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Old 01-29-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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Disney: It's For Adults, Too! (finally booked!!!)

Where to start! Introduction? The Why? The When? With all of those 30-some posts I figure you all know me by know, right? Introductions it is!

I’ve only been to WDW twice now, but seeing as they were the best trips I’ve ever been on, I have two more in the works already!
I’m 23 and all in the last year I graduated from CU (GO BUFFS) and got married. I majored in psych but haven’t made plans to get my masters yet so I working two jobs that have nothing to do with my area of study! DH majored in marketing and is doing two internships with ski companies. The one hobby in my life that trumps all things Disney is hockey. I watch 2-3 games a night and given the choice between a WDW trip and season tickets to the Avalanche, I would pick season tickets (sorry everyone!). That obsession, plus my DH’s ridiculous snowboarding obsession has pretty much penciled us in as Coloradoans for the rest of our lives!

(I realize, now, that this is a lot of text; cue pictures to avoid deterring readers!)








And last, but not least...we're HUGE beer people. In WDW, however, I'm a cocktail person... outside of sit-down restaurants and a Guinness in the UK, Disney beer choices don't really do it for me! (so any beer drinkers out there with good recommendations on where to go in Disney for good beer...I like stouts and porters and nothing I can see through! )

Beer gives me a double chin? I don't know...no excuse for that one!



My husband, despite not being a Disney person, is really the reason I got into the whole WDW thing in the first place. WDW was the ONE place I wanted to go all growing up but my family was so dang frugal! We went on one fishing vacation to Minnesota and that was it! So when we were 20 and DH (then boyfriend) invited me on their family vacation to The World, I died! My SIL planned it and we had the best time ever despite the fact that if we were to list our favorite parks in order, they’d be completely opposite and I was too nervous in front of his un-sentimental family to enjoy Disney the way I wanted. So when the whole marriage thing rolled around, I won the honeymoon battle and we were off to the world, again!



Now, DH enjoys a Disney vacation. But he’s one of those weird, “normal” people that would like vacations to other places. We compromised! We get one more WDW before we have babies (AT LEAST 5 years away…hopefully) and then we can go more with kids. So how would I get my Disney fix in with my companion sitting it out?!



This will sound weird, but the entire time we were touring the parks on our honeymoon, I couldn’t get over the fact that my mom would LOVE this place. She grew up in a tiny farm town and they were poor as dirt! So living without the luxury of vacations translated to her adult life even though they had the money to go. Getting her to agree to go with me to Disney wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. She, like many non-Disney folk, had the pre-conceived notion that Disney is for children. I recruited aunts and all her church friends that have been to Disney to sit her down and tell her how fun it is for everyone, not just children! She’s a kindergarten teacher and is excellent at bring things down to kid level, and just acting like a kid in general but we also love alcohol and food and other adult things! Disney just seems so perfect for her! SOOOO many cocktails AND Disney!


My best friend!




Sorry for so many wedding pictures! I couldn't find any pics of just me and my mom outside of the wedding! SOON TO CHANGE





This trip is for my mom, first and foremost! So this trip will revolve around the adult aspect of Disney. This is new for me! My usual Disney plans revolve around riding rides over and over again until the lines build up and just being ultra-commando. My mom likes to take it slow, enjoy all those boring adult things, and relax!


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Old 01-29-2012, 03:35 PM   #2
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And thus brings me to the reasons for this PTR!

A) The anticipation is killing me! And we’re still a year away from our trip! Whether or not anyone reads this, getting it all out seems like a great way to stay sane!

B) Given the nature of this trip compared to my past two trips, I may need some help and ideas! I need help and have questions that are just a little too minor to start whole new threads about

C) I was a lurker a long time before I started posting and these boards really helped me make the most out of my honeymoon so I thought I’d give back and participate a little more!
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:42 PM   #3
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You may be wondering why I left out the most important part of a PTR.. the dates! That's because we haven't decided on them yet!

With mom being a teacher and the fact that we hate crowds and heat combined with mom not wanted to take more than 3 days off in a row, we've narrowed it down to three day weekends or spring break. We got rid of the idea of President's day and spring break and thought we'd settled on MLK week 2013. But then we thought Vet's day 2012 could work, too.

