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Old 07-06-2013, 04:33 PM   #946
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #947
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You all seem like friendly people in this thread.

Not even sure if this is where I belong... but here are our tentative plans.

My husband and I are bringing our 3 kids and and my husband's mom and dad. Kids were too young to remember much of our first trip to DW and in-laws have absolutely never been and know nothing about Disney World. We're so excited to plan an amazing trip for everyone!

The night we arrive we have a reservation at Chef Mickey's. There is a chance there will be free dining starting the day after we arrive and if that happens we'd have to split our stay anyway. So... we are thinking about "doing it up" our first night and all staying at the Contemporary our first night, since we'll be in that resort anyway. Bright and early next morning we have an ADR for CRT, which we could WALK to - which would be amazing. Then we'd switch to our regular resort - probably AoA. We'll buy the DDP or hopefully only have to upgrade the CS dining plan to DDP. I still can't figure out if this would work though. I know we'd have to pay OOP for Chef Mickey's but not sure if we can get that 2 credit CRT breakfast onto our 2nd resort stay DDP so early in the morning. So confused. Not even sure if it would be worth it to stay at the contemporary for one night, especially if we're getting up so early only to check out and hit MK. But it's our first night in DW and we are hoping to see the fireworks from the resort and the light parade on the water after dinner. DH says it will be so neat to let his parents and our girls meet Mickey & friends and SEE the castle, only to be surprised with a breakfast IN the castle early the next morning. I'm so excited. )))) Just can't figure out what I'm doing for resorts!!
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:18 PM   #948
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You all seem like friendly people in this thread.

Not even sure if this is where I belong... but here are our tentative plans.

My husband and I are bringing our 3 kids and and my husband's mom and dad. Kids were too young to remember much of our first trip to DW and in-laws have absolutely never been and know nothing about Disney World. We're so excited to plan an amazing trip for everyone!

The night we arrive we have a reservation at Chef Mickey's. There is a chance there will be free dining starting the day after we arrive and if that happens we'd have to split our stay anyway. So... we are thinking about "doing it up" our first night and all staying at the Contemporary our first night, since we'll be in that resort anyway. Bright and early next morning we have an ADR for CRT, which we could WALK to - which would be amazing. Then we'd switch to our regular resort - probably AoA. We'll buy the DDP or hopefully only have to upgrade the CS dining plan to DDP. I still can't figure out if this would work though. I know we'd have to pay OOP for Chef Mickey's but not sure if we can get that 2 credit CRT breakfast onto our 2nd resort stay DDP so early in the morning. So confused. Not even sure if it would be worth it to stay at the contemporary for one night, especially if we're getting up so early only to check out and hit MK. But it's our first night in DW and we are hoping to see the fireworks from the resort and the light parade on the water after dinner. DH says it will be so neat to let his parents and our girls meet Mickey & friends and SEE the castle, only to be surprised with a breakfast IN the castle early the next morning. I'm so excited. )))) Just can't figure out what I'm doing for resorts!!
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:23 PM   #949
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Sorry - Nov. 29.

(Couldn't tell if this was a thread for summer trips or for thinking over the summer about upcoming trips. )
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So did you switch back to POR, Jeanette?? :-)


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You all seem like friendly people in this thread.

Not even sure if this is where I belong... but here are our tentative plans.

My husband and I are bringing our 3 kids and and my husband's mom and dad. Kids were too young to remember much of our first trip to DW and in-laws have absolutely never been and know nothing about Disney World. We're so excited to plan an amazing trip for everyone!

The night we arrive we have a reservation at Chef Mickey's. There is a chance there will be free dining starting the day after we arrive and if that happens we'd have to split our stay anyway. So... we are thinking about "doing it up" our first night and all staying at the Contemporary our first night, since we'll be in that resort anyway. Bright and early next morning we have an ADR for CRT, which we could WALK to - which would be amazing. Then we'd switch to our regular resort - probably AoA. We'll buy the DDP or hopefully only have to upgrade the CS dining plan to DDP. I still can't figure out if this would work though. I know we'd have to pay OOP for Chef Mickey's but not sure if we can get that 2 credit CRT breakfast onto our 2nd resort stay DDP so early in the morning. So confused. Not even sure if it would be worth it to stay at the contemporary for one night, especially if we're getting up so early only to check out and hit MK. But it's our first night in DW and we are hoping to see the fireworks from the resort and the light parade on the water after dinner. DH says it will be so neat to let his parents and our girls meet Mickey & friends and SEE the castle, only to be surprised with a breakfast IN the castle early the next morning. I'm so excited. )))) Just can't figure out what I'm doing for resorts!!
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Sorry - Nov. 29.

