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Old 11-01-2008, 01:21 PM   #1
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Welcome Home, Itinerary #5

Nervousness....CHECK!

Queasiness....CHECK!

Ready for some fun and action....CHECK!

What are these things, you might ask? All the things running through my head as I start my first ever co-written pre-trip report, alongside Kayla87.

So why the title? This will be the first time "home" as DVC members for Kayla 87 and her DH, and myself and my DH. This year we both bought into DVC, and are excited to start the traveling. When Kayla 87 and her DH first started planning this trip, we were invited, but kindly declined. DH and I thought there was no possible way to join them for a number of reasons. After an overbooked flight, and 2 free tickets each later, we decided maybe this trip was more of a reality than just a dream. So, like any good friend would do, we re-invited ourselves, and now we have ourselves a trip in the making with our dear friends. Since we declined, Kayla 87 and her DH made some grand plans and had a finalized itinerary (or so they thought). Now that we're back in the picture, the itinerary has changed many times, and hopefully not too many more, henceforth, the ITINERARY #5 part.

So now, for all that good stuff you've been waiting for: the who, what, when, where, and why of it all.

Who are we?
I am Jacinda (jaleaton). I have been traveling to Disney since I was 13 years old. Let me say, I hated Disney as a teenager , while travelling with my family. As an adult, things have changed, and I love all things Disney. I am an over-planner, as well as an over-packer. I'm a picky eater, and peruse all the menus before I even go to Disney.

Corey is my husband. He likes Disney almost as much as I do, and lovingly lets me plan all of our vacations. Corey is a super nerdy computer guy, and the monorail is his favorite Disney attraction. This will be Corey's 6th trip.

- Corey and Jacinda

Kayla (Kayla87) is a good friend of Corey and I. She will be celebrating her 21st birthday while in the World. We've known Kayla for about 2 - 3 years now. This will be Kayla's second trip to WDW. Kayla loves elephants, things relating to France, and history. Kayla is the history buff of the group, and could easily go far in Jeopardy.

Tom (Kayla's DH) and Corey are old college friends. Tom is as much as a perfectionist as myself, and also belongs to over-planners anonymous. Tom's into building things, and enjoys the little hidden details in Disney. Tom has also been going to Disney for many, many years.

- Tom and Kayla

The when and the where is what you have to look forward to in the next posts...

We'll hop here, and we'll eat there!
Itinerary 5.5
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Tom and Kayla's Babies
You're WHAT???
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Old 11-01-2008, 01:43 PM   #2
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Hi! Co-writer of this pre-trip report here!

I'll elaborate a little more on what Jacinda has already said...

Tom and I spent our honeymoon at Disney World, and it was my first trip ever. We bought DVC awfully spur of the moment one day at the MK, but we haven't regretted it once. Before this trip, I was very reluctant about Disney. My DH on the other hand, won a prize in our DVC presentation for most trips to Disney World. I think it's around 15 for him. Now I've mostly taken over planning our trips, and am on the boards way more than he is. I used to make fun of him for getting on Disney boards!

This summer, Tom and I were sitting on a DVC membership, wondering what to do with it. So I presented him with the idea of an early January trip. My spring semester of college starts on January 12, so we planned a Sunday Jan 4 to Saturday Jan 10 trip at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. We booked a 2 BR, hoping that our friends Corey and Jacinda would join us. For a number of reasons they eventually declined, and we went on a waiting list for a 1 BR.

Then, C&J encountered an overbooked flight on their journey back from their October trip, and got free tickets. We got a phone call from them one night saying "Are you opposed to us going on your January trip?" I was dumbfounded. Then I had to get busy...
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Old 11-01-2008, 02:02 PM   #3
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:05 PM   #4
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Apparently my husband decided to join the Disboards

In just a few days, we went from a 2 person, 7 day trip to a 4 person, 9 day trip. We already know how we grew to 4 people, but why two extra days?

On Wednesday night, Corey & Jacinda called and said that their flight vouchers wouldn't work for the day we were flying out, the 4th. So, we looked up some value resort pricing, and they booked a flight for the 2nd, bought Annual Passes, and booked two nights at Pop Century. Then they called us back about half an hour later, and we decided to change our flights to the 2nd too! (Because of course how could we spend two days knowing our friends were in Disney and we weren't! )

Then, Thursday I called to get a DVC room for 2 nights, and was only able to get a 2 BR at Old Key West.

