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Dizneydaz
08-14-2011, 04:45 PM
NEW-we are currently here at POP. I have 24 hours of internet right now. My DM was concerned she had a blood clot in her leg and wanted me to check the symptoms. :scared1: Based on everything we read she doesn't:goodvibes But I will have 24 hours of internet. I will post a little about our trip.

Okay, let me admit it right off the bat, when it comes to planning WDW trips I can be a very sneaky DD! :idea: When free DDP is announced (in April or May) I usually go ahead a book it without telling my DM. And she goes with us! And we live together! :rotfl:

But wait, Iím getting a little ahead of myself.

Let me start by introducing my cast of charactersÖ
(pictures of us are in my siggy below which will remain there unless I put a ticker in my siggy)

Age before beautyÖ:rotfl2:

My DM, 72, but doesnít look or act her age. Okay, sheís really not 72, sheís 71 and will be 72 before we go to WDW in October. About 10 years ago my DM and I decided to each sell our houses and buy a larger home, together, so she could help me raise my DD11 (more info on that in my info). My DM is self-employed, in construction, as I am, and we both run our businesses from our house. My older DSsis works with my DM and I see her everyday, M-F.:yay:

Here she is
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w158/ter623/WDW%20Sept%202010/Discovery%20Cove/103_1754.jpg
walking with DD at Discovery Cove. (they were having a good time, I just happened to catch them unsmiling.)

And her she is cutting up with the DC sunblock)
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w158/ter623/WDW%20Sept%202010/Discovery%20Cove/103_1743.jpg

My DM is a real trooper and I frequently forget that she is almost 72. Seriously, she doesnít act her age and for the most part is uncomplaining. She keeps up with DD11 and I most of the time.

In keeping with the age thing, hereís me

Iím a self-employed, single mom, 52, of a wonderful DD11. Sheíll turn 12 in Sept. I was lucky enough to be able to adopt my DD when she was a baby. She is my daughter by choice and she is also related by blood as she is my biological niece. Best thing Iíve ever said is ďIll take herĒ when she was in the NICU being weaned off drugs and no one knew if the drugs would have a lasting result. Luckily, they didnít, and sheís a very healthy, happy, and very smart (sometimes scary smart) young lady.

Here's me
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w158/ter623/WDW%20Sept%202010/103_1475.jpg
This was last year on Siesta Key-we came upon this almost completed sandcastle and DD had the best time finishing it. :goodvibes

5 years ago I started a POP Fridge Swap that is still continuing to this day. I have been able to use it 5 times now, my DSis used it this May for her 30th anniversary, and I will be using it again in October., number 6!:wizard: When I started that swap so long ago I never expected it to still be going on. AMAZING! :dance3:

And finally, the reason I do what I do, my DD, almost 12.
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w158/ter623/WDW%20Sept%202010/102_1169.jpg
(last year in the airport on the way to WDW)

She is the light of my life and a wonderful child.:cloud9: She is very loving and giving. She is very smart and started in the 7th grade IB (International Baccalaureate) program about 5 weeks ago. This year her school is still year round which allows us to go to WDW in October without missing school. From K-5th grade her school was also year round and she was off in Sept. Thatís why we really started going then and we love that time of year. Plus we would usually celebrate both my DD and my DM's birthdays. They are only 3 days apart. In 6th grade her school changed to traditional so I took her out for 8 days to go to WDW. :scared1: Afterwards her teacher told me usually a child will drop a letter grade when they miss more than a week. Luckily, she didnít, and she carried a 4.0 from 4-6th.:woohoo: Iím so proud of her.:grouphug:

She is also a pre-teen and starting puberty. Eye rolls and tone are pretty much a part of everyday life.;)

DD is a voracious reader and has been since she first picked up her first Harry Potter in 1st grade. In 5th grade she earned the most AR points at her school that has ever been earned. The record remains unbroken. She also loves to play softball and is a pretty good 2nd baser. She just missed out on being on All-Stars this year and hopes to get picked next year. Winter ball evaluations were held yesterday and we should find out what team/manager she got this week and start practices. First game is Sept. 10th. She will miss 2 games while at WDW. :sad2:

So, thatís our small cast of characters. Iíll try to come up with some cute little names for us. If I do, Iíll edit this post.

Right now my DD is wanting to get on the computer so I will be getting off now and I will update this thread soon.

I hope you will find my Pre-Trip report of interest. I did one last year and then did a few updates while in Florida (before we reached WDW and still had FREE internet access). Unfortunately I never did a Trip Report after we got home. This time I promise :littleangel: I will!

JLCJMC
08-14-2011, 05:11 PM
I hope you have a wonderful time!

MEK
08-14-2011, 05:16 PM
Great start to your TR. Congrats on being the founder of the POP fridge swap. Cool. Are you using it in October.

Your DD is very pretty. She looks and sounds like a lovely young woman.

Looking forward to more!

Dizneydaz
08-15-2011, 10:13 AM
Great start to your TR. Congrats on being the founder of the POP fridge swap. Cool. Are you using it in October?

Your DD is very pretty. She looks and sounds like a lovely young woman.

Looking forward to more!

Thank you.:hug: And yes she is a lovely young women (how did that happen?-sometimes I still think of her as that little almost 3 y/o on her first trip to WDW. :cloud9:) BTW, she started her own PTR yesterday.

My DD's first PTR. An almost 12 y/o's view (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42256561&posted=1#post42256561)
(Yeah, I got the link thingy to work!!;))

Yes, I am using it again in Oct. :goodvibes I had to block out about a month on my swap since I didn't know what my dates would be. Now a few lucky people will get to use it during Sept. and early Oct.:wizard:

imdizzy4disney63
08-15-2011, 10:19 AM
Your mom looks like she is one fun person to be around!! Looks like all of you have good times wherever you go!!

Dizneydaz
08-15-2011, 10:37 AM
Your mom looks like she is one fun person to be around!! Looks like all of you have good times wherever you go!!

Thanks, we try!

A couple years ago we ran into one of my DD's friends family at BB (we knew they were at WDW but you know how hard it is sometimes to coordinate schedules). It was one of DD's favorite days at WDW playing with her friend:cloud9:

Anyway, we were going around the park, showing the mom and dad the rides, etc., and they were having a hard time keeping up.(They are both in the mid-40's I would guess). They asked how old we were and were genuinely surprised when I told them I was 49 (at the time) and my DM was 69. They thought I was in my 30's :cloud9:, hah! They had to do a slower pace (and we don't run around) and we ended up losing them for part of the day. I think we exhausted them. ;)That was when I realized that my DM was almost 70 and I really take it for granted that she can keep up with DD11 and myself. Until then I didn't really think about her being almost 70. I am lucky that she hasn't really slowed down at 70. Now I will try to make an effort to take things a little bit slower for her, not that she ever complains.

ZFamily5
08-15-2011, 11:04 AM
Joined your DD's PTR, so I thought I should join yours as well! She's a fantasic writer by the way (you are too!)!! Can't wait to hear all about your plans!!

Dizneydaz
08-15-2011, 05:14 PM
Joined your DD's PTR, so I thought I should join yours as well! She's a fantasic writer by the way (you are too!)!! Can't wait to hear all about your plans!!

Thanks! I think she's a much better writer than I am. Sometimes she just blows me away!;)

UPDATE

Today my DSis came into work (she works in our home with our DM) to tell me some news. Is it good or bad, you be the judge....:confused3


Her brother-in-law and sister-in-law (her DH's brother) are going to be going to WDW and POP. Guess when??? Yup, that's right, they will be there when we are there. From 10/8 to 10/15! Yikes!:scared1: She helped them book it yesterday. They wanted to go to Hawaii but it was going to cost over $5000 for a week and she showed them that they could go to WDW for around $2500 for 7 nights (seems like a no-brainer go me!)


They will be flying on Virgin from LAX on the 8th. Which means we will fly from ONT on SW on the 8th (unless we go few days earlier). I was considering Virgin since they are non-stop from LAX but I don't really want to have to pay for our luggage. Now I don't have to decide.


The problem is they aren't our 2 most favorite people. And there's no way we are going to spend much time with them while at WDW. They are hard to have a conversation with as they always bring every conversation back to them. Plus she's .....how can I say this nicely?....Oh, I know, she will really enjoy the Food & Wine Festival? Know what I mean?;)


Our trip starts on the same day as theirs so we will be there their entire vacation. Of course that way we all get to have free QSDP. Wonder if it's too late to change to the last week of October?:lmao:


My DM wasn't too happy to hear this news but I'm sure it'll be fine. They are only going to get 4 day Non-PH tickets. We will have either PH or an AP. We will do 2 days at the waterparks. My DSis is talking them into going to Discovery Cove (only $149 for non-Dolphin experience) so they probably won't be doing TL or BB, right?


I'm sure it'll be fine. (Did I already say that!) I will give them some of my knowledge (like the spread sheet I made for snacks on the DDP) and I already booked them a car for 7 days for around $240 (best my DSis could find on HotWire was around $400). I booked it at National using Visa and $35 off/week code. I won't tell them everything I know since I don't think they will listen to all of it anyway. :laughing:


Too bad they're going the same time we are-they could use my fridge if they weren't. Oh, but I bet I can talk them into sharing the cost of my PP CD. So there's one piece of good news, right?;)


Couple weeks ago my DSis won a trip to any SeaWorld location for 4 days. She's been thinking of going to San Antonio (I know, really?) I think she should have to go to SW Orlando during the week of 10/8, don't you?

ZFamily5
08-15-2011, 05:24 PM
That stinks that you'll have unwanted guests, but at least you're making the best of it. Maybe you'll wear them out with you're style of park touring and they will have to take a day to stay at the resort and relax. :thumbsup2

Dizneydaz
08-17-2011, 01:03 PM
That stinks that you'll have unwanted guests, but at least you're making the best of it. Maybe you'll wear them out with you're style of park touring and they will have to take a day to stay at the resort and relax. :thumbsup2

Yeah-they are more the "lay by the pool" travelers (even in Hawaii!) That's not for us. Now granted, we don't go all "commando" by being at the parks from RD (rope drop) to closing with our itinerary in hand but we don't just lay around either.

Like I said, I'm sure it'll be fine (that's my new mantra ;)) I think they may know that we are big fans of theirs and heck, maybe they don't like us much either!:laughing:

Dizneydaz
08-17-2011, 01:16 PM
Okay, let me tell you what I have done for our trip over the past 24 hours or so.....

I have this thing about collecting as much info as I can to make our trip seem easy and stress free. To that affect yesterday I started looking at the F&WF brochure Food & Wine Festival Brochure (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/media/wdw_nextgen/CoreCatalog/WaltDisneyWorld/en_us/Media/InternetMediaType/Event/EpcotInternationalFoodAndWineFestival/2011-food-and-wine-map.pdf) and I decided to copy the info and put it into a format I could have, with extra info I felt important, so we would have it to refer to before and during our stay. This all started when I read a thread about eating at the F&WF and as I was posting some of my food pix from last year I wanted to verify some of the food names and I saw that a few of the items we ate aren't being offered this year. This got me thinking of all the food choices we missed out on last year due to not knowing about them. (Also that first weekend was crazy crowded! We'll have more time for visiting F&WF this year, inc. weekdays. :lovestruc)

If you are interesting in seeing my lists I compiled, send me a PM with your email address and I'll send it out to you. Since not just one format would do I actually created 2 versions with the food and drinks on it-one in a 3 column format and another in a 2 column one with larger printing. For those over 40+ eyes!:rotfl: Then, since I personally am not interested in the adult beverages being offered (not a tea-totaler, just not that much into wine) I made 2 versions without the wines (except for those booths only offering adult beverages). Again one in a 3 column format and another in a 2 column format with a larger font. All of the versions, with one exception, can be printed out on 1 piece of letter sized paper, printing on both sides. The full listing, in large print, will take 2 sheets.

Okay, I just noticed the time and it's time to get ready to go to lunch so I will make you wait to see what else I did for our trip. And it's a biggie.....makes me truly believe we are really going......stay tuned

Dizneydaz
08-17-2011, 01:34 PM
Just went to check on DNephew2.8 and ..THANK GOODNESS FOR MR. CLEAN MAGIC ERASER!

I will fill in the details when I return

Dizneydaz
08-17-2011, 05:56 PM
Why I love Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

As I left off I was getting ready to go to lunch. I went to check on my DNephew2.8 who when I last say him (5-7 minutes ago) was playing happily in my DD's room with her Littlest Pets and watching Mickey's Clubhouse and what did I find? Oh no, he had rubbed Mary Kay's Extra Emollient Lotion all over his arms, legs, and stomach and also drew on himself with bright pink marker! If you don't know what Mary Kay EML is it is basically like Vaseline, but lightly scented and pink in color. He also drew on DD's dresser and clock and got the lotion all over her bedding, inc. her blankie. He was a bright pink and greasy mess!

So even though he had just taken a shower about an hour ago it was into the warm bath for him after my DM wiped him down with some paper towels to get most of the lotion off. My DSis used Mr. Clean to clean off the furniture and we stripped DD's bed and put it in hot water to wash. I hope everything comes out our she will be one unhappy girl (you know how older kids can be about younger ones getting in their stuff!)

