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Old 09-01-2009, 01:16 PM   #1
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Surprising our girls with MVMCP, Wishes dessert party & free dining 11/14-21 at Pop!

Handy-dandy table of contents:

The cast and tentative plans
Upgrading free dining
Starting itinerary
ADRs are made!
A day is added
It's a surprise!
High tea
MVMCP
Car rentals.... oh joy!
Disney's holiday season begins when?
What to drive...
Another day and first purchases!
65 days and MVMCP tickets!
Birthday and the flu
Foggy headed Disney math
To change, or not to change?
TO CHANGE IT IS!
New purchases!
Tentative itinerary and ADR help needed
THIS JUST IN! I got the Wishes Dessert Party!
More ch-ch-ch-changes
September is for SHOPPING!
PAID IN FULL!
Final TS meal added
A new package offer is available!
Disney On Ice Tonight!
GLASTONBURY and Disney on Ice part 1
Disney on Ice Part 2
Disney on Ice Part 3










I can't believe I'm even typing this, but friends, DISers, countrymen (and women), we are headed back to Disney!

Back story: My family of six took our first ever vacation to Disney World in January/February of this year. It was amazing, and we were so glad to have such a killer deal as the buy four, get three deal. We ended up spending ten glorious days at POR, which I am still attempting to write about in my TR.

This trip will include my husband and myself... seen here enjoying a nice virtual swim!


Our soon-to-be 11 daughter, Tatiana...


Our 4 year old, Anastasia...


And the caboose on our baby train, 2 year old Alexandra.


Fast forward to last night, when over dinner my husband and I started hashing out ideas for a return trip. Our 14 year old son had already mentioned he'd rather stay home with his grandpa this time around, so it'd just be my husband, our three daughters and of course, me!

A little research led me to discover that the free dining plan was still running... Considering we planned on staying at a value resort this time around, free dining would be SO worthwhile! (We paid for quick service dining in January, and although handy, it was way too much food; we wouldn't pay for it again.)

Then I did the math... and immediately made a phone call!

For the five of us (our 2 year old will still be in a pack 'n play) to stay in one room at ASMovies for five nights with four days worth of tickets and the free quick service dining is only $1,493! We paid over five grand when we went for ten days in January... This feels like a steal!

We're booked for November 16 through the 21st, driving down from Nashville. That should make for an adventure in and of itself!

Let the planning BEGIN!

EDITED SEPTEMBER 14TH:

ASMovies is SO last week... after little deliberation and much whim, we are now staying at Pop Century from November 14th till November 21st, including one night at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

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Old 09-02-2009, 08:22 AM   #2
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SO! After talking to my husband and doing a little research about our dining options, we decided we want to upgrade to the regular dining plan from free dining. I noticed that on the free dining offer it says only moderates and up qualify for regular dining. So I thought about upgrading to a moderate, but my husband (hereby simply called Jose because typing "my husband" every time I just need to say "Jose" is getting old!) is really adamant about staying at ASMovies. I know it's bass-ackwards but we stayed at POR in January and the lack of Disney atmosphere at the resort was an issue with him. He's a kid at heart and he really wants our 2 and 4 year olds to feel like they're still in the parks when we come home for the night. I get that.

Then I read that we could simply pay the difference from quick service to regular dining, which is just over $30 a day in our case. Paying that little amount and getting to have a sit down meal every day sounded so nice. We did ten days of quick service dining in January and while completely adequate, it got old around day five.

SO! Long story still long-ish, we're paying an extra $200 total and getting the regular dining plan!

Now I have to come up with ADR's, and we're already under the 90 day mark so I need to make some ressies soon...

THE PRESSURE! lol
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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The first of our ADR's are made! And i say the first of because I will keep my eyes peeled for dinner openings at a couple of places I was only able to acquire lunch ressies for.

Without further ado... here's the list!


Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Monday, November 16, 2009
Time: 11:45 AM

'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Time: 6:50 PM

Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot®
Monday, November 16, 2009
Time: 12:45 PM

The Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot®
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Time: 6:30 PM

The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom® Park
Friday, November 20, 2009
Time: 11:40 AM


I'm working out now a regular ol' itinerary... so far, so good!
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Right, so anyone reading this who may have also read my PTR for our January '09 trip will know that nothing is better left well enough alone when it comes to my planning... 24 hours into this PTR and I've already changed our dates (from the first week of November to the 16th day) and made multiple ADR revisions via the online ressie system! (Which, might I add, was not around when I was booking ADR's last time around. I absolutely LOVE IT!)

So here's the deali-o. Tomorrow I'm calling and adding another day to our trip.

SHOCKING, I know.

We'll add the night of the 15th which is a Sunday, giving us all of Saturday to drive from Middle Tennessee to Orlando. We won't add an additional day of tickets as that Sunday will be the perfect day to spend at, where else, Downtown Disney!

I don't know if they'll add another day of dining on our plan if we're just adding another night, as opposed to a night plus tickets... I guess I'll find out in the morning. But I was able to nail down a really decent itinerary and make some dining reservations accordingly!

