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PixieDustPrincess05
10-02-2009, 10:32 PM
Hello Everyone!!!!

Thank you for joining my pre-trip report!!! You are all in for a long ride- as we are looking at going back to WDW sometime in September 2010- maybe even the last week of August.

First, let me introduce you to my wonderful family. First there is me, my name is Janine. I plan all of our trips and love everything Disney.:lovestruc

DH- Bill- goes along for the ride. I took him and DS to WDW August of last year. We ended up in Tropical Storm Fay and it rained constantly the whole 4 days is there. At one point on the shuttle bus he said "Disney World, where misery is made". Talk about wanting to crawl under my seat!!! I think he secretly likes Disney though:confused3

DS-Austin- my little 3 year old (soon to be 4) little man. He loves everything Disney as well. He was 2 and 1/2 when we took him last year, and surprisingly remembers alot. He continuously asks me "When are we going back to Disneyworld Mommy?". I can't wait for us to take him back!!!!:wizard:

I started my trip report (my very first pre-trippie, thank-you, thank-you) because I needed a pre-start on that Disney Magic. Sharing information and stories with others just brings it out even better. Its like living in a fantasy world. :wizard:

Anyway, I have been thinking alot of how I want to plan our next trip. First of all, everything is depending on free dining or not next year. If we are able to get free dining- we are going to stay 6 days/5 nights Mon-Sat. If not, we are going to stay 4 days/3 nights Tues-Friday. I have used both the regular ddp and QSDP- and we will DEFINITELY be taking the QSDP. I love the free mugs, I love the 2 snack credits, I love going to eat at my own convenience, I love not having to spend so much extra money on tips, I just plain love the QSDP:lovestruc:lovestruc:lovestruc:lovestruc:loves truc

On to the hotel. Last August we stayed at ASMO and loved it. Austin was really into 101 Dalmations at the time, so we went preferred and requested the Dalmation building. I recently went to WDW in June with some gf's from my work for a few days and stayed at POP. I think we will be booking at POP Century for our next trip because I believe Bill will love all of the POP culture, and Austin will love all of the huge icons!!!! I am going to book non-preferred this time, but request the 60's building:hippie:

Parks. We will definitely be doing the park hopper-so worth it. I love going to one park for Early EMH, and ending the night in another park with fireworks:lovestruc.

So, that is everything so far. It won't feel "official" until I shell out the $200.00 for the deposit, but at least I know what I want to do. f:cool1:

When we went in August of last year- I booked in February I believe. And I booked our plane tickets as well. I think I am going to wait a little bit this time because Spirit Airlines has really been coming up with some great deals!!!

Well, thats all for now. Stay tuned for my next post on our 1st Disney Night.:wizard:

3princesses+aprince
10-02-2009, 11:53 PM
Woo Hoo, I'm the first to reply!! I'm so excited we'll be waiting together until we go back to Disney next year!!! I hope you change your mind and do go with the last week of August, that's when we'll be there and we can have a Dis Meet :cool1:

Can't wait to hear about your first Disney night, we will be having our first one on Sunday. It's Pirates:banana:

longing2Batdisney
10-03-2009, 09:40 AM
Hello! Janine!!
followed you from Pam's PTR! signing on so we can all plan and have some fun together!
our family is going back in NOV 2010! so two months after you:mickeyjum
:wave2: Connie

3princesses+aprince
10-03-2009, 09:56 AM
Hey, Connie, glad you're here too, we're all going to have FUN together waiting to go to Disney World!!!!

When I had my PTR going for May, quite a few of us talked everyday through the disboards and became very close. I'm excited to have some new 2010 friends too.:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

PixieDustPrincess05
10-03-2009, 04:26 PM
Woo Hoo, I'm the first to reply!! I'm so excited we'll be waiting together until we go back to Disney next year!!! I hope you change your mind and do go with the last week of August, that's when we'll be there and we can have a Dis Meet :cool1:

Can't wait to hear about your first Disney night, we will be having our first one on Sunday. It's Pirates:banana:

So glad you joined in. I feel "official" now that I have some people on my page:laughing:

I read about your upcoming Disney night- and I think that having tacos like from El Pirata y El Perico is the best idea ever (I might have to copy that one). I love that restaurant. I went on my girls trip in June, and cannot wait to take Austin and Bill there for the first time (tacos are our favorite!!).

PixieDustPrincess05
10-03-2009, 04:30 PM
Hello! Janine!!
followed you from Pam's PTR! signing on so we can all plan and have some fun together!
our family is going back in NOV 2010! so two months after you:mickeyjum
:wave2: Connie

Hi Connie!

Glad you joined my pre-trippie!!!!:banana:

Although my ticker has an official date- we still have not set one. It all depends on when they offer free dining again end of summer/beginning of fall. You, Pam, and I, and whoever else joins my PTR are going to have the best time planning our trips!!!!.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-03-2009, 04:40 PM
Okay, so today I went out to do the usual weekly shopping- Wal * Mart, Shoprite, etc. Bill and I had originally made plans to take Austin to see Toy Story 1 and 2 in 3D for the 7pm showing tonight- but somehow I talked myself out of it :confused3

The tickets are 13.50/per adult and 10.50 per child- thats about 40.00. Not including popcorn apopcorn:: and drinks- about another 20.00 bucks. So, even though I was really in the mood for a large coke and a bucket of greasy buttery popcorn, I decided to read the reviews on the movie to see if it was worth it or not. Sadly, it got mixed reviews and alot of people are saying that there aren't that many 3D features. Has anyone seen this yet, and if so, can you please tell me if it was worth it? :confused3

Well, I think I am off to make dinner. Pam's taco night was sounding really good, but I don't have any hamburger meat laid out. I think I am going to make cheesesteaks and cheese fries.

I'll be back on later tonight:surfweb:

longing2Batdisney
10-03-2009, 05:18 PM
HI! Janine
you need to join me on my PTR, too! so we can really make it a trio :lmao:
the link is in my siggie...
we have dates; but, we are not booked as of yet!
Have a great evening!
will check in tomorrow night!!!!
:wave2:

PixieDustPrincess05
10-03-2009, 11:21 PM
HI! Janine
you need to join me on my PTR, too! so we can really make it a trio :lmao:
the link is in my siggie...
we have dates; but, we are not booked as of yet!
Have a great evening!
will check in tomorrow night!!!!
:wave2:

Hi Connie!

I joined your PTR!! Your son is adorable- he is the same age as my Austin.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-03-2009, 11:47 PM
Okay, so it's 12:30 am and I am still messing around on here. Mainly because of the fact that I was just on AllEars.net looking at all of the dining menus in WDW:surfweb: It was totally making me hungry!!!

So, I know it is a little early (hey it's never too early to dream about Disney right :cloud9:?) but I was sitting here thinking about the places we are going to eat. We are DEFINITELY going with the QSDP- no if's and's or but's about it!!!!!:rotfl2: So, for those of you who are interested- here are my choices:

Magic Kindgom-
El Pirata y El Perico (have eaten here-love it!)

Pecos Bill's (never tried, but walked in back in June by myself during EMH night when the rest of my gf's bailed out and went back to the hotel- I will tell you guys about this trip sometime)

Cosmic Rays- (never tried, but looks like a yummy menu!)

Aloha Isle- (would like to stop by for one of those Citrus Swirls or Dole Whips- they sound sooooo good has anyone tried either :confused3)

Animal Kingdom-Flame Tree Barbeque- (Everyone seems to rave about this place, and the menu sounds delicious- I love BBQ'ed stuff!!)

Pizzafari- (went here on my June trip with the girls- It was absolutely adorable and the pizza was good)

Hollywood Studios-
Toy Story Pizza Planet (Love it Love it Love it- and we LOVE Toy Story! We went here last August- so adorably themed, and great pizza/salad!)

Epcot-

Liberty Inn- (Bill likes Roast Beef N' Cheddar Sandwiches, so I think we'll give this one a try- anyone ever been here?)

Cantina de San Angel- (never been here either- any suggestions?)


We will probably be doing our breakfasts at the hotel (we plan to go to Pop Century or ASMu). The rest of our meals that we don't eat in the parks, we are going to eat at the hotel- they have a great selection and big portions.

Lets just all keep our fingers crossed on the free dining plan nextaugust/september!!!:thumbsup2


Okay, I don't think my eyes can take much more, I am going to bed!!!

longing2Batdisney
10-04-2009, 12:05 AM
Hi! Janine
we are just getting in from a night on the town...it was nice I haven't been out much w/o Ashton (A/K/A Peter Pan).

Thank you for the complimant on Ashton!
we did CS (OOP) our trip in May-no sit downs!!
we ate at the resort ASSp most nights!!
I love Cosmic Rays --to me it has excellant prices and the food selection is really good!
I have not eaten at any of the other places you mentioned although San Angel looks good! from the menu I have seen.
I did the same thing I knew the menus and where we should eat for every park!! when we went in May...Danny, Gwendolyn, and Dayne thought I had lost it...but, they sure did appreciate it when we got there!:lmao:

Later, need to get to bed it is 12:04 here and I need to get up at 5:00 to get Chloe!

:wave2: Connie

3princesses+aprince
10-04-2009, 11:10 AM
Hey, your restaurant choices look great to me. Those are pretty much all of the ones I want to eat at as well. Obviously we LOVED El Pirata y el Perico. That was our favorite. The food courts at the All Stars were great too. And Pizzafari was another favorite. I heard Flame tree barbecue was good too, I would like to try that next time as well. Toy Story Pizza Planet was awesome too, cause we are Toy Story fans.:goodvibes

I didn't come on last night, but I am usually on around 12:30am too, that's when I get in from work and I , like you, usually have to tell my self to STOP and go to bed.:goodvibes

Brave teacher
10-04-2009, 03:11 PM
Hey! I'll hop on to read. I look forward to what goes on in the time between now and the trip.

We brought the boys to watch TS1&2 yesterday in 3D. The boys loved it! TS2 was the better 3D movie. A lot more of the movie lent itself to the 3D addition. We went to the 10AM showing. It was $8 for each of us.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-04-2009, 08:08 PM
Thank-you for joining my PTR Brave Teacher!

Thanks for the info regarding TS1 and 2. It is still up in the air, we have two weeks, so we may or may not go:confused3

I look forward to reading your PTR too!! :surfweb:

PixieDustPrincess05
10-04-2009, 08:28 PM
Hey, your restaurant choices look great to me. Those are pretty much all of the ones I want to eat at as well. Obviously we LOVED El Pirata y el Perico. That was our favorite. The food courts at the All Stars were great too. And Pizzafari was another favorite. I heard Flame tree barbecue was good too, I would like to try that next time as well. Toy Story Pizza Planet was awesome too, cause we are Toy Story fans.:goodvibes

I didn't come on last night, but I am usually on around 12:30am too, that's when I get in from work and I , like you, usually have to tell my self to STOP and go to bed.:goodvibes

Thanks! Flame Tree Barbecue is definitely on my must do list next time. I really cannot wait!!!! I really try to mix it up with the QSDP so we are not eating the same thing all of the time- even though I really like the pizza in WDW :yay: I am partial to my favs like El Pirata y el Perico and Pizza Planet, but I am all for adding some new QS restaurants to my list.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-04-2009, 09:10 PM
Hi Everyone- did I have a busy day today!!!!

I went to a baptism, went to Walmart and Superfresh, did my wash, cleaned the house, cooked dinner, made dessert, watched the Handy Manny Special with Austin and now, I am in my comfort zone! Bill and Austin are asleep and I am sitting up in bed with my lap top- and there is no place I would rather be right now but here on the DIS- except for WDW itself :cloud9:.

I made tacos for dinner. They were very good- and I used the blue corn tortilla chips for the stuff that falls out of them for when you take a bite:rotfl2:-they were good too. I popped a bag of popcorn for the Handy Manny Special (we were not about to miss that!) and baked brownies at the same time. I have to give Pam credit for the tacos and the brownies:teacher:.

Handy Manny was adorable!!! Austin loved it. They are also doing a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Special on Oct. 25th- cannot wait!!!! After that I cleaned up, while Austin watched Phineas and Ferb, and a little bit of the Incredibles, and now, here I am.

So, it wasn't an actual "Disney night" for us- but I am thinking about upcoming ones and I would really like to know what you guys would think of the following:

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs- I know I have a little boy, but I love this movie, and I think he will love the Dwarfs. So, I am going to probably do like a hearty beef stew or pot roast in my crockpot (sounds like wonderful cottage food to me!), and for dessert......candy "not so poisonous" apples. Does that sound great or what? I need an activity to go with it-I was thinking since the Seven Dwarfs work in a diamond mine, maybe Austin and I can get a few different types of glitter and glitter some smooth stones or rocks- and then I will put them in one of my curio cabinets afterwards. Does that sound lame?
:confused3

I am too excited for this!! I am also as tired as anything so I am hitting the hay and calling it an early night :cloud9:

3princesses+aprince
10-05-2009, 08:30 AM
Sounds like a great night. I was just about to post on my thread about our "Disney night" last night, we had a fun time.

That Handy Manny show was so cute, we all LOVED it!!! And we'll definitely be watching the Mickey Mouse one on the 25th as well. :goodvibes We'll have to make it a Mickey Night!!!

The snow white night you have planned sounds great, I love all of that, may have to use that one night myself. :goodvibes

longing2Batdisney
10-05-2009, 06:59 PM
Sounds like a great night, Janine! I had made our chimmichangas, pallea, fiesta corn, and confetti cupcakes!

We can't wait until the Mickey Mouse prime time special...need to look up playhouse disney for some activities and snacks!

I don't think your Snow White night sounds lame at all...in fact I may have to borrow/steal it!! But, I need to start preparing better for it!!

:yay: to a great disney night!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
10-06-2009, 10:14 PM
Sounds like a great night. I was just about to post on my thread about our "Disney night" last night, we had a fun time.

That Handy Manny show was so cute, we all LOVED it!!! And we'll definitely be watching the Mickey Mouse one on the 25th as well. :goodvibes We'll have to make it a Mickey Night!!!

The snow white night you have planned sounds great, I love all of that, may have to use that one night myself. :goodvibes

Yeah Handy Manny was cute. Austin and I really enjoyed it. We HAVE to watch the Mickey special on the 25th because Mickey is Austin's favorite:lovestruc. I am going to have to do something extra special for that night. Not sure what the dinner/dessert will be yet.... hmmmm.......:confused3

PixieDustPrincess05
10-06-2009, 10:18 PM
Sounds like a great night, Janine! I had made our chimmichangas, pallea, fiesta corn, and confetti cupcakes!

We can't wait until the Mickey Mouse prime time special...need to look up playhouse disney for some activities and snacks!

I don't think your Snow White night sounds lame at all...in fact I may have to borrow/steal it!! But, I need to start preparing better for it!!

:yay: to a great disney night!!!

Wow, it sounds like you guys had a great night as well!!!! I am glad you liked my Snow White idea- its great to share ideas. Mickey Mouse is going to be a great night, as he is Austin's favorite!!!!:banana:

PixieDustPrincess05
10-06-2009, 10:53 PM
What a long boring day at work. I worked from 8 to 6 today, and was glad to get home to Austin and Bill. Bill and I have opposite days off for babysitting purposes- and my Mom and Grandma watch Austin the rest of the days while we are at work. Anyway, Saturday is Austin's birthday- my little man will be 4 sniffle sniffle. He is getting too big too soon. We are having family and a few friends over to celebrate his birthday- it is going to be...... you guessed it Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed. I sent out MMCH invitations, bought the themed plates and everything, and am decorating my house in the bright colors from the show. I am also attempting to make his cake this year- do you think I can do it- we'll see I'll keep you posted.

So far, this is our menu:

Meatballs/rolls
Macaroni Salad
Spinach dip
Veggie tray/dip
Pepperoni/Cheese/Cracker Tray
Chips and Dip
Cake

I took off from work this Thurs. and Fri. to get everything ready. So, I have a few kids coming ( 2 kids, 2 toddlers, 1 baby to be exact- but you know, there is always more). So, last week, we took Austin to Party City to pick out his own party favors!!! Let me tell you, we had so much fun-he really picked some cute stuff. I didn't want to give a bunch of cheap nonsense in a bag so this is what we did- and it was pretty inexpensive. (Hint Hint- you can even keep this stuff in mind for MMCH night!!). Party City has this big round bin with many sections in it filled with different favors in it from .25 - .50 cents a piece. We bought 6 of each item he picked which included:

Crazy Straws (in different colors)
those click clack things
little fuzzy bouncy balls
and I bought the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse favor boxes to put them in (you get 4 for 3.99)- they are so much cuter and sturdier than regular loot bags

Then, we headed over to the Dollar Tree- ours has LOTS of Disney stuff- I picked up a 6 pack of magic doh (like playdoh), Mini MMCH puzzles (they come in a 2 pack- they are sooo cute), those punch balloons with the rubberbands on the end like you get from the carnival, a pack of Reese cups, Hersey bars, and kit kats.

So, that brings me to what I did tonight. After Austin went to bed- I was on a mission. First, was to get those party favors done. Don't worry I took lots of pictures- I really need to get some on here :rotfl2:!!! So, I came up with the greatest idea. A few weeks ago when I was doing the invitations, I bought these square MMCH Stickers to put on the back of the invites. I had extra, so I replaced the "Magic doh" label with the MMCH sticker- so it now looks like MMCH play doh!!! It looks adorable :lovestruc. I showed Bill and told him that I cannot wait to show my DIS friends- and he thinks I'm nuts:rotfl2:. I placed everything neatly in the MMCH boxes and let a crazy straw stick out of the top side of each. They really turned out great.

I think I just may have to do something similar for MMCH night. I recommend the mickey "magic doh" and the little puzzles as an activity for that night. They also sell coloring books and all sorts of other MMCH things.

After my favors, I decided to wrap Austin's presents from Mommy and Daddy. Would you believe that I used every inch of that Toy Story wrapping paper? My Grandma had also asked me to wrap hers- so I need to either get a large bag, or more wrapping paper. I may just go with the bag because they have really cute ones from Party City.

Well, that was my night. I still have so much more to do before this Party on Saturday- I will keep everyone posted- as for now, I am going to bed. Have a great night all!!

3princesses+aprince
10-07-2009, 08:30 AM
Wow, Austin's party sounds like it's coming along just great!! Sounds adorable and now I have some cute ideas for our Mickey Mouse Clubhouse night on the 25th!! Can't wait to see pics. And what a cute idea to replace the stickers on the play doh with Mickey ones. I have Mickey stickers, maybe i'll do that too.

Come on, let's see those pictures!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
10-07-2009, 09:38 PM
Wow, Austin's party sounds like it's coming along just great!! Sounds adorable and now I have some cute ideas for our Mickey Mouse Clubhouse night on the 25th!! Can't wait to see pics. And what a cute idea to replace the stickers on the play doh with Mickey ones. I have Mickey stickers, maybe i'll do that too.

Come on, let's see those pictures!!!


They did turn out really cute!!! I got the stickers from Walmart but I have seen them at toysrus too. They are square- if you are getting the "Magic Doh" from the dollar store, you will need to trim around the edge of the sticker for a perfect fit:thumbsup2

PixieDustPrincess05
10-07-2009, 09:42 PM
Tonight I have a pretty bad headache :sick: so I am going to try to keep it pretty short. I worked from 9-6 today, and am off for the next 4 days :banana:. :banana: I have a lot to do to get ready for Austin's b-day party on Saturday- so the extra two days off will help alot.

Okay this light from my laptop is really killing my head :scared1: so I will check back tomorrow.

longing2Batdisney
10-07-2009, 10:24 PM
Hello! Janine
I'm sorry to hear that you have a headache tonight! Hope you feel better in the morning:hug:
the party sounds like it is coming along great...the menu sounds great, I think that is my worst part of planning a party; the menu. I will come up with something and Danny will usually try to get me to do just plain hot dogs. We always have my parents and the neighbors across the street (and it is just sad to say; they come over to eat like they have eaten in days--this year my dad made a jambalaya w/shrimp, sasauge, & chicken; the boy (22)who has a 3 yr old also[which is why he was invited]I caught him going back for thirds --yes I said thirds and picking the shrimp out of the pan :headache: ) So, Danny always says to keep it easy and something not too too great...it is really sad! I wanted to do BBQ pork sandwiches w/coleslaw in July and Danny said I would have to buy 20#'s of meat :lmao: :rotfl: Sorry I'm rambling...

but, I do like you goody box idea for MMCH night coming up!!!
think I will be making a trip to the Dollar Tree!
Happy party planning!!! :yay:
:wave2: Connie

andywilliams38
10-08-2009, 03:01 AM
Believe me you are one of those lucky ones who is getting some time off. Make the most of your time till you are away from your laptop.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-08-2009, 06:58 AM
Hello! Janine
I'm sorry to hear that you have a headache tonight! Hope you feel better in the morning:hug:
the party sounds like it is coming along great...the menu sounds great, I think that is my worst part of planning a party; the menu. I will come up with something and Danny will usually try to get me to do just plain hot dogs. We always have my parents and the neighbors across the street (and it is just sad to say; they come over to eat like they have eaten in days--this year my dad made a jambalaya w/shrimp, sasauge, & chicken; the boy (22)who has a 3 yr old also[which is why he was invited]I caught him going back for thirds --yes I said thirds and picking the shrimp out of the pan :headache: ) So, Danny always says to keep it easy and something not too too great...it is really sad! I wanted to do BBQ pork sandwiches w/coleslaw in July and Danny said I would have to buy 20#'s of meat :lmao: :rotfl: Sorry I'm rambling...

but, I do like you goody box idea for MMCH night coming up!!!
think I will be making a trip to the Dollar Tree!
Happy party planning!!! :yay:
:wave2: Connie

Thanks Connie- I am feeling much better today- so far so good :thumbsup2. I think its because I am not a work :lmao:. Yeah, there are always a few people you know that come over thinking I am supplying an all you can eat buffet- and then when you go to their house you starve to death:confused3.
That stinks that he cleaned your shrimp out- that must've been some really good jambalaya!!!!


Anyway, yes I strongly suggest that you check out the Dollar Tree. They have all kinds of Disney stuff- especially MMCH stuff. They have coloring books, crayons, mini puzzles, bigger puzzles, little stamp kits, all kinds of MMCH stuff- your Ashton will LOVE it if he is a MMCH fan. The actual party boxes I got from Party City- It was 3.99 for 4- they are adorable and you can probably reuse them. Walmart sells loot bags for 1.50 if you want to use those instead.

Happy planning for the upcoming MMCH night!!:banana::banana::banana::banana:

PixieDustPrincess05
10-08-2009, 07:01 AM
Believe me you are one of those lucky ones who is getting some time off. Make the most of your time till you are away from your laptop.

Yeah, anytime away from my job is happy time- except for last night- I was feeling really green :sick: I feel much better today though!!

longing2Batdisney
10-08-2009, 11:02 AM
Ashton's bday in July was MMCH!! I need to post some pics on my thread so you can see his cake. I bought it but it would be so easy to make!!! We did a water party w/o favors (we have four kids who are all days apart and they are the only kids we invite--so we do not do favors as they all get gifts each Sat in July-:lmao: ) but, I did buy them all a cup w/either Minnie or Mickey on it!!1 so I guess I did a small favor.

Have a great day planning!!!
:wave2: Connie

PixieDustPrincess05
10-08-2009, 05:28 PM
Ashton's bday in July was MMCH!! I need to post some pics on my thread so you can see his cake. I bought it but it would be so easy to make!!! We did a water party w/o favors (we have four kids who are all days apart and they are the only kids we invite--so we do not do favors as they all get gifts each Sat in July-:lmao: ) but, I did buy them all a cup w/either Minnie or Mickey on it!!1 so I guess I did a small favor.

Have a great day planning!!!
:wave2: Connie

Awe- isn't MMCH great? I am braving making a cake this year- Oct. 10 is also my grandmother's and mother in law's b-day as well as Austin's so I am doing a cake for each one of them (I am doing round cakes). I will definitely take pictures!!!

Charlefours
10-08-2009, 10:37 PM
Found your PTR tonight! We are heading off to Disney in September too! So much fun! DD has never been--we are taking her down for her 4th birthday. :cool1:

Your DS birthday party sounds like it is going to be so much fun!!! DD loves MMCH too and has recently gotten into Handy Manny. Of course she loves the Princesses and Tinkerbell too.

I really need to head over to check out the Disney theme night thread too. I really like the idea of doing something like that for my family. Love what you did for Handy Manny special and your Snow White idea. :goodvibes

PixieDustPrincess05
10-08-2009, 11:14 PM
Hi Everyone!!!

Well, I was off today, and luckily feeling much better!!! My husband is off on Thursdays as well so the three of us spent the day together. We were straightening up the house for Austin's party this weekend. We went to a local farm and picked out a few pumpkins for our yard, and picket up a TON of walnuts in my yard. My grandma uses them for fudge at Christmas time.

Oh, we went to the Dollar Tree and they had those cling-ons for the windows for Halloween- they came in Disney Princess, Pooh and Friends, and Mickey and Friends. You know me- I picked up a few!!!!! I though the Mickey ones would go great with MMCH night.

I have sooooo much to do tomorrow. Austin and I are going to my Grandma's and we are making over 100 meatballs, macaroni salad, and I have a ton of other things to do to get ready for his party. He is sooo excited for his party, that is all he has been talking about.

Oh well, I had a busy day so I am off to bed!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
10-08-2009, 11:19 PM
Found your PTR tonight! We are heading off to Disney in September too! So much fun! DD has never been--we are taking her down for her 4th birthday. :cool1:

Your DS birthday party sounds like it is going to be so much fun!!! DD loves MMCH too and has recently gotten into Handy Manny. Of course she loves the Princesses and Tinkerbell too.

I really need to head over to check out the Disney theme night thread too. I really like the idea of doing something like that for my family. Love what you did for Handy Manny special and your Snow White idea. :goodvibes

Thanks for joining my pre-trippie!!!! I have a lot of ideas up my sleeve for MMCH night on Oct 25- stay tuned for those.

Awe your DD is going to love WDW for the first time!!!! :lovestruc We took Austin last year for the first time when he was almost three and he still remembers it!!! I cannot wait to go back!!!!

andywilliams38
10-10-2009, 04:53 AM
All right PixieDustPrincess05, we do need a lot of greenery around us. I guess it is the need of the hour but in what context you are saying I did not understand.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-10-2009, 11:18 PM
Okay, so today was the big day- my little stinker turned four. We had our MMCH birthday party and it turned out great!!!!! He really got a lot of neat stuff for his b-day.

Now I know I said I was going to bake the three cakes, but to find out my stove is not perfectly level- so Austin's chocolate cake was lopsided and it burnt to a crisp on the bottom somehow:confused3 I usually bake really good cakes!!!! So we tossed that in the woods, bought him a cake from Shoprite- and put the MMCH figurines from the Disney Store on top. The food turned out great.

