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Old 03-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #151
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The website just says that they have it on "most Wednesdays". There are a few dates listed for which the event won't be held, but those are all in February or November. But, they also say that the schedule is subject to change; the last time we stayed at the Boardwalk it was cancelled pretty late because of another event at the club. They directed people to the model room to pick up their caps.

Because we will be right there it should be easy for us to check to see if there will be an event, and it won't be a big deal if it's cancelled.
OK. Like I said I wouldn't mind going to WHW.

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Thanks for that suggestion.

I did call and they confirmed that they take a lot more reservations than the ones they offer through the Disney website, and that they always allow some space for walkups.

So, now I have a reservation for 5:30 PM on Tuesday with no obligation because they don't charge for cancellations.
Yay!
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:08 PM   #152
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OK, we're almost to single digits! 11 days!!! Soon we'll be saying this time next week.

I made a trip purchase last week. I received my Vera Bradley birthday coupon which as some of you know is good for $20 off a purchase during your birthday month. Well, the new summer colors came out last week and I couldn't let my coupon go to waste. haha So what did I end up with?





It is the new Clare bag in Priscilla Pink. If you're familiar with VB, it is sort of like the hipster only a little bit fatter (which is perfect for my bigger camera). I love it!

Back to the plans now. I've gone through all the parks and Dad has been providing sort of a daily itinerary so here's the last list of things to do outside of the parks.

Downtown Disney/Miscellaneous Plans!!!



I'll start off by saying that if you didn't see my dad's post, he tried calling T-Rex Cafe (thanks to ChildatHeart82 for the suggestion!) and we were able to get a reservation for Tuesday evening. I keep saying how I want to go there so it might finally happen!

If we go there for dinner of course we'll have to visit the shops. Some of my personal favorites that we can't miss are World of Disney, Disney's Pin Traders, and D-Street. I'd like to pick up a couple new pins (definitely a Boardwalk one to add to my "Resorts I've Stayed at" collection) and a vinylmation or two. And who knows, maybe I'll find something useful for a change too. I also hope to check out some of the newer lego displays. When we were there in October it was dark out so that wasn't the best time to see them. But they are so neat looking. (Random side story about Legos: They're putting in a lego store at one of the malls around here. Last weekend when we were there Claire and I saw where it was going to be and on the walls there were a few pictures of legos. One of the pictures was of the sea serpent at Downtown Disney, with Saratoga Springs in the background. It made me smile and I told Claire to take a picture of it ) Anyways, continuing on...

Another thing I've been wanting to do at Downtown Disney but it never seems to be operating is the Characters in Flight balloon. I know Dad and Emma did it (I think in August before she moved into her apartment for the CP) and they said it was cool. So I'll hope for some good weather.

Dad also mentioned how we want to take the boat and ride over to Port Orleans since we've never been there. It's always peaceful riding the boats and it's fun visiting the different resorts.

Speaking of resorts, I also want to check out the Swan and Dolphin. The only time I've really been over there was when we rented a car from the Dolphin. I figure since we'll be at the Boardwalk it'll be easy enough to walk over there whenever.

And, sometime we might head over to Fantasia Gardens for a round of mini golf since it's pretty much right across the street from the Swan and Dolphin.

What are your favorite things to do outside the parks? Feel free to share!
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:15 PM   #153
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Very cute purse! My Sammy wold love it. She's a crazy purse person and just bought 2 for summer because her winter ones were too dark!


Downtown Disney is the first thing we did every trip! It's the perfect way to spend that half day after flying in.

I have wanted to do Characters in Flight every time we've gone, but alas it was too windy. Someday!

I think you'll really enjoy the boat ride to POR and also enjoy checking POR out. Try to check out the Piano Player in the Lounge area, he's hilarious!
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:14 PM   #154
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AHHH I love the Vera Bradley! I have a slight obsession with VB... however I was NOT aware of the birthday month coupon! Um, excuse me VB, where's mine been all these years? Hahaha.

I hope yall end up going to T-Rex! It's definitely a good one to visit at least one (or over and over again if you end up loving it)! I know I really enjoyed it, better than Rainforest!

As far as non-park activities, my list is very short. It includes DTD, and visiting other resorts (and even the list of resorts visited is short)! Hahaha but it sounds like yall have a great trip planned! WOW, 11 days! Awesome!!!
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:52 PM   #155
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You guys shouldn't be disappointed on an early safari. The one time we've been able to get up and be there before 8 it seemed like all the animals were awake and active. It was really cool.

Welcome Home Wednesdays sounds like a great plan, I hope that works out.

I can't say we ever leave ourselves enough time outside of the parks, but I do love lounging by the pool.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:21 AM   #156
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Now that the trip is less than 2 weeks away, I have been looking at the long term weather forecasts, even though I know that they are generally not accurate. I also know from past experience that those forecasts generally change from day to day, and sometimes very dramatically.

To illustrate, I looked yesterday at the 15 day forecast on Accuweather, and it showed perfect weather for the first few days of our trip: variations of sunny to partly sunny and temperatures in the upper 70's to around 80. Today, for the same period (plus one day) they are showing temperatures in the upper 80's to low 90's beginning on the Monday after Easter (still with no rain).

I'm sure tomorrow's forecast will be different, but when I look at the forecasts I think about how the weather might affect our touring plans. If the weather is really hot for our trip (a real possibility in April) that would remove all doubt about going to parks with AM EMH to take advantage of smaller crowds and cooler temeratures. It would also mean a little more time in the middle of the day at the pool or resting in the air conditioned room, and visiting air conditioned attractions like Universe of Energy, American Adventure, etc. It would also mean slowing down the pace a little, because at my age I tire quickly in very hot weather.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:17 AM   #157
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Very cute purse! My Sammy wold love it. She's a crazy purse person and just bought 2 for summer because her winter ones were too dark!


