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Old 08-09-2010, 03:58 PM   #271
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I love the bags!

You're airfare is $580 right now for just you, or is that for the 2 seats you want? Either way, that's pretty crazy, airfare is ridiculous right now. Have you tried any other airlines? Jet Blue is usually pretty cheap, they're the only other airline I like because they don't charge for checked luggage. And they have tv's!

Everyone buys their toiletries so early! I don't know how you can do it, and look at them for the next few months, that would drive me crazy, I really can't let myself buy stuff until I'm at least a month away from my trip, but I prefer to do it even closer, a week or two away! I'll have to check out the Dollar Tree near me, I usually get everything at Target for my trips, but as cheap as Target is, it still adds up!
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:06 PM   #272
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What airline are you guys flying? That early price is amazing, but yeah, shooting up to $640 because of one day sucks If you guys are flying Southwest, you may want to take a look at their Chicago to Florida sale and see if your dates are included in it. You may be able to get a credit

I definitely will It's just still a sheet of fabric at the moment That's the only thing I'm really making. I'm buying the top for it from Old Navy and the shoes from Payless. I can fix things, but I can't really sew, so my mom's going to teach me (even though her sewing machine is 30 years old and isn't similar to most new machines). What projects are you working on?
AirTran. We've never flown them before. I've flown United and American. Unfortunately, we didn't book southwest b/c we actually booked our airfare before the window for our trip time became available with SW.

I am making 2 crayon rolls (which actually are pretty easy) and 3 tote bags-one for me, one for my cousin and one for my SIL! I took a sewing class at JoAnn Fabrics and I learned the basics but I definitely have been teaching myself along the way!
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I love the bags!

You're airfare is $580 right now for just you, or is that for the 2 seats you want? Either way, that's pretty crazy, airfare is ridiculous right now. Have you tried any other airlines? Jet Blue is usually pretty cheap, they're the only other airline I like because they don't charge for checked luggage. And they have tv's!

Everyone buys their toiletries so early! I don't know how you can do it, and look at them for the next few months, that would drive me crazy, I really can't let myself buy stuff until I'm at least a month away from my trip, but I prefer to do it even closer, a week or two away! I'll have to check out the Dollar Tree near me, I usually get everything at Target for my trips, but as cheap as Target is, it still adds up!
It's for the two seats that Southwest would charge me for. If I don't buy the second one and then they decide I'm too fat and need it, I think they'll charge me the fare as it is that day, not the original fare I paid for the first ticket. I've looked at American, United, Delta, JetBlue, AirTran, Continental, and a couple others I've forgotten at the moment. The cheapest fare is still Southwest when you consider that American, United, Delta, and Continental will also make me buy a second seat and I have no idea what JetBlue or AirTran's policy is toward customers of size. They don't have anything published on their websites and I'm worried that if I buy one seat, they'll kick me off the plane anyway, even without a published policy.

As for the toiletries, I just put them in my carry-on until I'm going to get ready to pack. The only ones that aren't in there are the shampoo and the body wash. I'm worried about the shampoo leaking, and the body wash already does But yeah, all that only cost me like $9. I love Dollar Tree

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AirTran. We've never flown them before. I've flown United and American. Unfortunately, we didn't book southwest b/c we actually booked our airfare before the window for our trip time became available with SW.

I am making 2 crayon rolls (which actually are pretty easy) and 3 tote bags-one for me, one for my cousin and one for my SIL! I took a sewing class at JoAnn Fabrics and I learned the basics but I definitely have been teaching myself along the way!
Aw, that sucks My airfare is probably going to be the last thing I buy unless a Ding fare comes up, since it's so freakin expensive

That's awesome My mom learned when she was a kid, and I learned a little bit here and there, but I've never really been one to make my own clothes or anything like that. I don't have a problem with it, I've just never had the inclination
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:45 PM   #274
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It's for the two seats that Southwest would charge me for. If I don't buy the second one and then they decide I'm too fat and need it, I think they'll charge me the fare as it is that day, not the original fare I paid for the first ticket. I've looked at American, United, Delta, JetBlue, AirTran, Continental, and a couple others I've forgotten at the moment. The cheapest fare is still Southwest when you consider that American, United, Delta, and Continental will also make me buy a second seat and I have no idea what JetBlue or AirTran's policy is toward customers of size. They don't have anything published on their websites and I'm worried that if I buy one seat, they'll kick me off the plane anyway, even without a published policy.
I flew Jet Blue for the first time in May, on the way there we were on a smaller plane with only 2 seats per aisle, so my DH and I were pretty comfy sitting together. On the way back there were 3 seats in the aisle, and I had the window seat, and my DH had the middle. I kept saying "watch some big tall huge man have the aisle seat". Sure enough, some giant guy had that seat. He was large in every sense of the word...really tall, overweight...he definitely did not look comfortable. No one said a word to him, and he was definitely in my DH's seat a little. Luckily my DH doesn't care about these things so he wasn't bothered, and he ended up talking to him for most of the flight. He was really nice...he actually kept complaining about how small seats on planes are!