After the party- about 14 of us went to a haunted hayride out by us. It was kind of stinky- well it wouldn't have been if these tween girls sitting next to us didn't give it away and tell everyone what was going to happen. They were annoying as anything!!!

Ok, I am exhausted and am going to try to get some sleep!!!

longing2Batdisney
10-10-2009, 11:24 PM
Happy to hear the party was a great success!!! sorry to hear about the cake and the hayride!
Have a relaxing sunday!!
:wave2:

Brave teacher
10-11-2009, 08:35 AM
All caught up now. It's funny how whenever we all were younger it just seemed that it took forever for us to grow up, but now that you have kids these birthdays come by so fast! I'm glad the party was nice, and you were able to find a last minute cake. Sorry to hear about the hayride.

Charlefours
10-11-2009, 12:58 PM
I am looking forward to her reaction!! I hope is as magical as I am imaging it to be. I am sure she will be a little overwhelmed but she should settle fairly quickly.

I am glad Austin's birthday turned out good. :)

Thanks for the head's up about Dollar Tree--I think I will head over there at some point in the next few weeks to see what I can find. Maybe some stocking stuffers (I know, too early to think about it but buying gradually sure helps!) but mainly for treats on the way down to Disney since we are driving.

What plans/ideas :idea: do you have brewing?

PixieDustPrincess05
10-12-2009, 07:57 PM
Happy to hear the party was a great success!!! sorry to hear about the cake and the hayride!
Have a relaxing sunday!!
:wave2:

Thanks- yeah we had a really great time- just being with friends and family :lovestruc.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-12-2009, 07:59 PM
All caught up now. It's funny how whenever we all were younger it just seemed that it took forever for us to grow up, but now that you have kids these birthdays come by so fast! I'm glad the party was nice, and you were able to find a last minute cake. Sorry to hear about the hayride.

Yeah it did seem like forever didn't it? These four years with Austin have flown by- I wish I can go back in time sometimes... but its also nice to see him as a four year old and all of the crazy things he does.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-12-2009, 08:07 PM
I am looking forward to her reaction!! I hope is as magical as I am imaging it to be. I am sure she will be a little overwhelmed but she should settle fairly quickly.

I am glad Austin's birthday turned out good. :)

Thanks for the head's up about Dollar Tree--I think I will head over there at some point in the next few weeks to see what I can find. Maybe some stocking stuffers (I know, too early to think about it but buying gradually sure helps!) but mainly for treats on the way down to Disney since we are driving.

What plans/ideas :idea: do you have brewing?

It will be great for your dd's first time in wdw!!!! Especially having a little girl- there is a lot of fun things to do from meeting the princesses, having tea party's and lunches with the princesses, and oh...... the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!!!! I would so do that if I had a little girl.

Well, Aussie and I are going to watch Aladdin tomorrow night. It is going to be a "Disney night" but not an all out themed Disney night. I won't get home from work till about 5:45 and with the party this past weekend I didn't have time to plan an all out disney night. So, we are just going to watch Aladdin and maybe I will make us a little snack. Are next official Disney night will probably be MMCH night on the 25. I can't wait to do that- I have some left over MMCH treat boxes from the party that I might put some goodies in.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-12-2009, 08:18 PM
What a crummy day at work- well not really, but I just did not feel like being there. So, tomorrow night is Aladdin night. Not an official Disney night in my house since I haven't had the time to plan a disney night since the party this past weekend- but Austin and I will be watching Aladdin! I may make a small snack for him as well.

Our next official Disney night will be on the 25th for MMCH night. I can't wait!!!!!:banana::banana::banana: I have some left over treat boxes from his bday party that I am going to use to put little goodies in. I also have one of those Wilton Cupcake stands that displays cupcakes and I bought brightly colored cupcake cup liner holder thingys to bake them in. I also have the MMCH disney figurines that I bought from the Disney Store for his bday cake that I am going to display. Target sells Mickey Mouse shaped chicken nuggets so we may have them for dinner with french fries or something like that. Maybe we'll do Hidden Mickeys for an activity. So much fun!!!!!

So... what does everyone else have planned?

PixieDustPrincess05
10-22-2009, 09:19 PM
Okay so I've been slacking. I promise I will be on here more often :worship::worship:!!! So, this is what I've been up to. I had family over this weekend and we had a good time. We all went to go see "Paranormal Activity" which is supposed to be the scariest movie of all time, and I am warning you now- DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY it stunk. I should have went to go see the Toy Story 3D double feature for a few bucks more.

We did do Aladdin night- not an official disney night- but had to watch the movie. I just popped some popcorn for Austin and I and Bill decided he would rather watch Hell's Kitchen in our bedroom. I enjoyed the movie- as I haven't seen it in a very long time, and Austin fell asleep about 20 minutes into the movie. I am very excited about MMCH night this weekend. We have an engagement party to go to first and then I will start the fun once we get back.

Ok, so I've been thinking about Christmas presents alot lately. We usually get Austin a big gift and a bunch of smaller gifts- isn't that what everyone pretty much does? So, I've been thinking and thinking on what his big gift should be. He is at that age where he wants everything on tv. But his newest thing that he keeps asking for is "The Handy Manny Repair Shop". He keeps saying "I need that Mommy, I want to learn how to build a birdhouse". Well, apparantely, Manny teaches you by these interactive blueprints that you slide into this thing, step by step on how to build over 20 projects. There are also other compatible projects sold separately that you can add to it. It is 99.99- which seems pretty steep, but who cares, it's Disney right and it looks really cool. We were actually in Walmart last night looking at one and Bill agreed that it looked pretty cool. So...... I am thinking that this may be our winner, along with some extra tools and projects sold separately. Does anyone own this toy? If so, I would love to hear your feedback- I am a review reader and it got great reviews. I will probably pick a few other things up as well. I love Black Friday, and I usually pick up some odds and ends that are on sale to add to his stash of presents, plus, Toysrus has been doing this thing the past few years on Fri and Sat. They have Doorbusters near Christmas time from like November on with great deals on toys. Oh how I love Christmas!!!! :cloud9::cloud9:

This is going to sound kind of nerdy, but Toys 'R us lets you do Wishlists (kind of like a registry, but I always set mine to private so I'm the only one that can view it). I did one for his birthday, and am in the midst of doing one for Christmas- I am such a planner and it just helps with organization. That way if anyone asks what to get him, I just pull from my wishlist and just check it off if it is purchased.

Ok, well I think that is all for tonight. I'm kind of tired. Happy Disney Dreams!!

longing2Batdisney
10-22-2009, 09:34 PM
I do the wishlist for Ashton at toys r us and walmart every year for his bday and Christmas!! :goodvibes:
we have the Bob the Builder work table we picked up after Christmas last year...he loves it...but, I wish we would have waited to see the new stuff (although I picked it up for $29.99) we have added "handy manny " toys; just need to see if I can find extra kits (have not looked yet) for building--he always says he is bldg a house :laughing:


I do not know what to get Ashton this year...I wanted to do a train table but with my DD and her BF living here I do not have the room...so I don't know what to buy :confused3...I was thinking about the leapster or the bike that they ride to play games :confused3

:wave2:

PixieDustPrincess05
10-22-2009, 11:10 PM
I do the wishlist for Ashton at toys r us and walmart every year for his bday and Christmas!! :goodvibes:
we have the Bob the Builder work table we picked up after Christmas last year...he loves it...but, I wish we would have waited to see the new stuff (although I picked it up for $29.99) we have added "handy manny " toys; just need to see if I can find extra kits (have not looked yet) for building--he always says he is bldg a house :laughing:


I do not know what to get Ashton this year...I wanted to do a train table but with my DD and her BF living here I do not have the room...so I don't know what to buy :confused3...I was thinking about the leapster or the bike that they ride to play games :confused3

:wave2:

I am really excited about the Handy Manny Repair shop. It just look like you can do alot and build alot.

I was going to get Austin a train table last year, but decided against it and just bought him an Imaginarium train that I picked up from toysrus for 25.00- which he barely plays with- I am so glad I didn't fork out all of that money for a train table.

I have some great suggestions for you to get Ashton this year:

1) The Leapster- trust me, he will love it- we just bought Austin one for his bday a few weeks ago and he plays with it everyday.

2) Lego Duplo Bricks- They are the bigger Legos, and plus you can get little animals to add to it.

3) Little People- We LOVE the little people sets. Now that Austin is getting older, I started buying him Imaginext too. We got him the pirate ship for his bday and it is too cool.


Trust me, he will love all of these toys- I do not disappoint!!!:laughing:

Charlefours
10-23-2009, 12:54 PM
It will be great for your dd's first time in wdw!!!! Especially having a little girl- there is a lot of fun things to do from meeting the princesses, having tea party's and lunches with the princesses, and oh...... the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!!!! I would so do that if I had a little girl.


We are planning on doing the BBB Salon as a birthday gift to her!! She LOVES :lovestruc dressing up and such so I think it will be such a great way to start her birthday. We will be actually going to the My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea Party (if you are so inclined, you can see what's up with it in my PTR) too. So many fun things to do! I really think she is going to remember lots from the trip too--I will make her her own SB but she remembers our brief trip to the beach this past August (which I have not had a chance to SB yet :rolleyes1). Still talks about it so I am hopefully. Plus, she :love: loved looking at a YouTube video I showed her of one of the shows. She asked the next day to see more (and afterwards too).

[QUOTE=PixieDustPrincess05;34049282]
We did do Aladdin night- not an official disney night- but had to watch the movie. I just popped some popcorn for Austin and I and Bill decided he would rather watch Hell's Kitchen in our bedroom. I enjoyed the movie- as I haven't seen it in a very long time, and Austin fell asleep about 20 minutes into the movie. I am very excited about MMCH night this weekend. We have an engagement party to go to first and then I will start the fun once we get back.

We are planning on watching the special too!! We are looking forward to it. I have not decided if I am going to do a themed night-probably not because DH would just role his eyes. :rolleyes: So we will be watching it just for fun. I think I will be starting our themed nights out about 4 to 6 months. I know I want to save a lot of fun things to add to the countdown calendar that I want to do about 45 to 60 days out.

Ok, so I've been thinking about Christmas presents alot lately.

We have started picking up things for DD's Christmas as well. Her big gift this year is the Leapster 2--we are hoping if we got it a little early we would have time to work with her so she can use it on the drive :car: down to Disney!

This is going to sound kind of nerdy, but Toys 'R us lets you do Wishlists (kind of like a registry, but I always set mine to private so I'm the only one that can view it). I did one for his birthday, and am in the midst of doing one for Christmas- I am such a planner and it just helps with organization. That way if anyone asks what to get him, I just pull from my wishlist and just check it off if it is purchased.

I do it too! :rotfl: Private as well, but then I do not have to remember things and can give family each their own list without duplicates.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-23-2009, 07:38 PM
Hi Charlefours~

that is awesome that you and dh are taking your dd to BBB!!! I seen it when I was there in DTD and it just looked like an awesome thing to do. I think they have one in the castle too. I definitely want to see pics of that if you don't mind. I am so glad you decided to go with the Leapster for Christmas. I was going to get the Leapster 2, but I looked into both and the only really difference is that I think you can go online with it. All Leapster games are compatible with any Leap Frog gaming system- so I just figured I would get him the regular Leapster- and he loves it!!! They have a lot of great games for it (not to mention Disney games for it as well). She will love it :-) . I am on my way to check our your PTR.....

PixieDustPrincess05
10-24-2009, 04:26 PM
So today started off a very warm/beautiful day outside. I had to take my grandma shopping, and I had to get my friend an engagement present for her surprise part tomorrow. Well, then it rained!!! But, all in all, I pretty much accomplished everything.

What actually do you get someone for an engagement? Well, I looked up engagement party etiquette online and the actual answer is- you are really not obligated or expected to buy a gift for an engagement party- but come on, who is going to show up empty handed. So, the proper etiquette if you are going to buy a gift is to keep it inexpensive and small. So, I went to our local Lenox warehouse and found a very pretty picture frame that was originally 100.00- and got it for 24.99- go me :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

Tonight we are going to a kids/adults Halloween party at one of my mom's friend's house. The little kids are dressing up. I bought Austin's halloween costume last night- although I really wanted the Buzz lightyear costume, which they didn't have any left in his size, I wound up getting him a cute little fireman costume. I figured he can wear it again for pretend play, and plus he has a cute little 101 dalmation dog to carry around with it- I had to Disney it up somehow you know? So that's where we'll be tonight, I will definitely take pics.

Charlefours
10-24-2009, 06:46 PM
Hi Charlefours~

that is awesome that you and dh are taking your dd to BBB!!! I seen it when I was there in DTD and it just looked like an awesome thing to do. I think they have one in the castle too. I definitely want to see pics of that if you don't mind. I am so glad you decided to go with the Leapster for Christmas. I was going to get the Leapster 2, but I looked into both and the only really difference is that I think you can go online with it. All Leapster games are compatible with any Leap Frog gaming system- so I just figured I would get him the regular Leapster- and he loves it!!! They have a lot of great games for it (not to mention Disney games for it as well). She will love it :-) . I am on my way to check our your PTR.....

We got a great deal online through Leapster--they have great bundles with the system, a game and a case PLUS FREE S&H. I would check online if you have not gotten it yet--sign up for emails because they send coupon codes and sale announcements.

I will definitely post pictures from our BBB salon visit. We are doing it the morning of her birthday at Cinderella's Castle. If the dates hold true for next year, this year they had MNSSHP on the Tuesday (her birthday next is on Tuesday). I would think BBB is extra busy on days that MNSSHP is taking place. What do you think? At any rate, I am hoping to get the first appointment or as early as I can for it. Then she will stay dressed up the rest of the time (but we will not be going to MNSSHP that night).

So, I went to our local Lenox warehouse and found a very pretty picture frame that was originally 100.00- and got it for 24.99- go me :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
I wound up getting him a cute little fireman costume. I figured he can wear it again for pretend play, and plus he has a cute little 101 dalmation dog to carry around with it- I had to Disney it up somehow you know? So that's where we'll be tonight, I will definitely take pics.

What a great deal!! Your DS will look adorable I'm sure. Of course you had to add a Disney element. :thumbsup2 Looking forward to seeing pictures of DS dressed up if you don't mind.

PixieDustPrincess05
10-24-2009, 11:58 PM
We got a great deal online through Leapster--they have great bundles with the system, a game and a case PLUS FREE S&H. I would check online if you have not gotten it yet--sign up for emails because they send coupon codes and sale announcements.

I will definitely post pictures from our BBB salon visit. We are doing it the morning of her birthday at Cinderella's Castle. If the dates hold true for next year, this year they had MNSSHP on the Tuesday (her birthday next is on Tuesday). I would think BBB is extra busy on days that MNSSHP is taking place. What do you think? At any rate, I am hoping to get the first appointment or as early as I can for it. Then she will stay dressed up the rest of the time (but we will not be going to MNSSHP that night).

Hey Charlefours,

I actually bought the Leapster a few weeks ago for his bday on 10/10--- and he has been playing with it faithfully ever since!!! It is a great toy, it is cute and very educational and I would recommend it to everyone!!!

If you can book the BBB ahead of time I would say go for it. That way you can get in as early as possible. She is going to look adorable, they really make those little girls look like beautiful princesses.



What a great deal!! Your DS will look adorable I'm sure. Of course you had to add a Disney element. :thumbsup2 Looking forward to seeing pictures of DS dressed up if you don't mind.

I need to get pictures on here period! He actually wore his costume to the Halloween party tonight and looked so adorable!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
11-23-2009, 07:43 PM
I'm back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been a little busy lately- you know, harvesting crops on Farmville on Facebook, making Christmas lists, baking pumpkin bread (yummy- a new hit for our family). But, I am back for all of you that I left hanging- I am very sorry.

I still want to go to WDW either the last week of August or Sept. 2010, but I have not reserved anything yet- it all depends on how everything is next year. But, my ticker will remain the same, unless I change it. The good news is, even though I am not positive we are going then, we ARE going back, even if it is a few months later than the original dates planned. Yes WDW, we will be back. So, even though I have not put the deposit down or anything- I am still going to do all of the fun things, and still plan a trip- just don't know the date yet. It depends if free dining and if I can get a really great deal on airline tickets. But, I am really going to push for those dates!!!! Don't give up on me DIS friends!!!


Okay, the big question now is, Austin wants the "Handy Manny Repair Shop" for Christmas this year. Thats all he talks about when you ask him what he wants. It is a tool bench where Manny tell you how to build over 20 projects, and it has blueprints that you slide into this thing that tells you how to do it. Is Santa going to bring this for him? Hmmmm...... you will just have to wait and see.

Other than that, I have been searching for the Black Friday preview ads online to map out where I will be going this Friday. I usually go out (yes at like 3:30 am :banana:) and pick up the different deals. There really aren't any good toy deals this year, but there are a few other things I would like to get. Then, most likely that Saturday or Sunday the tree and decorations will go up. I really can't wait!!!

Have a great night all!!!

Brave teacher
11-24-2009, 12:09 AM
I'm back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been a little busy lately- you know, harvesting crops on Farmville on Facebook, making Christmas lists, baking pumpkin bread (yummy- a new hit for our family). But, I am back for all of you that I left hanging- I am very sorry.

I still want to go to WDW either the last week of August or Sept. 2010, but I have not reserved anything yet- it all depends on how everything is next year. But, my ticker will remain the same, unless I change it. The good news is, even though I am not positive we are going then, we ARE going back, even if it is a few months later than the original dates planned. Yes WDW, we will be back. So, even though I have not put the deposit down or anything- I am still going to do all of the fun things, and still plan a trip- just don't know the date yet. It depends if free dining and if I can get a really great deal on airline tickets. But, I am really going to push for those dates!!!! Don't give up on me DIS friends!!!


Okay, the big question now is, Austin wants the "Handy Manny Repair Shop" for Christmas this year. Thats all he talks about when you ask him what he wants. It is a tool bench where Manny tell you how to build over 20 projects, and it has blueprints that you slide into this thing that tells you how to do it. Is Santa going to bring this for him? Hmmmm...... you will just have to wait and see.

Other than that, I have been searching for the Black Friday preview ads online to map out where I will be going this Friday. I usually go out (yes at like 3:30 am :banana:) and pick up the different deals. There really aren't any good toy deals this year, but there are a few other things I would like to get. Then, most likely that Saturday or Sunday the tree and decorations will go up. I really can't wait!!!

Have a great night all!!!

You're a Facebook Famer like everyone else I know. I must be one of the only people that does not farm. LOL...

Cooper has been begging for the repair shop as well. Little does he know that it is sitting in the attic right now waiting for Christmas to get here.

I was going to go out on Friday morning, but the only thing I had to get was a tv for Sam. I was going to Sears because it was the only place it was on sale. Well, Best Buy matched the price and had it on sale today. No more early morning for me. We'll be doing our Christmas tree instead then.

PixieDustPrincess05
11-24-2009, 11:41 PM
Awe thats great that you got your son the Handy Manny Repair Shop Megan! It looks like a great toy.

I go out every Black Friday just to pick up some of the Doorbuster Deals. Although I was pretty disappointed at some of the toy deals- nothing that I was really looking for. There is some great Pyrex dishes on sale at Walmart that I will be after. That is great that Best Buy matched your price though.

Twoboysnmygirl
11-30-2009, 08:51 PM
I'm subbing! I came over here from Pam's PTR and now I found another 2 that I'm off to read! Who knew so many people would make Aug-Sept PTR's?!?!? :laughing: (I have one too, as you can see! LOL)

Victoriasmom98
12-14-2009, 03:57 PM
Hi Janine!!! I'm subbing too!! Wow!! There's a bunch of us all planning to go around the same time! This is too exciting!!!!:banana:

3princesses+aprince
12-19-2009, 09:09 AM
Hi Janine!!! I hope you still plan on going in September, because now we changed our minds about August and moved up to september!!! Everyone has been scaring me about the heat! So Sept it is for us. We are not booked yet either but think we're going with the Caribbean Beach Resort the last week of September for 8 nights. The 20th-28th!!!

Is all of your Christmas shopping done? I'm almost done, got a little bit more shopping to do, I was going to do it this weekend but we're getting a lovely blizzard, so monday it will be. I'll finish it off then!

PixieDustPrincess05
12-20-2009, 01:08 AM
Hi Janine!!! I hope you still plan on going in September, because now we changed our minds about August and moved up to september!!! Everyone has been scaring me about the heat! So Sept it is for us. We are not booked yet either but think we're going with the Caribbean Beach Resort the last week of September for 8 nights. The 20th-28th!!!

Is all of your Christmas shopping done? I'm almost done, got a little bit more shopping to do, I was going to do it this weekend but we're getting a lovely blizzard, so monday it will be. I'll finish it off then!

Hi Pam!

I am going to try my best to still go in September. I was at CBR with my parents when I was about 7 or 8, but I still remember it. It is a beautiful resort. It has that beachy, yet disney feel- and I feel it is PERFECT for your honeymoon. They even have Pirates of the Caribbean themed rooms (not sure if you would want that for your honeymoon though lol). I have this Disney book that I bought annually the past three years called "Birmbaums Best Official Guide to Walt Disney World" and it has every restauraunt and every little aspect of disney in it that you can imagine. So, after my June girls trip, I was looking into CBR for our next family trip. Pam, they have this one QS restaurant that serves the kids meals in a plastic pail with a shovel. How cute? Plus they just redid their pool and it is gorgeous. It is pretty close to Epcot too. Its a very nice relaxing place. I am still going with one of the value resorts (money saver lol, and austin loves the oversized icons). But yes, CBR is an excellant choice- I want to hear all about it!!!:banana:

3princesses+aprince
12-20-2009, 10:07 PM
Oh, my god, I saw the pool, it's amazing!!! I've been planning on another 7 night trip all along, but after looking at this resort I figured we'd add an 8th night because I feel I want at least 1 day to hang out at CBR and there is so much to do at the resort!!!
I'm excited, especially because it will make it have more of a honeymoon feel!

Charlefours
12-21-2009, 11:34 AM
Hello again! :wave:

I have been MIA as well--finishing up my semester than getting caught up with things around the house and holiday tasks. Taking a break at the moment from housework, :laundy:, cleaning up my office/craft space since I need to make several gifts for Christmas still! :confused3

Disney is not going anywhere--You will get there when it is right for your family! I am selfishly hoping for September and overlapping dates if possible! :rotfl:

Glad to know you are doing well!! The Handy Manny Repair shop has been going on sale here in Michigan as I imagine other places too. I hope you got a good deal if that is what you decided to do!!

PixieDustPrincess05
12-21-2009, 05:43 PM
Hello again! :wave:

I have been MIA as well--finishing up my semester than getting caught up with things around the house and holiday tasks. Taking a break at the moment from housework, :laundy:, cleaning up my office/craft space since I need to make several gifts for Christmas still! :confused3

Disney is not going anywhere--You will get there when it is right for your family! I am selfishly hoping for September and overlapping dates if possible! :rotfl:

Glad to know you are doing well!! The Handy Manny Repair shop has been going on sale here in Michigan as I imagine other places too. I hope you got a good deal if that is what you decided to do!!

LOL Charlefours!!! Better believe I am going to try my darndest to get back as planned in august or september!!!!

Hmmm....... I wonder if Santa is going to bring Austin the Handy Manny Repair shop- I just might have to leave you hanging for just a few more days.

I'm glad all is well your way- like Pam, I've had Christmas on my mind for a while- but I am thinking alot about Disney, and I know I will be thinking of it more after Christmas.

PixieDustPrincess05
12-21-2009, 06:15 PM
My Christmas shopping is finally done- and everything is wrapped :woohoo:
go me!!!!!

My dh (Bill), on the other hand, waits till the last minute every year to go shopping for me. He says he has more fun- I don't know how- I always joke around with him over getting picked over stuff LOL :laughing:. Well, my Christmas list is short this year. I really don't need that much- beings that I really want to focus on going back to Disney. We used to go out and spend a bunch of money on eachother before we have Austin, but now we spend it all on him!!!!! So, this is my Christmas list:

1) A stainless steel mixing bowl ( I want to get more into baking homemade cookies)

2) Birmbaums Official guide to Walt Disney World 2010.

3) I made a little Bed Bath and Beyond wishlist for him to pick off of as well.

I know, I know, you are all probably laughing right now, but thats what I want :rotfl2:

So, I've been daydreaming about Disney a lot lately. There are quite a few things we missed when we were there last.

So, I was talking to Bill the other night about what package we are going to take. We decided that the preferred room is not a necessity (if interested, ask me how to get around this without having to walk a mile to your room).
However, the Park Hopper passes are a must!!!!! We like being able to go to a park for morning magic hours, go off to another park mid afternoon, and then being able to go to another park for night magic hours and fireworks.

Another must is the dining plan. I just having the bulk of our meals paid for in advance. And we usually don't have to pay much out of pocket. We will definitely be choosing the QSDP. You can't beat getting 2 full sized meals, 2 snacks, and the refillable mug for the price you pay. We used our snack credits for breakfast because all of the pastries and bagels are so big and filling!!!

We were thinking about doing an out of pocket character breakfast- but since we did a character dinner at the Crystal Palace last time- we weren't really fans of the food. Don't get me wrong, the atmosphere is very nice, and the characters come around to the table- but its way overpriced for what it is. Even with breakfast- you can get Mickey Waffles at the hotel, and meet with Pooh in one of the parks- so that idea is probably out, not sure yet :confused3.

So much to think about!!!!!! :cloud9:

I went to the mall yesterday to finish up my christmas shopping and bought Austin the cutest Wall-E hat and gloves set- he loves it!!!!!

Well, I am going to try my best to be on here more often- can't wait to hear from all of you!

Brave teacher
12-22-2009, 02:55 PM
Hi Janine! School is out for me, so I was coming on to all of my PTRs to check in and see how things are going.

Your Christmas list does not sound strange. We all want different things. I like to collect my WDW travel books. Even though I know what's in them, I get them every year. I Love BB&B. I could spend all day in there. Bryan and I were talking about what we want for Christmas the other day. Part of my list included curtains and decorations for the top of my kitchen cabinets.

We are talking about what we must have for our trip too. We are debating the park hopper right now. The boys still like to go to the hotel to swim in the afternoon, so we are still up in the air on that one. We always like to do the DDP because we like a sit down meal a day at dinner. Plus, like you, we like to have our meals pre-paid.

PixieDustPrincess05
12-23-2009, 08:12 PM
Well everyone- two more days till Christmas :cool1:!!!!!!

I am sooo excited!!!! Tonight- probably around 10:30pm I have family from PA coming in and staying. Tomorrow, is Christmas Eve dinner and present with my stepdad's side of the family. My stepdad and uncle (they are twins) are both freemason's and we rent out the Masonic Lodge every Christmas Eve because there are so many of us!!!!! Its usually a good time. We eat dinner, open gifts, and all the kids run around. Christmas day, we will open gifts from Santa (of course) at my house. Then probably around 11am we will head over to my dads for more presents. Then after that- to my grandmothers (my mom's mom) where the rest of my family gathers for Christmas dinner and presents. So, I have very busy days the next few days!!! But, I will try my best to keep everyone updated!!!!!

