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amandaw 03-27-2012 11:20 PM

I finally found a way to get DH excited about Disney! - ADDED LINK TO TRIP REPORT
 
All Aboard! It's time to get this crazy train rolling!

My trip planning is always crazy because I am a changer! I change vacation dates, resorts, ADRs....you name it, I change it! :laughing: This trip has evolved so many times in so many ways, I don't think I even remember all of the changes I've made so far.

But, before we get into all of that, let me introduce you to our crew:

http://lsugatech.smugmug.com/photos/...-KHV2QZ6-L.jpg

This was taken on the Dream last May.

First, there is my husband, Ed. He works very hard for our family to have the things we need & also take great vacations. Ed enjoys our Disney vacations but he doesn't get into the planning like I do. I try to talk to him about stuff & I usually get, "Whatever you want. That's fine. I don't care." Which is great because I can plan whatever I want. But, I always want to see him excited about the trip & really into the planning.

Then there is me, Amanda. I'm a stay at home mom, maid, cook, financial planner, personal shopper, vacation planner....and the list goes on. :laughing: I love to plan our trips & am very OCD about it. The amount of lists I have about ADRs alone is absolutely ridiculous! :sad2: But, I enjoy my Disney planning & get very upset when I don't feel like it's turning out like what I envisioned. I also get sad when I don't have a trip to plan. I don't even have to go on the trip....just as long as I can plan it I'll be happy.

Finally, but certainly not least, there is Reid. He is the apple of our eye & such a character! He just turned 4 a couple of weeks ago. He is all boy & such a vibrant child. He's usually either cracking me up or driving me up a wall. :rotfl2: But, either way, I adore him. I just wish I could find a way to freeze him so he stays 4 forever. :scratchin

Now that the introductions are over, let's get to the fun stuff: the planning! I won't take y'all through all of the changes this trip has had....that would take way too long. But, I'll start by telling y'all that we were supposed to be going in December. I wanted to go during the slow time (the 2nd week of Dec.) one more time before Reid starts kindergarten in 2013. We love going during that week: great weather, low crowds & Christmas at Disney! Need I say more?

Well, one night, Ed started telling me that Disney was doing a new race this year: the Tower of Terror 10 mile. Back story: Ed got into running last summer. He has done really well with it & has started running races. Also of very important note, his favorite ride in all of Disney is Tower of Terror.

I could tell how excited he was about this race. In fact, I had never seen Ed so excited about anything having to do with Disney. At first, we contemplated going down for a short trip just him & I. But, I really couldn't justify the money for such a short time. That's when we decided to move our December trip up. He was so excited when I called him at work to tell him I had booked our package and registered him for the race. I've decided that if a Disney race is all it takes to get him excited about going to Disney, then he can run every race Disney offers! :lmao:

Ok, onto our basic plans. We are going to try driving to Disney for the first time ever. Initially, our plans called for us to leave on Friday, September 28th & drive half-way to Disney. On Saturday, September 29th we would check into Boardwalk & be there until checking out on Saturday, October 6th. However, of course this has changed! :rolleyes1

We are in the process of building a house & should hopefully be closing in May. So, I decided that we should try & save some money. We own a timeshare with Hilton. Luckily, we are able to trade our time with Hilton into other properties, such as DVC. I had been looking for something with our dates to trade into but nothing was popping up. I knew it would be long shot since the Tower of Terror race seems to be attracting a lot of people & that weekend will be the start of the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. I would have loved to been able to trade into the Boardwalk Villas but I knew that just wasn't going to happen. So, I hopped on the first thing that came available: a studio at Old Key West.

The only thing was that the check-in date is Sunday, September 30th. So, these are our plans now:

Friday, Sept. 28th: drive half-way to Disney
Saturday, Sept. 29th: check-in to Boardwalk
Sunday, Sept. 30th: check-in to Old Key West
Sunday, Oct. 7th: drive the whole way home

So, I didn't get the December dates I wanted. And I didn't get the resort I wanted. But, I do get one extra day of vacation. Ed is very excited about the trip, me not as much. What's up with that? :confused3

I think doing this PTR will help me get more excited. Monday will be my day to make ADRs. I am excited about that. However, I do have some ADR conundrums to figure out. I'll post about those in a few nights because I will need y'all to help me figure out what to do with a few of them!

I will wrap up this first post by saying that, while I've done a trip report before, this is my first pre-trip report. So, I promise to try not to bore y'all too much. :laughing: And, most importantly, I just want to go ahead & say "Thank you" to everyone who joins in for all of the planning fun! And if there are any lurkers, please feel to free to say "Hi!".

shan23877 03-27-2012 11:45 PM

I'm here!

First of all, Reid is adorable. Love that little smile!

