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Old 12-30-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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He SAID no, but I FOUND a way to GO! ~ a Dec AKL/WWoHP PTR (Updated: 10/18)


Hi! Welcome to my PTR that is a bit unique in its making as we don't have a date, nor do we even know if we are going! Why? Well, because DH is stubborn and refusing to cooperate when I suggest another Disney vacation. But... I have other plans in mind.

I have casually mentioned to DH how fun it would be to take a ROAD TRIP that conveniently lands us in Orlando and a few days in WDW. "convenient". Now my frugal DH thought it sounded like an interesting idea, but immediately combatted the cost of yet another Disney vacation. It will take some crafty budgeting and heavy persuasion, but I'm hoping to push him hard enough so this dream becomes a reality!

So, let's introduce the two of us:


Me: I'm Meagan, or Lifer on the DIS. I've been to WDW a dozen times and have such a passion for going here even if I'm "too old" or "go there all of the time"! I don't care! By day I am an English teacher for an online charter high school (hence why this vacation can be pretty easy if I have access to internet). By night I'm an avid Disney fanatic in love with princesses and Tink!


DH: Not a big Disney fanatic, but a foodie by nature. He enjoys our vacations, but hates spending money and claims to be "disney-ed out". We have been married for almost 4 years and you better believe he's going to need numbers to allow this trip!

The loose idea
The idea if my brain is to take a road trip from Minneapolis, MN to Orlando, FL. Obviously this is a 24 hour drive and would be spread out over a few days. I would like to make pit stops and focus on only doing 8-10 hours of driving in a day maximum. The idea for length of time is 2 weeks vacation with stops at Disney World and Universal Studios. I'm thinking November - December, or whatever works best with my school year schedule and crowds!

Update of plans as of May 2014
What a journey it has been from this initial post until today! To give a general recap (for those who are not anxious to read the entire story) we did find a budget in my acceptance of a summer teaching position. DH and I initially hoped for free dining, but were unfortunate with the dates we selected, however we did decide to forgo the DDP and pay out of pocket to save more money. The best news is that we have decided to fly for cheap and stay at AKL for our very first deluxe trip!

... Thank you. And I hope you'll join us!

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Old 12-31-2013, 09:55 PM   #2
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Table of Contents (All real life RL updates are noted)

01 - He said YES - the trip begins
02 - The Resort Debate
03 - RL Update - Car Drama
04 - Magic Band Colors... for now
05 - Tentative Plan (The Early Stages)
06 - Booking Flights!
07 - Adding MVMCP
08 - Resort Debate - SOLVED
09 - ADR Day
10 - Park Day Planning (The Early Stages)
11 - Becoming a Wizard and Making a List!
12 - Getting a Little Creative
13 - Starting the 9 week journey!
14 - Week One Recap
15 - Week Two Recap
16 - Week Three Recap

- Finalized plans! -
01 - Day One: Traveling and Epcot CP
02 - Day Two: MK and MVMCP
Day Three: AK and DtD with Cirque du Solei

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Old 01-01-2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Subbing!! I have a similar plan but Shhhh don't tell my hubby that I'm planning on a 2 day "Detour" when we head to Pensacola this summer .

That is IF I can get the numbers to work-so I'm looking forward to seeing some inspiration here
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:53 PM   #4
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This trip report sounds like a great idea and dont worry about the Hubby too much. Just keep saving and keep up with the positive attitue and I bet he comes around. Maybe you can sneak in a few things that he likes along the trip that might help him change his mind
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:36 AM   #5
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Subbing!! I have a similar plan but Shhhh don't tell my hubby that I'm planning on a 2 day "Detour" when we head to Pensacola this summer .

That is IF I can get the numbers to work-so I'm looking forward to seeing some inspiration here
I'll be glad to inspire and hopefully gain some inspiration in return!


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This trip report sounds like a great idea and dont worry about the Hubby too much. Just keep saving and keep up with the positive attitue and I bet he comes around. Maybe you can sneak in a few things that he likes along the trip that might help him change his mind
Oh, he wants to go he just doesn't know it yet

Welcome along to both of you!
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Old 01-09-2014, 01:21 PM   #7
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:24 PM   #8
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Great tip for DH's and my birthdays in July!
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Still here and following along.... My March trip is precarious too!!
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:17 PM   #10
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BIG UPDATE

With the announcement of free dining being outside of DH and mine's travel dates, we have been extensively discussing whether the dining plan is worth the money. Usually DH and I come awfully close to breaking even with the DDP, so it makes sense to not have to worry about having money set aside for meals. However, with the 2014 increase in price, DH and I made the choice to cancel our DDP as we do not see how we would possibly spend $850+ on dining. That's so much money even if we were to eat out at a table service every night (which we will likely still do). We realized that with our QS credits we hardly ever ate the desserts - just stuck them in our bags and threw them away after they didn't survive the parks. We also felt miserable most TS meals when we did eat the dessert. Our final push in this decision was when DH and I ran figures from our previously saved receipts and realized that we want to return to some lower priced restaurants (Ohana, 50's Prime Time) and it just wasn't going to stack up to $850+. Instead we will be setting aside money within our goal food budget and aim to save around $200 without the DDP.

Now, that is not all of our big news... we've also decided to take this savings and pamper ourselves a bit more by switching resorts. I cannot believe this is real and I am going to type this out, but DH and I, as of this morning, have switched from Pop Century to AKL!

We have always dreamed of staying Deluxe, but I could never justify the price. Since this trip is a celebration of my graduation in December with a master's degree in Teaching (which also comes with a hefty raise) DH told me to spend the money. AKL has been my dream resort and while my frugal mind just couldn't justify paying for the Savannah View, we did elect for a Pool View and will be wandering the resort. (We find we aren't in the rooms enough to enjoy a view as is).

Life is good today!
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:46 PM   #11
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Well, hello there. It has been far too long! I'm afraid that I have been lacking on updating this PTR, but there has been very little to update until most recently with ADRs. I woke up very early to snag what we wanted, and thankfully it paid off. Our ADRs are as such:

12/1 @ 7:05pm - Tony's Town Square
12/2 @ 7:30am - Boma
12/2 @ 5:45pm - Liberty Tree Tavern
12/3 @ 7pm - Planet Hollywood
12/4 @ 5:25pm - Coral Reef
12/5 @ 6:15pm - LeCellier Steakhouse
12/6 @ 5:15pm - 50's Prime Time
12/7 @ 7:30pm - Rose and Crown Pub

We also purchased our La Nouba tickets for Wednesday, December 3rd at 9pm. This is something that DH and I have been wanting to do for awhile now. It's getting closer!
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:43 PM   #12
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Park Days (Tentative)

As I jump back on the Disney planning train, I have a few ideas in mind for our park days. I have to admit that I was a little concerned for some of them, though, because in comparison to the crowd calendar, I seemed to have picked the most busy day for each park. Any insight from December travelers to if this truly makes a difference?

The Plan Thus Far:
Monday, December 1st - Traveling and MK
We are traveling this day and should get to the World around 10am. I have left some wiggle room here for DH and I to wander our beautiful resort and grab some lunch in the food court area. We are aiming to hit the parks around 2pm for an ADR at Tony's, catch MSEP, and a non-MVMCP Wishes

Tuesday, December 2nd - MK and MVMCP
We will hit our first Disney day with breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe and checking out the Gingerbread House and resort decorations. We will then make our way over to MK hopefully just after RD and spend the day/evening with our MVMCP tickets

Wednesday, December 3rd - AK and DtD w/ La Nouba
Animal Kingdom is usually our shortest day. We will hit this park at RD and try to get out of there by 3pm to rest up before our ADR at Planet Hollywood and showing of La Nouba at 9pm

Thursday, December 4th - Epcot w/ Candlelight Processional
We have two days booked for Epcot and can be flexible on the narrator for the CP depending on if we have a preference. I'm waiting to book a CP dining package, but at the moment I just have an ADR at Coral Reef for this night. Ideally we will catch the CP this evening.

Friday, December 5th - Epcot
This is a half day as I have to do some morning grading and progress reporting for my online high school students (blasted midterms). We should hit Epcot around 2pm after I finish work and we catch some lunch in the food court. I'm hoping to make this a relaxing "wander the world showcase" kind of day with a
debate on adding a nighttime safari at our resort. Has anyone done one of these? Is it worth it?

Saturday, December 6th - DHS w/ Fantasmic!
Back to a normal RD schedule with an early viewing (6:30) of Fantasmic! Usually DH starts to wind down around this point in the trip, so an early night may be requested. If not, there's always the shops on the Boardwalk!

Sunday, December 7th - DHS w/ OF Lights
We might try to squeeze in a second Fantasmic! showing this evening if time permits, but with an ADR at Rose and Crown around 7:30, it'll probably be a Illuminations end to our Disney Trip.

Monday, December 8th - Traveling and ?
I'm not sure what to do this day because DH and I have a later flight that has DME pickup around 2:30pm.
I'm open to suggestions on what those who have this situation have done? DtD?
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I don't know if anyone is still lurking around. But, I thought I'd post a little real life update.

I've been very busy writing classes for Fall, writing my Master's Thesis, and reading through Amazon's 100 books to read in a lifetime. I guess you could say I'm a little preoccupied - never a dull moment. As it is, DH and I are debating whether we want to take a one-day excursion to the darkside and see Harry Potter expansion. Still up for debate. Does anyone have ideas on crowd levels?

Well, back to writing!
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:31 PM   #14
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Dreams do come true!!!


I am happy to announce that I have been hired at the Disney Store as a seasonal Cast Member! I am so excited for that name tag and for a chance to make some extra cash for our trip!

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Week Two Recap


Week Two Recap

This week has been a bit crazy. For running, I admit that I did not do any of it. I became very busy with projects at work and then was unfortunately involved in a car accident (rear ending) that left me with whiplash and a soon to be stressful ordeal with the insurance company of the individual who hit me. However, I did save $8.50 at my Cub mini shopping trip for necessities, but did not go to Target as no deals were really attractive.

I am writing this while watching Brave a favorite of mine that I had forgotten about. On the Disney side, our ordered autograph books arrived in the mail and I delivered them to my young nephews in preparation for this trip at the beginning of November. Our autograph book is sitting awaiting our trip.

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