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Old 04-07-2013, 12:15 AM   #751
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Wow. That bites. We board for approx 10 days+ we take our dog the night before we leave due to us leaving early to drive down then we can't pick her up til Monday after we return. They are only open til noon on Saturday and are closed for pickups on Sunday. It costs us around 180 dollars for a inside area. They walk them and play with them and bathe and groom. Even clip nails for free if stay a wk. plus they offer stay 10 night get one free the next night whenever it is. Now granted we have a chihuahua who's only 6 pounds.
The PPs cost sounds like what's typical around here, too. Includes doggy daycare so they are playing with other dogs all day instead of cooped up in a crate. Our dogs love it! and come home exhausted.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:34 PM   #752
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:06 AM   #753
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Booked for 1st trip @ WL 11/29-12/6!

Super excited about our first trip to wdw! My DH, DD6 and I plan to fly out from Seattle on the morning after Thanksgiving and will stay 7 nights at WL, leaving early Friday morning the 6th to drive to Miami for a weekend Bahamas cruise (on NCL - we had a deposit made on our last cruise 3 years ago that we needed to use, but hope to book Disney for next time!). So we'll have 6 solid days in the parks and an evening when we arrive - looking forward to advice from all of you experienced World travelers on how to best use our time!
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:27 AM   #754
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I perused previous posts and it looks like there's a fb group, but apparently I need to make 10 posts before I can message my information, so I'll ask a few questions to up my post count!

First, haven't booked flight yet (I'm hoping it comes down from $525/person (!), however it is the only direct from our area, so that will be the flight we take), but it supposedly arrives at 5:15pm. If we're taking magical express, what time would we expect to arrive at WL? Anyone have an inkling of how long checkin might take at that time? Trying to figure out what our evening will look like... Hoping we can head to DTD to get autograph book and ears for our 6 year old daughter and find something quick to eat for dinner - don't want to even try to make reservations somewhere in case we're delayed.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:38 AM   #755
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My next question is about when schedules come out. We arrive on 11/29 and it looks like the November park schedules should come out in early May, but since our trip spans into December and our 180+10 date is June 2, I'm nervous that the December schedule won't be out yet when I try to make my ADRs! I know I'm over thinking this and my DH doesn't quite understand why I get so wrapped up in planning out details so far in advance, so I hope you all can reassure me or give tips about how to deal with the situation?
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:44 AM   #756
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Since we'll be solidly on west coast time for the first few days and our daughter is not generally an early riser, I doubt we'll be able to get to parks early the first few days, but we will probably be able to capitalize on staying later than we might normally with a 6yo. Hoping that we can work in some of the shows/fireworks the first few days to make use of the later nights. Any tips on how to make the most of our time when we can't get to the parks early?
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:54 AM   #757
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Alright, last question before I head to bed - I promise!

We have a couple ADRs that we really want to make happen - CRT plus CM and/or CP. I'm wondering if you think we might have any luck getting some of those the first weekend we're there? I'm thinking since the parks will be more busy, it would be nice to get some of our must do experiences done so we can be more carefree and not tied to specific dining times during the remainder of our time when it won't be as busy. But since it is the end of many guests trips but only the beginning of ours, will we have a hard time getting reservations?

Thanks for your input and reading through my multiple posts!
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:45 PM   #758
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Just changed my dates again. This time to 11/13 to 11/22. Did it for airfare. Saved over $1500!!! $200 per person round trip. Newark to MCO. Little inconvenient but I'll take it for the savings.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #759
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Just changed my dates again. This time to 11/13 to 11/22. Did it for airfare. Saved over $1500!!! $200 per person round trip. Newark to MCO. Little inconvenient but I'll take it for the savings.
Congrats on the savings and it looks to be one of the lowest weeks for crowds so double bonus!
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:12 PM   #760
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Since we'll be solidly on west coast time for the first few days and our daughter is not generally an early riser, I doubt we'll be able to get to parks early the first few days, but we will probably be able to capitalize on staying later than we might normally with a 6yo. Hoping that we can work in some of the shows/fireworks the first few days to make use of the later nights. Any tips on how to make the most of our time when we can't get to the parks early?
I'm also a West Coaster, and we did the same dates as you last year, and also have a 6 year old (he'll be 7 for this upcoming trip). The kids had no trouble adjusting to Florida time, were up at the crack of dawn. Adults, a little more but we were super excited and just headed out with our coffee to-go cups from the room. So my best advice would be to pick your parks carefully and have a touring plan of which rides you want to hit first. We walked into Frontierland at 10a one morning in MK when the park opened at 9a, and I have pictures of how empty it was it looked like a ghost town and we walked onto rides until noon, because everybody was in Futureland.
Because we were staying at BLT, we generally were able to do one park in the morning, then took a pool/nap break around 3 or 4 til 6ish or 7, then headed into a different park for the evening (sometimes we ate dinner in the park, sometimes we had pizza in the room to cut costs), often one with EMH. Those naps/pool time helped him last til after the parades (Electrical Light Parade was big for us) and/or fireworks/evening shows. In our party we had a 4, 6, and 7 year old, and we were always carrying the 4 year old home but the 6 and 7 year old only sometimes took naps, always had a bit of pool time, and usually made it til the end of the night no problem to our surprise (we also used strollers in-park in the evenings just so we could move faster, and it cut down on the whining a lot ... too much trouble during the day when it was a little more crowded).
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My next question is about when schedules come out. We arrive on 11/29 and it looks like the November park schedules should come out in early May, but since our trip spans into December and our 180+10 date is June 2, I'm nervous that the December schedule won't be out yet when I try to make my ADRs! I know I'm over thinking this and my DH doesn't quite understand why I get so wrapped up in planning out details so far in advance, so I hope you all can reassure me or give tips about how to deal with the situation?
They released the December schedule last year with a little over a week to spare before our 180 day mark ... it was annoying, but it worked.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:24 PM   #761
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Alright, last question before I head to bed - I promise!