I have a Disney notebook for this trip. In it I have a list of all the lists I need to make. :lmao: It's driving me absolutely crazy that the dining reservations aren't showing up on Disney's website, because I like to look at all of them (daily).

Can't wait to hear what ADRs you are going to try for. Are you doing DDP?

I love the Boardwalk, but Old Key West looks so peaceful and laid back. Good choices!

I hope the PTR help you get in the spirit! Food and Wine is a goal of mine...

amandaw 03-28-2012 01:11 AM

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Originally Posted by shan23877 (Post 44444224)
I'm here!

Yay! I'm so glad you came on over! :woohoo:

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Originally Posted by shan23877 (Post 44444224)
First of all, Reid is adorable. Love that little smile!

Awww, thank you so much! He's such a sweet & crazy boy. It's funny...that picture was taken last May & I feel like he looks so much younger there. Not really different, just younger.

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Originally Posted by shan23877 (Post 44444224)
I have a Disney notebook for this trip. In it I have a list of all the lists I need to make. :lmao: It's driving me absolutely crazy that the dining reservations aren't showing up on Disney's website, because I like to look at all of them (daily).

I am up to 2 Disney notebooks & a journal. :sad2: I drive myself crazy when I can't remember what I have in each notebook. :laughing:

Sounds like there has been lots of problems with the ADRs & the website. From ADRs not showing up to people not being able to book ADRs online. I really hope it's up & running Monday morning.

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Originally Posted by shan23877 (Post 44444224)
Can't wait to hear what ADRs you are going to try for. Are you doing DDP?

We will be doing the DDP but it won't start until our check-in at Old Key West. I still have to add that to our OKW reservation. But, since you have to pay it in full when adding with DVC, I'm waiting until we've moved into the new house.

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Originally Posted by shan23877 (Post 44444224)
I love the Boardwalk, but Old Key West looks so peaceful and laid back. Good choices!

Boardwalk is my #2 dream resort (Contemporary is #1). So, I was bummed to not be staying there the entire week. But, at least I get to try it out for a night. I won't lie - I'm a little unsure about OKW. I think the resort itself & the rooms look very nice. My only concern is the distance to the parks.

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Originally Posted by shan23877 (Post 44444224)
I hope the PTR help you get in the spirit! Food and Wine is a goal of mine...

I sure hope so, too! This will be our first time at Disney during Food & Wine so I'm interested to see how much it affects our touring & what we do.

petals 03-28-2012 07:47 AM

joining in.

jennyjinx3 03-28-2012 07:59 AM

Joining in! Can't wait to read more!!:) I remember you from the RC thread...you have a lovely family:goodvibes

CandleontheWater 03-28-2012 08:26 AM

Hi there!

I'm so happy you started your TR, so we can follow along with your planning adventures!

I understand how you feel about OKW. Its not my favorite either, but its still a really nice resort, and I think you may end up liking it more than you think. It really isn't that far from the parks, all in all its pretty centrally located, and you'll have a car, which will certainly cut down on hassle and travel time.

There isn't any way you could change resorts if availability opens up, is there? I have no idea how the Hilton timeshare works.

We're actually going to be at OKW in two week with Dh's parents, so I'll take lots of pictures and report back all the good things so I can help get you extra excited? :goodvibes

KatMark 03-28-2012 09:20 AM

Amanda, thanks for the heads up. I'm here and reporting for duty. :goodvibes

I can't believe Reid is four years old! He is just too stinkin' cute.

I'm glad DH is now excited about Disney, and I think this is a perfect way to work in those yearly DW visits.

I think once you get making ADR's, etc., you'll get more excited too. Can't believe we miss you by a week. :sad2:

amandaw 03-28-2012 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by petals (Post 44445177)
joining in.

Glad you could make it!

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Originally Posted by jennyjinx3 (Post 44445223)
Joining in! Can't wait to read more!!:) I remember you from the RC thread...you have a lovely family:goodvibes

Thanks you! I'm glad you joined in! Oh yes, I do frequent the RC thread. :laughing: Although, here lately, I've done more lurking than posting. Since my resort is now set in stone, I've been obsessed with ADRs. :sad2:

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Hi there!

:wave:

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I'm so happy you started your TR, so we can follow along with your planning adventures!

Thank you! I'm glad y'all are here to follow along with my madness. I already need some advice for a few different things on this trip, so I'm sure y'all will be of great help to me. :thumbsup2

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Originally Posted by CandleontheWater (Post 44445366)
I understand how you feel about OKW. Its not my favorite either, but its still a really nice resort, and I think you may end up liking it more than you think. It really isn't that far from the parks, all in all its pretty centrally located, and you'll have a car, which will certainly cut down on hassle and travel time.

I sure hope you're right. That's good that it isn't that far from the parks. I can definitely see us using our car more than Disney buses this trip. Which is kind of nice when you're dealing with a stroller....as you well know!

