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Old 01-18-2013, 04:19 PM   #316
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Can I join the group too? We will be there Nov 21 - 30 and hope to stay at POFQ (unless my oldest changes his mind and decides to join us, then it will be POR). I am sooo excited to be going back to my "Happy Place"!!!
Absolutely!!! Welcome aboard!


I'm going to update the first post with all the new info tomorrow. I'm about to head out the door for a wrestling match.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:33 AM   #317
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We are DVC members and AKL is our home resort. I love it there. We stayed at ASM and POP before becoming members, so I have never stayed at a mod. I have a hard time justifying extra money for lodging. In fact I was going crazy and felt we needed a sooner trip, but we used all our points. We will be staying at the POP next month....I am pretty sure I have a problem :/
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:33 AM   #318
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I'm a newbie. Please add me to the Nov list! We're traveling 11/3/13 to 11/10/13. It'll be my DD's first trip. She's so excited! Made the mistake of telling her a few weeks ago. LOL That's all she talks about. Every.Single.Day!

Like right now- she's watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and she's just came running over screaming "Mommy I wanna go Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! PLease Mommy! Please!" :D

Going to be a long 9 1/2 months!
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:35 AM   #319
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Wanted to add we have a timeshare thru Wyndham. We'll be staying at Bonnet Creek Resort. From what I understand its on Disney property but not a Disney resort? I know its inside the gates. I think its across from Typhoon Lagoon or one of the water parks.

Anyone ever stay there?
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After a frustrating overwhelming day for my 3 yr old DD, we're in the bathroom right after Wishes, listening to the announcement of "your wishes come true" and DD says "Momma, my wish came true!" "Really? What was your wish?" "To meet Cinderella!"
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:41 AM   #320
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I'm a newbie. Please add me to the Nov list! We're traveling 11/3/13 to 11/10/13. It'll be my DD's first trip. She's so excited! Made the mistake of telling her a few weeks ago. LOL That's all she talks about. Every.Single.Day!

Like right now- she's watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and she's just came running over screaming "Mommy I wanna go Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! PLease Mommy! Please!" :D

Going to be a long 9 1/2 months!
Fun! There is a great thread on here about disney theme night countdown parties, I bet she would love that
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:15 PM   #321
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We will be at AKL, Jambo Nov 7 thru the 12!!!! I am hoping to catch the end of International Wine and food and the start of MVMCP.
F&W festival will be still going on. Those days have been announced and it goes through the 10th. Enjoy AKL. We are going to book a table service at Sanaa on this trip so we can check it out.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:43 PM   #322
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We are considering 11/7-11/11, maybe at Poly. We'll have a 7yo, 3yo, and 4 mo old, so getting back to hotel for midday breaks will be important. Hubby & I have done WDW on our own and with other family before, but this will be first trip for our kids. Excited!!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:16 PM   #323
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oooh...I would love to stay at the Poly someday. We stayed at Bay Lake Towers last Feb and loved it. Thanks for the info on food and wine, I hadn't seen it yet.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:27 PM   #324
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I'm a newbie. Please add me to the Nov list! We're traveling 11/3/13 to 11/10/13. It'll be my DD's first trip. She's so excited! Made the mistake of telling her a few weeks ago. LOL That's all she talks about. Every.Single.Day!

Like right now- she's watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and she's just came running over screaming "Mommy I wanna go Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! PLease Mommy! Please!" :D

Going to be a long 9 1/2 months!
Wonderful! Welcome aboard! I'll add you to the first post.

We tend to talk a little bit about our Disney trip everyday as well. lol And today there is a marathon on ABCFamily, so we're watching that. Hate the commercials and I soooo wish Hercules would come out on blu-ray already, but ah well.


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We are considering 11/7-11/11, maybe at Poly. We'll have a 7yo, 3yo, and 4 mo old, so getting back to hotel for midday breaks will be important. Hubby & I have done WDW on our own and with other family before, but this will be first trip for our kids. Excited!!!
I would love to stay at the Poly!!! I priced out the difference between our POR stay and a stay at the Poly or AKL or WL yesterday and OMG!!!! I couldn't believe the price difference. $3,000 extra is way too much just to sleep in a room. Plus, we are a bit spoiled with the food court at POR and many of the deluxes don't have option as good in our opinion.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:47 PM   #325
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I priced out the difference between our POR stay and a stay at the Poly or AKL or WL yesterday and OMG!!!! I couldn't believe the price difference. $3,000 extra is way too much just to sleep in a room.
Since we are only staying 4 nights for this trip, we are able to put more toward lodging than usual. And having to be in the room for 2-3 hrs midday in addition to the overnights makes us want it to be comfy and big enough for all 5 of us. It's a different ballgame than other vacations since we'll have an infant along. WL was our first choice but already booked. I'd love to hear recs from others. Especially on hotel choice & coming back for naps.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:19 PM   #326
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Since we are only staying 4 nights for this trip, we are able to put more toward lodging than usual. And having to be in the room for 2-3 hrs midday in addition to the overnights makes us want it to be comfy and big enough for all 5 of us. It's a different ballgame than other vacations since we'll have an infant along. WL was our first choice but already booked. I'd love to hear recs from others. Especially on hotel choice & coming back for naps.
We're in almost the same boat. Kids are 8, 4, and 18mos. We've been to WDW three times since our youngest was born and have had a great experience each time. When he was 3 months, we stayed at Pop. It worked out OK but the room wasn't big enough for all of our stuff. At the time, he would sleep pretty much anywhere so the pack n play right in the middle of the room was fine. Our next trip, he was 11 months and we stayed at CBR. The bigger room worked out well and we were able to put the pack n play in the sink area and close the curtain so he couldn't see us. That allowed for naps. Also, our room was right near one of the quiet pools, so the big kids could swim while he was napping. On our most recent stay, he was 17 months and we stayed in a studio at AKV. This was definitely the biggest room and also had the sink area to put the pack n play. We actually brought a shower curtain and rod with us to block off the area again like we did at CBR.

