursday would only be 28 points...
You can definitely find last minute point deals for $7 a point
That would only be $196.00 for a 1BR...:cool1:
Kidani has a ton of rooms...I'm sure they won't be booked.
You should check out the DVC Boards on DIS.

That's what I'm going to do... I'm going to try to add a night to our Boardwalk so I don't have to switch rooms but I will take a Kidani room if I have to.

jenbear123
01-18-2010, 09:16 PM
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Here are some good pictures of Kidani Rooms...
http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s50/LisaS_myphotos/AKV%20Model%20Rooms/1BR%20-%20Kidani%20Village/

Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. I didn't realize they already had old vs. new already!

Also have you looked into renting DVC points?
A 1BR for a Sunday-Thursday would only be 28 points...
You can definitely find last minute point deals for $7 a point
That would only be $196.00 for a 1BR...:cool1:
Kidani has a ton of rooms...I'm sure they won't be booked.
You should check out the DVC Boards on DIS.

Wow, that's amazing for 4 nights! I'm not really sure how the whole renting DVC points works. But I'll take a peek at the DVC boards and see what I can find out. :surfweb: Thanks for the info!

That's what I'm going to do... I'm going to try to add a night to our Boardwalk so I don't have to switch rooms but I will take a Kidani room if I have to.

Only if you have to, right? :laughing:

glennbo123
01-18-2010, 09:31 PM
Hey, how's Pixel doing? I was going through my TR (I'm copying it into Word -- I may print it out into a notebook or something - just the TR installments, not all the banter) anyway, and I saw your post of Pixel. I remembered the picture of the dog and learning the term "bichon blitz" and "perma puppy", but I had forgotten that it was you who posted it. I think it was your first post in my TR.

mybabesuz
01-18-2010, 09:45 PM
no no no...:rolleyes:
The $196 for the 1BR is per night...not for all 4...:)

AP Rate is $297...$334 after Taxes...

I forgot you might be getting the CM rate though...
I don't know what that is...:confused3

jenbear123
01-18-2010, 09:46 PM
I know, I know. More Feb PTR that I said I wasn't going to write about. But it's so hard to resist talking about what's going on!

For the dates I'll be there in Feb, cast members have been given the offer to add the Dining Plan! Of course, you know what this means...... MORE ADR'S!!!!!! Actually, I haven't decided what we'll do yet. I've already got the following ADRs:

Le Cellier
Crystal Palace
Narcoosee's
Tony's Town Square

If we decide to use the dining plan for Narcoosee's, that's 2 TS credits each right there. Or we save those 2 credits for another place and pay OOP. What to do, what to do. Ugh, this requires far too much brain power right now. I've had way too busy of a day to get into that. Oh! I got Mickey mail too! The ME booklet came last week. It just doesn't have any of the flight information :headache: When will they get it right? Honestly, everytime I get the booklet, there is always something wrong. Sigh.... c'est la vie.

Sorry to be MIA lately. Been so busy with trying to arrange a room for myself at my dad's house. There's been too much drama lately at the DBF's house, so I'm finally making the move back home. I think it's for the best (for my mental health anyway....)

Also, I've been horseback riding with my younger step-sister. She practically runs this barn (she's been there for 10 years) so I now join her every Saturday when I'm not working at my other job to go feed the horses, muck out stalls, ride the horses, etc. I have always loved horses and am so happy to finally be getting back to working with them again. I used to take horseback riding lessons but had to take a 6 year hiatus due to other financial obligations, school, and boys. :rolleyes: Yeah, that was a great idea.... So anyways, I'm now back in the saddle, happy as happy can be. Except my butt which is KILLING me from all the bouncing around in the saddle. Oh, and did I mention I nearly got trampled on..... twice. I have the bruises to prove it! Oh well. What's life without a bit of adventure (or life flashing before your eyes :laughing: ) Being in the saddle is probably as close to the feeling of happiness I get when I'm in Disney. :cloud9:

I still have to finish my Feb itinerary. I'll probably post that once it's done. I just have to include my DIS friends in my planning.

Oh! One more thing. Sorry things keep randomly popping into my head as I type. I'm going on a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise free of charge at the beginning of April, through my work. My FIRST cruise ever!!! Am I a little excited?!?! YES!!!!:dance3::cool1::yay::woohoo: No, it's not a Disney cruise but hey, it's free. Can't complain. :upsidedow It's with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Anyone have any experience with them? I've been reading up on the cruiseline so I know what to expect. Yup, just like I do with Disney. :rolleyes1 I might freak out my roommate though if I pull out a daily itinerary :lmao: so I won't go that far.

Thanks for putting up with my random babbling. More updates coming soon :goodvibes

glennbo123
01-18-2010, 09:57 PM
Didja say a free cruise?! Okay, can I be jealous now? That's awesome. I've only ever been on one cruise and it was fantastic. It was on Royal Caribbean, but I'm sure Norwegian is good too.

