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Old 08-10-2009, 02:26 PM   #31
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So I just called Disney and added a few extra days to my reservation at Pop for that week!

Originally I had booked just Thursday (Jan 7th) to Wednesday the 13th. Well I REALLLY want to do a few solo days and my friends are NOT making it easy on me!

My one friend Nate has to be back at work that next Monday so he's only staying 4 nights...Thurs-Sun. My friend Christina thinks she can take off most of the week so she's coming down Thurs-Wed most likely. Well I wanted to add a few days on for myself so I extended the hotel reservation from Thurs-Fri (7th-15th). Then I'll have roughly 2 and a half days to myself.

I'm looking at flights and they're $230 if I go those dates with JetBlue. Not too bad. Continental is about $258 right now. Hmmmm!
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:33 AM   #32
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I'm looking at flights and they're $230 if I go those dates with JetBlue. Not too bad. Continental is about $258 right now. Hmmmm!
JetBlue won't charge you for your first checked bag, though. Continental will. It's $15 if you tell them in advance or $20 if you check it at the airport.

I like to avoid the fees whenever possible, which is why I usually fly Southwest.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:03 AM   #33
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JetBlue won't charge you for your first checked bag, though. Continental will. It's $15 if you tell them in advance or $20 if you check it at the airport.

I like to avoid the fees whenever possible, which is why I usually fly Southwest.
ohhh...good point. I did know that...just kinda forgot to add it into my calculation! Yet again another reason why I'm a fan of them!
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:06 PM   #34
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Hey!!! I'm running the half too! You are doing great with your training girl!! Keep up all your hard work!
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:24 PM   #35
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Hey!!! I'm running the half too! You are doing great with your training girl!! Keep up all your hard work!
thank you! I see you have a ptr too so I'm heading there now! good luck with your training...hope to see you in january!
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:23 PM   #36
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thank you! I see you have a ptr too so I'm heading there now! good luck with your training...hope to see you in january!
Aww thanks
Yeah I would love to see you on race day
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:24 AM   #37
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So I just called Disney and added a few extra days to my reservation at Pop for that week!

Originally I had booked just Thursday (Jan 7th) to Wednesday the 13th. Well I REALLLY want to do a few solo days and my friends are NOT making it easy on me!

My one friend Nate has to be back at work that next Monday so he's only staying 4 nights...Thurs-Sun. My friend Christina thinks she can take off most of the week so she's coming down Thurs-Wed most likely. Well I wanted to add a few days on for myself so I extended the hotel reservation from Thurs-Fri (7th-15th). Then I'll have roughly 2 and a half days to myself.

I'm looking at flights and they're $230 if I go those dates with JetBlue. Not too bad. Continental is about $258 right now. Hmmmm!
Whoooo-hoooooo!

I like adding on days.
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Aww thanks
Yeah I would love to see you on race day
Definitely! I'm thinking we'll be talking more as it gets closer, even if it's a quick hello before getting in the corrals!

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Whoooo-hoooooo!

I like adding on days.
ME TOO! And it's going to be my first solo adventures. Just actually bought my flight today!
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:31 PM   #39
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Bought my airline tickets today!!

I swear I didn't think it would be this complicated to plan 2 disney trips at the same time! Whew! It's serious Disney overload.

But yup! I looked at the JetBlue flights and saw they were a decent price so I bought them and used my credit from my September flight adjustment for the January flights! Definitely can't complain at all.

So I'm definitely going from Jan 7th-15th. WOOHOO!! Can't wait for a little solo adventures! Now I can try all the restaurants all my picky family and friends refuse to go to!
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OK so a little bit about the rest of the cast that's joining me for this adventure. I know I quickly mentioned they were coming with me but here's a little more info....

The first victim to sign up with me a while back is my friend Christina...another Disney-holic. Her fam goes all the time to the World and she knows it almost as well as I do. Can't wait to run around with her and have fun! We both love different things about Disney so it's going to be a great time sharing our ideas.

The second victim that signed up for the half with us is our friend Nate. He's only been to Disney once a few years ago but it was a crappy trip and he didn't enjoy it. So Christina and I have taken it upon ourselves to give him a crash course in all things Disney! Hopefully we can convert him!

So as of right now... I'm saying the 7th-15...Thurs-Fri. Nate can only stay Thurs-Mon and Christina can stay Thurs-Tues. We'll try showing Nate as much Disney fun as possible before he has to head back home.

Tomorrow I'll post our tentative schedule!
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That's great you got your air! We are going to be getting our air soon.

Can't wait to hear about your plans!!
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:38 AM   #42
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That's great you got your air! We are going to be getting our air soon.

Can't wait to hear about your plans!!
I'm having a brain fart...lol...did I ever ask you where in NJ you are? I'm up in Bergen County...it's always nice to see a fellow NJian!

More plans on their way!
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:31 AM   #43
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This is going to be a JAM PACKED update! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the read...

So since I'm the compulsive planner that I am...I forced a little pow-wow at Christinas the other day to figure out pretty much food for the most part when we're there and then a quick overview of parks and stuff. I didn't realize how hard it was when there's 3 totally different minds involved in this planning! Well actually....2 minds... Christina and I were pretty much on the same page (duh) but Nate? This poor boy needs some Disney in his life.

First question I asked was what do we want to eat when we're down there, what type of foods, etc. Christina immediately said Le Cellier. Nate raises and eyebrow. I explain it's a pretty decent steakhouse in one of the theme parks. He said he doesn't really want French . I explain it's NOT French...if you MUST be picky it's 'Canadian' and they're known for their steaks and cheddar cheese soup. Nate, in his past life, was a chef for awhile and went to culinary school. So then he states the he refuses to pay $35 for a crappy piece of meat. Oh boy this is going to be a long pow-wow. Hmm... we kindly explain that umm... yes...your piece of meat will probably be around $30. It WILL not be to the caliber of a Ruth's Chris steakhouse, etc. But umm.... can we remind you that we are in a THEME PARK?! You're going to pay $15 for a crappy burger and fries so umm....that $30 decent piece of meat is looking pretty darn good, right?

So I then pull up AllEars menus and start reading off the prices. He calmed down a little when he found out it wasn't all a la carte. Whew!

Ok, Le Cellier will be somewhere on our list if I can get an ADR. When? We don't know.

Next up? Where do we want to eat the two nights before the race? Possibly Le Cellier? nah.. not healthy or enough carbs. Disney said they're offering a pasta dinner Thursday so that's a possibility on our first night when that info comes out. Can anyone give any suggestions?



So here is a little outline of our days and possibilities:

Thursday, January 7th
-Arrive at MCO around 9:45am.
-Take DME to Pop...hopefully get there between 11am & 11:30am? Wishful thinking?!
-Check in, buy Nate park tickets (I have an AP and Christina has unused non-expired tickets). Unpack possibly grab some food at Pop food court or just head directly to MK.
- Wander around MK and do whatever we want.
- Dinner: Either Pasta Dinner hosted by Disney for runners or somewhere semi-healthy.
- Take it easy and not do too much, still trying to save our legs
- semi early night

Friday, January 8th
- try waking up pretty bright and early since we're heading to bed early...breakfast at Pop?
- Animal Kingdom today since it closes early and we don't want to go crazy
- Dinner? Japan, GF Cafe, Wave, ????????
- very early night

The night before the race? We still have NO idea. I really think Nate has the mindset that there is NOTHING healthy to eat in Disney so he's already grumpy and miserable. I mention hibachi at Teppan Edo....some nice healthy protein...brown rice (i think they had brown rice?), nice salad, etc. It MIGHT be greasy/buttery so there's always Tokyo Dining with healthy sushi and grilled chicken teriyaki. Christina seemed mildly excited...nate? he was indifferent. I then recommend Chefs de France...they have a nice Roasted Chicken. No? Hmm... GF Cafe also had a bunch of nice healthy entrees. maybe? The Wave?! They don't have grilled chicken...GRRRR...Tutto Italia has pasta, yes...but someone might complain about the $24 for a bowl of pasta. So as of right now it's possibly Japanese, GF Cafe, Chefs, or something else. I'm going to send Nate the menu website and have him choose. Ugh! more suggestions anyone?

Saturday, January 9th
- RACE DAY!!!! wake up at 2:30am... try eating some oatmeal that I'm bringing
- after race heading to room to shower..NO NAPPING!
- MK again today to see the stuff we didn't see the first day
- dinner at Hoopdedoo
- crash the minute my head hits the pillow


Night after the race? That was easy. Christina and I aren't giving Nate any choice. We're doing Hoop de Doo. I honestly have NOT done this since I was a little kid. Actually forgot all about it until Christina told me about it on her last trip. They do it every year.

Sunday, January 10th
- Jenn (and MAYBE the others) wakes up early and cheers on the marathoners
- either come back to room or meet the other 2 at GF for 1900 Park Fare for breakfast
- jump on monorail to Epcot, do some FW fun
- Drink Around the World!
- Eat Around the world


Morning after the race... we're going to be sore. We know this. But umm... they always say it's best to get up and moving. So first we (or at least ME!) are waking up bright and early and I'm going to go cheer on my fellow DISers, DisneyRunners, and a lady that I work with for the full marathon. Then to give Nate the full Disney experience, we want to take him to a character breakfast. 1900 Park Fare seems fun with the Mad Hatter and stuff and semi-healthy. I believe they have a make your own omlette station? Or I could be thinking of somewhere else. Either way it'll be fun. I hope. Other than Chef Mickeys and Crystal Palace, can you guys think of anywhere else?

The day after the race will also be our Epcot day. We plan on getting there somewhat early and doing Future World. Then when the world showcase opens our Drinking Around the World adventure begins to celebrate our accomplishments! We're starting bright and early so we can pace ourselves. I've done this a few times and had NO problem doing every country by the time the park closed and STILL was coherent. There will be NO drunken stupidity from us three. Promise. For food we're going to make sure we eat around the world as well so no TS, just counter service and picking at stuff. I know Christina wants a pretzel from Germany! I want everything.


Monday, January 11th
- breakfast somewhere
- head to MGM and do top 3 rides...
- if Nate has to leave, go back to hotel with him, say bon voyage at DME, then Christina and I will head back out somewhere
- if Nate stays, finish up whatever at MGM and then dinner somewhere

Monday is kinda up in the air. Nate still doesn't know if he can stay until Tuesday. I believe we're going to do DHS either way, just early in the morning before he has to get home. I'm going to force him to buy the 6pm flight out of MCO. I think he'll enjoy ToT, RNNC, and TSM. That's all we really need to do I think. Anything else would just be bonus.

Dinner Monday night would be either the 3 of us, or just Christina and I.

Tuesday, January 12th
- breakfast somewhere
- possibly Epcot with Christina or whatever she wants to do
- back to hotel for Christina's departure
- LET THE SOLO ADVENTURES BEGIN

Wednesday, January 13th
- solo adventures (not sure what yet)

Thursday, January 14th
- solo adventures (not sure what yet)

Friday, January 15th
- solo adventures (not sure what yet)

The most exciting thing for me for my solo adventures is being able to just do whatever I want, when I want, how I want, etc. If there are any DISers still left in the parks after the marathon rush leaves, I'm up for meeting up even for a little bit!

There are a few restaurants I NEED to try that I haven't been able to since I swear I'm only friends with or related to picky eaters. Jiko, Sanaa, Boma, Morocco, Rose & Crown, Flying Fish, Wave immediately come to mind, but I'm sure theres more. Yachtsman Steakhouse is on my list to try too. Obviously I'd only have 3 dinners alone and way too many possibilities. I think I'd also want to scope out and see which ones have a bar that I could sit at and eat. I know Jiko does. I don't mind eating at a table alone but I think it's more fun sitting at the bar and at least I can chit chat with the bartender, ya know?

Ok, whew!!! That's our tentative schedule and I feel like I've been writing forever!

Let me know what you guys think or if you can give any suggestions!
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OOh your plans sounds great!! I know what you mean about planning when you have somebody who can be difficult lol.

I think it's awesome you have days to your self in Disney! I love it when Tim sleeps in on some days, and I go off and do my thing by myself until he wakes up and meets me where ever.

You just helped me figure out where we should eat the day before the race! TUTTO! I can have my Penne Caprese meal!! I love it. What time is the race again? 5:30? When do the buses start? I forget.

Oh and I'm from Burlington County
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OOh your plans sounds great!! I know what you mean about planning when you have somebody who can be difficult lol.

I think it's awesome you have days to your self in Disney! I love it when Tim sleeps in on some days, and I go off and do my thing by myself until he wakes up and meets me where ever.

You just helped me figure out where we should eat the day before the race! TUTTO! I can have my Penne Caprese meal!! I love it. What time is the race again? 5:30? When do the buses start? I forget.

Oh and I'm from Burlington County
mmmmm penne caprese!!! it's on my meal list for september and HOPEFULLY I can convince the gang to go there before the race!

I thought I read somewhere that the bus starts at 3am? And the last bus is 4am or 4:30am? Don't quote me though. And race MIGHT begin at 5:30am... sounds familiar! haha
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