PDA

View Full Version : "So this is what makes life divine!"PTR Jan 2010* NEW 1/17 TR Link UP!!!


Pages : [1] 2

BippityBoo
08-10-2009, 12:51 PM
WELCOME to my PTR...

"So this is what makes life divine!"

If you have been followig my TR "Practically Perfect in Every Way" then welcome back:love:

If not, here is the link to the TR

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2221892

Here is the copy and pasted version of our cast from my TR:


Me/Katie(28)- Loving wife and mother! Cinderella is my very favorite character. OCD is really an understatement when it comes to me! That is one reason I am on DIS now is because you guys are the only ones who understand my obsession with all things Disney! Planning for the trip is equally as fun for me than actually going I am also a southern girl, so you will be seeing lots of "ya'lls" in my reports. I am a SAHM and a student getting my Teaching Certification in English and Social Studies with a minor in Creative Writing (high school level). I plan on finishing in Dec 2010 with a special Christmas Disney Trip to celebrate, OF COURSE!

DH/Chris(29)-Such a loving husband and Dad. I could not ask for a better soul mate! Get this ladies...he actually enjoys to cook, does the dishes and cleans on a regular basis without being asked, and gets up early with the baby so I can sleep in! He is truly my prince charming. Chris looks for any opportunity to have a good time and be with family and friends. He is a Real Estate Broker and Appraiser and loves Disney too! We both feel very lucky to have WDW to share with our kids and grandkids (one day) Oh and sorry any Bama, Ole Miss or Florida fans...GEAUX TIGERS! We bleed purple and gold!

DD/Abby(6)-Our resident princess in training. She is truly the light of our life. She loves to dance and has been in lessons since the age of 2! She also plays piano, scrapbooks, reads beautifully and really enjoys life. Her favorite character is Ariel, but I think it is really hard for her to pick a favorite! She is a wonderful daughter and big sister.

DS/Aiden(1.5)-Wow! What a little character Aiden is! He was very young during our trip (11 months) but is now a VERY active and vibrant toddler. His favorite character is "Lightning". He loves any movie, any song, really any opportunity to party and dance We can not wait to see what fun times he will bring in the future to our family!


We are so excited to announce that we are going back to WDW!

When? Jan 6th-10th, 2010!

Why? We realize that this trip is a much shorter version of the one we had taken before! Our main goals are to ride the rides that we missed last time (Pirates, Splash Mountain, Soarin', etc.) and to finally spend quality time with our immediate family. Stay tuned following this trip for our Dec 2010 TRIP OF A LIFETIME---WDW and CRUISE--a Graduation Celebration:cloud9:

My sister in law is getting married on January 2nd:bride: Of course, we are all in the wedding and really excited! With Christmas, New Years and the wedding, of course we will be super busy! So...why not throw a Disney Vacation in the mix :rotfl:

With the rates being very low in January, cool Florida weather, me not being in school until the end of January and all of these awesome deals Disney keeps throwing out...we are taking advantage!

I am worried that we are not able to utilize the free dining or the 35% off that Disney is offering in the Fall...what great deals:thumbsup2 However, I am confident that the deals for the Spring will be equally impressive...hopefully:rolleyes1

I realize that this post is getting longer than I wanted it to be ( I can't help it---so much to say!) Hope you are all on board! :goodvibes

Up Next: Let's go shopping! A sneak peak at our attire and accessories for the trip! Also, find out which Resort makes the final cut!

emcreative
08-10-2009, 12:58 PM
:thumbsup2 Hopping in again, can't wait to "share" the planning

aaaateamsgrandma
08-10-2009, 01:54 PM
Hey Katie,

I'm in on this one too. Anxious to see how your little ones have grown.

Ginny

BellaSoleil
08-10-2009, 03:01 PM
Katie, we are going to be there at the same time!!!! I sure hope we bump into eachother.:goodvibes

BellaSoleil
08-10-2009, 03:04 PM
BTW- There is usually a great deal in January. When I booked my trip the CM almost assured me of it. Last Jan. we got the 4/3 deal and a $200 gift card.

BippityBoo
08-10-2009, 04:42 PM
:thumbsup2 Hopping in again, can't wait to "share" the planning

Yay! So happy you are on board:goodvibes

BippityBoo
08-10-2009, 04:44 PM
Hey Katie,

I'm in on this one too. Anxious to see how your little ones have grown.

Ginny

I knew you would be in:goodvibes The kids are really excited and they HAVE grown a lot!

BippityBoo
08-10-2009, 04:50 PM
BTW- There is usually a great deal in January. When I booked my trip the CM almost assured me of it. Last Jan. we got the 4/3 deal and a $200 gift card.


Hello!! That would be AWESOME to get the 4/3 deal! We would have to stay the extra 3 days for sure!!:goodvibes And the $200 gift card would be great! I told my DH that January is probably the best time b/c they are trying to fill the rooms after the holidays. I am going to post tonight about where we are staying...where are ya'll staying? What dates are ya'll going to be there?

This is exciting---hope to see you there:lovestruc Also, I see we picked similar tickers--haha too funny:laughing: Great minds think alike!

BellaSoleil
08-10-2009, 05:12 PM
We will be there the 2nd-9th and will be staying at Wilderness Lodge again. Unless the code is rock-my-socks amazing and we might upgrade to Poly.

beyondblessed
08-10-2009, 06:40 PM
Yea Katie!!! I'm so excited for you and I can not wait to read all about it! I'm definitely on board!!!:lovestruc

Poohgirl521
08-10-2009, 06:56 PM
Hi Katie! I am joining in on this one too. SO excited for you that you are going again, and in just a few months! :banana: Can't wait to hear where you are staying!

BippityBoo
08-10-2009, 10:38 PM
Yea Katie!!! I'm so excited for you and I can not wait to read all about it! I'm definitely on board!!!:lovestruc

Thank you!! We are so thrilled! Can't stay away for long:love:

BippityBoo
08-10-2009, 10:39 PM
Hi Katie! I am joining in on this one too. SO excited for you that you are going again, and in just a few months! :banana: Can't wait to hear where you are staying!

Thanks for joining! I know what you mean! When I just made the ticker...I nearly freaked out when I saw it's only 4 months away! I need to hurry..sooo much planning to do;)

BippityBoo
08-10-2009, 10:51 PM
HI again! After making my trip ticker, I nearly fell out of my seat when I realized that we are only 4 months away! Can you believe we are so close to 2010:cool1:

Ok...let's get down to business...

WHERE ARE WE STAYING?

My DH and I had concluded that we could get more for our money at a Moderate Resort. As I had stated before, this trip will be a very short one (unless there is a great 4/3 deal) and the general purpose is to hit up Magic Kingdom and EPCOT to ride all of the things we were unable to last trip. Also, we are planning a quite expensive trip to Poly and a Cruise in Dec of the same year, so we need not blow the budget now!

So, after much time figuring out vacation packages online, we had settled on Port Orleans-Riverside!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/portorleans.jpg

I have to say that I was sooo spoiled on the monorail, so I was kind of frightened about the bus system. BUT, overall, we were really excited until...

I ran a vacation package under Wilderness Lodge:laughing:

The difference was only $200 for a Standard Room. Now..how to break it to my hubby.

Well, after a bottle of wine and a kid free dinner at Olive Garden (yum!) He said "yes!" (of course!)

:dance3:

So...Wilderness Lodge it is!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Wildernesslodge.jpg

Lets hope that Disney offers something great so we can keep these plans! I am so excited and have heard great things about the WL! I know the kids will LOVE it! We plan on going to Magic Kingdom twice this trip, so the boat ride to MK will help out alot!

I really want a bunk bed room, but I see those do not come with Standard View rooms:confused3 Let's all hope for some pixie dust and an upgrade:tink: The bunk would be great for the kids...they would sleep so much better than if they were in the same bed! My plan B is to get a crib brought in if we have to utilize two queen beds.

Also, we decided to help keep cost down, we would get Quick Service Dining!More on that in a later post...

Cont next post...

BippityBoo
08-10-2009, 10:53 PM
We will be there the 2nd-9th and will be staying at Wilderness Lodge again. Unless the code is rock-my-socks amazing and we might upgrade to Poly.

You won't believe where we are staying (haha--read on!)

BippityBoo
08-10-2009, 11:05 PM
Many of you have written me about my kid's Disney attire! I LOVE to plan what they are going to wear. It is really a fun hobby of mine that I carry through even to our everyday life:goodvibes

When discussing the trip with my DH last week, we had already decided on the WL and Quick Service, so we were discussing the details. THEN HE SAID IT...

DH: "Well, considering this is a short trip, we also don't have to worry about getting the kid's matching outfits or anything."
ME::eek::eek::eek:

WHAT!!?? Yea, ok!

Not to fear, I have used my friend again and have managed to come up with reversable combos that will be utilized on multiple days...oh, who am I kidding. I am sure by the end of it, they will be decked out in custom Disney clothing:cheer2:

Just a sneak peak of some picks for the kids. I did not do the entire photo b/c I want to keep it a secret;)

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/TRflops.gif

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/TRshirt.gif

One last detail is what I am asking Santa for during Christmas. I found it (made by Disney Couture) and fell in love. Not only does it have a Cinderella saying(a dream is a wish your heart makes), it is in pink (my fave!:lovestruc). I think it will be nice motivation when I am finishing up my student teaching to look down at it on my finger and remember the wonderful memories of Disney and all the good trips to come.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Discouture1.jpg
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Discouture2.jpg

**UP NEXT: Fasten your seatbelts...we are driving:scared1:

BellaSoleil
08-11-2009, 08:36 AM
We have got to meet up, sister!!!! How fun!!!

You will love WL. DH and I stayed there last January and we loved it. The boatride is very short and nice. The weather was great. We never had a cold day and only one super hot day.

Oh, I just can't wait to plan together. Between both of us posting shopping ideas we are going to be in trouble!;)

BippityBoo
08-11-2009, 10:20 PM
We have got to meet up, sister!!!! How fun!!!

You will love WL. DH and I stayed there last January and we loved it. The boatride is very short and nice. The weather was great. We never had a cold day and only one super hot day.

Oh, I just can't wait to plan together. Between both of us posting shopping ideas we are going to be in trouble!;)

OOOHH you have stayed there before :cheer2: I need someone to ask quesitons to! haha

The boat ride is going to be great. When we stayed at the Grand Floridian, we tried to take the boat everywhere b/c it is just so peaceful!

HAHA our shopping is out of control:lovestruc I love how your Mom eggs you on. Mine is the exact same way! Can't wait to plan together :goodvibes Hello to Belle!

PS: Love all of her shoes! The ones with the sparkles are a must for my daughter, Abby!

BippityBoo
08-12-2009, 06:21 PM
So---as mentioned from the last post, we are driving!! This is pretty much because plane tickets are very expensive right now and, oh yea, I HATE to fly:sick: I am still a little uneasy about it because of how young Aiden is going to be (2 yrs old), but here is the plan my DH came up with:

It takes about 9 hours to get to Orlando from where we live. My DH wants to leave around 5am the morning of Jan 6th (check in day). In an effort to not only save money, but just GET TO DISNEY ALREADY we are going to drive the whole way in one day!! We are expecting (praying, really) that the kids will sleep from around 5 until about 7:30. That will get us a good 2 1/2 hrs. into the trip before they are even awake. We will stop for breakfast along the way when they wake (and coffee for the adults:laughing:) We will also stop along the way for a lunch and some bathroom breaks I am sure. It will be essential to stop and stretch our legs with the kids.

With this plan in action, we figured it would be around 5-6PM when we arrived at the WL! :love:

I am sure at that point, we will be tired and want to just relax and explore the Resort. We talked about getting room service or eating at Roarin Forks for dinner then hitting the sack! I know they have awesome table services, but I just KNOW we would be in for a melt down if we had a sit down dinner!! Anyway, we have a big day at MK planned for the next day :cheer2:

Abby will be missing 3 days of school in the process of our travels. My DH and I are very serious about her education so, this does concern me a little,especially now that she is in 1st grade. She missed 5 days last year to go, but she was just in Kindergarten. The teachers at her school are very use to student's missing to go to Disney b/c just about every car in the carpool line has a Disney sticker, license plate, or decal! So, I am sure she will understand. :teacher: Anyway, we are going to make sure to get her school work in advance and have it completed when we get back:thumbsup2

aaaateamsgrandma
08-12-2009, 10:25 PM
Katie

Ok, love the ring. My color also. I don't know how many kid free meals it will take to convince DH but you better start working on it. I can't believe your are driving. Don and I drive everywhere because we love to drive. But we don't have small children. I must admit our girls were good travelers as our grandchildren are.

WL, How awesome for you.

Abby will be fine missing 3 days of school. The teacher will give her some work that she can mess around with and have her do a report when she returns. The first time we ever went Sandi was in 1st grade, Sheri was 3 1/2. We drove. We are 24 hours away tho. Two there, two back, two days at the beach for me and 3 days at MK. No epcot yet. Seemed like we were gone forever, but what fun. The girls still talk about it.

I am so glad you are going to sneak in a few outfits. Can't wait to see them.

Ginny

BippityBoo
08-13-2009, 12:05 PM
Before I begin, just wanted to put up pages of last updates. I realize I am moving fast! School is about to begin for me, so I wanted to update a lot this week!

pg.3 Shopping and Resort Pick!
pg.4 Travel Day--Were Driving

Ok---so this post is all about the FOOD! I have to say that when we went to Disney on the Dining Plan...we LOVED the restaurants and food. The experience was great, and I am so looking forward to doing it again.

However....it WAS a LOT of food. So, in an effort to save some cash this trip, we will be utilizing the Quick Service dining. I think it is going to work out really well...especially because Aiden doesn't really sit through any meal at a restaurant these days:confused3

I have been researching QS options in the Magic Kingdom and in Epcot (the two parks we def. know we are going to). There are so many great options! This is going to be easier than I thought:thumbsup2

The deal w/QS dining is that you get two quick service meals a day and two snacks. We decided that not only are we going to utilize QS in the parks, but are also going to hit up some at the Resorts as well to get an overall unique experience and get to spend time at the Resorts too.

Well...here are out picks so far. Let me know if you have any suggestions!! Most of these will be eliminated and altered when I actually put our touring plans on paper. These are just the ones that were interesting to us:)

MAGIC KINGDOM

Breakfast---Main Street Bakery--want to try out the Cinnamon Rolls that everyone raves about!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs9.jpg

Lunch/Dinner

Pecos Bill!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs1.jpg

Columbia Harbour House!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs2.jpg

Snack:

A MUST---Aloha Isle---DOLE WHIP! Can't wait to try my first one:cloud9:

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs6.jpg

Plaza Icecream Parlor (of course!)

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs10.jpg

EPCOT:

Tangierine Cafe---Morocco--LOVE hummus and the restaurant looks really pretty.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs3.jpg

Rose and Crown--DH is excited about the beer:thumbsup2

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs4.jpg

Sunshine Season---Great option if we are there around lunch or dinner with our Soarin' fastpass. Possibly for a snack?

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs5.jpg

SNACKS:

Boulangerie Patisserie--Need to get the Napoleon! (think this is where you get it?)

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqd10.jpg

Rose and Crown--if we don't eat there for a meal.


RESORTS:

Of course-Roaring Forks at Wilderness Lodge!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs7.jpg

Captain Cooks--Poly! I hear they have TONGA TOAST there now!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs8.jpg

Gasparilla Grill---Grand Floridian---re-live our GF pizza days:lovestruc

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disqs11.jpg


Well, thats it so far! I am open to any suggestions! Want to say that we are going to make sure to see Canada, UK, France and Morocco this time (missed it last time), then make our way to Mexico and Norway for rides. My DH may want to go to San Angel Inn..hearing mixed reviews. We would be paying out of pocket, so let me know what you think!!

aaaateamsgrandma
08-13-2009, 12:41 PM
Such good choices for food. We so wanted to drink our way around Epcot but it didn't work out quite like that for us. So tell DH to have a beer for me, Don, Tim, Sandi, Sheri, and Mike. That should just about do him in. Sheri will be jealous you are getting hummus. She loves it.

We have a place here called Pineapple Whip. It is so cute. A little trailer with a hulu girl in a grass skirt on top. They are so close to the Dole Whip but they are fat free. Yummo.

BellaSoleil
08-13-2009, 12:51 PM
We are also driving. It's 14 hours for us. We are doing 10 the first day and 4 the next. Whew!!! I've been planning activites for Belle. We will have the portable DVD player, a coloring book, games, food, toys.... It's going to be interesting.

There is alot to do at WL. You will have a great time on your first night. If you can stay up late enough the Electrical Water Pageant is so much fun. I think it happens around 9:15.

Maybe we can meet up at Rose & Crown. G loves it there!!! Our boys can have a beer and we can take the kiddos to meet some characters.

DWGal210
08-13-2009, 04:23 PM
OMG Katie, your trip sounds like so much fun!!! I will miss you by a few days as we leave on the 4th, but you guys are going to have a great time!

I want to spread some pixie dust to you...check your PMs for a message from me :)

Take care!
Katie

BippityBoo
08-21-2009, 09:08 AM
Such good choices for food. We so wanted to drink our way around Epcot but it didn't work out quite like that for us. So tell DH to have a beer for me, Don, Tim, Sandi, Sheri, and Mike. That should just about do him in. Sheri will be jealous you are getting hummus. She loves it.

We have a place here called Pineapple Whip. It is so cute. A little trailer with a hulu girl in a grass skirt on top. They are so close to the Dole Whip but they are fat free. Yummo.

HAHA you crack me up:rotfl: I will have him drink himself silly in honor of you guys;)

That fat free "Dole Whip" sounds awesome!!! Do you get one every day!? I would:thumbsup2

BippityBoo
08-21-2009, 09:13 AM
We are also driving. It's 14 hours for us. We are doing 10 the first day and 4 the next. Whew!!! I've been planning activites for Belle. We will have the portable DVD player, a coloring book, games, food, toys.... It's going to be interesting.

There is alot to do at WL. You will have a great time on your first night. If you can stay up late enough the Electrical Water Pageant is so much fun. I think it happens around 9:15.

Maybe we can meet up at Rose & Crown. G loves it there!!! Our boys can have a beer and we can take the kiddos to meet some characters.

Wow Soleil!! 14 hours with a little one...you are brave:worship:

It will be FINE! I am always suprised how well Aiden does when I think he will be restless. You will have to share your games/toy ideas with me because we will need it too! Because our drive is under 10 hours, we decided not to stop to save money on the hotel. I hope we did not make a mistake:sad2:

We saw the Electrial Pageant last time we were at the GF. Great idea!! We could do that after dinner and Resort exploring! I am calling the travel agent today to book it:dance3: I still am in shock how close it is getting!

I just got your reply about my schedule...we do have one in place (especially since at this point we are only doing quick service dining so, no ADRs) I am going to post our first day tonight and I will PM you the rest if I can kind of piece together a quick plan on paper:lovestruc

BippityBoo
08-21-2009, 09:15 AM
OMG Katie, your trip sounds like so much fun!!! I will miss you by a few days as we leave on the 4th, but you guys are going to have a great time!

I want to spread some pixie dust to you...check your PMs for a message from me :)

Take care!
Katie

Awww, we will JUST miss eachother!!

Thanks for the compliments! Still can't believe how close it is getting:cheer2:

aaaateamsgrandma
08-21-2009, 09:15 AM
HAHA you crack me up:rotfl: I will have him drink himself silly in honor of you guys;)

That fat free "Dole Whip" sounds awesome!!! Do you get one every day!? I would:thumbsup2

I could drink myself silly with 2. But my girls. I taught them how to hold their own, and their husbands how to clean up after them when they didn't. :lmao:

I used to eat one regularly until Andy's Frozen Custard opened closer to home. Custard, lots of calories. Pineapple Whip, fat free. Such a choice. www.eatandys.com Check it out and you'll see what I'm up against. It is not a losing battle for me but a gaining one. :rotfl:

Have a good Friday.

Ginny

mom2mek
08-21-2009, 07:06 PM
A little late to the party, but I'm here reading along! I'm so excited for you to be going back! Wilderness Lodge is really pretty (never stayed there, but have eaten there)! Your plans are really shaping up and that trip will be here before you know it! :cool1:

Sara

amandaluvsgoofy
08-21-2009, 08:22 PM
WOW!! I am so excited you guys are going back already!! This will be so much fun! Plus you get to see Disney with the Christmas decor still up (my dream someday!)!
Your dining plans sound great! We ate at Tangierine Cafe in Morocco and LOVED it!
Good luck with the rest of your planning and I can't wait to read more!!

MissMet
08-26-2009, 09:13 PM
I'm in!

Love your TR & love your PTR too! :)

kaysmommie
08-27-2009, 06:19 PM
Hi Katie,
Just found your pretrip :cool1: and your plans look great so far! We love driving to Disney, takes us 10 hours. Thomas did great on his first long ride to Disney. You will love WL, we stayed there our first two family trips. We still love it there, only second to Poly for us. January should be really nice time to stay there. The boat ride is really nice to MK. They also have a boat that takes you Contemporary. You probably knew that already if you are OCD like me :laughing:. Since your going on a shorter trip probably good to do the QS dining plan. That saves you some time too. Waiting to hear more about your plans.

Nichole

cdotla
08-27-2009, 08:06 PM
Just joining and can't wait to hear all about your plans! :goodvibes

onelilspark
09-03-2009, 09:51 PM
:wave2: I just read through everything!

So you asked what I thought about food...ummm, well, I don't really have much to add! :lmao: It looks great, makes me hungry & excited for our trip actually!! You definitely picked the top places at both parks IMO.

And as for Wilderness Lodge, we stayed there when I was younger. We were upgraded to a bunk bed room, which at our ages was the coolest thing ever. (I think I was 11 or 12 and my brother was 8 or 9...so ewww don't want to share a bed with him!) My brother walked into the hotel and said to my Mom, "it's all my dreams come true!" It's one of her favorite memories of all of our trips. And WL remains one of the family's favorite hotels! You'll love it!

BippityBoo
09-05-2009, 12:02 PM
HI everyone:goodvibes

I know it has been a while since an update, but both my daughter and I started school again and it has been CRAZY! It is raining here today, so I will be able to get some updating done. Also, if you are new to the PTR, hello!:grouphug: I promise to write all of you back some time this afternoon when I get more time!

As far as this post goes, I am in need of help. I have been writing and re-writing my plans for our first day at the MK. I can not decide which way would be the best way to go.

Our main objective this day is to ride Splash (Abby's first ride!), Thunder Mount, Pirates and Haunted Mansion (all that we missed last time!). Also, to make sure to get a Dole Whip and eat at Columbia Harbour House. Take a look and let me know what you think. My main concern is jumping from Frontierland to Adventureland then back to Liberty Square...seems like lots of hopping around, passing through lands just to go back to it next.

Also, what to do after our Fantasyland tour? Afternoon parade or show (we missed both last time) or Tomorrowland for Buzz, Monster, etc?

MK DAY ONE
Breakfast in room
MK Opening Show!

FRONTIERLAND
Splash FP/ride
Thunder Mount FP/ride

LIBERTY SQUARE:
New Princess and Frog meet at Steamboat

ADVENTURE LAND:
Alladin's Carpet Ride
Aloha--Dole Whips!
Jungle Cruise

LIBERTY SQUARE (again)
Pirates
Haunted

Lunch @ Columbia Harbour House
(have DH fast pass Peter Pan--or whatever is the longest wait--while me and kids get food)

FANTASYLAND
Peter, Dumbo..pretty much all of them!!

NOW WHAT?! We are hoping that Aiden (2 yrs at that time) will take a nap in the double stroller. Also, keep in mind we will be hitting MK again for another full day. I was kind of wanting to save Tomorrowland, Toon Town and Main Street shopping till then :) Let me know your thoughts~ :rolleyes:

longing2Batdisney
09-05-2009, 01:51 PM
[COLOR="Indigo"]Hi! Katie!
I know I said I was going to sub awhile back...just never made the time, sorry:confused3

We went this past May and we drove! DS was two at the time!
We had figured the nine hour ride would take us about eleven with the stretch breaks for DS. We were suppose to leave for 6am instead hit the road for about 7 (trying to be sure we did not forget anything:eek:). we made really good time and decided since we were behind in time and didn't want any major meltdowns we stopped at the gulfport McDonald's for bfast (I know we should have tried to make it past Mobile. But, good thing we didn't...we get there DH goes to pay and NO WALLET:headache: So, we called my parents (they live about 5 mi from my house) and they met us at the Sam's with the wallet.

On the ride I packed DS's DVD player w/ about 5 Disney movies, we had coloring books; but, he played with his "Cars", and Disney figures (bath toys) in between watching movies. He did nap off and on and we stopped at just about EVERY rest stop we passed to let him run around just long enough to change his diaper and usually a few of us a potty break. (normally we do not try this). We stopped for lunch around 3:30 and finally made it with the rain and road construction to our condo around 10 pm!:scared1:

It had never taken us this long; I still blame it on the back track we lost 2.5 hrs to retrieving the wallet:rolleyes1. But, I would say a good trip should have taken us right at 10.5 hrs which if you figure it out from our second pass of gulfport that is probably what it took us. Next year I will be putting all of (DH)items on a list for him to check the night before! He was the reason we were late (he has psorasis and has several different creams--he was suppose to get together the night before).

and, again DS3 did great:thumbsup2

longing2Batdisney
09-05-2009, 01:56 PM
Katie your plans so far look really good!:thumbsup2
the idea of dbl tracking through some of the lands should not be too bad; this will probably give Aiden a break from being overwhelmed. I found that when I took a break with DS we were both better for it:rotfl2: and splitting it in two days is a great idea!

we did not use the DDP when we went; we ate QS/CS -OOP our entire trip! (because of the rain we ate at the resort most days) we are not big snackers and I sooooo wanted to try a Dole Whip but the line was outrageous:sad1:

but, from the comments I have followed on here sounds like you have some great places lined up! the only place I ate at MK was Pinnochio's (spelling)village; DS loved the mac n chees, there (it was the only place I knew of in MK--he is very picky and does not eat normal kid food)

BTW: I love the Cinderella ring....Great Choice!

