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Old 05-06-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Magic Happens, and Then You EAT: Our Gluttonous *Year of the Dragon* COMPLETE!!

Index with links to completed reviews in next post!

Hi, fellow DISers! Welcome to the PTR stage of our third dining report! This time, since we are feeling exceptionally gluttonous and celebratory (for many reasons which may or may not be revealed to you later ), we are pulling out all the stops...I mean no holds barred...with the Deluxe Dining Plan!

When: August 3-11, 2012

Where: 1 night at Disney's Contemporary Resort (no dining plan), and 7 nights at Disney's Polynesian Resort (Deluxe Dining Plan) - all 4 theme parks, DTD, probably an afternoon at Blizzard Beach...in other words, all Disney, all the time!

Who: Our lucky family of four -
iloveeeyore AKA Jasmine- (45), staff nurse by night, family trip planner by day!
MainStreetFireman AKA Aladdin- (48 *Year of the Dragon* man!), volunteer fireman, renaissance man, great helper when it comes to trip planning!
Inspire&Imagine AKA Belle - (soon to be 18), high school graduation celebrator (almost college student!), actress, singer, dramatic writer!
DS (15) AKA Hercules - athlete, actor, singer, dancer!

We are all Disney fanatics! We also LOVE Disney Dining, great food, and laughing, playing, and EATING together! We enjoy sharing our experiences with our friends, so any little piece of information or advice we can offer can enrich the experiences of others. We hope that this report will bring something to you to assist in your planning! Thank you for reading, and please enjoy! And please chime in! We love to read your thoughts, ideas, criticisms, words of wisdom...anything you have to say will be appreciated here! So let's get ready to GO!

Again,

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With DH and DKs - CR TPV, CSR, AKL CL, WL CY, Poly GV (x3), Poly GVC, Courtyard by Marriott DTD, CBR
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:45 PM   #2
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The Plans:

This post will be used as an index of the plans, and will be edited on an ongoing basis as I work on the report to tell you what's new, and if/when any of the plans below change. I will add links to posts that contain reviews as I complete them.

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Day 1 Why ASMu for one night?
NEW 7/10 - SURPRISE ABOUT DAY 1 REVEALED!
B: Favorite local deli for bagels/sandwiches to eat at home
S: JetBlue snacks
"L:" Contempo Cafe
D: Chef Mickey's

Day 2 (arrive at Poly/Epcot)
B: 8:15 Kona Cafe (1)
S: Joy of Tea
L: 2:00 Via Napoli (1)
D: 9:30 HDDR (2)

Day 3 (MK)
B: Snack Credit
L: 11:30 Liberty Tree Tavern (1)
BONUS: Pre-dinner cocktails and possible mini DISmeet at Tambu Lounge
D: 8:00 Citricos (2)

Day 4 (Epcot)
B: Snack Credit
L: 12:00 Biergarten (1)
S: La Boulangerie Patisserie
D: 9:30 Yachtsman Steakhouse (2)

Day 5 (AK)
B: Snack Credit
8:45 Wild Africa Trek (we get a snack with this)
L: 1:30 Tusker House (1)
D: 8:00 Raglan Road (1)

Day 6 (MK)
B: Snack Credit
L: 12:05 The Plaza (1)
D: 7:20 Narcoossee's (2)

Day 7 (Epcot)
B: Snack Credit
L: 11:30 Le Cellier (1)
S: Karamell Kuche
D: 7:00 'Ohana (1)

Day 8 (DHS)
B: The Writer's Stop
L: 1:15 Mama Melrose (1)
BONUS: Pre-dinner coctails and mini DISmeet at the Tambu Lounge (again)
D: 9:30 California Grill(2)

Day 9 (MK and home )
B: 8:10 Crystal Palace (1)
S: Sunshine Tree, Confectionary
L: 2:35 Kona Cafe (1)

Final Thoughts
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Numerous trips as kids to CR, Poly, Golf Resort

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Old 05-06-2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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Yay! Can't wait!

Eventhough I already know about the plans, I still cannot wait to read about them! 89 days, and counting!
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:00 PM   #4
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I'm In!

I've never written a PTR or TR.... but I'm arriving at the World a week after you head home so maybe I'll get some inspiration from your PTR to write my TR when I get home.

I hope you're having as much fun planning your trip as I am planning mine.

Have a great trip and I'll be following along!
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:28 PM   #5
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I'm in!!! Your restaurant choices look great!
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
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Can't wait for more!
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:21 PM   #7
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Why ASMu for one night?

THIS WHOLE POST IS A LIE! WE ARE NOT STAYING AT ASMU, WE ARE STAYING AT THE CONTEMPORARY! BUT WE WANTED TO KEEP IT A SURPRISE UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, AND MY KIDS READ THIS REPORT, SO I HAD TO LIE TO ALL OF YOU, PLEASE FORGIVE ME!

So our vacation package is at the Poly from Sat. 8/4 - Sat. 8/11. However, flying in on Saturday at an early time (we fly JetBlue from our county airport, direct to MCO, several flights/day offered) was more expensive than flying in on a slightly later flight on Friday. In fact, I did the math, and it turns out that it was cheaper to fly in a day early and stay at a value for one night than it was to fly in early on Saturday. We could even afford to throw in a few CS meals at the All Stars food court! Given a choice between giving our money to Disney and getting MORE time at Disney, or giving that same money to JetBlue for LESS time in WDW, I'd take the MORE time option any day!

We chose ASMu as our value, since DS plays the tenor saxophone in the HS jazz band, and we are all pretty jazzy, as a matter of fact! We have also read that of the values, ASMu is probably the most quiet and serene, if one could be quiet and serene. This will be our first experience at a Disney Value Resort, and I must say that we are all really looking forward to it...especially the food court. The food courts at the values have quite a bit of variety, from what we understand, so we would appreciate any suggestions you might offer about what is not-to-be-missed.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:31 PM   #8
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WooHoo! I finally figured out how to post efficient links for the purpose of this DR. I know some people enjoy scrolling through an entire thread, while others are interested in reading only certain posts. I am happy to be able to present both options!
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Numerous trips as kids to CR, Poly, Golf Resort

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Old 08-01-2012, 09:07 PM   #9
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Wow! Your trip is approaching! Have fun! Can't wait to read your reviews!
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:29 PM   #10
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How exciting, I can't wait to read your reviews, have a great trip!
Thank you so much, and welcome!!

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I think it's also funny that when you say you're from NY everyone thinks of Manhattan! I grew up on LI so I am as much a tourist in the city as the guy who just flew in from Kansas! I just sound a lot more like the locals!
DH and I grew up on Staten Island. We probably sound like you. Are you starting to blend your NY accent with a southern drawl, yet?

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People always look at me like I'm crazy when I say I don't know about the city or I try to explain that each area is so incredibly different that it's almost like going into different states!

Then again I don't know much about Atlanta either and I now live in the suburbs of that! Maybe I'm just not a city girl!
We actually spend a considerable amount of time in the city, and we often wish we lived there. We will be living there vicariously through Belle, as she will be living in what we consider the VERY BEST of all NYC neighborhoods, right between the East and West Village. You're right about the difference between the city and the areas around it! So night and day!

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Wow! Your trip is approaching! Have fun! Can't wait to read your reviews!
WE LEAVE TOMORROW!!!! Thanks for reading!
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We leave tomorrow!!

I started my LIVE TRIP REPORT over on the Countdowns and Live Reports Board. It's also linked in my signature. Please join me, if you're interested!
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Have a WONDERFUL Trip!!!! I see you have a Live report started - how exciting!!! I'm heading that way now.

Enjoy your Chef Mickey's!! I completely understand your explanation of eating at CM early in the trip - especially if it is a tradition and makes it feel like the vacation has really begun!

Speaking of NY locales...My DH lived in Long Island for a time years ago and was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB in the early 80s.
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Just checked out your live report - can't wait to read it, and once again have a great trip!
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Safe Travels! Have a WONDERFUL trip!
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Speaking of NY locales...My DH lived in Long Island for a time years ago and was stationed at Plattsburgh AFB in the early 80s.
What part of LI Brenda?
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