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mousescrapper
12-07-2009, 11:22 AM
Come join the MouseScrapper family as we dig in to Eat and Celebrate--- DISNEY STYLE!!!!!!

Do you need a reason to plan a trip to Walt Disney World?

Not really I think, but it is always fun to have one….what is ours for the November 2010 trip?


Rachel and Naomi-Ruth's 8th and 4th Birthdays plus Thanksgiving!

***links to additional posts in post #2***
Before the trip in March of 09 was ON, I already knew after our June 08 trip we should plan a trip around the girls’ birthdays and stay for Thanksgiving too. We decided 2010 would be a good year to plan it in, having 1 year in between trips. Mae would still be young enough to love all the Princess Magic and enjoy being a little girl at Disney, plus Margaret turning 4 should be old enough to remember some parts of this special trip as she get’s older.

I actually started planning this trip right after the June trip and began my resort research…knowing the 2010 trip we’d actually count as a “family of 6” we had few options of where and how much we wanted to spend or budget for the resort.

* 2 rooms at a Moderate Resort like POR (where we had stayed in 08)

* Family Suite at All Stars Music Resort

* A Cabin at FWC

* A Deluxe Suite at the Wilderness Lodge Resort

I started jotting down notes in a spreadsheet and Word doc’s about transportation, room size, beds, costs, etc….after staying at the Poly and on the monorail…I couldn’t see how going back to all bus transportation would be great….but we knew On-Site was the only way for us. Oh well, I guess we’ll sit on, after all, at the time I thought I had over 1 ½ years to decide.

Then came the Surprise Bounce Back Trip w/ my Parents just this past March (09) and the fateful day at AK and our visit to the DVC….

For those of you who read my previous TR know the whole story and you should be able to tell in my siggie….but we took the Plunge and bought into DVC!!!

Bay Lake Tower at CR, is our New Disney HOME! And we can’t wait to be there!

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The CAST of Characters:


Naomi-Ruth (Margaret) (3): The upcoming trip will be her 3rd! She talks about going to “Didney Word” practically everyday and anytime it is mentioned she’s ready to pack her bags and go. She is part Princess and part Pirate, full of sweetness w/ a lot of crafty hyperactivity thrown in. Her favorite characters are any of the Fantastic 6 and the Princesses!

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_3837.jpg


Rachel (Mae) (7): The upcoming trip will be her 4th! She can’t wait to go for her next Birthday and get a “It’s my Birthday” button to wear. Mae is all Princess, she loves to sing and dance and dress up. Her favorite characters are Minnie, Jasmine, Belle, Ariel and her favorite attraction is the WEDway People Mover (TTA).

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/Image138.jpg


Rebekah (Aldine) (11): One of the twins and this upcoming trip will be her 4th! She can be my co-planner on this one and can’t wait to help me as we start planning more of the fine details. She is looking forward to bringing another one of her mini American Girl dolls and hopes it’s warm enough to slide down the waterslide at BLT. Her favorite characters are Jasmine, Belle, Remy (from Ratatouille) and Kim Possible. Her favorite attractions are BTMRR and Test Track, she’s thinking about if she’ll be brave enough to go on ToT w/ me.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2498.jpg


Nathan (Michael) (11): Twin to Aldine and as well this trip will be his 4th trip! He is the co-navigator while we are there and can’t wait to eat all the FOOD! Michael is my sweet boy and may not be mischievous like one of his favorite Characters, Jack Sparrow but loves treasure and mystery. He is lives each day w/ High-Functioning AUTISM (Aspergers) and this can make his trips to WDW a bit complex in finding the right balance of fun and rest…but overall the MAGIC of Disney always shines. Another of his favorite characters is Donald Duck and his favorite attraction is TSM.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2728.jpg


Dad/DH (Matt): He may not be as high of a Disney addict or as OCD about planning as me…but underneath that, his inner Mickey and Walt shine through. This will be our 7th trip together! For the most part the planning is up to me, but he chimes in on the important things like ADR’s and attraction must-do’s. His favorite Characters are Mickey, Alice (and all the other AiW friends), and that guy on Bald Mountain from Fantasia. His favorite attractions are Mission Space, POC, and BLAB.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2478.jpg

Me- MouseScrapper, Scrappie (Julie): Anything Disney brings out a huge smile on my face, but especially planning and going to WDW! I love researching, planning, and figuring out all the details and now sharing it w/ you my Dis-Friends. This will be my 8th trip to the World! My favorite characters are a bit like me…Piglet (small and helpful), Cinderella (homemaker extraordinaire and found her Prince), Mrs. Incredible (if only I had those expandable arms) and Mary Poppins (I love my spoon full of sugar). And a few of my favorite attractions are IASW and ToT.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2427.jpg



DMIL-E and DFIL-M Matt's Parents will now be coming w/ us for the first half of the trip (Fri 19-Tues 23). They have been to WDW several times and this will be their second trip coming w/ us! I think they are excited to return w/ their grandkids and help celebrate Mae and Margaret's birthdays.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_0671.jpg
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Please join us over these next 11 months as I plan w/ my family the next Adventure to our Favorite Place. You’ll get to learn more about me and my crazy Planning style, more overall Disney FUN and more about my family as we countdown to

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2865.jpg

Birthdays and Thanksgiving-----DISNEY STYLE!!! In November 2010, the 19th thru the 28th….10 days and 9 nights!


UP NEXT: the countdown continues to making my first DVC ressie on December 20th 2009….

Thanks for reading and joining along

Scrappie J~

mousescrapper
12-07-2009, 11:23 AM
:surfweb:

MAIN POST contents:

Post #17: I'll have a POP w/ my BLT please... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34636462&postcount=17)

Post #24 My POP is fizzing...questions and concerns about possible split stay w/ 1-night at POP (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34666909&postcount=24)

post #35 Order Delay...still waiting to make ressie on...12/20/09 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34715401&postcount=35)

post #41 The making of a BLT and an order of POP (my trip's ressies) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34736639&postcount=41)

post #50 Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Everyone... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34750949&postcount=50)

post #52 A few more Characters to our Bunch! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34769093&postcount=52)

post #60 First bit of MICKEY Mail! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34810334&postcount=60)

Post # 72 Let's Start Planning...my planning tools and list of to do's over the next 11 months (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34875795&postcount=76)

Post #98 Quick Planning Update 1-14 itinerary goals (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35004569&postcount=98)

Post # 148 HELP...Diser Desperately Seeking a Disney Logo shirt! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35246422&postcount=148)

Post # 173 Back on the PTR again...a trip into Scrappie's Disney/WDW Zone 2-9-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35370166&postcount=173)

Post # 191 quick update and Feb to do list (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35439592&postcount=191)

Post # 203 A Quick Sneak Peek...TOP 10... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35560699&postcount=203)

Post # 227 "Mouse Droppings" ? In need of a restroom?...take a break. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35632030&postcount=227)

Post # 236 Part 1 of 3 Talking about $ and a Budget for 6 for 10 days... tickets/Passes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35662750&postcount=236)

Post #246 Part 2 of 3 Talking about $ and a Budget for 6 for 10 days... hopping or no hopping (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35677781&postcount=246)

Post # 263 Part 3 of 3 Talking about $ and a Budget for 6 for 10 days... DDP or OOP (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35718450&postcount=263)

Post # 314 A Disney Fashion Show (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35966394&postcount=314)

Post # 326 Itinerary Update/dilemma 3-27 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36006084&postcount=326)

Post # 344 The Disney BOX! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36031502&postcount=344)

Post # 365 Creative touches (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36101399&postcount=365)

Post # 393 Quick Planning Update 4-13 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36238607&postcount=393)

Post #415 Official Operating Hours Nov 2010 how does it affect us? 4-20 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36345033&postcount=415)

Post # 424 Let's Talk food Part one: Allergies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36485829&postcount=424)

Post # 438 A quick planning Update 5-7 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36563334&postcount=438)

Post # 458 Let's Talk food Part two: Counter service pick's plus pictures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36622360&postcount=458)

Post # 478 Are you kidding me? flustered and confused a split-stay pre-nightmare... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36664705&postcount=478)

Post # 496 The ADR LIST...only 5 days till making them (5-19) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36701861&postcount=496)

Post # 520 The ADR's are done...YAY! 5-24 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36751625&postcount=520)

Post # 545 Planning Update my List...for the summer 6-7-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36913763&postcount=545)

Post # 557 Start the tour planning...top park choices (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36987928&postcount=557)

Post # 575 The airfare is booked 6-15-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37017938&postcount=575)

Post # 589 Sneak Peek at the TOP 5 choices (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37043267&postcount=589)

Post # 601 TS3 Mania (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37084578&postcount=601)

Post # 616 3 of the family's TOP 5 lists... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37115099&postcount=616)

Post # 637 the other 3 Family TOP 5 lists (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37212648&postcount=637)

Post # 648 Our Disney Budget...the good, the bad, and the ugly reality... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37239092&postcount=648)

Posts # 674-5-6 DHS...lessons learned, memories (pictures), & the list for 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37373988&postcount=674)

Post #719 Life update 7-26-10 and Crafts for the trip (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37551401&postcount=719)

Post #739 110 Days to Disney...start of our Countdown Chain! 8-1-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37631911&postcount=739)

Post #768-9-770 Animal Kingdom...lessons learned, pictures of memories and what up for 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37706155&postcount=768)

AK pictures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37706593&postcount=769)

AK 2010 plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37706702&postcount=770)

Post # 784 100 days countdown Toy Story Day 8-11-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37778739&postcount=784)

100 days party (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37800500&postcount=797)

Post # 815 Scrappie's Quiz (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37838154&postcount=815)

Post # 845 January Surprise (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37898493&postcount=845)

Post # 848 90 days till Disney 8-21-10 Pirates Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37914869&postcount=848)

Post # 866 Planning Update next 2 1/2 months to-do list 9-1-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38011322&postcount=866)

Post # 885 80 Days to Disney night and Birthdays fun to share (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38067889&postcount=885)

Post #905 Scrappie's MK guide Part 1 of 3 lessons learned (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38163640&postcount=905)

Post # 906 Scrappie's MK guide Part 2 of 3 Memories-Pictures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38164258&postcount=906)

Post # 907 Scrappie's MK guide Part 3 of 3 our 2010 Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38164355&postcount=907)

Post 915 70 days to Disney 9-10-10 UP Night-Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38195534&postcount=915)

Post # 936 60 days to Disney 9-20-10 Finding Nemo Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38328115&postcount=936)

Post # 962 50 days to Disney 9-30-10 Be Our Guest Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38467028&postcount=962)

Post # 979 My Esty Order (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38515715&postcount=979)

Post #991 40 days to Disney...Mary Poppins Day 10-10-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38560537&postcount=991)

post #992 Got Scrappy? My projects that are done and in progress (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38560923&postcount=992)

post #993 My October to-do list 10-12-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38561095&postcount=993)

post # 1009 Special Delieveries and Mickey Mail (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38630100&postcount=1009)

Post # 1047 30 day fun 10-20-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38734460&postcount=1047)

Post # 1048 Packing is under way! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38734996&postcount=1048)

Post # 1064 The final TO-DO List....10-27-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38751514&postcount=1064)

Post # 1072 20 day countdown party & Halloween (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38793213&postcount=1072)

Post# 1074 Planning update w/ pix 11-1-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38793381&postcount=1074)

Post # 1086 Planning Update 11-3-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38821505&postcount=1086)

Post # 1095 Scrappie's Guide to Epcot Part 1 of 3 Lessons Learned (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38834225&postcount=1095)

post # 1096 Scrappie's Guide to Epcot part 2 of 3 Memories (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38834289&postcount=1096)

Post # 1097 Scrappie's Guide to Epcot part 3 of 3 what's in the works for 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38834355&postcount=1097)

Post # 1098 Nathan's special Guidebook (Autism) link (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38842923&postcount=1098)

Post# 1111 Garden Grocer and Planning Update 11-8-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38874586&postcount=1111)

Post # 1117 A party in Wonderland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38885440&postcount=1117)

Post # 1119 In 10 days.... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38886244&postcount=1119)

Post # 1132 Our 10 days till Disney celebration (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38900476&postcount=1132)

Post # 1134 Our Day 2 plans for 11-20 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38902508&postcount=1134)

Post # 1144 Our Day 3 plans for 11-21-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38912179&postcount=1144)

Post # 1151 8 days till Disney night-Memories (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38924975&postcount=1151)

Post # 1152 Our Day 4 Plans for 11-22-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38925110&postcount=1152)

Post # 1159 7 and 6 days till Disney celebrations Bingo and Mickey Christmas (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38935219&postcount=1159)

Post # 1160 Our Day 5 plans for 11-23-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38935276&postcount=1160)

Post # 1169 Our plans for Day 6 Wed 11-24-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38948317&postcount=1169)

Post # 1177 Our plans for Day 7 Thurs 11-25-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38953372&postcount=1177)

Post # 1182 Our plans for Day 8 Fri 11-26-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38967425&postcount=1182)

Post # 1191 Our Day 9 and 10 plans for Sat 11-27 and Sun 11-28 (last day) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38978894&postcount=1191)

Post # 1201 A Pre Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38990360&postcount=1201)

Post # 1203 My Wishes for this trip... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38990619&postcount=1203)

DisMomAmy
12-07-2009, 11:35 AM
First!! :banana:

I'm so glad you started!! I can't wait to read along - I can live vicariously through you after my trip is over. ;)

mommytothreeboys
12-07-2009, 11:51 AM
YAY!!! A new Scrappie PTR! I'm in, I'm in!

Can't wait to join in this planning adventure!! :banana::banana:

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 11:55 AM
Ok...third...but Three is a Magic Number...yes it is...it's a magic number...do you know that song...;)

Subbing on for a Scrappie PTR...:cool1:

DisMomAmy
12-07-2009, 12:00 PM
Ok...third...but Three is a Magic Number...yes it is...it's a magic number...do you know that song...;)

Subbing on for a Scrappie PTR...:cool1:

Love that song! School House Rock, right?

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 12:50 PM
Ok...third...but Three is a Magic Number...yes it is...it's a magic number...do you know that song...;)

Subbing on for a Scrappie PTR...:cool1:

Love that song! School House Rock, right?

Yes it is School House Rock...:goodvibes

I love them -especially the numbers ones and the history/goverment ones...I turned David onto them and now he loves them too...:thumbsup2

I can still remember the whole preamble to the Constitution and its because of Schoolhouse Rock...(I do have to sing it though...:lmao:)

MRYPPNS
12-07-2009, 12:50 PM
Thanks for the PM Scrappie-Do! Your timing was great because this is the first time I've logged-in in weeks.

mousescrapper
12-07-2009, 10:19 PM
It's like opening little presents to see who has stopped by to say Hello....

Hi FRIENDS :wave2:

Amy your first this time...:woohoo:

Hi Missy...are you still napping in Italy....JK

Hi Miss Triple P!!!! yes I love Schoolhouse Rock...my kids have the whole collection of shorts on DVD...we watch it before the new school year begins each time. "Conjunction Junction...what's my function?" :rotfl:

and Heidi's here...YAY!!! no worries Heidi I have not been on in over a week and a half either, so I decided to start the PTR...a pre-Christmas present to you all....


and Hello to the lovely lurkers...say Hi anytime and if you see my friend Kathy tell her to stop by...

Scrappie

mommytothreeboys
12-08-2009, 11:16 AM
Dan is in his school's production of Schoolhouse Rocks, the musical. He plays Joe so he gets to sing "Conjunction Junction'! :goodvibes So fun!

DisMomAmy
12-08-2009, 05:23 PM
Dan is in his school's production of Schoolhouse Rocks, the musical. He plays Joe so he gets to sing "Conjunction Junction'! :goodvibes So fun!

That's sooo cool!! :thumbsup2

mousescrapper
12-08-2009, 07:45 PM
I'm up to my eyeballs in ancient Egypt right now helping the twins w/ their Ancient Egypt papers and projects due tomorrow and next week...plus tomorrow is the school Holiday concert (oh can I mention Matt and I are hosting a party for 30+ adults this Saturday :eek: and :santa:)

I was going to wait to start the PTR till after the Holidays because of the extra busies...but I have important Dis stuff to report before we make the ressie on the 20th...

so please bear w/ me and I will post another Dis-BLT post :drinking1 w/ a possible POP order soon....

OH and can SOMEONE PLEASE!!!!!! pm or post the instructions of how to post the instalment links for me to use in post #2 to keep everyone informed ?

TIA

J~

oh and that is too funny about the school musical Missy....

DisMomAmy
12-09-2009, 03:45 PM
Ancient Egypt... sounds like fun!

Can't wait to hear about your ressie!! And what's this about POP?? :confused3

DisMomAmy
12-09-2009, 03:51 PM
Just sent you a PM - hopefully my directions will work & you'll have your links! :goodvibes

Marshay
12-11-2009, 01:11 AM
I'm in!! Thanks for pointing out your TR ...I forget to look at siggie's.

mousescrapper
12-11-2009, 04:42 PM
:welcome: to Marsha

say "HI" to her everyone...she loves herself a good BLT and is a scrapper like me....:goodvibes

mousescrapper
12-11-2009, 04:53 PM
I’ll have a POP w/ my BLT please, says the guest to the nice Disney Reservation lady (or man)….

Knowing this coming Sunday marks one week till my wonderful DVC guide (Sue) calls me to walk me thru my first DVC ressie for our upcoming trip, I wanted to give you all a little head-ups and maybe get some feedback on what has been happening in the realm of ressie decisions.

Most of you know that I’ve been dreaming of BLT (the resort, not the sandwich, even though BLT’s are my favorite sandwich) since April of 09 and I just couldn’t wait till Friday, November 19th 2010 rolled around to walk into the BLT lobby for my first time… that much hasn’t changed, but what has? :confused3

In the process of the last 8 months (April-November) I have been eagerly anticipating the 1 year and 11 month marks of our trips countdown (thanks for dancing :banana: for/with me on DisMomAmy’s current PTR check it out if you haven’t already it’s her un-birthday celebration!) I will happily clue you in on what pre-pre planning I have done but not all at once let’s concentrate on my small order of POP and large helping of BLT….

The dates Nov. 19-27 have been firm for quite some time, but it was when I started looking at just this past correlating week from 09 and the entertainment/holiday schedule…did I start to realize there could be a flaw in our plan of dates. :confused:

I also was wary of a repeat end travel day for us, in particular for Michael (our DS who has HFA). I have been real good the last 3 trips w/ the kids to not schedule much (no park) on the first day-the travel/arrival day, but like most of you, I try to get the latest flight out on the last/departure day and pack in everything humanly possible on that last Disney day… ;)

But I think after Michael’s very hard flight home in March (despite the unforeseen turbulence it may have been too much) I really started thinking about wanting to add one more night and leave on Sunday the 28th.

Two reasons built into this:

1) we gain one more night of Holiday stuff (ie 1-night for DHS-Osborne Lights and 1-night for Epcot Candlelight Processional) :santa:

2) we can pack in the last day as we desire w/ no worries of leaving that night :thumbsup2 easier for all, yes?

Sunday the 28th could potentially be our 10th day at WDW but really it would be treated purely as a travel day-no park…breakfast, pack up and catch the DME :sad1:

I starting dropping hints to my DH about this possibility and didn’t quite get the response I was hoping for…he didn’t say “no” …just nothing, I don’t think his Disney Planning switch was on yet….how can that be? Mine’s on 24/7 365….isn’t yours :rolleyes1

Now I had checked our points and determined we would not have enough to add one more night w/out dipping into 2012 points (and I don’t want to do that yet :rolleyes: ) so I put the thought into the back shelf for now…

One week ago today I talked to Sue my DVC guide to get the ball rollin on making our ressie for BLT for 2010 and the question was asked about adding a cash night on the last night and then that was turned into the suggestion of switching our first night into the cash night and why not stay someplace w/ a lower cost than rack rate BLT and POP was born… :idea:

After getting off the phone, I informed DH of the Dec. 20th ressie to make date call and the POP first night suggestion and actually adding that 9th night…

His planning switch went on and he said “go for it!” :yay:

I went on WDW planning site (the next day…how did I restrain myself?) and checked the rack rate cost of 1 night Friday, 11-19 to Sat 11-20 at POP and BLT…who knew a BLT would cost so much? :teacher:

We’d need two rooms at POP (fam of 6)-standard view w/ 35 % of rr w/ our DVC discount = $149 (plus tax)

vs

1 2BR standard view room at BLT would be w/ 35 % of rr w/ our DVC discount = $546 (plus tax)

The numbers sealed the deal in which way to go, but I do have my concerns…. :confused3

1) will staying at POP be a bit of an anti-climax to over a yr of waiting to go back to Disney before arriving home at BLT? (no offense to those who love their POP)-DH says it would be like if we were driving we’d have to stay somewhere first

2) safety…we’d have to have 2 connecting rooms and just to feel secure that first night Matt and I would have to sleep separately 1 in each room…I’m not overly worried 1 kid would slip out in the night but still….

3) ADR mess up? I know for sure that I’ll be trying for the elusive CRT (for lunch) on Sat. 11-20 for Margaret’s actual birthday so will I have to call or log in on one date for that w/ one ressie number and then call or log in on another date w/ another ressie number for the rest of ADR’s ?

4) will luggage service move our stuff for us from POP to BLT? :confused: I want to try and get a BBB 8 am ressie that same morning to at MK…and more logistics what about valuables that don’t need to travel w/ us to the park and checking in to BLT that day?

5) would we have to have sep park tickets per each ressie?

YIKES? :eek: Is the side of POP worth it? I know I can call ask my guide some of these same questions but hoping for some advice, thoughts from you guys. Anybody ever do this? I know Kathy sorta did on her last trip but it was the same resort…

Love your thoughts and thanks for reading,

Scrappie J~

Up NEXT: The making of a BLT

mousescrapper
12-11-2009, 05:05 PM
Just sent you a PM - hopefully my directions will work & you'll have your links! :goodvibes

Ok got the link in there...but didn't exactly work like you said...but at least I know how to get the single post http code....

now I just need to fine tune it so you don't see the code just the title of the post :confused:

I'll look in my siggie...cause I know I did it there...DH showed me one and I just copy it each time

DisMomAmy
12-12-2009, 07:23 AM
Good Morning Scrappie!! Here are my thoughts on POP... First - I'm glad you are adding it to the beginning and not the end. Like Matt said, it will be as if you had to stay overnight on the road before arriving. Moving from a 2BR at BLT to Pop would probably be very anticlimactic and not the best way to end your trip. The rest of my comments are below.

The numbers sealed the deal in which way to go, but I do have my concerns…. :confused3

1) will staying at POP be a bit of an [B]anti-climax to over a yr of waiting to go back to Disney before arriving home at BLT? (no offense to those who love their POP)-DH says it would be like if we were driving we’d have to stay somewhere first

[COLOR="Purple"]I think you will be OK because you are starting with POP rather than ending with it.

2) safety…we’d have to have 2 connecting rooms and just to feel secure that first night Matt and I would have to sleep separately 1 in each room…I’m not overly worried 1 kid would slip out in the night but still….

I wouldn't worry about this since it's just one night. Tim & I usually end up sleeping in separate beds even in the same hotel room because the kids each want to sleep with one of us and those little beds are too small for two adults in my opinion. Another option is to get some bells or something to hang on the doorknob. You would hear them if someone touched the door. I got that idea from Kathy.

3) ADR mess up? I know for sure that I’ll be trying for the elusive CRT (for lunch) on Sat. 11-20 for Margaret’s actual birthday so will I have to call or log in on one date for that w/ one ressie number and then call or log in on another date w/ another ressie number for the rest of ADR’s ?

I think you'll be OK here too - The first ADR you want for the whole trip is 11/20 right? Like you said, you'll have to make the rest of your ADRs the day after, but at least you'll still be able to make CRT on the first possible day. And I have to say that I had way too easy of a time making my ADRs this year. I don't know if it was that people didn't know that ADRs went back to 180 days or if people just don't plan that far out or if it was because I made them online, but they were practically throwing CRT at me. I never would have thought of going there if the online system hadn't suggested it. Hopefully you'll have the same good luck.

4) will luggage service move our stuff for us from POP to BLT? :confused: I want to try and get a BBB 8 am ressie that same morning to at MK…and more logistics what about valuables that don’t need to travel w/ us to the park and checking in to BLT that day?

From reading some other TRs I think that they will move your stuff for you. Momof2Disneyboys moved during her recent trip. They just took a cab (which is probably easier with a family of 4 than a family of 6). It cost them about $5 (moving from POR to OKW) and they chose to move their own stuff. They were surprised to find their room ready first thing in the morning. I think they had early plans somewhere too.

5) would we have to have sep park tickets per each ressie?
This could be tricky... Hopefully someone else will have a good suggestion for you. I wouldn't get any park tickets with the POP night. I think checking in at BLT on Saturday morning, before heading to MK would be your best bet. Can you check in that early? I think it would be too expensive to get one day park tickets with the POP night but it definitely could cause some stress on Saturday morning if you plan to be at MK before 8am. Would it be the end of the world to get to MK later?

YIKES? :eek: Is the side of POP worth it? I know I can call ask my guide some of these same questions but hoping for some advice, thoughts from you guys. Anybody ever do this? I know Kathy sorta did on her last trip but it was the same resort…

Love your thoughts and thanks for reading,

Scrappie J~

Up NEXT: The making of a BLT

If you can work out the ticket issue, I would say it is worth it! Ideally you wake up at POP, pack up your stuff, locking your valuables away inside a big suitcase and head over to BLT. (Probably quicker by cab.) Check-in & get your park tickets then head to MK. If you can work it out the extra night at POP would totally be worth it! :thumbsup2 I think taking advantage of the extra night to see some of the Christmas attractions would be amazing. I watched the Disney Christmas special you told us about and I was jealous...

