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Old 07-29-2007, 04:53 PM   #1
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We are back! "Christmas with the mouse" trip report!!!**New 1/1/08**

Ok...so I've been reading trip reports all day which are making my December trip seem sooo far away. I happened upon this pretrip report page and I'm in heaven!!! I know it's probably too early to post a pre trip report for December..but hey...I'm in withdrawals here and this is going to have to be my fix for a little over 4 months!! If anyone out there reads this and follows it feel free give me any suggestions you have. I tend to stick with things we've tried before and I know we like...but I'm up for trying different things too.....

Here's the cast:

DH: 32 yrs old. A WONDERFUL husband, WONDERFUL father,and A HUGE WDW fanatic. He went to WDW pretty much every year when he was little. I think they stopped going when he was around 12yrs old. He liked it back then..but nothing like he does now. I think it was our honeymoon trip that turned it around for him. It was his first WDW trip in probably 12 years..and his total first one as an adult. He saw how awesome it was..even as a grown up. He gives me free reign of the planning. **YIPPEE**

DS: 5 years old His first trip to WDW was when he was a little over 2 years old. We went for Halloween and he had THE BEST TIME! Everyone told us he was too young to enjoy it..but they were wrong! We took his stroller, he cruised around, rode the rides, LOVED the characters and tooks naps in his stroller for the most part. His 2nd trip was 7 months later. We decided to go to Star wars weekend for a "short vacation". WEll, the short vacation turned into a week long adventure. He remembers things that happened on these trips! It's amazing to me. He is SOoooo very excited about our up coming trip. He knows what he wants to ride at MK...#1 (by far) Buzz lightyear, #2 pirates of the Carribean.

Me: 31 years old. Complete Disney freak and undercover Princess! LOL I'm the super planner of the family and I LOVE it! I never got to go to WDW as a child so my first trip was my honeymoon. My DH made me close my eyes the entire bus ride to MK and keep my eyes closed until he had me postioned perfectly in front of Cindy's castle. (something I had dreamed of seeing since a little girl. Cinderella was my favorite movie as a little girl..and a big girl too! LOL) He pulled his hands away and I just stood there in awe with tears streaming down my face. It was amazing. I've DREAMED of staying at the GF and this year my dream comes true!!! *YIPPEE*

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FINAL (I HOPE) ADR UPDATE
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I JUST BOOKED OUR WL SLEIGH RIDE
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Old 07-29-2007, 05:14 PM   #2
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The Plan:

We have been to WDW in October and May. October being our FAVORITE time to go. When we were putting this trip together we knew that this would probably be the last time for a while that we could take a big trip "off season" due to DS starting "big school." We had been planning on going in October again when my DH, who KNOWS how much I LOVE Christmas, says "why don't we go in December before Christmas?" I swear I fell even more in love with him at that minute!!! It's PERFECT!!! (I combine my 2 fav things..Christmas and Disney at our house every year. Every Christmas decoration we have is Disney!!!)


We will be driving down from Birmingham, Alabama. We've decided to drive instead of fly for a couple of reasons. #1 flexibility. We can leave for the trip what ever time of day we want. We can leave WDW for home whatever time of day we want. #2 We don't have to worry about how many bags we've packed or how we going to get souviners home or having them shipped to our house. (evern though there still are a couple of things I'm sure we will have shipped) #3 no waiting in long lines at the airport!

It's about a 10-12 hr drive for us. We plan on leaving super early am and driving straight to WDW. Our first night (which is a "add on night" as we were planning on just driving to our resort) will be spent most likely at the DTD hilton. We want somewhere close to DTD so we can have dinner there and hang out for a bit. After a nice restful night we will head to our resort and officially start our vacation.

The first 5 days will be spent at POFQ. This is our "home" resort. It's the only WDW resort we have stayed at. (With the exception of ASmo for one night..and that will NEVER happen again!!) We LOVE it. We would be fine spending the entire 10 days here....but I talked DH into something very special. The last 5 days of our trip will be at GF in a MK view room!!! *YIPPEE* I'm so excited!!!

I do have some ADRs already planned...but they are at home in my itinary. Once I get home tonight (or maybe tomorrow) I will post them.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:15 PM   #3
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ADR UPDATE
OK..it seems I'm doing this post for myself and I'm ok with that! LOL Anyway..here's my ADR's so far. I'm thinking we will be changing some of them.

