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DisMomAmy
10-16-2009, 11:01 AM
I know the "What are you celebrating?" theme will be gone in 2010 but my family has decided that I need to change my birthday. I have never had my own day... my brother's birthday is 3 days after mine and now that I'm all grown up, six years ago I went and had a baby the day before my 30th birthday so I share (happily) my day with Zach. I also share my other special day, Mother's Day, not only because we celebrate my mother and DH's mother, but because my mother's birthday is May 13th so we are often celebrating her birthday near Mother's Day too. We are the only family members who own a house so I am always hosting the celebrations... including my own birthday & Mother's Day. This year DH (Tim) decided we needed to find a day to celebrate me, with that being said, this week I booked our airfare and the planning has begun.

Here we are on the last day of our April 2009 trip:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/Image771.jpg

Alexander (9 next month):
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4268.jpg

Alex at soccer:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4374.jpg

Zach on his 6th birthday:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4416.jpg

Zach at soccer:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4362.jpg

If you want to learn more about me and my family, please check out my previous PTR and TRs - links below. I'm just wrapping up my current TR so I can move the focus to this upcoming trip.

Thanks for joining me!!

Links:

Airfare & Rental Car (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33971905&postcount=2)
ADR Help (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33971943&postcount=3)
ADRs back to 180 days (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33972210&postcount=4)
Itinerary - First Draft (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33991514&postcount=22)
More Itinerary Talk (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34031848&postcount=38)
ADRs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34061824&postcount=60)
Waiting no so patiently… (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34091591&postcount=85)
ADR Update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34099700&postcount=95)
First ADRs made (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34110708&postcount=102)
ADRs – Day 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34125764&postcount=106)
ADRs – Day 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34140163&postcount=115)
ADRs – Day 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34152291&postcount=121)
ADRs – Day 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34161940&postcount=130)
ADRs – Day 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34173202&postcount=131)
Happy Fall (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34250388&postcount=137)
Tree Tagging Gone Bad (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34256327&postcount=145)
Christmas Projects (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34314067&postcount=152)
Christmas Projects continued (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34367784&postcount=161)
Happy Thanksgiving (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34475590&postcount=177)
Odds & Ends (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34517797&postcount=187)
Tour Guide Mike & Zhu Zhu (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34574925&postcount=197)
Snow Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34612037&postcount=213)
A tooth, 2 snowmen & a serving of Cocoa (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34659696&postcount=222)
Merry Christmas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34758490&postcount=241)
Pre-trip Report Recap (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34767467&postcount=245)
E-Ticket App for iPhone (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34770318&postcount=250)
Crazy Christmas Wait Times (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34792173&postcount=253)
Disney Christmas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34793315&postcount=256)
The Waiting Game (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34808981&postcount=268)
Christmas Presents (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34818277&postcount=287)
Happy New Year/Magic Kingdom – Looking Back to 1982 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34831627&postcount=296)
Give a Day/Get a Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34841822&postcount=307)
Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 1997 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34857205&postcount=320)
The Box & The Snow (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34870091&postcount=327)
Growing Southwest Credit (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34886575&postcount=334)
Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 2002 & 2006 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34895776&postcount=342)
Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 2007 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34930750&postcount=354)
Finally... Some Answers! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34946986&postcount=365)
Updated ADRs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34950083&postcount=371)
Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 2008 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34965935&postcount=383)
Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 2009 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34997467&postcount=395)
Itinerary update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35003768&postcount=403)
Magic Kingdom - Looking forward to 2010!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35028345&postcount=421)
Typhoon Lagoon vs. Blizzard Beach (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35053671&postcount=438)
Epcot - Looking back to 1997 & 2002 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35114686&postcount=457)
Why Disney is so special to us! And an autism resource. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35147265&postcount=481)
Epcot - Looking back to 2007 & 2008 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35168700&postcount=494)
Epcot- Looking back to 2009 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35224363&postcount=511)
Epcot - Looking forward to 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35255208&postcount=531)
Me? An Annual Passholder? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35275016&postcount=542)
Shoes, park bags & luggage, Oh My! – Part I: Shoes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35296432&postcount=563)
To AP or not to AP? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35309847&postcount=576)
Mini-Update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35330355&postcount=597)
Penguin Plunge (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35338028&postcount=602)
Shoes, park bags & luggage, Oh My! - Part II: Park Bags! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35347148&postcount=612)
Where are we staying? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35391959&postcount=631)
More Odds & Ends (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35410479&postcount=639)
More Changes? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35413893&postcount=645)
DHS - Looking Back to 1997 & 2002 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35423864&postcount=657)
DHS - Looking Back to 2006 & 2007 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35454106&postcount=666)
DHS - Looking Back to 2008 & 2009 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35477919&postcount=676)
Disney Shopping!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35490536&postcount=687)
DHS - Looking Forward to 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35525122&postcount=697)
The condo decision! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35538244&postcount=701)
Parking Question (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35571315&postcount=717)
Sheraton Vistana Resort - Here we come!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35587876&postcount=721)
Rain, rain, go away! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35602448&postcount=735)
Animal Kingdom - Looking Back to 2002 & 2007 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35642197&postcount=760)
Animal Kingdom - Looking Back to 2008 & 2009 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35665908&postcount=786)
Animal Kingdom - Looking Forward to 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35691370&postcount=800)
Other Looking Back Pictures - Post 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35717704&postcount=811)
Other Looking Back Pictures - Post 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35717736&postcount=812)
The Budget (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35745132&postcount=820)
Dining budget (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35763626&postcount=832)
Six weeks to go!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35784753&postcount=836)
Let the countdown begin! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35826702&postcount=869)
So which bag did I choose? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35845041&postcount=881)
5 Weeks to go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35880641&postcount=907)
Back to the drawing board! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35904688&postcount=925)
Ch, ch, changes... a new itinerary (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35919662&postcount=954)
Shopping!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35932432&postcount=965)
4 Weeks & A Very Special Delivery (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35984278&postcount=993)
Updated park & entertainment schedules (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35991326&postcount=1009)
Another change? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36023394&postcount=1025)
Off Topic... My leaky car (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36045364&postcount=1042)
Crazy Week! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36067326&postcount=1065)
3 Weeks & some autism tips from 2007 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36076895&postcount=1081)
Am I Crazy?? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36141368&postcount=1100)
2 Weeks To Go & In Two Weeks - Thurs 4/22 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36173841&postcount=1117)
In Two Weeks - Fri 4/23 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36181098&postcount=1124)
In Two Weeks - Sat 4/24 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36195913&postcount=1133)
In Two Weeks - Sun 4/25 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36207472&postcount=1139)
In Two Weeks - Mon 4/26 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36220426&postcount=1145)
In Two Weeks - Tues 4/27 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36234551&postcount=1157)
In Two Weeks - Wed 4/28 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36250023&postcount=1165)
In Two Weeks - Thurs 4/29 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36275579&postcount=1182)
In Two Weeks - Fri 4/30 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36279255&postcount=1186)
In Two Weeks - Sat 5/1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36301612&postcount=1203)
3 Days to go! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36317617&postcount=1223)
Photos - Easter & Updated countdown pictures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36329511&postcount=1232)
See ya real soon! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36359358&postcount=1268)

Link to my TR: Mom, this is like a whole new Disney!" - An April 2010 TR (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36511113#post36511113)

DisMomAmy
10-16-2009, 11:13 AM
I started posting information about this trip on my 2009 TR so I'm going to copy it over here. Here's what I posted yesterday about airfare & rental car:

So yesterday morning, after being haunted by the ghost of Southwest all night long, I got up and posted here on the DIS. Then I checked the Southwest prices and they had arleady gone up!! Every flight went up by exactly $5. I guess that's the penalty for procrastination.

I emailed Tim to tell him what had happened and he told me to just go ahead and book something so I could sleep again. (Until the week before our trip at least... )

The answer to the burning question... APRIL is the winner!

Here is what I booked:

Southwest Manchester - Tampa
Thursday, April 22nd 7:55am - 11:20am

Returning on Southwest Tampa - Manchester
Sunday, May 2nd 10:40am - 1:40pm

The return flights were cheaper out of Tampa plus that gives us the flexibility to switch things around if needed and visit family on either end of our trip.

And I've already booked a minivan for 10 days for $550! I think that's a great price since I was only finding prices over $1000 in my initial research. I used carrentalsavers.com. Of course I'll be watching those prices closely and probably re-book several times before April.

The reason we ended up with April was really about the flights. Direct filghts are important for us and the weather can be unpredictable for travel in February.

I did go back and cancel & rebook our flights as two separate itineraries in case a great rate opens up in Orlando for the return flight or in case there are other changes we want to make - we won't have to cancel both flights and risk the prices going up (which they probably will).

Right now the plan is to visit Jeff (Tim's brother) & Karen (Jeff's girlfriend) & the kids (J(17) & K(13) - Jeff's kids with his ex-wife) for the first weekend then check-in in Orlando on Sunday. We'll be visiting Tim's grandmother, who just turned 90, sometime during the week.

There you have it! I'll finish up this TR shortly then I'm going to take a little break for a while. I'll probably start a PTR closer to our ADR time in January... or sooner if I feel like it. We'll see...

DisMomAmy
10-16-2009, 11:16 AM
I wasn't going to start this PTR until January, when I thought I would be making my ADRs. But then I heard a rumor... Here's what I posted on my TR:

Dear Dis-Friends - I need help again!!

I've read a few things about ADRs switching back to 180 days on October 27th but I can't find anything official or even somewhat official. Has anyone else heard about this?? I've also heard that park hours will go back to 180 days as well... let's hope so because if that's true I need to make ADRs starting on the 27th!! And since we're staying off-property I'll need to get up early every day to make each ADR. Help!!

DisMomAmy
10-16-2009, 11:35 AM
After searching all day, I finally found something "official" about the return of ADRs at 180 days. The 2010 Disney Dining Plan brochure states the following:

"Our Table Service restaurants, character dining and dinner shows
book quickly and the restaurant and seating of your choice may
be limited or may not be available during your visit. Please make
reservations online at disneyworld.com/dining or by calling
407-WDW-DINE up to 90 days prior to your visit for the best options.
Beginning October 27, 2009, for arrivals Jan. 25, 2010, and beyond,
reservations may be made up to 180 days prior to your visit."

You can find it for yourselves here: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/vacation-packages/2010/dining/
Scroll down about 1/3 of the way and click on "Disney Dining Plan" and you'll find the brochure. The information is listed as the second "Great Tip!"

I guess I'll start working on the itinerary... :headache:

Momof2Disneyboys
10-16-2009, 11:38 AM
Am I first??!! :cool1:

DisMomAmy
10-16-2009, 11:43 AM
Am I first??!! :cool1:

Yup!! Thanks for coming! :yay:

Charleston Princess
10-16-2009, 11:59 AM
I am here, Amy!!! :yay:

MRYPPNS
10-16-2009, 12:02 PM
Gee Girl.... you have been one busy bee this morning!

DisMomAmy
10-16-2009, 12:15 PM
I am here, Amy!!! :yay:

Thanks for coming over!! :goodvibes

Gee Girl.... you have been one busy bee this morning!

It's too cold to do anything else! :cold:

Hope you don't mind that I stole your theme - celebrating me! It's such a good one. :thumbsup2

praisehisname
10-16-2009, 01:14 PM
I'm here! That's so cool that your DH decided to give you your own day! :lovestruc

Denise

DisMomAmy
10-16-2009, 07:51 PM
I'm here! That's so cool that your DH decided to give you your own day! :lovestruc

Denise

:welcome:

Yes- DH giving me my own day is cool - even cooler that I turned it into a week at WDW! ;)

jordanyosh
10-16-2009, 08:18 PM
good. I made page 1 and am here from the start!:thumbsup2

mousescrapper
10-16-2009, 09:39 PM
I'm here...and I'll do my best to stay up to date....let me help plan it may snap me out of my no-Dis funk....;)

Scrappie J~

DisMomAmy
10-16-2009, 09:48 PM
good. I made page 1 and am here from the start!:thumbsup2

Glad you could make it Jordan!!

I'm here...and I'll do my best to stay up to date....let me help plan it may snap me out of my no-Dis funk....;)

Scrappie J~

Hi Julie!! Thanks for coming along. I wasn't planning to start this until January but the ADR thing is going to require some input from my DISfriends - hopefully you can help me out with some of that! I'll be posting my guess of EMHs & evening entertainment and first version of my itinerary soon for suggestions. I could use a bit of a break too so I suspect that once I get my ADRs done I'll be slowing down to work on some Christmas projects.

Sorry about the no-DIS funk. :hug:

mommytothreeboys
10-17-2009, 09:10 AM
Did I make it onto page 1?? SO excited to share in the planning of this new trip!

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

DisMomAmy
10-17-2009, 01:24 PM
Did I make it onto page 1?? SO excited to share in the planning of this new trip!

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

Woo Hoo!! Page 1!! :cool1:

Glad to have your help!!

eandesmom
10-17-2009, 05:35 PM
RATS! page 2

DisMomAmy
10-17-2009, 07:33 PM
RATS! page 2

That's OK - I'm still happy you are here. :goodvibes

mousescrapper
10-17-2009, 09:07 PM
Amy



1 WEEK and 3 days.....till ADR time.... :scared1:


where the LIST? :confused3

let's get some pre-eating done....popcorn::

J-

DisMomAmy
10-18-2009, 07:53 AM
Amy



1 WEEK and 3 days.....till ADR time.... :scared1:


where the LIST? :confused3

let's get some pre-eating done....popcorn::

J-

I'm on it!!

DisMomAmy
10-18-2009, 07:57 AM
Tim & I went to dinner last night and I brought a long a spreadsheet. :rolleyes1 I'll post what I have pulled together so far in a few minutes.

But... At dinner he says to me, "How much does the vacation club cost?" I calmy say, "Our condo or the Disney vacation club?" (assuming he meant DVC but not wanting to jump to any conclusions...) And he says DVC!! :banana:

I told him I really didn't know - which he didn't buy. He thought for sure I'd be able to throw a number right out there at him. :rotfl: I did research it several years ago but it wasn't in our ballpark so I don't even remember.

So Mousescrapper - I'll be sending you a pm!!

First draft of the itinerary coming right up! :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
10-18-2009, 08:49 AM
Since there are no park hours for anything past January, I have used the park hours that are published as a guideline for figuring out when the extra magic hours will be at each park. I'm not too concerned about the actual park hours at this point. We will be buying park hoppers - they are really a must for us. We will also be avoiding EMHs since we aren't eligible & we always avoid them anyway. The restaurants we want to visit are:

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (want to get this one in before Alex turns 10 next year.)
Teppan Edo
Chef Mickey's
Crystal Palace - pre-park opening
Hollywood & Vine - character breakfast or lunch. This one is a maybe... I'll probably make an ADR because Alex was disappointed that we didn't meet any Little Einsteins last time. :confused3

Here is what I have come up with so far:

Thursday, 4/22 - Arrive in Tampa (11:20am) & get rental car. Drive to Jeff & Karen's (about an hour away).

Friday, 4/23 & Saturday, 4/24 - Visit with Jeff, Karen, J & K

Sunday, 4/25 - Not sure when we'll leave, but we'll head to Orlando & check-in at the timeshare.

Monday, 4/26 - Visit Gramma (about 90 minutes away) - we may end up visiting her on Sunday, in which case this would be an extra park day. :thumbsup2 I'll probably make our ADR for HDDR for today... if I can get it... My ADR day for today is 10/28 so I'll be a day behind everyone.

This is when our park days reallly start.

Tuesday, 4/27 - Epcot/EMH am - no Spectro/no F! so we can pretty much go anywhere except Epcot today.
Parks today: AK at rope drop/mid-day break/Chef Mickey's 5:00/MK for Wishes (skipping Spectro this year) (ADR day is 10/29)

Wednesday, 4/28 - AK/EMH pm & spectro (no F!) so we will avoid AK & MK today.
Parks today: DHS (maybe not rope drop?)/Hollywood & Vine - late breakfast?/mid-day break - depending how early we started the day/Epcot (ADR day is 10/30)

Thursday, 4/29 - MK/EMH am & F! (no spectro) so we'll avoid MK & DHS today.
Parks today: Epcot at rope drop/Teppan Edo lunch 11:00ish - early night in, do some laundry, swim, get a good night's sleep (ADR day is 10/31)

Friday, 4/30 - Epcot/EMH pm & Grad Night at MK (no spectro or F!)
Parks today: Early breakfast at Crystal Palace (good day for MK since the park closes early and we park hop - crowds should be low)/mid-day break/DHS (ADR day is 11/1)

Saturday, 5/1 - DHS/EMH am & Grad NIght at MK (no spectro or F!)
Parks today: AK/mid-day break/Epcot?? or whatever everybody wants to do (MK will be closed in the pm) (ADR day is 11/2 - if I have any, we'll probably leave the day open for more flexibility)

I may have to switch up Saturday & Sunday mornings depending how well I make out with the Crystal Palace early ADR.

Sunday, 5/2 - Pack up & head home. :sad2:

So what do you all think?? I'm open to one more restaurant suggestion...

I'm a little worried that I'm going to be a day behind everyone since I won't be calling until 10/28. I am glad I won't have to deal with the chaos of 10/27 though. Plus I have to call/go online each day so it's going to make for a long week!!

I'm leaning toward NOT going to H&V since we can probably catch the Little Einsteins at a character meet & greet somewhere but I'll make the ADR just to have it for now. I'd like to come up another restaurant that isn't a character meal but would be fun for the kids. Suggestions?

Charleston Princess
10-18-2009, 08:56 AM
Good morning, Amy! How exciting that DH was asking about DVC last night! Fingers crossed that he will continue to be curious about it! ;)

Your itinerary looks good! As far as meals, have you eaten at Sci-Fi or Prime Time before? Either of those would be a lot of fun! Or what about T-Rex at DtD? That looks fun, too!

DisMomAmy
10-18-2009, 09:05 AM
Good morning, Amy! How exciting that DH was asking about DVC last night! Fingers crossed that he will continue to be curious about it! ;)

Your itinerary looks good! As far as meals, have you eaten at Sci-Fi or Prime Time before? Either of those would be a lot of fun! Or what about T-Rex at DtD? That looks fun, too!

We've never eaten at Sci-Fi - I almost made an ADR there last time, but am afraid it would scare Zach? But I'll think about that one for this time.

We have eaten at 50's PTC and love it, but we've eaten there on each of our last 3 trips so I thought we could use a break.

We considered T-Rex last time but since it wasn't on the DDP we skipped it - that could be fun!! We'll just have to make sure we bring along Zach's headphones - I've heard it's loud.

Thanks for the suggestions!

mousescrapper
10-18-2009, 01:51 PM
Hi Amy....


I'll get to the Pm next...

I think your pre-itinerary looks good :thumbsup2

I was going to suggest Sci Fi too...I was really pleasently surprised how nice it was...not load, don't feel crowded in, semi-ggod eats and it didn't seem scary to Mae or Margaret who one is a bit easily scared (hated POC and HM last trip and the other obviosly young)...re-read my review in my TR

the movie reel was a good distraction.

As far as other choices....O'Hana dinner is there characters?

what about a TS on the boardwalk?

one thing to factor which I'm sure you already are is the cost of your TS...since it's all OOP vs the DDP....I find it to be a bit scary :eek: I have a excel spreadsheet that calculates it out for you, let me know if you want me to email it to you. You know I have my idea of dinning already all figured out for a trip over a yr away :rolleyes1

Ahh the "dreaded" turning 10 factor....yes we are there now and will be hit hard next trip w/ paying for a 4 kids for the first time and 2 are now "adults" :confused:

I am hoping to do HDDR too...so I say go for it!

Chef Mickey's is classic

Teppan Edo is your new fav! another epcot fun stop could be the TS in Mexico if you guys like that style food and eat under the stars...

always need a pre-park choice

and whatever you decided for studios will be good...

J-

DisMomAmy
10-18-2009, 09:18 PM
Hi Amy....


I'll get to the Pm next...

I think your pre-itinerary looks good :thumbsup2

I was going to suggest Sci Fi too...I was really pleasently surprised how nice it was...not load, don't feel crowded in, semi-ggod eats and it didn't seem scary to Mae or Margaret who one is a bit easily scared (hated POC and HM last trip and the other obviosly young)...re-read my review in my TR

the movie reel was a good distraction.

As far as other choices....O'Hana dinner is there characters?

what about a TS on the boardwalk?

one thing to factor which I'm sure you already are is the cost of your TS...since it's all OOP vs the DDP....I find it to be a bit scary :eek: I have a excel spreadsheet that calculates it out for you, let me know if you want me to email it to you. You know I have my idea of dinning already all figured out for a trip over a yr away :rolleyes1

Ahh the "dreaded" turning 10 factor....yes we are there now and will be hit hard next trip w/ paying for a 4 kids for the first time and 2 are now "adults" :confused:

I am hoping to do HDDR too...so I say go for it!

Chef Mickey's is classic

Teppan Edo is your new fav! another epcot fun stop could be the TS in Mexico if you guys like that style food and eat under the stars...

always need a pre-park choice

and whatever you decided for studios will be good...

J-

Thanks for the feedback Julie - Since I posted the first draft we have added a day! :rolleyes1 Tim wants to leave his brother's on Sunday morning and go straight to his grandmother's before heading to Orlando to check-in. So we definitely won't visit any parks on Sunday but we'll get checked in and Tim will probably pick up a few groceries then we'll be ready to go on Monday morning. I think we'll also be adding a waterpark visit or two to our itinerary. We had planned to last time but when we changed to CBR we decided the resort pool would be good enough. I know Alex will LOVE the waterparks. Zach & I may just go once then spend the second waterpark day doing something else. We'll see... Maybe Zach will surprise me and love the waterparks too. So I'm reworking things to post draft #2 tomorrow. Hopefully there will be some similarities as far as ADRs go.

Thanks for the DVC info too!!

jordanyosh
10-18-2009, 09:48 PM
For one additional ADR choice with kids in mind, non-character:

Coral Reef (this gets mixed reviews, but we had a great meal there)

Whisper Canyon Cafe

Ohana

Congrats on the extra day! Typhoon Lagoon....heaven.

Charleston Princess
10-18-2009, 09:57 PM
We've never eaten at Sci-Fi - I almost made an ADR there last time, but am afraid it would scare Zach? But I'll think about that one for this time.

We have eaten at 50's PTC and love it, but we've eaten there on each of our last 3 trips so I thought we could use a break.

We considered T-Rex last time but since it wasn't on the DDP we skipped it - that could be fun!! We'll just have to make sure we bring along Zach's headphones - I've heard it's loud.

Thanks for the suggestions!

I would definitely do some research on Sci-Fi -- the clips are all more funny than scary, the atmosphere is pretty quiet, but it is on the dark side. Such a neat experience though.

I have heard the same thing abotu T-Rex being loud. I wonder if you could go first thing in the day -- like an early lunch -- to minimize the noise...

wdwgirl03
10-18-2009, 10:09 PM
Yay for April 2010! We're going then too. :)

Your plans look great so far!

