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elizablake
10-06-2009, 09:27 AM
:scared1:7 months, 4 weeks, 1 day, 20 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds ……to be exact. :scared1:

How did I get myself in this predicament? Well…we spent a bit too much money going to Disney twice this year. And it was worth every penny! :banana:The crazy part is that last year at this time I was hardly in the Disney spirit. We were going through a cruise phase at the time and DH and I weren’t too excited about the Jan Disney trip we had planned.:upsidedow We felt like it was a right of passage for DD and we wanted to go before she started “real school”. Don’t get me wrong, I have wanted to take DD to Disney since she was born, we just having trouble getting excited about meeting princesses, ridding kiddie rides and walking 100 miles a day. Boy, were we wrong! We had the time of our lives! :thumbsup2 We camped at Fort Wilderness for 9 nights in January. The weather was beautiful, the lines were short, and we fell in love with Disney World.:lovestruc Plus, we love to camp, so bringing the RV was icing on the cake. Here’s a link to our trip report:

Trip Report: Disney World and Fort Wilderness for the first time 1/09 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2078444)

And a few photos:

http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/41106/2324129850102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb54.webshots.com/21749/2323376160102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb62.webshots.com/8445/2487971390102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb25.webshots.com/22808/2795719830102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

Once we got back we fell into a post-Disney depression. That is until I suggested canceling on Beach trip in June and going to Disney instead. We knew it would be crowded, we knew it would be hot, but we didn’t care a bit. Luckily, Fort Wilderness had availability, so we booked 7 nights for the three of us. :banana:

About a month before the trip, DH mentioned that he wished we could bring our nieces and nephew since they had never been. We took a look at our budget and realized that if we canceled all the extras (character meals, BBB, park hoppers and water parks) we could swing it. ;)

So we surprised our niece (7), niece (11) and nephew (10) with “tickets” to Disney at my niece’s birthday party:

http://inlinethumb46.webshots.com/13613/2383285910102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

Here’s a link to that trip report:

Trip Report: Disney with 4 kids and a dog and we only lost one of them! 6/09 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2204539)

And a few photos from the trip:

http://inlinethumb39.webshots.com/43750/2982717100102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb03.webshots.com/43458/2311341450102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb51.webshots.com/44146/2529088380102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb52.webshots.com/17971/2207019520102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

The trip was great. All the kids had a blast and we were so glad that we got to share Disney with our nieces and nephew. We did have one small crisis..OK, huge crisis. We lost our dog Scooter, aka Scoot-meister, aka Scooty-booty. :eek:It was a scary 36 hours but we found him safe and sound. Here’s a photo of the run-away putting my Great Dane in a headlock:

http://inlinethumb20.webshots.com/10067/2455094680102591727S425x425Q85.jpg

All together we were lucky enough to spend 16 nights at Fort Wilderness, 3 days at AK, 3 days at HS, 3 days at EPCOT, and 7 days at MK in 2009. :cool1:

Which leaves me here, broke, and nothing to look forward to except our trip 7 months, 4 weeks, 1 day, 19 hours, 30 minutes and 45 seconds away. I desperately need to find a way to pass the time and I’m not above begging…so, please, please, pleeeeeeease read my pre-trip report.:flower3: Keep me busy with advice and tips so the next 7 months will fly by.

Links to my posts:

Trip Background (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33859934&postcount=2)

Trip Summary (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33887327&postcount=4)

Photos of the Rental House (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33887464&postcount=5)

Things We Can't Miss (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33934498&postcount=9)

Things We Have Never Done (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33934523&postcount=10)

Vacation Planning Challenges (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34017057&postcount=11)

Possible ADRs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34076929&postcount=25)

Princess Costumes! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34177133&postcount=36)

Official itinerary (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34585627&postcount=45)

There's an app for that! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34979546&postcount=61)

Official change to the official itinerary (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35099809&postcount=66)

My out of control autograph book (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36214347&postcount=161)

DD's autograph book arrives (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36381651&postcount=180)

R.I.P Stroller (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36299881&postcount=173)

How do we surprise DD? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36382562&postcount=181)

The plan: Arrival Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36408208&postcount=188)

The plan: MK Day 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36415900&postcount=191)

The plan: Fantasmic! day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36415999&postcount=192)

elizablake
10-07-2009, 10:13 AM
7 months, 4 weeks, 0 day, 19 hours, 35 minutes and 10 seconds ……

Here’s a little background about the trip we have planned. Last May, before our 2nd trip to DW, I was already plotting a 2010 trip to DW and I was hoping my whole family would be able to go. We have traveled quite a bit together and always have a great time. Our last big trip was June 2008 when we went on a cruise. My father put up a big fight but finally agreed to go for my Mom’s sake. You see, my father doesn’t like boats, the ocean, heat, beaches, or leaving his house. So a cruise was his idea of pure h***. But he survived and even looked happy at times.

We haven’t been brave enough to ask him about another family trip though. So, I decided to start with him. I expected his response to be: “Are you beeping kidding me. We just got off that beeping cruise from beep. I’m never leaving the house again.”
So I decided to use the magic words:

Me: “(insert DD’s name) would really love it if you went to Disney World with her”.
Dad: “Sure, if she wants me to go”.
Ahhh, the power of grandchildren.

Yeah, one family member down, 6 to go. I didn’t even finish my sentence and my Mom was like, “Yes!” 2 down.

My DH and DD were easy to sell. 4 down.

I wasn’t sure how my sister and brother-in-law would feel about the idea.

Me:”Want to go to Disney?”
Sis: “I don’t know. I don’t like meeting princess, kiddie rides and walking 100 miles a day” (Why does that sound familiar) “But if everyone else wants to go, then we’ll be there.”

6 down.

My brother was game.
Me: “Want to go to Disney?”
Bro: “Are you sure Dad said yes?”
Me:” Yes, he agreed to go.”
Bro:”Did you get it in writing?”
Me:” He’s in. Do you want to go?”
Bro:”Can I bring my girlfriend?”
Me:” You don’t have a girlfriend.”
Bro:”But I might by next year.”
Me:” Sure, you can bring your imaginary girlfriend as long as she likes meeting princesses, riding kiddie rides, and walking 100 miles a day.”

So the 8 of us sat down and tried to find a week we could go. My sister and mother are teachers so we could only go when school is out. My DH cannot take off of work from Nov 1-Dec 31, so Thanksgiving break and Christmas break are out. President’s Day weekend is too short. Mom, Sis and DD all have different spring breaks. So that left the summer. We picked the 2nd week in June. About a week later we found out that brother-in-law and brother can not take off work anytime in June. Between all of our work obligations, we could not find a week in July and school starts back the first week of August. So, unless we put it off until June 2011, this trip is not going to happen. We talked about it and my sister, her husband, my brother and his hypothetical girlfriend decided not to go. I’m still hoping that their work circumstances change and they will be able to join us but for the time being it’s just my parents, DH, DD and I.

The next order of business was where to stay. The RV would be too cramped. We considered a cabin for my parents and the RV for us but Fort Wilderness is huge and we worried the cabin and campsite would be really far from each other. We considered renting a 5th wheel for my parents but again our sites could be really far apart. Next we considered:

2 rooms at Saratoga Springs: $5940:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:
2 bedroom Villa at Saratoga Springs: $5985:lmao::lmao::lmao:
2 rooms at Caribbean Beach $3432:lmao::lmao:
2 rooms at Pop Century $2244:lmao:

So…..I started researching off-site rental houses.

We made a list of what everyone can’t live without. I need wireless, my mom wanted an extra bedroom with a double bed, my father wanted a BBQ grill, my DH wanted a pool and my DD said the house must have a Mickey Mouse pillow case and a toilet. :laughing:

I can be a little thorough…umm…committed…umm….obsessive…umm…insane when it comes to research. :rolleyes1 I needed to look at every rental house within 5 miles of DW before we could pick one. After many sleepless nights, I had it narrowed down to about 100. :) A few more nights and I had it narrowed down to about 20. I showed everyone the houses; they looked, commented, and then said, “You pick. We trust your judgment”. :scared1: No!!……..it just took me 80 hours to get it down to 20. So I did the only sensible thing and let DD pick. I must say she made a wise choice. We are staying in Indian Creek in a 4 bedroom/3 bath house with a full sized pool and privacy fence in the back yard. The owner is professional and helpful. We are staying 8 nights, from 6/4-6/12 and it will cost us $1185. I’m a little nervous about renting from a homeowner. Hopefully, everything will be OK.

elizablake
10-09-2009, 10:48 AM
Yeah! I have 32 views. :woohoo: That could mean one of 3 things:

32 people are reading my pre-trip report and any day now they will start posting new and exiciting information that will make my trip perfect. :banana::banana::banana:
32 people have opened my pre-trip report, read the first paragraph and then thought, "Why am I wasting my time reading this crap?"
or my Mom has opened and closed my pre-trip report 32 times to keep me from feeling rejected. Thanks Mom. :love:

elizablake
10-09-2009, 11:01 AM
Here's a summary of what we have planned so far (not much):

Whose going: Me: 31 year old dorky IT person.
DH: 30 year old mechanic.
Memaw: My Mom, a Kindergarten teacher for 30 years. We are celebrating her 60th birthday.
Granddaddy: My Dad, a 59 year old artist who rarely leaves his house.
DD: A 5 year old Kindergartener who lives and breaths Princesses.

When are we going: Friday June 4- Saturday June 12

How we are getting there: Driving from the Atlanta area in two cars: my tiny Toyota and my Mom’s comfortable Santa Fe.

Where are we staying: Villa Margaret in Indian Creek.

Tickets: 7 day Water Park and More

Parks we plan to visit: MK, EPCOT, AK, HS, Typhoon Lagoon, and Blizzard Beach. In other words, everywhere!

ADRs: No idea!!

Here's the house we are renting: http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/margaret_home.htm
We particully like the big pool and private back yard. My father is getting the grill he requested, I'll have my wireless, my Mom gets the extra bedroom with a double bed and we were happy to learn that the house does have the toliet that my DD requested. ;)

elizablake
10-09-2009, 11:10 AM
Some photos of the house:

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/56.jpg

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/43.jpg

The toliet DD can't travel without. :laughing:

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/55.jpg

Master with queen sized, bed, and private bathroom with seperate shower.

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/45.jpg

2nd bedroom with its own bathroom.

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/38.jpg

3rd bedroom with full sized bed and Mickey pillowcases.

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/34.jpg

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/49.jpg

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/39.jpg

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/40.jpg

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/48.jpg

Game room we won't use:

http://www.balmoorvillas.co.uk/photos/104.jpg

Brave teacher
10-09-2009, 09:36 PM
I found you! Everything looks so great. I love it when people take their first trip to WDW and just "get it." I look forward to hearing more.

elizablake
10-10-2009, 12:53 PM
I found you! Everything looks so great. I love it when people take their first trip to WDW and just "get it." I look forward to hearing more.

Wow! Someone's reading my PTR! Thanks for posting. I look forward to reading your plans also.

elizablake
10-13-2009, 12:31 PM
7 months, 3 weeks, 0 days, 19 hours, 25 minutes, and 10 seconds....

Since I have one whole poster and 76 views (thanks again Mom:love:), I'm going to put links in the first post to make navigating easier for my one poster. :lmao:

elizablake
10-13-2009, 12:43 PM
7 months, 3 weeks, 0 days, 19 hours, 15 minutes, and 45 seconds....

There are tons of things we want to do but here are the thing we refuse to miss:

MK
Haunted Mansion
Space Mountain (just DH and I)
TTA
Tomorrowland Speedway(DD loves it)
Mickey’s Philharmagic
Meet Ariel
Splash Mountain
Wishes

Epcot
Soarin’
Spaceship Earth
Meet characters in the World Showcase
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Explore Innoventions East and West

AK
Festival of the Lion King
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Expedition Everest (DH and I)
Kali River Rapids

HS
Toy Story Mania
The Great Movie Ride
Characters in the Disney Animation Building
Tower of Terror (DH and I)
Rock n Rollercoaster (DH and I)
Fantasmic

elizablake
10-13-2009, 12:44 PM
Things we have never done-I left out restaurants and characters that we are not interested in:

MK
Hall of Presidents
Been inside Exposition Hall (Is there anything in there?)
Tried a Dole Whip!
Swiss Family Tree house
Enchanted Tiki Room
Liberty Square Riverboat
Dream Along with Mickey
Pooh’s Playful Spot
Never eaten at Cinderella’s Royal Table
Stitch’s Great Escape
We haven’t seen the current afternoon parade

HS
The American Idol Experience
Indiana Jones Stunt Show
Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show
Backlot Tour
The character greeting spot in Pixar Place
Journey into Narnia
One Man’s Dream
Met the Power Rangers
Met the extra characters in the Animation Building in the evenings


Epcot
Ellen’s Energy Adventure
Exhibits in Innoventions East and West
Journey in the Imagination
Honey I Shrunk the Audience
ImageWorks
Dine with the Princess in Norway
Movie in China
The American Adventure
Movie in France
O Canada
Kim Possible Mission
Illuminations-technically we were there during Illuminations in Jan but we didn’t really see it.

AK
Discovery Island Trails
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade
Flights of Wonder
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Carnival Games in Dinoland
Met Pocahontas

elizablake
10-20-2009, 10:55 AM
.....7 months, 2 weeks, 0 days, 21 hours, 9 minutes, and 22 seconds.

Here are some of the vacation planning challenges that I am expecting (I'm sure there will be more to come):

1. When can we leave!?! My DH is off Friday June 4th. My Mom and DD are off for summer break. My Dad is self-employed. So..that just leaves me but I as of right now I can’t take off of work because the only person who can cover for me is taking her vacation that week. How dare her!
I really want to get on the road as soon as possible so we can officially start our vacation on Saturday (rope drop @ one of the parks). Plus, we are driving with my parents who drive really, really slow and stop for a zillion bathroom breaks.
The worst case scenario is that we don’t leave till 4:00 and get to the rental house about midnight. The we will still have to unpack the cars so I think rope drop the next AM will be a little too much.
The best case scenario is that my co-worker decides to come to work Friday and we are able to leave in the early AM. Then we would arrive in Orlando about 4:00. We will have time to make a grocery run as well as rest up for the following day.
The reality is that I will probably be able to leave work about noon if I wine enough to my boss. We will arrive in Orlando about 8:00. Not enough time for any R&R but I think we can still make rope drop the next day.

2. My father hates crowds! I’ve even seen him get a little panicked. I’m not sure how he is going to react to the big mass of people squished together right before rope drop. But…since we are going in June, our plan must involve as many rope drops as possible.

3. My father hates heat! Hmmm..Florida in June is a little warm. We are going to need a lot of air conditioned breaks-like shows, restaurants and shops. Also, we need to be back at the rental house before the afternoon heat.

4. My father hates walking! He’s a little out of shape and I’m not sure how much walking he can handle. Our touring plan must be the least amount of walking possible. I don’t think he could make it around the entire World Showcase so that might be out. We will need to do half of MK one day and the other half another. AK will be a huge challenge to plan in one day. Mostly, I think he will need the evenings to rest so we won’t return at night-unless we ditch him. Park hoppers would be a waste of money.

5. My father hates water parks! Which is a shame because my DD loves them. The easiest solution would be to leave him at the rental house while we go to TL and BB but I’m sure he will insist on going (and complain the entire time). We may decide to skip the water parks all together and save some $$$.

:lmao: I know I make it sound like my Dad is a pain in the butt, and he is, but he's also a lot of fun and the trip would suck without him. We just need to work some of the plans around him.

tinkerbell3747
10-20-2009, 02:01 PM
I am here....so joining in on the fun! Now to go catch up...

elizablake
10-20-2009, 02:21 PM
:welcome:

My PTR is a little lonely. It's cool, I'm used to talking to myself. :thumbsup2

tinkerbell3747
10-20-2009, 02:29 PM
:welcome:

My PTR is a little lonely. :thumbsup2

Well not anymore..... what a pitty your DS, DB - in law DB and imaaginary GF can't make it to date....

elizablake
10-20-2009, 02:36 PM
LOL. I have a feeling they weren't that into the idea anyway. They don't know what they are missing. At least the offsite rental house makes it possible for them to join us last minute. You never know, they may be able to work it out.

Brave teacher
10-20-2009, 09:29 PM
Sorry, I have been neglectful here. I have a bit to go back and read before I can do a full post.

Brave teacher
10-20-2009, 09:32 PM
7 months, 3 weeks, 0 days, 19 hours, 15 minutes, and 45 seconds....

There are tons of things we want to do but here are the thing we refuse to miss:

MK
Haunted Mansion
Space Mountain (just DH and I)
TTA
Tomorrowland Speedway(DD loves it)
Mickey’s Philharmagic
Meet Ariel
Splash Mountain
Wishes

Epcot
Soarin’
Spaceship Earth
Meet characters in the World Showcase
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Explore Innoventions East and West

AK
Festival of the Lion King
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Expedition Everest (DH and I)
Kali River Rapids

HS
Toy Story Mania
The Great Movie Ride
Characters in the Disney Animation Building
Tower of Terror (DH and I)
Rock n Rollercoaster (DH and I)
Fantasmic

That is a great list! I would love this trip. How many people fi in this house again?:upsidedow

Brave teacher
10-20-2009, 09:34 PM
Things we have never done-I left out restaurants and characters that we are not interested in:

MK
Hall of Presidents
Been inside Exposition Hall (Is there anything in there?)
Tried a Dole Whip!
Swiss Family Tree house
Enchanted Tiki Room
Liberty Square Riverboat
Dream Along with Mickey
Pooh’s Playful Spot
Never eaten at Cinderella’s Royal Table
Stitch’s Great Escape
We haven’t seen the current afternoon parade

HS
The American Idol Experience
Indiana Jones Stunt Show
Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show
Backlot Tour
The character greeting spot in Pixar Place
Journey into Narnia
One Man’s Dream
Met the Power Rangers
Met the extra characters in the Animation Building in the evenings


Epcot
Ellen’s Energy Adventure
Exhibits in Innoventions East and West
Journey in the Imagination
Honey I Shrunk the Audience
ImageWorks
Dine with the Princess in Norway
Movie in China
The American Adventure
Movie in France
O Canada
Kim Possible Mission
Illuminations-technically we were there during Illuminations in Jan but we didn’t really see it.

AK
Discovery Island Trails
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade
Flights of Wonder
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Carnival Games in Dinoland
Met Pocahontas

This is a list I would like to hope to accomplish. Yall have some great plans.

Brave teacher
10-20-2009, 09:36 PM
.....7 months, 2 weeks, 0 days, 21 hours, 9 minutes, and 22 seconds.

Here are some of the vacation planning challenges that I am expecting (I'm sure there will be more to come):

1. When can we leave!?! My DH is off Friday June 4th. My Mom and DD are off for summer break. My Dad is self-employed. So..that just leaves me but I as of right now I can’t take off of work because the only person who can cover for me is taking her vacation that week. How dare her!
I really want to get on the road as soon as possible so we can officially start our vacation on Saturday (rope drop @ one of the parks). Plus, we are driving with my parents who drive really, really slow and stop for a zillion bathroom breaks.
The worst case scenario is that we don’t leave till 4:00 and get to the rental house about midnight. The we will still have to unpack the cars so I think rope drop the next AM will be a little too much.
The best case scenario is that my co-worker decides to come to work Friday and we are able to leave in the early AM. Then we would arrive in Orlando about 4:00. We will have time to make a grocery run as well as rest up for the following day.
The reality is that I will probably be able to leave work about noon if I wine enough to my boss. We will arrive in Orlando about 8:00. Not enough time for any R&R but I think we can still make rope drop the next day.

2. My father hates crowds! I’ve even seen him get a little panicked. I’m not sure how he is going to react to the big mass of people squished together right before rope drop. But…since we are going in June, our plan must involve as many rope drops as possible.

3. My father hates heat! Hmmm..Florida in June is a little warm. We are going to need a lot of air conditioned breaks-like shows, restaurants and shops. Also, we need to be back at the rental house before the afternoon heat.

4. My father hates walking! He’s a little out of shape and I’m not sure how much walking he can handle. Our touring plan must be the least amount of walking possible. I don’t think he could make it around the entire World Showcase so that might be out. We will need to do half of MK one day and the other half another. AK will be a huge challenge to plan in one day. Mostly, I think he will need the evenings to rest so we won’t return at night-unless we ditch him. Park hoppers would be a waste of money.

5. My father hates water parks! Which is a shame because my DD loves them. The easiest solution would be to leave him at the rental house while we go to TL and BB but I’m sure he will insist on going (and complain the entire time). We may decide to skip the water parks all together and save some $$$.

:lmao: I know I make it sound like my Dad is a pain in the butt, and he is, but he's also a lot of fun and the trip would suck without him. We just need to work some of the plans around him.

You know, sometimes what you think would be the negatives of the trip end up happening the opposite of what you expect. Maybe your dad will surprise you.

elizablake
10-21-2009, 10:04 AM
That is a great list! I would love this trip. How many people fi in this house again?:upsidedow

We've got plenty of room. Bring the kids. :)

This is a list I would like to hope to accomplish. Yall have some great plans.

I'm not sure what to do on the "never done before" list. I guess it depends on how much time we have after the "must do" list. Is there anything on the list that we are REALLY missing out on?

You know, sometimes what you think would be the negatives of the trip end up happening the opposite of what you expect. Maybe your dad will surprise you.

Yeah, you're right. My Dad will just want everyone to have a good time. I just don't want to torture him in the process. I guess I just want to recognize that he has needs that everyone else doesn't and I want to plan our schedule so that he is comfortable but we still get to do the things we want.

Brave teacher
10-21-2009, 08:50 PM
There's a few on there that my boys love. My kids love Innoventions, Figment, Maharajah Jungle Trek, pixar characters, Indiana Jones, Stunt Show, etc. They just would be upset if we skipped those, especially Illuminations.

elizablake
10-22-2009, 08:11 AM
There's a few on there that my boys love. My kids love Innoventions, Figment, Maharajah Jungle Trek, pixar characters, Indiana Jones, Stunt Show, etc. They just would be upset if we skipped those, especially Illuminations.

Thank you! I think we have really missed out on Illuminations. I think DD would really love the Kim Possible thing too. There is so much we haven't done at EPCOT!

Fitting in the Pixar characters shouldn't be a problem. If you had to pick one, either Indiana Jones or Light, Motors, Action Stunt Show, what would you choose? Is the seating more comfortable in one of them? Are either air conditioned?

We might have to choose between the Maharajah Jungle Trek and Rafaki's Planet Watch.

Maybe we should just extend our trip a week or two. Then we could do it all!:rotfl:

Planning fanatic mom
10-24-2009, 09:59 AM
Hello,

I followed you from the June 2010 thread. We are also going in June. We are staying at CSR from the 17-22.

I'm in. I'd like to read more and maybe get some ideas from you. My DDs are older, but I like the way you write.

Looking forward to hearing more. In just a few weeks we'll be able to make our ADRs.:banana:

popcorn::

elizablake
10-25-2009, 07:05 PM
Hello,

I followed you from the June 2010 thread. We are also going in June. We are staying at CSR from the 17-22.

I'm in. I'd like to read more and maybe get some ideas from you. My DDs are older, but I like the way you write.

Looking forward to hearing more. In just a few weeks we'll be able to make our ADRs.:banana:

popcorn::

Hi Planning Fanatic Mom!!!! :welcome:

I know, ADRs are right around the corner. I must admit, I like this 180 thing. Have you made any ADR decisions yet?

Do you have a PTR? I'm off to check out your trip report from this summer.

elizablake
10-25-2009, 07:25 PM
7 months, 1 week, 2 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and 12 seconds.....

But more importanatly..

1 month, 1 week, 3 days, 7 hours, 38 minutes and 45 seconds.....

Till I start making ADRs!! Planning Fanatic Mom has got me thinking!

Last weekend when my parents visited, I casually mentioned that we needed to start thinking about ADRs.

Dad responded, “I don’t know what I want to eat tonight, how do I know what I want to eat in a year?”

Me: “Um…actually the trip is only 7 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, 15 hours, 45 minutes and 9 seconds away.”

So I try my Mom who responds,”Honey, we have 2 months to decide.”

DH continues to pretend he didn’t hear me.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE!!!! I’m not going to wait till December to start considering our ADRs. I plan to just decide and fill them in after I make the reservations.

The only places we have eaten before are 1900 Park Faire and Hollywood and Vine. We LOVED 1900 Park Faire. Hollywood and Vine was also a good experience. We want to try something new this time.

Here are some of the places I think we should consider:

CTR for breakfast of lunch – Princesses! Plus DD has never eaten in the castle. If we did breakfast I would want 8:00AM. We would try for a 1:00 PM lunch with a BBB appt at 8:00AM. Or possibly a 1:00PM lunch without a BBB appt. We want to do breakfast or lunch rather that dinner. I think it would be a fun experience to eat in the castle and I like that it is not a buffet but I’m still not sure it would be worth the money. For the five of us, I believe it will cost between $200-$225.

Crystal palace 8:00AM – Mostly to get in the park early and to break up the walk to Fantasyland for my father’s sake. Everyone likes Winnie the Pooh and the gang but they are not DD’s favorite characters. I hear the breakfast buffet is decent. For the five or us, it would cost around $110.

Chef Mickey on the first night of our trip. Preferably the earliest ADR (5:00 I believe). If we can’t do Chef Mickey’s the first night, then we will probably skip it. It will cost around $170.