Chef Mickeys (1st night tradition)
Brown Derby. Fantasmic Package
Rain forest Cafe
Le Cellier
Cinderella's Royal lunch
Sci Fi
Liberty tree tavern (MVMCP night)
Whispering Canyon Cafe


We are on the DDP btw...

I still have two unplanned days. I'm trying to figure those out. I know one of them will be in DTD. I have looked at the Brown Derby menu online and really am not impressed with it. (see lots of things I would try..but DH isn't much of a "try new foods" kind of guy) May change to Mama Melrose.

I'm most excited about the dinner in the castle (of course!!) and LeCellier. I've heard such great things about it.

Anyway..I'm up to suggestions...IF anyone is out there!
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:50 AM   #4
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Hi ! I'm here. How about Planet Hollywood?? I have a reservation for Spoodles, but I'm thinking about the seafood buffet at The Beach Club. Spoodles menu sounds too boring, only a couple of choices~

Your plans sound great! Can't wait for more!!
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:10 PM   #5
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Someone IS out there!!LOL! Welcome!

We seem to have made a tradition of stopping at Planet Hollywood on our way home. We just started it last year and it was really a nice way to end the vacation. They have GREAT burgers! I thought about trying something different in DTD. Just not sure what yet. We've never eaten anywhere at the boardwalk or the beach club. I'm thinking we need to try that too! My husband and I are beefing up our workouts and TRYING to watch what we eat for the next 4 months to make up for what all we are going to eat in WDW!!! LOL

Suggestions are always welcome so keep them coming!!!
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I'm here, too! I just joined & have been reading different posts; I'm slowly learning all the abbreviations!

I'm so jealous that you're going in December!! I don't think your crazy to be thinking about it now -- we're going next June & I'm already in heaven with my planning!

How about dining with the Blues Brothers at DTD? We enjoyed it on our last trip in 2005. It's not a fancy meal, but quite tasty...
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The first 5 days will be spent at POFQ. This is our "home" resort. It's the only WDW resort we have stayed at. [/COLOR]
Hey Princess-rn,

Just wanted to get some POFQ advice!! Any would be welcome you can e-mail me vandyfan10@aol.com or PM me. My hubby and I are going in Dec also and I am VERY excited!!! I've never been at Christmas and can't WAIT!

Just wanted to see if you had some good ideas, nooks , places to go at the resort....you can also take a boat to DTD, but do you remember how long it takes??

THANKS for any info

Have a great weekend and a WONDERFUL trip!!!!
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Hey Princess-rn,

Just wanted to get some POFQ advice!! Any would be welcome you can e-mail me vandyfan10@aol.com or PM me. My hubby and I are going in Dec also and I am VERY excited!!! I've never been at Christmas and can't WAIT!

Just wanted to see if you had some good ideas, nooks , places to go at the resort....you can also take a boat to DTD, but do you remember how long it takes??

THANKS for any info

Have a great weekend and a WONDERFUL trip!!!!
Hi Vandyfan! I think you are going to LOVE POFQ! It's a small romantic resort that we fell in love with on our honeymoon. I suggesting the horse drawn carriage ride. ( I think you have to schedule it through WDWPLAY) It runs by the river and is SO romantic. There is a BEAUTIFUL courtyard on the grounds that have benches where you can just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. If you are really lucky on a clear night sometimes you can see the fireworks from DTD "new years eve" celebration they have every night. The boat to DTD is GREAT! Especially in the evening. The ride usually takes about 20 mins I believe.

I hope you enjoy your stay!! Keep me updated! If you have any more questions just ask!!
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COUNTDOWN UPDATE!!!

50 DAYS 'TILL DISNEY!!!

We are about to be under the 50 day mark! I've been trying to read on here about what the weather is like in Orlando the first part of December. It sounds like it's alot like Alabama..but even more unpredicitible. Usually by the first of December we are pretty settled into our jeans and sweatshirts...but not always. I think it was last Thanksgiving, I was wearing shorts to get the Christmas lights up!