KathyRN137
10-19-2009, 11:26 AM
Hi Amy!!

Sorry, I've been so busy with Dad this past week that I haven't been DISing much... I'm thrilled to discover that you have a trip planned!

Hmmm, Tim's asking about DVC you say? I'm sending pixiedust for that little discussion!! pixiedust: pixiedust: pixiedust:


Kathy

eandesmom
10-19-2009, 11:44 AM
Hi Amy!

The plans are looking good and exciting that DVC is being discussed. I'm really hoping to do it but it's few years away for sure.

I also have heard that T-Rex is loud. I would agree about Sci-Fi that the clips are not really scary, more campy and they are all very short. I think Jordan's suggestion of Ohana is a good one!

DisMomAmy
10-19-2009, 12:00 PM
For one additional ADR choice with kids in mind, non-character:

Coral Reef (this gets mixed reviews, but we had a great meal there)

Whisper Canyon Cafe

Ohana

Congrats on the extra day! Typhoon Lagoon....heaven.

Thanks for the suggestions Jordan. We ate at Whispering Canyon last time - it was just OK for us, but we were having a bad day. We'll probably try it again some time but not this trip. I've considered Coral Reef before... :confused3 I'll check out the menu for Ohana.

I would definitely do some research on Sci-Fi -- the clips are all more funny than scary, the atmosphere is pretty quiet, but it is on the dark side. Such a neat experience though.

I have heard the same thing abotu T-Rex being loud. I wonder if you could go first thing in the day -- like an early lunch -- to minimize the noise...

The cars at Sci Fi seem like something the kids would enjoy. I've got that on the top of my maybe list. :thumbsup2

Yay for April 2010! We're going then too. :)

Your plans look great so far!
:welcome:

I really enjoy the Flower & Garden Festival - this will be my third year in a row visiting in April. DH thinks its a bit too hot for him but April won out in the airfare battle.

Hi Amy!!

Sorry, I've been so busy with Dad this past week that I haven't been DISing much... I'm thrilled to discover that you have a trip planned!

Hmmm, Tim's asking about DVC you say? I'm sending pixiedust for that little discussion!! pixiedust: pixiedust: pixiedust:

Kathy

Hi Kathy - Glad you could find some time for yourself this week. Thanks for the DVC pixie dust. :goodvibes

Hi Amy!

The plans are looking good and exciting that DVC is being discussed. I'm really hoping to do it but it's few years away for sure.

I also have heard that T-Rex is loud. I would agree about Sci-Fi that the clips are not really scary, more campy and they are all very short. I think Jordan's suggestion of Ohana is a good one!

I suspect DVC is a few years out for us, at the earliest... we'll see. Tim told me DVC research is my 4th quarter goal. :rotfl: (He has quarterly goals at work for his bonuses.)

I'm adding Ohana to my maybe list. I'm going to go look at the menu now.

Charleston Princess
10-19-2009, 05:09 PM
I suspect DVC is a few years out for us, at the earliest... we'll see. Tim told me DVC research is my 4th quarter goal. :rotfl: (He has quarterly goals at work for his bonuses.)

I'm adding Ohana to my maybe list. I'm going to go look at the menu now.

Does Tim mean this fourth quarter's goal (as in the one we are in right now) or next year's fourth quarter? :lmao:

DisMomAmy
10-20-2009, 10:00 AM
Does Tim mean this fourth quarter's goal (as in the one we are in right now) or next year's fourth quarter? :lmao:

:rotfl2:

I'm sure he means THIS 4th quarter... He probably does't want Disney on my mind next year 4th quarter. :rolleyes1

mousescrapper
10-20-2009, 10:38 AM
DH thinks its a bit too hot for him but April won out in the airfare battle.


I just had a good snicker at this comment....:rotfl: having gone in June and August, plus knowing what it's like in July...ah April is like bath water ;)




:rotfl2:

I'm sure he means THIS 4th quarter... He probably does't want Disney on my mind next year 4th quarter. :rolleyes1

You mean we can't have Disney on our mind EVERY quarter...:laughing:

KathyRN137
10-20-2009, 12:49 PM
You mean we can't have Disney on our mind EVERY quarter...:laughing:

I was just going to say, "Isn't Disney a year-round obsession?" ;)


Kathy

DisMomAmy
10-21-2009, 01:09 PM
You mean we can't have Disney on our mind EVERY quarter...:laughing:

I was just going to say, "Isn't Disney a year-round obsession?" ;)


Kathy

Seriously... :lmao:

DisMomAmy
10-21-2009, 01:49 PM
Here is the original itinerary I had worked on last week:

Thursday, 4/22 - Arrive in Tampa (11:20am) & get rental car. Drive to Jeff & Karen's (about an hour away).

Friday, 4/23 & Saturday, 4/24 - Visit with Jeff, Karen, J & K

Sunday, 4/25 - Not sure when we'll leave, but we'll head to Orlando & check-in at the timeshare.

Monday, 4/26 - Visit Gramma (about 90 minutes away) - we may end up visiting her on Sunday, in which case this would be an extra park day. :thumbsup2 I'll probably make our ADR for HDDR for today... if I can get it... My ADR day for today is 10/28 so I'll be a day behind everyone.

This is when our park days reallly start.

Tuesday, 4/27 - Epcot/EMH am - no Spectro/no F! so we can pretty much go anywhere except Epcot today.
Parks today: AK at rope drop/mid-day break/Chef Mickey's 5:00/MK for Wishes (skipping Spectro this year) (ADR day is 10/29)

Wednesday, 4/28 - AK/EMH pm & spectro (no F!) so we will avoid AK & MK today.
Parks today: DHS (maybe not rope drop?)/Hollywood & Vine - late breakfast?/mid-day break - depending how early we started the day/Epcot (ADR day is 10/30)

Thursday, 4/29 - MK/EMH am & F! (no spectro) so we'll avoid MK & DHS today.
Parks today: Epcot at rope drop/Teppan Edo lunch 11:00ish - early night in, do some laundry, swim, get a good night's sleep (ADR day is 10/31)

Friday, 4/30 - Epcot/EMH pm & Grad Night at MK (no spectro or F!)
Parks today: Early breakfast at Crystal Palace (good day for MK since the park closes early and we park hop - crowds should be low)/mid-day break/DHS (ADR day is 11/1)

Saturday, 5/1 - DHS/EMH am & Grad NIght at MK (no spectro or F!)
Parks today: AK/mid-day break/Epcot?? or whatever everybody wants to do (MK will be closed in the pm) (ADR day is 11/2 - if I have any, we'll probably leave the day open for more flexibility)

I may have to switch up Saturday & Sunday mornings depending how well I make out with the Crystal Palace early ADR.

Sunday, 5/2 - Pack up & head home. :sad2:


Then Tim decided we should visit Gramma on Sunday after leaving Jeff's house, (pretty much giving us another full park day) so I updated things to look like this:

Itinerary #2:
Monday: Epcot (Teppan Edo at 11am)
Tuesday: AK/MK (Chef Mickey's at 5pm) - Wishes
Wednesday: DHS/EP (H&V late breakfast or Sci Fi)
Thursday: Epcot (5pm HDDR dinner)
Friday: MK/DHS (early CP breakfast)
Saturday: AK/EP? - Illuminations?

This wasn't a perfect plan because there was too much Epcot... but I didn't work on it long before we decided to add waterparks... and Tim thought if we are going to hit one park we might as well add the waterparks & more option to our tickets and visit both... So now I have been working on this version:

Itineary #3:
Monday: Epcot/DHS – 11am Teppan Edo
Tuesday: AK/MK – 5:00 Chef Mickeys, 10ish? Wishes
Wednesday: Waterpark & HDDR??
Thursday: AK/Epcot – Illuminations?
Friday: Waterpark & HDDR or ?? (Zach & I may do something else while Tim & Alex go to the waterpark??)
Saturday: MK (Crystal Palace pre-park opening) & DHS or whatever??

What do you think? I'm not sure... I feel like I'm missing something...

I don't really want to start our trip with Epcot though... would it be a mistake to start at MK on what would either be an EMH pm or a Spectro night? Animal Kingdom will be having an EMH morning, DHS will probably be either an EMH pm or a Fantasmic night. Epcot makes the most sense crowd wise. :confused3

jordanyosh
10-21-2009, 05:58 PM
with MK pm emh, it depends. If the regular park closing is at 8-9pm, expect the pm EMH to be fairly busy. However, the later the regular closing is, the better the pm EMH is for those who choose to stay. I think when we did it in Feb 08, the regular closing was at 10pm. It was busy for the first hour, but then after that most attractions had minimal waits and Fantasyland was dead. If your kids can stay up late, then go for it.

DisMomAmy
10-21-2009, 06:05 PM
with MK pm emh, it depends. If the regular park closing is at 8-9pm, expect the pm EMH to be fairly busy. However, the later the regular closing is, the better the pm EMH is for those who choose to stay. I think when we did it in Feb 08, the regular closing was at 10pm. It was busy for the first hour, but then after that most attractions had minimal waits and Fantasyland was dead. If your kids can stay up late, then go for it.

Thanks Jordan! I'd love to go to a late night EMH sometime, but we are early birds and the kids would never make it! Plus, since we are staying off-site we won't be eligible to stay this time. What I'm worried about is how busy the park will be during the regular hours (primarily the morning hours) due to the EMH later that night. Will the park be busier all day with people who don't have park hoppers? Or will it just get busy later in the day? Any thoughts on that?

mousescrapper
10-21-2009, 07:56 PM
my inkling would be that the park would get busier as the day progresses...if you are PH and going to Mk particularly because of a eve EMH...you head to the park dinner or later OR if you are not PH and want to stay for eve EMH...wouldn't you head to the park later in the day anyways :confused3

I'm gonna PM you too...

J-

momtwoboys
10-21-2009, 08:25 PM
I'm reading along too!! We are heading to WDW in April too, with our 2 boys. 16-24th! I booked on Southwest within minutes and am glad I did!!! WOW now those same flights are crazy expensive or not even available! We are leaving out of Hartford CT.

mousescrapper
10-21-2009, 08:35 PM
Where did you get your EMH and parade/fireworks schedule? :confused3

I couldn't find anything for April 2010, just reference back to this year....

anyways not to confuse you...;) but based on what I can see I'd do this:

try to skip the hoppers this trip and just add the WP & M option or see my thought below....:idea:

Your plan:
Itineary #3:
Monday: Epcot/DHS – 11am Teppan Edo
Tuesday: AK/MK – 5:00 Chef Mickeys, 10ish? Wishes
Wednesday: Waterpark & HDDR??
Thursday: AK/Epcot – Illuminations?
Friday: Waterpark & HDDR or ?? (Zach & I may do something else while Tim & Alex go to the waterpark??)
Saturday: MK (Crystal Palace pre-park opening) & DHS or whatever??

my ideas:
Monday: AK day You know your kids love it here...what better way to start off!
Tuesday: DHS day and H & V or Sci-Fi not having a late night previously..you should be able to make RD!
Wednesday: MK, Chef Mickey's and Wishes...use CM as you park break, relax in the lobby or walk around by the lagoon, ride the mono.
Thursday: Waterpark and HDDR..can you buy just two 1 day passes if you think only Tim and Alex would go and then if you really need the hoppers you're not spending too much?
Friday: Epcot Day and Teppan Edo
Saturday: MK & Cyrstal Palace do you really have time to hop if you are leaving today?


JAT....


what it comes down to, what are your goals or wishes for this trip....hit the stuff you missed and favorites? try new things? R n R ? Do the boys know? what would they like? I actually felt more at ease this last trip w/ not hopping and bouncing around...just a steady pace for each day. Now granted we are thinking PH's for next year, but mainly for 2 reasons 1) Matt and I are getting annual passes to use on the 2011 trip too and they are PH's and 2) we want to take advantage of some of the Holiday stuff going on at Epcot and DHS on our last 2 days...but know those parks will be extra crowded because of that...so "hopping" in to do just the evening things is our thinking right now.



J-

DisMomAmy
10-21-2009, 09:07 PM
my inkling would be that the park would get busier as the day progresses...if you are PH and going to Mk particularly because of a eve EMH...you head to the park dinner or later OR if you are not PH and want to stay for eve EMH...wouldn't you head to the park later in the day anyways :confused3

I'm gonna PM you too...

J-

That was my feeling too - we would just be there for the morning then we would take a mid-day break and hop somewhere else. I guess I just needed somebody else to tell me the morning would be OK. As a general rule we avoid all EMHs - but I suppose we don't really need to if we plan carefully. Reading your second post now...

Thanks for the pm!

I'm reading along too!! We are heading to WDW in April too, with our 2 boys. 16-24th! I booked on Southwest within minutes and am glad I did!!! WOW now those same flights are crazy expensive or not even available! We are leaving out of Hartford CT.

:welcome:

Our departure flight went down $10 (and I already rebooked and now have a $40 credit) but our return flight has gone up since I booked - which is the one I was worried about. It really is crazy this year!! I paid more than I ever would have in the past but I think it's worth it for the direct flights on Southwest.

DisMomAmy
10-21-2009, 09:20 PM
Where did you get your EMH and parade/fireworks schedule? :confused3

I couldn't find anything for April 2010, just reference back to this year....

anyways not to confuse you...;) but based on what I can see I'd do this:

try to skip the hoppers this trip and just add the WP & M option or see my thought below....:idea:

Your plan:
Itineary #3:
Monday: Epcot/DHS – 11am Teppan Edo
Tuesday: AK/MK – 5:00 Chef Mickeys, 10ish? Wishes
Wednesday: Waterpark & HDDR??
Thursday: AK/Epcot – Illuminations?
Friday: Waterpark & HDDR or ?? (Zach & I may do something else while Tim & Alex go to the waterpark??)
Saturday: MK (Crystal Palace pre-park opening) & DHS or whatever??

my ideas:
Monday: AK day You know your kids love it here...what better way to start off!
Tuesday: DHS day and H & V or Sci-Fi not having a late night previously..you should be able to make RD!
Wednesday: MK, Chef Mickey's and Wishes...use CM as you park break, relax in the lobby or walk around by the lagoon, ride the mono.
Thursday: Waterpark and HDDR..can you buy just two 1 day passes if you think only Tim and Alex would go and then if you really need the hoppers you're not spending too much?
Friday: Epcot Day and Teppan Edo
Saturday: MK & Cyrstal Palace do you really have time to hop if you are leaving today?


JAT....


what it comes down to, what are your goals or wishes for this trip....hit the stuff you missed and favorites? try new things? R n R ? Do the boys know? what would they like? I actually felt more at ease this last trip w/ not hopping and bouncing around...just a steady pace for each day. Now granted we are thinking PH's for next year, but mainly for 2 reasons 1) Matt and I are getting annual passes to use on the 2011 trip too and they are PH's and 2) we want to take advantage of some of the Holiday stuff going on at Epcot and DHS on our last 2 days...but know those parks will be extra crowded because of that...so "hopping" in to do just the evening things is our thinking right now.



J-

Thanks for your thoughts! I pulled together my schedule based on last year's schedule for April, plus the currently published hours for October - January.

I have thought about skipping the hoppers and just doing the WP&more option. One problem is that Magic Kingdom will close at 6 (I think it's 6) on our last two days. I definitely want to spend one of those days at MK & would like to be able to park hop after it closes. (We are actually leaving Sunday morning so we have the full day Saturday.) The other thing is that, as you said, the kids love AK, and we will want to visit more than once. If we don't get hoppers and we are doing waterparks we'll only be able to visit once. But it does seem crazy to buy hoppers and waterpark+ tickets! It's crazy expensive!!

As far as the waterparks go, Tim wants to add that option so that at least he & Alex can visit both waterparks. Zach & I may skip the second waterpark, depending how it goes. Maybe he'll surprise us and love it! We'll see...

I am going to ponder our ticket options a little more though... :confused3

eandesmom
10-21-2009, 09:21 PM
my inkling would be that the park would get busier as the day progresses...if you are PH and going to Mk particularly because of a eve EMH...you head to the park dinner or later OR if you are not PH and want to stay for eve EMH...wouldn't you head to the park later in the day anyways
J-

My thoughts, will you really go to the water parks 2 days? and all 4 of you? If not then the + more is not a good value, it is a better deal to just buy the tix separate.

DisMomAmy
10-21-2009, 09:24 PM
My thoughts, will you really go to the water parks 2 days? and all 4 of you? If not then the + more is not a good value, it is a better deal to just buy the tix separate.

That seems to be the question... I really need to figure out the best ticket option. I'm guessing that Tim & Alex will go to both waterparks and Zach & I will just go to one. :confused3 Or maybe I should just plan one waterpark day and stick with that plan??


Any thoughts on which waterpark would be better?

jordanyosh
10-21-2009, 09:30 PM
Thanks Jordan! I'd love to go to a late night EMH sometime, but we are early birds and the kids would never make it! Plus, since we are staying off-site we won't be eligible to stay this time. What I'm worried about is how busy the park will be during the regular hours (primarily the morning hours) due to the EMH later that night. Will the park be busier all day with people who don't have park hoppers? Or will it just get busy later in the day? Any thoughts on that?

I guess I should've remembered that you were staying offsite this time. Sorry.

Yes, people who have base tickets will stay in a EMH park all day. However, you're right, they may arrive later in the day....

eandesmom
10-22-2009, 01:53 AM
Personally I think one water park day is enough...I've only been to TL so can't compare.

I'm hoping to avoid the water park issue next trip but we will see.

As an EMH family I will say, we always arrived later in the day. For PM EMH's that is.....

mommytothreeboys
10-22-2009, 08:37 AM
I think the whole waterpark question really depends on your family. We added the WP+ option this past trip and felt like we got our money's worth and then some. We visited BB for an entire day, TL for 1/2 day and went to DisneyQuest. If you are only going to visit one park for one day, it's better to pay the regular one-day admission. I played all this out in my head before adding it too!

Do your kids love the water? How about you and Tim? Do they do the slides?

Both parks have their advantages. BB is newer, easier to navigate, and has several activities the family can do together. (Teamboat Springs, toboggan races, lazy river) TL is a little older, but has the cool wave pool (if you like that kind of thing!). It also has the shark reef and CrushnGusher...best waterslide ever!

I'll be interested to see what you decide! :thumbsup2

jordanyosh
10-22-2009, 01:14 PM
I prefer TL to BB because...well, let's face it, I'm getting old. The slides at TL are more mellow (mostly). I also LOVE the tropical feel to TL. BB is fun and has a great theme, but TL kinda takes me away a little......very relaxing if it's not a zoo.

momtwoboys
10-22-2009, 05:31 PM
We have never attempted the water parks, so I'll be interested to hear how you like it. Although I think we will be there around the same time right?? Our younger son is Asperger's and still uses a life vest in the pools at the hotel.. maybe one day we will split up and my husband could take our older guy! I also wish that the park hopper feature wasn't so darn expensive :( it is better though to focus on one park per day we have found! Can you tell me if this time of year is crazy crowded?? We have always done the first week in May... this will be our first April trip:woohoo:

mrsksomeday
10-22-2009, 06:05 PM
Amy I can't believe I didn't see this PTR!! I think it is wonderful that you are getting your own celebration time, you deserve it! I can't wait to see what you come up with. I am sending pixie dust about the DVC too!

Glite
10-23-2009, 01:02 AM
I'm here too.popcorn::

DisMomAmy
10-23-2009, 08:21 AM
I guess I should've remembered that you were staying offsite this time. Sorry.

Yes, people who have base tickets will stay in a EMH park all day. However, you're right, they may arrive later in the day....

That's OK... Since this is our first time off-site since I've stayed on-site twice (once with mom, once with the family) we'll have a clear sense of our preference after this trip.

Personally I think one water park day is enough...I've only been to TL so can't compare.

I'm hoping to avoid the water park issue next trip but we will see.

As an EMH family I will say, we always arrived later in the day. For PM EMH's that is.....

I would avoid the waterparks if it were my choice, but maybe I can convince DH that we should just visit one. :confused3

Thanks for the EMH info.!

I think the whole waterpark question really depends on your family. We added the WP+ option this past trip and felt like we got our money's worth and then some. We visited BB for an entire day, TL for 1/2 day and went to DisneyQuest. If you are only going to visit one park for one day, it's better to pay the regular one-day admission. I played all this out in my head before adding it too!

Do your kids love the water? How about you and Tim? Do they do the slides?

Both parks have their advantages. BB is newer, easier to navigate, and has several activities the family can do together. (Teamboat Springs, toboggan races, lazy river) TL is a little older, but has the cool wave pool (if you like that kind of thing!). It also has the shark reef and CrushnGusher...best waterslide ever!

I'll be interested to see what you decide! :thumbsup2

Sounds like BB may be the park for us then. Nobody really likes the wave pool... we have a waterpark near us that has a wave pool and the kids never want to go in it. Plus Zach really only likes the rides he can ride with another person. Alex is a daredevil he likes the wedgie ride that goes straight down! :scared1: I'll have to do a little more research before then...

When you visited TL for a 1/2 day, did you go to another park that same day?

I prefer TL to BB because...well, let's face it, I'm getting old. The slides at TL are more mellow (mostly). I also LOVE the tropical feel to TL. BB is fun and has a great theme, but TL kinda takes me away a little......very relaxing if it's not a zoo.

I think TL would be my preference but I'm getting old too. ;) I suspect the kids might like BB better though. :confused3:confused3

mommytothreeboys
10-23-2009, 08:41 AM
Sounds like BB may be the park for us then. Nobody really likes the wave pool... we have a waterpark near us that has a wave pool and the kids never want to go in it. Plus Zach really only likes the rides he can ride with another person. Alex is a daredevil he likes the wedgie ride that goes straight down! :scared1: I'll have to do a little more research before then...

When you visited TL for a 1/2 day, did you go to another park that same day?



We did visit a park the same day. We went to TL from 10-2 then went to Epcot for the rest of the day. With a quick stop at POR to change, of course!

DisMomAmy
10-23-2009, 09:08 AM
We have never attempted the water parks, so I'll be interested to hear how you like it. Although I think we will be there around the same time right?? Our younger son is Asperger's and still uses a life vest in the pools at the hotel.. maybe one day we will split up and my husband could take our older guy! I also wish that the park hopper feature wasn't so darn expensive :( it is better though to focus on one park per day we have found! Can you tell me if this time of year is crazy crowded?? We have always done the first week in May... this will be our first April trip:woohoo:

I think it depends which week you are there in April. I was there the first weekend of April with my mom in 2008 and it was quiet, but once you get into mid-April there are a lot of school vacations. Luckily ours is a week later than most so it quiets down. What are your dates?

Amy I can't believe I didn't see this PTR!! I think it is wonderful that you are getting your own celebration time, you deserve it! I can't wait to see what you come up with. I am sending pixie dust about the DVC too!