Have a great day! and weekend!
:wave2:

ladybugmom
09-05-2009, 06:08 PM
I'm here Katie!! (finally, right?!) Love all of your updates!! YAY for Wilderness Lodge! A friend of mine stayed at Port Orleans Riverside and complained about how big the resort was and how long she had to wait to get on a bus and get out of the resort. So it sounds like you made a great choice! A tip on the Dole Whips--I would try the one that is pineapple/vanilla swirl. The plain pineapple one is a bit much IMO! And I'm excited what you have in store for your kiddos customs!! Sooo fun!! And LOVE the Cinderella ring!

DisneyFairy66
09-06-2009, 11:42 PM
catching up on your PTR!!! YAY for Wilderness Lodge!!!

onelilspark
09-07-2009, 07:03 AM
Pirates is over in Adventureland, so you should be okay there. And Haunted Mansion is right across from CHH, so you can easily ride that before (or after) lunch. I think it's a pretty good plan.

BippityBoo
09-07-2009, 10:33 PM
A little late to the party, but I'm here reading along! I'm so excited for you to be going back! Wilderness Lodge is really pretty (never stayed there, but have eaten there)! Your plans are really shaping up and that trip will be here before you know it!

Sara

[FONT="Georgia"]

Haha thats ok! Thanks so much for reading. I am still in denial that it is so close:rotfl: SO much to do!! Happy you are along for the ride!

WOW!! I am so excited you guys are going back already!! This will be so much fun! Plus you get to see Disney with the Christmas decor still up (my dream someday!)!
Your dining plans sound great! We ate at Tangierine Cafe in Morocco and LOVED it!
Good luck with the rest of your planning and I can't wait to read more!!

HI!! Yay--so excited you are reading. Tangierine Cafe is def. one that we are so excited about!! So happy to hear that you guys loved it. Def. confirms that we need to check it out!

I'm in!

Love your TR & love your PTR too! :)

Hello!! Thank you so much---so happy you are reading!

Hi Katie,
Just found your pretrip and your plans look great so far! We love driving to Disney, takes us 10 hours. Thomas did great on his first long ride to Disney. You will love WL, we stayed there our first two family trips. We still love it there, only second to Poly for us. January should be really nice time to stay there. The boat ride is really nice to MK. They also have a boat that takes you Contemporary. You probably knew that already if you are OCD like me . Since your going on a shorter trip probably good to do the QS dining plan. That saves you some time too. Waiting to hear more about your plans.

Nichole

Hey Nichole--Yay! So happy you found me!!Ohh---I will have to grill you about your trip at WL. And yes, we are OCD sisters! I am getting more confident about the QS plan....just hope Disney doesnt throw me a curveball and give free dining or something!! Pray for money off the Resort stay:banana:
Just joining and can't wait to hear all about your plans! :goodvibes

ever.[/I] (I think I was 11 or 12 and my brother was 8 or 9...so ewww don't want to share a bed with him!) My brother walked into the hotel and said to my Mom, "it's all my dreams come true!" It's one of her favorite memories of all of our trips. And WL remains one of the family's favorite hotels! You'll love it!

HELLO! So happy that you are reading!! Loved your last update by the way!
Funny you should mention the bunk beds! That is what my 6 year old is looking most forward to :rotfl:SO CUTE about your brother! Those moments are why we love Disney!!!

Katie your plans so far look really good!:thumbsup2
the idea of dbl tracking through some of the lands should not be too bad; this will probably give Aiden a break from being overwhelmed. I found that when I took a break with Ashton we were both better for it:rotfl2: and splitting it in two days is a great idea!

we did not use the DDP when we went; we ate QS/CS -OOP our entire trip! (because of the rain we ate at the resort most days) we are not big snackers and I sooooo wanted to try a Dole Whip but the line was outrageous:sad1:

but, from the comments I have followed on here sounds like you have some great places lined up! the only place I ate at MK was Pinnochio's (spelling)village; Ashotn loved the mac n chees, there (it was the only place I knew of in MK--he is very picky and does not eat normal kid food)

BTW: I love the Cinderella ring....Great Choice!

Have a great day! and weekend!
:wave2:

Hi! Katie!
I know I said I was going to sub awhile back...just never made the time, sorry:confused3

We went this past May and we drove! Ashton was two at the time!
We had figured the nine hour ride would take us about eleven with the stretch breaks for Ashton. We were suppose to leave for 6am instead hit the road for about 7 (trying to be sure we did not forget anything:eek:). we made really good time and decided since we were behind in time and didn't want any major meltdowns we stopped at the gulfport McDonald's for bfast (I know we should have tried to make it past Mobile. But, good thing we didn't...we get there Danny goes to pay and NO WALLET:headache: So, we called my parents (they live about 5 mi from my house) and they met us at the Slidell Sam's with the wallet.

On the ride I packed Ashton's DVD player w/ about 5 Disney movies, we had coloring books; but, he played with his "Cars", and Disney figures (bath toys) in between watching movies. He did nap off and on and we stopped at just about EVERY rest stop we passed to let him run around just long enough to change his diaper and usually a few of us a potty break. (normally we do not try this). We stopped for lunch around 3:30 and finally made it with the rain and road construction to our condo around 10 pm!:scared1:

It had never taken us this long; I still blame it on the back track we lost 2.5 hrs to retrieving the wallet:rolleyes1. But, I would say a good trip should have taken us right at 10.5 hrs which if you figure it out from our second pass of gulfport that is probably what it took us. Next year I will be putting all of Danny's (DH)items on a list for him to check the night before! He was the reason we were late (he has psorasis and has several different creams--he was suppose to get together the night before).

and, again Ashton did great:thumbsup2
if you stop by my past TR if you get a chance just skim along(it is not very entertaining:guilty: ) you can see the bag we packed for him!:thumbsup2 pg 3 post #35/36

:wave2: Connie from Poncy--just down the road!!!:grouphug:

WOW! We do live so close! Sorry for not writing you earlier! Ginny told me over PM a couple of days ago I never replied to you on her thread:hug: I dont have email notification, so I have NO idea who replies to any of my postings~!! Sorry again~

SO happy you are reading along. Sounds like your little one did great..please pray we have the same luck ;) The wallet story is CRAZY! I would have been going insane. haha.

Look forward to talking to you again!
I'm here Katie!! (finally, right?!) Love all of your updates!! YAY for Wilderness Lodge! A friend of mine stayed at Port Orleans Riverside and complained about how big the resort was and how long she had to wait to get on a bus and get out of the resort. So it sounds like you made a great choice! A tip on the Dole Whips--I would try the one that is pineapple/vanilla swirl. The plain pineapple one is a bit much IMO! And I'm excited what you have in store for your kiddos customs!! Sooo fun!! And LOVE the Cinderella ring!

YAY! Its Becky! My PTR is now in full swing!:worship:

I totally rely on your advice so I am so happy you are in. Thanks for the idea about the Dole Whip! I had a feeling I should get it swirl...would be too much pineapple the other way!

YES, heard the same about Port Orleans. May end up there if the deals are not good enough..sigh..the bus really freaks me out, so much waiting! We are just trying to keep costs down b/c of our mamma-jamma trip in December 2010. We shall see---PRAY for a good deal:goodvibes

catching up on your PTR!!! YAY for Wilderness Lodge!!!

Thanks for reading! So happy you are on board!

Pirates is over in Adventureland, so you should be okay there. And Haunted Mansion is right across from CHH, so you can easily ride that before (or after) lunch. I think it's a pretty good plan.


OOPS, thought Pirates was in Liberty Square! We totally missed that part of the park last time. Cant wait to ride it:banana:

Sounds great about CHH being so close to HM! We will def. do that! Thanks:hug:

stacikristine
09-09-2009, 11:34 AM
Hi Katie! I don't know how I missed this. I think I tried to sub to it earlier and it deleted my subscription :headache: All of your plans sound so great!! :thumbsup2

I think you should go to ride Splash first if that's what Abby wants, and then head over to Fantasyland. Those rides fill up really quickly. Everyone goes to Fantasyland. So the earlier the better (in my opinion). Plus, I think both of your kiddos would like them. It was my little sister's favorite part when she was little and my cousins' when they were. But since you're going in January, everything will be pretty slow...so whatever will be great!!

Oh--and your meal plans sound fantastic!! My aunt/uncle and their family did the quick service dining and loved it. They liked not being tied down to restaurants and ADRs. One thing to note. The pastry shop in France...I'm pretty sure it takes a counter service credit. If not, it's two snacks. You might check into it before you get to the cash register.

Oh--and your ring is gorgeous! Did you say you're thinking about getting it, or you already did? So pretty :goodvibes Can't wait to hear about more of your plans!

BippityBoo
09-09-2009, 02:15 PM
Hey Staci!!

Thanks for the advice! We are hitting up Fronteirland, Adventure and Liberty because we skipped out on mostly all of the rides on our last trip. We spent LOTS of time in Fantasyland, Toon Town, etc and really missed the boat on all of the above and Tomorrowland too! So---keeping in mind that Fantasyland could very well take us 1/2 of a day b/c we love all of the rides, I decided to break the trip up into 2 full MK days.

Day 1) Frontier, Adventure, Liberty and some Fantasy if the lines are slow
Also, catch an afternoon parade, shop, etc.

Day 2) Mainly Fantasyland and Tomorrow. We will go straight to Fantasy this morning to beat the crowds (through the castle of course!!). Followed by Tomorrowland. Then, after naps, spectro and wishes!

What do you think? Will it be do-able to see all of the things I mentioned in Day 1?

Thank you SO much for the tip on the snack in France! I will totally look into it---gotta love DIS friends:hug:

And no, I have not gotten the ring yet, but hoping Santa will bring it to me :santa:

BippityBoo
09-11-2009, 03:35 PM
Hey guys..not a big deal...but for those of you who aren't reading my TR, here is my latest post...

Hey Guys

Long story, but...my husband and I decided it would be best to take the pics of the kids off of the internet (facebook, DIS, etc.) Obviously, our kid's safety is number one in our book so, this is the best way to protect them. Nothing bad has happened! We just want to be safe.

On that note, it does make me sad because I do not want to lose anyone on the TR and my PTR! In order to keep it interesting, I will have to step it up with my writing and take lots of pics of the scenery, buildings, etc. Think Emma (AG Princess)---who does an INCREDIBLE job of trip report writing while taking pics of the back of her head and her American Girl doll. You should check her trip reports out...

Anyways, now that I have made lots of DIS friends, I know ya'll will come along with me and you know what we look like so, use your imaginations! :lmao:

And don't worry, I will definately still post pics of the kid's outfits!! Wouldn't want you to miss out on that!! Thanks for your understanding :grouphug:

I hope to post more tonight...we are getting close:cheer2:

onelilspark
09-12-2009, 10:16 AM
Always important to do what's best for your family ::yes::

BippityBoo
09-12-2009, 12:57 PM
Thank you so much for understanding:hug:

I was worried b/c no one was replying to my post (except 2 PMs). I persoally think that posting pics is ok, but want to support my family.

ANYWAYS---now that I have you here, what is the best thing to order for breakfast at Main Street Bakery? Cinnamon Roll or French Toast!? :confused3

longing2Batdisney
09-12-2009, 01:10 PM
I'm still here :upsidedow and I know Ginny is too! I can't give advise in food! We have never really been into the disney dining experience. But, I heard the cinnamon rolls were to die for!
I had actually thought of checking them out this past trip (I had just learned about them on the Dis, right before we left). The advise was to stop on your way out of the park for breakfast the next morning! Well, everyone there that night must have had the same idea :lmao:

aaaateamsgrandma
09-12-2009, 08:51 PM
Katie, did you have any luck finding the site to register Abby? Be sure tosend me the link.

BippityBoo
09-12-2009, 10:40 PM
YES!!! Thank you soo much for the info!

Chris and I brainstormed, and we came up with a great idea! I wont be able to take the pic for a week or two, but it said that 60% of the score was for creativity, so we are going to be creative!

Thank you so so so much for telling me about it! You will be the first one notified when I post it princess:princess:princess:

BTW: Did you see this?!!! Amazing!
Copy and paste this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08W5Os-Wnj0

BippityBoo
09-12-2009, 10:43 PM
I'm still here :upsidedow and I know Ginny is too! I can't give advise in food! We have never really been into the disney dining experience. But, I heard the cinnamon rolls were to die for!
I had actually thought of checking them out this past trip (I had just learned about them on the Dis, right before we left). The advise was to stop on your way out of the park for breakfast the next morning! Well, everyone there that night must have had the same idea :lmao:

Good tip...thanks! And got your PM! I think it is a good idea to limit it, but we shouldnt go too overboard. I do not want to live my life in fear, however, I do want to be a little more selective, you know? Talk to you soon!

BippityBoo
09-12-2009, 10:44 PM
Katie, did you have any luck finding the site to register Abby? Be sure tosend me the link.

YES!!! Thank you soo much for the info!

Chris and I brainstormed, and we came up with a great idea! I wont be able to take the pic for a week or two, but it said that 60% of the score was for creativity, so we are going to be creative!

Thank you so so so much for telling me about it! You will be the first one notified when I post it princess:princess:princess:

BTW: Did you see this?!!! Amazing!
Copy and paste this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08W5Os-Wnj0

ladybugmom
09-12-2009, 10:49 PM
I hate that we won't be able to see pics of your beautiful family but I can understand your reasoning. And you know how excited I am about the new Fantasyland!!! Whoo hoo!!! :cheer2:princess::cheer2:

BippityBoo
09-12-2009, 10:53 PM
Thanks Becky :hug:

I just wrote you back about the expansion. We are just going crazy over here....SO exciting! An Alaskan Cruise, Expanded Fantasyland, Hawaii DVC Resort...Disney is making sure we spend our vacation time with them for the next 10 years and I am happy to do so :cool1:

ladybugmom
09-12-2009, 10:57 PM
Thanks Becky :hug:

I just wrote you back about the expansion. We are just going crazy over here....SO exciting! An Alaskan Cruise, Expanded Fantasyland, Hawaii DVC Resort...Disney is making sure we spend our vacation time with them for the next 10 years and I am happy to do so :cool1:

Same here my friend!! And I'm so thankful that Brent is on the same page!! Hey--did you apply for the Moms Panel?

BippityBoo
09-12-2009, 11:06 PM
Yes I did!!! I have been meaning to ask you if you did, but I guess I forgot :lovestruc

I am not really expecting to get too far, but it is good to keep trying each year! I think that panel was made for me and you princess:

ladybugmom
09-12-2009, 11:24 PM
Yes I did!!! I have been meaning to ask you if you did, but I guess I forgot :lovestruc

I am not really expecting to get too far, but it is good to keep trying each year! I think that panel was made for me and you princess:

I haven't yet but was looking at the questions last night. 100 words isn't too much--you know (I could write a book)?! It's worth a try, right? I agree and how fun would it be to be able to do that together?!

BippityBoo
09-13-2009, 09:31 AM
Being a future English teacher, 100 words was absolutely horrible for me!! I had to write and re-write, count, count, count. It took me about two weeks to make my answers. I have to warn you, I think they stop at 20,000 if it gets to that number before the cut off date. So, get it in fast girl! Last time it got to max in a week or two, but I think they were only taking 10,000 at that time.

BippityBoo
09-13-2009, 07:39 PM
I haven't yet but was looking at the questions last night. 100 words isn't too much--you know (I could write a book)?! It's worth a try, right? I agree and how fun would it be to be able to do that together?!

Being a future English teacher, 100 words was absolutely horrible for me!! I had to write and re-write, count, count, count. It took me about two weeks to make my answers. I have to warn you, I think they stop at 20,000 if it gets to that number before the cut off date. So, get it in fast girl! Last time it got to max in a week or two, but I think they were only taking 10,000 at that time.
__________________

BippityBoo
09-13-2009, 07:44 PM
Problem solved, guys! My good DIS friend, JO, reminded me that I can block the kid's faces out of the pics. I have been in a funk all weekend figuring out how to solve the problem

Also, some of you are concerned that my taking the photos off is because of DIS!!! I assure you that it is not! I had been asked (along with all moms) at my daughter's school to take school related pics off of facebook. My husband made a comment that he "doesn't think kid's pics should be on the internet". WOOPS. Also, my in-law's had voiced their concerns last week about it. SO, to make my family happy and keep my kids safe, I took them off. But, thanks to JO, we can keep posting :goodvibes

onelilspark
09-13-2009, 08:26 PM
I would ordinarily recommend the French Toast Loaf at the Main Street Bakery, but they took it away :sad: So, I guess that solves that!

aaaateamsgrandma
09-14-2009, 09:58 AM
Thanks Becky :hug:

I just wrote you back about the expansion. We are just going crazy over here....SO exciting! An Alaskan Cruise, Expanded Fantasyland, Hawaii DVC Resort...Disney is making sure we spend our vacation time with them for the next 10 years and I am happy to do so :cool1:

I so think you need someone to take care of your little ones on these trips. I can easily become available. :hug:

aaaateamsgrandma
09-14-2009, 10:02 AM
Katie, I am so glad you are able to work out your situation. I know that I along with lots of diser's love to see your beautiful children. You know me Ms. Naive just live my life and trust everyone, I don't even think some things are possible cause I'm always seeing the positve and forget that there really are not so nice people out there.

Have a great day.

Ginny

stacikristine
09-14-2009, 10:27 AM
Hey Katie! Sorry about the problems...but I'm glad you got them solved!! :goodvibes You have such a precious family. I know you're going to have a fantastic trip! And I LOVE Emma's TRs...so don't worry about losing a reader here! :thumbsup2

I think your MK plans sound excellent! Good plan for doing part of the stuff on the first day and the other part on the second day! I think you'll be able to do a lot. But even if you can't get everything, you'll get most of it done! :goodvibes And your kids will love doing things they haven't done before!

dax248
09-14-2009, 12:40 PM
Joining up for the journey!

I love following your trip report. Glad you got the picture issues figured out.

Also, you are going to LOVE WL. We were there in April and it was AMAZING! It was my first time back as an adult. Lately we had been staying in AKL, but what a treat.

Oh, Jan is a great time to come to Fl normally. It is one of the few months that even us native Floridians live for... ah... less humidity.:love:

BippityBoo
09-17-2009, 07:24 PM
Hello Everyone!! Hope this post finds you doing well.

Lets get back to planning :cool1:

First order of business is that we actually booked our trip last week through our new travel agent, Angela!! I paid the deposit and I got that magical email where it confirms that your vacation will actually come true :love:

I was a little hesitant to use a travel agent. My friend Becky, ladybugmom, reccomended her to me and I must say that I am really happy! As someone who can not give up control...this was not an easy step for me :rotfl:

However, she communicates with me so well and I am sure I will be even more impressed when we start to make ADRs more towards the trip time. She also sends us tips about ride waits and times and ADR numbers on laminated notecards to carry with us in the parks!

I know some of you are thinking "ADRs??!? Thought they were using Quick Service dining?" WE STILL ARE! However, Chris decided that we should probably schedule at least one Table Service while we are there and pay out of pocket. After all, we are going to be surrounded by all of these amazing restaurants...it will be hard to resist. Some ideas we had were:

1) Kona Breakfast
2) San Angel Inn Lunch or Dinner
3) Crystal Palace Breakfast
4) Liberty Inn Lunch or Dinner
5) Whispering Canyon Dinner

I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU GUYS! Please weigh in on which one you would pick and why! :wizard:

Now, onto SHOPPING!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DIScrocs.jpg

I wanted to let ya'll know about an amazing deal. On crocs.com, they are offering a 2 for 1 deal on many crocs, especially certain sizes in the Disney Crocs!! :banana: As if that wasn't good enough, they are throwing in free shipping! Be sure to check it out...

http://www.crocs.com/crocs-disney-mickey-mouse-kids-cayman/10036,default,pd.html?cgid=girls-bogo

I have been brainstorming on my kid's outfits (much to my DH's dismay:laughing:) We decided to meet half way and I am going to be economical, right? Well, I had a brillant idea (or at least I think so) and came up with a long-all to order Aiden that is reversable. I can especially use one of the sides for his upcoming 2nd birthday party AND Disney. I have been racking my brain to figure out what his party theme should be. I decided on a circus theme and found this adorable option:

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DISoutfit.gif

So like I said, I can use it for Disney too! Saves me about $40 for not having to buy a birthday outfit.

How can I use it for Disney too?

Well, most of you know that my kid's outfits always have characters that relate in some way. If Aiden will be wearing a Circus themed outfit, what do you think Abby will be wearing? Remember, it is Disney related and here is a hint...it is in honor of one element of the new Fantasyland expansion!! Would love to hear your guess...I am sure you got it by now ;)

One last note is that I applied for the Disney World Mom's Panel 2010 :cheer2:


http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DISmomspanel.jpg



I know that it is a long shot, but I wanted to experience it and get my feet wet. I really spoke from the heart and showed my personality (like my DIS friend Jo suggested to do). Who else applied? I would love to know...Good Luck to everyone who did :grouphug:

UP NEXT** EPCOT TOURING PLANS

BippityBoo
09-17-2009, 07:33 PM
Katie, I am so glad you are able to work out your situation. I know that I along with lots of diser's love to see your beautiful children. You know me Ms. Naive just live my life and trust everyone, I don't even think some things are possible cause I'm always seeing the positve and forget that there really are not so nice people out there.

Have a great day.

Ginny


Awww thanks Ginny! I too am very naive. What happened to being able to let your kid's play outside and showing their pics to strangers? I will never know...but better safe than sorry!

I think it is awesome that you are so positive. We need more people like you in this world:flower3:

Hey Katie! Sorry about the problems...but I'm glad you got them solved!! :goodvibes You have such a precious family. I know you're going to have a fantastic trip! And I LOVE Emma's TRs...so don't worry about losing a reader here! :thumbsup2

I think your MK plans sound excellent! Good plan for doing part of the stuff on the first day and the other part on the second day! I think you'll be able to do a lot. But even if you can't get everything, you'll get most of it done! :goodvibes And your kids will love doing things they haven't done before!

Staci!! SO happy to see that you are feeling better :hug: I was worried about you for a minute! Would be just awful to be sick at Disney!!

Thanks for sticking it through with me! I love reading your TR, so it means a lot. Also, I agree. Breaking up MK in two days will afford us the opportunity to see everything we want to see. Until the expansion that is!! Well, then we will have an excuse to add an extra day to our trips in the future, right? HAVE FUN!!! :cheer2:

Joining up for the journey!

I love following your trip report. Glad you got the picture issues figured out.

Also, you are going to LOVE WL. We were there in April and it was AMAZING! It was my first time back as an adult. Lately we had been staying in AKL, but what a treat.

Oh, Jan is a great time to come to Fl normally. It is one of the few months that even us native Floridians live for... ah... less humidity.:love:

Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!! AKL would be amazing! We are waiting for the kids to get a little older and less wanting to go down for naps and less relying on the MK. SOOO happy to hear you love the WL! I am so excited!

aaaateamsgrandma
09-17-2009, 08:08 PM
Love your plans Katie. So far so good. And is my Abby going to have a Dumbo on her outfit by chance? Just a wild guess for sure.

I hope you make the Mom's panel. I think you would do very well. The only other one I'm aware of is Jaycns. She's pretty awesome herself.

I think Kona for breakfast sounds good. We enjoyed Liberty Inn when we ate there before. Not crazy of San Angel Inn and I have no knowledge of the others. I know you will make good decisions.

Ginny

And I love the crocs

mom2mek
09-17-2009, 09:04 PM
Hi Katie! I have been reading along with your plans and they are sounding great so far! Congrats on booking WL!!!


If you aren't going to have any other TS meals, my vote would be Crystal Palace breakfast, preferably prior to opening. It's the only one you have on there that is a character meal, and I just think that those are a great way of getting in some character interaction with your age kids without waiting in lines for characters - plus the food is very good!!

Kona breakfast is out of this world and we loved the Whispering Canyon for dinner, but I can't comment on Liberty Tree or San Angel - those are two we haven't tried yet!

Sara

onelilspark
09-18-2009, 07:28 AM
If you have a day you know is going to be a long day, like you're going and taking an early nap and then staying later, I'd schedule a dinner on that day. Or if you're getting started early and then taking a late nap, schedule lunch on that day. When we went with QSDP I scheduled a late lunch on our day when we weren't taking a mid-day break (obviously easier for me since we're all adults!) And it was heaven-sent to just sit down for an hour or so in the a/c and relax.

Or, my other suggestion would be to schedule breakfast on a day you're not going to the parks or on your last day. For our upcoming trip we have the QSDP which was added after we booked ADRs. We kept Kona for breakfast on our last day because we have my parents coming up and meeting with us. We're also not doing a park that day.

Also, if you're counting pennies, it's good to keep in mind that breakfast & lunch are less expensive than dinners.

Edit: Good luck on the Mom's Panel! I almost applied, even though I don't have kids. I think it would be good to have a "we go as couples" perspective, so I did think about it. Ironically though, I've used up all my vacation time going to Disney this year, so I can't go in December! :rotfl: I could probably squeeze it in, I mean, I have all my sick time ;) But that's dishonest and I don't think I could do it. So I figure I'll apply next year. I'll still fit their criteria of going at least once in 12 months and I don't plan on using as much Vacation Time! ...sorry, I got Side Tracked. But yes, good luck!!!! :banana:

BippityBoo
09-18-2009, 08:33 AM
Love your plans Katie. So far so good. And is my Abby going to have a Dumbo on her outfit by chance? Just a wild guess for sure.

I hope you make the Mom's panel. I think you would do very well. The only other one I'm aware of is Jaycns. She's pretty awesome herself.