Sci-fi Lunch– DD would get a kick out of the big movie screen and me and DH can make out in the back seat. Also, I think it would be a nice break from the heat.

Akershus Lunch or Dinner– More Princesses! Breakfast is out because dragging my parents aaaaaalllllllllllll the way back to Norway at 7:45 in the AM is out of the question. I’m not sure we would like the food but we would really be going to meet the Princesses. It will cost around $180.

Donald’s Safari Breakfast 8:00AM – Again, mostly to get in the park early and not put my Father through the rope drop mob. Plus, we would be by Safari which is a must do. Another added bonus is Daisy, who DD has never met. I think it would cost about $110.

Here’s the catch. We are not really restaurant people. My father and I both like to cook and we prefer to eat at home. So, I’m not sure how many of these we should do. I don’t want to hold reservations when I know there is a darn good chance we will cancel them. So, I’m thinking we should plan on Sci-Fi, one princess meal and one with Mickey and the gang. We should do one lunch or dinner and one breakfast before the park opens. So here are the possible combinations. I included the most likely day of our trip but that could easily change when the calendar is posted.

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Donald’s Safari Breakfast at 8:00AM (Day 2)
Lunch with Cinderella about 1:00 PM (Day 3)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Donald’s Safari Breakfast at 8:00AM (Day 2)
Lunch at Akershus about 1:00 PM (Day 5)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Chef Mickey’s on the first night at 5:00 (Day 1)
Lunch with Cinderella about 1:00 PM (Day 3)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Chef Mickey’s on the first night at 5:00 (Day 1)
Lunch at Akershus about 1:00 PM (Day 5)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Breakfast at 8:00 AM at the Crystal Palace (Day 3)
Lunch with Cinderella about 1:00 PM (Day 7)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Breakfast at 8:00 AM at the Crystal Palace (Day 3)
Lunch at Akershus about 1:00 PM (Day 5)

I would love any input.

Planning fanatic mom
10-25-2009, 07:45 PM
Hi Planning Fanatic Mom!!!! :welcome:

I know, ADRs are right around the corner. I must admit, I like this 180 thing. Have you made any ADR decisions yet?

Do you have a PTR? I'm off to check out your trip report from this summer.

No PTR yet. Maybe after the new year. I'm pretty set on our ADRs. We are on the DP, so we have 5 TS.

Here's what I'm thinking;
Chefs de France: Dinner
Boma: Dinner
Crystal Palace: Probably Dinner: maybe Breakfast
Mama Melrose's: Dinner
Le Cellier: Dinner

DH has always wanted to go to chefs de France and Le Cellier. And since I picked all of the meals in June, I thought it would OK for him to pick a couple this trip. JUST 2 Mind you. :lmao:

I'm looking forward to doing them on-line this time.

Your ADRs look good. We really liked Chef Mickeys in June. We've never tried Sci Fi. I will have to give that one some thought. My DDs are much older than your DD, so they aren't into the princesses. princess:

Keep us updated.popcorn::

elizablake
10-25-2009, 08:39 PM
DH has always wanted to go to chefs de France and Le Cellier. And since I picked all of the meals in June, I thought it would OK for him to pick a couple this trip. JUST 2 Mind you. :lmao:



Sounds like your DH has good taste. I wish I had my ADRs determined like you.

I look forward to your PTR.

tinkerbell3747
10-27-2009, 01:59 PM
Love your take on the ADRs thus far.....I have a List for sure (check out the PTR in about 2-3 days) just wanted to chim in on the Sci Fi - we went during our 08 trip and it was SOOOO cold in there almost made it difficult to enjoy but it was a neat experience the staff was great and food pretty good.....

I think the temp in there felt so cold after being out in the 90 degree heat all morning.....give it a shot....my kids loved it....

Brave teacher
10-27-2009, 02:21 PM
Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Donald’s Safari Breakfast at 8:00AM (Day 2)
Lunch with Cinderella about 1:00 PM (Day 3)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Donald’s Safari Breakfast at 8:00AM (Day 2)
Lunch at Akershus about 1:00 PM (Day 5)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Chef Mickey’s on the first night at 5:00 (Day 1)
Lunch with Cinderella about 1:00 PM (Day 3)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Chef Mickey’s on the first night at 5:00 (Day 1)
Lunch at Akershus about 1:00 PM (Day 5)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Breakfast at 8:00 AM at the Crystal Palace (Day 3)
Lunch with Cinderella about 1:00 PM (Day 7)

Sci-Fi lunch (Day 6)
Breakfast at 8:00 AM at the Crystal Palace (Day 3)
Lunch at Akershus about 1:00 PM (Day 5)

I would love any input.

I bolded my pick for you. I think that if you are not a person who like to eat out much, it would probably be best to space them out a bit. This way you don't have teo days in a row with ADRs. Plus going to dinner at CM on the first night goves a great start to the vacation.

Bridora
10-27-2009, 02:37 PM
Hi! :cool1: Someone else who is planning their vacation as far ahead as I am!

We are end of May, you are beginning of June--we can count down the hours together!

I have just just just finished up my Trip Report from this past May & I must say I had a hard time keeping up with it, so....no PTR for me just yet! :goodvibes

Oh, eating 'in the castle' is wonderful! We were fortunate enough to have eaten there before you had to pay an arm & a leg for the package deal. We haven't been back since. :sad1:

That rental house looks superb! You guys sound like me. If I had that full kitchen I would be doing breakfast there, for sure. I would want to cook other meals there (to save $) (I like to save $) But I would probably in reality not cook much else there...

I know there was more I was going to comment on...:headache:

I'll be back!

Bridora
10-27-2009, 02:48 PM
Me again!

I have taken the liberty of selecting one thing from each park off your things we haven't done but would like to do list that I think you should do! (didja get all that?) (I had myself a grande nonfat vanilla latte 5 min ago...it's gone now...I just finished off all the foam) :confused3


Anyway--

1. Swiss Family Treehouse. You go in, walk up & down stairs (how are your parents + stairs?--maybe not such a great idea after all?). BUT--it's really neat to see the "rooms" and there are some great views from up there!

2. Lights, Motors, Action. If you can, get a FastPass for this one. It's a really high energy, fun show...you should all enjoy. The seating is on bleachers, though.

3. Kim Possible Mission. Do it, do it, do it! At least one. Very very mucho fun. And, if you are like us & hadn't been really into any countries, you'll get to see a lot of things you didn't even know were in there along the way!

4. Rafiki's Planet Watch. For your DD. Short little train ride, but there are characters there to meet. And a petting area. Not so much for the big people, though...

elizablake
10-27-2009, 03:02 PM
Love your take on the ADRs thus far.....I have a List for sure (check out the PTR in about 2-3 days) just wanted to chim in on the Sci Fi - we went during our 08 trip and it was SOOOO cold in there almost made it difficult to enjoy but it was a neat experience the staff was great and food pretty good.....

I think the temp in there felt so cold after being out in the 90 degree heat all morning.....give it a shot....my kids loved it....

It seems like it would have felt good after the heat outside. I'll keep the temperature in mind. Thanks for the info. Does your 180 day window open in December?

I bolded my pick for you. I think that if you are not a person who like to eat out much, it would probably be best to space them out a bit. This way you don't have teo days in a row with ADRs. Plus going to dinner at CM on the first night goves a great start to the vacation.

Great point about spacing out the ADRs. I agree about Chef Mickey's. I think we should do it either the first night or not at all. At least I still have a month to figure it all out. I'm still hoping for the input from my fellow travelers. :confused3 Maybe they will want to eat-out more than 3 times.

Hi! :cool1: Someone else who is planning their vacation as far ahead as I am!

We are end of May, you are beginning of June--we can count down the hours together!

I have just just just finished up my Trip Report from this past May & I must say I had a hard time keeping up with it, so....no PTR for me just yet! :goodvibes

Oh, eating 'in the castle' is wonderful! We were fortunate enough to have eaten there before you had to pay an arm & a leg for the package deal. We haven't been back since. :sad1:

That rental house looks superb! You guys sound like me. If I had that full kitchen I would be doing breakfast there, for sure. I would want to cook other meals there (to save $) (I like to save $) But I would probably in reality not cook much else there...

I know there was more I was going to comment on...:headache:

I'll be back!

:welcome: It's never too early. Let me know when you get around to your PTR. I'll be sure to check it out.

CRT is crazy expensive. It's hard to put a price tag on your little princesses happiness (and Disney knows it). I wish we could leave the photo out. I'm usually happier with my own photos anyway.

The kitchen is the best part of the rental house! I love the idea of DD being about to swim while dinner is prepared. We took the RV on our other trips so we have never experienced Disney without a kitchen and have no plans to try it.

I'll can't wait to check out your May trip report. :)

elizablake
11-02-2009, 09:57 AM
me again!

I have taken the liberty of selecting one thing from each park off your things we haven't done but would like to do list that i think you should do! (didja get all that?) (i had myself a grande nonfat vanilla latte 5 min ago...it's gone now...i just finished off all the foam) :confused3



:rotfl:



1. Swiss family treehouse. You go in, walk up & down stairs (how are your parents + stairs?--maybe not such a great idea after all?). But--it's really neat to see the "rooms" and there are some great views from up there!


Mom is good with stairs...Dad, not so much. I actually thought the Swiss Family Treehouse would be a good time to drop off Dad and DH in an air conditioned gift shop while the girls take on the stairs. From what i understand it's not really busy so we can squeeze it in during the afternoon or evening. Do you need to see the movie to "get" the treehouse?


2. Lights, motors, action. If you can, get a fastpass for this one. It's a really high energy, fun show...you should all enjoy. The seating is on bleachers, though.


Any chance the seating area is covered like the Beauty and the Beast show or Fantasmic? Bleachers are not a problem, sitting out in the blazing sun would be.


3. Kim possible mission. Do it, do it, do it! At least one. Very very mucho fun. And, if you are like us & hadn't been really into any countries, you'll get to see a lot of things you didn't even know were in there along the way!


I think we are going to need to add this to our must do list! I know DD would love it! We may leave the parents at home though.


4. Rafiki's planet watch. For your dd. Short little train ride, but there are characters there to meet. And a petting area. Not so much for the big people, though...

Sounds OK. We would be doing it for the characters and air conditioning. It seems like it would be easier than walking one of the trails for my parents.


Thanks so much for the info. :hug:

elizablake
11-02-2009, 10:24 AM
Hope everyone had a....
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It was rainy here in the South. :sad2: We went trick-or-treating anyway. There were still a lot of kids out. Here's my little Cinderella:

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k135/elizablake/Halloween/Picture784.jpg

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k135/elizablake/Halloween/Picture789.jpg

After she tried to bow and fell in the bushes: :)

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k135/elizablake/Halloween/Picture846.jpg

We also went to a festival the weekend before which was nice. We had my niece for the weekend. DD wore here Belle dress since only the Cinderella dress fit DN.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k135/elizablake/Halloween/Picture881.jpg

Both girls had fun. Here they are on the car ride there:

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k135/elizablake/Halloween/Picture876.jpg

And the car ride back:

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k135/elizablake/Halloween/Picture914.jpg

And here's what they looked like later in the evening after eating some serious candy:

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k135/elizablake/Halloween/Picture941.jpg

elizablake
11-02-2009, 11:51 AM
I forgot to mention that my parents went trick-or-treating with us. We walked at least a mile. We stopped to chat with neighbors, egg peoples houses :), etc. so my Dad was on his feet for about 2 hours. He didn't pass out from exhaustion or even complain. So maybe there is hope for Disney!:yay:

elizablake
11-02-2009, 12:23 PM
7 months, 0 weeks, 1 day, 19 hours and 5 minutes....

I got some halloween costumes on sale for my little princess. Of course I'm going to save them for Disney. They are all from the Disney Store. Here's what I got:

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101184M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101194M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101189M?$thumb$

I went back and forth on the Jasmine one since it looked hot. But she can always wear it around the house or for Halloween next year.

I really, really wanted Pocahontas, but they were out of her size. :mad:

Here's some of the one's I didn't get:

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101187M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101185M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101198M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101190M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101214M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101195M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/K2826G0040M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/100698M?$thumb$


I still want to get one of the really pretty dresses for CRT. Most likely one of these:

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101215M?$threen$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101681M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/400106001107MS?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101217M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/400106001206MS?$thumb$

I :love::love::love: them all but I'm leaning towards the burgandy Belle dress. Any opinions? I'm just waiting for them to go on sale.

Planning fanatic mom
11-02-2009, 06:51 PM
Your daughter and niece looked beautiful. I really liked the picture AFTER the candy. :rotfl:

I like the burgundy Belle Dress, but then again, I am a huge Belle fan. She is my favorite.

Swiss Family Robinson would be a good idea to watch before going into the tree house. My DDs went for the first time in June. We decided to go because we had never been in it before. Now they are surly teenagers, but they did not get it. They still talk about it today and say, "It is like a long line for a ride with no ride at the end." :lmao: The say it mostly to get me riled because I liked it. But then again I have seen the movie. So, maybe watching it before you go, might help.

Can't wait to see pics of your princess in her new dresses. :wizard:

elizablake
11-03-2009, 09:19 AM
I like the burgundy Belle Dress, but then again, I am a huge Belle fan. She is my favorite.


Yeah! Two votes for the burgundy dress! My mom liked the 2nd yellow dress. Hopefully, DD will want to be Belle. If we do CRT, will it be OK if DD is dressed like Belle? Seems kinda rude since it Cindy's castle. ;)


Swiss Family Robinson would be a good idea to watch before going into the tree house. My DDs went for the first time in June. We decided to go because we had never been in it before. Now they are surly teenagers, but they did not get it. They still talk about it today and say, "It is like a long line for a ride with no ride at the end." :lmao: The say it mostly to get me riled because I liked it. But then again I have seen the movie. So, maybe watching it before you go, might help.


:lmao: I'm going to rent the movie. We'll see if DD is interested.

Bridora
11-03-2009, 02:58 PM
I saw the movie as a kid, and so did my DH. That's why we went through it the first time. If you or your parents have never seen it and aren't interested it the movie, then the Treehouse may not be that big of a deal to you guys. The kids (9 & 7) have now seen the movie, too...so it makes more sense to them now. They actually like going up & down all the stairs, but we always have to tell them to slow down and look at the stuff! :rotfl:

I can't answer 100% positively, but I think at least part of the Stunt Show is covered.

And Rafiki's Planet Watch is good for both air conditioning & characters! :thumbsup2

:banana: for Kim Possible!


And add another vote for the burgundy Belle dress. :goodvibes


Good Halloween pictures! I love the one of you DH after she has just fallen in the bushes!

Cute dresses you ordered, too!

elizablake
12-03-2009, 10:43 AM
.............6 months, 0 weeks, 0 days, 21 hours, 25 minutes, and 5 seconds.

I haven’t posted in a while since life has been so busy. That doesn’t mean I’m not still planning though!

Right now we are focusing on our schedule and ADRs. :confused3My 180 day mark is quickly approaching. Everyone seems to disagree about how many times we want to eat out on our trip. DM says 4 or 5. DH has no opinion as usual. DF says 2 but is notorious for changing his mind. I’m not really concerned with the number of times as much as picking the right restaurants. I admit I’m tempted to make 4 or 5 ADRs like my Mom wants and them cancel them closer to the trip if Dad continues to gripe. But I feel a little guilty about holding the reservations that some other family could have.

At least I have two days to figure it out! :rotfl:

I could really use any input or comments about ADR choices!!!!:worship:

The big question is CRT (lunch) vs Akershus (lunch or dinner). I’m leaning toward CRT because I think DD would love the experience of eating inside the castle. But I have heard the food is not great and the Princesses are a little rushed. I’ve heard the food at Akershus is not that great either but the Princess experience is a better. Akershus is a little cheaper.

I think we all agree to on eating Donald’s Safari Breakfast at 8:05 AM (hopefully) on our AK day. :cool1:

So, if we book Donald’s breakfast, do we still plan on Chef Mickey dinner?

Everyone agrees to try Sci-Fi for lunch on our HS day. So that’s settled. :woohoo:

The schedule is still a work in progress. But if we plan to go to EPCOT one evening what restaurant would be best?????????

Last but not least, what about an 8:05 AM ADR for Crystal Palace? I love the idea of getting into the park early and not putting my father through rope drop madness.

Ahhh…..so many decisions and so little time!:confused::confused:

elizablake
12-03-2009, 10:48 AM
The calendars were posted on the DW web site earlier this week. There was nothing unexpected except Fantasmic is not scheduled for Tuesday night?!? I had considered making Tuesday our off day but go to Fantasmic in the evening.

Of course I’m trying to determine a schedule in order to make our ADRs on the right day but it’s really difficult this far out. We will be there 7 days total and would like to plan two MK days (on morning only and one morning plus return in the evening for Wishes), one AK day, one HS day, and one EPCOT day. So that’s five rope drop days leaving two other days. The other two days we would like to leave the morning open and possibly plan something in the evening like Fantasmic, EPCOT or dinner somewhere.

As of right now, we are planning to get water park tickets. We are hoping to visit the water parks a few evenings and one or both of the mornings that are open. We don’t care about riding all of the popular rides at BB and TL, just use the time to relax and cool off. I know DD will like the kid’s area, the wave pools, the family raft rides and the lazy rivers.

Also, our itinerary needs to have lots of breaks built in for my DF. I know the June heat can be exhausting. And I would like for our mornings off to be strategically scheduled after late nights or a few days of rope drops in a row.

We are not getting park hoppers.

Got all that????

Here are a few possibilities we are considering. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Option 1:
Arrive Friday evening
Saturday: MK rope drop. Tomorrowland and Adventure land. Meet a few characters and leave by 1:00. Rest and enjoy the rental house Saturday afternoon and evening. Possibly go to Chef Mickey’s for an early dinner.
Sunday: AK. Donald’s Safari Breakfast at 8:05. Stay at AK till about 2:00. Rest Sunday afternoon and possibly visit a water park in the evening.
Monday: Sleep in. EPCOT in the late afternoon and evening. If we pick Akershus for our princess meal, then go to the BBB in DTD in the afternoon and have dinner at Akershus. Possibly stay for Illuminations.
Tuesday: HS rope drop. Leave about 1:00. Possibly return in the evening for the extra characters at Magic of Disney Animation.
Wednesday: MK. If we pick CRT, then BBB appt at 8:00 AM. The rest of the group will meet DD and I after rope drop. Fantasyland and Frontierland. Lunch at CRT about 1:00. Then go back to the rental house to rest and return in the evening for Wishes. If we don’t do CRT, then possibly Crystal Palace ADR for 8:05.
Thursday: One of the water parks in the morning, rest in the afternoon and Fantasmic! in the evening. (This will be our only chance to see Fantasmic, so if it rains we are out of luck)
Friday: EPCOT rope drop. Rest in the afternoon and one of the water parks in the evening

Option 2:


Arrive Friday evening
Saturday: Super busy day: EPCOT at rope drop. Stay till about noon. 1:00 BBB appointment at DTD. Then EPCOT for the late afternoon and evening. Have dinner at Akershus. Stay for Illuminations. Or skip BBB and Akershus (do CRT on Wed) and just enjoy EPCOT in the evening and afternoon.
Sunday: Sleep in. Enjoy the rental house in the afternoon. Fantasmic in the evening.
Monday: MK rope drop. Tomorrowland and Adventure land. Meet a few characters and leave by 1:00. Rest and enjoy the rental house Saturday afternoon and evening. Possibly go to Chef Mickey’s for an early dinner or to a water park.
Tuesday: HS rope drop. Leave about 1:00. Possibly return in the evening for the extra characters at Magic of Disney Animation.
Wednesday: MK. If we pick CRT, then BBB appt at 8:00 AM. The rest of the group will meet DD and I after rope drop. Fantasyland and Frontierland. Lunch at CRT about 1:00. Then go back to the rental house to rest and return in the evening for Wishes. If we don’t do CRT, then possibly Crystal Palace ADR for 8:05.
Thursday: One of the water parks in the morning, rest in the afternoon and Fantasmic! in the evening if we miss it on Sunday.
Friday: AK. Donald’s Safari Breakfast at 8:05. Stay at AK till about 2:00. Rest Friday afternoon and possibly visit a water park in the evening.

Brave teacher
12-03-2009, 08:15 PM
Is there any way you can plan a day at the water park one day earlier in the week? They have a tendency to be less crowded earlier in the week because people aren't likely to visit tem at the beginning of the trip. They are considerably less crowded at the beginning of the week rather than the end of the week. Otherwise, eerything looks good.

Out of the two I like the first plan best, though.

elizablake
12-04-2009, 08:35 AM
Is there any way you can plan a day at the water park one day earlier in the week? They have a tendency to be less crowded earlier in the week because people aren't likely to visit tem at the beginning of the trip. They are considerably less crowded at the beginning of the week rather than the end of the week. Otherwise, eerything looks good.

Out of the two I like the first plan best, though.

When you say visit the water parks earlier in the week, do you mean Monday or Tuesday? What about Sunday? Great tip, I hadn't thought about that.

I'm comming to terms with the possiblity that there may not be a "perfect" schedule. Everyone (except me) thinks we don't need to do EPCOT rope drop. If we can't ride Soarin', so be it. Mom is leaning toward resting Sat AM, then BBB at DTD around 12:30. Then go to EPCOT, have dinner at Akershus, and stay for Illuminations. I concerned that the Soarin' FPs will be gone by then, I think it will be hotter than h***, DTD will be crazy busy on Sat., and that's a lot of walking for the first day.

elizablake
12-04-2009, 11:05 AM
Option 3:

Arive Friday evening
Sat:MK rope drop or possibly Crystal Palace reservation at 8:05. Stay at MK till about 1:00. Take a break at the rental house in the afternoon. Return to MK in the evening for Wishes.
Sun: Take the morning off and enjoy the rental house and see Fantasmic in the evening.
Mon: Rope drop at one of the water parks. EPCOT in the evening. Possibly dinner, but where?????
Tuesday: HS rope drop. Leave about 1:00. Possibly return in the evening for the extra characters at Magic of Disney Animation.
Wednesday: MK. If we pick CRT, then BBB appt at 8:00 AM. The rest of the group will meet DD and I after rope drop. Lunch at CRT about 1:00. Then go back to the rental house to rest and return in the evening.
Thursday: AK. Donald’s Safari Breakfast at 8:05. Stay at AK till about 2:00. Rest Sunday afternoon and possibly visit a water park in the evening.
Friday: EPCOT rope drop. Leave about 1:00. Maybe go to a waterpark in the evening.


I hate to put AK towards the end of the week but otherwise this might be our best option.

elizablake
12-07-2009, 08:32 AM
Well, it's official. We decided on the following itinerary. It's still not "perfect" but I'm happy anyway. We have started making ADR's I'll list them as we get them.

Friday: Arrive, unpack and a few drinks to celebrate I'm sure. :rotfl:

Saturday: Hopefully, we won't have too many drinks because Sat is a busy day. MK at rope drop. Probably hang out in Fantasyland and meet Ariel :love:. We have a BBB appointment at 11:30 AM. We reserved the package with nails, hair and make-up. I plan to purchase and bring the dress with us. The men can find an air conditioned restaurant to hang out in while Mom and I take DD to the BBB. We should be done a little after 12:00. We may check out some of the shows or less popular rides. Then CRT at 2:00. After CRT we will leave. Hopefully, we will have the energy to come back to the MK for Spectro and Wishes.

Sunday: Sleep-in. Enjoy the rental house in the morning. We may go to DTD or Disney Quest. Then Fantasmic in the evening. If rain is forecast Sunday night and Fantasmic may get cancelled, then we will go to AK at rope drop and rest in the evening instead.

Monday: Rope drop at one of the water parks. Stay till about noon. Rest at the rental house in the afternoon and then go to EPCOT in the evening for Illuminations.

Tuesday: HS rope drop. Stay till about 1:00. Rest in the afternoon and possibly return to HS in the evening to meet the extra characters at Magic of Disney Animation. Hopefully, HS will not be very busy since this is the only day without EMH, Fantasmic, or Star Wars Weekend. ADR for Sci-Fi at 1:15!

Wednesday: MK rope drop. Leave about 1:00. Maybe return to MK in the evening or spend a couple hours at a water park. ADR for Crystal Palace at 8:05 AM.

Thursday: AK rope drop. ADR for breakfast at Donald's Safari at 8:00 AM. Stay till about 2:00. Rest in the afternoon, maybe a water park in the evening. If it rained Sunday, we will take the morning off and go to Fantasmic in the evening.

Friday: EPCOT rope drop. Possibly go back to EPCOT in the evening. ADR for Akershus at 1:15 PM.

elizablake
12-23-2009, 08:22 AM
Hope everyone has a.....

Happy Holiday and Magical New Year!

Bridora
12-29-2009, 03:53 PM
Hi! Hope you had a good Christmas. And I hope you have a great New Year...full of Disney planning, of course! :goodvibes

darlak
12-29-2009, 04:53 PM
Things we have never done-I left out restaurants and characters that we are not interested in:

MK
Hall of Presidents
Been inside Exposition Hall (Is there anything in there?)
Tried a Dole Whip!
Swiss Family Tree house
Enchanted Tiki Room
Liberty Square Riverboat
Dream Along with Mickey
Pooh’s Playful Spot
Never eaten at Cinderella’s Royal Table
Stitch’s Great Escape
We haven’t seen the current afternoon parade

HS
The American Idol Experience
Indiana Jones Stunt Show
Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show
Backlot Tour
The character greeting spot in Pixar Place
Journey into Narnia
One Man’s Dream
Met the Power Rangers
Met the extra characters in the Animation Building in the evenings


Epcot
Ellen’s Energy Adventure
Exhibits in Innoventions East and West
Journey in the Imagination
Honey I Shrunk the Audience
ImageWorks
Dine with the Princess in Norway
Movie in China
The American Adventure
Movie in France
O Canada
Kim Possible Mission
Illuminations-technically we were there during Illuminations in Jan but we didn’t really see it.

