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Old 11-05-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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I'm driving my husband (and everyone around me) crazy!! ... Apirl 23-30, 2013

Like most here, I love Disney. I was raised on Disney. (Thank you Mom!!) My family loves Disney. Well, my brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, etc. My Dad likes it. My husband ... *gasp* ... hates it.

Disney Related Trip History:
September/October 1987 ... Walt Disney World ... It was our first official family vacation. I was in 6th grade. We stayed in a cabin in Fort Wilderness. It's funny the things you remember because the thing I remember most was thinking that the pull down bed in the living room was the most amazing thing. Ever.

March (?) 2000 ... Walt Disney World ... Again, family. Though this time it was minus my brother and add a sister. We stayed at my folks timeshare outside WDW. I only spent one day at Disney. My Mom and youngest sister went to the Magic Kingdom. Me and my other two sisters went to Hollywood Studios. We all spent a day at Universal as well.

August 2003 ... Walt Disney World ... We stayed at the Caribbean Resort. Had such a great time, even got to ride in the front of the monorail train/car/whatever the technical term may be.

August 2004 ... Walt Disney Land ... Spent a day. Didn't stay to watch the fireworks as they were doing some kind of construction/refurbishment to the castle and fireworks over blue tarp did not quite thrill me. I must say, not being able to see the castle kind of ruined the experience for me.

September 2010 ... Walt Disney World ... Me and the Hubs one year anniversary. My Mom, two of my sisters, and one nephew went as well. We again stayed in my folks timeshare, spent 4 days in the parks. My husband said, "For being the happiest place on earth, I sure see a lot of disgruntled adults and screaming children." That's pretty much what he got out of it. His folks did not raise him on Disney.

NEXT trip:
April 23-30, 2013
Dad-in-law and step-Mom-in-law are footing the bill for this wonderful vacation. Definitely have to give them credit and send lots of love!!
All Star Music
18 in this group, most have never been
Dining Plus (first time I've ever done a dining package)

I am driving my husband crazy because his Dad asked me for information. I gave it to him within his monetary parameters (under actually). He told me that he'd have me book it then turned around and booked it through a TA for over what he'd asked me to keep it under. There's my vent (thankfully much shorter than in April 2013 thread). I hope that will be the only negativity that this thread ever sees from me, anyone actually.

Anyhow, not knowing the official details is kind of making me bonkers. I've gone ahead and made several ADRs for just the Hubs, my nephew, and I. I've also made two for the whole group. I'm just waiting on the Disney booking confirmation from my Step-Mom-in-Law to put my mind at ease. She's told the Hubs that's it is all the same as we'd discussed. Though, not seeing it ... *ugh* ... They don't realize what they're doing to me! lol

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:40 PM   #2
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About me
My name is Dusti. I work for the family business (VCM). I'm also a wedding/portrait photographer. I love both so much I'd classify neither as a job. I grew up with Disney. I will always be a child at heart, at home and in public.
Hubs
Works in the gas well industry in/around south western PA. Sometimes he loves it. Sometimes he hates it. He was not raised on Disney. Simply does not care. He's only a child at heart at home. lol He's going on this trip because his Dad wants him to, and he knows I love it.

Our Furbaby
Kenai. She's our mutt. We love her, and spoil her. On our last trip to Disney, I bought her Cinderella tag.



My nephew
Lucky little turd won over my In-laws' hearts and is going with us, which is fine with us. He's four now. We don't have children, by our own design. We do spend a lot of time with him though. We (my parents, my husband and I) take him with us everywhere. This will be his third trip to WDW (with me and the hubs in 2010, Mom and Dad in early 2012). He keeps saying he's flying with Tom (Hub's Dad) to Disney. No one else. Just him and Tom.




The other 15 (7 Adults, 8 Children)
Dad and Step-Mom-in-Law
Sister-in-Law, 3 Children (7-11), Fiance, 1 Child (13)
Step-Sister-in-Law, 3 Children (9-14)
Step-Brother-in-Law, Fiance, 1 Child (9)

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Old 11-07-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
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ADRs
This is the first time I've gone to WDW and participated in a dining plan. We've typically "winged it." So, after sitting down and spending some time with the calendar, here's what I've come up with.