I can't wait to hear about your reservations!!

DisMomAmy
12-12-2009, 07:26 AM
Ok got the link in there...but didn't exactly work like you said...but at least I know how to get the single post http code....

now I just need to fine tune it so you don't see the code just the title of the post :confused:

I'll look in my siggie...cause I know I did it there...DH showed me one and I just copy it each time

I think the step you are missing is highlighting your title "I'll have a POP w/ my BLT please..." then click on the little globe with the chain link. Paste the http thing in there and you should be go to go!

mommytothreeboys
12-14-2009, 07:19 AM
I don't have any answers for the "moving resorts" questions, but I will chime in on packing the last day full and leaving the next morning. GO FOR IT!! We did it this past trip and it was great! We played all day at the park on Monday, then got up Tuesday, packed, ate breakfast at the resort, and caught the DME bus to the airport. It made for a very relaxing morning and we were able to fully enjoy our last park day. With airline tickets being significantly cheaper to fly out on a Tuesday, it made financial sense as well.

Can't wait to hear how things go and what you decide! :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
12-14-2009, 12:41 PM
We always fly out in the morning too so our last park day ends up being a full park day. In April we have a 10:40am flight home so we'll be doing it again this year. It's nice to get home at a reasonable hour especially when the kids have school the next day. :thumbsup2

PracPerfPatricia
12-14-2009, 03:22 PM
What to do ...What to do...hmmm...there are worse things to have to decide...:lmao:

I'm with Amy I'd add the night as long as it doen't play havoc with your tickets...but if you are just flying in and staying at Pop the first night...it seems like it should be ok...:confused3

I kind of like the idea of having that last day as a travel day...maybe you can get home at a reasonable time and not all be super tired the following day...hmmm...that's the way I felt last trip... trying to get every last drop of Disney goodness out...a nice breakfast might be nice though...you are right on the monorail so you have a plethora of possibilities...:thumbsup2

mousescrapper
12-15-2009, 08:13 AM
Here are my thoughts on POP... First - I'm glad you are adding it to the beginning and not the end. Like Matt said, it will be as if you had to stay overnight on the road before arriving. Moving from a 2BR at BLT to Pop would probably be very anticlimactic and not the best way to end your trip.



If you can work out the ticket issue, I would say it is worth it! Ideally you wake up at POP, pack up your stuff, locking your valuables away inside a big suitcase and head over to BLT. (Probably quicker by cab.) Check-in & get your park tickets then head to MK. I think taking advantage of the extra night to see some of the Christmas attractions would be amazing.



, but I will chime in on packing the last day full and leaving the next morning. GO FOR IT!! We did it this past trip and it was great! We played all day at the park on Monday, then got up Tuesday, packed, ate breakfast at the resort, and caught the DME bus to the airport. It made for a very relaxing morning and we were able to fully enjoy our last park day.

We always fly out in the morning too so our last park day ends up being a full park day. It's nice to get home at a reasonable hour especially when the kids have school the next day. :thumbsup2


I'm with Amy I'd add the night as long as it doen't play havoc with your tickets...but if you are just flying in and staying at Pop the first night...it seems like it should be ok...:confused3

I kind of like the idea of having that last day as a travel day...maybe you can get home at a reasonable time and not all be super tired the following day...hmmm...that's the way I felt last trip... trying to get every last drop of Disney goodness out...a nice breakfast might be nice though...you are right on the monorail so you have a plethora of possibilities...:thumbsup2

I have thought some more about it and have decided...I need to clarify up some things w/ this whole 2 ressie thing before Sunday's offical ressie make date....

as well I have thought more about how it would all play out....and as much as I'd like to say I am fully committed to the extra night and moving from 1 resort to the other I'm still a bit perplexed and overwhelmed...

Here are my still standing concerns the first set are what I plan to ask my DVC guide:

1) Split Stay and ADR concerns: we know we want to purchase the reg DDP for our stay...oringinally I was thinking based on flight in we may have 2 meals at Disney that day a QS lunch and a TS dinner...now w/ the Split stay for 1 night could we potentially have a DDP plan for one day and do the QSDDP instead just for the POP ressie? Then the BLT ressie 11-20 thru 11-28 have the reg DDP plan for 8 nights?

My ADR window can I make ADR's for the 20th staring w/ the first check-in or no? The 20th I want to get two ADR's 1 for BBB and 1 CRT

2) Split stay and checkin to BLT and Ticket concerns: we are not planning to start park days untill the 20th so I assume that off the BLT stay is how our tickets would start...now DH & I are planning to purchase annual passes and get 7 days PH for the kids...

How does check in work? if I want to be at MK pre-opening? can we checkin at BLT prior to 7:30 in the morning? would we recieve our new KTTW w/ the kids tickets that morning to be able to get into MK and then on to our BBB appointment?

3) Doi we need to move our own luggage, etc from POP to BLT? what would be the best transportation to switch resorts w/?

* will need to request our grocery serice order to arrive sometime on Sat 11-20

* Logistics of switching resorts and the HUGE desire to be at MK pre-opening

* will arriving home on Sunday 11-28 and the kids returning to school on Monday 11-29 be enough time to settle in before school?


Margaret is sick today so I'm going to put MMCH on the tv for her to watch after dropping the other 3 kids at school and try to get hold of my DVC guide to answer some of these questions....

Post w/ her reponses and my thoughts...


thanks to those who chimed in and helping me think this through...I think for me right now the whole switch over is my biggest concern cause the 20th our 2nd day is Margaret's b-day and I don't want the switch to mess up the morning w/ checking in to get the tickets for the kids....

hopefully Sue (my guide) will have some good ideas :idea:

thanks!

J~

mousescrapper
12-15-2009, 08:59 AM
So I had to call Matt just now on his way to work to ask where the nose bulb is (to clean the snot out of Margaret's sick nose) and we chatted quickly about the call I'm going to make about the possible split stay...and I knew the split stay would mean we are traveling home the Sunday after Thanksgiving....but then Matt was like wait!

The SUNDAY AFTER THANSGIVING....... :scared1:

now the whole extra night/day plan may be scratched because of the potential worst travel day in America :headache:

if weather or delays creep in we don't have a day to fall back on at home to allow the kids or Matt for that matter to recover before heading back to school....I'm already pulling them 1 day out on the 19th...don't think I should pull the Monday of the return...:headache:

when did my wonderful DVC ressie become such a pain....

still callin, and will ask if we decide to wait on deciding the extra day how hard is it to add it in and change things around or if we add it and decide we want to drop it how crazy is that?

Besides wanting that full last day the point of the final day to be just a travel day is to ensure a hopeful easy day home....not sure now if that is possible :confused:

and if we decide to leave on the 18th instead and make Sat 27th our final day...we don't gain anything as far as the Holiday stuff at Disney...

what is more important?

boo-hoo :sad2:

PS...someone tell me when should I expect Southwest to release schedule for end of November....January?


Scrappie

DisMomAmy
12-15-2009, 11:32 AM
Sorry to hear Margaret is sick. :sick: Hope she feels better soon. :goodvibes

Also sorry to hear that your possible extra day would mean flying home ont he Sunday after Thanksgiving - that never occurred to me! :scared1:

I immediately thought of starting your vacation a day earlier - but then you promptly mentioned that you wouldn't get to take advantage of the extra holiday stuff... When does the holiday stuff start? :confused3 Is it all stuff you have to see at night? What if you started your vaca a day early then flew home late on Saturday? You wouldn't have Saturday night but you'd have the first half of Saturday? Just a thought...

We bought our April tickets in mid-October so it seems like they open new tickets about every two to three months. They are opening up tickets through mid-August tomorrow, so I would expect it would be 4 - 6 months before you'll be able to book your airfare if you want to fly on Southwest (my favorite). :thumbsup2 (If you click on travel tools on the Southwest website it tells you when the next batch of tickets will be released - check it tomorrow after they release the current batch.)

Can't wait to hear what your DVC CM has to say... popcorn::

hhockman
12-15-2009, 11:46 AM
Hi Julie!

I'm still not taking the time to post an update right now because, well, I don't have the time. I've got mid-year conference with Christian's teacher in a little over an hour.

But, I did want to stop by and say HI! I'm so excited you have a PTR. Part of the reason, I think, that I haven't been on mine much is that I don't have a trip to plan and it's a little sad (although very soon I guess I can start thinking about the Half Marathon in 2011). But I will try very hard to stay up to date with yours.

Notice I said TRY. I still haven't finished Missy's or Patricia's reports from last time. I WILL get caught up...one day.

I'm sorry this is all so complicated. I wish I could help, but I don't really know much, EXCEPT that I think the Holiday decorations are up long before the 18th. Seems to me this year it was like the 6th or something like that. I know the weekend of the 6th is the weekend that DisneyLAND filmed their part of the Christmas Parade, so I'm thinking that if Disneyland had Holiday stuff up, Disney World probably did too. Not sure when the Osborne lights start, but I'm pretty sure you'd still have lots of Christmas to see if you came in a day early.

Anyway, just wanted you to know I'm here. Hello :goodvibes to all of my other friends. I will so try to get over to your reports too.

Can't wait to hear what Sue says! :)

P.S. I hope Margaret is feeling better soon!

mousescrapper
12-15-2009, 03:02 PM
Sorry to hear Margaret is sick. :sick: Hope she feels better soon. :goodvibes

me too...she was up past 11 pm last night w/ ear pain, poor girl.

Also sorry to hear that your possible extra day would mean flying home ont he Sunday after Thanksgiving - that never occurred to me! :scared1:

I immediately thought of starting your vacation a day earlier - but then you promptly mentioned that you wouldn't get to take advantage of the extra holiday stuff... When does the holiday stuff start? :confused3 Is it all stuff you have to see at night? What if you started your vaca a day early then flew home late on Saturday? You wouldn't have Saturday night but you'd have the first half of Saturday? Just a thought...

the original plan was to leave as late as we could on Sat 11-28 like you say above and the overal Chriatmas things will be out, so we'll see all of that it's just that the main big stuff (Osborne Lights, Santas, & Candelight Proccessional all begin the day after thanksgiving and two of those things are night events. If we leave Sat, then we'll have to pack both Osborne and CLP into one night the day after Thanksgiving


(If you click on travel tools on the Southwest website it tells you when the next batch of tickets will be released - check it tomorrow after they release the current batch.)

we defintely want to fly SW again...and will hold out till they release the dates. that is a good idea I will check tomorrow, I wnet on their site yesterday hoping they may tell you when...4 months though :eek: don't know how well that works w/ my OCD plan the big stuff immediately planning brain.

Can't wait to hear what your DVC CM has to say... popcorn::

Hi Julie!

HI HEATHER!!! and :welcome: I'm so glad you said hi, hope you are well :hug:

I'm still not taking the time to post an update right now because, well, I don't have the time. I've got mid-year conference with Christian's teacher in a little over an hour.

send me an email if you can and let me know how it goes...I'm going to schedule one w/ Michael's teacher after break too...his second quarter of school has been tough!


EXCEPT that I think the Holiday decorations are up long before the 18th.

I'm pretty sure you'd still have lots of Christmas to see if you came in a day early.

Yes like I said to Amy, I know we'll see decorations but I want to see that other fun stuff too AND be there for the girls b-days AND have a good travel experience home....am I expecting too much?:confused:



Can't wait to hear what Sue says! :)

P.S. I hope Margaret is feeling better soon!

Left a vm for Sue...they al very very busy down there w/ tours and such I guess so I haven't heard back, but she is so great about returning calls. I left all my questions on her vm so if she calls and I'm not here we don't have to play phone tag.

and thanks for the well wishes for Margaret...

I'll post again after i talk to Sue and maybe what DH and I decide, based on that....

Scrappie J~

longing2Batdisney
12-15-2009, 03:47 PM
Hello! Scrappie
subbing in--our family is returning in Nov 2010, too! :yay:CONGRATUALTIONS!!! ON BLT!
it is wonderful that your new home is BLT!!! :yay: :yay:

Holiday decorations go up in the beginning of November now...I am currently following a TR her family went the week before Thanksgiving and everything was set up!!! I'll give you the link(Mickeyis Beast) A CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE FULL OF SURPRISES (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2332566)...as for posting your links on the first pg of my PTR you will find a link that helps you throughHOW TO ADD A TABLE OF CONTENT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34578906&postcount=975)...

If I were going to add the extra day I would do it at the beginning for the same reasons Matt had concerns about.... and I like the idea of starting at the POP at moving to the BLT what a step up!!! :woohoo:

Looking forward to planning along with you!!
:santa: :wave2: Connie

mousescrapper
12-15-2009, 05:12 PM
Hello! Scrappie
subbing in--our family is returning in Nov 2010, too! :yay:CONGRATUALTIONS!!! ON BLT!
it is wonderful that your new home is BLT!!! :yay: :yay:

A new Friend...:welcome: Connie, I know I have seen your name around on these boards too


Holiday decorations go up in the beginning of November now...I am currently following a TR her family went the week before Thanksgiving and everything was set up!!! I'll give you the link(Mickeyis Beast) A CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE FULL OF SURPRISES (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2332566)...as for posting your links on the first pg of my PTR you will find a link that helps you throughHOW TO ADD A TABLE OF CONTENT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34578906&postcount=975)...


thanks for the links...I will check it out...I love reading my friends reports, but it is great to read about people who are planning or have been during this time of yr too!


If I were going to add the extra day I would do it at the beginning for the same reasons Matt had concerns about.... and I like the idea of starting at the POP at moving to the BLT what a step up!!! :woohoo:

Looking forward to planning along with you!!
:santa: :wave2: Connie

thanks...and do our dates overlap at all...it would be fun to see how many Disers will be there next yr and have a big Dis meet at some attraction!

I love to plan some I hope you'll have lots of FUN w/ me...

Scrappie

MRYPPNS
12-15-2009, 05:28 PM
HI Scrappie! Guess who is taking a nap and let Mommy get an update up!

Sorry I wasn't around to help out with the extra day thing....I should just give you my phone number so I could be OCDing with you!

mousescrapper
12-15-2009, 10:31 PM
HI Scrappie! Guess who is taking a nap and let Mommy get an update up!

Sorry I wasn't around to help out with the extra day thing....I should just give you my phone number so I could be OCDing with you!

I'll check it out first thing in the morning, just getting home form a 4 hr dr appt for the twins...:faint:

yes that would be fun to chat "in person" :hyper2:

well don't know if Sue called or not while we were out, cause apparently my phone was on/off the hook for over 5 hrs....:eek:

Gabrielsbigtrip
12-20-2009, 10:27 AM
Hopping in! I am going to have to come back and read but I just wanted to say :wave:

DisMomAmy
12-20-2009, 10:53 AM
:hug:
Hugs to everyone there!! Hope Margaret is feeling better!!

mousescrapper
12-20-2009, 02:38 PM
first :welcome: to Gabrielsbigtrip (carol), glad you are here...and thanks :hug:

to Amy and her well wishes...

my youngest DD Margaret was in the hosipital for a few days w/ pnemonia complications but is getting better :goodvibes

This past week has been crazy and unfortunatley it seems so down in DVC headquarters at WDW too...I have not touched base w/ Sue our guide yet to answer those questions: split stay POP 1 night BLT rest of nights...so neither have DH and I thought of it much since Tuesday afternoon. And it just dawned on me today that today was suppose to BE THE DAY!!!!

I assume I could just fumble through my first DVC ressie and call MS myself...but it would be nice to have my hand held on this one.

I just left a message for Sue...so once I hear from her and we get something done. I'll update again...hopefully before Christmas...but right now even as much as I love Disney and looking forward to our next trip there...more important things are in need of my attention.

Be back soon....

thanks

J~

Native NYer
12-20-2009, 03:34 PM
Joining in!!!

I love the idea of the last day being purely a travel day. Although, it's so tempting to try to squeeze in just a little more Disney magic.

MRYPPNS
12-20-2009, 03:39 PM
No worries Julie.....you have a lot going on right now, Disney can wait for you to call.

I think I have found the secret to the best plans for the last day at Disney....when I get that far in my own TR I'll reveal it !:lmao:

michellem1118
12-20-2009, 07:29 PM
Hi Julie... I noticed that no one commented on the ticket aspect of your split-stay decision, so let me chime in on that... since you're doing a DVC ressie, you won't have the option of a ticket package like you get w/ cash ressies. You're going to have to purchase your tickets separately - the concierge desk can add them to the KTTW cards, but they won't be pre-loaded that way. If you do the split stay, you could just wait to add the tickets to KTTW cards until you move to BLT, or you could add them at POP, then have them transferred to the new KTTW cards once you move over to BLT.

I hope you called tonight to make your reservation. DVC ressies are a breeze to make with Member Services... I never even thought to call our guide for help or advice the first time around!

mousescrapper
12-22-2009, 09:55 AM
Joining in!!!

I love the idea of the last day being purely a travel day. Although, it's so tempting to try to squeeze in just a little more Disney magic.

Hi and :welcome: Native NYer

yes this will be a new game plan for the last day of one of our trips...and I agree it will be hard not to squezze in a little more park time...but hopefully some last minute BLT time will make up for it ;)



Hi Julie... I noticed that no one commented on the ticket aspect of your split-stay decision, so let me chime in on that... since you're doing a DVC ressie, you won't have the option of a ticket package like you get w/ cash ressies. You're going to have to purchase your tickets separately - the concierge desk can add them to the KTTW cards, but they won't be pre-loaded that way. If you do the split stay, you could just wait to add the tickets to KTTW cards until you move to BLT, or you could add them at POP, then have them transferred to the new KTTW cards once you move over to BLT.

I hope you called tonight to make your reservation. DVC ressies are a breeze to make with Member Services... I never even thought to call our guide for help or advice the first time around!

Hi and :welcome: michellem

thanks for joining in and mentioning the tip about the tickets and vote of confidence for this newbie DVC member....making a reg ressie, buying a package or tickets, etc...is old dog for me...so I feel like this all new ground for me...don't want to make some dumb DVC rookie mistake on our first trip home :rolleyes:

No worries Julie.....you have a lot going on right now, Disney can wait for you to call.

I think I have found the secret to the best plans for the last day at Disney....when I get that far in my own TR I'll reveal it !:lmao:

Thanks friend...oohhh I can't wait to hear the "best plans for the last day"...I bet it is good :cool1:

PS...the making of my BLT and order of POP did happen :thumbsup2 I'll post all about it real soon!

going to the doctors this morning in hopes to ward off some worse :sick: in me...

Scrappie J~

DisMomAmy
12-22-2009, 10:55 AM
Good Luck at the doctor!! I can't wait to hear about the ressie!! :thumbsup2

mousescrapper
12-22-2009, 08:35 PM
The Making of a BLT and an order of POP to go with it for November 2010...



what better way to rest on the couch while sick :sick: 3 days before Christmas then w/ my laptop in tow and update my PTR...;)

BLT....yum, can you make any better sandwich? There seems to be endless combinations of breads or additions or variations of this classic but for me, 2 lightly toasted pieces of wheat bread, a smear of mayo on each slice and then my hidden pleasure a sprinkle of garlic powder, nice crisp pieces of lettuce layered next, then 4 yummy pieces of bacon and thinly sliced tomatoes...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/blt.jpg

for the POP you'd actually find me w/ a tasty cold glass of lemonade..but my favorite carbonated beverage would be ginger-ale...DH's would be diet Dr. Pepper...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/schweppes_ginger_ale2.jpg

Oh whoops :laughing: ....I got side-tracked and now I'm hungry. Back to Disney's version of a BLT and POP

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/wdw_dcr_blt_002a.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/disney-pop-century_lg.jpg

So actually later on during the day, on 12-20...Sue my guide called me and we chatted about some of our concerns...

1)ADR...no problem but will start my calling/onlining off the BLT ressie
Can do one dinning plan per ressie # or just one for the BLT stay...

2)Check-in...duh can't believe we didn't even think of this...I can pre-check-in online to BLT before we even go and she also said we could go over there anytime after midnight on the 19th to personally check-in and get the passports/room keys... or just go first thing in morning too after leaving POP.

3)Luggage logistics...yes we can have POP bell services take our things to BLT for us during the day and then we return to BLT we can have BLT bell services bring our things to our room.

4)Tickets into the park...yes as michellem mentioned they can be added to our KTTW at time of check-in, we can even buy them that day too...but that is a whole other post topic...

So everything looked pretty good except for two things...:headache:

1)I guess I didn't understand the whole DVC cash discount thing...and we are not eligible for our POP night (not a huge price difference though)

2)our last night would be on borrowed points from 2011 and if we decide to drop that night we'd lose 59 points not to mention a BLT day it would be to hard to try and switch the POP night to BLT so we are kinda stuck if we really need Southwest's schedule to make the final decision on the last day of leaving on Sat 11-27 or Sun 11-28. :confused:

I proceeded w/ being put on hold and waited for DVC member services to click in. Valerie helped me w/ our first “home” ressie...

I thought it would be a breeze from here..but then the words “WAIT-LIST” were said... :eek:

I guess that just figures.



Actually is does.



Our room request is a 2BR dedicated and we wanted a standard view. Not that a standard view is our first choice but based on our points...this would be best and still allow us to book a studio w/ a MK view in 2011 for our 15 yr anniversary trip w/out borrowing any points from 2012...

and unfortunately there are only a few of these specific rooms in the SV category

now the whole stay wasn't wait-listed just the 1st night of our BLT stay...the thought of being wait-listed and not get in BLT till day 3 kind of stinked and then we'd have to add another night at POP potentially and I could just imagine how that would be a headache w/ ADR's and passports... :faint:

as being a newbie DVC member...I just wasn't sure if I wanted to deal w/ waiting...best case scenario SV would open up in 3 months or less and we could adjust..but I don't know. :confused3

The other option besides the wait-list was a 2BR D for our whole stay was to take the Lake View :beach: (Bay Lake View is specifically what Valerie said)

point wise the difference wasn't much...365 for SV and 404 for LV if we go w/ the LV we'd have peace of mind for our whole trip and still have enough points left over in 2011 for a LV studio...we can decide later if we want to pull the few points needed for a MK view from 2012...

I booked the 20th-28th then as a 2BR D LV :woohoo:

also that night I called the regular CRO number and booked and paid for our 1-night (19th-20th) at POP. :thumbsup2

The next morning I called MS and added our last and 8th night at BLT (9th night on the trip)... :)

so my BLT and POP should be waiting for us in just over 10 months to ENJOY!!!! popcorn::

BTW...I already received multiple confirmations from WDWTC for the POP stay but nothing yet from DVC...should I be concerned? :confused:

Up NEXT: hopefully a little pre-Christmas cheer :santa: (Disney style from our home to you) and then back to planning this trip...

Meet my Planning TOOLS!

Thanks for reading,

Scrappie J~

Marshay
12-22-2009, 09:18 PM
OK, finally caught up!

Wow, such drama and you're only on page 3!!:lmao: I can tell this will be an exciting TR with lots of surprises along the way.

I think other posters have commented already but here goes:

1) BLT -- congrats on buying!! You will love it. As you saw on my TR, we really, really loved it and it is totally worth the points. You now have a lake view and that is going to be awesome. Make sure you put a request for a higher floor, so you truly get a lake view. I've heard others getting 4th floor or lower and barely seeing over the cars for the MK view or the trees for the lake view.

2) Christmas decorations and Osborne lights will definitely be up in early Nov. We went Nov 14-18th and the only things missing were: Candlelight processional and some of the extra Christmas country stuff like Christmas stories and the tree in MK.

3) If you can avoid traveling the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I would. However, that whole weekend is going to be busy as people will be flying in/out of airports on each day. So just take it all in with a smile and do your best to make it easier for your son.

michellem1118
12-22-2009, 09:32 PM
Don't be concerned about the lack of confirmation. DVC actually sends all their confirmations out by snail mail, rather than email. If you don't have your confirmation in hand by mid-January, call member services and ask about it. It usually takes about a week, maybe two, before the confirmation shows up in the mailbox.

I'm glad you were able to get your ressies made!

ladybugmom
12-23-2009, 01:00 AM
Hi Julie!! Sorry that I'm just now making my way over here! I've been sooo incrediblly busy and then I came down with strep throat! Uggh!! But I'm here and excited to hear all about your trip planning!! :goodvibes

mousescrapper
12-23-2009, 08:55 AM
OK, finally caught up!

glad you are back..:hug:

Wow, such drama and you're only on page 3!!:lmao: I can tell this will be an exciting TR with lots of surprises along the way.

:rotfl: yeah there probably will be more...

I think other posters have commented already but here goes:

1) BLT -- congrats on buying!! You will love it. As you saw on my TR, we really, really loved it and it is totally worth the points. You now have a lake view and that is going to be awesome. Make sure you put a request for a higher floor, so you truly get a lake view. I've heard others getting 4th floor or lower and barely seeing over the cars for the MK view or the trees for the lake view.

thanks I will keep that in mind...I have read from other DVC-ers that requests usually always don't work but to ask at check-in, what do you think?

2) Christmas decorations and Osborne lights will definitely be up in early Nov. We went Nov 14-18th and the only things missing were: Candlelight processional and some of the extra Christmas country stuff like Christmas stories and the tree in MK.

Sounds good :thumbsup2 I hope we see the tree in MK though


3) If you can avoid traveling the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I would. However, that whole weekend is going to be busy as people will be flying in/out of airports on each day. So just take it all in with a smile and do your best to make it easier for your son.