So I don't know what Jet Blue's policy is, but I know their whole thing is that you have more room than other airlines, so maybe you could email them and get an answer? If they didn't kick this guy off, I doubt they would kick you off!!
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I flew Jet Blue for the first time in May, on the way there we were on a smaller plane with only 2 seats per aisle, so my DH and I were pretty comfy sitting together. On the way back there were 3 seats in the aisle, and I had the window seat, and my DH had the middle. I kept saying "watch some big tall huge man have the aisle seat". Sure enough, some giant guy had that seat. He was large in every sense of the word...really tall, overweight...he definitely did not look comfortable. No one said a word to him, and he was definitely in my DH's seat a little. Luckily my DH doesn't care about these things so he wasn't bothered, and he ended up talking to him for most of the flight. He was really nice...he actually kept complaining about how small seats on planes are!

So I don't know what Jet Blue's policy is, but I know their whole thing is that you have more room than other airlines, so maybe you could email them and get an answer? If they didn't kick this guy off, I doubt they would kick you off!!
I did wind up calling both JetBlue and AirTran, and AirTran's (unpublished ) policy is that you have to buy two seats. JetBlue's policy is that it's at the passenger's discretion UNLESS their neighbor complains. The woman I spoke to said that if that happens, the flight attendants will try to reseat the fat person, but if the flight's full, they'll have to buy a second seat. I found a fare with them for under $300, but the times are NOT what I want. In order to get the times that I wanted (early morning flight there, late evening flight back), I'd be paying what I was looking at with Southwest for two seats

So, depending on how their fares are doing at the end of the month (no credit cards, so that's when I'd first be able to buy the ticket), I may wind leaving Disney at 6am on my last day
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I must be insane or something. I'm thinking about adding another day to my trip because of this stupid airfare fiasco. My thinking is that if I have to spend $600 on airfare, it had better be a really good trip

So right now, I'm thinking about arriving in the early afternoon on October 22nd instead of the morning of the 23rd. It would actually be a cheaper airfare (around $500 instead of almost $600), but I'd obviously have to pay an extra night in the hotel, which I don't think I'd mind doing. Essentially, it would only be about an extra $30-40 to have a whole extra day at WDW (hotel cost minus fare difference).

I haven't made the decision yet, as I can't buy my airfare for three weeks anyway. What do you guys think?
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Firefly, I say go for it! If you're spending all that money to head to the World, then make the most of it. I only wish I could add some time but then my trip is at the mercy of DH's work schedule. I can't complain .... I'll be at the world with your lovely purple bag (and you)
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Firefly, I say go for it! If you're spending all that money to head to the World, then make the most of it. I only wish I could add some time but then my trip is at the mercy of DH's work schedule. I can't complain .... I'll be at the world with your lovely purple bag (and you)
I'm leaning toward it... As long as the fare stays that way (or drops, which would be awesome), I'll call Disney and change my arrival date. I sort of made a dinner reservation for that night, so that just in case I do decide to come in on the 22nd, I'll be able to have a nice dinner. I picked Captain's Grille at the Yacht Club so that I can also wander around the Boardwalk and still get back to Pop easily If I decide not to come in on the 22nd and stick with the 23rd, I can just cancel it.

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Old 08-12-2010, 11:38 PM   #279
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This afternoon, I woke up and turned on my iTouch to check my email and I had a Ding fare from Southwest, so I checked it. It was a $93 fare from Chicago to Orlando, but for any day September 1-30 It's the second I've seen in recent weeks, so I'm hoping that they'll start releasing October Ding fares soon, since August is now almost half over. I also realized the other day that I can't buy my airfare until late September anyway, unless a Ding fare pops up before then or I get approved for the credit card I applied for the other day (I don't have any, and am actually not sure if I'll get this one, long story as to why).

Sooo... I'm going to call Disney tomorrow and change my arrival day to the 22nd! I've decided you know what, screw it, I want to spend as much time in Disney as possible. Also, Saturday flights seem to be more expensive and crowded than Friday flights. Even today, leaving on Friday instead of Saturday would save me $75, which I could use toward another night at Pop and then just another $50 for the rest of the hotel cost. It stands to reason that there'll be Ding fares, too, since I've seen two for Orlando just in the last few weeks, but they've been for September, so I can't use them.

