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Old 11-08-2008, 03:53 PM   #91
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Great goals!!! I would have to agree about Stitch's Great Escape -- for some weird reason my DS loves it though. Maybe we can steer him past it quickly next year!
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Your goals look great! There's several things we haven't gotten to either, that I want to try to do this time.
Thanks. I can't wait to give it all another try. There are new things to do this year plus old things we've never tried.

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Great goals!!! I would have to agree about Stitch's Great Escape -- for some weird reason my DS loves it though. Maybe we can steer him past it quickly next year!

DS has never asked to see it, thank goodness. It's really a stinker plus it may scare him and then he won't want to do anything for a few days. I am not about to let that happen over a little alien!!
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:58 PM   #93
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Sorry I haven't been on here in a day or two. I did see about that new promotion/discount yesterday. I decided to call in and see if I could apply it to my existing ressie's. I was on hold for 30 minutes but it was totally worth it!! I knocked $897 off of my existing trip....no downgrades or anything. PLUS, I also got the $200 gift card!!

I was FREAKING OUT last night after I got off the phone. So very cool to get discounts.

As for the Pirate & Princess party.... According to allears the tickets were supposed to go on sale today. I went to the Disney web site and....NOTHING. I went back to allears and it now says it's unknown when they will go on sale. I hope they are adding more dates!!
That is great!! What an awesome savings

Great goals for MK

I do not care for Stitch ride either. Does nothing for me. DS has never seen Country Bear Jamboree, might have to hit that up once just so he can see it
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great savings!!! The new deal worked for us too and we saved a boat load!!! Plus, we get to stay extra days now!!! I hope everything works out with Pirates and Princesses!
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Great savings here too Your plans sound great. Can't wait to hear more.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:51 AM   #96
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That is great!! What an awesome savings

Great goals for MK

I do not care for Stitch ride either. Does nothing for me. DS has never seen Country Bear Jamboree, might have to hit that up once just so he can see it
I was really surprised I was able to get it for the 6 nights we already had.

It's been so long since I've seen the bears. I'm sort of looking forward to it. I know it's old and sort of cheesy but it's been there FOREVER. I want dh and ds to see it.

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great savings!!! The new deal worked for us too and we saved a boat load!!! Plus, we get to stay extra days now!!! I hope everything works out with Pirates and Princesses!
Yay! CONGRATS!! I bet I could have added the extra night but then I wouldn't have knocked off quite as much money. We are doing a cruise in June, so right now it's all about saving money rather than getting an extra night. If it weren't for the cruise, we would have TOTALLY added an extra night.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:52 PM   #97
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This Is How I Roll...okw

The past few days I have come across several threads on the "strategies" boards from "newbies" asking many questions such as which resort is better than which and should we take the kiddo back to the hotel for a nap each day. Then it hit me, I don't think that I've ever really shared the "why's" of the way we do WDW. I just figured that most of you reading my TR's and PTR's already know most of the things that I know.....like tips & tricks and touring plans, etc. I was not even thinking that there could be "newbie's" reading my PTR because they are trying to learn the ropes. So, I have decided to pause for a minute from posting my next round of "park goals", to tell you how we roll.......

1.) RESORTS:

Our absolute favorite, (not that we've branched out very much) is Old Key West Resort. One day we'd like to make it to the Beach Club or try out the Polynesian resort. But for right now we are majorly enjoying everything about Old Key West. Why???? you ask. Well it's very simple....it works for us. We are in our mid to late 30's and we have a 4 year old. We can run with the youngsters, but we also like to kick back and relax.

We drive to WDW which means we have a car. At OKW, you can park practically right outside your door. That's a plus. Being as though we have our own vehicle with us, we don't have to rely on the busses.

Another reason we like it is because it is QUIET. We've never had a problem with noise or people letting their kids run around the resort unattended. It's completely laid back. After a day in the parks, it's so nice to have a place to come back to and RELAX.

A 1 bedroom villa at OKW:

comes with a king sized bed in a seperate bedroom. The fold out sofa bed is a queen size that DS gets all to himself...in a different room. We can get some privacy which should not be underestimated on a "vacation".

There is also a full sized kitchen at OKW. The only cooking we do is for breakfast since we do the dining plan every visit. We order a few groceries from Gardengrocer.com and our order is always there waiting for us when we arrive and there is never anything missing. I highly recommend them. Cooking a quick breakfast saves time in the mornings rather than hitting a crowded restaurant or waiting until you get to the park. (Except for our 1 breakfast at Crystal Palace each trip...it's tradition. more on this later)

Another favorite is the oversized garden jacuzzi tub. It is heaven after a long day in the parks!!

There is also a washer/dryer in the room. I don't make a habit of doing laundry on vacation. But there have been times when we've run out of clothes and this has come in handy!

Balcony!! When we go back to the resort for DS's nap, DH and I usually sit on the balcony with a couple of drinks and just relax, visit, & people watch. We are refreshed and ready for round 2 at the parks by the time DS wakes up.

I realize that this resort may not be for everyone but we keep chosing it because it just works for us. We usually have a great time each trip without getting too worn out. We love it!! We tried Port Orleans Riverside in May of this year. While we loved the theming and the resort activities going on around there, the rooms were just too cramped for us. We like to spread out and be able to do our own thing while DS is sleeping. Besides, we can go and enjoy activities and restaurants at other resorts even though we are staying at OKW.

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Oho my goodness! You should totally be a commerical!!

You made OKW sound heavenly!!

Are you DVC owners? Someday, hopefully soon, we'll be DVC owners. I love the idea of spreading out! Having room for the kiddos to move and not trip over things!

For now I'll stick to my deluxe resort vacations until DH realizes that it's more cost effective to buy DVC!
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:07 PM   #99
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Oho my goodness! You should totally be a commerical!!

You made OKW sound heavenly!!

Are you DVC owners? Someday, hopefully soon, we'll be DVC owners. I love the idea of spreading out! Having room for the kiddos to move and not trip over things!

For now I'll stick to my deluxe resort vacations until DH realizes that it's more cost effective to buy DVC!

Thanks.

We are not DVC owners. We keep trying to justify the cost but still can't really make it seem worth it due to our vacation habits. I think we still come out better just paying out of pocket each year.

One more thing I forgot to mention.... OKW is the cheapest priced DVC resort AND the rooms are the largest. It's a win/win situation!
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Just awesome Blue !!
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Thanks for giving the inside peek of OKW
I think I'm going to make a call and try to change from a studio to a 1 bedroom. Very nice.
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:49 PM   #102
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Great post!! The title made me laugh, because I thought of toilet paper!
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Great Post. OKW sounds awesome
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:05 AM   #104
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Do you rent points or do you book through Disney? I would love to stay in a one-bedroom at some point -- it looks like so much space which would be heavenly!

Love that balcony!!!
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I think I'm going to make a call and try to change from a studio to a 1 bedroom. Very nice.
You're welcome.
We LOVE the space of the 1 bedroom. Even a studio at OKW is larger than other resorts studio's.

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Well, if we are talking about that, then I roll "over" not "under".

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Love that balcony!!!
We book through Disney. I've thought about renting points, just never have.

The balcony is so nice! It's large enough for several people to stretch out on.
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