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Old 10-25-2011, 01:36 PM   #1021
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How many days to set up CP daughter?

http://<a href="http://distickers.co...rder="0"/></a>My daughter got accepted for January - August 2012. I'd rather book our flights sooner than later. Any experienced parents or CP'ers out there know how long I should plan on staying to help set her up, etc?

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Old 10-25-2011, 04:30 PM   #1022
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On move-in day, this past August, the bulk of the time I spent was waiting while she checked in. Once I got her stuff inside the door of her apartment, I looked around, met the roomies and was done! She set herself up. So I was there a total of 9am to around 11:30 or so.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:05 PM   #1023
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On move-in day, this past August, the bulk of the time I spent was waiting while she checked in. Once I got her stuff inside the door of her apartment, I looked around, met the roomies and was done! She set herself up. So I was there a total of 9am to around 11:30 or so.
I'm surprised because I know when we set her up in her dorm we had to run out and pick up those last few things for her room, etc. Did you get to see her after that at all? We're coming from NY so not sure how long I should stay... of course... I'd love to stretch it out!

If you don't mind me asking... Do they need a lot of clothes, bedding etc? Anything in particular your child was glad she had with her? I feel like I'm starting all over here... sorry! Thanks!
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:47 PM   #1024
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I'm surprised because I know when we set her up in her dorm we had to run out and pick up those last few things for her room, etc. Did you get to see her after that at all? We're coming from NY so not sure how long I should stay... of course... I'd love to stretch it out!

If you don't mind me asking... Do they need a lot of clothes, bedding etc? Anything in particular your child was glad she had with her? I feel like I'm starting all over here... sorry! Thanks!

Our daughter is checking in on Jan. 9th and will be there until June 1st. We minus hubby) are flying down on the 6th after our sons get out of school. My husband is driving her car down on Friday. We are planning "family" time on Sat. and Sunday in the parks. Then on check in day we plan to help her move in. The boys and I are flying home late afternoon on Tuesday the 10th and my husband is flying back on Wed. late afternoon so he can spend that evening with her. We have heard that the day after check in is a FREE day so if they need to go out and buy stuff they have that day too. That is why my husband is staying one extra day. The boys don't need to miss more than 2 days of school so we are going back a day before him.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:17 PM   #1025
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:27 PM   #1026
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I'm surprised because I know when we set her up in her dorm we had to run out and pick up those last few things for her room, etc. Did you get to see her after that at all? We're coming from NY so not sure how long I should stay... of course... I'd love to stretch it out!

If you don't mind me asking... Do they need a lot of clothes, bedding etc? Anything in particular your child was glad she had with her? I feel like I'm starting all over here... sorry! Thanks!
We did forget her "comforter" which is actually a t-shirt blanket I made her. They do need twin sheets as well.

We spent some time together beforehand, arrived Saturday for a Monday drop off. I left her there and then I did see her later that day when we went to Target for a few things. I really wanted her to bond with those roomies, rather than spend time with me. I left early Tuesday morning, without seeing her again. Seems to have worked out, she's having a blast!!

I played the odds before we went and actually bought her black sneakers, white sneakers and hiking boots in her size so we wouldn't have to drive all over for shoes. the intention was to return the un-needed ones. this completely backfired on me as 1) she never found out what shoes she would need until after I left, and 2) She needed black flat dress shoes!

I didn't worry about what she didn't have, because it's not difficult for them to get to Walmart.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:09 PM   #1027
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:16 AM   #1028
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Our daughter is checking in on Jan. 9th and will be there until June 1st. We minus hubby) are flying down on the 6th after our sons get out of school. My husband is driving her car down on Friday. We are planning "family" time on Sat. and Sunday in the parks. Then on check in day we plan to help her move in. The boys and I are flying home late afternoon on Tuesday the 10th and my husband is flying back on Wed. late afternoon so he can spend that evening with her. We have heard that the day after check in is a FREE day so if they need to go out and buy stuff they have that day too. That is why my husband is staying one extra day. The boys don't need to miss more than 2 days of school so we are going back a day before him.
Don't count on it being a totally free day - some have it off, some don't - they have a lot of things scheduled those first days, and depending on what their role is, they may move directly into training, or have their Traditions class. But even if they have the Traditions class or training, they'll still have time to spend with family, and it's a great time - the only downside is that your child can't get you into the parks for a few weeks after they check in (but there's plenty to do without heading into the parks, of course).

Also, and this is for everyone, if you're going down to help them move in, after you drop them off at the check in, go DIRECTLY to Walmart to buy anything they need. It becomes a MADHOUSE later that day, and they run out of things (although they do know when the move in dates are, and stock accordingly). We didn't head to the Walmart that the bus takes them to, we went to the one down 535 (there is also a small outlet mall down that way with an Easy Spirit shoe outlet store, where we picked up her work shoes - she needed black 'dress' shoes, and would be on her feet all day at the Haunted Mansion, so we wanted really supportive shoes, better than you'd find at Walmart). The Walmart was still pretty crowded, but nothing like the other one (and I'm not sure where that one is, but it's by a Publix, and it's where the shuttle bus takes the kids to go shopping). And if you wait until after they go through the entire check in process, which takes hours, the crowds will have formed. My advice? If you can, shop the night before, or shop while they are checking in.

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I keep seeing the shoes brought up. But it looks like there are different times kids find out what kind of shoes they need. What are people running to Walmart for? Food? Hangars? I'm guessing we will try to bring most of what she needs with us. Does anyone know - will the sheets she used for her dorm beds (extra long) fit the beds at the apartments? Any help is appreciated!
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I keep seeing the shoes brought up. But it looks like there are different times kids find out what kind of shoes they need. What are people running to Walmart for? Food? Hangars? I'm guessing we will try to bring most of what she needs with us. Does anyone know - will the sheets she used for her dorm beds (extra long) fit the beds at the apartments? Any help is appreciated!
No, the beds are regular twin.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:10 PM   #1031
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My son was accepted into the CP program and he will check-in Jan. 30. I am planning on going down for spring break and staying on Disney property. The free dining offer is in effect during that time and I was wondering if it would be cheaper to book with the free dining or wait until ds checks in and get the discount. Does anyone have any insight?
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My son was accepted into the CP program and he will check-in Jan. 30. I am planning on going down for spring break and staying on Disney property. The free dining offer is in effect during that time and I was wondering if it would be cheaper to book with the free dining or wait until ds checks in and get the discount. Does anyone have any insight?
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Congrats! what's his role? I don't think his discounts kick in immediately.
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My son was accepted into the CP program and he will check-in Jan. 30. I am planning on going down for spring break and staying on Disney property. The free dining offer is in effect during that time and I was wondering if it would be cheaper to book with the free dining or wait until ds checks in and get the discount. Does anyone have any insight?
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He won't start getting discounts until he gets his ID, which isn't until Day 3 (just a heads up).
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What are people running to Walmart for? Food? Hangars?
Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, broom, mop, sprays, plunger... we split the cost for all those items equally between the roommates.

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My son was accepted into the CP program and he will check-in Jan. 30. I am planning on going down for spring break and staying on Disney property. The free dining offer is in effect during that time and I was wondering if it would be cheaper to book with the free dining or wait until ds checks in and get the discount. Does anyone have any insight?
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You will be required to also purchase a minimum number of tickets to be eligible, so keep that extra cost in mind as well. If you have no need for those extra tickets, the cost is probably a wash and it would be cheaper to just get a room at the discount and pay for the dining plan.
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He will be in Attractions, his first choice.
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