So that's where we are now. Vet's day, or MLK day? The problem with Vet's day is that there's a half-marathon that week. But it's also food & wine which would be great for us! Anyone have any experience with Vet's week crowds? Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:55 PM   #4
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So I have time to kill today. My husband, Casey, has a job interview today and I'm going crazy sitting at home waiting! Time to ramble to take my mind off things. And good vibes/prayers/fingers crossed (whatever you're into, I guess!) our way would be freaking awesome! We're barely getting by and adding income at this point would be like winning the lottery!

Also, him getting a job has implications on this trip. I'm having to save nickles and dimes to afford this trip so having extra income would make me feel so much less guilty about this trip (Casey has assured me over and over again that he wants me to go and such, but it's still a lot of money!). Also, doubling our income would allow us to maybe upgrade hotels and restaurants. So we'll see!




I thought I'd give the Disney version of an introduction on here so I surveyed my mom! It will also help with plans and such I suppose. Knowing what characters and such to avoid because she hates them will definitely make for a more fluid vacation!

Ma mom:
Favorite Movies:
1) Little Mermaid. This was the first movie she saw in theaters (lived in a tiny town that didn't have a movie theater for a while). She remembers being in awe of the colors and animation and thought the movie was just amazing.
2) Lion King.
3) Toy Story (we are having movie nights to get excited for the trip and she saw TS3 last week and loved it)

Favorite Disney Characters
1) BY FAR Winnie the Pooh. She loves everything Pooh. She thinks that the character thing at the World is a little creepy but she was totally down for a Pooh meet and greet! Her desk area in her kindergarten classroom is poohed out and she thought her students would get a kick out of a picture of her and Pooh.
2) Mufasa. Mostly for the voice! She loves that Earl guy. Haha
3)Dory. My mom is a big Ellen fan and she loved Finding Nemo.

Since my mom didn't have a TV for most of her life and no movie theater her Disney love didn't really start until she had us kids. So she doesn't have many childhood favorites.

Favorite Disney Songs
1)Part of Your World
2)Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah
3)When You Wish Upon A Star

Favorite Fab 5: Doesn't have one but if she had to pick, probably Mickey!

Least favorite Disney Movies
1) Alice in Wonderland
2) Sword in the Stone
3) Dumbo


My Turn!
Favorite Movies:
1) 101 Dalmatians
2) Lady and the Tramp
3) Sword in the Stone

Favorite Characters:
1) Rolly
2) Scuttle
3) Pascal

(I like comedic relief )

Favorite Disney Songs
1) "Best of Friends" From Fox and the Hound. This was one of the prelude songs at our wedding!
2) "Oo-De-Lally" From Robin Hood
3) "Circle of Life"

Favorite Fab 5: Definitely Donald! I was Donald for Halloween


( I got the idea when we were in WDW on our honeymoon and we saw a duck bill. Unfortunately we didn't buy it and then couldn't find it again. I also couldn't find the right hat so I just went sailor!) No one knew who I was... The majority of votes went to "chicken of the sea"...I need new friends.

Least favorite Disney Movies:
1) Wall-E. Probably the only Disney movie I just plain don't like
2) Bambi. Meh
3) I can't think of a third so I guess Alice in Wonderland. I like it but of the rest of them it's my least favorite




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Old 02-09-2012, 02:09 PM   #5
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What a great trip plan! I'm sure you'll have a great time with your mom!

Keep it up!
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:15 PM   #6
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What a great trip plan! I'm sure you'll have a great time with your mom!

Keep it up!
YAY! A post! Thanks for reading!

I'm sure she'll have a great time, and if she doesn't she'll pretend because she knows how worried I am about it! Ha
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:12 PM   #7
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Where we be sleepin at, yo

Still an hour until the interview and a half hour after that until it's over. So on to more ramblesauce.