All7OfUs
01-18-2010, 10:18 PM
Oh, I love me a horsey ride!! I rode a lot when I was a kid, we even boarded one for someone once, and I loved it. But alas, it is a pricey habit, and not on my budget. Ah well.



FREE cruise?? ! Boy howdy, too fun!! Free is my favorite kind of price! Do your research and know what you're getting into. Knowing your options is the best way to travel!

I'm bummed to hear about too much drama happening at your BF's place. Maybe a break is a very good thing. :confused3

redlight
01-18-2010, 10:29 PM
Free cruise? I m super jealous.

Sucks that you have to deal with drama. Hope it gets resolved soon.

jenbear123
01-18-2010, 10:49 PM
Hey, how's Pixel doing? I was going through my TR (I'm copying it into Word -- I may print it out into a notebook or something - just the TR installments, not all the banter) anyway, and I saw your post of Pixel. I remembered the picture of the dog and learning the term "bichon blitz" and "perma puppy", but I had forgotten that it was you who posted it. I think it was your first post in my TR.

Pixel is doing great! Thanks for asking. I think that was the first time I posted on your TR. Probably what made me come out of lurkdom. That's a great idea about copying your TR into Word. You'll always have backup incase the DIS ever disappears (not likely!)

no no no...:rolleyes:
The $196 for the 1BR is per night...not for all 4...:)

AP Rate is $297...$334 after Taxes...

I forgot you might be getting the CM rate though...
I don't know what that is...:confused3

Whoops my bad. I'll have to do some comparison and get back to you on that.

Didja say a free cruise?! Okay, can I be jealous now? That's awesome. I've only ever been on one cruise and it was fantastic. It was on Royal Caribbean, but I'm sure Norwegian is good too.

Nah, don't be jealous! It's still work related after all. Oh yes, that's right, your Royal Caribbean cruise. I think we've had this conversation before.... deja vu *insert creepy music here*

Oh, I love me a horsey ride!! I rode a lot when I was a kid, we even boarded one for someone once, and I loved it. But alas, it is a pricey habit, and not on my budget. Ah well.

I wonder how horses became such an expensive habit. Didn't we, at one time, use them as our only form of transportation :confused3

FREE cruise?? ! Boy howdy, too fun!! Free is my favorite kind of price! Do your research and know what you're getting into. Knowing your options is the best way to travel!

Free is my kind of price too :thumbsup2 I've definitely taken a dive into everything this cruising business is all about. There seems to be more surcharges and extras than I originally thought :headache:

I'm bummed to hear about too much drama happening at your BF's place. Maybe a break is a very good thing. :confused3

The break between his parents is definitely a good thing. The break between me and DBF....not so much :guilty: Lesson learned: Never live under the same roof as your (or potential) in-laws :sad2:

Free cruise? I m super jealous.

Sucks that you have to deal with drama. Hope it gets resolved soon.

Maybe I'll do a mini-TR on the cruise when I get back.... if anyone is interested? :confused3 Then it'll feel like you came with me! ;) And I think removing myself from that household will ease the drama just a bit. Even since I've started going back home on weekends, I've felt less stressed than I have in the year and a half I've lived there. Now that's saying something...

All7OfUs
01-18-2010, 11:03 PM
I kept wondering why expensive got blocked out, and then looked closely at your typo!!! :lmao::lmao::lmao: That is tooooooo funny!!!

glennbo123
01-19-2010, 08:15 AM
Regarding renting DVC points, I just made this post on another thread a couple of days ago, so I'm just going to copy it in here....

There's a good primer on this thread --> http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1255828

Then, if you go back out to the main listing of all of the DIS forums, and page down to the DVC area, there's a "DVC-Rent/Trade" forum where people post when they have points available. You can contact them and see if you can work out an agreement.

You can figure out how many points you'd need by looking at the point charts. Go into that Rent/Trade forum, and up at the top of the page, under the Timeshare Store (sponsor) banner, you should find a link to "DVC Point Charts". These will show the point requirements, per night, for the various resorts, room categories, and seasons of the year. Most people rent their points for about $10/point.

jenbear123
01-19-2010, 11:50 AM
I kept wondering why expensive got blocked out, and then looked closely at your typo!!! :lmao::lmao::lmao: That is tooooooo funny!!!

:rotfl2: I completely missed that one!!!! It's fixed now :blush:

Regarding renting DVC points, I just made this post on another thread a couple of days ago, so I'm just going to copy it in here....

There's a good primer on this thread --> http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1255828

Then, if you go back out to the main listing of all of the DIS forums, and page down to the DVC area, there's a "DVC-Rent/Trade" forum where people post when they have points available. You can contact them and see if you can work out an agreement.