So, Bill is out Christmas shopping for me- as we speak. Last minute as usual hehehehehee :rotfl2:. Hmmmm..... I wonder if he remembered my new Disney's Official Guide 2010 book?

Hope to have a new and exciting post tomorrow night after our Christmas Eve Party!!! :cool1:

PixieDustPrincess05
12-27-2009, 09:50 PM
Ok so we all had a great Christmas. I really need to start posting pictures lol. So incase you were all wondering.... here is a list of things Austin got:

A Wall E figurine set from the Disney Store (Pam that same set you used for your cake toppers- so cute!), a few trucks, a crayola tub, a home depot tool set, a Spongebob plush with a dvd, a Lite Brite, disney puzzles, Mickey Mouse Talking Kitchen, Mickey Mouse Matchbox car set, Leapfrog learn and write, Mickeys Adventures in Wonderland DVD, Handy Manny building sets, an Imaginext Ocean boat (so cute), a fisher price teach and learn guitar, Fisher Price Trio blocks (adorable), a Matchbox hauler truck, UP DVD, a Vsmile pocket with Wall E and Cars games, crayola pipsqueaks, and a few other things I am missing, and a ton of clothes. I took pictures of alot of it- I really need to get them on here, so you can finally see what we look like lol :rotfl2:. Oh, and yes, Austin did get the Handy Manny Repair Shop!!!!!!

So, I got two outfits from Bill, along with my Disney Guide and my stainless steel mixing bowl :lovestruc. I also got Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (my mom and stepdad), a digital photo frame, a sweater, two cute picture frames, a Crockpot little dipper (I always wanted one), a Rotisserie from my dad and stepmom, a beautiful Ice blue down alternative damask bedding set (so pretty I will definitely take pics once I get it on my bed), and quite a few gift cards. We had a nice Christmas.

I really want to make some Disney shirts. I requested some disigns and even figured out how to create a few myself. I am just not to keen on my printer now and think I finally need a new one. Any suggestions on a good/ not too expensive printer to get?

PixieDustPrincess05
12-29-2009, 10:56 PM
Tonight I spent about 2 hours rearranging the toys in Austin's bedroom. I still have all of the new clothes under the tree that I have to put away as well, but other than that I got alot done :laundy:. Hopefully, I'll get to the rest tomorrow :confused3.

So, I sat at my desk and dreamed of Disney half of the day :cloud9:. I sat and wondered.... and wondered..... and wondered.... what would make the perfect Disney Trip? Well, no matter how much you plan, nothing is ever perfect- but it can be close, and it can be as magical as you make it :wizard:.
So, I then asked myself- what would I do differently on my next disney trip and here is what I came up with:

1.) I am skipping the preferred room. We plan on going to Pop Century this time around (we stayed at ASMovies in Aug 08). I will request either the 50's or the 60's building- they have nonpreferred sections that are almost just as close as the preferred. Just a little trick I learned that will save us a few extra bucks :wizard:.

2.) Talked it over with the hubby and the park hopper is a must do. We love the convenience of not being tied down to one park.

3.) Qs Dining plan all the way. We did the regular one back in Aug 08- which we loved- but they didn't have this plan then. With the QS, we can eat when we are hungry instead of being tied down to ADR's. We also don't have to throw a 20% tip down to buffet servers at character meals that just bring you a drink. I am not cheap by any means (even though I probably sound it right know :rotfl2:), but the tipping on these dining plans throws you over the edge- mainly because a regular sit down dinner is probably around 100 bucks or better (you get the most expensive meal on menu because YOU CAN and it is already paid for, plus your drink, plus dessert x 3 people can get pretty pricey) So, for our size family at one sit down meal a day would be well over 100.00 just in tips for the length of our stay. QS dining plan also includes the mugs which are like 13.00 pp x 3 of us= over 40.00 just in mugs ( which I must add are a MUST HAVE).

Which brings me to my next question- must do restaurants this next trip:

MK- El Pirata y El Perico (my Austin is just going to love their tacos)-
although I was on ALLEARS.com last night fishing around the menus and
it said they are open seasonally- so hopefully we are there before they
close for the season :worship:)
Pecos Bill- They seem to have a good selection
Cosmic Rays- I work with a Disney Fanatic like myself who says they
have a wide variety to choose from and great rotisserie chicken. A must
for us.

AK- Pizzafari- this qs restaurant is adorable and LOVE the Pizza
Flame Tree BBQ- have heard good thing about this one as well. A
definite must do.

HS- Toy Storys Pizza Planet- Love this Place, Love the Atmosphere, Love
Toy Story.


Oh I forgot- I really want to go to the Mainstreet Bakery for breakfast one morning (how magical :wizard:) and I really want to try a Citrus Swirl at the MK.


Well, I think I am off to dream sweet Disney Dreams- goodnight everyone!!!

Brave teacher
12-29-2009, 11:09 PM
Hey Janine! It sounds like Austin sure did rack up for Christmas! Both boys have nice long lists like that. Plus Sam's birthday is coming up on the 9th. We'll see how that goes. I look forward to seeing the new bedding.

I often sit and wonder what would make our next trip better. Nice thinking about the room situation at Pop. I'ver never stayed there, so I don't know any tricks like that. We are in the middle of the great park hopping debate. We go back and forth a lot. As far as the QSDP is concerned, you may also want to look at the counter service options at the different resorts to branch out from the parks a little bit. Plus, there are plenty of choices at DTD. The biggest value as a QS meal (in my opinion) is Wolfgang Puck Express. We love Sunshine Seasons at Epcot as a QS option.

longing2Batdisney
12-29-2009, 11:59 PM
Hello! Janine
sounds like Austin did really well for Christmas!! :yay: and you too!

we love Cosmic Rays for the food choices...we have always done QS/CS we have only done one ADR way back in '96... we are going to try a few this coming year...but, we too like the idea of eating when we are ready instead of ADR's (so, I think most of our will be breakfast--well three bf and two dinner's is what I'm thinking)...

can't wait for the pictures...your duvet sounds pretty can't wait!!!
:wave2: Connie

Charlefours
12-30-2009, 08:20 AM
Hi There!! I am glad to read that you had a wonderful holiday! :) Austin sure is a lucky little boy. Sounds like you got some great gifts too. :goodvibes



So, I sat at my desk and dreamed of Disney half of the day :cloud9:. I sat and wondered.... and wondered..... and wondered.... what would make the perfect Disney Trip? Well, no matter how much you plan, nothing is ever perfect- but it can be close, and it can be as magical as you make it :wizard:.
So, I then asked myself- what would I do differently on my next disney trip and here is what I came up with:

1.) I am skipping the preferred room. We plan on going to Pop Century this time around (we stayed at ASMovies in Aug 08). I will request either the 50's or the 60's building- they have nonpreferred sections that are almost just as close as the preferred. Just a little trick I learned that will save us a few extra bucks :wizard:.

2.) Talked it over with the hubby and the park hopper is a must do. We love the convenience of not being tied down to one park.

3.) Qs Dining plan all the way. We did the regular one back in Aug 08- which we loved- but they didn't have this plan then. With the QS, we can eat when we are hungry instead of being tied down to ADR's. We also don't have to throw a 20% tip down to buffet servers at character meals that just bring you a drink. I am not cheap by any means (even though I probably sound it right know :rotfl2:), but the tipping on these dining plans throws you over the edge- mainly because a regular sit down dinner is probably around 100 bucks or better (you get the most expensive meal on menu because YOU CAN and it is already paid for, plus your drink, plus dessert x 3 people can get pretty pricey) So, for our size family at one sit down meal a day would be well over 100.00 just in tips for the length of our stay. QS dining plan also includes the mugs which are like 13.00 pp x 3 of us= over 40.00 just in mugs ( which I must add are a MUST HAVE).

Which brings me to my next question- must do restaurants this next trip:

MK- El Pirata y El Perico (my Austin is just going to love their tacos)-
although I was on ALLEARS.com last night fishing around the menus and
it said they are open seasonally- so hopefully we are there before they
close for the season :worship:)
Pecos Bill- They seem to have a good selection
Cosmic Rays- I work with a Disney Fanatic like myself who says they
have a wide variety to choose from and great rotisserie chicken. A must
for us.

AK- Pizzafari- this qs restaurant is adorable and LOVE the Pizza
Flame Tree BBQ- have heard good thing about this one as well. A
definite must do.

HS- Toy Storys Pizza Planet- Love this Place, Love the Atmosphere, Love
Toy Story.


Oh I forgot- I really want to go to the Mainstreet Bakery for breakfast one morning (how magical :wizard:) and I really want to try a Citrus Swirl at the MK.


Well, I think I am of to dream sweet Disney Dreams- goodnight everyone!!!

Great tips about the Pop resort, which buildings to ask for. I will file away this information for another trip. :cloud9: Why pay for preferred when you obviously know how to request a great standard room? We are in a standard room as well but I had to put a special request in to be on the ground floor and near transportation due to health issues in our traveling party. Hopefully that means we will not be stuck out in the middle of nowhere.

QSDP I am really interested in this. We are doing the DDP this time around but I think after this initial trip, I would be content to try the QSDP at this point in our lives. Maybe our next trip....When I was working on our budget, I put in tips for Mousekeeping and for TS tips. It does make it all go up rather quickly!! I figured $20 for each TS we ate at, hopefully that is accurate or even high!!!

I definitely want to hit up Main Street Bakery--I don't think we did our last (and only) trip! :confused3 What were we thinking? The other places look yummy too!

Looking forward to learning and reading more....:surfweb:

PixieDustPrincess05
12-30-2009, 04:33 PM
Hey Janine! It sounds like Austin sure did rack up for Christmas! Both boys have nice long lists like that. Plus Sam's birthday is coming up on the 9th. We'll see how that goes. I look forward to seeing the new bedding.

I often sit and wonder what would make our next trip better. Nice thinking about the room situation at Pop. I'ver never stayed there, so I don't know any tricks like that. We are in the middle of the great park hopping debate. We go back and forth a lot. As far as the QSDP is concerned, you may also want to look at the counter service options at the different resorts to branch out from the parks a little bit. Plus, there are plenty of choices at DTD. The biggest value as a QS meal (in my opinion) is Wolfgang Puck Express. We love Sunshine Seasons at Epcot as a QS option.

Oh wow thats awesome- I did not know that Wolfgang Puck Express was QS- we just may have to try that. Good luck on Sam's upcoming Bday!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
12-30-2009, 04:37 PM
Hello! Janine
sounds like Austin did really well for Christmas!! :yay: and you too!

we love Cosmic Rays for the food choices...we have always done QS/CS we have only done one ADR way back in '96... we are going to try a few this coming year...but, we too like the idea of eating when we are ready instead of ADR's (so, I think most of our will be breakfast--well three bf and two dinner's is what I'm thinking)...

can't wait for the pictures...your duvet sounds pretty can't wait!!!
:wave2: Connie

Cosmic Rays all the way Connie!!! I have heard so many good things about that place that I just had to make a Rotisserie Chicken tonight :laughing:- I'll let you know how that comes out we are using our new rotisserie.

Nothing wrong at all with the regular ddp- most of the food is great, but the QS just seems to suit our style better :rotfl2:.

I can't wait to go out and buy new bedroom curtains so I can get that new bedding set on my bed :cloud9:!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
12-30-2009, 04:42 PM
Hi There!! I am glad to read that you had a wonderful holiday! :) Austin sure is a lucky little boy. Sounds like you got some great gifts too. :goodvibes



Great tips about the Pop resort, which buildings to ask for. I will file away this information for another trip. :cloud9: Why pay for preferred when you obviously know how to request a great standard room? We are in a standard room as well but I had to put a special request in to be on the ground floor and near transportation due to health issues in our traveling party. Hopefully that means we will not be stuck out in the middle of nowhere.

QSDP I am really interested in this. We are doing the DDP this time around but I think after this initial trip, I would be content to try the QSDP at this point in our lives. Maybe our next trip....When I was working on our budget, I put in tips for Mousekeeping and for TS tips. It does make it all go up rather quickly!! I figured $20 for each TS we ate at, hopefully that is accurate or even high!!!

I definitely want to hit up Main Street Bakery--I don't think we did our last (and only) trip! :confused3 What were we thinking? The other places look yummy too!

Looking forward to learning and reading more....:surfweb:



Hi Charlefours!!!!! I hope you had a great Christmas!!! Where are you guys staying this time around- I must've missed that info somewhere :confused3.

I have heard sooooo many good things about the Main Street Bakery that I am so excited to try it the next trip :banana:

Here is some pretty good news- I would not worry about being put out in the middle of nowhere- the CM's are usually really good about fulfilling requests. On our Aug. 08 trip at ASMo, we paid for preferred and I requested to be in the Dalmation Building with a view. Well, I got the building and we were put in the courtyard view where we could see the big "Perdita" building right acrossed from our room and all of the other pretty scenery. When I went for my girls getaway back in June to Pop Century- I requested the 50's bowling pin area-preferred- room with a view and got the same. The CM's were very nice. And beings that you have someone in your party that has certain needs- your probably twice as more able to get what you requested!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
12-30-2009, 09:40 PM
Okay so I am "Post Happy" today :surfweb: you guys are probably sick of hearing from me :lmao:. But I just can't help it!!!

We went out tonight to Toys R Us, Walmart, and the Mall. Austin had a gift card for Toys R US, so he bought some "Just Like Home" playfood to go with his Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Talking Kitchen. Let me tell you- the food in this set looks real- especially the Peanut butter and Jelly!!! Him and I cooked food for Bill for about a half and hour!!! He also bought more Fisher Price Trio blocks- they were buy 2 get 1 free so we got three little sets. For those of you with kids- boys and girls (because they come in pink too), these are the neatest blocks. Then we went to take something back to Walmart, and decided we wanted to fish around for that new printer I was telling you guys about. We could not find the one we wanted so we are going to site to store one. After that, we went over to the mall (which is just right acrossed the street) and you know we went to the Disney Store :cloud9:!!!!!!

So, here is the excitement for the night. Bill and I have an American Express gift card for the mall for $200.00. I noticed in the Disney store that they have "Play,Shop, and Dine" gift cards for WDW, so I asked the lady if I could use my gift card for that gift card and she said there shouldn't be a problem!!!!! I read on the Disney site as well that you will soon be able to make payments to your trip using giftcards as well. So I am totally crossing my fingers on this one!!!!!!!!!!! If I can get 200.00 knocked off of my trip that will just be beyond great :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana::

If not, I am going to get the card anyway for the 200.00 and possibly not take the dining plan and just use that for our food- or souvenirs.


Does this idea sound good, and has anyone ever done this?


Also, more exciting news. I heard a while back about Baby Einstein recalling there Dvds from 2004-now. So I went on the site and it was totally true!!!!!
You can return up to 4 DVDs, and choose from the following:

1)a Baby Einstein cd or book of your choice (blah)
or
2) 25% off Little Einstein stuff at the Disney Store (blah)
or
3) a full refund of $15.99 each :banana::banana::banana::banana:

and guess what- I have three of them suckers :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

So, thats an extra almost 50 bucks that I will get back!!!! And who in there right mind would choose a book over a refund? (I'm sorry for saying that if any of you's actually did :scared1:)

So any of you ladies are harboring any Baby Einstein movies- you have till March to get your refund- take advantage while you still can!!!!!

Ok, well enough for tonight!!!!!

Sweet Disney dreams of Cinderella Castles, Citrus Swirls, El Pirata y El Perico Tacos, and Disney Magic to all :wizard:!!!!!

Victoriasmom98
12-31-2009, 10:31 AM
Janine.....post all you want to!! It's one way for us all to dream!!!! :yay:

PixieDustPrincess05
12-31-2009, 10:44 PM
Janine.....post all you want to!! It's one way for us all to dream!!!! :yay:

Thanks Ann you got that right!!!!!!!!:cloud9:

PixieDustPrincess05
12-31-2009, 10:53 PM
Ok so I had a pretty crummy night. My normal job is in the accounting dept. at a local casino- but, for the past two years on NYE, I have worked a NYE banquet in our main showroom for extra $$$$$$. It pays really well. Besides my regular pay for the week next week, I will have an extra $125.00 tacked on to next weeks paycheck for the whole 2 hours that I worked it. So, once a year, I have to put on a tux, and we are assigned certain reserved tables, and I have to make sure that the people on my list are the correct people sitting there. Well, I had this one couple that walked in that were not on my list but someone gave them tickets that was my table # :scared1:. This man was sooooooooooooo mean to me :headache: that I just wanted to literally knock him out :mad::mad::mad::mad: But I didn't :littleangel:, and the twit sat there anyway. Luckily my other people didn't show up. But, I am home now :cloud9: just waiting for the ball to drop for it to be 2010 because I am sooooooo ready for 2009 to be over :banana::banana::banana::banana:. I have to go in for a few hours early tomorrow morning to start our month/year end close. Hopefully I will be home before 11 am- I will be back to post more disney stuff!!!! Goodnight everyone- and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:wizard:

Charlefours
01-01-2010, 05:07 PM
awe sorry for the crummy night!! I hope the first day of 2010 has been much better! :thumbsup2 :goodvibes

Victoriasmom98
01-01-2010, 05:52 PM
Ok so I had a pretty crummy night. My normal job is in the accounting dept. at a local casino- but, for the past two years on NYE, I have worked a NYE banquet in our main showroom for extra $$$$$$. It pays really well. Besides my regular pay for the week next week, I will have an extra $125.00 tacked on to next weeks paycheck for the whole 2 hours that I worked it. So, once a year, I have to put on a tux, and we are assigned certain reserved tables, and I have to make sure that the people on my list are the correct people sitting there. Well, I had this one couple that walked in that were not on my list but someone gave them tickets that was my table # :scared1:. This man was sooooooooooooo mean to me :headache: that I just wanted to literally knock him out :mad::mad::mad::mad: But I didn't :littleangel:, and the twit sat there anyway. Luckily my other people didn't show up. But, I am home now :cloud9: just waiting for the ball to drop for it to be 2010 because I am sooooooo ready for 2009 to be over :banana::banana::banana::banana:. I have to go in for a few hours early tomorrow morning to start our month/year end close. Hopefully I will be home before 11 am- I will be back to post more disney stuff!!!! Goodnight everyone- and Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:wizard:

oh Janine, I am soooo sorry about your horrible evening. Sometimes it's so hard to deal with people we have to be nice to for our jobs. I know.....I'm a child support agent, so that means I basically collect child support from those who don't want to pay it. I can revoke driver's and professional licenses, attach wages and garnish bank accounts. This week was horrible! I had 2 men cus me out. :furious: I'm just doing my job and if they would have just paid their child support debt, I wouldn't have proceeded with enforcement options! :confused: Ok, that's my rant for the evening!!! Just think, 2010 is going to be awesome because we are going to Disney!!!:dance3:

we3are1
01-01-2010, 06:00 PM
Janine - just wanted to let you know that the food court at POP is amazing. We stayed there last Sept (and hope to do so again this year) and ate most of our CS meals there. I can say the pizza, salmon, chicken and nachos are all excellent. You can also choose the ice cream as dessert, have your receipt stamped and come back up to 90 minutes later to redeem. It was 3 LARGE scoops with toppings. Each evening 3 of us (2 adults and a 9 yr old) would split a meal - this worked great for us.

Maybe we'll even be there at the same time - fingers crossed!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-01-2010, 09:42 PM
oh Janine, I am soooo sorry about your horrible evening. Sometimes it's so hard to deal with people we have to be nice to for our jobs. I know.....I'm a child support agent, so that means I basically collect child support from those who don't want to pay it. I can revoke driver's and professional licenses, attach wages and garnish bank accounts. This week was horrible! I had 2 men cus me out. :furious: I'm just doing my job and if they would have just paid their child support debt, I wouldn't have proceeded with enforcement options! :confused: Ok, that's my rant for the evening!!! Just think, 2010 is going to be awesome because we are going to Disney!!!:dance3:

I am sooo sorry to hear about that!!! You see, I don't deal with customers on a regular basis. I work in accounting so I am basically on spreadsheets the whole day- so the only time I have to talk on the phone is if one of our vendor calls, and if they want our business, they won't be nasty (I've had a few though). It's just best sometimes to just do your 8 hours and leave, and most importantly, don't take your work mood home with you :scared1:!!!!
I am really looking for a great 2010!!!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-01-2010, 09:44 PM
Janine - just wanted to let you know that the food court at POP is amazing. We stayed there last Sept (and hope to do so again this year) and ate most of our CS meals there. I can say the pizza, salmon, chicken and nachos are all excellent. You can also choose the ice cream as dessert, have your receipt stamped and come back up to 90 minutes later to redeem. It was 3 LARGE scoops with toppings. Each evening 3 of us (2 adults and a 9 yr old) would split a meal - this worked great for us.

Maybe we'll even be there at the same time - fingers crossed!

Welcome to my Pre-Trippie!!!!!

I stayed at Pop back in June on a quick girls getaway weekend, and I can agree they do have some delicious choices!!!!! It is really great that the portions of EVERYTHING are sooooo big!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-01-2010, 09:45 PM
awe sorry for the crummy night!! I hope the first day of 2010 has been much better! :thumbsup2 :goodvibes

Thanks Charlefours!!!!!! I hope your 2010 is great and magical as well :wizard:!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-02-2010, 11:12 AM
Okay so yesterday I had to go in for a few hours to assist my boss with the start of our month end/year end close. I went in about 8:45am and got home just before 12pm. Bill took off yesterday so when I got home, my mom stopped by for about 15-20 min, and then me, Bill, and Austin went out.

First, we stopped by Walmart to return something, and we bought a new printer!!!! It is a Canon Pixma and it prints beautifully!!! After that, we decided to take Austin to Friendly's- which the nearest one is about a half an hour away from Walmart. I love Friendly's, I got the bbq chicken supermelt with french fries, and vanilla ice cream with pb sauce. Bill got a cheeseburger and french fries, and a chocolate sundae. And Austin, got the grilled cheese with french fries kids meal, with a build your own snowman sundae. Also, we all shared a mini mozzarella stick appetizer. It was soooo delicious :banana:.

After that, there is a store called "The Christmas Tree Shops" about 15 minutes down the road from that- which I love. It is not actually a store where you buy Christmas Trees or anything like that. It is more like a home store, it has all types of pictures, housewares, gardenwares, kids stuffs, crafty stuff- all in all, it is the best store ever :banana:.:banana: So we went there, and I got 2 sea shell themed pictures for my bathroom (our bathroom is slowly transforming into a beachy theme!!!!)- they are like them shadow type boxes- they were 4.99 a piece and they are so cute :lovestruc. I bought a bag of seashells because I want to make a wreath for the bathroom. They also started bringing some of their seasonal valentin merchandise out, so I bought this little set of three different size dip bowls that have the valentines hearts on them- I definitely have to take pics of them- that was 4.99. I also picked up a bag of tealights (50 ct) for 1.50.
After that, we started home (we were about an hour away at that point!!!), and Austin fell asleep, and I dozed off.

When we got home, I straightened up the house :laundy:, Bill set up the new printer, and Austin was still napping. And then- we did it.


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No no no no not what you think- get your minds out of the gutter :rotfl2:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We took down ALL of our Christmas decorations including the tree, and they are back up in the attic until next Christmas!!!!!!! Sorry, I just thought I'd have to add a little twist to my post :rotfl2:

So after, that, you know I was dying to make my first tshirt!!!!!! After wasting two sheets of that expensive transfer paper- I finally weezled out an adorable Spongebob shirt for Austin. I wanted to make one he can wear now- and he loves it. I seriously have to upload pics. I have a ton to show you from everything!!!. Question- do you absolutely have to prewash the shirt before you iron on the transfer because I wanted the shirt to still look new :laundy:!!!!!

Well, that was our day. Today, Bill is at work, so it is just me and Austin. I think I am going to take a ride over to AC Moore's (a craft store here incase you don't have one) and see what types of valentines goodies they have. Then I have to figure out what to pick up for dinner because I didn't lay anything out :headache:. I will be back on later tonight- hopefully with some pics. Have a great day everyone :cool1:!!!!!

OhioDisneyLover
01-02-2010, 01:21 PM
Just found your PTR. Subbing. Looks like fun.

We stayed at POP last May. Someone mentioned earlier about their food court. I agree, it was actually really good!

We're headed down in September. I think that's my favorite time of the year to go.

Looking forward to reading more. popcorn::

PixieDustPrincess05
01-02-2010, 03:37 PM
Just found your PTR. Subbing. Looks like fun.

We stayed at POP last May. Someone mentioned earlier about their food court. I agree, it was actually really good!

We're headed down in September. I think that's my favorite time of the year to go.

Looking forward to reading more. popcorn::


Hi OhioDisneyLover!!!! Glad you can join us for the ride!!!!

POP does have an amazing food court. Are you and your family going to stay at POP again when you go back in September?

PixieDustPrincess05
01-02-2010, 03:49 PM
Well, Austin and I never did make it to AC Moore's today. It was way too cold and windy out to go to any extra places:scared1:- we just stopped off to the grocery store (Shoprite here) and picked up some things for dinner.

So, I have seriously been in the mood for a veggie topping pizza. So while we were at the store today, I picked up fresh broccoli, a green pepper, a few tomatoes, a red onion, pizza crusts, and pizza sauce. I am also going to throw some fresh garlic on the pizza YUM :banana: The funniest thing happened on the way to the store today- I told Austin we were having pizza for dinner and he said "Mommy are we going to Toy Story Pizza Planet for pizza?"- he was just watching Toy Story this morning- how cute :lovestruc. I told him that we were not going tonight, but when we go back to Disney, we can eat there again (he was 2 1/2 when we first took him there, I'm not sure if he remembers it or not). But, he did give me a GREAT idea for Toy Story night. We had done a Toy Story night a few months back- but I wouldn't consider it an "official' one. So here are my plans so far- and as soon as I get a great enough deal to book a trip we are going to start our nights.

Movie : Toy Story
Dinner: We are going to make pizza of course- but.... here is the twist. If you go onto AllEars.net under dining, it gives you all of the WDW restaurants and what you can order there. So, we will be making personal pizzas, with mixed green lettuce salads (just like Pizza Planet at HS).
Dessert: Either Rice Krispies Treats or chocolate chip cookies.
Still have to think of an activity to do, but I am soooo excited about these plans!!!!!!:cool1::cool1:

Please let me know what you think.

Oh, also while I was at the grocery I picked up ingredients to make milk chocolate peanut butter fudge. I just finished making it- it was quite easy, and it has to refrigerate for at least an hour- I can't wait to tell you all how it came out.

Well, I have to get to chopping veggies for our pizza tonight!!!!

