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Old 02-21-2011, 02:27 PM   #1
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I will never go to WDW pushing a stroller! - Nov/Dec 2011 PTR, Final? Itinerary 11/18

Welcome to my first effort at writing a PTR. We will be taking our first family vacation with just me, DW and DS this fall the week after Thanksgiving. We plan to drive on Friday and Saturday to St. Pete Beach where we will spend 2 nights, then drive on to Wilderness Lodge where we'll stay 5 nights before heading back home.

Here is our agenda for the trip:
  • Nov 25: Drive to St. Pete Beach
  • Nov 26-27: Spend some time relaxing by the water
  • Nov 28: Eat a late (11:20) breakfast at Chef Mickey's and check in at WL
  • Nov 29-Dec 2 Spend 4 full days at the parks (Detailed plans to follow)
  • Dec 3 Check out and spend a few hours at the parks
  • Dec 3-4 Return home
Now a little bit about us:

Me: My name is Andy. I'm the Dad and a proud member of the DIS Dads Club. This will be my 7th trip to WDW.
  • My favorite park is MK
  • My favorite ride is Rockin Rollercoaster
  • My favorite character is Goofy
  • My favorite Disney movie is Peter Pan
DW: This will be her 4th trip to WDW. She likes it, but is nowhere near as addicted as I am.
  • Her favorite park is MK
  • Her favorite ride is Rockin Rollercoaster
  • Her favorite character is Eeyore
  • Her favorite Disney movie is all of the Pixar movies
DS: Well, he will be 22 months when we go... therefore it looks like I will be pushing a stroller (watch your ankles). This will be his first trip and I'm not sure who his favorite character is, but he loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

We know it will be hard to do everything having a 22 month old with us, but we are planning accordingly. There is a slight chance that we could be going back in 2012 with my parents so we won't feel the need to do it all. We're going to take a laid back approach to things and take it easy. I tend to be the commando type personality that wants to be in the parks from Rope Drop to closing time. DW always wants to sleep in and relax. I've already been given permission to go to morning EMH solo and hit the big kid rides as long as I promise to come back and get them to go to whatever park we're visiting that day.

Since we're going to try to stay flexible and not overplan, we're going to use the Quick Service Dining Plan this time. We're going to do a few table service meals as well, but I haven't decided which ones we'll do. We love Italian food and in 2008 the Italian pavillion in WS was under renovation and I don't think the restaurant was open. We're going to have to visit at least one of those. We're also going to plan a character meal but haven't decided which one yet, although I'm leaning toward Chef Mickey's. As you can see we still have a lot of details to iron out, but a lot of time to do it.

This is a bit of an introduction for now. I'll post some more background information about how this trip came to be later.

Thanks for reading!

Table of Contents
How This trip came to be
A Little bit of Disney Magic
There's something to Celebrate
Where do we want to eat?
Will our Timing Work?
Prelminary pre-ADR plans
180 Days to go!
Can we make it 2 years in a row???
Tweaking some ADRs
Independence Day Weekend
Kings Island - Part 1
Kings Island - The Waiting Game
Kings Island - Snake Bit
Lessons Learned and a Change in Plans
Can we fit in Beaches & Cream?
The Update About Nothing
Can we still add someone to the reservation?
Harvest time update
Final???? Itinerary

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