The list as it now stands is:

Sunday, Nov. 15, Raglan Road dinner
Monday, Nov. 16, Le Cellier lunch, QS dinner
Tuesday, Nov. 17, QS lunch, O'hana dinner
Wednesday, Nov. 18, QS lunch, Biergarten dinner
Thursday, Nov. 19, Tusker House lunch, QS dinner
Friday, Nov. 20, QS lunch, The Wave dinner
Saturday, Nov. 21, QS at Epcot and on the road for home!

I think I'll be adding tickets to a night of MVMCP as well... stay tuned!
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So, yeah. I called reservations first thing this morning and changed our check in to November 15th (Sunday). That gives us Saturday to drive down, six nights at ASMovies and right now I've got five days of tickets to the parks... but I may up that to six so we can go to Epcot on the day we leave, just because. I'm debating it, which means of course I'll call and make the change, inevitably. lol
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I should mention that we've decided NOT to tell the kids we're even taking this trip! When we went in January we had countdown calendars and I openly collected goodies to take with us, showing the kids all the fun stuff we got. THIS time around we've decided not to say a word about it till the day we leave! We're still formulating a plan, but I'm guessing it'll involve a video camera and three very sleepy little girls... Must start planning!

Also, I think I'm going to add a tea time at the Grand Floridian! I showed Jose everything about it last night and he LOVES it. This man was praying every night I was pregnant for little girls, and he got them in spades. He cannot WAIT to take them out for some 'girly' time. He is one proud Daddy!

So now I have to figure out when is a good day/time for tea... Off to check the schedule!
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Jose and I spent today discussing the surprise portion of our trip. Namely, when and how to surprise the girls. We have a couple of different plans in the works, but all are pretty good. (If I do say so myself!)

Now we're trying to figure out where to stop for the night on the way down and the way back. I know that on the way back I'd like to get as far as Atlanta if it's at all possible, so as to be back in Nashville by 11 in order to return the rental car on time. UNLESS we decide to take Jose's new Honda Civic for a road trip, and then we'd have no time constraints to speak of. (And save a fortune on the 18 mpg minivans!) The only down side would be space. Two car seats and an 11 year old in the back... the little girls would be fine in their car seats, but will Tatiana be squished?! We're thinking of taking a test run to find out. There'd be no trouble with luggage; the trunk in his car is huge!

So the question is, to rent a mini van and have lots of room but less money and more time constraints, or take our own car, save money but have a tighter squeeze...

Decisions, decisions.
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What about renting a full size car? It should be cheaper than the minivan and have more room for the three girls than the Civic.
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she's still little, she can squeeze!

Jen's idea is good!
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Yeah, I considered that but we tried the car seat thing out in the back of our Explorer and the room ended up being MORE in the Civic. Bizarre, I know. More leg room in the Explorer but less body space. We're planning on stopping every couple of hours to stretch our legs, and only driving 5 or 6 hours a day, so ultimately it comes down to Tatiana not having to be shoved against the car door by car seats.

We could rent something specifically aimed at back seat space (more of a mid size vehicle) but it will only be a miniscule difference, and then I'll be all irked at how we should have either just driven our own car and pocketed the difference or gone all out and gotten the mini van for the ultimate of room.

Have I mentioned my anxiety disorder? lol
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Sounds awesome, i'd love to visit during the Christmas period to see all the decorations... Maybe next trip If I ever get to take my mother again (she has health problems so a transatlantic flight will be tough for her, though hopefully not impossible) i'd love to take her to tea at the GF
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Sounds awesome, i'd love to visit during the Christmas period to see all the decorations... Maybe next trip If I ever get to take my mother again (she has health problems so a transatlantic flight will be tough for her, though hopefully not impossible) i'd love to take her to tea at the GF
Hi! I am really excited by the GF tea. I didn't expect my husband to be up for it at all, but I really don't give him enough credit. He's got these girls wrapped around his finger and loves to see them in their element.

I understand about wanting to take your mom on the trip; I lost my mom to cancer in 2007, and will probably get teary if not break down completely during/after the tea. It was something she and I did together at home, and we never were able to visit the World together...
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YAY!!! I'm here and ready to hear more and more about your plans!!! I'm doing fall this year and I'm so looking forward to Christmas at Disney in 2011...I will have quite a bit of time between trips from January 2010 until Nov 2011. I'm very excited to hear all about your November trip as I plan to take one in the future!!!! YAY!!!

Great start loving your plans so far!!
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YAY!!! I'm here and ready to hear more and more about your plans!!! I'm doing fall this year and I'm so looking forward to Christmas at Disney in 2011...I will have quite a bit of time between trips from January 2010 until Nov 2011. I'm very excited to hear all about your November trip as I plan to take one in the future!!!! YAY!!!

Great start loving your plans so far!!
Hurray! I can't wait to hear about your fall trip too! (Every trip is a good trip!)
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Hope Kyle's feeling okay. I love your new goodies for the trip. It looks like you've got some great places to try on your list.
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