So now, our overall plan goes something like this -
Jan 2 - C&J drop us off at the airport because we have an earlier flight on a different airline. Then they fly out later that afternoon
Jan 4 - Move from Old Key West to Wilderness Lodge
Jan 10 - C&J have an afternoon flight, and we (Tom & Kayla) have an evening flight home
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:42 PM   #5
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wow sounds like fun and a lot of planning
we will just miss you we are hoping to travel on the 11th

can't wait to hear more about your trip
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:38 PM   #6
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Chapter 2 - We'll hop here, and we'll eat there

My hat is tipped to Kayla for some fantastic planning...over and over again. Like she said, on Fri. 1/2 and Sat. 1/3, we'll be staying at OKW, and then we'll be transferring to VWL for the remainder of the trip until Sat. 1/10. Originally there was quite a bit of park hopping in order to see everything. Given the extra 2 days of our trip, there might be a day here or there, where we're not quite as busy. One of our big goals this trip is to enjoy the last of the Christmas decorations, and to try a new variety of restaurants.

Here's a view into our itinerary. I apologize in advance if you're an acronym hater. For all of those here for the food (and who isn't?), those are colored in red on the itinerary. I'm sure a food review will follow at some point.

Friday 1/2
MK in the afternoon.
Wishes
Spectromagic

Saturday 1/3
DTD
Lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express
Look at Christmas decorations
Ride Splash!
DHS
Fantasmic
EMH at DHS

Sunday 1/4
Check into VWL
AK
MK
Dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern
EMH at MK

Monday 1/5
Epcot
Lunch at Le Cellier
Illuminations

Tuesday 1/6
MK
Lunch at Kona Cafe
DTD or Electrical Water Pageant

Wednesday 1/7
DHS
Epcot
Dinner at Teppan Edo

Thursday 1/8
AK
Breakfast at Tusker House
Boardwalk
Epcot

Friday 1/9
Lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe
MK
Dinner at Ohana

Saturday 1/10
I refuse to speak about this day.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:58 PM   #7
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wow sounds like fun and a lot of planning
we will just miss you we are hoping to travel on the 11th

can't wait to hear more about your trip
Thanks for the reply! I've run across a few other people traveling around the same time. I'm hoping it will be a great time of the year. I've read the first few posts of your own pre-trip report, and I hope you have a really great time! You all deserve it!
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Old 11-01-2008, 09:06 PM   #8
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At some point in the future, I will probably elaborate on each day's itinerary, to the point that no one will listen, not even those traveling with me. But for now, I would like to say a few words about Splash Mountain.

Splash Mountain is my DH's favorite ride in MK, and maybe even his all time favorite. When I told him it was going to be down for rehab the day we got there, he was truly distraught. Luckily, Corey and Jacinda changed all of our plans, and now we get to rid it on the 3rd!

Unforunately, this may be bad for me. Splash was probably the one ride I was scared to do, and Tom knew that, and every time a small drop came, I would tense up and he'd tell me it was the big one. Finally, the big drop came , but we didn't fly off the mountain like I feared. We bought the picture, because that is tradition for him.

Fastforward a few weeks, and Corey and Jacinda are at our house, and we pulled out the picture to show them. Only then did I realize how absolutely petrified I looked! Even the three little kids on the ride looked less scared than me! Perhaps this upcoming ride on Splash will be redemption for me. I can only hope!
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This trip will be mine and Tom's first trip without EMH wristbands. Corey and Jacinda have been when this policy was in effect, but weren't asked to show their cards very often. I dread having to pull out my card, so I'm looking into lanyards for EMH nights. I tried an ebay search for Disney lanyards, but I don't think we'll be going that direction. At Office Depot yesterday I figured that we could get four cheap lanyards and the cards holders for about 11 dollars. Jacinda is resistant to the idea, so I need to come up with a plan to make her wear one

I plan on decorating our door at Wilderness Lodge with grapevine wreath Mickey and Minnie heads, so I bought more wreaths yesterday for C&J's heads. I haven't put any together, or attempted to make Minnie's bow, but when I do I'll post pictures!

Today, I need to cancel the Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Package we had for 2. We will be doing general seating when we try it on our first Saturday there. It's a second showing so hopefully it shouldn't be too bad.

I also need to change our Chef Mickey breakfast to two since C&J's flights leave too early to allow them to eat breakfast with us. C&J bought into Bay Lake Tower, and we might do another group trip in September on their points, so we could always do a group Chef Mickey breakfast then!
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We're currently trying to figure out some dining issues. We will be on the regular dining plan for our time at Wilderness Lodge, but won't be for the two nights at Old Key West. Tom and I will also be eating one more meal than Corey and Jacinda on Friday. Since this is our first DVC stay, I'm trying to figure out ways we can save money by eating in the room. The only problem is - I will not have groceries delivered, and whatever it is has to be packed in my luggage.

So far, I was thinking that Tom and I could eat pasta with parmesan cheese for lunch on Friday. Dinner on Friday is more complicated, because C&J won't be arriving until 6 or after, and we will need to hustle to the TTC so they can get their Annual Passes. Tom says he won't eat dinner, but will just snack in the MK (which in the end will probably cost as much as just eating a meal, but whatever ). If it's feasible, I'd like to make a quick meal in our room before we leave for the MK.