I think Kona for breakfast sounds good. We enjoyed Liberty Inn when we ate there before. Not crazy of San Angel Inn and I have no knowledge of the others. I know you will make good decisions.

Ginny

And I love the crocs

Thanks Ginny!! Hearing great things about Liberty Square. Are there characters there??

Hi Katie! I have been reading along with your plans and they are sounding great so far! Congrats on booking WL!!!


If you aren't going to have any other TS meals, my vote would be Crystal Palace breakfast, preferably prior to opening. It's the only one you have on there that is a character meal, and I just think that those are a great way of getting in some character interaction with your age kids without waiting in lines for characters - plus the food is very good!!

Kona breakfast is out of this world and we loved the Whispering Canyon for dinner, but I can't comment on Liberty Tree or San Angel - those are two we haven't tried yet!

Sara

Thanks Sara!! The decision will be sooo hard. If we do any breakfast, it will probably be the day we leave. So, I am leaning towards Kona just because we are staying in the Poly next December, so it would be kind of neat to see it right before we leave...and then see it again in Dec :banana:

However, Liberty food always looks amazing. And of course Crystal Palace is a must do for most people...hear that is great too...ahh what to do? Thanks for the imput!!!

If you have a day you know is going to be a long day, like you're going and taking an early nap and then staying later, I'd schedule a dinner on that day. Or if you're getting started early and then taking a late nap, schedule lunch on that day. When we went with QSDP I scheduled a late lunch on our day when we weren't taking a mid-day break (obviously easier for me since we're all adults!) And it was heaven-sent to just sit down for an hour or so in the a/c and relax.

Or, my other suggestion would be to schedule breakfast on a day you're not going to the parks or on your last day. For our upcoming trip we have the QSDP which was added after we booked ADRs. We kept Kona for breakfast on our last day because we have my parents coming up and meeting with us. We're also not doing a park that day.

Also, if you're counting pennies, it's good to keep in mind that breakfast & lunch are less expensive than dinners.

Edit: Good luck on the Mom's Panel! I almost applied, even though I don't have kids. I think it would be good to have a "we go as couples" perspective, so I did think about it. Ironically though, I've used up all my vacation time going to Disney this year, so I can't go in December! :rotfl: I could probably squeeze it in, I mean, I have all my sick time ;) But that's dishonest and I don't think I could do it. So I figure I'll apply next year. I'll still fit their criteria of going at least once in 12 months and I don't plan on using as much Vacation Time! ...sorry, I got Side Tracked. But yes, good luck!!!! :banana:


HAHA love to hear all of your vacation time woes :laughing:

I am not working yet, but I can assume that it is really a headache to schedule trips. Also, you should totally apply for the Panel next year! That would be a great addition of trips from young couples.

Thanks for the dining adivice. We are definately on the same page. With the TS, we can pay a little more. So, the money is not that much of an issue, although it is always good to save what you can. My problems with dinner is that my kids could be fussy waking up for naps. And, like you said, dinner time is always crowded. Read my post above about Kona. Thanks again for your help!! I consider you the dining queen princess:

onelilspark
09-18-2009, 08:54 AM
Haha...ooo, Dining Queen! princess: ...I think I just like food :rotfl:

Breakfast at the Poly is great. And since you have little ones, I'd lean towards a character meal. If mornings are easier, the suggestion of Crystal Palace breakfast before the park opens is awesome. It's on my to do list! Cape May Cafe is one of my favorite Character breakfasts. I tend to do the breakfasts for character meals over lunch or dinner just because I'm not a huge fan of buffets in general, but I can tolerate breakfast buffets. It's more of a personal thing. My friend, who's in Disney now just did 1900 Park Fare and had a horrible time...the manager actually argued with them!! So that's coming off my list of recommended restaurants for now.

stacikristine
09-18-2009, 09:53 AM
Hi Katie! Congrats on applying for the Mom's Panel! I hope you get it :wizard: I think your outfit for Aiden sounds so cute! And the expansion sounds soo great! Even if we don't have kids yet, I'm so, so excited about all of the princess stuff :goodvibes

longing2Batdisney
09-18-2009, 10:17 AM
Hello! Katie
Good Luck! on the mom's panel!
love the outfit for Aiden and will it be Dumbo for you little princess! I like the idea of CP w/the characters and getting into MK early. I want to try Kona and Whispering Canyon so those are the other two I would think about. Whispering Canyon could be planned on a long day to take a break and since it is at your selected resort it should make a nice break to maybe hit the pool (suppose to be heated right) freshen up and dinner.

Happy planning! :wave2:
Connie

mom2mek
09-18-2009, 02:29 PM
Have you thought about 'Ohana for breakfast? It would get you at the Poly on your last day so you could preview it for the next trip, but you would also have character interaction for the kids. I have never been for breakfast (only dinner), so I can't personally attest to the food, but it sure sounds yummy! Plus, as a mother of 3, I always prefer family style over buffet! Just a thought....it's on my list of places to try with the kids next time! But man, I do love some Tonga Toast from Kona! Yum! :love:

Sara

BippityBoo
09-20-2009, 10:40 PM
Haha...ooo, Dining Queen! princess: ...I think I just like food :rotfl:

Breakfast at the Poly is great. And since you have little ones, I'd lean towards a character meal. If mornings are easier, the suggestion of Crystal Palace breakfast before the park opens is awesome. It's on my to do list! Cape May Cafe is one of my favorite Character breakfasts. I tend to do the breakfasts for character meals over lunch or dinner just because I'm not a huge fan of buffets in general, but I can tolerate breakfast buffets. It's more of a personal thing. My friend, who's in Disney now just did 1900 Park Fare and had a horrible time...the manager actually argued with them!! So that's coming off my list of recommended restaurants for now.

I agree with you. I think the character breakfast is the way to go. Either Crystal Palace or Ohana. You know, we will probably chose Ohana just b.c I do not think we will have park tickets for the day we leave, so that would be a great way to get the character interaction without paying the price for the park!!

Also, we did 1900 park fare for Dinner. We had a great experience, BUT I did notice lots of people arguing with the manager/CMs. Seemed to be lots of confusion!

Hi Katie! Congrats on applying for the Mom's Panel! I hope you get it :wizard: I think your outfit for Aiden sounds so cute! And the expansion sounds soo great! Even if we don't have kids yet, I'm so, so excited about all of the princess stuff :goodvibes

It will be amazing!! I told my husband I dont know who is more excited, me or Abby!! haha. You are in WDW right now as I am typing this....I am sooo jealous! Hope you had a great time.

Hello! Katie
Good Luck! on the mom's panel!
love the outfit for Aiden and will it be Dumbo for you little princess! I like the idea of CP w/the characters and getting into MK early. I want to try Kona and Whispering Canyon so those are the other two I would think about. Whispering Canyon could be planned on a long day to take a break and since it is at your selected resort it should make a nice break to maybe hit the pool (suppose to be heated right) freshen up and dinner.

Happy planning! :wave2:
Connie

OOhhhh great tip about the pool! Did not know it was heated!!
Also, def. keeping CP in mind for our last MK day. But, was also thinking Ohana/Kona for breakfast on the last day when we wont have park tickets (travel day). I will keep you posted! Thanks for writing me!!

Have you thought about 'Ohana for breakfast? It would get you at the Poly on your last day so you could preview it for the next trip, but you would also have character interaction for the kids. I have never been for breakfast (only dinner), so I can't personally attest to the food, but it sure sounds yummy! Plus, as a mother of 3, I always prefer family style over buffet! Just a thought....it's on my list of places to try with the kids next time! But man, I do love some Tonga Toast from Kona! Yum! :love:

Sara

Sara,
Thanks sooo much for the advice! I forgot Ohana was the one with the Stitch characters, right? I think we will probably chose that over Kona just for the character interaction. Another positive is that we will not have park tickets for that day, so it will be wise not to pay to get into the parks just for breakfast, but it will still be fun for the kids! I am sure we can have our luggage held at the front desk at the Wilderness Lodge for us while we go eat. Thanks for your advice!! Always need good Mommy help.

aaaateamsgrandma
09-21-2009, 10:15 AM
We loved Ohana for breakfast. The food was good, served family style. They had bacon, sausage (really good) potatoes, scrambled eggs. Really good breads and juice. Lots of fruit. They will bring all you want of any of it. Our cm was very attentive. She had our table of 9 and two other tables of 8 or more. Very busy. Kept our coffee cups full also. The boys enjoyed the characters. Stitch was great. He treated Alex extra special which was good since it was his first trip to Disney. All in all a very good experience.

mom2mek
09-21-2009, 10:43 AM
Sara,
Thanks sooo much for the advice! I forgot Ohana was the one with the Stitch characters, right? I think we will probably chose that over Kona just for the character interaction. Another positive is that we will not have park tickets for that day, so it will be wise not to pay to get into the parks just for breakfast, but it will still be fun for the kids! I am sure we can have our luggage held at the front desk at the Wilderness Lodge for us while we go eat. Thanks for your advice!! Always need good Mommy help.

Yes, 'Ohana has the Stitch characters there for breakfast, but also Mickey and Pluto! :thumbsup2 Mickey is all decked out in his Hawaiian attire! Too cute! :yay:

Sara

BippityBoo
09-21-2009, 10:54 AM
Woohoo! On to EPCOT. Please keep in mind that these are very loose plans...much room for improvement so let me know your thoughts!! Again, like I said before, our main objective of the trip is to hit up rides we love/did not have time for on our last trip. So, most of my schedules reflect our overall "checklist" of must do's.

My biggest question of this plan is do you think I will need to go fastpass Test Track? I am not sure how easy it is to get on/loading times because we did not ride it last time. Please see the beginning of my plans and let me know what you think. Remember, I am sure it will be a little slow b/c it will be January 8th, but I think the marathon is that weekend, so it may be picking up a little at this point.

EPCOT Day 2

Make it for the opening.
Rent Stroller.
Katie to Test Track to get fastpass
Chris, kids head to Soarin.
Ride Soarin
Nemo Ride/ Turtle Talk w/ Crush
Spaceship Earth
Snack @ Electric Umbrella or vendor
Figment (if running early---skip if running late)
Test Track

World Showcase:

Canada (tour)
UK (tour)
France (tour)
Lunch @ Tangerine Café-Morocco
Take “friendship boat” back to Showcase Plaza
Mexico(tour-Ride boat ride)
Norway (Maelstrom!!)

At this point, we would have done everything on our “must do” checklist. We will either head back to WL for a nap, or continue touring more countries. If we decide on the nap, then we will definitely come back to tour at night and watch Illuminations.

We LOVE Epcot...can't wait to hear the music :goodvibes Getting SO pumped!

I am also about to order their outfits (in about two weeks), so look for that update soon :cheer2:

Thanks for reading :grouphug:

longing2Batdisney
09-21-2009, 10:59 AM
sounds like a great plan, Katie. I don't know if you know this or not but you can rent a stroller for the week; that way you don't have to go through th actual renting each day! you may want to check into this (that way all you do is pick up a stroller and go)!

and on your way out grab a FP for what ever your favorite ride is so when you go back that evening you can walk right on!

Have a great day! looking forward to the new outfits...
:wave2:

kaysmommie
09-21-2009, 08:59 PM
Hi Katie,
All your Epcot plans look great! The travel agent Angela sounds great too. I know how hard it is to give up control over your reservations :goodvibes. As far as ADR's IMO I would toss San Angel Inn off the list. The CS in Mexico is much better than the TS. Whispering Canyon is really fun and has good food, nothing fancy though. But if you want to do a character breakfast I would go with 'Ohana or Crystal Palace. More fun for the kids. Good luck with the moms panel. I didn't try this year because of everything that has been going on lately. I wanted to but I just could not find the time to write this year. But I sure hope some of my DIS friends get picked :).

TexasBelle
09-21-2009, 09:12 PM
BippityBoo
Hey BelleSoliel just let me know that we are all going to be in Disney at the same time.. How fun is that. I want be busy tomorrow at work so I'm going to read your trip report. We are also staying at Wilderness Lodge.
Looking forward to checking out your PreTrip report and other things.
TexasBelle
Carolyn

DWGal210
09-22-2009, 08:56 AM
Hey Katie!! So sorry I have been MIA on your PTR...I am a bad friend! ;) Sounds like your plans are great - you guys are going to have an awesome time!! I am bummed that we are going to miss each other, but maybe another time, you never know!

Take care!!

BippityBoo
09-23-2009, 05:21 PM
Hey all!!

Back for more advice...

I was looking at the current Disney Visa special. It is still 0% for 6 months and looks like they are giving a $40 credit. I am curious-- I know some of you said you got gift cards, percents off of your room, etc. in the past. Can anyone remember what the special was last Nov/Dec?? We are considering using this as another way to save and paying it off right away when we get back so we don't have to pay interest. Any ideas/thoughts?

On another note, my Travel Agent says that the free dining deal is up in 3 days. She is expecting to hear about the January deals around then!! We are anxiously awaiting the info! I am praying for an AWESOME deal!!

Also, I still am curious as to if I need to fastpass Test Track when we get into EPCOT. We are going to Soarin, Nemo/Turtle Talk and snack before, so it will probably be around 10 or 10:30 when we get to TT. Thanks guys :yay:

emcreative
09-23-2009, 05:23 PM
[SIZE="4"][COLOR="Magenta"][FONT="Georgia"]Woohoo! On to EPCOT. Please keep in mind that these are very loose plans...much room for improvement so let me know your thoughts!! Again, like I said before, our main objective of the trip is to hit up rides we love/did not have time for on our last trip. So, most of my schedules reflect our overall "checklist" of must do's.

My biggest question of this plan is do you think I will need to go fastpass Test Track? I am not sure how easy it is to get on/loading times because we did not ride it last time. Please see the beginning of my plans and let me know what you think. Remember, I am sure it will be a little slow b/c it will be January 8th, but I think the marathon is that weekend, so it may be picking up a little at this point.

EPCOT Day 2

Make it for the opening.
Rent Stroller.

If you are the first stroller rental of the day...you get it for FREE! Wow was that a fantastic surprise! (We had very early breakfast ressies but stopped for the stroller first).

Good luck!

longing2Batdisney
09-23-2009, 05:25 PM
can't help with the visa...but sounds like a good plan!?!

as for TT...I'm sure ya'll are going at a slow time of the year and the standbys will not be long...BUT, if it were us...I would have one of you go by get it and than hit the right side of the park, have your snack , and be ready for TT!

good planning!

BippityBoo
09-23-2009, 06:35 PM
can't help with the visa...but sounds like a good plan!?!

as for TT...I'm sure ya'll are going at a slow time of the year and the standbys will not be long...BUT, if it were us...I would have one of you go by get it and than hit the right side of the park, have your snack , and be ready for TT!

good planning!

Thanks!!! I think that we are going to do it just to be on the safe side. That was our exact plan, hit the right side then ride TT. Immediately after TT, we will go to the World Showcase. It should be about time for it to open, so it is perfect timing considering TT is by the entrance. Any experience with Figment? I am trying to get some more info from ppl with kids.

If you are the first stroller rental of the day...you get it for FREE! Wow was that a fantastic surprise! (We had very early breakfast ressies but stopped for the stroller first).



Good luck!

Woohoo! What a great tip! And, I love a competitive challange (ha!) Great excuse to get breakfast reservations! I was not aware that the stroller rental opened that early. Also, is there a limit to how many times you can use it throught your stay?

BippityBoo
09-23-2009, 06:48 PM
sounds like a great plan, Katie. I don't know if you know this or not but you can rent a stroller for the week; that way you don't have to go through th actual renting each day! you may want to check into this (that way all you do is pick up a stroller and go)!

and on your way out grab a FP for what ever your favorite ride is so when you go back that evening you can walk right on!

Have a great day! looking forward to the new outfits...
:wave2:

Ohhh great idea about fast pass on the way out :thumbsup2 Also, love the week long rental idea. Do you get it when you go to your first park, or do you order it ahead of time?



Hi Katie,
All your Epcot plans look great! The travel agent Angela sounds great too. I know how hard it is to give up control over your reservations :goodvibes. As far as ADR's IMO I would toss San Angel Inn off the list. The CS in Mexico is much better than the TS. Whispering Canyon is really fun and has good food, nothing fancy though. But if you want to do a character breakfast I would go with 'Ohana or Crystal Palace. More fun for the kids. Good luck with the moms panel. I didn't try this year because of everything that has been going on lately. I wanted to but I just could not find the time to write this year. But I sure hope some of my DIS friends get picked :).

Awww, hope you apply next year! You would be a wonderful Mom's Panel member :goodvibes

I agree about Ohana or CP. We havent decided yet, but I am so excited either way!

I have been hearing bad things about San Angel too. Seems like it is a pretty restaurant, but bad service and food. Maybe we can just peek inside and not eat!

BippityBoo
Hey BelleSoliel just let me know that we are all going to be in Disney at the same time.. How fun is that. I want be busy tomorrow at work so I'm going to read your trip report. We are also staying at Wilderness Lodge.
Looking forward to checking out your PreTrip report and other things.
TexasBelle
Carolyn

Awesome! We are at the WL too! And I think Soliel is too :thumbsup2 Have fun reading my TR! I am having a hard time finishing it with all my planning for this trip! Look forward to reading yours too.

TexasBelle
09-23-2009, 06:50 PM
Do you think that they will offer free dining for January. That would be sooo cool:cool1:

I'm still trying to figure out where we are eating besides California Grill on our Magic Kingdom day.

Enjoying your pretrip.
TexasBelle
Carolyn

BellaSoleil
09-23-2009, 06:51 PM
Awesome! We are at the WL too! And I think Soliel is too :thumbsup2 Have fun reading my TR! I am having a hard time finishing it with all my planning for this trip! Look forward to reading yours too.

That's right, girls! We will all be at WL together. Looking forward to seeing you both!

BippityBoo
09-23-2009, 06:59 PM
That's right, girls! We will all be at WL together. Looking forward to seeing you both!

Woohoo :woohoo: I got your PM but I am doing homework...will write you back tonight!

Do you think that they will offer free dining for January. That would be sooo cool:cool1:

I'm still trying to figure out where we are eating besides California Grill on our Magic Kingdom day.

Enjoying your pretrip.
TexasBelle
Carolyn

I hope it is something GOOD! Only 2 more days till they (hopefully) will announce it :yay: Also, I can not wait to try California Grill. Maybe one day when we are at WDW with no kids (ha!)

longing2Batdisney
09-23-2009, 08:41 PM
NOT SURE IF YOU CAN RENT BEFORE; I'LL HAVE TO CHECK INTO THAT ONE!http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/stroller-rentals/
The stroller rental fee is:
$15.00 per day for a single-passenger stroller
$31.00 per day for a double-passenger stroller
$100 credit card deposit is required per strollers rented at the Downtown Disney Area. The rented stroller must be returned to the original rental location to receive a credit card deposit refund.

For Guests who require a stroller rental for multiple days, we offer a length of stay rental ticket where you make a one-time payment transaction for as many days of rental as you will need. Upon visiting a Disney Theme Park, show your receipt at the stroller rental location and you will be expedited through the queue with a reduced wait time.

The multiple day rental fee is:
$13.00 per day for a single-passenger stroller
$27.00 per day for a double-passenger stroller

ANOTHER SITE DISSER'S RAVE ABOUT--YOU ORDER IT AHEAD OF TIME AND IT IS WAITING AT THE RESORT FOR YOU AND WILL P/U WHEN YOU ARE DONE!
http://www.abbf.com/index.html

Hope this helps!

TexasBelle
09-23-2009, 09:35 PM
Katie:
On our first trip to DisneyWorld without kids we decided to eat at San Angel, (Mexican food is one of our favorite meals) but we found that the food there wasn't the Mexican food that we love. "TexMex". So It's something to think about. If you have Abuelo's, Papasitas or On the Board where you live then San Angel's food doesn't compare to those, their taste is very different. Plus it was really dark in there which was very romantic, but very cramped and really hard to see. That was our expreience, it could be different now.

We also ate at Whispering Canyon and loved it, but we had teenagers with us and the wait staff really interacted with them. It was fun and loud. The wait staff would yell at each other and other's around the room, which was funny but for little ones it might be a little intimidating to them, but then again we had a blast but we had teen's with us.

I love Liberty Tree and Crystal Palace. The charactor's are fabuluos.:woohoo: Especially at Crystal because it's Pooh Bear and friends. Liberty Tree has Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale. They were so funny. We saw them during Mickey's Not so Scary Holloween Party and they were all dressed up which was really fun. But if I had to choose one for little kids it would be Crystal Palace. ;)

We also ate at Ohana's for dinner and loved the food. One of Rae's DD15 favorite places to eat. We've never tried the breakfast but that's where we will be staying in April or June of next year for her 16th birthday. So I'm sure that will be on her ajenda lots.

I hope my information helped. Study hard. We're home with the flu... Rae and I.
Carolyn
TexasBelle

Charleston Princess
09-23-2009, 09:40 PM
Hi, Katie!!! I am here and off to catch up on everything! :goodvibes

BippityBoo
09-23-2009, 09:53 PM
NOT SURE IF YOU CAN RENT BEFORE; I'LL HAVE TO CHECK INTO THAT ONE!http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/stroller-rentals/
The stroller rental fee is:
$15.00 per day for a single-passenger stroller
$31.00 per day for a double-passenger stroller
$100 credit card deposit is required per strollers rented at the Downtown Disney Area. The rented stroller must be returned to the original rental location to receive a credit card deposit refund.

For Guests who require a stroller rental for multiple days, we offer a length of stay rental ticket where you make a one-time payment transaction for as many days of rental as you will need. Upon visiting a Disney Theme Park, show your receipt at the stroller rental location and you will be expedited through the queue with a reduced wait time.

The multiple day rental fee is:
$13.00 per day for a single-passenger stroller
$27.00 per day for a double-passenger stroller

ANOTHER SITE DISSER'S RAVE ABOUT--YOU ORDER IT AHEAD OF TIME AND IT IS WAITING AT THE RESORT FOR YOU AND WILL P/U WHEN YOU ARE DONE!
http://www.abbf.com/index.html

Hope this helps!

Of course!! Thanks sooo much!

Katie:
On our first trip to DisneyWorld without kids we decided to eat at San Angelo, (Mexican food is one of our favorite meals) but we found that the food there wasn't the Mexican food that we love. "TexMex". So It's something to think about. If you have Abuelo's, Papasitas or On the Board where you live then San Angelo's food doesn't compare to those, their taste is very different. Plus it was really dark in there which was very romantic, but very cramped and really hard to see. That was our expreience, it could be different now.

We also ate at Wilderness Lodge and loved it, but we had teenagers with us and the wait staff really interacted with them. It was fun and loud. The wait staff would yell at each other and other's around the room, which was funny but for little ones it might be a little intimidating to them, but then again we had a blast but we had teen's with us.

I love Liberty Tree and Crystal Palace. The charactor's are fabuluos.:woohoo: Especially at Crystal because it's Pooh Bear and friends. Liberty Tree has Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale. They were so funny. We saw them during Mickey's Not so Scary Holloween Party and they were all dressed up which was really fun. But if I had to choose one for little kids it would be Crystal Palace. ;)

We also ate at Ohana's for dinner and loved the food. One of Rae's DD15 favorite places to eat. We've never tried the breakfast but that's where we will be staying in April or June of next year for her 16th birthday. So I'm sure that will be on her ajenda lots.

I hope my information helped. Study hard. We're home with the flu... Rae and I.
Carolyn
TexasBelle


Oh my! Is it swine flu??!! I hope you are feeling better.

We LOVE O'hana! Our absolute favorite (for dinner), so it would be interesting to see it for breakfast. Our idea was that since we are going back to WDW in Dec 2010 (and saying at the Poly!) then we could check it out and eat breakfast at either Ohana or Kona on our departure day. That way, we dont have to have a park ticket. On the other hand, Liberty Tree food always looks AMAZING and CP is always raved about. Thanks for the info on everything!!

Hi, Katie!!! I am here and off to catch up on everything! :goodvibes

:cheer2: I feel so honored to have the Princess reading my Trip Report!! Welcome! However...you just missed all of my pics. It is a REALLY long story (nothing bad) but I decided to take the kid's pics off of my TRs just for privacy reasons and all. I have the most adorable kids too, if I do say so myself.:goodvibes

I also have made it a hobby to get custom made outfits for them in Disney. People really enjoy seeing what characters I pick for them to have appliqued on their outfits. So, my friend Jo (DisneyJo) suggested that we put mickey faces or somehow block their faces using photoshop. I am working on that now and will hopefully have some pics up soon. Thanks for joining :hug:

mom2mek
09-23-2009, 10:04 PM
I have a high, high, high recommendation for www.orlandostrollerrentals.com

They are fabulous! The strollers are great, the prices are even better, and the service is amazing! We used them in October, and the girl brought the stroller to us early in the AM before our 1st day (we got in really late the night before, but didn't want to miss rope drop by getting it in the AM - she said "No Problem, I can bring it by as early as you want me to"). When we left to go home (early in the AM) all we had to do was leave it outside the townhouse and she came and picked it up. At a hotel, you would just leave it at the front.

I can't say enough good things about the company. I see it's now got an add at the top of this page. (Well, it is on my screen anyway). We got the double stroller - jogging style and it was great and very sturdy. Folded so easily! It was like $85 for the whole week.


Sara

BippityBoo
09-23-2009, 10:16 PM
I have a high, high, high recommendation for www.orlandostrollerrentals.com

They are fabulous! The strollers are great, the prices are even better, and the service is amazing! We used them in October, and the girl brought the stroller to us early in the AM before our 1st day (we got in really late the night before, but didn't want to miss rope drop by getting it in the AM - she said "No Problem, I can bring it by as early as you want me to"). When we left to go home (early in the AM) all we had to do was leave it outside the townhouse and she came and picked it up. At a hotel, you would just leave it at the front.

I can't say enough good things about the company. I see it's now got an add at the top of this page. (Well, it is on my screen anyway). We got the double stroller - jogging style and it was great and very sturdy. Folded so easily! It was like $85 for the whole week.