I should introduce my DNephew (DN2.8 from now on). His is my younger DSis' adopted son. Biological 1/2 brother to my DD11. My DSis works from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, M-F. Since we work out of the home guess who provides his day-care? Yep, you guessed it. She drops him off in the morning around 5 a.m. and puts him to bed. She picks him up around 2:30 just about the time DD is getting home from school.

Only thing is for the next 3 weeks her store is doing a change-over which means she works from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sun-Thur/Fri. Today is only day 3 of these overnighters and I'm not looking forward to the next 2-1/2 weeks. I will so need a vacation by the time this is all done. Don't get me wrong, I love my DN2.8 but he is a handfull. Completely different from my DD11 at this age. We first took her to WDW when she was 2 and 9 months. I wouldn't even think about traveling and sharing a room with him at this age. :scared1: Oh, and plus, my DSis doesn't real seem all that appreciative of what we do for her and her DS. I mean, would it kill her to pick up his toys and maybe empty the dishwasher every once in awhile? Really?;)

The Magic Eraser got everything off the dresser and clock and even helped get some of the marker off him. The rest will have to wear off.:rotfl2: I'm sure his DM will appreciate the bright pink marker! She already hates the fact that he loves pink. ;);)

So that's what we had to deal with today before lunch. I didn't know how lucky I had it with DD. She never drew on anything but paper. No walls, no furniture, no skin. Only thing she did was when she was about 3 was cut her own bangs. :scared1: Luckily she just gave herself bangs, didn't cut them to the skin. Took years from them to grow back out when she decided to have long bangs again though.

If you've never used Magic Eraser, give it a try. It's an awesome product. And no, I don't work for the company in any way, shape, or form. Just love using it.

Working on my next update...stay tuned....(I actually have an appointment today to meet a new client-Yippee!:cloud9:-money for Disney!)

Here's DN2.8 at the beach wearing his Mickey sunglasses. He just loves opening his "windows"
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w158/ter623/108B7470.jpg
He is a cutie and I do love him.:cloud9:

And a few more just because he is so darned cute-lucky for him!;)
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w158/ter623/108B8202.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w158/ter623/108B8004.jpg

Added-I just noticed that not only is he wearing Mickey glasses one day but he's also wearing a Mickey shirt the other day. Really, we love WDW and DLR but we have not the kind of people who wearing Disney stuff all the time, really, I swear!

Dizneydaz
08-17-2011, 06:00 PM
For those who have requested my Food and Wine listing-I've emailed them out-enjoy!

MEK
08-18-2011, 08:48 AM
Oh My - sounds like you are going to be one busy lady for the next 2.5 weeks. Good Luck with that! :laughing:

I think the PP share is a wonderful idea. You should definitely do that and you could try to get together maybe to watch fireworks or for a meal or something. Otherwise, don't go out of your way. Suggest something that works with your general itinerary and go from there.

Happy Planning!

Dizneydaz
08-18-2011, 03:10 PM
I left off yesterday without telling you what I did to cement our plans. Many of you probably already guessed it though. I booked our plane tickets! :cloud9:

I've been checking Southwest for the past week or so. And wouldn't you know it on Tues. they started another sale. Problem is that when they do that if you can't get those cheaper fares, the other fares usually go up!:scared1:

We typically fly out of ONT (Ontario, California) which is a wonderful airport to fly from and in to. Only about 30 mins. from our house and typically no traffic. Problem is there are NO direct flights from ONT to MCO! Yep that's right, no direct flights. If we want direct, non stop, we have to go to LAX which is quite a bit further and you have to deal with traffic and the fact that it's a much bigger airport. At ONT we can literally park right in front of the terminal and be inside in 2-3 minutes. It's a dream. LAX, not so much. We have flown to WDW from LAX once, about 5-6 years ago, but then only because we got a killer deal on Song (now gone :sad2:) for $89/e.w. which came to about $200 RT. Plus it was non-stop. Thing was we had to park our car at LAX and we left home about 3 hours before our flight time of 10 p.m. Then coming home it took about 2 hours or so from the time we landed until we got home.

At ONT we can literally be walking in the door less than 1 hr. after landing-and that includes getting our luggage. Is it any wonder we love ONT?;) It's really nice to get home so quickly after a full day of flying and getting home as late as we do. Typically around 10 p.m. or so.

So you might wonder why SW? Well that's a really good question. ;) When we first started going to WDW with DD we pretty much exclusively flew SW. We could pre-board and the fares were great. Once she got too old for pre-boarding, and I saw that Delta's fares were pretty much the same, we started flying Delta. Loved being able to pick our seats. (though we've never had an issue sitting together on SW;))

Well then came the start of charging for luggage. :scared1: On SW you can check 2 bags, each, no charge. :cloud9: At first Delta was letting you fly with one bag free. So we stuck with them and really enjoyed the added benefit of checking our luggage at the resort prior to departure (at the time SW wasn't part of this program). It did mean I had to reduce the amount of things we bring (yes, I tend to pack a lot!) For DD and myself I usually bring 3 large bags. (I know, I know). Really, it's not that much.;) 2 of the bags are mostly for our clothes, towels, etc. (I do split up our stuff-about 1/2 in each bag, just in case the bags go MIA) and the 3rd bag is for all the other stuff we bring along. There for awhile we were even bringing a twin sized blow up mattress for DD but she's not so much a bed hog any more and one of us can share a bed with her.:thumbsup2 Plus Delta was still competitive with SW on pricing.

But then Delta started charging for all checked bags-that was the end of Delta for us. I just can't see paying for my luggage, really. And of course POP, and soon most of WDW) started handling SW luggage at the resorts! Yippee! Back to SW for us. I really have no worries about us sitting together, as long as I check in at the 24 hour mark, we do fine. We have paid for EBCI (Early Bird Check In) which is really nice (only $10 each) and especially handy when coming home-they automatically check you in 36 hours before your flight. That way I don't have to ask my DSis to do it from home, arrange to be somewhere at WDW at the 24 hour mark who'll do it for me, or pay the $10/daily fee to hook up to the internet while at POP. This year I think I will just EBCI myself. Then my DM and DD can follow behind. Last year I did DD and myself and my DM (no EBCI) was literally less than 5-10 people behind us. I probably didn't need to to EBCI but it's only $10, right?

You might wonder why I don't check other airlines like Jet Blue, Virgin, etc. Well I actually did but Jet Blue to MCO usually goes through NY and that really adds to the time, plus the fares are a little more. Virgin flies from LAX (direct) but they charge for their bags plus my Dsis' Inlaws are leaving on the same day as us and we didn't want to fly with them. And the final reason I wanted to book SW....well, back in June there was a fare sale and I booked 3 RT flights from ONT to MCO for $240 each, plus fees (total $848.40) which was a killer deal. Problem was I booked them for our original dates of Sept 24-Oct. 3rd. I knew when I booked them that there was a chance I would rebook but another great thing about SW is they don't charge you ANYTHING to change your flights. You simply have to pay the increased price. If it goes down you price you get a SW credit for a later booking.

Okay, this post is getting long, so I will continue it on next post

Dizneydaz
08-18-2011, 03:11 PM
When I started checking SW last week I was seeing fares all over the place. From a low of $120 to a high of almost $300, e.w. (Wanna Getaway fares only). There are 3 airports in our area that we could use. LAX, ONT, and SNA (Orange County). Which just adds to the confusion.

Then for one final wrench to throw in the works, when I booked our room at POP I booked 10/8 to 10/18 fully expecting my DM71 to not want to go that long and knowing we would either shorten the trip for all of us or she would go home a few days earlier. On our last trip of 11 nights we both sort of agreed it was a long trip. So not only do I have to check return flights on the 18th but also around the 14th just in case she wants to go home sooner.

As we were looking up airfares yesterday my younger DSis (DN2.8) mom came in and said "How much would it be for me to go to WDW with you?" Like I have the number in my head. :rotfl: But seriously, after telling my DM that she didn't want to go on vacation anywhere where she had to fly with her DSon. She has a 7 day, non-expiring, PH with pluses burning a hole in her pocket and since DN2.8 is under 3 he would be free. Okay, so I do a quick check for a week, starting on 10/8 and basically it would be around $1100 ish for 7 nights with a 2 day base tix. I told her the flight would run around $350 each. I also discussed with her that even though POP allows 4 adults and 1 child (in a Pack 'n Play) that she would need a separate (but connecting) room for DSon to get any sleep. He wakes up from his nap at the slightest noise and he usually wakes up crying-only from his nap, not in the a.m. I also told her we wanted to book asap so that the fares wouldn't go up. She said she needed to think about it.

My DM and I discussed her going home earlier and she said she was fine staying the whole time and didn't want to fly home alone anyway. :cloud9: Great, so now that decisions have been made it was time to get serious about our flights. Usually SW has good (I mean reasonably priced) flights leaving on Sat. from ONT. but not now. Best I could get was like $250 ish, one way.:eek: I checked LAX (not really wanting to go there) and SNA. SNA didn't really have any great deals on Sat. either but the had a pretty good one on Friday. (yes, an extra day!) Leaving at 12:30 p.m. and arriving at MCO at 11 p.m. A good time to leave since traffic should be okay going and for my DSis after she drops us. SNA is only about 35 min. or so from our home. Arriving at MCO at 11 p.m. is fine with us since to us it will seem like 8 p.m. Since we have been to WDW before we don't mind coming in late, plus we get to be at WDW that whole first Saturday! The fare was only $144, which is a pretty good deal. I checked with my DM and she said to book it. We would just get a room for our arrival. Probably not at POP, but somewhere nearby for around $50/night.

Return flights were also best into SNA. 2 flights leaving in late a.m or early afternoon. Arriving home at 5 or 7 p.m. Both were $169/ o.w. We decided the later flight would be best, giving us 2 extra hours to make our flight and getting us home after rush hour. So I booked them. I had about $850 credit from the canceled flights and ended up paying $1064 in total. About $216 more for the 3 of us. Instead of being the great rate of $285 each, RT, we know paid about $354. Not great, but not bad either. And no baggage fees. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Plus, with SW I can keep checking and if the fare goes down, I will rebook and receive a credit for future flights.

I was so relieved after all that was done (oh, and DSis decided not to go-she really doesn't want to take DN2.8 on a plane). Everything is falling into place. It looks like we are truly going. :cloud9:

After we got back from lunch I pulled up my confirmation to make note of my flight times and I noticed I had made a mistake! :scared1: Not a huge one, but nevertheless, I made one that is bothering me. What was it? Stay tuned.

Oh, if you want my Food & Wine Festival list(s) send me a PM or email. Let me know which one you want. If none is specified, I will send the food and wine, 3 column one.

Sorry if these last 2 posts were lengthy. There's just so much that goes into booking our flights. ;) I promise most of them won't be this long, except the one where I debate whether to upgrade our DL AP to Premiere AP for both coasts.

Dizneydaz
08-19-2011, 11:40 AM
Quick update-we are walking out the door for a few hour trip to DLR! Why, you may ask especially since it is the start of the D23 convention? Well, DN2.8 has been promised all week that if he went in his potty chair he could go to DLand. And this a.m, after about 2 hours (off and on) he did it! So we are off for a quick visit. I'll report back when we return!

Hope it's not too :crowded: Oh, and it's just DM, DN2.8, and me. DD11 is in school, his DM is sleeping, and my other Dsis is blocked out.

Bye

Dizneydaz
08-20-2011, 10:52 AM
We took DN2.8 to DLR for his "potty party" at DLR and had a good time. I may post a mini-TR and if so I'll post a link to it.

But onto the business at hand...

Here are my bargains for the day (and it's only 7:50 a.m. here!)

As usually I check with SW to see if my flights have dropped at all. I would really like to get a slightly different flight coming home. Oh, remember when I told you I made a mistake on my flight plans, well here it is...

I booked the wrong flight home! :scared1: I wanted the flight that left at about 2 p.m. and got in around 7 p.m. But I booked the one leaving at noon and arriving at 5 p.m. Both flights were $144 so it was an easy mistake to make, right? And no, it's not a tragedy to lose 2 hours at WDW but I really wanted to flight that gets in a little later in OC. 5 p.m. puts us right in rush hour coming home. Again, not a juge deal since my Dsis will be picking us up in my SUV so I'll be the one dealing with it. Just adds a little extra time on the road.

However, I really would like to rebook it to the later flight. Once I realized my mistake, which was about 2 hours after I booked it, I checked and the flight had already gone up to $189! In less than 2 hours! :scared1: While I'd like the different flight I'm not willing to pay over $120 for the 3 of us. So, I'll keep checking.

So, this morning the flight is hovering around $272 which is crazy. The flight we are taking is that much as well. Guess I'll have to keep checking. :surfweb:

I need to buy a new battery for my camera. A little backstory first (of course!). I seem to be death on digital cameras. The last one I bought in June 2010 starting acting up within the 1 yr. warranty period and I had just checked with Sams Club on using their extended warranty when within like 2-3 days I dropped the camera and it won't turn on. :scared1: It was on and landed on the lense. Drat! At least it was only a reasonably priced one. About $120.