4/23
'Ohana
6:55p
18 people

4/24
Chef Mickey's
9:15a
7 people

4/25
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
6:25p
7 people

4/26
The Crystal Palace
1:20p
7 people

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party
9:00p
3 people

4/27
House of Blues
4:15p
4 people

4/28
Fantasmic! Dining Experience
Hollywood & Vine
3:50p
7 people

4/29
Be Our Guest
4:15 p
18 people

Will keep updated with edits ...

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Old 11-07-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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Oddities for me with this trip, not bad, just not typical for me ...
*Traveling/vacationing with a large group that is not *my* family.
*Not having my hands/eyes on exact plans.
*Traveling for a week with sole responsibility for a child.
*Flying. Though, I've flown before, just not there. We usually road trip south.
*No one close to share in the excitement. I try not to go on and on about it to my Mom and/or brother. Feels like I'm rubbing it in. My husband doesn't want to hear anymore about it unless it magically sprouts a hunting trip to Colorado. I'm two hours from the rest of the crew that's going, not that I'm close to any of them anyhow.

I'm so bored! lol
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:41 PM   #5
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I'm so excited to find that there are grocers that deliver or services that shop and deliver. Thank you The DIS for this information.

So, for my sanity later ...
Garden Grocer
We Go Shop



Various Information for later use:
Pirate Makeovers ... http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/tou...66628177f0125b

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Old 11-07-2012, 11:47 PM   #6
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No one else posting about your trip and craziness, huh?
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:30 PM   #7
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4/25
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
6:25p
7 people
First off: We are going to be at WDW on the exact same days!

AND have almost the same ADR. I will be at Akershus on the same date but at 6:55
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:40 PM   #8
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First off: We are going to be at WDW on the exact same days!

AND have almost the same ADR. I will be at Akershus on the same date but at 6:55
That's awesome! Maybe we'll bump in to each other!
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:26 PM   #9
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Talked with my sister-in-law on Saturday. Got her account set up online and linked her resort reservation. Gave her the information again about the group reservations for the two dinners. She also asked for our *itinerary*; so, I provided it. Her neighbor was over to help her set up some ADRs. She asked that I save her log in information as if she needs help, I can just go in and do it/fix it. One step closer!
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:56 AM   #10
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If your FIL was just going to book through a TA for a higher price, you should have just bumped up to a mod resort. I have stayed at ASM several times and after this last one will never go back to a value again. For the money you pay for those I would rather stay off property.

Also I hear you with planning and why you would want the info. I am the same way for vacations.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:38 PM   #11
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There is life out there! Hubs told me this morning that when he talked to his Dad last night, he told him he'll give me all the paperwork when we go up for Thanksgiving. :D

Also, I heard from my step-brother-in-law's fiance (there's a mouth full) that she has tons of questions, and that she'll have ready for me at Thanksgiving.

I'm anxious to be able to talk to someone about it, and feel needed. lol
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:50 PM   #12
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Following along.. .I hope it all gets worked out and you hear about your plans soon!
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:47 PM   #13
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If your FIL was just going to book through a TA for a higher price, you should have just bumped up to a mod resort. I have stayed at ASM several times and after this last one will never go back to a value again. For the money you pay for those I would rather stay off property.

Also I hear you with planning and why you would want the info. I am the same way for vacations.
According to the Hubs it wouldn't have mattered. The TA has us in the same place I have us. All the same information, except I *think* he put one family in a suite, whereas I had them in a connecting room. Other than that and the flights, it's the same.

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Following along.. .I hope it all gets worked out and you hear about your plans soon!
I should have them all by Thanksgiving. Also, I'll be able to see and speak to 90% of the crew going over the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm really looking forward to being able to physically share my excitement. lol
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:20 PM   #14
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Got my paperwork a week early!

Hubs is on call 24/7/365. He got in yesterday morning, talked to his boss, saw he had a good chance of running up to see his Dad as he wasn't sure we'd make it up for Thanksgiving. So, he went yesterday, came back this evening.

I found we'll be staying at the Pop Century instead of All Star Music. I don't care. I'm just happy to see that reservation on my account. lol

Other than that, I've got nothing new to report.
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I'm here. I just updated the ADR post at the April 2013 thread and came over here then to say Hi. I can totally understand your frustration with this reservation being in the hands of a TA.
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