Sara

Sara, thanks so much!! I had gotten another reccomendation for this company in the past. My only hesitation is that my 6 year old will be using it too, and I loved that they could both fit (and sleep) comfortably in the double stroller at WDW b/c it is big and plastic. How much do your kids weigh? Abby is about 50 pounds ( I think ) and Aiden just made 30. I am going to look up more of what they offer now! What a great idea for a company. If only I thought about it before she did, I could move to Disney and still make a living :cloud9:

TexasBelle
09-23-2009, 10:19 PM
Of course!! Thanks sooo much!

Oh my! Is it swine flu??!! I hope you are feeling better.

We LOVE O'hana! Our absolute favorite (for dinner), so it would be interesting to see it for breakfast. Our idea was that since we are going back to WDW in Dec 2010 (and saying at the Poly!) then we could check it out and eat breakfast at either Ohana or Kona on our departure day. That way, we dont have to have a park ticket. On the other hand, Liberty Tree food always looks AMAZING and CP is always raved about. Thanks for the info on everything!!


They (the medical field) is calling all flu either swine or regular flu, FLU... So I'm not real sure which one we have. Although we spent last night in the emergency room because Rae started throwing up and it really scared me.:scared1: We have yet to get our flu shot so it has hit us really hard. It's been going through our high school first the volleyball team, and now the Cheerleaders, Rae's a cheerleader.

Have you stayed at the Poly before?

We haven't and that's where Rae choose to stay for her birthday, I'm really looking forward to it. We even plan on staying on the Magic Kingdom/Beach area. She is picking out everywhere see wants to stay and eat. Ohana's is one, California Grill, she loves sushi :eek: :confused3: :eek: Breakfast with the Princess at Cindi's castle. We've done Akershue's breakfast but not Cindi's.

By the way the food at Liberty Tree is really good. It's just good ole southern food. Turkey, dressing, green beans and macc and cheese. Yum Yum..

Carolyn
TexasBelle

mom2mek
09-23-2009, 10:24 PM
Sara, thanks so much!! I had gotten another reccomendation for this company in the past. My only hesitation is that my 6 year old will be using it too, and I loved that they could both fit (and sleep) comfortably in the double stroller at WDW b/c it is big and plastic. How much do your kids weigh? Abby is about 50 pounds ( I think ) and Aiden just made 30. I am going to look up more of what they offer now! What a great idea for a company. If only I thought about it before she did, I could move to Disney and still make a living :cloud9:

Katie, it's funny because I got the stroller for my girls (ages 4 and 5 at the time) to ride in, thinking that Michael, at age 7 then would be fine to walk. For the most part, he was, but he actually did ride in it quite a few times during our trip and was fine. He was a bit lanky but there was still no trouble pushing him around, even with his 5 year old sister in it with him.

I will look for a picture of it with them in it.

Sara

BippityBoo
09-23-2009, 10:27 PM
They (the medical field) is calling all flu either swine or regular flu, FLU... So I'm not real sure which one we have. Although we spent last night in the emergency room because Rae started throwing up and it really scared me.:scared1: We have yet to get our flu shot so it has hit us really hard. It's been going through our high school first the volleyball team, and now the Cheerleaders, Rae's a cheerleader.

Have you stayed at the Poly before?

We haven't and that's where Rae choose to stay for her birthday, I'm really looking forward to it. We even plan on staying on the Magic Kingdom/Beach area. She is picking out everywhere see wants to stay and eat. Ohana's is one, California Grill, she loves sushi :eek: :confused3: :eek: Breakfast with the Princess at Cindi's castle. We've done Akershue's breakfast but not Cindi's.

By the way the food at Liberty Tree is really good. It's just good ole southern food. Turkey, dressing, green beans and macc and cheese. Yum Yum..

Carolyn
TexasBelle

Oh my! I can not stand the flu...especially ones that come from swine. The best advice my grandmother ever gave me was use oil of olay moisturizer every day (she looks 50 and she is 84)...such a simple product!! Don't forget your sunscreen AND get a flu shot. :lmao: I have religiously stuck to all three and they really have made a difference (hehe)

Seriously though, I am really sorry to hear about Rae. Abby just went to school after being off for a week sick with a virus. It is sooo miserable when your child is sick and you cant do anything about it. I am sending love her way :love:

Love that she is a cheerleader :cheer2: I was a cheerleader and on dance team...and I love sushi too :cloud9:

No, we have never stayed at the poly!! Just the GF! I am sooo looking forward to both WL and Poly. I think the kids will enjoy it more b/c they seem more themed. Have you seen the poly during christmas? My only hesitation is that it is not as themed as far as christmas decorations go like GF, WL and others...

Also, LOVE southern food cause I am a southern belle too!!

BippityBoo
09-23-2009, 10:33 PM
Hey Katie!! So sorry I have been MIA on your PTR...I am a bad friend! ;) Sounds like your plans are great - you guys are going to have an awesome time!! I am bummed that we are going to miss each other, but maybe another time, you never know!

Take care!!

Welcome back, Katie!!! Hope the new job is treating you well :goodvibes

mom2mek
09-23-2009, 10:36 PM
Here are my girls, ages 5 and 4 at the time, in the morning in the stroller. We loved the double canopies - they were able to have it up or down individually.

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff72/mom2mek/Disney%20-%20October%202008/Day%201%20-%20Epcot/PA090009.jpg


Here are the girls later that night. The stroller was very easy to push!

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff72/mom2mek/Disney%20-%20October%202008/Day%201%20-%20Epcot/PA090084.jpg


Here they are at the end of the day - this is my 7 year old son on the right covered with the poncho, and my 5 year old on the left. The 4 year old was going strong and walking with her Pop Pop that night (she was the only one out of the 3 to take a nap that day! LOL!)

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff72/mom2mek/Disney%20-%20October%202008/Day%201%20-%20Epcot/DSC_0160.jpg

Hope that helps!

Sara

mom2mek
09-23-2009, 10:41 PM
Oh, I meant to mention that YES I would definitely get a FP for Test Track. Are you not riding Soarin? (You mentioned you could get the FP while your hubby took Abby).

Sara

TexasBelle
09-23-2009, 10:54 PM
Here's a couple of really cute pictures of Rae.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/IMG_0591.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/IMG_0585.jpg

Rae and I at a gymnastics meet.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/DSC_0192-1.jpg

At her state gymnastics meet in Dallas.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/DSC_0446.jpg

I hope you didn't mind me boring you with my Princess.

We have never stayed anywhere on the Monorail. We love the BeachClub. That's our favorite, everyone loves the pool. It's all about the water. Charlie and I have stayed at the BoardWalk but for us it's really all about the BeachClub. Location, Location. When we were planning this trip, we had orginally started looking at Port Orlean's but I then decided that we would try something different since it was just the 2 of us and we have always love Wilderness Lodge it's so cozy, the fireplace in the winter will be fun. We leave on Jan. 1st and we arrive at WL the 4th and staying until the 9th. I'm driving there but flying home with Charlie. My pretrip report explains the crazy :scared1: situation.

Carolyn

BippityBoo
09-24-2009, 07:57 PM
Here are my girls, ages 5 and 4 at the time, in the morning in the stroller. We loved the double canopies - they were able to have it up or down individually.

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff72/mom2mek/Disney%20-%20October%202008/Day%201%20-%20Epcot/PA090009.jpg


Here are the girls later that night. The stroller was very easy to push!

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff72/mom2mek/Disney%20-%20October%202008/Day%201%20-%20Epcot/PA090084.jpg


Here they are at the end of the day - this is my 7 year old son on the right covered with the poncho, and my 5 year old on the left. The 4 year old was going strong and walking with her Pop Pop that night (she was the only one out of the 3 to take a nap that day! LOL!)

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff72/mom2mek/Disney%20-%20October%202008/Day%201%20-%20Epcot/DSC_0160.jpg

Hope that helps!

Sara

Oh, I meant to mention that YES I would definitely get a FP for Test Track. Are you not riding Soarin? (You mentioned you could get the FP while your hubby took Abby).

Sara

I agree!! I am going to ride Soarin. I think the plan was for them to go ahead and either get in the line or ride together then when I got there with the baby, we could trade of and I could ride with Abby again. That way, we will be first in line for Soarin and Aiden and I will have something to do while they ride AND we will have a fastpass for TT!!

Also, THANKS for going out of your way to post me the pics of your stroller :love: That was sooo nice of you. They look really nice...I am going to look into it! It would def. save us lots of money :banana:

Also--your kids are adorable. Love the pic with the ponchos. Nothing more uncomfortable than sleeping in a poncho in a stroller at WDW! Kids seem to do just fine with it, though :rotfl: Where did you get your little girl's outfits made? I want a red and white polka outfit for Abby with either pants or carpis this year since we are going in Jan and it will be either cold or warm.

Here's a couple of really cute pictures of Rae.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/IMG_0591.jpg

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/IMG_0585.jpg

Rae and I at a gymnastics meet.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/DSC_0192-1.jpg

At her state gymnastics meet in Dallas.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/DSC_0446.jpg

I hope you didn't mind me boring you with my Princess.

We have never stayed anywhere on the Monorail. We love the BeachClub. That's our favorite, everyone loves the pool. It's all about the water. Charlie and I have stayed at the BoardWalk but for us it's really all about the BeachClub. Location, Location. When we were planning this trip, we had orginally started looking at Port Orlean's but I then decided that we would try something different since it was just the 2 of us and we have always love Wilderness Lodge it's so cozy, the fireplace in the winter will be fun. We leave on Jan. 1st and we arrive at WL the 4th and staying until the 9th. I'm driving there but flying home with Charlie. My pretrip report explains the crazy :scared1: situation.

Carolyn


Wow!! Rae is a talented and busy girl!! You must be so proud of her! We were thinking of Port Orleans too. Read the first page of my PTR and it explains it all. Basically, we may still stay there if the deal is not good enough. Either way, I know we will have a blast!! Hope you guys are all feeling ok today! I am off to read your PTR> I started the other day but got sidetracked. DONE with homework! woohoo

TexasBelle
09-24-2009, 08:39 PM
Here's a little Food Porn for you.

San Angel Inn
I don't remember what this was but I do remember the steaks was so tuff that I couldn't eat it.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000199.jpg

This is what Charlie ate.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000200.jpg

I also had Chicken Tortilla Soup
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000198.jpg

Sorry this pictures are so big. When I uploaded them a couple of years ago I didn't know how to make them small.

Liberty Tree Tavern
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000445.jpg

Salad, I just took the onions off
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000234.jpg

The Bread... YUM, YUM I just love bread
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000233.jpg

Main Course... Green Beans, Turkey, Dressing, and Mash Potaotes
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000237.jpg

Me and Goofy, the interaction was great. Doesn't my hair look great. It was down pouring when we arrived for our reservations.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000242.jpg

Charlie and Minnie
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000235.jpg

I'm not sure if I have any pictures of Crystal Palace but of course it's a buffet. I think I have pictures of the characters but no food. Again sorry for the big pictures
Carolyn

BippityBoo
09-25-2009, 08:53 AM
Here's a little Food Porn for you.

San Angel Inn
I don't remember what this was but I do remember the steaks was so tuff that I couldn't eat it.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000199.jpg

This is what Charlie ate.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000200.jpg

I also had Chicken Tortilla Soup
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000198.jpg

Sorry this pictures are so big. When I uploaded them a couple of years ago I didn't know how to make them small.

Liberty Tree Tavern
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000445.jpg

Salad, I just took the onions off
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000234.jpg

The Bread... YUM, YUM I just love bread
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000233.jpg

Main Course... Green Beans, Turkey, Dressing, and Mash Potaotes
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000237.jpg

Me and Goofy, the interaction was great. Doesn't my hair look great. It was down pouring when we arrived for our reservations.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000242.jpg

Charlie and Minnie
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1000235.jpg

I'm not sure if I have any pictures of Crystal Palace but of course it's a buffet. I think I have pictures of the characters but no food. Again sorry for the big pictures
Carolyn









Ewwww!! The food at San Angel looks awful!!! Living in Texas, I am sure that you guys eat AMAZING Mexican food all the time. We are spoiled as well...we have about 3 solid mexican places. I talked my DH out of San Angel lastnight...so these pics couldnt come at a better time!! :rotfl: He just wanted to try it again b/c he ate there with his high school class, and all they got was soup b/c it was so expensive (hehe)!

Liberty Square looks amazing! Do they have the characters at every lunch, or just dinner?

Some more good news is that my DH suggested that we just go ahead and book 2 table services :banana: Possibly 3~!!

We are def. going to do Ohana Breafast on the last day, I think I am convinced (especially with your pics!) on Liberty for lunch..hear great things about the dessert also!!

We talked about possibly doing one in Epcot, it is just that the Counter Services are so amazing there, I dont see the need to spend the dough.

What other restaurants would you suggest at other Resorts? Maybe that could be an option. We were thinking Beach Club or something unique that we havent even gotten a chance to see yet.

Thanks sooo much for the pics :dance3:

mom2mek
09-25-2009, 09:05 AM
Katie, unless something has changed, they HAD discontinued characters at LTT. HOWEVER, I just saw that the Crystal Palace will be closed for refurb from Jan 3 - Feb 13 and that in it's place, they will be opening up LTT for breakfast (and with characters). I'm not 100% sure if the characters would be there all day, but I will check again and let you know. :goodvibes

Sara

TexasBelle
09-25-2009, 10:06 AM
Katie, unless something has changed, they HAD discontinued characters at LTT. HOWEVER, I just saw that the Crystal Palace will be closed for refurb from Jan 3 - Feb 13 and that in it's place, they will be opening up LTT for breakfast (and with characters). I'm not 100% sure if the characters would be there all day, but I will check again and let you know. :goodvibes

Sara

I'm so sad. I just love the character's at LTT.
I called 407-WDWDINE just a minute ago to confirm about CP, and they would NOT confirm for me. He said that they only had dates out through December 2009. New dates for January come out the first of October. He did tell me that yes there were NO character's at LTT. Sorry.
Carolyn

TexasBelle
09-25-2009, 10:18 AM
Ewwww!! The food at San Angel looks awful!!! Living in Texas, I am sure that you guys eat AMAZING Mexican food all the time. We are spoiled as well...we have about 3 solid mexican places. I talked my DH out of San Angel lastnight...so these pics couldnt come at a better time!! :rotfl: He just wanted to try it again b/c he ate there with his high school class, and all they got was soup b/c it was so expensive (hehe)!

Liberty Square looks amazing! Do they have the characters at every lunch, or just dinner?

Some more good news is that my DH suggested that we just go ahead and book 2 table services :banana: Possibly 3~!!

We are def. going to do Ohana Breafast on the last day, I think I am convinced (especially with your pics!) on Liberty for lunch..hear great things about the dessert also!!

We talked about possibly doing one in Epcot, it is just that the Counter Services are so amazing there, I dont see the need to spend the dough.

What other restaurants would you suggest at other Resorts? Maybe that could be an option. We were thinking Beach Club or something unique that we havent even gotten a chance to see yet.

Thanks sooo much for the pics :dance3:

Did you look into Chef Mickey's. It's Fabulous especially for young kids. I'm searching for pictures to show you. We had breakfast there, but I also hear lunch and dinner are great. Now expect to pay a little more for a picture that they take of your family before your seated, somewhere around $35.00 you don't have to buy them. This one you have to make a reservation for 90 days out. It goes fast.

In my opinion, Epcot doesn't have very many fun (kid friendly) table service places to eat. On our first trip we had Coral Reef, nice fancy food, the "coral reef" was okay to look at, but nothing was going on when we were there. :confused3 We have had LeCelliur, LOVED IT. But not very kid friendly. Rae and I did Akershus Princesses Breakfast and had a blast seeing all the princessess. But the food was okay. Buffet breakfast. We liked Yorkshire County Fish Shop, (walk up) Fish & Chips... Sorry Im just not very helpful on good places to eat in Epcot.

I'm looking for more food porn. Chef Mickey's,
Carolyn

mom2mek
09-25-2009, 10:43 AM
Here's a thread talking about the CP refurb and the possible move of characters back to LTT while they do the CP refurb.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2264350

Brad at www.stitchkingdom.com (a great site, by the way) has also confirmed the CP rehab - but hasn't said anything about the LTT characters returning during that time.


Epcot places that we love with our kids are Coral Reef (they absolutely LOVE the atmosphere), and Garden Grill (family style - which we much prefer to buffet when we have the kids with us - much less hectic). It has characters but only at dinner, not at lunch. Some of our best character interaction has been with the GG characters (Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale).

Sara

(I'm gonna send you a PM with the name of the ebayer who sold me most of the girls customs for our October trip! I was very pleased!)

BippityBoo
09-25-2009, 10:49 AM
Katie, unless something has changed, they HAD discontinued characters at LTT. HOWEVER, I just saw that the Crystal Palace will be closed for refurb from Jan 3 - Feb 13 and that in it's place, they will be opening up LTT for breakfast (and with characters). I'm not 100% sure if the characters would be there all day, but I will check again and let you know. :goodvibes

Sara


Awww No CP this time :sad2: Thats ok though! We can just try it on our December trip next year.

AND, hopefully what you think is true about the LTT open for breakfast with characters!! To be honest, I personally was really looking forward to eating at LTT, but we are not big lunch eaters and probably just want to actually schedule just one dinner, if any on this trip due to random nap times. So breakfast would be an amazing way to get into the parks early, see characters and get to eat at LTT!!! I am excited about the possibility:banana:

Thank you for all of your wonderful tips...you are such a big help!!

I'm so sad. I just love the character's at LTT.
I called 407-WDWDINE just a minute ago to confirm about CP, and they would NOT confirm for me. He said that they only had dates out through December 2009. New dates for January come out the first of October. He did tell me that yes there were NO character's at LTT. Sorry.
Carolyn

Did you look into Chef Mickey's. It's Fabulous especially for young kids. I'm searching for pictures to show you. We had breakfast there, but I also hear lunch and dinner are great. Now expect to pay a little more for a picture that they take of your family before your seated, somewhere around $35.00 you don't have to buy them. This one you have to make a reservation for 90 days out. It goes fast.

In my opinion, Epcot doesn't have very many fun (kid friendly) table service places to eat. On our first trip we had Coral Reef, nice fancy food, the "coral reef" was okay to look at, but nothing was going on when we were there. :confused3 We have had LeCelliur, LOVED IT. But not very kid friendly. Rae and I did Akershus Princesses Breakfast and had a blast seeing all the princessess. But the food was okay. Buffet breakfast. We liked Yorkshire County Fish Shop, (walk up) Fish & Chips... Sorry Im just not very helpful on good places to eat in Epcot.

I'm looking for more food porn. Chef Mickey's,
Carolyn


Chef Mickeys would be a great option too for breakfast. I hear it is wonderful for kids!!
Coral Reef is probably too much like places we go to when we go on vacation in florida, etc. THe kids have seen one too many fish tank restaurants!

LeCelliur is an absolute must on any solo adult trip we go on!! I think the kids are still too young, you are right. Definately looking forward to trying the fish and chips at Yorkshire, LOVE IT!

We did do the princess breakfast at Ark. last time we went to WDW> It was AMAZING...totally loved it! Thanks so much for all of the info~!!!

aaaateamsgrandma
09-25-2009, 11:08 AM
We did Chef Mickey's for dinner because we couldn't get it for breakfast. Dinner food not great but the characters are fantastic. I have those with the kids posted on my thread. We had a wonderful time there and Ohana. We like the family style better than buffet only because you are not up and down and you can really enjoy the charcters. Don't want to miss any of them for sure.

TexasBelle
09-25-2009, 11:32 AM
Chef Mickey's Pictures...

We loved it.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010450.jpg

Food
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010452.jpg

Mickey Waffle's
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010453.jpg

Another food plate
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010454.jpg

Goofy with the kids... Another trip, BF's Son Parker - 6, Brady (my middle son, 18) Rae - 15. I took them out of school in September for 10 days in Disney
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010460.jpg

All the character's signed the autograph books, Mickey
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010464.jpg

All the Character's stopped at each table for lots of pictures and always a group picture.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010465.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010468.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010470.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010476.jpg

It was Parker's 5th birthday and they gave him a cupcake
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010471.jpg

During the breakfast about every 30 to 45 minutes they do a really fun birthday dance around the room.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010473.jpg

OHANA'S

Just had to tease you with wonderful food pictures...

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020026.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020028.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020030.jpg

Shirley Temple - Rae had this...
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020033.jpg
Pinapple Cocktail Drink
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020034.jpg
Food on a stick, Best Friend in the pictures...
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020036.jpg

BREAD PUDDING... THE BEST... EVER....:worship:
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020040.jpg

Enjoy...
Carolyn

ladybugmom
09-26-2009, 09:43 PM
Hi Katie!! Sorry I've been MIA here on the DIS and that you had to hunt me down on FB to get my input!! ;) You know how busy I've been and I've hated not having my Disney fix each day!! I answered all of your questions on FB the best I could. I'm sooo glad that you decided to go with Angela--she really is the BEST TA!!! Do you know if she's home from her cruise yet? I sure hope another deal comes out--we would love one for our trip in May!! Can't wait to see what you get in terms of customs!! You know I LOVE my customs, too!! :)

BippityBoo
09-27-2009, 01:06 PM
My TA just wrote me an email! She is in WDW right now and said there are rumors that the January 2010 deals are to be released tomorrow (Monday)!

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Everyone please send lots of pixie dust this way that there is a great deal! At this point, I really don't want it to be free dining, I would rather a percent off the room. Maybe Disney Visa will release a Resort deal or gift certificate. I will let you guys know right when I find out!

BippityBoo
09-27-2009, 01:19 PM
We did Chef Mickey's for dinner because we couldn't get it for breakfast. Dinner food not great but the characters are fantastic. I have those with the kids posted on my thread. We had a wonderful time there and Ohana. We like the family style better than buffet only because you are not up and down and you can really enjoy the charcters. Don't want to miss any of them for sure.

I agree. I hear better things about Chef Mickey's breakfast, but everyone also says the characters are great there! Thanks for the advice.
Also, Ohana is the best, isn't it? I am so on the same page about family style. Especially with kids, how convenient is that?! We are pretty much decided on Ohana for breakfast for the coffee, food, characters and being able to check out Poly and see what building to stay in, get info, etc for our Dec 2010 trip :banana:

Chef Mickey's Pictures...

We loved it.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010450.jpg

Food
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010452.jpg

Mickey Waffle's
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010453.jpg

Another food plate
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010454.jpg

Goofy with the kids... Another trip, BF's Son Parker - 6, Brady (my middle son, 18) Rae - 15. I took them out of school in September for 10 days in Disney
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010460.jpg

All the character's signed the autograph books, Mickey
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010464.jpg

All the Character's stopped at each table for lots of pictures and always a group picture.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010470.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010476.jpg

It was Parker's 5th birthday and they gave him a cupcake
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010471.jpg

During the breakfast about every 30 to 45 minutes they do a really fun birthday dance around the room.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1010473.jpg

OHANA'S

Just had to tease you with wonderful food pictures...

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020026.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020028.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020030.jpg

Shirley Temple - Rae had this...
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020033.jpg
Pinapple Cocktail Drink
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020034.jpg
Food on a stick, Best Friend in the pictures...
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020036.jpg

BREAD PUDDING... THE BEST... EVER....:worship:
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee221/crb_rodriguez/P1020040.jpg

Enjoy...
Carolyn

Carolyn,

Thank you SO much for Chef Mickey's pics!! We decided on Ohana breakfast (see above answer to aaaateamgrandma) BUT---here is some secret info---don't tell anyone (ha!)---my DH suggested lastnight that we maybe stay an extra day :yay: Nothing set in stone, but we decided if we do, we are totally going to Mickey Breakfast!

Your pics are amazing. I hear so many good thinks about Chef's. Also, dont tease me with those Ohana pics!! Isn't it just the most memorable dinner ever:cloud9:

Hi Katie!! Sorry I've been MIA here on the DIS and that you had to hunt me down on FB to get my input!! ;) You know how busy I've been and I've hated not having my Disney fix each day!! I answered all of your questions on FB the best I could. I'm sooo glad that you decided to go with Angela--she really is the BEST TA!!! Do you know if she's home from her cruise yet? I sure hope another deal comes out--we would love one for our trip in May!! Can't wait to see what you get in terms of customs!! You know I LOVE my customs, too!! :)


haha Thats ok :hug: I just rely on all of your great tips for the kids! Angela emailed me today. She is in WDW now (lucky) but is hearing rumors that the January specials will be released tomorrow!! :woohoo:
Thanks for the advice.

Charleston Princess
09-27-2009, 07:56 PM
Oh, I will keep my fingers crossed for the new deals being released tomorrow! I am curious as well!

ladybugmom
09-27-2009, 08:57 PM
haha Thats ok :hug: I just rely on all of your great tips for the kids! Angela emailed me today. She is in WDW now (lucky) but is hearing rumors that the January specials will be released tomorrow!! :woohoo:
Thanks for the advice.

No problem! Do you know what day Angela gets back? I'm hoping the deals at least go through May!! But I guess we'll find out soon!!

BippityBoo
09-27-2009, 11:24 PM
Oh, I will keep my fingers crossed for the new deals being released tomorrow! I am curious as well!

I know!! I can not wait to find out. I actually called Disney direct this morning and asked them when they were to release the info. I got a lady who did not speak very good English and she flat out said "No. (really long pause) We don't know." :rotfl: Guess I am not the first to call!

Well, remember that it is just a rumor. BUT my TA is pretty much never wrong. If I can remember correctly, she was taking a behind the scenes tour of the calling center (only the TAs can go) so I am sure she heard it from good sources!

No problem! Do you know what day Angela gets back? I'm hoping the deals at least go through May!! But I guess we'll find out soon!!

