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Lcaemom
11-22-2009, 08:43 PM
Well, it's official, just booked WL, 11/23-12/1/2010!!!:banana: I could have started this PTR months ago...we have been talking and planning and deciding and saving for quite some time! Tonight was the night, that it became official. We are one year out tomorrow...the last time I tried to book WL for Christmas time it was booked solid one year out, so I knew if we were even considering WL, that we had to make a decision. We initially considered BC villas...renting points, then we considered going back to the GF...so beautiful but, not sure I can handle the price tag, anymore...POR, is one of our favorites and definately can't beat the price. But, WL won out because it is just breathtaking...especially for the holidays. Also, this will be a new experience for us...as a one parent family and I wondered if the girls would have too many memories of Daddy, at the resorts we have stayed at prior. I decided our own, new tradition would be best. So, we have had votes and discussions...and I have driven them nuts...trying to make this decision and tonight at dinner, we made that decision and I BOOKED IT!!! So, our year of planning officially begins!
This will be our 4th trip to Disney...first as a family of 4. My husband and I separated in May of 2009...prior to that we had stayed at POR in Dec2007, GF in Dec 2008, and POR in April 2009. We LOVE Disney but, when we separated I wondered if it would possible to consider another Disney for awhile or even ever. No, it wasn't my top concern but, I won't deny that I thought alot about it. This year, as the week that we have been for the past two years, approaches I will admit that I am feeling extra sad, that we won't be there for Dec 09. However, when we came back in 08, and prior to separating we discussed a huge family trip with my brother and his family for Dec 2010; they have sinced decided that they can't go. So, the 2010 plan has been in the works...sort of for quite some time. However, with so many family changes it doesn't remotely resemble what it started as. I have had to move the dates to overlap Thanksgiving, due to school. But, after much thought and planning and saving...I am 99% sure that it will become a reality. I have until 10/8/2010 to cancel...it will break my heart to do that but, you obviously just never know what a year will bring.
So, let me introduce us. I am a very busy mom of three very busy girls...ages 13, 12 and 8. I am a nurse and work for a VNA company. I love being a nurse. My girls are VERY involved in soccer, basketball, skating and piano.
Our plans to date include all that I have mentioned...our saving method includes transferring $20/day out of my checking acct and over to a savings acct that I opened about a week ago and appropriately named it "The Disney Vaca Account." I opened it with all the spare change...and daily withdrawls for "things" that I thought I needed and realized I could do without if it meant being able to add those daily withdrawls to our Disney savings. So, we will continue to add...the plan is daily...with the goal of paying cash for this trip next year with enough leftover to have for Christmas 2010. Other than that...let the rest of the planning begin!

Lcaemom
11-23-2009, 07:58 AM
I was too excited to sleep last night...and it's a whole year away. But, I was so excited talking to the girls this AM, as they were leaving for school. I said "next year at this time...you'll be going off to school and your bags will be sitting here (in our kitchen) ready to go so, that when you get home...we'll be ready to leave for the airport. We'll have dinner in Boston...we'll arrive at MCO around 8-9pm...we'll walk by the Goofy with gum on his shoe and we'll see palm trees...then we'll find out ME bus, drive through the WDW gates...walk into the WL and see the giant tree, and the fireplace...we'll check in and hope for a giant upgrade...lol...and then we'll change into cooler clothes because it will still be 75 degrees...right?!? Then we'll jump on a bus to MGM to see the Osborne Lights and do Tower of Terror...and we'll come back to sleep so, that we can be up early to get to MK for the Good Morning song...and we'll leisurely stroll through the gates to Main St. Bakery to have breakfast while we watch hoards of people go rushing by and the Main St parade!!! :cloud9: I am so excited just thinking about all of it...but, for now I need to get ready for work.:upsidedow

addictedtothemouse
11-23-2009, 08:47 AM
There's nothing like Disney with your girls! :goodvibes

Charlefours
11-23-2009, 11:21 PM
Hi! :wave2:

Found your PTR tonight. Looking forward to reading about all your planning. :goodvibes

princess&her4princes
11-30-2009, 10:01 PM
I'm here, I'm here!! :hug: Can't wait to hear/plan with you!!!!:banana:

princess&her4princes
11-30-2009, 10:05 PM
I was too excited to sleep last night...and it's a whole year away. But, I was so excited talking to the girls this AM, as they were leaving for school. I said "next year at this time...you'll be going off to school and your bags will be sitting here (in our kitchen) ready to go so, that when you get home...we'll be ready to leave for the airport. We'll have dinner in Boston...we'll arrive at MCO around 8-9pm...we'll walk by the Goofy with gum on his shoe and we'll see palm trees...then we'll find out ME bus, drive through the WDW gates...walk into the WL and see the giant tree, and the fireplace...we'll check in and hope for a giant upgrade...lol...and then we'll change into cooler clothes because it will still be 75 degrees...right?!? Then we'll jump on a bus to MGM to see the Osborne Lights and do Tower of Terror...and we'll come back to sleep so, that we can be up early to get to MK for the Good Morning song...and we'll leisurely stroll through the gates to Main St. Bakery to have breakfast while we watch hoards of people go rushing by and the Main St parade!!! :cloud9: I am so excited just thinking about all of it...but, for now I need to get ready for work.:upsidedow