Downtown Disney is the first thing we did every trip! It's the perfect way to spend that half day after flying in.

I have wanted to do Characters in Flight every time we've gone, but alas it was too windy. Someday!

I think you'll really enjoy the boat ride to POR and also enjoy checking POR out. Try to check out the Piano Player in the Lounge area, he's hilarious!
Thank you! The colors are so fun and even brighter in person. I love it.

I love going to DTD.

haha, yup, it always seems to be too windy or rainy. Hopefully we can do it this trip. We'll see!

From everyone else's pictures, Port Orleans looks really pretty. I can't wait to see it in person!

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AHHH I love the Vera Bradley! I have a slight obsession with VB... however I was NOT aware of the birthday month coupon! Um, excuse me VB, where's mine been all these years? Hahaha.

I hope yall end up going to T-Rex! It's definitely a good one to visit at least one (or over and over again if you end up loving it)! I know I really enjoyed it, better than Rainforest!

As far as non-park activities, my list is very short. It includes DTD, and visiting other resorts (and even the list of resorts visited is short)! Hahaha but it sounds like yall have a great trip planned! WOW, 11 days! Awesome!!!
haha, I am a little obsessed too. Do you have a signature store where you live (one that is owned by the company)? If there is you could try signing up for the mailing list. I'm not sure if you can get it just by signing up online.

I think T-Rex looks so fun. I loved the Rainforest Cafe when we went so I'm sure I'll like T-Rex Cafe too.

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You guys shouldn't be disappointed on an early safari. The one time we've been able to get up and be there before 8 it seemed like all the animals were awake and active. It was really cool.

Welcome Home Wednesdays sounds like a great plan, I hope that works out.

I can't say we ever leave ourselves enough time outside of the parks, but I do love lounging by the pool.
That is what we're hoping for!

If the weather is warm like the forecasts are predicting, we will definitely plan on visiting the pool. I'm excited for the clown slide.

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Now that the trip is less than 2 weeks away, I have been looking at the long term weather forecasts, even though I know that they are generally not accurate. I also know from past experience that those forecasts generally change from day to day, and sometimes very dramatically.

To illustrate, I looked yesterday at the 15 day forecast on Accuweather, and it showed perfect weather for the first few days of our trip: variations of sunny to partly sunny and temperatures in the upper 70's to around 80. Today, for the same period (plus one day) they are showing temperatures in the upper 80's to low 90's beginning on the Monday after Easter (still with no rain).

I'm sure tomorrow's forecast will be different, but when I look at the forecasts I think about how the weather might affect our touring plans. If the weather is really hot for our trip (a real possibility in April) that would remove all doubt about going to parks with AM EMH to take advantage of smaller crowds and cooler temeratures. It would also mean a little more time in the middle of the day at the pool or resting in the air conditioned room, and visiting air conditioned attractions like Universe of Energy, American Adventure, etc. It would also mean slowing down the pace a little, because at my age I tire quickly in very hot weather.
I hope it's in the 80s and not too hot...but as long as it doesn't rain I'll be happy! I don't want a repeat of last year!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:24 AM   #158
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Just wanted to make a quick post this morning before I head off to school...


SINGLE DIGITS TODAY!!!

Dad did online check-in yesterday and as he mentioned we can start checking the forecast since we're less than 10 days away now.

We still have to buy our park tickets (we are both going to get Annual Passes)-maybe we can do that tonight.

That's all I got for now but I'll leave you with another one of my favorite theme park songs...


(I love this quote!)

Soarin'

Can't you just smell the pine trees and orange groves?



Have a good Thursday!
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On to our tentative plan for our fifth full day, Thursday the 12th.

This is one of our most set days because we have the reservation for the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at 9:30 AM. If we are up to it, we might go to the park early (even as early as the 7 AM EMH) to do a few rides before the tour. That might be our best chance to ride the new Dumbo and rethemed Barnstormer.

When the tour ends in early afternoon we will probably head back to the Boardwalk because the park will be jammed.

At this point in the trip we will be doing more playing it by ear based on how we are feeling, but we will probably be due for a visit to DHS because, if we follow the tentative plan, we will only have been there once. Evening will present an opportunity to see the AIE finale or Fantasmic if Sarah wants to do that. It might also be possible to catch a ride on TOT, RNRC (single rider) or Star Tours as part of the crowd heads for Fantasmic. Or maybe a visit to the Animation Academy. I am hoping that the crowds will be getting a little lighter as the week moves on; that was our experience when we went the week after Easter two years ago.
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Cute new VB!

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Love your new Vera purse!!!

Yay for getting an ADR at T-Rex!! I hope you decide to go. We made one for our trip as well. (we had to call direct also as there was nothing available on the WDW website) Anyway, I'll be anxious to hear your review!

for single digits!!!! That's so exciting!!
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Love the new Vera! I actually bought a new hipster in the Lime's Up pattern, I really wanted a summery pattern for my May trip, and I love green, so why not? Green goes with nothing, especially that color, but whatever, I don't need to be coordinated!

Woo hoo, single digits! That got here SO fast!
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SINGLE DIGIT DANCE!!


Kadence and I both said at the same time, "I want to go on Soarin!"
When only had a couple hours in Epcot last Sept, the one thing she demanded, was to go on Soarin!
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