She gets back home tomorrow. The deals for the fall were really long, weren't they? Like June or July through December, so it is a great chance that May would be included :banana: I really want you to go on a cruise b/c we are thinking of one for Dec 2010, so I know you will be honest with me and your kids have the same interests as mine. You would be a very reliable source.

Also (some inside info). My DH suggested that we stay an extra day on our trip:cool1: Nothing set in stone, waiting to see these deals!! It is like Christmas Eve for me. See my above comment to CharlestonPrincess about Angela taking a behind the scenes tour. Talk to you tomorrow!

Nichellebelle
09-28-2009, 11:35 AM
Hi Katie!

My name is Nichelle and I have been meaning to post but life gets busy! I read your trip report and have been following along on you pre-trippie so far. I love to read your posts your excitement comes through in your writing! I know what you mean about pictures! My husband saw me trying to post pics and he was like "do you think that is a good idea?" I can't wait until the Disney resort in Hawaii opens up in 2011. I am on facebook! Link is below

www.facebook.com/nichellebelle?_fb_noscript=1 -

BippityBoo
09-28-2009, 03:00 PM
Hi Katie!

My name is Nichelle and I have been meaning to post but life gets busy! I read your trip report and have been following along on you pre-trippie so far. I love to read your posts your excitement comes through in your writing! I know what you mean about pictures! My husband saw me trying to post pics and he was like "do you think that is a good idea?" I can't wait until the Disney resort in Hawaii opens up in 2011. I am on facebook! Link is below

www.facebook.com/nichellebelle?_fb_noscript=1 -

Welcome, Nichelle!! (Love your name by the way).

Thank you so much for reading along! I have to say that I was extremely bummed when I decided to take my pics off. But, since then, one of my DIS friends has had some trouble with people being..how do I say this...very rude and invading her privacy. I LOVE Disney. Love to write about it, read about it, experience it and (especially) take pictures of it. So, I hope that with all of these things, my trip reports will be able to stay interesting.

It is really sad that we have to adjust things that make us happy (like posting pics of my kids) because of one or two mean people. However, I care for my children's happiness and safety above my own (of course). I know you can understand! It is funny that your DH was the one who commented about your pics. My DH was the one to bring it up!

Enough about that stuff--haha--thank you for the compliments on my writing. I am so happy to have you along! Look forward to reading things from you :hug: Any trips in the near future for you?

BippityBoo
09-28-2009, 03:09 PM
OK everyone...deal is out! It is buy 4 nights and park tickets, get 3 free! :cool1:

I do have some mixed feelings about it.

I know! You are probably thinking "why are you not SO happy---you get 3 days FREE woman!" :confused3

Well, I really had my heart set on staying at Wilderness Lodge. I have been researching and dreaming about it (why do we women do this!?). With the 4/3 deal, the price we wanted to stick to puts us at a Moderate Resort. I was hoping for a percent off of the resort stay to help boost us to the Deluxe(WL)

SO--we are back to square one. BUT, don't get me wrong, we are still very excited!! Just have to re-adjust. The absolute best thing is that my vacation is now 3 days longer!! THAT is awesome!

Also, my DH is telling me that we may be able to still go Deluxe, depending on a few things so...we shall see :wizard: If all else fails, we can stay at WL for our Dec 2010 trip and see the absolutely breathtaking Christmas decor, right? :santa:

On that note, I would love to know what Moderate resort you prefer and why. We are leaning towards Port Orleans/Riverside. I am most scared about using the bus and the extra ammount of time this takes with the kids. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Also, anyone decide to book a last minute trip to take advantage of this deal?

longing2Batdisney
09-28-2009, 03:18 PM
Katie, have you checked into AAA room only discount? you can call WDW and ask if it is what you are looking for just purchase a $45 annual membershiip (make sure it is still w/in your limits). But, you can use your AAA discount nationwide and maybe again when you return in Dec. I don't know if your TA can help you w/ that! I think you have to go through Disney or AAA for their offer!

Just a thought! we stayed years ago at POFQ we enjoyed it; Lisa, mickeystoontown, loves CBR w/the Nemo rooms or pirate rooms (either would be fun w/the kids!) she said the bus system was not bad.

Good luck! in your decision!
:wave2:

stacikristine
09-28-2009, 03:27 PM
Hi Katie! I'm all caught up. :thumbsup2

Your Epcot plans sound great. I don't know about the Test Track FPs. We ended up getting them after we rode Soarin and before Nemo and Turtle Talk. It worked out well for us. And you can always use your FP after the time has expired. So you could come back as a last thing. But you might not even need it.... ?? I think that if you could get over there and get back to Soarin pretty quickly, go for it. Hope that helps.

YAY for the 4/3 deal!! :woohoo: I know it's not exactly what you were wanting, but it's still super great!! And hopefully you'll still be able to upgrade to WL :goodvibes

Can't wait to hear about more of your plans! It'll be here before you know it. :yay:

Charleston Princess
09-28-2009, 08:07 PM
Our absolute favorite moderate has been Port Orleans French Quarter -- it is small, quiet, and peaceful -- just beautiful. We have never had a problem with buses or anything else there for that matter.

Of course I may change my mind after this weekend when we are trying Caribbean Beach Resort for the first time. ;)

aaaateamsgrandma
09-28-2009, 10:04 PM
Katie we enjoyed CSR but we liked it for the queen beds more than anything else. They also put the bathroom toiletries from the deluxes in them. And the busses are good. They only do CSR. No stops at other resorts to pick up and drop off. It probably isn't super kid oriented but they had a super pool and kids area. Plus the 24 person hot tub. And good food.

We booked our trip this year thru AAA and got the 4/3 deal plus additional discounts. It is well worth it to check their prices.

BippityBoo
09-29-2009, 02:13 PM
Katie, have you checked into AAA room only discount? you can call WDW and ask if it is what you are looking for just purchase a $45 annual membershiip (make sure it is still w/in your limits). But, you can use your AAA discount nationwide and maybe again when you return in Dec. I don't know if your TA can help you w/ that! I think you have to go through Disney or AAA for their offer!

Just a thought! we stayed years ago at POFQ we enjoyed it; Lisa, mickeystoontown, loves CBR w/the Nemo rooms or pirate rooms (either would be fun w/the kids!) she said the bus system was not bad.

Good luck! in your decision!
:wave2:

I have not checked AAA! I will ask my TA if she can work with it...would be a good option!

I am reading lots about the FQ and Riverside right now. Both look really beautiful!

Nemo and Pirate rooms sound like lots of fun!! I kind of forgot that they did that to the rooms! Going to research now---thanks! :thumbsup2

Hi Katie! I'm all caught up. :thumbsup2

Your Epcot plans sound great. I don't know about the Test Track FPs. We ended up getting them after we rode Soarin and before Nemo and Turtle Talk. It worked out well for us. And you can always use your FP after the time has expired. So you could come back as a last thing. But you might not even need it.... ?? I think that if you could get over there and get back to Soarin pretty quickly, go for it. Hope that helps.

YAY for the 4/3 deal!! :woohoo: I know it's not exactly what you were wanting, but it's still super great!! And hopefully you'll still be able to upgrade to WL :goodvibes

Can't wait to hear about more of your plans! It'll be here before you know it. :yay:

Hey Staci!! Thanks! I have heard that about the fastpasses. We were lucky enough not to have to fastpass a THING on our last trip! So, you just walk up to the FP line, even though your FP time has expired?

Also, I am estimating that it would take me about 15-20 minutes to get from the entrace to TT to Soarin. Do you think that is right ?


Our absolute favorite moderate has been Port Orleans French Quarter -- it is small, quiet, and peaceful -- just beautiful. We have never had a problem with buses or anything else there for that matter.

Of course I may change my mind after this weekend when we are trying Caribbean Beach Resort for the first time. ;)

Woohoo! Another trip! How exciting.

Great to hear that you loved Port Orleans, too! It is always good to hear positive feedback from DISers.

I am so interested in hearing what you have to say about CBR! When are you due to come back?

Katie we enjoyed CSR but we liked it for the queen beds more than anything else. They also put the bathroom toiletries from the deluxes in them. And the busses are good. They only do CSR. No stops at other resorts to pick up and drop off. It probably isn't super kid oriented but they had a super pool and kids area. Plus the 24 person hot tub. And good food.

We booked our trip this year thru AAA and got the 4/3 deal plus additional discounts. It is well worth it to check their prices.


Connie said that too about AAA. I am interested and going to research it!!

Thanks for the info on CSR. We are going to break out the vacation planning DVDs tonight to check them all out. I will let you know what we decide!

And 24 person hot tub!! Wow. haha

DWGal210
09-29-2009, 03:39 PM
Hey there Ms Katie!

I know what you mean about not being able to make up your mind - right now, I am planning / plotting my October 2010 trip with my goddaughter and trying to decide if we stay in Value or Moderate. I am crossing-my-fingers-and-hoping to get another Free Dining promotion that covers early October. There's about a $400 price difference in the Value vs. Moderate, and since it's just us 2 we'll probably go Value and stay at Pop Century so we can spend money on other fun things. :goodvibes

Keep us posted on what you decide!

Charleston Princess
09-29-2009, 07:38 PM
I am so interested in hearing what you have to say about CBR! When are you due to come back?

It is a quick, quick trip -- we will be back Sunday.

TexasBelle
09-29-2009, 10:16 PM
:sad2:I'm so sad because you wont be at Wilderness Lodge with us...:sad2:
But so excited :woohoo: for you because your getting 3 more days. How much fun is that... :yay: You might be able to eat Chef Mickey's for Breakfast...

I think today is my 97 days out.. :cool1: I can't wait..
11 days til I cruise.
TexasBelle
Caroline.

longing2Batdisney
09-29-2009, 10:23 PM
Katie, have you tried calling WDW just to see if you have a pin attached to your name for a percent off! I would give them a call to see and while you are on the phone check out the different resorts you are interested in at the AAA rates. Its a little leg work on your part; but, it may be a better deal than you TA can offer you at this time.

When I price things out I usually take a week and call all the sources, WDW, AAA, and a TA.
Happy planning!
Connie

longing2Batdisney
09-30-2009, 11:27 AM
Katie,
here is a thread I think you may find interesting on the POR; we have not stayed there only POFQ. Our last trip we did a walk through to ride the boat at POFQ and I had to drop off a stroller at POR for a stroller swap. Danny said he prefers POFQ to POR, just the look of it I guess! :confused3 Being from the LA you can probably imagine the two
POFQ is a nice clean version of the French Quarter (which I love all the iron work) it has a festive ambiance; where POR reminds me of the Plantations along the River, romantic and laid back! When we stayed there years ago we loved the bus system (we were at FQ and it was Dixielanding back than, we did not share a bus) FQ has one bus stop! where POR has four I believe I read.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1920531

I don't see anything wrong with going MOD...in fact we loved it...
our next trip in 2010 we are going MOD if I only need one room; if we need two rooms we will be going to POP (we did ASSp--you share busses w/all the AS resorts--POP is the only value with its own busses).
Hopefully, our next trip after that (around 2015 --we will upgrade to the monorail resorts--I just have a hard time letting go of that money that I can put to something else;like tours, boat rides, etc.)

Good luck in your plans!
Don't sweat it; you will be in Disney and having a magical time no matter where you stay!
:wave2: Connie

onelilspark
09-30-2009, 02:52 PM
My favorite mod is POFQ because of the size. No matter where you are on property you are never far from where you want to be. ...that's the practical reason. In the not so practical, I personally love the theme. And the boat to DTD.

I stayed at CSR and liked that one too. The size got to me though, it was just too big for me...and I have a feeling I'd have that problem at any of the other ones. But the rooms at CSR were GORGEOUS!

longing2Batdisney
10-03-2009, 08:48 AM
Just curious what you have decided!
Have a great weekend!
:wave2:

stacikristine
10-05-2009, 10:50 AM
Hey Staci!! Thanks! I have heard that about the fastpasses. We were lucky enough not to have to fastpass a THING on our last trip! So, you just walk up to the FP line, even though your FP time has expired?

Also, I am estimating that it would take me about 15-20 minutes to get from the entrace to TT to Soarin. Do you think that is right ?

Yes--just go to the FP line. No one even looked twice. And we heard some CMs at a restaurant telling people that FPs are honored after the time. We took advantage of this the whole trip! I think it would take you 15 at the most. Especially if it's just you going over there. I would guess more like 10. Because most people go to Soarin...you won't have much of a battle for the Test Track FPs :thumbsup2

aaaateamsgrandma
10-05-2009, 02:25 PM
Hi Katie, just checking to see how the plan is going. That is true on the fast passes. Once your time comes up you have the rest of the day to use it. We did test track when the rain came and when we left that evening it was still raining and they even told us to come back the next day and we could use them then. Which was great. Got me one more ride in.

Thanks for looking at Austin's pix and watching his video. He does enjoy himself.

Ginny

BippityBoo
10-09-2009, 08:27 PM
Hey there Ms Katie!

I know what you mean about not being able to make up your mind - right now, I am planning / plotting my October 2010 trip with my goddaughter and trying to decide if we stay in Value or Moderate. I am crossing-my-fingers-and-hoping to get another Free Dining promotion that covers early October. There's about a $400 price difference in the Value vs. Moderate, and since it's just us 2 we'll probably go Value and stay at Pop Century so we can spend money on other fun things. :goodvibes

Keep us posted on what you decide!

Ohh I am sure they will have Free Dining!! I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

It is a quick, quick trip -- we will be back Sunday.

:sad2:I'm so sad because you wont be at Wilderness Lodge with us...:sad2:
But so excited :woohoo: for you because your getting 3 more days. How much fun is that... :yay: You might be able to eat Chef Mickey's for Breakfast...

I think today is my 97 days out.. :cool1: I can't wait..
11 days til I cruise.
TexasBelle
Caroline.

WOOHOO! Cant wait to see the pics from the cruise! I know..we are a little bummed about WL, but are looking forward to staying there during christmas time next year!!

Katie, have you tried calling WDW just to see if you have a pin attached to your name for a percent off! I would give them a call to see and while you are on the phone check out the different resorts you are interested in at the AAA rates. Its a little leg work on your part; but, it may be a better deal than you TA can offer you at this time.

When I price things out I usually take a week and call all the sources, WDW, AAA, and a TA.
Happy planning!
Connie

Thanks again, Connie!

Katie,
here is a thread I think you may find interesting on the POR; we have not stayed there only POFQ. Our last trip we did a walk through to ride the boat at POFQ and I had to drop off a stroller at POR for a stroller swap. Danny said he prefers POFQ to POR, just the look of it I guess! :confused3 Being from the LA you can probably imagine the two
POFQ is a nice clean version of the French Quarter (which I love all the iron work) it has a festive ambiance; where POR reminds me of the Plantations along the River, romantic and laid back! When we stayed there years ago we loved the bus system (we were at FQ and it was Dixielanding back than, we did not share a bus) FQ has one bus stop! where POR has four I believe I read.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1920531

I don't see anything wrong with going MOD...in fact we loved it...
our next trip in 2010 we are going MOD if I only need one room; if we need two rooms we will be going to POP (we did ASSp--you share busses w/all the AS resorts--POP is the only value with its own busses).
Hopefully, our next trip after that (around 2015 --we will upgrade to the monorail resorts--I just have a hard time letting go of that money that I can put to something else;like tours, boat rides, etc.)

Good luck in your plans!
Don't sweat it; you will be in Disney and having a magical time no matter where you stay!
:wave2: Connie

Your right! We will have a great time. I am goign to look into the bus thing, too. Love the link. I am obsessed with reading it! Thanks!

My favorite mod is POFQ because of the size. No matter where you are on property you are never far from where you want to be. ...that's the practical reason. In the not so practical, I personally love the theme. And the boat to DTD.

I stayed at CSR and liked that one too. The size got to me though, it was just too big for me...and I have a feeling I'd have that problem at any of the other ones. But the rooms at CSR were GORGEOUS!

Ohh..now you make me want to look at the CSR pics! hehe. I am a disney mess!

The boat to DTD will be wonderful. We missed DTD last time, so really looking forward to it!


Just curious what you have decided!
Have a great weekend!
:wave2:

Read my new reply/tr thread!

Yes--just go to the FP line. No one even looked twice. And we heard some CMs at a restaurant telling people that FPs are honored after the time. We took advantage of this the whole trip! I think it would take you 15 at the most. Especially if it's just you going over there. I would guess more like 10. Because most people go to Soarin...you won't have much of a battle for the Test Track FPs :thumbsup2

Thanks for the info!!! I am def. going to FP it and we will be assured to be able to ride it.

Hi Katie, just checking to see how the plan is going. That is true on the fast passes. Once your time comes up you have the rest of the day to use it. We did test track when the rain came and when we left that evening it was still raining and they even told us to come back the next day and we could use them then. Which was great. Got me one more ride in.

Thanks for looking at Austin's pix and watching his video. He does enjoy himself.

Ginny


LOVE the fact that you can use fastpass any time after your alotted time. It is wonderful!! I was so worried fastpasses would ruin my planning by making us stick to a certain time!

BippityBoo
10-09-2009, 08:46 PM
Just a couple of things to update about!! My life has been SO crazy these past two weeks. Sorry for not updating too much.

This has been a week of "out with the old, in with the new"

Our first target, the tires on my husband's car. It has been driving funky and the brakes were getting worn. SO, we reluctantly paid $900 to get two new tires and breaks. Out with the old tires and breaks, in with the new.So much for Disney saving!:rotfl:

Another small change has to do with our dog, Bella

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/belladog.jpg


We went to Pets Mart to get Bella bathed. There was a special pumpkin spice dog wash they were offering. It smells so good in there (for once-ha). We also decided it was time to get Bella girl a new collar. Imagine my excitement when I found not only a pink one, but a pink one that can be personalized! With curly letters and everything!! Also had a diamond pink bone that hangs off. Kind of a bad pic, but you get the idea...
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/belladog4.jpg
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/belladog1.jpg

Out with the old collar, in with the new!

Ok sorry---now, back to Disney things!:banana:

Next change is our Resort. Out with the Old...

Wilderness Lodge
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Wildernesslodge-1.jpg


In with the new...


Port Orleans, Riverside!
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/portorleans-1.jpg

We switched our Resorts in order to save some money! We are getting a GREAT deal. Now that I have asked around and searched the DIS, we are paying a couple hundred less than others that are staying at the same time. Don't worry, though. We will be staying at WL during our Christmas time trip, 2010! We will probably book a bounce back while we are there!!
:santa::santa::santa::santa::santa::santa:

So wonderful...hear it is beautiful during Christmas time!

Now...I know that may of us, if not ALL of us, are Disney crazy. When I have ANY free time (like right now, for instance) I am reading, writing, planning, shopping, etc. for Disney. Even if there is no trip in the near future! It has really become a hobby and a stress reducer.

Because of this, my poor, trusty Disney book has become worn. Now, I do own other Disney planning books, but I always seem to go back to this one. I am not going to put the name (because I don't think I am allowed to on DIS) but most of you will recognize it! I find this book easiest to navigate and chalk full of detail. It was the first book that I used, so maybe I just became comfortable with it :confused3

Well, when planning a couple of nights ago, I noticed something was wrong with my book. Maybe it was the light, maybe it was the wrinkled pages...no, it was probably because I was looking up Liberty Tree and realized it said that they offered a characters (which they DO NOT anymore). I looked on the spine of the book and realized I had the 2007 edition. WHAT!? I needed an upgrade! So...off to the book store....

I was so thrilled when I found out that they had just gotten a new shipment of the 2010 book :cool1:

Out with the old
(notice the COVER had even fallen off!:lmao:)

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Football293.jpg


In with the new


http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/WDWbook2.jpg



Ahh...can't wait to curl up with it tonight!




I did a huge shop today for our trip too. Got lots of clothes and ordered a few customs. More on my next post...pics to come!

aaaateamsgrandma
10-09-2009, 11:51 PM
Love the new. Bella is so cute. Her collar is super cute. Princess would love it. She has a cute southwestern purple on right now. You can get a lot of money invested in those things.

I bet you will like the resort change. Riverside was where we were going to stay till we found out CSR had put in queen beds.

Yes, you did need a new book for sure. I still read mine a lot and don't have a trip planned.

Ready to see clothes.

Ginny

Charleston Princess
10-10-2009, 05:46 AM
You do not know how tempting it is to take my dogs to Petsmart for Pumpkin Spice baths and new collars -- that is so up my alley! :laughing:

We stayed at POR on our Christmas trip in 2004 and loved it. I think you will be very happy there, and you can't beat saving money!

I am trying so hard not to buy the new 2010 Unofficial Guide, but yours is so new and pretty...;)

DWGal210
10-10-2009, 09:02 AM
OOh, I love new things! How fun!

The doggie collar is just the cutest!! How fun is that!

And I know what you mean about "that book" :goodvibes I just got the 2009 one but now that I know about 2010...I don't know, I may not be able to stop myself!! :rotfl:

Have a good one!

onelilspark
10-10-2009, 10:52 AM
Awww! What kind of puppy?

longing2Batdisney
10-10-2009, 01:44 PM
Hello! Katie...
fun stuff!! can't wait to SEE the outfits...I don't think you will be disappointed with your choice of resorts...I think it is fun to stay at a different one each time it is all part of the Disney experience!!!

I have to go out and buy the new book; we were in the Disney outlet store yesterday and I was looking to see if they had the new one yet but they still have the 2009 version; and since we are not going back until Nov '10 I think I would really like the 2010 version!!


Great planning!!!
:wave2:Connie

ladybugmom
10-10-2009, 02:31 PM
Hey my friend!! Love your update! Your dog is sooo cute--love the new collar! I was able to talk to my friend Amy on Thursday night about POR. She said if you were going to stay there to be sure and request a building close to the main building. They were way in the back of the resort and said the walk to the main building took them almost 13 minutes--difficult for when they wanted snacks, to refill their mugs, etc. And like I said before, they were there over Spring Break--it was SUPER crowded when they were there. I hope that helps you some. I can't WAIT to see what you have in store for their outfits/customs!! Check out my FB page and looks at the 2 recent pics I was tagged in (I made the bows)--but my friend embroidered all of these ADORABLE shirts, etc. for their trip!! Sooo cute!!

stacikristine
10-12-2009, 11:57 AM
Wow! That's a lot of "out with the old..." -ing going on! But your "in with the new" -ing all sounds great! :thumbsup2 Bella's collar is sooo cute, and everyone that I know that's stayed at POR has LOVED IT!! I'm sure your family will too. And YAY for your new Disney Planning Book!! :woohoo:

longing2Batdisney
10-15-2009, 05:04 PM
Katie!!!!
look what was just sent out...
just learned of a new discount for Disney Rewards Visa cardholders: get a 40% discount at most Walt Disney World resort hotels, valid most nights 1/1/10-2/11/10.

BippityBoo
10-16-2009, 09:24 AM
Katie!!!!
look what was just sent out...
just learned of a new discount for Disney Rewards Visa cardholders: get a 40% discount at most Walt Disney World resort hotels, valid most nights 1/1/10-2/11/10.

WOohoooo!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks again:)

Love the new. Bella is so cute. Her collar is super cute. Princess would love it. She has a cute southwestern purple on right now. You can get a lot of money invested in those things.

I bet you will like the resort change. Riverside was where we were going to stay till we found out CSR had put in queen beds.

Yes, you did need a new book for sure. I still read mine a lot and don't have a trip planned.

Ready to see clothes.

Ginny

Haha! What kind of dog is princess?? The new book is quite nice. And lots of things are different. I was afraid it would be the same book. It has def. improved! Pics of clothes tonight!

You do not know how tempting it is to take my dogs to Petsmart for Pumpkin Spice baths and new collars -- that is so up my alley! :laughing:

We stayed at POR on our Christmas trip in 2004 and loved it. I think you will be very happy there, and you can't beat saving money!

I am trying so hard not to buy the new 2010 Unofficial Guide, but yours is so new and pretty...;)

HAHA the Pumpkin Spice was too hard to resist!! It smelled wonderful! Best dog shampoo I have seen---you should try it!

POR may be scratched again!? Read more in my new post...

THe 2010 Guide has many improvements. I was impressed!! Go get it---you know you can't resist :rotfl:

OOh, I love new things! How fun!

The doggie collar is just the cutest!! How fun is that!

And I know what you mean about "that book" :goodvibes I just got the 2009 one but now that I know about 2010...I don't know, I may not be able to stop myself!! :rotfl:

Have a good one!

HAHA Katie!! you should get it! Great book so far with improvements! Thanks for the compliments on the collar!


Awww! What kind of puppy?

She is a cockapoo!! Cocker Spaniel and Poodle mix.

Hello! Katie...
fun stuff!! can't wait to SEE the outfits...I don't think you will be disappointed with your choice of resorts...I think it is fun to stay at a different one each time it is all part of the Disney experience!!!

I have to go out and buy the new book; we were in the Disney outlet store yesterday and I was looking to see if they had the new one yet but they still have the 2009 version; and since we are not going back until Nov '10 I think I would really like the 2010 version!!


Great planning!!!
:wave2:Connie


Connie---Loving the book so far!! I def. would reccomend you getting it for your 2010 trip!

Hey my friend!! Love your update! Your dog is sooo cute--love the new collar! I was able to talk to my friend Amy on Thursday night about POR. She said if you were going to stay there to be sure and request a building close to the main building. They were way in the back of the resort and said the walk to the main building took them almost 13 minutes--difficult for when they wanted snacks, to refill their mugs, etc. And like I said before, they were there over Spring Break--it was SUPER crowded when they were there. I hope that helps you some. I can't WAIT to see what you have in store for their outfits/customs!! Check out my FB page and looks at the 2 recent pics I was tagged in (I made the bows)--but my friend embroidered all of these ADORABLE shirts, etc. for their trip!! Sooo cute!!

Becky---Saw those pics of your friends outfits! Super adorable!!! Does she make them herself?

Also, I will try to post pics ASAP of the clothes. Some are just bring, like fleece pants, jackets, etc. Customs should be in a couple of weeks!!!



