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Old 03-17-2009, 08:27 AM   #1
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Bringing Mom to WDW for MY bday, Sept '09! Day 4 Part 1..AK and Tusker House 12/30!

Chapter List:
Planning 1: some of the detail (this post)
Planning 2: To Free Dine or Not to Free Dine
Planning 3: The Tables in Wonderland Decision
Planning 4: The BF wants to eat WHERE?!
Planning 5: Tentative Itinerary #1 (of many)
Planning 6: Scrap all Plans... Upgrade to Deluxe Dining?!
Planning 7: Deluxe Dining Calculation Babble
Planning 8: Random Babble About Picking ADRs
Planning 9: Tentative ADRs for Deluxe Dining
Planning 10: Officially have Deluxe Dining...and no more 40% hotel..and online ADRs are working!
Planning 11: More Finalized Itinerary, and MNSSHP..what day!?
Planning 12: Doin the Happy Dance..got all 17 ADRs!!! WOOHOO!!!
Planning 13: Got my Birthday Breakfast before Park Opening!!!!!
Planning 14: HELP! I need flight advice!
Planning 15: Kouzzina threw a wrench in my ADRs!
Planning 16: Kouzzina and flights are BOOKED!!!!!!!
Planning 17: Trip is PAID!!!! Happy Dance!!!
Planning 18: I'm a big JetBlue fan today
Planning 19: Attempting to journal my trip!
Planning 20: How the heck do I get there?!
Planning 21: JetBlue makes me happy like that dancing banana!
Planning 22: One Man Down...
Planning 23: Tweet Tweet!
Planning 24: Buy TiW this trip or wait until next trip?!
Planning 25: The arrival of DME docs!!!!
Planning 26: All Documents are in my Possession!
Planning 27: To Do List and VENT!
Planning 28: Updated ToDo List
Planning 29: Update ToDo and some photos
Planning 30: Car Service Booked and ToDo Yet Again!
Planning 31: MK Stuff to Do and Flashback time!!
Planning 32: Part 2 of Magic Kingdom Flashbacks!
Planning 33: Epcot Stuff to Do and Flashbacks!
Planning 34: MGM Stuff to Do, Flashbacks, and Online Check-In!
Planning 36: AK ToDos, Flashbacks, 5 More days!!!!!
Planning 37: Four More Days!! And a few odds and ends
Planning 38: 3 More Days and I'm freaking out!!! & Night time recap
Planning 39: 2 Days and Procrastination!
Planning 40: Leaving Tomorrow! & Started Packing & DONE!
Trip Report 1: We're BACK!!!!
Trip Report 2: Day 1, Part 1.... Getting to Disney and Checking In!!!!
Trip Report 3: Day 1, Part 2... MK and GF Tea!
Trip Report 4: Day 1, Part 3...The best dinner ever...Citricos!
Trip Report 5: Day 2, Part 1...Starting off the morning with breakfast with Eeyore and gang, and an empty MK!
Trip Report 6: Day 2, Part 2...Fantasyland, Liberty Square morning
Trip Report 7: Day 2, Part 3...MK and lunch at Tonys
Trip Report 8: Day 2, Part 4...The biggest dining disappointment of the whole trip...Kona dinner
Trip Report 9: Day 3, Part 1...Beautiful morning at Epcot!
Trip Report 10: Day 3, Part 2... Lunch at Tutto Italia
Trip Report 11: Day 3 Part 3..Epcot, DTD, POFQ
Trip Report 12: Day 4 Part 1...AK and Tusker House breakfast

Hey everyone! Well I'm back!!! I haven't been on the boards as much (except WISH) but slowly but surely I'm working my way back into the DIS.

As some of you know...I'm already heading to Disney in January for the half marathon. Pre trippie is in my sig. Can't wait!

However.... we received a PIN about a month or two ago for 40% off hotel. I saw the card and put it off to the side knowing that we wouldn't be able to go. And the card just sat there...and sat... and a bunch of other stuff piled up on it and it was forgotten.

I started cleaning off all the useless stuff off my dresser and noticed the card and it got me thinking... hmmm.... CAN I pull of another Disney trip? 40% off hotel is a LOT... hmmm.... I've always wanted to go for my bday.... mom has been bugging me to go again... F&W is on my bday...they're running the bday celebration... hmmm...

My mom can't stop talking about our last Disney trip (Trippie Here) and I wanted to do something nice again for her. What better way than to go back to the World?

So I don't say anything to mom and throw the card in my bag on the way to work. Figured I'll crunch some numbers when I get there. Well? that's ALL I did almost that whole day. And it looked promising! I calculated for 8 days/7 nights like our last trip..I can stay at Pop for $400!!

Immediately I called Disney and booked a trip. Connie helped me out and was awesome!

So yup...I'm going to Disney 9/26-10/3. I know it's a ways away and I can always cancel if I had to but i at least wanted to book something before the 40% pin expired at the end of March.

The next day I was thinking more and while we loved Pop when we went, I kinda wanted something more laid back and low key and not as chaotic. I know mom would enjoy that too. So i called and changed the ressie to POFQ, and got about $500 off. When's the next time we'll be able to stay at POFQ so cheap?! I can deal with the few hundred extra, especially after researching POFQ.

As for passes...I'm going to get my mom an 8 day park hopper. For me? I'm going with the annual since I'm going back down in January. Save me some money for that trip!