You can figure out how many points you'd need by looking at the point charts. Go into that Rent/Trade forum, and up at the top of the page, under the Timeshare Store (sponsor) banner, you should find a link to "DVC Point Charts". These will show the point requirements, per night, for the various resorts, room categories, and seasons of the year. Most people rent their points for about $10/point.

Thanks for the info, Glen. That post kinda scares me though with all the things you have to be wary of. I guess people have had problems in the past :confused: I'd hate to get into a legal battle with someone over DVC points!

glennbo123
01-19-2010, 12:00 PM
:rotfl2: I completely missed that one!!!! It's fixed now :blush:


Dang, I missed something here. At least tell me what post it was in so I can try to figure out what used to be there.



Thanks for the info, Glen. That post kinda scares me though with all the things you have to be wary of. I guess people have had problems in the past :confused: I'd hate to get into a legal battle with someone over DVC points!

It's probably a case of one bad apple spoiling the bunch. When we bought our points in 2008 we got "developer points" that could only be used at SSR, and only for a year. Think of them as an incentive to sweeten the deal, to get people to buy. We had gone on our cruise earlier that year and couldn't use them (those points took care of the room, but not the travel costs, park tickets, meals, $$). So, I posted on the DVC Rent/Trade board and rented them to a guy from....Canada....and we had no trouble whatsoever. Even with money exchange. I did put together a contract, after looking at several examples on the DIS, and I included that I wanted to be paid in US currency. He was able to get US$ cashier's checks from his bank and mailed them to me. (Per the contract there were two occasions that he had to pay me.) We actually corresponded quite a bit via e-mail and have even done so after that initial trip, as they went another time after they rented from me.

jenbear123
01-19-2010, 01:24 PM
Dang, I missed something here. At least tell me what post it was in so I can try to figure out what used to be there.

Look at post #211 and my response to All7OfUs. The word "expensive" had been starred out (like this: ex*****ve) due to my typo... :lmao:


It's probably a case of one bad apple spoiling the bunch. When we bought our points in 2008 we got "developer points" that could only be used at SSR, and only for a year. Think of them as an incentive to sweeten the deal, to get people to buy. We had gone on our cruise earlier that year and couldn't use them (those points took care of the room, but not the travel costs, park tickets, meals, $$). So, I posted on the DVC Rent/Trade board and rented them to a guy from....Canada....and we had no trouble whatsoever. Even with money exchange. I did put together a contract, after looking at several examples on the DIS, and I included that I wanted to be paid in US currency. He was able to get US$ cashier's checks from his bank and mailed them to me. (Per the contract there were two occasions that he had to pay me.) We actually corresponded quite a bit via e-mail and have even done so after that initial trip, as they went another time after they rented from me.

So you've clearly had some experience in the process. It seems okay as long as you take the necessary precautions. My only question is: does it really work out to be cheaper than just going through Disney directly? I guess I'd have to compare between my TA discount, regular Disney, and rental DVC points.

glennbo123
01-19-2010, 04:11 PM
On the typo, so I guess you switched a couple of letters and spelled out some anotomy. I'm surprised the word would get ***'d out if it appears in the middle of a word?

So you've clearly had some experience in the process. It seems okay as long as you take the necessary precautions. My only question is: does it really work out to be cheaper than just going through Disney directly? I guess I'd have to compare between my TA discount, regular Disney, and rental DVC points.

I think it works out to be a little cheaper, like getting a deluxe for the cost of a mod. You'd have to run the numbers and make comparisons.

The biggest risk is you can't change/cancel it as the date approaches, like you could if you went through Disney. This is because DVC is very restrictive to the member if they cancel within 1 month. If you cancel, it is very likely that the member will lose the points and with that short-notice they can't get another renter, and can't make changes because everything's booked-up. So, they'll want their money from you by that point in time, non-refundable, which is understandable.

jenbear123
01-19-2010, 09:42 PM
On the typo, so I guess you switched a couple of letters and spelled out some anotomy. I'm surprised the word would get ***'d out if it appears in the middle of a word?

I guess the censor picks up any little bad word no matter where it appears.

I think it works out to be a little cheaper, like getting a deluxe for the cost of a mod. You'd have to run the numbers and make comparisons.

The biggest risk is you can't change/cancel it as the date approaches, like you could if you went through Disney. This is because DVC is very restrictive to the member if they cancel within 1 month. If you cancel, it is very likely that the member will lose the points and with that short-notice they can't get another renter, and can't make changes because everything's booked-up. So, they'll want their money from you by that point in time, non-refundable, which is understandable.

Hmmm that non-refundable bit might just turn me off of it completely. Or else be 100% sure that I'd be going if I do decide to do it. Thanks for the info anyways :goodvibes

All7OfUs
01-20-2010, 04:24 AM
Yes, the censors will pick up ANY bad word, even if it's embedded into other words. Even some words that wouldn't normally BE bad words except on here. Trust me, I know. :sad2:

I have not a clue how the DVC works AT ALL. so, I'll just sit back and glean all kinds of good stuff from ya'll.

