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Old 09-12-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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Is he going to make us all do the hula? - Now with Tie Dye pics!

Hi all! This is my very first ever PRE-TRIP REPORT! I actually have two trips planned in the next four months, so Iím going to start this one first then write for the other one too! When I jump into something, I jump in BIG!

The first trip is November 10-17, 2012. This actually started off with all the intentions of a shorter trip! We were just going to do my immediate family, maybe Monday-Friday. Ha! Then, we decided we wanted to take my parents along. Still, we were just going to do Sunday-Friday. I planned it all out with our DVC points so that I could get studios for my family and for my parents. Then, at our 7 month miracle, I miraculously managed to score a Value studio for my family. Hrm, that gave us enough points to add another night! We started talking about our trip and our friends decided to come along, too! Then, we started looking at flights and decided to add bookend nights to either end of our DVC stay so that we could have better flight times. Well, you know how that goes. Our ďshorterĒ trip turned into eight nights!


Cast of Characters
Tiffany (thatís me) 33
Dave (DH) 33
Scott (DS) 13
Kate (DD) 5
Sophie (DD) 20 months

Faith (my mom) 55
Ray (my dad) 55

Mark 33
Ali 29
Ziva 17 months

Table of Contents:
Introductions
Accommodations
Dining

Plans for each day-
11/10-11/11
11/12
11/13
11/14
11/15
11/16

The 45 day itch!
Tie Dye!
Stocking the Owner's Locker

(Coming Soon)
Trip Plan
Talking about the spreadsheet!

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Old 09-12-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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Me – Tiffany


I am the planner extraordinaire and the mastermind of this trip! I have had the Disney bug since I was a wee lass. I grew up spending quite a bit of time in my grandparent’s RV at Fort Wilderness but as an adult I have vowed never to willfully sleep in an RV or a campground again. Unfortunately, there was a period of time in my life where there were no Disney trips (from 1996-2011!) so I’m working hard to make up for that now! This trip in November will be Sophie’s third trip! I’m an accountant by day and something else that rhymes with shmavel gragent as a hobby at night. I love planning the heck out of my own Disney trips, complete with color-coded, laminated spreadsheets distributed to everyone in the group!

DH – Dave

Dave is a new Disney convert but he is turning over that leaf, slowly but surely! He had only been to Disney one or two times in his life until last year, and not any time in his adult life. Now, he’s into deciding ADR’s and hotels with me! Up next: Touring Plans! His new obsession is to collect enough Disney themed Hawaiian shirts to have one for each day of our November trip! He will be turning 34 during this trip and we have a special birthday lunch at Le Cellier planned for him!

DS (13) – Scott

Scott is my oldest child. He’s usually mellow, mild mannered and pretty easy going. He went on a Disney trip with his grandparents when he was 4 but the only thing he remembers about that trip is the Buzz Lightyear ride! Since our first trip back last November and our second trip back this April, he’s a hardcore Tower of Terror fan. He even got the themed Mickey Ears to go with his obsession! If I let him, he will spend all day in Hollywood Studios riding Tower of Terror over and over and over and over and over.

DD (5) – Kate

Kate is my sassy, firecracker princess! She started Kindergarten last week and is fast on her way to achieving BIG GIRL status! We are hoping that this trip will mark her need for a button announcing she’s celebrating 44 inches! She loooooooves roller coasters and is dying to get on Space Mountain! Her favorite Disney character is Doc McStuffins. Sadly, she isn’t in the parks. Otherwise, she loves Cinderella’s stepsisters but it still amazes me how sassypants clams up and becomes shy whenever characters approach!

DD (20 months) – Sophie

Sophie will be 20 months when we go on this trip in November. She has been to Disney World at 7 months old and at 14 months old. She’s just starting to speak a lot but since birth she’s been pretty laid back, except when her sister irritates the heck out of her! Sophie loves taking in the sites to be seen from her stroller and I have a feeling she will really enjoy identifying and pointing out characters she’s familiar with! We are really excited because she gets to go with her baby BFF Ziva!

