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Old 01-24-2009, 08:20 PM   #76
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Oh, I think you should just stay 12 and not bother dropping four of those nights.
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That's what I was thinking too!
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Laura, here's the link for the stick people, I think Lisabelll will still personalize them for you or it seems that there are directions to do the design yourself...

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Those are too cute. I doubt DH would go for those. I have a feeling I will have to let him pick them. I might do the stick people for something else though.

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Oh, I think you should just stay 12 and not bother dropping four of those nights.
That would never happen... DH is missing nine days of work as it is. He will be freaking out closer to the time. He is not one to miss work! I would love it, but not my savings!

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It would be relaxing... but not in the budget... remember I was not planning to go this year!
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I haven't gotten throught the whole report yet, but just wanted to say and what a beautiful family you have! We have an Emily too and if we have a boy next, Luke is at the top of our name list!! Looking forward to reading more!
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Ok, I'm done reading! Your plans look great! I've never stayed at CSR, but it does look gorgeous. I love the updates they have made to the rooms. Enjoy that special time with your parents! My mom passed away in Aug. and I regret that she never got to experience WDW with DD.

Can't wait to read more!

I saw you posted on my PTR! I think you can still book Chef Mickey's 180 days out up to June 19th due to the new system change over. Check out this thread. I've been using it to keep up to date with the new ADR system.

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Maybe I will get up like you and explore! I have to admit you and Jill's CSR visit sticks in my mind.... I am so sad it was not pleasant.


When I picked up the kids my girls and dad were reviewing the maps intently on the floor. It was so sweet to watch listen. Fantasia is the movie of the night at our house. I am trying to work Hannah into it thinking maybe she can tie it to Fantasmic and watch that this year.

Ooooh, I'd love to see some early morning pictures of that beautiful place!

It was just the one girl that got an attitude with Jill. We don't fault the whole place for her one minute of rudeness. Jill was scarred by it a little, because it was directed right at her, and it embarrassed her.

I bet the girls were so cute looking at the maps. Brooklynn gets out the scrapbooks and Birnbaums and maps and points out things. To her, it's 'my Epcot' and 'my Magic Kingdom'.

I hope you do get to see Fantasmic!
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It was just the one girl that got an attitude with Jill. We don't fault the whole place for her one minute of rudeness. Jill was scarred by it a little, because it was directed right at her, and it embarrassed her.
remind me again of what happened. i can't remember. they say memory's the first thing to go.
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Oh, I think you should just stay 12 and not bother dropping four of those nights.


That is exactly what I would do too! Way to go Laura on fanagling your ressie to get what you want!!! LOVE that the family is already planning what movies to bring in the car too! My kind of people!
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Hey there Glad things are working out for you now.
I had a minor glitch this AM on the phone with Disney Dining... oh well!

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I haven't gotten throught the whole report yet, but just wanted to say and what a beautiful family you have! We have an Emily too and if we have a boy next, Luke is at the top of our name list!! Looking forward to reading more!
I always loved the name Luke... I had a Luke in my third class and he was just such a great boy.... I loved him dearly and probably have always liked the name since then. Luckily I just called him Luke so did the girls and DH had to give in. We do call him Buddy a lot too.... someday he will probably hate it.


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Ok, I'm done reading! Your plans look great! I've never stayed at CSR, but it does look gorgeous. I love the updates they have made to the rooms. Enjoy that special time with your parents! My mom passed away in Aug. and I regret that she never got to experience WDW with DD.

Can't wait to read more!

I saw you posted on my PTR! I think you can still book Chef Mickey's 180 days out up to June 19th due to the new system change over. Check out this thread. I've been using it to keep up to date with the new ADR system.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1977770
I am sorry about your mom- my mom is my rock, she does so much for us. I am glad they get to see the kids and experience it with them too.
I am actually not having the usual resort doubt I normally have. I am up for trying CSR out.

Thanks for the heads up about Chef Mickeys and CRT.

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Ooooh, I'd love to see some early morning pictures of that beautiful place!

It was just the one girl that got an attitude with Jill. We don't fault the whole place for her one minute of rudeness. Jill was scarred by it a little, because it was directed right at her, and it embarrassed her.

I bet the girls were so cute looking at the maps. Brooklynn gets out the scrapbooks and Birnbaums and maps and points out things. To her, it's 'my Epcot' and 'my Magic Kingdom'.

I hope you do get to see Fantasmic!
I am sure MeMom I will not get the # of pictures you do, but I sure plan to take a lot. I also want to make sure that the camera is always with me, and that my mom has hers (not a great one but better than none) so I don't miss anything. I think that is why a photopass CD will be helpful too, in case we are not all together and great pic opportunities arise.

As for the CM and Jill... it just bothers me. You see decade old mugs all the time... come on Disney you make a ton of $$$ off repeat visitors. WHo the heck cares about mugs and where they are bought and when they are bought! Plus making someone feel guilty at WDW is just stinky if you are a CM!


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remind me again of what happened. i can't remember. they say memory's the first thing to go.
Jill was caught using her mug at CSR... and I guess they had different ones...

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That is exactly what I would do too! Way to go Laura on fanagling your ressie to get what you want!!! LOVE that the family is already planning what movies to bring in the car too! My kind of people!
I am afraid with snow days we will barely be done with school as it is... we started late this year and only have one calamity day left- yikes!
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Seven!!!!

Seven is a lot of park days for us. I cannot remember ever going to WDW and doing seven park days. Our last couple of trips included 5 park days and 3 park days. While this is exciting it calls for a different touring plan than we have done before with the girls. We typically did long days and then had a day off or went two days and had a day off. We enjoy the pools and DTD and dining when we are not park touring. So I am a bit lost.

Here are the thoughts at this point

1 day for sure at HS, AK, EPCOT. 2 days for sure at MK. That still leaves us with two more touring days. I would like to hit all four parks and then decide which park to return to, but this is hard with ADRS and non-hopping tickets. It leads me to plan a sit down at a resort, which I am fine with. One of the extra days will probably become a MK day.

At first I leaned towards EPCOT for two days, but last trip EPCOT was the only park we visited other than MK. So we have experienced more there the past two trips. The heat always does us in at AK, but there is a lot we have not done there. Since our hotel is closer to AK I am hoping on our AK day to return in the evening for some more fun.'

HS is my dad's favorite park. My parents really don't care... the planning is up to me, but I keep this in mind. However Hannah is not a fan. I hope Toy Story Mania will help change her mind and we will probably get her on Tower of Terror. Plus with all the shows it can be hard to fit in everything in one day!

I cannot wait for Park Hours and TGM's information so I can set our days more up and decide dining. Our arrival day we hope to get to the hotel by noon for a lot of swimming. I would like to get to DTD that night for dinner perhaps and to get Luke his first Disney trip ornament too!

We will get up on check out day and do some swimming before the long ride home. We will start parks on our check in of package day!

I truly welcome any advice from every day park tour families- we are entering a new type of trip!
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I cannot wait for Park Hours and TGM's information so I can set our days more up and decide dining. Our arrival day we hope to get to the hotel by noon for a lot of swimming. I would like to get to DTD that night for dinner perhaps and to get Luke his first Disney trip ornament too!

I agree! Makes planning hard when you don't know what the park hours are!
Have fun playing around with the 7 days! We have 5 park days.

The first Disney trip ornament sounds cute!
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Trying to make plans w/o park hours is very hard. But I've been seeing a trend where MK closes around 11pm and Epcot closes around 10pm (World Showcase and Future World closes at 7pm) But again this is what I've seen when we're going--it could change by then!! If you're going in May it's more than likely MK will be open pretty late..as far as AK and DHS...not sure.
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remind me again of what happened. i can't remember. they say memory's the first thing to go.
Jill filled her mug up, thinking the new rule was that it could be at any of the resort drink islands. I believe that is how the sign read when we got them that time. We didn't realize that didn't include CSR. Instead of the lady saying nicely and quietly that she wasn't supposed to do that, she got an attitude and did the whole body shake hand wave thing and told Jill she needed to put that back!
Jill did.
She dumped the whole Coke, so either way, CSR lost out. I would gladly have paid the two bucks for the drink and just let Jill have it in the mug instead of the paper cup it would have come in if that lady had been nice and let us do that.

It embarrassed Jill, needless to say.

It's still a beautiful resort, and I have no problem visiting there to take pictures. I know that was a one moment in time incident, and I don't take it out on the whole resort. I imagine there have been less-than-friendly CMs at every resort that have traumatized other guests. It's just going to happen here and there.


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Seven!!!!

Seven is a lot of park days for us. I cannot remember ever going to WDW and doing seven park days. Our last couple of trips included 5 park days and 3 park days. While this is exciting it calls for a different touring plan than we have done before with the girls. We typically did long days and then had a day off or went two days and had a day off. We enjoy the pools and DTD and dining when we are not park touring. So I am a bit lost.

Here are the thoughts at this point

1 day for sure at HS, AK, EPCOT. 2 days for sure at MK. That still leaves us with two more touring days. I would like to hit all four parks and then decide which park to return to, but this is hard with ADRS and non-hopping tickets. It leads me to plan a sit down at a resort, which I am fine with. One of the extra days will probably become a MK day.


HS is my dad's favorite park. My parents really don't care... the planning is up to me, but I keep this in mind. However Hannah is not a fan. I hope Toy Story Mania will help change her mind and we will probably get her on Tower of Terror. Plus with all the shows it can be hard to fit in everything in one day!


I truly welcome any advice from every day park tour families- we are entering a new type of trip!
It's hard to give other people advice, since everyone tours differently and has different tastes. It's kind of a good dilemma, though, to have park days to fill!

With the little ones, I'd go for three of the seven to be MK spread out a day or so apart. If you've done lots of Epcot, keep one for that. Personally, I'd go for Animal Kingdom, but I love that park!

If your dad loves Hollywood, there's a lot to be said for letting someone else have their favorite. Maybe you can just tell Hannah that it's Grandpa's day, and that's the one he likes best.

You don't have to stay the whole day, if you choose HS, and maybe the grandparents might want to stay to see Fantasmic or just stroll the streets of Hollywood while you guys go back to the resort, DTD, or to see a new resort.

Or they might want to just keep Emily with them at HS (if she likes it) and spend some special time with her. Mom or Dad could take Hannah to do something special with her, and the other one of you could spend time with just Luke. I never much thought about the splitting up idea, since we just have Brooklynn, but the janloz family did that with their two kids, and it seemed like it was nice for each kid to have a special time with parents and grandparents.

I think it is something I will keep in mind when I do have more than one grandchild going.
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I am lost without June hours right now. I am not used to waiting this long for them.

You have two park days unaccounted for? How about you do resort dining, like you said, for those two days, and that way you can go to whichever park you feel like spending more time in -- that might be the best way to approach it.
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