AK
Discovery Island Trails
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade
Flights of Wonder
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Carnival Games in Dinoland
Met Pocahontas

I'm enjoying your pre-trip report immensely! One thing not mentioned on either your must-do list or your never-done list is the Carousel of Progress at MK. We love it and I bet your mom and dad would as well. Another plus is that it has comfortable seating in an air-conditioned building.

I bolded the things on you never-done list that I would try to squeeze in if at all possible.

Maharajah Jungle Trek is a must do for us. Great viewing spots for the tigers and my personal favorite is the bat room. I love watching those giant bats!

Lights, Motors, Action! is bleacher seating, but it's fully covered, much like the Beauty and the Beast show.

In June, the heat will probably be pretty bad, but honestly, it's not usually that much worse than Birmingham, where I live. So if you're in or around central GA, you have a pretty good idea of what it should be like.

elizablake
12-30-2009, 10:22 AM
Hi! Hope you had a good Christmas. And I hope you have a great New Year...full of Disney planning, of course! :goodvibes

We had a perfect Christmas! Hope you had a good Chrismas too.

I just noticed that you started a pre-trip report.:cool1: I'm off to check it out.

I'm enjoying your pre-trip report immensely! One thing not mentioned on either your must-do list or your never-done list is the Carousel of Progress at MK. We love it and I bet your mom and dad would as well. Another plus is that it has comfortable seating in an air-conditioned building.

I forgot, we rode the Carousel of Progress last Jan! DD and I loved it and DH enjoyed his nap. :lmao: Your right, I need to add it to our must do list.

Maharajah Jungle Trek is a must do for us. Great viewing spots for the tigers and my personal favorite is the bat room. I love watching those giant bats!

Maharajah Jungle Trek sounds great. AK is going to be a diffucult day to plan. There is so much we want to do. We did the other train (it starts with a P, can't remember the name) and thought it was OK but I don't think we would go out of our way to do it again.

Lights, Motors, Action! is bleacher seating, but it's fully covered, much like the Beauty and the Beast show.

Yeah! I really wanted to see it but I didn't want to subject my father to roasting in the hot sun. I've heard good such good things about the show and I think we would really enjoy it.

In June, the heat will probably be pretty bad, but honestly, it's not usually that much worse than Birmingham, where I live. So if you're in or around central GA, you have a pretty good idea of what it should be like.

Hi Darlak! Yeah, we are used to the heat here in GA but we don't spend that much time outside during the summer unless it around the pool. ;) We'll survive though.

Thanks for all the advice!:love:

DisneyMomma09
12-30-2009, 09:56 PM
Just joining in! Your plans look great so far! My family is going to the World June 17-25, so just after you! We are all super excited, especially since it will be my son's first trip! He will be 13 months old when we go. Looking forward to counting down with you!

elizablake
12-31-2009, 09:23 AM
Just joining in! Your plans look great so far! My family is going to the World June 17-25, so just after you! We are all super excited, especially since it will be my son's first trip! He will be 13 months old when we go. Looking forward to counting down with you!

Hi Disney Momma! Your son's going to love Disney! Do you have any other kids? Anyone else going with you? There are a lot of play areas spread around Disney and most of them look 1-year-old friendly. He may also like shows like Festival of the Lion King because of the bright colors and music. I saw some young toddlers having a blast in the water fountain at Downtown Disney last summer.

If you start as pre-trip report, let me know. I would love to hear about all your plans.

DisneyMomma09
12-31-2009, 10:01 AM
Hi Disney Momma! Your son's going to love Disney! Do you have any other kids? Anyone else going with you? There are a lot of play areas spread around Disney and most of them look 1-year-old friendly. He may also like shows like Festival of the Lion King because of the bright colors and music. I saw some young toddlers having a blast in the water fountain at Downtown Disney last summer.

If you start as pre-trip report, let me know. I would love to hear about all your plans.

No, we do not have any other kids. We are going with a total of 8 adults and one child. I am excited to let DS play in all of the areas for kids. Every time we have been to Disney in the past I have seen these areas and the kids playing. They always look like they are having so much fun! :yay:

I am planning on starting a pre-trip report soon. I am reading through others right now to see how people put them together. I will let you know when I get started! :thumbsup2

elizablake
01-02-2010, 04:50 PM
No, we do not have any other kids. We are going with a total of 8 adults and one child. I am excited to let DS play in all of the areas for kids. Every time we have been to Disney in the past I have seen these areas and the kids playing. They always look like they are having so much fun! :yay:

I am planning on starting a pre-trip report soon. I am reading through others right now to see how people put them together. I will let you know when I get started! :thumbsup2

Sounds like a great trip! Let me know when you start a pre-trip report.

elizablake
01-02-2010, 04:58 PM
Can anyone help me with a ticket question?


I think we are going to do 7 day tickets (without park hopper or no expiration) but we may add the Water Park option.

I understand that we will get 7 entrances into the 4 major parks and 7 entrances into the water parks or DQ. I know we won't use all 7 of the minor park entrances but how long will we have to use them.
For example, if we use all 7 major park entrances by Friday (but only use 3 minor park entrances by then), can we go to a water park Friday evening and Sat AM? Or do all the minor park entrances expire as soon as we use all 7 major park ones?

I think I may be over complicating this a bit.:laughing:

Bridora
01-04-2010, 02:02 PM
Can anyone help me with a ticket question?




That's a good question, but I don't know the answer....sorry! I would think you could use your minor entrances within the use window (do they give you one? like must use within 15 days of 1st use?) even if you had already used your major ones...But that's just a guess.

And you should do Carousel of Progress...we do it every time...it may be old, but it's good & a nice place to sit & rest, while still doing an attraction!

elizablake
01-04-2010, 06:52 PM
That's a good question, but I don't know the answer....sorry! I would think you could use your minor entrances within the use window (do they give you one? like must use within 15 days of 1st use?) even if you had already used your major ones...But that's just a guess.

And you should do Carousel of Progress...we do it every time...it may be old, but it's good & a nice place to sit & rest, while still doing an attraction!

That makes sense. I think you have 14 days to use your tickets when they are not no expiration. So hopefully we will have 14 days to use our minor entrances. I want to find out for sure though. I may ask on the Attractions and Strategies board.

elizablake
01-07-2010, 08:13 PM
Schools are closed tomorrow for a SNOW DAY!!:banana::banana:

Unfortunately, all this wet, frozen stuff keeps falling from the sky and might completely ruin our day off. Plus, my fellow southerners don't know how to ice skate and drive at the same time so they keep running into each other on their way to the grocery store to buy the last loaf of bread and gallon of milk. ;)

I think I have no choice but to call out of work and hang with DD at home. :cool1:

elizablake
01-09-2010, 01:19 PM
On this day last year we were enjoying our first full day at DW. I wish we were there now! :sad2:

Here's our site at Fort Wilderness:

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DD driving:

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elizablake
01-10-2010, 09:57 AM
One year ago today we slept in and went to the MK in the afternoon. DD had a BBB appt then we rode a couple of rides, saw the parade and went to 1900 Park Faire for dinner.

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elizablake
01-11-2010, 02:55 PM
One year ago today we were at the Animal Kingdom. Crowds were non-existant. We saw FOTLK, rode Everest, KRR, Dinosaur, Safari, and Triceratops Spin (about 10 times). It was a great day. Then that evening we went to EPCOT about 6:00 and rode Test Track, Mission Space and stayed for Illuminations.

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elizablake
01-12-2010, 12:49 PM
At this time last year we were right in the middle of our trip to Disney. After a late night at EPCOT and a few too many drinks, :headache: we slept in a bit. We were worried about the crowds at EPCOT but when we arrived about 11:00 we were able to do everything we wanted including Soarin' and Turtle Talk.

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Now these crowds we can handle :thumbsup2:

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We left EPCOT about 2:00 in hopes of catching the afternoon parade at HS.

Where the heck did all these people come from!:

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We saw the parade, Playhouse Disney and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Then we rode Star Tours and had a quick dinner at ABC Commissary (yuck!):crazy2:

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We arrived at Fantasmic! 45 mins early. As we were walking in the CMs were announcing that it was standing room only. :scared1: Luckily there were a few seats left but DD had to sit on my lap....for 45 mins....and I didn't bring anything to entertain her. She was being so good that I let her buy a $15 light up toy (that I could have gotten at the $1 store). :confused3 We still have it, the stickers have fallen off and it barely lights up anymore but I refuse to throw it away until we get $15 worth of enjoyment out of it. :lmao:

I took this photo right after we sat down.

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The show was totally worth it!

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Run Mickey Run!

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elizablake
01-13-2010, 02:41 PM
One year ago today we were at Hollywood Studios. We made it to the park before rope drop. DD rode Toy Story Mania 3 times! She loved it. DH and I both got to ride TOT and RRC. We saw Beauty and Beast and ate lunch at Hollywood and Vine.

After an afternoon break, we went to Downtown Disney for shopping and desert. We got treats to go from Goofy's Candy Co.

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elizablake
01-14-2010, 01:38 PM
One year ago today we had an awesome day at the Magic Kingdom. We saw the opening ceremony. Rode Dumbo, TTA, and several other rides. We met tons of characters including the Faries. We took an afternoon break and returned after dinner and enjoyed an empty Fantasyland. We watched Wishes from Fantasyland as well. It was one of the best days of our trip.

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elizablake
01-19-2010, 11:57 AM
The last two days of our trip last year were super busy. We didn't even take afternoon breaks. On the 15th, we started at EPCOT and hopped to the MK.

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On the 16th, we started at HS and hopped to the MK. We had lunch at Rainforest Cafe. We saw Wishes one last time. Our last ride was Peter Pan. The next morning we packed the RV and made the long journey back to Ga. I'm sad just thinking about it. :sad2:

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elizablake
01-20-2010, 10:22 AM
......4 months, two weeks, 0 days, 23 hours and 35 minutes.

There's an app for that!

I got the WDW wait times app for my phone and I can’t stop playing with it. In meetings at work I pretend I’m at MK and decide what to ride next. How about BTMR..let’s see…wait time is 45 minutes..grab a fast pass…I wish Splash Mountain was open…Buzz only has a 15 minute wait…we’ll ride that instead…my feet are tired…Carousel of Progress sounds like a nice break...no wait…TTA is next.

I don’t even know if the wait times are correct but I will be using it at WDW next June even if I’m only entering wait times for other people.

DD is addicted too. Last week at girl scouts she called out in the middle of the meeting, “Mom, how long is the wait for Peter Pan now?!” It was a tiny bit embarrassing. The other parents were starring.:blush: I just shrugged and said, “Crazy kid, I have no idea what she’s talking about.” :rotfl:

I have an unhealthy obsession with my iPhone and I plan to use it for everything on our Disney Trip. Here are some of the apps I plan to use:

My Packing App :thumbsup2
I already use it for all of our weekend trips and vacations. So much easier than the paper lists I used in the past.

My Shopping List App :thumbsup2
I use it for grocery shopping every week and it was handy for Christmas shopping. I’m sure I will make a shopping list for before the trip and grocery shopping once we get to the rental house.

E-mail
I plan to e-mail myself all our Ridemax touring plans before the trip. Also, I created a spread sheet with info about each park like EMH schedule. I’m going to e-mail those to myself as well. I’m also going to e-mail myself all the maps of the parks. I know I can buy interactive ones for 99 cents a piece but I’m going to try e-mail first.

Starbucks App
I love me some coffee. The Starbucks app simply gives directions to the nearest Starbucks. Should be very handy for the drive there.

Mouse Memo
I also have Mouse Memo but I’ve barely looked at it. I’ve only entered my ADR information and confirmation numbers. Also, I know you search for restaurants and view their menus. That may come in handy for counter service.

Main Screen:

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Here's an example of when I looked up MK Counter Service:

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Disney List App
Disney List is another free app that I downloaded. It is basically a to do list for the parks and a pre-trip to do list. I don’t think it will be useful to me though so I will probably delete it.

Hidden Mickey App
I plan to get the Hidden Mickey app before the trip. I think we will all enjoy it especially while waiting in line.

Weather Channel App
I’m sure we will use the Weather Channel app. Especially to check the radar and see when the afternoon showers will subside.

Radar:

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I think the where is my parking spot app would be useful. I may get it before the trip.

Website to access in the parks.
I bookmarked the Disney mobile website. The touring plans mobile website is awesome. They are offering it for free right now with a membership to touring plans. It has wait times based on past research but also offers real time wait times entered by users. It seems very accurate. Hopefully, the subscription will remain free until June.

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Disney's Mobile site:
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Last but not least, I’m going to get some new games for DD before we leave. Hopefully, they will help to keep her occupied during long waits. Two of her favorite games that we have now are Toy Story Mania and Tinkerbelle Fairies Fly.

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Anyone know of other must have Disney apps?

elizablake
01-21-2010, 10:59 AM
Well....it looks like we are going to skip the water parks this year. :sad2::sad2::sad2:

Mom and Dad decided that they would save the money and not get the Water park and more add on. Which makes perfect sense because they wouldn't have enjoyed the water parks anyway and they need a slower paced week than we do. But that got DH thinking and he feels that we are trying to accomplish too much and we should skip the water parks as well. :mad: I want to go to BB and TL since we have never been and they look awesome but DH is pretty convinced. Also, he is concerned that we are not going to be spending enough time at the rental house relaxing. RELA
XING...we can relax at home!!:lmao: I should add that he rarely has an opinion about vacations and I usually get everything I want so I kinda have to bend when he feels strongly enough to state his case. :sad2: I can't aske DD (and get her on my side) because we haven't mentioned the trip to Disney since last Sept. I'm sure she knows we will go one day but we haven't mentioned specific plans since the trip is so far away. Plus, we may surprise her! So good bye waterparks. :sad1::sad1::sad1:

Now the revised official schedule has a bit too much free time for my taste. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Friday: Arrive, unpack and a few drinks to celebrate I'm sure. :rotfl:

Saturday: Hopefully, we won't have too many drinks because Sat is a busy day. MK at rope drop. Probably hang out in Fantasyland and meet Ariel :love:. We have a BBB appointment at 11:30 AM. We reserved the package with nails, hair and make-up. I plan to purchase and bring the dress with us. The men can find an air conditioned restaurant to hang out in while Mom and I take DD to the BBB. We should be done a little after 12:00. We may check out some of the shows or less popular rides. Then CRT at 2:00. After CRT we will leave. Hopefully, we will have the energy to come back to the MK for Spectro and Wishes.

Sunday: Sleep-in. Enjoy the rental house in the morning. Nothing planned in the afternoon but we can't go to a park because we are not getting hoppers. Then Fantasmic in the evening. If rain is forecast Sunday night and Fantasmic may get cancelled, then we will go to AK at rope drop and rest in the evening instead.

Monday: Nothing planned. We were going to go to a waterpark. Maybe EPCOT in the evening for Illuminations.

Tuesday: HS rope drop. Stay till about 1:00. Rest in the afternoon and possibly return to HS in the evening to meet the extra characters at Magic of Disney Animation. Hopefully, HS will not be very busy since this is the only day without EMH, Fantasmic, or Star Wars Weekend. ADR for Sci-Fi at 1:15!

Wednesday: MK Crystal Palace Breakfast. Leave about 1:00. Maybe return to MK but otherwise nothing planned. ADR for Crystal Palace at 8:05 AM.

Thursday: AK rope drop. ADR for breakfast at Donald's Safari at 8:00 AM. Stay till about 2:00. Rest in the afternoon, and nothing planned in the evening. If it rained Sunday, we will take the morning off and go to Fantasmic in the evening.

Friday: EPCOT rope drop. Possibly go back to EPCOT in the evening. ADR for Akershus at 1:15 PM.

Bridora
01-21-2010, 11:16 AM
Hi! I'm all caught up on your PTR now! I liked your 'One year ago mini TR' You got some good pictures--loved your DD's princess dresses!

Aren't Southerns & Snow funny? :laughing: What you said is so true.

I'm sorry for your loss of Water Park days. We've never done any water parks, but I think we will eventually when the kids get older. You can always go to Downtown Disney during your free time. Or hit a Mini-Golf Course. You could also park at the Boardwalk and just wander around there--we did that once and really enjoyed it. :goodvibes Or you can use your free time at the house to do some Live TR updates!

elizablake
01-21-2010, 11:42 AM
I'm sorry for your loss of Water Park days. We've never done any water parks, but I think we will eventually when the kids get older. You can always go to Downtown Disney during your free time. Or hit a Mini-Golf Course. You could also park at the Boardwalk and just wander around there--we did that once and really enjoyed it. :goodvibes Or you can use your free time at the house to do some Live TR updates!

:lmao:TR updates it is. Mini-Golf sounds OK but it we do that so much at home. Downtown Disney is a must. I LOVE Goofy's Candy Co. :lovestruc What is there to do at the Boardwalk?

I'm glad someone is still reading.:banana:

Bridora
01-21-2010, 12:09 PM
At the Boardwalk? Well, just walk around and look at stuff, but it's Disney and that kind of thing is fun there! We wandered around and took pictures...You can take a boat launch and pretend you are going to Epcot, then just ride it back, or walk back. I've never been, but Beaches & Cream is there somewhere and that's the place that has the "kitchen sink" ice cream mountainesque conglomeration.

I wonder if they have any of those apps for Blackberry? I'll have to find out...I'm still new to it!

Girl, I am still reading, I just have sporadic DIS time!:laughing:

elizablake
01-21-2010, 02:06 PM
The Boardwalk sounds like it's worth checking out in the evening when it's cooler.

We always loved the Chip and Dale sing-a-long at Fort Wilderness. We may swing by there one night for old times sake.

Disneyfan71
01-22-2010, 04:49 PM
I'm on board.

After looking at how much it would cost to stay even at the value resorts---staying off property is still much cheaper :)

amosser
01-22-2010, 05:19 PM
subbing :thumbsup2 Your DD is adorable, I love the pics from your last trip. We went for 2 wks in 2009 and never did make it to BB or TL even though we had planned too :rolleyes:

elizablake
01-23-2010, 03:05 PM
I'm on board.

After looking at how much it would cost to stay even at the value resorts---staying off property is still much cheaper :)

We loved staying at Fort Wilderness but it didn't cost very much because we brought our RV. I think we'll miss the Disney magic by staying off site but enjoy the lower price and extra space. I'll let you know when I get back if it was worth it.

subbing :thumbsup2 Your DD is adorable, I love the pics from your last trip. We went for 2 wks in 2009 and never did make it to BB or TL even though we had planned too :rolleyes:

:welcome: and thank you. I've stopped mourning my loss of BB and TL. DH may have a point :rolleyes: we have plenty to do.

elizablake
01-25-2010, 03:47 PM
I got DD yet another princess dress. :lmao: But that's it! No more dresses!

For Christmas she got the cutest Jasmine costume:

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101189M?$thumb$

She loves it! But the long pants will probably be too hot for June.

I also bought a Minnie and Snow White costume and plan to surprise DD with them on our trip:

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101184M?$thumb$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101194M?$thumb$

She also has a Cinderella dress and Belle dress from last year that still fit. So why does she need more dresses? :confused3 I've come up with a really good excuse..I mean reason. We are planning to have lunch at CRT after BBB. Snow White and Jasmine may not be there. Belle most likely will but we are eating in Cindy's castle so it might be seen as rude to dress like Belle. ;) You may be asking, "Why can't she wear her Cinderella dress from last year?" (I know my DH is asking) :lmao: We'll I have an excuse...I mean reason for that too. The old dress is not NEW and therefore not as exciting for me...I mean DD. :rolleyes1

So here what I got. Did I say one dress? I meant two. But they came as a package. :p

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101679M?$full$

I know DD is going to love the pink one since that is her favorite scene in Cinderella!

Bridora
01-27-2010, 03:21 PM
Cute Cinderella dresses! I know your DD will love them. :goodvibes

elizablake
02-01-2010, 02:51 PM
Cute Cinderella dresses! I know your DD will love them. :goodvibes

Thanks!

elizablake
02-01-2010, 02:59 PM
I'm determined to spend the $50 per person we are not saving by not doing the water parks. :lmao:

I was thinking another ADR might be in order but not a character meal.

Possibly something in EPCOT or maybe Ohana, Rainforest Cafe or Boma. I want something that can be enjoyed by the adults but not too fancy for a 5 year old. Also, DD has been really picky about trying new foods lately so some kid friendly food would be nice.

I'm off to do some research on the dinning board so any suggestions would be great!:lovestruc

Bridora
02-01-2010, 03:16 PM
Since you are already thinking 'Ohana...I think you should give it a try. The food is wonderful. They bring all the selections right to your table, appetizers, salad, main course, dessert. You don't have to get everything they bring around, and you can have more. It is a great atmosphere in a beautiful setting. They have a limbo contest and some other things for kids & adults (whoever wants to) to participate in. :thumbsup2

We also like Rainforest Cafe. The storm can be a little scary, though.

Boma is also a great choice. Animal Kingdom Lodge is beautiful! It's buffet, so everyone would be able to have whatever they like. Plus, there is the kids' section on the buffet, so your DD would be able to get something she likes. Our DD has requested we go back there this year. She's 9 & hasn't been since she was 6. :)

elizablake
02-01-2010, 07:11 PM
Both Ohana and Boma sound great. We've been to Rainforest Cafe before and we liked it. I wonder if DD will like anything at Ohana. She used to be willing to try anything but recently she has changed and won't eat anything new.

Thanks for your help!

SimmerBaggins
02-10-2010, 09:37 PM
Hi, Elizablake! Since you posted on my PTR, I thought I would check yours out...and CRACKED UP at your "thanks, Mom!" comments about your views! :lmao: I often think that, too -- I write, and think, "well, somebody's looking, but I guess I'm too boring to comment about...: FAIL." :rotfl2:

Oh, and it's so weird what you said about daydreaming -- I do it, too. Especially when I'm not anywhere near interested or engaged in what I am doing at work. I get to thinking about how Space Mountain was down the last time we were there...so what will it be like, now? and all types of things, which are far more interesting to think about....

Thanks for sharing everything about your plans...since WE ARE GOING on the SAME DATES!! Too cool. We're flying, though. Must be nice to be close enough to drive. :)

See ya,

Vickie

elizablake
02-11-2010, 08:53 AM
:welcome: Glad you found me.

I was wondering if we were going to be the only ones at DW that week. Yeah right! :lmao:

It is soooo nice to be able to drive! It took about 8.5 hours in the RV so I'm thinking about 7 in the car. :confused3 That's about as far as I am willing to drive. ;) We have flown to Tampa a few times and once to Orlando. I would prefer to take the short flight instead but it would cost a lot more plus we would need a rental car. $$$$$$ At least we can pack as much as we (I) want. Those princess dresses take up a lot of space. Especially mine. :rotfl:

elizablake
02-11-2010, 12:34 PM
I spent some time on the Creative DISigns board checking out the autograph books people have made. I love the idea and think it would make a great souvenir. So... I'm going to attempt to create one. :cool1:

It seems most people print a 5x7 card for each character and have them spiral bound which seems like a great idea since they can remove pages for characters they didn't meet after the trip. But I have my heart set on doing a hard cover book like the photobooks you get on Shutterfly, snapfish, etc. We will probably end up with some unsigned pages but I'm willing to live with that.

I decided to use Shutterfly to print the book. The smallest size I can do in hard cover is an 8x8. Everything on the DISigns board is a 4x7 so I am going to make my own designs. So far its been fun but I might go crazy before I'm done. :lmao:

Here's what I have so far. Click on the thumbnail if you need to see a larger version.

These are for Donald's Safari Breakfast:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_MickeySafari2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=MickeySafari2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_GoofySafari2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=GoofySafari2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_DonaldSafari2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=DonaldSafari2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_DaisySafari2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=DaisySafari2.jpg)

For Crystal Palace:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_winniethepooh.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=winniethepooh.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Tigger.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Tigger.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_eeyore.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=eeyore.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Piglet.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Piglet.jpg)

Here are the rest:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_mulan.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=mulan.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_pocahontas.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=pocahontas.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_SnowWhite.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=SnowWhite.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Pluto.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Pluto.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Minnieredo.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Minnieredo.jpg)

These go side by side:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Cinderelaredo.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Cinderelaredo.jpg)http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Cinderella2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Cinderella2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Ariel.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Ariel.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_ChipandDale.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=ChipandDale.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Alice.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Alice.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Alladin.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Alladin.jpg)

Front cover:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_frontcover.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=frontcover.jpg)

Back cover:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_backcover.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=backcover.jpg)

I still have a bunch to do. ;)

Queila
02-11-2010, 12:51 PM
Oh my goodness! That is such a cool idea and the pages of your book look amazing! :lovestruc What a great job. When you finnish doing yours maybe you can make one for me too! hahahaha Kidding. That takes a lof of patience I am sure. Well worthy though. What a great souvenir.


Q

elizablake
02-11-2010, 01:11 PM
When you finnish doing yours maybe you can make one for me too! hahahaha Kidding.


