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saintstickets
06-05-2010, 08:06 PM
This is my first trip report so be gentle! ;)
Here's the background - DH (54), DW (46), DS (25), DD (22) & DD boyfriend (22).

This is our first trip to WDW in nearly 3 years. We purchased a small DVC contract at OKW in Nov, 2009 so this was our first "trip home". We live in south Mississippi and it is a 600 mile drive each way to WDW. Our DS recently moved to north Alabama so he flew in to meet us while the rest of us drove down. Since it is a 10 hour drive, we knew we would be arriving late. We purchased the dining plan and if we had stayed at OKW that first night, we would have had to purchase that extra day on the plan for all 5 of us and not been able to use it. Therefore, we stayed at the Buena Vista Suites on a deal found here on the DISboards. A 2 room suite for only $99/night (tax included). Hard to beat that deal!

We made it to the hotel, checked in and decided to eat at the Cheesecake Factory in Orlando. DS's twin brother lives out on the west coast and works at one while attending school. This was our first visit and it was very good. The menu is more like a booklet with so many items. Needless to say, the desserts are fantastic too. I would compare it to many of the better restaurants at WDW for the food but it is hard to beat the atmosphere at Mickey's place!

DS's flight arrived at 11:20 at MCO so we checked out and picked him up at the airport. No problems there except I suspect my Garmin GPS and the FL DOT are in collusion to send me through every toll booth around to collect those fares! :headache: We arrived at OKW after MORE tolls around 12:30.
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Check-in is not until 4:00. We did the online check-in and I do not know if it made any difference, but our room was ready! :banana: DW and I are going to purchase AP's but we had purchased park tickets for the 3 "kids" through UndercoverTourist. The CM added them directly to the room key without a problem. As previously mentioned, we had purchased the DP (TS meal, CS meal and a snack) for our stay and those were added to each of our room keys as well. It took less than 10 minutes from arrival until we were headed to our room! I don't know about you but that is scary for me! That guy in Murphy's Law is a relative of mine so for something to go so easy is not the norm for me!!! :lmao:

saintstickets
06-05-2010, 08:48 PM
For those of you not familiar with OKW, there is some construction going on at the entrance and at the Hospitality House.

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They are enlarging the area at the HH to make more room for DME storage and also doing some work on the entrance. This is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. They are also refurbishing all the rooms at OKW but that will take a while longer to complete. Buildings 30, 31, 32, 33, 40 and 43 have been completed. Only 43 more to go!

Disney_Jill
06-05-2010, 08:54 PM
I just stayed at OKW from 5/31 to 6/4 and loved it! I used to visit Key West all the time when I lived in Florida and they have the theming down!! I stayed in a studio in building 33, first floor. It was newly refurbished and I think I may have been one of the first guests in there because everything was brand new, the shower curtain, etc. I loved it and the little porch was great. I asked to be by a bus stop because I was traveling alone and she put me there. I was soooo happy. I really enjoyed OKW and thought the busses were very good. I only waited once for more than 5 minutes for a bus. I have previously stayed at SSR (loved it) and AKW. I like the spread out, quite resorts the best.
I can't wait to hear how the rest of your trip went and your thoughts on OKW.

saintstickets
06-05-2010, 08:57 PM
On to our room. We are in room 6212 on the first floor. This is across Peninsular Road from the HH. We had a 2br villa and it was huge! The WDW website says 1,395 sq ft but it seemed even larger. Needless to say, it was plenty of room for the 5 of us. This building has not been refurbished yet. Here are a few pics..

Living area
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Kitchen
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Master bedroom
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Master bathroom
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Lake view from the balcony
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Golf course view from the balcony - 6th hole green at Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
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saintstickets
06-05-2010, 09:02 PM
I just stayed at OKW from 5/31 to 6/4 and loved it! I used to visit Key West all the time when I lived in Florida and they have the theming down!! I stayed in a studio in building 33, first floor. It was newly refurbished and I think I may have been one of the first guests in there because everything was brand new, the shower curtain, etc. I loved it and the little porch was great. I asked to be by a bus stop because I was traveling alone and she put me there. I was soooo happy. I really enjoyed OKW and thought the busses were very good. I only waited once for more than 5 minutes for a bus. I have previously stayed at SSR (loved it) and AKW. I like the spread out, quite resorts the best.
I can't wait to hear how the rest of your trip went and your thoughts on OKW.

Glad to hear you liked OKW. You probably were the first to stay at the newly refurbished building. I would love to see any pics you might have. OKW is laid back and very stress-free. Our last time there we stayed in building 40 and used the same bus stop you used on Old Turtle Pond road. I don't know how the other resorts are but we were very pleased with the bus service. Even when we just missed the bus we wanted, it was a short wait for the next one.

saintstickets
06-05-2010, 09:26 PM
Here are some familiar pics for those that have stayed at OKW...

This is the walkway at the back of the HH near the boat dock. That's the Gurgling Suitcase on the left for those seeking adult beverages. Next down the walkway is Goods To Go (counter service meals), game room and an exercise room. At the end of this walkway is one of the 4 pools at OKW.
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Also down this walkway is Hank's where you can rent watercraft, bikes, etc.
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Peninsular Road bridge view from the boat dock
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Canal from the boat dock that leads to Downtown Disney
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The iconic lighthouse at OKW
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saintstickets
06-05-2010, 09:30 PM
More pics of OKW...

Night view of boat dock at the back of the HH
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Some of the buildings at OKW
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saintstickets
06-05-2010, 10:10 PM
OKW is spread out with lots of green space so naturally there is wildlife. Well, some are not all that wild as seen below...

Outside our room from the balcony
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As soon as you walk out on your balcony, here come the beggars
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See, I told you they weren't that wild
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Hand feeding was fine until this fellow shows up with that LONG beak
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And where there are small animals, there are also nature's predators. This one was about 4 ft long and was in the bushes the next morning just outside our balcony after feeding the ducks & birds the day before. DW and DD decided to stay inside and not feed the fowl anymore!
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saintstickets
06-05-2010, 11:13 PM
Since we were able to check-in so early we used our DP and ate at Olivia's at OKW. As we have experienced before, the food there was really good.

A note for those thinking about using the DP for your meals. There were 5 adults on this trip and we chose the DP that included a CS-Counter Service meal, TS-Table Service meal and a snack each day. We had already made ADR's at Mama Melrose's @ DH (Included the Fantasmic Dinner Package), Le Cellier @ EP-Canada, Biergarten @ EP-Germany and the Grand Floridian Cafe at the GF resort. I wasn't sure if it would be worth it but here are the final results. I took our receipts from each TS meal, CS meal and snack and compared the cash cost vs the DP cost. The DP cost for 5 adults for 5 nights was $1,049.75 ($41.99ea x 5 nights x 5 adults). The cash price if we would have ordered the exact same items would have been $1,341.39.

As you can see, that is a substantial savings BUT, I have to add a caveat. We are not big dessert eaters. Included in each TS and CS meal is a dessert. We felt "obligated" to get a dessert with each meal since it was included. In fact, when you told the CM that you had the DP, they reminded you that a dessert was included if you didn't order one! With that said, the cash value of the desserts would have been $121.53 (no cost for Biergarten dessert since this is a buffet). Even deducting that from the cash price of $1,341.39, there still is a savings of $170.11 by using the DP. Maybe I should have skipped some of those desserts anyway. Even with all the walking and sweating (low 90's each day), I still managed to gain 5 pounds on this trip! :scared1:

Another note - There were 3 males in our group that tend to be big red meat eaters so we tended to order the steak dishes which are normally more expensive. If you are lighter eaters then your savings might be less since you would be ordering entrees that are lighter and therefore less expensive.

Another 'nother note - If you want to see the Fantasmic show at DH (I would definately recommend it) and are on the DP, call and reserve the Dinner Package at Mama Melrose's. It is a regular TS meal credit and you also get an appetizer included for each person at no extra cost. In addition, you get reserved seat passes for the Fantasmic show so you don't have to wait an hour or more in line for the show. The Fantasmic venue houses almost 10,000 and is typically full for each show. You can also reserve the dinner package at DH's Hollywood and Vine or the Brown Derby, however, the Brown Derby will cost you 2 TS meal credits for each person.