I felt like I was with you reading this description!! You better watch out or I might join you!! ;)

mebbradley
11-30-2009, 10:16 PM
I'm waiting to read more :)

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Lcaemom
12-04-2009, 07:57 AM
Thanks to all of you for joining me!!!:worship: It's never fun to have only yourself to talk to! :laughing: Well, the saving continues...that's about all that I have to do for planning, right now. But, we're up to $800!!! With a year to go that is pretty good...I think! Just crossing my fingers that we don't need some new appliance! Every time anything huge...like the fridge, makes a strange noise, I think "oh no...not the Disney $$$." For now, we are getting ready for our first Christmas without Disney. :sad2: Tomorrow is the day, that we have left in years past...the first Saturday in December...and I can feel the feelings that I have had on the day before. I would really, really, really love to be going back...TOMORROW!!! But, instead tomorrow will entail...cleaning up the rest of the house...did a ton on my day off, yesterday...taking inventory of our Christmas decorations...shopping for anything that needs to be replace and snacks...and then decorating ALL afternoon. We'll have a fire...and probably watch a movie. NICE!!!:cloud9:
Sunday, hoping to have my family over for dinner to celebrate my mom's bday...which we are usually not here for...because we are usually in Disney...so, it will be nice to do that. But, the countdown continues....under one year, now...354 days!!!:cheer2: Still looking for a PIN and/or code...checking on airfare prices to see what they have been doing this year...thinking lots about Ohana...and trying to decide where we might like to eat. So many choices!!!

Lcaemom
01-01-2010, 09:41 PM
Wow...we are into 2010!!!:cheer2: Down to 326 days! We took the tree down today and put away all the Christmas decorations...suddenly, it dawned on me that we wouldn't be seeing any of them again until around our Disney trip!!!:woohoo:
Really no more planning yet...other than to keep saving...up to $1400!!! I downloaded some apps onto my Iphone today...WDW wait times, WDW park schedules...and have programmed Lake Buena Vista weather onto my weather app.
This will be the last year, I think that I can realistically pull the girls out of school. They will miss 3 1/2 days of school for this 9 day trip...which isn't bad. However, once my middle daughter gets into high school...she is a basketball player and tryouts for the basketball team fall on the first three days after Thanksgiving...if it wasn't for Thanksgiving we wouldn't be able to pull off such a long trip before Christmas. So, I think we will be forced to join the bazillions of people who go between Christmas and New Years, if we intend to continue with Christmas time trips.:scared1: Oh well...won't worry about that til 2011. For now...the waiting and the planning and the saving continues.
Happy New Year everyone!!!:love:

princess&her4princes
01-01-2010, 09:49 PM
WOW...good for you and your savings! You're doing great with that!!:thumbsup2 Yay for this being THE YEAR you're going back to WDW! That's a positive start to the new year!! Happy 2010!:hug:

Lcaemom
01-10-2010, 04:13 PM
We are having a bitter cold day, here in Mass...6 degrees when I woke up this morning. Now, that I have Lake Buena Vista weather downloaded onto my phone...I didn't feel AS bad about 6 degrees when I saw that it was 43 degrees at WDW today...the HIGH!!! Whew!!! Glad actually that we're not there right now...ok, who am I kidding?!? I'd take Disney anyday!!!:thumbsup2

So, we are continuing on with the savings! We actually found a new way to save...we are all becoming OBSESSED with saving...which is a good thing! I found one of those banks at Christmas Tree Shop. It is a jar with a screw on lid that calculates the total amount in the jar, every time you add a coin. We all now get so excited whenever we find even a penny on the ground, in the furniture, etc. The girls are now getting into the habit of saving every cent and are actually excited about it. Yes, it is great that we are saving like this for Disney...but, if we saved like this all the time, imagine the possibilities!

So, that's it for now...317 days...still looking for a PIN/code...:surfweb:

elizabethswan
01-10-2010, 04:28 PM
love you ptr so far. sadness but a new beginning. isn't it great to have something to look forward to? i have been thinking about planning christmas next year in disney too. your savings plan is a great idea. i may have to try that one. anyway, best of luck and will try to follow along.:thumbsup2

addictedtothemouse
01-14-2010, 01:16 PM
Just checking in to see how the plannomg/saving is going. When is your 180 day mark for ressies? Will you be doing the dining plan? What restaraunts are you wanting to go to? Enquiring minds want to know! :lmao:

Raecheal
01-14-2010, 08:15 PM
I"m in... can't wait to read more about your plans...:surfweb:

Lcaemom
05-22-2010, 01:44 PM
Well, it's been awhile since I've posted...so busy...work, work, work and still saving...which is coming along...slowly!!! Up to $2200! Our little bank from Christmas Tree Shop has just over $40...just change! If we are going to pull this trip off...we are really going to have to pick up the pace with saving...getting down to 6 months...185 days!!!
We have actually changed our minds about WL...planning to switch to POR. The girls have decided that they have their hearts set on going back there and that will save us about $800!!! Still looking for that PIN...hoping for free dining. Going to sit down this afternoon and start planning ADRs...need to book those on the 27th!!! Five more days!!! Found a flight on JetBlue for $339...haven't booked it as I want the price to come down but, the times are perfect so, I check it everyday. Waiting for Southwest to post their flights for my dates. Still crossing my fingers that we will pull this off! As we get closer...I have my doubts but, as we get closer to the date, we're that much closer to getting there!!!