My Parents – Faith & Ray
My parents live in New Orleans and we live ON Long Island, NY. (Don’t say IN Long Island. Learned that lesson! Eeeesh!) We only get to see them a few times a year so I’ve sort of decided to make it my mission in life to see each other on vacation as much as possible so there’s not a whole lot of sitting around in a house trying to entertain my brood. My dad hasn’t been to Disney since the 80’s sometime and my mom hasn’t been since 1996. Boy, are they in for some surprises! They’re admittedly not Disney people but they’re going to experience it with the grandkids and us.

Mark, Ali & Ziva
Mark is Dave’s best friend. They’ve known each other for a bazillion years. Ali and I are pretty close since I moved up to New York three years ago and we all spend a lot of time together. My youngest DD (Sophie) and their only DD (Ziva) are only 4 months apart so we are already planning their lives out as lifelong best friends! Ali & Mark have been to Disney World and Disneyland but this is their first trip with a child and their first visit with an uber-planner! (Edited to add info from Ali) I sent the link to this PTR to Ali so she decided to add some background info of her own. She said, "I went yearly as a kid but only stayed on property once before - in 02 - with a friend so this is all new for me. Mark only went once as a six year old and then on my extended family vacation from hell which ruined Disney for him and he never wanted to return. We went again when I was pregnant and he realized how fun it was but said we didn't want to go to Disney with babies. Then you used your devil magic and somehow convinced us to go for 3 weeks with you"

We're a sarcastic bunch.

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It's fun going with a group of people. This will be the first time since we've had kids that we'll be going without any other friends or family to help out. I'm excited for that but I'm going to miss having the extra hands when we want to ride the big kid rides.

We'll be there in November as well. Some of the same dates as you.

I'm exctied to read more, see some pictures, and see if we have any of the same plans.

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[QUOTE=reyasmommy;46135697]
We'll be there in November as well. Some of the same dates as you.

I'm exctied to read more, see some pictures, and see if we have any of the same plans.

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Oh, I'll go check out your PTR to see what you have planned!
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Accommodations

I mentioned earlier that we are DVC owners and we are using our points for my family and my parents. But thatís just for part of the trip! Here are the full plans:

My Family Ė
11/10 Coronado Springs
11/11-11/17 Animal Kingdom Villas Ė Jambo House in a Value Studio
11/18 Port Orleans Riverside in a Royal Room

My Parents Ė
11/12-11/16 Animal Kingdom Villas Ė Jambo House in a Standard Studio
Theyíre quite the homebodies so we really are sticking with the SHORTER trip for them!

Mark, Ali & Ziva Ė
11/10 Coronado Springs
11/11-11/17 Art of Animation in Little Mermaid rooms
11/18 Port Orleans Riverside in a Royal Room

We plan on using the pool at Coronado Springs and just enjoying the resort. My dad is a nature lover so we HAD to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Iím so excited to get to see him there! Heís going to have his binoculars, Iím sure! O.O Ali and Mark are big Pixar fans, so Finding Nemo and Cars lured them in to Art of Animation, though they werenít willing to shell out tons more $$ for a suite! Our last afternoon/night is going to be slooooooooow and early since Mark, Ali & Ziva need to be on the Mickey Bus (thatís what my kids call Magical Express!) at about 5:20 in the morning so we will relax in the on-the-bayou atmosphere!

Iím really very, very excited about the Royal Rooms. I love all the detail! Aladdinís lamp as the faucet does me in! I canít wait to fight with the kids to press the button for the fireworks in the headboards!
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Dining

I love food. I love eating out at restaurants and I love trying new things. I converted my husband from a pizza and spaghetti-only eater to someone who will eat just about anything (mushrooms and olives withstanding). My parents are no so adventurous. Ali & Mark are probably even more adventurous than Dave and I. When it came time for our first family trip in 2011 I hit the internet running looking for reviews of good places to eat, the best choice on the menu and the best overall experience. Then, thereís that part of me that wants to try everything, even if it gets bad reviews because I want to experience it for myself! So, I sat down with these factors and the requests of my kids to decide what we should do!