Last another note - The DP does not include tips for the TS meals. Each receipt has a "suggested" 18% & 20% tip amount for your convenience. The service is usually very good and our total tips for the 5 TS meals alone was more in line with the 20% amount. For those that are AP holders, I also compared the TS meals cash price versus using the Tables In Wonderland (TIW) discount. The TIW discount gives you a 20% discount at most TS restaurants but automatically adds an 18% gratuity. The discount is for all items on the TS menu including adult beverages. The cash value of our 5 TS meals would have been $1,006.40 with tip included. If we had used the TIW card, the total price would have been $900.30. This one trip would have paid for the cost of the annual TIW discount card. When DW and I go back the week after Thanksgiving this year, we will probably use the TIW card instead of the DP. We like to split appetizers and have a drink once in a while (both not on the DP) and the TIW discount will apply.

saintstickets
06-05-2010, 11:41 PM
Okay, so after eating at Olivia's, DW and I needed to get our AP's. We both volunteered earlier this year on the GAD program. To redeem the GAD voucher, you have to go to one of the parks so we headed out to MK. As usual, as we were walking to the bus stop, the bus going to the MK had just pulled off. (Remember my relative Murphy?) Not to worry though, OKW has an excellent bus service and within minutes another MK bus was pulling up. A short ride later and we were at the gate to MK. We went to the Will Call booth to the right of the entrance gates. This was about 2:30 that afternoon so there wasn't a line. We told the CM that we wanted to purchase two AP's, we were DVC members and had a GAD voucher. She knew exactly what we were talking about and asked for our blue DVC member card, the GAD voucher and a picture ID. In about 5 minutes we had our AP's! No trouble, no fuss (I guess Murphy was under the weather today! :banana:). We decided to go ahead and get a TIW card while we were there and again, no problems.

And for you bean counters, the cost for the TIW card was only $75 (no tax charged). The regular price is $100 but there is a $25 AP holder discount. The total price for the AP was $330.15 each! The regular (non-FL resident) price for an AP is $489. The DVC member discount is $100 and the value of the GAD voucher is $79 (one day park ticket). So for $330.15 each ($489-100-79=310 + 6.5% tax = $330.15) we have park hopper passes for a full year. That is cheaper than a 4 day non-expiring park hopper ticket! :cool1:

So with AP's in hand, we headed into the MK. Recognize this?
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saintstickets
06-06-2010, 12:00 AM
In prior visits, we have been in all the shops on Main Street. One that we have not spent much time in is Crystal Arts. They have hand blown glasswares and fine crystal items. This time we entered the side door near the back of the store and realized that they have a gaffer (the glass artisan) actually making the items on site!

Notice the temperature on the kiln at the upper right of the pic? That's over 2100 degrees!!
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After blowing the molten glass in to shape, adding a piece here and there, and rolling each piece in the color crystals, here is the finished piece
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If you get a chance to watch this process it is well worth it.

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 12:19 AM
Here's a couple of tips that we found very useful on this trip. Go to a craft store and get a lanyard for each person in your group. We got ours at Hobby Lobby for less than $3 for 6 lanyards. Then get clear plastic name card holders that clip to the lanyards at an office supply store like Office Depot. These were less than $5 for 10. These work real well to keep your room key, park ticket (if not on your room key), driver's license and credit card all in the clear pouch. You can also put your Fastpass tickets in these as well. Just slip the lanyard beneath your shirt and it stays dry, out of sight and you don't have to fumble through a wallet or purse each time it is needed. I left my wallet in the room safe all week and did not have to worry about losing it or it getting wet on Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids.

Speaking of Kali River Rapids at AK, here is the other tip. Go to a dollar store and get some cheap rain ponchos. We got ours at Family Dollar Store for a dollar each. When riding Kali River Rapids, you WILL get wet! This is one of my favorite rides in all of WDW! :thumbsup2 Slip one of the ponchos on prior to getting in the raft and you will be glad you did. DS decided to be cool and not put his on. He got soaked!!! :lmao: Shake it dry when you finish, fold it up and put it back in your pocket or pass it on to someone in line without any gear as you are leaving the ride. They also came in handy the last day of our trip because it rained for about an hour Saturday night. DS was too cool again and left his in the room. He purchased one in a Main Street shop that cost him over $9. Go figure!! :confused3

Mai Ku Tiki
06-06-2010, 08:00 AM
Thanks so much! This is a GREAT TR....the detailed accounting of meal price options is especially helpful!!!! :flower3:

TinkOhio
06-06-2010, 10:32 AM
Excellent trip report!:thumbsup2 Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to read more...popcorn::

bukosluvswdw
06-06-2010, 10:39 AM
Love the trip report and the great inof on the dining plan. Looking forward to hearing more!

Goofy442
06-06-2010, 10:58 AM
We have done the DP before and kept our slips to compare what it would cost OOP and never finished it. I'm glad to see you did, some people would say it is less with the DP but I don't see it. I don't eat much when it is hot, however my DS'S and DH can. Great details Thanks for sharing!

chepic
06-06-2010, 01:36 PM
love the TR.....don't like the snake....I really do prefer the 2nd and 3rd floor and now I do more than ever!!! :goodvibes

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 02:21 PM
Thanks so much! This is a GREAT TR....the detailed accounting of meal price options is especially helpful!!!! :flower3:

Excellent trip report!:thumbsup2 Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to read more...popcorn::

Love the trip report and the great inof on the dining plan. Looking forward to hearing more!

We have done the DP before and kept our slips to compare what it would cost OOP and never finished it. I'm glad to see you did, some people would say it is less with the DP but I don't see it. I don't eat much when it is hot, however my DS'S and DH can. Great details Thanks for sharing!

Thanks all. I've read many others opinions about the pros & cons of the DP but I had to prove it to myself. It became a running joke with our group to make sure you give dad the receipts!

love the TR.....don't like the snake....I really do prefer the 2nd and 3rd floor and now I do more than ever!!! :goodvibes

I don't mind snakes as long as I see them first...it's those two-legged snakes that are far worse! ;)

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 02:29 PM
Then it was straight on to Splash Mountain. DD's boyfriend had never been on the rides at WDW so we needed to indoctrinate him early. Now keep in mind that my family members are very shy and introverted as shown in this picture from SM.

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That's DD bf and DD in the front, DW and DS in the second seat and yours truly in the third seat. Can't you see how much we hate the camera? :lmao:

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 03:21 PM
We rode several other rides at MK and had our CS meal at Cosmic Ray's. We had the usual chicken nuggets, rotisserie chicken and ribs. For CS meals, these are usually decent. More rides and shopping and then catch a bus back to OKW.

The next morning we were up bright and early...well not so early as rope drop but early enough. We headed to AK even though our TouringPlan crowd level said it was a park to avoid. The extended hours were at the end of the day so we risked it. The crowds were there but manageable. Here's a tip while at AK - if you arrive early, go get a FP for Expedition Everest and then head directly over to the Kilimanjaro Safari. When it is hot, the animals tend to rest and stay in the shade so if you do this early in the morning, you are more likely to see them. With that said, DD's bf snapped this pic of the brave crew as we headed out on the dangerous safari...
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As you can tell, it was taken without a chance for the camera shy kids to strike a pose.

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 04:00 PM
While on the Kilimanjaro Safari, there are quite a few animals to see. Here are just a few...

These guys were a bit camera shy
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Watch the horns on these bad boys
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A few more
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And then the king and queen themselves...stand up and take a bow...or not
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saintstickets
06-06-2010, 04:09 PM
Then we headed off to Kali River Rapids. As I stated previously, this is one of my favorite rides. No pics from that one unless you have a waterproof camera.

From there we had just enough time to make it to Everest Expedition using our FP's.
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Another pic from the shutterbug shy crew.
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With 5 in our group, sometimes you don't get to ride together so dear ole dad did not make it in the previous pic. That's okay. It probably saved them a camera lens from cracking! :rotfl2:

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 04:58 PM
It may be hard to imagine but DD will be starting her last year (I hope!) this fall on her pre-med degree. Just imagine, in a few more years you may be bringing your children to see her as Dr. Becky. At least she'll have plenty of experience making faces to try and cheer the kiddies up!!

From there we ate our CS meal at the Flame Tree Barbecue. For a CS meal, they have some really good smoked meats especially the St. Louis style ribs. The 1/2 smoked chicken and the beef or pork sandwiches are very good as well. Be careful when you eat though. The fowl have a habit of walking right under your table or seat looking for food! It makes you wonder though with all those animals in the AK and all that meat being sold....hmmmm :eek:

We rode and shopped some more. We didn't get to see the Festival of the Lion King this trip but I would highly recommend it if you get the chance. It's a first class show.

Reservations at Mama Melrose's in HS at 4:15 warranted our departure sooner than we wanted but this was part of the Fantasmic Dinner Package mentioned earlier. If you want the dinner package, you have to make dinner reservations between 3:30 and 5:00 even though the show didn't start until 9:00. So it's off to find our bus from AK to HS.

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 05:21 PM
We made a quick trip back to the room for a change of clothes since someone (ahem) did not bring their poncho for Kali River Rapids. Also, AK is probably the hottest place at WDW and I believe we reached 93 degrees by this time. That's a good thing about staying on site. A couple of quick bus rides to the room and back and you're ready to go again. It makes it real nice if you have little ones that need their afternoon nap (and big ones too!) in order to make it until dark and closing time at the parks.