The only problem with that is...what can I pack in my luggage to feed up to 4 people? Meat is out of the question. A thought just now came to me - maybe I could talk everyone into a homestyle bake. It's a small box to pack, doesn't take long to make, is good, but hopefully not so filling that we end up stuck in our room for half an hour waiting for vacant bathrooms. (Might as well admit it now, I'm sure it will come up eventually )

If anyone actually reads this, and has ideas for luggage meals, I'd be happy to take suggestions
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:03 AM   #11
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I am going to steal all of Jacinda's hard work and update our itinerary with changes we've made.

Friday 1/2
Epcot
MK
Wishes
Spectromagic

Saturday 1/3
MK EMH for Splash Mountain
Look at Christmas decorations
Afternoon at OKW
MK for Christmas parade
DHS
Fantasmic
EMH at DHS

Sunday 1/4
Check into VWL
AK
MK (or Epcot???)
Dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern
EMH at MK

Monday 1/5
Epcot
Lunch at Le Cellier
Illuminations

Tuesday 1/6
MK
Lunch at Kona Cafe
Electrical Water Pageant

Wednesday 1/7
DHS
Epcot
Dinner at Teppan Edo

Thursday 1/8
AK
Breakfast at Tusker House
DTD
Lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express
Boardwalk
Epcot

Friday 1/9
Lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe
MK
Dinner at Ohana

Saturday 1/10
Nothing planned except flying home

Tom and I aren't going to do Chef Mickey's breakfast on our last day.

We also changed our Saturday to better accommodate the Christmas parade and riding Splash Mountain. We are also making Thursday our DTD (window) shopping day.

Tom and I are going to Epcot on our first afternoon before C&J's flight arrives. I vaguely remember there being a reason...perhaps that we would visit Epcot on Sunday afternoon if it was still decorated? I need to dig through emails, and hope I left a paper trail of the idea.

We almost had Itinerary #6 in the making when Corey and Jacinda got developer points. They offered to use them for our first two nights at Saratoga Springs, but there was no availability.

Today I did a survey on Sunshine Rewards . When school got busy last month I stopped visiting, but I need to up my rewards to so I can redeem a gift card before we leave. Hopefully I can stick with making time for a survey a few times a week!
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:04 AM   #12
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What is this Sunshine Rewards, and free money you speak of? I like free money, and we all know I have tons of spare time. Please, do tell.

Kayla is forgetting that they were going to Epcot to upgrade their tickets to an Annual Pass. She is right in saying, that they were also going to check to see if decorations are up. I remember this one, because I think she's really checking for me. I'm all about seeing as much Christmas stuff as possible for the few hours it may be remaining up and decorated.

I know there are some lurkers out there, please don't be shy. Hopefully we're not boring you to death. I have a feeling once the trip report actually gets started, we'll have plenty of funny stories to share.
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What is this Sunshine Rewards, and free money you speak of? I like free money, and we all know I have tons of spare time. Please, do tell.
Sunshine Rewards is perfect for Disney lovers who have free time of the internet. It's a quick, fun way to make a little extra money for Disney. Plus, the owners of SR are Disney lovers, and members can redeem their rewards in Disney Dollars or Disney Gift Cards! I take surveys, sign up for some mailings, get cash back on certain online purchases, or take advantage of special offers companies give to SR members. I highly recommend signing up and earning a few bucks to spend in the World!

Now, I just have to decide if I want to cash out in Disney Dollars, or a gift card. I don't know which is better

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I have a feeling once the trip report actually gets started, we'll have plenty of funny stories to share.
Yeah...I hope exciting things happen while we're there
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Well, since we've last updated, we have ditched the idea of cooking lunches or dinners in our room. And, we added an ADR on Friday the 2nd at Plaza before Wishes.

We changed Saturday the 3rd's itinerary a little, but we've only changed the time of day we are doing things, what we are doing is still the same.

Also, I'm debating whether I should do Disney dollars or a gift card for my SR redemption. I need to learn about Disney dollars and how awesome or not they are. Will an adult look silly paying for stuff with them?

On Sunday Jacinda and I worked on figuring out our Minnie Mouse ears for our door at Wilderness Lodge. We realized we are uncrafty with bows, and had to google bow making before we figured something out. I've still got work to do with them...like assemble them... I think the primary plan for attaching them to the door is suction cups, but we'll have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving when I dive into Christmas decorations to find what kind of suction cups I have in stock.

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Alright I'm hopping in to read all about your trip! DH and I are thinking DVC is a strong possibility in our future so I am always curious to hear how people like it!
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