We bring breakfast foods for the room. Granola bars, pop tarts, cereal (grab milk from the store), and sometimes we bring bagels and cream cheese. Iím really not a huge fan of Disney breakfast, except for the Mickey waffle and I donít like to waste that prime park touring time eating. I also really like to sit on my balcony in the morning while drinking my coffee and waking up for the day so that's a perfect time to eat!

11/10 Ė We arrive at MCO just after 5pm. We figure we will just check in to the hotel and head to the pool, either eating at the food court or sending the guys out to pick up pizza. Mark wants to eat Giordanoís so maybe weíll get that.

11/11 Ė We move from Coronado Springs to Jambo House and Ali & Mark move to Art of Animation. We have a car but they wonít so we will help them get moved then we will probably grab lunch at The Mara. I really like their options. This night we have a 6:40 reservation at ĎOhana. Iím hoping that we can get through dinner in time to watch the fireworks from the beach. Maybe we will show up just a tad early and see if we can get seated.

11/12 Ė My parents arrive this day, so we will probably try to grab a quick service lunch in Magic Kingdom before going to meet them at the hotel when the Mickey Bus drops them off. We have a 7:45 reservation at Whispering Canyon Cafť this night so we can mosey casually over to the Wilderness Lodge when the Magic Kingdom closes at 7 for Mickeyís Very Merry Christmas Party! The last time we went to Whispering Canyon Cafť, Kate was MORTIFIED at the ketchup thing. We are hoping since she will know itís coming this time that she will get more into it. I like the skillet there and Iím looking forward to it. Dave and I like to get one soda and one refillable milkshake and share!

11/13 Ė This is our Animal Kingdom day. Lunch will likely be quick service at either Flame Tree Barbecue or Yak & Yeti. The park closes at 5pm and we have made a reservation for 7pm at Boma. I loooooooove the smell of Boma. That wood-fire smell that hits when you walk into the lobby of Animal Kingdom Lodge makes my mouth water! We have been there for breakfast but this is our first time for dinner!

11/14 Ė We have a lunch reservation at 50ís Prime Time Cafť. Scott, usually very shy and reserved, loves the shtick here. He also loved the food, so anywhere I can get that picky kid to eat well Iíll go back again and again! I figured my parents would also get a big kick out of this place. Kate was a little harder to convince. She remembers very well that Cousin Joey told her to get her elbows off the table and sheís still a little miffed. Sheís got it all planned this time though! She says she will tell him, ďYouíre not my daddy!Ē and stick her tongue out. Knowing full well that she will never actually follow through with this, Iíve given it my blessing. Whatever gets her excited about going! No idea what dinner will be this night. Lunch is at 12:15 but Fantasmic is kind of early Ė 6:30pm. I guess it depends on if we are hungry before Fanstasmic or not. If so, we can grab something wherever we are at the time. If not, we can all just eat when we get back to our respective hotels. I really like the hot dog with mac & cheese at Fairfax Faire but Iíd also enjoy a second trip to The Mara!

11/15 Ė Daveís birthday. We have a late lunch reservation at Le Cellier this day to celebrate. We havenít been and have wanted to try it. Now, we are getting in before they change lunch to two table service credits, too! Lunch isnít until 2:25 though so we will likely be stuffed until itís time for a late dinner. Maybe we will share something breakfast-y around 10 or so to hold us over. Or we can just get snacks. The kids are staying with my parents this night while Dave and I go to Mickeyís Very Merry Christmas Party and Ali & Mark are on their own, so everyone will just fend for themselves for dinner.

11/16 Ė My parents leave late in the afternoon. Iím thinking we will likely spend the morning in the Magic Kingdom with them but thatís up in the air! So, lunch this day will depend on what we actually decide to do. We, along with Ali & Mark have a dinner reservation at Les Chefs de France this night. We want to see Remy!