;)

glennbo123
01-20-2010, 11:47 AM
Yes, the censors will pick up ANY bad word, even if it's embedded into other words. Even some words that wouldn't normally BE bad words except on here. Trust me, I know. :sad2:

I have not a clue how the DVC works AT ALL. so, I'll just sit back and glean all kinds of good stuff from ya'll.

;)

Now I'm going to have to put on my thinking cap to see if I can think of some of these words (words that contain bad words) and work 'em in, accidental-like.

All7OfUs
01-20-2010, 12:21 PM
Now I'm going to have to put on my thinking cap to see if I can think of some of these words (words that contain bad words) and work 'em in, accidental-like.

Won't work. Try another meaning for "not yet discovered" Not in like a million years.

glennbo123
01-20-2010, 12:27 PM
Won't work. Try another meaning for "not yet discovered" Not in like a million years.

Prehistoric?

jenbear123
01-20-2010, 01:44 PM
Prehistoric?

Hint: Its in the name of one of the tours I took in November

glennbo123
01-20-2010, 08:14 PM
Hint: Its in the name of one of the tours I took in November

Oh, okay...got it. I think I heard that there's an anti-Disney website that uses that name or something? I was having trouble because I thought that maybe there was a bad word I hadn't learned.

jenbear123
01-20-2010, 10:27 PM
Today I finally made the call to arrange the horseback riding at TriCircle-D ranch for the Feb trip. The CM was less than magical. She was obviously spanish (had a thick accent) and kept getting distracted. I'm sorry, but that is not how you treat people on the phone. She would randomly start speaking spanish to her co-worker IN MID-SENTENCE! It was ludicrous. All I wanted was to arrange my trail ride! And when it came down to picking a time for the ride, I wasn't sure what the arranged times were. So I asked, "What times do you have?" She replied "Well I don't know what's available. I'm gonna have to check." "Okay, well I don't know what times the trail rides go. Can you please tell me?" Did I not make myself clear? :furious: This call was starting to go really sour. I was regretting even picking up the phone. I then asked if there were any passholder discounts. Then she gets all defensive like I was miffed at the fact she didn't ask me if I was a passholder. I thought I was being polite :confused: Whatever. After exchanging form of payment and obtaining my confirmation number, I realized that she hadn't even told me how much it was. Glad I asked. :upsidedow Once I said goodbye, I hear her going on with her co-worker in spanish. This is Disney who I called, right??? :faint:

Putting that exasperating phone call behind me, let's look at the plans for our first day in Feb, shall we?

But before I do that, I just want to be sure I'm not confusing anyone with these trips: Feb vs. April. I would like to share with you my plans for Feb so it's going to be another diversion from my original April PTR (rather the original point of this thread :rolleyes1 dum dee dum...) So I hope nobody minds. If you're still reading this, you obviously don't mind so I'll just carry on!

Here's what our first day is looking like:

http://i46.tinypic.com/5dthsm.jpg

I'm currently in a fridge swap so we'll have a free fridge during our stay at Pop. :thumbsup2 Still need to make arrangements for that. I'm not sure what time and when we'll be picking up the fridge.

I figure I'll be starving by the time I get there so lunch at the Everything Pop will be necessary. This will be even better now that we're on the dining plan. All expenses paid :thumbsup2 Well, sort of (stupid gratuities :rolleyes: ) I know we're going to end up with too much food and more credits than we can juggle. Surely we'll find something to put those snack credits to good use. Does Goofy's Candy Co. take snack credits for that make-your-own-snack?

And since I enjoyed it so much in November, I've added in another dinner at Tokyo Dining. I will try and remember that less is more at this place and to actually read the sushi descriptions before getting another mouthful of wasabi mayonnaise :crazy2:

I'm really excited for Beaches & Cream. They don't take ADRs here (I think) but we'll just be going for a gigantic hot fudge sundae. That is really what I'm craving. Haven't decided if we'll sit in or take-out. They don't accept TIW for take-out but will the discount make up the difference for gratuity just to have our ice cream served to us? Does that even make sense? You know what I mean... Will have to give this one more thought....

The plan is to have my head on a pillow by 10:30pm. I'm going to have a really REALLY early start (2am). I might not even sleep the night prior. Especially if all this silly "limited carry-on" and heightened security measures at the airport keeps up. It really takes the "fun" out of travel. I might not even take a carry-on and just try to squeeze the essentials into my TravelMate. By the sounds of it, airlines still aren't allowing rolling carry-ons (the one's on wheels) but it's hard to tell. They provide the dimensions but don't have it pictured. Here, read this (http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/infosheets-menu-5811.htm) and you'll see what I mean.