I actually would if you want one. :lmao: I love Disney and pretending I know how to use Photoshop. :lmao:

If you want 4x6 designs there are tons of them on the Creative DISigns board. If you want 8x8 you are welcome to print mine. Or I can make a different size or different characters.

SimmerBaggins
02-11-2010, 07:47 PM
That's a really cool idea! Unfortunately for me, my DD is too old to really want anything like signatures or scrapbooks...she has no interest in putting stuff like that together anymore! :sad2:

Bridora
02-12-2010, 10:52 PM
Wow! Those pages are awesome....great job! :thumbsup2 I love how you personalized them to the Character meals you'd be doing. That makes it so special, and easier to remember when you look back on it. I especially like the pages for Crystal Palace. Love the covers, too! :goodvibes

Brave teacher
02-13-2010, 09:53 AM
Your pages are awesome!

Have you picked another restaurant yet. I agree that Ohana and Boma are great. I also thought about throwing Sanaa into the mix. It is over at Kidani Village, super yummy, and you can have great views of the savanah from your seat. Just a suggestion.

Queila
02-15-2010, 11:39 AM
I actually would if you want one. :lmao: I love Disney and pretending I know how to use Photoshop. :lmao:

If you want 4x6 designs there are tons of them on the Creative DISigns board. If you want 8x8 you are welcome to print mine. Or I can make a different size or different characters.

Thank you so much for offering. :thumbsup2 I decided I will make one myself though. I guess it is a good way to "kill time" while we went for the trip. :laughing:


I decided I will make them 4X6. Already visited the DISigns and got some ideas. I mind end up just "borrowing" some I saw over there and working on some of my own and also make my cover and back cover. ;)

I believe my daughter is too young to understand the concept of an autograph but I will use her as an excure to go character hunting myself.:lmao:


Have a great week!

Q

elizablake
02-16-2010, 02:24 PM
That's a really cool idea! Unfortunately for me, my DD is too old to really want anything like signatures or scrapbooks...she has no interest in putting stuff like that together anymore! :sad2:

Thank you.

Wow! Those pages are awesome....great job! :thumbsup2 I love how you personalized them to the Character meals you'd be doing. That makes it so special, and easier to remember when you look back on it. I especially like the pages for Crystal Palace. Love the covers, too! :goodvibes

Thank you.

Your pages are awesome!

Have you picked another restaurant yet. I agree that Ohana and Boma are great. I also thought about throwing Sanaa into the mix. It is over at Kidani Village, super yummy, and you can have great views of the savanah from your seat. Just a suggestion.

I made reservations for Ohana. :banana: But I checked out Sanaa's menu. OMG, it looks yummy! And it overlooks the savanah. We may have to make one more ADR. :rolleyes1

Thank you so much for offering. :thumbsup2 I decided I will make one myself though. I guess it is a good way to "kill time" while we went for the trip. :laughing:


I decided I will make them 4X6. Already visited the DISigns and got some ideas. I mind end up just "borrowing" some I saw over there and working on some of my own and also make my cover and back cover. ;)

I believe my daughter is too young to understand the concept of an autograph but I will use her as an excure to go character hunting myself.:lmao:


Have a great week!

Q

I can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

elizablake
02-16-2010, 03:01 PM
Last weekend we had a camping trip planned (not real camping, in a RV :lmao:) and all week the forecast was for snow. Of course, we didn't believe it would actually snow. ;) We decided to go camping anyway and we got about 3 inches!!!!!!!! Which is pretty rare in GA. It was so fun playing in the snow all weekend. DD and the dogs loved it. I threw so many snowballs that my arm is sore. :lmao: We almost had the entire campground to ourselves.

Here are a few photos of our GA blizzard. :lmao:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/IMG_8731.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/IMG_8569.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/IMG_8602.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/IMG_8669.jpg

Ouch!! I think DH quit the snowball fight after this:lmao::

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/IMG_8727.jpg

elizablake
02-16-2010, 03:06 PM
I made a few more autograph book pages. I'm not sure if I'm going to use these or not but they are generic pages for each park:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_AKpage.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=AKpage.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_HSpage.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=HSpage.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_MKPage.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=MKPage.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_MKPage2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=MKPage2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_MKPage3.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=MKPage3.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_MiscDisney2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=MiscDisney2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_epcot.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=epcot.jpg)

These two will go side by side:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_ToyStorypage1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=ToyStorypage1.jpg)http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_ToyStorypage2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=ToyStorypage2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Peterpan.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Peterpan.jpg)

SimmerBaggins
02-16-2010, 06:35 PM
Awww...love the Peter Pan one! :lovestruc

Brave teacher
02-17-2010, 12:38 AM
The autograph pages are so cute! I wish I could do something like that. I have zero creativity.

Bridora
02-17-2010, 11:15 AM
How much fun-camping in the snow! Sounds like you guys enjoyed it. :goodvibes

DisneyMomma09
02-25-2010, 07:01 PM
Wow! Your autograph pages are awsome! I have been thinking about what to do for autographs this trip. Colby is really too little to care about this, but I enjoy getting all the autographs!

Did you all enjoy your snow? We have pleanty more up here if you would like some! They are predicting that we will get another foot or more by Saturday morning. We shall see if they are correct!

elizablake
02-26-2010, 12:24 PM
How much fun-camping in the snow! Sounds like you guys enjoyed it. :goodvibes

It was so much fun. Snow is a rare treat down here. :)

Wow! Your autograph pages are awsome! I have been thinking about what to do for autographs this trip. Colby is really too little to care about this, but I enjoy getting all the autographs!

Did you all enjoy your snow? We have pleanty more up here if you would like some! They are predicting that we will get another foot or more by Saturday morning. We shall see if they are correct!

Yeah, can you overnight it. DH works for UPS, maybe we can get a discount. :rotfl:

elizablake
02-26-2010, 12:40 PM
I've been going autograph book crazy. I'm going to spend a fortune getting this book printed.
http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Tink.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Tink.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_PixieHollow2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=PixieHollow2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Rosetta.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Rosetta.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Silvermisty.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Silvermisty.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_PixieHollow1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=PixieHollow1.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Irredessa.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Irredessa.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Fawn.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Fawn.jpg)

I'm thinking I like the first one better:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Flik2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Flik2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Flik.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Flik.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_BalooandKingLouie.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=BalooandKingLouie.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Pinocchio.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Pinocchio.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Rafiki.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Rafiki.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_TheIncrediables.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=TheIncrediables.jpg)


http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_up.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=up.jpg)http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_UP2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=UP2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_sleepingBeauty2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=sleepingBeauty2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_LiloandStitch.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=LiloandStitch.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_Thumper.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=Thumper.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_MaryPoppins.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=MaryPoppins.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_MonstersINc.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=MonstersINc.jpg)

I think I like the 2nd one:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_BeautyandtheBeast2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=BeautyandtheBeast2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_BeautyandtheBeast.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=BeautyandtheBeast.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_terk.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=terk.jpg)

I made some adjustments to the Toy Story Pages:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_ToyStorypage2redo.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=ToyStorypage2redo.jpg)http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_ToyStorypage1redo.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=ToyStorypage1redo.jpg)

elizablake
02-26-2010, 12:41 PM
I also made some pillowcases. DD said she would be happy with the rental house as long as it had a toilet and Mickey pillowcase.:lmao: So I'm going to use iron on transfers to make pillowcases for everyone. I just can't decide which ones :rolleyes1

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_snowwhite.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=snowwhite.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Alice.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Alice.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Bambi.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Bambi.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Dalmations.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Dalmations.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Pluto.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Pluto.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Sleepy.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Sleepy.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Sleepy2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Sleepy2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_WinniethePooh.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=WinniethePooh.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_sleepingbeauty.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=sleepingbeauty.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Ashley.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Ashley.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Daddy.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Daddy.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Daddy2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Daddy2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Grandaddy.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Grandaddy.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Memaw.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Memaw.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/th_Mommy.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Pillowcases/?action=view&current=Mommy.jpg)

elizablake
02-26-2010, 12:46 PM
And then I made some t-shirts. :lmao: I have no idea which one's to use:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_Bug.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=Bug.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_LettersAK.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=LettersAK.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_LettersAlice.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=LettersAlice.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_LettersBalloons.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=LettersBalloons.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_LettersBeauty.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=LettersBeauty.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_LettersGlassSlipper.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=LettersGlassSlipper.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_stitch.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=stitch.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_IloveTink.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=IloveTink.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_TinkAshley.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=TinkAshley.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_ToyStoryBlocksAshley2.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=ToyStoryBlocksAshley2.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_PinkDressAshley1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=PinkDressAshley1.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_IloveCinderella.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=IloveCinderella.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_IloveFlik.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=IloveFlik.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_IloveMickey.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=IloveMickey.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_IloveMinnie.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=IloveMinnie.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_IloveSnowJasmine.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=IloveSnowJasmine.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_IloveStitch.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=IloveStitch.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_IloveTigger.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=IloveTigger.jpg)
http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_AnimalKingdomt-shirt.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=AnimalKingdomt-shirt.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_BeautyandtheBeastt-shirt.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=BeautyandtheBeastt-shirt.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/th_upt-shirt.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/T-shirts/?action=view&current=upt-shirt.jpg)

OMG! You would think I have nothing better to do. :lmao:

SimmerBaggins
02-27-2010, 10:54 AM
Wow. I am totally impressed by anybody who can "make" things like this. Actually by making the pillowcases and t-shirts, you are SAVING $$, and that really gets my attention! :thumbsup2

The really cool thing is that you will have things that no one else has!! I remember someone actually stopping us and asking where my daughter got her t-shirt once (at DHS) when she had a Narnia shirt on from the Disney store from home; I was impressed that no one had that kind of shirt in WDW (if they did, we didn't see it, and neither did those people).

DisneyMomma09
02-27-2010, 11:09 AM
Yeah, can you overnight it. DH works for UPS, maybe we can get a discount. :rotfl:

:goodvibes We got another 6-8 inches, so there is pleanty to spare!

You have been very busy down there! All your pages, pillow cases and t-shirt designs look great! On our trip in June 09 we all had matching t-shirts for my in-laws 30th anniversary. We got so much attention on the days we wore them! It was pretty neat. We are planning on doing that again with something about Colby's first trip. I have not started thinking about that yet! :rolleyes1

Brave teacher
02-27-2010, 12:18 PM
You have been a busy lady! Love all the autograph pages, as usual. The pillowcases are adorable. I really like the Alice ones. I have tried talking Bryan into the matching t-shirts for the past few trips. He won't budge...he doesn't want to do it. Oh well, a girl can try right?

Charlefours
02-27-2010, 10:47 PM
Hello! :wave2: I am new to your PTR and have read and caught up with everything today. :goodvibes

I will be interested to hear how you like staying off-site. I would really like to go back before I begin my PhD program and the only way I think we would be able to swing to trips that close together (we are going in September and then I am hoping to in May) would be for us to stay offsite.

Touring Plans: I noticed when you were discussing all the fun iPhone apps (I wish I had one but cannot upgrade my phone yet and I refuse to pay full price) you are using RideMax. What do you think of it? I am debating between it and TGM.

cute pictures from Halloween!! love the photos from last year's trip. :)

How did you like camping at Fort Wilderness? That might be another option for us to consider on our second trip I want to sneak in next year.

:( sorry you are not making it to the waterparks but at least you have a private pool to go back to at the end of the day or for a morning swim!

Another fun thing you could consider doing is Characters in Flight (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/downtown-disney/attractions/characters-in-flight/)--you take gorgeous pictures you would probably really enjoy it.

cute autograph book--I am still planning my DD's. Cute idea to have it printed at Shutterfly. Are you a digital scrabooker by a chance?

Have you thought about offering up your services on the DISign board? I bet there would be DISers jumping at the chance to get you to design things for them. :goodvibes

I am looking forward to reading along the rest of the way :surfweb:

elizablake
02-28-2010, 08:23 PM
Wow. I am totally impressed by anybody who can "make" things like this. Actually by making the pillowcases and t-shirts, you are SAVING $$, and that really gets my attention! :thumbsup2

The really cool thing is that you will have things that no one else has!! I remember someone actually stopping us and asking where my daughter got her t-shirt once (at DHS) when she had a Narnia shirt on from the Disney store from home; I was impressed that no one had that kind of shirt in WDW (if they did, we didn't see it, and neither did those people).

Thanks. :goodvibes DD loves any attention she can get. :lmao:

:goodvibes We got another 6-8 inches, so there is pleanty to spare!

You have been very busy down there! All your pages, pillow cases and t-shirt designs look great! On our trip in June 09 we all had matching t-shirts for my in-laws 30th anniversary. We got so much attention on the days we wore them! It was pretty neat. We are planning on doing that again with something about Colby's first trip. I have not started thinking about that yet! :rolleyes1

I can't seem to talk anyone into matching t-shirts. I wish. :lmao: Colby's first trip t-shirt sounds sweet and great for photos. :thumbsup2

You have been a busy lady! Love all the autograph pages, as usual. The pillowcases are adorable. I really like the Alice ones. I have tried talking Bryan into the matching t-shirts for the past few trips. He won't budge...he doesn't want to do it. Oh well, a girl can try right?

:lmao: DH won't even consider it. I'm going to make him a grumpy t-shirt :lmao: Sounds like your DH needs one too.

Hello! :wave2: I am new to your PTR and have read and caught up with everything today. :goodvibes

I will be interested to hear how you like staying off-site. I would really like to go back before I begin my PhD program and the only way I think we would be able to swing to trips that close together (we are going in September and then I am hoping to in May) would be for us to stay offsite.

Touring Plans: I noticed when you were discussing all the fun iPhone apps (I wish I had one but cannot upgrade my phone yet and I refuse to pay full price) you are using RideMax. What do you think of it? I am debating between it and TGM.

cute pictures from Halloween!! love the photos from last year's trip. :)

How did you like camping at Fort Wilderness? That might be another option for us to consider on our second trip I want to sneak in next year.

:( sorry you are not making it to the waterparks but at least you have a private pool to go back to at the end of the day or for a morning swim!

Another fun thing you could consider doing is Characters in Flight (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/downtown-disney/attractions/characters-in-flight/)--you take gorgeous pictures you would probably really enjoy it.

cute autograph book--I am still planning my DD's. Cute idea to have it printed at Shutterfly. Are you a digital scrabooker by a chance?

Have you thought about offering up your services on the DISign board? I bet there would be DISers jumping at the chance to get you to design things for them. :goodvibes

I am looking forward to reading along the rest of the way :surfweb:

:banana:Welcome! I'll let you know how it goes off-site. I'm sure it will be different but hopefully we won't miss out on too much Disney magic.

TGM vs Ridemax: It sounds like you have been before so I would recommend Ridemax. TGM was great for our first trip. There is a lot of information on his site but it is not organized very well so it takes some time to get through. His touring strategies worked very well and his recommended parks seemed correct. I liked the way he described the reasoning behind his recommended parks and his crowd calendar. Ridemax does not have a crowd calendar or best park guide. But I don't feel like I need those things. Ridemax is great for touring plans though. You choose which rides/attractions you want to ride and what day/time you will be at the park, and then Ridemax creates a touring plan for you. Last June it was very accurate. :thumbsup2 You can even enter breaks and shows at specific times. If you are anything like me though, you will want to take Ridemax's suggestions and make a few changes. So I usually break the day into small sections to have more control. It's really fun to play around with different scenarios. :woohoo: Hope that helps.

We LOVED Fort Wilderness. But we also love to camp in our RV. Since we spend so much time in it, it's like bring our house to Disney. The Fort's new pool is great. We love Chip and Dale's sing-a-long and the outdoor movies. The pony rides were fun. Trail's end had OK food. We loved MK only being a short boat ride away. :lovestruc The only bad thing about the Fort is the size of it. You have to take an internal bus to get from your campsite to the boats or busses. Or you can rent a golf cart (which is expensive but fun).

I've heard about Characters in Flight but I haven't checked out the details. I'll check it out.

Yes, I like digital scrap booking. A few of my friends are into traditional scrap booking but I'm dangerous with a pair of scissors. :scared1::laughing: I've created a few things on the DISign board. :) If you want anything, let me know.

I look forward to reading your pre-trip report!

kcandbella
02-28-2010, 11:43 PM
Just found your PTR through the DIS-igns board. Your DD is so cute! She is very close in age to my DD. Your plans all look great too! Just wanted to say hi! :goodvibes

elizablake
03-01-2010, 09:35 AM
Just found your PTR through the DIS-igns board. Your DD is so cute! She is very close in age to my DD. Your plans all look great too! Just wanted to say hi! :goodvibes

Hi :wave2: and :welcome:

Did you like your autograph book cover? Let me know if you want anything else.

I see your going a few weeks before us. I plan to check out your pre-trip report. :banana:

elizablake
03-01-2010, 03:13 PM
I was hoping for some quick advice. :goodvibes

Right now on Saturday June 5th, DD has an 11:30 AM BBB appt and then we have a late lunch at CRT at 2:05.

We were planning on arriving at MK that day at rope drop and hitting some rides before DD's 11:30 appt. The BBB will probably be running late so I expect DD to be done about 12:30 to 1:00. Then we were going to use some fast passes or hunt down some characters before our 2:05 CRT. We probably won't be back that evening since we won't get back to the rental house till about 4:00.

Now I'm having second thoughts. :rotfl: I checked and CRT has dinner available that day(4pm-8pm). Would dinner be better? The menu looks a little better. Originally, we hadn't considered it because DD is all about the princesses. If we do dinner, when should she have her BBB appt? If we do the appt at 11:30 then go back to the house for an afternoon break, she won't be able to swim. Maybe I should do a 4:00 BBB appt. ?????? AHHHHHHHHH!

kcandbella
03-01-2010, 04:45 PM
I love the autograph book covers! Thanks so much for doing those. I really appreciate it! :goodvibes

As for BBB, I would do whatever your family is more comfortable with. If you are the type that likes to go home for awhile in the afternoon, I would move both appointments to the evening. I would not have one in the morning and one in the afternoon, because as you said, for swimming or napping that wouldn't work. Or if you would rather get it all done and over with, keep your original plan. I know that isn't much help but just my $.02!! :rotfl:

Charlefours
03-01-2010, 06:34 PM
I was hoping for some quick advice. :goodvibes

Right now on Saturday June 5th, DD has an 11:30 AM BBB appt and then we have a late lunch at CRT at 2:05.

We were planning on arriving at MK that day at rope drop and hitting some rides before DD's 11:30 appt. The BBB will probably be running late so I expect DD to be done about 12:30 to 1:00. Then we were going to use some fast passes or hunt down some characters before our 2:05 CRT. We probably won't be back that evening since we won't get back to the rental house till about 4:00.

Now I'm having second thoughts. :rotfl: I checked and CRT has dinner available that day(4pm-8pm). Would dinner be better? The menu looks a little better. Originally, we hadn't considered it because DD is all about the princesses. If we do dinner, when should she have her BBB appt? If we do the appt at 11:30 then go back to the house for an afternoon break, she won't be able to swim. Maybe I should do a 4:00 BBB appt. ?????? AHHHHHHHHH!

Dinner at CRT now includes Cinderella, I remember reading that announcement recently though perhaps it did not start right away? :confused3 Not sure if that is what you mean by DD really being into pricness but had not considered dinner there.

If you do the bun hair style--it will stay all week! LOL even with swimming and rain. :thumbsup2 The other styles may not stay as well. Do you know which she is planning on doing?

I would figure an hour for the appointment (not sure which package you are getting) and then if you want to add padding for running behind, I would say 15 minutes since they stick to their schedule as best as possible.

elizablake
03-01-2010, 08:01 PM
Thank you both for the advice. Charlefours you are so right about the bun hairstyle. :lmao: (Note to self: bring extra bottle of shampoo to get the glue out of DD's hair). From what I understand, dinner at CRT now has princesses. Before it was Cindy, the fairy god mother and the mice.

I got a chance to talk to my parents and husband today. Both options have their pros and cons but we decided to change our CRT meal to dinner (7:00) and tomorrow I'm going to call and try to move DD's BBB appt to 12:00 or 12:30. Our new plan is to be at MK for rope drop but we are bringing both cars (yes, I know the plan sounds crazy so far). We are going to do as much of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland as we can collecting fast passes along the way. Then when it is time for DD's BBB appt, Dad and DH are going to take one car back to the rental house to get some rest. Mom, DD and I are going to stay at the Magic Kingdom for DD's appt and to enjoy some girl time. We may see a show, take some photos or hunt down some characters. Who am I kidding, :lmao: once we ditch the guys, we are going shopping!!:cool1: When we are ready, the girls will return to the rental house to freshen up for our dinner in the castle. Hopefully, the guys will be rested and we can all return to the MK to use our fast passes from earlier, eat with Cindy and maybe stay for Wishes. :love: Then limp home and sleep for about 12 hours. :lmao:

This plan will be a lot easier on my father since he will get such a long break. :) And I look forward to time with just DD and Mom. We always have a great time without the responsible ones around. :thumbsup2

Off topic: My mom s a Kindergarten teacher and the parents of one of her students offered to "loan" her their lake house the weekend after next. :cool1: And there are enough bedrooms for all of us. :cool1::cool1: So, we have a weekend getaway coming up! Also, we are taking the RV to the beach (our favorite campground Topsail Hill Preserve) for DD's spring break at the end of March! :yay::yay::yay:

SimmerBaggins
03-03-2010, 07:51 PM
So, you have a trip to tie you over until June -- lucky!! :laughing:

I can't decide if our June trip is coming up too fast, or too slow...too fast as far as saving up $$ to go...too slow as far as waiting, waiting...waiting....! I like the sound of your "girls' day" -- that's really awesome to share your daughter's magic with your mom. :)

elizablake
03-04-2010, 04:53 PM
Way too slow!! :lmao: Actually, I'm not ready. I have money to save, weight to lose, dog sitters to find, and shopping.

I just want my 90 mark to get here so I can buy Ridemax!

Now that I have had time to think about it, I am super happy with our decision to move CRT to dinner. I feel like it gives us more options. And I'm looking forward to time with Mom and DD. We have so much fun together.

Charlefours
03-04-2010, 06:46 PM
Yay for girl time! I am looking forward to having some girl time during our trip when we go to a tea party and the guys go golfing.

weight loss--I am in the same boat! I am working on losing before visiting the Mouse. :thumbsup2

kcandbella
03-04-2010, 07:11 PM
I hear you too on the weight to lose...I don't even know if any of my summer clothes will still fit me since last year! :scared1: Oh well, that's a reason to buy new clothes, right? :rotfl2: (Just kidding, I only like buying clothes in smaller sizes, not bigger!)

DisneyMomma09
03-04-2010, 09:08 PM
Your girls day sounds like fun! I love spending time with my momma!

I hear ya with the weight loss! I have been working hard to lose all the baby weight I gained last year. So far I have been successful! But I would still like to lose more! My DSIL has lost 100lbs doing Weight Watchers and is rewarding herself by taking a Disney Cruise! Talk about good motivation...

elizablake
03-05-2010, 11:40 AM
Yay for girl time! I am looking forward to having some girl time during our trip when we go to a tea party and the guys go golfing.

weight loss--I am in the same boat! I am working on losing before visiting the Mouse. :thumbsup2

I read about your tea party in your PTR. Sounds like a lot more fun than golf. :thumbsup2

Good luck with the weight loss! :)

I hear you too on the weight to lose...I don't even know if any of my summer clothes will still fit me since last year! :scared1: Oh well, that's a reason to buy new clothes, right? :rotfl2: (Just kidding, I only like buying clothes in smaller sizes, not bigger!)

I can't afford new bigger or smaller clothes. I keep spending all my money on princess dresses. :lmao: I have a closet full of the cutest summer clothes that are a few sizes too small. ;)

Your girls day sounds like fun! I love spending time with my momma!

I hear ya with the weight loss! I have been working hard to lose all the baby weight I gained last year. So far I have been successful! But I would still like to lose more! My DSIL has lost 100lbs doing Weight Watchers and is rewarding herself by taking a Disney Cruise! Talk about good motivation...

Your SIL deserves a cruise! Wow, that makes my goal seem a bit easier. I'm still trying to lose baby weight too. 5 years later. :rolleyes1 Congrats on your success!

hollybearsmom
03-05-2010, 01:32 PM
Just started reading because of the link on the 8x8 autograph page thread and wanted to go ahead and say hi :wave2:

we just last week made our reservation for June 5 to the
10th! :banana::yay::cheer2: slightly excited by this


maybe we will run into ya'll one day, back to reading now!

elizablake
03-05-2010, 03:07 PM
Just started reading because of the link on the 8x8 autograph page thread and wanted to go ahead and say hi :wave2:

we just last week made our reservation for June 5 to the
10th! :banana::yay::cheer2: slightly excited by this


maybe we will run into ya'll one day, back to reading now!


:banana::banana::banana::banana:
I need details. :lmao: Where are you staying? Any park plans yet?

hollybearsmom
03-05-2010, 06:28 PM
[QUOTE=elizablake;35707350
I need details. :lmao: Where are you staying? Any park plans yet?[/QUOTE]

well, we are staying at ASMovies, our first time there
we are doing ddp, our first time with it
and we are not doing a park on saturday arrival day, and i'm not sure about the rest yet!

Charlefours
03-07-2010, 03:05 PM
I hear you too on the weight to lose...I don't even know if any of my summer clothes will still fit me since last year! :scared1: Oh well, that's a reason to buy new clothes, right? :rotfl2: (Just kidding, I only like buying clothes in smaller sizes, not bigger!)

no one likes to buy bigger sizes!! :lmao:

seobaina
03-09-2010, 07:25 PM
Got the link from when you posted on my pretrippie. sorry it's taken me so long to get over here. Btw, your daughter is really cute! Right, now lots to comment on.