We assume it will be tough, so I'm hoping even w/ delays...w/out any major touring on the same day as flying home will still allow for lots of smiles :goodvibes

Don't be concerned about the lack of confirmation. DVC actually sends all their confirmations out by snail mail, rather than email. If you don't have your confirmation in hand by mid-January, call member services and ask about it. It usually takes about a week, maybe two, before the confirmation shows up in the mailbox.

I'm glad you were able to get your ressies made!

thanks...that eases my brain

Hi Julie!! Sorry that I'm just now making my way over here! I've been sooo incrediblly busy and then I came down with strep throat! Uggh!! But I'm here and excited to hear all about your trip planning!! :goodvibes

Hi and :welcome: Becky glad you made it over here...sorry to here you've been sick too...I know the feeling and thanks for your wonderful picture Christmas card...your girls are beautiful!


J~

kcandbella
12-23-2009, 12:02 PM
Just found your PTR from some others I have been following...wow sounds like a lot of stress so far! But at least now you are ready to go and have the hardest part out of the way. DVC sounds incredible! I can't wait to read more about your plans!:goodvibes

mousescrapper
12-23-2009, 06:09 PM
Just found your PTR from some others I have been following...wow sounds like a lot of stress so far! But at least now you are ready to go and have the hardest part out of the way. DVC sounds incredible! I can't wait to read more about your plans!:goodvibes

Hi and :welcome: Kayce it actually hasn't been that stressful the trip planning that is...just the non-Disney part of me life ;)

It [DVC] sure sounds incredible to me too...we can't wait!!!

your first big trip w/ your DD sounds wonderful! we went in May once and stayed at POR and loved it!

Marshay
12-23-2009, 10:29 PM
We assume it will be tough, so I'm hoping even w/ delays...w/out any major touring on the same day as flying home will still allow for lots of smiles :goodvibes

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Definitely make your request ... and then you can ask again at check-in if you didn't get what you requested. Of course, nothing is guaranteed though on a 'request'. We did not do the on-line checkin and when we arrived around 3:30pm there were only 2 rooms available, so didn't have much choice. I have to assume that if we did the on-line checkin 10 days in advance we may have had a better room...but honestly, I'll never know and we were happy with our room anyway, overlooking the marina.

I've heard that the MK tree doesn't go up until after they film the Disney Christmas parade b/c it blocks the view down Main Street for the cameras. So it doesn't go up until after the first week in December. I'm sure someone else on here can confirm that but if what I read is true, then you will miss the MK tree. They did have a few smaller trees and toy soldiers in the area where the tree is supposed to go...

mousescrapper
12-24-2009, 09:40 AM
Definitely make your request ... and then you can ask again at check-in if you didn't get what you requested. Of course, nothing is guaranteed though on a 'request'. We did not do the on-line checkin and when we arrived around 3:30pm there were only 2 rooms available, so didn't have much choice. I have to assume that if we did the on-line checkin 10 days in advance we may have had a better room...but honestly, I'll never know and we were happy with our room anyway, overlooking the marina.

I've heard that the MK tree doesn't go up until after they film the Disney Christmas parade b/c it blocks the view down Main Street for the cameras. So it doesn't go up until after the first week in December. I'm sure someone else on here can confirm that but if what I read is true, then you will miss the MK tree. They did have a few smaller trees and toy soldiers in the area where the tree is supposed to go...

I will call MS after Christmas and ask if I can add a above floor 6 :confused3 request? usually we always request ground floor so this is a whole new adventure

bummer about the tree, but I'm sure there will be plenty of other fun things to look at and take pictures of...

BTW...I logged into dvcmemberservices yesterday and it shows our ressie in there w/ the dates and how our points were used and what is left...so at least that way I know it's official...:thumbsup2

mousescrapper
12-24-2009, 09:57 AM
Well before I'm off to make cookies w/ the kids (w/ a protective mask on of course since I'm still a bit :sick:) and finish wrapping presents and whatever what-not's need to be done for tonight and tomorrow...I wanted to just send some Christmas/Holiday cheer to anyone who may be taking a peek today on the boards...

Here's a little bit of Christmas-DISNEY style from our home to you.... :santa:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4549.jpg
Here's Margaret having some soy-ice cream...and I just had to point our this oldie but a goodie the Disney pj's she's wearing...Sully...these belonged to Aldine when she was 3 :sulley:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4595.jpg
Santa came and visited Maraget when she was in the hosipital last week...see the Mickey plush in the corner on the bed...apparently that was mine as a kid...it's another oldie but a goodie :santa:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4632.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4634.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4637.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4640.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4641.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4642.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4648.jpg

Just a few of the many Disney ornaments on our trees :goodvibes



Stay bundled it's cold out there...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4622.jpg
(Mae's new Ruthie doll)




http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4647.jpg
And now that everyone is snuggled in for a nice winter's sleep...

the plate and mug are awaitng a special treat for Santa...
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4627.jpg


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Everyone...

J~

DisMomAmy
12-25-2009, 06:18 PM
Hi Julie! I hope you are having a nice Christmas, even if your plans have been mixed up a bit! Glad to see you are making the best of it.

I'm so excited to hear you made your ressie for next fall!! I can't wait to see your planning tools & follow along as you plan out the details. :banana:

Thanks for sharing your Disney Christmas decorations - I'll have to take pictures of our Disney ornaments/decorations this week before they all get packed away for another year.

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas celebrations!! Merry Christmas!

Amy

mousescrapper
12-27-2009, 10:42 AM
At the begining of planning this adventure back to the World, for the girls b-days plus Thanksgiving we just wanted it to be the 6 of us no other family members...

but once DH and I started mapping out some future Disney and other family vacations, we realized the next family trip for the 6 of us to Disney after this one wouldn't be till 2013.

One of the big reasons we bought into DVC is to be able to take other family w/ us like our parents. Now the last Disney trip Matt's parents came w/ us was in 2005 for the twins 6th b-day. It was a HUGE family affair for the first trip w/ our then 3 kids...but we have traveled w/ my Mom and Dad for the last two as well.

Not that we told my MIL and FIL this...but they are getting up in age, mid 70's and yes they are in good health, but still have some getting "old" problems...and maybe waiting till 2013 to have grandparents come again in particular Matt's parents may be too hard for them to enjoy themselves plus the 2010 trip is kind of a end of an era of our mostly all little kids...

Next yr the twins will be almost 11 1/2, Mae turning 8 and Margaret turning 4...in 2013 the twins will be turning 14, Mae 11 and Margaret will be going on 7.

So last night before Matt's parents left (they were over for post Christmas ) we told them about our DVC purchase to a point (MIL had a hard time wrapping her head around it) and asked them if they'd like to come down w/ us for the 1st half of our trip...

w/ 1) possiblity of staying in BLT w/ us in our room or 2) staying at say CR in their own room

I need to run the numbers for them on room cost, dinning, and park passes still...

Matt and I talked more about after they left...as they seem eager to come w/ us and liked the option of staying w/ us in our room (as this will be discussed in a future post: DDP) and purchasing the DDP even though there will be unused credits...

so let me introduce to you my DMIL-E and my DFIL-M

Here are a few pictures of them from our '05 WDW trip together:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_0078.jpg
DMIL w/ the twins (6) at Epcot

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_0100.jpg
with my parents at 50 PTC

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_0155.jpg
amusing Michael while he waited for others on Splash Mt...he didn't like it then

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_1153.jpg
with Matt and Mae (2 1/2) on the WLE at AK

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_1223.jpg
Michael and his Grandpa on the TTA

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_0749.jpg
one of our favorite pictures of them...:lovestruc


One of the best stories invloving my IL's from the '05 trip was our CM bfast w/ everyone for the twins b-day. We had a large group of 13 and we had two tables next to each other. My parents and my IL's sat together at a table of 4...and some other guest toward the end of the meal came up to them and commented on how sweet they thought it was to see these two older couples dinning together at CM's w/ no kids...:laughing: :lovestruc

be back soon w/ my Planning Tools!

J~

DisMomAmy
12-27-2009, 11:18 AM
That's so funny!! We were inviting my MIL last night too!

Thanks for the intos - I can't get over how much your kiddos have grown up since 2005!

ladybugmom
12-27-2009, 08:54 PM
Hi and :welcome: Becky glad you made it over here...sorry to here you've been sick too...I know the feeling and thanks for your wonderful picture Christmas card...your girls are beautiful!

Awww! Thanks Julie!! I'm so glad you liked our card!! :goodvibes

ladybugmom
12-27-2009, 09:02 PM
I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas, Julie!! :santa: I love your Christmas ornaments! I'm steadily getting a collection of my own ornaments and I'm hoping to start a Disney-themed tree next year!! I even bought the Tinkerbell tree topper from The Disney Store once it went on clearance! I love your Ruthie!! Ally got Kit for Christmas and just LOVES her! :goodvibes

MBKELmom
12-28-2009, 12:52 AM
I can't wait to read more. Those are the same dates as ours.

MRYPPNS
12-28-2009, 05:10 PM
Ahhhhh yes.....a Christmas tree with mostly Disney ornaments on it, I know it well. One of these years I'm going to do our tree in only Disney and maybe with a mouse ears hat for a topper!

BLT or CR will be a great resort for the IL's....they'll be able to get back to the room (easier) when they need a break.

It about broke my heart to see Margaret in that hospital bed....so glad she's home!

Hope you are feeling better.

Native NYer
12-28-2009, 05:46 PM
It's so sweet that you invited your ILs! One of my favorite trips to Disney was when my grandparents joined us. It's a great memory for your kids and ILs.

Congrats on booking BLT and Pop:banana::banana::banana:

mousescrapper
12-28-2009, 08:06 PM
I'm so excited to hear you made your ressie for next fall!! I can't wait to see your planning tools & follow along as you plan out the details. :banana:

yes it finally feels real now and DH usually will discuss "it" more now ;)

Thanks for sharing your Disney Christmas decorations - I'll have to take pictures of our Disney ornaments/decorations this week before they all get packed away for another year.

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas celebrations!! Merry Christmas!



thanks, many of the Disney ornaments are my favorites, it was hard to choose which one's to share...yes all of our 4 days of Christmas are over...just 1-last get-together on the 3rd to see my Grandma.

That's so funny!! We were inviting my MIL last night too!

Thanks for the intos - I can't get over how much your kiddos have grown up since 2005!

do you know yet if she is coming for sure...that is crazy how much vacation time she has...

and I know they look tiny!

I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas, Julie!! :santa: I love your Christmas ornaments! I'm steadily getting a collection of my own ornaments and I'm hoping to start a Disney-themed tree next year!! I even bought the Tinkerbell tree topper from The Disney Store once it went on clearance! I love your Ruthie!! Ally got Kit for Christmas and just LOVES her! :goodvibes

thanks Becky! we did despite some crazy stuff...I'd love to do a disney only tree but I think I'd need another tree and maybe 4 trees is just enough huh?

Tell Kit hi for us...from Ruthie...:cutie:

I can't wait to read more. Those are the same dates as ours.

HI and :welcome: MBKELmom

wow your first trip w/ your family of 7...good for you! I hope you will have lots of fun planning...this is the right place to find lots of fun ideas...the Disers are a great group. Where are you staying?


Ahhhhh yes.....a Christmas tree with mostly Disney ornaments on it, I know it well. One of these years I'm going to do our tree in only Disney and maybe with a mouse ears hat for a topper!

that sounds fun :thumbsup2

BLT or CR will be a great resort for the IL's....they'll be able to get back to the room (easier) when they need a break.

yes that is what DH and I were thinking...I'm glad they want to come...we'll probably confirm it up in the next month or so, but it looks good! They enjoy traveling and doing things w/ us (as do we) and my MIL likes that I do all the planning and she just goes along for the ride

It about broke my heart to see Margaret in that hospital bed....so glad she's home!

I know she looks so tiny in that big hosipital bed...but she is loads better now...thanks :hug:

Hope you are feeling better.

I'm getting there...thanks!

It's so sweet that you invited your ILs! One of my favorite trips to Disney was when my grandparents joined us. It's a great memory for your kids and ILs.

Congrats on booking BLT and Pop:banana::banana::banana:

Thanks....I agree trips w/ grandparents is a wonderful memory...I went on two road trips out west w/ my Grandpa who is now passed and will cherish those sweet memories always :cloud9:

and thanks for the congrats!


Scrappie J~

mousescrapper
12-30-2009, 07:03 PM
So I got my first piece of Mickey Mail....from the DVC for the trip!

confirming our ressie change in adding the last night.

so it shows our complete DVC stay at BLT Ded. 2BR Bay Lake View

Arrivial Saturday Nov 20, 2010 Departure Sunday Nov 28, 2010

Number of Guests 6 (for now till we confirm w/ the IL's for sure they are staying w/ us, but I'm pretty sure this will be the case)...


:cool1: :dance3: :woohoo: YAY! Gotta love those letters from Disney :love:


Hope to try and work on my next planning post over the weekend...but in the meantime

Happy New Years All! pixiedust:

J~

DisMomAmy
12-30-2009, 07:56 PM
So I got my first piece of Mickey Mail....from the DVC for the trip!

confirming our ressie change in adding the last night.

so it shows our complete DVC stay at BLT Ded. 2BR Bay Lake View

Arrivial Saturday Nov 20, 2010 Departure Sunday Nov 28, 2010

Number of Guests 6 (for now till we confirm w/ the IL's for sure they are staying w/ us, but I'm pretty sure this will be the case)...


:cool1: :dance3: :woohoo: YAY! Gotta love those letters from Disney :love:


Hope to try and work on my next planning post over the weekend...but in the meantime

Happy New Years All! pixiedust:

J~

:banana: For Mickey Mail!!

:banana::banana: for DVC Mickey Mail!!

ladybugmom
12-30-2009, 08:09 PM
:dancer: Whoo hoo for Mickey Mail!!! :dancer:

Marshay
12-31-2009, 12:15 PM
Oh, how great that you can invite your ILs with you!!

yeah for Disney mail!!

PracPerfPatricia
12-31-2009, 03:56 PM
Hey Julie,

Happy early New Year!...:woohoo: I wish for you that you and your whole family have a very happy, healthy New Year! (Hoping everyone in your family is on the upmend...:goodvibes)

I'm so happy that you were able to work out your dates...I was spinning there for a couple of minutes reading...:lmao:

I think there is something very special about having a multi-generational trip to Disney...We will be with my inlaws for Em's bday in October also...:goodvibes

ladybugmom
12-31-2009, 03:57 PM
Happy New Year, Julie!! :goodvibes

Native NYer
12-31-2009, 03:59 PM
Yay!!! Mickey mail is the best kind of mail. :banana::banana::banana:

Happy New Year!

DisMomAmy
01-01-2010, 09:43 AM
Happy New Year!!

mousescrapper
01-01-2010, 09:47 AM
NOW I can say....


I'M GOING TO WDW this YEAR!!!!!!!!!


:banana: For Mickey Mail!!

:banana::banana: for DVC Mickey Mail!!

:dancer: Whoo hoo for Mickey Mail!!! :dancer:

Yay!!! Mickey mail is the best kind of mail. :banana::banana::banana:

Happy New Year!


thanks for the dancin and cheers for my Mickey Mail!

Oh, how great that you can invite your ILs with you!!

yeah for Disney mail!!

Yes, I'm glad that they want to come...we haven't been on a trip w/ them since 2007 down to Panama City Beach FL and we haven't been a trip w/ them alone (w/out some of my family) since 2000, so this should be nice to share some of the MAGIC w/ just them...my MIL is such a big kid at heart :laughing:

Hey Julie,

Happy early New Year!...:woohoo: I wish for you that you and your whole family have a very happy, healthy New Year! (Hoping everyone in your family is on the upmend...:goodvibes)

thanks for the NY wishes...and yes we are sorta all better...the little girls still have some residual coughs and unfortunately Michael and DH have started up w/ some colds...but I don't think it will turn into anything bad...I hope we are all healthy soon too...I don't want this to become the MouseScrapper Family sick report...

I'm so happy that you were able to work out your dates...I was spinning there for a couple of minutes reading...:lmao:

yes it was bit :confused: but I think we are good to go...now just the painstaking waiting till we can book our airfare...

I think there is something very special about having a multi-generational trip to Disney...We will be with my inlaws for Em's bday in October also...:goodvibes

:thumbsup2

Happy New Year, Julie!! :goodvibes

Becky...thanks for the well wishes and you too!

well soon it is time to start watching the Rose Parade....fun! Have a good day all!

J~

mousescrapper
01-01-2010, 09:52 AM
Happy New Year!!

whoops...you snuck one in there...

Happy New Year's Amy....

only a few more mornings of my morning helping of the DIS :surfweb:...then back to reality when school begins...:drive: :faint:

DisMomAmy
01-01-2010, 10:09 AM
whoops...you snuck one in there...

Happy New Year's Amy....

only a few more mornings of my morning helping of the DIS :surfweb:...then back to reality when school begins...:drive: :faint:

I know... I've been getting quite a bit of DISing in this week. It's funny how frantic and busy everything is until Christmas, then things slow down. We've been in pajamas until late in the day almost every day. :thumbsup2

Getting past Christmas has really made our trip seem a lot closer. Like you said, we're going to Disney World this year!! :banana: This week has given me a chance to organize my PTR - I've organized all the pictures, scanned, uploaded them to photobucket, etc. Hopefully that will help me stay on top of my report over the next couple months.

Back to reality on Monday... Assuming school starts Monday morning as planned - it's supposed to snow here all weekend. I hope it stops Sunday afternoon/evening so there's time for clean-up!

I'm off to watch the Rose Bowl Parade now too! :flower3: I wish HGTV still did the "Behind the Scenes" special they used to do every year... I miss that!

mousescrapper
01-01-2010, 03:53 PM
I wish HGTV still did the "Behind the Scenes" special they used to do every year... I miss that!

yes that was a cool show...


last night we finally watched the behinds the scenes show of getting WDW ready for the Holidays...I can't wait to see most of that in person! :santa:

DisMomAmy
01-01-2010, 08:55 PM
yes that was a cool show...


last night we finally watched the behinds the scenes show of getting WDW ready for the Holidays...I can't wait to see most of that in person! :santa:

Wasn't the WDW holiday special awesome!! :thumbsup2 I thought of you guys when I watched it.

I just noticed that Kathy is dreaming of a trip at the same time as you! That would be so cool!! I'm jealous...

irish dancer
01-01-2010, 09:28 PM
Well, I'm a little late to the party but I'm so glad I found your PTR! We're very likely to be in WDW at the very same time as you!! We haven't made any ressies yet though. We're using all our 2010 points for our HHI stay in March so we are trying to decide whether to add-on, pay cash, stay off-site or we're also toying with going to DLR.

Sorry I missed all the drama about the ressie, glad you've got it all straightened out.

Welcome to the neighborhood, while we're not "neighbors" as we're AKV owners you'll love DVC!!

With regard to your ticket issue, have you ever gotten your tix from Undercover Tourist? We've used them and have had great service, you'd then have them in-hand when you arrive in FL. Personally I prefer to have the tix separate from the KTTW especially when using the DDP. I'm the official keeper of the FPs and that way I hold all the tix but DH can have his KTTW to get a snack, etc. whenever.

We've done split stays and moving is a breeze. Bell Services will pick up your luggage and it will be at your new resort waiting for you. You can also check in VERY early, we've checked into OKW at 7a before heading to RD at MK.

Hope you're all feeling much better soon! Looking forward to following along with your planning.......

KathyRN137
01-02-2010, 12:25 AM
NOW I can say....


I'M GOING TO WDW this YEAR!!!!!!!!!




Yeah!! :cheer2: :woohoo: :yay:

Happy New Year, Scrappie!!!


Kathy

mousescrapper
01-02-2010, 09:26 AM
Wasn't the WDW holiday special awesome!! :thumbsup2 I thought of you guys when I watched it.



it was very fun...you kinda know there is this whole behinds the magic team working every night but that is beyond crazy how they decorate everything in a matter of 2 nights...I love decorating for Christmas...can I get a job doing that? :genie:

Well, I'm a little late to the party but I'm so glad I found your PTR! We're very likely to be in WDW at the very same time as you!! We haven't made any ressies yet though. We're using all our 2010 points for our HHI stay in March so we are trying to decide whether to add-on, pay cash, stay off-site or we're also toying with going to DLR.

Sorry I missed all the drama about the ressie, glad you've got it all straightened out.

Welcome to the neighborhood, while we're not "neighbors" as we're AKV owners you'll love DVC!!

With regard to your ticket issue, have you ever gotten your tix from Undercover Tourist? We've used them and have had great service, you'd then have them in-hand when you arrive in FL. Personally I prefer to have the tix separate from the KTTW especially when using the DDP. I'm the official keeper of the FPs and that way I hold all the tix but DH can have his KTTW to get a snack, etc. whenever.

We've done split stays and moving is a breeze. Bell Services will pick up your luggage and it will be at your new resort waiting for you. You can also check in VERY early, we've checked into OKW at 7a before heading to RD at MK.

Hope you're all feeling much better soon! Looking forward to following along with your planning.......

:welcome: irishdancer

very cool....I think it slipped my mind you were DVC too...and were also Chicago Suburb neighbors...we need to meet one of these days ;)

I was running some more #'s yesterday and looked at UT and saw that they may just be the best deal...:thumbsup2 I'm sure I'll have a few more questions as it gets closer to the time to purchase them...I hope to do so before August to stay in the current price.

That would be very cool if you came down around the same time as us! but HHI...aHH a week at the beach sounds great...I can't wait to do that too...or have enough points to do that AND a WDW trip!

thanks for being here.


Yeah!! :cheer2: :woohoo: :yay:

Happy New Year, Scrappie!!!


Kathy

YEAH!!!!!! :yay::yay: KATHY's in the HOUSE!!!! :mickeyjum: :dogdance:

mousescrapper
01-04-2010, 06:10 PM
Scrappie’s Planning Tools…


Let me introduce to you some of my fun, crazy, OCD, and organizational planning tools for my upcoming trip…

First thing first before any trip is to clean out the old and prep materials for the next…which of course I started pretty much right after we got home from the last trip in early April ’09….still on my DISNEY high and not experiencing the mega Disney blues like after the June ’08 trip…I got to work after I was done re-capping the Spring Break trip to all of you in my last TR (feel free to peek, the link is below in my siggie)

I decided since I had A LOT of time before the next one I could take my time doing some new things before the real planning began just the past month.

We already knew our dates (minus the add on of going home on Sun. 11-28) and knew where we were going to stay BLT..so what is a crazy DISNEY planning nut like me to do now…:rotfl:

I think I checked out the Unofficial Guide to WDW 2009 book from the library to scan thru that in comparison to the 2008 one my Mom had bought the previous year.

I tried to find as much as I could about BLT on the boards…looking for people’s PTR/TR’s who would be staying there…looking on the DVC threads and reading up about the room/view layouts, other people who bought into BLT and other misc things, plus saw lots of great pictures which got me super excited!. :woohoo:

In August of last year when the new prices for passports and the DDP came out I began jotting down all that info to start getting a feel for what this trip would cost us. :teacher:

Also thanks to MRYPPNS I got the link to the Operating Hours of the parks for Nov. 2009 and the entertainment schedule as well…

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4937.jpg

I began to compare the dates of my week in 2010 to the same week in 2009 just basically bumping the days of week up one to start formulating a pre-pre itinerary.

I also found out about the 180 day release of park hours and re-do for booking ADR’s would be in affect for my trip this year. :yay:

If that stays true the 180 day out for Park Hours for November should be out approximately 5/5/10 and my 180+10 ADR window will begin on 5/23/10…now I do think since our DDP (yes we are buying this but that will be discussed in a later post) is tied to our BLT portion of our trip and we checkin on Nov. 20, my window will begin one day later on 5/24


How do I organize all my fun stuff?


Couple main things:

1) My pre-pre-planning notebook (which I’ll need to buy I new one for the future trips it’s getting full of notes:thumbsup2)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4945.jpg

I use this, divided into sections Resorts/DVC and Travel (DME and airfare), Tickets and Dinning, Vacation itineraries, and Misc which includes packing, things to buy, things already bought, etc

Thru my research of various sites mostly here on the Unoffical Guide, the forums, WDW main site, various ticket dealers, allears.net, I jot down notes of things I want to remember for when I begin the more detailed and final planning.

I have notes about

*What’s included in a 2BR room at BLT

*Restaurants at CR and what meals they serve

*How to get into the Top of the World Lounge

*Monorail rotations

*What things you can do at BLT’s Community Hall

*More misc info about BLT

*Point breakdown of our stay and various room view options

*BBB and Pirate League info and prices

*Info on our 1 night ressie at POP

(oohhh notes on my solo friend trip for sometime in 2012)

*MVMCP info and pricing (don’t think we will do this time, guess another excuse to come during the Holidays again)

*Park passports/ticket pricing

*Dinning price breakdown

*Various lists of TS and CS places we like at the 4 parks

*Food allergy info (my youngest Margaret has several food intolerances)

*Online ADR info and tips

*Beginning notes of possible dinning plan options for this trip

*1st list of potential TS choices, price breakdown of these

*ADR calendar

*2nd list of potential TS choices

*OOP eating for Day 1) arrival day on 11-19

*Thanksgiving TS options

*TiW info

(ooohhh starting the list of TS potential choices for the 15 yr anniversary trip in 2011)

*Extras…

*Tips for each of the 4 parks, Photo Pass special pictures list

*Musts for the parks, when to do, when to have GAC as our back-up (we use a GAC for our son Michael (autistic))

*1st itinerary for the 9 days

*Thanksgiving Day Tips

*Hidden Magic lists

*Disney Shirts list

*Grocery info, 1st list of food needs to buy and bring from home

*1st DVC room packing list

*List of DVC discounts

*Other Fun stuff…custom gift baskets for the girls b-days

*Shipping ahead info

*Holiday sightings

*Bay Lake Marina info


2) My Official Planning Binder…yes I’m a Binder Gal!