I hate to say this but America is one of the toughest countries to get in to!!! Not to say that that's a bad thing. Just....props to Homeland Security....

I'll probably get ME to take care of my bags. I refuse to wait an extra 45 minutes for my bags after I get off the plane. Once I land, I want to get to Disney! Period. I probably won't need my luggage right away anyways. Bubba wants me to bring an extra giant suitcase with me again for her to fill up with stuff. I see another lugguge struggle in the works. :rotfl:

1 month from today, I'll be with Bubba again! :hug:

All7OfUs
01-21-2010, 01:33 AM
oh, okay...got it. I think i heard that there's an anti-disney website that uses that name or something? I was having trouble because i thought that maybe there was a bad word i hadn't learned.

bingo

glennbo123
01-21-2010, 07:15 AM
Day 1's looking good. Good idea to spend some time in Innoventions. My kids (and I) would like to do that, but games are not my wife's thing, so she'll indulge us for a little while and then be ready to try something different. We'll see.

Yes, you'll be exhausted, but on a Disney high, so I imagine you'll have no trouble staying up until 10:30 and then falling asleep in about 2 minutes.

onelilspark
01-21-2010, 08:30 AM
There's a thing about Velcro in Innoventions. It's a hoot. Check it out!

jenbear123
01-21-2010, 10:25 AM
Day 1's looking good. Good idea to spend some time in Innoventions. My kids (and I) would like to do that, but games are not my wife's thing, so she'll indulge us for a little while and then be ready to try something different. We'll see.

Too bad Judy doesn't like it. At least she's kind enough to put up with it for a little while. I have never had the chance to fully explore Innoventions. We either get there as it's closing or are too busy with other things at Epcot. There's just too much to see!

Yes, you'll be exhausted, but on a Disney high, so I imagine you'll have no trouble staying up until 10:30 and then falling asleep in about 2 minutes.

You're probably right. In November, I had a very busy first day and was able to make it through to midnight. Then again, I didn't have to wake up at 2am. The Disney high will prevail I'm sure.

You know what's weird? You might find this a bit creepy but I dreamt last night that we met in Disney. I met you and the whole family. I said that your voice sounded like it belonged in radio broadcasting :confused3 I think the DIS is getting to my head :laughing:

There's a thing about Velcro in Innoventions. It's a hoot. Check it out!

I'll take a note of that and let you know what I discover. I'm sure there's lots I've missed out all these years!

glennbo123
01-21-2010, 10:34 AM
You know what's weird? You might find this a bit creepy but I dreamt last night that we met in Disney. I met you and the whole family. I said that your voice sounded like it belonged in radio broadcasting :confused3 I think the DIS is getting to my head :laughing:


Yes, and I have a face for radio broadcasting too. You're going enough times this year I don't know why mid-June can't be another?

All7OfUs
01-21-2010, 10:37 AM
So like Glenn, do you have a Rush kind of voice or ???

:lmao:

Jen, the plans look great! I think you may want to skip Illluminations if you really are serious about getting your head on a pillow by 10:30 AND get a sundae at B&C. We're hittin' that place up hard too. So many choices, so little stomach room!!

You must have really, really liked Tokyo, that's where I left off today with your TR.

I sent DH off today with an extra box of stuff to the US. He wasn't super happy, but may save us about $100 or more in the end. Gotta use every pound/ kilo they'll give you. ;)

glennbo123
01-21-2010, 10:39 AM
So like Glenn, do you have a Rush kind of voice or ???

:lmao:


I don't know how you'd describe my voice, but words like "velvety" come to mind. :rotfl2:

All7OfUs
01-21-2010, 11:16 AM
I don't know how you'd describe my voice, but words like "velvety" come to mind. :rotfl2:

OK, this is the 2nd time I've had to pull out the "spare me" phrase today already. :lmao:

Does Judy capitalize on it and take you to all her presentations?? :rotfl2: Hawaii, here we come??:lmao:

glennbo123
01-21-2010, 03:38 PM
OK, this is the 2nd time I've had to pull out the "spare me" phrase today already. :lmao:

Does Judy capitalize on it and take you to all her presentations?? :rotfl2: Hawaii, here we come??:lmao:

:rotfl2::rotfl2: It's so much fun to write something like that and then see the response!

No, Judy doesn't take me to her presentations, but I've been known to add some commentary when she's held them at home. :rolleyes1

jenbear123
01-21-2010, 06:29 PM
Yes, and I have a face for radio broadcasting too. You're going enough times this year I don't know why mid-June can't be another?

Seriously! You do have "the look". Now I just need to hear the voice and baby, you're on your way to HOLLYWOOD! :rotfl2:

And don't push your luck about June! Although.... :scratchin Oh great now look what you've done! I've gone thinking again!