So, on my birthday this June my DSis gave me her old camera since she bought herself a much nicer one. It's a nice little Kodak Easyshare Z740 she's had for about 3 years, I think. When she got it I bought her some extra batteries and a charger for Christmas. Well she lost 1 of the batteries and the other won't hold a charge for more than 10 pix. It's worn out! It's one of those batteries that looks like 2-AAs attached. Good thing is I can use regular AA's as well but it really eats through them.

I need to get new batteries for it so I started looking online. My DSis says they do sell them at WM and Target, so I'll check there as well. I started with Kodak.com just to see what the kodak ones go for. Imagine my surprise to see that they are on sale for $7.98! Normally it retails on Kodak.com for $49.95 and the best price on Amazon is $34.99. Of course I can ship free on Amazon but by adding one more item to my cart on Kodak I don't pay shipping either. If I order 2 of the Lithium Dig. Batteries and one 4-pack of regular rechargeable AA (for cameras) the total is just uner $30, for everything. I heck of a deal! I can probably get an imatator battery for around the same price but when it comes to my cameras, I prefer to stick with the name brand. I will order this today and that's one thing off my list-okay the list is only mental at this point, but I do have one. ;)

Shoes-my DM71 and I prefer to wear our Crocs pretty much exclusively while on vacation. They are great for walking around the parks and work in the water as well.:cloud9: Our favorite style is the Cleo, which is a cute sandal with a little style. I actually will get compliments on these shoes, especially for those in the medical field-like my Dentist. Problem is the original Cleo is no more. :sad2: I probably have 4-5 pairs of them in various stages of wear. Once the bottoms wear out they reallt get slippery when walking on wet concrete! :eek:

Here's the original Cleos, cute huh?
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These aren't my actual shoes, but I do have all these colors. ;) Okay, maybe I have 6-7 pairs?:laughing:

So they came out with the Cleo II, and it's pretty cute as well. Also comfortable. Almost as much as the first ones. Problem is with the top strap. I don't like the position of it as much, but it's okay. You can put it behind your heel for a different look and feel.

Here's the new one
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I usually buy my Crocs from Shoebuy.com (thanks to tips I read here years ago!) and I bought 2 pairs for myself (black and brown) and my DM bought one for herself (black) back in July when Shoebuy was having a $10 off sale. We got them for like $18, shipped (free) with the $10 off and $2 for new/good customers. I placed 3 separate orders. Since i pretty much only wear Crocs now (my Cleos or Patricias) I know I'm going to need another pair in a while. Plus my DM wants another pair as well. Luckily Shoebuy is having a Back to School Sale. 25% off, good thru 8-24. While not as good as $10 off, it's still $7.50 off.

I ordered myself another brown pair and got my DM a brown pair as well. It was around $20 each. :goodvibes I very good price since they retail for $29.99. I will give my DM hers for her birthday which is in Sept. So now not only do I have my shoes shopping done, but I have my DM's birthday present as well. Though I have another little something in mind as well.

I also checked car rental rates to see if they have dropped. I have a car booked through National at $390 for 11 days ($35/day) which isn't too bad considering I can pick any car in the Emerald Aisle but I would really like to get the rate down a little. It's stil the same today. I will check Alamo as well though. I like booking National and/or Alamo since you don't have to use a CC card to reserve and can canel and rebook with no problems.:cloud9: There have been times when I have rebooked our car 2-3 days before our trip, and even the day before, and saved money. I have usually been able to get it around $250 for 10 days so I would like to get that again. I'll keep looking. :surfweb:

So, that's what I've done for our trip so far this a.m.

Checked airfares at SW
Checked rental rates at National
Ordered new shoes for DM and myself.
Ordered new camera batteries.

It think that's a pretty good start to the day!:hug:

Dizneydaz
08-21-2011, 01:08 PM
Today-checked SW, airfare coming home is still around $272/one way! :scared1: National's rates are still the same. Alamo is a little more right now, but I'll keep checking. I really don't want to pay $35/day. ;)

This morning I worked on my calendar. It's not one of those where I put down where we will be every hour of the day but just a calendar of the parks times, etc. Interesting thing was that I just started with the one I made for last year and most of the EMH days were the same this year as last. Of course I'm still annoyed that there are no more EMH evenings at AK! :sad2: Since the park is only open until 5 that really is a short day. I understand when they have their summer hours that they don't want the park open so late, but can't they stay open later in the fall? 9-5 is only 8 hours. That's a pretty short day and AK is really my favorite park of the major 4.

1 interesting thing I noticed is that EPCOT is open until 10 p.m. on the 2 Saturdays we are there. (Oct. 8 and 15th). Illuminations is as 10 as well. We will usually finish our day at EPCOT so it's nice to have the extra hour if we go to the parks on Saturday.

I've also been playing around with my snacks list. Found some new info (Japan & Germany) and updated my list.

That's it for now....

Dizneydaz
08-23-2011, 06:21 PM
I just realized that I am only about 900 posts away from having 10,000. So I have a goal in mind. I want to reach 10,000 posts before our trip in only 45 days. That would be around 20 per day. I'm pretty sure I can do it. And maybe one of them will come to the attention of the Tag Fairy!;)

Dizneydaz
08-25-2011, 10:30 AM
Southwest is down to $189 for return flight home but still $45 more/each than I already paid. Crossing my fingers it will fall to $144 so I can get those extra 2 hours!;)

Yesterday was my 45 day mark so I called to pay the balance, splitting it between my DM and my DV cards. When the CM read me back the info I caught that it was showing 3 adults. We are 2 adults and one 12 y/o (after 9-19 that is). She changed the info and the price dropped $100 ($10 x 10 for extra adult). I'm not sure what happened since I booked it online but I'm pretty sure I put her in as a child, 12 y/o. Anyway, it's always nice to save $100!

So we are all paid up and flights and car are booked. Now what can I do to get ready....

Book ADRS-nope-none for us this trip. Only doing CS again. Don't get me wrong I do miss a few of the TS locations (Kona, WPC, etc) but I don't miss having to make ADRS so far out. Too much planning!;)

Play around with my snacks list copied from jjohnson's thread and modified with info I have googled. I can't really say why I enjoy doing this but it makes me happy to find a newer CS menu picture and update my list, it just does!:lovestruc

I really need to find something else to keep my occupied.;)


If you've requested my Food & Wine listings, they have been sent. If you would like your own copy, send me a PM with your email. I will send you the listing in regular font with food and wine unless you ask for the one with no wine, larger font, or with my (few) added descriptions.

Oh, and I actually used one of the links here on the boards the other day. I used Dreams Res to book our first night (actually a.m.). Our flight arrives at 11 p.m. on the 7th but we aren't booked into POP until the 8th. Once in the past we were able to get our room at POP at 7 a.m. but I couldn't convince my DM to sleep in the car for a few hours until we could check in at POP. :rotfl:So I booked us a room at Country Inn & Suites in LBV for only $63, plus tax which is a pretty good price. It includes breakfast. We have stayed at CI&S in Sarasota several times and really like them. They have make your own waffles at breakfast. :cloud9: If you cook them for 2 cycles they are just right. If we change our mind I can cancel within 24 hours of check in and not be charged. I sent them an email letting them know we would be arriving late, very late, and they let me know they attached a note to our ressie. Oh, and for the short time while we are there I will have free WiFi.:)

Our plan after arrival is to pick up our car, drive to Super WM and pick up a few things, then check in at CI&S. Hopefully we will only sleep for a short time and then be up to grab a quick bite and make the short drive over to POP to check in. We could even do a park that day (Sat. 10/8). If we get the Premium AP, we may just do that. If not, maybe a waterpark.

On a personal note my DD's softball team had their first winterball practice and picked their name. Their jerseys are light blue. They picked... The Smurfettes! This would be fine if they were 10U or 8U but these girls are 12U. We were really hoping for a tough name like Tidal Wave or Tsuanami. Oh well, at least that's one t-shirt I won't have to order. ;) I told DD all the girls should get some cheap blonde wigs to wear-it would make a funny team photo. :laughing:

wdwgirl03
08-26-2011, 05:24 PM
I thought I commented on your PTR but I guess not. :confused3 Anyway, joining in!

ZehnJahren
08-26-2011, 06:21 PM
I'm joining in too - going in October myself (but only with one other person) and writing my first PTR. Want to make sure I keep up on yours since we're going at the same time!

Dizneydaz
08-26-2011, 06:35 PM
I'm joining in too - going in October myself (but only with one other person) and writing my first PTR. Want to make sure I keep up on yours since we're going at the same time!

Thanks! I'll read yours as well.:goodvibes

Dizneydaz
08-31-2011, 12:45 PM
Okay, sorry I haven't posted lately. Here's a brief update..

Southwest still hasn't come down on our flights nor has National on our car. I did check Hotwire over the weekend and I could have booked a mid-size for about $140 less than the deal I have on National but I decided to wait-bad move! Now the rates for mid-size are back up on Hotwire. I will have to keep checking. ;) I've never used Hotwire before but my DSis did in May and they got a great rate and it was with Hertz. I do love being able to pick my own car with National (any car-inc. upgrades no extra $) but do I like it enough to spend $140 on it. I think not!

Oh, and I messed up on my really great find on batteries for my Kodak. I got them the other day and they aren't rechargeables! URGGHHH! No wonder they were less than $6. And since my dig cam is no longer being made Kodak isn't even selling them on their site. I did find some made by LexMark and right now one of the best deals is on, off all places, Kohls.com. And I can use my discount. And I can charge them on my Kohls card. Right now charging is very important and here's why...

2 days ago was are really bad day, business-wise. I have 2 projects I was working on but hadn't heard from either client recently (once it was time to pay). I finally reached them both just before leaving for DD's softball scrimmage game (they did really well too-DD had a nice hit and her team beat the other team-not bad with only 2 practices under their belts) First one told me that his &*%(#$( wife can't visualize the design I did for them without seeing it 3-D. Problem is I draw by hand, not on a computer. He's very sorry and will pay me for what I've done but it means a lot less money for me :eek: This is the first time I have lost out on a project because I hand craft (pencil to paper) my plans. Then I called my other client who said they simply don't have the money and will have to pay me in payments! Payments, really, what do I look like a bank? Seriously, I was really counting on that money and since it's over $1000 and they want to pay me like $100, it will take them about a year to pay me off. I really want to charge them interest, but I'm sure they won't pay. This seriously has me in a huge funk since I was counting on over $2,000 and now it's looking like $500 or so. This really stinks!!!!!! If this had happened before my 45 day mark, I may have decided to cancel this trip.

I should have known better when the first client couldn't give me a deposit at their home since they don't write checks! Cash or online only. Should have known they were techies. (sp?)

Oh well, there's not a whole lot I can do about it but this has really depressed me lately. I'm not one to wallow in things (like taking to my bed):worried: but right now I wish I was!

Okay, back on topic...my DM wants me to put together a list of all the possible ticket prices. We usually will upgrade one of our base tickets (bought for free DDP) to a 10 day, PH, with pluses, non-expiring and use that ticket for at 2-3 trips. However, this year we may opt. to upgrade our DLR AP to Premiere AP. (That's what credit cards are for, right?) I'm still on the fence about DD and I though I am leaning towards doing it since she needs new tix this year. I did my upgrade last year so I am good. My DM will need to do an upgrade this year so she may decide to do the Premiere AP as well.

At least it gives me something constructive to do-keeps my mind off other things.

Oh, and one more thing. DD11 made the school basketball team last week. Our district just added sports to our Intermediate schools about 2 weeks ago. She was supposed to have her first game last night but it was canceled (postponed) due to a conflict at the other school. Luckily it looks like basketball and softball won't have too many conflicts. She will miss a game while we are in WDW but she probably won't be the only one since we will be off-track. I can't wait to see them play. :goodvibes

Thanks for listening!

Dizneydaz
08-31-2011, 12:53 PM
Oh, and one more thing....

On Sunday my DD's Girl Scout troop went down to Laguna Beach to see the seal pup their troop sponsored being releases along with another rescued pup. It was so cool and they girls were very excited.

Watch our Youtube video of seal pups-inc. them kissing. Only 5 minutes long. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77TgBBhe9WU&feature=channel_video_title)

On the way back from the beach (where we stayed and played for about 2 hours-though unfortunately none of the other girls had brought their suits so they just went home) we ate at Souplantation (love it-Sweet Tomatoes in other places) and then as we drove home I drove through the SNA (OC) airport since that is where we are flying from and int, just to check things out. I'm glad I did since now I know that it looks almost as easy to parking and depart from as ONT. I'm hoping we'll be able to park at the closest lot, right across the street from the terminal, when we leave on Friday, the 7th. If not, we can always be dropped at the curb. My DSis will be driving us there in my car.

BTW, DD's softball team voted to change their name. They are no longer The Smurfettes. :) They are BRAIN FREEZE!