Things we have never done-I left out restaurants and characters that we are not interested in:
Tried a Dole Whip!
Never eaten at Cinderella’s Royal Table
Indiana Jones Stunt Show
One Man’s Dream
Dine with the Princess in Norway
Illuminations-technically we were there during Illuminations in Jan but we didn’t really see it.
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Met Pocahontas

Ok, I picked my faves of the list you had. Dole whips I wasn't sure about but I LOVED it...and I'm a fussy eater. I enjoyed eating at CRT. Akershus was better but CRT is in the castle. Indiana SS is amazing, one of my faves. One Man's Dream I loved as a disney fan (or Walt fan) but not sure how your daughter would do with it. Fun to see all the exhibits though. Maharajah is the better of the two treks in my opinion - the tigers are great. As for meeting Pocahontas? She's a must. She's my fave character so I couldn't miss her. We normally meet her in Conservation Station but I hear she's in Camp M&M now too.



http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Picture113.jpg

oooohh, where is that?




oooh, now I have a blackberry and I'm assuming these are Iphone. But my travelling companion has an ipone. Where did you find these apps?

[QUOTE=Bridora;35100948]I've never been, but Beaches & Cream is there somewhere and that's the place that has the "kitchen sink" ice cream mountainesque conglomeration.

Beaches and Cream is awesome!!

Possibly something in EPCOT or maybe Ohana, Rainforest Cafe or Boma.

I really liked Boma. Not been to Ohana but Boma was great!

often think that, too -- I write, and think, "well, somebody's looking, but I guess I'm too boring to comment about...: FAIL." :rotfl2:

Have that feeling myself on mine. I just keep rambling on and on :)

I spent some time on the Creative DISigns board checking out the autograph books people have made. I love the idea and think it would make a great souvenir. So... I'm going to attempt to create one. :cool1:

And they look FABULOUS! Well done.

That's a really cool idea! Unfortunately for me, my DD is too old to really want anything like signatures or scrapbooks...she has no interest in putting stuff like that together anymore! :sad2:

Too old? I'm nearly 34 and I've done autograph books for my two friends ;)


http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/IMG_8669.jpg


Is this your dog? My dogs used to love playing in the snow too. Cats...not so keen.

weight loss--I am in the same boat! I am working on losing before visiting the Mouse. :thumbsup2

With you on that...although doing badly at the mo, which is totally my fault.

Ok, think I've caught up!

elizablake
03-10-2010, 09:19 AM
:welcome:party:

As for meeting Pocahontas? She's a must. She's my fave character so I couldn't miss her. We normally meet her in Conservation Station but I hear she's in Camp M&M now too.!

We've never met Pocahontas! We are going to have to track her down this year.


oooohh, where is that?

It's in HS. Somewhere in the streets of america.


oooh, now I have a blackberry and I'm assuming these are Iphone. But my travelling companion has an ipone. Where did you find these apps?

Yes, I have an iPhone. All of them are in the app store. Search "Disney" and you will find tons.


Is this your dog? My dogs used to love playing in the snow too. Cats...not so keen.

That's one of my fur babies. His name is Mojo and he's a 3 year old Great Dane. He got sick of the snow fast but my German Shepherd LOVED it. :lmao:

elizablake
03-14-2010, 07:40 PM
Hello everyone! :wave2:

I have a few small updates:

1. I was able to move our BBB appt on our first day from 11:30 to 12:30. :woohoo: Now we won't feel as rushed. The guys can still leave at 11:30 if they want. More girly time. :cool1:

2. I also made an appointment for the Pirates League for Weds. DD has been into dress up lately so I think she would enjoy it. She is more of a princess than a pirate. Hopefully, they can make her a pretty pirate. princess: I can't find much information about the Pirate's league. Has anyone done it?

3. I GOT OFF OF WORK ON FRIDAY!!! I had to really negotiate to get some co-workers to cover for me. So now we can leave when we want. We are considering two options:


Leave GA at 5:00 AM so DD will sleep for the first part of the drive. Arrive in WDW about 1:00. Go to DTD to shop and eat. Then pick up a few groceries before we check in to the rental house. Hang at the rental house until bedtime.
Wait till after rush hour and leave GA at 8:00 AM. Plan to stop several times on our way down there. Arrive at WDW between 3-4 and pick up groceries before we check in to the rental house.


I'm leaning toward leaving at 5:00. I'll be up by then anyway. :lmao:

4. I may have mentioned it before but we have not talked to DD about the trip since the initial planning. At the time, we had about a year to go and it was too long for DD to wait. Occasionally, we will say "One day when we go to Disney...." or something like that. So she knows we will go one day but not when. We are considering surprising her the day we leave. She is not the type of kid to ask too many questions and she goes with the flow. So, we need to find a way to surprise her. I think we should tell her the day we leave but DH mentioned a few days before. But I worry that a few days can feel like eternity when you are 5. :) Anyone have experience?

5. One last thing. Ever since we adjusted our MK plans to include some girl only time, DH and I have been talking about finding some time for just him and I. Should be spend some time in a park or just go to dinner? Which park would be best for a couple?

Brave teacher
03-14-2010, 07:45 PM
I'm glad you were able to find some extra girly time. Hopefully, she likes the pirate league too. We have not surprised our kids with a trip before. I would be horrible about keeping Disney secrets. I can't help but talk about the next trip.

I would say do both. Plan a dinner for you and DH at a restaurant in Epcot. You can then spend the evening strolling through World SHowcase.

YAY on the extra time to travel when you originally wanted to.

elizablake
03-14-2010, 09:51 PM
I would say do both. Plan a dinner for you and DH at a restaurant in Epcot. You can then spend the evening strolling through World SHowcase.


That sounds nice! :lovestruc

As strange as it sounds, I might be leaning toward AK. I think the park will be open till 7. We could use some Everest or Dinosaur FPs from that morning and maybe explore one of the trails.

seobaina
03-15-2010, 03:41 PM
We've never met Pocahontas! We are going to have to track her down this year.

Good luck. I've met her several times and she's always been lovely :) .


It's in HS. Somewhere in the streets of america.


Thanks, I'll have a look for it. Photo opportunity!


Yes, I have an iPhone. All of them are in the app store. Search "Disney" and you will find tons.


I'll get my friend to have a look. I've got a Blackberry instead


That's one of my fur babies. His name is Mojo and he's a 3 year old Great Dane. He got sick of the snow fast but my German Shepherd LOVED it. :lmao:

LOL I love them. Used to help out at an animal shelter...and had four dogs of my own once. Fur babies are the best and he at least looked like he had some fun. My cats are house cats but I took my kitten (he's 1 but like a kitten) out to see the snow. I held on to him and he thought it was great until about 5 flakes landed on him then he decided he didn't like it after all :lmao: One of my old dogs used to come back in looking like the abominable snowman cause it would all stick to her fur. :rotfl:

Charlefours
03-15-2010, 09:29 PM
Hello! I am glad you were able to get a BBB you are happy with and fits with your ideal schedule. Such a great thing--gal time at Disney!! Pirates League--how cute! I will be looking forward to reading about what DD thinks of it. :goodvibes: Hmm...:scratchin: I would want to leave at 5:00 a.m. too to have a greater chance of DD sleeping the first part. No experience in surprising someone with a trip to Disney. You know your daughter best--it may be best to tell her a few days in advance, just so you can pack without having to hide it? :confused2: Hmm, date night: I would say a nice dinner and a walk around a resort OR a night in Epcot would be our choices. Both IMO would be nice options! :idea:You could go eat a nice dinner than watch Wishes from the POLY beach if it works out during your stay as another idea.

kcandbella
03-15-2010, 09:32 PM
All very exciting updates! For some couple time, you could pick a restaurant that you and your husband think sounds good but your DD wouldn't like. The World Showcase idea sounds fun too. Good luck!

elizablake
03-16-2010, 10:01 AM
LOL I love them. Used to help out at an animal shelter...and had four dogs of my own once. Fur babies are the best and he at least looked like he had some fun. My cats are house cats but I took my kitten (he's 1 but like a kitten) out to see the snow. I held on to him and he thought it was great until about 5 flakes landed on him then he decided he didn't like it after all :lmao: One of my old dogs used to come back in looking like the abominable snowman cause it would all stick to her fur. :rotfl:

:lmao: Cats and snow do not mix. I wish I could volunteer at our animal shelter but I already collect too many pets that need a home. ;)

We had so much snow this year. All the animals surprised me with their reaction. My pig, Bacon Bits, loved it! Believe it or not, this is his happy face:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Picture155.jpg

My goats on the other hand, were mad:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Picture099.jpg

The last snow we had was really wet. This is what Scooter looks like normally:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Picture086a.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Picture086a.jpg)

This is what he looked like after playing in the snow :lmao::

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/029-1.jpg

Hmm...:scratchin: I would want to leave at 5:00 a.m. too to have a greater chance of DD sleeping the first part. No experience in surprising someone with a trip to Disney. You know your daughter best--it may be best to tell her a few days in advance, just so you can pack without having to hide it? :confused2: Hmm, date night: I would say a nice dinner and a walk around a resort OR a night in Epcot would be our choices. Both IMO would be nice options! :idea:You could go eat a nice dinner than watch Wishes from the POLY beach if it works out during your stay as another idea.

I'm leaning toward the 5am departure. I can cover some serious miles if DD and DH are asleep. ;) Everyone is suggesting EPCOT. I need to check out some EPCOT menus and make an ADR sometime this week before everything is booked. It might be fun to get snacks from several CS places though.

All very exciting updates! For some couple time, you could pick a restaurant that you and your husband think sounds good but your DD wouldn't like. The World Showcase idea sounds fun too. Good luck!

Thanks for the advice. I need to talk to DH and see where he would like to eat.

Bridora
03-16-2010, 10:23 AM
If you are going to be up anyway, I say leave at 5:00! The earlier, the better, when going to Disney! :) That only gives you more time in FL!


We surprised our kids with a trip last year. I can only speak for our family, but we probably won't be doing that again! :laughing: At least not the way we did, which was to not tell them until we were in the car, on the way, and only after about 3 or so hours. They were glad to be going, but sad that they had not told anyone or anything "goodbye" properly. The must be like their Mommy & need a little prep. time! :laughing:


Epcot Date Night sounds like fun!

elizablake
03-16-2010, 01:02 PM
We surprised our kids with a trip last year. I can only speak for our family, but we probably won't be doing that again! :laughing: At least not the way we did, which was to not tell them until we were in the car, on the way, and only after about 3 or so hours. They were glad to be going, but sad that they had not told anyone or anything "goodbye" properly. The must be like their Mommy & need a little prep. time! :laughing:



Unlike her Mommy, DD really lives in the moment. ;) I'm afraid if I tell her a few days before she'll say, "I have to wait two whole days! Can we go now instead?". I can't tell her the night before because DH will be at work plus she will never go to sleep. Packing without her knowledge is not a problem so I'm leaning toward just waiting and telling her on the way down there. I remember a lot of rest stops on I-75 in south Ga. Maybe we can stop at one of those and tell her. I know once she wakes up, she's going to want to know where she is going.

elizablake
03-17-2010, 08:42 AM
Everyone is suggesting EPCOT. I need to check out some EPCOT menus and make an ADR sometime this week before everything is booked. It might be fun to get snacks from several CS places though.


Well, DH and I took a look at the menus and talked about a romantic evening enjoying a nice dinner and stroll around the World Showcase. But....we decided it was not for us. :lmao: We are really big kids and we want rides! So instead we are going to return to either AK or HS on Tuesday or Thursday. :banana:Hopefully we can gather some FPs earlier in the day for RnRC, ToT, or EE.:) If not, we will wonder around and see what trouble we can get in.

Bridora
03-17-2010, 10:29 AM
We are really big kids and we want rides! So instead we are going to return to either AK or HS on Tuesday or Thursday. :banana:Hopefully we can gather some FPs earlier in the day for RnRC, ToT, or EE.:) If not, we will wonder around and see what trouble we can get in.

That will be lots of fun, too! I don't like to do any rides by myself...it's just more fun when someone is with you. Being able to have a night to do all the big rides you want with your DH: :thumbsup2!

DisneyMomma09
03-19-2010, 09:02 PM
Well, DH and I took a look at the menus and talked about a romantic evening enjoying a nice dinner and stroll around the World Showcase. But....we decided it was not for us. :lmao: We are really big kids and we want rides! So instead we are going to return to either AK or HS on Tuesday or Thursday. :banana:Hopefully we can gather some FPs earlier in the day for RnRC, ToT, or EE.:) If not, we will wonder around and see what trouble we can get in.

I am totally with you on this! DH and I are the same way! Especially this year with the baby, we will not be able to ride many rides together. If we had a night together we would spend it riding the thrill rides! :scared1:

SimmerBaggins
03-21-2010, 02:32 PM
It's funny -- I always want to spend more time at Epcot, but those rides are CALLING! :laughing: Epcot really is a 2 day park, but when and if it ever happens that you have time just to stroll, shop and enjoy, I would imagine it would be a favorite park of mine for that.

As for getting up in the morning. You all are going to think I am crazy, but when we get up early to drive for a long way for a vacation, I get everyone going at 3 am, and out the door by 3:30.

I know what you're thinking. "THREE a.m.???" Yes. BECAUSE. I LOVE to get out on the road when no one is even THINKING about getting out on the road. I make everyone take a nap in the afternoon and get to bed early the evening before, with everything packed and put in the car that can be done prior.

Adrenaline kicks in when the alarm goes off for 3 am. By the time the "early birds" are getting out to go to work, I have made EXCELLENT time getting out of their way...and when and if I hit some other city's traffic jam, my comfort is that I am a couple of hours ahead of what I might have been.

And when DD was little, she would sleep easier in the car seat from being up at that earlier time...don't know if that makes sense--!
:cutie:

TinksThree
03-23-2010, 01:50 PM
Subbing!! We will be there the exact same time! So cool!! :cool1: I skimmed the first two pages when I saw your dates but now must get back to work :sad2: so I will go back and catch-up later! We will actually be there only June 5-June 10 but this is a "introductory" trip for my DH who totally surprised me by saying "Let's go to Disney World" (he was high from a NO Saints Super Bowl win the night before!! :rotfl2:) The kids and I have been but DH always has said "No Way!" So I am hoping for manageable crowds and decent heat!!

elizablake
03-23-2010, 08:45 PM
I am totally with you on this! DH and I are the same way! Especially this year with the baby, we will not be able to ride many rides together. If we had a night together we would spend it riding the thrill rides! :scared1:

It's just not the same riding with a stranger.:sad2: DH and I got to ride a few things together on our last trip with our neices and nephews. Call me weird but I thought it was romantic. :lovestruc

It's funny -- I always want to spend more time at Epcot, but those rides are CALLING! :laughing: Epcot really is a 2 day park, but when and if it ever happens that you have time just to stroll, shop and enjoy, I would imagine it would be a favorite park of mine for that.

As for getting up in the morning. You all are going to think I am crazy, but when we get up early to drive for a long way for a vacation, I get everyone going at 3 am, and out the door by 3:30.

I know what you're thinking. "THREE a.m.???" Yes. BECAUSE. I LOVE to get out on the road when no one is even THINKING about getting out on the road. I make everyone take a nap in the afternoon and get to bed early the evening before, with everything packed and put in the car that can be done prior.

Adrenaline kicks in when the alarm goes off for 3 am. By the time the "early birds" are getting out to go to work, I have made EXCELLENT time getting out of their way...and when and if I hit some other city's traffic jam, my comfort is that I am a couple of hours ahead of what I might have been.

And when DD was little, she would sleep easier in the car seat from being up at that earlier time...don't know if that makes sense--!
:cutie:

On our last trip we only had one day at EPCOT and we missed a lot. I could spend every evening strolling around EPCOT. :thumbsup2

3:00 AM! Yeah! Someone crazier than me. :lmao: I would much rather get on the road early. DH always laughs when the alarm goes off and I spring out of the bed like the house is on fire. Usually still tangled in the sheets. :rotfl2: We are lucky because DD can sleep anywhere. She will have no problem sleeping for a few hours in her car seat. DH usually falls asleep too and I drive trying to contain my excitement. :thumbsup2

Subbing!! We will be there the exact same time! So cool!! :cool1: I skimmed the first two pages when I saw your dates but now must get back to work :sad2: so I will go back and catch-up later! We will actually be there only June 5-June 10 but this is a "introductory" trip for my DH who totally surprised me by saying "Let's go to Disney World" (he was high from a NO Saints Super Bowl win the night before!! :rotfl2:) The kids and I have been but DH always has said "No Way!" So I am hoping for manageable crowds and decent heat!!

:welcome: Have you planned which parks for each day? Any ADRs? If you would like to share any of your plans, I would love to hear about them. Hopefully your DH will become a Disney lover. :) Have you ever been in June before? I know everyone has a different tolerance for the heat and crowds. Last year I learned that rope drop and a touring plan really help with the crowds. With only a few exceptions, we never waited more than about 15 minutes but we took full advantage of the fast passes. :thumbsup2 So the crowds didn't really affect us. The heat was HORRIBLE last year. We had a brief rain shower on the first day and then sunny skies the rest of the trip. I would have loved an overcast morning or an afternoon shower to help with the heat. The good news is that the Farmer's Almanac says June should be a few degrees cooler than average and normal rainfall. For a more accurate forecast, I asked DD's magic eight ball if we were going to die of heat stokes and it said "It is decidedly so". :scared1::lmao:

TinksThree
03-24-2010, 01:34 PM
That is really scary about the magic eight ball…they are always right!!!:rotfl2:

The kids and I went for Spring Break last year and completely used rope drops and FPs. Looking back at the crowd pictures I took, I am still amazed that the longest we waited was 45 minutes for BTMR after Wishes and 30 min for IASW in mid-afternoon. I also used Touring Plans and that worked so well, that I am following the same pattern this year! The trip is a little different in what I would normally plan for just me and the kids. Originally we were going to S. Dakota but then DH changed our minds and of course we jumped at going back. We were planning a trip this Christmas with my parents but now that will probably be pushed to a different time. But you never know!

We live in MS so heat/humidity we are used to, although it is different in WDW. We had two days above 90 last year and it was hot but not unbearable. I am hoping that if the temps are around that (90/92) in June, we will survive. Plus we have ADRs in afternoons that will give us a break. My kids LOVE table service. Their only requests for this trip were Character meals (and they are both teens which totally surprises me!!:confused3) and Le Cellier. All of the ADRs are per their choosing and the trip is revolving around making it pleasant for DH and hopefully he will feel the magic!

We are doing 4 days, no PH or add-ons. My husband is retired from the military so we are taking advantage of the $99 tickets. Normally, I would do PH but I think with 4 days/4 parks, we will just focus on a park a day and then outside park stuff. This is my “plan” so far:

Sat: arriving mid-afternoon, DTD and relax at hotel in preparation for the next 4 days!!
Sun: Animal Kingdom (8am ADR at Tusker House and 7:35pm ADR at Whispering Canyon)
Mon: DHS (late lunch ADR at Sci-Fi) and that evening is wide open; this is a PM EMH for DHS but we will play it ear
Tues: Magic Kingdom (AM EMH) and late breakfast ADR at Ohana; we will probably take an afternoon break and head back for the parade and fireworks (I am kind of excited about the changes since we just saw Spectro and Wishes last year)
Wed: Epcot with late lunch at Le Cellier
Thurs: breakfast at Chef Mickey’s and then we are going to St. Augustine. My kids actually enjoy history and we will be staying on the beach. Plus this gives DH a “Disney” break

Sorry, a little long winded…I get overly excited when I talk Disney! :rolleyes1I plan to read your report tonight since it is my only non-soccer game night this week!! I can’t wait to really hear all of your plans!!

elizablake
03-24-2010, 02:10 PM
That is really scary about the magic eight ball…they are always right!!!:rotfl2:

The kids and I went for Spring Break last year and completely used rope drops and FPs. Looking back at the crowd pictures I took, I am still amazed that the longest we waited was 45 minutes for BTMR after Wishes and 30 min for IASW in mid-afternoon. I also used Touring Plans and that worked so well, that I am following the same pattern this year! The trip is a little different in what I would normally plan for just me and the kids. Originally we were going to S. Dakota but then DH changed our minds and of course we jumped at going back. We were planning a trip this Christmas with my parents but now that will probably be pushed to a different time. But you never know!

We live in MS so heat/humidity we are used to, although it is different in WDW. We had two days above 90 last year and it was hot but not unbearable. I am hoping that if the temps are around that (90/92) in June, we will survive. Plus we have ADRs in afternoons that will give us a break. My kids LOVE table service. Their only requests for this trip were Character meals (and they are both teens which totally surprises me!!:confused3) and Le Cellier. All of the ADRs are per their choosing and the trip is revolving around making it pleasant for DH and hopefully he will feel the magic!

We are doing 4 days, no PH or add-ons. My husband is retired from the military so we are taking advantage of the $99 tickets. Normally, I would do PH but I think with 4 days/4 parks, we will just focus on a park a day and then outside park stuff. This is my “plan” so far:

Sat: arriving mid-afternoon, DTD and relax at hotel in preparation for the next 4 days!!
Sun: Animal Kingdom (8am ADR at Tusker House and 7:35pm ADR at Whispering Canyon)
Mon: DHS (late lunch ADR at Sci-Fi) and that evening is wide open; this is a PM EMH for DHS but we will play it ear
Tues: Magic Kingdom (AM EMH) and late breakfast ADR at Ohana; we will probably take an afternoon break and head back for the parade and fireworks (I am kind of excited about the changes since we just saw Spectro and Wishes last year)
Wed: Epcot with late lunch at Le Cellier
Thurs: breakfast at Chef Mickey’s and then we are going to St. Augustine. My kids actually enjoy history and we will be staying on the beach. Plus this gives DH a “Disney” break

Sorry, a little long winded…I get overly excited when I talk Disney! :rolleyes1I plan to read your report tonight since it is my only non-soccer game night this week!! I can’t wait to really hear all of your plans!!

Your plans sound great! Don't worry about being long winded, I love reading about other peoples plans.:) AK is our backup plan on Sunday. Most likely we will sleep-in and enjoy the rental house and then see Fantasmic that evening but if it looks like F! may get cancelled from rain or if we don't feel like sitting around all day, we will be at AK. We are planning a Tusker House breakfast on Thursday. I am looking forward to this meal the most. It will be so cool to get into AK before it opens and be so close to Safari at 9:00. Do you know any tricks to finish your meal by park opening? Is an hour enough time to meet all the characters? This will be our first character breakfast. :lovestruc LOL, we are eating at Sci-Fi for lunch on our HS day. Have you ever eaten there before? At MK, is wishes being changed or just Spectro? Weds should be a great day for EPCOT and a wonderful finish to your Disney part of the trip. You are doing a lot of character breakfast meals. Do you prefer them or is that just how your schedule worked out? We :lovestruc St. Augustine too.

You never mentioned where you are staying. Onsite? Anywhere new?

TinksThree
03-25-2010, 11:37 PM
I didn't mention where we were staying did I? Maybe it was a subconscience slip! I actually changed my mind last night. Slept on a couple of options and made the change this AM! We were staying at POP. It would have been our first time at POP. Then yesterday afternoon I got to thinking that we are getting a 40% military discount on the rooms so what if I upgraded? I wanted to go Deluxe but it added $800 where a Moderate only adds $250 :confused3 That is a huge difference. So we looked at CSR, POR/POFQ and Caribbean Beach. CBR just didn't appeal and CSR looks HOT, so we are now staying at POR.

We really liked Sci-Fi. The burgers and milkshakes are good and we really like the car tables and the hokie movies. It has a bad rap, but we enjoyed it enough to definitely go back! I am so excited about the 8am Tusker rezzies and then straight to Safari!! From what I can tell (based on what I have read) it should be right at rope drop when you finish unless you really linger. Since my kids are older, I am hopeful we will be right on time!:thumbsup2 The breakfast character meals were not by design, just happended. We did Ohana last year and DS LOVED it. :lovestruc Really good food!! I had considered Chef Mickey's on arrival night (we had supper last year there, good food) but I didn't want to be tied to anything in case we were tired from the drive. I wanted TH because I love Donald and Daisy :love: So in the end it was 3 character breakfasts. But ohana is at 10:30am so that will be more like brunch. And they wanted to end the Disney portion with Le Cellier which puts Epcot as the final day! Plus Touring Plans has Wed as a good day so that works!

I read your PTR and it's funny that reading your plans and 2nd guesses sounded so like me! I considered doing a PTR just to have decision making help!!:rotfl2: You have a great mix of down time and play time!! I really like the house! Also, Love the princess dresses :love:, the autograph book will be awesome, such a cool keepsake! and the pillowcases are too cool! Where did you get the iron-on patterns? My DD would really like that! Your DD is adorable! She looks like a little princess!

St Augustine: I went in 4th grade...long time ago. So I am excited to get to go back! Have you ever done Fountain of Youth? Everyone on Trip Advisor says it is a tourist trap. When I went in 4th grade we "peeked" through the fence! I'm torn because the kids want to go but I don't want to waste money if it is too touristy!

Wishes: this is what I found, looks like Wishes is gone until at least August 15 but the new stuff doesn't begin until June 6 so there could be a chance to see both Wishes and the new fireworks!!