Wow! That's a lot of "out with the old..." -ing going on! But your "in with the new" -ing all sounds great! :thumbsup2 Bella's collar is sooo cute, and everyone that I know that's stayed at POR has LOVED IT!! I'm sure your family will too. And YAY for your new Disney Planning Book!! :woohoo:

HEHE you are too funny! Thanks for the encouragement about POR! I just got news about a Visa discount...so may be WL again!! haha the craziness never ends!!

BippityBoo
10-16-2009, 09:36 AM
Hi gang! First things first---my friend Connie (longing2batdisney) just told me about a Visa promotion I was hoping for. 40% off rooms during our stay!! SO, this post will be a little short....off to crunch numbers!! :banana:

It was announced yesterday that Liberty Tree will be adding the CHARACTER BREAKFAST back only during the month that we are in Disney :cool1:

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/liberty.jpg


It is to replace the Crystal Palace, which will be closed for rehab. I am really looking forward to this! I know a lot of people hold the character experience at Liberty near and dear to their hearts. So glad I can experience it!!! I have always wanted to try LT! We will be paying out of pocket, but it is totally worth it!

Of course, my TA called to book it, and the DIS strikes again! hehe. Apparently, DIS gets it's info too early. The CM had NO idea what she was talking about. Much like the 4/3 deal last month. SO, she called again yesterday and it was finally in the computer. Come on Disney, keep up :lmao:

We will be eating there early (around 8am---don't have a time yet). We will then explore a nearly empty MK!! How fun will that be? I am so thankful to my TA. I was in class all day yesterday, so there is no way I could have taken care of that.

The characters so far are Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale! (all of our faves!) I am so happy because we are not doing any other meet and greets, so it will be a great autograph opportunity for the kids. I am most excited about Minnie! Hope they wear their old outfits from LT....Look how cute she is in her dress!!!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/liberty1.jpg

I hope to update more tonight on shopping!! Off to the Disney outlet to do MORE shopping right now! :woohoo:

stacikristine
10-16-2009, 10:09 AM
YAY!!! That is so exciting that you're going to be able to have a character breakfast at LTT! :goodvibes And I agree--Minnie's outfit is just adorable there. Good luck on the number crunching!!

BippityBoo
10-19-2009, 12:33 AM
Out with the old, in with the...ehhh, you get it already, right?!

MORE CHANGES, but for the BETTER!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disvisa.gif


Last week, I found out that Disney Visa was offering 40% off of resorts for the time we would be in WDW! I was excited...but we really try to avoid opening new cards if possible. I was not sure that we should do it, considering we had such a great 4/3 deal at POR/Riverside. But, my hopes of staying at WL made me research this deal.


Around the same time, I found out about some PIN numbers that were circulating. Some offering 30-40% off, some with $500 gift cards too! I was sulking, pouting, pretty much upset that Disney did not pick me for these precious PIN codes :sad2:

I decided to do some research on how to get a PIN. I googled it, looked on allears, mousesavers, etc. etc. You name it, I used it.

It was getting late and I needed to get a mound of laundry taken care of before the weekend :laundy: I logged into my email to shoot my mother a quick note and there it was...in ALL its beautiful glory....an email from Disney Destinations!

I opened it and the offer was..............



40% off Deluxe, 35% off Moderate, 30% off Value :dance3:

And on the bottom of the email...my very own PIN number!

So, I emailed my Travel Agent immediately to get her to run numbers for the WL. The catch? We would have to stay less time. We would basically be going from 7 nights to 4. Also, we would have to push our dates to a week later than what we had booked.

To my surprise, the TA came back with a cheaper deal than I thought. I was so confused!! Come to find out, our rooms at POR were more expensive on the weekend due to the marathon. There was a Standard Room at WL available! She asked me if I wanted her to book it....and I told her to give me time to talk to my DH and I would email her in the morning.

After my DH and I talked, we had come to the conclusion that the WL deal was worth it. We added an extra night (making it 5 nights) and an extra day of tickets (making it 6 days in the parks). All of this for UNDER what our previous deal at POR would have been. I was pretty excited and ready to get this vacation booked for good!

SO---emailed my TA this morning. "We'll take it!" I wrote happily, explaining the details to her about the days/tickets/dining, etc. She wrote back a couple of minutes later.

"The room is no longer available" she says.

WHAT?!:scared1:

"In fact, NO room at WL is available AT ALL using the PIN number for the entire length of the stay"

Turns out that Disney only holds a select number of rooms reserved for PINs, and they were all reserved at this point!!

OK....back to sulking, pouting, etc.

She had suggested that we switch to AKL just in case she couldn't get me WL. I started to get excited about this, it is a beautiful resort! However, with the kids, the boat and monorail access from MK would be SO helpful. So, WL is where my heart was set.

THEN I GOT IT....the email that changed it all!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Wildernesslodge-1.jpg

"We got the Wilderness Lodge!!!" she writes. ONE room became available and she scooped it up for us. She decided to ask one more time when calling to check the Animal Kingdom for us. We are all set and are SOOOO excited to try the georgeous WL :cheer2:

cdotla
10-19-2009, 04:57 AM
Wow Katie!

What a rollercoaster!!!

I was crying for you for awhile, but so glad this tale ended happily!!!:goodvibes

Way to go on WL!!! I am sure you won't be disappointed!:banana::banana::banana:

longing2Batdisney
10-19-2009, 06:31 AM
:woohoo::mickeyjum: WILDERNESS LODGE!!! HERE THEY COME!!!! :mickeyjum::woohoo:

I am so excited that the magic of Disney is coming ya'll way pixiedust:
and everything is falling into place the way you dreamed!!!

you'll have to pm me the info on Pins...my pin was for Gwendolyn's BF, Joe.
Which was cruel sent to my email, since I had paid for & booked the room when we went in May:confused3

BTW: were you going to try and go to the Disney Store Halloween party Wed. from 3:30 - 5:30...I'm trying to decide if I want to go to Gulfport or Lakeside. Lakeside is closer but smaller

:wave:Connie

Charleston Princess
10-19-2009, 07:27 AM
Hurray for Wilderness Lodge!!! I know you must be on cloud nine!!! :woohoo:

DWGal210
10-19-2009, 08:18 AM
Whew, what a roller coaster!! But I am so glad that you got that room - that is so wonderful!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

Sounds like everything is coming together for you! Congrats!!

ladybugmom
10-19-2009, 08:33 AM
Holy cow!! My heart was pounding for you as I read this (even though I knew what the outcome was--hee hee!!). So glad Angela was able to book WL for you! How exciting!! And how fun that ya'll get to eat at Liberty Tree!

Yes, my friend did make those outfits that you saw on FB!! They just got back from WDW! She's the one who appliqued Claire's bibs and bloomers for our trip!! :goodvibes

stacikristine
10-19-2009, 11:07 AM
Oh my goodness!!! I can't believe it was such a roller coaster! But YAY YAY YAY for staying at Wilderness Lodge! :dance3::yay::woohoo: I can't wait to read all about it! I know your family will love it there. And Woo-Hoo for getting it for cheaper than what you would have paid at POR!

mom2mek
10-19-2009, 12:11 PM
Wow Katie! Glad that story had a happy ending! :eek:

So happy for you!! :banana:

Sara

amandaluvsgoofy
10-21-2009, 09:10 AM
YAY!!! So glad you guys WL after the drama!! HA!!! It is so beautiful!!

longing2Batdisney
10-22-2009, 10:03 AM
thought I remembered you mentioning something about the photopass CD, so when I seen this I thought of you and Becky...
may be of interest to you
this news was just posted to the dis bulletin

Disney may send an email invitation to resort guests only approximately 45 days before arrival to pre purchase the Photo CD at a reduced price

have a great day!!!
I posted a few pic of Ashton (on my PTR)from the Disney party yesterday...it was very crowded but the kids seem to have a lot of fun!!! :hmghost:

beyondblessed
10-22-2009, 12:57 PM
I'm so glad you are getting your wish granted - WL! :worship:

aaaateamsgrandma
10-22-2009, 01:13 PM
I am so excited for you getting WL. That is too wonderfull for you. It certainly was pins and needles. I saw your post on fb and never got over here to see what the excitement was about. Congrats.

BTW. Princess is a Schnauzer. She will be 8 Nov 2. We've had her since she was 4 months old and love her. I have posted new pics of her on my tr. Should either be the last page or the next to last page.

Ginny

kaysmommie
10-25-2009, 07:02 AM
Hi Katie,
I'm just catching up on your PTR. I have not been on Dis much lately. So happy :yay: that you were able to get WL with the discount. I would love to find out how to get one of these pin codes as we are planning a trip for May or June. Anyway we are staying at WL during our Anniversary weekend in December. I will take lots of pics for you, it's beautiful at Christmas. Anyway your dog Bella is precious and I enjoyed reading your out with the old in with the new update.

Nichole

BippityBoo
11-22-2009, 01:30 PM
Hello friends :goodvibes It has been so long!! Just popping in to ask where you prefer to watch the afternoon parade around the castle? We will be in Fantasyland or Toon Town, so I was curious as to where the best view was for us to shoot for. I hope to update with lots of new info very soon...our trip is rapidly approaching! Thanks guys :wizard:

FoundNemoLostDori
11-24-2009, 06:21 PM
Hi! I'm hopping along for the ride. I just found your trip report and am excited that you'll be staying at Wilderness Lodge! That's where my hubby and I are staying hopefully next Dec. and I can't wait to hear all about it. I hope you have a wonderful time!

BippityBoo
11-24-2009, 06:40 PM
Hi! I'm hopping along for the ride. I just found your trip report and am excited that you'll be staying at Wilderness Lodge! That's where my hubby and I are staying hopefully next Dec. and I can't wait to hear all about it. I hope you have a wonderful time!

Thank you!!! We are so excited! I just realized that when I rearranged my photopass pictures...I erased my trip report pics!! Sorry about that...I will fix it soon :rotfl: Thanks for joining!

longing2Batdisney
11-24-2009, 06:55 PM
We missed the parades the in May! Joe can not handle (packed) style crowds since the war. But, we have always enjoyed catching the parade in the beginning of the park by the railroad station where it goes round that little isle where Walt's statue is located at the tip of main street. We always liked it there so if we wanted to go back to the resort for a little bit we were close by.

Need to remember where you decide to catch it and report it so I'll have a new spot to try...:mickeyjum

ladybugmom
11-26-2009, 09:14 PM
Happy Thanksgiving Katie!!!

aaaateamsgrandma
11-27-2009, 08:38 AM
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Happy late Birthday Aiden. The big 2.

Ginny

BippityBoo
11-28-2009, 10:40 PM
I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Happy late Birthday Aiden. The big 2.

Ginny

It was great!! Thank you so much for the kind words. He is such a big boy now!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Katie!!!
Thanks so much for writing me, Becky!! That was so nice of you. Sorry not to write you back, I do not have email alert, so I have to manually check it myself. I hope that you and your family are having fun catching up. I know we are at my parents house. I was thinking of you and Ally during the Macy's parade. The Rockettes were so pretty and of course, Mickey was adorable!! Makes me excited about Disney Cruises!! Of course..one more thing to plan for :laughing:


[QUOTE=longing2Batdisney;34460512]We missed the parades the in May! Joe can not handle (packed) style crowds since the war. But, we have always enjoyed catching the parade in the beginning of the park by the railroad station where it goes round that little isle where Walt's statue is located at the tip of main street. We always liked it there so if we wanted to go back to the resort for a little bit we were close by.

Need to remember where you decide to catch it and report it so I'll have a new spot to try...:mickeyjum

I will be sure to post it Connie!! I am so sorry to hear about Joe. It is so sad that wonderul people like him have to go through that. Just know that we are so appreciative of his sacrifice to give us freedom!!

ladybugmom
11-28-2009, 11:02 PM
Thanks so much for writing me, Becky!! That was so nice of you. Sorry not to write you back, I do not have email alert, so I have to manually check it myself. I hope that you and your family are having fun catching up. I know we are at my parents house. I was thinking of you and Ally during the Macy's parade. The Rockettes were so pretty and of course, Mickey was adorable!! Makes me excited about Disney Cruises!! Of course..one more thing to plan for :laughing:

That's ok!! We are at my parent's house, too! We'll be leaving tomorrow. We watched the parade as well and Claire got soooo excited when she saw the Mickey balloon!! And she kept spotting the Mickey sitting in the boat--it was a blow-up decoration at the front of Macy's. Oh--and we saw the Macy's Mickey plush today at the mall--soooo cute!! The girls also got really excited about the Buzz balloon!!

BippityBoo
11-30-2009, 11:46 AM
Hello Everyone!! How have you been?? Of course...we are totally busy with my semester winding down. Only one more week of school then I can concentrate on the finishing touches of our trip! But, I do have time to ignore assignments that are due and post a quick update. :rotfl:

Last weekend, we took the kids to New Orleans to attend the Dreams Come True exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art. It was a gift that Disney gave the city for being the inspiration for the new Princess and the Frog movie! We have some big plans in the city for the opening of the movie on December 11th so...stay tuned :lovestruc

I arrived with new batteries in my camera ready to snap away!!! But...NO PICTURES ALLOWED. What?! :confused3 UGH I was really looking forward to showing you. I did take two from the outside display...


http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Museum%20Dreams%20Come%20True/Museum2009002.jpg
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Museum%20Dreams%20Come%20True/Museum2009009.jpg

I will try my best to describe the exhibit to you. When you enter,they give you a "cell phone" that has numbers 1-20 on the front for the tour. When you get to a certain spot, you just punch the number and the phone tells you information and background for that particular piece of art. Abby loved this!! She is 6, so it was her mission to complete them all!

The entire exhibit was centered around original artwork from all of the Disney cartoons of the past. Beginning with "The Three Little Pigs" and "Mickey and the Beanstalk" (dont know if those are the appropriate titles). Going onto Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid and finally...Princess and the Frog!! The artwork was SOOOO neat! Many of the "idea" sketches for the characters were so funny! The Beast especially was drawn very whimsical at first. Also, Snow White and Ariel were blondes at one point in the brainstorming of the stories!! :rotfl2:

My 2 year old son was getting fussy, so we did not have time to really view each story in detail. My DH and I are going back for our anniversary in Februaury kid free to see the rest.

The absolute best part was the Princess and the Frog room!!! This movie will NOT dissapoint...I promise! We got an incredible viewing of a snip of the movie on a flat screen tv. Then, we were able to push buttons on a wall and listen to pieces of the movie's sountrack. The music is AMAZING!! So jazzy and fun.

I hope that you are able to make it to this exhibit one day. It is open until March 2010. New Orleans is the only city it will be in!! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and left my DH and I in goosebumps to be so close to pieces of Disney history!!

Up Next: Disney Dream 2011!!

DWGal210
11-30-2009, 12:28 PM
How exciting!! Sounds like it was a fun exhibit!

I'm excited to hear about your Princess and the Frog plans....we can't wait to see that movie!!

onelilspark
11-30-2009, 12:51 PM
I'm so jealous of the exhibit!

longing2Batdisney
11-30-2009, 03:56 PM
:yay: thanks for sharing! I plan to go in January!!! after the Christmas holidays (unless I can talk Danny into it on the 18th when we go to the Disney show at the arena) ...

I can't wait!!!

Disney Dream :rolleyes1: I take it a cruise is in the works...how exciting!!!! :yay:

ladybugmom
11-30-2009, 11:58 PM
Oh wow!! So this is what you were talking about!! It sounds incredible!! And I'm curious for what you have planned for Dec. 11th!! :goodvibes and a cruise--how exciting!!! :cool1:

scoot241
12-01-2009, 09:26 AM
I arrived with new batteries in my camera ready to snap away!!! But...NO PICTURES ALLOWED. What?! :confused3 UGH I was really looking forward to showing you. I did take two from the outside display...


I had a feeling they would say no pictures. :( Hopefully I'm going to be able to get out to NOMA when I'm home for Christmas.

stacikristine
12-01-2009, 03:35 PM
Oh my goodness--How INCREDIBLE!! I'm so glad your family was able to do this, Katie! :goodvibes I'm so excited to see the movie--we've watched every trailer and little video on the Disney Princess and the Frog website. It looks SOOO good!

aaaateamsgrandma
12-01-2009, 03:42 PM
I've seen your pictures and I think it looks amazing. What fun. I want to see the movie also. I don't need an excuse to see a Disney movie. I pretty much love them all.

BippityBoo
12-02-2009, 03:19 PM
How exciting!! Sounds like it was a fun exhibit!

I'm excited to hear about your Princess and the Frog plans....we can't wait to see that movie!!

Hi Katie!!! It was amazing! Wish you lived closer...but..Princess and the Frog will be fab :thumbsup2

I'm so jealous of the exhibit!

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were really lucky!

:yay: thanks for sharing! I plan to go in January!!! after the Christmas holidays (unless I can talk Danny into it on the 18th when we go to the Disney show at the arena) ...

I can't wait!!!



Disney Dream :rolleyes1: I take it a cruise is in the works...how exciting!!!! :yay:

Oh you should go!! You can get through the entire thing in an hour or so. We were going to go to Disney Live that day, but we are leaving about 2 weeks later for WDW, so we decided to save the money. Can't wait to see your pics!!! More on the cruise in my next post:woohoo:

Oh wow!! So this is what you were talking about!! It sounds incredible!! And I'm curious for what you have planned for Dec. 11th!! :goodvibes and a cruise--how exciting!!! :cool1:

YES!! It was really amazing. I totally forgot to write about my absolute favorite part...CINDERELLA!! The sketches were truly beautiful and it was so neat to see up close. There were even coffee stains on them from the artists who were working on them so long ago!!!

Our plans are so much fun! They are a suprise, so stay tuned! Just a hint, we will be in New Orleans doing some Tiana type activities :thumbsup2

I will write about our cruise in my next post....excited to try out the new ship and the Poly :dance3:

I had a feeling they would say no pictures. :( Hopefully I'm going to be able to get out to NOMA when I'm home for Christmas.

Are you from the area? You really should make time, it is so interesting!! And yes...I kind of thought they would say no pics too, but I was hopeful!! My DH tried to get some sneak pics with his phone, but there is someone watching in every room :scared1:

Oh my goodness--How INCREDIBLE!! I'm so glad your family was able to do this, Katie! :goodvibes I'm so excited to see the movie--we've watched every trailer and little video on the Disney Princess and the Frog website. It looks SOOO good!

It was Amazing Staci!!!! You will LOVE the P & F!! Also, thanks so much for the advice/info on Toy Story. You're the best :thumbsup2

I've seen your pictures and I think it looks amazing. What fun. I want to see the movie also. I don't need an excuse to see a Disney movie. I pretty much love them all.

That is so true!!! This movie will be absolutely fun and worth every penny!

BippityBoo
12-02-2009, 05:34 PM
Hello Again!!

Just a quick "announcement". As you know, we were planning to go to Disney in December 2010 for my graduation. Well, now it looks like I am graduating in Spring 2011 :sad2: My school does not offer a class I need next semester, so I need to wait until they offer it again. Although I am a little upset about the fact that I am in for an extra semester, it does have it's upside.

1) I get to downscale my classes pretty drastically now that I have more semesters to space them out over.

2) I get to spend more time at home with my little man before he grows up and goes to school. He is in a Mother's Day Out (daycare at church) 2 days a week right now until noon. He loves it! We plan on putting him in my daughter's old preschool next year. The school is wonderful...I had to put him on the waiting list WHILE HE WAS IN MY BELLY and we didn't even have a name for him yet :rotfl2: They suggest it so that you can guarantee he is in. So, we are very excited for him to do that. And I get to be a SAHM with him for the days he is not there :woohoo:


Anyways....another good thing is that

WE ARE STILL GOING TO WDW IN DECEMBER!! :cheer2:

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disneychristm.jpg

So, that is where you come in. We are contemplating the day before Thanksgiving to the first week of December. I know there are large crowds during Thanksgiving, but it would be very helpful with both my daughter and I being off school AND it would be my little man's 3rd birthday while we were there! Another option would be to check in the Saturday after Thanksgiving and go through the end of the first week of December.

I would like to know if any of you have any suggestions to any good Thanksgiving/Early December Trip Report that I can check out. I want to research it tonight...I am getting really excited! :santa:

Oh...and if that weren't enough...

We are cruising the Dream in May 2011 in honor of my graduation (for REAL this time!!) pirate:

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/captainmicket.jpg

I will post on that tonight if I have time. Thanks for your help :lovestruc

__________________________________________________ _____

Just to clarify, we are still going to WDW in January 2010 and are paid off in full as of last week!!!!!!!!!

Wilderness Lodge---here we come!

longing2Batdisney
12-02-2009, 08:07 PM
Katie,
I'm so sorry to hear about your school problems; although you do have a great attitude about it. Gwendolyn has sort of the same problem (she had to have permission from the professor for a class while she takes the pre req class--he told her no; so she has to add a semester). But, I know you will have a great time being with Aiden.

I understand about the Disney Live show we did the same thing earlier in the year when we went in May. Can't wait to hear all about the 11th!!! I think I'm going to wait on the movie or at least some reviews to see if it is something a 3 yr boy will like :confused3:.

I am currently following two PTR's; one the family is there now! and the other the family is leaving this coming weekend(I will forward you their TR's when they start). We are going next year and plan to hit the road the day after Thanksgiving; so, it sounds like we will be there around the same time next year. We have heard from so many that the weeks to go(crowds) for Christmas is after Thanksgiving up to the week before Christmas (and considering that is when Disney usually has the best deals for the holidays during those weeks; it must be true! I sure hope so!!

Congrats! :yay: on the cruise!!! :yay: how exciting!
:wave2: Connie

scoot241
12-02-2009, 09:31 PM
Are you from the area? You really should make time, it is so interesting!! And yes...I kind of thought they would say no pics too, but I was hopeful!! My DH tried to get some sneak pics with his phone, but there is someone watching in every room :scared1:

Born and raised in NOLA, LSU alum, living in Houston. We are planning to get to NOMA sometime after Christmas while we're in NOLA. Photography's my hobby, so I was hoping to get my camera in, but I guess not.

BippityBoo
12-02-2009, 10:07 PM
Katie,
I'm so sorry to hear about your school problems; although you do have a great attitude about it. Gwendolyn has sort of the same problem (she had to have permission from the professor for a class while she takes the pre req class--he told her no; so she has to add a semester). But, I know you will have a great time being with Aiden.

I understand about the Disney Live show we did the same thing earlier in the year when we went in May. Can't wait to hear all about the 11th!!! I think I'm going to wait on the movie or at least some reviews to see if it is something a 3 yr boy will like :confused3:.


I am currently following two PTR's; one the family is there now! and the other the family is leaving this coming weekend(I will forward you their TR's when they start). We are going next year and plan to hit the road the day after Thanksgiving; so, it sounds like we will be there around the same time next year. We have heard from so many that the weeks to go(crowds) for Christmas is after Thanksgiving up to the week before Christmas (and considering that is when Disney usually has the best deals for the holidays during those weeks; it must be true! I sure hope so!!

Congrats! :yay: on the cruise!!! :yay: how exciting!
:wave2: Connie

UGH!! Dang professors. Which class was it?

OH I will write you right away and let you know how it was. We will be there first in line :rotfl:


Born and raised in NOLA, LSU alum, living in Houston. We are planning to get to NOMA sometime after Christmas while we're in NOLA. Photography's my hobby, so I was hoping to get my camera in, but I guess not.


I saw you were in the Tiger Band!! Amazing....duh duh duh DUH! (that is my best shot at trying to spell out the fight song haha). I graduated LSU in 2004! The team is so sad this year , but we are still big fans! And especially Saints fans...my DH just booked a room in NOLA for Superbowl weekend b/c he is so confident we are going all the way!!

I am going to read your TR when I get a chance. I love photography too. I have a Cannon, but not a fancy one like yours :)

ladybugmom
12-02-2009, 10:32 PM
Katie--you had me sooo nervous for a second!!! I thought you were going to say that you had decided not to go for Christmas 2010! Whew!! I think you need to go the first week of December--I would LOVE to be down there the same time! It would be sooo much fun!!!!! Everyone I have talked to has recommended it!!

I cannot WAIT to hear what you're doing on the 11th for the Princess and the Frog! It's so cool that you live so close to New Orleans. We're going to a Disney Store event next Wed. for the movie's debut!! I bought the soundtrack and cannot quit listening to it! I think we'll have the songs memorized before we go see the movie!!

DWGal210
12-03-2009, 08:19 AM
Hey Katie!

Well, it stinks that you are going to graduate later, but as you said, there is that silver lining!! :wizard:

And YEAH that you get to go on the Dream in 2011 - how much fun is that?!

Have a great day!!

kcandbella
12-03-2009, 09:19 PM
Just found and got caught up on your PTR and wanted to say hi! That Princess and the Frog exhibit looked really cool--wish you could have taken pictures!

scoot241
12-04-2009, 12:41 AM
I saw you were in the Tiger Band!! Amazing....duh duh duh DUH! (that is my best shot at trying to spell out the fight song haha). I graduated LSU in 2004! The team is so sad this year , but we are still big fans! And especially Saints fans...my DH just booked a room in NOLA for Superbowl weekend b/c he is so confident we are going all the way!!

I am going to read your TR when I get a chance. I love photography too. I have a Cannon, but not a fancy one like yours :)

I graduated the first time in 2005 (went right back for my MBA and graduated the second time in 2007). Played trombone in Tiger Band for all four undergrad years. Yeah, the football team needs some work. The Saints, however, are amazing this year! I'm fairly confident we're going to be in the Super Bowl too.

Some will tell you that my TR is long, but it's full of pictures. I do tend to ramble a little though. :)

stacikristine
12-04-2009, 02:27 PM
Hi Katie!