My mom is convinced she won't be returning to Disney until she's a grandma and accompanying her grandchildren so she wants to do this trip up right! So right off the bat we eliminated value resorts.
My mom (her name is Glenda, from now on I'm just calling her Glenda) loves animals so AKL started at the top of our list.
We also like the Beach/Yacht club and the Boardwalk
And we added in a moderate, too, to compare price-wise. We both liked the Port Orleans Riverside so we added that to the list.

After comparing prices on everything and the fact that AKL is so far away from everywhere but AK, we decided on POR. It's got the boats and we love all the trees! And if we stayed at AKL we'd definitely splurge for the safari view so downgrading to POR saved us around $700.
We MAY think about the Boardwalk again (taken off because of price) if my husband becomes employed soon, especially if we decide to go over Food & Wine! But if no job or we decide we'd rather eat and drink better, we settled on POR!

If anyone has any opinions on those resorts let me know. We haven't booked yet and I kind of go back and forth a lot!
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:39 PM   #8
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Food

My favorite part of planning a Disney trip is the food! DH thinks I'm 100% crazy looking at food porn everyday. Especially because we're on mini diets (we're trying to lose 10 pounds! My mom is trying as well so we're using it as motivation to book our Disney trip! No Disney until we shave off some pounds [so we can gain them back in Disney!])



First things first! Dining plan. We're about 90% sure we're not using the dining plan for this trip. We had free dining for our honeymoon and I LOVE the aspect of having it all paid for before you leave.

But, at the same time, me and my mom are NOT dessert people. And when we had the dining plan I just kept wishing I could get an appetizer instead of dessert. Dessert never got finished and it was a "meh" rating everywhere. It just does nothing for me.
Cheese>>>>>>anything sweet.
So that and the fact that we also don't like sugary, non-alcoholic drinks makes the dining plan a little silly. We are water and beer/fancy cocktail people. Take out the price of a drink and the price of dessert and we probably save money by not doing the dining plan

I'm not about to do math to figure out the actual savings...so if anyone already has and we WOULD save money or at least be even let me know? Ha.


I know this is probably all mental, but when we were thinking about the dining plan we were going to do a signature restaurant. But if we're paying OOP I don't know if I can drop that much money on a meal! It seems so much cheaper when you're spending "credits" instead of money! We may still add in a signature but it's less likely without the dining plan.

We also decided that if we don't get the dining plan we want to put money on Disney gift cards so we can still kind of get that pre-paid feeling.


We just salvaged the videos from our Disneymoon off my husbands old computer so I'm going to go watch those, FINALLY and come back later to post which restaurants we're thinking





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Old 02-13-2012, 03:54 PM   #9
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After seeing your response to my PRT, I decided to check out your's as well!! I can totally relate to you report so far as I did a mom/daughter trip a little over 2 years ago as well.

If you are food and drinks kinda people, I highly recommend going in November. Such a fun time there. The weather will be cooler, and F&W is just awesome. You might want to consider one of the EPCOT hotels as well. Don't forget the Dolphin/Swan as well. I have heard that teachers can get great discount rates there.

My mom and I had a great time. We had not been to a Disney park together for many years. I grew up in CA, so have many memories of going with my parents to Disneyland. She loved the F&W. We enjoyed shopping around Epcot. Our days were slower than my normal commando style, but we made sure to hit the parks at opening and get as many rides in. I loved being able to shop and see the little things. My DH gets bored if I try to shop Main St. etc, so it was nice not feeling rushed.

Regarding gift bag (which is a fun idea)---

-Lanyards with a couple pins to include a ticket/fastpass holder
-Coupon (handmade) for a Mickeys Ears hat
-Maybe make fun matching t-shirts for both of you
-photo album or mini scrapbook for her to put pics post trip (something fun to craft as you wait months for trip)

*I will keep thinking!!!


Love your wedding pictures. What a beautiful bride!!
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:19 PM   #10
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I love your gift bag ideas! They gave me extra ideas immediately. I had been wanting to get my mom some ears (she's kind of conservative so when she told me she was excited to get Mickey ears I was so surprised!) and I thought about getting some for the gift bag but the on-line selection is NOTHING compared to the selection in the parks. LOVE that coupon idea. That way she can pick her own!