So like Glenn, do you have a Rush kind of voice or ???

:lmao:

Is this the band Rush we're talking about or another Rush I'm not familiar with?

Jen, the plans look great! I think you may want to skip Illluminations if you really are serious about getting your head on a pillow by 10:30 AND get a sundae at B&C. We're hittin' that place up hard too. So many choices, so little stomach room!!

You make a very good point about Illuminations. I'll probably do better skipping the excitement of the fireworks and crowds. Just stick with enjoying some ice cream with a leisurely walk around the boardwalk.

You must have really, really liked Tokyo, that's where I left off today with your TR.

I really did. The service, food, everything was great :cloud9: You're almost done my TR already :scared1:

I sent DH off today with an extra box of stuff to the US. He wasn't super happy, but may save us about $100 or more in the end. Gotta use every pound/ kilo they'll give you. ;)

Amen to that! Hey, he's a guy. He can handle it.

I don't know how you'd describe my voice, but words like "velvety" come to mind. :rotfl2:

Is it a Harrison Ford velvety or more of a Sean Connery kind of velvety? :rotfl:

glennbo123
01-21-2010, 08:16 PM
Is it a Harrison Ford velvety or more of a Sean Connery kind of velvety? :rotfl:

I have no idea! But the Rush she was referring to was Limbaugh. Leave it to you to think of a Canadian band!

jenbear123
01-22-2010, 12:26 PM
I have no idea! But the Rush she was referring to was Limbaugh. Leave it to you to think of a Canadian band!

Oops! Guess I'm a true Canuck at heart!

glennbo123
01-22-2010, 12:30 PM
Oops! Guess I'm a true Canuck at heart!

Geddy Lee's voice has never been described as velvety.

All7OfUs
01-22-2010, 12:52 PM
Yup, I been reading a couple of installments a night, and have been highly entertained. Glenn, it'll take me a bit longer to get yours all the way read through. Lots there! :thumbsup2 both are giving a ton of entertainment!! and to think it's all free!:banana:

All7OfUs
01-22-2010, 12:55 PM
:rotfl2::rotfl2: It's so much fun to write something like that and then see the response!

No, Judy doesn't take me to her presentations, but I've been known to add some commentary when she's held them at home. :rolleyes1

I can only imagine what you might throw in. Something like suggestions on just HOW to use the paring knives? Expert advice on the "fluted pans"? :rotfl2:

The chatter between the posts is what it's all about! It provides hours of entertainment.

jenbear123
01-23-2010, 03:11 PM
Geddy Lee's voice has never been described as velvety.

Non-velvety, yes. But you can't deny it's very distinctive.

Yup, I been reading a couple of installments a night, and have been highly entertained. Glenn, it'll take me a bit longer to get yours all the way read through. Lots there! :thumbsup2 both are giving a ton of entertainment!! and to think it's all free!:banana:

Tell me about it. With Glenn's, if you miss a day, you are 3 pages behind! :surfweb: Endless entertainment though, you're definitely right there.

I can only imagine what you might throw in. Something like suggestions on just HOW to use the paring knives? Expert advice on the "fluted pans"? :rotfl2:


My imagination is getting a bit carried away.... :rolleyes1

jenbear123
01-23-2010, 03:51 PM
Turning our attention back to my April trip for a sec......

Remember how I said we were going to drive down? Well... yesterday I was just curious what prices were looking like for flights out of Buffalo. Flying out of Toronto? Forget about it. I looked at all the usual prospects: Southwest, AirTran, and JetBlue. AirTran spat out the best price. Then my mom calls. The conversation went something like this:

Me: So Mom, I've been looking at flights out of Buffalo. You know, just out of curiosity

Mom: Oh yeah? What did you find?

Me: I found a pretty good rate with AirTran, just under $200 per person

Mom: Wow! That's really good!

(Keep in mind we're used to paying $400+ per person for flights to Florida)

Me: Can we afford that? I know things are tight.

Mom: Yeah. We can do that. Don't worry.

Me: So, does that mean I can book it then?

Mom: Well, I have been pretty nervous about driving down. It's a pretty long haul, even just to North Carolina.

Me: I know, but it could be fun!

Mom: I think we should fly.

Me: It's okay if it's flying out of Buffalo? It takes about 2 and a half hours to get there from your house.

Mom: It's much better than 2 days driving down! Let's book the flight.

Me: Okay! Are you sure?

Mom: Positive.

It's confirmed. Locked and sealed. We're flying!

http://i50.tinypic.com/aavj85.jpg
Photo courtesy AirTran's website

I know AirTran charges $15 for first checked bag, per person per direction but it ended up being the more reasonable choice, despite Southwest having no checked bag fees. If we went with Southwest, we would've had to spend a night at a hotel since the flight time was so early. Obviously a night at a hotel would cost more than $30 each plus airport parking cost so AirTran with the afternoon flight times is cheaper for us.

