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Old 07-02-2010, 05:04 PM   #1
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Boo to me! - Solo Halloween PTR 10/22-29 - Link to TR posted!

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So I just posted on my other PTR that our big trip was postponed. So I'm starting a new one, because I'm going on a solo trip in October and meeting up with some fellow Disers!

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I'm Dana, I'm 26, and I was born and bred in Chicago. However, I feel like I belong in Orlando. I work full-time night shift as a CNA at a supportive living facility (basically an assisted living facility, but we get funding from the state of Illinois and our residents are able to use Medicare). I'm a former CM. I did the College Program twice, although one was technically an alumni program, and then I stayed on after to work seasonal, as that was all they had available. I would've stayed full-time if they had it, but this was when the economy took a downturn, so all they had was seasonal. Then they cut my hours and I was unable to find another job, so I wound up back in Chicago. I was considering going into nursing, but I've decided that I'm instead going to go for a business degree and then move back down to Orlando and work for WDW.

Why: For about the last year, my best friend and her husband and I have been planning a trip to WDW in January of 2011. About a week ago, Jacquie (the best friend) told me she'd blown out her knee again. She's been having trouble with her knee since sophomore year of high school, so I suggested she go see a doctor. She went this week and was referred to an orthopedic surgeon The surgeon then told her that she most likely needed a surgery, and had her take an MRI and told her to come back on Friday (which was today). I called her about an hour ago, since we'd discussed it and decided that if she needed surgery, we'd postpone the trip. Well, we're postponing it until probably November of 2011. She has three options for the surgery, but she's already excluded one of them because it wouldn't really fix the problem and she'd likely still need another surgery down the line anyway. The other two options are ACL reconstruction with donor tissue or with her own tissue.

Soooo.... I love Halloween at Disney. I love the parties and the Boo to You parade. I found out that one of my friends here on the Dis might "not" be going in October, so I started chatting with her about how awesome it would be to meet up. I was originally thinking about just going down for a few days in addition to the January trip, but then this surgery thing with Jacquie came up. So PrincessInOz and LuvChefMic and I started seriously talking about it. Then I made ADR's. And last night I decided, oh why not, and booked the trip. I figured that if I talked to Jacquie and her doctor had said that she'd be good to go by January, I could cancel it, but it turns out that her surgery won't happen for at least a couple months. If she goes for the surgery with donor tissue, there's really no telling when it would become available.

So I'm going on a solo trip in October to my favorite place in the world

When and where: I'm going to be there from October 22-29, 2010. I'll be flying down from Chicago early on the 22nd and flying home late on the 29th, most likely on Southwest. I'll be staying at Pop, and I'm on the basic dining plan.

I'll be posting the rest of my plans later tonight, since I have to run the dog around the block and then leave for work. Yay for night shift, right?

Table of Contents
ADR's and Itinerary!
Planning ADR's across state and country lines is fun!
One party ticket bought, and my parents may be joining me!
Itinerary and ADR changes
More ADR changes
Free dining announced!
Free dining BOOKED! Also, building request made
Must-do attractions at the parks
Vacation time approved and another ADR change!
Extending the trip by a day!
Some things I bought and some airline discussion.
Updated itinerary, my trick-or-treat bag, and Mickey mail!
99 days and list of F&W stuff I want to try.
Updated F&W stuff and other random things.
Just random things, and a family reunion in the works!
More random updates.
Shopping, ADR changes, and trip payments!
One more ADR change
Airfare, shopping outcomes, and 2011 whispers
Should I add a day or not?
Adding another day and minor itinerary changes!
Countdown calendar!
Snacks I want
Illustrated Itinerary Day One and Twitter!
Illustrated Itinerary Day Two
Pics from my first visit/CP in 2004
Another ride closure!
Illustrated Itinerary Day Three
Illustrated Itinerary Day Four
2009 mini-TR day 1
2009 mini-TR day 2
Illustrated Itinerary Day Five + 42 days left!
Paid in full!
Shopping!
Illustrated Itinerary Day Six
Dental update + Mickey mail!
Illustrated Itinerary Day Seven + I'm going to DISNEYLAND!
Name That Semi-Obscure Character, Week 1!
Mickey mail!
Illustrated Itinerary Day Eight + 30 days!
Tech troubles, airfare, and 4 weeks!
Trip journal and week 2 of my game!
Dental issue update
My Top Ten Rides at WDW
3 weeks! I'm going this month!
Mini-Six Flags Fright Fest TR
Mini-Six Flags Fright Fest TR Returns + 17 days!
Random things
Final Itinerary
Airfare update (aka, my fat belly won't bother anyone on my flights!)
Character Game round 4
Top Twelve New Things
Ten days left! Also, online check-in and pre-vacation to-do list!
Single digit dance!
4 days and other things
3 days left!
2 days!
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Old 07-02-2010, 05:47 PM   #2
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Can't wait to read the continuing plans and your telling of all it took to get our ADR in line

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Old 07-02-2010, 07:53 PM   #3
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Can't wait to read the continuing plans and your telling of all it took to get our ADR in line

Ruthie


"And thus, the ADR of Liberty Tree Tavern became the debacle that nearly tore the trip apart... Sort of."