We made it to HS in plenty of time so we decided to try the Rock N Roller Coaster. We didn't get to do this the last time we were here. That is one great thing about being a DVC member. You don't feel as much pressure to go commando at the parks and ride everything because you know you'll be returning soon. Nevertheless, you probably can guess what is coming next. Yep, another ride pic! Here's another case where 5 aren't in the same picture so dad was left out again. Feeling sorry for me yet? :rotfl:

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As you can see, DD's bf is starting to loosen up a bit and ham it up for the pics!

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 05:47 PM
Then it was on to Mama Melrose's for our ADR TS meal. They were packed and running behind schedule but we only had a 15 minute wait and it was air conditioned so we didn't mind. We had a great CM waiting on us named Michael G and he explained the dinner package deal to us. We didn't realize that by making reservations for the dinner package and having the DP that we were entitled to an appetizer at no extra cost in addition to the entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage that the DP allowed. Appetizers ordered were the antipasto (large selection of meats, cheeses and marinated veggies), calamari, brushcetta and a caesar salad. I could have made a meal on this alone. Entrees were spaghetti fra diavolo (pasta with clams, calamari, mussels and shrimp), chicken alla parmesan, four cheese flatbread (we asked for pepperoni to be added and it was not a problem) and a charred sirloin (remember the earlier post saying we lean towards a lot of red meat?). For dessert we had crema limone (a nsa lemon custard topped with fresh berries and whip cream), honey hazlenut and ricotta cheesecake, tiramisu and a vanilla gelato. Oh boy...did I eat too much. It was all so good and we passed it around so everyone got a taste of it all. I can't stand to see food go to waste so I think I cleaned everyone's plate for them. I'm on a perpetual see food diet...I see food and I eat it!!! I was stuffed.

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 06:00 PM
I wanted to walk some of the meal off but the rest of the crew was having none of that. It was straight on to the Tower of Terror.

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I didn't want to take a chance on losing my meal so I sat this one out. The ride kept breaking down which was another reason I was a bit leery to go on it but they finally made it. As you can guess, another ride pic is in store.

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Don't you feel sorry for the family sitting behind them when they went to get their picture?! They'll be asking themselves how they were so unfortunate to be sitting right behind a bunch of degenerate, semi-humanoids!! :lmao:

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 06:25 PM
We've seen Indiana Jones stunt spectacular, Journey into Narnia, Lights Motor Action stunt show, Studio Backlot tour and the Beauty and the Beast show before so we did not see those this time. They are all good shows, especially Beauty and the Beast. We have not seen Muppet 3D or Toy Story Mania before and we did not have enough time this trip. Maybe next one after Thanksgiving. A little more walking, a little more shopping and it was time to go see Fantasmic. For those of you that have not seen Fantasmic, it is a 25 minute show in an outdoor amphitheatre that will house nearly 10,000 people. The show is a combination of dancing fountains, fireworks, live actors, laser light water screens and much more. It is recommended that you get there 1 1/2 to 2 hours before the show in order to get in but we had reserved seats with the dinner package so we were told to be there 30-45 minutes ahead of time. They have 2 sections reserved for the dinner package guests and you enter through the exit. It was a really good show depicting a journey into the imagination of Mickey Mouse. Here are a few pictures of the show.

A few of the characters in the water parade
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Some of the laser water screen scenes
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And last but not least, the hero himself
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Great show, great time at HS. Now to let the bus driver worry about getting us home after a long day at two separate parks.

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 08:03 PM
Today is all EPCOT. We have 7:40 ADR's for our TS meal at LeCellier. As most of you know, LeCellier (in Canada pavillion) is a premier restaurant. Currently it is a 1 TS credit meal but there are rumors that it will soon change to a 2 TS credit meal like Jiko, Flying Fish Cafe, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Mickey's Backyard BBQ, Citricos, Narcoossee's, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Brown Derby or dining at Cinderella's Royal Table. If it changes, it will be the first in EPCOT to require 2 credits on the DP.

In the Future World, we rode Test Track, Mission Space, Living with the Land and Soarin. We heard Soarin was real popular so we got a FP for it first thing. Honey I shrunk the audience, Ellen's Energy Adventure and Spaceship Earth were working and then not working all morning long so we missed them this day. We headed to Mission Space after getting the FP for Soarin. The last time we were at WDW in 2007, we all rode the orange side. This is the intense side of the ride and for whatever reason, that time it made me very queasy. This time DW and I rode the green side (less intense) and DS, DD and DD's bf rode the orange side. No problems this year so it was on to the Test Track. There was a 45 minute wait for the multiple passenger side but only a 15 minute wait on the single side. DW, DD and DDbf took the multiple side (each car seats 6 with 3 abreast in the front and 3 in the back) and DS and I took the single rider side. I rode in a car with a couple that had 3 young girls that sat in the front. After it was over, I told them that they were ready to get their driver's license. I don't think the parents appreciated it very much! :)

After waiting for DW, DD and DDbf to finish Test Track, we headed back across Future World to use our FP for Soarin. It was our first time to ride Soarin and it was fantastic. Did you smell the evergreens and orange blossoms? We will definately add this to our "must do" list at EPCOT.

It was time to get something to eat and since we were already in the building, we ate our CS credit meal at the Sunshine Season Food Fair. We had the chicken caeser salad, smoked ham salami sandwich, rotisserie chicken and the spicy chicken cashew meals. Desserts were cinammon roll, white chocolate macadamia nut cookie, strawberry shortcake, soarin brulee and butterfinger cheesecake. All tasty and all good and plenty to eat. Sitting next to us were a couple with 2 teenage girls. They saw my shirt with the New Orleans Saints logo on the pocket and said they were Saints fans too. They were from south Louisiana only about 150 miles from where we live. It's a small world....no wait, we rode that the next day!

We rode Living with the Land in the same building and then headed to the World Showcase. DD and DDbf had to have the obligatory picture taken with Spaceship Earth in the background.
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saintstickets
06-06-2010, 08:25 PM
I LOVE World Showcase! I could spend 2 days just looking at all the different items for sale and all the shows in each country's pavillion. I really want to make it back one year for the Food & Wine festival in the fall. There are all kinds of nooks and crannies in each country that you miss if you don't take your time. Here are a few we found this trip.

Norway waterfall
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Germany outdoor train set
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Morocco tile fountain (DD got a henna tattoo on her wrist in Morocco-it wore off in a week-WHEW!)
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Japan koi pond
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Japan anesaiku artist aka Candy Lady - she makes these figures out of rice toffee
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Canada gardens near entrance to LeCellier
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We took in the shows at Mexico, Norway and China. Mexico is expanding one of its restaurants and Italy is building a new restaurant. There is a rumor that Turkey will build a pavillion where the outpost is between China and Germany but you know how rumors go. In the United Kingdom you can look up your family surname and see if there is an associated coat-of-arms. In 2007 I found both my parents surnames and had a plaque made with both their coat-of-arms on it with a brief description. It is on display at their house to this day. There are not as many rides in EPCOT to have pictures taken on so DW and DD made up for the lack of expense by buying around the world! If you stay at one of the WDW resorts, they will deliver your purchases (and ride pictures) to your resort so you don't have to carry them around with you all day. I like this a lot because I know who ends up carrying the packages!!!

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 08:43 PM
Time to eat our TS credit meal at LeCellier. We were early as usual but very little wait time. I was looking forward to this meal as we had never eaten here. Our entrees were the New York Strip, salt-crusted prime rib and the mushroom filet mignon. Desserts were maple creme brulee, chocolate "moose" (this is Canada remember), sorbet and a canadian club chocolate cake. The entrees were super tender and the mushroom risotto with the filet was fantastic. I found the recipe for the risotto online at www.illuminatingepcot.com and we will definately try this at home! A word of caution on the desserts. I guess Canadiens REALLY love their maple because each dessert has some type of maple syrup or flavoring on them. When we return after Thanksgiving I will skip the dessert and use our TIW card for an appetizer. I did use the TIW card for the first time here to get a beer. I tried Moosehead beer while in college many, many, many years ago and decided to give it a go again. It was very cold and very good after a long hot day.

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 09:29 PM
After our meal we tried to stake out a place to watch the EPCOT fireworks display - Illuminations Reflections of Earth but people were already camping out in their spots. DW, DD and DDbf were to find a place while DS and I went to Mexico for him to get a gift for a co-worker. There was some lightning in the area so we weren't sure it was going to proceed. We found our crew near the Showcase Plaza and waited for the show to begin. It wasn't long and here is some of what we saw.

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We thought it was over and started walking across the bridge that connects World Showcase and Future World when the display continued
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As we were walking across the bridge I noticed the crepe myrtle trees lining the walk and made the comment to DS that I wonder what they do in the winter when all the blooms and leaves are gone. He reminded me that when we were at WDW Thanksgiving 2007 that the bridge was covered with lights. I guess that college education panned out after all! :rotfl:

A familiar site as we were leaving EPCOT
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saintstickets
06-06-2010, 10:05 PM
Today we head back to MK until it is time for our 6:55 ADR TS meal at Biergarten in EPCOT-Germany. We grabbed a FP for Big Thunder Mountain RR and then headed to Adventureland for the Jungle Cruise. Jungle Cruise CM's are corny but you can't help but laugh. Recognize this?