Airfare? I already have one free flight on my credit card points. By the time I need to book I SHOULD have another one. If not though I'll just buy one and then use the free one for January.

It's my bday on the 27th when we're down there and I'm going to get the $75 gift card to buy some fun stuff. It's also Food & Wine and I've been dying to go for that since I've never been.

If free dining is offered, I'm going to pass. It was a LOT of food last time we did it and I think we'll spend around the same amount of money on things we actually want to eat. And since it's F&W? I'll be eating around the world... a LOT!

So that's my trip in condensed version form. I'll be back with what I'm thinking for ADR's and stuff. Since I have time though I'm not too worried!!

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Old 03-17-2009, 07:34 PM   #2
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Ok, I found you earlier and subbied, but I just got around to commenting!

I can't wait to hear more about your trip!! There seems to be a lot of us going in September!
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:25 AM   #3
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Ok, I found you earlier and subbied, but I just got around to commenting!

I can't wait to hear more about your trip!! There seems to be a lot of us going in September!
Thanks Heather! Is that your wedding photo on the train tracks? It's beautiful!

Heading over to yours now

** oh and I just reread my first post..it's a mumble jumble of everything...oops!
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Yup, that was one of my bridals! I'm going to post some more when our anniversary comes up in June; thanks for the compliment!!
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:34 AM   #5
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I'm here!
I, too, got that PIN and booked a trip. I'm unsure if my mom is joing me yet, or not.
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Yup, that was one of my bridals! I'm going to post some more when our anniversary comes up in June; thanks for the compliment!!
Can't wait to see them...I started reading your report and then work got in the way.

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I, too, got that PIN and booked a trip. I'm unsure if my mom is joing me yet, or not.
Awesome! Are you going in October? (I think I saw it in your sig)
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Old 06-21-2009, 09:37 AM   #8
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okay I gotta go back and read now....
Welcome over here Jordan! Not as much to read as your trippies but it might hold you over for a little bit!
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Hi! Just wanted to pop in and let you know I used the online ADR system this morning and had a good experience with it. Keeping my fingers crossed for you and all our fellow last-week-of-September travelers.
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Joining in. I am enjoying your PTR. I went to your TR and read about your friend's wedding. It was such a beautiful wedding. I cried when I listened to the song, Stealing Cinderella.

Have you decided on a MNSSHP night? I think we are gonna go on the 29th. We are just HOURS away from making our ADRs. Good Luck
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Hey girl I'm here! Looks like you are going to have a fantastic trip!!!! That's awesome that you only have to pay the difference between the DP and the DDP. I would of done it too...great price!
glad to see you over here I'm so excited about the deluxe plan... although being up right now at 5:40am to make ADRs...not so much fun!

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Great planning! I will see you at a food cart on 9/28! Have you ever been to the F&WF? This is my first time, I can't wait!
This will be my first f&wf too, can not wait!

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I want to do the Tea someday, not with my DH though. He wouldn't be too happy about that. I was hoping one of my bridesmaids planned a girls tea for my wedding but it didn't happen. Only I would be the one to think of that.
ha yeah...I dont know how much DH would enjoy the tea. And leave it up to only us crazy Disney fans to think about having the tea during your wedding trip with the bridesmaids. That would have been a great idea!

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Your plan looks great!!

I usually go ever September, it's my favorite time of the year to go, well, Sept. and October.
I love the Food and Wine Festival, and MNSSHP.
We are missing Sept. this year, because we are going on October, and for NYE.
Thanks Lou... ohh...Disney on NYE sounds amazing too. maybe one day I'll get down there for then.

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Thank you! I'm up right now waiting to make my ADRs! Wish me luck!

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Joining in. I am enjoying your PTR. I went to your TR and read about your friend's wedding. It was such a beautiful wedding. I cried when I listened to the song, Stealing Cinderella.

Have you decided on a MNSSHP night? I think we are gonna go on the 29th. We are just HOURS away from making our ADRs. Good Luck
Thank you Hope you're up right now! T-minus 14 mins before ADRs open. It's WAYYYYY too early to be up right now! I must have woken up like 3 times in the past hour thinking I overslept. ugh! Good luck with your ADRs!!!

And isn't Stealing Cinderella awesome? I cried like a baby!! Such a perfect song to dance with dad at Disney to.
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So I'm awake... and I'm NOT too happy about it. ADRs open in 12 minutes. Hopefully I don't have a problem getting the 90+10 like some other people. Cross your fingers guys!
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I hope you'll have good adr news to report!
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So... have you decided on the night you're going to MNSSHP yet?
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:01 PM   #15
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So we're one man down for part of the trip.

My bf who lives in FL was going to come and join us for his first Disney experience but today we just decided to end our relationship and just stay friends. It was too hard with the distance and everything and now that we're both going back to school (eventually going to get my MBA...hopefully soon!)...theres no time or money to allow us to see each other regularly. He still might come for a day or two when we're there but not for as long as originally planned.

All in all I'm pretty ok with everything. We both agreed it was hard and we didn't have a huge blow out fight to end things. It was pretty mutual and for good reason. Oh well... anyone wanna join us for our ADRs? lol we have an extra spot at the tables! (I swear that's not meant to sound mean... just trying to make the best of it lol)
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