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4925.jpg

The picture on the front is a drawing Mae made about a yr ago and I slipped it in here…and it’s just so cute, I can’t replace it. Also in my loads of free time I made a cool photo collage page for the back, of the last 8 trips I have taken to the World…

pichttp://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4942.jpg


1984/5 (the year is still a mystery to me) Summer: The One w/ my Childhood memories…my first and only trip as a child off-site at a Days Inn (I think)

1994 and 1995 April and August (the ’95 trip was my 21st b-day trip and I had my first drink at the now debunk 8 Trax bar on PI): The One(s) that started it all….the two trips before DH and I were married (1 w/ just my Mom and 1 w/ my parents) on site at CBR both times

1998 Sept: The one w/ all the RAIN! DH and I were now married went w/ friends on site at AS Sports (Surf’s up) Also found out days later upon our return I was pregnant and days after that found out we were expecting twins!

2001 Sept: The One we never made it to… (should be noted) on our way down in a plane on 9-11 this would have been the twins first trip and w/ my parents, we never made it…but were safe

2005 May: The BIG one…13 people gathered over the course of 10 days to surprise the twins and celebrate their 6th b-day on site POR

2008 June: The One w/ all the Heat…could it get any better, first taste of Deluxe…first family trip of “6” and my Mom came w/ on site Poly

2009 March: the One planned in less than 60 days… the bounce back, Spring Break and Mom’s b-day onsite CSR my Dad came too on this one

Now inside my Binder:

Divided into 10 sections…

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4926.jpg

Includes misc WDW travel stuff, place to put Airport and DME info

Budget Savings chart

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4928.jpg

Includes POP and BLT ressie confirmation papers, place to put any important resort info I need for later

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4929.jpg

Includes all my DVC membership stuff

A Packing section

Includes packing lists for in parks, resorts, master list, etc

The DDP section

Includes restaurant info, print outs of the costs of the QSDDP and reg DDP, any important tips or other info needed

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4930.jpg

Includes what you think printed menus of possible TS and CS places we want to dine

Also after this pocket page I have some of my new custom organization pages

Overall dinning plan worksheet broken down by day, what park we’ll be at, B, L, & D plus which meals are OOP or DDP (I’m on to my 2nd possible list)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4932.jpg

ADR Wish list and Planning Chart for me to write down my final TS choices, days and times when I call or go online to make my ADR’s and then a spot to add in my ADR confirmation #’s

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4933.jpg

As well I have a print out from DVC member services of the grocery order list I can choose from for BLT

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4934.jpg

The Park Touring Plan (or TPTP) section

Which will include all final itineraries which I plan to make again using touringplans.com, maps, tips, park tickets pricing, info etc. Another new custom page I created is 1 for each park day:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4935.jpg

A place for me to jot down final notes of must see’s, if time (things to do), EMH info, events and parades info, dining choices and notes

For now I have the crowd chart from touring plans and their cheat sheets for each park in this section

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4939.jpg

Later I plan to fill out my fancy Crowd Reports chart I made when I can get the ’10 dates/charts.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4949.jpg

As well in this section as I finalize up each day I am creating custom DAY pages on the computer…I haven’t printed or finished any yet…but here is a peek at Day 2) (sorry if image is stinky)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4947.jpg

It includes a spot for the date, our main activity, our proposed wake up time, expected weather, meals and plans for the day split into morning, afternoon, and evening

My final sections are for

Extra Stuff

Misc Memory Pages to add into the custom journals I’ll make when it’s closer to the trip

And Mousecellanous and Notes section and things concerning the Dis.

The final thing in the binder is my BLT book…

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4940.jpg


I think for the first week after we bought in, I looked at this book every night before bed…:rotfl2:


(PLEASE note…several of the new custom pages I borrowed the concept from a fellow Diser’s planning spreadsheets that she made and posted here on the DIS…I know I wrote her name down…so once I find it I’ll mention her again. Some of the pages are sorta dup’s of what she created and other’s are inspired by her’s)

So what is next in the planning stage and what other things do I have to do?

This list is no where near everything but it’s what I know off the top of my head…

Broken down by month:

TRIP to do’s…

JAN: not much to do…come up w/ a few fun posts to do in the PTR, work on past Disney trip stuff to share on my BLOG

FEB: sorta the same as Jan…but start typing out and transferring my needed notes from the planning notebook to my binder

MARCH: ditto from the last month (and my brother is getting married this month)

APRIL: hoping SouthWest has November airfare schedules out soon to start the booking process…. Start finalizing my itinerary as the Park Hours and my ADR window will begin later in May…on the TR let’s talk FOOD!

MAY: take time to post about Michael, traveling w/ Autism in mind (he and his twin sister turn 11 this month) ADR Month!

JUNE: plan out the extra fun stuff and begin to order any custom things I need

JULY:

*Start posting favorites from past trips, must do’s and lessons learned for each park: DHS

*As well the end of the month is my deadline to have most to all of the money saved up to pre-purchase the kids tickets for the parks on the current ’09 price (my guess is the ’10 price increase will go affect sometime in early Aug) and add on the DDP to our BLT ressie now I think?

*Make the kids custom autograph books

AUG:

*post about EPCOT

*Make custom (add pictures in later) b-day/memory books for the little girls

*Start the master packing list

SEPT:

*post about AK

*Start working on kids and my journal books

*Finalize up all touring plans and print out pages for compact travel folder

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4946.jpg

*Make custom special event/dinner invites on computer (got idea from another Diser)

*Go thru Disney Box and other already bought items and make final “to buy list”

Here is a pic of my Disney Box already….

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4944.jpg

OCT:

*post about MK

*Make new WDW guidebook for Michael to carry w/ him, re-stock and re-use older big one from ’09 for other stuff and make behavior/story cue cards to hang on lanyard

*Finish journal books and have DH bind the journal books

*Make new id cards for each kid and new Mouse Scrapper tag (same as ’09 but need to re-print my name w/ a better space so I’m not mistaken as Mouse Crapper) have DH laminate everything.

*Create a 30 day countdown calendar activity something for the kids/family to do

*Start packing the end of the month…

NOV:

*Finish up any projects needed for the trip

*Post our TOP 5 and my Wishes for the TRIP

*Final TO- DO list

*Finish packing

*10 –days of DISNEY countdown

GO!!!!!!!!

Sounds like alot of FUN...huh ;)

Up NEXT: some other fun stuff... (there may not be many posts in the next weeks due to minimal planning and that I'll be busy w/ getting ready for the Wedding Shower my sister and I are hosting for our future Sis in law and my DBro plus I have some serious Scrappin and Projects to get caught up on...I will be posting about some of that on my BLOG during the month....)

thanks for reading,

Scrappie J~

DisMomAmy
01-04-2010, 07:44 PM
Wow! :worship:

I can't even read all that right now - my head is spinning!! I need to start pulling together my planning tools soon, so I'll definitely read that post again and take notes, when my brain can absorb it! I may be begging you to email me some of those planning pages too. ;)

MRYPPNS
01-04-2010, 08:42 PM
Holy Organization Batman! I'm VERY impressed.....when to you find the time woman???? Do you sleep??

PracPerfPatricia
01-04-2010, 09:56 PM
Wow! :worship:

I can't even read all that right now - my head is spinning!! I need to start pulling together my planning tools soon, so I'll definitely read that post again and take notes, when my brain can absorb it! I may be begging you to email me some of those planning pages too. ;)

Holy Organization Batman! I'm VERY impressed.....when to you find the time woman???? Do you sleep??

ummm...what they both said...:worship:
I love Mae's drawing...:goodvibes &
exactly how much coffee have you had today...?;)

mousescrapper
01-04-2010, 09:58 PM
Wow! :worship:

I can't even read all that right now - my head is spinning!! I need to start pulling together my planning tools soon, so I'll definitely read that post again and take notes, when my brain can absorb it! I may be begging you to email me some of those planning pages too. ;)

Holy Organization Batman! I'm VERY impressed.....when to you find the time woman???? Do you sleep??

Ok it took me 3 days to pull this post together...:rolleyes:

typing, taking pictures and putting it all together...

But seriously alot of that stuff has taken me months to create and gather the info on..you know I love it.

so I'm giggling over your comments when DH is asking me a question and then I hear out of context from him "I couldn't sleep last night" as I was mentioning about all the time I spent on preparing my planning post and then he jokes w/ me...

"yes, I couldn't sleep last night cause I was so worried you wouldn't be able to get it done..."

Mr. Smart-alec :upsidedow

then after I read him the post...his version would be

AUG: call the travel agent (um honey I am the travel agent)

NOV: 3-days before put stuff in a bag...(har har) you know he really appreciates it.

J~

mousescrapper
01-04-2010, 10:01 PM
ummm...what they both said...:worship:
I love Mae's drawing...:goodvibes &
exactly how much coffee have you had today...?;)

Thanks I do too...and um none....it was the 1st day of school for the kids after being home for two weeks...:rotfl2:

ladybugmom
01-04-2010, 10:20 PM
NICE!!! This reminds me a lot of my planning--I thrive on things like this!!!! I have a Disney binder as well with a lot of the same dividers! :thumbsup2 LOVE it!!! :lovestruc

Native NYer
01-05-2010, 07:03 AM
Your organizational skills are amazing! :worship:

mousescrapper
01-05-2010, 05:44 PM
NICE!!! This reminds me a lot of my planning--I thrive on things like this!!!! I have a Disney binder as well with a lot of the same dividers! :thumbsup2 LOVE it!!! :lovestruc

Your organizational skills are amazing! :worship:

thanks guys...

only a true Diser would apprectiate my Disney Insanity :lmao:

irish dancer
01-05-2010, 09:35 PM
Wow, add me to the list of impressed!

I'm a binder girl too and I have color coded spreadsheets which DH likes to tease me about but he doesn't complain when we're there and things go smoothly. :laughing:

mousescrapper
01-07-2010, 11:17 AM
Wow, add me to the list of impressed!

I'm a binder girl too and I have color coded spreadsheets which DH likes to tease me about but he doesn't complain when we're there and things go smoothly. :laughing:

Oh I know that all too well too....:rotfl:


I forgot to mention my spredsheets and other color-coded stuff....oy...I'm "crazy"

mousescrapper
01-07-2010, 11:24 AM
Just a FYI for all you planning people out there who thought they were impressed by my grand organizational skills.....administration is one of spiritual gifts, after all :rolleyes1

but there is always something new or things I haven't done to keep me in the Disney know and travel savy....

Thanks to Amy (DisMom) and irishdancer I have signed up for two new things...

Mousesavors newsletter and special deals...like as soon as DH gets paid Unoffical Guide 2010 will be mine w/ a sweet % off (thanks honey ;))

and I signed up for SouthWest Airlines click n save...need some help keeping track of the flight schedules and deals too...

also Amy told me yesterday that later in March they will release dates to book thru Nov. 5...so she suspects late May/June till they release for our fly-out date of 11-19....

DRAT! I was really hoping the flights would be out before we made our dinning plans...but I guess it won't mess too much up...

Ok need to shovel and plow my way out to pick up Margaret from pre-K...wish me luck!

Scrappie J~

DisMomAmy
01-07-2010, 11:43 AM
Just a FYI for all you planning people out there who thought they were impressed by my grand organizational skills.....administration is one of spiritual gifts, after all :rolleyes1

but there is always something new or things I haven't done to keep me in the Disney know and travel savy....

Thanks to Amy (DisMom) and irishdancer I have signed up for two new things...

Mousesavors newsletter and special deals...like as soon as DH gets paid Unoffical Guide 2010 will be mine w/ a sweet % off (thanks honey ;))

and I signed up for SouthWest Airlines click n save...need some help keeping track of the flight schedules and deals too...

also Amy told me yesterday that later in March they will release dates to book thru Nov. 5...so she suspects late May/June till they release for our fly-out date of 11-19....

DRAT! I was really hoping the flights would be out before we made our dinning plans...but I guess it won't mess too much up...

Ok need to shovel and plow my way out to pick up Margaret from pre-K...wish me luck!

Scrappie J~

I've gotten some car rental discounts through mousesavers! :thumbsup2

Glad to hear the snow didn't keep the kids home from school today. :cold:

DisneyMomLiz
01-07-2010, 02:26 PM
Scrappie, I'm so glad I found your PTR today. It was exactly what I needed to lift the spirits. I've been away from the boards for way too long now...initially it was self-imposed b/c I was so :sad1: :sad2: that our Sept trip was over, then life jumped in and made dissing, unfortunately, too far down on the to-do list. Life is still crazy, but I had to pop in and see how all my Dis-friends were doing.

I hope everyone is healthy again, so sad to see Margaret in the hospital...but so cute that Santa and Mickey were with her :)

Can't wait to follow along your PTR for the exciting BLT with POP and chime in when I can. As always, I :worship: to your organizational skills! :goodvibes

All that to say... I'm in and ready for the ride popcorn::

- Liz

mousescrapper
01-07-2010, 07:44 PM
I've gotten some car rental discounts through mousesavers! :thumbsup2

Glad to hear the snow didn't keep the kids home from school today. :cold:

good to know, won't need this trip but you never know down the future..one of these days would like (dear to say it) venture off the Disney path and go to US and see the Harry Potter World...:wizard:

yes the snow didn't turn out to be as bad as they predicted...but didn't make it to Michael's doc appt

Scrappie, I'm so glad I found your PTR today. It was exactly what I needed to lift the spirits. I've been away from the boards for way too long now...initially it was self-imposed b/c I was so :sad1: :sad2: that our Sept trip was over, then life jumped in and made dissing, unfortunately, too far down on the to-do list. Life is still crazy, but I had to pop in and see how all my Dis-friends were doing.

I hope everyone is healthy again, so sad to see Margaret in the hospital...but so cute that Santa and Mickey were with her :)

Can't wait to follow along your PTR for the exciting BLT with POP and chime in when I can. As always, I :worship: to your organizational skills! :goodvibes

All that to say... I'm in and ready for the ride popcorn::

- Liz

DizLiz is here, :banana: it is so awesome you found me...sorry you've had the major Disney blues and things have been super busy for you, but glad you stopped by to say HI and are enjoying the beginning of my PTR...

yes we are getting better...and cute story about the Mickey plush...I didn't remember that Mickey from my childhood, but the other day my DSis and future DSIL were going thru all my Mom's old pictures for pictures of my DBro for their wedding slide show and there was a picture of my DBro and I in his room as kids w/ all our stuffed animals piled together, and Mickey was in the picture :thumbsup2 I'll post a picture when they are done w/ the orginal.

J~

KathyRN137
01-09-2010, 01:54 PM
Thanks to Amy (DisMom) and irishdancer I have signed up for two new things...

Mousesavors newsletter and special deals...like as soon as DH gets paid Unoffical Guide 2010 will be mine w/ a sweet % off (thanks honey ;))

and I signed up for SouthWest Airlines click n save...need some help keeping track of the flight schedules and deals too...




Sounds good! :thumbsup2


Kathy

mousescrapper
01-09-2010, 06:49 PM
Sounds good! :thumbsup2


Kathy

thanks...

Hedy
01-09-2010, 07:05 PM
Impressive planning, and congrats on the BLT!

Charleston Princess
01-09-2010, 08:15 PM
Hi, Julie! I am here! Your trip sounds like it is going to be so much fun -- birthdays, Thanksgiving, and a stay at the Bay Lake Towers! Too cool!!!

I am in love with your binder and your to-do list for the upcoming months. You may see something similar emerge over on my PTR! ;)

Charlefours
01-09-2010, 10:24 PM
Hello!

I am a newbie to your PTR. I am all caught up!! I am wowed by your Binder--mine is a work in progress still! I am getting there with creating the dividers and such.

Question: Where did you find those cute divider pockets? :goodvibes I may have to find those for myself...:rolleyes1

mousescrapper
01-10-2010, 03:10 PM
Impressive planning, and congrats on the BLT!

:welcome: Hedy

long time no see/read....I know we bump into each other on others' PTR/TR...so thanks for stopping by and saying hi to me during my next adventure

and thanks...I really enjoy planning and we can't wait till we stay at BLT!


Hi, Julie! I am here! Your trip sounds like it is going to be so much fun -- birthdays, Thanksgiving, and a stay at the Bay Lake Towers! Too cool!!!

I am in love with your binder and your to-do list for the upcoming months. You may see something similar emerge over on my PTR! ;)

HI and :welcome: CP or your secret spy name N.....:3dglasses

glad you came on over! I think it will be really fun I am looking forward to go during birthdays again in the fun Disney way and all the holiday stuff included!

thanks about my binder! feel free to borrow away!

Hello!

I am a newbie to your PTR. I am all caught up!! I am wowed by your Binder--mine is a work in progress still! I am getting there with creating the dividers and such.

Question: Where did you find those cute divider pockets? :goodvibes I may have to find those for myself...:rolleyes1

:welcome: Charlefours

I think it is so cute you posted right after Charleston Princess ;)

and yes as your PTR siggie says it is never to early to start planning...have lots of fun w/ it!

the pocket dividers are store bought a few yrs back most likely Target or my DH brought home from work? I like the 3 ring tab w/ pocket seems to work well together. and then I just Googled images/logos etc of Disney stuff and downloaded a free Waltograph font to make the sections titles and taped on each pocket, it's more fun that way.

I use Microsoft publisher but you can probably do it on other programs too. hope that helps!


thanks for reading all!

Scrappie J~

Charlefours
01-14-2010, 09:00 AM
:welcome: Charlefours

I think it is so cute you posted right after Charleston Princess ;)

and yes as your PTR siggie says it is never to early to start planning...have lots of fun w/ it!

the pocket dividers are store bought a few yrs back most likely Target or my DH brought home from work? I like the 3 ring tab w/ pocket seems to work well together. and then I just Googled images/logos etc of Disney stuff and downloaded a free Waltograph font to make the sections titles and taped on each pocket, it's more fun that way.

I use Microsoft publisher but you can probably do it on other programs too. hope that helps!


thanks for reading all!

Scrappie J~


I am having LOADS of fun planning and hanging out on the DISboards. :goodvibes It's quite addicting!!::yes:::blush:

I started to make my dividers too and my At-a-Glance chart. I think I am going to make my divider pockets too but we shall see. I have a few section divider title pages done but I am still working on them. I do them when I can. (probably should be studying instead some of the times :rolleyes1)

Looking forward to reading more :surfweb:

mousescrapper
01-14-2010, 09:56 AM
Hello all :wave2:

hope most of you are warming up or thawing out a bit after the crazy cold and snow we've had a few weeks ago...plus those of you w/ kiddos in school, routines are getting back into the groove after Holiday breaks...

it seems silly that the Holiday season of 2009 is all done, as my youngest Margaret keeps reminding me

"Christmas is over"

and all I can think about is the Holiday season of 2010 :rotfl:

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A quick planning update for you guys...

so the other day I renewed my sub to touring plans and accessed their crowd chart for our Nov. dates (19-28)

not much has changed in comparrison to '09 w/ the exception of a few "best parks" differences and the crowd #'s have gone up from a somewhat scary 7 :crowded: Sat to Sat to a very SCARY :scared1: 9 Sat to Sat...

I looked over my intial schedule/itinerary plan and made a few adjustments to it, but not much can really feel set yet till the official operating hours are out (hopefully in May) and I can see how late/early parks open, the EMH schedules and the entertainment schedules...kwim ;)

DH asked me last night after the kids were in bed

"Do you want to watch a show or are you in the Disney Zone? " :rolleyes:

Yes I certaintly was in the "zone", thinking away :scratchin

it seems to early to really be talking touring plans...but what I do know is this:

1) we'll be there a total of 10 days, 2 of which are our traveling days

2) of these 10 days, 7 will be park days

3) we will not go to the parks on Thanksgiving day, but be our rest day and try to have the only main "planned" thing be dinner at some resort

4) we are getting PH passes for the kids (AP's for DH & I) but don't want to be hopping every park day...have maybe at least 2 days as no hopping days and allow for breaks back at BLT

5) Despite any crowd charts, best or worst park choices, EMH schedules...I do want to go to MK the morning of Margaret's birthday which is a Sat. :cake:

6) like to spend most of our touring days at MK & Epcot

7) spend way MORE time at AK this trip

8) DHS will mainly be a filler this trip...hitting a few key attractions/rides and see the Spectacle of Lights

9) Our overal goals of this trip is to spend the girls Birthdays at Disney, see Holiday stuff, and enjoy our first DVC vacation :thumbsup2


thanks for reading and hanging in there w/ me! I feel like I'm kind of in a planning limbo for now till more Nov. '10 info is out and we can book our airfare...but I'll try to keep the PTR moving, fresh and fun :surfweb:

Scrappie J~

PS Photopass question....
anyone see this? I read this yesterday on the main site here, about pre-ordering the Photopass CD and that it is now only available to onsite guests not including DVC members? :confused3

what's up w/ this?

here is the link:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/digital-photos.htm

Charleston Princess
01-14-2010, 10:27 AM
Hi, Scrappie J! I love the term "Disney Zone" -- I need to get into the Disney Zone before Tuesday which is our ADR day. It has come up quickly for some reason.

Number 9 is my favorite on your goals! All three of those will make for a GREAT vacation!

DisMomAmy
01-14-2010, 11:54 AM
I hate that limbo phase! :headache:

I love your goals - they look good and very do-able. I think you guys will enjoy park hoppers. I have a couple days planned of not hopping. It's nice to have the option, but not mandatory for every day!

I heard about that photopass thing too! I'm bummed because I am leading a photopass share through Tour Guide Mike and we can't get the pre-order discount. Actually I'm more bummed that we can't pre-order - I'm not so worried about the discount, but it's nice to pre-order so the group feels better about sending money. Nobody who is staying on property wants to run it so we're out of luck! Luckily we're doing a share so the cost will still be pretty low for us. It's too bad they don't allow shares to be organized here on the DIS now.

I can't believe they aren't letting DVC guests pre-order!

irish dancer
01-14-2010, 01:05 PM
Hi Julie - looks like you've got things under control. ;)

I've been following the PhotoPass issue as it really peeved me when I first heard that DVCers were not going to get the discount. How I understand it to work for us is that we have to contact Member Svcs to get a discount code to use after you get home when ordering the CD.

Charlefours
01-14-2010, 01:47 PM
Yay for goals! :goodvibes I love having goals to strive towards. :3dglasses

Just read the link you posted about the photopass cd--they are not allowing preorders to TA bookings either. :sad2: Not sure why not, when they are more likely to get them ordered. Oh well, I have in the budget at the full price but the discounted price would have been nice!

irish dancer
01-14-2010, 03:22 PM
Yay for goals! :goodvibes I love having goals to strive towards. :3dglasses

Just read the link you posted about the photopass cd--they are not allowing preorders to TA bookings either. :sad2: Not sure why not, when they are more likely to get them ordered. Oh well, I have in the budget at the full price but the discounted price would have been nice!

FYI.....TA bookings can get the discount too! Your TA has to call and get the code for you. You can read about it here: http://www.stitchkingdom.com/disneysphotopass/#save

KathyRN137
01-14-2010, 06:21 PM
Feels like I'm always in The Zone... ;)

Kathy

mommytothreeboys
01-15-2010, 08:00 AM
Hi Julie! It took me a while, but I'm back and I am all caught up!

First...I love all the Disney ornaments on your tree. My fave? The one with Lilo kissing Stitch! Too cute! :goodvibes

The pic of little Margaret in the hospital was heartbreaking. So cool that Santa paid her a visit!

You are my organizational hero! I have many of the same tools, but yours are just amazing! The planning is so much a part of the vacation for me. I think that's why I'm so bummed out lately....no vacation on the horizon to be planning. So sad. :sad2:

Can't wait to hear more about yours, though! Keep those posts coming! :thumbsup2

ladybugmom
01-15-2010, 09:38 AM
YAY!! Love your goals!! We want to spend more time in AK when we go back, too!! (it rained 11 inces the day we were there last May) That stinks about DVC members not getting the PP preorder discount! That makes no sense to me! :confused3

Marshay
01-15-2010, 10:48 AM
Yep, the Disney zone...it's definitely a way of life!

I'm hoping they figure out the photopass thing soon for DVCers. I do want the discount for our July trip!

I like your plans. When we stayed at BLT, we tried to concentrate on MK and Epcot, too, since they were so easy to get to.

next time we go to one of the hard-ticket events, I'm hoping we can get in BLT again. How nice to just walk back to your room!

mousescrapper
01-15-2010, 10:49 AM
Hi, Scrappie J! I love the term "Disney Zone" -- I need to get into the Disney Zone before Tuesday which is our ADR day. It has come up quickly for some reason.

Number 9 is my favorite on your goals! All three of those will make for a GREAT vacation!

wow CP only 3 more days now till your ADR's....are you posting your wishes on your top secret PTR?

Yes DH ins't in the "zone" till much closer but at least he appreciates my weakness ;)

I agree if I keep the #9 mantra we'll have a wonderful trip...I'm trying to tell myself, every Disney trip isn't about rides and attractions...


I hate that limbo phase! :headache:

yes it's a bit borring...