Charlefours
01-02-2010, 05:08 PM
Sounds yummy! I want to try making pizzas--what a great idea to turn it into a Disney Theme night. I have not started them but I thought about starting to jot ideas down for them for when we do start them. Can you believe DD has not seen Toy Story yet? We will have to get it from the library before we got to Disney. :goodvibes

What other theme nights are you considering? I actually picked up some of the Disney cookbooks (adult and children ones) so I am hoping to find some good ones to try out and perhaps incorporate into a Disney theme night. :yay:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-02-2010, 05:27 PM
Fudge turned out yummy :banana:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

For all of you who are interested it is called Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, and it is on the Hershey's website under Recipes. It is very easy to make and it is absolutley delicious!!!!!!

Well, off to make our veggie pizza for dinner tonight before Bill gets home from work :wizard::wizard:.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-02-2010, 05:30 PM
Sounds yummy! I want to try making pizzas--what a great idea to turn it into a Disney Theme night. I have not started them but I thought about starting to jot ideas down for them for when we do start them. Can you believe DD has not seen Toy Story yet? We will have to get it from the library before we got to Disney. :goodvibes

What other theme nights are you considering? I actually picked up some of the Disney cookbooks (adult and children ones) so I am hoping to find some good ones to try out and perhaps incorporate into a Disney theme night. :yay:

They are very easy to make. I usually buy Mama Mary's or Boboli ready to use pizza crusts- or you can make your own. I like buying the individual personal pizza crusts so we can all put on our own toppings. Toys Story is great, your DD will love it- it is way cute :lovestruc. Definitely go onto the AllEars.net website- there is alot of info on there- especially for restaurant menus and pricing.

OhioDisneyLover
01-03-2010, 08:13 AM
Hi OhioDisneyLover!!!! Glad you can join us for the ride!!!!

POP does have an amazing food court. Are you and your family going to stay at POP again when you go back in September?


We will be staying at Wilderness Lodge in September. (pop on over to my PTR and let me know what you think about my plans so far.) It's our 10th anniversary trip.

I do though love the hummus and pita chips over at POP. I've not seen them at any other resort!

When we stayed at POP I really wanted the 50's section.....we didn't get it though. :sad2:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-03-2010, 09:34 AM
We will be staying at Wilderness Lodge in September. (pop on over to my PTR and let me know what you think about my plans so far.) It's our 10th anniversary trip.

I do though love the hummus and pita chips over at POP. I've not seen them at any other resort!

When we stayed at POP I really wanted the 50's section.....we didn't get it though. :sad2:

Did you put in a request for the 50's section on your ressie? I am heading over to your PTR right now!!!

OhioDisneyLover
01-03-2010, 10:49 AM
Did you put in a request for the 50's section on your ressie? I am heading over to your PTR right now!!!

We did put in a request for the 50's but we didn't get it. In fact, the CM at check in was really...well....not so nice. I asked about again but still no go..... :confused3

PixieDustPrincess05
01-04-2010, 09:07 PM
We did put in a request for the 50's but we didn't get it. In fact, the CM at check in was really...well....not so nice. I asked about again but still no go..... :confused3

What :scared1:!!!!!! A mean CM?????????? They are usually great, but I am sure there is probably one every now and then that we can all do without. Sorry to hear about that. I would say if you are going to stay at POP, any of the three buildings (50's, 60's, and 70's the ones that have preferred and non preferred sections) are a pretty short walking distance to the main building, I would request any of them. I hope your upcoming trip is filled with many wonderful CM's set out to fill you and your family's dreams :wizard:!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-04-2010, 09:25 PM
So today was an okay day at work- it started out a little stressful, but it got a little better as the day went on.

Bill made dinner tonight- shake and bake chicken, white rice, and peas- absolutely yummy :yay:. I am on this dessert making kick- as you may know, I made pb chocolate fudge the other night. Well, I had also found a recipe online for Oreo Truffles- so all you chocolate lovers, this is for you!!!
I made them tonight, and they are delicous, and somewhat easy to make- very rich and chocolatey though. I would recommend eating no more than 2 or 3 tops at once. All it is is crushed up oreos and cream cheese mixed into a dough like mixture and then rolled into individual balls and chilled. Then after about an hour, you melt chocolate, dip the balls in the chocolate, and then sprinkle them with more crushed oreos and chill them again.

So, back to Disney plans. Yes, it is still up in the air over the park hopper passes. So here is what I came up with- please tell me what you think:

1) If we go during free dining, we are going to stay 6 days/5 nights non preferred. However, this is the only way we may not choose the PH passes. Only because we have 6 days to get all of our parks in and can pick and choose which ones we want to go back to.

2) If we do not go during free dining, we are staying 4 days, 3 nights non preferred, QS dining plan, and yes Park Hoppers. Only because we only have 4 days- and we like some parks more than the others (MK!!!!!:wizard:).

It is funny, Bill tries to play it off as like he could care less about Disney, but if someone strikes up a conversation about it, he'll sit and go into detail about what to do and what not to do!!!! I know he loves the dining plan and won't do without that, and I know he loves the park hopper- but, if we are staying 6 days (we usually take a late flight home)- we can hit the parks we love the most at least twice right? I don't know, I really like the flexibility of not being confined to a park :confused3.

Oh, you know that round of mini golf that you get in your Magic Your Way Package? Is that one round of gold for your entire party, or is it just for one person in your party?

Well, I hope everyone has a great night!!!

OhioDisneyLover
01-05-2010, 05:07 AM
I had to laugh when I read about Bill. My DH does the SAME THING! He will be all casual and then someone will ask a question and he is suddenly the Disney expert. Too cute!

Hopefully they will offer free dining when you want to go so that you stay the extra nights. Always nice to add nights to a trip! ;)

PixieDustPrincess05
01-05-2010, 05:14 PM
I had to laugh when I read about Bill. My DH does the SAME THING! He will be all casual and then someone will ask a question and he is suddenly the Disney expert. Too cute!

Hopefully they will offer free dining when you want to go so that you stay the extra nights. Always nice to add nights to a trip! ;)

To tell you the truth- I think they all do it!!!! They like to maintain their manlyness but they are all secret Disney lovers :lmao:!!!!

I hope they offer free dining too that would just put the icing on the cake!!!

OhioDisneyLover
01-05-2010, 05:44 PM
To tell you the truth- I think they all do it!!!! They like to maintain their manlyness but they are all secret Disney lovers :lmao:!!!!

I hope they offer free dining too that would just put the icing on the cake!!!

:lmao: I think that you're right.

I hope they offer it as well. My brother is paying for it and we'll change his ressie if they offer it free later on. In the past few years they have so here's to a repeat!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-05-2010, 05:53 PM
Guess what everyone????

I was just fishing around looking to see if there were any rumors about free dining this year and guess what I stumbled across?

They have already started offering UK vacation packages (for people that live there only I guess) free dining from July 5- November 18 2010- but they have to book a mod. resort or above. It will probably different for all of us (hopefully they keep the Value Resorts in) because we live closer, but lets keep our fingers crossed!!! I can't see them not doing it!!!

Victoriasmom98
01-06-2010, 07:26 AM
Guess what everyone????

I was just fishing around looking to see if there were any rumors about free dining this year and guess what I stumbled across?

They have already started offering UK vacation packages (for people that live there only I guess) free dining from July 5- November 18 2010- but they have to book a mod. resort or above. It will probably different for all of us (hopefully they keep the Value Resorts in) because we live closer, but lets keep our fingers crossed!!! I can't see them not doing it!!!

Oh Janine.....you just made my day.....let's keep our fingers crossed!!! :dance3:

Charlefours
01-06-2010, 11:16 AM
Guess what everyone????

I was just fishing around looking to see if there were any rumors about free dining this year and guess what I stumbled across?

They have already started offering UK vacation packages (for people that live there only I guess) free dining from July 5- November 18 2010- but they have to book a mod. resort or above. It will probably different for all of us (hopefully they keep the Value Resorts in) because we live closer, but lets keep our fingers crossed!!! I can't see them not doing it!!!

:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: I sure hope they offer free dining again!! My TA said that she is anticipating to be announced in the end of March/beginning of April because that is when the current promotions booking dates end. :goodvibes :goodvibes


So today was an okay day at work- it started out a little stressful, but it got a little better as the day went on.

Bill made dinner tonight- shake and bake chicken, white rice, and peas- absolutely yummy :yay:. I am on this dessert making kick- as you may know, I made pb chocolate fudge the other night. Well, I had also found a recipe online for Oreo Truffles- so all you chocolate lovers, this is for you!!!
I made them tonight, and they are delicous, and somewhat easy to make- very rich and chocolatey though. I would recommend eating no more than 2 or 3 tops at once. All it is is crushed up oreos and cream cheese mixed into a dough like mixture and then rolled into individual balls and chilled. Then after about an hour, you melt chocolate, dip the balls in the chocolate, and then sprinkle them with more crushed oreos and chill them again.

So, back to Disney plans. Yes, it is still up in the air over the park hopper passes. So here is what I came up with- please tell me what you think:

1) If we go during free dining, we are going to stay 6 days/5 nights non preferred. However, this is the only way we may not choose the PH passes. Only because we have 6 days to get all of our parks in and can pick and choose which ones we want to go back to.

2) If we do not go during free dining, we are staying 4 days, 3 nights non preferred, QS dining plan, and yes Park Hoppers. Only because we only have 4 days- and we like some parks more than the others (MK!!!!!:wizard:).

It is funny, Bill tries to play it off as like he could care less about Disney, but if someone strikes up a conversation about it, he'll sit and go into detail about what to do and what not to do!!!! I know he loves the dining plan and won't do without that, and I know he loves the park hopper- but, if we are staying 6 days (we usually take a late flight home)- we can hit the parks we love the most at least twice right? I don't know, I really like the flexibility of not being confined to a park :confused3.

Oh, you know that round of mini golf that you get in your Magic Your Way Package? Is that one round of gold for your entire party, or is it just for one person in your party?

Well, I hope everyone has a great night!!!

The truffles sound super yummy and RICH!! I have one similar with cream cheese and chocolate than dipped in chocolte too. :)

I like your plans! :goodvibes I am debating on the mini golf thing. I think we will not plan but if we are looking for something to do, than that will be the option. Are you going to go to Planet Hollywood too?

PixieDustPrincess05
01-06-2010, 07:53 PM
Oh Janine.....you just made my day.....let's keep our fingers crossed!!! :dance3:

Don't worry Ann- I definitely have my fingers crossed!!! I think we should be okay though- it is a very popular promotion.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-06-2010, 07:57 PM
:cool1: :cool1: :cool1: I sure hope they offer free dining again!! My TA said that she is anticipating to be announced in the end of March/beginning of April because that is when the current promotions booking dates end. :goodvibes :goodvibes




The truffles sound super yummy and RICH!! I have one similar with cream cheese and chocolate than dipped in chocolte too. :)

I like your plans! :goodvibes I am debating on the mini golf thing. I think we will not plan but if we are looking for something to do, than that will be the option. Are you going to go to Planet Hollywood too?




Hey Stephanie! Thanks for the TA advice- that is very helpful news.

We went to Planet Hollywood on our last visit August of '08. It was neat in there and the food was pretty good. I had the steak fajitas and Bill had some type of a deep fried lasagna and it was sooooooo delicious- he still talks about it everytime. I forget what Austin had to eat- probably chicken fingers or something he was only 2 1/2 at the time. They take your picture before you go in and then someone comes around while you are eating to show you what it looks like and if you want to buy it. We probably won't go back on our next trip because we are doing the QSDP.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-06-2010, 08:08 PM
Okay, so I have some pretty big news and I need you all to help me pick out girls names!!!!!!!!


For our new kitty that we are getting next week!!!!!! She is a year old, and a tiger cat, and we are adopting her from a local animal shelter. Bill and Austin went to meet her today and Bill said that she is the most lovable thing :lovestruc!!!!!! She has to be tested for any illnesses and has to be fixed before we can bring her home- so we should have her around next Thursday!!!!! Her name right now is "Tiggers"- but they say when you get a pet you should always rename them. So...... the name of course is going to be a Disney name- I just need help deciding on one. Here is what I've come up with so far- so I am still undecided. If you guys can think of something better I am all ears!!!

1) Tigerlily (from Peter Pan- and the fact that she is a tiger cat)

2) Tinkerbell

3) Minnie "Meow"se (hahahaha, Bill really looked at me strange when I came up with this one!!!)

4) "Purr"dita (Perdita from 101 Dalmations- except umm she is a dog)


Nothing is really standing out. I need all of the help I can get :scared1:!!!!!

We did go over to Petsmart tonight to pick up a few things for her. We got her a sparkly pink collar with a little bell on it :lovestruc and a bag of pink and purple cat toys that Austin picked out.

longing2Batdisney
01-06-2010, 08:45 PM
Hi! Janine

I like Tigerlilly!!!!

all your sweets sound scrumptous (sp-but you know what I'm trying to sp LOL)
Toy story movie night sounds fun and a great idea! but, I'm stumped for a game or craft need to think on that one :confused3:

Great news on the free dining...I like your thoughts on how you are planning your trip so far! Oh and BTW wolfgang puck QS has awesome mac and cheese...we had gotten for Ashton last May and he ended up eating soup from EoS so Danny & I ate his mac and cheese...well some of it...


Have a great evening!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-06-2010, 09:10 PM
Hi! Janine

I like Tigerlilly!!!!

all your sweets sound scrumptous (sp-but you know what I'm trying to sp LOL)
Toy story movie night sounds fun and a great idea! but, I'm stumped for a game or craft need to think on that one :confused3:

Great news on the free dining...I like your thoughts on how you are planning your trip so far! Oh and BTW wolfgang puck QS has awesome mac and cheese...we had gotten for Ashton last May and he ended up eating soup from EoS so Danny & I ate his mac and cheese...well some of it...


Have a great evening!!!


Yay! Glad to see your back Connie!!!!

I think I am leaning towards Tigerlily as well. Although Tiggers is kinda cute. We'll have to see :lovestruc.

Oh and believe me- the Oreo truffles were out of this world!!!!!!!! You should definitely try them one day- I brought some to work and everyone had the same reaction.

I have never tried EoS or Wolfgang puck- but I have heard great things about both. I will definitely consider both.


So how was your Christmas- did little Ashton get everything he wanted- he's too cute!!!! I noticed that you may be going in May now- I think that is a great time to go- right before the crowds start rolling in. I went in June on my girl's trip (my mothers day present- and I will never go back without Bill and Austin again!!!!) and it was soooooooooo hot and crowded. To tell you the truth, I also liked August when we went back in '08. Granted it is supposed to be hotter than anything in Florida in August- but we were there during Tropical Storm Fay. At the time I was sick of being rained on- but you know what- the crowds were low, and all the rides were open with little or no wait, and it was still warm outside!!!


Hope you have a great evening!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-06-2010, 09:46 PM
Okay so when you have a sit down job, in your own little cubicle, with your own computer with the internet that your not suppose to be on, and your own:rotfl: printer that your only suppose to work related things on, and your boss and his boss go to lunch- what do you do? You look around and make sure they actually went to lunch, then you start fishing around different airline sites and Disney.com trying to plan the perfect vacation :cool1:!!!!!

So, thats what I did today. SpiritAir- which is what we always fly down on, sends me different airfare deals throughout the week, and I mess around and see what the current deals are. So, for February, I was just testing to see what prices would run (they only had February's up) and I could get three roundtrip airfare tickets for about 280.00 total (and even lower if I joined the one club they have). Beings that I am not going in February, I am hoping that they will do something similar if we go in September. I am sure I will be able to get some type of a deal.

So I am still coming up with new plans- here is my newest- I kinda like it :lovestruc:

1) We will leave on a Monday evening (Bill gets off at 2pm on Mondays), so I will try to find a flight between 4pm and 6pm on a Monday. We will be in WDW by at least 9pm. September hours are a little different from summer hours so the parks will probably be closed when we get there. But thats okay- we settle into our rooms, have a nice little dinner or snack at the hotel, go for a swim, or take a ride to DTD to see what is going on if they are open late (probably not- we will probably just relax at the hotel). The past two times I have went we have caught like the 6am and 7am flights and were in the parks by 11am and absolutely EXHAUSTED at the end of the day. This way, we will be in Disney an extra day earlier, and can start fresh Tuesday.

2) Tuesday- Magic Kingdom Day :wizard:. Oh how I love the Magic Kingdom :lovestruc. This is truly my happy place- my home away from home. I plan on getting an early start- maybe even get there for rope drop (never seen this before :yay:). I really really really want to try Mainstreet Bakery, so maybe we will head here for a Pastry for breakfast. Lunch: El Pirata y El Pericos, Dinner: Cosmic Rays cafe. Parade and Wishes.

3) Wednesday- Animal Kingdom Day: Breakfast at the hotel. Get an early start at AK for this day. I want to get fastpasses for all the big rides, and I definitely want to enjoy this park this time (we left early back in Aug 08 because it was raining pretty bad). I definitely want to get in the Parade and Camp Mickey and Minnie is a must do for us!!!!! Lunch: Flame Tree BBQ (can't wait to try this). Dinner- this park usually closes early anyway, so if we do dinner here, it will probably be Pizzafari, if not, either DTD or POP food court.

4) Thursday- Hollywood Studios Day: Breakfast at the hotel. Another early start day. Really wanted to do the Playhouse Disney Show last time, but missed it. I really don't think that this park will take a full day, so if we get park hoppers, we may hop on over to Epcot- if not, it will be mini golf or shopping at DTD. Lunch- Toy Story Pizza Planet- A MUST!!!! I do want to get in to Fantasmic- so I will try my best for that. Dinner- probably the hotel.

5) Friday- Epcot Day: You guessed it, early start Breakfast at the hotel. We will head over to Epcot and get fast passes for the bigger rides. We really didn't give this park that must attention last time we were there. I want to do Soarin' (never did) , Nemo, the Beverly coke thing :scared1:, and I definitely want to do the different countries. Illuminations is also a must!!!!!
Have not decided on food choices for Epcot yet!!!! Make sure everything is packed tonight, so we can leave first thing in the morning.

6) Saturday- our last day :-( . Magic Kingdom and DTD day. Getting a VERY early start. Breakfast at the hotel, check our bags, make sure everything with ME is cool :cool1:. Head on down to our favorite park, the Magic Kingdom :wizard:. Get in everything we love the most, or stuff we missed. Lunch: Pecos Bills. Leave about midday and head to DTD for shopping for about 2 hours. I plan on getting the latest flight back to NJ (usually its a 9pm flight so we will probably have to be back at the hotel by like 6-6:30pm). Dinner: either DTD or Pop Food Court.

This will all probably change- due to park hours, fireworks schedules, etc. but this is basically how I want to do it. I want my family and I to have a great time and an unforgettable disney experience. As you can see, I have not decided on park hoppers or not yet. They work well for us, but it all depends on park hours. If the park is going to close at 7 or 8pm there is no use in us getting them if we stay 6 days/ 5 nights. If we do 4 days/ 3 nights- we will because I have to see the MK more than once a trip!!!!!! So please let me know what you all think!!!

Charlefours
01-07-2010, 01:35 PM
I like all your plans!! I am going to love hearing what you think on the QSDP--I am really thinking the DDP is going to be too much food for us but if it is free hard to pass up! :goodvibes I like the idea of having all our meals taken care of and I know those we are traveling with are accustomed to sitting down at restaurants.

Don't you just love dreaming and planning!! :goodvibes

PixieDustPrincess05
01-07-2010, 04:56 PM
I like all your plans!! I am going to love hearing what you think on the QSDP--I am really thinking the DDP is going to be too much food for us but if it is free hard to pass up! :goodvibes I like the idea of having all our meals taken care of and I know those we are traveling with are accustomed to sitting down at restaurants.

Don't you just love dreaming and planning!! :goodvibes

Hi Stephanie!

Depending on which resort you stay at ( I noticed this when they offered free dining end of summer/fall)- determines which DDP you are on. For instance, I believe if you stayed at a Value Resort- you would get the QSDP. Mods- regular ddp. And if I am not mistaken Deluxe- Deluxe DDP. I am pretty sure that is how they worked it last year. We are really big fans of the dining plan. We were on regular DDP back in Aug 08- and we liked it. Of course they didn't have the QSDP then. When I went on my girls getaway back in June, they had the QSDP, and I loved it!!!! I loved having the mugs prepaid, I loved not having to make ADRS, I loved being able to eat when I was hungry, I loved having the 2 snack credits as opposed to the 1 that the regular ddp offers, and I loved not having to tip!!!! Any DDP is great, it just depends on which one caters to your family more- so, the QSDP is the one that works the best for us :banana:.

Victoriasmom98
01-07-2010, 05:17 PM
Janine,
I am glad to hear I'm not the only one who spends time in her cubicle on the internet at the Dis sites.....shhhhhhh....it's a secret, though!!!!:rotfl:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-07-2010, 05:30 PM
Janine,
I am glad to hear I'm not the only one who spends time in her cubicle on the internet at the Dis sites.....shhhhhhh....it's a secret, though!!!!:rotfl:

I don't know what you are talking about.........:rotfl2:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-07-2010, 08:07 PM
So another boring day at work :surfweb:. I pretty much stay on top of my work- so yes, there are times that I pretend I am working by staring at my computer screen while shuffling a bunch of papers around just to look like I'm busy- but you all know what I am really doing. Dreaming of Disney of course :cloud9:!!!.

Tonight at dinner- we had tacos ( and I swear Pam, I think of you and your family every time we eat these things now :lmao:), and I was trying to strike up a Disney conversation with Bill. His response was "If it is about Disney, I do not even want to hear about it- you are going to have me Disney'ed out before we even go"- I am sure you are all familiar with these words? So he listened anyway!!!!!!!!

Those of you who have been tuning in the past week or so know that we have been going back and forth between dates and park hopper passes and so on. I think we have finally figured it out. The more sure I am of free dining this year, means the longer we can stay- and if we can stay longer, we really do not need the hoppers. What I once thought of as a necessity, doesn't seem as necessary anymore if we are staying longer than 4days/ 3nights. So here are our sample plans:

If free dining is not offered:

Tuesday 9/21- Friday 9/24 Pop Century, non preferred, 4 day park hopper, QSDP. We will take the 6am flight down and leave on the 9:30pm flight back.
This is only if free dining is not offered. We will be taking park hoppers because we need to see MK more than onces :wizard::wizard:.

Monday 9/20- Saturday 9/25 Pop Century, non preferred, 5 day MYW base ticket. I want to fly into MCO Monday night. Do dinner, relax at the hotel, and start fresh monday morning. Free QSDP. We will not need hoppers because I will have the extra day for MK :lovestruc. Leaning toward this plan right now.

or

Monday 9/20- Sunday 9/26 Pop Century, non preferred, 6 day MYW base ticket. Fly in Monday night- leave Sunday afternoon. Free QSDP.

I would like to say thank you to all who made me realize that the hoppers are not that necessary if you are staying more than a few days. Also with Septembers hours, I know alot of the parks usually close before 9pm (usually around 7 or 8 in most cases)- so we wont need the hoppers to hop over to MK at like 11 at night for EMH.

You have to plan so you are not missing out.

With Pop Century- we are still staying in Disney and enjoying all of the perks (EMH's, Magical Express, DDP, Disney Transportation, etc.) and paying a way reasonable price. Plus I don't care what any one says, there is soooo much magic in the Value Resorts with the oversized Characters and themed bedspreads and curtains and borders and pictures oh my :lovestruc. Plus the food court is awesome. I mean, where else can you get your picture taking with an oversized can of Play-Doh????

The Disney Dining Plan- if you go on Allears.net there is almost every menu from every TS restaurant, CS restaurant, french fry cart, soda cart, etc in WDW. If you actually sit and price your meals out on there- and compare it to the DDP, you are saving sooo much by using the DDP- especially the QSDP.
Mugs included and all- and you almost always leave with food left on your card and you are racing around before the ME comes grabbing Mickey Rice Krispies and drinks for your way to the airport- what more could you ask for :cool1:.

Park hoppers- not a must, only if you are staying less than 4 days I would say. If you are staying more, there is almost always 1 park you love the most, you can save that to end a perfect trip :lovestruc.

Preferred rooms- Request buildings that are nonpreferred/preferred that are closest to the main building. You may be suprised that a few steps can save a couple of hundred bucks.


Well, now that I have that straightened out, I am happy to say that my trip is starting to look like something :cool1:. Please tell me what you think. I need to go bug Bill now to see if we can scan some pics on our new printer from our last trip.

longing2Batdisney
01-07-2010, 08:29 PM
Hey! Janine
I, too, dream of Disney constantly...

your plans sound great, so far, sounds like good airline tix prices...

we too were talking about the hoppers; Danny said he prefers to have the hoppers, in May we had spent one day where we went to MK in the morning, were going to go over to Epcot around lunch and the turnstiles were soooo crowded we jumped on a bus, went over to DTD and that night went to DHS...he said he like the option that we were able to skip to where we felt more comfortable due to crowds.

as of today...:rolleyes3: we are back to the original plan
beach in June and sssshhhh in Aug (Danny's BD) and Nov/Dec Disney!
Gwendolyn reminded Danny last night that we are suppose to doing the beach this summer and it was hot and rainy in May! :rolleyes1:
than, I was catching up on Barbara's (disney<333) TR; her family went Thanksgiving week. And, she had a special post directed JUST FOR ME(the castle done up in the icicle lights and the osbourn fly)...I shared it with Danny and he tells me ...I thought that is what you wanted to see next at Disney...I said it is...he says, so why are we still talking about going in May...PICK ONE! and I want to go to the beach!

so, as I said it appears we are pack to November! :confused3: can I help it if I want to be at Disney year round :mickeyjum:

:wave2:Happy planning to us ALL!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-07-2010, 09:45 PM
Hey! Janine
I, too, dream of Disney constantly...

your plans sound great, so far, sounds like good airline tix prices...

we too were talking about the hoppers; Danny said he prefers to have the hoppers, in May we had spent one day where we went to MK in the morning, were going to go over to Epcot around lunch and the turnstiles were soooo crowded we jumped on a bus, went over to DTD and that night went to DHS...he said he like the option that we were able to skip to where we felt more comfortable due to crowds.

as of today...:rolleyes3: we are back to the original plan
beach in June and sssshhhh in Aug (Danny's BD) and Nov/Dec Disney!
Gwendolyn reminded Danny last night that we are suppose to doing the beach this summer and it was hot and rainy in May! :rolleyes1:



than, I was catching up on Barbara's (disney<333) TR; her family went Thanksgiving week. And, she had a special post directed JUST FOR ME(the castle done up in the icicle lights and the osbourn fly)...I shared it with Danny and he tells me ...I thought that is what you wanted to see next at Disney...I said it is...he says, so why are we still talking about going in May...PICK ONE! and I want to go to the beach!

so, as I said it appears we are pack to November! :confused3: can I help it if I want to be at Disney year round :mickeyjum:

:wave2:Happy planning to us ALL!



I prefer hopping too- but I think due to the time we are planning to go (Sept) instead of summer - when the parks are open really late, that the base tickets will be fine for us. I want to get as much in, stuff I missed last time, on this trip and I think hopping around will cause us not to focus on what we really want to do. However, if we do the 4 days/ 3 nights, we will get the hoppers. Plus it will save me almost 200.00 by not adding it on- which means more spending money for us :cool1:!!!!!!