I just have something I have to do at work before I'll post my ADR's and such

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Old 07-02-2010, 09:51 PM   #4
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Okay, so, the plan for right now!

ADR's!
October 24 - Crystal Palace - 6:00pm (5 people)
October 25 - Sci-Fi - 6:15pm
October 26 - LTT - 5:20pm (4 people)
October 27 - Rose and Crown - 5:35pm
October 28 - Crystal Palace - 8:10am

Itinerary

Thursday, October 14
Check in

Sunday, October 24
Leave for the airport around 3am-4am (depending on if I'm flying from O'Hare or Midway) for a flight around 6am-7am.
Arrive at MCO around 12pm-1pm.
Take Magical Express to Pop.
Drop my stuff off in the room, if it's ready.
If the room is ready, get changed and go to the pool for a little while. If it's not ready, go to the food court and grab something to eat.
Around 3, leave for MK to go to MNSSHP.
Dinner with PrincessInOz, LuvChefMic, and their husbands at Crystal Palace at 6.
Go back to Pop and crash around 1am

Monday, October 25
Make it to DHS whenever I wake up.
Grab lunch at Backlot Express around 11 or so.
Dinner at Sci-Fi at 6:15pm.
Fantasmic!

Tuesday, October 26
Leave for MK to make rope drop.
Grab a quick breakfast at Main Street Bakery.
Lunch at Harbour House.
Check in for MNSSHP when they start handing out wristbands.
Dinner with PrincessInOz and Luvchefmic at Liberty Tree Tavern at 5:20pm.

Wednesday, October 27
Make it to Epcot whenever I wake up.
Grab lunch at Sunshine Seasons or Electric Umbrella.
Dinner at Rose and Crown at 5:35pm.
Illuminations.

Thursday, October 28
Make it to MK early.
Breakfast at Crystal Palace at 8:10am.
Check in for the party when they start handing out wristbands.
Dinner at Cosmic.

Friday, October 29
Grab lunch at the Pop food court.
Take ME back to the airport and go home

I don't really like to plan what I do while I'm in the park, except what I want to go on and where I want to eat.
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:08 PM   #5
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Also, apparently planning an ADR when the other two people you're planning it with are in Australia and Florida doesn't quite work out easily We had originally planned to all go to the party on the 26th, but then we found out that PrincessInOz's husband could make it to the party on the 24th, so we decided to get a reservation for that night, too! So I made a reservation for Liberty Tree for the 24th. I'd already made a reservation for Liberty Tree for the 26th, figuring I could change it later if need be. We decided to change the reservation for the 24th instead.

First the decision was to stick with Liberty Tree at first. Then we realized that PrincessInOz's husband is vegetarian and dinner at LTT is always the turkey meal. So we nixed LTT for the 24th and decided to keep it for the 26th, then tried to decide what restaurant to go to.

We decided to look at the monorail restaurants, and then LuvChefMic suggested we stay in MK for dinner, suggesting either Tony's or Crystal Palace.

Then PrincessInOz suggested Tony's or Kona.

Then I went and looked at what times were available around when we were looking to eat.

We decided to go between Tony's or Crystal Palace, and I looked up the times for those.

We were leaving the decision up to PrincessInOz because she's coming the farthest, and first she said Tony's because it was the earliest.

And THEN she asked who had better food!

I've never eaten at Tony's, so I couldn't say who had better food, but then LuvChefMic told me to just go ahead and book Crystal Palace, which I did.

So that's the story of the Crystal Palace ADR! It took us about 30 posts or so on the Last to Post game, but we got it done!

I'm just happy I get to hug and
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Hey! It's not my fault that we took 30 or so posts to get to a decision! It was that LuvChefMic...first she said pick one...then she said it's up to ME....and then she makes the decision in the end!

I'm glad we're going to CP. I too would like to hug too:

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Okay, so, the plan for right now!

Tuesday, October 26
Leave for MK to make rope drop.
Grab a quick breakfast at Main Street Bakery.
Lunch at Harbour House.
Check in for MNSSHP when they start handing out wristbands.
Dinner with PrincessInOz and Luvchefmic at Liberty Tree Tavern at 5:20pm.