Thanks Tracy! You are getting so close!! :cool1:

I'm here too.popcorn::

Thanks for reading Glen!

We did visit a park the same day. We went to TL from 10-2 then went to Epcot for the rest of the day. With a quick stop at POR to change, of course!

If we do a second park this will definitely be our plan! Glad to hear it's do-able! :thumbsup2

momtwoboys
10-23-2009, 07:02 PM
well, our dates are April 16-24th. I know its our school vacation in Mass. but I don't want to go in the summer, and we can't go when we usually have gone in the past (first week of May!) Our older son started Middle school, and we can't put that stress on him to miss a week :( Hope for the best...........

DisMomAmy
10-24-2009, 08:16 AM
well, our dates are April 16-24th. I know its our school vacation in Mass. but I don't want to go in the summer, and we can't go when we usually have gone in the past (first week of May!) Our older son started Middle school, and we can't put that stress on him to miss a week :( Hope for the best...........

I completely understand that - when Alex was in preschool we went in March and then when he was in first grade we went in October. I don't think school would mind if we pulled them out since Alex is in 3rd and Zach is in kindergarten but it disrupts their routine too much. Starting this past April we decided to go with school vacation weeks.

I think you'll probably be OK since Easter is in early April this year.

DisMomAmy
10-24-2009, 08:56 AM
The toughest part of this whole itinerary is figuring out what everyone is going to want to do... There is still the whole unknown factor of whether or not Jeff, Karen & the kids might come join us for two or three days at the end of our week?? Plus, if they aren't going to join us, I suspect we might want to stay with them through most of the day Sunday - moving our Gramma visit day to later in the week. :headache:

Based on what I've been told so far... Here is the plan:

Monday 4/26 - Epcot & DHS (lunch at Teppan Edo)
Tuesday 4/27 - AK/MK (dinner at Chef Mickeys then Wishes)
Wednesday 4/28 - Waterpark day (5pm HDDR)
Thursday 4/29 - DHS/Epcot (H&V or Sci Fi?) (Backup diner ADR at Teppan Edo) Illuminations?)
Friday 4/30 - AK/open afternoon/evening (park? pool? waterpark?/Plan B for HDDR)
Saturday 5/1 - MK/DHS - (Crystal Palace early breakfast)

The backup ADR at Teppan Edo is in case we end up at Gramma's on Monday. Once we know for sure I'll cancel the extra one. The plan B for HDDR is my second choice night if I can't get an ADR for Wednesday night. I would definitely rather have it early in the week because if Jeff joins us it will most likely be on Thursday or Friday through Saturday. I will only make one HDDR ADR - hopefully Wednesday.

The itinerary itself isn't set in stone by any means but it's a good foundation for my ADRs. (I also heard a rumor that Fantasmic may be going back to a nightly schedule because revenue is down at DHS... surprise, surprise... so we MAY try to add that in somewhere?? Or we may just stick with Wishes & Illuminations this time?? :confused3

So to summarize, here is my ADR wish list for next week:

Monday 4/26 - Teppan Edo - 11:00 lunch
Tuesday 4/27 - Chef Mickey's - 5:00 dinner
Wednesday 4/28 - HDDR - 5:00 dinner
Thursday 4/29 - still debating H&V or Sci Fi?? Backup ADR for Teppan Edo - 5:00ish dinner
Friday 4/30 - nothing
Saturday 5/1 - Crystal Palace - 8:00 breakfast

I think we'll probably go with a late breakfast (in place of lunch) at H&V rather than Sci Fi - I don't really like the lunch menu there. But we'll see?

So that's the plan!! What do you think??

mousescrapper
10-24-2009, 10:34 AM
Any thoughts on which waterpark would be better?

I think the whole waterpark question really depends on your family. We added the WP+ option this past trip and felt like we got our money's worth and then some. We visited BB for an entire day, TL for 1/2 day and went to DisneyQuest. If you are only going to visit one park for one day, it's better to pay the regular one-day admission. I played all this out in my head before adding it too!

Do your kids love the water? How about you and Tim? Do they do the slides?

Both parks have their advantages. BB is newer, easier to navigate, and has several activities the family can do together. (Teamboat Springs, toboggan races, lazy river) TL is a little older, but has the cool wave pool (if you like that kind of thing!). It also has the shark reef and CrushnGusher...best waterslide ever!



the WP question...

Amy we have only been to the WP's once w/ the kids and that was back in '05 (just the twins then 6 and Mae then 2 1/2) so my opinion may not be a ton helpful....but yes both parks have their pluses and minuses. We did TL as a half day choice too and then met up w/ our parents who arrived on that same day and went to Epcot I believe and got rained out....and then we did BB w/ my parents on a no park day and spent more time there...

We liked BB a bit better w/ the more options and plenty of kid areas...and the family raft ride (Mae and my Mom did not join us for that).

The kids ask when we are going to do a WP again...not next yr w/ going in Nov. I just hope it's warm enough to enjoy at least one dip at BLT's pool :thumbsup2


So to summarize, here is my ADR wish list for next week:

Monday 4/26 - Teppan Edo - 11:00 lunch
Tuesday 4/27 - Chef Mickey's - 5:00 dinner
Wednesday 4/28 - HDDR - 5:00 dinner
Thursday 4/29 - still debating H&V or Sci Fi?? Backup ADR for Teppan Edo - 5:00ish dinner
Friday 4/30 - nothing
Saturday 5/1 - Crystal Palace - 8:00 breakfast

I think we'll probably go with a late breakfast (in place of lunch) at H&V rather than Sci Fi - I don't really like the lunch menu there. But we'll see?

So that's the plan!! What do you think??

I think it looks good....always nice to have some back-up plans if you don't get your first choice...though it does allow for more confusion ;)

MRYPPNS
10-24-2009, 10:54 AM
Teppan Edo :thumbsup2

eandesmom
10-24-2009, 12:08 PM
I like the late breakfast idea at H&V. But Sci-fi is fun, very different experience, my kids really enjoyed it.

Charleston Princess
10-24-2009, 03:23 PM
Everything looks good -- do you get to make your ADRs soon?

jordanyosh
10-24-2009, 08:06 PM
ADRs look good! Teppan Edo..mmmmm

DisMomAmy
10-24-2009, 08:51 PM
the WP question...

Amy we have only been to the WP's once w/ the kids and that was back in '05 (just the twins then 6 and Mae then 2 1/2) so my opinion may not be a ton helpful....but yes both parks have their pluses and minuses. We did TL as a half day choice too and then met up w/ our parents who arrived on that same day and went to Epcot I believe and got rained out....and then we did BB w/ my parents on a no park day and spent more time there...

We liked BB a bit better w/ the more options and plenty of kid areas...and the family raft ride (Mae and my Mom did not join us for that).

The kids ask when we are going to do a WP again...not next yr w/ going in Nov. I just hope it's warm enough to enjoy at least one dip at BLT's pool :thumbsup2

I think it looks good....always nice to have some back-up plans if you don't get your first choice...though it does allow for more confusion ;)

What kind of temps are you looking at in late November? I guess one of the advantages of choosing April over February is good swimming weather!

Teppan Edo :thumbsup2

::yes::

I like the late breakfast idea at H&V. But Sci-fi is fun, very different experience, my kids really enjoyed it.

The Sci Fi dinner menu had a few things that looked good, but I wasn't as impressed with the lunch menu. And breakfast is good any time of day. ;)

Everything looks good -- do you get to make your ADRs soon?

Tuesday with the rest of the world. Well actually I don't have any to make for the first day of our trip so I get to avoid the chaos & start my calls on Wednesday. I have to call (or do the online thing) day by day for six days since we're staying off-site.

ADRs look good! Teppan Edo..mmmmm

It's my new favorite! :thumbsup2

KathyRN137
10-24-2009, 09:50 PM
Hi Amy!

Gosh, ADRs in only 3 days! :banana:

I love the late breakfast at Play and Dine... when they begin putting the lunch items out on the buffet line, they don't seem to mind if you have some of those as well. And the desserts (!) When else but at Disney can you have ice cream with your breakfast?

I think its a great idea to have a backup plan in case you need to shift Grandma Day. :thumbsup2

Sorry I have no advice as to the water parks; we've never been! :eek: But if you don't think they'd enjoy the wave pool, then your best bet is BB.

I thought the weather in April was perfect... hot enough for the pool, yet not so hot that you were sweltering in the parks!


Kathy

Happydog
10-24-2009, 11:36 PM
Hey! I Can't believe I didn't figure this link to your PTR our earlier! I have been watching the thread posting, but I didn't put 2 and 2 together before I finally reached the page where you announce it with the link!!! Well, I am here now!

I like your plans! I think they sound great! I think you would be okay on any EMH day, evening hours, b/c if you are earlier risers anyhow, even on those days I never noticed mega crowds early. It definitely crowded up, but that is about the time you want to go back to the resort, etc. to cool off... So it seems you could do the same thing on or off site!

All your ADRs look good too! :thumbsup2 I think brunch at DHS would be a good plan, something for everyone, basically.

And it seems you have some fun choices selected!

Good news on the flights!

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 01:16 PM
Hi Amy!

Gosh, ADRs in only 3 days! :banana:

I love the late breakfast at Play and Dine... when they begin putting the lunch items out on the buffet line, they don't seem to mind if you have some of those as well. And the desserts (!) When else but at Disney can you have ice cream with your breakfast?

I think its a great idea to have a backup plan in case you need to shift Grandma Day. :thumbsup2

Sorry I have no advice as to the water parks; we've never been! :eek: But if you don't think they'd enjoy the wave pool, then your best bet is BB.

I thought the weather in April was perfect... hot enough for the pool, yet not so hot that you were sweltering in the parks!


Kathy

When we visited H&V in 2007 we were either there for a late breakfast ADR or an early lunch ADR. I can't remember which... :confused3 But it was great because we got our choice of breakfast or lunch items. (Alex isn't a big breakfast eater.) I think they had one side of the buffet changed over to lunch while the other still had breafast food. Mmmmm... :thumbsup2

I think April has perfect weather too. Tim doesn't completely agree. :rolleyes1

Hey! I Can't believe I didn't figure this link to your PTR our earlier! I have been watching the thread posting, but I didn't put 2 and 2 together before I finally reached the page where you announce it with the link!!! Well, I am here now!

I like your plans! I think they sound great! I think you would be okay on any EMH day, evening hours, b/c if you are earlier risers anyhow, even on those days I never noticed mega crowds early. It definitely crowded up, but that is about the time you want to go back to the resort, etc. to cool off... So it seems you could do the same thing on or off site!

All your ADRs look good too! :thumbsup2 I think brunch at DHS would be a good plan, something for everyone, basically.

And it seems you have some fun choices selected!

Good news on the flights!

Hi Happydog! :welcome:

You've been a busy lady!! I'm just glad you found me now.

Thanks for the EMH advice!

mousescrapper
10-26-2009, 03:49 PM
What kind of temps are you looking at in late November? I guess one of the advantages of choosing April over February is good swimming weather!





to be honest...I don't actually know....I guess weather temps is low on the reasons to be going back for this trip...;)

but I assume somewhere in the low to mid 70's range may be normal for highs or higher :confused3 and 50's for lows or cooler....but whatever it is it should be warmer than Chicago in late November :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 04:24 PM
to be honest...I don't actually know....I guess weather temps is low on the reasons to be going back for this trip...;)

but I assume somewhere in the low to mid 70's range may be normal for highs or higher :confused3 and 50's for lows or cooler....but whatever it is it should be warmer than Chicago in late November :goodvibes


Absolutely! :thumbsup2 I have a feeling you'll be keeping an eye on Orlando temps this November. ;)

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 04:25 PM
Park hours are coming out for February, March & April!! :banana::banana:

So far only the waterparks show April, but the others are working their way there little by little. MK is out as far as March. :cool1:

jordanyosh
10-26-2009, 04:50 PM
Park hours are coming out for February, March & April!! :banana::banana:

So far only the waterparks show April, but the others are working their way there little by little. MK is out as far as March. :cool1:

where is this info posted?

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 04:53 PM
where is this info posted?


Try this link:
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdwi/en_GB/calendar/parkhours/calendarHome?id=AKCalendarParkHoursMonthlyViewPage&date=20100401

Someone else posted it and I just followed it. Wouldn't have found these on my own.

mousescrapper
10-26-2009, 04:54 PM
Absolutely! :thumbsup2 I have a feeling you'll be keeping an eye on Orlando temps this November. ;)

you know me so well :rotfl:

KathyRN137
10-26-2009, 05:05 PM
Ah, once those park hours are in your hot little hands the real fun can begin!! :cool1:


Kathy

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 05:30 PM
you know me so well :rotfl:

:goodvibes

Ah, once those park hours are in your hot little hands the real fun can begin!! :cool1:


Kathy

You know it!! ::yes::

I keep telling Tim I'll stop obsessing so much once I get our ADRs made, but he doesn't believe me. :confused3

Charleston Princess
10-26-2009, 08:31 PM
Woo hoo for park hours! I am so happy they are going back to the 180 days on ADRs and hours -- so much easier for us manic planners! :lmao:

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 08:33 PM
Woo hoo for park hours! I am so happy they are going back to the 180 days on ADRs and hours -- so much easier for us manic planners! :lmao:

I'm excited! I think I'll have better luck booking what I want at 180 days than 90 days since we are off-site.

I have all of the April hours except MK! Waiting, waiting, waiting... popcorn::

Charleston Princess
10-26-2009, 08:44 PM
I'm excited! I think I'll have better luck booking what I want at 180 days than 90 days since we are off-site.

I have all of the April hours except MK! Waiting, waiting, waiting... popcorn::

I think we are all going to find that it is easier to book our ADRs -- thank goodness!

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 08:59 PM
I think we are all going to find that it is easier to book our ADRs -- thank goodness!


:thumbsup2

eandesmom
10-26-2009, 09:09 PM
See I'm wondering at 180 days...do I really need to do it at 3am or can I wait till 6 my time?

Loving the park hours being out! That will help so much. It will be interesting to see if they stick to them, last year hours were changed 2 weeks prior to our trip!

And of course I didn't catch it until we got there :(

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 09:14 PM
See I'm wondering at 180 days...do I really need to do it at 3am or can I wait till 6 my time?

Loving the park hours being out! That will help so much. It will be interesting to see if they stick to them, last year hours were changed 2 weeks prior to our trip!

And of course I didn't catch it until we got there :(

Hopefully 6am will be OK. :goodvibes I can't imagine getting up at 3am for dining reservations!

I'm sure they will change, but hopefully not by a lot. I don't mind if they add entertainment to the schedule as long as they don't move thing around too much.

eandesmom
10-26-2009, 09:19 PM
Hopefully 6am will be OK. :goodvibes I can't imagine getting up at 3am for dining reservations!

I'm sure they will change, but hopefully not by a lot. I don't mind if they add entertainment to the schedule as long as they don't move thing around too much.

It's the Fireworks and Fantasmic I worry about. They can make the park hours later and add entertainment but I want to know when Wishes, Illuminations, Fantasmic and the EHM's are. Everything else I can work around!

I can't imagine getting up at 3am either and I am definitely never up at that time!

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 09:25 PM
I don't know why I'm worrying about it tonight, but I'm getting a little annoyed that the April hours aren't up for MK yet. :headache:

I won't be making any ADRs tomorrow so I guess I should just let it go for tonight. :sad2:

In other news, Jeff called last night just to say Hi & I shared the news of our trip with him. He was excited and it sounds like they will try to join us in Orlando toward the end of our trip. They have two tickets left from our last trip because J & K didn't end up coming. If we have a large enough condo they will just have to buy 2 FL resident tickets and food. :thumbsup2 So I guess I'll plan on them being with us for the last 3 days (Thurs - Sat). But things may change... we'll see! :confused3

DisMomAmy
10-26-2009, 09:27 PM
It's the Fireworks and Fantasmic I worry about. They can make the park hours later and add entertainment but I want to know when Wishes, Illuminations, Fantasmic and the EHM's are. Everything else I can work around!

I can't imagine getting up at 3am either and I am definitely never up at that time!

I know what you mean - last time the Spectro times were all messed up.

PracPerfPatricia
10-26-2009, 10:09 PM
I love that you are celebrating your unbirthday! :goodvibes What a great idea!

(It really is a great idea-I might start celebrating my unanniversary since not only is it sandwiched between DDs bd and DH's bd-literally...Oct 5, 7, and 8 but there is always so much in October to begin with..:confused3

I love Zachary's hat on your first page...Did you get that in the parks?
popcorn::

EastYorkDisneyFan
10-27-2009, 01:54 AM
It's the Fireworks and Fantasmic I worry about. They can make the park hours later and add entertainment but I want to know when Wishes, Illuminations, Fantasmic and the EHM's are. Everything else I can work around!

I can't imagine getting up at 3am either and I am definitely never up at that time!

With Wishes and Illuminations it is very easy to figure out when they will be, as they are always at park closing. Also EMH's stay pretty much the same so you can easily take a good guess with those and be fairly accurate. However Fansatmic if they continue the dumb schedule that they have it on well that one I will wish you luck on but if you have ever seen the Disneyland version of it skip the WDW version, it's not worth waiting to get in the theater to see it.

Momof2Disneyboys
10-27-2009, 10:23 AM
I don't know why I'm worrying about it tonight, but I'm getting a little annoyed that the April hours aren't up for MK yet. :headache:

I won't be making any ADRs tomorrow so I guess I should just let it go for tonight. :sad2:

In other news, Jeff called last night just to say Hi & I shared the news of our trip with him. He was excited and it sounds like they will try to join us in Orlando toward the end of our trip. They have two tickets left from our last trip because J & K didn't end up coming. If we have a large enough condo they will just have to buy 2 FL resident tickets and food. :thumbsup2 So I guess I'll plan on them being with us for the last 3 days (Thurs - Sat). But things may change... we'll see! :confused3

I know, it's so frustrating!! :mad: When the park hours came out for November (was supposed to be 90 days) they came out one park at a time over a span of a week! :eek:

That's great news that hopefully family will be able to join you towards the end of your trip! :goodvibes

eandesmom
10-27-2009, 10:40 AM
With Wishes and Illuminations it is very easy to figure out when they will be, as they are always at park closing. Also EMH's stay pretty much the same so you can easily take a good guess with those and be fairly accurate. However Fansatmic if they continue the dumb schedule that they have it on well that one I will wish you luck on but if you have ever seen the Disneyland version of it skip the WDW version, it's not worth waiting to get in the theater to see it.

This is where we got messed up last year though, they changed Illuminations on one day and Wishes on all (if memory serves), moved up one hour earlier. The EMH night of Illuminations wasn't at park closing, it was an hour before reg park closing and at park closing the other nights.

I'd timed all our ressies to hit them on certain nights that we were at those parks and instead, we missed them every night! We'd have been ok for the 2nd night of Illluminations attempt if we'd have been seated on time for our ADR. Just missed it!

They didn't change the EMH dates and they didn't change closing hours at Epcot but some of the MK night closing was pushed out later which moved Wishes earlier I think...I can't recall exactly but I know it was moved and as a result dinner was smack in the middle of it.

We saw Fantasmic in '04 at WDW, have not seen the DL version. If I can get an ADR package, we will do it. If not, likely not. I remember those lines. If we do it will be a spontaneous second showing type thing.

DisMomAmy
10-27-2009, 12:18 PM
I love that you are celebrating your unbirthday! :goodvibes What a great idea!

(It really is a great idea-I might start celebrating my unanniversary since not only is it sandwiched between DDs bd and DH's bd-literally...Oct 5, 7, and 8 but there is always so much in October to begin with..:confused3

I love Zachary's hat on your first page...Did you get that in the parks?
popcorn::

Hi Patricia!! Glad you made it over here. :goodvibes

There is a child is Alex's class who has a summer birthday - her mom always brings treats into school on her half-birthday so she doesn't miss out on the school party (or have it lumped together with all the other summer birthdays in June). Isn't that fun!!

With Wishes and Illuminations it is very easy to figure out when they will be, as they are always at park closing. Also EMH's stay pretty much the same so you can easily take a good guess with those and be fairly accurate. However Fansatmic if they continue the dumb schedule that they have it on well that one I will wish you luck on but if you have ever seen the Disneyland version of it skip the WDW version, it's not worth waiting to get in the theater to see it.

:welcome: Thanks for reading!! MK hours finally came out this morning. Wishes is actually scheduled at 10 every night during my week and the park closes at 11 one of the nights?? :confused3

I don't know what they are doing with the evening entertainment schedules... I can't keep up. We've never been to DL. We'll skip Fantasmic again this year. We saw it in 2006 and I think it would freak Zach out a bit. Plus the park just gets too crowded. :headache:

I know, it's so frustrating!! :mad: When the park hours came out for November (was supposed to be 90 days) they came out one park at a time over a span of a week! :eek:

That's great news that hopefully family will be able to join you towards the end of your trip! :goodvibes

It was kind of funny yesterday - I've never seen so many park hours come up within a few hours - 3 months for all 4 parks, plus both waterparks. With the exception of MK that came up today for April. Now May should be coming up sometime this week.

This is where we got messed up last year though, they changed Illuminations on one day and Wishes on all (if memory serves), moved up one hour earlier. The EMH night of Illuminations wasn't at park closing, it was an hour before reg park closing and at park closing the other nights.

I'd timed all our ressies to hit them on certain nights that we were at those parks and instead, we missed them every night! We'd have been ok for the 2nd night of Illluminations attempt if we'd have been seated on time for our ADR. Just missed it!

They didn't change the EMH dates and they didn't change closing hours at Epcot but some of the MK night closing was pushed out later which moved Wishes earlier I think...I can't recall exactly but I know it was moved and as a result dinner was smack in the middle of it.

We saw Fantasmic in '04 at WDW, have not seen the DL version. If I can get an ADR package, we will do it. If not, likely not. I remember those lines. If we do it will be a spontaneous second showing type thing.

Luckily I always shoot for 5pm dinner ADRs so I shouldn't have any problems with the timing of the evening entertainment. But I can see where that could cause major problems - even if they just move the time by a little bit.

DisMomAmy
10-27-2009, 12:25 PM
I love that you are celebrating your unbirthday! :goodvibes What a great idea!

(It really is a great idea-I might start celebrating my unanniversary since not only is it sandwiched between DDs bd and DH's bd-literally...Oct 5, 7, and 8 but there is always so much in October to begin with..:confused3

I love Zachary's hat on your first page...Did you get that in the parks?
popcorn::

Oh & that's Alex in the hat... we got it at the gift shop outside of Animal Kingdom. :thumbsup2

eandesmom
10-27-2009, 12:38 PM
Luckily I always shoot for 5pm dinner ADRs so I shouldn't have any problems with the timing of the evening entertainment. But I can see where that could cause major problems - even if they just move the time by a little bit.

And therein lies our challenge. 7pm is early for us EST...it's like eating at 4! We are normally 7-8pm eaters on vacation so we do run into the fireworks issue nightly. I'll be making 7pm ressies for the whole trip I think, or at least on nights we hope to see fireworks. Last time our earliest was 7:15 at Biergarten and that was the night they moved Illuminations from 9 to 8!

mousescrapper
10-27-2009, 01:06 PM
Glad your wait is over on the MK hours...that is odd about the Wishes time :confused3

I'm w/ you on the scheduling dinner close to 5 pm....glad we aonly have to adjust by one hour never really though how much that effects people on the West coast like eandesmom....

sounds good that jeff Karen and maybe the kids can join you agian...

I would just book the ADR's on those last days w/ them in mind and then you can always decrease it later if needed...and make some party of 4 really happy. But you know it would be harder to add on 4.

good luck w your ADR's...are you going online each day or calling?

DisMomAmy
10-27-2009, 01:06 PM
Hi Everone!! When I got up this morning I checked in on the DIS and TGM to find that the ADR situation was a disaster!! The whole online system was down. People were waiting on hold for an hour - AFTER trying to get through for hours. Yikes!! What a mess. Then I went and spent a couple hours at school volunteering in Zach's class. Now I'm back home for a bit and it looks like things have maybe improved a bit. :confused3 I think the online system is back up. I hope things settle down before I have to make my first ADR tomorrow.

The good news is that the MK hours for April came out this morning. :thumbsup2 Now I have to rework our itinerary based on some things that I didn't anticipate.

Here's what I had initially expected for EMH/entertainment schedules (with the current updates in red):


Monday 4/26 - Originally planned to see Gramma. AK am EMH/DHS pm EMH. 9pm Spectro.

Tuesday, 4/27 - Epcot/EMH am - no Spectro/no F! so we can pretty much go anywhere except Epcot today. Spectro scheduled at 9pm/F! scheduled at 8:30pm.Parks today: AK at rope drop/mid-day break/Chef Mickey's 5:00/MK for Wishes (skipping Spectro this year) (ADR day is 10/29) Epcot still OK - MK maybe?

Wednesday, 4/28 - AK/EMH pm & spectro (no F!) so we will avoid AK & MK today. No spectro or F! tonight.
Parks today: DHS (maybe not rope drop?)/Hollywood & Vine - late breakfast?/mid-day break - depending how early we started the day/Epcot (ADR day is 10/30) Should try to visit MK for Wishes since there's no Spectro.

Thursday, 4/29 - MK/EMH am & F! (no spectro) so we'll avoid MK & DHS today. Spectro at 9pm/No F!
Parks today: Epcot at rope drop/Teppan Edo lunch 11:00ish - early night in, do some laundry, swim, get a good night's sleep (ADR day is 10/31)
DHS is now OK for pm.

Friday, 4/30 - Epcot/EMH pm & Grad Night at MK (closing at 7pm) (no spectro or F!) F! scheduled at 8:30pm.
Parks today: Early breakfast at Crystal Palace (good day for MK since the park closes early and we park hop - crowds should be low)/mid-day break/DHS (ADR day is 11/1) Definitely still want to visit MK this morning or Saturday morning but DHS may not be a good plan tonight!

Saturday, 5/1 - DHS/EMH am & Grad NIght (closing at 7pm) at MK (no spectro or F!) F! scheduled for 8:30.
Parks today: AK/mid-day break/Epcot?? or whatever everybody wants to do (MK will be closed in the pm) (ADR day is 11/2 - if I have any, we'll probably leave the day open for more flexibility) Definitely should avoid DHS tonight but it's our last night & the kids don't LOVE Epcot - can't go to AK at night, can't go to MK. May have to bite the bullet and face the crowds? But will we regret it?? :confused3

I had factored Spectromagic & Fantasmic! into my itinerary so I have some changes to make. I don't know if we need to avoid MK on a Spectro night (skipping it this year) because it's showing 4 of the 5 nights that week that the park is open past 7 (Grad nights Friday & Saturday). If we do avoid it, our only night to visit MK would be Wednesday - which I'd planned for a waterpark. I suppose we could do both but the kids could be tired after the waterpark. :confused3

Fantasmic! is on completely different nights than I had planned. I still think Zach wouldn't like it so we'll skip it. And based on the horror stories I've heard about the crowds we want to avoid DHS entirely on those nights. Which leaves us with only Wednesday or Thursday night for an evening at DHS. Maybe Monday morning (it's an EMH pm). (We like to do a rope drop at each park and an afternoon/evening.)

Why do we torture ourselves & build awesome itineraries before park hours come out?? Uggghhh!! :headache:

I'll post my newest itinerary later today. My first call/online ADR will be tomorrow morning. :banana:

mousescrapper
10-27-2009, 03:26 PM
Amy,

I don't think MK is actually all that bad on Spectro nights...maybe just me...:confused3

but here is a thought you are planning on skipping it anyways yes? so you could actually tour Tomorrowland (SpMt, Buzz, LF, TTA, speedway) and Adventureland (POC, JC, Tiki room) during the parade

everyone (well just about everyone would be lined up to view the parade and those areas of the park will be practicaly empty...:idea:

we love Spectro...and try not to ever miss it. Hopping over from Epcot to see Spectro at MK in 08 was nutty :eek: but just this past March I really don't think the crowds were bad.

JAT

Charleston Princess
10-27-2009, 09:57 PM
Good luck tomorrow morning! Are you trying to get Chef Mickey's? :wizard:

DisMomAmy
10-27-2009, 10:15 PM
Replies later... My good friend/neighbor came over tonight to get started on our Christmas/scrapbooking projects so I haven't had the DIS time I would have otherwise. Made good headway on my project but not too much more time spent on my itinerary. So the plan for morning is to make ADRs for Monday 4/26. Original plan was for Epcot am/DHS pm but with an EMH pm at DHS I think we'll just flip it around. I'm going to make a brunch ADR at H&V, which shouldn't be a problem, and a dinner ADR for Teppan Edo. I'm sure we won't do both on the same day but I just don't have it all figured out yet and don't want to risk losing out on Teppan Edo.

I'll be back in the morning to let you know how I made out. :goodvibes

jordanyosh
10-27-2009, 10:15 PM
Amy,

I wish you much luck tomorrow. Hopefully, things will have settled down a bit!

I, too, am having to look at my itinerary again because for once, they've extended hours at MK on many nights that I'm there. It'll give us more flexibility.

I've heard from a few people that F! nights are really busy now at DHS. Did you hear that they are thinking of going back to more nights of F! because on non-F! nights revenue is down? Or were you the one that posted that...?:laughing:

eandesmom
10-27-2009, 11:15 PM
Amy!

Oh my goodness, those hours changes really did a number on your itinerary! I hope that the system settles down by tomorrow. Personally I didn't find Spectro to impact the overall crowds other than right around Spectro times BUT it was so darn busy that whole week I think it was irrelevant.

Not much help am I!

I had heard the same rumor about more F! nights....and showings...I hope so. It would really help balance things out.

Good luck tomorrow and have fun scrapping!

DisMomAmy
10-28-2009, 07:10 AM
Amy,

I don't think MK is actually all that bad on Spectro nights...maybe just me...:confused3

but here is a thought you are planning on skipping it anyways yes? so you could actually tour Tomorrowland (SpMt, Buzz, LF, TTA, speedway) and Adventureland (POC, JC, Tiki room) during the parade

everyone (well just about everyone would be lined up to view the parade and those areas of the park will be practicaly empty...:idea:

we love Spectro...and try not to ever miss it. Hopping over from Epcot to see Spectro at MK in 08 was nutty :eek: but just this past March I really don't think the crowds were bad.

JAT

I thought about that & I think I'm going to keep our MK night on a Spectro night. That way we can either catch Spectro or skip it while the rest of the park watches the parade. :thumbsup2

Good luck tomorrow morning! Are you trying to get Chef Mickey's? :wizard:

Thanks Jackie!! Yes I'll be trying for Chef Mickey's but not until tomorrow.

Amy,

I wish you much luck tomorrow. Hopefully, things will have settled down a bit!

I, too, am having to look at my itinerary again because for once, they've extended hours at MK on many nights that I'm there. It'll give us more flexibility.

I've heard from a few people that F! nights are really busy now at DHS. Did you hear that they are thinking of going back to more nights of F! because on non-F! nights revenue is down? Or were you the one that posted that...?:laughing:

Things settled down quite a bit! More on that later. Yes - I saw something about adding F! due to $ - but so far there are still limited showings on the schedule. We'll see... :confused3

Amy!

Oh my goodness, those hours changes really did a number on your itinerary! I hope that the system settles down by tomorrow. Personally I didn't find Spectro to impact the overall crowds other than right around Spectro times BUT it was so darn busy that whole week I think it was irrelevant.

Not much help am I!

I had heard the same rumor about more F! nights....and showings...I hope so. It would really help balance things out.

Good luck tomorrow and have fun scrapping!

I did have to switch a few things around but overall I think I've come up with a good itinerary. I'll post it in a few minutes.

It would be great if they added more F! to the schedule. We probably won't be seeing it again until then. :sad2:

DisMomAmy
10-28-2009, 07:28 AM
Today was Day 1 of ADR week. Tim got up a little before six so since I was awake I grabbed my laptop and logged on to the WDW website, fully expecting the dining portion of the site to still be down. Surprise!! It was working. I had put Teppan Edo & Hollywood & Vine in my favorites so could easily pull them up. I started with Teppan Edo. I reqeusted 5:00 pm and that's exactly what I got!! I added that one to my cart and moved on to H&V. I wasn't exactly sure what time they switch over breakfast to lunch so I started with 10:30am (assuming we'd be seated late). I was surprised to find that it wasn't available! :eek: It gave me a choice of 10:15 or 11:00. So I dug around a little and found out that breakfast runs until 11:20. I took the 11am ADR, added it to my cart & checked out. I logged off at 6:11am. :banana:

I was really surprised that things went so well. Let's hope that continues throughout the week.

Here's the itinerary I'm working with now:

Monday 4/26: DHS am/Epcot pm (flipped around from original plan) Made ADRs for H&V at 11am & Teppan Edo at 5pm.

Tuesday 4/27: AK am/MK pm - Chef Mickey's 5pm (hopefully) & Wishes

Wednesday 4/28: waterpark am/5:00 HDDR

Thursday 4/29: Epcot am/DHS pm - Teppan Edo for 4 or 8?

Friday 4/30 - AK am - open pm - no ADRs (no good pm park - Grad night at MK, Epcot has EMH & DHS has F! - so we'll see what we feel like & just deal with the crowds. Maybe we'll hit a waterpark this afternoon for a couple hours?)

Saturday 5/1 - MK am (Crystal Palace for 4)/Epcot pm - Illuminations?

So that's the plan! I'm going to go play around with the dining website some more to see what availability looks like for Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace & HDDR today - maybe that will give me a sense of my chances later in the week.

mousescrapper
10-28-2009, 09:26 AM
:yay: YAY! for the 1st two ADR's down....:yay:

eandesmom
10-28-2009, 11:21 AM
Great day 1!!!!!!!!!!!!

Continued :goodvibes for the rest of the week.

DisMomAmy
10-28-2009, 12:09 PM
:yay: YAY! for the 1st two ADR's down....:yay:

Great day 1!!!!!!!!!!!!

Continued :goodvibes for the rest of the week.

Thanks mousescrapper & eandesmom!!

Let's hope my luck continues!

I went back on the dining website to see how I would have made out if I had been looking for Crystal Palace 8am, Chef Mickey's 5pm or HDDR 5pm and ALL of them were available at the time I wanted. CP was 8:05 but the other two were both available at exactly 5pm. :banana: Hopefully that's a good sign for what's to come later this week. :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
10-29-2009, 07:14 AM
180 Days from today we'll be having dinner at Chef Mickey's at 5:05pm! :banana: Followed by a walk over to MK where we'll hit our favorite rides and finish the night off wish Wishes!

I logged on to the online reservation system at 5:58 and loged off at 6:00am. :thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
10-29-2009, 08:03 AM
180 Days from today we'll be having dinner at Chef Mickey's at 5:05pm! :banana: Followed by a walk over to MK where we'll hit our favorite rides and finish the night off wish Wishes!

I logged on to the online reservation system at 5:58 and loged off at 6:00am. :thumbsup2

Awesome! That will be a wonderful night! It's so good to hear that things are going so smoothly now with the online reservations.

eandesmom
10-29-2009, 10:52 AM
love it!

mousescrapper
10-29-2009, 11:06 AM
EXCELLENT!!!!!!! :cool1:

so glad the online system is working well for you....so 180 days out for me :hourglass will mean almost 1 month out to making my 180 days out ADR's....:rotfl:

Momof2Disneyboys
10-29-2009, 11:19 AM
Great news on getting Chef Mickey's! :woohoo:

DisMomAmy
10-29-2009, 12:28 PM
Awesome! That will be a wonderful night! It's so good to hear that things are going so smoothly now with the online reservations.

I'm glad I don't have to try to deal with the phones every day! The online system is so fast - when it works right. ;)

love it!

:thumbsup2

EXCELLENT!!!!!!! :cool1:

so glad the online system is working well for you....so 180 days out for me :hourglass will mean almost 1 month out to making my 180 days out ADR's....:rotfl:

Gotta have something to look forward to, right? When do you get to make that DVC reservation? :confused3

Great news on getting Chef Mickey's! :woohoo:

Thanks!! I'm excited! :cool1:

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While I was online this morning I decided to check on Crystal Palace again and it was available just like it had been the day before so I'm not worried about it at all. For those of you who haven't used it yet, you enter the restaurant, date, time and party size and it searches for you. It will pull up your choice if available or some alternate times if it isn't. It also suggests other restaurants. The funny part today was that I accidentally entered 7am for Crystal Palace and it came up as unavailable (when I entered 8am it was fine) and it gave me a suggestion of an 8am ADR at CRT!!! Can you even believe that - people do all sorts of crazy things to get CRT ADRs and the computer it practically throwing it at me!! Got me thinking though... this is my un-birthday after all. :rolleyes1

KathyRN137
10-29-2009, 12:58 PM
180 Days from today we'll be having dinner at Chef Mickey's at 5:05pm! :banana: Followed by a walk over to MK where we'll hit our favorite rides and finish the night off wish Wishes!



Fantastic!!



...The funny part today was that I accidentally entered 7am for Crystal Palace and it came up as unavailable (when I entered 8am it was fine) and it gave me a suggestion of an 8am ADR at CRT!!! Can you even believe that - people do all sorts of crazy things to get CRT ADRs and the computer it practically throwing it at me!! Got me thinking though... this is my un-birthday after all. :rolleyes1

Do it!! :yay: Go for it!!


Kathy

jordanyosh
10-29-2009, 01:17 PM
180 Days from today we'll be having dinner at Chef Mickey's at 5:05pm! :banana: Followed by a walk over to MK where we'll hit our favorite rides and finish the night off wish Wishes!

Congrats!


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I logged on to the online reservation system at 5:58 and loged off at 6:00am. :thumbsup2

Rub it in why don't you.;)

I'm happy for you though. I think that's how the system is supposed to work.

DisMomAmy
10-30-2009, 07:21 AM
Congrats!

Rub it in why don't you.;)

I'm happy for you though. I think that's how the system is supposed to work.

Thanks Jordan!! And I do know how lucky I am that I didn't have to deal with things on Tuesday morning!!

DisMomAmy
10-30-2009, 07:31 AM
This morning I decided I didn't need to hop right up at 6am to make my ADR since there has been plenty of availability for HDDR later in the day each day this week that I've checked. I logged in around 6:50 - booked 5pm HDDR (category 1) and logged out around 7pm. I had a little credit card processing problem - but once I stopped transposing two numbers I was fine. :rolleyes1

In 180 days we'll be sleeping a little late after a night at MK with Wishes. We'll make our way to a waterpark around the 10am opening and have a wonderful time!! Then we'll take a little afternoon break before heading to Fort Wilderness for Hoop-Dee-Doo at 5pm. I just have to figure out how/where to get the tickets. It says we can pick them up at any resort Guest Services.

I assume that means we can't pick them up ahead of time at a park? Otherwise we just have to show up early to pick up the tickets the night of our show - but I'd rather avoid any extra waiting around for the kids.

Charleston Princess
10-30-2009, 08:05 AM
Amy, I am thinking this whole just one ADR to book each day is quite nice -- there is something to be said for not having to do a whole bunch at once.

mousescrapper
10-30-2009, 11:27 AM
Amy,

are you going to try and book CRT? that would be so sweet! :wizard:

great on getting HDDR too :thumbsup2

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I don't think I have an actual date or something that I have to call on to book my first ressie. What I do know is that for home resort ressie's (which I will be making) is 11 months out from your arrival month....so December is the time! :woohoo:

I figure after Thanksgiving I will call my guide and start the ball rolling. I need to find out if I can call anytime in December or if has to be on or after the actual 11 month out date... :confused3

I also know my guide will be conferneced in my call to DVC member services to help me thru this 1st time process...though I can't imagine it is that different from making a regular ressie which I have done multiple times myself...but I do know I can only book a consective 7 night stay at one time...so I don't know how that exactly works when our planned stay is at least 8 nights/9 days...though I am going to ask how much it would cost to add a cash night to stay 1 extra night to get one extra full day and leave on Sunday after Thanksgiving in the late morning....trying to a) maximize our possiblities of the Christmas/Holiday stuff that begins the day after Thanksgiving and b) thinking if we leve in the morning then maybe Michael wouldn't have as hard of a time managing flying home like this past trip...:confused:

so we'll see....

sorry to highjack your PTR as my own mini pre-PTR.....:rolleyes1

oh and Happy pre-Halloween...

J~

eandesmom
10-30-2009, 02:56 PM
yeah for the HDDR!

Just arrive early and pick up your tickets there, it is off to the left kind of by the exterior restrooms lol if memory serves. I somehow didn't realize they needed to be picked up, we got in the check in line and someone told us we needed to get them. So I got them while the rest stood in the line, it worked out just fine and we were not exactly what I'd call "early". Not late mind you but it was just fine.

We still had time to get the obligatory show photo and look at the pin kiosk.

Cat1 is the best!!!!!!!!!

jordanyosh
10-30-2009, 03:07 PM
Amy, I am thinking this whole just one ADR to book each day is quite nice -- there is something to be said for not having to do a whole bunch at once.


Jackie,

I completely agree.

DisMomAmy
10-31-2009, 08:14 AM
Amy, I am thinking this whole just one ADR to book each day is quite nice -- there is something to be said for not having to do a whole bunch at once.

It is nice but it's causing me to spend too much time analyzing everything over and over again. And to make a few too many back up ADRs... :rolleyes1

Amy,

are you going to try and book CRT? that would be so sweet! :wizard:

great on getting HDDR too :thumbsup2

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I don't think I have an actual date or something that I have to call on to book my first ressie. What I do know is that for home resort ressie's (which I will be making) is 11 months out from your arrival month....so December is the time! :woohoo:

I figure after Thanksgiving I will call my guide and start the ball rolling. I need to find out if I can call anytime in December or if has to be on or after the actual 11 month out date... :confused3

I also know my guide will be conferneced in my call to DVC member services to help me thru this 1st time process...though I can't imagine it is that different from making a regular ressie which I have done multiple times myself...but I do know I can only book a consective 7 night stay at one time...so I don't know how that exactly works when our planned stay is at least 8 nights/9 days...though I am going to ask how much it would cost to add a cash night to stay 1 extra night to get one extra full day and leave on Sunday after Thanksgiving in the late morning....trying to a) maximize our possiblities of the Christmas/Holiday stuff that begins the day after Thanksgiving and b) thinking if we leve in the morning then maybe Michael wouldn't have as hard of a time managing flying home like this past trip...:confused:

so we'll see....

sorry to highjack your PTR as my own mini pre-PTR.....:rolleyes1

oh and Happy pre-Halloween...

J~

You are always free to highjack Julie - until you get a PTR of your own going. Hint, hint... :rolleyes1 I know - it will come in time.

Can't wait to hear all about your first DVC experience though. Tim wasn't too excited about the info you shared with me and we haven't talked about it since. But I'm sure it will come up again. ;)

Yes - CRT - I'm seriously thinking about it. I had planned Crystal Palace for our last morning, mainly to get into the park early and experience that walk up Main Street before the crowds. But the kids aren't really into Pooh anymore so I may switch things up and try CRT just because.

yeah for the HDDR!

Just arrive early and pick up your tickets there, it is off to the left kind of by the exterior restrooms lol if memory serves. I somehow didn't realize they needed to be picked up, we got in the check in line and someone told us we needed to get them. So I got them while the rest stood in the line, it worked out just fine and we were not exactly what I'd call "early". Not late mind you but it was just fine.

We still had time to get the obligatory show photo and look at the pin kiosk.

Cat1 is the best!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the info - that doesn't sound too complicated. I've seen HDDR twice but it's been a long time. The first time was on our first family WDW vacation when we camped at Fort Wilderness - I was 9 and my brother was 6. I still remember HDDR - and not much else. I took Tim there on our trip the year after we got married. We had fun, but we were way up in category 3. I think category 1 with kids who love corny humor will be great!

Jackie,

I completely agree.

Fortunately I have't run into any trouble - if I'd had to book everything at 6am every day it would't have been such a pleasant experience. Especially for someone like you who has to deal with the time change. Can you imagine making ADRs every day for a week at 3am! :scared1:

DisMomAmy
10-31-2009, 08:35 AM
This morning I was even lazier than yesterday. I got up around 7 with the kids - Tim is finally getting a morning to sleep late now that Zach's soccer is over. He was playing soccer every Saturday morning & Tim usually lets me sleep late on Sundays. I turned on my computer, checked out Scrappie's latest blog update, logged into Tour Guide Mike to check out my photopass share (we can't do them over here now, right?) then finally made my way to WDW dining. I guess I shouldn't be so lazy tomorrow... I got what I wanted but the times are starting to be off by 5-30 minutes. Maybe people are starting to figure out that they need to get moving on their ADRs or maybe it's because it's the weekend? :confused3

So in 180 days, we will be starting the day at Epcot. (Anybody catch the recent reference to 'Epcot Center' on Two & a half Men recently?) We'll plan to be there at rope drop. Here's where things get tricky... I'm not sure when Jeff & family will be joining us. I think it's possible that they could come Thursday - Saturday since Florida residents can get those nice 3 day tickets. (Two of which they have left over from last year when J&K couldn't come.)

We have a lunch ADR at Teppan Edo at 12:00. I made an ADR for 8 and I know this one will be easy to switch to 4 if Jeff isn't with us. I requested 11:30 and got 12:00. I wonder if they are even open before 12? But that's fine - especially if we are with Jeff because I doubt they want to eat lunch too early.

I also made an ADR at Le Cellier for the 4 of us if Jeff doesn't come on Thursday and we end up using our "back up" ADR at Teppan Edo on Monday. I requested 11am and got 11:30 - again not sure when they even start lunch? So far I haven't had trouble double booking things but I know I need to go back and cancel some things soon just in case. (I did use two separate logins, email addresses & cell phones - does this make me a bad person?)