I'm sorry your school is taking longer than you were planning on... That stinks. It's always so frustrating when they only offer certain classes every-other semester! Or they only have one time it's offered, and you just have to work everything else around it. But that is so wonderful that you'll have time at home with your little man!! I have a feeling that one day a week will become your favorite day of the week! :goodvibes (besides the weekend!) I can't believe you had to put him on the waiting list when he was in your belly! But it must be a fantastic pre-school! It sounds like things are just going to work out really well!

And that is SOOOO exciting that you still get to go to Disney World next year! I've never been at Christmastime (but I REALLY want to some day) but my cousin and her family went three years in a row the first week of December. They LOVED it. The crowds were way down, and the decorations were all up, and it was just perfect for them. They actually took their kids out of school and her husband (he was a teacher) took off as well. So I don't know if that helps--it's not first-hand experience, but hopefully it does at least a little! :)

And congratulations on being completely paid off for your trip!!! SOOOO exciting! You'll be there before you know it! :dance3: I hope your family is having a wonderful Christmas season so far!

TexasBelle
12-05-2009, 02:38 PM
Hey Katie!!! So sorry I've been MIA, but just like everyone, I've been so busy.

Sorry to hear about your school but it will turn out to be fabulous, Cruising on the "Dream" will be wonderful....

Our cruise was great, except for the line, I didn't care much for it. Althought I loved the islands, Cozumel and Grand Cayman were the best, I didn't care much for Jamaica, like I did the other but, the crystal white beaches and turqouise blue water in Cayman was so fabulous. :cool1: I would love to just vacation there.

I'm so excited to read that your back at Wilderness Lodge. That is so cool. :cool1: I went ahead and booked me another day. Since Eric and I start driving towards Orlando on January 1, and it will take us a few days, a stop in Alexandria, La and then a night in Tallahassee hopefully will put us in Orlando by noon or 1 on Sunday the 3rd. He starts school on Monday, the 4th. I had originally thought I would find a place near him that Sunday night and he just take me over to WL or I catch a taxi on Monday. But while we were there in November, I decided to go ahead a book me a room for that Sunday night at WL instead of him or me trying to figure out how to get me there on Monday. Charlie arrives around noon on Monday and we would have to wait around until our room would be ready so, I thought why not.

So, I'll arrive there on Sunday, after taking Eric shopping for food and stuff. I'm not sure what I'll do the rest of that day, maybe ride the boat to MK. I don't know yet.

Now you arrive on the 6th, Wednesday? I think its going to be beautiful. I wonder if it's going to be decorated??? I've been looking at the Thread on WL at the pictures of it decorated for Christmas it looks so fabulous.

You asked about going to DW during Thanksgiving, I had a girlfriend and her family go at that time, and they loved it. They had Thanksgiving dinner in the park and the Sunday after Thanksgiving the crowds were gone. So maybe that would be fun for you.

Just wanted to check in and say Hi!!! Looking forward to our trips..

TexasBelle
Carolyn

mom2mek
12-07-2009, 09:17 AM
Hi Katie! Like many others, sorry I have been MIA - crazy busy around here with Thanksgiving traveling, wisdom tooth surgery, girls Christmas dance recital, church pageant, christmas show at school.....the list goes on and on! Tis the season, right? :santa:

Anyways, the exhibit looked like a lot of fun and that's fabulous news about the cruise! I'm glad you didn't cancel December 2010 though - that's gonna be great too!

You asked for TRs on Thanksgiving or around that timeframe - there's one in my signature if you haven't read it. It was Thanksgiving week, so it was busy for the latter part of our trip (plus it was with 16 people, so it was a trip of a different color, so to speak.....hence the herding cats title) but it might shed some light on some things you are thinking about for that timeframe. It's been a while since I read it, so I don't know if it will have helpful info in it or not, but thought I would give it a little plug....:rolleyes1 LOL!

Can't wait to read more about this trip that's coming in only a few more weeks! :banana::banana::banana::banana:

Sara

kaysmommie
12-08-2009, 09:27 AM
Hi Katie,
Just wanted to stop in and say hello. So happy you are still going in December! I'm sure either week will be fine as long as you know it will be more busy Thanksgiving week. First week of December apparently is not as quiet as it used to be :eek: it was pretty busy. I thought May and October were much less crowded. Also congrats on the cruise!! The new ship looks fabulous :goodvibes. We are going to be cruising on the dream in November 2011 with friends of ours. My friend will be celebrating her Birthday which is nice but I'm trying to get her to switch to spring or summer since my kids school is not as flexible as hers :sad2:. Looking forward to reading a new trip report soon.

Nichole

aaaateamsgrandma
12-08-2009, 09:43 AM
Hi Katie. I have sure been a slow reader these past couple of weeks. Work! I just hate it when I have to actually do it. I like it much better when I have play time. Too bad about the school thing but at least you did see the good in it and managed to get a couple of Disney trips along with it. Good for you.

I know you are very busy getting ready for Christmas with 2 little ones. I miss those days. Now Don and I just get one big gift per grandchild and cash. The girls and sons in law get cash and I did buy the girls those Keurig coffee makers this year. Don and I generally don't exchange gifts, well we say we don't but we manage a little something. Our anniversary is the 23 so we do a gift to each other then. 42 years this year.\
Have a great day and don't work too hard.

Ginny

BippityBoo
12-08-2009, 05:12 PM
Just found and got caught up on your PTR and wanted to say hi! That Princess and the Frog exhibit looked really cool--wish you could have taken pictures!

Thanks for joining!! I have not had a lot of time to devote to my PTR because I have been busy with school. I will be finished on Thursday....so it will be 100% Disney devoted...with some occasional Christmas shopping :love: I love the pic of you and your daughter. She is a doll!


I graduated the first time in 2005 (went right back for my MBA and graduated the second time in 2007). Played trombone in Tiger Band for all four undergrad years. Yeah, the football team needs some work. The Saints, however, are amazing this year! I'm fairly confident we're going to be in the Super Bowl too.

Some will tell you that my TR is long, but it's full of pictures. I do tend to ramble a little though. :)

Thats ok...I ramble too. Must be a Louisiana thing. WHO DAT!?:worship:

Hi Katie!

I'm sorry your school is taking longer than you were planning on... That stinks. It's always so frustrating when they only offer certain classes every-other semester! Or they only have one time it's offered, and you just have to work everything else around it. But that is so wonderful that you'll have time at home with your little man!! I have a feeling that one day a week will become your favorite day of the week! :goodvibes (besides the weekend!) I can't believe you had to put him on the waiting list when he was in your belly! But it must be a fantastic pre-school! It sounds like things are just going to work out really well!

And that is SOOOO exciting that you still get to go to Disney World next year! I've never been at Christmastime (but I REALLY want to some day) but my cousin and her family went three years in a row the first week of December. They LOVED it. The crowds were way down, and the decorations were all up, and it was just perfect for them. They actually took their kids out of school and her husband (he was a teacher) took off as well. So I don't know if that helps--it's not first-hand experience, but hopefully it does at least a little! :)

And congratulations on being completely paid off for your trip!!! SOOOO exciting! You'll be there before you know it! :dance3: I hope your family is having a wonderful Christmas season so far!

Thanks Staci!!! I read your new update, but have not had time to comment on it. You two are as adorable as ever!! Hopefully, I will have some time tonight.

It DOES help to hear about the first week of December! All of my professors are super flexible so far. Hopefully, I will get some good ones that Fall and will be able to sneak over there around that time :yay:

Being paid off is SO exciting...and it makes me nervous!! I need to get everything together after my last final on Thursday. I am anxiously awaiting that. I have everything bought, just need to organize and pack!! Thanks for reading :hug:


Hey Katie!!! So sorry I've been MIA, but just like everyone, I've been so busy.

Sorry to hear about your school but it will turn out to be fabulous, Cruising on the "Dream" will be wonderful....

Our cruise was great, except for the line, I didn't care much for it. Althought I loved the islands, Cozumel and Grand Cayman were the best, I didn't care much for Jamaica, like I did the other but, the crystal white beaches and turqouise blue water in Cayman was so fabulous. :cool1: I would love to just vacation there.

I'm so excited to read that your back at Wilderness Lodge. That is so cool. :cool1: I went ahead and booked me another day. Since Eric and I start driving towards Orlando on January 1, and it will take us a few days, a stop in Alexandria, La and then a night in Tallahassee hopefully will put us in Orlando by noon or 1 on Sunday the 3rd. He starts school on Monday, the 4th. I had originally thought I would find a place near him that Sunday night and he just take me over to WL or I catch a taxi on Monday. But while we were there in November, I decided to go ahead a book me a room for that Sunday night at WL instead of him or me trying to figure out how to get me there on Monday. Charlie arrives around noon on Monday and we would have to wait around until our room would be ready so, I thought why not.

So, I'll arrive there on Sunday, after taking Eric shopping for food and stuff. I'm not sure what I'll do the rest of that day, maybe ride the boat to MK. I don't know yet.

Now you arrive on the 6th, Wednesday? I think its going to be beautiful. I wonder if it's going to be decorated??? I've been looking at the Thread on WL at the pictures of it decorated for Christmas it looks so fabulous.

You asked about going to DW during Thanksgiving, I had a girlfriend and her family go at that time, and they loved it. They had Thanksgiving dinner in the park and the Sunday after Thanksgiving the crowds were gone. So maybe that would be fun for you.

Just wanted to check in and say Hi!!! Looking forward to our trips..

TexasBelle
Carolyn



Carolyn,

Thank you so much for checking in. An extra day in the WL :dance3: That is amazing! We actually pushed our ressie back a week in order to give us some more time to get ready after my sister in law gets married Jan 2nd. We are super excited!!! I think the decorations come down by the 3rd...but I am not sure. I hear it is sooo beautiful during Christmas!! I know you are getting excited about your trip! Cant wait to read about it! :lovestruc

Hi Katie! Like many others, sorry I have been MIA - crazy busy around here with Thanksgiving traveling, wisdom tooth surgery, girls Christmas dance recital, church pageant, christmas show at school.....the list goes on and on! Tis the season, right? :santa:

Anyways, the exhibit looked like a lot of fun and that's fabulous news about the cruise! I'm glad you didn't cancel December 2010 though - that's gonna be great too!

You asked for TRs on Thanksgiving or around that timeframe - there's one in my signature if you haven't read it. It was Thanksgiving week, so it was busy for the latter part of our trip (plus it was with 16 people, so it was a trip of a different color, so to speak.....hence the herding cats title) but it might shed some light on some things you are thinking about for that timeframe. It's been a while since I read it, so I don't know if it will have helpful info in it or not, but thought I would give it a little plug....:rolleyes1 LOL!

Can't wait to read more about this trip that's coming in only a few more weeks! :banana::banana::banana::banana:

Sara

I know Sara!!! It is coming sooo fast. Thank you so much for the tip on your TR! I love how you gave yourself a plug. hehe so funny. I would LOVE to read it. Hopefully I can get caught up after finals are over Thursday :yay:

Hi Katie,
Just wanted to stop in and say hello. So happy you are still going in December! I'm sure either week will be fine as long as you know it will be more busy Thanksgiving week. First week of December apparently is not as quiet as it used to be :eek: it was pretty busy. I thought May and October were much less crowded. Also congrats on the cruise!! The new ship looks fabulous :goodvibes. We are going to be cruising on the dream in November 2011 with friends of ours. My friend will be celebrating her Birthday which is nice but I'm trying to get her to switch to spring or summer since my kids school is not as flexible as hers :sad2:. Looking forward to reading a new trip report soon.

Nichole

OH no Nichole!!! I think the rates are so amazing this year, people could not resist ;) I love your pictures!! Are you going to write a TR? That is awesome that you are cruising with friends!!! We may have some friends come along on ours. It makes it so much more fun when the kids have someone to play with their own age :thumbsup2 Thanks for keeping up with my PTR!! I will have much more time to update when school is over.

Hi Katie. I have sure been a slow reader these past couple of weeks. Work! I just hate it when I have to actually do it. I like it much better when I have play time. Too bad about the school thing but at least you did see the good in it and managed to get a couple of Disney trips along with it. Good for you.

I know you are very busy getting ready for Christmas with 2 little ones. I miss those days. Now Don and I just get one big gift per grandchild and cash. The girls and sons in law get cash and I did buy the girls those Keurig coffee makers this year. Don and I generally don't exchange gifts, well we say we don't but we manage a little something. Our anniversary is the 23 so we do a gift to each other then. 42 years this year.\
Have a great day and don't work too hard.

Ginny

Ginny, THank you so much for popping in and saying hi!!! I can not believe you have been married for 42 years!!! You are so inspiring to me!!

I know that it must be hard to buy for adults now. hehe We are harder than the kiddos! My mother is having a blast buying for the grandkids. I know I will miss it when it is gone. :goodvibes

BippityBoo
12-13-2009, 11:42 AM
Like usual, we have been very busy around here. My finals are done and I am off for my Christmas Break :banana: It feels wonderful. My daughter and son have one more week of school and mother's day out, so I will have a few days to myself! I will need them because we are only 4 weeks away from leaving :eek: Lots to do!


http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/princessad.jpg

First, if you have not seen The Princess and the Frog it is a TOTAL MUST DO!! Such a wonderful movie! It was my 2 year old son's first movie in the theater. All of the kids laughed out loud, sang, clapped and danced. In my opinion, it is one of Disney's best movies...but I may be biased because I live in Louisiana. :laughing: We will probably go see it again before the holidays are done. I want to take my in-laws.

As some of you know, my sister in law is getting married January 2nd! I am in the wedding as a bridesmaid. She was nice enough to pick three styles of dresses from JCrew Weddings and have us pick the style we like best in black. I first ordered a different style, but did not like it on me at all! So, I just ordered this one and I should get it in the mail tomorrow. Lets hope I like it! :thumbsup2

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/jcrewdress.jpg

With our trip approaching so soon, I am in full planning mode. I have lots of things to do still. I have finalized our park plans and dining ressies, etc. I need to start putting together my binder. If anyone has good links you can show me for binder inspiration, please share!

As far as the kids go, I have bought about 5 sets of matching tshirts at the Disney Store. I will post pics soon of those. I figured that they would have coats on for the most part, so no need to go ALL out on customs.......


BUT.....

Can't go a trip without ANY! :lmao: I really wanted the kids to match with their outerwear/coats. You would be SO surprised how hard it is to find matching red fleece jackets for kids! There are always some sort of graphic or something on them. I finally found some great ones at "The Children's Place" and they were available in both toddler and girl sizes. Here is a picture...

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/fleece.jpg

I then found a lady on etsy.com that makes disney shirts. I mailed the fleece jackets to her and she is monogramming the chest area with their names in Disney font and a Mickey and Minnie applique above. It will be so cute! Can't wait to get them back! I am also getting some custom shirts made from my friend, so more on those in my next post.

I just searched on crocs.com again and the Mickey Crocs for kids were on sale for $9.99 and FREE shipping! What a deal:wizard:

I ordered this one for my daughter...

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Mickeycrock.jpg

and this one for my son...

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/disneycrocs2.jpg

Ok, let me wrap this post up with some NFL news as the SAINTS are about to play!!!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Saints.jpg

My husband is a DIE HARD Saints fan. Not easy to be one as we have never really had a great season. Well, as most of you know, the Saints are 12-0!!! Everyone is SO thrilled and we are all praying for a Superbowl year! In the midst of finalizing plans....we found out that the first weekend of the Playoffs start the day we check into Disney!! :scared1:

SO

My travel agent checked to make sure there are plenty of televisions in the bar at the WL. Of course, we could go to the awesome ESPN Club but, it will be our first night in WDW!! We are planning on being in the MK. :sad2:

PLEASE pray that the Saints win today! If they do, they clinch a bye for the first weekend of Playoffs, which means that we will be enjoying MK on our first night and not beer and onion rings with screaming fans!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOO SAINTS!:cheer2:

kcandbella
12-13-2009, 01:37 PM
Great deal on the crocs! Thanks for posting. I ordered a pair for me, my daughter, and one for each of my nephews that are going all for 42.00 shipped!! Not bad for 4 pairs of crocs...not that I needed any more Christmas stuff for them...just couldn't pass it up! :rotfl:

scoot241
12-13-2009, 01:37 PM
Sounds like you have a lot going on! We're probably going to go see The Princess & the Frog when we come in for Christmas. Glad to hear it was so good.

In the meantime, Geaux Saints!

cdotla
12-13-2009, 04:27 PM
Glad to hear you enjoyed P&TF. We are dying to see it, but we had Christmas activities Friday, Saturday and today! And more of the same next weekend. I will likely take them during Christmas and New Years...great way to beat the post Christmas blues I would say!;)

Looking forward to your next update - can't wait to see your clothing choices this trip!:)

BippityBoo
12-13-2009, 09:10 PM
Great deal on the crocs! Thanks for posting. I ordered a pair for me, my daughter, and one for each of my nephews that are going all for 42.00 shipped!! Not bad for 4 pairs of crocs...not that I needed any more Christmas stuff for them...just couldn't pass it up! :rotfl:

That is an awesome deal!!! Glad I could help :thumbsup2 We love crocs at our house. It is SOOO easy to tell the kids to go put their crocs on rather than deal with tennis shoes!

Sounds like you have a lot going on! We're probably going to go see The Princess & the Frog when we come in for Christmas. Glad to hear it was so good.

In the meantime, Geaux Saints!

WHO DAT?! What a nail biter. We will bring our A game playing the Cowboys :cheer2: You will love Princess and the Frog. Just screams New Orleans. It is such a great tribute. Even the acents are RIGHT on. You know how most movies are totally off? haha.

Glad to hear you enjoyed P&TF. We are dying to see it, but we had Christmas activities Friday, Saturday and today! And more of the same next weekend. I will likely take them during Christmas and New Years...great way to beat the post Christmas blues I would say!;)

Looking forward to your next update - can't wait to see your clothing choices this trip!:)

Oh!! Almost done with the clothes! Still waiting on a few shipments. I am giving myself till next week to get it all together. Cant wait to show yall! :woohoo: The movie was AWESOME. You will love it. I keep raving to all my friends. I know what you mean about being so busy. I literally picked my daugther up, threw her in the shower, dressed her then ran off to the theater. Luckily I had gotten tickets the day before b/c the line was out the door...in the rain...and cold :scared1:

aaaateamsgrandma
12-13-2009, 10:13 PM
I always miss on the weekends for some reason. Went to Kansas City for girls weekend out. Had a great time. I really wanted to watch the game today but we were shopping and then driving home. So glad they won. Your time is getting so close. Love it for you.

Have a good week.

ladybugmom
12-14-2009, 12:58 AM
LOVE the Crocs!! Ally and Claire both took the same pair on our trip!! They are sooo cute!! And the Saints won, right?! So they have a bye week!! I know you are very happy!! :goodvibes

onelilspark
12-14-2009, 08:14 AM
For the record...from this Eagles fan, the Saints better beat the Cowboys next week! ;)

I don't live in Lousiana and the Princess and the Frog ranks as one of my favorite Disney movies. It was awesome. I love it!

DWGal210
12-14-2009, 08:22 AM
Sounds like you guys had a nice weekend! I would LOVE to go see Princess and the Frog...my only hesitation is if we should see it before we leave, or go see it while we are there...decisions, decisions!! :goodvibes

Good luck to the Saints - how exciting!!!

BippityBoo
12-14-2009, 12:34 PM
I always miss on the weekends for some reason. Went to Kansas City for girls weekend out. Had a great time. I really wanted to watch the game today but we were shopping and then driving home. So glad they won. Your time is getting so close. Love it for you.

Have a good week.

Girls trip! FUN!! We are so excited--thank you!! SAINTS GO ALL THE WAY :cheer2:

LOVE the Crocs!! Ally and Claire both took the same pair on our trip!! They are sooo cute!! And the Saints won, right?! So they have a bye week!! I know you are very happy!! :goodvibes

Really?! I think the white and red look so girly..she will love them! I think I will have Santa give it to them. YES they won!! The whole time I was like "This is for the Magic Kingdom guys!!" hehe

For the record...from this Eagles fan, the Saints better beat the Cowboys next week! ;)

I don't live in Lousiana and the Princess and the Frog ranks as one of my favorite Disney movies. It was awesome. I love it!

Wasnt it just wonderful :cloud9: Such a HAPPY story. Not too many scary parts (and the ones that were ranked very low on the scary scale for the kids). And the music, oh my gosh...we loved it! Glad you posted b.c I was curious to see how those outside of LA liked it.

Haha I was a Cowboys fan when I was younger b/c I lived about 20 minutes away from Texas. My daughter loves the Cheerleaders...but they better watch out!! There is NO way that they can win in the Dome :cheer2:

Sounds like you guys had a nice weekend! I would LOVE to go see Princess and the Frog...my only hesitation is if we should see it before we leave, or go see it while we are there...decisions, decisions!! :goodvibes

Good luck to the Saints - how exciting!!!


Katie--See it at home AND at WDW!!! Seriously, you will want to watch it again and again. We are going back next week with my in-laws! Take your niece...it is amazing. Cant wait to read your TR!!!!

BippityBoo
12-14-2009, 10:35 PM
This post is for those of you who pride yourselves on being the perfect park day planner. For the rest of you...exit now and stay tuned as I hope to have pics of our outfits and packing supplies in a week or so :lmao:


BTW...SAINTS WON! No ESPN Club on our first day...they secured the bye for our arrival weekend...thank goodness!!

Anyways, I think it is time to start posting our park plans. I will start with our arrival day and we will take it from there...

Arrival/Day 1


We plan on staying in a hotel about 2 1/2 hours away from WDW.
We will wake up fairly early (our usual 7:30 or so).
Complimentary breakfast at the hotel (maybe take it on the road).
Hitting the road around 9:00am.
With one stop, arriving at WDW around 12:00pm.


We will check in to the WL (although our room most likely wont be ready)

Have the WL hold our bags in the secure holding room.
Explore the resort.
Lunch @ Roarin Forks Counter Service.
Obtain a week long stroller rental and autograph books from the gift shop.


BOAT TO MK!! (around 1:30 or so?)

Enter MK

Get stroller
Our first photopass at the MK (castle view of course!)
Buy my kids a balloon (they LOVE this!)
Through the castle to Fantasyland.
Check out the waits on the rides. Fastpass those who are over 15-20 min.
Ride all the open/quick rides (Dumbo, Small World, Grotto, Pooh, etc.)




Afternoon parade at the castle or in Liberty Square (whichever is least crowded) 3:00
Adventureland! (ride Pirates, Aladin's carpet ride, Jungle Cruise)
Dole Whip @ Aloha Isle (FINALLY!---never tried one)


Boat to WL

Get bags/Check into room
Rest (nap for my DS)/unpacking for me


Boat back to MK
Fantasyland (ride any fastpassed rides--Peter Pan, Pooh, etc)
**SKIP ABOVE STEP IF NO RIDES WERE FASTPASSED**

Dinner at Columbia Harbour House (YUM!)

Toontown

Meet Fairies! (Will the line be too long at night?)
Mickey and Minnie's house
Barnstormer (My DH first rollercoaster!)


Take the train from Toontown to the entrance of MK.
Stroller Return (to avoid crowd at closing)
WISHES 8:00pm
Boat to WL.

Night Night...big Epcot day tomorrow!

Let me know what you think!! We are trying to hit all of the low key rides and attractions to get into the spirit of WDW. Thanks for any help :flower3:

longing2Batdisney
12-15-2009, 02:44 PM
Katie,
plans look well thought out...did you know that when you ride the train you take your stoller rental card and leave the rental stroller there...which will save you the step of returning your stoller that night!

great deal on the crocs; I had gotten Ashton & I some last April for our May trip with a similiar great deal...I need to get on there and see about ordering him a new pair with all the great deals right now!
:santa:Connie

BippityBoo
12-15-2009, 03:06 PM
No I did not!!! Great tip...so you just take your card to stroller rental services when you are ready to leave and let them know your stroller is at the train station? Or can you just leave it and go watch Wishes then exit the park without returning it? Thanks SO much! What a time saver!

Katie,
plans look well thought out...did you know that when you ride the train you take your stoller rental card and leave the rental stroller there...which will save you the step of returning your stoller that night!

great deal on the crocs; I had gotten Ashton & I some last April for our May trip with a similiar great deal...I need to get on there and see about ordering him a new pair with all the great deals right now!
:santa:Connie

longing2Batdisney
12-15-2009, 03:16 PM
You just leave it!!! It is one of the nicer perks of stroller rentals...we did not even rent a stroller when we went in May...the conductor told Danny that if we rode around the park we could leave our stroller at the station we started and if we had a rented stroller we would just swap it with the card(the only problem with that is that if you get on at Main street and get off at Toon town they may not have one waiting; but, if you're leaving--no problem)!!! Just like if you hop parks you just carry your card with you from park to park (I'm sure you knew that part)....

BippityBoo
12-15-2009, 03:29 PM
Yes, that is what happend to us last time. We took the train from Toon Town to Frontierland and they had no double strollers waiting there, so we were forced to get a single and have my DD walk.

We will be going from Toon town to Main street...so we just leave the stroller at toon town, hop on and ride to main street for fireworks! How cool is that?!

You just leave it!!! It is one of the nicer perks of stroller rentals...we did not even rent a stroller when we went in May...the conductor told Danny that if we rode around the park we could leave our stroller at the station we started and if we had a rented stroller we would just swap it with the card(the only problem with that is that if you get on at Main street and get off at Toon town they may not have one waiting; but, if you're leaving--no problem)!!! Just like if you hop parks you just carry your card with you from park to park (I'm sure you knew that part)....

scoot241
12-15-2009, 03:31 PM
Through the castle to Fantasyland.
Check out the waits on the rides. Fastpass those who are over 15-20 min.
Ride all the open/quick rides (Dumbo, Small World, Grotto, Pooh, etc.)


You probably won't be able to walk through the castle to Fantasyland from Main Street at this time of day because of the shows on the castle stage. The walkways to the sides of the castle should be open, however.

Dumbo and Ariel's Grotto also may or may not be quick attractions at this time of day. Not sure how big the crowds will be.