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We've ridden just about every ride there is at MK (I really miss the Skyway to Tomorrowland) so we ride now out of tradition. We rode, walked through or visited Swiss Family Treehouse, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain again (no pic this time), used our FP at BTMRR, Haunted Mansion and It's a Small World.

Time to eat so we use our CS meal credit at Pinocchios just around the corner from Small World. Entrees were standard fare - lots of chicken nuggets, a decent meatball sub and a pepperoni pizza salad. Desserts were either strawberry cheesecake or strawberry yogurt. We took our time as it was air conditioned inside and hot outside.

We made our way to Tomorrowland to ride Space Mountain. Years ago (1985) when DW and I came alone, you sat in the ride two to a capsule and the person in the back straddled their legs to the side of the person in the front. DW put her purse on the floor and as we went down that first steep drop off, her purse came out of the capsule. I don't know how I did it but I grabbed her purse and hung on to the purse, her and me with a death grip for the rest of the ride! :scared1:

As you can see from the ride pictures below (imagine that? we have a ride pic!) the seating is different now. The seating is different but the facial expressions haven't changed!
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saintstickets
06-06-2010, 10:19 PM
Buzz Lightyear was Take Flight in 1997 the last time we rode this ride. We didn't ride it when we came in 2007. Likewise, Monster Inc Laugh Floor was The Timekeeper in 2007 so both Buzz and Monster are new to us. They are both great. Buzz is an interactive ride where Monster incorporates the audience into the show. With Monster, several of the audience members are used in the show so this will be a bit different each time you watch it. It's a good family show and you can even text a joke to them while waiting in line that might be used in the show.

On Buzz, DS and DDbf rode together; DW and DD rode together and I rode alone. You help Buzz fight off the Evil Emperor Zurg's robot minions with your laser cannon and it keeps score. Naturally I had the highest score but DS claims it was because I was in a spaceship by myself. Yeah...right!! :laughing:

saintstickets
06-06-2010, 11:01 PM
Now it is time to head to EPCOT for our ADR at Biergarten in Germany. We got mixed up and instead of turning left when entering World Showcase, we turned right and had to walk almost all the way around the World!! For once we were a few minutes late but it wasn't a problem. We were seated within 15 minutes. Each table seats 8 so unless you have 7 or 8 in your party, you will be seated with others to fill up the table. Biergarten is a Bavarian buffet with a floor show.

The buffet has dozens of items. Cold items include numerous types of salad (potato, bean, cucumber, mixed green, pasta, tomato and sausage - yes sausage salad!), cheeses and meats. There were two types of soup that vary with the season. The hot items included rotisserie chicken, pork roast, roasted potatoes, spaetzle, bratwurst, a meatloaf type dish in a red wine sauce, braised cabbage, salmon filet, various sausages and vegetables . There were several sauces for the meats but one in particular was an apple chutney. Put that sauce on the roast pork and add in the cold german potato salad and it was fantastic!! Desserts included florentiner cookies, Blackforest cake, Bavarian cheesecake, fresh fruit salad, vanilla pudding with chocolate chips, rote gruetze with vanilla sauce and baked apple strudel with vanilla sauce. Yum, Yum!! I think I tried almost every item they had!

The floor show is musicians playing in the Oktoberfest tradition. Diners are encouraged to make their way to the dance floor or follow along at your table in what I can only describe as a cross between the chicken dance and the macarena! No pictures here...I wouldn't wish that on anyone!!! :rolleyes1

After our meal, we shopped Italy, France and the U.K. We did not watch Illuminations this time but today was EMH at EPCOT so we made our way back to Future World. Spaceship Earth was open now so we headed up into the big silver ball. It is a continuously moving ride through time and space with interactive touch screens in your capsule that allow you to build your view of tomorrow by entering in your choices. The ride uses image capturing and facial recognition technology so that at the end you can see yourself on a huge screen in various hilarious scenes such as

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Goofy442
06-07-2010, 09:48 AM
Great update! :thumbsup2

ADAMANDLISA
06-07-2010, 11:18 AM
Great trip report so far! I can't wait to hear more.:thumbsup2

We stayed in the same building our first (and only) time to OKW. We loved the location so much that we have requested it for this trip!:goodvibes

heathers4um
06-07-2010, 11:41 AM
popcorn:: I cant wait for our first trip home for the F&W the first week of Nov! Great trip report! I am also weighing out the TIW/DP...or to just stock up and eat in the 1 br we have! We are only doing EPCOT this particular trip since its just DBF and I. We want to relax and resort hop, go to DTD and get to know our new home! Still havent decided but you have been so helpful! :goodvibes

GaRain
06-07-2010, 12:09 PM
Subscribing! Love the ride photos!

sisaaliyah
06-07-2010, 02:34 PM
Hey there! Loving your TR. I came over after finding your link on the OKW lovers thread. We just bought into OKW and have yet to stay there, so glad to see how much you enjoyed it. I see on the Hank's rentals sign you posted they have a pirates cruise for the kids, I didn't realize they had one of those at OKW. Too bad you missed TSM at DHS, we were able to ride it on our last trip and it's fantastic. Our stand out meal on our last trip was Biergarten. Can't wait to hear more about your trip. Thanks.

Mai Ku Tiki
06-07-2010, 06:14 PM
Loving your TR....helped make Monday bearable :flower3:

chepic
06-07-2010, 07:32 PM
great installments.....the family is a riot, we always try to be ready to do funny faces, but never quite pull it off the way you do!! :lmao:

Did you like Mama Rosies....we tried it once, but were not that impressed. I don't know if it is because we are from RI and have great Italian food on the Hill and it just doesn't compare, or is it that the restaurant is just really so so.

cheryl

saintstickets
06-07-2010, 10:16 PM
Great update! :thumbsup2

popcorn:: I cant wait for our first trip home for the F&W the first week of Nov! Great trip report! I am also weighing out the TIW/DP...or to just stock up and eat in the 1 br we have! We are only doing EPCOT this particular trip since its just DBF and I. We want to relax and resort hop, go to DTD and get to know our new home! Still havent decided but you have been so helpful! :goodvibes

Subscribing! Love the ride photos!

Hey there! Loving your TR. I came over after finding your link on the OKW lovers thread. We just bought into OKW and have yet to stay there, so glad to see how much you enjoyed it. I see on the Hank's rentals sign you posted they have a pirates cruise for the kids, I didn't realize they had one of those at OKW. Too bad you missed TSM at DHS, we were able to ride it on our last trip and it's fantastic. Our stand out meal on our last trip was Biergarten. Can't wait to hear more about your trip. Thanks.

Loving your TR....helped make Monday bearable :flower3:

great installments.....the family is a riot, we always try to be ready to do funny faces, but never quite pull it off the way you do!! :lmao:

Did you like Mama Rosies....we tried it once, but were not that impressed. I don't know if it is because we are from RI and have great Italian food on the Hill and it just doesn't compare, or is it that the restaurant is just really so so.

cheryl

Thanks for all the kind words. I'm glad others are getting something out of this labor of love. This is my first TR. I have admired what others have done and thought, "Oh that would be easy to do and fun". Fun, most definately; easy to do - NOT! First, you transfer the pics from your camera to your computer (two different cameras in this case, mine and DD). Second, you need an outline or timeline to put together some semblence of cogent thought which for me is difficult on a good day. Third, you select which pics you want to add to your report. We had a repository of over 500 pics taken between the two cameras (Kodak Z1012 IS and a Canon SD790 IS). The ride pics were scanned with our HP printer/copier/scanner. Fourth, you need to upload your pics to a site with a URL address in order to link them in your thread. I use Photobucket.com which is a free host website for pictures. I have over 100 pics uploaded and have used less than 3% of my storage capacity. Fifth and finally, you just do it!

And now for our last day at WDW...

saintstickets
06-07-2010, 11:34 PM
Today is our last full day at WDW. We have decided to take it easy until our 5:30 ADR at the Grand Floridian Cafe. We also have reservations for the Wishes Dessert Party at 9:00. This dessert party is by reservation only and held at the Noodle Station Terrace in Tomorrowland at the MK. More later on this. The Wishes Fireworks display is at 10:00. The MK Spectromagic Light Parade is at 9:00 and 11:00. I decide to sleep in and then walk around the OKW resort. DW, DS, DD and DDbf want to ride Tower of Terror again so they head out to HS. Not sure what else they did but DW and DS return around 11:00 so we eat our CS meal credit at Goods To Go at OKW. We eat cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets with key lime pie and rice krispie treats for dessert. Nothing fancy, just good food. DW and I go back to the room to relax and DS heads to the pool. DD and DDbf have gone to EPCOT to find some gifts for other family members and they return to OKW and eat at Goods To Go as well. We get cleaned up and head to the Grand Floridian resort.

We take a bus to MK and since we have yet to ride the monorail, we take it from MK to the GF. If you have never been to the GF, you must go. Pictures I have seen do not do it justice. It is the most luxurious and naturally, most expensive of the WDW resorts. It has a AAA 5-diamond rating. There are 5 restaurants - GF Cafe, 1900 Park Fare, Citricos, Narcoossee's and Victoria & Albert's. The first four are on the DP but Citricos and Narcoossee's require 2 TS credits. Victoria & Albert's is in a class by itself. It has been a 5-diamond restaurant for over 10 years and has only one seating each night. It is the only restaurant in WDW that has a required (not suggested) dress code. DW and I will try this when we return after Thanksgiving...without the kids!!

The GF Cafe is the nicest of the restaurants that we have visited this trip. The atmosphere is more akin to a fine dining restaurant yet guests can still dine in their shorts and shirts. It's not as rushed as the other TS places and our CM Quanhang did not disappoint with his service. The menu is somewhat limited with only 8 entrees but I guess you do those things right and it doesn't matter. I'll always take quality over quantity anyway. It didn't matter for our party because we all ordered either the New York Strip or the Rib-eye. The meat was very tender and I believe you might have been able to cut it with a butter knife. Those that wanted water for their beverage were given a choice of tap water or chilled Evian bottled water. Duh!! We were trying to decide on desserts and Quanhang told us we could get their dessert sampler that had four different desserts on the DP plan. Again, Duh!! Our desserts were tiramisu, chocolate-hazlenut mousse cake, key lime tart and lemon cheesecake. The tray had a small easel with a sign that was also edible....well, I suppose it was....I ate it anyway!! :lmao: While I'm eating the sign and everything else, I'm thinking we are going to a dessert party in 3 hours and this is the last night. We should have done this the first night so I could at least have had a chance to walk off some of the pounds!!! Oh well, great meal, great service and we are back on the monorail to MK.

saintstickets
06-07-2010, 11:58 PM
This is where the weather decided to be uncooperative and rain. Remember those cheap ponchos that fit in your pocket? DW, DD, DDbf and I pull them out and stay dry. DS, in his infinite wisdom, left his in the room so he has to buy one from one of the Main Street stores. It had a Mickey Mouse on it but over $9 to use once when you had one already? Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do. We stay in the shops on Main Street while it is raining and look around. Big mistake!! We should have braved the elements. DW and DD find something else to buy! Imagine that.

After the rain stops, we do a few rides again and then split up. DD and DDbf go to Fantasyland to ride the Mad Tea Party. DW, DS and I go to Tomorrowland to scope out the site for the Wishes Dessert Party. We pass by Buzz Lightyear and I happen to mention how bad I beat everyone the last time we rode. DS claimed it was because I had a space cruiser to myself the first time. That sounded like a challenge to me! I mean, I had to defend my title! This time DW and I were in one cruiser and DS was by himself. No excuses!! Needless to say, I am still the champion with 609,800 points!! Out of respect for my dear dejected DS (this time it was the cannon didn't fire right), I will not state his score. I think his score result was due to other factors. Can you guess what I am talking about?
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You must take these tasks serious in order to achieve maximum results. Now here are two serious space cruising crime fighters.
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Personally, I think the edge was due to my Tilley hat. I got lots of grief from my family because they are so used to seeing me in a baseball cap. It didn't matter. No sunburned ears, back of neck or face and waterproof when it rained. Works for me.

saintstickets
06-08-2010, 12:13 AM
It's now time for the Wishes Dessert Party. The cost is $25.99/adult and $13.99 for ages 3-9 (+ tax) but we used our AP/DVC discount so it was only $21.99 each. You make reservations by calling the same number for ADR's (407-WDW-DINE). There is no need to be there early or rush to get a table when you arrive. All seats are pre-assigned. If you can't get your sweet tooth satisfied at this party, there is no hope for you. Here are some pictures of the buffet and the terrace itself.

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And yes, it was as good as it looks!!

saintstickets
06-08-2010, 12:21 AM
While others were lined up for the first Spectromagic Parade at 9:00, we were moaning and groaning from the desserts. Like I said before, I should have done this the first night we were at WDW. As we were eating, you looked out over the terrace and had a perfect view of the Castle in all its phases

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saintstickets
06-08-2010, 12:27 AM
Now it is time for the Wishes Fireworks display. Tinkerbell descends from the castle to a point right over your head. I was caught off guard and did not get her picture but DDbf and I got these of the fireworks

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saintstickets
06-08-2010, 12:43 AM
And more

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saintstickets
06-08-2010, 12:45 AM
And finally these

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saintstickets
06-08-2010, 01:05 AM
After the fireworks, DS reminds me his flight leaves early in the morning so he decides to head back to OKW. He says he will use the Magical Express to get to the airport but being the kinda guy that I am (do you get pancakes with that syrup?), I tell him I will get up and take him. DW and I stay a little while and then head back to OKW while DD and DDbf stay at MK. Any other place I would be leery of them being by themselves but not WDW. It has to be one of the safest places on earth. If you get a chance, read one of the many threads on the DISboards about Disney security. Here is one of them

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2465936&highlight=security

As stated earlier, the Spectromagic Light Parade started at 9:00 & 11:00. You cannot see it very well from the Noodle Station Terrace and Main Street is very crowded for the early show so DW, DD and DDbf went around to the end of the parade route. It is less crowded and they took these pictures.

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saintstickets
06-08-2010, 01:06 AM
More from the Spectromagic Parade

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saintstickets
06-08-2010, 01:32 AM
And that as they say, is that. I took DS to MCO Sunday morning. Garmin GPS and FL DOT conspired again and took us through several toll booths. I made it back to OKW and the other 3 were already up and packing. It's a 10 hour drive back to Mississippi so we hit the road. It was an uneventful drive (the best kind!) but it did rain the entire time we were driving on I-10. We made it back around 7:00pm so there was nothing to do but call and see if we could pick up the four-legged member of our family then instead of waiting until the morning. She was happy to see us and was hoarse from barking earlier in the week. She is a solid white Havanese and definately a DW/DD dog. Now it's home sweet home and my own bed.

I've spent this week since we returned putting together this TR. It's been therapeutic for me because I was having WDWPWS (WDW planning withdrawl syndrome). Since we bought into DVC back in November, 2009, I have been scouring dozens of websites about WDW and all the things to do. It seems every time I get online, I find something else we wanted to do. I found most of my ideas by reading threads here on the DISboards. Most I've met here have been real helpful when I asked dumb questions and really provided me with loads of info. I've killed at least 2 trees from all the stuff I've printed to have for future reference! I've met lots of nice folks and even chatted with a fellow DVCer from New York that flew down to New Orleans and we met at the Saints/Vikings NFC Championship game earlier this year.

I hope you got some helpful information from this TR or at least a smile or two. I'll be logging in to the DISboards faithfully so maybe I'll see yours one day. I'll soon be back to the planning stage again since DW and I are returning to WDW after Thanksgiving for a split stay at Animal Kingdom Villa for 3 nights and then Boardwalk Villa for 3 nights. We already have reservations for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and as soon as it is available, we'll sign up for the Candlelight Procession dinner package in EPCOT. We're going to try the multi-course Victoria & Albert's restaurant dinner one night so I guess I'll have to take a dinner jacket. Oh no, that means DW will have to have a new outfit so more shopping! SIGH!!! It never ends guys, does it? :laughing:

saintstickets
06-09-2010, 10:56 PM
Any suggestions for our split stay trip Nov28-Dec1 at AKV and Dec1-Dec4 at BWV will be appreciated. Any suggestions for the next trip report will also be appreciated. DW and I decided to try the dinner at GF-Victoria & Albert's room and the first thing out of her mouth was she needed to buy a new outfit! :eek: More shopping...don't you gals ever get enough? :lmao:

minniemoms
06-11-2010, 02:58 AM
This was wonderful and so so helpful. I loved your comparison on the food. That was great. Man, this was amazing to read. What a lot of work, but how great for the rest of us.
We only get to do WDW for 2 days this time, and haven't been here for 5 years, but doing the 5 day cruise this time.
We do drive to DL about 4 times a year, so that makes us for it.
So that dessert deal. How did you sign up for that? Do you think it was worth it?
So that dining plan. 3 big guys.. all over 6 feet. Maybe that meal deal is good for them. How did you get ressies at LeCellier... I have heard of people trying and trying to get them and never can.
We are planning on doing Cape May buffet?? Been to it lately, or heard anything about it.
Wanted to do Yachtsmen, but don't want to give up 2 dinners so we may pass on it. What about 50's prime time???
Thanks again