We may or may not take a mid-day break then head over to DHS for the evening. It's only open until 7pm tonight with no EMH and no F! on the schedule (for now). I made an ADR at Sci Fi for 8 of us. I think I requested 5pm (or maybe it was 5:30?) and got 5:35.

We'll be out of the parks by 7 and have a fairly early night in. If Jeff & family haven't joined us today, I'm pretty confident they'll join us on Friday. It's hard to tell how they'll handle the kids & school. J is a senior this year so he'll be at the very tail end of his senior year and probably won't worry too much about missing a day or two. He may even be there for one of the Grad Nights! :confused3 Let's hope that if he is, it's the weekend we are at Disney and not the weekend we want to spend at their house or I may be switching our plans around quite a bit. :confused3 K is a freshman this year and ran into some trouble when she wanted to take a couple days off earlier this month for a family trip to New York with her mom. So we'll see...

DisMomAmy
10-31-2009, 08:52 AM
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The kids went out trick or treating last night - I'll post some pictures later.

Happydog
10-31-2009, 09:00 AM
Hey there! You have ALLLL kinds of wonderful plans!!!! I love your ADRs so far! And CRT vs. Crystal Palace, yeah there were a few times it showed up for me too, when I figured it would have been LONG gone... I am booking it for June, just decided we have too many special things already going on for December -- want to spread it out! For December I did make a few double bookings until I had the whole week done, THEN I went back and deleted that very day, I didn't want bad ADR Karma!!! :rotfl: It is just a way to make sure you get your plans all straight, I know everyone does it -- I am just wondering if too many people do it then DONT cancel what that does to the restaurants themselves....

Anyway HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!:hmghost:

DisMomAmy
10-31-2009, 09:47 AM
Hey there! You have ALLLL kinds of wonderful plans!!!! I love your ADRs so far! And CRT vs. Crystal Palace, yeah there were a few times it showed up for me too, when I figured it would have been LONG gone... I am booking it for June, just decided we have too many special things already going on for December -- want to spread it out! For December I did make a few double bookings until I had the whole week done, THEN I went back and deleted that very day, I didn't want bad ADR Karma!!! :rotfl: It is just a way to make sure you get your plans all straight, I know everyone does it -- I am just wondering if too many people do it then DONT cancel what that does to the restaurants themselves....

Anyway HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!:hmghost:

Hi Happydog! I know what you mean about ADR karma. I'm sure lots of people make extra ADRs - I'd just heard that they might start canceling double bookings. :scared1: But then I read on one of the dining threads, from a CM, that it was just a rumor and not true. I guess once in a while it happens if a dining CM sees something fishy but it isn't an automatic thing.

I may hold a couple extras until right before our trip but most of the "back ups" will be canceled in the next week or so once I have everything straight. I can't imagine if people made tons of ADRs and didn't cancel them. Maybe that's how people get to eat at Le Cellier on 4th of July? :confused3

The funny thing is that I was trying to be all tricky about it by using two logins, one with my name one with Tims, with separate phone numbers & email addresses, but then when I clicked on "My reservations" (or whatever it's called), it shows ADRs made under both logins?? Maybe because I had just made them all on the same computer? Anyway - I think they're on to me! :headache:

I figure I should take advantage of CRT now before my boys are old enough to refuse to go. ;)

Momof2Disneyboys
10-31-2009, 10:04 AM
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Your plans look great! :thumbsup2

mommytothreeboys
10-31-2009, 10:08 AM
All of your plans sound Fantastic! A day at the waterpark then HDDR should be perfect.

I love that you can do ADR's online now..can't wait to try that system out! Who knows when that will be, but I'm ready when the opportunity presents itself!

You should try CRT! It's your un-birthday....do it up big!! I bet your boys would enjoy being inside the castle...I'm sure they could do without the princesses, but being IN the castle would be cool! :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
10-31-2009, 10:17 AM
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Your plans look great! :thumbsup2

Thanks!! You are getting so close! :hyper:

All of your plans sound Fantastic! A day at the waterpark then HDDR should be perfect.

I love that you can do ADR's online now..can't wait to try that system out! Who knows when that will be, but I'm ready when the opportunity presents itself!

You should try CRT! It's your un-birthday....do it up big!! I bet your boys would enjoy being inside the castle...I'm sure they could do without the princesses, but being IN the castle would be cool! :thumbsup2

I love making the ADRs online!! I hope you get the chance soon! ;)

I think the boys would enjoy being inside the castle. But even better - I think they get swords at CRT! :thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
11-01-2009, 08:13 AM
Yeay for more ADRs! I don't blame you for making back-up ADRs just in case!

Did you make one this morning?

DisMomAmy
11-01-2009, 08:26 AM
Yeay for more ADRs! I don't blame you for making back-up ADRs just in case!

Did you make one this morning?

Hi Jackie! Just getting ready to post my daily ADR update! :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
11-01-2009, 08:40 AM
This morning was my "sleep in" day but there was business to take care of! Fortunately with the time change this morning, 6:15 felt like 7:15. :thumbsup2 I logged on right around 6:15 with one ADR in mind. I initially hadn't planned anything for today, but thought that if there was the possibility of a date night, with the help of Jeff & Karen, tonight would be the night.

So... in 180 days we'll be visiting Animal Kingdom in the morning. We have no specific plans for the evening and no specific group ADRs for today. However with a possible date night in mind, I logged on and made a dinner ADR for 2 at Le Cellier. I don't want a repeat of last time when we wandered around aimlessly trying to find somewhere to eat! I couldn't decide on a time so I just entered 7pm. Availability came up for 4:55 or 7:10! I took the 7:10 - I hope that isn't too early?? :confused3 I'm thinking I might make it a little later?? Last time Jeff & Karen babysat they seemed antsy to take off as soon as we got back from our night out, but this time they will be staying with us so they won't be in a hurry to get anywhere. And heading out for the night by 6pm or so could be tricky??

I'm somewhat surprised that the 5-7 window had all been filled up. Normally this wouldn't surprise me because it's Le Cellier, but based on how things have been going this week with the online ADRs it was unexpected.

Tomorrow is my last ADR day and I'll be planning our pre-park opening MK breakfast. Tune in tomorrow to see what I decided - will it be Crystal Palace or CRT?? :rolleyes1

DisMomAmy
11-02-2009, 07:11 AM
I got up around 6:30 this morning and made the last of our ADRs (for now). ;)

I did it! I booked CRT for our last morning and listed "Mom's Un-Birthday" as our celebration. I'm really excited - now I need to brush up on my princesses and watch a few movies between now & then.

I also booked another Teppan Edo ADR for the group for dinner.:rolleyes1 I don't want to miss this one!! I need to nail Jeff & Karen down on when they might join us during our trip so I can cancel the extra ADRs. I texted J yesterday to see if his school attends one of the Grad Nights. He didn't know. My only concern about that is if his school is attending the first weekend, when we are planning to be at their house visiting, we'll miss seeing him at home - maybe? If he attends the second weekend (when we are at the World) we can meet up before or after. If he is there the first weekend I don't know if we'll try to flip flop our week - which would totally mess up my ADRs. :headache: Hopefully he finds out soon - he promised to keep me posted if he hears anything.

So what's next?
I have booked airfare & the rental car - both of which I check on a regular basis for lower rates. I now have ADRs booked. I can't book our condo until the end of February - 60 days out from our trip.

In the meantime I have to change gears a bit and focus on some Christmas projects and Alex's annual IEP meeting that's coming up in a few weeks. I'll try to post an update once a week until we get past the holidays.

Happy November everyone!

Charleston Princess
11-02-2009, 09:02 AM
How exciting to be eating in the Castle! I think that will be a very fun meal!!! I wonder if they are going to start including the new princess there.

mousescrapper
11-02-2009, 11:29 AM
You are always free to highjack Julie - until you get a PTR of your own going. Hint, hint... :rolleyes1 I know - it will come in time.

I may include little snippets of stuff below in my siggie like when we make the ressie, and start including some stuff in the BLOG soon too...but I may not actually start the real deal PTR till after the Holidays...can you wait that long ;)

Can't wait to hear all about your first DVC experience though. Tim wasn't too excited about the info you shared with me and we haven't talked about it since. But I'm sure it will come up again. ;)

oh bummer....was it the price? it is steep. yes I'm sure it will come up again



This morning I was even lazier than yesterday. I got up around 7 with the kids .... I turned on my computer, checked out Scrappie's latest blog update, logged into Tour Guide Mike to check out my photopass share (we can't do them over here now, right?)

hey thanks for the plug and wow I feel so important you looked at me first before making your ADR :goodvibes




I got up around 6:30 this morning and made the last of our ADRs (for now). ;)

I did it! I booked CRT for our last morning and listed "Mom's Un-Birthday" as our celebration. I'm really excited - now I need to brush up on my princesses and watch a few movies between now & then.



:wizard: princess: YAY! you picked CRT...that is so so sweet!!!! I love it! and boy I hope you have some major organized ADR spreadsheet or something to keep track of all these #'s and don't cancel the one you really need....

I bet you feel great now that the ADR stuff is over and I find it kind of giggly :rotfl: that you have your dinning booked but not the place you are staying yet....;)

Happy November back to you...hard to believe huh?

J~

eandesmom
11-02-2009, 11:56 AM
Oh I remember your date night dining fiasco! Very glad you booked something!!!

Congrats on making all of your ADR's, interesting about LeCellier, I'll keep that in mind when we make ours, even at 6 months out those slots were gone. 7;10 sounds about perfect to me.

I love that you put your Un-birthday!

jordanyosh
11-02-2009, 01:23 PM
congrats and getting all the ADRs done.

I like your idea of having extra ones and then cancelling as plans become firm. We've done that before, but didnt' do it this time...I may have to do that.

DisMomAmy
11-03-2009, 07:32 AM
How exciting to be eating in the Castle! I think that will be a very fun meal!!! I wonder if they are going to start including the new princess there.

I'm excited - It will be very cool to eat in the castle!! :cool1:

:wizard: princess: YAY! you picked CRT...that is so so sweet!!!! I love it! and boy I hope you have some major organized ADR spreadsheet or something to keep track of all these #'s and don't cancel the one you really need....

I bet you feel great now that the ADR stuff is over and I find it kind of giggly :rotfl: that you have your dinning booked but not the place you are staying yet....;)

Happy November back to you...hard to believe huh?

J~

What kind of DISer would I be without a major organized ADR speadsheet? :confused3

I'm actually feeling a bit guilty about all the ADRs I've made... and I'm not referring to my "backups". :rolleyes1 HDDR, CRT, Teppan Edo, Le Cellier, Chef Mickey's, H&V... that's a lot of $$. :sad2: So we'll see how it all plays out over the next few months and whether we keep them all or not. HDDR & CRT will be paid for ahead of time so maybe I'll feel better about the others once I get those paid off. We'll see...

And yes - It's kind of funny that I don't have a resort booked yet! I'd be stressing about it if I hadn't been through this before. I'm not worried at all. ;)

Oh I remember your date night dining fiasco! Very glad you booked something!!!

Congrats on making all of your ADR's, interesting about LeCellier, I'll keep that in mind when we make ours, even at 6 months out those slots were gone. 7;10 sounds about perfect to me.

I love that you put your Un-birthday!

We certainly don't want a repeat of the date night fiasco of 2009! :scared1:

congrats and getting all the ADRs done.

I like your idea of having extra ones and then cancelling as plans become firm. We've done that before, but didnt' do it this time...I may have to do that.

I'll definitely be firming things up as we get closer. :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
11-08-2009, 08:05 AM
Now that everyone is thinking Thanksgiving, I'm finally getting around to posting pictures of our Halloween. :rolleyes1

Our area trick-or-treats on the 30th rather than the 31st. :confused3

Alex's class had a special snack that day then they carved the pumpkins they got on their field trip the week before:

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4564.jpg

Zach's class had a little party before they got dressed up in their costumes for the school Halloween parade:

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4579.jpg

The school had a very cute Halloween parade, but I'm not posting any pictures because there are too many kids in each of the pictures.

Then we headed home, waited around for a couple hours, then went out for trick-or-treat. It was a really fun day! (As you can see Tim hadn't raked yet... ;))

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4622.jpg

No new trip updates to report - I'm waiting for Tour Guide Mike to come out with his recommendations for late April to make any changes to my itinerary & cancel some of those extra ADRs. I'll keep you posted.

Happy Fall everyone - I think we are going to go "tag" our Christmas tree today. For anyone who doesn't know what that means - we go pick out our tree, pay a deposit and put a tag on it (and a few construction paper decorations to help locate it again later). Then a week or two before Christmas, we'll go back and cut it down! It's pretty common practice around here for those of us who like a freshly cut Christmas tree. It's way too cold in December to be walking around trying to decide which tree to cut down. Plus if you wait too long all the good ones are already tagged or cut down. I'll try to remember my camera. :thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
11-08-2009, 08:48 AM
The boys are so cute in their Halloween costumes, Amy!

I have never heard of tagging your trees, but it sounds like a really fun outing!

DisMomAmy
11-08-2009, 08:59 AM
The boys are so cute in their Halloween costumes, Amy!

I have never heard of tagging your trees, but it sounds like a really fun outing!

Some of the Christmas tree farms open up for tagging in September! :scared1: I can't quite get in the Christmas spirit until at least November.

Are your elves going to be coming out soon? Do they wait until Thanksgiving? I saw an Elf on the Shelf set in a store recently and thought about buying it. I didn't and now I regret it... I think I'll be going back for it. :thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
11-08-2009, 09:09 AM
Some of the Christmas tree farms open up for tagging in September! :scared1: I can't quite get in the Christmas spirit until at least November.

No Christmas spirit for me until the day after Thanksgiving. :laughing: I can't believe how many people in our neighborhood put up their Christmas lights this weekend. :eek:

Are your elves going to be coming out soon? Do they wait until Thanksgiving? I saw an Elf on the Shelf set in a store recently and thought about buying it. I didn't and now I regret it... I think I'll be going back for it. :thumbsup2

Our elves arrive the night of December 1st -- I can only handle their antics for about three weeks. ;) Connor is already talking about them and wondering what they are going to do this year. I wonder, too...:rolleyes1

You should definitely go back for the elf -- your boys would love him!

eandesmom
11-08-2009, 11:53 AM
Adorable costumes!

Tagging sounds like a ton of fun, I wouldn't be able to do it until November either though. Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving at my house.

Happy Fall!

DisMomAmy
11-08-2009, 12:52 PM
No Christmas spirit for me until the day after Thanksgiving. :laughing: I can't believe how many people in our neighborhood put up their Christmas lights this weekend. :eek:



Our elves arrive the night of December 1st -- I can only handle their antics for about three weeks. ;) Connor is already talking about them and wondering what they are going to do this year. I wonder, too...:rolleyes1

You should definitely go back for the elf -- your boys would love him!

Christmas lights already?!?!?!?! :confused3

Adorable costumes!

Tagging sounds like a ton of fun, I wouldn't be able to do it until November either though. Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving at my house.

Happy Fall!

Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving here too. We don't like to get the tree until a week or so before Christmas. If we don't go tag one now, the selection can be pretty picked over by then. Sometimes we take a picture of the kids at the tree farm for our Christmas card. It's a beautiful day here today too - it could reach 70!

Happydog
11-08-2009, 01:23 PM
I only have Christmas on the brain because of Disney! But otherwise I like my holidays in order!! Thanksgiving comes next, THEN the next morning, LOOK out! I agree it is hard to think Christmas when the weather is so delightful!

How cool the idea of taging a tree (your're it!) Neat.

We get ours from a nursery here locally, they have santa, hot chocolate, and a big fire, and the whole lot is decorated -- the kids just love to go and be goofy while we search for ours!

Your ADRs are wonderful!! I am thinking CRT next summer, really, I won't get another chance with my boys I am sure -- so I say go for it! How fun!

I am looking forward to hearing more in the months to come! I have to get my own PTR back in order! It has been a busy few weeks so I understand!

Great updates! :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
11-08-2009, 06:00 PM
I only have Christmas on the brain because of Disney! But otherwise I like my holidays in order!! Thanksgiving comes next, THEN the next morning, LOOK out! I agree it is hard to think Christmas when the weather is so delightful!

How cool the idea of taging a tree (your're it!) Neat.

We get ours from a nursery here locally, they have santa, hot chocolate, and a big fire, and the whole lot is decorated -- the kids just love to go and be goofy while we search for ours!

Your ADRs are wonderful!! I am thinking CRT next summer, really, I won't get another chance with my boys I am sure -- so I say go for it! How fun!

I am looking forward to hearing more in the months to come! I have to get my own PTR back in order! It has been a busy few weeks so I understand!

Great updates! :thumbsup2

Sounds like a fun way to get your tree too! :thumbsup2

I'm excited for CRT - today Tim asked me if I had booked it. I assured him that the deed was done!

DisMomAmy
11-08-2009, 06:11 PM
Well the weather was perfect, but the kids' moods didn't cooperate for us to tag our tree today. Alex's mood wasn't very good to begin with - he's been in some sort of funk all weekend, all week really. I guess it even began last weekend. :sad2:

We loaded up and drove to the tree farm. The complaining started in the car because DMIL, who joined us for the adventure, sat with Zach in the middle row rather than with Alex in the back. We made it there, paid our $10 deposit, got our little ticket to put on the tree and started our search. We made it to the first field and the complaining began...

"I want to go home."
"Let's just get this one." (Picture a Charlie Brown tree - 2 feet tall with 6 branches)
"I'm hot."
And even... "My butt itches!"

Finally after about 20 minutes of this I just called it quits. I headed back to the car and everyone followed.

We'll try it again next weekend... :(

eandesmom
11-08-2009, 07:15 PM
oh no!

my butt itches?


:rotfl:

starling
11-08-2009, 07:25 PM
Your kiddos are soooo cute! That tag a tree idea is adorable too, hopefully it works out next time!

Charleston Princess
11-08-2009, 10:05 PM
Ugh! I hope the tree tagging works out better next weekend!

Thank goodness you didn't listen to the whiners and get the Charlie Brown tree. :laughing:

jordanyosh
11-08-2009, 10:22 PM
I wish we lived in an area that had seasons....

No raking here....

No christmas tree cutting....

Lots of cement....

Those pictures of the kids are the Mario Bros...cute and funny at the same time.

mousescrapper
11-10-2009, 01:10 PM
love Mario and Luigi :thumbsup2 Michael would get a kick out of that too. His favorite Wii game is Mario Party. He likes to be Waluigi though.

no worries on no leaf raking yet...we haven't either, but at least the gutters are cleaned out and the deck has been cleared into the screened porch.

Now that it's dark before 5 pm here and Dh doesn't get home till 6 pm and our weekends are pretty full till after Thanksgiving...we'll be lucky if it get's done. I usually do a bunch but I have been so on and off sick lately and my walk thru the pretty wooden trail full of leaves over the weekend down to the beach in MI...turned into a new fresh cold...the leaves hate me :headache:

It's starting to look alot (or preparing has begun) like (for) Christmas....:santa:

DH would love to tag a real tree for our home...but there I go again w/ my stinkin allergies...I'd be sneezing for weeks w/ a live tree in our living room...:snooty:

sorry the first tree hunt went south....you don't have to pay the $10 again do you?

and ok I can't believe I'm saying this...my Michael complains his butt itches too :blush:

Christmas for me began on the 26th of Dec of the previous yr....:laughing:

but I have 3 of the 4 kids wish lists and we've drawn sibling grab-bag names back in Aug. I have a bin full of sale things and misc what nots that I bought last yr and thru the year for family, friends, teachers, and the kids. Just about everything is written down in my Holiday planner (you saw that coming huh :rolleyes:) and like most we start decorating the day after Turkey day...

we put up 3 artifical trees and now we have anew one for the basement for the kids ornaments...busy busy, but I love it!

DisMomAmy
11-10-2009, 06:15 PM
oh no!

my butt itches?


:rotfl:

:rotfl2:

Your kiddos are soooo cute! That tag a tree idea is adorable too, hopefully it works out next time!

Thanks!! :welcome: Thanks for reading! I'm sure we'll tag ourselves a tree very soon. :goodvibes

Ugh! I hope the tree tagging works out better next weekend!

Thank goodness you didn't listen to the whiners and get the Charlie Brown tree. :laughing:

When the kids were really little we used to get a Charlie Brown-ish tree. We'd stick it on a table in the corner so they couldn't pull it down. Between our lack of space and their interest in sparkley lights it worked out well. :thumbsup2

We'll give it another shot on Saturday.

I wish we lived in an area that had seasons....

No raking here....

No christmas tree cutting....

Lots of cement....

Those pictures of the kids are the Mario Bros...cute and funny at the same time.

I always complain about the winter, but spring is such a great payoff when all the little flowers are poking their heads up through the ground. :cloud9: I like fall a lot too, but it's hard to appreciate the shorter, cooler days knowing that a harsh New England winter is just around the corner.

The boys love Mario! Zach is pretty much obsessed with all things Mario. :rolleyes1

love Mario and Luigi :thumbsup2 Michael would get a kick out of that too. His favorite Wii game is Mario Party. He likes to be Waluigi though.

no worries on no leaf raking yet...we haven't either, but at least the gutters are cleaned out and the deck has been cleared into the screened porch.

Now that it's dark before 5 pm here and Dh doesn't get home till 6 pm and our weekends are pretty full till after Thanksgiving...we'll be lucky if it get's done. I usually do a bunch but I have been so on and off sick lately and my walk thru the pretty wooden trail full of leaves over the weekend down to the beach in MI...turned into a new fresh cold...the leaves hate me :headache:

It's starting to look alot (or preparing has begun) like (for) Christmas....:santa:

DH would love to tag a real tree for our home...but there I go again w/ my stinkin allergies...I'd be sneezing for weeks w/ a live tree in our living room...:snooty:

sorry the first tree hunt went south....you don't have to pay the $10 again do you?

and ok I can't believe I'm saying this...my Michael complains his butt itches too :blush:

Christmas for me began on the 26th of Dec of the previous yr....:laughing:

but I have 3 of the 4 kids wish lists and we've drawn sibling grab-bag names back in Aug. I have a bin full of sale things and misc what nots that I bought last yr and thru the year for family, friends, teachers, and the kids. Just about everything is written down in my Holiday planner (you saw that coming huh :rolleyes:) and like most we start decorating the day after Turkey day...

we put up 3 artifical trees and now we have anew one for the basement for the kids ornaments...busy busy, but I love it!

Raking has now been done, but Tim forgot the gutters - even though he reminded me to remind him. :rolleyes1

Sorry you've been sick. :sick: Hope you feel better soon. I've had a cough for over a month that won't go away. It's improving - very slowly though. Tons of kids missing school this week. H1N1 is going around. One class only had 5 kids today! :scared1: It's that crazy! The flu seems to be going around class by class. Zach had 5 kids out last week (out of 16). Fortunately we haven't been hit by it... yet. :worship:

Sounds like Michael & Zach have a couple more things in common - Mario & itchy bums! :rotfl:

I've started some Christmas shopping - but I think you beat me on that one. And 3 trees! Wow! You really like Christmas - I like it - but not that much. ;) We'll be decorating 12/26 too. :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
11-12-2009, 09:50 PM
Hello!! I thought I'd share some pictures of the projects I mentioned a while ago. Every year for the past several years I have made calendars for my mother and MIL. Here are some pictures of the first few pages:

January:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4672.jpg

September:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4677.jpg

October - personalized for my mom:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4675.jpg

October - personalized for my MIL:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4673.jpg

So that's what's been keeping me busy! I finished up the June page today but didn't take a picture of it yet. I'll post some more pictures when I get some more pages completed.

eandesmom
11-12-2009, 09:59 PM
Aren't you a nice daughter/daughter in law. When I make our folks calendars...they are of the snapfish variety!

Which I really should do for Jeff's folks this year....

So thank you for making me think of it!:thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
11-13-2009, 01:00 AM
Those are fabulous calendar pages! What a cute idea!

jordanyosh
11-13-2009, 01:48 AM
Wow. That's so creative! Great calendar pages.

DisMomAmy
11-13-2009, 07:33 AM
What's up with my bandwidth being exceeded? That's never happened to me before? :confused3 It says I should be back up and running tomorrow...

Charleston Princess
11-13-2009, 07:58 AM
What's up with my bandwidth being exceeded? That's never happened to me before? :confused3 It says I should be back up and running tomorrow...

That happened to me as well. I guess there is a certain amount of bandwidth (whatever that is) and if too many people view your photo links in a given month, it is exceeded. :confused3

DisMomAmy
11-15-2009, 01:21 PM
Aren't you a nice daughter/daughter in law. When I make our folks calendars...they are of the snapfish variety!

Which I really should do for Jeff's folks this year....

So thank you for making me think of it!:thumbsup2

Snapfish is good too! :thumbsup2

Those are fabulous calendar pages! What a cute idea!

Thanks!! I don't find time to do any scrapbooking for myself... I really enjoy doing it and if I'm making Christmas gifts I'm forced to make the time to get it done!

Wow. That's so creative! Great calendar pages.

Thanks Jordan!

That happened to me as well. I guess there is a certain amount of bandwidth (whatever that is) and if too many people view your photo links in a given month, it is exceeded. :confused3

I remember seeing that happen on your TR... luckily I'm back to normal now. :goodvibes

Happydog
11-15-2009, 01:32 PM
Your scrap book/calendar pages are really adorable! Great detail!! :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
11-15-2009, 04:36 PM
Your scrap book/calendar pages are really adorable! Great detail!! :thumbsup2

Thanks!! I've finished a few more months - I'll try to post them this week.

DisMomAmy
11-17-2009, 12:23 PM
Here are a few more pages that I've completed for my mom & MIL's calendars:

And I should have mentioned this before, but I still have to add stickers to some of the pages. When I finish the pages I'll take them with me to the store to pick out the stickers and other stuff that I want to add to each page.

February:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4679.jpg

May (for my mom):
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4680.jpg

May (for MIL):
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4681.jpg

June:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4682.jpg

(That's Zachary standing under his preschool sign on the last day of school - I swirled the sign because the school has the town's name in it.)

July:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4678.jpg

On the trip planning front... I'm still waiting for Tour Guide Mike to finish up the Least Crowded Park charts for April, then I'll be able to finalize my itinerary. :thumbsup2

And Tim ordered my Christmas present this week, something related to Disney. :rolleyes1

jordanyosh
11-17-2009, 01:04 PM
:worship::worship::worship: We're not worthy. We're not worthy.

Charleston Princess
11-17-2009, 03:37 PM
Great pages!!!

I really want to know what Tim ordered you for Christmas!!!

mrsksomeday
11-17-2009, 04:20 PM
Your plans look great, the ADR's are wonderful, and I am in awe of your calendar skills :worship:. Those pages are fantastic and that is such a wonderful idea.

KathyRN137
11-18-2009, 12:22 PM
Hi Amy! :wave2:

Just stoppin' by to check up on what planning news I missed while we were away... fabulous ADR karma... and good for you booking CRT for your Unbirthday! :thumbsup2


Kathy

Momof2Disneyboys
11-18-2009, 12:37 PM
Just checking in Amy! Trying to get all caught up on my reading! Your plans & ADR's look great. Love the calendars, very cute! :thumbsup2

eandesmom
11-18-2009, 12:41 PM
Adorable pages!!!!!

Ohhhhhhh what are you getting for Christmas! I want to know!

mousescrapper
11-18-2009, 12:55 PM
Sounds like Michael & Zach have a couple more things in common - Mario & itchy bums! :rotfl:

too cute...another reason to meet up at Disney one of these yrs....(well besides our solo one) :thumbsup2

We'll be decorating 12/26 too. :thumbsup2

you mean 11/26 right....;)

Just Love, LOVE the calendar pages....I love how it's more than just a claendar page and not the traditional picture on top calendar on the bottom....great ideas!

Scrappie

DisMomAmy
11-19-2009, 08:56 AM
:worship::worship::worship: We're not worthy. We're not worthy.

Oh stop... :blush:

Great pages!!!

I really want to know what Tim ordered you for Christmas!!!

I won't make you wait until Christmas to find out, but I want to wait until it actually arrives and I can take a picture for you. ;)

Your plans look great, the ADR's are wonderful, and I am in awe of your calendar skills :worship:. Those pages are fantastic and that is such a wonderful idea.

Welcome back Tracy - can't wait to start reading about your trip!

I enjoy scrapbooking, but it seems I can only find time to do it when I'm making gifts. :rolleyes1

Hi Amy! :wave2:

Just stoppin' by to check up on what planning news I missed while we were away... fabulous ADR karma... and good for you booking CRT for your Unbirthday! :thumbsup2


Kathy

Hi Kathy! :wave2: Glad to have you back. (sorry) I'm excited for CRT! Let's hope our plans stick and I don't have to cancel or try to change it. :rolleyes2

Just checking in Amy! Trying to get all caught up on my reading! Your plans & ADR's look great. Love the calendars, very cute! :thumbsup2

Welcome back Shelly! Thanks for the compliments! :goodvibes

Adorable pages!!!!!

Ohhhhhhh what are you getting for Christmas! I want to know!

Thanks! The Christmas surprise should be here soon!

you mean 11/26 right....;)

Just Love, LOVE the calendar pages....I love how it's more than just a claendar page and not the traditional picture on top calendar on the bottom....great ideas!

Scrappie

Oops!! I actually mean 11/27! I guess I do have Christmas on the brain!! I should really focus more on Thanksgiving considering we are going away this weekend for Alex's birthday (I'll share more about that when we get back) then I'm hosting 10 for Thanksgiving just a few days later!! :scared1:

I'm glad you like my calendar pages! It means a lot coming from the scrapping queen! I can't wait to show you what it looks like what I put it all together!

In trip planning news... My mom FINALLY found the old Disney pictures! :banana: I don't have them in my hands yet, but as soon as I do I will start scanning so I can share them with you.

DisMomAmy
11-19-2009, 09:11 PM
I want to send a shout out to my good friend, Mousescrapper, for reaching the one year mark on her ticker! Congrats Scrappie! Since you don't have a PTR going yet, I'll dance for you here:

:rockband:party::banana: :cheer2::banana::cheer2::banana:party::rockband:

KathyRN137
11-20-2009, 02:47 PM
I want to send a shout out to my good friend, Mousescrapper, for reaching the one year mark on her ticker! Congrats Scrappie! Since you don't have a PTR going yet, I'll dance for you here:

:rockband:party::banana: :cheer2::banana::cheer2::banana:party::rockband:


I'll dance, too!!

:cool1: :woohoo: :dance3: :banana: :jumping1: http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w284/KathyRN137/Smilies/dance-1.gif http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w284/KathyRN137/Smilies/dance.gif


Kathy

mousescrapper
11-20-2009, 04:15 PM
I want to send a shout out to my good friend, Mousescrapper, for reaching the one year mark on her ticker! Congrats Scrappie! Since you don't have a PTR going yet, I'll dance for you here:

:rockband:party::banana: :cheer2::banana::cheer2::banana:party::rockband:

I'll dance, too!!

:cool1: :woohoo: :dance3: :banana: :jumping1: http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w284/KathyRN137/Smilies/dance-1.gif http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w284/KathyRN137/Smilies/dance.gif


Kathy


Aww...thanks guys....that is so sweet! :woohoo: and today we are now officially a family of 6 in Disney ages as Margaret is celebrating the wonderful age of 3! :cutie:

DisMomAmy
11-20-2009, 04:30 PM
Happy Birthday Margaret! :cake::bday:

mousescrapper
11-20-2009, 06:17 PM
Happy Birthday Margaret! :cake::bday:

she has two suitcases packed for the trip....:rotfl: for next year....she knows we are going for her and Mae's birthdays...She is all set just one yr too soon :laughing:

PracPerfPatricia
11-20-2009, 06:25 PM
Amy-I love your calendar pages...:goodvibes...what lovely gifts...I'm sure the grandparents will love them...

We can tag trees here-although it isn't as necessary in PA as in NH...it usually isn't very snowy here in December-something that actually makes me sad...(I'd like to have snow from Mid-December through February and then have it magically disappear on March 1...

I wait for TGM's advice also...I feel much better when it comes out...;) nice to know I'm not the only groupie...:lmao:


On a side note...


Happy Birthday to Margaret...:rockband:

and Congrats on 1 year out J...although I think Amy is right..you should start a PTR...;)

DisMomAmy
11-26-2009, 07:38 AM
Amy-I love your calendar pages...:goodvibes...what lovely gifts...I'm sure the grandparents will love them...

We can tag trees here-although it isn't as necessary in PA as in NH...it usually isn't very snowy here in December-something that actually makes me sad...(I'd like to have snow from Mid-December through February and then have it magically disappear on March 1...

I wait for TGM's advice also...I feel much better when it comes out...;) nice to know I'm not the only groupie...:lmao:


On a side note...


Happy Birthday to Margaret...:rockband:

and Congrats on 1 year out J...although I think Amy is right..you should start a PTR...;)

Thanks about my calendar pages! :goodvibes

We usually wait to bring home our tree until only a week or 10 days before Christmas so tagging ends up being important if we want a good one. And yes - the snow factor comes into play a bit too. ;)

DisMomAmy
11-26-2009, 07:57 AM
Hi Everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i305/TBoom8669/Days%20Of%20Week/GoofyHowToCookBurningTurkey.jpg :rotfl2:

I had planned to stop in for a little dancing when my ticker hit 5 months... but the week got away from me. Alex came home from school sick on Monday, threw up a couple times then seemed fine. Maybe it was something he ate because I was prepared for an all-nighter & he slept like a log, woke up and felt fine. :confused3 I am preparing Thanksgiving dinner for 10 today so of course yesterday was spent cleaning and preparing for our guests. It will be us, my brother's family of 4, my mother and DMIL.

Nothing new to report on the trip planning front. Hopefully my mom will bring the old Disney pictures when she comes over today so I can start scanning them. And hopefully TGM will publish my Least Crowded Park Chart so I can finalize our itinerary. :hourglass

Happy Thanksgiving everyone - tomorrow the Christmas season begins! I can't wait to decorate the house. :hyper: After I sleep very late! :rolleyes1 Fortunately Tim has the day off. ;)

I also want to wish mousescrapper's Mae a belated Happy Birthday! Sorry... I meant to stop by for that one too.

And one more birthday - Alex turns 9 on Saturday! :banana: We had a great weekend at the Coco Key water resort celebrating his big day. I have a few pictures - it's hard to take photos at a waterpark! I'll get those posted over the next week too.

Have a great day! Take some time to reflect on all the things you are thanksful for - make sure Disney is on your list. ;)

Charleston Princess
11-26-2009, 08:18 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, Amy!

Happy Birthday, Alex!

I can't wait to decorate our house tomorrow, too! I am ready for Christmas lights!!!

jordanyosh
11-26-2009, 01:12 PM
Happy thanksgiving!

eandesmom
11-27-2009, 02:51 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Birthday Alex (and I can relate to the difficulty of taking pictures in a water park)

:cool1:
For decoratiing starting tomrorrow!!!!!!!!!!!

PracPerfPatricia
11-28-2009, 09:39 AM
Happy Belated Birthday to Alex...:bday:

:yay: for Christmas decorating...:cool1:

mousescrapper
11-28-2009, 12:06 PM
On a side note...


Happy Birthday to Margaret...:rockband:

and Congrats on 1 year out J...although I think Amy is right..you should start a PTR...;)

soon soon I promise! ;)
and thanks for b-day wishes for Margaret!



I also want to wish mousescrapper's Mae a belated Happy Birthday! Sorry... I meant to stop by for that one too.

And one more birthday - Alex turns 9 on Saturday! :banana:


Happy b-day wishes to ALEX!!! Hope the Waterpark is most FUN!!!! :woohoo:

and thanks for the b-day wishes to Mae...unfortunately her b-day weekend and day was spent sick (and we had to cancel her American Girl outing and tea :sad1:) On last Saturday we were at the ER and she was diagnosed w/ pnemonia...:sick: My Mom and I drove into Chicago anyways on Sunday to buy her the doll (Ruthie) and we rescheduled the tea for later in Dec. she is feeling better now....just in time to head back to school on Mon. it's been a quiet break for her.

I did my 5 am shopping at Target yesterday...:confused: and started the Christmas decorating....

Can't wait to see your fresh cut tree Amy!

J~

DisMomAmy
11-29-2009, 09:21 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, Amy!

Happy Birthday, Alex!

I can't wait to decorate our house tomorrow, too! I am ready for Christmas lights!!!

Thanks Jackie! We had a nice Thanksgiving & Alex's birthday was great too.

Happy thanksgiving!

Thanks Jordan!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Birthday Alex (and I can relate to the difficulty of taking pictures in a water park)

:cool1:
For decoratiing starting tomrorrow!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks! As it turns out I do have a few good pictures from the waterpark. :thumbsup2

Happy Belated Birthday to Alex...:bday:

:yay: for Christmas decorating...:cool1:

Don't worry you weren't late - you were right on time - his birthday was Saturday. :goodvibes

soon soon I promise! ;)
and thanks for b-day wishes for Margaret!

Happy b-day wishes to ALEX!!! Hope the Waterpark is most FUN!!!! :woohoo:

and thanks for the b-day wishes to Mae...unfortunately her b-day weekend and day was spent sick (and we had to cancel her American Girl outing and tea :sad1:) On last Saturday we were at the ER and she was diagnosed w/ pnemonia...:sick: My Mom and I drove into Chicago anyways on Sunday to buy her the doll (Ruthie) and we rescheduled the tea for later in Dec. she is feeling better now....just in time to head back to school on Mon. it's been a quiet break for her.

I did my 5 am shopping at Target yesterday...:confused: and started the Christmas decorating....

Can't wait to see your fresh cut tree Amy!

J~

Sorry to hear Mae's weekend was a bust. :sad2: I hope she's feeling better & enjoyed her Ruthie doll.

Did you get some good stuff at Target? A friend of mine was at Kohl's at 3:15am! :scared1:

My laundry just buzzed so I'll have to wait until tomorrow to post my next update. I have pictures from the waterpark & a picture of a special visitor who arrived at our house yesterday. ;)

jordanyosh
11-29-2009, 09:24 PM
nice cliffhanger...i will wait patiently.

DisMomAmy
11-30-2009, 06:46 PM
nice cliffhanger...i will wait patiently.

Coming right up!
Love the new Peep Fest banner!

jordanyosh
11-30-2009, 06:52 PM
Coming right up!
Love the new Peep Fest banner!

Thanks!!! mrsksomeday made it for me!

DisMomAmy
11-30-2009, 07:00 PM
I've been promising you guys a few things, so here they are! First, the Disney related present Tim ordered me for Christmas:

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We got a new camera a couple years ago, I love the photos but it's much to big & bulky to take on vacation! Let's hope this new one takes good pictures. I don't know much about it - he got it with his Marriott points.

Next - our visit to the Coco Key Water Resort for Alex's birthday:

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4717.jpg
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4723.jpg
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4729.jpg
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4734.jpg

I didn't take too many pictures since cameras & water don't mix. ;)

And finally - our new visitor...

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/102517714d.jpg

For anyone who has read Charleston Princesses PTRs & TRs, you know that she has two elves who come to visit every year and cause a little trouble while they are there. I thought that would be fun, plus knowing that Santa has a helper at the house to decide who's naughty & nice might be a bit of an incentive, if you know what I mean...

Yesterday morning we woke up and found our elf, who the boys named Cocoa, like the kind you drink in the winter, had been playing Wii all night. This morning we found him eyeing some of Alex's left over birthday cupcakes. I'll take some pictures if we catch him doing anything too crazy. :rolleyes1

DisMomAmy
11-30-2009, 07:01 PM
Thanks!!! mrsksomeday made it for me!

:thumbsup2

jordanyosh
11-30-2009, 07:05 PM
12 MegaPixels. Gotta be a good camera! Congrats and nice of the hub to spring for the camera.

Where is coco key resort?

the elves are making the rounds this Xmas!

mommytothreeboys
11-30-2009, 07:09 PM
Hi Amy...I got so far behind! I hate that!

Your ADR's look amazing! Good for you for doing CRT! A mom needs some princess time! :goodvibes

Your calendars are amazing...NICELY DONE! :thumbsup2

Sorry about the tree tagging incident...but itchy butt was making me :lmao:

I love the little Elf...very cute idea!

Cute Halloween costumes...my boys love all the Mario games too. ;)

I'm sure I had other comments..oh...happy birthday Alex!

I'll try to keep up now! :confused3

Charleston Princess
11-30-2009, 08:56 PM
With 12 MP, I bet that camera is going to take great pictures!

Love that you have entered the elf world with me. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Haddon and Ingrid don't borrow some ideas from Cocoa. ;)

mrsksomeday
12-01-2009, 01:00 AM
I loved the birthday pictures, the boys looked like they were having a great time! Cocoa looks adorable, I can't wait to see all the trouble he gets into.

DisMomAmy
12-05-2009, 07:21 AM
12 MegaPixels. Gotta be a good camera! Congrats and nice of the hub to spring for the camera.

Where is coco key resort?

the elves are making the rounds this Xmas!

I'm sure the camera will be great - my only concern is that is has a one of those oddly shaped rechargeable batteries. You just plug the camera in to charge it, which is convenient, but you can't just swap out the batteries like with our other cameras. Hopefully we can find a back-up battery.

Coco Key Water Resort is part of the Sheraton Ferncroft (The hotel is now the Crowne Plaza - must have just changed). It's in Danvers Mass - north shore area.

Hi Amy...I got so far behind! I hate that!

Your ADR's look amazing! Good for you for doing CRT! A mom needs some princess time! :goodvibes

Your calendars are amazing...NICELY DONE! :thumbsup2

Sorry about the tree tagging incident...but itchy butt was making me :lmao:

I love the little Elf...very cute idea!

Cute Halloween costumes...my boys love all the Mario games too. ;)

I'm sure I had other comments..oh...happy birthday Alex!

I'll try to keep up now! :confused3

Hi Missy! I'm feeling a bit guilty about CRT... I know we'll love it but it's so darn expensive. Hopefully I'll stick with the plan because it will be great.

With 12 MP, I bet that camera is going to take great pictures!

Love that you have entered the elf world with me. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Haddon and Ingrid don't borrow some ideas from Cocoa. ;)

Cocoa has done a few things - but nothing too interesting yet. He seems to enjoy video games and playing the little Christmas decoration piano we have. I need to get creative soon! I think he needs a companion... :confused3

I loved the birthday pictures, the boys looked like they were having a great time! Cocoa looks adorable, I can't wait to see all the trouble he gets into.

Thanks Tracy! I keep forgetting to take pictures of Cocoa - we'll have to reinact some of his adventures.

DisMomAmy
12-05-2009, 07:38 AM
I had a whole update typed up and just lost it! :headache: I usually type the updates in Word then copy them over, but this was a fairly short one so I didn't bother... :sad2:

Alex is waiting for me to play a game with him so I'll have to come back later to re-type it! I hate when that happens!!

Charleston Princess
12-05-2009, 07:51 AM
Playing games at 7:30??? Wow! You must be much more of a morning person than I am! :laughing:

I want to see pics of Cocoa playing the piano! :rotfl:

DisMomAmy
12-05-2009, 09:01 PM
Playing games at 7:30??? Wow! You must be much more of a morning person than I am! :laughing:

I want to see pics of Cocoa playing the piano! :rotfl:

Alex needs to be entertained constantly! :faint:

DisMomAmy
12-05-2009, 09:21 PM
Finally... yesterday Tour Guide Mike posted the Least Crowded Park chart for the end of April. For those of you who haven't subscribed to TGM's website, I'll give a little explanation about his charts (without giving away too much info - he's very protective of his secrets.;)) For each day, Mike gives each park a rating of either green (go), yellow (OK to go with warning - not the best park for that day) or red (don't do it).

I'm happy to say that almost all of my park choices are green! :thumbsup2 Our first morning at DHS is yellow because the park has EMH that night but we'll be out of there to beat the crowds - no F! that night.

We also have a second yellow evening on Friday night - again at DHS. AK & MK are the only green choices but they both close early (MK closes early due to Grad Nights). Epcot has an evening EMH so that's a no-go for us.

I'm really happy that we don't have to change any of the ADRs - that is until we hear from Jeff about their plans. :rolleyes1

In other news, I spent about 90 minutes sitting in a line at Toys R Us (in the rain/snow) to get my little hands on a Zhu Zhu pet hamster for Zach. Have you guys seen those things? When I heard they were the hot new toy I had to see what they were all about. I was looking at a video/commercial online and Zach happened by and stopped dead in his tracks. He just had to have one! I figured it would pass, but the other night he asked Cocoa the elf (who visits Santa every night) for one! :scared1: Ever since then I've been looking online. They are going for $35 and up on sites like Amazon & Ebay - keep in mind that they cost $8 at Walmart - if they have them in stock. I just couldn't justify spending that much money on an $8 toy. Then I got an email about the Toys R Us sale and decided to do it. They were going to give out 100 tickets at 3:00. I arrived around 1:30 and got in line. I've never shopped Black Friday and I've never camped out for tickets or new toys, etc. so I figued why not... It brought back memories from when I was a child and my mom told me how she got my first Cabbage Patch kid. :cutie:

Anyways - my shopping adventure was successful - I was actually the 10th person in line. I don't think 100 people showed up in line, but I'm sure the 25 or so unclaimed Zhu Zhu pets were snatched right up once they were put on the shelves. I got the light brown one - I had my choice - I think his name is Mr. Squiggles or something like that. :confused3

Now if I could just find some of the accessories. :rolleyes1

DisneyCrafter
12-05-2009, 09:58 PM
I give you credit! :cheer2: The Toys-R-Us by us was doing the same thing and the line was INSANE! I was there getting presents for the children I nanny for and I'm glad I chose a checkout lane farthest from the line b/c when they began handing them out, people went NUTS. They had tell people that if they had one they HAD to go straight to checkout (I'm assuming for safety). :confused3

Charleston Princess
12-06-2009, 09:07 AM
I have heard about Zhu Zhus from other parents with younger kids -- they do seem to be the hot new item this year! Congrats on scouring one for Zach! He is going to be thrilled on Christmas morning!!! :goodvibes

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 02:10 PM
You are a good mom to go out and brave the Zhu-Zhu crowds...::yes::

...I made the very foolish mistake of asking David what they were (zhu-zhu and his eyes lit up with a little gleam-he LIKES them (I don't know what I would have done if he LOVED them...:confused3) but apparently he likes this bakugan 7 in 1 thing more that we hadn't had on the list...:eek:...that was the ONE thing he really needed Santa to bring...

I've since seen the zhu-zhu-they are cute...I didn't know they have accessories...:confused3

(Luckily I was able to find it...I don't really understand bakugan but he really likes it...)

I think TGM's advice is always good...I just wish he was a bit quicker sometimes...and don't you always feel you aren't sure what is ok to reveal when talking to other people...like is this a trade TGM secret or not?...

mommytothreeboys
12-07-2009, 02:25 PM
For me...the experience of shopping on Black Friday is more important than the actual shopping! Now you have a great story to tell! It stinks that it was raining, though...good for you for sticking it out!

No Zhu-Zhu's here....my boys just want iPod's and $50 video games. UGH! The bigger the boy, the bigger the price tag.

Glad to hear about your TGM sucess in planning your days. I know it's so cool when your plans just seem to fall into place. Here's hoping Jeff's plans fit right in! :thumbsup2

jordanyosh
12-07-2009, 02:49 PM
I just saw a news report on the Zhu Zhu as I was reading your update.....wow.

DisMomAmy
12-07-2009, 04:48 PM
I give you credit! :cheer2: The Toys-R-Us by us was doing the same thing and the line was INSANE! I was there getting presents for the children I nanny for and I'm glad I chose a checkout lane farthest from the line b/c when they began handing them out, people went NUTS. They had tell people that if they had one they HAD to go straight to checkout (I'm assuming for safety). :confused3

:welcome:

Thanks for reading! I was expecting people to be crazy but it was all very civilized... probably because 100 people didn't show up. :confused3

DisMomAmy
12-07-2009, 04:55 PM
I have heard about Zhu Zhus from other parents with younger kids -- they do seem to be the hot new item this year! Congrats on scouring one for Zach! He is going to be thrilled on Christmas morning!!! :goodvibes

Hopefully I can find some accessories to go with it so he isn't wondering where "the rest" of the gift is. :rolleyes1

You are a good mom to go out and brave the Zhu-Zhu crowds...::yes::

...I made the very foolish mistake of asking David what they were (zhu-zhu and his eyes lit up with a little gleam-he LIKES them (I don't know what I would have done if he LOVED them...:confused3) but apparently he likes this bakugan 7 in 1 thing more that we hadn't had on the list...:eek:...that was the ONE thing he really needed Santa to bring...

I've since seen the zhu-zhu-they are cute...I didn't know they have accessories...:confused3

(Luckily I was able to find it...I don't really understand bakugan but he really likes it...)

I think TGM's advice is always good...I just wish he was a bit quicker sometimes...and don't you always feel you aren't sure what is ok to reveal when talking to other people...like is this a trade TGM secret or not?...

I don't get the whole bakugan thing either. :confused3 Zach has a few of them because they are fun to throw around but he doesn't play the game - probably doesn't even realize there is a game.

I'm glad you found David's must-have item of the year! :thumbsup2

For me...the experience of shopping on Black Friday is more important than the actual shopping! Now you have a great story to tell! It stinks that it was raining, though...good for you for sticking it out!

No Zhu-Zhu's here....my boys just want iPod's and $50 video games. UGH! The bigger the boy, the bigger the price tag.

Glad to hear about your TGM sucess in planning your days. I know it's so cool when your plans just seem to fall into place. Here's hoping Jeff's plans fit right in! :thumbsup2

We have the $50 video games too! The new Mario, Wii Sports Resort - with accessories - and they each get a new DS game too. Zach is in that in between phase where he still likes the younger kid stuff but loves the big kid games too. I guess he just wants it all! :rotfl:

I just saw a news report on the Zhu Zhu as I was reading your update.....wow.

That's funny! Aren't they so silly! I'm sure the news report you saw wasn't a good one! :headache: I was bummed to hear that the light brown zhu zhu (the one I got) might have some problems. I'm waiting to hear how it all plays out before I worry too much. I can always hold it aside if it turns out to be dangerous. :sad2:

eandesmom
12-07-2009, 05:03 PM
What a great mom! I heard lots of people bemoaning the Zhu Zhu shortage at a party friday night. It has not seemed to cross either boys radar, luckily (knock on wood) neither of them have ever wanted the "it" toy so it's worked out fine.

Great news on TGM!

Happydog
12-07-2009, 08:35 PM
That Hamster thing just floors me!!! I don't get how a little motorized fuzzy thing could be so popular!!! It is like Tickle me Elmo!!! I have seen the comercials, they have little hamster runs, beds, etc. CRAZY! But it is all worth it in the end if the kids are happy! I also know about those bakugans... neither of mine have a grave interest, more about seeing them and saying they'd like one, then forgetting about it!!! SO I am glad for that!

Crazy toy fads!!!

I love TGM too! So glad he is agreeing with Tour Guide Amy ;)

mousescrapper
12-07-2009, 11:11 PM
Hi Amy...

Wow I bow to you and buying a Zhu Zhu...:worship: you rock MOM! and yes :rolleyes1 I went to Target on Black Friday at 5:15 in the morning to buy $5 and $10 games for the kids....

the best thing I bought though has to be Toy Story Mania for the Wii....now I can't wait till Christmas :santa:

Great :thumbsup2 green go's on your park days w/ TGM! I really hope you stick w/ CRT and you don't need to change to much w/ Jeff and family...

some mischievous elf ideas....can he sit in the fridge? try to hitch a ride in the van? be taking a "bath" ?

and I can't believe your at 4 months practically...WOW!

J~

eandesmom
12-08-2009, 02:54 AM
warning...baukegan's have been known to spontaneously open and attach themselves to the inside of my dryer.

They were also the hot commodity on the third grade black market...picture Evan in a trench coat dealing baukegan. Quite the salesman, there was a whole cartel!

Thankfully the boys are over those little balls of magnetic annoyance...pocket sized is not a good thing in my house.

lol!

DisMomAmy
12-08-2009, 06:32 PM
What a great mom! I heard lots of people bemoaning the Zhu Zhu shortage at a party friday night. It has not seemed to cross either boys radar, luckily (knock on wood) neither of them have ever wanted the "it" toy so it's worked out fine.

Great news on TGM!

Continue to knock wood - I am just happy that both boys don't want one! Fortunately the zhu zhus have been cleared by the consumer safety commission after the safety rumor that was going around this weekend! :woohoo:

That Hamster thing just floors me!!! I don't get how a little motorized fuzzy thing could be so popular!!! It is like Tickle me Elmo!!! I have seen the comercials, they have little hamster runs, beds, etc. CRAZY! But it is all worth it in the end if the kids are happy! I also know about those bakugans... neither of mine have a grave interest, more about seeing them and saying they'd like one, then forgetting about it!!! SO I am glad for that!

Crazy toy fads!!!

I love TGM too! So glad he is agreeing with Tour Guide Amy ;)

Zach desperately wants a cat, but Alex has been scared to death (I mean petrified) since he was about 4, of both cats & dogs. We actually had two cats that he had grown up with, then one day he would scream bloody murder every time they came around. That on top of dealing with his disability and inability to express himself turned into us finding new homes for our cats. So I figured a robotic hamster might scratch Zach's itch for a little while. Maybe... :confused3

Hi Amy...

Wow I bow to you and buying a Zhu Zhu...:worship: you rock MOM! and yes :rolleyes1 I went to Target on Black Friday at 5:15 in the morning to buy $5 and $10 games for the kids....

the best thing I bought though has to be Toy Story Mania for the Wii....now I can't wait till Christmas :santa:

Great :thumbsup2 green go's on your park days w/ TGM! I really hope you stick w/ CRT and you don't need to change to much w/ Jeff and family...

some mischievous elf ideas....can he sit in the fridge? try to hitch a ride in the van? be taking a "bath" ?

and I can't believe your at 4 months practically...WOW!

J~

A good friend of mine went out at 3:15 on Black Friday - I'm sure she'll be dragging me along sooner or later. Sounds like you found good deals though.

The elf was very mischevious last night - I'll post pictures later. ;)

warning...baukegan's have been known to spontaneously open and attach themselves to the inside of my dryer.

They were also the hot commodity on the third grade black market...picture Evan in a trench coat dealing baukegan. Quite the salesman, there was a whole cartel!

Thankfully the boys are over those little balls of magnetic annoyance...pocket sized is not a good thing in my house.

lol!

:lmao: I love it - the baukegan cartel!

Pocket sized items are bad here too! I never used to have to check their pockets, but lately I've been finding all sorts of good things! :sad2:

Happydog
12-08-2009, 08:20 PM
Oh yeah, inevitable legos rolling around with the jeans.... always happens! So it sounds like this little hamster will meet a happy compromise for your kids! And the black friday is fun! Worth it for some things, I love going! But I am weird like that.... :lmao:

jordanyosh
12-08-2009, 08:23 PM
warning...baukegan's have been known to spontaneously open and attach themselves to the inside of my dryer.

They were also the hot commodity on the third grade black market...picture Evan in a trench coat dealing baukegan. Quite the salesman, there was a whole cartel!

Thankfully the boys are over those little balls of magnetic annoyance...pocket sized is not a good thing in my house.

lol!

E- you are too funny...you paint a vivid picture....:rotfl2::thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
12-09-2009, 12:32 PM
Oh yeah, inevitable legos rolling around with the jeans.... always happens! So it sounds like this little hamster will meet a happy compromise for your kids! And the black friday is fun! Worth it for some things, I love going! But I am weird like that.... :lmao:

I find lots of little pieces of paper, gum wrappers & little plastic figures - frogs, playmobil, etc!

E- you are too funny...you paint a vivid picture....:rotfl2::thumbsup2

I agree - she cracked me up with that one! :rotfl:

DisMomAmy
12-09-2009, 12:51 PM
Well it's turned out to be quite a snowy day here today. The kids are home from school for the first (of what will probably be many) snow day of the year. It was only supposed to snow for a couple hours this morning before turning to a mix of snow & rain, then all rain. It's 12:30 and still snowing away! I think we have almost 6 inches of heavy, wet snow.

I've gotten quite a bit accomplished around the house, but after lunch we'll be heading outside to try to make a snowman. :thumbsup2 I'll post pictures of it later if we are successful. For now, I'll post some pictures from our first snow over the weekend:

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Here are the boys visiting Santa at our town's holiday celebration on Sunday evening:

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Zach was being very shy all of a sudden:

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These was a wagon ride there - these are the horses pulling the wagon:

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Zach's eyes were closed, but otherwise I love this shot:

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That's Tim behind them holding the bottle. It's not a beer, it's a bottle of old fashion soda. ;)

And now, as I finish this up at 12:50, the snow has turned to either ice or rain. I'd better get the kids outside before the snow washes away! :rolleyes1

Charleston Princess
12-09-2009, 01:20 PM
Such fun in the snow!!! :goodvibes

Have fun making a snowman this afternoon!

Momof2Disneyboys
12-09-2009, 01:24 PM
Very cute snow pictures Amy!

I can't believe all the snow everybody is getting. And it has missed us so far. Which is usually not the case here in western PA! I think we are supposed to get some tonight though. Just a lot of rain here for now.

Happydog
12-09-2009, 04:02 PM
YAY! Wasn't it fun!! But yes, I suspect you will be getting quite a few snowy days.... it was heavy snow, I agree, that is the best kind for making snowmen!!!! :thumbsup2 Have a great day!

eandesmom
12-09-2009, 07:12 PM
E- you are too funny...you paint a vivid picture....:rotfl2::thumbsup2

They give me much fodder to be sure


I find lots of little pieces of paper, gum wrappers & little plastic figures - frogs, playmobil, etc!

I agree - she cracked me up with that one! :rotfl:

Evan wasn't laughing when I made him return all monies earned through his sales activity but let the other kids (his victims) keep the baukugan's! It was mortifying at the time but awfully funny now.

And of course he still doesn't know how I found out. :rotfl2:

I refuse to check pockets on principle and by in large, it serves me well. I know them, if they thought I'd check they'd NEVER take anything out. These days it's mostly candy wrappers.

Where the candy is COMING from....one can only wonder. I am quite sure nefarious activities have happened to procure such delights as I know the state of my candy jar, and it's pathetic!

Picking my battles. As long as the magnetix, and playmobil stay out, I'm ok. Everything else is big enough it shouldn't get sucked into the filer and kill my machine (a dum dum stick though...that will take it out!)

Playmobil is the barbie shoe nightmare..for boys. Teeny tiny handcuffs, guns, flashlights (Eric is big on the Police stuff lol). Those are the current bane of my existence. Which I am feeding with the Police Advent Calendar but I couldn't resist! Of course they've taken the Santa from the farm one a couple of years ago and put him in the new jail that came with the calendar. What Santa did do deserve that...I'm not quite sure.

CUTE snow pics! No snow here yet but man is it cold! I told the boys, no snow allowed until the 1st day of break, I've got too much going on between now and then. We will see if I get my way....

mousescrapper
12-10-2009, 09:21 PM
we've gotten are first set of snow here too and each morning Michael asks if it's a snow day...not yet ;) he's bummed, but not me....

Can't believe you've already had a first snow day and before Christmas....today was friged cold -15 degree windchill....:eek: I know it will get worse...just not ready yet.

better scoot back to Egypt and clean up

J~

jordanyosh
12-12-2009, 03:57 AM
At first, I thought Santa had made a trip to your house.

I wish we'd get snow at least once a season...:confused3 However, after our first big rain of the season a few weeks ago. The Highway Patrol reported 300 accidents on the freeways:scared1: Can you imagine if it snowed?

DisMomAmy
12-14-2009, 01:54 PM
Such fun in the snow!!! :goodvibes

Have fun making a snowman this afternoon!

Thanks Jackie! We had fun!

Very cute snow pictures Amy!

I can't believe all the snow everybody is getting. And it has missed us so far. Which is usually not the case here in western PA! I think we are supposed to get some tonight though. Just a lot of rain here for now.

We got quite a bit before it turned to rain - unfortunately we didn't get outside until it had changed over to rain.

YAY! Wasn't it fun!! But yes, I suspect you will be getting quite a few snowy days.... it was heavy snow, I agree, that is the best kind for making snowmen!!!! :thumbsup2 Have a great day!

For the most part we enjoyed playing outside in the rain! :headache: The snow was super heavy. By the time I got out there, Zach had rolled a giant snowball for the base of the snowman - we had to keep it where it was because we couldn't move it anywhere else! I had a hard time lifting up the second snowball! I have pictures to post shortly - they are in the other computer - I just turned it on to load the pictures into photobucket.

DisMomAmy
12-14-2009, 02:01 PM
They give me much fodder to be sure

;)

Evan wasn't laughing when I made him return all monies earned through his sales activity but let the other kids (his victims) keep the baukugan's! It was mortifying at the time but awfully funny now.

And of course he still doesn't know how I found out. :rotfl2:

I refuse to check pockets on principle and by in large, it serves me well. I know them, if they thought I'd check they'd NEVER take anything out. These days it's mostly candy wrappers.

Where the candy is COMING from....one can only wonder. I am quite sure nefarious activities have happened to procure such delights as I know the state of my candy jar, and it's pathetic!

Picking my battles. As long as the magnetix, and playmobil stay out, I'm ok. Everything else is big enough it shouldn't get sucked into the filer and kill my machine (a dum dum stick though...that will take it out!)

Playmobil is the barbie shoe nightmare..for boys. Teeny tiny handcuffs, guns, flashlights (Eric is big on the Police stuff lol). Those are the current bane of my existence. Which I am feeding with the Police Advent Calendar but I couldn't resist! Of course they've taken the Santa from the farm one a couple of years ago and put him in the new jail that came with the calendar. What Santa did do deserve that...I'm not quite sure.

CUTE snow pics! No snow here yet but man is it cold! I told the boys, no snow allowed until the 1st day of break, I've got too much going on between now and then. We will see if I get my way....

Boy you are going to have great stories to tell when they are all grown up! :rotfl:

we've gotten are first set of snow here too and each morning Michael asks if it's a snow day...not yet ;) he's bummed, but not me....

Can't believe you've already had a first snow day and before Christmas....today was friged cold -15 degree windchill....:eek: I know it will get worse...just not ready yet.

better scoot back to Egypt and clean up

J~

I was OK with the snow day this time around... I'm sure by the 5th one I'll be cursing Mother Nature. :mad:

At first, I thought Santa had made a trip to your house.

I wish we'd get snow at least once a season...:confused3 However, after our first big rain of the season a few weeks ago. The Highway Patrol reported 300 accidents on the freeways:scared1: Can you imagine if it snowed?

It's pretty funny how they set up Santa at the town holiday celebration - they lay out a rug, right on top of the snow, then put out a rocking chair. :confused3

I can only imagine the traffic nightmares snow would cause out your way! :scared1:

DisMomAmy
12-14-2009, 02:23 PM
I owe you all some pictures... First the two snowmen:

Well I only have a picture of one snowman because the first one fell over! :mad: Poor Zach worked so hard to build his snowman last week, then he stood next to it to pose for a photo and CRASH! it fell over. :sad2: He was extremely upset. So we hung out in the rain a bit longer and put together a second snowman, which wasn't quite as nice, but here he is:

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Alex with a ball in his hands, even when it's snowing/raining:

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Time for a serving of Cocoa: Cocoa has been getting himself into quite a bit of trouble lately:

Tangled up in Zach's art project:

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This was from his most mischevious night so far - can you tell what he's doing?

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The big news about "one tooth" is that Zach lost his first tooth last night!

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And here's a picture of our Christmas tree - we decorated it yesterday.

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Here are the boys posing:

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Shortly after this picture Gramma Nancy brought over an early Christmas present - I don't have a picture right now, but she gave the boys a Lionel train set for under the tree. :thumbsup2 They love it!!

Charleston Princess
12-14-2009, 02:59 PM
I laughed out loud when I saw Cocoa's antics with the copier!!! :lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:

Yeay for a first lost tooth and a train for under the tree! Such fun!

PracPerfPatricia
12-14-2009, 08:44 PM
Poor Zach-No one wants their snowman to fall over...:confused3

The boys look so cute playing in the snow...

I'm sure you get your fair share-I think it's lovely and so atmospheric for Christmas...:goodvibes (I remember we were in NH a couple years ago in the summer and they were already advertising a train ride...Polar Express event...I think they had a lottery to distribute tickets...I remember thinking what a perfect location it would be to do something like that...:thumbsup2

warning...baukegan's have been known to spontaneously open and attach themselves to the inside of my dryer.

They were also the hot commodity on the third grade black market...picture Evan in a trench coat dealing baukegan. Quite the salesman, there was a whole cartel!

Thankfully the boys are over those little balls of magnetic annoyance...pocket sized is not a good thing in my house.

lol!

This made me laugh too...David is younger than the two Es and Bakugan is way cool with the second grade set but they are now "banned" from schoool because they were an attractive nuisance...I can picture a whole cartel thing-no problem...:lmao:

jordanyosh
12-14-2009, 09:05 PM
You're tree looks great. The bottom is really wide--lots of room for ornaments:thumbsup2

mrsksomeday
12-14-2009, 09:09 PM
Great installment, I love the snowman he is so cute, I love the Christmas tree it is beautiful, and the tooth picture is too cute.

mousescrapper
12-15-2009, 10:58 AM
This was from his most mischevious night so far - can you tell what he's doing?

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff319/DisMomAmy/IMG_4792.jpg

The big news about "one tooth" is that Zach lost his first tooth last night!


And here's a picture of our Christmas tree - we decorated it yesterday.

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:rotfl2: love the picture of Cocoa....

Congrats on your first lost tooth Zach :teeth:

and your tree looks so lovely Amy...great job :santa:

J~

DisMomAmy
12-15-2009, 12:43 PM
I laughed out loud when I saw Cocoa's antics with the copier!!! :lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:

Yeay for a first lost tooth and a train for under the tree! Such fun!

Cocoa is getting pretty comfortable here - a little too comfortable! :rotfl:

Poor Zach-No one wants their snowman to fall over...:confused3

The boys look so cute playing in the snow...

I'm sure you get your fair share-I think it's lovely and so atmospheric for Christmas...:goodvibes (I remember we were in NH a couple years ago in the summer and they were already advertising a train ride...Polar Express event...I think they had a lottery to distribute tickets...I remember thinking what a perfect location it would be to do something like that...:thumbsup2

This made me laugh too...David is younger than the two Es and Bakugan is way cool with the second grade set but they are now "banned" from schoool because they were an attractive nuisance...I can picture a whole cartel thing-no problem...:lmao:

It's really nice to have snow for Christmas (which doesn't always happen) but it gets old fast - by February I'm ready for spring. ::yes::

You're tree looks great. The bottom is really wide--lots of room for ornaments:thumbsup2

It's the fattest Christmas tree we've ever had. It sticks out so far into the living room! I'll have to post a picture of the train later - the tree is so fat it's hard to see the train. :headache:

DisMomAmy
12-15-2009, 12:58 PM
Great installment, I love the snowman he is so cute, I love the Christmas tree it is beautiful, and the tooth picture is too cute.

The snowman is still hanging in there- it's been in the low 40s yesterday & today. He's lost a few pounds & some of his decorations, but he's still standing. If he can make it through today he'll be around for a while - we're entering a cold spell tonight. Shouldn't get out of the 20's for the next several days. Single digits at night. :cold:

:rotfl2: love the picture of Cocoa....

Congrats on your first lost tooth Zach :teeth:

and your tree looks so lovely Amy...great job :santa:

J~

Zach is still excited about his tooth! His second tooth is very loose too - it wouldn't surprise me if that one falls out before Christmas.

The kids did a great job helping with the tree this year. Tim took Alex to swimming at the YMCA on Sunday morning while Zach & I got the tree ready to decorate. I put up the lights while Zach unpacked all of the ornaments. He did a fantastic job and was really into it. :thumbsup2 When Tim & Alex got home we had lunch then put the ornaments on the tree. Alex lost interest after a bit, but we were almost finished at that point & it was getting hard to find empty branches on the tree.

DisMomAmy
12-22-2009, 12:14 PM
Hi Everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season & everyone is well. (Get well soon Scrappie!) I didn’t think I’d have time to update this week, but I’ve been forced to have some down time today because Zach is home with a fever & sore throat. :sad1: He’s missing his class party today & pajama & movie day tomorrow.

We are pretty much ready for Christmas here with just a few odds & ends to finish up. Zach has been doing karate for about 5 weeks now and loves it! He got his white belt yesterday & was thrilled. (The first 4 weeks were a free trial & they don’t give out the belts until you pay.) Alex has been busy checking Santa’s list. I have an app on my iPhone that has part of Santa’s list along with a blog from the North Pole. Zach has consistently been on the nice list, but Alex has either been on the nice list or been off both lists… I guess Santa is still undecided. (Is that cruel… it seems to turn his behavior around pretty quickly… and he is usually back on the nice list in no time.;))

Cocoa the elf has been busy too – not getting into too much trouble but moving around the house every night. The kids have fun looking for him every morning.

Tomorrow is 4 months until we leave for our trip!! :banana: I’m sure my focus will shift back to the trip (and the DIS) after Christmas & New Years. In the meantime I hope you all have a wonderful holiday & are able to enjoy time with your families.

Merry Christmas! :santa:


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Momof2Disneyboys
12-22-2009, 12:20 PM
Merry Christmas Amy! :santa:

I'm sorry Zach is home sick. That stinks that he is missing all the fun at school this week. But hopefully he will be better for Christmas day!

I thought my kids were the only ones in school this week. Everyone else on the DIS seems to have started Christmas break last Friday. Tomorrow is our last day. So this week has been/will be filled with plays and parties at school. I'm about to head to the school now!

eandesmom
12-22-2009, 12:23 PM
Oh! Falling snowmen are never good, I'm so glad he got a do-over! First tooth...:cloud9:

Darling tree and YAY for Lionel sets....we didn't put ours out this year, a bit afraid of what Evan's crazy cat will do if we do.

Cocoa cracks me up! Those are some priceless pics.



The snowman is still hanging in there- it's been in the low 40s yesterday & today. He's lost a few pounds & some of his decorations, but he's still standing. If he can make it through today he'll be around for a while - we're entering a cold spell tonight. Shouldn't get out of the 20's for the next several days. Single digits at night. :cold:


Impressive build!

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We are pretty much ready for Christmas here with just a few odds & ends to finish up. Zach has been doing karate for about 5 weeks now and loves it! He got his white belt yesterday & was thrilled. (The first 4 weeks were a free trial & they don’t give out the belts until you pay.) Alex has been busy checking Santa’s list. I have an app on my iPhone that has part of Santa’s list along with a blog from the North Pole.

Merry Christmas! :santa:

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Aww, feel better Zach! I wish the "naughty list" worked on Evan. Sigh. That's pretty cool there is an app for it. Good thing I don't have an iPhone!

LOL on the no belt until you pay. Lord knows we've paid a lot over the last 5 years but that is SO the way it works. I'm glad he is enjoying it.

DisMomAmy
12-22-2009, 12:31 PM
Merry Christmas Amy! :santa:

I'm sorry Zach is home sick. That stinks that he is missing all the fun at school this week. But hopefully he will be better for Christmas day!

I thought my kids were the only ones in school this week. Everyone else on the DIS seems to have started Christmas break last Friday. Tomorrow is our last day. So this week has been/will be filled with plays and parties at school. I'm about to head to the school now!


Hi Shelly! The boys have school through tomorrow. Tomorrow is actually an early release. I can't imagine having them home all week with the Christmas excitement in the air!! And two weeks off... :scared1:

Zach was having his party today, Alex has his tomorrow. Hopefully DMIL can stop by for an hour or so tomorrow so I can pop in during Alex's party. I'm the class mom and I have all the teacher gifts. I'd rather hand them out in person than drop them with the secretary.

Thanks for the well wishes... Hopefully I'll make it over to your report and get caught up soon. :rolleyes1

Merry Christmas!

DisMomAmy
12-22-2009, 12:33 PM
Oh! Falling snowmen are never good, I'm so glad he got a do-over! First tooth...:cloud9:

Darling tree and YAY for Lionel sets....we didn't put ours out this year, a bit afraid of what Evan's crazy cat will do if we do.

Cocoa cracks me up! Those are some priceless pics.



Impressive build!



Aww, feel better Zach! I wish the "naughty list" worked on Evan. Sigh. That's pretty cool there is an app for it. Good thing I don't have an iPhone!

LOL on the no belt until you pay. Lord knows we've paid a lot over the last 5 years but that is SO the way it works. I'm glad he is enjoying it.

The naughtly list scares Alex to death! :scared1: It's kind of funny... :rolleyes1 But of course he will end up on the nice list in the end. :thumbsup2

Thanks for stopping by to say hello!

eandesmom
12-22-2009, 12:37 PM
But of course he will end up on the nice list in the end. :thumbsup2



Don't they all :santa:

DisMomAmy
12-22-2009, 12:38 PM
Don't they all :santa:

;)

mousescrapper
12-22-2009, 07:19 PM
Merry Christmas to you Amy and your 3 "boys" :santa:

that's cute about Alex and the List...

hope Zach will be feeling better too this week...tell him Mrs. Scrappie knows how he feels :goodvibes

PS got your very adorable Holiday picture card in the mail today...That is the best smiles I've seen on Alex :thumbsup2

J~

Charleston Princess
12-22-2009, 11:16 PM
Merry Christmas, Amy!!!

I am intrigued by the iPhone app for Santa's list -- wish that had been around a few years ago for my two. :laughing:

Hope Zach feels better soon!

jordanyosh
12-22-2009, 11:21 PM
merry christmas amy!

DisMomAmy
12-25-2009, 07:34 PM
Merry Christmas to you Amy and your 3 "boys" :santa:

that's cute about Alex and the List...

hope Zach will be feeling better too this week...tell him Mrs. Scrappie knows how he feels :goodvibes

PS got your very adorable Holiday picture card in the mail today...That is the best smiles I've seen on Alex :thumbsup2

J~

Hi Jules! Zach is much better - but Tim has pneumonia now! Luckily he didn't have to work yesterday so he finally got in to see the doctor. He gave him a round of zythromax & told him to go back to see him again on Monday if he isn't much better. We'll see... Now I'm coughing too. :headache:

I love the pictures we used on our Christmas cards - DMIL had them done over the summer with J & K. It was challenging for the photorapher, but luckily we got a lot of nice ones.

Hope you guys are feeling better too!

Merry Christmas, Amy!!!

I am intrigued by the iPhone app for Santa's list -- wish that had been around a few years ago for my two. :laughing:

Hope Zach feels better soon!

Merry Christmas Jackie!

The iPhone app was great - there's also a blog section that updated every 30-60 minutes with updates from Santa as he made his way around the world. :thumbsup2

merry christmas amy!

Thanks Jordan - Merry Christmas to you!

DisMomAmy
12-25-2009, 07:57 PM
Hi Everyone! I hope you are all having a Merry Christmas! We had a nice day - starting at 4:15 am! That's right, I said 4:15 am. :scared1: We were very specific with Alex about what time he could come out of his room (except to visit the bathroom) but it was Zach who woke up way too early. I told him it was still the middle of the night and he needed to go back to sleep. Well obviously that didn't work... he was crying because he was so excited to see what Santa had brought. :sad2:

It's not even 8pm yet and I'm beat! We started our day with stockings, Santa gifts & our family gifts then had a bit of a break. Our mothers came over around 9:30 and we had breakfast sandwiches followed by more gifts. We hung out for a bit while the turkey dinner cooked then ate around 2:00. DMIL is a nurse and she works the overnight shift so she hadn't slept all night, plus she had only slept about 4 hours yesterday due to gift wrapping and church. Needless to say she was tired - she fell asleep on our couch about an hour after lunch. :rolleyes1

We also had a little family gathering at my mother's house last night with my brother, his girlfriend and my brother's two kids, our niece, R (13) and our nephew, M (11). It was a nice little visit and we also got to see my aunt, uncle, two cousins & their spouses, plus one of their kids, Tyler (4). (My mother lives in an apartment attached to my aunt & uncle's house.)

So what did I get for Christmas? The camera, which I already told you about, which is awesome! I also got two travel toiletry bags from Vera Bradley! :thumbsup2 Funny story about the gift DMIL gave us... When Tim was getting ready to order the camera with his Marriott points, we couldn't decide between the camera or a small digital video camera. We already have a camera but it's huge and hard to take on vacation. We also have a camcorder, but again, it's huge and we never take it anywhere except school concerts. I was leaning toward the camera, Tim was leaning toward the video camera. I won since it was my Christmas present. Without knowing anything about our desire for a new video camera, DMIL bought one for us! :cool1:It was so funny!

I also got a bunch of other non-trip related things, like a Wii Fit Plus! Tim got it for me, but he felt weird about it. I told him it was OK to buy me something like that if I ask for it - he still felt weird about it. :confused3

In other trip news, we told the boys about the trip! They were happy but not jumping up and down for joy. I guess that shouldn't surprise me since they had the same reaction last time. I'm sure they will get more excited as the time gets closer. Now I get to talk about it more! :thumbsup2

I'll share some pictures from my new camera soon. (And my new Vera bags too!)

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

PS- Do any of your kids play on Club Penguin? Zach just learned about it and has been playing it all week - he loves it! (And I have to admit I love some of the games too!)

Charleston Princess
12-25-2009, 09:50 PM
Merry Christmas, Amy! Our day started not long after yours -- Chelsea was awake and ready to go at 5:00! I am beat, too! It will definitely be an early bedtime for all of us since none of us had naps today!

Sounds like you had a lovely day! I bet the boys get more excited as the trip gets a little bit closer.

mousescrapper
12-26-2009, 03:12 PM
Hi Amy,

Merry Christmas to you too :goodvibes

so are you getting the ice and rain now that passed through us, today it's been fluffy snowing and Matt will probably need to shovel/plow again soon...it's pretty to look at but a mess too ;)

we didn't start as early as you but Michael was first to go at 7 am...we are doing our Christmas in shifts due to Margaret and I being sick, but we are feeling better (even went to Target today for some after C-mas buys....even got 2 things for Disney next yr :rolleyes1)

We've had a good but eventful few days...Matt's car sliding down our driveway during the middle of the night yes it was parked, the garage door breaking, a power outage...:confused: but we had fun together and just being by ourselves. Bfast yesterday w/ my bro and his fiance, today Matt's parents are coming for take-out and presents, and tomorrow is off to my folks for Christmas w/ them and my siblings.

can't wait to see your VB bags...I'll email you some pic's from us after Sunday.


PS- Do any of your kids play on Club Penguin? Zach just learned about it and has been playing it all week - he loves it! (And I have to admit I love some of the games too!)

Yes Michael has and he really enjoys it too...he got a DSI from us and the grandparents so he wants to get that game too...

J~

DisMomAmy
12-27-2009, 07:34 AM
Merry Christmas, Amy! Our day started not long after yours -- Chelsea was awake and ready to go at 5:00! I am beat, too! It will definitely be an early bedtime for all of us since none of us had naps today!

Sounds like you had a lovely day! I bet the boys get more excited as the trip gets a little bit closer.

Hi Jackie - I hope you have had a chance to catch up on your sleep - I think I'm almost caught up. :rolleyes1

I'm sure the excitement will build as we get closer to our trip.

Hi Amy,

Merry Christmas to you too :goodvibes

so are you getting the ice and rain now that passed through us, today it's been fluffy snowing and Matt will probably need to shovel/plow again soon...it's pretty to look at but a mess too ;)

we didn't start as early as you but Michael was first to go at 7 am...we are doing our Christmas in shifts due to Margaret and I being sick, but we are feeling better (even went to Target today for some after C-mas buys....even got 2 things for Disney next yr :rolleyes1)

We've had a good but eventful few days...Matt's car sliding down our driveway during the middle of the night yes it was parked, the garage door breaking, a power outage...:confused: but we had fun together and just being by ourselves. Bfast yesterday w/ my bro and his fiance, today Matt's parents are coming for take-out and presents, and tomorrow is off to my folks for Christmas w/ them and my siblings.

can't wait to see your VB bags...I'll email you some pic's from us after Sunday.


Yes Michael has and he really enjoys it too...he got a DSI from us and the grandparents so he wants to get that game too...

J~

Hi Julie! We had light snow Friday night & yesterday, which then turned to rain last night. Fortunately we've avoided the ice. It was just over a year ago that we had that huge ice storm that knocked out power for a week!

You must tell more about Matt's car sliding down the driveway! :scared1: Sounds like a crazy stretch of events at your house!

I hope you are enjoying the extended Christmas weekend! :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
12-27-2009, 07:45 AM
Good morning everyone! To get this PTR back on track I thought I'd do a little recap of the plans that have been made so far:

Back in October I booked 4 round trip tickets from Manchester, NH to Tampa, FL on Southwest Airlines (my favorite!) for about $1300. Then I realized my mistake and rebooked the whole trip as two separate one-way tickets… just in case fares changes I could rebook one leg without effecting the other. Then wouldn’t you know, a couple weeks later the rates went down for the flight to TPA. It was only about $10 each but I rebooked and have a $40 credit with Southwest. :thumbsup2

My next mission was to find a decent rental car for the 10 days of our trip. I was not having a lot of luck at first. We need a minivan and all of the rates were around $1200 - $1500! The rates usually go down as we get closer to the trip, but those rates were outrageous. I had hoped to spend about $800. Then I discovered the Orlando Magic Card and carrentalsavers.com and found a minivan for only $500!

And here is where I have to admit I was a bad DISer... at this point we had already decided that we would forgo staying on-property and use our timeshare to stay at a larger condo off-property. Then I received my very first PIN code! :banana: I priced out a couple options with WDW, but in the end we decided to stick with our original plan and use the condo - both for more space for our family, but also to have space for Jeff & his family to stay with us. I shared a couple emails back & forth with Julie (mousescrapper) but I'm sorry I never shared any of that news with you... Bad, bad DISer!! :headache:

Right around the time we were approaching our 180 day mark WDW changed the ADR window back to 180 days. I was disappointed that our 180 day window opened up the day AFTER everyone else. Plus we had to make our ADRs each day (rather than all at once) since we will be staying off-property. I thought for sure that would work against us. Fortunately I was able to get all the ADRs I wanted, and then some, over the course of the week. As a bonus, I didn’t have to deal with the chaos on October 27th.

These are the ADRs we have planned for now (I’m a little embarrassed to list all of these):

Monday, April 26th:
• Hollywood & Vine (Play & Dine) - 11am breakfast
• Teppan Edo – 5pm
• Le Cellier – 5pm
Tuesday, April 27th:
• Chef Mickey’s – 5pm
Wednesday, April 28th:
• Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue – 5pm (Level 1)
Thursday, April 29th:
• Teppan Edo for 8 at 12:00pm
• Le Cellier for 4 at 11:30am
• Sci Fi Dine for 8 at 5:35pm
Friday, April 30th:
• Le Cellier for 2 at 7:10pm
Saturday, May 1st:
• Crystal Palace at 8:05am
• CRT at 8:05am
• Teppan Edo for 8 at 5:30pm

Obviously I have way too many ADRs made and need to go back very soon and cancel some of them. We are not planning to eat at any restaurant more than once, but with Jeff’s portion of the trip up in the air (not sure the dates he & family will join us at Disney) I wanted to have back up plans. We also have another factor to consider… I may have to cancel more of them than I want to because DMIL may be joining us for all or a portion of our trip. She has 9 weeks of vacation (or something ridiculous like that) available and needs to use them up. She is planning a two week trip to Florida in May for J’s high school graduation but by May she’ll probably accrue another two weeks and she’ll be right back where she started so she might be joining us in April. If she joins us I’ll have to add another person to each of the ADRs. I told her she needed to decide right away so I can adjust thing accordingly. I would like to have the ADRs finalized by the end of January, by the 90 day mark.

Sometime in early December Tour Guide Mike published his Least Crowded Park charts for late April which solidified the itinerary I had created before our ADR date in October. Things were looking good! Plus I had started a photopass share group through the Tour Guide Mike website.

That leaves us with airfares to get to Florida, a minivan when we get there, dining reservations for the Disney portion of our trip and a photopass CD. We’ll be staying with Jeff & family for the first three nights, but where would we stay after that? Well our reservation window for a timeshare in Orlando opens up around February 25th, 60 days prior to our arrival in Orlando. We'll most likely end up at a Marriott resort or Sheraton Vistana.

I also have to purchase park tickets. The new Give a Day, Get a Day promotion starts January 1st and I’ll be anxious to see what volunteer opportunities are available in my area. I consider myself a professional volunteer with the amount of time I spend at the boys’ school, between running the PTO, acting as a room parent & just helping out in the classroom. Unfortunately I doubt out little elementary school will be on the list. I believe some of the volunteer opportunities will be family friendly too. Ideally we could each get a free ticket through the promotion and upgrade them to 6 day hoppers (maybe with the waterpark option?) when we get to Disney. The other option is to purchase tickets through undercover tourist before our trip.

That’s where we left off in the trip planning! Now that we are under the 4 month mark I want to spend a few weeks taking a closer look at each park – looking back & looking forward. I’ll spend the first three weeks of January talking about Magic Kingdom! I need to weed through my photobucket account and pull out some of our favorite pictures from MK and I promise I’ll finally scan the pictures my mother found for me.

But first – I’m going to share some pictures of how Disney influences our Christmas decorating.

mousescrapper
12-27-2009, 10:59 AM
You must tell more about Matt's car sliding down the driveway! :scared1: Sounds like a crazy stretch of events at your house!




We should have taken pictures...:confused: I know this is hard to believe but it really did happen...

last Wed night we had a preety good freezing rain ice storm which desposited about a 1/2 of an inch if not more of solid ICE on everything outside, including our driveway. Wind also picked up quite a bit during the middle of the night.

Now Matt parks his car outside our garage during the yr and is suppose to clean out the bikes and tools into the basement, etc to squeeze his car in for the Winter (hasn't yet). He had parked his car all the way up the driveway right at the garage when he arrived home from work.

Well Thursday morning he went out to start chipping the ice off the drive when he discovered his car had slid a WHOLE car length down our drive. Our drive has a bit of an incline, nothing huge, but I guess enough w/ the combination of an iced over drive, wheels and wind...

crazy huh :rolleyes:

. I shared a couple emails back & forth with Julie (mousescrapper) but I'm sorry I never shared any of that news with you... Bad, bad DISer!! :headache:


no worries...I figured if you did book onsite I (we) would have known ;)

These are the ADRs we have planned for now (I’m a little embarrassed to list all of these):

Monday, April 26th:
• Hollywood & Vine (Play & Dine) - 11am breakfast
• Teppan Edo – 5pm
• Le Cellier – 5pm
Tuesday, April 27th:
• Chef Mickey’s – 5pm
Wednesday, April 28th:
• Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue – 5pm (Level 1)
Thursday, April 29th:
• Teppan Edo for 8 at 12:00pm
• Le Cellier for 4 at 11:30am
• Sci Fi Dine for 8 at 5:35pm
Friday, April 30th:
• Le Cellier for 2 at 7:10pm
Saturday, May 1st:
• Crystal Palace at 8:05am
• CRT at 8:05am
• Teppan Edo for 8 at 5:30pm


you and your ADR's girl...:rotfl2: I contiplate my ADR's so much I can't even fathom adding in additional back-up plans...:confused:

Please don't cancel CRT...I know it's pricey, but you deserve a day as a Princess, Mom princess:
I hope you do HDDR too....we plan to do that too, I know Michael will love the food :thumbsup2 but I do worry how loud is it? I personally don't like fried chicken or ribs...but the show should make up for it.

The other option is to purchase tickets through undercover tourist before our trip.

do you consider that the best deal outside of Disney?...now that we are DVC I can purchase everything seperate and not in a package (ie sep DDP and sep park passes) so I've been researching all the different deals...but it seems a bit overwhelming


That’s where we left off in the trip planning! Now that we are under the 4 month mark I want to spend a few weeks taking a closer look at each park – looking back & looking forward. I’ll spend the first three weeks of January talking about Magic Kingdom! I need to weed through my photobucket account and pull out some of our favorite pictures from MK and I promise I’ll finally scan the pictures my mother found for me.

But first – I’m going to share some pictures of how Disney influences our Christmas decorating.

Can't wait for the more detailed plans and all the pictures to come....:thumbsup2

J~

DisMomAmy
12-27-2009, 12:07 PM
We should have taken pictures...:confused: I know this is hard to believe but it really did happen...

last Wed night we had a preety good freezing rain ice storm which desposited about a 1/2 of an inch if not more of solid ICE on everything outside, including our driveway. Wind also picked up quite a bit during the middle of the night.

Now Matt parks his car outside our garage during the yr and is suppose to clean out the bikes and tools into the basement, etc to squeeze his car in for the Winter (hasn't yet). He had parked his car all the way up the driveway right at the garage when he arrived home from work.

Well Thursday morning he went out to start chipping the ice off the drive when he discovered his car had slid a WHOLE car length down our drive. Our drive has a bit of an incline, nothing huge, but I guess enough w/ the combination of an iced over drive, wheels and wind...

crazy huh :rolleyes:


Can't wait for the more detailed plans and all the pictures to come....:thumbsup2

J~

That is such a funny story about Matt's car!! I can believe it after the ice storm we had here last year. There were trees down everywhere including our yard - I think I posted pictures way back when... Ice can do quite a bit of damage. So I assume his car wasn't harmed? :confused3

As far as ADRs - I assume we'll keep CRT - I made CP as a backup - yes because of the cost, but we'll have CRT & HDDR paid before our trip since they are pre-pay so using fuzzy Disney math those meals will actually be free when we get there! :rolleyes1

I haven't used undercover tourist before but they are the only reputable company I am aware of that offers any type of discount. AAA might offer something but I'm not sure & we aren't members. Do you get a DVC discount on tickets?

pipersmom
12-27-2009, 12:11 PM
Hi Amy :) So glad your family had a nice Christmas! I had actually read about halfway thru your PTR before, but must have lost it because I didn't comment or subscribe. Your boys are so cute! Looking forward to seeing more of your planning :)

DisMomAmy
12-27-2009, 12:21 PM
Hi Amy :) So glad your family had a nice Christmas! I had actually read about halfway thru your PTR before, but must have lost it because I didn't comment or subscribe. Your boys are so cute! Looking forward to seeing more of your planning :)

Hi Amanda! :welcome: Thanks for coming over to join my PTR!

DisMomAmy
12-27-2009, 02:11 PM
Just bought the new e-ticket/disboards app for my iPhone and I'm testing it out to see how much easier it is to post! So far so good. Don't think I can update my font/color or add smilies but posting away from home seems much easier than trying to do it over the web on my phone!! Can anyone say Live Updates in April!!