(Couldn't tell if this was a thread for summer trips or for thinking over the summer about upcoming trips. )
Sounds like a fantastic plan Maybe you or your DH can hit AoA to check in and get tickets while you get the kids ready. He can check in at 7am (not that you'd want to....) or do a later breakfast at CRT and save MK rope drop for another day. The benefit is extra time to wander the CR resort in it's morning beauty This thread is open to everyone, all that is required is a love for Disney (and yes, the people here are the BESTEST!!!!) How old will the kids be???

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Old 07-06-2013, 07:15 PM   #951
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You all seem like friendly people in this thread.

Not even sure if this is where I belong... but here are our tentative plans.

My husband and I are bringing our 3 kids and and my husband's mom and dad. Kids were too young to remember much of our first trip to DW and in-laws have absolutely never been and know nothing about Disney World. We're so excited to plan an amazing trip for everyone!

The night we arrive we have a reservation at Chef Mickey's. There is a chance there will be free dining starting the day after we arrive and if that happens we'd have to split our stay anyway. So... we are thinking about "doing it up" our first night and all staying at the Contemporary our first night, since we'll be in that resort anyway. Bright and early next morning we have an ADR for CRT, which we could WALK to - which would be amazing. Then we'd switch to our regular resort - probably AoA. We'll buy the DDP or hopefully only have to upgrade the CS dining plan to DDP. I still can't figure out if this would work though. I know we'd have to pay OOP for Chef Mickey's but not sure if we can get that 2 credit CRT breakfast onto our 2nd resort stay DDP so early in the morning. So confused. Not even sure if it would be worth it to stay at the contemporary for one night, especially if we're getting up so early only to check out and hit MK. But it's our first night in DW and we are hoping to see the fireworks from the resort and the light parade on the water after dinner. DH says it will be so neat to let his parents and our girls meet Mickey & friends and SEE the castle, only to be surprised with a breakfast IN the castle early the next morning. I'm so excited. )))) Just can't figure out what I'm doing for resorts!!
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Sounds like a fantastic plan Maybe you or your DH can hit AoA to check in and get tickets while you get the kids ready. He can check in at 7am (not that you'd want to....) or do a later breakfast at CRT and save MK rope drop for another day. The benefit is extra time to wander the CR resort in it's morning beauty This thread is open to everyone, all that is required is a love for Disney (and yes, the people here are the BESTEST!!!!) How old will the kids be???

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Jeanette I have never stayed at POR just POFQ in fact I watched the princess and the frog today and longed to go back to POFQ maybe one of these days
Love having the water launches to DTD, plus I have read so much about POR ( I was planning on staying there in 2010) lovely resort choice
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:03 AM   #953
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can can i book 2 rooms for the same night?? i'm currently booked at AoA but would like that first night at the contemporary IF we can get free dining which would start our second night. Can I book that room to hold it just in case free dining comes out? Will disney allow me to have 2 rooms reserved for the same people??
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Not for a similar price. We need to be at a moderate in order to stay the 8 nights. DH isn't a fan of WL either. But I did check just in case. :-) His major concern is the ease and convenience and time spent going back and forth to the parks from the resort. Yes, we'll have the car, but either we'd be driving everywhere or waiting on a bus. We were so spoiled when we stayed at the Poly...I did explain that we wouldn't be in the same longhouse though even if we did the Poly again since it is the last being refurbished and I want a new room! :-)

Leaning toward GW at CR if it's available still with the discounted price since I could at least get 7 nights out of it most likely. I know they still have rack rate GW rooms open...?


ETA: we could do 8 nights WL Woods View with the regular ddp and pay OOP for the rest of the TS meals we wanted and I *think* pay around the same as what CBR is costing us...need to double check my math for the meals...is the transportation better there than at the mods? I know it's not the monorail, but how often does the boat to the MK run? How long is the trip usually?
We love the WL boat to MK, a fun, relaxing way to get there. They run about every 20 min like busses. I've never had a long wait. They run 2 boats, the smaller open one, like the Poly/GF boat, and a larger Cruiser. Plus the boat to CR too, handy for ADRs. The bus service to the other 3 parks is fine. Usually busses run well. They share with either GF or FW depending on route.

We take mid day breaks, in afternoons, ESP in August to get out of the worst of the mid day heat, and go for a swim back at the resort. I've never had a problem doing thie either at a moderate or deluxe.
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can can i book 2 rooms for the same night?? i'm currently booked at AoA but would like that first night at the contemporary IF we can get free dining which would start our second night. Can I book that room to hold it just in case free dining comes out? Will disney allow me to have 2 rooms reserved for the same people??
No flames, but I'm not sure of the answer, somehow I don't think they would allow double booking. Maybe someone else will have a definite answer for you.
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jeanette POR is our fav moderate. Are you requesting AB or Mansion section? I love walking around the river paths, so pretty.
Love Bob Jackson show, the boat to DTD, horse & carriage rides, and the make your own pasta bar at food court is the best! In the morning it's an omelette bar.
One time we wandered over to the Fishing Hole just to look. Such a peaceful pretty spot, and the CM was a delight to speak to.
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um... prepared to be flamed...

can can i book 2 rooms for the same night?? i'm currently booked at AoA but would like that first night at the contemporary IF we can get free dining which would start our second night. Can I book that room to hold it just in case free dining comes out? Will disney allow me to have 2 rooms reserved for the same people??
Welcome to the flame free thread!

These days it is pretty it is pretty much impossible to double book - Disney now has their system so well set up to trace a guest that I could not even book a room when my name was the second guest on another reservation. It also found me when I was booked through a TA when I decided I still preferred to handle my own ressies but had not yet canceled with the TA. (Silly me to think after 30 yrs of handing my own reservations that I thought I would be comfortable with a TA for even a few minutes ...the draw of a Disney Gift Card hooked me. ).
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can can i book 2 rooms for the same night?? i'm currently booked at AoA but would like that first night at the contemporary IF we can get free dining which would start our second night. Can I book that room to hold it just in case free dining comes out? Will disney allow me to have 2 rooms reserved for the same people??
That actually just happened to me. Originally in December we booked a bounceback to stay at Poly for dates in August. Well in March, I found a great deal with a travel agency but Poly wasn't included. It was either YC of GF but the savings was even more substantial than our bb so I put down a deposit through the TA.

The reason why I didn't cancel the first one was because I had gotten the trip insurance through Disney since our trip is in hurricane season. I have never gone through a TA so I didn't think twice about the insurance. I knew if I out right canceled Poly, I would lose that $200 so I held on to the reservation to see if there was any to not lose the money.

I just called and pushed back the Poly dates to December to buy me more time. I will be going back for Princess Half weekend and I want to stay Poly to celebrate my first half. Most likely I will end up cancelling though since I plan on getting an AP this August and will probably book my February weekend with an AP rate.

Long story short, Disney never flagged it for me. In fact both reservations would show up at the same time on My Disney Experience and it listed all 4 of us on both as well as both sets of tickets. I am not sure if it was a fluke since my direct reservation (numbers and letters) was a different than my TA reservation (all numbers like a dining reservation)? I thought for sure when i linked the TA reservation, that it would flag both at the same time the way it does if dining overlaps. It never did but at the same time, I was worried that since I had all my dining book, as soon as I cancelled or changed my hotel reservation, that all my dining would go with it.

I hope this doesn't read as trying to "cheat" the system in any way...just letting you know my situation...
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And I just have to say that I've seen this thread pop up often when I'm on the resort boards but on the mobile app, 96 pages is a lot to read! I am about 15-16 pages and realize that I don't have to be ashamed of my resort changing ways!

The first three trips, we picked a resort and stuck to it....

Then this last December trip came up and between August and September, I changed resorts....4 times...POFQ to WL to Poly CL to GF. I thought I was crazy to keep searching the deals but I now realize I'm not.

This trip we only switched once...Poly to GF. We only did GF for 3 nights in December and never really "stayed" on the grounds since we had 4 days to pack in as much holiday fun as possible (think Clark Griswold on vacation!) The kids are excited to go back though since we can now try the pools out and looks like beach access is back open.

We have friends staying at the Poly who offered to watch our kids one night so hubby and I can go out. Now on arrival day...Victoria and Albert's, here we come!
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Anyone know what's going on with the WDW Booking site this morning? No matter what dates I put in, only Swolphin comes up. Are they switching over to 2014 packages a bit early maybe? (Thought that was 10 July.) I was just trying to check rack rate availability for BLT/CR in August to get a sense if the military rate might be available if they are available at RR.
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