Don't worry, you guys will have a great time no matter what time of year you go!!!! Christmastime should be beautiful- I seen a special on tv on how they get ready for Christmas in WDW. Oh and by they way- that video of Ashton was priceless of him opening the Jack-in-the-Box- he is way too cute, you are a very lucky lady :).

Have a great night!

3princesses+aprince
01-08-2010, 09:24 AM
Oh, my god, I am laughing :rotfl: at your taco comment!!! Garsh, I do love those tacos!!!! You know we will be eating at El pirate y el perico again in september.

So, I am also excited about your dates. You will be there the same week we will. We are booking 9/20 - 9/28!!!! That's cool, maybe we can get a dis meet going :woohoo:


Your plans look good!! And i'm thinking the same thing. So much is depending on whether or not free dining is offered. I know we've been looking at CBR, but it's going to depend. We know are going to add water park and more option, so now i'm thinking, do we want to spend all of that extra money on the resort.
So, we may be staying at Pop also!!!!

Oh and your dh sounds just like Manny. Oh, lord, he's gotta be in a good mood to want to listen to my obsessive Disney talk :yay:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-08-2010, 08:46 PM
Oh, my god, I am laughing :rotfl: at your taco comment!!! Garsh, I do love those tacos!!!! You know we will be eating at El pirate y el perico again in september.

So, I am also excited about your dates. You will be there the same week we will. We are booking 9/20 - 9/28!!!! That's cool, maybe we can get a dis meet going :woohoo:


Your plans look good!! And i'm thinking the same thing. So much is depending on whether or not free dining is offered. I know we've been looking at CBR, but it's going to depend. We know are going to add water park and more option, so now i'm thinking, do we want to spend all of that extra money on the resort.
So, we may be staying at Pop also!!!!


Oh and your dh sounds just like Manny. Oh, lord, he's gotta be in a good mood to want to listen to my obsessive Disney talk :yay:


That is awesome that you guys may be there the same week as us :banana:- that would be great to do a DIS meet :grouphug:. And our two dh's can roll their eyes at us together :lmao:. Hey did you guys get into Fanstamic! last time? That is a must do for us next trip.

Here is a suggestion for staying at CBR that may help you. If you are planning on being in the parks and out and about most of the time (like us)- I wouldn't shell out the extra $$$$$$$. However, if you plan on enjoying the resort and spending a decent amount there instead of just sleeping there (like us again :lmao:), then it may be worth it to you. It is just not worth it to my family right now because Austin is still little- he likes all of the bright colors, huge characters, and excitement that the values have to offer. And as far as preferred rooms go, that is out the window right now!!!!! Let me tell you this in case you do stay at POP, as long as you do non preferred and try to request the 50's (bowling pins), 60's (Play doh), or 70's (Big Wheel) non preferred sections, it is really not that much different in paying preferred. We are going to be saving almost 100.00- to me, a few extra steps is not worth it- we learned that last time. As long as you are not stuck way out in the 90's or 80's buildings it shouldn't be that far of a walk.


HEHEHEHEHEH we will probably run into each other at El Pirate y El Pericos :lmao:!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-08-2010, 09:01 PM
Another boring day at work :rolleyes1.

Tonight, I went with my friend Toni from work to David's Bridal :bride:. She is one of the ones that I went on my girls trip back in June with, and I am one of her bridesmaids. All of the bridesmaids are getting together tomorrow but I cannot make it so I went tonight. She is getting married October 15th of this year. Let me tell you, what a night this was!!!! Every dress in my size that they had to try on was either bright red or some ugly strange color- I would have looked like (how do I say this in a nice way)- hmmm a brothel leader :lmao:)???? So we were just trying the dresses on for style and then we would just order it in the color she wants.

So after David's Bridal, we split and I went to AC Moore's (craft store here) to get light transfer paper for white tshirts. I plan on doing some shirts this weekend :lovestruc. Well, I am off to pick up some disigns- wish me luck!!

Charlefours
01-08-2010, 11:00 PM
Are you going to share your shirts?? I am planning on doing a few too! :goodvibes Marion created one DISign for me and I am working on a few myself. Looking forward to seeing them!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-09-2010, 12:51 PM
Are you going to share your shirts?? I am planning on doing a few too! :goodvibes Marion created one DISign for me and I am working on a few myself. Looking forward to seeing them!

I sure am!!!! As soon as I get Bill to help me upload my pics to my photobucket, and learn how to get them on here- you guys will finally be able to see who you've been reading about all of these months :rotfl2:.

I hope you are going to share your disigns as well- I look forward to seeing them!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-09-2010, 02:15 PM
A lazy day at home today- I haven't done a thing all day except relax and price airline tickets and WDW packages:cloud9:. I really should get up and straighten up the house before dh gets home :laundy:

So I was on Disney's Mom's Panel today, and there was a question about free dining. So if you book your package now, and they offer free dining a few months from now- can it be applied to my package? And the answer was yes, as long as there was rooms available and you meet check in/out standards- but you have to call them to either add on the DDP or have them adjust it to free if you already booked it. So, I was thinking...... I just may be booking by the end of this month :cloud9:.

I also think that I am content with our dates. I am pretty certain that free dining will return- it is such a popular promotion, and with the tough economy, I cannot see Disney doing away with it. I think it will be similar to the fall DDP offered this past fall though- where if you book a value resort, you get the free QSDP which is FINE with me :banana:!!!!!!

So, being that I am certain that free dining will be back- I am going to book the reservation as follows:

Monday September 20, 2010- Saturday September 25, 2010
Pop Century Resort Non-preferred/ Request in for the 50's or 60's non preferred rooms.
QSDP
Magic Your Way Base ticket (5 days since we will be flying in Monday night)
However, I just may add on the Park hopper later on (but I am not going to book it initially)

There you have it, that is our ressie!!!!!!! A few minor things may change between now and then (like if I can't get a Monday night flight out- which shouldn't be a problem).

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 12:32 AM
Ok so I am going to try to get photos of us on here. Here it goes:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 12:53 AM
Okay I know you have all been waiting!!!!

So here is my little man, Austin and his Mickey Mouse

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/100_0111-1.jpg

Bill and I at Hershey's Chocolate World in January of '09 (not the best picture of me anyway, but you get the idea)

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/100_0026.jpg

I have no clue if i did this right or not, but they are on here. Can anyone give me suggestions on how to easily get them from photobucket?

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 11:02 AM
Ok, so another lazy day at my house again so far. I did manage to straighten up yesterday before Bill got home from work :laundy:. I am taking my grandma out later today grocery shopping- so I will have to get in gear at some point :rotfl2:.

So now that I figured out how to post pictures (I still don't think I am doing it the right way because it has [IMG] on either sides of the picture- how do you get rid of that? I guess as long as I am getting the pictures on there it is okay right? I hope to get some disney ones of our aug '08 trip on there soon- they are not on my memory card anymore they are in an album, so I guess I will have to use my new printer/scanner/copier to get them on here :wizard: Hmmm.... I just might try that now.........

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 11:31 AM
So here we all are!!!!!! At our favorite place, the Magic Kingdom :wizard::cloud9::lovestruc

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG.jpg

Our beautiful night picture during Tropical Storm Fay- back in August 2008.
I think it just may have stopped raining for this picture- gotta love that Disney Magic :wizard:

So since I figured out how to do this- there will be more to come from our last trip!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 02:36 PM
We stayed at Disney's All Star Movies Resort in the Dalmation section. Our room was actually right by the big Pongo. Austin was really into 101 Dalmations at the time so this was a must.

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG_0001.jpg



Inside our room- I had boughten this Mickey and Goofy at the Disney Store prior to our trip, had it hidden in our suitcase and had Bill place them on Austin's bed before we got in the room- and we said "Look what Mickey left you Austin!).

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG_0002.jpg

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG_0003.jpg

Oh how I miss this place :cloud9:!!!!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 03:00 PM
Wicked!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah this was Tropical Storm Fay at her best :scared1:!!!!!!! Luckily it was still really warm outside.

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG_0004.jpg

Here is one of my favorite pictures of Austin at Minnie Mouse's house :lovestruc. He looks soooo cute and happy there :cloud9:.

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG_0005.jpg

I am really missing this place as I post all of these pics!!!!

Upcoming in the next post- Crystal Palace character dinner!!!

BelleTinkMom
01-10-2010, 03:10 PM
I just started reading your PTR...have a lot to catch up on. Love what I've read so far. We are trying to make it back to the World in April 2010.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 03:27 PM
Okay the set up in this place was beautiful. The characters, the view of the castle from our seat, etc. The food wasn't that great, but we got some great pictures here:

This is when you first walk in- I LOVED this little set up :lovestruc!!!!

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG_0007.jpg



Here is Austin with Piglet!!! This is one of my favorites. They look like they are old friends!!!

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG_0006_NEW_0001.jpg


And here I am with Tigger :lovestruc

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG_0008_NEW.jpg


Very pretty place on the inside. The characters really try their best to get around to every table and see every kid. They even paraded around the restaurant. CM's are wonderful in here. So if you are coming for the experience, I would say do it. If you are going for the food, thats another story :rotfl2:


Here is a picture of Austin on Cinderella's Golden Carousel. I love this picture- another favorite of mine :cloud9:.

http://i766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/Billneeneberle/IMG_0009_NEW.jpg

I think that is all I will do for now. I am soooo happy I could get these pictures up for you guys to see. I have been posting all of these months without them, and I still managed to keep everyone on board so I must've been doing something right :lmao:.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 03:30 PM
I just started reading your PTR...have a lot to catch up on. Love what I've read so far. We are trying to make it back to the World in April 2010.

Welcome :banana:!!!!

The more the merrier here. I am glad you are enjoying it, I will have to take a stroll over to yours :rolleyes1!!!!!!!

BelleTinkMom
01-10-2010, 03:43 PM
Okay, so it's 12:30 am and I am still messing around on here. Mainly because of the fact that I was just on AllEars.net looking at all of the dining menus in WDW:surfweb: It was totally making me hungry!!!

So, I know it is a little early (hey it's never too early to dream about Disney right :cloud9:?) but I was sitting here thinking about the places we are going to eat. We are DEFINITELY going with the QSDP- no if's and's or but's about it!!!!!:rotfl2: So, for those of you who are interested- here are my choices:

Magic Kindgom-
El Pirata y El Perico (have eaten here-love it!)

Pecos Bill's (never tried, but walked in back in June by myself during EMH night when the rest of my gf's bailed out and went back to the hotel- I will tell you guys about this trip sometime)

Cosmic Rays- (never tried, but looks like a yummy menu!)

Aloha Isle- (would like to stop by for one of those Citrus Swirls or Dole Whips- they sound sooooo good has anyone tried either :confused3)

Animal Kingdom-Flame Tree Barbeque- (Everyone seems to rave about this place, and the menu sounds delicious- I love BBQ'ed stuff!!)

Pizzafari- (went here on my June trip with the girls- It was absolutely adorable and the pizza was good)

Hollywood Studios-
Toy Story Pizza Planet (Love it Love it Love it- and we LOVE Toy Story! We went here last August- so adorably themed, and great pizza/salad!)

Epcot-

Liberty Inn- (Bill likes Roast Beef N' Cheddar Sandwiches, so I think we'll give this one a try- anyone ever been here?)

Cantina de San Angel- (never been here either- any suggestions?)


We will probably be doing our breakfasts at the hotel (we plan to go to Pop Century or ASMu). The rest of our meals that we don't eat in the parks, we are going to eat at the hotel- they have a great selection and big portions.

Lets just all keep our fingers crossed on the free dining plan nextaugust/september!!!:thumbsup2


Okay, I don't think my eyes can take much more, I am going to bed!!!

Cosmic Rays is great. You get huge portions of roasted chicken and it is very tender.

Aloha Isle - Dole whip float is refreshing on a hot summer day.

Flame Tree is very good.

3princesses+aprince
01-10-2010, 08:56 PM
Yay for the pictures!!!! Your little Austin is absolutely adorable. The picture on the horse is gorgeous! He looks super happy in all of the rest too!! I look back at my pics all the time as well and cannot wait to be back there. We were just....... happy for 8 days straight, no worries, just good times. No wonder Disney is so addicting!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 09:27 PM
Cosmic Rays is great. You get huge portions of roasted chicken and it is very tender.

Aloha Isle - Dole whip float is refreshing on a hot summer day.

Flame Tree is very good.

Thanks for all of the advice- I plan on trying all 3 next visit!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 09:30 PM
Yay for the pictures!!!! Your little Austin is absolutely adorable. The picture on the horse is gorgeous! He looks super happy in all of the rest too!! I look back at my pics all the time as well and cannot wait to be back there. We were just....... happy for 8 days straight, no worries, just good times. No wonder Disney is so addicting!

Thanks Pam!!!! I know it finally feels like an official trip report since I put the pictures on there :lovestruc. He was almost 3 the last time he went, and still remembers it!!!!! He was just saying today that he wanted to go back and ride the ToT!!!!!!!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-10-2010, 09:41 PM
So I was sitting here reading more on the Give a Day, Get a Free Disney Day offer. We will be getting multi-day passes, so I wanted to know if there is anything in exchange for the free day pass and there is. You have your choice between the following:

1) A collective Mickey ear hat figurine with pins

2) A special fast pass for certain rides that can be used for up to 5 family members

3) You can donate it to Boys and Girls Clubs or some Canadian flight program.

I was looking at the different options in our area and seriously considering signing Bill and I up. Depending on what the figurine looked like, I think I would DEFINITELY choose the special fastpass!!!!! I'm not sure how many rides or anything that it is for, but it is a special fastpass- so any of you who do not like to wait in those crowded WDW lines, this is for you!!! Just something to think about if you already haven't looked into it!!!!

Charlefours
01-11-2010, 07:06 PM
Love the previous trip's pictures! I have thought about the Give a Day Get a Day campaign as well. :thumbsup2

PixieDustPrincess05
01-11-2010, 07:44 PM
Love the previous trip's pictures! I have thought about the Give a Day Get a Day campaign as well. :thumbsup2

Thanks!!!! Yeah if I were to do it I would definitely get the special Fast Pass!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-12-2010, 07:46 PM
Hi Everyone!!!

Okay so I have some REALLY big news for you :banana:!!!!!!

I just booked our trip tonight :banana::banana::banana::banana:!!!!!!!!!

I was getting nervous about rooms being gone (even though I know they won't be, but I'm just crazy like that :lmao:) I just figured the earlier I book, the earlier I have to start paying on it. Bill and I actually received a $200.00 American Express Visa Gift Card for Christmas with our local Mall's name on it. I always thought that we were confined to using it at the Mall- but no, you can use it anywhere that takes AMEX!!!! And sure enough it worked!!!!!
So, there is $200.00 off of my trip right there :woohoo:!!!

So here is my ressie:

Pop Century Resort 6 days/5 nights Standard Room
QSDP ( I booked this just in case I may need it for them to adjust it if they offer Free dining)
Monday September 20th, 2010 - Saturday September 25, 2010
5 day MYW base ticket (may add PH option later though, not sure :confused3)

We plan on taking a 6pm flight out on 9/20 because Bill will have to work that day (He gets off at 2pm). We will probably arrive at MCO around 8:15pm, hop the ME and arrive around 9pm (if not earlier :-) ). We do not have park tickets for this day because the parks will probably be closed or closing by the time we get there (unless when the park hours come out if MK is open till like 1am, then I will be adding the extra day for the extra 12 bucks!!!). So, we will probably end up just settling in our rooms, eat dinner at the food court, take a swim, or maybe go to DTD. We can start fresh the next day at MK!!!!!!!!!!!

So I thought really carefully about this plan incase free dining is not offered this year. If it is not offered, I will be knocking off 9/20 and 9/25 and just going for 4 days/3 nights non preferred. 4 day MYW ticket with park hopper, QSDP. That way I do not totally have to rebook my vacation, they can adjust it. And as long as I do it 45 days prior to our stay, they can do it without any fees. Hopefully I will not have to do this, but the good part is, I will know wayyyyy before our trip if free dining is being offered (most people are saying end of March/ beginning of April) :wizard:. I will not be booking airfare until I know for sure (Spirit Airlines charges out the you know what for flight changes :headache::mad:).

So there you have it, I hope you all are as excited as me (and Austin too- Bill just rolled his eyes and told me to book it and get it over with :rolleyes1). He was like "Great we just booked 6 days/ 5 nights 'Where Misery is Made'" :scared1:- if you read the beginning of my PTR you'll understand :laughing: He likes it, I know he does- he just didn't like paying all of that money last time to get rained on the whole time we were there. So we are hoping for some great weather and a ton of very magical memories :wizard:.

So, after booking- I went and logged onto my reservation, and where you can create your itinerary- it asked me if we are celebrating anything and I put Austin's 5th Birthday because he turns 5 about 2 weeks after we get back. So hopefully they make a big deal about it when we check in, and they have one of those little "Happy Birthday" pins for him to wear :cloud9:.

Please let me know what you all think of my plans and have a magical evening :wizard:!!!

Brave teacher
01-12-2010, 07:50 PM
Everything looks and sounds awesome! Keep it up!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-12-2010, 08:10 PM
Everything looks and sounds awesome! Keep it up!

Thanks Megan!!!! I am extremely excited!!! :yay:

BelleTinkMom
01-12-2010, 08:29 PM
That's great. I always like to book early and slowly pay it off.:yay:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-12-2010, 08:48 PM
That's great. I always like to book early and slowly pay it off.:yay:

Yeah it really is. It is awesome that the Disney company lets us do this- it is so much easier to pay on it slowly than come up with that big chunk of money at one shot! So many more people can take a vacation there because of this :wizard:. Are you and your family still going back in April?

3princesses+aprince
01-13-2010, 09:07 AM
Wow, that is super exciting news!! I can't wait to get mine booked too, it will feel much more official! Your plans look great!!! And what a great score to be able to use the AMEX gift card.

So, should I add QSDP to my ressie when I book too? If I don't will they have to rebook the whole if/when free dining comes out?

PixieDustPrincess05
01-13-2010, 08:26 PM
Wow, that is super exciting news!! I can't wait to get mine booked too, it will feel much more official! Your plans look great!!! And what a great score to be able to use the AMEX gift card.

So, should I add QSDP to my ressie when I book too? If I don't will they have to rebook the whole if/when free dining comes out?

Hey Pam!!! I am soooo excited!!!!!!

I read on the Disney Mom's Panel that as long as rooms and stuff are available and you book the amount of required nights needed, they can either add it on to your ressie, or adjust what you already have. When I was booking last night, a CM popped on to see if I needed any help, and I had inquired about that and they had said thats it not guarenteed, but they can basically do it if the as long as they arent all booked up (I think they just have to say that because notice the past few years that they've offered it, they announced it ALL summer long. So beings that most kids are in school at that time of the year, I think we will be okay. Plus its been done before). I think you will be fine either way. But if you feel more comfortable doing it- remember you can always add free dining up to 3 days prior to your arrival- and you can make as many changes to your ressie as you want up to 45 days prior to your arrival. Beings that you are doing the QSDP anyway regardless of free dining, I would still book it. Can't wait for you guys to book as well!!!!!:woohoo:

Charlefours
01-13-2010, 08:54 PM
:woohoo: for booking!! :woohoo:

I am so glad you were able to book--it makes it real (at least to me!!). Now all we have to do is wait and wish pixiedust: for free DP!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-13-2010, 10:04 PM
:woohoo: for booking!! :woohoo:

I am so glad you were able to book--it makes it real (at least to me!!). Now all we have to do is wait and wish pixiedust: for free DP!!

Thanks!!! Now onto finding cheap airfare hmmm.........:scared1:

longing2Batdisney
01-13-2010, 10:22 PM
Janine
:yay: on booking and using your $200 AMX GC how great is that!!! :yay:

I like your plan; that is what I plan to do; book everything I want and than make any changes later...I was up in the air about doing a room only or pkg but decided to go with the pkg and change accordingly if any specials come out.

I love all your pictures...thanks for sharing!!!! you have a beautiful family and Austin is just too cute!!!!
:wave2: Connie

OhioDisneyLover
01-14-2010, 05:09 AM
:thumbsup2 Yay for booking!!!

I also book and then make changes later. My mom books her room with dining plan, etc. and then if it becomes free, we call back and change it. We've also added days without a problem and get the same promotion but like the others said, if it's available. So far, we've been lucky.

Your plans sound great.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-14-2010, 06:49 PM
Janine
:yay: on booking and using your $200 AMX GC how great is that!!! :yay:

I like your plan; that is what I plan to do; book everything I want and than make any changes later...I was up in the air about doing a room only or pkg but decided to go with the pkg and change accordingly if any specials come out.

I love all your pictures...thanks for sharing!!!! you have a beautiful family and Austin is just too cute!!!!
:wave2: Connie

I was soooo excited that I got to do that. I think that booking what you know you want first and changing accordingly as the specials come out is the best way to do it.

And thanks for saying I have a beautiful family- it means a lot :cloud9:. And I definitely plan on sharing more pictures!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-14-2010, 06:50 PM
:thumbsup2 Yay for booking!!!

I also book and then make changes later. My mom books her room with dining plan, etc. and then if it becomes free, we call back and change it. We've also added days without a problem and get the same promotion but like the others said, if it's available. So far, we've been lucky.

Your plans sound great.

I am soooo happy that I got it booked- it feels soooo official now. That is great to know that the CM's were able to switch up your ressie for Free dining!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-14-2010, 08:51 PM
So another uneventful day at work :surfweb:. My boss has been on vacation all week, so I haven't really done much of anything- except for the stuff I have to do everyday. What I did do is start working on my spreadsheet with all of my plans on it- hey give me some credit I work in accounting thats what I do all day :lmao:!!!! What I basically put on it is each day acrossed the top of the spreadsheet. Then in the first column I put all of the parks and I put the park hours and EMH, and if I have any dining ressies (which I shouldn't this time around because we are doing the QSDP). Then on the bottom again I list the dates and put into detail what we are doing. However, all of my dates are blank for now because I don't have the park hours or EMH. I did start on our first day because we won't be don't any parks because we will be flying in that evening- but I know you guys want to see my first day plans so here they are:

Monday, September 20:

Grab a quick dinner on the way to the airport
Be at Airport by at least 4:30pm
Depart @ 6:40pm (Spirit Airlines)
Arrive at MCO @ 8:55pm
Hop on Magical Express to Pop Century
Arrive at Pop Century hopefully before 10pm
Check In
Get settled into room
Maybe wander around hotel or take a swim
Get to sleep hopefully before 11pm so we can be up fresh and early the next day.

So heres the deal, I plan on sticking to this plan as long as we get free dining. If not, I will be switching our ressie to 9/21- 9/24. So, beings that you usually need at least a 5 night stay to book for free dining, I booked Monday and we are flying in Monday night. Why? Bill gets off at 2pm and Austin will be starting Preschool. Its probably going to be hard enough to explain to his teacher why I am taking him out for 4 days so early in the year. This will be his first year in school, and he is verrrrrry smart. He should be going into kindergarten, but his birthday is in Oct and the cut off date is Sept 30- you have to be five by that date. Luckily, our town just started with all day preschool this year so I can at least get him into that. It really shouldn't be an issue because it is only preschool and I don't really think it counts or they hold it against you. It is only 4 days right- oh well, it is for his birthday (which is actually 2 weeks after we get back, but we cannot go then because I cannot take of the first week of the month due to our month end close, and I am in my friends wedding the week after) and I am doing it anyway :rolleyes1. So, anyway, we can pick him up from school- Bill will be home, and hopefully I can get someone to drop us off at the airport. I am liking the idea of flying in Monday night because #1. We won't be as exhausted as we were when we took a 7am flight in last time. #2. Beings that we will be staying there that night, we will still have the majority of our QS meals from that day (we may use a few snack credits when we get there) that can be used the last day of our trip, or for an extra meal throughout the week!

So there you have it- hopefully this plan works as well as I hope it does. Hopefully we get some cheap flights because we refuse to drive. We like getting there in 2 hours and not having to worry about stopping, filling up the car, etc.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-16-2010, 10:24 AM
Today we are getting our kitty :lovestruc. Austin and I are going to pick her up a 1pm. We are probably going to stop off and get her some toys first though- I got her litter box and everything ready last night. We are going to name her "Purr"dita (Perdita from 101 dalmations- so its "Purr"dita because she is a cat :lovestruc, and we can call her "Purr"dy for short. Yes it had to be a Disney name!!!!!

Ok, I better go and get ready, I will let everyone how everything went later on!!!!

Charlefours
01-16-2010, 08:08 PM
if you get a chance to post pictures, I would love to see one of your new kitty :)

PixieDustPrincess05
01-16-2010, 09:15 PM
We finally got the kitty!!!! Except- we did not name her "Purr"dita- we named her "Dory" from Finding Nemo. She has these really big owl like eyes like Dory, and is very funny!!! So far she has adapted really well. She is only about a year old, very playful, and verryyyyyyy lovable :lovestruc. She also started using her litterbox right away- so I was very happy about that :cool1:. We went to Petsmart and bought her a bunch of little toys, but she is in love with Austin's Nerf Darts. Austin would shoot them, and she chases after them, and goes running into his room with them. It was the funniest thing :rotfl2:!!!! She basically hung out with Austin in his room all afternoon and evening!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-16-2010, 09:16 PM
if you get a chance to post pictures, I would love to see one of your new kitty :)

You bet I will!!!!!!

BelleTinkMom
01-17-2010, 09:30 PM
Yeah it really is. It is awesome that the Disney company lets us do this- it is so much easier to pay on it slowly than come up with that big chunk of money at one shot! So many more people can take a vacation there because of this :wizard:. Are you and your family still going back in April?


Yes we are!! :cool1: It will be a big surprise the kids don't know about it. This will also be the first time we drive there. It will take us about 11 hours.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-18-2010, 08:40 AM
Yes we are!! :cool1: It will be a big surprise the kids don't know about it. This will also be the first time we drive there. It will take us about 11 hours.

Wow thats awesome- your girls are going to be sooooo excited :banana:!!! Thats also awesome that you only live 11 hours away- I would drive too!!!

According to Mapquest, it would take us 16 hours and 54 minutes to get from my house to Pop Century- thats driving straight through with no food or potty stops, no traffic, and nothing else besides straight driving :scared1:!!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-18-2010, 09:06 PM
Hi everyone- I hope you all had a great weekend. It was pretty uneventful for me. Austin is going through the stage where he drags all of his toys out and doesn't want to put them back :scared1:!!!!!! Now I am a neat freak, so it really bothers me that I have to pick these toys up all the time. So, last night, I cleaned house :laundy:!!!!! I basically went through everything he doesn't need, is too big for, or doesn't play with, or trash. I gave it all to my cousin- who's mother-in-law runs an in house daycare. I worked on it from about 8:30 last night till almost 2am!!!!!! He had sooo many toys (still has quite a bit), so I really had to weed through them. Other than that- not much really!!!!