11/17 Ė Saturday is another moving day, and we have no ADRís. Food is totally up in the air this day as itís going to be a slow, relaxing day. Maybe we will hit a park, maybe not. Maybe we will have quick service credits left, maybe not. Iím a lot less type-A about quick service restaurants so Iím willing to just go with the flow here! Hahah!

So, those are the dining plans! Theyíre pretty firm since theyíve been set for a while.
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I just edited the introductions to include some pictures!
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I said above that Dave is newly obsessed with collecting Disney Hawaiian shirts. Well, he just texted me from the thrift store. He got these two beauties for a grand total of $5.21! What a steal!


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11/10-11/11

I choose my park days using a combination of Touring Plans & EasyWDWís crowd calendars. (What??? You use BOTH? Whereís your allegiance?) Yes, I use both. I read the recommendations and the reasons for the recommendations then I make a decision on where to go that day but still make sure we get everything in. It helps that we donít travel in super busy times of the year.

Since we are traveling with a group, I realize that everyone probably has different ideas of how to tour the parks and different things they specifically want to do. I said this to our companions: This is where we will be and what we will be doing. If you want to join us, great, but if not, thatís perfectly fine too! We will all meet up for a meal a day at the very least!

I was going to write the tentative schedule for the whole trip then go back and write out detailed plans for the individual days but that seems redundant. Instead, Iíll just start with the first day and go from there. Iíll combine the first two days in this post since our arrival day is actually evening.

11/10 Ė Our plan leaves Islip at 2:20 and arrives in Orlando at 5:10pm. We are renting a car but Ali & Mark are taking Magical Express. I might end up sending Dave to get the car with maybe Scott and/or Kate and Iíll ride the bus with them and Sophie. Donít know yet. Once we get to Coronado Springs weíll decide on dinner. Either the guys will go get pizza or we can just eat at the Pepper Market. Iím not too worried about it. We wonít starve. The idea is to kick off our vacation in grand relaxing style. Iím sure my kids will be tired from traveling so we will probably head to bed at a reasonable hour!

11/11 Ė The idea on Sunday is to sleep until we wake up. Maybe Iíll go for a jog to check out the resort! Once everyone is up, we will have breakfast goodies in the room. If the kids want to, we can go out to the pool again. Once everyone is showered and dressed we will start the moving process. We will help Mark & Ali get over to Art of Animation since they wonít have a car. Iím dying to check out the resort! We will get ourselves packed and over to Jambo House. Hopefully our room will be ready, but Iím not counting on it! If not, weíll either leave the luggage in the car or have them hold it.

By this time, Iím figuring we might be ready for lunch. Iíd like to go to The Mara. After we eat, we are going to do something Iíve never done before! Play bus roulette! We will go down to the bus stop and get on the first bus that comes! Yes, this is how an uber-planner is spontaneous, by planning for it to happen months in advance and preparing myself! Iím not sure what Ali & Mark plan to do this day, if they want to join us or not. Whatever park we end up at, weíll ride a few rides and just lazily wander the park with no set agenda!

Eventually, we will either have to come back to Jambo House to get the car or catch a bus/boat/monorail (depending) over to the Poly. We all have a 6:40pm reservation at ĎOhana. Iíve been to ĎOhana for breakfast but not for dinner so Iím really quite excited! Ideally, Iíd like to show up just a bit early for our reservation so that we can comfortably make our way out to the beach to watch Wishes. Since its November, the parks close sort of early and Wishes is at 8pm this night. After Wishes, we will make our way back to our respective resorts. I need to get my family into bed so that we can get up early for rope drop the next day!
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11/12 Ė This will be our first full day in the parks! Yeah! We are morning people because of the way our everyday lives work. Dave starts work usually around 4 or 5am. Iím up around 6 with the kids. Getting up early at Disney is not any struggle for us, especially because the little kids are used to getting up and thatís what they do.

We plan on making it to rope drop at the Magic Kingdom today. Even though we will have a car, I prefer to take Disney transportation to MK. Navigating the TTC isnít my idea of a good time. I feel like in the extra time I spend walking through the parking lot, waiting for the monorail or ferry, etc, that I could have just taken the bus from my resort and been there at the front gate already!

The opening show at Magic Kingdom is a tear-jerker! I canít help myself! I get so excited that Iím there and the anticipation of getting in the park makes me so emotional! Then weíre off! I havenít quite determined our rope drop strategy yet, mostly because we have no idea what will be in soft opening in Fantasyland. Our must-doís for the pre-lunch our definitely include Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. Others will be the Barnstormer, Pooh, and Peter Pan for the littles. I personally donít like Dumbo! (Now Iím going to be ex-communicated from the DisboardsÖ) I call it the scariest ride in all of Disney World! Lol! I hate heights and youíre just sitting out there in the wide open in a plastic elephant! I keep picturing myself falling out! That said, Iíll gladly sit that one out while the rest of the group goes for an elephant flight! I would like to check out the new tent though! I love Haunted Mansion, but weíll have to see if we can convince Kate that it is ďpretend spookyĒ this time. She goes back and forth. The Tiki Room is fun for me, but I can do without the Jungle Cruise. Dave loves Carousel of Progress (kinda funny for a guy who supposedly isnít a Disney fan, huh?), and Scott will want to do Buzz Lightyear.

Sometime in here we will eat lunch. No one has any real preference here so weíll just eat wherever we are at the time.

My parents will be arriving at MCO around 1:00pm. Dave, the kids and I will go back to Animal Kingdom Lodge to meet them when they arrive on the Mickey bus and make sure they get settled (quickly!) then weíll corral them back on the bus to the park. While we are getting my parents, Ali & Mark will be getting Zivaís first haircut done at the Harmony Barber Shop! We had Sophieís done last year. It was so much fun! Her certificate and her ďfirst haircutĒ mouse ears are proudly displayed in her room!



Weíll spend the afternoon with my parents, probably doing whatever they want to do in Magic Kingdom given how long it has been since theyíve been there. Maybe weíll even get my Dad in some Mickey earsÖ

The park closes at 7pm for Mickeyís Very Merry Christmas Party. Weíll meander our way down Main Street when itís time to leave and take the launch over to the Wilderness Lodge to eat dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafť. We had Ali & Mark over for dinner this weekend and we were discussing this ADR. We figure between the ten of us, including two toddlers, thereís sure to be some misplaced silverware, lots of refills and definitely the need for some ketchup. This should lead to good times! I also really, really love the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge and Iím thinking my parents will too.

This was Kate's opinion of the ketchup last time! Scott found her reaction hilarious!


Because of the party, we will easily be able to take the launch back to the Magic Kingdom then hop a bus back to our respective hotels this night.


Early to bed isn't imperative tonight, as we're having a lazy morning tomorrow. Maybe we will hit the pool when we get back, depending on the time!
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Ok, I lied. I didn't get around to my tie dye post this weekend. Instead, I'll bring you Hawaiian shirts!

The name of this pre-trip report came about because of my husband's sudden obsessive love for Disney Hawaiian shirts. When we last visited the world in April, I suggested he buy one. It looked really comfy. That was all it took! When we got home, he began scouring eBay obsessively. He set an upper price limit for himself and began bidding! He has also taken to hunting in thrift stores for discarded Disney Hawaiian shirts and even came across two a few weeks ago that he got for $5 total! There's a post about that up above! So, this morning, I went into our closet to take a picture of our "Disney tote" and the accumulation already on top of it.



It is about to get much larger as I swap out summer clothes for winter clothes. I'll just add the appropriate number of shorts and skirts to this pile instead of packing them away. But then, after I took the picture I noticed Dave's Hawaiian shirts all hanging neatly on his side of the closet. I decided to pull them down for some pictures so we could take a real good look at decide our actual chances of being forced to do the hula. He's up to 8 total shirts! For your viewing pleasure:












The last two aren't exactly Hawaiian but they're of the same style. Maybe they'd be more aptly called bowling shirts? In any case, the bottom one is my favorite of the bunch!




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Tie Dye!

I remember perusing some Disney internet forum, may have even been here, sometime last year and coming across a post with a family wearing Tie Dye Mickey shirts. Well, then, OF COURSE I had to make some for my family! So, when we went in April I made these:




This time, there are ten of us going so naturally we have to have matching tie dye Mickey shirts on one of our trip days! I think weíve settled on Daveís birthday as our day to match. So, I started with my cardboard Mickey head stencil. Sorry for the shadow!



I used the stencil to trace the Mickey head in the center of the chest of the shirt



I then used waxed dental floss to sew around the outline of the Mickey head. I read somewhere that making the stitches close together makes a better defined Mickey head. I donít know if itís true or not, but I do it anyway!



After I sew all the way around the Mickey head, I pull both ends of the floss taut and tie them in a knot. You end up with a small Mickey head shaped poof on the front of the shirt.



I go ahead and rubber band the area under the Mickey head next. Make sure all the floss is above the rubber bands.



Next step, I soak in soda ash. It says you only have to do it for 20 minutes, I think, but I let mine sit overnight.



When I take them out of the soda ash I wring them out just a little then I begin the spiraling process. Put the shirt down on a flat surface with the Mickey head sticking up then twist until youíre satisfied with the cinnamon bun shape itís produced.











Wrap in rubber bands until youíre happy itís secure. For an adult shirt, I use about 4 rubber bands.



Now itís time to get messy! For these shirts I used regular tulip brand dyes. I put them in ketchup and mustard bottles I found at the dollar store and labeled the outside so I could see what colors they were.



I didnít get any pictures of the actual coloring process because itís so messy! I will tell you that I always hold the shirt upside down first and squirt the Mickey head, then cover the mickey head in saran wrap with an additional rubber band. Then, I go on to color the rest of the shirt. After itís all colored, youíll want to wrap the whole shirt in saran wrap.



I put the saran wrapped shirt into a plastic grocery bag for good measure. Then I put all the shirts wrapped in grocery bags back in the bucket.



The bucket sat in my laundry room for about 5 days before I got to them again. I take the bag and saran wrap off and start rinsing the ball. After the initial deluge of dye is gone, I cut the rubber bands off and rinse the rest of the shirt until it runs clear. Back in the bucket with the rinsed shirts then I dump the whole bucket in the washer. I throw an old towel in with the wash to soak up any stray dye.

Hereís the end result of the shirts from this batch!










After the matching shirts were done, I bought a multicolor tie dye kit at WalMart and went crazy dying everything white I could find! This is my favorite shirt from that batch:



And this is one that I did for Kate that the Mickey head didnít come out quite right. After it was out of the dryer, I used a bleach pen to draw a Mickey head then put it through the wash again.

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Amended 11/11

Well, I have to make a change to my plan of Bus Roulette on 11/11 but for a very good reason! We got into the AP previews of the Fantasyland Expansion! Well, the kids and I did. For some reason it wouldn't accept Dave's AP? Grrrr.

So, new plan:

Check out of Coronado Springs. Either let the resort handle our luggage transfers or pile everything up in the rental. Kids and I will head to MK to partake in the Belle version of the preview. Dave will go check us in at Animal Kingdom Villas. Then, he has the afternoon to himself! He gets to do WHATEVER he wants until 4pm! I assume he'll meet us at MK when the preview ends. Or maybe we'll go get everything in the room if it wasn't ready at check in. Then we'll still head to 'Ohana for 6:40pm dinner!

I'm excited about the preview! I know it is in unofficial previews now but this will be fun! We get to ride Under the Sea, experience Enchanted Tales with Belle and have a tour of Be Our Guest!

I feel bad that Dave's AP wouldn't work. There seemed to be a lot of people on the Passholder facebook page saying they had the same problem.
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