Melissa79
06-05-2010, 10:08 AM
Hello!!!!! I disappeared from the boards for a while but I've been checking in over the last few weeks and found you this morning! Glad to hear you're planning a trip for this year! We're going back this year too - to your favorite place, the Grand Floridian! We weren't planning on going this year due to having a baby last fall but of course that got pushed aside and the Disney planning began months ago :laughing:

Lcaemom
06-05-2010, 07:16 PM
Hi Melissa
How are you? Congratulations on your beautiful daughter!!! I remember reading all about your TR and knew you were having a baby. I'm sure you have had your hands full for a few months now! Wow!!! So exciting that you're back in the planning stages again...especially to the GF! My favorite!!!
We have had many changes too...some not so great yet, unavoidable ones...I am now a single mom. But, we too, are back in the planning stages. I am really hoping to pull off a trip in November. It was booked at the WL but, the girls really have their hearts set on POR...GF is a little out of reach this year. I also noticed that once I booked the WL...at full price...I was no longer getting emails from Disney, regarding PINs. So, I cancelled the ressie for WL...intending to rebook at POR...as soon as I get that PIN...but, nothing yet! So, crossing my fingers!
So great to hear from you!!! Again, congrats!!!

Lcaemom
07-11-2010, 09:58 PM
We have had many ups and downs over the past 6ish months...but, we are now OFFICIALLY GOING TO DISNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! :banana:

We booked at the WL in November 2009, for November 2010...and have been saving, saving, saving $$$ every day...our Disney account is up to $2500. However, knowing that I had until October to change the plan and get my deposit back made the plan not so official. We have had many obstacles over the past few months, in the way of finances...there is always something unexpected to pay for when you have 3 girls and a house. Also, I was pricing airfare everyday and noticed that it was going up and up and up! The non-stop flights were all over $400pp. So, while the savings was continuing to increase the cost was increasing faster. Also, because Disney had my deposit and was thinking I was willing to pay rack rate for this trip...I have not received a single discount by email since I booked the trip! Lastly, the girls had changed their minds about staying at WL...wanting to go back to POR...a resort that is not as high in demand at Christmas time, as WL. I began to feel that for so many reasons that I should cancel this trip...and I did. About a month ago, I called WDW to ask...AGAIN...if I had a PIN...and was once again told that I did not so, I decided that I really needed to rethink the whole plan.

Sooooo, everyday I have continued to check airfare and package prices...and FINALLY last week saw free dining!!!! However, it did not apply to my dates. But, I thought "why am I so stuck on these dates?!?" The reason being was school and sports schedules...but, would any other dates work...what was the actual school schedule?!? I went to the school dept website to find out that the girls all have a half day of school on 12/7...basketball season starts on 12/11...so, if we could get a trip in that included the half day of school but, before bball season...that might be feasible. Airfare prices I found were as low as $99pp each way...nonstop!!! The girls would miss an additional day of school but, switching to 12/1-12/8...we could stay at POR, with 8dph tickets, free dining and nonstop airfare to the same cost as just the hotel and tickets, at WL. So, I called back and booked it!!! :cheer2:

However, there was a glitch...
POR was sold out of free dining...I was so disappointed...I was still paying full price for POR. But, I booked it thinking that I'd find another code to apply so, that I would not miss the non-stop airfare, at a great price. I ended up with after school flights on 12/1...getting home at bedtime on 12/8...so, the girls can go to school the next day.

Sooooooo...I booked the airfare...once that was done...it was official we are going to Disney but, still with some work to do!!!

UP NEXT: DID I GET FREE DINING?!?!?!?

Lcaemom
07-11-2010, 10:22 PM
I was so disappointed to be told that I could not get free dining. It has been such a hard decision to make about whether or not to go back to WDW. Realistically, there are so many things that the cost of a trip could pay for, instead. However, this is really the last year that I could make a trip work for all three girls at Christmastime...next year, I will have two girls in high school...one trying out for basketball which are the M-W after Thanksgiving weekend. So, if we do not go this year...don't know when we would go back. I really felt that the free dining would make the trip so much more feasible and to be told that while there is availability at POR...that the free dining rooms were sold out. :headache: I get the rules...but, I feel like I am jumping through so many hoops, as a single mom to make this work...it just felt so much more disappointing than it probably would have felt in the past. I was told that there was availabilty of free dining rooms at CBR and CSR but, we switched from WL to stay POR...so, I felt like I didn't want to start thinking of changing the decision on that...AGAIN!?! The CM was so nice...told me to keep calling back...to see if the code would apply but, that was that...there was nothing he could do.

I hung up and went to Mousesavers.com...I found another free dining code...different than the one that the CM gave me...I called back and was told that the same thing!!!:sad2:

I went back to Mousesavers...and paid a little more attention the Disney Visa free dining. So, I applied for that. I was instantly approved...and called back with yet a third code...and told again...no, no availability!?! ARGGGGHHH!!!!