Wednesday, October 27
Make it to Epcot whenever I wake up.
Grab lunch at Sunshine Seasons or Electric Umbrella.
Dinner at Rose and Crown at 5:35pm.
Illuminations.

Thursday, October 28
Make it to MK early.
Breakfast at Crystal Palace at 8:10am.
Check in for the party when they start handing out wristbands.
Dinner at Cosmic.

Friday, October 29
Grab lunch at the Pop food court.
Take ME back to the airport and go home

I don't really like to plan what I do while I'm in the park, except what I want to go on and where I want to eat.
Just wanted to say Hello! I just started reading your trip report! I'm from Illinois too, and we'll be at Disney the 26th through Nov 2nd! We are actually planning on MK-26th, Epcot-27th, and MK the 28th, so we may run into each other! How cool would that be?

We've got tickets for the party on the 31st so far, but I'm actually considering buying tickets for the 28th party as well! haha! I've taken my son to the Halloween Party for the past 2 years and he LOVES it!
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So a couple days ago I told you that I would post my pics from F&W last year. Snapfish is cooperating again so here's a link to the pics.

http://www1.snapfish.com/snapfish/th...NAME=snapfish/

Hope these give you an idea!
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Thanks for posting those! It did help
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My other day of vacation got approved, so, come October, I'll be off of work for TWELVE WHOLE DAYS. I'll leave work at at 7am on October 20, and won't have to come back until 7pm November 1. I just hope that they DO finally hire some new people, because there's obviously no way I'm coming in if they forget that I'm on vacation and call me. They did that to one of the day shift workers last week. They forgot to get someone to cover her shift, and then didn't tell anyone that she was on vacation, so the other two women on her shift called in, leaving no one coming in at 7am. I was joking with my coworker tonight that if they call me while I'm on vacation, I'll just be like "...screw you, I'm in line for Space Mountain *click*"

I'm also going to buy my airfare next Friday Hopefully the fare won't go up by then. That would suck. I plan on making a Dollar Tree run at some point and picking up a few things. I'm thinking about picking up glow sticks, too, for the parties. Not sure yet.

My family has also decided to do a reunion in November of 2012. We're looking at October 31 - November 9, because then it would give us the opportunity to hit up both MNSSHP and MVMCP. As of right now, my parents, my brother and his girlfriend, my sister and her boyfriend and their daughter, and my uncle are all interested in going. There's a fair bit of drama involving my dad's side of the family, and he's opted not to invite them, but I did let him know that if he chooses to, it's fine by me. We haven't broached the subject with my grandmother and aunt yet. So guess who gets to organize it? If this actually happens, I have some ideas for surprises that I want to do. So, yeah. We'll see what happens with that. When I told my sister about it, she was like "What's so special about Disney, why can't we do it in Hawaii?" And my dad wants to fly camping gear down so he can just camp at Fort Wilderness I suggested they just rent an RV if they want to camp, since that would probably be better for them. Plus, then they could bring Delilah and we wouldn't have to worry about boarding her anywhere.

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The glow sticks are a fabulous idea.....I picked some up from Michaels for my last trip. There were about 12 sticks in the pack with connectors. We connected 3 sticks together to make necklaces; and looped individual sticks together to make bracelets. We all looked out of this world! The packs at Michaels were about $1 each.

If you should decide to pick some up and happen to throw in a couple of extra packs, I'm good to reimburse you with some money. We should be able to use them for the two MNSSHP nights . And that means I can just wear black and with the glow sticks, that should be costume-y enough .
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The glow sticks are a fabulous idea.....I picked some up from Michaels for my last trip. There were about 12 sticks in the pack with connectors. We connected 3 sticks together to make necklaces; and looped individual sticks together to make bracelets. We all looked out of this world! The packs at Michaels were about $1 each.

If you should decide to pick some up and happen to throw in a couple of extra packs, I'm good to reimburse you with some money. We should be able to use them for the two MNSSHP nights . And that means I can just wear black and with the glow sticks, that should be costume-y enough .
Well, like I said on your PTR, Dollar Tree also has glow wands. Apparently, they have three designs: http://www.dollartree.com/party-supp...?method=search They're really cute, though, in my opinion. If you want, I can get you one of those, too You could be a glow fairy!

I still haven't decided what I'm going to do for my third costume. I might just buy a MNSSHP t-shirt and wear that
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So a couple days ago I told you that I would post my pics from F&W last year. Snapfish is cooperating again so here's a link to the pics.

http://www1.snapfish.com/snapfish/th...NAME=snapfish/

Hope these give you an idea!
I couldn't get in (didn't want to sign up) are the pics posted anywhere in your TRs or just the link?
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I hadn't joined the DIS yet when I went on that trip, so I hadn't done a TR for that one...
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Aw too bad...
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