I'm all tingly just thinking about this. We've never flown out of any other airport but our own. I've already done painstaking research about flying out of Buffalo and know it's safe and easy. I don't know what AirTran is like. Does anyone have any tips or experiences to share? I'm also wondering what they do at the airport when we're checking in with Canadian passports? Do they ask for anything additional? What's it like crossing the border? Perhaps I should head over to the Canadian boards for these questions....

I almost slipped the secret dates to my mom. I don't think I did (my mom didn't say anything) but I certainly came close. I'm going to need some help figuring out how I'm going to keep my mom from finding out the return date. :scratchin I also need ideas on how to pop the surprise on her.

I've also found out that Bubba is planning to be on a road trip around the states during our travel dates. She said she'd be willing to fly from wherever she is to meet up with us but nothing is confirmed yet. We don't even know if she's getting her contract extension or not. It might just be me and my mom on this trip. We'll make it the perfect mother/daughter trip :hug:

glennbo123
01-23-2010, 04:04 PM
That's great that you're going to fly. I know it's cheaper to drive, but driving uses sooo much precious vacation time. Around $200/person seems pretty good.

I've flown into/out of Buffalo, and it seemed like pretty much any other medium-sized airport, but I'm not sure what hurdles you'll have to face as a Canadian citizen.

jenbear123
01-24-2010, 03:56 PM
That's great that you're going to fly. I know it's cheaper to drive, but driving uses sooo much precious vacation time. Around $200/person seems pretty good.

I've flown into/out of Buffalo, and it seemed like pretty much any other medium-sized airport, but I'm not sure what hurdles you'll have to face as a Canadian citizen.

I thought it was the best price we'd probably see so I jumped on it. I hope we got a relatively good deal :confused3 Better than here anyway!

Is the airport easy to navigate? I've looked up the airport map and it seems pretty straight forward. It only has the one terminal.

jenbear123
01-24-2010, 04:16 PM
We all come to a point when living in a house where you clean out the dreaded furnace room or attic, or where ever it is you may store all your knick knacks, heirlooms, and whatcha-ma-call-its. Boxes piled high with an inch of dust are common. But what I discovered today was quite amazing. Inside one of Bubba's boxes, amongst all her old school papers, I found this:

http://i46.tinypic.com/20s88lw.jpg

This is an original sketch, by Harry Holt, drawn especially for my sister (her name has been removed for privacy - even though some of you may already know it) in 1988, when my parents and her went to Walt Disney World. For those of you who are not familiar with who Harry Holt is, here is a short bio I googled:

In 1936, Holt applied for an artist position with Disney. During his try-out period, he wrote and illustrated stock Disney characters into comic strip storyboards. The company was so impressed with his talent that Holt was hired as an apprentice. He eventually worked his way up to designing several legendary scenes in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" and "Lady and the Tramp."

After 20 years with Disney, Holt took a brief hiatus to work in television production and art direction in Chicago. He returned to Los Angeles a few years later and joined Hanna-Barbera Studios to animate "Flintstones" and "Tom and Jerry" cartoons.

In the 1960s, Holt rejoined Disney as a designer of sculptural forms. He sculpted the original models of characters for the Country Bear Jamboree and Haunted Mansion rides at Walt Disney World, and developed attractions at Epcot and Disneyland in California and Japan. Until his retirement in the early 1990s, Holt greeted guests and signed drawings at the Disney/MGM Studio Preview Center in Orlando.

To think this was just sitting in a box! :eek: I showed it to my dad and he said we should get it framed, then give it to my sister when she comes home from Disney. So I'm going to hunt down a nice frame to keep this priceless artwork safe.

Too bad I wasn't with them on this trip (I had stayed home with my grandma). Even if I was, I would've been way too young to appreciate it. Darn it! Why couldn't I have been born 10 years earlier!

You never know what you'll find hidden away in boxes. If you and your family visited Disney World in the past, it's likely you too might have something like this waiting to be discovered.

glennbo123
01-24-2010, 10:13 PM
Is the airport easy to navigate? I've looked up the airport map and it seems pretty straight forward. It only has the one terminal.

Oh yeah. It's not a real big airport. You should have no problem.

That's so cool that you found that sketch. Thanks for posting it. I'm sure she'd be excited if you got it framed for her.

I guarantee you I wouldn't find anything like that in our stored boxes!

All7OfUs
01-24-2010, 10:29 PM
Hey Jen~

First off I was glad to know that the AirTran photo was courtesy of their stock photos!! For a minute I thought your skydiving adventures were getting a little carried away!! Phew!

I'm really glad you get to fly!!! That will be such a nice change for you, and you won't have to spend all that extra vacation time driving and worrying about a hotel.