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Dizneydaz
09-07-2011, 09:22 AM
YIPPEE! I have been checking the flights on SW at least once a day to see if I can change our flight leaving MCO so we can get in a little later-you know, to maximize our time at WDW. Also, as you may have read previously, I had made a small mistake and I meant to book the flight leaving MCO around 2 and arriving at SNA (O.C.) around 7 but I booked leaving at noon and arriving at 5 pm. (full rush hour!:scared1:).

Well the flights have been going up pretty regularly. The return flight I want is now around $272 (about $300 with fees) and that's only one way. My entire round trip cost about $350 originally.

Well imagine my joy this a.m. as I checked with SW to see that while the flights at SNA are still high there was a flight coming back into ONT (my preferred airport) for only about $189. :cool1:I checked the price increase and it would only cost us $6.90 more for the different flight. Best news is we now leave MCO at 6 p.m. and arrive home at around 10:30. Only $7 for an extra 6 hours in WDW-that's a no brainer. I double checked with my DM that it was okay with her and she said yes so I booked it immeadiately. Oh, and that was $6.90 more for all 3 of us-total. Only $2.30 each!

BTW, I just checked that flight again to see what the cost was before fees and it is now back up to $223! And that was in less than 10 minutes! I've learned the hard way that you have to jump on those low fares right away. even 10 minutes can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars (for 3 of us)

And....our original flight had 2 stops, with one change of planes in New Orleans. This flight only has one stop, with a change in Denver (same airport we are flying through on our way to MCO). Same flight time, but less stops. :)

My DSsis is picking us up but she's a night owl anyway and coming in at 10:30 means there will be no traffic and we will probably be home by 11:30, at the latest. Did I mention I love SW and ONT airport?:cloud9:

accountingbabe08
09-07-2011, 09:30 AM
Congrats on getting the airport and flight you wanted:cloud9:

Dizneydaz
09-07-2011, 10:15 AM
Congrats on getting the airport and flight you wanted:cloud9:

Thanks! Now if I can change our outgoing flight as well that would be awesome. Highly doubtful that I can get it for less than $144, but I'll keep looking. If not, flying out of OC (SNA) won't be too bad. Just hate when they cut back the power right after lift-off (Thanks-Newport Beach :confused3)

Thanks for reading!

OMG! My ticker is now at 1 Month-YEAH!


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Dizneydaz
09-07-2011, 11:27 AM
I think I should buy a lottery ticket today!

Okay, so I told you about my awesome flight change on SW that only cost me a total of $6.90 (for 3 of us) to get a later, and better flight, to our airport of choice and allowing us 6 more hours in WDW! :cloud9:

Since my car reservation with National was for returning at noon I went ahead and changed it to 10 p.m. The price is still the same $391 for 11 days (midsize but I get any car on the Emerald Aisle ;))

This is the best rate I have been able to get with National using the Visa codes I found on Mousesavers. Even better than the Emerald Aisle rate. But still it's running $35/day.

So I priced Alamo using my Alamo Insider code (IG) but that rate wasn't so great. Then I checked on Mousesavers but all their codes expire before my trip. There was a link for the Visa savings so I checked there and input those codes and coupon. The rates at Alamo are substantially less than National. I decided to stay with the same size vehicle (mid-size) and if we use this ressie hopefully we can get a free upgrade (this has happened before with Alamo) The rate at Alamo is $269/11 days which is $130 less and only $24/day. So, I booked Alamo. We have used Alamo many times before and I like them as well as National (they are the same company after all). Since Alamo doesn't require a credit card to reserve it's a win-win situation. Many times Alamo's rates will drop during the weeks before our trip. I'm only hoping National's will as well since I really want to use the Emerald Aisle but don't want to pay $130 more. ;)

In the past I have always used coupons from the Entertainment book but I didn't buy one for 2011. So no Entertainment codes for me :sad2:

Dizneydaz
09-07-2011, 12:12 PM
Ooops, my bad!

After I booked our car on Alamo I was going to check out rates for my Dsis' inlaws who will be there from 10/8 to 10/16. When I went to the Alamo site to adjust the dates for them I noticed I had made a mistake. :sad2:

I had us arriving at 11 p.m. on the 8th, not the 7th, which we are. URGGHHH! :confused3So I put in the 7th and the price jumped up to $386.36! That was an increase of over $120 for one more day! Something had to be wrong with that! I changed our pick up time to 11:30 p.m. (sometimes that make a difference) but it was still almost $390. So, since our flight is arriving at 11 p.m. I changed my pick up time to 10/8 12 a.m. (midnight). Now the rate fell to $304.43. That's more like it. The extra day is running us $36. By the time we deplane, pick up our luggage, and pick out our car it will be at least midnight.

But seriously why the big jump? Is it picking up a car on Friday vs. Saturday? I checked the weekly rate picking up at 12 a.m. on Saturday, the weekly rate for a mid size is $138.64. Picking up at 11 or 11:30 p.m. on Friday and the weekly rate jumped to $216.11! That's nuts!

Now I'm going to check to see if it'll make a difference with National if I pick it up after 12 a.m. on Saturday. Wish me luck!:wizard:

ADDED-It didn't make a difference on National. Same rate no matter if I pick o at 11:30 p.m or 12 a.m.

BTW, here is a picture of the car we got 2 years ago with National Emerald Aisle-It was a brand new Buick Enclave. This car was hot! It had a back up camera and remote start. I could start the car as we approached and have the air on before we got in the car. :cloud9:

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This was as we said goodbye to our car!:sad2:




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Check it out-one month from today we will be on our way to WDW!:cloud9:

Dizneydaz
09-07-2011, 06:03 PM
Me again. I was checking rates for my Dsis's inlaws on Alamo and got them a great rate of $188 for a standard size for 7 days. Then I rechecked mine since I noticed that there were 2 coupons to try if using a VISA card and it was cheaper with one of them. So I rebooked a mid-size (hoping to upgrade while there) for $287. That's for 11 days. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

OziJo
09-11-2011, 05:39 PM
Jumping onboard!

Loved reading your story and I'm enjoying following your trip planning. I will probably pick up a few planning tips and might even try a PTR of my own!!

IheartDDuck
09-11-2011, 05:51 PM
Jumping onboard! We will be there at the same time. :goodvibes

Dizneydaz
09-11-2011, 06:38 PM
Thanks! Where are you staying? We are at POP.

I will post an update tomorrow. We are seriously thinking of going to Disneyland this evening. I wanted to go first thing this a.m. but couldn't find anyone to go with me. :sad1:

IheartDDuck
09-11-2011, 06:42 PM
Thanks! Where are you staying? We are at POP.

I will post an update tomorrow. We are seriously thinking of going to Disneyland this evening. I wanted to go first thing this a.m. but couldn't find anyone to go with me. :sad1:

We are at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first night, and then at the Beach Club for the next seven nights. I wish I lived close to Disneyland like you. I'm so jealous! :laughing:

OziJo
09-11-2011, 09:10 PM
You are so lucky to be live so close to Disneyland. We all went in Jan 09 and thought it was just magic.:love: DH and I also went in 1992 with DD1 an unknown passenger. We would have gone back this time but also want to do Harry Potter. :wizard: It's costing us a lot more in airfares this time but it will probably be the last big trip we do as a family so we are making the most of it. We are also doing 10 days in Honolulu on the way back to recover.

We are staying at Fort Wilderness Cabins. Love the idea of a Cabin in the woods and a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the parks. :cloud9:

Dizneydaz
09-12-2011, 11:39 AM
We are at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first night, and then at the Beach Club for the next seven nights. I wish I lived close to Disneyland like you. I'm so jealous! :laughing:


And I'm jealous you are staying at AKL, even if only for one night. ;)

You are so lucky to be live so close to Disneyland. We all went in Jan 09 and thought it was just magic. DH and I also went in 1992 with DD1 an unknown passenger. We would have gone back this time but also want to do Harry Potter. It's costing us a lot more in airfares this time but it will probably be the last big trip we do as a family so we are making the most of it. We are also doing 10 days in Honolulu on the way back to recover.

We are staying at Fort Wilderness Cabins. Love the idea of a Cabin in the woods and a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the parks.

I've always thought staying in the cabins sounds like fun. We usually only go with 3 people so a regular room makes more sense.

10 days in Honolulu-now I'm jealous!

DD12 would love to to HP. Just don't think we will make it this year-maybe next? Unless I surprise her for her birthday this year (in 1 week). Maybe we can swing a day at US to see HP. It is her favorite book and movie series. She started reading them in 1st grade. Oh, and honey if you are reading this and I do decide we can do HP, acted surprised, okay?:rotfl2:


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OziJo
09-12-2011, 06:21 PM
DD12 would love to to HP. Just don't think we will make it this year-maybe next? Unless I surprise her for her birthday this year (in 1 week). Maybe we can swing a day at US to see HP. It is her favorite book and movie series. She started reading them in 1st grade. Oh, and honey if you are reading this and I do decide we can do HP, acted surprised, okay?:rotfl2:


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HP was the clincher for us to go all the way to Florida. We all love HP! DD18 started reading them when she was in grade 1 or 2 and was first in line each time a new book or movie came out. DD15 and DD13 followed where she led. With the release of the last movie we had a movie marathon sleepover where they all had a couple of friends stay over. DD18 then when off with her friends to a midnight viewing and I took the younger ones in the morning.

Dizneydaz
09-14-2011, 06:30 PM
HP was the clincher for us to go all the way to Florida. We all love HP! DD18 started reading them when she was in grade 1 or 2 and was first in line each time a new book or movie came out. DD15 and DD13 followed where she led. With the release of the last movie we had a movie marathon sleepover where they all had a couple of friends stay over. DD18 then when off with her friends to a midnight viewing and I took the younger ones in the morning.

I'm still on the fence about HP. I would love to go but it will really increase our budget. :confused3 My DD12 starting reading them in the 1st grade as well. I think it really started her love of reading-especially fantasy books.

When the last few books came out I had to buy 2-one for me and one for her!

Dizneydaz
09-14-2011, 06:48 PM
More trip planning stuff...

Okay so we are only 3 weeks and 2 days from liftoff, I mean take off!

I've been checking Southwest, National, and Alamo daily. I got real excited yesterday when I checked flights out of ONT on Friday, the 7th, when one leaving at 8 a.m. and arriving around 6 p.m. was only $179. But when I went through the link to change my flights the price jumped back up to $239! :confused3 And that's where it sits today. It looks like we will be leaving out of SNA (O.C.) about noon on the 7th and arriving just before 11 p.m. I know once we get to the 14 day mark I won't find a decent flight for a good price.

No big deal, the OC flight is fine and only a little further away. At least my DNephew2.8 will enjoy the drive to and from.

Speaking of DNephew, my Dsis' work extend her overnights and she ended up doing them for 4 weeks, instead of 3! Finally ended this past weekend. Now we are back to our regular schedule, or are we? Nope, now they are doing inventory and she's going in at 6 a.m. and while she should be getting off at 3 p.m. here it is almost 5 p.m. and she's not here to pick him up. Maybe with all the overtime she's working she'll treat us to a nice meal....probably not. :confused:

WHY I LOVE ALAMO!

I last reported that I had gotten a great rate at Alamo for $284/11 days (midsize) and I booked it. I still have the ressie for National but it's $100 more (that's a lot for a free upgrade on the Emerald Aisle).

Just now I checked National and they are the same but Alamo has fallen like a stone! I was able to get a Full size for $184/11 days, inc. all fees. That's a drop of $100! :cloud9:The full size was actually cheaper than the mid-size! By about $20. The mid-size was $202 and the Standard was $180. I decided on the Full Size for the $4 more. I was concerned that the mid-size would be too small for the 3 of us and our luggage but the Full can carry 5 people and 4 bags. Mid-size was 5 people/2 bags. I know we could have squeezed our other bags in the back seat but then where would we put our supplies from Super WM?

I booked Alamo using Visa codes. The ID code is #7015504, Coupon is AD2338FDF. You have to use your Visa to rent.

I did check for my Dsis' inlaws but there rate from 10/8 to 10/15 hasn't gone down and the Standard is more than the Mid-size.

I love getting a car for $17/day! I used to be able to get this price for a minivan, but those days are gone. :confused3

I will keep checking with Alamo. There have been trips when the rates have fallen twice within the 24 hours before our trip.

I will keep checking with National too but I don't see it falling enough for me to keep that ressie. Right now I can get 2 cars at Alamo for the same price as one at National.


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IheartDDuck
09-14-2011, 08:51 PM
Those coupon codes are amazing! I priced it out using it for my trip and it was $100 cheaper than the Alamo rate through Southwest! Are there any restrictions, or can you use it with any Visa?

Dizneydaz
09-15-2011, 12:41 PM
Those coupon codes are amazing! I priced it out using it for my trip and it was $100 cheaper than the Alamo rate through Southwest! Are there any restrictions, or can you use it with any Visa?

As far as I know. All you to do is pay with your Visa card. I got the codes through a link on mousesavers. Most of the codes for Alamo exp. later this month but this one is good until 2/29/12.