Anyway, on to the important stuff- Disney of course!!!!! I am still pricing out plane tickets, and I am seriously thinking of adding the park hopper since we probably won't do MNSSHP. I am hoping to do an official Disney night soon, so I will keep all of you posted!!!!

Have a great night!!!

3princesses+aprince
01-18-2010, 09:10 PM
Awww, congrats on the new kitty! And how cute that she plays with Austin, he must adore her!

We did our first Disney night of the year today! I will post about it in my PTR tomorrow! We had an Animal Kingdom Safari day!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-19-2010, 05:52 PM
Awww, congrats on the new kitty! And how cute that she plays with Austin, he must adore her!

We did our first Disney night of the year today! I will post about it in my PTR tomorrow! We had an Animal Kingdom Safari day!

Thanks!!!!! Yeah Austin loves her- and she follows him everywhere!!!!

Your Animal Kingdom Safari day looked great- you always come up with the coolest ideas!!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-19-2010, 06:02 PM
So I woke up about 15 times last nights with a dry mouth/sore throat and had a horrible time breathing right :sick:- and when I finally drug myself out of bed this morning to go to work- I took some DayQuil (faithfully throughout the day) and now I feel much better :cloud9:. Bill and Austin just went to pick up dinner- we are having white pizza (yummy!).

It is so funny because I work with this guy that is an absolute disney freak, and whenever we are having a boring or crummy day at work (which happen quite often because we do work in accounting :lmao:- not the most energetic job out there), we say "why don't we just ditch our jobs and become Disney Travel Agents!!!!"-jokingly. You know, that is a job that I think I would really enjoy- not that its ever going to happen though!!!!! I love planning trips to Disney, and I think it would fill that void of when your not there to help fulfill someone elses dream :wizard:.

Speaking of which- I have a friend from work (divorced) who is a single mom to three kids (two boys- 9 and 8 I think, and a little girl-4), and she has a wonderful boyfriend as well. Well, her parents are disney freaks and wants her to take a trip to disney with them, but she has to pay for her, her bf, and the kids. She priced out a trip for the ASMu suites for a week a think, and it ran her like $6,000- and I was like wow thats crazy, I'll bet I can find you a cheaper deal. So that's what I am off to do right now- I'll be back later and let you know how it goes :wizard:.

Charlefours
01-19-2010, 07:31 PM
I am glad you are feeling better! Keep taking the meds so you do not relapse!! I am constantly sifting through Lilian's toys too. :goodvibes It makes me happy and she really does not miss things once we sort through things. We also find, for her, switching them around in the house to another location reignites the interest in them.

Is your friend willing to say off site? There are some great vacation homes through http://www.allstarvacationhomes.com/ if she is willing for a FANTASTIC price. I looked at them at one point, to compare only, and boy does it save A LOT of money if you are willing. :teacher:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-19-2010, 09:42 PM
I am glad you are feeling better! Keep taking the meds so you do not relapse!! I am constantly sifting through Lilian's toys too. :goodvibes It makes me happy and she really does not miss things once we sort through things. We also find, for her, switching them around in the house to another location reignites the interest in them.

Is your friend willing to say off site? There are some great vacation homes through http://www.allstarvacationhomes.com/ if she is willing for a FANTASTIC price. I looked at them at one point, to compare only, and boy does it save A LOT of money if you are willing. :teacher:

Hi Stephanie!
Thanks- I just took some NyQuil so I should be in dreamland soon :cloud9:!!!! I like getting rid of old toys once he gets new ones as well, but some of them I have a hard time getting rid of for sentimental reasons :confused3.

Speaking of my friend- I don't know where she came up with the $6000 figure, but I priced anywhere between $2400 to $3000. I think she wanted to stay on property because of the disney transportation- but I will ask her if she wanted to stay offsite- thanks for the tip :thumbsup2!!!!

So how is your planning coming along? I think I am at a standstill a little bit till I find out if free dining comes out- I don't want to book my plane tix until I know for sure if they are having it. If it is not offered, I am knocking two days off of my trip, so I want to make sure that it is being offered because it is like 75.00 pp for Spirit Airlines to make a change to your flight ressie.

Have a great night!!!!:wizard:

3princesses+aprince
01-20-2010, 09:04 AM
See, I have a lot of Disney freaks at work also, including my boss, who is the biggest, besides me! And my good friend who is also one of my brides maids for the wedding! Her and I were actually just going through Disney's honeymoon registry the other night, quite fun. As soon as I book my trip, i'm registering for that!!! So we have fun talking about Disney quite often. My boss goes twice a year!

And $6000 for a Disney trip staying at ASMu, oh, now you know as a diser you can definitely find a MUCH better deal than that! She could stay in a deluxe for that price :goodvibes

PixieDustPrincess05
01-22-2010, 11:47 PM
See, I have a lot of Disney freaks at work also, including my boss, who is the biggest, besides me! And my good friend who is also one of my brides maids for the wedding! Her and I were actually just going through Disney's honeymoon registry the other night, quite fun. As soon as I book my trip, i'm registering for that!!! So we have fun talking about Disney quite often. My boss goes twice a year!

And $6000 for a Disney trip staying at ASMu, oh, now you know as a diser you can definitely find a MUCH better deal than that! She could stay in a deluxe for that price :goodvibes

Awesome! I did not know that they had a honeymoon registry. Yeah it is fun to talk Disney at work!!!!!

I priced her out a trip between 2400-3000 depending on how long she wants to go- you know us Diser's!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-22-2010, 11:59 PM
Yay the weekend is here!!!!!!!!!!! :cool1

Yay only 7 months left till our Magical Vacation to WDW :wizard:!!!!!!

Well tonight after work Austin and I met Bill at Friendly's for dinner/ice cream. I love Friendly's- their food is good, and it is such a warm/friendly atmosphere. After that we went home and basically just relaxed :cool1:.

I had Austin doing the funniest thing- for all of you American Idol watchers- I had him calling up family/friends singing "Pants on the ground"- hehehehehe!!!!


Anyway, I was looking on the boards at different Disney themed room remodels because we are trying to finish off Austin's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse bedroom. Such cute things were on there!!!!!!


After that- I got Disney fever and decided to order our maps!!!!! I always check everything off just to show what was in WDW the time we went. I went with the character designs this time instead of the standard. So cute :lovestruc. I also order the Disney Vacation Planning Dvd- hopefully they added some new touches on it for this year :wizard:. I just love Disney mail don't you?

You guys are going to laugh at me- I have been going through such Disney withdrawal that I decided I was going to watch "Wishes" and "Fantasmic!" on You tube. Let me tell ya- "Wishes" just brings tears to my eyes everytime. It is such a special display!!!!!! I also showed Austin a little bit of "Fantasmic!"- it wasn't showing on our last trip- and he got soooo excited over the live Mickey Mouse shooting the fireworks out of his fingers!!!


I am still hoping for free dining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot purchase my plane tix until I know for sure. So, I've been watching the different sights. We will more than likely be flying Spirit again, but you never know :confused3!!!!

Tomorrow Austin and I might take a ride up to the Christmas Tree Shop to see what they got out- I LOVE that store. Maybe hit Chick-fil-a, who knows?

Have a great night everyone- sweet disney dreams to all :wizard:!!!

longing2Batdisney
01-23-2010, 11:57 PM
Hey Janine!
sounds like a fun night!

funny I ordered another set of disney maps earlier this week!! I plan to make my countdown calendar with them...don't know how yet but that is the plan
I also just received my new Disney DVD; haven't watched it yet...plan to do that with the tots Monday and than do some sort of Disney craft with them.

As for your friend, we know she can get a better price than that...but, Danny was talking with a guy he was working with after Christmas he and his family went to Disney stayed at the POP and spent 6K so its possible...but, they did tours, boat rides, DDPDx, and so on...

Have a great tomorrow or later today...
:wave2: Connie

3princesses+aprince
01-24-2010, 12:15 AM
Oh, my god, I forgot about the maps!!! I think i'm gonna order mine tomorrow! I did just get the new planning dvd, it's a little different from last year's so you'll be happy with it!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-24-2010, 10:09 AM
Hey Janine!
sounds like a fun night!

funny I ordered another set of disney maps earlier this week!! I plan to make my countdown calendar with them...don't know how yet but that is the plan
I also just received my new Disney DVD; haven't watched it yet...plan to do that with the tots Monday and than do some sort of Disney craft with them.

As for your friend, we know she can get a better price than that...but, Danny was talking with a guy he was working with after Christmas he and his family went to Disney stayed at the POP and spent 6K so its possible...but, they did tours, boat rides, DDPDx, and so on...

Have a great tomorrow or later today...
:wave2: Connie

Hey Connie!!!!

I can see racking up $6,000 if you are on the DDPDx- that is ex---pensive!!!
Especially with all of the extra tours and stuff that can get kinda pricey :scared1: But I don't think she plans on doing all of that- she just wants to get the kids to the World for the first time. Let me tell you, she was sooooo shocked when I told her that I priced her out trips ranging from 2400- 3000!!!!!!!

Have a great day!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-24-2010, 10:13 AM
Oh, my god, I forgot about the maps!!! I think i'm gonna order mine tomorrow! I did just get the new planning dvd, it's a little different from last year's so you'll be happy with it!

Ooh yes- don't forget the maps!!!! In fact, I didn't know that you could do ones with characters on them too- thats what I chose!!! And in June- when I can order more, I am going to get another set of the Classic ones. I am sooo glad to here that the dvd is different. I order one in 2008 and 2009- excited that 2009's might be different, but it really wasn't different at all!!!!

Ok Pam- we must do the 7 month dance:

:dance3: <-------- thats you, me, and Ann right there heheheheheeh!!!

:rotfl2:

Have a great day!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-24-2010, 10:32 AM
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!

I was on my laptop till 2:30 am this morning just looking at different Disney things :surfweb:!!!!

You see, even though Austin's birthday is two weeks after our trip- this trip is his main birthday gift. We may get him a few things to open up on his real birthday (10/10)- but this trip is the big 5th birthday present so we will be celebrating at WDW!!!! I was reading different things that WDW can do for your birthday. If you go to Town Hall in MK, they will give you a "It's my birthday" button- and supposedly the characters and everything make a big deal when they sign your autograph book or if they see you. So, we will definitely be doing this. I also heard that Epcot gives away a little trinket as well- I am going to look more into it today. I have also heard that when your checking in to your hotel if you let the CM at the front desk know its your childs birthday, they can arrange a call from a character, and sometimes, they will put balloons or a signed character photo in your room (not sure how true this is!!!). But it sounds pretty neat!!!!!!

I was also looking into different things that you can get sent to your room from the WDW florist- ear hat packages, mickey mouse partys, etc.- wayyyyy to expensive. Some things range up to 400.00!!!!!! I probably sound cheap and all (I really am not :lmao:)- but I can't see spending 400.00 to have a CM decorate your resort room with a Happy Birthday banner, and get "presents" from the characters (you supposedly get a box from Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto- Like for example, from Pluto's box, you get rice krispies treats shaped as dog bones). I mean, I'm sure its cute and all, but do you know how many other special things from Wdw I can buy him for his b-day for 400.00 :rotfl2:? A whole lot!!!! So, I think I am going to have to make a trip to the Disney Store before our trip and pick him out another character stuffed animal or two, and have that sitting for him on the bed for when we arrive again ( either me or Dh will place it on the bed before he gets in the room and say its from Mickey again :lovestruc). He loved that last time.


So, my next point, I know you are all wondering when we are doing our next Disney night, and I can tell you it is coming soon!!!!! I think we are going to do it next Saturday night- and it is going to be Finding Nemo!!!!! I have a few things up my sleeve for this one- a few really good ideas. But, you'll just have to wait and see next Saturday :lmao:!!!!!

Well, I better get moving- I want to head over to the mall today, and maybe-just maybe check out the disney store!!!!

3princesses+aprince
01-24-2010, 02:30 PM
Hey Janine, I loved our little 7 month dancers. You, me and Ann. I was laughing, that is too cute! :dance3: But very true. We are excited!!! And we're almost there!!!!

If I was celebrating one of my kids birthdays there, I would definitely make up a gift bag before the trip and plan on putting in the room before he gets in like you said. Those baskets that they put together or any extras they do can get so pricey!!!!

And a Nemo Disney night, that sounds like fun! We LOVE Nemo!!! Can't wait to see what you have in mind!

OhioDisneyLover
01-24-2010, 03:36 PM
I'm at 7 months too so I'm going to dance with you guys. Hope you don't mind! :dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::banana::banana::b anana::banana::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-24-2010, 04:34 PM
Hey Connie, I loved our little 7 month dancers. You, me and Ann. I was laughing, that is too cute! :dance3: But very true. We are excited!!! And we're almost there!!!!

If I was celebrating one of my kids birthdays there, I would definitely make up a gift bag before the trip and plan on putting in the room before he gets in like you said. Those baskets that they put together or any extras they do can get so pricey!!!!

And a Nemo Disney night, that sounds like fun! We LOVE Nemo!!! Can't wait to see what you have in mind!

You mean Janine right :rotfl2:? LOL hehehheheeheh too funny :lmao: Yeah we are getting there!!!! OMG I forgot to tell you, I had a strange dream the other night and You and Manny and your kids were in it. I had a dream that we drove to WDW and you guys did to- but WDW was some run down farmers market!!!! How disappointing right? Anyway we all looked a mess- and I was like "Hey Pam!" and you looked at me funny and walked on!!!! It was an awful dream- but it is kinda funny!!!!! :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

I can't wait for our Nemo night either- I have a few really cute things in mind :lovestruc!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-24-2010, 04:36 PM
I'm at 7 months too so I'm going to dance with you guys. Hope you don't mind! :dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3::banana::banana::b anana::banana::dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

U sure can- don't mind at all!!! The more the merrier!!!!!

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

PixieDustPrincess05
01-24-2010, 04:48 PM
Hi Everyone!!

I did make it to the mall today, yes including the Disney Store- but I didn't buy anything there. I bought some new pillows for my new bedding set from Jcpenney's. Then Austin and I had some pizza- and we drove through the airport to see if "Mickey Mouse's Plane" was there. Before we went back in 2008, we would drive through the airport (its like 10 minutes down the road from where we live)- its not the biggest airport, it only has like 7 or 8 gates. Anyway, there was this big double decker one that used to be parked off at the side, and we always told Austin that it was Mickey Mouse's plane. Well guess what? It's not there anymore :mad:!!!! But Austin did say "Well Mickey Mouse must've went to Disney World in his airplane Mommy!" and it was too cute!!!!!

Anyway, we got home, and I started putting my bed linens on the bed and it looks so pretty- but I do not want to take a picture till I finish the rest of our room!!! So its a Surprise!!!!

3princesses+aprince
01-25-2010, 08:53 AM
You mean Janine right :rotfl2:? LOL hehehheheeheh too funny :lmao: Yeah we are getting there!!!! OMG I forgot to tell you, I had a strange dream the other night and You and Manny and your kids were in it. I had a dream that we drove to WDW and you guys did to- but WDW was some run down farmers market!!!! How disappointing right? Anyway we all looked a mess- and I was like "Hey Pam!" and you looked at me funny and walked on!!!! It was an awful dream- but it is kinda funny!!!!! :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

I can't wait for our Nemo night either- I have a few really cute things in mind :lovestruc!!!


Haha, yes, I must have been just posting to connie before you!! Oh my, so much to keep up with, duh. I'm gonna go edit that right now!
How funny about your dream. I know I had quite a few dreams before our last trip, and a few months back I had a dream that I was at All Star Music with my boss???? And we were looking at the room numbers so I would know which one to pick when I booked :scared1:

Victoriasmom98
01-25-2010, 09:39 AM
You mean Janine right :rotfl2:? LOL hehehheheeheh too funny :lmao: Yeah we are getting there!!!! OMG I forgot to tell you, I had a strange dream the other night and You and Manny and your kids were in it. I had a dream that we drove to WDW and you guys did to- but WDW was some run down farmers market!!!! How disappointing right? Anyway we all looked a mess- and I was like "Hey Pam!" and you looked at me funny and walked on!!!! It was an awful dream- but it is kinda funny!!!!! :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

I can't wait for our Nemo night either- I have a few really cute things in mind :lovestruc!!!


Ok, now I'm jealous!!!! Pam gets dreamt about, but not me???? :scared1:

PixieDustPrincess05
01-25-2010, 09:02 PM
Haha, yes, I must have been just posting to connie before you!! Oh my, so much to keep up with, duh. I'm gonna go edit that right now!
How funny about your dream. I know I had quite a few dreams before our last trip, and a few months back I had a dream that I was at All Star Music with my boss???? And we were looking at the room numbers so I would know which one to pick when I booked :scared1:

Hey Pam!!!! I know how it is, you make soooo many friends on here it is really hard to keep up with who is who!!!

Well you and your boss (:laughing:) picked a great resort heheheheeh!!!! I have stayed there before it is veryyyyy cute!!!! I ALWAYS have strange disney dreams- I will probably have one tonight. I think we have them because that is basically all we think about in our spare time!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-25-2010, 09:04 PM
Ok, now I'm jealous!!!! Pam gets dreamt about, but not me???? :scared1:


No worries Ann!!!! I am almost positive you will make it into at least one of my crazy dreams between now and then!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-25-2010, 09:16 PM
So I slept great in my new bedding last night :cloud9:, but I also woke up with a HORRIBLE headache :headache:!!!!! Also we had quite a storm veryyyy early in the morning, it was extremely warm outside, raining, and very windy- it sounded like there was a train in my backyard. I am sure all of you North East Coasters know what I am talking about!!!! Anyway, I drug myself out of my warm bed with my horrible headache (it was only on one side, and i get it alot- I think it is one of my wisdom teeth), and went to work.

So, work stunk as usual, I was very busy all day though. My disney freak coworker has this cd he bought when he was down there of all of the rides in WDW- I have him making me a copy so I can jam to Grim Grinning Ghosts while driving!!!

Ooh- did I forget to mention I received Disney mail this weekend. It was a little booklet that had everything we booked in it, telling us about our Resort, QSDP, Theme Parks, and more. It was personalized on the front to- so cute, that is going in with our souvenir maps :lovestruc!!! The funny part is, I think disney changed the print on their envelopes. There is a monorail that wraps around the front and back of the envelope with Goofy driving it and other characters on it. I cut it out and am going to use it for our Countdown Calendar!!!

Austin and I went to Party City yesterday to pick up some Nemo things, and guess what? THEY HAD NONE!!! I was sooooo disappointed!!! They had everything online, but wanted more to ship it then what I was ordering. So, I guess I will have to make my own some how. But will I let that spoil our fun- No siree!!! :thumbsup2

Tomorrow I have to go to our offsite warehouse for Inventory. We do it every so often to make sure everything is up to par and not being stolen. The good part is I can wear jeans and I will probably get out early.

Well, have a great night everyone!!!

3princesses+aprince
01-26-2010, 08:10 PM
Ann, your so funny! I'm sure eventually we'll all make it into each other's dreams!!!!


Hi Janine, Oh, how I love going to the Disney store, even if you come out empty handed you still feel happy!!!! ('we're so insane)

We had a bad storm yesterday too! The winds were horrible. Like hurricane winds and it was about 50 degrees! I couldn't even use my umbrella when I went the girl's school, I had to leave it in the truck, it was blowing inside out and I couldn't even hold on to it! This storm went on all day! Glad I didn't have to work, it was a good day to stay in the house!! Hope you got to stay in too!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-26-2010, 11:17 PM
Ann, your so funny! I'm sure eventually we'll all make it into each other's dreams!!!!


Hi Janine, Oh, how I love going to the Disney store, even if you come out empty handed you still feel happy!!!! ('we're so insane)

We had a bad storm yesterday too! The winds were horrible. Like hurricane winds and it was about 50 degrees! I couldn't even use my umbrella when I went the girl's school, I had to leave it in the truck, it was blowing inside out and I couldn't even hold on to it! This storm went on all day! Glad I didn't have to work, it was a good day to stay in the house!! Hope you got to stay in too!

Hey Pam!

Yup the Disney Store is my 2nd Happy Place (WDW the first of course)- I know sick huh :lmao:!!!!!!
Yeah that storm was something wasn't it. Unfortunately I did have to go to work- with a screaming headache of course :headache:, but everything got better by the end of the day :).

PixieDustPrincess05
01-26-2010, 11:20 PM
So Austin and I went out to a couple of stores tonight- AC Moore (our craft store), and Walmart. I was looking for Nemo decorations, and there was none of course, so I resorted to making my own. I started tonight making some, but of course, it is a surprise :banana:!!!!!! I am working on the menu as well-surprise :banana:, and an activity- surprise again :banana:!!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-27-2010, 08:29 PM
Hi everyone!

I really wish that disney would hurry up and offer free dining- it is driving me batty :scared1::scared1::scared1:!!!!! The reason is, I really want to keep those dates and stay for 6 days/ 5 nights, and book my flights, and so on. And here is another tid bit of info- I also want to add the park hopper passes to my ressie :banana:!!!!!!

I have been looking at pictures and reading reviews on MNSSHP all week, and wondering if it is actually worth it for me to add it. So here is what it comes down to for my reasons for rooting for the park hopper over this:

1) It is about the same amount for MNSSHP as it is to add on the PH passes
2) The night of MNSSHP, I can enjoy another park that is open later (hopefully)
3) I would rather be able to hop around my whole trip, then just go to MNSSHP for a few hours.
4) I've read some mixed reviews, some say it is great, but alot of people say how overcrowded it is, and the lines are long for everything.

I do have to say though the Hallowishes fireworks display looked awesome on Youtube though!!!!

So I am still keeping my fingers crossed about free dining- please hope with me everyone :grouphug: :wizard:!!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-27-2010, 10:01 PM
You know what? I think I just changed my mind!!!! I know, everytime I am set on something, I go and read someone's review, and change my mind completely!!! So here's the deal. I am all for the park hopper passes- but when reading a review, I found a valid point not to have them- you tell me if this makes sense.

1) They are nice to have- don't get me wrong- but that is an extra 167.00 added on to my trip :scared1:!!!! We didn't really use them a whole lot our last trip. We went to HS the first day- it rained bad, so we left and went back to MK later in the day. Well, if it weren't for the darn rain, we would've stay at HS!!!!! Day 2- I think we went to AK- then it rained real bad again, then I think we went back to MK later that day for a CP dinner ressie. Day 3- I think we attempted HS again, then went to Epcot for like 10 min- then back to MK cause the sun came out- then it rained again!!!! So, do you see a pattern here? We are big MK fans- so I am going to set aside two days for MK, 1 for Epcot, 1 for AK, and 1 for HS. We really only hopped cause of the rain.

2) You need one full day at MK, one full day at Epcot, and you can swing a full day at HS, and AK if you take your time and do what they have offered. So, this is when I read this persons review on the PH's. They are great, but, it takes more time shuttling from one park to another than it does to stay in one park and get done what you need to get done. Which is definitely true. From the time you battle your way out of the park, wait a half hour for a bus from HS to Epcot, drive to Epcot, take the mile walk from the bus area to Epcot. Your wasting a lot of time!!!! I never actually thought of it this way. This next trip I want to take a little slow- and take everything in- you know, enjoy the trip!!!!! If we pick a park, stay in it for the day- we can accomplish everything we need that day. We'll go at rope drop, or for morning EMH's-- stay till 12pm-1 maybe take a hotel break, and come back in the evenings. Sounds great to me.

3) With this new plan, my only setback seems to be AK. This park closes too darn early. But you know I have back up for this. Either A) we are lucky enough to hit night EMH's or B) We will plan a little something something fun to do in DTD. Or...... since I am not taking the park hopper option maybe, just maybe 3) After AK, MNSSHP!!!!!! That will be 3 days a MK!!!! We'll have to see how that goes. If not, maybe we'll go to DTD and find something fun to do.

Ok, I am sooo excited about these plans as you can see :cloud9: I really had to sit and think about justifying 167.00 for the PH's, and it is really not worth it I don't think this time around. If I were staying a shorter time, then yes, I would definitely- but you know what, I just made up my mind and I am not!!!! Nope, even if free dining isn't offered, and I have to pay OOP for it- I got a beast of a deal using that $200.00 AMEX gift card-which is basically free dining right there. Free dining would just be the icing on the cake :lovestruc. So yes everyone- I am booked from Monday 9/20- Saturday 9/25 and am sticking to it!!!! So.... which brings me to my next thing.... which I am going to use a separate post for because it is plans!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-27-2010, 10:31 PM
So here is a rough draft of our itinerary. I cannot set it in stone because I do not know the actual park hours or EMH's for our trip- but I am giving you a little idea of what I want.

Monday September 20-
Will be off from work.
Send Austin to school, finish last minute errands/packing, pick Austin up from school.
Bill will be off from work at 2pm.
Grab dinner on the road, and head to the airport.
Get to airport around 4:45/5pm- as we are hoping for the 6:40 flight.
Land in orlando at 8:50pm
Magical Express to Pop Century
Check In
Get settled in Room- maybe take a swim, wander around Pop, grab a snack.

Tuesday September 21-
Magic Kingdom Day
Breakfast at POP
Rope drop (hopefully EMH's this day)
Want to get as many rides as possible!!!
Mainstreet Bakery is a must for a snack.
Parades
SpectroMagic
Wishes
Back to hotel for relaxing and swimming :cool1:

Wednesday September 22-
Animal Kingdom Day
Breakfast at POP
Rope Drop (hopefully EMH's this day)
As many rides as possible
Mickey's Jungle Jammin Parade
Camp Mickey's for Characters
Restaurants- Flame Tree BBQ for lunch. If EMH, we may do Pizzafari for dinner, but probably not. We will either go to DTD or back at POP.

Thursday September 23rd-
Epcot Day Future World/Worlds Showcase
Breakfast at POP
Rope Drop (hopefully EMH's this day)
As many rides as possible
Definitely want to see some shows!!!!!
Definitely want to take our time in the countries at WS!!!!
Restaurants- not too sure yet.

Friday September 24th-
HS Day
Breakfast at POP
Rope Drop (hopefully EMH's this day)
As many rides as possible
Restaurants- Pizza Planet
Fantasmic! if it is showing

Saturday September 25th-
Our Last day :-(
2nd Magic Kingdom Day
Up very early
Breakfast at POP
Check bags and head to MK for rope drop
Finish what we missed, and hit all of the rides we love the most one more time :lovestruc
Head to DTD for last minute shopping
Be back at hotel around 5pm, eat dinner, use any unused meal/snack credits
Catch ME back to MCO
Land around 11:40 I think and start planning another trip!!!!


The reason why I did not post MK's meals is because we will be there afew times and I don't know which day I will eat where but here is where I want to eat:

El Pirata y El Pericos
Cosmic Rays
Pecos Bills
and like I mentioned earlier- definitely Main Street Bakery for a snack!!!