Back in my PTR I posted about an amazing Disney find I came across too. In my Grandmas things, just after she passed away, we found a letter from the Disney corporate offices calling her in for an interview- it is dated 1945 or something. Go back and take a look!

jenbear123
01-27-2010, 08:25 AM
Oh yeah. It's not a real big airport. You should have no problem.

Great, thanks!

That's so cool that you found that sketch. Thanks for posting it. I'm sure she'd be excited if you got it framed for her.

I hope so. She might not even remember it or even know she had it. But hey, it's the thought that counts.

I guarantee you I wouldn't find anything like that in our stored boxes!

That's too bad. There might be some other interesting things, even if they aren't Disney related.... :confused3

Hey Jen~

First off I was glad to know that the AirTran photo was courtesy of their stock photos!! For a minute I thought your skydiving adventures were getting a little carried away!! Phew!

:rotfl2: I nearly died when I read this. I can just imagine me jumping out of an airplane for the sake of getting an airplane picture for the DIS. :lmao:

I'm really glad you get to fly!!! That will be such a nice change for you, and you won't have to spend all that extra vacation time driving and worrying about a hotel.

I'm glad we made the decision to fly too. We had the hotel en route already planned out but knowing if it was good or not, that's another question. We've at least turned our drive into 2.5 hours vs. 22 hours.

Back in my PTR I posted about an amazing Disney find I came across too. In my Grandmas things, just after she passed away, we found a letter from the Disney corporate offices calling her in for an interview- it is dated 1945 or something. Go back and take a look!

Yes! I remember that. I think I commented on it too :goodvibes That immediately came to my mind when I found this sketch. I just thought it'd never happen to me. Who knew!

jenbear123
01-27-2010, 10:22 PM
Only 24 days left until I'm in Disney!!!!!! :woohoo: I had a nice long conversation with Bubba today (at work of all places :rolleyes1 I have a chillaxed manager when it comes to family so it's all good) I finally found out about her contract extension....... :sad2: It's not good news but not bad either. It goes like this. She's going to get a two week extension. Woohoo, right? At least it's something. It's unfortunate that she was up against so many people for it. She figures that if it weren't for so much competition (and drama from her friends -- but I won't go there) that she would've gotten her three months extension. I know she's bummed. But what can ya do? At least she's had this opportunity and no doubt impressed her managers. This doesn't mean she's coming home right away though. No, siree. She's planned this giant ride trip across North America, which won't bring her home until early May :sad: Thank goodness I'm seeing her in Feb!

Let's look at our plan of attack for Day 2, shall we?

http://i46.tinypic.com/ixs5kl.jpg

This is our MK day. I couldn't resist CP. It'll be interesting to see what the refurbishment does to change the place. Anyone know what they're exactly working on in there? :confused: I love the food here. I know, I know. Disney has the same breakfast food pretty much everywhere. But it tastes so much better with Pooh bear & friends!

http://i46.tinypic.com/16gncdd.jpg

Gotta love the Mickey waffles. Yes, you see a lot of fruit. This wasn't long after my appendix surgery. I was still very conscious of my fat intake since I was worried about my gallstones, which were found during the discovery of my appendicitis. They still haven't acted up so I guess I've been doing something right!

http://i47.tinypic.com/9zt7xf.jpg

And you gotta love when Piglet decides to join the table ;)

Originally we had CP for an 8:05am ADR but then I started to think (scary, I know) We already had the early entry "before the park opens" breakfast ADR at CP in July last year. Here's the picture to prove it!

http://i50.tinypic.com/13yoryp.jpg

Do we really need to drag our butts out of bed that early again? Instead, we'll get to MK for rope drop, watch the opening show, and get a couple rides in. My main focus will be Space Mountain and maybe Snow White. Anything else will be bonus. Think we can get in the 4 rides in under 45 minutes? Hmmmm, do I see speed walking in our future? :laughing: Since it's EMH at MK that night, I might not stress about getting on all the rides.

A big downer is that Splash Mountain will be closed. :sad:

If we aren't too stuffed from breakfast, we must grab a yummy yummy Dole Whip. Out of all the times I've eaten one of these, I have never taken a picture of it! :scared1: This must be remedied on this trip.

Tony's Town Square is completely new to me. Bubba has already tried it and said it was good. Didn't mention much about the food but apparently I'll love the decor. Can't wait for this one! I was able to snag an earlier ADR so we can still catch Wishes if we want.

So that's, in a nutshell, Day 2. Subject to change as always :rolleyes:

All7OfUs
01-27-2010, 10:31 PM
That was the first thing I noticed about your schedule!! 4 rides in 45 minutes. I think it's doable. SM first, then HM, then PoTC, then SWhite. I think it's doable. It will involve (a little) speedwalking- which I thought you weren't going to do this trip- but it's can be done.

Looks like a long fun day at MK!