I love your goals - they look good and very do-able. I think you guys will enjoy park hoppers. I have a couple days planned of not hopping. It's nice to have the option, but not mandatory for every day!

thanks from the hopping queen, makes me feel good to know you don't hop every day :thumbsup2

I heard about that photopass thing too! I'm bummed because I am leading a photopass share through Tour Guide Mike and we can't get the pre-order discount. Actually I'm more bummed that we can't pre-order - I'm not so worried about the discount, but it's nice to pre-order so the group feels better about sending money. Nobody who is staying on property wants to run it so we're out of luck! Luckily we're doing a share so the cost will still be pretty low for us. It's too bad they don't allow shares to be organized here on the DIS now.



I thought of you Amy when I read this too and wondered how this would work for you...I think it's stinky:headache:


Hi Julie - looks like you've got things under control. ;)

well 10 months out I should be on top of it, huh? :rotfl2:

I've been following the PhotoPass issue as it really peeved me when I first heard that DVCers were not going to get the discount. How I understand it to work for us is that we have to contact Member Svcs to get a discount code to use after you get home when ordering the CD.


Whew! thanks for this one! what a relief...I knew we'd want to pre-order again have bought the CD for the past two trips, but only pre-ordered once...its a significant savings...now I wonder though isn't this more work for DVC people and what about not sure if they'll have this pre-discount but before our March '09 trip I pre-order the cd and the photobook...will I not be able to do the book pre trip if the discount even exists :confused3

Yay for goals! :goodvibes I love having goals to strive towards. :3dglasses



I am a very goal/list orientated person (if you could tell already :rolleyes1)

Feels like I'm always in The Zone... ;)

Kathy

:goodvibes

Hi Julie! It took me a while, but I'm back and I am all caught up!

First...I love all the Disney ornaments on your tree. My fave? The one with Lilo kissing Stitch! Too cute! :goodvibes

that belongs to Aldine, we bought it back in '05 (at WDW) I think?

The pic of little Margaret in the hospital was heartbreaking. So cool that Santa paid her a visit!

yes it was a tough week and few days then at the hosipital...but it was so sweet, made up for it.

You are my organizational hero! I have many of the same tools, but yours are just amazing! The planning is so much a part of the vacation for me. I think that's why I'm so bummed out lately....no vacation on the horizon to be planning. So sad. :sad2:

well you can pull a MRYPPNS...I remember once when she was in between trips...she planned a pretend one :laughing: and thanks for saying I'm your hero...to funny :flower3:

Can't wait to hear more about yours, though! Keep those posts coming! :thumbsup2

thanks for stopping in Missy....glad your back!

J~

mousescrapper
01-15-2010, 10:56 AM
YAY!! Love your goals!! We want to spend more time in AK when we go back, too!! (it rained 11 inces the day we were there last May) That stinks about DVC members not getting the PP preorder discount! That makes no sense to me! :confused3

of my past 7 trips to the World...only one did we feel megga rained out...don't think it couldn't it could happen twice ;)

Yep, the Disney zone...it's definitely a way of life!

I agree and only those in the "zone" truly get it huh :rotfl2:

I'm hoping they figure out the photopass thing soon for DVCers. I do want the discount for our July trip!

I like your plans. When we stayed at BLT, we tried to concentrate on MK and Epcot, too, since they were so easy to get to.

thanks...I think it makes sense too, the buses don't overly bother us...but the monorail is just so nice :thumbsup2

next time we go to one of the hard-ticket events, I'm hoping we can get in BLT again. How nice to just walk back to your room!

I'm looking forward to that too...too bad there isn't a moving walkway :rolleyes:

Ok and to the DVC no discount for PP...irishdancer (DVC member too) posted just back a few posts that we can get it, but need to obtain the code after our trip from GS...weird :confused:

thanks for reading all!

J~

Marshay
01-15-2010, 02:57 PM
[COLOR="SeaGreen"]Ok and to the DVC no discount for PP...irishdancer (DVC member too) posted just back a few posts that we can get it, but need to obtain the code after our trip from GS...weird :confused:

thanks for reading all!


Oh, thanks for that update. I must have missed it!

DisMomAmy
01-15-2010, 05:49 PM
I'm glad to hear you can get the PP discount! :thumbsup2

PracPerfPatricia
01-15-2010, 07:52 PM
Yep, the Disney zone...it's definitely a way of life!




Truer words have not been spoken...:lmao: I think that many of us live in the Disney Zone...;)

Hey J,

I hope that everyone is healthy right now and all is going well...:hug:

disneylovin24
01-16-2010, 06:43 AM
popcorn:: Can't wait for more!!!

Native NYer
01-16-2010, 09:50 AM
Great plans. Building in time at the resort the rest is so important. It's so tempting to go go go. Plus, it'll be so easy for you to get back to your room from the MK.

mousescrapper
01-16-2010, 10:13 AM
I'm glad to hear you can get the PP discount! :thumbsup2

me too :thumbsup2

Truer words have not been spoken...:lmao: I think that many of us live in the Disney Zone...;)

I agree :3dglasses

Hey J,

I hope that everyone is healthy right now and all is going well...:hug:

Thanks for asking Triple P...we're getting there, it will be nice when winter is over.

popcorn:: Can't wait for more!!!

thanks...I love popcorn. More fun soon!

Great plans. Building in time at the resort the rest is so important. It's so tempting to go go go. Plus, it'll be so easy for you to get back to your room from the MK.

Yes I agree! it will be so nice to have the easy access. I'm even thinking to go over to the TTC via monorail and catch direct buses to AK and DHS when we go there. We did that when we stayed at the Poly and that worked real well. :thumbsup2


Scrappie

Charlefours
01-16-2010, 07:05 PM
FYI.....TA bookings can get the discount too! Your TA has to call and get the code for you. You can read about it here: http://www.stitchkingdom.com/disneysphotopass/#save

Thank you for the information!! I really appreciate it. :) :goodvibes

mousescrapper
01-18-2010, 10:36 AM
Hi all...

nothing new to report in the ways of the Nov. trip, but I'd love to invite you to take a peek at my BLOG Julie's Mickey Memories and More (the link is below in my siggie) ;)

I have begun to create custom Memory Books and I write and share about these fun projects in my BLOG. I just finished up a special timeline book for my husband and I...

here is a sneak peek at the cover:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/100_4985.jpg

enjoy... :goodvibes

Scrappie

Charleston Princess
01-18-2010, 01:04 PM
I am drooling over the custom memory book, so I am headed over to check out your blog! :goodvibes

Marshay
01-18-2010, 03:05 PM
Oh, I love your custom books!! How fun and so cool!

I'm sure your friend treasured her wedding books -- what a thoughtful gift!

Please keep posting links when you have more! I love to see what others are doing!

I finally started clearing out my scrapbook room last night from our November trip. I took a scrapbooking hiatus for a few months but I want to start again soon!

mousescrapper
01-18-2010, 03:56 PM
Oh, I love your custom books!! How fun and so cool!

I'm sure your friend treasured her wedding books -- what a thoughtful gift!

Please keep posting links when you have more! I love to see what others are doing!

I finally started clearing out my scrapbook room last night from our November trip. I took a scrapbooking hiatus for a few months but I want to start again soon!

I am drooling over the custom memory book, so I am headed over to check out your blog! :goodvibes

thanks guys...:goodvibes

I really love to scrapbook, but these little books just look so sharp!

Marsha that was on my list of Scrappin to do's for Jan too- clean out the scraproom..it had become a catch all for vairous what -nots over the holidays...this weekend is one of my favorites a girl scrappin and restin weekend. It's just a quickie at a friends parents IL house (they also have one in FL) usually we do 3 days in MI, but any excuss to get away and scrap for 1 1/2 days I am game for.

I want to do a quick Christmas book (the book is pre-done just add the pictures) I feel like I'm cheating a bit, but at least it's done :thumbsup2 and then I'm going to jump into Feb's goals and finally start my mini album from the '09 trip. I have all the pictures printed. It's one of those 8 x 8 albums so I want to pre cut my 12 x 12 paper down before the weekend so hopefully I can just bust through it.

I'll be sure to share more when I do stuff.

thanks

Julie

Charlefours
01-18-2010, 07:36 PM
Love the books! I am an avid scrapbooker though I do not get as much time to do it as I like (who does?). The gifts were wonderful too! :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
01-18-2010, 07:53 PM
I love the scrapbooking projects! I checked in on your blog just this morning - I think it was this morning?? I'm glad you are finding time to work on the things that are important to you. :goodvibes

Marshay
01-18-2010, 09:46 PM
thanks guys...:goodvibes

I really love to scrapbook, but these little books just look so sharp!

Marsha that was on my list of Scrappin to do's for Jan too- clean out the scraproom..it had become a catch all for vairous what -nots over the holidays...this weekend is one of my favorites a girl scrappin and restin weekend. It's just a quickie at a friends parents IL house (they also have one in FL) usually we do 3 days in MI, but any excuss to get away and scrap for 1 1/2 days I am game for.

I want to do a quick Christmas book (the book is pre-done just add the pictures) I feel like I'm cheating a bit, but at least it's done :thumbsup2 and then I'm going to jump into Feb's goals and finally start my mini album from the '09 trip. I have all the pictures printed. It's one of those 8 x 8 albums so I want to pre cut my 12 x 12 paper down before the weekend so hopefully I can just bust through it.

I'll be sure to share more when I do stuff.

thanks

Julie


that all sounds great! Please post links b/c then maybe I'll get motivated again, too!

I actually *found* my desk so that's a good start!:rotfl2:

mousescrapper
01-19-2010, 12:05 PM
Love the books! I am an avid scrapbooker though I do not get as much time to do it as I like (who does?). The gifts were wonderful too! :goodvibes

yes even though I can carve out the time here and there I am still way behind. I like to mainly do vacation books and books of my 4 kids. So let's see the twins will be 11 this spring and I'm trying to finish up age 6-7 for Michael and Mae will be 8 and I'm through age 3 and Margaret will be 4 and I've done through 1 for her :rotfl:


I love the scrapbooking projects! I checked in on your blog just this morning - I think it was this morning?? I'm glad you are finding time to work on the things that are important to you. :goodvibes

I am too Amy...w/ everything else going on (and you kwim) it si nice to have some mommy time and smile


that all sounds great! Please post links b/c then maybe I'll get motivated again, too!

I actually *found* my desk so that's a good start!:rotfl2:

I will! and :rotfl2: about your desk... I took a bunch of little pictures of my scrapbook room and hope to do a fun little post about in on my BLOG

J~

ladybugmom
01-19-2010, 01:25 PM
LOVE the custom Memory Books, Julie!!! :lovestruc

carissanboys
01-19-2010, 02:08 PM
I am here, Julie!! :banana:

Better late than never, right? :goodvibes

mousescrapper
01-19-2010, 06:40 PM
LOVE the custom Memory Books, Julie!!! :lovestruc

Thanks Becky...from crafty dizgal to the next...I knew you'd love them:thumbsup2

I am here, Julie!! :banana:

Better late than never, right? :goodvibes

:yay: YAY Carissa is here! don't worry the heavy planning is yet to come...

how are you, the boys and Chuck? he is on his tour yes?

:welcome: glad you stopped by and I'm going to check out your new PTR...

J~

carissanboys
01-19-2010, 06:50 PM
:yay: YAY Carissa is here! don't worry the heavy planning is yet to come...

how are you, the boys and Chuck? he is on his tour yes?

:welcome: glad you stopped by and I'm going to check out your new PTR...

J~

The boys and I are good. Chuck left for deployment a few weeks ago. We're all starting to get into a groove now that he's gone. Well, not like we ever had a chance to get used to him being home when he finished with school, but it is different now with him being deployed. I worry more. We can't talk on the phone every day. But, we're all staying busy (Chuck included!) and hope the next few months will pass quickly.

mousescrapper
01-19-2010, 08:31 PM
The boys and I are good. Chuck left for deployment a few weeks ago. We're all starting to get into a groove now that he's gone. Well, not like we ever had a chance to get used to him being home when he finished with school, but it is different now with him being deployed. I worry more. We can't talk on the phone every day. But, we're all staying busy (Chuck included!) and hope the next few months will pass quickly.

thanks for the update...glad to hear things are well :goodvibes I thought of you and the Navy this weekend as Matt and Michael had an opportunity w/ Scouts to do an overnight in a retired WWII sub up in WI...

I know Chuck is not on a sub...but still after seeing Matt's pictures and remebering when my Uncle was deployed during the Gulf War in the 90's...I have a huge respect for miltary families and serivce people when they are away :thumbsup2

hope your "training" will keep your mind positive and away from worry while he is gone.

J~

mousescrapper
01-28-2010, 08:26 PM
:confused: sorry all...things have been quite busy, crazy, and more lately in the MouseScrapper family...

and I seem to barely have time to keep up w/ my friends PTR/TR's let alone mine.

But know the trip is still in the works and it often comes up in conversations and thoughts.

I will get some notes together and little fun tidbits together next week to give you all some February FUN as we enter 9 months and counting down...

* my two days of looking thru the cake threads...

* reading thru the 2010 Unofficial Guide and what new notes did I make

* Matt's injury and if I have to I'll push you in a wheelchair...but Julie I won't be able to ride Dinosaur, MS or KJS...:sad2:

* Some updates to my BLOG

and on my Trip's TO-DO list for FEB:

* type out needed info from my pre-pre planning notebook to the the binder

oh and Why did Micheal ask " what does risque mean?"


have a good Disney weekend!

Scrappie J~ :flower3:

DisMomAmy
01-28-2010, 08:33 PM
Oh No! What happened to Matt? :confused3

Marshay
01-28-2010, 08:45 PM
I'm here! I always check my User CP for updated threads!:goodvibes

mommytothreeboys
01-28-2010, 08:56 PM
Oh boy...an injury. That doesn't sound good. :sad2:

Hmmm....don't you just love it when kids ask questions like that?? Can't wait to hear the circumstances behind that one!

And a cake thread....interesting! I may have to go check that one out! :thumbsup2

carissanboys
01-28-2010, 09:45 PM
I'm here Julie!! :yay:

Matt's injured - oh no!

Is he referring to Cafe Risque - one of my favorites on the drive down to WDW?? :rotfl:

ladybugmom
01-28-2010, 10:41 PM
You're stuck with me for good, Julie--I'm not going anywhere!!! :goodvibes

KathyRN137
01-28-2010, 11:18 PM
But know the trip is still in the works and it often comes up in conversations and thoughts.


Trust me, I know it does!!


:worried: Uh-Oh. What happened to Matt??


Kathy

Charleston Princess
01-29-2010, 04:39 AM
I am still here, Julie!!! What's happened to Matt? And of course, I am looking forward to all the other tidbits you have to share with us!

DisneyMomLiz
01-29-2010, 10:43 AM
Hi Julie...I'm here :woohoo:

Oh no, what happened to Matt?

YUMMM...cake threads! Looking at those takes up my whole carb limit for the day :rotfl2:

I'm reading the 2010 Unofficial Guide too, got from DSis for Christmas. Can you believe this is the first copy I have ever owned?!? :rotfl:

Oh boy 'risque' huh? Not looking forward to those conversations when my DS gets a bit older? :confused3

MRYPPNS
01-29-2010, 12:49 PM
You had my at cake thread!

disneylovin24
01-29-2010, 03:22 PM
popcorn:: Can't wait to read about all of those things in February!!!

And the unofficial guide is just great isn't it:thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
01-29-2010, 07:41 PM
For everyone who's asking, Julie said I could pass along some info about what happened to Matt...

I guess it started before Christmas, but what it comes down to is he "injured his back/neck spinal area and MRI results have shown some concerns...we are seeking treatment options." I guess he is in a lot of pain...

They had a doctor's appointment today to find out the options but I haven't talked to her since then.

I know they'll appreciate you keeping them in your prayers. And I'm sure a little pixie dust couldn't hurt. pixiedust:

I'm sure she'll update with more info. as soon as she can.

mommytothreeboys
01-29-2010, 09:38 PM
Thanks for the update Amy. Julie and Matt will be in my prayers.

Native NYer
01-30-2010, 03:13 PM
I'm still here.
Can't wait to read more about your plans.

Charlefours
01-30-2010, 05:03 PM
:yay: :yay: I am still here!! :yay: :yay:

irish dancer
01-30-2010, 05:18 PM
I'm still here too! Know all about the craziness life brings sometimes.

Keeping you, Matt and the family in my prayers. Hope things improve.

Love the "risque" question, totally something I'd get from Daniel. He had a similar funny at school last year. They had free reading time in the library one day, Daniel was allowed to get books from the upper grade shelf and unbeknown to the teacher he selected a book on girls/puberty/etc and loudly asked "what's a tampon?"

Looking forward to the Feb updates.

mousescrapper
01-31-2010, 06:41 PM
Thank you to all for stopping by and making me feel loved in the ever wonderful DISNEY WAY!!! :grouphug:

please know I read each of your comments and you guys are the best...glad you are still w/ me here....

For everyone who's asking, Julie said I could pass along some info about what happened to Matt...

I guess it started before Christmas, but what it comes down to is he "injured his back/neck spinal area and MRI results have shown some concerns...we are seeking treatment options." I guess he is in a lot of pain...

They had a doctor's appointment today to find out the options but I haven't talked to her since then.

I know they'll appreciate you keeping them in your prayers. And I'm sure a little pixie dust couldn't hurt. pixiedust:

I'm sure she'll update with more info. as soon as she can.

thank you Amy for sending and posting the update in regard to Matt...

yes as Amy quoted from me (from an email I sent her after she demanded to know what was wrong...;)) Matt felt he had injured himself at work right before Christmas...and suffered bad pain in his upper back/neck and left arm...as the pain, discomfort, and numbing in a few fingers cont.; he saw a doctor a few weeks ago, which lead to a MRI and then a follow-up appointment last week...we now know he didn't actually injure himself but has deteriation of some discs which is causing bone spurs and tension/narrowing of his nerves in the neck which affect his arm. Right now he will be getting a shot to hopefully release the tension and allow the nerve to heal and seek out some 2nd opinions regarding further treatment...

we hope and pray that the shot will help, as he is in constant pain, thanks for all the pixie dust too!

J~

KathyRN137
01-31-2010, 06:53 PM
Aww, Jules, I'm so sorry to hear that!

Sending prayers and pixiedust! :angel: pixiedust: :angel: pixiedust:

Hope you feel better very soon, Matt!


Kathy

mousescrapper
01-31-2010, 06:57 PM
a Disney (text) Logo shirt in a Ladies Medium!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_5064.jpg

OH NO!!!!! How can this be...I can't believe it....:confused3

I don't know what made me look in the bag w/ all the Disney shirts I have been ordering over the last year and a half for the next trip this morning after church...but to my dismay I have realized that what I thought I ordered I did not...even found my original order reciept from Disneystore.com and I somehow didn't actually order this shirt.

I have 5 shirts...5 matching shirts ALL in the Disney (text) logo...but no shirt for me...:sad2:

I intended to get one for each one of us...

I have a grey one for Matt

a navy one for Aldine

a bright green (good Diser color, huh?) for Michael

a pink one for Mae

and a red one for Margaret

in my notes I had intended to get a pink one for myself...but something must have happened because not only do I not have it or ordered one

YOU CAN NOT GET THEM ANYMORE at disneystore.com...
I seriously do not know how I never noticed it was not in the package when I order the other ones or why I never looked at the invoice...

what I am going to do...I can't be the odd man out :headache:

SO this is where I NEED YOUR HELP>>>>

I appeal to all you Disers out there....

does anyone have a Ladies size Medium Disney Logo shirt that I can borrow this November?

I'd even offer to pay for you to ship it to me...

I'll take a pretty picutre in it :cutie:

any color...oh what a HUGE bummer...

HELP!!!!!!!

Scrappie :guilty:

KathyRN137
01-31-2010, 07:04 PM
Oh No! :faint:

Sorry Scrappie, we don't have any of those shirts! Good luck... I'm sure you will find a DISer who does.

(A DISer who does... that sounds kind of funny!)


Kathy

Charleston Princess
01-31-2010, 08:12 PM
Lots of prayers and pixie dust for Matt!!! :wizard:

Oh, I wish I had a Disney logo shirt to lend to you! Good luck finding one! Did you happen to check ebay just in case?

mommytothreeboys
01-31-2010, 09:27 PM
Sorry...can't help with the shirt issue. I'm sure you'll find one...the DIS is the BEST! :disrocks:

Lots of prayers and Pixie Dust for Matt. I know how frustrating and painful back injuries can be. Jeff had some real problems in 2008. Prayers are going up that the shot alleviates his pain.

carissanboys
01-31-2010, 09:31 PM
Oh no, Julie! Wish I could help. It's so like us moms to forget about ourselves. :hug:

Native NYer
01-31-2010, 09:33 PM
Good luck finding the shirt. I agree with Jackie. Try eBay. You may find it there.

ladybugmom
01-31-2010, 09:50 PM
Praying for your hubby!

I don't have that shirt and I looked on Ebay for you--no luck!! I hope someone can help you out!! :goodvibes

irish dancer
01-31-2010, 11:09 PM
Oh Julie, I hope the shot works for Matt and that he won't be in pain any longer.

Unfortunately I don't have that shirt, have other logo ones but not that one. Also checked eBay without luck. What about trying to get one of those talented people on the DISign board to do up an iron-on for you. Won't be exactly the same but probably wouldn't be noticable in photos, etc.

mousescrapper
02-01-2010, 08:15 PM
Oh No! :faint:

Sorry Scrappie, we don't have any of those shirts! Good luck... I'm sure you will find a DISer who does.

(A DISer who does... that sounds kind of funny!)


Kathy

Lots of prayers and pixie dust for Matt!!! :wizard:

Oh, I wish I had a Disney logo shirt to lend to you! Good luck finding one! Did you happen to check ebay just in case?

Sorry...can't help with the shirt issue. I'm sure you'll find one...the DIS is the BEST! :disrocks:

Lots of prayers and Pixie Dust for Matt. I know how frustrating and painful back injuries can be. Jeff had some real problems in 2008. Prayers are going up that the shot alleviates his pain.

Oh no, Julie! Wish I could help. It's so like us moms to forget about ourselves. :hug:

Good luck finding the shirt. I agree with Jackie. Try eBay. You may find it there.

Praying for your hubby!

I don't have that shirt and I looked on Ebay for you--no luck!! I hope someone can help you out!! :goodvibes

Oh Julie, I hope the shot works for Matt and that he won't be in pain any longer.

Unfortunately I don't have that shirt, have other logo ones but not that one. Also checked eBay without luck. What about trying to get one of those talented people on the DISign board to do up an iron-on for you. Won't be exactly the same but probably wouldn't be noticable in photos, etc.

thanks for the well wishes and pixiedust: for my DH...in his own special way he appreicates I know I do...

well today was a not a special Disney Day...you know one of those burnt bagel days :guilty:...

but I was glad to get up another BLOG post today and on Feb 1st to boot...:woohoo:

so thanks for all the comiserating w/ me over my shirt woes...so no I did not check ebay but thank you to those who did look...I was thinking it would ending up costing me more than the $7.00 I would have paid...

I had not thought of an alternative way to re-create the matching shirt till irishdancer mentioned it....

I have not given of hope of finding one (I'm going to broaden my request later on another thread any suggestions?)

but for now here is my hopeful stnadby solution...I was able to order (I think) a man's small tank top of the Logo...the site was acting all weird with not bringing up the images but I have a confirmed order so we'll see what color I get...but this is what I am thinking....

I can ask my sister who sews to cut out the Logo portion of the shirt and serge stitch it to another plain t-shirt that is my size and hope for the best :confused3

Or I guess I can wear my man's tank top over a long sleeve shirt...would that be pure Disney Dork?

I want to get caught up w/ all my sub's and then I'll be back to start on some Feb updates...plus I have a special bit of Magic happening tomorrow that I hope to report on :goodvibes

Scrappie

DisMomAmy
02-01-2010, 08:31 PM
Oh no... Somehow I missed the shirt post last night. Bummer! :scared1: That is such a mom thing to do... Sorry, wish I had some suggestions (or a shirt) for you, but I don't. :sad2:

I like your two options with the tank top. Wait until you get it, then you can decide. What color is it? If it's warm enough you could layer another tank top under it? Save those shirts for the warmerst day? :confused3 I guess it depends how huge it is though... maybe a dress? :laughing:

Can't wait to hear about your bit of magic tomorrow! :goodvibes

KathyRN137
02-01-2010, 09:49 PM
Hey there... just popping in to see if you had any luck with the shirt!

Sounds like you've got a few options; I hope something works out.

I once read about a mom who went away with her family and packed a suitcase for everyone but herself...
was it here on the DIS-boards? :confused: I don't remember.

Anyway, she was mortified when she showed up at her in-laws' and had to run right out to Walmart to buy undies!! :rotfl:


Kathy

mousescrapper
02-02-2010, 01:49 PM
Oh no... Somehow I missed the shirt post last night. Bummer! :scared1: That is such a mom thing to do... Sorry, wish I had some suggestions (or a shirt) for you, but I don't. :sad2:

I like your two options with the tank top. Wait until you get it, then you can decide. What color is it? If it's warm enough you could layer another tank top under it? Save those shirts for the warmerst day? :confused3 I guess it depends how huge it is though... maybe a dress? :laughing:

Can't wait to hear about your bit of magic tomorrow! :goodvibes

Amy...come one why don't you have one...

I actually don't know what color I ordered oh even how it will fit...I figure $7 + shipping, I have nothing to lose...since I don't have a shirt to begin w/...