I really like these plans- they will probably be tweaked here and there from now until we get there, but hey at least I have a foundation on what I want to do this time around.

So...... I know, I am an energizer bunny tonight I just keep going.....:cool1:...and going :cool1:.......and going :cool1:!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I think I have something else in mind.

I know I posted a few hours ago that I wasn not going to MNSSHP, and that I would do the park hopper instead but I think I want to flip flop that. If everything gets paid off early, and I find great prices on the flights I want, then I very well just may buy tickets to MNSSHP!!!! Not sure yet, not a definite, but it is a possibility. I really hate the fact that September's hours aren't going to be as late as the summer hours, and I know MK is open till like 12am on those nights, so I just may have to!!!!! We'll see!!!!!

Ok, well enough for tonight- sweet Disney Dreams everyone- and Ann, I will try to have a Disney dream with you in it!!!! I'll probably dream about you, me, and Pam sitting around at the POP food court (after the kiddie's are in bed and our grumpy dh's that can care less about dising :lmao: give us the ok to have a dismeet!!!) having a late night snack and just talking about how wonderful Disney is!!!!! I know I need to go to bed- I sound a little out there :hippie:!!!!

Good night all- and don't forget- 3 days until Nemo night!!!!

Twoboysnmygirl
01-28-2010, 06:05 AM
Janine, that's a hard choice! I love park hoppers and I love MNSSHP! I think I would have to go with the hoppers, but only b/c my husband loves Epcot WS and wants to go there almost every night!

I see a little blip in your schedule. Tuesday, Sept. 21 will almost definitely be a MNSSHP night, which means there will be no Spectro or Wishes. The parties are usually on Tuesday and Friday in September and then they add in Sunday's and eventually Thursday right before Halloween.

IF you can plan your days just right, I see no reason to hop if you don't have to! You can do it! :goodvibes

Charlefours
01-28-2010, 07:21 AM
Hi Stephanie!
So how is your planning coming along? I think I am at a standstill a little bit till I find out if free dining comes out- I don't want to book my plane tix until I know for sure if they are having it. If it is not offered, I am knocking two days off of my trip, so I want to make sure that it is being offered because it is like 75.00 pp for Spirit Airlines to make a change to your flight ressie.

Have a great night!!!!:wizard:

I just posted a couple updates if you get a chance to swing over. Planning is going well. Since this will be my second ever trip and our first trip with a child, there is a lot to learn!!

I go back and forth about PHs too. DH just really wants to keep them on so I said ok. When I can get my chart printed out so I can take a picture (Did not like how it showed up in print screen option) I am really not taking advantage of it. DH wants us to leave it on in case we feel like hitting up any of the EMH evening hours as those are the only ones we will take advantage of.

MNSSHP, we are still planning on it but it will easily be the first thing dropped if we decide it is not worth the extra money. From all accounts I have heard, it is much better than the MVMCP. Trick or treating in MK--I think DD would have a ball!! :laughing:

Happy planning and happy dreams!! I am glad you were able to work it out for staying the full time you wanted. :goodvibes All the better that dropping PH made it possible without even free dining been released. Just think--free dining is released you can decide on MNSSHP!!

Shmily01
01-28-2010, 07:11 PM
Hi! I followed your ticker on another board because I saw you were going in Sept too! :thumbsup2 I'm subbing! How exciting that you already have your trip booked. I'm still waiting to get our tax refund back before we book! :rolleyes1

PixieDustPrincess05
01-28-2010, 07:47 PM
Janine, that's a hard choice! I love park hoppers and I love MNSSHP! I think I would have to go with the hoppers, but only b/c my husband loves Epcot WS and wants to go there almost every night!

I see a little blip in your schedule. Tuesday, Sept. 21 will almost definitely be a MNSSHP night, which means there will be no Spectro or Wishes. The parties are usually on Tuesday and Friday in September and then they add in Sunday's and eventually Thursday right before Halloween.

IF you can plan your days just right, I see no reason to hop if you don't have to! You can do it! :goodvibes

Thanks for the great advice!!!! Well in that case if there is no Spectro or Wishes - I will definitely changing my MK to AK more than likely or HS and hopefully attending MNSSHP!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-28-2010, 07:52 PM
I just posted a couple updates if you get a chance to swing over. Planning is going well. Since this will be my second ever trip and our first trip with a child, there is a lot to learn!!

I go back and forth about PHs too. DH just really wants to keep them on so I said ok. When I can get my chart printed out so I can take a picture (Did not like how it showed up in print screen option) I am really not taking advantage of it. DH wants us to leave it on in case we feel like hitting up any of the EMH evening hours as those are the only ones we will take advantage of.

MNSSHP, we are still planning on it but it will easily be the first thing dropped if we decide it is not worth the extra money. From all accounts I have heard, it is much better than the MVMCP. Trick or treating in MK--I think DD would have a ball!! :laughing:



Happy planning and happy dreams!! I am glad you were able to work it out for staying the full time you wanted. :goodvibes All the better that dropping PH made it possible without even free dining been released. Just think--free dining is released you can decide on MNSSHP!!

Hi Stephanie!!!!

Yeah as of right now, like TwoBoysandmyGirl said, if I plan my days just right, I can easily do it without the Park Hoppers. Which is true if you really think about it. Now, if we were going in the summer, I would have added the ph's without hesitation- beings the parks are open soooo late. Looking at last years September hours, they really aren't open late enough for us to hop all over the place, so I think if we have extra money we are going to put it towards MNSSHP.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-28-2010, 07:55 PM
Hi! I followed your ticker on another board because I saw you were going in Sept too! :thumbsup2 I'm subbing! How exciting that you already have your trip booked. I'm still waiting to get our tax refund back before we book! :rolleyes1

Hi Melissa welcome aboard!!!!!!!!!!!

How exciting that you are going in September too- I will have to check out your pre-trippie!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-28-2010, 08:31 PM
So I worked from 8:30am-4:30pm today, and met Bill and Austin at the movie theater for "The Princess and the Frog"- what a cute movie!!! Then we headed over to the mall for dinner.

I was explaining to Bill the PH situation and MNSSHP, and his reply was "whatever you want dear". I am really thinking of going to MNSSHP. We will either do AK or HS that day and then head over to the MK later on that night for the party :cloud9:. That would allow us to go the the MK 3 times!!!! So now I can definitely justify not taking the PH passes!!!!!!!! We'll see how everything goes, but I definitely have this on my to do list!!!

My disney freak friend at work has a 2 disc cd set of Disney's Happiest Celebration on Earth- which apparantely you could only buy at the parks a few years back- and he made me a copy. So now when I'm driving, I am jamming to Grim Grinning Ghost's, Small World, and manyyyyy other songs from the rides at WDW!!!!!!!!!

3princesses+aprince
01-29-2010, 12:09 AM
Ok, as you can see, I am up awfully late. Ugh, I got out of work 40 minutes late :surfweb:
I think my kids will really enjoy MNSSHP! How fun will trick or treating in the MK be :banana: I heard that the lines for the rides weren't bad on those nights! Plus the Hallowishes look really awesome! As does the Boo to you parade. My kids are already thinking about their costumes ;)

As for not hopping though, I don't think you can go to AK and then come to MK for MNSSHP if you don't have the hopper? Not 100% sure though, I of course have never been to MNSSHP before!

I have my tentative schedule as well ,but it keeps changing all around. I know it won't be final until park hours and MNSSHP dates are released!

Aww, Princess and the frog, we still have to go see that. We went to the movies a few weeks ago and the girls picked Alvin and the chipmunks!

Twoboysnmygirl
01-29-2010, 06:07 AM
Pam, she can go to AK with a regular park day ticket and then go to MNSSHP that night because MNSSHP requires a separate party ticket, so it is allowed! :)

PixieDustPrincess05
01-30-2010, 01:25 PM
Ok, as you can see, I am up awfully late. Ugh, I got out of work 40 minutes late :surfweb:
I think my kids will really enjoy MNSSHP! How fun will trick or treating in the MK be :banana: I heard that the lines for the rides weren't bad on those nights! Plus the Hallowishes look really awesome! As does the Boo to you parade. My kids are already thinking about their costumes ;)

As for not hopping though, I don't think you can go to AK and then come to MK for MNSSHP if you don't have the hopper? Not 100% sure though, I of course have never been to MNSSHP before!

I have my tentative schedule as well ,but it keeps changing all around. I know it won't be final until park hours and MNSSHP dates are released!

Aww, Princess and the frog, we still have to go see that. We went to the movies a few weeks ago and the girls picked Alvin and the chipmunks!


Isn't that funny how many times you can change your schedule before the trip!!!! I am sure I will be flip flopping everything around until the park hours come out!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-30-2010, 02:35 PM
Hi everyone!!! Yes, tonight is our big night!!!! The only thing is dh works until 6pm tonight, and we are getting a little snow storm right now :headache:. Austin and I had went out earlier- we had lunch at Pizza hut, and then we went over to Party City to pick up a few things for our movie night. It started snowing at Pizza Hut, and by the time we were on our way to Party City, the roads were starting to cover. I slid on the road soooo many times :scared1::scared1::scared1:- and was just glad to get home. We are only supposed to get 1-3 inches, so thats hopefully all we will get. So, to make a long story short, hopefully dh will be able to get home easily and safely so we can start our activities.

I think the craft that I have planned Austin and I will do beforehand, along with the decorating. We will just make an extra for dh. Then, we will eat dinner when Bill gets home, dessert, and watch Nemo!!!!


I made the cutest desserts too last night, but its a secret until I get my pics uploaded- along with everything else!!!! I also made chocolate covered pretzels last night for the first time- but they weren't for Nemo night, just to eat :cloud9:!!!!

Another thing---- hmmmmm I don't know how to say this. I am pretty sure that we can do without the park hoppers this trip. Yep, I can't justify spending almost an extra 200.00 for these when the parks aren't open super late. So onto MNSSHP- still not sure about this, one minute I want to go, another minute I don't. I have read soooooooo many mixed reviews on this that I want to scream :scared1::scared1::scared1:. So I asked myself why I would want to go and here is what I came up with:

1) I have never been to a party in WDW
2) Hallowishes and Boo to You look great
3) MK is open till 12pm

Then...... I asked myself why I would not want to go:

1) It is as expensive as the ph's- except I am paying that extra almost 200.00 for 5 hours, instead of being able to hop all week.

2) I heard that they give out the same type of candy at every location- tootsie rolls, smartees, and lolli pops. Also Halloween is not for another month.

3) I would want to buy the tix ahead of time to save $$$ and to ensure that it didn't sell out. But, basically once you buy the tix your are stuck with them- even if it rains- the park will probably remain open, but the activities that I paid for are cancelled.

So honestly, I do not know. I have just as many good as bad reasons, but I really think it will all come down to park hours. Yes, thats what I need :idea:. Park hours, so I can make my official itinerary and tweak it a little here and there instead of changing it everyday :rotfl2:. And free dining too- I need that as well!!!!!!!! As soon as I get all of this set, I can buy my plane tix.

PixieDustPrincess05
01-31-2010, 08:10 AM
Ok, so our Nemo night didn't go exactly as planned :scared1:. But we still did it . I took a few pictures but they are not uploaded yet, so I will just tell you what we did. I made one of those chainlink garlands out of bright orange and bright blue scrapbook paper and put Nemo Stickers all over it and hung it in the archway between my kitchen and living room. I bought foam bookmarks and foam fishy stickers and Austin and I made bookmarks and he his going to give them to some of our family. I bought a green plastic tablecloth and these little plastic sea creatures to put on the table.

Our Menu:

Chicken Tenders dipped in Honey Mustard Sauce and them breaded in crushed Goldfish crackers and baked. (They were ok, they tasted ok, I just wouldn't make them again. I chose chicken because Bill and Austin do not like seafood).

Sea shell pasta with spaghetti sauce

Steam in a bag broccoli

Orange Crush "Crush" soda

Dinner was not that great.... I'll stick with what I know next time and keep it simple- I had just seen the goldfish cracker chicken finger recipe and thought it would sound good.

Dessert was awesome though!!!!
I have these large Iced Tea glasses that look like wine glasses. I made blue raspberry Jello and put Nemo fruit snacks inside, they looked like little fishbowls, they were adorable!!!!

Then, I popped some popcorn and Austin layed down on his little character couch in my room, and we fell asleep not even half way through Finding Nemo!!!!!

So that was our Nemo night. It didn't come out as great as I planned, but it was ok. Next time I will keep it simple. I think we are going to do Toy Story next, not sure.

Have a great day everyone!!!

OhioDisneyLover
01-31-2010, 08:11 AM
Nemo night sounds like it was fun. Can't wait to hear about Toy Story.

Have a great day.

Shmily01
01-31-2010, 08:13 AM
Wow sounds like yall had a great time! I'm gonna have to try that with the kiddos. :goodvibes

PixieDustPrincess05
01-31-2010, 08:49 AM
Nemo night sounds like it was fun. Can't wait to hear about Toy Story.

Have a great day.


Dessert and the movie was our favorite part- I was really disappointed with the dinner though LOL!!!!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-31-2010, 08:51 AM
Wow sounds like yall had a great time! I'm gonna have to try that with the kiddos. :goodvibes

Thanks!!!! All you have to do is pick a disney movie and theme your night around it, whether you play a game or make a craft. A lot of people theme their dinners and desserts around it to. They have some really creative ideas on the boards. Have fun with it and let me know if you do one, I would love to read about it :banana:!!!

3princesses+aprince
01-31-2010, 08:52 AM
Oh, your movie night sounded very cute!!! I love the blue jello and nemo fruit snacks, very cute!!! I may have to steal that one for when we do Nemo night!

PixieDustPrincess05
01-31-2010, 09:01 AM
Oh, your movie night sounded very cute!!! I love the blue jello and nemo fruit snacks, very cute!!! I may have to steal that one for when we do Nemo night!

Thanks Pam! Definitely try it- it was very easy to make, and it was sooo delicious!!!!!!!

Brave teacher
01-31-2010, 03:47 PM
It sounded fun even if you didn't care for the dinner. I may need to steal your idea for Disney-themed dinners fro the week leading up to our trip.

PixieDustPrincess05
02-02-2010, 06:40 PM
It sounded fun even if you didn't care for the dinner. I may need to steal your idea for Disney-themed dinners fro the week leading up to our trip.

LOL Megan! Let me know if you need any ideas!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-02-2010, 06:54 PM
Is it normal to think about Disney CONSTANTLY? LOL!!!! I mean I get my normal stuff done, and am not slacking on anything, but in any spare moment I get- I think about DISNEY!!!! Ok thats not true, I also think about disney while I am trying to get stuff done!!!!! I even had a dream about SpectroMagic last night- yes one of those crazy disney dreams that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. I had a dream that Bill, Austin, and I and a few others in our family were standing in front of the castle, and none of the lights on the floats would work except the pumpkin carriage. Man was I disappointed!!!!

Anyway, when I was at work today, I was thinking about that darn park hopper pass again. I am thinking that if we choose to add something extra, that is what it would be. I don't think that I want to do MNSSHP. I don't know, my mind may change again- but I have always used the hoppers and I realllyyyyyy like them!!!!!!!! I'll probably just stick with what I know and enjoy the hoppers for 5 days!!!!!

But--- I have been thinking of a few other things to make our vacation as magical and memorable as possible. Here they are:

1) Fly in Monday night as planned- Fly out Sunday afternoon rather than late Saturday night. That way we can enjoy our last full park night and get a good nights sleep. Not sure on this yet. Because Bill has to be into work at 6am Monday morning, so he usually gets to bed by 8 on Sunday nights.

2) Was thinking of making an ADR for a TS restaurant one night for a special dinner. I was looking at Biergarten in Karen's PTR- and that looks awesome. I am a little unsure of the food because I am a chicken when it comes to trying something new!!!! Not sure if I am going to do this either, but I will keep it in mind for a while.

Ok, time to go get some things done around the house, I'll be back on later :lovestruc!!!!!

Charlefours
02-02-2010, 07:36 PM
Is it normal to think about Disney CONSTANTLY? LOL!!!! I mean I get my normal stuff done, and am not slacking on anything, but in any spare moment I get- I think about DISNEY!!!! Ok thats not true, I also think about disney while I am trying to get stuff done!!!!! I even had a dream about SpectroMagic last night- yes one of those crazy disney dreams that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. I had a dream that Bill, Austin, and I and a few others in our family were standing in front of the castle, and none of the lights on the floats would work except the pumpkin carriage. Man was I disappointed!!!!

Anyway, when I was at work today, I was thinking about that darn park hopper pass again. I am thinking that if we choose to add something extra, that is what it would be. I don't think that I want to do MNSSHP. I don't know, my mind may change again- but I have always used the hoppers and I realllyyyyyy like them!!!!!!!! I'll probably just stick with what I know and enjoy the hoppers for 5 days!!!!!

But--- I have been thinking of a few other things to make our vacation as magical and memorable as possible. Here they are:

1) Fly in Monday night as planned- Fly out Sunday afternoon rather than late Saturday night. That way we can enjoy our last full park night and get a good nights sleep. Not sure on this yet. Because Bill has to be into work at 6am Monday morning, so he usually gets to bed by 8 on Sunday nights.

2) Was thinking of making an ADR for a TS restaurant one night for a special dinner. I was looking at Biergarten in Karen's PTR- and that looks awesome. I am a little unsure of the food because I am a chicken when it comes to trying something new!!!! Not sure if I am going to do this either, but I will keep it in mind for a while.

Ok, time to go get some things done around the house, I'll be back on later :lovestruc!!!!!

of course--who does not think of Disney ;) Biergarten--perhaps it was how I was feeling that night our first go around but I was not happy with the food. The entertainment was nice. If you like German food, you will be fine but for us, we are passing this go around.

PH: the dilemma! you have time to decide. Just keep reminding yourself you have until 45 days out to make changes without penalty. :goodvibes

MNSSHP: I am on the fence too but at this point--I think we are going to go if it is happening when we go like it did this past year. :upsidedow Who knows? We may change our minds too.

Victoriasmom98
02-02-2010, 07:52 PM
To park hop or not to park hop.......that is the question......:goodvibes. Well, here's my two cents on that one.....I've never had park hoppers, so I don't know what I am missing! I plan for 2 days in each park and I will wait for the park hours to be posted and then make the plans, including ADR's, accordingly. No, Janine....it is not abnormal to think about Disney 24/7. My older brother was talking with me the other day and asked "aren't you Disney'd out by now???" WHAT??!!! ARE YOU INSANE, MAN???? :scared1: As long as I can afford it, I plan on continuing to go! Ok, so I'm staying with POP, then. I may change the dates, though from going down just Thursday to maybe going down Monday.....it depends on when Peter can get time off of work. He's still working that one out. :hug: Now, we need to make sure Pam stays with POP! :hippie:

3princesses+aprince
02-03-2010, 08:25 AM
Oh, Ann :rotfl:

And no Janine, it's not abnormal to think about Disney ALL the time. Well, maybe it is, but not for this group of people! Hey, there are worse things in life to obsessed with! Am I right????
I think about Disney all of the time, and your doing good if it's not getting in the way of other things. Sometimes I scribble down park schedules and restaurants while I should be doing somebody's yearly review at work :lmao: And right now, my carpets need to be vacuumed! But, here I sit!!!!

Victoriasmom98
02-03-2010, 08:28 AM
I keep thinking that one of these days I'm going to get caught at work on the boards instead of going after some dead beat dad's bank accounts.......:rotfl:

PixieDustPrincess05
02-03-2010, 11:26 PM
of course--who does not think of Disney ;) Biergarten--perhaps it was how I was feeling that night our first go around but I was not happy with the food. The entertainment was nice. If you like German food, you will be fine but for us, we are passing this go around.

PH: the dilemma! you have time to decide. Just keep reminding yourself you have until 45 days out to make changes without penalty. :goodvibes

MNSSHP: I am on the fence too but at this point--I think we are going to go if it is happening when we go like it did this past year. :upsidedow Who knows? We may change our minds too.

Thanks for your input on that one Stephanie (Biergarten). It looks like a pretty cool atmosphere- but then again I have never eaten German food. I think we might pass on this one as well.

PixieDustPrincess05
02-03-2010, 11:29 PM
To park hop or not to park hop.......that is the question......:goodvibes. Well, here's my two cents on that one.....I've never had park hoppers, so I don't know what I am missing! I plan for 2 days in each park and I will wait for the park hours to be posted and then make the plans, including ADR's, accordingly. No, Janine....it is not abnormal to think about Disney 24/7. My older brother was talking with me the other day and asked "aren't you Disney'd out by now???" WHAT??!!! ARE YOU INSANE, MAN???? :scared1: As long as I can afford it, I plan on continuing to go! Ok, so I'm staying with POP, then. I may change the dates, though from going down just Thursday to maybe going down Monday.....it depends on when Peter can get time off of work. He's still working that one out. :hug: Now, we need to make sure Pam stays with POP! :hippie:

I think we can convince Pam to stay at POP. It is so much newer than ASMu and cuter. You are definitely right about the PH's- however, I think once you try them, you have a hard time doing without them :lmao:. Are you guys doing MNSSHP?

PixieDustPrincess05
02-03-2010, 11:36 PM
Oh, Ann :rotfl:

And no Janine, it's not abnormal to think about Disney ALL the time. Well, maybe it is, but not for this group of people! Hey, there are worse things in life to obsessed with! Am I right????
I think about Disney all of the time, and your doing good if it's not getting in the way of other things. Sometimes I scribble down park schedules and restaurants while I should be doing somebody's yearly review at work :lmao: And right now, my carpets need to be vacuumed! But, here I sit!!!!

LOL Pam!!!!! I work in accounting, so I am ALWAYS on spreadsheets on Excel. Well, I have a special one that I have created for our trip that I am going to included all of our info for each day on (Park Hours, EMH's, also if we do any ADR's)- so it looks like I am still doing my actual accounting work when I am sitting trying to map out my schedule!!!!! Oh, and I sit and crunch disney vacation numbers on my adding machine, and nobody ever knows the difference as well!!!!! I know, we are terrible. Me with my secret spreadsheets while I should be making sure company bills get paid, you making park schedules while you should be doing reviews (LOL), and Ann DISing on the job. I guess we are all on our way to becoming the "3 unemployed Mouseketeers" aren't we :rotfl2: :lmao: j/k!!!!!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-03-2010, 11:56 PM
I know I should be asleep- but I have been tossing and turning for almost 3 hours, so I decided to DIS. Well, the reason for that is, I came home with a HORRIBLE headache :headache:- it was so bad that I picked up McDonald's for dinner, and went to bed afterwards. I had a fever as well :sick:, so Bill told me to go lay down and he would take care of everything :lovestruc. So I fell asleep, and my fever must've broke because I woke up around 10pm feeling so much better. The only problem is now I cannot get to sleep :confused3.

So I've been thinking- I really need to start cranking out some t-shirts. I am really not sure how many I want to do. Probably more for Austin then for us. I do know that I definitely want the one design with the cartoon airplane and map of WDW that says "We are on our way to Disneyworld"- I want that for the plane ride down. I want an animal print mickey head for me for AK, and I want to do one for Austin for AK too. I think I also want to do a Sorcerer Mickey shirt for Austin for HS. And a found a few other cute DISigns as well. Oh sooooo much to do. But like Pam says, us September go'ers are really at a standstill right now because we can't do anything with planning our schedules until the park hours come out. Same thing with plane tickets- the dates and flight schedules are out for SpiritAir, but I don't want to book yet because they haven't started with the September flight discounts yet. Oh and free dining- I really wish that would just hurry up already!!!!!!

I am still leaning toward the park hoppers at this point- though I am not going to add them to our ressie until later on. MNSSHP, still not sure about. It would be nice to do, but it is not something that I feel like I HAVE to do ya know?

Here is a new one for ya'll- autograph books. Last time we went, we purchased the cute little blue one with all of the characters on it, along with the big chunky mickey pen (they say that characters prefer the chunky pens). Well, Austin probably got under ten autographs and there are still a TON of blank pages left in it. Do you think we should bring that along- or buy a new one so he doesn't get duplicates of ones he already has? I was leaning more towards getting a new one because we will be celebrating his
5th bday there (even though it is two weeks after we get back from wdw), and it said that the characters will write special messages to you if it is your bday. I think that would be so much more special if he had an all new one. Also, I loved Pam's autograph books from her May trip with the foam letter stickers. I actually went to AC Moores a while back and purchased a big thing of the foam letter stickers, a foam notebook with blank cardstock pages in it, and mickey head button scrapbook stickers to decorate with. I don't know if I should just make my own, or buy a new book, and let him use the foam one to collect stickers or something with. You see, I love homemade stuff so I really don't know. Opinions please!!!!

3princesses+aprince
02-04-2010, 08:54 AM
Eww, sorry you weren't feeling good, but glad your better. I was up dising until 1:15am, I got in from work and did not even feel like laying down!

As for the Autograph books, it cost a minimal amount to make them and the kids did get a lot of attention from them and their T-shirts. If your going to use the one from last year, i'd say that would be fine. I know, like mine there must be a ton of pages left. This way it will be an ongoing souvie. I'm using mine again for this trip! I was thinking about making new ones, but though that was silly! As if I don't have enough $$ to dish out this year. Plus I just love the ones I made and so don't the girls. We are going to start off where we left off in May. I'll add a page in there noting the start of a new trip!

So, speaking of shirts. I got to get on mine too. I bought a package of iron on transfers 2 weeks ago at Michaels. I had a coupon so a $10 pkg of 10 only cost me $6.

I want to print some out now, but don't want them to get ruined. So, as soon as I buy my first set of tank tops, I can get to it. That's all i'm missing. I've actually been looking in walmart and target, but nothing yet. The tank tops I bought on walmart.com last year for the girls were perfect, but they of course no longer have those.

Victoriasmom98
02-04-2010, 09:10 AM
Hey Janine.....I was up last night around the same time. I couldn't sleep. I'm still fighting this darned cold I've had for 3 weeks now. So, I got up and went on the couch......Then the hamster kept running and running in her wheel, which, of course, squeaks, so I couldn't sleep there either!! Then the guinea pigs decided they were going to try to get my attention.....so they started in with their sqealing.......UGH!!! I went online for a bit and then back to bed. Boy, when you have nights like that 6am comes awfully early!!! Here I sit, in my half coma, working. Ok, so not exactly at this very moment, but you know what I mean.

OH NO!! 3 Unemployed Mouseketeers?? :dance3: I hope not!!! I'm just finally getting back on my feet financially and that would just devastate my whole world. Technically I am on my morning 15 minute break, so I'm in the clear.

As for the autograph book, I'm just using mine from last year. Like everyone has said, there are tons of blank pages left and why buy a new one when that one is perfectly fine. Even if there are repeat autographs, what I'm doing is dating the pages of the ones already in there so I know when this year's autographs start. Victoria will be 12 in 2 weeks so I think my years of getting the characters' autographs are dwindling....

