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Old 11-09-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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Christmas .....who's going and where are you staying??

We are planning on CBR for December 20th in order to get the free dining for our stay. Booked a preferred room for better location. Done Christmas before and we know it's busy but it's also lovely and we want to see the Candlelight Processional with Gary Sinese!!
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:25 AM   #2
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We are in Orlando from December 23 to December 30. Staying onsite at SeaWorld at the Residence Inn in a one bedroom suite.

This is our first time being in Orlando actually on Christmas. Last year we were there New Years week (December 31 - January 7).

We chose SeaWorld for several reasons. Its our family's favourite park in Orlando, plus we love having Quick Queue during higher crowd periods. And because we are staying at an onsite property, those will be free this time around .

Some of the things we have planned so far........

SeaWorld (multiple times), Aquatica (with a cabana rental), an airboat ride at Wild Willy's, Gatorland, the Toronto Raptors/Orlando Magic game on December 29th, ICE! at Gaylord Palms (and gingerbread cookie decorating ), Downtown Disney, and lots of shopping (we LOVE the outlet malls). We also have some special dining experiences booked including Santa's Fireside Feast and Dine with Shamu (both at SeaWorld), T-Rex in DTD (a first for us!), breakfast at O'hanas (a family favourite), and the Shrek Feast at Gaylorld Palms.

Flying out of Buffalo for the first time.....we shall see how that compares to our beloved Syracuse. Also flying Airtran one direction, which is another first for us.

Upon arrival back in Buffalo on the 30th, we are staying one night in Niagara Falls before making the journey home on New Years Eve Day.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:49 AM   #3
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We did Christmas week two years ago (loved it), but this time we are at OKW from Jan 1-8, although we will be in Daytona December 31st - DD and her BFF wanted to spend New Year's Eve at the ocean, plan to release lanterns like Tangled (except only one each instead of thousands lol). And we are driving down because of the side trip to Daytona and to have a car, since rentals are so expensive right now, and airfare during the holidays isn't so great either.
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:14 PM   #4
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Hey Molly!

Maybe we'll run into you down there. We're on a cruise that stops at Port Canaveral for the day and are still deciding where to head for the day. I know where I want to go but for some reason the rest of my family feel they should have a say too.

Have fun with your family. You all deserve a most magical vacation!


Hoping for some extra special pixie dust.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:04 PM   #5
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We will be spending two fun-filled weeks in Florida from Dec. 22 to Jan. 6. We will start in Miami, then spend a few days in Boca Raton with family around Christmas, drive up to the Space Coast area and visit Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach, head to WDW where we will be staying at Old Key West on the 29, 31, 31, and move to Animal Kingdom Jambo for Jan. 1, 2, 3. This will be our first time to Florida and Disney during this time of year and it will be nice to still see all the Christmas decorations up when we arrive. From there we will probably stay at the Drury Inn and spent a couple of day on I-drive shopping and going to Sea World. We purchased the Go Orlando cards through Smart Destinations when they were recently on sale and will try to get our money's worth out of those by visiting as many attractions as possible as it also includes Miami and many other areas.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:40 PM   #6
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We just decided last weekend to go for Xmas. We get there on the 25th and come home on Jan 6. We are staying at AKV and OKW. We lucked out & booked with our DVC points.
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...head to WDW where we will be staying at Old Key West on the 29, 31, 31, and move to Animal Kingdom Jambo for Jan. 1, 2, 3.
That's funny - we are going the opposite. We are AKV first then OKW
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:57 PM   #8
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We are flying out of Halifax on December 25th and back on January 3rd.

Canadian Disney Mom: Cool that we will be there at the same time....New Brunswick Represent!
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:24 PM   #9
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We are flying out of Halifax on December 25th and back on January 3rd.

Canadian Disney Mom: Cool that we will be there at the same time....New Brunswick Represent!
Where are you at?
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:30 AM   #10
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Hey Diamond......
I am tentatively excited.....too afraid to actually think we could pull this off to be honest.
I have booked and we are booked out of Buffalo but who knows if we will actually make this.....we are praying matthew stays well enough to go and no one else gets sick for this event. We have to travel with alot of medical supplies for the boy so that will prove another part of the event.!!
I remain hopeful though...I have some fun dinner and late nights planned.
Maybe we will see you there.....I have no idea why the people in your life think they get a say....mine don't get much. haha
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:12 PM   #11
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We are staying at Fort Wilderness in our RV from Dec.27-Jan.16th. My brother and his family; as well as, my parents will be joining us at the Fort in their RVs on New Years Day.
The Canadians will be circling the wagons
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I am in Fredericton.

We will be staying off-site at the Clarion Maingate.
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We just decided last weekend to go for Xmas. We get there on the 25th and come home on Jan 6. We are staying at AKV and OKW. We lucked out & booked with our DVC points.
Wow! Were you able to get those DVC villas just last weekend?
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Wow! Were you able to get those DVC villas just last weekend?
Yup! As I said we were very lucky!
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DD are I are flying out on December 26th and returning on December 31st (she has to be back for school). We're staying at our "home" of Wilderness Lodge for the first two nights, and then the Dolphin for the remainder of the trip.

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