Here's the link for those looking
http://usa.visa.com/personal/discounts/detail/CarRental/vro_details.jsp?categoryName=CarRental&categoryId=15&pageId=197
It just says you have to pay with your Visa Card.

I've used coupon codes I have found on Mousesavers for years now and never had a problem. I've never used the ones you will see sometimes that are for people in the Phillipines, etc. Those sounded too risky, but this one is easy and doesn't even require a paper coupon. I will be able to use the Kiosk at Alamo and skip the line. Love that!;)

I also got my best rate at National using the Visa codes. Both rates were better than the Emerald Aisle rate and the Alamo Insider rate.

I just checked and my rate is the same as yesterday so the deals are still there. And the Standard and Full Size are still cheaper than the Mid-Size. So still $184 for 11 days, from 10/7 to 10/18.

If you are worried about the code you can always book one with it and one with another code. One in your name and one in your spouses (if you have one.) There was one year that there were some postings about an issue with a WM code (for free driver, etc.) so I booked one with it and one without, under my name and under my DMs. Luckily the WM code worked fine!:rolleyes1

Dizneydaz
09-15-2011, 01:06 PM
I was finally able to price out the flight change (leaving from ONT earlier and getting in early at MCO than leaving out of OC) but it's another $116. :confused3 While that's only $39 each, I have to pay for 2 of us. Pretty sure I'll leave it as is but I will check with my DM and see what she thinks. I guess it's not financially a good idea to pay $116 more just to get there 5 hours earlier, right? I mean it's not like we are going to go to a park that first night.

I mean that would eat into our savings on our rental car. ;)

Dizneydaz
09-15-2011, 04:02 PM
Talked with my DM and she said it was up to me about changing the plane tickets for the earlier flight for $169 more. Then I asked my DSis, who'll be driviing us to the airport if she would rather driver us for a noon flight in OC or a 8 a.m. flight at ONT. Funny thing-she said noon would be better. And she reminded me that leaving ONT at that time of the day, the airport is much busier. Unlike at other times when the place is pretty empty.

So... I decided that the exta 5 hours isn't worth the $169. Besides, while we are arriving at 10:30 p.m., for our minds and bodies it will only be 7:30 p.m. And since the Super WM we go to is open 24 hours wecan go there after we arrive at MCO.

Now, if the flight was to drop in price down to the $149 I originally paid, I would change it in a heartbeat! ;)

BTW, DD12 has her first school dance today after school. It's a welcome back dance (okay, they've been in school since early July :laughing:) but she's really looking forward to it. Hope she has a good time.:goodvibes I'll find out in just a few hours.

I've been working on updated my snack list. I started with the one on the boards compiled by jjohnson, but since she hasn't been able to update it since July 4th I have taken it upon myself to update it. I have found a great blog (easywdw.com) and he has been to WDW a lot lately and updated many of the menus. I love to see the actual DDP sign so I know what's included. I don't want to miss out on anything yummy!

Some of the past favorites are now off the list. One I was finally going to try was the Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich-2 giant cookies with 3 scoops of ice cream in the middle-sounded great and good to share. But sadly, it has dropped off the SC lists. :confused:

Of course there are still many options and don't forget if you are going during the F&WF you can get anything at the booths (foodwise-sorry no booze :laughing:) for one SC. I am looking forward to trying the Lobster Cuddler and maybe the Lobster Roll at Hops & Barley. We tried the lobster rool and crab cakes last year and thought they were okay. But this year they have a new vendor (L. Bean) so I'm hoping the roll is better and what's not to like about a lobster claw with drawn butter. :cloud9:

I plan on taking many pictures of signs, booths, food, etc. while there and will included them in my TR.

I can still email out my own F&WF listings (see previous post) if you are interested. I have ones with and without adult beverages. Also have both in regular and larger font. I took the info from Disney's official brochure but this way I can check off what items we want to try this year. :goodvibesYo
You can send me an email by clicking on my name to the right.

One last thing, looks like I have everyone in place to share my PP CD with. ( I am not looking for any more participants-I have enough and it's not allowed on these boards anymore). Everyone, that is, except my Dsis' inlaws. And speaking of my Dsis' inlaws-she is frustratied with them as they aren't really getting into the planning of their trip. Our worry is that those who have never been to WDW before get overwhelmed and don't have as good as a time if they do a little planning. I've helped by getting them a great rental car rate but they seem pretty blase about the whole thing.

I am working on doing a little something for them letting them know what some of their more interesting food choices will be sinece they will have the QSDP. I don't want them to think the CS are limited to burgers and that they have to use their SC for ice cream, soda, popcorn, or fruit! Hopefully they will take the info I give them and acutally use it. If not, then I guess that's their problem. :rotfl:

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IheartDDuck
09-15-2011, 04:19 PM
Thanks very much for the codes for the car rental. I went ahead and used them. I figured because it's a VISA code, there really isn't much they can do if I'm using a VISA to rent the car. It helped me save about $110. Sweet!

I understand your logic on the paying $170 for getting there five hours early. I personally wouldn't opt for that either, especially if you're not planning on doing anything the first day, even if you did get there earlier.

Dizneydaz
09-16-2011, 03:56 PM
Thanks very much for the codes for the car rental. I went ahead and used them. I figured because it's a VISA code, there really isn't much they can do if I'm using a VISA to rent the car. It helped me save about $110. Sweet!

I understand your logic on the paying $170 for getting there five hours early. I personally wouldn't opt for that either, especially if you're not planning on doing anything the first day, even if you did get there earlier.

Thanks, and you're welcome!;)

Dizneydaz
09-16-2011, 04:21 PM
Played around some more with my car ressies.

Alamo has gone back up so I'm keeping my Full size for $184/11 days. :cool1:

However, National finally did go down a little. This a.m., before lunch I booked a Mid-Size (Emerald Aisle-any car ;)). It went done from $391 where it has been for weeks to $334. Canceled first ressie. Then just now I looked again and played around with a few codes and the rate with the Visa Codes is now at $304, so I booked that and canceled the one from this a.m. ;)

Still National at $304 is more than I want to pay even if I pick out my own car from the Emerald Aisle. But if it falls more, than I will use National.

I've emailed out a few snack lists (what's inc. on DDP). Let me know if you would like any of my lists. :)

I think it's time to start working on new shirts for this trip. Every year I make at least one new shirt for the of us to wear. Michael's has t-shirts at 5 for $10, which is a great deal. Just have to decide what color to start with. Maybe since we are going later in the year I could do a dark color-reverse tye-dyed. Something to tie in with the F&WF.

Here's a few of the shirts I've done in the past.
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Made the hats too!

Most of our shirts have now been relegated to sleep shirts and swim shirts. I think we need a few new ones.;) Sadly this isn't all of them. I need to find a few more photos.


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Dizneydaz
09-16-2011, 06:01 PM
One item checked off my to-do list.

Placed vacation hold on Sunday paper. I've been meaning to check my account with the paper since I signed up for it at the Fair and it was 12 weeks for $15 (I got a $10 Target GC and $5 cash back, so really it was free). They actually only had it running for 11 weeks so I sent them an email after putting it on hold for 2 weeks to let them know they had an error.

I actually don't read much of the paper. It's the LA times and we get the LA version even though we live closer to OC. I get it for the Sunday crossword-love it! and for the coupons. I will be canceling it once this 12 week period expires. Besides, I can probably get the whole week for $1/week if I really want to.;)

So anyway, that's one thing done, and I don't know, about a 100 to go!:rotfl2:

DD12 has softball practice tonight and a game tomorrow. This will be game #2. They won last week. :dance3:The game was delayed and then canceled due to the most awesome lightning we've seen here. :umbrella: For awhile we thought we were at WDW in Sept. :scared1:

This week we are visitors so I don't have to keep score, oficially that is-I like to do it anyway to keep track of the score.

DD's birthday is on Monday so her grandparents want to celebrate it after the game at Olive Garden. DD loves OG (me too! Love the salad and breadsticks!) Our game was to be at 1 p.m. and then we were going to eat early around 4:30 but due to last week's rain our game has now been pushed back to 3 p.m. which means we won't be having dinner until about 5:30 (which is more like a normal dinner time anyway) but I'm concerned about how busy this location gets. I called to try and make a ressie but they only make ressies M-Th, for parties of 8 or more. Bummer! I'm sure it'll be fine, I mean no one really eats at 5:30, do they?;)

DD still wants to have a party for her birthday but can't really decide on when, who, and what. Right now it looks like it'll be a week from Saturday but I want to check with a few moms to make sure their kids can make it since she's only inviting a small group. Right now the plan is to have a Karaoke party with maybe a sleepover after. Maybe.

Still haven't decided what to get DD for her birthday. She recently got a really nice (about $400 bike) from the family (though I wasn't in on the decision :confused3 and that's her big birthday present. She's told me a few things, like feathers for her hair and stickers. I'm planning on going shopping tomorrow a.m., early, before the stores get busy.

I won't say what I got her until Monday. She may just read this!:eek:

hurleysweety
09-17-2011, 03:36 AM
Yay! I found your trip report!! Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned, and I haven't even read everything yet. I just might have to get that food and wine list from you! :) I'm nervous/excited for our first f&w experience! Have you been before during it? Sorry if you mentioned that already, it's a bit past my bedtime here!

Oh and btw, your DD looks so grown up! :goodvibes I think it's great that the three of you have so much fun on these disney vacations!

Dizneydaz
09-17-2011, 10:22 AM
Yay! I found your trip report!! Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned, and I haven't even read everything yet. I just might have to get that food and wine list from you! :) I'm nervous/excited for our first f&w experience! Have you been before during it? Sorry if you mentioned that already, it's a bit past my bedtime here!

Oh and btw, your DD looks so grown up! :goodvibes I think it's great that the three of you have so much fun on these disney vacations!

Thanks-glad to see you again!

DD-I know. It's scary how fast she's growing. She started 7th grade in July. Before I know it she'll be driving :scared1:

This is our 2nd time at F&WF. But last year we were there for opening weekend and it was pretty busy. We did have fun trying some of the foods out. DD really liked that! And using SC for it was perfect. This year we will be able to spend more time there. Plus, with the shortened park hours while we are there we usually end our park days at EPCOT anyway.

Looks like you are arriving a week after we do. How long are you staying and where? We're at POP (our home away from home-have to keep an eye on my fridge swap ;))

Dizneydaz
09-17-2011, 02:02 PM
Just got back from buying DD her birthday present. Still can't tell you what it is (just in case she's reading this) but it is something she can use on our trip.

Let DD stay home by herself while my DM and I both went shopping, seperately. This was the first time she's stayed home alone. :scared1: I know she's a big girl now (12 on Monday) but it still makes me a little nervous. I called her after about 45 mins. or so and she didn't answer. Called the neighbors and she was over there (I told her she could go over there). My neighbor said she was "bored" at home alone. This from a girl who will read for hours or spend hours on the computer. I'm thinking maybe she was a little nervous home on her own. ;) Maybe she does still need her mom. :grouphug:

I'm not very happy with the LA Times. They let me know that I won't be receiving credit for the 2 Sunday papers I won't be home to receive. They say they are following the trend with other papers (OC Register, San Diego Tribune) and have stopped doing it. Who cares what other papers are doing?:confused3

They will deliver them to me when I get home or deliver them to someone else. I wonder if they'll deliver to Florida?:rotfl2: Don't they realize that newspapers are a dying breed? I let them know that when my subscription runs out I will not be extending. Also, they can deliver my 3 Sunday papers on my first Sunday back (of course, that's assuming they do-their delivery in my area is very spotty). I told them I thought their vacation policy was a "joke" I wanted to use stronger languate but I wanted them to take me seriously

hurleysweety
09-17-2011, 05:46 PM
Thanks-glad to see you again!

DD-I know. It's scary how fast she's growing. She started 7th grade in July. Before I know it she'll be driving :scared1:

This is our 2nd time at F&WF. But last year we were there for opening weekend and it was pretty busy. We did have fun trying some of the foods out. DD really liked that! And using SC for it was perfect. This year we will be able to spend more time there. Plus, with the shortened park hours while we are there we usually end our park days at EPCOT anyway.

Looks like you are arriving a week after we do. How long are you staying and where? We're at POP (our home away from home-have to keep an eye on my fridge swap ;))

Wow! Junior high - so fun! I don't know if I ever told you, or if you read about it on any of my PTRs, but I do youth ministry at my church. I was a leader of the same group for the past seven years, and now they're all in college this year as freshman. So I've chosen to go back down and help out freshman in high school. But man, time flies by so fast!

Just saw your DD has a PTR too, I will have to check it out!

Going to Epcot with MK's shortened park hours sounds like a smart idea. I don't know what our touring will be like since my in-laws are coming with us. They came with us in May 2010 and can only go so long before they are worn out! I think they'll love the Epcot f&W and the halloween decor. Are you doing any halloween related things? (Sorry again if you already mentioned that!)