So, I went to bed...my head was spinning. I didnt want to pay almost $1000 for something I could get for free...BUT, I really did not want to switch resorts. I got up at midnight and got out my books...went to the website...and really did some research on CBR and CSR...both resorts are beautiful...for different reasons. However, I think the problem was that...we are creatures of habit...and didn't want to veer from what we know...almost like fear of the unknown?!? So, something snapped in my brain and I thought "am I crazy?!? I'm going to pay all the extra $$$ just to stay at POR?!?" So, I called back in the morning...and switched the ressie...yet, again...to CBR!!!:thumbsup2

We were now OFFICIALLY going to Disney...for 7nts, 8dph tickets, free dining, nonstop airfare for a grand total of $3300!!!! That is less than the cost of only the hotel and tickets for WL. This is doable...I can save another $1500 over the next 5ish months...and the trip will be paid for in cash!!!

I also could not figure out how to use this new instant Disney visa card. The website kept telling me I had this new credit card to use instantly...I picked my castle motif...but, where was it?!? I decided to buy tickets for the MVMCP...picked Tuesday 12/7...the only non-discounted, non weekend night.(I'll get into that reasoning another time.) I purchased 4 tickets and at the end of the check out it asked if I wanted to apply my purchase to my new Visa...I clicked yes, and voila...there was my new visa. Not sure how worth it is to have it...but, that should be here any day...we'll see if there are any other offers that I can take advantage of.

Lots more planning to do now...ADRs to make, park hours to check out, countdown to make...half the fun is the planning...so, we're down to 142 days of planning!!!:yay:

DevonsDisneyMom
07-14-2010, 08:27 PM
I'm in!!! So glad you got everything figured out!!! You are going to love CBR!!! My favorite moderate resort is CSR thou! :goodvibes I have to be honest, I think that it is better that you are not staying at POR... I'm not sure if you are aware of this but POP Warner Football and Cheerleading championships are held at WDW the first into the second week of December, basically the time we will be there! Away, mostly all the teams stay at the All-Star resorts, but once they fill up, which they always do, the spill over of the teams that couldn't get rooms at the All-Stars all stay at POR! Meaning it will be super crowded with football and cheerleading teams and the buses to the parks are packed! So when you think about it, I think it worked out for the best for you. :goodvibes

mrsksomeday
07-14-2010, 08:44 PM
I followed you over from DevonsDisneyMom's PTR. We are going to be in WDW Dec. 2 - 10th.

Great PTR!! You are all doing such a great job with savings. I think it is great you are trying a new resort, making new memories!! I can't wait to read more.

Lcaemom
07-14-2010, 11:32 PM
I'm in!!! So glad you got everything figured out!!! You are going to love CBR!!! My favorite moderate resort is CSR thou! :goodvibes I have to be honest, I think that it is better that you are not staying at POR... I'm not sure if you are aware of this but POP Warner Football and Cheerleading championships are held at WDW the first into the second week of December, basically the time we will be there! Away, mostly all the teams stay at the All-Star resorts, but once they fill up, which they always do, the spill over of the teams that couldn't get rooms at the All-Stars all stay at POR! Meaning it will be super crowded with football and cheerleading teams and the buses to the parks are packed! So when you think about it, I think it worked out for the best for you. :goodvibes

I'm so excited to be planning our trips together!!! I'm very excited for CBR. We stayed at POR in 2007 for Pop Warner and never really even noticed anything. However, in 2008 we stayed at POR for one night and then switched to GF...I couldn't wait to get out of POR...the cheerleaders completely took over the lobby, the busses, the food court, the pool...it was a huge difference...not sure why. It will be nice to get a fresh start to a different place, too...for so many reasons. Can't wait to get back to you PTR...and get more of your details! :goodvibes

Lcaemom
07-14-2010, 11:35 PM
I followed you over from DevonsDisneyMom's PTR. We are going to be in WDW Dec. 2 - 10th.

Great PTR!! You are all doing such a great job with savings. I think it is great you are trying a new resort, making new memories!! I can't wait to read more.

I have been meaning to click on your link to your PTR...saw your ticker and noticed there were about the same number of days left for both of us...but, three girls going in three different directions kept me from getting to it. I can't wait to read about your trip. Where are you staying? I'm very excited about CBR...I agree, new memories will be a great! Maybe we'll like it even better! But, just could not pass up such a great deal! Thanks so much for joining me! Looking forward to planning together!!!:banana:

mrsksomeday
07-14-2010, 11:48 PM
I have been meaning to click on your link to your PTR...saw your ticker and noticed there were about the same number of days left for both of us...but, three girls going in three different directions kept me from getting to it. I can't wait to read about your trip. Where are you staying? I'm very excited about CBR...I agree, new memories will be a great! Maybe we'll like it even better! But, just could not pass up such a great deal! Thanks so much for joining me! Looking forward to planning together!!!:banana:

I would think you are very buys with the girls :rotfl:. I wouldn't have passed up your deal either, it was a great one.

We are staying at Pop for the 6th and 7th time this fall. We have stayed at both POR and POFQ and loved them both, we just don't spend a lot of time at the resorts so Pop fits our needs and we enjoy it.