I'm going to wait till I get it and then talk w/ my sister and if it just won't work I'll do my request on some other boards...someone HAS to HAVE a shirt I can borrow...:confused3

Haha "a dress" now that would be funny...:rotfl:


Hey there... just popping in to see if you had any luck with the shirt!

Sounds like you've got a few options; I hope something works out.

I once read about a mom who went away with her family and packed a suitcase for everyone but herself...
was it here on the DIS-boards? :confused: I don't remember.

Anyway, she was mortified when she showed up at her in-laws' and had to run right out to Walmart to buy undies!! :rotfl:


Kathy

:rotfl2: that is too funny...yes there is a running joke w/ my scrapbooking girlfriends...our first ladies weekend away in MI about 2 1/2 hrs from home...I'm unpacking my bag and realized I forgot ALL of my MEDICATIONs at home...I would be seriously :sick: w/ asthma and allergies if I went 2 1/2 days w/out anything...I was in a bit of a panic...I had packed them, but took the bag out to squeeze one last thing in and then didn't put the bag back in. Luckily we were staying is a house that belongs to one of the ladies in-laws and they will coming up that night to do some work while we were there and hadn't left yet and brought me my med's

Hence I have never forgotten my med's again ;)

I'll keep you posted on my shirt issues...

but for now check out this:

mousescrapper
02-02-2010, 02:14 PM
I had a wonderful Dis-meet w/ irishdancer today...

This morning irishdancer and I met at Panera and chatted about life, kids, Disney and more....

we have "met" here on the boards through other people's TR's and such and have exchanged several pm's back and forth, when we realized we lived only some 25 minutes from each other...:banana:

we've talked about having a Dis-meet for several months now and so glad it worked out today. It was like we were old friends chatting away for 2 hours...it was a lovely morning.

We found out we had even more in common than we had orginally thought too...(even 1 of her sisters knew my SIL in HS and we used to both bank at a local bank where my Mom used to work, oh and we both sported great VB bags :thumbsup2)

I am sorry I have no pictures to share...duh? I even had my camera in my bag.

And Kathy you'd be proud of me, after reading about your wonderful Halloween Dis-meet, I brought a little gift to irishdancer, an original Scrappie :flower3:

maybe irishdancer can share a picture for us...

we had a great time talking :chat:and it was a fun bit of the Magic far away from "Mouse" pixiedust:

we look forward to talking more on the boards and in person again soon...

well I'm off to get caught up w/ all of you and then be back w/ some more planning tidbits.

J~

mommytothreeboys
02-02-2010, 02:48 PM
Sounds like a great way to spend a morning Julie! :goodvibes

carissanboys
02-02-2010, 02:53 PM
How wonderful to have a lovely Dismeet. :goodvibes More good luck for the shirt situation!

Charleston Princess
02-02-2010, 05:02 PM
What a lovely way to spend the morning! :goodvibes

Charlefours
02-02-2010, 05:34 PM
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! I pray the shots help relieve the pain!! :hug:

Sent you PM about the shirt...

irish dancer
02-02-2010, 07:38 PM
Hi Julie!!

It was so fun to finally meet and I feel like we've been friends for a long time. :goodvibes Of course I didn't think to take a pic of us either and my camera was in my purse too! :crazy:

Julie did make an absolutely adorable Scrappie original for me to use after our upcoming Spring Break trip:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o33/Briantime_2006/DSC00130.jpg


Can't wait to fill it with pics after vaca. I'm embarassed to say I arrived empty handed. :blush: Sorry Julie!


Sounds like you have a fairly workable solution to your shirt dilema, hope it works out!

ladybugmom
02-02-2010, 10:34 PM
YAY for DIS meets!! How fun! But no pics?! C'mon ladies!! You'll just have to get together again soon so we can get a pic!!! :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
02-03-2010, 08:27 AM
Sounds like you ladies had a wonderful DIS-meet!

mousescrapper
02-04-2010, 09:09 PM
Sounds like a great way to spend a morning Julie! :goodvibes

Yes it was Missy...and considering it was snowing..it was extra nice not to be dreary at home.


How wonderful to have a lovely Dismeet. :goodvibes More good luck for the shirt situation!

It was great...and I laughed later that we barely talked Disney..:rotfl2:

What a lovely way to spend the morning! :goodvibes

:goodvibes it would be nice to have a Dis-meet everyday huh?

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! I pray the shots help relieve the pain!! :hug:

Sent you PM about the shirt...

thank you for the prayers...he has his shot tomorrow morning. and thanks for the PM.

Hi Julie!!

It was so fun to finally meet and I feel like we've been friends for a long time. :goodvibes Of course I didn't think to take a pic of us either and my camera was in my purse too! :crazy:

Julie did make an absolutely adorable Scrappie original for me to use after our upcoming Spring Break trip:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o33/Briantime_2006/DSC00130.jpg


Can't wait to fill it with pics after vaca. I'm embarassed to say I arrived empty handed. :blush: Sorry Julie!


Sounds like you have a fairly workable solution to your shirt dilema, hope it works out!

Hi back at ya :wave2: please don't be embarassed...silly...it was a sweet 20 minutes to pull that together for you...I love it. Ugh we both had cameras :sad2:

yes I hope one shirt solution will work!

YAY for DIS meets!! How fun! But no pics?! C'mon ladies!! You'll just have to get together again soon so we can get a pic!!! :goodvibes

I know, I know...I'm sure we'll get together again!

Sounds like you ladies had a wonderful DIS-meet!

we did, gotta love girl chat over some tea and hot chocolate :cloud9:

thanks for readin all!

J~

mousescrapper
02-04-2010, 09:14 PM
Quick funny tid bit to share...I am sure as most other Disers would agree when Disney is on the brain you see little hints everywhere...

like anyone see that Office Max truck w/ the big rubberband balls on it and the 3 on the back make a perfect Hidden Mickey ? (of course I never have my camera then...)

or like today I went on the weatherchannel.com site and in the little city/zipcode serch box it tells you to enter that info or a place and do you know what place it mentions....:confused3












Disney World of course....:thumbsup2

Have a good rest of Your Disney Night!

Scrappie

Charleston Princess
02-05-2010, 04:51 AM
Julie, do you find yourself checking Disney's weather after you check yours when you go to the Weather Channel site? I always do just because it is so easy. :lmao:

DisMomAmy
02-05-2010, 08:11 AM
Orlando is one of the cities I pre-set into my weatherchannel.com app on my phone! I love checking the weather in Orlando... especially when it's 20 degrees here!

And I know exacty what you're talking about! Just a few minutes ago there was a commercial on tv for rice cakes. Three rice cakes fell onto the screen and can you guess what shape they made when they landed... :rolleyes1

mousescrapper
02-05-2010, 06:32 PM
Julie, do you find yourself checking Disney's weather after you check yours when you go to the Weather Channel site? I always do just because it is so easy. :lmao:

not all the time...but when it get's closer I sure do...but anytime I stay up for the news and the weather report I always glance down at my favorite peninsula and wish I was there...well except in the rainy season ;)

Orlando is one of the cities I pre-set into my weatherchannel.com app on my phone! I love checking the weather in Orlando... especially when it's 20 degrees here!

And I know exacty what you're talking about! Just a few minutes ago there was a commercial on tv for rice cakes. Three rice cakes fell onto the screen and can you guess what shape they made when they landed... :rolleyes1

I know what you mean about when it's cold here...weather envy :thumbsup2 and Mickey and rice cakes...now that's not something you'd put to gether often...:rotfl2:

J~

mousescrapper
02-09-2010, 09:22 PM
Ok It is time to get back into the Disney ZONE….


I will get some notes together and little fun tidbits together next week to give you all some February FUN as we enter 9 months and counting down...

* my two days of looking thru the cake threads...

* reading thru the 2010 Unofficial Guide and what new notes did I make

* Matt's injury and if I have to I'll push you in a wheelchair...but Julie I won't be able to ride Dinosaur, MS or KJS....

* Some updates to my BLOG

and on my Trip's TO-DO list for FEB:

* type out needed info from my pre-pre planning notebook to the the binder

oh and Why did Micheal ask " what does risque mean?"


have a good Disney weekend!

Scrappie J~

I was at the ESPN ZONE over the weekend as part of a Bachelorette Party for my future SIL…she is a major Sport fanatic. It is a glorified sport bar/restaurant, you know if you have been to the ESPN Club at the BW…you have a feeling what it is like…well besides some :drinking1 and :hyper2: and lots of :laughing: there were games…

And you know at some point some girl at the party was talking about Disney and how she was going in April…she knew she was staying on site, but didn’t know where and said they were going to go to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom…and when I said try to get there at rope drop for MK and head straight back to Fantasyland…she didn’t know what I meant “what is Fantasyland?”…(sorry sweetheart) I nearly fell of my seat…or was that the 2nd beer talking….whew boy now I know why me and alcohol don’t mix…. :sad2:


Anyways…so join me as we go to Scrappie’s WDW ZONE:


Enter the double doors to a very organized room w/ shelves of binders and walls of books and corners filled w/ filing cabinets as far as the eye can see. The walls are covered in Disney memorabilia and pictures of characters and children.::MickeyMo pooh: :stitch2:


The music is playing various tracks from Disney Attractions…right now we hear “ Yo Ho , Yo Ho…it’s off to Work we Go….” Oops that’s in our friend Kathy’s son’s sweet Disney Zone… ;)


You head up the main stair well and as you go up, you pass Command Central…Scrappie’s Desk w/ planning binders and the Computers set to the Disboard as “home”… :surfweb:


And you smell the distinct smell of baking…cakes to be exact. :cake:


I spent the better half of two days…yes really….going through the infamous Cake Threads here on the boards trying to do some early preliminary research about these C-A-K-E-S…


And despite some really awesome looking ones like the Haunted Mansion one or a beautiful Minnie Cake and then some basic cakes that are reported to be a Sara Lee frozen Cake…for the most part the prices would be able to provoke a major migraine or heart palpitations… :faint:


There is talk of some allergy free cakes, and these treasure chest cakes in Pirate and Princess Versions…some talk of YUM! and UGH!...it’s enough to make anyone get a little cake sick…


I have somewhat come to this conclusion….

With any luck Margaret’s b-day celebration will be held at CRT and they have these lovely platters w/ a chocolate slipper and fruit and they write a “happy birthday name” on the plate in chocolate…since Margaret most likely can not participate in such glorious dessert…I think if we can just have the plate w/ fruit and her “happy birthday” message…


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/cindysliiperplate.jpg


that will be sweet! AND since I will be staying DVC Villa w/ a full functioning kitchen I can make her a dairy/egg/wheat/gluten free cake in the villa and we can sing another round of “happy’s” to her w/ a cake she can actually eat…

Onto Mae’s b-day…w/ any luck we will be at 1900 PF in the GF for her b-day celebration and I am thinking of ordering one of those sweet mini “wedding cakes”

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/miniweddingcake25809.jpg

or

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/minicastlecakeinpink30709.jpg


I’d love it in pink w/ little Mickey heads on it or a bow or something…and then I will bring my own fun mini cake topper from home…yet to be discovered. She will love to be presented w/ a cute cake and this just could be the hit.


You round the corner past the “bakery” and discover some more glorious food…and wonder why have we NEVER had any of this before…

I was digging around on the Disney Food Blog…and found a tempting delicious morsel of goodness that oh boy…now I will be craving for the next 8 + months….








DISNEY FUDGE!!!!!!!


Check out this link: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2009/11/30/disney-world-fudge-a-primer/


YUM FUN! I tell you…I am not a chocolate kinda gal…but decadent yummy flavors like

Candy cane, eggnog (for the holidays), Butterfinger, turtle, cheesecakes, caramel…(I know you are licking your lips):smooth:

Can make me go ga-ga…and DH he is no fool…bring him some good ‘ol chocolate fudge….snack credit usage warning! ::yes::


One last pit stop on this food floor belongs to POP CENTURY and their food court….

Can anyone say Tie-Dye Cheesecake? :hippie:

Can anyone say Cheesecake and Lactaid tablets…oh yes…for Scrappie that will do! HA! I love me some good cheesecake and I must get me a slice of that.

Here is another link to another BLOG entry from the Disney Food Blog…all about the POP food court…have at it! It actually looks pretty good…

Link: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2010/01/18/pop-centurys-everything-pop-food-court/


Now the lights get dimmer as you head into a smaller area w/ restricted access…you need to show your insider arm band to enter…

How do you get one of these bands do you wonder? Well it really isn’t that hard…just brush up on some Disney Tips ands Tricks by reading the Unofficial Guide to WDW the 2010 version…

Which I did, not to long ago…now I did not read it cover to cover, but checked out various sections and browsed through others…


What new tid-bits did I write down…some of this may not be new to me or you, but worth remembering… :listen:


*CRT ADR…hoping this won’t be some scary experience…
Tips- call about 50 sec before 7 am EST…
Have CC ready
Cell phone connection is slower
Say immediately CRT-lunch-on date…then move into pleasantries…

but I should be doing this online…but just in case I have the phone tips


*EPCOT WS QS places not to miss…I added a few more to my list
France-Boulangerie Patisserie for French Pastries (of course)
Germany- Sommerfest for bratwurst…ah can you smell it now…it smells like summer!
Japan- Yakitori House for noodle dishes, tempura and teriyaki
Plus
Norway- Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
And FYI Sunshine Seasons in the Land has soy milk for sale...not sure if on the menu though….


*WCC at WL notes…dinner 5- 10 pm, just off atrium lobby, tables have barrel top Lazy Susan’s where the food is placed, all family style


*Character Meals ratios & noise levels…
CRT 1:26 quiet
1900 PF B 1:54, D 1:44 moderate

And this is scary…Tusker House 1:112 very loud :crowded:


*Busiest times for TS/CS…are between 11:30-2:15 pm for lunch and 6-9:00 pm for dinner. DO NOT eat between 12:30-1:30 pm and if park open late try to eat dinner around 4/4:30 pm


*AK arrival tip…arrive 40 minutes before p/o in summer & holiday and 30 minutes before rest of the year…


*AK dining tip…eat a good full breakfast, tour early, snack throughout afternoon, eat a very late lunch/dinner out of the park…OK well I guess we’ll be waking up at the crack of dawn this day…. ;)


*Schedule making tips….
-setting limits and making plans
Note wake up time and breakfast plans for each day
“rules” of when to depart for the park/activity
List of what to take w/ you into park
“policy” for splitting up and staying together
What to do if someone gets separated or lost
How long do you intend to tour in morning, what to see (want to see), including if attraction is closed or too crowded
A “policy” on snacks (OOP expenses)
A time to return to resort/rest
When will you return & how late to stay
Dinner plans
Souvenir purchases and who pays
Bedtimes


*Oh I jotted down solo touring tips too…but that is for another time…


Wow this list could keep going…..

*But I noted ride tips, Chuck Bubba Relay, Splash Mt tips, GAC tips, Buses, monorail times, Illuminations viewing spots…cause um…the QS place in Mexico…well that was a bust in ‘08



Well now that we have our insider bands it’s time to learn some Secrets… :ssst:

How do you wonder? Well one way is to read the Hidden Magic of WDW…which my DS Michael is reading and one afternoon he comes up to me and says…

“Mom what does risk-cue mean?”

“What?” I say :earseek:

Show me the word…oh risqué…now my mind would have shot all over thinking….”Boy what are you reading?” but hey it is a Disney book…:rotfl2:

He was reading about Spaceship Earth in EPCOT and came to the part about the former not covered up realistic rendition of a nude female sculpture, which existed prior to the 2007 renovation…this was apparently to risqué for Disney now…



Up next at the WDW ZONE to check out is the “closet” ….oohhh….

And the first fashionable item of mention is a small man’s gray Disney logo tank top…which apparently you must be a small man to fit in….

So it will need to be sent out to Scrappie’s sister for some stitchery Magic…I hope! pixiedust:

There is a lot more at the ZONE…

More levels of fun, planning, rides, games and more…one must come back to enter again and have some fun! :wave:

Thanks for reading…

J~

Up NEXT: a February planning to–do List

ladybugmom
02-10-2010, 12:35 AM
Ok--now my mouth is watering and my tummy is growling after all of this food talk!!! :lmao: Thanks for all of the traveling tips!! Awesome!! :thumbsup2 And I just LOVE the Hidden Magic of WDW book!! :lovestruc What a great update--soo creative!!! :goodvibes

Charleston Princess
02-10-2010, 04:34 AM
I wish I could hang out in your WDW Zone all day! Much more fun than heading to school! :rotfl:

As I was sitting here reading about your cake choices for Margaret and Mae (I love your choices), Charles was reading over my shoulder, and asked, "Are we going to get a cute cake like that for Chelsea?" The man is learning slowly but surely. :rotfl:

mommytothreeboys
02-10-2010, 08:29 AM
I want to LIVE in your WDW Zone!! Planning with Scrappie...always fun and informative!

I love the mini wedding cake as well as the little cake with the castle on top. Those are a little girls' dream!

That Tie Dye cheesecake really looks delicious....I am a sucker for cheesecake! I may have to pop over to POP to try some on our next trip! :rotfl: I'm still trying to convince Jeff we should head down this spring to celebrate our 40th birthdays...I'll let you know how that works out! :rolleyes1

Risk-cue! Too cute! :lmao:

carissanboys
02-10-2010, 08:54 AM
That was such a fun installment, Julie. :goodvibes

You sure have done your research on cakes! I know I haven't heard great things about them (expensive and not very tasty) so I think your solutions sound wonderful. :thumbsup2

DisneyMomLiz
02-10-2010, 10:45 AM
Julie, what a great update, so clever! I could certainly spend a lot of time in the "WDW Zone" ;)

Hedy
02-10-2010, 10:57 AM
The tye-dye cheesecake at Pop is great; however, the dye, erm, exits your system in colors. :rotfl::rotfl:

DisMomAmy
02-10-2010, 11:10 AM
Oh I love your Disney Zone Julie! My mouth is watering too!

I am a huge fudge love - I have a major sweet tooth - but I've never had fudge at Disney! :scared1: That will change this year!!

I'd love to know the character ratios & noise levels for Chef Mickey's & H&V.

I think I might get the 2010 UG :scratchin - I have a 2008 & never got a 2009.

It was really easy when I made our CRT ADR online. I would definitely give it a try! :thumbsup2

Going to go reply to your email now... sorry I've been a bit out of my zone the last few days getting myself healthy & dealing with school (PTO) stuff.

DisMomAmy
02-10-2010, 11:13 AM
The tye-dye cheesecake at Pop is great; however, the dye, erm, exits your system in colors. :rotfl::rotfl:

:rotfl2::rotfl::lmao:

Don't worry Hedy - That's nothing new to us moms!

Native NYer
02-10-2010, 11:41 AM
Love your update!
We had the Cinderella slipper dessert at CRT. It was great. So was the mini castle cake at 1900 Park Fare. I'm sure you can order a cake to fit your daughter's dietary needs.

Fudge and cheesecake :cloud9:

mousescrapper
02-10-2010, 03:11 PM
Ok--now my mouth is watering and my tummy is growling after all of this food talk!!! :lmao: Thanks for all of the traveling tips!! Awesome!! :thumbsup2 And I just LOVE the Hidden Magic of WDW book!! :lovestruc What a great update--soo creative!!! :goodvibes

thanks Becky...I was up one night just going through the Disney Food Blog after I had looked around for some dietary blogs (looking for some food helps for Margaret)

Yes I agree the Hidden Magic Book is quite fun...I am looking forward to finding some things I don't think I have ever noticed :thumbsup2

I wish I could hang out in your WDW Zone all day! Much more fun than heading to school! :rotfl:

Yes that would be nice...

As I was sitting here reading about your cake choices for Margaret and Mae (I love your choices), Charles was reading over my shoulder, and asked, "Are we going to get a cute cake like that for Chelsea?" The man is learning slowly but surely. :rotfl:

;) cute...I'm not even sure if my DH realizes how much info there is just about cakes...they figure it out eventually

I want to LIVE in your WDW Zone!! Planning with Scrappie...always fun and informative!

Aww...thanks Missy :goodvibes

I love the mini wedding cake as well as the little cake with the castle on top. Those are a little girls' dream!

I think it will be just the right bit of Magic, not too much cake and not too heavy on price

That Tie Dye cheesecake really looks delicious....I am a sucker for cheesecake! I may have to pop over to POP to try some on our next trip! :rotfl: I'm still trying to convince Jeff we should head down this spring to celebrate our 40th birthdays...I'll let you know how that works out! :rolleyes1

oohh that would be so great...hope you can go back soon!

Risk-cue! Too cute! :lmao:

Yes it was funny...

That was such a fun installment, Julie. :goodvibes

You sure have done your research on cakes! I know I haven't heard great things about them (expensive and not very tasty) so I think your solutions sound wonderful. :thumbsup2

THANKS! I'm not sure what I was planning to write and I wrote the first line and it just came to me...I like when I chuckle at myself...I figure you guys will too :rotfl:

I hope so on the cakes...I think this should work, need to go over w/ DH...but I'm sure it will be too soon to talk this stuff w/ him

Julie, what a great update, so clever! I could certainly spend a lot of time in the "WDW Zone" ;)

Thanks Liz...it's fun place to be

The tye-dye cheesecake at Pop is great; however, the dye, erm, exits your system in colors. :rotfl::rotfl:

:laughing: good to hear it's yummy...and um gross...but I'm still laughing

Oh I love your Disney Zone Julie! My mouth is watering too!

Thanks Amy!

I am a huge fudge love - I have a major sweet tooth - but I've never had fudge at Disney! :scared1: That will change this year!!

Ok glad to know we weren't the only ones...

I'd love to know the character ratios & noise levels for Chef Mickey's & H&V.

CM 1:56 loud and H&V 1:71 moderate...I think it all depends on day of week and time you dine too...I personally think CM is always full but when we did H&V in '08 we went right at the lunch start and in the begining it was just fine...but toward the end of our meal moving into 12:30 ish or little before...it was all filled up.

I think I might get the 2010 UG :scratchin - I have a 2008 & never got a 2009

see if your local libray has one...good way to catch up w/out dishing out the dough or check an see if you can get a discount on purchasing online....

It was really easy when I made our CRT ADR online. I would definitely give it a try! :thumbsup2

Yes I hope it will be easy for me too!

Going to go reply to your email now... sorry I've been a bit out of my zone the last few days getting myself healthy & dealing with school (PTO) stuff.

got it and I replied back too...

Love your update!
We had the Cinderella slipper dessert at CRT. It was great. So was the mini castle cake at 1900 Park Fare. I'm sure you can order a cake to fit your daughter's dietary needs.

Fudge and cheesecake :cloud9:

It does seem you can get something...but when I factor in cost and will it be good....that's when it just seems to make sense to bring down a cake mix that I have used, that everyone liked the taste of and just make a quick pan at the villa....less worries...and being 4 I don't think she'll care.

and yes I agree....desserts=:cloud9:


THANKS FOR READING ALL!!!!

J~

DisMomAmy
02-10-2010, 08:17 PM
CM 1:56 loud and H&V 1:71 moderate...I think it all depends on day of week and time you dine too...I personally think CM is always full but when we did H&V in '08 we went right at the lunch start and in the begining it was just fine...but toward the end of our meal moving into 12:30 ish or little before...it was all filled up.

Interesting... Thanks!

And good suggestion - to get the UG at the library... but what fun is it if you can't use a highlighter. :rolleyes1

mousescrapper
02-10-2010, 08:38 PM
Interesting... Thanks!

And good suggestion - to get the UG at the library... but what fun is it if you can't use a highlighter. :rolleyes1

:rotfl:

irish dancer
02-10-2010, 08:47 PM
Wow Julie, what a great entry! I want to hang out in your Disney Zone too!!

I've read a lot of great things about people getting special accomodations for their allergies so you might want to talk to the restaurant and see what they can whip up for Margaret. We've had the slipper dessert at 1900PF once as a treat - YUMM!

mousescrapper
02-10-2010, 09:16 PM
Wow Julie, what a great entry! I want to hang out in your Disney Zone too!!

I've read a lot of great things about people getting special accomodations for their allergies so you might want to talk to the restaurant and see what they can whip up for Margaret. We've had the slipper dessert at 1900PF once as a treat - YUMM!

thanks!

I am not ruling it out...but think my cake mix is a good back up choice...some reports I have read they were not quite sure if it was all allergy free and since she is all 4 biggies...kinda rough...like to concentrate my food efforts for her on the meals...than just 1 cake...make sense?

I figure too we can get her some soy ice cream to eat too...why not at breakfast huh? :cutie:

irish dancer
02-10-2010, 09:27 PM
thanks!

I am not ruling it out...but think my cake mix is a good back up choice...some reports I have read they were not quite sure if it was all allergy free and since she is all 4 biggies...kinda rough...like to concentrate my food efforts for her on the meals...than just 1 cake...make sense?

I figure too we can get her some soy ice cream to eat too...why not at breakfast huh? :cutie:

The cake mix is a great back up, especially since you'll have the kitchen and you know it's safe and everyone likes it. Plus, who wouldn't love a big old scoop of ice cream especially for breakfast! :goodvibes I agree that focusing on keeping meals allergy free is the priority.

KathyRN137
02-13-2010, 07:04 PM
Quick funny tid bit to share...I am sure as most other Disers would agree when Disney is on the brain you see little hints everywhere...

like anyone see that Office Max truck w/ the big rubberband balls on it and the 3 on the back make a perfect Hidden Mickey ?




You think that's bad...

I could've sworn that Aimee made a Hidden Mickey in the snow last night! :dog:


Kathy

mousescrapper
02-15-2010, 11:18 AM
The cake mix is a great back up, especially since you'll have the kitchen and you know it's safe and everyone likes it. Plus, who wouldn't love a big old scoop of ice cream especially for breakfast! :goodvibes I agree that focusing on keeping meals allergy free is the priority.