We arrive late on Oct 15th (dumb SW and its once a day non-stop flight, at least we don't arrive at 11:30 like we did last May!). We stay one night at ASsports, and then over to VWL for a week, and then one night at Pop. We wanted a Pop "sandwich" but I waited to long to book our first night with the AP discount. Whoops! I keep checking anyway...:sad2: Too bad we're not staying there as we could meet you for a late night bite at the food court (we'll be sooo hungry!).

Ok, I've made this enough about me...let's turn in back on you. :flower3: I know you must be excited about QSDP again, not having to worry about making ADRs, keeping such close track of the time and touring, and having those snack credits to use. So what restaurants are you looking forward to most?

PS - can't wait to hear about DD's present! :goodvibes

Dizneydaz
09-20-2011, 12:36 PM
You're so lucky that you can fly direct! There are no direct flights from ONT to MCO-NONE! So we are one of those arriving late-11 p.m. I've tried to change to an earlier flight but so far it's too much more $$.

DD had a great birthday. I (finally-according to her!) gave her a cell phone. She was super excited and surprised since I told her she didn't need one yet. And wouldn't you know it , as of yesterday, she has a boyfriend! He gave her the cutest hand drawn card with 2 movie tickets in it and she couldn't stop smiling when she read it.:lovestruc She proceeded to text him several times during the evening so it looks like I have to come up with some texting rules. I'm thinking no texts after 8:30 p.m. on school nights-sounds good doesn't it?

We are excited to do QSDP again. No ADRs for us. We are looking forward to using our SC at the F&WF, or course. And going back to some old favorites-EoS, Cookes, WPE just to name a few. I've been checking out the QS menus and there are a few changes that I might be interested in checking out. DD12 wants to spend more time at MK this trip so I'm looking forward to trying Columbia House again. I don't think we have done that one since we starting using DDP. We usually don't spend much time at MK, what with DLR being so close.:cloud9:

We aren't planning on doing MNSSHP. We had a bad experience doing it about 5 or so years ago (it poured for hours, candy got wet, fireworks were major delayed and went off without announcement, etc.) and my DM says she'll never do it again. I was hoping to do Mickey's Halloween at DLR but I just checked the dates against my nephew's (he'll be working some nights) and with our trip and his schedule it doesn't look good. I'm going to try to convince my DSis to go on a night he isn't working. DD and I had so much fun last year running around getting all the candy we could (about 20#), watching the parade, and the fireworks.



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Dizneydaz
09-20-2011, 01:05 PM
Few more things done on my to-do list

1. Ordered a RECHARGEABLE battery for my Camera. This is the one my DSis gave me (her older one) and her batteries don't hold a charge any longer. I ordered 2 from Kodak and they turned out to be non-rechargeable. My bad! So today I finally ordered on Amazon one for about $11. Inc. 2 day free shipping. :goodvibes

2. Ordered a new battery for my laptop-finally. This is one my neighbor gave me a few years ago when I was doing some accounting for him. The battery, even then, wouldn't last for more than 20 mins. or so. I finally ordered one (again through Amazon). Had good reviews and a good price. My laptop is a HP Pavilion. I did like using it last year on our trip. I would find a free Wi Fi location and be able to post a trip report while there. This year I plan on at least writing some notes/report in Word and maybe even a few live reports. Of course I will have to scout out some free WiFi locations around WDW since I don't want to pay $10/day for the internet. :confused3 Now with a new battery I will be able to use the lap top in the car for the internet. :woohoo:

I love ordering from Amazon. :surfweb:I should have the camera battery by Thursday the 22nd and the laptop battery by next Monday, the 26th. So much faster than the collapsable water bottles I ordered through a deal with Savemore. Ordered on 9/1, expected to ship sometime between 9-16 and 9-22 (haven't shipped yet) and hopefully will arrive before we leave on 10-7! Seriously, in this day and age when you can get things in like 2 days how can a business hope to stay in business when they take up to 3 full weeks just to process your order! :confused3And that doesn't even take into account shipping (I assume they ship by the cheapest/slowest method available. :eek: I never imagined when I ordered them on Sept. 1st that there was a very real chance I wouldn't have by the time we left, over 5 weeks later.

3. Applied for a new job. Our local grocery strike seems to have been diverted so I applied to our market for a job. They are hiring about 8 permanent positions and with the wonderful health benefits they get I would love to work there. I would still be able to do my own business (room addition plans) even if I got a regular job. I did this last year while working the census, even though some weeks I worked 40 hours. I just hoping that my going on vacation in less than 3 weeks wont' be an issue. :wizard:

I really need to call WDW and add on one more night to our ressie. Since we are landing at 11 p.m. on the 7th we need a room that first night. I know the earliest we could check in at POP is 7 a.m. and getting a room then would be a lucky break. (our ressie starts on 10/8)I have booked a room at Fairfield Inn for that night but I can cancel it. It's about $135 for the extra night at POP but that does give us 2 more SC and CS credits, each, to use. ;) My DM is on bored with this even though it's about $50 more than the room at Fairfield. It's just so much easier if we are already at POP from the start, and don't have to move after just a few hours.


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Dizneydaz
09-21-2011, 04:33 PM
DD12's basketball team lost yesterday but at least they had fun. It's only their 2nd game.

I checked SW, Alamo, and National-no changes.

I've been busy emalling out my F&WF lists. I posted on one of the F&WF threads and got many requests.:goodvibes

Still waiting for confirmation that my collapsable water bottles ordered through a deal on Savemore on 9/1 will be shipped soon and here in time for our departure on 10/7. Never imagined that a company in this day and age would take 3 weeks before shipping out an order! Not a good way to drum up business-I won't use them again.:confused3 And I'm not too sure about using Savemore either.

My DM's birthday is tomorrow. She's requested a chocolate cake with granache frosting. Good thing we already finished DD's cake from Monday. It was a white cake with ganache frosting. Ganache is so good and so easy to make! :cloud9:

I'll post a pix of DD's cake. Gotta upload it to photobucket first.

Oh, and the best news yesterday....the hours for October have been extended at AK, MK, and DHS. AK will be open until 6 or 7 while we are there instead of 5! We love AK and we disappointed they got rid of EMH pm. I found this info on easywdw.com. The official calendar on Disney hasn't been updated yet. Oh, and one night, MK will be open until 11 a.m. and then EMH pm will kick in and they'll be open until 2 a.m.! Awesome!:woohoo:

So if you have your October all planned out you might want to take a look at easywdw.com and see the changes. Besides the extended hours they also adding some FI and MSEP performances.

Dizneydaz
09-21-2011, 07:16 PM
Okay, since I haven't posted any photos lately, here are some taken recently.

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DD at bat! Go baby, go!

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DD's and my scores on TSMM at DCA. She was so happy to finally get the cat!

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This is how an almost 3 y/o wears 3-D glasses. He enjoyed his first time on TSMM. We got there before they opened and quick walked to the ride. There are no FP on TSMM at DLR. :confused3 We only waited about 20 min. ;)

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My DM and DD on BTRM having fun!
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My DM72 tomorrow and my DNephew2.8 (almost like a son to me!)

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View of DCA-very pretty!
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Our magic ticket for Star Tours pulled at 8:50 a.m. Not too bad. Only close to 4 hours to ride! :rotfl: I'm looking forward to riding at DHS with less waits. We've only done the new Star Tours twice now.

I'll post more later, time for a break.;)

Dizneydaz
09-22-2011, 01:14 PM
Today is my DM's 72nd birthday! :bday: mom! Love you!:lovestruc

Some of you may have noticed a change in my siggie. I just took over the 2011 Confirmed Snacks Thread from jjohnson. I have used, and contributed, to her thread for years and she doesn't have the time to keep on top of if. So, check it out if you will be going to WDW soon with one of the DDP. ADDED-I will actually be starting a new thread and I'll update my siggie once I get it done.

Any info you can provide me to keep it up to date would be greatly appreciated!:surfweb:

I just love ordering from Amazon. The laptop battery I ordered on 9/20 (2 days ago) arrived yesterday! That was less than 24 hours from when I ordered! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It wasn't due until 9-26. And the battery I ordered for my camera is due today. 2 day delivery. So cool!

MEK
09-23-2011, 08:36 AM
Wow - I had a lot of catching up to do!

I don't blame you for changing your flights. Doesn't seem worth it for the up charge.

Your rental car rate sounds excellent.

I do think you should just arrive at POP to start - especially if it gets you more of the free dining plan. It's a no brainer IMO. Definitely worth the $50 for no hassel and more food.

I also shop off Amazon - love it. You can literally find everything there! :thumbsup2

hurleysweety
09-23-2011, 12:56 PM
Yay for Amazon, possible job hire, rechargeable batteries, and recent DLR pics! :goodvibes

Cell phone and boyfriend in the same week? Go DD! :woohoo: Sounds like she's doing pretty well right now! Love the texting rule. I wish I could force it upon some kids in our youth group. :rolleyes1 Its addicting though!

Columbia Harbor House is one of my favorites. I really like their sandwiches. Some people LOVE their fried food - but DH says its just so-so. My favorite part is how busy and chaotic it is downstairs, but as soon as you go up, and grab a nice table looking over the river/frontierland, its a completely different scene.

I also totally get the whole MK/Disneyland thing too. We are sneaking away for a weekend trip tomorrow to DLR and will get alot of "MKness" out of our system since our WDW intinerary is very Epcot heavy (heavy...as in how we'll feel each day after leaving the booths :rotfl:). Anyway, DH would rather spend time in Orlando seeing and doing things that aren't a drive away in Cali. I agree too. But there is something uber special about MK rope drop that you cant get anywhere else. I can't describe it. I'm werid :rolleyes1 :cloud9: :lmao:

I see you are looking forward to Captain Cooks' - do you eat breakfast or lunch/dinner there? I've only ever been for breakfast for the infamous Tonga Toast (finding it delicious, but dry). But I hear they have pretty good things for lunch/dinner? Curious if its worth the trip to try it?

<< Ok so total side note, not sure how often you eat at DLR, but if so, have you tried any of the new places in DCA or the new counter service at the Disneyland hotel? Ok, done hijacking your PTR. :flower3: >>

I agree that spending the $50 to start and stay in Pop is worth it. We learned the hard way at DLR in 09 going from 1 night offsite to 1 night at PP to 2 nights at GCH to 2 nights in San Diego. Pack, unpack, pack again. Plus you'll be so tired, knowing that you can just spread out, unpack, unwind and get ready for a full day (no check in/no check out hassle to deal with) at Disney. YAY!

Ahh - You're so close to going!! :woohoo:

Dizneydaz
09-23-2011, 05:32 PM
We have eaten at the new place in DCA. The way it's set up reminds me a lot of places at WDW. I thought the food was pretty good. A vast improvement over Pizza Oh Mow Mow though the salad was a little small. (according to my DM-we shared it) Seem larger at Pizza Port. I have some photos I took there recently-I'll try to upload to photobucket and post a few before you leave in the a.m.

We've only eaten at Cooke's once (last year) and we had a flatbread pizza that was okay and a noodle dish that was also okay. Best thing in getting a self serve Dole Whip as a dessert or a SC. ;) Okay, that's the 2nd best thing, best thing is watching The Grim Grinning Ghosts Spooktacular from the Poly Beach. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!

Sorry to hear about the Tonga Toast. I have yet to try it. We've eaten at Kona many times but never for breakfast. I keep thinking I want to try TT.

Have fun at DLR tomorrow-are you getting any PP taken while you are at WDW? Do you know about combining them with trip(s) to DLR and paying the DLR price? Have you bought the PP Gallery CD at DLR that inc. a coupon for a free PP online CD?

Dizneydaz
09-28-2011, 05:28 PM
Just a quick update-have to take DD12 to Girl Scouts

We are now officially doing the single digit dance! :dance3:

I just called Disney and added that first night on our ressie-yeah for 6 more CS and 6 more SC. OMG-we will have a total of...........66 SC and 66 CS! I think we better bring along a few zip locs for extra food!

I will be doing online check in once I get back from dropping off DD, but just wanted to do a quick update.


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MEK
09-29-2011, 11:55 AM
Congrats on the single digit dance!!!! :cool1: That's awesome!

Dizneydaz
09-29-2011, 12:49 PM
Thanks I know! It was a lot of work getting here!:rotfl2:

Checked in online yesterday. I'll be sending my room request on Monday(4 days before check in). We are staying at POP and have been staying in the 50's, Tramp building, for the past years. I really like that location overlooking the lake.

This year my DM wants a change so I will be asking for the 70's building, overlooking the lake. Top floor (or 3rd). The 70's building is still fairly close to the food court and the Hippy Dippy and not too far from the parking lot-important to us.

My Dsis is going to send in a room request for her inlaws (Bro and sis-inlaws) for the 50's building. This way we wont' be too near each other!:rotfl:


Hopefully making a quick trip to DLR tomorrow after school. DD goes off track and gets out around noon. She has to be back for softball practice at 7. We haven't seen Halloweentime at DLR even though it started on 9-16. Plus now I have a few missions to take care of...