We are going for a quick long weekend in October to meet some friends then back Dec. 2 - 10th to meet some other friends. We love the MVMCP and the Osborne Lights. Isn't WDW just gorgeous at Christmas time? :love: There is nothing like it.

I can't wait to read more about your planning!

Lcaemom
07-15-2010, 12:03 AM
Lots going on this week!!! Started ADRs a few nights ago, online...everything I typed in was booked...except for dinners at 9:30pm or breakfasts at 7am! :confused3 So, I ended up calling to do it on the phone...I spoke with a great CM...and apparently when it says that something is booked online...that is not completely the case. She was very patient and I ended with almost everything I wanted!!! :cheer2:

12/1 Check in 7pm-ish: Earl of Sandwich - CS, window shop at DTD

12/2 8am EMH MK: Main St Bakery - CS; resort to swim; 8pm dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe; check out Christmas decor at WL, GF, Poly

12/3 sleep in, breakfast at resort - CS; swim at resort; afternoon head to Boardwalk/Epcot 8:30pm dinner at San Angel Inn; 9:30 Illuminations; stay for EMH (will change this to Rose and Crown...if it ever becomes available and will request patio seating for Illuminations.)

12/4 sleep in, small breakfast, may eat in room or use snack credits; DHS; early lunch at Spring Rolls - CS; 9:30pm dinner O'hana...will request MK view because Wishes is at 10pm that night for MVMCP.:love:

12/5 AK...all day, small room breakfast; CS lunch at AK...haven't decided where; 8:50pm dinner Chef Mickey's

12/6 open day...shop, water park, so many choices, will depend on our mood; 6:20pm at Biergarten, will try to see Illuminations if we are not able to A. get patio seating at R and C, on Fri nt and/or B. we miss it completely because our dinner runs late at San Angel Inn. When Epcot closes we'll hang around Boardwalk, shop, DTD, visit resorts...whatever the mood strikes...

12/7 sleep late...swim at resort, take it easy day, pack up; 4:50pm dinner Crystal Palace; MVMCP

12/8 MK in AM, 12:50pm lunch Tony's Town Square; which I may move to a little later time...so, that we do rides, shop, etc...eat and then leave from front of MK to head back to resort to change, and head to airport...or we may end up eating earlier and head back to resort to swim and then change and head to airport...depends on the weather, the mood, the availability.

However, after all that...I am right now waiting for some friends who have priced out the same vacation and are deciding RIGHT NOW if they will be joining us...same flights, same resort!!!:banana: Which will turn us all into a Grand Gathering and everything above will null and void...because we will start over, if they would like to do something different...Mickey's BackYard BBQ has already been mentioned as a must do by them...so, this could all change!!! But, the more the merrier...friends are more important than food! Did I really just say that?!? If you know me...you know I LOVE to eat!!!

princess&her4princes
07-15-2010, 10:13 AM
Hi Friend!!:goodvibes

Loving all the updates and plans! YAY for the free dining!!! And yay for a new resort, I think you made a great decision!:dance3:

Your ressies are wonderful this close! But how exciting if your grand gathering works out!! Fingers crossed it works out!!!!!!!!!!

Looking forward to hearing more!!!!:hug:

DevonsDisneyMom
07-15-2010, 01:58 PM
I'm so excited to be planning our trips together!!! I'm very excited for CBR. We stayed at POR in 2007 for Pop Warner and never really even noticed anything. However, in 2008 we stayed at POR for one night and then switched to GF...I couldn't wait to get out of POR...the cheerleaders completely took over the lobby, the busses, the food court, the pool...it was a huge difference...not sure why. It will be nice to get a fresh start to a different place, too...for so many reasons. Can't wait to get back to you PTR...and get more of your details! :goodvibes

Yeah CBR is awesome!!! I think you will be very pleased... Have you made any room requests? I would try and get some where near El Centro. We stayed at Trinadad North and it was a bit of a walk to El Centro but we enjoyed the location.

We stayed at CSR during POP Warner in 2008, and the only time we really ran into them was at MK.

And I totally understand the fresh start comment... I have and will probably never stay ay All Star Movies again, too many memories :goodvibes

Lots going on this week!!! Started ADRs a few nights ago, online...everything I typed in was booked...except for dinners at 9:30pm or breakfasts at 7am! :confused3 So, I ended up calling to do it on the phone...I spoke with a great CM...and apparently when it says that something is booked online...that is not completely the case. She was very patient and I ended with almost everything I wanted!!! :cheer2:

12/1 Check in 7pm-ish: Earl of Sandwich - CS, window shop at DTD

12/2 8am EMH MK: Main St Bakery - CS; resort to swim; 8pm dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe; check out Christmas decor at WL, GF, Poly

12/3 sleep in, breakfast at resort - CS; swim at resort; afternoon head to Boardwalk/Epcot 8:30pm dinner at San Angel Inn; 9:30 Illuminations; stay for EMH (will change this to Rose and Crown...if it ever becomes available and will request patio seating for Illuminations.)