BippityBoo
12-15-2009, 03:53 PM
Good point! I do not think that they have a castle show that day, but I need to double check.

We will be there early January. The crowds should not be too high, but you are right about the waits on those rides. We are going straight to Fantasyland on our second day at MK, so we should be able to ride them if we dont get a chance on our first day.


You probably won't be able to walk through the castle to Fantasyland from Main Street at this time of day because of the shows on the castle stage. The walkways to the sides of the castle should be open, however.

Dumbo and Ariel's Grotto also may or may not be quick attractions at this time of day. Not sure how big the crowds will be.

BippityBoo
12-15-2009, 03:57 PM
I can not find the schedule for the castle shows. I know I read about it some time before. Do you know where I can find that info by any chance? TIA!!

You probably won't be able to walk through the castle to Fantasyland from Main Street at this time of day because of the shows on the castle stage. The walkways to the sides of the castle should be open, however.

Dumbo and Ariel's Grotto also may or may not be quick attractions at this time of day. Not sure how big the crowds will be.

longing2Batdisney
12-15-2009, 04:04 PM
If you go to the top of the main dis page you can find the hours and times of parks, shows and parades...
they should have it on the WDW internet site by now...if you need more help let me know...when I get a chance I'll find it for you!!! :upsidedow

ladybugmom
12-16-2009, 11:09 AM
I think your plans look great!! It's so exciting how close your trip is!! Sorry I've been MIA--you know how crazy things have been here!! :goodvibes

BippityBoo
12-22-2009, 03:06 PM
Thank you! I am hoping that my TA sends me some schedules as well :)


If you go to the top of the main dis page you can find the hours and times of parks, shows and parades...
they should have it on the WDW internet site by now...if you need more help let me know...when I get a chance I'll find it for you!!! :upsidedow


Thanks Becky! Thats ok girl, looking forward to your "return";) Hope you are feeling better and had a safe trip!

I think your plans look great!! It's so exciting how close your trip is!! Sorry I've been MIA--you know how crazy things have been here!! :goodvibes

BippityBoo
12-22-2009, 03:27 PM
HI everyone:goodvibes

So, it is time to talk about shopping :woohoo: I have gotten most of our things purchased for our trip. I have a few customs I am waiting on and I need to get snack and breakfast food closer to our departure. I thought I would give you a few pics of some of the things that I have gotten so far!

Autographs

I had read on some Trip Reports (sorry! Do not know which ones they were---it was a long time ago!) about creative ways to keep autographs. My main complaint about the autograph books is that you put them away or on a book shelf and do not see them on a regular basis. I remembered one DISer using a picture frame matting for the autographs! You have the characters sign around the matting and then frame a picture of the kids with their favorite character (probably Mickey) in the middle. I found this one for $7 at the discount store "Tuesday Mornings". I think it will go great in my kid's playroom!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep006.jpg

My next idea is for my DD's class. You make a banner saying "Ms. (Insert child's teachers name here)'s class LOVES Disney World!". When you are at Epcot, make a stop at the Character Spot and have all of the main characters (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc) sign it. When your child returns home, he/she brings it to school to hang up in the classroom! I am planning on getting this done in a week or so. I thought it was such a cute idea!

Clothes and accessories

I am about 80% done in this department. As I mentioned above, I am waiting for some customs to come in. Here are a few pics to show you my progress:

Custom Fleece Jackets:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep025.jpg

My DD's pants: (some fleece, some cotton due to the changing weather)
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep029.jpg

My DS's pants:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep031.jpg

Found this cute Mickey LSU Tshirt at Walmart. Paired it with my DD's outfit from this football season:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep033.jpg

Mickey Mouse for one of our MK days:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep037.jpg

My customs from LAST YEAR that we never got to use. Luckily they still fit the kids :banana:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep036.jpg

My DD's custom from last year. My son's does not fit him so I have ordered a zebra iron on applique. I plan on ironing it to an aqua blue shirt for him.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep039.jpg

Some more shirts for an MK day
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep040.jpg

A cute vest of my DD's that reminds me of Minnie
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep044.jpg

Some extra items for my DS that I picked up. The black and red jumpsuit is from Old Navy. I got it for $5!! It is fleece. The tshirts are to sleep in or if we need extra shirts (from stains, etc on his other ones).
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep043.jpg

Bought these handkerchiefs at Hobby Lobby to tie on our stroller.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep050.jpg

The CUTEST bow and clippie custom made by a fellow DISer ladybugmom (Becky). They are SO adorable! Her quality can not be beat! We are also bringing plain colors like black, white, blue, etc and some headbands.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep009.jpg
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep011.jpg

My DD's crocs that I got on sale for $9. I am waiting for crocs.com to offer my DS's size again in the following weeks. It changes daily on the site.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep008.jpg

**One last note on the tshirts. I am planning on bringing plain white and red long sleeved tshirts to go under the short sleeved ones. That way, if it is warm we can wear them without the undershirts and if it is cold, we can use the undershirts. The weather is SO wacky in January!**

Hope you enjoyed the "sneak peak". I have LOTS more stuff to show you. I am going to post our 2nd Day (EPCOT) plans soon.

UP NEXT: EPCOT Schedule and It's Packing Time!

aaaateamsgrandma
12-22-2009, 03:48 PM
HI everyone:goodvibes

So, it is time to talk about shopping :woohoo: I have gotten most of our things purchased for our trip. I have a few customs I am waiting on and I need to get snack and breakfast food closer to our departure. I thought I would give you a few pics of some of the things that I have gotten so far!

Autographs

I had read on some Trip Reports (sorry! Do not know which ones they were---it was a long time ago!) about creative ways to keep autographs. My main complaint about the autograph books is that you put them away or on a book shelf and do not see them on a regular basis. I remembered one DISer using a picture frame matting for the autographs! You have the characters sign around the matting and then frame a picture of the kids with their favorite character (probably Mickey) in the middle. I found this one for $7 at the discount store "Tuesday Mornings". I think it will go great in my kid's playroom!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep006.jpg

My next idea is for my DD's class. You make a banner saying "Ms. (Insert child's teachers name here)'s class LOVES Disney World!". When you are at Epcot, make a stop at the Character Spot and have all of the main characters (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc) sign it. When your child returns home, he/she brings it to school to hang up in the classroom! I am planning on getting this done in a week or so. I thought it was such a cute idea!

Clothes and accessories

I am about 80% done in this department. As I mentioned above, I am waiting for some customs to come in. Here are a few pics to show you my progress:

Custom Fleece Jackets:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep025.jpg

My DD's pants: (some fleece, some cotton due to the changing weather)
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep029.jpg

My DS's pants:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep031.jpg

Found this cute Mickey LSU Tshirt at Walmart. Paired it with my DD's outfit from this football season:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep033.jpg

Mickey Mouse for one of our MK days:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep037.jpg

My customs from LAST YEAR that we never got to use. Luckily they still fit the kids :banana:
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep036.jpg

My DD's custom from last year. My son's does not fit him so I have ordered a zebra iron on applique. I plan on ironing it to an aqua blue shirt for him.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep039.jpg

Some more shirts for an MK day
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep040.jpg

A cute vest of my DD's that reminds me of Minnie
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep044.jpg

Some extra items for my DS that I picked up. The black and red jumpsuit is from Old Navy. I got it for $5!! It is fleece. The tshirts are to sleep in or if we need extra shirts (from stains, etc on his other ones).
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep043.jpg

Bought these handkerchiefs at Hobby Lobby to tie on our stroller.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep050.jpg

The CUTEST bow and clippie custom made by a fellow DISer ladybugmom (Becky). They are SO adorable! Her quality can not be beat! We are also bringing plain colors like black, white, blue, etc and some headbands.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep009.jpg
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep011.jpg

My DD's crocs that I got on sale for $9. I am waiting for crocs.com to offer my DS's size again in the following weeks. It changes daily on the site.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/DisneyPrep008.jpg

**One last note on the tshirts. I am planning on bringing plain white and red long sleeved tshirts to go under the short sleeved ones. That way, if it is warm we can wear them without the undershirts and if it is cold, we can use the undershirts. The weather is SO wacky in January!**

Hope you enjoyed the "sneak peak". I have LOTS more stuff to show you. I am going to post our 2nd Day (EPCOT) plans soon.

UP NEXT: EPCOT Schedule and It's Packing Time!

You know I love your 'sneak peaks'. Wonderful outfits for your cutie pies. You are so very close.

I'm so sorry my Cowboys beat your Saints. I really didn't want it to happen to you. The only real Texas team I care about are the Longhorns cause son-in-law Mike played football for them in the day. So once a Longhorn, always a Longhorn.

Have a super Christmas with those sweet children of yours. You have some wonderful pictures.

Ginny

DWGal210
12-22-2009, 03:57 PM
Great clothes, Katie! :thumbsup2 So super cute!!!!

You are just going to have the best time!! It's getting closer...... :woohoo:

longing2Batdisney
12-22-2009, 05:49 PM
Katie I really like the autograph idea!! and the clothes are too cute!!! looks like its coming together...its almost time to go already!!

cdotla
12-22-2009, 10:11 PM
Love all the stuff you got!!!

How exciting! Your trip is right around the corner!:goodvibes

ladybugmom
12-22-2009, 11:30 PM
LOVE this post!! This kind of stuff gets me sooo excited!! I love the idea of the autograph frame!! Too cute! And those hoodies are TDF!! Who made them?! I'm so glad you like the bows!! I can't wait to see pics of Abby wearing them in WDW!!

BippityBoo
12-22-2009, 11:55 PM
You know I love your 'sneak peaks'. Wonderful outfits for your cutie pies. You are so very close.

I'm so sorry my Cowboys beat your Saints. I really didn't want it to happen to you. The only real Texas team I care about are the Longhorns cause son-in-law Mike played football for them in the day. So once a Longhorn, always a Longhorn.

Have a super Christmas with those sweet children of yours. You have some wonderful pictures.

Ginny

Thanks Ginny!! Merry Christmas to you! You have so much to celebrate!! I actually lived 30 minutes from TX growing up, so the Cowboys are near to my heart (though not as much as the Saints)! Also, my DD and I LOVE the Cowboy Cheerleaders. She may be attending their camp this summer :banana:

Great clothes, Katie! :thumbsup2 So super cute!!!!

You are just going to have the best time!! It's getting closer...... :woohoo:

YOu too girl!!!!!! So excited. I think I forgot to write you back last time. We are about 5 days or so behind you arriving to WDW. Maybe next time :confused3

Katie I really like the autograph idea!! and the clothes are too cute!!! looks like its coming together...its almost time to go already!!

I know!! I have so much to do. This is the panic time!! ;)

Love all the stuff you got!!!

How exciting! Your trip is right around the corner!:goodvibes

Thanks! It is coming up SO quickly! We are super excited!!

LOVE this post!! This kind of stuff gets me sooo excited!! I love the idea of the autograph frame!! Too cute! And those hoodies are TDF!! Who made them?! I'm so glad you like the bows!! I can't wait to see pics of Abby wearing them in WDW!!

I know! I loved writing this post! I actually got the fleeces from The Children's Place. It was THOUGH trying to find plain, red fleeces that were made for older kids and in toddler sizes. I am sure you understand. Then, I sent it to a lady on etsy and got her to monogram it for me. The Mickey ears and Minnie ears are kind of jagged up close, but overall I am pretty happy. I will give you her name. I just thought that since I did not get a custom for every day (b.c it will be so cold so you may not even see them!) I got a cute outerwear for them that matches all their tshirts, etc. WE LOVE THE BOWS! Abby wants to wear them now, but I wont let her. :lmao:

ladybugmom
12-23-2009, 12:08 AM
I know! I loved writing this post! I actually got the fleeces from The Children's Place. It was THOUGH trying to find plain, red fleeces that were made for older kids and in toddler sizes. I am sure you understand. Then, I sent it to a lady on etsy and got her to monogram it for me. The Mickey ears and Minnie ears are kind of jagged up close, but overall I am pretty happy. I will give you her name. I just thought that since I did not get a custom for every day (b.c it will be so cold so you may not even see them!) I got a cute outerwear for them that matches all their tshirts, etc. WE LOVE THE BOWS! Abby wants to wear them now, but I wont let her. :lmao:

Oooh--great idea as well!! Yeah I can't match the girls as much as I'd like to for that very reason! I LOVE the idea of custom outerwear!! :thumbsup2 I'm so glad that Abby loves her bows!! :goodvibes

BippityBoo
12-23-2009, 10:36 AM
Hi Everyone!! If you were following my last TR "Practically Perfect In Every Way" just wanted to let you know that I have completed it! I finished up our night at DHS...which starts here...

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2221892&page=54

And then concluded with our last full day at DHS.

I plan on announcing my new Trip Report Title some time this week :dance3: I can not believe that it is time to say that! This trip is coming on fast!

OH---and one more thing---I noticed that I am only a couple of posts away from becoming a DIS VETERAN! What a great Christmas present :santa:

So here we go...

BippityBoo
12-23-2009, 10:37 AM
merry

BippityBoo
12-23-2009, 10:37 AM
christmas

BippityBoo
12-23-2009, 10:39 AM
TO ALL OF MY WONDERFUL DIS FRIENDS :santa::santa::santa:

I hope your holidays are full of joy. I am a Veteran!

:yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:

aaaateamsgrandma
12-23-2009, 10:55 AM
TO ALL OF MY WONDERFUL DIS FRIENDS :santa::santa::santa:

I hope your holidays are full of joy. I am a Veteran!

:yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:

Congratulations

Very proud of you.

Merry Christmas

onelilspark
12-23-2009, 12:13 PM
TO ALL OF MY WONDERFUL DIS FRIENDS :santa::santa::santa:

I hope your holidays are full of joy. I am a Veteran!

:yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:

Welcome to the club :cool2:

kaysmommie
12-24-2009, 05:46 AM
Hi Katie,
I just love all the clothes you bought for the kids for your trip. The picture frame idea is excellent too, might be trying that on our future trip. Kaylee loves the idea of doing a frame for the Fairies. So happy your trip is so close. Looking forward to hearing all about WL too. That was on our list until I decided to just go with beach Club. Going to go finish reading your TR. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas:santa:!!

Nichole

beyondblessed
12-27-2009, 06:14 PM
Hi Katie - I've actually got to spend some time on DIS today and finished reading your trip report (great job!!!) and caught up on your PTR. You are sooo close, lucky girl!!! I can't wait to follow you on your travels - hopefully, it will help pull me out of my post Disney Depression! :lovestruc

Your outfits are adorable - and your plans look fantastic!!!

ladybugmom
12-27-2009, 08:06 PM
I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas, Katie!! And congrats on becoming a VETERAN my friend!!! :goodvibes

stacikristine
12-28-2009, 11:42 AM
WOW!!! I've missed a TON! :eek: Great updates, Katie! All of your plans look fantastic! :thumbsup2

All of your kids' outfits are so adorable. I know they'll be the cutest dressed little Disney Kiddos ever! The custom fleece jackets are very cute--and I just love how you have so many adorable outfits picked out. And I love both of their Crocs! So cute. The bows are ADORABLE! I can't wait to have a little girl so I can put bows in her hair! :goodvibes I used to have soooo many bows. My favorites were a big huge mickey mouse bow, one made out of a M&Ms wrapper (and covered in some kind of protective stuff), and one with confetti inside a clear bow. :)

Your detailed plans look great for your first day too. I've never "met" the fairies, so I don't know what the wait time would be at night. But I'm sure you all will have a blast whether you see them or not. At CHH, check to see if you can sit upstairs--it's LOTS less crowded, and it's just fun being up on the second story. Your family is going to have the greatest time!!! :dance3:

kcandbella
12-28-2009, 12:07 PM
Love the customs! I would love the name of the etsy seller who did your fleece jackets and also who made the mickey head shirt with Abby's name. I know you said it was last year, but I was wanting to have a similar one made for Bella, so if you remember, I would love that info! Thanks so much!

BippityBoo
12-28-2009, 12:08 PM
Congratulations

Very proud of you.

Merry Christmas

Thank you Ginny!!!

Welcome to the club :cool2:

Haha love it! Thanks!

Hi Katie,
I just love all the clothes you bought for the kids for your trip. The picture frame idea is excellent too, might be trying that on our future trip. Kaylee loves the idea of doing a frame for the Fairies. So happy your trip is so close. Looking forward to hearing all about WL too. That was on our list until I decided to just go with beach Club. Going to go finish reading your TR. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas:santa:!!

Nichole

You too, Nichole!! We are SO excited about the WL. We have even more clothes on the way! Should post about it later this week! Its my customs!! wohoo

Hi Katie - I've actually got to spend some time on DIS today and finished reading your trip report (great job!!!) and caught up on your PTR. You are sooo close, lucky girl!!! I can't wait to follow you on your travels - hopefully, it will help pull me out of my post Disney Depression! :lovestruc

Your outfits are adorable - and your plans look fantastic!!!

Thank you! I am enjoying reading your TR as well. We are SOOO close. My kids and my DH and I are SOOO excited!! Thanks for reading!

I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas, Katie!! And congrats on becoming a VETERAN my friend!!! :goodvibes

Thank you!!! I love all of your pics of Christmas! I can not believe it is over! My sister in law's wedding is THIS weekend..then off to WDW :yay:

WOW!!! I've missed a TON! :eek: Great updates, Katie! All of your plans look fantastic! :thumbsup2

All of your kids' outfits are so adorable. I know they'll be the cutest dressed little Disney Kiddos ever! The custom fleece jackets are very cute--and I just love how you have so many adorable outfits picked out. And I love both of their Crocs! So cute. The bows are ADORABLE! I can't wait to have a little girl so I can put bows in her hair! :goodvibes I used to have soooo many bows. My favorites were a big huge mickey mouse bow, one made out of a M&Ms wrapper (and covered in some kind of protective stuff), and one with confetti inside a clear bow. :)

Your detailed plans look great for your first day too. I've never "met" the fairies, so I don't know what the wait time would be at night. But I'm sure you all will have a blast whether you see them or not. At CHH, check to see if you can sit upstairs--it's LOTS less crowded, and it's just fun being up on the second story. Your family is going to have the greatest time!!! :dance3:

HAHA Staci!!!! I am laughing SO hard right now. I LOVED my clear "candy" bows with confetti!! My fave was a clear one filled with bubble gum. haha what were we thinking?!

Having a little girl is sooo much fun!! I love every minute of it. The rest of my customs should be here by the end of the week! Cant wait to post about it. Also, thanks so much about the info on CHH. I just updated a cool ap. on my iPhone I want to post about. It shows wait time of all the rides, right on your phone! Thanks for reading girl!! Off to catch up on yours :)

cdotla
12-28-2009, 01:16 PM
Wow - really getting close now!

Love the outfits and can't wait to see your customs once they arrive!:goodvibes

ladybugmom
12-28-2009, 05:56 PM
HAHA Staci!!!! I am laughing SO hard right now. I LOVED my clear "candy" bows with confetti!! My fave was a clear one filled with bubble gum. haha what were we thinking?!

Ya'll are cracking me up!! :lmao: Do ya'll remember the bows made out of balloons?! I had one of those and thought I was soooo cute!! :rotfl:

BippityBoo
12-28-2009, 10:34 PM
I LOOOVVVEEDD my balloon one!!! Ohhh close tie btwn the bubble gum with confetti and the balloon bow. Oh my goodness Becky, make me one :lmao:

BippityBoo
12-28-2009, 10:36 PM
Ya'll are cracking me up!! :lmao: Do ya'll remember the bows made out of balloons?! I had one of those and thought I was soooo cute!! :rotfl:

Check this out!!
http://www.craftbits.com/project/balloon-hair-bows

ladybugmom
12-29-2009, 01:14 AM
Check this out!!
http://www.craftbits.com/project/balloon-hair-bows

Oh my word!! Do people actually make these still?!?! I am dying over here!! That is too funny!! :rotfl:

ladybugmom
12-31-2009, 04:08 PM
Happy New Year, Katie!! :goodvibes

kcandbella
12-31-2009, 04:38 PM
Happy New Year Katie!!!!!

aaaateamsgrandma
12-31-2009, 07:43 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR Katie. I know you are busy with wedding and family activities. Hope you are having a grand time.

Ginny

BippityBoo
01-03-2010, 10:47 AM
Well, we had my sister in law's wedding lastnight! It was amazing and beautiful. The kids had a blast with all of their cousins and danced the night away! I woke up this morning with an extra pep in my step...time to make my final purchases and finalize our park plans!!! We leave next weekend :woohoo:

My DH thinks I am crazy as I got out of bed early to research more in my books and online for our park plans. I have been working on them for three months now. I keep changing things, but I am excited to try them out! I think they will work great!


http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy300/BippityBoo1/Iphone.jpg


Another exciting thing is that I downloaded 4 Walt Disney World Apps on my iPhone!! I LOVE them!! Here are the ones that I chose:

1) Wait times: This App will show you wait times on all of the rides in the park. I plan on using this a lot during our stay!! I love checking it even now when I am at home to see how long the waits are! Disney addict? I think so :thumbsup2

2) Disney checklist: This allows you to use pre-programed lists for packing, park lists, etc. OR you can customize your own. I have made my own checklist and will have it right on hand for future trips. I am also going to work on making park checklists instead of carrying around my binder or notecards. You can check off the attractions you finish and keep track of your schedule. Love it!

3) WDW Dining: SOOO cool and such a time saver. You can access hours of operations,full menus (including kid's menus) of restaurants all over WDW. I plan on using this when we are on our way to the restaurants to decide what we want to eat to make our dining experience quicker!

4) Park Maps: All maps of the parks are downloaded onto this app. It shows you where your nearest bathrooms are, etc. I really like it!!

I plan on exploring these apps more tonight!!

Some of my customs came in on Friday. I have a little work to do on them, so I will post pics tonight or tomorrow of them. I am expeciting my REALLY cute custom tshirts in the mail mid week. Cross your fingers :rolleyes:

More tonight! Happy New Years to my Dis friends!!!!

BippityBoo
01-03-2010, 10:50 AM
Happy New Year, Katie!! :goodvibes

THANK YOU BECKY!! So excited to see what the new year has in store for our families :lovestruc

Happy New Year Katie!!!!!

Thank you!!! Hope you and your little one had fun :love:

HAPPY NEW YEAR Katie. I know you are busy with wedding and family activities. Hope you are having a grand time.

Ginny

We had a GREAT time!! Look for pics of the wedding soon. As for now, I am planning my vacation and just vegging on the couch (finally!!!) Thanks so much for writing me :hug:

mom2mek
01-03-2010, 11:27 AM
Happy New Year, Katie! Glad the wedding went well and now you can totally gear up for your trip! The new apps sound great! I can't wait to see pics of your customs. We leave in like 32 days, so I'm trying to start planning outfits! LOL! :goodvibes

Sara

scoot241
01-03-2010, 11:29 AM
I went to NOMA last Sunday and the Disney exhibit was great!

When I went to WDW, I had the Disney World Wait Times app and TripIt. TripIt kept track of all my reservations and itineraries and wait times was pretty accurate. Since then, I bought eticket and it's awesome. I haven't used it in WDW but it does just about everything except wait times (including disboards).

onelilspark
01-03-2010, 12:34 PM
I love the Dining App (are you suprised? I think not.) It's so helpful when trying to decide where to go!

beyondblessed
01-03-2010, 05:55 PM
Katie - I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see your customs! Can't wait!

kaysmommie
01-03-2010, 07:20 PM
Hi Katie,
Sounds like your family had fun at the wedding. :yay: On the trip being next weekend! I downloaded most of those apps for my Iphone too. I love the wait times one it's very accurate. I have to download the Disney checklist though, it sounds awesome. No more carrying around notes! Let me know how it works for you.

Nichole

BippityBoo
01-03-2010, 08:34 PM
Happy New Year, Katie! Glad the wedding went well and now you can totally gear up for your trip! The new apps sound great! I can't wait to see pics of your customs. We leave in like 32 days, so I'm trying to start planning outfits! LOL! :goodvibes

Sara

Yay Sara!!! Wish we were going at the same time!! The apps are great so far. I have most of the trip on my "check list" app downloaded. I cant wait to see if it will help. I am a very "paper" type person. I like paper checklists, paper books, etc. This should be interesting :)

I went to NOMA last Sunday and the Disney exhibit was great!

When I went to WDW, I had the Disney World Wait Times app and TripIt. TripIt kept track of all my reservations and itineraries and wait times was pretty accurate. Since then, I bought eticket and it's awesome. I haven't used it in WDW but it does just about everything except wait times (including disboards).

Ohhh I want to download eticket! I read about it last week. Also, yay for the exhibit!! Wasnt it so cool? Did you see Princess and the Frog yet?

I love the Dining App (are you suprised? I think not.) It's so helpful when trying to decide where to go!

HAHA yes, I could have guessed that. It is fun to look at all the menus so easily!

Katie - I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see your customs! Can't wait!

OH well, they are not SUPER great, but cute none the less :goodvibes They will need some jackets (looks like it will be in the 50s now) so hopefully I can get some pics of their customs inside at least! I am trying to be economical about it. I am using my DDs customs from our last trip and making my son new ones to match. He is only 2, so growing SO fast. He was 11 months at our last trip, so nothing fits him! My DD is 6, so she has not grown much. I will post pics Wed!

Hi Katie,
Sounds like your family had fun at the wedding. :yay: On the trip being next weekend! I downloaded most of those apps for my Iphone too. I love the wait times one it's very accurate. I have to download the Disney checklist though, it sounds awesome. No more carrying around notes! Let me know how it works for you.

Nichole


Nichole---It will take some getting use to. Like I mentioned above, I love paper in my hand, pens to make lists, etc. BUT it will be soo much easier this way. I will let you know!! Do you find yourself checking the wait times during the day, even when you are not at WDW! :lmao: