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Old 03-17-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
disneygirlinnj
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Bringing Mom to WDW for MY bday, Sept '09! Day 4 Part 1..AK and Tusker House 12/30!

Chapter List:
Planning 1: some of the detail (this post)
Planning 2: To Free Dine or Not to Free Dine
Planning 3: The Tables in Wonderland Decision
Planning 4: The BF wants to eat WHERE?!
Planning 5: Tentative Itinerary #1 (of many)
Planning 6: Scrap all Plans... Upgrade to Deluxe Dining?!
Planning 7: Deluxe Dining Calculation Babble
Planning 8: Random Babble About Picking ADRs
Planning 9: Tentative ADRs for Deluxe Dining
Planning 10: Officially have Deluxe Dining...and no more 40% hotel..and online ADRs are working!
Planning 11: More Finalized Itinerary, and MNSSHP..what day!?
Planning 12: Doin the Happy Dance..got all 17 ADRs!!! WOOHOO!!!
Planning 13: Got my Birthday Breakfast before Park Opening!!!!!
Planning 14: HELP! I need flight advice!
Planning 15: Kouzzina threw a wrench in my ADRs!
Planning 16: Kouzzina and flights are BOOKED!!!!!!!
Planning 17: Trip is PAID!!!! Happy Dance!!!
Planning 18: I'm a big JetBlue fan today
Planning 19: Attempting to journal my trip!
Planning 20: How the heck do I get there?!
Planning 21: JetBlue makes me happy like that dancing banana!
Planning 22: One Man Down...
Planning 23: Tweet Tweet!
Planning 24: Buy TiW this trip or wait until next trip?!
Planning 25: The arrival of DME docs!!!!
Planning 26: All Documents are in my Possession!
Planning 27: To Do List and VENT!
Planning 28: Updated ToDo List
Planning 29: Update ToDo and some photos
Planning 30: Car Service Booked and ToDo Yet Again!
Planning 31: MK Stuff to Do and Flashback time!!
Planning 32: Part 2 of Magic Kingdom Flashbacks!
Planning 33: Epcot Stuff to Do and Flashbacks!
Planning 34: MGM Stuff to Do, Flashbacks, and Online Check-In!
Planning 36: AK ToDos, Flashbacks, 5 More days!!!!!
Planning 37: Four More Days!! And a few odds and ends
Planning 38: 3 More Days and I'm freaking out!!! & Night time recap
Planning 39: 2 Days and Procrastination!
Planning 40: Leaving Tomorrow! & Started Packing & DONE!
Trip Report 1: We're BACK!!!!
Trip Report 2: Day 1, Part 1.... Getting to Disney and Checking In!!!!
Trip Report 3: Day 1, Part 2... MK and GF Tea!
Trip Report 4: Day 1, Part 3...The best dinner ever...Citricos!
Trip Report 5: Day 2, Part 1...Starting off the morning with breakfast with Eeyore and gang, and an empty MK!
Trip Report 6: Day 2, Part 2...Fantasyland, Liberty Square morning
Trip Report 7: Day 2, Part 3...MK and lunch at Tonys
Trip Report 8: Day 2, Part 4...The biggest dining disappointment of the whole trip...Kona dinner
Trip Report 9: Day 3, Part 1...Beautiful morning at Epcot!
Trip Report 10: Day 3, Part 2... Lunch at Tutto Italia
Trip Report 11: Day 3 Part 3..Epcot, DTD, POFQ
Trip Report 12: Day 4 Part 1...AK and Tusker House breakfast

Hey everyone! Well I'm back!!! I haven't been on the boards as much (except WISH) but slowly but surely I'm working my way back into the DIS.

As some of you know...I'm already heading to Disney in January for the half marathon. Pre trippie is in my sig. Can't wait!

However.... we received a PIN about a month or two ago for 40% off hotel. I saw the card and put it off to the side knowing that we wouldn't be able to go. And the card just sat there...and sat... and a bunch of other stuff piled up on it and it was forgotten.

I started cleaning off all the useless stuff off my dresser and noticed the card and it got me thinking... hmmm.... CAN I pull of another Disney trip? 40% off hotel is a LOT... hmmm.... I've always wanted to go for my bday.... mom has been bugging me to go again... F&W is on my bday...they're running the bday celebration... hmmm...

My mom can't stop talking about our last Disney trip (Trippie Here) and I wanted to do something nice again for her. What better way than to go back to the World?

So I don't say anything to mom and throw the card in my bag on the way to work. Figured I'll crunch some numbers when I get there. Well? that's ALL I did almost that whole day. And it looked promising! I calculated for 8 days/7 nights like our last trip..I can stay at Pop for $400!!

Immediately I called Disney and booked a trip. Connie helped me out and was awesome!

So yup...I'm going to Disney 9/26-10/3. I know it's a ways away and I can always cancel if I had to but i at least wanted to book something before the 40% pin expired at the end of March.

The next day I was thinking more and while we loved Pop when we went, I kinda wanted something more laid back and low key and not as chaotic. I know mom would enjoy that too. So i called and changed the ressie to POFQ, and got about $500 off. When's the next time we'll be able to stay at POFQ so cheap?! I can deal with the few hundred extra, especially after researching POFQ.

As for passes...I'm going to get my mom an 8 day park hopper. For me? I'm going with the annual since I'm going back down in January. Save me some money for that trip!

Airfare? I already have one free flight on my credit card points. By the time I need to book I SHOULD have another one. If not though I'll just buy one and then use the free one for January.

It's my bday on the 27th when we're down there and I'm going to get the $75 gift card to buy some fun stuff. It's also Food & Wine and I've been dying to go for that since I've never been.

If free dining is offered, I'm going to pass. It was a LOT of food last time we did it and I think we'll spend around the same amount of money on things we actually want to eat. And since it's F&W? I'll be eating around the world... a LOT!

So that's my trip in condensed version form. I'll be back with what I'm thinking for ADR's and stuff. Since I have time though I'm not too worried!!

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