12/4 sleep in, small breakfast, may eat in room or use snack credits; DHS; early lunch at Spring Rolls - CS; 9:30pm dinner O'hana...will request MK view because Wishes is at 10pm that night for MVMCP.:love:

12/5 AK...all day, small room breakfast; CS lunch at AK...haven't decided where; 8:50pm dinner Chef Mickey's

12/6 open day...shop, water park, so many choices, will depend on our mood; 6:20pm at Biergarten, will try to see Illuminations if we are not able to A. get patio seating at R and C, on Fri nt and/or B. we miss it completely because our dinner runs late at San Angel Inn. When Epcot closes we'll hang around Boardwalk, shop, DTD, visit resorts...whatever the mood strikes...

12/7 sleep late...swim at resort, take it easy day, pack up; 4:50pm dinner Crystal Palace; MVMCP

12/8 MK in AM, 12:50pm lunch Tony's Town Square; which I may move to a little later time...so, that we do rides, shop, etc...eat and then leave from front of MK to head back to resort to change, and head to airport...or we may end up eating earlier and head back to resort to swim and then change and head to airport...depends on the weather, the mood, the availability.

However, after all that...I am right now waiting for some friends who have priced out the same vacation and are deciding RIGHT NOW if they will be joining us...same flights, same resort!!!:banana: Which will turn us all into a Grand Gathering and everything above will null and void...because we will start over, if they would like to do something different...Mickey's BackYard BBQ has already been mentioned as a must do by them...so, this could all change!!! But, the more the merrier...friends are more important than food! Did I really just say that?!? If you know me...you know I LOVE to eat!!!

Looks great!!! How awesome will it be for friends to join you!!! :yay: I love that Devon's friend and his mom are coming with us! There may only be 4 of us, but we will have a blast together! :woohoo:

Lcaemom
07-30-2010, 09:53 AM
Good morning to all of you! Just got back from camping for a week with the girls...so much fun but, back to work. The only way to get me up in the morning, these past few days is knowing that we are GOING TO DISNEY!!! I am so excited THIS morning...because our friends are coming!!!!!!!!!! We got together last night for Chinese and Margeritas and planned all of our new ADRS as a grand gathering! So much fun...not one glitch! We got everything we wanted...except Ohana. However, we will work on fixing that as we get closer or even when we get there...where there is a will, there is a way and that is a must do!

Our friends include Shannon, my great and very fun friend, who makes the best cosmos; Ray, who is also a great friend...who I actually grew up with but, he was always too cool to talk to me...I was in middle school when he was in high school, our parents backyards faced each other; Alex, age 10, a very adorable almost 5th grader who loves rollercoasters and Julia, age 8 and turning 9, while we are there on 12/4...she is one of my daughter, Erin's best friends...they are two peas in pod, we call them...one of the cutest kids I know, who has no fear!

So, our Grand Gathering now includes two moms, a dad, a 14yo turning 15 before we go, a 13yo, a 10 yo and two 9yos...one male and SEVEN females!:rotfl:

Our new ADRs resemble somewhat my old ones with a few changes...I'll post them this weekend and all new updates...for now must get to work so, I can continue to save for this trip...124 days to go!!!

DevonsDisneyMom
07-30-2010, 02:45 PM
Hey Stranger!!!! :goodvibes Woo Hoo for your friends coming!!! That is so much fun!!! I say the more the merrier!!! :rotfl:


How cool your friend's daughter gets to celebrate her birthday in Disney!!! :cool1: I get to celebrate mine there this year too!!! :banana: Mine is 12-3!!! The day we check in! :woohoo:

Can't wait to hear more of your plans!

accountingbabe08
07-30-2010, 09:59 PM
i'm enjoying reading your PTR. You deserve a trip of a lifetime. Being a single isn't always easy but we do what we have to too survive. Good Luck :grouphug:

Lcaemom
07-31-2010, 09:58 AM
I would think you are very buys with the girls :rotfl:. I wouldn't have passed up your deal either, it was a great one.

We are staying at Pop for the 6th and 7th time this fall. We have stayed at both POR and POFQ and loved them both, we just don't spend a lot of time at the resorts so Pop fits our needs and we enjoy it.

We are going for a quick long weekend in October to meet some friends then back Dec. 2 - 10th to meet some other friends. We love the MVMCP and the Osborne Lights. Isn't WDW just gorgeous at Christmas time? :love: There is nothing like it.

I can't wait to read more about your planning!

I'm looking so forward to getting caught up with your PTR. Thanks for following along with mine. We'll be there at the same time! What night are doing MVMCP? We'll be there on 12/7...so excited!!!

Lcaemom
07-31-2010, 10:00 AM
Hi Friend!!:goodvibes

Loving all the updates and plans! YAY for the free dining!!! And yay for a new resort, I think you made a great decision!:dance3:

Your ressies are wonderful this close! But how exciting if your grand gathering works out!! Fingers crossed it works out!!!!!!!!!!

Looking forward to hearing more!!!!:hug:

So glad you're here!!!:lovestruc Wish were planning simultaneous trips again! Only ~50 for you!!! :banana:

Lcaemom
07-31-2010, 10:07 AM
Hey Stranger!!!! :goodvibes Woo Hoo for your friends coming!!! That is so much fun!!! I say the more the merrier!!! :rotfl:


How cool your friend's daughter gets to celebrate her birthday in Disney!!! :cool1: I get to celebrate mine there this year too!!! :banana: Mine is 12-3!!! The day we check in! :woohoo:

Can't wait to hear more of your plans!

Yes...I feel like a stranger...and yes, I agree the more, the merrier! I have so much catching up to do with your PTR...but, looking forward to a weekend of NOTHING, to do that and to update, myself. So glad you're here...and I must tell you that I LOVE the name of your PTR...we LOVE Christmas Vacation...we jokingly call ourselves the Griswolds whenever we go on our camping trip, every year. We play the song from that movie as we pull out of the driveway in our overstuffed van and then we quote lines from the movie all week long! I actually just posted "hip hip hooray it's Christmas Vacation" on facebook, on my last day of work before my vacation. Our official Christmas Vacations will be here before we know it!!!:cheer2:

Lcaemom
07-31-2010, 10:10 AM
i'm enjoying reading your PTR. You deserve a trip of a lifetime. Being a single isn't always easy but we do what we have to too survive. Good Luck :grouphug:

I must tell you that your post brought tears to my eyes...just one of "those" days as a single mom...which I won't get into because this is supposed to be all about Disney and fun but, your words were so heartfelt.:hug: So glad to have you here!

DevonsDisneyMom
07-31-2010, 10:30 AM
Yes...I feel like a stranger...and yes, I agree the more, the merrier! I have so much catching up to do with your PTR...but, looking forward to a weekend of NOTHING, to do that and to update, myself. So glad you're here...and I must tell you that I LOVE the name of your PTR...we LOVE Christmas Vacation...we jokingly call ourselves the Griswolds whenever we go on our camping trip, every year. We play the song from that movie as we pull out of the driveway in our overstuffed van and then we quote lines from the movie all week long! I actually just posted "hip hip hooray it's Christmas Vacation" on facebook, on my last day of work before my vacation. Our official Christmas Vacations will be here before we know it!!!:cheer2:

That is one of my favorite movies too!!! I watch it all year long!!! It's a classic!!!

Can't wait for our "Christmas Vacation" to hurry up and get here!!! :banana:

Lcaemom
07-31-2010, 10:41 AM
Ok...back from camping and now need to focus on DISNEY!!!:cheer2: We had a great time in the great outdoors...my first love is the GF but, my second is a tent in the woods...one extreme to the other.

It is now official, we are a Grand Gathering...ressies made...basic plan in place...here it is:

WEDNESDAY, 12/1: 12pm dismiss kids from school, head to airport. Bos to MCO 2:50-6:00pm, check in to CBR, and then...head to DTD, DHS for Osborne Lights...not sure where we'll go but, we'll get dinner

THURSDAY 12/2: EMH MK 8am...must see Good Morning show...so I can cry....that is my only "must-do"...not cry but, see AM show, which always makes me cry. Then, breakfast at Main St. Bakery. Shannon is looking at touring plans...so, we'll follow her lead on those. 2pm get seats at the train station, 2nd floor for 3pm parade and have snack while we wait. Leave after parade...laid back afternoon...9pm dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe.

FRIDAY 12/3: Sleep late, Epcot in afternoon. 8:15PM Akershus, as the little girls (and Ray:rotfl:) want to see princesses. Epcot EMH til 12:30

SATURDAY 12/4: Sleep late and/or AK, half/all day 6pm Mickey's Backyard BBQ

SUNDAY 12/5: DHS all day, 9:15pm Chef Mickey

MONDAY 12/6: Sleep late, Epcot, 4:35pm Biergarten. Hoping to get an ADR at Rose and Crown around 8ish instead to see Illuminations from patio...we'll see how that goes when we get there

TUESDAY 12/7: Sleep late, 3:25pm Crystal Palace, 7pm MVMCP

WEDNESDAY 12/8: MK, 12:50PM Liberty Tree Tavern, then back to resort to swim, or DTD for shopping...or both but, depends on weather. 5pm ME back to MCO for flight home, 6:45p-9:32pm

All of the above, up for revision...

DevonsDisneyMom
07-31-2010, 11:46 AM
Plans look great!!! Hopefully we will run into each other at Epcot on the 3rd!

Tinkermom76
08-02-2010, 01:55 PM
Hey there I followed you over from DevonsDisneyMom's PTR

Before you became a grand gathering we had almost the same Ohana ADR. We will be in WDW Dec 3-11 at Pop for the 3rd and the rest at Poly. I am also a single mom but my mom has decided to join us this year, I went solo with the girls last Dec and we had a blast!!!!

Can't wait to hear more!!!!!

Melissa79
08-02-2010, 06:00 PM
I'm glad you are officially going and now have friends joining you! Your plans look great. I have to say that when I read that on the first night you are going to see the Osborne Lights I felt a little sad that I'm not going in Dec this year! That's crazy though because I've wanted to try Oct for years and we're finally doing it...so why be sad about Dec? :laughing: Where do you go camping? My family used to go camping when I was younger and we used to go down the cape and also up to Maine.

Lcaemom
08-08-2010, 08:32 AM
Hey there I followed you over from DevonsDisneyMom's PTR

Before you became a grand gathering we had almost the same Ohana ADR. We will be in WDW Dec 3-11 at Pop for the 3rd and the rest at Poly. I am also a single mom but my mom has decided to join us this year, I went solo with the girls last Dec and we had a blast!!!!