Buy a Photo Gallery CD for my PP CD coupon.
Buy another one and bring to a fellow disboarder at POP
Buy 2 Jack Skellington popcorn coffins and bring for another disboarder. (Eat popcorn, bring empty coffins)
Buy a 3rd coffin as stocking stuffer for my younger DSis (she lover Jack S.)
Get some PP pix taken. Within dates of my PP CD timing. Also use up the free photo vouchers I got at the DV M'nG which expire on 10-1-11

And if I have time find out more info about upgrading our Premium AP to Premiere AP (can I apply any used WDW tickets to it-I should, right?)

WDW Trip info-

We will stay with our flight out of SNA. The ONT flight now shows unavailable.

Cancel National Car-too $$$ even with our choice of cars.

Keep checking Alamo for lower price but happy with $184 (Full szie-11 days) if it doesn't drop

Dizneydaz
09-29-2011, 01:11 PM
I forgot a few things I can check off my To-do list that I did yesterday

Get contacts exam. I won't even tell you how long it's been since my last one but my Doctor wasn't too happy with me. :confused3 Trying a new lense out. I use mono-vision and it works pretty well for me. Took me about a month or so to get used to them about 4 years back. My close up vision is great with them but I'd really like my medium distance a little sharper. Things at about 20-30 feet are blurrier than I would like.

I have a recheck on Wed, 2 days before we leave. I made an appt. for DD12 as well to have her glasses prescription checked. It's been 2 years (that's the limitation on her insurance)

Made hair appointment for both of us. Funny thing-my hair dresser complains about not having enough business yet she only does hair 3 days. W-F. Since we are going to DLR on Friday I couldn't get an appointment until Wed. Wish she worked on Sat. The rest of my family used to go to her as well but they have stopped. Mostly because she takes about how bad things are when they are there. She doesn't really do that with me but that's because DD is usually with me. She's very reasonable and only charges me $10 to trim DD's hair. It's all one length, no bangs.

I was thinking about changing my bangs (maybe a side sweep) but I'm going to keep them the same. Just wish I had booked sooner, I don't want me bangs to be too short in my WDW pix. :confused3 I'm going to have her only trim off a little.

So that's few more things taken care of.

Oh, and DD reminded me last night that I haven't made any shirts yet. Here I was hoping that would have skipped her notice!:rotfl:

IheartDDuck
09-29-2011, 01:51 PM
Yay, online check-in! I did it the other day too. It helps me to feel like the trip is right upon us.

I had to make a hair appointment for myself too. I wouldn't be able to make it through my trip without getting my touchup, so I feel your pain. :laughing:

daisy_77
09-29-2011, 03:17 PM
I really enjoyed your PTR! I am looking forward to reading more :goodvibes

Dizneydaz
09-29-2011, 04:19 PM
Yay, online check-in! I did it the other day too. It helps me to feel like the trip is right upon us.

I had to make a hair appointment for myself too. I wouldn't be able to make it through my trip without getting my touchup, so I feel your pain. :laughing:


Thanks. You're right. Just simply doing the online check makes me feel our trip is right around the corner. :cloud9: Maybe that's because it is! One week from tomorrow. Yippee!

I do my own touchup-about every 1-1/2 to 2 weeks. Even though my hair is thinning, it's still growing so I get a lot of roots showing if I let it go past 2 weeks. I just touched it up about 7-8 days ago and I could stand to do it again. I'm going to hold off a few days-just have to decide if I want to do it before haircut, or after? And since it's growing so fast, I am seriously thinking about bringing a little dye with me to do a little touch up while there. :laughing: Seriously, if I don't I know my part/roots will really be showing towards the end of our trip. And I don't know if I want to photoshop every picture!:scared1:

Thanks daisy_77. Hope you continue to and since I have promised to do a Trip Report after (maybe even start it while there) I hope you'll check that out as well. :goodvibes

Okay, I need to get back to do some mommy stuff. I realized we (mostly DD) have so many things to do before now and next Friday that I need to print out a large calendar with everything on it.

How is it that even though she is only in 2 sports (1 Park 'n Rec. and 1 at school) and Girl Scouts she can have no time left to do the important things.... like going to DISNEYLAND! I mean really, how fair is that? (to me)

So we leave in 8 days :woohoo::yay::cheer2::grouphug::scared1::wizard: Obviously she's in school today (with BB practice after),

On Friday she gets out early for last day but has softball practice from 7--9 (and yes, that's p.m.) We are totally going to DLR after school. I want to see the Halloween stuff and start to get in the mood for our trip. We'll have to leave DLR by 6 to get to practice on time.:wizard: DL is only open until 7 anyway due to Mickey's Halloween party. Maybe we can even see a few villians.pirate:

Saturday-practice at 2, game 3-5, pizza party (just scheduled) 5:30

Sunday-Uhh, nothing yet. If it's nice she'll want to go to the beach to try out the new fins her grandparents gave her for her birthday. But it's also the last day our local waterpark is open for the season. It's a pretty cute little park and we bought AP but she's only been once. Hmmmm, maybe we can go on Saturday. They open at 11 so we could get a few hours in and then head to the game. Sounds like a plan....Or we could go to DLR.

Monday-no school but she has BB and softball practice. She needs to be at BB practice since she has a game on Tuesday. She's off track but the school still has games. So no trip to DLR today.

Tuesday-BB game 5-6. We could go to DLR in the a.m. and be back in time. That may be a plan. We could see my DNephew in the parade as well. DL closes at 6 for Halloween. Shouldn't be too busy. Get flu shots either today or tomorrow.

Wed-as mentioned above only day we can get our hair cut. And now we have a eye dr. appt. as well. Get flu shots if we didn't get on Tuesday.Hmmmm, maybe a night time trip. That sounds doable. Let me check the DL calendar...This may happen. DL closes at 8 p.m.

Thursday-our last day before leaving for WDW. DD has BB practice in the afternoon but I'm going to let her skip it if we have other things to do. We could go to DL, get there when it opens at 9 and have plenty of time for fun (and to ride the Ghostly Galaxy-formerly Space Mtn.) as well as get FP for ST. We wouldn't stay all day since we are leaving the next day but this might be a good option.

You might wonder why I want to go to DLR since we are going to WDW in 8 days. Well, that's a really good question-I'm glad you asked. I LOVE :cloud9: Disneyland in the Fall. I love the decorations. I love the weather. I love the feel of the park. There's so much Halloween Decor around and our weather starts to cool off. It's just :wizard:

For those of you who haven't experienced DLR in the fall, here's a few photos from last year.

These are from the Mickey's Halloween party we attended in 2010


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Last year she wanted to be an owl. I made the costume. I think it came out pretty well.

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Dias de Las Muertes-Love free face (and arm) painting!

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Our approx. 20 lbs. of candy we collected between the 2 of us.

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Dizneydaz
09-29-2011, 04:28 PM
more halloween photos

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I think I know that dog! ;)
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So now I've put myself in the Halloween mood, anyone else?

PittypatBR
10-03-2011, 12:11 AM
Hi, Dizneydaz! I just found your thread and have been enjoying reading about your plans, plus your comments about DL. I am visiting DL for the first time in a week (solo), so I am trying to gather all the information I can. I am big on planning for my WDW trips, and I feel woefully unprepared for DL. I am staying at the Anaheim Marriott because I have a conference there later in the week, and I got a decent rate for the weekend. I have an ADR for Ariel's Grotto for the WOC package for Monday night, and I am planning to go to the MHP on Tuesday night. I hope to see Fantasmic on Sunday night. I am used to doing WDW commando, so will try to get to the park for rope drop Monday and Tuesday. (I am flying in on Sunday so will only have half a day.) Do you have any suggestions for me? Will I need to bring a jacket for the evenings? I will check the weather a few days ahead but that doesn't always help!

I really enjoyed seeing your pictures of the Halloween theming at DL. I can't wait to see it in person! Hope all your arrangements for the WDW trip hold up great. It looks like you will have a wonderful time - it is really great you can be so flexible in your travels. I was a teacher for many years, so that definitely puts a kink in your travel planning! :cutie:

Dizneydaz
10-03-2011, 11:16 AM
We went to DLR for a few hours on Friday. It was pretty nice. Crowds started coming in around 4. But did I get my checklist done. Hmm, let's see..

Buy a Photo Gallery CD for my PP CD coupon. DONE
Buy another one and bring to a fellow disboarder at POP DONE
Buy 2 Jack Skellington popcorn coffins and bring for another disboarder. (Eat popcorn, bring empty coffins) DONE and delicious!
Buy a 3rd coffin as stocking stuffer for my younger DSis (she lover Jack S.) DONE but now we will probably give it to her on her birthday, 11-7, or before so she can have it for Halloween
Get some PP pix taken. Within dates of my PP CD timing. Also use up the free photo vouchers I got at the DV M'nG which expire on 10-1-11 DONE-see pix below
And if I have time find out more info about upgrading our Premium AP to Premiere AP (can I apply any used WDW tickets to it-I should, right?) Didn't do. Will try to go back Tues. or Thurs. to do.
Not on my list but I also went by Lego Store to get VIP cards

Here are some photos from Friday.

These are some of the new Halloween frames. The actually photos aren't blurry like they look here. I scanned these. I will also get these on my PP CD.

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Cheater Cheater, pumpkin eaters!

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You can get free face (or arm, etc) painting at Dia de Los Muertos near Big Thunder. If you want to do it go before the Halloween Party. They don't do it during the party and stop early, like maybe 5 or so.

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Dizneydaz
10-03-2011, 11:28 AM
Hi, Dizneydaz! I just found your thread and have been enjoying reading about your plans, plus your comments about DL. I am visiting DL for the first time in a week (solo), so I am trying to gather all the information I can. I am big on planning for my WDW trips, and I feel woefully unprepared for DL. I am staying at the Anaheim Marriott because I have a conference there later in the week, and I got a decent rate for the weekend. I have an ADR for Ariel's Grotto for the WOC package for Monday night, and I am planning to go to the MHP on Tuesday night. I hope to see Fantasmic on Sunday night. I am used to doing WDW commando, so will try to get to the park for rope drop Monday and Tuesday. (I am flying in on Sunday so will only have half a day.) Do you have any suggestions for me? Will I need to bring a jacket for the evenings? I will check the weather a few days ahead but that doesn't always help!

I really enjoyed seeing your pictures of the Halloween theming at DL. I can't wait to see it in person! Hope all your arrangements for the WDW trip hold up great. It looks like you will have a wonderful time - it is really great you can be so flexible in your travels. I was a teacher for many years, so that definitely puts a kink in your travel planning! :cutie:

Welcome Pittypat!

Definitely bring a jacket. The weather has been getting really cool at night (which I love) even when it's hot in the day. We are starting to feel Fall in the air so even during the day it can be cool in the shadows.

When you go to the party if you want to get some candy do it later in the evening (towards the end) or during one of the parades. The parade is pretty cute (though nothing like the Boo to You at WDW). I personally have a thing for Pluto (esp. on Tues. and Fridays) The fireworks are definitely worth seeing. As good as Grim Grinning Ghosts at WDW with some of the same music, etc. If you are in front of the castle you will be able to see the Jack, etc. giant balloon thingy off to the left. Also Jack's dog (Zero?) flys around much like Tink. Last year we sat in the area to the left of the castle that has a bandstand. You can see most of the fireworks from the area, inc. the projections on the castle but you won't see all of them due to some trees. However, we only waited here abut 10-15 mins. before they started and we got to sit down (on a planter wall).

Get there at RD. Unlike WDW many of the guests at DLR are APH and they don't all get there at RD. The parks will be pretty light crowdwise until 11 or so when they start coming in. You can ride the headliners and get some FP for later before many of them arrive. If you'll be doing DCA as well, the FP system at DL and DCA are disconnected. So you can FP at DL and DCA even if your next FP says it's not available yet, make sense?

TSMM does not have FP here so if you want to ride it you should head there as soon as DCA opens. The actually open DCA gates 1/2 before official opening so you can get into the park and they will stop you at a point. If you are there when they open you can ride TSMM with about 15-20 wait if you are in the middle of the pack. There is no longer a SR line for TSMM

Speaking of SR, definitely use them.

DCA has Screamin', Goofy's Flying School, Grizzly Rapids (if it's warm enough) and Soarin'
DL has Indy (one of my fav. rides and not at WDW) and Splash

Have a great time and thanks for reading.

Dizneydaz
10-03-2011, 11:37 AM
Okay I hear you, more pictures please!:lmao:

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Dizneydaz
10-03-2011, 12:20 PM
Okay, now we are seriously getting close to our trip. I just typed up my room request and will be faxing it over to POP shortly. I have done this 4 days before our trips for the past, oh I don't know, 8 years and we basically get the building we want and usually within 1 floor of the floor.

We have been staying in the Tramp 50's building for the past many years (overlooking the lake) and this year we are requesting bldg. #6, in the 70's also overlooking the lake. It's quieter and not too far to parking and Everything POP! I also requested a top floor. We like not having anyone over us.

And just to push my luck a little I asked if my fridge box could be brought to our room before we check in. We are getting in so late that it would really help if it was already there. We'll see.

I'm starting to get anxious now that we are so close to leaving. I know everything will be fine but I still get nervous before.

