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Old 04-19-2013, 06:17 PM   #1771
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Hey, you have done VERY well .

Ouch, $1000 for a couple days at Universal is definitely hard to swallow . Sigh......sometimes I wish I was frivolous and lived in the moment (the whole YOLO philosophy), but alas, I can't help but try and at least be sensible when it comes to the add-ons.

I am on the fence about Photopass......I would love to get it if I thought we'd get at least 8 really good pics between our visits to TL and BB (8 is the "break even" point between buying the Photopass and buying the digital downloads a la carte). Ugh, decisions, decisions!
Some of our best pictures are from photopass at the waterparks on our first trip!! However, there aren't that many of them, and I don't see the photographers too much. They do stand at the end of the slides but those aren't always the best shots
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Hello. I just found this thread today. Is it for anyone who is going to WDW in August? If so, that would be me!
Can you explain the lime green Mickey heads?
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:41 PM   #1773
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Hello. I just found this thread today. Is it for anyone who is going to WDW in August? If so, that would be me!
Can you explain the lime green Mickey heads?
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Welcome aboard! Yes ma'am (or sir?), its for anyone travelling to Disney in August. What are your dates, and where are you staying? SenecaWolf, our Mother Superior, will add you to the list on the first page if you are willing to share some of your details (she'll also add your ADR's, if you have made them).

Lime Green Mickey Heads are a way to identify fellow Disers while at the Disney parks. SenecaWolf will personalize one with your Disboards name which you can print and attach to your purse, backpack, stroller, or wherever.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:13 PM   #1774
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With all the craziness going on here in Boston today, I've needed a little Pixie dust. I've been running errands (I live outside the lockdown areas) and everywhere I've seen reminders of Disney. A cool mickey cake being decorated at the bakery, an antennae topper with ears. It's been a little ray of sunshine in an otherwise crazy unexplainable day!
I have been glued to the TV all day....I can't even imagine living nearby! I'm glad you were able to see some Disney happiness to take your mind off of it.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:18 PM   #1775
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Soooooooooo jealous that your vacation budget includes massages!! Why didn't I think of that?!?!

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Well, you see, I'm enticing DW to go full force into WDW by dangling a carrot (in the form of massages at the GF spa) in front of her nose She usually comes for one week tops and then heads home while the boys and I stay on a bit longer. This time she's in for the full ten days
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:22 PM   #1776
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Hello. I just found this thread today. Is it for anyone who is going to WDW in August? If so, that would be me!
Can you explain the lime green Mickey heads?
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Gina answered your questions, so I will just say welcome! Where are you staying and what have you planned so far?
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:19 PM   #1777
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It definitely adds to the cost when we have to fly vs. drive (gosh, how I wish we lived closer!!!). It makes it so its just not cost effective to go for less than a week.

It also adds to the cost significantly when the kiddo is not considered a "child" for anything at all. No kids meals, no cheaper tickets.....everything full price. Dang it all, we should have gone to Disney when the boy was under 10!
I hear ya. Flying can definitely increase the costs, and we'll have to brace for when our girls hit the full adult price!
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:22 PM   #1778
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With all the craziness going on here in Boston today, I've needed a little Pixie dust. I've been running errands (I live outside the lockdown areas) and everywhere I've seen reminders of Disney. A cool mickey cake being decorated at the bakery, an antennae topper with ears. It's been a little ray of sunshine in an otherwise crazy unexplainable day!
I am so glad it's over! Very surprised, yet relieved, it ended in custody. I bet law enforcement is looking forward to getting some sleep!
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:25 PM   #1779
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Because this trip is my birthday gift from my mom I am only spending $ on souvenirs.
I think she is spending just over $4,500.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:31 PM   #1780
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So....for a dreary Friday (at least it is here ) QOTD:

Who has done a preliminary subtotal of your vacation costs? Is it more or less than you thought? Higher or lower than previous trips (if any)?
6 nights at Wilderness Lodge in a bunk bed room with the DxDP at the military rate=$3,261.66

4-day military park hopper ticketsx3=$468

PhotoPass+ = $150

Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage = $162

Kennel for 2 dogs for 6 nights = $258

Gas = $200

Souvenirs, Gratuity, Odds & Ends = $550

Total: $5,050 (rounded up)

WOW! I don't think I realized how much everything added up! I had wanted to do a cake for DS2 on his birthday, but now I'm second guessing. It's not necessarily that much more than I expected, but it's the sticker shock of seeing it all at once! What can I say, I live in denial!

This is probably a little higher than our last trip. We didn't have to put the dogs in a kennel as the neighbors watched them, but we had to drive further and stayed in a hotel on the way down one night so my guess is it all evens out. Man, I'm missing our neighbors, who were very good friends of ours, right now!

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Yikes - I suppose I need to add kennel costs and airport transportation on this end too.
Thank you for prompting me to look for kennels! We just moved and I need to find one where we live now! But thanks to a little online research I was able to at least get some estimates on pricing.
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[QUOTE=Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina;48153712]So....for a dreary Friday (at least it is here ) QOTD:

Who has done a preliminary subtotal of your vacation costs? Is it more or less than you thought? Higher or lower than previous trips (if any)?QUOTE]

Our price is hard to determine completely due to the fact our stay is with our DVC points, so here is my best attempt

Airfare for 4: $500. ($99 to Orlando and $100 to buy points to be able to get return flight with points)

DDP: Approx $1000 for 8 nights (not paid for yet but will add before we go. I am buying Disney gift cards from Target with my red card so I am saving 5% so I guess my cost is $950)

Park Tickets: Approx $600 for the value of the Premium Annual Pass bought with the DVC discount. This will be the 3rd week we get out of the passes this calendar year.

Resort: 113 points for DVC I think, so it is hard to determine cost since we are paying the mortgage monthly.
$128 for 1 night stay at AOA LM since we added 1 night.

Dog sitter: 8 days: $160

Night at hotel prior to 6am flight: $125 (includes parking for the week)
Cheaper than OCNJ for a week
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What's the tax on food there? Trying to get a better idea on meal costs OOP.

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This can be very handy for that.

Someone has made an Excel spreadsheet that will give rough calculations based on where you are eating, how many people are in your party, what discounts you are eligible for, etc.

http:/www.seeyareelsoon.wix.com/seeyareelsoon
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