So, here's my updated itinerary:

Tuesday, October 12
Check in online!

Friday, October 22
Flight on Southwest sometime in the morning or early afternoon (leaning toward 7:40am, arriving at 11:15am)
DME to Pop, check in, drop bags off
Go to Downtown Disney and shop
Grab lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express
Dinner at Raglan Road at 6:30pm


Saturday, October 23
Go to MK whenever I wake up
Stop at Guest Services to upgrade my tickets to 5-day park hoppers
Lunch at Tony's at 12:25

Dinner at Cosmic
Stay for evening EMH

Sunday, October 24
Sleep in, then check Disboards and email and such (I'm bringing my laptop and broadband card)
Maybe go swimming
Lunch at the Pop Food Court

Head to MK to enter at 4 for MNSSHP (this is dependent on 4pm entry, obviously)
Dinner at Crystal Palace at 6 with PrincessInOz, LuvChefMic, and their husbands

Monday, October 25
Head over to Epcot to meet up with PrincessInOz and maybe LuvChefMic
F&W festival
Hop over to MK for EMH
Grab a late dinner at Casey's, if they're open

Tuesday, October 26
DHS in the morning
Lunch at Sci-Fi at 11:45
Head to MK whenever I'm done with DHS
Dinner at Liberty Tree with PrincessInOz and LuvChefMic at 5:20
MNSSHP!

Wednesday, October 27
Morning at DAK
Hop over to MK after going on exactly TWO rides (Kilimanjaro and EE )
Lunch at Liberty Tree at 12
Dinner at Harbor House
Maybe hop over to Epcot

Thursday, October 28
Morning EMH at MK
Breakfast at Crystal Palace at 9:35 (conveniently AFTER EMH )
Lunch at The Plaza at 1:25
MNSSHP!
Dinner at Pecos

Friday, October 29
Wander over to Downtown Disney after I wake up and check my bags in with DME
Lunch at Earl of Sandwich
Dinner at the airport
Fly home

Should I change my ticker? I can't decide, since I like seeing it half done

But yay, 71 days left!
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:18 AM   #280
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Yay I'm glad you're adding a day! I'm hoping the Friday flights are a little less crowded too, and yeah, when I changed my flight from Saturday to Friday, the price dropped a lot so there must be a reason!

When I added a day, I made a new ticker, I didn't like starting over, but at the same time, I like seeing that I'll be there a day earlier! But I'm a little too obsessed with my ticker, it might not be normal! Like today, I'm excited that it actually says 2 months on it!
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Yay I'm glad you're adding a day! I'm hoping the Friday flights are a little less crowded too, and yeah, when I changed my flight from Saturday to Friday, the price dropped a lot so there must be a reason!

When I added a day, I made a new ticker, I didn't like starting over, but at the same time, I like seeing that I'll be there a day earlier! But I'm a little too obsessed with my ticker, it might not be normal! Like today, I'm excited that it actually says 2 months on it!
I'm glad, too Since I'm buying the two seats, all I care about is that the flight's not completely full Then I'll get my refund I want the first non-stop flight out, and then on my return, the last non-stop flight back. I don't like layovers, especially with a flight as short as Chicago to Orlando

I did wind up making a new ticker. It would've driven me nuts otherwise I can't wait for mine to say one month I think it will next weekend. I just so can't wait for this trip
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Love the plans! I'm going to have to steal the Sunday to Tuesday plans, when I'm not not going i.e., when I get my flight from Oz organised, which it currently is not!

Should be soon....I hope.
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Love the plans! I'm going to have to steal the Sunday to Tuesday plans, when I'm not not going i.e., when I get my flight from Oz organised, which it currently is not!

Should be soon....I hope.
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OK, I count 7 TS restaurants, 5 CS restaurants, I assume you're going to use the snack credits for F&W, but according to your plan there are still 2 CS credits you're not using!

I know, I notice the food part. Glad you're adding a day, that should be a nice long trip!
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Yeah, I noticed that after I edited my spreadsheet. I also tweaked a couple of my reservations a little, so I'm going to go back in and edit that post to reflect what I've changed The two CS locations I picked were Wolfgang Puck Express and Casey's. I figure that by the time Sharon and I get over to EMH after the F&W, I'll be hungry again, so I'll just grab a hot dog and fries or grapes at Casey's
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