Fireworks light the night over Magic Kingdom

What could be more summery than fireworks on a star-studded night? Magic Kingdom will treat guests to “Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular,” filling the night sky with vivid colors and brilliant visual effects while whimsical music fills the air.

SimmerBaggins
03-27-2010, 01:34 PM
Hey, TinksThree, we'll be there at the same time, and we're taking two 13 yr old girls (one is my DD)...looks like you've got the teenage thing going, too! Congrats on staying at POR -- my best friend absolutely LOVES that resort.

You should start a PTR and give us more details! :thumbsup2

TinksThree
03-30-2010, 01:25 PM
Hey, TinksThree, we'll be there at the same time, and we're taking two 13 yr old girls (one is my DD)...looks like you've got the teenage thing going, too! Congrats on staying at POR -- my best friend absolutely LOVES that resort.

You should start a PTR and give us more details! :thumbsup2

Perhaps I should! My biggest concerns have been 1) failure to keep up and 2) failure to keep people awake! It could be a good sleeping aid!! :rotfl2:

We do have the teen thing going. It is funny how WDW changes as your kids grow! You appreciate different aspects (and sometimes miss the "old")!! My kids keep asking to take a friend but I am trying to hold off until DS turns 18 and DD turns Sweet 16 and let that be their big gift since it is "important" birthdays. I will work it so it is prior to DS's actual birthday though! ;)

elizablake
04-05-2010, 11:28 AM
I didn't mention where we were staying did I? Maybe it was a subconscience slip! I actually changed my mind last night. Slept on a couple of options and made the change this AM! We were staying at POP. It would have been our first time at POP. Then yesterday afternoon I got to thinking that we are getting a 40% military discount on the rooms so what if I upgraded? I wanted to go Deluxe but it added $800 where a Moderate only adds $250 :confused3 That is a huge difference. So we looked at CSR, POR/POFQ and Caribbean Beach. CBR just didn't appeal and CSR looks HOT, so we are now staying at POR.

I think POR is a good choice. I'm going to miss staying onsite this trip. :upsidedow

We really liked Sci-Fi. The burgers and milkshakes are good and we really like the car tables and the hokie movies. It has a bad rap, but we enjoyed it enough to definitely go back!

I'm noticing a pattern. Everyone who enjoyed Sci-Fi seems to keep it simple with burgers and shakes. Also, I think having realistic expectations helps. We are going fo the airconditioned break and the atmosphere. As long as the burgers are not as nasty as the ones we had at ABC Commissary, I don't see how we could be disappointed.



I am so excited about the 8am Tusker rezzies and then straight to Safari!! From what I can tell (based on what I have read) it should be right at rope drop when you finish unless you really linger. Since my kids are older, I am hopeful we will be right on time!:thumbsup2 The breakfast character meals were not by design, just happended.

Perfect! I'm hoping DH can run and get FPs for Everest while we finish breakfast. :cool1: Last June we walked very slowly back to Safari (It was probably 9:15 by the time we got there) and the we still only waited 5 minutes. So I'm not too worried about rushing. The breakfast is perfect for us since my father would have trouble walking quickly all the way from the front of the park to Safari and I'm sure we will want to ride it first.



And they wanted to end the Disney portion with Le Cellier which puts Epcot as the final day! Plus Touring Plans has Wed as a good day so that works!

Sounds like you have a great plan. We considered EPCOT on Weds but it looked like a good day for the MK as well. DH didn't want to wait until Weds to visit EPCOT so we are going on Mon instead.


I read your PTR and it's funny that reading your plans and 2nd guesses sounded so like me! I considered doing a PTR just to have decision making help!!:rotfl2: You have a great mix of down time and play time!! I really like the house! Also, Love the princess dresses :love:, the autograph book will be awesome, such a cool keepsake! and the pillowcases are too cool! Where did you get the iron-on patterns? My DD would really like that! Your DD is adorable! She looks like a little princess!

Thank you! We loved our down time at the pool last June. It was so darn hot, we really needed a break.

I made the design using Photoshop and I bought some iron on transfers to print them on. I haven't actually done it yet but I'm sure I'll post pics when they are done. I am happy to attempt to make something for your DD, just let me know. There is a lot of inspiration on the Creative DISigns board.


St Augustine: I went in 4th grade...long time ago. So I am excited to get to go back! Have you ever done Fountain of Youth? Everyone on Trip Advisor says it is a tourist trap. When I went in 4th grade we "peeked" through the fence! I'm torn because the kids want to go but I don't want to waste money if it is too touristy!

I haven't been but heard it was lame by a co-worker. Of course, this is the same co-worker that said cruises are boring. :confused3


Wishes: this is what I found, looks like Wishes is gone until at least August 15 but the new stuff doesn't begin until June 6 so there could be a chance to see both Wishes and the new fireworks!!

Fireworks light the night over Magic Kingdom

What could be more summery than fireworks on a star-studded night? Magic Kingdom will treat guests to “Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular,” filling the night sky with vivid colors and brilliant visual effects while whimsical music fills the air.

Thanks for the info. We are going to MK on the 5th and 9th. Hopefully we will be able to see both. ;)

I'll read your pre-trip report if you start one and I promise not to fall asleep. :goodvibes

elizablake
04-05-2010, 11:46 AM
In exactly two months from today we will be at the MK. I'm so excited. :cool1:

Sorry, I've been MIA! We went to the beach for Spring Break. It was so great. The weather was perfect all week and we had so much fun. We camped at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park :lovestruc and spent the entire week riding bikes, relaxing at the beach and pool and eating yummy seafood. Well, I ate seafood, the freaks I was traveling with don't like it. :confused3 Here are a few photos:

Is DD happy to be a the beach or what? :lmao::

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Topsail/0062.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Topsail/013.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Topsail/011.jpg

She must have gotten the iPhone gene from me. Yes, my 5 year old texts. :lmao:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Topsail/180.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Topsail/TopsailHillPreserve065.jpg

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elizablake
04-05-2010, 12:08 PM
Now that we are back from the beach, I'm in full Disney mode!:cool1: And with less than 2 months to go, I'm getting more and more excited. :banana::banana: At 6 months out the trip always seems soooo far away but at two months it seems right around the corner. Especially with my long to do list. I make the final payment on the house this week and I'm planning to get our tickets about 4 weeks out. I need to order DD's autograph book, print a ton of stuff, and start shopping for the trip ASAP. :cool1: I'm happy to report that I cleaned up our guest bedroom/storage room and I got out the suitcases. I also took all the DW "stuff" I've been hiding out of my closet and organized it in the spare bedroom.

One more bit of good news. DD went to a spend the night party this weekend so I went to dinner with just my father and I. :love: He brought up the Disney trip and was talking about how excited he is :banana:. In my entire 31 years, I have never, ever, ever seen my father excited about a vacation. Normally, he complains about it for months before, has an OK time on the trip but then refers to it as the trip from h*** for months afterwards. The best news is that he told me he has been exercising and he is now able to walk 2 miles without needing an ambulance!!!!:woohoo: I'm so proud of him! I told him that I thought if he could walk 3 miles without being exhausted or sore the next day that he would survive Disney. Does that sound right to you guys? Remember that we are planning on keeping the walking to a minimum and not staying at the parks for more than about 3 hours. I've heard that people walk anywhere from 5-13 miles a day at DW. So, if he can walk 3 easily than he should be able to do 5 without hurting himself. Right?:confused3

I should have more updates comming soon. :banana:

Queila
04-05-2010, 07:50 PM
First of all, those pictures of your daughter at the beach are amazing! What a beautiful little girl she is!:cutie: Congratulations.

And what's up with people not liking sea food?? I can live on it. Seriously. ;)More for us, I guess.

I know! Two months sounds pretty good, doesn't it? And the way the weeks are passing so fast we will all be at WDW in no time. :wizard:

And that is great your dad is excited about Disney. He should be! And that is so cute he is even trainning for it just like someone would train for a marathon. Oh wait. It is a marathon. :laughing:

Have a great week!

Q

kcandbella
04-05-2010, 09:25 PM
Those beach pics are beyond precious! I love them all. She looks like she had an absolute blast. And I love that she texts! :rotfl:

TinksThree
04-07-2010, 01:44 PM
I think POR is a good choice. I'm going to miss staying onsite this trip. :upsidedow



I'm noticing a pattern. Everyone who enjoyed Sci-Fi seems to keep it simple with burgers and shakes. Also, I think having realistic expectations helps. We are going fo the airconditioned break and the atmosphere. As long as the burgers are not as nasty as the ones we had at ABC Commissary, I don't see how we could be disappointed.




Perfect! I'm hoping DH can run and get FPs for Everest while we finish breakfast. :cool1: Last June we walked very slowly back to Safari (It was probably 9:15 by the time we got there) and the we still only waited 5 minutes. So I'm not too worried about rushing. The breakfast is perfect for us since my father would have trouble walking quickly all the way from the front of the park to Safari and I'm sure we will want to ride it first.




Sounds like you have a great plan. We considered EPCOT on Weds but it looked like a good day for the MK as well. DH didn't want to wait until Weds to visit EPCOT so we are going on Mon instead.



Thank you! We loved our down time at the pool last June. It was so darn hot, we really needed a break.

I made the design using Photoshop and I bought some iron on transfers to print them on. I haven't actually done it yet but I'm sure I'll post pics when they are done. I am happy to attempt to make something for your DD, just let me know. There is a lot of inspiration on the Creative DISigns board.



I haven't been but heard it was lame by a co-worker. Of course, this is the same co-worker that said cruises are boring. :confused3



Thanks for the info. We are going to MK on the 5th and 9th. Hopefully we will be able to see both. ;)

I'll read your pre-trip report if you start one and I promise not to fall asleep. :goodvibes

I am planning on sending my kids off for the FPs so I am thinking about heading to KS first and then after we finish there sending them towards EE for FPs and we can make our way over a little slower. I don't want to wear my husband out! Sunday I was playing with the app on our I-phone thinking with it being Easter Sunday how much worse could June 6th be?? And the crowd levels were "not too bad" so I am thinking maybe it will be manageable at AK that day. (I hope I didn't just jinx myself!):rolleyes1

The one thing I DID NOT like at Sci-fi was the cucumber/melon salad. I am not usually picky and I like both cucumbers and watermelon but that salad had a weird flavor. I also got the Reuban and it was okay but not great. I am going with the burger this time. Madison got that last time and it was good...and huge! The onion rings are good as well!!

I am seriously considering doing a "walk-by" of Fountain of Youth. I have heard nothing but negative reviews on it. My husband doesn't like cruises either...says there is nothing to do??? :confused3 And we stayed busy the whole time...some people!! :laughing:

I started a PTR. I am finding it a learning experience but I figured out posting pictures...so I think maybe I can get the hang of it!! :rotfl:

Your beach pictures are so beautiful!! I love photography and I am begging for a good camera!! And I can't imagine someone not liking seafood!! I could live on it if I had to!!

elizablake
04-07-2010, 02:33 PM
First of all, those pictures of your daughter at the beach are amazing! What a beautiful little girl she is!:cutie: Congratulations.

And what's up with people not liking sea food?? I can live on it. Seriously. ;)More for us, I guess.

I know! Two months sounds pretty good, doesn't it? And the way the weeks are passing so fast we will all be at WDW in no time. :wizard:

And that is great your dad is excited about Disney. He should be! And that is so cute he is even trainning for it just like someone would train for a marathon. Oh wait. It is a marathon. :laughing:

Have a great week!

Q

Thank you.:goodvibes I love taking photos. My job is technical so I love any chance to attempt to be creative. ;)

:lmao: It is a marathon. He is taking his training seriously. Mom says he even got a sweatband :rotfl:. Hopefully he won't wear it to the parks.

Those beach pics are beyond precious! I love them all. She looks like she had an absolute blast. And I love that she texts! :rotfl:

It was so nice to get away. I always forget how much I like the beach until I get there. DD is growing up too fast for me. :)

I am planning on sending my kids off for the FPs so I am thinking about heading to KS first and then after we finish there sending them towards EE for FPs and we can make our way over a little slower. I don't want to wear my husband out! Sunday I was playing with the app on our I-phone thinking with it being Easter Sunday how much worse could June 6th be?? And the crowd levels were "not too bad" so I am thinking maybe it will be manageable at AK that day. (I hope I didn't just jinx myself!):rolleyes1

The one thing I DID NOT like at Sci-fi was the cucumber/melon salad. I am not usually picky and I like both cucumbers and watermelon but that salad had a weird flavor. I also got the Reuban and it was okay but not great. I am going with the burger this time. Madison got that last time and it was good...and huge! The onion rings are good as well!!

I am seriously considering doing a "walk-by" of Fountain of Youth. I have heard nothing but negative reviews on it. My husband doesn't like cruises either...says there is nothing to do??? :confused3 And we stayed busy the whole time...some people!! :laughing:

I started a PTR. I am finding it a learning experience but I figured out posting pictures...so I think maybe I can get the hang of it!! :rotfl:

Your beach pictures are so beautiful!! I love photography and I am begging for a good camera!! And I can't imagine someone not liking seafood!! I could live on it if I had to!!

I think that will work perfectly for AK. There is always a huge group of people that go straight for EE fast passes at rope drop. The line will probably be shorter after you ride Safari. We found the single rider line at EE last year and it was pretty short. Check it out if you don't mind riding with strangers.

I got an Canon Rebel in Nov. 2008 and I love it! :lovestruc They were not willing to even try the seafood. ;) I heated up a box of frozen chicken nuggets in case DD wouldn't eat the fish. DD and I ended up enjoying the seafood while DH and DFL ate the nuggets. :confused3

Charlefours
04-07-2010, 04:06 PM
:woohoo: for being under two months!! :woohoo: I cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by. Great pictures of your daughter at the beach! So adorable. Topsail, as in NC? We were there briefly last summer and I think this next summer we might go down for a short weekend visit. :cool1: for making the final payment on the house--I am really looking forward to how you like it. :yay: for your Dad being excited!! Epcot is 9 miles long, but that depends on how you walk it. Not sure on the other parks, but I would think 3 miles of continuous walking would be great. I convinced my DMIL to start walking again--she is doing much better than she had. My DFIL on the other hand, has done nothing to prep for Disney. I am a bit worried how he is going to handle it, especially given the hit and humidity. :confused3

ksl5f123
04-08-2010, 01:00 AM
I am kind of a late arrival - just now joining your PTR. We will be there June 7-15 so overlapping a little.

I love all the pics of your DD! She seems to have the biggest smile in every one! I love her Cinderella dress from last year too. I also collect princess dresses. ;) I have 2 DDs and they each have 3-4 plus one for BBB this year that they don't yet know about. :goodvibes

I look forward to the rest of your PTR!

elizablake
04-08-2010, 03:24 PM
Topsail, as in NC?

It's Topsail Hill Preserve in Fl between Destin and Panama City. The beaches are beautiful and that area is not crowded with condos and touristy stuff. But the campground is what makes the place special.

Epcot is 9 miles long, but that depends on how you walk it. Not sure on the other parks, but I would think 3 miles of continuous walking would be great. I convinced my DMIL to start walking again--she is doing much better than she had. My DFIL on the other hand, has done nothing to prep for Disney. I am a bit worried how he is going to handle it, especially given the hit and humidity. :confused3

9 miles!:scared1: Wow! I know there is no way we can do the WS and FW on the same day with my Dad in tow. We will either need to do EPCOT both Mon and Fri. or only go Mon but skip a ton of stuff. I'm torn because we loved the WS in Jan but when we went last June it was soooooooooo hot that we were miserable and it was one of my least favorite days. We were in the WS between 11-1 and we couldn't find a single character. It may have just been bad luck though. In Jan we saw tons of characters in the WS between 2-5 but I don't even want to think about how hot it will be then. I would love suggestions about our EPCOT delima. The must-do's are Spaceship Earth, Innoventions, Soarin' and explore at least some of the WS. What do you think? One day or two?

elizablake
04-08-2010, 03:28 PM
I am kind of a late arrival - just now joining your PTR. We will be there June 7-15 so overlapping a little.

I love all the pics of your DD! She seems to have the biggest smile in every one! I love her Cinderella dress from last year too. I also collect princess dresses. ;) I have 2 DDs and they each have 3-4 plus one for BBB this year that they don't yet know about. :goodvibes

I look forward to the rest of your PTR!

:welcome: You're under the two month mark now too!!! How old are your DDs? BTW, you can never have too many princess dresses. ;)

I look forward to checking out your pre-trip report.

SimmerBaggins
04-08-2010, 09:52 PM
Yes, 9 miles!! That Unofficial Guide to WDW w/Kids talks about getting your KIDS ready for that kind of mileage, too! I've started my family on going walks either every day or every other day -- I'm trying to run every other day, myself, but adding another walk in the day doesn't hurt! I mean, really -- how many times can you get yourself time in the day for even a 3-4 mile walk? It's almost impossible to get yourself to being used to walking that length of time!

There's a product you can buy from the sports stores that you put on your feet that makes them less prone to blisters...which I am prone to. I intend to find it and use it this year...but the book also mentions moleskin, for when you get a blister, anyway!

elizablake
04-09-2010, 03:50 PM
Yes, 9 miles!! That Unofficial Guide to WDW w/Kids talks about getting your KIDS ready for that kind of mileage, too! I've started my family on going walks either every day or every other day -- I'm trying to run every other day, myself, but adding another walk in the day doesn't hurt! I mean, really -- how many times can you get yourself time in the day for even a 3-4 mile walk? It's almost impossible to get yourself to being used to walking that length of time!

There's a product you can buy from the sports stores that you put on your feet that makes them less prone to blisters...which I am prone to. I intend to find it and use it this year...but the book also mentions moleskin, for when you get a blister, anyway!

You are so right. There is no way to "train" for DW unless you walk all day, every day. Well....actually my Mom is a Kindergarten teacher and chases 5 year olds all day so she will be ready.

I've heard of moleskin before but not the other product. The only problem we have had with our feet is wearing wet socks after water rides. DD has crocks but the rest of us only have tennis shoes and flip-flops. I am seriously condsidering wearing my flip-flops to the parks or bringing extra socks.

Brave teacher
04-09-2010, 05:16 PM
I thought I had posted recently, but I guess I was wrong. YAY for being under the 2 month mark.

After walking the first park on the first day, I am always a slight bit sore the next day. 9 miles around Epcot doesn't surprise me at all. I know you run around it to run the 1/2 marathon, and that's 13 miles. I normally bring more than one pair of shoes - normally three. That way I never wear the same shoes two days in a row. If I am doing a water ride, I wear shoes accordingly. Hopefully, all this running I have been doing will make me less tired/sore from all the walking we do.

DisneyMomma09
04-10-2010, 09:32 AM
Yeah for being under 2 months! :banana:

Your picturs of DD from the beach are beautiful! It looks like you had a great time! It is great that your dad is in 'training' for Disney. I made DH walk from my dad's house to a local ice cream place...not too far, maybe 1/4 mile, and he was moaning the whole time...more to bug me than really complaining, but I told him we are going to start walking more regularly to train for Disney! I walk/run regularly, so I think I am in pretty good shape for Disney. I have been taking DS for lots of walks in his stroller so he is used to riding in it. He is pretty happy in it, so that is a wonderful thing!

As for your Epcot delima, I say go for 2 days. Maybe come back and do the WS after a break at the house in the evening when it might be cooling off a little? If you don't make it all the way around, you can always take the boat back across to FW so you don't have to walk all the way around. Plus, there are pleanty of places to stop and grab a drink/snack around the World and take a break from walking. Hope that helps!

tink1957
04-10-2010, 12:18 PM
Hi fellow Georgian :wave: I just found your PTR today and spent an enjoyable morning reading about your plans. You have a beautiful daughter and I know she will be over the moon when you surprise her on the way to WDW.

We're headed down right before you for a 5 night stay at Universal and a short 2 night stay at AKV.

Hope you have a wonderful trip, I can't wait to read all about it.

TinksThree
04-10-2010, 12:59 PM
I got an Canon Rebel in Nov. 2008 and I love it! :lovestruc They were not willing to even try the seafood. ;) I heated up a box of frozen chicken nuggets in case DD wouldn't eat the fish. DD and I ended up enjoying the seafood while DH and DFL ate the nuggets. :confused3

That is exactly yhe camera I have been looking at--Cannon Rebel. Is yours a DSLR?

Not even try the seafood...that is a travesty!! :rotfl2: I am proud of your DD though!! :thumbsup2

elizablake
04-11-2010, 06:23 PM
I thought I had posted recently, but I guess I was wrong. YAY for being under the 2 month mark.

After walking the first park on the first day, I am always a slight bit sore the next day. 9 miles around Epcot doesn't surprise me at all. I know you run around it to run the 1/2 marathon, and that's 13 miles. I normally bring more than one pair of shoes - normally three. That way I never wear the same shoes two days in a row. If I am doing a water ride, I wear shoes accordingly. Hopefully, all this running I have been doing will make me less tired/sore from all the walking we do.

My ankles are always sore. :confused3:lmao: I need to do a shoe inventory and make sure we have enough. The only problem is when the entire park turns into a water ride after an afternoon storm. I've been reading about your running on your PTR. I'm sure you'll notice a huge difference at DW.

Yeah for being under 2 months! :banana:

Your picturs of DD from the beach are beautiful! It looks like you had a great time! It is great that your dad is in 'training' for Disney. I made DH walk from my dad's house to a local ice cream place...not too far, maybe 1/4 mile, and he was moaning the whole time...more to bug me than really complaining, but I told him we are going to start walking more regularly to train for Disney! I walk/run regularly, so I think I am in pretty good shape for Disney. I have been taking DS for lots of walks in his stroller so he is used to riding in it. He is pretty happy in it, so that is a wonderful thing!

As for your Epcot delima, I say go for 2 days. Maybe come back and do the WS after a break at the house in the evening when it might be cooling off a little? If you don't make it all the way around, you can always take the boat back across to FW so you don't have to walk all the way around. Plus, there are pleanty of places to stop and grab a drink/snack around the World and take a break from walking. Hope that helps!

Hopefully your DH will get into the Disney magic and not even notice the walking (but better begin training just in case). Strollers for the little onces make all the difference. Not only do they not have to walk but he can have a snack or drink without everyone stopping.

My Mom says my Dad is so dedicated to his training that he's dropping the ball on everything else. :lmao: I keep picturing Rocky when he is going to fight the Russian and has to go away to the cabin in the woods so he can focus. "It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight.Rising up to the challenge of our rival." :rolleyes1 Sorry got distracted for a second.

:thumbsup2 I forgot about the boat in the WS. That's our kind of ride. 2 days at EPCOT will probably what we decide. I really need a list of good places to stop, sit down and have an air conditioned break. Any ideas?:worship: Which shows can you sit down in?

Hi fellow Georgian :wave: I just found your PTR today and spent an enjoyable morning reading about your plans. You have a beautiful daughter and I know she will be over the moon when you surprise her on the way to WDW.

We're headed down right before you for a 5 night stay at Universal and a short 2 night stay at AKV.

Hope you have a wonderful trip, I can't wait to read all about it.

:welcome: and thank you.

I hope you have a wonderful trip too. Are you going to visit any parks while you stay at AKV? Will the Harry Potter world be open when you are at Universal?

That is exactly yhe camera I have been looking at--Cannon Rebel. Is yours a DSLR?

Not even try the seafood...that is a travesty!! :rotfl2: I am proud of your DD though!! :thumbsup2

Yeah. It's a DSLR. I don't know how I lived without it. :lovestruc They are pretty affordable if you can find one on sale. I got mine off Amazon. The lens that comes with the camera is not bad. I don't think you will be disappointed.

elizablake
04-11-2010, 07:10 PM
OK. I think I am finally done with my autograph book (or as my husband refers to it "that d**m thing you're always working on)! :cool1:

Yes, I know more characters may start making appearances at the parks.

Yes, I know DD will not be able to find all the characters she has pages for.

Yes, I know there are characters I have left out. Hopefully I will have enough generic pages.

But...I have spent way too much time working on it and at some point I need to just call it "done" so I can get it printed and back in plenty of time before the trip. I decided to use Artcow because they are cheaper. I have ordered other books from them before and they are decent quality. But I have also gotten prints before that were messed up (big white lines going through them) so I want to get the book with enough time to have it reprinted if necessary.

The problem with Artscow is that they have a 61 page book and an 81 page book and nothing in between. I got DDs down to 70 pages so I either had to make 11 more or cut 9. Of course, I couldn't make a decision so I did the unthinkable and consulted DH. It worked out great. :thumbsup2 He just flipped through the pages, looked at each for about 10 seconds and gave a decisive "Yes" or "No". I guess it's easier to "cut" a page when you are not the one who spent hours working on it. :confused3:rotfl2:

So here is DDs final autograph book. I should get it in about two weeks and I'll post photos then
Cover:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_backcover.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=backcover.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_frontcover.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=frontcover.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Alice.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Alice.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Alladin.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Alladin.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Ariel.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Ariel.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_BalooandKingLouie.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=BalooandKingLouie.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_BeautyandtheBeast.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=BeautyandtheBeast.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_ChipandDale.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=ChipandDale.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Cinderelaredo.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Cinderelaredo.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Cinderella2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Cinderella2.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Donald.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Donald.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Flik2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Flik2.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Goofy.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Goofy.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Jasmine.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Jasmine.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_JiminyCricket.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=JiminyCricket.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_LiloandStitch.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=LiloandStitch.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_LittleEinstein2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=LittleEinstein2.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Lotso.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Lotso.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Mickey.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Mickey.jpg)

elizablake
04-11-2010, 07:11 PM
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MaryPoppins.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MaryPoppins.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Minnieredo.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Minnieredo.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MonstersINc.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MonstersINc.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Peterpan.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Peterpan.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Pinocchio.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Pinocchio.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_PixieHollow1.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=PixieHollow1.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_PixieHollow2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=PixieHollow2.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Pluto.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Pluto.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_PrincessandtheFrog.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=PrincessandtheFrog.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Rafiki.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Rafiki.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_SnowWhite.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=SnowWhite.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_TheIncrediables.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=TheIncrediables.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Thumper.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Thumper.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_frozone.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=frozone.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_mulan.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=mulan.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_pocahontas.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=pocahontas.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_sleepingBeauty2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=sleepingBeauty2.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_ToyStorypage1redo.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=ToyStorypage1redo.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_ToyStorypage2redo.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=ToyStorypage2redo.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_terk.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=terk.jpg)

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_up.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=up.jpg)

elizablake
04-11-2010, 07:13 PM
Character meal pages:
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_GoofySafari2final.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=GoofySafari2final.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_DonaldSafari2final.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=DonaldSafari2final.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_DaisySafari2final.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=DaisySafari2final.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MickeySafari2final.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MickeySafari2final.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Piglet.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Piglet.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Tigger.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Tigger.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_winniethepooh.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=winniethepooh.jpg)


http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_eeyore.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=eeyore.jpg)

Generic pages:
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_HSpage4.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=HSpage4.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_HSpage2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=HSpage2.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Akpage4.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Akpage4.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_AKpage2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=AKpage2.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MKpage7.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MKpage7.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MKpage5.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MKpage5.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Epcot4.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Epcot4.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_epcot2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=epcot2.jpg)

I got some of these graphics from the creative DISigns board:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney4.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney4.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney7.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney7.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney5.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney5.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney6.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney6.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney2.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney3.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney3.jpg)

TinksThree
04-11-2010, 07:59 PM
Character meal pages:
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_GoofySafari2final.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=GoofySafari2final.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_DonaldSafari2final.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=DonaldSafari2final.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_DaisySafari2final.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=DaisySafari2final.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MickeySafari2final.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MickeySafari2final.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Piglet.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Piglet.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Tigger.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Tigger.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_winniethepooh.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=winniethepooh.jpg)


http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/th_eeyore.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx224/elizablake_bucket/Autograph%20Book%208x8/?action=view&current=eeyore.jpg)

Generic pages:
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_HSpage4.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=HSpage4.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_HSpage2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=HSpage2.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Akpage4.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Akpage4.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_AKpage2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=AKpage2.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MKpage7.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MKpage7.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MKpage5.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MKpage5.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_Epcot4.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=Epcot4.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_epcot2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=epcot2.jpg)

I got some of these graphics from the creative DISigns board:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney4.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney4.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney7.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney7.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney5.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney5.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney6.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney6.jpg)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney2.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney2.jpg)http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/th_MiscDisney3.jpg (http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/?action=view&current=MiscDisney3.jpg)

Your book is going to be so awesome!!! I would be beside myself waiting on the finished product to come in!!!

tink1957
04-11-2010, 09:56 PM
:welcome: and thank you.

I hope you have a wonderful trip too. Are you going to visit any parks while you stay at AKV? Will the Harry Potter world be open when you are at Universal?


Yes, we're going to Epcot thanks to our GAD tickets and we've got our fingers and toes crossed that Harry Potter will be open as that's the reason we originally planned this trip.

ksl5f123
04-11-2010, 11:14 PM
I love your autograph pages!!! What sort of paper will they print it on? Will it be matte photo paper or just regular paper? Your DD is going to have so much fun meeting so many characters!

elizablake
04-12-2010, 11:46 AM
Your book is going to be so awesome!!! I would be beside myself waiting on the finished product to come in!!!

Thanks! I'm excited and just hope it looks OK in print.

Yes, we're going to Epcot thanks to our GAD tickets and we've got our fingers and toes crossed that Harry Potter will be open as that's the reason we originally planned this trip.

Sounds great! From what I've heard, it should be open.

I love your autograph pages!!! What sort of paper will they print it on? Will it be matte photo paper or just regular paper? Your DD is going to have so much fun meeting so many characters!

Both and neither. :) That's helpful right. The paper is more smooth than card stock but not super glossy and slick like photo paper. It's a little thinner than photo paper too. I don't think the characters will be able to use a pen to sign so I'm going to bring some sharpies. :thumbsup2

elizablake
04-16-2010, 02:31 PM
:wave2: Hello everyone. I've been super busy with work and spring sports but I'm still dreaming about Disney. :cloud9:

I do have a few random questions for you Disney experts:

1. If I order tickets from undercover tourist, is it possible to add a day while at Disney? :confused3 And when do you guys think I should order our tickets?

2. Which is better Earl of Sandwich or Wolfgang Puck Express? Or should I try to get an ADR at Rainforest Cafe or the dino resturant (sorry, don't know the name)? Do we even need to make a ressie to eat there mid-afternoon?

3. Has anyone ever driven to the TTC and then rode the monorail to EPCOT instead of just driving and parking at EPCOT? And the obvious question, how silly would this be?:rolleyes1

4. On the EPCOT map is Innoventions East the one closest to Soarin' or MS?

5. What did Snow White say when she dropped off her film to be developed? Answer: Someday my prints will come. :lmao:

6. How much friggin longer do I have to wait for this trip?!

Have a good weekend. :goodvibes

SimmerBaggins
04-16-2010, 09:36 PM
3. Has anyone ever driven to the TTC and then rode the monorail to EPCOT instead of just driving and parking at EPCOT? And the obvious question, how silly would this be?:rolleyes1

5. What did Snow White say when she dropped off her film to be developed? Answer: Someday my prints will come. :lmao:

6. How much friggin longer do I have to wait for this trip?!

Have a good weekend. :goodvibes

Hey, girl -- I'll answer #6 right away: AS LONG AS I DO!! :lmao:

As for #3: We did that before when we knew we'd go other places -- it just made more sense to be more centrally located when we had park hoppers and/or wanted to go other places than Epcot.

...and :laughing: @ #5!!

Charlefours
04-16-2010, 10:32 PM
EP for us is two days. We just love both FW and WS. I think it is incredibly tough to do it in one day but that depends on the family and what you like to look at/do. The good thing about the park, especially in WS--there are lots of places to sit and cool down. You can take the boat across the lagoon so you do not have to walk the whole thing. I definitely think beginning to walk is a great idea. We are going to start DD next week. Once every few weeks we plan on walking to our favorite ice cream parlor for a special treat. It is about a mile each way so that will be a nice walk for us! :thumbsup2: I think the thing would be to build up endurance and consistency. Everyone is bound to be sore the first few days/weeks of it.

LOVE :love: the autograph book!! What size are you having it printed it up? Did you make up all the pages yourself?

Queila
04-17-2010, 12:11 AM
3. Has anyone ever driven to the TTC and then rode the monorail to EPCOT instead of just driving and parking at EPCOT? And the obvious question, how silly would this be?:rolleyes1



We did it last time and it made sense for us since we were hoping from Epcot to Magic Kingdom in the middle of the day. :) I am not sure if it was silly or not but it worked for us. :confused3

elizablake
04-17-2010, 05:01 PM
Hey, girl -- I'll answer #6 right away: AS LONG AS I DO!! :lmao:

As for #3: We did that before when we knew we'd go other places -- it just made more sense to be more centrally located when we had park hoppers and/or wanted to go other places than Epcot.

...and :laughing: @ #5!!

:lmao:

Once we get to the TTA, does it take about 30 mins to get to EPCOT?:confused3

EP for us is two days. We just love both FW and WS. I think it is incredibly tough to do it in one day but that depends on the family and what you like to look at/do. The good thing about the park, especially in WS--there are lots of places to sit and cool down. You can take the boat across the lagoon so you do not have to walk the whole thing. I definitely think beginning to walk is a great idea. We are going to start DD next week. Once every few weeks we plan on walking to our favorite ice cream parlor for a special treat. It is about a mile each way so that will be a nice walk for us! :thumbsup2: I think the thing would be to build up endurance and consistency. Everyone is bound to be sore the first few days/weeks of it.

LOVE :love: the autograph book!! What size are you having it printed it up? Did you make up all the pages yourself?

The walk to the ice cream shop is a good idea. I've been walking a bit on my lunch break at work and I can tell a difference. I don't worry about DH. He has a very physical job so Disney will be a break for him. :thumbsup

EPCOT is usually a two day park for us too. But it seems like we have a really short list of must do attractions this trip: Soarin', Spaceship Earth, Innoventions, and stalk (I mean hunt for) characters in the WS.

Yes, I made all the pages myself. The book will be 8x8. Hopefully that won't be too big. I should get it this week and I'll post photos. :cool1:

We did it last time and it made sense for us since we were hoping from Epcot to Magic Kingdom in the middle of the day. :) I am not sure if it was silly or not but it worked for us. :confused3

I just want to do it because I think it would be fun to ride the monorail. :rolleyes1

elizablake
04-17-2010, 05:27 PM
I have sad news today. Our trusty stroller is no more. :sad2:

My husband is handy and can usually fix anything with some duct tape but unfortunately our stroller was too far gone.

She's been a good stroller and in our time of grief I don't want to focus on our loss but instead remember all the good times with her. R.I.P. stroller. Cue the Celion Dion music.

DD's first walk after getting out of the hospital.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/MVC-102F.jpg

Our first Disney trip.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Picture183.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Picture618.jpg

Our second trip.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Picture260.jpg

Two kids in the stroller is what probably finished her off. ;)

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Picture391.jpg

At least she died a peaceful death in the back of the hall closet surrounded by Christmas decorations and all the customized maps I keep ordering from Disney.

ksl5f123
04-17-2010, 05:51 PM
So sorry about your stroller. I understand how difficult it can be to find one you really love. Does this mean there is a shopping trip in your future?

elizablake
04-18-2010, 03:36 PM
So sorry about your stroller. I understand how difficult it can be to find one you really love. Does this mean there is a shopping trip in your future?

:thumbsup2 It doesn't make sense to buy a new one though. I'm going to check yard sales and second hand stores.

TinksThree
04-19-2010, 12:59 PM
:wave2: Hello everyone. I've been super busy with work and spring sports but I'm still dreaming about Disney. :cloud9:

I do have a few random questions for you Disney experts:

1. If I order tickets from undercover tourist, is it possible to add a day while at Disney? :confused3 And when do you guys think I should order our tickets?

2. Which is better Earl of Sandwich or Wolfgang Puck Express? Or should I try to get an ADR at Rainforest Cafe or the dino resturant (sorry, don't know the name)? Do we even need to make a ressie to eat there mid-afternoon?

3. Has anyone ever driven to the TTC and then rode the monorail to EPCOT instead of just driving and parking at EPCOT? And the obvious question, how silly would this be?:rolleyes1

4. On the EPCOT map is Innoventions East the one closest to Soarin' or MS?

5. What did Snow White say when she dropped off her film to be developed? Answer: Someday my prints will come. :lmao:

6. How much friggin longer do I have to wait for this trip?!

Have a good weekend. :goodvibes

I can't help you with #1. #2, we ate at T-Rex and it is fun! I hope to have an answer on EOS or WPE on this trip, but who knows!?! :confused3 Also no help on #s 3 and 4 but my daughter has had a blast with #5! :banana:

And #6....it is getting closer!!! :banana::cool1::woohoo::dance3::yay:

We just finished soccer this weekend so now I am really on my countdown!! Soccer is one big hurdle to get over!!

Bridora
04-22-2010, 03:45 PM
Um....where have I been? Missing out, I guess! :laughing:

First off, your beach pictures are beautiful! You really captured some special times.

I don't think it would be silly to park at the TTC and take the Monorail to Epcot. Isn't that the line that takes you on a Mini-tour of Epcot on your way in? Love that part!

I'm no help on the DTD dining, though. I love all those places! We normally eat at Earl of Sandwich on our arrival day, then Wolfgang Puck's on our departure day. We have Rainforest Cafe numerous times and did T-Rex last year. It was great! They are all great, though, so at least you won't go wrong....:goodvibes

Great job on the monstrous autograph book....it might be big, but it will be full of autographs and special memories made even more special because you made it yourself.

And I'm sorry to hear about your stroller. It had a long and fulfilling life, though, it seems. :goodvibes

ksl5f123
04-22-2010, 08:27 PM
Once we get to the TTA, does it take about 30 mins to get to EPCOT?

Once you get on the monorail, it takes 17 minutes to get to Epcot.

I just want to do it because I think it would be fun to ride the monorail.

Sounds like a perfect reason to me!

elizablake
04-23-2010, 01:38 PM
I can't help you with #1. #2, we ate at T-Rex and it is fun! I hope to have an answer on EOS or WPE on this trip, but who knows!?! :confused3 Also no help on #s 3 and 4 but my daughter has had a blast with #5! :banana:

And #6....it is getting closer!!! :banana::cool1::woohoo::dance3::yay:

We just finished soccer this weekend so now I am really on my countdown!! Soccer is one big hurdle to get over!!

Thanks for the info. I think DD would like T-Rex the best but it's not the most affordable option. :rolleyes1

T-ball is finished in two weeks! :cool1: Then I only have Disney to focus on. :cool1:


I don't think it would be silly to park at the TTC and take the Monorail to Epcot. Isn't that the line that takes you on a Mini-tour of Epcot on your way in? Love that part!

Yes! And we've never done it before. DD loves the monorail. :lovestruc


I'm no help on the DTD dining, though. I love all those places! We normally eat at Earl of Sandwich on our arrival day, then Wolfgang Puck's on our departure day. We have Rainforest Cafe numerous times and did T-Rex last year. It was great! They are all great, though, so at least you won't go wrong....:goodvibes


Actually, you are very helpful. It sounds like any of them will work. I'm thinking we will just wait to see how we feel that day.

Once you get on the monorail, it takes 17 minutes to get to Epcot.



Thanks! We might just go for it. Did you bring a stopwatch on your last trip or is that info out there somewhere? I was just curious how long it takes to get from the TTC to MK.

elizablake
04-23-2010, 01:42 PM
I got DD's autograph book today. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Here's a few photos I took with my phone:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/b779de64.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/4826d698.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/14559b89.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/ce13c768.jpg

I think DD is going to like it!

elizablake
04-23-2010, 02:42 PM
I have a few updates. :cool1:

THE STROLLER HAS COME BACK TO LIFE!! DH managed to fix it with zip-ties and a drill. :eek: It looks rough. :rolleyes1 But at least we don't have to worry about anyone stealing it. ;)

My parents are considering leaving Thurs. night and driving half way. We still plan to leave about 5am Fri morning and then meeting up with them mid morning. Any chance one of you guys lives in Valdosta Ga? OK, how about someone who vacations in Valdosta Ga? :lmao: Valdosta is the half way point and it is the closest thing to a city in south Ga. I need to find a hotel for them.

Which brings me to another question. Now that we have a better idea how the trip down there will go, we need to figure out how/when/where to surprise DD. The only thing I can think of is to leave at 5am with DD asleep. When she wakes up (about 7:00 :confused3) she will have questions about where we are going. I guess we will tell her it's a surprise. We should be in Valdosta by 9:00. Hopefully, she will watch a movie or something until then but I have a feeling it's going to be a long 2 hours. We are not sure what to do when we get to the hotel. Maybe we should let her knock on the door and be surprised when Memaw and Granddaddy are there. :confused3 I made a bag of presents from Mickey to give her. It contains two activity books that I printed some sticker books from the Disney store, a CD with Disney music, her autograph book and other toys. Also, I have a letter from Mickey:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/MickeyClubhouse2.jpg

So, I guess I'm going to give the surprise bag and letter to my parents before we leave. DD is going to notice if I carry a big, princess cover bag up to the hotel room.;)

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not sure our plan is exactly fool-proof. If any of you are wondering what I'm worried about going wrong, let me show you. I found this on youtube :lmao:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MIBxhh_R_w

I would like to think that my kid would not be that ungrateful but ya never know. :rotfl:

ksl5f123
04-23-2010, 09:24 PM
Hooray for the stroller!! I wish my DH could fix things.

That youtube video was SO sad!! I would have felt terrible. Is your DD a pretty sound sleeper? How do you plan to transfer her without her waking up?

I think your note is adorable. Deciding how to give it to her is tricky. Have you already told a story of where you are going? I think it would be very confusing to wake up in the car and not know. I might have the note taped to the seat in front of her, but still have the gifts with your folks. IDK, tough call!

SimmerBaggins
04-23-2010, 10:30 PM
That is a horrible video!! :eek: After all that planning, and the kids start crying?? I'm not sure if it's the presentation by the parents, or what...or the kids are tired?

My first thought is: these kids are dragged to WDW 'way too many times!! :rotfl:

I'm glad you got the stroller fixed -- one more dollar saved. :) I like the surprise by the grandparents...I've heard that does a pretty good motivational turn.

Brave teacher
04-23-2010, 11:16 PM
Okay, you have started something. I have been on youtube for the past hour checking out surprise videos now. I had seen the one you posted before and thought how they were so ungrateful. That guy, D i c k, must be really something though.

Your plan for the surprise sounds nice. YAY for the stroller too.

TinksThree
04-24-2010, 07:11 AM
Your autograph book looks pretty cool!! What a great keepsake that will be!!

I agree with everyone else: That video was awful!! I could just hear what the mother said as soon as the camera went off! You could tell she was going there!!! :rotfl:

The 1st time I took DD (she was 3 1/2 or so) I told her the morning we were getting ready to go into MK! I knew she would never sleep if she knew before! She took it well then and my kids always take surprises well. I think I would make the call based on "mother's instinct"!! :thumbsup2

elizablake
04-24-2010, 11:39 PM
Hooray for the stroller!! I wish my DH could fix things.

That youtube video was SO sad!! I would have felt terrible. Is your DD a pretty sound sleeper? How do you plan to transfer her without her waking up?

I think your note is adorable. Deciding how to give it to her is tricky. Have you already told a story of where you are going? I think it would be very confusing to wake up in the car and not know. I might have the note taped to the seat in front of her, but still have the gifts with your folks. IDK, tough call!

No, we haven't told her a story about where we are going. I try not to lie to her. Well...except the Tooth Fairy...and Santa Claus...and how if she keeps picking her nose, her brain might fall out...and I did tell her that wishing on a star works.:lmao: I just don't know how she would react if we told her that she was going to _____ and then all of the sudden we are saying that she is going to DW. She will probably be confused and maybe disappointed.

I do know that every kid is different. My best friend’s 5-year-old would not get in a car until he knows where he is going, how long it will take, etc. He would hate to be surprised. DD on the other hand loves surprises. :yay: She likes the suspense and excitement of it.

I'm sure she'll wake up when I move her to the car. I'm sure she will go back to sleep but I don't know for how long. It wouldn't be worth the hassle but I know my parents would REALLY like to be there to tell her and I don't want them to miss it.

Thanks for your advice. I'm hoping we can come up with a better plan.

That is a horrible video!! :eek: After all that planning, and the kids start crying?? I'm not sure if it's the presentation by the parents, or what...or the kids are tired?

My first thought is: these kids are dragged to WDW 'way too many times!! :rotfl:

I'm glad you got the stroller fixed -- one more dollar saved. :) I like the surprise by the grandparents...I've heard that does a pretty good motivational turn.

I know the video is horrible. I feel so bad for the Mom. :sad2: The kids do look tired and I heard something on the video about driving all night. Hopefully, the kids got excited and their trip went well. It does make you rethink the surprise idea.

Okay, you have started something. I have been on youtube for the past hour checking out surprise videos now. I had seen the one you posted before and thought how they were so ungrateful. That guy, D i c k, must be really something though.

Your plan for the surprise sounds nice. YAY for the stroller too.

I checked out a ton of videos too. :thumbsup2 I'm already planning our next vacation to D ick's house. Apparently we are all missing out on something.:lmao:

Your autograph book looks pretty cool!! What a great keepsake that will be!!

I agree with everyone else: That video was awful!! I could just hear what the mother said as soon as the camera went off! You could tell she was going there!!! :rotfl:

The 1st time I took DD (she was 3 1/2 or so) I told her the morning we were getting ready to go into MK! I knew she would never sleep if she knew before! She took it well then and my kids always take surprises well. I think I would make the call based on "mother's instinct"!! :thumbsup2

:lmao:Yeah, I have a feeling it was edited out for a reason. I kind of felt bad for the little boy because he seemed truly disappointed. The teenager on the other hand had no excuse for acting that way. He is old enough to take his Mom's feelings into consideration.

My "mother's instinct" tells me to wait until she wakes up and then stop at the next rest stop and tell her but my "daughter's instinct" tells me to wait till my parents can be there for it.

That is so sweet how you waited until you were at the MK to tell her. :love: She must have flipped out.

elizablake
04-25-2010, 07:49 PM
Our trip is less than 6 weeks away and we are ready to start planning the details of our days. :banana::banana::banana:

DD went to a sleepover Friday so DH and I had some time to talk. We took another look at the schedule and considered some changes but we can't seem to come up with anything better. :confused3

It just doesn't seem as "perfect" as our itineraries for our other trips. Our two main complaints are:

We are going to have trouble fitting everything we want to do at the MK into 2 days.
We don't get to go to the AK until our next to last day. We love AK and wish we could have two days.


Here is a reminder of our schedule:

Friday: Arrive mid-day. DTD for a few hours and then relax at the rental house.
Saturday: Long MK day
Sunday: Relax at the rental house all day and then see Fantasmic! in the evening
Monday: EPCOT WS day.
Tuesday: HS day
Wednesday: Short MK day
Thursday: AK day
Friday: EPCOT future world day

I'm planning to post our plans for each day and would love any advice.:goodvibes

elizablake
04-25-2010, 08:00 PM
After we surprise DD, we will drive the 225 miles to DW. Here are some photos of her surprise bag from Mickey:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/26e2fb38.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/2d84d18e.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/f5f2b6e8.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/d6f269f8.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/91195187.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/078c5984.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/715528e1.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/9ca4908b.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/b78557f8.jpg

I ordered some pins on EBAY and plan to give her a few each day:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/4ce83510.jpg

We should arrive in DW around noon. We plan to go to DTD to shop and have a late lunch.

Check-in for the rental house is at 4:00. We will probably stop by a grocery store on our way there and pick up a few essentials. That evening we plan to relax, unpack and swim. I'm sure everyone will be tired and hopefully we will be able to get to bed early since we have a big day on Sat.

Sometime before bed we will give her a letter and gift from sleeping beauty:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/SleepingBeauty-1.jpg

And the pillowcases:
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/d5e360a7.jpg

I think we will probably give her a few pool toys the first evening. Maybe these:
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/3758fcad.jpg

kcandbella
04-25-2010, 09:03 PM
Everything looks great! I can't believe you are keeping it all a surprise--I wouldn't be able to do it!!! I am no good at keeping secrets! :rotfl:

elizablake
04-26-2010, 12:09 PM
Everything looks great! I can't believe you are keeping it all a surprise--I wouldn't be able to do it!!! I am no good at keeping secrets! :rotfl:

Usually I'm not good at keeping secrets either. :) But I know if we told DD, we would have to hear, "Are we going to Disney World today?" every morning. :lmao: Plus, she knows we are going one day so I can still talk to her about Disney World just not the actual trip.

elizablake
04-26-2010, 12:15 PM
We have a busy day planned. We plan to go the MK. We were there the same day last year and it wasn't too crowded.:thumbsup2 DD has a BBB appt at 12:30 and a CRT ressie at 7:00. I am soooo excited about this day.:banana: I can’t wait to see DD’s face when she walks into the castle. :cool1:

Of course, we have a few surprises for DD. She will get a letter from Cinderella inviting her to the BBB and two new dresses:

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/101679M?$full$
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/BBB.jpg

Here is her invitation to CRT:

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/CRT.jpg

We plan to have breakfast at the rental house and leave about 7:30. We are going to take two cars. We have to park at the TTC and ride the monorail to MK. Hopefully we will get through the turnstiles and security with enough time for my Dad to rest before the opening show. :)

Here is our plan for the first day. I used Ridemax to get the wait and ride times. I know we won’t follow the plan exactly but DH and I like to have a detailed plan to serve as a guide. We have tried to minimize walking for my Father but we still have quite a bit planned.:eek:

9:10 AM Get FP for Peter Pan
9:10 AM Dumbo
9:35 AM Winnie the Pooh
9:49 AM Snow White’s Scary Adventure
9:57 AM Mad Tea Party
10:15 AM Tomorrowland Speedway
10:30 AM Get 3 FPs for Buzz and 2 for Space Mountain while everyone else rides TS
11:00 AM Haunted Mansion
11:23 AM Get FP for Winnie the Pooh
11:23 AM Mickey’s Philharmagic
12:15 PM DH and my father leave to go back to the house
12:15 PM DD, Mom and I check in for 12:30 BBB appt
1:15 PM Get 5 FP for Buzz.
DD, Mom and I may stay for a while or leave depending on how we feel. I would love to meet some characters or do some shopping.

Afternoon break at the rental house.