Anyway...this whole weight loss thing isn't really going the way I hoped. I'm not GAINING..but I'm not losing to much either. I've been working alot lately and it's very hard for me to plan to eat healthy when I'm at work. I've found that usually nurses don't eat very healthy...especially those of us that work evening or night shift. I'm still working on it though. I still have 50 days!

I did find some shorts on sale at gap.com. I bought them. We will see how they fit. I also bought a couple of pairs of jeans. What I need now is some long sleeved t-shirts. I have plenty of regular tshirts..but I don't have any LS. (I'm not usually a tshirt wearing kind of gal...UNTIL we go to disney!)

Anyway..those of you who have been in WDW in December...what on earth did you pack? I figure I will pack 5 oufits for each person. A nice mixture of shorts and pants. Our last day at POFQ we are planning to sleep in and then head over to DTD. I am planning to go down and wash clothes and repack them for the next half of our vacation. We usually do laundry anyway on one of our "sleep in days" It just makes things easier. What do you guys think? That way I don't have to pack 10 days worth of clothes!! (I can't BELIEVE I'm trying to condense my packing!)

Sorry for the babbling...these are the things that are running through my head right now.

Have a great weekend!
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COUNTDOWN UPDATE!!!

50 DAYS 'TILL DISNEY!!!
I'm not far behind
55 days
1333 hours
79996 minutes
4799812 seconds

As far as the packing thing.....I'm a little unsure about that also...but What I've heard is LAYER!! I'll prob take 1-2 pairs of shorts but stick mostly with my khaki's.....wear t-shirts/tanks and take sweatshirts for the evenings

We may do laundry sometime that week too

I'm just so excited to be there during the holidays ...I don't really care
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:53 PM   #11
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COUNTDOWN UPDATE!!!

50 DAYS 'TILL DISNEY!!!
WE ARE NOW AT 50 DAYS!!!!

or 4329278 Seconds

And still counting...I can't WAIT!!!

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The Plan:

We will be driving down from Birmingham, Alabama. We've decided to drive instead of fly for a couple of reasons. #1 flexibility. We can leave for the trip what ever time of day we want. We can leave WDW for home whatever time of day we want. #2 We don't have to worry about how many bags we've packed or how we going to get souviners home or having them shipped to our house. (evern though there still are a couple of things I'm sure we will have shipped) #3 no waiting in long lines at the airport! [/COLOR]
Hi Princess-rn

There are plenty of us out here. I love the idea of your early pre-trip report. It is in the planning that we get the best ideas. We are going to drive for our Feb (Mardi Gras) trip for the above reasons. We flew last time (driving from Biloxi to Orlando is about 9 hours) and managed to spend almost 10 hours driving to and from the airport, waiting for boarding,etc. I am not crazy about flying so I didn't see the point if it does not save time. Besides, I bought so much we were so over the luggage limit we all had tremendous carry on bags.

I second the idea of O'Hanas. My family loved it and we are booking it again this trip. We are also in the minority of those who enjoy H & V. We had a really good meal there.

So keep the planning coming...I am going to stay plugged in to your report.
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The Plan:

We will be driving down from Birmingham, Alabama. We've decided to drive instead of fly for a couple of reasons. #1 flexibility. We can leave for the trip what ever time of day we want. We can leave WDW for home whatever time of day we want. #2 We don't have to worry about how many bags we've packed or how we going to get souviners home or having them shipped to our house. (evern though there still are a couple of things I'm sure we will have shipped) #3 no waiting in long lines at the airport!

It's about a 10-12 hr drive for us. [/COLOR]
We are driving also....from Nashvegas ....I have made it home from Orlando in 10 hrs...but I know that's a perfect 'not many stops' trip ....But really we are about the same 10-12 hrs....I assume you cut over to I-75 somehow??

I have a question for all of you here that have driven.. ..from I-75 once you get to (or outside of) Orlando what is the BEST way to get to WDW?? I would like to avoid the Toll Roads, but if that is the best and most direct I guess we'll be going that way not to go 'around the world' (literally or figuratively)

Is the Flordia Turnpike a Toll Road???

Princess do you or anyone else know the best route?? It's been awhile since I've driven to Orlando and to be honest I don't remember, and I think we were coming from Daytona and from there you can come straight in I-4

ANY info would be helpful... ...THANKS!!!
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