Oh, there is one thing....I don't know who will be picking us up at the airport when we come home.:confused3 My Dsis' DD28 is having oral surgery next week (they are breaking at least one of her jaws) and her mom is going to fly to Kansas to be with her. It was originally scheduled for this past August but kept getting pushed back. Wouldn't you know it, they scheduled it for right in the middle of our trip. She's leaving for KS on the 11th and returning on the 22nd. We are returning on the 18th.

What's really interesting about this development is that my other DSis will be on her own (for the first time) with her DS2.9. She had already arranged to take off a few days next week but now she will need to take off more. See, we (my DM, DSis #1, and myself) are his daycare. She drops him off at our house around 5 a.m. and picks him up about 3 p.m. M-F Now my Dsis#2 will have to get off another day (10-11) for the day my DSis#1 leaves. Or we can ask my neighbor to watch him for a few hours, which I'm sure she won't mind.

Dsis#2 will also have to ask for more days off for the following week since none of us will be here. Oh well, that's what it's like to be a single mom, right? I think she is in for a real eye opener having to watch her DS for 7 days, in a row. :eek:

Since we are getting in around 11 p.m. when we get home that means that DSis#2 will have to pick us up and we should all be home around midnight or 12:30 at the latest. She'll have to get up in just a few hours to go to work at 5 a.m. I know she's going to complain about it but it is only one day and we do watch her DS M-F, for free. It's not too much to ask, is it?;)

I'm sure she will want to leave DS at our house that night, which will be okay except that we will be very tired due to the 3 hour time difference and he will wake up around 6-7 a.m. (3-4 a.m. Florida time) :scared1:. I'll let my DM get up with him. :dance3:

That's it for now. Still trying to figure out if we can squeeze in another short visit to DLR before we leave and DD wants to go to the beach as well.

More soon.....

accountingbabe08
10-03-2011, 01:17 PM
Have a great trip Disneydaz!!! :lovestruc:banana::hippie::love:

Dizneydaz
10-03-2011, 05:00 PM
Have a great trip Disneydaz!!! :lovestruc:banana::hippie::love:


Thanks we will!

Dizneydaz
10-03-2011, 08:19 PM
Forgot to post about breakfast today. To start getting us ready for our trip I made beignets. We have the Ralph Brennans mix (about $10 at Disney and about $4 at World Market).

Here's some photos. I use a pizza wheel to cut them out. I make them smaller than they do at POFQ. The are pretty yummy!:lovestruc

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Rolled out and cut
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Frying
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Ready to powder sugar them.
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Finished product. Some of them puff up, some of them don't. But they all taste good.;)

Dizneydaz
10-05-2011, 05:25 PM
Busy busy few days. Leaving for WDW in less than 48 hours. Our plane leaves in bout 45 hours from now! Yikes

Let's see today DD and I got our hair cut, our flu shots (well DD1 got Flumist), and we both had eye exams-today. Follow up for me on my contacts and eyeglasses exam for DD. Her eyes have gotten worse in the last 2 years and she is only seeing 20/40 and 20/60 with her glasses. Poor baby! Unfortunately it'll take about a month for her glasses to be ready due to her insurance. 2 years ago I was able to get her a pair at Lenscrafters, in about an hour, for only the cost of the frames. It was a great sale. They had the same sale 2 years before that. This year, no such luck.

Decided not to pay for early bird check in on SW. Last year I did it for DD and myself and not my DM. My DM was only about 3 people behind me in line so it was basically a waste of $40. Hope I don't regret it. I can always add it on for our return flight.

Okay, I am trying to make a few shirts to take. Not sure if I'll get them done. One will be on black with a scary, glow in the dark, Mickey. The other I haven't fully decided.

So I'm off to try to do the Mickey one. I'll post a picture if it works.

Oh, and we went to DLR for a few hours yesterday. I know I'm crazy!:woohoo:

Dizneydaz
10-06-2011, 09:58 AM
Getting close now! I can do my online check in with Southwest in a little over 4 hours. :goodvibes

Got the 3 Mickey shirts done last night. I think they came out pretty cool. I will post some pictures soon.

Started doing laundry today-things we want to take with us. (nothing like waiting until the last minute);)

Got up around 4:30-decided I might as well get up and do a few things-besides it was already 7:30 at WDW. :laughing:

Looked at the weather for Orlando and it looks like some stormy weather is coming. Hey, what's WDW without some rain, right? :umbrella:

Besides, it looks like there aren't any hurricanes in the forecast. :yay: Looks like Phillipe is getting nowhere near land. I think this is the least Tropical Storm activity I have seen before our trip in years. We usually go in Sept. so I guess it helps going later in the year.

Oh, bought some waterproof spray and sprayed DD's AK bag from a few years ago. Need to do the umbrellas and a few hats as well. I hate it when rain drips through the umbrella onto my head! :scared1:

Oh, and my left arm hurts from the shot. :sad2: Should be better tomorrow.


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Dizneydaz
10-06-2011, 10:12 AM
Just looked at weather.com. Looks like the rain will start tomorrow around 1 and be done by 6 p.m. When we land at 11 p.m. it should be dry and around 75. Better bring a jacket-that's cold for Orlando!;)

Weather for our first full day, Saturday, looks like rain starting early, like 4 a.m. and maybe done by 10 a.m.,then it'll get windy. Hmm, not sure where we are going on our first day, thinking about TL or BB-if the rain ends by 10 then we may still go. It should be around 76 by then, high of 79. Only problem is if there is any lightning then you have to get under shelter and if it happens later in the day they will close the park. I guess we'll have to play it by ear. Maybe we should hit some of the main parks and end our day at EPCOT. They close at 10 with Illuminations at 10 as well. It will be crowded thanks to the F&WF though.

Let's check easywdw.com for crowd calendar, BRB...

YIKES- The weather for the next 10 days is not looking good. Sat.-Mon they are predicting Thunder Showers 40-60% (but hey, that's 60-40% no, right?) But on Monday there is a Tropical Watch in effect. And Tues-Sat. there are Thunder Storms predicted with 40-60% rain, 60% rain Th-Sat.
We will definitely be bringing our ponchos and umbrellas with us everywhere. :umbrella:

At least it will be warm. Lowest will be Sunday, 79 with most days 85-89.

Dizneydaz
10-06-2011, 10:34 AM
You asked, here's our new shirts.



I got the idea from a shirt I saw at DLR the other day. Yes, it does glow in dark!

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Finished shirt

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Close up of Mickey

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Pattern on shirt-this was the hardest part transferring my drawing to the black shirt. I used the tulle and chalk method-but I used a white pencil instead.

So, what do you think? If you are going when we are there and you see us in our shirts, say "Hi". ;)


URRGGH! I just had to fix my DM's. The cat stepped on it last night. Luckily it wasn't too bad. Just had to redo a few parts.

Dizneydaz
10-06-2011, 09:17 PM
So was it a smart decision to not pay for Early Bird Check In (EBCI)?

We were at lunch today at the 24 hour mark and I used my DSis' Iphone to check in right at the 24 hour mark. I had a little trouble with the Iphone but on the first leg of our trip we got B6, B8, B9 (the gap was the trouble). Second leg we are A46, A47, and A48.

I did have trouble printing out our Boarding Passes once I got home. Trouble seems to be using Firefox. Internet Explorer worked fine. ;)

So not doing EBCI worked fine for us. :goodvibesI was a little concerned since our flight leaves around noon on a Friday but it worked out fine. Last year I did EBCI for DD and myself. Turns out my DM was only 3-5 numbers behind us on all legs of all flights. So that wasn't really worth the $40 last year which is why I decided to risk it. Coming home may be a little trickier. I usually call my Dsis to check us in at the 24 hour mark but she'll be out of town. I think I'll just bite the bullet and pay the $10 for the internet that day. Or if we are in a park I've read that you can get them to check you in somewhere. Has anyone reading this done it? TIA

Lots to do, I'll report before we leave.

ZehnJahren
10-06-2011, 09:40 PM
Coming home may be a little trickier. I usually call my Dsis to check us in at the 24 hour mark but she'll be out of town. I think I'll just bite the bullet and pay the $10 for the internet that day. Or if we are in a park I've read that you can get them to check you in somewhere. Has anyone reading this done it? TIA

Lots to do, I'll report before we leave.

As far as I can remember, they checked us in through Disney - DBF and I didn't have to do anything.

You're leaving so soon; good luck and have a great trip!

PittypatBR
10-07-2011, 12:40 AM
All of the resorts will check you in. I think you can go to a service area at the parks and they will do it also.
Have a fantastic trip! I am leaving Sunday going in the opposite direction, to Anaheim!

Dizneydaz
10-07-2011, 08:32 AM
All of the resorts will check you in. I think you can go to a service area at the parks and they will do it also.
Have a fantastic trip! I am leaving Sunday going in the opposite direction, to Anaheim!

Thanks and you have fun too! I think the weather is going to be nicer there than in WDW.

I was pretty sure I read that you can check in at the resorts (not talking about the airline resort check in on the day we leave). Just in case we are at a park at 5 on Monday I'll ask at POP where we can check in at the parks.

GrammyJudy
10-07-2011, 10:26 AM
Your shirts are really cute. Have a great trip!

Dizneydaz
10-07-2011, 10:51 AM
Your shirts are really cute. Have a great trip!

Thanks!:goodvibes

Dizneydaz
10-07-2011, 06:13 PM
We are currently at Denver awaiting our connecting flight. Plane is late. We are leaving 15 minutes late. We also left SNA late. The descent was bumpy, really bumpy!:scared1: The flight attendants did not do a walk thru the cabin for trash, tray tables, or seat backs.

The plane may be oversold by 3 people. My DM is checking to see if they are really offering $300 cash per person and a travel voucher for any time. And will put us up in a hotel for the night and fly us out tomorrow a.m. at 6 a.m. thru Baltimore, arriving in MCO about 3:30.

Dizneydaz
10-11-2011, 07:40 AM
Here now! Quick report.

Tons of rain on Saturday. 7" in Orlando Sat/Sun.

Did DQ on Sunday.

Went to AK and EPCOT yesterday. Going to TL today.

A few photos

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Lobster Roll @ Hops & Barley
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Mahi Mahi @ Brazil
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Lamb @ Australia

all the food we have sampled so far has been very good!

Dizneydaz
10-11-2011, 07:46 AM
(I thought I lost this post-so bear with me if you just read post above)

WE ARE HERE NOW!

I'll post a little here about our trip here but I'm going to start a new thread for our Trip Report. I'll post the link here.

Briefly...Both our flights on SW were a little late taking off. That's a first for us.

We had a ton of rain on Saturday and the first half of Sunday. My DM's uncle (91) lives in Orlando and he said it hasn't rained like that for 45 years! :umbrella: According to the news Orlando got 7" of rain in less than 48 hours! It was the worst we have seen and we come in September most of the time.:confused3

But Sunday we sent to Disney Quest at opening and played for about 4 hours. DD12 and I returned later in the night and the crowds had left. No wait for Cyberspace!

Yesterday was very nice. Little drizzle first thing in the a.m. Then cloudly but warm. Hot when the sun came out. We went to AK and later we went to EPCOT. Sampled some of F&WF-all we had was very good. While the walkways around EPCOT were busy, the lines for the kiosks were non-existent. Maybe it was late enought. We didn't arrive until after 7:30. Watch Illuminations from Morocco-great viewing area-Shhh-don't tell anyone. :laughing:

Gotta get ready for TL.

Dizneydaz
10-12-2011, 10:22 PM
A great couple of days. Good weather. Went to Typhoon Lagoon yesterday. There from opening to close. Walked around before we left and took some photos with my regular camera. I'll post soon.

Took a day off from Disney today (DM insists!). Meet her cousin, 72, who just moved down to Naples for the winter. Then we went to Anna Marie Island. I actually found the same section we visited about 5 years ago. We had our dinner at Bradenton Beach just before sunset. Picked up 2 sandwiches and a salad at EoS. Sandwiches were sitll pretty good. The sunset was beautiful!

Just got back to the room. Planning on Epcot and MK tomorrow.

A few photos from Anna Marie and Bradenton.

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I'll post more tomorrow if I have time before my 24 hours is up!;)

DisneyMomma81
10-24-2011, 01:54 PM
I'm looking forward to more.... I'm guessing you'll post it in your trip report...

Dizneydaz
10-24-2011, 03:53 PM
Yes I will. I haven't started it yet-DD and I both caught colds while at WDW. Mine started just a few days before we left so I've been a little slow getting back up to speed. Almost there!

I have managed to update some of the snack info on the Confirmed Snacks thread so at least that's one thing!

PittypatBR
10-25-2011, 12:27 AM
Glad you had fun. That sunset picture on the beach is gorgeous!!

Cin
11-12-2011, 01:08 PM
A girl after my own heart, cute shoes are included in a pre trip report. :thumbsup2 I am a shoeholic too. And crocs, I love my crocs. In bright pink of course. We'll be at POP too! I requested the Lady building in the 50's section. Right across from Tramp's building. Great beach pics, I love the sunset pic. Your kids are adorable, both daughter and nephew.