5:30 PM Buzz Lightyear (use FPs)
5:45 PM DD, Mom and Dad use their other Buzz FPs
5:45 PM DH and I use our Space Mountain FPs
6:06 PM Tomorrowland Transit Authority (if time)
6:45 PM Check in for CRT:lovestruc
8:30 PM Peter Pan (use FPs)
8:46 PM Winnie the Pooh (use FPs)
9:30 PM Find a spot for Wishes

Go back to the rental house and sleep for 12 hours. :rolleyes1 If my Father survives, it’s going to be a great day!:woohoo:

DH and I are considering an alternative itinerary but it would mean skipping Dumbo.:eek: I’m pretty sure DD wants to meet the Fairies. This schedule would include the Fairies but not Dumbo:

9:10 AM Get 3 FPs for Buzz and 2 for Space Mountain while everyone else takes DD to Tomorrowland Speedway.
9:10 AM Tomorrowland Speedway
9:23 AM Winnie the Pooh
9:35 AM Wait at the Toontown entrance.
9:45 AM Pixie Hollow
10:15 AM Break (while I get FPs for Peter Pan)
10:31 AM Mad Tea Party
10:47 AM It’s a Small World
11:08 AM Cinderella’s Carrousel
11:21 AM Mickey’s Philharmagic
11:50 AM Snow White’s Scary Adventure
12:10 PM DH and my father leave to go back to the house
12:15 PM DD, Mom and I check in for 12:30 BBB appt
1:15 PM Get 5 FP for Buzz.
DD, Mom and I may stay for a while or leave depending on how we feel. I would love to meet some characters or do some shopping.

Afternoon break at the rental house

5:30 PM Buzz Lightyear (use FPs)
5:45 PM DD, Mom and Dad use their other Buzz FPs
5:45 PM DH and I use our Space Mountain FPs
6:06 PM Tomorrowland Transit Authority (if time)
6:45 PM Check in for CRT
8:30 PM Peter Pan (use FPs)
8:46 PM Haunted Mansion
9:30 PM Find a spot for Wishes

Don't be afraid to post any critiques or suggestions. :worship: Don't worry, I can take it.:scared::lmao:

elizablake
04-26-2010, 12:22 PM
We will need some rest after our busy day at the MK. We plan to sleep-in and hang around the rental house most of the day. :woohoo:

DD will get a gift from Ariel. :lovestruc Here is the letter.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Ariel-1.jpg

She is going to get a new swimsuit, cover-up, and towel. Plus some pool toys.

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/102007M?$full$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/102067?$full$

http://as7.disneystore.com/is/image/DisneyShopping/102014M?$full$

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/3fb13a90.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/d688df4e.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/dd09c277.jpg

We plan to see Fantasmic! that evening. HS will be very busy because of Star Wars Weekend and the limited Fantasmic showings. :eek: Right now they only have one F! scheduled that night but I expect them to add another one in the next few weeks. If the first show is at 9:00, we plan to get in line about 7:30. We did this last year and got great seats. Believe it or not the 1 ½ hour wait flew by.:thumbsup2

Of course, my spoiled brat…I mean DD :rolleyes1 will get another letter and present before we leave. The letter is from Mickey and it comes with an activity book that I made, a sticker book and some glow sticks.

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n34/blakeeden/Fantasmic.jpg

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Fantasmic! will be over around 9:30. We will make our way back to the house and get some rest before our EPCOT day tomorrow!

SimmerBaggins
04-26-2010, 10:37 PM
Wow.

You are amazing. You have every detail covered, and came up with some amazing Mom-slash-Disney magic that will make your DD's trip so very memorable...I love all the little invitations! I, too, bring some stuff from home to give to the kids while we're there, but now that my DD's 13 years old, Disney tastes have changed. Enjoy all of your "little girl" moments, as they go fast!! :)

elizablake
04-27-2010, 09:35 AM
Wow.

You are amazing. You have every detail covered, and came up with some amazing Mom-slash-Disney magic that will make your DD's trip so very memorable...I love all the little invitations! I, too, bring some stuff from home to give to the kids while we're there, but now that my DD's 13 years old, Disney tastes have changed. Enjoy all of your "little girl" moments, as they go fast!! :)

Thank you. :goodvibes I knew my fellow Disney fanatics would understand. DH thinks I'm crazy. I'm doing my best to enjoy all the "little girl" moments. I want to take advantage while she still believes in magic and gets so excited about the smallest things. She'll be a teenager before I know it.

TinksThree
04-27-2010, 02:18 PM
I love all of the little gifts and letters! I think she will be so very excited! I used to do things like this for my kids but they have out grown this, so cherish it! I am thankful that they love Disney, though! They still clamor to see the characters and enjoy the little things. That could be because they didn't get to go when they were younger though!! :guilty:

I like both plans....I guess it depends on if Dumbo or the Princesses are more important. But who knows, Dumbo could fit in somewhere along the way! Did you get the times from Ridemax? I had thought about using them next time but I was already knee deep in TouringPlans! I have times just like that in my plans and I had to preface my family seeing the "schedule" with "This is just a guide!" They thought it meant we had to be at each place at a certain time!!! :rotfl2: I told them I am not a total drill sergeant!!!

elizablake
04-28-2010, 09:22 AM
That could be because they didn't get to go when they were younger though!! :guilty:
It's just proof that you are raising them well. :cool1:

I like both plans....I guess it depends on if Dumbo or the Princesses are more important. But who knows, Dumbo could fit in somewhere along the way! Did you get the times from Ridemax? I had thought about using them next time but I was already knee deep in TouringPlans! I have times just like that in my plans and I had to preface my family seeing the "schedule" with "This is just a guide!" They thought it meant we had to be at each place at a certain time!!! :rotfl2: I told them I am not a total drill sergeant!!!

Our first trip we used Touring Plans and TGM mostly because we had no idea what we were doing. DH and I thought the idea of a touring plan was crazy. We had never been on a vacation with a schedule. :lmao: But we printed them anyway and found that we enjoyed our days more with a plan because we spent so much less time wondering around and waiting in long lines.

On our second trip we had 3 extra kids and we didn't want them fighting. So we planned each and every detail of our days. We were surprised at how much we liked it. Of course, the planning was fun and we never felt overwhelmed. We knew we had a plan and would get to do everything we wanted so we were free to just relax and enjoy our day. Yeah, we made some spontaneous decisions but most of the time we stuck to the plan. I used Ridemax for this trip. I love how you can customize a plan. I usually break the day into small sections so I have more control over the order of the rides. We found that Ridemax overestimates the waiting time so we were ahead of our schedule most days last June. I love the way Ridemax also estimates the "ride time" and "walking time" to the next attraction.

elizablake
04-28-2010, 09:35 AM
It just doesn't seem as "perfect" as our itineraries for our other trips. Our two main complaints are:

We are going to have trouble fitting everything we want to do at the MK into 2 days.
We don't get to go to the AK until our next to last day. We love AK and wish we could have two days.


Here is a reminder of our schedule:

Friday: Arrive mid-day. DTD for a few hours and then relax at the rental house.
Saturday: Long MK day
Sunday: Relax at the rental house all day and then see Fantasmic! in the evening
Monday: EPCOT WS day.
Tuesday: HS day
Wednesday: Short MK day
Thursday: AK day
Friday: EPCOT future world day

I'm planning to post our plans for each day and would love any advice.:goodvibes

We are changing our schedule again. :rolleyes1 You guys are going to think we are crazy but we are only going to do one EPCOT day. :eek: We just have such a short must do list at EPCOT and such a long one at MK. DH really wants 3 MK days and I can't say that I disagree. As usual, my parents have no opinion. ;) I don't want to go to the MK on Friday because they have evening EMH and we can't attend because we are not staying at a resort. So I think we will go to the MK on Monday instead of EPCOT. Which means we will only be at EPCOT on our last day. :upsidedow Our first five days will look like this: MK-HS-MK-HS-MK. Crazy right?!:eek: But I don't know how else to get 3 MK days in.

I do have a solution to the AK problem in the works. I would love to know what you guys think. On arrival day we should get to DW around noon and can't check-in to the rental house until 4:00. We were planning to go to DTD but now I'm thinking AK would be fun. I know it will be hot and crowded but I was thinking we could just meet some characters, see FTLK, ride Triceratops Spin or see It's Tough to be a Bug. That way we will never leave the front of the park and hopefully won't be too exhausted. We will only stay about 3 hours.

Charlefours
04-28-2010, 10:28 PM
Your DD's autograph book is fantastic!! We are planning on stopping in Valdosta, GA as well on our way down. I think it will be a good stopping point with not that much left to drive the next day.

What a great set of goodies for the car ride and while at Disney! :worship: all the invitations and letters are great!

TinksThree
04-29-2010, 09:20 AM
We are changing our schedule again. :rolleyes1 You guys are going to think we are crazy but we are only going to do one EPCOT day. :eek: We just have such a short must do list at EPCOT and such a long one at MK. DH really wants 3 MK days and I can't say that I disagree. As usual, my parents have no opinion. ;) I don't want to go to the MK on Friday because they have evening EMH and we can't attend because we are not staying at a resort. So I think we will go to the MK on Monday instead of EPCOT. Which means we will only be at EPCOT on our last day. :upsidedow Our first five days will look like this: MK-HS-MK-HS-MK. Crazy right?!:eek: But I don't know how else to get 3 MK days in.

I do have a solution to the AK problem in the works. I would love to know what you guys think. On arrival day we should get to DW around noon and can't check-in to the rental house until 4:00. We were planning to go to DTD but now I'm thinking AK would be fun. I know it will be hot and crowded but I was thinking we could just meet some characters, see FTLK, ride Triceratops Spin or see It's Tough to be a Bug. That way we will never leave the front of the park and hopefully won't be too exhausted. We will only stay about 3 hours.

Last year my MK days were similar but we went to Epcot rather than HS just as much....so not so crazy to me! Epcot is a lot of walking to, so that may work better for you guys! :)

With what you want to do at AK, I think that would work! Even if it is crowded you may only encounter it at the Character Meet and Greets and maybe FTLK! Plus in the afternoons people begin leaving (unless it is a PM EMH) after the parade.

ksl5f123
04-29-2010, 02:12 PM
OK, I know I am a couple of posts behind, but I just have to comment on your letters/gifts. They are AWESOME!!! I love the idea of having stuff for the "minor" events of the trip like swimming and seeing Fantasmic! I may have to borrow that idea!

Your letters are adorable. Did you design them yourself? If so, where did you get the art of the birds making Cinderella's dress? I love that!

Finally, where do you shop? I have never seen the "Learn to draw" or "Repositionable sticker books"! My DD4 would go crazy for that stuff!!

Karen

elizablake
04-30-2010, 01:30 PM
Your DD's autograph book is fantastic!! We are planning on stopping in Valdosta, GA as well on our way down. I think it will be a good stopping point with not that much left to drive the next day.

What a great set of goodies for the car ride and while at Disney! :worship: all the invitations and letters are great!

Valdosta is the perfect place to stop. It's about 225 miles from DW. Are you going to find a hotel when you get there or book one in advance? I know my parents don't want to pay a lot for a room since they will be there less than 12 hours but they also don't want to be in a bad area of town. I don't want them to have to haul all their luggage inside out of fear of the car being broken into.

Last year my MK days were similar but we went to Epcot rather than HS just as much....so not so crazy to me! Epcot is a lot of walking to, so that may work better for you guys! :)

With what you want to do at AK, I think that would work! Even if it is crowded you may only encounter it at the Character Meet and Greets and maybe FTLK! Plus in the afternoons people begin leaving (unless it is a PM EMH) after the parade.

My father will not be able to do a lot of walking so I feel like we would have to do EPCOT 3 days to fit everything in. I like the idea of skipping most of FW and spending our day in the WS. Since my DD is 5, MK is the perfect park for her. She loves it so much that it really doesn't compare to EPCOT. I haven't mentioned it to my parents yet but there answer is alway, "We trust your judgement." Who knows, maybe they will have an opinion this time. ;)

Thanks for commenting about AK. That makes me feel more confident about the idea. Even if we just wondered around some air conditioned shops and met a few characters, I think it would be a nice start to our trip. We might have to decide between DTD and AK when we get there. I don't want pressure to finish the last part of our driving by a certain time.

OK, I know I am a couple of posts behind, but I just have to comment on your letters/gifts. They are AWESOME!!! I love the idea of having stuff for the "minor" events of the trip like swimming and seeing Fantasmic! I may have to borrow that idea!

Your letters are adorable. Did you design them yourself? If so, where did you get the art of the birds making Cinderella's dress? I love that!

Finally, where do you shop? I have never seen the "Learn to draw" or "Repositionable sticker books"! My DD4 would go crazy for that stuff!!

Karen

Borrow any ideas that you want (I stole my ideas from the creative DISign board). I'm happy to help make invitations.:goodvibes I don't remember where I got the Cinderella clip art but I can e-mail it to you (just PM me). The only problem is that it is not a very high resolution. It worked OK for the letter but I don't know that I would use it for anything else.

My Mom got the two sticker books from the Disney Store. I found the learn to draw books on Amazon. DD LOVES to draw and she has some other learn to draw books just not Disney themed. I searched for "learn to draw Disney". Here is one with all the princesses that my DD will love when she gets a little older: http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Disney-Princesses-Learn-Draw/dp/1560106999/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272648403&sr=8-3#noop:lovestruc

Charlefours
04-30-2010, 06:45 PM
Valdosta is the perfect place to stop. It's about 225 miles from DW. Are you going to find a hotel when you get there or book one in advance? I know my parents don't want to pay a lot for a room since they will be there less than 12 hours but they also don't want to be in a bad area of town. I don't want them to have to haul all their luggage inside out of fear of the car being broken into.


I will book one in advance. I am looking at a Comfort Suites as it is about $60 for the night we are looking at. Cheaper than what I have budgeted and it has an expanded breakfast. We will leave all but our one suitcase with our clothes and essentials.

Bridora
05-01-2010, 12:06 AM
Since your DD loves surprises, maybe when she wakes up in car & asks where you are going you'll just be able to tell her its a surprise. I love all your notes & gifts you have planned for her! They are awesome! :goodvibes

I also looooove the finished autograph book. It looks so good!

All your plans sound great, too!

It's coming up soon! :cheer2:

elizablake
05-02-2010, 08:43 AM
I will book one in advance. I am looking at a Comfort Suites as it is about $60 for the night we are looking at. Cheaper than what I have budgeted and it has an expanded breakfast. We will leave all but our one suitcase with our clothes and essentials.

Sounds good to me. :thumbsup2

It's coming up soon! :cheer2:

It seems like we've been waiting so long and now it's right around the corner. :thumbsup2

I agree with telling her we have a surprise for her but she'll have to wait a bit. She'll be excited but I think she will enjoy the suspense.

Charlefours
05-11-2010, 11:23 PM
Happy Mother's Day! Your trip will be here so soon. :goodvibes

elizablake
05-12-2010, 06:13 PM
Happy Mother's Day! Your trip will be here so soon. :goodvibes

Happy Mother's Day to you too!:goodvibes

Bridora
05-12-2010, 06:20 PM
I hope you had a nice Mother's Day!

It seems like time is slowing down as we get closer...:laughing:

elizablake
06-01-2010, 02:42 PM
AHHHHHH!!! I have totally dropped the ball on my pre-trip report. All of the sudden life got so busy. :scared1: But I’m all caught up now with nothing to do but count the minutes until we leave. :cool1:

I think I left off with Sunday plan so here is Monday:

Day 4: Monday June 7th

On Monday we are going back to the Magic Kingdom! Originally, we planned to go to EPCOT today but we decided to give up one of our EPCOT days in order to have 3 MK days (We will probably change our mind 3 more times before we leave:thumbsup2)

Our first MK day was action packed. If we stuck to our plan we rode:

Tomorrowland Speedway
Winnie the Pooh
Mad Tea Party
It’s a Small World
Cinderella’s Carrousel
Snow White’s Scary Adventure
Buzz Lightyear twice!
Space Mountain
Peter Pan
Haunted Mansion

And we met the Fairies in Pixie Hollow, went to the BB, saw Mickey’s Philharmagic, Wishes and ate at CRT. :banana:

Of course, DD will get some presents when she wakes up. She will get pins, an Ariel dress. I don't have a photo but it's blue and from the Disney Store.

We have far less planned for our second MK day. DD is a big Ariel fan. Hopefully, she will be in Adventureland but our plans will change accordingly if she is somewhere else. Thanks to Ridemax, here is our super detailed plan:

9:05 AM DD, Mom and DH will head to Tomorrowland to ride Astro Orbiter
9:05 AM Dad and I will take our time getting FPs for Splash Mountain and waiting for the rest of the group in Adventureland
9:33 AM Meet Ariel (if open)
10:02 AM Jungle Cruise
10:37 AM I will get FPs for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
10:37 AM The rest of the group takes a break
10:50 AM Aladdin’s Magic Carpets
11:08 AM Pirates of the Caribbean
11:36 AM Splash Mountain (use FP)
12:00 AM Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (use FP)

If we are able to meet Ariel at CRT (looks doubtful), then this will be the plan:

9:05 AM DD, Mom and DH will head to Tomorrowland to ride Astro Orbiter
9:05 AM Dad and I will take our time getting FPs for Splash Mountain and waiting for the rest of the group in Adventureland
9:33 AM Aladdin’s Magic Carpets
9:44 AM Jungle Cruise
10:08 AM 20 min break
10:15 AM I get FPs for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
10:30 AM Pirates of the Caribbean
10:53 AM Splash Mountain (use FP)
11:17 AM 20 min break
11:45 AM Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (use FP)

We may grab a FP on our way out. We will relax at the rental house during the afternoon. We have a 5:05 ADR at ‘Ohana! After ‘Ohana, we will probably return to the MK to walk off our big dinner. We probably won’t stay for the MSEP or fireworks because we have an early morning planned on Tuesday.

elizablake
06-01-2010, 02:44 PM
Tuesday June 8th

Today is Hollywood Studios Day! I think we picked the best day for this park. Tuesday is the only day without EMH, Fantasmic! or SWW.

This was a difficult day to plan. We want to keep my father away from the TSM rush at the beginning of the day. Hopefully DH will be willing to make a mad dash for FPs for all of us while Dad, Mom, DD and I hang out around the hat. Maybe there will be some characters out. :thumbsup2 So the plan looks something like this:

9:00 AM Dad, Mom, DD and I wait by the hat while DH fights for TSM FPs. (FP return time of 11:00 am)
9:20 AM Great Movie Ride
9:51 AM At this point we will either meet characters at Woody’s Roundup or the Animation Studio or Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground.
11:00 AM Send runner to get 3 FPs for RNRC and 2 for TOT.
11:30 AM We would like to see Indiana Jones Stunt Show but if that doesn’t work out, Beauty and the Beast has an 11:30 show. Also, HSM has an 11:30 show. We will choose from one of those.
12:15 PM Toy Story Mania (use FP)
1:15 PM We have an ADR at Sci-Fi
On our way out we may grab more FPs for TOT or RNRC. It just depends on the return time for the ones we got at 11:00.

Short afternoon break.

DH and I want to return to HS to use our RNRC and TOT FPs. I’ve heard that on non-Fantasmic nights there are extra characters in the Animation Studio from 5-7. If DD wants to meet the characters, my Mom will join us. I’m assuming my Dad will need a break and will stay at the rental house. We will return about 4:45.

Am I the only one who has trouble planning HS days? We would have loved to see the stunt show but we can never seem to fit it in.

elizablake
06-01-2010, 02:46 PM
Wednesday June 9th

We haven’t actually decided what to do on this day. We are torn between a 3rd MK day or EPCOT. We can do EPCOT on Fri but MK has EMH on that day. I guess we will decide after our 2nd MK day. If we decide on MK, DD will get a letter and Dress from Minnie and some pins. If we decide on EPCOT, DD will get a Snow White dress and letter from Snow White. If we do MK, the plan will look something like this:

9:10 AM Get 5 FPs for Peter Pan
9:10 AM DD, Mom, DH and Dad will ride Dumbo.
9:34 AM Haunted Mansion
9:55 AM Story time with Belle
10:15 AM Free Time
10:45 AM Tomorrowland Transit Authority
11:00 AM Get 2 FPs for Space Mountain and 3 for Buzz
11:15 AM Monster Inc Laugh Floor
12:00 PM Leave for an afternoon break

5:15 PM Dream Along with Mickey (we have never seen this show)
5:39 PM Buzz Lightyear and Space Mountain (use FP)
6:00 PM Free Time
8:00 PM Use Peter Pan FP
8:30 PM Main Street Electrical Parade
9:00 PM Summer Nightastic Fireworks

We may not stay for the fireworks. I would really like to see them but we have an early breakfast scheduled for Thursday morning.

If we decide on EPCOT, we don’t have a plan. But here is a list of the things we would like to do:thumbsup2:

Innoventions
Soarin’
Test Track (maybe)
Spaceship Earth
The World Showcase
Kim Possible Mission
Possibly the Seas with Nemo

elizablake
06-01-2010, 02:48 PM
Thursday June 10th

Yeah!!! Finally! Our AK day! We have an 8:00 ADR for Donald’s Safari Breakfast. DD will get an invitation to breakfast, a t-shirt and some pins. We plan to arrive at the gate about 7:45 and take our time walking to the back of the park. At 9:00 DH or I will get leave to get FPs even if the rest of the group is not done with breakfast. Here’s the plan:

9:00 AM Get 2 FPs for Everest and 3 FPs for KRR
9:15 AM Safari
10:05 AM Get 5 more FPs for KRR
10:20 AM Meet Character at Camp Minnie and Mickey
10:45 AM Festival of the Lion King
11:45 AM Triceratops Spin
12:15 PM Use KRR FPs
12:35 PM Mom, Dad, and DD use second set of KRR FPs while DH and I use Everest FPs
1:00 PM Leave

Or

9:00 AM Get 2 FPs for Everest and 3 FPs for KRR
9:15 AM Safari
10:05 AM Get 5 more FPs for KRR
10:15 AM Rafaki’s Planet Watch
11:15 AM Maharaja Jungle Trek or Flights of Wonder
12:00 PM Use KRR FPs
12:30 PM Mom, Dad, and DD use second set of KRR FPs while DH and I use Everest FPs
1:00 PM Leave

We plan to relax and the rental house the rest of the day.

ksl5f123
06-01-2010, 09:09 PM
Wow!! Three days plans all posted today! You have been busy!

I think your plans look great! You really seem to have the knack for planning a great morning of touring and then stopping at the right time. I always have the tendency to try to cram in one more thing.

On June 7, do you have an early morning ADR at CRT? I know that Ariel is rare there, but I have seen her before (she is much more common at Akershus).

Just a note for your AK day, I have seen some posts around the DIS where people mention that Kali sometimes doesn't open until 9:30 so probably no fastpasses before then either. Being the overplanner that I am, I would have a backup plan in case I couldn't get that set.

TinksThree
06-01-2010, 10:15 PM
Your plans look great!! You have things spread out nicely and nice breaks! It is getting very close!! :banana:

elizablake
06-02-2010, 03:01 PM
I think your plans look great! You really seem to have the knack for planning a great morning of touring and then stopping at the right time. I always have the tendency to try to cram in one more thing.

:rotfl:It took a lot of effort. I've learned the hard way that you can't do everything you want. There is just not enough time.

On June 7, do you have an early morning ADR at CRT? I know that Ariel is rare there, but I have seen her before (she is much more common at Akershus).

We have a dinner ADR on June 5th. I doubt she will be there. :sad:

Just a note for your AK day, I have seen some posts around the DIS where people mention that Kali sometimes doesn't open until 9:30 so probably no fastpasses before then either. Being the overplanner that I am, I would have a backup plan in case I couldn't get that set.

:worship::worship::worship: Thank you! I've never heard that. Oh well, if KRR FPs are not available then I will get extra EE FPs for DH and I. :rolleyes1

Your plans look great!! You have things spread out nicely and nice breaks! It is getting very close!! :banana:

We are leaving tomorrow!!!!! :banana::banana::banana: Are you guys excited or just busy?

TinksThree
06-02-2010, 11:17 PM
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We are leaving tomorrow!!!!! :banana::banana::banana: Are you guys excited or just busy?[/QUOTE]

Wow! Have a safe trip!! We are excited and busy! I am half-way packed but work seems to occupy so much of my mind right now keeping me super busy!! We leave early Saturday!! :banana::banana::banana:

Brave teacher
06-03-2010, 12:15 AM
Have a great trip! I have been so busy since I got back that I haven't been on the PTR board as much. I can't wait to hear about the trip when you come back.

elizablake
06-03-2010, 07:26 AM
Have a great trip! I have been so busy since I got back that I haven't been on the PTR board as much. I can't wait to hear about the trip when you come back.

I saw you started your trip report. :cool1: I'll catch up when we get home. I can't wait to hear about your trip!

We leave today! DH is going to pick me up from work. I couldn't sleep last night. :lmao: I went to bed about 10:00 and watched the clock until 11:00. Then woke up at 12:00 then 1:00 then 2:00 then 3:00 then 4:00 and the alarm went off at 5:00. :eek: I don't think I have ever been this excited about a trip before! I actually forgot to eat yesterday! :scared1::lmao:

:banana::woohoo::yay::cool1::cheer2::p:hyper:

ksl5f123
06-03-2010, 02:09 PM
Have a wonderful trip! We will be right behind you! Only 2 more days until we leave!

Charlefours
06-03-2010, 03:40 PM
Your plans look great. I hope you plan on doing a TR so I can see how your RideMax plans work for you. I had read with Ariel's Grotto closing, she is suppose to be more common at CRT and Akershus. I sure hope it works out for you (and us when we go to Akershus since she is my DD's favorite too).


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