Can't wait to hear more!!!!!

So glad to have you join us! From your avatar, it appears that you have two girls...how old? Nice that your mom will join you. LOVE the Poly...have never stayed but, it's on the list of places to try, for us. I'm still working on an adr for Ohana...must go back!!! So good! I made a late adr for there, for that night because Wishes is at 10pm that night. When we were there in 2008, unbeknownst to us...Wishes started during our dinner, the sound was piped into the restaurant and we just happened to have window seats! It was amazing!!! Hope that that can work for you! Do you have a PTR...what are your plans? Looking forward to lots of planning together!

Tinkermom76
08-08-2010, 08:37 AM
So glad to have you join us! From your avatar, it appears that you have two girls...how old? Nice that your mom will join you. LOVE the Poly...have never stayed but, it's on the list of places to try, for us. I'm still working on an adr for Ohana...must go back!!! So good! I made a late adr for there, for that night because Wishes is at 10pm that night. When we were there in 2008, unbeknownst to us...Wishes started during our dinner, the sound was piped into the restaurant and we just happened to have window seats! It was amazing!!! Hope that that can work for you! Do you have a PTR...what are your plans? Looking forward to lots of planning together!

Yes I do have 2 girls 6&8. I also have a 16 yr old son that has quit going to Disney with me :sad:

I am also hoping to see wishes while we eat since it is our first night it would be a nice way to start the trip. Our ADR was 930 but I managed to get one for 8:40 which is a little better and then we can watch wishes and go to bed.

I do have a PTR just click on the princess picture in my signature

Lcaemom
08-08-2010, 08:38 AM
I'm glad you are officially going and now have friends joining you! Your plans look great. I have to say that when I read that on the first night you are going to see the Osborne Lights I felt a little sad that I'm not going in Dec this year! That's crazy though because I've wanted to try Oct for years and we're finally doing it...so why be sad about Dec? :laughing: Where do you go camping? My family used to go camping when I was younger and we used to go down the cape and also up to Maine.

Hi Melissa,

Yes, so happy our friends are coming, too. They are so much fun and laid back...so, the planning of the ADRs went off, without a hitch...and that is a huge part of the fun.
Aww, didn't mean to make you feel sad about the Osborne Lights. We did Disney in April 09, for a few days...and it felt like something was missing because there were no Christmas decorations. So, I get what you mean...but, your daughter is so little...no school to worry about for years...try October this year and if you prefer Christmas, there is always the next trip, right?!? For us, with my girls in school, this will probably be the last year that Christmastime will work for us.
So excited for you, that you are going back to the GF! I'm very curious to hear about what that will be like in October. It is going to be here before you know it!!!
We camp in Tamworth, NH...it was our 7th season...already booked for the same week, in 2011. It's Christmas in July week...hmmmm, I see a pattern developing!!! Where in Maine, did you camp? We are thinking of expanding our travels next year...buying a camper and maybe doing 4 long weekends, instead of one long week.

princess&her4princes
08-08-2010, 11:04 AM
Don't know how I missed your plans but love them! Looks like some great ressies and love that your must do, it's opening ceremonies, not to cry (heehee)...they do go hand in hand though there, dont' they? SO magical and you just can't help yourself! I have chills just thinking about it!!!!:cloud9:

ps- wish we were going at the same time again!!

loritemp
08-08-2010, 12:16 PM
Just found your PTR so I am joining in on your fun!!! So far sounds like you have a fantastic trip planned, so exciting!! We had to postpone our Dec 2010 trip (for a good reson, baby #2 will be arriving in Dec!!) so I am thrilled to follow along with yours. I just think the magic of Disney at Christmas time is beyond words!!!:cloud9: Looking forward to more updates!!

Lcaemom
08-08-2010, 06:30 PM
Don't know how I missed your plans but love them! Looks like some great ressies and love that your must do, it's opening ceremonies, not to cry (heehee)...they do go hand in hand though there, dont' they? SO magical and you just can't help yourself! I have chills just thinking about it!!!!:cloud9:

ps- wish we were going at the same time again!!

Glad to know that I'm not alone with the crying...I actually lose my breath every time we walk into MK, on our first day. Hope my friends can overlook this part of the trip! :rotfl: I actually get filled up when the train pulls in...and during Illuminations...and Wishes...OMG...I have issues! I should probably warn them!

PSS: I SOOOOOOOOOOOO wish we were going at the same time again!

Lcaemom
08-08-2010, 06:34 PM
Just found your PTR so I am joining in on your fun!!! So far sounds like you have a fantastic trip planned, so exciting!! We had to postpone our Dec 2010 trip (for a good reson, baby #2 will be arriving in Dec!!) so I am thrilled to follow along with yours. I just think the magic of Disney at Christmas time is beyond words!!!:cloud9: Looking forward to more updates!!

Aw, thanks for joining! I am so excited for this trip...and the planning is half the fun! We do have some great plans so far...we will get together again, this week for some more...and have discussed having pizza on day 99, Aug 23rd...just to celebrate the two digit countdown! :woohoo: I LOVE Disney at Christmas...it will be very hard for me to go any other time of year! Although, I think you have a great excuse to postpone THIS trip! Congrats!!! :lovestruc