We have a couple ADRs that we really want to make happen - CRT plus CM and/or CP. I'm wondering if you think we might have any luck getting some of those the first weekend we're there? I'm thinking since the parks will be more busy, it would be nice to get some of our must do experiences done so we can be more carefree and not tied to specific dining times during the remainder of our time when it won't be as busy. But since it is the end of many guests trips but only the beginning of ours, will we have a hard time getting reservations?

Thanks for your input and reading through my multiple posts!
I don't think you'll have any trouble at all getting these ADR's. The online reservation system opens at 6am EST. If you go on at your 180 day mark you should have no trouble at all. Also, November hours are expected to be out within the next 2 weeks so chances are the December hours will also be out before your 180 day mark gets here.

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Just changed my dates again. This time to 11/13 to 11/22. Did it for airfare. Saved over $1500!!! $200 per person round trip. Newark to MCO. Little inconvenient but I'll take it for the savings.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:23 PM   #762
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I have thought about a pet sitter in the past to come in for our cat but I was too nervous about basically giving a stranger a key to our house. You didn't have any trouble? We really don't have any family close by to pet sit so I'm thinking this might be better than taking her to a kennel, where I know she will be FREAKED OUT
We have used multiple pet sitters (one at our old address and we had to find a new one when we moved to a different area) and never had a problem. Any good pet sitter will want to come and meet you and the cat before you book them to make sure that all parties are comfortable with each other. If you're not comfortable, keep looking! I would also make sure that it is a pet sitter set up as a business, with a website or something, so you know they aren't just going to disappear after they get your money. Also ask for and check references. If they don't offer to have a meeting first, don't have any indication of being a legit business, and don't have any references to give you, keep looking!!
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We have used multiple pet sitters (one at our old address and we had to find a new one when we moved to a different area) and never had a problem. Any good pet sitter will want to come and meet you and the cat before you book them to make sure that all parties are comfortable with each other. If you're not comfortable, keep looking! I would also make sure that it is a pet sitter set up as a business, with a website or something, so you know they aren't just going to disappear after they get your money. Also ask for and check references. If they don't offer to have a meeting first, don't have any indication of being a legit business, and don't have any references to give you, keep looking!!
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:20 AM   #764
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Just changed my dates again. This time to 11/13 to 11/22. Did it for airfare. Saved over $1500!!! $200 per person round trip. Newark to MCO. Little inconvenient but I'll take it for the savings.
That's wonderful!!! Hey, if I could have flown, I would have, but I knew what airfare was going to look like. No biggie.

Also...I was realizing that there are quite a few of us in the Philadelphia/South Jersey region. Maybe in late spring/early summer we can meet with each other just to say hi. Just a thought.
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I am wondering what your opinions are:

I have a tiw card so I was not planning to get the dining plan as it seems like we always leave behind some of the qs meals. However my kids (over 18) just brought up the point that if they are on their own and go to eat they won't get the discount because I'm not there with the card. Now I am sure most of their meals would be qs in which case the tiw card wouldn't work except in a few places. We have gone without the meal plan the last few times and it was nice to order only what we wanted.

Here's my question: is it worth to get the dining plan bc then they would get meals regardless of whether I'm there or should I just stick with tiw and get them gift cards, out of the food budget, to cover their meals when their on their own?

We usually budget according to the meal plan even if we don't get it so we have an idea how much money to set aside. And yes they do pay for some of their stuff on their own we just look at meals as a community thing.

I would appreciate any input. I should have said it was only my dh and I that have gone without the dp. This would be the first time with the whole family not doing the dp.
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