Goofy442
06-11-2010, 09:21 AM
Great pictures :thumbsup2 I will have to try the Wishes Dessert Party it looks so yummy. My DH will not do a split stay where ever we land is where we stay. Good Luck and have fun!

saintstickets
06-11-2010, 03:10 PM
This was wonderful and so so helpful. I loved your comparison on the food. That was great. Man, this was amazing to read. What a lot of work, but how great for the rest of us.
We only get to do WDW for 2 days this time, and haven't been here for 5 years, but doing the 5 day cruise this time.
We do drive to DL about 4 times a year, so that makes us for it.
So that dessert deal. How did you sign up for that? Do you think it was worth it?
So that dining plan. 3 big guys.. all over 6 feet. Maybe that meal deal is good for them. How did you get ressies at LeCellier... I have heard of people trying and trying to get them and never can.
We are planning on doing Cape May buffet?? Been to it lately, or heard anything about it.
Wanted to do Yachtsmen, but don't want to give up 2 dinners so we may pass on it. What about 50's prime time???
Thanks again

Thanks for your kind comments. I envy you taking the cruise. DW and I have talked about it but I'd have to be on my best behavior the entire cruise. I wouldn't want to make her mad and have a midnight stroll end up being a swim in the ocean for me!! :lmao:
The dessert party is called the Wishes Dessert Party and can be reserved by calling 407-WDW-DINE. And yes, it is worth it...if for no other reason than to have a front row seat for the fireworks display without fighting any crowds and the desserts were fantastic! As for LeCellier, we got our reservations on the first call. I booked all our ADR's online for our Nov/Dec trip this week and were able to get them all too. FYI, you can make your dinner reservations up to 180 days in advance. Never experienced the Cape May buffet, Yachtsman Steakhouse or 50's Prime Time Cafe but hope to eventually do them all!

Great pictures :thumbsup2 I will have to try the Wishes Dessert Party it looks so yummy. My DH will not do a split stay where ever we land is where we stay. Good Luck and have fun!

Thanks to you as well. I wasn't sure about the split stay but we want to stay at all the DVC resorts and this killed two birds with one stone or should I say, two resorts with one stay. We'll see how it works out and if my camera batteries don't run out, I'll have to try another trip report when we return!

mousiemom
06-11-2010, 05:26 PM
you did great with your 1st TR!! i love the ride photos. we have a whole album of them thru the years and they are hilarious. we were there 5/27-6/4 and we also saw a snake at our resort. i was looking for a hidden mickey once on thunder mtn. and a snake was standing up starring @ me. i might just have to partake in the dessert party one night! the christmas party is lots of fun but honestly i love osborne lights for free. have fun planning your next trip, we can't wait to be back in december, our favorite time to go!!

saintstickets
06-11-2010, 10:57 PM
you did great with your 1st TR!! i love the ride photos. we have a whole album of them thru the years and they are hilarious. we were there 5/27-6/4 and we also saw a snake at our resort. i was looking for a hidden mickey once on thunder mtn. and a snake was standing up starring @ me. i might just have to partake in the dessert party one night! the christmas party is lots of fun but honestly i love osborne lights for free. have fun planning your next trip, we can't wait to be back in december, our favorite time to go!!

I noticed you are from Mobile...we are from Petal, MS near Hattiesburg so Hi Neighbor! We already have MVMCP ressies and look forward to the Osborne lights. We did not see either when we were there at Thanksgiving in 2007. We will be returning to WDW from 11/28-12/04/10. When will you be there in December? I've been trying to get reservations for the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT but they have not started taking them yet.

minniemoms
06-12-2010, 01:56 AM
I think you posted, but what was the price for the dessert? And with that you got special seats to see wishes?

Nettaboo
06-12-2010, 10:37 AM
Loved this report..we are heading to OKW in July in a 2bedroom! We/ have 6 people but 3 are kids...do you have any pics of the second bedroom

Do you think the wishes party was worth it??

saintstickets
06-12-2010, 11:58 AM
I think you posted, but what was the price for the dessert? And with that you got special seats to see wishes?

Wishes Dessert Party posted price is $25.99ea (10 & older) and $13.99ea (age 3-9). The DVC price is $21.99 for 10 & older. Not sure for ages 3-9. Of course you add 6.5% tax to the total. You get an assigned table on the terrace of the Noodle Station in Tomorrowland. The number of tables are limited in order to keep the crowd down and make it even more special.

saintstickets
06-12-2010, 12:06 PM
Loved this report..we are heading to OKW in July in a 2bedroom! We/ have 6 people but 3 are kids...do you have any pics of the second bedroom

Do you think the wishes party was worth it??

The Wishes Dessert Party was worth it for us. The desserts were fantastic, not having to fight the crowds for the fireworks display and having Tinkerbell fly right over the top of you made it very nice indeed.

This pic is a bit grainy but it is the 2nd BR in a dedicated 2BR at OKW...
http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac240/saintstickets/OKW%20May2010/100_0321.jpg

minniemoms
06-12-2010, 01:20 PM
Who did you book this thru? Ahead of time? Did you go thru DVC? is that where you got on the DDP.
Looked and saw that if you go in Sept. you DDP is free? Is that really for all in your party?
Too late to change now

VrBchJ
06-12-2010, 01:58 PM
What a great trip report. I really enjoyed it. In the final analysis what is your feeling about DDP vs TIW?

Nettaboo
06-12-2010, 03:17 PM
thanks!! for the picture!

saintstickets
06-12-2010, 07:47 PM
Who did you book this thru? Ahead of time? Did you go thru DVC? is that where you got on the DDP.
Looked and saw that if you go in Sept. you DDP is free? Is that really for all in your party?
Too late to change now

The Wishes Dessert Party can be reserved by calling 407-WDW-DINE. I wouldn't wait too late to book it. I called DVC to add the DP to our trip. The DDP free offers cannot be done with a DVC stay. Those are for cash bookings only.

What a great trip report. I really enjoyed it. In the final analysis what is your feeling about DDP vs TIW?

Thanks for the comment. We decided to do the DDP this time since our adult children were with us. That way if we split up, they had their meals taken care of without us there. We are going to use the TIW instead of the DDP on our next trip after Thanksgiving when it is just DW and I. DDP vs TIW, IMO, depends on your eating habits. If you don't care about appetizers or adult beverages and like desserts with every meal, then the DDP is for you. If you prefer appetizers over desserts, want to split an entree or imbibe in a libation from time to time, I think the TIW is better. We shall see this fall.

thanks!! for the picture!

You are more than welcome.

Mai Ku Tiki
06-13-2010, 07:28 AM
Enjoyed every word & piccie! Thanks! :flower3:

saintstickets
06-13-2010, 03:20 PM
Enjoyed every word & piccie! Thanks! :flower3:

Thanks for the kind words.

silmarg
06-15-2010, 01:21 PM
Hey Bill!

How ya doin'. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the trip report! You are makin me jealous with your trip to WDW.

Are you ready for some football?

The date for our next trip has been moving around, but it sounds like i will be there during the Kickoff weekend. I will wear my Saints gear in WDW - esp on Sept 9 when we beat the Vikings - again!

For this trip we are staying at Pop (as we had a "bounce back" the free dining
offer from last year... so we pay $80 for a room and get ~$135 in "free" dining - that is hard to beat). We will do the final day or two in a DVC... but are saving the points for a stay in the Grand Cal in February.

I have some comments re: your thread...


We purchased the dining plan and if we had stayed at OKW that first night, we would have had to purchase that extra day on the plan for all 5 of us and not been able to use it.

Not sure if you know, but you dont have to use 1TS, 1CS and 1snack each day. You could've stayed in OKW the first day and used the additional meal allotments on a different day (or use the additional TS at a signature restaurant).

That said, I love the Dining Plan when its free (this will likely be my last trip with that benefit as we plan to use DVC more often), but when it comes to paying for the DP vs TIW, I tend to favor the TIW. Then again my facts are different than yours - I have a DD that is 11. To pay $42 for her DP is just plain nuts.

And BTW, you and DW will love Victoria & Alberts. I went there w DW on our 1st anniversay (many years ago) and it was fantastic.

We have not seen Muppet 3D or Toy Story Mania before and we did not have enough time this trip.

YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ON YOU STORY MANIA! OMG! Best attraction in WDW. You MUST do it in Nov.

I've met lots of nice folks and even chatted with a fellow DVCer from New York that flew down to New Orleans and we met at the Saints/Vikings NFC Championship game earlier this year.


Awe schucks!

saintstickets
06-15-2010, 05:59 PM
Hey Bill!

How ya doin'. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the trip report! You are makin me jealous with your trip to WDW.

Are you ready for some football?

The date for our next trip has been moving around, but it sounds like i will be there during the Kickoff weekend. I will wear my Saints gear in WDW - esp on Sept 9 when we beat the Vikings - again!