We always come back for naps (or at least pool/downtime). I think it's critical with this age group or else everyone will be miserable in the afternoon. We also don't do parks every day. We alternate park and resort-hopping days. Helps us keep a more leisurely pace.
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Since we are only staying 4 nights for this trip, we are able to put more toward lodging than usual. And having to be in the room for 2-3 hrs midday in addition to the overnights makes us want it to be comfy and big enough for all 5 of us. It's a different ballgame than other vacations since we'll have an infant along. WL was our first choice but already booked. I'd love to hear recs from others. Especially on hotel choice & coming back for naps.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:42 AM   #328
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Since we are only staying 4 nights for this trip, we are able to put more toward lodging than usual. And having to be in the room for 2-3 hrs midday in addition to the overnights makes us want it to be comfy and big enough for all 5 of us. It's a different ballgame than other vacations since we'll have an infant along. WL was our first choice but already booked. I'd love to hear recs from others. Especially on hotel choice & coming back for naps.
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We're in almost the same boat. Kids are 8, 4, and 18mos. We've been to WDW three times since our youngest was born and have had a great experience each time. When he was 3 months, we stayed at Pop. It worked out OK but the room wasn't big enough for all of our stuff. At the time, he would sleep pretty much anywhere so the pack n play right in the middle of the room was fine. Our next trip, he was 11 months and we stayed at CBR. The bigger room worked out well and we were able to put the pack n play in the sink area and close the curtain so he couldn't see us. That allowed for naps. Also, our room was right near one of the quiet pools, so the big kids could swim while he was napping. On our most recent stay, he was 17 months and we stayed in a studio at AKV. This was definitely the biggest room and also had the sink area to put the pack n play. We actually brought a shower curtain and rod with us to block off the area again like we did at CBR.

We always come back for naps (or at least pool/downtime). I think it's critical with this age group or else everyone will be miserable in the afternoon. We also don't do parks every day. We alternate park and resort-hopping days. Helps us keep a more leisurely pace.
See, we have the opposite experience. My youngest (Quinn) can sleep anywhere at anytime. So, when he's tired, he just lays down in the stroller with his blankie and I clothespin another blankie around the front of the stroller so less light and sound can get in. We stay at the parks for the older two and we can walk around and do some shopping or eat at the F&W Festival booths. We're just lucky, though. I know a lot of people whose children need the quiet and dimness to take naps.

I noticed you were just going for a long weekend, samacita. Are you from NJ? Is that why you choose those dates?
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No, I'm not from NJ (is that a popular weekend for NJ residents?). Just trying to work around school schedules for our oldest and not sure about summer yet. There are some advantages to summer that come with a longer stay but that would definitely push us into the value resorts or offsite. It would also mean traveling with a 1 yr old vs an infant, and there are pros and cons with both.

We haven't met the baby yet, so not sure what kind of napper we'll end up with. The midday break is for all of us, really. Don't want to push ourselves to the point of not enjoying the trip. An easy, relaxing pace would suit us well.
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Totally understand the midday breaks; we're the opposite, though. We're all awake no later than 6am and we tend to be in bed (not necessarily asleep) by 9:30 or 10pm. So, we just stay at the parks and enjoy the whole day and then head back to our room in the evenings.

As for the dates you are going....yes, unfortunately that is a busy, busy time for NJ residents. The NJEA convention will be the 7th and 8th this year, which means every public school in the state is closed those days. And most have Wednesday off as well. Not to mention they'll all have off the 11th for Veteran's day.

From the crowd calendars, it looks like Thursday will be a 5, Friday will be a 6, Saturday is an 8, Sunday is a 7 and Monday is a 6. So, a bit buiser than "normal" that time of year because of the NJEA convention, the F&W Festival races, and Veteran's Day. That is why we are leaving that Saturday. We're missing Halloween at home, but we're willing to deal with that.
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