She also likes to scrapbook and we were going to get together to do a scrapbook for my honeymoon but haven't gotten to it. At this point we'll put both trips in the same book and maybe I can go to the scrapbook store and get some Disney scrapbook stuff.

Thanks for those ideas!

We really liked the Boardwalk but it got pushed to the back because of price. But after my mom finds out her teaching situation next year (she's tenured but teaches a special all-day tuition-based kindergarten that the district might cut, if she's in a new school she wants to do it cheaper) and if my husband gets that job we definitely want to look into a deluxe that's close to the parks!


Is Veteran's day busy? We went over labor day for our honeymoon and walked on Soarin around 7pm on Labor Day, is Veteran's day closer to those crowd levels? And will the 5K or marathon or half marathon or whatever race they're doing affect crowd levels badly? I REALLY want to take her over F&W because I think she'd really enjoy it! But we hate crowds so bad that that's probably our biggest priority.



Thanks for all the advice. VERY helpful
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I love your gift bag ideas! They gave me extra ideas immediately. I had been wanting to get my mom some ears (she's kind of conservative so when she told me she was excited to get Mickey ears I was so surprised!) and I thought about getting some for the gift bag but the on-line selection is NOTHING compared to the selection in the parks. LOVE that coupon idea. That way she can pick her own!

She also likes to scrapbook and we were going to get together to do a scrapbook for my honeymoon but haven't gotten to it. At this point we'll put both trips in the same book and maybe I can go to the scrapbook store and get some Disney scrapbook stuff.

Thanks for those ideas!

We really liked the Boardwalk but it got pushed to the back because of price. But after my mom finds out her teaching situation next year (she's tenured but teaches a special all-day tuition-based kindergarten that the district might cut, if she's in a new school she wants to do it cheaper) and if my husband gets that job we definitely want to look into a deluxe that's close to the parks!


Is Veteran's day busy? We went over labor day for our honeymoon and walked on Soarin around 7pm on Labor Day, is Veteran's day closer to those crowd levels? And will the 5K or marathon or half marathon or whatever race they're doing affect crowd levels badly? I REALLY want to take her over F&W because I think she'd really enjoy it! But we hate crowds so bad that that's probably our biggest priority.

Thanks for all the advice. VERY helpful
Check out the November entry on this awesome web site: http://www.easywdw.com/disneybest/di...ents/#more-935

I don't think the Marathon will have a major impact. I would suggest, as it gets closer, to make a touring plan. Use the site above (when the info becomes available) to get a good idea of what park to go to or avoid. That will help for sure. I personally would pick November, but that's just me!
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And we're skipping over the biggest November pro....It's closer than January!
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There's something for the entire family!
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Hey girl...just wanted to pop in and say hi....I have missed chatting with you
Hello! I suppose I'm due for an update here. I just commented on your TR! And it explains why I've been MIA lately.
SO much going on! Since we went to Iowa for a week, I've been backed up on work. My self-employed job has to get done every month even if I go on vacation so basically it means if I leave for a week then the rest of the month I have no time! The month is almost over and I can go back to having a more leisurely scheduled life. Which means more internet time! YAY

Anyways, free dining is rumored to be released for our dates. I'd probably add it on but we're not going to plan around it. There are a couple restaurants we're only getting appetizers at and cocktails everywhere pretty much. But it would help with snacks and entrees and such!

I'm paying my half off as we speak so that will be nice. Then there's 4 months to save for food (if no dining) and cocktails! I budgeted about $550 each for food and cocktails including tips. It's a lot but I like to shoot high and then spend less when I'm there. I don't like worrying about not having money when I'm on vacation. Paid so much to get there that I'm not passing up on a cocktail I want because I don't have $10!

And after that, we're saving for Vegas! Our friends want to go and we're down. We have a year to save for that. Should be doable we hope!




And with that, I ask for everyone's prayers for my state. It's basically completely on fire. 14 fires currently going, including one VERY close to my University. And one that is the worst in Colorado history with over 250 homes burned down.
Every time we get a break on one fire, a new one starts. We DESPERATELY need some rain without lightning and wind.

We may have the best state but it comes with a catch. That it's on fire!

We're safe, though. Just worried about everything else
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