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Originally Posted by CandleontheWater (Post 44445366)
There isn't any way you could change resorts if availability opens up, is there? I have no idea how the Hilton timeshare works.

Unfortunately, no. Well, I could cancel (lose my registration fee of $180) & then re-book....possibly. Not 100% sure that's possible.

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Originally Posted by CandleontheWater (Post 44445366)
We're actually going to be at OKW in two week with Dh's parents, so I'll take lots of pictures and report back all the good things so I can help get you extra excited? :goodvibes

How much fun! I can't wait to see your pictures & hear all about it!

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Originally Posted by KatMark (Post 44445799)
Amanda, thanks for the heads up. I'm here and reporting for duty. :goodvibes

:wave2: I'm so happy to have you aboard!

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Originally Posted by KatMark (Post 44445799)
I can't believe Reid is four years old! He is just too stinkin' cute.

Thank you! I can't believe he's already 4. :sad2: I asked him the other day if he would just stay 4 forever for me. He looked at me & said, "No, Mommy. I have to grow big & strong so I can ride Rock & Roller Coaster." :rotfl:

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Originally Posted by KatMark (Post 44445799)
I'm glad DH is now excited about Disney, and I think this is a perfect way to work in those yearly DW visits.

It's so strange having him more excited about a trip than me. He's already talking future races he wants to do at Disney! :woohoo: And he mentioned that he'd like to get the coast to coast medal (you have to race 1 race @ WDW & 1 @ Disneyland within the same year). So, that means we'll get to try out Disneyland one day!

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Originally Posted by KatMark (Post 44445799)
I think once you get making ADR's, etc., you'll get more excited too. Can't believe we miss you by a week. :sad2:

I agree....making ADRs always gets me excited.

I know! I'm so sad that we're barely missing each other!

JLCJMC 03-28-2012 09:19 PM

I have joined in to -- Reid is adorable! Can't wait to hear all the details :cool1:

tinacaplan 03-28-2012 09:33 PM

So glad you started! And thanks for the heads up! :thumbsup2

amandaw 03-28-2012 10:34 PM

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Originally Posted by JLCJMC (Post 44451845)
I have joined in to -- Reid is adorable! Can't wait to hear all the details :cool1:

Welcome & Thank You! I'm so glad you joined in!

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Originally Posted by tinacaplan (Post 44451943)
So glad you started! And thanks for the heads up! :thumbsup2

Not a problem....thanks for coming on over!

PirateKate 03-28-2012 10:34 PM

The Tower of Terror Ten Miler will be awesome! Are you and Reid planning on attending the after party?

I bet OKW will be a good choice. Probably not as convenient as the Boardwalk would have been, but still good.

amandaw 03-28-2012 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by PirateKate (Post 44452442)
The Tower of Terror Ten Miler will be awesome! Are you and Reid planning on attending the after party?

I bet OKW will be a good choice. Probably not as convenient as the Boardwalk would have been, but still good.

Ed is so excited about the race, especially since it ends in the Tower of Terror. We are going to the after party. Although, I don't know how long Reid will stay awake for it. My goal is to get him to wear him out that afternoon & try to get him to nap before we leave that night for DHS. But, that will be a miracle if my child takes a nap. Worse case scenario....he'll just sleep in his stroller while I wait for Ed to finish & then we'll enjoy the festivities.

I hope OKW will be ok indeed! I definitely would have preferred to stay at Boardwalk the entire week, but at least we will be there the night of the race. And we are saving a nice chunk of change to put towards stuff for the house. So, I know I'll be happy about that once we're in the new house.

marDgreen88 03-29-2012 12:36 AM

I'm here! Can I just say, Reid is PRECIOUS! Such a cutie!

I'm sorry you don't get to stay at the Boardwalk after all! I bet it'll be awesome doing a split stay though. Plus, extra vacation day? Awesome!

I hope making ADRs will help you get more excited! Hooray, can't wait to hear all about it!

amandaw 03-29-2012 12:52 AM

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Originally Posted by marDgreen88 (Post 44453058)
I'm here! Can I just say, Reid is PRECIOUS! Such a cutie!

Thank you so much! I'm so glad you came on over!

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Originally Posted by marDgreen88 (Post 44453058)
I'm sorry you don't get to stay at the Boardwalk after all! I bet it'll be awesome doing a split stay though. Plus, extra vacation day? Awesome!

Yeah, I was pretty bummed about not being at Boardwalk the whole week. But, I'm slowly getting over it. At least I do get to try it out for a night. And, an extra vacation day is always a plus!

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I hope making ADRs will help you get more excited! Hooray, can't wait to hear all about it!

I think it will. I'm hoping to have time to post some ADR stuff here tomorrow night. I need to look at my list again but I think I may need to change up a few things.


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