:thumbsup2 any clue if they would have a cake pan in the kitchen's :confused3 guess I will have to ask around on the BLT threads...otherwise I can pack a disposable one just in case...

You think that's bad...

I could've sworn that Aimee made a Hidden Mickey in the snow last night! :dog:


Kathy

:rotfl2: too funny Kathy...

mousescrapper
02-15-2010, 11:46 AM
Hello to all....

Hoping you had a romantic or loving or quiet moment w/ your loved ones yesterday on Valentine's Day! :love:

We had our 3 yr now traditional heart shaped deep dish Lou Malnati's Pizza and Eli's heart shaped cheesecake...ah it is GOOD to live in Chicago (well the suburb's at least) :thumbsup2

and here is some AWWWW.....Scrappie's DH is such a Disney romantic...

the other day I recieved a DVC flyer in the mail and it made me think of our 2011 anniversary trip...and now thinking since we have switched gears from Spring to Fall and want to go to Epcot for the F & W Festival...maybe we should try for a Boardwalk Villa stay (studio) vs our home resort of BLT (where DH wanted to stay)...so I asked him what he thought...obviously it is quite a ways off but still it is fun to talk about ;)

his reply....sorry if this is corny to some of you...

"anywhere we stay even a Days Inn would be like staying in Cinderella's Castle...as long as we are together..." :cloud9:

and then in furthering our quick conversation about this trip... what would be my 5 reasons/goals in going...

I'm not sure this is the "trip" to rekindle that mushy, gushy romance after 15 yrs of marriage (next yr) and in the midst of raising 4 children...but DH proves me wrong by saying...

"what better place to rekindle that than at WDW where we can act like "kids" again like our trips prior to kids...." :cloud9:

gotta love it huh....

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Another fun thing going on is the OLYPMICS!!! :happytv:

please tell me there are some Olypmic fans out there...on Friday night we had our Opening Ceremonies Dinner...I try to make some food based on the host country....this yr Canada and well sorry I was not very creative this yr...even asking my friend who grew up in the Vancouver area...

but I decided to build the dinner around the Canadian Staple of MAPLE SYRUP! YUM huh? :idea:

we had pancakes...and even made Olypmic rings:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_5099.jpg

and then while I was on the Disney Food Blog I found a reciepe from EPCOT-Canada for Maple Fudge:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_5128.jpg

:cool1:

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the last little fun tid-bit to share before getting to my To-Do List...

is Michael's new fish...I have been meaning to share these new friends w/ you for a while now...but keep forgetting.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_4956.jpg

He bought 3 Mickey Mouse Mallies....can you see our favorite shape? :mickeyjum

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Now the Feb: To-do List...

* I want to begin typing out some of my notes from my pre-planning notebook and add to my binder/folder...of things I need to have together for the upcoming trip...

ie:

BLT/CR info

BBB/PL info

Park touring tips for the 4 parks

*Plus I want to clarify a few things concerning DVC ressie and adding on/purchasing the DDP, kids tickets and our AP's...w/ tax season upon us it would be helpful to get a better solid PRICE on the above items and can I add on/purchase any of these things in advance of arriving in particular to before Aug...when I assume pricing will go up...

I will keep you posted in my progress....

thanks for reading,

J~

DisMomAmy
02-15-2010, 12:07 PM
Hi Julie! We had a lovely Valentine's Day! :lovestruc Tim let me drag him to see "Valentine's Day" - I thought it was really good. Tim actually thought it was pretty good too.

Love Michael's new fish!! :thumbsup2

We are Olympics fans here too... I didn't make a special meal or anything, but you can still call us fans. ;)

I love following along with your planning - you always give me so many great ideas!! I "borrowed" your planning list from last year & recently modified it for this year's trip. Pretty soon I'll be able to start posting my weekly to-do lists.

mommytothreeboys
02-15-2010, 12:08 PM
I am a TOTAL Olympics junkie!! I will watch almost any event...I'm glued to the TV from Opening Ceremonies to Closing. LOVE IT!! Glad I'm in good company!

What a great DH...corny or not, it's nice to hear! :love:

Native NYer
02-15-2010, 12:24 PM
Your DH is very sweet. It's so nice to read about a couple that still enjoys being together.

I love your Olympics themed food. Yummy!

Not sure if you mentioned this already, do you already have APs? I'm trying to figure out if we should get them. Or maybe only one of us needs an AP. Do you just get regular tickets for the kids?

Charleston Princess
02-15-2010, 01:36 PM
Awww, that was so sweet of your DH to say that. He sounds like a keeper. ;)

Your Olympic ring pancakes and fudge look very yummy!

We are loving the Olympics at our house. We watched the Opening Ceremonies, and poor Connor, he was so looking forward to watching the torch being lit, but couldn't hold on past the Olympic president's speech. I looked over, and he was fast asleep. We missed watching it Saturday night, but last night, we were camped in front of the television for the luge, moguls, and pairs figure skating. This time, I was the one that konked out, but the kids woke me up when it was all over and filled me in about the standings. I was able to see the Chinese pair skate their wonderful short program! Connor was very excited that Canada won its first gold medal (in moguls, maybe?). He was feeling so sorry for them that they hadn't medaled at the previous two Olympics held in their country.

Tonight, hopefully, I will be able to stay awake for the pairs free skate. :rotfl:

mousescrapper
02-15-2010, 07:32 PM
first thank you all for excusing my horrible typing and spelling skills...

o-l-y-m-p-i-c-s duh? not o-l-y-p-m-i-c-s :sad2:


Hi Julie! We had a lovely Valentine's Day! :lovestruc Tim let me drag him to see "Valentine's Day" - I thought it was really good. Tim actually thought it was pretty good too.

Love Michael's new fish!! :thumbsup2

We are Olympics fans here too... I didn't make a special meal or anything, but you can still call us fans. ;)

I love following along with your planning - you always give me so many great ideas!! I "borrowed" your planning list from last year & recently modified it for this year's trip. Pretty soon I'll be able to start posting my weekly to-do lists.

That movie looked too cute...that is so sweet! I can't even remember the last movie Matt and I saw together that wasn't a Disney or Pixar film :rotfl2: at the show...

Yes I loved that he picked those fish out...one is named Donald!

thanks Amy...that is what the Dis is all about, right? as Amy is hinting as it get's closer I will post weekly to-do lists....I love LISTS! :thumbsup2

I am a TOTAL Olympics junkie!! I will watch almost any event...I'm glued to the TV from Opening Ceremonies to Closing. LOVE IT!! Glad I'm in good company!

What a great DH...corny or not, it's nice to hear! :love:

Good to hear....we love it too...only Aldine is really into it...but I think it is great...I clearly remember watching the Olympics since I was 10!

Your DH is very sweet. It's so nice to read about a couple that still enjoys being together.


Aww...thanks! we may not enjoy every moment together but we try to remember each day we do love each other...;)

I love your Olympics themed food. Yummy!

thanks...China-summer of 08 was cool...but looking forward to London...lots to work w/ there!

Not sure if you mentioned this already, do you already have APs? I'm trying to figure out if we should get them. Or maybe only one of us needs an AP. Do you just get regular tickets for the kids?

No I do not have the AP's yet...but I am planning to just get AP's for DH and I since we will be returning w/in one yr of this upcoming trip...and then I will renew for the trips after that...

the kids I am getting 7 day PH's...

I know I can do this w/ DVC booking as we have no package...but not quite sure how it works if you book a package thru WDTC? Amy is thinking about just getting 1 AP for her self and then her kids and DH will have reg tickets...but she is off site.


Awww, that was so sweet of your DH to say that. He sounds like a keeper. ;)

Your Olympic ring pancakes and fudge look very yummy!

We are loving the Olympics at our house. We watched the Opening Ceremonies, and poor Connor, he was so looking forward to watching the torch being lit, but couldn't hold on past the Olympic president's speech. I looked over, and he was fast asleep. We missed watching it Saturday night, but last night, we were camped in front of the television for the luge, moguls, and pairs figure skating. This time, I was the one that konked out, but the kids woke me up when it was all over and filled me in about the standings. I was able to see the Chinese pair skate their wonderful short program! Connor was very excited that Canada won its first gold medal (in moguls, maybe?). He was feeling so sorry for them that they hadn't medaled at the previous two Olympics held in their country.

Tonight, hopefully, I will be able to stay awake for the pairs free skate. :rotfl:

I told him you said that...:thumbsup2

Yes we tivo it all cause I don't alwasy have time to watch it straight through and we can fast foward some stuf and stop for other things...

but that doesn't keep me from dozing off either....I am looking forward to seeing the free skate too...hope the sentimental China team pulls off Gold! and US can finsih in the top 10...I did not care for some of the short program scoring...

Have a good night all...

I will try and sneak some peaks at your reports later this week to catch up w/ you all too!

Scrappie J~

irish dancer
02-16-2010, 10:51 AM
Aawww, what a sweet hubby. How's he feeling?

What cute fish! I hope Michael loves them!

We too are big into the Olympics, never thought to tie in food. Will have to keep that in mind for next time........

You can price out and buy your DVC APs through the member website in advance if you want. You get a voucher that you redeem at GS at either a park or DTD. I think Mousesavers will alert you to any possible price increase so you can get the kids tix thru UT before then.

carissanboys
02-16-2010, 05:36 PM
Hi Julie! :goodvibes

Your hubby is very sweet. :love: I'm really hoping Chuck will be able to join my in January so that we can have a romantic trip as well.

We love the Olympics! I've been watching pretty much non-stop. Yesterday we did a short unit study about the history of the Olympics for school and we're planning a Canadian meal this weekend - Maple Chicken, Wild Rice, and a Blueberry Cobbler. We have a book about eating your way around the world and those were the three recipes for Canada.

Love your pancakes! :thumbsup2

mousescrapper
02-16-2010, 05:46 PM
Aawww, what a sweet hubby. How's he feeling?

he is in alot of pain still....yesterday was real bad he said and he needed to go to Scouts w/ Michael so he was "killin" by the end....next week Tuesday is hydrocortisone shot # 2...really hope he feels some difference by then!

thank you for asking!


What cute fish! I hope Michael loves them!

he does...the tank is on his dresser so he can lay eye level to them on his mini loft bed...one is named Donald

We too are big into the Olympics, never thought to tie in food. Will have to keep that in mind for next time........

the kids enjoy it!

You can price out and buy your DVC APs through the member website in advance if you want. You get a voucher that you redeem at GS at either a park or DTD. I think Mousesavers will alert you to any possible price increase so you can get the kids tix thru UT before then.

sounds good...I posted a question on the DVC boards too...and they said the same thing about the AP voucher...I'm one who likes to have everything done and paid for in advance...:thumbsup2


Hi Julie! :goodvibes

Your hubby is very sweet. :love: I'm really hoping Chuck will be able to join my in January so that we can have a romantic trip as well.

that would be wonderful! :goodvibes

We love the Olympics! I've been watching pretty much non-stop. Yesterday we did a short unit study about the history of the Olympics for school and we're planning a Canadian meal this weekend - Maple Chicken, Wild Rice, and a Blueberry Cobbler. We have a book about eating your way around the world and those were the three recipes for Canada.

Love your pancakes! :thumbsup2

glad to know the Maple thing is a trend :rotfl2:

and thanks!

carissanboys
02-16-2010, 05:48 PM
[COLOR="seagreen"]glad to know the Maple thing is a trend :rotfl2:

and thanks!

They ARE the largest supplier of maple syrup! ;)

mousescrapper
02-17-2010, 10:12 AM
They ARE the largest supplier of maple syrup! ;)

:rotfl:

PracPerfPatricia
02-20-2010, 09:33 AM
Hey J,

I'm behind a bit but I did see that Matt isn't feeling well...I hope that's gotten better...:hug:

We too are huge Olympic fans...ok at least I am...:rolleyes1...I get the chills when I watch the opening ceremony...

will go back and catch up now...:surfweb:

mousescrapper
02-23-2010, 02:44 PM
For those of you who have read my previous two PTR's...you know I love to list the TOP 5 and my Wishes for each one of my children plus for DH & myself...

well I was just over on Charlefours PTR and she had listed her "TOP 10 things" she is most looking foward to in her upcoming trip in Sept. She asked her readers to share their list...which I did...how could I resist a list...:rotfl2:

and I thought I'd share it w/ you too.

Ok my "TOP 10 list" of things I am looking forward to on our next Trip...

1) Seeing Palm Trees- then I know I am on vacation...

2) Eating Tie-Dye Cheesecake at POP

3) Walking into our DVC home for the first time BLT!

4) BBB and Pirates League for the kids

5) experiencing Mae and Margaret's birthdays at Disney

6) Going on BTMRR w/ my oldest DD Aldine...it's our favorite!

7) Eating at CRT (hopefully) for the first time

8) Seeing all the Holiday decorations

9) Helping DS Michael w/ his "food report"

10) Sharing a portion of this trip w/ DH's parents


I know there isn't something specifically special for just DH and I but we have a whole TOP 10 list of our own for our anni trip next year...


In other news...


I have not worked much on any Disney stuff or scrapbooking in Feb...I have been so consumed w/ other things including the big school event I chair (how did I ever plan last March's trip :confused3)

and sadly one of Michael's "Mickey" fish died yesterday...DH thinks maybe when he cleaned and changed the water in the tank it was too much for the little guy...so bye-bye Fireball :fish:


DH is hanging in there (thanks for asking Triple P) he felt in the last week some improvement that his pain and discomfort was only in the afternoon and evenings (gotta start somewhere) and today was his second hydrocortisone shot...we hope in just under 3 weeks he is feeling way better...as my DBro's wedding is coming quick...

thanks for reading all

J~

DisMomAmy
02-23-2010, 03:35 PM
Great top 10 list!! Most of my lists of favorites have been specific things for each park... I think I'll come up with a top 10 overall for the trip too.

Thanks for sharing!!

Glad to hear Matt is improving, even if it's baby steps. Hopefully the second shot will help & he'll be ready to enjoy the wedding. :thumbsup2

mommytothreeboys
02-23-2010, 03:48 PM
I love a good list!! And a Disney List? Even better! ;)

Charleston Princess
02-23-2010, 07:27 PM
Love the Top 10 List!!! Can't wait to read all about the BLT and the Pirates' League.

I haven't been able to scrapbook much lately either -- I need summer so I can catch up!

irish dancer
02-23-2010, 07:50 PM
Oooohhh! I love a good list and a Disney one is even better! ;)

Glad to hear Matt is feeling a bit better, hoping the second shot will take care of the rest!

Condolences on the fish, know how hard that is sometimes for kids.

Hmm, will have to come up with a top 10 list for our Spring Break trip. It's not WDW but it is Disney's HHI so almost. ;)

Charlefours
02-23-2010, 11:24 PM
Cakes: we are planning on one for DD for our big dinner at Park Fare. Not sure on the design yet, I am waiting until closer to her birthday to see what her favorite is going to be.

Boulangerie Patisserie :cloud9: I love a great croissant!!

Are all of these great tidbits coming from the UG 2010? I have the Hidden Magic on mt to be read shelf. :goodvibes:

:) love that DH is so sweet and supportive!!

We are big Olympics fans!! We have it on every night but not necessarilt every minute. :happytv:

Keep working through your to do list!! You know how much I love a to do list :thumbsup2:

I made your PTR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Us list makers need to stick together!!!!!

I hope with each shot the pain lessens!


Love your Top 10 list!! I love how you have something on list involving each of your children and glimpsing your home at BLT!!

carissanboys
02-24-2010, 06:42 AM
Great list, Julie. :thumbsup2 That gives me an idea for a future installment. :rolleyes1

Glad to hear Matt is improving - hope it happens more quickly. :hug:

mousescrapper
02-24-2010, 12:07 PM
Great top 10 list!! Most of my lists of favorites have been specific things for each park... I think I'll come up with a top 10 overall for the trip too.

I have that to...kind of like goals too...so it is fun to have an overal list :thumbsup2

Thanks for sharing!!

Glad to hear Matt is improving, even if it's baby steps. Hopefully the second shot will help & he'll be ready to enjoy the wedding. :thumbsup2

Yes baby steps indeed

I love a good list!! And a Disney List? Even better! ;)

Those generally are my favorites too... ;)

Love the Top 10 List!!! Can't wait to read all about the BLT and the Pirates' League.

I can't wait to experience and share w/ you too !

I haven't been able to scrapbook much lately either -- I need summer so I can catch up!

Yes summer is a good time..unfortunately my scrap room is in the basement so I can't really keep a watchful eye or ear on the kids outside...

Oooohhh! I love a good list and a Disney one is even better! ;)

Glad to hear Matt is feeling a bit better, hoping the second shot will take care of the rest!

thank you!

Condolences on the fish, know how hard that is sometimes for kids.

that is sweet...he's ok w/ it so that is good.

Hmm, will have to come up with a top 10 list for our Spring Break trip. It's not WDW but it is Disney's HHI so almost. ;)


Oh please share if you do...I can't believe your trip is almost here how FUN...this never ending winter I know you'll be happy to run around barefoot soon!

Cakes: we are planning on one for DD for our big dinner at Park Fare. Not sure on the design yet, I am waiting until closer to her birthday to see what her favorite is going to be.

I'll be eager to hear how that goes for you...I'll be making my cake ressie after you get back too...so your feedback will be very helpful since it is the same TR.

Boulangerie Patisserie :cloud9: I love a great croissant!!

Ahh...I love mine w/ honey

Are all of these great tidbits coming from the UG 2010? I have the Hidden Magic on mt to be read shelf. :goodvibes:

Yes I am pretty sure!

:) love that DH is so sweet and supportive!!

me too..

We are big Olympics fans!! We have it on every night but not necessarilt every minute. :happytv:

I am almost glad it is almost over...so I can get to sleep before 11 pm...I usually tivo it and don't start watching till after 8:30...

Keep working through your to do list!! You know how much I love a to do list :thumbsup2:

I will, glad I didn't put to much on it for these early months...

I made your PTR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Us list makers need to stick together!!!!!

:goodvibes

I hope with each shot the pain lessens!

thanks!

Love your Top 10 list!! I love how you have something on list involving each of your children and glimpsing your home at BLT!!

loved yours too...that is always a favorite moment of mine too...seeing the castle and seeing it through my kids eyes...though I imagine I was more misty eyed then them :laughing:

Great list, Julie. :thumbsup2 That gives me an idea for a future installment. :rolleyes1

Glad to hear Matt is improving - hope it happens more quickly. :hug:

Oh good...can't wait to read it!

and us too...thanks Carissa!

and thank you all for reading...I'll be back soon w/ some cute comments of an article I read last night in the waiting room at the doctors office....

J~

mousescrapper
02-24-2010, 05:59 PM
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/100_5140.jpg

More to come on how I was inspired to decorate our savings jar but for more pictures and details click on my BLOG link below:

J~

DisMomAmy
02-24-2010, 07:47 PM
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/100_5140.jpg

More to come on how I was inspired to decorate our savings jar but for more pictures and details click on my BLOG link below:

J~



:thumbsup2

Native NYer
02-24-2010, 07:53 PM
Love your top 10.

The jar is so cute.

Charlefours
02-24-2010, 11:40 PM
Cute Jar!! Are you going to wait until right before your trip before you cash it in?

Charleston Princess
02-25-2010, 04:40 AM
I have a jar that looks VERY similar to that! :laughing:

mousescrapper
02-25-2010, 02:05 PM
:thumbsup2

Love your top 10.

The jar is so cute.

Cute Jar!! Are you going to wait until right before your trip before you cash it in?

I have a jar that looks VERY similar to that! :laughing:

thanks for all the :thumbsup2 and "that is cute" comments...

The jar has been around since before our 2005 trip and lots of dollar bills would find their way in there from the Grandparents...as that was the BIG surprise trip...

Charlefours yes I cash it in before we leave...

I have other savings too that comes from selling clothes, toys, garage sale things...I sell Margaret's old clothes to a consignment shop, just sold a train table, train things and a highchair to a friend and another friend pays garage sale like prices for vs old clothes of Michael's...

that money stays in an envelope in a safe place...so this jar is for that change you get back or we took cash out for something and had a dollar or two left over...it doesn't pull alot in but it's a fun little reminder...as the trips get closer, occasional toothfairy money or "Grandpa gave me a quarter" will end up in there.

I have filled and cashed out the jar twice...once for '05 and then for the '08 trip (I didn't for the '09 trip)

so I hope to fill it to the top (and maybe then some) before November!

all of this money generally goes to souviners :cool1:

mousescrapper
02-25-2010, 02:28 PM
Hey guys...some of you may have read this or seen it but I wanted to point out a cute article I read the other night while sitting at the doctor's office.

"Mastering the Magic of Disney"

from Redbook Magazine March 2010

http://www.redbookmag.com/kids-family/advice/go-to-disney-without-going-crazy

click on the link to read it!

I just love how I sat down in the office w/ the expectant wait of a hour before we'd be seen to glance over and see the magazine open and the picture of Cinderella Castle looking back at me...

I also loved how it was about 1 lady's story of turning from Disney-no way to Disney-when can we go again :goodvibes

Here are some sweet tag lines:

"Jeannie Kim was pretty down on Disney-untill she and her family shared two fairy tale trips to Orlando. Here's how this skeptic-turned-devotee made the most of the happiest place on earth."


"When I saw the awe in my daughter's face as Cinderella Castle came into view, my heart grew about a million sizes." :lovestruc


As well in this aricle in led me to two new BLOGS

everythingwdw.blogspot.com

and

takethemonorail.com


the latter of the two is where I found the crafting section as well led to the inspiration to decorating my savings jar.

Lastly...I will have to post a video of it when she get's it down, but Aldine is practicing and learning Pirate of the Caribean for Orchestra at school (she plays the cello)

cool huh pirate:

we'll be getting into the mood!

Have a good weekend all! No school for my crew tomorrow and some much needed family time is ready to be had.

Scrappie J~

Native NYer
02-25-2010, 05:44 PM
That article was great. That's Disney magic at its best!

KathyRN137
02-25-2010, 07:03 PM
3) Walking into our DVC home for the first time BLT!

Wow, I can't wait to see your pictures! Take lots! http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w284/KathyRN137/Smilies/smiley-photographer.gif



7) Eating at CRT (hopefully) for the first time

Your princesses are going to love that! princess: princess: princess:



8) Seeing all the Holiday decorations

Ahh, so pretty! Get a nice family shot for your Christmas cards!!





DH is hanging in there.... he felt in the last week some improvement that his pain and discomfort was only in the afternoon and evenings (gotta start somewhere) and today was his second hydrocortisone shot...we hope in just under 3 weeks he is feeling way better...



Oh, I hope so! He's had a tough time of it... :hug:


Kathy

Charleston Princess
02-25-2010, 07:04 PM
Disney craft ideas on a blog, you say? I will so be headed over there in a couple of minutes!

DisMomAmy
02-25-2010, 07:26 PM
What a great article! It's taken me all afternoon/evening to read it in bits & pieces, but it was well worth it! :thumbsup2

foxyroxy40
02-25-2010, 09:49 PM
just found your ptr and wondered if you found a shirt if not here's some suggestion's try thrift stores or consignment shops all my disney shirts I got rid of this past fall and I had that shirt I know that doesn't help but i ordered stuff from the disneystore.com and their clothes seem to run small so if you haven't had your family try them on you might want to any who were going to disney for our third trip in august :cool1: we havent been in two years:scared1:so I have been reading on here like crazy love your planing tools:love:have you ever seen/used a walt disney world passporter it's really a wonderful:worship:planing tool and I make my own ressie folder well keep up with all your good tips:worship:

Charlefours
02-25-2010, 10:11 PM
Hmm...TSM would be hard to miss but is it really worth not being able to go into another park that day? Do you do DTD or any other nonpark activites? Could you use a day like that to go to DHS in the morning, knock out TSM and continue on with nonpark activities or go to a water park?

55? cold? :lmao: I would LOVE 55 by now ;) It was a whopping 15 degrees today (before the wind chill).

Hmmm...Would you mind sending some Kookie pens? I may have to take you up on that offer :goodvibes:

:woohoo: :woohoo: for making ADRs for May!! :woohoo: :wooho:

THank you for sharing the article link!! Just out of curiosity--how close are you to FSU? Random I know :laughing:

mousescrapper
02-26-2010, 01:22 PM
That article was great. That's Disney magic at its best!

I agree

Wow, I can't wait to see your pictures! Take lots! http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w284/KathyRN137/Smilies/smiley-photographer.gif

I will! don't have to worry about that!


Your princesses are going to love that! princess: princess: princess:


let's just hope my fingers and the magic of online ressies are both on my side in May...

Ahh, so pretty! Get a nice family shot for your Christmas cards!!

We plan too...hope to have lots to choose from!



Oh, I hope so! He's had a tough time of it... :hug:


Kathy

us too, thanks Kathy!

Disney craft ideas on a blog, you say? I will so be headed over there in a couple of minutes!

yes...I haven't looked at everything they pictured yet...but I love some new ideas to put to work!