Yes, I am definitely going to MNSSHP! I think that's why I decided to go in September! I love Halloween and to see it Disney style is going to be awesome. I love the idea of trick or treating in the MK! I made up special bags for Victoria and I to collect our candy in!

Don't you just love Excell spreadsheets!! I think I do one for everything in my life. I have my household budgets, wedding budget, and Disney budget all planned out on seperate ones. :hippie:

Charlefours
02-04-2010, 02:39 PM
:sad: :sad: I WANT SEPTEMBER HOURS OUT TOO!! :sad: :sad:

:lmao: My TA said they should be out mid month. Hoping they are out in the next week or two!! :wizard:

PixieDustPrincess05
02-05-2010, 09:05 PM
Eww, sorry you weren't feeling good, but glad your better. I was up dising until 1:15am, I got in from work and did not even feel like laying down!

As for the Autograph books, it cost a minimal amount to make them and the kids did get a lot of attention from them and their T-shirts. If your going to use the one from last year, i'd say that would be fine. I know, like mine there must be a ton of pages left. This way it will be an ongoing souvie. I'm using mine again for this trip! I was thinking about making new ones, but though that was silly! As if I don't have enough $$ to dish out this year. Plus I just love the ones I made and so don't the girls. We are going to start off where we left off in May. I'll add a page in there noting the start of a new trip!

So, speaking of shirts. I got to get on mine too. I bought a package of iron on transfers 2 weeks ago at Michaels. I had a coupon so a $10 pkg of 10 only cost me $6.

I want to print some out now, but don't want them to get ruined. So, as soon as I buy my first set of tank tops, I can get to it. That's all i'm missing. I've actually been looking in walmart and target, but nothing yet. The tank tops I bought on walmart.com last year for the girls were perfect, but they of course no longer have those.

I think I agree and will probably keep the same book. No use spending the extra $$$ with all of the empty pages we have!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-05-2010, 09:06 PM
Hey Janine.....I was up last night around the same time. I couldn't sleep. I'm still fighting this darned cold I've had for 3 weeks now. So, I got up and went on the couch......Then the hamster kept running and running in her wheel, which, of course, squeaks, so I couldn't sleep there either!! Then the guinea pigs decided they were going to try to get my attention.....so they started in with their sqealing.......UGH!!! I went online for a bit and then back to bed. Boy, when you have nights like that 6am comes awfully early!!! Here I sit, in my half coma, working. Ok, so not exactly at this very moment, but you know what I mean.

OH NO!! 3 Unemployed Mouseketeers?? :dance3: I hope not!!! I'm just finally getting back on my feet financially and that would just devastate my whole world. Technically I am on my morning 15 minute break, so I'm in the clear.

As for the autograph book, I'm just using mine from last year. Like everyone has said, there are tons of blank pages left and why buy a new one when that one is perfectly fine. Even if there are repeat autographs, what I'm doing is dating the pages of the ones already in there so I know when this year's autographs start. Victoria will be 12 in 2 weeks so I think my years of getting the characters' autographs are dwindling....

Yes, I am definitely going to MNSSHP! I think that's why I decided to go in September! I love Halloween and to see it Disney style is going to be awesome. I love the idea of trick or treating in the MK! I made up special bags for Victoria and I to collect our candy in!

Don't you just love Excell spreadsheets!! I think I do one for everything in my life. I have my household budgets, wedding budget, and Disney budget all planned out on seperate ones. :hippie:

I do love my spreadsheets in Excel :lovestruc. I do think that I am definitely going to use the old Autograph book, and probably date it like you and Pam.

PixieDustPrincess05
02-05-2010, 09:08 PM
:sad: :sad: I WANT SEPTEMBER HOURS OUT TOO!! :sad: :sad:

:lmao: My TA said they should be out mid month. Hoping they are out in the next week or two!! :wizard:

That is great to know Stephanie!!!!! It will make things soooo much more convenient once they are out- and then watch out world- the real planning begins!!! If only that darn free dining would come out already!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-05-2010, 09:17 PM
So here I sit in bed on my laptop with Austin in bed with me. We are at the start of a very dangerous blizzard, and Bill elected to stay at work overnight (he works at a local casino, so they put him up in a room overnight) so he did not have to worry about driving in tomorrow. He is getting paid round the clock (even for sleeping!), so even though I am going to like the extra $$$$, I still hope is is home safely by tomorrow night. We are supposed to get anywhere from 12 to 24 inches of snow with winds 60-70 mph. I really don't like being in my house without him overnight, but I guess I can get through the night. My mom and stepdad live about 5 minutes down the road, and my dad and stepmom live right down the street. My dad will plow my driveway in the morning- but I am still going to be stuck in here all weekend. Bill, Austin, and I went grocery shopping last night and Shoprite was a madhouse :scared1:!!! But we got everything we needed, I just wish he were here with me. They have already issued a state of emergency for the state of Maryland (who is really getting pounded by this storm right now), so it is only a matter of time before they issue one here in NJ. The snow actually didn't start till about 6pm tonight, we already got a few inches or so, but we are supposed to get around 3 inches an hour. So please all my dis buddies, say a prayer for me, my Aussie, and my cat (Dory)!!!!!

disneychard
02-05-2010, 09:35 PM
I am here in southern new jersey, its really snowing now!! Its been a long winter.

Victoriasmom98
02-05-2010, 09:38 PM
My prayers are definitely with you, Janine!!! Thank God this one is missing Maine altogether! Believe me, we've already had our share, but I really feel bad for you!!! I'm glad you got all your groceries and that Bill is safe and sound for the night. They said you would have to measure the storm in feet this time around. I know what you are going through!!! Make sure you have your flashlights (with batteries) and fill up some jugs with water......(yeah, can you tell I've been through the no power thing before????;) ) Look at it this way--- if the power goes out, none of your food will spoil as you can just take it out of the fridge and throw it in the snow!!!! Ok, so I'm trying to make you laugh....is it working????

I think I'm going to head to bed. I am finally (knock on wood) starting to feel better and I finally got enough energy up to clean the animal cages. They were getting stinky after a week of not being cleaned. Did I mention the one hamster, 8 rabbits and 5 guinea pigs I have??? Does Austin need a new pet? How about 13 of them??? :lmao:

BelleTinkMom
02-05-2010, 10:10 PM
I will say a few prayers for you guys in the snow. I am from the southern most part of Louisiana and we don't know what snow is down here. When our temp gets below 40 degrees, we panick. :laughing:

Stay Warm

PixieDustPrincess05
02-05-2010, 10:16 PM
I am here in southern new jersey, its really snowing now!! Its been a long winter.

Woo hoo- thats where we are too!!!!!!! Yeah it has been a long winter- and I thought that storm back in December was bad. That wasn't even a blizzard!!!! This stuff is just plain awful. That is two funny- you will be coming to wdw when I am leaving!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-05-2010, 10:17 PM
My prayers are definitely with you, Janine!!! Thank God this one is missing Maine altogether! Believe me, we've already had our share, but I really feel bad for you!!! I'm glad you got all your groceries and that Bill is safe and sound for the night. They said you would have to measure the storm in feet this time around. I know what you are going through!!! Make sure you have your flashlights (with batteries) and fill up some jugs with water......(yeah, can you tell I've been through the no power thing before????;) ) Look at it this way--- if the power goes out, none of your food will spoil as you can just take it out of the fridge and throw it in the snow!!!! Ok, so I'm trying to make you laugh....is it working????

I think I'm going to head to bed. I am finally (knock on wood) starting to feel better and I finally got enough energy up to clean the animal cages. They were getting stinky after a week of not being cleaned. Did I mention the one hamster, 8 rabbits and 5 guinea pigs I have??? Does Austin need a new pet? How about 13 of them??? :lmao:

I used to love snow as a child. You know, getting out of school, ice skating, all that good stuff. But I have grown to despise it since I have to travel to work in it (which is about a good half an hour away). I always say, that is I didn't have family here I would've long moved my butt to Florida!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-05-2010, 10:19 PM
I will say a few prayers for you guys in the snow. I am from the southern most part of Louisiana and we don't know what snow is down here. When our temp gets below 40 degrees, we panick. :laughing:

Stay Warm


Thanks BelleTinkMom!!!!!! I love the warm weather and cannot wait for the spring/summer to get here.

Twoboysnmygirl
02-06-2010, 01:42 AM
Stay warm and safe! It looks like you guys are going to get hit hard.

PixieDustPrincess05
02-06-2010, 02:57 PM
Stay warm and safe! It looks like you guys are going to get hit hard.

Thanks Karen!!!! We are getting pounded right now!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-06-2010, 03:07 PM
Ok guys, well I made it through my first night of this blizzard nonsense with Bill trapped in the city at work. I got to sleep around 11pm and woke up around 12:00am with a really bad stomachache. I took some tums and went back to sleep- and did not wake up until after 7am. I got up and looked out my window and all I saw was white!!!!!! Around 11am I bundled up and shoveled a path off of my patio to my car, and then dug around my car as best as I could-luckily it didn't feel that cold out, and the winds had calmed down. Well, after 1pm all hell broke loose (as forecasted) and when I went back out after 2pm to shovel everything again, I nearly froze :scared1:!!!!! The winds were blowing so hard, and it was soooo cold it felt like there was needles going through my face. I was like "Forget this!" and went back in the house. We have been under a State of Emergency since around 9am this morning, and there are tons of power outages. My grandma's house being one of them- Thank god she has a fireplace, and her brother and his wife (my aunt and uncle) live acrossed the street from her, and keep bringing her wood to keep her house warm. Both times I have shoveled, I walked back in the house looking like the Yeti from EE :rotfl2:!!!!! Unfortunately, no one is allowed on the roads, so Bill is not coming home again- luckily this mess is supposed to stop around 7pm tonight!!!!

Victoriasmom98
02-07-2010, 11:15 AM
Hey girl....How did you make it through??? I hope by now the winds have calmed and you are shoveled out. Is Bill coming home today?? I hope so for you!!

Charlefours
02-07-2010, 07:18 PM
Hang in there Janine!! I hope you are doing okay surviving the second night. At least your DH is safe and sound, even though he is stuck at work! Hopefully you are getting lots of time to spend on DIS :disrocks:

3princesses+aprince
02-08-2010, 09:40 AM
Wow, some blizzard! How is everyone today?

PixieDustPrincess05
02-08-2010, 07:24 PM
Hey girl....How did you make it through??? I hope by now the winds have calmed and you are shoveled out. Is Bill coming home today?? I hope so for you!!

Hang in there Janine!! I hope you are doing okay surviving the second night. At least your DH is safe and sound, even though he is stuck at work! Hopefully you are getting lots of time to spend on DIS :disrocks:

Wow, some blizzard! How is everyone today?

We made it through the awful blizzard !!!!!! Thanks for thinking of us guys- it really means alot to know that you have dis buddies that care :cloud9:.

Sorry I didn't post sooner- I had sooooo much shoveling to do!!!!! I got stuck in my driveway sooo many times :scared1:!!!!!! Bill came home right before the Super Bowl started last night, and Austin wanted to spend the night at my Grandmom's house. So, it was just me, Bill, and the Superbowl. I made honey bbq chicken fingers, steak fries, and steam in a bag buttery corn (try this stuff it is awesome!!!) and we sat in front of the tv with a big blanket on us and watched it. Well, I watched the commercials and the half time show and ate because I am not a football fan. Was it me, or was that half-time show stinky :confused3????? Ok, here is my thing, if you are going to get a nostalgic band :hippie:- get some one that still sounds half decent like Pink Floyd or Aerosmith. That was one of the worst half time shows ever!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-08-2010, 07:34 PM
Ok, I am back in business here!!!!! Although we still have well over 2 feet of snow here, I went to work today, and the roads are pretty much clear. The bad part is, there is another Nor'Easter heading our way Tuesday night, and we are supposed to get 6-12 inches!!!!! Now, NJ usually has like a couple of inches here and there throughout the winter, nothing big. This will be our 3rd major snowstorm (counting the one towards the end of December '09). Sooooooo sick of snow :sick:!!!!!

On a brighter note :wizard:, I made some t-shirts tonight!!!!! I bought our first set of tshirts yesterday from AC Moore's after I dropped Austin off at my Grandma's house. I bought a white one for each of us, although, I am pissed because I just noticed that Austin's has something on the collar, so I have to hunt for the receipt to exchange it. I did make Bill and I's though- so much fun!!!! It is a picture of an airplane with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy in it, flying over WDW and it says "We're on our way to Disney World" on it!!!!! It is adorable, we are going to be wearing those our flight down!!!!!


For all of you's that have made tshirts before- (ahem Pam and Karen heheheheh) do you prewash them- because I did not. I wanted the material to look new when we wore them. Not that it matters- we will wear each one once in Disney, and probably around the house once we get back if they fade.
Just wondering.

Twoboysnmygirl
02-08-2010, 07:38 PM
and here I thought I was sick of snow! Well, I am, but I would just have to curl up and die if we had THAT much! :p I'm ready for spring!

Well, I washed some of our shirts, but some I didn't and I never noticed a difference! BUT, I used amymickey's transfers (amymickey.com) and her transfers are really good quality and last a long while. I've heard not-so-good things about regular transfers. Either way, at least they will look crisp and brand new the first time you wear them! ;)

PixieDustPrincess05
02-08-2010, 07:48 PM
and here I thought I was sick of snow! Well, I am, but I would just have to curl up and die if we had THAT much! :p I'm ready for spring!

Well, I washed some of our shirts, but some I didn't and I never noticed a difference! BUT, I used amymickey's transfers (amymickey.com) and her transfers are really good quality and last a long while. I've heard not-so-good things about regular transfers. Either way, at least they will look crisp and brand new the first time you wear them! ;)

Thats all I care about- that they look good when we first wear them- I can always clean or garden or something in them when we get back:laundy:

Victoriasmom98
02-09-2010, 09:02 AM
Yeah!!! Janine posted. I was getting kind of worried about you!!!! I saw on the news that more snow is headed your way. Again, it look like Maine will miss it.

PixieDustPrincess05
02-09-2010, 10:18 PM
So I've been playing around with a bunch of QS restaurants again. Those marked with *'s I really want to do.

Downtown Disney-
Earl of Sandwich*
Wolfgang Puck Express*
I have heard great things about both of these QS restaraunts- so I would really like to try them both. I would also like to stop at Goofy's Candy Co. for a snack.

Animal Kingdom-
(S) Camp Soft Serve*
Flametree BBQ*
Have heard wonderful things about Flametree BBQ, and I would like to treat Austin to some ice cream that day- and maybe a float or cone for Mommy and Daddy!


Hollywood Studios-
Toy Story Pizza Planet*
Austin was almost 3 when we ate here- doubt he remembers it, but he loves Toy Story, and recognizes the Pizza Planet in the movie. Bill and I loved it when we were there last, so this is a must for us.


Epcot-
Electric Umbrella(FW)
We are not really fans of eating strange things, so I think we will fit right in here or at Sunshine Seasons. Probably here though.

Magic Kingdom-
(S) Aloha Isle*
(S) Mainstreet Bakery*
El Pirata y El Perico*
Pecos Bill*
Cosmic Ray's*
On a mission to try a Citrus Swirl at Aloha Isle. Mainstreet Bakery is a must do- I have seen pics of their pastries and cakes and they look DELICIOUS!
I loved El Pirata y El Perico's last trip- if we get in the mood for tacos, we will come here. However, they are open seasonally (probably still in Sept.), and I really would like to get in Pecos Bill's and Cosmic Ray's this trip.


Pop Century Food Court (some snack credits for breakfast, some lunch or dinners here)
What's not to like abour the Pop food court?

We are going to have a total of 30 snack credits to use between us. We have an advantage because the first day we will be getting there around 9pm. I planned on grabbing a quick dinner on the road beforehand, so if we eat anything at the resort this night, it will probably be a snack credit. That way, we will have an extra snack credit and 2 cs meals to use (which we will probably use our last day).

I think I am pretty set on these choices- but who knows, they may change too (not much though).

Victoriasmom98
02-09-2010, 10:28 PM
Hey there fellow insomniac!!! I just can't sleep tonight. I hate nights like that. So, your plans look good. I've been to the Earl of Sandwich which I absolutely love! Also been to Pizza Planet and Cosmic Ray's -- both of which are good. I like the arcade atmosphere of Pizza Planet. I still haven't made solid plans with the restaurants. Like all of us going in September, I am just waiting and waiting for the hours to come out! Ugh! It doesn't look like your state is getting too much snow this time around --- more in the RI/Mass areas, huh? At this point ANY snow is TOO MUCH!!! :laughing:

PixieDustPrincess05
02-09-2010, 11:01 PM
Hey there fellow insomniac!!! I just can't sleep tonight. I hate nights like that. So, your plans look good. I've been to the Earl of Sandwich which I absolutely love! Also been to Pizza Planet and Cosmic Ray's -- both of which are good. I like the arcade atmosphere of Pizza Planet. I still haven't made solid plans with the restaurants. Like all of us going in September, I am just waiting and waiting for the hours to come out! Ugh! It doesn't look like your state is getting too much snow this time around --- more in the RI/Mass areas, huh? At this point ANY snow is TOO MUCH!!! :laughing:

Hey Ann!

Thanks for the input on the QS's. I think we will definitely be doing all 3. Some people think that you are just confined to Pizza and chicken nuggets on the QSDP- but if you plan and choose carefully, you can eat a wide variety of meals!.

I think we were quoted at 6-12 inches- however, it is supposed to reach blizzard like conditions again, and the winds with this storm and snow drifts are supposed to be much more intense. In fact, they closed our whole accounting dept tomorrow (maybe thursday too- depending on the roads)- so I get to stay home with Bill and Austin (Bill is off wed-thurs's, and I am off sat-sun's). So I am going to have a lazy day DISing!!!

Twoboysnmygirl
02-10-2010, 06:18 AM
Yay for Lazy-DIS-days!! :woohoo:

I like your CS choices! We have a couple of those on our list as well. I didn't care for the food at Pizza Planet, either did Savannah (salad & pizza) BUT she liked the atmosphere and griped a bit last trip when we didn't go there again. He'll love all the Toy Story theming!

Have you looked at any of the resort CS? They have some unique menu's as well, when I thought we would still be doing the QSDP, I had us down for Contempo Cafe and also Mara at AKL! You are right about not having to have burgers and pizza all week, there are some great choices out there! :)

PixieDustPrincess05
02-10-2010, 08:58 AM
Yay for Lazy-DIS-days!! :woohoo:

I like your CS choices! We have a couple of those on our list as well. I didn't care for the food at Pizza Planet, either did Savannah (salad & pizza) BUT she liked the atmosphere and griped a bit last trip when we didn't go there again. He'll love all the Toy Story theming!

Have you looked at any of the resort CS? They have some unique menu's as well, when I thought we would still be doing the QSDP, I had us down for Contempo Cafe and also Mara at AKL! You are right about not having to have burgers and pizza all week, there are some great choices out there! :)

You are definitely right about that one Karen! You definitely have to research some of these places that serve far more than burgers, pizza, and chicken fingers!!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-10-2010, 09:28 AM
NJ has just been upgraded from a winter storm warning to another Blizzard warning!!!!!!!!! The Nor'Easter is supposed to intesify around midday and pound us with an additional 8-12 inches through this evening. Winds are supposed to be about 40-50 mph, so they are encouraging everyone to stay off of the roads. Right now it is calm outside and a little rainy-always calm before the storm right? The rain actuallly washed off last nights accumulation off of our cars and the path we dug from the weekend's storm on our patio. We still have about 2 feet of snow out there- now add 8 to 12 inches to that mess- ugh :headache:!!!!!!!! Everything should be done with before midnight tonight- but the roads are going to be a mess!!!! Hurry spring and summer HURRY!!!

PixieDustPrincess05
02-11-2010, 10:25 AM
Omg- I was just on AllEars.Net and they had some interesting news.

One- The Electric Light Parade is coming back this summer and replacing SpectroMagic. There will also be another fireworks show replacing Wishes

Two- They are EXPANDING Fantasyland- groundbreaking 2010-2013. Ok, here is the worst part---- they are getting rid of Toontown totally. I was soooo upset when I read this because Austin loved the littled houses of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy's barnstormer, etc. Now all we have is pictures to look at from our last trip :-(. So from reading, this is what I gathered. They are doing this expansion because of the new Harry Potter thing at Universal- to keep in competition. Toontown is closing, and the characters are being moved to Expo. Hall for the meet and greets. Dumbo is expanding and becoming two levels (to my understanding to accommodate more guests at a time because it is sooo popular). There is also going to be a big top tent with different things in it, and goofys barnstormer will stay, but will have a Timothy theme from Dumbo. Pooh's playful spot is being refurbished and with have a hundred acre woods for a meet and greet (I think I read that right). They will be creating different areas for each of the princesses, including some kind of new ride for the Little Mermaid. The new Pixie Hollow will be the final phase, and that will be finished by 2013. I have also heard that the walt disney railroad will be closed for a few months. I have read that they have already started groundbreaking, but stuff wouldn't start to close till fall- but you can't belive EVERYTHING you read.

So, i don't think Fantasyland will be shut down during our visit guys- the area they are working on would be toontown and pooh's playful spot and beyond. My guess is that there may be screens there so you cannot see what is going on. Dumbo will probably stay for a while until it has to be moved. Remember, this is a 3 year expansion, so I can't see nearly all this stuff being shut down while we there- as we are all going very early on.

Although I am VERY disappointed about Toontown closing (still hoping we'll be able to see it one last time in September), I think the new Princess land's will be an exciting edition to Fantasyland. The funny part is, it will just give me an excuse of not to rush another trip, and maybe hold off about 2 years when everything is finished!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am, however, excited to see the Mainstreet Electric Lights Parade is returning. I seen that when I was about 7. And I am sure whatever fireworks spectacular that they will choose- this is Disney- it will be a great one :wizard:!!!!!

Victoriasmom98
02-11-2010, 10:48 AM
See? This is why I go to Disney as often as I do ---- it is always changing!!! Normal people just don't get that!! Ugh! So, Janine....I've been thinking of you guys.....how are you holding up in all this snow? Everyone safe and sound???

PixieDustPrincess05
02-11-2010, 11:00 AM
See? This is why I go to Disney as often as I do ---- it is always changing!!! Normal people just don't get that!! Ugh! So, Janine....I've been thinking of you guys.....how are you holding up in all this snow? Everyone safe and sound???

Hey Ann!!! It has changed in one way or another everytime I went back so I can definitely side with you on that one!!!!

The blizzard is finally over- and they closed my dept. at work again today, so I am stuck at home. Although I think I would rather be at work because I am really getting sick of dh right now :scared1:!!!!!!

OhioDisneyLover
02-11-2010, 12:22 PM
Omg- I was just on AllEars.Net and they had some interesting news.

One- The Electric Light Parade is coming back this summer and replacing SpectroMagic. There will also be another fireworks show replacing Wishes

Two- They are EXPANDING Fantasyland- groundbreaking 2010-2013. Ok, here is the worst part---- they are getting rid of Toontown totally. I was soooo upset when I read this because Austin loved the littled houses of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy's barnstormer, etc. Now all we have is pictures to look at from our last trip :-(. So from reading, this is what I gathered. They are doing this expansion because of the new Harry Potter thing at Universal- to keep in competition. Toontown is closing, and the characters are being moved to Expo. Hall for the meet and greets. Dumbo is expanding and becoming two levels (to my understanding to accommodate more guests at a time because it is sooo popular). There is also going to be a big top tent with different things in it, and goofys barnstormer will stay, but will have a Timothy theme from Dumbo. Pooh's playful spot is being refurbished and with have a hundred acre woods for a meet and greet (I think I read that right). They will be creating different areas for each of the princesses, including some kind of new ride for the Little Mermaid. The new Pixie Hollow will be the final phase, and that will be finished by 2013. I have also heard that the walt disney railroad will be closed for a few months. I have read that they have already started groundbreaking, but stuff wouldn't start to close till fall- but you can't belive EVERYTHING you read.

So, i don't think Fantasyland will be shut down during our visit guys- the area they are working on would be toontown and pooh's playful spot and beyond. My guess is that there may be screens there so you cannot see what is going on. Dumbo will probably stay for a while until it has to be moved. Remember, this is a 3 year expansion, so I can't see nearly all this stuff being shut down while we there- as we are all going very early on.

Although I am VERY disappointed about Toontown closing (still hoping we'll be able to see it one last time in September), I think the new Princess land's will be an exciting edition to Fantasyland. The funny part is, it will just give me an excuse of not to rush another trip, and maybe hold off about 2 years when everything is finished!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am, however, excited to see the Mainstreet Electric Lights Parade is returning. I seen that when I was about 7. And I am sure whatever fireworks spectacular that they will choose- this is Disney- it will be a great one :wizard:!!!!!

OMG, do you know when in 2010 they are starting? I will be so dang bummed out if they have it closed in September. I have not made it to Toontown in 2 years and was hoping to be able to see it this year.

And replacing Spectro and Wishes? What are they thinking!?!?! I'm all for change but this freaks me out. :scared1:

PixieDustPrincess05
02-14-2010, 07:45 AM
Ohio Disney Lover- I was really bummed out too when I heard the news :mad:!!!!! But, I have heard soooo many different things about this. I have heard a lot about them starting sometime in the fall- not sure how true this is. I also heard they are replacing Spectro/Wishes for the summer- not sure if this will continue for the fall or not.

I'm sure whatever Disney does- it will be great :lovestruc!!!

3princesses+aprince
02-16-2010, 10:37 AM
Ok, I am back in business here!!!!! Although we still have well over 2 feet of snow here, I went to work today, and the roads are pretty much clear. The bad part is, there is another Nor'Easter heading our way Tuesday night, and we are supposed to get 6-12 inches!!!!! Now, NJ usually has like a couple of inches here and there throughout the winter, nothing big. This will be our 3rd major snowstorm (counting the one towards the end of December '09). Sooooooo sick of snow :sick:!!!!!

On a brighter note :wizard:, I made some t-shirts tonight!!!!! I bought our first set of tshirts yesterday from AC Moore's after I dropped Austin off at my Grandma's house. I bought a white one for each of us, although, I am pissed because I just noticed that Austin's has something on the collar, so I have to hunt for the receipt to exchange it. I did make Bill and I's though- so much fun!!!! It is a picture of an airplane with Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy in it, flying over WDW and it says "We're on our way to Disney World" on it!!!!! It is adorable, we are going to be wearing those our flight down!!!!!


For all of you's that have made tshirts before- (ahem Pam and Karen heheheheh) do you prewash them- because I did not. I wanted the material to look new when we wore them. Not that it matters- we will wear each one once in Disney, and probably around the house once we get back if they fade.
Just wondering.


Hello, just saw this post, I did not pre wash the t shirts and they did just fine. I didn't want to wash them either. I didn't have a problem with not pre washing at all.

Ugh!!! For all of that snow, huh :scared1:

Victoriasmom98
02-18-2010, 02:28 PM
Ok, it's been four, count them, FOUR days since Janine has posted. Do you all think she's buried in snow yet??? :rotfl: