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Sarahboo
10-06-2009, 01:09 PM
I've spent so much time obsessing over our trip, I decided I may as well put it in one central place. Right now I have all sorts of loose papers stuck in various places with ideal ADRs and things I want to do. We'll be staying at POFQ, and it's our first time on site. We've added the Regular Dining Plan and I've never had a TS meal at WDW so I'm particularly obsessed with where we'll eat.

Previously, we've always done big family trips with my parents, my ILs, my brother and SIL, etc. and rented a house off site. This time it will be (almost) just us. It happens to turn out that my parents were planning to go to Orlando the same week to visit my aunt, so they're going to spend 1-2 days with us at MK, and my ILs live just a couple of hours away so they may stop by for a day, but really this trip is all about our kids and what we want to do, no one else's agenda matters. Finally. This will be our first trip ever, outside of our honeymoon almost 10 years ago where we didn't travel with someone else.

The travelers:

Me - Sarah - I'm 31 and work in college admissions. I've been to WDW 3 times before, most recently when our daughter had just turned 3 (she'll turn 6 the week after we return this time). This year I'm planning to be a Girl Scout leader, but my other hobbies are writing, reading, German style board games, hosting events, I'm on the Board of Directors for my college alumni association and I love to cook. I graduated from culinary school in 2003 and I work at a culinary school now.

DH - Ty - He's 34 and a college student. I'm so proud of him, he's getting straight As while also being a SAHD to our little man, and managing the school routine with our daughter. He takes evening classes, so we don't get to spend much time together during the week, and I know it's as hard on him as it is me to being going on all cylinders from sun up to sun down.

DD - Brynn - She's 5 and attending a Montessori school for her 4th and final year, Kindergarten, before transitioning into traditional 1st grade. She loves all things Disney, her favorite Princess is Ariel, and she also loves comic books and Superheroes. She's going to be Hawkgirl for Halloween and asks me every day when we can go to WDW. This trip will be a Christmas surprise for her and if I keep the secret until Christmas morning, I think everyone will be shocked. We're planning a special trip to the BBB for her this trip, she went last time and it was the highlight of the trip for everyone.

DS - Ezra - He's almost 17 months old and is a big fan of sitting on the cat, throwing toys, They Might Be Giants and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. His favorite, near as we can tell, is Mickey Mouse and Daisy Duck. It will be his first trip ever, and we're hoping for a character dinner at Chef Mickey's or Tusker House just for him.

Sarahboo
10-06-2009, 01:43 PM
We sort of have a plan assuming we get all of the ADRs that we want. We're in the huge group of people that will be logging on in the middle of the night on the 27th to try and make reservations, so who knows how that will go. If we got everything we want, our trip would look like this:

Monday January 25th: I'll get off work around 5 and go straight to the airport. We fly Portland to LA and then LA to Orlando, arriving at 6am Tuesday morning.

Tuesday January 26th: Hop on ME, check in at POFQ and then head to AK with Dinner at Boma.

Wednesday January 27th: MK: BBB first thing in the morning in the castle, LTT for either lunch or dinner.

Thursday January 28th: Breakfast at Chef Mickey's, then DHS.

Friday January 29th: Epcot, Dinner at Le Cellier.

Saturday January 30th: MK with dinner at O'Hana.

Sunday January 31st: AK with dinner at WCC.

Monday February 1st: MK with breakfast at Kona.

Tuesday February 2nd: Epcot, with breakfast at Akerhaus. Then our plane leaves at 4pm, so we'll have to head back to the hotel around noonish to catch the ME. :(

Sarahboo
10-09-2009, 01:55 PM
I'm not sure how i manage to spend so much time obsessing over this vacation. For us, it's a big deal and a big expense. We don't go on many vacations, and I truly enjoy planning the vacation as much as the vacation itself.

I'm getting a little nervous about making the ADRs. I'll be calling first thing on the 27th like everyone else, and since we're on the west coast, that means getting up at 3 am if I am really committed. By the time I'd call later in the day I'm afraid Le Cellier, Chef Mickey's and O'Hana would be hard to get. I could give or take breakfast at CM because we can always just do it one morning at Tusker House, but I really want to go to O'Hana and Le Cellier (though if LC isn't available, I'd try to get Teppan Edo). I guess I just need to hash out some backups that wouldn't require us to totally reschedule all of our days and the rest of our plan.

Brave teacher
10-09-2009, 08:30 PM
I'll join you for your PTR. I love planning our WDW vacations. I clearly remember our first family vacation. It was so great. I can't wait to hear more.

8disneyfans
10-09-2009, 09:40 PM
How exciting!!!! It took us about 10 years also to take our first "real" family vacation and 2 years after that to get to WDW. Our first trip was 2 years ago this month (now we live 10 min from the mouse, but that's a different story).
Staying on property is the best! I feel you get to experience all of the magic, that's just me though. And you are in for a real treat to eat TS. I used to say I go to Disney for the food!!!:rotfl2: You have got some really great places picked out. Bomas is one of our favorites. Matter of fact I think we have been there 3 times in the past month.
I planned and researched for months before our first trip, I think it paid off because it was the best vacation I have ever had in my entire life. And the vacation that started us thinking about a move. I am sure you will have a great time. I look forward to reading your PTR.

Sarahboo
10-09-2009, 11:02 PM
I'll join you for your PTR. I love planning our WDW vacations. I clearly remember our first family vacation. It was so great. I can't wait to hear more.

Thanks for stopping in! I'm so excited to see my kids there, and it's just going to be a real treat for our family to go. I'm hoping that even if I plan obsessively I'll be able to just go with the flow once I get there and rely on everything I've learned to get me through instead of micro-managing my family. I don't want to spend my vacation stressed out or worried about the details, I just want to enjoy it!

How exciting!!!! It took us about 10 years also to take our first "real" family vacation and 2 years after that to get to WDW. Our first trip was 2 years ago this month (now we live 10 min from the mouse, but that's a different story).
Staying on property is the best! I feel you get to experience all of the magic, that's just me though. And you are in for a real treat to eat TS. I used to say I go to Disney for the food!!!:rotfl2: You have got some really great places picked out. Bomas is one of our favorites. Matter of fact I think we have been there 3 times in the past month.
I planned and researched for months before our first trip, I think it paid off because it was the best vacation I have ever had in my entire life. And the vacation that started us thinking about a move. I am sure you will have a great time. I look forward to reading your PTR.


Where'd you move from? I wish we lived closer, it's a huge expense and ordeal to come from the west coast to WDW, airfare is more expensive, and if you don't get the flights just right, you really lose two whole days to travel. What fun is that? Being close enough to visit regularly sounds wonderful!

8disneyfans
10-10-2009, 08:46 AM
Moved from KS 3 months ago. We figured it would be cheaper to live here then keep taking vacations with 6 kiddos!:lmao:
It has been a blast so far!!! I love being able to just pop over and watch wishes, I don't think that will ever get old.
I hear you about plane costs and time. We flew from KS once and drove the other 2 times.
I see you are flying from Portland, is that where you are from. I lived across the bridge in WA for awhile growing up.

Sarahboo
10-13-2009, 02:18 PM
I thought I'd put some pictures of the family in here so you can see who all will be in on the fun:

I'm really the family picture taker, which means that there just aren't that many pictures of me! It's one of the reasons I love Photopass at Disney, everyone is in the pictures!

Here's one of the whole family, but to find one with all of us, I had to go back to Ezra's newborn pictues from May 2008. :lol:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y1/sarahspoon/familypic.jpg

Here's Brynn with Wonderwoman last Halloween:

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Ty, Brynn and Ezra during our snowstorm last December:

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Sarahboo
10-13-2009, 02:23 PM
Wow! Look at my ticker! Just 104 days, and ADR day is creeping up on me fast!

Here's another one of Ty and I:

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And here's one from last weekend at the Pumpkin Patch:

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8disneyfans
10-13-2009, 04:22 PM
You guys look like a great family. You're going to have so much fun.

almost under the 100 day mark :cool1:

Sarahboo
10-13-2009, 04:45 PM
Thanks! Some days it seems like our trip is so far away and osmetimes I think, it's creeping up on us! I know the holidays will go by quickly, so once Halloween and Thansgiving near we get so busy the time will just fly!

It will be more fun to obsess over the trip after Christmas when Ty and I don't have to talk about it in secret anymore. I'm excited to talk with Brynn about what she's looking forward to and to look at the maps with her, but it's all top secret until Santa visits.

8disneyfans
10-13-2009, 06:42 PM
That will be one cool gift from Santa!!!

Brave teacher
10-13-2009, 07:45 PM
Yall are such a cute family! The planning gets a lot of fun when you start to add the kids in the planning. Their excitement brings up the excitement for you as well.

Sarahboo
10-18-2009, 08:28 PM
That will be one cool gift from Santa!!!

Thanks! Now I just have to hope that we are actually able to keep the secret! Luckily they're young enough that they aren't catching onto the subtle conversations. I definitely could not pull this off if they were younger because I like to talk about it too much. :mickeyjum

Yall are such a cute family! The planning gets a lot of fun when you start to add the kids in the planning. Their excitement brings up the excitement for you as well.

Brynn is going to freak out. I can't wait to look at maps and talk with her about the different rides and attractions. She had just turned 3 the last time we went so while she was excited, we didn't really include her in planning. This time we're celebrating her 6th birthday a week after we return, so she's much more capable of wrapping her head around it.

Sarahboo
10-18-2009, 08:54 PM
In planning news, not a whole lot is happening. Next Monday night/Tuesday morning is D day for ADRs. I'll be trying to get them along with everyone else on October 27th. I'm trying to decide exactly how committed I am. We're just outside of Portland, Oregon which means 6am is really 3am, and while I don't ever sleep that well anyway, I'm not excited about setting the alarm for 2:45 just so I can get dining reservations. That being said, I've considered my options time and time again, and I've never once eaten at a TS restaurant at WDW and I have very specific ideas about where I'd like to eat. It's worth a little lost sleep if I get everything I want. I'm thinking I might go ahead and get up in the middle of the night to do it. Am I crazy? It would be different if we went more often, but we probably won't go again until Ezra is tall enough to ride everything. By then, Brynn probably won't care about princesses and who knows if Ezra will be too picky to eat at Boma. So I'm just going for it. My husband thinks I'm nuts, but who cares, right? He'll appreciate my careful planning once we're there.

In other news my parents still haven't selected a hotel. I told them they should try to get the 4/3 deal and wouldn't you know they still have some room at POR! I'm a big fan of the idea of them staying there. It's close to us, but not so close that they can just knock on our door whenever they want. Plus, they're renting a car because they're spending a few days visiting family and they only plan on spending 2.5 days with us at the parks. On EPCOT day, they're taking the kids around 3 and Ty and I get to spend the evening alone together, hopefully with dinner at LeCellier and maybe a walk over to Boardwalk. I'd also like to get a new wedding ring, since I've never liked mine and I stopped wearing it because I've gained weight since having the kids and I've never had it resized. What a great way to celebrate our 10th year of marriage right? Anyway, I don't want to have to bring the car seats if I don't have to, but if they stay offsite, they'll need them for just this one night. What a total pain in the *** to bring 2 car seats for just this one night. Ultimately I want them to be able to stay wherever they feel like staying so I haven't told them my opinion, but here's to secretly hoping they choose POR!

Finally, I need your advice on this last piece of business. I think we're going to switch Thursday and Friday so we'd spend Thursday at EPCOT and Friday at DHS. We don't really think the kids will be up for Fantasmic late at night and since we definitely don't feel like getting in line 2 hours before the show, we think we'll just pass on it this time. It would be different if it was like Wishes and you could see it from almost anywhere in the park. Since we don't think we'll see Fantasmic, I decided to plan DHS on a non-Fantasmic, non-EMH day in hopes for lower crowds. Any opinions? Should we keep it the way it is incase we DO decide to hit up fantasmic? I should make up my mind before ADR D-Day.

Brave teacher
10-18-2009, 09:04 PM
Just to offer a little piece of information that might be helpful...Online ADRs open up at 3AM EST. I would think it would probably be easier to stay up till midnight than getting up at 2:45. Plus, you would probably be finished sooner and be able to get to bed. The downside? So many people may be logging in to the website at the same time could cause some problems. Just a thought...

I hope your parents make a decision soon.

Sarahboo
10-18-2009, 09:15 PM
Just to offer a little piece of information that might be helpful...Online ADRs open up at 3AM EST. I would think it would probably be easier to stay up till midnight than getting up at 2:45. Plus, you would probably be finished sooner and be able to get to bed. The downside? So many people may be logging in to the website at the same time could cause some problems. Just a thought...

I hope your parents make a decision soon.

That's what I thought, and my husband was all down for that since he's typically up then anyway, but lately it sounds like they haven't opened up until 6am EST, we'll try at midnight first and see what happens I guess. :thumbsup2

DisneysRedhead
10-18-2009, 09:38 PM
Hey joining in on the PTR! My soon to be husband and I are going to be staying at POR, I'm super excited :)

Just some advice on your ADR's, if you for some reason don't get everything you want in that first call, don't give up! When I made our ADR's I got all but two of our restaurants and one of them was a must have. I prefer calling in my ADR's however the online system was a life saver. I just checked it everyday, several times a day until I finally was able to get exactly what I wanted! Also check out the boards as their are threads where people trade ADR's or post their cancellations. If you really want them, you can get it!

Northern Disney Girl
10-18-2009, 09:46 PM
WOWZER!!! :goodvibes

We will be at the exact same place at exactly the same time! :cool1: How cool is that? :yay:

My family and I will be at POFQ from January 26th until February 2nd! :woohoo: We will also be doing our ADRs on Oct 27th!

By the looks of your schedule, we probably won't bump into each other at the parks too much but maybe we will see each other around the resort! :)

Here's to great weather and LOW LOW crowds! :drinking1

Sarahboo
10-19-2009, 12:02 PM
Hey joining in on the PTR! My soon to be husband and I are going to be staying at POR, I'm super excited :)

Just some advice on your ADR's, if you for some reason don't get everything you want in that first call, don't give up! When I made our ADR's I got all but two of our restaurants and one of them was a must have. I prefer calling in my ADR's however the online system was a life saver. I just checked it everyday, several times a day until I finally was able to get exactly what I wanted! Also check out the boards as their are threads where people trade ADR's or post their cancellations. If you really want them, you can get it!

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I've actually read your PTR, but I still feel a little awkward just popping in. I'll have to stop by again and out myself. I think your wedding plans are awesome. I love the vintage theme and your dress is gorgeous. Your wedding is coming up FAST!

Thanks for the advice, we'll see how the 27th goes, but I worry that I'll obsess too much about it being the *perfect* vacation and getting *exactly* what I want if I don't end up getting the ADRS I want, I'll end up not enjoying it for what it is. It's awesome that you got everything you wanted!

WOWZER!!! :goodvibes

We will be at the exact same place at exactly the same time! :cool1: How cool is that? :yay:

My family and I will be at POFQ from January 26th until February 2nd! :woohoo: We will also be doing our ADRs on Oct 27th!

By the looks of your schedule, we probably won't bump into each other at the parks too much but maybe we will see each other around the resort! :)

Here's to great weather and LOW LOW crowds! :drinking1


Sweet! Do you have a PTR? I want to follow along if you do.

DisneysRedhead
10-19-2009, 03:07 PM
Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I've actually read your PTR, but I still feel a little awkward just popping in. I'll have to stop by again and out myself. I think your wedding plans are awesome. I love the vintage theme and your dress is gorgeous. Your wedding is coming up FAST!

Thanks for the advice, we'll see how the 27th goes, but I worry that I'll obsess too much about it being the *perfect* vacation and getting *exactly* what I want if I don't end up getting the ADRS I want, I'll end up not enjoying it for what it is. It's awesome that you got everything you wanted!

Please feel free to say hey when I post my next installment!! Hopefully I'll post sometime this week or after the weekend when I have a second shower ;) I wish you much luck in ADR acquiring! You can do it!

Sarahboo
10-20-2009, 12:28 PM
Please feel free to say hey when I post my next installment!! Hopefully I'll post sometime this week or after the weekend when I have a second shower ;) I wish you much luck in ADR acquiring! You can do it!

I will! I can't believe ADR day is less than a week away!

Sarahboo
10-20-2009, 12:40 PM
Hello Everyone!

Man, it's only Tuesday and I'm already excited for the weekend! Let's see, what have I been up to?

Well, the whole family has the flu. I ended up missing work Friday, which I almost never do, and today Brynn had a fever so I guess it's just going to continue going around our house until we've all had it a couple of times. One of my biggest concerns about going in January is the prospect of being sick. Yikes. We all just need to focus on being healthy for the next few months.

Last night was my night to go out while Ty stayed with the kids, so my good friend Danielle and I went to the pub by my work for a couple of beers and then came back to the school's restaurant for an oustanding dinner. It's a 4 course meal for $18, and we split a bottle of Syrah from down under. I had the venison hazelnut terrine, roasted pumpkin salad, huter style braised rabbit with barley and creme brulee. Delish! She also let me tell her all about our Disney plans, which was awesome because I feel like an obsessive compulsive nut when I talk about it, so I try to keep my mouth shut most of the time.

Now the big question between Ty and I is if we should cancel DDP and re-add it closer to the beginning of our trip. Our final payment is due December 12th and we're expecting a big bonus check at the beginning of January, so we might cancel it off our reservation and then add it back on when the check comes. I don't think it makes a huge difference either way, it's just a mental thing I suppose about dishing out the whole amount right before Christmas. What to do what to do? If I remove dining from the reservation after I make ADRs will it cancel them or are they totally seperate?[/B]

ShannonMB
10-21-2009, 10:08 AM
Hi Sarah, I linked over when you posted on my PTR... How exciting for you guys!!!! Especially the onsite/TS dining part!!! IMHO, it's SO great to be "captive" to all things Disney! We've never stayed at POFQ, but I'm super excited about it. Have you seen Andre Willey's site? www.portorleans.org. Lots of cool info and pics there!

A couple thoughts -- while Fantasmic! is a must for us, you might do just as well to skip it (this time!) and wait till Ezra is a little bigger. I think between being tired and it being on the scary side, it might just not be worth it this time.

As far as the ADR thing goes, if you do decide to take the dining plan off for now, that won't affect your ADRs, because you could make those with or without the dining plan (and whether or not you are staying onsite, for that matter), so however that works best. I just hope you have a meal at Disney as good as the one you had at your school's restaurant! ;)

Best of luck on getting those ADRs. I bet you'll do fine! :wizard:

Sarahboo
10-21-2009, 12:23 PM
Thanks for the great tips Shannon! Every now and again I think maybe we should save the money and stay somewhere offsite, but I just don't think I'd enjoy it as much. I love that I'll have no reason to leave Disneyworld for almost 8 days.


I think my husband is on to something. The other day he accused me of wanting to switch some of our plans around for no other reason than because I have nothing left to plan at this point. I adamantly denied the accusation, but last night I decided that instead of planning on 2 days at AK and 3 days at MK, we should plan on one at AK, 2 at MK and play the other two by ear, or squeeze in a full second day at EPCOT and while all he heard was "blahblahblahIhavesomeplanningideasblahblahblahblah Disneyworldblahblah", he might be right. I just feel the itch to change all of our plans around just so I can work out some new logistics. I feel like once we have our ADRs I'll be trapped into whatever plan we have and apparently I'm having some commitment issues. Surely I'm not the only one to ever go through that?

In other news, I showered out of order today. I always wash my hair first and then my body. When I was done washing my body I thought "Crap. Did I wash my hair? I don't remember washing my hair? Should I wash it again just in case?" Ugh. It's like waking up on the wrong side of the bed. My morning routine was all out of whack and I'm still recovering. I feel like I'm going to need to quadruple check everything that leaves my desk today. I might also need to admit exactly how neurotic I am. :rolleyes1

Brave teacher
10-21-2009, 07:44 PM
HAHA! I do the same thing. ANy free moment I get, I play around to figure out all the possibilities. It's fun and part of the planninig. Just keep doing it.

I hate when I get so caught up in the moment that I can't remember what I have done already.

Sarahboo
10-21-2009, 11:03 PM
HAHA! I do the same thing. ANy free moment I get, I play around to figure out all the possibilities. It's fun and part of the planninig. Just keep doing it.


Awesome! I'm so glad that my disease is shared. It's kind of contagious on this here website.





I'm interrupting this PTR for Halloween pictures. We love super heroes and comic books in this house, so Brynn requested none other than Hawk Girl. In the spirit on congruency, Ezra is Baby Flash:
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And here they are by day, before they fight evil:

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Sarahboo
10-22-2009, 05:58 PM
I was just looking for a picture on one of my online photo hosting sites and I found some from our last Disney vacation. It really got me excited about our upcoming trip (hell, breathing makes me excited for our upcoming trip):

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Sarahboo
10-22-2009, 06:12 PM
I'll miss Pleasure Island.. Ty and I went there with my brother last trip:

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Brave teacher
10-22-2009, 07:13 PM
That looks like such a great time! Thanks for sharing them.

Sarahboo
10-26-2009, 01:05 PM
Well, tonight is the big night! Disney gets flooded by a million people trying to make dining reservations, and I'm one of them.

I've been considering our plan and how I can adjust things for maximum flexibility on the days where we aren't 100% sure we know which park we'll be at. I'm all about planning and itinerary, but after we go to every park once, it's hard to say where we'll be some days. What if my kids don't want to spend a second day at Ak? What if they LOVE Epcot and we need to spend another full day there, what about DHS?

So this was the original plan:

Tuesday the 26th:

Plane lands at 6amish, head to POFQ for check-in, grab breakfast at the resort, then AK, dinner at Boma (ideal time: 5:45).

I think we'll leave this day the way it is. After travelling all night, I like the idea of going to AK because the park closes at 5 and without PH we'll be forced to have dinner and then relax.

Back up ideas for dinner? I'm not sure yet.

Wednesday the 27th:

Magic Kingdom. I'd like to get Brynn a BBB appointment before rope drop in the castle. Then all day at MK with dinner at LTT, ideally around 5pm so we can watch Spectro at 7, then Wishes at 8.

My parents are going to join us this day, so I'll need reservations for 6. That's important to remember. I'd like to keep this day as planned too. Last time we did BBB, Brynn wanted to wear her Princess dress again and again, so I want to go there early in the week. Also, I wanted to do MK the first day we were there but it isn't a Specro night and I just don't like the idea of not even going to MK until the third or fourth day when we have little kids.

Back up dinner ideas? This day I want to stay in the park all day if we can, so probably Tony's. CP will be down for the time we're there so we don't have a ton of options. If LTT doesn't work out, I'll probably go for a resort dinner on the monorail so we can minimize the busses. I may be entirely too ambitious, but we're used to staying off-site, so we've never really left the park in the middle of the day even when Brynn was little like Ez. I guess we'll just have to play that element by ear.


Thursday the 28th:

EPCOT. My parents will be with us again, but this time they're taking the kids in the early evening so Ty and I can have some adult time. We're hoping for dinner at Le Cellier, then we'll either ride some things on our own or maybe even go over to the Boardwalk, which I've never seen before. We'll see how we feel after dinner. We won't be using a TS credit for Brynn that night, which means later in the week when we have breakfast at Kona, we'll only be paying OOP for two of us.

Again, I'd like for this day to stay as is if possible. Mom, Brynn and I are going ti pick a pearl in Japan and it would be nice to have dinner at LC without the kids.

Back up dinner ideas? I would probably try for Teppan Edo or Chefs de France.


Friday the 29th:

DHS. Hopefully breakfast for 6 at Chef Mickey's.

Again, stay the same, we want to hit each of the 4 parks in the first 4 days. Actually, I think we switched EPCOT and DHS from our initial plans because we've decided against Fantasmic this vacation so we're going to avoid DHS on Fantasmic night hoping that it'll be a little quieter. Back up dining? I have no idea.

Saturday the 30th:

We've been planning on MK this day because we know for sure that we want to spend at least 2, probably 3 days at MK, so we were trying to spread them out.

I'm getting the feeling that Saturday is a bad day to go to MK. I could use thoughts and expertise here. If we do MK, we'll try for dinner at O'Hana.

Sunday the 31st:

Animal Kingdom, dinner at WCC.

If we switch MK from Saturday we'd probably flip-flop AK and do AK on Saturday, MK on Sunday. Of course, there's always the chance that the kids don't even want to go to AK this day, but I think I'll try for WCC either way and we can just play the park by ear. Decisions Decisions.

Monday the 1st:

Magic Kingdom, Breakfast at Kona Cafe.

Egads, I have mixed feelings about this. I wanted our last full day to be at Magic Kingdom, because I know the kids will like it most there. But Monday is never a great day to go. Despite that, I think I'll keep it the way it is.

Our plane leaves at 3:30 pm on this day, so we'll have just a couple of hours in the park. Our plan is EPCOT with breakfast at Askerhaus. We wants to leave WDW with a bang and since our daughter is 5, it doesn't get much better than the Princess breakfast.

So I guess I'm not switching a lot, we flip-flopped a couple of days, but it's harder to plan without Park Hoppers, those ADRs make each day a bigger commitment.

Northern Disney Girl
10-26-2009, 01:31 PM
Sweet! Do you have a PTR? I want to follow along if you do.

Not Yet! :) Thinking of starting one once we get the whole ADRs mess out of the way! We have all been sick with the flu/nasty head cold this last week so I haven't been motivated to do much typing. Maybe next weekend! :surfweb:

Thanks for the great tips Shannon! Every now and again I think maybe we should save the money and stay somewhere offsite, but I just don't think I'd enjoy it as much. I love that I'll have no reason to leave Disneyworld for almost 8 days.



In other news, I showered out of order today. I always wash my hair first and then my body. When I was done washing my body I thought "Crap. Did I wash my hair? I don't remember washing my hair? Should I wash it again just in case?" Ugh. It's like waking up on the wrong side of the bed. My morning routine was all out of whack and I'm still recovering. I feel like I'm going to need to quadruple check everything that leaves my desk today. I might also need to admit exactly how neurotic I am. :rolleyes1


I totally did the same thing the other day! :rotfl: Had a rough night with one of the girls and was so exhausted getting into the shower I forgot what it was I was supposed to do! :lmao: I just kept kind of turning around looking at stuff trying to figure out what was going on! :rotfl2:

Hope we get a chance to bump into each other at POFQ cause it doesnt look like our park days will line up much! January is a great time to "play it by ear" We had such a great time last year! :cool1:

Sarahboo
10-27-2009, 03:20 PM
Not Yet! :) Thinking of starting one once we get the whole ADRs mess out of the way! We have all been sick with the flu/nasty head cold this last week so I haven't been motivated to do much typing. Maybe next weekend! :surfweb:


Make sure to pop in and let me know when it's up and running!




Well, I bought into the hysteria and spent half the night trying to make dining reservations. I woke up at 2:45 am, to find the online booking system totally crashed, but stayed up until 4am for the phones to open.

Now, when I realized that booking reservations this morning was going to be crazy, I never imagined I wouldn't even be able to get through for HOURS! I figured I'd spend an hour or two on hold and be done with it. Yikes. I finally made my reservations at 10 am. I was up for 7 hours, and now I'm exhausted and at work trying to stay focused. It seems like a lot of people got really angry, and I can certainly understand the frustration, but the CMs were awesome, and aside from some restaurants not even being in the system yet, it appears that most people got what they were looking for. I felt bad for the CMs, they probably had a lot of grouchy people.

One funny thing did happen. So, I get though the lines and am told that the system is down, but they can put me back in the call queue if I would prefer that to calling back (Yes! After 6 hours of busy signal, I'll take hold!). Then another 20-30 minutes pass and I get Merci (who was awesome). Right as we were trying to book my first reservation I accidentally put my new phone on MUTE, and she thought I hung up on her. So she's all "Hello? Sarah? Hello? Are you there?" And I'm in a full on panic trying to figure out how to turn mute off! Gah! I must have looked hilarious as I fumbled my phone around while yelling into it: "I'm here! I'm here! Don't hang up!" It took me probably 20-30 seconds to figure it out, but luckily she didn't give up on me and I was able to unmute the phone before she hung up. Whew!

So, reservations:

Tuesday - Boma at 5:30 for 4

Wednesday - LTT at 5:00 for 6 (my parents will be joining us for 3 meals) and BBB makeover at 9:30 am in the castle

Thursday - Le Cellier at 6:30 for 6 (my parents might join us for this meal, I'll know for sure tonight and may be able to bring it down to dinner for 2 because they've offered to take the kids for the night one night. I just need to confirm this with them).

Friday - Chef Mickey's 7:30 am for 6

Saturday - O'Hana's 5:00 for 4

Sunday - Whispering Canyon Cafe 5:25 for 4

Monday - Kona 7:30am for 4 (There is talk about changing this to O'Hana's if we can, but I'm not even going to bother for a few days. Needless to say, I have no desire to try and call in to make a single change to an ADR that I would like either way)

Tuesday - Princess Storybook breakfast at 8:05 am for 4

Sarahboo
10-29-2009, 07:18 PM
I can't decide if I should swap Kona for OHana. Yes? No? Advice from my fellow Disers?

Brave teacher
10-29-2009, 08:51 PM
Everything looks great! I would only switch Kona to Ohana if you want the character breakfast.

Sarahboo
10-30-2009, 10:58 AM
Everything looks great! I would only switch Kona to Ohana if you want the character breakfast.

Hmm. That's such a hard call. We're already doing three character meals, and it looks like Ty and I will be paying OOP for wherever we go, but we'll have 1 TS credit left for Brynn since she won't be joining us at Le Cellier. However, when I looked at the menus, it seemed like once you bought a drink at Kona there was much of a price difference. Initially I really wanted Tonga toast, but I can also make pretty awesome stuffed-french toast at home, so I think its hould be more about the kids. And if it's about the kids, then it should be a character meal, so I think I'll see if we can get OHana, and let that be the deciding factor.

Northern Disney Girl
10-30-2009, 11:36 AM
Plans look Great, Sarah! :thumbsup2 We will definitely have to make a point of trying to meet up at the POFQ playground for a few moments to say hello! :goodvibes

Northern Disney Girl
10-30-2009, 03:32 PM
Make sure to pop in and let me know when it's up and running!


PTR - started! come on over and have a look! Hope to see you there! :goodvibes