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Old 07-13-2013, 08:29 AM   #226
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Wow! I'd be scared to wait that long! Unless it was a last minute decision i suppose. I'd like to book as soon as possible, i just want to save up the money before i book
I book as far ahead as I can, and then the Disney vacation becomes just another bill. We pay for our Disney trips using Disney gift cards that we buy through our kids' former school...I pay face value for the gift cards, they're worth face value, but the school gets a 2% donation. Free money for the school, and I can have my room paid off before we leave.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:58 AM   #227
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Wow! I'd be scared to wait that long! Unless it was a last minute decision i suppose. I'd like to book as soon as possible, i just want to save up the money before i book
It was a last minute decision, but that aside, it isn't a busy time. We still got all the ADRs we wanted as well.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:04 AM   #228
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We booked in December for mid January this past year!
Booked November 29 for the first week of February last year. Got our preferred resort, ADRs, and knew our discount when we booked. Already booked for the same week 2014. Hoping for similar discounts.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:10 AM   #229
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Booked November 29 for the first week of February last year. Got our preferred resort, ADRs, and knew our discount when we booked. Already booked for the same week 2014. Hoping for similar discounts.
We are in the same boat! Fingers crossed for a good discount haha.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:22 AM   #230
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Hi! We haven't booked yet either. Just waiting on some vacation time to be approved and some budgeting...

But when we book, we were thinking of not telling kids and surprising them for Christmas? Any one else doing this? Ideas?
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:37 AM   #231
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Hi! We haven't booked yet either. Just waiting on some vacation time to be approved and some budgeting...

But when we book, we were thinking of not telling kids and surprising them for Christmas? Any one else doing this? Ideas?
We did this last Christmas. We ordered the free maps with our family name on them and the DVD. Ironically I had this HUGE box from Disney store online shopping for the holidays that we turned inside out so the shipping labels were gone and the characters were on the outside. We put the maps and DVD in the box, and then we got balloons from the dollar store (Mickey, tinker bell and princesses). We also got some star balloons and wrote "we are going to disney world!!" with the dates on those balloons. The kids were pumped to unwrap this huge box and when they opened the box the balloons flew out.
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:52 AM   #232
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Hi! We haven't booked yet either. Just waiting on some vacation time to be approved and some budgeting...

But when we book, we were thinking of not telling kids and surprising them for Christmas? Any one else doing this? Ideas?
My daughter surprised her kids, age 5 and 3, on Christmas. They were so overwhelmed with the excitement of Christmas that they were underwhelmed by the announcement. If it was me then I would tell them a week before Christmas. They are always ready for any kid of "present" then.

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My daughter surprised her kids, age 5 and 3, on Christmas. They were so overwhelmed with the excitement of Christmas that they were underwhelmed by the announcement. If it was me then I would tell them a week before Christmas. They are always ready for any kid of "present" then.

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I was considering doing the Christmas surprise, but hadn't considered that. Thanks for head's up! My kids are older at 12 and 6, so they may be able to appreciate it somewhat better...maybe Christmas Eve might be fun (since they are already unable to sleep...)
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:41 PM   #234
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Jumping to watch this thread. Heading down in January for the WDW Marathon with the family.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:30 PM   #235
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Heading MLK week. Plans changed and we couldn't go end of August as planned. Decided to spend the extra money and stay on site (most likely in an AOA suite). Hoping for a good room only discount for contemporary as we're thinking of really blowing the budget and staying in a tower TPV room for 2 or 3 nights if we can get a decent discount on it.

As much as I hate the thought of paying so much to stay on site (will be about 4X more if we do the TPV room too, 3X more w/o), it will be nice for my 6 year old nephew and it's not something that we do that often (probably not for another 8-10 years).
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:46 PM   #236
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Just got a free dining pin for January. Yay! It's odd dates though. Jan 12-16 and Jan 20-Feb 12. I let a travel agent book our trip for us this time and wouldn't you know she's out of town on a trip. Dang it. I probably won't do that again. I love having control of my own trip.
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Just got a free dining pin for January. Yay! It's odd dates though. Jan 12-16 and Jan 20-Feb 12. I let a travel agent book our trip for us this time and wouldn't you know she's out of town on a trip. Dang it. I probably won't do that again. I love having control of my own trip.
Woo hoo! So there might be free dining in January next year
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Just got a free dining pin for January. Yay! It's odd dates though. Jan 12-16 and Jan 20-Feb 12. I let a travel agent book our trip for us this time and wouldn't you know she's out of town on a trip. Dang it. I probably won't do that again. I love having control of my own trip.
Did you get it through email or postcard in the mail?? Been crossing my fingers for a free dining pin and those are my dates.
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Just got a free dining pin for January. Yay! It's odd dates though. Jan 12-16 and Jan 20-Feb 12. I let a travel agent book our trip for us this time and wouldn't you know she's out of town on a trip. Dang it. I probably won't do that again. I love having control of my own trip.
It is trying to skip over MLK weekend. At least there is something out there
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:57 PM   #240
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Just got a free dining pin for January. Yay! It's odd dates though. Jan 12-16 and Jan 20-Feb 12. I let a travel agent book our trip for us this time and wouldn't you know she's out of town on a trip. Dang it. I probably won't do that again. I love having control of my own trip.
Right in my date range too!
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