What a great article! It's taken me all afternoon/evening to read it in bits & pieces, but it was well worth it! :thumbsup2

busy huh?...sorry about that

just found your ptr and wondered if you found a shirt if not here's some suggestion's try thrift stores or consignment shops all my disney shirts I got rid of this past fall and I had that shirt I know that doesn't help but i ordered stuff from the disneystore.com and their clothes seem to run small so if you haven't had your family try them on you might want to any who were going to disney for our third trip in august :cool1: we havent been in two years:scared1:so I have been reading on here like crazy love your planing tools:love:have you ever seen/used a walt disney world passporter it's really a wonderful:worship:planing tool and I make my own ressie folder well keep up with all your good tips:worship:

HI and :welcome: foxyroxy40

"Chicago" fan are we?

good idea about the shirt...I haven't talked to my sis yet about hopefully stiching the design onto another shirt for me...but that could be another back up I'll have to keep my eye out.

It seems to be too small or too big lately for me. I have several shirts for the girls in the same "size" but not all look quite the same. We'll have a try on session later in the summer.

thanks about liking my planning tools...more will come in to action and shown better as I get closer, especially in May when the ADR window will be getting closer.

YAY about going back to Disney!


Hmm...TSM would be hard to miss but is it really worth not being able to go into another park that day? Do you do DTD or any other nonpark activites? Could you use a day like that to go to DHS in the morning, knock out TSM and continue on with nonpark activities or go to a water park?

55? cold? :lmao: I would LOVE 55 by now ;) It was a whopping 15 degrees today (before the wind chill).

Hmmm...Would you mind sending some Kookie pens? I may have to take you up on that offer :goodvibes:

sweetie...:confused3 I don't think you meant to type this for me... you have me confused...but I would agree on the 55 degrees would be wonderful!

THank you for sharing the article link!! Just out of curiosity--how close are you to FSU? Random I know :laughing:


your welcome for the link...and if FSU is Florida State then not close at all...I am in Chicago subs :confused3


thanks for reading all

J~

Charlefours
02-26-2010, 09:33 PM
oh boy--I am so tired now and when I posted last night! Just ignore that post!! When I am catching up on multiple pages, I cut and paste so I must have accidentally posted it on yours--so sorry!! :rotfl: :blush:

mousescrapper
02-27-2010, 01:49 PM
oh boy--I am so tired now and when I posted last night! Just ignore that post!! When I am catching up on multiple pages, I cut and paste so I must have accidentally posted it on yours--so sorry!! :rotfl: :blush:

no problem...

mousescrapper
02-28-2010, 11:51 AM
“Mouse droppings” … no not real mouse droppings! ;) where do we go when we need to go in WDW...




Let me borrow a header from the book, Mousejunkies by Bill Burke. If you haven’t heard of this book it is called Mousejunkies Tips, Tales, and Tricks for a Disney World Fix. It is a cute guide book of sorts telling some of the funnier sides of being a WDW junkie, I am reading this and enjoying some of the great little lines like:




“ …mention something as innocuous as ‘Main Street’ and I break out into a sweat.”

“Spend more than five minutes taking to me and I’ll figure out a way to insert Mickey Mouse into the conversation.”

“Irresponsibility in the face of Disney was already becoming a hobby of mine.”

“…our entire trip is usually planned around where we want to eat.”

“Doing Disney like a Mousejunkie is more of a philosophy: identify what you really want to do, figure out a plan to make sure you do it, and anything else is gravy.”

As he describes touring MK, in different two ways

“1. At a leisurely pace, enjoying the details. Or 2. Go! Go! Go! Go! Eat! Go! Go! Blister! Argue! Collapse!”


And more…



The other night I came to the section entitled “Mouse Droppings” , now I know a few guidebooks will tell you about the restrooms or more specifically the Baby Care Centers…but how many actually devote a page and a half to the restrooms of WDW? :rotfl:

This seems to be somewhat of a popular topic here on the boards…so I just couldn’t resist.



I asked Matt what he thought the worst bathroom in WDW was he and he didn’t have to think long…

His vote: was in MK in the back of Fantasyland to the left of Ariel’s Grotto (if you are looking on a map) in the back behind Pinocchio Village Haus

My vote for the Best restroom in MK would have to be the one off the gift shop near the POC attraction…

I know it is not the most modern restroom, but it generally seems clean to me and not very crowded. Plus I like the benches right outside for people to wait on and the gift shop locale works pretty good too.



We moved on to Epcot with our Best and Worst votes…and we were in agreement.

Best: a little off the beaten path but the restrooms off the Odyssey Center. I also like the one in FW between the Land and Imagination.

Worst: the one behind the American Adventure…Matt even washed Margaret’s feet in the sink in that one. :rolleyes1



Moving on to AK…

I like the family restroom in Dinoland near the gift shop. Matt says he doesn’t remember going to the washroom here…I’m like, ever? :confused3 So I guess none stuck out good or bad to him.



And off to DHS…

The Worst one is behind Sounds Dangerous…UGH! :headache: I visibly remember trying to get two of the girls over there during SWW after exiting Indiana Jones…it was difficult to locate and small w/ good lines…

The Best according to Matt (and I agree is pretty good) the one in the back corner behind The Magic of Animation.


Well there are our choices…I know you have opinions so please share:

Best/Worst overall or between the 4 parks…


And to go one further…to rate the resort room bathrooms…

POR has the best set up w/ two sinks and the privacy curtain and sep. shower/toilet combo.

CSR is similar but only one sink though lots of counter space.

Poly had the biggest bathroom, but it’s like at your home everything together…nice to have the space, but not very effective for 6 people all trying to get out the door at once…

We also stayed CBR and AS Sports…but I can’t recall if I loved or hated…

I personally can’t wait to give you my review of the BLT bathrooms…we’ll have 3.


Thanks for reading all.

Scrappie J~

carissanboys
02-28-2010, 12:48 PM
:rotfl:

Does Jordan (jordanyosh) read your PTR or vice versa? He has his flushes system when rating bathrooms at WDW so this would be right up his alley. :thumbsup2

Personally, a bathroom has to be pretty bad for me to even notice so I can't think of any at WDW that I thought were bad.

mousescrapper
02-28-2010, 03:50 PM
who knew ;)

I was just browsing and found a link posted by fellow Diser Melani to this other person's phot essay of every restroom in the 4 parks as of 2003/2005

take a peek :rotfl:

http://www.cassworld.ca/bathrooms.htm

KathyRN137
02-28-2010, 07:39 PM
I love that book... its such a fun read!! :goodvibes


Kathy

Charleston Princess
02-28-2010, 08:43 PM
Another fan of Mousejunkies here! I laughed out loud so many times while I was reading it -- I recognized myself a good bit!

Looking forward to your review of the BLT bathrooms as well!

DisMomAmy
02-28-2010, 09:18 PM
I really need to get that book!

The Mouse Junkies are from NH & they have been profiled on a local news magazine program - it was just on a couple weeks ago. The book sounds hillarious!

Charlefours
02-28-2010, 09:53 PM
I love that book too!! Thanks for reminding of the amusing section on Mouse Droppings. :thumbsup2

irish dancer
03-01-2010, 08:03 AM
LOL, like that book too!

Agree on the Odyssey Center in Epcot, we always end up at that one on every trip. I too am like your DH, I know I've used the bathrooms at AK but to be honest nothing stands out good/bad in my mind.

As for resorts, OKW are HUGE, BCV & SSR can be confusing with all the doors and I love having two at AKV. Can't wait to hear about BLT.

mousescrapper
03-01-2010, 09:36 AM
:rotfl:

Does Jordan (jordanyosh) read your PTR or vice versa? He has his flushes system when rating bathrooms at WDW so this would be right up his alley. :thumbsup2

Personally, a bathroom has to be pretty bad for me to even notice so I can't think of any at WDW that I thought were bad.

I don't think so...but we bump into eachother on other people's PTR's and such...

I love that book... its such a fun read!! :goodvibes


Kathy

Yes I am really enjoying it...I often stop to read out loud to Matt.

Another fan of Mousejunkies here! I laughed out loud so many times while I was reading it -- I recognized myself a good bit!

Looking forward to your review of the BLT bathrooms as well!

me too....

I really need to get that book!

Amazon.com or Borders.com should have it. You could sign up for Boarders emails and wait for a coupon.

The Mouse Junkies are from NH & they have been profiled on a local news magazine program - it was just on a couple weeks ago. The book sounds hillarious!

that's cool...yes alot of great Disney folks live up in the North East :thumbsup2

I love that book too!! Thanks for reminding of the amusing section on Mouse Droppings. :thumbsup2

:)

LOL, like that book too!

Agree on the Odyssey Center in Epcot, we always end up at that one on every trip. I too am like your DH, I know I've used the bathrooms at AK but to be honest nothing stands out good/bad in my mind.

As for resorts, OKW are HUGE, BCV & SSR can be confusing with all the doors and I love having two at AKV. Can't wait to hear about BLT.

I can see that a whole post will need to be dedicated to the BLT bathrooms when I get back...:laughing:


thanks for reading all...

I will have another post up soon...back to the Disney logo saga....:sad2:

J~

mousescrapper
03-02-2010, 01:28 PM
figure out Disney Math? :teacher:


before I get back to the crazy Disney Logo shirt saga...

let's talk numbers...anybody love Math or in particular Disney Math :confused:


this will be a special 3 part series on 20/20 over the next 3 "sundays"....

How can 6 people go to Disney World for 6 days for $__________?


Help me think through this money wise?

W/out even seeing our 09 tax refund we already know that $ from that will not go toward Disney this yr as well on top of that $ that were planning to set aside for the expenses of the trip (mostly food, tickets and spending) is just not saving up as well as we thought.

Yes I still have 8+ months to keep saving…but we are slightly worried…

We are in agreement w/ not canceling the trip and moving forward but to what degree?

This is where I need your advice.

Here is an idea of my original planning-

10 days Nov 19th through 28th

9 nights total…1 night at POP, 8 nights at BLT

7 days of parks

Reg DDP

not including airfare and souviners...I was thinking my budget would be:

$4000 :scared1:

this included buying 4 tickets (2 A & 2 C) from UT and 2 AP's (w/ DVC discount), reg DDP + tips + OOP food on 1st day and grocery delievery, and 2 rooms 1 night at POP.




Let’s start w/ parks and tickets:

Matt and I are planning to get AP’s w/ the DVC discount, the kids 7 day PH passes (2 adult and 2 child prices).

Options keeping AP’s and PH for kids-

1) Direct through Disney and 2 AP’s (DVC) = $1926.08 ($1856 before tax)

2) 4 children’s tickets through UT and 2 AP’s w/ DVC discount = $1841.80

3) Direct through Disney using GAD upgrades for 3 of the kid’s tickets, 1 child ticket through UT (under 6) and 2 AP’s w/ DVC discount = roughly $1630 + tax think it would be $1661.60 w/ tax) (KIM this version I will most likely pay the price increase coming in August)


Why are we getting AP’s? well another trip is in the works for DH & I for our 15 yr anniversary (July ’11) and we’d be returning to WDW sometime in late Sept/early Oct for 5 days…

I already know that purchasing two 7 D base for this trip and then two 5 day base for the 2011 trip is more than buying two AP’s ( $924+ vs $778)


Why are we getting 7 day PH for the kids? It makes sense since DH & I will have PH capability w/ our AP’s to upgrade the kids to PH passes. I do not plan to go to the parks on our two travel days and Thanksgiving Day is our rest-no park day…so 7 days of parks.

Overall the difference is $84+ savings buying 4 of 6 needed passes from UT vs Disney direct and doing the GAD for 3 of children would be about $230+ in savings overall.

So obviously the 3rd option is the most money savings…but logistically the most “pain in my butt” version…

With us arriving on Friday the 19th and staying 1 night at POP for point reasons for our BLT stay we need to a) check-out of POP Sat. morning, b) take our luggage to bell services to transfer to BLT for us), c) already planning to go check-in BLT after midnight on Friday to get our keys and activate the DDP starting on the 20th…d) originally planning to get our AP’s from GS at DTD on Friday…but now e) we’ll need to exchange our GAD vouchers for the 3 kids at MK on Saturday the 20th as Amy explained to me we have to exchange their 1-day GAD vouchers on the day we want to use them…BUT I want to try and get a pre park opening BBB appt that morning for Margaret’s b-day…who knows if she’ll even have enough hair for a princess bun or crown (she doesn’t now but that is a whole other story)…Can I even exchange vouchers at 7:30 am something in the morning?


So if that isn’t confusing enough should I consider dropping the PH add-on and just get base tickets?

Here is the new breakdown:

1) Direct through Disney and 2 AP’s (DVC) = $1704.56 ($1648 before tax)

2) 4 children’s tickets through UT and 2 AP’s w/ DVC discount = $1643.80

3) Direct through Disney using GAD upgrades for 3 of the kid’s tickets, 1 child ticket through UT (under 6) and 2 AP’s w/ DVC discount = roughly $1417 + tax (KIM this version I will most likely pay the price increase coming in August)

Overall difference is $60 + savings from everything through Disney to purchasing 4 tickets through UT and $230+ by doing 3 tickets w/ GAD upgrade

Savings between Hoppers and Base

1) $222

2) $198

3) $213


Not a deal breaker or maker I guess? :confused3 So I guess if you figure I would save $230 either way by doing the GAD upgrade should stick w/ the PH’s. or maximize the savings and go w/ the base tickets and save about $443+ on tickets…

Opinions?


FYI after typing this up yesterday...DH and I have at least agreed the GAD is the way to go w/ savings regardless of the pain...but still interested in hearing your thoughts...we have not discussed dropping PH...that requires more brain power....


Up NEXT: Hop or No Hop :confused: A tentative breakdown of my itinerary, possible crowd report and best vs worst park days....

stay tuned :surfweb:

Thanks for reading,

Scrappie J~ Go Irish! (The people not football team ;)) :shamrock:

DisMomAmy
03-02-2010, 01:39 PM
Interesting... I'm glad you decided to go with the GAD option. From what I understand the Will Call windows are open before the park opens. When you mention 7:30, is that based on an 8am opening? If so, yes, they will be open by 7:30. Poke around more on the GAD threads and you'll find more about those questions. There are a couple of real experts over there who can help you work through all of those details.

Our trips usually costs us about $5000... :sad2:

Maybe I'll break it down for you on my PTR after I finish up the AK series. ;)

Charlefours
03-02-2010, 01:59 PM
My reaction is it worth the hassle to save the money? For me the answer would be yes ::yes:: Another thing that popped into my head--do you like the DDP or could you possibly do without it? I am not sure if you are big TS eaters or if you would be content with a few TS OOP and then eat CS for your other meals?

irish dancer
03-02-2010, 04:11 PM
We have not gotten hoppers for the past few trips, for us it is $250 that can be spent on food and such. I guess it's not huge when you're talking thousands but that $250 gets us 5+ CS meals. We also did the GAD and it wasn't too difficult, we did the Project Linus blankets. I don't think that activity is available anymore but there will probably be others that wouldn't be too much of a pain.

As for DDP we've dropped that too. I got tired of being so tied to ADRs and with 1-2 kids now counting as "adults" but not eating like adults it just didn't seem worth it for us anymore. Our last trip I even utilized our kitchen and "cooked" froz pizza one night and a froz lasagne another, added a bag of salad and we had a pretty good meal for pennies compared to a WDW restaurant, even CS. Remember having an AP you'll qualify to purchase a TIW card, you might want to crunch some more numbers to see if that might work out better for you.

I know it's crazy but I love crunching the numbers so if you need help on that end just let me know!

carissanboys
03-02-2010, 04:38 PM
I'm really not a big help when it comes to figuring this stuff out. My mind is feeling a bit fuzzy after reading all of that. :rotfl: But, we have never had hoppers and I can't say it's been an issue for us. We're always back in the room by 8 usually and too tired to go two different parks in one day. The savings was also worth it to me to plan one park a day.

KathyRN137
03-02-2010, 06:05 PM
let's talk numbers...anybody love Math...?



:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: Oh, if you only knew what a terrible math student I was!

We dropped the PH option on our last trip to save some money and we were fine. Now that we tend not to go back for a midday rest, we usually stay at one park. If you think you would do the same, then I recommend getting base tickets! :thumbsup2


Kathy

DisMomAmy
03-02-2010, 08:07 PM
:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: Oh, if you only knew what a terrible math student I was!

We dropped the PH option on our last trip to save some money and we were fine. Now that we tend not to go back for a midday rest, we usually stay at one park. If you think you would do the same, then I recommend getting base tickets! :thumbsup2


Kathy

And you could always start without it and add it on if you decided you really needed it.

Charlefours
03-02-2010, 08:44 PM
I forget where I read it but if you are considering doing GAD and have not yet register--I would do it ASAP. There has been such a huge response they are figuring the quota will be reached this month and they have not announced if they will take more than the initial one million.

DisMomAmy
03-02-2010, 08:49 PM
I forget where I read it but if you are considering doing GAD and have not yet register--I would do it ASAP. There has been such a huge response they are figuring the quota will be reached this month and they have not announced if they will take more than the initial one million.

Wow!! I knew they would hit the million before the end of the year, but I didn't realize it would be this soon! :eek:

mousescrapper
03-03-2010, 12:32 PM
Interesting... I'm glad you decided to go with the GAD option. From what I understand the Will Call windows are open before the park opens. When you mention 7:30, is that based on an 8am opening? If so, yes, they will be open by 7:30. Poke around more on the GAD threads and you'll find more about those questions. There are a couple of real experts over there who can help you work through all of those details.

Our trips usually costs us about $5000... :sad2:

Maybe I'll break it down for you on my PTR after I finish up the AK series. ;)

the 7:30 am time is based on us hopefully getting a 8:05 am BBB appointment...in 2009 MK opened on Sat before Thanksgiving at 9:00 am

If you don't mind sharing your budget openly on your PTR I'd love to see it and/or just send me an email...

thanks!



My reaction is it worth the hassle to save the money? For me the answer would be yes ::yes:: Another thing that popped into my head--do you like the DDP or could you possibly do without it? I am not sure if you are big TS eaters or if you would be content with a few TS OOP and then eat CS for your other meals?

Yes we have decided it seems to be the best plan...1 thing decided, now moving on to Hopping and food...this will be harder.

You are one step ahead of me...I have a whole post dedicated to DDP....

We have not gotten hoppers for the past few trips, for us it is $250 that can be spent on food and such. I guess it's not huge when you're talking thousands but that $250 gets us 5+ CS meals. We also did the GAD and it wasn't too difficult, we did the Project Linus blankets. I don't think that activity is available anymore but there will probably be others that wouldn't be too much of a pain.

As for DDP we've dropped that too. I got tired of being so tied to ADRs and with 1-2 kids now counting as "adults" but not eating like adults it just didn't seem worth it for us anymore. Our last trip I even utilized our kitchen and "cooked" froz pizza one night and a froz lasagne another, added a bag of salad and we had a pretty good meal for pennies compared to a WDW restaurant, even CS. Remember having an AP you'll qualify to purchase a TIW card, you might want to crunch some more numbers to see if that might work out better for you.

I know it's crazy but I love crunching the numbers so if you need help on that end just let me know!

I can crunch the numbers for tickets...it is the food stuff that seems harder to me...but my thoughts are coming so I'd love a second look at it.

thanks for your opinions and what has worked for you w/ not adding the hoppers and DDP...my mind is swirling w/ ideas and yes I am concerned about the twins now beings "adults" they just won't eat that much...

I'm really not a big help when it comes to figuring this stuff out. My mind is feeling a bit fuzzy after reading all of that. :rotfl: But, we have never had hoppers and I can't say it's been an issue for us. We're always back in the room by 8 usually and too tired to go two different parks in one day. The savings was also worth it to me to plan one park a day.

I tend to agree on the no hopping stuff...w/ the little kids. DH likes the option...but I guess we can do all the hopping we want in 2011 when it's just us...I may have to anxiously wait till early May to really make some decisions here...

:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: Oh, if you only knew what a terrible math student I was!

We dropped the PH option on our last trip to save some money and we were fine. Now that we tend not to go back for a midday rest, we usually stay at one park. If you think you would do the same, then I recommend getting base tickets! :thumbsup2


Kathy

We haven't been the kind to take that mid-day rest...I'd rather tour till 3 or 4 and just be done right now...that will all change as the kids get older...like reading Missy's TR and how they tour early, pool and nap break then tour again late...I can see that in our future...but I can also see w/ walking access to MK a mid day break will be very easy and appealing w/ level 10 crowds!

thanks for your thoughts...

And you could always start without it and add it on if you decided you really needed it.

good thought Amy...as you'll see in my next post I really only can see hopping a few days...not all 7 :confused3

I forget where I read it but if you are considering doing GAD and have not yet register--I would do it ASAP. There has been such a huge response they are figuring the quota will be reached this month and they have not announced if they will take more than the initial one million.

Thanks and yes I did register on Monday night and I have recieved the confirmation email that I have expressed an interest.

next part coming up for your thoughts...

J~

mousescrapper
03-03-2010, 12:52 PM
Hop or No Hop…that is the Question.



So let’s start w/ what I like about hopping and what I don’t:

Hopping Pro’s-flexibility in planning ahead to the things you just don’t know
Ability to switch gears as needed
If the entertainment schedule does not quite meet your needs on a given day you can tour 1 park then go to an alternate park for nighttime entertainment

Hopping Con’s-to me it can seem busier to plan on hopping and moving from 1 park to the next or back to the resort and next park
It feels like a lot of work packing up to get on the bus, off the bus and through bag check
I’m more of the pre-planner than the fly by the seat of my pants kind of tourist

I have PH’d and not PH’ w/ young kids I’d rather not hop…but it can be a challenge sometimes planning an itinerary when you are confined to one park a day.

My thoughts would be you can make it work and I’d rather tour all day on a few park days and other park days start late and go late or start early and tour till mid afternoon and then be done.

This trip…the PH-ing has a bit of an appeal due to the expected larger crowds so if we need to leave and maybe want to go somewhere else…

The end of our trip we’d like to do some of the Holiday specific things at DHS, Epcot and maybe AK…but I am suspecting the general crowds will be higher and it would be a good idea to tour somewhere during the day and go to another park at night…

Based on the touring plans crowd levels for our week we are looking at level 9 Sat-Sat on our park days.

I have a feeling we not be in the parks as much or as in long of spurts than before becuase of the crowds...:confused3

I’d like to go to MK 2 + times, Epcot 2 times, AK 1 ½ times, DHS 1 ½ times.

Overall Park goals are:

MK-find the little things/Holiday
Things we missed in 09-HoP, SM
Spectro and Wishes in the Park
Our Must do’s

Epcot-Holiday story tellers
CLP
Things we missed in 09-innoventions
Our Must do’s

AK-take time to look and take it in
things we missed in 09-parade, FotLK, Nemo, walking trails, Tree of Life
Our Must do’s

DHS-characters and finding the little things
Drawing academy
B&B show, extreme motor show (still have never seen)
Our Must do’s

So w/ that said here is my tentative itinerary:


Fri 19- arrival no park, DTD ?

Sat 20- Margaret’s b-day MK maybe hop to Epcot in afternoon? BBB, CRT-lunch, rides for Margaret, Wishes at BLT

Sun 21- DHS or AK possible hop day no late night

Mon 22- MK no hopping rest at BLT hopeful Spectro and Wishes in park or possible HDDR night

Tues 23- Mae’s b-day 1900 PF Bfst, DHS or AK possible hop day again no late night

Wed 24- Epcot no hopping or option of hop to MK for Spectro/Wishes in park

Thurs 25- Thanksgiving, no park, rest day resort, DTD, WCC dinner, watch Wishes & EWP from BLT

Fri 26- MK day, hop to DHS for Osborne Lights

Sat 27- Epcot for Holiday story tellers and CLP (possible TS dinner package)

Sun 28- departure day (shoot for early afternoon flight) no park just check-out, leave



***Please note this is mostly based on best park day choices...



To recap tickets using the GAD on 3 tickets (2 A and 1 C), 1 C ticket through UT and 2 AP's w/ DVC discount...

Hoppers=$1661.60 w/ tax (roughly)

Base= $1460.47 w/ tax (roughly)

Difference = $201.13

Ok let's hear it....

Can I shoot for a decision now and weigh on it more come May when hopful hours will come out and entertianment schedules...if it comes out early in the month I will still have a couple weeks till my ADR window...

Up NEXT: To DDP or Not....

thanks for reading,

Scrappie J~:shamrock:

DisMomAmy
03-03-2010, 03:46 PM
As you know we are big on hopping... Changing gears seems to break things up for us. :confused3 Though we may be doing less hopping this year than in the past.

I can definitely see why you guys would want to park hop on this trip! With those high crowd levels I agree that hoppin gis your best option. You can try to spend the day in one of the least crowded parks, then head over to another park for the evening fun (and crowds).

I vote yes for park hopping! :thumbsup2

carissanboys
03-03-2010, 04:40 PM
$200 for everyone to have hoppers? Doesn't seem like much. If you think it would make things much easier for you guys to have that option, then I'd go for it. Part of why I never get them is because we probably wouldn't take advantage of the option. We're at a park early and leave by early afternoon. If it didn't cost more, I'd probably use the option some, but not enough to make the cost worth it for us. But, if you will use it quite a bit, then I definitely think $200 is worth it.

irish dancer
03-03-2010, 05:02 PM
With it being a holiday time PHing might be necessary for crowd control so I'd keep it as an option. I guess what I'd suggest is budget for PH but don't buy them that way. It is an option you can add to your tix at any time and it is a flat amount no matter when you add it so if you find once there that you want to hop then add it but if you don't need it then you've saved the $$. We tour early morning (collect FPs), take a break, return to the same park in the eve and use our FPs collected earlier so base tix have worked for us.

Charleston Princess
03-03-2010, 08:22 PM
I always like the thought of Park Hoppers but we haven't used them since 2007. Remember, too, that you can add them to your tickets at any time -- even once you are there if you decide you need to hop.