For this trip we are staying at Pop (as we had a "bounce back" the free dining
offer from last year... so we pay $80 for a room and get ~$135 in "free" dining - that is hard to beat). We will do the final day or two in a DVC... but are saving the points for a stay in the Grand Cal in February.

I have some comments re: your thread...

Not sure if you know, but you dont have to use 1TS, 1CS and 1snack each day. You could've stayed in OKW the first day and used the additional meal allotments on a different day (or use the additional TS at a signature restaurant).

That said, I love the Dining Plan when its free (this will likely be my last trip with that benefit as we plan to use DVC more often), but when it comes to paying for the DP vs TIW, I tend to favor the TIW. Then again my facts are different than yours - I have a DD that is 11. To pay $42 for her DP is just plain nuts.

And BTW, you and DW will love Victoria & Alberts. I went there w DW on our 1st anniversay (many years ago) and it was fantastic.

YOU HAVE NOT BEEN ON YOU STORY MANIA! OMG! Best attraction in WDW. You MUST do it in Nov.



Thanks for the kind words. I didn't realize how time consuming posting a TR could be until I did this one, especially with lots of pictures. It was fun though and if anybody has been able to garnish any information, I consider it just "paying forward" all the advice and tips I have received here on the DISboards.

We thought about doing a signature restaurant using 2 TS credits as you mentioned but we already had our ADR's for the other nights. It was convenient to eat at OKW's Olivia's restaurant right after we arrived and their food is pretty good too. Sounds like you have a fantastic deal with free dining and low rates at POP. We tried the DDP this time but I believe DW and I will use TIW from now on. DDP is not a bad deal if your eating habits fit with the plan (i.e. dessert at every meal) but we like appetizers and a dessert only every once in a while so the TIW will be better for us.

We already have our ADR's for our Nov/Dec trip.
Sunday is Jiko at AKV
Monday starts out with the Backstage Magic tour (7 hrs long) followed by ADR at Victoria & Albert's at GF
Tuesday is Crystal Palace at MK to be followed by MVMCP
Wednesday is Tutto Italia at EP to be followed by the Candlelight Processional
Thursday is Kouzzina at BWV
Friday is Bistro de Paris at EP

Are you starting to see a pattern of how we plan our trips yet? :lmao: We also plan on visiting each resort to see their Christmas decorations and I suppose at sometime we will actually ride something at one of the parks! We will definately hit TSM though. It is due to be down in August for a short time to add features from the Toy Story 3 movie.

Too bad your fall trip doesn't end on September 9th so y'all could swing by New Orleans on the way home and attend the season opener. Just a slight diversion, right? :rotfl2: DS1 moved to Huntsville, AL two months ago to start a new job and has already asked off in order to come back home and for us to go to the game! If that game is anywhere close to as exciting as the one we saw last year (and hopefully with the same results!), then it will be a blast. The Saints are having a private ceremony Wednesday, 6/16/10 to pass out their SB rings. That will be a fantastic party...during AND afterwards!! You know how much those Louisiana Cajuns and us south Mississippi wanna-be Cajuns love to party! :drinking1

mousiemom
06-16-2010, 05:14 PM
yes, hi neighbor! we are all in oil land right? you will absolutely LOVE the osborne lights. we are going the exact same week yall are in dec. that is the best week to go btw. i love going to disney looking at all of the decorations and wearing a jacket and gloves!!!

saintstickets
06-16-2010, 09:56 PM
yes, hi neighbor! we are all in oil land right? you will absolutely LOVE the osborne lights. we are going the exact same week yall are in dec. that is the best week to go btw. i love going to disney looking at all of the decorations and wearing a jacket and gloves!!!

We'll meet you at the Hardees on the Loxley exit off I-10 and we'll caravan down to WDW! :rotfl2:

mousiemom
06-17-2010, 09:00 AM
i know where that is!! we will be leaving early that morning but be looking for a black sienna van with disney stuff all on the back!!

thumper*
06-18-2010, 03:19 AM
Hi Loved the TR great job. I really appreciated the cost comparison for the dining plan. UMMM can't say as I'm a Saints fan:sad2: though as I'm from Indy...hehe congrat's.

saintstickets
06-18-2010, 11:45 AM
Hi Loved the TR great job. I really appreciated the cost comparison for the dining plan. UMMM can't say as I'm a Saints fan:sad2: though as I'm from Indy...hehe congrat's.

Hi Colts fan! Thanks for the kind words about the TR. I have to admit that if the Saints were to lose to anyone, I was glad it would have been to Peyton and the Colts....but naturally I am glad it worked out the way it did. How about another meeting in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV? ;)

ToddyLu
06-19-2010, 07:33 AM
:thumbsup2 Hey I know where the Loxley exit is...We will be in the black Hummer H3...Maybe we would be able to meet you at AKV before you check out? We will arrive sometime before lunch on 12/01 since we are driving this trip. We always spend the night before in Lake City so we can get to WDW the next day early.

Loved the TR and seeing the family pics.

saintstickets
06-19-2010, 03:06 PM
:thumbsup2 Hey I know where the Loxley exit is...We will be in the black Hummer H3...Maybe we would be able to meet you at AKV before you check out? We will arrive sometime before lunch on 12/01 since we are driving this trip. We always spend the night before in Lake City so we can get to WDW the next day early.

Loved the TR and seeing the family pics.

Thanks for the kind comments about the TR. We haven't decided yet if we will drive or fly this next trip after Thanksgiving since it is just DW and I. We have stayed in Lake City as well previously to split the trip up. As stated in this TR, this time we drove all the way and stayed at the Buena Vista Suites in Lake Buena Vista. If we drive after Thanksgiving, we will probably go down on Saturday so we can get an early start on Sunday. It would be nice to meet up somewhere the day y'all arrive before we move to BWV. Keep in touch as the time nears and we'll arrange something. Maybe we can get mousiemom to join us too! ;)

thumper*
06-23-2010, 01:31 AM
Hi Colts fan! Thanks for the kind words about the TR. I have to admit that if the Saints were to lose to anyone, I was glad it would have been to Peyton and the Colts....but naturally I am glad it worked out the way it did. How about another meeting in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV? ;)
Sounds like a great match up or how about in 2012 here in Indy when we host our first SB? Super jazzed about that. I am of like mind it was nice to loose to a team that really deserved it and was long over due.:cheer2:

saintstickets
06-23-2010, 02:48 PM
Sounds like a great match up or how about in 2012 here in Indy when we host our first SB? Super jazzed about that. I am of like mind it was nice to loose to a team that really deserved it and was long over due.:cheer2:

That will work and then we can meet again in 2013 when New Orleans hosts the Super Bowl! There has never been a host city have their local team compete in a SB so we'll just break that trend two years in a row! ;)

Minnie&Nana
06-23-2010, 08:56 PM
Bill, this was a terrific TR! I am not usually a huge fan of TR's, but have been reading a few lately to help pass the time until our December trip - your is top notch and very much enjoyed your take on the DDP and Wishes Party. Great pics - very nice family, although rather shy! :thumbsup2

Early December is getting to be quite popular and not as quiet as a few years ago. Last year it was downright crowded, but the extra magic of the holiday decorations makes it a wonderful time to visit.

We had a great stay in a BWV studio - the Villas will be especially nice as the refurb should be completed. Might want to make a location request unless you don't mind a long and winding walk back to the room at the end of the day. Think maze. ;) Of course, AKV should be fabulous too! We did not unexpect to enjoy the Savannah view as much as we did.

Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us - - hope to see another TR for the December visit. :goodvibes

saintstickets
06-23-2010, 10:16 PM
Bill, this was a terrific TR! I am not usually a huge fan of TR's, but have been reading a few lately to help pass the time until our December trip - your is top notch and very much enjoyed your take on the DDP and Wishes Party. Great pics - very nice family, although rather shy! :thumbsup2

Early December is getting to be quite popular and not as quiet as a few years ago. Last year it was downright crowded, but the extra magic of the holiday decorations makes it a wonderful time to visit.

We had a great stay in a BWV studio - the Villas will be especially nice as the refurb should be completed. Might want to make a location request unless you don't mind a long and winding walk back to the room at the end of the day. Think maze. ;) Of course, AKV should be fabulous too! We did not unexpect to enjoy the Savannah view as much as we did.

Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us - - hope to see another TR for the December visit. :goodvibes

Aw shucks ma'am, thanks for the kind words. :)
We've been the week before Thanksgiving (3 years ago) but this year, DW and I are looking forward to resort hopping and taking in all the Christmas decorations, ADR's, the Backstage Magic Tour, ADR's, Candlelight Processional, ADR's, couples spa, ADR's...are you seeing a pattern yet? :lmao:
Nov/Dec will be our first time at AKV and BWV and with all the ADR's and that other stuff planned, I'm not sure how many rides we'll take in at the parks. I guess we'll have to make sure we ride those that take pics? :rotfl2:

BEASLYBOO
06-25-2010, 10:44 AM
Thank for the great TR, loved the pictures. OKW is my favorite resort and I can't wait for Nov to be back there, maybe in a refurb. room!

saintstickets
06-26-2010, 03:30 PM
Thank for the great TR, loved the pictures. OKW is my favorite resort and I can't wait for Nov to be back there, maybe in a refurb. room!

Thanks for the thanks! I know a lot has been said about the refurbished rooms but the only thing I can complain about our room this past trip would be the hard beds. Well, then there is the "brown foam" in the MBR bath! :lmao:

nicole0992
07-06-2010, 11:49 AM
Thanks for taking the time to write this trip report. I just read the whole thing and loved all your pictures and reviews. We leave in 7 days so I am reading trip reports today to get myself even more excited (if that is even possible!

saintstickets
07-06-2010, 06:01 PM
Thanks for taking the time to write this trip report. I just read the whole thing and loved all your pictures and reviews. We leave in 7 days so I am reading trip reports today to get myself even more excited (if that is even possible!

I have received so much great tips and advice from others on the DISboards so if I can "play it forward" a bit, it is my pleasure. Thanks.

jblrn2b
07-16-2010, 11:37 AM
Great trip report! Loved the pictures of your family. Did you use the pool at OKW? How was your room - going in 9 days and so excited!

Guatemommy
07-17-2010, 12:28 AM
Great TR - thanks for sharing!!!

saintstickets
07-17-2010, 07:37 PM
Great trip report! Loved the pictures of your family. Did you use the pool at OKW? How was your room - going in 9 days and so excited!

Thanks. DS used the pool one day but we did not. The room was great! It was not one that had been refurbished but it was fine for us. Let us know how your trip goes.


Great TR - thanks for sharing!!!

Thanks for the thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

MARDUN
07-17-2010, 11:17 PM
Really loved the pictures

saintstickets
07-20-2010, 08:24 PM
Really loved the pictures

Thanks....we're such a shy bunch...really, we are. :lmao:

jblrn2b
07-21-2010, 08:20 AM
[QUOTE=saintstickets;37428511]Thanks. DS used the pool one day but we did not. The room was great! It was not one that had been refurbished but it was fine for us. Let us know how your trip goes.

Do you remember what bldg you were in? Will let you know how our trip goes!!! getting so excited.

When we come back we start right into pop warner . Can't wait for football season to start!!!! Drew Brees (sp) is one class act I have to say!!!! - From Patriot nation.

saintstickets
07-21-2010, 01:30 PM
Do you remember what bldg you were in? Will let you know how our trip goes!!! getting so excited.

When we come back we start right into pop warner . Can't wait for football season to start!!!! Drew Brees (sp) is one class act I have to say!!!! - From Patriot nation.

We were in room 6212 (building 62) and it is very convenient to the HH even though it is not designated as a HH booking.

I have to agree about Drew Brees. It is nice to see someone that reaches the apex of their profession in sports that still remains humble and honored. That is not always the case. Too bad I couldn't have been at WDW when he was there after the SB!

jblrn2b
07-21-2010, 01:47 PM
We were in room 6212 (building 62) and it is very convenient to the HH even though it is not designated as a HH booking.

I requested that bldg lets see if I get it.

I have to agree about Drew Brees. It is nice to see someone that reaches the apex of their profession in sports that still remains humble and honored. That is not always the case. Too bad I couldn't have been at WDW when he was there after the SB!

Totally agree - very humble/likable.

CooperPrincesses
07-21-2010, 03:50 PM
Thanks so much for the great trip report, I especially loved the info about the Dessert Party. Our last day there it will just be me my husband and our 4 year old and I think to have Tinker Bell fly over her, would just be the icing on the cake. DH and I will discuss it but I think it will be a definate for us. Thanks again. :goodvibes

saintstickets
07-22-2010, 01:37 PM
Thanks so much for the great trip report, I especially loved the info about the Dessert Party. Our last day there it will just be me my husband and our 4 year old and I think to have Tinker Bell fly over her, would just be the icing on the cake. DH and I will discuss it but I think it will be a definate for us. Thanks again. :goodvibes

My pleasure Princess.

saintstickets
08-27-2010, 04:45 PM
I know...I know...This has nothing to do with my Trip Report but I could not resist sharing a pic of one of our nation's finest guarding the 2010 Super Bowl Trophy! HooRah and WhoDat!!!!

http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac240/saintstickets/100_0474.jpg

Bourquefam
09-13-2010, 10:22 AM
This is my first trip report so be gentle! ;)
Here's the background - DH (54), DW (46), DS (25), DD (22) & DD boyfriend (22).

This is our first trip to WDW in nearly 3 years. We purchased a small DVC contract at OKW in Nov, 2009 so this was our first "trip home". We live in south Mississippi and it is a 600 mile drive each way to WDW. Our DS recently moved to north Alabama so he flew in to meet us while the rest of us drove down. Since it is a 10 hour drive, we knew we would be arriving late. We purchased the dining plan and if we had stayed at OKW that first night, we would have had to purchase that extra day on the plan for all 5 of us and not been able to use it. Therefore, we stayed at the Buena Vista Suites on a deal found here on the DISboards. A 2 room suite for only $99/night (tax included). Hard to beat that deal!

We made it to the hotel, checked in and decided to eat at the Cheesecake Factory in Orlando. DS's twin brother lives out on the west coast and works at one while attending school. This was our first visit and it was very good. The menu is more like a booklet with so many items. Needless to say, the desserts are fantastic too. I would compare it to many of the better restaurants at WDW for the food but it is hard to beat the atmosphere at Mickey's place!

DS's flight arrived at 11:20 at MCO so we checked out and picked him up at the airport. No problems there except I suspect my Garmin GPS and the FL DOT are in collusion to send me through every toll booth around to collect those fares! :headache: We arrived at OKW after MORE tolls around 12:30.
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Check-in is not until 4:00. We did the online check-in and I do not know if it made any difference, but our room was ready! :banana: DW and I are going to purchase AP's but we had purchased park tickets for the 3 "kids" through UndercoverTourist. The CM added them directly to the room key without a problem. As previously mentioned, we had purchased the DP (TS meal, CS meal and a snack) for our stay and those were added to each of our room keys as well. It took less than 10 minutes from arrival until we were headed to our room! I don't know about you but that is scary for me! That guy in Murphy's Law is a relative of mine so for something to go so easy is not the norm for me!!! :lmao:

Hey Saintstickets!!! We just booked our 2011 trip for the week before Memorial Day weekend. We'll arrive May 20 and depart either the 27th or 28th. Memorial Day is the 30th next year, so we won't even be at the parks to worry about that weekend's crowds. Thing is, I'm wondering about crowd levels during the week prior? How busy is it? We've been during Easter break and summer break and both were really busy. Can we expect slightly better crowds (please!)? We've gone for our Mardi Gras break and that was really great weather and crowds, but the kids had to miss 3 days of school since they were only off on Monday and Tuesday.

Any feedback on crowds the weekend before and week before Memorial Day weekend would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, A~ (fellow Saints Fan- Who Dat?)

saintstickets
09-13-2010, 09:22 PM
Hey Saintstickets!!! We just booked our 2011 trip for the week before Memorial Day weekend. We'll arrive May 20 and depart either the 27th or 28th. Memorial Day is the 30th next year, so we won't even be at the parks to worry about that weekend's crowds. Thing is, I'm wondering about crowd levels during the week prior? How busy is it? We've been during Easter break and summer break and both were really busy. Can we expect slightly better crowds (please!)? We've gone for our Mardi Gras break and that was really great weather and crowds, but the kids had to miss 3 days of school since they were only off on Monday and Tuesday.

Any feedback on crowds the weekend before and week before Memorial Day weekend would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, A~ (fellow Saints Fan- Who Dat?)

We've been twice around Memorial Day weekend both before and after. According to the TouringPlans.com crowd calendar, the week before Memorial Day weekend will be crowd levels 5 or 6. However, from Friday 5/27 - Tuesday 5/31 the crowd level increases to 7, 8 or 9. There is a Star Wars weekend 5/20-5/22 & 5/27-5/29 and then Gay Days week starts Tuesday, 6/02/11. Compare those crowd levels to Easter weekend which is the maximum level 10. Starting in late June thru the end of August, the crowd levels rarely ever get below level 8.

With that said, crowd levels 5, 6 and even 7 are very manageable and I think you will be pleasantly surprised expecially comparing them to when you have been during Easter weekend. The more popular rides will still be better if you use FastPass but you can easily work your way around and rarely have more than a 30 minute wait for most rides. Get there early or stay late and you can miss most lines too.

Hope you have a great trip. We scheduled our trip after Thanksgiving to be in between Saints home games! WHO DAT!! :cool1: